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Guest Review: Dream Lover: Paranormal Tales of Erotic Romance Edited by Kristina Wright

Posted June 4, 2011 by Book Binge Guest Blogger in Reviews | 0 Comments

Genres: Paranormal Romance

Mary’s review of Dream Lover: Paranormal Tales of Erotic Romance by Kristina Wright (editor), Megan Hart (foreword), Victoria Janssen, Lana Fox, Lucy Felthouse, Kate Pearce, Madeline Moore, Nikki Magennis, Ericka Hiatt, Justine Elyot, Delilah Devlin, Shanna Germain, A.D.R. Forte, Craig Sorensen,Kristina Lloyd, Saskia Walker, Sacchi Green, Alana Noël Voth

Supernaturally sensual and captivating, Dream Lover is a feast of fanciful delights. Kristina Wright, editor of the popular Fairy Tale Lust, presents a potent potion of fun and sexy tales filled with male fairies and clairvoyant scientists, as well as darkly erotica tales of ghosts, shapeshifters, and possession. Dream Lover asks the reader to explore the realm of the otherworldly and answer the question . . . who is your dream lover?

Dream Lover is a collection of seventeen quite short but red-hot and steamy stories, each with their own little paranormal twist. From a ghostly encounter with a dead poet to a mermaid and her lost mate, a rainmaker who just needs her man, to dead lovers reuniting through new lovers there’s something for everyone.

When you pick up this collection, be sure to read the foreword by Megan Hart, which is so very well written. I love what she has to say about fantasies and how, “in fantasies, we’re safe.” The experience of imagining the forbidden is so tantalizing, especially when we know it can’t possibly come true. She says that “darker fantasies blend boundaries of reality.”

While I didn’t enjoy every story—there were a couple that kind of creeped me out—there are some that I really love.

DEVIL’S FOOD by Shanna Germain: In a town filled with humans, angels and demon-kind, everyone needs a little something sweet to eat and Lire runs the bakery that fulfills that need. When a man stumbles in her door craving sugar, she satisfies his need. When he returns, she gets to satisfy her own needs. Yahoo, hot bakery sex. Even better when the guy tastes like dark chocolate with a touch of sea salt. I loved the humor in this one and the pure fun Lire has with Thadeous. Plus, there’s a talking toad who just doesn’t know when to shut up.

VANILLA by Victoria Janssen: Two researchers find love in a kitchen which, of course, leads to hot kitchen sex. Woo-hoo! Louisa’s a dedicated researcher looking for tenure and devoting all her energies to her programs. But when she runs across Devlin, a fellow researcher, making cookies in the communal kitchen. As he goes about combining ingredients, including the seeds from a vanilla bean, she senses his sensual pleasure and, drawn in by the scent of vanilla, she makes the first move. This one was sweet, with a bit of geek love.

FOR HUMAN’S, LOVE’S ALL ABOUT WEIGHT by Lana Fox: Hettie inherits a strange bird from her neighbor, a bird that comes with only three instructions: don’t open the cage, don’t sing in front of him, and don’t ever kiss him. Of course, she does all three and wakes up to find the cage empty and a birdman sitting at the end of her bed. This leads to a bit of flying and a balancing act in a tree and… well, it’s interesting to say the least. I liked how the birdman was written to be very bird-like including molting and migrating. His devotion to Hettie is a little saccharine but, considering she saved him, understandable.

FOLLY by Kate Pearce: Rose is drawn to a crumbling old house and, once she finally gives in and goes through the gate, she finds a carving of the most beautiful man she’s ever seen. And he’s talking to her. Says he’s been calling to her. All he asks is a kiss, which Rose gives and nearly face-plants into the wall he’s carved on. Her kiss sets him free for the night (ooh, what a night!) but he can only be truly free with the sacrifice of a life. I liked this one because it was more like a legend and I’m a huge sucker for myths and legends.

Overall, Dream Lover has some great stories of lovers reuniting and finding new love, all with paranormal twists.

Rating: 3.75/5.0

This book is available from Cleis Press. You can buy it here or here in e-format.

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Guest Review: Fairy Tale Lust: Erotic Fantasies for Women edited by Kristina Wright

Posted December 11, 2010 by Book Binge Guest Blogger in Reviews | 0 Comments

Tracy’s review of Fairy Tale Lust: Erotic Fantasies for Women edited by Kristina Wright

Award-winning novelist and top erotica writer Kristina Wright goes over the river and through the woods to find the sexiest fairy tales ever written. Playfully seductive, supernaturally sensual, and darkly erotic, Fairy Tale Lust showcases clever twists to classic tales and introduces new stories inspired by the ever-popular genre. Here, a walk in the forest is likely to lead to an erotic encounter with a mysterious stranger and the silver light of a full moon might illuminate an orgy of sensual delights! Highly imaginative and downright stimulating, these stories take fairy tale erotica to the next level. Top erotica contributors deliver sizzling work, including Janine Ashbless, Rachel Kramer Bussel, Delilah Devlin, Shanna Germaine, and Saskia Walker.

Fairy Tale Lust takes the fairy tales we’ve heard for years and puts a big ole erotic twist into them. While not a large book it holds 18 short erotic stories from a multitude of authors. The stories range in subject matter but most are well done. There’s really something for everyone in the book ranging from a woman trying to find her perfect mate, to adulterous men, to a little woman on woman action.

A couple of my favorites:

Ducking by Craig Sorenson – a story about a woman who was constantly ducking out of the way so that people wouldn’t notice her. She never considered herself beautiful but was shown by a stranger that she could make the most of what she had and men would find that attractive. Cute and funny.

Gildi and the Unwieldy, Ineffectual Committee of Bears by Jeremy Edwards – This was about a woman in a rock band who was playing for a college. Her room wasn’t ready on campus and all she wanted to do was find a room, dream about college dudes and masturbate. A wonderful take on the Goldilocks story and quite sexy to boot.

There were others that I enjoyed as well and a few that I found a little too dark for my liking. I think what I discovered about myself while reading this book is that while I found all of the stories erotic I decided that I like my fairy tales on the lighter side. Add some humor and I’m good to go. The darker stories I just didn’t find as enjoyable. But I’m one woman and what I like some others may not, and vice versa.

I would definitely recommend this book if you’re looking for short, erotic reads.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

You can read more from Tracy at Tracy’s Place

This book is available from Cleis Press. You can buy it here or here in e-format.

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What I Read Last Week

Posted November 29, 2010 by Tracy in Reviews | 11 Comments

I hope you all had a nice week. For those of you celebrating Thanksgiving I hope you had a wonderful holiday. Ours was spent at our home with lots of family and laughter – the best way, imho. Of course it was fabulous having Thursday and Friday off as well – who can complain about 4 days off work? Not me! lol
My oldest has her first boyfriend. OMG shoot me. Yes, she’ll be 13 at the end of December but it just makes me feel old. lol And yes, we’ve moved into the modern age – the boy TEXTED her to ask her. *sigh* Granted they’ve been friends for a while and text all the time so I guess he thought it made no difference. Maybe I should have a talk with him….ok, maybe not. lol
My youngest brought home her first report card of the year and it was excellent! I’m so proud of her! I love that she loves school and does so well.
In case you didn’t see it, the Desert Island Keeper blog is recruiting for new members. The questions that need to be answered and then emailed to me are here so if you are interested, or know of anyone who might be, have them email me by Saturday, December 4.
My first read for the week was Styx’s Storm by Lora Leigh. This is book 212 in the Breed series. Oh wait, it’s only book 22! lol Anyway, I really like the series a lot but this one wasn’t the best I’ve read of them. The heroine, Storme, was the daughter of a council scientist and she felt that her brother and father cared more for the Breeds they created than they did for her – and the Breeds ended up killing them. She’s been on the run from both the good Breeds and the Council Breeds for 10 years because she carries secret research her father had completed and is finally caught by Styx who ends up being her mate. Or is he? He feels all the possessiveness that a mate would feel but the mating fever hasn’t started. She’s drawn to Styx but yet scared of the Breeds. This was good, but not really a romance, imho. It had more sex and fear in it than romance but yet the h/h fall in love. It did answer some questions that were brought up in Jonas’s book though so that was nice. 3.5 out of 5
Fairy Tale Lust: Erotic Fantasies for Women edited by Kristina Wright was my next read. Not a long book but has 18 short fairy tales in it. Some dark, some light – all very erotic. I don’t particularly care for the title as I think that men would like this too. J I read this one for The Book Binge so I’ll let you know when the review posts. 3.5 out of 5
Next up was A Duke’s Temptation by Jillian Hunter. This involves a Boscastle but is considered book 1 in the Bridal Pleasures series by this author. Lily Boscastle seeks a housekeepers position after she witnesses a murder and her family doesn’t believe her. Rather than bring more scandal to the family she takes a position with a Duke’s household. She isn’t aware that this is the Duke that she had flirted with and kissed at a previous ball and that he wants her for his wife. It was a good story but the Duke was a tad too unhinged for my liking. No, he wasn’t crazy but I felt it took the eccentric artist/author persona a bit far at times. The romance was very sweet though and I really liked Lily and Gravenhurst together. 3.75 out of 5
My next read was Fun with Dick and Shane: The Life and Times of a Submissive Houseboy by Gillibran Brown. Utterly frustrating at times but quite entertaining…and supposedly real. *shrugs* who knows? You can read my review here. 4 out of 5
Bloodlines by Jessica Lee was an m/m book that I read for The Book Binge. Evin KinKaid kicked out of his shifter pack for being gay and not conforming to his dad, the Alpha’s, wishes about whom to marry. A year later and he meets Mason who he accidentally infects. He then seeks his father’s help for Mason. A very good shifter story with a nice twist at the end. 4 out of 5
My Tracy’s TBR Challenge read for the week was Three Nights with a Scoundrel by Tessa Dare. Why did this sit on my shelf so long? I think I bought it when it first was released. It’s one of those ones I’m kicking myself over since it was so darned good! Maybe because I wasn’t too attached to Lily and Julian in the first two books in the series but really, the two made for a very good couple and their romance was beautiful. Lily’s deaf and I think it made for such intimacies between her and Julian that wouldn’t normally have been there. Just a darned good story. 4.5 out of 5
My Book Binge reviews that have posted since last week:
Bayou Moon by Ilona Andrews – so darned good!
Happy Reading!

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