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5 Star and 4 Star Reviews for Jericho Junction (Mark of Lycos #3) by Marie Harte #Menage #Paranormal @PridePublishing @MHarte_Author

CoverTitle: Jericho Junction (Mark of Lycos #3)
Author Name & Publisher: Maire Harte (Pride Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: May 31, 2016 – 78 pgs

Synopsis

A cat, a demon and a bear. Oh my.

Jericho Dark Walker is a Bear, born to shift into both an animal’s and man’s form. He’s second in command to the mixed group of shifters living in the Great Forest. For years it had been his dream to see his clan reintroduced to the land of their ancestors. But now that he’s back he finds himself restless, unable to find joy in even the simplest back scratch or hive of honey. The female shifters offer little challenge, more than eager to bed the Great Clan’s beta, and with everyone getting along, there’s little more for him to do than break up the rare fight.

When an opportunity arrives to represent the clan and work with the athmae to oust an evil plaguing the outer edge of the Great Forest, he gratefully volunteers. The alpha’s brother has mated with an athmae—a demon—so Jericho thinks he knows what to expect. But his new partner is anything but typical. The athmae assigned to work with him is a male demon as large as Jericho, and just as deadly. No sex demon, but a hunter with the instincts of a true predator. So why is Jericho so taken with the male, when he has only ever felt desire for a female?

And why, when they rescue an annoying, sexy cat shifter from certain death, do his instincts scream at him to claim both the feline female and the demon as his own? Bears don’t mate outside their species, yet everything inside Jericho pushes him to do just that. A cat, a demon and a bear. Oh my.

Publisher’s Note: This book has previously been released by Pride Publishing. It has been revised and re-edited for re-release.

Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of dubious consent, bondage, m/m intimacy, and m/m/f loving.

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FiveStars

I do not care what others opinions of this series is because it would not deter my opinion of the series, which is that I really love it. And his book in the series is no different. I loved it too.

This book did not let me down as in following the others in the series with having so much action, steamy comings together, one or more mate fighting against their destiny because they think they no better, and last but not least,,,,, love.

Jericho is bored with all the peace that has happened since the previous matings of his clan. He misses the adventures, fighting, and heart pounding thrill but one has to be careful what they wish for because sometimes those wishes can come true by ten fold and then all he\\ will break lose.

Jericho never expected to find his mates while searching for a killer and he definitely did not expect it to be a man and he definitely did not expect to have a second mate that was a woman also. Best of both worlds for him in my opinion.

But more is at play then there mating and they have to trust one another to defeat the evil that is out for them and their clans.

This book is packed full of adventure while they all search for the evil that plagues them. It is so much fun to see what Jericho, Seino, and Anya get up too. It is also nice being able to get glimpses of all the previous people from the books before this one. I really believe that Marie Harte has a knack for putting together a great book full of supernatural paranormal people with adventures that rival the best of love stories. I can not wait to see what Marie Harte comes up with next.

Tosha

FourStars

This book was great and I loved how the author put a cat, demon and bear together that was absolutely amazing. I love most shifter books and the author was able to put this one in my favorite column. I mean when you can have a group of shifters that share everything (and I mean everything) and an author that really knows just what to write, what more can you want. This book was clearly a mix of super-hot shifters and demons. I loved how the author was able to build a domain of exciting characters and they definitely have a lot of really hot sex. This was a fun and exciting read and I hope to see more of this series.

Lynn

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AUDIOBOOK: 5 Star Review for Helping Hand by Jay Northcote #MM #Romance @jay_northcote

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Title: Helping Hand
Author Name : Jay Northcote
Publication Date & Length: June 26, 2015 – 33, 000 Words

Synopsis

Wanking with a mate isn’t gay—as long as you keep your hands to yourself.

Jez Fielding and James MacKenzie—Big Mac to his mates—are in their second year at uni. After partying too hard last year, they make a pact to rein themselves in. While their housemates are out drinking every weekend, Jez and Mac stay in to save cash and focus on their studies.

When Jez suggests watching some porn together, he isn’t expecting Mac to agree to it. One thing leads to another, and soon their arrangement becomes hands-on rather than hands-off. But falling for your straight friend can only end badly, unless there’s a chance he might feel the same.

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FiveStars
Another hit by Jay Northcote! I absolutely loved this story from start to finish. Two men who didn’t realize they were attracted to other men, but figure it out together was a nice plot. I loved the way they handled the ups and downs and awkward moments. While this rang a bit like ‘gay for you’ it didn’t at the same time. I really loved the way it all worked together.
It was a great read that was sweet and sexy all at the same time. I loved the secondary characters as they only added to the story and make it just that much better.
The narrator did a good job with the story, except I specifically remember in one sexy scene he started reading it too fast as if it was a bomb going to go off instead of a hot and heavy scene.
Renee

Excerpt

Afterwards, Jez blamed the alcohol for loosening his tongue, because he didn’t think about it before he spoke. The words tumbled out before he could stop them.

“Man, I’m seriously horny now. Have you got any decent porn on that laptop?”

“Huh?” Mac snapped his head around to meet Jez’s gaze. Jez’s heart pounded erratically, but his dick was still standing to attention. “What… you mean, you want to wank in here? Now? Wouldn’t that be weird?” Mac sounded seriously freaked out.

Jez backtracked quickly, cheeks hot. “It doesn’t have to be weird. I’ve done it before with guys at school, and it’s never been a big deal. But don’t worry about it. I’ll go and watch my own stash instead. But I need something soon, ’cause I’m gonna explode after watching that sex scene.”

Jez was expecting an instant no from Mac. He wouldn’t have blamed him. A lot of guys wouldn’t be into what Jez was suggesting. Jez’s heart still thumped hard, but his arousal didn’t abate despite his anxiety. He was shocked by how much he wanted this.

Mac bit his lip and frowned. “Seriously. You’ve done that?”

Jez shrugged, trying to look nonchalant. “Yeah. Like I said, it was no big deal. Just guys messing around.”

Mac stared a moment longer, then he stood, and Jez’s heart sank as he walked away. But Mac only went to fetch his laptop from the dining table. He sat back down and then opened it and tapped in his password.

“What sort of stuff do you wanna watch?” Mac’s voice was gruff and he focused on the screen rather than Jez.

Fuck. They were really going to do this, then.

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5 Star, 4.5 Star and 4 Star Reviews for A Touch of Temptation by Julie Blair #FF #Erotica

CoverTitle: A Touch of Temptation
Author Name & Publisher: Julie Blair (Bold Strokes Books)
Publication Date & Length: May 17, 2016 – 240 pgs

Synopsis

Stanford law graduate Kate Dawson is focused on the future laid out for her—partnership in her family’s law firm and marriage. When she moves to a cabin in the Santa Cruz Mountains to study for the bar exam, crossing paths with her intriguing neighbor leads to a journey of sexual awakening and self-discovery that wasn’t part of the plan.

Landscaper and handsome butch top Chris Brent has a well-deserved reputation as a considerate lover. Avoiding relationships with all their emotional messiness, she indulges in her favorite pastime at sex parties and with casual lovers. She enthusiastically agrees to initiate her cute neighbor to ways of sexual pleasure.

Sex was the deal. Falling in love ruins everything. Or does it?

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FiveStars

Kate misses her bar exams after becoming ill and her gran suggests she go away to her cabin for a couple of months to recuperate and study for the next round of exams.  Her mother expects her to become a hot-shot lawyer, marry a suitable man and take her place in society.  Kate begins to question these expectations, especially when she meets Chris, her lesbian next door neighbour who wakens in her a craving she never knew she had.
This was an amazing story with two very likeable main characters, who were both fighting against strict rules they had set up for themselves.  Kate was going to go along with her mother’s wishes and end up miserable for the rest of her life and Chris had vowed never to fall in love.  When Chris initiates Kate in the ways of lesbian love in the sexiest of ways she sees that there is no turning back.  The problem is she wants a relationship and not just sex, whereas Chris has spent her whole adult life avoiding love and enjoying a very varied sex life, with parties, many partners and a bit of risk.  Would either of them be able to change enough to be happy together?  Finding out the answer was very hot, delicious and truly fascinating.  Julie Blair has a wonderful imagination and put it to good use in the steamy scenes between Kate and Chris.  I was constantly surprised.
The other characters in the story were well written too.  Kate’s Gran, Katherine,  was a gem and without her things could have been very different.  She was the catalyst in the tale and I loved her.  Kate’s mother was an awful woman – manipulative, single-minded and immensely annoying.  But we always need a baddie! In this book we had two as Nicole, Kate’s college friend was an evil, calculating bitch and a thorn in Chris’s side.  The lovers had to fight against their own expectations of themselves as well as that of other people in their circles.  Homophobia just under the surface was bad enough, but they were also fighting the bi-phobia of some friends.
This was a beautiful love story between two people that just had to be together.  Their journey together was full of tension and worry as well as some very sexy moments.  A well deserved 5 Stars.
Kitty Kat
FourStars
I must admit I found this novel to be a bit of a dichotomy,  I couldn’t decide if it was a passionate romance or an erotic affair.
In the end, for me, the loving relationship between the two women won through. Ms Blair’s clever interpretation and articulate writing of the growing relationship between two very different women was a pleasure to read.
The ending finally tipped the scales on the romantic front. An emotional and at times steamy novel well worth reading.
Chris

FourandHalfStars

This was a really nice story. Kate has her life planned out, not ever really realizing that the plans aren’t actually her own. Everything is going according to her mother’s plans, and she goes along with things because that’s how she’s been trained to think. Until a life-threatening illness forces her out of her planned life. To get herself back on track, she takes her grandmother’s advice to recuperate and study at her Gran’s cabin outside the city. While there, she meets Chris, a butch landscaper who knows who she is and what she wants. She doesn’t want a messy relationship, so she focuses on casual sex with many different partners. This way feelings aren’t involved. The two strike up an unexpected friendship based on small home improvement projects and a love of old movies. Kate decides to enlist this Lesbian Casanova to help her explore and learn about her own sexuality. In the ensuing ‘lessons’, both women find that emotions aren’t easy to keep from having. Now they have to fight for their relationship because Kate comes from money, and affluence, and this is not acceptable in her social circles. When Kate’s mother learns of their relationship, things come to a screeching halt, and it looks like it might be over. Kate has to find the courage to stand against the pressure of the ‘perfect’ life, and Chris has to accept that she’s worthy of someone she thinks is out of her league. I love the story line, and like that Blair has included some exploration of BDSM and power dynamics, but accurately explaining how it works and how to make it safe without too much fuss. I really enjoyed the book.

AmyP

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TWO 5 Star Reviews for Girls on Campus by Janelle Reston and Robyn Nyx #FF #Anthology

CoverTitle: Girls on Campus
Author Name & Publisher: Janelle Reston and Robyn Nyx (Bold Strokes Books)
Publication Date & Length: May 17, 2016 – 240 pgs

Synopsis

College: four years when anything goes and rules are made to be broken. A time for freedom, experimentation, and guiltless pleasures. Come join the co-eds for a homecoming bash, crash a girls-only party, and enjoy study hall where the topic is Eros. From roommates with benefits to sexy sorority initiations, hot professors demanding extra credit after class and summer vacation threesomes, this collection is required reading for anyone looking to earn an A in sex-ed.

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FiveStars

Girls on Campus is unbelievably hot and the perfect book to keep on your bedside table.  Some of the stories are so good that I’m sure I’ll want to go back and re-read them again and again.  Radclyffe’s ‘Pledge Night’ was a brilliant start to the book and will leave you breathless and to follow it with ‘In the Stacks’ by Aurora Rey was a great choice.  These ladies really know how to get the pulse racing.  I also really loved ‘Final Exam by Meghan O’Brien, which had first timer Jess finding out what sex is all about from butch friend Mike.  Both were really lovely characters and I’d really like to find out more about them in a longer story.  ‘A Gift from McGovern’ by Lea Daley was a really sweet story about how things have changed for lesbians since her characters met in 1972.  I loved it and this would definitely make a terrific novel if the author is interested in taking it further.  ‘The First Move by Rose P Lethe was a librarian fantasy and utterly filthy – a really hot read.  The final story ‘Practice makes Perfect’ by Sandy Lowe was sublime erotica and the ideal way to end this anthology.  Sylvie is upset that her boyfriend says she’s a bad kisser so her room-mate Bennett offers to help her learn.  She helps her learn a whole lot more and there is a beautiful emotional connection there too.  It was very sexy and tender at the same time.  This was an excellent anthology and makes me realise why I love just about anything that comes from Bold Strokes Books.  Their writers are top-notch and it really shows in this book.
Kitty Kat
FiveStars

This was an awesome book of short erotic stories. I loved that I got to read so many stories from so many of my favorite authors, but also got introduced to a few new ones to follow as well. The only common theme was that the stories were based on college campuses, and the stories run the gamut. They were hot, and sweet, and romantic, and hot! Definitely worth it.

AmyP

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Audiobook: 5 Star Review for Betrayed (Cursed #2) by Rhianne Aile #MM #Paranormal @dreamspinners

CoverTitle: Betrayed (Cursed #2)
Author Name & Publisher: Rhianne Aile (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: January 22, 2010 – 277 pgs

Synopsis

Will Northland’s brother, Tristan, went to America to break a centuries-old curse and found love in the most unexpected of places: within the heart of a werewolf. When Will goes to visit, he meets not only Tristan’s mate, Benjamin, but their friend Raul, who receives a plea for help from his old werepack: his twin brother, Richard, has gone missing and is possibly under the influence of a witch. Raul leaves to find his brother, and Will goes with him, offering to use his magic to both locate Richard and protect them all from the threat of dark magic. But when they find him, a totally unexpected passion explodes between Richard and Will, stunning them both. Suddenly, discovering who betrayed Raul and Richard isn’t the only challenge. It’s now a struggle to solve the mystery so Will can claim Richard’s heart just as the wolf has claimed Will as his mate. Don’t miss Cursed, the story of Will Northland’s twin brother, Tristan, and his struggle to free Benjamin Sterling from a centuries-old curse.

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FiveStars

This review is for the audiobook version, narrated by John Lamberti. The reading of this book is better than in the first book of the series. It’s not fantastic, but it’s good, and it doesn’t take anything away from the story.
Betrayed is a wild ride – a sexy and engaging continuation of the world and characters we were introduced to in Cursed. The characters are well developed, and the large community of characters adds a richness to the story. The story is unique and intriguing. The plot twists wonderfully, and the pacing is perfect. It’s very engaging from beginning to end.
This is a very erotic book, with many hot sex scenes. I love the way the metaphysical elements of werewolves and magic are woven into the physical and emotional intimacy.
Even though I thoroughly enjoyed the first book, Betrayed took things to another level for me. I’ll be looking for more from this author for sure!
I don’t recommend this as a stand alone, but I highly recommend this series for anyone looking for a highly erotic paranormal romance story.
Amanda

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Audiobook: 4 Star Review for Cursed (Cursed #1) by Rhianne Aile #MM #Paranormal @dreamspinners

CoverTitle: Cursed (Cursed #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Rhianne Aile (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: September 15, 2007 – 232 pgs

Synopsis

Upon their grandmother’s death, Tristan Northland and his twin, Will, come into possession of her Book of Shadows and the knowledge that their family is responsible for a centuries old curse. Determined to right the ancient wrong, Tristan sets off across the ocean to reverse the dark magic that affects the Sterling family to this day. Benjamin Sterling might not be happy with his life, but it is predictable – at least until Tristan Northland shows up in his office, unannounced and with nowhere to stay. He has plenty of reason to distrust witches and Northlands, but instead of caution, he experiences two unexpected emotions: hope and love. Read a full chapter excerpt at www.dreamspinnerpress.com.

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FourStars

This review is for the audiobook version, narrated by John Lamberti. The reading is ok, but I feel it could have been better. At times it was a bit choppy/disjointed, maybe because of issues with the audio editing. There are also rapid perspective changes in this book, and I feel that the narrator could have used better pacing to reflect that and avoid confusion. Also if he’d used different voices for the characters it would have made dialog more easy to follow. I would have given the text version of this book 4.5 stars instead of 4.

Cursed is a magical and sexy romance. The characters have good depth and personality. The story caught my interest from the start and is engaging throughout. The story is unique and interesting, and the pacing is great. The smut-to-plot ratio is a little heavier on the smut side than what I would prefer for this story. But that said, the sex scenes are well written and hot.

Even though this is the first of a series, it is also great as a stand-alone book.
I highly recommend this for anyone looking for a highly erotic paranormal romance.
Amanda

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TWO 5 Star, ONE 4.5 Star and TWO 4 Star Reviews for The Perfect Sub (Iron Eagle Gym #2) by Sean Michael #MM #BDSM

CoverTitle: The Perfect Sub (Iron Eagle Gym #2)
Author Name & Publisher: Sean Michael (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: March 28, 2016 – 220 pgs

Synopsis

While new couple Tide and Lance spend time deepening their relationship and further introducing Lance to the joys and vagaries of being a sub, established couple Tyrone and Bran discover that they still have a thing or two to learn as well.

A new job finds Bran run off his feet, and a visit to the eye doctor leads to the discovery of a brain tumor. Bran is terrified. He strives to be the perfect sub for his beautiful master and sees the tumor as a personal failing as he tries to handle every last phone call, e-mail, and text that comes in, no matter how early or late. When Tyrone finally finds out about the tumor Bran’s been keeping a secret, he realizes he’s been taking his sub for granted, and he works to rediscover his boy and their relationship. Of course, that’s easier said than done given that Bran’s job is taking up all his time and he would rather pretend the tumor just doesn’t exist than actually deal with it.

It’s going to take all of Tyrone’s prowess as a master to help guide Bran through these troubled waters.

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FiveStars

Chock full of hot steamy sex, this book also has lots of heart. We met both Bran and Tyrone and Tide and Lance in the first book of the series. This book seems to pick up right at the end of that book. We see Tide and Lance growing closer and closer. Bran and Tyrone who have been together for years seem to drift a little but nothing really noticeable for either of them or really even the reader until Bran gets bad news from the doctor. I just love how these two couples are always so loving and affectionate to each other not only as couples but as friends too. I hope there will be another book in the series, I love these two couples and I am not ready to say goodbye to them yet.

Angie

FiveStars

This book is basically a continuous of book one. It pretty much picks up where book one ended. The only difference is there is more of Bran And Tyrone’s point of view through out this book along with Lance and Tide.

In this book I was able to see that Lance and Tide where able to feel more comfortable in their relationship. I feel that theirs is more of a relationship and less based around the BDSM lifestyle. I feel like they practice parts of the BDSM lifestyle but they r definitely not 24/7. I feel like each day that passes Lance was more comfortable in his own skin and that Tide is really good for Lance because Lance feels like he has the freedom to be himself and enjoy his desires because Tide supports him in his choices. They really are a great couple in my opinion.

Tyrone and Bran have been together for a long time in what I would definitely say is a 24/7 Dom/Sub lifestyle. They know each other’s wants and needs but I feel like they have gotten complacent in their relationship and do not realize they are not meeting each other’s emotional needs any longer but instead only the physical needs. Don’t get me wrong they are still a very much strong couple in my opinion but I feel like maybe they are too comfortable with each other and I believe that Brans tumor scare is exactly what they needed even though I wish I could have happened in a better way.

Bran and Tyrone have to reevaluate their relationship and make changes and I believe this is a very good thing we’re their relationship is concerned and I have no doubt that hey will continue to be a very strong, loving couple in future books in this series.

I cannot wait till the next one comes out if their is a next one that is. I enjoyed getting to know these two couples and hope to read more about them in the future.

Tosha

FourandHalfStars

This was a really excellent book by Sean Michael. This is far from the first book I’ve read by this author and can’t say I was every disappointed. In this book we focus mainly on Bran and Tyrone but still have time seeing how Tide and Lance are building their relationship. This story didn’t just have BDSM and sex; it was quite clearly a love story. No it was not your typical love story but Sean Michael was able to show you that love can blossom anywhere as long as you nurture it. That obvious became the problem with Bran and Tyrone. It was great to see them work through their problems and overcome them. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves BDSM but HOT sex but you most definitely get both in this book.

Lynn

FourStars

This was a good story, but not great for me.  I really enjoyed the first book and was slightly let down with this one.

Tide and Lance’s relationship is a sexual as ever and they are still learning to trust in each other.  Despite Lance’s reservations, he learns that he can enjoy spending time with Tide at the Iron Eagle Gym.  I thought it was so sweet that Tide wanted Lance to feel comfortable with himself, in the knowledge that Tide found Lance’s physique appealing, despite Lance feeling like a bean pole.

I wish that we would have gotten more photo sessions in this one, as those were always hot.

Then you have Bran and Tyrone’s relationship.  They seem to struggle a bit more in this story, despite seeming like the more established relationship.  Bran has lost his trust in himself and his Dom.  When he finds himself in denial about what’s happening around him, it takes a strong, firm, loving Dom – Tyrone, to bring him back to himself.  Tyrone questions his ability to care for Bran when he finds out after the fact from Bran, about the health issue he is facing.  The scenes of bringing them back together – seriously hot.

What I didn’t enjoy about this story as much, and I can’t believe I am going to say this, is that there was almost too many sex scenes.  It seemed like they were scattered all over and that was the majority of the book.  I wish the story had been more in-depth – less about their pleasure and more about real life.

However, it was a good story and I always enjoy books by Sean Michael.

AvidReader

FourStars

This was more than just a BDSM story. The love and respect between these couples was amazing. I enjoyed how the story was multi-person POV. Bran was just adorable and his fears were real. It took Tyrone to go back to basics and show the love of his life, his true love. It was scary knowing the secret Bran was keeping until Tyrone stepped in. I enjoy that these two set of couples are friends and can open and honest and flirtatious with each other. You could feel the continuing developing relationship between Tide and Lance. The sex was not only hot but the compassion for each other could be felt. My only issue was that the actual problem of the brain tumor was identified late in the story and resolved quite quickly. I would have liked to have read more about the conflict and feel Tyrone’s fear of the possibility of losing Bran more than I did. I do hope we get to see more of these fabulous men.

Keri

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