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4.5 Stars for Between the Ghost and the Dom by Liz Gavin – #Menage @LizGavin_Author

Between the Ghost and the Dom

Title: Between the Ghost and the Dom
Author Name: Liz Gavin
Publication Date & Length: September 16, 2013 – 44pgs

Synopsis

** DISCLAIMER **
Although the names have been changed, the following story is a steamier version of parts of a book called ‘Maureen’ also written by Liz Gavin.

A big Hollywood star, a gorgeous Dom and a ghost meet at an exclusive sex club in New Orleans. How much pleasure can a person endure?

Join Clara, Samand Michel at Club Desire to find out about Clara’s hard limits as wells as your own in this exciting new erotica story.
*** This 5000-word-erotic short is a stand-alone book intended for adults only! It contains graphic language plus kinky sex scenes involving an alpha Dom, a horny ghost and a naughty read-head. Plus threesomes, fingering, ass play, sex toys, Domination, submission, and spanking.***

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Review

FourandHalfStars

Looking for a hot, quick menage read that’s different than everything out there? Pick this up. You won’t regret it.
It’s a fun, sexy twist on a man-female-man menage. only Clara knows that Michel is there (her Dom, Sam, doesn’t) and it leads to an interesting situation that’s steaming hot.
Only issue I had with it that kept it from being a 5 star read for me is sometimes the pov bounced around and it got a bit confusing. I know that Michel can read minds, but it was still odd for him to know what everyone was feeling and wanting the way it was described at times. Still a great read and can’t wait to see where their adventures take them in the next installment!
~Renee

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AuthorBio

When I was in Second Grade (just a couple of years ago, really), my teacher told my mother I should start a diary because I needed an outlet for my active and vivid imagination. You see, I was a talkative child who would disrupt her class by engaging my colleagues in endless conversations. I loved telling them the stories my grandfather used to tell me.
I guess the teacher wasn’t a big fan of my stories. Or maybe she preferred a quieter group of students. Either way, my mother bought me a diary and I happily wrote on it for a month or so. Then, I gave it up. I didn’t see the appeal since I was writing for my own enjoyment only. I missed the audience my friends in school provided me. I went back to disturbing my dear teacher’s class.
Since then, I’ve been a hungry reader. I read anything and everything I can get my hands on – from the classics to erotica. And that’s how I got the courage to start writing down some of my naughty fantasies. Nowadays, I’m a writer. I write erotic romances and some erotica, too.
Living in New Orleans improves my creativity tenfold. It’s such a vibrant, gorgeous and wonderful city but NOLA also has a darker, wickeder side that has always captured my imagination.
So, welcome to my world of steamy, sexy Alpha males and naughty, independent women. Add a touch of the paranormal in the presence of some wicked souls and you’ll get the picture.

Sit back, fire up your Kindle and enjoy the ride!

XOXO
Liz Gavin

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Cover Reveal: Damian’s Discipline (Collars & Cuffs #5) by K.C. Wells & Parker Williams

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Title: Damian’s Discipline (Collars & Cuffs #5)
Author Name: K.C. Wells & Parker Williams

Synopsis

The man who pimped Jeff may be in prison, but Jeff is still living the nightmare, selling himself to men and relying on pills to manage. Then he meets Scott, a young American man who could easily have been where Jeff is now. Scott’s friends extend a helping hand to Jeff, and he grabs it.

Leo and Thomas bring Jeff to stay with Dom Damian Barnett until they can find him someplace more long-term. Still grieving from losing his sub to cancer two years before, Damian agrees to help. But when he glimpses the extent of the damage, Damian wants to do more than offer his guestroom. Jeff is not a submissive, but Damian can see he desperately needs structure in his life. It’s up to Damian to find an answer.

He never expects that what he discovers will change both their lives.

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Excerpt

Damian

I LOVED it when it was evening and all was quiet and peaceful. No traffic noise intruded into the house, and in the lounge, the only sound was the slow ticking of the clock on the mantelpiece. Give me a mechanical clock any day. Not that I had anything against more modern timepieces, but there was something soothing about the sound. The clock had been my grandmother’s, and I took loving care of it, making sure it was oiled and wound. Right then my evening was perfect: the tick of the clock, a glass of Cabernet on the table next to me, and a worn, hardcover Sherlock Holmes novel in my hands. I’d lost count of how many times I’d read The Hound of the Baskervilles, but re-reading a favorite book was a warm, comforting experience. The wine created a warm glow inside me. I took another sip.

And then my phone rang.

The temptation to ignore its clamoring call was huge. I was happy, comfortable, and anyone ringing me at home during the evening had to want something. All my friends knew my routines, especially since Oliver…. I closed my eyes. I could almost hear that edge of amusement in his voice. “You going to answer that, Sir?” And yes, I could see the gleam in his eye as he awaited my reaction, tense in nervous anticipation. Brat loved pushing my buttons. With a sigh, I picked up the call.

“Damian? It’s Leo. We need your help.”

I placed the wine on the table. “What can I do for you?” My interest was piqued immediately. It had been quite a while since the co-owner of my BDSM club had called me at home.

“Sorry to disturb you, but you were the first person I could think of. We have a boy. He’s nineteen, and he needs help.”

AuthorBio

K.C. Wells:

Born and raised in the north-west of England, K.C.Wells always loved writing. Words were important. Full stop. However, when childhood gave way to adulthood, the writing ceased, as life got in the way.

K.C. discovered erotic fiction in 2009, where the purchase of a ménage storyline led to the startling discovery that reading about men in love was damn hot. In 2012, arriving at a really low point in life led to the desperate need to do something creative. An even bigger discovery waited in the wings – writing about men in love was even hotter…

K.C. now writes full-time and is loving every minute of her new career.

The laptop still has no idea of what hit it… it only knows that it wants a rest, please. And it now has to get used to the idea that where K.C goes, it goes.

Parker Williams:

Parker Williams began to write as a teen, but never showed his work to anyone. As he grew older, he drifted away from writing, but his love of the written word moved him to reading. A chance encounter with an author changed the course of his life as she encouraged him to never give up on a dream. With the help of some amazing friends, he rediscovered the joy of writing, thanks to a community of writers who have become his family.

Parker firmly believes in love, but is also of the opinion that anything worth having requires work and sacrifice (plus a little hurt and angst, too). The course of love is never a smooth one, and Happily Ever After always has a price tag.

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K.C. Wells:

K.C. can be reached via email (k.c.wells@btinternet.com), on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/KCWellsWorld), on Twitter (@IslandTalesPres or through comments at the K.C.Wells website (www.kcwellsworld.com ) K.C. loves to hear from readers.

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5 Star Review for Love and Punishment by Susan Mac Nicol – #M/M Romance

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Title: Love & Punishment
Author Name: Susan Mac Nicol
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Synopsis

On the search for a serial killer, Detective Anthony Parglietto and Flynn Parker learn that every man must make a choice: to kill, to live, to love.

FROM DARKNESS AND LIGHT

Someone is leaving a trail of bodies throughout London, and Detective Anthony Parglietto is determined to end the violence. Then he’ll return to the man he loves.

Tough, street-savvy, and used to dealing with lowlifes, Flynn Parker is the last person Anthony thinks he has to protect. Then the Bow-Tie Killer strikes close to home and the world turns upside down. Right is wrong, black is white, and a policeman might become a monster. But in the name of love, justice must be served. In the name of love, pain can be endured. In the name of love, a man can taste the very essence that defines him.

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Review

FiveStars

Love and Punishment was a book that I loved right from the start. I am a sucker for a good murder story and Susan did not disappoint; she pulls the reader in right from the start.

The characters were well developed as individuals and as couples and really allowed the reader to sympathize with each character. I really felt part of Flynn and Anthony’s relationship. They were so in love and the reader could see how much they cared for each other. As for the relationship that was between the killer and his lover, Susan did a great job with showing the love of this relationship, despite how twisted it was. Susan definitely has a twisted sense – because man, can she murder someone! It was sick, twisted, devious and awesome all wrapped up in this amazing story.

Susan develops a good crime solving novel with intrigue and enough hard headed characters to make the story in-depth without going too far. It shows the inner office politics of a police unit, the close relationships amongst the lovers and pulls in past relationships of some characters in order to fully tell the story.

There was plenty of angst and steamy scenes, there was great character development and in the end, everything came together in a very well planned conclusion.

There were only a few criticisms. Having a Kindle – with the way the chapters are formatted, it makes it impossible to navigate the book easily. Also, the author uses the word “oriental” to describe a person of Asian nationality. That word is somewhat antiquated and doesn’t seem to fit – it makes me think of a rug, not a person. Finally, Susan also uses the word “Jap” when referring to some script and that also seems a little derogatory and unnecessary to the story. She could have easily used the word Japanese and it would not have changed what, I believe, she was trying to convey.

Overall, I loved the book and hope the story continues.

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AuthorBio

Susan Mac Nicol was born in Leeds, Yorkshire, in the United Kingdom. At the age of eight, her family moved to Johannesburg, South Africa where she stayed for nearly thirty years before arriving back in the UK in December 2000. Currently, She lives in the rural village of Bocking, in Essex, with her family.

Sue is a PAN (Published Author’s Network) member of Romance Writers of America and a member of the Romantic Novelists Association in the UK. Also, she is a member of a rather unique writing group, called the Talliston Writer’s Circle, which in itself has a story all of its own to tell. She has written nine novels, two novellas and a screenplay since February 2012 and clearly believes in keeping herself busy. She has found herself wanting to stay in the sub-genre that is M/M Romance so more can definitely be expected.

Her plan is to keep writing as long as her muse sits upon her shoulder. Her dream is to make enough money to give up the day job and get that big old house in the English countryside overlooking a river, where she can write all day and continue to indulge her passion for telling stories.

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What enticed you to write about cops?

Oh hell, who doesn’t love a policeman. Especially if they happen to be in uniform..well, Anthony doesn’t wear one as he’s a detective in the CID but he’s Italian and a complete stud muffin and that’s all I need to know. I had a real yen to write a crime drama and everyone knows you can’t have a crime without a cop. So Anthony strode onto the scene all muscles and attitude. I really enjoyed writing about this aspect of the book. I love cop movies and thriller novels so writing my own was just the next step in my repertoire…

What surprised you most in research/writing the book about law enforcement?

The research was pretty matter of fact, researching the different ranks and procedures of the police force. I think we’ve all seen enough CSI and Wire in the Blood, or Silent Witness to have a vague, if not perhaps sensationalised idea, of how the forces of the law work. The reality is sometimes a lot more boring and involves a lot of paperwork, grunt work, slogging it out on the streets and less ‘wham bam people shooting at you and you go all hero on their arses’. There’s also a huge psychological impact to being a policeman and seeing people hurt, die and be abused on your watch. We tend to forget that behind the metaphorical uniform these cops are real people with real emotions , doing a very tough job.

If there’s one thing you could let readers know about this book, what is it?

That I had a lot of fun creating a crazy bisexual serial killer who could charm birds of out trees and yet harbours a sociopathic nature. I enjoyed making Blair Malcolme a really nasty piece of work yet one who might grow on a reader as a real villain. He’s a man who’s simply strolled through life taking what he wants and hurting a lot of people in the process. Yet in the end, he gets what he deserves. And that to me is the pivotal theme of the book, although it isn’t embellished in too much detail as I didn’t want to preach to people. I wanted people to think about which side of the fence they sat on. Perhaps challenge their way of thinking as society has dictated and wonder whether there was any truth in the whole ‘punishment fitting the crime’ argument. This is a fairly controversial topic but then I’ve never shied away from controversy in my stories. It makes life …interesting.

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4 and 3.5 Stars for Underdogs by Geonn Cannon – #F/F #Paranormal @GeonnCannon

Underdogs

Title: Underdogs
Author Name: Geonn Cannon
Publication Date & Length: April 2012 – 185 pgs

Synopsis

Ariadne Willow is a private investigator with a secret weapon. She’s a canidae, a person with the ability to transform into a wolf at will. Using her heightened senses to track and her shapeshifting to follow people without being seen, she’s made a decent business for herself and her associate Dale Frye. When one of the richest women in Seattle wishes to hire her, Ari and Dale think their ship has finally come in. All Ari has to do is observe the client’s tabloid-friendly daughter, fresh out of rehab, and confirm that she’s truly clean.

Ari thinks the case will be a piece of cake, but a moment of shocking violence changes everything. Soon Ari finds herself backed into a corner with no way out, forced to either run or risk losing everything she holds dear by fighting an enemy with unlimited power and resources. With Dale refusing to leave her side, Ari decides to make a stand to remind her enemies that there’s only one rule in betting…

Always bet on the underdogs.

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FourStars

This book came recommended, so I was excited to give it a read. I jokingly said, “No werewolf stories!” and was informed that I would like this one because the main character is a wolf (technically “canidae”), not a werewolf.I’m pleased to say that I wasn’t at all disappointed. It’s a fun, light read that had all the elements to make me happy: A bit of fairy tale/supernatural, a crime to solve, and women falling in love. What’s not to like?
The main characters, Ari and Dale, are likeable and fun. I enjoyed getting to know them as the story unfolded. They are smart, savvy, and capable, but they’re not specimens of perfect womanhood, which I appreciated. Their relationship felt natural to me, if a bit predictable (which isn’t necessarily a bad thing).
It felt a bit slow to start, though I was glad for the background information. The pace picked up quickly, however, and I was soon absorbed.
There were a few moments where I had to suspend my disbelief, and not regarding the wolf-human elements. For example, the climactic “take down the bad guys” scene was a bit over-the-top and unrealistic. However, it fit the story, and unless one cares about having a true-to-life crime story ending, it doesn’t really matter.
The “murder mystery” plot wasn’t much of a mystery, as it’s both predictable from the beginning and the whodunnit is known about halfway through. So if you’re looking for a true mystery, this is not it. The fun is in how Ari and Dale thwart the bad guys and find their happy-for-now ending. So if that’s your thing, this is definitely the book for you.
I did think there were some frequently-used detective story themes, and it was a bit hard to tell if those were intended as tongue-in-cheek or to be taken seriously. I lean towards the former because the general tone of the book is fairly light, but that might be off-putting for someone looking for a fresh take.
I thought the sensuality was just right in terms of how much/how descriptive relative to the rest of the plot. There were a few moments where it felt just a bit choppy, but it evened out.
Overall, I really enjoyed this and look forward to more.
I give it 4 stars.
Amy
ThreeandHalfStars
Underdogs by Geonn Cannon is right up my alley. I LOVE paranormal books. Vampires, werewolves, ghosts, whatever, bring it on! That being said, I’m also quite picky about what I read. When I saw the word “shifter” in the description of this book, I was quite skeptical because the last thing I wanted to read was another version of Twilight.
This isn’t that. Underdogs is light, easy to read, and has a nice flow. I was able to get through it in a few hours with no problem. Also good is the character development. Ari and Dale both feel like real people. Their relationship feels real, the characters have flaws and they aren’t perfect. It’s rare to get such depth of development in a novel of this length, and Cannon did a masterful job there.
Now for the not so good. If you’re expecting the mystery aspect to be anything other than a vehicle for the relationship, you’re going to be disappointed. There isn’t much mystery to the “whodunit” aspect and the mystery part is pretty formulaic and simple. Overall, the novel is predictable from start to finish.
Overall, this was definitely worth my time, and I enjoyed reading it a lot. The predictability didn’t detract from the readability or the smoothness of the writing.
Rating: Three and a half stars.
Sirena

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Geonn Cannon was born in a barn and raised to know better than that. He was born and raised in Oklahoma where he’s been enslaved by a series of cats, dogs, two birds and one unexpected turtle. He’s spent his entire life creating stories but only became serious about it when he realized it was a talent that could impress girls. Learning to write well was easier than learning to juggle, so a career was underway. His high school years were spent writing stories among a small group of friends and reading whatever books he could get his hands on.

Geonn was inspired to create the fictional Squire’s Isle after a 2004 trip to San Juan Island in Washington State. His first novel set on the island, On the Air, was written almost as a side project to another story he wanted to tell. Reception to the story was so strong that the original story was put on the back burner to deal with the world created in On the Air. His second novel set in the same universe, Gemini, was also very well received and went on to win the Golden Crown Literary Society Award for Best Novel, Dramatic/General Fiction. Geonn was the first male author to receive the honor.

While some of his novels haven’t focused as heavily on Squire’s Isle, the vast majority of Geonn’s works take place in the same universe and have connections back to the island and its cast of characters (the exception being the Riley Parra series). In addition to writing more novels based on the inhabitants of Squire’s Isle, Geonn hopes to one day move to the real-life equivalent to inspire further stories.

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3 Stars for Cooking Up a Storm by Ashley Ladd – #M/M @ashleyladd

Cooking up a Storm

Title: Cooking Up a Storm
Author Name: Ashley Ladd
Publication Date & Length: July 11, 2014 – 99pgs

Synopsis

Brooks and Rique desperately want to win a coveted chef’s job offered by an eccentric millionaire in paradise. Even more, Rique desperately wants to stay alive.

Brooks and Rique desperately want to win the head chef’s position offered by an eccentric millionaire Jonah Verleun on his beautiful, private but peculiar island that includes a zoo full of exotic animals, an amusement park and a monster shark tank beneath Jonah’s bedroom floor. While Brooks wants the job to escape his heartache and the lover who thwarted him, Rique is hiding from the mob, hoping to live long enough to pay them off with the prize winnings. Fierce competitors, they cook up a storm in a series of cooking challenges while trying to turn down the heat on their intense attraction. When a hurricane strikes the island, the storm Rique has been cooking up explodes, and no heart—or body—is safe.

Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of multiple male ménage.

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ThreeStar

I chose this because from the description, it looked like a fun, sexy read. I have to admit, I was a bit disappointed that it didn’t quite live up to its summary other than more or less following the plot as outlined.

The author almost lost me by page three when she set up the story with one of the main characters, Brooks, recalling how his ex-boyfriend cheated on him with a woman. While I understand that Brooks’ reaction is probably not unusual, I was not happy with her use of bisexual myths and hate language. Those would have been all right if she had in some way subverted the tired tropes, but she never bothered and in fact continued to play up the “my boyfriend turned out to be ‘straight'” thing for laughs without undermining the beliefs at all. I think the reader was supposed to just assume she wasn’t serious–unless, of course, she was (it was hard to tell).

Which brings me to my other disappointment. The whole story was so full of cliches and stereotypes and ridiculous things that I would have suspected satire if it weren’t for the fact that it didn’t read like any satire I’ve ever seen. I assume it was supposed to be funny, but instead, it was just kind of bothersome and distracting.

The actual plot (right up until the over-the-top ending) was actually pretty good, and I wish the author had done more with it. I loved the descriptions of the cooking challenges, and she did a nice job of building up to the steamy moments. Unfortunately, they were then ruined by being bland and not particularly sexy. It was annoying that in the first sex scene, one of the men kept distracting from the sex by thinking about unrelated things. It just wasn’t as hot as it could have been.

It’s obvious the author has a good grasp of the language and is highly creative. The story was polished and clearly well-edited. It had momentary flashes of brilliance, including the imaginative cooking challenges. But the other elements were too much for me to really lose myself in the story and enjoy it.

I give it 3 stars.

~Amy

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Erotic romance author for Ellora’s Cave, Total-E-Bound, and New Concepts Publishing.

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3 Stars for Ditched by Lucy Felthouse – #M/M @cw1985

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Title: Ditched
Author Name: Lucy Felthouse
Publication Date & Length: September 19, 2012 – 22pgs

Synopsis

Private Damien Stone is living in a nightmare. He’s out on exercise on Salisbury Plain with Lance Corporal Michael Scott—who also happens to be a huge pain in the arse. He’s a teacher’s pet who seems to delight in bossing Stone around. But that’s not the real reason Stone appears to dislike him so much. It’s because Stone—who’s bisexual—is seriously attracted to his superior, but he can’t do anything about it, because Scott is straight. Or is he?

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ThreeStar

Ditched was a super short story. It was well written, but just did not have the typical Felthouse feel that I have come to love. It felt rushed and somewhat unplanned. I enjoyed what Felthouse tried to accomplish, but the execution just didn’t hit it out of the park for me.

Despite not enjoying this story a lot, I will continue to read Felthouse stories.

~AvidReader

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Lucy Felthouse is a very busy woman! She writes erotica and erotic romance in a variety of subgenres and pairings, and has over 100 publications to her name, with many more in the pipeline. These include several editions of Best Bondage Erotica, Best Women’s Erotica 2013 and Best Erotic Romance 2014. Another string to her bow is editing, and she has edited and co-edited a number of anthologies, and also edits for a small publishing house. She owns Erotica For All, and is book editor for Cliterati.

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3.5 Stars for Learning to Love by K.C. Wells – #M/M

Learning to Love: Final Exam

Title: Learning to Love: Final Exam
Author Name: K.C. Wells
Publication Date & Length: August 25, 2014 – 244pgs

Synopsis

One house, three couples, and one year left until their final exams….

Evan and Daniel want to take their D/s relationship to the next level. When Daniel suggests conducting a little research at a BDSM club, Evan is more than up for it. Trouble is, one of their housemates isn’t happy about this.

Finances tighten for new couple Josh and Chris. Wanting to ease some of the pressure on Chris, Josh starts as an agency nurse. But tackling a heavy workload at medical school and working late-shifts leaves little time for the couple. Something’s gotta give.

In Spain, Sean was diagnosed as suffering from migraines. But after the medications have no effect and he starts suffering from other complaints, he decides to get a second opinion without telling Michael. When Michael finds out, Sean’s usually laid-back husband’s reaction shocks everyone. But Michael needs to get his head sorted fast, because Sean needs his strength.

As their school career comes to a close and the one person who holds them all together starts to fall apart, the final exam is a true test of friendship.

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ThreeandHalfStars
This book is a fairly quick read, and the author definitely has skill with style and pacing. I appreciated that it was obviously well-edited, so there was nothing to distract from enjoying the story.

What I liked: There were several good, steamy sex scenes throughout the book, but not so many as to be tiresome. I liked that the couples were very much in love. I was a little hesitant reading about Evan and Daniel, the couple with the D/s relationship, as I’m not usually keen on BDSM. But this was BDSM-lite, so to speak, and their relationship was more about the D/s than anything else. I liked that the author showed it as part of a very healthy, caring relationship, too.

What I didn’t like: As much as I love reading about guys in love, this was a bit much. First, maybe this is a cultural difference, but these guys didn’t always read as men to me. Not one of the men in the entire story was terribly masculine. Though I personally prefer guys like that myself, it’s simply not realistic that an entire world is populated only by a very specific subset of gay men.

I was also bothered by all the matchmaking, including two teenagers, and how those all seemed to work out just perfectly. Not to mention at least two of the housemates have younger brothers who are also gay. Yes, that happens, but what bothered me was the conversation between Daniel and his brother, who was obviously working some things out. It appears that this world contains straight guys, “straight” guys (who don’t realize they’re gay yet) and gay guys. There are no bisexuals.

Another problem I noticed was that none of the housemates seemed to have a unique personality. They all read roughly the same to me, including their emotions and how they talked. It felt as though any one character could be swapped out with another and no one would have noticed.

There was virtually no tension in the story, and every last detail worked out perfectly. I’m a sucker for a happy ending, but honestly, Sean’s medical issues wrapped up a bit too neatly. Same for Josh’s issues with working too much. It was a bit too tidy for my tastes, and not at all realistic. Life is a lot messier than that.

Overall, it comes across like the author tried to do too much in a single book. I can’t tell how many of the problems I noted are because this is the last book in a series and I didn’t read the other ones. It does read like an extended epilogue, so it’s possible that if I’d read the entire series, I might have loved it for tying everything together with a bow. Unfortunately, that makes it a very poor stand-alone novel, despite the fact that I didn’t need to read the others to understand the previous story strands.

I wish I could rate it more highly. If the really good elements had been supported by a better plot/better characterization, I would have. The good news is, I would like to read the other books and see what I missed. I recommend anyone interested in this book read the others first rather than making a decision based on this review.

I give it 3.5 stars,

~Amy

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Born and raised in the north-west of England, K.C.Wells always loved writing. Words were important. Full stop. However, when childhood gave way to adulthood, the writing ceased, as life got in the way.

K.C. discovered erotic fiction in 2009, where the purchase of a ménage storyline led to the startling discovery that reading about men in love was damn hot. In 2012, arriving at a really low point in life led to the desperate need to do something creative. An even bigger discovery waited in the wings – writing about men in love was even hotter…

K.C. now writes full-time and is loving every minute of her new career.

The laptop still has no idea of what hit it… it only knows that it wants a rest, please. And it now has to get used to the idea that where K.C goes, it goes.

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