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“A Very Naughty Xmas” anthology including “Share Me” by Olivia Cunning, “Jingle Bell” by Cari Quinn, “Light Me Up” by Cherrie Lynn, “An Indecent Proposition” by Stephanie Julian and “Christmas is Coming” by Raven Morris (ebook)
Ugh! I don’t know exactly what to say about this anthology. I loved Cherrie Lyn’s story in which the author revisits two of her characters from a previous story. This story worked as a perfect epilogue for their HEA. I also enjoyed Stephanie Julian’s story which had a scarred hero finding a passion that helps him return to the living. Cari Quinn’s story was okay as was the one by Raven Morris. However, I was totally unprepared for Olivia Cunning’s story which is in no way a romance. The story is an account of an orgy on a bus populated by rock stars. It wasn’t my thing at all.
“Highlander Most Wanted” by Maya Banks (review copy, ebook, edelweiss)
This historical romance will be out in March of 2013.
“A Bluestocking Christmas” by Monica Burns (historical, self-published, November 2012, $3.99, 198pp)
As a young man, Simon, Viscount Wycombe learned the painful truth that a tradesman’s daughter is suitable only for liaisons and nothing more. But Ivy Beecham is a far cry from his preconceived notions, and he’s determined to have her. But when she rejects him, it only increases his determination to seduce her into a world of sin and pleasure.
Ivy Beecham knows first-hand that handsome aristocrats like Simon can’t be trusted. But the intellectual scoundrel is hellbent on making her his mistress, using every means at his seductive disposal. When she refuses to give away her heart on Christmas Eve, a ghostly specter shows her in one night why her surrender can be the greatest gift of all.
“Master Class” by Cassandra Carr (erotic, Loose ID, December 2012, $5.99, 157pp)
Ryan Tomasi feels like a failure. His marriage is officially over; the ink dried on the divorce decree. His friend Jack introduces him to BDSM and he agrees to attend a Halloween party at a club. A submissive approaches him, offering herself, and how can he refuse the kneeling beauty? They do a whirlwind scene and Ryan is addicted--both to dominance and to her.
Sydney Bristol’s “Bound with Pearls” (Ellora’s Cave)
Admittedly, I get a little grossed out when people ask their siblings to cover for them in in sexual situations. Here Lucy asks her sister Christine to play sub to a particular Dom. Despite my reservations, I will be reading this one. I am quite intrigued by Daniel, the hero.
Cassandra Carr’s “Master Class” (Loose ID) Buy from Amazon
This story features a new Dom – a really new one who is finding his way. I loved this angle to the story and the development of the romance.
Lorelei James’ “Gone Country” (Samhain) Buy from Amazon
Any books in the Rough Riders series by James are must reads for me. This one features Grant, the long, lost McKay love child. I cannot wait to read this one.
Title: Master Class
Publisher: Loose Id
Release Date: December 11, 2012
Word Count: 47,000
Genre: erotic, BDSM
Ryan feels like a failure. His marriage didn't work and now he's left wondering who he is and what he wants. Then his friend Jack introduces him to BDSM. As soon as Ryan walks into the BDSM club, he knows he's come home. A submissive offers herself to him that first night, and how can he refuse the beauty kneeling before him? But Ryan soon finds BDSM isn't all fun and games, ropes and chains. Sometimes you fall in love.
“Beg Me” by Desiree Holt (ebook, re-read)
I thought I had already read this story, and it turns out I was right. I enjoyed it the first time I read it (and the second). The heroine agrees to submit to the hero in order to get material for a story. But the two have real connection. I love how Sable holds her ground and makes Alex admit that she isn’t just another submissive, but a woman with whom he must connect.
“Emily’s Seduction” by Natasha Blackthorne (ebook)
I had trouble connecting with this story. Alex has all these deep, dark desires that he has kept hidden from his fiancé. I’m not sure why this is. Also, his desires didn’t seem that dark.
“A Bluestocking Christmas” by Monica Burns (ebook, review copy)
Review to come.
Publisher Open Road media has launched a new Romance Matrix to help readers discover new titles, new titles that are on sale. There are 17 titles in the matrix, several historical and several contemporary, organized by heat level. The mild books are on the left, and the steamier ones on the right. If you go to the Romance Matrix website, you can click on each book to read a sample from one of its love scenes. These books are on sale right now, until December 17, 2012.
This is an interesting idea, and I think it is a great way for readers to discover new authors - visually. I find the matrix very appealing and easy to use. Also, I certainly am much more willing to take a chance on new-to-me authors when books are on sale.
This picture doesn't do the matrix justice. I reommend that readers check out the following links to experience the matrix for themselves. Plus, you might find a book you would like to read.
“Red Hot Holiday” anthology including “Wish List” by K.A. Mitchell, “I Need You for Christmas” by Leah Braemel and “Breath on Embers” by Anne Calhoun (erotic, Carina, December 2012, $7.99, 262pp)
“Wish List” by K.A. Mitchell
Blindfolds. Handcuffs. Submission.
There's so much Jonah Kendrick hasn't tried, and so much he wants to explore. But just before Christmas he finds a ring box in his boyfriend's desk. Jonah panics. He loves Evan and their sex is hot, but how can Jonah be ready for forever, when there are so many items on his Naughty Bucket List? Desires that might drive Evan away.
I need some advice, but am not sure where to turn. After all, I am an uber-manly, alpha dude who hates to show any weakness, especially in front of the fairer sex. I’ve noticed an increase in the spurt count of romance heroes. How do I know what the appropriate amount of spurtage is once I’ve met my one true love?
-Concerned Alpha Dude
“Archangel of Mercy” by Christina Ashcroft (paranormal, Berkley Heat, December 2012, $15.00, 368pp)
Between an angel and a desperate woman comes salvation—and a raw passion that challenges them at every turn…
When Aurora Robinson attempts to open a rift between dimensions to embrace her true heritage, an arrogant archangel is the only one who can save her from the jaws of hell. And while she owes Gabriel her life, she’s determined not to fall at his feet—despite the desire she feels whenever they’re together.
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