Demon’s Captive by Stephanie Snow

Humans are totally screwed! A mixed alien race of brutal conquerors take us down within months. They’re kind of like the Brogue. They assimilate the new planet and its people into their culture.

Charity runs for her life and is chased down by Melmanon, a very massive, very red, demon. Because Charity gave him so much trouble while trying to capture her Melmanon takes her as his torture slave.

Once captured Charity submits 100% to her captor. Knowing she will never get away she strives to appease the demon in every way. Her only though is survival. Melmanon is used to his brutal culture, full of fighting and forcing people to submit, that he’s surprised by Charity’s easy compliance, and find it refreshing. For the first time in his life he’s compelled to pleasure rather than punish.

I feel Charity’s reaction to her situation is pretty realistic. As she ran for her life through her ruined home planet she witnessed the utter brutality and slaughter of her people. She believes if she’s caught she will die. When she becomes a slave instead, it comes as a relief. Even though she submits to the demon in order to save her life she is utterly horrified by her body’s reaction to him and there is a great mental struggle within her.

This is not your typical romance. This is a dark dominant/submissive story with a little BDSM and torture.

The end it too fast and too easily summed up for me. The author could have drawn it out a little better. It sort of felt like Snow got a little tired of writing, and just rushed through it.

Burning Up Flint-by Laurann Dohner

Long ago, in the future, mankind creates humanoids (cyborgs) in their images, and then deems them too dangerous to live—right after they become sentient beings. Rings true so far. After years of fighting, humans have been told by their governments that all cyborgs have been destroyed. Only a little lie, where governments are concerned.

Flint is a cyborg, one of the many who escaped the slaughter. He, like other cyborgs is an Alpha male and doesn’t like sharing. He just happens to be in charge of the ship that attacks Mira’s little shuttle. Flint takes her as his.

Mira is a wealthy aristocrat, so she’s inherently not okay with being called property or slave. Understandable. However she’s much too bold in the face of people who could crush her with their toe. In his room Flint pretty much rapes her, but it’s okay because she’s turned on—even though she’s just been abducted by incredibly large cyborg’s and told she will never go home again.

Then Mira immediately demands a monogamous commitment from Flint, even though she’s his “property.” She want’s Flint to express his emotions for her and declare that he cares for her. Her attachment happens too fast for me. After only a day or two there are narrative comments like He was always surprising her.

At some point the title “property” freaks her out and she finally decides to escape. However, her shuttle is captured by pirates and she has to be rescued by Flint. Then there’s about three or four pages of Mira apologizing and begging Flint not to sell her to the cyborg who had threatened to rape, beat, and temporarily sell her to all the other cyborgs for like an hour or two. Flint and Mira have sex again and then the begging continues. Then we go back to the whole, “I’m not property and I need a commitment issue.”

The sex scenes were alright. The story line was interesting. Cyborgs are like humans only taller, stronger, and with silvery skin. They’re a little dim when it comes to emotions, and they remind me of the Vulcan race every time Flint says something about Mira’s logic is wrong.

I would have liked this story better if there wasn’t so much repetitive dialogue.

Demon Possession by Kiersten Fay

A wonderful start to a new series by paranormal romance author Kiersten Fay. Demon Possession starts off with a rush of adrenaline. Analia’s (aka Anya’s) escape had me glued to my e-reader. As she escapes, the author alludes to a past of sorrow and pain, while revealing a mysterious gift that we learn more about later. Analia is one of my favorite female characters of recent, she’s tough, on the cusp of being badass, yet she’s venerable.

Sebastian, a smoldering hot demon, is the captain of the ship that Analia sneaks onto. He’s a great combination of broody, dark, and honorable. Not your typical mythical creature. Kiersten creates a world away from Earth, where much of our mythology exists in an alien form, not too different from humans but with the capability of deep space travel. Kiersten’s mixture of sci-fi and paranormal romance worked for me.

I loved how Analia and Sebastian’s relationship grew, mostly against Sebastian’s will—typical, demons never want to commit—a hurtful past event has him guarding his heart, but Analia unwittingly finds her way in. I actually really liked the sex scenes, they added an emotional level to the story without being cheesy. They were explicit, but not vulgar.

This book had some really funny characters, which I would have loved to have more background on, or a side story, but I’m sure they’ll get their own books.

Pleasure Unbound by Larissa Ione

In the world of Demonica, there are demons, vampires, shapeshifters, and some mixed in between. Like any other race or culture, there are some demons who are good, and some who aren’t. I like this concept. Too often demons get a bad rap, mostly because of mythology and religious beliefs. I like when authors throw societal expectations out the window and start fresh.

Larissa did just that. Her series is not only about demons, but demons who are doctors and created a hospital for all lore-kind called…wait for it…UGH (Underworld General Hospital). I wonder if that was a preconceived play on words or if it was just a happy accident.

Eidolon, an incubus—aka sex demon—with the power to heal with a touch, is chief of staff, and loves his job. Tayla is a slayer, they kill everything that is not human. Slayers are programed to believe everything but themselves is evil and must die. Tayla is very good at her job…until she meets Eidolon.

She haphazardly finds her way into UGH, where Eidolon is treating her for injuries incurred during a fight. When she wakes up, something about the incubus treading her makes her crazed for him, and they do a pretty good job of messing up the room. Not a bad way to start off a relationship.

The sex scenes are definitely not phoned in, and, in a world where romance can get repetitive, like you’re reading the same story over and over again, this story is unique.


Wicked Deeds on a Winters Night by Kresley Cole

I really enjoyed the main characters love hate relationship. Mariketa is a witch of great power, only she’s a bit of a klutzy witch and often ends up blowing stuff up by accident. So why not join a deadly immortal race?

Bowen lost his mate in a tragic accident long ago and has been slowly withering as the years pass, until he hears about the Talisman’s Hie; an immoral race where the prize is a key that can take you back through time to right a wrong. Well, what do you think Bowen wants that for?

He is determined to win the race, but from the start is attention is drawn to Mariketa. Bowen despises witches due to past history that I will not go into. Just know that he hates them a lot. So when he finds himself in a sexy embrace with the little witch, he instantly accuses her of enchanting him. At first Mariketa thinks she might have enchanted him by accident, because she’s so clumsy with her magic.

Bowen winds up locking her inside a dangerous cavern where a clan of trapped incubi attack her and the others that are trapped with her. The group fights for their lives for three weeks, while Bowen loses the race. If you read the previous book then that wasn’t a surprise.

Later, when Bowen learns that Mariketa has not made the transition into immortality he races off to save her, finding himself more worried than he should. Gee, I wonder why. =^_^=

And that’s when the fun really begins. If you don’t know about Kresley Cole and her immortals after dark series, then you have been living under a rock. Read it, you won’t be disappointed.


Fantasy Lover (Dark Hunter, book 1) by Sherrilyn Kenyon

I loved Fantasy Lover and read it twice. However, this does not fit the series Dark Hunter. The Dark Hunter series actually starts with book two. Fantasy Lover is a stand-alone book with almost no connection to the rest of the Dark Hunter series. Now that that’s out of the way…

Grace is a sex therapist with deep issues about sex. Infact Grace needs a sex therapist of her own. In collage she lost her virginity to a careless man, who was only using her as a notch in a game between his friends to see who could nail the most women. So her first experience with sex was wham-bam-thank-you-mam, and she hasn’t opened up to another man since.

Grace’s friend Selena, who fancies herself a witch of sorts, decides she needs help Grace by summoning a love slave from the pages of an ancient tome. To Grace’s surprise the spell actually works, and she finds herself face to face with a devastatingly handsome man, who only wants to rock Grace’s world and fulfill her every sexual desire.

Julian is a demigod (a half man half god). Long ago he was tricked and trapped inside the book, able to listen to the outside world but unable to communicate until he is summoned forth to make love with whomever had summoned him. Unfortunately, Grace didn’t actually believe the spell would work and is not ready to use Julian in that way, and also does not want to be used herself. She doesn’t want to treat Julian the same way she had been treated.

With his only consolation taken away from him, Julian is determined to make love to Grace because in one month’s time he will be trapped in the book once more. Julian’s attempts to seduce Grace are hot and I really don’t know how she was able to resist. Julian is sex on a stick and I would have jumped all over that. =^_^=


Witch Fire (Elemental Witches, Book 1) by Anya Bast

Mira is a witch, only she doesn’t know it. By her parent’s choice, Mira has lived as a human and had never been give the opportunity to develop her powers as an air witch. Air is the rarest of all elemental witches, and tends to be the strongest.

When the warlocks (evil witches, or witches who have turned evil) starts to target air witches for use in death magic, the witch council send Jack to watch over Mira. Staying at a distance Jack follows Mira for weeks, making sure she is safe. But the warlocks find Mira and Jack has to come to her rescue. Unfortunately, she confuses him with her attackers, and fights him when he tries to bring her to a safe house. (I always love it when that happens; mistaken identity makes for some fun reading).

Finally, we get through the following convince Mira she’s a witch scene, which, come-on, if someone told you that you were a witch, you wouldn’t believe it either—unless you are a witch. o_O

Anyway, Jack is a fire witch, and fire is drawn to air in a big way. They both feel intensely attracted to each other, and they both think it’s because of the natural attraction between their elements. But that doesn’t stop them from having hot monkey sex . . . with rope. If you like reading about bondage, then there are a few sex scenes in here for you.

This was a great start to a new series. The writing was fluid, the characters were endearing and relatable, and the story kept my attention. I myself could have done without the bondage. 😉


A Hunger Like No Other

This is the first book in the series Immortals After Dark. For me this book sparked an obsession with paranormal romance. Kresley Cole is, in my opinion, one of the most innovative and creative romance writers known to humankind. She writes compelling plots, never boring charters, and is always thinking ahead. Many of the books in this series intertwine in such a way that you would benefit from reading them all in order but you don’t necessarily need to.

The book starts with Lachlain (king of the Lykae) escaping his 150 years of imprisonment and torture at the hand of the vampire hoard. As a result he harbors a deep hatred for vampires, not that he hadn’t hated them before his torture.

When he finds is fated female, Emmaline Troy (a half vampire half valkyrie) Lachlain goes ballistic, thinking fate had given him a lowly vampire for a mate. Assuming he has gone insane from his long torture he decides to keep her with him to wait and see if his mind has made a terrible mistake and hopes that she is not truly his mate. As he holds her prisoner he wars with himself over wanting to treat her like the vile creature she is and wanting to love her.

Emmaline is, for a vampire/valkyrie, extremely timid and fragile. Her aunts have kept her vampire state hidden from the rest of the world, fearing the vampires would want to claim her for their own. She has been sheltered and coddled by her loving aunts. But as she grows older she becomes restless and wants to find out who her vampire father was, or is. So she takes herself to France to start her search. There she finds out living on her own is much harder then she tough and is loathe to crawl back to her aunts and admit defeat. But before she can make a decision to go home or not she is captured by a powerful and frightening male. His treatment of her is erratic and she never knows what he will do next. Will he kill her or let her go?

Throuought the book we witness Emmaline gain courage and self esteme when it comes to dealing with Lachlain, and we see Lachlain soften and eventually grow to love his wee valkyrie with her wee fangs that drive him wild with lust when she drinks from him.


Dark Enchantment

A series of short stories, by Janine Ashbless. The sex in all the stories is explicit, exotic and exciting. A lot of it is rough, most of it is kinky, there’s a goodly amount of m/f/m tossed in with your m/f, and plenty of voyeurism. Each story, need I add, reaches a wholly satisfying bone-melting climax. Also, many of the stories are romantic and the women in all of them know what they want and how to get it. These are, by and large, feminist fantasies.