Review: Heart of Obsidian by Nalini Singh

Wednesday, July 31

Title: Heart of Obsidian*
Author: Nalini Singh
Series: Psy-Changeling #12
Genre:  Paranormal
Publisher:  Berkley Sensation
Format:  Hardcover & Ebook
Date/Year:  June 4, 2013
Reviewed by:  Andrea

*This book was borrowed from the reviewers local library.

Summary from the publisher:

Step into New York Times bestseller Nalini Singh’s explosive and shockingly passionate Psy-Changeling world…

A dangerous, volatile rebel, hands stained bloodred.
A woman whose very existence has been erased.
A love story so dark, it may shatter the world itself.
A deadly price that must be paid.
The day of reckoning is here.

From “the alpha author of paranormal romance” (Booklist) comes the most highly anticipated novel of her career—one that blurs the line between madness and genius, between subjugation and liberation, between the living and the dead.



My Musings:

The suspense and mystery leading up to the release of HEART OF OBSIDIAN was like nothing I’ve ever seen.  We didn’t know the identity of the hero or the heroine until release day.   If I had done the review sooner, I would have kept the mystery going.  I’m assuming everyone knows the identity of the hero by now, so it’s no longer a spoiler.  Other than that, this review will be spoiler free.

Kaleb Krycheck has been the most intriguing character of the entire series for me.  As a member of the Psy council, he has been in the periphery for many of the past books.  He was always such a mystery though.  I knew he was extremely powerful, very secretive, and driven to the point of obsession.  The big question for me was whether he was a good guy or a bad guy.  As it turns out, that’s the question everyone is asking.

The strength of the Psy race is their minds, which are all connected through the Netmind.  Two things are essential to the existence of their race, the Netmind and Silence.  They’re both crumbling, and the consequences are devastating.  There is a disease slowly spreading through the Netmind, and entire areas are unable to support life.  In the physical realm, the race is beginning to question their belief in Silence.  A group called Pure Psy, a strongly pro-Silence organization,  is using terrorist strikes to make themselves heard.  As the Psy race collapses from within, they are also being being pressured by the other races to stop Pure Psy.  Now that the Psy council has disbanded, there is only one person strong enough to clean up the mess, and that’s Kaleb Krycheck. 

HEART OF OBSIDIAN brings to light the source of Kaleb’s obsession, Sahara Nightstar.  We already know that Kaleb was trained by the serial killer, and former council member, Enrique Santano.  What we didn’t know was that Kaleb was removed from his family and put into Enrique’s care at the age of 3.  Enrique systematically broke Kaleb down in order to shape him into the perfect Psy.  Enrique idealized in his deranged mind.  The only bright light in Kaleb’s dark upbringing was a young girl named Sahara.  She befriended him, and was the only person to ever genuinely care for Kaleb.  She has been missing for the past 7 years, and Kaleb has been obsessively searching for her.  If Kaleb can’t have her, then Kaleb has no reason to live.  The fate of the world lies in her hands.

HEART OF OBSIDIAN is a masterpiece.  It finally brought to light the sinister beauty which has continually drawn me into this series.  It has the action, suspense, and mystery I expect from Nalini Singh combined with one of the purest loves I have ever read.  Without a doubt, this is a must read book for fans of the series.

Ratings:

Overall: 4.5 stars
Sensuality level: 3.5


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Review: Complete Me by J. Kenner

Tuesday, July 30

Title:  Complete Me*
Author:  J. Kenner
Series: Stark trilogy #3
Genre: contemporary erotic romance
Publisher: Bantam
Format: e-book, print, & audio book
Date/Year: July 30, 2013
Reviewed by: Michele

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

Summary from the publisher:


This sexy, emotionally charged romance continues the story of Damien Stark, the powerful multimillionaire who’s never had to take “no” for an answer, and Nikki Fairchild, the Southern belle who only says “yes” on her own terms.

Our desire runs deep. But our secrets cut close. Beautiful, strong, and commanding, Damien Stark fills a void in me that no other man can touch. His fierce cravings push me beyond the brink of bliss—and unleash a wild passion that utterly consumes us both.

Yet beneath his need for dominance, he carries the wounds of a painful past. Haunted by a legacy of dark secrets and broken trust, he seeks release in our shared ecstasy, the heat between us burning stronger each day.

Our attraction is undeniable, our obsession inevitable. Yet not even Damien can run from his ghosts, or shield us from the dangers yet to come.

Complete Me is an erotic romance intended for mature audiences.


My Musings:

This review may contain spoilers for COMPLETE ME, as well as RELEASE ME and CLAIM ME, the two previous books in the Stark trilogy. It is unlikely that COMPLETE ME would work as a stand-alone book, and the trilogy should be read in order.

Now that Nikki Fairchild and Damien Stark have survived the first true test of their love from forces without and within, they must face the real possibility that Damien will go to prison for a crime he did not commit. Nikki has shown Damien and the world that her love for him is unconditional, and that he will have her by his side no matter what may happen to him. Damien’s love for Nikki is just as strong and unyielding, and yet his equally strong belief that he knows what is best for her well being, even if it’s not what she wants, weighs heavily on his mind as he prepares to meet his fate in a German courtroom. COMPLETE ME is the conclusion of their incredible love story, where Nikki and Damien must learn to trust more completely in each other in the face of a threat neither of them had even anticipated.

The thing that I love the most about the Stark Trilogy - its unpredictability - is shown most vividly in the opening chapters of COMPLETE ME.  I was all prepared for a long and revealing courtroom drama, with secrets revealed on the path to an inevitable happy ending for Nikki and Damien. When the threat of prison for Damien was unexpectedly neutralized and the story went off on a completely different but ultimately related path, I was both surprised and pleased not to have been able to assume what was going to happen next. Throughout this dramatic and dangerous story, Nikki never doubts Damien’s love for her, even as she becomes more confused by his behavior and the actions of others with their own agendas and motivations for seeing the two lovers broken apart for good. We see that while her recovery from a lifetime of using cutting to handle negative emotions is still ongoing, she won’t let it be used to manipulate her into betraying Damien or their love. At the same time, Damien must face the fact that those he would have saved have betrayed his trust and that drastic measures are called for if he wants to keep her in his life. In his quest to save Nikki from those who would harm her, Damien must make the drastic decision to do the one thing he would never have done to save himself.

COMPLETE ME is a wonderful conclusion to the Stark Trilogy and a worthy successor to the two books that preceded it. The relationship between Damien and Nikki may have started as a sexy game between damaged souls, but by the end of this book, it is a full and rich love between two people who have learned to grow emotionally and appreciate just how much it was all worth going through to get to their happy ending. J. Kenner’s Stark Trilogy is one of the best contemporary erotic romance series I’ve read this past year and I highly recommend all three books.

Ratings:

Overall: 5 stars
Sensuality level: 4
(light BDSM, anal sex, semi-public sex, discussion of child sexual abuse) 

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Review: Making it Last by Ruthie Knox

Title:  Making it Last*
Author: Ruthie Knox
Series: Camelot series #4
Genre: contemporary erotic romance
Publisher: Loveswept
Format: ebook (novella)
Date/Year: July 15, 2013
Reviewed by: Michele

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

Summary from the publisher:

RITA finalist Ruthie Knox returns with a brand-new eBook original novella, the finale of her delightfully sexy Camelot series!

A hotel bar. A sexy stranger. A night of passion. There’s a part of Amber Mazzara that wants those things, wants to have a moment — just one — where life isn’t a complicated tangle of house and husband and kids and careers. Then, after a long, exhausting “vacation” with her family, her husband surprises her with a gift: a few days on the beach . . . alone.

Only she won’t be alone long, because a handsome man just bought her a drink. He’s cool, he’s confident, and he wants to take Amber to bed and keep her there for days. Lucky for them both, he’s her husband. He’s only got a few days in Jamaica to make her wildest desires come true, but if he can pull it off, there’s reason to believe that this fantasy can last a lifetime.


My Musings:

I know I’m a huge Ruthie Knox fan and that my objectivity might be in question when it comes to her books. But I have to say right up front that MAKING IT LAST is my favorite Ruthie Knox story ever, due in no small part to how it so perfectly encapsulates for me what it’s like for two people in a long term marriage. When you’ve been married as long as Amber and Tony, you can still be completely in love and still wonder if you’ve got what it takes to keep your love alive and growing as the years go by and life doesn’t always go the way that you had planned.

The Amber and Tony we saw fall in love back in HOW TO MISBEHAVE are now fourteen years into a marriage they had both believed was solid, but was actually starting to disintegrate somewhere deep down inside. The economy was not kind to Tony’s home construction business and the resulting money problems have only exacerbated Amber’s feelings of stagnation and worthlessness while continuing as a stay-at-home mother now that her kids are all in school. With Amber not working and construction jobs almost non-existent locally, Tony spends nearly all his waking hours on work which keeps him out of town and away from Amber and their three boys more than any of them would prefer. The result is a marriage on a slow death march, with Amber and Tony seemingly unable to confront the problems they face. When the destination wedding of Caleb and Ellen in Jamaica provides an opportunity for Amber’s family to arrange for her to stay over alone for a few days, Amber realizes that she and Tony can’t go on as they have and that something has to change. But does that change have to be the end of their marriage? Amber isn’t sure. But Tony isn’t going to let her make that decision alone, not without him there to show her things can be different...and better.

When I finished reading MAKING IT LAST all I could think was how Ruthie Knox had really hit me where I live. I’m also in a long-term marriage and still madly in love with my husband, and what Ruthie wrote about the stress of child raising and money issues and wondering if you’ve still got what it takes to make things last is absolutely spot on. Life goes on after the Happily Ever After and a wedding doesn’t ensure that even a couple that’s madly in love will stay that way. We all know that to some extent, but it’s so rare to see in a romance novel, and even rarer to see it so well portrayed without taking away from the magic that is the romantic love between the hero and heroine. Amber and Tony had their Happy For Now in HOW TO MISBEHAVE but it’s only in MAKING IT LAST that we see their true Happily Ever After, one that includes adjusting their attitudes about themselves, each other and their responsibilities to their family in a way that will help their love continue to grow and flourish long after they return from Jamaica. It’s one of the best and most realistic portrayals of marriage that I’ve read in a very long time and a welcome alternative for those of us who would like to read more about mature adults in love.

Ratings:

Overall: 5
Sensuality level: 3.5

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Review: Painted Faces by L.H. Cosway

Friday, July 26

Title:  Painted Faces*
Author: L.H. Cosway
Series: na
Genre:  Contemporary
Publisher: I believe it’s self published
Format:  ebook & paperback
Date/Year:  December 2012
Reviewed by:  Andrea

*This book was purchased by the reviewer for her own reading enjoyment

Summary from the publisher:

Come forth with an open mind, for an unconventional tale of love..

Dublin native Freda Wilson considers herself to be an acquired taste. She has a habit of making offensive jokes and speaking her mind too often. She doesn't have the best track record with first impressions, which is why she gets a surprise when her new neighbor Nicholas takes a shine to her.

Nicholas is darkly handsome, funny and magnetic, and Freda feels like her black and white existence is plunged into a rainbow of color when she's around him. When he walks into a room he lights it up, with his quick wit and charisma. He is a traveling cabaret performer, but Freda doesn't know exactly what that entails until the curtains pull back on his opening night.

She is gob-smacked and entirely intrigued to see him take to the stage in drag. Later on, Nicholas asks her if she would like to become his show assistant. Excited by the idea, she jumps at the chance. Soon she finds herself immersed in a world of wigs, make-up and high heels, surrounded by pretty men and the temptation of falling for her incredibly beautiful employer.

In this story of passion and sexual discovery, Nicholas and Freda will contend with jealousy, emotional highs and lows, and the kind of love that only comes around once in a lifetime.



My Musings:

Prepare to be gob-smacked when you pick up PAINTED FACES.  I had read the 5 star reviews raving about how fantastic this book was.  They are the reason I purchased the book to begin with. I thought I was prepared and knew what I was getting into.  I had no clue it was going to be this good!

Within the first five pages, I knew I was going to love it.  I had already laughed out loud multiple times and fallen in love with Freda.  She one of those characters I could instantly identify with.  I saw some of myself in her, and I expect most women will feel the same.  Oh my, how to describe Freda... she is witty, she is funny, she is insecure, she is bold, she is someone I would love to be friends with in real life.  I loved that she wasn’t confident all the time, she wasn’t loved by everyone she met, and she wasn’t centerfold material. She was human, relatable, and likable.

Her new neighbor is Nicholas.  He is ideal in every way.  He is smart, handsome, and charming. Immediately, Freda realizes Nicholas is completely out of her league.  That’s fine though, because she likes him.  If friends is all that’s in their future, so be it.  What Freda doesn’t see upon first meeting Nicholas is that he has another side to him which he keeps hidden.  There is a hurt and vulnerable kid buried inside Nicholas, and he protects that kid at all costs.  Nicholas has been hurt in the past, and to go through that again would destroy him.  

I guess the first thing I have to address is that Nicholas is a drag queen.  I thought this was going to be a major hurdle to the romance.  It’s not though.  Yes, their story does force the reader into examining gender and sexuality, but that is never a problem for Freda and Nicholas.  Freda sees him as a very straight, very masculine, and very sexy man.  She wants him, and he wants her.   It’s only outsiders who have a problem with their relationship.

The romance was actually a lot darker and more painful than I had expected.  There are some very serious issues lurking in Nicholas’ past.  Freda can’t make everything all better, and she knows Nicholas has the potential to break her heart.  Their romance is slow to develop, and at times painful, for these reasons. 

The saving grace of the story is the humor.  It is literally laugh out loud funny. Freda uses her sense of humor to hide painful or uncomfortable situations.  I loved that about her.  It broke up what could have been a dark read and made it more light-hearted and entertaining. 

I don’t rave over books, and I rarely hand out 5 star reviews.  PAINTED FACES deserves every bit of recognition it is getting.  It’s a great romance that is funny and unique.  I loved it, and I highly recommend it!

Ratings:

Overall: 5 stars
Sensuality level: 3.5 

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Review: Entwined with You by Sylvia Day

Wednesday, July 24

Title: Entwined With You*
Author: Sylvia Day
Series: Crossfire series #3
Genre: contemporary erotic romance
Publisher: Penguin
Format: E-book, Trade paperback & Audio book
Date/Year: June 4, 2013
Reviewed by: Michele

*This book was purchased by the reviewer for her own reading pleasure.

Summary from the publisher:

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…



My Musings:

This review may contain spoilers for BARED TO YOU (Crossfire #1) and REFLECTED IN YOU (Crossfire #2). Each book can nominally be read stand-alone but I would not recommend it.

ENTWINED WITH YOU picks up exactly where REFLECTED IN YOU left off, with Eva reeling from the incredible revelation that Gideon Cross has given her the ultimate gift of safety, but at a cost no one could have ever anticipated. His actions in the latter third of the previous book now make a twisted sense to us and to Eva, but that doesn’t mean it is safe for Eva to return to Gideon, at least not yet. The bulk of ENTWINED WITH YOU follows Eva and Gideon in their continuing journey of trust and love toward a lasting and emotionally sound relationship. But as with the previous books, there are external forces working to against them, not the least of which is the continuing danger in which Gideon has placed himself by his actions at the end of the second book. Along the way there are also ex-lovers, misbehaving parents and well-meaning friends on both sides, none of whom can truly understand the depth of the passion shared by Gideon and Eva, or they wouldn’t be so keen on keeping the two lovers apart. As Gideon and Eva mature emotionally and learn to trust in their love, they move ever closer to that perfect happy ending that we all want to see.

As with the other two books in the Crossfire series, I greatly enjoyed all the intimate scenes between Eva and Gideon, and was especially happy to see them stop pushing each other away any time things got a little difficult between them. The problems they both face due to their damaging pasts can’t just be ignored, and we see that both are continuing to work hard on dealing with how they are and what they have experienced. What I did not enjoy was so much of the latter portions of the book being devoted to setting up multiple side plots with secondary characters that were clearly designed to provide fodder for the next books in the series. I have no doubt that in the next two books, we’ll find that the dilemmas of these secondary characters are directly related to what will happen to Gideon and Eva, but frankly, I resented that they took up so much of my time.

The sense of ENTWINED WITH YOU being a “filler” book feeds into my take on the current controversy surrounding its release and the somewhat recent revelation that this would not be the final book of a long-promised trilogy, but the third of a now five-part series. I posted most of my immediate reactions on Twitter back when I finished reading the book, which was that I felt like I’d only read half of the story I’d been led to believe would be in this third Crossfire book. If I hadn’t learned that this was not the last book before I read it, I’d be just as outraged as all the other people who are making their anger known all over the Internet. After all, this was a book that was already delayed an extra 6 months within weeks of its originally scheduled release date, and then to discover on the last page that it doesn’t have the HEA we’ve all been waiting to read? In my opinion, there might have been less outrage if the series extension had been announced back when the release date was delayed, but all we can do is hope that better decisions will be made with regard to the rest of the Crossfire series. In any case, it’s a tribute to Sylvia Day’s writing skill and the Crossfire series that any delay in seeing Gideon and Eva get their happily ever after can inspire such outrage in so many deeply invested readers.

Although ENTWINED WITH YOU wasn’t as satisfying to me as the previous books in the Crossfire series, I know I’m happy with what I got of Gideon and Eva’s continuing romance and trust that Sylvia Day knows exactly where they must go before they can live happily ever after. I only hope I don’t have to wait until next year to find out what happens next.

Ratings:

Overall: 3.5  stars (I wanted less Megumi and Corrine, more Eva and Gideon!)
Sensuality level: 4 

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Review: Wuthering Nights by I.J. Miller

Tuesday, July 23

Title: Wuthering Nights: An Erotic Retelling of Wuthering Heights*
Author: I.J. Miller and Emily Bronte
Series: n/a
Genre:  Erotica
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Format: E-book, Trade paperback & Audio book
Date/Year: January 29, 2013
Reviewed by: Michele

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

Summary from the publisher:

Romantics everywhere have been enthralled by Emily Bronte's classic novel of the tragic love between beautiful, spirited Catherine Earnshaw and dark, brooding Heathcliff. The restrained desire between these two star-crossed lovers has always smoldered on the page. And now it ignites into an uncontrollable blaze.

In WUTHERING NIGHTS, writer I.J. Miller reimagines this timeless story to reveal the passion between Catherine and Heathcliff--in all its forbidden glory.

Set against the stark, raw beauty of the English moors, Heathcliff, an abandoned orphan, recognizes his soulmate in wild, impulsive Catherine, the only woman who can tame his self-destructive nature. And Catherine cannot deny the all-consuming desire she feels for him, despite his low birth. Together they engage in a fiery affair--one that will possess them, enslave them, and change their destinies forever...



My Musings:

If you are a regular Seductive Musings reader, you may recall that I’ve reviewed two previous books which sexed up a classic romance novel with less than successful results. After the most recent one, I actually went on Twitter to beg someone for an example of this writing trend that was actually done well and a pleasure to read. I am quite pleased and more than a bit surprised to report that I.J. Miller’s “Wuthering Nights” is that book.

I have to admit that the original “Wuthering Heights” was never one of my favorite romances. Heathcliff may be the quintessential dark brooding alpha male which always appeals to me, but neither of the Catherine Earnshaws were heroines I particularly liked. The secondary characters were no better, with the Earnshaw men as almost laughably over-the-top villains and the Linton siblings so passive and whiny that I was actually pleased to see them suffer.

Perhaps this cynical attitude is part of why I was so receptive to I.J. Miller’s new erotic version, but I wouldn’t have enjoyed it as much as I did if it wasn’t so well developed and executed. What was once a classic tale of doomed love and thwarted revenge is now a relentless story of true erotic horror, with Heathcliff recast as the merciless Dominant who will use anyone and anything in his quest to possess his beloved Catherine completely and forever. Along the way, we see how each person in Heathcliff’s path becomes his pawn, most often through his exploitation of their own erotic desires. “Wuthering Nights” does not hesitate to show the full spectrum of erotic horror, but never in a way that does not fit fully with how the characters in the original story were presented and understood. It makes sense that Catherine would never fully submit to Heathcliff, regardless of his intent and overwhelming Dominance. It also makes sense that Catherine would explore her own nascent Dominance when married to the simpering Edgar, and their sexual encounters radiate the appropriate amount of creepy discomfort. Yet the most extreme examples of erotic horror in “Wuthering Nights” involve two characters who were more off to the sidelines in the original, but are now front and center in this version.

When Isabella Linton falls in love with Heathcliff and elopes with him to be married in the original, we don’t see much of her again, other than a few scenes later where it’s clear she is just as abused and mistreated as the other members of Heathcliff’s sorry household. In I.J. Miller’s version, we see the true nature of Isabella’s married life with Heathcliff, and what I read there actually made me feel sorry for her in a way the original had never inspired. How terrible to have a true love exploited and perverted so cruelly, regardless of the reason. Again, this alteration would have been unbearable to read if the writing had been less than spot on. Like any good horror story, it may frighten and disgust, but you can’t look away.

The Earnshaw’s housekeeper, Nelly, served as a narrator in the original, providing background and context to the visiting traveler staying at Wuthering Heights. In “Wuthering Nights” she is all that and more, providing the reader greater access to the young Heathcliff, for whom she would do anything, including providing physical comfort when Catherine is unavailable to him. As the story progresses, Nelly is the one person who truly sees Heathcliff for the monster he is, yet also loves him and ultimately allows herself to be exploited along with everyone else, just for the opportunity to have him with her one more time. And if Nelly, the voice of reason and common sense in this story, can be seduced and broken by a man whom she knows to be merciless, what hope do the young Cathy and Hareton have to resist?

I.J. Miller’s “Wuthering Nights” is definitely not for everyone. It is, however, the book I had wished for and the example that others should follow in this type of writing endeavor. I only hope it is not the exception that proves the rule. I would love to read more sexed-up classic romance novels if they are half as well written as this one.

Ratings:

Overall: 4.5 stars
Sensuality level: 5
(hardcore BDSM, non-consent, M/F/F)

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Feature & Giveaway: Chains and Canes by Katie Porter

Friday, July 12


Happy Friday!  I can't even begin to tell you how glad I am that the weekend is upon us.  And what better way to start the weekend, but with a hot read for those hot summer weekend nights!

Today I am featuring the books from author Katie Porter's Club Devant series.  I discovered Katie Porter last year with their first book in the Vegas Top Guns series and have been happily hooked ever since!

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 Club Devant, Book 1

The best partners share everything…
Lizzie Maynes’s torn ACL threatens more than her career as an international Latin ballroom champion. During her lengthy recovery, her longtime professional partner, Dima Turgenev, has been dancing at the Chelsea District’s most notorious burlesque, Club Devant. More than just dancing, he’s been experimenting with shocking new moves that make her want to pull him off stage and get back on tour as soon as possible—the better to keep their successful friendship safe.

Dima knows all about safety, and the lack thereof, because he blames himself for Lizzie’s injury. Far from the pressures of competition, Club Devant is the perfect creative venue to rebuild his rattled confidence. He’d love for Lizzie to join him and revel in the club’s intoxicating freedoms. By exploring the new sensual energy simmering between them, they could become more than friends.

Paul Reeves, a recently divorced Texan starting over in the Big Apple, is all for joining the dancers as they blaze through sexual boundaries. But he also knows their sizzling trio won’t last. Lizzie and Dima belong together. Before the last sparks fade, he plans to transform two stubborn friends into lasting lovers—one raunchy lesson at a time.

Warning: Burlesque meets ballroom in this f***ing sexy book when a smoldering Russian dance god and a blonde firecracker with hips possessed by the devil share a sunny, filthy-minded Texan—for just a dance or two. 




Club Devant, Book 2

A Dom double-teamed by two submissives? He doesn’t stand a chance.

Wealthy businessman Daniel Baker doesn’t have a creative bone in his body, but he knows art and craves beauty. Contemporary dancer Naya Ortiz, his fiancée of three years, embodies both. His protective commitment to her happiness extends to hiring Dominas to satisfy the sexual masochism she craves.

The balance of their relationship is tipped when Naya dances with reckless Cajun choreographer Remy Lomand. His magnetism as a Dom carries over to a backstage encounter that leaves Naya breathless—and Daniel unable to look away.

Remy knows the deal. The fancy people want to play with a disposable boy toy. He’s fine with that…but not with letting Daniel remain a bystander. As their sessions intensify, Remy guides Daniel’s awakening as a sexual submissive. Their no-strings threesome reveals the physical connection Daniel and Naya have lacked—and the emotional depth Remy fears.

When Remy and Naya tirelessly work to found a professional dance company, Daniel is left on the outside looking in. And although he and Naya are ready to submit to Remy for the rest of their lives, the man they call Sir may not want their love at all.

Warning: A sexy-as-hell Cajun choreographer plays slap, tickle, chains and canes with a muy caliente Puerto Rican dancer and her repressed businessman fiancé. What could possibly go wrong?

Enjoy an excerpt from Chains and Canes below:

Naya Ortiz had danced with countless male partners since she’d turned fourteen, the year a boy from the Ukraine enrolled in her great aunt’s dance studio in South Brooklyn. He’d certainly learned to lift. Sometimes she’d teased him that he was their own version of Coney Island’s Cyclone. Twenty girls waited in line for their turn to get thrown skyward and spun in circles.

She felt that way now. Remy Lomand’s audition choreography hadn’t included any lifts, but he might as well have dropped her into a death spiral.

He held her hand as he led her stage left. In the dark behind the thick scarlet curtains, he pushed her against the nearest wall, front to front, as if they were still on stage.

“We’re not dancing anymore,” she said, hands on his shoulders. “You have other girls waiting.”

“Don’t want no other girls.”

Naya couldn’t hide a shudder that scared the holy hell out of her. She was engaged. Daniel was somewhere in the club right that moment. If he had any idea how that dance had affected her…He was a generous man. Powerful and patient and so fucking sexy. Sure, they’d tested limits. Once they’d even included another man.

A total disaster.

That guy had wasted two hours trying to turn her on. Remy Lomand had needed less than two minutes. Jesús Cristo. Again she was thinking of rollercoasters and rides she didn’t want to end.

“I’m sure you have other dancers to audition.” She had endurance like an Olympic swimmer. After all, Broadway demanded resilience. But her words were breathy and out of step with her thoughts.

Remy’s hands had slid to her hips as if they belonged there, even after the music stopped. “Auditions are over, girl. What’s your name again?”

“Naya Ortiz.”

“Well, Mademoiselle Ortiz, you just embarrassed the competition and made me the envy of every poor shit here.” He grinned. They were concealed in shadows, but that flash of white teeth was unmistakable. “That might include some of the gay boys.”

“So you’re not gay?”

He pushed her hair back from her neck. His soft exhales dove down inside of her. Rather than feathering across her skin, the feeling was deep and concentrated. He kissed her where goose bumps tickled her throat. She could feel his smile. “I take what I can get, darlin’. Right now, that’s you.”

Naya laughed. Outright laughed.

He jerked back as if she’d decided to reenact the improvised slap from their dance.

“Way to make a girl feel special,” she said, still with a playful smile. “You deserve every bit of the annoyance on your face.” She ducked under his arm. “If I’m hired, I want to hear it from Mr. Shaw.”

“He does what I tell him.”

“I doubt that.”

She was walking away, smiling, feeling bright as a soap bubble in the sunshine, when he caught her around the waist. Spun. Pressed flush. This time he didn’t work with slow brushes of lips against skin. He caught two tangled handfuls of hair and twisted.

Naya gasped.

Dangerous.

That was the most coherent thought she could manage when he began to push her, slowly, with firm intent, toward the floor. Her loose, damp hair became his tool as her knees folded under the rush of submission. She sank into the sensation of it, the rightness, as rational thought was replaced by almost joyous excitement. Dimly she registered the press of hardwood against her kneecaps, but most of her senses—most of her world—focused on the intent way Remy Lomand stared down at her.

She’d barely had the chance to look at him before her audition. Just a general assessment: great arms, sloppy dresser, fuck-worthy Cajun accent. The shadowy backstage accentuated the hollows beneath his cheekbones, his lower lip, and the graceful sweep of his brows, one of which was pierced by a silver bar. A swatch of bright light caught the line of his jaw where bristling stubble was a shade lighter than his brown hair.

“When it comes to which dancers to hire, he does what I tell him. I’m through with girls who won’t listen.” That slippery-smooth accent was like hot honey. It should’ve been sweet and slow, but Naya burned with every syllable. “You’d listen, chere.” He tightened his grip on her hair, even giving her head a little shake. “Wouldn’t you?”

Naya was spinning and lost and oh, damn. So fucked. He’d needed one dance to learn what a few boyfriends had never discovered. He’d needed one dance to learn what had taken her four months to discuss with Daniel.

After another fierce tug, he laid one hand flat against her cheek. “And if you didn’t listen, my slap would land right there.”

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Review: Flirting with Disaster by Ruthie Knox

Title: Flirting With Disaster*
Author:  Ruthie Knox
Series: Camelot #3
Genre: Contemporary erotic romance
Publisher: Loveswept
Format: E-book      
Date/Year: June 11, 2013
Reviewed by: Michele

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

Summary from the publisher:

In the latest eBook original novel in Ruthie Knox’s scorching-hot Camelot series, a no-strings fling looks an awful lot like falling in love—or flirting with disaster.

Fresh out of a fiasco of a marriage, Katie Clark has retreated to her hometown to start over. The new Katie is sophisticated, cavalier, and hell-bent on kicking butt at her job in her brother’s security firm. But on her first assignment—digging up the truth about the stalker threatening a world-famous singer-songwriter—Katie must endure the silent treatment from a stern but sexy partner who doesn’t want her help . . . or her company.

Sean Owens knows that if he opens his mouth around Katie, she’ll instantly remember him as the geeky kid who sat behind her in high school. Silence is golden, but he can’t keep quiet forever, not with Katie stampeding through their investigation. It’s time for Sean to step up and take control of the case, and his decade-old crush. If he can break through Katie’s newfound independence, they just might find they make a perfect team—on the road, on the job, and in bed.

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My Musings:

Flirting With Disaster is the third entry in Ruthie Knox’s new Camelot series, and the second full length novel. Its heroine is Katie Clark, the baby sister of Amber and Caleb, whose individual romances were featured in the previous two books. Katie’s only recently returned to Camelot from Alaska, where she’d been running an outdoor touring company until her high school sweetheart and ne’er-do-well husband had walked out on her, leaving nothing but debt and self-recrimination. She doesn’t really know what she wants to do with her life, but she knows she wants to do it on her own, if only to prove to her overprotective brother that she’s capable of taking care of herself. But her determination to be independent doesn’t keep her from taking a job with her brother’s security firm, which suits Caleb just fine as it means he can still keep an eye on her. Neither of them anticipates what will happen when Katie is assigned to work the same job as Sean, another Camelot native and former high school classmate who’d left town years before to make it big as the co-founder of a high tech company out in California. Caleb is happy to have a good guy he trusts to keep Katie safe on the job. Katie is pleasantly surprised to see Sean all grown up in all the right ways, and she’d do more than just daydream about him if he would just stop giving her the silent treatment and behave like he actually wants to be near her.

Sean most definitely wants to be near Katie, in every way possible, but he is afraid to say anything around her. That’s because Sean has a secret that will be revealed the moment he opens his mouth, and he’d rather have Katie think him rude than to mock him for something he can’t help doing whenever she’s near him. Katie just can’t accept the status quo and she pokes and prods and goads Sean into revealing his true feelings, why he wouldn’t speak to her and why any relationship they could have together would be a terrible mistake. But as they are drawn into the mystery of who is threatening a secretive music star, both Sean and Katie discover that even their deepest fears are no match for true love.

What I love about Ruthie Knox’s writing is how she always manages to combine interesting and sympathetic characters with a compelling plot to produce an emotionally satisfying romance that seems almost effortless. I loved Sean and Katie, and how their personalities complemented each other so well. Sean is the damaged hero who overcompensates for an unhappy childhood while keeping himself closed off to others for fear of their pity. Katie is the woman with her heart on her sleeve, unwilling to let Sean keep her at arm’s length once she goads him into revealing his true feelings, even if she ends up with a broken heart yet again. The progression of their relationship is realistic and irresistible. The secondary plot with Judah, the threatened musician, works well in providing the opportunities to bring Katie and Sean together without taking the focus away from where it belongs.

“Flirting With Disaster” is another welcome addition to the Camelot series and consistently great work by Ruthie Knox. I’m already anticipating the next book in the series, when we get to see more of Amber Clark Mazzara and her hunky husband, Tony in Making it Last (July 15, 2013).

Ratings:

Overall:  4
Sensuality level:  4

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Review: At the Highlander's Mercy by Terri Brisbin

Thursday, July 11

Title: At the Highlander’s Mercy*
Author: Terri Brisbin
Series: The MacLerie Clan
Genre: Historical Romance
Publisher: Harlequin
Format: E-book
Date/Year: March 19, 2013
Reviewed by: ElaineReads

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

Summary from the publisher:

For as long as he could remember, he wanted her…

Raised by a single mother, Adam Collins resolved to take no chances with a girl’s future—or his own. That’s why, as hard as it was, he resisted everything he felt for Marissa Brooks. Then one night a reckless challenge left a fellow student dead and changed both their lives forever. As penance, Adam took the boy’s place in the Marines, where he could disappear into discipline and duty, and left Marissa behind to struggle with her dreams.

Twelve years later, Adam is back in Walkers Ford to serve as the best man in his friend’s wedding. The years haven’t diminished the electric connection he has with Marissa. But Adam’s mistake continues to haunt him, and Marissa is stumbling under the weight of her family’s legacy. Together they wrestle with demons and dreams, but if there’s any hope for a future together Adam has to not only find a way to forgive himself, but also ask others for forgiveness—especially from the woman whose heart he broke.



My Musings:

I’m always thrilled to find a new Highlander book, so I had high hopes for this one.  I thought the plot was an interesting one with a twist I had not seen before. Unfortunately, I was disappointed by the two main characters themselves.

My favorite couples in Highlander romances consist of a strong, alpha man and a strong, independent woman.  I realize the entire Highland cannot consist of lairds, but these are romances, so I get to choose what I love.

Rob is the bastard son of the former laird and and although he has been selected as laird, he is not accepted by his entire clan.  In particular, his cousin Simon challenges him because he believes he should have been chosen as laird.  Rob does little to nothing to control Simon and the clan is in turmoil because of this.

The Highland lairds I love would have smacked Simon down at the very onset of his troublemaking.  They certainly wouldn’t have allowed him to continue to challenge their decisions.

Lilidh (pronounced Lily - I had to look it up) has become a widow after only a few months of marriage. She is returning home to her family so that they can find her a new husband.  And that’s what I didn’t like about her.  She rarely seemed to stand up for herself.  Where are the feisty heroines of my favorite Highlander romances?  She doesn’t have any opinion regarding who she is to marry and where she is to live.  She leaves all the decisions up to her father and clan.

This book is a spinoff of Brisbin’s MacLerie series.  Lilidh’s parents are the couple from the first title in the series: Taming the Highlander and make regular appearances in this book.  If you are a fan of The MacLerie’s, you really do need to read this book.  It’s always fun to visit couples from books you love and find out how they turn out.

Maybe I would have enjoyed this one more if I had read the previous books.  I did feel like I was missing the backstory on occasion.  Then again, I really think Rob’s lack of backbone would have disappointed me no matter what.

Ratings:

Overall:  3 stars
Sensuality level:  3

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Review: Unforgiven by Anne Calhoun

Wednesday, July 10

Title:  Unforgiven*
Author: Anne Calhoun
Series: N/A
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Berkley
Format: Mass Market Paperback & E-Book
Date/Year:  June 4, 2013
Reviewed by:  Michele

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Summary from the publisher:

For as long as he could remember, he wanted her…

Raised by a single mother, Adam Collins resolved to take no chances with a girl’s future—or his own. That’s why, as hard as it was, he resisted everything he felt for Marissa Brooks. Then one night a reckless challenge left a fellow student dead and changed both their lives forever. As penance, Adam took the boy’s place in the Marines, where he could disappear into discipline and duty, and left Marissa behind to struggle with her dreams.

Twelve years later, Adam is back in Walkers Ford to serve as the best man in his friend’s wedding. The years haven’t diminished the electric connection he has with Marissa. But Adam’s mistake continues to haunt him, and Marissa is stumbling under the weight of her family’s legacy. Together they wrestle with demons and dreams, but if there’s any hope for a future together Adam has to not only find a way to forgive himself, but also ask others for forgiveness—especially from the woman whose heart he broke.



My Musings:

Anne Calhoun has rapidly become one of my most loved romance writers, thanks to her ability to write stories with memorable characters, evocative descriptions and hurt-so-good emotions that tear at your heart all the way to the hard-won happy ending. She’s one of the few writers who I am content to read in any length available, as I know that she will make the most out of every word, whether the story is 20 or 200 pages long.

Unforgiven is a full length novel, and I savored every moment of Adam and Marissa’s journey back to each other after years and oceans apart. In their small hometown of Walkers Ford, South Dakota, Adam Collins had been the local bad boy from the wrong side of the tracks, the hot dangerous guy on a motorcycle who didn’t seem to care about anyone or anything, except Marissa.

Marissa Brooks was the last living descendant of a family who had started out rich but ended up with nothing but a giant falling-down mansion and memories of a better time. In high school, Adam and Marissa had a passion that could survive almost anything, despite Adam’s best efforts not to drag her down to his level. What it couldn’t survive was a terrible accident on a rainy night when Adam’s penchant for self-destruction left another boy dead and Adam on his way out of town permanently. During his self-imposed exile, he attempted to rebuild his life via the Marine Corps and Delaney Walker, the well-connected good girl and complete opposite of Marissa, while Marissa worked on rebuilding her home one wooden plank at a time, despite the misgivings and bad-mouthing from the small town gossips in Walkers Ford. But now Adam’s out of the Corps and back in town for good, while Delaney Walker is about to marry Adam’s best friend, Keith Herndon, in Marissa Brooks’ now fully restored family home of Brookhaven.

What happens next could have been a standard soap opera plot full of evil machinations and cookie-cutter caricatures. But this is Anne Calhoun, so what does happen is one of the best books I’ve read all year, with some of the most wonderful expositions of love, passion, betrayal and redemption, all in the claustrophobic setting of a small town where everybody knows your business, or at least thinks they do. There are secrets and revelations throughout Unforgiven, to be sure, but they are revealed in the author’s own good time and when they can provide the most devastating effect on the reader. Through Adam and Marissa (and Delaney and Keith) we see once again that it is often easier to forgive others than ourselves, but that until all are forgiven, no one can truly be happy.

I loved reading Unforgiven so much that I actually forced myself to stop between chapters so that it would take longer for me to finish. Anne Calhoun never fails to capture my emotions with her beautiful writing and Unforgiven is no exception. If you’re a fan of Anne Calhoun, it’s a must read. If you’ve never read Anne Calhoun before, it’s a great start.

Ratings:

Overall: 5 stars
Sensuality level:  4

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Guest Author & Giveaway: Maggie Robinson featuring In the Arms of the Heiress and Lady Anne's Lover

Tuesday, July 9

Hello my friends!  It's been awhile (unfortunately) and I'm glad to be back to share with you two new historical romances that should be great summer reads by Maggie Robinson.  Maggie Robinson is one of my favorite historical romance authors, and apparently I'm not alone in my opinion since RT Book Reviews recently gave her newest book In the Arms of the Heiress 4.5 stars!  Pretty impressive :)

Maggie is my guest today to share with us not one, but two of her new summer romances, In the Arms of the Heiress, and Lady Anne's Lover with an exclusive excerpt just for us.  Enjoy!

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Thanks so much for having me back, and a HUGE thank you for the gorgeous blog banner! I am doubling my pleasure this month, talking about my two new releases, In the Arms of the Heiress and Lady Anne’s Lover.

It’s kind of scary to have two back-to-back books, since you worry you’ll say too much about one and not enough about the other. Plus, my husband has planned the vacation of a lifetime for us for the first two weeks in August, so I won’t be around much to talk about Lady Anne’s Lover when it comes out on July 30. I’ll be in London and Scotland doing research, and then coming home on the Queen Mary II, wearing cocktail dresses and going to masquerade balls! This is completely unlike me…I live down a dirt road in the middle of the woods and my idea of getting dressed up is to put on matching shoes and lipstick. My husband has even bought a tuxedo. We’ve been married decades, and I’ve never seen him in one!

So in the interest of being fair, I’ll give away an early copy of Lady Anne’s Lover today, and here’s an exclusive excerpt. I wouldn’t want Major Gareth Ripton-Jones to feel neglected. He’s had too much bad luck already—he’s lost his arm, his fiancée, his sobriety and is about to lose his home. But his new housekeeper is here to the rescue…

“Gareth tripped on the kitchen step and let himself in.  A stubby tallow candle burned on the center of the table. He’d have to speak to Mrs. Mont—he had no coin for wasting candles to welcome him home. He could see in the dark, knew every inch of his father’s house, every squeaky floorboard above, every uneven piece of slate below. It was still a solid dwelling, even if he’d let things go to hell this past year.

Ripton Hall had begun its life a couple of centuries ago as a humble farmhouse. He’d slept over the kitchen wing since boyhood. The sloping ceilings were a nuisance to a man of his height, but at least he was warm enough through a Welsh winter. The rest of the bedrooms in the newer, more ambitious addition were shut up. Gareth never had visitors, although once the house had been a happy one.

No more.

He blew the candle out rather than carry it upstairs. He didn’t need light to strip out of his clothes and find his bottle. And more to the point, he needed his hand to steady himself up the rope railing.

One hand proved insufficient. His worn wet boots slipped on a stair tread. Before he had a chance to catch himself, he was bumping down the stairs in the dark, arse over teakettle. So much for being sure-footed and quiet in the dark. And blast it, he was not drunk, not really. The ridiculousness of his situation sank in and he sat in a tangled heap, laughing at the absurdity of his life.

Mrs. Mont was up in an instant, her white nightrail a ghostly blur in the back hallway. She had not paused to light a lamp or put on a dressing gown, but Gareth could see her anyway.

And hear her. She was shrieking over his laughter, but he couldn’t seem to stop.

“Are you all right? You must be, if you can cackle like a madman. You’re not hurt then?”

Gareth drew in a breath. Every inch of him throbbed, but he couldn’t call it pain. He knew what pain was, and this was its very distant cousin.

“Can you stand? Come into the kitchen and I’ll fix you some coffee to clear your head.”

“I am not foxed, madam.” He heard her sniff. He imagined her little freckled nose twitching like a rabbit’s. “I’ll admit to a few pints of ale, but no more.” He wouldn’t mention the gin.

“You are not sober,” she said tartly.

“Sober enough to know your coffee might kill me.”

“It was much better this morning!”

He’d hurt her feelings. Good. Her coffee was ghastly.

“If you say so.” Gareth untwisted his long legs and steadied himself against the floor before he tried to rise. He wouldn’t admit his head was swimming just a little—no doubt he knocked it on the wall as he came down so unexpectedly.

“Here. Take my hand and I’ll help you up. It’s a wonder you didn’t set yourself on fire with the candle I left you.”

“I didn’t bring it up with me, Mrs. Mont. And don’t leave a light burning for me again. It’s a wicked waste. I can see where I’m going.”

“Oh, yes, I can see that you do,” she said with sarcasm. She reached down and touched his shoulder. “Give me your hand,” she repeated.

“Which one?”  He was rotten to be so churlish with her, but she simply bristled with disapproval. Old Cecily would never have pursed her lips as he thought Mrs. Mont must be doing—it was really too black in the hallway to tell.

He felt her stiffen over him. She smelled good, like spring. Spring was a long way off. By spring, he wouldn’t have a housekeeper—there’d be no house to keep.

“Major Ripton-Jones.” She now sounded a lot older than she looked. “It is a great pity you have lost your arm, but it is gone. The war has been over for five years. It is time you made peace with your infirmity.”

By God, she sounded like his old governess. He’d had one. The house had been full of servants when he was a child, the land productive, the future a bright and glowing place.

He didn’t bother telling Mrs. Mont where she’d gone wrong in her assumptions. “You think I feel too sorry for myself, do you?”

“It is not my place to say. But you are still a relatively young man with a long life ahead of you, God willing. You have property. Your health. You should not waste your days working your way down to the bottom of a gin bottle. I have seen the effects of gin in the city, sir. It is a wicked thing. Men and women—even children—lose their principles.”

“Principles.” He’d had them too, as well as a governess. But damn him if he was going to sit on the floor and be lectured by his housekeeper. She couldn’t even make a proper pot of coffee. How dare she tell him how to live his life?

This is what one got by advertising in a London newspaper for help. He should have gone to an employment agency on the other side of the border in Hereford. Found a nice old thing like Cecily who wouldn’t die and would leave him alone while he drowned his sorrows. Of course, they knew of him over in Hereford. Everyone within a hundred mile radius knew of Major Gareth Ripton-Jones. He was a bloody local hero.

And a murderer.”


It’s all fun and games until someone falls in love…

Independent heiress Louisa Stratton is going home to Rosemont for the holidays, and at the family’s request, she’s bringing her new husband—Maximillian Norwich, art connoisseur and artful lover, the man she’s written of so glowingly. There’s one hitch—he doesn’t exist. Louisa needs a fake husband, and fast, to make the proper impression.

Charles Cooper, captain of the Boer War and far from silver spoons or gilded cages, is so hard up that even this crazy scheme appeals to him. It’s only thirty days, not till death do them part. What’s so difficult about impersonating a husband, even if he doesn’t know a Rembrandt from a Rousseau?

The true difficulty is keeping his hands off Louisa once there’s nobody around to see their ruse. And then there’s the small problem of someone at Rosemont trying to kill him. Keeping his wits about him and protecting Louisa brings out the honor he thought he’d left on the battlefield. But when Louisa tries to protect him, Charles knows he’s found a way to face his future—in the arms of his heiress.


Read the first chapter of In the Arms of the Heiress, the first book in the Edwardian-set Ladies Unlaced series!


Lady Imaculata Anne Egremont has appeared in the scandalous pages of the London List often enough. The reading public is so bored with her nonsense, she couldn’t make news now unless she took a vow of chastity. But behind her naughty hijinks is a terrible fear. It’s time the List helped her. With a quick scan through its job postings and a few whacks at her ridiculous name, she’s off to keep house for a bachelor veteran as plain Anne Mont.

Major Gareth Ripton-Jones is dangerously young and handsome on the face of it, but after losing his love and his arm in short order, he is also too deep in his cups to notice that his suspiciously young housekeeper is suspiciously terrible at keeping house. Until, that is, her sharp tongue and her burnt coffee penetrate even his misery—and the charm underneath surprises them both. Trust the worst cook in Wales to propose a most unexpected solution to his troubles…

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Thanks Maggie for being my guest today and congrats on the double summer release!  That trip sounds A-MAZING!  What a great summer to have a great vacation, then to have two books releasing....you go girl!!!   Can I be you someday? LOL.

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