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Beyond The Page & Giveaway: “Cooking Up A Storm” by Ashley Ladd

Aug 5

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Today it’s my pleasure to welcome Ashley Ladd to CABR.

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She’s chatting about her new m/m contemporary erotic romance, 

COOKING UP A STORM.

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There’s a giveaway too 🙂

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Review: “Between Friends (Book 1, Friends with Benefits)” by Vristen Pierce

Aug 31

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Review: A two-lime rating says it all, right? I requested this book from NetGalley because it sounded ‘hot’ and I’d never read anything by Vristen Pierce before.

BETWEEN FRIENDS is an erotic romance novella, so I fully expected the female lead and at least one of the guys on the cover to hook up pretty quickly, so that was not an issue. What was? The lack of connection between the reader and the supposed instant chemistry between Stacy and guy #1, Justin, as they did the ‘bump and grind’ on the dance floor of a club where Justin’s friend, Evan, works as a bartender.

Stacy first connected with Evan but as he was working, ended up spending time with Justin before taking the plunge into the world of one-night stands.

I’m sorry but the dance floor scene did nothing for me. Even worse, neither did the first sexual encounter between Stacy and Justin, and later on, between Stacy and Evan.

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Filed Under: Erotic Romance

Review: “Beyond Eden (Eden book 1)” by Kele Moon

Mar 30

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STAR-4

 

 

Review: Kele Moon’s debut novel leaves quite an impression. 404 pages long, this is not a quick read but it is a good one.

Although BEYOND EDEN lacked detail when it came to most of the BDSM pain scenes between Paul and Danny, you do get to see the full evolution of Eden’s renewed relationship with her two childhood best friends.

This was a departure for me. I’ve never read a ménage à trois like this before, with such dark themes and where there are two couples that become one about half-way through the story.

That being said, Ms Moon does a great job pulling you into the bonds between Eden and Paul, then Paul and Danny, Eden and Danny, ending with the rocky road to love amongst all three.

Paul’s fiancee, Trisha, is a true piece of work! I wonder if she will appear in a future book? Boy would that be a reveal of hidden, deeply-buried desires. If anyone can make this cold lady appealing, Ms Moon can. 🙂

I mention Trisha because Paul’s impending marriage to this “vanilla sex” woman has put a severe strain on his secret relationship with Danny, the man who loves him as he is but who can’t express that because thanks to Paul’s domineering, career-military father, being gay is just plain wrong.

Sadly we don’t get to see Paul interacting with his family, not even in a key scene near the end but what saves BEYOND EDEN is Ms Moon’s ability to fill you in through her characters’ conversations and recollections.

The reference to, but lack of interaction with, Paul’s family, plus the limited interaction with Eden’s family and the lack of detail when Danny and Paul engaged in fire play, are the reasons why I struggled when rating this book.

Ultimately, Ms Moon does a great job of bringing Eden, Paul and Danny closer together on an emotional and physical level, with details of a key BDSM scene in the latter half of the book which convinced me to give it 4 stars.

A significant reason for this came in the last quarter of BEYOND EDEN. Man-of-his-word that Paul is, he refuses to cut ties with Trisha and his domineering father, so Eden and Danny make a painful decision.

They find their own version of HEA and I was left wandering if Paul being part of their lives would require a sequel. But no…Paul finally, finally, allows himself to feel more than physical pain and sexual release, thus paving the way for him to seek his own version of heaven – a fully-committed relationship with his two dominant partners, Danny and Eden. (Eden may dominate Paul but she in turn is submissive to Danny).

Yup, this is NOT your average dominant-submissive story, which is what makes it special. BEYOND EDEN is not for everyone. You’re likely to either love it or hate it but you won’t walk away feeling bored nor are you likely to ever forget Eden, Paul and Danny. 🙂

 

Beyond Eden coverTitle: Beyond Eden

Series: Eden, book 1

Author: Kele Moon

Rating: 4 stars

Publisher: Ellora’s Cave

Publication date: September 2010

Blurb: Three lifelong friends find themselves tangled in a web of love, pain and dangerous secrets in this erotic Garden of Eden tale.

Tall, dark and handsome Danny Carlow has always gotten whatever he wants except for the two he wants more than anything–his best friends, lovers Paul and Eve.

Determined, he waits like a snake in the grass, poised for the right moment to offer them a temptation too delicious to resist.

Artist Eve Everton makes the painful decision to leave her true love Paul for the siren call of New York City. Ten years later, with her life in shambles, she returns. When Paul’s waiting arms aren’t available, Eve falls for Danny’s charm and finds herself a willing accomplice in the dangerous games Danny plays.

Former college football star Paul Mattling is now a successful attorney with a bright future ahead of him. But behind those brilliant blue eyes are secret desires for a taste of the forbidden. Will he play it safe or give in to Danny and Eve and bite the apple?

BUY Links: 

Amazon

Barnes & Noble

Ellora’s Cave

Filed Under: Erotic Romance, Reviews
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