Archive for February 7th, 2012


When Dr. Nikki Adenike’s rendezvous with an Internet playmate turns into a life-and-death fling with the serial killer called “Lucifer,” she manages to escape–into the arms of the detective investigating the case. But the danger is far from over–and a newfound passion is just beginning.


This was a reread for me. I originally read it in 2005 and then apparently forgot about it. Over the weekend, I remembered a book about pistachios. Nothing else, just that the hero and heroine were feuding over a bag of pistachios and it made me laugh. My search for “the pistachio book” led me back to One Dark Night by Jaid Black.

Our heroine, Nikki, is a respected surgeon with a lot of stress in her life and no sex. She’s been celibate for three years and all her dates are with men that leave her bored. When she stumbles across a book on dominance/submission, she is intrigued and starts to research the subject. She decides that this is what has been missing in her life and places an ad on a D/s site and meets “Richard.”

Our hero, Thomas, is a homicide detective obsessed with catching Lucifer, a serial killer that has been on the loose for 9 years. One of Lucifer’s victims was someone Thomas loved. When Nikki’s “Richard” and Lucifer turn out to be one and the same, Thomas vows to protect Nikki and takes her away to keep her safe.

I loved the first part of the book. Nikki’s research into the bdsm lifestyle, her determination to find what she needs, Thomas’s heartache at not being able to find the killer after all these years, how his life is totally focused on this case to the exclusion of everything else. The chemistry between Nikki and Thomas is off the charts from their first meeting. Thomas’s feelings when he reads the emails between Nikki and “Richard” are believable and so sexy. And the pistachio scene was just as funny as I remembered.

Then they had sex and it all went downhill for me. Thomas refers to himself as “Daddy” while they are in bed together. Repeatedly. This is a big ick factor for me.

Example 1:

“You’re being a very good little girl,” Thomas murmured, his voice thick, as he once again took to his knees. “Keep it up and Daddy’ll give you a big treat.”

Example 2:

“In fact,” he said thickly, sinking into her on a groan, “it’ll be tomorrow morning before Daddy’ll give his sexy little girl a rest.”

If it was just the sex scenes, I may have been able to over look it but that wasn’t the case. Thomas went from sexy alpha to slightly creepy asshole in one chapter. After their first night together, he had her cook breakfast naked, including frying bacon. Because being splattered with hot grease is sexy? I don’t know. Since Nikki has made it clear that she only wants to submit in the bedroom and be treated as an equal outside of it, Thomas believes he should keep her naked all the time so he can tell her what to do. I really hate when a D/s relationship is portrayed this way in romance.

The suspense aspect seemed to fall apart around the same time. Thomas gets upsetting information from a fellow cop and goes on a drinking binge. He has been looking for a killer for nine years and is solely responsible for guarding the only survivor and he gets fall down drunk. Not exactly hero material. There is also some strange info dump that is an obvious attempt at misdirection and left me not caring who the killer was, why he did it, or even if there would be a HEA at the end for the asshole hero and intrepid heroine who puts up with his crap.

I would give the first half of One Dark Night 5 stars. It really was everything I love about romantic suspense. Unfortunately, the last half is 2 stars. This is a book I should have left as a fond, mostly blurry memory.

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A breathtaking new tale of the Dire Wolves, from the bestselling author of Dire Needs

Immortal and invincible, Rifter is the head of the last surviving pack of Dire Wolves—a band of Alpha brothers charged with protecting the Weres. But now that witches have joined forces with nefarious weretrappers, it’s a perfect storm for double troubleWhen the murder of a human points to a wolf, along with the threat of the packs being outted to the world, the Dires fear that something even more dangerous is out there hiding in the dark, something waiting for the right time to show itself.

Includes a letter from the author and a teaser chapter from Dire Needs.




It’s finally release day for Dire Warning, the eSpecial novella introducing Stephanie Tyler’s new paranormal series! Bikers + Shifters = Wheee! 😀 We are giving away 3 kindle copies of Dire Warning. To be entered in the giveaway, just leave a comment below. Winners will be drawn on Sunday. Good luck!

*Giveaway sponsored by Novel Thoughts

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The Book



The Tease


Liz arched a brow. “You’re seeing someone?”

“Not really. Well, sort of.”

“What does that mean?”

“Tyler Anderson and I are kind of dating.”

“Really?” Liz’s eyes widened. “Tyler? I thought that whole sexfest the night of Mick and Tara’s wedding was a one- time thing.”

She pushed her plate to the side, her appetite evaporating. “So did I.”

“What happened? I know you were eyeing him at the bar that night. Is he rocking your world?”

“I have no idea. He just keeps popping up, so I keep having sex with him.”


The Blurb


If you want to score, you have to get in the game…

The last thing Jenna Riley needs is more sports in her life. While her brothers are off being athletic superstars, she’s stuck running the family’s sports bar, whether she likes it or not. Then in walks pro hockey stud Tyler Anderson. As much as Jenna would like to go to the boards with him, she’s vowed to never fall for a jock—even one as hot as Ty.

Ty, intrigued by the beautiful bar owner, becomes a regular. He senses that Jenna wants to do something more with her life. And as he gains her trust, the passion between them grows, as does Ty’s insistence that Jenna should start living for herself. With his encouragement, Jenna starts to believe it, too…

But first, Jenna has to figure out what she wants, what she needs, who she loves, and if she has the passion and pride to take a shot at having it all—including Ty…


Available March 6, 2012



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The Book


The Tease


A cab pulled up in front of Haven. Quinn practically ripped the door off the hinges in his haste to get to the woman in the vehicle. She handed the driver some money and climbed out of the cab. It pulled away, leaving them staring at one another.


She was slender with shoulder-length brown hair and hazel eyes. She was wearing jeans, canvas sneakers and a gray fleece. She wasn’t beautiful, not in the classical sense. But with her heart-shaped face and delicate features she was lovely. She was also afraid. He could smell her fear.


Quinn took another deep breath and his heart stopped. A second later it started pounding to a deep, primal rhythm. Mine. His wolf howled inside him as her sweet, womanly scent filled his nostrils, making his body harden.


It was intoxicating and totally inappropriate for him to be reacting to her in a sexual way considering the circumstances of their meeting. He shook his head to clear it but couldn’t shake the notion he was about to meet his destiny.


The Blurb

Legacy, Book 4

Kidnapped and held in a crazy doctor’s underground laboratory, Bethany Morris only manages to escape because Chrissten, one of her fellow abductees, creates an opportunity—by shifting into a werewolf.

Bethany’s desperate for help, but who’ll believe her story? The police? That’ll just buy her a one-way ticket to a padded room—because here’s the kicker: she’s discovered she’s a half-breed werewolf. Her only hope is to find Chrissten’s brother.

Quinn Lawton’s long, grinding search for his missing twin has turned up nothing…until Bethany rekindles his hope. Something else catches flame too—her heat cycle and a searing attraction branded with the word mate. Yet with so much blood on his hands, any future he might offer is already tainted beyond redemption.

Desperate for Quinn’s touch alone, Bethany has no choice but to take Quinn up on his offer to quell her terrifying need, no strings attached. And hope that as the search for Chrissten intensifies, the battle with their personal demons doesn’t destroy their razor-thin chance at forever.


Available February 21, 2012


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