Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Review of Secret Chemistry

Secret Chemistry (Shifters, #1)

I have been looking forward to this book for a long time now, and I finally was able to borrow it from my public library. The cover image is so beautiful! I really enjoyed the first half of the book with lots of action and background to the main couple's mating bond. The second half of the book had a little too much dialogue (even though the sex was hot) and was a bit annoying with repetitive information. I would recommend it, though, for people who enjoy hybrid shifters, young protagonists that you get to know as they age, and fated mates.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Puppy Play and Heartache

I read Naughty Boy before I read this first, companion piece, The Good Boy. I took a chance on this longer story since I loved the way the authors portrayed Ferg and Brin's relationship (DD) and the friendship between Brin and Lane. I was NOT disappointed in the least with this book! I loved the puppy play and snuggling that happens for a good chunk of the book. The sex between the couple is intense but slow-to-build, as it should be in a hurt/comfort tale. I absolutely loved the real dogs at the shelter Lane helps out with as well. The main, strong discipline scene is realistic and helps make readers understand the need for some subs to be almost forced to admit their feelings. And I loved the HEA! I recommend this book to anyone interested in relationships with a large age gap, puppy play, DD, or BDSM.

Goodreads M/M Romance Group 2013 Member's Choice Awards!

This is just to remind everyone to vote in this year's M/M Romance Group 2013 Member's Choice Awards. If you belong to the group, you still have the ability to vote until Dec. 31st!

When Authors Steal from Authors

I read this post on Erica Pike's blog, and I was amazed! I wanted to pass it on since her complaints seem valid. Even if her situation isn't 100% her publisher's fault, her advice on publishing houses and clues to something hinky going on are great!


Sunday, December 1, 2013

Inherent Gifts by Alicia Cameron

Inherent Gifts

I love slave tales, and this is one of the best I've read. It has abuse themes, paranormal elements, and love between master and slave. The alternate universe is interesting with slave and non-slave states, physical and mental "gifts." I highly reccommend this book!

The Right of the King by E. Jamie

The Right Of The King by E. Jamie

I enjoyed most of this story. It was fairly predictable and "hit the spot" as far as eroticism goes. Although it was supposed to be historical, the language was modern. I also thoguht the ending would be more satisfying.

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Rant about Seger (C-7 Shifters)

Seger by Carol Lynne

I really wanted to give this book a higher rating. I enjoyed the first book in the series (Alrik), and it had an ending that just introduced other characters. I was looking forward to Seger's story, but book dragged where there should have been some progression, and then just ended...I mean really, just ended where I assume her next book will start. But there was absolutely no conclusion to Seger and Shadow's tale. I really can't stand that! And I don't think I'll be continuing with the series, and that really says it all for me!

Fourteen-Book Giveaway!


book cover giveaway

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Great Prequel to Tor!

WereWolf Fight League: Ashland

I have been waiting for so long to see more of Lorenz's cage-fighting werewolves! I love that she went BACK in chronilogical time and gave us the story between Ashland and (Dan) Stoltz. They have such chemistry between them, even when they are only imagining each other's bodies! The ending was a little predictable, but it did make me go back and read Tor again! I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys slave/master books or the writing style of Lorenz!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Submission Call!!!

Crimson Frost Books

Crimson Frost Books has the following submissions call: Shifter Anthology, Romance ~ Any heat level, Word count 10,000 – 20,000 words, These stories will be character driven, with relatable and believable conflicts. Open to ALL pairings. HEA/HFN is required. To submit to us, please put Shifter Anthology in the subject line along with the title, and address it to Denise Nicholls.

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Another great historical from Ava March!

His Client

love historical M/M novels, and this one is one of my favorites! I loved how Jasper is not just the typical rent-boy as well. He is smart and knows that Nathaniel is the one who has to be strong enough to admit what he really wants. And, just like other Ava March books, the sex is hot and kinky!

Friday, August 30, 2013

Heartwarming Sci-Fi Love!

An Uncommon Whore

I absolutely loved this book! The world building is phenomenal and the characters of the lost king and his friend/lover/protector are fully developed. The sadness of war is always close-at-hand, but the two lovers really stick by each other. I am definitely going to read the sequel!

Sexy Rent-boy Romance

Chicken Ranch: Hunger

I enjoyed the first book in Amanda Young's series. Hunger was a little shorter than I thought it should be, but the relationship between Killian and Declan is well-developed. I found it a little hard to believe that Killian is so permissive about Declan's job after they become a couple, but since he is a little backward and older, I decided he just didn't want to drive Declan away. I am going to continue with the series! Rent-boys are favorites of mine!

Supernatural Love!

Common Powers 1: Soul Bonds

I enjoyed the first book of the series because of the interesting powers Sammi has. Their instant love was a little too quick for my taste, but Sammi's vulnerability and Mitchell's past still created an interesting plot. I am going to give the series a try with the second book to see if some of the paranormal powers will be fleshed out more fully!

Fun M/M twist on classic fairy tale!


I really enjoyed the sweet, romantic M/M version of Aladdin by A. R. Jarvis! The author does not go into too much sexual detail, which I believe is the right way to treat the fairy tale. The ending is a little unbelievable, but given that this is a fairy tale and the reader already has to suspend disbelief, I also found the ending very fitting!

Friday, August 23, 2013

Review of A Gentleman's Agreement

A Gentleman's Agreement

J. Roman's A Gentleman's Agreement is one of the most romantic, historical, M/M books I've read in a long time! I loved the premise of a man's brother hatching a plan to set him up with one of his brother's best friends--from the grave! The holiday atmosphere is initially very somber since Thomas' former lover (who married his sister!) and he have to spend it together after the death of his brother, Edmund. Edmund's plan to have his friend Henry court his brother, though, and the courtship is actually that--heated glances, stolen kisses, holding hands in the winter weather...They don't rush into their physical relationship, and they truly get to know one another. I love the unexpected plot twist at the end as well as the personality of Henry's sister. I highly recommend this sweet holiday romance!

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Review of J.A. Rock's By His Rules

By His Rules by J.A. Rock

This is about the third time I have read this book! It is one of my favorites now. I really enjoyed the way the emotional change comes across in this book, even with the abusive "Dom", Scott, near the end. Even Scott realizes that what he is doing and who he is trying to be isn't truly safe or protective of someone else in his care. (I really hoped he would find someone to help him on his journey as well.) I absolutely loved the way the domestic discipline worked for Keaton and Aiden, and that by the end of the book Aiden was able to bring additional pleasure to Keaton through BDSM play that they otherwise hadn't been trying--while still keeping the two mindsets separate. I would recommend this book to someone who is interested in knowing more about domestic discipline since both it and the BDSM world were intertwined in the plot.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Crimson Frost Books' Grand Opening--Coming Very Son!

The publishing house that I work for, Crimson Frost Books, is counting down the days until its grand opening! I am very excited to be a part of this process. You can get more information about our books at our site http://www.crimsonfrostbooks.com/ or at our blog http://crimsonfrostbooks.blogspot.com/. Stop by the blog and let us know what you think!

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Fantasy, Sweet Romance, and Political Intrigue

Dragon Slayer

I just finished reading Dragon Slayer by an author I hadn't read before, Isabella Carter. This isn't her first short story or book, but this seems to be the first novel she has written with plans for a larger series. I wasn't aware of the serial nature of the book when I began reading Dragon Slayer, but I am not unhappy with my choice. I haven't read such a quality fantasy writing with awesome dragons, soldiers fighting, and kings and nobles backstabbing each other while still keeping the romance sweet enough to be young-adult friendly. I am very much looking forward to the next book, not only to find out certain plot advances but also to see the relationships between Mallory and his family, Ingram and his family, and Mallory and Ingram progress! I highly recommend this book!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Wonderful Historical Viking Romance

To Sin with a Viking is the first novel I've read written by Michelle Willingham. I thoroughly enjoyed the way she immerses the reader in the sights, sounds, and smells of the ancient time and place, Ireland AD 875. The main heroine, Caragh O Bannon, captured my sympathy early on for her physical frailty and yet held my interest throughout the entire story since she does not let her family's and community's troubles break her spirit or humor. She remains fiesty, one of the main attributes that unknowingly snares Styr from the first few days in her presence. Styr is most assuredly a wonderfully powerful, alpha male whose emotions near the beginning are almost cavemanish! Later, through love and affection, he learns to communicate better, but he always stays strong and in control. This is a gorgeous, Viking character!

The plot takes place through the settings of two or three main cities of ancient Ireland, under the main goal of rescuing Styr's lost comrades and wife, Elena as well as finding Caragh's brother Brendan. This type of "hero quest" lends itself well to the other reason the story held my interest--the sexual tension between Styr and Caragh. I have to admit that I was a little hesitant to read a story that sounded as if the main characters might be committing adultery. I believe that divorce has its place in our modern society just as I know many ancient societies practiced the custom as well. True adultery never actually occurs, although the ideas of fidelity, vows, and commitment are fully explored. The buildup of heat that Harlequin is known for happens almost immediately; however, because of the nature of Styr's previous commitment, as well as his need to break down emotional barriers that would not allow him to think of a marriage as anything but a vow or duty, the tension continues through most of the book without true consummation until he has put aside his previous commitments.

I would recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys this historical time period, strong male characters, and feisty females who give as good as they get. I would also suggest trying this novel if you want to see characters who struggle with falling out of love or with the idea of having to stay married in order to not be seen as a failure in society. I look forward to the companion book that will come out soon that will feature Styr's wife, Elena, and her journey toward a new life and new love, To Tempt a Viking.

I received a free ARC from NetGalley for an Honest Review of the Novel!

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

"Magic Words," A Beautiful Picture Book

"Magic Words"
From the Ancient Oral Tradition of the Inuit
Translator Edward Field, Illustrator Mike Blanc

I received a free ARC of this book, and I loved the short, yet lyrical, text interspersed among the rich illustrations. The language definitely reminds me that the content has been translated from various Inuit stories, but--except for the ending being rather abrupt--I love the way the words and pictures flow together. I shared this book with my Head Start class and my Director during our unit on multiculturalism and they all loved the book! I used the book as part of a dialogical reading activity with my four- and five-year olds, where I asked them questions throughout the reading and they interacted with the words and pictures they saw and heard. This went over extremely well. I recommend this book to others Pre-K through fourth grade who enjoy this type of activity.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Sabbatical Over!

Obviously, blogging has not been on my list of to-dos. I hope to change this with the start of a new season and a great pile of new books just waiting for me!

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Babes in Boyland New Release/Contest

Happy New Year! / Moonstruck is here! / Giveaway

Hey, y'all! Happy New Year. :D

For those who have been waiting, Moonstruck (Lucky Moon #3) is now available for purchase. You can buy it directly from Loose Id and also from Amazon and ARe. I'm sure it'll be showing up on B& N and other e-tailers very soon! :)

To celebrate the new release, we'll be hosting a giveaway! Want your chance at a free copy? See the rules for how to enter: http://mjandpiper.blogspot.com/2013/01/happy-new-year-moonstruck-is-here.html?zx=d6e789fbb0360efb