Review of Claimed by Lexie Davis

Claimed (Charming Bastards MC Book 1)When her mother died, Layla Roberts gained custody of her three sisters, one of which was recently diagnosed with cancer. Working four jobs just to survive, she realized that she needed financial help from her father’s MC to keep herself afloat. The Charming Bastards were known for motorcycles, mayhem, and kink but she never realized how spellbinding the decadent pleasures could be until Silver, the vice president, made her an offer she couldn’t refuse.

Tyke “Silver” Silverman had been infatuated with Layla since his first day as a full patch member. He always knew enough to keep his hands off. But, instead of obeying the rules set by her father, Silver offered to give her his personal money to help with her financial trouble if she would give herself to him.

Their intense bond takes an unexpected turn when Silver realizes his infatuation for Layla runs deeper. The consequences of his defiance could cost him everything. Can Silver figure out a way to smooth everything out or will he lose Layla and his club forever?

 

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A young female that had to grow up faster than she should have, Layla had sisters to take care of after her mom died. She had jobs and top of jobs and still couldn’t make ends meet. She shoots high with a last ditch effort to get the money she needs to take care of her and her sisters. The MC her father is president of.

Silver cares about one thing and one thing only the MC and he was VP and acting President while said President was on lock. So when the Layla came to him asking for help, he can’t say he didn’t know better what a crap storm it could end up. Silver knew he should have told Layla to go to her dad, but he’s had a bad for Layla for a long time now.

I had a lot of fun reading this, first book from Lexi Davis for me and I’ll be looking for more from this author. A bit short under 100 pages, moved fast and is a easy read. Characters are likable and enough detail to get a feel for them.

It was a few times I wanted to shake them both til their teeth rattled. (smiles) Some hot smexy going on, that should have you squirming in your chair. *winks* Enjoy

4 of 5 LOVE TAPS

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review by daria

Review of Their Alpha Bitch by Fran Lee

Their Alpha BitchGrowing up amidst one of the largest, most powerful wolf shifter packs in North America had prepared Kenna for almost anything…but not for the untimely deaths of her aunt and uncle, alphas of the Dumont pack.

Hurrying home from Seattle to find her adoptive aunt on her deathbed was hard enough…but hearing her final request was worse. They expected her to do WHAT? Aunt Maggie hadn’t really just made her promise to take her three hulking, gorgeous sons as mates…had she?

Oh, no way could they expect that. She wasn’t a were…her mates would outlive her by a couple hundred years. And there was no way in hell Kenna could handle three hot men…especially men that size!

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Death bed promises are just as binding as written contracts. More so because of the emotional ties one has with the person dying. Kenna just made it home, for her aunt’s last breath that whispered to Kenna and gaining her promise.

Little did Kenna know at the time just what she was promising. Her Aunt wanted her to mate her sons, all three of them..She isnt blood relation just close as the family took care of her when kenna’s parents died. Kenna grew up with all three boys, now huge strapping men.

Grant, Mace and Dune are not about to take no for an answer, nor will they let Kenna leave them again. Kenna may not have know that she was theirs, but they all did.

Legends, fate destiny controls one’s life and guides then as they see fit. Kenna is sure she isn’t ready for the roll the brothers are trying push her into. Alpha female of their clan.

Through events that have them growing together, has Kenna cementing her place in the clan, the dangers, are just right around the corner. Passion, love, loyalty and honor and a good dose of jealous.

Pretty easy smooth read, the characters flowed into the story and I hated to see it come to and end. A full Novel, no cliffs and balanced with smexy heat, and detail. I recommend it. Enjoy

4.5 of 5 LOVE TAPS

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review by daria

Review of Alpha Blood (Pack Warriors #1) by Elena Kincaid

Alpha Blood (Pack Warriors Book 1)Gemma, a she-wolf, alone and in unbearable pain, cries vengeance against the evil man who caused her suffering. Jordan, alpha of the White-Moon pack, the largest in the country, has a war to prepare for. Kane, his brother and beta, struggles to be worthy of the role thrust upon him.

When young girls start to disappear and rumors of a dangerous serum surface, the two men are brought face to face with their destiny. A fiery passion blooms between Gemma and her men, one that heals her body and soul, but a dangerous war still lies ahead. Will they be successful at stopping an evil tyrant before another girl goes missing or will Gemma pay the ultimate price? With her life.

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I had a lot of fun reading this book. Just kinda made me happy, (smiles) I love both genre’s shifters and menage. So yeah I was pretty much in heaven. Even the wee bit of humm.. Dom personality. yep loved it.

This is a first read for me from Elena Kincaid, I’ll be looking forward reading more of her work. Its a short hot read, about 0 to 90 in 3.3 seconds. The story was there and you even got a feel for the characters. As a first book I’m sure we will see more of Gemma, Jordan and his brother Kane.

Gemma is on the move and for her life, a horrific incident put her on a trail away from her pack on alone. Her body racked with pain. When she met Jordan and Kane, she was baring fangs and snarling.

Jordan the alpha of a powerful pack, Zane the beta and his brother, they were talking of war and the snatching of young women not just from their pack but from others. Its was time to put a stop to it. A Scream rent the air and set both males on alert. Shocked, surpise, need and want fires them like no onther.

I cant wait to get to book 2, this short and hot as I said but complete no cliffs. Read it and enjoy.

4 of 4 LOVE TAPS

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review by daria

Review of Claimed by her Bears by Doris O’Connor

Claimed by Her BearsTake one very human girl. Add three bear shifters and one BDSM club. Shake well…

When Goldie Lockwood tumbles into the arms of the new CEO, she falls head over heels in lust with the enigmatic Dom. Interested in the lifestyle she might be, but Jason Stanhope seems way out of her league.

Jason’s bear wants nothing more than to bend Goldie over his desk and claim her right there, but that wouldn’t be appropriate. This bear shifter comes as a package deal—three for the price of one. As the oldest of triplets, his mate will also have to submit to his brother and sister.

While Goldie responds beautifully to his training, will a weekend at the club be one step too far, or can she be the sweet sub the siblings need? Revealing their bears might very well make Goldilocks live up to her name.

 

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You know when you have shifters, BDSM and Menage come in one book, your bound to either hate it or like it. All three Genre’s are my fav’s and I’ve read books by Doris before. So when you wrap up a Shifter CEO and a sassy natural sub that is very new to the life style, add in a few surprise and shake well. The only left for you to do is pour out into a puddle.

Claimed by her Bears, was so much fun. There was a part or two I was worried that Goldie would actually snap and leave. But she showed alot of determination and a lot of want. A few parts had me going oh damn, really and re-read a part or two.

A Dom, A Boss a shifter all good in the hood even its, just about training a new sub. The patience and care requarding the intro to the lifestyle. It was awesome to watch the intro goldie and watching her grow.

And in this instance, lol Id be glad to choose having family around. So really hella hot scenes, the BDSM scenes well written. Characters full based and fun, the interaction was just a A+.

5 of 5 LOVE TAPS

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review by daria

Review of Bad Alpha: Manlove Edition Anthology

Bad Alpha: Manlove EditionBad Alpha features a select collection of stories with shifters so ruthless they will stop at nothing to protect their pack. These aren’t sugar-and-spice heroes. Our alphas are feared, inked, and don’t ask questions first. They take what they want, never give in to their enemies, and think love is for the weak—until they meet their mate. Are you ready to learn how to tame a savage heart?

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Billy Boys Nicola Cameron

I found myself laughing at the play by the oh so uppity little snob, and the hard dog from the other side of the tracks. It just worked for me a lot of fun to read.

The Alpha’s Assassin Doris O’Connor

Wow, yep pretty easy, hot and sexy. When the fates pull, all you can do is follow, it matters what not breed, nor status. If you belong together, its a done da da. (grins). Loved the characters and their personalities.

Discarded Pup Angelique Voisen.

Revenge is always sweet, as it is usually a driving force. Take something that was that belonged to you enemy. Aw.. The young bitten was sure he thought what he wanted, the big guy..after taking his revenge he takes the pup and has no plans to keep him.

Yellow Eyes..

When you a mixed what side to you belong on? Sometimes both sides are as dangerous as one. This lil half breed doesn’t want anything to do with either side his human or wolf nature. The sexy alpha will show him the errors of his thoughts.

Destined by L D Blakeley

A little old for that twink **it. Awesome line. Loved it. I do love male love, I am however not in the twink thing (smiles). Little human, devestated at catching his man and a DJ going for broke bent over a table. His night will get real busy real fast, The rough and gruff protector, wasn’t out looking, but he didnt have to be. It was already found for him.

Trouble by James Cox

This was just a cute fun story, like a energizer sex bunny. Poor baby has been to ever clan around, and booted out just for his love of sexing. (laughs) it doesn’t matter that well.. Some are mated and have other men, nope if its to be had, he’s getting is. Now being punished with being booted to a clan in outer space, will he do the same thing and cause trouble throughout the galaxy, or is it time for him to settle down?

5 of 5 LOVE TAPS

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Review of Leo (Three Divisions #1) by Celeste Prater

 Leo (Three Divisions, #1)A reverent touch to a set of suede-covered cuffs, and Jillian Dosh unwittingly takes the first step into a world that she never knew existed. Busted while she’s making a stealthy visit to Three Divisions Lifestyle Emporium, Jillian can’t believe she’s face-to-face with her fantasy lover. Much more potent up front and personal, Leo Straton’s commanding presence intrigues and scares her at the same time. Can fantasy become reality?

Recognizing the voluptuous Jillian as the perfect submissive for him, Leo begins a journey to pull her into his world of D/s. She’s innocent, imaginative, strong-willed, and dangerous to his heart. She’s his butterfly—stuck in the chrysalis of the vanilla world and ready to spread her wings. Overcoming her initial hesitancy, Jillian begins to blossom under his tutelage. But an innocent deception may bring this new love to a crashing halt.

Three Divisions, Book 1 ignites the senses, fires up your libido, and makes you crave to be owned by this Dom.

A Siren Erotic Romance [Siren Classic: Erotic Consensual BDSM Romantic Suspense, HEA]

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What can you say about an author that has been one of your favorites for sometime now. There as never been a book of hers that I’ve not liked. Mostly she as stuck to the Sci-fi alien theme, which as so worked for her. Now this ~Three Dimensions~ a contempory/BDSM themed story a new adventure for Celeste, that I think she nailed. If you don’t have hands on experience in the lifestyle, write it like you do (smiles).

Story line is smooth and active, long book but well worth the reading. I simply loved Jillian watching her grow was amazing not only with those around her but herself, there was a time or two she tried to walk the curvy road but she found her way back to the road she need to walk. Leo well well, loved is confidence as well as his patience. He took small steps into introducing a newbie into the life style. A firm hand but a loving caress, the BDSM scenes were mild granted but I think well written, mention what is good for some may not be ideal for others, soft/hard limits and safe words. The biggest is how he kept checking on how she was doing.

The air of mystery in both Jillan’s client and Leo’s job, situations that can’t be talked about and we both know how that can be in a relationship. Meeting Jillians mom brings me to my favorite saying too bad we cant choose our parents. A bit of danger, a damsel in distress, some word fudging and half truths. All makes for a pretty awesome read and I’m glad that I was given the chance to read Celeste’s newest adventure. I recommended whole heartedly. Enjoy

5 of 5 LOVE TAPS

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Review of Panther Magic (The Projects #5) by Doris O’Connor

Panther Magic (The Projects #5)

There’s no such thing as magic…

Kate doesn’t believe in it, let alone the panther sort Arran and Zeb Harris are famous for. Using animals in their act is just downright cruel. If only she could convince her libido of that. Instead she seems to have fallen head over heels in lust with those sex-on-legs twin brothers. Getting laid will cure this, surely?

When panther shifters Arran and Zeb scent their mate, they know they’ll have a fight on their hands. The delectable human morsel might be submissive, but Kate has spirit, never mind the small matter she has no idea shifters exist.

They want her submission freely given and not forced upon her by the mysterious mating bond. However, when their panthers kill while rescuing Kate, that bond might well be the only thing to keep them alive. It’s up to Kate to save her Sirs.

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REVIEW

I love the fact that if I want to get a good dose of one of my fav genr5e’s all I have to do is grab a book Doris o’connor wrote. Panther Magic is book, you could very well read it without reading the others.. but then you will want to go back and get the others.. smiles

Its always something special about twins, can you even imagine. Drop dead gorgeous, sexy and Doms. Arran and Zeb are twin panther shifters. When they spot there mate poolside at a local spa/club things just get interesting. Though there twins Arran is the voice of reason where as Zeb is all bit then bite again.

Kate is an old school sub and likes the fact that she doesnt have to be committed to get what she craves, she can scene with anyone at the club. When she sees the twins and the mob of girls vieing for their attention, she doesnt understand her own bodies reaction, before she knows it both males are headed toward her.

when a bit of well a lot of trouble brews, the brothers will show just what it means to be a panther shifter. Which envolves the council that not really happy with the brothers, and dont like humans for the most part.

I just thought this story was a lot of fun, loved Kates personality snarky and sassy and ready to kick butt. some oh so hot yummie scences with a bit of BDSM to them. The scenes were written well and with care.

4 of 5 LOVE TAPS

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review by daria

Review of Makar and Baruch (Fueled By Lust #7) by Celeste Prater

Makar and Baruch (Fueled By Lust #7)A quick mission to retrieve a bag of blood leaves Makar Decanus and Baruch Abella’s head spinning when they stumble upon their potential mate. Unknown to them at the time, this isn’t just any ordinary doctor with sea-green eyes and a tantalizing scent of violets. She might very well be the catalyst leading to the destruction of the Insedi race.

Dr. Keely Anderson thinks she’s on to something wondrous when not one, but three patients reveal they’ve seen men disappearing before their eyes. Undaunted by her prick boss’s demand she stop investigating, Keely finds herself swept into the arms of two overwhelming males that want to see her permanently positioned between their sexy as hell bodies. But will her heartrending past keep them at arm’s length?

Book 7 in the Fueled By Lust Series will pull at your heartstrings, make you gasp at the action, and have you fall head over heels in love once again with the Insedi race.

A Siren Erotic Romance

Reader Note: Series best read in sequence

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Review

What a amazing writer, I have loved each and every book in this series. This one book 7, just reaffirms

why I think Celeste is such a talented writers. Though such a large series each book has a end, not quiet

stand alone because the characters in previous books will make an appearance. The storyline makes a

few points about life in general. A struggle to make things right, about hiding and just accepting,

looking beyond the scars of pain, trusting even when you’re not sure. All of this is the reason I gave

this 5 stars. But the most important I guess for me was the patience the men showed her.

 

There are Aliens among us, (smiles) and Dr. Keely is close to not only finding that out but proving it as

well. Makar and Baruch are on a much needed semi vacay from their Emperor, when they are lucky

enough to stumble upon a woman. Said woman? None other than Dr. Keely.

 

You will get to run around with the tri-couple as they get into some pretty sticky situations. Flying into

and being downed, to finding history, to seeing why the Emperor is just who he is. Keely will get to see

other women from Earth not only co-existing but seem pretty damn happy in their existing. Some

serious bumping and grinding and face fanning going on also.

 

Wonderful and I am so glad that I had the chance to read it for you Celeste, Thank you. Consider it

recommend. Enjoy. .

 

 

5 of 5 LOVE TAPS

review by daria

Giveaway and Review of Welcome to Paradise serieS by Heidi Lynn Anderson

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Welcome to Paradise series: Ava’s Awakening, and Maggie’s Longing

by Heidi Lynn Anderson

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  BLURB:   Ava’s Awakening When Ava stumbles into Paradise and comes face-to-face with her dream man, she has a feeling she’s standing on the precipice of something life-changing. Not to mention, she couldn’t be more surprised to learn her supposedly prim and proper aunt Julie was actually part owner of the premier sex club in Miami and a top-notch Dominatrix. Navy SEAL Logan Turner always knew he needed more out of life than the next mission. That’s why he opened Paradise with his best friend Julie. It didn’t hurt that he could reap the benefits of owning a BDSM sex club. But when a sexy, doe-eyed woman walks in, his control slips for the first time ever. Maggie’s Longing Who would have thought a plan to get the attention of one man, would have Maggie Blake taking two men to her bed? Maggie Blake has one desire, to experience what the way too sexy Brian O’Malley has to offer in bed. Too bad he thinks of her as an annoyance and not as the hot, willing woman she is. Brian O’Malley has one rule in life. Never let a woman too close, but club Paradise’s sassy little bartender threatens to change that rule and wiggle her hot little ass into his damaged heart. Julie’s Surrender Mistress Julie has worked to gain control of her life and overcome a tragedy from her past, and as a co-owner of Paradise, Miami’s premier BDSM club, she thought she had everything. But the truth is she longs for something more—something like the happiness her closest friends have found with their new partners. Nick’s sexual specialty is playing “guest star” as the third in his friends’ ménage encounters. He’s especially good at reading a situation and adjusting accordingly, and giving and receiving pleasure—and then moving on. But once he meets Julie, Nick begins to rethink his ideas on relationships. Nick and Julie get along great outside the bedroom, but Nick will need all his skills at discerning a woman’s deepest desires to show Julie that what she thinks she wants isn’t exactly what she needs. Reader Advisory: This story has graphic sexual language and scenes—no closed bedroom doors (or other rooms) here!

 Ellora’s Cave / Amazon / B&N / ARe

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  EXCERPT:   “You must have done something wrong. A dozen girls under your tutelage got themselves pregnant, shamed the school and ruined its impeccable reputation.”   When the tight-knit group of students wound up expecting within three months of one another, someone’s head had to roll. It made sense it was hers. Ava wasn’t a nun, wasn’t married and was low man on the totem pole.   Being the sole guidance counselor at an all-girls high school, she was well versed in the workings of overactive hormones and the complications of the teenage mind. Ava doubted the pregnancies happened by accident. She thought there might be some kind of pact going on but had no proof. It was pretty bad when seventeen and eighteen-year-olds were having more sex then she was.   The students went home and had lives, apparently more exciting ones than she had. There was nothing she could say to change the priest’s mind.   “Well, Father Donavan.” Ava stood and walked to stand in front of the old man. “If you’ll excuse me, I need to clean out my office.”   He rose. “I’ll send Sister Mary Elizabeth in to oversee you.” He pushed past her and out of the room.   What am I going to do, steal the picture of the Pope hanging on the wall? She slammed the door behind her, stomped back to her desk, picked up her cell phone and dialed.   “Nick’s House of Pleasure.” Her roommate and best friend answered.

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Review of Ava’s Awakening:

There comes a time that a girl cant keep hiding within herself. Hurt and fear are both strong emotions and most of us have a need to keep them buried to deal with the pain. Ava’s Awakening is a first read for me from Ms Anderson, loving the excitement of reading a author for the first time. Now that I’ve read Ms Anderson I’ll be keeping an eye out for more of her talent. 

 

I like the title and it fits the story line as well as Ava’s character. Ava studied psychology because she wanted to help inner city children, being a counselor in a all girls school wasn’t what she had in mind but it paid the bills. When a group of girls wind up in trouble and tarnishes the schools so perfect name, Ava winds up taking the heat for it. 

 

Logan is home again just for a minute before he’s off on some military assignment. He is partners in owning a BDSM club. But there is just something missing in his life, its not if he has a lot of time to devel into the reasons behind him being unsettled. He’ll find a sub to play with and be out of town again in less than a week. 

 

I enjoyed Ava and her wide eyed innocence, as her feeling comes to surface. It has to be amazing for a Dom to have the trust as well as the pleasure of guiding a woman new in the lifestyle. The story didn’t get heavy into a scene, mild but still entertaining. Logan though I loved his personality, I wasn’t happy with him starting something with Ava when he knew he’d be in and out of her life. 

Ava’s Awakening is just about the right length, the characters were fleshed out, maybe a bit longer story just to show a bit of how Ava took to the lifestyle. An easy read with some hot sexy scenes, I recommend it. Enjoy. 

4 of 5 LOVE TAPS

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AuthorPhoto_AvasAwakeningAUTHOR Bio and Links: By day, Heidi Lynn Anderson is a wife, mother, and owner of a small Green-Cleaning company. By night, she spins erotic tales featuring hunky heroes and the women they love. When not working or writing, Heidi likes spending time with her husband and son, doing what Florida has to offer. Visit Heidi at: www.heidilynnanderson.com https://www.facebook.com/heidi.l.anderson.9 https://twitter.com/SteamywriterHLA

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5 LOVE TAP Review of FUELED BY LUST: MAKAR AND BARUCH by Celeste Prater

5 LOVE TAP Review of FUELED BY LUST: MAKAR AND BARUCH by Celeste PraterFUELED BY LUST: MAKAR AND BARUCH by Celeste Prater
(Website, Blog, Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads)Published by Siren Publishing on June 17th 2015
Pages: 357
Format: eBook
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A quick mission to retrieve a bag of blood leaves Makar Decanus and Baruch Abella’s head spinning when they stumble upon their potential mate. Unknown to them at the time, this isn’t just any ordinary doctor with sea-green eyes and a tantalizing scent of violets. She might very well be the catalyst leading to the destruction of the Insedi race.

Dr. Keely Anderson thinks she’s on to something wondrous when not one, but three patients reveal they’ve seen men disappearing before their eyes. Undaunted by her prick boss’s demand she stop investigating, Keely finds herself swept into the arms of two overwhelming males that want to see her permanently positioned between their sexy as hell bodies. But will her heartrending past keep them at arm’s length?

Book 7 in the Fueled By Lust Series will pull at your heartstrings, make you gasp at the action, and have you fall head over heels in love once again with the Insedi race.

A Siren Erotic Romance

Reader Note: Series best read in sequence

::: REVIEW :::

What an amazing writer, I have loved each and every book in this series. This one, book 7, just reaffirms why I think Celeste is such a talented writer. Though such a large series, each book has an end, not quite a standalone because the characters from previous books will make an appearance.

The storyline makes a few points about life in general. A struggle to make things right, about hiding and just accepting, looking beyond the scars of pain, trusting even when you’re not sure. All of this is the reason I gave this 5 stars. But the most important for me I guess is the patience the men showed her.

There are Aliens among us, (smiles) and Dr Keeley is close to not only finding that out but proving it as well. Makar and Baruch are on a much needed semi vacay from their Emperor, when they are lucky enough to stumble upon a woman. Said woman? None other than Dr Keeley.

You will get to run around with the tri-couple as they get into some pretty sticky situations. Flying into and being downed, to finding history, to seeing why the Emperor is just who he is. Keeley will get to see other women from Earth not only co-existing but seem pretty damn happy in their existing. Some serious bumping and grinding and face fanning going on also.

Wonderful and I am so glad that I had a chance to read it. Consider it recommended! Enjoy…

review by daria

About Celeste Prater

Celeste Prater

I was born and raised in a small town between Dallas/Fort Worth and Austin. Wanting to see more than my small Texas town, I joined the Marines, which satisfied my craving to see more of the U.S. and drive to see if I could be one of the few and the proud.

A firm believer in educating the mind, I have achieved several advanced degrees, the latest being a Masters of Science.

My true love is writing erotic romance, especially about alien hunks that know how to treat their females.

Drusus, Severus, Cato, Lucien, Caelius, Maxim and many more have swirled in my dreams until I had to bring them to life and allow them to find love within the pages of the FUELED BY LUST book series.