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Lydia Michaels

6 Ratings
Avg - 4.17
Spanish Heat (MM) by Alex Carreras (Published by: Siren-BookStrand, Inc. )
$3.99
Categories: Contemporary , Alternative (M/M, Gay)

This reviewer's rating: 5 - Outstanding

Spanish Heat is a beautifully told story of love, betrayal, learning to love again, and forgiveness. Alex Carreras has such a talent for telling sweet romances. His descriptions of Spain are seductive in their own right. I felt myself wanting to check airfare prices, because I wanted to be where he so beautifully described. From the architecture to the men, I fell in love with each turn of the page. I loved the chemistry between the main characters, the assumptions that led to further twists in the plot, and the way Chase unveiled his softer insecure sides, showed his fear, and battled with trust. Not to mention how sexy the characters were! Definitely a keeper and I will definitely be waiting for the next love story by this author!

Reviewed by: Lydia Michaels (Date: 04/24/2012)
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18 Ratings
Avg - 3.50
Wishes (MF) by Allyson Young (Published by: Siren-BookStrand, Inc. )
$4.99
Categories: BDSM , Contemporary

This reviewer's rating: 5 - Outstanding

This is a BDSM romance with a different flavor. I have always enjoyed the fun tales of sub meets dom, dom is involved in exclusive club and said sub strikes a nerve, but I have read it a hundred times and all scenarios seem to play out the same. Ms. Young, however, lays out those same ingredients, yet provided the reader with something new to taste. This is probably one of the most realistic books I have read about what it would actually be like to come from a vanilla background and fall for someone with more extreme tastes and tendencies. Ms. Young blends fear, lust, and kink into a fun plot, but when real life issues complicate things the story unfolds for what it truly is. It testifies that while two characters with like interests may have a great affair, nothing works without trust. When real life steps in, all fun is put on the back burner, and the story takes a very domestic twist. This is when Ms. Young shines. We learn so much about what makes those unique characters of hers tick. Questions are answered and I found myself getting so lost in the characters real life drama, I forgot about the kink. So when the reader is again treated with a spicy love scene showing off Graham’s controlling side it is a welcome bonus. Having read the other reviews prior to purchasing, let me say this. I am glad they did not deter me. I think some reviewers were upset because this book/hero was not what they expected. I, on the other hand, found that refreshing. Yes, Graham is not always acting as noble as a hero should, but let us not forget who the author intended him to be. Let’s also not overlook that the heroine pretty much handed him his ass on a platter when he over stepped. Go Kennedy! I look forward to reading more of this series and other works by this author.

Reviewed by: Lydia Michaels (Date: 01/16/2012)
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9 Ratings
Avg - 4.56
Embedded (MF) by Simone Sinna (Published by: Siren-BookStrand, Inc. )
$5.99
Categories: Contemporary , Romantic Suspense

This reviewer's rating: 5 - Outstanding

If I had to describe Embedded in one word it would be ‘unique’. This story is so unique that perhaps the blurb did not prepare me for all that I was getting. First let me say that Embedded is more than sizzling. Ms. Sinna’s ability to write erotica is off the charts, not because of graphic content or being overly taboo, but for pure creativity. This is not a cliché story of part A lining up with part B. The erotic scenarios are refreshing and original. This story is extremely sensual and erotic with a lot of fantasy play. The author writes many attractive characters, but she excels at writing a mysterious hero that captures the reader’s attention from first introduction. The tricky part is, because Ms. Sinna evokes such a rich storyline with so many intriguing characters, trying to determine who it is we truly want our heroine to end up with (I will leave you guessing so you can discover the true hero for yourself). Beyond the sexual, the character dialogue was also quite different. Rather then surrounding sex with loose on goings of the outside word, Embedded holds a worldly flavor tinged with sophistication and politics. There is an intricate plot and then several subplots that keep the reader guessing. There is a lot of description, so if that is your thing you will love Ms. Sinna’s beautiful, sometimes breathtaking, use of words. Through this complex plot filled with many characters and on going sexually charged predicaments, I found myself coming to admire the free spirit of Stephanie (the heroine). The reader follows Stephanie’s adventure and in doing so, experiences the unpredictable journey of an unabashed, modern day, female double o’seven. It is a bit jarring at first. It is not a typical dynamic I am used to reading. Embedded took me somewhere I have never been, to a world where there is no status quo or double standard for a girl who is prepared to take what she wants. Once I came to terms with WHO the character actually was rather than what I expected her to be, I could not put the book down! Embedded includes many of the ingredients that make this book a fun read for all sorts of erotica fans. There is naughty behavior, clandestine affairs, dangerous liaisons, bondage, exhibitionism, and much voyeurism. Simone Sinna is definitely an author for readers of a specific taste who are looking for something new and different. Her writing has an unpredictable flow that fills you with anxiety and wonder as to IF there actually will be a HEA. While this may not be a traditional love story it is no less sexy and enchanting. I give her a five for her original story telling ability! I can’t wait to go where Simone Sinna takes us next!

Reviewed by: Lydia Michaels (Date: 01/11/2012)
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