Wicked for You (Wicked Lovers #10 ) by Shayla Black-Review, Interview and Giveaway

WICKED FOR YOU (Wicked Lovers #10) by Shayla Black-Review, Interview  and Giveaway

Pure Wicked (Wicked Lovers 9.5) by Shayla Black

Wicked for You
Wicked Lovers 10
by Shayla Black
Genre: adult, contemporary, BDSM, erotic, romantic suspense
Release Date: October 6, 2015

Wicked for You

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ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date October 6, 2015

Ever since he rescued her from a dangerous kidnapper, Mystery Mullins has wanted Axel Dillon. When he returned her to her Hollywood father and tabloid life, she was grateful…and a little in love. Mystery wasn’t ready to let Axel go, even after the soldier gently turned her away because, at nineteen, she was too young.

Now, six years later, Mystery is grown, with a flourishing career and a full life—but she’s still stuck on Axel. Disguised, she propositions him in a bar, and the night they spend together is beyond her wildest dreams. Mystery steels herself to walk away—except the sheets are barely cold when her past comes back to haunt her.

Once he realizes Mystery isn’t the stranger he thought, Axel is incensed and intrigued. But when it’s clear she’s in danger, he doesn’t hesitate to become her protector—and her lover—again. And as the two uncover a secret someone is willing to kill for, Axel is determined to claim Mystery’s heart before a murderer silences her for good.


REVIEW: WICKED FOR YOU is the tenth full length installment in Shayla Black’s contemporary, adult WICKED LOVERS erotic romantic suspense series. Wicked Lovers focuses on a group of former marines, special ops, former police and military men, the women they love and their connection to Dominion BDSM club. This is former army medic and retrieval specialist Axel Dillon, and writer Mystery Mullins‘s storyline. WICKED FOR YOU can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Any important information from previous storylines is imparted where necessary.

Told from dual third person perspectives WICKED FOR YOU is a two-part story that flashes between the present and the past. Six years earlier Mystery Mullins was kidnapped and held prisoner in a deserted warehouse in the Mojave Desert. Mystery’s father and world famous director Marshal Mullins hired Axel Dillon as part of a search and rescue team whose primary focus is on retrieving precious cargo.

On the run for days in the desert with Axel, Mystery finds herself strangely attracted to her gorgeous rescuer who will feature prominently in Mystery’s future fantasies. Axel wants nothing to do with a then nineteen year old Mystery and walks out of her life without a backward glance once she has been handed over to her father. Fast forward six years and Mystery is determined to seduce Axel into a one-night stand- an affair where she is determined to keep her identity a secret fearing another rejection from the man who yet calls to her heart.

Mystery has been living in the UK for six years but a return to America finds our heroine searching for the truth about her mother’s death, and the man who walked away breaking her heart. Mystery’s return to the USA finds our heroine targeted once again, and Axel and Heath Powell (Mystery’s personal bodyguard) become her number one and number two protectors while Mystery continues to search for the truth.

The relationship between Mystery and Axel is a story of second chances-so to speak-as both Axel and Mystery have never forgotten about the few days they spent together following the search and rescue. Axel is a Dominant both in and out of the bedroom, and is an active member at the BDSM Club Dominion. Mystery is aware of Axel’s need to dominate, and with it comes her natural submission to the man with whom she has fallen in love. The $ex scenes are erotic, intimate and a little bit kinky. Axel, like many of the men in the series has issues with disobedience and spanking is his preferred method of discipline.

The Wicked Lovers series of novels are ensemble storylines wherein a number of the previous storybook characters play secondary and supporting roles; most of WICKED FOR YOU focuses on Axel, Mystery, Heath and Mystery’s Aunt Gail Leedy. Sean, Thorpe (Dominion Club owner and head Dom) and Callie (Theirs to Cherish #8) have cameo appearances for cohesion and history as well as Javier and Xander (Ours to Love #7) and Joaquin Munoz (His To Take #9).

WICKED FOR YOU is a suspense filled story focusing on uncovering the truth behind Mystery’s mother’s death, and the possible connection to Mystery’s abduction and her mother’s past. WICKED FOR YOU is a fast paced and animated storyline. The characterization is presented through description narratives and indirectly through the thoughts and action of the leading couple. A several chapter-long flashback reveals Mystery and Axel’s introduction to one another and what precipitated Mystery’s heartbreak and sorrow creating the building blocks upon which the present day storyline will focus. The conflict revolves around lies, secrets and deep-seated family dysfunction; the requisite evil is a two-fold twist to the storyline.

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Reviewed by Sandy


Pure WickedPURE WICKED: 1001 Dark Nights
(Wicked Lovers 9.5)
by Shayla Black

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ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date September 8, 2015

During his decade as an international pop star, Jesse McCall has lived every day in the fast lane. A committed hedonist reveling in amazing highs, globetrotting, and nameless encounters, he refuses to think about his loneliness or empty future. Then tragedy strikes.

Shocked and grieving, he sheds his identity and walks away, searching for peace. Instead, he finds Bristol Reese, a no-nonsense beauty scraping to keep her family’s business afloat while struggling with her own demons. He’s intent on seducing her, but other than a pleasure-filled night, she’s not interested in a player, especially after her boyfriend recently proposed to her sister. In order to claim Bristol, Jesse has to prove he’s not the kind of man he’s always been. But when she learns his identity and his past comes back to haunt him, how will he convince her that he’s a changed man who wants nothing more than to make her his forever?


REVIEW:   PURE WICKED is installment 9.5 in Shayla Black’s contemporary adult WICKED LOVERS erotic romance series. This is rock star Jesse McCall, and bakery/café owner Bristol Reese’s storyline. PURE WICKED is also the latest entry into the multi-authored 1001 Dark Nights novella series and can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty.

Told from third person point of view PURE WICKED follows Jesse McCall in hiding. With the recent overdose of a fan, and the suicide of his backup singer Ryan, Jesse has gone into hiding to keep the paparazzi at bay. Jesse’s character as a bad boy rock star has garnered our storyline hero a less than golden reputation with the media, and with the death of his friend and a female fan, Jesse is the number one target of rumor and innuendo surrounding the circumstances of their deaths. Following the advice of his publicist Candia, Jesse (with a toned down appearance) takes off for places unknown landing in Texarkana Texas, where he will meet and fall in love with bakery owner Bristol Reese.

The relationship between Jesse and Bristol is very quick to build; an insta love romance that finds our hero wanting to play house within a few hours of arriving in Texarkana. Jesse will meet Bristol at her sister’s engagement party where Jesse will come to Bristol’s aid pretending to be her new beau. The $ex scenes are seductive and steamy; Jesse and Bristol are in bed together within an hour of meeting one another.

PURE WICKED is a story about a boy and a girl who fall in love. Jesse believes he has found the other half of his soul; the woman who will save him from the demons within. The premise is enjoyable but not too realistic; the characters are colorful although slightly one dimensional-we know very little about their background except for the immediate past; the romance and sex are energetic and immediate. If you are looking for some fluff without all of the heavy romantic angst and foreplay, than PURE WICKED is the perfect read.

Reviewed by Sandy


TRC: Hi Shayla and welcome to The Reading Café.

Shayla BlackShayla: Hi! Thanks so much for having me here.

TRC: We would like to start with some background information. Please tell us something about yourself.

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Shayla: Let’s make this easy. Here is my bio!

Shayla Black is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than forty novels. For over fifteen years, she’s written contemporary, erotic, paranormal, and historical romances via traditional, independent, foreign, and audio publishers. Her books have sold well over a million copies and been published in a dozen languages.

Raised an only child, Shayla occupied herself with lots of daydreaming, much to the chagrin of her teachers. In college, she found her love for reading and realized that she could have a career publishing the stories spinning in her imagination. Though she graduated with a degree in Marketing/Advertising and embarked on a stint in corporate America to pay the bills, her heart has always been with her characters. She’s thrilled that she’s been living her dream as a full-time author for the past seven years.

Shayla currently lives in North Texas with her wonderfully supportive husband, her teenage daughter, and a very spoiled cat. In her “free” time, she enjoys reality TV, reading, and listening to an eclectic blend of music.

TRC: Who or what has most influenced your career in writing?

Shayla: I wouldn’t credit any one person or source. I’m influenced by so many things from my own experiences to the music I hear. I’ll also give my husband a bunch of credit for opening my eyes in so many ways. I also have to say that Lexi Blake and my countless conversations with her about books, storytelling, other genres, and life in general have actually changed the way I approach some things. I’m absolutely happy where my stories are coming from and where they’re heading at this point.

Wicked for YouTRC: Would you please tell us a little bit about WICKED FOR YOU, the newest installment in your Wicked Lovers series?

Shayla: Ever since he rescued her from a dangerous kidnapper, Mystery Mullins has wanted Axel Dillon. When he returned her to her Hollywood father and tabloid life, she was grateful…and a little in love. Mystery wasn’t ready to let Axel go, even after the soldier gently turned her away because, at nineteen, she was too young.

Now, six years later, Mystery is grown, with a flourishing career and a full life—but she’s still stuck on Axel. Disguised, she propositions him in a bar, and the night they spend together is beyond her wildest dreams. Mystery steels herself to walk away—except the sheets are barely cold when her past comes back to haunt her.

Once he realizes Mystery isn’t the stranger he thought, Axel is incensed and intrigued. But when it’s clear she’s in danger, he doesn’t hesitate to become her protector—and her lover—again. And as the two uncover a secret someone is willing to kill for, Axel is determined to claim Mystery’s heart before a murderer silences her for good.

TRC: How many books do you have planned for the series?

Shayla: I’m currently contracted through book 12. We’ll see where I go after that… I’ve got ideas.

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

Shayla: I simply write things I’d like to read and tell the story from my heart. That may sound trite, but something about every one of these books interests and moves me deeply or I wouldn’t write them. Other than that, I constantly strive to do my best and give readers a satisfying experience.

TRC: There is a fine line between romance, erotic romance, and erotica in many of today’s popular contemporary fiction. What do you believe accounts for the differences between the sub-genres in today’s romantic stories?

Shayla: To me, erotica is about one person’s journey to self-actualization through a sexual journey. It may or may not end in a happily ever after. It may or may not also be monogamous. A romance will always be about commitment and end in a happily ever after. So will an erotic romance; it simply contains additional and more explicit sexual content. I think we have these various approaches because we have so many different readers. Some see themselves as wanting to figure out their life, psyche, and future. Some just want the experience of falling in love, which doesn’t always require sex. Others need that sweet slide into forever with one (or more) mate but they like extra spice in the bedroom.

TRC: Do you believe the cover image plays a deciding factor for many readers in the process of selecting a book or new series to read?

Shayla: For some, I’m sure it does. I know for others, not so much. I’m not a visual person so while a pretty cover will snag my attention, if the blurb doesn’t grab me or the writing isn’t craftworthy, I’ll probably pass. That could also be because I know authors don’t always have control over how their books are packaged. They have far more control over content, so that’s where I focus.

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

Shayla: Both, in a weird way. During the writing process, I feel as if I become my point-of-view character. They might be driving the bus, but we’re sharing the steering wheel, so I definitely have a hand in navigating.

TRC: Do you listen to music while writing? If so, does the style of music influence the storyline direction? Characters?

Shayla: Absolutely. I’m HUGE into music. I’m always looking for something that moves me—to tears, to anger, to happiness. Whatever I want to portray in a scene, I’m always in search of corresponding music. I’m currently listening to Fall Out Boy and Ocean Lab, two VERY different bands.

TRC: Many authors bounce ideas and information with other authors or friends and family. With whom do you bounce ideas?

Shayla: I’m extroverted, so I don’t really think well in the silence of my own head when it comes to ideas. I’ll sometimes run things past my husband, Lexi Blake, Jenna Jacob, my lovely assistant Rachel, or my good friend Liz Berry. My circle is pretty small but mighty.

TRC: What do you believe is the biggest misconception people have about authors?

Shayla: That we are all creative dreamers who spend the majority of our time lost in storyland, led by our muse who takes our hands and shows us the way. We hold down many other roles in life—wife, mother, employee, friend, daughter, sister—and if I waited for my muse to help me out, I’d still be trying to finish my first book. Sometimes, you have to dig deep and find your way to The End through pure grit.

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

Shayla: Oddly, many people are against plots in which they say “insta-love” happens between the hero and heroine. But I adore those plots because I knew in the first thirty seconds of meeting my husband that I was going to marry him. I was seventeen. He was dating someone else. None of that mattered. I just knew. Granted, I didn’t know him as an individual in those thirty seconds but I had a sixth sense. We started dating shortly after that. We just celebrated 24 years of marriage.

TRC:  Congratulations

TRC: On what are you currently working?

Shayla: Wicked Lovers 11, which will be out next July. I have a title…but it’s not ready to share. I also just finished up edits on book three of my new with series with Lexi Blake, The Perfect Gentlemen. So after book 2 (Seduction in Session) in January, look for Big Easy Temptation in May.

TRC: Would you like to add anything else?

Shayla: After nearly twenty years as an author, I love what I do everyday and am so grateful to readers who find a whole new world in the written word and will take journeys with me.


Favorite Food
Depends on my mood

Favorite Dessert
Depends on my mood

Favorite TV Show
Depends on my mood

Last Movie You Saw
In theaters, Man from UNCLE (loved it!). At home, Austenland (also loved it!)

Dark or Milk Chocolate
Depends on my mood. LOL! Are you sensing a theme?

Secret Celebrity Crush
Gerard Butler, John Cena, Armie Hammer

Last Vacation Destination
I’m answering this interview on my way to visit some other writer friends (shout out to Lorelei James, Larissa Ione, and Julie Kenner) in Palm Coast, Florida.

Do you have any pets?
One very spoiled orange tabby cat, Missy Meow.

Last book you read
Jay Crownover’s BETTER WHEN HE’S BAD.

Pet Peeve
I have two. Passive-aggressive people and too many rules.

TRC: Thank you Shayla for taking the time to answer our questions. Congratulations on the new release. We wish you all the best.

Shayla: Thanks so much for having me here!

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All I Want by Jill Shalvis – a Review

All I Want by Jill Shalvis – a Review

All I Want
Animal Magnetism series
by Jill Shalvis
Release Date: October 6, 2015


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Pilot-for-hire Zoe Stone is happy to call Sunshine, Idaho, her home base. But her quiet life is thrown for a loop when her brother’s friend Parker comes to stay with her for a week. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife special agent is a handsome flirt with a gift for getting under her skin. And the situation only escalates when Parker hires her to fly him around the area while he collects evidence on a suspected smuggler.


Now she has to live and work with the guy. But when they’re in the air, she sees another side of him. He’s driven, focused, and sharp. And while he enjoys giving commentary on her blind dates, she quickly realizes with a shock that it’s Parker who gets her engines going…



All I Want by Jill Shalvis begins with Zoe preparing for a blind date, with the help of her sister, Darcy. As Darcy gives her a hard time over the “unsexy” dress she has chosen to wear, she also gives her some advice: kiss your blind date as soon as you meet him. Zoe, of course, thinks Darcy is nuts. When they hear someone drive up and look out the window, Zoe and Darcy are both struck by the hotness that steps out of his vehicle. Darcy slips out and leaves Zoe to handle herself. When Zoe opens the door, she has a WTH moment and kisses the guy on the lips, only to discover this is NOT her date. Rather, he is Parker, her brother Wyatt’s friend, who has come to town and is crashing at her place. To say she is mortified is a bit of an understatement, but she blows it off……….or at least tries to.

Parker is a little taken aback at Zoe’s “greeting”, but quickly reminds himself he’s here on business, even though his boss has told him to take some time off to recoup from injuries he sustained while on a case. A case where a fellow agent was killed. He and Zoe dance around each other and only offer up so much about themselves and they quickly develop a bit of a routine. However, when Zoe realizes that during one of her flights, when she is flying Parker over a remote area of Idaho, she decides that there is more to Parker than he is admitting. As things progress, they both are adamant that they are not looking for a relationship, but they decide to have a little fun. When Parker’s job places Zoe in danger, he knows what he has to do to keep her safe. Will they both be able to live with the fallout of those decisions? Or, will Parker finally realize that all he wants is right in front of him?

I LOVE JILL SHALVIS AND THIS BOOK! All I Want is a wonderful addition to her Animal Magnetism series. Zoe has always been everyone else’s rock. She practically raised Wyatt and Darcy and never really got to be a kid, so it is awesome to finally get to see her have her own HEA. We find out more about her and why she was so opposed to being in a relationship, and that knowledge will break your heart. Parker’s back story will break your heart a little and when you read the interaction with him and his little sister, your heart will melt and smile all at the same time. The chemistry between Zoe and Parker was off the charts and their interactions will have you laughing out loud. We also get to see most of the previous characters and that’s always a plus. The interaction with everyone in Sunshine, Idaho makes this a place anyone would be lucky to call home. All I Want is ultimately a story about not letting your past jade your hopes for the future, but even more than that, it’s a story about coming to terms with the fact that the most carefully laid plans not coming to fruition can be a very good thing. Well done, Jill Shalvis! Very, very, very well done.

Reviewed by Vickie

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Mine (Holton Woods #3) by HelenKay Dimon-Review and Giveaway

MINE (Holton Woods #3) by HelenKay Dimon-Review and Giveaway

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Holton Woods #3
by HelenKay Dimon
Genre: adult, contemporary, erotic, romantic suspense
Release Date: October 6, 2015


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ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date October 6, 2015

She doesn’t depend on anyone for anything. He intends to make her his completely.

Natalie Udall thought her position at the CIA was secure—until protecting her team earned her an armed escort into certain danger. Natalie can’t stand the idea of being secreted away in a cabin in the middle of nowhere, especially since it means sharing close quarters with the controlling bodyguard enlisted to keep her alive.

Gabe MacIntosh joined the military to support his son, trained as a sniper and dealt with death on a regular basis. Now retired and operating a security firm, his first assignment is to protect a CIA agent on the run. She’s strong willed and difficult—and all Gabe can think about is exerting his domination and stripping her of every expectation she has.

Natalie has no intention of giving in to Gabe’s straightforward demands of dominant sex with no attachments—even though the very idea of giving up control thrills her like nothing ever has…


REVIEW: MINE is the third full-length installment in HelenKay Dimon’s contemporary adult Holton Woods erotic, romantic suspense series. This is CIA operative Natalie Udall, and former army sniper/private security agent Gabe MacIntosh’s storyline. MINE can be read as a stand alone but for cohesion and backstory I suggest reading the series in order.

Told from dual third person perspectives (Natalie and Gabe) MINE follows two paths: the first focuses on Gabe and Natalie’s building relationship while Gabe keeps Natalie in protective custody. Natalie’s ‘keepers’ at the CIA have targeted our heroine for her role in protecting her team when everything went to h*ll. With three members of her team dead, Natalie is the CIA’s next potential target. What ensues is a sexual relationship between Natalie and Gabe, one with a possible end date when Gabe’s assignment is over.

The second path looks at Gabe’s troubled relationship with his eldest brother Rick- a relationship destroyed eighteen years earlier by betrayal and heartbreak. Present day finds Rick and Gabe in an ongoing battle that will break one brother’s heart and reassure the other about the sins of the past.

The relationship between Gabe and Natalie begins acrimoniously as Natalie is determined to prove she doesn’t need protection or a babysitter. She has survived an abusive childhood, dangerous CIA assignments, and isn’t willing to let someone else be responsible for her survival. Gabe’s assignment is to protect Natalie from the people who once protected her back, and in this Gabe finds himself falling in love with his latest ‘assignment’. The graphic $ex scenes are numerous, erotic, seductive and hot.

Several of the secondary and supporting characters crossover from previous storylines including Gabe’s youngest brother Andy who still holds out hope that Elijah Sterling (Taken 2.5) will come to his senses and realize that Andy is the man for him. But Eli is in love with Wade, and Andy must come to terms with his broken heart. Gabe and Andy’s brother Rick is the black sheep of the family, having betrayed his brother years before. Sebastian Jameson (Only #2) plays a small role as the lawyer who works behind the scenes trying to negotiate with the CIA for Natalie’s freedom.

MINE is an entertaining storyline but fell short in the area of the possible threats against Natalie’s life. The threats were negligible; the intrigue and suspense continued to build but nothing came to fruition; the action and danger were virtually non-existent. In the end, the main focus of the story was redirected at Gabe and Rick’s relationship, and the secret both men kept to protect someone they love.

HelenKay Dimon’s wonderful HOLTON WOODS series continues to focus on several former CIA agents and the operation that now targets all of the former team members connected to Natalie Udall. The premise of MINE is interesting and suspense filled but fell short in the action and drama; the characters are colorful, animated and well developed; the romance is provocative and sexually graphic.

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Reviewed by Sandy

Series Spotlight Black and White

Holton Woods #1
by HelenKay Dimon
Genre: adult, contemporary, romantic suspense
Release Date: May 6, 2014

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RELEASE DATE: May 6, 2014

After she infiltrated his business and betrayed his trust, a disavowed CIA agent must seek sanctuary in the bedroom of a man who will either help her, kill her, or bring her to her knees

Becca Ford is on her own. Eight months after she headed up a sting operation to take down millionaire club owner Jarrett Holt, the other agents in her special ops team have been eliminated under odd circumstances, and she needs a place to hide.

Jarrett is a man who prefers darkness to light. He deals in the only truly valuable currency—information—and his supper club caters to an exclusive clientele. It was an uncharacteristic moment of weakness when he let a woman into his life. But it’s not luck that the criminal charges disappeared . . . as did the evidence.

When Becca returns to the club seeking his help, Jarrett doesn’t want to hear her story. But he does want her body, and demands that she give it to him. He’ll keep her safe—for now—but it’ll be in his bed and on his terms, until he says they’re done.


Holton Woods #2
by HelenKay Dimon
Genre: adult, contemporary, romantic suspense
Release Date: October 7, 2015


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He’s a man who fixes difficult situations. She’s the one thing he can’t handle—and the one thing he can’t resist…


Sebastian Jameson negotiates for high-end clients who need problems taken care of quickly and discreetly. Accustomed to being in control, he’s still reeling from his ex-wife’s decision to write a tell-all about their private life, one that highlighted their bedroom activities. The fallout left Bast’s love life in chaos, making him a magnet for women who thrive on risky fantasies, and a pariah to all others.

Kyra Royer knows all about Bast’s reputation—and is intrigued enough to try to change him into a one-woman guy. But getting him into her bed will be a challenge. He’s known her brother for years, and her brother, with his rough past and sniper abilities, is not a man you cross. Kyra knows Bast thinks she’s off-limits, so she’ll have to get creative to make him hers.

As Kyra turns up the heat, Bast struggles to resist the sexy young woman’s considerable charms. But when Bast’s job turns from tricky to deadly, keeping Kyra nearby might be the only way to keep her alive—even if it means getting closer than he ever intended…


Holton Woods 2.5
by HelenKay Dimon
Genre: adult, contemporary, M/M, erotic romance
Release Date: April 21, 2015

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TakenABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date April 21, 2015

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Wade Royer and Elijah Sterling are on shaky ground. While initially reluctant Eli is finally ready to take things to the next level, Wade is hesitant. He senses trouble coming and he’s right. Still, they know their fiercely undeniable connection—both in and out of the bedroom—is worth saving.

Then a man from Eli’s past reappears and the CIA comes calling—and they both want Eli back. With their relationship in jeopardy of falling apart and Eli in danger of a different kind, both men will have to decide what they really want—and then take it…

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Sinner’s Steel (Sinner’s Tribe MC Series #3) by Sarah Castille-a review

SINNER’S STEEL (Sinner’s Tribe Motorcycle Club #3) by Sarah Castille-a review

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ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date October 6,2015

Tall, dark, and dangerously handsome, Zane “Tracker” Colter is the strong, silent type of tattooed muscle biker who drives women wild. But as a master of strategy for the outlaw MC club, Sinner’s Tribe, he doesn’t have time to play around with groupies and biker chicks-especially when he can’t stop thinking about Evie, the girl who got away…

Evie’s been in love with Zane ever since they were children-until he broke her heart and disappeared. Now he’s back in her life, bigger and badder than ever. Zane is stunned by how beautiful and confident Evie’s become, using her artistic talent to customize motorcycles. He wants her so bad, he’d ride through fire to win her back. There’s one problem: Evie is dating his deadliest rival-the leader of the Black Jacks-and if Evie and Zane hook up, there’ll be hell to pay…


REVIEW: SINNER’S STEEL is the third installment in Sarah Castille’s contemporary adult Sinner’s Tribe Motorcycle Club erotic romance series focusing on the men and women of the Sinner’s Tribe MC. This is Sinner’s Tribe VP Zane Colter, and graphic artist Evie’s storyline. SINNER’S STEEL can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty.

Told from dual third person perspectives SINNER’S STEEL focuses on the second chance relationship between Evie and Zane. Evie, Zane and Sinner’s Steel President Jagger Knight were best friends and grew up together in Stanton, Montana but nine years had past since Evie last saw Jagger or Zane when the man that she loved disappeared after a night of passion that ended with threats against Zane by Evie’s father. Fast forward to present day wherein Evie hides a secret that will immediately change Zane’s life. While the Sinner’s Steel MC prepare for a war with the Black Jack MC, Evie will be the number one target of the Black Jack’s president- a man who never takes no for an answer.

Evie is a woman whose life has never centered in and around the motorcycle clubs but her current status as a designer in a custom bike shop finds our heroine impossibly and unbelievably naïve to the world of the MC lifestyle. For all intents and purposes, Evie is an innocent who triggers the chaos and mayhem that further ignites a deadly war between rival clubs.

The relationship between Evie and Zane is one of second chances; Evie never knew what had happened to Zane nine years earlier and in the ensuing time Evie’s life had changed in more ways than one. Zane and Evie have always loved one another but Zane found himself on the outside looking in when he believed Evie had moved on with someone else. The $ex scenes are numerous, erotic, seductive and hot. Zane and Evie have a sexually aggressive relationship both in and out of the bedroom.

SINNER’S TRIBE MC series has a large ensemble cast of characters who all play secondary and supporting roles including Jagger and Arianne (Rough Justice #1), Dawn and Cade (Beyond the Cut #2), as well as all of the members of the Sinner’s Tribe MC. Viper-the Black Jack MC’s president-returns as the requisite evil but his presence, brings with it, death and destruction throughout the story.

The violence level increases with each storyline but as per the previous installments most of the traumatic action takes place behind the scenes and the reader is third party to the information and aftermath of any attacks and destruction-but that is not to say that what happens is any less heartbreaking or graphic. The MC lifestyle is dark and dirty; dangerous and deadly; no one is immune to the violence and death.

SINNER’S STEEL is an engaging, dramatic and impassioned storyline where the past meets the present; where the dark and dangerous motorcycle clubs control with absolute power and destroy lives for the ultimate in revenge. The premise is heartbreaking and tense; the characters are memorable and sometimes menacing; the romance leads to a happily ever after for now. Sarah Castille’s SINNER’S TRIBE MOTORCYCLE CLUB SERIES is perfect for the reader who doesn’t like graphic MC violence as most of the bloodshed and brute force is behind the scenes or implied.

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Reviewed by Sandy

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Sinner’s Tribe Motorcycle Club #1
by Sarah Castille
Genre: adult, contemporary, erotic romance, MC
Release Date: February 3, 2015

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Raised in a motorcycle gang, tough, beautiful Arianne Hunter has always dreamed of a normal life. But no sooner does she escape her father’s domineering grasp than she wakes up to find herself in a rival gang’s clubhouse—at the mercy of the dangerously sexy Jagger Knight.


The alpha leader of the notorious Sinner’s Tribe, Jagger Knight is all muscle, all biker, and all man. But somewhere inside this hard tattooed outlaw, Arianne senses a kindred spirit—and she can’t ignore their tempestuous attraction. Can she beat him at his own game in a revved-up blaze of glory? Or will their passion spark a war that’s the end of the road for them both?


Beyond the CutBEYOND THE CUT
Sinner’s Tribe MC Series #2
by Sarah Castille
Genre: adult, contemporary, MC, erotic romance
Release Date: June 2, 2015

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As a teen, Dawn ran from a life on the streets straight into the arms of Jimmy “Mad Dog” Sanchez, a biker who promised to be her knight in shining armor. But his love was just another cage. Years later, Dawn’s former life still has its hooks in her and she’ll do whatever it takes to break free. When Cade “Ryder” O’Connor, a member of a rival club, makes her an offer, Dawn finds herself in a different, hotter kind of trouble with one irresistible Sinner…

Cade is an outlaw biker with allegiance to one thing and one thing only: The Sinner’s Tribe Motorcycle Club. But when it comes to the stunningly sexy, fiercely independent Dawn Delgado, Cade finds himself…hungrier for more. Trouble is on Dawn’s heels and he wants to be the answer to her prayers, whether she wants him to be or not. What can’t be denied is the red-hot attraction between them. However, as they fall deeper, the danger rises and Cade may have to sacrifice it all…


A Silver Wolf Christmas (Heart of the Wolf #17) by Terry Spear-a review

A SILVER WOLF CHRISTMAS (Heart of the Wolf #17) by Terry Spear

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ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date October 6, 2015

C.J. Silver is eager to help the new she-wolves in town renovate the old hotel in time for the holidays, especially if it means spending time under the mistletoe with the alluring Laurel MacTire.

The bustle in the long abandoned hotel attracts the attention of human ghosthunters out to prove the place haunted, but the bigger problem is keeping them from discovering the werewolves in Silver Town. CJ and Laurel have to pull the wool over everyone’s eyes. Working together is a surprisingly hot holiday treat for two attractive and clever wolf shifters.


REVIEW: A SILVER WOLF CHRISTMAS is the seventeenth installment in Terry Spear’s contemporary, adult Heart of the Wolf paranormal romance series. This is silver wolf shifter CJ Silver, and wolf Laurel MacTire’s storyline. A SILVER WOLF CHRISTMAS can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty.

Told from dual third person perspectives A SILVER WOLF CHRISTMAS focuses on Laurel MacTire and her two sisters (Meghan and Ellie) as they endeavor to renovate a haunted Victorian hotel in Silver Town-a town run and owned by the Silver Wolf Pack and their alpha Darien. But the sisters are in Silver Town for another reason-their mother’s sister Clarinda’s last known whereabouts was at this particular hotel, and Clarinda has not been seen or heard from in years. As the storyline progresses Laurel finds herself attracted to the local deputy sheriff who has been assigned to ‘protect the sisters’ and ‘investigate’ the appearance of a ‘ghost busting’ trio who claim to have a connection to the previous owners of the hotel, and in this the trio is demanding the title and deed.

A SILVER WOLF CHRISTMAS has a large ensemble cast of characters including CJ’s extended family, the Silver Wolf Pack, friends, acquaintances and anyone who has a connection to or business with the Silver Town wolves. Along with CJ and his brothers, the MacTire sisters examine the town’s history using photographs and stories in the hopes of uncovering the truth about their missing aunt, a ghost wolf, and the possibility of a love triangle that went very horribly wrong.

The relationship between CJ and Laurel is one of mutual and immediate attraction but Laurel and her sisters had never intended to remain in Silver Town once the whereabouts of their aunt was uncovered. Not only is Laurel beginning to fall in love with CJ but Meghan and Ellie may have found their future mates with CJ’s brothers. The $ex scenes are romantic but limited; there is no over-the-top graphic erotic imagery.

The world building continues to focus on the pack dynamics, friendships and business adventures. The Silver Town wolves are a close knit group that protects their own.

A SILVER WOLF CHRISTMAS is a fast paced, fun read; a sexy storyline about family, discovery and loss. Terry Spear writes an entertaining series about shifters, their loves and their happily ever afters. The characters are well developed, charismatic and colorful; the premise is evenly paced with interesting twists; the romance is sexy and cute.

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Reviewed By Sandy


Claimed (Outlaws #1) by Elle Kennedy-a review

CLAIMED (Outlaws #1) by Elle Kennedy-a review


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After a devastating war decimated most of the world, Hudson Lane has only known the oppressive life under her own father’s tyranny. She finally escapes, branding herself an outlaw and hunted by the Enforcers. Her best chance at survival is Connor Mackenzie, an aggressively sensual fugitive who opens her eyes to the wicked possibilities of a world without rules.

As the leader of a band of outlaw fighters, Connor can’t resist the beautiful stranger who asks for his protection. Despite his reservations, he agrees to introduce her to a whole new way of life. But when Connor discovers Hudson’s connection to the enemies of liberty, he wonders how far he can trust the woman who has abandoned all inhibitions to challenge every forbidden desire.


REVIEW: CLAIMED is the first installment in Elle Kennedy’s adult, post-apocalyptic/dystopian Outlaws erotica, romance series. This is Outlaw leader Connor Mackenzie, and nurse Hudson Lane’s storyline.

NOTE: CLAIMED contains scenes of M/F and M/F/M sexual situations and may not be suitable for all readers.

Told from dual third person perspectives CLAIMED focuses on the post-apocalyptic USA where the country is now divided into a number of respective territories without government control. There are various factions of bandits, enforcers, outlaws, and the people from the city. Life on the outside is hard; there are no laws, no law enforcement, and death is often the better option.

Hudson Lane is on the run and needs protection-enter Connor Mackenzie-leader of the local Outlaws-and the man who would break Hudson’s heart. Connor is a reluctant leader but a man who commands and demands the respect of the small band of Outlaws he oversees and controls, and with it comes the decision making that could make or break the cohesiveness of their small family unit. When Hudson asks for help, Connor demands something in return and Hudson is willing to give Connor what he wants to ensure her future protection. Connor is a man whose past is dark; he has lost everything to the enforcers, and with it comes betrayal, distrust and a heavy heart. Our hero is on a mission, and he isn’t afraid to use whatever means necessary to get what he wants.

CLAIMED has a large cast of secondary and supporting colorful, charismatic, animated and energetic characters-an ensemble storyline with graphic and aggressive sexual situations, dystopian style lawlessness, and a barter system where nothing is for free and payment can be whatever the seller demands. We are introduced to Connor’s band of Outlaws: Rylan, Pike, Xander and Kade; as well as several different factions of Outlaws, bandits and people who go it alone. Connor’s Outlaws are the epitome of sexually aggressive alpha males who make no excuses for their wants and needs.

The world building focuses on the lawlessness of the Global Council’s control where the self appointed people in charge are evil, dangerous and not afraid to destroy everyone who questions their controlling ways. OUTLAWS primary focus in on the area once known as Utah, and with it comes a disturbing scenario about the power and control of people, places and things. Survival is never a guarantee. My only concern is the lack of history and information as to what happened to incur the wrath of a destructive force that all but destroyed what was once the US of A.

As an erotica storyline CLAIMED is heavily weighted in graphically detailed $ex scenes such that the actual story gets lost in the numerous sexual situations; where nothing is off limits; and $ex is often a commodity used to barter for one’s life, a favor or for food. If you have issues with questionable or coerced consent and detailed aggressive $ex scenes, CLAIMED may not be your first choice in reading material. Connor is a man whose initial sexual aggression towards the storyline heroine makes for some dubious acceptance and compliance but in the end Hudson knows what she wants, and she wants Connor all to herself.

CLAIMED is a provocative storyline with a passionate heroine, an intense hero, and a powerful need for revenge and retribution in a world of desolation and pain. The characters are challenging and hopeful; the romance is uncertain and sometimes angry but in the end Connor and Hudson will get their happily ever after but the path is lined with desperation, rejection and pain.

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Reviewed by Sandy


Integration by M.A. Abraham – Review & Giveaway

Integration by M.A. Abraham – Review & Giveaway

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Tantalus series – Book #2
by M.A. Abraham
Release Date: October 6, 2015

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The members of the Noah’s Arc have been busy, along with their hosts. The Tantalarians have done what they can to guide and help the new members of the planet, but there are problems. Not everyone is ready to accept the differences between the two species, the idea that some day the two species could become one, which causes jealousy, prejudices.

The Arc Royal is right on schedule, and everyone is on hand to greet them. Lieutenant Nobel greets her sister, but her sister’s eyes are glued on Synric, not her son, as Julia thinks they should be. Her sister’s husband is not pleased with his wife’s lack of enthusiasm at seeing their child, nor the attention she is giving the winged alien. Is something wrong?

Synric doesn’t appear to be very pleased with the sudden attention, but his actions speak louder than words. Will her sister steal the man Lieutenant Nobel is falling in love with? She will fight for him, using every dirty trick in the book if she has to.



Integration by M.A. Abraham is the 2nd book in her Tantalus series. Integration picks up not long after First Contact ended. For those of you who have not read the first book or my review on First Contact, here is a brief description of the premise of this series. This is a Sci-Fi story about two species (Humans & Tantalarians) that are forced to work together on the planet Tantalus. In the first book, Noah’s Arc brought thousands of humans to land safely on Tantalus, and get to know their new planet & their hosts, who look human, but they do have wings. There were the obvious differences, as well as an evil villain bent on destroying humans who have physic ability.

Abraham continues the world building in Integration, as another ship from earth, The Arc Royal is set to arrive on Tantalus. But with it comes a hidden villain who continues to hurt those working with the Tantalarians. The mystery as to who is bet raying them is the base of the story; but the romances that develop between the Tantalarian men and human women continues. We get to spend time with those we met in the first book, and meet some new wonderful characters to add to this mix. Both species do live by different rules, but they work together to form a common ground to help make things easier.

This is a hard review without giving too many spoilers, though the description above does explain a lot.   There is a lot of action, suspense, romance, and some sexy scenes. There is some sexy humor with the human teen age girls watching the Tantalarian men play games in the buff. Cute. The race is on to try and find the villain, before he kills more humans. It is very exciting, and I loved the new relationships that developed, as well as seeing how the previous relationships continue to grow.

M.A. Abraham has once again given us an exciting and tense story of the two species working together, and the dark cloud of evil that threatens to destroy everything. I will say that this is not to be read as a standalone. You need to read the first book, First Contact to fully understand this planet they will all live in together. Integration was a fun and exciting story, which has us waiting impatiently for the continuation in the next book.

Reviewed by Barb

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The Seeker by S.J. James-Review and Giveaway

The Seeker by S.J. (Sandy) James-Review and Giveaway

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by S.J.(Sandy) James
Genre: adult, sci-fi, post apocalyptic, romance
Release Date: September 29, 2015

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ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date September 29, 2015

Throughout the horrifying months since the alien Vymalns conquered Earth, Kara Michaels has managed to elude capture.

Until now.

She is about to lose hope when she is rescued by Seeker Aiodhan Reil, an elite warrior of Tirios sent to Earth by the Praemons, precognizant children who can predict which Vymalns will threaten their homeworld.

Although intimidated by his strength, Kara is drawn to Aiodhan’s air of mystery. Upon discovering that he is also an alien, she fears that his race will pose an additional threat to Earth’s freedom.

Aiodan’s mission doesn’t include falling in love with a human female or liberating her father from an internment camp. He must find a way to keep his vows and still protect Kara, just as she must put aside her hatred of aliens to allow Aiodhan into her heart. Only then can they work together to rescue humankind from cruel enslavement.


REVIEW: THE SEEKER is a post- apocalyptic, science fiction/paranormal romance where an evil race of lizard-like aliens known as the Vymalns has descended upon Earth. The humans have become nothing more than slaves as the Vymalns set about to destroy what’s left of Earth’s natural resources. Enter Aiodhan- a humanoid male of the Tirios species whose job as a ‘Seeker’ finds our storyline hero caught between doing his job and the human woman with whom he is falling in love.

Aiodhan, along with Pashmar, a fellow female Seeker are sent from Tirios each with a specific assignment but neither one was ever meant to remain on Earth. Aiodhan will meet Kara Michaels when he saves her from an attack by the Vymalns and a relationship between he and Kara will set into motion a series of events that finds our couple in a human encampment close to where the Vymalns have imprisoned Kara’s father and several other human slaves.

The relationship between Kara and Aiodhan is one of immediate attraction. Aiodhan is a beautiful, over protective, alpha Tirios warrior, and Kara, a human female nurse, is about to become his intended mate but first our leading couple must defend themselves against attacks by the Vymalns, and the prejudicial specieism of Kara’s fellow humans and Aiodhan’s friend Pashmar. The $ex scenes are intimate; there are no over the top graphic erotic $ex scenes.

There are a number of secondary and supporting characters including Kara’s brother Kevin and her father-a veterinarian –who has been commanded by the Vymalns as their resident physician. We are introduced to the survivors at the camp-several of whom have specific talents and jobs –that are reminiscent of military troops preparing for battle. Aiodhan will find himself protector of two human children who have prophesized the upcoming battles and threats to the survivors.

The world building is very reminiscent of ‘The Walking Dead’ especially as it pertains to the prison, the hierarchy of positions within the camp, and some of the characters whose personalities rival some of the cast of TWD. That is not to say there are any ‘walkers or zombies’ but the storyline energy and some of the scenarios are familiar.

THE SEEKER is an entertaining storyline with colorful characters and animated personalities. The romance between Kara and Aiodhan is loving and sensitive; there are no overt erotic scenarios or questionable alien rituals. The action scenes are limited as it pertained to the take down of the ‘internment camp’, and the encounters with the Vymalns are few and far between. I did have a couple of issues with the story especially the lack of background information and history of the alien invasion. Although THE SEEKER is a work of science fiction, I need answers and explanations as to the how and why-the reality is in the believability and I need to believe.

There are several characters with potential stories, and the Vymalns still remain a threat throughout the world. Pashmar’s storyline is next.

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Reviewed by Sandy

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My income tax return says that I am a teacher. I had originally intended it to say “lawyer,” but romance, marriage, and motherhood set my life on a different course.

I’ve been married to Jeff James since 1983. Even after all these years, he is still the love of my life. Jeff and I have two grown children who make us proud every day.

My husband and I share another strong and wonderful interest that is not only a great part of our day-to-day lives but has also become a running theme throughout some of my books. We own a small racing stable of Standardbred Harness horses, pacers to be exact. We have always loved the sport and as our children grew up enough to have their own interests, Jeff looked into what it would be like to own a racehorse. We jumped into the sport with both feet and are loving every minute of it.

As another bit of personal information, I’d like to share that several years ago I was diagnosed with lupus. I know that there are others out there who either have had the same diagnosis or know someone who has. I’m sharing this because I want to encourage you all that chronic illnesses do not have to keep you down and out of the swing of life. I still teach, still work with my horses, have a wonderful family life, and am still able to spend hours at my laptop writing on my latest book.

I am blessed to be leading a life full of the things I like to do and people I love.


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