Monday, 31 March 2014

Great review for Who Dares Wins #GBLT #m/m/m #erotica #ebook

Who Dares Wins has only been out a week or so but it's already getting great reviews. Check out this one from GGR

Who Dares Wins tells a story of a committed couple in England. Ken is the stay at home sub and Jack is in the Special Forces, gone for lengths at a time and unable to even talk about what his missions were or where he has been. Ken is the perfect sub for Jack by always doing what Jack wishes. What I found particularly interesting in this book was how open the communication was between the characters. I really like it when the author lets the characters be open enough to talk about what the other wants or fantasises about.

This book centers on one such fantasy that they both want. Inviting a 3rd was a fantasy they both longed for. When Jack returns from a mission with his fellow office Slider, the fantasy becomes a reality. There is a story here and the build up to Jack’s return was very good, I understood and somehow felt the loneliness that was Ken’s life while Jack was away. This sex is well written. It wasn’t all about getting in and pounding, there was a bit of voyeurism, some light spanking and submission. There were not any BDSM scenes so don’t let that deter you from getting this book if that is not your thing.  Part of the Erotica for me was how Slider had to wear a condom but for Jack he didn’t, it reinforced the commitment that Jack and Ken had, and let the me see the Trust, Love and Commitment that they had to each other.

This book is only about a 45 min read for me so with that being said, if you want to take a short escape and read a well written threesome erotica, this is definitely one of those books that you should have in your library.

Available from Totally BoundAReAmazon and Amazon UK and all good ebook retailers. (Please note Who Dares Wins also features in the anthology Stand to Attention.)


 Who Dares Wins is romping up the Amazon Gay Erotica Chart!

Sunday, 30 March 2014

Location Inspiration - The Glass Knot

Today I thought I'd share with you a little of the location inspiration I had for The Glass Knot.


What’s a girl to do when the guy she falls for is married to another man?

This is exactly what happened to me. Seeing Josh Kendal stroll out of the Mediterranean Sea wearing tight navy swim trunks and looking like a hot new James Bond was a truly delicious moment. Catching sight of his wedding ring was like a kick in the shin and meeting his gorgeous husband, phew, that was enough to make any girl groan at the cruel joke God was playing on her.

But all was not as it seemed, and when Josh needed a woman to sort out a ‘delicate predicament’ I was the one for the job – heck, what did I have to lose? Certainly not as much as him, literally.

Trouble is, emotions always get tangled, loyalties can’t help but be divided and with a night of memories so hot they'd have the devil sweating, there was only one thing for it—it was time to get honest, fight for what I wanted despite society’s constraints and open my heart to the people it needed most.

This menage novel is set mainly in the Costwolds, one of the most beautiful parts of the UK.

However, the prologue is based amongst the ritz and glamour of fabulous Marbella, Spain. I adore Marbella and have visited many times. The beachfront is lively and crammed with expensive yachts, the old town full of secreted away tapas bars and the 5* hotels are opulent and luxurious and make you feel like a superstar!

The story moves to London which is where Laura, the heroine, lives. London was my home for a few years and I always get a thrill when I visit friends there. I never tire of being a tourist and enjoying the main sights and also just kicking back in one of the many traditional pubs for a night of catching up with mates and people watching - The Sherlock Holmes is an old haunt of mine!

The story then progresses to the Cotswolds. I wanted to portray Josh and Nick as having a perfect life so I dreamed them up a beautiful thatched cottage called Barn View, complete with inglenook fireplaces, beamed ceilings and an orchard in the back garden. (If you've read the book you will know why the rug in front of the fire is so worn!)

The Cotwolds are stunning winter and summer, here are a few summery pictures, I can almost smell the wild flowers. 

Reviews for The Glass Knot

"This book is a must read! I loved this story from start to finish.  All characters had a strong strength sense of themselves and this story surprised even me, because I read a lot of M/M/F books and after I read it, I wanted to read it again and again! Pick this book up, you won't be disappointed!"

"Another excellent book by Lily Harlem."

"This is honestly one of the best books I've ever read and I have read well over a hundred erotic/erotica books. It was so well written. I truly cared for these characters and, for once, I could actually see this happening in the real world. It was sweet and touching while still having seriously hot love scenes."

“I'm not even done & I'm in love with this book. I can tell it's going to be a favorite re-read. Lily has a way of writing that is so engaging, raw & real.”

“This is one of the hottest books I've read this summer. The characters are brilliantly described, the storyline intriguing and the dirty bits? Well, they are everything you expect from Ms Harlem and more. The M/F and M/M combinations got my mind ticking and my <ahem> juices flowing! If you're looking for a smokin' read, this is it. I want this book on my kindle for ever!”

“This book is superb. I loved the emotions. Sigh. It's beautiful.”

It's great fun deciding on a location for my stories, and I nearly always use somewhere I've actually visited. I'm very fortunate to have travelled a lot with Mr Harlem, though the Cotswolds, somewhere I've spent many happy times, comes up in two other books of mine, Dessert and Cold Nights, Hot Bodies, though the later is the opposite to the pictures you see above - all snow and drifts and impassable roads, meaning the couple have no choice but to stay in and get creative in ways which to stay warm and cosy! - It makes me realise that this part of the world is very dear to my heart and certainly somewhere I feel very much at home.

Thanks so much for reading, feel free to leave a comment telling me about your favourite locations not just for novels but also for real life visits.

Lily x

Friday, 28 March 2014

Breathe You In by Lily Harlem #USAToday #ebook #eroticromance

Don't miss out on your 99c copy of Breathe You In, my USA Today reviewers recommended read for 2013. I loved writing Katie and Ruben's unusual story about their journey of recovery and happiness. You can read all about my inspiration here.

Soul-aching desire was just the beginning!

If the road to Heaven starts in Hell then I was ready to start climbing my way out and Ruben Strong was the man to accompany me. With his devastating good looks, seductively sexy charm and lust for adrenaline he was sure to make it a sensual and erotic experience as well as one to re-awake the passionate, throw-caution-to-the-wind woman I’d once been.

I’d given Ruben something, though, without him realizing, and that gift had come from the man I’d loved before. But I couldn’t tell Ruben. I had to keep that a tight secret even as our naked bodies wound together, sought out pleasure and hit the dizzy heights of ecstasy as one. Because Ruben had my husband’s heart, literally, and that heart was still in love with me, so it seemed, and now I was in love with Ruben. 

Emotions tangled with bliss, and fears were locked away as I surrendered to the touch of Ruben’s hands, the taste of his skin and the sounds of his pleasure. I couldn’t deny that Ruben had brought me back to life the same way I had him and there was no way I was giving up that feeling, not for anyone.

Good Cop, Bad Cop by Harlem Dae - Bargain Price! #Bargain #ebook #erotica

For one week only Good Cop, Bad Cop is at a bargain price! Grab your copy here…

Thursday, 27 March 2014

Special Guest - Cara Sutra

Please join me in welcoming the very gorgeous and deliciously sexy Cara Sutra to my blog today. I had the great fortune to meet Cara at Eroticon this year and I've pinned her down to spill all the gossip on what she's up to. Keep reading, she's a busy girl with many strings to her bow, or should that be tails to her cat?

Making Fantasy a Reality

Hi there! I’m Cara Sutra. First of all I would like to thank the lovely Lily Harlem for arranging a guest spot for me here on her wonderful website, I am honoured.

A little bit about me: in a nutshell I grasp the world of sexuality with both hands and it filters through into every facet of my life. My website at has evolved into a sexuality magazine, starting life years ago as a platform mainly for my rambling journal-style thoughts and some sex toy reviews. Now, with the help of a tech-wizard partner, I have a professional site which combines popular posts such as sex toy reviews, sex advice posts, original erotica, my personal sex and life diary, adult industry news and press releases, blog memes, erotic publishing news and much more. 

Recently I have started two spotlight series, one for erotic authors and another for sex bloggers (which includes sex toy reviewers). I am always looking for more people to feature, so get in touch if the cap fits!

I need to write something every day. It’s not even a choice, it really is a need. If I am ever away from the desk for days at a time, I return with a burning desire to express myself on screen whether on my blog or writing content for industry websites or guest posts for my sex blogger and erotic writer friends. 

Developing into a career choice rather than a hobby, my online writing work is now my main source of income. I would like to say it’s a 9-5 job in my home office, but it’s more like however much I can stuff into a day! I do have family responsibilities at home and those always take precedence, so I value my evening and weekend time greatly. 

The last year in particular has seen an amazing growth spurt in the life of and my professional profile. After winning Best Sex Blog in the Xcite Books awards 2012 then getting the gong for Best Erotic Journalist in the ETO Awards 2013, I found myself thrust firmly into the industry spotlight. I don’t take any opportunities for granted and I truly appreciate the position I find myself in, being able to sell advertising space at as well as commissioned copywriting, social media support and adult industry consultancy to the many companies and businesses out there. 

Things have become even more exciting lately with the addition of branded products to my name. After opening La Boudoir Boutique in Canterbury UK last August, I was approached by the company directors about the possibility of developing a range of bondage sex toys under the Cara Sutra brand. After much discussion I decided to proceed, and The Cara Sutra Collection was born. 

The Cara Sutra Collection has great plans for expansion throughout 2014, and I hope, for many years to come. The Collection begins with the Fantasy by Cara Sutra bondage kit, which is available in black or red and has an incredible, budget-friendly 8 pieces to enjoy. Designed with beginners to bondage in mind, the Fantasy by Cara Sutra bondage kit can be enjoyed by anyone who wants to spice up their love life. Making that fantasy a reality, this bondage kit includes great quality items which are reliable and which I enjoy using myself. Can there be much more of an endorsement?!

The kit includes a collar with central D ring, trigger clip leash, breathable ball gag, comfortable blindfold, generous length of bondage rope, wrist cuffs with detachable chain, ankle cuffs with detachable chain and a flogger for sensual play or punishments. 

Fantasy by Cara Sutra is now available to buy in store (at La Boudoir Boutique, Canterbury) or online at Adult Toys UK. It is priced at £69.

More stockists will be added to the info page at The Cara Sutra Collection shortly. 

Huge thanks once again to Lily Harlem for welcoming me aboard her site! You can read all about Lily in her erotic author spotlight post here at Cara Sutra.

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Brit Babes Anthology is Now in Print!

Yes, that's right, the chart-topping anthology by the Brit Babes, Sexy Just Walked Into Town, in now available as a print book as well as an ebook

Here are the details…

Sexy Just Walked Into Town is a collection of delicious erotic and romantic stories from the Brit Babes. These eight British authors have put together a book of tales to tease and tantalise you, each one a sample of the individual Babes’ voices and styles. You’ll find contemporary, BDSM, same-sex loving, ménage a trois, paranormal, sporty, military, Rubenesque and more. There’s something to suit everyone here including a few Brit Babe collaborations. 

Ranging from sweetly vanilla to so-hot-it-will-blow-your-mind, the Brit Babes aim to please in every literary fantasy department. Their heroes are strong, determined and soul-achingly divine and their heroines sassy, sexy and not afraid to grab what they want. Passion and pleasure is the name of the game, romance and raunch a top priority and it all comes with a delightful sprinkle of kink. 

With a whole host of awards, best-sellers and accolades between them, the Babes just know you’ll find something in this anthology that will keep you turning the pages and squirming on your seat. Then, if you like what you read here, check out the individual authors’ websites to investigate their collection of published works. Also visit the Brit Babes' home on the web which acts as a library for the hundreds of books published by them. Tell your friends, spread the word, because one thing you can be sure of, is when the Brit Babes arrive, sexy has just walked into town! 

Want to join the Brit Babes Street Team and get free books and hang out with the Babes on a daily basis? Details here

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Special Guest - Tina Donahue

Please join me in welcoming my friend and fellow Ellora's Cave author, Tina Donahue with her latest Appointment with Pleasure release - Seven Sensuous Days… take it away Tina…



My Appointment with Pleasure series are loosely connected stories about women who know what they want, and the men who’ll risk everything to have them. At the agency, pleasure is the first order of business for the elite clients and their high-priced escorts. There are no restrictions on carnal appetites. Evenings are filled with wicked fantasies and sensual delights where nothing, especially shameless desire, is off limits.

Claiming Magique, book one, opened the series. Magique is no ordinary call girl, which Hunt soon discovers. After one evening with her, he’s hooked, and he moves heaven and earth to make her his own.

Losing Control, book two, introduces us to Catherine. At a District party she meets Tim, Hunt’s friend from Claiming Magique. Taken with him, as he is with her, Catherine doesn’t reveal she’s a call girl. She wants Tim to desire her for the woman she really is. Of course, she’s playing with fire by not telling him the truth, but that’s what makes this romance so moving…and hot.

Illicit Intent, book three, features Guy and Joel, two male escorts for the agency. When Piper’s friend books them for Piper’s birthday…wow. Piper’s never the same. She wants more, more, and still more. Of course, there is one little problem. She works for the FBI and her dad’s a top cop in the District.
Throughout these stories, the one constant is Ronnie, the agency’s owner. Her blossoming love with Wallace, her chauffeur, has led many fans to ask me to write their story. J
Maybe next time. For now, it’s Tessa and Logan’s turn in Seven Sensuous Days.


At an erotic auction, she’s his to bid on…to take…to command.

The night’s sultry, filled with carnal promise as Tessa participates in an agency event to raise money for charity. She’s chained and bared—as women were once displayed for a sultan’s harem—her sweet looks and full figure offered to the wealthy and powerful men.
Among them is Logan. To him, Tessa is so different from his late wife, the seemingly perfect female who cruelly stole his hope and future. Wanting only to forget and have a good time, he wins Tessa, demanding she be his in every way possible, engaging in all wanton acts, though not only for an evening…for seven sensuous days at his secluded Virginia estate.
A provocative proposal with such a dangerously virile man.
A week that changes everything, with Tessa’s exquisite vulnerability and Logan’s suddenly unquenchable desire more than either bargained for.


Music swelled, drums drowning out what had sounded like flutes and a female voice trilling something. Blood pounded in Tessa’s ears, muting it all. With her face lowered, all she could see was the purplish sheen of her cape. She sensed the panels in front of her parting, the stage displayed. Beyond it were a series of steps descending to a stone walkway flanked with splashing fountains, which eventually led to the crowd…the one man who was supposed to win her for an evening.
A full day was reserved for goddesses like Felicity. With her participation in this event, Ronnie would probably have enough funds to build a community college for young women.
The microphone screeched with brief feedback. Tessa made a face. Ronnie said something Tessa didn’t quite catch.
She bit her bottom lip, and decided to hell with it. She was going to take Felicity’s advice and fantasize.
“He’s dark and dangerous,” Felicity had said.
His features would be masculine, strong, slightly rough, his face shadowed with his coming beard. No, wait. He’d have a mustache and a closely cropped goatee, that hair as dark as his eyebrows. His eyes would be black, piercing, his skin a deep bronze, his lips satiny, his mouth full and rich.
He’d move into her with a right given him by birth, as a ruler. As a male. Looking down at her, he’d smile, shameless lust transforming his features, making him seem even more dangerous. Sex would be on his terms. He’d take her in any manner he chose. Orally, vaginally, anally, his strength precluding escape, his stiffened cock demanding its due, all that she could—
Tessa’s cunt stopped aching with need as her hood fell away. Or rather, Brian had pulled it back. Instinctively, she lifted her head, her attention darting everywhere, much as she suspected a real captive would have behaved, not knowing what to expect. A part of her mind recorded water spraying from the fountains, the again-subdued music, rich and seductive. Ronnie’s voice. The muted conversations of the ladies with their so-called masters.
Those men who hadn’t yet made their selections were quiet. Tessa regarded each. Some were listening to Ronnie. Others glanced at Tessa’s cloak, no doubt wanting it off.
With a flourish, Brian complied and pulled the thing from her, then lifted her arms above her head, securing her shackled wrists to the column.
Tessa stiffened at being exposed in every way possible. There was no hiding her nudity or expression up here, not with the lights trained on her. They weren’t fully intrusive, just enough illumination to exhibit, making her the brightest spot among all the shadows and the torches’ flickering flames. The toasty breeze skimmed the faint moisture on her cunt and licked her nipples, puckering them even more so that the tips appeared that much longer. Areas Felicity’s makeup had accentuated.
Perspiration prickled Tessa’s neck. Her heart beat out of time, the pose she struck both daunting and oddly arousing. There was absolutely nothing to compare to this…being chained and displayed. A sensation of delicious helplessness. Intense vulnerability.
Especially as no one spoke up.
Oh no.
Embarrassment drove heat to Tessa’s throat and cheeks. The music played on and on. Each second crawled by while her mind raced. Would her part in the auction stop when the piece ended even though no one had offered a price? Would Ronnie call for an intermission then, or would she want to continue with the rest of the event as quickly as—
Someone called out a bid.
Tessa’s heart paused. She hadn’t hear the amount. It didn’t matter. One man, at least, craved her.
Who? She studied the audience. A guy, forty or so, smiled with kindness, rather than lust, no doubt sensing and seeing her uncertainty. She offered her own smile in return, liking his sympathetic manner, wondering if he was the one who’d bid on her.
No. He’d already turned to the server and was now pointing at his drink as though he wanted a new one more than anything else.
So who had made the offer?
Another client kept looking from her to Ronnie. Others took a moment to study the program, see who was coming up next.
That would be Felicity. For her, the men would shout over each other, demanding to be heard, letting the money flow freely.
Another bid rang out.
Completely surprised, Tessa continued to regard the crowd, her attention drawn finally, almost irresistibly, to Logan Kincaid.
She forgot to breathe.
Someone had relit the torch nearest his table. Its bobbing light bathed him in a warm golden glow.
Tessa’s body softened.
Young—thirties or so, just as she’d thought—he wore his dark brown hair longish on the top and sides, combed away from his face. His features were rugged, deliciously masculine, especially his shadow of beard. Tessa had no doubt those short bristles would be rough to the touch, a wonderful contradiction to the silkiness of his lips, his generous mouth. A man’s mouth.
Warmth sluiced through her again, the heat soothing this time. Arousing.
He wore a beige blazer that went well with his tan complexion, his white shirt opened at the collar. Decidedly relaxed. The same as his demeanor. He lowered his drink…whiskey or bourbon…from here it was impossible for her to tell. He glanced at his watch, then surveyed the crowd, not her.
Ronnie took another bid.
With a neutral expression, Logan regarded the man who’d made it.
Tessa didn’t bother to look. She focused on Logan.
Another bid followed the last. As if to determine why, Logan finally glanced at the stage.
Tessa’s pulse pounded. Her legs felt watery.
His attention swept upward from the ridiculous shoes she wore to her naked calves and thighs. He studied her exposed cunt and glittering body jewelry for a moment, then continued to her bared breasts, viewing them briefly before he at last reached her eyes.
There, he stopped, as though he hadn’t meant to. There, he lingered.

Available at: Ellora’s Cave  

Other books in the Appointment with Pleasure series:

Claiming Magique – Book One
Losing Control – Book Two
Illicit Intent – Book Three

About Tina:

Tina Donahue is an award-winning, bestselling novelist in erotic, paranormal, contemporary and historical romance for Samhain Publishing, Ellora’s Cave, and Kensington. Booklist, Publisher’s Weekly, Romantic Times and numerous online sites have praised her work. Three of her erotic romances (Adored, Lush Velvet Nights, and Deep, Dark, Delicious) were named finalists in the 2011 EPIC competition. The French review site, Blue Moon reviews, chose her erotic romance Sensual Stranger as their Book of the Year 2010 (erotic category). The Golden Nib Award at Miz Love Loves Books was created specifically for Lush Velvet Nights, and two of her titles (The Yearning and Deep, Dark, Delicious) received an Award of Merit in the RWA Holt Medallion competition (2011 and 2012). Take Me Away and Adored both won second place in the NEC RWA contest (different years). Tina is featured in the 2012 Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market. She was the editor of an award–winning Midwestern newspaper and worked in Story Direction for a Hollywood production company.


Tina will choose one commenter as her winner. Winner gets her choice of one of Tina’s award-winning, bestselling ebooks from this list:

1. Adored – RWA award-winning; EPIC 2011 Finalist; 4 Stars RT
2. Deep, Dark, Delicious – EPIC 2011 Finalist; Holt Medallion Award of Merit
3. Lush Velvet Nights – EPIC 2011 Finalist; Golden Nib Award
4. In His Arms – SIX 5 Star Reviews; 4 Stars RT
5. Sensual Stranger – 2010 Book of the Year (erotic); 4 Stars RT
6. The Yearning – Top Ten Bestseller
7. Take Me Away – #1 Pick, Miz Love Loves Books
8. Unending Desire – Best Book Rating LASR
9. SiNN – Nominated for Book of the Week LASR
10. Sinfully Wicked – Magnificent – Romancing the Book
11.  Claiming Magique – Top Pick – NOR
12. Illicit Desire – Four Stars Romantic Times
13. Come Fill Me – Five Stars – Guilty Pleasures