Book Review: Mike Well’s Lust, Money and Murder

Mike Well's Lust, Money & MurderMike Wells generously gives the first installment of his series, Lust, Money and Murder as a perk for signing up to his Twitter feed. He calls it a book, but in length and breath it is not a book, it is the first part of a serial.

The premise of the book is interesting and the plot in this first part of the series has many twists and turns. Elaine Brogan is the only daughter of a doting lower-middle class father. At sixteen she convinces her father to pay for a modeling school, which turns out to be a scam. Mustering her bravado, when she realizes how she was taken, she demands her money back. Surprisingly the scam artist gives her the money—in cash. But the cash isn’t what it seems, and when dad deposits the money into an account for his daughter, treasury agents visit and arrest her father. Ellie is left alone in the world and she vows to get even. To this end Elaine vows to become a Secret Service agent, to find the man who ruined her father. West takes us through her education, her application process to become an agent, and her training. Finally she gets her first posting, and then her second. This is where the story picks up. Continue reading

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Do We Give Men Short Emotional Shrift In Our Stories?

Men and EmotionsFamiliar?

Genre: Romance Novels

Plucky (or unplucky) heroine is in new situation. Her past love life has been disappointing, or hurtful or just plain dismal. She may have faults, or is just unlucky. Enter Mega Hunk Hero. He is the alpha of his world. Big, powerful, in control, and often rich, he is unusually hunky and gorgeous. However, he may have a hidden physical or emotional flaw that only matters to him. His past love life is equally dismal as plucky heroine. For his physical needs he has consigned himself to one-night stands or a FWB relationship with someone with who he has no emotional attachment. Once POUP heroine arrives he is intrigued, but has low expectations of anything coming out of his interest. However, some incident draws the two into close proximity. Their physical reaction is immediate, overwhelming and confusing. POUPH and Mega Hunk spend several chapters in avoidance/denial until they can’t deny their attraction any longer and they have HOT SEX, the hottest sex either experienced or is ever likely to again. More chapters of avoidance/denial until Mega Hunk realizes that he is in LOVE with the POUPH and can’t live without her. He proposes marriage and HEA ensues. Continue reading

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Your September Sexscope

AriesThe Ram prefers his or her sex fast, hot and uncomplicated, preferably without strings. But even with strings, you demand a certain amount of freedom. That’s not likely this month, when someone binds you with pleasures so sweet and forbidden you beg for more.

TaurusThe planets grace you with the sexual lottery this month, giving you all that you desire and more between the sheets. The catch is that you must let someone else take the lead, and you must fill his or her desires first before you get yours. Are you up for the challenge?

GeminiThose born under the sign of the twins is well known for their propensity for casual friendships and even more casual affairs. This month, however, draws you into shit so hot and deep, you won’t know where ‘up’ is. When you catch a breath, call for help. You’ll need it. Continue reading

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Book Review–Reasonable Doubt: Heating Readers Then Chilling Them

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Whitney Gracia Williams’ Reasonable Doubt series of short novellas introduces us to sardonic and sexy lawyer Andrew Hamilton. Broken by treachery six years prior, Andrew spends his evenings in relentless trolling of dating sites for his newest sexual conquest. Oh, he is honest with them, you see, because he hates, as he puts it “fucking liars.” He tells them, “One dinner. One night. No repeats.” But after six years in his current location his dating pool of available one-night stands is drying up and he’s faced with a series of disappointments. Because a man like Andrew Hamilton only deserves hot women just the way he wants them. Right?

Yeah, right.

But even a rake like Andrew needs connection and for this he turns to an anonymous colleague he finds on a lawyer’s social network. Alyssa, supposedly a young lawyer, turns to Andrew for advice on her cases. And Andrew complies while at the same time cajoling her to meet with him for sex. Alyssa refuses while taunting him with his current sexual dry spell: Continue reading

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