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Spectators by Maggie Wells
* I received a copy of this eBook from Sapphire Night Books in exchange for an honest review*

From the moment she steps into the exclusive Spectator Club, Grace Andrews finds herself caught between heaven and hell. Dark and light, two halves of a delicious whole, partners Damien and Gabriel are intrigued by the newest member of the club. Intrigued enough to take her initiation in hand…and mouth. And anything else. Because at the Spectator Club, anything goes.

What would you do if you inherited a large sum money, join a sex club, of course.   Grace had already done all of the things normal people do such as buy a house, pay off her bills and add to her retirement but she wanted, no needed something more.  She is sure her aunt would be shocked that this elementary librarian is now a member of The Spectator Club.

Damien and Gabe are the owners of The Spectator Club and both are intrigued by their newest member, Bethany Jade.  They are delighted that she wants to spend the evening with them and plan on making her first time at the club memorable.  She is more than willing to follow their lead.

What this story lacked in length, it definitely made up for in sexiness.  From start to finish this book was super hot.  I loved the scene on the dance floor; it immediately set the tone for the story.  Both Damien and Gabe are sexy and definitely know how to please a woman.

I loved that even though it’s a short story the characters had depth.  Grace is stepping out of her comfort zone and embraced her experience at the club.  I enjoyed Damien and thought he was super sexy but Gabe caught my attention right away.  There is something from his past that keeps him from experiencing human touch.  He takes his pleasure from watching and participating, as long as he is the one touching.

I hope that there will be some sort of follow up to this Dirty Bit because I want to learn more about Gabe, besides they did invite her back to the club.

Overall I enjoyed Spectators and give it 4 Flaming Hearts.

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Rocky Mountain Heat by Vivian Arend
* I received this ARC free from the author in exchange for an honest review

Six Pack Ranch, Book 1

Blake Coleman is old enough to know that acting on impulse causes nothing but a heap of trouble. But when trouble’s a western-hat-wearing blonde with slim legs that go on forever, what’s a man to do? Wanting the sweet girl next door is just wrong. The responsible thing to do is keep his hands off.

Jaxi has other plans for Blake’s hands, and his heart. She may have once considered him a big brother, but that was a long time ago. She’s all grown up now and ready to convince him that she’s perfect for him. Except he can’t seem to see past the big “don’t touch” sign that’s apparently still hanging around her neck.

When Jaxi ends up living right under Blake’s nose, the undeniable heat between them slides off simmer and leaps up to barn-burning levels. However, a few of the younger six-pack Colemans have decided Jaxi’s brand of trouble is worth risking a few busted bones.

That is, if Blake’s finally ready to let go the reins and fight for what he wants…

Warning: Sexy cowboys seducing and being seduced in trucks, pool halls and barns. Droolworthy country charm, a little double-teaming, a few secrets and a whole lot of brothers to look forward to. Anyone wanna go for a ride?

Jaxi has been a fixture on the Coleman ranch ever since she was a little girl.  They have always made her feel like part of the family so she never hesitated when asked to help care for Marion.  It would mean living at the ranch and being near Blake.  She isn’t a little girl anymore and she knows what she wants, Blake Coleman.  She will do whatever it takes to get his attention, even enlist the help of his brothers.

Jaxi has been a fixture at the ranch for as long as Blake can remember.  She’s best friends with his twin brothers and she dated Travis for awhile.  He’s always tried to treat her like his kid sister even once she became the star of his fantasies.  He is around ten years her senior and feels that he is too old for her.  Who knew it only took a game of pool to spur him into action where Jaxi is concerned.

I loved Jaxi’s character.  She may be young but she knows what she wants.  She has been in love with Blake for years and has been taking steps to learn how to be a rancher’s wife.  She is not afraid of hard work and she’s a country girl through and through.  She also manages to hang on to her femininity while mucking out stalls, mending fences and picking vegetables from the garden.

The chemistry between Jaxi and Blake is evident from the beginning but he has to work though his issues first.  Once he does, watch out!!  There are too many good parts to pick out just one but the canning episode in the kitchen and the pool game have to rank as some of the sexiest scenes I’ve read.  One of my favorite laugh out loud moments was the movie date, enough said.

I love how Blake took the sex out of the picture and added the romance to their relationship.  Since he is so much older than Jaxi, he wanted them to take the time to get to know each other.  He didn’t want her regretting her decision down the road.   He was so sexy and sweet and a cowboy to boot.  Can I have one like him, please?

I enjoyed getting to know all six of the Coleman brothers and their parents. I can’t wait to read Daniel’s book next and I hope we find out more about Travis’ secret and Matt and Helen’s relationship.  I agree with Blake and Jaxi where Helen is concerned – I don’t like her very much.

Overall I loved everything about this book and give Rocky Mountain Heat 4½ Flaming Hearts. 

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Bound by Night by Amanda Ashley
* I received a copy of this book from Kensington in exchange for an honest review*

A Vampire’s Kiss Is Forever. . .

Once featured in a horror movie, the crumbling Wolfram estate is said to be haunted by ghosts, witches, and worse. But Elena doesn’t believe a word of it—until she spends the night and wakes up in the arms of a compelling stranger. . .

Tall, dark, and disturbingly handsome, Drake is the most beautiful man Elena has ever seen. For centuries, he has lived alone, and Elena is the first woman to enter his lair—and survive. And Drake is the first man to touch her heart and soul. By the time she discovers who he really is—and what he craves—it’s too late. Blood lust has turned to love, and Elena is deeply under Drake’s spell. But forever comes at a price for each of them. . .

Elena has been living with her aunt and uncle for the last seven years, ever since her parents were killed in a car accident.  Life has been hard but at least her aunt and cousin made it bearable. Her cousin has run off and Elena is now alone with her uncle.  He has been making passes at her for awhile but now things are even worse.  He is determined to marry her and make her his but the thought is repulsive to Elena.  The night she ran away was the beginning of the rest of her life.

Lord Drake Sherrad is growing tired of his life.  His father has been pressuring him to return to the fortress and take his rightful place on the council and fulfill his marriage obligation to the family.  He just wants to live his life in peace at his favorite residence, Wolfram estate.  He never anticipated that the beautiful woman asleep on his couch would turn his life upside down.

Elena has had a hard life but she is still a strong person.  She is afraid of the prospect of being on her own but she is more terrified of her uncle.  Wolfram estate and Drake become her sanctuary until she realizes what Drake is.  She is devastated when their marriage is annulled by his father but soon realizes that Drake and his brother’s have a bigger plan in place.

The story takes place in Transylvania and is full of romance.  Drake and Elena are good together and seem to fill a void in each other.  They love each other deeply and Drake would do anything in the world to keep her safe and happy.  I felt sorry for Liliana, she truly loved her husband but their marriage didn’t provide her with what she truly needed, Rodin’s love.

The story may have been set in modern time but the settings seem to be lost in the past.  The castle didn’t have any modern conveniences and most of the furniture had been there for years.  Even though the fortress had every modern convenience you could imagine, Rodin, King of the fortress, still believed in the old ways and laws of their people and refused to move forward.  Both Elena and Drake helped move the castle and the fortress into the future.

Overall I enjoyed this story and can’t wait to read Kaitlyn’s story.  I give Bound By Night 4 Flaming Hearts. 

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Brick Dust and Bedsprings by Lucy Felthouse
* I received this ARC free from the author in exchange for an honest review*

There are chores to be done, but it’s much more fun to stand at the window and watch the rippling muscles and sweaty torsos of the men paving her driveway- her window sill never got cleaned so thoroughly before!

But when sexy brothers Marcus and Jamie catch their customer looking, the action rapidly moves from the front of the house to the bedroom…

What’s a girl to do when she has two hunky brother’s putting in a new driveway for her – why watch of course but getting caught wasn’t part of her plan?  When she contracted to have a new driveway put in, she never expected it to lead to much more pleasurable activities.

Now she finds herself face to face with Marcus and plans to take advantage of Jamie’s absence.  When Jamie returns the fun really begins.  She hopes that it takes a very long time for her new driveway to be completed.

This was a sexy short story that is perfect if you just have a few minutes to pick up a book or while you are waiting on someone.  The sexual chemistry was evident from the beginning and it will whet your appetite for more.

I enjoyed this short story and give Brick Dust and Bedsprings 3½ Flaming Hearts.

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The Heels Made Me Do It by KJ Reed
* I received a copy of this eBook from Sapphire Night Books in exchange for an honest review*

Following an impulse, Charlotte shows up on base with a surprise to rock her husband’s world. After a long seven months, this deployment is about to end with a slam-bang homecoming. Right. Now.

First off let me say that the men and women in our military deserve the utmost respect and appreciation for what they do every day. That being said, I love the home coming Charlotte gave Jeff. It was fun and very daring.

Charlotte has missed her husband – a lot. He has been deployed for seven months but he on his way home and she has a surprise for him. While shoe shopping, a pair of sexy red heels called to her and she couldn’t resist. Now she’s waiting patiently for him in her sexy red heels and little else in a crowd of military spouses waiting to welcome their loved ones home.

Jeff is hurt and upset when he doesn’t spot his wife right away but all is forgiven when he finds out what she has in store for him. They have always had a good love life but there is something about the thrill of getting caught that sparks more than his interest. His show of dominance pushes all the right buttons for them to have one explosive home coming!!!

This may have been a short story but it was packed with plenty of sexy bits. There was smoke coming off my computer screen the chemistry was so hot between this couple. I think the thrill of getting caught added to the intensity of the moment and pushed them further than they have been before.

I enjoyed this addition to the Dirty Bits collection and can’t wait to read others. I give The Heels Made Me Do It 4 Flaming Hearts. 

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Spirit of the Wolf by Vonna Harper
* I received a copy of this book from Kensington in exchange for an honest review*

Passionate: A cattle rancher with a past he’d rather forget, Matt prefers to be alone. But that all changes the night he meets Cat. Her eyes, her lips, her body-he wants her. He needs her…Primal: Unable to resist the attraction he feels for Cat, Matt takes her with a primitive passion he’s never felt before. The sex is intense and wildly erotic, yet still he hungers for more…Powerful: As he struggles to control his fierce desire, Matt begins to experience a strange kinship with the wolves who roam his lands. Like them, he longs to be wild and free-but can he take Cat with him, or must he leave her behind for a fate not even he understands…

Matt is a cattle rancher that has a special connection to the land.  He has lived with Santos and Addie for years until Santos was found dead where he had been thrown from his horse.  The wolves have returned and the ranchers are getting nervous and want to hunt them.  He senses their leader, Ghost Wolf whenever he is out on the land.  He fears the legacy his father may have left him, his father was Native American.

Cat is a horse trainer and one of the few females in the area.  She is drawn to Matt and sparks fly when they are together.  She is concerned about the changes in Matt’s behavior and the fact that she can hear/sense Golf Wolf too.  Matt is becoming more domineering in their lovemaking and acts like he is possessed.  He doesn’t seem to comprehend her when she tells him no and it’s like something has taken over his body.

The Paiute once roamed the lands.  Their belief in Matich seemed to skip a generation and many of the stories have been lost.  The cave on Cat’s land holds all the secrets, if they can just survive the confrontation with Ghost Wolf.

This story seemed to take me a long time to read because at times it was hard to follow.  I knew going in this was part of the Aphrodisia line but was a little surprised by the sex scenes between Matt and Cat.  I wasn’t expecting the level of dominance and disregard that Matt exhibited toward Cat, almost to the point of nonconsensual sex.  Cat’s behavior also bothered me slightly because she just brushed over the incidents like it was ok, even though she seemed upset about it at the time.

On a positive note, the last 100 pages or so totally redeemed this book in my eyes.  It was interesting learning not only about Paiute legend and the cave paintings but more about the history of these brave Native Americans.  I really enjoyed the ending and was surprised by the twist I didn’t see coming.  I kept expecting a paranormal element, such as a werewolf based on the way Matt reacted to the “footprints” but that was not the case.

I give Spirit of the Wolf 3 Flaming Hearts. 

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Love Through Time by Lucy Felthouse
* I received this ARC free from the author in exchange for an honest review*

Westbury Manor is a stately home with a fascinating past, and when book conservator Emily Stone starts uncovering it, she’s startled by what she finds . . . .

Emily arrives at Westbury Manor with a job to do. She’s to clean and conserve all of the books in their impressive library, preserving them for future generations. Not long into her stay at the house, she bumps into the night guard, George. She’d expected an old, balding guy with a comb over, so the hunky chap she actually meets is a very pleasant surprise. The introductions complete, George leaves Emily in peace to get on with her job. But when a falling photograph sets off a chain reaction of ghostly events, Emily and George are thrown together in order to find out who—or what—is causing them. Their investigation uncovers a tragic past, a lost love, and a stunning secret.

Emily was hired to catalog and clean the library at Westbury Manor.  She is locked in overnight with the night guard as her only companion.  The guard is super sexy and makes Emily forget why she is there but she has a job to do, that will have to wait.  Strange events in the library spook Emily until George tells her the history of Westbury Manor and its former owner.  With Emily’s help, William is able to join the love of his life Jane.

This was a fun short story.  I enjoyed the learning about the history of Westbury Manor and the story of the star crossed lovers.  I don’t know anything about book conservators so it was interesting to see the process of preserving books.

George was super sexy and I am glad that they were able to have a little fun after they helped William find Jane again.  It looks like Emily’s days and nights are going to be filled until she completes her job at Westbury Manor.

I enjoyed Love Through Time and give it 3½ Flaming Hearts. 

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