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Not Your Mama’s Romance Books—Male Authors Edition: Gabriel’s Inferno, The Winemaker’s Dinner, Interview with a Master

Not Your Mama's Romance Books


Gabriel’s Inferno by Sylvain Reynard


+ Favorite Quotes
“When I am an old man and I can remember nothing else, I will remember this moment. The first time my eyes beheld an angel in the flesh. I will remember your body and your eyes, your beautiful face and breasts, your curves and this,” He traced his hand around her navel before dragging it lightly to the top of her lower curls. “I will remember your scent and your touch and how it felt to love you. But most of all, I will remember how it felt to gaze at true beauty, both inside and out. For you are fair, my beloved, in soul and in body, generous of spirit and generous of heart. And I will never see anything this side of heaven more beautiful than you.”

Professor Emerson took a moment to collect himself, and as he leaned against the window of the Louis Vuitton boutique, he tried to figure out what the hell had just happened. He was a rational agent. He wore clothes to cover his nakedness, he drove a car, and he ate with a knife and a fork and a linen napkin. He was gainfully employed in a job that required intellectual ability and acuity. He controlled his sexual urges through various civilized means and would never take a woman against her will. Nevertheless, as he stared at Miss Mitchell and Paul, he realized that he was an animal.

Heat Rating: Molten
Kink Level: Mild = Some power play
Genre: Modern Romance
Series: Part of a Series—Gabriel’s Inferno Trilogy

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Gabriel’s Inferno Trilogy Reading Order

  1. Gabriel’s Inferno
  2. Gabriel’s Rapture
  3. Gabriel’s Redemption

Kyleigh Jane Says:
If I could give Gabriel 137 stars… I would.

This is substance. This is art. This is poetry. This is depth. This is beauty. This is a devastatingly passionate, sensual masterpiece.

This is EVERYTHING!!!!

Thoughtful, intelligent, steady, witty, articulate and profound. This is about a path. A journey. This is not fumbling grunts in the dark; this is passion. Exquisite passion. Gabriel worships Julia with his body and his mind and his soul. To be loved so indelibly. I swoon for Gabriel on every level. Sexy to the depths of my soul, I would tear my beating heart our for this book.

You know when you see old black-and-white clips of Elvis, or Beatles fans in the 50’s and 60s, crying and screaming, and clawing at their own faces in a blind fan fueled hysteria? Yeah. That’s me when it comes to Gabriel’s Inferno.

I have to check myself, because I get unreasonably defensive of this series, and secretly (not so secretly?) judge people who don’t like it.

A MUST READ.[/box_light] [box_light]

The Winemaker’s Dinner by Dr. Ivan Rusilko and Everly Drummond


+ Favorite Quotes
“You were watching me?”
“No,” he corrected her with a hint of amusement. “I was watching you watch me. There’s a difference.”

“Jaden, There will always be a taste of you in my mouth, the sound of your heart in my ear, and the feel of your skin etched in my mind. You deserve the world so never settle for anything less.”

Heat Rating: Molten
Genre: Modern Romance, Erotica
Series: Part of a Series—The Winemaker’s Dinner

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The Winemaker’s Dinner Series Reading Order

Note: There are two extremely short “prequels” to Appetizers (one on Jaden, and one on Ivan). I found them very enjoyable, but they don’t need to be read before Appetizers.

Kyleigh Jane Says:
Jaden Thorne is the beautiful, bright new rising star chef at one of Miami’s hottest restaurants.

The devastatingly handsome Dr. Ivan Rusilko is a wellness/nutrition/sexual health physician, and mover and shaker in the Miami social scene.

When their paths cross at the super swank, Winemaker’s Dinner, sparks fly.

So, the book is written by the ACTUAL unbelievably good-looking Dr. Ivan Rosilko, and this book is billed as “a fictionalized erotic memoir inspired by the romantic triumphs and tragedies of Dr. Ivan Rusilko’s real life. Weaving fact with fantasy.”

I was slightly skeptical about the pitch. I’m thinking, “So here’s this sexy, long haired bo-hunk physician-slash-model-slash-former 2-time Mr. USA… and now he’s writing erotic romance based off of his life? With his own face on the cover?”

Admittedly, I may have been a little bratty and judge’y about it, thinking this dude was going to be a total wanker.

BUT-OH-MY-GOSH-NO!!! Holy. Swoon.

Dr. Ivan? Um yes, please! The good doctor is charming and sweet and sexy and romantic, and singe-your-panties-off hot! He is preeeeetty much the perfect book boyfriend, which has me wondering if he’s a perfect real-life BF, too.

Jaden Thorne is no timid little mouse, either. She’s strong, smart, beautiful, and completely genuine and lovable.

It’s a fantastic surprise that I’m definitely looking forward to reading more of!

Fact or fiction, I’m in. the chemistry, between Ivan and Jaden was scorching, and the tenderness and believability of their relationship melted my heart.

P.S. Sorry for thinking you might be a douche, Dr. Ivan. I am woman enough to admit that I was totally wrong. Please allow me to make it up to you by cooking you dinner. Naked. Or whatever…

(I received a copy of this book from this publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.)[/box_light] [box_light]

Interview with a Master by Jason Luke


+ Favorite Quotes
“Anticipation is more potent than a whip and more compelling than handcuffs. The ability to tease and arouse a woman is a subtle skill few men ever bother to learn,” I said. “But learning the art of anticipation can make a woman go weak in the knees with longing.”

“Because of a woman’s newfound independence, the days of Neanderthals have long passed. Women don’t want to be forced to their knees. They want to be made to feel weak at the knees. Husbands and lovers need to make the woman in their life feel conquered.” … “That’s the turn-on for women. They don’t want to be submissive, they want to feel like they can’t resist submitting.”

Heat Rating: Molten
Kink Level: Medium = Dominance and submission
Genre: BDSM, Erotica
Series: Part of a Series, Can Be Read Standalone

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Kyleigh Jane Says:
do ut des: I give, that you might give.

So the story is told by Jonah Noble, a notorious, successful businessman, and mysterious BDSM master.

Jonah knows women. He knows their minds, and he knows their bodies. Jonah tells the tales of his BDSM lifestyle to fledgling newspaper reporter, Leticia Fall, giving her a career making opportunity. But as Jonah and Leticia begin to learn each others stories, lines are soon crossed.


So that’s basically the superficial premise of the book. But really? I feel like I got to spend the day peeking inside the mind of a man. Like I had been granted access to this mysterious perspective. To ME, this almost felt like sexual self-help, from a man’s point of view.

For years, decades even, women have been floundering, feeling like something was missing in their sex lives, but not quite having the vocabulary to explain what it is that’s missing. Suddenly, these erotica books become mainstream and we are able to FINALLY articulate our wants, but they aren’t being received. Why? Well, Mr. Noble has his explanation for you… and it’s a pretty good one.

I had a lot of personal “Aha!” moments. In addition to the buckets of sexiness and being fully engaged in this story, I felt like I learned a bit of the male perspective, and it left me with a lot to think about.


(I received a copy of this book from this publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.)[/box_light]

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