Family Values, by Delilah Devlin

devlin-family-valuesFamily Values, by Delilah Devlin
Series: Lone Star Lovers, Book 8 (Stand-Alone)
Release Date: November 3, 2015

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Buy Links: Publisher / Amazon

I received a copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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Angelina Flores lived a perfect ranch-kid childhood, complete with three princes on horseback who treated their housekeeper’s daughter like a princess. At age eighteen, the fairytale came crashing down when she realized she had to choose between Brand, Nate and Eli McAffee. 

And when she did choose one—she lost all three.

She’s older now. Wiser, thanks to her college education and a few years’ distance. A distance she’d planned to maintain…until her mother begs her to fill in at the ranch while she takes care of a sick relative. 

The minute her boots hit the front porch, the memories come flooding back, right along with the hunger. It’s tough to put the past behind her when temptation is so close. Especially since the brothers seem bound and determined to woo her. Separately. Together. Whatever it takes to keep her right where she belongs—in their arms.

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Book Review: Angels With Clipped Wings, by Stephanie Rabig

rabig-angels-clipped-wingsAngels With Clipped Wings, by Stephanie Rabig
Less Than Three Press, November 10, 2015
Word Count: approx. 17,000 words

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Warning: contains attempted suicide scene.

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Eli is an angel sent on a routine assignment: help prevent a young woman with depression from taking her own life. But he’s received complaints about the way he’s dealt with previous cases, and so this time he has a supervisor, Adam, watching his every move.

Then they meet Samantha, the woman they’ve been assigned to help, and even Adam cannot easily say that rules should always be followed.

My Review: I really enjoyed this short story about guardian angels who are sent to Earth to help save a woman from committing suicide. The characters were each really interesting, and they meshed together really well. Eli and Adam, the two angels, bickered back and forth but with a strong underlying friendship, and Sam was very much human as she struggled with her depression.

I really loved that the author tackled issues that aren’t usually found in romance stories. Depression and suicide are usually avoided, but Stephanie Rabig made them a central focus of the novel. She also addressed Sam’s bisexuality, and the bi-erasure that so many bi people experience.

While the story was very short, I think it included a lot of interesting subplots, and it felt like a well balanced story. There’s no overt religiousness, and no erotic scenes, just three people trying to find love against all odds. Really lovely!

I received an advanced copy of this novella in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Buy Link: Publisher

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Review: Bound With Passion, by Megan Mulry (Rating: 4/5)

Bound With Passion, by Megan Mulry
Publisher: Riptide Publishing (July 6, 2015)
Page Count: approx. 253 pages
Genre: Threesome (M/F/M) Erotica/Historical Romance

Rating: 4 out of 5 (what this rating means)

* I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. *

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Cover Artist: L.C. Chase

Cover Artist: L.C. Chase

Summary: When Lady Georgiana Cambury’s best friend informs her that he can’t inherit his family’s country house unless he marries, Georgie thinks she’s found the solution to all of her problems. She can help Trevor with his legal issue, and continue traveling Egypt in search of new horse stock to purchase without the burden of being an unwed woman. A marriage in name only. But Trevor is already madly in love with his long-time partner James, and Georgie doesn’t expect to find herself attracted to both of them as they begin to prepare for the wedding.

My Thoughts: Before you start reading this book, make sure you’re alone in the room and have a glass of ice water next to you, because damn this novel is hot! There’s a lot of sex here, in every combination you can imagine. But there’s also a really fantastic relationship winding its way through the passion, and that’s what made this novel so great for me.

Sometimes Georgie prefers to be the regal Lady Georgiana, while other times she prefers to be George, a slightly effeminate lad. But with whatever gender she prefers that day, the one thing she never wants is a relationship… she’s vowed to never fall in love.

James and Trevor want Georgiana and George both, but they’re going to have to work hard to chip away at her shell and unlock the love and emotions that she keeps hidden away. And Georgie is going to have to decide if she’s willing to give up her independence for a relationship, even if that relationship is one filled with love.

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Review: Book of Love, by Julia Talbot (Rating: 2/5)

Book of Love, by Julia Talbot
Publisher: Samhain Publishing (June 30, 2015)
Page Count: approx. 110 pages
Genre: Threesome (M/F/M) Erotica/Romance

Rating: 2 out of 5 (what’s this mean?)

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Cover Artist: Leah Kaye Suttle

Cover Artist: Leah Kaye Suttle

Summary: When Shiloh volunteers to watch her friend’s bookstore for a few days, she doesn’t expect anything exciting to happen. But when she finds a strange book on the shelf– a book filled with erotic drawings and strange symbols– she unknowingly unlocks a sexually-charged dark magic spell. Liam and Elijah, online friends who explore the paranormal, are called into the town to help, and get drawn into the sexual energy of the summoning with Shiloh.

My Thoughts: This novella is basically just a PWP– porn without plot. Or rather, there is a plot, but the plot exists solely to create as much erotica as possible, with little care given to anything else. Not that this is a bad thing! The erotica was pretty damn smokin’, and the three characters are gorgeous together.

The TV went on and, barring the fact they were naked, being hunted by a demon and relative strangers, it was totally normal.

Yeah, that about sums it up. Three strangers come together because of a magical sex spell, and can’t resist the attraction between them. A lot of sex follows. But honestly, I didn’t have a problem with the fact that this was just an erotica short novel.

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Review: Kneel, Mr. President, by Lauren Gallagher (Rating: 4.5/5)

Kneel, Mr. President, by Lauren Gallagher
Publisher: Samhain Publishing (June 9, 2015)
Page Count: approx. 300 pages
Genre: Threesome (M/F/M) Romance

Cover Artist: Angela Waters

Cover Artist: Angela Waters

Short & Sweet: Take one stressed-out President, an extremely worried First Lady, and a head of Secret Service who will do anything to protect the man he secretly loves. Mix with a generous amount of BDSM and sex. Shake well. Twenty years ago, James and Kent were friends-with-benefits when they were in the Navy SEALs together, but James has since moved on to marry his love, Carlene, and is now President of the USA. Kent sticks as close as he can, sworn to protect James with his own life if need be. But when the stress of an impending war starts to take its toll on James, Carlene comes to Kent with an… unusual solution.

My Thoughts: Whew, you’re going to need a glass of ice water when you finish this one! I wish that I’d known going in that Lauren Gallagher writes under some very familiar pen names (L.A. Witt/Lori A. Witt), because then I would have known what to expect here and could have prepared myself for this incredibly well-written, scorching hot story!

James is cracking at the edges, and his wife, Carlene, is terrified that her husband is going to end up broken or worse– dead. In the middle of the night, when he’s tossing and turning, James calls one name over and over, and it’s not his wife’s… it’s Kent’s. But Carlene is desperate to help, so she proposes something to Kent that scares both of them: carte blanche for Kent to do whatever he needs to keep James from going over the edge.

“You two have a history.” She broke eye contact and glared out at the forest. “Go back to that history if you have to.”
“Our hist–” Kent blinked a few times. “Are you… are you asking me…”
“Sleep with my husband?”
He gulped and then nodded slowly.
Carlene squared her shoulders and lifted her chin slightly, still staring down the trees. “If that’s what it takes, then yes.” (ePub page 12)

It doesn’t take long for Kent to realize that what James needs is more than just sex; he needs to let go, to be dominated, and to forget about the weight of the world on his shoulders for a while.

This novel is fairly light on the actual kink, but heavy on the emotional power exchange. Kent and Carlene form an uneasy truce to dominate James, and for Carlene to learn from Kent’s own experience as a Dom. But there’s no sado-masochism or bondage here, just James’ desperate need to have someone controlling him. And Kent is more than happy to take up the role, even believing that their arrangement can never be anything more than temporary.

Because there was nothing in the universe hotter than a man with that much power getting down on his knees. Kneeling at Kent’s feet, completely focused on obedience and surrender and beautiful submission– willingly and gratefully offering up the most profound power exchange Kent had ever experienced. (ePub page 192-193)

And let’s not forget how amazing Carlene was! So often in these types of novels, the female is an after-thought, or isn’t treated as equal to the main characters. But Carlene was a strong, realistic character who was never dismissed in favor of Kent and James. She was loving, jealous, confused, everything a woman in that situation would be. And it was almost painful at times to read about Kent, long-suffering and self-sacrificing, showing his love for James in the only way he can. But James was the lynchpin, holding everything together, and loving both his wife and his best friend equally.

As a bonus, I like that James was definitively stated as being bisexual. He wasn’t just straight with a one-off for his best friend; there’s actually an entire scene where James discusses his bisexuality, and how he discovered what that meant.

I blazed through this novel in a single sitting. I literally couldn’t put it down, because I was so wrapped up in these characters and their emotional journey. It wasn’t just James’ discovery of his submissive tendencies, or Carlene’s desire to help her husband heal… it was the three lovers on a journey to come together in one relationship.

Despite the rather cheesy title, this was definitely one smokin’ hot, brilliantly-written novel!