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    New Fiendish Review: Rock Me by Cherrie Lynn

    Book:                    Rock Me

    Author:                 Cherrie Lynn

    Publisher:             Samhain

    ISBN/ASIN:           9781609280802

    Rating:                  4 Stars

    Release Date:       Out now

    Check out Cherry Lynn’s webpage.

    Is there such a thing as “feel good” erotica? Wait. Scratch that. (tongue in cheek. grinning) What I really meant to say is that Cherrie Lynn’s Rock Me makes you feel good inside. As in warm fuzzy feelings.

    Lynn challenges the current erotic template in such a distinctive way that will have you heading for your eReader and downloading more right after you finished the last book.

    Don't get me wrong, her bad boy/good girl tryst is HAWT but surprising sweet and tasteful. It is also very naughty but in a good way, touching a cord that will expose a readers most heartfelt fantasies and wrapping its tender tale around your heart.

    Her characters Brian Ross and Candace Andrews are the unlikeliest couple and not the atypical template found in erotic romance. The strength of his character, depth of his feelings just telegraph louder than other stories. Brian Ross comes from an affluent family but he went his own way.  There was no way he was going to be molded into a doctor or a lawyer.  Now the black sheep of the family, he owns his own tattoo parlour. He has his life under control. He even quit smoking. But when his ex-girlfriend’s cousin Candace waltzes into his ink shop, nothing will ever be the same again.

    Candace is the type of girl that his family would have wanted him to be with if he hadn’t been in juvie, if he hadn’t had piercings and tats. But he’s drawn to her like to a flame and he can’t figure out why-she’s too sweet. She’s too good for him. He wants to protect her and well…do other things to her as well. But her family and his will not stand for such a relationship between the two of them. They each have to overcome quite a few obstacles and the conflicts are just as swoonworthy as the saucy bits. 

    The overwhelming theme throughout Lynn’s story is love. It is in plentiful supply here and Rock Me feels like a hepped up romance novel with rock solid substance through and through (and all the good bits thrown in for good measure).  Flynn delivers the goods. Does she ever deliver the goods!  

    I loved Rock Me because it was a delicate balance of erotic romance, independence, sexual curiosity, tenderness, and plenty of warm fuzzies. The romance, the estrangements between Brian and Candace and their warring families is out of the box, believable, heartfelt, and when resolved, triumphant and shining. Highly recommended. Ms. Lynn has a new fan girl.

    A Fiendishly Bookish Review and one grumpy cat!


    New Juicy Review: Kiss & Kin by Kinsey Holley

    Book:              Kiss and Kin

    Author:            Kinsey Holley

    ISBN/ASIN:    9781605046129

    Publisher:       Samhain

    Ratings:          Five Stars

    It’s always a surprise finding that the book you’ve picked up is startling good, so good in fact that you curl up just a bit more, sigh at all the great parts, gasp at thrilling ones. And when you are done, you pretty much have to gush to everyone about it. Kiss and Kin is just that kind of book. In fact, it’s the first book I’ve read in a long time where the dialogue is so uncannily authentic, I swear she was channeling my best friends!

    In Kiss and Kin, Holley’s focus is all about the relationship between its two main characters: Taran is a werewolf and Lark is human. If that weren’t the only thing preventing their union, there is the further complication of the two of them having a distant non-blood tie which makes Lark believe that Taran only sees her as a little sister-and trust me, she definitely doesn’t want to be his little sister!

    When Lark is almost kidnapped and her assailants are tagged as belonging to a crime syndicate that specializes in gambling, drugs and human trafficking, Taran has to step up to the plate and reveal how he feels about Lark…and reveal a secret about the tie between the two of them. As a police detective, Taran is bent on protecting Lark at all costs but is also leading the investigation against the thugs who have now tagged her as a witness.

    Kiss and Kin was a sinfully delicious read and I am definitely looking forward to seeing more of Miss Holley, especially where a certain Houston alpha is concerned. Please give us a sequel featuring hot and hunky Nick Wargman! (already licking my chops for that one!)

    A Fiendishly Bookish Review


    New Juicy Review: Serengeti Heat by Vivi Andrews

     Book:              Serengeti Heat

    Author:            Vivi Andrews


    Publisher:       Samhain

    Ratings:          Five Stars

    Three Rocks Pride has got itself a new Alpha who is very, very available and all the shifter females know it. Enter runt of the litter, Ava Minor who has a scorching case of heat, four burly brothers who try to keep her under lock and key, and a hard case for the new alpha, Landon King. Who pretty much doesn’t know who the heck she is since taking over the Pride.

    But on an evening out to a local honky tonk determined to kick up her heels away from the ranch, and wearing her springiest red tube top, Ava runs into her mysterious new alpha and the flames spiral out of control. Can Landon quench the fire between them? Does he want to? Or will it burn out of control?

    Serengeti Heat was a delicious novella to devour but savor slowly. Andrews has penned a compact, passionate short story that is extremely well written, in fact better than some full-length paranormal novels I have read. Sometimes writing a short story is a bigger challenge than a full-fledged novel. No words are wasted by Andrews but each and every one designed for steamy impact. The outcome is a tasteful piece that will win audiences over. I’m sold. I will definitely be reading more of Vivi Andrews starting with the sequel Serengeti Storm!

    A Fiendishly Bookish Review