Guest Author & Giveaway: Cari Silverwood featuring Make Me Yours Evermore

Friday, December 27

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My guest today is Erotic Romance author Cari Silverwood.  She writes dark Erotic Romance in her Pierced Hearts series.  I like BDSM romance, but when it enters into realms that I'm not comfortable with....well, then it's just not for me.  I have definite BDSM romance limits, do you?  

Because of that I asked Cari to talk about how dark is too dark in Erotic Romance.  Enjoy!

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How dark is too dark in Erotic Romance?  Exploring the fuzzy zone.


The more capture fantasy stories I write, the more I’ve come to realize that too dark varies from person to person. My first book in the series, Take Me, Break me, was written to have a foot in both camps. I wanted to make readers wonder if it was dark, or just another ‘light’ BDSM romance.

For some, it was so dark that even though they liked that book, they couldn’t read the next one. For others, it was too light and fluffy. It’s the same with anything in life. For some any BDSM is too dark, for others it’s when a story ventures into the dubious consent or even the non-consent zone. And there are some readers who will read almost anything erotic.

I think once you call a story a romance, it does become harder to write a darkly erotic plot. Where’s the romance going to be if you want to see the hero hung, drawn, and quartered? You have to admit that pours a big bucket of cold water over any romance.

That’s assuming it’s the hero who does the naughty, icky things to our heroine. The balance between liking a bad boy and wanting him castrated is rather tricky if there’s been forced seduction. But what if it’s not him but, say, a bunch of badass vampires. They suck our lady mostly dry of blood and then seduce her into sex with them, and our hero gets to do the rescue. Ta da. Different type of erotic darkness. The hero is still a pure hero. The romance is easy to write in.

There are so many ways to approach the darkness.

Every book I’ve written in the Pierced Hearts series explores a slightly different angle of darkness. In Take Me, Break me, Klaus inflicts all the dubious naughtiness because Jodie sets it in motion. It begins consensual. She says, "yes, please pretend to abduct me", and then when Klaus runs wild with this new power he’s been given, she never quite says no. For me, that book was pure romance. With a touch of dubiousness.

With Book 2, Bind and Keep me, Klaus is forced, by a series of horrific events, into kidnapping a woman to keep himself and Jodie safe. What happens after that is a slow descent into ever more dubious territory. But all the way, Klaus is struggling with his immorality. I like writing dub con, but I think I like it even more when the man is almost as tortured as the woman. That mental conflict makes the tension scorching hot.

In Book 3, Make me Yours Evermore, my men, Andreas and Chris quickly cross the line between good guys and bad guys. There is some internal struggling as in why am I doing this to her but not a whole lot. Chris, for one, relishes having Kat in his grasp from the very start. A fair amount of the tension/ conflict in this book arises from the human trafficking they become mixed up in.

There is also the battle between the very determined Kat and the men as to who will triumph.

This story was not only dark, but I really squicked myself out in places while writing it. But is there romance? I think there are elements of it. I think perhaps there is more romance than the characters ever admit to themselves.

In Book 4, which is yet to be written, I foresee more romance, because this time the hero is a fairly moral man, despite his criminal past, and what he does to the heroine, he is forced to do. Dark as dark can be, but with good-ish people at the center. That one feels like a delicious story, like it’s rolling around in my mouth waiting to be eaten, and I’m quivering to write it, but it’s not the next one I have planned.


Taking what you want may come at a terrifying price.

Chris calls his darkest, nastiest fantasy into the light of day when he has to kidnap Kat to save a friend. For years, he’s wanted to bring her to her knees.

But claiming her draws attention.  Andreas wants to save Kat, until he sees her response to raw male dominance.  More dangerous are the human traffickers, who regard the acquisition and selling of women as a very high stakes business. And they’re watching. Everything.

Death. The perversion of love. The loss of freedom.
Sometimes there is no choice.


Warning: Capture fantasy; dubious consent; anal play; strap-on; M/f/M and f/f scenes; BDSM themes including caning, spanking, bondage, and piercing, as well as some upside-down naughtiness.  Also contains one Dom gone bad who believes obsession means never having to say you’re sorry.

Enjoy this special excerpt from Make Me Yours Evermore:

The water might be cold but she was warm against my skin. I couldn’t help admiring her curves as I smoothed away the grime of all that had happened to her over the last day. A few times she stirred and pushed at my hand but I persisted. Her skin was pale, accentuating the red of her bra and black of her panties – color coded scraps of cloth that screamed sexual territory. All the best bits were underneath those. Her lips were plump with the promise of kisses. Long legs, female contours…

Damn.

At last the tape loosened and I gently pulled the bits away from each strand of her hair, revealing her face. What color were her eyes? I turned her face upward and stroked her cheek until she opened them.

Gray. A pretty and liquid light gray.

“Hi,” I said softly.

She only groaned quietly and blinked.

When she turned her cheek away and nestled back into me, curving her back and drawing up her legs so the water swirled, I had to clamp down on a surge of emotion. Her eyelids drifted down again. She clung to my leg with both arms – determined yet weak. Her hair swept in lazy arcs against the masculine heaviness of my thigh.

Beauty personified.

I ached somewhere deep inside. What did Chris want to do to her?

The draw to protect her was so strong. I didn’t care what she might or might not have done. So cute all snuggled around me. I’d never had a woman do this. Ever. Not in such a vulnerable way.

“Hey, baby girl.” I stroked her cheek again. “I’m going to get you out of this.”

She stirred but her eyes stayed shut. “Not a baby. Fugg off.”

I chuckled and smiled. “Not a hope.”

Daylight was fading by the time we had her out of the bath and dried off.

When Chris wrist and ankle cuffed her and collared her with black leather, I managed to stay quiet. When he attached a metal leash, I fought not to explode.

Maybe part of this was that I also found her disturbingly sexy all collared and leashed. That scared me.


Thanks Cari for being my guest today!  If you'd like to learn more about author Cari Silverwood and the books she writes you can find her at her website, where you can also sign up for her mailing list to keep up to date with her upcoming books, as well as on Facebook and Twitter.

To celebrate the release of MAKE ME YOURS EVERMORE Cari is giving away a signed print copy of both TAKE ME, BREAK ME and BIND AND KEEP ME as well as a $20 Amazon Gift Card. 


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Friday Fun: After Dark anthology featuring Gena Showalter & Kait Ballenger

Friday, December 20

How's this for a way to start your weekend?

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The AFTER DARK Anthology featuring Gena Showalter's The Darkest Angel and Kait Ballenger's Shadow Hunter is being released in mass market paperback on December 31 and to celebrate they are giving away lots of goodies.


Entry Rules:


PLEASE BE SURE TO READ ENTRY RULES COMPLETELY!

In order to enter, you must email a picture, screen shot or attach a copy of your receipt from your purchase of either the MASS MARKET PAPERBACK or MASS MARKET EBOOK version of After Dark. 

PRIZE PACKAGES:

  • GRAND PRIZE:  Two (2) random entrants will each receive a $100.00 gift card to Amazon.
  • FIRST 10 ENTRANTS:  Will receive a giant SWAG pack that contains a signed bookplate plus bookmarks from Gena along with SWAG from 50+ authors, courtesy of Book Monster Promotions.
  • FIRST 50 ENTRANTS:  Will receive a goodie bag from Kait that includes bookmarks, magnets, pens and other goodies.
  • FIRST 500 ENTRANTS:  Will receive the first chapter of Immortal Hunter, Book #2 in Kait's Execution Underground series for an exclusive peek.  

PLEASE NOTE:   
  • It MUST be the MASS MARKET format to be eligible for the giveaway. Use the links in this post to ensure you are ordering the right formats.
  • Email your receipts to:  kaitballengergiveaway@gmail.com 
  • You have until 1/10/14 to purchase your Mass Market edition and submit your receipt.  
  • Winners will be announced by 1/15/14.

AFTER DARK

Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
Publisher: Harlequin HQN (December 31, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 037377852X
ISBN-13: 978-0373778522


A Timeless Seduction
A Unique Temptation
And a Whole World of Dark Desires…


From New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter….

THE DARKEST ANGEL

Winged warrior Lysander has been alive for centuries, and yet he's never known desire—until he meets Bianka. Spawned from the bloodline of his enemy, the beautiful but deadly Harpy is determined to lead the untouched Lysander into temptation. He may try to evade her attempts, but even the most iron-willed demon assassin can resist for only so long….

And from debut author Kait Ballenger….

SHADOW HUNTER

Vampire hunter Damon Brock's newest assignment with the Execution Underground is Rochester, New York, a city crawling with the undead. But he isn't the only hunter in town gunning for vamp blood. Tiffany Solow is fierce and ruthless when it comes to slaying the monsters that destroyed her family—and she works solo. But being alone is no longer an option when she meets the mysterious hunter who wants more than just her turf. Forced to unite against the local covens, the line between good and evil blurs when they must decide between their lifelong beliefs…and their newfound desires.

MASS MARKET EDITION AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER NOW at Amazon Kindle, Amazon Paperback, and Barnes and Noble.


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Review: Carson's Night by Tracy Cooper-Posey

Thursday, December 12

Title: Carson’s Night*
Author: Tracy Cooper-Posey
Series: The Stonebrood Saga #1

Genre: Paranormal Erotica
Publisher: self published
Format: digital
Date/Year: November 20, 2013
Reviewed by: Melissa
 
*This book was provided to reviewer by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Summary from the publisher:

It's August 1977 in New York city and the stunning new Star Wars movie is smashing all box office records.

The weird sculptor Moss Alex Meinhardt lies dead at the foot of an ugly gargoyle he's half-completed. Natalia Grey's demon hunter father is also dead and his new partner, the astonishingly sexy Carson Connors, can't remember how it happened. Carson isn't sure what role he has played in Natalia's father's death, but after one look at Natalia, he does know that guilty or not, he's doomed.

Vampire lovers, Nick and Damian, have been tracking the Stonebrood clan for nearly a century. When Damian is slashed by one of the clan and barely survives, Nick encourages Tally to take up her father's sword and her heritage as a demon hunter.

Tally learns that the gargoyles Meinhardt carved have been brought to a life they should not have without the help of dark forces she and Carson must defeat -- once the gargoyles have risen. But the night is hours away yet, giving time for Tally and Carson to explore their explosive feelings for each other.

What happened to Carson during the night Tally's father died and what will happen tonight?


Warning: This story features multiple sex scenes, including anal sex, light bondage and the use of sex toys. Do not read this book if frank sexual language and sex scenes offend you.
No vampires or demon hunters came to harm in the making of this book. Gargoyles have been added to the official hunt list, however...


This is the first book in The Stonebrood Saga.
Book 1: Carson's Night
Book 2: Beauty's Beasts
Book 3: Sabrina's Clan


My Musings:

The description summarizes about 50% of CARSON'S NIGHT, which spans less than thirty-six hours.  The two see each other, fall in lust, then in love.  As far as the erotic part of this erotica goes, it wasn't lacking.  The first sex scene went from 26% to 44% on my kindle.  The second scene introduces some bondage and other kinkery. Regardless, the characters just fell a little flat for me.

Talla’s grief over her father’s death felt genuine until Carson appeared.  Instantly in lust, there were moments she seemed to forget her father's corpse just a few feet away.  Carson's immediate lust I could buy (he’s a guy, and it wasn’t his father that died...just a partner).

I really liked Cooper-Posey’s Bannockburn Binding and the twist at the end.  Though this Novella offered a bit of a twist around 72%, which I'd guessed early on, another 14% saw the story "end" without really showing us much.  I would have loved a bit more insight and explanation.  I checked the next book in the series thinking this is just the first episode in Talla and Carson’s story.  It’s not.  The next one is about their daughter in BEAUTY'S BEASTS.

If you're out for a quick erotic read that is light on the plot, this is the book for you.

Ratings:

Overall: 2 stars (There were a few technical issues such as unusual phases [e.g. unformed guilt], tense changes [written in past tense, but a few phrases were in present. “He's broken sweat trying to bring for the memories...”] and a few minor typos [than vs. that, Tally vs. Talley].
Sensuality level: 5


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Guest Author & Giveaway: Kallypso Masters featuring Somebody's Angel

Wednesday, December 11




Thanks for having me back at Seductive Musings. I’m so excited to tell readers (new and old) that SOMEBODY'S ANGEL(book 5 in the Rescue Me series) is in its final edits and will be available to download at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Libiro, and All Romance eBooks by Dec. 20-22—and at Apple as soon as approved. (My readers know I won’t release the book until it’s been thoroughly edited by my team, which includes about 15 people—a five-person editorial team, two proofreaders, as well as my beta readers and subject experts.)

Here’s the cover! It might vary slightly at Amazon if I have trouble getting it past the adult filter, but you’ll recognize the couple on the cover of either one I use! It’s time for Marc and Angelina to work out their relationship issues!
 

When Marc d’Alessio first rescued the curvaceous and spirited Italian Angelina Giardano at the Masters at Arms Club, he never expected her to turn his safe controlled life upside down and pull at his long-broken heartstrings. Months later the intense fire of their attraction still rages but something holds him back from committing to her completely. Worse, secrets and memories from his past join forces to further complicate his relationships with family, friends, and his beautiful Angel.

Angelina cannot give all of herself to someone who hides himself from her. She loves Marc, the BDSM world he brought her into, and the way their bodies respond to one another but she needs more. Though she destroyed the wolf mask he once wore, only he can remove the mask he dons daily to hide his emotions. In a desperate attempt to break through his defenses and reclaim her connection to the man she loves, she attempts a full frontal assault that sends him into a fast retreat, leaving her nobody’s angel once again.

Marc finds that running to the mountains no longer gives him solace but instead leaves him empty and alone. Angelina is the one woman worth the risk of opening his heart. Will he risk everything to become the man she deserves and the man he wants to be?

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For those new to this series who want a free glimpse into the Rescue Me world, you can get started with the FREE introduction, MASTERS AT ARMS. This book introduces six characters who will go on to have happily ever after Romances shared about them. (Adam & Karla, Damián & Savannah, Marc, and in a small part here but with more to come later, Grant.)

But because you won’t want to stop there, I’ve combined the first two books into one volume to make it easier. You get the first TWO books in the series—MASTERS AT ARMS & NOBODY'S ANGEL—for only 99 cents! (Saves $3 off the previously published single, NOBODY'S ANGEL.)  NOBODY'S ANGEL introduces you to Angelina and shows her exploration into the world of BDSM. But Marc remained so closed off still in this book, I needed to give him time. He’ll reveal himself in the new release SOMEBODY'S ANGEL, due out by Christmas.

You’ll find buy links to all of my books currently for sale at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, All Romance eBooks, Kobo, Apple, Smashwords, and CreateSpace (print versions), at my Ahh, Kallypso…the stories you tell blog page.  Here are links to the new combo:  Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and Smashwords(Coming soon to Apple and Libiro)

Kally Loves Having Readers Join Her on this Journey

As those who follow me on Facebook know, I involve readers in the process of writing and story telling, as well. I’ll pose questions to them or post updates as to my progress, thought processes, oh and, yes, the occasional tease. I have a timeline profile (you must send a message along with a friend request to claim one of the remaining 275 spots before Facebook cuts me off!), a Facebook author page you can follow, and even a series discussion group with 2700+ members there solely there to discuss this series. (To join the discussion group, send a friend request to Karla Montague on Facebook.  Karla will add you to the group. Don’t be upset when she de-friends you after that. She’s strictly there to provide a portal to the group, which is where all the discussion takes place.)

I love meeting readers face to face, too (perhaps too much!). So if you are near any of my appearances (see my Web site  for a list), stop by and say hello! You don’t have to buy a book—I’m happy to sign swag or e-reader covers or just give hugs and have photos taken!

Want to know more about Kallypso Masters or her books? You can find Kally online at her website, her blog, at her Facebook Author Page, and on Twitter.



Giveaway Time! Free eBook & Swag in the Rescue Me Series!

I’m giving away a $5 Gift Card at each stop on the tour. Be sure to leave your email in your comment. NO EMAIL = NO ENTRY. I am also giving away a grand prize of a $500 Gift Card, be sure to fill out the Rafflecopter form below to enter for that one. 

As with all of my giveaways, this is open internationally. And we’ll also send through the mail some cool swag items, including this red Ka-thunk!™ pen, hand fan, a Masters Brat button, and other cool stuff! (I’m not mailing the swag out until my brand-new “Embrace your inner PRINCESS SLUT™” pens arrive, though. It’s a reference to a scene in NOBODY'S PERFECT.)



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Monday's Muse

Monday, December 9

Hello :)  How are you?  Me, I'm just dandy.  Don't have much to share today, so I thought I would keep it short and sweet.  This week's Muse.  I'm liken this one a LOT since it's been so cold.  I could use a little heat, LOL.  Enjoy!


This week at Seductive Musings:
  • Wednesday:  Erotic Romance author Kallypso Masters will be featured along with her new book SOMEBODY'S ANGEL.
  • Friday:  I'll have Melissa's review of Carson's Night by Tracy Cooper-Posey

Finally, I'd like to congratulate all of the authors with new releases this week!!





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Guest Author & Giveaway: Tracy Solheim featuring Foolish Games

Friday, December 6

It's finally Friday! Woo Hoo!  I can't think of a better way to start the weekend then a good sports romance.  I love them, even for sports I don't like in real life, like baseball, and soccer.  Luckily my guest author's book revolves around a football player.  Join me in welcoming Tracy Solheim and her new book, FOOLISH GAMES, as she shares her tips on how to win the game of love (I'm gonna take some notes, LOL).  Enjoy!

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 Top Ten – How to Win at the Game of Love

10. Wear red. Seriously, red is the color of love. In my latest release, FOOLISH GAMES linebacker Will “William the Conqueror” Connelly can’t help but notice bridal gown designer, Julianne Marchione, who’s wearing a sexy red dress at a wedding they’re both attending.

9. Be a gentleman. Of course, it’s Will’s Knight in Shining Armor complex that tangles both his and Julianne’s lives forever. A chance meeting in the hotel’s hallway, when Julianne can’t get her keycard to work, leads to a sexy encounter that neither one of them will forget.

8. Own up to your mistakes. Both Julianne and Will do a lot of this before they get their happily ever after.

7. Be pursuant. Will might have taken this just a little too far when he blackmails Julianne into marrying him, buy hey, it worked it in the end.

6. Learn to accommodate the other person’s needs. Sharing a house with a perfect stranger leads to a lot of unexpected surprises. Add a baby into the mix and life for Will and Julianne is a bit stormy. And steamy.

5. Ply him or her with food. I don’t know about you, but chocolate always works for me. When Julianne agrees to cook for Will, the sparks fly.

4. A kiss is worth a thousand words. A bit of passion can do a lot to smooth out the rough edges of a marriage—even a fake one!

3. Listen to one another. When Julianne finally gets a reluctant Will to open up, she not only discovers a lot about her “fake” husband, but about herself as well.

2. Trust one another. Will’s lack of trust almost destroys his budding relationship with Julianne, but, in the end, she has enough trust for the both of them.

1. Don’t play games! Love is about honesty and when Will and Julianne are finally honest with one another, they win.


What would you add to the list?



SOMETIMES THE BEST DEFENSE IS A STRONG OFFENSE….

Bridal gown designer, Julianne Marchione knows better than to lose her head at a client’s wedding. But much to her embarrassment, a mix of migraine medication and a smoking hot football player lead to a steamy one night stand resulting in a surprise pregnancy. Julianne has every intention of leaving her NFL hookup far in the past until her son, Owen, is born with a life-threatening blood disorder that requires a transfusion—and Julianne is not a match.

Will “William the Conqueror” Connelly grew up tough shouldering the stigma of being a bastard child born on the wrong side of the tracks. He refuses to let any child face the same discrimination. When he finds out about Owen, he’s furious that Julianne kept his son a secret. But when he sees her again at the hospital, he realizes that his feelings for her go far beyond anger.

Will insists that Owen recuperate at his home in North Carolina, and he’s adamant that Julianne become his wife—even if it’s only a temporary marriage in name only. But will their simmering attraction ever lead to a real connection? Or are they just playing foolish games?




Congrats Tracy on FOOLISH GAMES and your fiction debut!  If you'd like to learn more about Tracy and the books she writes you can find her at her website, Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

To celebrate the release of FOOLISH GAMES, Tracy is giving away a $50 Amazon gift card and signed copies of GAME ON and FOOLISH GAMES to one random winner.  Enter to win in the Rafflecopter form below.

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Feature & Giveaway: Ride a Cowboy by Desiree Holt

Thursday, December 5



Today, we are featuring the latest erotic romance by Desiree Holt.  We are talking about hot Cowboys!  Yes, please :)
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Two hot stories in one hot volume

Back In The Saddle

When Molly Hayes' marriage fell apart, she ran home to Hayes Ranch to lick her wounds. What she really wants to lick is foreman Chance McDaniel, the star of all her erotic fantasies. But he had never given her the time of day. Why would he give her his nights?

Kink is a mild term for the kind of sex Chance McDaniel enjoys. But he's learned the hard way not all women can handle his darker desires. He aches to give Molly the ride of her life but fears she'll shy away from his wilder ways.

Will the past become a stumbling block or will both Molly and Chance, once wounded, climb back in the saddle?


Eight Second Ride


Jessie Wade is a tough as nails sheriff until bull rider Kyle Mitchell ends up in her jail. With his bone-melting good looks and seductive voice, he knocks Jessie's defenses down one by one and awakens the sensuous woman she's hidden beneath her uniform. But Jessie can't afford to be soft. Or allow herself to fall for a cowboy who's never in one town longer than it takes to ride a bull.

Kyle never backs down from a challenge, but after a passionate night with Jessie, he realizes there's a hell of a woman behind the handcuffs and badge. Can Kyle convince Jessie he can take her for more than an eight-second ride?

Enjoy this excerpt from Back in the Saddle:

“Dance with me, Molly.”

Danger! Danger!

She opened her mouth to refuse him, but somehow instead, found herself rising from the booth and following him to the dance floor. Only two other couples were making use of the music. Chance tactfully led her to a corner where the lights didn’t hit them. She was stiff within the circle of his arms, moving like a windup doll, until one hand slid up her back to hold the nape of her neck.

“Relax, Molly.” His mouth was at her ear, his breath a warm breeze against her skin. “It’s just a dance. Sometimes it helps to shut out everything else and just fall into the music.”

She was trying, but his body was so warm against hers and there was no mistaking the hard thickness of his cock pushing against her through the denim of his jeans. His scent teased at her nostrils, a heady blend of something woodsy and the smell of leather and horses. She was sure he’d showered but somehow, for men who worked at ranching rather than playing, the aroma burned its way into their skin. She loved it. Always had. If she wanted to be truthful, it was almost an aphrodisiac. She pressed herself just a millimeter closer.

What she would have given all those years ago to be where she was right this minute. But a lot of water had washed over the dam since then, and the last thing she wanted was to have Chance McDaniel feeling sorry for her.

“I…haven’t danced in a while,” she said lamely as she tried to relax in his grip.

God. Could I sound any more idiotic?

He chuckled, a low rumbling sound. “I think it’s like riding a horse. You never really forget. I think you could probably say that about everything.”

His lean fingers massaged the knot at the nape of her neck, his arm holding her against him as they shifted their bodies minimally in place. The stroking of those fingers sent shivers down her spine, but they also coaxed her to relax and move in rhythm with him. She actually found herself leaning her head against his shoulder.

“That’s it,” he whispered. “I learned music can make you forget just about any damn thing.”


If you'd like to learn more about Erotic Romance author Desiree Holt you can find her at her website, her blog, as well as on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads and Pinterest (I bet she's got Muse inspiration on her boards!)

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Review: Ride a Cowboy by Desiree Holt

Title: Ride a Cowboy*
Author: Desiree Holt
Series: n/a
Genre: Contemporary Erotic Western Romance
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press, Inc.
Format: ebook, paperback
Date/Year: November 6, 2013
Reviewed by: ElaineReads

*This book was provided to reviewer by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Summary from the publisher:

Back In The Saddle

When Molly Hayes' marriage fell apart, she ran home to Hayes Ranch to lick her wounds. What she really wants to lick is foreman Chance McDaniel, the star of all her erotic fantasies. But he had never given her the time of day. Why would he give her his nights?

Kink is a mild term for the kind of sex Chance McDaniel enjoys. But he's learned the hard way not all women can handle his darker desires. He aches to give Molly the ride of her life but fears she'll shy away from his wilder ways.

Will the past become a stumbling block or will both Molly and Chance, once wounded, climb back in the saddle?

Eight Second Ride

Jessie Wade is a tough as nails sheriff until bull rider Kyle Mitchell ends up in her jail. With his bone-melting good looks and seductive voice, he knocks Jessie's defenses down one by one and awakens the sensuous woman she's hidden beneath her uniform. But Jessie can't afford to be soft. Or allow herself to fall for a cowboy who's never in one town longer than it takes to ride a bull.

Kyle never backs down from a challenge, but after a passionate night with Jessie, he realizes there's a hell of a woman behind the handcuffs and badge. Can Kyle convince Jessie he can take her for more than an eight-second ride?


My Musings:

This book contains two short novels which have nothing to do with each other.  I expected to find overlapping characters, but each book can be read independently.

In BACK IN THE SADDLE, Molly Hayes has been in love/lust with Chance McDaniel since she was fifteen years old.  Even at nineteen, Chance knew Molly was off limits and never let her know that he wanted her as well.  They both grow up, have disastrous marriages, and meet again after the divorces.  And boy do the sparks fly when Chance finally makes his move on Molly.

Chance is into kink and that is what destroyed his first marriage.  He is afraid that he will lose Molly for the same reason, so he is understandably nervous about letting her know what he really wants.  Molly, however, has her own dark fantasies and nothing Chance wants is too much for her.

The sex scenes are excellent and very explicit.  Chance’s kinks are really not that extreme if you are a seasoned romance reader.  There is some bondage and mild spanking, but nothing that can really be classified as BDSM.  Chance likes toys and Molly really likes the toys he chooses.

My only problem with BACK IN THE SADDLE is there did not seem to be much character development.  I blame that on the length of the story.  The entire book is only 140 pages long.

The second story, EIGHT SECOND RIDE, is even shorter than the first and suffers from the same problem.  However, also like the first, there are excellent sex scenes which make it a worthwhile read.

The two main characters Sheriff Jessie Wade and Kyle Mitchell are totally different personalities than Molly and Chance.  Jessie has her own kinks, but is forced to keep them secret because of her position as sheriff.  Kyle is a champion rodeo rider and all of his relationships are one night stands with buckle bunnies.  They obviously have nothing in common, so of course, they end up in bed together.

Jessie is just as assertive as Kyle in getting what she wants in bed.  As a matter of fact, she handcuffs him during their first encounter and controls their pleasure.  Of course, Kyle turns the tables on her which she enjoys just as much.  The main obstacle to their relationship is Jessie’s fear of losing the respect of the town she protects.  It’s up to Kyle to convince her to take a chance.

I don’t normally read short stories and these two titles in RIDE A COWBOY are not much longer than that.  As such, they are quick reads, but the author packs a lot of heat into a little time.  For that alone, you should give them a try.  One last concern: the second book had some editing errors.  They seemed to be confined to two or three pages.  Hopefully they have been corrected since my copy was released

Ratings:

Overall: 3
Sensuality level: 4.5 (light spanking and bondage)

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Feature & Giveaway: Unrestrained by Joey Hill

Wednesday, December 4




Note: This book was previously titled Letting Go; updated 6/2013.

Athena is a widow and an accomplished businesswoman. She's the type of person who exceeds expectations in business, family--life in general. Since the death of her husband, she's had a desire to explore submissive cravings she's had for some time. The hitch is, Athena is known as a Mistress, because that's the role she played to her husband.

Though she knew her submissive nature was strong enough to serve her husband as a Domme, because that's what he needed, it's when she meets Dale, a retired Navy SEAL, that she attempts to discover what her own submissive desires are. But letting go of that control is harder than she expected.

Fortunately, Dale is an accomplished Master who can help her accept the true nature of her submission, rather than how she's tailored it to meet the expectations of others. But in the course of learning what letting go means, both of them will learn a bit more about the nature of love between Dominant and submissive, and how it defies all categories.




If you'd like to learn more about author Joey Hill you can find her at her website, on Facebook, & Twitter.

To celebrate the release of UNRESTRAINED Joey is giving away a signed copy of UNRESTRAINED or a book of reader's choice at each blog stop (picked from comments - email is required or entry won't count) and for the launch party and tour grand prize, a $100 Amazon or B&N gift card along with a signed copy of UNRESTRAINED or book of reader's choice from her backlist.

And join Joey Hill and other authors such as Indigo Sin, Alannah Lynne, Kennedy Layne, Monica Burns, Jennifer Zane, Lexxie Couper, Jess Dee, Eva LeNoir, Eden Glenn, and Liz Borino on Dec 3rd for a Launch Party at her blog, or on Facebook.  There will be lots of goodies, guest posts, and prizes!  Good Luck!!

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Monday's Muse

Monday, December 2

I hope all of my US readers has a wonderful Thanksgiving with their friends and loved ones.  I had the festivities at my place again this year, and while it's nice, I have to say that I'm glad it's over too :)

Last week, having 5 days off seemed like a dream, but then two days of cooking ate up two of those days.  Entertaining took up the other three.  So I found myself on Sunday evening with a long list of things to do this week and stressing just a little that I only have a couple of weeks before we do it all again with Christmas, with gifts!   Eek.

Right now the only thing that is making me feel better is this week's Muse ;)  You may be seeing a lot more of this Muse since photographer Jenn LeBlanc of Illustrated Romance will be shooting him this month and those images will be sold for book covers.  Woot!  I hope I can get my hands on at least one of them :)


This week at Seductive Musings:
  • Wednesday:  I'll be featuring Joey's Hills book Unrestrained
  • Thursday:  I'll have a feature, giveaway & review of Ride a Cowboy by Desiree Holt
  • Friday:  I'll have a guest post from author Tracy Solheim

Finally, I'd like to congratulate all of the authors with new releases this week!!




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Review: Silencing Eve by Iris Johansen

Wednesday, November 27

Title:  Silencing Eve*
Author: Iris Johansen      
Series:  Eve Duncan Trilogy #3/#18
Genre: Romantic Suspense      
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press      
Format: Hardcover book, ebook, audiobook
Date/Year: October 29, 2013      
Reviewed by: Blue  

*This book was borrowed from the reviewer's public library

Summary from the publisher:

#1 New York Times bestselling author Iris Johansen is back with the shocking conclusion to the latest Eve Duncan trilogy.

This is the finale that fans have been waiting for.  In Taking Even, the game began.  In Hunting Eve, the chase was on.  Now, in Silencing Eve, the prey is cornered.  Will Eve Duncan survive?  Will those she loves take the fall with her? And will the secrets of Eve’s past ultimately become her undoing?  In Silencing Eve, all the questions will be answered in a shocking, you never saw it coming conclusion.

Iris Johansen’s 2012 trilogy, Eve, Quinn, Bonnie was a phenomenal success, reaching number one on bestseller lists nationwide.  Now, with this newest trilogy, the stakes are even higher because it’s a question of capture and escape, hunter and prey, life and death.


My Musings:

SILENCING EVE is Book 3 in the latest Eve Duncan trilogy by Iris Johansen, and is also part of a long running series of books that feature Eve Duncan as the heroine (#18 in series).  While it's not necessary to have read every book in the series, you will be lost if you haven't read books one and two (TAKING EVE & HUNTING EVE) of this trilogy.

Eve Duncan is one of the foremost forensic sculpture artists in the country.  She was inspired to this career choice when her young daughter, Bonnie, was kidnapped and presumed dead.  For years, Bonnie's remains weren't found, and Eve suffered the agony of not knowing what happened.  She focused on reconstructing faces from remains of children found, so that they could be identified, and their parents could have closure.

Her expertise, however, has also made her a target, as there are those who would use her talents for their own agenda.  One such person is Jim Doane, the father of a pedophile serial killer.  Doane's son was killed, and his body cremated, but Doane managed to save his skull.  Now he wants Eve to do a reconstruction, feeling it will bring his son back to life.

The whole trilogy was exciting, and full of page turning suspense.  Eve's long time love, Joe Quinn, her adopted daughter, Jane, and a multitude of characters we have met over the course of a dozen books have gathered to try to rescue Eve from this deranged man.  If I were rating on suspense and excitement alone, this series would be 5 stars.

However, at the end of book three, there is an event that happens, an event that I found so devastating that I was sobbing.  I couldn't believe that this author would take this course of action.  Obviously, it would be a spoiler if revealed.  I have been disappointed in books before, but this is literally the first time I wanted to throw one.  If you're emotionally invested in this series, as I was, prepare to be shocked, maybe even devastated.

Ratings:

Overall: 3 stars
Sensuality level: 2.5
(for one steamy dream scene, the rest is behind closed doors)


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Review: Devil in My Arms by Samantha Kane

Tuesday, November 26

Title: Devil in My Arms*
Author: Samantha Kane
Series: The Saint's Devils #3
Genre: Historical Romance
Publisher: Loveswept
Format: ebook
Date/Year: November 26, 2013
Reviewed by: ElaineReads 
 

*This book was provided to reviewer by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Summary from the publisher:

Even though she is starving and destitute, Eleanor Enderby’s quiet beauty strikes Sir Hilary St. John speechless. He expects the woman he’s searching for to be skittish and plain. Instead he finds the picture of bravery—and willfulness—in his quarry. She gives away little, but Hil can see something is terribly amiss. And though he cannot say exactly why, he is determined not to let her come to more harm than whatever it is she has already survived.

Six months later, Eleanor believes she has finally found safety from the tyrant she risked her life to escape. Thought to be dead by society, Eleanor is ready to be reborn as someone new—someone whose life will never again be tied to the fate of one man. But her smoldering savior seems unwilling to leave her unprotected for an instant. Despite the threats he thinks he sees coming, the real dangers Eleanor faces in Hil's arms are unmistakable: temptation, seduction, and maybe even love.



My Musings:

I have been anxiously waiting for this book since I read THE DEVIL'S THIEF, the first in The Saint's Devils series.

The hero, Hil,  is introduced in THE DEVIL'S THIEF as the leader of the Devils and I loved him from the beginning.  I cannot decide if he is uncaring about how is bluntness is perceived by others or just oblivious.  He reminds me a little of Sherlock Holmes.  Hil solves problems and finds things/people for both friends and strangers.  His help is often solicited by the Prince Regent.  He knows the secrets of everyone, is more intelligent than anyone else he knows, and no one ever gets the best of him.

And then he meets Eleanor.  It’s not that he doesn’t like women.  He is the original Devil, after all.  It’s just...

“He didn’t do well in relationships. Everyone told him so. It wasn’t that he didn’t want to have some sort of lasting commitment -- a companion to share his life with -- but he was unable to focus solely on the women with whom he was involved, which irritated them. He was a busy man.”

Did I mention, and then he meets Eleanor?  Eleanor is the sister of Harriet, who is the star of the second book TEMPTING A DEVIL.  She is on the run from her abusive husband and has been missing for months.  “Harry” hires Hil to find her sister. 

From the very first meeting Eleanor bests Hil, yet he is fascinated with her. He doesn’t find her, instead she shows up at her sister’s house when she is ready to be found.  He expected a timid, downtrodden woman but finds a strong, capable woman who is determined not to be a victim.  Hil is a busy man and Eleanor takes up far too much of his thoughts.  Doesn’t she know he has work to do?

Eleanor's plan is to have her husband declare her dead, then reenter society disguised as another woman.  She takes London by storm and does not appear to be impressed by Hil in the least. Even in the most innocent conversation, she manages to top him.

DEVIL IN MY ARMS is primarily a romance.  However, it also has a complex plot involving murder and a tense courtroom drama.  Of course, everything works out in the end, but the reader is never quite sure how she is going to get there.  The book is left open for a possible sequel involving a secondary character.  I really hope Wiley gets his own book.  His character has developed so much since his introduction.

It’s not necessary to have read THE DEVIL'S THIEF, and TEMPTING A DEVIL to  enjoy Hil’s and Eleanor’s story in DEVIL IN MY ARMS, but I recommend you do so.  This book is my favorite in The Saint's Devils series, but they are wonderful in their own right.

Ratings:

Overall: 5 stars
Sensuality level: 3


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Monday's Muse

Monday, November 25

Happy Pre Thanksgiving!  Some of you will probably be traveling for the holiday, and other may be in high gear holiday prep (like me)  so this week on the blog will be short and sweet.  Another sweet and yummy thing...this week's Muse :)  Enjoy!


This week at Seductive Musings:
  • Tuesday:  I'll have ElaineReads review of Devil in My Arms by Samantha Kane.  I've been on a historical romance kick lately so I can't wait to see what she thought of this book.
  • Wednesday:  I'll share Blue's review of Silencing Eve by Iris Johansen.  
  • Thursday-Friday:  I'll be celebrating the holiday with my family and friends, so I hope you'll understand that I won't be posting any new content on those days :)

Finally, I'd like to congratulate all of the authors with new releases this week, especially Musings author Alexandra Hawkins!
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Review: Don't Let Go by Skye Warren

Thursday, November 21

Title: Don’t Let Go*
Author: Skye Warren
Series: Dark Erotica #4
Genre: contemporary dark erotic suspense
Publisher: self-published
Format: ebook
Date/Year: November 11, 2013
Reviewed by: Michele 
 

*This book was provided to reviewer by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Summary from the publisher:

Junior FBI Agent Samantha Holmes is assigned the case of a lifetime, along with an enigmatic new partner, Ian Hennessy. She's determined to prove herself to the bureau legend, but late nights and stolen moments lead to more than respect. They lead to desire, and soon she's fallen for the one man forbidden.

Together they hunt for the FBI's most wanted man. A criminal. A psychopath. But when they get close, Samantha may end up prey instead. She must face her dark past to stay alive--and to protect the man she loves.

Don't Let Go is a dark erotic novel that contains dubious consent and captivity. Not intended for those under eighteen or those uncomfortable with the subject matter.


My Musings:

There are many writers who specialize in the darkest of erotic novels, both with and without romantic elements, but there are very few who are truly talented in this often misunderstood subgenre. One of those writers is Skye Warren, who has displayed her incredible talent again in what I believe is her best book yet - DON'T LET GO. This is the fourth entry in her Dark Erotica series, but a reader new to her work should have no problem reading it as a stand-alone. It features a couple who not only appear to be mismatched from the start, but who ultimately put a whole new spin on the terms “hero” and “heroine” that would normally be used to describe them here.

Samantha Holmes never had a real childhood, thanks to her father. He tortured and killed other children for years, but left her alive long enough to be the one who turned him in. No human could emerge from such an experience without some sort of serious emotional damage, yet Samantha is determined not to let anyone suspect that she is anything but normal. As a rookie agent for the FBI, her goal is to put the bad guys in jail, but as a woman, most of what she gets to do involves more mundane tasks, like filing and fetching coffee. So when she is abruptly assigned to one of the Bureau’s most high-profile cases, partnering with a legendary senior agent, she doesn’t let herself question too closely why she, of all people, would be chosen.

On the surface, Ian Hennessy seems to be exactly as he appears, namely the no-nonsense agent who always gets the bad guy and will stop at nothing to get Carlos Laguardia, even if it means dumping his new lady partner before she even has a chance to contribute. Samantha is drawn to him sexually in spite of herself, knowing that although the attraction is mutual, the outcome can’t be anything but bad. Who in their right mind would want a monster like her...unless that person was one, too?

Anyone who was following me on Twitter when I was reading DON'T LET GO got to see my instant reaction in a series of tweets where I expressed just how much I enjoyed it:

        When a review book unexpectedly rewards you with writing so perfectly nuanced and understated that it makes you want to weep with joy. #win

        It’s so damn good, this book.

        I now have a book hangover THIS BIG and it’s all @skye_warren ‘s fault.  Wow. #win

I still can’t wrap my head around how much this book got to me. Although I am a long-time fan of truly deeply dark erotica, I normally shy away from books that reference extreme violence, especially against women or children. I’m also nearly burned out on romances where the heroine has been broken/damaged/whatever and can only be “saved” by a hero who is often also broken/damaged/whatever by similar circumstances. But DON'T LET GO morphs both of those tropes into something unique and fascinating, both as a character study and as a genuine romance between a man and a woman who ultimately agree that they are perfectly matched for one another...and all that that implies. To tell you any more would be to ruin all its secrets. But in a year when I’ve been fortunate enough to have read so many 5 star books, you should know that DON'T LET GO has immediately vaulted to the top of my list for 2013, and it will be a difficult task to dislodge it from that spot.

Ratings:

Overall:  5 stars
Sensuality level: 4.5
(multiple scenes of violent dubious consent, bondage, flogging and use of sex toys; threats of rape and sexual violence; discussion of child sex abuse and murder)

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