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Teacher’s Pet Vol II


Lee Welch, Elizabeth Coldwell, Elna Holst, Riza Curtis, Danielle Wayland, Karmen Lee, Morwen Navarre, Maryn Blackburn

Eight Stories of Lessons Outside the Classroom

A Spell for Master Vervain by Lee Welch

Finding the Words by Elizabeth Coldwell

The Silent Treatment by Elna Holst

One Small Step by Riza Curtis

Shedding Doubt by Danielle Wayland

Academic Temptations by Karmen Lee

The Sidhe’s Apprentice by Morwen Navarre

Press “Copy” to Begin by Maryn Blackburn

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A Spell for Master Vervain by Lee Welch

Apprentice magicians aren’t supposed to fall for their masters, but after a year of longing, Kit is desperate for Master Vervain. Kit casts a forbidden spell to raise an incubus doppelganger of his master—oh, the things he’ll do with that incubus! But Kit’s invoking forces he can’t control and anything can happen when love and magic are mixed.

Finding the Words by Elizabeth Coldwell

On a simple night out, Brendan’s life changed forever. He gave up college lecturing for the world of private tutoring. He may be a virtual recluse, but at least he’s safe. When student Zack approaches him for help with understanding poetry, he’s reluctant to take him on, afraid any connection to his old life might stir up the memories.

Being around Zack awakens long-buried desires in Brendan. He wants to act on his impulse to get closer, but he needs to find the words to say how he really feels.

The Silent Treatment by Elna Holst

Reverend Jane Sinclair has been preaching nothing but fire and brimstone lately. After being dumped by her long-term partner, her mood has been going from bad to worse, and it deteriorates further when her vicar strong-arms her into going off on a yoga retreat. Once she arrives at Serenity Farms, however, the sultry and playfully dominant yoga instructor soon has her singing quite a different tune. A very, very quiet one.

One Small Step by Riza Curtis

Student mage Ilya regrets not paying more attention in class when he teleports two hundred miles instead of the hundred yards he was supposed to go. Concussed, exhausted, and completely underdressed for the bitter winter weather, Ilya is rescued by the handsome Søren.

Sparks fly between the two mages while Ilya recovers, but Ilya must return home. Unable to use his magic and not skilled enough to attempt teleporting back, even if he could, Søren insists on making the journey with him. But train rides and bandits reveal something more between them.

Shedding Doubt by Danielle Wayland

Twenty-six-year-old Grayson is on a mission to get the most out of his gym membership, but when he goes at it too hard on his first day and slips off the treadmill, embarrassment makes him want to quit. Heath, a gym rat, rushes to his aid and offers to help. Initially suspicious of his motives, Grayson reluctantly accepts his help.

The more time they spend together, the more their friendship grows. They both have internal battles keeping them apart, but a Halloween party might just be the place to have a heart-to-heart.

Academic Temptations by Karmen Lee

Twenty-three-year-old Savannah Archer has kept her sexuality buried for years out of fear of being ostracized by her disapproving community. After getting pregnant in high school and putting off college for five years to raise her son, she is finally attending college—away from the prying eyes.

In her first class of the semester, she meets Anetta Springs, who is not only her professor, but also her academic advisor, and the attraction is immediate. Savannah and Anetta both know that the potential consequences of a teacher-student relationship are life-changing, but a book club and a meddling sister may not give them a choice.

The Sidhe’s Apprentice by Morwen Navarre

For anyone serious about magic, studying with a Sidhe Master is essential. Alistair Brady is very serious, and when he’s chosen at a Calling—a search by the Sidhe for new students—he’s elated. However, his assigned Master, Cianán, doesn’t want a new student and makes it painfully obvious.

Despite Cianán’s disdain, Alistair is determined to learn magic. But Alistair has difficulty finding the place inside where magic lives, and even the simplest spells continue to elude him. He just needs to figure out what’s missing, while trying not to let his growing attraction to the cold and aloof Cianán show. It takes a backfiring spell to show both Alistair and Cianán exactly what’s missing to make Alistair’s magic come alive.

Press “Copy” to Begin by Maryn Blackburn

Dr. Marissa Muniz worked hard to earn her Ph.D., so she is rightfully outraged when she detects plagiarism in the work of wealthy grad student. When Muniz confronts Libby Highsmith, the young woman begs for a second chance.

Ms. Highsmith must propose a new master’s thesis and design a project to serve as punitive measures. Muniz accepts the thesis proposal but balks at the project—a replica of the paddle used in private schools and a contract promising secrecy.

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Candy Canes and Cappuccinos by Elizabeth Coldwell

Title: Candy Canes and Cappuccinos

Series: 2017 Advent Calendar Daily- Stocking Stuffers

Author: Elizabeth Coldwell

Genre: Christmas, Contemporary

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (December 24, 2017)

Length: Short Story (436 Pages)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 3.5 Hearts

Blurb: Kyle is struggling to run his coffee shop on his own after his partner walked out on him. He has his eye on Steven, who comes into the shop each day, but hasn’t worked up the nerve to express his interest. When Steven asks Kyle to help out with Christmas lunch at the homeless shelter where he works, Kyle is too exhausted to agree. He donates his tips but still feels he’s blown his chances with Steven and made himself look like a selfish jerk.

On Christmas Day, Kyle sees a way to make amends—to both Steven and the needy people depending on his kindness. It’s the right thing to do, and Kyle hopes he can clear up the misunderstanding and show Steven the type of man he really is. Maybe then they can consider some dessert when the lunch at the shelter is over….

ISBN: 978-1-64080-309-1

Product Link: Dreamspinner Press

Reviewer: Lisa

Review: Kyle and his ex purchased a coffee shop that had been going well. It is going way better now that the ex is out of the picture. However there is a sexy young man that comes into the shop that Kyle has his eye on. When Stephen asks if he would help out at the shelter, well Kyle just wanted to rest. However things might, well your going to have to read it.

It is a very cute little story, perfect for when your taking a break. It just gives you a taste of something good. I do hope this author turns this into a longer story with a bit more to it.

It is a really sweet story that will make you smile.

Keeping Him Safe by Elizabeth Coldwell

Title: Keeping Him Safe

Author: Elizabeth Coldwell

Genre: Contemporary

Publisher: Pride Publishing (April 25, 2017)

Length: Short Story (61 Pages)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts 

Blurb:  Jon is the man of his dreams, but can he prevent those dreams becoming a nightmare?

Every night, Xander Craig has the same dream. He’s in the shower with a gorgeous stranger, who is shot by a mystery assassin and dies in Xander’s arms. Xander believes this dream is tied to his guilt over failing to prevent the death of his husband, Gary, but his latest assignment as a top-level bodyguard causes him to reassess that belief. He’s charged with looking after wealthy and successful entrepreneur, Jon Kovacs, who’s being stalked by an obsessive, dangerous ex-boyfriend. As soon as Xander sees Jon’s photo, he knows this is the man in his dream.

Xander escorts Jon to a remote safe house on the cliffs, as a police manhunt for Jon’s ex, Cody, takes place. He and Jon start to fall for each other. Xander knows he’s crossing a line, but he can’t help acting on that attraction. While he and Jon are sharing intimate moments, is Xander’s dream about to become violent reality?

ISBN: 978-1-78651-558-2

Product Link: Pride Publishing | Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon DE

Reviewer: Lisa

Review: Xander has had the same dream for some time.  He figured it was from when his husband had died, but there was also the feeling of something else mixed in.  He is a bodyguard and loves his work.  So when he finds out that the man he is about to protect, is the same man from his dream, well things just got interesting.  Now he just needs to make sure the dream never comes true.

Jon has had the worst luck in boyfriends.  The last one wants him dead and he needs help real fast.  He just hadn’t expected Xander.

This is a short story, but there is so much to it that it doesn’t feel that way.  In fact when I looked up the details for this review, I had to double check the page count.  I am not a fan of writing reviews for short stories because of the fear that you give something away. However in this case, the blurb gave out more.  It is a very straight forward type of story with no real twists and turns to it.  It is entertaining as hell, but I can say the ending of the book really sucked.  It felt like a cliff-hanger for later, but who knows if there is going to be another book or not.  

Other than the ending, I quite enjoyed it and can see myself reading it more than once.  I had a lot of fun and would recommend it.

Behind the Mask by Elizabeth Coldwell

Title: Behind The Mask

Author: Elizabeth Coldwell

Genre: Paranormal, Fantasy

Publisher: Pride Publishing (July 18, 2017)

Length: Short Story (36 Pages)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥ 3 Hearts 

Blurb: He keeps his true identity hidden, even from the man he loves…

Twenty years ago, superheroes were outlawed by the mayor of Mokum City. Christopher Chase has grown up knowing that he has all the strength and speed of Sprint, his superhero father, who died attempting to save the mayor’s niece from being kidnapped. But, unlike his father, he is unable to fulfill his destiny and become a masked crimefighter. Even Christopher’s boyfriend, bar owner Johnny Brennan, doesn’t know Christopher’s true identity.

A chance encounter with a purse snatcher in the city cemetery gives Christopher a taste of what it’s like to use his powers for good. And when Johnny becomes caught up in a hostage situation, Christopher can no longer stand by. Even if it means losing his own life, he must pull on the costume of Sprint to save the man he loves.

ISBN: 978-1-78651-587-2

Product Link: Pride Publishing | Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon DE

Reviewer: Lisa

Review: Christopher father was a super hero that lost his life.  Then the mayor decided all superhero’s needed to be outlawed.  The problem was Christopher had inherited his father’s abilities.  Then the test came when the man he loved was in danger.

This story had a lot of potential that was not used.  It is way too short and just gives you a taste of what it could be like.  Unanswered questions were all that was left for me.  It is an enjoyable story but felt rushed to me.  Also I noticed in the blurb that his boyfriends name is Johnny, but in the story it is Jimmy so I am guessing some editorial needs to be done just a bit.  Other than my issues with the story, I will admit that it is a fun little read.  I can’t see myself reading it more than once though, which is a shame. 

I hope this author turns this book into a novel or novella with more to it.

Animal Passions by Elizabeth Coldwell

Elizabeth Coldwell - Animal Passions CoverTitle: Animal Passions

Series: Lionhearts #6

Author: Elizabeth Coldwell

Genre: Gay Erotic Romance, Paranormal 

Length: Novella (152 Pages)

Publisher: Pride Publishing (July 5, 2016)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥ 3 Hearts

Blurb: He’s destined to meet his mate on a killer vacation.

Horror author Mason Wells is having a midlife crisis. He’s burned out as a writer and he keeps falling for guys who are way too young for him. So when his agent, Nora, arranges a birthday getaway for him and a few close friends in the Spanish Sierra Nevada, it seems like just the break he needs – until Nora is found drowned in the hotel swimming pool. It seems like someone has a hit list of victims, and Mason’s on it. Can the hotel’s gorgeous owner, Xavi, step in and keep Mason safe?

Lion shifter Xavi Bianco loves the peace and solitude of his boutique hotel in the mountains. It’s a shame the place still holds the memory of his ex, Ramón. When the group of brash Americans arrive for a vacation, he doesn’t expect to find himself falling for one of them. But everything tells him Mason Wells is his destined mate, bizarre as it may be, and when Mason’s friends fall victim to a series of horrific attacks, Xavi knows he must do everything to protect Mason, even if it means risking his own life…

ISBN: 978-1-78651-426-4

Product Link: https://www.pride-publishing.com/book/animal-passions

Reviewer: Lisa

Review: You never really see to many lion shifters these days, so the idea of this series was really good. I though the main characters and Nora were pretty well developed, although the secondary characters left a bit to be desired. I also love a good paranormal romance story that has murder, kidnapping and so forth. It makes it quite interesting than the normal romance one sometimes gets these days. 

Mason is a sexy man who just happens to write some pretty good horror stories. He is getting tired of the same routine though and needs a long rest. So when his editor comes up with a trip for them all, he is somewhat excited and somewhat leery. Here he is going to a beautiful country with a wonderful sight. The best sight for him though is the owner of the hotel. 

Xavi is a lion shifter who loves his home and his hotel. He is not a fan of visitors from other countries though. However it would seem that his mate just happens to be the author he is putting up. To his surprise his mate is also human. What would seem like a good plan to romance his mate has turned into danger. It begins with murder and then leads to having his mate kidnapped.

Now I love a good murder mystery added into a romance story, but this one fell flat. I knew who the murderer was before I even made it half way into the story. Also it starts off totally rocking, but then it seemed like the author just rushed the rest of the story. Most of the secondary characters were a bit dull and did nothing for the story at all. Then there was Mason and Xavi, their relationship seemed dull, forced and did not flow like it should.

Also the fact that Xavi was a lion shifter but he did not act like one at all. There was no strength behind him and he seemed more omega then anything. I had hoped for a good, fierce lion shifter who saves his mate, what I got was a dud it would seem. 

Now this story had great potential but the follow thru felt off. The mystery would have been better if there had been more to it. The romance and mating was off as well. The whole story just came off wrong. I am sorry but this one was definitely not for me.

Pride Under Fire by Elizabeth Coldwell

Elizabeth Coldwell - Pride Under Fire CoverTitle: Pride Under Fire

Series: Lionhearts #5

Author: Elizabeth Coldwell

Genre: Gay Erotic Romance, Paranormal

Length: Novella (157 Pages)

Publisher: Pride Publishing (February 23, 2015)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Blurb: Will their passion burn out of control?

Connor Wabsik’s career as a firefighter is on the line after he punched out his commanding officer. Redemption is possible in the form of a move to a sleepy California mountain town, but it will mean leaving his old life behind. What he doesn’t know is that his destiny waits for him in Riesgo. Fate has paired him with a human mate, Andy McGuire—a man with secrets of his own. Connor is fighting to protect the town from a dangerous firestarter. When Andy’s life is threatened, will Connor be able to keep him safe, too?

Detective Andy McGuire is unlucky in love, but when he meets Connor, the handsome new recruit to the Riesgo Fire Service, things start looking up. How can he stop a serial arsonist from destroying everything he holds dear? And as passion threatens to burn out of control between him and Connor, what will happen when Andy learns that the man he loves might not be what he seems? 

ISBN: 978-1-78651-375-5

Product Link: https://www.pride-publishing.com/book/pride-under-fire

Reviewer: Lisa

Review: Although I usually suggest starting a series with the first book this one is a bit different. Previous characters might be mentioned in the story, each one of these are different characters with plots that are not connected to each other. So whether you start with book one or this one, you won’t get lost.

Connor is a lion shifter and a fire fighter who has finally had it with his commanding officer. The man is a prick who is constantly giving the others hell. So for once he stood up and just punched the man. The problem was it almost cost him his job, but instead got him transferred to another town.

For a long time Connor believed you could not bond with a human, that is until he found a couple who were in fact bonded. Now he wanted a mate for himself. He definitely got his wish, in the form of a sexy man named Andy.

Andy is a detective who feels like he is about to hit rock bottom. He is just not successful at love and doesn’t know if he will ever get there. That is until he meets Connor. The problem is Andy is a human who has no idea of lion shifters, to top it off there is someone who is burning the places around him down.

You get the same old same old, about shifters having to hide their identity from humans as well as matings, but this is a unique series as it is focusing on lion shifters. I loved how Connor is in this story, and enjoy his wicked sense of humor. I love a good paranormal romance that has the ability to make you laugh your ass off. Connor definitely does that for you.

The only problem I had with the story is it does drag in some areas for me. Other than that I enjoyed reading it. I look forward to reading the next story.

Alpaca Lies by Elizabeth Coldwell

alpaca-liesTitle: Alpaca Lies

Series: Dreamspinner Press 2016 Daily Dose Package “A Walk on the Wild Side”.

Author: Elizabeth Coldwell

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Length: 23 pages

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (June 1, 2016)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥3.5 Hearts

Blurb: Alpaca shifter Alfie dreams of a life beyond the petting zoo at stately Mattock Hall. He can’t explore his crush on Simon Mattock, heir to the estate and caretaker to the animals, for two reasons.

One, he’s never shifted into human form, and two, Simon is saddled with a boyfriend who’s exploiting him for his wealth. But when a fire threatens both the zoo and Simon, Alfie knows the time has come to put his fears aside, make his first shift, and save them.

He just hopes Simon will like what he sees.

ISBN: 978-1-63477-499-4

Product Link: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/alpaca-lies-by-elizabeth-coldwell-7173-b

Reviewer: Lisa

Review: Surprising was the fact that even though this book was really short, there was quite a bit to it. Alfie was an Alpaca shifter who from what I gathered never really shifted into his human form, until a fire starts. He had a crush on a human but that human was in love with another. He just hopes that Simon will see him for more than an alpaca.

I hate short stories and trying to tell you about them, without giving the dang thing away. It was a fun little story and had quite a bite to it.

I enjoyed reading it and would definitely recommend it.

* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review through http://mmgoodbookreviews.wordpress.com *

The Pride of Amsterdam by Elizabeth Coldwell

23690535Title: The Pride of Amsterdam
Series: Lionhearts, #1
Author: Elizabeth Coldwell
Genre: Paranormal
Length: Novella (142 pages)
Publisher: Totally Bound Publishing (January 16th, 2015) Available for Early download December 19th, 2014
Heat Level: Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 3.5 Hearts
Blurb: When an ancient enemy is summoned to destroy his pride, a lion shifter must fight to protect the man he loves.

Kees van der Veer has never forgotten the mysterious stranger who seduced him on Millennium Eve and who promised that when the time was right, they would be together again. Returning to Amsterdam after fifteen years away, he is reunited with that stranger, entering into a world of love and danger he could never have imagined.

Arjan is a lion shifter, part of a pride who has lived in Amsterdam since its Golden Age. He has spent fifteen years regretting the need to drive his destined mate away after one night of blissful passion. But only once they meet again can he reveal to Kees the truth of his heritage. When an old enemy is summoned to destroy the pride, Arjan must act to protect not only his family but also the man he loves.

Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of light BDSM and food-play.

ISBN: 978-1-78430-368-6

Purchase Link: https://www.totallybound.com/the-pride-of-amsterdam

Reviewer: Leigh

Review: This book is first book of a series and should be read in order.

One wild night on New Year’s Eve 1999 was all they had. Kees left Amsterdam after giving his virginity to Arjan. Kees goes on with his life first in London and then in New York City. Until Kees comes back to Amsterdam after fifteen years for a job at a business based there. Little does he know that the owner of the company is none other than Arjan.

Kees is an expert in corporate espionage and Arjan is having a problem with someone selling company secrets. From the first moment the two meet the attraction and draw to each other is still there. The two start-up a relationship as Kees investigates and Arjan explains everything to Kees about why he left him like he did and who is really is. However, there is an old enemy of the lion shifters that is now hunting and killing members of the pride. So things are far from easy for the two MCs.

The sex between the two is nice and hot. There are only minor elements of BDSM, mostly bondage and a little spanking. I loved the rich descriptions of Amsterdam. I liked the story and the intrigue into finding out who is behind the deaths and security issue. The romance between Arjan and Kees is immediately intimate but there is not instant love. They got to know each other first, and Kees still has doubts almost up to the very end. So nothing was perfect from the start and I liked that.

This is the first book I have read by the author, but it will not be the last I don’t think. I look forward to seeing what happens in this series.

* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review through http://mmgoodbookreviews.wordpress.com *

His by Elizabeth Coldwell

Note:  Review copy of this ebook was provided by the publisher.

Title: HIS

Author: Elizabeth Coldwell

Genre: BDSM

Length: Novella (61pgs)

Publisher: Accent Press Ltd & Xcite Ebooks Ltd (18th Jan 2011)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating:  ♥1Heart

Reviewer: Pixie

Blurb: When Sean Bradley gets an invitation to Dante’s, the most exclusive gay club in town, he doesn’t realize it will change his life forever. This is no ordinary club, and its world of decadent delights is designed to pair wealthy dominant men with cute young submissives. The club’s owner, Dante Capello, is immediately taken with Sean, and sets about leading him into a world of BDSM pleasures, where he will learn how to receive the strictest of punishments and obey without question. But though Dante is a demanding master, he has a reputation for keeping his emotional distance from the boys who submit to him and discarding them after a weekend in his servitude. How far is Sean prepared to go to truly become his?

Warning: This book contains sexual practices that some people may find offensive. Humiliation, unsafe sex, voyeurism etc.

Review: Ok, I have read a lot of BDSM and D/s books and I have never found them offensive, but this book I was disgusted with.

Sean is a relatively innocent young man.   He’s dared one weekend, by his flatmate, to go to a club and that’s when his life changes forever.

The story is quite smooth and moves quickly, Dante was the perfect image for a Dom/Master but his practice was all wrong for a sub/slave that was new to the scene.  No matter what, any Dom/Master or sub/slave has to play safe especially if you have never played with them before; the Safe word is there for a reason.  Sean is a perfect sub/slave but everyone knows that a sub/slave has to find their own level slowly.  the author paid lip service to this then ignored it.

This is the type of story that gives BDSM a bad name.  An innocent walks in off the street and the Dom swoops down, snatches him up, and gives him no choices.   Doesn’t explain what he wants or expects, then proceeds to humiliate him and then throws him away. Yeah, really feeling the love. I don’t know where you did your research, Ms Coldwell, but all those that I know that are into the scene would kick this Dom to the curb and he would be banned from any reputable club. And as for the unsafe sex in the club, do you really think that by saying they get tested monthly is going to make them safe? Geeze, they could be having sex with people not connected to the club, bring a disease in and infect everyone before the next monthly test. Do not even get me started on the naked men being paid to fight and the loser being f***** by the winner.

I would recommend this to people who like the kind of things described above, if you don’t like any of the above then steer clear.

Riden Hard by Elizabeth Coldwell

Title: Ridden Hard
Author: Elizabeth Coldwell
Genre: BDSM/Contemporary
Length: Novella (65pgs)
Publisher: Accent Press Ltd & Xcite Press Ltd (12th March 2011)
Heat Level: Explicit
Heart Rating:  ♥♥♥3 1/2Hearts
Reviewer: Pixie
Caution: This book may contain scenes that offend readers Voyeurism and slight humiliation.
Blurb: Jamie Desmond has lied about his ability to ride to land a film role, and now his lack of horsemanship has been exposed he’s scared he’ll be kicked off the set. Luckily, riding instructor Andrej is on hand to give him tuition – but dominant Andrej recognises Jamie’s latent need to submit, and his lessons are about to show Jamie what it means to be ridden hard …
Review: I actually quite liked this book there were a few things that niggled but otherwise it was a good story.
Jamie Desmond lied on his resume and now he’s landed a role where he will have to ride, Andrej is the handler for the horses and he discovers the truth and decides that Jamie will just have to learn. Andrej takes Jamie in hand and shows him exactly what he can do.
The story is interesting and it could have been longer as the two main characters didn’t interact that much besides the riding lessons and sex, so I was a bit disappointed when they declared their love for each other as they didn’t know anything about each other. Again I was not impressed with someone being thrown into BDSM without a safety net and again with the unsafe sex.
But saying that, I would recommend this book for those who like BDSM, D/s, hot sex and a happy ever after.