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Book Review: ‘The Jezebel’ by Saskia Walker

Title: The Jezebel (Taskill Witches of Scotland Book 3)

Published: 1st March 2018

Author: Saskia Walker

Twitter: @saskiawalker

Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/author/show/104558.Saskia_Walker

 

Synopsis:

Once unleashed, a witch’s carnal curiosity knows no bounds…

Fleeing from those with unscrupulous interest in her magic, Maisie Taskill’s goal is to find safety in the highlands of Scotland, with her kin. In order to gain passage from London to her homeland she plans to win over a rugged sea captain with the only currency she has: her virginity. With her enemies on her heels, Maisie has never needed a hero more. Captain Roderick Cameron might be her man.

Maisie submits to Roderick’s raw sexuality in search of protection, but their initial attraction grows into unbridled desire, unleashing devastating powers within her. Then the journey takes a dangerous turn, because the superstitious crew are unhappy at having a woman on board.

With Maisie’s wealthy sponsor giving chase, Roderick must stay one step ahead of the British Navy before Maisie’s seductive magic causes a full-scale mutiny. He may believe he has full command of his ship, but with a potent witch aboard he’s about to get much more than he bargained for.

 

Please note: This is a paranormal, historical, erotic romance novel, an adult title featuring explicit language and scenarios appropriate to the historical setting. Previously published with a different cover.

 

Review:

Goes down as another off my 2019 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – A book with magic. We finally get the see the last missing Taskill sibling, Maisie, who makes an interesting first impression on our pirate Captain Roderick Cameron.

Maisie needs to escape London from her guardian, Cyrus Lafayette, and get back to her kin in Dundee. Her only option is to propose a bargain with the Captain of the Libertas ship, Roderick Cameron. That being something she wants to lose on her terms, her virginity. She knows that once given she will be able to embrace her powers fully, something she may soon need if Cyrus gets to her. He wants her powers but more than that he wants her, something she is very against. With dangers now following she has to wonder if the Captain is the best choice. Only one more like but could she cause more trouble for him when she gets on board?

Funny how Maisie is a bit shocked at how much she likes the captains rugged appearance compared to the gentlemen she grew up around. Perhaps it’s that his features remind her of people from her homeland with him being a Scot. So you can see how quickly she would be drawn to him and feel a connection. Might also have something to do with being able to sense her twin Jessie again. Everything happens for a reason so she’s just got to hope that this is meant to be.

Roderick waste no time in wanting to claim his reward she offered as soon as possible and after one kiss Maisie starts to feel the need herself. Nerves to start with but a longing for more soon follows. Her mother was right all those years ago when she said that a witch would always feel more connected and stronger when passion is fulfilled. She might have her fill on the voyage over but plans to leave him as soon as they land in Dundee. Will she really want to leave by then? Or better yet, will Roderick be willing to let her go? A passionate connection forming while being kept in close quarters, soon followed by a protective one too. Good thing too when danger starts following. More so as her powers increase – mainly by controlling the elements – the longer she is with Roderick. With a ship full of watchful eyes though she has to be careful not to be seen casting, the last thing she needs is someone crying witch.

With this book we get a few flash backs to key moments in Maisie’s life. We see the day her mother was put to death for witchcraft, while her brother was taken away, and Jessie and her were made to watch. It was here that Cyrus and his wife Beth took her. Now Beth might have wanted her as a daughter but Cyrus’s motives were for something else entirely. You see how he wouldn’t be happy about her disappearance, willing to do anything to get her back. With the flashbacks to when Maisie was a child you can see how long the manipulation went on and how long it took her to see his true motives with his magic lessons with her. How long can she out run monster that wishes to claim her and her magic? With her powers getting stronger he will soon learn that she isn’t so helpless anymore. Choppy waters ahead as dangers follow makes her wonder if she will ever get back to her kin. If so, can she keep her captain with her in the process or will be forever be called back to the sea?

Another fun, heated passion filled read with these Taskill witches. Maisie might have been late to the passion party but her and Roderick soon made up for lost time. Great series with magic, witches, danger, intrigue and of course lots of passion twisted together for a great trilogy. The witches of Scotland are a force to be reckoned with. Kin brought back home where gifts are seen more freely but must always keep a watchful eye on those that might cause trouble. Powerful witches pack a punch though so trouble should beware.

4 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the author for my honest review.

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Book Review: ‘First Time for Everything’ by Ava Sterling

Title: First Time for Everything: A Swingers Story

Published: 26th December 2018

Publisher: Red Lace Publishing

Author: Ava Sterling

Twitter: @ava_sterling

 

Synopsis:

They just want to find one couple to swing with. Is that so hard?

Ella and Phil have been trying to find a couple to swing with. They even go as far as having a couple over for dinner to see how compatible they all are. No dice. They turn out to be duds, so the search continues. Ella’s starting to feel frustrated, especially when Phil has just started being more open minded about sharing her with another man. She doesn’t want to lose her window of opportunity.

Thankfully, her solution turns out to be closer than she thinks. In walks Natalie, Ella’s employee at the flower shop they both work at. Natalie happens upon Ella’s phone, which just so happens to have some sensitive, swinging-related pictures on it, and now Ella has some explaining to do.

It might just be easier to let actions speak louder than words and show Natalie rather than tell her what edgy desires Ella has in mind.

If you enjoy steamy stories of swingers, wife sharing, and husband sharing, you’ll love First Time For Everything.

(This explicit, 6,300 word story is intended for adult readers only.)

 

Review:

Another heated read that is sure to get the pulses rising. Testing the waters with the swinging world seems to be harder than Ella and her husband Phil first thought. Some wish to go in at the deep end with suggestions they come up with but it seems our couple want to try out the shallow end first.

Ella and Phil clearly want to spice up their sex life by considering the idea of finding another couple to swing with. By chance finding someone who works in the same mall as her flower shop seemed like the perfect start for their journey. Things don’t quite work out that way though as this couple are far more advanced in the whole swinging world with wanting to be part of a lot more than they would be comfortable with. Poaching, grazing and groups of people seem to fly right over their heads and bring them right back to square one. Their bright idea seemed to be dimming before it really started but a little web search left in a phone browser history fixes that problem right up.

At her flower shop the next day, feeling disheartened by failing the night before, Ella finds herself checking the websites some more for couples they could meet, getting a little turned on in the process. Feeling the need for release but not wanting it to happen in the work place – main reason being there is no lock on her office door – she decides to go for a walk. It’s what awaits her back in her office that pulls her idea back into full swing. Seems her employee Natalie got a little handsy when looking at her phone. Ella would never have thought she would get so frisky but it seems the quite ones are the ones to watch out for. Another dinner invitation is in order and hopefully this time dessert will be more to their liking.

Both couples were clearly a bit nervous about stepping into new territory but still very eager to explore all the same. It kind of goes from zero to sixty with this group, the moment hands and lips start to wonder it’s full steam ahead. An ménage swap group event that gets hotter and hotter the more time goes on. Seems watching each other’s spouses with someone else turns their own passion sky high. Orgasmic overload for four it seems!

You definitely get some heated action with this read that was all about finding the perfect fit couple wise for them to explore what they had all been craving. Interesting group dynamic where they just seemed to click as soon as the first kiss was given with no jealously aspects involved. You can clearly see that one night of fun won’t be enough for this foursome. Repeat performances are on everyone’s cards from then onwards I feel. Let’s see if they can make it to a bedroom next time.

5 out of 5 stars

I am a Beta reader for the author and received this ARC for my honest review.

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Book Review: ‘Do It Yourself’ by Ava Sterling

Title: Do It Yourself: A Lesbian Story

Published: 10th December 2018

Publisher: Red Lace Publishing

Author: Ava Sterling

Twitter: @ava_sterling

 

Synopsis:

Flipping her grandmother’s house isn’t exactly part of Raelyn’s ten year plan.

After she graduates with her bachelor’s, she wants to head out west and spend her time grinding it out in Silicon Valley, sharing ideas with the slowly growing female population of entrepreneurs trying to claw their way into the technological spotlight.

Instead, her grandmother, rest her soul, leaves her the house Raelyn hasn’t been in for years, and now Raelyn’s obligated–by family, by legislation, by everything– to take care of the estate. Her degree is in computer science, and what little she knows about remodeling and interior design is confined to a few midnight binges of her mother’s favorite TV show.

Thankfully, she has Zoey to the rescue. Her friend for as long as she can remember, Zoey remodels condos on the side, so she’s the first person Raelyn thinks of. Even though Raelyn has seen Zoey in skimpy swimsuits when they went swimming at the town pond, she’s never looked better wearing a short top and carrying a sledgehammer.

The renovation is hard, but it’s easy compared to Raelyn’s hold on her self-restraint. She can barely keep her hands to herself, made even harder when Zoey offers a back massage to relax during a break. Raelyn knows she could use one, with her aching back and all, but she can think of something else she wants even more.

If you enjoy steamy stories of lesbians, curiosity, and long-time friends, you’ll love Do It Yourself.

(This explicit, 5,000 word story is intended for adult readers only.)

 

Review:

Goes down as another off my 2019 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – A book by a female author. Well that’s one way to get someone to consider a different colour scheme for the new kitchen! Though to be fair the kitchen to Zoey is just the bonus.

Raelyn has been left her grandmothers house in her estate and needs to be able to fix it up to sell on. Lack of funds means that she can’t have a crew in to help her but as she’s back home she connects with her old friend Zoey. Close friends in the past but it seems that this time around things are about to change. Raelyn has known that Zoey is in to both men and women, and even though she had never considered it before, she feels drawn to her this time around for some reason. Hard labour and sweat seem to be playing a key part in this reconnection between them. Her fantasies seem to be running amuck whenever she watches Zoey work. There is only so long that she can get away with the spaced out look on her face before Zoey notices something is on her mind.

Seems great minds think alike in that regard but Zoey needs to tread carefully as this would be new territory for Raelyn. When she seems to be struggling with the manual labour of the gutting process with the kitchen she mentions aches and pains. Cue an idea from Zoey with how to test the waters so to speak. Taking her into the living room, down onto the couch, to try and get rid of those muscle aches would be a start. With massaging her shoulders and back to get her all relaxed while breathing close to her ear you can see how quickly the tension would start to build between them. Both wanting something but not sure if they should take the final step to get.

Good idea or bad idea? Either way it’s an idea that both want to follow through with. Physical connection between them builds to the point of clothes flying around everywhere. Instincts are good to follow through with but Raelyn is still going to need a little guidance. With Zoey being a handy DIY kind of person she is more than happy to take the lead and get them to where they both really want to go. With the amount of work needed for the house to be complete I have a feeling, as they are staying there while working, that this may be a fun tactic Zoey uses to persuade Raelyn to think differently with the design of the house. The ending gave that fun idea but I think again that would just be a fun diversion for them when decisions need to be made.

Clear friendship there from years before so they are comfortable around each other. Stepping into new territory but one they both seem to want to try out. Fun escapades while getting the house sorted. Now many other rooms are they willing to test out?

4 out of 5 stars

I am a Beta reader for the author and received this ARC for my honest review.

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Book Review: ‘The Libertine’ by Saskia Walker

Title: The Libertine (Taskill Witches Book 2)

Published: 19th January 2018

Author: Saskia Walker

Twitter: @saskiawalker

Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/author/show/104558.Saskia_Walker

 

Synopsis:

THE LIBERTINE.

St Andrews, Scotland: 1715. His witchcraft could save her from ruin, or guide her swiftly to it…

Lennox Taskill is a rogue, a seducer, and a powerful witch. He has seen his kind scorned and persecuted, and hunts endlessly for his sisters, Jessie and Maisie. His only other loyalty is to his coven, who he wants to take north to safety in the highlands, as soon as he reunites with his sisters. Lennox’s disdain for humanity is sealed by the searing memory of his mother burning at the stake. So when the wife of a wealthy local landlord comes seeking his help through magic, the beguiling Chloris Keavey presents Lennox with his greatest opportunity for distraction…and revenge.

Chloris is in danger of being turned out by her heartless husband because she hasn’t provided him an heir. She vows to find a way through witchcraft, but soon surrenders to Lennox’s seductive magic in more ways than one. Her desire for Lennox overwhelms her, and her fragile heart is at risk. But with a witch hunt brewing, Lennox and Chloris are soon risking everything for their forbidden nights of ecstasy…and to protect the secret that could cost them their lives. This is a paranormal, historical, erotic romance novel set in Scotland.

Please note: This is an adult title featuring explicit language and scenarios appropriate to the historical setting. Previously published with a different cover.

 

Review:

Goes down as another off my 2019 Bookworm Challenge – A book about witches.

Chloris Keavey is in trouble and she fears the only way out of it, or rather to solve her problem, is to go an unconventional route in the way of seeing a witch. She needs to become pregnant or she fears her husband will cast her out for not giving him what he wants. It also soon becomes clear that her life might depend on it – scars tell a torrid story of her married life. She needs help with her fertility, and after talking to a maid in her cousin Tamhas’s household while she’s there, she heads out to contact a supposed witches coven. She hopes to find a mature woman leader who can help her, with herbs or perhaps a spell with being desperate, but finds herself in front of a dangerously handsome man instead. His features alone give her a clear impression that the rumours of witches carnal desire nature, due to practicing their craft, being very much true. The heat coming off both of them with barely a word spoken is nothing compare to the spark she feels when he touches her bare hand.

Lennox is a seducer to the max and is intrigued by Chloris right from the start. He doesn’t think for a moment that she’s barren, more so that it’s her husband. If she comes back to him, after her feeling a small measure of his power, it might intrigue him enough to want to help. Women come to him often to lie on their backs freely but Chloris would be very different. One touch of her hand and he knows he can trust her. In his eyes she’s a woman who hasn’t yet been truly awoken to her sensual nature. Something he wants to help with.

Lennox has two goals in life, to find his lost sisters Jessie and Maisie and to help his people that are being persecuted by validating them. It seems that when he fails to move forward on either front his boredom kicks in, which can lead him into trouble. Chloris seems to be a good distraction. He might want to help her out in a small way to start but longs to seduce her much more.

Seems Lennox and Tamhas have a bit of old tension between them. I feel, at first, that he kind of wanted to help Chloris – mainly by seducing her – so that it would get back to Tamhas. But he should be careful as Tamhas is just looking for a reason to cry ‘witch’ with anyone associated with Lennox. Right from the start you get the vibe that Tamhas can’t be trusted. Something Chloris takes too long to see. She was always just a pawn to be used when he couldn’t get what he wanted from her. Lennox must be wary to protect the people in his coven, and soon Chloris too.

There are fun times to be had at the market. When chaos distracts others she feels stillness at her back knowing Lennox is there. He say’s he’ll do the ritual to help her so needs to come to the house in the dead of night, but only if she gives him a sign she wants him to. Seems she can still feel his touch on her hand from the night before. Perhaps it’s his way to infuse heated passion into her from a distance? It all seems to lead to the first ritual. Magic and passion infused as one. Well that’s one way to get heated and feel the touch of magic caress your skin. Well magic and Lennox that is. The ritual is the first of many; well that’s what Lennox is hoping for. He asks her to meet him the morning after in the woods just as the light is forming so that nature’s magic is at its highest point. This soon leads to fun times in the forest when he starts to awaken her true self fully with the feel of magic, and Lennox, all around her. He is definitely a master seducer and Chloris is in his sights to surrender to him.

It might start out as a magical ritual but it soon turns into a passionate love affair – very spicy between them. Feelings are soon creeping in too. Can Lennox see what she really means to him to save her from the path she is on? He is always the saviour it seems. Well he tries to be anyway. He has his coven he protects, kin but not family. He will always be looking for his sisters to bring them home. Now he has Chloris and as the connection between them builds so does the risk of discovery. He needs to protect her from dangers closer to home. People are hunting witches, Tamhas at the lead of that one. Can he out run them?

Fun witchy goings on with the Taskill family and Lennox sure has some power behind him. Don’t get in his way when someone he loves is in danger. A family is slowly coming together, new non-magical partners too, but one still left to find. Let’s see what it takes to find her so they can all be safe in the Highlands. Loved the ending, it really picked up then. Shows how everything was meant to follow a certain path to finding what, or rather who, he has been searching for. Things happen for a reason so they all need to listen more to what their magic is telling them. Hopefully it will help guide them all home.

4 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the author for my honest review.

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Book Review: ‘A Fair Swap’ by Ava Sterling

Title: A Fair Swap: A Swingers Story

Published: 24th November 2018

Publisher: Red Lace Publishing

Author: Ava Sterling

Twitter: @ava_sterling

 

Synopsis:

They have an arrangement with another couple. Swap once a month.

Alexis and Richard have been married a long time–long enough to know what it’s like to be stuck in a rut. The same thing, the same night of the week, the same position…just everything the same. They sorely needed something to spice up their marriage. Then Aaron and Rhea walked into their lives.

Being a successful venture capitalist, Aaron has more than enough wealth and gravitas to impress, but Alexis soon finds out he has equally impressive moves in the bedroom. Once they start swapping regularly, Alexis can’t wait to see him again.

Now in a fancy Italian restaurant, Alexis finds herself in a familiar predicament: wanting Aaron but having to wait until they arrive at one of their houses for the fun to begin. Fortunately for Alexis, Aaron intends on enjoying her even before that point.

If you enjoy steamy stories of swingers, married couples, sharing wives, and sharing husbands, you’ll love A Fair Swap.

 

Review:

Goes down as another off my 2019 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – An erotica romance. Another fun, sexually charged, short erotica read. This one has a more complex feel to it as we are clearly coming into the dynamics of the wife swap a few months in. So everything is still new but there is no longer the nervous energy around them all. More like getting totally adsorb in the swapped partner they are each with.

Alexis and her husband Richard were clearly in a bit of a rut and wanted to spice things up. It is never said how they came about with this unconventional, but fun, arrangement, more that you are taken right into it while they are waiting for their friends to appear at the restaurant. The sexual tension is almost building at that point and when Rhea and Aaron make an appearance it just keeps getting higher. As soon as they arrive, after the hellos, it’s like a straight swap happens then and there before even getting to the table. Luckily they are in a booth, as neither couple can seem to keep their eyes, hands and minds off the other. With the tension building you know that dessert won’t be had at the restaurant but more like an extra treat with their swapped mate.

Aaron seems to have a way of making Alexis’s heart rate increase with the mere suggestion of what he wants to do to her. More talk like that and she might have mounted him right there in the restaurant. Talk about putting on a show. Dinner over but can they make it back to his place before things get too heated? Well you know the answer to that pretty quickly. The moment that they got into Aaron’s car it was like a ticking time bomb for when something was going to come to a head. A parking lot seems to be the best place to stop to take the edge off. They sure can work up a sweat and steam up those windows. Also seems that giving Alexis the idea of what her husband and Rhea might be up to takes her own pleasure to the max. She almost wants to out do them. I wonder whether they compare notes?

Both partners seem very in tune with each other but we follow the exploits of just Alexis and Aaron. Though from the vibe at the restaurant you are probably thinking that both couples are up to the same thing without being able to wait a moment longer. Seems only meeting once a month builds a lot of sexual tension and wanton need that needs to be released. I wonder how long it will take them to change that system to a few more times or maybe even have a swap and watch one. With something that Alexis comes out with Aaron might take her up on that – a ménage soon on the cards perhaps?

You get some heated action within this one and you can clearly see that this monthly swap is going to continue for a while to come. Maybe next time Rhea could be the one that is followed so we can see just what Richard is like when he takes charge. Interesting group dynamics with this lot and one that would be fun to follow up on.

5 out of 5 stars

I am a Beta reader for the author and received this ARC for my honest review.

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