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5 out of 5

Vanilla by Megan Hart

Vanilla
by Megan Hart
published by Harlequin
release date: March 1, 2015
provided by NetGalley

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When I saw that there was a new Megan Hart novel coming out, I jumped on it. She never disappoints when it comes to romance, heartbreak and realism.

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Her new book Vanilla is about Elise. Our heroine is good with numbers in her professional life and good with giving commands in her personal life. What’s great about Elise is that she isn’t a stereotype. Yes, she might like a guy to crawl at her feet sometimes but it’s not the only thing that gets her off. Elise enjoys getting kinky but she’s also not adverse to being treated softly at times.

Elise is a fully formed character. It’s not like she only focuses on her sex and/or love life. Yes, one of her hobbies is modeling for pin up photos. However she’s also a very attentive aunt. So yes, we do get to find out about her familial life and even her friendships.

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You may be wondering about the sex. Yes, there are some delicious sex scenes. When I read actual “vanilla” romances I have to settle for a little biting or scratching here and there. There is some actual bdsm in these pages. There are also some more conventional, yet awesome sex scenes as well. It’s pretty multifaceted as Elise doesn’t just have one lover during the course of the book. I am going to say that as much as I loved the book, I’m not into pegging. I didn’t skip it because it’s important to the story, so I recommend reading that section even if it doesn’t do anything for you personally.

It’s interesting to see her move through her romantic liaisons and to see how different all of them are. There’s the guy she just can’t get over. I think many of us have been there. I had the person I bothered for way too long after things were obviously over. There’s the guy that she’s tries not to give her heart to, but of course that’s difficult when sex and affection are involved. Then there’s the “vanilla” guy, the one who is potentially the whole package. But, ya know, relationships aren’t just easy.

Speaking of which, this book is definitely not an easy read, which I’m used to from Hart. I did have to stop sometimes because I’d be so reminded of something that had actually happened to me that I had to wipe my eyes (yes, I cried) and regroup.

I most definitely recommend buying this book if you think you’d enjoy reading about a strong, yet human female protagonist who lives life on her own terms.

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A pretty long excerpt from Harlequin is available here

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5 out of 5

How to Disclipline Your Vampire

How to Discipline Your Vampire
by Mina Vaughn
published by Gallery, Threshold, Pocket Books
Pocket Star (Simon & Schuster)
release date: August 19, 2013
provided by NetGalley

It’s October, how apropos that I discuss my favorite book of 2013, which just happens to costar a vampire. I freakin love everything about this book. It’s like it was custom made for me. The protagonist is school teacher Cerise who is also bossy outside of the classroom. She’s a domme in the BDSM scene who is also into roleplay. The domme stuff is actually quite tame, she’s more into the roleplay side of things. Well, actually to the extreme.

Her big problem with finding subs is that she can’t stand anything inauthentic to her scene. The book actually opens with her partner trying to act like a rock star and just barely flubbing it. Teacher’s all “bad boy!” but not in a good way and lets that sub go.

Luckily she finds her match in William. His first scene with her is as a vampire. He tries to tell her that he actually is one, but who would believe that? He is intriguing though, with him known as Chilly Willy in the BDSM community. Why? Cold hands, high tolerance for pain, hmm?

Yes, the sex scenes are flippin’ hot. They are light on BDSM, but heavy on hotness. She’s also a bit of a switch, meaning that sometimes she likes some pain as well.

Cerise is an awesome, fully formed character. She’s a punky substitute teacher who is not crazy about entanglements, hence the substitute position. William is also multifaceted. He’s got that broody vampire thing down and has kept diaries of his life but lives in the here and now as well. His occupation keeps him out in the world. Plus he has both human and vamp roommates.

What will happen as her relationship with William progresses, deepening emotionally?

This is an amazingly fun, intriguing, sexy read.

I pulled away, hesitantly. “I don’t deserve attention from someone like you, Mrs. Norrel,” I said, bashfully. “My job is my life. I’m usually buried in paperwork, I just don’t—”I stuttered.

She leaned against the bar, pulled me against her, and wrapped one long leg around my waist. She radiated heat, and her aroma made my head spin. “I want you buried in something else,” she said huskily, grinding against me, pressing her sharp heel into my back. I moaned, and grazed my thumb along her collarbone.

“I’ll do anything you want,” I panted, as she slid her tongue down my neck, fingers loosening my tie.

(very) short excerpt from the book via Mina Vaughn

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I’m incredibly excited that she has two new books coming out in the future, How to Reprimand Your Rock Star in 2014 and How to Punish Your Playboy in 2015!
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aka Holy Threesome Batman

4.5 out of 5

Dale DaBon and James Deen in Batman A XXX Parody

I totally have a thing for both porn parodies and James Deen. Add the 60s kitschy Batman plot and I was all over this. The main cast also includes Dale DaBone as Batman (awesome retro look-BTW), Lexi Belle as Batgirl, Tori Black as Catwoman, Evan Stone as The Riddler, Randy Spears as The Joker, Alexis Texas as Molly and Kimberly Kane as Lisa Carson. The flick was written and directed by Axel Braun.

This simple tale involves Bruce Wayne’s girlfriend being kidnapped by the Riddler. That’s when Batman, Robin and Batgirl take action. As in the actual 1966 Batman movie Catwoman and The Joker are also in on the fun.

The sets, costumes and music are incredibly 60s, which is awesome. Braun certainly put the $100,000 budget to good use. Some pornos don’t put much thought into the sets or costumes but they really help get you into the world of a parody like this one.

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It’s so cheesily funny! If you love hearing Robin use his catchphrase “Holy” in a sexual manner you will definitely get a kick out of lines like “Holy popshot” and “Holy Viagra” being uttered by Deen. Cast members “walking” up the sides of buildings and the Batusi are some other very fun moments.

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The variety of sex scenes include Bruce Wayne’s gf and The Riddler, Batman and an ally of The Joker, The Joker and his female cronies, Robin and Batgirl and Batman and Robin and Catwoman. My favorite scene by far is, not surprisingly, Robin and Batgirl. James Deen (Robin) is my top celeb crush and Batgirl is hot and adorable. I also dig Batman’s sex scenes. The detractors for me are The Riddler’s and The Joker’s sex scenes. I find The Riddler’s costume too creepy to want to watch that scene more than once. The Joker’s isn’t as bad but he’s definitely not sexy.

I highly recommend checking out my favorite and most viewed porn parody today!

Note: I originally reviewed this on another site that I’m not interested in promoting anymore. Thus this review has been re-purposed for my blog.

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4 out of 5

Fearless

Fearless by Tawny Weber
published by Cosmo Red Hot Reads from Harlequin
release date: September 17, 2013
provided by NetGalley

Fearless is what appears to be the first title in a new series, The Girlz Guide to Gettin’ It. I hope so because I love romance novels in which the protagonist has a group of female friends who help her plot her escapades. It’s at one of these gal pal get togethers that our heroine Gia gets a bit tipsy and shares a few details on her ultimate sexual fantasy. You see Gia is a bit inhibited. She’s never had the opportunity to let loose and get totally dirty like her besties.

The plot hinges on her friends helping her to arrange her fantasy. Not only does she want red hot sex, she wants it with Luke, a total stud from her office. He’s more on the PR end of things while she deals with tech stuff. He hasn’t noticed her up until now and she doesn’t feel as if it’s likely to happen anytime soon (and he maybe be moving to a different company, snap, get on that!).

With the help of her friends Gia is able to find out the best place to snag Luke. He has a business meeting coming up in Vegas. What could be a better location for a weekend of sin than Sin City itself? In the ultimate act of sassiness and self preservation Gia gets a red hot makeover. It not only acts as bait for Luke but also a disguise. This was super relateable to me since I’m also a bit unsure of myself.

The Vegas fantasy goes off with only a couple of hitches, Luke isn’t quite as easy and uncomplicated as he seems and Gina cuts the weekend short when she starts catching feelings. The sex scenes are hot, although there is a bit of straight up “oh yeah, I came just from penetration” stuff that always irks me but I suppose that’s a preference.

The rest of the book involves how both Gia and Luke handle the fallout from their weekend of hot times once they are back in the corporate world.

I recommend Fearless if you are looking for a light, sexy read with a makeover! (Yes, I’m a huge fan of makeovers, I can’t help it).

excerpt from the author’s official site

They’d kicked off the evening with Caryn telling them all about her latest sexy hookup, in very graphic detail.

Gia couldn’t remember the last time she’d had graphic details worth sharing. Not like Caryn’s, which included a Thai restaurant after hours, coconut martinis and silk scarves. But that was Caryn. She saw something she wanted and she made it happen. Sometimes it happened with curry.

Or there were the impossible-to-compete with details of Jessa’s Caribbean cruise last year. On the first day, she’d met her dream guy, spent the next five days being romanced and five nights being sexually worshiped. Then, to top it off, she’d brought the guy home and married him.

And Sara, well, Sara had almost too many details. Dramatic details, sure. But they were still details. This month she couldn’t decide if she was in love with a guy she’d met at a club last month or her ex-girlfriend who kept calling. Sara bounced from sexual adventure to heartache to despair and right back in lust again.

And then there was Gia. It wasn’t like she was the sad and lonely friend. She’d had boyfriends. She’d enjoyed plenty of good sex and knew her way around an orgasm. But none of her adventures included scarves, cruises or kink.

Not like her friends.

Jessa was the princess. Pretty, pampered and sweet, she’d always inspired guys to fall at her feet.

Caryn, on the other hand, was a ball breaker. She had a plan and worked it. She had guys at her feet, too, but usually on a leash.

Sara flew through life, and sex, like it was an all-night buffet and she was starving. She never stayed still long enough for guys to even find her feet.

And then there was Gia. Good ole average Gia. Dependable, nice, cute.

Not phenomenal. Not horrible.

Just average.

Average sucked.

“Gia? What’re you craving?” Jessa asked from where she lounged on the couch, her head back on the pillow to better enjoy the moisturizing benefits of her facial mask.

Slicking another coat of midnight crimson polish over her nails, Gia absently finished her thought aloud, “A wild sexual adventure that includes chocolate, feathers and three dozen orgasms?”

The room went silent. Even the iPod, playing Rihanna in the background, seemed to quiet.

Oh shit. Had she said that aloud?

Gia looked up to find three sets of eyes locked on her in varying states of shock and amusement. She winced, then carefully pushed her martini glass away.

For more Fearless fun check out this page on the author’s site which features info on a blog tour, Facebook and twitter launch party for the novel.

You can order Fearless here on Amazon.

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4 out of 5

My Favorite Mistake

My Favorite Mistake by Chelsea M. Cameron
Harlequin HQN
release date: August 27, 2013
provided by NetGalley

My Favorite Mistake was definitely a bit different from your standard romance novel. The beginning was slightly confusing as it seemed to be a flashback but then the book actually took place in a normal, straightforward narrative. Aside from that I was pleased with this book.

The story centers on two college students. The lithe, fiery Taylor is carrying around a bundle of anger. She expresses it quite radically when she decks her new roommate. But who can really blame her? It’s a guy. She’s a female freshman. That could be a bit difficult for anyone. However she also has a “dark secret” from her past and another, smaller present secret that both push her forward in life and hold her back.

Her new roommate seems to be a classic bad boy with tattoos and a guitar. However Hunter is actually deeper than that. Well he at least has his own family secrets. He’s not actually that deep. That’s okay though. He’s the fun opposite to her angry feminist. He both gets her into clubs and gets her to open up. It’s actually kind of interesting to read a character like this who admits to being cockily self assured sex wise while being a novice about love.

Both leads have friends with their own quirky personalities and love lives. They do help with a few plot points and with the push and pull needed to give friction to Taylor and Hunter’s relationship. I’m just not all that big on side kick characters in general, though I know they are a prerequisite for Harlequin. Now Taylor’s sister seems interesting enough to get her own spin off book.

My Favorite Mistake is a darker romance novel, despite being set in the fun world of dorm life, so while I definitely recommend it I can’t envision someone rereading it. That may just be me though. You may enjoy reading something meaty like this more than once.

Oh and I’m sure that you are wondering about the sex? Yes, it’s steamy.

You can follow the author, Chelsea M. Cameron, here on twitter.

You can order My Favorite Mistake here on Amazon.

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