5* Review: ‘The Silk Tie’ by Lily Harlem

A little background first… Lily Harlem is one eighth of the fantastic Brit Babes. She has an amazing variety of books in her back catalogue and also writes as Harlem Dae with Natalie Dae. Phew! So many books to read and lots of books due for release this year too.

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I’ve just finished reading Lily’s book ‘The Silk Tie’ and it’s left me with an ache in my chest. You know the ones you get when you finish a book and you didn’t want it to end? I loved this book. It’s a keeper and will be re-read in its entirety, and sometimes in parts (you know which bits I’m talking about *wink*), over and over again.

I love reading about different kinks and finding new ones that I didn’t know about, expanding my sexual knowledge so to speak; but sometimes I just need to read a book that explores my own fantasies and kinks.

Well, let’s just say ‘The Silk Tie’ stimulates pretty much every nerve-ending for me. Bisexual menage, voyeurism, lots of M/M action, female dominating both men (pegging)…. is it hot in here?!

Lily writes bisexual menage with flair. The sex scenes are explicit and dirty. The dialogue is filthy, they watch each other fuck and talk about it. That’s one of my most favourite things and Ms Harlem does it with style. So many menage stories leave me feeling nothing because it’s A put his dick in that hole then B put his dick in that hole then C sucked A… you get the picture.

A large part of the menage fantasy for me is the voyeuristic aspect; watching the action as well as being part of it. But it’s not just the visual is it? I want to know what they feel about what they see; I want to hear them verbalise it too.

So tell me, in as filthy a way as possible, please. Lily does that in this book. She had me squirming and flushed. Winner!

It’s always interesting to see how an author deals with the existence of a third in a menage relationship. The emotions involved are complex, I think, and some menage stories overlook them. You get a real sense of the soul-searching involved for this couple, before they invite the third into their relationship and during it’s early stages. I did feel it was a little unrealistic that Haley felt no jealousy when she discovered her husband had feelings for another person. I certainly would have, even if I found the thought of it exciting and arousing. In the main, it’s a small criticism.

There is a definite sequence of events that keeps the story moving at a good pace and develops the relationships between the three central characters. We see a little of their daily working lives which rounds the characters out nicely, but for the most part the book is all about the events leading to the sex: which is exactly how I wanted it! No skim reading to the good bits because there’s plenty of them.

The thing with erotica is, you can recognise quality writing but still not love the book, still not get turned on by the words. When you find one that makes you feel it, each and every filthy, lusty word, it’s a little bit of heaven.

For me, great erotica is about an emotional connection with the characters as well as a physical response to their story. ‘The Silk Tie’ gave me that and more. So I’m giving it 5 very shiny stars ***** a highly recommended read.


‘The Silk Tie’ is self-published and only available on Amazon.

Find Lily’s book list and future releases at www.lilyharlem.com Keep up with her on twitter @lily_harlem and Facebook

 

 

Reviews: ‘Not Her Type’ and ‘Take Control’ by Kay Jaybee

Kay Jaybee has written over 70 short stories and 14 solo publications, so if you’re new to Kay and you like these books, you’ve got a huge back catalogue to read. She’s well known for ‘The Perfect Submissive’ trilogy (Xcite) and is one eighth of the brilliant Brit Babes. Her writing has a distinctly British feel to it, so expect a bunch of sexy ‘arses’ and ‘bottoms’ rather than ‘asses’ and ‘butts’!

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Not Her Type is a classic tale of opposites who attract. Jenny is a well educated woman who has secluded herself from the world after a series of difficult relationships; John is a rough around the edges courier who delivers her DVDs every week (I want that service *cough*). They begin the story as friends, but the story rapidly becomes about their sexual explorations.

Kay Jaybee isn’t shy about exploring a wide variety of kinks and pushing some boundaries. Not Her Type has M/F, M/F/F and F/F scenes; there’s some light bondage and spanking; masturbating in public; and one particular kink that will probably not be everyone’s cup of tea. I had a moment where I thought, “did he really just say he was going to do that?!” But Jaybee doesn’t draw the scene out, so even though it’s not my thing, it didn’t really bother me.

The sex is pretty raw and basically a series of short, hard fucks. I never felt like I connected emotionally with the characters. I want that most of the time when I read erotica, but sometimes I’m happy to just go with the physical – this was one of those times. The sex was definitely hot and there was more than one scene that got me all tingly. The sheer desperation and urgency they feel for each other is a turn on in itself.

Jenny and John’s relationship raises the question: is sex alone ever enough? The sex she’s having with John rapidly takes over Jenny’s life to the point where she can think of little else.

She’s confused about her sexuality, she’s confused about John. The sex is the only thing that makes sense. This book is heavy on the sex and light on story, but to be honest I got all that I needed from the plot and it drives the book forward to a more than satisfactory ending. I liked the ending and thought it was pretty realistic considering the characters thoughts and actions throughout.

Overall, I enjoyed Not Her Type it’s a hot piece of erotica that does what it intends to. I am very glad that Kay Jaybee has such a fertile imagination.

Personally, Christmas wrapping paper will never seem quite so innocent again.

4 stars – recommended read

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Take Control has five short imaginative stories catering to all sorts of kinks. They are primarily about dominance and submission, but they also explore other elements of erotic play.

Much to my delight, Kay Jaybee seems to be a big fan of multiple partner scenes: making ‘Dinner With Tess’ and ‘Staged’ my favourite stories in this collection.

Dinner With Tess’ is a bisexual menage (my favourite kind) and it is definitely hot. I wanted more M / M action which was a bit of an unfulfilled tease, but I guess it’s the wrong collection of stories for that particular kink. It was very enjoyable none the less.

There are a couple of stories that are more sensual, ‘Deluged’ and ‘The Necklace’ (which is also a menage). These were well written with evocative language. I felt every drop of water and sting of hail on Beth’s skin and it made me long for a summer thunderstorm.

The Experiment’ is a voyeur’s delight which ends with a nice surprise.

A quick enjoyable read; easy to pick up and put down whenever the urge may take you.

4 stars – recommended read

I received these books from the publisher in exchange for an honest and fair review.

Find Kay on Twitter and Facebook

If you’re looking for other authors of erotica check out my Book Recommendations page. 

Happy New Year… Three of the Best – Erotic Authors #3

Dear All,

Happy New Year to you!!

Here’s hoping 2015 = lots of happy reading for us all.

I love finding a good new author with an extensive back catalogue to work through. Hopefully, you’ll find something you like here.

No reviews or blurbs on this page. Just the title and author info so you can go and explore for yourself if you so desire. I haven’t read all the books that these authors have written. I’m only recommending the ones that I have read.

In this post: Lauren Dane, Red Phoenix and Kelly Jamieson


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Lauren Dane: www.laurendane.com also find her on twitter @laurendane

Dane writes books of different heat levels so I’m just going to mention her erotic fiction here. The Brown Family series is her best I think. Great characters and hot sex!

My best picks for Lauren’s books are:

Laid Bare – M/F then M/M/F menage (small element of bisexuality).

Laid Open – M/M/F bisexual menage. Same characters as Laid Open. The menage scenes in this book are fabulous!


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Red Phoenix: wwwredphoenix69.com also find her on twitter @redphoenix69

I really like Red’s series Brie Learns the Art of Submission. I’ve read a few of her stand alones and they’re good too. They’re hot and often kinky books but they never forget the romance. If you’re new to the whole BDSM D/s thing then this series is a pretty good place to start.

My best picks for Red’s books are:

Brie Learns the Art of Submission: The Training Centre (all 9 stories of the first series in one book) – a bit of all sorts in here to be honest. D/s, BDSM, lots of kink but ultimately Brie’s story is about falling in love with her Sir. You can buy them individually if you want.

And Then He Saved Me – hot little story about two lonely people who find and heal each other M/F.


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Kelly Jamieson: www.kellyjamieson.com also find her on twitter @KellyJamieson

Kelly writes great contemporary romance and really hot bisexual menage. Her books are sweet and romantic with a whole bucket load of sex. Rule of Three nearly set my hair on fire!!

My best picks for Kelly’s books:

Rule of Three (series of three books) – M/M/F bisexual menage HOT!!! The three books follow the same characters as their relationship develops.

Rigger – M/F ropes and lots of ‘em! One of my favourite books about the beauty of bondage.

Breakaway #1 (Heller Brothers Hockey series) – I love a good sports romance especially if it’s got great athletic sex in it!! Five books in this series and I loved them all.


HAPPY READING!

Previous posts include: #1 Charlotte Stein, Cara McKenna and Misha Horne.

                                       #2 Maya Banks, Lorelei James and Marie Harte

 

Three of the Best – Erotica Authors #2

I love finding a good new author with an extensive back catalogue to work through. Hopefully, you’ll find something you like here.

In this post: Marie Harte, Maya Banks and Lorelei James

No reviews or blurbs on this page. Just the title, link to Amazon and author info so you can go and explore for yourself if you so desire. I haven’t read all the books that these authors have written. I’m only recommending the ones that I have read.


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Marie Harte: www.marieharte.com also find her on twitter @MHarte_Author

Harte writes a lot of paranormal books as well as contemporary romance (I think she’s written over 100 in total). I haven’t read anywhere near that but there are a few series of hers that I love – The McCauley Brothers, Wicked Warrens, and The Works. The books I have chosen are really good contemporary romances with hot, sizzling sex. Some kink involved.

My best picks for Marie’s books:

Working Out (The Works) – M/F D/s

Raising The Bar (Wicked Warrens) – M/M and M/M/F bisexual menage. HOT!!

Making The Grade (Wicked Warrens) – M/F Kinkiness with a third.

Bending The Rules (Wicked Warrens) – M/F with some M/M/F menage.


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Maya Banks: www.mayabanks.com also find her on twitter @maya_banks

Well I can’t write about erotica authors and not mention Maya Banks. I read a lot of her books a few years ago when I first got into this genre. She has written a lot so if you’re new to her you’ve got a lot to choose from. I started with The Sweet series and her menage novels. She loves a good anal scene and lots of kink so her books are not for the faint hearted! (‘Coalter’s Daughter’ springs to mind). There’s more than one with a go to sex scene in it if I want some alone time with my vibrator.

My best picks for Maya’s books:

Sweet Surrender – mainly M/F with a  M/M/F menage scene. BDSM. D/s

Sweet Persuasion – mainly M/F. BDSM. Exploring a D/s relationship.

Be With Me – HOT!!! M/M/M/F menage.

Soul Possession – scorching M/M/F menage.


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Lorelei James: www.loreleijames.com also find her on twitter @loreleijames

Lorelei’s Rough Riders series is a must read for anyone with even a slight love of cowboys. It’s contemporary western romance and all the stories are connected by a very large extended family called the McKay’s. There’s a lot of menage in there, kinky happenings with rope (obviously they’re cowboys / grew up on a ranch) and let’s just say they’re all dominant alpha males. There’s a lone female McKay in there too.

My best Rough Riders picks:

Rough, Raw and Ready – OMG! This was my first bisexual menage and well let’s just say it had a lasting effect on me. Worth reading the other books for back story but not necessary. Trevor, Edgard and Chassie’s story.

Shoulda Been A Cowboy – Cam’s story. D/s some M/M/F menage.

Cowgirl Up and Ride – AJ and Cord’s story.


 

 

Three of the Best – Erotica Authors #1

No reviews or blurbs on this page. Just the title and author info so you can go and explore for yourself if you so desire. I haven’t read all the books that these authors have written. I’m only recommending the ones that I have read.

I love finding a good new author with an extensive back catalogue to work through. Hopefully, you’ll find something you like here.

In this post: Charlotte Stein, Cara McKenna and Misha Horne.


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Charlotte Steinwww.charlottestein.net also find her on twitter @Charlotte_Stein

I love Stein’s books. She has a unique voice. Often writing in first person point of view, the reader gets a very intimate insight into the characters feelings and sexual encounters. Intelligent and at times laugh out loud funny her books are just a hot joy to read. A go to author for me.

She writes mainly M/F and menage; the best of which are bisexual – HOT that’s all I’m saying. Stein has over thirty short stories, novellas and novels so there’s a wide selection to choose from.

My best picks for Charlotte’s books are:

Make Me – M/M/F bisexual menage. One of my all time favourite books. So hot and intense. Love it!

All Other Things – M/M/F bisexual menage

Control – menage (small elements of M/M/F bisexuality). All I’m saying is “Oh, Gabe” (sigh).

Telling Tales – M/M/F bisexual menage (threesome and M/M/F/F foursome).

Intrusion – M/F new series called Under The Skin. Darker than usual with the hint of a thriller. Other books due out in this series.

Curve Ball – M/F


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Cara McKenna: www.caramckenna.com also find her on twitter @caramckenna

I’m a BIG fan of McKenna’s books: they’re intelligent, dark, edgy and seriously hot. She’s good with blue collar alpha males. They’re often a bit mean and a bit moody but they’ve got big hearts and ultimately give their partners what they want in the sack *shiver* works for me every time. The first book of hers I read was ‘Willing Victim’ it blew me away. She has a real talent for exploring the sexual psychology of her main characters. You really understand their sexual journey. It’s not always a comfortable journey but it’s always worth it. I fall in love with her rough and ready characters every time. Again, she has a decent sized back catalogue, so here are a few I really like to get you going.

My best picks for Cara’s books are:

Dirty Thirty M/M/F bisexual menage. This is just an awesomely hot book. One of my all time favourites in this sub genre.

After Hours – M/F

Willing Victim – M/F

Backwoods / Shivaree / Getaway – M/M and M/M/F bisexual menage. HOT!!! Shane was the one who did it for me in these books.

Hard Times – M/F


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Misha Horne: Amazon page also find her on twitter @mishahornebooks

Misha is a new author I discovered through twitter. I’m pretty new to M/M erotica but it’s rapidly becoming a favourite sub-genre. She writes M/M stories with a lot of spicy spanking going on! Her Benched series is HOT! Baseball, hot men and – well… spanking. What more do you want?? I love her books and I hope you will too.

My best picks for Misha’s books are:

Benched #1 (series of 4 currently) – M/M

Smart Boy – M/M written with AJ Sisko. They have plans to write more together in 2015.

Bad Boys Get Spanked (Gay spanking bundle) – M/M