Sunday, December 21, 2008

Review: Thief of Hearts


Thief of Hearts
New Concepts Publishing
Copyright 2003
ISBN: not assigned
E-book: Short Story
Price: $2.50
Genre: Erotica


"A dark exploration of sensual desires"

First installment of three short stories

From the first person perspective, experience a night of erotic seduction as told in this "Dear Diary" entry.

Imagine waking up to find yourself in the dark…aroused, frightened…and not alone. Imagine endless hours of teasing torment and mindless pleasure. Imagine having no choice in the matter. Every emotion is intensified as the mind and body struggle for control that is methodically stripped away. At the end of your ordeal, you are relieved only to discover that a dark erotic desire has been awakened inside of you – and now your sensual fulfillment is forever at the mercy of the Thief of Hearts.

Kimberly Zant’s THIEF OF HEARTS is an erotic short story that explores the dark desires and psychological conflicts of the capture fantasy. The narrator’s confusion and helplessness is evident as she succumbs to the seduction of her intruder. The "thief" never reveals himself, yet leaves little doubt that he will likely return. Is he real…or is he a dream? I’m still not sure, but I plan to find out. In the meantime, if you’re looking for an erotic short story with an air of quiet mystery, you may want to check out THIEF OF HEARTS.

Reviewer’s note: This book contains elements that some readers may find objectionable: Explicit sexual content, bondage, spanking, and forced seduction.

Reviewed by Sonya Harrison
December 2008

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Review: Thief of Hearts: Stolen



Thief of Hearts 3: Stolen
New Concepts Publishing
December 2003
ISBN: not assigned
E-book: Short Story
Price: $2.50
Genre: Paranormal Erotica

"Refreshingly Original and Shamelessly Sexy"

Final installment of three short stories

The THIEF OF HEARTS has one more trick up his sleeve in the final "Dear Diary" entry of this erotic short story series. Kate struggles to comprehend his meaning when her "thief" announces that she isn’t real and their game is over. Desperate to find her dream lover, she decides to take matters into her own hands by easing her way into the local BDSM scene. If her mysterious intruder is real, then perhaps she will find him and convince him that she is real too.

By invitation, Kate visits a bondage club with a scene "regular." Nervous and excited, she scans the club looking for her thief, but by the end of the night she gives up hope of finding her dream lover. She has failed to find her "thief", though he has indeed found her and before the night is over she will find herself once again tied, teased, and completely at his mercy.

THIEF OF HEARTS: STOLEN concludes the darkly erotic series with a unique psychic twist. The "thief" uses astral projection to visit and pleasure his dream woman. His out of body ability results in explosive sexual fulfillment for both him and Kate. At the end of the game they are both left to wonder…what is real and what is illusion? At times this reader wondered as well, and although the ending felt a little rushed and awkward, I found this series to be refreshingly original and shamelessly sexy.

Reviewer’s note: This book contains elements that some readers may find objectionable: Explicit sexual content, capture, bondage, dubious consent, anal play, and forced seduction.

Reviewed by Sonya Harrison
December 2008

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Friday, December 12, 2008

Review: The Sword and the Slave


The Sword and the Slave: Damsels of Distress Book 2
Michelle L. Levigne
New Concepts Publishing
October 2007
ISBN: not assigned
E-book: Long Novella
Price: $3.99
Genre: Fantasy/Romance
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Adon, Chief Physician and son of Prime Minister Naqueron and Adieri, a strong magical healer, are taken by General Istrak, leader of the Parsadi Empire's army, as a peace hostage. A peace hostage is essentially a slave who is fitted with a collar which controls his behavior. Adon is surprised to learn that General Istrak is a beautiful woman and the princess of the empire. General Istrak is L'istra's ceremonial title, and she has fought hard to obtain her status
and feel in control. L'istra and Adon are drawn to each other, but how can a princess and a slave have an equal relationship?

THE SWORD AND THE SLAVE is a wonderful fantasy romance with a very different sort of hero, and a strong but wounded heroine. Adon is a beta hero, but don't think that makes him weak, because he has great inner strength. It is in Adon's nature to seek to heal, and L'istra's
wounded spirit calls to him. L'istra had a traumatic and shattering experience as a young child and has covered her fears well, but the nightmares continue. Slowly, Adon gains L'istra's trust and helps her to heal. Adon is a great hero-- a pleasant change from the usual alpha.

I highly recommend THE SWORD AND THE SLAVE.

Reviewed by Marlene Breakfield
ParaNormal Romance Reviews
December 2008

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Review: Hot! Hot! Hot!



Hot, Hot, Hot!
Stephanie Bedwell-Grime
New Concepts Publishing
March 2007
ISBN# : not assigned
Rating: Sensual
E-book : Short Story
Price: $2.50
Genre: Paranormal Romance
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Crystal Addison has always known she was different, but never knew why since her mother died in childbirth and she was adopted. She "sees" things that normal people do not see, and has taught herself about the supernatural. But, there is still a lot she does not know about. She helps out with the police whenever they have a weird case.

When called to a murder scene, Crystal surveys the room and comes to the conclusion that the murder used pyokinesis, much to the dismay of the cops involved. As she was leaving the scene she noticed a shimmer in the air and felt a crackle in the air. She followed the Shimmer and came face to face with an elemental, Razael. He tells her that he was investigating the scene also and that it is his job, he is kind of a supernatural cop.

Can Crystal trust this stranger who could be the murderer? Will she succumb to the passion she feels when she is around him?

This is a spectacular short story! Stephanie Bedwell-Grime has written a prime example of how to write a short story. The characters are developed, the plot is smooth and does not feel rushed and the conclusion leaves an opening for further books (which I hope that there are more stories to come).

Reviewed by Catherine Smith
ParaNormal Romance Reviews
December 2008

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Saturday, November 8, 2008

Review: Thief of Hearts: The Return


Thief of Hearts 2: The Return
by Kimberly Zant
New Concepts Publishing
May 2003
ISBN: not assigned
Genre: Erotica
Length: Short Story
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“The Thief of Hearts returns for another game of wicked pleasure.”

Second installment of three short stories

In this second “Dear Diary” entry, the narrator ponders the identity of the Thief of Hearts. Was he real…or had she imagined him? To further complicate things, she discovers that upon the return of her boyfriend, she no longer desires him after spending a night with her dream lover. When all is said and done, the inevitable break up comes to pass; however the question still remains…will the Thief of Hearts return?

Days turn to weeks and the narrator’s distress grows as doubt and disappointment settle upon her. Just as despair threatens to claim her, the thief returns. She fears he is nothing more than another fleeting memory in her mind, but soon enough she realizes that he is real. He has returned for another night of wicked pleasure. Now she must once again answer the question…”Do you want to play?”

THE RETURN picks up the story from the first diary entry and turns up the heat another few degrees. Through the eyes of the narrator, readers will puzzle at the mystery of it all while experiencing the frightening thrill of the Thief’s game. Like the sensual teasing of the Thief of Hearts, this second installment is erotic and unpredictable. When the game is over, readers will be left breathless…and eager for more.

Reviewer’s note: This book contains elements that some readers may find objectionable: Explicit sexual content, bondage and forced seduction.

Reviewed by Sonya Harrison
ParaNormal Romance Reviews
November 2008

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Sunday, June 8, 2008

Review: TailWind


TailWind
Charlotte Boyett-Compo
New Concepts Publishing
ISBN: not assigned
May 2006
Ebook
Futuristic Romance
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Ever since Blaez Dolan managed to escape Lupinia—the planet of his birth—he has pretty much done whatever he wanted to. See, Blaez is a werewolf and there aren’t many who can stand against him. Well, not and live to talk about it anyway. So, after he “takes care” of the bounty hunter sent against him, he refuels his ship and puts this little dirtwater planet behind him. When he hits a bit of turbulence, he is shocked to find a stowaway aboard. No one would ever choose to travel with him.

Rozenn Quinlan finally managed to escape from the convent of Galbrath and has managed to get to this planet by stowing away on various ships. She didn’t realize the ship she managed to hide on this time belonged to a werewolf. Even so, it doesn’t daunt her. After life in Galbrath, not much will anymore.

When the two of them end up stranded on a really weird, dark planet, they do what they have to do to survive. They stay on the ship and Blaez finds his protective instincts brought to the fore when it comes to Rozenn.

Will they be able to leave the planet? Is there redemption to be found for Blaez? Is there a chance for the two of them?

TAILWIND is an exceptional short story full of emotion. Once again, Charlotte Boyett-Compo pulls us in from the first page and doesn’t let go until the very last page. As with most of Charlotte Boyett-Compo’s books, we have a hero forced to endure more than anyone should have to go through. Our heroine as well has not lived an easy life. And we get to watch as the heroine not only tames the hero, but brings acceptance into his life. Even though a short story, it packs a powerful punch.

Reviewed by Chere Gruver
For ParaNormal Romance Reviews
June 8, 2008

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Saturday, June 7, 2008

Review: I Command You

I Command You
By Megan Ziese
New Concepts Publishing
March 19, 2008
ISBN# not assigned
Ebook
Genre: Contemporary Erotica
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Hot! Hot! Hot! Call the firefighters, call 911!

“YOUR DESIRES WILL EITHER SET YOU FREE OR CONSUME YOU”

Sherry was an overworked single girl who wanted a relationship, yet didn’t know how to fit it into her lifestyle. She worked day and night; never took time for friends, let alone the long process of finding someone to date. She didn’t feel she had the time to get to know someone and play the courting game. She was a clean-cut, girl next door type and knew nothing at all about the underground darker side of sex.

Until her friend, Beth, shared her experiences with Sherry. Now Sherry was staring at the card, contemplating completing the profile that could relieve some of her stress and set her on the path to a new relationship. Hit send. Done.

“I Command You” stares at Sherry from the email screen. She soon finds herself in a game that takes her mind to the ends of the earth, away from work, home, age, life itself. But will she succeed…will she complete the game…?

I loved this book. There are surprisingly few characters. You get to know Sherry as the author draws you into her emotional turmoil. You only meet Beth through references to conversations. A few co-workers pop in and out through short work related conversations. And her mystery character is finally revealed at the end as Sherry meets this person she has been fantasizing about nearly every minute of the day.

Ms. Ziese expertly writes the sex scenes so that you better have a fan and some ice cold tea sitting nearby. She touches on the fantasies that women have and allows the reader to experience for herself the question of whether she would step out and do the same as Sherry. This is a quick and easy read, read it in a couple of hours. You should run…get this book and take time to enjoy Sherry’s adventures. You won’t regret it!

Oh…I hear the fire trucks coming.


Reviewed by Jan Crow
For ParaNormal Romance Reviews
June 7, 2008


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Saturday, May 31, 2008

Review: Beauty Ravished

Beauty Ravished
By Celeste Anwar
New Concepts Publishing
ISBN: not assigned
April 2008
Paranormal Romance/Shifter
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Cherry Roman has been laid off and couldn’t really afford a vacation, but god, did she need one. When she had a job, she didn’t take one because she thought she couldn’t take the time off, and now that she isn’t working, she really can’t afford one. But when her best friend Sherri couldn’t go to the exclusive resort she had been invited to, she let Cherry go in her stead.

Nigel Francoeur couldn’t believe it when the little human walked into his resort. How was he going to protect her from the big bad wolves roaming all over the island? But when the other wolves spy her in a window, she has to join the hunt. Will Nigel be able to claim her as a mate, or will she be killed in the frenzy of mating wolves?

This short story was interesting and compelling. I am immensely pleased by the imagery the author used to describe the island and the feelings of the main characters. You can feel your own fight or flight response come to the fore in your own mind during the read. You practically have to wave away the smoke from the fire between the two characters. A very erotic story and wonderfully written.

Reviewed by Dawn Epton
For ParaNormal Romance Reviews
May 31, 2008

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