The Lusty Month of May: Three Recommendations

9 May

I’m getting high on beauty.

By Madeline Iva

“That lovely month when ev’ry one goes–blissfully astray.”

March is when spring comes–ha! For a week out in the West maybe.  And all March brings to the Northeast is a mini-winter.

Even in the South–where the lucky folk get a glorious burst of tulips and daffodils that smite the eyes with beauty–March and April are flirty, edgy and inconstant.  It’s not until May that spring truly arrives.  It’s not until May when the deep promise of fertility roams across the land. May is green.  May is warm.  May is lusty.

What's she doing with those hands? Collecting flowers? Right.

What’s she doing with those hands? Collecting flowers? Right.

Botticelli’s Primavera, also known as the Allegory of Spring presents the arrival of spring. The three graces dance: they are beauty, joy, and charm.  In my garden the three graces are peonies, daisies, and roses. All of them have started to bloom and the garden is at its best in this month.

Here are some other welcome spring arrivals to my TBR pile.  Two authors I like, doing what they do best and one new author to try:


Beauty, Joy, and Charm. In my garden otherwise known as peonies, daisies, and roses.

Curve Ball by Charlotte Stein (and hey!–it’s only .99 cents!) When Judy Myers is offered a relaxing vacation to get away from her latest heartbreak, she can’t say no. A cruise on her brother’s yacht sounds like heaven…until she realises her brother’s best friend has been invited along for the ride. Steven Stark is big, he’s loud, and he’s obviously not interested in the plump, plain little sister he used to tease unmercifully. In fact, he’s still quite happy to tease her – until she turns the tables on him.

Soul Possession by Maya Banks  Jessie spends a hot night with two sexy-as-sin detectives, only to be accused of murder the very next day. But when Jessie becomes the target of a serial killer, her two detectives will risk everything to have her back in their arms—and in their bed…



“Bite me, Zephryus”. That’s the nymph Chloris speaking to the March winds. Later they marry and he turns her into the goddess of spring, who scatters roses on the ground.

Agent of Desire by Charlie Evans (Jessica Booker #1–in a series)*An Erotic Spy Thriller* Adrenaline junkie Jessica Booker joined the CIA to take on bad guys and flirt with danger. And with perks like sleeping with hot foreign men added into the mix, well…it’s a pretty sweet deal. Now in Paris, she’s about to take on her second assignment as an official agent but is caught off guard when her new handler turns out to be Sims, a sexy CIA instructor. Sims was hard enough to resist in the classroom—in the field, he’s a dangerous distraction. To make matters worse, Jessica’s target is a gorgeous Frenchman who manages to put her in the most compromising positions—positions she doesn’t altogether mind.

6 Responses to “The Lusty Month of May: Three Recommendations”

  1. madelineiva May 9, 2013 at 6:09 pm #

    Ah-ha-ha! So happy to meet another member of the Charlotte Stein fan club! 🙂


  2. Jessi Gage May 9, 2013 at 12:26 pm #

    I love Charlotte Stein too. I ADORED Curve Ball. It was perfectly fun and perfectly Charolotte. The other recommendations look fun, too!


  3. Elizabeth Shore May 9, 2013 at 9:11 am #

    Great recommendations! I love CIA and spy stuff, so the Charlie Evans story in particular caught my attention. Oh, if only I’d gone into the Secret Service!


  4. madelineiva May 9, 2013 at 8:22 am #

    Well — I adore Charlotte Stein. And I thought the spy thriller set in Paris sounded awesome. We need more erotic romance set in Paris, I think. ;>


  5. LizEverly May 9, 2013 at 8:17 am #

    Interesting list!


  6. madelineiva May 9, 2013 at 8:02 am #

    Reblogged this on madeline iva.


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