eBook Review: Submission Backstory: Memoir of a BDSM Authoress

Submission BackstoryReviewed by Jim Lyon

Shawna Hunter’s Submission Backstory: Memoir of a BDSM Authoress is a unique and imaginative tale that chronicles the entrée of a thirty-something professional woman into the BDSM community via a brief fling with a charming younger man. While it has ample conflict and plot, it is the wonderfully erotic sensual BDSM scenarios that make this a memorable read for me. And the good news is that there is every indication that this book will spawn sequels and/or spin-offs so that the kinky small town of Brooke’s Hollow and its denizens can be revisited time and again. Life is good!

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eBook Review: Once Bitten, Twice Shy by Sommer Marsden (@sommermarsden)

Once Bitten Twice ShyIf you’re a regular reader of my reviews, then I probably sound like a stuck record here, but I do love me a Sommer Marsden book. Once Bitten, Twice Shy tells the story of August Adams, a young woman with a troubled past, a past that’s made her pretty much into a hermit. She doesn’t let people in to her life, so when her new lawn guy – Jack Murphy – literally falls into her life, she’s surprised to feel that she doesn’t want to get rid of him right away.

The handsome, kind Jack is interested in August romantically, and while she’s tempted, she doesn’t feel as though she can let go of her issues and give things a go. But Jack’s patient – and hot. Will he break through August’s defences?

This is a great read. It manages to be sweet, sexy and yet deal with troubling issues all at once. I very much liked the hero and heroine, and rooted for them all along. If you’re looking for an erotic romance with lashings of heat, heartwarming moments and realism, then this is quite the treat.

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eBook Review: The Confessions by Tiffany Reisz

theconfessionsThe Confessions is an intriguing collection from the infamous Original Sinners author, Tiffany Reisz. She’s put together three sets of confessions – as the book’s title suggests. One from Marcus Stearns (aka Soren), one from Eleanor Schreiber (aka Nora), and, most intriguingly, one from the author herself… Tiffany Reisz.

This is a fairly quick read, but is entertaining and amusing nonetheless. A great companion read for those who have devoured the Original Sinners books and are looking for more snippets from their favourite characters. The interview with Ms Reisz is great, too. Well worth picking up if you’re a Reisz/Original Sinners/Soren/Nora fan.

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eBook Review: Beyond the Sea by Keira Andrews (@keiraandrews)

Beyond the SeaAs followers of this blog will know, I’m a big fan of Keira Andrews’ work, therefore I was delighted to receive a review copy of her latest release, Beyond the Sea. This is a gay for you tale set on a desert island – escapism at its very best.

This tells the story of Troy Tanner, a boy band member who walks out mid-tour in the hopes of giving his drug-taking little brother a wake-up call. He charters a flight back home to the States, but unfortunately a freak cyclone takes the plane down in the South Pacific. Troy and the pilot, Brian Sinclair, are marooned on a desert island. They have a minimal amount of provisions which they manage to rescue from the plane, but other than that, they’ve got to learn to survive on what is on and around the island.

As time passes by and the chance of discovery and rescue continue to dwindle, the pair grow closer, and soon, their friendship develops into something much more. How will these two men – who always believed they were straight – cope with this unexpected turn of events? If they survive, will their love do the same?

This is an amazing read – Keira Andrews has done it again. I find her writing very absorbing and very easy to read, so whizzed through this book in a few days. The storyline was great, as were the characters, and the sex and love scenes were fantastic. I very much enjoyed Beyond the Sea, and would wholeheartedly recommend it to fans of gay romance.

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eBook Review: Fuel to the Fire by Kait Gamble

Fuel to the FireExotic locations, luxurious hotels, hot sex and romance… the Totally Five Star imprint from Totally Bound Publishing/Pride Publishing has all of those things in spades. And Fuel to the Fire, set in St. Lucia, is definitely no exception. This second chance story is intriguing, endearing and exciting from beginning to end.

It tells the story of Jaqueline Pennington and Logan Forrester. Jaqueline is – or should I say was – a spoiled rich girl, who was willing to give up money and privilege for the love of her life, Logan. Logan, whose life was pretty much the exact opposite to Jaqueline’s, was determined to make something of himself in order to give Jaqueline the life he believed she deserved. However, interference and a misunderstanding meant that the two of them were parted, both believing the other to be to blame.

So when, years later, a wedding puts them both back in the same place at the same time, sparks begin to fly. It quickly becomes apparent that, in spite of past hurts, the chemistry between them is still powerful, and it’s not long before they give in to it. But what happens when what started as just sex becomes something more, and feelings become involved?

This was a real page-turner of a book. Although the setting was perfect for escapism, the storyline and the characters themselves felt very real, which I liked. I was intrigued by and invested in Jaqueline and Logan’s story from the off, and was eager to keep reading to find out what happened next. This is a great read, with well-rounded, likeable characters, an immersive plot, smoking hot sex scenes, and, of course, an idyllic setting. Definitely a book I’d recommend to fans of erotic romance.

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eBook Review: Alison’s Erotic Adventures by K.C. Cave

Alison's Erotic AdventuresReviewed by Jim Lyon

Alison’s Erotic Adventures chronicles the sexcapades of a self-professed sex junkie during a relatively short period of time. It starts off with Alison combining her penchant for outdoor sex with her desire to try out her newest toy, a remote-controlled butterfly vibrator, strapped to her sensitive lady parts. Despite all the scenarios depicted being extremely well written and very naughty indeed, this segment feels a little bit like a marathon of sexual fantasies morphing into one another. Although she set out to enjoy some risky solo public sex, invariably she ends up in some type of naughty situation with a man or a woman.

Her appetite whetted by the previous day’s sexual activities, Alison allows her bestie and sometimes friend with benefits to orchestrate a gang bang in the backroom of a seedy bar while he stands guard to make sure things don’t get out of hand. After being thoroughly plowed by seven complete strangers, her hunger for sex abates for a couple weeks while her body recuperates. When it returns, to her surprise she seeks out a lesbian cop with whom she had her first Sapphic liaison on the first day of her adventures.

Even though it is a same-sex hookup and Alison believes herself to be a hardcore heterosexual, this relationship seems to have kismet written all over it. Two days of passionate lovemaking leaves them both delightfully sated and happy. By the end of their weekend rendezvous, love is in the air and very possibly the lesbian team has drafted a new recruit. HEA? Maybe. Definitely HFN.

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Book Review: Best Women’s Erotica of the Year Volume 1, edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel

Best Women's Erotica of the Year Volume 1The Best Women’s Erotica series has had an overhaul. There’s a new editor – the inimitable Rachel Kramer Bussel, and a slight tweak in the title format, as well as a change of hands for the publisher itself. Best Women’s Erotica of the Year Volume 1 was sent to me for review, and I was eager to see if the changes were noticeable.

Bussel’s been editing for a long time and obviously knows her stuff, so as I expected, the quality of the stories was high. Granted, there were two or three in there that really didn’t do anything for me and I skipped over them altogether, but to me, that’s the nature of anthologies. You’re unlikely to like every author’s writing style or story topic, and it’s a personal thing. But the vast majority of the stories were excellent, and of course, very hot. My particular favourites were Jade A. Waters’ Ophelia the Second, Heidi Champa’s Drawn by Nic and Tabitha Rayne’s Enter Me. Other recognisable names between these pages are Valerie Alexander, Elizabeth Coldwell, Rose P. Lethe, Rose Caraway, Dorothy Freed and Tiffany Reisz.

I did notice a few errors throughout, which I’d not noticed in Cleis Press anthologies before. A good proofread would have fixed them easily, so that was a shame.

Overall, though, this is a good collection, and a great way to dip in and find some erotica authors you enjoy, so you can go out and see what else they’ve written.

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eBook Review: Reaper’s Fall by Joanna Wylde

Reaper's FallI’ve read all of Joanna Wylde’s Reapers books so far, and I have to say this is my least favourite of the series. This book tells the story of Painter and Melanie – detailing how they met and kept in touch while Painter was in prison, and what happens when he gets out.

Although I don’t have anything against the main characters in this story, I just didn’t feel myself buying their relationship as much as I have the others in this series. Perhaps it’s because the timeline jumped around a little, or maybe I just didn’t “feel” the chemistry between them. I can’t quite put my finger on it – I just wasn’t as invested.

Overall, though, it’s still a well-written book, and one you should definitely read if you’ve read the others in the series, but in my opinion it’s the weakest one so far. Hopefully the next one will be better.

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eBook Review: Heat of the Day by Lily Harlem

Heat of the DayHeat of the Day is a scorcher (pun intended) of a short story from Lily Harlem. It tells the tale of long-term couple Flynn and Piper. They’ve been travelling together, and are currently in Spain, living in a caravan park, working temporary jobs and having fun. The last few months have been especially fun because their twosome became a threesome with the addition of sexy Seraphim, a gorgeous guy who beds both halves of the couple.

But things take a turn for the worse when Sera has to go home to Portugal to deal with a family matter. When he doesn’t return, Flynn and Piper are devastated – thinking he’s run off and left them behind, whereas they’d thought there was more to their threesome than just sex. Is there more to the situation than meets the eye?

This was a super hot and yet emotional short story. The setting gave the whole thing a very escapist feel, and yet it was packed full of angst, too. I liked the characters, and would definitely like to read more about them if Lily decided to do a follow up, or even a prequel. Overall, I recommend this quick threesome tale – it’ll definitely get you hot under the swimming costume!

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eBook Review: Accelerated Passion by Lily Harlem (@lily_harlem)

Accelerated PassionFormula One isn’t my thing, but I do enjoy Lily Harlem’s books, so I was more than happy to read Accelerated Passion. I’m really glad I did, too. Yes, the book is centred on F1, but it’s not so involved or detailed that you’d gloss over it if you weren’t interested. It’s an integral part of the story, but there’s so much more going on. Like sparks, like hot sex, like romance.

This love story between F1 star Dean Cudditch and his new female mechanic, Frankie, is amazing. I don’t want to say too much and give the plot away, but it felt very real – despite being about worlds most of us can only dream about. The way the characters react around each other and the chemistry between them is incredibly well done. I liked the characters very much, too, and found myself rooting for them throughout.

Overall, this is a fun, sexy, intriguing story with plenty of sparks and super-hot sex scenes. You definitely don’t need to be into Formula One to read this – just erotic romance with lashings of heat.

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eBook Review: Sharing Nicely by Victoria Blisse

Sharing NicelySharing Nicely is a ménage erotic romance novel from Victoria Blisse. I enjoy Victoria’s writing style very much, and this book was no exception. I admit, it wasn’t quite what I was expecting, but I’m not saying that’s a bad thing!

This book tells the story of curvy, sassy, entrepreneur Kerry Matthews. She runs a high-end club in London, called Diamonds. Her clientele are often rich, famous or both, so it’s no surprise when she ends up bumping into billionaires Darren and Greg. The trouble is, the two men despise each other – but they both fancy her. Can they put their differences behind them for once, so they can both enjoy spending time with her?

Like I said, this book wasn’t quite what I expected, but I certainly don’t want to give anything away, so I can’t say why! Rest assured, though, what follows is a mixture of escapism, suspense, drama and romance. With lots of smoking hot sex scenes, of course. Overall, this was an engaging, intriguing read which kept me guessing. I’d recommend it to erotic romance fans.

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eBook Review: Falling for her Navy SEAL… Again by Clarissa Yip

Falling for her Navy SEAL... AgainFalling for her Navy SEAL… Again by Clarissa Yip is a great second-chance romance. It tells the story of Navy SEAL Matt Hunt, who’s been injured on a mission so is currently on R&R. While at home, he bumps into Jenesi, who is both his best friend’s sister, and the girl he has the hots for. Last time they saw each other, something happened between them, and then Matt had to leave.

Jenesi, determined not to let Matt make a fool of her again, tries to keep him at arm’s length. But Matt’s equally determined to win her over. But is he just looking for another fling before he returns to duty, or something more long-term?

This is a great, well-written romance with some smouldering sex scenes. I hadn’t read anything by this author before, but based on this, I’ll definitely consider checking out more of her books. Recommended.

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eBook Review: Making Michael Obey by K.C. Cave

Making Michael ObeyReviewed by Jim Lyon

Making Michael Obey is a collection of five erotic vignettes featuring a young professional couple with a playful sex life. While all these naughty stories have elements of Femdom or FLR in them, those themes don’t rise to the level that the title seems to imply. That may or may not affect your enjoyment of them, depending upon your expectations and sensibilities. Overall this is an enjoyable read with likable characters and sexy scenarios. The writing is both fluid and imaginative. The author makes it easy for readers to project themselves into the action and care about the outcome. Those with a preference for hardcore erotica might not find this book suitable for their palate, but most others should.

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eBook Review: A Model Hero by Sara Daniel

A Model HeroA Model Hero is book nine in the multi-author Calendar Men series. This standalone story is about BBW Gretchen Meyers. She’s a full-figured woman who is often surrounded by model “perfect” people, due to her mother’s job running a modelling agency. Unfortunately for Gretchen, her mother’s agency isn’t doing so well, and means her mother is currently crashing at her place. Eager to get her mother back on her feet and out of her house, Gretchen vows to help. All she needs to do is get one of her mother’s clients to agree to take on some jobs, and things will be moving in the right direction. But said client, Kyle Ramsey, isn’t so keen…

Can she persuade him? Or is her nagging, criticising mother going to be stuck in her apartment for ever more?

I enjoy a good BBW story, and A Model Hero is no exception. I really liked the main character, Gretchen, and found myself rooting for her throughout. The storyline is interesting and different, the writing engaging and the sex scenes scorching. If you’re looking for a great contemporary romance story with lashings of heat, check this out.

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eBook Review: Burning Love by Cassandra Carr

Burning LoveBurning Love is book eight in the Calendar Men series, and, as I’m sure you’ve guessed already, features a hunky firefighter. Unfortunately, Jude Mason has been injured at work and is currently on disability benefits… or so he thinks. He’s working hard to get his body back into the condition he needs it to be to pass the test that will allow him to go back to work, but it’s not easy. In the meantime, he’s worried about never being able to pass the tests, and what would happen if he couldn’t go back to the job he loves.

When he bumps into Michaela at a photo shoot, things seem to be looking up. There’s an attraction between them, for sure. But will the complications in their lives allow them to get it together? Perhaps they just need to try harder…

This was a great romantic read. I really liked the characters and the storyline. Cassandra’s work is always incredibly well-written, and her sex scenes hot, and this is no exception. Another great addition to the series, and one you should definitely pick up.

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