TwinPlay by Tiina Walsh-a review

TwinPlay by Tiina Walsh-a review

TwinPlay

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ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date March 13, 2015

If you could try out a different life, would you take the chance?

Identical twins Sorcha and Sara occupy opposite sides of the moral fence. Sorcha has always been the apple of her Irish Catholic father’s eye, while Sara looks up to their free-living Swedish Mamma.

But when devoutly Catholic Tia accidentally steps into the life of her sister – and into the arms of her lover John – she realises just how much she might enjoy being sex-beast Sara.

What happens to Sorcha, when her guilt catches up with her?
Will Sara learn anything from her sister’s devotion to her lover?

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Twin Play is a very sexual situation drama about two twin sisters that appear to be the exact opposite of each other. Sara is a business woman with a huge sex drive, but absolutely no plans on any kind of actual relationship. Sorcha is a bit “mousey”, sexually frustrated married. Their parents are divorced, their mother was Swedish and their father Irish.

The sexual encounters and problems are graphic and very intense. The issues somewhat comedic, but are actually sad and life changing for both sisters.

I think more character development would have made this story a lot better, but I don’t think the reader is supposed to get to know all about them until the ending. The storyline is interesting, how a childhood divorce can affect different siblings in opposite ways. There is a really great healing theme quickly added in the end. I think I’d have like more in-depth development and more length to the story to bring a less rushed conclusion.

However, it’s certainly an interesting story, and if you like a lot of sexual content…this definitely has it. It makes use of the identical twin scenario in more than one occasion, sometimes funny…sometimes not.

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Reviewed by Georgianna

 

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The Dangers of Dating a Rebound Vampire (Half Moon Hollow 3) by Molly Harper-review

THE DANGERS OF DATING A REBOUND VAMPIRE (Half Moon Hollow 3) by Molly Harper-a review

The Dangers of Dating a Rebound Vampire

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ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date March 24, 2015

In the next book in Molly Harper’s beloved Half Moon Hollow paranormal romance series, Gigi starts her first job (at Vampire Headquarters), gets over her first love, and may even fall for her first vampire!

Gigi is no longer an innocent teen. All grown up and looking for love, her family and friends worry she’ll go for the sexy, alluring vampire instead of a nice, safe human. But sexy and alluring, with a penchant for biting, could be just what Gigi wants…

REVIEW: THE DANGERS OF DATING A REBOUND VAMPIRE is the third full length installment in Molly Harper’s adult, contemporary Half Moon Hollow paranormal romance series. This is five hundred year old vampire Nikolai Dragomirov, and human female Gigi Scanlon’s storyline. Gigi is the younger sister of Iris Scanlon (The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires). THE DANGERS OF DATING A REBOUND VAMPIRE can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Any important and necessary information from previous storylines is revealed where necessary. Nikolai and Gigi’s story begins in the December 2014 novella I’M DREAMING OF AN UNDEAD CHRISTMAS where Gigi finds herself falling for a man she knows nothing about.

Told from first person point of view (Gigi) the storyline follows Gigi on her first days working for the ‘World Council for the Equal Treatment of the Undead’. Her recently turned vampire sister, and her mate Cal become a little overprotective of the human female under their charge when Gigi is hired to work in a building surrounded by vampires, but Gigi isn’t willing to give up a lucrative position because of a few potential threats from a supernatural being. An attack after work finds Gigi face to face with the man who has haunted her dreams for several months. What ensues is an investigation into the who, how and why of Nikolai Dragomirov and his attacks against Gigi Scanlon.

There are several intersecting and building plotlines throughout the story. While Cal, Iris, Nola and Jed (The Witch’s Handbook of Kisses and Curses #2) embark on a journey to uncover Nikolai’s reasons for attempting to destroy Gigi’s life, Gigi and her co-workers (Jordan, Aaron and Marty) begin a massive undertaking searching and cataloguing the descendants of the ‘undead’. As the information begins to mount, there are too many similarities to recent events for Gigi to ignore and push aside.

The relationship between Gigi and Nik is one of immediate attraction but Nik does not remember the couple’s previous introduction, meeting or the attacks against the woman with whom he is falling in love. Nik has been hired by the Vampire Council to ferret out who is responsible for a string of supernatural thefts but the clues and information do no add up. Gigi’s friends and family become concerned when that attacks against Gigi increase and Nik cannot remember the events taking place.

The secondary and supporting characters include all of the previous storyline couples: Cal and Iris, Jed and Nola, as well as Gigi’s vampiric and spiteful boss Ophelia whose hatred for Gigi continues to grow. Gigi’s fellow humans and coworkers include the IT gurus of Jordan and Aaron, as well as Marty-a computer geek who knows nothing about the job of which he was hired to do.

Because the Half Moon Hollow series is a spin off from Molly Harper’s Jane Jameson paranormal series, there are a number of characters that continue to cross over between storylines including Jane and her sire/lover Gabriel; werewolves Jolene and Zeb; Ophelia and her young lover Jamie; and of course we cannot forget Andrea and her lover, the infamous Dick Cheney-Gabriel’s nemesis and friend.

THE DANGERS OF DATING A REBOUND VAMPIRE is a wonderful and imaginative storyline with plenty of humor, one liners, sarcasm and witty charm courtesy of Gigi’s thought processes and quick responses to events and happenings. I found the level of humor in this particular storyline flowed easily and felt realistic without being forced. We are up close and personal in the mind of a woman who takes life one day at a time, knowing that one can never take oneself or life too seriously than again, there is always the possibility of being ‘turned’. The ensemble cast of characters add plenty of color, interact with one another on a personal and emotional level revealing background information and history with the leading characters, as well as the addition of plenty of humorous moments –good for some giggles and a few ‘facepalms’.

If you like a little humor with your supernatural storylines, I recommend Molly Harper’s THE DANGERS OF DATING A REBOUND VAMPIRE and the Half Moon Hollow series.

Reading Order and Reviews
1. The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires
1.5 Driving Mr. Dead
2. A Witch’s Handbook for Kisses and Curses
2.5 Undead Sublet
2.7 I’m Dreaming of an Undead Christmas
The Dangers of Dating a Rebound Vampire

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Reviewed by Sandy

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Captive (Captive #1) by Brighton Walsh-a review

CAPTIVE ( Captive #1) by Brighton Walsh-a review

Captive

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ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date March 24, 2015

He’s the most dangerous man she’s ever met…and she’s falling in love with him.

Madison Frost is desperate to escape her life. Daughter of a prominent businessman, she has everything a girl could ask for. Except for a family who’s present in her life, and anyone to talk to outside the four walls of the prison she calls home. Madison dreams of one day leaving her life behind. She never thought being kidnapped is how it would happen.

Now she’s being held captive by a man who’s as frightening as he is sinfully gorgeous. Enormous, muscular, and filled with secrets, the man they call Ghost is an enigmatic mercenary, and Madison is trapped with him. She doesn’t know who hired him or why, but the more time she spends at his mercy, the more she realizes he’s not what he seems. Beneath his rough exterior lies an unexpected gentleness and a heart as broken and battered as her own.

But as Madison lets down her walls, Ghost holds tight to his, hiding secrets that could destroy everything.

REVIEW: CAPTIVE is the first installment in Brighton Walsh’s contemporary, new adult Captive romance series. This is twenty year old Northwestern student Madison Frost and Ghost’s (aka Gage) storyline.

Told from alternating first person points of view (Ghost and Madison) the premise focuses on the abduction and imprisonment of Madison Frost. Madison grew up privileged; the only child of a successful businessman and his alcoholic wife, Madison knows what it feels like to be invisible and ignored. Her issues with low self esteem and poor self -image will have a major impact on how she handles her upcoming abduction and later battles. From her absent father to her barely conscience mother, Madison has been on her own for a very long time until the night she is abducted and held hostage in a remote cabin with a stranger who has more in common with Madison than they thought possible. Madison has no extended family and no close ties to friends, and in this, her absence isn’t questioned and barely noticed.

Ghost is a mercenary for hire; a man who gets paid to do what no one else will do and his most recent target is Madison Frost. Keeping his distance from Madison becomes increasingly difficult as the days pass with nothing to do but wait for his next instructions; there is a mutual attraction to one another, one that does not go unnoticed by Ghost or his captive. Then things go from bad to worse when the people pulling the strings start making further demands and refusing to pay Ghost for the job he was hired to do.

The relationship between Ghost and Madison begins as predator and prey but very quickly moves towards friendship and lovers. There is a distinct ‘Stockholm Syndrome’ feel to the storyline wherein our heroine falls for her captor but a captor who is sympathetic to her plight and family situation. I believe Madison finds a kindred spirit in Ghost-a man whose past is strangely similar to her own. Ghost will become Madison’s protector, defender and lover, but in the end he is still the man who abducted Madison for a price. The $ex scenes are intimate. CAPTIVE is not an erotic storyline but a story about building love, betrayal and learning to let go. When it comes to Madison, Ghost is gentle, caring and not without some guilt and remorse. Any anxious moments, in regards to the Madison’s safety, are short lived when our heroine begins to fall for Ghost within a very short period of time.

The secondary and supporting characters include Madison’s family housekeeper Sylvia, who is more like a mother than Madison’s own mom. We are introduced to several co-conspirators involved with Madison’s abduction including Ghost’s younger brother Riley who keeps an eye out for anything that might go wrong. Madison’s father, although absent for most of the storyline, plays a key role in the storyline premise and outcome. Some of Madison’s own thoughts and feelings come through during her counseling sessions with Dr. Ford.

CAPTIVE is an entertaining and imaginative storyline but one where the outcome wrapped up too neatly; the punishment did not fit the crime (so to speak); and there is no noticeable or noted retribution for the person in charge. The premise does not fit the current style of ‘kidnapping and abduction’ scenarios that many authors have journeyed into wherein the captive becomes a further victim through abuse and assault. Our ‘anti hero’ is not abusive; he does not torture his victim or emotionally destroy her will to live. Ghost will fall in love with Madison but any hope for the future will be lost when Madison discovers the truth.

Brighton Walsh has a passion for writing storylines about heroines with broken hearts and heroes with troubled pasts. There are emotional and controversial moments followed by intimate and intense romance. If you like a storyline with a happily ever after for two people caught up in an improbable situation, CAPTIVE will grab hold and not let go.

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Her Soldier’s Story by J.M. Stewart-a review

HER SOLDIER’S TOUCH by J.M. Stewart-a review

Her Soldier's Touch

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ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date March 16, 2015

Experience has taught single mother Rachel Madison that the only person she can truly rely on is herself. But what she wants most in the world—to give her son the life she never had growing up—means she must put her faith in a man who once walked out on her.

Retired from the service, U.S. Army Sergeant First Class Colten Taylor makes a detour to Phoenix to bury his brother. Nobody is more surprised than he to see Rachel waiting for him at the airport. He regrets the morning he walked away from her, but coming from an abusive home taught Colt to put limits on all his relationships—especially this one.

So when he discovers he has a son, Colt knows this is a chance to prove to himself he’s not a chip off the old block. Turning his life around doesn’t come naturally, though. Then a drug dealer crops up from his brother’s dark past, threatening their son and forcing Colt and Rachel to face their demons … and each other.

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REVIEW: HER SOLDIER’S TOUCH is a stand alone adult, contemporary romance storyline from author J.M. Stewart-a second chance trope that finds single mother, nurse and part time waitress Rachel Madison, and retired Army Sergeant Colten Taylor struggling with the rebuilding of their relationship after a six year separation, and too many dark and tormented memories.

Told from alternating third person perspectives the focus of the storyline finds Colten Taylor returning back to the States to bury his brother-a brother whose addictions led to the destruction of his own life. Finding Rachel Madison at the airport was the last thing he expected but is the secret she reveals that totally blows his mind. After meeting Rachel’s five year old son Greg, Colten knew he was the child’s father.

Colten and Rachel’s childhoods were horrific. Colten’s father was an abusive and murderous alcoholic whose demons led to his youngest son’s addictions and troubles. Rachel’s own father walked out on his family leaving Rachel behind with a drug addicted mother and a revolving bedroom door. Colten and his brother Paul, along with Rachel sought refuge with one another-best friends from an early age-and eventually lovers and strangers when their world’s began to completely fall apart. Paul’s death from an overdose is a reminder that all was not well, and now the people to whom he owed money are looking for retribution and revenge.

The secondary and supporting characters include Rachel’s best friend Amy; Colten’s childhood friend Jake Ramirez, and Jake’s mother Rose who became Colten and Paul’s refuge in the storm. Rose’s motherly advice plays a significant role in Colten’s decision to remain and fight for the family he never knew he had.

The relationship between Colten and Rachel is a friends to lovers/ second chance storyline that finds our couple at odds with their future path. Colten is a man who tends to run when the world comes crashing down; he keeps his emotions reigned in tight. Rachel fears that Colten’s habit of running will leave her and her son alone-once again. She has been a single parent and has no problems continuing to be a single parent if Colten is unable to overcome his past. The $ex scenes are intimate without the heat of the erotic.

HER SOLDIER’S TOUCH touches on many family issues including drug and alcohol addiction, physical and emotional abuse, abandonment and single parenthood. It is an emotional and heartbreaking storyline where the sins of the father (and mother) continue to haunt the next generation. J. M. Stewart will pull you in and never let go.

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Reviewed by Sandy

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Playing Knotty by Elia Winters-Review, Guest Post & Giveway

Playing Knotty by Elia Winters-Review, Guest post & Giveaway

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Playing Knotty
by Elia Winters
Release Date: March 16, 2015
Genre: adult, contemporary, bondage, knot play, erotic romantic

Playing Knotty

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ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date March 16, 2015

Bondage meets bookworm in this sizzling erotic romance about a shy bookshop owner who discovers an exciting new side to herself when an old friend opens a bondage workshop in the back of her store!

Emma Green has never been very confident. When Ian Cooper, an old friend, asks to rent out the back room of her bookstore for a bondage workshop, she agrees because she needs the money. She isn’t expecting to participate, and she definitely isn’t expecting to enjoy it. But all of Emma’s expectations fly out the window when she tentatively agrees to be Ian’s bondage model for workshops and exhibitions—and her success in the role upends all previous notions she had about her body and her desirability.

Now, Emma must learn to reconcile these conflicting images of herself while dealing with another conflict: Is Ian just another playboy, or everything she’s been looking for?

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REVIEW: PLAYING KNOTTY is an adult, contemporary erotic romance storyline that focuses on rope and knot play-the ‘bondage’ part of BDSM. This is bookstore owner Emma Green, and accountant/bondage instructor Ian Cooper’s storyline. Most of the storyline takes place in and around Boston and Emma’s book store-PROLOGUE.

Told from alternating third person perspectives, the premise follows Ian Cooper as he endeavors to find a suitable location and model for his next bondage instruction class. Enter former high school acquaintance Emma Green, who has some available space at the back of her store. It just so happens that Emma is in need of a quick influx of cash and Ian offers room rental and modeling fees if Emma is willing to be his ‘bondage model’. What ensues is Emma’s introduction into rope and knot play, something she takes to like a duck to water.

Emma has some issues of self esteem; raised by a mother who was always concerned about physical beauty and image, Emma has always believed she is not quite good enough, pretty enough, slim enough or smart enough to make it on her own. Ian happens to be the man who sees a beautiful woman who has no problems with the kinky side of Ian’s life

Nine years earlier, Ian had a small crush on his high school friend and lab partner Emma Green. Fast forward to present day and all of Ian’s fantasies are about to come true. The sexual relationship is enhanced by their mutual arousal through rope and knot play, and in this their friendship and working relationship takes the next step forward.

The secondary and supporting characters include Emma’s employee and wanna be poet Bethany; Emma’s friends Alina and Margot whose expensive tastes are not conducive to Emma’s current financial situation : Ian’s best friend Brent who owns a small ‘gamers’ shop ; several members of Ian’s workshops and weekend bondage role players; and Emma’s slightly dysfunctional family including her younger sister Julia whose own life is now affected by their mother’s need for perfection and control.

Saying that, I did have some issues with the couple’s lack of communication outside of the ‘bondage scenes’. Most of the anxiety and uneasy situations in their relationship were caused by confusion and misinterpretation of body language and communication with one another in their daily lives. In this, my enjoyment level of the storyline was affected by the misunderstandings and heartbreaking beliefs that neither one was interested in a permanent relationship yet no one was willing to make the first move. I know this is where the storyline conflict arises, but it made for some awkward and frustrating moments.

There is also an enormous amount of detailed description and information about bondage play that shows the author’s research and personal experience with ropes and knots. At times, I found myself lost in the intricate explanation and information trying to imagine in my mind the ‘how’ and ‘what’ of the narration. I found myself struggling during the ‘how to’ and ‘play by play’ scenarios-I think my eyes glazed over a time or two.

Ella Winters puts her own spin on the BDSM writing genre-one where bondage and knot play are at the center of our couple’s sexual awakenings and arousal. If you are looking for something a little different; a little out of the ‘ordinary’ give Playing Knotty a try.

PLAYING KNOTTY is an interesting read; a detour from the usual BDSM storylines where the hero has a need to discipline the female. The rope/knot/and bondage play shows a different side to a lifestyle that many people are not wholly aware.

Copy supplied by the publisher through Netgalley.

Reviewed by Sandy

Guest Post

Learning the Ropes: Research for Playing Knotty

The whole process of writing Playing Knotty has been an adventure. The first draft was much more about general BDSM, with rope play involved but not featured. As I planned my rewrites, the final draft of the book started to take shape, and I realized that I was basically going to be writing a book full of bondage. At that point, I knew I was in over my head.

Sure, I’m a kinkster. Once I started writing books like Playing Knotty and Purely Professional, there was no hiding my own status as a bit more “rocky road” than “vanilla.” But despite my own proclivities, I didn’t know enough about rope bondage to write this book from personal experience alone. I decided to delve into the often-fun and sometimes-overwhelming world of rope bondage instruction.

I’ve been accustomed to most of my book research being pretty neutral: maps of the public transportation system, Google street view of neighborhoods where my characters live, research on job descriptions, that sort of thing. Rope bondage research was much more fun.

Two books were instrumental in my research. The first one I read was Bondage for Sex by Chanta Rose. This book is gorgeous – diverse models, full-color photographs, clear instructions. This book taught me quite a bit, but it wasn’t quite enough on its own. The next book I read was Two Knotty Boys Showing You the Ropes. This book was a delight. Funny, informative, and thorough, by the time I’d finished, I felt much more prepared to write this book. (You should have seen my accountant’s face when I gave him the book receipts, but that’s another story.)

I don’t trust books alone, though: I’m the adventurous sort, so I did some “hands on” research as well. I’d have loved to take a class with a real rigger, but there were no rope classes in my area, so at-home amateur research sufficed. By prioritizing safety and being willing to laugh when our ropework went (disastrously) wrong, I gathered enough knowledge to complete my final draft.

Playing Knotty is finished, but my research won’t end just because the book is out. Rope bondage is beautiful, sexy, and fascinating, and I’ve only scratched the surface. A club near me is (finally) offering rope classes, so I’m going to continue learning. After all, I have a lot more books in my future, and at least a few of them will be as “knotty” as this one.

~~Elia Winters~~

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Elia Winters has always been a New England girl. Although she spent much of her childhood in Florida, she returned to her home state of Massachusetts as a teenager and has remained in New England ever since. She was blessed with an artsy, creative, somewhat quirky family that nurtured her eccentricities and helped shape her into the sassy woman she is today.

Elia holds a degree in English Literature and teaches at a small rural high school where she runs too many extracurricular activities. She balances her love of the outdoors with a bottomless well of geekiness; in her spare time, she is equally likely to be found skiing, camping, playing tabletop games, or watching Doctor Who.

A writer all her life, Elia likes to dabble in many genres, but erotic romance has been one of her favorites since she first began sneaking her mother’s romance novels. In high school, she kept her friends entertained with a steady stream of naughty stories and somehow never got caught passing them around. Her erotic fiction and poetry have been published online at Clean Sheets and Scarlet Letters under a different name. She loves BDSM erotica and men who can use semicolons.

Elia currently lives in New England with her loving husband and their odd assortment of pets.

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Manwhore (Manwhore 1) by Katy Evans-Review, Interview and Giveaway

Manwhore (Manwhore #1) by Katy Evans-Review, Interview and Giveaway

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Manwhore
Manwhore #1
by Katy Evans
Genre: adult, contemporary, erotic romance
Release Date: March 24, 2015

Manwhore

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ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date March 24, 2015

Is it possible to expose Chicago’s hottest player—without getting played?

This is the story I’ve been waiting for all my life, and its name is Malcolm Kyle Preston Logan Saint. Don’t be fooled by that last name though. There’s nothing holy about the man except the hell his parties raise. The hottest entrepreneur Chicago has ever known, he’s a man’s man with too much money to spend and too many women vying for his attention.

Mysterious. Privileged. Legendary. His entire life he’s been surrounded by the press as they dig for tidbits to see if his fairytale life is for real or all mirrors and social media lies. Since he hit the scene, his secrets have been his and his alone to keep. And that’s where I come in.

Assigned to investigate Saint and reveal his elusive personality, I’m determined to make him the story that will change my career.

But I never imagined he would change my life. Bit by bit, I start to wonder if I’m the one discovering him…or if he’s uncovering me.

What happens when the man they call Saint, makes you want to sin?

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REVIEW: MANWHORE is the first installment in Katy Evans’s contemporary, adult Manwhore erotic romance series focusing philanthropic billionaire Malcolm Saint and journalist Rachel Livingston. Set against the Chicago skyline, MANWHORE finds Rachel caught between her job and her heart.

Told from first person point of view (Rachel) the storyline follows Rachel as she is ‘tasked’ with investigating billionaire ‘manwhore’ Malcolm Saint. Rachel’s employer the ‘EDGE’ magazine is quickly succumbing to the recession and a tell-all expose about Malcolm Saint may give the magazine a stay of execution. When Rachel’s boss assigns the story to Rachel, she begins to research everything she can about Malcolm Saint and she doesn’t like what she hears and reads. A few well placed calls and Rachel begins her descent down the rabbit hole where she will loose her heart and her soul to a man who is very different than the public persona.

The relationship between Malcolm and Rachel is one of immediate attraction but Rachel has a job to do. She tries desperately to remind herself that Malcolm is an assignment-one that has fallen completely out of control. There is a definite spark between our couple, one that does not go unnoticed by both Rachel and Malcolm’s friends, and in this there is the usual push and pull between the heart and mind. The $ex scenes are intimate, erotic and intense.

Rachel is a woman determined to keep things professional but as the storyline builds so too does the sexual attraction between our couple; there is no mistaking the heat, the need and the desire but in the end, nothing good will come when the truth is revealed. Malcolm is a man who doesn’t do relationships; and his reputation with the ladies precedes his introduction to Rachel. Heartbreak and pain will follow when someone looking for revenge, exposes the truth about Rachel’s assignment.

The secondary and supporting characters include Malcolm’s best friends Callan and Tahoe ; Rachel’s besties Gina and Wynn- both of whom play the devil’s advocate; and Rachel’s mother Helen. The requisite evil comes in the form of Rachel’s coworkers who demand and undermine Rachel’s attempts to stop the investigation; and an assortment of Malcolm’s employees, drivers and professional assistants whose duty it is to protect Malcolm from investigating eyes. There are a couple of potential storylines developing –perhaps between Rachel and Malcolm’s friends !

MANWHORE is an intense, captivating and deliciously romantic read. Katy Evans pulls the reader into a story that is moving and seductive; where ethical and moral dilemmas are only a heartbeat away; where falling in love is as beautiful as it is destructive. The tension and anxiety build while the reader watches the inevitable fall out.

Copy supplied by the publisher through Netgalley.

Reviewed by Sandy

Interview 2

TRC: Hi Katy and welcome to The Reading Cafe. Congratulations on the release of MANWHORE.

Katy: Thanks so much for having me over, Sandy!

TRC: We would like to start with some background information. Would you please tell us something about yourself?

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Katy Evans Katy: I’m Katy Evans, author of the Real series and the upcoming Manwhore series. Real debuted in 2013 as the first in the Real series and from that moment on, I’ve been truly blessed to be able to share my characters and stories with readers. The first book in my new series, Manwhore, releases this month and I’m super excited for readers to meet Rachel and Malcolm Saint.

TRC: Who or what influenced your career in writing?

Katy: It all began when I became addicted to the Sweet Valley High books. As I closed the pages of my very first one, it struck me that all I wanted was to be a writer and share my own characters and stories with others. I wanted to make others feel the things I felt reading, and I also wanted to share the stories that – even then – seemed to pop in my head at night as I imagined alternate endings or plot points.

TRC: If you had a choice, which career, other than writing, would you like to attempt?

Katy: I’d love a career where I get to work with animals all day, especially wild animals. Animals genuinely like me and I’m also insanely attracted to them. They give me such joy.

Manwhore TRC: MANWHORE is your March 2015 release-an adult, contemporary, erotic romance storyline. Would you please tell us something about the premise?

Katy: Manwhore begins with my heroine, Rachel, getting an assignment to approach and investigate Chicago’s most notorious womanizer, the toe-curlingly gorgeous Malcolm Saint. What’s great about Saint is that we get a glimpse of him through the social media first – basically, gossip. Before our heroine meets him in person, she judges him based on the exterior persona that he projects to the world. Daredevil. Ruthless. Relentless. A playboy. All true. But when Rachel is assigned to get the “real” deets on him, we get to see another side of him that you’d never expect. And that’s what truly made me fall for him – I hope readers will fall for him as hard as I did too. There is SO much more to this man than meets the eye. He is so much more than a “manwhore.”

TRC: How many books do you have planned for the series? Will all of the books feature Malcolm Saint as the leading hero or does each installment feature a different leading couple?

Katy: The first 2 or 3 books will be about Malcolm and Rachel and I’m hoping to continue with stories for some of their friends. ;)

TRC: What challenges or difficulties (research, logistics, background) did you encounter writing this particular story?

Katy: It was initially a challenge to take the book where I wanted to go. I had a very clear idea of what I wanted the book to be like, but I wasn’t sure exactly at what point of the story to begin. I played around endlessly until I found some direction from my wonderful beta readers and agent, and from that moment on, the book exploded.

TRC: Are the storyline characters based in reality or a culmination of fact and fiction?

Katy: My stories are a blend of fiction and reality. As they say, fiction imitates real life, and vice versa! ;)

TRC: How do you keep the plot unpredictable without sacrificing content and believability?

Katy: I’m a very organic writer, so although I know “what” I’m writing about and have an essential idea of how the book should be, I don’t know anything else. I just sit down and start pulling out scenes the characters start to shoot my way, and sometimes I discard them when I don’t feel they’re good enough to match my vision, and sometimes I keep them but work on them endlessly until they get to a place they want. Sometimes I put them in the wrong place and realize maybe it needed to come sooner, or later, or not at all. So it’s a bit of a discovery process, and then a shaping process to be sure that one thing leads to the other and then to the other…

TRC: Let’s talk about your REAL series. The sixth book is set to release later in 2015. Do you have a title or leading character? If so, are you able to give us a hint ?

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Katy: The Real book #6 is still in brainstorming stages so I don’t want to jinx it yet. I’m allowing all my characters free reign so it could be a return to characters readers have already met, or a new story for one of the supporting characters in the first several books. I definitely promise to keep you updated.

TRC: When writing a storyline, do the characters direct the writing or do you direct the characters?

Katy: Oh definitely the characters. I always start with an idea that seems to come with the character – what does he/she want? That’s usually what starts all my stories. When I know that one of the MC’s wants something pretty badly. And from then on, they direct the story.

TRC: The mark of a good writer is to pull the reader into the storyline so that they experience the emotions along with the characters. What do you believe a writer must do to make this happen? Where do you believe writers fail in this endeavor?

Katy: I think that a great book has many elements, but the most important is definitely to make us care about what happens to the character. It’s not the same to watch a car blow up than to watch a car blow up with someone your character loves inside that car. To make that connection, I think we need to dive deep into the psyches of our characters, sometimes to uncomfortable places, to find the truth of who they are and why they are the way they are. Maybe it hurts and sometimes we shy away from digging that deep, but when we do that, it’s definitely when the magic happens!

TRC: Writer’s Block is a very real phenomenon. How do you handle the pressures and anxiety of writer’s block?

Katy: When I feel blocked, I usually step back and leave the book for a few days, and when that doesn’t work, I reread it or ask an author friend to give it a read, and help me pinpoint whatever is not working in the story. Usually Writer’s Block happens when you hit a wall and somehow the writer needs to scale that wall or go around it, or simply change something before that wall so that you don’t write yourself into a corner.

TRC: What is something that few, if any people, know about you?

Katy: I’m shamelessly obsessive about certain things and I want them exactly my way or….the highway. Thankfully my husband knows my looks and knows when to let me get my way, and when to set his foot down. Haha

Manwhore Plus 1TRC: On what are you currently working?

Katy: I’m currently finishing MANWHORE +1, the continuation of Malcolm and Rachel’s story, out July 7th.

TRC: Would you like to add anything else?

Katy: Thanks so much for having me over. I’m truly blessed to be able to share my stories and can’t tell you how much the support I’ve received means to me!

 

 

LIGHTNING ROUND

TRC: Favorite Food

Katy: dark chocolate

TRC: Favorite Dessert

Katy: Hail Merry gluten free pies

TRC: Favorite TV Show

Katy: Vikings

TRC: Last Movie You Saw

Katy: Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1

TRC: Dark or Milk Chocolate

Katy: DARK! For sure :d

TRC: Secret Celebrity Crush

Katy: Oh. I have many. Chris Hemsworth definitely tops the list.

TRC: Last Vacation Destination

Katy: St. Petersburg, Florida

TRC: Do you have any pets?

Katy: One mastiff and two pugs – Godzilla, Romo and Tommy :D

TRC: Last book you read

Katy: OVERRULED by Emma Chase, awesome as always!

TRC: Pet Peeve

Katy: Waiting. Waiting for anything makes me insane. Haha

TRC: Thank you Katy for taking the time to answer our questions. Congratulations on all of your success.

Katy: Thanks so much for having me over, Sandy, wishing you much success and many books to read! :)

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After Dark (Night Owl #3) by M. Pierce-a review

AFTER DARK (Night Owl 3) by M. Pierce-a review

After Dark

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ABOUT THE BOOK: March 24, 2015

At twenty-nine, Matt Sky is trying to return to normal, having faked his death and come back to life. He and Hannah move to a simple house in the suburbs, and strive to grow their relationship into something durable and honest. They become more and more entangled, in the best ways possible.

At twenty-eight, Hannah finally has the life she’s always wanted: she’s pursuing her career as a literary agent at Granite Wing Agency, she is writing her first solo novel, and she is living with her hot, passionate lover. For the first time, Matt and Hannah are able to explore intimacy without inhibitions—without lies, secrets, or jealousy—and the results are explosive.

Still life together is not as easy as it seems. Matt is estranged from his brothers in the wake of his cruel stunt; Seth Sky, embittered by his failed pursuit of Hannah, makes a play for Hannah’s sister; and the topic of Hannah’s novel—her relationship with Matt and the Sky family—is driving a wedge between her and Matt. The lovers are devoted to one another, having come through many ordeals, but is their bond strong enough to last a lifetime?

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REVIEW: AFTER DARK is the third and final installment in M. Pierce’s adult, contemporary NIGHT OWL erotic romance trilogy focusing on reclusive and troubled author Matt Sky, and literary agent Hannah Catalano. Their continuing story finds our couple at odds about marriage, children, writing and the future. To complicate matters Matt’s brother Seth is spiraling out of control and his actions begin to affect Hannah’s life with Matt. AFTER DARK should not be read as a stand alone; there is too much backstory and history revealed in the previous two novels.

Told from alternating first person points of view (Hannah and Matt) the storyline commences immediately after the events of LAST LIGHT (book 2) where Hannah had proposed marriage to Matt. Seemingly shocked but happy, Matt announces to the world that the couple are getting married whereupon everything begins to collapse and degrade. Matt’s ‘fake death’ has alienated him from his family and his need for Hannah becomes all encompassing. Matt believes he and Hannah know nothing about one another and in this he goes about proving everything is wrong. Marriage is currently not in his plans

Matt is a troubled soul with issues of abandonment, anger management, manic depressive tendencies, masochistic tendencies…..and, well you get the picture that our hero or ‘anti hero’ is a psychiatric nightmare. He is prone to anger; he is more childlike in maturity and behavior with bouts of depression, jealousy, doubt and fear; he is a man who is unable to control his reactions to the woman with whom he has fallen in love. Everyday problems are amplified when the heart is unable to understand what the mind sees. Matt struggles with the outside world; his need for privacy; and his anger towards his brother Seth.

AFTER DARK is an emotional, heartbreaking and oft times frustrating storyline where the hero’s bipolar intensity is disturbing, frightening and graphic. There is an almost co-dependency between Hannah and Matt-a dysfunctional relationship-one where Hannah refuses to give up on the man with whom she has fallen in love regardless of the number of situations and issues that continue to arise. Matt is a man possessed by his need for control; his actions are intense; his obsession with Hannah an addiction and dramatic.

M. Pierce will captivate your imagination and pull you into a storyline that is discerning, complex and complicated. I have many concerns about the building of a romance hero with so many emotional and psychological issues-but it is a fictional story where almost everyone will get their happily ever after; and in the end, a happily ever after is what ever romance reader is looking for but reality is another matter –all together.

Reading Order and Reviews
Night Owl
Light Light
After Dark

Copy supplied by the publisher through Netgalley.

Reviewed by Sandy

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Protecting Fate (Serve #6) by Katee Robert-a review

PROTECTING FATE (Serve #6) by Katee Robert-a review

Protecting Fate

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ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date March 17, 2015

He’ll keep her safe…but who will protect her from him?
Fixer Sara Reaver is in serious trouble. She’s stepped on the wrong toes, and now her uncle is sending her out of the city in an effort to keep her safe—and he’s assigning her a glorified babysitter. The last person she expects to show up is the gorgeous Z, or for him to tempt her and then reject her in the space of a single night. Twice. Now she’s out to prove to him just how good they’d fit up together in every way imaginable.

Mercenary Z Loreto hates protection jobs, but he’s willing to make an exception for his best friend’s little sister. The only problem is she calls up things he’s been doing his damnedest to keep under wraps for the last seven years. But when she pushes him too far, it all comes rushing to the fore, and the fact she’s willing to submit to his every desire only makes the loss of control sweeter.

Sara and Z have a boatload of issues between them, but they’re sure they can make things work if they take it one day at a time… Right up until things spiral beyond their control. Now Z’s playing for keeps in a big way, and Sara’s got to decide if a chance at true happiness is worth the risk of repeating history.

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REVIEW: PROTECTING FATE by Katee Robert is the sixth installment in the adult, contemporary SERVE erotic romance series, written by Tessa Baily and Katee Robert, focusing on a group of friends and family who frequent the BDSM club SERVE. This is security expert, former soldier, and mercenary Zebadiah ‘Z’ Loreto, and ‘fixer’ Sara Reaver’s storyline. Although PROTECTING FATE is the sixth in the series, it can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Any important information from the previous storylines is imparted where necessary.

Told from third person point of view, the storyline focuses on protecting Sara from a threat. As a fixer, she tends to make a few people angry and in this, her life has been threatened for raising the ire of the wrong people. Sara’s Uncle Rodger and her brother Garrett have some connections and have hired a ‘babysitter’ to protect their niece and sister. Enter Z Loreto-a former soldier and a man who is all business but finds himself attracted to his latest charge.

Sara is a submissive in the bedroom and she wants to spend her last night of freedom at SERVE-the local BDSM club where she and her brothers are members. Sara had not expected to come face to face with the man in charge of her protection-a sexy, hardened warrior who knows a thing or two about domination. When Sara’s apartment is trashed, Z moves Sara out of town for her own protection.

Z is a man with a past; a history in the BDSM scene that has left him raw, damaged and vulnerable. Secluded in a safe house with Sara, their relationship becomes more personal as Sara pushes Z in more ways than one. As the days and weeks pass, Z’s need to protect Sara is more than professional; it becomes a need; a part of his heart as he begins to fall for the woman in his care and his bed. The $ex scenes are intimate, compelling and with a little bit of kink on the side.

The secondary and supporting characters include a few of the previous storyline couples including Sara’s brothers Garrett and Will, and Garrett’s fiancé Ridley, as well as Uncle Rodger who is all about protecting his family and friends.

The world building continues to follow the BDSM lifestyle at SERVE. There are no hard-core scenarios; most of the bondage and discipline scenes are light and meted with affection and love, and take place off the premise of the club. Z’s mercenary lifestyle comes into play when he is called away on another mission but we know very little about what goes on behind the scenes-I would have liked to learned more about what happened while he was away but the storyline focused more on Sara (back home). There is also an issue (for me) with the quick resolution to the threats against Sara; very little is mentioned after the first couple of chapters and then everything is back to normal with a phone call and a promise. In this, the suspense was lacking and the threats were barely an issue.

The SERVE series is co-written (three books each) by Katee Robert and Tessa Baily with each storyline focusing on a different couple who are members of the BDSM scene and club SERVE. Although the story lines are connected, they are NOT interconnected in such a way that cohesion and understanding are a problem. Each story ends with a happily ever after and a look towards the future. Katee Robert adds a little bit of romance, suspense and angst to the series with Z and Sara’s storyline.

Copy supplied by the publisher.

Reviewed by Sandy

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