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Monday, December 12, 2011

Visions by Anna James

TITLE: Visions

AUTHOR: Anna James
GENRE: Contemporary  *  Paranormal Romance * Haunting

LENGTH: 57 pages






Prudence Bailey has just learned that Laura Bailey, the woman she has always believed to be her mother, is in fact a distant cousin. Laura adopted Prudence when she was four years old after her father, Joshua Adams, brutally murdered her mother, Jane, then killed himself. She has no memory of the past and, after Laura’s death, decides to return home to Salem Massachusetts to learn more. Twenty years have now passed since the murder / suicide took place.

Almost immediately, she meets Detective Matt Cavanaugh, her neighbor. Matt is gorgeous and sexy and Pru is instantly attracted to him. Matt is also linked to her past. His father, now a retired police officer, was first on the scene the night of her parents’ deaths. From the moment she returns, Pru experiences visions that lead her to believe that the circumstances surrounding her parents’ deaths are not as they seem. The facts don’t add up. And when a recent murder that Matt is investigating is linked to the past, they discover that Pru is right and the killer is still on the loose.

Will they discover the killer’s identity in time or will history repeat itself?


Where does the line draw between nightmares and reality? What if your nightmares are a reality? Or should I say, were…

Prudence isn’t one to believe in ghosts or the undead. But when her nightmares become so intense that she can actually feel the pain of the victims in her head, she begins to think maybe her nightmares aren’t just bad dreams. They may be, in fact, a message from the past. But that’s impossible, right?

When her mother/cousin dies, Pru inherits the house she once called home. Many years have passed since then, and she has very little recollection of those times. That is, until she steps foot inside the foreign dwelling and is assaulted by visions so terrible, they leave her shaking with fear. Something bad happened there, and she’s no longer sure her father was to blame.

Matt recognizes Prudence almost from the moment he sees her. He can’t believe she’s actually returned after all these years. He knows the story behind her parent’s deaths—after all, his father worked the case—but something about it all just doesn’t make sense. As the two of them become reacquainted, they begin finding clues that lead them to not only some things about the house that were left out of the homicide/suicide report from years ago, but also about who might actually be responsible for Pru’s parent’s deaths.

Visions is one of those stories that really hooks you from the get go. Ms. James does a wonderful job of weaving a tale of suspense and romance, all at once. As Pru and Matt rediscover each other, they also begin to unravel the mystery of Pru’s past. There were very little grammar/punctuation errors. If they were there, I was so engrossed in the reading that I hardly noticed. I thoroughly enjoyed her character development and plot. This is one I will certainly keep and will probably re-read sometime when I feel like curling up with a hot cup of coffee in front of the fireplace. The attraction between Pru and Matt is dynamic and Ms. James adds just enough sex to heat up the story, but not so much is drowns out the main objective, which is to find out what really happened to Pru’s parents.

If you like a little suspense and danger with your romance, then grab a copy of Anna James’ Visions. I promise you won’t be disappointed.

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Excerpt from The Spaces Between Your Screams

Christopher Hiver

eTreasures Publishing


Genre: Collection, Horror, Short Stories

Don't scream. It only entices them, and when you stop, the real terror begins. In the moments between your cries, the monsters are released, profane and insatiable. Werewolves, witches, vampires and creatures never named prowl from the darkness. Soul collectors knock on your door while animals you won't find at the zoo slither through the yard around the dead bodies. Angels hover over your house, just in case.

Behind them, in the bushes, demons wait for the same reason. A storm brews in the distance, ready to sweep you up and take you away, but to where? And would it be better than here where you're afraid to stop screaming and machinery hidden in the clouds has covered the sky?

EXCERPT from the story Taking Jenny Seriously:
     Martin Brawley sat in the police interrogation room smoking a stale cigarette. He could hear footsteps shuffling around outside the door and wished they would come in and get it over with. He wasn't going to tell them anything anyway. He couldn't if he wanted to stay alive.
     The door finally swung open. Martin raised his head to see two men come into the room. The first was the one who had arrested him earlier in the day, Detective Ned Rothstein. Rothstein sported a wide body, too large for his small head. It made him look more than the twenty pounds overweight that he was. The second man wore an ill-fitting, brown suit with ashes from a cigarette
dusting the jacket lapels. The man in the suit sat down, and Rothstein introduced him.
     "This is my partner, Detective Smalley. He's going to take over the questioning, and I'd advise you to start telling the truth. Smalls here can get real pissed." Smalley stared at Martin with bored eyes. It didn't seem to matter to him whether Martin talked or not. Rothstein hitched up his pants and left, slamming the door.
     "All right," Smalley said, as soon as the door shut, "let's get this over with. I'm going to ask you some very simple questions, and you are going to answer them truthfully, and then I'll go home and you'll go to jail."
     "I told the other guy I don't know what happened."
     "I haven't asked a question yet. Now, tell me, did you kill your wife?"
     "No. I told the other guy that."
     "What did happen to her?"
     "I don't know."
     "You were in the house with her."
     "I didn't see what happened. I left the room and when I came back, she was in the chair, dead."
     "Was she sitting in the chair when you left the room?"
     "So, you leave the room, your wife is alive, sitting in an easy chair. When you came back, she's dead."
     "You didn't hear anything, see anything?"
     "What did you do when you came back into the room?"
     "I said something to Jenny, but she didn't answer. I repeated it, and when she didn't respond again, I looked at her. She was slumped in the chair. I walked over to her and shook her, thinking she had fallen asleep. When she still didn't move, I checked for a pulse, but she was dead."
     "Then what did you do?"
     "I called the police."
     "You didn't notice the five small puncture holes around her heart?"


An Interview with Christopher Hivner

Join me in welcoming Christopher Hivner as he tells us a little about his writing and his obsessions. I must warn him though, he and my hubby might have a throw down over Kate Beckinsale!

1) Links to website and list of books with purchase links.
Chapbook of poems “Edged in Blue”
Collection of short horror stories “The Spaces between Your Screams”
*free read*

2) How long have you been writing? What got you in to writing?
I started taking it seriously around 1992, but I’ve written stories since I was 5 or 6 years old. I love words and even as a kid loved to learn new ones. The first thing I would do after learning a new word was write a story based on being able to use the new vocabulary somewhere in it. Reaching my late 20’s is when I decided I needed to take it seriously and see what happened.

3) What was your first published book? Looking back, is there anything you’d change about it?
My first collection published was a chapbook of poems called Edged in Blue in 2004. When I re-read it now I still think a few of the poems are really good while the others have solid ideas but my use of language to convey those ideas is a little naïve. The Spaces Between Your Screams in 2008 is my first collection of short stories and there are hundreds of things I would change. Word choice, sentence structure, even plot lines, but I think that’s a natural reaction. No writer is ever completely satisfied with anything they write.

4) What or Who has influenced your writing?
This is a cliché considering how many people probably say it, but I started writing horror stories after reading my first Stephen King book. I was in 7th grade when I read Salem’s Lot and it filled my head with all sorts of ideas none of which, you could argue, really belonged there. I didn’t start writing poetry until well after high school. Influences would be Emily Dickinson and Charles Simic. I’ve been writing a lot more humor the last ten years, my blog, Cosmic Overdrive, is very influenced by Dave Barry’s style in his syndicated column. Some of my more absurd work comes from my love of Monty Python.

5) Where do you get your ideas?
Almost anything can trigger a “what if” thought: A news story, a conversation with a friend. etc. I think paying attention to people and how they act and speak can spark ideas as well. Many times just creating an interesting character first can give me an idea later. I’ve also come up with a title first and wrote a story around it.

6) What hinders your writing? (distractions? noise?)
If I sit down to write it either has to be silent or I have to play certain styles of music. Rock music or anything with too much going on lyrically breaks my concentration. Some people I like to listen to are Dead Can Dance, Vas, Steve Roach, R. Carlos Nakai, and Delerium. I also do better if I’m in a small room. If the space is too wide open there are too many things to grab my attention. I like to sit on my porch and write during the summer but there’s so much going on between the neighbors, the squirrels, the bugs, etc., it doesn’t usually turn out well.

7) What genre are you most comfortable with? What would you like to explore?
I’ve been writing horror the longest and I enjoy it, but it can still be a chore to get what’s in my head down on paper. I’m probably most comfortable with humor. When I’m trying to make the reader laugh it flows out of me easier than anything else I’ve tried. I’d like to write more science fiction. I’ve written a handful of short stories in the sci fi vein. My hindrance is not understanding the complexities of the hard science well enough to write anything too complicated and ambitious.

8) Are you a by-the-seat-of-your-pants kind of writer, or do you have to use an outline to put your collective thoughts into some semblance of common sense?
Definitely seat-of-my-pants. I’ve tried making outlines or plans but I never end up following them. Somehow the story always veers off in another direction that I like better and the plan is out the window. Some of my favorite short stories I’ve written I didn’t have an idea when I’ve started. I wrote a sentence and went stream-of-consciousness from there until an idea presented itself.

9) Which of your books is your favorite? Why?
“The Spaces between Your Screams” because it contains 39 short stories and I know how much work I put into each story.

10) Do you incorporate some of yourself into your characters? Personality traits? Likes? Dislikes?
I use a lot of likes or dislikes, especially the music a character may be listening to, book they may be reading or food choice. Any other personality traits would be subtle, nothing overt.

11) What do you think is the perfect hero/heroine? Why?
My taste generally runs on the dark side of life so I lean to the anti-hero. I was never a fan of the super hero comic books as a kid. I read Conan. Conan would help someone but there usually had to be a reward involved or he might intervene if someone angered him. This isn’t the model to follow for real life, but I find it more entertaining when the hero has plenty of visible flaws.

12) What is your latest release? Please share the blurb and purchase info with us.
A collection of short horror stories “The Spaces between Your Screams” eTreasures Publishing: $11.95 paperback, $5 ebook
Amazon: $11.95 paperback, $4.99 kindle

Don't scream. It only entices them, and when you stop, the real terror begins. In the moments between your cries, the monsters are released, profane and insatiable. Werewolves, witches, vampires and creatures never named prowl from the darkness. Soul collectors knock on your door while animals you won't find at the zoo slither through the yard around the dead bodies. Angels hover over your house, just in case. Behind them, in the bushes, demons wait for the same reason. A storm brews in the distance, ready to sweep you up and take you away, but to where? And would it be better than here where you're afraid to stop screaming and machinery hidden in the clouds has covered the sky?

13) What do you have in the works?
I have two other short story collections partially done and a first draft of a novel about a third completed. I just need to figure out how to make a day 32 hours long so I can find the proper time to work on them.

14) Do you have any suggestions/comments for prospective authors?
Read everything: fiction, nonfiction, poetry, comic books, the backs of cereal boxes. It will give you ideas you didn’t know you had and expose you to different styles of writing. Exposure to other people’s writing will help you discover what you like and are comfortable with.

1) What is the sexiest or most erotic thing someone has said to you?
I’m going to keep that to myself but I will relate that the most erotic song I’ve heard is Beth Hart’s “Am I the One”. The first time I heard it was on a local radio station on my way to work one morning and I almost drove off the road.

2) Is there anywhere you’d like to visit? Why?
Germany and the UK. Those are my family’s ancestral homes so I’d like to see where we came from.

3) Do you have any obsessions? What are they?
First would be music. I have a few thousand CDs and listen to a broad spectrum of styles. It’s easiest to say I don’t listen to rap/hip hop, jazz or Latin. Anything else I probably have at least a few songs of. Second would be reading. My home is filled with books. I’m out of shelf space so they are currently in piles wherever I can fit them. I’m also going to go with a good rack of baby back ribs. Heaven on earth.

4) Do you have a crush on any actor/actress? Who?
Kate Beckinsale. The best thing about the movie Underworld was Kate in black leather.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Isabella's Dilemma by Anna James

TITLE: Isabella’s Dilemma

AUTHOR: Anna James


MAIN GENRE: Contemporary


LENGTH: 93 pages

HEAT LEVEL: Simmering 


ROSE RATING: 3.5 roses


Isabella Sheridan has a big problem and his name is Jake McAllister! Jake is now Isabella’s business partner. To make matters worse he owns more of the Sheridan Advertising Agency than she does. He is difficult to work with, has a hostile attitude toward her and makes business decisions without consulting her. So why does she respond with so much passion when he kisses her?

Jake McAllister does not like Isabella Sheridan. As far as he’s concerned she’s shallow and without moral values, both in her personal and professional life. So why is he so attracted to her? You’d think he’d know better based on past experience. And why, after just one passionate kiss, is he ready to give her the benefit of the doubt and become involved.

Will Jake and Isabella resolve their differences and find love or will past perceptions be too much to overcome?

Sometimes, things are not always what they appear. Misunderstandings and misgivings can create a world of havoc on relationships, particularly when both parties refuse to admit their attraction to the other. Someone will have to give.

Isabella has had enough heartache to last a lifetime. The one parent with whom she was close too has recently passed away, leaving a mother who’s never been what you’d call “motherly” toward her, and a brother who’s too busy having a good time to offer a shoulder to cry on. Thank goodness she has an aunt and uncle, as well as a few other family members, to support her. While her father always thought she would take over the business, she cannot stomach the idea of working with his partner, Jake McAllister. From day one, the man breezed into her father’s company and took over like he owned it. Their past dealings have been nothing short of disastrous. The only thing they have in common is their dislike of one another. There is no way she can work with him. Too bad everyone else has other ideas about it.

Jake has no need of Isabella’s help when it comes to running her father’s business. From what he can tell, she has only managed to succeed by using her body as a bargaining tool in a business scenario dominated by men. He has had his fair share of lying, cheating women; Isabella is no different from the rest. Yet, he cannot deny the sparks between them. While hostile on the surface, the underlying attraction between them baffles him. Part of him wants to believe she’s not the manipulating floozy he’s made her out to be, but the other isn’t willing to let go of old heartbreaks and disappointments to give her a chance.

Isabella’s Dilemma is a cute little story between two people who are equally qualified to be the boss, but are stubborn enough to risk the future of Sheridan Advertising Agency by refusing to let go of faulty opinions about each other. Both have the ability to be on top, but in order to work together, someone is going to have to relinquish a bit of power, both intellectually and emotionally. Isabella seems more willing to give Jake a chance, than vice-versa. A hardheaded man, he ends of jumping to conclusions at a time when Isabella needs his understanding the most.

Ms. James does a good job of building the main characters, as well as some of the secondary characters, into people the reader can relate to. There is enough sexual tension to spark your interest, but the story is not riddled with erotic content. No, the main theme here is the relationship development between these two; any sexual content is just a bonus. Some minor editing errors and a little head hopping did get my attention. From my own personal experience, I have noticed some publishers do allow frequent point-of-view shifts—others would call them violations and require the author give a warning sign to the reader that they will be jumping into the other character’s thoughts—so this may not be an issue for some readers. Overall, I enjoyed the story and hope to see some more work by Ms. James.

For a story that will warm your heart, grab a copy of Isabella’s Dilemma by Anna James, it’s worth the read.

To find out more about Anna James, please visit her Website.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Guilty As Charged by Anna James


MAIN GENRE: Contemporary Romance

LENGTH: 70 pages

HEAT LEVEL: Simmering 


ROSE RATING: 4 roses


Passion ignites between Nicole Bradford and Max Paradis the second they lay eyes on each other. Nicole seems to be everything that Max is looking for in a woman. She’s sweet and loving and incredibly sexy. But looks can be deceiving. Hadn’t he learned that the hard way?

Nicole is crazy for Max. He is sensitive, caring, and his kisses are to die for. But when secrets from her past are revealed will she be found innocent, or is she guilty as charged?

Romance tends to creep up on us, whether we want it or not, and the magnetism between two people can sometimes blossom into something rewarding beyond sexual gratification. But just as powerful as the forces of attraction, are those of suspicion and misgivings. Sometimes, past wounds can sabotage the possibility of true love, if we let it.

Max Paradis was a rich man. He’d made two fortunes in his life. The first, he gave away, in lieu of letting his ex-wife get her greedy paws on it. The second, he fought for just the same, and had no intention of repeating past mistakes. Nicole Bradford was no exception. Or was she?

Nicole had given up the career of her dreams when the deceit of a lover threatened to destroy the people she cared most about. Charged with the burden of caring for her younger sisters, she’d learned to scrape and fight for everything they needed. Through all her hardships, she’d grown independent and wary of all men. Max seemed almost too good to be true. Perhaps he was.

Guilty As Charged is a charming little story about two people struggling to put aside past hurts to give love another try. Despite the frequent resurgence of her past, it seemed Nicole had an easier time than Max. Just when you think they have it all figured out, Max discovers something about Nicole’s past that threatens to tear them apart forever. Ms. James does a wonderful job of creating characters that you want to root for. Their triumphs will make you smile, and their trails will make you fret. And sometimes, you might just want to reach in there and give Max a hearty thump on the back of his head. Excellent grammar and punctuation usage. No point-of-view violations—at least none I picked up on. This was a heart-warming story and I’d certainly suggest it to my friends.

For a quick read that will give you the warm-fuzzies, grab a copy of Guilty As Charged by Anna James. Her characters are sure to stick with you a while after reaching The End.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Coming Home by Anna James

TITLE: Coming Home

AUTHOR: Anna James


GENRE: Contemporary M/F Romance  

LENGTH: 135 pages

HEAT LEVEL: Luke Warm  




Two years ago, Christine Kincaid found her sister, Andrea, in the arms of her fiancé, James Buchanan. This after Andrea confessed to having an affair with James and being pregnant with his child. Distraught and wanting to escape the pain of James ’s betrayal, Christine fled her home, just outside of Washington D.C., to London, England, her birthplace.

As startling details of her parents’ tragic romance come to light, Christine now suspects she was deceived by Andrea and is determined to return home and win James back. Only James seems to hate her now. She’d known that it wouldn’t be easy. She’d hurt him deeply by leaving. But she believed that somehow he’d forgive her and they would finally be together. Why did he have such a bad opinion of her? And what was she going to do to make him see that he was wrong?

James Buchanan was devastated when his fiancé deserted him. He had thought they would be together forever. But he’d been wrong. Christine didn’t care about him. She didn’t care about anyone but herself. If she had, she’d never have left him to pursue her career. But what really bothered him was how he’d been so wrong about her. Christine had been sweet and loving to him, but the way she treated her sister was just awful. Andrea, who was alone and pregnant, had needed Christine’s love, understanding and support. All Christine could do was condemn her for her mistakes and leave her to fend for herself. How could he have ever loved someone who could treat her own sister that way? And what was he going to do now that she was back?

Lies can destroy a family and cause a lifetime of heartache. But sometimes, the truth can be just as hard to swallow. Can true love win out over betrayal and misunderstanding? Or are some hearts just too broken to mend.

Christine (Chrissy) always knew what she wanted: James Buchanan. Problem was, so did her manipulating sister. Finding out that Andrea and James had been having an affair was devastating, but hearing it from his own lips had sent her running. Distraught over their betrayal, she’d fled the country to start anew. But two years later, Christine discovers some things about her past that could set everything right. Desperate to finally discover the truth behind her sister’s lies, she returns home to find the man who still owns her heart.

To say James is shocked to find Chrissy standing in his mother’s living room would be an understatement. He has varying reactions, some of which are none too pleasant. Why had she come back? Two years ago, she’d left him practically standing at the alter to chase after her own dreams and desires, callously tossing his love and heart aside. What more could she possibly want from him? Hadn’t she hurt him enough? And now she was claiming lies and misunderstandings had been the true source of his pain, that what he’d been told by her very own sister had been nothing more than a means to come between them. Could he risk his heart and chance loving her again? Or would his pride prevent him from seeing that he never stopped to begin with.

Coming Home is one of those warm fuzzy tales that leaves you with a big smile at the end. Oh, it has its share of frustrating moments when you’d love nothing more than to reach inside the pages and smack both James and Christine in the head, but the plight of these two as they struggle to recapture what they’d lost is nothing short of endearing. Ms. James does a wonderful job rebuilding broken hearts as the lies surrounding Christine’s life unfold. The setting and plot offers a nice, even pace that never seems rushed or too drawn out. By the end, you’ll be glad you joined these two love birds on their journey. Thankfully, they only lost a limited amount of time, nothing compared to Christine’s parents. But I won’t ruin the plot; you’ll just have to see for yourself how deep the deception surrounding these two really runs.

For a wonderful story with endearing characters and enough love to give you goose bumps, grab a copy of Coming Home by Anna James, it’s sure to make you smile.


To find out more about Anna James and her writing, be sure to visit her website.

Friday, July 1, 2011

The Spaces Between Your Screams by Christopher Hivner

AUTHOR:  Christopher Hivner

TITLE: The Spaces between Your Screams

PUBLISHER:  eTreasures Publishing


ISBN#: 978-1-60702-641-9

GENRE: Paranormal / Contemporary / Horror /Ghosts / Demons / Witches / Shapeshifters

LENGTH: 298 pages




Don't scream. It only entices them, and when you stop, the real terror begins. In the moments between your cries, the monsters are released, profane and insatiable. Werewolves, witches, vampires and creatures never named prowl from the darkness. Soul collectors knock on your door while animals you won't find at the zoo slither through the yard around the dead bodies. Angels hover over your house, just in case. Behind them, in the bushes, demons wait for the same reason. A storm brews in the distance, ready to sweep you up and take you away, but to where? And would it be better than here where you're afraid to stop screaming and machinery hidden in the clouds has covered the sky?


A collection of horror shorts that will give you the willies, that’s what you’ll find in Christopher Hivner’s The Spaces Between Your Screams.
This horror anthology featured stories of the supernatural, ghosts and demons, murder and mayhem, lust and greed, and blood and gore, with a side of humor for good measure.
There were so many stories in this anthology of ghoulish tales that it would be impossible for me to discuss them all, roughly forty-one, give or take. Sufficient to say, there were several I really enjoyed, some I didn’t, and a few that made me go, “hmm…” Mr. Hivner has a wonderfully creative imagination when it comes to the strange and bizarre. One of the things I enjoyed most about his book is that each story is short enough to not drag on, but long enough to get your attention. It’s the perfect collection if you’re short on time, but want to get in a quick read, start to finish. You could easily read the entire book in a few days, or take your time and spread out his gruesome tales over a few weeks and not feel like you’ve missed something along the way.
I did notice some editing errors and questionable point-of-view violations, but nothing that really took away from the book as a whole. Overall, I enjoyed reading it and would probably recommend it to anyone who likes horror. A word of caution to young readers, although minimal, there are some sexual situations and/or references in a few stories that may be inappropriate for readers younger than 17.
Do you like being scared witless? Were morbid television series like Tales From the Crypt right up your alley? Then grab a copy of Christopher Hivner’s The Spaces Between Your Screams, you’re bound to find at least a few stories in his macabre anthology that will set you’re teeth a chatterin’.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Pleasure Island by Angela Aaron

TITLE: Pleasure Island

AUTHOR: Angela Aaron

Noble Romance Publishing

MAIN GENRE: Contemporary  


LENGTH: 68 pages


OTHER: M/F * Voyeurism   

ROSE RATING: 4.5 Roses 


When Cassie Douglas unknowingly arrives at a sultry tropical island resort where the sole business is to provide the perfect pleasure fantasy, Cassie finds it difficult to overcome her inhibitions and join in the fun.

Ryan MacKenna isn't about to let the feisty red-head disrupt his life or his business.  He lives firmly by his set of self-imposed rules which keep business and pleasure very separate.  But from the first moment he meets Ms. Douglas, he is in danger of breaking every rule.

Who doesn’t want a free vacation? Never mind the fact that it’s on a remote island where the main theme is sex. And I mean lots of it. Wild, uninhibited, toe-curling, screaming, monkey sex with a gorgeous man whose sole purpose is to look good and please you in any and every way imaginable.

Problem is; Cassie had given up being free and uninhibited a long time ago. One broken heart was enough, thank you very much. She’d grown accustomed to her ho hum life, and didn’t want to change. At least, she didn’t think so, anyhow. Her friend, Sophie, thought otherwise. Beneath that prim and proper exterior was a woman wanting and needed to be set free again. And Sophie knew just to place to make it happen.

After promising his dying brother he’d continue the business, despite his own reservations about the place, Ryan has given the pleasure resort everything he has to give, and it has flourished. But along the way, he’s neglected his own needs, both physical and emotional. Despite all the free sex going on around him, Ryan has created a list of no-no’s, and fraternizing with the guests is number one. Unfortunately, his list seems to go out the window the moment Cassie steps off the plane.

Pleasure Island is a whole new take on the old Fantasy Island television show where Mr. Roarke—decked out in a pristine white suit—would meet his guests and his sidekick, Tattoo, yelled, “De plane, De plane!” While the idea of living out one’s fantasies remained intact, I’m afraid that’s where all similarities ended. Think of the Hedonism resorts in the Caribbean and you’ll be more on track. These guests—mainly women from what I gathered—weren’t likely to bring along a partner. Nope, along with fresh linens, room service, and a relaxing spa treatment, this resort also provides a hunky escort who is ready to provide any type of pampering you need.

Take a trip to club at night and you’re likely to find several guests taking full advantage of their chaperone’s “abilities”. Not for the easily embarrassed or sexually proper, public displays of coitus at Pleasure Island are the norm. Yet, beneath all the sweat-soaked skin, raging hormones, and hot male bodies, the potential for love to bloom within this Caribbean paradise does exist, at least for Cassie and Ryan. The sexually-charged air has little to do with the immediate attraction between these two. No, their magnetism comes from deep within. But can they figure out what’s really in their heart before Cassie’s vacation comes to and end? Or will this merely be an unforgettable week for the both of them?

There were a few editing errors, but nothing that really took away from the story. Point-of-view, grammar, and punctuation were handled well. My only suggestion would be for the author to be cautious with her use of “was”. There were several instances where changing from telling to showing would have made this story so much better. Otherwise, I thoroughly enjoyed it and am glad I read it. Ms. Aaron has penned a wonderfully sexy romance that will likely raise your temperature a bit, and I would certainly recommend this to a friend.

Grab a glass of lemonade and a cool towel! You’re gonna need it to get through Angela Aaron’s Pleasure Island. There’s not just one gorgeous male in this story, there’s a whole resort full! It’s a vacation of every woman’s dream. Just don’t lose your heart to the beauty and magic of the Caribbean. You’ll never want to leave Pleasure Island, or its sexy owner.


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