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New Release: 4 Star Review for When Adam Fell (Foothills Pride #4) by Pat Henshaw (AUTHOR INTERVIEW) #MM #Romance @phenshaw

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Title: When Adam Fell (Foothills Pride #4)
Author Name & Publisher: Pat Henshaw (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: February 24, 2016 – 29,800 Words

Synopsis

When his lover Jason’s drug addiction spiraled out of control, TV celebrity chef and cookbook author Adam de Leon walked away from him. Adam also abandoned his renowned restaurant in San Francisco to start a small bistro in the Sierra Foothills.

Five years later Adam is battling the conservative leaders of Stone Acres, California, to open a new restaurant in historic Old Town when Jason turns up on his doorstep—a recovered Jason, now going by the name David and claiming he’s overcome his addictions. What’s more, he begs Adam to take him back and says he’s ready for their happily ever after. Adam has enough on his plate with problems plaguing the opening of his restaurant. And now he’s having a hard time deciding which to follow—his head or his heart.

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FourStars

Another nice story by Pat Henshaw.  David comes back into Adams life years after they broke up.  David is trying to show Adam he is a new man, not doing drugs.  I thought he does a good job of this.  It was odd that he came back using a different name than before though, changing your name doesn’t mean your different but he did a nice job of showing Adam he has changed.

I thought Adam and David worked well as a couple and fought together to get their new business up and running.

This was a nice story of learning to retrust and love someone for a second chance at love. I do like Pat Henshaw’s story because it’s not all sex, they have wonderful meaning to the stories.

Sherry

Excerpt

I watched Jason rise from the stoop.

He looked good. His golden hair sparkled in the day’s first light. A happy smile tinged with nervousness spread across his lips. He was wearing a silver-gray Bogner jacket, some sort of expensive pants, and sturdy boots. Hanging from his shirt collar, his sunglasses looked like those high-priced titanium ones. All in all, the guy standing in front of me could easily have fit into the young, hip app crowd now flooding the valley. Too much money and no idea where to spend it. He looked like a guy who’d eat at the Bistro and then fucking strut up to me after dinner, put a wad of Franklins in my pocket, and whisper, “Quit this job and come cook for me.”

Nothing tempted me, especially not the hundred-dollar bills I’d thought were Monopoly money the first time I’d seen them. Nothing had moved me like this, seeing Jason rise straight up in front of me like a fucking miracle.

Standing there in my scuffed clogs, beat-up jeans, and ratty Stanford Cardinal T-shirt, I felt underdressed for this particular dream. Shouldn’t I at least be wearing my chef’s regalia, toque and all? Shouldn’t I have a Henckel in one hand and a Wüsthof in the other? Or maybe clutching a shield made of my cooking classics, which I’d written with an angry, tormented mind but a clear eye to royalties?

“Cat got your tongue?” the vision asked.

“Fucking A, man. Is it really you, Jason?”

“Sorta. Who else would come knocking at your door looking like me?” He flung his arms out like he wanted me to hug him or some shit.

I backed away and kept my hands to myself, though my dick perked up immediately. Did Jason have a twin or a younger brother, somebody who resembled him? I didn’t think so. All I’d thought for five years was nobody—and I mean nobody—could ever have come back from where my Jason had buried himself. At least I never thought so.

There’ve been moments in my life when I was sure I was losing my mind. When I knew whatever tenuous grasp on reality I thought I had was really smoke up my ass. This moment smacked of those. As the legendary John Fogerty sang and the great Yogi Berra is supposed to have said, it was like déjà vu all over again. Only not.

“What the hell are you doing here?” I asked. Suspicion tasted bitter on my tongue.

Slowly his arms came down, and he gave me a pained but understanding look.

“Yeah, well, it was too much to hope we’d just kiss and make up.” His husky croak had once made me roll over and do anything he asked, but not now. “Can I come in? It’s a little chilly out here.”

I wasn’t cold, but then I’m tall and stout, a real cliché chef image. Fuck, I guess somebody’s got to be the cliché, right? It’s how clichés are born.

I shrugged at his question, swiped at the sweat rolling from my forehead, and moved aside. “Kitchen’s downstairs.” I gestured to the steps.

He walked past me, letting his hand trail over my groin. Once I would have nearly come at the gesture. Now I ignored my dick because my mind was numb and had been for years. He might think he could reawaken my love and lust, but I was pretty fucking sure that ship had sailed and gotten lost at sea.

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

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

Synopsis

— When life gives you blood, make mayhem. —

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

POSSIBLE SPOILERS:

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

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FourandHalfStars

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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FourStars

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

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

Sherry

FourStars

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sarah

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5 Star and 4 Star Reviews for Bulldozed by Catt Ford #MM #Romance @Dreamspinners

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Title: Bulldozed
Author Name & Publisher: Catt Ford (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: February 3, 2016 – 161 pgs

Synopsis

Bull rider Trey Stuart voluntarily ties himself onto the back of a 1,500-pound animal for fun and money. But however tough he is in the ring, Trey is too scared to take a chance on love, especially when the man he wants is star rider Smoke Carter. Trey and Smoke have been hooking up for years, but Trey denies there’s anything serious going on between them.

Joining them at the gay rodeo are their friends Dolly and Alex. Wanting the same happiness for their friends, the two women try to convince Trey that Smoke is just as interested in him. While Trey works to help Dolly succeed in covering her first bull, another man tries to come between him and Smoke. When Smoke challenges Trey to cowboy up, he has to decide if the ride is worth the risk.

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FiveStars

This is a friendship to love, hook-ups to partners story. The gay rodeo provides a colourful, exuberant setting for a story full of friendship, humour and drag queens.

With Trey and Smoke, the author challenges many of the conventions of m/m Cowboy stories. Refreshingly, our heroes are as comfortable grinding in a bra and a denim thong as they are covering dangerous bulls. Their lesbian friends Dolly and Alex are written as interesting, complicated and talented women.

This is a great low-angst read. After hooking up for a long time, Trey and Smoke are more attached to each other than they care to let on. Pride, jealousy and matching competitive streaks make the relationship complicated, but these two already have a solid friendship and great sex – they just need the courage to make things official.

The rodeo is exciting, the story is fun and the attention to detail is exquisite. Miss Demeanor, the drag queen presenter, adds a silly, saucy contrast to the dangerous sport and Dolly adds a female perspective.

I really loved this and I’m hoping more Western writers take a cue from Catt Ford and exchange tired Brokeback tributes for a little flamboyant pride more suited to the twenty-first century.

Sarah

FourStars

Bulldozed started out a little slow for me but by the time I got to the rodeo part the story had picked up and I was hooked.  It was a great story about Trey, who was afraid to commit and Smoke who was in love with Trey.  There were times I wanted to smack Trey for being so dense and then Smoke, not sure why he didn’t just tell him how he felt.  I liked how they finally connected to each other and I loved their plan for the future.

A great story with an exciting rodeo and two men working to find happiness. ,

Sherry

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4 Stars for Go All The Way by Megan Slayer #MM #Romance @MeganSlayer

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Title: Go All The Way
Author Name & Publisher: Megan Slayer (MLR Press)
Publication Date & Length: February 14, 2016 – 58 pgs

Synopsis

It’s going to be the wedding of the year–if the wedding happens.

Peter Barnes has known since the moment he met Kenley Kissinger that Kenley was the one. He popped the question and on Valentine’s weekend, they’re going to make things legal. There’s just one problem and it isn’t Kenley getting cold feet. One of Peter’s ex-boyfriends has materialized. He’s not making things easy for the couple. Will Peter and Kenley make it to the altar and go all the way, or will the past tear them apart before anyone mutters the words, I do?

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FourStars

Go All The Way was a sweet Valentine’s story.  Peter and Kenley were planning their wedding but Peter’s ex boyfriend decided he wanted Peter back.

Peter and Kenley were very different from each, Peter was a famous model and Kenley worked on computers.  They actually worked quite well together for me.  I liked that Peter was romantic and Kenley was in his own way.

Kenley came up with the perfect plan to fool Peter’s ex but will it work, you’ll need to read this quick sweet story to find out.

Sherry

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5 Star Review for Ceaseless Conviction (Broken Series #5) by Sibley Jackson/Caddy Rowland #MM #Romance @CaddyorPims

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Title: Ceaseless Conviction (Broken Series #5)
Author Name & Publisher: Sibley Jackson/Caddy Rowland – CFR Publishing
Publication Date & Length: February 17, 2016 – 40 pgs

Synopsis

Someone hated Brice and Talon enough to burn down their houses, and had hoped to kill them in the process. But who? With so many people in the small town despising Talon for being both Chippewa and gay, the possibilities are endless.
The police don’t seem to care if they find the culprits or not. Brice and Talon care—and they’re not about to let someone get away with attempted murder. Somehow justice will be served.
Or is justice only a mirage if you don’t fit into what the locals call normal?
*Book 5 of the Broken Series. Each book is a short story which can be read simply to enjoy the sex scenes, but the story itself is a serial, spanning six books

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FiveStars

Ceaseless Conviction is Part 5 of the Broken Series.  And once again Sibley Jackson has brought Brice and Talen back.  This time there is two fires and Talen gets hurt.  Loved how Brice uses his wealth too fight for Talen.  But Talen really gets a shocker at the end of this book.

These books always end with a good cliffhanger, that’s what makes then so much fun to read you just don’t know where Sibley Jackson is going to take these stories.

The book may be short but is written so well that it keeps you coming back for more.

Sherry

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4 Stars for Tall Order by Irene Preston #MM #Romance @IrenePreston

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Title: Tall Order
Author Name: Irene Preston
Publication Date & Length: February 16, 2016 – 74 pgs

Synopsis

Chef Dylan Trevino screwed up bad, and he knows it. When he left Austin, his job, and his boyfriend behind, Dylan was confident Aston would follow him to New York. Now he’s back home and working for the worst caterer in town just to pay the rent. Being head chef at a party thrown by a famous rocker doesn’t make up for serving bland tacos while dressed like a dime-store cowboy. Thank god his ex can’t see him now.

Aston Winkler’s steampunk guitar mods are all the rage with musicians and he’s got invites to every hot party in town. Too bad he’d rather be listening to garage bands than networking in a penthouse. From his 6’7” vantage point, Aston has no problem spotting Dylan at the crowded SXSW party. Getting his boyfriend back?

That’s a tall order.

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FourStars

Tall Order was a very quick sweet read of second chance at love.
Because it was so short it skimmed on many topics that were important to the story.
Win was very self conscious of being so tall but had a wonderful heart which was hurt by Dylan.  Dylan left Win but never considered them broken up, which I thought was odd, I mean he left and never called him. After Dylan came back I thought it took Dylan awhile to realize he needed to let Win help him.

I wished it had explained why Dylan left New York and came back to Texas. The story kind of left that hanging. Even with those issues it was very sweet and lovely story.

Sherry

Excerpt

“Hello, Dylan.”

Dylan closed his eyes at the unfairness of the whole fucked up night. Damn, damn, damn. The sound of his name on Win’s lips still made him weak at the knees. It made him want to punch the asshole in the other room and anyone else who’d touched Win while he was gone. It made him want to take Win home, and take him to bed, and remind him they belonged to each other. Dylan and no one else took care of Win. Unfortunately, none of that was possible, and it was all his fault.

He turned.

“Win.” It was all he could manage. Up close Win was even more devastating. Dylan locked his knees so he wouldn’t take a step closer. If he started moving toward the man standing in the doorway, he wasn’t sure he could stop.

“Most people just call me Aston now.”

I’m not most people. Dylan stopped himself from saying it out loud.

Win watched him for a minute. “I didn’t know you were back in town.”

Was there a shadow of hurt in his eyes? Dylan couldn’t tell. The realization sliced him, because he had always been able to tell exactly what Win was thinking.

“Just got back.” What else was there to say? Yes, he was back in Austin. No, he wasn’t in New York. Yes, his Big Chance had been a Big Mistake. No, he never should have left. He should have stayed here, a medium-sized fish in a medium-sized pond instead of trying to swim in the ocean. He should never have forced Win to choose.

Win took a few steps closer and all the thoughts running around in Dylan’s head stopped cold so his brain could focus on one fact. Win. Right in front of him. I could touch him.

Win was so close Dylan had to tilt his head to keep looking at him. The angle brought back the memory of every time he’d angled his head just so when Win leaned in to kiss him.

Dylan held his breath, held as still as he could, and tried not to give the thought away.

Win gazed at him for a minute, then lifted one hand and trailed a finger down the front of Dylan’s shirt, lighting up nerve endings as he went.

“Cute.”

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5, TWO 4 and 3 Stars for Hesitant Heart by Morticia Knight – #MM Romance #BDSM @morticiaknight @Totally_Bound

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Title: Hesitant Heart (The Hampton Road Club)
Author Name: Morticia Knight
Publication Date & Length: November 7, 2014 – 174 pgs

Synopsis

Sam is a naïve young man who arrives in Hollywood to escape his brutal father. When the older, sophisticated Aaron rescues him, Sam discovers what it means to fully surrender himself to another.

Eighteen year-old Sam Cunningham is used to living with lots of secrets. He’s had to hide his true nature his entire life or else incur the wrath of his strict and abusive father. When he’s faced with a horrible ultimatum, he flees to Hollywood where he hopes he can escape the fate his father has planned for him.

Aaron Rubenstein is a wealthy and sophisticated man who loses himself in painting portraits of bound men to help stave off his loneliness and despair. Unable to find a lasting connection with anyone, he’s had to resort to paying lovers not only for their affections, but to be allowed to indulge in his darker passions. Aaron’s only respite is his nights at the Hampton Road sadomasochism club where he’s a respected Dominant.

Naïve and inexperienced in the ways men can please one another, Sam takes a job at a bathhouse where he first glimpses a beautiful older man. Aaron notices the sweet towel boy watching him with interest every time he patronizes the Temple of Eros bathhouse. A traumatic incident for the innocent towel boy triggers Aaron’s protective tendencies and he’s compelled to rescue the gentle Sam from the clutches of the Temple’s manager.

They embark on a journey together that teaches them both things about themselves that they never knew. As their bond deepens and Sam is trained for his first night at the Hampton Road Club, an unknown danger lurks. Will Sam’s father find him and destroy both men’s chance for true happiness together? Or will Aaron protect his boy and keep him for always?

Reader advisory: This book is best read in sequence as part of a series.

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FourStars

This was another good book, going to be a great series, by Mortica Knight. This story was about a young man escaping his father’s brutality and finding his true love. I loved how Sam and Aaron met. I also loved the journey that they took together to find themselves.

I felt Aaron was a very caring man but yet not sure where he fit in his sexual life.  Sam on the other was very sweet, very trusting of Aaron while he was teaching Sam how to behave. My favorite part was when Aaron and Saul took on Sam’s father.

This was a good start to the series can’t wait to read more.

Sherry

fourstars

In Book 1 of the series, the setting is in 1920’s. It’s the story of a man, a wealthy painter by the name of Aaron Rubenstein and how he found his sub/forever love in Sam, a naive 18 year old boy. From the start you feel really bad for Aaron. He’s gay, knows it, loves certain games, yet he hates himself. Probably because most of the guys he “plays” with don’t understand him.
Then he meets Sam in a bathing house. Sam ran away from home cause his rich father wants him to marry, but Sam is gay. He’s so sheltered though, that he doesn’t know a thing about gay sex. Thankfully he meets Aaron, who adores him. These two are made to be together and they’re so sweet. Too sweet…lol. Aaron and Sam both cried way too much. I liked them enough though to give this book a 4 instead of my first choice of 3 stars. It was interesting reading about a romance set in the 1920’s.
If you wanna read something extra sweet, a healing story, this book is for you.
Oh and don’t be fooled by the “Road Club”. Lol This isn’t an MC story folks. Haha
Cookie
ThreeStar
This book was hard for me to get through at times. I found myself skimming at times but at other times so into the story I didn’t want to put it down. I had to keep reminding myself that it was set in the 1920’s for one thing. LOL. I loved how sweet and innocent Sam was but at times I also got frustrated with his nativity.  I wanted to think Aaron was a dirty old bird, but I couldn’t help but like him, I loved his patience with Sam. This ended up being a beautiful story of love and friendship and I really hope we get to see these two again in the rest of the series.
Angie
FiveStars
This book starts of with Sam who is naïve and young in a new city after escaping his brutal father.
He meets Aaron and there is a instant attraction between these two men.I loved how protective and caring Aaron was of Sam. Then there was Sam who was just so sweet!

They both fit so well together and you could feel the love these two men have for one another.

I thought the author did such a awesome job with the time period in this book! She pulled you in from the start of this story and I could not put this book down once I started it.

There was steam in this book and two men who grow closer together in their Dom/Sub relationship. The way that Aaron was so patient with Sam while teaching him everything was just so sweet!
So I will leave this review with….. I loved this book and would recommend it!

Kara

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