Wild Aces by Marni Mann – a Review

Wild Aces by Marni Mann – a Review


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Trapper Montgomery
His darkness drew me in. 
A mystery with a past I wanted to solve. 
He was cold, like ice, but set me on fire.
A heat I hadn’t felt in ages.
But when I saw his face, I burned…
In mourning

Brea Bradley
She melted from my voice–shuddered from my touch.
But trembled from the memories
That my face brought back.
She wanted more…
Maybe even him.
I wasn’t the hand she counted on.
But I was what she was dealt…
A Wild Ace with no way to win. 



5 out of 5 for this reader folks!

OMG Marni Mann!  LOVED THIS!  I thought Derek was hot .. but Trapper .. OH MY!  LOL

Wild Aces by Marni Mann is a spin off of her Unblocked series.  It centers around Brea (Frankie’s friend) and Trapper.  I absolutely loved Derek and Frankie together so I knew that if Marni gave Brea and Trapper half of that kind of of chemistry, then I would be happy!  Well it was a heck of a lot more than half and I now have a new book boyfriend!  LOL

Brea is now partner to Frankie in the real estate world and seems to have taken on the attitude that life is all about all work.  It’s all she does.  Her BFF Frankie has fallen in love and is living the life that captures the best of both worlds, and Brea is envious and starting to think she needs this as well.  As much as she loves her work, she feels something missing and is restless because of it.

Trapper is a professional poker player, straight up hard ass and smexy as all hell and has some serious demons.  He is a dirty talker, makes no apology for who he is and as it turns out, he is quite taken with this mysterious woman he has met at Derek and Frankie’s masquerade party.

The chemistry is off the charts where Trapper and Brea are concerned, and while the masks remained on during their encounter it didn’t really matter.  As Trapper had to head out to Las Vegas right after the party, the encounters continued via technology but still without revealing their faces.  When the real “stripped of mystery encounter” happens .. OMG .. well done Marni is all I have to say!  LOL

This story is told from both Trapper and Brea, which I personally love as you get to peek inside both their minds.  Both are dealing with some serious  &^^&% personally, but when they are together it’s like they are given permission to heal.  I am sure you gather that they are off the charts sexy and let me tell you, Marni has a serious talent for build up lusty moments and then delivering the big bang.  LMAO!  I especially loved the snippets of Derek and Frankie that we get as well, and while I highly recommend that you read the Unblocked series, to enjoy this book you do not need to.  I happen to love that I got some personal jokes and meanings though because I had read the Unblocked series .. depends on what you like!

So Marni Mann was bumped on my “must read” list a while back and this only solidifies why.  Serious, concrete all around amazing story, that is full of all I covet in my contemporary erotic reading.  Page turning, captivating and “I just melted in a serious puddle because that was fricken hot”, I highly recommend this author and this book!


Reviewed by Rachel

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Forbidden: Her British Stepbrother by Lauren Smith – a Review

Forbidden: Her British Stepbrother by Lauren Smith – a Review


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Kat has always been a good girl. She studies hard and never stays out too late. But when sitting in a pub on her birthday, she realizes she’s a nineteen-year-old virgin who’s never really lived. And she wants tonight to be the night that changes.

Then she sees him walk in. He’s tall, dark, handsome, and straight out of her deepest fantasies. His voice makes her knees feel weak, and when he smiles, she imagines him doing wicked things to her in bed. From the look in his eyes, she knows he’s imagining it too. So when he asks if he can walk her home, she hears herself whisper yes . . .
4 out of 5 for this reader folks!
Forbidden by Lauren Smith is part one of a three part serial called “Her British Stepbrother“.  Before any of you decide that right there this may not be the book for you, let me tell you that this is classy writing.  The couple finds out they are to become step siblings after the relationship has started.  In my romance reads. I do not consider this taboo.  I also found that Lauren writes this kind of genre in a very different manner than some of the other authors out there.  Some authors can get very cheesy and again .. love that Lauren writes a believable story and keep it classy.
Kat is a 19 year old good American girl who is attending college in Britian.  She is tired of always being the good girl and decides on the spot that she is going to take a chance and do something a little crazy and wild.  She kisses a perfectly hot stranger in the middle of a bar.
Tristan is the epitome of “has it all”.  He has the good looks, charm, body and he is also about to inherit a British title which makes him very .. uummm.. coveted.  He is also bored to all ends.  When he meets Kat in a bar and she plants the kiss of all kisses, something comes to life inside of him.  In her he finds some excitement.  Kat is something perfectly different, and will be the one to likely tame him, but except his wild side, all at once.
Off we go on a romance ride.  These two are smoking hot together, compliment each other so well, and of course have their typical relationship bumps .. well I guess finding out that you are getting involved with your step sibling may not be classified simply as a bump, but you get the picture!  LOL
I knew how this first part was going to end, and while typical, I have to say that it really didn’t matter to me.  I enjoyed every single character building scene that when the ending came I was like … “Bring on the next part and let’s get this party started!”  LOL
I am pumped for the next part .. can you tell?  Short, fantastic read, with the promise of more to come. Lauren Smith has turned into an “automatic purchase” author to me.


Reviewed by Rachel

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The Exhibitionist (The Submissive #6) by Tara Sue Me-Review and Book Tour

THE EXHIBITIONIST (The Submissive #6) by Tara Sue Me-Review and Book Tour

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The Submissive #6
by Tara Sue Me
Release Date: November 3, 2015
Genre: adult, contemporary, erotic, BDSM, romance

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She’s ready for even more.…

When Abby West discovered her submissive desires, she felt like she was born anew. But lately, her Dominant husband hasn’t been the demanding Master who once fulfilled her every passion. Abby begins to crave something else—and to wonder if Nathaniel can still push her past her boundaries to the places she craves.

Nathaniel knows that Abby belongs to him completely, but even he can’t ignore the pleasure on her face as they get to know their new BDSM group. They’ve invited Nathaniel to guide their group to a new level, and he’s promised to show them the way, even as he recommits to fulfilling his beautiful submissive wife’s every desire. Only this time, uncovering her sexual limits may also expose their relationship to more conflict than it can withstand.


REVIEW: THE EXHIBITIONIST is the sixth full length installment in Tara Sue Me’s contemporary, adult The Submissive erotic, romance BDSM series. The Exhibitionist is Abby and Nathaniel’s continuing story: Abby is Nathaniel’s wife, submissive and the mother of his two young children, but their D/s relationship has become predictable, and Nathaniel is hoping to spice up their life. When Nathaniel crosses a line, pushing Abby and himself beyond their comfort zones, the couple’s relationship takes a hit both in and out of the bedroom.

THE EXHIBITIONIST is a sexually graphic storyline with scenes of M/F/M, bondage, whipping, caning, spanking, punishment, multiples and more: nothing is off –limits between consenting adults but there are times when a fine-line is crossed; when safe words have to be used; when participants are physically and emotionally hurt. Our leading couple find themselves pushing the line as Nathaniel struggles with Abby’s need to be watched, and his desire for a possible third party involved.

The ensemble cast of secondary and supporting characters follows the potential for a new D/s relationship between Cole and the beautiful but damaged Sasha. Sasha had been physically and emotionally hurt by a previous Dom, and in this she is having a difficult time returning to the lifestyle she one loved. Julie and Daniel return (Seduced by Fire) as well as Dena and Jeff’s whose own life is about to get very busy.

The world building continues to focus on the BDSM lifestyle; the participants and the couples who fall in love.

THE EXHIBITIONIST is a story of erotica. For anyone offended by the BDSM lifestyle, this may not be your type of read especially when boundaries are pushed; limits are tested; lines are crossed. The premise is intense; the characters are impassioned; the happily ever after continues.

Reading Order
The Submissive
The Dominant
The Training
The Chalet
Seduced by Fire
The Enticement
The Collar

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Reviewed by Sandy

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The smell of lust filled the room. In fact, the sexual tension was so high I would bet most of the women present longed to be in the place of the lovely redhead. Currently standing in front of Cole Johnson, the Partners in Play group’s newest senior Dominant, the petite woman trembled slightly. Although she was fully clothed, she displayed a vulnerability I was all too familiar with.
“Daniel told me she’s been having difficulties focusing,” my husband and Dominant, Nathaniel, said. We were at a play party being held at a private residence. He stood behind me, and though we were somewhat removed from the group, he still whispered. “He said he hopes the session with Cole will help.”
“With everyone watching?” I asked. “That seems unlikely.”
“I guess we’ll see.”
We couldn’t hear Cole’s voice; he spoke too softly. The submissive’s gaze drifted from him to the watching crowd. Bad move. Quick as a lightning strike, Cole grabbed her chin and forced her to meet his eyes.
“On me,” he said, the threat in his voice noticeable before it dropped back down to a whisper.
“Perhaps he believes if she can focus while in the middle of a crowd, she can focus during anything,” Nathaniel said.
There was probably some truth to that. The submissive certainly didn’t appear to be tempted to look our way again. Then again, Cole had placed his hands on her shoulders and started a slow stroke up and down her arms. All the while, he kept his eyes locked on hers. I doubted there were many women who would be able to think about anything else if he was looking at them like that.
After a few minutes, he stepped back and spoke to her again. “As far as you’re concerned, you and I are the only people
in this room. Understand?”
She answered with a softly spoken “Yes, Sir.”
“Louder,” he said. “Own your words.”
“Yes, Sir,” she repeated, this time with more confidence.
“You are to keep your eyes on mine the entire time we’re together unless I tell you to do otherwise.”
“Yes, Sir.”
“What’s your safe word?” Cole asked.
“Red, Sir.”
“Thank you. Take your shirt off.”
Her gaze briefly flickered to the floor.
“That’s one, sub,” Cole said, and she sucked in a breath. “Tell me what you did.”
“I looked at the floor, Sir.”
“And what were you supposed to do?”
“Keep my eyes on yours.”
Cole nodded. “Take your shirt off the proper way.”
This time, she kept her focus on him while she unbuttoned and slid the shirt off her shoulders. It fluttered to the floor.
“Very nice,” Cole said. “Now remove your bra.”
I wasn’t a Dominant by any stretch, but I’d been an active submissive for long enough to know and recognize hesitation. Hell, I’d done it often enough myself, but I always learned something new when I was an observer. It was certainly interesting seeing things from a different prospective.
Cole took a step toward her. “On the checklist you filled out, how do you have public nudity listed?”
“As won’t object, Sir.”
“And how else am I to interpret your hesitation as anything other than objecting?”
“I don’t know, Sir.”
“That’s because there is no other way. That’s two. Now remove the bra.”
She quickly reached behind her back to unsnap her bra, but my own focus was suddenly shifted to my husband’s two hands, which were unbuttoning my shirt.
His voice was rough in my ear while his fingers stroked my breasts. “You like watching, don’t you?”
“Especially with you teasing me like that with your hands, Master.”
“You like teasing?” he asked.
I realized what I’d said and how he’d probably interpret my words. “Uh, well . . .”
He chuckled. “Too late. I’m going to thoroughly enjoy teasing you tonight, but for right now, watch Master Johnson.”


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Break Me Down (Loving on the Edge 8.5) by Roni Loren-Review, Book tour & Giveaway

BREAK ME DOWN (Loving on the Edge 8.5) by Roni Loren-Review, Book Tour and Giveaway

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Break Me Down
Loving on the Edge 8.5
by Roni Loren
Genre: adult, contemporary, erotica, BDSM, romance
Release Date: October 27, 2015

Break Me Down

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Samantha Dunbar needs to forget Gibson Andrews. When he trained her to be a domme, she experienced just how hot things could get with the sexy executive. She was ready to hand him everything—including her heart. But Gibson backed away, declaring them incompatible. He’s a dominant, and Sam’s no submissive.

But after an attack shakes Sam to her core, Gibson tracks her down at her family’s rundown farmhouse and makes her an offer. He’ll stay the week and be hers in every way—a helping hand for the renovation and a willing lover in her bed. He swore he’d never give up control to anyone again, but he hasn’t been able to touch another woman since Sam. Maybe a week alone with her will cure him of his relentless craving.

But one taste only makes them want more, and Sam and Gibson are drawn in deeper than ever. The man who won’t give in has just met the girl who won’t give up…


REVIEW: BREAK ME DOWN follows the D/s relationship between Domme Samantha Dunbar, and her reluctant submissive Gibson Andrews. Gibson is a dominant at the local BDSM Club-The Ranch- but his fantasies find our hero in a position of submission especially as it pertains to Samantha Dunbar-a Domme whose need to dominate and control is beyond anything Gibson has experienced. What ensues is the break down of a man’s control, and a woman’s emotional and psychological need to dominate.

BREAK ME DOWN is a tale of erotica; of sexual, emotional and physical domination by a woman over a man with some dubious consent, and a rape fantasy with the female in the position of the aggressor. Gibson is a man with a past darkened by a controlling father; and Samantha is a woman whose past is mired in betrayal and abuse. Both our of leading characters act out their sexual aggression and fantasies both in and out of the bedroom but for all intents and purpose I felt a line was crossed when the fantasies and sexual domination became more about the power over someone else. Rape is about power, control and anger, and in this, our heroine was acting out against her own perpetrators who, years earlier, took away Samantha’s choices and control. The sado-masochist theme is strong throughout the storyline. There is also a questionable scene where the ‘safe word’ was ignored, and emotional threats against our hero, once again, stepped over the proverbial line.

I have enjoyed Roni Loren’s LOVING ON THE EDGE erotic romance series but BREAK ME DOWN was an uncomfortable read for me with so many questions of consent and coercion. The use of ‘force’ is questioned by the characters, and although the Domme, in the end, refuses to ‘force’ her submissive, the fear and anxiety about the potential situation is a part of the storyline-none the less.

BREAK ME DOWN is a sexually graphic storyline with contents that me be unsuitable for some readers. Gibson Andrews is a submissive who thrives on the pain inflicted by the woman that he loves; Samantha Dunbar is a Domme who must be in control and hold the power at all times but in the end, Sam knows when enough is enough.

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Reviewed by Sandy


The floors creaked as he made his way back to the front of the house. He examined the dining room with critical eyes. It looked like one small patch of floor was left. Sam had been close to done when he’d interrupted last night. Yet another valid reason for her to be mad at him.

He squatted down and picked up the sanding machine. It’d been a while since he’d tackled any home improvement projects. His position as head of PR at Vandergriff kept him too busy. But when he’d first bought his house, it had been in pretty rough shape. He’d taken on weekend projects to get it how he wanted it. He’d learned a lot and messed up more. A handyman, he was not. But he understood the satisfaction Sam probably got from doing this herself. It could be cathartic.

“I don’t suggest you turn that on unless you know what to do with it,” Sam said from behind him.

He turned around, finding her at the bottom of the stairs, raven hair damp and twisted into a messy bun atop her head. Face scrubbed clean. She looked so young standing there. He was used to seeing her with her dark eyeliner and hair done in some quirky way. But this version of her was just as breath-stealing. He held up the sander. “Don’t turn it on unless I know what to do with it. There’s a dirty joke in there.”

She smirked, some of that trademark attitude back, despite the lingering ghosts in her eyes. “So do you? Know what to do?”

“With a woman or home improvement equipment?”

“I already know you know what to do with a woman.”

He tilted his head. Flirty Sam. Yes. Yes, he liked this. “I’m not quite as skilled with machinery, but I can hold my own. Why? Gonna put me to work to earn my keep?”

She walked forward, her beat-up Vans silent on the floors. “Hmm, now there’s an idea.”

The tone of her voice had slipped into a dangerous place, one he recognized. One his body recognized. “I don’t mind helping.”

She tucked her hands in the back pockets of her jeans, her vintage No Doubt T-shirt stretching thin across her breasts as she considered him. “Is that right?”

He lost his focus for a moment just looking at her. Her shirt read Just A Girl, but that was far from the truth. She was so much more. A fucking mystery wrapped up in smarts and sex appeal and kink. He’d only gotten to touch her once, but he hadn’t forgotten how those pert breasts had felt in his palms, how her body had responded to his touch, how it had seemed like the goddamned sun had come out when he’d made her come. His blood rushed south at the memory, and he had to shift his stance to tamp down the reaction. How big of an asshole would he be, getting hard and horny the morning after Sam had been attacked? He cleared his throat. “Yeah, I can help with whatever you need.”

Her smile was quick, not too big, but enough to punch him in the gut. “Those are mighty vague terms, Gib. You should know how dangerous that is in negotiations. I could make you strip naked and clean the bathroom grout with a toothbrush while I sip iced tea and watch.”

He set down the sander and ran a hand over the back of his hair. She’d meant it as a joke. He tried to smile but managed only a tight grimace. Any image where he got on his knees for her pushed that forbidden button inside him. “Right.”

The silver ring in her eyebrow twitched up as if she knew exactly what he’d been thinking. “Nah, never mind. I know how you can help. Leave.”

About The author

Roni LorenRoni wrote her first romance novel at age fifteen when she discovered writing about boys was way easier than actually talking to them. Since then, her flirting skills haven’t improved, but she likes to think her storytelling ability has. Though she’ll forever be a New Orleans girl at heart, she now lives in Dallas with her husband and son.

If she’s not working on her latest sexy story, you can find her reading, watching reality television, or indulging in her unhealthy addiction to rockstars, er, rock concerts. Yeah, that’s it. She is the National Bestselling Author of The Loving on the Edge series from Berkley Heat.


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Site: www.roniloren.com
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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


Not Vanilla: Spanking by Jennifer Lynne and Roz Lee-Review and Promotion

Not Vanilla: Spanking by Jenifer Lynne and Roz Lee-Review and Promotion

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NOT VANILLA: Spanking by Jennifer Lynne and Roz Lee

ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date September 22, 2015

A tempting 2-in-1 bundle that is so erotic it will turn your cheeks pink!

First Time by Jennifer Lynne – On their anniversary weekend away, will a spanking paddle help re-kindle Grace and Henry’s waning libido, or will their first kinky time also be their last?

Domestic Discipline by Roz Lee – How can April tell the man she’s promised to marry that she needs more in the bedroom…that she needs a good spanking?

This sexy duo will take you into the erotic world of spanking and being spanked, offering a tantalizing glimpse into a range of flavors that are definitely not vanilla!

Contains erotic content including sex scenes and spanking, suitable for Adult readers only.


FIRST TIME by Jennifer Lynne
When I suggested a weekend away to rekindle the flame of our fifteen year old marriage, I had no idea Henry would take it as an opportunity to bust out the credit card at our local sex shop. But now I’m sitting in this country cottage on Saturday night, surrounded by nothing but forest for miles in every direction, and staring at my husband holding the spanking paddle as I wonder if I really have the nerve to bend over and let him use it. ~ Grace

REVIEW: FIRST TIME follows Grace and Henry as they celebrate fifteen years of marriage. Their sex life has become predictable and with the arrival of children a loss of intimacy and fun. When Grace books an anniversary weekend cottage getaway Henry hopes to put some spark back into the marriage with a little bit of spanking and a few sexual toys.

The novelette is a quick read that reveals a little bit of Grace’s previous history, and Henry’s need to dominate the woman he loves. Told from alternating first person points of view we are pulled into the thoughts and desires of two people who feel that life has become complacent, along with the $ex in their marriage. Jennifer Lynne’s FIRST TIME looks at spanking as a form of discipline that will lead to a profession of love. The discipline is limited to spanking with a little bit of nipple and anal play as an added bonus; there is no bondage or darkness seeping into the need or desires.


I can’t imagine not marrying Brendan, but I can’t bring this discontent into our marriage either. My friend, Beth, is right. I have to talk to my fiancé, but how do you tell a man who does everything right in the bedroom that you need more–that you need him to spank you? ~ April

REVIEW: DOMESTIC DISCIPLINE follows April as she secretly wishes for something more from her relationship with her fiancé Brendan but embarrassment overrides her ability to communicate what it is she wants and needs from her man.

Told from first person point of view (April) Roz Lee blends several of her previous storyline couples into each novelette installment giving a familiarity to each successive story. DOMESTIC DISCIPLINE is a short story that focuses on spanking and discipline, and what it takes to get the kink back into April and Brendan’s life. The $ex scenes are graphic and erotic, with a little bit of anal play.

NOT VANILLA: SPANKING looks at two couples whose #$ex lives have become predictable, boring and a little too vanilla. Each of our couples looks to spanking as a form of foreplay both in and out of the bedroom. The language is sexually graphic; consent is never in question; love is the underlying premise.

Reading Order and previous reviews
Not Vanilla: Voyeurism
Not Vanilla: Bondage

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Reviewed by Sandy


FIRST TIME by Jennifer Lynne


“Now, Grace. I’m waiting.” Impatience flares briefly in Henry’s features, and then disappears behind the stranger’s mask. This is my husband, and yet somehow it’s not.
My instinct is to immediately bend down and grab my ankles; let him do whatever he wants. The wet slickness that coats the seam between my legs is testament to how much I want to comply. My mind has yet to catch up with my body, though, and for some reason it won’t release the fear that is still holding me captive.
So I play for time and challenge him instead. “Why are you talking like that?” I know why. Of course I do, and yet these stupid questions spill out of my mouth. “Since when is that your thing?” I nod toward the paddle he’s cradling. It’s a style I would have bought myself, if I’d had the nerve. It’s quite large—a good beginner tool, because the larger head diffuses the impact. It’s made of wood, and I can see one side is cushioned with a padded leather cover. Henry is stroking that side on his palm. Clearly he loves the feel of it against his skin, and I have to confess, the thought of that leather caressing my body sends a signal straight to my sex. A breath catches in my throat as my long-dormant clit awakes with a throb.
This weekend might be just what we need, after all.
A slap echoes through the room in a loud staccato and I jump, but he’s struck his own palm, not me. I catch a sudden glitter in his eyes before it’s gone, equally fast. That glimpse shows me just how much Henry really wants this, and I shiver at the realization that I’m going to get a proper spanking tonight.
He smacks the paddle against his palm a second time, and then starts to circle around me, pacing slowly as if studying my form. He pauses when he reaches my back, and a caress meanders down my spine. It’s too rigid to be his fingers. It feels firm and yet somehow slightly squishy. Perhaps he has the paddle on its edge, angled more toward the padded leather side? Goose bumps form along the wandering trail he creates, and when he reaches my butt cheeks he keeps going, sliding the implement into my crevice and continuing the forward swipe.
I look down and see the edge poking out from my mound, and then it swivels slightly until the flat side rests against my pussy.
“Time to do what you’re told, Gracie.” His voice sounds much closer than I expect. A puff of breath warms my skin in that sensitive crick between shoulder and neck, and I arch my head almost involuntarily to one side, willing him to kiss me there. He doesn’t, but his mouth is so close my nerve endings react as if he has. Somehow, he has branded me without a single touch of his lips.





“Babe.” Brendan’s arms enfold me against the starched white cotton covering his chest. “I knew I’d find you here.”
His heartbeat against my cheek is a reminder of how steady this man is. “I didn’t want to be alone,” I say, squeezing my arms tight around his waist. It’s like hugging a slab of marble that’s been sitting in the sun all day—solid and warm. He’s wearing my favorite aftershave, the one with base notes of nutmeg and vanilla. My body reacts instantly, softening and preparing to take him inside. For a brief second I’m ashamed the thought of breaking our engagement ever crossed my mind. I could never be happy without Brendan. The hard part will be finding a way to be happy with him.
“I showed up at your place, tired, but needing to hold you before I went to sleep, and where do I find you? At The Lone Star, dancing the night away with my best friend. I should spank your pretty little ass for that.” There’s a teasing quality to his voice I recognize even as his hand lands on my right ass cheek hard enough to make me jump.
Warmth spreads from the point of contact all the way to my pussy and out to the tips of my fingers and toes. My nipples tingle and perk up. God, that feels good. Too good. I clamp my thighs tight, and bury my face in the placket of his shirt, hoping he won’t hear the moan I can’t hold back. Blood rushes past my ears so fast the music playing is nothing more than a faint suggestion.
Wondering what is happening to my body, I clench fists full of Brendan’s shirt. He’s gone still except for the erection growing and pressing into my belly. One broad, callused hand finds flesh above the waistband of my jeans—slips lower to cup my ass skin to skin. “Christ, babe. I never thought you’d like that.”
Leave it to my man to read my reaction for what it is—flaming desire. I don’t have a clue how to play this, whatever it is. All I know is, the playful spanking lit me up. I haven’t been this horny in recent memory. Desperate to hold onto this feeling, I chance looking up and get lost in the depth of his gaze.
“You want to play this out, babe?”
God, yes. I bite my lower lip and dip my chin in a barely there nod. One hand on the small of my back, the other still cupping my ass beneath my jeans, he snuggles me closer. His chin rests on the top of my head. His unmistakable erection presses between us. My breathing matches his, shallow and rapid. I don’t really know what’s going to happen, how he intends to play this out, but knowing he’s as turned on as I am gives me courage. I can see this through if he’s with me.
“Stay with me, babe.” He slips his hand out of my pants, pushes me away. The sparkle in his eyes and the way his lips fall short of flatlining clue me in a second before he grabs my hand. “I told you not to leave the house tonight.” He grabs my purse off the table and shoves it at me. Instinctively, I clutch it to my breasts.
“You know what happens when you disobey me.”
Before I can signal my girlfriends with a wink or even an eye roll, he’s dragging me toward the front of the bar. I have no idea what happens when I disobey Brendan, but God, it promises to be good.





Melting Point (Hot in Chicago 1.5) by Kate Meader-a review

MELTING POINT (Hot in Chicago 1.5) by Kate Meader-a review

Melting Point

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ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date August 31, 2015

Firefighter Gage Simpson has it all: the job of his dreams, the family of his heart, and no shortage of hot guys lining up to share his bed. “Fun and easy” is his motto—and it’s kept him sunny through a painful upbringing and steered him away from trouble. But when trouble comes knocking in the form of a sexy, scarred, tattooed chef with a harrowing past and zero communication skills, Gage can’t help but be drawn to the flame.

Brady Smith isn’t fun. And easy isn’t in his vocabulary. When cocky Gage swaggers into his restaurant kitchen, the former Marine-turned-five-star-chef is blindsided by the firefighter’s beauty. Then confused that this golden guy with the sparkling blue eyes and the body of a god might be interested in him. As desire flares and temperatures rise, Gage and Brady will have to figure out if the heat between them is just a temporary flash—or the beginning of something real.


REVIEW: MELTING POINT is the second installment (and novella) in Kate Meader’s contemporary, adult Hot in Chicago erotic romance series focusing on the men and women in uniform of the Chicago Police and Fire Departments. This is executive chef and Marine veteran Brady Smith, and twenty four year old firefighter and model Gage Simpson’s storyline.

NOTE: MELTING POINT contains graphic scenes of M/M sexual imagery, and is recommended for readers 18+.

Told from dual third person perspectives MELTING POINT focuses on the building relationship between Gage and Brady. Brady is a former Marine whose physical and emotional scars are the stuff of nightmares, survivor’s guilt and PTSD. His attraction to sexy firefighter Gage Simpson places Brady in a tenuous position as he is unable to bear the pity and touch of another human being. But Gage is a man who isn’t afraid to go for what he wants, and Gage wants Brady in his bed and in his life. What ensues is Gage’s seduction of Brady Smith breaking down the barriers both of our storyline heroes have erected to protect their hearts and their souls. When Brady gets injured while out on his bike, Gage places himself as nurse and protector for the man who calls to his heart.

The relationship between Gage and Brady is one of immediate attraction. Our leading couple met in the previous storyline (Flirting With Fire #1) where Gage’s attraction to Brady was met with rejection and incredulity. Brady is unable to understand Gage’s attraction to his emotionally damaged mind and scarred-up body; Brady had issues of intimacy and touch; and in this Brady believes that their sexual relationship has a time limit until Gage finds someone better. Gage isn’t looking for a one-night stand but he is a man who is looking for lots of hot and sweaty $ex. The $ex scenes are erotic, intense, passionate and graphic.

The world building pulled the focus of the storyline away from the Fire Department and into the bedroom of its two leading characters. Although we get a quick glimpse into Gage’s kitchen ability with the CPD, there was only a quick reference to firefighting. Where Flirting With Fire (book 1) introduced the leading players in Kate Meader’s HOT IN CHICAGO series, MELTING POINT kept its focus on the two storyline characters. We are re-introduced to Mayor Eli Cooper whose history with Chef Brady Smith goes beyond friendship-he has first hand knowledge of the hell Brady endured in an Afghanistan prison, and he is hoping to play matchmaker between Brady and Gage.

MELTING POINT is a fast paced storyline that focuses on recovery and letting go of the past-not just for Brady Smith but for Gage as well. There are moments of heartbreak for two men whose earlier years were filled with pain and betrayal; and the growing tenderness as they learn to love and trust one another-in the here and now. Kate Meader blends a little bit of fire with a whole lot of heat as one of Chicago’s finest finds his happily ever after.

Reviewed by Sandy

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Flirting With Fire
Hot in Chicago #1
by Kate Meader
Genre: adult, contemporary, erotic, romance
Release Date: March 24, 2015

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Flirting with FireFLIRTING WITH FIRE ( Hot in Chicago #1) by Kate Meader

About the book: Release Date March 24, 2015

Savvy PR guru Kinsey Taylor has always defined herself by her career, not her gender. That is, until she moved from San Francisco to Chicago to be with her fiancé who thought she wasn’t taking her “job” of supporting him in his high-powered career seriously enough—and promptly dumped her for a more supportive and “feminine” nurse. Now, as the new assistant press secretary to Chicago’s dynamic mayor, she’s determined to keep her eye on the prize: no time to feel inferior because she’s a strong, kick-ass woman, and certainly no time for men.

But that all changes when she meets Luke Almeida, a firefighter as searingly sexy as he is quick-tempered. He’s also the second oldest of the Firefightin’ Dempseys, a family of foster siblings who have committed their lives to the service—if Luke’s antics don’t get him fired first. When Luke goes one step too far and gets into a bar brawl with the Chicago Police Department, Kinsey marches into Luke’s firehouse and lays down the law on orders from the mayor. But at Engine Co. 6, Luke Almeida is the law. And he’s not about to let Kinsey make the rules.


Unsaid (The Manhattanites #3) by Avery Aster-Review and Book Tour

Unsaid (The Manhattanites #3) by Avery Aster -Review and Book Tour

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The Manhattanites #3
by Avery Aster
Genre: adult, contemporary, romance, erotica, M/M
Release Date: September 1, 2015


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ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date September 1, 2015

Chelsea’s hottie Blake Morgan III has reemerged from a nasty breakup. His marriage was a frigid disaster beyond repair, and he vows to be single—forever. Bruised, but still hot in Prada, he creates his Seven Desires wish list, his sexiest imaginings. Blake soon realizes there’s only one man he may trust to make these uninhibited intentions come to fruition: his best friend Miguel Santana.

Lower East Side multimedia artist extraordinaire Miguel Santana may be known as the cocky Latin stud in the city, but all he’s wanted since college was Blake’s hand in marriage. He was livid when Blake walked down the aisle with the wrong guy. Miguel has his own list titled the Seven Needs, which are quite contrary to Blake’s dirty-boy deeds. They involve serious commitments, which may leave his new-to-the-singles-scene buddy sprinting for the door, destroying any hopes Miguel has for happiness.

Can these two hunks conquer their intimate fears and love one another as only best friends can? Join the star-studded cast in The Manhattanites series and see for yourself!


NOTE: UNSAID is an extremely explicit and sexually graphic storyline of erotica with M/M sexual situations. Some scenes may not be suitable for all readers.

REVIEW: UNSAID is the third installment in Avery Aster’s contemporary, adult The Manhattanites erotica, romance series focusing on a tight knit group of friends in Manhattan burb of Chelsea in New York City. This is magazine editor Blake Morgan III, and artist Miguel Santana’s second chance storyline-a friends to lovers tale of unrequited love and a decade of regrets. UNSAID can be read as a stand alone although each installment builds upon the previous storyline’s premise.

Told from several third person points of view UNSAID is an ensemble story with several intersecting storylines and premises. Blake’s recent divorce has left our hero lost and broken; his past is darkened with dangerous secrets that find Blake hiding in plain sight from the man who all but destroyed his life. Enter Miguel Santana, a dominant and Blake’s one-time best friend, and the man who has loved Blake from afar. Blake is oblivious to Miguel’s feelings, but will accept everything Miguel has to offer even if he has to venture outside of his comfort zone with $ex and submission.

Throughout the storyline we are witness to Vive’s spiral into the abyss. Vive is besties with most of the series characters and has had issues with addiction in the past. But Vive’s drinking is out of control and she isn’t afraid to hold back when everyone else’s life moves forward as she continues to struggle with the past.

Lex and Massimo’s (Unscrupulous #1) upcoming nuptials have hit a bump in the road. While their friend’s lives begin to implode, Lex and Masi receive news of a different kind that has Lex questioning the present and the future.

UNSAID is a sexually graphic storyline wherein nothing is off limits between consenting adults but I want to point out that some of the consent is ‘dubious’; the acceptance of what was occurs after the fact; our hero Blake is a submissive but is unsure what it is he wants from the man with whom he has fallen in love. Miguel pushes the limits of Blake’s comfort and in this, there are some questionable scenes of dominance and submission.

THE MANHATTANITES, and thusly UNSAID is a character driven series that focuses on friendships, addictions, lovers and kink. Avery Aster will push your comfort level with Miguel’s need to dominate the man that he loves when said man isn’t aware of his need to be dominated. Emotions run high throughout the storyline; Avery Aster isn’t afraid to tell it like it is.

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Reviewed by Sandy

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NOTE: Excerpt is recommend for 18years and older due to sexually graphic content

He went over and peeled his nylon sweats off as Miguel watched, then dropped to his knees on the mattress. Game on. He lowered his shoulders and crawled forward, palms out as a panther approaching a meal. Hungry, reaching for his friend’s cock with his right
hand, Blake stroked his shaft with his left. He witnessed his friend’s eyes roll back in pleasure. Other than his own, he hadn’t held a cock in his hands in years. Miguel’s pink head deserved his attention. A little freaked out by how easy this was, by how natural it
felt, Blake tried to stay calm and just go with it.
Miguel moaned louder in Spanish then ordered, “You’re going to be a good niño and suck my cock.”
Nodding in agreement, he asked, “And then?”
“Don’t use your hands.” Cupping his fingers around Blake’s jawline, Miguel brushed his thumb over his lips.
“I’ll keep my hands behind my back.” He clasped his palms by the floor.
“Once I’m nice and hard, I’m gonna face-fuck you, hard.” He glanced down at his dick. “When I come, you’ll swallow me—whole, understand?”
“Is there anything else, boss man?” He pretended he’d swallow, but would spit it out, like they did in adult films. Yes, that was what he’d do. Or take it on his chest, or maybe his face. Maybe.
Miguel rested himself on the mattress. “Get started.”
Supercharged with enthusiasm, he leaned forward and nipped at Miguel’s dick. He ran his tongue in long strokes along his shaft. Spice, sweet and exotic, enveloped his senses. By far the biggest he’d seen, the dick was thick, too. Licking under the shaft, he
produced enough lube to do his duty.
“Taste good?”
“Ah-huh…” He couldn’t believe he was doing this.
“Let me watch you. Take me. Come on, boy.”
First, his lips glided down. The satiny penis head hit the roof of his mouth. He opened wider. A dive down further pressed his face all the way up against the crotch. The black pubes tickled his cheeks.
“Doing good, boy.”
The cock twitched and slid in more. Deeper. Careful not to scrape the skin, his two front teeth rested at the base of his dick.
He looked up at his Latin God with a grin.
Miguel blew him a kiss and seduced Blake to continue. As their playfulness increased, he wondered for a split second what else he’d do for his best friend.
His tongue laced the nuts as he took him in further. Still nervous to pump the dick with his mouth, he continued to suck, sweetly. His nostrils burned. He thirsted for more.
“Fuck!” Miguel shouted. “Take my entire cock, chico guapo.” He pressed his body against Blake’s face. “Caliente.”
He jerked back.
His top became more fired up.



Series Spotlight

Unscrupulous 1UNSCRUPULOUS
(The Manhattanites #1)
by Avery Aster
Genre: adult, contemporary, erotica, romance

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ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date August 2013

At thirty-three Warner Truman is one of the richest men on the planet, a spa mogul who buys and sells resorts at will. He holds powerful executive’s careers in his well-groomed hands. Nothing is beyond Warner’s reach…until he meets her.

Stunning, tantalizing, and perverse, Taddy Brill captivates Warner’s carnal desire like no woman he’s ever met. A self-made millionaire, Taddy is tougher than steel, more brilliant than diamonds and, at twenty-seven, she’s never depended on a man for anything…until she meets him.

The more Taddy plays with Warner’s affections, driving him to erotic heights, the more she is confronted by a dark past. But before she can love him, Taddy must meet her worst fears head-on or risk losing it all, including herself.


REVIEW: UNSCRUPULOUS is the first instalment and prequel storyline in Avery Aster’s contemporary, erotic series focusing on four best friends (ala Sex in the City). This is Tabitha (Taddy) Brill and hotel billionaire Warner Truman’s story.

The focus of the story follows successful public relations consultant Taddy Brill and the man who will eventually steal her heart. The reader is jetted around the world from Manhattan to Portugal to Cannes and home. As the owner of Brill, Inc, Taddy is thrust into the world of the rich and famous; up and coming; and wanna-be stars of today and tomorrow but it is a world with which she is all too familiar. But one thing is missing in Taddy’s life and that is love; the love of family. Her best friends Vive, Lexie and Blake have always been there for her and without their support Taddy would be lost. Her friends are her family and she isn’t willing to let anyone get close enough to tear another hole in her heart. Enter uber rich and sexy Warner Truman and Taddy knows she could lose her heart and so much more.

The relationship between Warner and Taddy begins as a quick sexual encounter in Portugal that is interrupted before it has had a chance to begin. Several months later, Taddy will walk into Warner’s life once again, and this time he is not willing to let anything or anyone interfere in his plans. Taddy will be his and he will do everything to ensure that he never loses her again.

UNSCRUPULOUS is a story about friendship. Friends who are willing to go to the mat for you; have your back; and pay it forward. This is also a story about letting go of the hurt and pain of the past where children are nothing more than accessories in their parent’s lives and accessories that can be placed in a box and taken out only when necessary. This is also a story about finding the one person in your life that will always be there, no matter the demons that continue to knock at your door or call your phone.

Avery Aster writes a sexually erotic storyline with a little bit of humor; a lot of friends; and a travel agenda that will add those air miles to your frequent flyer card. I have enjoyed the series so far.

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Reviewed by Sandy


(The Manhattanites #2)
by Avery Aster
Genre: adult, contemporary, romance, erotica
Release Date: February 2013

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Book 1 in The Manhattanites series.

Milan’s notorious playboy, Prince Tittoni, seems to have everything—Lamborghinis, exotic women, palaces throughout Europe and business success. Ramping up his fabric company to go global with a new apparel brand, he ruthlessly stops supplying fabrics to the American client who inspired the collection. But once they meet, what’s he willing to give to get her in his bed?

Upper East Side designer Lex Easton has already endured her fair share of hard knocks. She’ll be damned if she’ll let an Italian stud muffin knock her down. So what if she named her favorite vibrator after him? With Fashion Week approaching, she’ll do whatever it takes to secure the fabrics she needs to make her clothing line an international success—even sleep with her rival.

Lex’s Louboutins are dug in deep to win this war. All’s fair in love and fashion!

Inside Scoop: Though the hero and heroine remain monogamous, their Prada-wearing friends indulge in a ménage a trois and other fashionable sexual fun and games.



NOTE: This series is not intended for anyone under the age if eighteen. The sex scenes are graphic; the language is strong.

UNDRESSED is the second storyline in Avery Aster’s new adult contemporary erotic The Manhattanites series focusing on the rich and powerful. This is Prince Masi and Lex Easton’s storyline.

Lex Easton owns her own line of casual clothing but when the fabric supplier suddenly backs out and refuses shipment, Lex makes an emergency trip to Milan only to discover that the infamous Prince Massimo Tittoni has withheld shipment for personal and business reasons. Knowing that this will probably bankrupt her company, Lex is willing to offer a compromise but Prince Masi offers a deal she will not refuse. But in the end, it may be Masi who loses more than he had bargained for.

Avery Aster weaves an erotic tale of sex and a struggle for power in an industry that changes its’ mind every few months. The heroine is willing to exchange sex to save her business and in this, the storyline begins an intricate dance of eroticism and the building of a relationship between two people who share more than a common interest in the world of fashion.

The secondary characters play integral roles in the storyline and each will have a story to tell. From Prince Masi’s driver, fashion designer and aide, to Lex’s BFFs who own and operate million dollar franchises. Avery Aster has spread the seeds for upcoming novels where, once again, the rich and powerful of Manhattan and Europe will meet in an exotic dance of sex and sensuality.

UNDRESSED is an erotic adventure where two people discover that keeping business and pleasure separate does not always work out they way they planned. Sometimes the heart falls harder when you finally realize that the one that got away, is the one who owns your soul.

Reviewed by Sandy

About the author

New York Times bestselling author Avery Aster pens The Manhattanites, a contemporary erotic romance series of full-length, stand-alone novels, and the naughty new adult prequel companion series The Undergrad Years.

As a resident of New York City and a graduate from New York University, Avery gives readers an inside look at the city’s glitzy nightlife, socialite sexcapades and tall tales of the über-rich and ultra-famous.


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