Book Review: The Professional by Kresley Cole

The Professional (The Game Maker Book 1)

Author: Kresley Cole

Genre: Erotica

Warning: BDSM, highly emotionally scarred mafia enforcer, and saucy red-headed curvaceous beauty who should be totally off bounds

Rating: R18+

Length: 452 pages

Synopsis

He makes the rules…

Mafiya enforcer Aleksei “The Siberian” Sevastyan’s loyalty to his boss knows no bounds, until he meets the boss’s long-lost daughter, a curvy, feisty redhead who haunts his mind and heats his blood like no other. Ordered to protect her, Aleksei will do anything to possess her as well—on his own wicked terms.

Rules are made to be broken…

Grad student Natalie Porter had barely recovered from her first sight of the dark and breathtaking Sevastyan before the professional enforcer whisks her away to Russia, thrusting her into a world of extreme wealth and wanton pleasures. Every day under his protection leads her deeper under his masterful spell.

Are you ready to play?

Yet all is not as it seems. To remove Natalie from an enemy’s reach, Sevastyan spirits her into hiding. From an opulent palace in Russia to the decadent playgrounds of the mega-wealthy in Paris, the two lovers will discover that even their darkest—and most forbidden—fantasies can come true…

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Book Review: A Matter of Time Vol. 2 by Mary Calmes

A Matter of Time Vol. 2 (A Matter of Time Books 3 & 4)

Author: Mary Calmes

Genre: Contemporary Gay Romance

Warnings: Violence, kidnapping (or adultnapping), and a creepy serial killer with peeping tom tendencies and mommy issues

Rating: M

Length: 298 pages (novel)

Related Books:  Piece of Cake by Mary Calmes (A Matter of Time Book 8); Parting Shot by Mary Calmes (A Matter of Time Book 7); Ears, Eggs and Bunnies by Mary Calmes (A Matter of Time Book 6.5); But For You by Mary Calmes ( A Matter of Time Book 6); Just Jory by Mary Calmes (A Matter of Time Book 5.5); Bulletproof by Mary Calmes (A Matter of Time Book 5); Book Review: A Matter of Time Vol. 1 by Mary Calmes (A Matter of Time Books 1 & 2)

Synopsis

Three years ago, Jory Harcourt changed his name and shut the door on a past full of pain, only to emerge stronger on the other side. He has a new career, a great working partner, and a satisfying life—except for the hole in his chest left behind when police Detective Sam Kage walked out with his heart.

Now Sam’s back and he knows what he wants… and what he wants is Jory. Jory, who doesn’t know if he can survive another break up or losing Sam to his dangerous job, resists returning to the arms of the only man he has ever truly loved. But when a serial killer with a score to settle targets Jory, he will have to decide if love is worth the danger as he tries to solve the case and keep Sam safe.

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Book Review: A Matter of Time Vol. 1 by Mary Calmes

A Matter of Time Vol. 1 (A Matter of Time Books 1 & 2)

Author: Mary Calmes

Genre: Contemporary Gay Romance

Warnings: Mild violence & the threat of rape

Rating: M

Length: 280 pages (novel)

Related Books:  Piece of Cake by Mary Calmes (A Matter of Time Book 8); Parting Shot by Mary Calmes (A Matter of Time Book 7); Ears, Eggs and Bunnies by Mary Calmes (A Matter of Time Book 6.5); But For You by Mary Calmes ( A Matter of Time Book 6); Just Jory by Mary Calmes (A Matter of Time Book 5.5); Bulletproof by Mary Calmes (A Matter of Time Book 5); A Matter of Time Vol. 2 by Mary Calmes (A Matter of Time Books 3 & 4)

Synopsis

Jory Keyes leads a normal life as an architect’s assistant until he is witness to a brutal murder. Though initially saved by police Detective Sam Kage, Jory refuses protective custody—he has a life he loves that he won’t give up no matter who is after him. But Jory’s life is in real jeopardy, especially after he agrees to testify about what he saw.

While dealing with attempts on his life, well-meaning friends who want to see him happy, an overly protective boss, and a slowly unfolding mystery that is much more sinister than he could ever imagine, the young gay man finds himself getting involved with Sam, the conflicted and closeted detective. And though Jory may survive the danger, he may not survive a broken heart.

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Book Review: Burnt Offerings by Laurell K. Hamilton

Burnt Offerings (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter Book 7)

Author: Laurell K. Hamilton

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Warning: Violence, vampires, zombies, animators, werewolves, wereleopards, wererats, rotting vampires, body snatching vampires (I mean you, Traveler), rape, mutilation, disfigurement, and necromancy

Rating: MA15+

Length: 392 pages (novel)

Related Posts: Book Review: The Killing Dance by Laurell K. Hamilton (Anita Blake , Vampire Hunter Book 6); Book Review: Bloody Bones by Laurell K. Hamilton (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter Book 5)

Synopsis

“You can’t trust anyone who sleeps with the monsters.”

That’s what I’ve always said. That’s what I’ve always believed. But now I’m the one sharing a bed with the Master Vampire of the City. Me, Anita Blake. The woman the vampires call the Executioner. From part of the solution, I’ve become part of the problem. So it hits close to home when an arsonist begins to target vampire-owned businesses all over town — an arsonist who seems to want to destroy more than just property. It’s the monsters who are in danger now. And it’s up the Executioner to save them from the inferno…

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Book Review: Guilty Pleasures by Laurell K. Hamilton

Guilty Pleasures (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter Book 1)

Author: Laurell K. Hamilton

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Warning: Violence, vampires, wererats, blood play, pain play, zombies, animators, and ghouls

Rating: MA15+

Length: 355 pages

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Synopsis

Anita Blake may be small and young, but vampires call her the Executioner. Anita is a necromancer and vampire hunter in a time when vampires are protected by law—as long as they don’t get too nasty. Now someone’s killing innocent vampires and Anita agrees—with a bit of vampiric arm-twisting—to help figure out who and why.

Trust is a luxury Anita can’t afford when her allies aren’t human. The city’s most powerful vampire, Nikolaos, is 1,000 years old and looks like a 10-year-old girl. The second most powerful vampire, Jean-Claude, is interested in more than just Anita’s professional talents, but the feisty necromancer isn’t playing along—yet. This popular series has a wild energy and humor, and some very appealing characters—both dead and alive.

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Book Review: Strange Candy by Laurell K. Hamilton

Strange Candy (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter Book 0.5)

Author: Laurell K. Hamilton

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Warnings: Vampires, ghosts, demons, & supernatural baddies of all kinds

Rating: M

Length: 257 pages

Related Posts: Anita Blake Book Challenge

For the purposes of my Anita Blake Book Challenge, I only reviewed the three Anita Blake related short stories that are part of this collection.

Synopsis

#1 New York Times bestselling author’s Laurell K. Hamilton’s first short story collection-including an all new Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter story.

Known for her darkly violent, stunningly erotic Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter novels, New York Times bestselling author Laurell K. Hamilton reveals new dimensions of her talent in these fantastical fairy tales and lush parables as she welcomes readers to the far corners of her fertile imagination.

From a woman who marries into a family of volatile wizards to a couple fleeing a gang of love-hungry cupids, from a girl who seeks sanctuary in the form of a graceful goose to the disgruntled superhero Captain Housework, readers will revel in the many twists and turns of fortune in these unique, sometimes surreal visions. Hardened vampire hunter and zombie animator Anita Blake gets blindsided by the disturbing motives of her clients in the never-before-published “Those Who Seek Forgiveness” and in “The Girl Who Was Infatuated with Death.”

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Book Review: Cookies for Courting by Amber Kell

Cookies for Courting (Tales of the Curious Cookbook Book 4)

Author: Amber Kell

Genre: Gay Romance

Warnings: Part of the Tales of the Curious Cookbook series. However, each book can be read as a standalone and in any order.

Rating: M

Length: 68 pages (novella)

Synopsis

After his sister’s death, businessman Marshall Hunter gains custody of his niece. Unused to children, Marshall struggles to connect with her. In an effort to make her more comfortable in her new home, he hires professional muralist Pace Barlow to personalize her room.

Pace is intrigued by his tiny client, and even more interested in her handsome uncle, but Pace isn’t certain he’s ready for the commitment of an instant family.

When Marshall decides to move for the sake of his niece, will he be able to keep his relationship with his young artist, or will he have to give up love to become a good father for a lonely little girl?

The love baked into an old-fashioned recipe might bring the two men together, but some things take more than magical cookies to fix.

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Book Review: Change of Heart by Mary Calmes

Change of Heart (Change of Heart Book 1) 

Author: Mary Calmes

Genre: Gay paranormal romance

Warnings: Werepanthers, sex in partially shifted form

Rating: M

Length: 260 pages (novel)

Synopsis

As a young gay man—and a werepanther—all Jin Rayne yearns for is a normal life. Having fled his past, he wants nothing more than to start over, but Jin’s old life doesn’t want to let him go. When his travels bring him to a new city, he crosses paths with the leader of the local were-tribe. Logan Church is a shock and an enigma, and Jin fears that Logan is both the mate he fears and the love of his life. Jin doesn’t want to go back to the old ways, and mating would irrevocably tie him to them.

But Jin is the mate Logan needs at his side to help him lead his tribe, and he won’t give Jin up so easily. It will take time and trust for Jin to discover the joy in belonging to Logan and how to love without restraint.

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Book Review: Owner of my Heart by Valentina Heart

Cover for the 1st edition of Owner of my Heart

Owner of my Heart (Mending the Rift Book 2)

Author: Valentina Heart

Genre: Gay fantasy & fairytale

Warnings: Male pregnancy, part of a series

Rating: M

Length: 133 pages

Related Posts: Book Review: King’s Conquest by Valentina Heart (Mending the Rift Book 1)

Please note that I read the first edition of this book, which was published by Silver Publishing in 2012. A second, revised and re-edited, edition was published with Totally Bound Publishing in 2014.

Synopsis

Can King Merin face his loss, save his husband and protect his kingdom, or have his enemies finally found a way to defeat him?

When an enemy Merin thought defeated takes his unborn children away from him, he’s at the end of his rope and still has to find enough strength to save his husband Rin from the clutches of sorrow. Unable to find peace, they must deal with an aggressor who plots to ruin any chance of happiness they might have. To make things worse, the newly united countries must prepare for a war against a vicious invading army that’s using the weakened state of the kingdom for its benefit.

How will Merin and Rin recover from their terrible loss and give their people heirs? Will the newly united countries work together as one to save Merin’s kingdom—and his family—from the ongoing dangerous challenges? Can love truly push through all obstacles, or will their enemies discover their weaknesses and finally achieve victory?

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Book Review: King’s Conquest by Valentina Heart

The cover of the 1st edition of King’s Conquest

King’s Conquest (Mending the Rift Book 1)

Author: Valentina Heart 

Genre: Gay fantasy & fairytale

Warnings: Mpreg

Rating: M

Length: 96 pages (novella)

Please note that I read the first edition of this book, which was published by Silver Publishing in 2012. A second, expanded, edition was published with Totally Bound Publishing in 2014.

Synopsis

The only way for Prince Rin to save his kingdom is to marry a king and bear a child, but will he survive his fate?

In a world where two kingdoms are constantly at war, Prince Rin, heir to the throne of the Kari kingdom, has been demanded as a war conquest by King Merinej of Jeda. The prince must travel to his enemy’s kingdom and share the king’s bed, bearing him a child, or the war will continue. But the prince will not lower himself to what he sees as nothing but the title of a whore, so he demands a contract requiring the king to be faithful to him. After all, giving Merinej a child will threaten Rin’s life.

Even going into the marriage headfirst, Rin expected nothing more than a business arrangement. Instead, he receives affection, yet the more surprising realization is his willingness to give love back. However, the king cannot save Rin from those who wish him harm, and their union might be over before it can fully bloom. Continue reading “Book Review: King’s Conquest by Valentina Heart”