Lisabet Sarai

Biography

I became addicted to words at an early age. I began reading when I was four. I wrote my first story at five years old and my first poem at seven. Since then, I have written plays, tutorials, scholarly articles, marketing brochures, software specifications, self-help books, press releases, a five-hundred page dissertation, and lots of erotica and erotic romance – more than fifty single author titles including eight full length novels, plus dozens of short stories in various collections. My credits include contributions to the Lambda winner Where the Girls Are and the IPPIE Best Erotic Book of 2011, Carnal Machines. My gay scifi erotic romance Quarantine won a Rainbow Awards 2012 Honorable Mention. I have also edited a number of acclaimed erotica anthologies. Currently I am responsible for the charity erotica imprint Coming Together Presents, which as of December 2014 has published six volumes by top erotic authors, supporting causes such as Amnesty International, Planned Parenthood, and the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America.

I have more degrees than anyone would ever need, from prestigious educational institutions who would no doubt be deeply embarrassed by my chosen genre. Aside from writing, travel is one of my most fervent passions. I’ve visited every continent except Australia, though I still have a long bucket list of places I haven’t been. Currently I live in Southeast Asia with my indulgent husband and two exceptional felines, where I pursues an alternative career that is completely unrelated to my creative writing.

For more information about me and my writing, visit my website (http://www.lisabetsarai.com) or my blog Beyond Romance (http://lisabetsarai.blogspot.com). Join my VIP email list here: https://btn.ymlp.com/xgjjhmhugmgh I also hang out at Goodreads, (http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/83387.Lisabet_Sarai) because I love the idea of a social network focusing on the love of reading. I’m not on Facebook, because I don’t trust it.

Where to find Lisabet Sarai online

Books

Goldberg Variations
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 8,550. Language: English. Published: July 25, 2022. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Short stories, Fiction » Romance » Erotic
For twenty-two years the Goldberg brothers – Richard on cello, Harvey on viola and Albert on violin – have made music together, earning a decent living and a modicum of respect in the classical music community. When Richard’s sudden demise forces Harvey and Al to find a replacement cellist, neither can imagine how their new colleague will shake up their middle-aged lives.
Incognito: Secret Lives, Forbidden Loves
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 86,690. Language: English. Published: May 30, 2022. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Victorian, Fiction » Romance » Erotic
During the day, Miranda Cahill works diligently on her doctoral thesis. At night, she has sex with strangers. Her secret life explodes when she realizes her masked partner at a kink club and the charismatic colleague courting her are in fact the same person – the one man who can teach her to accept her diverse desires, as well as to trust her heart.
A Midsummer Night's Gender Bending: Bawdiness Inspired by the Bard
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 13,230. Language: British English. Published: April 25, 2022. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical » General, Fiction » Romance » LGBT » Bisexual
Stage-struck, young Ben Hastings leaves his father's farm for London, to join Will Shakepeare's band of players. Hugh Templeton, the handsome leading man, takes the innocent lad under his wing, but Ben soon discovers that Hugh wants more than just friendship. Meanwhile a savvy tavern maid named Jenny engineers a comedy of errors to save Ben from Hugh's lewd embrace and win him for her own.
Rough Weather: Elemental Passions Book 2
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 15,700. Language: English. Published: April 13, 2022. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Erotic, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal » General
Marine biologist Ondine Ambrose has always felt at home in the sea. Orphaned at birth and raised by her grandmother on Martha’s Vineyard, she has never questioned her extraordinary affinity for the watery world. Ebony-skinned Marut has the power to control the winds and summon storms – and to swamp Ondine with uncanny desire. He insists they are more than human, and that she is his fated mate.
Bangkok Noir: BDSM Erotic Suspense
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 33,810. Language: English. Published: March 27, 2022. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » BDSM, Fiction » Erotica » Suspense/Mystery
Domme Diana Fanning owns the only genuine BDSM bar in Bangkok. She's the first person the police consult when bar girls start to turn up brutally murdered – tied up, whip-marked and nipples clamped. Simultaneously looking for evidence and satisfying her own lusts, Diana discovers too late that the power she’s used to wielding won’t save her from becoming the serial killer’s next victim.
Alex in Tittyland: An Irreverent Erotic Fantasy
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 21,330. Language: English. Published: March 19, 2022. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Fantasy
Poor Alex is stuck in Baltimore, living with his mother and working the night shift at the Shake ‘n Shop mini-mart. He’s sure he’s going to lose even that crappy job when a curvy customer in a rabbit mask takes off without paying. Racing to catch her, he tumbles into a world of wonders, where sex organs grow on trees and horny women fawn over his endowments.
Bound and Breathless: Passionate Kink
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 49,690. Language: English. Published: March 15, 2022. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » BDSM, Fiction » Romance » Erotic
For some people, kink is a game, a way to spice up sex by adding a hint of taboo. These stories dig deeper, baring souls, exposing the heady thrill of power and surrender, intimacy and complicity. In the passionate dance of dominant and submissive, there is no tomorrow. There is only now, balanced between pleasure and pain, breathless with forbidden possibilities.
Exposure: Urban Erotic Noir
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 65,140. Language: English. Published: March 14, 2022. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Lesbian Erotica, Fiction » Erotica » Suspense/Mystery
Stella is just minding her own business and having a bit of fun, working as an exotic dancer at the Peacock Lounge. Through no fault of her own, she witnesses a double murder and gets pulled into a shady dance of deceit with political bigwigs, mob bosses, dirty cops and scheming widows. Now she's everyone's target; her only chance is to sift through the lies and expose the truth.
The Gazillionaire and the Virgin
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 63,710. Language: English. Published: February 12, 2022. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Erotic
She’s the billionaire. He’s the virgin. Still, he knows how to make her melt. One word from Theo, one touch, and Rachel surrenders to bliss. It seems that love and complementary desire may harmonize their differing values, until Rachel’s unwitting violation of Theo’s trust tears them apart.
Hot Spell: Elemental Passions Book 1
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 16,000. Language: English. Published: January 31, 2022. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Erotic, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal » General
Comfortable and at home in nature, Sylvie doesn't mind being alone in the wilderness. But she's not the only being haunting the glades and the trails. The stranger she encounters bathing in the stream near her camp obviously wants her, but refuses to act on his desire. Aidan is cursed with a power he fears will destroy her if they surrender to their passion. Can Sylvie refrain from tempting him?
At the Margins of Madness: A Tale of Power and Love
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 46,830. Language: English. Published: January 26, 2022. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Erotic, Fiction » Romance » LGBT » Gay
Nineteen year old Kyle has devastating visions of horrific disasters. Everyone assumes Kyle is schizophrenic, but Rob, the cop who picks him up off the street, knows better. Since his telepathic sister's brutal murder, Rob wants nothing to do with "gifted" individuals like Kyle. Yet he can't deny his attraction to the beautiful, tortured young man -- an attraction that appears to be mutual.
Fourth World: Erotic Tales of Monsters, Myths and Magic
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 34,170. Language: English. Published: January 14, 2022. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Paranormal, Fiction » Erotica » Horror
Enter the fourth world - a world of lust and shadows, where anything can happen. Obsessive passion and dark ecstasy mark these nine stories of paranormal desire. These tales conjure the magic of sex, and its dangers. Expect to be unbearably aroused and occasionally terrified. Do not expect happily ever afters.
Damned If You Do
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 29,170. Language: English. Published: January 7, 2022. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Erotic, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal » General
Sometimes romance can be hell... Starving author Wendy Dennison signs a contract with a charismatic stranger, exchanging her soul and her body for fame and commercial success. When she discovers her mild mannered agent Dan has a dominant side, she’s forced to choose either celebrity and wealth, or obscurity and true love.
The Journeyman's Trial: The Toymakers Guild Book 2
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 92,020. Language: English. Published: December 8, 2021. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Menage/Multiple Partners, Fiction » Romance » Erotic
If she builds it, will they come? Technically brilliant and thoroughly wanton, Gillian Smith has found her vocation: designing innovative erotic devices for the Toymakers Guild. Lust is a lubricant to creativity at Randerley Hall. But what happens when two Toymakers fall in love? If you like intelligent, lusty women and kinky steam punk sex toys, pick up a copy of The Journeyman’s Trial.
Power and Persuasion: A Gilded Age BDSM Romance
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 18,320. Language: English. Published: October 15, 2021. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical » 20th Century, Fiction » Romance » Erotic
She’s his natural enemy – and the only woman who can satisfy his perverse sexual desires. Billionaire industrialist Andrew MacIntyre commands a vast empire of railroads, mines and mills. Labor activist Olivia Alcott is dedicated to helping the factory workers responsible for Andrew’s wealth. They are natural foes, but with complementary needs: his need to command and hers to surrender.
Rajasthani Moon: Steampunk Shifter BDSM Romance
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 52,350. Language: English. Published: August 30, 2021. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Erotic, Fiction » Erotica » BDSM
Neither kink nor curse can stop a woman on a mission. A bandit prince cursed into beast form under the full moon. A brilliant but sadistic Rajah whose robotic sex toys mingle torture and delight. A voluptuous spy on a mission from Her Majesty, tasked with discovering Rajasthan’s secrets. She has never faced such a challenge.
Monsoon Fever: A Multicultural Romance
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 15,170. Language: English. Published: July 18, 2021. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical » 20th Century, Fiction » Romance » Polyamory
When a charismatic lawyer arrives at their remote Indian tea plantation, he tempts a married couple with forbidden carnal delights. Priscilla and Jonathan have grown apart. Anil Kumar, solicitor to Jon’s father, enchants both Priscilla and Jon with his beauty, poise and wisdom. Will the illicit cravings he excites be the final stroke that destroys their marriage? Or the route to saving it?
Sharing Leah: A Polyamorous Romance
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 17,240. Language: English. Published: May 23, 2021. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Erotic, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Some women might think Leah's existence heavenly – shared by two sexy men who both adore her. But Daniel’s and Greg’s jealousy and possessiveness make Leah's life a hell. Unable to bear the continuous conflict, she leaves them to ponder her future. She realizes she cannot live without either of her lovers. But if the two men can't settle their differences, how can she bear to live with them?
The Understudy: Acts of Submission
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 20,760. Language: English. Published: April 23, 2021. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Erotic, Fiction » Erotica » BDSM
One look from him and I melt. One word, and I’m on my knees. When the Berks Hills Summer Playhouse offered me my first real acting job, I never expected to share a stage with the legendary Geoffrey Hart - let alone his bed. Nothing in my education or experience prepared me for the paradoxical pleasures of submission. Now I’m devoted to my master, for better or worse. But Geoff’s heart is taken.
Playing to Score
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 16,730. Language: English. Published: February 9, 2021. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Erotic, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
(4.00 from 1 review)
Matt was supposed to be just a hot hook-up. Then he turned on the charm and brought out the bondage gear. Jason Hofstadter comes to the Four States Tournament for two reasons: to play Scrabble and to get laid. Every year he’s managed to score with one of the other guys attending. He figures that he’s hit the jackpot when he spots handsome, bookish Matt Sawyer, who's competing for the first time.
Mastering Maya: A BDSM Erotic Romance
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 16,080. Language: English. Published: January 18, 2021. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Erotic, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Mistress Maya’s precise discipline and unshakable self-possession are legendary in the kink community. Newcomer Dom Shark is fascinated by her beauty and power from the moment he sees her flogging a sub. Behind Maya’s mask of perfect control, he senses a spirit aching to surrender. He's determined to break through her defenses and bring her the same release she grants to the lucky slaves she tops.
A Kinky Christmas Carol: Gay BDSM Romance
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 21,470. Language: English. Published: December 20, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Erotic, Fiction » Holiday » Christmas
On Christmas Eve, Michael receives a visit from a sexy Dom who claims to be his master from the future. Thorne knows all about Michael’s frustrated submissive desires. He shows Michael scenes from a wild life of sexual excess that he claims they'll share if he breaks up with his current partner Neil. Should Michael trust the ghost of Christmas future?
The Pornographer's Apprentice: The Toymakers Guild Book 1
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 71,130. Language: English. Published: November 16, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Sci-Fi Erotica, Fiction » Erotica » Lesbian Erotica
She wants to build sex toys... if they'll let her. In prudish, patriarchal Victorian England, nineteen year old prodigy Gillian Smith finds a secret society dedicated to the erotic arts. She’ll need both her intellect and her physical charms to earn the permanent position she craves. If you like steam punk erotica with a kinky feminist bent, you'll love The Pornographer's Apprentice.
Fin d'Espoir: A Bisexual Vampire Romance
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 22,560. Language: English. Published: October 5, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Erotic, Fiction » Holiday » Halloween
Bitter and alone, Etienne de Rémorcy haunts the forest around the ruined plantation of Fin d'Espoir. He has sworn to never again taste human blood. Then a fierce storm and a runaway horse bring a slender, raven-haired beauty to his lair. When she begs him to take her, he cannot resist. Her lover likewise falls under Etienne's spell. Their love may be his last hope for redemption.
The H-Gene
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 68,250. Language: English. Published: July 18, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Erotic, Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
After a gay plague killed millions and sparked brutal riots, the Guardians locked up all H-positive men in remote quarantine camps – including Dylan Moore. H-negative guard Rafe Cowell blames the lust he feels watching prisoner 3218 on loneliness and isolation. When he finally meets the young queer, he discovers that Dylan is brilliant, brave, sexy as hell — and claims to be in love with Rafe.
The Slut Strikes Back: MILF Erotica
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 27,090. Language: English. Published: July 11, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » MILF, Fiction » Erotica » Menage/Multiple Partners
“Find someone else to satisfy your needs.” When her husband complains about her constant sexual demands, MILF Lauren Gordon is shocked, hurt, and determined to act on his instructions. She’s never strayed outside the bounds of her marriage, but now that she has permission, she unleashes her voracious libido on her gorgeous girlfriend next door, the pool boy, and anyone else who strikes her fancy.
D&S Duos Book 6
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 12,170. Language: English. Published: April 30, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » BDSM, Fiction » Romance » Adult
Two searing tales of erotic surrender. "Muse" Of course she’d dreamed of being a slave. The passion leaked out, even in the tamest of her kinky scenes. "Détente" I can’t help it. I’m dizzy with instantly kindled lust. He nips at my lips, probes me with his tongue. He drinks me in, consumes me. Between my thighs everything melts.
D&S Duos Book 5
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 10,270. Language: English. Published: April 3, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » BDSM, Fiction » Literature » Literary
Powerful women take control in this fifth volume of Lisabet Sarai’s D&S Duos series. In “Shades of Red”, a young woman vacationing in Amsterdam rents a room in the fabled red light district and discovers the thrill of dominating a willing male. In “Poker Night”, a God-fearing, working class guy visits his Mistress to satisfy his secret, shameful needs.
Lust in Dalat: Asian Adventures Book 6
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 4,420. Language: English. Published: January 13, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Lesbian Erotica, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian
The woman in the window seat to my right had more flesh than I’d usually find attractive, and most of it was on display. But she wasn’t trying to tease. She was simply at home in her own skin. And me? Traveling outside of the U.S. for the first time in my life, I was nervous, inexperienced, awkward and excited. Especially excited. With Helen next to me, who wouldn’t be?
Santa, Baby!
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 12,320. Language: English. Published: December 22, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » MILF, Fiction » Holiday » Christmas
(5.00 from 1 review)
Matt Glaser may not have the Santa Claus beard or belly, but when it comes to earning extra holiday cash, he loves his red suit like a reindeer loves carrots. This potential client, though—classy, curvy Eleanor Danforth—seems more interested in checking out his butt than his references. And two grand for a private party? Oy vey, Prancer, something's not kosher about this particular Vixen.
Cherry Pie and Mistletoe: A Mature Holiday Romance
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 7,910. Language: English. Published: December 13, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Erotic, Fiction » Holiday » Christmas
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
At ten thirty on a stormy Christmas Eve, a half-frozen long haul trucker wandered in to my diner. He really needed some hot coffee, not to mention a slice of my luscious cherry pie. His chocolate-brown eyes and ready laugh spun me back to my scandalous, sensual younger days. I hadn’t wanted anyone in years, but I wanted him. Was I brave enough to act on my desire?
Babes in Bondage: Vegas Babes Book 5
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 45,940. Language: English. Published: November 1, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » BDSM, Fiction » Erotica » Lesbian Erotica
(5.00 from 1 review)
When an anti-porn terrorist group shuts down the Sin City Fetish Fair, Larry Archer offers The Fox’s Den as an alternative venue. Plans for the Den’s first Kink Night quickly take shape. Virginal Patricia Hastings leads the Anti-Porn Brigade in their fight against filth. She’s determined to destroy the anything-but-vanilla strip club – if only she can resist her own secret craving for surrender.
The Last Amanuensis: An erotic tale of a dark future
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 6,010. Language: English. Published: September 14, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias, Fiction » Erotica » Sci-Fi Erotica
A former teacher and frustrated writer, Adele is grateful for her job as secretary to the enigmatic Professor. During the day, she transcribes his learned treatises on a vast range of topics. Then he calls her to his room one night, to give her a more difficult and intimate assignment, one that risks both their lives.
Crowd Pleaser: Sexy Shorts
Price: Free! Words: 32,560. Language: English. Published: August 18, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Erotica Anthologies, Fiction » Erotica » BDSM
(5.00 from 1 review)
Savor these luscious tales of lust and love from the outrageous imagination of Lisabet Sarai. A Nebraska tornado provides the opportunity for a long-married couple to indulge their kinky tendencies. A workaholic professor learns to pay attention to her carnal desires. Two virile young baristas turn a lawyer’s fantasies into vivid reality. Ten erotic gems–pleasure guaranteed!
Refuge
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 7,420. Language: English. Published: June 22, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Adult, Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Cultural interest, general
I never wanted to be a soldier, especially a guard at the remote, dusty Mae La refugee camp, a thousand kilometers from my home. Until I met the lovely hill tribe girl Preean, though—until she asked for help I knew I shouldn’t give her—I never really understood what I was doing to my fellow human beings. Though I risked my own life and freedom, I couldn’t refuse the gifts of her body and heart.
The Heart of the Deal: Business, Bondage, Discipline and Desire
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 78,050. Language: English. Published: June 10, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » BDSM, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian
Ruby Maxwell Chen, lovely and ruthless CEO of a huge British business empire, has no qualms about playing dirty – very dirty. She’s happy to use sex to help her close a deal, especially when she’s the one on top. Ruby loves the game, and she expects to win. When she encounters the oddly charismatic American entrepreneur Rick Martell, though, she wonders if she hasn't met her match.
Valentine's Visit: Four Way Friend Swap (Vegas Babes Book 4)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 14,440. Language: English. Published: February 14, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Menage/Multiple Partners, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » General
(3.00 from 1 review)
When Jake and Fran are invited to Las Vegas spend Valentine’s weekend with Jake’s old friend Ted and his curvaceous ginger-haired wife, they’re not sure what to expect. The last time they saw Ted and Annie, at the Vegas couple’s pre-wedding stag party, the four of them had ended up in bed together. But maybe that was just a fluke. There’s only one way to find out.
Sin City Sweethearts: Vegas Babes Book 3
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 54,100. Language: English. Published: January 23, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Menage/Multiple Partners, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian
Annie and Ted are typical newlyweds—just a bit more open-minded about sex than most couples. When a pair of gorgeous, innocent undergraduates moves in to the apartment downstairs, Ted and Annie decide to educate the sisters about the carnal delights of Sin City. Marcie and Maddy prove to be apt pupils, eager to indulge their voracious appetites with an ever-widening circle of intimate partners.
Underground
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 7,340. Language: English. Published: October 17, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal » General
The long years before I found Underground and Z seem like some bad dream—an endless series of fetish groups and kink clubs, personal ads and bar hook-ups, as I searched everywhere for someone who could understand and satisfy my particular needs. S&M folk like to believe they're tolerant and accepting. They weren't ready to tolerate me, though.
More Brides in Vegas: Vegas Babes Book 2
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 36,170. Language: English. Published: June 29, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Menage/Multiple Partners, Fiction » Erotica » Romance
Tying the knot — with no strings attached! Annie and Ted are getting married, and they’ve invited all their friends from The Fox’s Den Amateur Night to the party. Taking over a vintage eighties motel with a courtyard and pool for their private function, the bride and groom expect a certain amount of carnal excess. Still, nobody’s prepared for the sexual free-for-all that breaks loose.
Velvet
Price: Free! Words: 5,580. Language: English. Published: June 15, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian, Fiction » Romance » Erotic
(4.00 from 1 review)
I must really be horny, to be sitting here fantasizing about the keynote speaker. Marta Hausman, CEO of VideoPlayHaus.com, controls the stage. I can't take my eyes off her. Finally she concludes, and sits down. She scans the audience, looking bored. For a moment, I have this bizarre notion that she's staring at me. Dream on, girl. What interest would a hotshot like Dr. Hausman have in you?
Burn, Baby: A Sapphic Six Pack
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 26,730. Language: English. Published: June 15, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Lesbian Erotica, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian
Desire burns hot in these six sizzling tales by Lisabet Sarai. A high-powered executive and a Goth rocker collide on a rainy Manhattan night and succumb to the attraction of opposites. An unorthodox therapist rekindles the libido of a traumatized fire-fighter. A nun fights her lust for the voluptuous hooker resident at her women’s shelter. Includes a searing new tale, “Countertransference”.
The Witches of Gloucester
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 19,090. Language: English. Published: May 31, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian, Fiction » Romance » Erotic
The historic port of Gloucester, Massachusetts has a special charm, due in part to its resident witches. For decades, raven-maned Marguerite and red-headed Beryl have lived among its hard-working inhabitants, making magic and mischief. To reach their full potential, they need a third witch to complete their circle. Platinum-haired newcomer Emmeline might be the woman they’ve been waiting for.
Dragon Boat Blues: Asian Adventures Book 5
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 7,850. Language: English. Published: March 23, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Erotic, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
I booked the dragon boat cruise on Ha Long Bay to use up a few free days at the end of my business trip, figuring my disability wouldn’t be a problem on the luxurious junk. I wasn’t looking for companionship, just a bit of peace. When Stan and Phil welcomed me into their circle of love, I discovered how much healing I still needed.
Butterfly: Asian Adventures Book 4
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 7,350. Language: English. Published: February 10, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Erotic, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » General
When Lek stepped onto the stage at the Butterfly Bar and began to dance, I fell for her hard. The weekend we spent together in Bangkok was pure heaven. How could I know our love would drag me through hell?
Vows: Asian Adventures Book 3
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 7,430. Language: English. Published: January 2, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Erotic, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
My wife Dani wants us to seduce the achingly beautiful Buddhist monk we’ve met in Luang Prabang. I try to reject her suggestions, to resist temptation. But I can’t banish the images of Souvannaphone— ripe lips curved in a half-smile, brown eyes sparkling with gentle challenge, smooth curves of golden flesh that cry out to be kissed. I yearn for his body—and his serenity.
Citadel of Women: Asian Adventures Book 2
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 8,740. Language: English. Published: December 1, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Erotic, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
When her lover severs their relationship just before a long-planned trip to Angkor Wat, Doa stubbornly decides to travel alone. Che, the mercurial young tour guide, senses her loneliness and offers her comfort and passion.
Hot Brides in Vegas: Vegas Babes Book 1
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 32,000. Language: English. Published: November 15, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Comedy/Humor, Fiction » Romance » Erotic
(5.00 from 1 review)
Francesca Torelli’s tycoon father is throwing a lavish Las Vegas wedding for his only child. Her fiancé Jake and his buddies set out to explore the fleshpots of Sin City. Meanwhile, Fran and her bridesmaids are stuck at the resort under the watchful eye of her stern Aunt Giulia. Frustrated, the young women hatch a plan to escape their chaperone and have some fun of their own at The Fox’s Den.
Singapore Fling: Asian Adventures Book 1
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 7,310. Language: English. Published: October 8, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Erotic, Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Asian American
Thai entrepreneur Ploy Kaewkornwattanasakul needs to convince Singaporean tech whiz Jason Chow to license his ground-breaking innovation to her company. When she meets Jason, she realizes she wants not just the invention, but the inventor, too. The attraction is mutual. However, Jason has a shameful secret. He risks exposure if he succumbs to his desire.
Divided We Fall
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,730. Language: English. Published: January 29, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Erotic, Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
(5.00 from 1 review)
Linh’s three year old brother has wandered out of Viet Village into Niggertown. Despite the danger, she has no choice but to go looking for him in hostile territory. As she and the black guard Steel comb the the desolate streets of Niggertown, seeking any trace of Duy, Linh discovers that the barrio’s inhabitants aren’t necessarily the violent, drug-addled brutes she’s been taught to hate.
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Smashwords book reviews by Lisabet Sarai

  • Stripper or Nurse? on March 23, 2018

    Larry Archer’s erotic novel Stripper or Nurse begins with a heart attack. One of the patrons at The Fox’s Den, a high end gentleman’s club just off the Las Vegas strip, gets a bit too excited watching the lovely dancers and keels over. But never fear. All the strippers at the Den are trained in CPR. Dancers Peaches and Monique take turns working on the customer, keeping him alive until the ambulance arrives—though when he regains consciousness to find himself looking up at two gorgeous, naked girls, Tom wonders whether he has died and gone to heaven. Concerned about Tom’s welfare, the two girls visit him at the hospital, only to have a run-in with Tom’s rather conservative wife Suzanne. Both jealous and worried, she blames the strip club for her husband’s condition and verbally shreds the young women who actually saved his life. When Suzanne shows up at the strip club to confront the management, she discovers that that the place is not at all what she’d imagined. Instead of a sleazy establishment that takes advantage of women, objectifying them and forcing them into sex, the Fox’s Den turns out to be classy and relaxed, a haven for exhibitionist gals who love showing off. The sensual, sex-drenched atmosphere almost immediately starts to work its magic on the unsuspecting housewife. Before she knows it, she’s fondling the breasts of the scantily clad club valets, wearing scandalously revealing clothing, masturbating in public, and offering her body to men and women alike. Meanwhile, Tom receives very personal attention from a bevy of horny nurses, as well as Foxy Archer, wife of The Fox’s Den proprietor. Stripper or Nurse features almost non-stop sex, with a lot of girl-on-girl action and swapping of bodily fluids. At the same time, it’s plotted quite tightly. Larry Archer manages to keep the focus on Suzanne’s enthusiastic transformation from prude to slut. He does an excellent job portraying both her doubts and her irresistible attraction to her new identity as a perpetually-aroused, anything-goes hotwife. Overall, I really enjoyed Stripper or Nurse. I love the uninhibited sexuality in the story (indeed, in all Larry Archer’s stories), and the generous, affectionate mood. I’ve been turned off in the past by some “cuckold” tales that seem to belittle or denigrate the man involved. In this novel, Tom gets plenty of sex (despite being hospitalized through the entire book!), even as he watches (in high definition video) his wife get passed around to voracious females and well-hung males. I did find the ending a bit abrupt. Somehow I expected a bit more tidying of loose ends. In the first half of the book, Suzanne keeps talking about a Saturday Couples Night party at the Den, and meeting people who plan to join in the Saturday fun. I expected that to be the big-bang (so to speak) ending, so I was a bit disappointed when the tale ended after a more private sex scene—if you can call a video-recorded butt-fucking “private”! Anyway, I had a good time, as I almost always do when I enter Larry’s world of good-natured promiscuity. I’m certain I’ll be back.
  • Different Senses on July 10, 2020
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    Javen Ythen loves his job as a cop, doing his part to foster justice and community safety. He also gets some satisfaction from thumbing his nose at his powerful father and high-society mother, who feel police work isn’t an appropriate occupation for the son of the state governor. When Javen is seriously wounded in the line of duty, his world falls apart – not due to his physical injuries, but because the trauma triggers his genetic predisposition for empathy. It’s bad enough having everyone’s emotions clamoring in his mind, but for Javen, being matos has far more dire consequences. First, his new talent is an unwelcome sign that he is not pure Kelon, but of mixed race, since only the despised banis people, indigenous to the planet, carry the empathy gene. Second, privacy laws mean he’s no longer welcome in the police force. Worst of all, his long-time lover Kirin breaks off their relationship. It seems the man can’t bear the notion of being emotionally transparent – or perhaps Javen’s newly revealed racial background has some influence. Depressed and bitter, Javen drifts into working as a private investigator. In his first case, he solves the mystery of a stolen jewel and clears the name of a young woman from the banis community. His new connections with the banis – or Nihan, as they call themselves - give him the opportunity to research his genealogy and find out more about his Nihani ancestors. He also begins to see, first hand, the many ways in which the original inhabitants of Uterden face discrimination and oppression from his own race. Over time, he adds Nihani interns and staff to his business, and as a result, becomes increasingly involved in their struggle for justice and equality. When a crooked court rules against Nihani interests and triggers violence and civil unrest, Javen finds himself in a life-and-death race to find the real terrorists, before the Kelon masters crush the Nihan and bury their aspirations for a better life. Meanwhile, throughout the book, Javen struggles with his desire for the clever but hostile Nihani lawyer Shardul Hema Rishabh. As the only member of his people to have a Kelon law degree, Shardul seems to be involved in many of Javen’s cases. There’s an undeniable attraction between the two men, but Shardul could never love a Kelon, even one with some Nihani blood. I downloaded Different Senses from Smashwords for free, during the Authors Give Back event, at the start of the Covid-19 epidemic. Though I’d never heard of the author, the book sounded appealing – science fiction is a long time favorite genre for me, and it had been too long since I’d read any MM romance. I’m so glad I followed my instincts. Different Senses is amazing, one of the best books I’ve read this year. I loved everything about the novel. Ms. Somerville builds a believable world and a complex society, complete with customs, religions and language – a world ultimately not that different from our own. Every character is richly imagined and skillfully drawn. This is true not only of Javen and Shardul, but also more minor players such as the voluble Doctor Nihar and the blind Nihan elder Roshni. Everyone changes and grows over time. In particular, Javen’s father gradually transforms from something of a villain to an unexpected hero. The oppression of the Nihan felt so familiar – especially given the events of the last month or so. The Nihan face the same sort of institutional racism endured by people of color in the United States. With few economic or educational opportunities, they’re viewed as backward and ignorant. Police and other representatives of state power are quick to suspect the Nihan of wrong doing and brutal in their reactions. At the same time, the Kelons admire banis artifacts, wear banis textiles, and create vast collections of works essentially stolen from the colonized culture. In a neat little twist, by the way, Ms. Somerville has given the Kelon master race dark skins. The Nihan are red-haired, fair-skinned and green-eyed. That doesn’t stop them from being viewed as barely human. The author doesn’t hit you over the head with this. There are no polemics in this book, although the underlying political themes provide one critical thread in the story. We learn about the Nihan situation through the eyes of Javen, as he gradually becomes closer to the people and their ways. The transition is subtle, sensitive, and extremely compelling. The copyright page of Different Senses makes it clear that the different “chapters” in the book were originally published separately. Despite this, the book feels unified and has an integrated narrative arc, with an overarching conflict and resolution. I’ve referred to the book as a novel because that’s what it feels like: the story of Javen’s cultural enlightenment and his search for love. Before concluding, I should mention the attitudes toward homosexuality on Uterden. The Kelons show themselves to be extremely prejudiced against the Nihan, but there’s no apparent negative feeling about same-sex relationships at all. Javen and Kirin are accepted as a normal family unit by everyone in the society. Javen and Shardul will have greater problems, due to their races, but not because they are both men. I loved this feeling of comfort. This is a fantastic book. I will definitely be checking out some of Ann Somerville’s other work.
  • Different Senses on July 10, 2020

    Javen Ythen loves his job as a cop, doing his part to foster justice and community safety. He also gets some satisfaction from thumbing his nose at his powerful father and high-society mother, who feel police work isn’t an appropriate occupation for the son of the state governor. When Javen is seriously wounded in the line of duty, his world falls apart – not due to his physical injuries, but because the trauma triggers his genetic predisposition for empathy. It’s bad enough having everyone’s emotions clamoring in his mind, but for Javen, being matos has far more dire consequences. First, his new talent is an unwelcome sign that he is not pure Kelon, but of mixed race, since only the despised banis people, indigenous to the planet, carry the empathy gene. Second, privacy laws mean he’s no longer welcome in the police force. Worst of all, his long-time lover Kirin breaks off their relationship. It seems the man can’t bear the notion of being emotionally transparent – or perhaps Javen’s newly revealed racial background has some influence. Depressed and bitter, Javen drifts into working as a private investigator. In his first case, he solves the mystery of a stolen jewel and clears the name of a young woman from the banis community. His new connections with the banis – or Nihan, as they call themselves - give him the opportunity to research his genealogy and find out more about his Nihani ancestors. He also begins to see, first hand, the many ways in which the original inhabitants of Uterden face discrimination and oppression from his own race. Over time, he adds Nihani interns and staff to his business, and as a result, becomes increasingly involved in their struggle for justice and equality. When a crooked court rules against Nihani interests and triggers violence and civil unrest, Javen finds himself in a life-and-death race to find the real terrorists, before the Kelon masters crush the Nihan and bury their aspirations for a better life. Meanwhile, throughout the book, Javen struggles with his desire for the clever but hostile Nihani lawyer Shardul Hema Rishabh. As the only member of his people to have a Kelon law degree, Shardul seems to be involved in many of Javen’s cases. There’s an undeniable attraction between the two men, but Shardul could never love a Kelon, even one with some Nihani blood. I downloaded Different Senses from Smashwords for free, during the Authors Give Back event, at the start of the Covid-19 epidemic. Though I’d never heard of the author, the book sounded appealing – science fiction is a long time favorite genre for me, and it had been too long since I’d read any MM romance. I’m so glad I followed my instincts. Different Senses is amazing, one of the best books I’ve read this year. I loved everything about the novel. Ms. Somerville builds a believable world and a complex society, complete with customs, religions and language – a world ultimately not that different from our own. Every character is richly imagined and skillfully drawn. This is true not only of Javen and Shardul, but also more minor players such as the voluble Doctor Nihar and the blind Nihan elder Roshni. Everyone changes and grows over time. In particular, Javen’s father gradually transforms from something of a villain to an unexpected hero. The oppression of the Nihan felt so familiar – especially given the events of the last month or so. The Nihan face the same sort of institutional racism endured by people of color in the United States. With few economic or educational opportunities, they’re viewed as backward and ignorant. Police and other representatives of state power are quick to suspect the Nihan of wrong doing and brutal in their reactions. At the same time, the Kelons admire banis artifacts, wear banis textiles, and create vast collections of works essentially stolen from the colonized culture. In a neat little twist, by the way, Ms. Somerville has given the Kelon master race dark skins. The Nihan are red-haired, fair-skinned and green-eyed. That doesn’t stop them from being viewed as barely human. The author doesn’t hit you over the head with this. There are no polemics in this book, although the underlying political themes provide one critical thread in the story. We learn about the Nihan situation through the eyes of Javen, as he gradually becomes closer to the people and their ways. The transition is subtle, sensitive, and extremely compelling. The copyright page of Different Senses makes it clear that the different “chapters” in the book were originally published separately. Despite this, the book feels unified and has an integrated narrative arc, with an overarching conflict and resolution. I’ve referred to the book as a novel because that’s what it feels like: the story of Javen’s cultural enlightenment and his search for love. Before concluding, I should mention the attitudes toward homosexuality on Uterden. The Kelons show themselves to be extremely prejudiced against the Nihan, but there’s no apparent negative feeling about same-sex relationships at all. Javen and Kirin are accepted as a normal family unit by everyone in the society. Javen and Shardul will have greater problems, due to their races, but not because they are both men. I loved this feeling of comfort. This is a fantastic book. I will definitely be checking out some of Ann Somerville’s other work.
  • Juliet’s Diary: My Secret Plague Journal on July 16, 2020

    Juliet is a nineteen year old college student. She’s spoiled, selfish, lazy, horny, and bored by almost everything, except her girlfriend Romi – whom she met in high school when she was looking for someone to sell her the exam questions. Romi needed the money, but one thing led to another and now Juliet’s head over heels in love, or at least in lust, with her far more experienced lesbian main squeeze. All Juliet wants is to move into the group household Romi shares with her intentional family of queer and trans friends. To stave off this event, her wealthy parents have promised her a big chunk of money and a fancy new car, if she stays at home until she finishes her first year at university. Meanwhile the Covid-19 epidemic is raging, so she’s forbidden to even see the woman who dominates her thoughts. Not that Juliet’s all that likely to obey... Juliet’s Diary is a vivid and painful journey into the mind of a young woman who is so unlikable she could almost be a parody of how the privileged have dealt with the pandemic – except that Giselle Renarde has made her shockingly believable. Juliet, like most young people, figures she’s in no danger from the virus. Romi, who’s barely surviving economically, knows better. Romi’s housemates have various disabilities that make them especially vulnerable, but they’re all working their tails off trying to stave off eviction. Juliet is mostly oblivious to their problems. All she cares about is spending time with Romi, having sex with Romi, getting her girlfriend off and vice versa. Meanwhile, the world becomes increasingly alien, with social distancing, panic buying, and ultimately, friends and family dying. Juliet has a hard time adapting, though she half-heartedly tries. She even gets a job in a supermarket, in order to prove to Romi and herself that she’s not useless. She lasts exactly one day. As you may have gathered, this is not a fun book. One would hardly expect fun from a story sub-titled “My Secret Plague Diary”. At the same time, it’s an impressive book, a historical document that will serve to remind people, in the future, just what the first pandemic of the twenty-first century was like. Juliet might be extreme, but not so extreme that she doesn’t remind me of some people I’ve read about (fortunately, not people I know personally). Juliet’s Diary is also, perhaps surprisingly, a sexy book. I always find Giselle Renarde’s erotic scenes to be original, visceral and lush. This secret lesbian diary is no exception. The protagonist’s confessional complaints and annoyed musings are punctuated by the infrequent but intense encounters between the two women. Romi becomes increasingly exhausted, barely able to muster a bit of lust, but somehow Juliet’s desire for her never flags. I don’t think the author penned this book with the market in mind. It’s not a crowd pleaser. In fact, in some ways it’s a very difficult read, especially since we’re still in the midst of the Covid-19 crisis. At the same time, Juliet’s Diary has a sort of brilliant intensity that might take your mind off your own problems.
  • Prophecy of the Mayan Undead on Nov. 02, 2020

    Brilliant neurobiologist Keesha Brown is running for her life, though she doesn’t know who she is fleeing from, or why. All she knows is that they always seem to be one step ahead of her. She wakes up to find herself tied up in the trunk of a car driven by two thugs. Though her agile mind still searches for a way out of her dilemma, she fears her time is up. Then all hell breaks loose. A hero appears and crushes her abducters, but not before they shoot and fatally wound her. Century-old vampire Yuri Kozakov has been cultivating an intellectual relationship with the dedicated researcher; he hopes Keisha can answer his questions about his own origins. Meanwhile he finds the feisty dark-skinned beauty stirs him in distinctly non-intellectual ways as well. When she fails to arrive for their first real date, he realizes she must be in trouble. He manages to track her to lonely country road and to destroy her kidnappers, but it’s too late to save her. His only option is turn her into a creature of the night like he is. On the verge of dying, she accepts his offer of eternal life as a blood drinker, experiencing an ecstatic, arousing communion with her handsome savior. This is how Fiona McGier begins her novel Prophecy of the Mayan Undead. If you think this sounds like your typical vampire erotic romance, think again. Ms. McGier happily shatters all the Twilight-engendered stereotypes and tosses the pieces to the winds. To start with, her heroine Keisha is sassy, opinionated, sexually liberated and so smart she intimidates everyone around her. She doesn’t waste time worrying about her lost mortality, but applies her new powers not only to the scientific problem that has occupied her for years, namely how to increase human intelligence, but also to the puzzle of the vampires’ existence. Yuri is Norse-god gorgeous and inexhaustibly virile (of course...) but he’s not the brooding, moody alpha you might expect. Indeed, he’s in awe of Keesha, as well as in love with her, and though he’ll protect her with his life, he’s perfectly delighted to let her take the lead, both in her research efforts and in the bedroom. Together with two far more ancient vampires, long-time lovers Casomiro and Apolinar, they track the origin of vampires on earth to alien beings who visited the Mayan empire centuries before. These aliens transformed some humans, who spread vampiric spores around the earth. The Mayans worshiped the interstellar visitors as gods, turning their need for blood into the foundation of the culture’s cruel rituals. Mayans? Aliens? Not your usual pseudo-Gothic Bram Stokery! The author is delightfully creative in her mixing and matching of genres. Things get even wilder in the second half of the book, which features a female Chinese vampire who’s also a scientist – looking for ways to make the “human cattle” more docile and stupid. Abused all her life, repeatedly raped and humiliated, Niu Ying has a heart of stone and a bitter, vengeful spirit. Nevertheless, she falls in love with a representative from yet another extraterrestrial species, a highly advanced race who nudge the beings of lesser planets toward greater maturity. Ms. McGier’s sex scenes between Niu Ying and the blue-furred, laid-back creature outside time called Frank are some of the best parts of this lively book. ---------------------- Finally he moved away from her, and she watched through barely open eyes as he removed his jumpsuit. All of his skin had the same light blue tinge, but the parts of him that had been under the jumpsuit were also covered in a soft, darker blue fur. Ying reached out a hand to stroke his chest, then her hand moved lower and she grasped the organ that was much wider closer to his body, and thinner further away. There were horizontal ridges, leading to a head that was a knotted ball of veins. It was also responding to her every touch, twitching and moving as she stroked it. She looked up at his face and saw passion, combined with an infinite tenderness. He crawled up onto the cushions to lie next to her, leaning over to kiss her lips again, as his long fingers began to stroke the skin on the insides of her thighs. She gasped with pleasure, as skin cells that had never been touched sprang to life, and began to tingle and throb. ------------------- So what happens next? I don’t want to spoil your fun by telling you too much, but by the time you get to the end, we’ve got visitations from two alien species, a showdown at the United Nations, and a pretty effective attempt at saving the world. Does this sound silly? Prophecy of the Mayan Undead is unquestionably erotic romance, but it’s also fantasy. Some of the outrageous twists might seem implausible, but as a reader, you need to reserve judgment and hold on tight for a crazy ride. I guarantee you’ll have fun.
  • The Strong Amongst Us on June 10, 2021

    History comes to life in J.A. Boulet’s debut novel The Strong Amongst Us. In vivid, sometimes heart-rending, detail, Ms. Boulet chronicles the struggles of a group of Icelandic immigrants who came to Canada in the 1870’s, fleeing volcanic eruptions in their own country that had devastated their homes and their farms. Manitoba, their destination, was a beautiful but sometimes cruel wilderness and their settlement of Gimli, on the western shore of vast Lake Winnipeg, a fragile outpost of humanity. Violent storms, life-threatening cold, famine and disease all threatened to erase their dream of New Iceland. The novel unfolds through the eyes of eighteen year old Nathan Olason, who leaves his mother and sisters behind to travel with his father and cousins to their new land. The Icelanders are tough and hard-working, but they’re scarcely a match for the challenges of the Canadian frontier. Nath becomes friends with a young Cree woman named Anwa, who teaches him how to hunt, to fish, to survive and to thrive in the land of her ancestors. Little by little, their friendship blossoms into a great love, but they must overcome the racism of his family and the colonialist politics of the province if they’re to be together. I really enjoyed The Strong Amongst Us, partly because I’d previously known nothing about this chapter in history. The author herself lives in Gimli; she knows the land she’s describing, simultaneously exquisite and harsh. I was touched by Nath’s growth into maturity and leadership, as well as the sorrows he must endure. The style of this novel struck me as somewhat amateurish, with its linear structure, unsubtle declarations of emotion, and frequent POV slips. Still, the sincerity of the author’s concern for her characters shines on every page. Despite a certain lack of craft, the reader is swept up in the dramatic events swirling around Nath and Anwa. I also appreciated Ms. Boulet’s unvarnished honesty about sex. She does not shy away from exploring the intensely physical bond between Nath and Anwa. I applaud her frankness. Although The Strong Among Us has a romance subplot, it lacks the happy ending required to make it a romance. Instead, we’re left with a far more nuanced and realistic picture of a life filled with adventure and labor, tragedy and joy. The author has succeeded in re-imagining this possibly forgotten story, helping us to understand the risks taken and the dangers faced by immigrants in their quest for a new home.
  • For the Love of His Life on Aug. 31, 2021

    Hollywood darling Raul Roderick lives life in the fast lane. When he’s not working on a film, he’s out partying, drinking, doing drugs and engaging in entertaining but meaningless sex with adoring women who’ll do anything to bed him. He’s not really happy – for one thing, he tends to get type-cast based on his stellar good looks, not his acting ability – but he doesn’t know how to get off the treadmill of Los Angeles stardom. Underneath his charming and irreverent exterior, he’s lonely and insecure, marked by his difficult childhood as the illegitimate son of a Vegas show girl. Veronica “Ronnie” Sorrenson loves her simple, active, independent life in northern Minnesota, near the gateway to the Boundary Waters Wilderness area. She helps her grandmother run their lake-side family resort, works as an accountant to support herself, and spends her free time running in the woods or canoeing in the pristine waters. In the past, she’s had some relationships with men, none of which panned out. Now she’s content to live by herself, bake the pies for which the Sorrenson’s Family Resort is famous, and enjoy the wonders of nature around her. It’s hard to imagine two more different souls, but their paths intersect when Ronnie’s cousin Jared, a renowned director, asks Ronnie’s grandmother Marie to house Raul at the resort for a while so that he can sober up and get ready for the role of his dreams – playing Ronnie’s heroic great grandfather Hank Maynard, who founded the settlement of Grand Marais. Jared is convinced that Raul has the talent and emotional depth required for the wilderness-themed biopic, but the star needs to clean up his personal act as well as get in condition for the physically-demanding part. Raul, of course, notices the tall, shapely Valkyrie running the trails and swimming in the frigid lake, but his usual moves don’t work on her. Ronnie is not the sort to put up with any superficial nonsense. Still, they’re drawn to one another. He agrees to use her as his trainer. Together they run, swim, climb, canoe and fish, building the muscles and the skills Raul will need for the movie. And of course, gradually their mutual attraction turns to respect, then something deeper. When they make love for the first time, their mutual passion is a revelation for them both. Trust does not come easily, though. Raul and Ronnie must weather several crises before they find their happily ever after. The gaps between their experiences and their expectations are not easily bridged. I deeply enjoyed this book. For one thing, I can’t think of any romance author who does a better job writing wholesome lust than Fiona McGier. She expertly captures the joy as well as the pleasure of intimacy with someone who’s “right” for you. Her love scenes are simultaneously hot and sweet, explicit yet innocent. There’s rarely any angst. When two people belong together, in Ms. McGier’s world, their bodies and souls connect in a special way that erases doubt – at least while they’re physically connected. Another plus for me was the distinctive setting. Although I’ve never visited the Boundary Waters area, I could vividly imagine the environment, especially the resort. I could picture myself sitting on the porch, gazing out at the lake, the way Raul does – eating, no doubt, a piece of some creatively gooey pie! Ms. McGier’s secondary characters also add depth and interest to her stories. In particular, I loved Gram-Marie, with her passion for her family, her feisty disdain for “modern” films and her suspicions about Raul. In general, I’m not a huge fan of vanilla romance. I often finds it lacks erotic heat as well as being too predictable. With a Fiona McGier romance, one can’t complain about the former. Meanwhile, although as a reader you know that Raul and Ronnie will overcome their differences to build a life together, their reactions to the inevitable conflicts are sufficiently genuine that you feel their agony. In short, I can recommend this book highly to romance fans. And I’m looking forward to tackling the next story in her Minnesota romance series.
  • Her Last Resort on Sep. 23, 2021

    Her Last Resort, the third book in Fiona McGier’s Minnesota Romance series, grabs you from the first paragraph. The author drops you into the middle of a scene in which the heroine, Stella Taylor, is defending herself against a knife-throwing would-be assassin who has sneaked into her suite. The young man attacking her has considerable skill, but he can’t match Stella’s thirty years experience at staying alive. After a career as an agent that cost her more than she’d ever expected – including her marriage and her relationships with her daughter and son – she has officially retired from the CIA. However, instead of the peace and stability she craves, she has become the target of a series of attacks on her life. Someone keeps sending promising young men to kill her – someone who seems to know how to find her even though she changes her location every two weeks. Stella is wondering about the motive for these attacks and trying to figure out how to stop them, when she gets a call from her daughter, popular movie actress Kelly Ann Sheridan. Kelly invites Stella to come up to northern Minnesota so they can spend a week together at her friend Ivan’s lakeside resort. The remote location seems like a good place to hide. Meanwhile, Stella is eager for the opportunity to spend some time with her older child and perhaps heal the emotional rift between them. She arrives looking for nothing more than some R&R – canoe trips and hiking, good food, good wine and some unpressured time in her daughter’s company. When she meets the charming, burly Russian proprietor of the resort, however, she realizes her vacation may turn out to include some unexpected pleasures. Ivan is immediately attracted to Stella. Indeed, he has the sense he has met her before. It turns out that this impression is accurate. Though he is now a U.S. citizen, running a legitimate business and offering employment to many of his relatives and compatriots, he spent thirty years working for the KGB. Years ago, Ivan had glimpsed Stella at an international summit between Reagan and Gorbachov; since then, the image of the elegant female agent in her revealing gown has haunted his erotic fantasies. Her Last Resort is Stella’s and Ivan’s love story. But romance is a lot different when you’re not a young hottie. Ms. McGier does a fantastic job building the erotic tension, a classic slow burn that makes you ache right along with the two protagonists. When they do finally make love, the scene has all of the author’s signature heat, but acknowledges the fact that men in their mid-fifties aren’t likely to get more than one erection per night, and that women in that age range tend to be dry and tight, no matter how turned on they might be. The sex is no less incendiary for being realistic; both Ivan and Stella have lived lonely and dangerous lives, and they find true comfort in one another. Though they were on opposite sides of the Cold War, their experiences were similar. Both of them have deep scars, both physical and emotional. The main conflict in this novel lies not within the characters, but in the external environment. With the help of Ivan and his friends, Stella tries to get to the bottom of the attacks. When she discovers the truth, she recognizes how deeply she has been betrayed – and how morally compromised she will always be. Only someone who has done what she’s done – killed more than a few of her fellow humans and sent others to certain death – can understand her. Ivan may be the only person who can help her heal – and vice versa. I’ve written favorable reviews of both the first and the second Minnesota Romance books, but I think I enjoyed this one even more. The pacing is excellent and the suspense is extremely well done. Furthermore, Ms. McGier does not sugar-coat her characters’ experience. Ivan and Stella both have committed crimes that they have to live with. Love and companionship will help – but the author never suggests love will absolve them of responsibility or totally erase the guilt and the pain. If you’d rather read about realistic relationships than total romantic fluff, I recommend this book.
  • Heaven’s Diary: A Succubus Story on Oct. 30, 2021

    For young trans woman Heaven, buying a house together with her lover Terra and her best friend Elle seems a dream come true. When the three move into the house, though, Heaven discovers she’s caught in a waking nightmare. Her bedroom seems haunted by a mysterious presence that can make lightbulbs explode and bring Heaven to orgasms so intense they’re painful. In other rooms, Heaven sees things invisible to Terra and Elle, images that reinforce her sense that Terra is growing ever more distant. That suspicion is reinforced when Heaven discovers her housemates are sexually involved. Abandoned and rejected, Heaven finds herself more and more obsessed with the seductive but vicious creature who bestows awful pleasure in return for the chance to drain Heaven’s life energy. Heaven is caught in a deadly downward spiral, desperate for the attention of the succubus even as she understands that the malevolent being is slowly killing her. Heaven’s Diary is a fitting read for the Halloween season. Giselle Renarde evokes a choking sense of dread, an atmosphere so oppressive that I almost stopped reading due to my personal discomfort. The book is far more like horror than erotica, though it does include some supernaturally intense sex. The succubus is skillfully portrayed as enticing but utterly non-human. The scariest aspect of the story, though, is Terra’s cold treachery. Buoyed by love, Heaven might have the strength to fight the influence of the creature that haunts her dream house, but when she is betrayed and cast aside, she has nowhere else to turn. This book is part of Ms. Renarde’s Lesbian Diaries series. I was impressed by the fact that Heaven is unquestionably a woman, even though she still has male genitalia and indeed the succubus takes her as if she were a man. Her voice, her emotions, her feelings about her body, are all feminine. I am glad that I persevered and finished the book; I don’t think it’s a spoiler to share the fact that Heaven manages to escape and to heal. For one thing, I don’t want you to give up in the terrifying middle part of the book, when it seems that she’s doomed. I’ve been reading Giselle Renarde’s work for more than a decade and know that she’s remarkably versatile. She can write subtly emotional erotica as well as utterly filthy kink. Heaven’s Diary shows that she’s equally adept at horror. Be warned!
  • The Watchmaker's Daughter on Jan. 21, 2022

    After years of apprenticeship to her father, India Steele is as competent a watchmaker as any in 1890’s London, but as a woman she’s prohibited from practicing her profession. When her father dies suddenly, her unscrupulous fiancé breaks off their engagement and assumes ownership of her father’s watch shop, which she’d assumed would be hers. In one fell swoop, India loses her beloved parent, her intended spouse, her home and her livelihood. Desperate, she takes a commission from a mysterious American visitor, Mr. Matthew Glass, helping him search London for the man who created his very special watch. Although Mr. Glass is in the prime of life and has a powerful physique, he is clearly quite ill. Somehow, his watch has the power to temporarily return him to health, but its efficacy seems to decline each time he uses it. India accepts temporary accommodation in her employer’s fine town house, which is also occupied by his peculiar associates: his cousin Wilhelmina, who wears male clothing and insists on being called Willie; his brash, foul-mouthed cook and deputy Duke; and his one-eyed driver Cyclops. As she assists Matthew in his quest, without any success, her suspicions about his true identity grow. A dangerous American outlaw is reported to be hiding out in London; everything seems to suggest that Matthew may in fact be that vicious desperado. India is torn between her increasing attraction to her enigmatic employer and her temptation to contact the authorities and claim the bounty for his capture. Twice a year, Smashwords runs a site-wide sale that makes it easy for authors to offer their books at a discount, or for free. I’ve found that this is a great opportunity for me to explore the work of new authors. I picked up a free copy of The Watchmaker’s Daughter, attracted by its lovely cover. The novel had me hooked from the first page. India is a delightful character, somewhat reminiscent of my own Victorian engineer Gillian Smith – though far more proper! At twenty seven, she’s considered an unmarriageable spinster, but she’s more concerned about the practical issues of supporting herself than about matrimony. Intelligent and level-headed as well as being technically skilled, India is bold in pursuing her objectives and not afraid to speak her mind. She is, nevertheless, a well-bred lady. She knows how to act malleable and polite when that is what’s required. Matt and his entourage of American misfits provide a great contrast to India’s quintessential Englishness. The novel suggests a considerable gulf between England and its former colony; Londoners seem to view America as barely civilized! As the book progresses, it provides a variety of surprises regarding Matt’s identity, as well as the history of his watch. When events accelerate to an exciting and satisfying climax, India proves herself to be a true heroine – and reaps her just reward. The Watchmaker’s Daughter includes just a hint of magic, which the author handles very well. I prefer stories where supernatural influences have clear limits to those where anything might happen. Overall, I really enjoyed The Watchmaker’s Daughter, enough that I may purchase the next book in the series (called “Glass and Steele”). Which is, of course, why authors give away their books for free!
  • No More Secrets on March 20, 2022

    Oscar-winning actress Kelly Ann Sheridan is on location in Columbia, filming a new movie at the mansion of a wealthy oligarch. Though she takes her work seriously, she finds herself distracted by Felipe, temporary tutor for their host’s children. She’s eager to know Felipe better, despite her gut feeling that the Latin charmer is not who he pretends. Her instincts are on target. “Felipe” is in fact U.S. government agent Tomas Escobedo, who is working undercover in Columbia, looking for evidence to incriminate the vicious drug lord living on the neighboring hacienda. Tomas knows he shouldn’t get involved with the vivacious blond beauty – and certainly that he shouldn’t confide in her – but the chemistry between them is too strong for him to resist. She proves to be not just gorgeous, but also brave and clever. Together they hatch an audacious plan to acquire the proof Tomas needs – a plan that just might get both of them killed. Anyone who believes that vanilla heterosexual erotic romance is bland and unexciting should pick up a novel by Fiona McGier. She understands the way love can amplify lust, and vice versa. Most of her couples have active sex lives before they meet – in Kelly’s and Tomas’ case, very active! - but the whole experience changes when they connect with one another. What may start out as recreational sex turns into something very different, profoundly satisfying as well as exquisitely pleasurable. Ms. McGier probably wouldn’t use a term as cheesy as “soul mate”, but when Kelly Ann and Tomas finally manage to consummate their attraction, there’s a sense of emotional rightness, along with off-the-charts erotic heat. No More Secrets is the fourth book in Ms. McGier’s Minnesota Romance series. One of the joys in reading it was reconnecting with characters from previous books. I especially enjoyed the reappearance of Kelly Ann’s mother and step-father, Stella and Ivan from Her Last Resort. As former spies themselves, neither is enthusiastic about having an agent for a son-in-law. There’s a very funny scene when Stella and Tomas first meet. I won’t spill the beans by saying anything more, but if you’ve read Stella’s and Ivan’s story, I guarantee you’ll appreciate the interaction. Overall I liked No More Secrets. However, the character of Kelly Ann seemed to me to be implausibly immature. Based on the series time line, she’s supposed to be in her thirties, but sometimes she acts like a ditzy undergraduate rather than a seasoned professional who has spent more than a decade in the movie business. For instance, when Tomas takes her out for a tour of the local nightspots, she allows a bunch of guys get her so drunk that she’s too sick to act on her lust for Tomas. That’s not the behavior I’d expect, given her supposed age and experience. A woman in her mid to late thirties would have known better. My other, much more minor, complaint involves the author’s attempt to link this story with an earlier book in which Tomas first appears. I understood that Ms. McGier was trying to give readers a sense of his history, but the references to characters I hadn’t met and events I hadn’t read about just confused me. Fortunately this was a brief section of the book, and not really necessary in order to appreciate the rest of the story. Neither of these issues spoiled the book for me. If you like red-hot romance with sassy, self-confident characters, I recommend this novel. Actually, you should read the first three books in the series first. If you do, you’ll enjoy this one even more.
  • Company Benefits on April 24, 2022

    When Reginald Watson is named Salesman of the Year and promoted to Executive Vice President, the first person he calls with the good news is his loving wife Jane. Reggie’s a go-getter, a closer, but he never expected such rapid advancement. He soon discovers that his new position includes an incredible range of perks – not just a luxurious top-floor office, an expensive laptop and the use of the company’s private jet to visit customers, but also a bevy of gorgeous secretaries and administrative assistants ready and eager to satisfy his every need – carnal as well as professional. When his curvy redheaded admin Monique welcomes him to his new status with a mind-bending blowjob, Reggie wonders whether he’s dreaming, or has somehow fallen into a porn movie. Meanwhile, Jane receives an unexpected visit from Richie and Randi, a sexy couple of pool attendants sent by the company’s Spousal Support Services division. Reggie’s company wants to make sure that spouses don’t feel neglected while their executive husbands fly off to make million dollar deals. Between Richie’s enormous cock and Randi’s agile tongue, Jane gets plenty of attention. Indeed, she’s a bit surprised by her lustful responsiveness, but she figures this is going to help her husband concentrate on his job. Reggie flies off to Buffalo in the company to finalize a huge order for snow plows. The assignment requires him to seduce the controller who’ll sign the check. This proves to be remarkably easy; Connie’s an attractive divorcée who despite her conservative appearance turns out to be a tiger in bed. Indeed, she decides to accompany Reggie back to his home, so that she can meet and have sex with Jane. I’m a big fan of Larry Archer’s free-wheeling erotic stories, but this was one of the best I’ve read. Reggie is a genuinely nice guy who’s amazed by and grateful for his good fortune. He – um- rises to the meet the company’s expectations at every turn. Jane is a classic Larry Archer MILF, initially a bit inhibited but quickly drawn over to the “dark side”. The scenes with her, the pool boy and the pool girl (who has a distinctly dominant personality) were among the most arousing in the book. I also got a huge kick out of the scantily dressed pilot and co-pilot on the executive jet, who tease Reggie into a sexual frenzy but who refuse to finish him until he gets the controller’s signature on the contract. Everyone gets what they want. Concerns about infidelity fly out the window as both Reggie and Jane discover that the joys of recreational sex only strengthen their matrimonial bond. And we know that Reggie is going to be a huge success at his new job. After all, satisfied employees are productive employees! If you like light-hearted erotic tales with appealing characters – appealing both physically and from the perspective of their personalities – you’ll probably enjoy Company Benefits as much as I did.
  • Warrior Priest on July 22, 2022

    Ari Jade has dedicated himself to following the strict tenets of his Order. Like the other priests, he dresses in black, covering as much skin as possible and often hiding his face within a dark cowl. As a Shield of Heaven, Jade is a seasoned fighter trained to protect the innocent. He doesn’t hesitate to kill if necessary, even though each life he takes means he must suffer a painful branding as atonement. Orphaned at a young age and nurtured by the Order, he finds its ascetic values, austere rituals and firm rules comforting rather than burdensome. Selena also belongs to a religious community, but of a very different sort. She and her fellow priests and priestesses worship nature, enjoying the sensual blessings of physical existence. Her commune honors the earth and its bounty with song, dance and deeds of kindness. Devoutly pacifist, they eat no animal products and their most solemn vow is to never to take a life, even if that means sacrificing their own. When a cultural exchange project brings the two religious adherents together, they find little common ground. They come from separate worlds – literally, but also in terms of their beliefs and values. Selena views Jade to be unsociable, arrogant and violent. Jade thinks Selena’s an empty-headed, naïve sensualist. As they work together, however, each starts to appreciate the other’s strengths – and to question their own limitations and prejudices. Little by little, an initial uncomfortable fascination deepens to mutual love. Still, how can a priestess strictly forbidden to kill make a future with a priest whose beliefs may require murder? Warrior Priest by Kate Hill is an erotic romance with a doozy of a conflict. Selena’s and Jade’s world views are so radically different that only the greatest of loves could bridge that chasm. Ms. Hill does an excellent job making their gradual rapprochement plausible. Both suffer serious doubts about the wisdom and practicality of their committing their lives to one another. Since this is a romance with the required HEA, they do ultimately marry, but this requires some adjustments on both sides. The premise is believable at least partly because one sees the same issues in the real world. What happens when a Muslim man falls in love with a Hindu woman, or a Jew with a Catholic? At very least, there will be societal friction, community and family pressures, and so on. (In Warrior Priest, some of Selena’s comrades attack Jade for what they see as his murderous ways.) If the individuals involved are deeply observant, they need to search their souls in order to determine which mean more to them: their religion or their relationship. As a romance, Warrior Priest works really well. It’s less effective as science fiction. The world-building is sketchy at best. Given the speed with which people move around, I found it hard to believe they were journeying between different planets. The “shuttles” they use are “shot down” by enemy fire, not something that makes sense if they were traveling in outer space. Meanwhile the political situation, with “world governments” on the friendly planets while the totally evil Kimbrians try to take over, seemed simplistic and cartoonish. Fortunately, the scifi background is not terribly important to the story. The whole book could have taken place in different locations on the same planet without any real change. Certainly Earth contains as much diversity of beliefs, customs, environments and societies as the fictional universe in Warrior Priest. Overall, I enjoyed this novel and the heart journey of Selena and Jade. There were a variety of creative details that I especially appreciated. For instance, I loved the character of Soar, the mystical Tirips monk who seems to have the ability to bend space and time and alter perception. The Ceremony of Honor, where the Covenant priests are marked in recognition of both their courage and their guilt, is a brilliant concept. If you’re looking for a realistic science fiction romance, in which future technology or society plays a major role in the plot, you might want to choose some other book. If you’re focused mostly on the romance, though, and want a story where true love overcomes the obstacles of bias and inflexible ideology, you’ll adore Warrior Priest.