Classifieds: Authors Wanted!! Christmas of the Damned is a coming.

Authors Wanted!

I need some authors willing to pimp themselves for the good of the holidays. I wish to have a total of twelve (12) authors, whom have books with a “Damned Christmas” theme or have releases in or close to xmas.

We at Naughtyeditionreviews are doing a 12 day event called “The Twelve Damned Days of Christmas” Stating December 10th to Dec 22nd.

I had started out with only using Urban fantasy authors, however I guess they are all busy so now I am opening it up to anyone with a good book; romance elements are a must; erotica no problem but just boring fiction…eh. No offense to anyone, I read all kinds but this is a paranormal/romance/urban fantasy blog that dwells in erotica too. Not for the faint of heart or the below 18.

Email me at (Rayna @ naughtyeditionreviews .com) no spaces. If we get more than 12 then I guess we will have some more pimpage. Thanks!!

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Review: Taming the Stallion by Zena Leigh

Taming the Stallion

By ZenaLeigh

Whispers Publishing

(www.whispershome.com)

Sex or lack of: lots and purposeful 4.5

Story/plot: 4

Overall enjoyment: 4

Rachel Sheldon is running scared – from both men and horses – so when she meets the sexually experienced Nick Sheldon at her former stables, only time will tell if the newfound desire he awakes in her will be enough to tame him.

It was a good book. Story worked and flowed; the sex scenes were integral with the story; it was a sweet and charmingly seduction read.

It was about a woman,Rachel, who raped by an employee and then trampled by a horse. (She has my “sucks to be you” award nomination BTW)Rachelthen returns to the stud farm where her life was changed. Moreover, upon meeting the new owner her life changes again. There were many parallels to horses and people. I guess it is the same principle most the time. However, where a few references are okay, too many makes for a skipper. (A skipper, is when the reader feels that she has read this same scene already but in a different part of the book therefore they skip through to some unfamiliar wording.)

 

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Review: Death’s Sweet Embrace by Travey O’Hara

Death’s Sweet Embrace

by Tracey O’Hara

2nd in the Dark Brethern Series

If you want to walk on the dark side look no further than Deaths Sweet Embrace.  Its dirty, its gritty and its in your face.  The Dark Brethern are stirring and things are going to get messy.  I suggest reading or rereading Nights Cold Kiss, the first book in the series, before jumping into this book just to get up to speed with the reoccurring characters.

Its been eighteen years since Kitt/Kathryn has seen her twin daughters.  Daughters she was forced to give up at birth.  Just as she is getting the chance to know them, a serial killer is targeting paranormal children on campus.  Throw in her former lover, the father of her children, then add in a reunion with a family that shunned her and the twists and turns begin.

Usually in paranormal books, the various branches of the supernatural races are either at each others throats (no pun intended) or existing in uneasy truces but in Ms O’Hara’s books, they work together, live together and play together.  Each character while perhaps uneasy with the differences, works through these to understanding and acceptance of each other.  You can see the genuine respect.

You get pulled into the story. You barrack for the good guys and a shiver runs down your spine every time one of the bad guys appear.  These characters jump off the page and demand your attention.  Don’t think you are going to be able to put this book down because of real life because the storyline will go with you and play through your head until you sit down and continue the read.  The plot engages and you turn each page while holding your breath.

Once you finish the book, you’ll find yourself mulling over then ending and wondering what happens next.  It will also make you want to turn around and read it all over again

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Review: Cry Wolf by Patricia Briggs

Cry Wolf

by Patricia Briggs

INTRODUCING THE ALPHA AND OMEGA NOVELS…

Anna never knew werewolves existed until the night she survived a violent attack…and became one herself. After three years at the bottom of the pack, she’d learned to keep her head down and never, ever trust dominant males. But Anna is that rarest kind of werewolf: an Omega. And one of the most powerful werewolves in the country will recognize her value as a pack member—and as his mate.

This was essentially a Mercy Thompson book, staring someone other than Mercy Thompson.  I was rather disappointed in Cry Wolf. For the first book in a new series, even one set in an established world, there should be more background.  The story starts immediately after a main character has been shot, then killed off his rival.  At no point in the book is this described, but it is referred to repeatedly.  Now, on to the good stuff.  The story is well written, the plot is well thought out and coherent.  The characters are believable, and written such that the reader feels invested in who they are.  The book seems a bit short, but I couldn’t put it down.  If I was to give it a rating it would be 3.5 Stars, and about 4.5 hours of sleep lost.

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Review: Night’s Cold Kiss by Tracey O’Hara

Night’s Cold Kiss

by Tracey O’Hara

For centuries war raged between the humans and Aeternus vampires—until courageous efforts on both sides forged a fragile peace.

But the rogue Necrodreniacs will never be controlled—addicted as they are to the death-high . . . and bloody chaos.

Since witnessing the murder of her mother, Antoinette Petrescu has burned with fiery hatred for the vampire race—even for Christian Laroque, the noble, dangerously handsome Aeternus who rescued her. Now an elite Venator, Antoinette must reluctantly accept Christian’s help to achieve her vengeance—even as he plots to use the beautiful, unsuspecting warrior as bait to draw out the bloodthirsty dreniacs.

Tracey O’hara is a dragon keeper and if any of you get the chance to meet her, ask her just how close she keeps her dragons.  This is her debut novel and boy does she start this series with a bang.  What a fantastic title, Night’s Cold Kiss; if this book hadn’t been recommended I would have picked it up just for the title.

My favourite genre of all time for reading is sci-fi and I loved how Tracey managed to combine the sci-fi elements into a dark urban fantasy.  I’m not really a romance reader so I enjoy a book where the antagonism between the main characters and the plot are far more important than the “sex” and “love”.  Though, it was a bit confusing with all the different characters, the types of vampires and which government or non government organisation is what; however, I can see the beginning of a very complex world. I will continue to read this series to see whether the promise of the complex world and story line eventuate.  The story line is fast paced and bumpy, just the sort of roller coaster I like.

Okay, so the preface of a vampire huntress who falls for her enemy while battling evil is nothing new but this book is a really engaging read. Antoinette is tough and feisty while Christian has the “dark broodiness we come to expect from alpha vampires down pat.  The two of them clash as the chemistry burns between them.  The first sex scene was, for me, a bit out of the blue however it was only a momentary “ha what” before I was quickly engrossed back in the story. There’s also plenty of action and tons of mysteries and layers to peel back in the world of the Dark Brethren.

Ms O’hara’s take in a fairly saturated genre is fresh and new.  While some other readers expect certain rules or formula’s to be followed, I enjoyed this book all the more so for the differences.  Bring on DEATH’S SWEET EMBRACE.

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Review: Dance of the Seven Veils by Cris Anson

Dance of the Seven Veils

by Cris Anson

Dance series book one

Story: 3

Sex: 4

Overall: 3.5

Book 1 in the Dance series. Robbed of her self-esteem during a loveless marriage, recently divorced Lyssa Markham allows her best friend to drag her, costumed as Salome, to a masquerade. She’s shocked then intrigued to discover the participants are members of an exclusive sex club. Hiding behind her mask, she permits her long-submerged sensual side to re-emerge as erotic sights and sounds bombard her. Seeing a darkly sexy gladiator inspires her to dance for him, seductively removing one veil at a time until she falls naked into his hot embrace.Days later, she learns her ex has neglected to fulfill an urgent financial stipulation in the divorce decree. Unable to reach him, she storms into his lawyer’s office to resolve the problem and comes face to face with her gladiator. His first words, “Lift up your skirt…Salome.” Robert Savidge is everything a woman could want—rich, handsome, successful. Should she obey her impulse and run from him? Or can she find the courage to explore her nascent sensuality with this man who so obviously wants to teach her?

I liked the book in the beginning and middle. It started out sexy, hot and steamy, then some awesome scenes in an office. And it seemed to be looking up gearing for a really nice erotic love story, then the plot or scenario became clouded. I was not sure what the conflict was after a while. It was unclear until the characters started to change there train of thought in some situations. There was not to much inner dialogue that would suggest that the problem was other then the obvious messy divorce from an asshat bent on ruining her life.

I believe the author could have stopped at any point and concluded it. I think it would have made for a better book. But as it is now, I felt that it was too long. The ending was anticlimactic and I felt deflated.

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Review: Guilt By Association by Marcia Clark

Guilt by Association

by Marcia Clark

Release date: 20th April 2011

Los Angeles D.A. Rachel Knight is a tenacious, wise-cracking, and fiercely intelligent prosecutor in the city’s most elite division. When her colleague, Jake, is found dead at a grisly crime scene, Rachel is shaken to the core. She must take over his toughest case: the assault of a young woman from a prominent family.

But she can’t stop herself from digging deeper into Jake’s death, a decision that exposes a world of power and violence and will have her risking her reputation–and her life–to find the truth.

With her tremendous expertise in the nuances of L.A. courts and crime, and with a vibrant ensemble cast of characters, Marcia Clark combines intimate detail, riotous humor, and visceral action in a debut thriller that marks the launch of a major new figure on the crime-writing scene.

Wow what a ride this book is.  I was sucked in from the first page.  The main character was focused and smart but at the same time very likeable.  The plot was fleshed out but stopped short of an information overload.  Each chapter revealed more of the story within a story and the crafting of the two divergent plots to the final culmination was a masterful stoke.

This novel is action packed and brings to vivid life the working of the DA’s office.  Once I read about the author, I could understand why there was so much detail.  She knows this stuff because she’s lived it.  The books starts with the death of DA Rachel Knights close colleague Jake.  She can’t believe that he has done what he is accused of but is given a big “hands off” by the police investigating.

Determined to find out what really happened while handing her own case load plus the extra case she inherits from Jake, Rachel puts her reputation, career and even her life on the line. You need to pay attention to all the little pieces of the puzzle to be able to work out where the author is heading and this to me is a sign of a great suspense novel.  There is enough information dropped throughout the book that you can never be too sure of how it’s going to end until the end.

Only negative I can say is that I wanted to know more about some of the secondary characters however knowing that this book is the first of a two book deal I look forward to learning more about the secondary characters in the subsequent book

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Review: Mark of the Demon by Diana Rowland

Mark of the Demon

by  Diana Rowland

Mark of the Demon is the first published novel of Diana Rowland. I had won the novel from her blog with a little toilet humor. http://www.dianarowland.com/weblog/?p=452 . After some post office and assistant difficulty I finally got the book last week.  I was pretty excited.  Here is a blurb:

When Homicide Detective Kara Gillian finds traces of arcane power on a body, she quickly realizes that this is no ordinary murder. The serial killer known as the Symbol Man is a nightmare that Beaulac, Louisiana thought had ended three years ago, but now he’s back for an encore and leaving every indication on the flesh of his victims that he is well-versed in demonic lore.

However, Kara is a Summoner of Demons, and may be the only cop on the city’s small force who can stop the killer. Able to see and interact with a world most people can’t, Kara must draw on her skills as a police officer and master of the arcane to stop the Symbol Man from killing again and possibly summoning something even she can’t control.

But with a demonic lord of unearthly beauty and power haunting her dreams, and a handsome yet disapproving FBI agent dogging her waking footsteps, she may be in way over her head….

Excerpt

I absolutely loved this book. I stayed up until dawn reading it. Diana Rowland has a very good grasp on what it takes to make a book hot, sexy, with a dose of fear.

The Heroine, Kara, has had some tough times, fear of being found out she is a Summoner of Demons is just one of them.  When the appearance of Rhyzkahl, a hotter than hell sexy-ass Demon Lord, has proven to have ulterior motives. She sinks further away for mankind as a whole except for casual friends and her Aunt Tessa. I don’t blame her people are and can be very cruel.

There are some sad parts too. It’s not all sex, demons and guns.  I would have to say this book has a little bit for everyone; Sex for us voyeurs and demon-slaying for the gun-toting paranormal addicts and some suspense for the mystery lovers.

We are never really sure who to believe in the book until the end. But even then I was still WTF! At 4 a.m. I thought it was my brain making stuff up. But yeah the ending of the book was a real surprise.  I can’t wait for the next one, Blood of the Demon. I have now added it to my buy now list.

Diana Rowland’s Blog ; Diana’s Twitter ; Website

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Review: The Wanting by Shyla Colt

The Wanting

by Shyla Colt

The D’Shar Men, 1

Phelan D’Shar knew agent Zasha Johnson was his mate the moment she walked into his classroom. At the time, her age and his position as her professor kept him from acting on his desires.

When the biological mating period known as The Wanting hits, it ignites a passion that neither can resist. Will the icy Zasha run from her feelings or embrace the man who melts her heart?

 

The Wanting revolves around two charaters names Zasha and Phelan D’shar of the Shar alien race.  This story also has aliens, intrigue, and murder, on top of some hot sex and steamy passion.

Zasha is a government agent working to keep both aliens and humans safe.  Phelan is the king of the Shar alien race and he is looking for a mate.  Phelan and Zasha have worked around each other and known each other for years and finally Phelan can’t stop himself anymore, he has to give in to the Wanting (kind of a silly name for passionate rough sex).  Zasha feels the same for Phelan but is haunted by the murder of her mother by an alien boyfriend named Taval.

The passion in this story is fabulous and dripping, although at times it does go a little bit over the top it still works with this story.  If this were a story about two human lovers the ssexual chemistry and the playful passion would have a little bit of an ew factor, but since this is a fantastic science fiction story about a human and her alien lover it, while maybe still a little ew, does go enough into the extreme to make a human being with an alien not as routine as a human and human.

The chemistry between Zasha and Phelan is playful and loving and a little bit dangerous.  Also there are other characters that are fun to read so the reader not only gets entertained by the main charactrers but they also get a little treat every now and then when one of Phelan’s brothers enters the scene.

However, that being said the ending of the story is a little dissapointing. The reader learns so much about Zasha and Phelan and the element of danger from Taval’s return is so intense that the reader gets more drawn into the story, then it seems that abruptly it ends.  There seems to be no conclusion, unless you like alien lover stories with hot sex and don’t care if the killer is ever caught or explained.  This reader would have preferred a more concrete ending and not so much dangling in the air.  I like a good dangle like the next girl but too much dangle and I just am not as interested.

Read this if you like wet, and I mean wet, sex that might even make you stain a few pairs.  If you want a complete story that won’t leave you frustrated like last nights lover you might just want to pass, no reason to be frustrated again.

 

Also reviewed here by Rayna.

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Review: Still Taking Chances by Roz Lee

Still Taking Chances

by Roz Lee

After a mission in a South American jungle goes wrong, DEA Agent Elgin ‘Hud’ Huddleston returns to his boyhood home to lick his wounds. Despite his better judgment, Hud is drawn to the woman across the street, a petite Dominatrix with a freeze your balls off name.

Mary Beth Winters packed away her toys and put the BDSM lifestyle behind her years ago when she realized the men she dominated didn’t need her as much as she needed them. But when a troubled bad-boy, Elgin ‘Hud’ Huddleston, moves in across the street, she dusts off her toy box and risks her heart to help him heal.

 

 

Still Taking Chances is about two hurting humans names Elgin and Mary Beth who don’t know how to fix their own pains and move on to trust, sex and love. Mary Beth and Elgin (who goes by the name Hud) both have a secret that they feel the need to hide, and both feel that if their secret gets out they will be ridiculed and people will shun and shame them.

The secrets: Mary Beth is a dominatrix and Elgin thinks he got some men killed, and trust me when I write this, by telling you out there in internetland I am not giving anything away.

While well written and super sexy at times I did find that at times this story got a little thin, and to be honest while the erotic scenes had the potential to make me scream, they ended up falling a little flat.

An issue that ended up taking me out of the story was that there were barely any dialogue tags and I got lost as to who was speaking. A few times I actually had to reread the scene to understand who was talking and who was being upset in that scene.

I found the use of the word “Fem-dom” as spoken by Elgin/Hud a little unfathomable. If he had a mistress before, which he said he had, he would have either thought of Mary Beth as mistress or as a dominatrix, not “fem-dom”. I don’t know of anyone who refers to a dominatrix as a femdom and I do actually know a few in the field.

The character of Elgin was interesting, and his character was delved into a little deeper than I thought he would be, it gave him a great past and some good character development, but Mary Beth falls a little flat. The reader doesn’t get to know much about her which is a little frustrating because the reader needs to know and feel something for her since she is half of the story teller. Lastly, I was bothered by the switch between Elgin/Huds name and thought after a certain point in the story he should have just been referred to as Elgin since the origins of his name was a detailed part of the story.

The erotic scenes were interesting, especially if the reader doesn’t know much about a dom/sub relationship, and it could have been delved into a little more. The scenes could have pushed a little more, I would have liked to actually feel the stinging slaps to Elgins hard ass. As a quick, fun and fast read for a nice fast turn on, I would recommend this book. If you want something that has more sex and scenes of passion, this may not be the story for you.  If you are looking for something to help you believe in love after pain, this is definitely the story for you!

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