Monday, April 14, 2014

Virginia Nelson, Taming Tabitha


Title:  Taming Tabitha

Author:  Virginia Nelson
Rating:  Four And A Half Siren Stones
Genre:  Paranormal Romance
Sub-Genre:  Paranormal Erotic Romance
Keywords:  Seer, Ménage, M/F/M, Bond Of Three Series
Page Count:  Quickie            
ISBN E-Book:  978-1419949852  
Price:  $2.49
Publisher:  Ellora’s Cave
Reviewer:  Stacey Krug 

 Blurb/Summary:
Book 1 in the Bond of Three series.

As a Seer, Tabitha has always known the day would come when she’d have to face her destiny and succumb to her future mate, as only then would her powers fall fully under her command. Tradition dictates that Tabitha run, forcing her intended to prove his worth—and his desire. But it is the discovery that Tabitha is destined for two mates, creating a bond of three—unheard of among her people—that sends her running faster than she’d ever expected.

Gage and Lancaster have been chasing Tabitha for over a decade. Though sharing goes against their basest instincts, the primal urge to find and seduce Tabitha overrides any desire to fight between themselves. As Gage and Lancaster close in, Tabitha must face the truth—though her people may scorn a bond of three, there’s nothing on earth strong enough to destroy the chemistry and soul-deep longing Tabitha feels when she finally stands her ground and faces her men.
A Romantica® paranormal ménage erotic romance from Ellora’s Cave

Review:

This is the first story to the Bond of Three SeriesTaming Tabitha sets up the stage for the next book with hints of magic and darkness in the future.  There is mention of a queen and I’m hoping the next book will go into a more involved explanation as to what exactly they are as a people.  We are led to believe they are immortal and a different species all together, but how did they end up with humans?

In this short story we are introduced to Tabitha Hoffman who is a Seer and has visions.  Lancaster and Gage are her mates and on the hunt to claim her together.

We get a little back story on each character and the path they traveled that led them to the decisions they made.  Fear and uncertainty ruled Tabitha and kept her running.  Lancaster and Gage have been searching for answers.  When the three of them finally start communicating there is an explosion of passion.

Taming Tabitha is hot and steamy just how an erotic romance should be.  These three eager characters get down and dirty, but their loving intentions and actions keep it sweet too.  I’d like to see more of Tabitha, Lancaster, and Gage and what Virginia Nelson has in store for them.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Dakota Cassidy, Talk This Way

RELEASING APRIL 1, 2014
Title:  Talk This Way
Author:  Dakota Cassidy
Genre:  Contemporary Romance

Keywords:  Phone Sex, Business, Millionaires 
Page Count:  89            
ISBN E-Book:  978-1459256064    
Price: $1.59 
Publisher:  Harlequin MIRA
Reviewer:  Stacey Krug 

 Blurb/Summary:

If life is like a box of chocolates, Cat Butler has tasted them all—and decided on none. It's no wonder she can't keep a job, even though her mother's health depends on it. Just when she finds herself up a creek without a paddle—again—a benevolent friend throws her a lifeline. In the form of a job at, of all places, a phone sex hotline. Not exactly what she had in mind, but if it pays the bills for her mom's expensive nursing home, what's the harm?
Successful entrepreneur Flynn McGrady knows a thing or two about responsibility. So when his mother has a stroke, he knows the right thing to do is relocate to Atlanta to be near her while she recovers. He's got a plan for everything—except for feisty Cat, who finally gets his mama to talk again. Talk dirty, that is, and he's not pleased. Cat is gorgeous and sassy to boot…too bad she's not the type to settle down.
Cat and Flynn may have bigger fish to fry, but the sparks between them are hotter than hell. And when they finally give in to temptation, the results are explosive. Can a girl who follows her heart and a guy who follows his head find their way to forever?

Review:

The Siren Review Policy is clearly stated on our site, but this author wanted it stated that this was an advanced reader copy given freely for an honest review.  That being stated, let’s get to the good stuff.

I absolutely loved the wonderful, colorful cast of characters that Dakota Cassidy developed for Talk This Way.  The main characters Catherine Butler, Flynn McGrady, and Landon Wells were easy to connect with emotionally which made the story even more fun to read.

The dialogue between characters is witty, sarcastic, and humorous and had me laughing out loud.  Abandonment and commitment issues as well as serious illness balanced the story and had me sobbing at one point.  This story will send you through the emotional wringer, but leave the reader with hope at the end.

Catherine Butler is dealing with both abandonment and commitment issues stemming from her broken home.  She has trouble keeping jobs and getting close to men, but that doesn’t stop her from opening her heart to other people at her Mom’s nursing home.  Catherine’s outgoing personality and big mouth get her in trouble at work when she is confronted by Flynn McGrady.

Flynn McGrady just wants the best care for his mother.  He’s not looking to start a relationship with anyone.  Especially not Catherine who seems to be growing on him.  Soon she’s doing a little more than that as they light the pages on fire with their explosive passion.  They just might be what each of the other needs.

While Catherine and Flynn are discovering each other, Landon Wells is in the background pulling their strings.  I found Landon to be the Willy Wonka of phone sex companies.

Talk This Way is a fantastic kick off to a new series by Dakota Cassidy.  I’ll be following along to see what happens next to this cast of characters.  

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Heather McCollum, Surrender: The Dragonfly Chronicles

Title:  Surrender: The Dragonfly Chronicles
Author:  Heather McCollum
Rating:  Five Siren Stones
Genre:  Fantasy
Sub-Genre:  Paranormal Romance
Keywords:  Sensual, Faery Rose, Telekinesis, Magic, Demons, Cowboy
Page Count:  382           
ISBN E-Book:  978-1-62830-000-0   
Price:  $5.99
Publisher:  The Wild Rose Press
Reviewer:  Rhonda J Callum-King

Blurb/Summary:

To save her father, Kailin must control her magical gift of telekinesis and unearth the cryptic Orb of Life in nineteenth-century Egypt. Only one man can help her, a treasure hunter with an agenda of his own. Besides battling demons, Kailin must also battle her attraction to the handsome American cowboy aiding her search.

Jackson Black desperately wants the Orb, an artifact said to have power over life and death. But to get it he must ignore his conscience and do things he never thought he'd do. Falling for Kailin will only jeopardize his mission.
Only Kailin's complete surrender to Jackson, the one man who can mute her powers, will save her life. But when she discovers his secret, it will take more than magic to save her heart. It will take trust and the ultimate treasure--love.


Review:

Surrender: The Dragonfly Chronicles is the fourth in the series.  I have read only the 3rd and 4th books of this series.  Surrender follows the fourth sister who has the bulk of their mother's magical powers.  She is so powerful that she cannot ever let down her guard for fear of injuring those that she loves.  Because of this, she has constructed mental walls to stay behind and never integrates with the general populace.  She resides in late Victorian England during the boom of the Egyptian tomb raiding period.  Kailin has been adopted and trained by an archeologist who found her in and Egyptian tomb as a child and is aware of her magic.  The story is rather Indiana Jones-ish and I enjoyed the scenery employed. 

The interplay between Kailin and Jackson Black is amusing.  Jackson is keeping secrets from her and has the role of American tomb raiding bad boy.  Kailin must trust him for them to become the destined mates of prophecy.  But how can one surrender to someone they cannot truly trust when they have spent their life living behind mental walls of safety?  Can Kailin trust the one man who completely disarms her of her magical powers and yet continues to lie to her?  I know I couldn't!  This is a great read with a completely different feel than the previous novel.  Read it, you'll love it.  


Friday, January 17, 2014

S.J. Drum, Sinful Southern Hero

Title:  Sinful Southern Hero
Author:  S.J. Drum
Rating:  Four Siren Stones
Genre:  Romantic Suspense
Sub-Genre:  Contemporary Erotic Romance
Keywords:  Rubenesque Novel, BDSM Elements
Page Count:  Novel            
ISBN E-Book:  978-141-9948121    
Price:  $5.95
Publisher:  Ellora’s Cave
Reviewer:  Yvette Lowe

Blurb/Summary:

Sinful South, book 2.
Lucy escapes an abusive marriage and moves to Clifton, Tennessee, looking for a fresh start and somewhere safe to rebuild her life. She isn’t prepared for Dalton, a tattooed construction company owner with a penchant for dominating in the bedroom, or the feelings he awakens.
When Lucy’s ex-husband proves he’s unwilling to allow his reign of terror to end along with the marriage, she must learn to set her fears aside and place her trust—and her body—in Dalton’s hands.
Inside Scoop: Lucy is a curvy heroine who has never felt beautiful until she finds herself in Dalton’s strong arms. However, her memories of abuse and his protective instincts may be triggers for some readers with the same background.
A Romantica® contemporary erotic romance from Ellora’s Cave

Review:

Sinful Southern Hero is the second book in the Sinful South series and can be read as a standalone.  S.J. Drum has done a great job in this story about Lucy and Dalton.

Lucy is running from her abusive ex and the parents who didn't believe her and chose his side.  Lucy picks Clifton, Tennessee as the place to start her new life, what she didn't expect was Dalton and his all too hard to handle Alpha attitude.  What Lucy does know is that her life is about to change and she doesn't know if she is ready.

Dalton’s life just got tipped upside down by a cute little package named Lucy and he will overcome anything to make her his forever.
After a slight misunderstanding between the both of them they must decide if what they have is worth fighting for.  S.J. Drum did an excellent job with every aspect of this story, I truly enjoyed it and felt all the emotion Lucy had to fight or embrace to figure out what she really wanted.  Dalton was one hundred percent Alpha, and sometimes I wanted to smack him upside the head, but in a loving way.  There is a great flow to the story and the characters are very well developed and the secondary characters are also engaging and funny.  All in all, this story is very well written and I look forward to the other stories to come from the series and also the author.