Halloween Heat II By Rachel Firasek, Selena Illyria and Dawn Montgomery

Halloween Heat II By Rachel Firasek, Selena Illyria and Dawn Montgomery

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  • BN ID: 2940015575736
  • Publisher: Etopia Press
  • Publication date: 10/6/2012
  • Series: Halloween Heat , #2
  • Source: From Author (Rachel Firasek) for Review

Synopsis:

Halloween Heat II
An Anthology of Erotic Paranormal Ménage

Three stories of blazing paranormal ménage. Hot dragons, sexy wolf shifters, and scorching threesomes to make an unforgettable Halloween night.

“Master Me” by Rachel Firasek
“Dragons at Samhain” by Selena Illyria
“Witchvine Seduction” by Dawn Montgomery

My Thoughts:

I am always curious about collections of stories and how they will play together when published in a collection such as Halloween Heat II.  I was pleased with the balance between each of these three erotic stories.  Each story has a clear plot line yet there are similar threads that waves the main idea of these stories together and more than just the heat level.  Don’t get me wrong there is a ton of heat in each of the stories.  If you are looking for a hot and steamy group of short stories that have a Halloween theme this is the book to check out.  It is hard to review a group of story stories without giving too much of the story away.  What I will say is that all three of these authors brought they best to the table.  They are fun, hot, sexy and well written stories.  Each has it own twist that draws you in and heats you up.  Great collection.

My Rating:

4 Penguins

Mr. Buff by April Angel

Mr. BuffMr. Buff by April Angel

  • BN ID: 2940015553734
  • Publisher: Etopia Press
  • Publication date: 10/4/2012
  • Source: Won From Author Twitter Party

Synopsis:

Every morning, Alexandra drinks in the sexy vision of Mr. Buff through his office window across the street. He takes his workouts seriously, and Alexandra never misses the opportunity to see him return, sweaty and pumped, to his office suite to shower. Turns out Andrew enjoys the view just as much as she does and can’t take his eyes off the woman who makes his blood roar.

But when Alexandra bumps into Mr. Buff at a club, things go from visual to physical. And much to her delight, she learns that Mr. Buff is really Mr. Dominant. She loves spending time with him and getting to know him the way nature intended, but she’s looking for more than a fling. How’s she supposed to make Mr. Buff realize he’s Mr. Right?

My Thoughts:

Mr. Buff is true to the title this was one hot and steamy read that left me want more, a  lot more.  That being said there was a sweet side to Mr. Buff as well.  Alexandra was messed up from a previous relationship but she enjoys checking out the man across the way, otherwise known as Andrew, each morning over her cup of coffee as he comes out of the shower in his office after his morning workout.  What she doesn’t know is that he enjoys watching her just as much.  When the two meet at a club, she quickly learns that he must be in total control and turns her world upside down.  This sexy story changes when Andrew’s ex throws herself at him and Alexandra witnesses it.  With all of her insecurites from her previous relationships she flees.  Andrew has to figure out how to win her back and it might mean he has to face a side of himself that he doesn’t know he has. 

April Angel knows how to put together a story that is balanced and includes enough heat to make you want more but also a story line that makes it worth the read.

 

My Rating:

4 Penguins

Blackberry Winter by Sarah Jio

Blackberry WinterBlackberry Winter by Sarah Jio

    • ISBN-13: 9780452298385
    • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
    • Publication date: 9/25/2012
    • Pages: 320
    • Source: Netgalley

Synopsis:

In 2011, Sarah Jio burst onto the fiction scene with two sensational novels—The Violets of March and The Bungalow. With Blackberry Winter—taking its title from a late-season, cold-weather phenomenon—Jio continues her rich exploration of the ways personal connections can transcend the boundaries of time. 

Seattle, 1933. Single mother Vera Ray kisses her three-year-old son, Daniel, goodnight and departs to work the night-shift at a local hotel. She emerges to discover that a May-Day snow has blanketed the city, and that her son has vanished. Outside, she finds his beloved teddy bear lying face-down on an icy street, the snow covering up any trace of his tracks, or the perpetrator’s.

Seattle, 2010. Seattle Herald reporter Claire Aldridge, assigned to cover the May 1 “blackberry winter” storm and its twin, learns of the unsolved abduction and vows to unearth the truth. In the process, she finds that she and Vera may be linked in unexpected ways…

My Thoughts:

 Blackberry Winter is a book that is full of personal experience and connection that links the past to the present in remarkable ways.  It all starts with a freak snowstorm in May which is just unheard of until Claire’s editor realizes that there was a twin storm that happened in 1933 on the very same day.  This screams to him that there must be a story about this “blackberry winter.”  He sends Claire off on what she thinks will be a wild goose chase, but what else can she do with her marriage falling apart at the seams.  She starts digging and finds out a missing boy, Daniel, who went missing during that “blackberry winter” storm so many years ago.  Claire feels that she must solve what happened to the boy, even more so because she is feeling the lost of her own child.  Claire feels that the loss of the baby is her fault, she insisted going out for a run late in her pregnancy and was hit by a car.  Things have fallen apart from there and she is sure that her husband is having an affair with his ex-girlfriend who also works at the paper.  Claire uncovers and heals more than anyone could every imagine as she set on solving what happen to Daniel Ray.  

At first, I was not sure about the manner in which this book was written as it was a big confusing.  The story line switches back and forth from the story being told from Claire’s point of view to Vera Ray, Daniel’s mother’s, point of view.  It was a little bit to adjust to story line but then I got to really enjoy it.  I enjoyed the different in manner that the two women posses and how similar their pain was despite the difference in circumstances.  It is a brutally honest and emotional book full of emotional highs and lows.  This is not a book that I would typically read but I am glad that I read this one.  I never saw the ending coming or how much would be exposed.  

The only thing that I would have liked more closure on is what happens in Claire’s lift after the story has unfolded.  What happens to her and her marriage?  Do they heal and move on or do they fall apart?  There are some hints but nothing solid enough for me.

My Rating:

4 Penguins