Book Review: ‘Naughty Haunts’ by The Naughty Literati


Title: Naughty Haunts: Eleven Spooky Love stories

Published: 2nd September 2016

Publisher: The Naughty Literati


TWitter: @naughtyliterati

Authors: Lynn LaFleur, Suz deMello, Tina Donahue, Nicole Austin, Francesca Hawley, Berengaria Brown, Katherine Kingston and Charlotte Boyett-Compo


Eleven Spooky Love Stories including BBW, BDSM, Contemporary, M/M, Ménage, New Adult, Paranormal, Shapeshifter, Speculative Fiction, Stepbrother, and Witch Romance from bestselling authors writing as The Naughty Literati!


Strange Magic by Lynn LaFleur 

Savannah has thirteen days to perfect her changing spell with help from Dominic, her Coven Master and the warlock she loves, or suffer dire consequences.

Gypsy Witch by Suz deMello

Ben’s a tough, down-to-earth cop who doesn’t believe in magic, yet he falls for a modern-day witch. Will Ben and Elena’s fragile love be lost when she reveals what she truly is?
*This previously published title has been revised and reedited*

The Magic That You Do by Tina Donahue

Passion. Friendship. Love. Some things a man simply can’t forget…
Finn has no idea what he’s doing at a haunted house on Halloween, but his tour guide Caty certainly rocks his world. Irresistibly drawn to her, he indulges in wicked delight and a return to their shared destiny.

Dirty Princess by Nicole Austin

I’m sure there’s a rule in the friend code that makes lusting after your bestie forbidden. But if giving in to this off-the-charts chemistry is wrong, I don’t want to be right.

Where or When by Francesca Hawley

Bardic witch and famous singer Frank Jasper has been Sharon Beryl’s dream lover for years. When she wins a date with him, she is thrilled. Can their mutual desire become reality, or will it remain forever a dream?

The Ghosts at Substation #69 by Berengaria Brown

A woman fleeing her abusive partner. Her high school sweetheart who wants to rescue her. And two ghosts.

Coastal Ghost by Katherine Kingston

A sunny beach house isn’t the usual place to find a ghost, but the one that haunts Mary’s rental house has a mission and a plan.

The Revenant’s Desire by Charlotte Boyett-Compo

A once-a-year visit to her lover may be enough to hold his demons at bay, but it can’t cure Alana’s loneliness on the other 364 days of the year.


Immortal Hunters by Suz deMello

Vampire Rama avoids attention by working nights as a private investigator. No one cares if some bad guys disappear on her shift. Then Detective John van Helsing shows up. Bearing the name of the vamps’ greatest foe, he interferes in her case and in her life. Friend, lover or enemy?
*This previously published title has been revised and reedited*

Spontaneous Combustion by Nicole Austin

Maddy’s secret fantasies about Jake burn hotter than a wildfire but she’s not his type. With the help of his fellow firefighters, Jake intends to stoke the flames and prove to Maddy she’s the only one for him.
*This previously published title has been revised and reedited*

Were the Hell? By Berengaria Brown

Septimus has to learn why no female weres have been born into his pack. When he walks into the meeting room he smells his mate. A male.
*This is a reissue of a previously published story.*


Goes down as another off my 2016 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – A book over 500 pages (well some sites say under but from counting pages on kindle with my page font it is so I’m counting it). Also loved that a review quote of mine from Amazon is at the front of the collection from another Naughty Literati set I read. These collections certainly know how to turn up the heat!

Strange Magic by Lynn LaFleur

Savannah is in a bit of trouble. Her magic exam is coming up and if she can’t pass every test then its kind of all down hill fast. Coming up to a 100 she barely looks over 20 but if she doesn’t pass she will age and die within 2 weeks. The only spell she can’t control is the one where she turns one object into another. The change part happens fine, its just it never goes into what she’s thinking of. Wanting one style vase to go in to another, she gets a teddy bear. When her mum turns that into a vase and asks her to turn it back into the teddy bear she gets a loaf of bread. Not even the one she would want but hey she can at least make a sandwich! Knowing her mother can’t do anything to help her, as she doesn’t know what’s blocking her, she ends up going into the woods to rethink and pratice in the open space. Looks like her mother decides to get someone to help in her stead though and it just so happens to be the one person who makes her heart beat faster and her magic go a bit haywire – Dominic.

Dominic has wanted Savannah for years but always held back due to her being so young compared to him, a few hundred years younger that is. The thought that she might not pass this test and that he would lose her forever is almost too much. He is determined to figure out her block. That and to see what is triggering flowers and mushrooms to pop up from him right to her the moment he meets her in the woods, which only seem to grow the closer he gets. A bit slow off the mark but it seems he is slowly getting it when they get back to hers and spoons start to appear in the sink only after he cages her between it and him. For being the leader of their coven and older you would have thought he might have picked up on her feelings sooner but now he has there is no way he is letting her go. Fire ignites between them when they come together – I was thinking the room would start to fill with random objects but then Savannahs mind was elsewhere at the time. He might have helped her lust – something all witches and warlocks have a lot of – but he needs to help her with her magic too. Lets hope he can get her past it so they can get back to having fun.

Gypsy Witch by Suz deMello

Seems Elena and Ben have a lot in common in the bedroom department but when she tries to take it beyond Ben almost wants to run a mile. Both single parents they meet through their kid’s camp. Now a few months down the line they are still hooking up while the kids hang out. Seems the only reason Ben is holding back is because he just can’t see someone like Elena fitting in with the other cops wives and girlfriends. She is a bit of a hippy and a witch – not that he believes her.

Seems her daughter Gina has picked up a few tricks too and wants to try out a spell to wake a sleeping knight. So she goes along with Ben’s son Tom and they cast the spell not completely sure whether it will work. Seems they had nothing to worry about when Sir Dexter pops down to say hello. The spell worked when they opened it but they really needed to watch whether they closed it, as there are others in the doorways that are not there by choice.

When another is awoken its Sinister who is freed and he is all about causing havoc. Seems Ben is about to get a front row seat of what Elena is capable of. His reaction is a bit much and I do think he needed to do a hell of a lot more grovelling. From how he reacts and then acts with her in the days that follow I think she forgave him too soon. Her option for him to get a second chance is a bit naughty and might need the help of a friend of his Jake. Its almost like she didn’t care what had gone on as soon as a kinky option for some fun was presented to her but hey if that’s what she wants then go for it girl!

That Magic You Do by Tina Donahue

Oh this turned into a bit of a sweet love story the further you got with it.

Finn has come to an island to go on a haunted house tour in an old Victorian house. He can’t really remember why he chose to go there, or understand why he feels like he has been there before, but he goes in anyway. When Caitlyn greets him, a beauty he now can’t take his eyes off, he is glad he took the chance. Though not being alone in the house – from the sounds of it another couple are having their own fun upstairs – Caitlyn starts Finns tour. Slowly leading him through different rooms, seeing how he reacts. He seems to get an overwhelming feeling of being home. Not just with the house but with being with Caitlyn too. When his favourite song continues to play as they enter a side room he can’t help but dance with her – almost perfect she says. Perfect is when he kisses her. He comes alive again with her in his arms and they waste no time in getting acquainted with each other, or should that he reacquainted?

The closer it gets to midnight the more troubled Caitlyn becomes. She knows the truth but needs him to remember the past or they both might be lost. Two creative loves being brought back to each other, their lives coming full circle. It’s like the magic they once held brought them back together in the end.

Dirty Princess by Nicole Austin

Fun Halloween party with one hell of a show! It seems Hallie’s saucy dreams are about to become reality so she better hold on for the ride.

Hallie has had the hots for her friend Ry pretty much from the moment they met, only it seems friends was all she was going to get. Years later and even though she wouldn’t want to ever lose him as a friend she can’t stop wanting him. It’s not just the way he looks, she has eyes he is hot, but the whole package. So when they have a Game of Thrones night/drinking game she ends up sharing a lot more than she would have sober.

Ry has wanted Hallie for years but never thought she felt the same way. She is one of those girls who is beautiful on the inside and out but doesn’t know the attention they draw when they enter a room. A drinking game on the couch was meant to loosen her up not turn him on big time but when she describes a naughty dream she’s had a dark fantasy about he knows its time to make his move.

The dream: She sees a stranger at a party, they connect just with their eyes across the room, when she looks for him she can’t find him only for him to appear behind her on a balcony. She lets go and lets him take her from behind regardless of who is watching. He’s the man she describes and he has every intension of making it come true and then some. She definitely becomes his dirty kinky princess.

The party he gets her go to meet him at is a little kinky and a lot of fun. She might be rabbit caught in headlights for a while when she spots him and realises what he is up to but the moment he kisses her she comes alive. Her dream is tame compared to how hot and heavy they are there and then back at hers. But a shock phone-call from their parents the next day could put a spanner in the works to the start of their relationship and make her run. I have a feeling that Ry will know just how to catch her though!

Where or When by Francesca Hawley

Some times your dream lover becomes a reality. Something Sharon finds out when she is face to face with Frank for the first time. She might have seen him her dreams for months and thought he had a striking resemblance to the singer Frank Jasper but never did she think it could really be him. It might be a concert for witches but its her luck that’s changed – with a little help from her cousin Jess – when she gets to go up on stage for him to serenade her and then have a romantic dinner after her name is called. Alls right in her world when she gets close to him but his manager Max, sleazy slim ball he is, might have other ideas. If he can’t stop them tonight he will try the next day.

Frank can’t believe his luck when he pulls Sharon close. The woman of his dreams is literally in front of him and nothing is going to stop him from spending time with her, even if he only gets tonight. The connection is clear from the start, they are so comfortable around each other at dinner, so when he asks if she would like to spend the night with him there is only one answer – yes.

Back at the hotel is where the fun starts but not before he gets her to perform a few songs for him while playing the piano. When they sing together its like they have been doing so for years, same goes for when they start stripping each others clothes off to get closer skin to skin. A magic bubble created through to the morning but when the light comes so does Max and he’s brewing trouble. Lets just say Sharon can pack a punch with a spell when mad and when she says karma is a bitch she means it. Lets hope Frank can see him for what he is before he loses the one person who was clearly made for him. I found it funny that she could tell he was a bardic witch straight away but he, along with Max, couldn’t tell she was.

The Ghosts at Substation #69 by Berengaria Brown

Doug has loved Fern forever and even after their year apart (peer pressure from others saying they were too young to know what they really want) he would do anything to help her. Fern has found herself in an abusive relationship with Lowell, beatings are one thing but she is also locked in his home. He holds all the cards, literally, all her IDs and papers too. Her only escape is through a bathroom window. She knows Doug will get her somewhere safe – that place being an abandoned substation where two friendly ghosts are only too willing to give them a helping hand, even if they can’t be seen.

Earl and Otis have been stuck in the substation ever since the accident that took their lives. For 50 years they have been stuck there with only each other for company other than the occasional worker. It shouldn’t seem weird that they can talk to each other but Otis is a little different than you’d think. They are pleased for visitors and after hearing the trouble they are in are keen to help. Even to lend a whisper to a cop or two when trouble finds them due to Lowell. Seems he has been using Fern for a reason and doesn’t like the thought that his plans might go wrong. They say its bad luck for a black cat to cross your path; lets hope that’s true in Lowell’s case.

Sweet romance between Doug and Fern with how easy it is for their connection to be relit after time apart. Time means nothing when you are with the person you are meant to be with. Here’s hoping for a happy ending for Earl and Otis too. It’s time to move on I think, your good deed should count for something.

Coastal Ghost by Katherine Kingston

Mary just wants a few days to relax by the coast. Shame the house she is in has other ideas, mainly due to a meddling ghost. Lots of things keep breaking and if the owner can’t come round and fix it soon she’s off. The ghost has other ideas and asks her to stay, at least a few more nights. She is glad she agreed the moment the owner comes round to see what’s been happening. Tom is a bit of a dream, one she would like to hold on to. After showing him some of the rooms that have been causing some trouble she leads him to the bedroom only panicking when she realises she left her reading material out for all to see – something a bit kinky! From his reaction he is intrigued but it’s not till later that a bargain is struck.

Tom invites Mary out to dinner and once back at hers for a nightcap he brings up her books and asks what her fantasies might be. One sticks out ahead of most and it seems that both are just as eager to try it out. Mary wants to be a thief that gets caught in the act who is willing to accept any punishment seen fit to prevent the cops being called. An intriguing idea, one both of them wants to try out. What starts out as a bit tame soon turns into everything Mary has ever dreamed about. Her kinky side has been let out and all she wants to do is hold onto the man who helped. Both are starting over for very different reasons and it seems the ghost had a plan ready made to see them together.

The Revenant’s Desire by Charlotte Boyett-Compo

Alana is on her way to see her lover on a dark and dangerous night. The devil is at her heels and if she doesn’t make it there will be hell to pay. Good job it doesn’t come to that but it is a close call. When she is safe inside with her lover Nolan and takes a look at the creature – the Demon of Dexter – that was following her she can only be thankful. For one night every year she can see Nolan. It’s the one time a year where the veil drops between worlds and she is free to see him inside the Thibodeaux Plantation house. Well one floor really as that’s the place where he has been bound. He is a revenant, sort of like a vampire, and a very powerful one. No one is going to mess with him and as long as she is safe inside with him she will be safe too.

Nolan can see that this year feels different for Alana. She wants to know more about his past and about the creature banging on the door. She needs him to trust her enough to let her see all of him and there are only so much sexy distractions she is willing to let him get away with. But hey she has been without for a year so he knows she needs him as much as he needs her. She also reminds him that time is slowly catching up on her and soon it will run out. She gives him a choice, one he is scared to take even after she accepts his sordid past. The evil women who hurt him soon got their comeuppance, as does the evil watching them from the window. The past can be laid to rest and a future is on the horizon they just have to let go and trust in each other. Love the ending as it gives another supernatural little twist.

Immortal Hunters by Suz deMello

Rama is a private eye who only works at night. She’s a pro at making the bad guys disappear and if she gets a snack in too then alls the better. Her latest job sees her looking for a kidnapped child. Outside the perps place waiting for her chance cops appear – one that would get her pulse racing if she had one – none other than John van Helsing notorious among her kind. It seems they are there looking for the child aswell, even though cops weren’t meant to be called – even plain clothed ones. As she’s about to tell them to take a hike the child cries and she goes into attack mode. She might get up there quick but they are on the move and soon the cops are causing a distraction when shot down.

Running after the car she gets a shock when John makes time with her, even managing to jump on the roof. Seems he has become a night owl himself, fangs in all. Even in the middle of a car chase with a child in danger you can see the chemistry coming off them. They can both certainly multi task as making out while holding onto a car roof while it’s moving must be hard. Once the driver and accomplice are thrown from the car they make their way to the hospital to get the child checked out. Seems this little boy means more to John than you first thought. Once safe though all John’s thoughts turn to Rama.

The heat rolling off them is high but the danger has only just begun to show itself. Doesn’t stop them from killing some daylight hours having fun before preparing for the fight coming. Seems there are shifters about wanting to cause trouble and not one of the more known ones – a selkie who can turn into one mean seal. They are going to need to trust one another, not just in the bedroom/shower umm can I just say hot, but in a fight if they want to come out the other side unscathed.

Spontaneous Combustion by Nicole Austin

Holy hell firemen are hot! They certainly know how to create some heat in and out of Maddy’s dreams. Maddy has been crushing on Jake for years but never thought he saw her as anything other than a friend. The only way for her to have him was in her dreams and man are they hot and he’s not always alone in them either. At the bar with the boys she just thinks he is playing a game, getting flirty because he’s drunk. He wants to know what turns her on, something she wants to shout answer ‘you you idiot’ but can’t. That is until he pushes her one button. He says that if he guesses what turns her on then he will follow through on it – he dares her. One dare she looses but all he can think about is winning.

Jake finally has Maddy just where he wants her, well he will when they get to a quiet part of a park. Somewhere he can and will do anything to her. Ropes are needed to tie her up. She wants/needs to be taken by him and to have him own her pleasure. Seems he wants to really give her all her dreams though when two of their friends turn up.

Luke and Tom can’t believe the sight before them and if Maddy gives them the green light then these three men are going to give her one hell of a night to remember. Talk about pleasure overload but can she handle it and what is going to happen the day after. She has wanted Jake for so long that after having him she won’t want to go back to just friends, seems he’s on the same wave length so she’s not got much to worry about except when her next orgasm is going to hit.

Were the Hell? By Berengaria Brown

Seems Septimus’ pack has been having some trouble for the past 30 odd years. They seem to be only able to produce male offspring, only 4 females in the past few years. Needing to talk to other packs about theories he isn’t too pleased with having to squeeze into another small seat on a plane to repeat the questions he has been asking for a while. Well that is until he walks into the meeting and is hit by the sweet scent of his mate. Male mate I might add, Dai. Now he always wondered whether he was just attracted to other males because there were a lack of females around in his pack but the moment they are close enough to touch he knows without a doubt that he is gay.

Dai thinks all his Christmas’ have come at once when his mate walks in the door. His reaction is fast and fierce from the tent in his shorts and from looking at Septimus the feeling is very mutual. They have a meeting to discuss first so their lust is put on hold, but not for long. New ideas are voiced about a theory a curse might have been placed on the pack. A bit more digging around in the past is needed which means he has to stay around a bit longer, not that Dai minds one bit. When they get back to his place they can hardly wait a second before they are ripping each other’s clothes off. They are hungry for each other and won’t stop until each is sated. Passionate from the start but they do have a job to do, so if they can keep their hands off each other a little while they might just crack what has been happening for all those years. Fate brought them together for a reason and it might have been to get two lost loves back together aswell.


4 out of 5 stars

I received this ARC from Words Turn Me On for my honest review.


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