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4 Stars for An Unexpected Win by Jenna Byrnes – #MMM #Menage #Ds @Totally_Bound

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Title: An Unexpected Win
Author Name: Jenna Byrnes
Publication Date: February 27, 2015

Synopsis

A game of poker sets the stage to change three men’s lives forever.

Carter Perry is playing the poker hand of his life. The game is no limit Texas hold ’em, and he has a hand that no self-respecting player could toss. Unfortunately, the pot is growing steeper by the minute and Carter’s wallet is nearly empty. He’s had a few drinks and when he runs out of money he decides to offer up the one thing of value he’s got left—his submissive. For one night.

Trey Mitchell’s been watching the game from his knees, at the side of the table with the other subs. He knew going into the game that the stakes were high, but his Master is a professional poker player and he has never dreamt that the man might lose against a table of amateurs. Tension is thick as the hands are revealed. Carter goes ballistic when he loses, but hands over Trey’s leash to the handsome, hunky Native American who goes by the name of ‘Hawk’.

Yuma Nighthawk has his eye on Trey all night long and for him, the poker game couldn’t have ended better. Assuring Carter that he’ll take care of his sub in accordance with the rules set out by the Rose & Thorn Society, he instructs his own submissive, Kel, to make sure a drunken Carter gets home safely. He has other plans, which include ravishing Trey and hatching a plot to make the man his own.

Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of ménage in a polyamorous relationship between three men, references to TPE and fisting.

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FourStars

This was an interesting plotline that turned in a way that I didn’t see coming. A few times too. Although there was HEAVY instalove going on, there was some other great things as well.
Hawk wins a week with Trey, Carter’s submissive, in a hand of poker. While Hawk already has a submissive, that sub is also looking for more than what Hawk has to offer. What Trey tells Hawk about his life with Carter is not only shocking, but sickening. Needless to say, Hawk feels the need to confront Carter about his treatment of his sub. What Carter tells him is a surprise and things take an interesting turn from there.
While I found the characters interesting and the plot unique, I also found some of the actions quite unbelievable. I never quite understood why Carter completely flew off the handle at certain parts or why Hawk so instantly took up for the man that hadn’t really done anything positive for him. That being said, I enjoyed the story and liked the way we were given surprise after surprise with a bit of sexiness mixed in.
Renee

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Jenna Byrnes could use more cabinet space and more hours in a day. She’d fill the kitchen with gadgets her husband purchases off TV and let him cook for her to his heart’s content. She’d breeze through the days adding hours of sleep, and more time for writing the hot, erotic romance she loves to read.

Jenna thinks everyone deserves a happy ending, and loves to provide as many of those as possible to her gay, lesbian and hetero characters. Her favorite quote, from a pro-gay billboard, is “Be careful who you hate. It may be someone you love.”

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5 Stars for Desires’ Guardian (Desires Entwined #2) by Tempeste O’Riley – #MM #BDSM #Erotic @TempesteO

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Title: Desires’ Guardian (Desires Entwined #2)
Author Name: Tempeste O’Riley
Publication Date & Length: June 6, 2014 – 200 pgs

Synopsis

Most people see Chase Manning as the party-boy twink he seems on the surface. Only James, Chase’s BFF, knows the depth of his loyalty and the extent of the wounds Chase carries inside. When Chase meets Rhys Sayer things don’t go well, but he can’t shake his attraction to the huge, sexy man.

Rhys is a man of contradictions and fear—a strange combination for a PI and bodyguard. He’s in a bad place emotionally when he sets eyes on Chase for the first time. When Chase puts the moves on him, Rhys insults him, thwarting any possibility of a relationship. Rhys doesn’t see himself as a complicated man, but he dreads the very kind of connection he desires.

Just as they’re trying to overcome their uncertainties, Chase is put in harm’s way. Luckily Rhys and their friends have all the right talents to help Rhys save the man of his dreams.

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FiveStars

Chase is still looking for someone who will love him. Rhys is a somewhat hard, but loyal PI. When these two meet because of Jamie’s past, there is instant dislike. Seth, Jamie and Dal can’t understand what is going on. Little did they know that this was not the first encounter.

With some meddling friends, Chase comes to work for Rhys’ PI company as their IT person. Sparks fly between those two, but when Rhys’ past lover creates waves, Rhys has to work quickly to show Chase that their first encounter was a fluke – that Chase was exactly who he wanted.

Both Seth and Rhys learn that what is important is finding someone and holding on to them, love them for who they are and to leave preconceived notions out of their relationship. Love can conquer all.

When Chase’s life in in danger, Rhys will stop at nothing to protect him. Chase learns that love is worth fighting for and puts his trust in Rhys when the time counts.

This was a great story! I loved the twists and turns and despite my being fairly good at predicting things, I was completely thrown off in the “who-done-it” aspect of this story, which I loved!

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Tempeste O’Riley is an out and proud omnisexual / bi-woman whose best friend growing up had the courage to do what she couldn’t–defy the hate and come out. He has been her hero ever since.

Though new to writing M/M, she has done many things in her life, though writing has always drawn her back–no matter what else life has thrown her way. She counts her friends, family, and Muse as her greatest blessings in life. She lives in Wisconsin with her children, reading, writing, and enjoying life.

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4 Stars for Healing (Pandemus Chronicals: Book Two) by Grace R. Duncan – #MM #Romance @GraceRDuncan

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Title: Healing (Pandemus Chronicals: Book Two)
Author Name: Grace R. Duncan
Publication Date & Length: October 29, 2014 – 98pgs

Synopsis

In a world that’s gone to hell, will you let old fears keep you from the chance at more than just survival?

When Duncan stumbles into a pharmacy in search of something to fix his broken leg, he’s surprised to find someone else there. Like the rest of the post-pandemic world, it appeared empty. Instead, he discovers Mark, a former nurse who walked away from his profession after losing too many patients to the virus. Despite swearing he’d never practice medicine again, Mark patches Duncan up over Duncan’s protests. He even finds an abandoned house in the tiny town, and they settle in until Duncan heals enough to look out for himself. Much to the chagrin of both, they find themselves caring for each other.

Duncan welcomes it, thrilled at finding someone he can trust. However, he’s well aware of the shadows in Mark’s eyes and understands Mark’s reticence as he learns the story. But as he’s starting to do things for himself again, Duncan realizes he doesn’t want Mark to leave. He’s not sure if can get Mark to let go of his fears so they can stay together and love. But Duncan’s damned sure going to try.

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FourStars

I picked up book because I love post-apoc stories. I was pleasantly surprised to find out one of the main characters is bisexual, which I also love and adore. And it’s a great version of bisexual.

This story moves quickly in the sense of time, but I felt as though the two characters really got to know each other well. Normally I would call it insta-love, which I’m not a fan of, but since these two are completely and utterly alone, totally dependent on each other and because the story is so well-written and it slows everything down time wise, it completely works.

I did feel as if the ending was wrapped up too quickly with confessions of love and getting over said hurt (trying not to spoil, but the name of the book is Healing, so yeah). I wish it had taken a bit more time on the second part. Promises are good, but they don’t prove much in the way of reality. Which I think was missed a bit.

Overall, great quick read with loads of sexual tension. 4 stars.

AJ

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Grace Duncan grew up with a wild imagination. She told stories from an early age – many of which got her into trouble. Eventually, she learned to channel that imagination into less troublesome areas, including fanfiction, which is what has led her to writing male/male erotica.

A gypsy in her own right, Grace has lived all over the United States. She has currently set up camp in East Texas with her husband and children – both the human and furry kind.

As one of those rare creatures who loves research, Grace can get lost for hours on the internet, reading up on any number of strange and different topics. She can also be found writing fanfiction, reading fantasy, crime, suspense, romance and other erotica or even dabbling in art.

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New Release: The Way Things Are by A.J. Thomas – #MM #Romance #Erotic @AJThomasRomance

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Title: The Way Things Are
Author Name: A.J. Thomas
Publication Date & Length: January 30, 2015 – 266 pgs

Synopsis

A night of drunken confusion at nineteen resulted in Patrick Connelly fathering a child. Determined to be there for his son, Patrick walked away from a sport he loved and forever hid his sexuality. After Patrick’s brutal divorce and a vicious hate crime, his son, Jay, has become obsessed with graffiti. Hoping for a fresh start, Patrick moves Jay to his childhood home in Seattle. Within two weeks, Jay is arrested again. On his way to pick Jay up, Patrick stops an assault, then finds himself in handcuffs too. Thinking things can’t get any worse, he’s confronted by the sexiest man he’s ever seen—his son’s new probation officer, Ken Atkins.

The hardest part of Ken’s job is working with difficult parents, and the undeniably handsome Patrick Connelly is going to be a difficult parent. A chance encounter and steamy hookup with Patrick leave Ken blindsided. As they work together to try to keep Jay on the right path, the passion between them proves impossible to resist. When the assault Patrick prevented comes back to haunt them and Jay gets into trouble again, Ken must convince Patrick that ensuring his son’s happiness doesn’t have to mean sacrificing his own.

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Ken shook his head, the motion making his entire body sway again. “I can’t believe you,” he said in disgust. “You have a child home alone right now, who needs an actual fucking role model in his life and actual supervision, and you’re here.” He gestured around at the dusty office. “I would have figured you’d be a bit old and butch for most of the clientele at this place.”

Patrick opened his mouth to deny that he was there selling himself, then stopped. “I’m not that old. And I am an employee of Corbin’s Attic.”

Ken chuckled. “You work for the club?”

“Yes. I had a shirt, but some vicious little drama queen insisted I dance with him, and he wouldn’t take no for answer.”

“You should have called one of the bouncers. They’re serious guys.”

“Uh….” Patrick scratched the back of his head. “I am pretty sure none of the other bouncers here would have come to my rescue.”

“Other bouncers?”

“Yeah. Which reminds me, I need to steal another shirt.” The security T-shirts were in a small, tumbling stack on top of boxes in the corner, next to five bigger stacks of black aprons and towels.

He sorted through the T-shirts to find his size, then held it up so Ken could see the stenciled yellow “SECURITY” on the back.

“You’re a bouncer?”

“Just until I get my first check from the Port. And until Jay gets in trouble again and has to pay another fine. And maybe until the owner finds someone else to use as eye candy when he wants to make the guy who refuses to go out with him jealous.”

Ken choked. “That was the owner? The blonde guy you were wrapped around out there?”

“That was Corbin Hollis, yes. Which is why none of the other guys would dare help me. He’s my best friend. He’s letting me pick up some hours here because I’m broke.”

Ken looked at him again, just for a moment, before he dropped his gaze to the floor. “I should let you get back to work, then.”

Patrick caught Ken as he stumbled toward the door. “Hang on, now. I told you why I was here. Shouldn’t you be fair?”

“No,” Ken said. “I shouldn’t be here at all. Not if one of my parents works here, that’s for damn sure.” Patrick wrapped his arms around Ken’s waist and tried to hold him steady while Ken squirmed. When he slumped back against Patrick’s chest, the hard cock straining against the denim of Ken’s jeans made Patrick freeze and nearly drop him.

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A.J. Thomas writes m/m romance, mostly for her own amusement. She began writing as a child, but never attempted it seriously until later in life, penning naughty fan fiction and then original stories. Her time is divided between taking care of her three young children, experimenting with cooking and baking projects that rarely explode these days, and embarrassing her husband with dirty jokes. When she’s not writing, she hikes, gardens, researches every random idea that comes into her head, and develops complicated philosophical arguments about why a clean house is highly overrated.

She has earned a BA in English Literature and has worked in a half-dozen different jobs, from law enforcement officer to librarian. Originally from the Northwest, she has traveled all over the United States and currently lives in California. If she ever stops moving around long enough to call any place home, her heart is set on settling down in the mountains of Virginia.

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5 Stars for Designs of Desire (Desires Entwined #1) by Tempest O’Riley – #MM #BDSM #Erotic @TempesteO

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Title: Designs of Desire (Desires Entwined #1)
Author Name: Tempeste O’Riley
Publication Date & Length: July 29, 2013 – 200pgs

Synopsis

Artist James Bryant has forearm crutches in every color from rainbow for fun to sleek black for business. He even has a pair with more paint splatters than metal. After his family’s rejection and abuse from a man he thought loved him, James only just gets through the day by painting. He lives in constant fear that he’s not worthy of anything, let alone love.

As CEO of his company, Carrington Enterprises, Seth Burns is a take-charge kind of guy, and he is instantly smitten by the artist helping with his newest project. When he witnesses James suffer a panic attack, a protective instinct he never knew he had kicks in. He truly believes nothing is unobtainable—including James—if he’s willing to put in the time and effort.

James is shy and confused by Seth’s interest in him as a person. With Seth’s support, can he work through his fears to finally find the true love he deserves, or will someone finally land the crushing blow he won’t survive?

*M/M Contemporary Romance w/ (lite) BDSM elements*

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FiveStars

James (Jamie) is such an innocent, loving, trusting, loyal person. However, with a past like his, he guards himself and his heart well. Jamie has been betrayed by love before, but has grown so strong despite his past. Jamie’s past has shaped many perceptions that he has about people seeing him, rather than his canes. This leads to misunderstandings between him and Seth.

O’Riley did an awesome laying the groundwork for the struggle that Seth and Jamie would need to overcome.

When James’ past collides with his present, Jamie must fight to find the strength to share his past with Seth, a man he is falling for. Seth then helps Jamie realize his self worth. With danger looming closer and closer to Jamie, Seth will stop at nothing to protect Jamie from whomever has it out to hurt the love of his life.

The characters in this story were well thought out, developed and made for such a strong cast. Separately, each character had strength, but together, they became this unbreakable force.

I really enjoyed this story. While the book had undertones of BDSM, it was more about power exchange than the physical BDSM that so many books contain.  The characters were developed well and I thought that O’Riley did an amazing job at not rushing the romance. It had a great overall feel. The mystery was one that I didn’t expect in the story and I felt that it really helped to show how close each group of characters were – their friendships, love, trust in each other. I would definitely read more of this author.

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Tempeste O’Riley is an out and proud omnisexual / bi-woman whose best friend growing up had the courage to do what she couldn’t–defy the hate and come out. He has been her hero ever since.

Though new to writing M/M, she has done many things in her life, though writing has always drawn her back–no matter what else life has thrown her way. She counts her friends, family, and Muse as her greatest blessings in life. She lives in Wisconsin with her children, reading, writing, and enjoying life.

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5 and 3 Stars for Twisted Lives by Ali Spooner – #FF #Romance #Standalone

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Title: Twisted Lives
Author Name: Ali Spooner
Publication Date & Length: September 14, 2014 – 230 pgs

Synopsis

A twist of fate leaves Bet and her daughter Kylie stranded at the entrance of the home of Alex Graves, as she flees the control of an abusive husband.
When custom–homebuilder Alex arrives to find steam boiling from Bet’s car and a beautiful child asleep in the passenger seat, her heart goes out to them.
Alex offers shelter to the pair setting off a chain of events that bring both mother and daughter close to her heart and danger to her door.
A heartwarming story of true love that will keep you smiling long after you’ve finished the book.

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FiveStars

I love Bet because despite having been in a bad, abusive relationship, she had not given up on love or people. She is determined to give her daughter a better life full of love and happiness.
I love Alex because she gets an idea of what she wants and goes for it. And she seems to always find the good in situations.
This is a great book that will take you on a emotional roller coaster. It will draw you in from the moment you start reading and have you laughing and crying.
I couldn’t help but fall in love with this book. From the small town setting, where everyone pulls together when there is trouble. To the boss lady with a heart of gold, and a soft spot for kids and animals.

Amber

ThreeStar

The book started out believable with a woman, Alex, who is described as a tough boss who owns her own business.  I was even fine with the woman, Bet, and her daughter running away from an abusive relationship with her husband and her car breaking down near Alex’s house.

What was not believable to me was the whirl wind romance between the women that happened in a matter of days.  Then the daughter begins calling Alex’s house her home.  It seemed too fairy tale like for me.

Then there is the looming figure of the abusive spouse who finds Bet and his daughter and wants to bring them home to him where they “belong”.  That added an interesting twist to the story and was one I was not expecting.

If you are looking for a love-at-first sight story, this is for you.

Angela

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I am a native Floridian who is temporarily (I hope) displaced in Memphis, TN. for work purposes, however I hope to make it home to a partner of 17 years and our family as quickly as I can. I enjoy photography as a hobby along with spinning a good tale.

I am American by birth and Southern by the Grace of God. LOL I enjoy writing about the south and creating characters and events that I hope my readers enjoy as much as I have in creating them.

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4 Hearfelt Stars for The Superstar by Patricia Logan – #MM #Romance @PatriciaLogan1

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Title: The Superstar (Bodyguards Book 1)
Author Name: Patricia Logan
Publication Date: November 25, 2014

Synopsis

Storm Ellison is the sexiest man on two legs. The gorgeous young star of “Trapped on an Island”, the hottest reality show on television, is instantly recognizable the moment he leaves his palatial mansion. Paparazzi follow him everywhere, leaving him no peace or privacy, selling his pictures to the tabloids, and cementing his reputation in the press as a slutty gay playboy. As Storm prepares to sign his first major movie deal, his manager decides he needs protection. What he doesn’t expect, is to be attracted to the cold bastard who’s now running his life.

Balthazar Grant, freelance bodyguard, is a huge, handsome, rough and ready former Marine, trained by the best, and willing to step between Storm and anyone stupid enough to come at him. Always stoic and serious, Taz lends a deadly presence to Storm’s entourage whenever he ventures out in public. Storm doesn’t want a bodyguard, much less one who won’t let him live his fast and loose lifestyle with impunity and he’s certainly not one to be dictated to by an overconfident Marine who has opinions about everything including who he should hook-up with.

When a deadly threat hits Storm’s world, he’s suddenly living his own reality show, only this one has an outcome which doesn’t involve being voted off an island. Will Storm wake up before it’s too late and will Taz be able to fight his attraction to the handsome young superstar while trying to convince him he’s in very real danger? The pair will soon learn that reality is stranger than fiction.

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FourStars

This is my first time reading Patricia Logan but it won’t be my last!

This is the journey of Storm and Taz… love both their names!! They inspire images of sexy, rugged men!

Storm is the “Superstar”. When we are introduced to him, he doesn’t have a care in the world, and is enjoying most aspects that come with stardom…

Enter Taz, the bodyguard hired when Storm needs a new bodyguard. Taz hasn’t heard great things about Storm and is reluctant to work for the “seriously overrated gay teen superstar”…. the author’s words, not mine! I snickered. It is probably how most of us perceive Superstars (overrated, self-centered) and we are probably wrong half the time!

What we are treated to, is the down-to-earth, sometimes insecure, sometimes afraid journey of a Superstar coming in to his own. There were parts where I cringed and thought “grrr Storm don’t be a jerk” (and sometimes more explicit adjectives)!!. And Taz gets some of those adjectives too! I have to say the author did a really good job of endearing the sweet Superstar and Bodyguard in to our hearts! There was a surprise of a villain, and a very funny best friend to keep you interested in this sexy (oh yes, the steam is hot!!!) story.

Enjoyed this funny, sweet, sexy story and recommend it if you are in the mood for some heart-felt Hero’s!!

Reviewer: Kimberley

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Jules grinned again. “You like Storm, Taz. You LIKE like him!” she raised her voice and Taz looked around to see who else could have overheard her.

“I like him fine, Jules; I work for the guy,” he replied, intentionally misunderstanding her.

“No, Taz, you are ‘in like’ with Storm,” she reiterated. She reached up and took hold of his sunglasses, dragging them off his face. “Look me in the eyes and tell me you don’t like Storm like that, big guy. Whoa, those are some dreamy eyes,” she sighed.

Taz felt embarrassed and exposed without his shades and hated the fact that she could see the very real truth in his eyes when all he wanted to do was deny it. He averted his gaze, staring out onto the dance floor only to regret it immediately when he noted Storm’s arms wrapped around the twink, his lips being plied by the smaller man’s as their lower bodies ground against each other to the beat of the music. The moment he saw them, he frowned.

“See? That’s what I’m talkin’ about, Taz. You can’t stand the way that other man touches Storm. You want him for yourself,” she said emphatically.

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Patricia Logan resides in Los Angeles, California along with her husband, four children, her grandchild and ever increasing number of cats. When not being stage mom, baking cookies, or scooping kitty litter, she writes steamy, award winning, gay erotic romance and tries to lead her readers on a journey of discovery with more than a little angst.

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