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4 Star and 3 Star Reviews for Goblet’s Edge by Lore Graham #MM #Fantasy @LT3Press @Grahamlore

CoverTitle: Goblet’s Edge
Author Name & Publisher: Lore Graham (Less Than Three Press)
Publication Date & Length: May 25, 2016 – 68 pgs

Synopsis

August and Laurence have been lovers for years, and it’s a love August has never had any cause to doubt, even if Laurence is also his employer—until they arrive in Umbra and meet Queen Maeve, the woman Laurence is to marry.

It’s immediately clear to August that Maeve is more than a little interested in Laurence, and as the gap between him and lover widens, Laurence growing increasingly reserved and distant, August fears the moment he’s always dreaded is near to hand.

And the end of their relationship might be easier to accept if he could hate Maeve, but asking him to hate the beautiful, intriguing Maeve would be like asking him to stop loving the Lord he’s served and adored so long. Which just makes August more miserable than ever, and waiting for the moment when he’s finally cast out.

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FourStars

Lore Graham’s worlds are complex and interesting, and I love the way the world-building is threaded into the plot seamlessly. I enjoyed discovering August’s culture and surroundings as the story unfolded.

For the most part, I enjoyed this story. The characters and setting are interesting. Although I wanted to know more about their society, there was enough detail to keep my attention, and I didn’t feel as though it were lacking. It’s more that I want to see other stories set in this realm.

I liked August very much, but I’m not entirely sure how I feel about his relationship with Laurence or with Maeve for that matter. I am still on the fence about the power imbalance. I don’t really think August is being used, exactly, but he certainly isn’t on the same level with the others. It particularly bothered me that August seemed more like he was servicing Laurence than that Laurence actually cared about him as a person, and that bothered me a bit. I was left with the impression of “we trust you and we will occasionally have you in our bed, but you’re basically still a servant and should know your rightful place.” It may just be a case of it not really being my thing.

Other than that, though, it was very well written. There were some nicely steamy moments, and I definitely appreciated the skill regarding the creation of this world. I hope to see more about it in the future.

~Amy

ThreeStar

Although I did enjoy this quick read, I was left feeling as if there could have been much more to this story.

August in my opinion really does get the short end of the stick in this book. He works for Laurence basically as his personal assistant to whatever he needs and he is his secret lover also but I feel as if he is being used and nothing more. Then you throw Mauve (Laurence’s soon to be new wife) into the mix and I feel as if both Laurence and Mauve are both getting their cake and eating it too.

I believe that August is in love with Laurence and would never deny him any of his wishes but what I did not like about the story is Laurence never really said how he felt about August one way or the other and also Laurence is rather gold to August for the most part throughout the book.

What I did enjoy about the book is the fact that Mauve was a very bright woman and treated August with respect even though she really did not have too. I think that she actually has feelings for both men. The fact that she wants to include instead of exclude August in their wedding night was more then August could have ever asked for. Not to mention she did not want him to leave when they were done.

I enjoyed this story but I really wish that Laurence’s character would have been more forth coming with his feelings and I wish that he would have made it clear what he really wanted from both Mauve and August.

Tosha

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5 Star and 4 Star Reviews for No Remedy (Bounty #2) by Christine d’Abo #MM #ScienceFiction

CoverTitle: No Remedy (Bounty #2)
Author Name & Publisher: Christine d’Abo (Riptide Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: May 30, 2016 – 245 pgs

Synopsis

For months, Mace Simms has been seeking an antidote for the poison killing her mentor. Her only hope is Alec Roiten, a brilliant scientist hiding on a backwater planet. Posing as a research assistant, Mace offers the elusive genius all the help she can, ignoring the explosive chemistry between them. Soon they’re close to a cure.

But then Alec’s former love Byron shows up, attempting to claim a bounty on Alec’s head, and all that careful research gets left behind when they’re forced to flee. And when Byron realizes the tip-off about Alec was a ruse by his rivals to lure him out into the open to kill him, the bounty hunt turns into a three-person scramble for survival.

Byron wants his old lover back, Alec is consumed by a haunting secret about the poison he’s desperate to defeat, and Mace is caught between them. But she’s beginning to think that’s exactly where she belongs as the three are drawn together in their race against death.

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FiveStars

Two is good but three is best or at least in this case. This book picks up a couple years after book 1. Faolan has taken a turn for the worst and even though him and Gar are now married and happy, he has basically given up on finding a cure for the poison that is coursing through his body and just wants to live out what little time he has left.

Mace will not except this and goes and looks for the one person who may be able to help her find a cure, Alec. But with Alec comes more trouble and one of those TROUBLES include a bounty hunter and head of the guild Byron. The trouble with Byron includes his past with Alec. They were lovers until Alec ran. Finding one another again is where the problems started to come and come in full force.

These people (Mace, Alec,and Byron) are so completely opposite of one another. Mace is part of the Pirates ship that Faolan is captain of. Alec is a scientist. And Byron is a bounty hunter. Can these three with different past all come together or are the three of them just two different?

I loved book 1 and I can say with all honesty that I Loved book 2 also. There is so much adventure, mystery, suspense, anguish, lost love, new love, lust, and heartache all within this book. There is not a dull moment in this book. Your are literally on the edge of your seat while reading what is going to happen next. Wondering who is the good guys and who is the bad. Wondering if they will be able to find the cure they are working so hard to find in time. And also wondering what is really going on that someone would want to kill them all. It’s is almost as if every page you turn in this book something new is happening but it is not so overwhelming that you lose sight of what is going on in the book. That is hard to accomplish with so many different things happening and seeming to happen all at once. That is what makes Christine d’Abo an amazing author and this such an incredible book.

Tosha

FourStars

No Remedy is a sexy and suspense-filled space adventure.

This book continues the story from the first book while introducing us to great new characters. Alec, Byron, and Mace make a great triad. Their bedroom power dynamic play adds an interesting element both in terms of their relationship and the steamy sex scenes. As with the first book, the characters are well-developed and intriguing.

I have one complaint about this book. In the first book, there is a plot device that throws Gar and Faolan abruptly into the start of their sexual relationship. I found the situation believable, and it flowed well with the story. In this book something similar was done to bring the three together the first time. To me, instead of flowing with the story it seemed somewhat forced. It didn’t feel like it really fit with the story.

I enjoyed this book but it didn’t thrill me the way the first book did. I still found it very engaging, and I’m looking forward to the next book.

I don’t recommend this as a stand-alone book. But I do highly recommend this series to anyone looking for an erotic, kinky, and romantic Sci-Fi.

Trigger warning: Multiple sexual scenes with BDSM.

Amanda

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One 5 Star and One 4 Star Review for the Clan by Archer Kay Leah #Menage #SecondChances @LT3Press

CoverTitle: For the Clan
Author Name & Publisher: Archer Kay Leah (Less Than Three Press)
Publication Date & Length: May 25, 2016 – 228 pgs

Synopsis

Canada, 2165 AD. The Water Wars and a decimated economy have taken their toll. Anyone who doesn’t live in a military-patrolled metropolis lives in a clan. But being in a clan doesn’t mean safety.

And for a Ven like Roan Lee, it doesn’t matter where he lives. Safety is a luxury. So is freedom.

Roan is desperate to escape the governtary’s exploitation and torture. He is nothing to them but 54σK1, an artifact born from a genetic mishap. When the chance to escape arises, he makes a run for it—and encounters the lover from his past, twisting his future into a second chance he never expected.

As leaders of Clan Teach, Jace Ama and his wife, Cayra Diega, have enough difficulty keeping their people safe. When Roan is thrown to their feet as a prisoner, their marriage becomes an additional challenge. Jace still loves Roan, but where does that leave Cayra?

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FiveStars
This is a book that I would be scribe to be about lost love, second chances, new beginnings, and new perspective.

Roan has a major chip on his shoulder about being Ven and the fact that he hates his magic does not help either. I think that if he and Jace would not have been split up at an early age when Roan was kidnapped by the government and made into a weapon then he would have embraced who was sooner and accepted that yes he may be somewhat different but it did not make him a monster not did it hinder him as a person.

Once he was reconnected with Jace the old Roan started to slowly come back but with reconnecting with Jace after his escape from the military both Jace and Roan was given a new beginning along with the very much added love of Cayra.

I believe that all three of these people was missing something in their lives and even if just two of them was together it was not complete. The three of them together made each other whole. They completed what holes was left in their relationship by coming together and loving each one equally.

But the three do not get their happily ever after without fighting for it. Even still they may lose one or all for standing up for their clan but if they do not stand and fight, they will never have their freedom and they will not all be together since the government is willing to do whatever it takes to get their machine (Roan) back. So it is a fight to live, to love, and have freedom.

This book was so much more interesting the. I thought it would be from the description and I thoroughly enjoyed it and I hope many more will also.

Tosha

FourStars

This was an interesting paranormal dystopian menage story. I really liked all three characters because they were all so different from each other and thought about and approached each situation in a bit of a different way.
While I would call this a menage story, it sort of wasn’t at the same time. We get to see the rekindling of the two men’s relationship while one is married and we get to see little bits and pieces of the blossom of a new female/male relationship. However, I felt like we didn’t really get to see that relationship grow the way I thought it should have for the way everyone came together so easily.
So while I thought the writing was quite good and the story was excellent, I really felt like the relationships, both new and old, were just too easy to come together in the end.
However, that being said, I do like drama and angst in my stories so this could totally be a personal thing.
Renee

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5 Star Review for Seduction: A Caddy Rowland Psychological Thriller & Drama (The Avengement Series Book #3) #MMF #Thriller @caddyorpims

CoverTitle: Seduction: A Caddy Rowland Psychological Thriller & Drama (The Avengement Series Book #3)
Author Name & Publisher: Caddy Rowland (CFR Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: January 28, 2016 – 213 pgs

Synopsis
Have you ever done something so completely unlike yourself that in retrospect all you can say is, “What the fuck was I thinking?”

Well, multiply that by about a thousand. At least. Yep. That should tell you something about my story.

I’d like to plead temporary insanity, but I can’t. I knew exactly what I was doing. The only problem was once I started, I couldn’t stop. I never knew until then how easily a person’s mind can become addicted to whatever their drug of choice might be.

Mine happened to be a man online. I’m married, and the man online was definitely not my husband.

Yeah. I’m some idiot.

As for the story itself, it’s a story of betrayal, arrogance, innocence lost, and heartbreak. It’s a story about how we never completely know a person—especially when it comes to ourselves.

Most of all, it’s a story about what can happen when you play with fire, not expecting to get burned.

Before you know it, the whole fucking house burns down.

-Cassie Stanford

Karma really can be a bitch—especially when it scores a willing partner.

Themes in this book: revenge, retribution, vigilante justice, internet affair, internet addiction.

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FiveStars

The third book in the Avengement series.  And WOW REVENGE at its best.
Cassie got pulled into the internet like you wouldn’t believe through lust, but it backfired on her.  Her husband was wonderful but he did anything she wanted, I think he was a little to soft.  She betrayed him yet he was there for her.

Of course the red heels came into play in this story again, love how it all came together at the end.  Very good story by Caddy Rowland, definitely a good read.

Sherry

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4 Star Review for Heat of the Day by Lily Harlem #MMF #Romance @lily_harlem

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Title: Heat of the Day
Author Name & Publisher: Lily Harlem (Pride Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: January 16th 2016- 47 pages

Synopsis

When three become two with no explanation, emotions run high, passions flare and hearts are ripped apart.

Everyone can remember a perfect summer—one with endless blue skies, a heart brimming with true love and nights full of hot, sweaty lust. Well we’ve just had a summer like that, Piper and I, and it was spent in Spain with a man who had that certain je ne sais quoi that we couldn’t resist.

Seraphim came into our lives and blinded us with his beauty, his charisma and his exotic charm. His generosity with his mind, his affection and his body blew us away and the three of us became a joyously tangled trio who needed nothing more than to be together.

So when he left, when we had no way of tracing him, the despair was black, the pain raw and our only comfort was each other. But why did Sera leave? What would make a man walk away from his lovers? And if he showed up again on the doorstep, what the hell would happen after so much angst? One thing’s for sure, it would be an explosive reunion in many ways. Absence might make the heart grow fonder, but it can make the rest of the body highly volatile as need wars with hurt, and pain collides with desire.

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FourStars

This book started out slow for me, although I understand the need for illustrating the connection that was between our trio. However, once things got rolling, it was a great little story that was quite sultry. I loved that it was a threesome, not just a twosome and that we got to see that sometimes two isn’t enough.
I liked that even though it was a short story, there was a plot line and the characters had to go to work and talk about things like moving and exploring as normal people would.
Another great story by Lily Harlem.
Renee

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

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

Synopsis

Matthew

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

Thea

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

Tristan

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

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

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ThreeandHalfStars

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

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

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

~Kris

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

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

Synopsis

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

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

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

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

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ThreeandHalfStars

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

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

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

Amy P.

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