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4 stars for Lightning Strikes Twice by @ErikSchubach #FF #Romance

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Title: Lightning Strikes Twice
Author Name: Erik Schubach
Publication Date & Length: Aug 18, 2014 — 198 pgs

Synopsis

Returning home to Seattle from a twenty year absence in London…

Victoria discovers that time has not erased her feelings for an unrequited love. It soon becomes obvious that with true love, lightning can sometimes strike twice.

This is set in the same world as Music of the Soul but is a standalone book.

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I was given this in return for an honest review by Inked Rainbow Reads.

I really enjoyed this quick read. It was very heartfelt and I enjoyed the eccentricities of each character.  Despite the story being fairly short, the author was able to give a pretty well rounded background and was thoughtful in how each character was developed.

The friendship that was between Vicky, Mia and Vee was the type of friendship that survives, despite distance, time and tragedy. Even after 20 years, their bond of friendship was so strong that the characters were trying to come to terms with how they defined their friendship before and how to allow their feelings to evolve.

I think my favorite character was Missy. I would love to see a story about her. I also enjoyed the relationship that Vicky had with Abbey, her god daughter. It was nice to have a balance group of characters – family, friends and friends who have become family. I don’t really know if the “famous” characters really added to the story – I believe they would have been just as strong had they been “unknown” too.  I thoroughly enjoyed this story, even if it was somewhat predictable.

~AvidReader

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I got my start writing romance novels by accident. I have always been drawn to strong female characters in books, like Honor Harrington. And I also believe that there is a lack of LGBT characters in media. So one day I came up with a story idea that combines the two… two days later I completed the manuscript for Music of the Soul.

My writing style may not be the most professional nor grammatically correct, but I never profess to be an English major, just a person that wants to share a story. I maintain that my primary language is sarcasm.

Each of my books features strong likeable female characters that are flawed. I think that flaws and emotional or physical scars make us human and give us more character than simply conforming to some “social norm”.

I have also started a SciFi series, The Valkyrie Chronicles which features a Valkyrie, Kara, who was left behind on Earth five thousand years ago to help the Asgard race escape the onslaught of the Ragnarok horde. With the aid of a human, Kate, she holds the line in battle to herald the return of the Asgard!

If you like magic, paranormal romance and witches, then my new series Fracture might tickle your fancy. In the first book Fracture: Divergence, Alex King must stop magic from destroying reality. The problem is that Alex must solve the case in parallel universes where in one Alex is male and female in the other.

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4 Stars for No Boys Allowed by Lucy Felthouse – @CW1985 #F/F

No Boys Allowed

Title: No Boys Allowed
Author Name: Lucy Felthouse
Publication Date & Length: November 5th, 2012 – 33pgs

Synopsis

Three sexy Sapphic tales from the pen of Lucy Felthouse:

No Boys Allowed
When Leigh goes to meet with some potential housemates in a sought-after part of London, all she’s interested in is making a good impression. The last thing she’s expecting is to find out that one of the girls is a lesbian, like her. Kacey’s not home yet, but when she arrives, Leigh knows one thing for sure: she’s smitten. But will her feelings be reciprocated?

Something in Common
Nerd and amateur photographer Justine is partaking of one of her favourite pastimes—visiting a historical site—when she bumps into Amber. It turns out they’re both equally enthusiastic about exploring stately homes, abbeys, stone circles and the like—and their surprise at meeting someone with similar interests leads them on another adventure together, which doesn’t end at the site.

Little Miss Goody Two Shoes
Izzy and her girlfriend are visiting a beautiful stately home in the British countryside. Taking a stroll around the garden, Izzy’s shocked to see a statue of a female—totally naked. Her girlfriend, astounded that Izzy is such a prude and a Little Miss Goody Two Shoes, proceeds to show her just what fun can be had in a country garden with a statue to hide them from prying eyes.

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Three short stories in a quick, naughty novella.
This is my second piece of Lucy’s work that I have read and I have to admit that I rather enjoyed her style of writing. It flows nicely and keeps the reader interested in flipping the pages to find out what is going to happen. I enjoyed this one more than the one I read before though because I felt like we got to know the characters more and they were all more relateable.
I did feel like the naughty scenes were missing the sensual aspect that normally comes with them, which made me not care for them as much. With two women, I suppose I expect more sensuality and sexiness since women are sexy creatures. At times I became confused which character was doing what, which does happen sometimes with two female characters.
I have to say the first story was my absolute favorite piece of Lucy’s work I’ve read. It was longer than the other ones have been, but we also got to see more story development with it. The second story I felt was really great too because we got to see how much the two characters had in common.
I think another thing that was missing for me personally was that some of these characters were engaging in hot, passion filled sex, but somehow or another they always made it to a bed instead of other surfaces, which I would thing would be utilized when you are so lust driven and desiring the other person so much. You wouldn’t want to wait to get to the bed. It’d be the couch, the wall, anything that was along the way to the bedroom even.

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Lucy Felthouse is a very busy woman! She writes erotica and erotic romance in a variety of subgenres and pairings, and has over 100 publications to her name, with many more in the pipeline. These include several editions of Best Bondage Erotica, Best Women’s Erotica 2013 and Best Erotic Romance 2014. Another string to her bow is editing, and she has edited and co-edited a number of anthologies, and also edits for a small publishing house. She owns Erotica For All, and is book editor for Cliterati.

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4 Stars for Satyr’s Lure by Anya Richards – @anyawrites #M/M

Satyr's Lure

Title: Satyr’s Lure
Author Name: Anya Richards
Publication Date & Length:  August 6, 2014 – 44pgs

Synopsis

Summer in the high mountain pastures, in the shadow of ancient Greece’s Mount Parnassus, is usually Iason’s favorite time of year. A time when he feels happiest, surrounded by nature and free to take a lover from among the other shepherds. But this year he’s chosen his companion poorly and the resulting scars, of both body and soul, have left him questioning his worth.

It is only in the arms of the enigmatic and enthralling stranger Telesphoros, who rescues him from a storm, that Iason begins to heal. Yet the secrets both men hide overshadow the magic of their encounter, and foreshadow the heartache to come.

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This little story is fantastic. There you go. Well-written and well-set in the mountain pastures of the past. Evocative and time and place without being pretentious or meta–which is an accomplishment. It’s a story to get lost in. Our hero Iason has compelling melancholy. His lover-from-afar Telesphoros sweet and appropriately mysterious.
Be warned, there is significant and explicit sexual and physical violence. It’s not for everyone. But the story lingers sweetly in my mind, its politics and lessons still intriguing, even as an erotic short. And it is too short, but that’s okay. Oh, and the sex is hot, too.

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After living a checkered past, and despite an avowed disinterest in domesticity, multi-published author Anya Richards settled in Ontario, Canada, with husband, kids and two cats who plot world domination, one food bowl at a time. Having trained the humans around her to recognize the ‘Do Not Disturb’ vibes she gives off when writing, she’s still trying to get the cats to honor her need for space. The suspicion is that they perfectly understand, but choose those moments when she’s most engrossed to once more prove who wears the pants in the house.

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4 Stars for Deconstructing Channing by BA Tortuga – @batortuga #Menage

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Title: Deconstructing Channing
Author Name: BA Tortuga
Publication Date & Length: August 13, 2014 – 73 Pages

Synopsis

When they were young together back in their werecat pride, Bowie and Channing experimented with love and sex, as well as flirting with a threesome with their best friend, Emma. Channing and Emma both ran from their needs, leaving Bowie to break away and find his own life. Now a confident master dominant, Bowie discovers Channing again through a video of a consummate sub, one who Bowie knows he needs to find once more.

When Bowie shows up on his doorstep, Channing feels like a teenager again, all confusion and need. He doesn’t date his own kind, only humans, and he’s not in the market for a full time master. Bowie is impossible to deny, a force of nature, and while both men know they’ll have to think about Emma eventually, now is the time to see if they can get to know, and love each other, all over again.

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This was a very good read. It was hot and sexy and had a premise I appreciated. The beginning did weird me out a little with Bowie being a cat in the train car, but after that, I got used to it and appreciated it. The journey these two characters started years ago comes to life when they are brought back together. Both Bowie and Channing are very well-rounded characters, and their personality differences are definitely compatible with each other. This is a read I would recommend to anyone who wants light gay BDSM erotica.

Now…here’s some minor things I had issues with. Channing wiggles a lot. He is constantly wiggling, and it because less sexy the more it goes on. Secondly, Channing is constantly crossing his eyes. This does not scream pleasure to me but rather someone trying to be funny. I don’t think that’s what the author was going for.

While the sex is steamy and romantic and full of feels, there isn’t a lot of variety in the actual positions. In a gay BDSM book, I’ll admit, I was expecting quite a bit more variety. However, how the scenes were written made up for the lack of variety.

What I had a hard time standing…
I kept waiting for the girl. This was promoted to me as a menage, as M/M/F… there’s no girl. Not even a whiff of a character entering the scene. There’s talk of one, (which I’m sure will be the sequel and follow up to this one, and I’m so going to read it) but there is no actual girl. This is a gay erotic BDSM romance, not menage. I kept waiting for Emma to enter the story and that did not happen.

Overall this was a great read, and one I have already recommended to friends.

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Excerpt

The trip was designed to give him time. Time to figure out what he was going to say to Channing Lanier when he saw the sorry son of a bitch again.

He could start with “Hey, you rat bastard. Amazing how you came out after you dropped me like a hot rock.” That would be fun. Or maybe, “I thought you weren’t into spanking and bondage, and your precious asshole was sacrosanct, but now you’re a bottom in the underground BDSM scene,” would work better.

Bowie wouldn’t even be going to see said bottoming asshole if it wasn’t for the flyer tucked neatly away in his briefcase.

Tawny Catnip.

Seriously?

Their Emma was a fucking stripper?

A Vegas stripper? The revue was touted as a classy burlesque show and topless nightclub called Catnip Crazy.

Hell, the crazy thing was that both of his ex-lovers had called him a goddamn perv.

Him. Because he’d wanted them both. Because he’d wanted Emma over his lap. Because he’d wanted to see Channing bound and on his knees between the both of them.

Fuckers.

AuthorBio

Texan to the bone and an unrepentant Daddy’s Girl, BA Tortuga spends her days with her basset hounds, getting tattooed, texting her sisters, and eating Mexican food. When she’s not doing that, she’s writing. She spends her days off watching rodeo, knitting and surfing porn sites in the name of research. BA’s personal saviors include her wife (still amazing to say that), Julia Talbot, her best friend, Sean Michael, and coffee. Lots of coffee. Really good coffee.

Having written everything from fist-fighting rednecks to hard-core cowboys to werewolves, BA does her damnedest to tell the stories of her heart, which was raised in Northeast Texas, but has gone to the high desert mountains and fallen in love. With books ranging from hard-hitting GLBT romance, to fiery menages, to the most traditional of love stories, BA refuses to be pigeon-holed by anyone but the voices in her head.

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A Place to Call Their Own by L. Dean Pace- Frech – #M/M #LBGT @deanpacefrech

A Place to Call Their Own

Title: A Place to Call Their Own
Author Name: L. Dean Pace-Frech
Publication Date & Length: July 2012 – 149 pages

Synopsis

Is it possible for two Civil War veterans to find their place in the world on the Kansas Prairie?

When the War Between the States ended in 1865 many Americans emerged from the turmoil energized by their possibilities for the future. Frank Greerson and Gregory Young were no different. After battling southern rebels and preserving the Union, the two men set out to battle the Kansas Prairie and build a life together. Frank yearned for his own farm, away from his family—even at the risk of alienating them. Gregory, an only child, returned home to claim his inheritance to help finance their adventure out west.

Between the difficult work of establishing a farm on the unforgiving Kansas prairie, and the additional obstacles provided by the weather, Native Americans and wild animals, will their love and loyalty be enough to sustain them through the hardships?

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This book was set as a historical novel that takes place after the civil war – it was a story of two determined friends/lovers, Gregory and Frank, who wanted the freedom to live their lives together.

At first I was a little unsure of the story. There were a lot of descriptions that I didn’t feel really added to the story, they were more filler. However, as the story continued, the author was able to developed the relationships between Gregory and Frank’s neighbors, that they ended up settling near. It was refreshing to see a story that was able to capture how hard living off the land is and show what lengths people would go to help their fellow neighbor and farmer.

I do wish that we could have learned a little more about their time in the service and seen the relationship between the two main characters be developed a little more. The reader only saw the surface of their relationship. We saw how hard working they were and read about how they wanted to move West to live together, but I didn’t really see how their relationship grew – it was simply that they had a relationship.

The author took the reader on a long, arduous journey that had some ups and downs, but was an overall feel good story.

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With inspiration from some historical tourism sites, the love of reading, and a desire to write a novel, L. Dean Pace-Frech started crafting his debut novel, A Place to Call Their Own, in 2008. After four years of writing and polishing the manuscript, he submitted it for publication and Musa Publishing offered him a contract in early 2013.

Dean lives in Kansas City, Missouri with his partner, Thomas, and their two cats. They are involved in their church and enjoy watching movies, outdoor activities in the warmer weather and spending time together with friends and family. In addition to writing, Dean enjoys reading and patio gardening.

Prior to novels, Dean did some technical writing in his career.
He has written another complete fiction manuscript and has a third manuscript outlined

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4-5 Stars for The Consumed Series by Felicia Fox – #F/F #F/F/M #Paranormal

When passion and obsession collide, someone has to fall.

Consumed –
Book 1

Felicity has never met someone like Alex before. Alex literally glows from their lovemaking. For the first time, Felicity is in love, but the woman she’s spent the last two months with may not actually be a woman at all. Felicity knows that Alex is something more, but she doesn’t know exactly what. Allowing Alex into her life might be the worst mistake she’s ever made…

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Felicity is falling in love with the other worldly being named Alex. Alex is attempting to say goodbye. Neither really wants to end what they have, but there is something behind Alex needing to leave.

I rather enjoyed this short story. It was sexy and interesting and made me want more. I want to know how Felicity and Alex came to meet for the first time, where they are going and more about the story in general. 

The end leaves us in quite an open spot, cliff hanger of sorts. Although there is a few times where the wording threw me off like ‘This blazing energy that I keep locked inside of me, that I have fought so hard to not expose just surged through me.’ I don’t think that’s really how someone would explain powers that they have. 

However, I can’t wait to jump into the next part of the series and see where it goes

Captive – Book 2

As Felicity falls deeper in love with Alex, she finds herself immersed in Alex’s dark, erotic, succubus world. She and Alex are both in danger as a killer trails their every move. Not even the threat of torture and death can stop their passion when Alex reveals her motives for finding Felicity. Will their love conquer all or will they meet their end at the hands of a madman?

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As I had hoped for, we get to know how Felicity and Alex came to meet and what their first time together was like. We also get to meet Gideon, Alex’s best friend, who ends up being a third with the two women. 

There is a much bigger back story here that I hadn’t expected from the first installment and it rolled out quite nicely in this book. 

There is a difference in the world Alex lives in and the one Felicity is used to, but just when Alex is starting to open up and share some secrets, we find out about the big bad monster in their path. 

Very well written, fast page turning novella. I can’t wait for the third part!

Crave – Book
3

When passion sets your soul on fire.

Object of a deadly obsession, Felicity has been taken by the crazed incubus, Marius. Secrets, lies, and betrayals are mounting against Alex and Felicity. Will their passion and love be enough to keep from breaking Felicity, or will Alex’s world be the end of her?

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We learn about a secret past that Felicity and Alex didn’t know about from Felicity’s Crazy Aunt. It’s interesting to learn what happens with the nightmare from book 2 and who is the insider.

There is a nice little surprise at the end (which I’d been hoping for). I’m hoping it leaves to possibility of another story to follow this one.

It was very well written and I couldn’t put down any of the three books and can’t wait to read more from this author.

Felicia Fox hails from Northern California. She has her Associate’s degree in Applied Sciences, but has always known she wanted to be an author. A lover of arts and crafts, pin up looks, and avid reader, Felicia enjoys spending time with her husband and two children. Consumed, Captive, and Crave is her first published erotica series.

P.S. Felicia Fox is a big fan of drunk Skype 😉

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4 Stars for Illicit Relations by Lucy Felthouse #M/M #Romance #erotic

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Title: Illicit Relations
Author Name: Lucy Felthouse
Publication Date & Length: December 18, 2013 — 64 pgs

Synopsis

Terry’s had a crush on his second cousin Justin for what seems like forever. He’s hidden it as well as possible, knowing that the other man is out of bounds, forbidden fruit. Second cousins getting together isn’t actually illegal, but for Justin the relationship is too close—he just can’t contemplate them being together.

But when some new information comes to light about Terry’s birth and his place in the family, the whole game changes. Suddenly the relationship isn’t so impossible, and things soon begin to get hot and heavy.

Review

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I was given this in return for an honest review by Inked Rainbow Reads.

Lucy Felthouse portrayed a very close knit family that celebrates everything together.  The story begins mid struggle for two cousins, Terry & Justin, who love each other on a romantic level, but social norms dictate they should not feel that way about each other.

I thought the author did an amazing job in portraying how Terry was feeling – his inner struggle with wanting more of a romantic relationship with someone he was related to. I wish we could have known more from Justin’s point of view, however, Felthouse was great at creating an amazing family for both characters.

You see that Terry has very perceptive parents – so perceptive that they risk a lot in revealing long held secrets to both Justin and Terry. Those secrets held the power to either heal or destroy the family, but because of the love they felt for their son, Terry’s parents were able to not only ensure their son’s happiness, but also their nephew’s too.

The story was short, the sex was hot and the family was one any person would be lucky to have.

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Lucy Felthouse is a very busy woman! She writes erotica and erotic romance in a variety of subgenres and pairings, and has over 100 publications to her name, with many more in the pipeline. These include several editions of Best Bondage Erotica, Best Women’s Erotica 2013 and Best Erotic Romance 2014. Another string to her bow is editing, and she has edited and co-edited a number of anthologies, and also edits for a small publishing house. She owns Erotica For All, and is book editor for Cliterati.

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4 Stars for French Kissing: Season One by Harper Bliss – #F/F @HarperBliss #LBGT

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Title: French Kissing: Season One
Author Name: Harper Bliss
Publication Date & Length: June 13, 2014 – 510 pgs

Synopsis

French Kissing: Season One (Episodes 1-6)

Paris… City of lights, City of love

French Kissing follows a group of Parisian women as they navigate the stormy waters of love and life.

Claire and Juliette have been best friends for twenty years. Together they own a successful PR agency, but their journey to success has come at a price. Juliette and her partner Nadia have drifted apart after ten years together while Claire hasn’t been on a real date for as long as she can remember. Meanwhile, their happily single employee Steph is getting a bit too close to a new, high-profile client.

Warning: This title contains sensual language, ladies making love and possibly more feelings than you can process.

Review

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This is the whole season for French Kissing, all six episodes. Based out of France, there is some French in the books, that I didn’t always understand, but for the most part it added to the overall feeling of being in France with the characters.

Claire and Juliette have a PR business together. Both are lesbians, but after a brief time together, they parted ways and eventually started a business together. After much time and energy, the business is thriving while other parts of their lives have suffered.

Juliette has been with Nadia for over ten years. While she was focused on getting her business off the ground, her relationship started to fall apart. Nadia has come to a point where she is focusing on her career instead of Juliette all the time, not to mention she has a haunting secret in her closet. They try to repair their relationship, but inevitably, they run into many obstacles which makes it hard to get back to where they once were. A lot of the time I didn’t care for Nadia. I felt like she didn’t really want to make the relationship work and was constantly looking for anyway to make it not work. Juliette seemed to be wholeheartedly trying to make things work and not solely focus on the parts of the relationship that weren’t working. Throw in the drama of Juliette’s new assistant, Sybille, and you have a whole book worth of drama with this couple alone.

Claire, on the other hand, has no one important in her life because she been so focused on work. She has some play things on the side, until one night Nadia introduces her to the quiet and reserved Margot. Initially thinking they had nothing in common, they find they really do, but need to take it slow if they really want to see what is there. The ex that stomped all over Margot’s heart hits the scene and stirs up the newly developing couple. Claire had my heart in this relationship, I really wanted to see her get her happy ever after. Margot was fun too though since she had a hard exterior and was hard to get to know at first, but I really liked her most of the time once was saw she was just laid back and chill, not stuck up.

Stephanie works for Clair and Juliette at the PR firm. She is the youngest out of their group. She once had a fling with Claire, but that went no where fast. She succeeds in signing the firms first politician, who happens to be female. Dominique has hired them to help her weather the divorce that she is going to be going through all too soon. Dominique is in a party that is completely against gays and their rights. Oddly though, she has a dirty little secret in her past. And she signed with Steph for a very specific reason, one that turns on both of them. Stephanie was the comedic relief of the group. I didn’t care for Dominique at first, I couldn’t figure out what her game plan was. Then towards the end she surprised me and I liked her a whole lot more.

All in all, not a bad book. Very well written. Sucks you in and makes you want to read more. I really came to like the characters and feel for them as they stumbled through the troubles that they faced. However, in the end, it was just a little too much drama for me and I found myself predicting what was coming in the stories before it happened. But I would highly recommend to readers who don’t mind drama (just have too much in my life for any more)

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Harper Bliss has travelled the world in search of sexual satisfaction. She now resides in a hot Asian country and dedicates her time to writing down the stories that have inspired and aroused her.

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