Neil Gaiman’s “Neverwhere” 1

“I’d watch out for doors if I were you.” Richard Mayhew leads a very predictable life. After 3 years in London he has a controlling fianceé, a steady job in securities and days of endless edification at the hands of his wife-to-be. And that is because Richard, for all his contradictions and waffling, seems to have so much potential if the right woman (read his fianceé takes him to hand. With her, Richard’s life follows a predictable routine. Until he moment he stops to help the Read more [...]

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Eleanor & Park

Rainbow Rowell’s “Eleanor & Park”

Eleanor’s life is dire. Her mother has married a terrible person and the living conditions for her and her siblings are deplorable. Eleanor’s options for getting out of the house are limited, which is how she finds herself on a bus one morning on the way to yet another new school. Park’s life isn’t terrible. But he does his best to avoid the bullies on his bus and anything that would make his half Asian, comic book and punk rock loving self a target. He isn’t always successful. On Read more [...]


Madeline L’Engle’s (BANNED!) “A Wrinkle in Time”

Meg Murry can’t do anything right. She’s always getting in fights at school—people keep making snide remarks about her father’s disappearance—and no matter what she says or does, things are always her fault. Add to that glasses, braces, and frizzy hair, and you have what she considers a walking disaster cocktail. Her one solace in life is her baby brother, Charles Wallace, who always seems to Know just what to do or say to make her feel better—that is, until the violently stormy night Read more [...]

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Marie Hall’s “Her Mad Hatter”

Alice Hu owns and works at the Hatter’s Cupcakery and Tea Shoppe, reveling in her fascination with Wonderland and the start of a new business venture in Waikiki, Hawaii. But on the heels of her fantastic first day, she takes the card with a white rabbit that a strange customer gives her, and follows the instructions written on it: Rub Me. She barrels into Wonderland, at the feet of the Mad Hatter, a deliciously handsome and off-his-rocker denizen of Wonderland. Or is he more than that? Because Read more [...]


M.C. Beaton’s “The Banishment”

“‘There are six of you,’ said Mrs. Kennedy. ‘The six beautiful daughters of Mannerling. Did nobody fall in love with any of you? Or was the love all for the house?'” Impeccable breeding. Fabulous wealth. Beauty. The Mannerling estate. Isabella Beverly has it all, or does she? Bred to be a beautiful adornment in her fabulous home, she fails to take her first Season. In fact, she’s even classified a bore, because despite her accomplishments, her attention is fixated on her ancestral home, Read more [...]

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Alice Clayton’s “Wallbanger.”

“You smell like tequila and sexual repression, Caroline. Get off me.” Caroline is a self-sufficient, dynamic interior designer, with a fresh new job, brand new apartment, and not an “O” in sight. After a disastrous machine-gun one night stand, her orgasm ran off and left her high and dry. Everything else in the world is coming up roses, if only she could regroup and bring back that sunshine. So adding insult to injury, her neighbor Simon turns out to be a “Wallbanger”, and since the Read more [...]


Tara Sivec’s “Shame on Me”

Paige McCarty is a former fashion model turned Private investigator. When her ex, Andy, gambled away her money she left him and joined Fool Me Once Investigations, with her friends Kennedy and Lorelei, determined to help other women going through problems with jerks as well. She left the world of modeling needing to find a career that didn’t just validate her according to how she looked, but what she did. So when finds herself used as man-bait in her P.I. career, she wants to do more. Like when Read more [...]

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Candace Knoebel’s “Everlasting”

Faye Middleton is sure she is a Defect. In her Primeval society, that means she has no powers, and when she goes to her Culling ceremony, she will be cast out of the way of life she has known since birth. In her world, she is part of a dual society, the Coven, populated by Hunters( usually male) and Witches (usually female), two parts of a whole who form a life-long bond together. Hunters and Witches need each other to work their magic, their affinity bond usually leading to a closeness that results Read more [...]


Lila DiPasqua

Lila DiPasqua is a bestselling author of scorching historical romance novels. Her Fiery Tales series retells Fairy Tales in Charles Perrault’s time, with sensual detail to place and manners of the time. With re-imaginings of the “Emperor’s New Clothes,” “Puss in Boots,” and more, she raises the bar for retellings, by adding detail and heat, as she immerses her readers in the decadent world of Louis XIV. She started reading romance in her teens, devouring “Sweet Savage Love” by Rosemary Rogers, Read more [...]

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Four Play

Shayla Black and Maya Banks’ “Four Play”

“Four Play” is a two-novella anthology, with “Pillow Talk” by Maya Banks and “Her Fantasy Men” by Shayla Black. In “Pillow Talk,” Zoe and Chase have a hell of a hot relationship. They click, they know each other’s bodies and they know just what to do to turn each other on. But Chase is sure that Zoe has some kinky fantasies she hasn’t shared, and to prompt her response, he tells her one of his own. And so the game begins, as she makes his voyeuristic fantasy of her stripping for Read more [...]