Sixpence & Whiskey by Heather R. Blair

Title: Sixpence & Whiskey
Author: Heather R. Blair
Series:
Toil & Trouble – #1
Genre:
Urban Fantasy
Release date: April 5, 2016
Pages:
173
Synopsis:

29231530By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes…

It’s not easy being a witch. Especially when you’re the youngest and least talented of four sisters. But Persephone Gosse manages the same way she manages her Duluth bar, Toil & Trouble.

With hard work, a smart mouth—and a lot of whiskey.

Seph likes her quiet life…as quiet as it can be when the king of the bears wants her as his queen, a werewolf (or three) wants her dead, and her cold-as-ice ex, Jack Frost, wants…

Well, she hasn’t quite figured that out yet.

But with a bounty on her head and time running out on a half-forgotten prophecy, Seph better get a clue before this witch’s brew blows up in her face.

This book is the first of a 3-book serial.

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Reviewer: Kat

Sixpence & Whiskey is something new from Heather R. Blair. By something new, I mean really new, definitely a different dynamic than her previous titles.

Sixpence & Whiskey is the first of a series of three, centered on the life of Persephone “Seph” Gosse who sees herself as an ordinary witch and wants nothing more than to just live a quite life (as quiet as it can be in her world) running her bar in Duluth called Toil & Trouble, but everything and everyone around her is hellbent on making her life the opposite of ordinary where she cross paths with all different FTCs around her with malign intent–in other words, kill her, or in the king of the bears’ case, marry her. Her world is rocked even further when her ex-lover, Jack Frost, shows up with intentions that is unknown to her…

First of all, I loved this book which is not at all surprising. I’m hooked on this author and her books like a druggie hooked on heroin or something! I made the mistake of reading this book before I went sleep which resulted in me not actually sleeping and just kept reading until I reached the last page. So that should tell you something.

This author has a way of keeping a reader hooked, especially if you’re an Urban Fantasy fan. As I understand it, this was her first Urban Fantasy (she usually writes PNR) but wow, she did a great job on it, it was off-the-charts-amazeballs!

This was an exciting story all throughout but not to the point that you’ll feel burned out in the middle of it all. Seph is a quirky and fun witch that you can’t help but love, and each character you meet in this book is well-developed and more than a little interesting (which is an understatement, I can’t get enough of them).

I HIGHLY recommend this to all fans of this author, you wouldn’t want to miss out on this one! But if you haven’t read any of her stuff and happened to be a fan of Urban Fantasy, I think you should read this–you have to!

This ARC was provided by the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.

** There is currently a special pre-order sale for this book of $0.99 on Amazon! 

About this author

Heather R. Blair wrote her first book in the first grade and hasn’t stopped since. Back then it all about horses, now it’s pretty much the dark, sexy and shivery.

She lives in the frozen north of Minnesota, near that big gorgeous lake called Superior and enjoys hiking when the snow melts. She also does murals, rides herd on four monsters (otherwise known as children, ages 7-17), is slightly obsessed with Martin Freeman, British television and things that go bump in the night.

She loves reading (duh!) and interacting with other bibliophiles and authors.

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The Rules by Elizabeth Brown

Title: The Rules
Author:
Elizabeth Brown
Series:
Off-Limits – #2
Genre:
Erotic Romance
Release date: February 2, 2016
Pages:
324
Synopsis:

25891968When you’re a guy, the rules are simple. Live by the Bro Code:

Rule #1: Always have his back.
Rule #2: Don’t ever leave him stranded.
Rule #3: Never, ever, touch his sister.

Aw, hell. Two out of three ain’t bad.

Warning: This story contains mature humor, a lot of cursing, and of course, sexual situations. It’s intended for adult readers who enjoy that kind of thing.

Rating: Star-FullStar-FullStar-FullStar-FullStar-Full
Reviewer: Kat

I’ve had a fallout from Contemporary Romance. In fact, before I read this book, I actually told myself I will never read another Contemporary Romance book for the next year or so–then Elizabeth Brown ruins it and publishes this book, then I fell in love this book; didn’t expect it, didn’t expect to love this book so much, and most especially didn’t expect it to be something more than what it seems.

Ainsley is suffering from a condition and she’s determined to break through it so she can move on and finally settle in a normal and healthy relationship with someone. Enter Lambo, manwhore extraordinaire. Lambo is everything you want in a book boyfriend. He is hot, rocks the sheets, witty AF, but more than that, sweet as sin. He always had the hots for Ainsley (and vice versa) and when the opportunity presents itself to get tangled (naked!) with Ainsley, naturally, he takes it. He knew it was wrong, Ainsley is his best friend’s little sister and he needed to back off, but the more time he spent with Ainsley, he finds himself deeper and deeper until she’s under his skin…

This book. Wow. Loved it. I already said it above but I couldn’t help but say it again.

Honestly, I’m not a fan of manwhore heroes. I’m so over them, but Lambo was just too charming and I couldn’t resist falling a little for him.

Ainsley. Now, I don’t know where to start. Ainsley is the star of the show for me. My heart reached out to her. I don’t know what else to say, except that she’s a character that will surely stick with me for a very long time.

Overall, great read, great characters, great plot. Highly recommended! I can’t wait for the next book in the series!

This book is more than just a book for me and Elizabeth knows that, but that’s between me and her. 😉

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I’m just a girl with a computer who writes smut. Sometimes it’s funny.

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Get Your Shift Together by Ruby Dixon

Title: Get Your Shift Together
Author: 
Ruby Dixon
Series:
Bear Bites – #2
Genre:
Paranormal Romance
Release date: December 31, 2015
Pages:
98
Synopsis:

28177730I’ve been looking for a mate in all the wrong places. When the right one shows up in Pine Falls with a man in tow, I almost miss her. Caroline Abbott is a sweetheart of a city girl who is making one last stab at keeping her (dead) relationship together. When her fool of an ex takes off and leaves her alone in the forest, I’m more than happy to step into his abandoned shoes.

While I can make her shout with pleasure, I worry those screams will turn to fear when she realizes that my hidden half is a bear.

I can’t keep the secret much longer, but telling her might scare her off for good.

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Reviewer: Arys

Get Your Shift Together by Ruby Dixon is book two in her Bear Bites series and I was happy to see it was about playboy bear shifter, Leo Prufuchs.

Leo is best friends with the hero from book one, Cole Braxton. A playboy, who never really sees a woman past one night, he isn’t expecting to find his mate and nearly misses her especially when she comes into town with her boyfriend in tow.

Caroline Abbott comes to Pine Falls on a last ditch effort to save her dead-end relationship with her boyfriend, Bill. Unknowing, that she’d be the one ditched in the middle of the woods by the jerk. Luckily for her, Leo finds out about her being stranded and goes into the woods to check on her.

Once alone in the woods, the story really picks up as Leo realizes Caroline is his mate and luckily for us we don’t have to wait long for him to go after his girl or make her his.

What I really like about book two is that there is no reluctance in the hero in regards to being with a human like there was in book one. Once the boyfriend is out of the picture and he realizes that she is his mate, he goes for it. And boy is he charming and sexy.

This was a short read, but really sweet and enjoyable. Leo and Caroline are great characters. I very much recommend and can’t wait to read more from Ms. Dixon.

About this author

Ruby Dixon is the secret penname of a NYT and USA Today Bestselling Author.

Shift Out of Luck by Ruby Dixon

Title: Shift Out of Luck
Author:
Ruby Dixon
Series:
Bear Bites – #1
Genre:
Paranormal Romance
Release date: December 31, 2015
Pages:
99
Synopsis:

28177739There are few things that are off limits to the were-bears of Pine Falls, but humans are one of them. Which is a real pain, because I’ve had it bad for curvy Adelaide Laurent ever since she sashayed into town. The fact that she’s forbidden fruit just makes my fantasies all the sweeter.

But when she signs up to go on a weekend camping trip with the town’s biggest player, it’s time for a bear to step in and claim his mate.

I don’t care if it breaks the rules. She’s mine, and it’s time she knew it.

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Reviewer: Arys

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Shift Out of Luck by Ruby Dixon is a fun short erotic romance story and book one in her brand-new shifter series, Bear Bites, and I am happy to say it is off to a hot and sexy start.

Cole Braxton has been obsessed with Adelaide Laurent for three years since she first came to Pine Falls. A bear-shifter who has found his mate, Cole wants no other woman but Adelaide. However, because he’s afraid of physically hurting her since she’s human, he’s kept his distance.

However, when Adelaide decides to go on a camping tour into the woods with the town’s biggest player, he’s not willing to let her go.

Things then begin to heat up between the two main characters and the story takes off from there (though Cole does make things harder than they need to be especially with his worries, but he makes up for it in the end).

As a reader, I love how Ms. Dixon includes both characters POVs, so we get not only the heat from the detailed lovemaking, but also the emotion. Furthermore, I really liked Adelaide as a heroine. She’s confident, bold and not afraid to take charge, even sexually, especially when it means getting her man.

Also, another thing I enjoy about Ms. Dixon’s books is how well-written her stories are and how her supporting characters always have as much personality as the main characters. Leo Prufuchs is charming (albeit a playboy) and funny. He really stood out even for the little bits he appeared. I hope he gets his own story.

If you’re a fan of Dixon’s Bedlam Butchers MC and Ice Planet Barbarians, you’ll enjoy her new series. Shift Out of Luck is definitely a must read.

About this author

Ruby Dixon is the secret penname of a NYT and USA Today Bestselling Author.

The Lost Slipper by Alexa Riley

Title: The Lost Slipper
Author:
Alexa Riley
Series:
Fairytale Shifter – #3
Genre:
Erotic Paranormal Romance
Release date: January 3, 2016
Pages:
100
Synopsis:

28250395The first time Stone saw Winnie, she was alone in the woods with no memory of where she came from.

With one look, he knew something was different. When she finally came of age and her mating heat kicked in, he realized that she had always been the one.

Sent to live with a strange family, Winnie was forced to deal with the hateful treatment of her stepmother and stepsisters.

Mating the alpha changed that.

But when her past comes back to find her, will the heat last after the clock strikes midnight?

Warning: This shifter fairy tale is meant to be enjoyed by only those who love this kind of adorable stuff. Think you’ve got what it takes? Then come on in!

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Reviewer: Arys

The Lost Slipper by Alexa Riley is book three in her fairytale shifter series and all I can say is…perfect! From the very beginning with the prologues from Winnie and Stone’s POVs, Ms. Riley had me at “Please.”

Out of the three books (each can be read as a standalone, though why would you want to miss out on the others?), Winnie and Stone’s has now become my favorite! Ms. Riley’s stories just keep getting better and better with her signature sexy love scenes that I’ve come to love mixed with an absorbing character-driven plot that had me glued to my kindle the whole way through.

From the first book, Stone has come across as the very strong alpha, controlled, and at times indifferent, but underneath his big wolf exterior he’s completely just as obsessed, possessive, emotional, and in love as the rest of his brethren who have found their mates before him.

Winnie is a bear shifter who was found lost in the woods with no memory of her family or who she was before Gray Ridge. From the start she’s felt a connection with Stone and over the years she has wanted him to notice her and want her like she’s wanted him, even if as just friends. However, he’s kept her at a distance, as if she were a stray and not worthy enough for his attention asking her to go to Gwen instead. A notion her mean stepmother and two stepsisters, the family Stone asked to take her in, continually remind her as they verbally abuse her and treat her as their own personal servant (I really wanted Winnie to go all bear on her stepsisters and teach them a lesson).

The Lost Slipper picks up where Book 2 ended, with Stone bursting in and announcing Winnie is his. In an instant, Stone claims Winnie as his mate. However, instead of everything falling into place and being all hearts and roses, Winnie does not feel the pull of being Stone’s fated mate like he does. Rather, it is hard for her to easily accept him as her mate even though she’s loved him for so long. He’s spent years pushing her away and now all of a sudden, he wants her?

I love that Winnie’s willing to push back and ask for what she wants. To not fall in line because Stone is alpha and her mate. She wants Stone’s love, but only if it’s real, and not because nature tells him that he has to love her. My heart went out for Winnie and for Stone. This story brought out a lot of emotions and I couldn’t get enough of these two.

So Stone sets out to prove to Winnie that he loves her and that it has always been her since the first day he brought her home after they found her. He’s so sweet in this story while still being his dominant alpha self.

Besides the romance and very hot scenes between Stone and Winnie, Ms. Riley even adds in a little bit of mystery with a rogue shifter prowling Gray Ridge.

My favorite quote from the book is, “Cinderella wishes she had it this good.” And I wholeheartedly agree, Winnie completely has it better than Cinderella especially with her wolf-charming, Stone.

Overall, the Lost Slipper is a must read and I eagerly recommend it to anyone who loves a great shifter romance with a fairytale twist. Another great edition to the series and I can’t wait for the next story.

About this author

I’m Alexa Riley! Mom, wife, and business woman by day and smut writer by night. I specialize in the Dirty Date Night reading. I wrote my first book, Owning Her Innocence, because well, I just couldn’t find any daddy books to my liking. So I sat down and just started writing, bringing the fantasies I find myself often dancing to in the dark of night to life, one page at a time.

Alexa Riley is my alter ego. I can’t let the other soccer moms know what I’m up to or the guys at work for that matter. Little do they know that they’ve got nothing on my dirty talk.

I’m here to give you a quick fix of filthy dirty smut. Got a few hours to kill? Then I’m what you’re looking for.

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Heartbreaker’s Bet by Donna Cummings

Title: Heartbreaker’s Bet
Author:
Donna Cummings
Series:

Genre:
Contemporary Romance
Release date: December 8, 2015
Pages:
78
Synopsis:

28153132I need someone to help me become a heartbreaker. And I’ve picked you.

Bettina Knox’s dating life was a disaster. What she needed was some expert instruction on becoming the love-’em-and-leave-’em type. Luckily she found the perfect man for the job – a professional-grade flirter, adored by every woman he encountered. It was all fun and games, until she started falling for her way-too-sexy teacher.

So you want me to give you all my secrets for breaking hearts. Even though I’m not convinced I’ve ever broken any.

Troy Callahan thought he’d heard it all in his years of owning a popular sports pub. Then this sweet, sassy woman waltzed up insisting he was going to teach her how to break hearts. He’d been a wingman forever, so why not help her unleash her inner bad girl? There was just one problem: turning Bet into a heartbreaking assassin had somehow put his own heart at risk.

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Reviewer: Arys

Heartbreaker’s Bet by Donna Cummings is a short story that focuses on Troy Callahan, the best friend and wingman of Matt Kearns from Cummings’ previous book, Back on Track.

Co-Owner of Calhoun’s with Matt, Troy’s feeling a little bit adrift with his best friend in a committed relationship and maybe a little bit envious. After Matt is unable to hang out, Troy settles in at the bar of Calhoun’s for a drink and a game, but an unexpected proposition from the lovely Bettina Knox throws him for a loop.

Bettina is tired of dates not going past the first date once they find out she is a kindergarten teacher, as if she wants a bus load of kids for herself. Instead she wants to be the one to leave men at the end of the date, be a heartbreaker. So she asks Troy to teach her how to be a heartbreaker which he surprisingly agrees to.

What follows is a humorous and romantic story between Troy and Bet, as Troy names her, that was absolutely cute and enjoyable. I couldn’t help but smile at Bet’s attempts at flirting. Throw in a bartending competition to add a little tension and Heartbreaker’s Bet makes for delightful read. The pacing of the story moved well and the characters had great chemistry from the start. I also enjoyed Troy’s relationship with Matt and easy banter with Allie.

I happily recommend reading Heartbreaker’s Bet.

This copy was provided by the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.

About this author

I have worked as an attorney, winery tasting room manager, and retail business owner, but nothing beats the thrill of writing humorously-ever-after romances.

I reside in New England, although I fantasize about spending the rest of my days in a tropical locale, wearing flip flops year-round, or in Regency London, scandalizing the ton.

I can usually be found on Twitter, talking about writing and coffee, and on Facebook, talking about coffee and writing.

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Innocent Christmas by Alexa Riley

Title: Innocent Christmas
Author: 
Alexa Riley
Series:
Innocence – #3
Genre:
BDSM, Erotic Romance
Release date: December 17, 2015
Pages:
52
Synopsis:

26859056It’s a Christmas wedding for Daddy William and his little, Haley.

The final chapter in their story is one with a little pink, lots of bows, and lots of Daddy’s attention.

Warning: Their happily ever after is filled with full-time DD/lg play as William and Haley embrace their lifestyle with open arms. If being innocent at Christmas is a dream come true, then this is the novella for you!

NOTE: Innocent Christmas can be read as a standalone but might be more enjoyable after reading Owning Her Innocence & Innocent Getaway.

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Reviewer: Arys

Innocent Christmas by Alexa Riley is a sweet and very sexy erotic romance that will have you both heating under the collar with its heady dose of lovemaking and smiling at the absolute cuteness that is Haley and William.

Book three in Ms. Riley’s Innocent Series, Innocent Christmas can be read as a standalone, but I definitely recommend reading Owning Her Innocence and Innocent Getaway. You don’t want to miss a delectable moment between Daddy William and his Little Girl Haley (though DD/lg play may not be everyone’s cup of tea, I think it is worth giving it a try), especially because it all leads to the pinkest Christmas wedding you’ll ever be invited to.

At the start of the story, William and Haley have been together for a while, full-time DD/lg, and both couldn’t be happier. Haley has been planning their Christmas wedding for months. Now it’s finally close, only a day away, and Haley is feeling needy for a pleasurable spanking from her Daddy William. This starts the many hot frolics between the two main characters on their way to becoming man and wife, culminating at their wedding night, and ending with a satisfying epilogue. I happily enjoyed every minute of this story.

Haley and William are great characters. Reading from book one to this last installment, I liked their growth, especially from Innocent Getaway to Innocent Christmas, as a couple: gaining confidence in each other (individually and as a couple) and in their chosen lifestyle. It made this third story in the series all the more satiating.

Overall, Innocent Christmas was a delightfully steamy read that I very much recommend. Looking forward to reading more from Ms. Riley.

About this author

I’m Alexa Riley! Mom, wife, and business woman by day and smut writer by night. I specialize in the Dirty Date Night reading. I wrote my first book, Owning Her Innocence, because well, I just couldn’t find any daddy books to my liking. So I sat down and just started writing, bringing the fantasies I find myself often dancing to in the dark of night to life, one page at a time.

Alexa Riley is my alter ego. I can’t let the other soccer moms know what I’m up to or the guys at work for that matter. Little do they know that they’ve got nothing on my dirty talk.

I’m here to give you a quick fix of filthy dirty smut. Got a few hours to kill? Then I’m what you’re looking for.