5 Star Review for Wolf Wanted (Mark of Lycos #2) by Marie Harte #MM #Paranormal @PridePublishing @MHarte_Author

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: Wolf Wanted (Mark of Lycos #2)
Author Name & Publisher: Marie Harte (Pride Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: May 3, 2016 – 104 pgs

Synopsis

Only a sacrifice can break his curse, and only the love of a maddening werewolf can satisfy his heart.Trying to avoid an arranged marriage is easier said than done. But Anson seems to have accomplished the impossible. Now if he can put off fighting his twin to the death, he can avoid becoming alpha of his clan as well. The Wolf in the Forest hears and grants his unspoken wish, because one minute Anson s in Alaska with his clan, and the next he s in southern Germany surrounded by athmae lust demons. One particular demon takes an interest in Anson, a very personal interest. Anson isn t attracted to men, but around Liam, he can think of nothing but getting to know the demon in every way possible.Liam cast a spell for a wolf, and Anson exceeds his expectations. He s golden, he s sexy, and he s a werewolf a unique being in the world of shifters. After a hundred years of cursed living, Liam has a chance to finally break free from the spell holding his inner wolf at bay and embrace both his wolf and demon heritage. He never planned on falling in love with Anson, or of taking the maddening werewolf to mate. But his plans for a happily-ever-after come to a screeching halt when the evil sorceress who cursed him returns. She refuses to take no for an answer, and then she sets her sights on Anson Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of m/m intimacy, group sex, bondage, and one scene of dubious consent sex.”

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FiveStars

I just recently started reading shifter books and I have to say that I just love them. This book is full of mistrust, longing, confusion, love, except acne, and of course there has always got to be evil.

Anson did not know that he was allowed to want a male. He has always been taught that a mate is a female. Well he is in for a huge surprise when his mate turns out to be none other then Liam.

But Liam is not everything he seems to be. He is part wolf shifter and part athmae, which Anson always believed to be a fairy tale. Anthmae’s turned out not to be evil like the fairy tales he was told as a kid, they are sexual demons and create massive amounts of lust all around them.

In my opinion this is a book about taking everything you was taught and throwing it out the window. It is about trusting yourself and following your heart, whether it leads you to a man or a woman. It about standing up for the ones you love and submitting to that love. It is about claiming your mate and fighting the evils in the world together. And last but not least it is about accepting that the world is changing and that it is ok to change with it. Those are the things that I took away from this book.

I really enjoyed this book and cannot wait to read the next book in this series. I now have another author that writes about paranormal and shifters that I will definitely following so I read the books that are written after reading this book.

Tosha

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4 Star Review for Saving Samuel (Manchester Menage Collection #1) by Nicole Colville @NikkieColville #MM #menage #MMM #firefighter #authorinterview

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Title: Saving Samuel (Manchester Menage Collection #1)
Author Name: Nicole Colville
Publication Date & Length: March 27, 2015 — 317 pages

Synopsis

Police officer Milo and Fireman Daniel have been dating off and on for six years, but it always seems more off than on. Just when their relationship reaches breaking point, someone enters their lives, unknowingly helping the confused couple work through their differences.

Falling in love with the man Daniel rescued and who Milo is investigating as a potential arson suspect isn’t a conventional start to any relationship, especially one which includes a mysterious blond who’s afraid to stop running. But they both see what didn’t work out as a couple, could work out as a ménage.

Daniel and Milo unite to help save Samuel, but quickly realise he’s not the only one being saved.

With so many obstacles in their way threatening to destroy the future they desire, all three have to fight to create a bond too strong for anyone or anything to break.

Meet the first three men in my Manchester Ménage Collection.

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FourStarsDetective Milo and fireman Daniel have finally come to the heart-breaking conclusion that they just can’t make a relationship work, no matter how much they love each other.  But when Daniel rescues a beautiful young man from a fire, both men are instinctively pulled to Samuel.

 

With a dangerous mafia crew chasing him and a world of hurt behind him, Sam needs Milo and Daniel’s protection, not their lust or their dysfunctional relationship.   But slowly, the vulnerable, damaged young man brings order to Daniel’s chaos while gently softening Milo’s heart.  Daniel and Milo are brought closer together than ever, but they only work with Samuel in the middle.

 

Colvilles characters are complex, multi-faceted and infinitely loveable.  Who wouldn’t love a damaged, compassionate wall of muscle?  The sex is seriously hot and the contrast between the two burly alphas and the slight, delicate Samuel is beautiful.

 

I love the suspense Colville weaves around her characters.  The threat to Samuel becomes more real and more imminent as Milo unravels the truth of his situation.

 

This story is hot and full of suspense!

~Sarah

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Their mouths parted, Daniel moaning as Milo slipped his tongue inside him, teasing him with soft caresses until he plunged deeply into his mouth, fighting with Daniel’s tongue as their bodies began to grind together in that perfect dance. Both were so in tune to the other, both knowing just what to give to drive the other insane with desire.

“I need you, Danny. You can feel how much I need you.” Milo pressed the ridge of his swollen cock against Daniel’s, both groaning as their lengths rubbed against each other. “What I need, I can only get from you. You’re the only one on my mind. Even when I’m alone, you’re the one I see, who I hear with me, who I feel under me, over me, against me. It’s just you, Daniel. It has been for three years. There’s no one else.”

Daniel’s hands were in Milo’s hair, clinging onto him tightly and forcing their mouths to collide again, his hips raising up and crushing their cocks against each other. They were both breathing too fast, their bodies crying out for more when Milo lifted from Daniel’s swollen lips.

“You don’t have to lie to me.” Daniel moaned as Milo worked his hand over his cock, the sweatpants he wore tenting over his length.

“I’m not lying.”

Daniel’s eyes focused more on him, the truth finally seeping through that thick skull of his. “Milo…”

Milo fisted his hand tighter in Daniel’s hair. Seeing him like this turned him on too much. “Tell me what you want.”

Daniel paused, but his body rose up to Milo’s, begging for what it needed before he could say the words. “I need you inside me.” Continue reading

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4 Star, 4.5 Star and 5 Star Reviews for His Rules Anthology by Sean Michael, Morticia Knight, L.M. Somerton, Lily Harlem, Samantha Cayto, S. Dora #MM #BDSM @PridePublishing

CoverTitle: His Rules Anthology
Author Name & Publisher: Sean Michael, Morticia Knight, L.M. Somerton, Lily Harlem, Samantha Cayto, S. Dora (Pride Publishing)
Publication Date: May 24, 2016

Synopsis

‘Time Out’ by Sean Michael

Val and Chaz broke up after Chaz safeworded unnecessarily during a scene. Can they find a way to come back together?

A few months ago, Chaz safeworded during a scene, just because he was feeling neglected and bitchy. Val was understandably upset that his sub lied, and the two of them split up. Now it’s months later and Val is miserable to be around, so his friend sends him to his private lake house to vacation and get over himself. At least, that’s what Val thinks is happening. In reality, Chaz has also been lured to the lake house and is waiting there so they can hopefully get back together.

Despite his shock at finding Chaz at the lake house, Val decides to do a scene. Will it be the last scene they share or will they find a way to move past what happened?

‘Strict Consequences’ by Morticia Knight

One proposition, one night. Could it be the beginning of a forever after for a Master and sub?

Garson teaches poetry and literature at the local college, but what he does on his own time is much different. His need for pain and dominance is strong, but his fear of letting go is stronger. He won’t let any Dom touch him sexually, and his other hard limits are even more extreme. But lately, his one hour a week sessions haven’t been satisfying him anywhere near enough.

Jarvis finds the bookish and reserved Garson captivating. His love of extreme pain is thrilling. But there’s also a hedonistic wanton hiding beneath the surface of the detached sub, and Jarvis aches to be the one who sets him free. After waiting for a year to crack Garson’s carefully controlled surface, Jarvis conceives of a plan.

Garson knows he shouldn’t give in to Jarvis’ proposition that they spend an evening getting to know each other, but the reward of unlimited time in Jarvis’ dungeon is much too tempting. Or is it actually Jarvis who’s the most tempting thing of all?

‘Tagging Mackenzie’ by L. M. Somerton

Achieving a Dom’s undivided attention can have unpredictable consequences.

Steele Denton’s business doing custom paint jobs for fast bikes is booming. He’s in demand and has a reputation for being a perfectionist. Tattooed and intimidating, Steele is also in demand as a Dom at his local BDSM club, Chain of Thorns. He requires perfect submission from any sub he deigns to play with.

Mackenzie Soames is desperate for Steele to notice him, but might as well be invisible. He has no idea how to get invited into the VIP members’ area that Steele rarely strays from, so he concocts a plan to get Steele’s attention. Kenzie is a talented graffiti artist with a secret identity, known only by his tag, a pair of handcuffs. He spray-paints a BDSM scene on a wall at the side of Steele’s workshop, hoping Steele will see the security footage and track him down. However, Steele is working late and catches him in the act.

Steele recognises Kenzie from the club and demands twenty-four hours of sexual slavery as penance for the graffiti. Kenzie has no choice but to agree and soon discovers that being Steele’s sub will either make him or break him.

‘Bad Idea’ by Lily Harlem

Bad ideas can sometimes be the best!

Roughneck Riders are not an MC club you mess with, least of all their rough and tough gang leader Heavy. But Heavy has a secret that has to be kept, no matter what—his heart belongs to a man. It shouldn’t. He’s supposed to be into women, like the other guys in the club. Junk is just too cute to resist, though. Add in his delectable body, his sweet submission and his willingness to accept Heavy’s sadism, and the couple are a perfect match.

Junk’s a probie, proving his worth to the club and demonstrating his mechanical know-how. He’s lived on the edge for a long time, flitting from one place to the next. But now that he’s settling in as a Roughneck, life is looking up. Not least because he’s in love—soul-eating, cock-thickening obsessive love. He can’t tell anyone about his desire for Heavy, but what he can do is push his lover’s buttons, all day, in full view of everyone, until he’s damned sure the night will bring a whole host of sinful delights and wicked punishments that will leave him marked, bruised and most of all, wholly satisfied.

‘Safeword’ by Samantha Cayto

A dangerous game turns into unexpected pleasure…

Carter’s dream of running from his abusive family into the arms of the perfect Dom has been shattered. Virtually enslaved by a vicious arms dealer, he has to submit to any man his master gives him to.

Undercover agent Damien Crow is close to putting away the arms dealer he’s been hunting for years. All he has to do to gain the man’s trust is ‘play’ with the pretty boy with the frightened eyes and alluring corset piercing down his back. Being straight and not a practicing Dom, he has doubts he can pull off the effort. One look at his playmate changes his mind. The stakes are high, and he must put on a good show.

At first, Carter assumes Damien is just another brutal Dom to survive. But the big, brooding man reignites his passion and gives him something Carter hasn’t had in years—a safeword. It might be his last chance to enjoy being a sub and he embraces the role no matter what the consequences.

‘Earning His Leathers’ by S. Dora

Call him old-fashioned, but Connor believes a man should earn his leathers.

Connor Lee is very much into both men and BDSM. He already knows he’s a dominant within the game of sex and power. He just wants to become a damn good master. When he gets the opportunity to become part of an exclusive group of men who share his philosophy, he’s willing to submit to their rites of passage.

His appointed tutor isn’t Connor’s cup of double espresso by any stretch of his imagination. Stone Carver is dark, tall, muscled and he has the face of a man who has seen one fight too many. Stone notices Connor’s hesitation and sends him away to find someone to have fun with and return when he has made up his mind.

Connor meets Jesse, who is everything he has ever dreamed of, and he wants nothing more than to stay with the sweet—potential—submissive. He decides, however, to meet the challenge of submitting to Sir Stone and promises to return to Jesse after he has earned his leathers.

During one long day of pain, pleasure and a smidgeon of humiliation, Sir Stone teaches Connor more than he had bargained for. But has he learned enough to be the Dominant Jesse deserves?

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FourStars

OK, I must admit that I am always wary of anthologies.  I have not had the best of luck with them.  However, this one was fairly decent.  I enjoyed a lot more than one story in the group and that was a miracle.

Each story is quite short, so I don’t want to write too much about them – that would give away their qualities.  However, I will say that I enjoyed the story by L.M. Somerton especially.  It had bad boy, artist/geek and it was my favorite of the bunch.

I think my least favorite was by Lily Harlem.  I believe that I didn’t like the story mainly because it left me feeling like the characters needed a longer story.  It just left me feeling like the story wasn’t finished.

Overall, this was a decent set of short stories.

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FourandHalfStars

As you can probably tell by the title these are BDSM short stories. I have read books by some of these author and some I have not so I was able to get me fix of BDSM stories from authors I love and get a taste for others I have never read from. I love anthologies especially when it includes new author as I can get a taste of their writing style without have to spend money on a full length novel when I might not like it. In other words, I got the best of both worlds on this book.

Time Out by Sean Michael – 4.5 Stars

This was a really great story by an author I love. Sean Michael writes some really great BDSM stories and this one was absolutely great. I loved the situation that brought Chaz and Val back together and loved the ending. Great job!!

 

Strict Consequences by Morticia Knight – 4 Stars

This is another author I read often as I read her Sin City Series. This is another author I have come to love as she always manages to bring a new story with amazing characters.  This was a story that just captured my attention right from the start. I loved both Jarvis and Garson and loved how Ms. Knight brought them together. This was an amazing book that in a few pages takes you into the world of BDSM all in the comfort of your home.

 

Tagging Mackenzie by L. M. Somerton – 4 Stars

I’ve only read one book by this author and found this one to be as good as a full length novel.  I always loved biker dudes. I loved how the author was able to take a graffiti artist and bring him together with a Dom who he’s wanted for a while. This author was able to share with us their story and I can really see the couple making it long term.

 

Bad Idea by Lily Harlem – 3 Stars

This was a new author for me, although the authors writing style was easy to read there seem to be something missing from this story. I think a full length novel would have been better as I just couldn’t seem to get into the story. Before I knew it the story was over yet I never really got to know the characters. I would consider reading a full length novel just to see if I could connect with the characters better.

 

Safeword by Samantha Cayto – 5 Stars

Warning: Dark Read

This book was just wow. This was again another new author for me. I only read dark reads on occasion yet this was a short story so I out my game face on. This author was able to bring me into the story almost immediately and for a dark read I find that pretty incredible. Ms. Cayto just captured my attention from the first lines of this story. That was pretty amazing as it usually takes me a while to get into a story from a new author. I will definitely be looking for more books from this author.

Earning His Leathers by S. Dora – 4.5 Stars

This was again another new author, although I’ve consider purchasing some of her books before. This story will defiantly buying them soon. This author immediately pulled me into the story and I just had to keep reading. Then before I knew it, it was over and I’m thinking, “NO, I don’t what it to end.”  I loved the story background and can’t wait till I pick up some more of her books.

Lynn

FiveStars

If you enjoy a book that is full of BDSM then this is the book for you. There are several different stories in this Anthology that is based around BDSM.

These short stories are not just based on BDSM, it is also about finding that one person that connects with you on all levels. It is about finding your Dom to your submissive, about finding your friend that can relate to the lifestyle that you lead and it is about finding the person that you end up falling in love with.

This book has Dom and submissive that had a miss understanding and that misunderstanding led to them splitting up. Thanks to a nosey friend that may have the chance to reconnect. There is a short story that involves a motorcycle gang and hiding their relationship so no one finds out about them. There is a short story about an artist that is in love with a motorcycle artist that does not know if the sub is strong enough to handle him. There is even a short story where a sub is a sex slave that is rescued by an undercover operative. And there is so many more those are just a taste of what this book has to offer.

I enjoyed reading these short stories. They are hot, sweet, and very Dommy. Such a great read that is full of excitement.

~Tosha

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4 stars for Choices (Golden Collar #1) by Grace R. Duncan #MMM #MMMM #Poly #MM #BDSM @GraceRDuncan

CoverTitle: Choices (Golden Collar #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Grace R. Duncan (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: March 4, 2013 – 380 pgs

Synopsis

Born and raised a gypsy in the late eleventh century, Teman values freedom over everything. He and his best friend, Jasim, are thieves for hire—until one night they’re caught and their precious freedom is revoked. Given the choice between the dungeons or palace pleasure slavery, they become slaves, but Teman vows to escape someday.

Bathasar doesn’t want the throne. He supports his brother instead, which suits their sadistic father, Mukesh. When Teman, the handsome slave Bathasar has secretly been watching, saves his life, Bathasar requests a slave for the first time. Before long, Bathasar and Teman fall in love. But all is not well. One day Mukesh brutalizes Teman before the court, angering the empress of a neighboring nation. To appease her, he then offers her Jasim as a gift, and Teman decides to stay with Bathasar for now—despite the abuse he may suffer.

The peace doesn’t last. Mukesh plans to invade Jasim’s new country, and Bathasar must find a way to stop the destruction. But if he succeeds, he’ll ascend to the throne and have the power to grant Teman his liberty. Then Teman will surely leave him. What other choice could a gypsy make?

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FourStars

****this review contains spoilers****
Choices, by Grace R. Duncan, follows a gypsy slave Teman and his master, the amir (prince) Bathasar. There was quite a bit that I loved about this book. The dynamic between Teman and Bathasar was perfect, the way Bathasar tried his best to make them as equal as possible, while Teman struggled with his desire to submit to his master. On top of that, I was happy that Jasim found happiness in the end as well. Relationships aside, the political aspect of it, with the planned assassination was amazing and I loved that the malik ended up dying because he was just a terrible person anyway. The manner of his death, too, was incredibly fitting.
On the other hand, there were a few things that I didn’t particularly care for. Three, in particular. The first was Cyrus and Nadir’s relationship, and the way they fit in with everyone else. Poly relationships can work really well, but this one just didn’t…click. It wasn’t quite poly, but it wasn’t quite monogamous, either. While Cyrus and Nadir did love each other, it didn’t really feel like it all the time. At times, it felt like Nadir loved Jasim more than he loved Cyrus, and the same with Cyrus and Teman. That part left me more than a bit confused, and I wasn’t particularly fond of it. Additionally, the setting was a bit confusing. The book was supposed to be set in a fantasy world, with fantasy kingdoms, and yet there were pieces of our own world, like the mention of Beowulf. So that threw me just a bit. Thirdly, and this is completely my own personal taste, there was far too much focus on denial. The first few times was great, but eventually it became a bit repetitive, and I have to admit I skimmed over those parts toward the end.
Overall, though, this was a really good book, and I highly recommend it to people who love master/slave relationships, menage scenes, and orgasm denial. A bit of warning, there is a lot of violence in the book, done by the malik, but it isn’t condoned at all. So just take note of that.
~Alyson

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5 Star Review for Strong Medicine by J.K. Hogan #MM #Illness @JK_Hogan

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Title: Strong Medicine
Author Name & Publisher: J.K. Hogan (Wilde City Press)
Publication Date & Length: May 11, 2016 – 278 pgs

Synopsis

Two men who meet in a psychiatric institution couldn’t possibly find happiness together—could they?

The world seemed to be telling disgraced former child star and singer Cameron Fox that he would never be happy again. A drunken car accident gets him sentenced to a work-release at Riverbend Behavioral Health Facility.

Reclusive, traumatized writer Jonah Radley has an entire graveyard of skeletons in his closet. Jonah regularly hospitalizes himself for psychotic episodes caused by a horrific childhood trauma, his biggest secret—one he refuses to speak about in therapy.

Jonah and Cameron form a bond inside the hospital, forged in mutual pain and hope for a better life. Once they leave the hospital, they must decide if they are brave enough to explore the intricacies of living with mental illness—and find a new normal together.

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Cameron is a former child actor who finds himself doing community center at a remote mental hospital after getting a DUI. Jonah Radley is a patient who frequently battles psychosis. In many ways, Strong Medicine is a traditional romance novel. There’s attractive, strapping young lads having hot sex. And I do mean hot sex.
Strong Medicine is also the story of people coping with mental illness. Disclosure, I am mentally ill, and the experiences, treatments, and growth in this novel are very familiar to me. I won’t say it’s “authentic” as I can’t speak for anyone else’s struggle, but to me it feels true. It’s an uplifting story that doesn’t cheat its characters or the reader.
Third, this book takes place in Asheville, North Carolina. How can that not be enticing enough on its own? As a North Carolina native, I was easily won over. Except for the part about the Vespa in the snow. Fiction takes liberties, amirite?
Strong Medicine is a quality romance and an escapist read. I loved it.
C.E. Case

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4.5 Star Review for Trailer Trash by Marie Sexton #MM #YA @MarieSexton

CoverTitle: Trailer Trash
Author Name & Publisher: Marie Sexton (Riptide Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: March 21, 2016 – 240 pgs

Synopsis

It’s 1986, and what should have been the greatest summer of Nate Bradford’s life goes sour when his parents suddenly divorce. Now, instead of spending his senior year in his hometown of Austin, Texas, he’s living with his father in Warren, Wyoming, population 2,833 (and Nate thinks that might be a generous estimate). There’s no swimming pool, no tennis team, no mall—not even any MTV. The entire school’s smaller than his graduating class back home, and in a town where the top teen pastimes are sex and drugs, Nate just doesn’t fit in.

Then Nate meets Cody Lawrence. Cody’s dirt-poor, from a broken family, and definitely lives on the wrong side of the tracks. Nate’s dad says Cody’s bad news. The other kids say he’s trash. But Nate knows Cody’s a good kid who’s been dealt a lousy hand. In fact, he’s beginning to think his feelings for Cody go beyond friendship.

Admitting he might be gay is hard enough, but between small-town prejudices and the growing AIDS epidemic dominating the headlines, a town like Warren, Wyoming, is no place for two young men to fall in love.

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This is my first book by Marie Sexton, and I will definitely be back for more!Trailer Trash is an emotional roller-coaster that is intelligent, romantic and heart-wrenching.

This is a well-researched and gritty portrayal of the social climate faced by young gay men in the ’80s. It also explores uncomfortable truths about living in extreme poverty. And it’s a reminder of growing up without the conveniences we take for granted today of having relatively anonymous access to important information.

Cody and Nate are very well-developed and lovable characters. Their relationship is rocky but also endearing and hopeful. Cody’s mom is my favorite supporting character in the book. Her story is heartbreaking, but she is a proud and loving mother.

I have one small complaint with this story. I feel the first third is a bit slower than it needs to be. But once it picks up, it’s fantastic!

I highly recommend this for someone looking for a realistic and intelligent romance and coming of age story.

*I received an unedited copy, and my review assumes that the errors will be corrected prior to publication. I received a free copy of this book to read for Inked Rainbow Reads in exchange for an honest review.*

Amanda

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5 Star (Audiobook Review), 4 Star, and 3 Star Reviews for Heat Under Fire (By Fire #4) by Andrew Grey #MM #Romance @Dreamspinners

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Title: Heat Under Fire (By Fire #4)
Author Name & Publisher: Andrew Grey (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: March 27th, 2013 — 122 Pages

Synopsis

Justin Briggs can shout out directions all day on his job as a traffic cop, but put him in front of a hot guy, specifically firefighter Rock Sparks, and he clams up.

Rock finds Justin confusing. While saving a busload of children hanging off the edge of a highway overpass, the cute rookie is cool and confident. But when Rock tries to chat him up, he stutters and chokes. Frustrated, Rock teases Justin, and boy, is his temper hot.

Though Rock and Justin share a steamy kiss, Justin keeps his distance, still tongue-tied. Then, when Justin is injured on the job, Rock takes him to the hospital, and some of the barriers start to crumble. But getting his enigmatic boyfriend to open up brings up more questions about Justin’s past.

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**AUDIOBOOK REVIEW**
I have to say this was one of my favorite stories by Andrew Grey so far. I loved the police officer/paramedic dynamic along with just everything about these two men. They were sexy and both were trying to do their jobs while this wild attraction was between them.

I HATED what we find out late in the story that has to do with Justin. I felt so bad for the guy because I know that stuff like that really does happen and it’s so infuriating.

There is a lot of action packed into this short story, but then there can be a lot of action packed into the lives their profession puts them in so I didn’t have a hard time with it.

A great, sexy little read.

I really enjoyed the narrator that did this book as he made it fun to listen to!

Renee

FourStars

Triggers: Nonconsensual aversion therapy, homophobic family

 

Justin is a police officer who seems to be coasting through his life.  He has always had issues with speaking to men who he found attractive and therefore, he feels that there is something inherently wrong with him.  I really liked his characters – self-giving, kind, humanitarian and despite his “disability”, he doesn’t give up hope.

 

Then you have Rock.  He is a self-assured EMT who seems to pop up wherever Justin in.  We don’t know too much about him, only that he is good at his job and seems to be somewhat attracted to Justin.  I do wish that we knew more about him – this story was mainly about Justin.

 

When the two of them have to interact for work, things are smooth sailing.  However, when Rock confronts Justin, due to Justin’s inability to speak to guys he’s attracted to, Rock takes that to be either a brush off or that Justin is homophobic.

 

We catch a glimpse of Rock’s personal life through his friends, but that is so brief that it doesn’t really offer much insight.

 

Justin and Rock seem to have chemistry, but more than that, they have a connection through their desire to help others.

 

Justin’s family…Man did they make me so angry.  Nothing in his past suggested that his family was so devious.  I wanted to smack Justin’s shoulder when he let his mom and sisters boss him around and say, “man up!”  However, I did like to see him grow over time.  He was able to take more responsibility for his life.

 

Overall, this was a sweet, short story about two co-workers who become lovers.

~AvidReader

ThreeStar

The opening action sequence in this novella is fantastic. A rookie traffic cop finds himself saving a school bus full of children as the bus hangs over the side of a bridge. So, a little unbelievable but I loved the part where he falls into the arms of the handsome firefighter…

And then the story seems to hurtle out of control. Neither Justin nor Rock can stay out of the hospital. I hate it when authors use hospital stays as plot devices and here, in a very short novella, the emergency room seems to have a revolving door.

There are far too many things happening in this story. By the time I met the man using aversion therapy and hypnosis as a ‘pray the gay away’ conversion tool, I was ready for the story to end. Sadly, there was still a bout of crazy angsty misunderstanding, another high speed car chase and another hospital stay to make it through before the end.

Andrew Grey is usually a slightly predictable but reliably good story teller. This lacked the emotional depth of most of his writing and it really didn’t work for me.

Sarah

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