Monthly Archives: June 2016

TWO 5 Star and 3.5 Star Reviews for Heart Ripper: Coffin Nails MC (Sex & Mayhem #9) by K.A. Merikan #MM #Romance @KA_Merikan

CoverTitle: Heart Ripper: Coffin Nails MC (Sex & Mayhem #9)
Author Name & Publisher: K.A. Merikan (Acerbi & Villani Ltd)
Publication Date & Length:. June 15, 2016 – 319 pgs

We knew we’d write Heart Ripper as soon as David appeared on the pages of Split as the MCs younger brother. There was just something about this tertiary character that spoke to us, and in no time, we were hard at work. David comes from a very devout Catholic background, and the overbearing nature of his mother doesn’t do him any favors in discovering his sexual interests.

But then comes Raja, a friend of David’s brother, and he sweeps David off his feet without knowing who he’s dealing with.

This story is much sweeter than many of the other Sex & Mayhem books in the sense that one of the characters is not in any way connected to the criminal world, and that is one of the reasons Raja, the newly appointed club president of one of the Coffin Nails MC chapters, likes him so much. David is a sweet ray of sunshine and normalcy, the kind of boyfriend Raja never had, and he can’t deny himself the attraction, even if he knows he should not pursue this particular guy.

I guess most of us like a story of a forbidden love, one that needs to face many obstacles. It isn’t easy for Raja to openly date a guy, and it is even harder for David to put everything on the line, but their connection is explosive, and neither of them can make himself give up on it.

Synopsis

— You always want what you can’t have. —

David. Catholic. Gay. Set on keeping his purity ring.
Raja. Biker. Manwhore. Never refuses a bet.

David has always tried to be the best son his parents could dream of.
Always at church on Sunday.
Always eager to help with the garden.
Always trying his best at school.
Prim, proper, innocent, and kind.
But deep inside of him, there is a yearning planted by the devil himself, and when a cocky, foul-mouthed biker pulls him a step too far, David doesn’t fall into the abyss. He leaps.
Raja is all he’s ever dreamed of, yet didn’t dare voice. Older, dangerous, a wall of muscle with a grip so strong David can’t resist him no matter how hard he tries.

As a freshly appointed president of a motorcycle club on the verge of ruin, Raja has a lot to live up to. Being gay doesn’t do him any favors in terms of commanding the respect of his men. He has his way of compensating though.
Always first in a fight.
Always bragging about his sexual conquests.
Always up for a bet.
Daring, tattooed, sexy, and unapologetic.
After he boasts he can have any man he wants, he gets challenged to hook up with the preppy guy wallflowering at a party. Raja can’t wait to pop the innocent cutie’s cherry. But when he finds out the guy is his friend’s younger brother, life gets a whole lot messier.

Why is the one guy who should be off-limits always the most tempting?

Add to GoodReads

Review

FiveStars

This is the KA Merikan I first fell in love with. Raja might just be my favourite bad boy biker yet and David – well, David spends this story growing up and finding his place in the world. He is cute at the start and he is smokin’ hot by the end.

This is one of the more emotional books I’ve read by these authors. I would almost describe parts of this story as sweet and moving. However, after each of these fluffy moments, the language quickly returned to filthy and the violence escalated to brutal until I once again felt securely enmeshed in the Merikan world.

I have to admit that a few of the Merikan books have pushed me beyond my comfort zone with violent sex, non-consensual sex, unusual fetishes and pure graphic violence. While this is still sexy, gritty and graphic, the sex in this story is consensual and non-violent. As always, the connection between the two men is electric. Both men have a thing for talking dirty – so the language is delightfully filthy here.

David’s struggle to justify his sexuality with his faith is a personal, internal battle and his relationship with his parents and his church is complicated. As David is Hunter’s younger brother, it was interesting to watch the same family experienced by the two siblings in very different ways. Hunter is brilliant as a big brother and a father in this story.

Raja’s struggle is also private – the new club president feels he has to prove himself constantly while the people around him judge him for his sexuality and his skin colour. Where David has Hunter and now Asty, Raja has always been alone and it is difficult for him to trust or to care.

I loved the emotional connection between Raja and David as much as their sexual connection. I also loved the increasing complexity of the relationships between the Coffin Nails and their family members.

This is one of my favourite Merikan books; I think I like their slightly softer sides!

Sarah

ThreeandHalfStars

This was just an OK addition to the series for me.  I have only read two of the previous books in this series, but I liked them much more than I enjoyed this book.

The characters were immature, whiny, and so hot and cold that even I was getting dizzy.

I liked how Hunter protected David to a point, but also let him breathe – find his own path.  Hunter seemed like a great big brother who would go to the ends of the earth for family he knew would accept him.  I love how he supported David and even went back to their old house to help his brother when their parents were being horrible.

Then you have Raja.  I felt that he was sort of truncated throughout this story.  You knew a little about him, here and there.  You knew that he went through some horrible things, but in the end, that didn’t excuse his horrible behaviors for me.  In fact, it just made his actions that much more deplorable.  He should have known better.

David is just this shy, meek kid.  He kind of grows up throughout the story, but he’s so stunted from living with his bible loving parents that he takes forever to grow up.  At almost the end of the story, I felt he was kind of coming around to being an equal part of the relationship.

While this story had great aspects to it – I just couldn’t get over Raja’s and David’s behaviors to really like it.

AvidReader

FiveStars

Heart Ripper was certainly a different story compared to the others in this series. But I still loved it.  Raja and David were so cute together, David so naive in any experience regarding life outside of his mother’s home and Raja who is very experienced but has gone through many awful times.  They were perfect together.  I liked the way this book was written with a more softer side not so violent, it was a nice change.

Sherry

Excerpt

The bearded guy from downstairs slid inside, locking the door of the bathroom with a loud, final-sounding clang, and then his dark gaze was on David, rendering him mute and unable to defend himself from that strong presence.

The man was taller than David, and the white T-shirt he was wearing clung to his athletic body as he glided through the bathroom. For a moment, the world slowed down, and David could swear he saw the pitch-black hair float in the air, the curved-up moustache twitch as the man smiled beneath the thick, well-kept beard. Bold black tattoos covered the man’s arms, all the way to his wrists, and some even peeked out from under the round collar of the shirt, beckoning David to have a closer look at the dark, warm-hued skin, which had immediately set the man apart from everyone else present at the party.

“I… I mean, okay, I guess you need it more,” David uttered and attempted to pass the guy, fleeing for the door. He was hot, cold, sweaty all over, and nervous as hell. Life had been so much easier years ago, before puberty hit him in the face like a red hot poker drenched in sin.

The man stood in his way, and before David could utter a word of protest, a palm as hot as molten lava burned the skin of his throat, squeezing gently as the man pushed David back.

David stepped back in a daze, letting the stranger direct him toward the wall, until his knees hit something hard and cool. The man pushed him down, and David obeyed yet again, taking a seat on the closed toilet.

He could barely breathe from the stress of being alone with this guy in a locked room. “I’m sorry if I stared,” he wanted to say, but only managed a hoarse whisper. His body was still processing being touched by this man. Older, bigger, with eyes that could scorch David alive.

“I enjoyed you staring,” said the stranger with a small smirk to his lips as he traced his thumb over David’s lips. It was the sulphur to the match of David’s arousal, and he quickly clenched his thighs in panic. Even his accent immediately set him apart from most people David met. Rich and thick as sugar syrup, it was definitely Southern.

Even fumbly kisses with a girl at church camp weren’t as igniting as one touch from this man.

David would burn in hell for the images crawling out of the back of his mind. His heart was beating so hard it made him light-headed.

The man liked him looking.

So he wasn’t about to scold David for it. But what could a man like this possibly want with him then? A man with all that dark hair on his thick arms, a face as handsome as if it were a gift from the devil himself, and touch that made every hair on David’s body bristle.

“This… this is a misunderstanding,” David mumbled.

The man smirked and pulled down the zipper of his jeans, slowly letting go of David’s neck.

“Nice to meet you, pretty boy.”

BuyTheBook

Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA

Continue reading

Leave a Comment

Filed under 3.5 Stars, 5 Star, AvidReader, M/M, New Release, Review, Sarah, Sherry

5 Stars and 3.5 Stars for Paper Kisses by R. M. Grace @RMGraceAuthor #MM #Romance #darkromance

29102343

Title: Paper Kisses
Author Name & Publisher: R. M. Grace
Publication Date & Length: February 13, 2016 – 357 Pages

Synopsis

“So you want to hear a story?”
“Depends. It isn’t a love story is it? I don’t want to hear a love story—they’re all diluted by cliches.”
“It’s not a love story. It’s about two people coming together under complicated circumstances to find they can care for one another.”
“Sounds like a love story.”
“Well, it’s not. It’s more a tale of survival. Do you want to hear it?”

Dark Winters, an eight year-old from Coventry, is set to go on holiday with his parents. In a rush, they pack their bags and head into the storm in search of The Jurassic Coast’s warm beaches.

They have only been driving for twenty minutes when they hit something in the road that changes their lives forever.

Dark finds himself in a strange building with no idea how he got there and, to his growing horror, his parents are no longer with him. But when he hears movement above his head, it dawns on him he is not alone . . .

This novel is intended for a mature audience with scenes of kidnap and M/M themes.

Add to GoodReads

Review

FiveStars

Wow. I have such mixed emotions about this book. In some ways I hated it but in other ways I can almost understand where the characters are coming from. Then I also found myself feeling grief for these characters and myself in tears because of this grief.

Travis is a deeply troubled individual who goes about it the wrong way to try and rid himself of the pain and anger that he feels dues to his parents horrific abuse of him. But at the same time I think that somewhere in there is a deeply caring man who feels as if he does not deserve to be live because of the abuse he sustained as a child.

Dark is such a victim of circumstance. When Dark came to be with Travis, he does not realize that in a very big way it is to protect him from people who are more horrible then Travis could ever be. The longer that Dark is with Travis the more they come to care about one another even though I think Travis does not know how to show it. Once Dark becomes an adult and realizes he has feelings for Travis I believe that Travis does start to change for the better. That is until he gives in once again to his dark side and sets into motion a storm that neither will ever recover from.

This book is definitely not for everyone. But for those of you who like a dark read with somewhat of a love story mixed into it and an ending that will leave you shocked and wondering if it is a good thing or a bad thing, then this is he book for you.

Tosha

ThreeandHalfStars

I finished this book several days before sitting down to write a review, simply because I don’t quite know how I feel about it. There are very few books that I finish with and just feel weird, but this was definitely one of them. Travis is a serial killer. That isn’t a spoiler, you find it out almost immediately. He kills people to help him cope with past trauma. After causing a car accident, he kidnaps a boy named Dark from the car. The book is divided into three parts. The first part takes up a good half of the book, and is spent with Dark as an eight year old, being yelled at and hit by Travis, who continues to kill people. The second part sees Dark, now 17, grow to love Travis. You heard that right. He falls in love with Travis, the man who physically and emotionally abused him. Somehow, though, it manages to work. I found myself rooting for them, even given who they were in relation to each other. And then part three happened. Without giving away what happens, let me just say there is no happy ending. That was really the kicker for me. I sat staring at my computer screen for about five minutes after I finished the book, trying to process how I felt about it, and what had just happened. I still don’t know if I fully know how I feel about it.
To call it a romance would be a mistake. Yes, there were romantic elements in it, and you could go as far as to call it a dark romance, but even then, there is some HEA or HFN. This had neither. Another thing I found odd was the descriptions. The murder scenes were described in more detail than the sex scenes, which were fade to black. Not that that was necessarily a bad thing. I know some people prefer fade to black. I just found it a bit strange.
I only found a few things negative (aside from the lack of an HEA or HFN). The first was Dark’s characterisation as an eight year old. Sometimes, he acted very much like an eight year old, wanting mummy and daddy. His writing, though, was much more sophisticated than any eight year old’s. The other negative was the sheer believability of the plot, at points. The whole deal with Dark and his parents didn’t quite sit well with me as believable, and I didn’t care for the way it was handled. 
 
Overall, the book was good…I think. It was well written, and kept me wanting to read more (partially because I wanted to see how part one could move into part two). I would recommend this to fans of extremely dark romance, and also fans mystery/crime/psychological thriller.
Alyson

BuyTheBook

Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA

Continue reading

Leave a Comment

Filed under 3.5 Stars, 5 Star, Alyson, M/M, Review, Tosha, Uncategorized

NEW REVIEW! 5 Stars for Dom of Ages (Collars and Cuffs #7) by K.C. Wells @K_C_Wells and Parker Williams @ParkerWAuthor #MM #BDSM

DomofAgesFS

Title: Dom of Ages (Collars and Cuffs #7)
Author Name & Publisher: K.C. Wells and Parker Williams (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: December 21, 2015 – 264 pgs

Synopsis

Eli may only be thirty, but he has had enough of pretend submissives. He wants a sub who truly knows how to submit. So when he spies Jarod in a BDSM club, everything about the man screams submission. It doesn’t matter that Jarod has to be about twenty years older than Eli. What does age matter, anyway? Not one to miss an opportunity, Eli moves fast and takes Jarod home with him, without thinking things through. All he can see is what he’s always wanted – a sub who wants to serve.

Jarod spent twenty-eight years with his Master, until Fate took Phillip from him. Four years on, and Jarod is still lost, so when a young Dom takes charge, Jarod rolls with it and finds himself serving again. But he keeps waiting for the shoe to drop. Because there’s going to come a point when Eli realizes he’s a laughing stock in the club. Who would want to be seen with a fifty-year-old sub? And when the moment of humiliation does arrive, Jarod flees. He’d be better off with Phillip.

Despite several missteps, what happens forces Eli to understand that Jarod needs him as much as he needs Jarod. But he knows in order to find happiness, they need friends who will understand. A friend keeps telling him Collars & Cuffs is what they need. Eli finally goes to visit, refusing to risk Jarod being hurt again, and finds everything he’s heard about the club is true. When he takes Jarod, he watches as his sub is met with open arms. As they settle in to their new life, Eli begins to see things differently. And he dares to think he can have it all. Until the phone call that shows him he didn’t realize what he could lose.

Add to GoodReads

Review

FiveStars

KC Wells never disappoints me when it comes to reading Collar and Cuffs series. I have read every book so far in this series and I absolutely love this series. This book is no different. It was an amazing book. Much like the other books I found myself laughing, crying, and rooting for the characters in this book.

Jarod is so heartbroken when this book begins from losing his former master to an airplane crash four years earlier. Being fifty he thinks that he will not find another Dom who will want more then a night here and there or others that will make fun of him for his age. Jarod in my opinion does not realize just how strong he is. Being a submissive and left without a Dom, most subs would have given up on life. But Jarod keeps going even though he is not living. I found that once Jarod met Eli, you could not tell that Jarod was older then Eli by such an age difference. Jarod rarely ever lets his age come between them with the exception of when Eli recieved the phone call that he never expected or hoped to get.

Eli is an amazing Dom. Yes I believe at first he gets things wrong but he gets his head out of his butt and his true nature comes out in the way that he tries to protect Jarod and in the way that he cares for him and loves him. Eli does not let the fact that Jarod has money come between them and he does not let the age difference come between them either. Eli is an amazing individual and I think that Eli and Jarod are made for one another.

As said earlier in my review KC Wells is an amazing author and I cannot wait to read the next book in this series. I know that it will be just as amazing as the others, if not better.

Tosha

Excerpt

Jarod

I eyed the other subs enviously as they preened for the Doms, each hoping to spend an hour in a private room with one of them. I felt like a kid again, always the last one picked for sports. The looks I got ranged from amused to withering. I couldn’t believe I’d subjected myself to this. What was worse, I’d actually expected a different outcome.

I sighed deeply. Who was I fooling? I wasn’t twenty anymore. Hell, I wasn’t even twice that.

The Doms wanted someone younger, someone trainable, or, failing that, someone who could give them a hot fuck. I had talents in that department from the many years I had served Master Phillip, but since he died, I’d been a submissive who had no one to serve.

“And what are you supposed to be?” a voice near my ear snapped.

“My name is Jarod, Sir,” I answered quietly, my heart thumping so loudly I was certain he could hear it.

There was a low growl. “I didn’t ask your name. I asked what you think you’re doing here.”

Heaven help me, I told him the truth. “Searching for someone to serve, Sir.”

His braying laugh mocked me. When he saw I was serious, he sobered. “No one is going to take you. No master is going to have you.” Then in a softer voice he added, “Go home. You don’t belong here.”

He was right, of course. It was time I admitted that to myself. This was a world that wasn’t like the one I’d been part of. When Master Phillip and I went to the clubs, there was an understanding.

People were respectful, even if they weren’t interested in whatever was going on. This club was awful. It was full of young men strutting around like peacocks, each trying to show off more plumage than the next.

It was time to stop kidding myself. There was no reason for me to stay any longer. I’d be on my way, and then everyone would probably have a good laugh at my expense. At least in that, I would have made someone happy. I was about to stand when I felt a hand on my shoulder and smelled the leather.

“What is it you want?”

His breath smelled of mint. It wafted over my face and made my stomach clench with nerves.

“To serve, Sir.”

Silence. I waited for it, the inevitable comeback, the jeer, the insult….

“That’s a very good answer, boy. Very good indeed. Stand and turn.”

I rose to my feet and faced the man whose voice gave me butterflies. When I saw him, my heart dropped and crushed them all to dust. The man was handsome, I would never say otherwise, but he was a child. I wanted a Master to serve, not to be a toy for a youngster who would grow bored with me the next time a pretty pony boy pranced by.

“What’s your name?” he asked.

“Jarod, Sir,” I replied, cursing my cracking voice.

He held out his hand and took mine. His grip was firm and warm, and a jolt of electricity ran through me at his touch.

“It’s an honor to meet you. My name is Eli.”

His name was like a caress. There was a gentleness to his voice that had me feeling as though everything might be okay after all. I tried to be surreptitious about it as I looked him over, and he laughed.

“You don’t need to hide anything from me. If you want to look at me, go ahead.”

I raised my head and marveled at how his green eyes shone in the bright lights. His short, spiky hair was dark, but with the colored lights flashing, it was hard to tell what color it was. I had the insane urge to run my fingers through it. He was about my height, and the way those black leather pants clung to his muscular thighs, I really wanted to see his legs. He was slender, but with good definition: it wasn’t a six-pack, but I wouldn’t have minded running my hands over it.

“Aren’t you a bit old for this, Jarod?” His voice was deep, and my skin pebbled at his tone.

With a shock I realized he wasn’t mocking me; he was genuinely curious.

Once more I felt compelled to speak the truth. “No, Sir. I-I don’t believe I am.”

His fingers traced along my neck, running gently across my throat. I swallowed hard. It was so different from the treatment I’d received from everyone else here.

“Would you like to play?”

And with those words my heart dropped. “No. I’d rather not.” I was shocked to hear the words come from my mouth. Never before had I told a Sir no, but it seemed to be a night for honesty.

Of all the times to be honest, though…. I remained still, awaiting his imminent departure.

“Good. I’m glad. I’m not here to play either.” He was quiet for a moment. “I want you to come home with me. Would that be okay?”

My breath caught. What the hell? He was so different from everyone else in this club. My heartbeat sped up. “Yes, please.” My damn voice squeaked again.

I felt the smooth leather against my throat. “This doesn’t come off until I say so. Is this agreed?”

“Yes.”

“Yes, what?”

I cursed myself for forgetting. “Yes, Sir.”

BuyTheBook

Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
Barnes & Noble
Kobo
Publisher’s Website

Continue reading

Leave a Comment

Filed under 5 Star, M/M, Review, Tosha

4 Stars for Dreamsnare by Althea Claire Duffy #Bisexual #Fantasy @LT3Press

CoverTitle: Dreamsnare
Author Name & Publisher: Althea Claire Duffy (Less Than Three Press)
Publication Date & Length: June 21, 2016

Synopsis

Once Kereda was a successful shoemaker, but she lost everything: her career, her marriage, her home. When her new roommate tells her a curse might have been haunting her all these years, she seeks out Serin the dreamworker to have it undone.

But the curse isn’t what Kereda expects—and she and Serin end up trapped in a twisted dreamworld, forced to confront their painful pasts together if they hope to uncover the plot against them.

Add to GoodReads

Review

 FourStars
This was an interesting, engaging short that makes me want not only more in this universe, but also to see Kereda and Serin again. The two come together as a result of the machinations of Gilya, but her evils aren’t the only ones plaguing Kereda. As Kereda and Serin try to unweave the snare they’re in, they find things they have in common, things that bring them closer together. The end seems to come too quickly; I’d like to know more about their budding relationship. The end is slightly bittersweet; friendships of long ago have been destroyed while something new and promising has begun. Definitely a good story.
AmyP

BuyTheBook

Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
Barnes & Noble
Kobo
Publisher’s Website

Continue reading

Leave a Comment

Filed under 4 Star, Amy P, Bisexual, New Release, Review

TWO 5 Star and ONE 4 star Reviews for Beneath the Waves by Ali Vali #FF #Romance

CoverTitle: Beneath the Waves
Author Name & Publisher: Ali Vali (Bold Strokes Books)
Publication Date & Length: May 17, 2016 – 264 pgs

Synopsis

No one has her life more mapped out than Kai Merlin. She’ll succeed her mother Galen and carry out every duty expected of her—the most important of which is to keep hidden the secrets her people have kept for eons.

Vivien Palmer’s life has been just as planned out by her parents, and their dream is for her and her brother Franklin to eventually run the family business. But Vivien’s dreams lie in the depths of the oceans searching for clues to the shells she and Franklin wear around their necks.

A chance encounter as children forever linked Kai and Vivien for life, but can they find a way to be together despite what’s expected of them?

The answers lie Beneath the Waves.

Add to GoodReads

Review

FiveStars

Vivien Palmer and her brother Frankie meet a young girl on the beach when they are kids.  They remember the brief encounter always but no-one believed it happened as the girl disappeared back into the sea, with sharks accompanying her.  Vivien and Frankie are heirs to an oil company and much is expected of them.  The girl from the sea, Kai, is an Atlantean and heir to the throne of her realm.  When they meet again as adults an instant connection is felt between Vivien and Kai and they are drawn to each other, craving each other.  As they try to save the oil company and the environment together they find themselves and their families in huge danger.
When I started reading this book I wasn’t at all sure I was going to like it, as it went between the very formal Atlantean realm and a very modern setting with contemporary language. As the story went on though I found myself immersed in both worlds.  The premise of an ancient but much advanced Atlantean race under the sea was brilliantly constructed, with an all female world and an ability to procreate without men.  It was skilfully written and the imagination that went into it was fantastic.  The modern world on land, with big business, environmental worries and a hateful creepy male suitor in the guise of Steve was well thought out and oh so real.  The author managed to insert a real fear and menace into the story and had me totally engrossed.  The love story between Vivien and Kai was slow burning but beautifully pitched.  Kai had so many secrets that she could not share with Vivien as her world was at stake, but as they fell in love and the bond between them became so vital, she had no choice but to open herself totally.  The love scenes were tender and loving but also very hot. I loved this book and it gave so much more than I expected.  A wonderful passionate love story with a great mystery.
Kitty Kat
FiveStars
A  remarkable book that weaves fantasy and folk lore with just a little reality to create a really memorable tale.
The characters were interesting and likable individuals. Enough background was given on each woman and her family to familiarize the reader and make them understand where they were coming from.
The love interest between the two leading women was slowly and tenderly portrayed. The plot that was gradually exposed was interesting and in keeping with both of the womens  backgrounds and personalities.
As in all good stories good overcame evil and our hero survived to live and love.
The ending, although predictable, was fitting and satisfying.
Chris
FourStars

I really enjoyed the storyline in this book. Farfetched? Sure. Entertaining? Definitely. A new and interesting take on the legend of Atlantis, it was fun to read.  Kai definitely has that otherworldly Alpha thing going on, and Vivien is no nonsense but troubled due to a childhood encounter. Vivien battles against her parents, who feel they know what’s best for her and are pressuring her to fall in line. Her only bastion against this pressure is her brother, Frankie. The two support each other completely. When Kai appears on the scene, she becomes another lodestone for Vivien, even though Vivien isn’t sure why she’s attracted to Kai. Things seem hopeless as far as their future goes, but Kai is unable to stop herself from getting involved with Vivien. The underlying cause for the events in this book was rather surprising, and the resolution was intriguing. The resolution of Vivien and Kai’s future is a good ride as well. Two things that kept this from getting a higher rating from me: First, Vivien seems asexual before meeting Kai. I believe this is explained by the unnatural link between Frankie and Vivien (Kai’s mistake so many years ago) being so intense that there wasn’t room for anybody else. But she doesn’t seem too weirded out by waking up one day intensely attracted to a woman. Second, it seemed overly easy for Kai’s people to find out what was going on. Perhaps the only reason they didn’t catch what was happening earlier is because nobody ever thought it could happen, so nobody expected it. But I would have thought people bent on world domination would hide their plans better.

Anyway, I recommend the book to anyone who wants a little paranormal fantasy with their romance – especially a little fantasy that is different from the usual paranormal fare. It definitely kept me turning pages.

AmyP

BuyTheBook

Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
Barnes & Noble
Kobo

Continue reading

Leave a Comment

Filed under 4 Star, 5 Star, Amy P, F/F, Kitty Kat, New Release, Review

AUDIOBOOK: 5 Star Review for Helping Hand by Jay Northcote #MM #Romance @jay_northcote

Helping Hand_FINAL

Title: Helping Hand
Author Name : Jay Northcote
Publication Date & Length: June 26, 2015 – 33, 000 Words

Synopsis

Wanking with a mate isn’t gay—as long as you keep your hands to yourself.

Jez Fielding and James MacKenzie—Big Mac to his mates—are in their second year at uni. After partying too hard last year, they make a pact to rein themselves in. While their housemates are out drinking every weekend, Jez and Mac stay in to save cash and focus on their studies.

When Jez suggests watching some porn together, he isn’t expecting Mac to agree to it. One thing leads to another, and soon their arrangement becomes hands-on rather than hands-off. But falling for your straight friend can only end badly, unless there’s a chance he might feel the same.

Add to GoodReads

Review

FiveStars
Another hit by Jay Northcote! I absolutely loved this story from start to finish. Two men who didn’t realize they were attracted to other men, but figure it out together was a nice plot. I loved the way they handled the ups and downs and awkward moments. While this rang a bit like ‘gay for you’ it didn’t at the same time. I really loved the way it all worked together.
It was a great read that was sweet and sexy all at the same time. I loved the secondary characters as they only added to the story and make it just that much better.
The narrator did a good job with the story, except I specifically remember in one sexy scene he started reading it too fast as if it was a bomb going to go off instead of a hot and heavy scene.
Renee

Excerpt

Afterwards, Jez blamed the alcohol for loosening his tongue, because he didn’t think about it before he spoke. The words tumbled out before he could stop them.

“Man, I’m seriously horny now. Have you got any decent porn on that laptop?”

“Huh?” Mac snapped his head around to meet Jez’s gaze. Jez’s heart pounded erratically, but his dick was still standing to attention. “What… you mean, you want to wank in here? Now? Wouldn’t that be weird?” Mac sounded seriously freaked out.

Jez backtracked quickly, cheeks hot. “It doesn’t have to be weird. I’ve done it before with guys at school, and it’s never been a big deal. But don’t worry about it. I’ll go and watch my own stash instead. But I need something soon, ’cause I’m gonna explode after watching that sex scene.”

Jez was expecting an instant no from Mac. He wouldn’t have blamed him. A lot of guys wouldn’t be into what Jez was suggesting. Jez’s heart still thumped hard, but his arousal didn’t abate despite his anxiety. He was shocked by how much he wanted this.

Mac bit his lip and frowned. “Seriously. You’ve done that?”

Jez shrugged, trying to look nonchalant. “Yeah. Like I said, it was no big deal. Just guys messing around.”

Mac stared a moment longer, then he stood, and Jez’s heart sank as he walked away. But Mac only went to fetch his laptop from the dining table. He sat back down and then opened it and tapped in his password.

“What sort of stuff do you wanna watch?” Mac’s voice was gruff and he focused on the screen rather than Jez.

Fuck. They were really going to do this, then.

BuyTheBook

Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA

Continue reading

Leave a Comment

Filed under 5 Star, M/M, New Release, Renee, Review

5 Star, 4.5 Star and 4 Star Reviews for A Touch of Temptation by Julie Blair #FF #Erotica

CoverTitle: A Touch of Temptation
Author Name & Publisher: Julie Blair (Bold Strokes Books)
Publication Date & Length: May 17, 2016 – 240 pgs

Synopsis

Stanford law graduate Kate Dawson is focused on the future laid out for her—partnership in her family’s law firm and marriage. When she moves to a cabin in the Santa Cruz Mountains to study for the bar exam, crossing paths with her intriguing neighbor leads to a journey of sexual awakening and self-discovery that wasn’t part of the plan.

Landscaper and handsome butch top Chris Brent has a well-deserved reputation as a considerate lover. Avoiding relationships with all their emotional messiness, she indulges in her favorite pastime at sex parties and with casual lovers. She enthusiastically agrees to initiate her cute neighbor to ways of sexual pleasure.

Sex was the deal. Falling in love ruins everything. Or does it?

Add to GoodReads

Review

FiveStars

Kate misses her bar exams after becoming ill and her gran suggests she go away to her cabin for a couple of months to recuperate and study for the next round of exams.  Her mother expects her to become a hot-shot lawyer, marry a suitable man and take her place in society.  Kate begins to question these expectations, especially when she meets Chris, her lesbian next door neighbour who wakens in her a craving she never knew she had.
This was an amazing story with two very likeable main characters, who were both fighting against strict rules they had set up for themselves.  Kate was going to go along with her mother’s wishes and end up miserable for the rest of her life and Chris had vowed never to fall in love.  When Chris initiates Kate in the ways of lesbian love in the sexiest of ways she sees that there is no turning back.  The problem is she wants a relationship and not just sex, whereas Chris has spent her whole adult life avoiding love and enjoying a very varied sex life, with parties, many partners and a bit of risk.  Would either of them be able to change enough to be happy together?  Finding out the answer was very hot, delicious and truly fascinating.  Julie Blair has a wonderful imagination and put it to good use in the steamy scenes between Kate and Chris.  I was constantly surprised.
The other characters in the story were well written too.  Kate’s Gran, Katherine,  was a gem and without her things could have been very different.  She was the catalyst in the tale and I loved her.  Kate’s mother was an awful woman – manipulative, single-minded and immensely annoying.  But we always need a baddie! In this book we had two as Nicole, Kate’s college friend was an evil, calculating bitch and a thorn in Chris’s side.  The lovers had to fight against their own expectations of themselves as well as that of other people in their circles.  Homophobia just under the surface was bad enough, but they were also fighting the bi-phobia of some friends.
This was a beautiful love story between two people that just had to be together.  Their journey together was full of tension and worry as well as some very sexy moments.  A well deserved 5 Stars.
Kitty Kat
FourStars
I must admit I found this novel to be a bit of a dichotomy,  I couldn’t decide if it was a passionate romance or an erotic affair.
In the end, for me, the loving relationship between the two women won through. Ms Blair’s clever interpretation and articulate writing of the growing relationship between two very different women was a pleasure to read.
The ending finally tipped the scales on the romantic front. An emotional and at times steamy novel well worth reading.
Chris

FourandHalfStars

This was a really nice story. Kate has her life planned out, not ever really realizing that the plans aren’t actually her own. Everything is going according to her mother’s plans, and she goes along with things because that’s how she’s been trained to think. Until a life-threatening illness forces her out of her planned life. To get herself back on track, she takes her grandmother’s advice to recuperate and study at her Gran’s cabin outside the city. While there, she meets Chris, a butch landscaper who knows who she is and what she wants. She doesn’t want a messy relationship, so she focuses on casual sex with many different partners. This way feelings aren’t involved. The two strike up an unexpected friendship based on small home improvement projects and a love of old movies. Kate decides to enlist this Lesbian Casanova to help her explore and learn about her own sexuality. In the ensuing ‘lessons’, both women find that emotions aren’t easy to keep from having. Now they have to fight for their relationship because Kate comes from money, and affluence, and this is not acceptable in her social circles. When Kate’s mother learns of their relationship, things come to a screeching halt, and it looks like it might be over. Kate has to find the courage to stand against the pressure of the ‘perfect’ life, and Chris has to accept that she’s worthy of someone she thinks is out of her league. I love the story line, and like that Blair has included some exploration of BDSM and power dynamics, but accurately explaining how it works and how to make it safe without too much fuss. I really enjoyed the book.

AmyP

BuyTheBook

Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
Barnes & Noble
Kobo

Continue reading

Leave a Comment

Filed under 4 Star, 4.5 Stars, 5 Star, Amy P, Chris, F/F, Kitty Kat, New Release, Review

TWO 5 Star Reviews for Girls on Campus by Janelle Reston and Robyn Nyx #FF #Anthology

CoverTitle: Girls on Campus
Author Name & Publisher: Janelle Reston and Robyn Nyx (Bold Strokes Books)
Publication Date & Length: May 17, 2016 – 240 pgs

Synopsis

College: four years when anything goes and rules are made to be broken. A time for freedom, experimentation, and guiltless pleasures. Come join the co-eds for a homecoming bash, crash a girls-only party, and enjoy study hall where the topic is Eros. From roommates with benefits to sexy sorority initiations, hot professors demanding extra credit after class and summer vacation threesomes, this collection is required reading for anyone looking to earn an A in sex-ed.

Add to GoodReads

Review

FiveStars

Girls on Campus is unbelievably hot and the perfect book to keep on your bedside table.  Some of the stories are so good that I’m sure I’ll want to go back and re-read them again and again.  Radclyffe’s ‘Pledge Night’ was a brilliant start to the book and will leave you breathless and to follow it with ‘In the Stacks’ by Aurora Rey was a great choice.  These ladies really know how to get the pulse racing.  I also really loved ‘Final Exam by Meghan O’Brien, which had first timer Jess finding out what sex is all about from butch friend Mike.  Both were really lovely characters and I’d really like to find out more about them in a longer story.  ‘A Gift from McGovern’ by Lea Daley was a really sweet story about how things have changed for lesbians since her characters met in 1972.  I loved it and this would definitely make a terrific novel if the author is interested in taking it further.  ‘The First Move by Rose P Lethe was a librarian fantasy and utterly filthy – a really hot read.  The final story ‘Practice makes Perfect’ by Sandy Lowe was sublime erotica and the ideal way to end this anthology.  Sylvie is upset that her boyfriend says she’s a bad kisser so her room-mate Bennett offers to help her learn.  She helps her learn a whole lot more and there is a beautiful emotional connection there too.  It was very sexy and tender at the same time.  This was an excellent anthology and makes me realise why I love just about anything that comes from Bold Strokes Books.  Their writers are top-notch and it really shows in this book.
Kitty Kat
FiveStars

This was an awesome book of short erotic stories. I loved that I got to read so many stories from so many of my favorite authors, but also got introduced to a few new ones to follow as well. The only common theme was that the stories were based on college campuses, and the stories run the gamut. They were hot, and sweet, and romantic, and hot! Definitely worth it.

AmyP

BuyTheBook

Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
Kobo

Continue reading

Leave a Comment

Filed under 5 Star, Amy P, F/F, Kitty Kat, New Release, Review

Audiobook: 5 Star Review for Betrayed (Cursed #2) by Rhianne Aile #MM #Paranormal @dreamspinners

CoverTitle: Betrayed (Cursed #2)
Author Name & Publisher: Rhianne Aile (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: January 22, 2010 – 277 pgs

Synopsis

Will Northland’s brother, Tristan, went to America to break a centuries-old curse and found love in the most unexpected of places: within the heart of a werewolf. When Will goes to visit, he meets not only Tristan’s mate, Benjamin, but their friend Raul, who receives a plea for help from his old werepack: his twin brother, Richard, has gone missing and is possibly under the influence of a witch. Raul leaves to find his brother, and Will goes with him, offering to use his magic to both locate Richard and protect them all from the threat of dark magic. But when they find him, a totally unexpected passion explodes between Richard and Will, stunning them both. Suddenly, discovering who betrayed Raul and Richard isn’t the only challenge. It’s now a struggle to solve the mystery so Will can claim Richard’s heart just as the wolf has claimed Will as his mate. Don’t miss Cursed, the story of Will Northland’s twin brother, Tristan, and his struggle to free Benjamin Sterling from a centuries-old curse.

Add to GoodReads

Review

FiveStars

This review is for the audiobook version, narrated by John Lamberti. The reading of this book is better than in the first book of the series. It’s not fantastic, but it’s good, and it doesn’t take anything away from the story.
Betrayed is a wild ride – a sexy and engaging continuation of the world and characters we were introduced to in Cursed. The characters are well developed, and the large community of characters adds a richness to the story. The story is unique and intriguing. The plot twists wonderfully, and the pacing is perfect. It’s very engaging from beginning to end.
This is a very erotic book, with many hot sex scenes. I love the way the metaphysical elements of werewolves and magic are woven into the physical and emotional intimacy.
Even though I thoroughly enjoyed the first book, Betrayed took things to another level for me. I’ll be looking for more from this author for sure!
I don’t recommend this as a stand alone, but I highly recommend this series for anyone looking for a highly erotic paranormal romance story.
Amanda

BuyTheBook

Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
Barnes & Noble
Kobo
Publisher’s Website

Continue reading

Leave a Comment

Filed under 5 Star, Amanda, M/M, Review

4.5 Star Review for Sicario: A Novel (World’s End #3) by Kai Tyler #MM #Dystopian @kaitylerauthor

SicarioCover_600pwTitle: Sicario: A Novel (World’s End #3)
Author Name: Kai Tyler
Publication Date & Length: June 20, 2016

Synopsis

Sold by his parents and bred in a lab, Lexan Cesare is trained for one purpose—to execute his boss’s orders. In the mafia life, loyalty is everything. Emotions have no place and he never questions the rights or wrongs of the decisions that send him to terminate lives again and again. Until one assignment draws emotions he's never felt before and makes him question his true allegiance.

When a stranger walks into Enzo Mattia ranch in search of a job, his life is changed irrevocably. He is ripped apart from his family and everything he knows and ends up sold into slavery. He swears to mete revenge on all who have wronged him.

First he has to escape from his new owner, Lexan, a man who captivates him and makes him want to act on impulses he's suppressed for a long time. Impulses that can lead to death.

With corrupt lawmakers and deadly cartels, the world is in flux. Loyalties shift at the speed of a bullet and betrayal abounds. In the new world falling in love is just a death wish.

This is a full length male/male romantic thriller set on a dystopian earth.

Add to GoodReads

Review

FourandHalfStars

I have to say after reading the short story and novel that preceeded this novel, I was super excited to dive into this one. However, that being said, I think I would almost recommend skipping the short story that started this series. The fact that there were overlapping scenes and they didn’t seem to quite match up from the first to the third story (or maybe it’s simply how I remember them) made it harder to get into certain parts of the story.

BUT.. I did really enjoy this story and the way we got the before story, the history between the characters and what happened only to have it followed up with what happened to bring about the short story.

I really loved Lexan’s character. He had a hard life and was trying to do what he felt was right. Things didn’t work out perfectly. There were hardships that neither man saw coming and things that were hard to get over for both.

The story was wonderfully written and I thoroughly enjoyed it. However, I have to say that I didn’t particularly feel like it was Dystopian since the only real difference to the world was that everyone lived in the southern hemisphere, but life pretty much went on as normal except for a few very small changes.

I hope we get more from this series as it was very captivating and the characters were great to read about.

Renee

Excerpt

Dressed, I headed across to Enzo’s room. He opened the door for me and my mouth dropped open. He looked amazing in a white dress shirt and navy slacks. I’d never seen him in anything other than jeans, chambray or t-shirts. Instead of boots, he wore brown leather brogues.

He stared at me with an odd expression before saying, “You look good,” and turning away.

“Wow,” Gianna said, looking me over. “You scrub up well for a ranch hand.”

She wore a lovely emerald silk dress that was cut off across one shoulder and draped in an asymmetrical style beyond her knees. Strappy diamante sandals and her hair styled in a loose chignon completed the classy outfit.

“He sure does,” Enzo added, still giving me that look that made my heart thud faster.

“And there I was worried you wouldn’t have anything suitable to wear.” She beamed a smile at me, and then turned to her brother, holding up a maroon silk tie. “Come on, Enzo. The tie will go great with your suit. Tell him for me please, Alex.”

“No, I don’t need one. Alex isn’t wearing one and he looks great.” He turned away as if he hadn’t expected the words to come out as awestruck as they did.

My smile blossomed into a full grin. He really liked me in a suit then.

“I don’t need a tie. As you say I’m just the ranch hand.” I winked at Gianna. “But the tie will work well with your suit. Here let me help you.”

I walked over to Gianna and took the tie from her. “You look totally amazing,” I said and pressed a kiss to her cheek.

Then I strode over to where Enzo leaned against the table. “Trust me, you’ll look great.”

“Hmmm,” was all he said, but he let me come close enough to turn the collar of his shirt up.

I was conscious of Gianna behind us so I maintained a reasonable gap between us as I slid the silk around his neck. Each breath I took filled my lungs with his scent—man and spice—that transported me back to the night in the log cabin.

As I looped and knotted the tie, I couldn’t help brushing my fingers against his chin. His breath hitched. A smile played at the corner of my mouth. He’d shaved the skin smooth. I missed the bristles and wanted them rubbing against my skin.

“I can’t find my perfume in my purse,” Gianna called out from behind. "I’m going to pop back to my room and get it."

My body trembled, knowing I'd be alone with Enzo for a few minutes. I could feel the tension coming off his body too.

As soon as the door closed behind his sister, I couldn't keep away any longer. I leaned my body against his, making sure he felt the bulge of my erection on his thigh.

“I’ve missed you,” I whispered before brushing my lips on his.

He gripped my low pony tail, angled my head and devoured my mouth.

I groaned long and deep as I sank into him, loving his strength, loving the contact. My hands slid around his back as I gathered him into me so that we were as physically close as we could be with clothes on.

I don’t know what happens to me whenever this man touched me, but I felt as if this was where I should be.

A rattling noise at the door broke us apart when Enzo shoved me away.

BuyTheBook

Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
Barnes & Noble

Continue reading

Leave a Comment

Filed under 4.5 Stars, M/M, New Release, Renee, Review