THE BIG BOOK OF SUBMISSION VOLUME 2
RACHEL KRAMER BUSSEL (ED.)
THE BIG BOOK OF SUBMISSION VOLUME 2
RACHEL KRAMER BUSSEL (ED.)
If 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.
Chasing Shade is a super-hot, super-romantic read from the never-disappointing Sommer Marsden. It tells the story of Betsey and Archie, two adorable characters with plenty of darkness and sadness in their respective pasts. They meet in regular circumstances, but things quickly turn irregular when Betsey manages to score Archie a home and a job in one fell swoop.
The attraction between the two of them is obvious from the off – but Betsey’s past, in particular, has scarred her to the extent that she’s frightened to love, and to let anyone love her. Can Archie help Betsey past her fears, or are they doomed from the start?
I loved this book. Despite the darker themes, this was a book I jumped right into and found it a very easy, enjoyable and engaging read. I was rooting for Betsey and Archie throughout, and thought the relationship development between them was very sweet and emotional, and the sexual side of things were explosive! Archie’s a total hottie, and I could understand why Betsey was so attracted to him. So, if you’re looking for an erotic romance with some grittiness, then you should definitely check out this book.
Girls Who Score is a lesbian erotic anthology with a theme of athletics/sports. Edited by Ily Goyanes, this book also boasts contributions from writers such as Sacchi Green, D. L. King, Delilah Devlin, Shanna Germain, Sinclair Sexsmith, Sommer Marsden, Cheyenne Blue and many more.
The tales have roller derby, soccer, hockey, scuba diving, gym-related sex and lots of other sexy, sweaty sports variety. I really liked the range of stories, showing off the imaginations of the writers incredibly well. My particular favourites were Chairs by Sommer Marsden, Run, Jo, Run by Cheyenne Blue and Goddess in a Red-and-Blue Speedo by D.L. King.
As with all anthologies, there were stories included that I wasn’t keen on – a couple I read the first couple of pages then skipped the rest altogether. But the good stories far outweigh these, making this a good book choice for those that enjoy lesbian erotic fiction.
I love me some Sommer Marsden. I haven’t yet read a book of hers that I haven’t liked, and this one is no exception. The Accidental Cougar tells the story of Abby, an early-forties woman who’s just come out of a twenty-plus-year marriage and is just learning how to cope with the huge change to her life.
When she meets Charlie, though, things are turned upside down. He’s gorgeous, funny and is attracted to her – but he’s only just older than her kids. Abby’s just as attracted to Charlie, but really struggles to get past the age gap between them. Can she manage it before Charlie gets fed up of being messed around and moves on?
This was a fantastic read. Told in Marsden’s typical engaging, true-to-life style, I was immediately pulled into the story as I learned about Abby and her background. She’s an incredibly likeable character, with flaws and insecurities, and I found myself seriously rooting for her throughout.
Charlie’s adorable, too. Cute, sexy, and fun, he’s so hot for Abby that you can almost feel it radiating off the page! I rooted for Charlie, too, finding myself hoping he’d get what he wanted. I’m not going to give any spoilers, however, so I’ll just round off this review by saying this is a down-to-earth, funny, sexy, smart book that any fan of erotic romance should have on their eReader.
Review by Lily Harlem
As always I was thrilled to see a new Sommer Marsden book hit the shelves. I quickly grabbed a copy and settled down for what I knew would be a great read.
I wasn’t disappointed. Ms Marsden’s fresh voice made Poster Boy for Average flow with a sexy sweetness that kept me turning the pages. The hero, Mike, was anything but average yet at the same time he was so very real. Mike is a single dad, struggling with needing to rush to the hospital at the drop of a hat for his sick son, Chuck. He was also a bit of a prat in the first stages of his relationship with Aubrey, again adding to his realness and I liked that. It was good to see how both Aubrey and him handled the situation and it created layers to their romance.
And I really did like Aubrey. Again, real and likeable, she’d be a great gal to have as your friend. I adored her sudden lusty thoughts about her sexy new neighbor and how her feelings grew – a heady mix of passion, reservation and frustration. It made it all the better when they did get it together because they’d been simmering for each other and finally got to come to the boil.
And phew, boil they did. The sex scenes are hot, and made hotter because I felt I knew the characters so well. Real fly on the wall stuff, as a reader you’re in the bedroom, finding out about delicious Mike’s impressive skills between the sheets.
Although it’s a relationship based plot there are nice extra details that keep Poster Boy for Average ticking along. The secondary characters are great and add depth to the decisions and feelings of the leads, and Aubrey’s job as a photographer lends itself to some wonderful moments with some wonderful hotties in the latter stages of the book.
All in all, if you’re looking for a well written, sweet, sexy romance about real people I think Poster Boy for Average will hit the spot!