Lotus Petals by Brantwijn Serrah


Lotus Petals (The Books of Blood and Fire #1)

Genre: F/F, Paranormal Romance


Aijyn, human slave to a ruthless vampire Lord, would never dare do anything to incur his wrath. Then, she fell in love…with his bride. Rhiannon Donovan, daughter to the vampire Queen, would rather die than be made a bride to a demon lord. Aijyn, courtesan to the undead Daimyo of Kansai, can think of nothing more horrifying than his promise of eternal life. In the halls of the Blood Lotus Temple, the two women struggle against the chains of their fate, and find a solace in each other that could mean freedom for them both…or cost each of them their lives.


My Review: 4/5 Stars

Aijyn, will do anything for her Master and Lord. She even wants to become like him. Until she meets Rhiannon and falls in love with her. The only thing is, Rhiannon is intended for Daimyo of Kansai. This demon is ruthless as they come. He only wants Rhiannon so that he can rule both kingdom and will stop at nothing to get what he wants.

There is so much, betrayl and lies, it’s not even funny. Then I didn’t get Rhiannon’s relationship with Solva. One minute it seemed like they liked each other, then the next like they hated each other. Aijyn didn’t want to defy her master, but the heart wants what the hearts wants.

It was a very fast read, mainly told from Aijyn point of view. Well written and attention grabbing. The sex scenes were tasteful, but kinky. Though it sounded like there will be a next book, I hope there is. I want to see Solva fall because that is one cruel woman.

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Author Bio:

6952482I am an author of paranormal and supernatural fiction, both romantic/erotic and non-erotic.  My influences include authors such as Stephen King, JK Rowling, Jennifer Roberson, Jim Butcher, Kresley Cole and Charlaine Harris.  I also love the “Mammoth Book” anthologies in erotica, and other anthologies put out by such houses as Cleiss Press, when I am in the mood for something steamier or looking to gain some new perspective in erotic storytelling.  Almost everything I write also takes a strong influence from music, particularly Florence +The Machine, Lady Gaga, Sarah Brightman and Nightwish.

Besides writing, I am an avid fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Dr. Who, as well as animated series including Rin; Daughters of Mnenosyne, Claymore and Queen’s Blade.  Yes, even Queen’s Blade.  I draw and paint, predominantly in watercolor and/or acrylic, and have recently picked up Photoshop again and am re-familiarizing myself with it’s nifty capabilities.  I am fur-mommy to four cat children and one dog too smart for his own good, and I am happily married to a wonderfully supportive husband.


*** An ARC copy was given to me for a honest review.


Private Pleasure by Shiloh Saddler


Private Pleasure

Genre: F/F/M, Historical, Romance, Erotic


A member of the Roman elite, Livia, shares a secret Sapphic relationship with her slave that’s threatened when her father forces her to marry a powerful senator. But after her new husband introduces her to the pleasures of sex with men, she finds her attraction torn. Is it the senator she wants in her bed, or her slave?

Sensuous Naomi has been a devoted slave and lover to Livia for many years, but she too, feels a desire for the senator that’s too powerful to stop. When he discovers their secret, he offers Naomi a choice – marry another slave, or live as a threesome. Naomi jumps at the chance to lie in the senator’s arms, even if only for one night.

Felix’s political ambition knows no bounds, nor his appetite for women. But when a critical mission results in his capture, it’s only getting back to his two lovers he desires, no matter what the diplomatic fallout. Little does he know the risks he’s taken in his bed and in the field have not gone unnoticed by the emperor, but will he be rewarded or reprimanded for his actions?

Warning: this is ancient history on the erotic romance side. This contains two women lusting after each other and a powerful man determined to have them both.



Naomi stood behind her, pulling a comb through her hair. She saw Naomi’s beaming smile in the reflection of the polished bronze mirror.

“You are beautiful, Domina,” Naomi said, pinning her hair.  “Senator Felix is a lucky man.”

Livia reached up and rested her hand on top of Naomi’s. “No. I am the lucky one.” Daughters were possessions. Fathers and husbands could dispose of them as they wished. She was marrying a good man, a man who understood the strong connection between a woman and her personal servant. Scarlet rose in Livia’s cheeks.

Senator Felix didn’t know just how deep their connection went.  At least, Livia prayed that he didn’t. Somehow they would continue their private pleasure. Livia couldn’t imagine a day without seeing Naomi’s sweet face, her bright smile. She warmed Livia’s cold days, and soothed her every sorrow and ache.

Father had warned her against forming a personal attachment with the slaves. He bought and sold them at will and at need. Slaves were just another tool to be used or discarded as necessary. Livia had heeded his advice in every regard except for Naomi. Their bond went beyond friendship, beyond sisterly affection. While such closeness was forbidden according to society’s expectations it did not change her feelings, did not diminish her love.

She knew she would never have these same feelings for the husband she would marry out of duty to her father.

Tears pooled in Naomi’s eyes. “All these years it has just been the two of us, Domina—”

“You are coming with me,” Livia said.

“Yes, but it will be different.”

“Hopefully not so different,” Livia said, and then forced a smile. Seeing Naomi so shook up unnerved her. Something was bothering her.

“What is wrong?” she asked, not wanting to see her Naomi frown.

“It is nothing, Domina. My apologies for not being cheerful on your wedding day.”

Livia tilted her head to the side, regarding her lover. “Something has been on your mind for several nundinaes. Now tell me.”

Naomi swallowed and opened her mouth, but no words came.

Livia waited. She knew Naomi could not resist an order from her Domina.

“It is Senator Felix,” Naomi said softly. “The way he looks at me…”

“I saw,” Livia said, keeping emotion out of her voice. She did not like how her soon to be husband looked at her lover.


My Review: 4.5/5 Stars

 Warning: There is a lot of sex. With that said, Shiloh hit the pages running again. This is the first book I have read that was f/f or f/f/m and I wasn’t disappointed.

Livia and her slave Naomi are secret lovers and they may have to stop seeing each other when Livia marries the man her father has picked out for her. Little does she know her husband is game for another woman to join their bed.

Felix is meant to be in power and he hopes to one day be emperor. He tells himself that past emperor’s have had concubines, so why can’t he? All he has to do is figure out a way to let his new wife know what he wants.

After a few days of sexual bliss Felix is called away to protect the emperor’s sister, but everything doesn’t go as planned and they are kidnapped. Will Felix make it back to the women he love or will he die serving his country?

The sex scenes were scorching off the page, whether it was just Livia and Naomi or all three of them. The only problem I had with the book was some terminology I suppose they used in the time period. Other than that, Private Pleasure was a good, if not interesting read.

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Shiloh Saddler is primarily a GLBT erotic romance author. Her favorite genres are M/M and F/F historical.

She likes to do research for her steamy romances first hand. She has invented a time machine and travels back to the 19th century on a regular basis. There are experimental settings on her time machine which could propel her into the future and even other worlds.

She believes love and a good book makes anything possible.

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*** An ARC copy was given to me for a honest review.