mild d/s

B+
Kidnapped by the Viking

Under the name Megan Crane, Caitlin Crews has plenty of experience writing faux-Vikings in her dystopian Edge series. I was curious to see how she’d do with an actual Viking in a genuine Dark Ages setting. The answer? Pretty well! In 918, the real-life Lady of the Mercians (daughter of Alfred t ...

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Best Women’s Erotica of the Year, Volume 6

Rachel Kramer Bussel’s annual collection of romanterotica has once again graced our Kindles, e-readers and bookshelves, and this collection is just as delightful as the last.  I liked it rather better than the previous volume, as this one feels more consistent. As always, the submissions invol ...

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After Hours

It takes extraordinary authors to make extraordinary books out of ordinary people. Fortunately, Cara McKenna has what it takes. Erin Coffey earned her LPN while nursing her dying grandmother, so Larkhaven Psychiatric Hospital is her first professional position - one she only took to be close to h ...

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Turn Up the Heat

When I reviewed Serena Bell's So Close (Tierney Bay #1) earlier in 2020, I remarked that it was set in the same locale as a 2015 book that I had read and loved by this author called Turn Up the Heat.  At the time, it was no longer available in stores but I'm happy to share that it has now been re-r ...

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Living in Secret

Jackie Ashenden’s Living in Secret is an erotic exploration of a marriage in trouble and the third story in the author's New Zealand set Forbidden Desires series.  Connor and Victoria have been separated for a year and are on the verge of divorce but Connor can't make himself sign the papers, des ...

A
Disturbing His Peace

Prior to reading Disturbing His Peace, I had never read a police romance; and after devouring this one, I cannot believe I have missed out on such a glorious sub-genre. I tend to shy away from alpha-male romance heroes, so cop romances usually fall into the ‘way too manly’ category for me, but T ...

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Having Her

There are books I read once and there are books I read again and again. Having Her is one of the latter. I read it for the first time two months ago and, since then, have read it again... and again. It's sexy, unexpected, romantic, smart, and, in places, achingly sad. The novel meets my criteria for ...

B
Disorderly Conduct

What happens when a no-strings relationship forms strings? That’s essentially the premise of Disorderly Conduct, the first in a new series from Tessa Bailey. Charlie and Ever (and yes, I did read it as Eve most of the time because Ever as a name gave me a twitch) agree to a casual relationship ful ...

B+
Make Me Beg

Make Me Beg is the second story in Rebecca Brooks’ Men of Gold Mountain series. The title (and cover) likely make you think that it’s going to contain some pretty steamy scenes, and you wouldn’t be wrong. The title also signals the way the main characters treat each other for most of the story ...

C+
Best Women's Erotica of the Year Volume 2

This second volume of erotic short stories written by women is an interesting collection that ranges from erotic romance to erotic horror, mainly with a D/s or bondage-centric themes.  The quality of the content varies quite widely; so while the book contains twenty-one stories, I’ve selected the ...