Review: Candy’s Boys by Jo Raven

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I am always interested in reading a polyamorous romance, particularly when there is a true triad. This book has that. Hot sex? Got it. Sexy men? Got it. Quirky curvy nerdy heroine? Got it. It’s a really fast-paced, enjoyable read.

Except for one thing.

The whole fangirl meets boys-she-stans and they all fall in love trope was so disappointing. I felt like it really let down what was a really captivating storyline. Joel and Jethro both have an incredible depth of emotion; their friendship is stunning, the way they fit together as a unit is stunning. Finding their unicorn, the woman who will complete their relationship and bring them closer together – that whole process was stunning.

The fangirl aspect was not. I felt it really detracted from the intensity of Candy’s feelings – yes, it set up a very minor conflict toward the end of the book (and thankfully not the conflict I was expecting), but I think this story could be redone without that whole element and be even more satisfying than it already is.

Giving it only 4 stars instead of 5 because I simply did not like the fangirl trope aspect.

💋 Clara

Meet the Author: Torrance Sené

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It is my absolute pleasure to bring you an interview with one of the writer’s as well as the editor and cover designer of the latest release from Sexy Little Pages, Torrance Sené.

Recently, I was able to ask Torrance a few questions about the salaciously sinful Sacred & Profane as well as some about herself. Take a look at what she had to say…

What intrigues you about this particular combination—the sacred and the profane, sin and saintliness? Juxtaposition and dichotomy. Opposing forces combined. The taboo of playing in an area that deems sex as shameful and dirty. There’s power and rebellion in claiming otherwise.

From where did you draw your inspiration for Temptation Follows? My own fantasies of what pulls me to the theme of sex and religion. I tried to explore what I find most sensual about it—how submission in D/s being not that unlike submission to God, submission to something outside of oneself, and I even give a brief shout-out to things like the ecstasy of St. Teresa of Ávila, how the fire of God was so painful it made her moan with pleasure. There can be a spirituality to D/s that’s not too dissimilar to that within a religion. (Not saying everyone experiences it that way, but personally for me I enjoy that angle.)

Not only are you featured in this anthology, but you were also responsible for editing the successful submissions. What was your favorite part of getting to be a part of that process? This was the first anthology I’ve worked on from the angle of editor. So, finding the best layout of the stories so they flowed and complemented one another well was fun. I also enjoyed designing the cover and all the promotional graphics.

Is there a particular fantasy that you’ve yet to delve into with your writing? What about any untouched genre that you’re anxious to try? If I told you that, I’d spoil any future surprises *wink* As for genre, I would like to do more in the southern gothic, paranormal romance, and/or urban fantasy areas eventually.

What would be your most idyllic writing setting? Where I write now is pretty idyllic. I have no kids. I work from home. My roommate is gone half the day. So, I’m completely alone and that’s what works best for me. Kudos to those who write in coffee shops, but that distracts me too much. I wouldn’t say no to a seaside cottage, though.

Which is more fulfilling for you: writing or editing? I don’t think one is necessarily more fulfilling than the other. They merely fulfil me in different ways. Being creative is hard. It takes a lot of energy and brainpower to plot and write, as you know. Editing, being more methodical, offers me a reprieve from that when I need it. So, when my right brain is exhausted, editing lets the left side run the show for a bit.

What is your favorite piece of literature? Oh boy. Uh. This honestly depends on my mood. I’m just going to go with Shakespeare. My love for him never wanes.

What book is on your nightstand? At the moment, it’s Cheeky Spanking Stories by Rachel Kramer Bussel.

Pimp yourself. What’s up next for Torrance? I have two sooper seekrit anthologies in the works—one with Sexy Little Pages and another with a group of friends that’ll be self-pubbed. Then in late April, I’ll be releasing my first novel, A Firm Touch (Southern Doms, #1). It’ll be the first in a series of standalone books.


Torrance Sené (www.dieromantic.com) resides in the southeast USA. When not writing, she can usually be found feeding her addictions to tea, British telly, Marvel, and books. Her other work is found in
Best Erotic Romance 2013 (Cleis Press), Paranormal Erotica (Mischief Books/HarperCollins UK), Love Slave: Passion and Love Slave: Heatwave (Lit Select), Exchange of Power (Torquere Press), and Love of the Game (Sexy Little Pages). She is currently at work on her first full-length novel set to be released in spring 2017. Torrance also freelances as an author assistant, editor, and cover designer under the name Teresa Conner (www.teresaconner.com).

 

Release Day! Sacred & Profane: Priest Erotic Romance

Sacred & Profane: Priest Erotic Romance
edited by Torrance Sené

Ten stories of temptation, romance, and blasphemy featuring Sonni de Soto, Piper Denna, Torrance Sené, Charlotte French, Bronwyn Green, Leandra Vane, Mira Stanley, Jordan Monroe, H K Carlton, and Jillian Boyd.

Not even men of the cloth are exempt from God’s greatest gift: Love. In Sacred and Profane: Priest Erotic Romance, you’ll find stories of clergymen stepping outside their vows, pastors weaving divinity into their seductions, nuns and parishioners confessing to their body’s every earthly desire, and more.

Are you aroused by the blasphemous dance of sex and religion? The dangerous edge of eroticism contained within submission to something beyond oneself? The taboo juxtaposition of holy and sensual? Then Sacred and Profane welcomes you.

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Review – Sacred & Profane: Priest Erotic Romance

Who doesn’t love a good taboo? I know, I do. And when it comes to taboo fantasies, to intersection of sex and saintliness seems to be one that titillates and tempts even the most devout of souls. Sacred & Profane: Priest Erotic Romance is the newest anthology by Sexy Little Pages and it is positively salacious from cover to cover. These ten wicked ladies take us from the pew to the confessional, from vestibule to vestry, and into the private homes of parishioners ready to confess their darkest desires to the very men who have lit the fire of sensual sin within their hearts.

A priest wanders in the night, seeking solace in a church of blasphemy; another finds relief in the arms of a spirit lover conjured to divest him of the weight of confessed sins. And my personal favorite, the pastor who finds himself drawn to the sexually brash parishioner who can teach him how to let go. The characters in these stories were all intriguing with their individual crosses brought to bear on the altar of erotic pleasure. Sexy priests, fiercely sexual fantasies…this anthology is definitely worth the read…and a full five stars!

💋💋 Clara

I received a copy of this e-book to review at no cost to the author. Buy your own copy via the links below!

Purchase: Amazon US | Amazon UK | Smashwords | B&N | Kobo | iBooks

Release Date: 17 January 2017

Length: 60,220 words / 186 pages

Available in Print and Digital

Publisher: Sexy Little Pages

ISBN: [ coming soon ]

ASIN: B01N7JOUB8

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33539951-sacred-and-profane

Is it over yet?

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Merry Christmas & Happy New Year from Clara Young

I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for 2016 to be done. I’m certainly glad that Christmas is my favorite time of year, because otherwise, I would surely go insane. (I still just might.)

This year has been full of ups and downs, physical and emotional setbacks that have kept me from doing much of what I love—writing AND reading. I have a giant stack of books that need to be reviewed and I’m very much looking forward to 2017 to do that. I’ll also have a special announcement soon about another venture that I’m participating in that promises to be very worthwhile and exciting, so stay tuned.

💋💋 Clara

Here’s to a happier, healthier, more fulfilling 2017!

HIATUS

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Just a quick note to let you know that I’ve been on hiatus for the past couple of months and I am still working on catching up on emails and review requests, as well as the reviews I am working on. Life and health issues have kept me from updating much or reading as much as I usually would, so I apologize for that. Have patience, things should be back up and running at normal pace soon enough.

~Clara

Review: Stately Pleasures by Lucy Felthouse

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Stately Pleasures- an Erotic Novel from Xcite BooksStately Pleasures- an Erotic Novel from Xcite Books by Lucy Felthouse
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I am such a fan of a good threesome, especially when Lucy Felthouse is at the helm. This story is no exception. She crafts the tale with an interesting premise – some erotic blackmail between a wealthy, handsome boss and his sexy head of security, and their timid new hire.

The air crackles with their attraction and the voluptuous heroine meets every one of their challenges with increasing zeal. Of course, she never intended to fall in love with them, but it’s inevitable, isn’t it?

Felthouse shines in bringing tenderness and genuine affection into a relationship that is often seen as purely sexual in nature. This is definitely one of my favorite reads so far this year.

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Review: Valentine’s Day by Torrance Sené

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Valentine's Day: A Short StoryValentine’s Day: A Short Story by Torrance Sené
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Valentine’s Day is a lovely and emotional short story that brings us into the lives of Angie and Jack, reluctant exes who are getting together for an evening as friends. Angie wants a reconciliation, and hopes that Jack is just as eager to rekindle their past romance as she is. A beautiful story of a relationship piecing itself back together. Their attraction smolders and the sex is steamy and filled with longing for time lost. A great read!

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February Blahs

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I’ve got the February blahs. Mainly because I’ve got a case of pneumonia that won’t seem to let me go. Regardless, I have been spending a good deal of time working on the site and trying to get things organized in a way that doesn’t drive me crazy. As you can see, I’ve added a newsletter and am preparing my first free story to go out this month! As a special bonus, February’s newsletter will contain 2 free stories in celebration of all of my new subscribers…are there any out there?

💋💋 Clara