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New Release: 4 Star Review for Finding His Home (Men of Falcon Pointe #2 – Standalone) by Thianna Durston #MM #BDSM @ThiannaDurston

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Title: Finding His Home (Men of Falcon Pointe #2 – Standalone)
Author Name & Publisher: Thianna Durston (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: February 26, 2016 – 205 pgs

Synopsis

Sebastien Cather moves to Falcon Pointe with a dream to live life his way. Offered a room at 959 Brenton Street, he discovers how liberating it can feel to live among accepting people, especially in a household where they practice loving physical discipline. And he quickly gains a boyfriend in Avery, a fellow student. Unfortunately Avery isn’t his first choice. His roommate David is fascinating and good-looking, and Bastien would do anything to have him–but he doesn’t think the attraction is returned.

Tensions rise as his roommates’ wedding is threatened and his present and past life clash. Outed by the national media, Bastien is sure he will never be able to return home again. Just as he’s sure he can’t handle any more stress, David let’s him know of his interest. Bastien slowly makes his way forward, trying to find firm footing in the minefield that is his life. But when his landlord makes an announcement about the future of the house, it may change all of his dreams.

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FourStars

I should say that I did not read book 1 but never felt lost or like I didn’t know who the main characters were or what their roles were in this book.

Bastien is trying to find a place where he can explore life without having to look over his shoulder.  He knows that his family will not accept his homosexuality – they will shun and disown him.  However, he finds hope in the friend he made a while ago, while on his mission for the church.

He seeks out Trent, a former member of his church, because he knows that Trent, like him, wanted to find a place where he could be accepted, find love and live his life, free of the confines of a pre-determined fate.

Bastien is a trusting, sweet character.  He wants so badly to be both the devoted son and his own person and because these two sides of himself conflict, he struggles.  Watching him come to terms with his struggle was a challenge and rewarding all wrapped together.  I really enjoyed watching him accept himself, learn to be OK with his family’s acceptance or denial of him and finally find someone who would love him for himself.

David is kind of a strange character.  I felt like I never really got to know much about him other than he is a kick butt and take names type of attorney who helps his fellow roommates fight the good fight.  He cares deeply and is very loyal.

Overall, this story had great parts.  I liked the roommate dynamic and even enjoyed the somewhat forced dating that Bastien put himself through.  I felt that the discipline in this book was minimal and didn’t really play that huge a part in the story.  It was just something that was in the story – not the determining factor.

I really hope that Alan gets his own story – he was a funny character.  Sweet, gossipy, and looking for his place.

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Excerpt

“Can I ask you something?”

“Sure.”

“I know you say you’re straight. Ever wondered if you weren’t?” The moment the words were out of his mouth, he wished he could bite them back. “No. That came out wrong. What I meant was—”

David lifted a hand to forestall whatever he was going to say. Which was a good thing because Bastien had no idea what was about to pour out of his mouth.

“I don’t think anyone is completely het or homosexual. Kinsey made a scale to place someone as to their sexual preference. Of course that was before more genders became acceptable. The chart’s divided into seven possibilities—everything from completely straight to completely gay. It’s my personal belief that we all slide along the scale. At different times in our lives, we may move one or two spots to the left or right. Some have been known to slide from one side to the other.” He shrugged. “In college I was a lot more experimental than I am today. I’ve been with men as well as women. For me it has more to do with the person than the sex they are.”

“What do you mean?”

“Some call it pansexual. But I don’t use the term because people tend to think of it as bisexual. And it’s not.” He paused a moment to take a drink of water. “For me… my sex drive is tied more to the person than their sex. Sure. I notice if the person is male or female or queer, but it’s the person inside who jogs my interest. Intelligence turns me on. I’ll admit I’ve dated women exclusively since I graduated law school, and I was engaged to a wonderful woman for several years. But that had more to do with the fact I did not want my sexuality to affect any job offers I might get. Being intersex and finding a partner who I find exciting both mentally and physically is a challenge. Because at some point, I have to explain that my body is a bit different.”

“You’ve been rejected.” It was as clear as day.

“Yep. Women who were horrified I had a vagina and men who were disgusted at the same thing.” David shook his head and grinned ruefully. “Strange, huh? That the side that bothers both sexes is the female part?”

“That seems kind of stupid,” Bastien said. “I mean, if you care for someone, why should that extra be a problem?” Of course until a couple nights before, he had never found himself attracted to anything having to do with the female body. Until he imagined it right next to a dick.

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5 Star and 4 Star Reviews for Outing the Quarterback (Long Pass Chronicles #1) by Tara Lain (AUDIOBOOK REVIEW) #MM #Sports @taralain

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Title: Outing the Quarterback (Long Pass Chronicles #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Tara Lain (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: September 19, 2014 – 216 pgs

Synopsis

Will Ashford lives in two closets. He meets his wealthy father’s goals as both the quarterback for the famous SCU football team and a business major, but secretly he attends art school and longs to live as a painter. And he’s gay. But if he can win the coveted Milton Scholarship for art, he’ll be able to break from his father at the end of his senior year.

In a painting master class, Will meets his divergent opposite, Noah Zajack. A scarred orphan who’s slept on park benches and eaten from trash cans, Noah carefully plans his life and multiple jobs so he has money and time to go to art school. Will’s problems seem like nothing compared to Noah’s. Noah wants the scholarship too and may have a way to get it since the teacher of his class has designs on him, a plan Will isn’t happy about.

When a gossipmonger with a popular YouTube channel finds evidence that Will is gay, the quarterback’s closet doors begin to crumble. Hounded by the press and harassed by other players, Will has to choose. Stay in the closet and keep his family’s wealth, or let the doors fall off and walk out with nothing. Nothing but Noah.

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FiveStars

**AUDIOBOOK REVIEW**
This was an awesome book. I really had a hard time putting this one down. There was so much angst and a need to know how it worked out or if it did. I was sucked in from the very beginning with Will and Noah and their off the charts chemistry.
There was a lot of twists and unexpected surprises in this story. I was cheering for the couple and shouting when bad things came up and crying when things would turn bad or not the way that benefited the men.
It’s hard to say much without giving away the numerous surprises, but I will say this is a story I highly recommend. It really displays the challenge of being in the closet and wanting someone you shouldn’t.
The narrator of this book did a great job of bringing a little something more to the characters and the story while enhancing the emotions and feelings being dealt with.
Renee
FourStars

Despite (or maybe even because of) the adolescent melodrama, I really enjoyed this story. Yes, Will’s life is a cliche – his wealthy parents are pushy, dysfunctional and slightly evil. His perfect girlfriend is a gold-digging bitch. He is a spoiled yet miserable rich boy. But it is Noah who really caught my imagination. The struggling artist, beautiful yet scarred and fiercely independent – I loved this character.

Will’s closeted life really frustrated me. Even though he uses his girlfriend as an unconsenting beard, he vilifies her for her interest in his money. He enjoys his parents’ money and the lifestyle it affords him but he complains about being trapped by it. However, as much as I didn’t really like Will at the start, this is a new adult book that tracks his journey to a more honest and real place.

Parts of this story are a little too simple for me. Characters are either good or bad with a host of forces conveniently conspiring against Will and Noah. But I really enjoyed the unlikely romance and the way Will grows up – from a spoiled child to a good, honest man by the end of the story.

I didn’t read these books in order and this is definitely not my favourite story in the series. But it is a sweet, angsty new adult story. And it is the beginning, the first story the others link back to.

Sarah

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4 Star Review for Lollipop (Candy Man #3) by Amy Lane #MM #Romance @Amymaclane

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Title: Lollipop (Candy Man #3)
Author Name & Publisher: Amy Lane (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: January 25, 2016 – 250 pgs

Synopsis

Ezra Kellerman flew across country to see if he had another chance with the man he let slip through his fingers. He didn’t. Rico has moved on, but he doesn’t just leave his ex high and dry. Instead, Rico entrusts his family and friends with Ezra’s care. Ezra, confused, hurt, and lost, clings to Rico’s cousin and his boyfriend as the lifelines they are—but their friend Miguel is another story.

Miguel Rodriguez had great plans and ambition—but a hearty dose of real life crushed those flat. When Miguel finds himself partially in charge of the befuddled, dreamy, healing Ezra, he’s pretty resentful at first. But Ezra’s placid nature and sincere wonder at the simple life Miguel has taken for granted begin to soften Miguel’s hardened shell. Miguel starts to notice that Ezra isn’t just amazingly sweet—he’s achingly beautiful as well. Suddenly Miguel is fending off every single man on the planet to give Ezra room to get over Rico—while fighting a burning suspicion that the best thing to help Ezra get over his broken heart is Miguel.

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FourStars

Every book in this series is a huge rainbow coloured sunrise. A little overwhelming, probably a little too sweet , but these books just make my heart feel happy.

Lollipop is no different. We finally meet Ezra, Rico’s ex from the last book. Instead of the villain I expected, Ezra is pretty damaged and desperate to prove himself independent of his father. Miguel, who has been on the periphery of this series for a while, steps in to take care of Ezra.

The romance is predictable – this series is nothing if not formulaic. Ezra is the next resident on Finn and Adam’s couch (or Rico’s couch?). He’s the newest employee at Candy Heaven and the newest member of Finn’s family softball team. Miguel’s mother envelops Ezra into her warm, happy family and Finn’s family takes Ezra in as one more stray. From Wall Street to Candy Shop Clerk, Ezra is determined to separate himself from his father.

This is sweet, feel-good romance. Another gentle reminder from Mummy Amy about the things that matter in life and the things that really don’t. As in all the Candy Man books, true love, good friends and strong families are enough for anyone to overcome life’s obstacles and become whole again.

While I think I still prefer Amy Lane’s darker, more angsty stories, I have quickly become addicted to her sunshine and rainbows writing. I love this series!

Sarah

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4 Star, 3.5 Star and 3 Star Reviews for Hoofbeats by A.J. Marcus and Nicole Godfrey #MM #Shifter @aj_marcus

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Title: Hoofbeats
Author Name & Publisher: A.J. Marcus & Nicole Godfrey (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: February 12, 2016 – 200 pgs

Synopsis

After a run of bad luck, gifted horse trainer Cole Frasier thinks he’s lost his touch. When he’s offered three times his normal rate to gentle a stallion, he needs the money badly enough he jumps at the opportunity, even if his boss is of questionable morality.

Once he meets Midnight Blood, he knows there’s something special about the horse, but he doesn’t know how special until he begins sharing dreams with the magnificent steed.

Derek Dancing Hawk is a horse shifter trapped in his horse form due to guilt over losing the wild herd he was guarding. When he meets Cole, as Midnight Blood, he wants to find a way to be human again. During a fight between Cole and the ranch foreman, he manages to shift and save Cole, but his transformation from horse to human is captured on camera. This not only gives Cole’s boss blackmail material, but also creates the need to warn the horse shifter council of the threat to their anonymity. The existence of shifters is a closely guarded secret, one they will go to great lengths to keep.

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FourStars
A romance between a trainer and his horse. I’ve never read a book like this.  Quite a unique concept and story.

This was a good and different story. It kept you on the edge of your seat because you never knew what was going to happen around the next corner.

I’m glad that the romance part of the story happened early on and, of course, lasted throughout the book. I’ve read many a story where the romance happened half way or even three quarters through the book. So I appreciate this.

The only part I didn’t like, which is just a few and their minor, is I didn’t like the concept of them being prisoners for so long. Also, I wish they would have gotten freed a little sooner than at the end.

The story is about how does Cole and Derek get freed from Mr. Lopez’s clutches. I’m glad that the story answers that question in a good and thorough way. We are also introduced to The Circle which is hinted at within the story. We also get a hint at who is Mrs. Lopez, really. The author, though, lets you draw your own conclusions.

I do recommend this story. Especially if you are a horse lover you will absolutely love it. I’m not really a horse lover, but I’m a shifter story lover. The story, as I mentioned in the beginning, is unique and different in its own way. I love that and I loved the mystery and how the author ties everything together and brings about a nice happy ending with good conclusions.

Ariel

ThreeandHalfStars

Cole is a rough, sweet, gifted horse whisperer.  I really enjoyed his character.  He was sweet, but tough, kind but harsh when he needed to be.  I do wish that we knew more about his past – other than a terrible event, we don’t really know much about him.  I do like how he was so protective of Derek – curious about him in a way that nobody else was.

The antagonist in this book was great.  You knew that hating him was OK.  Lopez made for a great bad guy – you knew he was crooked, mean, crazy and he was easy to hate.  Then you had Joe.  He was just mean.  I enjoyed hating him too.

Then you have Derek and his whole shifter identity.  I liked that he was 2 different characters – they were distinct and yet, the same.  His view of the world, of Cole was beautiful.  I also really enjoyed his grandma.  And, while I was impressed with his ability to “show”, I liked him as Derek more.  The man was compassionate, soulful and loving.

Unfortunately, for me, this book was kind of truncated.  I didn’t really like the flow – it was somewhat strange.  Despite the loving the characters, the story itself was somewhat lacking.  However, if you like a quick shifter read without a lot of development and some strange character interjection, then this would be an easy read.

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ThreeStar

I really enjoyed the premise behind this new shifter story. Like many good shifter stories, the authors draw on Native American legends for inspirations and here the attention to detail is brilliant.

Cole and Derek are an interesting pairing. I loved the idea of the horse whisperer and the horse shifter together. With Derek stuck in horse form for the first part of the book, I found the dream and fantasies a little bit uncomfortable but the men together are very sweet.

But while I loved the ideas, I struggled with the execution of this story. Without spoiling the story, I found the villain too obvious, the conflict artificially constructed and I felt there was far too much OTT drama for me to fully believe in the story.

But the authors end this with the possibility and potential for more stories to follow. With such good world-building, I look forward to sequels with more nuanced plots and more subtle character development in the future.

Sarah

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4 Star Review for Blood and Clockwork by Katey Hawthorne #Fantasy #Ace

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Title: Blood and Clockwork
Author Name & Publisher: Katey Hawthorne (Less Than Three Press)
Publication Date: March 16, 2016

Synopsis

Alistair Click set out to lay to rest the superstitious fears about the Mad Prince’s clockwork tower. If that meant he might bring the ghost city of Avalonia back to economic life, connecting the western kingdoms once again, so much the better. So what if no adventurer who’d entered the tower in the last century of desolation had ever re-emerged? They didn’t have his skill and wit. He could do better.

The tower turns out to be far more than Alistair expected, however. Not only are there clockwork puzzles to open every door, but one of them drops a boy from a strange world into his lap–figuratively speaking, if only just. Marco Murphy was just gaming in his New Jersey apartment, and now he’s stuck in what feels like a never ending LARP nightmare.

The deeper they delve into the Mad Prince’s tower, the darker the secrets they uncover. They’re not entirely sure they’ll ever be able to get out again, either. It’ll take all Marco’s charm and Alistair’s cleverness, plus the strange bond growing between them, to get them out together… and alive.

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FourStars

I really enjoyed this story. The writing is fantastic, style-wise, and I was fascinated by the clock magic. I loved when Marco showed up and thought he was LARPing (live action role play). The two of them had great chemistry, and their banter was fun.

The story was a bit slower paced than I expected, and there were times when it felt a bit confusing. I realize a short story doesn’t have much space for world-building, but some of the stuff about the clocks left me puzzled. Even so, the mix of mechanism and magic was intriguing, and I loved the mystery angle.

While I was glad to have a story featuring an asexual character, one thing which stood out to me was that it was basically unnecessary. The whole story could have been exactly the same with any two people of any orientation, in fact. And the romance could have been eliminated entirely. Not that I think asexuality (or any orientation) needs to be at the forefront, but I kind of feel like if it’s not necessary to advancing the plot, and the only reason to mention it is because there’s not going to be any sex (which wasn’t needed in this story anyway), then it comes across kind of as “Hey, look! An asexual [or whatever orientation] character!” That’s okay, but it’s not really my cup of tea.

I liked this a lot, but the fantasy was way more interesting than the love story part. So it gets 5 stars for the plot (really cool and unique) and 3 stars for the romance (cute and sweet but unnecessary), averaging out to 4.

4 stars
~AmyM

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TWO 4 Star Review by Moonstruck (Lucky Moon #3) by Piper Vaughn and M.J. O’Shea #MM #Romance @PiperVaughn @mjosheaseattle

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Title:  Moonstruck (Lucky Moon #3)
Author Name & Publisher: Piper Vaughn & M.J. O’Shea (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: February 1, 2016 – 200 pgs

Synopsis

Surya Patel is the drummer for the massively popular band, Moonlight. When his label suggests a collaboration with Luck, the band Moonlight toured with the year before, he should be all for it. Except for one thing—he slept with Luck’s manager during the tour, and then bolted in the dead of night. He’s regretted it ever since, but he knows being around Emmanuel will only lead to disaster. Unfortunately for Surya, the person the label sends to sweet talk him into joining the collaboration is none other than Em himself.

Emmanuel Cortez has spent months trying to forget about the hottest night of his life—the night he slept with Surya. It’s been a year, but not even the death of his beloved grandmother and the subsequent drama with his family could keep the memories away. Now it’s time to be professional. His job is to convince Surya to collaborate with Luck, nothing more, but a day spent together leads to yet another passionate night. This time Em is the one to leave.

But unexpectedly Surya has a change of heart. He isn’t satisfied with just one night anymore. He wants forever.

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FourStars

I read this book without reading the previous books in the series. I think I will have to go back and read the other books because I liked the other characters and am curious about them. I enjoyed this book, I thought Em and Sur were great together. The back and forth with the feelings and not telling each other for so long drove me nuts but I get it and it all worked out in the end. The stuff with Em’s family seemed like filler at times and probably could have been left out. There was some angst and drama but it was a good book and I plan to go back and read the others in the series.

Angie

FourStars

I enjoyed this story. While it didn’t quite pack the emotional punch of the first two books in the series, I was engaged and involved from the start.

Surya is a great character. He’s a talented musician, a good friend and for American authors, a pretty believable Englishman. He feels a little old to allow himself to be dictated to by his parents but the authors develop his British-Indian cultural background well, creating honest and believable conflict between Surya and his family.

Emmanuel was never as fully developed. When the angst settles, I like him as a partner for Surya but I never felt like I really knew him. His family drama is told to readers but we never get to see him interact with his family. Oddly, we also see very little of him as a manager in this book. The attraction between partners in the first two books was incredibly powerful, but without fully developing Em’s character, I didn’t have the same reaction to these two.

I also felt like I needed more of Em and Surya’s backstory to fully believe in their connection. I actually requested the previous books in the series after reading this one, certain that the earlier encounter the authors kept referencing must have been explained in a previous story. It isn’t. Em and Surya are peripheral characters until Moonstruck.

So – I liked this without loving it. Piper Vaughn and MJ O’Shae are an amazing writing team and while this might not be a favourite, it is a high-angst rockstar romance well worth reading.

Sarah

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3.5 Star and 3 Star Reviews for Of Being Yours (Another Way #2) by Anna Martin #MM #Romance @Missannamartin @dreamspinners

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Title: Of Being Yours (Another Way #2)
Author Name & Publisher: Anna Martin (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: September 1, 2012 – 230 pgs

Synopsis

It’s been three years since Jesse Ross had to choose between his Master and his girlfriend-three years he’s spent living in a loving relationship with Will, his Dom, and finally being open about his sexuality. To the outside eye, Jesse and Will’s relationship is settled, solid, and romantic: people expect them to settle down, get married, have a family. It takes a car crash to expose the papered-over cracks in their life together.

Traumatized by the crash, Will finds his confidence shattered. After unintentionally causing Jesse pain during the accident, Will finds it impossible to hurt him in the bedroom, and suddenly he has to reassess his ability to be Jesse’s Dom. The emotional and physical deadlock leaves Jesse struggling to hold the pieces of their tattered relationship together. The physical scars may heal with time, but the emotional trauma has left more damage than either man could have anticipated….

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ThreeandHalfStars

Triggers: Car crash, polyrelationship mentioned

Let me start this by saying that I did not read the previous book in this series.  I never felt that I needed more of an explanation of who the characters are.

This was an interesting read.  There were 2 relationships within this story.  The one between the main characters, Will and Jesse and then you had a poly-relationship between Jesse’s old Domme – Laura, Maddie and Steven.

I must admit that I wasn’t sure why there were two relationships in this story.  I don’t know if they really complimented each other that much.

The relationship between Jesse and Will is in jeopardy  – Will and Jesse struggle with what their relationship was, will become and is.  And, while I can understand the struggle that both Jesse and Will go through, I found this story to be kind of repetitive.  They had a few hot scenes, but even their chemistry was not great throughout due to the conflict that they were experiencing.

There were a lot of moving pieces in this story and I think that somehow, the romance between Jesse and Will was lost.  In the end, I think that Martin kindof came back to their story, but in the middle, the story was really about the poly-relationship between Laura, Maddie and Steven.

Maybe if I had read the previous story, I might have enjoyed this more, but really, this was just a ho-hum story for me.

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ThreeStar

I didn’t read the first book, so I might have been missing some back story but I could understand what was going on without feeling “lost”. However, I couldn’t connect with these characters. There was a lot of jumps in time. They would be going thru something and then it would say “several weeks later”, just made me disconnect with the story and characters even more. With these two being into BDSM and having been in it for a long time I just couldn’t understand the lack of communication on both Jesse and Will’s part, open communication is a must and there wasn’t much of that. Besides not being able to connect with the characters I just thought the book was a bunch of filler. The accident that is mentioned in the blurb of the book doesn’t happen until the 40%-50% into the book and then the author just brushes over the recovery of each character. Others will probably enjoy this book, especially if they liked the first book but it wasn’t for me and I will probably pass on the next book that is set six years into the future.

Angie

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ONE 4.5 Star, THREE 4 Star and ONE 3 Star Reviews for His Favorite Color Is Blood: Coffin Nails MC (Sex & Mayhem #8) by K.A. Merikan #MM #Disability @KA_Merikan

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Title: His Favorite Color Is Blood: Coffin Nails MC (Sex & Mayhem #8)
Author Name: K.A. Merikan
Publication Date & Length: February 10, 2016 – 329 pgs

Synopsis

— When life gives you blood, make mayhem. —

Grim. Assassin. Leather-clad sex god. Has the most unusual taste in men.
Misha. Mutilated. Afraid. Will never trust again.

Grim is a bloodthirsty killer, and he owns it. Gay in a world of outlaw bikers, he firmly stands his ground if anyone dares to cross him. He takes pleasure in showing homophobes their place and fucking his way through a life of carnage.

But there is a part of him always aching for something he cannot get. When by chance he saves the most perfect guy he’s ever met, he is not about to let him go. Even if it means he needs to smother his broken bird.

When a masked, bloodstained man rescues Misha from captivity, he doesn’t know if he should thank the menacing stranger or stab him and run. Grim is not the kind of man who takes no for an answer, and Misha might now be in more danger than when he was trapped as a sex slave.

Misha cannot deny though that Grim is as alluring as he is frightening, and once Misha realizes what power his body holds over Grim, he understands that taming the beast of a man could be within his reach.

But any possibility of a future together is like a house of cards when Zero, the sadistic crime lord who destroyed Misha’s life, sets out to get him back.

Will the ruthless biker assassin at Misha’s side be enough to conquer the monsters from his past?

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Themes: Outlaw motorcycle club, organized crime, assassin, chase, disability (amputee), devotee, revenge, redemption, kidnapping, road trip, fear, hurt/comfort, past abuse

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FourandHalfStars

Triggers: Sex trafficking, abuse, torture, murder, fetish, kidnapping, child pornography

Holy Crap! My heart raced through this story.  Both the good kind and the sweaty palms, edge of your seat kind.
I have read one previous book in this series, but it was not the one directly prior to this one and I was never lost, never felt like I was missing anything nor were the characters hard to follow.

Whew! With Grim’s demeanor, you’re right in the thick of things from the start of this story.  He finds himself in the presence of Misha, his sexual fantasy!  However, when he really gets a look at Misha, he sees a terrified human being.

Misha is a character that you can’t help but feel bad for – he has a tortured history – one where you can instantly picture a younger, less tortured boy.

You’re sucked right in to a tangled web of lies, deceit, torture, murder and mayhem.  It’s a non-stop roller-coaster ride from the first page to the last.  If you’re up for dark romances, scary, murderous characters then this book is definitely for you.

And, through it all, Grim and Misha are able to develop a connection that is so deep, trusting and loving.

I do wish that the antagonist had suffered far worse – it was not slow enough for me.

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FourStars

This was not one of my favorite books by this author.  I found Grim to be a bit disturbing and his fetish was quite twisted.  I did have a problem with that, but I did go on with reading it.  Misha on the other hand, when it was revealed what happened to him I felt so awful for him.

Even though I had some problems with the story I have to say once again they have written with a lot of feeling, but very dark, intense and twisted. This book took me to an uncomfortable zone at times, but like all their books do, it keeps you wanting to read more.  So please read the warnings so you know just what your getting.

Sherry

FourStars

oh boy, oh boy, this book was a trip.
So here we have book 8 of Merikan’s Coffin Nail’s MC series and it’s twisted as all get out. This is Grim’s story, an assassin who reminds me of a mixture of a puppy, a nutjob, a sweetheart, a kid and the Joker. Lmao
Grim finds Misha, a video porn star with no legs on a mission for the Coffin Nails. Grim spirits Misha away without the others knowing because he’s always liked Misha’s videos and has a thing for amputees. A fetish, really, He’s on a quest to win Misha’s heart and Misha…well he’s like “wtf?” haha
I actually really liked this book, with it’s dark humor and romance. Grim is disturbed…like mentally, and he knows it. The readers knows it, Misha knows it…but for some reason, I liked him. He’s not the type of person I ever wanna meet in a dark alley (lol) but I liked how the author portrayed him and never changed his personality. He was all kinds of crazy, and I liked his brand of crazy…in the book. In real life, I think it’s best that he be put in jail for the safety of others. O_O
Poor Misha. He’d been kidnapped, mutilated, abused and used as a sex toy, yet he was still strong. In the beginning he seemed weak, but hanging around Grim made him stronger. I liked that he never faded in the background with someone like Grim. He and Grim went together like peas and carrots.
Cookie
FourStars
I usually don’t like biker books but this one was really good. I loved how loving and caring Grim was towards Misha. I understand why Misha was hesitant towards Grim and his feelings for him. I can’t even imagine all that Misha went through, besides anxiety and trust issues he seemed pretty normal considering everything that was done to him for over five years. This book had great chemistry and character interaction. There was some intense scenes and the author kept me engaged the entire book.
Angie
ThreeStar

I expected graphic violence. I expected violent, graphic sex. But I wasn’t quite ready for the amputee fetish. I have to admit that after loving KA Merikan’s Guns N Boys series, this is finally a bit too dark and a little too kinky for me.

For me, the violence and sex in the Guns N Boys series is softened with humour and some very tender scenes. But Dom and Seth are equals, partners. I think I found this more disturbing because Misha is a victim and Grim an unapologetic predator for much of the story. There is no humour. No banter between the men softens the harsh edges of the relationship. I’m used to blurry consent in these books but I still find it disturbing.

When I’m enjoying a KA Merikan book, I am aware of the clunky writing and editing errors but I find them easy to ignore. Because I was already struggling with this story, I found the typos quite distracting.

Despite my reservation about the story, I really enjoyed Misha’s character. His backstory is fascinating and his constant adjustment to his changing circumstances feels real and carefully written. There are parts of nomad Grim’s character I enjoyed as well. I just struggled with some of his actions at the start of the story and his fetish throughout.

I did enjoy the relationship between Misha and Grim more at the end of the story than I did at the start. When consent and affection started to replace fear and force, I started to engage more with the story. But the kink still made me a little queasy.

Sarah

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4.5 Stars for King of Diamonds by K.M. Penemue #MM #Historical @LT3Press

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Title: King of Diamonds
Author Name & Publisher: K.M. Penemue (Less Than Three Press)
Publication Date & Length: February 24, 2016 – 34 pgs

Synopsis

Rhen makes his living two ways: performing card tricks for passing crowds, and thievery. Every four years, Vis-a-Vis, a four day festival, celebrates life and happiness, where all classes can be equal behind their masks. It’s a prime opportunity for thieves, but Rhen’s plans change when Lelan, his former lover, says they need to talk.

Though still feeling bitter with Lelan for leaving him, Rhen agrees, because if there’s one thing he’s good at, it’s playing the odds.

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FourandHalfStars

This was an interesting little read. I really enjoyed the world that was built and the event that was being ‘attended’. There was quite the story wrapped up in the few pages the story was on. I can say that I did wish a bit more for a prologue of sorts or something to show the relationship that our characters had before everything in the past had gone down.

I really enjoyed the way it was written and how the reader was pulled into this fantastical setting. It’s different, yet fun and just great fun to read.

This was my first book by this author, but I would gladly pick up another one!

Renee

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4 Star Review for Ten Days in August by Kate McMurray #MM #Historical

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Title: Ten Days in August
Author Name & Publisher: Kate McMurray (Kensington Publishing Corporation)
Publication Date & Length: March 29, 2016 – 256 pgs

Synopsis

From the Lower East Side to uptown Manhattan, a curious detective searches for clues on the sidewalks of New York—and finds a secret world of forbidden love that’s too hot to handle…

New York City, 1896. As the temperatures rise, so does the crime rate. At the peak of this sizzling heat wave, police inspector Hank Brandt is called to investigate the scandalous murder of a male prostitute. His colleagues think he should drop the case, but Hank’s interest is piqued, especially when he meets the intriguing key witness: a beautiful female impersonator named Nicholas Sharp.

As a nightclub performer living on the fringes of society, Nicky is reluctant to place his trust in a cop—even one as handsome as Hank. With Police Commissioner Theodore Roosevelt cracking down on vice in the city, Nicky’s afraid that getting involved could end his career. But when he realizes his life is in danger—and Hank is his strongest ally—the two men hit the streets together to solve the crime. From the tawdry tenements of the Lower East Side to the moneyed mansions of Fifth Avenue, Nicky and Hank are determined to uncover the truth. But when things start heating up between them, it’s not just their lives on the line. It’s their love…

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FourStars

This book is set in 1896 New York. Hank is a police inspector and gets involved in a crime about dead prostitutes, someone is killing and needs to be stopped. He meets Nicky at his first crime scene, who works as a female impersonator…drag?
It wasn’t love a first sight for these two, which I was glad for, but the attraction was there. In 1896, there was no way Hank could come out without serious issues. As the story builds, things heat up and they work together to solve the crimes. I’m not sure if this was a realistic take of 1896 or the way these two acted together. Sometimes I forgot that this wasn’t present time until they mention something that is old and related to 1896…lol. The way they spoke seemed too present time for me, but they were interesting.
Cookie

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