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5 Star, 4 Star, and 3 Star Reviews for Raw Lust (Raw Trilogy #1) by Sibley Jackson #MM #Romance @caddyorpims

CoverTitle: Raw Lust: The Raw Trilogy 1
Author Name: Sibley Jackson
Publication Date: June 27, 2016

Synopsis

*Note: This gay romance contains graphic m/m sex scenes.

Z: dynamic, in your face sexual rock star in the making. He and his band, Wild Riot, are hoping to hit the big-time, and they’re getting close. He knows a relationship is out of the question if he hopes to make it big.
Jason: low key and handsome, he’s sworn to never care for a guy again—at least not without taking it slow and easy. He chose poorly once. By the time he walked away, his self-esteem had been in shreds.

Then Wild Riot takes the stage at the city’s most popular gay club. Jason has scored a front row table. He’s heard all about the band and their sexy lead singer. Big deal. He’s seen a ton of bands.

A single spotlight explodes from the darkness, illuminating Z. Their eyes meet—and the heat between them could incinerate the whole damn place.

Before the first set ends, both know they can’t walk away. Not until they’ve had one night of scorching, animalistic sex.

After all, neither is looking for anything more. Especially nothing as inconvenient and terrifying as love.

ATTENTION: 1/3 of this story was published on Amazon only in serialized form, under the name The Performance Series. 2/3 of this story is new, due to popular demand for Z and Jason. Even if you have read The Performance Series, you will enjoy the Raw Trilogy.

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FiveStars

I truly enjoyedthis book and I am on pins and needles waiting for the next one to come out. By the name of this book and the warning of explicit male/male scenes at the beginning of the book I thought there would not be a lot of story line in it. But that is so far from the truth.

Yes there is a lot of explicitly hot scenes in the book but there is so much more then just that.

This is a book in my opinion about two people finding each other and having this powerful connection from the get go. The problem is it comes at a time in their lives when their careers are taking off and it makes it extremely hard for them to have a relationship.

Zeke or Z to his friends is the lead singer in his band and they are the point that they may just get the contract to become even bigger. Their following is huge is getting bigger each show.

Jason is a window designer at a big retail store and is moving up in the business with each new display.

When these two men meet is only meant to be a one night stand but they both soon realized he could be so much more and decide to give it a try even though Z is leaving for tour for six weeks.

Things progress between them and they become closer. At the same time the band gets closer to its dream. It is not easy being with a rock star but both are trying. They even have issues with their friends and co workers telling both of them are fools for waiting for the other. But regardless they remain together and committed to each other.

This book was truly an amazing read. I cannot wait for the next book in the series to come out because I have a feeling it will be explosive. This is the first book I have read by this author but I can guarantee I will be reading more in the future.

Tosha
FourStars

This book was full of hotness. Jason and Z just can’t get enough of each other and when they are together it is explosive. I hate the whole I am a rocker and I am going on the road and I will be faithful crap. Yeah I know it can happen but I wonder how often and for how long. That kinds of stuff just sets me on edge but I did enjoy the book and I will read the next one in the series because I liked the chemistry between Jason and Z.

Angie

ThreeStar

This book had its moments.  While I enjoyed the premise, I struggled with the writing style and I found myself giggling through sexual descriptions.  For a rock star story, I enjoyed Z’s realistically slow building career.  The strain on his and Jason’s relationship feels honest and accurate.  

 

Both Z and Jason feel very young in this story and the intensity of the relationship doesn’t always fit with the new adult vibe of the book.  I did enjoy the long distance relationship, the insecurities faced by both men and the trust that develops between them.

 

But honestly, my favourite parts of this book are the inadvertent bloopers and bizarre sex descriptions.  I highlighted so many brilliant quotations that made me giggle.  My favourite passage was probably Z’s description of licking Jason’s ass crack.   The 21 year old struggling musician says the taste of Jade’s ass “was like a fine French wine. His taste wasn’t simple.  It consisted of several layers.”  The same man whose ass tastes of French wine also has perfect balls, “like eggs in a basket”.  By the time the pucker of Jason’s ass was personified and “signalling it was willing to allow him eventual access”, I was in tears.  
Possibly for the wrong reasons, I am really looking forward to the next installment in this series as both Z’s music and the relationship between the two men continues to develop.  Honestly, I just can’t wait to see how sex is described in the next book.

Sarah

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5 Star Review for Desires’ Guardian (Desires Entwined #2) by Tempeste O’Riley #MM #BDSM #Erotic @TempesteO

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Title: Desires’ Guardian (Desires Entwined #2)
Author Name: Tempeste O’Riley
Publication Date & Length: June 6, 2014 – 200 pgs

Synopsis

Most people see Chase Manning as the party-boy twink he seems on the surface. Only James, Chase’s BFF, knows the depth of his loyalty and the extent of the wounds Chase carries inside. When Chase meets Rhys Sayer things don’t go well, but he can’t shake his attraction to the huge, sexy man.

Rhys is a man of contradictions and fear—a strange combination for a PI and bodyguard. He’s in a bad place emotionally when he sets eyes on Chase for the first time. When Chase puts the moves on him, Rhys insults him, thwarting any possibility of a relationship. Rhys doesn’t see himself as a complicated man, but he dreads the very kind of connection he desires.

Just as they’re trying to overcome their uncertainties, Chase is put in harm’s way. Luckily Rhys and their friends have all the right talents to help Rhys save the man of his dreams.

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FiveStars

This is actually the first book that I have read in this series and even though it is book two I don’t personally think that it had to be read in order. It was not confusing on who everyone was or anything. I will go back and read book one but only because I really want to know more about James and Seth.

That being said, I cannot wait to read more book in this series. This book was so amazing that I could not put it down. It was full of pride, fear, hurt, mystery, love, and acceptance. This book had so many emotions running through it and Tempeste was able to bring those emotions through to the reader with ease.

Chase is one of those characters that at first is hard to get a good read on his feelings. He tried to be so strong for all of those around him that he loves but does not let his pain out in front of many. Those that he does confide in, is the ones that he has given everything too. And eventually even after their off to not so good start, includes Rhys.

Rhys knows at first meeting that Chase is the one he wants but is still dealing with the betrayal of his ex so he pushed Chase away in the worst way. Which was a mistake he regretted almost immediately. After much needed making up, they finally get together and that is when the real mystery begins with Chases ex being murdered.

Tempeste did an amazing job on this book and has completely hooked me on the series with the amazing writing. Cannot wait to read the next book!!!

Tosha

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4 Star and THREE 3.5 Star Reviews for Roadside Rescue by Caitlin Ricci #FF #Erotic

CoverTitle: Roadside Rescue
Author Name & Publisher: Caitlin Ricci (NineStar Press)
Publication Date & Length: June 27, 2016 – 35 pgs

Synopsis

After her girlfriend leaves her for an ex, Kelly takes off with her mustang, Shoni, and as many of her things as she can pack into her truck. The flip of a coin has her going west along I-70 from her home in Missouri, sending her toward Colorado. While driving through Dove Creek, she gets a flat tire on her trailer. She has a spare, but in his panic, Shoni manages to jerk the trailer enough to damage the wheel.

Her salvation comes in the form of sexy mechanic, Brigid, who owns a shop nearby. With a few days to wait for the wheel, the two get to know each other. A bit of fun isn’t all Brigid wants from her, but Kelly isn’t ready to jump into anything new so soon after her break up, and when Brigid offers her a job, Kelly doesn’t want to tie her life to someone so completely again.

Kelly is in need of some stability, and that’s exactly what Brigid is offering her. If she’s willing to take a chance on letting another woman into her life again, Brigid might be just who she needs.

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FourStars

Kelly leaves town and a cheating girlfriend and heads off with her horse towed behind her truck with no plan as to where she will end up.   When she blows a tire outside a small town and has to get the local mechanic’s help things suddenly start looking up.  This is a lovely, sexy and romantic story of love coming out of nowhere and changing lives forever.  Things happen very quickly but it all feels just right and I thoroughly enjoyed this short read.  It had likeable characters in Kelly and Brigid, was well written had certainly had the feel good factor.
Kitty Kat
ThreeandHalfStars
This was an enjoyable little short, but it suffers a little from the length of the story and the small amount of time that elapsed within the story. I liked the instant chemistry between Kelly and Brigid, and the way they were drawn to each other. But it felt like everything moved way too fast. It hasn’t even been a full day and Kelly has decided to park herself in Dove Creek to explore things with Brigid. I know that Kelly really doesn’t have any plans, nowhere to go, nobody to go see, so it isn’t out of the realm of possibility for her to consider staying for a while, but this seemed way too fast for such a decision. Pretty much what I want is more story for both of these women to get to that point. Also, Kelly keeps saying that she doesn’t want to move this fast, and rely so much on her relationship with Brigid, but she goes ahead and does it anyway, which seems to perpetuate her past mistakes. This reads as more romance, with the attendant emphasis on feelings and hope for the future, than it does erotica, which is more what I would expect for such a short look into their meeting and interaction. It isn’t a bad story, but I would consider both of these women kind of flighty, impetuous, and a bit unrealistic. That said, there were things to like as well. I liked Shoni, and enjoyed hearing a bit about mustangs. I would’ve liked to understand more how Kelly acquired him and why. And like I said before, I do like the interaction between Kelly and Brigid.
Amy P.
ThreeandHalfStars
This was a nice short that started at a good pace, but then moved faster than expected. I hadn’t realized it was a shorter story until I was at the end. It was disappointing to have to say goodbye to Kelly and Brigid so soon; however, they were lovely to get to meet.I do still feel that the pacing of everything was a bit fast: who breaks down and then just decides on a whim to stay there and find a job in a small, out of the way town.

At any rate, the author still created interesting characters that made me want to see more of them. For those that don’t want all the drama of a longer story, this is for you.

Tori
ThreeandHalfStars
I was so excited to get to read this book and I was left a bit disappointed. I loved Brigid and I loved the premise/plot of the piece. However, I thought the movement was too fast in some places and too slow in others.

I felt the sex scene was thrown in because “it’s romance so a sex scene is required” when it truly wasn’t. It’s not that the scene was bad; it just didn’t fit with the pacing of the rest of the piece and I felt Kelly needed to be a bit more in tune with Brigid’s reactions to flirting etc to make it more realistic.

If the sex scene had been eliminated or even moved to the ending of the piece, then I believe this piece would have flowed very nicely. The writing technique was fantastic and I hardly got stuck while reading.

AJ

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5 Star Review for Valor (Vigilance #1) by K. Lache #MM #Erotic @K_LacheWrites

CoverTitle: Valor (Vigilance #1)
Author Name & Publisher: K. Lache (Torquere Press)
Publication Date & Length: July 6, 2016 – 337 pgs

Synopsis

It takes valor to support and love those who need it the most and never expected to receive it.

For Rivet Scalzo, returning to his childhood home after a decade and a half was not on his list of places to go while recuperating. After nearly being blown up on a mission, Rivet is forced to deal with his PTSD and sudden deafness without help from Vigilance, the secret governmental agency he works for. He resigned himself to a lonely recovery, but then, perhaps by chance, he met Blare Chaplynn, a model whose caring nature helps ease the horror of Rivet’s home life. As they grow closer, Rivet is burdened by the secrets he can’t share with the one man he grows to love.

If Blare knew a mild concussion was all he needed to meet the man of his dreams, he would have gladly accepted it long ago. He knew there was something special about Rivet when he first saw him at the park, but never guessed this man of mystery would be hiding so many secrets close to his heart. Blare is forced to confront the fact that Rivet may never tell him everything, but is trust the reason Rivet is so close-lipped or is it something more?

It is only a matter of time before the relationship falls apart or secrets are revealed.

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FiveStars

This is really an extremely sad tale.

Rivet has some major secrets that because of his clearance he cannot discuss with anyone except the ones who have the same secret clearance as him or higher. In many ways I think Rivet is looking for love and acceptance. His mother and sister are horrible and treat him even worse then if he were dirt on the bottom of their shoes. Even so he still tries with them and they always throw it back in his face. They are abusive and border line crazy. But the thing is, Rivet does not turn the tables on them. Instead he takes the punishment they both dole out on him and tries to move on and hide the abuse from the world.

Blair is a breath of fresh air for Rivet. He accepts him almost instantly flaws, secrets, and all. And even though Rivet trusts Blair completely he is still not allowed to open up about the things that weigh on his heart and mind. Finally there is a breaking point and Rivet is allowed to let Blait in completely. The question that remains is will it change how Blair feels about Rivet or will it bring them closer? Can they move past Rivets past or will it tear them apart.

This was a very interesting read. Some parts were really hard to read about but the tragic events in Rivets life led him to where he is now and has shaped him into the man he is.

There definitely needs to be a warning about triggers for abuse, rape, and emotional abuse.

Tosha

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5 Star and 3 Star Reviews for Club Revenge (Dysfunction at its Finest #1) by J.M. Dabney #FF #Dystopian @JMDabney_author

CoverTitle: Club Revenge (Dysfunction at its Finest #1)
Author Name: J.M. Dabney
Publication Date & Length: May 12, 2016 – 195 pgs

Synopsis

A family forged in battle.

Amora Medina-Jackyl knew one thing well—vengeance. She’d inflicted pain without mercy to those who deserved the punishment. She’d lived by one motto her entire existence– family was to be protected above all else. An ancient cult murdered her parents and siblings when she was little more than a child. The Order of Angelus hadn’t understood the Hell they’d brought down on themselves that one brutal night.

Amora was many things in her four centuries. A daughter and a sister, a mother, yet she was best known as a killer. When she finally meets her end, Amora will have hundreds, maybe thousands of lives to answer for. Her only wish is to find one moment of peace. She denies her need as much as she fights to protect it. When the one woman who can bring her serenity comes into her life: can Amora destroy century old walls to let her in?

Lies and conspiracies tear at the fabric of sanity—of what’s right. Can truths come to light that change the reality of a family who’s known only the taste of revenge and loss?

Author’s Note: This is a previously published title. It was released as a two-part novel, it has been expanded and re-edited. This is a standalone novel.

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FiveStars

This book blew me away. Fascinating story line incredible characters. This author has successfully made the unbelievable believable.
The author writes with such passion makes her characters feisty, yet lovable, scary yet tender.
As the impelling tale of revenge slowly reaches its explosive climax the reader continues to be unsure of the repercussions.
Along wit all the maelstrom and chaos runs a very heartwarming and ardent love story.
Ms Dabney introduces plenty of hot sex and passionate encounters but all are appropriate to the story line and not just introduced for the readers titillation.
A really enjoyable and captivating novel that I can thoroughly recommend.
I was also enthralled by the prologue, I will certainly be seeking out the next book in what looks like a blistering sequel.
Chris

ThreeStar

I liked the concept of this book, but the execution was a bit lacking. There seemed to be quite a few places where the transitions were choppy or jarring. It hurt the continuity of the story. The sex scenes were good but again, sometimes it felt like things were left out. I would say it seemed like it needed more editing and more revision. It just seemed a bit unfinished. That said, the story itself was interesting, and a good set up for the continuing story. In some ways, some of the characters were one-dimensional, although in others I do see a struggle to show more depth. It would be interesting to see how the series progresses, but I also feel the author’s style needs to mature more.

Amy P.

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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

  breathing betrayal coverTitle: Breathing Betrayal (Elemental Evidence #1)
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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FourStars

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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TWO 5 Star and ONE 4 Star Review for Miss Match by Fiona Riley #FF #Romance

CoverTitle: Miss Match
Author Name & Publisher: Fiona Riley (Bold Strokes Books)
Publication Date & Length: May 17, 2016 – 240 pgs

Synopsis

When Samantha Monteiro launched Perfect Match, Inc. a few years ago, she never imagined her matchmaking business would be booming while her own love life floundered. When her business partner drags her out of hiding to attend the wedding of one of their successful client matches, she meets a dancer with a dark past and a penchant for secrecy who excites her in a way she hadn’t thought possible. Samantha wonders if Lucinda Moss is the key to solving not one but two matches that have eluded Samantha since everything around her fell apart or if she is destined to find love for everyone but herself.
In a world where nothing is constant, Lucinda has learned to keep herself emotionally at arm’s length and given up on the chance to find true happiness. Can the notorious Miss Match help her forget her troubled past?

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FiveStars

Lucinda and Samantha meet at a wedding and  immediately hit it off.  Samantha runs a dating agency, Miss Match, and Lucinda is an advertising executive and both have sworn off relationships.  That is until they find they can’t keep their hands off each other and walls and barriers begin to fall.  When Sam asks Lucinda to help a client relax through dance they get to spend more time together and find they can’t be apart.  The steamy scenes between them were ultra hot and very descriptive.  This lady knows how to write erotic literature! I wanted them to be together and for a happily-ever-after, but there were a few hurdles in the way, namely some awful homophobic, misogynistic men who were determined to get in the way of true love.  They both had problems from the past to deal with and how they dealt with these really lifted this novel to a higher level.
This was a beautiful love story, chock full of love and emotion and I felt I had a big grin on my face the whole time I was reading it.  I adored both main characters as they were strong, independant women with good hearts and were just waiting for the right person to come along and make them whole.  I felt I smiled for days after reading this wonderful book.
 Kitty Kat
FiveStars
A blistering book, passionate, beautifully written, strong believable characters and plenty of hot spirited sex. A definite must read for all lesbians and any woman who believes in love.
All of the above with a great story line, one that keeps you involved from beginning to end. Just when you think you know whats happened and whose to blame, wham, Ms Riley’s entertaining plot proves you wrong!!!
Both character have strong personalities and hidden depths as well as closely guarded secrets and anguished past encounters.
The sex scenes are scorching but are an intricate part of the story, not just added for titivation.
A really delightful book, a pleasure to read and one I can thoroughly recommend.
Chris
FourStars
This was a sweet romance, but missed the mark a bit. Lucinda and Samantha are drawn to one another, unable to stem the fascination each feels for the other. It makes them continue to get closer even when their pasts and fears tell them to run. Lucinda has abandonment issues, always losing those she loves, and she has to conquer her fear of loss to allow herself to become open to Samantha. Samantha has trust issues, as well as family issues, mostly stemming from a disapproving, overbearing mother. Each seems to complete the other, to fill up all the hollow spaces, but a part of me thinks it was too easy. Each of these characters has serious emotional scars, but there seems to be very little struggle to overcome them. We don’t really see a reason or a logical train of events that allows them to get past their fears; it’s almost like once they find each other, those issues cease to affect their decision making. I would have liked to see their strength of character show in how they got past those issues. That said, both Lucinda and Samantha are extremely likable and you can’t help but urge success for their relationship. I also really liked the dance aspect within the book. It made me want to dance along with them. Overall, I liked the book.
Tosha

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5 Star and 4 Star Reviews for Jericho Junction (Mark of Lycos #3) by Marie Harte #Menage #Paranormal @PridePublishing @MHarte_Author

CoverTitle: Jericho Junction (Mark of Lycos #3)
Author Name & Publisher: Maire Harte (Pride Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: May 31, 2016 – 78 pgs

Synopsis

A cat, a demon and a bear. Oh my.

Jericho Dark Walker is a Bear, born to shift into both an animal’s and man’s form. He’s second in command to the mixed group of shifters living in the Great Forest. For years it had been his dream to see his clan reintroduced to the land of their ancestors. But now that he’s back he finds himself restless, unable to find joy in even the simplest back scratch or hive of honey. The female shifters offer little challenge, more than eager to bed the Great Clan’s beta, and with everyone getting along, there’s little more for him to do than break up the rare fight.

When an opportunity arrives to represent the clan and work with the athmae to oust an evil plaguing the outer edge of the Great Forest, he gratefully volunteers. The alpha’s brother has mated with an athmae—a demon—so Jericho thinks he knows what to expect. But his new partner is anything but typical. The athmae assigned to work with him is a male demon as large as Jericho, and just as deadly. No sex demon, but a hunter with the instincts of a true predator. So why is Jericho so taken with the male, when he has only ever felt desire for a female?

And why, when they rescue an annoying, sexy cat shifter from certain death, do his instincts scream at him to claim both the feline female and the demon as his own? Bears don’t mate outside their species, yet everything inside Jericho pushes him to do just that. A cat, a demon and a bear. Oh my.

Publisher’s Note: This book has previously been released by Pride Publishing. It has been revised and re-edited for re-release.

Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of dubious consent, bondage, m/m intimacy, and m/m/f loving.

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FiveStars

I do not care what others opinions of this series is because it would not deter my opinion of the series, which is that I really love it. And his book in the series is no different. I loved it too.

This book did not let me down as in following the others in the series with having so much action, steamy comings together, one or more mate fighting against their destiny because they think they no better, and last but not least,,,,, love.

Jericho is bored with all the peace that has happened since the previous matings of his clan. He misses the adventures, fighting, and heart pounding thrill but one has to be careful what they wish for because sometimes those wishes can come true by ten fold and then all he\\ will break lose.

Jericho never expected to find his mates while searching for a killer and he definitely did not expect it to be a man and he definitely did not expect to have a second mate that was a woman also. Best of both worlds for him in my opinion.

But more is at play then there mating and they have to trust one another to defeat the evil that is out for them and their clans.

This book is packed full of adventure while they all search for the evil that plagues them. It is so much fun to see what Jericho, Seino, and Anya get up too. It is also nice being able to get glimpses of all the previous people from the books before this one. I really believe that Marie Harte has a knack for putting together a great book full of supernatural paranormal people with adventures that rival the best of love stories. I can not wait to see what Marie Harte comes up with next.

Tosha

FourStars

This book was great and I loved how the author put a cat, demon and bear together that was absolutely amazing. I love most shifter books and the author was able to put this one in my favorite column. I mean when you can have a group of shifters that share everything (and I mean everything) and an author that really knows just what to write, what more can you want. This book was clearly a mix of super-hot shifters and demons. I loved how the author was able to build a domain of exciting characters and they definitely have a lot of really hot sex. This was a fun and exciting read and I hope to see more of this series.

Lynn

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

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

Synopsis

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

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

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

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

Excerpt

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Synopsis

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

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

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

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FiveStars

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

FourandHalfStars

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

AmyP

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