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A MOMENT OF PASSION by Jess Michaels…review

A Moment of Passion by Jess Michaels


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Genre: Historical Romance (Regency)

Series: The Ladies’ Book of Pleasures #2

Source: Received for an honest review from the publisher.


  • Print Length: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd. (October 14, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00LSVC6Q6


Book Description (From Amazon)

October 14, 2014

A lady in the ballroom…a lover in the bedroom.

The Ladies Book of Pleasures, Book 2

When Lady Jacinda unwraps a scandalous birthday gift, she’s sure the anonymous giver is playing a cruel joke. The Ladies Book of Pleasures may be responsible for one gossiped-about marriage, but for a lady ruined by a rogue and shunned by society, Jacinda is doomed to a lonely, loveless future.

Worse, as she pages through the volume of passionate promises, she is observed by the wicked and dangerous Duke of Carnthorn—and now he is stalking her as a possible willing victim of his shocking preferences.

Jason, Earl of Northfield, is having none of it. Jacinda, keeper of his most painful secret, is a friend he will not abandon to a wolf like Carnthorn. As they embark on a pretend courtship—for her own protection, of course—their proper decorum in public melts into wicked passion in the bedroom.

But even as real feelings begin to develop between them, Carnthorn is watching. He is not convinced. And he is determined to possess Jacinda, no matter whom he has to destroy…

Warning: This book contains friends turning to lovers, a highly erotic secret affair and a wicked villain who will destroy what he cannot have.

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An awesome read! While, #2 in “The Ladies’ Book of Pleasures”, it can be read as a stand alone. The characters are well developed, engaging, and enticing. The storyline is intriguing, unique and well developed. I love this series! The passion between the characters is simply explosive, sensual and tastefully written. A must read! Another hit by his author. I would highly recommend this title. In fact, I would recommend reading “A Matter of Sin” as well. What a delightful and enjoyable read. Once again, Ms Michaels has hit the mark. She is an awesome storyteller. Simply wickedly delicious!

*Received for an honest review from the author*

Rating: 5
Heat rating: Hot
Reviewed by: AprilR, Courtesy of My Book Addiction and More




Review~ The Dark Seduction of Miss Jane by Amanda McIntyre

22021370The Dark Seduction of Miss Jane

 Amanda McIntyre

Genre: Erotic Romance

Source: Received for an honest review from the publicist.

Publisher: Amazon Digital Services, Inc./CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Publication Date: July 10, 2014

ISBN-10: 150048122X

ISBN-13: 978-1500481223

Book Description Courtesy of Amazon:

A scandalous betrayal sets Miss Jane Goodwin on an unexpected journey to London to pursue her dream of being the first female investigative journalist, but she soon finds herself in a hotbed of murder and controversy. Seduced by the passions of a mysterious lover and stalked by a madman, Jane falls prey to her desires as tensions mount, only to discover a deadly secret that threatens more than just her trust in men.

Inspector Randolph Mansfield is one of Scotland Yard’s elite, battling the dark secrets of his past while trying to solve a rash of grisly murders threatening to mar Queen Victoria’s Jubilee. His respite is the anonymity he finds in the decadence of a private gentleman’s club, until a determined American journalist goes undercover in search of her stalker and he finds the lines between protection and passion blurred. But as tensions heat and her life is threatened, he must choose whether to reveal his true identity at the risk of losing both her trust and his career.

My Thoughts:

This is a fantastic erotic romance with an elegant historical backdrop. The setting of the story in historic London (when women still needed escorts) gives an extra sense of the forbidden with Miss Jane’s independent manner throughout the story.  After finding her fiancé in a compromising position Jane breaks her engagement rather publicly, and then goes to London to participate in a women’s writing house. Here she begins her endeavor as an investigative journalist much to the dismay of her host, who thinks it much too dangerous for a woman! Upon her arrival in London she discovers there is a murderer on the loose, and the authorities have no lead. She takes it upon herself to go undercover and finds much more than she bargains for, both about the murderer and herself.

Inspector Mansfield is a tortured soul who blames himself for the tragedies in his past. He seeks solace in a gentleman’s club, but soon finds something about Miss Jane that piques his interest. The two find themselves facing off for most of the book, but what a ride for the reader!  Well-paced with detailed imagery for both the times and the people, this story is enchanting. Well worth the read, this is an excellent single novel that tells a whole story in one sitting. Received for an honest review.

Rating: 4

HEAT Rating: Wild Ride

Reviewed By: Daysie W.

Review Courtesy of: My Book Addictions and More






Surrender Series—Book 3

Maya Banks

Publisher:   Berkley Trade

Published date:  August 5, 2012

ISBN: 978-0-425-27298-5

Genre: Erotica—BDSM D/S

Source: Received for a honest review

Book Description

Chessy and Tate have been married for several years. In the beginning, their relationship was everything she wanted. Passionate. All consuming. She offered her submission freely and Tate cherished her gift with a tenderness that made her feel safe. Content. Wanted. And loved beyond all measure. But as the years have gone by, Tate has become more immersed in making his business the success it has become, and Chessy has taken a back seat to his business obligations. Growing unhappier with the status of their once blissful marriage, Chessy knows that something has to give. Or they stand to lose it all

Tate loves his wife. Has always loved her. Providing for her has always been his number one priority. But lately she’s seemed unhappy, and he’s worried. Worried enough that he arranges for a night together that he hopes will reignite the fire that once burned like an inferno between them.

But a business call at the wrong time threatens everything. Chessy’s safety, his concentration, his wife’s faith in him as her husband, a man sworn to love and protect her above all else. Gutted with the realization that he’s going to lose her—has already lost her—he readies for the fight of his life. Whatever it takes, he’ll get her back. And prove to her that nothing is more important than her love. And that if she’ll allow him to prove himself one more time, he’ll take it all. Everything. But he’ll give far more back. Himself. His undying love.

My Thoughts

This thrilling conclusion to Maya Banks’ Surrender Trilogy is sure to take your breath away!

All Chessy wants is her husband back.  Her lover.  Her Dominant.  But for the past two years, he’s devoted more and more of his time into his business and less and less into their relationship.  Chessy just wants to have the passion, the desire, and most of all the security that comes from their marriage.  As their anniversary approaches, Chessy knows it’s now or never so she finally tells Tate how she feels.  Devastated that he’s let it get this far, Tate promises to once again make her a priority.  To show her how much he means to her, Tate showers her with love, affection, and gifts.  He even plans a night to remember at The House, a dominance club they used to visit frequently.  But when a client’s call comes in the middle of their special night, Tate foolishly takes the call and puts not only Chessy’s life in danger, but her security, her trust, and her love.  Vowing to win Chessy back once and for all, Tate decides to make some changes that are sure to show her how much she really means.  But is it too little too late or will Chessy find it in her heart to forgive Tate and allow him to once again hold the key to her heart?

I loved this book, but after reading about Chessy and Tate in the previous two novels, I had no doubts that I would.  From heated arguments to passionate love scenes, this book will take you through every emotion imaginable.  The book is mostly written from Chessy’s point of view but does have some sections/chapters that are written from Tate’s.  While I did feel for Tate and his obliviousness to the situation he was creating at home, I mostly wanted to slap him for being so darn stupid!  I simply adore Chessy.  She’s radiant, beautiful, and most of all…..forgiving.  I thought every part of her story was very realistic.  The self-doubt, anger, depression, and confusion are all things that someone who was going through a really rough patch in their relationship would experience.  I also really enjoyed how much the storyline included characters from the previous novels in the series, Joss and Dash, Kylie and Jenson.  It’s always an added bonus to me when you get to read about what’s happening with those characters now, even though it’s not “their” book.  I thought that Ms. Banks did a superb job with not only Chessy and Tate’s story, but also with closing out this series in general.  A very well written, highly entertaining novel by Maya Banks.  Don’t miss this novel, I promise….You will regret it! Received for an honest review.

Rating: 5

Heat Rating: Extremely Scorching

Reviewed by: AprilP

Courtesy of My Book Addiction and More


A Matter of Sin



Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd.

Published date:  July 15, 2014


Genre: Historical Romance–Erotica

Source: Received for a honest review

Book Description

The widowed Lady Isabel Avenbury has one remaining younger sister to shepherd into an advantageous marriage, and then she will be free. Free to take a lover to fill her lonely nights—the only option left for a woman on the delicate edge of a certain age.

Except when she chaperones her sister to a country house party, she is taken aback by her sudden, undeniable attraction to the host. And deliciously scandalized when she finds a copy of the notorious, much-gossiped-about Ladies Book of Pleasures in his library.

When Seth Rowland, Marquis Lyndham, notices his book is missing, his interest is piqued as to which of the potential young brides at his party has absconded with it—and he’s shocked to discover it’s Isabel. Though older than the women he’d planned to court, the powerful beauty exudes a sensuality he cannot ignore.

The book inspires them to begin a desperate, passionate affair. But their time together is running out and they must choose. Follow society’s rules, or take a chance at love.

Warning: Found within are highly scandalous books that trigger passionate desires, surrender in the orangery and possibly true love.

My Thoughts

A sensual, highly addictive novel by Jess Michaels.  I cannot wait to read more in this series!

Seth Rowland knows he must choose a bride this season in order to keep the estate and title in his family line.  But even with the cream of the crop at his country house party, he can’t find one young lady that sets his blood on fire.  That is until Lady Isabel Avenbury arrives with her younger sister, Serena.  But it’s not Serena who sparks a fire in him.  It’s Isabel.

Isabel feels an instant attraction to Seth but knows that he is strictly off limits.  Not only is she too old for him, but she also can’t provide him the one thing he’s in need of, an heir.  But that fact does nothing to calm the ever growing fire in her heart and well, other places.  So when Seth catches her with his copy of a rather scandalous book, he presses his advantage and convinces Isabel to engage in a rather passionate, and secret, affair.  As things heat up between the sheets, so do the feelings that Seth and Isobel have for each other.  But no matter what feelings may be growing between them, the fact still remains that it must soon end so that Seth can pick his bride and produce an heir.  As their affair comes to an end, Isobel and Seth are both left with an aching heart and no way to fix it…or is there?

My OH My…..this novel is hot!  If you’re looking for a spicy historical romance that will take your breath away, then A Matter of Sin is the book for you!  From the confident and fiery Isobel to the devastatingly romantic and sexy Seth, this book has something for everyone!  The love scenes in this one are juicy, passionate and make-you-melt hot!  And while there are quite a few saucy scenes, all are tastefully done and there is certainly more of a plot to this one than simply the sex.  Isobel certainly has her share of insecurities with being barren but it only helps add to her story and her ability to cope and overcome.  Seth’s dealing with the death of his father and his brother, thus leaving him the only one left to carry on the family line, helps to add a sense of urgency to the novel and I can tell you I really didn’t see this one ending quite the way it did!  I very much enjoyed all the supporting characters like Seth’s mother and Isobel’s two best friends.   I am very much looking forward to reading the other novels in this series!  Very well done Jess Michaels!

Rating: 4.5

Heat Rating: Fiery/Hot

Reviewed by: AprilP

Courtesy of My Book Addiction and More


The Circle Eight: Caleb by Emma Lang



Publisher:  Beth Williamson 

Published date: February 6, 2013


Genre: Historical Western Romance

Source: Received for a honest review


Book Description (from amazon)

A Texas Ranger, a lady blacksmith, a fierce passion, a dangerous game.

Caleb Graham has spent the last four years in too many dangerous situations to count. As a Texas Ranger, he knows no fear, or at least he never shows it. When he’s sent to force a blacksmith off government seized property, he runs face to face into the woman who will change his life.

Aurora Foster grew up on the very land the obnoxious Ranger is trying to throw her off of. Her parents and her husband died for it and there is no chance she would leave without a fight. A lady blacksmith might be an anomaly but she has the strength of the steel she forges and the courage to fight for what she believes is right.

When Aurora is inadvertently injured by Caleb, he seeks medical help from a neighboring ranch. The sprawling hacienda is full of the finer things in life and the one person Caleb never expected to see again… his youngest brother Benjamin. Forced to flee from a man who has kept the boy captive, the trio become traveling companions in a deadly game where no one wins.

Life turns upside down and sideways for Caleb and Aurora, caught in a game neither of them expected while they desperately try to save the boy who was lost to his family. Pursued and hunted, the three of them ride for the Circle Eight ranch. The unlikely pair of rescuers fight their attraction and for their lives.

My Thoughts

Texas Ranger Caleb Graham has the assignment of evicting a blacksmith from government property.  Soon after meeting Rory Foster, Caleb realizes that this blacksmith is a woman.  Aurora, (Rory), has no intention of being evicted and insists the land is her birthright.  Caleb has quite a battle on his hands as he is determined to carry out his assignment and Aurora is determined to keep her land.  Through no fault of Caleb’s, the lady blacksmith becomes injured.  The injury is severe enough to need medical attention and Caleb transports Aurora to a neighboring ranch that has a doctor on staff.  While Aurora’s wound is being treated, Caleb discovers that his kidnapped younger brother, Benjamin, is being held at this ranch.  Caleb, Aurora, and Benjamin are a trio that must make an escape.  It’s Caleb’s intentions to return to his family’s home with Aurora and Benjamin.  As the kidnapper and his posse are in pursuit, the trio ride for their lives toward The Circle Eight Ranch.

CALEB is the third of five in THE CIRCLE EIGHT series.  Each book can be read as a stand alone novel, which is how I read CALEB.  This is a self-published book by Beth Williamson writing as Emma Lang.  I thoroughly enjoyed THE CIRCLE EIGHT: CALEB.  I loved the character Aurora.  She is a tough western woman with a sassy mouth.  Her manner of speech shocks Caleb, who is not accustomed to women talking and behaving the way Aurora does.  Aurora loves being a blacksmith.  As an only child, she was taught by her father and is very proud of her craft.  She fights Caleb like a wildcat to hang onto her land and continue being a blacksmith.  Caleb sympathizes with Aurora, however, there is nothing he can do about helping her keep her land.  Prior to 1840, women could not be legal landowners in the state of Texas.  As a ranger, Caleb must uphold the law.

Caleb is a great match for Aurora.  Although, there’s little time for romance while being chased by an angry kidnapper, the two fall in love.  Caleb was raised in a large family and is dedicated to them.  He was astonished to find his missing brother and is eager to return him to The Circle Eight Ranch.  Managing to escape and travel toward home is a venture Caleb wouldn’t have been able to undertake without the strength and bravery of Aurora.  The venture is made even more suspenseful with the sparks of romance between the two.

I found THE CIRCLE EIGHT:  CALEB to be a very enjoyable western romance.  It was hard to put down.  There are several twists and turns and the characters are wonderful.  There is more action than romance in this novel, however, the romance is quite spicy!

Rating: 4

Heat Rating: HOT

Reviewed by: Molly Waters

Courtesy of My Book Addiction and More


WANTED by J. Kenner

Wanted (Most Wanted Series #1)



Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

Published date:  January 7, 2014

ISBN-13: 9780804176668

Genre: Erotic Romance

Series: Most Wanted #1

Source: Received for a honest review

Book Description

He is everything I crave, all I desperately want—and he is everything I can’t have.
Evan Black embodies my every fantasy. He is brilliant, fierce, and devastatingly handsome. But he is also headstrong, dangerous, and burdened with secrets.

My family warned me to stay away, that I could never handle Evan’s dark dealings or scarred past. Maybe I should have listened. Maybe I should have run. But our desire is undeniable, and some temptations you just can’t fight.

And from the moment we touch—the passion between us consuming us both—I know that I will never be the same.

My Thoughts

This book has a raw magnetism that will suck you in and not let you go!  For Angie, Evan Black is the forbidden fruit.  She can look, but never touch.  That is until her beloved Uncle Jahn dies and all the rules change.  His comforting touch turns into a flame that will not be put out.  But a promise from Evan to Jahn, keeps him from acting on his feelings.  He’s wanted Angie since the moment he laid eye on her, but he’s trouble….with a capital T.  Into illegal activities and a background that would scare even the toughest girl, Evan knows he should leave Angie alone.  He knows he’s no good for her, despite how much he wants to own her, control her, and ultimately love her.  However, upon learning that Angie secretly wants everything that Evan can give her, he promises to help her fly.  To show her the world and give her pleasure that will leave her begging for more.  But with Evan’s secrets that could endanger them both and Angie’s grief and guilt over the death of her sister, forever may not be an option for them.  As Angie learns to be herself and not the person everyone expects her to do, she finds that Evan may be everything she’s ever needed.  Can she hold onto him or will she have to learn to fly alone?

I am quite the newbie to J. Kenner and her style and genre, but I found this book very well written with an excellent plot and saucy, sexy dialogue as well as some sweltering sex scenes!  I loved this book from start to finish, and I am usually not a fan of first person writing.  Reading as Angie learned how to be herself and not live the life her sister would have led was highly entertaining.  I enjoyed watching her character change and deal with her new freedoms and feelings.  Evan’s bad boy alpha male character is definitely sexy and lust-worthy.  His bad boy exterior helps to hide his sensitive side.  I loved the mystery surrounding the art collection and the suspense involving Angie’s ex-boyfriend, an FBI agent.  The end just keeps you turning page after page. I wish I could tell you more, but I just don’t want to ruin the plot!  Pick up your copy today and get lost in J. Kenner’s Wanted!

Rating: 4.5

Heat Rating: Extremely Scorching

Reviewed by: AprilP

Courtesy of My Book Addiction and More






TWITTER: @MonicaBurns



Genre: Historical Erotica Romance

Series: The Self-Made Man series #1

Source: Received for an honest review from the publicist and/or author.



  • Series: The Self-Made Man series
  • Paperback: 306 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (April 22, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1499203608
  • ISBN-13: 978-1499203608


From bestselling erotic romance author, Monica Burns, comes the story of a man willing to submit, and the woman with the strength to heal his soul.
One man’s submission to pleasure
As a solicitor seeking justice for victims of violence, Tobias Lynsted must maintain control at all times while working in the seedy underworld of London’s East End. The darkness of his world creates a need for the intimacy and release he can only find in the forbidden pleasure of submission in the House of Dark Pleasures. The kind of pleasure where a powerful man has the freedom to let go of his control for a few sweet moments of oblivion under the command of a lovely Domme. But when a blackmail scheme forces him to marry, the last thing he expects in a wife is a woman who will satisfy the darker side of his nature and make him yield to her command.
One woman’s awakening
Lady Jane Grisham has no desire to marry, but choosing marriage over a life of destitution is an easy choice to make. Although Jane knows love is for the foolish, Tobias awakens her most wicked and darkest of desires, but he’s also a threat to her secret life in the BDSM establishment, the House of Dark Pleasures. In the sinful world of domination and submission, Jane finds refuge from the repressive constraints of society by making a man surrender to her will. Her face hidden behind a mask, Jane uses her blossoming skills to make Tobias surrender not only his body, but his secrets as well. But she quickly discovers that the greatest test of her strength is trusting Tobias with her heart.
A passion that overcomes the darkness of the past.
HIS MISTRESS by Monica Burns is an exciting Historical  Erotica Romance set in 1892 London. Volume 1 in “The Self-Made Man series”, and what a beginning. A quick read to me. I read it in one setting.
A lady with dark desires, meets a gentleman with a tortured past who also enjoys dark desires. A marriage of convenience and blackmail is just the beginning in this tale of submission, sensuality, bondage, dominance, and the power of love to heal old wounds.
Meet, Tobias Lynsted, a solicitor seeking justice for victims of violence in the underworld of East End, London. Through, blackmail, Tobias meets the woman of his darkest fantasies, he just doesn’t know it yet. And Lady Jane Grisham, a lady with dark secrets, who chooses marriage over a life of destitution, meets the man of her darkest dreams.
Together, they form a bond, that is so much more than sex, and submission.
Filled with hot sex, BDSM, domination, secrets, regrets, deceit,  lies, and finally love and romance. It’s not just about sex and domination, as Tobias, and Jane, learn….when the heart gets involved it’s all about coming to grips with one’s past, letting on and finding your HEA. Loved it!!
Ms. Burns writes with finesse, passion, emotion, and her sex scenes are well written, with taste and emotion. I look forward to the next grand adventure in the “Self- Made Man” series. If you enjoy Erotica, romance, and finding a great tale to curl up to, than, HIS MISTRESS, is just the book. Received for an honest review.
REVIEWED BY: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More


LETTING GO by Maya Banks

Letting Go (Surrender Trilogy #1)


Surrender Series—Book 1


Genre: Erotica—BDSM D/S

Series: Surrender Trilogy #1

Source: Received for a honest review

Publisher: Berkley Trade

Published date:  February 4, 2014

ISBN-13: 9780425272947



Book Description*Goodreads*

Josslyn found perfection once, and she knows she’ll never find it again. Now widowed, she seeks the one thing her beloved husband couldn’t give her: dominance. Lonely, searching for an outlet for her grief and wanting only a brief taste of the perfection she once enjoyed, she seeks what she’s looking for at an exclusive club that caters to people indulging in their most hedonistic fantasies. She never imagined that what she’d find would be the one man who’s long been a source of comfort—and secret longing. Her husband’s best friend.

Dash has lived in an untenable position for years: in love with his best friend’s wife but unwilling to act on that attraction. He’d never betray his best friend. And so he’s waited in the wings, offering Joss unconditional support and comfort as she works past her grief, hoping for the day when he can offer her more.

When he finds her in a club devoted to the darker edges of desire, he’s furious because he thinks she has no idea what she’s getting herself into. Until she explains in detail what it is she wants. What she needs. As realization sets in, he is gripped by fierce, unwavering determination. If she wants dominance, he is the only man who will introduce her to that world. He is the only man who will touch her, cherish her, love her. And the only man she’ll ever submit to.

My Thoughts

What a fun, saucy, entertaining start to an utterly delicious new trilogy!

When Josslyn finally stops grieving from the unexpected loss of her husband, she decides to go after the one thing Carson could never give her, dominance.  She’s certainly not looking for a love relationship of any kind.  What she wants is someone who can teach her and help her discover the joys of a world she has desired for so long.  After gaining membership into an exclusive Dominance club named “The House”, she decides to go for it, but when she sees Carson’s best friend Dash there, she quickly starts rethinking her decision, especially since she has no idea why he’s there or why he looks so angry to see her…..

Dash has been waiting for three long years for Joss to see him, REALLY see him.  Not just as her friend and shoulder to cry on, but as a man.  A man who’s been in love with her since the first day he saw her.  A man who lived a silent hell knowing that the women he loved and desired was married to his best friend.  So when he learns that she’s going to The House to experiment with dominance, he’s angry.  REALLY angry.  If it’s dominance Joss wants, then he would be the man to introduce her to that world.  He would be the only man to possess and control her. To love her.

As Dash and Joss begin to transform their friendship into something more, Joss struggles with letting go of the past and learning to live in the present.  But is it really Joss who is having trouble with the new dynamics of their relationship or is Dash struggling more than he’s willing to admit? Can Dash and Joss find a happily ever after or will the ghost of Carson be enough to keep them from fulfilling all of their wildest fantasies?

As this was my first experience with a Maya Banks book, I can honestly say that this is a book I thoroughly enjoyed.  The characters, the story, the extreme emotions that radiate off the page, are all aspects of the book that will keep you turning page after page.  The dominant/submissive aspect of the novel was very tastefully done, not at all graphic, and actually quite romantic!  The way Joss was willing to give everything to Dash, trusting him completely, willing to fully submit and give their relationship her all was so endearing.  Dash’s alpha-male personality is uber sexy and exudes confidence and power.  He is certainly a lust-worthy character!  Overall I thought this was a powerful start to a new trilogy and I cannot wait to read the rest!  If the rest of the series is as entertaining and sexy as this one, we are in for a real treat from Maya Banks! Received for an honest review.

Rating: 4.5

Heat Rating: Extremely Scorching

Reviewed by: AprilP

Courtesy of My Book Addiction and More

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