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“Stroke of Sapphire” by N.J. Walters (ebook)
I enjoyed this erotic romance, but was a bit annoyed with the hero, Jake. Jake and Sapphire spend one night together, but he then gives her the cold shoulder. He is quite concerned about his “dark urges” and need for hours of rough sex, believing them to be too much for Sapphire. He certainly is a sex machine, one who doesn’t let Sapphire get much sleep. However, I felt his “dark horniness” was rather over the top.
“Master and Inquisitor” by Jan Bowles (ebook)
In this erotic romance, the heroine gets a job at a local BDSM club and captures the attention of the club’s owner. Ethan, the owner, is an interesting dude who has an alternate Dom persona that he calls the Inquisitor. He talks about the Inquisitor in the third person – and the Inquisitor has his own dungeon. I found this very difficult to take seriously.
“The Scoundrel Takes a Bride” by Stefanie Sloane (historical, Ballantine, January 2013, $7.99, 336pp)
Series: Regency Rogues, book 5
A notorious scoundrel, the right Honorable Nicholas Bourne has spent years in the East Indies amassing a fortune through questionable means. Still, his loyalty to his older brother, Langdon, and his childhood friends remains true and trusted. But when Lady Sophia Southwell, the woman promised to Nicholas’s brother, seeks his help on a dangerous mission, he is troubled—and torn. Unable to dissuade her from her quest to find a killer, he vows to keep her safe. This makes his mission the hardest test of his wits, honor, and skill. For Sophia is the secret love of his life.
“Covert Seduction” by Callie Croix (erotic, Carina, January 2013, $4.99, 129pp)
Navy SEAL Reid Galvin is back from hell and eager to find comfort in Becca Anderson's arms. He knows he hurt her when he cut contact during his deployment, so when his call interrupts her date with another man, he has only himself to blame. But he can't forget what she means to him—or the sexy email she sent him—and he won't miss this chance to claim her as his own.
It's been weeks since Becca heard from the man she thought she was involved with. So when Reid wants to take up where they left off as if nothing happened, she refuses. Then he rescues her from a first date gone very wrong, and she realizes she's not quite ready to let him go.
Jayne Kingston’s “Mr. Sir” (Ellora’s Cave) Buy from Amazon
This is an erotic romance with a married couple whose busy lives have gotten in the way of their kink. I love marriage-in-trouble stories, and this one sounds right up my alley.
Shiloh Walker’s “Beautiful Scars” (Samhain) Buy from Amazon
Friends becoming lovers? I can’t resist this trope. I am so looking forward to reading this erotic romance.
“Instant Attraction” by Jill Shalvis (ebook, gift)
This is a very cute and romantic story about a heroine who has survived a traumatic accident and a hero whose celebrity sports life is over. This is a very fun read!
“What Chris Wants” by Lori Foster (ebook)
This story is a novella featuring Chris from the Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor series. While this is quite short, it is a cute story. I would have enjoyed seeing a bit more of Chris and Matt’s courtship. However, I loved the scene where Dare and Trace go have a discussion with Matt. Funny!
“Alpha One” by Cynthia Eden (ebook)
A woman is rescued by her former lover/covert government agent. Upon her return home, it is clear that she is in danger from the man her father betrayed his country for. Logan is told to stay close to Juliana in order to try and lure the bad guy out into the open. Plus, he loves her and can’t leave her in danger. This book was okay. The action is intense, and the romance strong. However, I definitely prefer full-length romantic suspense novels.
“At His Majesty’s Request” by Maisey Yates (contemporary, Harlequin Presents, January 2013, $4.99, 192pp)
Marry the jaded prince and receive a title, a small island, a castle and a tiara.
Matchmaker extraordinaire Jessica Carter arranges marriages that work. And that is exactly what Prince Drakos is looking for. The last thing he needs is someone as unsuitable as her…but none of the beautiful socialites paraded before him excite Stavros as Jessica does.
“Fall Into You” by Roni Loren (erotic, Berkley, January 2013, $15.00, 336pp)
Series: A Loving on the Edge Novel, book 3
He'll do anything for you. But you'd better say please.
“Mystic Cowboy” by Sarah M. Anderson (contemporary, Samhain, January 2013, $5.50, 325pp)
Series: Men of White Sandy, Book 1
Just who does Rebel Runs Fast think he is? Dr. Madeline Mitchell, the new doctor on the White Sandy Lakota Indian Reservation, knows there’s a good answer to that question. Somewhere.
Sure, the Lakota medicine man is every cowboy-and-Indian fantasy she ever had, but he sends patients to sweat lodges instead of clinical trials, talks them out of flu vaccines. Even more irritating, he makes her heart race.
“For You” by Kristen Ashley (ebook)
After my Kristen Ashley binge last week, I continued with this one, the first in the Burg series. This one features Colt and February, high school sweethearts who have been separated for a long, long time. I enjoyed the hero and the heroine, but this book drove me crazy. The two were separated for twenty something years over ONE BIG MISUNDERSTANDING. Okay, the understanding was fairly complicated, but I couldn’t believe that it made February disappear. Plus, I wanted this one to be over about at 54%. I struggled to finish. Interestingly though, I felt much better about the story after I was finally finished. This is the power that is Kristen Ashley.
“One Good Earl Deserves a Lover” by Sarah MacLean (ebook, review copy, edelweiss, re-read)
Review to come
“Knowing the Ropes” by Teresa Noelle Roberts (ebook, review copy)
Review to come
“Release Me” by J. Kenner (erotic, Bantam, January 2013, $15.00, 352pp)
Series: Book 1 of trilogy
He was the one man I couldn’t avoid. And the one man I couldn’t resist.
Damien Stark could have his way with any woman. He was sexy, confident, and commanding: Anything he wanted, he got. And what he wanted was me.
Our attraction was unmistakable, almost beyond control, but as much as I ached to be his, I feared the pressures of his demands. Submitting to Damien meant I had to bare the darkest truth about my past—and risk breaking us apart.
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