{Review} Tempting Meredith by Samantha Ann King (with Interview and Giveaway)

Tempting Meredith by Samantha Ann King

We’re so excited to have fabulous author Samantha Ann King stop by today to chat with us about Tempting Meredith, the latest novel in the Lovers and Friends series. First, here’s the 411 on Tempting Meredith:

Pages: 245
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Our Rating: four-stars
Astrophysicist Meredith Burke's professional life is perfect. Her personal life is another story. Years ago, a menage with the man she loved and his roommate left her with a broken heart and a secret. She hasn't trusted anyone since, but when she meets rugged hunting guide Charlie Connor she figures she doesn't need to. He's got "one-night stand" written all over him.

After one night with Meredith, Charlie needs more. She's intoxicating, and shockingly willing to give him total control of her body. When she agrees to spend an entire week with him at the lodge where he works, it's more than he'd hoped for. But Blaine Bridges, Charlie's best friend and boss, has his own secrets.

Blaine hasn't seen Meredith since that disastrous encounter eight years ago, but he still has feelings for her. Now she's dating his best friend, the man he wants for himself. When Meredith invites him to join in their naughty play, his pleasure is all-consuming. But will the secrets they all hold close destroy a beautiful beginning or bring these three lovers closer than they ever imagined?

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{Interview} with J. Lynn, author of Tempting the Bodyguard (with Giveaway)

Tempting the Bodyguard J Lynn tour

Entangled: Brazen on May 12, 2014
Pages: 264
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He can protect her from everyone except himself.

Alana Gore is in danger. A take-no-prisoners publicist, her way with people has made her more than a few enemies over the years, but a creepy stalker is an entirely different matter. She needs a bodyguard, and the only man she can ask is not only ridiculously hot, but reputed to have taste for women that goes beyond adventurous.

Chandler Gamble has one rule: don't protect anyone you want to screw. But with Alana, he's caught between his job and his increasingly hard libido. On one hand, Alana needs his help. On the other, Chandler wants nothing more than to take the hot volcano of a woman in hand. To make her writhe in pleasure, until she's at his complete mercy.

She needs protection. He needs satisfaction. And the moment the line is crossed, all hell will break loose...

We were so excited to be able to sit down with J. Lynn, otherwise known as Jennifer L. Armentrout, to dish about the Gamble Brothers!

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{Interview} Sharon Lynn Fisher, author of The Ophelia Prophecy (with Giveaway)

The Ophelia Prophecy by Sharon Lynn Fisher Blog Tour

We are so excited to participate in the tour for The Ophelia Prophecy, the sci-fi hit from Sharon Lynn Fisher.

Science Fiction
Pages: 320
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Our world is no longer our own.
We engineered a race of superior fighters--the Manti, mutant humans with insect-like abilities. Twenty-five years ago they all but destroyed us.
In Sanctuary, some of us survive. Eking out our existence. Clinging to the past.

Some of us intend to do more than survive.

Asha and Pax—strangers and enemies—find themselves stranded together on the border of the last human city, neither with a memory of how they got there.

Asha is an archivist working to preserve humanity’s most valuable resource—information—viewed as the only means of resurrecting their society.

Pax is Manti, his Scarab ship a menacing presence in the skies over Sanctuary, keeping the last dregs of humanity in check.

But neither of them is really what they seem, and what humanity believes about the Manti is a lie.

With their hearts and fates on a collision course, they must unlock each other's secrets and forge a bond of trust before a rekindled conflict pushes their two races into repeating the mistakes of the past.

The Ophelia Prophecy is the thrilling new SF romance from Sharon Lynn Fisher, author of Ghost Planet.


Thank you so much for stopping by Steamy Guys After Dark today, Sharon! We’re so excited to let all of our readers know what you’ve been up to :)

Thanks very much for having me!

Tell us a little about The Ophelia Prophecy . Was it a fun book to write?

Sometimes it was fun, and sometimes … well, it sucked. :) But that’s not unusual. I think all authors have love/hate relationships with their books. We love them the most when they’re finished, like that Dorothy Parker quote: “I hate writing. I love having written.” I doubt she really meant she hated writing, and I don’t either. But there are hours of uncertainty when I’m sure all of us would rather be doing ANYTHING else!

But I did immensely enjoy creating the world for this book. The contrast of the post-apocalyptic setting with the richness and vitality of the Manti capital city, Granada. And the variety of insect/human transgenic organisms — I had such a clear vision of Iris (the hero’s sister) and Cleo (one of the story’s villains). And Banshee, the Manti ship that becomes a character in the story. They were a joy to paint for the reader.

So fascinating! Do you have any interesting writing quirks or rituals?

I’m one of those people with a somewhat malleable personality. I temporarily pick up other people’s speech patterns, for example. With people I’m really close to, it’s not unusual for me to “try on” their hobbies or interests, and even their style of dress. It’s not that I’m mimicking — it feels very natural. An interesting sort of symbiosis. I do the same thing when I’m really focused on a book, either in early writing stages or during revisions. I find myself channeling my heroines. Buying a pair of red Converse sneakers because my heroine wears them. Switching from tea to coffee, or listening to a new kind of music. I suppose it’s all a part of bringing those characters alive for myself as the author.

That’s so cool! We’d like to hear some of your different dialects :) How would you describe yourself in three words?

Curious. Angsty. Loving. That’s it, uncensored. I just gave you the first adjectives that came to my mind.

Nice. We’ve never had anyone use angsty before! What’s the best piece of advice you ever received from another author?

Don’t give up.

What great advice! Which character makes you swoon the most (yours or someone else’s)?

Just one? Yikes.

  • Jamie, from OUTLANDER.
  • Mr. Darcy. Oh, Mr. Darcy.
  • Murphy, Pax, Ross, and Jake. All of my heroes. Can’t write them without being in love with them myself. (See question 2.)
  • Brian Cox. Oops, he’s a real person.

What a great list! We love them, too ♥ How do you build your characters? Do you know every single detail of their lives?

I used to try to fill out those character questionnaires, but really they didn’t help me that much. Favorite color? I don’t know my own favorite color on most days.

First thing I do is search for images until I find one or two that really capture the character for me. Not just physical looks, but also expression, posture, and tone of the image. From there it’s really about figuring out what gunk in their past rides around with them every day of their lives, pushing them into certain decisions and patterns without them really knowing it. For example Pax, the hero of THE OPHELIA PROPHECY — thanks to genetic experimentation on his father, Pax is part praying mantis, and proudly so. Yet there’s a part of him that loathes the “other” within him, and would jump at the chance to become a pure DNA human.

Part praying mantis? OMG. If you could introduce one of your characters to another character from any other book, who would it be and why?

I think Pax and Mary Shelley’s monster would have a lot to say to each other over beers. I don’t mean the groaning green guy from the films, but the thinking creature from the novel. They’d talk about what it means to be human, naturally — a question I am clearly fascinated with as an author, since I keep writing about it — but also about their complicated feelings for their creators. Or maybe they’d just throw peanuts at each other and that would be fun too.

LOL Do you have more plans for Asha and Pax?

I consider Asha and Pax fairly wrapped at this point. Pax’s sister Iris and the wolf/human transgenic Carrick, however … that’s a whole different story. :)

Can’t wait for that! Is there ever anything that you always wish someone would ask you, but they never do?

“Do you want my cupcake?”

Another question that doesn’t ever really get asked is what I do outside of writing. I’ve been a freelance editor for many years. Currently I’m working as senior editor on a cool new project called SilkWords (www.silkwords.com). It’s a web site that offers “pick your own path” romance short stories. It was founded by a wife/husband team, and the husband is development director for Xbox. Exciting concept! (We’re looking for new authors!)

That’s such a great concept. We think that’s cutting edge and hope more people jump on that trend. Thanks again for coming by, Sharon. It’s been fun!

Thank YOU!

***About Sharon Lynn Fisher***

Author Sharon Lynn FisherA Romance Writers of America RITA Award finalist and a three-time RWA Golden Heart Award finalist, SHARON LYNN FISHER lives in the Pacific Northwest. She writes books for the geeky at heart—sci-fi flavored stories full of adventure and romance—and battles writerly angst with baked goods, Irish tea, and champagne. Her works include Ghost Planet (2012), The Ophelia Prophecy (2014), and Echo 8 (2014).

Find Sharon Here: Twitter | Goodreads


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{Review} Ball & Chain by Abigail Roux (with Interview and Giveaway)

Ball & Chain by Abigail Roux Blog Tour

M/M Erotica
Pages: 306
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Our Rating: four-stars
Home from their unexpected deployment, the former members of Marine Force Recon team Sidewinder rejoin their loved ones and try to pick up the pieces of the lives they were forced to leave behind. Ty Grady comes home to Zane Garrett, only to find that everything around him has changed—even the men he went to war with. He barely has time to adjust before his brother, Deuce, asks Ty to be his best man. But that isn’t all Deuce asks Ty to do, and Ty must call for backup to deal with the business issues of Deuce’s future father-in-law.

Nick O’Flaherty and Kelly Abbott join Ty and Zane at the wedding on an island in Scotland, thinking they’re there to assuage Deuce’s paranoia. But when bodies start dropping and boats start sinking, the four men get more involved with the festivities than they’d ever planned to.

With the clock ticking and the killer just as stuck on the isolated island as they are, Ty and Zane must navigate a veritable minefield of family, friends, and foes to stop the whole island from being destroyed.

We’re so excited that we got to sit down and chat with phenomenal author Abigail Roux! But first, here’s what we thought of Ball & Chain:
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{Review} King of Dublin by Lisa Henry and Heidi Belleau (with Interview and Giveaway)

King Of Dublin Lisa Henry Heidi Belleau Riptide Blog Tour

M/M Erotica
Pages: 375
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Our Rating: three-half-stars
Twenty years after a deadly pandemic ravaged the world, Darragh Fergus Anluan and the people of his village have carved out a hard but simple life in the Irish countryside. But with winter comes sickness, and Darragh must travel to Dublin in search of medicine. What he finds there is a ruined city ruled by a madman, where scavenging is punishable by death . . . or conscription.

Ciaran Daly came to Ireland with aid and optimism, but instead was enslaved by the so-called King of Dublin. After months of abuse from the king and his men, he has no reason to believe this newcomer will be any different. Except Ciaran finds himself increasingly drawn to Darragh, whose brutish looks mask how sweet and gentle he really is.

The tenderness Darragh feels for the king’s treasured pet is treason, but it’s hardly the only betrayal brewing in this rotten kingdom. Rebellions and rival gangs threaten the king’s power, but not nearly as much as Darragh and Ciaran—whose only hope for freedom is the fall of the king.

* This title contains the following sensitive themes: dubious consent, explicit violence and non-consent.

Check out this King of Dublin excerpt website.

We’re so excited to participate in the official book tour for King of Dublin by Lisa Henry and Heidi Belleau. We’ve got an awesome interview and a great giveaway. First, let’s see what our special Steam Team member Les Joseph had to say about the book:
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{Review} Lover Undercover by Samanthe Beck (with Excerpt)

Pages: 167
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Our Rating: four-half-stars
He’s undercover. She’s in over her head.

Yoga instructor Kylie Roberts is the good twin. At least she was—until an accident forces Kylie to step into her twin’s sexy stilettos at a posh Hollywood “men’s club." But nothing could've prepared Kylie for the dead body in the club’s parking lot or the ridiculously hot detective who insists the killer is targeting her regulars.

Detective Trevor McCade needs Kylie’s help to draw out the killer. It means long nights undercover and long dances where Kylie’s body tempts him with sensual promises. Dances that leave them both wanting more. But despite Kylie's hidden identity and the danger lurking in the shadows, it’s only a matter of time before Kylie and Trevor take this undercover operation under the covers…

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{Interview} Author and Cast of Queers by AJ Rose (with Excerpt and Giveaway)

Queers by AJ Rose
Published by Voodoo Lily Press on January 31, 2014
Pages: 468

Within her walls are stories. Love. Laughter. Tears. Lives lived to the fullest, and sometimes cut short before they really get started. She’s seen it all, from homelessness to super-stardom, boys dressed as girls, girls dressed as lamps, and boy, does she have secrets she could tell. Her one truth is that everyone who darkens her doors is accepted with open arms and a song.

Her name is Queers, and for one of L.A.’s few dueling piano bars, she has a lot of heart. On her stage, the beautiful voice of Duff McKinley rings so true he captures the shattered heart of his boss, Brad Mosely, who checked out of life three years ago. But even lifelong dreams have untold consequences.

Duff came to L.A. to chase his musical aspirations, but his best friend Garrett Slater accompanied him to chase a wish of his own: finding The One, his white knight. He believes Landon Kennedy fits the bill. Suave, handsome, and powerful in the music industry, Landon can show Garrett a life he’s only seen in movies. But even as Landon helps Duff realize his dreams, he brings Garrett into a nightmare he may never leave, one from which Garrett’s roommate, Jackson Moriarty, is determined to rescue him. If Garrett repays Jackson by seeing his own charms, so much the better.

Yes, within her walls, Queers has long history. Unrequited love, sinister intentions, fame, fortune, and a group of friends and lovers who would do anything for each other no matter the cost.

We are so excited that our special correspondent Jordan got to sit down with author AJ Rose (and the cast from Queers for a few questions today.
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{Review} Letting Go by Maya Banks (with Interview and Giveaway)

Letting Go Maya Banks Tour

Pages: 352
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Our Rating: three-half-stars
Josslyn found perfection once, and she knows she’ll never find it again. Now widowed, she seeks the one thing her beloved husband couldn’t give her. Dominance. Lonely and searching for an outlet for her grief and wanting only a brief taste of the perfection she once enjoyed, she seeks what she’s looking for at an exclusive club that caters to people indulging in their most hedonistic fantasies. She never imagined that what she’d find is the one man who’s long been a source of comfort—and secret longing. Her husband’s best friend.

Dash has lived in an untenable position for years. In love with his best friend’s wife and unwilling to act on that attraction. He’d never betray his best friend. And so he’s waited in the wings, offering Joss unconditional support and comfort as she works past her grief, hoping for the day when he can offer her more.

When he finds her in a club devoted to the darker edges of desire, he’s furious because he thinks she has no idea what she’s getting herself into. Until she explains in detail what it is she wants. What she needs. As realization sets in, he is gripped by fierce, unwavering determination. If she wants dominance, he is the only man who will introduce her to that world. He is the only man who will touch her, cherish her…love her. And the only man she’ll ever submit to.

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{Review} Rumor Has It by Elisabeth Grace (with Interview)

New Adult
Pages: 306
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Our Rating: four-stars
All publicity is good publicity, right? Unless you’re recent college grad Ellie Wagner and an embarrassing video of you and your boyfriend goes viral. Every man in your life abandons you, but who knew a one-minute clip of your latest doomed relationship would brand you a slut, prevent you from getting your perfect job, and force you to keep doing the one thing you swore you’d never do again…live with your mother.

But staying with mom and her latest boy-toy (is this husband number four or five?) until your life turns around might not be all bad. Especially when you fall – literally – at the feet of a sexy, green-eyed stranger who offers you freedom and a life of luxury on a gold-rimmed platter.

There’s only one little problem – the man of your dreams is none other than Mason Nash, the latest hip-hop star busting up the music charts. Fame and fortune are his calling cards and he’s vying to steal the show on a new reality TV series that will catapult him into mainstream stardom. Hello spotlight.

The man behind the famous persona is perfect for Ellie in every way, but can she overcome the ugly pitfalls that come with Mason's celebrity status? Or will she be forced to choose between the man she loves and the independent life she longs for? After all, fame and fortune aren’t always what they seem and not all publicity is good publicity…

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{Recipes for Romance} featuring Robin Bielman, author of Yours at Midnight (with Giveaway)

Recipes for Romance with Steamy Guys After Dark featuring author Robin Bielman

All month long, we’ve featuring some of our favorite authors, along with a quick Q&A and some of their favorite recipes. We’ve got daily giveaways with chances to win some amazing (and steamy!) reads plus a month-long Recipes for Romance Grand Prize Giveaway for a box filled with books and more!

This is our last post of the month, and we couldn’t have picked a sexier story or a more awesome author. We ♥ her so much and invite you to sit back and mix up a delicious cocktail to savor tonight. We hope you’ve had as much fun as we have this month. Here’s to a happy new year, Steamettes!

Today Robin Bielman stopped by with a recipe for Semifreddo Bellini!
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