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Reviewed By: 'Nathan Burgoine
When J.J. places an ad seeking a mature woman to show him the ways of love, he’s sure he’s got nothing to lose. He’s a loser already, a “buddy” guy that all the girls want to dance with and talk to, but when they’re done talking about their relationships or their lives, they head home with their boyfriends and leave J.J. drunk, frustrated, and back at his apartment once again by himself. He’s a simple guy from a simple state in the city at college with no skills when it comes to the opposite sex – though he knows he’s got the right equipment for the job.
It’s also fun that Mrs. Kaufman and Me is set in the days of bell-bottoms and frizzy haired hippies. It’s not a time period I see often in erotica.
At first, the ad gets him crank calls, a prostitute, and a guy or two offering to show J.J. the ropes, but among those calls is a woman who eventually reveals her name as Elaine. J.J. feels a connection to her from the start of these phone calls, and before long, they’ve met – and in a parked car on a public street, they begin his education.
For me, it’s Elaine that steals the show. For all that we’re following J.J., Elaine has more substance to her. She is a woman married to a professor at the college where J.J. attends, and her husband is a cheating gadabout who long ago stopped being interested in her sexually and has moved on to every young woman on campus who has need of a better grade in his class. Elaine’s attitude is plausible: she rationalizes that she’s “teaching” J.J., and that since he’s not married, her own husband is contemptible, and there is no depth of emotionality to the relationship, it’s safe to have some fun and – of course – sex with J.J.
The story grows in strength as it progresses. Narratively, the first quarter of the tale or so is Elaine and J.J. meeting up on Tuesdays and Thursdays and Elaine “educating” J.J. in various ways, positions, techniques, anatomy, and grooming. Their relationship grows a little tender, which was sweet, and J.J. begins to care about this lovely woman who sets him off so easily – and is teaching him not to explode at a single touch.
Elaine has laugh lines, and her breasts are not super-pert and her stomach is not flat – she has carried a child and her body, though good, is not in the realm of science fiction. I liked that. It gave her another realistic quality that I enjoyed. Similarly, although J.J. was an athlete in high school, he hasn’t made any of the teams in college, and admits he’s getting a little soft around the edges. These are not two gorgeous people having pornographic sex, they’re two regular people having good erotic fun together. The difference is palpable.
Their connection continues throughout the story – Elaine slowly unlocks her kinkier side and her fantasies become more public and exhibitionistic as the story progresses. She comes to life for a second time and her journey is usually an empowering one. She is often “in control” but also surrenders control sometimes as well. As for J.J., as grows his confidence – and his erotic repertoire – so grows his success with girls his own age.
I will admit that I thought I saw where the tale was going, and then it went in a completely different direction. J.J. is – hormones notwithstanding – a sweet guy, and when he starts to gravitate towards a young woman his age, I was waiting for the eventual parting of the ways between him and Elaine, and a denouement that was as sweet as it might be sad. Instead, things grew more kinky, threesomes became moresomes, and although it was a satisfying tale, I did feel slightly jarred. That said, if you enjoy tales of the young and aroused opening their minds more and more to the ideas of exhibitionism, group sex, toys, shaving, partner swapping and the like, you’ll not be let down.
The sex sizzles – and sometimes fizzles in a fun and fresh way. It’s refreshing to read about a young man who isn’t immediately a natural. The occasional “No, you’re doing that wrong” from Elaine is a nice touch, and all the more satisfying as J.J. figures it out.
Descriptively, there was one obvious omission – and this could just be the gay male reader in me – when a second man becomes involved in the group dynamic, we get no real description of him whatsoever, beyond his age. And when Elaine wishes to take on both fellows at once, there’s a laugh-out-loud moment where the guys don’t want their balls to touch, and a pillowcase comes to the rescue. Really? You were both just tag teaming Elaine a few moments ago – I imagine something brushed something else once or twice already.
That’s my only real gripe, though, and overall I liked the progression of J.J. and Elaine – though I definitely enjoyed her narrative more. Randall Lang has brought a fun and sexy story here and turned the “older woman mentoring the younger man” trope just a smidgeon sideways in the process
BOATING WITH THE BUTTERMORES
Rating: 3 Cups
There is nothing to compare to having a best friend to
share everything with, and he and his wife, Kate, are very
lucky to have found theirs.
They have known for years how to keep that spark going in
their marriage, and Ron and Julie Buttermore are more than
happy to share their secret.
One night of laughter, fun, and way too much alcohol freed
up any inhibitions that he and Kate were not aware they had.
That night led to many more, and as time progresses, they learn
to appreciate their special friendship with the Buttermores in
a multitude of ways. It just takes a little imagination, and twin
V8’s to really get things going.
Well, I can certainly say I will never step foot on another boat
without a little ring-a-ding running through my head. Playfully
raunchy is how I would describe these two fun-loving couples.
They are all adults and try to maintain some form of discretion,
although a public lake in the middle of the day may be pushing
it in my opinion, but the risk of exposure seriously amps up the
excitement. This is a nice little morsel to whet the appetite,
and I look forward to enjoying much more from Mr. Lang.
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Subject Category: Romance
Publication Date: 2009
Publisher: Midnight Showcase
Release Date: 2009
ISSN: 1555-5488 Vol.59-03SE
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Sensuality Level: 3.5
Reviewed by: BD Whitney
Twenty years ago, Cassandra Taylor was the toast of
Caddo Parrish and considered the most beautiful girl in
Shreveport, Louisiana. Now she is a divorcée raising a
teen-aged daughter, supporting her widowed mother, and
barely making ends meet. She never lost the stars in her
eyes, however, and when she reads a casting call looking
for attractive older women who might be interested in
a career in film, she knows that she owes it to herself
to reach at least once for greatness. Her trip across
country ends in disappointment, however, when the films
in question end up being for adult entertainment, and
despair starts in when her dilapidated car breaks down
and she is left stranded in the middle of the Arizona desert.
Cassie’s luck takes a turn when she is rescued by a knight
of the desert – an amazing man on huge motorcycle, who
addresses her as “my lady” and says that he is at her
service. He might seem a little odd at first, but something
about him just feels right as he assures her he will see her
home safely. And so begins a week-long journey across the
Southwest on the back of a motorcycle, in which time Cassie
will get to know and love the noble and strangely innocent
desert rider who treats her like a queen.
Although Coyote is initially hesitant about physical
intimacy, patience and perseverance on Cassie’s part
break through his barriers, and love unlike any Cassie
has ever known grows between them. She would like
nothing more than to spend her forever with this
magnificent man of strength and courage, but she has
responsibilities at home that she cannot ignore.
Coyote can’t be tied down away from the desert, and
Cassie can’t turn her back on her family. She knows
that if he must ride off without her at journey’s end,
he will take her heart away with him.
Randall Lang’s novel Magnificent Man was a very
pleasant surprise for me. This is a unique and quite
touching tale that mixes sensual romance, deep emotion,
and a fair share of action to tell a story about the
coming together of a disabled Desert Storm veteran and
a faded beauty queen. It incorporates a fantastic
travelogue through the Southwest, as the characters
Coyote and Cassie visit remote villages, mesas, and
National Parks and travel the back roads of Arizona
and New Mexico by motorcycle. This is not a quick and
easy read; in fact, you owe it to yourself to slow down
a little with this one. I found myself savoring every
description and every page of this pleasant and
enveloping novel and not minding that I took a little
longer to read it than I usually do.
The descriptions are wonderful, and Mr. Lang brings
the scenery and the characters to vivid life for the
reader. Every day that passes brings a new adventure
and a new set of faces that keep the story consistently
interesting. And while Magnificent Man can at times be
quite emotional, there are moments of humor interspersed
throughout that break up the potential melodrama and
balance the story nicely.
Coyote at first seems to be a very strange character with
his stilted speech and knight-like behavior. But very
soon we look past that to his nobility, his love of nature,
his almost childlike innocence. The best description of
him comes straight from the mouth of his friend Frank:
“He carries within him that knight’s code of nobility,
chivalry, courage and truth that is completely absent in
this real world.” He treats Cassie with a breath-taking
tenderness that is as endearing as it is unusual and is
overall a completely beguiling individual. The reason
behind Coyote’s offbeat persona, when it is finally
revealed, is quite touching and may very well bring
tears to your eyes. It brought tears to my eyes, at least,
but it’s not exactly news that I’m a soft touch when I read.
Cassie is definitely a Southern gal, raised to be a lady
and a prom queen. She has wisdom and empathy, however,
that belie her sometimes ditzy veneer, and she can think
and react on her feet with the agility of a con man. She
isn’t put off any physical or mental imperfections that
her desert knight may have – besides his physical beauty,
she sees the beauty of his spirit and his strength of
character. And unlike others, she can also see the fear
and pain that he hides under the thin armor of his
The references in Magnificent Man to Miguel Cervantes’
Don Quixote de la Mancha are a very interesting touch.
The story reveals that Don Quixote was one of Coyote’s
favorite literary characters before his injury, and the
name he takes afterwards, Don Coyote, mirrors this closely.
Like Coyote, Don Quixote was also a little delusional and
determined to defend the helpless with his misguided
chivalry. Another possible parallel in the story can be
found in Coyote’s friend and attorney, Frank Sancho, who
would take the place of Sancho Panza in Cervantes’ tale.
This makes me wonder if perhaps Cassie is intended to be
Dulcinea, since knight-errant Coyote treats her like a
princess, and if the motorcycle “El Caballo Negro” is
Rocinante, although the bike is certainly no nag.
Overall, I enjoyed the time I spent reading Magnificent
Man. It is a romantic and very well-told tale that tugged
at my heart and made me think about the true meaning of
love. Well done, Mr. Lang, I hope that you give us more
stories as charming as this one in the future.
Cassie’s luck is finally looking up. After mistakenly
applying for a role in a porno movie, her car breaks
down and then to make matters worse a trucker wants
payment in trade for giving her a ride. To top it all
off she is accosted by a Mexican gang hell bent on
raping her for fun. Just when she begins to wonder
just how much she must endure, her day turns around
with her rescue by the spirit of the desert.
Don Coyote has no need for modern civilization. He has
been happy in his nomadic life dedicated to helping
those in need. Once he rescues Cassie she makes him
crave so much more than a solitary existence.
Cassie needs to return to her city life with her
daughter and mother. Don Coyote believes that the
price of living in the city is the loss of one’s
soul and he is not sure he is ready to pay that big
of a price. Can two people from completely different
worlds find a place they can both be happy?
All I can is, WOW! Don Coyote is the most unique
character. The author used an amazing mix of innocence
and sensuality that any woman would find appealing.
The characters created by the author showcased the
best and the worst of our world and left me feeling
hope for all mankind. Magnificent Man is a compelling
story that brings the characters to the reader and
compels emotions for both Cassie and Don Coyote.
Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance & More
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Subject Category: Erotica
Publication Date: 2007
Midnight Raunch Digest, The First Launching
Slave To Love by Anna Fallon
It had been two years since Marissa Black had joined
Frisk, the local BDSM club. She was more like a social
member with her curiosity wishing to learn about the
lifestyle. If the right person came along and wished
to participate she could, but after a year, no one had
piqued her interest until Rick Sweeney breezed through
the door. Six months later; she wanted Rick like no other
man and would do anything to be his submissive. As Rick’s
slave, she will go to great lengths to please him. She
loved him and hoped he loved her as much. After their
time spent together, he almost wants to take her in his
arms and protect her from any bad thing in the world.
Rick Sweeney, the man who designed computer software
and millionaire by the age of twenty, had indeed fallen
for Marissa. He needs her to do one more command to pass
the test, but will she heed his command?
Slave to Love is a tale that shows intense love,
obedience and pushing buttons. Ms. Fallon spins a hot
read with a master/slave relationship that gets hotter with
each sentence. Get the ice bucket ready.
Master Husband by Anna Fallon
Steve Barret has been married to Kate for ten years, his
first and only love. Her touch always excited him but
of late with long working hours, their passion had been
more of a memory. Today he had to go on a job to try to
catch some riders who were riding dangerously. While the
other motorcycle cops continued to allow the riders to slip
through their fingers, he was more familiar with the area
and knew the ins and outs. As he thought about Kate,
sometimes he wondered what it would be like with someone
else. When a biker goes past him in enticing black leather,
he decides to go after the chase, never anticipating the
ecstasy to follow.
What a great gift! I love the wife/husband premise and the
whole elements in this story. Steve and Kate are
tantalizing people. The leather, and its effects, really
molds this story well. Ms. Fallon has sketched a sizzling
adventure with pizzazz to spice up any sex life.
Orola, the Warrior Priestess-The Kiir by Herbert Grosshans
Orola may be just one girl but she is far from helpless as
she defends herself against five men that approach her,
until a club struck her head. When she wakes and finds
herself tied to stakes in the ground and each taking their
turn with her, she vows revenge once she gets free. A
young girl and man happen by, Neltie and Elto, and take
her to their home. They tell her it was the Kellos that
assaulted her. The hairy beastly men even stole the
necklace around her neck, the Holy Communicator. She
is Orola, the Warrior Priestess, and is welcomed into
the young people’s home, as she is shown a warm
passionate welcoming. When her recovery is over, the
family wishes her to not seek her revenge on the Kellos,
but as a Warrior Priestess, she must be who she really
Orola, the Warrior Priestess-The Kiir is an
intense read, keeping this reader spellbound. It is
robust and entertaining. The story takes on different
twists and turns that I enjoyed. This is not my first
story by Herbert Grosshans that I have enjoyed.
He knows how to capture the essence of his characters
and weave a great tale.
Butter Fingers by Mae Powers
Kitty Samuels has a weird fantasy that she wishes to
play out, once she finds the right person, even if she
has to go into the red light district to find what she
is looking for. When she enters the new swingers club,
Play-Time something tells her she may have found her man.
She loves the way he fills out a pair of jeans. After
buying him a drink, she learns his name is Solon, and
he’s gay. That makes her want him more. With some edible
cocoa butter, Kitty is about to show him a fantasy to die
Butter Fingers is one tasty read. The imagination of
Mae Powers always enthralls me. She explores a
fantasy that really touches upon her audience while making
it one delicious read.
Getting it Own by Mae Powers
Sarah Mitchell was her name and Johnny wonders if she
is playing hard to get or really isn’t interested in
him. He would love to get her in his clutches and
really excite her. Why do all the men seem like they
get the women but him? Is it because they are rich and
good-looking? He wants Sarah with a deep passion. It is
hard for him to take his eyes off her. Sarah is aware
Johnny is always staring and inquires is he going to
stare at her all the time or invite her out? She tells
the other guys no, so he figured why ask. Johnny is not
like the other guys. He is the first white guy she has
wanted to be with and together hopes they can find a way
to get some magic started.
I liked this story. Each person was different in their
own way, making it an enjoyable read. Johnny was such
a believable person, afraid he would never get the girl.
No matter what the race or color of one’s skin, people
fall in love, they have feelings and are human beings,
and Mae Powers weaves a story quite engaging.
Ten and Counting by Randall Lang
He was her ‘Stevie’ and he had a way of making her
mischief come out. His eyes and smile captivated her.
When they were in school others called them ‘outsiders’
or ‘geeks.’ Now years later, she, Kathy Johnson, misses
those days with Stevie. Years pass, and one day an
email catches her eye from Stevie. He wishes to see her
and she agrees. When she sees him at the airport, he is
wearing a blue Air Force uniform that only entices her
more. Just this close to Stevie opens up many ideals
that send her mind spinning.
Ten and Counting brings back memories of high
school and the first love that captured the heart.
Randall Lang pens a delightful read I am sure
many can relate. The storyline, with the reminiscing
of school days and the blend of sensual delight, was a
treat to read.
Midnight Raunch Digest, The First Launching is a splendid
assortment of tasty treats that are slow to sweet, to wild
and really blazing. The wide assortment of each of these
stories will certainly satisfy the reader. Each of these
authors are really talented and their imaginations craft
some gratifying tales. They know how to sketch characters
that entertain the reader in this wonderful selection that
shouldn’t be missed.
Reviewed by: Linda L.
SWEET NOTHINGS 2
ISBN # 1-55873-436-6
Rennaisance E Books
Sizzler – Romance
Rating: 5 cups!
This book is a compilation of works by author Randall
Lang. The volume includes short stories with a variety
of themes and characters. “For Love of Charlotte” is
written in the first person point of view and contains
the thoughts of a man obsessed with a former lover.
“Car Sex” is about a long married couple and how they
use a classic car to put some excitement back into their
marriage. “Jessie's Threesome” is the story of a young
woman who takes two lovers at once in her quest for
pleasure. In “Roy,” a bored woman accompanying her
husband on a business trip finds more than she bargained
for when she books a massage while waiting for her spouse.
“On the Night Bus” is the story of a jilted woman who
attempts to deal with the evidence of her lover's infidelity.
“Fertility Cocktail” is about a group of women and how
they spend their nights out with the girls. “Special
Treatments” is the story of a teacher and her relationship
with a student. “In Our First Encounter,” we meet two
couples who celebrate the swinging lifestyle, which they
The characters are nicely described with interesting
personalities. The different situations detailed in the
various stories evoke a wide variety of emotions and images
in the reader's mind. In one moment, I felt sadness at the
despair of a man reliving his love through his dreams. In
the next, I felt joy at the rediscovery of sensuality
between a couple who had lost the spark of desire between
them and were lucky enough to find it again. The sex
scenes are so erotic and steamy, they left me breathless.
The settings of the various tales are well detailed and
appropriate to the storylines.
Mr. Lang is a talented author who has penned a very
creative collection of erotic stories that I greatly
enjoyed. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys
erotica in a variety of settings. Sweet Nothings 2 is
most definitely a keeper!
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