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Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

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There’s more to Alex King than meets the eye. What is this arrogant hunk hiding and will Raina find out?

When Raina’s boss hires a consultant named Alex King, a much sought after financial advisor, she finds herself resisting more than professional competition. The last thing Raina needs is a consultant to tell her is how to do her job. What she doesn’t count on is Alex’s persistence. Alex might be as sexy as hell, and Raina is determined to fight temptation, but her pesky salacious thoughts are no match even for a control freak. She longs to crack the consultant’s impeccable facade. Can Raina remain aloof? Or will she acquiesce to the heated advances of Alex King? In what could be the ultimate office hook up Raina discovers what you see isn’t necessarily what you get-it’s actually better.
Excerpt:
Not accustomed to being immobilized in the presence of just anyone, I met this Alex King’s outstretched hand, shocked when his firm grasp electrified me up to my armpits. I hadn’t missed how his narrow waist led to…damn, any hot-blooded woman couldn’t fail to notice his porn star-sized package, if she was in the market for it. Which I wasn’t. It had been years since I had been attracted to a man. Now, masculinity, that’s another thing. It’s true that I liked my women butch, and my pussy came alive when they packed, but I hadn’t considered a cis-gendered man since college. Who was this man? Where had he come from to exude such blatant confidence, thus undermining my own? Instead of sporting a professional hairstyle, his longish, wavy hair, gelled to a lustrous sheen, was reason enough to discount his credibility. How could I take a man seriously when he looked so damn sexy in a suit? Not that I was prone to falling for stereotypes, but his pretty-boy smile, emphasis on pretty, bold swagger and charisma tainted my first impression anyway.

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Review in Curve Magazine

Saturday, May 29th, 2010

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Read a review of Attractions of the Heart in the Page Turner section of Curve

Read a review of Attractions of the Heart in the Page Turner section of Curve


Radio Blog

Friday, May 21st, 2010

Hello,

I would like to thank all the listeners for joining me during my first radio blog. That was the quickest hour of my day! I’d also like to thank my most gracious host, Lara Zielinsky. You rock, Lara! My hats off to you for this wonderful venue. Eighteen months and going strong. I was honored to be your guest, especially when you have had and continue to have an impressive guest list of talented authors.

Here’s the link for those who have missed my show or any of the others that are generously archived:

“Readings in Lesbian & Bisexual Women’s Fiction”
from May 20, 2010, with host Lara Zielinsky.

I had a blast and thank you all from the bottom of my heart.

Have a great Friday and let’s get this party started ASAP!

Cheri

Cheri Crystal
Author of Attractions of the Heart
Golden Crown Literary Society 2010 Finalist
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The Ties That Bind Review by Emily

Saturday, March 27th, 2010

The Ties That Bind by Cheri Crystal
March 24th, 2010 by Emily / 58 views
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Title: The Ties That Bind
Author: Cheri Crystal
Publisher: loveyoudivine
Length: Short Story, 39 pages
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4/5 Star Rating

Blurb:

In a sequel to Does the Butch Come with the Recipe, softball captain, Cyndy Kaplan and her girlfriend, Tristan Rizzo, are back for a whole new adventure with much higher stakes. After Tristan’s prediction comes true and the Butch Cookbook earns enough money to subsidize a trip to Ft. Lauderdale for the whole team to attend the playoffs, she suggests another getaway, only without the softball league. Cyndy agrees to pop her Provincetown cherry in order to commemorate the 25th Annual Women’s Week. They end up renting a fantastic house in the fun-filled, estrogen-fest, with Tristan’s twin sister and her girlfriend to partake in the festivities. Cyndy has no idea what to expect, but Tristan is certain she’ll have Cyndy begging to come back for more.

Review:

Cyndy Kaplan, despite being disappointed numerous times and vowing off relationships, has become entranced by the stunning Tristan Rizzo. They are a pairing of opposites, with butch Cyndy’s submissive tendencies just the right match for femme yet dominant Tristan. When the women go on vacation together things get a bit kinkier than either may have initially intended, but it helps to prove just how perfect they are for one another.

The Ties That Bind is an enjoyable short story about a relationship on the precipice of becoming much more serious. The women are fun and the story hits an intensely erotic peak near the end. The story begins as sweet and innocent with fade-to-black moments and chaste mentions of intimacy, but it serves to build the sexual tension to the overwhelming and explosive climax. I thoroughly enjoyed their interactions and the roles fit them well. Cyndy is well developed as the story is from her point of view, and underlying the playing around is a thread of hesitancy on Cyndy’s part to fully embrace being in love and completely happy. One of my favorite lines from the story comes at the very beginning, “Too bad love was scary—even for the professed bravest butch in all the land.”

What didn’t work quite as well for me is the inclusion of Tristan’s twin sister Kristen and female friend Michael. It was a distraction from the couple I cared about and though it did enhance the eroticism slightly, it was unexpected, and how they become integrated into a certain part of the story was not completely believable. I was much more connected to Cyndy and Tristan, and moving away from them, even for short moments, didn’t work for me.

The story is well written and I connected to the characters of Cyndy and Tristan immediately. The story is quite an enjoyable read, with a healthy mix of sweetly romantic and downright naughty and steamy. Even though some secondary characters didn’t work for me, overall I enjoyed reading the story and will be on the lookout for more from this author.

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Sunday, January 24th, 2010

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The Ties That Bind is a wonderful sexy story with the spice of a BDSM lifestyle. Tristan and Cyndy were two women who had hidden their true nature from each other. With the help of some friends they come fully out of the closet into each other’s arms. I found the story to be touching as well as exciting and was never disappointed. Cheri Crystal writes a story that is thrilling to read.

Delane
Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance & More

“The Ties That Bind” Gets 5 Hearts

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009

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Cheri Crystal
BDSM
Available from loveyoudivine
ISBN: 978-1-60054-412-5
November 2009

When Cyndy’s girlfriend invites her to Women’s Week in Provincetown, Massachusetts, all she expects is a fun time with other women and lots of great bedroom time with Tristan. And the home they rent with Tristan’s twin and her girlfriend is a dream. But you never know what to expect when your girlfriend is not only incredibly sexy, but also amazingly adventurous. This is one vacation that Cyndy will never forget. Cheri Crystal has written a short story that eloquently captures the depth of relationship between Cyndy and Tristan. The two main characters are a reasonably new couple and have a lot to learn about each other, and the reader learns right along with them. She doesn’t make the mistake of buttonholing her characters in their butch and femme roles, but allows them to be the full people that they are. The backdrop of all the activities of Women’s Week was also cool.

This is truly an erotic romance, and I particularly liked that the descriptions of the sexual activity between the characters starts out slowly, while we get to know Cyndy and Tristan, and builds to a more intimate (and adventurous) level as the story progresses. I always like to read about people who truly care about each other, and it doesn’t hurt that they also majorly turn each other on.

Overall rating:
Sensuality rating: Explicit

Reviewer: Sky
December 21, 2009

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Glowing Review for Attractions of the Heart

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

Cheri Crystal’s first anthology is written and produced with great spirit. A collection of 18 stories each one with its own picture page introduction making this edition a must for collectors of erotic fiction. Well-formed characters tell of their intent as they lead us to their goal with a fun yet determined tone.

Crystal’s flair is consistent throughout the book. Her tales are varied and slip easily into each sex scene. No shadows in here. It is all good open sex and there is something for everyone including: love stories like “Lobster Box,” fun with toys in “Tina in Toyland,” group sex in “Me Too,” voyeurism in “Dogging,” desire in “Gone Fishing” and much more. I found Attractions of the Heart to be a great value. ~Review by Willis as seen on the www.loveyoudivine.com site

Review of Best Friends Don’t F*ck

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009

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I’m on cloud nine hundred already. Another 5 heart review has me flying high.

Best Friends Don’t F*ck
Cheri Crystal
Erotic fiction
Available from loveyoudivine
ISBN: 978-1-60054-294-7
May 2009

What better way to relax after an exhausting year than on an exotic island in the Caribbean? Cate has an idea about what would make it better for her but best friend Joy doesn’t seem to agree. Fate seems to step in as the two manage to spend a lot of time wearing off sexual frustration rather than giving in to the lust that seems to simmer.

Cheri Crystal pens a cute tale that proves men aren’t the only ones who can spend all of their time thinking of sex. Cate’s preoccupation drives the story. Joy has rules about what best friends can do together and sex isn’t one of those things she thinks is a healthy way to build their relationship. But rules have a way of being broken when circumstances happen that send them flying out the window. The women both work hard to fight off the inevitable but Cate has a little Buddy that helps to lead them in another direction. This is a cute, well done story no matter what your sexual preference may be.

Overall rating: 5 Heartsbestfriendsdontfuck_draft
Sensuality rating: Explicit

Reviewer: Dee Dailey
August 25, 2009

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Reviews from The Romance Studio

Monday, August 24th, 2009

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Lobster Box

Cheri Crystal
Erotic fiction
Available from loveyoudivine
ISBN: 978-1-60054-360-9
May 2009

Edna Rubenstein is a matchmaker on a mission to find her dietician coworker Laurie a mate. Not even the fact that Laurie likes girls can stop her. Leslie, daughter of one of her card playing friends seems perfect. The first time the two girls talk it feels like Edna has done her job well.

Cheri Crystal mixes some excellent ethnic humor and a little slapstick into this romance to make it one of the best books she’s penned. The girls try to take their time getting to know one another but with love at first sight it’s difficult for them both to hold back. Ms. Crystal seems to take her time developing the characters into people we can relate to and like. The humor of several situations along with some free motherly advice that many of us have heard from our own moms helps bring a smile to our face as we read. Each book she writes seems to get better as this author hones her craft to help make it top of the line female eroticism.

Overall rating: http://theromancestudio.com/images/5hearts.gif5 Hearts
Sensuality rating: Explicit

Reviewer: Dee Dailey
August 17, 2009

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Mile High Dare

Cheri Crystal
Erotic fiction
Available from loveyoudivine
ISBN: 978-1-60054-354-8
April 2009

Julie intends to get some reading done on her flight from London to New York. Her seat mate may just make her rethink her plans. Instead of the usual obnoxious person to aggravate her, she’s faced with Samantha a woman who gets all her hormones raging. Julie’s favorite erotic author seems to pique Sam’s interest too as she soon finds the woman reading along with her.

Cheri Crystal pens another erotic tale of women in lust. Each time she writes she seems to come up with some new toy or accoutrement to enhance the pleasure the two partners find in one another. This time her young and not-so-young lovers get to join the mile high club in a sexy episode that almost sounds possible the way the author writes it. At least for those who wear a size two. For the rest of us it’s a fantasy at best. Ms. Crystal diversifies her characters in the books well, never falling into the stereotype that some may have of lesbians. This time we have an Oxford University grad student and a high level business executive in a tantalizing tale.

Overall rating: http://theromancestudio.com/images/4hearts.gif4 Hearts
Sensuality rating: Explicit

Reviewer: Dee Dailey
August 21, 2009

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Trucking

Cheri Crystal
Erotic fiction
Available from Love You Divine
ISBN: 978-1-60054-293-0
May 2009

Sam and Gwen have been partners for a long time. Sam’s job as a trucker helps to pay the bills but there isn’t enough left over to buy Gwen the anniversary present she wants to give her. To make extra money she takes on more jobs hauling anything she can over the road in her eighteen wheeler to save money. The time apart is hard on them. Instead of pouting about it Gwen devises a surprise that knocks Sam’s socks off with its ingenuity.

Cheri Crystal continues to pen some erotic and innovative tales of women in love. Sam not only has a masculine name and profession, she seems to plan like one of her male counterparts too. Gwen with her more feminine type job as a waitress could sit back and let her frustration over Sam’s choices fester like many spouses would do. Instead she’s proactive and plans an exotic gift to satisfy all of Sam’s fantasies. Ms. Crystal gives us a well done story that helps both women realize independently and together what really matters in a relationship.

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Sensuality rating: Explicit

Reviewer: Dee Dailey
August 17, 2009

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Debut

Cheri Crystal
Erotic fiction
Available from loveyoudivine
ISBN: 978-1-60054-295-4
May 2009

The pages of erotic fiction come alive in more ways than one when a writer of erotic fiction falls in love with the work of another. As the work comes alive for her as none has before, she takes a chance in contacting Angel, the writer she adores. Through the internet the two become acquainted, share ideas and become even more attracted to one another. The Lambda Literary Foundation awards proves to be the place for both to meet and act on their feelings.

Cheri Crystal pens a novel that’s like reading what many fans would like to see happen with their writing idols in erotic fiction. The writer is one of the lucky ones who takes a chance on writing fan mail that piques the interest of the author she adores. We never find out the writer’s name unless Ms. Crystal is making this an autobiographical type of story! Whether or not she is, the story is well crafted and the eroticism is hot no matter what your gender preference may be.

Overall rating: http://theromancestudio.com/images/4hearts.gif 4 Hearts
Sensuality rating: Explicit

Reviewer: Dee Dailey
August 24, 2009

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Another Review of Lobster Box

Monday, August 24th, 2009

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Lobster Box
Cheri Crystal
Erotic fiction
Available from loveyoudivine
ISBN: 978-1-60054-360-9
May 2009

Edna Rubenstein is a matchmaker on a mission to find her dietician coworker Laurie a mate. Not even the fact that Laurie likes girls can stop her. Leslie, daughter of one of her card playing friends seems perfect. The first time the two girls talk it feels like Edna has done her job well.

Cheri Crystal mixes some excellent ethnic humor and a little slapstick into this romance to make it one of the best books she’s penned. The girls try to take their time getting to know one another but with love at first sight it’s difficult for them both to hold back. Ms. Crystal seems to take her time developing the characters into people we can relate to and like. The humor of several situations along with some free motherly advice that many of us have heard from our own moms helps bring a smile to our face as we read. Each book she writes seems to get better as this author hones her craft to help make it top of the line female eroticism.

Overall rating: 5 Hearts
Sensuality rating: Explicit

Reviewer: Dee Dailey
August 17, 2009
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