Four Erotica New Releases: October 1st to the 15th, 2014.

Something a little different in new releases this month; in the past I’ve stuck with the ‘safe’ releases such as children’s books, YA fiction and historical novels, but I do realise that for some readers their guilty pleasure is erotica.  For those readers here are four new releases heading your way in October.

primal desireTitle ~ Primal Desire
Author ~ Axl Goode
ISBN ~ 978-1419991073
Publisher ~ Ellora’s Cave Publishing Inc (1st October, 2014)
File Size ~ 334 KB
Print Length ~ 198 pages
Text-to-Speech ~ Enabled

Description – Financial consultant Brenley has always dated intelligent and stimulating guys who could keep up with her both mentally and in the bedroom. She’s the best in her field and she owes that to her keen insight and understanding of people. That’s why when she meets playboy actor Zane Anthony she knows instantly that he’s not worth her time. There’s more to Zane than meets the eye. He’s wealthy, intelligent and completely enthralled with the aloof blonde who seems to cut him down with her every glance. Fueled by a need he doesn’t quite understand, he’s determined to get over her walls and under the sexy suits she wears that drive him crazy. Brenley doesn’t know if she can trust Zane or the electric chemistry that sizzles between them. But when she finds herself in hot water with powerful enemies, she realizes he could be her only ally.

starlightTitle ~ By the Magic of Starlight
Author ~ Serena Gilley
ISBN ~ 978-1455584536
Publisher ~ Grand Central Publishing (7th October, 2014)

Description – Fairies Raea and Kyne are regretting their night of passion. What were they thinking? They try to promise it will never happen again, but of course they are totally hot for each other, and it takes every ounce of will-power they both have to keep their lust under control. If the Fairy Council finds out what they’ve done, they could be stripped of their magic and expelled from the Forbidden Realm forever.

Desperate to escape the council, they retreat to a cabin deep in the mountains. For now they are hidden, and safe from all the intrigue. Secluded in a haven of their own, passion takes over, and they at last are able to fully give in to their desire. They have no secrets from one another and know that whatever is to come, they will face it together.

homeboysTitle ~ Homeboys
Author ~ Shane Allison
ISBN ~ 978-1627780674
Publisher ~ Cleis Press (14th October, 2014)

Description – Shane Allison is more daring than any other gay writer today, and he pushes the boundaries further than anyone else. In Homeboys we ride shotgun with the wild and fancy-free outlaws of the streets. What happens when two horny members from LA’s notorious Crips and Bloods are involved in a secret love affair? Or when a few members of the Greasers and the Socs meet for hot group sex in an abandoned freight train? Feel what it’s like to keep it on the DL with Del, Norteños-style, and read all about how to get hazed by Asian Boyz. This bold and so-bad-it’s-good book explores the erotic lives of thugs, drug runners, mischievous miscreants, dirty cops, prison gang bangers, and warriors of the wild.

As 2Pac says, it’s all about “Snatchin’ hearts and jackin’ marks.”

darkerTitle ~ Darker Edge of Desire: Gothic Tales of Romance
Author ~ Mitzi Szereto
ISBN ~ 978-1940550008
Publisher ~ Tempted Romance (14th October, 2014)

Description – Love, passion and sex…it’s all here in Darker Edge of Desire.

Gothic literature has always possessed a dark attraction ripe with the promise of the forbidden and the sensual. In Darker Edge of Desire, Mitzi Szereto takes the sexualized Gothic and ratchets it up a few notches into the danger zone, opening the door into the darker side of lust and love that only the courageous dare to venture through. Venturing even further into the world of mystery and romance than she did in the critically acclaimed Red Velvet and Absinthe, Szereto creates an atmosphere with a distinct Gothic flavor where we explore our more forbidden desires. In these tales, love and lust (and kink!) know no boundaries, and all nature of beings—from vampires, werewolves, shape shifters, ghosts, succubae—abound.

Tread carefully, danger and desire lie ahead!

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Review: Rogue Hunter: Inquest (Rogue Hunter #1) ~ Kevis Hendrickson

Rogue HunterLUST AND FURY COLLIDE IN A GALAXY ON THE VERGE OF WAR.

Fearing retribution from ruthless gangsters over an unsettled debt, intergalactic bounty hunter Zyra Zanr ventures to a distant world to collect the reward for Boris Skringler, a notorious terrorist, who has been sentenced to death by political rivals of the InterGalactic Alliance. When she fails to secure his release, she decides to break him out of prison. Zyra soon finds herself an unwilling participant in events that lead to a climactic showdown between the most powerful worlds in the galaxy.

Torn between her desperation to rid herself of the threats to her life and her guilt in agitating the conflict between two galactic superpowers, Zyra is horrified to learn that the lives of an entire world of people hinge on her ability to return Skringler to his captors. However, her distrust of Skringler gives way to lust, unraveling her plans. Will Zyra give into her passion and allow Skringler to go free? Or will she surrender him to her enemies to stop an impending war? The fate of billions depend on whether she chooses life for a killer or the death of her lover.

3 Thumbs-UpAt just under 200 pages, this is a good fast paced read that is a promising start to the Rogue Hunter series.  However, for those who may find them offensive, it does include LGBT relationship scenarios and, with this in mind some readers may want to avoid it.

As befits the beginning of a series of short books that mesh together as they progress, there is little or almost no character development in this piece.  The main protagonist is an ‘anti-hero’ type of strong female, but as to why she is this way, I couldn’t seem to find in my reading through this book.  It was not just the main character that seemed to lack any colour, most of them were so flat that if they weren’t mentioned for a couple of pages the reader could easily forget about them and what role they were playing in the whole storyline.  A great step forward for this book, and I’m not sure if the Author is intending to do this as the series progresses, would be to develop the characters more by giving them more of a back story that the reader can relate to and, in time, possibly come to care about them.  As it reads at the moment, the characters just appear, and we are left wondering what is to come.  I also felt that the sex scene in the book was a little gratuitous and did take away from the story at that point.

Having said this though the book does take place in the grand sweeping arena of outer space, which allows the reader’s imagination to run rampant and fill in the descriptive blanks with any manner of alien life forms; the Author also has taken a great deal of time to include a lot of detail to aid the imagination on its journey.  The action is definitely fast paced and keeps the pages turning, especially once you reach the main part of the plot, and this made up for the lack of development in the novellas characters and kept me reading to the end.  Unlike so many e-books out in the market-place currently, there was ample evidence that time and care had been taken when editing this one, as it was not filled with grammatical and proofreading problems; a lot of readers find these irksome to say the least so it was a pleasant change to read one that was so error-free.

I would highly recommend this book to readers of lighter science fiction, and also those who enjoy the Star Wars series.

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Review: Dead Men & Cats ~ Aya tsi scuceblu Walksfar

Dead Men

The quiet, agricultural community of Shadow Island is suddenly beset by violence. A dead man and a live calico kitten are discovered floating in an old rowboat in Shallow Point Cove. Then Dan Uley’s bookstore is firebombed. With a black cat.

Both men were gay.

Sheriff Johnson, known to have harsh feelings toward gays, makes no progress in catching the culprit.

Megan Albright and Janie Sampson, a lesbian couple and long-time residents, fear the rash of violence is not over, and question the sheriff’s commitment to investigating the crimes.

When their friend, Dan, is gruesomely murdered, they know time is running out to find this killer for there is no telling who will be the next to die.

But, they never thought the trail would lead to a well-liked young man.

 5 Thumbs-UpThis novella is a debut work for this Author. I also have to mention for those overly sensitive folks again, that this book does deal with matters relating to the LGBT community, so if you have issues with sexual orientation you may not want to read further.  Regardless, or even because of this, I feel this Author may well be on their way to having their book spines rubbing covers with Hazel Holt and Laura Childs in the cozy mystery genre.

This is a cozy mystery of the best kind in this genre that I have read in a long time. The main character leads are both women, life partners, who just fit so comfortably into the role that this type of book demands of its ‘heroines’.  They are both extremely well written and well developed characters, with their back stories being leaked to us bit by bit as we progress through the novella.  There is no sudden rush of information, and no changing of the pace of the way of life these characters live, and at which pace the book was written.  They were so well written I wanted to drop by and visit with them, the next time I headed North through WA State; they were the kind of people I would gladly count as my friends, and enjoy becoming involved in adventures with.

The descriptions of the Puget Sound and surrounding area were exactly as they are in reality.  I live in this area so I was able to visualise where things were, or intended to be. I could see the areas of Seattle that were described; walking the streets and driving the causeway over to the Islands.

Like all books of this genre, it is fast paced and laced with twists and turns that make you think.  The Author also puts a lot of emphasis on her plot development, which is apparent throughout.  This is a gentle book with no graphic violence, profanity or explicit sexual scenes, and with the deaths contained within its pages happening out of the pages, instead of us having to live through each gruelling blow.  This novella does have one major difference to the usual cozy mystery, and that is the victims did not deserve to die.  To go into this more would be to have reveal spoilers, so to find out exactly what I mean you will have to read the novella.

I would highly recommend this book to all lovers of the mystery genre, cozy or not, as it is a fast paced novella, with several twists leading to a surprising conclusion.  I am looking forward to seeing if the female leads in this novella make an appearance in future works by this Author.

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