Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Review for Loving Sarah by Julie Shelton 4.5 Stars

Winner of Risque Reviews Top Pick Award

Title: Loving Sarah
Author: Julie Shelton
Release Date: November 28, 2012
Genre: BDSM
Pages: 289
Publisher: Siren Publishing
Series: N/A
ISBN: 9781622420599
Reviewer: Melissa
Rating: 4.5
Heat: III


Eight years ago Jesse Colter fled his small town, leaving behind eighteen-year-old Sarah Marshall. Now a retired Navy SEAL, he’s back and he wants only one thing—Sarah Marshall—bound, naked, and kneeling before him. Sarah has never forgotten Jesse, the object of all her sexual fantasies since she was fifteen, as well as the star of nightly dreams that have become increasingly erotic over the years. So when he suddenly reappears in her life, she warily agrees to let him introduce her to his world—the world of BDSM. When he also introduces her to his best friend, Adam Sinclair, Sarah faces the challenge of submitting to two powerful, Dominant men. But Sarah has an even bigger challenge. A stalker. Someone from her past, determined to destroy any chance she has at happiness. Can Adam and Jesse love and protect her? Or will her world explode in betrayal and violence that will destroy them all?


Julie Shelton’s LOVING SARAH is a very compelling and gripping novel.  This is a story about everlasting love. Sarah is a woman with a past who has done what is expected of her by father to gain his approval--approval that never came.   Jesse is a man that exudes sex appeal and was always there saving Sarah when she got into trouble.  He left eight years ago, but now he is back and wants Sarah.

Shelton did a fabulous job forming the characters.  They were very realistic.  The sex scenes were so sultry; at times it felt as if the pages actually started to steam. What I loved the best was that sex scenes are not the main part of the story.  I like that, even though this a ménage, Sarah had alone time with both Adam and Jesse. The plot had so many twists and turns it will keep the reader on the edge of their seat the whole time.

There were a few problems that I did have with the story.  The first was the double standard in use of the safe-word. Jesse explained to Sarah that she would not be punished if she used it during a scene.  What I did not like was the conditions when she did use it--she could not orgasm for twenty four hours while he did whatever he wanted to her.   To me that is sort of like a punishment.  I would understand if the terms were something like no sexual contact for either partner for twelve or twenty four hours. Otherwise, I was not fond of when Sarah was talking to Jesse in regards to her feelings of helplessness outside a sex scene with Jesse’s simple explanation of helplessness is normal because you are a submissive did not sit well with me.  One does not equal the other.  Some Dom’s like to change their subs name during a scene.  I am not fond of that in real life.  I was not fond of it this story, even though the name was not derogatory. 

While at this time LOVING SARAH is not part of a series, Shelton left herself an opening for either a sequel or a series. And overall, regardless of the parts I had issue with; I still enjoy having read this fabulous story.  I can’t wait to read more from this author.

Julie Shelton an author to keep an eye on…

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Saturday, January 12, 2013

Review for Lord Midnight by Donna Cummings

Winner of RR's Top Pick Award

Reviewed by Lexxie

"A quick sweet read with a strong heroine"...


Marisa is a young lady, very caring and generous, but her father really doesn't like her defiant character. Therefore, he blackmails her into marrying an earl who is twice her age, even if Marisa doesn't like Edmund at all!

On the way to Edmund's home before the betrothal ball, the carriage in which Marisa and her brother Bernard are traveling in is stopped by a very handsome and intriguing highwayman and his band of rogues.


Donna Cummings does it again! LORD MIDNIGHT is an enticing tale of young Marisa who is a very strong-headed young woman and her discovery that love does indeed exist--albeit not in the place one could have expected. Lord Midnight is the name Marisa gives the highwayman when he declines to share his real name with her on his nightly visits to her bedroom. Their passion is building quickly, but he decides to do the right thing and not spoil her until she is married…Cummings masterfully shares the details of the slow seduction between Marisa and Lord Midnight, all the while showing readers why it is important that Marisa continue to try to escape Edmund. When Marisa is close to a panic because the time for the wedding is approaching, Lord Midnight comes up with a brilliant idea to save her.

From the beginning of the story, Marissa is planning her escape from Edmund--a man who really makes her afraid on many levels. On her first morning at Edmund's estate, she goes for a ride and meets the emblematic highwayman near the woods. It is clear from the start that the chemistry between these two has everything that is lacking between Edmund and Marisa! The readers also realize that there is a history between Edmund and the highwayman. However, the highwayman keeps his secrets away from her while seducing her behind Edmund's back.

Filled with humor and romance, LORD MIDNIGHT is a quick and sweet read, and I appreciated reading about a strong woman even when everything that happened could have left Marisa without the courage to continue her quest for freedom. There were some small things that made me not give it the full five stars. One of them being the frequent repetitions of the word 'leastwise'. I would also have liked to learn a little more about Bernard, as he was a very interesting side character. All in all it is a quite enjoyable story, and I think other historical romance fans would agree with me. I love the way the story unfolds, and it was great to feel like I actually got to know Marisa.

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Title: Lord Midnight
Author: Donna Cummings
Release Date: December 22nd, 2011
Genre: Historical Romance
Pages: 169
Publisher: Self-Published
Series: N/A
ASIN: B006PG53U0
Reviewer: Lexxie

Rating: 4.5

Heat Level: 1