Erotic

Love in the Stacks – Cara Malone

Love in the Stacks - Cara MaloneThis is a fast-paced emotional rollercoaster with some serious erotica. The story starts off with the rather unlikely premise of somebody being given a job despite completely inappropriate behaviour at their interview, but develops into a decent plot with enough twists and turns to keep the attention. The work place intrigue might be obvious to the reader, but it adds a good sup-plot to the story and saves it from being simply an erotic romance.

The main characters are well done, both flawed, both need to grow and the author has done a good job of maturing them throughout the romance as one takes more responsibility and the other learns what is really important to her.

The scenes are well drawn, descriptions well done, the library has real character and is a pleasing background to the plot.  The sex scenes are hot, explicit and with enough variety to make them fresh, definitely no fade to black here. There were grammar and editing issues which was a shame as it did detract from the experience, but not so badly as to make me stop.

I want to say lesbian Mills & Boon but don’t mean it as an insult. It’s a good fast read, enjoyable and definitely erotic. The improbable opening coloured the whole book for me, which is unfortunate as from then on the story settles down into a solid well-conceived plot.



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  • Paperback: 316 pages
  • First published 2017
  • Publisher: Amazon  (May 1, 2017)
  • ASIN: B06Y4STR5P
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Eagle Cove – Darla Baker

Eagle Cove - Darle BakerThis is an unusual read. For a start it’s in the third person and present tense, so we are told everything about our characters. There were times when the descriptions got a little long, but overall I fond it refreshing and quite intriguing.

It’s a romance, in the last twist you could even call it a traditional romance, but it’s also extremely erotic and full of thoughtful relationship exploration. In the end I could only categorise it as a fictional biography, almost the journal of our main character, sex therapist Thalia.

It starts with a lot of relatively shallow erotic scenes that may put some readers off, but actually perfectly set the tone for Thalia’s womanizing lifestyle. Throughout we are introduced to Thalia’s friends, a lively bunch, and her clients, which allows Baker to explore a whole range of relationship situations and issues from internalised homophobia to issues around parenting and of course that fear of being vulnerable, letting somebody back in to hurt us again.

There are some laugh out loud scenes and interactions, an unusual rendition of Dickens and enough twists and turns to make it interesting. Throughout there is a clear sense that the author loves these women. Ultimately it is the interrelationships of Thalia and her family of choice that imbues the novel with affection.

Darla BakerThe setting it interesting and the lake scenes drawn with loving care. We might raise an eyebrow at a rural Kentucky small town being quite so chock-a-bloc with women throwing themselves at our heroine.. but it is a work of fiction. I definitely need to visit to find out for myself.

Overall an enjoyable read. A good first novel and I will certainly be looking for the next one to see where Ms Baker takes this concept and crew.

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • First published 2016
  • Publisher: Stone Soup Community Press
    (June 11, 2016)
  • ASIN: B01EQL8HYY
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The Chasing Game – Meghan O’Brien

The Chasing Game - Meghan O'BrienThe Chasing Game is hot, steamy and fun. It contains mild BDSM and some amusing roleplay, and carries a warning to that affect – so don’t read and be offended.

If you like something a bit different from a standard erotic short, this is an excellent addition to your bookshelves. Ms O’Brien plays with a role reversal that is interesting and very well thought through – certainly caught my imagination.

It’s more than just pure erotica through, the couples love and care for each other is evident throughout and portrayed with the ease of an accomplished writer. The dom/sub relationship is strong and the respect is clear.

This was my first Mehgan O’Brien and it definitely wont be my last – in fact I had to resist going right off on a tangent and buying the lot.

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  • Paperback: 36 pages
  • First published 2016
  • Publisher: Meghan O’Brien (June 3, 2016)
  • ASIN: B01GM4MHEO
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Three Shorts – Karin Kallmaker

Butch Across the Hall - Karin KallmakerThe Butch Across the Hall
Hot, sweet and short. Realising she wants more than vanilla, the chance delivery of post to the wrong flat gives Ronnie the chance to knock on Miki’s door across the hall. But will she have the nerve to ask for what she really wants?

Exquisite writing, extremely fiery sex, great characterisation despite the length and a totally enjoyable read. If you like erotica you will love this one… and if you are just maybe a bit curious, why not pluck up your courage and knock on that door.

Ice and Fire - Karin KallmakerIce and Fire

Passion alfresco. If you love a top, somebody who adores pleasing you, then this is the perfect example of how to keep her happy.

Another sizzling Karin Kallmaker for women who like to please their women.

 

SALT - Karin KallmakerSALT

Powerful, personal, poetic. This will resonate with anyone who has ever truly cried for a lost love, for an ex they still love, and for the frustration of watching that ex move on – knowing they too will cry salt.

(Not an erotic short)

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The Butch Across the Hall
  • Paperback: 5,200 words
  • First published 2004
  • Publisher: KK – Revisions Copyright ©2016)
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Fire and Ice
  • Paperback: 1,500 words
  • First published 2004
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SALT
  • Paperback: 1,100 wordss
  • First published 1998
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If only they knew – Karin Kallmaker

If only they knew – Karin KallmakerAny ladies out there of a certain age.. don’t you just hate how nearly all the stories are about the youngsters – how everyone assumes we slightly more mature women can’t – don’t – wouldn’t? Well here is a short just for you.

Originally published in 2004 as part of an anthology from Alyson Publications, If Only They Knew is a brilliant example of a master storyteller at work. In a handful of pages Karin Kallmaker gives us the characters, the romance, the back-history and the subtly erotic, as well as the eye rolling naiveté of the youngsters who don’t know that trust and friendship – with a healthy spark – makes for a lifetime of love, laughter and rock-my-world sex. Karin kallmaker bio

Brilliant and fun and delightfully well done. Made me smile and dream of such a love.

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  • Paperback:  2,606 words
  • First published 2004
  • Publisher: Bella Books (2015)
  • ASIN: ss083e
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Riding Passion – D Jackson Leigh

Riding PassionsI usually struggle to read short stories, I find it difficult to learn enough about the characters to care what happens to them. But the moment I started reading Riding Passion my opinion of how a short story can truly touch the reader changed.

I’ve read the majority of D Jackson Leigh’s work – with the exception of Dragon Horse War: The Calling – so it was a lovely surprise to read short stories that shone new light on characters I was already familiar with. Having now read a short story introducing me to Jael and Alyssa , Dragon Horse War: The Calling is firmly on my list of books to read

The ten short stories featured are rich in character and hot in content. Some deal with the momentous occasion of the first kiss or touch that alters the fabric of our being and switches on a light we didn’t realize was dimmed. Others are so raunchy that you may need a cold shower to deal with the side affects.

Riding passion is a brilliant compilation of stories that touch the heart, soul and in some cases other places too.

D Jackson Leigh BiogMy only complaint – or rather request – is that I would really like to read more of Haze and Luna’s story and if I had a bucket list for novels I could ask an author to write, Skin Walkers would be at the top of the list.

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  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • First published 2015
  • Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (May 18, 2015)
  • ASIN: B00WH0FNMG
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Out of this World – Maggie Morton


Out of this worldOut of this World
, by Maggie Morton falls short as a fantasy novel, but may be better suited as erotica with magical elements

Maggie Morton has a knack for employing magic in a rather unexpected manner in her novel, Out of this World.  The book began with a rather standard procedural scenario, with the main character, Iris, falling into another world, wholly different from Earth.   The unexpected begins in the new realm filled with magic,  but the magic seems to be more along the lines of sex magic — whether that’s intentional or not by Ms Morton, that’s what seems to be the case.

The first act of magic in the new realm, apart from steamy sex between Iris and the woman upon which she lands, Ananda, is to zap sex toys into the plot.   The rest of the plot follows a rather formulaic road through danger and adventure, although the focus stays mainly on the developing relationship between Iris and Ananda and their abundance of sexual exploits.

The use of magic and attributes of fantasy seems more like a setting for erotic intrigue than a work of fantasy fiction.

So, if the reader wishes to get caught up in a work of erotica, complete with an array of sex toys and fairly steamy, though relatively tame sex acts, then this book is recommended.   If the reader seeks escapist les-fic fantasy, replete with a magical edge, then Out of this World, completely misses the mark.

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  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • First published 2014
  • Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (August 17, 2014)
  • ASIN: B00MTYPSOS
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At Her Feet – Rebekah Weatherspoon

Lambda Literary FInalistGCLS clean logoAt Her Feet - Rebekah WeatherspoonSuzanne Kim lives a double life. During the day she is an up and coming digital marketing executive, holding down a stressful job, managing complex projects and handling difficult clients. In her private life she is a “little Girl” Submissive who has escaped a manipulative relationship and idly searching for her ideal Mistress.

When her favorite kink site throws up a gorgeous Latina “Mommie’, Mami-P, Suzy can’t resist trying to catch her attention. As they begin to explore a contract it soon becomes clear that they have the potential to form much more than a short-term connection.

But will Suzy’s trust issues and Pilar’s need for real communication be too much of a strain, or will other Mommies be the real threat to their future?

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Warning – this is extremely erotic and crammed full of mild BDSM. If you don’t like full-on sex scenes and very graphic images – don’t read it.

We all have very different responses to erotica; some love it, some are revolted by it. If you like mild BDSM you will love this book. The sex scenes are extremely hot, well written, and varied. Unlike so much erotica I never once got bored of a tedious activity or repetitive language. Ms Weatherspoon has managed to write a book full of luscious activity without repeating herself.

What most people will react to, however, is the role play. I am sure most of us are aware of the Daddy/Boy scenario in the gay men’s scene. I had personally never come across the Mommies/Little Girl play in the lesbian world. Like many, I suspect, my first reaction was one of wariness. With a strong lesbian feminist background there are all sorts of triggers here about the abuse of ‘little girls’ and reading about women who chose that role was initially uncomfortable.

But Rebekah Weatherspoon has drawn us a character that is not a weak, powerless woman who gets bullied into submission. While she has been manipulated a past relationship (who hasn’t?) she had the strength to leave that behind when her ‘Mistress’ couldn’t fulfill her needs. When confronted with sexual harassment and bullying she is deeply upset, but quickly responds by reporting it and walking away, confident of herself and not prepared to tolerate the abuse.

Suzanne is a strong independent woman with a good job, a nice apartment, deep friendships. She just happens to like BDSM and enjoys the role of the Little Girl being looked after and cared for by a ‘Mommy’. Interestingly Susanne is taller than Pilar, possibly earns more than Pilar, is more than capable of acting like a grown-up girlfriend when she is needed, and frequently suggests the games and role play they enjoy. Yes, Suzy lets Mami-P take control and make the decisions, but she has power that is adroitly displayed in the delightful Catholic High School/teacher scene she creates when we see her drive Pilar crazy.

So, if you can take a moment to step back and get over any initial hostility to the role play, what we have is a well written exploration of how mutual attraction develops between two women who meet because of a potential sexual contract.

Suzy is a complex and interesting character. She struggles to balance her need for the Sub role with her natural management style and her trust issues. She struggles to communicate her deep feelings because she is scared of being rejected – something many of us will empathize with. The other characters are lightly drawn, even Pilar is left an enigma, but they give us a flavor of the scene. More than anything they demonstrate that these are a standard range of woman – some sweet, some bitchy, some stressed and acting out, some manipulative and aggressive.

The relationship development is the plot that holds this together and makes an interesting read. We see the standard early relationship fears and insecurities that we all will have been through. On top of that we have the highly important sexual chemistry. A contract based on BDSM needs is not going to work if the couple doesn’t meet each other’s requirements. And as an extra layer of complexity Suzy and Mami-P are trying to form a role-play partnership where each ones ability to fulfill a role is paramount. Ultimately that is the test that will make or break this relationship.

I thoroughly enjoyed “At Her Feet”. It is well written, well edited and well developed. The sex scenes are hot. The characters are interesting and, once I had overcome my own prejudices, I found the role play and relationship development really thought-provoking. I would recommend it to anyone who likes mild BDSM erotica.

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Product info:

  • Paperback: 189 pages
  • First published 2014
  • Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (September 16, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00F8QMHVQ
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Uncommon Romance – Jove Belle

uncommon romance jove belleThree wonderful, sexually explicit and explosive novellas.

Be warned – if you don’t like reading sexplicit scenes including mild/moderate BDSM – don’t buy or read this book.

This is my first Jove Belle and as with any new author one never knows quite what to expect. The descriptions often don’t reflect the story and the writing style and editing standard can be a problem.

But this book is excellent. It’s well written and edited. The three stories have a plot,characters we can engage with, even character development going on. They just happen to be engaged in hot, raunchy sex while exploring their relationships, emotions and desires. I loved it! This will definitely not be my last Jove Belle, I recon on working though the backlist as soon as possible.

“Raw Silk” finds June, a junior finance associate, being pursued rather forcefully by a potential high ranking client, Kat. The attraction is instant and mutual, but June is married and fights the pull because her wife Ashlyn is far more important to her than anything else in her world.

When Ash starts exploring June’s attraction to Kat their sex heats up, but sparks really start to fly when Ash tells June to bring Kat home. Full of humor and an interesting exploration of just who wears the trousers in a non-b/f relationship, this is hot, steamy and definitely appeals to those who might fantasize about a threesome.

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In “On Her Knees” two women bump into each other for the first time in 10 years. The backstory is never completely filled in, but it is clear that the attraction was mutual, that Abby was a total bitch, outing and bullying Simone to protect herself. In the intervening years neither has really moved on, Simone is cold and hard from hurt, Abby seems warm and friendly, but is tightly closed off against love.

Into this history gets mixed up Abby bearding for her bff Gavin, which sparks Simone’s fear of being lied to and cheated on.

The pain is raw, the lust is powerful, the sex is amazing. The only question left is whether these two women can overcome their past hurt to form something more than a fleeting scene. Short and sweet – we still get all the emotion and feeling of two women who were clearly meant to be together but whose teenage angst and self-doubt has affected their lives at a most basic level.

“Hollis” is an FBI Special Agent in charge of terrorist training for a group of young FBI recruits – and one Portland Detective – Jude. From the moment Jude arrives at the FBI center the women recognize not only their attraction but their mutual tastes. Jude plays up, she’s a day late and then plays the difficult student until she gets the order she’s been waiting for; “I want you in my office”.

The women play an extremely raunchy BDSM game with each other over the first two weeks of the three-week course. By week three, however, something has started to change in how they interact, and both are clearly feeling slightly uncomfortable with the new sensations.

This is both an extremely hot story where we get to feel both women’s excitement and fulfillment through their role play, but also an interesting exploration of how two women who have never though of forming more than a short term play date can find themselves wanting something different.

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Uncommon Romance Product info:

  • Paperback: 211 pages
  • First published 2014
  • Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (January 12, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HUBW5R8
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