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4 Star and 3 Star Review for Threesome: Him, Him, and Me by N.S. Beranek, Steve Berman, Evey Brett, Lawrence Jackson, Dale Chase, Chris Colby, Shane Allison, Jeff Mann, Nathan Burgoine, Rob Rosen, Renardin, Jerry L. Wheeler, Redfern Jon Barrett #MMM #Anthology

CoverTitle: Threesome: Him, Him, and Me
Author Name & Publisher: N.S. Beranek, Steve Berman, Evey Brett, Lawrence Jackson, Dale Chase, Chris Colby, Shane Allison, Jeff Mann, Nathan Burgoine, Rob Rosen, Renardin, Jerry L. Wheeler, Redfern Jon Barrett (Lethe Press)
Publication Date & Length: March 1, 2016 – 210 pgs

Synopsis

Few sexual fantasies are as potent or lasting as “the threesome” – as an adolescent, the first time you saw a hot couple walking hand in hand and you wanted to follow them back home and into their bed, as an adult when you discover that your partner has been fantasizing also about the bartender at your favorite club.

1+1+1 = sensual delight!

Editor Matthew Bright, no stranger to threesomes himself, has invited twelve authors to write stories that range from the sweet and romantic to erotic and playful and even a bit depraved.

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FourStars

If you enjoy reading about thresomes with men this this is the book for you.

I set down today and read this book and I have to tell you that even though they are all short stories there is something in this book for everyone.

This book to say the least is hot in some spots and not so much in others but if you keep reason you will find a short story in genre that you like.

There is stories in here about love found, love lost, paranormal encounters, way out there hook ups, hook ups that wanted to happen but did not and so much more.

I suggest reading this book of you are looking for a hot, steamy read.

Tosha

ThreeStar

This is a collection of twelve short stories all about threesomes. As the editor says just like any sex it’s not always simple. You get a little bit of everything with this anthology. Each section seemed to stick to a vague theme. I slipped easily into the first section of stories as they were your more successful contemporary stories. All rather energetic but relatable stories that when done I still wanted more. These were the easiest for me to enjoy.

The second section of stories were more about things being less simple or outside the box. One or two left me feeling a bit irritated or upset but seeing as those were sometimes the feelings of the person telling that specific tale I consider that well done. If an author can get you to feel something that strong in that short of a time, that is very good story telling. These weren’t all awkward or difficult but they were less simple and to the point.

The third section all had an outside additional element. Either whimsical, sci-fi or paranormal. These I myself had the hardest time with but that’s more on me as I read less of this type of genre. All really well written and detailed and were more involved than the previous two sections. All still enjoyable and keeping with the theme. Out of all the stories I enjoyed The Big Match the most and was slightly sad when I got to the end and was wanting to see where the story would lead.

Jessica W.

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New Release: The Sarran Senator (The Sarrans #4) by A. C. Katt #MFM #bisexual #Fantasy #sciencefiction

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Title: The Sarran Senator (The Sarrans #4)
Author Name & Publisher: A. C. Katt (JMS Books)
Publication Date & Length: March 27, 2016 — 250 pages

Synopsis

The Sarrans return home from Earth in triumph, having gained many new Earthen fems, coffee, chocolate, and cats.

 

Senator Samuel Johnson joins his grandson Michael, his daughter Sara, and her WarriorPair on Sarran. To his delighted surprise, he bonds irrevocably with Tarin, one of Sarran’s top engineers. Tarin had been bonded before and thought he would never experience a bond again, yet Sam’s love gives him a new lease on life. Now they only hope the Goddess has a fem for them.

 

Then the Sarran Elders host a mixer for Sarran warriors to meet the Earthen fems. Margaret Mary O’Neil, Meg to her friends, is a talented woman who fled to Sarran like so many Earth women looking for a new life. When she meets Sam and Tarin, her life changes forever.

 

But while things are looking up for the Sarrans, with new babies being born and WarriorPairs settling down, their enemy the Zyptz are relentless in their efforts to wipe them out. When the Zyptz attack both Sarran and Earth, the mutual dependence between the two becomes ever more evident.

 

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::We will need to get our promise rings and Asta glasses, but we can decide where to live and get our rings and glasses later. Right now I want you under me.:: Tarin pushed Sam’s shoulders down into the softness of the couch pillows. Sam turned on his side so they faced each other.

::I foolishly didn’t bother to ask, although I should have consulted Mark, but now that I’ve taken the vial, does my equipment work the same way?::

::Yes and no. Externally you will see the slick that pours from under your foreskin. This enables one of us to penetrate the other and our fem without pain when we bond. Internally, there will be a type of a tube, a Secondary Sperm Valve that connects your channel to the seminal vesicle in your partner. When a Sarran Warrior receives sperm from his bonded, it opens the valve. The sperm goes through the valve to connect to the seminal vesicle where they mix with the sperm of your bonded. It is only when they mix that we can impregnate our fem. Our offspring are born with half of our fem’s DNA and one-quarter of each of ours. After we form the bond with our fem, we may make penetrative love with her or without her, as the Triad chooses.::

::I feel foolish asking for such basic information. I had the whole voyage to research this aspect of Sarran physiology. I was concentrating on helping Michael adjust to Sara’s Warriors.::

::You did the right thing, my fox. From the holos you showed me, Michael had reason to be wary.::

::Now I feel like a pre-pubescent offspring in health class, not knowing how my body is supposed to function.:: Sam blushed. ::How do I please you?::

::All the ways you’d please yourself without penetration. Let me show you.:: Tarin sat up, got off the couch, and knelt in front of Sam, removing the boots Mark and Juraens had fabricated for him on board the Brightstar. Tarin kissed the inside of Sam’s knee. Sam moaned. He never knew he had a hot spot there.

Tarin removed his own boots and then attacked Sam’s flightsuit. The one-piece garment came off quickly, giving Tarin access to Sam’s body.

Sam looked at his lover in appreciation. “You have a beautiful, hard form. I love your wavy blonde hair and blue eyes. You are everything I ever looked for in a man. If I had met you before Mary, I doubt I would have joined the army. I’d have become a college professor and lived in a house very much like this with you always at my side.”

Sam ran his palm down Tarin’s side from his shoulder to the curve of his ass. “Beautiful … I can’t believe how lucky I am and it seems even our dreams are in alignment.”

Tarin blushed. ::I keep in shape because any Sarran Warrior can be called to battle at any time. You were in governance, how did you train? You have a hard and well-made body, my fox.::

::In the Senate Gym. I exercised and had a trainer. If I were going to be the President, I had to be in the best shape I’d ever been in my life. The job is debilitating. Although the United States is only one country on Earth, the President of the United States carries the weight of the world on his shoulders because we act as the planet’s police and are the only major power left on Earth. Russia and China have the land mass and China has population, but the United States still has the upper hand in weaponry. We, like the Sarrans, also have fierce Warriors.::

::Being on council is much the same as you describe the presidency. The Elders aged quickly during the war and later when the Zyptz took our fems, the Elders bore the brunt of finding a solution. Our population is dangerously low, a mere twenty-thousand WarriorPairs. If you add the unbonded Warriors and offspring, it is another ten thousand. We need all of these bebes our fems are carrying and we must keep them safe.::

::You have too much open land to police properly. What you need is a type of radar that lets the government know immediately if the atmosphere has been breached, or better still, something that shields the planet from all but our own vessels.::

“I’ve been working on that project with Bron. It’s almost ready.”

Sam was about to speak and Tarin put a finger on his lips. ::My fox, I want to know everything about you. We could talk until dawntine but right now, I want to love you. We’re naked and wanting. Can we make love?::

Sam smiled and kissed his bonded’s eyes. “I was counting on it.”

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5 Star and 3 Star Reviews for The Taste of Ink by Francis Gideon #MM #Romance

CoverTitle: The Taste of Ink
Author Name & Publisher: Francis Gideon (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: March 11, 2016 – 200 pgs

Synopsis

Trevor Dunn has never gone to the Calgary Stampede, in spite of living in the city all his life. He would much rather listen to music and draw comics in his basement than hang out with a bunch of cowboys. When his sister drags him to the Stampede’s opening parade anyway, Trevor is drawn to a cowboy sporting a green hat.

Charlie opens Trevor’s mind to the world of country music and country boys. But then an old flame appears in the middle of the festival and Trevor is torn. He adores Charlie, but Mathieu—a punk singer turned acoustic crooner—was Trevor’s first love, and Trevor lost him by being too afraid to chase the dreams they shared.

When the Stampede ends, Charlie will go back to Toronto, Mathieu will go back on tour, and Trevor will go back to his basement. Realizing that’s not what he wants, Trevor enters a mechanical bull-riding contest in hopes of winning the heart of his true love—or maybe both of them. This time, fear won’t stop him from going after what he wants.

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FiveStars

It’s not often I read a book and don’t quite know how it will turn out, or even how I want it to turn out after I’ve reached the halfway point. I loved this for its originality almost as much as I loved the scorching combination or music, art, rodeo and sex.

I was in love with Trevor, wary of Charlie and unsure of Mathieu for most of the story. Trevor, the aspiring graphic novelist with pale skin and ink stained fingers still living in his parents’ basement is an absolutely brilliant character. His first love, Mathieu, has traded punk for country, but he is still singing songs about Trevor. And Charlie – rich city boy from back East playing cowboy for a fortnight – the man is smokin’ hot – if a little controlling and a little bit creepy old man.

As much as this is the story of an unlikely ten day hook-up, it is also Trevor’s belated coming of age story. He has let parental expectations and experiences of failure and rejection limit his life. His first Stampede experience is the catalyst that gets him thinking and then fully participating in his own life.

The author’s descriptions of the Stampede made this Canadian abroad very homesick. The writer makes Calgary come to life with vivid depictions of its clash of urban sophisticates and country cowboys in a very modern, mostly liberal city.

Sarah

ThreeStar

So Trevor has never gone to Stampede, his sister convinces him to go and he meets Charlie, who basically turns out to be a sugar daddy. I felt no connection with Trevor and Charlie, NONE. Then Trevor sees his first love at a bar while he is with Charlie, then he starts to think about Mathieu. This whole books spans only 10-13 days and it is basically the same thing over and over again. What I don’t understand is how Trevor and Mathieu haven’t spoken for five years, run into each other a few times during the week and then when Trevor is hurt and in the hospital Charlie convinces Mathieu to have a threesome with him and Trevor. Ummm, what??? That just seemed so unlikely and even during the threesome I couldn’t feel any chemistry. At least the epilogue was good.

Angie

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New Release: Torque by Charley Descoteaux (Author Interview) #Bisexual #Menage @CharleyDescote

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Title: Torque
Author Name & Publisher: Charley Descoteaux (Samhain Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: February 23, 2016 –

Synopsis

Sometimes letting things get complicated is the best way to figure it all out.

Mick Randall is on the run, from the biker culture he grew up in and his impossible vision of love. Alaska should be far enough to escape his old life—until he rolls into a wrecking yard and gets lost in a pair of pale, bottle-green eyes.

Scotty Bell has spent years learning to channel his fiery temper into the heat of a welding torch. His sexual heat has always been slower to ignite, but one look at Mick rouses confusion alongside desire. In all his life, he’s only been attracted to one other person—his best friend, Mercy Taylor.

Mick lands a temporary job at the yard, and finds an uneasy crash pad at Scotty’s place…where the ragged ends of his emotions get tangled up in Scotty and Mercy’s relationship.

But when Mick hears a Harley engine from his past bearing down on him, his first instinct is to go back to the half-life he’d been living. Lest his secrets destroy the only two people who’ve ever made him feel whole.

Warning: Contains references to abuse, subversive ideas about sexual identity and gender expression, and a free-range bisexual on a mission.

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Mick slept on the couch for two weeks before Scott let him get dinner. Mick brought a pizza, hot wings and a six-pack. When he offered Scott a beer, Mick thought for a second he was about to get decked.

“No thanks, I don’t drink. But you go ahead.”

Mick put five bottles in the fridge and popped the top on the sixth. The long pull of rich beer felt like cool water after he’d been walking for weeks in the desert.

“Never?”

“Nope. I got enough of that before I was even born, I don’t need any more.”

It only took half a beer for Mick to get past the uncomfortable feeling he should’ve asked Scott to tell him more, or that he should’ve switched to Mountain Dew. Scott rented an On Demand movie, something forgettable with vampires, and they sat in their places on the couch and divided their attention between the movie and the pizza for the next two hours. Tom camped out in his usual spot between their thighs, graciously accepting all the chicken and pepperoni tributes offered to him.

After the movie was over they watched another one on HBO, but didn’t pay much attention to it.

Mick had a nice buzz going and was happy to sit back and listen to Scott talk about his project—the VW Microbus he was converting into a flatbed. A warm, fuzzy feeling Mick almost didn’t recognize as happiness set up camp in his gut, and life was good.

He thought, more than once or twice, that Scott leaned toward him in a way that was a little more than friendly, but it had to be the beer.

Too bad.

Mick jerked in surprise when he realized he’d started to lean toward Scott. He had no right to be “more than friendly” to Scott. None at all.

Scott reached out to grasp his shoulder. “You okay, Mick?”

“Uh, yeah.”

“Are you ready for bed?” Scott kneaded his shoulder, sending a current through his body.

“The movie isn’t over.”

“It’s not very good. If you don’t want to finish it, that’s okay with me.” Scott smiled and sat back against the couch, releasing Mick’s shoulder.

He couldn’t help himself, he leaned forward. Only a little bit. He didn’t want to lose Scott’s touch. In that moment, he couldn’t think of anything more important than Scott touching him, not even self-preservation.

Mick Randall wasn’t a stranger to self-medicating with alcohol but before he found Bell’s he hadn’t had a lot of money to spare, and lately he hadn’t had the time. Together, those circumstances had turned him into a lightweight. That had to be the explanation for why he saw a come-on in every glance and heard innuendo where surely Scott didn’t mean any. He’d have to be a lightweight to want so badly to respond to Scott’s touch with an embrace.

Maybe I should quit drinking.

Mick wasn’t capable of walking in a straight line by the time he hit the can, but it didn’t matter.

Four beers was plenty and he’d take the other two out of Scott’s fridge the next day and remember not to bring more. If he wanted a drink, he wouldn’t have to drive far. When he left the bathroom his thoughts centered on that warm, happy feeling, and what he could get up to the next day. Before he knew what was happening, Scott had him backed against the wall, both hands spread across his chest.

All that fuzzy warm happiness disappeared, replaced by a tiny shiver of panic mixed with a side of relief. The relief tangled with a mix of “fucking finally” and “what the fuck” that made Mick dizzy. Or maybe that’s just the beer.

“Scott. Maybe I should sleep somewhere else tonight.”

“Yeah. Like in my bed with me.”

“I was thinking like my car, or a motel.”

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New Release: Naughty Lovers: Love Is In The Air by Tina Donahue, Charlotte Boyette-Compo, Suz deMello, Terry Rissen, Nicole Austin, Regina Kammer, Berengaria Brown, Kate Kingston #MM #FF @NaughtyLiterati

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Title: Naughty Lovers: Love Is In The Air
Author Name & Publisher: Tina Donahue, Charlotte Boyett-Compo, Suz deMello, Terry Rissen, Nicole Austin, Regina Kammer, Berengaria Brown, Kate Kingston (Naughty Literati)
Publication Date & Length: February 18, 2016 – 350 pgs

Synopsis

The Ride of Her Life ~ Tina Donahue

Maddy’s so desperate for fun, she’s signed up for speed dating. Ew. Before she can ditch the event, Ben, her sexy driver, arrives. After one sinfully hot kiss, they’re breaking all the rules, and then some, on a sensuous spring night.

Love In The Air ~ Suz deMello

Jill’s been curious about BDSM since reading Fifty Shades, and firefighter Zack is more than willing to scratch that itch for her.

Renaissance ~ Alexa Silver

Kira meets Sage, one of the guys from her favorite band, at a “rock workshop”. Can she trust this handsome rockstar or is he after more than her talent?

Bastard’s Bonus ~ Terry Rissen

There is no love lost between the Glass Spinners’ Guild and the Tavern Keepers’ Guild. For Ian and Zane, it means they can never be together, or risk losing everything.

Cinderella Scandal ~ Nicole Austin

It was a onetime indulgence—a random encounter between strangers. A good girl’s dirty little secret with her bad boy stepbrother. Anything else is forbidden. Or is it?

Swing Follies: Ockham Steam-Works Laboratory Chronicles 3 ~ Regina Kammer

Blimey. Delia’s besotted. With Edward. But when an old flame from Edward’s revolutionary past swings by and steams up the laboratory, has Delia missed her chance at love?

Sappho’s Sisters ~ Berengaria Brown

Lady Eustacia Lumley, the only child of the Earl of Wentworth, must marry well and ensure the succession. Only problem is she’s falling in love with another woman.

Blast From The Past ~ Katherine Kingston

Lynn’s past relationship with Ryan wasn’t healthy, but when she meets him again after a long separation the old flames reignite. Can they have a more mature relationship now?

The WyndRaider’s Conquest ~ Charlotte Boyett-Compo

Prime Reaper Xandon Cree must pick the next test pilot to fly a super-secret war craft. Picking a female for the job is not what he had in mind.

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3.5 and 3 Stars for Uncut (Unexpected #4) by Claudia Y. Burgoa #M/M/F @Author_ClaudiaB

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Title: Uncut (Unexpected #4)
Author Name & Publisher: Claudia Burgoa
Publication Date & Length: December 28th 2015

Synopsis

Matthew

My brother and sister found their calling and people to share it with for the rest of their lives. Our parents haven’t said a thing, but I can read it on their faces.
What are you doing with your life, Matthew?
I’ve always been a songwriter but can no longer find the words. Everyone around me thinks I’m where I am in life because of my parents. I’m at a crossroads in my life and I don’t know which way to turn.
I don’t define my sexuality, I do what feels right. Love? Well, that is one melody I have yet to find the right notes to. Until them…

Thea

My childhood glittered with the lights of Hollywood while my adult life has been filled with the darkness of my ghosts and addictions. But all that is behind me and I am working on spinning the pain of my past into the promise of my future. Love? Well, that’s one addiction I have not yet dared to fool with. Until them…

Tristan

I’m running from a life where my future was decided for me. What to wear. Which company to manage. Who to marry. One day, I snapped, and I haven’t been back since. Now I manage my own businesses and I am who I want to be. But behind closed doors, I am still alone and I still long for things that I’ve been taught to hate. Love? Well, that’s one merger I’ve never braved. Until them…

Warning: This book contains two sexy hunks and is not recommended for the faint of heart. This is a long, thought-provoking read which will work through the angst of finding love amidst past hurts and the pain associated with not belonging, not fitting in.

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ThreeandHalfStars

I had a very hard time with this story.  I have not read any of the previous stories, so maybe that had something to do with my inability to really dig in and enjoy this story.
I found the writing distracting.  The different characters had very different voices, which I liked, but there were strange gaps in time, flashbacks (I think) and overall, their dialogue didn’t interact well.
Also, there was a glaring hole in this story.  How can someone who is supposed to be in the music business/industry not know about the child of the icky person who tried to ruin your dad?  I just couldn’t get past that.
All 3 characters came with tons of drama – and not the good kind.  I think the only small redeeming factor for me was Tristan’s dad.  Otherwise, it was drama, sex, drama, more sex.
Overall, this was an underwhelming story that had great potential.  Some of the scenes that involved sex were hot, but some were just strange and drawn out.  The relationship between Tristan and Matthew was truncated and hard to follow.  It was one of those relationship you normally see in juvenile teen girl plots – “I love you, no I hate you” type of stories.
Sadly, I don’t think I will want to read any more out of this series.
AvidReader
 ThreeStarThe story was okay. A good menage romance.

I was very excited to start reading this book. However, the further I got into the story the harder it was for me to keep up with time line. I also had a hard time understanding who was speaking at times. I haven’t read books 1-3 so it was a little tough to know where everyone was coming from and what everyone else’s story was, but I managed alright. I’m curious to know the stories of everyone else’s lives that were in this book so I will probably purchase the first 3 books.

I think the book needs to be condensed just a bit. There’s some things in the story that could probably be taken out to help the reader understand the story a bit better and not get so easily lost. I had to back track quite a few times to figure out who was speaking. Overall not too bad.

~Kris

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5 and 4.5 Stars for The Best Laid Plans by Lauren Gallagher #MMF #Ménage

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Title: The Best Laid Plans
Author Name & Publisher: Lauren Gallagher (Samhain Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: February 16th 2016- 320 pages

Synopsis

It’s a foolproof strategy…until the emotional balance shifts.

After yet another adoption falls through, Gabe is ready to give up, and Shahid isn’t far behind him. Apparently, being a gay couple—half of which is Muslim—is just one strike too many for the powers that be.

When their friend Kendra offers to carry their baby for them, both men balk at first, but gradually warm to the idea. Especially Gabe, whose bisexuality is open to the chemistry among the three of them.

The plan seems simple. Kendra and Gabe, foregoing the cold, impersonal IVF clinic, paperwork and red tape, will conceive the old-fashioned way. They’ll all share parenting responsibilities, and live happily baby after.

But as the heat flares between Gabe and Kendra, Shahid’s long-suppressed insecurities bubble to the surface. Then some unexpected news catches the trio off guard and derails their plans—and now one heart could be left out in the cold.

Warning: Authors subsist on the tears of readers. Please recycle your hankies by wringing out and reusing. We’d hate to be the cause of a worldwide shortage of Kleenex.

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FiveStars

So I will start this review of by saying I was completely nervous before starting this book because I am not a huge fan of love triangles or cheating in books… But I really wanted to try this book and I am so glad I did!!!!

I thought the way the author handled this story and these characters was awesome and I loved it! Now I really do not want to give away any spoilers because this book was just so good you really need to read this for yourself.

You get steam with this book and I mean very hot steam, plus you also get the sweet with the feelings, as they grow between… I can’t tell you without giving away a huge spoiler so I will just leave it at there is some sweet in this book too lol. I loved the way everything worked out in this book. I will say although I loved all three of these characters in this book Kendra was definitely my favorite. She was just so strong and the way she was there for her friends through everything was just awesome!

So I will leave this review with…I 100% loved this book and would recommend it!

~Kara

FourandHalfStars

This book was somewhat daunting to me.  I was nervous when right off the bat, I saw that there were issues between Shahid and Gabe’s family.  But, once I realized that the issues were simply annoyances for me – I quickly dove right in.  You also have Kendra who is strong and outgoing, but also shy and feminine all wrapped in to one package.  The way that the relationship develops is unique, but not without flaws.  It felt kind of forced at the beginning, for me, however, Gallagher was able to smooth it out as the story continued.
This story was sweet, loving, steamy and in the end, perfect for these characters.  Gallagher did an amazing job at creating a life that was both complex and easy.  There were obstacles that were huge, but not insurmountable and then there were the annoyances that make up family.
The adoption angle just gave this story more depth and maturity.  I could have quashed the adoption worker – they sounded as though they were NOT helpful.
I really liked how Gallagher was able to weave in cultural differences as well as personal differences too.
I do wish that there was more resolution among the family issues, but in the end, this story was a HEA and well rounded.
I would definitely recommend this story to someone who is wary of M/F/M because Gallagher does a great job with this trio.
~AvidReader

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3.5 Stars for Captain Kate (Galaxy Elite Fleet #1) by Sophie Angmering #Menage #Fantasy

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Title: Captain Kate (Galaxy Elite Fleet #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Sophie Angmering (Pride Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: July 4, 2011 – 66pgs

Synopsis

Captain Kate Thorn makes a habit of bending the rules to suit her purposes, but then she meets two men who simply break them to get what they want.

Captain Katherine Thorn has one of the toughest reputations in the Galaxy Elite Fleet. Her problems start when she mistakes two powerful diplomats for Rim pirates, and attempts to ensure their silence regarding their rescue by using sexual blackmail. But Kate has never come across anyone like these two men before, two men who are prepared to use every method at their disposal to ensure payback, and they want to get her back in their power and in their bed.

Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of M/M intimacy, spanking, and questionable consent.

Publisher’s Note: This story has been previously released as part of the Seeing Stars anthology by Total-E-Bound

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ThreeandHalfStars

Sci-fi erotica. Seems like it would be something right up my alley. And to be sure, I found parts of the story great. I love sci-fi, and it did seem like some effort was put into the world-building. And I love erotica and some of the scenes were hot. The problem I had was that the characters themselves seemed a bit flat. Not so much the men, but definitely Captain Kate. In the beginning, she seemed extremely interesting and resourceful. She thought outside the box, and seemed to be an independent, determined woman, with an indomitable will. And apparently no ability to have good sex with anyone else, so she gave up on the idea.

Until she captures two men who she’s sure aren’t what they seem. The problem is, after all of this, she becomes a placeholder. She’s their sexual toy/slave, which is great if all you’re doing is scenes of erotica. But if you’re going to give me a plot, I want actual characters to inhabit it. After her capture, Captain Kate becomes someone who simply goes with the flow of whatever happens to her. She doesn’t interact with the two men in any way but a sexual one, which is a letdown from how promising her character started out. During her captivity, the men don’t converse with her to engage her intellect, they don’t give her anything to do, they don’t do anything but wage a subtle sexual war on her until she gives in.

I don’t want to say there’s something wrong with the situation. It could be very hot. But I feel like the story could have been more, and there was some lost potential in here. It just missed being great.

Amy P.

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5 and 4 Star Reviews for Farm Fresh by Posy Roberts #MM #Romance @posyroberts

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Title: Farm Fresh
Author Name & Publisher: Posy Roberts (Labyritnh Bound Press)
Publication Date & Length: January 28, 2016 – 202 pgs

Synopsis

Jude Garrity visits the farmers market every Saturday. As an environmental engineering student, he’s curious about living off the grid and sustainable agriculture.

And one particular farmer.

Hudson Oliva has worked hard to support his commune, where queer people live without fear of harm or retribution. When Jude asks pointed questions about living there, Hudson realizes he needs to be honest about his home. Few people know what the farm is actually about, but Jude is insistent.

Jude moves to Kaleidoscope Gardens, however, his sexual hang-ups make it hard to adjust. He’s an uptight virgin living among people who have sex freely and with multiple partners. When Jude finally loosens up, Hudson is flooded with emotions. Falling for Jude wasn’t part of Hudson’s life plan. But when vindictive rumors about the commune begin to spread, love might be all he has left.

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FiveStars

This wonderful story brings readers to a joyful, almost innocent alternative lifestyle of polyamory and simple communal living.  Kaleidoscope Gardens offers a sustainable, environmentally friendly communal farm which also serves as a refuge for LGBTQI residents who wish to celebrate nudity and open sexual relationships.

While the story involves the many eccentric members of the Kaleidoscope Gardens community, it focuses on Hunter, a long time resident, and Jude, a gay virgin seeking refuge from a cruel, fundamentalist Christian past.

Readers are initiated into the unusual community alongside Jude, whose repressive upbringing makes it difficult for him to adapt to the easy, simple life the others enjoy.  This is the story of Jude’s personal growth more than it is a traditional romance.

In this story, polyamory is presented as a very natural, nurturing lifestyle.  There are few problems among residents and if readers don’t think too hard, it is an easy ideal to believe in.

There are some incredibly hot scenes in this book, but much of this story is more thoughtful than titillating, dealing with issues of loss, grief and sexual abuse sensitively and carefully.  While this breaks most of the rules for a traditional romance, it is a wonderfully engaging story about life, love and personal growth.

Sarah

FourStars

So let me start of this review by saying I thought the author did a really good job with the subject that is handled in this book, which is open relationships.. Now I will be the first to admit I have not really been a fan of open relationships in romance books before. But after reading this book I really got why some would be okay with this kind of relationship even though it would not be something I would ever be comfortable with personally.

Jude has gone through a lot in his life so living in this community has really helped him. While Jude is adjusting Hudson is going through his own feelings which are growing for Jude and causing jealously.

I really liked how the author wrote this story and these characters. The way Jude and Hudson work through everything and grow closer together was really sweet. So I will leave this review with… I really liked this book!

Kara

Excerpt

“You wanted to know where I’m from,” Hudson said. Jude nodded but remained tight-lipped. “I grew up north of Miami in a small city. I couldn’t wait to get out, so I tried to hitch a ride to Seattle. Didn’t get that far.”

“How far did you get?” Jude looked surprised as he asked, so Hudson reached out and pressed his palm to the center of Jude’s chest.

“About five miles away. I’ve been here ever since.”

“What made you run? I mean… maybe that’s too personal.”

Hudson coasted his hand over the slight swell of Jude’s pec and thumbed over his nipple, which stood at attention, pert and flushed, like his lips and cheeks. It was a good color on him.

“My parents sent me away to one of those ‘pray away the gay’ places, which obviously didn’t work, but it probably saved my life since my mom had to haul Papi off me when she told him why I needed to go there. He had so much pride, and having a gay son wasn’t something he could live with. It was as if me being gay made him gay. I was accosted by religion and hatred for who I was from that day until I left, so I became an expert at being secretive and learned to lie through my teeth while living with them.

My eighteenth birthday Papi and I fought, and I ended up with another black eye. I packed a bag and snuck out of the house while they were sleeping.”

“Did they call the cops or anything?”

Hudson shook his head and knew his smile was pathetic. He still held hope he and his father could reconcile. He knew Papi would be proud of him and what he’d accomplished on the commune. “I left a note and eventually let them know my address, but in all the years, I’ve gotten one letter.”

“I’ve talked to my parents twice since I left, and both times left me feeling shredded inside.”

“I’m sorry.” Hudson scooted closer and pulled Jude into a tight embrace. The feel of Jude’s warm skin against his own had Hudson’s body responding in no time flat. He kissed Jude’s neck and the sharp line of his jaw. He thrust his fingers into Jude’s spun-gold hair and drew their mouths together.

Jude moved his lips, pressing chaste kisses to Hudson’s, and then he snaked his arm between their bodies. Jude splayed his fingers across Hudson’s chest and pushed him away. He hung his head, looking down at the mattress in what appeared to be shame.

Hudson took the sting out of the rejection by thumbing over Jude’s bottom lip, shiny with saliva.

“You have a delectable mouth, like it’s made for kissing.”

Jude laughed. “So do you.” Then he bit his lip and made brief eye contact before scooting back a few inches.

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5 Stars for Wounded, Vol. 2 (Little Goddess #2 Vol. 2) by Amy Lane #M/M/F #Paranormal @amylane

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Title: Wounded Vol. 2 (Little Goddess #2 Vol.2)
Author Name & Publisher: Amy Lane (DSP Publications)
Publication Date & Length: August 4th 2015- 250 pages

Synopsis

Green and Bracken’s beloved survived their enemy’s worst—with help from unexpected vampiric help.

But survival is a long way from recovery, and even further from safety. Green’s people want badly to return to the Sierra Foothills, but they’re not going with their tails between their legs. Before they go home, they have to make sure they’re free from attack—and that they administer a healthy dose of revenge as well.

As Cory negotiates a fragile peace between her new and unexpected lovers, Green negotiates the unexpected power that comes from being a beloved leader of the paranormal population. Together, they might heal their own wounds and lead their people to an unprecedented place at the top of the supernatural food chain—a place that will allow them to return home a better, stronger whole.

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FiveStars

I absolutely loved this part of the story. I am glad that this volume
was broken into two parts since they would be quite long together.
Plus it gave me a minute to breathe before we got into the good stuff
in the second part here.

As expected I was on the edge of my seat waiting to see what Cory and
Green were going to do with the big, bad, ugly guy. The story was so
great with how Cory manages to learn from her weaknesses and come out
on the other side a stronger woman and leader for her beloved’s people
and the people that she’d give everything to protect.

Although I was a bit sad by the addition of a new lover and the
exclusion of another since I wanted to see the one that was excluded
get into the mix and didn’t particularly bond with the one that will
be around now, but such is life.

Another excellent part of the story that I am just in love with.

Renee

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