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Seducing the Jackal by Seressia Glass

Seducing_the_Jackal_full-570x901Title: Seducing the Jackal

Series: Sons of Anubis #1

Author: Seressia Glass

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Length: Novella

Publisher: Harlequin Nocturne Cravings (April 1st, 2013)

Reviewer: Thommie

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4 Hearts

Blurb: Centuries ago, tragedy severed the alliance between the jackal shifters and powerful Egyptian priestesses. But when four of his brothers succumb to a deadly curse, clan commander Markus kidnaps one of the witches and insists she undo the evil magic.

Although Tia can undo the curse, she insists her coven is not behind it–and she is shaken to her core by her intense attraction to her captor. The sparks between them quickly ignite, filling them both with passion and power unlike anything they’ve ever known. Will it be enough to heal the rift between their peoples?

Product Link: http://ebooks.harlequin.com/317C915C-2D99-4511-8CA6-40D5A83A205A/10/141/en/ContentDetails.htm?ID=C7890133-29C4-4835-886D-CC1007067636

Review: And so starts a series that promises fun, action and some serious romance. The Sons of Anubis is the new series by Seressia Glass with the first book Seducing the Jackal making an impressing debut.

The core of the story is a new take on the ancient Egyptian myths focusing on the god, Anubis, protector of the dead, and Isis, goddess of motherhood, fertility and magic. The Sons of Anubis and Daughters of Isis in this lore have been allies once upon a time, fighting side by side with the Sons hunting the unwilling dead and taking them back to the afterlife and the Daughters protecting/healing the Sons. However a tragedy severed the bond that once united them and now, through four millennia the Jackals and the Priestesses are in animosity.

This story begins with Markus, the leader of the Jackals, kidnapping Tia, a Daughter of Isis, in order to make her undo the curse that has befallen onto two of his brothers. Markus is convinced that the Daughters have cursed his Jackals for revenge and Tia, although willing to help, cannot agree with him, even though all evidence leads to that conclusion. To make matters worse there is this huge sexual intensity between them, something they haven’t felt before. But the Jackal and the witches are enemies and anything between them is impossible… Isn’t it?

This story really appealed to me. I cannot help melting into a puddle when ancient myths are involved and I have to say this take is more than alluring. The power chemistry between Markus and Tia is absolutely wonderful. The story starts with a great deal of animosity putting both characters simultaneously into a fight mode and enhancing their appeal. But, when the hormones start flying and the sexual intensity rises, then there is this fantastic spark that electrifies the entire plot and you with it.

Tia as a character is brilliant, what with her powers being hidden beneath and manifesting in huge amounts the more her passions grow. As for Marcus, dear gods, what a character, how magnificent. Makes one wish he wasn’t a fiction character, but indeed alive. I loved them both and boy, did they feel perfect for each other.

The story becomes even better when action takes place and the fighting, that I wouldn’t have expected, actually happened. I think that is exactly what made me a fan of this newborn series. The fact that it has more depth and action than just romance. I can’t wait to see how the story will continue. Hooking indeed.

So I will recommend this to all you that love a good romance tinged with some action and back by a brilliant lore, all wrapped in crackling heat and intense sensuality.

 

 
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Posted by on May 5, 2013 in Book Review

 

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Posted by on April 2, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Temporary Position by Scarlett Parrish

Title: Temporary Position

Author: Scarlett Parrish

ISBN: 978-0-85715-800-0

Publisher: Total-E-Bound Publishing (October 31, 2011)

Genre: Ménage à Trois MFM/ Contemporary

Format/Length: Novella (53 pages) 172 KB

Heat Level: moderate/explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4Hearts

Reviewer: Artemis

From the Publisher:   Jess Ludlow’s spent three months trying to pretend she didn’t kiss two work colleagues after a staff dinner. They might not all work in the same department store but they’re employees of the same parent company and these things have a habit of refusing to be forgotten. The biggest problem is deciding what she regrets more – kissing Tyler and Sebastian at all, or walking away.

Both men have a vacancy only Jess can fill. A staffing dilemma gives them the perfect excuse to draft her in, and a brief window of opportunity to convince her they have unfinished business. Tyler can sweet-talk her in English, Sebastian’s fluent in Swedish, so between them (which is where Jess belongs); they’re ready to pull out all the stops.

And the nipple clamps.

About the Author:   Scarlett Parrish was born at a young age on Planet Earth where she still spends most of her time. Possessed of an unholy lust for James Purefoy, she sometimes ventures out to stock up on chocolate, hurrying home again before the sun burns her to a cinder. Once James realizes she’s the only woman who can make him happy, she plans to rise up, take over the world and have a nice cup of tea.

Clearly, she forgot to take her medication before writing this author bio, but she does have splendid taste in music, the ability to leap tall buildings in a single bound and no idea why she’s talking about herself in the third person.

My Review:   This is the first work from this author that I have read and there were things I liked about it and things I would have liked to see done differently. Jess has spent months agonizing over her behavior after an office party. She kissed 2 different coworkers (at the same time) and the memory of it just won’t leave her alone. When she is asked to take a temporary position in their store she jumps at the chance…concerned that it might happen again but excited about the idea as well!

Jesse is a competent and take charge employee and Sebastian and Tyler are both fun-loving and charismatic. The characters genuinely enjoy one another’s company, banter with each other lightheartedly and their interactions seem comfortable. I really enjoyed the author’s writing style.

There were two things that bothered me about the story itself. The first one is a minor issue…Throughout the book, Jess, Tyler, and Sebastian interact with each other in a teasing, fun, and friendly manner. However, when it comes to the actual sex scenes I thought they seemed a little impersonal. Hot, yes, but I think I expected a little bit more romance to go along with it.

The biggest problem I had with it was that it ended very abruptly…I literally thought my copy had gotten cut off somehow! One minute they are in a sexy little encounter and the next minute the book is finished! I think that the author should have drawn the story out a little bit more so we at least know what happens to the character’s relationship at the end.

Overall, though, the writing it quite good. The author created characters I really liked and their interactions and conversations flowed smoothly. I am looking forward to reading more books by her!

 
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Posted by on February 8, 2012 in Book Review

 

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Posted by on January 13, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Detention by Stephanie Williams

Title:  Detention

Author:  Stephanie Williams

Genre:  Interracial, Cougar, light bondage, Erotic romance

Length: Novel

Publisher:  Decadent Publishing Company (August 24, 2011)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating:  ♥♥♥♥♥5Hearts

Blurb:  Hot for the High School principal?

You bet! What’s a woman to do when her former student comes back and reveals to her that he wants keep her for detention?

Mia Bradford is the principal of Fremont High. She’s uncompromising and believes in tough love for her students. In fact, she’s helped many of them reach their full potential. She’s always happy to reconnect with them years later and see what they have accomplished in life. But one student in particular is making her more than a little nervous.

Brett Wyndam has seen and done a lot in his life, a lot of it rewarding and some of it tragic. But the one dream he hasn’t realized in his life is the one thing he’s always wanted: Mia Bradford. When he attended Fremont, he’d served detention under her, time after time. Now that he’s back in town, eight years later, it’s time to turn the tables and fulfill a promise to himself.

Can Brett get Mia to be honest with herself and explore the desires she’s harboring? Or will the past get in the way and ruin what could be a loving, but admittedly unconventional, relationship?

Product Link:  http://www.decadentpublishing.com/product_info.php?manufacturers_id=69&products_id=331&osCsid=193041371e45ceaede1951cb0e9a90b5

Reviewer:  Portia

Review:  If you’ve read my reviews, you’ll probably know that I am not a big fan of BDSM,  especially of the interracial variety.  I get caught up in word choices and interpersonal dynamics and end up breaking out in my own rendition of “We Shall Overcome.”  Oh, and did I mention, I just don’t get the whole Cougar phenom?

That being said, Stephanie Williams has managed to create a marriage of these three genres without offending my delicate sensibilities.  In fact, this story had me looking online to see if I was too late to sign up to teach a spring class or two.  (Community College…I haven’t grown that much.)

This story is three degrees past hot.  Brett has taken the time since high school to not only work on his academic education, but also his sexual one.  When he finds himself with a bit of time on his hands, he knows it’s time to claim the woman he has always recognized as his perfect submissive.  Mia’s first mind is to run for the hills.  But, something about Brett has her risking all to finally be with a man who can “handle” her.

Now the road to their happy-ever-after isn’t without a few speed bumps.  But, they get there.  If you are like me and thought an interracial, Cougar erotic romance with a touch of kink couldn’t possibly keep your attention, I beg you to rethink that position and click on the product link above.  This read is worth every cent you’ll spend…trust me. 😉

 

 
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Posted by on October 30, 2011 in Book Review

 

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The Wanting by Shyla Colt

Title:  The Wanting

Series:  The D’Shar Men 01

Author:  Shyla Colt

Genre:  Interracial, Futuristic, Paranormal Romance

Length: Novel

Publisher:  Evernight Publishing

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating:  ♥♥♥3Hearts

Blurb:  Phelan D’Shar knew agent Zasha Johnson was his mate the moment she walked into his classroom. At the time, her age and his position as her professor kept him from acting on his desires.

When the biological mating period known as The Wanting hits, it ignites a passion that neither can resist. Will the icy Zasha run from her feelings or embrace the man who melts her heart?

Product Link:  http://www.evernightpublishing.com/products/The-Wanting-by-Shyla-Colt.html

Reviewer:  Portia

Review:  Is it me, or does every other paranormal book you pick up involve a mating heat that the main characters are helpless to control?  What happens when you find your mate, but the timing sucks…major?

Shyla Colt has written a fresh take on finding a mate.  When Phelan found his mate, he immediately recognizes The Wanting for what it is.  He also knows that his mate is too young, so he waits. Years of crushing on her old professor don’t make finding out he’s her destined mate any easier for Zasha.  She has her own reasons for running from the Wanting.

This was my first Shyla Colt read and I’m not going to lie, I did have some readability issues early on, but that was editorial stuff.  The premise of this book was great; the dialog highly erotic and the overall pace for the romance nice.

I look forward to more from this author in the future and have no doubt she will be a strong voice within the paranormal genre.

 

 
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Posted by on October 30, 2011 in Book Review

 

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Buttercream by Roslyn Hardy Holcomb

Title:  Buttercream

Author:  Roslyn Hardy Holcomb

Genre:  Interracial erotic romance

Length: Novella

Publisher:  Loose Id (July 19, 2011)

Heat Level: Explicit

 

 

Kiss Rating: 4.5 Kisses

Blurb:  Like the sinfully decadent treats she whips up in her bakery, Poppy Blakemore is irresistible, even to a battle scarred warrior like Matthew McAlister. Unfortunately, except for a love for delicious pastry and a passion so hot it leaves them scorched in its wake, the two of them have nothing in common. He is a straight-as-an arrow helicopter pilot who has been traumatized by combat, while she struggles to reconcile her capitalist tendencies with her counter-culture background.

The passion between them is undeniable, but Poppy knows that anything more than a sexual relationship is out of the question. Matthew wants so much more. Are sex and buttercream going to be enough to hold them together, or is their love doomed like an overcooked madeleine?

Publisher’s Note: This book contains explicit sexual content and graphic language.

Reviewer: Portia

Review:  I loved this book.  It was so refreshing to find an interracial book that didn’t mention race.  Not to say that race isn’t important…but, come on…is it really the only obstacle a couple can face?

Okay, off my soapbox.  Poppy and Matthew are very different people.  She was raised by hippies and her family portrait looks like a Benetton ad.  Matthew is a professional soldier.  Despite their difference, they are burning up the sheets on their first date.  Now for those of you who aren’t black women, you might not understand what a no-no that is.  There is an unwritten rule that plainly states that men you sleep with after a first date are shelved in the booty-call box.  Matthew obviously didn’t get that memo.  As far as he is concerned, it was just a fabulous beginning.  Unfortunately…Poppy didn’t get that memo.

Lots of issues may have been avoided if they had talked about their relationship, but they were too busy knocking’ boots at every opportunity.

In addition to some very well written, steamy sex scenes, I loved Matthew.  He is so beautifully flawed.  I know it’s expected to have an Alpha man starring in any romance novel, but Matthew is more like a real guy who reacts like a real guy.  Whether he is trying to sweet talk Poppy out of her panties, reliving his time in Afghanistan, or licking his wounded pride, he was beautifully written.

The only reason I didn’t give this 5 kisses was Poppy.  I’m not sure what I was waiting for with her…but I know I didn’t get it.

This was a much more sensuous read than anything else I’ve read by Roslyn Hardy Holcomb.  I was very pleased to discover she could up the heat without losing any of the sweetness that I expect when I pick up one of her books.  I highly recommend this book.

 
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Posted by on September 24, 2011 in Book Review

 

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