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5 Star Review for The Innocent Betrayal (Innocent #2) by Victoria Sue #MM #Historical @Vickysuewrites

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Title: The Innocent Betrayal (Innocent #2)
Author: Victoria Sue
Publication Date & Length: June 20, 2016 – 157 pgs

Synopsis

London 1811
Can love withstand the ultimate betrayal?
William was running. Running from his father, running from his arranged marriage, and running from himself. He’d never wanted to manage his father’s vast empire. He would have been quite happy to find some small corner of England and read and paint. He knew it would be too much to ask for the company of a man to go with that. Too dangerous. His only hope for escape is to hide who and what he is and pretend to be a servant.
Alex was barely surviving after the fight with Napoleon’s armies. Riddled with guilt, he buried the knowledge of his wife’s death, and his crippled body, at the bottom of whatever brandy bottle he could find.
Two broken souls. One so damaged he thinks he doesn’t deserve love, and one so convinced he would never find it he has stopped looking.
Danger, lies, and espionage. The fate of hundreds of English soldier’s lives depending on them to trust each other, to work together.
Alex is forced to make a choice, unable to swallow his pride and rejects Will and their chance of happiness. Will is heartbroken, and Alex is destroyed. Will Alex realize his mistake in time? Can he learn to trust Will, but more importantly himself, and would Will ever forgive him if he did? And finally, would love ever survive a betrayal – even if it is an innocent one?

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Desperate to escape an arranged marriage, William Prenderville runs away, accepting a position as the companion for a wounded soldier, Alex. What he doesn’t realize is exactly how much he’ll come to care for Alex in the end.
I read this book in one sitting. After reading The Innocent Auction, I was excited to read about William, who made a brief appearance in the first book. The Innocent Betrayal was so well written. The characters and were strong and unique and made for an amazing read. I absolutely loved Will. His sincerity and goodness was clear throughout the book, but it wasn’t overplayed. In addition, his relationship with Alex was so beautiful. Alex – who is scarred from the war – doesn’t think that anyone could love him because of how he looks now. Will definitely proves that isn’t the case.
One of the things I loved most about this book is that it didn’t shy away from some of the uglier aspects of war and injury. Alex was up front, if embarrassed, about the fact that he couldn’t top because of his injury, and Will was completely understanding. I also particularly loved the line where Will says Alex made a mistake about him that all men made, implying most people thought he was a bottom. I had a nice laugh at that.
The spy plot was really interesting, and I really enjoyed seeing how that would all play out. It definitely kept me guessing as to who was involved and who wasn’t. And I like how the spy aspect of things helped with the happily ever after.
There’s absolutely nothing I didn’t love about The Innocent Betrayal. It’s a book I will definitely read again, and now I’ve found another one-click author.
Alyson

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5 Stars for The Innocent Auction by Victoria Sue #M/M #Historical @Vickysuewrites

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Title: The Innocent Auction
Author: Victoria Sue
Publication Date & Length: December 28th 2015- 200 pages

Synopsis

London 1810.

Their love was a death sentence.

Deacon, Viscount Carlisle, was aware of the slums and gin-lanes of London. Just as he was aware of the underground traffic that furnished the brothels and bath houses with human innocents. He was also aware that the so-called justice system would hang the accused without much of an attempt at a defense, unless the unfortunate had deep pockets to pay for it.

He just hadn’t expected to be directly involved in any of it.

It started with a plea for help and ended with forbidden love, the love between a Viscount and a stable-boy. An impossible love and a guarantee of the hangman’s noose.

Will Deacon fight for Tom? Will he risk the death sentence and take that fight from the stately halls of his English mansion to the horrors of Newgate Prison and the slums of London?

Or will he realize that if he doesn’t, death will be a welcome end to the loneliness of the sentence he is already living?

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To save his cousin from disgrace and prosecution, Deacon, Viscount Carlisle attends an innocent auction. However, he ends up saving both his cousin and one of the prizes up for auction – a teenage boy named Tom. Four years later, Deacon and Tom reunite, but their relationship becomes much more complicated than either of them imagined it would be.
I really loved the dynamic between Deacon and Tom. Both men are driven by a certain duty. Deacon wants to see his family home restored, and knows that the only way to do that is to marry. Tom feels a sense of duty toward Deacon, since Deacon saved his life. Even though their attraction goes against the duty they feel, they can’t help but give into it. Their relationship was beautifully written and really well balanced. Where Tom could be seen as beneath Deacon, or immature, they’re portrayed as equals in spite of their age difference.
Equally as well-written were the sex scenes. Steamy and passionate, without overtaking the rest of the story. It was a perfect balance of sex and plot! The sex scenes almost seemed to evolve with the plot, which I loved. The first few times were rushed and furtive, but as Deacon and Tom realize just how much they care about each other, they become more of a slow burn instead of a bright flame.
The one thing that I wasn’t so fond of was Beau’s fate, even though I understand why it was written that way. I wished that things had turned out happily for him, as well. Interestingly enough, this is one of the few M/M historical romances I’ve read that actually fully delves into the legal aspect of being gay in that time, so I thought that was an interesting angle!
This was a fantastic read, and anyone who loves M/M historical romance will want to pick up a copy. A nice balance of romance and plot that’s definitely one I’ll read again. I’m absolutely looking forward to reading the sequel.
Alyson

Excerpt

Tom was stunning in the candlelight. The servant’s clothes he wore were a hundred times softer than the rough shirt he had taken off him in the stables. Tom’s skin was just as soft, though, the muscles just as firm, and the reaction to Deacon’s touch just as thrilling.
He heard the small moan from Tom’s lips as he pulled the shirt from his trousers, his fingers touching the skin on his abdomen. Tom lifted his arms above his head in silent invitation, and Deacon’s cock swelled in eagerness. Tom let his arms fall as the shirt was thrown aside, and Deacon hurriedly unbuttoned his trousers, as Tom’s fingers went to work on Deacon’s.
Neither of them said a word. It wasn’t just fear that they would be heard, but more an affirmation that while ever they didn’t speak, they were equals, lovers. The sensation of Tom’s teeth as he grazed his collarbone was perfect. Something to be celebrated, not reviled. Surely something that made him feel so complete could never be a sin? For in that one moment, Deacon didn’t have to pretend anymore and he was content.
In moments, Tom had him undressed. “Stay still.”
Deacon groaned as the order went straight to his cock.
Tom’s calloused fingers swept over his shoulders and down his chest. Tom’s nails dug in around his nipples, and Deacon swayed towards him with every pull as if there were invisible strings attached. Tom bent his head, his warm lips drugging Deacon’s movements till they stilled. How could his skin vibrate as if alive, yet his body remain immovable as if cast in stone?
When Tom knelt in front of him, Deacon gasped. “You—” can’t? That was ridiculous, and Deacon bit the words off before they were uttered. His breaths came out in hurried gasps when Tom looked up, blue eyes on fire almost as they smoldered with heat.
Deacon almost couldn’t breathe as Tom wrapped his lips around his cock. His knees wobbled, inspiring Tom to bring two strong hands around to clasp his buttocks, pulling him nearer and making Tom almost seem to swallow him.
Almost immediately, Deacon felt the tingles in his spine. He had to hang on, and he threaded his fingers through Tom’s hair, desperate for some anchor before he exploded. Thrice. He’d had this done three times by whores, but never had he wished to think of something else while it was being done. Tom had his full attention.
“Oh.” Deacon pressed his lips together hard as Tom’s teeth scraped back and his tongue followed the fold on his foreskin, pushing it back slowly. He could nearly feel the come rush from his balls at the same speed as the blood pounding through his veins. Tom must have sensed this, because when Deacon’s back arched, he intensified the suction nearly to the point of pain, his fingers digging in Deacon’s buttocks to keep him close. That sinful tongue and commanding mouth wringing Deacon’s orgasm from him.
Deacon gasped. Eyes blinded by momentous pressure that rose in him and threatened to take over his body. He heard a small satisfied sound from the man on his knees and that was it, the catalyst that sent him over the edge. Deacon shot his pleasure into the warm mouth compelling it thus, and flung his head back, mouth open in a silent cry, his legs supported only by Tom’s hands.
Deacon’s cock jerked a final time just as Tom swallowed around it and let it drop from his lips. His eyes still closed, he felt the pressure from Tom’s hand pushing him backwards towards the bed. One more step, and Deacon hit the bed with the back of his knees, which folded, ably helped by the push of Tom’s hand. Deacon felt the bed dip and a cautious tongue lick at the side of his throat until he moved his head to the side to give the man better access. He vaguely heard a chuckle, and answered it with a tilt of his lips. He had neither the command of his body nor the presence of mind to do any other.
He just needed a minute. Then he would explore the gorgeous body laid beside him and return the favor. Just one minute.

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4 Star Review for Perfect Obsession by Lucien Grey #MM #Romance @LT3Press

CoverTitle: Perfect Obsession
Author Name & Publisher: Lucien Grey (Less Than Three Press)
Publication Date & Length: June 29, 2016 – 37 pgs

Synopsis

Son of a mad cloth merchant, William inherited his father’s eccentricity, obsessed with fashion and his quest for perfection. When he is insulted by the Prince Regent himself, Will is distraught.

Determined to comfort Will and restore his good spirits, George commissions a new suit for his lover that is certain to cause a stir, even if it seems more and more like the only thing Will loves about him is his money and the lavish lifestyle it affords.

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What do you do when your lover is obsessed with perfection?
Naval officer, Lord George Beswick would do anything for his lover, William Rohen, who desires nothing but the finest clothes. He sets out to help William create the perfect wardrobe, though his insecurities and William’s threaten to tear them apart.
I’ve always been a fan of regency romances, and this one did not disappoint. Even though this was a novella, I was impressed at just how well formed the characters were. I felt as though I had spent an entire book with them, getting to know their quirks. Their relationship was incredibly well written, and incredibly human. They both grappled with insecurities about their relationship and how much they meant to one another, but they dealt with them in healthy, mature ways.
On top of that, the sex was really hot. The novella focuses a lot on clothing, and that definitely added a sexy element to all the erotic scenes. The term ‘clothing porn’ comes to mind!
Overall, a great look into this relationship. I would love to read more about them!
Alyson

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4.5 Stars for Third Mate (River Wolf Pack #3) by Rebecca James @rjamesromance1 #mPreg #MM #MMM #Shifter #ParanormalRomance

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Title: Third Mate (River Wolf Pack #3)
Author Name & Publisher: Rebecca James (JMS Books)
Publication Date & Length: July 16, 2016 – 176 Pages

Synopsis

Pack tensions increase, and River and Josiah fear for the safety of their twin girls. When Stone begins campaigning to take River down, Leo must choose sides. Another pack desires to make a trade for omegas. The coyote-shifter Foster yearns for his true mate, while human Jax knows he has to make a decision before the pack turns him out. David determines to keep Brooks from making a bad decision.

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FourandHalfStars

Third Mate is the third in the River Wolf Pack series. Unlike the first two books, which focused on one relationship per book, Third Mate follows three relationships, with multiple points of view.
I’ve been a fan of Rebecca’s since reading First Omega, and I’ve absolutely loved the entire series. Third Mate was no exception. Tensions in the River Wolf Pack have been building since book one, and it was interesting to see how that storyline was dealt with, as well as what it meant for Josiah, River, and their daughters. Continuing from book two was the relationship between Jax and David, which somehow managed to get even more complicated before getting better. But I absolutely loved seeing that play out and I was so happy that they were able to find peace and happiness, even if it wasn’t the way they first thought it would be.
The new love story in book three was that of Sam and Leo. I was so pleased to see Sam finally find a place in the pack, especially with someone like Leo. Still, there was a large part of me that wanted Foster to be part of the mix, but I feel like there’s enough grey area that it could be revisited. And if not, then I guess the reader can determine whether Foster found his true mate or if he decided to mate with Leo and Sam.
On top of an excellent plot, the sex scenes were hot as always. Overall, a thoroughly enjoyable and satisfying addition to the River Wolf Pack series.
Alyson

Excerpt

In Second Alpha, Sam was taken into River Wolf Pack after losing his pack. He roamed the woods for months with his brother until his brother was killed by a trap. In Third Mate, Sam has become enamored with grouchy, sexy alpha, Leo. He has a feeling, though, that Leo is in love with Foster, Sam’s best friend. Shy and emotionally vulnerable, Sam tries to keep to himself, but often Foster won’t let him.

Excerpt from Third Mate:

“What’s cooking?” Foster asked. “It smells really good.”

“Lasagna and garlic bread,” Leo answered. “Also salad.”

“I didn’t think you could cook.”

Sam couldn’t help glancing up at that, and he found the alpha looking sheepish.

“Brooks cooked for me.”

“Of course, I did.” Brooks came in from the kitchen, apron still around his waist. “And I’m staying to eat, too.”

Foster grinned at Brooks. “I’m glad you’re here. Do you know if the library has a book on the health of omega shifters?”

Sam had the urge to kick Foster as Leo turned green eyes on Sam.

“Something wrong with your health?” At Leo’s intense scrutiny, Sam’s heart sped up to the point his vision whited out for a moment, and the next thing he knew, strong arms came around him, lowering him onto soft cushions. When Sam’s eyes fluttered open, he almost stopped breathing to find Leo’s face close to his own. “Are you okay?” Leo asked.

Foster’s worried face appeared over Leo’s shoulder. “He hasn’t been eating right.” Foster looked at Brooks. “Do you have a book on it?”

“I don’t think so,” Brooks said. “You’ve seen everything I have on the subject of shifters of any kind. I’ll add it to the list of books I want to get in the city.”

“You’re going to the city?” Leo asked. Sam had heard that after the kidnapping Brooks had said he’d never go back there.

“No. Xavier will go. Or Malcolm.” Brooks looked down at Sam. “I’ll get you some water.” Sam tried to struggle to a sitting position, but Leo’s big hand on his shoulder stopped him.

“Rest a minute. How long have you been having dizzy spells?”

There was no way Sam was going to tell the alpha he’d collapsed out of sheer excitement just because Leo had looked at him a certain way. “I’ve only had a few recently.”

“Do I have to come over and make you eat every day?” Leo asked, and Sam had a sudden vision of the alpha force-feeding him something that wasn’t food. He swallowed audibly, and caught Foster’s knowing smile over Leo’s shoulder.

“I think he’d like that,” Foster said. Fuck, Sam was going to beat Foster’s ass when they got home. He settled for a scowl for now. It didn’t seem to worry Foster too much. Brooks came back with the water, and Leo helped Sam sit up before moving away.

Foster took his place on the couch. “Feeling better?”

Sam nodded. “I just need to eat, I guess.”

“Well, it’s ready, so let’s dig in,” Brooks said, leading the way into the dining room.

It wasn’t difficult for Sam to eat the entire portion given him; the food was delicious. He tried to resist, though, when Foster pushed seconds onto his plate.

“Come on. Be a good boy and eat it all up.” Foster grinned at Sam, and Sam saw Leo watching him. How could Foster be so oblivious to the alpha’s interest? Sam took a bite of lasagna to appease his friend, but as soon as Foster began talking to Brooks, Sam put his fork down and drank his water instead. That is, until Leo growled. With a sigh, Sam took another bite of lasagna.

“How come you asked us to dinner?” Foster asked Leo. “Sick of the food in the dining hall?”

Leo looked uncomfortable. “Not at all. I just thought…” He glanced at Brooks. “Brooks could use some practice in the kitchen.”

“Oh, well, thanks for inviting us.” Foster shoved a large forkful of salad into his mouth and chewed, missing the eye roll Brooks gave Leo. So Leo had enlisted his friend’s help in impressing Foster. Figured. Sam was just the necessary tag-along.

“Will you guys be staying in the guest bungalow permanently?” Brooks asked Foster and Sam.

“I think River said he was going to have something a little smaller built for us, unless we want our own places,” Foster said. “I think we’ll stay together, though.”

“Oh?” Brooks looked with interest between Foster and Sam. “It’s like that, is it?”

“Like what?”

“He thinks we’re fucking,” Sam said, and Leo dropped his fork onto his plate with a clatter.

Foster laughed. “Oh.” He shrugged.

Sam wondered at the fact he didn’t deny it. Leo looked apoplectic, and Brooks seemed to be trying to hide a smile.

“Dessert anyone?” Brooks asked.

Sam moaned at the very thought of more food. He leaned back in his chair and held his stomach. “I’m stuffed.”

“What did you make?” Foster asked.

“Strawberry shortcake.”

“I definitely want some.” Foster looked at Sam. “We can share.”

Sam had every intention of refusing a bite, but when Foster held out the forkful of fluffy cake, dripping with red strawberry juice and whipped cream, he found himself opening his mouth to take it in, eyes fluttering shut as his lips closed around the fork. When he felt the fork slide from his mouth, he opened his eyes to see three pairs staring at him. “What?” Sam licked whipped cream from his lips.

Leo abruptly stood and mumbled something about having to use the bathroom.

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4 Star Review for Breathing Betrayal (Elemental Evidence #1) by Bellora Quinn and Sadie Rose Bermingham (Author Interview) #MM #Crime @BelloraQ @SadieBermingham

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Author Name & Publisher: Bellora Quinn and Sadie Rose Bermingham (Pride Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: June 7, 2016 – 96,902 Words

Synopsis

Jake Chivis is the descendant of Fire Elementals with a gift for psychometry, the ability to see memories from touching objects. After a bad breakup and trouble at work, Jake gave up his career as a detective in Detroit and moved to England to join a research program studying Elemental gifts at University College London. It seemed like the perfect way to escape his past and start over, and this time he’s vowed not to fall into the trap of dating a coworker. At least that’s the plan, until he meets Doctor Ilmarinen Gale.

Mari Gale is blond, sexy, relentlessly academic and comfortable in his own skin in a way Jake envies. After a handful of embarrassing encounters, Jake is ready to resign himself to staying under the radar, but when a colleague’s brother goes missing, he and Mari must work together to find him. As they dig into the inexplicable disappearance, Jake is impressed with Mari’s competence and unique skills, and even more impressed by his ability to wrap Jake around his finger. Together the unlikely pair discover murder, betrayal, secrets and just how high Mari can fan Jake’s flames.

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There are so many amazing things about this book that I hardly know where to start. Normally in a romance, I’m all about the relationship and the characters, and the plot is secondary. But in Breathing Betrayal, I was equally as invested in the plot as I was the characters. It’s like CSI meets the paranormal. Jake and Mari must work together, using their special abilities, to try and figure out what happened to a colleague’s brother. The crime aspect of it was really cool, and seeing how they both use their abilities made it even better.
I also really loved Jake and Mari’s relationship. Both are men who have been hurt in the past, leaving them vulnerable and skittish when it comes to relationships. Seeing them work through their pain together was really sweet. And the sex scenes were so incredibly steamy! I’d read it again just for those! I do wish there had been a scene where they really laid bare everything that happened to them. They tell each other bits and pieces, like their experience with their exes, but I feel like they could have gone more in dept with the conversation.
Overall, this is a fantastic read for anyone who loves crime and M/M. While I hate the phrase “unputdownable,” I read this book in a single sitting, which tells you just how unputdownable it is! Definitely worth reading if you get the chance.
Alyson

Excerpt

Rain pink-pink- pinked against the window pane and drip-drip- dripped into the pot that Jake had placed under the leak in the hallway. Murky gray morning light greeted him when he opened his eyes. Another drizzly day. He had thought that was just some persistent stereotype, a comic exaggeration—about how rainy it was in London—but so far, this month, it was turning out to be true.

Jake was steadily getting used to the weather. It really wasn’t all that different from his native Michigan. He had been told by his colleagues this was an unusually wet November and that when winter finally kicked off, it wouldn’t be as severe as he was accustomed to. That was something to be glad about, at least.

The weather was not the only thing he’d had to get used to after moving a little over three and a half thousand miles away from the only place he’d known. London was worlds away from Detroit. It was still alive for one thing, not a dying husk. It was cleaner too, even with more than ten times the population. London had its crime and its dangerous places just like any large city, but even the urban degeneration here had a certain vibrancy to it that was unlike the desperation and decay of Detroit.

Enough of that.

Thinking about home was a guaranteed way to put him in a bad mood. At least he didn’t hate his new abode.

The apartment was small and leaky but it was clean and bug free and he didn’t have a lot of stuff anyway. Four rooms—kitchen, bathroom, small living room and a closet-sized bedroom that was barely big enough to hold a double bed and the armoire. The kitchen was equally tiny. A small fridge, sink and an ancient two-burner stove. There was just enough counter space to plug in his coffeepot. He was not complaining. The small space made it easy to keep warm and clean and discouraged clutter. It was also paid for, which was another big plus.

He hadn’t liked that idea at first. He thought the university should just pay him outright and let him figure out how to deal with the rent and utilities, but he had to admit that having them take care of the bills took some of the worry off his mind. Unfortunately he still had plenty of other things to worry about.

No, he told himself firmly. He was not going to start off the day thinking about home and everything he’d deliberately left behind when he got on the plane. That was over.

Jake dragged himself out of bed and across the living room to the bathroom. After a quick slash, he washed his face, finger-combed his hair with wet hands then threw on some sweats and he was ready for his morning run. There would be time for a shower and food later. Back in Detroit, he would have started his day by driving to the track or the gym to work out before heading to the station house. Here he could walk or use public transportation to get just about anywhere he needed to go. At first the idea of not having a car, of not being able to just hop in and drive wherever he had to go, any time he wanted, had given him more of a panicky, trapped feeling than being an ocean away from everyone he knew and everything familiar. A car was the very first thing he’d asked about, after moving his meager belongings into the apartment. The research assistant who’d been assigned to ensuring he got settled in and had what he needed had told him to give it a week or two and, if he still wanted to purchase a car, the university would arrange it.

At the time, Jake had thought there was no possible way he could survive for so long without a vehicle at his disposal, but by the end of his first week he had explored the Tube, the cabs and the buses, got himself an Oyster card and found he could get around remarkably well without having to fight through traffic behind the wheel. He hadn’t brought up the need for a car again.

There was a small park only one street over from where he lived, and several right around the university, but they were little more than decorative green space—compact garden squares hemmed in by the tall, dark façades of houses and office buildings—nice for a picnic maybe, but not big enough for a run. Fortunately Regent’s Park was fairly close to where he lived and the paths and trails there were perfect. The park was never truly empty but this early in the morning, especially on such a wet, gray day, only the dedicated were out. They all had little earbuds or headphones on and their eyes were fixed forward, everyone in their own private bubbles. No one stopped to say good morning. No one drew him to one side to ask if he could touch their grandmother’s wedding ring and tell them if she’d hidden cash somewhere in the attic. It was great. It was almost perfect, except for one thing.

There was one other person from the university that liked to run the same route he did and while Jake didn’t see him every morning, it happened often enough that he’d started looking for the guy while he ran. That annoyed him. Running was his time to clear his head. It was meditative.

He could tune out and think of nothing. Or at least he could until he started paying more attention to the people he passed than he did the simple rhythm of putting one foot down in front of the other. Now during his morning runs, he was distracted by looking around to see if he’d catch sight of a particular slender figure whose long legs ate up the distance like the wind.

Jake told himself that he was only looking so that he could avoid him, and thereby avoid having to make polite conversation. It definitely wasn’t because of the way the ridiculously tight Lycra leggings he wore outlined every muscle in his lean thighs or the way his perfect ass looked so tasty in them. No, not at all.

Jake never had been very good at lying to himself. Even so, admiring that sexy little derrière from a distance was all he would do. He had learned his lesson about getting involved with coworkers. Anyway, it was unlikely he’d see him today, given the dismal weather. He could stop looking around and just concentrate on pushing himself.

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

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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.

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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

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4 Stars and 3.5 Stars for Con Boys are Naughty by J. P. Barnaby @JPBarnaby #MM #MMM #Menage #LightBDSM

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Title: Con Boys are Naughty
Author Name & Publisher: J. P. Barnaby
Publication Date & Length: April 20, 2016 – 40 Pages

Synopsis

Shy author Brandon doesn’t understand why his Sir, Sean, wants to break him out of his comfort zone with a fan conference. The very idea makes his skin itch with fear. But, when they head up to the con suite and pick up a hot little Robin cosplayer, the weekend starts looking up—way up.

This title was previously published as Between a Cock and a Hard Dom, a part of the Authors Gone Wild Anthology.

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ThreeandHalfStars

I went into this book with completely different expectations than I should have. For starters, it’s a short story or novella, rather than a novel, so I was a bit surprised when I saw that all in all, it was only thirty seven pages including front and back matter. That’s fine, though. I like novellas as much as the next person! 
 
I’m a huge fan of BDSM books. Next to historical fiction, it’s my favourite. Unfortunately, this one fell a bit short. The good: The relationship between Brandon and Sean is great. It was incredibly authentic, and you can really see the exchange of power, with Sean providing a reassuring confidence that Brandon seems to lack. Also, the menage element was really a great addition. I liked the dynamic between the three in bed. The backdrop was also interesting – an author convention. I would have loved to have seen more of the con, but given that this was an erotic short story, I get why we weren’t given more than a glimpse.
The not-so-good: The writing, to me, fell a bit flat. Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t bad writing by any means. But there were certain words and phrases that really pulled me out of the story. For instance, at one point while having sex, there’s this line “Keeping his hips at the same angle, he punched the little button over and over like he was playing Space Invaders with his cock.” Analogies can be really good, but this one didn’t quite hit the mark. I also didn’t really like JUST how tidy the ending was. Coincidences in a story aren’t exactly my cup of tea. Again, the writing wasn’t bad, and if you’re looking for a steamy, short piece to enjoy in a sitting, then this is one you’ll probably enjoy. For me, it just fell a bit short.
Alyson
FourStars
This was a very interesting short story. It had humor, it had the Dom/sub element, it has insecurities, it had confidence, it had m/m/m action, and it had unconditional love.

For a short story it had some very HOT scenes involving Sean (the Dom in the relationship), Brandon (the sub in the relationship), and a third they added for the night Robin (aka Nikki).

Sean knows that Brandon is not comfortable in situations involving people. But as his Dom he also knows that Brandon wants more then to be just an author, he wants to be able to interact with his fans but he is afraid.

So being Brandon’s Dom he knows he has to push him out of his protective shell and be there to catch him if he falls. He also knows that Brandon will work himself into a state before the convention if he does not do something to take his mind off of it. That is where Robin comes into play. And boy does he ever.

Brandon is the type of person in my opinion that does not have confidence in his own iminnee strength but wants to do what is necessary to make Sean proud of him so he is willing to put himself in a situation that he does not feel completely safe in. He is willing to push his own boundaries to make his Dom happy and to achieve his own dreams.

I really enjoyed this read but I wish that it would have more of an ending. It has a great story line but it came to an abrupt end. Other then that I think that is was a very enjoyable read.

Tosha

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