Xpress Reviews: E-Originals | First Look at New Books, November 4, 2011

Week ending November 4, 2011

Bradley, Eden. Eversong: Midnight Playground. Samhain. 2011. c.107p. eISBN 9781609286835. EPUB $3.50. PARANORMAL ROMANCE
Readers are warned in the promotional material that Eversong is not for the faint of heart. And that admonition is right on the money. The interesting plot mainly serves as a means to an end‚ a lot of vampire sex. Ever, an ancient vampire, has grown dissatisfied with his vampiric life of carnal delights. That is, until he meets a pair of freshly made vampires who were turned illegally, leaving them vulnerable and uncertain in this new world of heightened sense and sensuality. What follows is a whirlwind of raw, unadulterated sex among these three characters. It’s a hot and steamy ride to the climactic end.
Verdict With scenes that could deflower the most innocent of virgins, this story will steam up your glasses…and possibly all of the windows wherever you are. Recommended for anyone who enjoys raw, detailed sex scenes that involve everything from more conventional forms of sex to M/M/F interactions.‚ Sonnet Ireland, Univ. of New Orleans Lib.

Brown, Dawn. Blood and Bone. Samhain. 2011. 494Kb. eISBN 9781609285395. EPUB $5.50. ROMANTIC SUSPENSE
Shayne Reynolds is a newly divorced true crime author who is living in her parent’s basement. Her next project involves a man who confessed to murdering his wife and two of the children who were living with them. Another two children are still alive. Shayne’s initial contacts with the family of the victims were unsuccessful, but she perseveres. One of her first interviews is with the confessed murderer, Robert Anderson, who served his time and has been released from prison. After all this time, he now tells her he is innocent. Shayne’s investigation takes her to Dark Water, the scene of the crimes and where the families still reside. Her contact with Robert’s surviving son, Des, causes sparks to fly for both of them. This extremely suspenseful title admits nothing, including the real murderer, until the end. The relationship between Des and Shayne is hot, as are many of the love scenes.
Verdict A really good, quick read.‚ Susan Hayes, Chattahoochee Valley Libs., Columbus, GA

Witt, L.A. The Closer You Get. Samhain. Nov. 2011. 172p. eISBN 9781609285524. EPUB $5.50. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE/LGBT
In this first-person sequel to The Distance Between Us, Kieran Frost, the former roommate and still occasional third in Ethan Mallory and Rhett Solomon’s bedroom games, meets his match in the virginal Alex Corbin. Kieran is unabashedly open to trying anything sexual as long as it involves a man‚ or several men. Meanwhile, Alex is still trying to open the closet door and experience his first kiss after growing up in a close-minded small town where acknowledging his sexuality would have meant a severe beating, or even death. While Kieran shows Alex around Seattle’s gay scene, he realizes the more he learns about Alex, the more attracted he becomes and the more his promiscuous lifestyle is no longer satisfying.
Verdict Refreshingly, Kieran doesn’t suddenly change his personality and agonize over his lurid past before finding redemption, but he does experience a few bumps in the road to a more monogamous life. Recommended for fans of the first book and of characters from Witt’s A.J.’s Angel, since Sebastian Wakefield makes a cameo appearance. Witt also writes M/F erotic romance as Lauren Gallagher.‚ Melanie C. Duncan, Shurling Lib., Macon, GA