Review: Islands by Richard V. Raiment

islands raimentReviewed by Sandra Scholes

Synopsis: When two men find themselves shipwrecked on a deserted island they find that they must find a connection as they are the only two men who are left there for years. Of course there is only one way for them to quell the boredom of isolation, but Peter Lightfoot is a gay man while Thomas Carton is straight. That doesn’t stop them having intimacy though but when a woman is shipwrecked with them, anything could happen.

Review: The book starts out from Tom Carton’s perspective, from his time on the ship when turbulent seas meant the two of them had to make do on a desert island with no other company. Glad that he is not alone, he is also shocked that they would be involved in such an awful time sailing. Richard uses the language of the day and has Tom referring to Peter as a “Molly,” a man who has what he calls unnatural relations with another man, so the writing is very convincing – that you are transported to that particular time and place. You could be there, an observer of what two men’s lives would be like. There is the tension, the misery of them maybe never seeing anyone else ever again. it isn’t just the isolation that causes both men grief, it is the change in the way Tom feels about his new-found friend and bed partner, Peter. At first he sees him as a gay man, someone to avoid, feel hatred toward and even great unease, but as the story progresses, he has to change his mind about him and even grow to like him having been on the island with him so long. This is not just a menage story, it is more about acceptance than anything else.

Good Bits:

  • There are some humorous moments in the story.
  • The story is well written and you can actually feel you are there observing the action and the feelings of others purely as an observer.
  • Peter and Tom’s relationship – from unease and loathing to love, it couldn’t get any better than that.

Summary: This is a story to enjoy, and unlike many other novels that are at two-hundred or more pages long, this one is a lot less and more compact and cut back so that readers aren’t troubled by too many words of description or narrative. I love to read period dramas and menage ones are pretty rare, or so this reviewer thinks and I must admit to looking forward to seeing more from this writer in the near future.

Rating: ★★★★★

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Review: Two Friends and a Bartender by Harley Baker

two friends a bartenderReviewed by Sandra Scholes

Synopsis: Sarah Ford thinks Norman Tuttle loves her, but it seems she doesn’t love him in return. He comes from a good background, and her parents like him so there should be no problems, but little by little she finds that she wants more from her life than settling down to marry someone who doesn’t gel with her sexually. Along with her friend, Rita they set out to lure hunky Latino bartender, Miguel Barrientos into their lives for some sexual satisfaction – something Sarah has never felt.

Review: As Norm is boring in the bedroom, she forgoes her planned dinner with him to instead go to Buddy’s Bar & Grill with Rita, her best friend, hoping it will liven up their night. She instead gets more than she thinks with the naughty and desirable Miguel. The story is split up into six chapters plus a biography on the writer. As it was a short story, I thought Harley split it up well by using the chapters. This is a steamy read about a woman who wants more from her life than a boring man who is soon to be her husband – if she wants it. It seems she doesn’t as he is too perfect for her, and in her desperation, she feels she might need a rough man who can show her a good time. Miguel is certainly that. Even when she is having thoughts about Miguel, she has to consider why she wants to throw away a perfectly good life for a fling she might soon regret.

Good bits:

  • Raise Your Glass by Pink is playing in the bar!
  • Sarah is finally having some fun with her friend
  • It’s a very short but steamy read – the sort of thing you’d read while you’re in a waiting room or a queue!

Bad bits:

  • Sarah’s family likes Norm too much so leaving him might not be such an easy task
  • Norm has made Sarah into a boring person she finds she doesn’t like.

Final Thoughts: After their night with Miguel, Sarah finds he has done things for her that Norm would never have contemplated, but was she so love and sex starved from the beginning? The way the story is set out would have you believe it, but it depends on what you think. It’s a nice read by an upcoming erotic author and to be honest I would read more from the same author.

Rating: ★★★☆☆

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Review: Kiss Across Chains (Kiss Across Time, Book 3) by Tracy Cooper-Posey

kiss across chainsSexy Synopsis: Four years doesn’t sound like a long time, but for Taylor and Brody their time living around humans has been fraught with trouble, and they have had to mingle with the ones who could hurt them the most, despite them being vampires and time jumpers. During the First Crusade, they nearly lost Veris, and had to control their time jumping in order to have what they can see as a normal life among the humans bringing up their daughter, Marit.

Queen Tira was her usual self in paying Brody back for defying her; it is almost as though she had in fact taken her wrath out on all three of them in turn. The result of her meddling makes them have to jump back to a time where they could get evidence that she had set Brody up previously, but even that comes with a price as this awakens Brody’s inner turmoil as they have jumped back to Fifth Century Constantinople. As this is all done to save their daughter, Marit, they endure the bitterness and torment that comes with living in a cruel and dangerous age. Brody ends up being a wretched slave, while Taylor plays the wife of a wealthy aristocrat, and searches to save him.

Sizzling bits:

  • The sensual scenes between the three of them is a real heart stopper!
  • Queen Tira’s demanding and dangerous nature.
  • The sensual build up with the three characters.
  • The relationship between Taylor, Brody and Veris.
  • Good character development and good storyline make this a great read.

Bad bits:

  • None at all – it’s an impressive third instalment of the series.

Review: While the first two novels seemed to set the scene for the third one, everything that has followed since has built up to these precious moments between Taylor, Brody and Veris. Book one focussed on Brody and Veris being together, while book two concentrated on Veris and his awful past.

One of the interesting parts of this novel is that Brody has once died in the Hippodrome, and thinks he might die again as he has become human, so as far as the plot is concerned, anything can happen to Veris. Starting to read this one book isn’t the best idea as there is a lot of past story that surrounds the three of them that you have to take in and bear in mind before you even get to this one, and plus which, you’ll miss out on all that burning sensuality between two bisexual men, and their female lover and you wouldn’t want to do that, would you.

This novel can be seen as being more about how Brody feels, and what happened to him in a previous Constantinople. Brody is a genuinely nice man who only wants the best for the four of them – and, as the book shows, he will go to any lengths to show his love for their daughter, and how far he and his partners would go to protect her. I liked the characters and thought they were well developed, especially Brody, as he seems to be the most emotional of the three, and you can’t blame him as he had suffered so much from his abusers in the past, and could do again. This isn’t the sort of novel series you would read to enjoy a normal menage romance novel, there is a lot of pain, and suffering in it that would make it not for the feint hearted. Then again, if you are familiar with Tracy Cooper Posey’s earlier novels, then you will relish this as one of the trio of novels and relish it just as much as I did.

Rating: ★★★★★

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Review: Fulfill Me by Victoria Blisse

Fulfill Me by Victoria BlisseReviewed by Sandra Scholes

The Steamy Synopsis:

Why is it when you want to go out with some gorgeous guy, there’s always someone who wants to get in your way? This time though, it isn’t another woman, but a man. It is PA hottie Mike who stands between her and Nick Casey the star of top soap Dobson’s Digs. She wants him, that’s for sure, but is she prepared for how much she has to do to get him to go out with her? Who knows, but Mike isn’t about to let her have her way so easy – not when he wants him too.

The Dream Characters:

Nick: He’s the star of Dobson’s Digs, and isn’t a diva, which is amazing, but he is kind and generous to his friends. When he meets Caitlyn by accident, he finds he likes her, and wants to share some of his time with her, but only if he can slip away from Mike’s clutches – he does tend to be a bit of a mother hen and it annoys him, but not as much as it does her.

Mike: He’s the PA and bodyguard that comes between Caitlyn, and she doesn’t like him one bit, but she has to tolerate him if she wants to get anywhere near talking distance to Nick. He doesn’t like her at first either as she doesn’t understand how much of a big star he is or the demands put on him by his acting career.

Caitlyn: At first Caitlyn/Katy strikes you as a star struck fan of Nick’s and it reads as a bit disturbing, as though she is a stalker. She wants to know where he is, and buys his underwear off of E-bay – that’s the sort of woman she is, but Blisse doesn’t let her stay that way, she gives her an extra dimension that works throughout the book.

The Hot Result: At the moment, BDSM erotica has been made famous by the hype got by Fifty Shades of Grey Trilogy, but this novel has the added bonus of having MMF style romance put into the mix, making it more interesting – it adds that extra spice Shades of Grey doesn’t have, and as a result, it will have universal appeal. Blisse shows the two of them lead very different lives; Caitlyn’s isn’t as rosy as she would like as hers is pretty normal, while she sees Nick’s as a celebrity lifestyle, which it is, but he isn’t as caught up in the bright lights as she is. He can still keep his head, his rational mind above all the glitz and glamour.

Rating: ★★★★½

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Review: Blood Stone (Blood Knot, Book 2) by Tracy Cooper-Posey

bloodstoneReviewed by Sandra Scholes

Heartthrob Vamp 1: Roman:

He has a rich history going back to the sixteenth century Scottish highlands, but Kate knows him as Adrian, and he is already someone she thinks she knows very well, and seems to trust, though Adrian is also an effortless heartthrob type who doesn’t seem to have to try to get the woman of his dreams – he just can and it can infuriate some men…He
has a deep interest in her, and gives the impression he won’t allow Calum to get close to her…or will he?

Heartthrob Vamp 2: Calum Garrett

Calum is an industrial entrepreneur who is known worldwide for his efforts, but for Kate, he is the one man she can get close to who has an amazing animal magnetism that has allured her since she met him. He is a real man’s man, and loves to make her feel sensual and sexy, even though at first she doesn’t quite understand his intentions. If he wants her, he will have to go through Roman, and this is when the game of erotic cat and mouse begins.

Alluring Femme Fatale: Kate Lindenstream

Poor Kate doesn’t have a clue as to why Calum came to her studio; he is the one who mixes with top class celebrities and tycoons, but its love at first sight for her when she sets eyes on him. She knows full well who he is, and feels star struck in his presence. Kate isn’t what she seems though, and Nial and Calum soon start to question her intentions for helping them too.

Review: This is the second part of Cooper-Posey’s novel series, Blood Knot being the first received a lot of acclaim from reviewers and readers alike, and won many awards as a #1 bestseller, nominated Erotic Vampire Book of the Year, and received a CAPA Nomination for Best Paranormal Book of the Year by The Romance Studio. Cooper-Posey really heats up the story from the beginning of this novel with her trio of MMF sensuality.

Why did I like it? It’s racy, heated and deserves to be read at night before you go to bed – kick that hot b/f out of the room and have him make way for two hotter vamps and a woman who will find out what two men can really do for her!

You think you know menage romance – think again, Cooper-Posey’s novel is deliciously forbidden.

Rating: ★★★★★

Buy: Blood Stone, Blood Knot

Review: Surrogates by K D Grace

surrogates kd graceReviewed by Sandra Scholes

For some people, married life just isn’t for them. Daniel Alexander and Isabel, or Bel as she is known don’t get on. Daniel is certain he wants a divorce, but he would be too much of a cad if he came out with that as she has been having a hell of a time and still has feelings of affection for her. On the other hand, he finds sex with her boring, dull and routine but he puts up with it just for her.

In the meantime, to satisfy his lust for something different, he has hired help gardener Francie come and make his life more interesting by being his muse for nights where she will stroke his cock into pleasures he has never had before, while also considering that he isn’t actually having sex with her, so he isn’t cheating. Things get difficult when Francie meets an old college buddy, Simon, a landscape gardener who wants to watch too, and before long, Bel, his wife starts to have an unusual affair – with her friend, Ellen, a massage therapist who she isn’t cheating with as she is a woman…or so she thinks.

Readers will notice Daniel is a definite deviant, a pervert of the highest order. He wants sex all the time, every time, even when Francie doesn’t feel like it. He will also do it anywhere as well. In one sequence he wanks near her while she is in the garden doing the weeding! There are problems though, Francie doesn’t like him going back to his wife’s bed even though it is she who is the mistress. It’s an unusual situation as even with this happening, his wife is actually not interested in what he does, as she already has her hands full with Ellen.

Surrogates is full of tongue in cheek comedy, and has just the right amount of erotica to fill readers minds with accounts of how both Daniel and Bel get their orgasms. This is a voyeur’s version of heaven.

Rating: ★★★★★

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Review: Byzantine Heartbreak (Beloved Bloody Time, Book 2) by Tracy Cooper-Posey

Beloved Bloody TimeReviewed by Sandra Scholes

Powerful vampires are all the rage these days, take Nayara and Ryan, these are two of the most powerful there is, full of anger and warring ability, but they are on a mission that could mean life or death for their species and the humans. These are the leaders of the Chronometric Preservation Agency, though it has been a long time since vampires cohabited with humans, two hundred years spans the amount of time since he and Ryan went back in time and killed Salathiel, their former lover to stop a terrible catastrophe that was about to happen. World Assembly Member Cael Stelios wants to do the cruellest thing – making humans into vampires, making them his allies for one reason and one reason only – they will join him in the battle against the PSI, and Gabriel their insane leader.

Cael has his own problem to deal with though, he is a human and even though he is a sexy guy to look at and has all the charm a snake would be proud of, he can’t always get what he wants. He has his heart set on having Nayara and Ryan, whether for political reasons or sexual and he is the sort of man who will stop at nothing to get what he wants…even his darkest desires.

This is Tracy Cooper-Posey’s 41st novel, is book two in the Beloved Time series, with book one being Bannockburn Binding. As far as I can see it reads like a true heart-breaker in more ways than one. The cover image looks like it was taken straight off a Boris Vallejo painting, and seems as though it has plenty of tongue in cheek humour. It doesn’t, but what it does have are a lot of separate genres that meld into one whole novel, a part of a series that gives a great deal to the reader. Trying to mix the vampire genre is hard at best with erotica, paranormal and the possibility of gay romance and ménage.

Vampires in this universe are accepted members of society, the old vision of snarling bloodsuckers is gone, but there is someone who could shatter what Nayara and Ryan have been trying to accomplish for years. This is as erotic as it can get with the love making between the two sensual men in this story coming to the fore. I liked this futuristic setting and the characters in it, and it is the sort of story that would work perfectly as a movie. There is the deep space setting and the sensually realised characters as well as the antagonist that make it immersive.

Rating: ★★★★★

Buy: Byzantine Heartbreak (Beloved Bloody Time)

Review: Maximum Witch by Jodi Redford

Reviewed by Susan S.

Summary: Book Three in That Old Black Magic Series

Maxwell Truitt (hero) is a shark-shifting sheriff. And for reasons unbeknownst to me, I want to sing that to the tune of Bob Marley’s song, I Shot the Sheriff.

All right, let’s move on. Max is patrolling the Atlantic one night when he rescues a woman from the clutches of a leviathan. And now Sheriff Truitt wants answers! Why was the leviathan so far from its territory? Why was Willa Jameson (heroine) parked near the ocean…at night? Max may want answers, but he’s not going to get them. For starters, Willa’s unconscious. When she does come to-she doesn’t remember what happened. And when she does remember, her memories can’t be trusted. Someone’s tampered with them.

The sheriff and his seal-shifting friend (Boone) will give Jameson medical assistance and nurse her back to health. But their involvement with the witch is about to plunge them into a deep-dark oceanic secret. A secret that may herald a horrific Armageddon. It’s a race against time to find Poseidon’s trident! Can a shark-shifter, one seal, and a witch save mankind from annihilation? May…be. After all, Willa’s not exactly-human.

Review: Ms. Redford is exceptionally proficient in escapism. In this third novel in That Old Black Magic series she introduces us to a plethora of new characters (all shifters): sharks, seals, dolphins, eels, walruses, and soul collecting leviathans. Just to name a few. Those readers who enjoy fantastical worlds will enjoy the portal journey from a land based Georgia into a watery Atlantis.

I felt that Maximum Witch was funnier than the earlier installments, and thoroughly enjoyed Willa’s inner slut as well as her naked cowgirl. It was also nice reading the contrasts between what the characters’ were thinking vs. what they actually say. It’s those contrasts that shed light onto the characters themselves, and also make for some comedic moments for the reader.

Because books one and two explored the witch-familiar link, I kept expecting Maximum Witch to do the same. Which sadly, it didn’t. On the plus side, the author gives us an eerie insight into the leviathans’ powers. How the soul collecting ones track a soul and how they’re able to transform their physical appearance, etc. This is one of those I can’t-get-enough-of series! And I’m eagerly awaiting Getting Familiar with Your Demon. It’s about a virgin witch and a demon soul collector named Samael Gorasola.

Recommendations: Recommended for sea loving paranormal erotic romance readers, erotic readers, adults who enjoy the fantasy genre, and those who like stories about Atlantis. Note: This novel contains certain paraphilic scenes such as steamy voyeurism and exhibitionism. It also has M/F and M/F/M sexual encounters.

What I Enjoyed:

Favorite Character: I thought the antagonist rocked! Reva’s a homicidal siren. If her ear-splitting wail can crack a driveway, imagine what it could do to your eardrums. Reviewer shudders violently.

Scene: There’s a scene where Max and Willa are having sexual intercourse in a Jacuzzi and Boone’s watching them. `Course it isn’t long before he goes from watching to participating. Reviewer grins wickedly. Then rereads the scene for the umpteenth time.

Disclaimer: I received this novel free of charge in exchange for my honest review.

What’s Next? Getting Familiar with Your Demon which releases in Feb. of 2012.

Rating: ★★★★½

Buy: Maximum Witch

Samhain Publishing, Ltd., eBook, Copyright 2011, Paranormal Erotic Romance, ISBN# 978-1-60928-530-2.