Monday, January 19, 2015

REVIEW: Revealed (Vice, Virtue & Video #1) & Captured (Vice, Virtue & Video #2) by Bianca Giovanni

Revealed (Vice, Virtue & Video #1) by Bianca Giovanni 
James Laird and Lola Caraway have been next door neighbors and best friends since elementary school. James was always the ultimate player, and after graduation moves to LA and finds his place as a rising star in the porn industry. Lola, three years younger, is a studious overachiever and on track for graduation and success in college.

Lola knows about and accepts James and his debauchery; it's never been a secret between the two friends. However, a hometown visit prompts James to face his evolving feelings for her, especially after his conservative family discovers his true profession and she comes to his rescue. Not wanting to seduce the innocent Lola, he returns to California, where he sets his sights on becoming a superstar in the industry.

While Lola is visiting James from college, they dance around their attraction to each other. After Lola admits she's never had an orgasm, James offers to be her hands-on teacher. A lifetime of friendship with a manwhore tells Lola that she should not get attached to James as a lover, as tempting as his offer may be. Can she please her body while still protecting her heart?

From the author of some of the highest rated erotic romance on Smashwords comes this first look into a world of love, friendship...and porn.

Captured (Vice, Virtue & Video #2) by Bianca Giovanni 
Lifelong best friends James Laird and Lola Caraway are reunited when Lola moves to LA after college. Lola is starting her new life, new job, and a new romance with a successful lawyer--a relationship which forces James to question the nature of his feelings for Lola.

James has always been a master at pleasuring women, so it was an easy transition to play a Master on-screen in a series of BDSM videos which have brought him fame and the promise of a lucrative career. The films have also brought him the attention of hardcore producer Eva Satana, who wants James to be a ruthless Dominant -for real- in her brutal and extreme BDSM scenes.

James soon finds himself caught in a contract he cannot break and compelled by threats to the woman who's stood by him through everything.

Holy hell, what a ride!  I can honestly say this series is unlike anything I’ve read, and that comes with a lot of positives but also some negatives.  Taking a sex-driven alpha porn star, giving him a huge soft side for his best friend, and then making their love story work is no easy task, and I have to give Bianca Giovanni props for what she’s done here. 

The history that James and Lola shared was probably my favorite part of this story, because I loved that they’d shared so much over the years.  It was very much like a brother-sister relationship seeing as how he was always screwing anything female and then turning around to protect Lola’s purity.  Hypocritical, yes, but sweet nonetheless.  Then they went and grew up, and the awkward between phase left Lola spreading her wings and James getting paid for exactly what he was good at.  James had all the traits of a gifted porn star; trust me, we’re in his head a lot and he thinks exactly how you’d expect a man whose life revolves around being great at sex to think.  But then he’s got this other side of him, and it’s not the profound depth you’d get from some male characters, but it’s big for HIM, this man who runs on autopilot, and it makes him real.

 When I read Revealed, which I give 3.5 stars and will refer to as “Stage 1” of James and Lola becoming ‘Jola’, I was not sold on this guy.  He was very much about making himself feel good and making a name for himself at that point.  Lola, while always his precious angel, was not yet really a factor in his decisions and actions, and James was in denial about his feelings for her.  While they were sweet together, there was no romance, and I couldn’t see how James was every going to win me over.   Then Captured happened, and yeah, I’m definitely feeling the draw to this guy.  He still frustrated the hell out of me when he acted out on his base urges early on, because HELLO I want a romance not just sex.  But ooooooooooh wow was the sex hot, I mean I almost felt guilty loving how incredible James was at making women other than Lola writhe and moan….almost!  I think that’s the brilliance in it though, because if Lola and James had been deeply invested emotionally all along, I would have hated him for going back to what he was doing.  So, as much as I wanted more of an emotional punch from them together, I think it would have ruined the whole relationship by making James into a cheating manwhore, instead of just a guy doing his job, enjoying the aftermath, and living in denial about his feelings for his soulmate. 

While there may not be a whole lot of depth yet into the emotional well that is Jola (and while there IS a lot of growing up to do), we do see James in several situations that have his heart in tattered shreds, and they were painful.  I love him for this side, the part of him that can be so brutally crushed, and it makes him a much better man for his Lola.  Though I wasn’t always in his corner and there was a lot more sex than love at times, I’m sold on this series and I look forward to seeing what’s next for James and Lola.  They’ve made it through the first huge hurdles, and I’m pulling for them to get whatever version of walking off into the sunset Bianca Giovanni feels fits them best!

Quotes:

“Yeah, I think I’m about ten thousand years away from that.  I mean, if this was the scale of sexual evolution, I’m the fish that just grew legs, meanwhile James has opposable thumbs and he’s constructing the microchip.” ~ Revealed, Loc 3855

This is definitely a moment.  Something’s happening right now.  The way she’s looking at me and the way it makes me feel, all fluttery and warm…shit’s taking place that goes way over my head, and I can’t pinpoint what it is, but it’s here.  I feel it. ~ Revealed, Loc 4473

I see the hint of a smirk on his face—Shit! He knows!—as he brushes my hair back off my shoulder and moves into my space, delicately touching his lips to my neck.  He kisses up and down my neck, and my skin feels hypersensitive, like there are little electrical shocks emanating from every place his lips make contact with me.  ~ Captured, p. 56

I run my hands up and down her back, her sides, her shoulders, her neck, caressing her like the fuckin’ delicate treasure that she is.   She caresses me too, running her little fingers up and down my biceps, over my back and sides and putting her palm on my chest over my heart. Seriously, who else has ever done something like this with her?  Who else has loved her as much as I do?  Nobody. ~ Captured, p. 99

Bianca Giovanni was born and raised in Boulder, Colorado. She grew up with a single mother and Italian grandmother, who was an avid reader. She has had a love of writing since childhood, but self-published her first short stories in 2012. Bianca’s strong female characters and witty dialogue have struck a chord with readers and led to her popularity on self-publishing platforms.

In 2013, Bianca signed with Omnific Publishing to bring the 'Vice, Virtue & Video' series to readers. The series contains First Dance (free introductory short story), Revealed (book #1), Letting Go (book #1.5), Captured (book #2), Desired (book #3), Devoted (book #4), and one more novel to be released in 2014.

She currently resides in Denver, Colorado, where she can often be found jotting down story ideas in a notebook.

For more information, visit biancagiovanni.com or follow Bianca on Facebook (BiancaGiovanniAuthor) and Twitter (@BiancaGiovanni).


Saturday, January 17, 2015

REVIEW: Stripping Her Defenses (Ex Ops #2) by Jessie Lane


Stripping Her Defenses (Ex Ops #2) by Jessie Lane
Adult Contemporary Romance
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He can't change the scars on her body... but fate will give him a second chance to mend the scars he put on her heart.

Riley Sullivan and the Ex Ops Team are headed to Miami undercover… as bikers. Following up a lead, the men will perform their investigation acting as members of the Regulators Motorcycle Club with the club’s permission. Surrounded by hardcore bikers and investigating missing strippers, Riley finds the last person he ever expected to see again—his ex-wife.

Kara Sullivan left the man she loved after a tragic accident cost them their unborn son. After years of therapy, she’s come to grips with the loss and has re-emerged from the pain a brand new person. That doesn’t mean she’s ready to face the man who inadvertently broke her heart, and who she’s hurt in return.

Riley has never stopped loving her and he never will. He’s ready to fix their marriage and move on with their lives, however Kara’s reluctance to renew their relationship isn’t their only problem. Danger lurks just around the corner… and there’s a chance she could disappear permanently.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

COVER REVEAL: Craving Talon: 69 Bottles by @ZoeyDerrick

Check out the cover of CRAVING TALON: 69 Bottles by Author Zoey DerrickDon't miss the excerpt below!


Title: Craving Talon: 69 Bottles
Author: Zoey Derrick
Age Group: Adult
Genre: Erotic Romance
Cover Designer: Parajunkie
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Rock hard once again with Zoey Derrick’s sizzling hot rock & roll series!

The story picks up as 69 Bottles continues their tour, riding a surge of success thanks to an impromptu duet between Talon and Addison.

It’s a crazy turn of life for Addison Beltrand, who’s always lived to work and worked to live. Now, everything is shifted upside down—and that’s not a bad thing. Stepping on the 69 Bottles tour bus has banished the heartache of her past, and feels like a rocking new beginning.

Talon Carver and Kyle Black couldn’t agree more. The band’s lead singer and manager are falling hard for the beautiful rock chick, and will do anything to keep her in their bed—and between their bodies—forever.

The trio’s blissful bubble is popped by a danger nobody has anticipated. The band’s security team, always watchful for fan attacks on the members, isn’t prepared for what happens to Addison during this leg of the tour. Will Kyle and Talon be able to help save Addison? Or will her fear force her to pack her bags and return to LA?

Everything hinges on her decision…

Two men. One woman. A rock band. A tour bus. One Wild Ride…

****Content Warning****
Sexy, naked, bisexual rock stars…and a lot more…
This book contains, but is not limited to the following sexual content – reader discretion is advised - hot sex between two men and one woman. M/M/F, M/F/M, M/F, F/M and M/M sexual content. There are no boundaries when these three crash together, as long as you’re over 18 years of age.


EXCERPT

Empty Chamber is already on stage, playing their last concert with us. After tonight we pick up a new band for our opening act. Like EC, I’ve never heard of them, but I’m assuming they’re good or they wouldn’t be joining us.

Talon turns to me. “I need to go talk with the guys. You’ll be in your spot, right?”

“Ugh, I still have to kiss them all?” I tease.

“Yes, you do. Besides, I doubt they’d let you slip away that easily.”

I laugh and Talon takes off. I turn to Kyle. “What can I do to help?”

He chuckles. “Go be their good luck charm, I got it.” He leans down to kiss me on the forehead and I grab his neck, pulling him to my lips.

“So not fair,” he murmurs against my lips. I tease him with my tongue. He shaved up his scruffiness and is back to having his very well trimmed chin beard and goatee. It’s fucking sexy as hell and I want to lick his jaw, but he pulls away. “Later,” he moans in disappointment and I smile wide.

The grin doesn’t leave my lips as I walk to take my place along the stage, waiting patiently for my guys.






Don't forget to read how it all started in Amazon Best-Selling, CLAIMING ADDISON!
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Amazon Best Selling Angels, Demons & Devils and Paranormal Author of Give Me Reason - The Reason Series Book One comes from Glendale, Arizona. Zoey, was a mortgage underwriter by day and is now a paranormal, romance and erotica novelist full-time. She writes stories as hot as the desert sun itself. It is this passion that drips off of her work, bringing excitement to anyone who enjoys a good and sensual love story.
 


Not only does she aim to take her readers on an erotic dance that lasts the night, it allows her to empty her mind of stories we all wish were true.
 Her stories are hopeful yet true to life, skillfully avoiding melodrama and the unrealistic, bringing her gripping Erotica only closer to the heart of those that dare dipping into it. 
 


The intimacy of her fantasies that she shares with her readers is thrilling and encouraging, climactic yet full of suspense. She is a loving mistress, up for anything, of which any reader is doomed to return to again and again.

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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

FREE NOVELLA!!! Wicked Weekend by Karen Erickson


We're celebrating the release of WICKED WEEKEND by Karen Erickson!


WICKED WEEKEND (Vegas Nights Series #.5) by Karen Erickson
Erotic Romance

What happens in Vegas…could be a fantasy come true.
Vegas Nights, Book 0.5

Between nursing school and starting their careers, Reagan, Andrea, and Natalie have had no time for dating. After saving up for a special vacation, they’re on their way to Vegas for a long-awaited weekend of fun, sun, gambling and partying.

When their luggage goes missing, an impromptu shopping trip leads them to James, who makes them an unusual offer—to be part of the female scenery at his boss’s upcoming party. Not just any scenery, but women who are pretty in a real way, not the nipped, tucked and dyed Hollywood version.

Accept a “private party” invitation from a complete stranger? These ladies weren’t born yesterday. Yet before “no thanks” crosses their lips, Reagan discovers who James’s boss really is: Declan Carter, an actor she’s crushed on for, well, forever. Now she’s determined to be the eye candy who catches Declan’s eye. No matter what it takes…


USA Today bestselling author Karen Erickson writes what she loves to read - sexy contemporary romance. Published since 2006, she's a native Californian who lives in the foothills below Yosemite with her husband and three children.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT + GIVEAWAY: Saving Poughkeepsie (The Poughkeepsie Brotherhood #3) by Debra Anastasia


Saving Poughkeepsie (The Poughkeepsie Brotherhood #3) by Debra Anastasia
Adult Contemporary Romance/Suspense
Beckett Taylor’s quest to be a better man has brought Eve Hartt back into his life, but sometimes it feels like they’re bound together with barbed wire. Though he longs to love her without causing pain, the wreckage of their past continues to crash down around them.

Yet with the help of this brothers—and for his brothers—Beckett won’t stop trying. He’s determined to make them all a family, to make a life they want to live, and to make Poughkeepsie a place that’s safe to live it.

He can feel their futures balanced precariously on his shoulders: Blake and Livia and their children, Cole and Kyle and the new baby they’ve just brought home, and Eve…always Eve. He wants their dreams to be real. But murderers don’t just get Happily Ever After handed to them. They have to wrench it away from Satan himself.

Good thing Beckett is prepared to do just that. After all, saving Poughkeepsie is the only way his story ends.

Prepare your heart and your head for a wild ride in this final installment of the Poughkeepsie Brotherhood series. Debra Anastasia does not disappoint as she weaves the last chapter of a story that blends true love, turbulent emotions, and life’s harsh realities into an uplifting tale that calls to the good in each of us.

COVER REVEAL! The Apartment: The Complete Affair by Amanda Black, On Sale December 3rd!

The Apartment- The Complete Affair
ON SALE DECEMBER 3RD: Lily and Ethan’s passionate affair is now available in one complete volume! This bundle includes Amanda Black’s The Apartment and The Blank Canvas, along with two brand new stories. 

Lily has spent a lifetime putting everyone else’s needs before her own. Ethan is struggling to find a place in the home he left behind. When the two meet by chance in an empty apartment, everything changes. Drawn together by an inexplicable desire, Lily and Ethan discover a passion neither knew existed. And so, they make a pact: Nothing from their outside lives will enter the apartment—not even their names. But when the apartment’s walls inevitably come down, neither of them will ever be the same. Can their love survive the real world?

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

REVIEW: Knight (Impossible #4) by Julia Sykes

Knight (Impossible #4) by Julia Sykes-Erotic Romance/Mystery
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The first book in the series is free and the rest of books in the series are only $.99!
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Abducted. Drugged. Broken. I became a plaything, a possession. If I did ever have a name, I don't remember it now. Slaves don't have names.

My new Master stole me away from the man who tormented me. He saved me and took me for himself. I've found my salvation in his obsession, my freedom in his captivity.

Will his brand of rescue leave me more broken than ever?

Extended Description:
Lydia Chase has been abducted and broken. Her only escape from the pain is the sweet high of the heroin that her sadistic Master gives her as a reward in order to control her. She is found by FBI agent Smith James, and he is determined to save her. But the soul is much more difficult to heal than the body, and Lydia finds herself becoming completely dependent on the Dominant Smith, finding comfort in his control of her body and mind as their relationship becomes sexual. How can she ever become whole again if she can't learn to let him go and take control of her own life? Is this new form of captivity just what she needs to survive?

WARNING: Given the nature of this story, this book contains graphic violence and references to sexual assault, which some readers may find upsetting. It also contains BDSM.

NOTE: Knight is part of the Impossible series, but it can be read as a standalone story without spoiling the other books.

Impossible Series Reading Order:
Impossible: The Original Trilogy (Monster, Traitor, and Avenger)
Savior (An Impossible Novel)
Knight (An Impossible Novel)
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