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4 Star Review for Ed & Marchant (Frankie’s Series) by Sue Brown #MM #BDSM

CoverTitle: Ed & Marchant (Frankie’s Series)
Author Name & Publisher: Sue Brown (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: November 12, 2014 – 120 pgs

Synopsis
Ed Winters despises his job and hates everyone he works with—especially out and proud, happily in love Frankie Mason. He spends his days wishing he could dance, rather than work.

Late to go shopping one day, Ed ends up soaked in Marchant Belarus’s spilled Coke. Ed’s humiliation increases when Marchant, the owner of a BDSM club, realizes Ed is a sub, albeit a very closeted one. Marchant’s attempts to draw Ed out of his shell release years of pent-up anger and hurt over the abuse Ed’s mother and grandmother heaped on him.

Marchant is patient, but nothing he does seems to help until he discovers Ed’s secret love of dancing—a forbidden passion that might be the key to unlocking the confident, secure man Ed could be.

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FourStars

First off, I have to admit I read this book before reading Frankie & Al. I felt I was missing a little backstory so I instantly read Frankie & Al’s story and then Ed & Marchant made more sense. So I suggest you read the series in order unlike myself. I honestly hated Ed and didn’t think I could ever change my mind about him. Marchant is a saint and a great Dom, he knew just want to do to make things work with Ed and how to bring Ed out of his shell. The book wasn’t long but it was a good story and I can’t wait to hear more about this characters in other books.

Angie

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5 Stars for Brute by Kim Fielding {AUDIOBOOK} #MM #Historical @KFieldingWrites @Dreamspinners

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Title: Brute
Author Name & Publisher: Kim Fielding (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: December 3, 2012 – 270 pgs

Synopsis

Brute leads a lonely life in a world where magic is commonplace. He is seven and a half feet of ugly, and of disreputable descent. No one, including Brute, expects him to be more than a laborer. But heroes come in all shapes and sizes, and when he is maimed while rescuing a prince, Brute’s life changes abruptly. He is summoned to serve at the palace in Tellomer as a guard for a single prisoner. It sounds easy but turns out to be the challenge of his life.

Rumors say the prisoner, Gray Leynham, is a witch and a traitor. What is certain is that he has spent years in misery: blind, chained, and rendered nearly mute by an extreme stutter. And he dreams of people’s deaths—dreams that come true.

As Brute becomes accustomed to palace life and gets to know Gray, he discovers his own worth, first as a friend and a man and then as a lover. But Brute also learns heroes sometimes face difficult choices and that doing what is right can bring danger of its own.

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FiveStars

This review is for the audiobook, read by K.C. Kelly.

Brute is an engaging, moving, and romantic story. This book is read beautifully by K.C. Kelly who really brings the story to life.

This story has a unique premise, and it had me immediately engaged. The characters are well developed and easy to love. The story of Brute’s life is very powerful and moving, and his compassion and bravery shine through.  Gray is resilient and strong. Their romance is sweet and also heartbreaking at times.

The sex scenes are well written and passionate, but I wouldn’t recommend this for someone looking for a highly erotic story.

I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for strong fantasy genre M/M romance.

Amanda

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5 Star, 4.5 Star and 3 Star Review for Debt by K.C. Wells #MM #Romance @K_C_Wells

CoverTitle: Debt
Author Name & Publisher: K.C. Wells (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: May 27, 2016 – 254 pgs

Synopsis

Two months after Mitch Jenkins had the rug pulled out from under him when his two-year relationship came to an abrupt end, he is still hurting. A colleague’s attempt to cheer him up brings Mitch to a secret “club.” Mitch isn’t remotely interested in the twinks parading like peacocks, until he spies the young man at the back of the room, nose firmly in a book and oblivious to his surroundings. Now Mitch is interested.

Nikko Kurokawa wants to pay his debt and get the hell out of the Black Lounge—where he is forced to not only have sex, but sometimes suffer abuse to please clients. Earning his freedom isn’t proving easy, especially when he starts attracting interest. Life becomes that little bit easier to bear when he meets Mitch, who is nothing like the other men who frequent the club. And when Mitch crawls under his skin and into his heart, Nikko figures he can put up with anything. Before long he’ll be out of there, and he and Mitch can figure out if they have a future together.

Neither of them counted on those who don’t want Nikko to leave….

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FiveStars
This is such intense book. From the first time that Mitch meets Nikko you can feel that something is not right about his situation but you have to wait till the big reveal to find out just how much of a situation Nikko and Ichy (Nikkos brother) have gotten themselves into, and it is not pretty nor is it safe for these two men.

You could feel the attraction that these two men felt for one another from the very first moment they met. Mitch took one look at Nikko and it was like he was smitten with him. I think that is what kept Mitch coming back to a place he did not like and into a situation that he was not proud of being in, I think it took a lot for Mitch to get over the fact that he was paying to spend time with Nikko but at the same time I think he also sensed that something was not right about where Nikko worked from the get go and he wondered just how safe Nikko was and that is why he kept coming back even though he was putting himself in debt by doing so. I think that he not only kept coming back because of the feeling man he had for Nikko but because he thought that Nikko was in trouble and he wanted to keep him safe.

Nikko in my opinion is grateful for all the time that he spends with Mitch. Mitch is what is keeping him sane in a totally insane situation. I fear that if Nikko would not have had to look forward to seeing Mitch then he would have let his abusers break him completely. Mitch gave Nikko hope and he showed him what love truly is.

The two things that I want answers to is what happened to Aaron and what about Itchy and the trial and do him and Nikko get to reconnect. So I am really hoping there will be another book to tie up lose ends.

But even so, this book was very good and very intense.

Tosha
FourandHalfStarsWOW, I almost don’t know what to say. This book was very potent and passionate. The moment Mitch meets Nikko was a really great scene. This was a very heartfelt story about a man, Mitch, who meets his soulmate, Nikko who if being forced into sexual slavery. All of the abuse is off page, of which I’m extremely grateful as I have a hard time reading those types of stories. The connection between Mitch and Nikko is miraculous; I felt that right from the beginning. I also loved Mitch’s family. I mean anyone who can go to their parents and tell them the story that Mitch told them shows me that they have a remarkable relationship. I loved the way they just accepted Nikko and truly tried to help him.

The only issue I had was what happened to Ichy, Aaron and the rest of the men at the brothel. Hopefully there will be a follow-up book as I really love to find out more about Ichy and everyone else in this story.

Lynn

ThreeStarI was so excited to read this book after reading the blurb. However, the blurb was the best part for me. I really struggled to get through this book. I found myself skimming it several times, I was getting bored. The whole premise of the secret club was one thing, but then when you find out what the actual debt is that Nikko is repaying it just seemed a little farfetched. I don’t think Mitch could afford to keep going back on his teacher salary and even though it was mentioned that he maxed out his credit card you never know how much he really spent. Things just didn’t seem believable to me, well everything except the chemistry between Mitch and Nikko, that did seem real but they both had so many doubts too. Then when Mitch finds out about the debt and then does something about it the next day BAM there is action. Again, not very believable. I am sure others will enjoy this book, it just wasn’t for me. If there would have been more Mitch and Nikko like there was at the end of the book I might have loved the book.

Angie

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4 stars for Choices (Golden Collar #1) by Grace R. Duncan #MMM #MMMM #Poly #MM #BDSM @GraceRDuncan

CoverTitle: Choices (Golden Collar #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Grace R. Duncan (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: March 4, 2013 – 380 pgs

Synopsis

Born and raised a gypsy in the late eleventh century, Teman values freedom over everything. He and his best friend, Jasim, are thieves for hire—until one night they’re caught and their precious freedom is revoked. Given the choice between the dungeons or palace pleasure slavery, they become slaves, but Teman vows to escape someday.

Bathasar doesn’t want the throne. He supports his brother instead, which suits their sadistic father, Mukesh. When Teman, the handsome slave Bathasar has secretly been watching, saves his life, Bathasar requests a slave for the first time. Before long, Bathasar and Teman fall in love. But all is not well. One day Mukesh brutalizes Teman before the court, angering the empress of a neighboring nation. To appease her, he then offers her Jasim as a gift, and Teman decides to stay with Bathasar for now—despite the abuse he may suffer.

The peace doesn’t last. Mukesh plans to invade Jasim’s new country, and Bathasar must find a way to stop the destruction. But if he succeeds, he’ll ascend to the throne and have the power to grant Teman his liberty. Then Teman will surely leave him. What other choice could a gypsy make?

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FourStars

****this review contains spoilers****
Choices, by Grace R. Duncan, follows a gypsy slave Teman and his master, the amir (prince) Bathasar. There was quite a bit that I loved about this book. The dynamic between Teman and Bathasar was perfect, the way Bathasar tried his best to make them as equal as possible, while Teman struggled with his desire to submit to his master. On top of that, I was happy that Jasim found happiness in the end as well. Relationships aside, the political aspect of it, with the planned assassination was amazing and I loved that the malik ended up dying because he was just a terrible person anyway. The manner of his death, too, was incredibly fitting.
On the other hand, there were a few things that I didn’t particularly care for. Three, in particular. The first was Cyrus and Nadir’s relationship, and the way they fit in with everyone else. Poly relationships can work really well, but this one just didn’t…click. It wasn’t quite poly, but it wasn’t quite monogamous, either. While Cyrus and Nadir did love each other, it didn’t really feel like it all the time. At times, it felt like Nadir loved Jasim more than he loved Cyrus, and the same with Cyrus and Teman. That part left me more than a bit confused, and I wasn’t particularly fond of it. Additionally, the setting was a bit confusing. The book was supposed to be set in a fantasy world, with fantasy kingdoms, and yet there were pieces of our own world, like the mention of Beowulf. So that threw me just a bit. Thirdly, and this is completely my own personal taste, there was far too much focus on denial. The first few times was great, but eventually it became a bit repetitive, and I have to admit I skimmed over those parts toward the end.
Overall, though, this was a really good book, and I highly recommend it to people who love master/slave relationships, menage scenes, and orgasm denial. A bit of warning, there is a lot of violence in the book, done by the malik, but it isn’t condoned at all. So just take note of that.
~Alyson

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5 stars for Safe in His Arms by Renae Kaye #MM #Romance

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Title: Safe in His Arms
Author Name & Publisher: Renae Kaye (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: November 28, 2014 – 208 pgs

Synopsis

In the late-night quiet of the caravan park shower room, Lon Taylor washes away the filth of the Western Australian mines. He’s not looking for anyone, but when Casey offers, Lon doesn’t turn him down.

Welcoming the young man in his big, hairy arms, Lon provides a safety to Casey that he has never known, and Casey wants to stay forever. Still reeling from the breakup of his family years ago, Lon’s not sure he’s ready for the responsibility of the comfort and security Casey craves.

But perhaps Lon can risk opening his heart again and hoping for a brighter future. Casey has some pretty big skeletons in his past to deal with. And Lon wonders what Casey will do when he finds out how badly Lon failed at protecting the ones he loved eight years ago.

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 FiveStars

Wow. I mean just wow. I am speechless. This is the first book that I have read by Renae Kaye I do believe and it is a book that I will not soon forget.

Safe in his arms could not have been a better name for this book that is for sure. And I would up front give a warning to anyone reading this review before hand to get an idea of whether they will like it or not that if they have triggers to abuse and rape then this is not the book for you.

Casey has to be the strongest character that I have ever read about. He has faced such adversity and pain and abuse and even rape at the hands of the person that is supposed to protect him (his father) that he is truly a strong individual to be able to face all of that and move on with his life and still such an optimistic out look on his life. He is truly my hero. He could have shut down and given up after all the things that he had to face in his childhood but he did not and he did not let it rule his life or ruin him. He let it help to shape him into a better person.

Lon is another hero in my eyes. He had so much pain from losing his family to a tragedy that most would not want to take the chance on love for fear of losing them but not Lon. He is also so supportive of Casey and wants to do whatever is on his power to make him happy. They are just perfect for each other in every way.

It was not all meet each other, fall in love and happily ever after either, they had major issues to deal with along the way and fall outs to work through but together they are unstoppable.

I can not wait to read the next book in the series. This is definitely a five star read in my opinion.

~Tosha

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TWO 5 Star Reviews for Slash OP (Toy Solider #2) by J. Johanis #MM #Dark @JennaJohanis

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: Slash OP (Toy Soldier #2)
Author Name: J. Johanis
Publication Date & Length: February 29, 2016 – 93 pgs

Synopsis

The White House has ordered the execution of a highly sensitive covert operation in dragon-occupied territory. Though a Slash Op has a zero percent survival rate, the commanding general is forced to enlist his most prized officer for the task.

Major Gideon is embarking on his first mission in the dragon district. Yet Gideon has hardly recovered from all that Drago made him endure. For the past three months, Gideon has been plagued with dreams of dragons terrorizing him, but his dreams have gradually turned into sexual fantasies. Despite coming to terms with his longing to have Drago in bed, Gideon cannot suppress his desire to beat Drago’s face in. When Gideon is called for a mission in the most dangerous district on Earth, what freaks him out the most is the prospect of seeing Drago again.

Content Advisory: Graphic violence, dragon sex, & non-con.

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FiveStars

This was the second part of the story after Drago Star. I didn’t think I could like the story more after the first part, but I was pleasantly surprised. This was excellent. I really enjoyed getting to know more about Gideon and Drago.
This book had some seriously intense dragon scenes that had me ducking for cover while reading as fast as I could. So good! I couldn’t get through it fast enough!
I can’t wait for more!!
Renee
FiveStars

And with each book it just keeps getting better and better.

Gideon is back with Drago once again and this time things change between them. Gideon cannot quit thinking about Drago after the specialized training in the last book and he is hating himself for it. Drago does not think he is capable of having romantic feeling la for anyone much less a human but that is proven wrong when slash ops is given the go ahead. The real question is just how far is Drago willing to go to protect Gideon and is it all for the mission or is it something real.

I have to say that normally I am not big on paranormal reads but I so captivated by this series that I could not put it down. J. Johanis was able to capture my attention in book one and now he has me held captive with book two. Cannot wait for book three to come out. This is an awesome series but fore warning there are intense sense of what can be perceived as rape and violence so if you have triggers for that this is not the book for you.

Tosha

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ONE 5 Star and ONE 4 Star Reviews for Drago Star (Toy Solider #1) by J. Johanis #MM #Dark @JennaJohanis

CoverTitle: Drago Star (Toy Soldier #1)
Author Name: J. Johanis
Publication Date & Length: September 2, 2015 – 80 pgs

Synopsis

Captain Gideon’s military training taught him never to fall for his captor, but when he’s sold to a sexy dragon shifter, Gideon discovers that training is much easier than real life. Drago Star is about survival, resistance, and escape when faced with an enemy who’s not afraid to use his deadliest weapon: a dangerous mixture of persuasion, seduction, and animistic lust that cannot be sated.

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Captain Gideon is a candidate at the Drago Star Academy and well on his way to fulfilling his lifelong dream—to be a Star Commander and fight the alien insurgency on Earth.

However, before he can complete his training, he is captured by an unknown entity who sells him to a sadistic alien master. He strives to follow his military training, but nothing can prepare him for the abuse he endures at the hands of his deviant captors.

Despite his disorientation, Gideon realizes things are not as they seem. Though his captors appear to be slavers, they have the resources of a government or rebel entity. To complicate matters, the air smells different, the people look strange, and the light of the sun is all wrong. Gideon’s only hope is escape, but if they’ve taken him from his home planet, is escape even possible?

Content Advisory: Graphic violence, non-con, & abuse.
Kink Tags: Dragon shifter sex, limited femdom, non-consensual BDSM, (bittersweet).

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FiveStars

This was a fun, twisted story. I have to say that it is definitely what I would consider a dark story, but it was so well written that I actually enjoyed it.
I loved the way the entire story, twist and all was put together along with the dark aspects that were tastefully done even though they were non-con.
I’m so excited to have stumbled upon this story after reading other stories by this author and happy to say they are just as well written and captivating!
Renee
FourStars

Wow. Just wow. I had no idea what I was getting into when I started reading this book. This is the first book I have read by J. Johanis and I have to admit I am intrigued and looking forward to the next book.

The main character in this book Gideon. He is goin through some specialized training at Drago Star academy. While going through the training he was given a waiver to sign in which he did not read and just signed. BIG MISTAKE!!!!!

The next thing he knows he wakes up and is being held captive by a Dragon shifter on a foreign planet.

Gideon is put through all sorts of unimaginable things and even though a normal person would have broke, Gideon doesn’t.

As I said this book took me by surprise but I am not disappointed that I read it. I would recommend it to others to read and cannot wait to read book 2.

Tosha

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