Sunday, September 28, 2014

Cover Characteristic: Stilettos

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Each week we will post a characteristic and choose 5 of our favorite cover’s with that characteristic. 

Title:  Cerulean Sins
Series:  Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, Book #11
Author:  Laurell K. Hamilton (Twitter)
Genre:  ParanormalUrban Fantasy

Cerulean Sins, the eleventh entry in the hugely-popular Anita Blake series, finds everyone’s favorite vampire hunter keeping house and kicking butt.

Anita Blake is trying to get her life back to “normal” after a break-up with her werewolf lover. She has settled into a pattern of domesticity, which means that the new man in her life, the leopard shapeshifter Micah, has no problem sharing her with Jean-Claude, Master Vampire of the City. Things are as peaceful as they ever get for someone who raises the dead, when Jean-Claude receives an unexpected and unwelcome visitor: Musette, the very beautiful, very twisted representative of the European Council of Vampires. Anita soon finds herself caught up in a dangerous game of vampire power politics.

To add to her troubles, she is asked to consult on a series of brutal killings, which seem to be the work of something un-human. The investigation leads her to Cerulean Sins, a vampire-run establishment that deals in erotic videos, videos that cater to very specific tastes. Anita knows one creature of the night who has such interests — Jean-Claude’s visitor. But if Anita brings Musette down, the repercussions could cost her everything she holds dear.

Once a sworn enemy of all monsters, Anita is now the human consort of both Master Vampire Jean Claude and leopard shapeshifter Micah. When a centuries-old vampire hits St. Louis, Anita finds herself needing all the dark forces her passion can muster to save the ones she loves.

Anita Blake returns to find hell hath no fury like a vampire scorned.

Why I Picked It: Since I was young, I always loved learning all the different words to describe colors cerulean is my favorite! In relation to the actual cover, I love how the heel stands out as a shiny silver amongst the muted blues and blacks.

Cerulean Sins (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter #11) Cerulean Sins (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter #11)

Title:  Mile High
Series:  Up in the Air, Book #2
Author:  R.K. Lilley
Genre:  Contemporary Romance, Erotica, Realistic Fiction

James and Bianca’s tumultuous story continues in the sequel to In Flight.

James has initiated Bianca into a dark and drugging world of passion and pain. He taught her about her own submissive, masochistic nature, and she fell swiftly and deeply in love with the undeniably charming and impossibly beautiful Mr. Cavendish, but a painful misunderstanding and the return of the brutally violent demon of her past have combined to overwhelm Bianca, and, confused and hurt, she pushes him away.

It’s been over a month since the shocking attack that hospitalized her, and since she told a distraught James that she needed space, but her feelings haven’t gone away. Even she knew that it was only a matter of time before he would cast his spell on her again…

Why I Picked It: I like the vulnerability conveyed in the pose. The use of various shades of browns is really nice and the backdrop is stunning. All around gorgeous!

Mile High (Up in the Air #2) Mile High (Up in the Air #2)

Title:  Mistress Christmas
Series:  Wild West Boys, Book #1
Author:  Lorelei James (Facebook | Twitter)
Genre:  Contemporary Romance, Erotica, Realistic Fiction

...all signs point North for not-so-Saint-Nick

In a rare moment of recklessness, mild-mannered accountant Holly North lets her best friend guilt her into filling in as Mistress Christmas at Sugar Plums, a Christmas-themed strip club. Fearing she'll be recognized-or worse, considered a fraud-she dons a velvet mask along with the Mrs. Claus-meets-dominatrix costume. She's shocked at how deliciously wicked anonymity feels.

Detective Nick West is determined to discover how his friend was supposedly robbed after a lap dance at Sugar Plums. His visions of revenge vanish faster than a flying sleigh upon his first peek at Mistress Christmas-a leggy brunette with smoky eyes and a lush mouth begging for hours beneath the mistletoe.

Their attraction flares hotter than a fireplace on a cold winter evening, and Nick is only too happy to oblige when Holly blurts out her one Christmas wish... For a naughty secret Santa to sweep her away for a night of anonymous sexual pleasure.

Warning: This erotic comedy contains naughty holiday innuendo, creative use of garland, sexy love scenes hot as spiced cider, a heroine as sweet as sugared plums, and a wildly romantic hero with a great big...candy cane.

Why I Picked It: This was too easy. Lorelei is my girl, and all her covers are gorgeous. This one is red hot!

Mistress Christmas (Wild West Boys #1) Mistress Christmas (Wild West Boys #1)

Title:  Captive in the Dark
Series:  The Dark Duet, Book #1
Author:  C.J. Roberts (Twitter)
Genre:  Contemporary Romance, Dark Fiction, Erotica

Caleb is a man with a singular interest in revenge. Kidnapped as a young boy and sold into slavery by a power-hungry mobster, he has thought of nothing but vengeance. For twelve years he has immersed himself in the world of pleasure slaves searching for the one man he holds ultimately responsible. Finally, the architect of his suffering has emerged with a new identity, but not a new nature. If Caleb is to get close enough to strike, he must become the very thing he abhors and kidnap a beautiful girl to train her to be all that he once was.

Eighteen-year-old Olivia Ruiz has just woken up in a strange place. Blindfolded and bound, there is only a calm male voice to welcome her. His name is Caleb, though he demands to be called Master. Olivia is young, beautiful, naïve and willful to a fault. She has a dark sensuality that cannot be hidden or denied, though she tries to accomplish both. Although she is frightened by the strong, sadistic, and arrogant man who holds her prisoner, what keeps Olivia awake in the dark is her unwelcome attraction to him.

WARNING: This book contains very disturbing situations, dubious consent, strong language, and graphic violence.

Why I Picked It: Something about this cover always captures my attention. I love how gritty it looks being black and sepia instead of white. The pose is really interesting, as well. Very submissive, which of course was the point.

Captive in the Dark (The Dark Duet #1) Captive in the Dark (The Dark Duet #1)


Title: Wallbanger
Series: Cocktail, Book #1
Author: Alice Clayton (Twitter)
GenresContemporary Romance, Humor, New Adult

USA TODAY bestselling indie author Alice Clayton delights readers with the sexy, laugh-out-loud romance of Caroline and Simon in Wallbanger, the first book in the Cocktail series!

The first night after Caroline moves into her fantastic new San Francisco apartment, she realizes she’s gaining an—um—intimate knowledge of her new neighbor’s nocturnal adventures. Thanks to paper-thin walls and the guy’s athletic prowess, she can hear not just his bed banging against the wall but the ecstatic response of what seems (as loud night after loud night goes by) like an endless parade of women. And since Caroline is currently on a self-imposed “dating hiatus,” and her neighbor is clearly lethally attractive to women, she finds her fantasies keep her awake even longer than the noise. So when the wallbanging threatens to literally bounce her out of bed, Caroline, clad in sexual frustration and a pink baby-doll nightie, confronts Simon Parker, her heard-but-never-seen neighbor. The tension between them is as thick as the walls are thin, and the results just as mixed. Suddenly, Caroline is finding she may have discovered a whole new definition of neighborly…

In a delicious mix of silly and steamy, Alice Clayton dishes out a hot and hilarious tale of exasperation at first sight.

Why I Picked It: Normally, I don't read this genre, the title caught my eye, so I gave it a go. I loved this book SOOOOOOO much! It's absolutely hilarious! I fell in love with Caroline and Simon's banter and relationship quickly. Also, I loved Simon's character so much... won't spoil why... check it out!

Wallbanger (Cocktail #1)

Wallbanger (Cocktail #1)

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