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5 Stars for Wounded, Vol. 1 (Little Goddess #2 Vol. 1) by Amy Lane #M/M/F #Paranormal @amylane

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Title: Wounded Vol. 1 (Little Goddess #2 Vol.1)
Author Name & Publisher: Amy Lane (DSP Publications)
Publication Date & Length: June 23rd 2015- 200 pages

Synopsis

Cory fled the foothills to deal with the pain of losing Adrian, and Green watched her go. Separately, they could easily grieve themselves to death, but when an old enemy of Green’s brings them back together, they can no longer hide from their grief—or their love for each other.

But Cory’s grieving has cut her off from the emotional stability that’s the source of her power, and Green’s worry for her has left them both weak. Cory’s strength comes from love, and she finds that when she’s in the presence of Adrian’s best friend, Bracken, she feels stronger still.

But defeating their enemy is by no means a sure thing. As the attacks against Cory and her lovers keep coming, it becomes clear that their love might not be enough if they can’t heal each other—and themselves—from the wounds that almost killed them all.

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FiveStars

The farther I get into this story, the more I love Cory and the men
around her.. and the women too. In this part we get to see as Cory is
forced to grow up a bit and learn how to deal with the loss of her
love.

I absolutely love that every single person we meet in these books had
an important role and no one is just a fluff character. There is so
much that goes on in each book that it’s a constant on the edge of
your seat read.

I have such a hard time with this being the beginning of Amy Lane’s
work since I’ve loved so many of her more recent books, but this one
is SO good I feel like people will miss it because it isn’t a newer
book. Their loss completely. The characters are so complex and the
story is so intricately woven it’s simply amazing.

This is where I really started to fall in love with Bracken and all
that he is willing to do for Cory even though she didn’t see him
‘that’ way in the first book.

Renee

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Vulnerable (Little Goddess #1) by Amy Lane #MMF #Paranormal @amymaclane @dreamspinners

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Title: Vulnerable (Little Goddess #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Amy Lane (DSP Publications)
Publication Date & Length: March 3rd 2015- 280 pages

Synopsis

Little Goddess: Book One

Working graveyards in a gas station seems a small price for Cory to pay to get her degree and get the hell out of her tiny town. She’s terrified of disappearing into the aimless masses of the lost and the young who haunt her neck of the woods. Until the night she actually stops looking at her books and looks up. What awaits her is a world she has only read about—one filled with fantastical creatures that she’s sure she could never be.

And then Adrian walks in, bearing a wealth of pain, an agonizing secret, and a hundred and fifty years with a lover he’s afraid she won’t understand. In one breathless kiss, her entire understanding of her own worth and destiny is turned completely upside down. When her newfound world explodes into violence and Adrian’s lover—and prince—walks into the picture, she’s forced to explore feelings and abilities she’s never dreamed of. The first thing she discovers is that love doesn’t fit into nice neat little boxes. The second thing is that risking your life is nothing compared to facing who you really are—and who you’ll kill to protect.

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FiveStars

I picked this book up because it was an Amy Lane story… who I love. But upon opening it, I found it was her FIRST story, which excited me to be honest. I love reading an author’s first work and being able to see just how much they’ve grown.
Now, I will say that had I not read other stories of her, I might have knocked it down maybe half a star, but I have and that makes it easier for me to say that this was an excellent start from this author.
The story line rings very close to Laurell K. Hamilton’s Meri Gentry series, but it also has it’s own spin, which is fun. The farther into the story we get, the less it seems similar. While I say that, there are also things that are completely different, which was all Amy Lane.
This is completely a fantasy story with it’s own types of love and relationships that wouldn’t work in other genres or stories, but it worked in this story.
There is so many spins and twists and turns that I just loved. The characters are all awesome and endearing.
I have to say my heart broke a little at the end and I had to hope that it just wasn’t true or there was a way back from it… but as I’ve started the second book I have to say that’s not how it goes, which I am sort of thankful for at the same time as it’s not a bad decision that she later tried to rectify.
As usual Amy Lane writes amazing stories and has only gotten better over time. I can’t wait to see where this story will lead us.
~Renee

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4 Stars for Highly Strung (Food of Love #1) by Justine Elyot #MMF #Musicians @JustineElyot @PridePublishing

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Title: Highly Strung (Food of Love #1)
Author Name: Justine Elyot (Pride Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: June 11, 2012 – 208 pgs

Synopsis

ook one in the Food of Love Series If music be the food of love, no wonder orchestral life is so passionate. The new violinist with the Westminster Symphony Orchestra knows she shouldn’t have a crush on its glamorous leader, Milan Kaspar, but Lydia just can’t help wanting a piece of the arrogant Czech virtuoso. Capturing his attention by refusing to play along with his plans for the orchestra, she soon finds herself drawn into his bed – a bed he shares with lovers of both sexes. But Lydia wants more than wild and inventive sex – she wants to get behind Milan’s sophisticated veneer, to find the man inside the performer. She seems doomed to failure, until a trip to his home country changes everything… Reader Advisory: This book contains menage relationships, bisexual characters and exhibitionism/voyeurism, plus some scenes of angst.

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FourStars

I really liked this book and the inclusion of the world of being a concert violinist.
The plot is fun and a bit twisted. I did feel at times like I didn’t full understand or get the connection or reason behind Milan’s actions. However, I did get part of the attraction and desire between the main characters.
I don’t know at the end of the book that I would particularily want to know more about the characters as I was just at a meh point since it all seemed a bit rushed and disconnected from the build up to that point.
There are certainly some decent naughty scenes in the book, but not as hot as some others I’ve read.
Renee

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4 and TWO 3 Stars for The Perfect Third by Morticia Knight #Menage #Erotica @MorticiaKnight

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Title: The Perfect Third
Author Name & Publisher: Morticia Knight (Pride Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: June 11, 2012 – 51 pgs

Synopsis

Alexa is young, sexy and single in New York. She’s also alone. When she meets two hunky musicians, will they make her their perfect third?

Alexa is young, sexy and single in New York. She’s also alone. But she doesn’t want to date any more of the stuffy men she meets through her job at the law firm – she needs some excitement. When she meets hunky Lorne, a film score composer, at a premiere after-party, she can’t believe her luck when he asks her out.

After an incredibly hot night of sex, when it seems that this is just the relationship she’s been waiting for, things inexplicably cool down. Does his best friend and roommate, the dangerously handsome Antony, have anything to do with it?

One night the truth of Lorne and Antony’s relationship is revealed to Alexa, and she has a difficult choice to make. Is she willing to just let go and become their perfect third?

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FourStars

If your looking for a quick very sexy read, this one will be that book.  Lorne and Anthony are looking for the perfect woman to add to their three some.

Lorne is very sweet to Alexa when he meets her but Anthony was uninterested in getting to know her. I kinda thought he was a jerk.  But after one night together he changed his mind.

The story was just about the three having sex.

Sherry

ThreeStar

I normally love Knight books, but this one just didn’t do it for me.  It was so quick and mainly sex.  While the sex was hot, the relationship was under developed and seemed almost strained at times.
I wanted more development of an actual story, rather than the men, Lorne and Antony finding a woman who was able to handle both of their love.  It hinted at a past, but we were not given much of it.
I also wished that the female character had more of a spine – she seemed to just go with the flow, being OK with not hearing from Lorne for a few weeks and then just being OK with what they were suggesting.
Overall, this was a quick, steamy read that was not very developed.
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ThreeStar
3 “Read One-handed” Stars!
It’s short. It’s sexy. It’s not really a story with much guts but lots of sex. Sometimes you just want the gritty details, and lots of skin on skin. This is a ‘quick fix,’ so to speak. hehe
Morticia Knight has a way with dirty words.
She has a ton of books out, but I haven’t read this author before. I am not scared off, I would read more by this author!
Reviewer: Kimberley

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4 Stars for Gatekeepers and Dreamweavers by Helena Maeve #MMF #Supernatural @LT3Press

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Title: Gatekeepers and Dreamweavers
Author Name & Publisher: Helena Maeve (Less Than Three Press)
Publication Date: November 11, 2015

Synopsis

Condemned for witchcraft and about to swing for the abduction of half a dozen children, Irene is bewildered when her noose breaks. Her only hope lies in the forests that have protected the women of her family for generations. But when a young man fleeing abuse ventures into her safe haven, Irene’s plans are suddenly thrown into disarray.

Too pretty for his own good, Simon Bonnay has been on the receiving end of unwanted attention for years. And though she may be a witch, Simon would sooner earn his keep with Irene than any of the men in town.

As a night of passion gives way to brutal morning, leaving a man dead and a witch hunter wounded on their doorstep, Irene’s secluded home soon becomes a pressure cooker of volatile emotions and sweltering passion. Old enemies may have no choice but to work together to prevent a greater evil – or die trying.

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FourStars

I really liked this book!

You get everything with this action and angst plus so much steam between Irene, Simon and Lucas.
This starts with Irene on trial for witchcraft due to missing children. You see how unfair the witch trails back in the day really were with this book. She escapes and one thing leads to another and Simon shows up. The connection between Irene and Simon starts with Lucas who is a witch hunter later on being added after everything happens in this book. They search for the children that are missing eventually Irene goes off on her own where she is in danger. They eventually find out who is behind the abductions and why.

I cant go to much more into it without giving away a lot of this book. It was a super fast read but I really liked it and hope there will be more of Simon, Irene and Lucas.

So I will leave this review with I really liked this novella and I would definitely recommend it!

Kara

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4 Stars for A Winter in Rome by Francis Gideon #MMF #Romance @LT3Press

1.5

Title: A Winter in Rome
Author Name & Publisher: Francis Gideon (Less Than Three Press)
Publication Date & Length: November 1, 2015 – 192 pgs

Synopsis

Craig is a man adrift, never quite feeling like he belongs or like he’s as successful and settled as those around him-especially his lovers, Alan, an art professor he met while in college, and Sybil, who tutored him throughout his Italian class. When Alan goes to Rome life becomes even shakier and the only grounding point becomes the corkboard of memories Craig creates for the three of them. By the time Alan returns, Craig isn’t certain how his relationships will change-especially when Alan starts to fall for Sybil, bringing two pieces of his world completely together and leaving Craig worried it will create a world that has no place for him.

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FourStars

This is what fandom calls an OT3, bloggers call a F/M/M (more on that), and traditionalists call a menage a trois. So immediately my mind went to sex. There’s a small amount of sex in this book. But it’s really more of a treatise on existentialism, art, and gender. Which I LOVE. Action-packed, it is not.
We see three characters through Craig’s eyes. We see Craig himself, affable, recently-graduated college student, with no purpose to his life. We see Alan, part typical professor/part infectious artist. And we see Sybil, Craig’s lover, Alan’s paramor. The third leg of the stool? Or the wedge between Alan and Craig?
What’s refreshing about this book (besides its sedate eloquence) is that Craig, Alan, and Sybil are all good people. They want to do right by the world and right by each other. That means also figuring out what’s right for themselves. It’s something to aspire to, rather than something to indulge in.
Yes, it’s rather privileged and bourgeois, but it’s also about how to love. Something many of us could benefit from learning.
C.E. Case

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5, TWO 4, 3.5 and 3 Stars for It Takes Two (Memphis S.W.A.T. #1) by Theresa Hissong #Menage #Erotica @AuthorTHissong

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Title: It Takes Two (Memphis S.W.A.T. #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Theresa Hissong (Torquere Books)
Publication Date & Length: September 23, 2015 – 109 pgs

Synopsis

Twelve years of friendship turns into something more when Eva Porter’s two best friends confess their love for her after a heated night between the sheets. Her only dream over the years had been to be the woman for Max and Sam. Living a ménage lifestyle was new to her, but she knew, deep down, that this was what she needed. Eva soon realizes it will take two men to love her completely.

When a threat to Eva’s life presents itself, Max and Sam step up security around their home to keep Eva from being harmed, but the man who wants her dead will stop at nothing to take her out. The suspect will risk everything, even death, to take Eva away from the two men sworn to protect her.

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FiveStars

It Takes Two was a fantastic short, hot read.  Max and Sam, friends and lovers, help out Eva with car trouble.  Many years later and still friends their relationship develops into more.

For a short book this had a huge punch to it.  There was a decent mystery to the story along with some hot sex.

I found Eva to be a strong independent woman who became a police officer.  Max was the alpha male between him and Sam.  It seemed Max was always in charge,  I loved it.

The story was developed well and the characters were perfect. As this is book 1 I hope we meet more of Max’s swat team in the future.  Loved this book can’t wait for more.

Sherry

FourStars

Eva, Sam and Max were almost instant friends.  Max and Sam were lovers long before they were friends with Eva, but once they were able to wriggle their way in to her life, she was theirs too.  Despite feelings over the years, nobody ever took the first step.

While I liked that the dynamic between the three was friends who love each other, I did find it kind of hard to believe that nobody ever struck up the courage to say anything.  Why did it take Eva’s danger to help Sam and Max realize that they did want that next step?

It seemed almost too complex of a story for such a short book.  It was rushed and at times, felt almost pieced together.

I liked the plot and found that I wanted to know the answers just as much as the characters, but also felt that it was somewhat predictable too.

I honestly don’t know if this series will continue to follow these three or move on to Max’s SWAT members because there is almost no build-up for the next book.

This was a short story, with some hot sex, but lacked something for me.  It was probably due to the short duration of the story.

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FourStars

This was an… interesting story.
I liked the plot, but I felt like some crucial details were left out. Like how had things not progressed earlier when all involved were interested and not really trying to hide it.
I really felt that the SWAT side of things had absolutely nothing to do with the book except that one of the members was a SWAT member, which left me a bit disappointed. And some of the other aspects of law enforcement seemed like they aren’t realistic.
I’ve read other books by this author and felt like this wasn’t one of her best. I wasn’t as drawn into the story as much as I’d have liked.
That being said, I didn’t think it was overall bad, just needed some more finesse to the writing and more to the characters to make them meatier and interesting.
Renee

ThreeandHalfStars I liked the storyline in this book, but there were a couple things I had a problem with. This is my first book by Theresa Hissong, and to tell you the truth, I was a little unimpressed by the quality of writing. The book is fairly well plotted, but the writing itself is a bit simplistic for such a prolific author. It seems like there should be more detail, more description, just more. As far as the plot itself, the biggest problem I had was that all three people waited so long to make a move toward each other. The two males are already in a loving relationship when they meet Eva when she’s 16. The story starts about 16 years later. All three have been yearning for a deeper relationship together for years. Now someone is after Eva. I understand that the danger brings all of them together, and allows an opening for “the move” to finally occur. I just don’t understand why they all held back for so many years without a single one of them saying anything. That doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy the book. I did. It was a quick read, the sex scenes were pretty damn hot, and it was interesting enough to keep me reading.

~AmyP

ThreeStar

I picked up this book for two reasons: the world bisexual and the word cop. I love me so bi-peoples and I love me some officers of the law. I was not disappointed in the bisexual aspect, but I was disappointed in the crime. This novella seemed to have an issue deciding if it wanted to be an erotic romance or a crime/mystery.

 

Working with law enforcement for quite a number of years, I was saddened by the lack of research into the cop side of the drama on this one. There were a lot of aspects that were off in it, things that would never happen. But that was all redeemed in the romantic aspect of it.

 

The plot, the overall concept of this novella, is one I loved. It was great, creative, would have been interesting and been a five star book had it been executed well, but it wasn’t. The writing was a bit bland and far more telling than showing. I never connected with the characters (all the men are UFC fighter size, by the way, SPOILER on that one), and Eva, for being a beat cop, had no strength, no jadedness, no independence even though the book stated (that’s right, stated did not show) that she was independent. She was the weakest woman I have read in a story in a very long time.

 

I’m not at all convinced these problems could have been resolved if the novel had been expanded and both plot threads—romance and mystery—had been allowed to come into their own.

 

~AJ

Excerpt

Max left the station with the two files in hand. It was close to mid-morning and the evidence from the storms the night before dotted yards and roadsides on his way back to his property just outside the city limits. Small trees were down and although there was no tornado, there was some wind damage to homes close to his.

Thankfully, it looked like they only lost a few limbs on the large oak trees in the sprawling five acres of his front yard of the property. So, it was no surprise to see Eva and Sam spending their Sunday morning cutting and hauling away limbs to a pile to be burned later.

Max stopped on the long gravel driveway up to the house. Eva was tossing limbs into a small trailer that was being pulled behind one of the four-wheelers they owned. Sam approached Max’s SUV, swiping away dirt from his cheek.

“Hey,” Max said when Sam was close enough to hear him. “Eva doesn’t need to be using that shoulder.”

“Tell her that,” Sam laughed and hooked a thumb over his shoulder. “Stubborn, remember?”

Max noticed how Eva was lifting and huffing with a heavy limb. Her long brown hair was pulled up into a tight ponytail and she was bundled up in jeans, boots and one of the hoodies that Sam had bought for her the day before. After the storm had rolled through, the temperatures dropped quickly and they’d be expecting snow in the next few days.

“I’ll go in and build a fire,” Max said, keeping his eyes on Eva’s small body as she worked. She really was beautiful.

“Okay, we’ll finish up and meet you at the house,” Sam winked.

“Hey,” Max said suddenly, stopping Sam from turning away.

“Yeah,” Sam replied.

“How is she this morning?” Max asked, worried. Would she panic and run?

“Perfect,” Sam looked back at Eva. “She’s absolutely perfect.”

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