Monday's Muse

Monday, May 20

Last week was a complete disaster for me :(    I wish I could just pull the sheets over my head, go to sleep and wake up with a do-over.  Do you ever feel that way?  All I can say is I am actually glad it's Monday for once because it's the start of a new week with limitless possibilities and opportunities :)  (no I'm not actually feeling that chipper and optimistic, but I'm faking it until I make it kind of thing...hoping to get me out of my funk)

This week's Muse is a bit more...revealing than normal, but I just loved his physique and couldn't resist.



This week at Seductive Musings:
  • I have family visiting all this week so I won't be blogging.  I hope you will find yourself back here next Monday for a new week and Muse.

Finally, I'd like to congratulate all of the authors with new releases this week, especially Musings authors Vicki Lewis Thompson, & Vivian Arend!  Congrats Ladies!!!

 

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Blog Hop: Sinful Sirens Giveaway

Wednesday, May 15

 

I don't know about you, but during the summer months I like to turn up the heat in my romance reading in direct correlation to the temperature outside :)  I can't wait for summer to get here because some of my most favorite erotic romance authors have books coming out soon!  Here are the erotic romances that I am most looking forward to this summer (in order of release date):


Rocky Mountain Rebel by Vivian Arend (5/21/13)

The best type of growing up involves getting down and dirty

Vicki Hansol made different choices than her less-than-reputable mom and sister, yet her fiery temper has left her branded with the same town-bad-girl label. When she desperately needs a change of scenery, her get-out-of-town-free ticket arrives—and requires she face down one of her deepest fears.

Easygoing Joel Coleman has nothing to complain about, but he’s never really done anything to brag about either. The youngest member of the Six Pack Ranch is looking to make some changes in his life that include stepping out from under his twin brother’s shadow.

So when the bold beauty with the smart mouth approaches him with a proposition, Joel is intrigued. Her request for him to teach her to ride soon takes on a whole new meaning. All that passion in his arms, his bed, in the barn…hell, anywhere he can get it? Bring it on.

But tangling the sheets leads to unanticipated complications, and by the time the dust settles, everything family means is going to be challenged.

Caution: Saddle up for some youthful vigor applied with great enthusiasm. Ropes, rails and raunchy sex—there’s more places to get dirty around the ranch than first meets the eye.


This is Who I Am by Cherise Sinclair (5/28/13) (no book cover was available nor is it available for pre-order yet...hello, that's just two weeks away, what are they waiting for?)

When trying to save a woman from slavers, Sam screwed up. Royally. Now Linda wants nothing to do with him. Or with BDSM. She won’t even admit she’s a masochist. As a dominant and sadist, he can give her what she needs, and when an opportunity arises, he slips into her life, intending to make amends. She’s everything he knew she would be…except for her bullheaded determination to be ‘normal’.

Now the horrible time is past, Linda just wants to return to her small conservative town, pick up her quiet life, and be normal. But how can someone who likes pain be ‘normal’? To her dismay, when someone spray-paints her home with obscenities, Sam shows up to rescue her. Again. Doesn’t he understand that the last thing she needs in her life is a sadist? He’s amused by her objections. But his dry sense of humor can’t disguise that he’s tough as nails and dominant and stubborn. He’s not going to let her drive him off this time. Soon she realizes she wants him to stay.

When he takes her to the Shadowlands, she feels as if she’s found a home…until she hears a voice from out of her nightmares.




Fire Inside by Kristen Ashley (6/4/13)

Lanie Heron isn’t looking for love—no surprise, considering her last serious relationship nearly got her killed. So when Lanie propositions Hop Kincaid, all she wants is one wild night with the hot-as-hell biker who patrols with the Chaos Motorcycle Club...

For Hop, Lanie has always been untouchable. She’s too polished and too classy for his tastes. But when she gives Hop the once-over with her bedroom eyes and offers him a night in paradise, he can’t say no. And he doesn’t regret it when he finds that Lanie is the best thing that’s ever happened to him—in or out of bed. Now the trick will be to convince her of that.



One Sweet Ride by Jaci Burton (6/4/13)

Gray Preston was born into money, but he’s built his racing empire on hard work and muscle. And now that Gray has millions of fans, his senator father sends one of his aides, Evelyn Hill, to elicit Gray’s help in garnering votes for the upcoming national election. Gray wants nothing to do with his estranged father’s campaign, but Evelyn can be pretty persuasive. She’s willing to learn about racing, and maybe even get a little dirty.

Evelyn’s number-one goal is politics, which makes working with Gray difficult, because his only passion is fast cars. As she and Gray spend time together, he teaches her about the sport he loves, and she learns a lot about the man behind the wheel. The more she learns, the more she wants him. But any desire that threatens to derail the carefully laid plans for her future is a dangerous one.

With the passion Gray and Evelyn share running hotter than either imagined, one of them is going to have to compromise, or else run the risk of losing more than their hearts.



Entwined with You by Sylvia Day (6/4/13)

The worldwide phenomenon continues as Eva and Gideon face the demons of their pasts, and accept the consequences of their obsessive desires…

From the moment I first met Gideon Cross, I recognized something in him that I needed. Something I couldn’t resist. I saw the dangerous and damaged soul inside–so much like my own. I was drawn to it. I needed him as surely as I needed my heart to beat.

No one knows how much he risked for me. How much I’d been threatened, or just how dark and desperate the shadow of our pasts would become.

Entwined by our secrets, we tried to defy the odds. We made our own rules and surrendered completely to the exquisite power of possession…
 

Turn and Burn by Lorelei James (8/6/13)

 Tanna Barker is a world champion barrel racer. But her personal life has been less of a success, and she’s feeling adrift. After her mother’s unexpected death, her father has remarried, and sold the Texas ranch she called home. Now a rodeo injury has left the restless spitfire holed up in Muddy Gap, unsure what her next move should be.

Until she meets her match in a wild, wild cowboy

Veterinarian August Fletcher has always put his job first. He’s never found a woman who could handle his on-the-road lifestyle. But when sassy, sexy Tanna blows into town, he finally finds the woman of his fantasies. And there’s something between them, but she claims she’s been burned by love ’em and leave ’em road dogs before. How can Fletch prove that he’s in it for the long haul, and that their sizzling relationship is better than winning any rodeo medal? It’ll take some sweet persuasion to convince Tanna that Muddy Gap is where she belongs.


Caught Up in You by Roni Loren (8/6/2013)

The girl who has spent her life running is about to be caught . . . by love.

After a shaky past, Kelsey LeBreck’s future is looking good. She’s been saving money for culinary school with her earnings from The Ranch, a private BDSM resort. Even better, she’s landed a day job where she can practice baking and flirt with her favorite customer. However, having secret fantasies about Wyatt Austin is where it has to end. If there’s one thing Kelsey knows can derail her, it’s a relationship. But when a danger from her past threatens to steal her fresh start, the intense executive may be the only one who can help her.

Wyatt doesn’t have room on his agenda for dating, but something about the pretty young waitress stirs desires he thought were long buried. So when he needs someone to pose as his girlfriend at an important business retreat and finds out Kelsey needs to go off the grid for a while, he can’t resist making her an offer. Soon, Kelsey learns that Wyatt’s power in the boardroom is no match for his power in the bedroom, and she wonders if her heart will survive. Because Wyatt Austin is a man who gets what he wants, and now he wants her.



I thought long and hard as to what book I'd like to giveaway and I finally decided that I wanted to giveaway a book by Kristen Ashely since she has become my new obsession.  I wanted to giveaway her new upcoming book Fire Inside, but I found with the previous book, Own the Wind, that if you hadn't read Motorcycle Man before Own the Wind, then it may not have been as good.  There's a lot of backstory that connects the two books that enriches the storyline of Own the Wind and heroine in Fire Inside played a major role in Motorcycle Man so I have a feeling that this book will also be better if you've read Motorcycle Man first.  But not everyone may have read Motorcycle Man so I had a bit of a dilemma.

So....with that in mind I decided to giveaway one digital copy of either Motorcycle Man (book 1), Own the Wind (book 2) or Fire Inside (book 3) from either Barnes and Noble for the Nook, or from Amazon for the Kindle or Kobo to one lucky Musings follower.  That way if you've read some but not all you can pick the book that you need, or if you haven't read any of them yet then you can start with Motorcycle Man (the hero in this book made many favs lists last year).  The digital book will be gifted to you via one of these three retailers. 

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Review: Twice Tempted by Jeaniene Frost

Tuesday, May 14

Title:  Twice Tempted*
Author: Jeaniene Frost
Series: Night Prince #2
Genre:  Paranormal/ Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Avon
Format:  Paperback & ebook
Date/Year:  March 2013
Reviewed by:  Andrea

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

Summary from the publisher:

Dating the Prince of Darkness has its challenges...

Leila's psychic abilities have been failing her, and now she isn't sure what the future holds. If that weren't enough, her lover, Vlad, has been acting distant. Though Leila is a mere mortal, she's also a modern woman who refuses to accept the cold shoulder treatment forever–especially from the darkly handsome vampire who still won't admit that he loves her.

Like choosing between eternal love and a loveless eternity...


Soon circumstances send Leila back to the carnival circuit, where tragedy strikes. And when she finds herself in the crosshairs of a killer who may be closer than she realizes, Leila must decide who to trust– the fiery vampire who arouses her passions like no other or the tortured knight who longs to be more than a friend? With danger stalking her every step of the way, all it takes is one wrong move to damn her for eternity.


My Musings:

The blurb says that dating the prince of darkness has it challenges, and does it ever!  I’ve always liked Vlad.  He’s such an unrepentant alpha bastard, that I can’t help but have a soft spot for him.  He entertains me like no other, but I could never be in a relationship with someone like that.  This book really drove that point home.  Leila is a strong woman, but putting up with the attitude and indifference from Vlad would be enough to break anyone.  It’s bad enough that he’s a vampire and barely conceals his contempt for her being human, but when you throw in his antiquated male chauvinist point of view, it’s too much. 

The book begins by throwing the reader right into the loneliness and heartache Leila is experiencing.  She is stuck in an unfulfilling relationship with a man uninterested in compromising.  She has the option of leaving him, but there are also various vampires just waiting to kill her, and those close to her, the moment she lets her guard down.  Leaving Vlad, and his protection, will definitely put her safety at risk.  There is also the bigger issue of her being in love with him.  She has some difficult decisions to make, and they’ll affect more than just her.

I was surprised by how much I was pulled into this book.  How could I possibly have forgotten how great the Night Prince and Night Huntress books are?!  The first chapter felt like visiting old friends that I hadn’t realized I missed so much.  Of course, there was the irritating but lovable Vlad.  Bringing him some humility is Leila, she such a great character.  She is strong, loyal, courageous, and passionate.  She embodies all the qualities I admire, so I couldn’t help but like her more and more as the book went on.  Vlad made me want to strangle him, but I could never stay angry with him for too long.

Twice Tempted has an excellent mixture of their continued relationship, which is far from becoming stale, along with adventure and suspense.  Leila and Vlad are not getting along, and someone is doing their best to kill her.  Making the killer’s job easier is an unknown traitor within Vlad’s inner circle who has turned against him.  It was fantastic, both fast paced and compelling.  The only complaint I have is the ending.  I realize urban fiction generally ends with a cliffhanger, but this one took me by surprise.  I felt the buildup of the suspense, but the ultimate climax and unresolved issues weren’t as good as I was expecting.  It was actually a bit anti-climactic, at least in comparison to other scenes in the book, and I didn’t realize it was the end.  I went to flip the page on my nook and realized there wasn’t any more.  I was a bit dumbstruck to realize it was done.  That’s not the best final thought upon finishing a book.  Still, up until that point I was loving it.  I absolutely recommend this book.

Ratings:

Overall: 4 stars
Sensuality level: 3.5


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Monday's Muse

Monday, May 13

I hope you all had a wonderful Mother's Day with your family.  Mine was quite quiet.  I slept in a bit, visited with my Mom and gave her a gift and just spent time with her.  I admire my Mother tremendously.  She was younger than I am now when she found herself divorced with three kids to raise.  I've never met a more compassionate, and silently strong person in my life.  She did all she could to give us opportunities that she didn't have when she was growing up.  My Mom is my hero and I am so thankful that I live close to her and am able to spend so much time with her.  I don't take any of it for granted.  Thanks Mom!


This week's Muse is for all the Moms (of people or pets)

This week at Seductive Musings:
  • Tuesday:  I'll have Andrea's review of Twice Tempted by Jeaniene Frost
  • Wednesday:  I'll be participating in the Sinful Sirens Blog Hop
  • Thursday & Friday:  Are kind of up in the air.  I don't think I'll be able to post on the blog unless I am caught up on the design front.  If I am able I will try to have at least a review for you.


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Feature & Giveaway: Dangerous Submission by Lori Torland

Friday, May 10

British Agent Drake Steele never thought when he was hired on at the Serious Organised Crime Agency that his job would involve spanking a co-worker. But when the colleague is Lord Robbie Covington, the sexy red-headed computer hacker for SOCA and MI-6, Drake can't agree fast enough to pop Robbie's cherry and pull him into the sensual world of BDSM.

Now they are caught up in a web of lies as they pose as members of the jet-setting crowd. Drake and Robbie have to race against the clock to stop a weapons haul that could threaten the safety of all Europe. As their covers begin to fade and danger is closing in, protecting Robbie is Drake’s most important task, but neither man is ready for the moment when their hearts are put on the line.

Excerpt:

Oblivious to my desire, he turned back to his suitcase and dragged out his tuxedo. “This party we’re going to tonight, it’s a black-tie ball, right?”

“Yes, it is.” I turned my back to him, trying my hardest to ignore how much my cock loved him nearly naked with just a scrap of cotton covering his bits.

“Do you think there will be dancing?”

God, I hoped not, because I was an awful dancer. Robbie would run away screaming from me if he saw me try to waltz. I mumbled something under my breath, hoping that would satisfy him.

He was persistent with his line of questioning, though. He let out a sigh. “What I’m trying to ask is…do you know how to dance?”

“Not really.”

“Maybe I should give you a quick lesson.”

Unable to hold back my horror, I groaned. “We don’t have to do that. It’s not a requirement to dance at this party, I’m sure.”

“No, it probably isn’t, but we aren’t supposed to be wallflowers either. We should try our hardest to fit in.”
“I’m six foot five, and you’re a redheaded royal. Do you really think we’re going to blend in?”

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Blog Hop: Who's Your Wicked Lover?

Thursday, May 9


The first BDSM themed fiction book that I read was Anne Rice's Sleeping Beauty series.  And I have to say that I struggled with it...big time.  In fact I really hated it and thought it was so demeaning and degrading that at times I had a negative physical reaction to the situations and how they were presented in the book.  The series if fairly well received, but I hated them.  I look back on it now and wonder why I ever finished the trilogy, but I'm like that...once I start a book I feel compelled to finish it.  Needless to say I thought that BDSM romances were not for me after reading those books.

A while after I started hearing about this book called Wicked Ties and how hot it was.  I was just discovering Erotic Romance at the time, and the description intrigued me so I got it, read it, and discovered that I did in fact enjoy BDSM themed romances, especially when they have an alpha hero like Jack Cole.  Jack Cole was my reintroduction to Dominant men in romance and he changed my entire outlook on this sub-genre of romance.  

I will forever be grateful to Shayla Black and her hero in Wicked Ties, Jack Cole...because of them and my enjoyment of that book I was willing to give other books with BDSM themed romances a try.  I can't even begin to try and explain the aversion that I had to "those" books after my previous experience with the Sleeping Beauty series, and now I can safely say that some of the best erotic romances as well as some of my favorite authors that I've read have been BDSM themed, and the only reason I experimented with them again was because of Wicked Ties.  That story and those characters truly opened my eyes to the type of intense and loving relationship that can come from that bond.

Thank you Jack Cole....my Wicked Lover from Wicked Ties :)

(Interestingly I wonder what % Jack gets as the favorite Wicked Lover from the blog hop...anyone care to guess?)


Between two brothers…

Xander Santiago spent years living it up as a billionaire playboy. Never given a chance to lead his family business in the boardroom, he became a Master in the bedroom instead. His older brother inherited the company and worked tirelessly to make it an empire. But while the cutthroat corporate espionage took its toll on Javier, nothing was as devastating as the seemingly senseless murder of his wife. It propelled him into a year of punishing rage and guilt…until Xander came to his rescue.

Comes an irresistible woman …

Eager to rejuvenate Javier’s life, Xander shanghais him to Louisiana where they meet the beautiful London McLane. After surviving a decade of tragedy and struggle, London is determined to make a fresh start—and these sexy billionaire brothers are more than willing to help. In every way. And London is stunned to find herself open to every heated suggestion…and desperately hoping that her love will heal them.

And inescapable danger …

But a killer with a hidden motive is watching, on a single-minded mission to destroy everything the Santiago brothers hold dear, especially London. And as fear and desire collide, every passionate beat of her heart could be her last.




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Joint Review: Spank Me, Mr. Darcy by Lissa Trevor

Tuesday, May 7

Title:  Spank Me, Mr. Darcy*
Author: Lissa Trevor and Jane Austen
Series: n/a
Genre: Erotica
Publisher: Riverdale Avenue Books
Format: E-book
Date/Year: April 10, 2013
Reviewed by: Michele & ElaineReads

*This book was provided to the reviewers by the author in exchange for an honest review

Summary from the publisher:

Netherfield, infamous for its debauched parties of excess and luxury, has a new Master.

After finagling an invitation to the ball, Elizabeth Bennet is introduced to the powerful and prideful Mr. Darcy, while her sister Jane has captivated the new owner, Mr. Bingley. Having contented herself with the pleasurable caresses of her best friend, Charlotte Lucas, Elizabeth is intrigued with the sensuality she finds at Netherfield. But it isn’t until her sister Jane is taken ill and Elizabeth stays at Netherfield to nurse her back to health that she finds the dungeons of Netherfield and the man in the black mask who becomes her Master.

By the time she leaves Netherfield, Elizabeth will have become disenchanted with her childhood playmate and obsessed with Mr. Darcy, her Master, who has told her that she would be more marriageable as a Netherfield submissive than as a curious virgin. Elizabeth holds on to her affront at his callous regard for her until Charlotte marries Mr. Collins and Jane is discarded by Mr. Bingley. Unwilling to save herself for a man who'll make a good match and determined not to suffer Jane's heartbreak, when she meets Mr. Darcy again at Rosings Park, she decides to become his slave and offers him her virginity.

But when she finds out that her cruel Master has destroyed Jane’s chance at marriage with Mr. Bingley, she rejects Mr. Darcy – even as he reluctantly proposes marriage to her. It isn’t until he saves her sister Lydia’s reputation and brings Jane and Bingley together, that Elizabeth realizes that she loves him. If he still loves her, she would be most willing to take her punishment for rejecting him – and live happily ever after.


Michele's Musings:


There will be spoilers here. You have been warned.

When this book was first described to me, I was all for reading it immediately. (Mr. Darcy with a paddle? Yes, please!) If only the actual story had even partially lived up to my expectations. In hindsight, I realize I should have been more wary of the results, especially after having read Jane Eyre, Laid Bare last year.

I’m not offended by the idea of current writers using classic romance novels as a springboard to an all new erotic version. What offends me is when they do it so poorly. I especially dislike when major plot details of the original are significantly altered or removed entirely in the attempt to shoehorn ill-fitting new material. It was bad enough when “Jane Eyre Laid Bare” lopped off everything that happened after Jane left Thornfield Hall. But in “Spank Me, Mr. Darcy” we lose significant scenes that are not only beloved and familiar, but are also key to the progression of the feelings between Elizabeth and Darcy. And in their stead, we get numerous repetitive over-the-top sex scenes between secondary characters that add absolutely nothing to the story.

I’ve often said that there’s no such thing as “too much sex” in an erotic romance novel. I’ve even been known to buy a book on Amazon just because it has a one star review complaining about too many sex scenes. Yet I grew so tired of all the sex scenes in “Spank Me, Mr. Darcy” that I almost couldn’t finish the book (and it’s only 141 pages long!). That’s because only a few of them were between Elizabeth and Darcy. If you’re going to sex up “Pride and Prejudice” by making Darcy the dark Master wishing to own Elizabeth on his own terms, then that should be the focus of your new material. But when the first third of the book is nothing more than pages of secondary characters having kinky sex with each other (Mrs. Bennet and Lady Lucas? Really?) then perhaps you need to reconsider the entire exercise.

Michele's Ratings:

Overall: 2 stars (The Elizabeth/Darcy scenes were good. If only there were more of them.)

Sensuality level: 5 (Everything short of blood play and water sports.)



ElaineRead's Musings:

The title page credits both Jane Austen and Lissa Trevor as authors . . . and that is exactly right.

Entire passages from Austen’s Pride and Prejudice were included in this book. Some were modified, but others were used word for word. I was impressed by how well Trevor’s material kept the flavor of the language. Any fan of Pride and Prejudice will recognize the opening sentence:

“It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.” (Pride & Prejudice)

Trevor’s twist on this opening clearly shows that her version of the book is going in an entirely different direction.

“It is a truth universally acknowledged that a dominant man in possession of a good set of cuffs, must be in want of a much younger, submissive wife.” (Spank Me, Mr. Darcy)
 
I have to admit, in my opinion, it’s a much more interesting direction and I am already a fan of the original.

What can I say about the plot and characters?

This version follows the general outline of the original plot and the characters, for the most part, keep the same personalities. Darcy is overbearing. He is a dom after all. Surprisingly, Mr. Bingley is also a dom. He is so easily led, I expected him to be a sub.

Elizabeth still has the most character of all of the women and Jane is still a namby-pamby twit. Jane does have an interesting sex life though.

My only issue with the book is it needs closer editing. There was one entire scene in which I never did figure out what was going on.

All in all, this was a fun read which immediately caused me to pull out some of my other BDSM books. That’s definitely what it put me in the mood to read.

ElaineRead's Ratings:

Overall: 3 stars

Sensuality level: 5 

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Monday's Muse

Monday, May 6

It's Monday yet again.  I need another few days before I'm ready for Monday.  Monday.  That say's it all I think.  Sigh.

You know what would make this Monday a bit more tolerable?  A new Muse ;)


This week at Seductive Musings:
  • Tuesday:  I'll have a few reviews for you
  • Thursday:  Who's Your Wicked Lover? in honor of Shayla Black's new Wicked Lover novel, Ours to Love.
  • Friday:  Author Lori Torland will be a guest to share her book Dangerous Submission

Finally, I'd like to congratulate all of the authors with new releases this week, especially Musings authors Samantha Grace, Amanda Forester, Elle Kennedy, Grace Burrowes, Erin McCarthy, Shayla Black, &  Vicki Lewis Thompson  Congrats!




 
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Guest Author & Giveaway: Julie Prestsater featuring Straddling the Edge

Friday, May 3

I love a good fun sexy contemporary romance.  It's always what I think about when I think beach or summer read.  I don't know why.  I tend to associate historical romances for fall and winter, contemporary with spring and summer.  Do you associate certain genre's of romance with the seasons?  I'd be curious to know if I'm the only one that's weird like that.

My reading peculiarities is not really what I'd like to share with you today, but sharing my preferences does have a point.  You see, it's spring so I've been craving lighter funny sexy romances and when I ran across some info for Julie Prestsater's romances I thought that they might possibly be something I'd like to read while waiting for my Jill Shalvis fix :)

Author Julie Prestsater is my guest today to share with us a tiny bit about the three books in her Against the Wall series.  Did I mention that there was an awesome giveaway...no?  There is!  Enjoy!

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Hi Julie!  Thanks for being a guest here today @ Seductive Musings.  

You've described your adult romances as "fun contemporary romances".  Can you give us what you think are some of the funniest sexiest moments from each one of the books in the Against the Wall series, including one from your newest, Straddling the Edge?

1.       From Against The Wall:

Funny: Shelly’s “Welcome Back” spiel. One of my favorite lines is: “We fucking cuss too, bitches!”

Sexy: The body shot kiss on New Year’s Eve.


2.       From Between The Sheets:

Funny: Summer tells Mel that her language is offensive. Mel tells her, ““Well so are your tits popping out the front of your dress and your ass hanging out of the back, but do you hear anyone bitching about that?”

Sexy: Hot sex against the door when Mel went to see Ty in San Fransisco.


3.       From Straddling The Edge:

Funny: When the girls tease Summer about Dean. “Hey, Dean, I never noticed you have blue eyes.”

Sexy: Everything about Summer and Dean is sexy. But I’d say when Dean surprises her with a trip to the spa. Love that one.

Sorry to be vague. Don’t want to give anything away.

A trip to a spa right now would be like Heaven.  I think I'm in love with Dean already, LOL.  Thanks for sharing with us!


Summer McGallian … the scandalous home wrecker from Against the Wall and Between The Sheets. The one who stole her co-worker’s fiancĂ©, the other woman, the one people whisper about and stay away from. Only for Summer, things aren't always as they appear and she knows that better than anyone. She hasn’t been herself since she was in high school, when life was less complicated and relationships weren’t about making compromises to land the guy. When her heart is broken, there's only one thing left for her to do … prove she isn't who everyone thinks she is. And maybe, just maybe, she can get back to being comfortable in her own skin again, without input from a man. But when she encounters Sexy Guy, Dean Michaels, everything Summer has ever known about the opposite sex is about to change.

Dean Michaels knew he’d seen her somewhere before. What he never imagined was that the gorgeous woman in a baseball cap and hooded sweatshirt tossing back a beer in his favorite spot could be Summer McGallian—the woman who always looked like she’d stepped off the pages of a glamour magazine when he’d seen her from afar at work. And to make matters worse, she’s Chase Marino’s ex, the one guy who gets under his skin like no other. If the thought of being someone’s bitch in jail wasn’t enough to scare him, he would’ve strangled that bastard years ago and tossed the body in the Mojave Desert. But forget about Chase … Dean knew from the moment he saw Summer’s sexy smile and heard her cute laugh, she had to be his. And he won't let anything get in the way of that.

The Against The Wall series isn’t just about steamy sex scenes and swoon-worthy romance, but about new friendships, undying love, and a ton of laughter. Enjoy the ride as you get to know and love Summer and Dean, just as you did Shelly and Matt, and Melissa and Tyler, in the final book, Straddling The Edge.



If you'd like to learn more about author Julie Prestsater and the books she writes you can find her at her website, her blog, on Facebook, at Twitter, and on Pinterest.

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Review: Bare it All by Lori Foster

Wednesday, May 1

Title:  Bare It All*
Author: Lori Foster
Series: Love Undercover, #2; Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor, #5
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Publisher:  Harlequin
Format: E-Book, Mass Market Print & Audio
Date/Year: April 30, 2013
Reviewed by: ElaineReads

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

Summary from the publisher:

As the person responsible for taking down a brutal human trafficker, Alice Appleton fears retaliation at every turn. No one knows about her past, which is exactly how she prefers it...until the sexy cop next door comes knocking.

Detective Reese Bareden thinks he knows what makes women tick, but his ever-elusive neighbor keeps him guessing like no other. Is his goal to unmask Alice's secrets? Or protect her from a dangerous new threat? One thing is certain: their chemistry is a time bomb waiting to explode. And with no one to trust but each other, Reese and Alice are soon drawn into a deadly maze of corruption, intrigue and desire-and into the line of fire....


My Musings:

Lori Foster never disappoints and this book is no exception.  With “Bare It All,” she has merged two of her Alpha male series:  Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor, #5 and Love Undercover, #2.  It is not necessary to read the “Honor” series, but you really need to read book one, Run the Risk, of “Love Undercover” first.  Otherwise, I think it will be difficult to follow the plot.

SPOILER ALERT IF YOU HAVE NOT READ “RUN THE RISK”


“Bare It All” begins immediately after the ending of “Run the Risk.”  Reese is a cop that helped take down the bad guys with Alice’s support.  Reese has always considered Alice to be mildly timid until she shows up with her own weapon and demonstrates that not only can she take care of herself, she can take care of others as well.

Although they are next door neighbors, Reese has never been able to get close to Alice.  She is too ashamed of her past and has too much to hide.  It is only Cash, Reese’s puppy, who allows him to break through her barriers.

I loved this book.  I loved the way it flowed directly from “Run the Risk.”  I loved the return of characters that I know will be getting their own books soon.  I really, really loved one of the characters from Foster’s “Edge of Honor” series showing up in this one.

Reese is your typical Alpha male.  He is protective and very much a take charge personality.  Alice, however, is not interested in trusting anyone to protect her.  She can take care of herself.  She is a woman in hiding.  As I said, she is ashamed of things she was forced to do in the past and is afraid to let anyone get close to her.  That doesn’t keep her from noticing Reese’s “manly parts” however.

As always, Lori Foster writes great sex scenes.  They are strictly vanilla, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t hot.  Alice definitely becomes well acquainted with Reese’s manly parts.

When I read this book, I had not read any of the “Edge of Honor” series.  I enjoyed both of the books in her “Love Undercover” series so much, I have purchased the other series as well.  Alice’s story is introduced in this series, but not knowing that did not interfere with my enjoyment of the book.

As I said, Lori Foster doesn’t disappoint.

Ratings:

Overall:  5 stars
Sensuality level:  3

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