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Review: First Touch by Laurelin Paige

first touchTitle: First Touch by Laurelin Paige
First and Last Series Book One
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Genre: Contemporary, Erotica, Mystery
Length: 384 pages
Book Rating: C

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When Emily Wayborn goes home to visit her mom while on hiatus from her hit TV show, she receives a voicemail from her former best friend, Amber. Though the two were once notorious party girls, they haven’t spoken in years. Although the message might sound benign to anyone else, Amber uses a safe word that Emily recognizes, a word they always used to get out of sticky situations during their wild days. And what’s more chilling than the voicemail: it turns out that Amber has gone missing.

Determined to track down her friend, Emily follows a chain of clues that lead her to the enigmatic billionaire Reeve Sallis, a hotelier known for his shady dealings and play boy reputation. Now, in order to find Amber, Emily must seduce Reeve to learn his secrets and discover the whereabouts of her friend. But as she finds herself more entangled with him, she finds she’s drawn to Reeve for more than just his connection to Amber, despite her growing fear that he may be the enemy. When she’s forced to choose where her loyalty lies, how will she decide between saving Amber and saving her heart?


The first installment in Laurelin Paige’s First and Last duology, First Touch is a sexually explicit and boundary pushing exploration of lead protagonist Emily Wayborn’s long dormant submissive desires.

Emily Wayborn’s friendship with Amber Pries ended six years earlier but when she receives a message in which Amber uses their distress signal, Emily drops everything to look into her disappearance. Although she hires a private investigator to help find Amber, Emily begins her own investigation which leads straight to Amber’s former lover, wealthy resort owner Reeve Sallis. Despite the sinister rumors swirling around Reeve, he immediately awakens the dark and dangerous urges that Emily has tried to ignore and her investigation into Amber’s disappearance soon takes a backseat to her progressively dangerous and erotically charged sexual encounters with Reeve.

At first, Emily seems like a self-confident and self-assured woman who is comfortable with her sexuality. Since hitting rock bottom six years earlier, her acting career has taken off and she has a starring role in a popular sitcom. Mainly concentrating on her career, Emily no longer craves or desires the types of relationships she was in during her friendship with Amber. But right from her first meeting with Reeve, she easily slips back into the habit of using her generously endowed curves to garner his attention. Once she captures his interest, she finds herself fully captivated by his need to take control and she soon becomes needy, jealous and insecure and it is rather troubling how easily Emily capitulates to his destructive dominance both in and out of the bedroom.

Reeve is the typical bad boy billionaire with a dark and mysterious past. There is little factual information available about him or his family but rumor, innuendo and gossip fill in some of the blanks. Reeve is domineering, controlling and possessive and he makes no effort to hide these aspects of his personality. These very traits appeal to Emily’s need to submit but even she is ill-prepared for the heavy kink that he introduces to their sexual encounters.

Emily’s quest to find Amber is quickly lost in her increasingly dangerous and toxic relationship with Reeve. He demands complete control of their sex life and her consent becomes dubious since she is such a people pleaser and so submissive that she has refuses to say no to anything he asks of her. There are no safe words and absolutely nothing is off limits. Their relationship is purely sexual and neither of them make any attempt to disguise this fact. The sexual element of the storyline is sometimes unsettling as their explorations delve into the darker side of dominant/submissive erotica and their encounters are sometimes disturbing.

While Emily’s investigation into Amber’s disappearance is mainly overshadowed by her disquieting relationship with Reeve, she does make a few half-hearted attempts to find out what happened to her friend. However, for the most part, Emily uses her “investigation” as an excuse to continue seeing Reeve and her continued efforts to investigate seem a little ridiculous under the circumstances. Emily is eventually so blinded by lust and desire that she makes foolhardy decisions that could literally jeopardize her life.

This first installment in Laurelin Paige’s First and Last series is a well-written, highly erotic novel that is not for the sexually faint of heart. While not much progress is made in learning the truth about what happened to Amber, First Touch ends with a shocking cliffhanger that will leave readers impatiently awaiting the release of final book in this two book series.

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Review: Mastering a Sinner by Kate Pearce

mastering sinnerTitle: Mastering a Sinner by Kate Pearce
The Sinners Club Series Book Three
Publisher: Kensington Books
Genre: Historical, Romance, Erotica
Length: 289 pages
Book Rating: B

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Bound by sensual secrets and illicit fantasies, the select members of the Sinners Club are privy to carnal pleasures too shocking to share. . .

Seductive Surrender

Alistair Maclean enjoys his work as secretary at the Sinners Club until the women at the Club demand a secretary of their own. Suddenly Alistair finds himself at the mercy of a wanton beauty who demands Alistair submit to her in ways he’s only ever dreamed about. . .

Deep Submission

Diana, Lady Theale, has secrets from her past she must protect. But that doesn’t stop her from enjoying passion in the present. She needs Alistair’s help to untangle the mystery of her parentage, but she also needs his body to satisfy her darkly erotic desires…

The Review:

Mastering a Sinner is another sumptuously decadent installment in Kate Pearce’s über steamy historical series, The Sinner’s Club. This deliciously erotic romance has a slight element of mystery to the storyline but the overall focus is on the developing D/s relationship between Alistair Maclean and Diana Theale.

Ever since his father was convicted of treason, oldest son Alistair has been the family’s sole supporter. His mother and sisters still live in Scotland, but he and his brother, Harry, now call London home. Alistair works as a secretary for the Sinner’s Club and he has his hands full trying to keep Harry out of trouble.

Left penniless after her husband’s death, Diana is also employed as a secretary at the Sinner’s Club. She is an orphan who knows little about her past but she has a few suspicions about the identity of her father.  Diana is hoping to find answers to her questions at the Sinner’s Club, but she keeps her investigation a closely guarded secret.

Alistair senses Diana has ulterior motives for accepting the position at the club, but no one takes his doubts seriously. He is quickly sidetracked from digging deeper into her background by the latest crisis with Harry which involves a debt he owes at the disreputable Demon Club. However, Alistair’s biggest distraction is his unexpected D/s relationship with Diana.

Alistair is a submissive who finds it difficult to discuss his limits. Diana is a dominant who pushes Alistair to be honest about his needs. Diana puts her needs before Alistair’s and she is more concerned about her satisfying her desires than his. Alistair cannot resist his attraction to her, but he finds it almost impossible to completely surrender to her.

As with the previous novels in The Sinners Club series, the sex scenes in Mastering a Sinner are scorching hot. Diana is in complete control of her encounters with Alistair and she sometimes takes their scenes a little too far. Needing some guidance, she turns to Lord Minshom (from Simply Insatiable) and under his tutelage, Alistair is finally forced to set his sexual boundaries. This becomes a bit of a turning point for Alistair and Diana, but she is still reluctant to completely trust Alistair with her secrets.

Mastering a Sinner by Kate Pearce is a captivating read that is fast paced with a well-developed storyline and engaging characters. The sex scenes are exquisitely detailed and very erotic. All in all, it is a superb addition to The Sinner’s Club that old and new fans of the series are going to love!

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Review: Simply Pleasure by Kate Pearce

simply pleasureTitle: Simply Pleasure by Kate Pearce
House of Pleasure Series Book .5 (Prequel)
Publisher: Kensington Books
Genre: Historical, M/M, Erotica
Length: 74 pages/Word Count: 19,500
Book Rating: B

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Experience the illicit passions of Regency England in Kate Pearce’s House of Pleasure series…


Ten years as a sex slave in a Turkish brothel have left Val Sokorvsky a master in the art of erotic seduction. But even as he offered his body, he never offered his heart. Now that he is returning home he wonders what kind of welcome he will find. Only one person understands his pain and Val is helpless to resist the passion he feels for Peter Howard, his English lover…


Peter learned to survive his years as a sex slave by coaxing and teasing his lovers to the heights of sexual ecstasy. But there is only one man he’s ever loved, one man he can never take as his own. Returning to England may save him from captivity but it may also take away Val, the one man to whom he’d willingly give his body and soul…

The Review:

Simply Pleasure is a prequel to books one and two in Kate Pearce’s deliciously carnal House of Pleasure series. This novella provides readers with the back story of Valentin “Val” Sokorvsky and Peter Howard who were kidnapped and held as sex slaves in a Turkish brothel until their rescue at age eighteen. The story opens while the men are on their way back to England and it is at times unbearably heartbreaking, poignant and ultimately hopeful as Val and Peter try to pick up the pieces of their shattered lives.

It is impossible for Val and Peter not to be forever scarred their experiences and the men have very different ways of coping with their ordeal. Val is hardened, resentful and deliberately hurtful to everyone around him. Peter is placating and gentle in the beginning, but eventually turns to unhealthy means of coping with his life. When Peter’s life spirals out of control, will he welcome Val’s attempts to help save him?

Peter has no memories of his life or family before the kidnapping but Val remembers exactly who he is and he wants no part of the life waiting for him. However, Val agrees to remain with his family in exchange for gaining access to his inheritance when he turns twenty-one. His other stipulation is that Peter is to be allowed to stay as well. The story fast forwards to just before Val’s birthday and while he has used the intervening years to his advantage, sadly Peter has fallen into a pit of despair. Val is determined to save the man who unselfishly helped him keep his demons at bay during their captivity, but will Peter accept what Val is willing to offer?

Simply Pleasure is not a romance but it is full of strong emotions. It is a beautiful story of new beginnings for both men as they try to put their past behind them while maintaining the bond that ties them together. Like the other books in Kate Pearce’s House of Pleasure series, there are plenty of scorching hot sex scenes but it is the last one of the story is most meaningful.


Filed under Erotica, Historical, House of Pleasure Series, Kate Pearce, Kensington Books, M/M, Rated B, Review, Simply Pleasure

Review: Tear You Apart by Megan Hart

Title: Tear You Apart by Megan Hart
Publisher: Harlequin
Imprint: Mira
Genre: Contemporary, Erotica
Length: 299 pages
Book Rating: B+

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Their passion will consume everything—and everyone— in its path….

I’m on a train.

I don’t know which stop I got on at; I only know the train is going fast and the world outside becomes a blur. I should get off, but I don’t. The universe is playing a cosmic joke on me. Here I had my life—a good life with everything a woman could want—and suddenly, there is something more I didn’t know I could have. A chance for me to be satisfied and content and maybe even on occasion deliriously, amazingly, exuberantly fulfilled.

So this is where I am, on a train that’s out of control, and I am not just a passenger. I’m the one shoveling the furnace full of coal to keep it going fast and faster.

If I could make myself believe it all happened by chance and I couldn’t help it, that I’ve been swept away, that it’s not my fault, that it’s fate…would that be easier? The truth is, I didn’t know I was looking for this until I found Will, but I must’ve been, all this time. And now it is not random, it is not fate, it is not being swept away.

This is my choice. And I don’t know how to stop.

Or even if I want to.

The Review:

If you have ever read a novel written by Megan Hart then you know her books are raw, gritty and about as real as life gets. Her latest release, Tear You Apart, is no exception. This unflinchingly honest portrayal of a long term marriage withering under the weight of complacency and neglect is intense, emotional and quite heartbreaking.

Elisabeth Amblin is wife and a mother whose life is about to undergo an unexpected and dramatic change. Her children are grown and about to graduate from college and while her marriage is not perfect, she is content. All of that changes when she meets Will, an artist at the gallery where she works. Minor irritants and her husband’s neglectful treatment become major issues as Elisabeth’s disillusionment and dissatisfaction with her marriage culminate in a fateful decision that will take her to new heights but also plunge her into deep despair.

Tear You Apart takes a hard and sometimes harsh look at long term marriages. Elisabeth’s marriage has been strained for a long time but she has grown so used to her husband’s treatment of her that she continues to drift along. For much of the novel, Elisabeth is ambivalent and indecisive over the future of her marriage. She wants to do what is right for her family, but doing so would be wrong for her. No matter what choice Elisabeth finally makes, someone is going to get hurt.

If you are looking for a romance with a traditional happily ever after, you are probably not going to find it in Tear You Apart. What you will find is a love story with realistic characters that are flawed and sometimes make morally questionable decisions. You will find a passion that burns so hot it is impossible not to give in to it. You will probably not agree with Elisabeth’s choices, but ultimately, she ends up right where she needs to be.

Another gut-wrenching, emotion-filled, thought-provoking and highly erotic novel from Megan Hart that I highly recommend.

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Power Play: Resistance by Rachel Haimowitz & Cat Grant

Title: Resistance: Power Play by Rachel Haimowitz & Cat Grant
Power Play Series Book One
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Genre: M/M, BDSM, Erotic
Length: 267 pages/Word Count: 91,500
Book Rating: B+

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Give me six months, and I’ll give you the world.

Brandon McKinney has scraped and sacrificed for what little in life he’s ever had. Though it’s been fifteen years since he escaped his father’s abuse, the damage remains. Trust seems as far out of reach as his dream of becoming an architect, and though he’s come to accept being gay, he can’t deny the shame and confusion he feels at other urges—the deeply-repressed desire to submit.

Jonathan Watkins is a self-made Silicon Valley billionaire whose ex-wife took half his money and even more of his faith. Comfortable as a Dominant but wary of being hurt again, he resorts to anonymous pickups and occasional six-month contracts with subs seeking only a master, not a lover.

When a sizzling back-alley encounter cues Jonathan in to Brandon’s deep-seated submissive side, he makes the man an offer: Give me six months of your life, and I’ll open your eyes to a whole new world. Brandon doesn’t care about that; all he wants is the three million dollars Jonathan’s offering so he can buy the construction company he works for. But he soon learns that six months on his knees is no easy feat, and shame and pride may keep him from all he ever wanted—and all he never dreamed he had any right to have.

Reader discretion advised. This title contains the following sensitive themes: heavy kink. While consent is clearly established and frequently reaffirmed, some moments in Power Play push hard against the outer edges of consent.

The Review:

Power Play: Resistance by Rachel Haimowitz and Cat Grant is a very intense, emotionally and physically exhausting read that breaks all the rules in BDSM. With heavy sadism and sometimes barely consensual sex, it is not for the sexually faint of heart. It is a powerful novel that is so strongly compelling and riveting that it is impossible to put down.

Bran McKinney is tough, macho and very much in control of himself and his life. He is a self-made man who has put his painful abusive past behind him. He is actively pursuing his goal of owning his own business but he is frustrated by his inability to secure a business loan. Bran leads a solitary life and his sexual encounters are brief with no emotional ties.

Jonathan Watkins is a charming billionaire who denies himself nothing. He is a Dom and sadist that avoids relationships by engaging in emotionless hookups and the occasional contract with submissives. He is so confident in his perception that Bran is submissive, Jonathan offers him a deal that Bran finds impossible to refuse. Bran will receive three million dollars if he will become Jonathan’s sub for six months.

Their D/s relationship is an unmitigated disaster of epic proportions. Bran has NO idea what is he agreeing to, and Jonathan fails miserably in giving Bran the guidance he needs. Jonathan is determined to break Bran and he will stop at nothing in his attempt to strip him of his pride and inherent strong will. While there are some aspects of submission that appeal to Bran, he is not a true submissive and Jonathan is unable (or unwilling) to accept this very important distinction.

The struggle between Jonathan and Bran is raw and gritty. The punishments that Jonathan metes out are harsh and quite sadistic and so incredibly painful it is sometimes difficult to continue reading. But it is impossible not to want to know where Ms. Haimowitz and Ms. Grant are going to take Bran and Jonathan next. Will Jonathan break Bran’s spirit? Will Bran concede power and control? Is there any possible way to salvage the fragile relationship the two men shared before entering into their contract?

Power Play: Resistance by Rachel Haimowitz and Cat Grant is a commanding novel that will stretch your boundaries as much as it does Bran’s and to some extent, Jonathan’s. Their D/s relationship is not all bad; both men gain valuable insight and information about themselves from their experiences. They both grow as individuals and as partners. While I would not classify this as a romance, there are some romantic elements to their relationship. The ending is the perfect beginning for Power Play: Awakening the next installment of this provocative yet extraordinary series.


Filed under BDSM, Cat Grant, Erotica, M/M, Power Play Resistance, Rachel Haimowitz, Rated B+, Riptide Publishing

While the Wife’s Away and Other Stories by Kris Andersson

Title: While the Wife’s Away & Other Stories by Kris Andersson
Publisher: Andrews UK Ltd
Genre: M/M, some M/F, Contemporary, Erotica
Length: 15,687 words/50 pdf pages
Book Rating: B


While the Wife’s Away is a collection of three gay short stories from well-known erotic author Kris Andersson.

While the Wife’s Away: When the boss suggests an evening meeting at his home and makes it quite clear that his wife is away for the night, you can guarantee that there will be more than statistics and spread sheets on the agenda – and by the end of the night a new sort of business partnership has been created.

Masters and Servants: It’s hard losing your job – and even harder looking for something new. But just how far will one man go to impress the boss? From steamy encounters in the office to passion in a scenic lift and shower room to lust in the potting shed, this is one job search that proves especially stimulating!

The Sin of Father Anthony: When a new priest arrives in town, one lapsed Catholic decides it’s time to start attending Mass again – but he has more than absolution on his mind as he uses his girlfriend to get closer to the true object of his desire and give him a night he’ll never forget. From lusty housekeepers and choir mistresses to a hairy trucker with a taste for stockings and suspenders, this is a story packed with sexual thrills for a young man on a personal mission to satisfy his gay passions.

The Review:

Kris Andersson’s While the Wife’s Away & Other Stories is a delightful collection of short stories that will melt your e-reader.

While the Wife’s Away is a highly erotic encounter between a younger man and his much older boss. The characters are well-developed with realistic flaws and imperfections. Their sex scenes are exquisitely detailed and incredibly HOT. This is not a traditional romance, but a beginning to a mutually satisfying sexual arrangement.

Continuing with the same employee/employer theme, Masters and Servants recounts one man’s sexual adventures with his employers and fellow employees. While mainly m/m, there are a couple of m/f encounters as well. There is a bit of voyeurism in this story and the liaisons are lusty and varied. The ending of this story is unexpected but entirely satisfying.

With sexual tales of m/m and m/f sex, voyeurism, a little cross-dressing and sex with a priest The Sins of Father Anthony is guaranteed to titillate readers. While the main focus of this story is an m/m encounter with a young and sexy priest, there are a couple of scenes of m/f sex and one fabulously forbidden sexual fantasy while in church. Illicit yearnings and couplings abound in this passionate tale centered around Catholic priests.

While the Wife’s Away & Other Stories by Kris Andersson is a collection of naughty short stories that are explicitly carnal. If you are looking for a quick read with the tiniest hint of taboo sex, then you will definitely enjoy these well-written and captivating stories.


Filed under Andrews UK Ltd, Contemporary, Erotica, Kris Andersson, M/F, M/M, Rated B, While the Wife's Away and Other Stories