Sex Machine by Marie Force

Some people call it the one-eyed snake. Others call it the little general. When it comes to Blake, his is simply referred to as “The Cock”.

What’s it About?


He’s good for one thing and one thing only—and she wants it bad. Honey Carmichael has never had a decent orgasm, and she’s out to change that with the one man in town known for his superior skill between the sheets. Blake Dempsey is happy to help Honey with her “problem” as long as she knows he’s only interested in sex. His heart was broken when his high school girlfriend was killed in the car he was driving, and he has nothing to offer other than more orgasms than Honey can handle.

Which is just fine with her—until fantastic orgasms aren’t enough anymore for either of them and unexpected feelings turn hot sex into messy entanglement—and that most definitely wasn’t in the plans. But you know what they say about plans…A sexy, dirty stand-alone romance intended for MATURE audiences. If you can’t take the heat in Blake’s bedroom, stay out or you might get burned. You’ve been warned!

First Impressions

You just know that when a novel starts with the line, “I want you to f*ck me”, that it’s going to be filled with all kinds of sexual delights. And believe you me, these two don’t waste any time getting down to business. Honey initially sought out Blake because no man has been able to provide her with a decent orgasm, and rumors of his sexual prowess are known about town. Basically, she wants to see what all the fuss is about sex in general, and she’s looking for a man who knows what he’s doing. Well, Honey definitely finds it in Blake! Not only does he provide her with multiple mind-blowing orgasms, but he keeps her up all night long with his impressive stamina.


Running from the Past

Blake has refused to connect emotionally with another woman since the tragic death of his high school girlfriend in a car accident. He’s since turned into a player by limiting his sexual interactions with other women to just one night. What I liked about this book was that Honey is the one to make him crave more, as they’ve known each other since they were just a couple of kids chasing each other around on the playground. It’s not like they just met randomly in a bar. There’s always been a connection between them. Now that they’ve opened a Pandora’s box, as it were, to a physical relationship, neither wants to see it end.


Communication is Key

The first half of this book is deliciously sex heavy. Then there’s a bit of a lull where I kind of wondered where the story was going. But then a climactic twist towards the end will threaten whether or not our couple will remain together.

The one aspect I wasn’t a huge fan of was that Honey and Blake don’t really have a heart-to-heart to resolve their issues. Blake has a very emotional conversation with a close friend of his about why he fears a future relationship with Honey, but he doesn’t communicate it to her directly. Instead, he turns away from her. Although Honey eventually goes after him, her ploy to get him back is to have sex with him. Come on folks, use your words. And not dirty ones for once!


*A copy of this book was provided for an honest review*

Series: It definitely has the potential for one, but for now is just a stand-alone.

Should you read it? A sexy read to be sure. However, I wish our characters would have opened up a bit more with each other, and try to resolve their problems by actually communicating with one another. As it stands, their relationship could have used a tad more substance.

Smut Level: Exploring the pros and cons of anal sex. Something to reserve for special occasions.

Get it on Amazon: Click Here. $3.99 Kindle Price. HTJB, Inc. 192 Pages.


Author Bio:
Marie Force is the New York Times bestselling author of more than 50 contemporary romances, including the Gansett Island Series, which has sold more than 2.3 million books, and the Fatal Series from Harlequin Books, which has sold more than 1.2 million books. In addition, she is the author of the Green Mountain Series as well as the erotic romance Quantum Series, written under the slightly modified name of M.S. Force. All together, her books have sold more than 5 million copies worldwide!

Her goals in life are simple—to finish raising two happy, healthy, productive young adults, to keep writing books for as long as she possibly can and to never be on a flight that makes the news.

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The Trouble with Mistletoe by Jill Shalvis

The roof! The roof! The roof is on fire…with two very aroused individuals pursuing a sexual interaction with each other under the stars. Nice!

What’s it About?


If she has her way …

Willa Davis is wrangling puppies when Keane Winters stalks into her pet shop with frustration in his chocolate-brown eyes and a pink bedazzled cat carrier in his hand. He needs a kitty sitter, stat. But the last thing Willa needs is to rescue a guy who doesn’t even remember her …

He’ll get nothing but coal in his stocking.

Saddled with his great-aunt’s Feline from Hell, Keane is desperate to leave her in someone else’s capable hands. But in spite of the fact that he’s sure he’s never seen the drop-dead-gorgeous pet shop owner before, she seems to be mad at him …

Unless he tempers “naughty” with a special kind of nice …

Willa can’t deny that Keane’s changed since high school: he’s less arrogant, for one thing—but can she trust him not to break her heart again? It’s time to throw a coin in the fountain, make a Christmas wish—and let the mistletoe do its work …

First Impressions

This book has “Hallmark Christmas Special” written all over it, and I will go toe-to-toe with anyone who says otherwise. I mean, you’ve got a pet shop, Christmas decorations up the wazoo, a quarreling couple filled to bursting with sexual tension, and enough holiday cheer to make you wanna go out and buy a cup of peppermint hot cocoa as soon as possible. And I don’t even like peppermint hot cocoa! I much prefer a shot or two of Kahlua.


Naughty or Nice

If I had to describe this book in a word, it would be “adorable”. From Willa’s rapport with her close group of friends, to her initial hatred of Keane for forgetting that he stood her up at a school dance years beforehand. Then you’ve got Keane’s dislike of his great-aunt’s cat Petunia, and it’s all presented with a light-hearted sheen you can’t help but giggle at. Be forewarned that you might look like a grinning idiot for a large portion of this book.


But don’t let the comparison to a Hallmark movie and light-heartedness fool you though! These two can be very sexually fabulous with each other. I’ve already mentioned the roof, but then they also do some naughty activities in her office, kitchen, and shower. There’s a bit of shoving up against some walls/doors, and plenty of scenes where one or the both of them has just come in from the rain. There’s no overly explicit dirty talk, but in hindsight this novel is probably too sexy for the Hallmark channel.

Holiday Whiplash

The one aspect of this novel which wasn’t my favorite was that there’s a lot of back and forth between them over whether or not to call their sexual escapades a relationship, or just a fling. At first, she’s looking for love, but he feels he’s incapable of getting attached. Then they realize he’s more than capable, which makes her hesitate to take things further. Then when she’s ready for more, the situation reverses itself once again. I’m getting whiplash here!


*A copy of this book was provided for an honest review*

Series: Heartbreaker Bay, book 2. There are hints of the relationship from book 1, but you can definitely read this as a stand-alone. I’ll probably keep reading this series.

Should you read it? A fun, cute read to save for the month of December. The scenes between Keane and his aunt’s cat were hilarious. It’s a sexy read as well, but towards the end of the 2nd half I did feel like the story dragged a bit. But then everything comes together at the end for an adorably cheesy ending, complete with a Christmas tree delivery.

Smut Level: Willa works in a pet shop. Pussy innuendos are basically required.

Get it on Amazon: Click Here. $6.99 Kindle Price. HarperCollins Publishers. 384 Pages.


Author Bio: New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis lives in a small town in the Sierras full of quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is, um, mostly coincidental. Look for Jill’s bestselling, award-winning books wherever romances are sold and visit her website,, for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.

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Tall, Dark and Damaged by Sarah Andre

Gott im Himmel! I felt like this book was one continual rolling ball of anxiety. You never really got a chance to breathe until the last page. And even then you think back on everything that just happened, and you feel an overwhelming need for a glass of wine and a bubble bath.

What’s it About?


His Life Changed in a Heartbeat
Disinherited as a teen, Devon Ashby returns home twelve years later as a ruthless CEO, brilliant at negotiating deals, but emotionally stunted. In an instant all he’s struggled to build implodes. Amid the turmoil of saving his company from a hostile takeover, his engagement to a business partner’s high-society daughter hits the rocks. Compounding his troubles, he encounters his high school sweetheart, whose heart he smashed. The vulnerability she awakens leaves him at greater risk than all the crises he faces.

Her Dream Job May Get Her Killed
While restoring art in a billionaire’s private gallery, Hannah Moore is unwittingly drawn into the dysfunctional family’s confidences. When she discovers the rich developer behind her and her sick aunt’s eviction is the family’s black-sheep son—the lover she’s never gotten over—her desire turns to fury. Always one to avoid conflict, Hannah must stand up to Devon and the growing menace of someone who thinks she knows too much.

A Decades-Old Secret Turns Deadly
When a family member is murdered, Devon and Hannah become ensnared in sibling greed, festering jealousy, and a tragic secret that’s divided the family. Amid their reigniting passion they race to expose the killer before they become the next victims in this cat-and-mouse game of survival.

First Impressions

In a word, this book was intense. There’s a ton of intrigue, from start to finish, and a whole hell of a lot happening in between. Devon is on the verge of losing his business to his father via hostile takeover, he’s about to get married, and he just ran into his high school sweetheart. Oh, and then there’s the matter of his mother’s apparent suicide years beforehand which he assumes was murder, not to mention a new murder which takes place on his family’s estate, and he just happens to be a suspect. And that’s just what’s going on with Devon! I haven’t even gotten around to all the drama that’s happening with Hannah!


Squirming Ball of Nerves

Now, I know this is going to sound really really weird, but sometimes books like this almost make me too anxious and fidgety. Something about the fact that everything which could possibly go wrong does go wrong makes it seem like the entire world is crashing down on our characters. That being said, I’ll be the first to admit, I’m a weirdo. Although this kind of plot turns me into a squirming ball of nerves, I realize that most normal people out there like when a book is jam packed full of this many twists and turns.


It Comes Together Nicely!

Although the build-up pretty much had me rocking back and forth in the fetal position, the ending was fantasmically awesome! It really plays out like a movie, with every scene described in such vivid detail that you could really picture everything playing out with absolute clarity. Another unique feather of this ending is that although it ends happily, it in no way ends perfectly.


Stuff goes down! Not every character meets a happy end, and not every plot twist is wrapped up in a nice, neat little bow. Normally, I’m not a huge fan when this happens, but in this case I think it actually worked! The aspects which aren’t resolved tie into the overall moral of the story of identifying what truly matters in life. If it’s not important, there’s no need to focus so much attention on resolving it now. Focus on what really counts instead.

*A copy of this book was provided for an honest review*

Series: Dramatic stand-alone to bring to the beach.

Should you read it? This one will certainly keep you on your toes, and bouncing in your chair until the very end. Even I was surprised by how it ended! Usually I can guess our “who done it” pretty early on, but this one threw me for a loop. At times, I felt it was a tad too heavy on the business side of the plot dealing with stakeholders, shareholders, SEC stuff, trusts, and other jargon I’m not going to pretend to understand.

Smut Level: There is only one sex scene in this book, and you definitely have to wait around for it, but good God is it a good one! It’s got everything I love: a thunderstorm, a library, and some delightful dirty talk. Yummmmmy.

Get it on Amazon: Click Here. $3.99 Kindle Price. Beach Reads Publishing. 297 Pages.



The Marriage Ultimatum by Charlotte O’Shay

This book takes the whole concept of the “marriage contract” romance novel theme to a whole new level!

What’s it About?


Dead-end job? Dreary apartment? Disastrous love life? Check, check, and check. Toddler who makes it all worthwhile? Absolutely. Juggling work, college, and the care of young Alex was never Sabrina’s plan. But Sabrina’s dreams are bigger than any curve ball life can throw at her. Her top priority is keeping her small family together, no matter what the cost.

Vladimir Grigory doesn’t believe in dreams. He earned his position at the top of New York’s corporate ladder with his own sweat. His empire is his baby, and he’ll destroy anyone who threatens it. Even the sexy employee who challenges him on every level. When the New York tabloids and the world call him the baby daddy of Sabrina’s son, Vlad believes Sabrina is part of a plot to expose the secrets of his past. He threatens to destroy her future. But since Sabrina has secrets of her own, she has no choice but to agree to Vlad’s marriage ultimatum.

First Impressions

I literally finished this book in a day. It’s a quick read that holds your interest, and you can’t wait to find out how everything will come together in the end. I think the primary features of this novel which draw you in are the lovable characters. He’s a billionaire businessman. She was just fired from his company. They seemingly come from completely different worlds. However, it is their troubled backgrounds which have made them into the people they are today. Vlad hails from an orphanage in Russia, while Sabrina struggles to support her brother Alex since the unexpected death of their mother. They are fighters. They are survivors. They strive to move on from their pasts, but it is the fact that they both come from broken homes which links them together.


Sex vs. Trust

These two have the sex side of things down to a science. No question. They find it difficult to remain within close proximity for any length of time without putting their hands all over each other. The part that they have trouble with is trust. He believes she went to the tabloids in an attempt to disgrace his reputation by claiming he’s the father of her child. Sabrina feels she can’t tell him the truth that the young child in her care is actually her brother, not her son. She’s struggled to care for him all by herself, and fears that Alex will be taken away from her if the truth gets out.


Who knew that entering into a marriage deal would be the answer to both their problems? But can Vlad still keep his distance from this supposed liar as they spend more time together? Can Sabrina continue to let him think she’s Alex’s mother even as he develops a stronger relationship with the young boy? You’ll just have to read it to find out!

Smallest of Faults

If I had to find one teeny, tiny, little complaint about this novel, it would be that it ended too quickly. The entire book is sort of one big build-up to the final reveal of the true identity of Alex’s father. As I got 90% of the way through the book, I wondered if the truth would ever be revealed. And then bam! It happened.


Vlad discovers the truth and the matter is seemingly resolved in just a matter of pages. After so much build-up, I think I would have liked a longer climactic scene at the end. Again though, it’s just the teeniest of little itty bitty complaints.

*A copy of this book was provided for an honest review*

Series: City of Dreams, Book 1. I’d definitely read more from this series.

Should you read it? Aside from the ending feeling a bit rushed, I really enjoyed this book! The characters are definitely intriguing, the plot keeps you guessing, and there’s enough sexual tension to keep you fully satisfied.

Smut Level: Oh my! What better way to spend an evening trapped inside during hurricane-type weather than with a Russian sex god and a can of whipped cream?

Get it on Amazon: Click Here. $4.99 Kindle Price. The Wild Rose Press, Inc. 176 Pages.



Sasha by Tonya Plank

Well, it’s official. I will never get tired of reading about naked ballroom dancing. It’s just so passionate and delicious, I can’t help but want more!

What’s it About? 


From the moment I saw her, I knew we were destined to be together. Both on and off the dance floor. I was second-place World Latin ballroom champion. I just needed the right partner. And with her passion, her immense talent, and her beautiful, sweet soul, I knew Rory was the one. But she was also a ghost of someone I’d lost back in Russia, and missed dearly. We were two halves in desperate need of completion. Before we could rise to the top, we had to heal each other. SASHA is a re-telling of the FEVER:A Ballroom Romance trilogy, but told from Sasha’s unique perspective.

First Impressions

I always get slightly worried when reading a book in a series that retells the previous novels from a male perspective. Sometimes getting inside the male mind so closely can be a dangerous thing! Not to mention it can make the story line seem slightly repetitive. However, I’m happy to report that reading this novel from Sasha’s perspective had the total opposite affect. If anything, I found that this retelling really helped to humanize Sasha’s character by letting us see all the emotion lying underneath his thick outer shell.


Talent or Love? 

In the first three novels, I always thought Sasha was presented as a bit of a hard ass. It was difficult at times to tell how he truly felt about Rory. Did he simply love her because she could be a good dance partner who could help him win, or because he truly loved her for her?


In this novel we see how his love and adoration for Rory runs extremely deep. If anything, his apparent coldness in the previous books was because he was worried about getting her mixed up in the drama of his tipsy turvy life. I felt like we finally got to see a softer side to Sasha that revealed how much he cared about Rory.

Another aspect of this novel that I thoroughly enjoyed was that it sort of condensed the story lines from books one and two of the FEVER series into just one novel. I always felt book one kind of dragged a bit, so I was happy to see us get into the nitty gritty details even sooner. Especially when it came to his search for his lost sister, Tatiana. Although, I must say it kind of weirded me out that Sasha was first drawn to Rory because she looked so much like his sister.


*A copy of this book was provided for an honest review*

Series: Sasha, book 1. Technically you don’t have to read the FEVER series beforehand, but I always like to read things in the order which they were released. But I’m weird like that.

Should you read it? An interesting read from a different perspective. We also get to see that Rory wasn’t alone in dealing with all the drama at the dance studio. Sasha bore the brunt of it as well. Overall, I’d say it’s an important read to fully understand Sasha.

Smut Level:  I’d say this book was even sexier than the FEVER series. There’s so much more detail! Gotta love how flexible they both are in the bedroom.

Get it on Amazon: Click Here. $2.99 Kindle Price. Dark Swan Press. 309 Pages.



Renegade Heart by Nina Barrett

The rodeo is headed to Sin City! Sounds like a lethal combination, no?

What’s it About? 


As if Vegas didn’t have excitement enough, December brings the National Finals Rodeo to the city. Heading the Imperial Hotel’s participation as a host hotel, Kerstin Hennepin is rushing to a meeting when a fall sends her tumbling into a stranger’s arms and he’s in no hurry to let her go.

Jake Aaron is a troubleshooter for the rodeo Or maybe he’s just plain trouble. Their attraction is instant and one close encounter leads to another, but Jake comes with plenty of questions. True he’s busy handing the offstage antics of rowdy rodeo contestants, but does his job also include romancing a young barrel rider and carrying a concealed weapon? With the finale of the Finals approaching, Kerstin needs answers. But when her search for the truth reveals more is going on behind the scenes than on the arena floor, she and Jake are squarely in someone’s cross hairs.

First Impressions

Yes, this novel definitely had a romantic aspect to it. However, I felt like it could also almost be categorized as a “How To” book. Basically, how to run a large scale event at a hotel, and how to manage rodeo activities. There was so much detail included on both subjects! I’m sure a lot of it was spot on accurate, as it seemed like there was a lot of research involved to make it as realistic as possible. Unfortunately, I felt like this resulted in our characters being pushed aside in order to focus more on logistics of event planning. Definitely unfortunate, as I love me some rodeo cowboy.


Heroine vs. Hero

We definitely focus more attention on Kerstin’s character rather than Jake’s. Her relationship with the rest of her family back East, not to mention her ex-boyfriend who is suddenly back in the picture, meant that it was much easier to connect to her personality. As for Jake on the other hand, I felt like we never really had the opportunity to get to know him completely.


I think his character was meant to remain a bit mysterious and distant. However, he always seemed off in the background, without much meaningful interaction between him and Kerstin. When they were together they were delightfully flirtatious, and I guess I was intrigued enough that I wanted them to spend more time together! At the very end we do find out a crucial hidden detail about Jake, but it was only brushed upon briefly, and I wish I had learned more about his background. Basically, gimme more!

*A copy of this book was provided for an honest review*

Series: Stand-alone

Should you read it? There were some slight rumblings of illegal activities happening behind the scenes, but I think the story would have benefited much more if the suspenseful story line had been focused on more than the details of how to host a holiday hoedown for rodeo guests.

Smut Level: Overall this is a fairly clean read. One sexy make out session that is cut short, and a little something more at the very end of the book. I must say though, I’m not sure they are a forever couple.

Get it on Amazon: Click Here. $4.99 Kindle Price. The Wild Rose Press, Inc. 170 Pages.


Clingstone by Marti Ziegler

A Civil War romance unlike any other you may have read before.

What’s it About? 


What if you were counted among hundreds of civilians wrongly charged with treason? Creighton Branagan is one of the few men still residing in the mill village of Roswell, Georgia, at the closing stages of the American Civil War. His deafness excludes him from military service and condemns him as an outcast.

Mae Parrish’s dissatisfaction extends to a life of too much work and too little joy. She forms a wary alliance with Creighton when they are included among hundreds of southern textile workers arrested for treason and deported to northern prisons under Federal guard. Their crime: manufacturing Confederate uniforms.

Clingstone chronicles their arduous journey by wagon and train, followed by an emotional internment rife with privations and disease. It is during the course of these hardships that their resilience is repeatedly tested, and their pact of survival deepens into a steadfast love that withstands even the deepest self-inflicted wounds of war.

First Impressions

When it comes to Civil War romances, you can’t help but draw to mind one of the most well-known of all time, Gone with the Wind. What I absolutely loved about this novel was that it’s about as far removed from Gone with the Wind as you can get. Instead of a high-class lady for a heroine, we have a lowly mill worker who isn’t a virgin, or afraid to speak her mind. Instead of a suave and debonair male lead, we have a deaf man who cares for his ill-mannered nephew as his ward. And yet, our characters are unbelievably dynamic, and like Gone with the Wind, we see how all their lives are affected and worsened by the ravages of war. However, in the end it also this terrible war that brings them all together.



Travels and Travails

This novel takes us on an unbelievable journey, where we see our lead characters start off as enemies in a southern mill, but grow closer as they are sent north with their fellow mill workers to a prison for producing Confederate uniforms. It was amazing to see these characters start to rely on one another throughout all of their difficulties. No matter what troubles they encountered, they could always find their way to each other again.


I personally found Mae to be an extremely unique, yet complicated female lead. I’m not gonna lie, when the novel begins, you kind of dislike her. In a word, she’s basically a brat. She joins a friend of hers to pull an unkind prank on the deaf Creighton. She whines and complains, yet we quickly discover that she’s a strong character who’s had to adapt because she’s been on her own for so long. Mae has built up a tough exterior to survive, but it is Creighton and his unruly nephew, Owen, who let her connect and trust others again.

*A copy of this book was provided for an honest review*

Series: Stand-alone

Should you read it? Yes! I absolutely love Mae’s relationship with both Creighton and his nephew. They all have this bickering and bantering exchange on the surface, yet underneath you can see how much they all care about each other. They are an unlikely, yet loving family.

Smut Level: Their banter turns into flirtation, which eventually turns into something more intimate. A few scenes in particular are utterly delectable.

Get it on Amazon: Click Here. $2.99 Kindle Price. Amazon Digital Services LLC. 383 Pages.