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4 Stars for Fairytale Shifters: Beauty and the Beast by Sean Michael #MM #Paranormal

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Title: Fairytale Shifters: Beauty and the Beast
Author Name: Sean Michael
Publication Date & Length: September 2, 2015 – 32 pgs

Synopsis

As a rhino shifter, Tromp knows that he’s not the sexiest beast in the world. In fact he’s clumsy and he can’t see very well, and that’s whether he’s in his human or animal form. Still, he enjoys going to the bar and watching the other shifters hooking up, especially the dancers. Then he sees a slinky kitty dancing on the little stage and he’s immediately smitten. He knows a sexy beauty like that would never go for him, but he’s happy just to watch and fantasize about what could be.

For his part, panther shifter Pepper might be gorgeous on the outside, but he knows most people see him as nothing more than a piece of meat and he’s had a hard past. There’s something in the way the big rhino shifter looks at him while he dances, though, that makes him feel special. So when his stint on the stage is over, he heads right to the rhino’s table.

Can Tromp and Pepper ignore the world’s expectations and find what they need in each other?

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FourStars

Trump was shy about himself being a Rhino shifter with coke bottle glasses he did not think he fit in well with the other shifters.  Also he was so very much bigger then others. Then he meets Pepper yes I said Pepper lol a panther shifter which I think his name fit him perfectly.  This short story was very steamy, sweet with a little bit of angst.
Pepper has a not so good past and the way Trump stuck up for him was so sweet.  All together I felt like they clicked.  I really love stories like this one and this story was so good.
I would recommend this novella!
Kara

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Tromp got his beer at the bar and made his way over to the table in the corner where he usually sat. It was an out of the way booth and afforded him a good view of the rest of the place. His thick bottle-cap glasses improved his poor vision enough that from here he could watch the pretty people hooking up—the slinky twinks finding each other or handsome older men to dance and laugh with. He was a bit too lumbering for dancing. Too clumsy and grumpy for easy pickups, too. In short, he didn’t really belong. Hence the out of the way table.

The music was loud and thumping, vibrating up from the floor, and his beer was cold. It was all he really needed after a long week of walking around the three warehouses he worked security on. He’d stay and watch for a while, then head home to the peace and quiet of his little cottage just outside the city.

Someone came out onto the tiny stage, one of the performers who danced in stretch jeans and open-front shirts. This guy had waist-length black hair, golden skin, and sharp features.

Tromp watched, utterly fascinated. He usually didn’t do more than admire the beauties who were out of his league, but there was something about this guy, something slinky and sexual that made him want in the best way. Or worst way, given that he never had a chance with the beautiful ones. Still, he could look his fill, couldn’t he? After all, that’s what the dancers were all about—looking but not touching.

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4 and 3 Stars for The Bouncer by A.J. Llewellyn #Menage #MM @PridePublishing @ajllewellyn

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TitleThe Bouncer
Author Name & Publisher: A.J. Llewellyn (Pride Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: August 4, 2015 – 138 pgs

Synopsis

Kevin Branigan thought he was moving to Austin, Texas, for a job. Instead, he got a life.

Kevin Branigan begins a new life in Austin, Texas, working as a bouncer at his brother’s bar. A teacher by trade, he’s had a hard time getting work and is still hurt over a catastrophic break-up. Doing something completely different seems like a great idea, and being close to his brother, Jack, and Jack’s husband, Tito, is another benefit to his changed circumstances.

Things are looking up until Tito intervenes in a drunken fight at the bar one night. Tito stops a patron from beating up his girlfriend, but it could be very bad if news gets out that Tito, a retired boxer, slugged the guy. Kevin takes the fall, and winds up being arrested.

Sentenced to community service in a gay church, Kevin begins to think that the signs are all bad. However, late one night at the bar, he’s seduced into a hot threesome with two of his co-workers. He finds himself drawn into this dangerous mix, as well as to a hunky undercover cop, Cruz Dixon. Unfortunately Cruz appears to have a boyfriend. Or does he? Can Kevin win over Cruz, who’s captured his heart and his mind? Can he really make a life for himself in the World Capital of Music? Or are his days as Austin’s newest bouncer numbered?

Reader Advisory: This books contains scenes of ménage a trois, ménage a quatre and voyeurism.

Publisher’s Note: This book has previously been released by Totally Bound Publishing. It has been expanded, revised and re-edited for re-release with Pride Publishing. This book is the sequel to Because the Night by A.J. Llewellyn.

General Release Date: 1st September 2015

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FourStars

This was a fun little story. I really enjoyed it and thought it was interesting. Although I found it to be a bit too fast moving for me and a bit skanky for me to really love the main characters, but then who hasn’t had a hook up for a good time when not in a relationship? I didn’t find the naughty scenes hot at all sadly. They were rushed and emotionless to me.
I did like the side story with his brother and his husband, but I felt it took away quite a bit of the light from where the book should have been focused. I wanted to care about Cruz and Kevin more than I cared about the custody battle raging and the sadness that comes from it, but in the end that was where I found the best parts of this story.
A redeeming quality is that even though there is a lot going on all over the place that doesn’t really make a book that sucks you in until you finish, the writing was good. And although I didn’t connect to the main characters as much as I would’ve liked, I did like the story and the fun light-heartedness that mixed with the heavy sad side well.
Renee

ThreeStar

This saucy little book gives us a whole lot of very playful, uninhibited sex.  And a little romance too.  

Kevin Branigan, an unemployed teacher, comes to Austin, Texas to live with his brother and brother-in-law and work as a bouncer in their bar.  He quickly falls for Detective Cruz Dixon, but he can’t resist playing all sorts of sexy games with bar employees Miguel and Jimmy while he gets to know Cruz better.

This isn’t angsty m/m.  There are issues though.  Break-ups, custody battles, community service orders.  Another author would have dragged out the emotional drama, adding miscommunications and recriminations.  Not this book.  The writing isn’t that complicated.  It is actually pretty clunky.  Several times I wanted to shout out to the author, “show me, don’t tell me!”  Sometimes I wanted a red pen.  But then I would start smiling again.  Because this is just pure fun smut.

This is a story which celebrates anonymous bathroom blowjobs without any cautionary moralising.  A story where the best present possible for a new boyfriend is a foursome.  So this isn’t War and Peace.  It is basically porn.  Fun, silly, creative porn with a little bit of heart.

I think my criticism lies with the attempts to make this a romance with a HEA.  It’s like two books have been tangled together.  Kevin supposedly wants Cruz and only Cruz forever.  Soulmates.  But he just can’t help playing with Miguel and Jimmy.  And neither can Cruz.  It doesn’t work for me.  I enjoyed the carefree erotica. I liked the family relationships.  but I didn’t buy the romance.   

Sarah

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5 and TWO 4 Stars for Whiskey and Wry (Sinners #2) by Rhys Ford #MM #Mystery @dreamspinners @Rhys_Ford

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Title: Whiskey and Wry (Sinners #2)
Author Name & Publisher: Rhys Ford (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: August 19, 2013 – 254 pgs

Synopsis

He was dead. And it was murder most foul. If erasing a man’s existence could even be called murder.

When Damien Mitchell wakes, he finds himself without a life or a name. The Montana asylum’s doctors tell him he’s delusional and his memories are all lies: he’s really Stephen Thompson, and he’d gone over the edge, obsessing about a rock star who died in a fiery crash. His chance to escape back to his own life comes when his prison burns, but a gunman is waiting for him, determined that neither Stephen Thompson nor Damien Mitchell will escape.

With the assassin on his tail, Damien flees to the City by the Bay, but keeping a low profile is the only way he’ll survive as he searches San Francisco for his best friend, Miki St. John. Falling back on what kept him fed before he made it big, Damien sings for his supper outside Finnegan’s, an Irish pub on the pier, and he soon falls in with the owner, Sionn Murphy. Damien doesn’t need a complication like Sionn, and to make matters worse, the gunman—who doesn’t mind going through Sionn or anyone else if that’s what it takes kill Damien—shows up to finish what he started.

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FiveStars

  I had a hard time getting into the first book of this series so I was not sure how I would feel about this one. Well let me tell you this book blew me out of the water.
 Can I say how much I loved Sionn’s character in this book.  Is there anything better than a man with a sexy Irish accent who is protective and caring..
 Then you get Damien who is so lost at first, but strong at the same time and you put them both together, you get the perfect couple.
 You do get the mystery who is trying to kill me aspect in this book.. Which there is nothing I love better then a good mystery/ suspense novel and this one was so good! Plus you get a little humor mixed in which was so funny, some of the things Damien would say were hilarious.  I would definitely recommend this book!
Kara
FourStars

This is the 2 nd book in the series, for me this didn’t have that wow factor like the first one.  The story plot was good and the characters were great.  It just didn’t make me think this one was fantastic.  It seemed quite similar to book one in many ways.

It had a good good crime story once again with a killer.  And the reuniting of Miki and Damien was a good part in the story.  The dad, Donald played a big part of the story and I so liked how he handled himself at the end.

I’m still looking forward to reading more in this series and can’t wait to see if Connors story comes next.

Sherry
 FourStars

Resurrected from the dead (and an asylum), Damien makes his way to San Francisco seeking safety with his best friend and former bandmate Miki.  Along the way, he finds himself busking at an Irish bar and falling for the owner, Sion.

This story finally sees Miki and Damien reunited (and dating cousins).  For me, the chemistry between Damien and Sion isn’t quite as explosive as the connection between Miki and Kane in the first book.  At times it feels like the author has added Damien and Sion to a second story about Miki, Kane and the Morgan family.

While Damien was drawn clearly – I loved him and I loved watching Miki and Damien interacting together, Sion remained a little blurry for me through the story.  Beyond running the pub, there were hints of some sort of military or police background – but there weren’t many details offered and he never felt very real to me.  

Once again, I found the romance stronger than the suspense aspects of this book.  Damien’s storyline felt a little soap-opera-meets-low-budget-movie.  Amnesia, fake parents, an assassin, an evil uncle….  it was a little much for me.  The basic storyline with someone stalking and trying to kill Damien also felt very similar to Miki’s story in book one.  

I enjoyed this because Damien is a great character and I wanted more of Miki and Kane’s world after the first book.  I’m not sure I would have enjoyed this as much as a stand-alone story.  

Sarah

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5 and 4 Stars for The Cage by Catt Ford #BDSM #MM @dreamspinners

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Title: The Cage
Author Name & Publisher: Catt Ford (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: July 31, 2015 – 220 pgs

Synopsis

Welcome to The Cage, where you can share the ups and downs of a group of friends as they enjoy a rollicking adventure of sex and love in “the life.”

Being a Dom has always come naturally to Lazar Thornton, owner and operator of The Cage, a thriving adult toy store and meeting place for Lazar’s closest friends, Bran, Max, Otto, and the always flamboyant and fierce Miss Dré. But even the best of friends have different tastes in scenes—and in life.

Good-humored and laid back, but much in demand as both teacher and Dom, Lazar has always run from love. Until Ben Owen, relative newbie to the BDSM world, arrives wide-eyed and eager to learn, and Lazar wants to teach this sub everything he knows. But despite the openness needed for a Dom/sub relationship to thrive, neither discusses emotions. Feeling the sting of unrequited love, Ben isn’t as sure of his place in Lazar’s life as he wants to be. Lazar will need to read his sub’s heart as well as his mind if he truly wants to keep Ben in his life.

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FiveStars

First off, let me say that I would have given this book 4 stars originally if I had not taken a few days to mull over what I thought of the story.  The synopsis is very misleading.  I still haven’t decided if it’s a good type of misleading or a frustrating one.

There are several characters in this story that I would consider main characters: You have the lovely Ms. Dre and Royal, Lazar and Ben, Forrest and Max, Bran and Callista, Otto and Sherman.

Yes, the story is somewhat about how Ben and Lazar navigate their relationship, but it is so much more than that, which is why I ended up giving 5 stars.

I really enjoyed this book – I liked how all of their stories wove together and you were given a glimpse at each of these couples’ lives.  It is wonderful how accepting they all are of each.  They are supportive, loving, kinky and fun.

It’s hard for me to write about each character without giving away their story, but I would definitely recommend reading this.  It’s a family who cares, a family who pokes and prods and a group who let anything go.  There is some hot sexiness, wonderful Doms and awesome Subs.

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FourStars

Honestly, I almost gave up on this book. I wasn’t feeling it for some reason, but I am glad I stuck with it. This is a book about a group of friends who all have different kinks but all love and accept each other and always have each others back. These friends cracked me up and drove me insane at times. I laughed with them and got angry with them and wanted to reach in and hug them. This book made me wish there were pictures so I could see the characters and see if they looked like I imagined. I loved Ben and Miss Dre and Lazar made me hot and bothered. Bran and Callista needed more scenes, their one scene was H.O.T. I enjoyed this book and will read more by this author.

Angie

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5 Stars for Canning the Center (Long Pass Chronicles #2) by Tara Lain #MM #Sports @taralain

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Title: Canning the Center (Long Pass Chronicles #2)
Author Name & Publisher: Tara Lain (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: December 17, 2014 – 250 pgs

Synopsis

Six foot seven inch, 300 pound Jamal Jones loves football, so when he finds out the ultra-conservative owner of his new pro football team fired their current center because he’s gay, bisexual Jamal decides to stay in the closet and hang with the females. Then, at a small drag show, he comes face-to-face with his sexual fantasy in the form of Trixie LaRue, a drag queen so exquisitely convincing she scrambles Jamal’s hormones — and his resolve to nurse his straight side.
Trevor Landry, aka Trixie LaRue, hides more than his genitals. A mathematician so brilliant he can’t be measured, Trevor disguises his astronomical IQ and his quirk for women’s clothes behind his act as a gay activist undergrad at Southern California University.
To Trevor, Jamal is the answer to a dream — a man who can love and accept both his personas. When he discovers Jamal’s future is threatened if he’s seen with a guy, Trevor becomes Trixie to let Jamal pass as straight. But Trevor risks his position every time he puts on a dress. Is there a closet big enough to hold a football pro and a drag queen?

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Trixie LaRue aka Trevor the drag queen mathematician.  Loved this character with all her diva attitude and take no crap mentality.  I did feel bad for Trixie/Trevor with everything Jamal was asking him to do,  the constant hiding trying to come across as a woman without being caught as a man.  Also with everything that was happening with his mom and his brother.
Jamal was a huge football player and when I say huge I mean huge everywhere.. Like more then 9 inches huge, let me just say damn!!!  He is center on his football team which happens to be very conservative.  So he has to hide that he is bi from everyone or face being kicked off the team.  Let me say I loved Jamal’s family and wished more families could be so understanding and loving as his was.

The scenes between Trevor and Jamal were so damn hot!!! There is angst in this book with what the owners put these two through. I loved it when Trixie would get all diva with Jamal.  I also really felt how much Jamal love Trixie/Trevor for what he was inside and out.  You meet a lot of characters in this book some you love and some you hate… All together I really loved this book! I would definitely recommend this book!

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TWO 4.5 Stars for Guns N’ Boys: Book 1, Part 2 by K.A. Merikan – #MM Romance #Erotic #MafiaRead @KA_Merikan

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Title: Guns N’ Boys Book One, Part Two
Author Name: K.A. Merikan
Publication Date & Length: October 8th, 2014 – 278pgs

Synopsis

Guns n’ Boys needs to be read in order. This is the second part of book one.
— Love is sour like a Sicilian lemon. —
The Family is always right.
The Family doesn’t forget.
The Family pays for blood in blood.

Domenico Acerbi grew up in the shade of Sicilian lemon trees ready to give his life for the Family. Ready to follow orders and exceed expectations. A proud man of honor.
When Seth, the younger son of the Don is kidnapped, it’s Domenico who is sent to get him back. The man he finds though, is not the boy he knew all those years ago. Lazy, annoying, spoiled, and as hot as a Sicilian summer.

Seth Villani wants nothing to do with the mafia. Unfortunately, he doesn’t get a say when the Family pulls him right back into its fold after his mother’s death. Thrown into a den of serpents otherwise known as the Villani Family, Seth has to find a way to navigate in the maze of lies. But when Domenico Acerbi, the most vicious snake of them all, sinks his fangs into Seth, the venom changes into an aphrodisiac that courses through Seth’s veins.

Domenico knows his life is about to change when he gets the order to train Seth up to the role of future Don. Seth isn’t made for it. He isn’t even made. But a man Domenico knows he would never have to fear might just be someone he’s always needed.

If Seth is doomed to follow in his father’s footsteps, he might as well enjoy himself–with the most intoxicating man he’s ever met. Maybe he can even fool himself into believing that Domenico isn’t a handsome sociopath who kills for a living.

POSSIBLE SPOILERS:

Themes: Enemies to lovers, mafia, homophobia, assassin, organized crime

Genre: Dark, twisted erotic romance / crime thriller

Erotic content: Explicit gay sex, coercion

Length: ~90,000 words

WARNING: Adult content. If you are easily offended, this book is not for you.
‘Guns n’ Boys’ is a gritty story of extreme violence, offensive language, abuse, and morally ambiguous protagonists. Behind the morbid facade, there is a splash of inappropriate dark humor, and a love story that will crawl under your skin.

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FourandHalfStars

This book wow!  The relationship between Seth and  Domenico it was Angst, Drama plus sprinkle that with a whole lot of violence.  That is one of the reasons I am such a big fan of K.A. Merikan’s books.  They are gritty, keep you on the each of your seat and leave you shocked about what you just read.  Now I am a big fan of Seth’s character  he is sweet and a little naïve.  Then you get Domenico he was raw, violent to a point where it bugged me a little with how violent he was with Seth at times.  I love them as a couple with everything they have to do to be together and they way Domenico is so protective of Seth.  This book will have you on the edge of your seat waiting to see what will happen next.  It has the perfect amount of angst/ drama and kept me up all night reading.  I would definitely recommend this book!

Kara

FourandHalfStars

Oh god, were do I start. This book was simply amazing. It had everything under the sun in it: jealousy, violence, and suspense. My first complaint on book 1 was Seth was a wimp and had very little confidence. In this book we really see Seth step up to the plate in trying to become the new Don, even though he has no desire to be the next Don. I really became Seth’s strongest supporter after reading book 2.

In this book we see how much Dom and Seth relationship become stronger. I really love reading about the strength of love and how it becomes the substance of these men. Can’t wait to begin reading the next installment to see where the authors go next.

Lynn

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TWO 5 and 3 Stars for Sinner’s Gin (Sinners #1) by Rhys Ford #MM #Mystery @dreamspinners @Rhys_Ford

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Title: Sinner’s Gin (Sinners #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Rhys Ford (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: December 24, 2012 – 260 pgs

Synopsis

There’s a dead man in Miki St. John’s vintage Pontiac GTO, and he has no idea how it got there.

After Miki survives the tragic accident that killed his best friend and the other members of their band, Sinner’s Gin, all he wants is to hide from the world in the refurbished warehouse he bought before their last tour. But when the man who sexually abused him as a boy is killed and his remains are dumped in Miki’s car, Miki fears Death isn’t done with him yet.

Kane Morgan, the SFPD inspector renting space in the art co-op next door, initially suspects Miki had a hand in the man’s murder, but Kane soon realizes Miki is as much a victim as the man splattered inside the GTO. As the murderer’s body count rises, the attraction between Miki and Kane heats up. Neither man knows if they can make a relationship work, but despite Miki’s emotional damage, Kane is determined to teach him how to love and be loved — provided, of course, Kane can catch the killer before Miki becomes the murderer’s final victim.

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FiveStars

I loved this.  Injured and grieving, Miki is an absolute mess when he meets Kane, a giant, solid police detective.  The men contrast on so many levels.  If rock star and cop are an unlikely combination, so is the street kid and the suburban boy from a huge happy family.  And it might be even more unlikely for a cop to fall for a murder suspect.

The chemistry between Miki and Kane is brilliant.  Miki doesn’t trust easily and both men find relationships difficult.  An orphan whose exact birthdate is unknown, Miki is overwhelmed by Kane’s family – especially his overbearing mother.  

The men work out their relationship against the backdrop of a murder investigation.  Kane struggles to keep Miki safe as he races to uncover the identity of the person threatening Miki and the people around him.  

There are a few believability issues with this story – especially with the mystery/suspense aspect of it.  Because the characters are compelling and I was completely in love with Miki, Kane and their relationship, I chose to ignore the little wobbles with the plot.

Miki’s backstory is dark.  The author writes about neglect, sexual abuse and child exploitation sensitively and tenderly, but parts of this book were quite difficult to read.  I think the light-hearted scenes with the Morgan family worked well to keep the whole book from being too dark.  

Sarah

FiveStars

Singer’s Gin was a good book to start a new series by Rhys Ford. This book had everything you find in Rhys Ford’s books.  It had humor, romance and of course crimes. This had a good crime mystery to it, but what I really like is the humor throughout the book.  At one point Miki was having so many cops in his home he made the following comment which I just loved: “I’m thinking of opening up a doughnut shop. It seems like I’d get steady business.”  Humor like that makes Rhys Ford’s books fun to read.

The characters I  thought were great, you have Kane, the cop, who was finding it hard to stay away from Miki while investigating the crimes. At first I wasn’t nuts about Miki, I thought he was weak crying all the time but with all he was through by the end of the book they made a good couple, it just worked.

I’m looking forward to the next installment in this series, great read.

Sherry

ThreeStar

   Well I got to 40% of this book and I had a hard time getting into it so I put it down for a couple of days.
  I picked it back up and while I did get into the story a little more I just did not feel it with this book for some reason.
  I liked Miki and Kane’s characters and I liked them as a couple. There was a lot of mystery and action in this book. So I honestly do not know why, but this book just did not grab me.
Kara

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