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The Principal’s Office by Jasmine Haynes

The Principal’s Office by Jasmine Haynes

Berkley Trade, February 2012; ISBN-10: 0425247163

Rachel Delaney, divorced mother with two boys, isn’t complaining. Her life is fine. Really. There is one thing that could make it better, though: a strong, warm, male body to help her make it through the occasional lonely night. No strings, and no relationship, thanks. Just a little fun with a perfect stranger. And there’s no more perfect a stranger than Rand.

He’s tall, blond, unattached, smokin’ hot, and looking for the same thing Rachel is: wild, abandoned sex with no limits, no last names, and no complications-until Rachel’s eldest son gets in trouble in class.

Only then does Rachel discover that her down-and-dirty, dangerously sexy mystery lover is also the new school principal. They’re not exactly the ideal role models for a troubled student acting out his own frustrations. With Rachel’s life turned upside down, Rand’s the only one who can make it right-by maybe taking their hot-bodied hook-ups into a warm-hearted new direction.

Available at: Amazon

Firelight by Kristen Callihan

Firelight by Kristen Callihan

Forever, February 2012; ISBN-10: 1455508594

“Like moths to a flame, readers will be drawn to the flickering Firelight and get entangled in the first of the Dark London series. Combining Stephen King’s Carrie and Beauty and the Beast, Callihan crafts a taut tale filled with sexual tension. This is one of the finest debuts of the season.” —RT Book Reviews

London, 1881. Miranda Ellis’ gift and curse destroyed her family fortune and she’s forced to marry the mysterious, masked and disfigured Lord Benjamin Archer. Archer feels passion for his flame-haired bride, but she demands more than he can offer. Miranda begins to have suspicions about his actual age. If her young, virile husband is only in his 30s, why are his friends so much older? When his companions from the West Moon Club are found brutally murdered, Miranda’s search for the truth will draw her into a frightening, dark world where her uncanny power may be the only means to save Archer’s soul.

Available at: Amazon

An Unsettled Range by Andrew Grey

An Unsettled Range by Andrew Grey

M/M Romance from Dreamspinner Press, January 2012; ISBN: 1613723296

The last thing Liam Southard expects when he flees his abusive father is to be taken in by a couple of gay ranchers. Soon he has a new job and a new perspective on his sexuality, and his life starts to turn around. Then someone pulls a gun on him.

In Troy Gardener’s defense, the gun thing was a mistake. Between his marriage falling apart and living in his uncle’s isolated hunting cabin, he’s been a little edgy. He wants to make it up to Liam, and once he discovers how much they have in common, he wants even more. But with Liam’s father popping in unexpectedly and a mining company threatening the ranch’s water supply, the only guarantee is that life is never going to be boring.

Available at: DreamSpinner | Amazon

Model Men: Gay Erotic Stories by Neil Plakcy (Editor)

Model Men: Gay Erotic Stories by Neil Plakcy (Editor)

Cleis Press, November 2011; ISBN-10: 1573447269

Who hasn’t experienced a pang of lust or longing at a photo of a male model? Whether a hundred times life size on a billboard or romping through the pages of a glossy magazine in his Calvins, Tommys or Ralphs, the male model is the gold standard for masculine beauty. The characters in these stories run the gamut, from the billboard-gracing Aiden in Cynthia Hamilton’s “Big Picture,” to life models in drawing classes, to runway models, to ordinary guys immortalized in a catalog shoot in T. Hitman’s “When Gary Met Larry.” They hook up with artists, photographers, roommates and lovers, in locations from New York to Miami to a beach in Australia, and many places in between.

One thing all the male models here have in common is sex appeal and a yen for man-on-man action. These aren’t the kind of guys who say, “look but don’t touch” — they want to be touched, and in all the right places! The authors here, some of the best writing in gay erotica today, have taken hold of the idea of the male model and run with it. Here’s hoping you enjoy reading these as much as Neil Plakcy enjoyed working with the authors and assembling this collection.

Teen twinks, fresh-faced twenty-somethings, and the ravishing runway rogues in Model Men make for a tribute to the glory of gorgeous gay men. These erotic stories explore the undeniable attraction to classic good looks, charisma, and glamour. Neil Plakcy has gathered sensational stories of sizzling porn bodies, sexy boys next door, tantalizing tricks, and sublime Mr. Right Nows. Intertwining favorite fantasies and gay lust, this collection is guaranteed to sing a siren song to those embodiments of perfection who walk among us. More then just pretty faces and heavenly bodies, the men in this volume give as good as they get.

Available at: Amazon

Steamlust: Steampunk Erotic Romance by Kristina Wright (Editor)

Steamlust: Steampunk Erotic Romance by Kristina Wright (Editor)

Cleis Press, October 2011; ISBN-10: 1573447218

Steamlust is romantic erotica that reflects the excitement, fantasy, and rebellion of steampunk. Not sure what steampunk is? Think Victorian elegance and aesthetics meets futuristic invention and exploration. The genre of steampunk has transcended the Victorian (or Edwardian) eras — in Kristina Wright’s inventive anthology, it can be any time period, real or imagined, that blends elements of science, history, fantasy, and technology.

Steampunk erotic romance is shiny brass and crushed velvet, mechanical inventions and romantic conventions, sexual fantasy and kinky fetish. It’s steam powered sexy romance! Editrix extraordinaire Kristina Wright creates a lush and fantastical world of women-centered stories and romantic scenarios, a first for steampunk fiction. Fetishizing the wardrobe, language, fantasy and rituals of steampunk, Steamlust includes alternate histories, second worlds, time travel, and contemporary settings.

Available at:  Amazon

Red Velvet & Absinthe: Paranormal Erotic Romance by Mitzi Szereto (Editor)

Red Velvet & Absinthe: Paranormal Erotic Romance by Mitzi Szereto (Editor)

Cleis Press, September 2011; ISBN-10: 1573447161

Review by Kristina Wright: Keeping the tradition of Gothic literature alive, perennial editor Mitzi Szereto gives us Red Velvet and Absinthe: Paranormal Erotic Romance. As Szereto states in the introduction, her goal was to not only offer readers an anthology that was reminiscent of the Gothic classics, “but take things further by adding to the brew a generous portion of eroticism that’s far less restrained than what transpired between Cathy and Heathcliff.” And so she does! This scrumptious collection will thrill the fans of Gothic literature with a titillating collection of stories that inspire shivers of both desire and dread.

The best word to describe Red Velvet and Absinthe is atmospheric. These stories are written to draw you into a world unlike any you’ve ever known and make you believe in the things that lurk in the shadows. The authors have done an admirable job of paying tribute to the Gothic masters and mistresses of old, putting a new spin on familiar Gothic tropes. In most of the tales, things are not always as they seem and the reader is left breathless with anticipation right up until thFe end. All of the stories are sensual treats and the level of eroticism varies from what you might find in a more traditional Gothic story to contemporary literary erotic explorations.

As is befitting the subtitle, Paranormal Erotic Romance, there are number of paranormal elements to be found in the stories. Shape-shifters, werewolves, vampires and otherworldly creatures are well-represented with interesting interpretations and twists. My favorite stories in this collection include Janine Ashbless’s poignant “Cover Him With Darkness,” Charlotte Stein’s creepy “Dolly” and Zander Vyne’s shocking “La Belle Mort.” Each story is so well-written and so delicious that it’s enough to make you put the book down and contemplate what you’ve just read—and then reread it all over again.

Despite the short format, each author in Red Velvet and Absinthe delivers a complete and complex erotic tale. Mitzi Szereto is known for choosing the very best of literary erotica for her anthologies, and this book is representative of the very best of the genre. With fifteen unique stories (as well as an introduction by Szereto and a foreword by paranormal author Kelley Armstrong), gans of paranormal and Gothic stories will find a few favorites among this collection—and be eager to share their opinions (and maybe copies of the book) with friends.

Available at: Amazon

Desire’s Edge by Eve Berlin

Desire’s Edge by Eve Berlin

Berkley Trade, September 2011; ISBN: 0425241408

Winner of the 2011 Holt Medallion Award!

One woman discovers the freedom of giving in to desire in the latest from the author of Pleasure’s Edge. Sexual dominant Dante De Matteo knew Kara Crawford back in high school, but he never imagined her darkest fantasies would align so perfectly with his. When Dante lands a job at Kara’s law firm, intense desire draws them closer while deep-rooted fears threaten to pull them apart — unless they can embrace both the pain and pleasure of love.

Berlin’s got a knack for tight plotting and hot sex. A truly erotic romance that will keep readers squirming as they race toward the pitch-perfect climax.”RT Book Reviews-4 ½ Stars
Available at: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Seven Years to Sin by Sylvia Day

Seven Years to Sin by Sylvia Day

Brava, September 2011; ISBN-10: 0758231741

Seven years ago, on the eve of her wedding, Lady Jessica Sheffield witnessed Alistair Caulfield in a scandalous scene no innocent young miss could imagine. Shocked, yet strangely titillated, she’d held her silence. But through years of serene, unremarkable marriage, Caulfield’s image remained burned into her imagination, fuelling illicit dreams…

As a successful merchant, Alistair has little in common with the rakehell youth she knew. But when newly widowed Jessica steps aboard his ship for a transatlantic passage, seven years’ worth of denied pleasures are held in check by nothing more than a few layers of silk – and the certainty that surrender will consume them both…

“… I was glued to the pages of Seven Years to Sin. Mixed with explicit love scenes, charming story and the drama of life, Sylvia captured me and left me in awe. Hands down, you have to read this book!” —Tiffany, TheSeasonForRomance.com

Available at: Amazon

Girls Who Bite: Lesbian Vampire Erotica by Delilah Devlin (Editor)

Girls Who Bite: Lesbian Vampire Erotica by Delilah Devlin (Editor)

Cleis Press, September 2011; ISBN-10: 1573447153

These are no Twilight tales — the stories in Girls Who Bite are varied, unexpected, and soul-scorching. Best-selling romance writer Delilah Devlin and her contributors investigate vampire myths from around the world, and add fresh girl-on-girl blood to the pantheon of the paranormal.

Take a walk on the wild side with some of the hottest erotic romance authors out there. In “La Caida,” a Mexican “salt-eater” saves a fallen angel and redeems her own soul. In “Bloody Wicked,” a powerful witch’s spell to lure a lover turns her into a vampire’s love slave. Through a “Pet Door,” a shapeshifting vampire meets the dominatrix of her dreams. South African “Impundulu” sweeps you back to a vampire’s primeval beginnings. With a list of contributors that include Adele Dubois, Christine d’Abo, Paisley Smith, Myla Jackson, Shayla Kersten, and Vivi Anna, Devlin delivers a dark and sexy read you can sink your teeth into!

So, sit astride the dome of St. Peter’s Basilica, sail with modern-day pirates, watch a meteor fall to earth, and taste the powdery wings of a Monarch butterfly. Not things you’d expect in a vampire tale? Then sip O-positive from a femoral artery while tugging at the silky strands of your lover’s hair. Eternally delicious.

Available at: Amazon

Big Big Love, Revised: A Sex and Relationships Guide for People of Size (and Those Who Love Them) by Hanne Blank

Big Big Love, Revised: A Sex and Relationships Guide for People of Size (and Those Who Love Them) by Hanne Blank

Celestial Arts; Revised edition, september 2011; ISBN-10: 158761085X

Review by Kitty Stryker: Many sex guides expect the reader and their lover/s to have a slender, athletic body, and their tips are offered accordingly. But what if you have a soft belly, rounded thighs or a plump behind? These guides can often offer frustration in place of titilation if you’re built for comfort. Thankfully, there is a new, revised edition of Hanne Blank’s book “Big Big Love: A Sex and Relationships Guide for People of Size (and Those Who Love Them)” to give everyone else sex advice they can really use.

On top of the excellent advice and information ranging from health to navigating the dating world, this edition has a bunch of fresh new interviews from body-acceptance activists to fatshionistas, along with some brilliant new illustrations and hundreds of new quotes from fat folks and those who care about them. Ranging from practical advice (sex positions and toy usage) to emotional support (building confidence and myth-busting), it’s a full-figured resource. This is not just a book for plus-sized people, however, and there’s a great, thoughtful section just for fat admirers on how to be a supportive lover and ally. The revised “Big Big Love” proves itself to be just as indispensable as it was when it first came out.

Available at: Amazon

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