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New Release: THREE 5 and 4 Stars for Haven’s Creed by Parker Williams (AUTHOR INTERVIEW) #Thriller #Dark @ParkerWAuthor

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Title: Haven’s Creed
Author Name: Parker Williams
Publication Date & Length: December 14, 2015 – 95, 000 Words

Synopsis

An act of violence destroys his family and ends the life he knows. To escape his haunted past, he joins the military, where, as a sniper, he is trained to kill with precision and detachment. When a covert organization offers him a new purpose, he becomes Haven, an operative devoted to protecting the innocent when he can and avenging them when he cannot.

After ten years of battling the evil in the world, the life no longer holds the attraction or meaning it once had, and he’s ready to walk away. Then he meets Samuel, a young man forced from the age of twelve to work as a sex slave. If ever a man had a need for Haven, it is this one.

Yet nothing about this growing relationship is one-sided. Sammy gives Haven a stability he’s never known, and Haven becomes the rock upon which Sammy knows he can depend.

When Sammy reveals something about the enemy Haven has been hunting for months, Sammy fears it will destroy what they’ve built and he’ll lose his home in Haven’s heart.

Warning: This book contains violent and dark scenes

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Review

FiveStars

Loved the premise of this story because to have hero who saves the innocent and gets rid of the monster who would hurt them! Yes some of this story might be hard for some to read I know there were parts that were for me.

Haven was such a strong character after everything he had been through to go and protect the innocent and take out the monsters who were hurting them.
I felt so bad for everything Sammy had been through and who put him through everything was such a horrible person ugh I just can’t even tell you how hard it is to read about someone like that who you are supposed to be able to trust doing something like that.

The way the power switched between these two MC’s was also very interesting and made this story all the much more awesome! You rarely see that in a book and I thought the way this author handled it was very good!
This story was so painful because the fact of everything that had happened to these innocents to get to the point wereHaven would hunt the monsters and also beautiful with the way that Sammy and Haven grew together.

All together I really loved this book!
I would recommend this book!

Kara

FiveStars

If I could give this book 10 stars I would. I loved it. It held my attention the entire time and had me craving for more. Haven had a horrible childhood, he had to do things no child should have. Joining the military he quickly moved up the ranks and became a sniper, which led to a job offer of a lifetime. As everyone knows you eventually lose interest in your job, no matter how much you love it. This goes for assassins as well. When a Haven meets Samuel both of their lives are changed forever. Their relationship was beautiful to watch unfold. This books story line was the main focus; there wasn’t sex on every other page to pad the story. The plot was good and kept the reader interested and on the edge of their seats the entire time. I loved Haven, Sammy, Kelly and even Rook. Great book, highly recommend.

~Angie

FourStars

I really enjoyed this story.  Haven is an ex-military sniper who fights the good fight.  He tried to protect the innocent and punish the evil in the world.  The secondary characters in his life, Kelly and Rook allow him to have some semblance of a family.  I loved how the story developed around Haven and his internal conflict.

Then you have Sammy.  He is a victim who Haven desperately wants to protect and avenge.  Despite being a victim of abuse, Sammy’s soul and heart are strong.  Sammy has the courage, bite and sass to not only keep Havengrounded, but put Kelly and Rook in their places too.

The dynamic in this story is intense, the power exchanges even more so.  However, it doesn’t take away from the story in the way that I thought that it would.  I did have a more difficult time with Sammy’s character – how open and nonchalant he is about his abuse.  But, other than that, I really enjoyed the story.

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Triggers: Rape, Murder, Sex Trafficking, Sex Abuse

I didn’t realize until I began reading this book who the author was. When I realized that this author co-wrote some of the Collars & Cuffs series with KC Wells I started to get excited as I love that series. This is definitely a dark read. It has rape, murder, and sex abuse just to name a few.

Even though I don’t agree with murder in any form I could see the point of the (what I’ll call heroes) we’re trying to accomplish. The author clearly has a gift to bring this type of story and make you believe that someone who was held captive and made into a sex slave for years could come out of this type of situation and become as easily as Sammy did. I loved Haven from the beginning and when Sammy came into the story I fell in love with him too. As I began to read this book I quickly realized that this would be a book that would be hard to put down.

I loved how the author shows us that anyone can learn how to love. It was clear that Haven thought he could love have the horror as what he had been through as a teenager. This was a great book and I highly recommend it.

~Lynn

Excerpt

When I was fifteen, I killed my first man. Every time Arnie, the guy my mother was shacking up with at the time, drank, he got it into his head she was cheating on him. He’d start slapping her, and that turned into full-fledged beating within a few months. When he was done, he’d start on my sister.

There were nights she’d crawl into bed with me, sobbing. For the longest of times, she wouldn’t tell me what happened, but when I found blood on her pajamas, I knew. I’d tried to stand up to him, but he beat me badly enough that I couldn’t go to school for two weeks until the bruises faded. But I got off lucky. The things he did to Chrissy gave me nightmares. I’d hear her cry out and knew there was nothing I could do but hide in my bed, my pillow covering my head. He was bigger, meaner, and stronger than me, and he reminded me of that fact constantly.

The old lady never said boo about it. She always forgave him and tried to justify what he did by telling me how much stress he was under. How he was a good man and didn’t mean it. It was just the drinking, she swore. It was more like he was a bastard and she was his meal ticket.

I came home one night and found him whaling on her, my sister’s body crumpled in a heap, her head smashed in. The son of a bitch had a gun in his hand, slick with blood, and he threatened to kill them both, screaming he wouldn’t let her leave. She slapped him. It wasn’t hard, but it shocked him enough that he dropped the gun. I picked it up. He sneered at me and called me a weak-willed fag.

I looked at the gun I held in my hand. The instrument of my revenge. The means to saving my sister.

“Give me the gun, you fuck. It’s not a dick, you wouldn’t know what to do with it.”

The bullet I put in his forehead showed him how wrong he was. He lay on the floor, blood bubbling from the wound, and his eyes locked on mine as he took his last breath. I wanted that fucker to know it was the weak-willed fag who had done this to him.

AuthorInterview

  • Can you describe in detail what your writing environment is like?

Messy. I have my desktop in front of me, my laptop to my left, and my iPad to my right. This brings with it the normal collection of cords and plugs that crisscross my table.

 

In the winter months I also have a heater on the table, because it gets damn cold in this house.

 

  • Is there one of your characters that you relate to (from any of your works)? Why?

I want to be like Benny Peters from Pitch. He’s a good guy who is very protective of his friends and family. There isn’t anything Benny wouldn’t do for someone he cares about.

 

  • If you couldn’t be an author, what would you do instead?

For 28 years I was a server at a hotel in Milwaukee. I liked my job, and would probably still be doing it.

 

  • Is there anything that you learned during the writing process that you wish you had known before hand?

For a while, I had a huge problem with show vs tell. Even today, I still have some issues with it.

 

  • Is there anything that you wish you could change about your book now that it is out?

So far, no. I’m actually pretty happy with how it turned out.

 

  • How do you come up with new ideas for your story?

New ideas can be found anywhere you look. See that guy glancing over at that man? He’s wishing he had the nerve to ask him out. He sees him every day when he picks up a Reuben sandwich from the street corner vendor. He’s always incredibly friendly to everyone he meets, and the thing that turns the guy on is the smile and laugh that seems to follow the man wherever he goes.

 

 

  • What’s next for you as a writer?

Wait. Next? What do you mean next? I have to keep going?

Right now K.C. Wells and I are working on the final book for the Collars & Cuffs series. It’s called ‘Endings and Beginnings’, and will bring all the threads of the family at the club together for a story that impacts so many of them.

 

  • Where do you live? Do you think this influences how or what you write?

I live in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, land of cheese curds and cow farts. Yes, it does impact my stories as a lot of what I write takes place in and around the city. In fact, when I did Pitch and Wet Paint, the places that Taylor, Jackson, Benny, and Addy go are places I’ve gone or worked. (Babe’s Ice Cream is a real place, with amazing vegan shakes, there is a restaurant called Classic Slice that does a really good vegan pizza and breadsticks, and the Pfister Hotel is where I used to work.)

 

 

  • What is your favorite genre outside of the one you write in? Why?

I don’t really know that I write in a specific genre. I’ve done stories about young love, and having to grow up after a tragedy (500 Miles), about a hurricane and the devastation it can cause (and I got a lot of people upset with what I did in that book), BDSM with K.C. Wells….well, we WROTE BDSM, we never practiced it together, and now Haven, an assassin who does some really bad things for some very good reasons. I don’t really want to do just one genre, because I think it limits what the characters can teach me. Overall, though, my very favorite genre is shifters. I do love me an Alpha male.

 

  • Do you have any vices? Shoes, coffee, shopping…etc?

I play two online games—both Marvel universe—and that’s my big vice. I’m really glad I have an understanding husband, because he lets me do what I want (within reason).

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5 Stars for What He Left Behind by L.A. Witt #MMM #Romance

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Title: What He Left Behind
Author Name & Publisher: L.A. Witt (Samhain Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: August 18, 2015 – 238 pgs

Synopsis

Can you ever have a second first time?

Josh Carver thinks it’s just another lunch with his best friend, Michael—until Michael confesses he just turned down a date with his hot veterinarian crush. It seems Michael’s abusive ex left him more scarred than Josh realized.

Josh and his husband, Ian, have done their best to help Michael leave his horrific past behind, but even Josh is stunned when Ian suggests that Josh help Michael with his fear of physical intimacy. After all, it isn’t like it would be the first time—Josh and Michael were once each other’s firsts.

A hesitant first kiss, and Josh and Michael’s natural attraction eases the way. But with Michael still balking at the prospect of sex with someone new, Ian steps into the breach.

Everything is fine and dandy until emotions become so entangled, their friendship—and a marriage—could be at risk.

Warning: Contains three guys who will do anything for each other, a hot tub that’s always the right temperature, and a cat with an attitude problem.

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FiveStars

Only LA Witt can take a book that is all sex and turn it into a heart-wrenching, tear-jerking love story.  This is Witt at her best and Ian, Josh and Michael are three wonderful men.

Years out of an abusive relationship, Michael still can’t stand being touched.  At all.  He doesn’t date and struggles with human interactions.  When his life-long best friend Josh finds out just how bad things are for Michael, he and his husband Ian step in to help.

I think it was Josh’s flashbacks at the start that hooked me.  His memories of Michael as a playful, horny teenager discovering sex for the very first time are such an horrific contrast to the cowed and timid man Michael had become.

In contrast to Josh and Michael’s joyous early relationship, their first adult interactions are tender but awkward and uncomfortable.  Witt also does a beautiful job of contrasting Josh and Ian’s physically powerful and uninhibited sex with Josh and Michael’s more tender, tentative interactions.

So many authors try to develop characters through sex scenes, but so often it just turns into smut.  Witt has an amazing skill to write sex that is raw and dirty but at the same time human and tender.  Sex does make her characters more and does help them develop as people and partners.

Outside the bedroom, these are three average, but likeable men.  A teacher, a “corporate drone” and a vet technician.  They enjoy wine in their hot tub.  They watch rubbish TV.  I loved them all for their simple comforts.

As much as there is some difficult subject matter in this book, this isn’t too heavy.  Ten years into their marriage, Ian and Josh’s relationship is pretty magical.  There isn’t much angst either.  These men are best friends.  They communicate.  They care for each other.  I really loved this story!

Sarah

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4 Stars for The Flesh Cartel 1 and 2 by Rachel Haimowitz & Heidi Belleau – #M/M

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Title: The Flesh Cartel
Author Name: Rachel Haimowitz & Heidi Belleau
Publication Date & Length: Oct 1, 2012 — 58 pages

Synopsis

In this first installment of the exciting new psychosexual thriller, The Flesh Cartel, orphaned brothers Mat and Dougie Carmichael are stolen in the night from their own home. Taken to a horrifying processing facility, they are assessed, microchipped, and subjected to unspeakable brutality—all in preparation for sale to the highest bidder.

In a world where every person has a price, the beautiful and subduable PhD student Dougie is highly prized. His brother, a rough-edged MMA fighter, is less desirable—and potentially too dangerous—but he still has his own appeal.

Abused and locked up under round-the-clock surveillance, with no idea where they are or even why they’ve been taken, escape seems impossible, which leaves staying together their only hope. And after being separated once by the foster system, they’ll do anything to keep it from happening again. Anything at all.

(Reader discretion advised. This title contains explicit male/male sexual situations of a non-consensual nature.)

Review

FourStars

I received an ARC of The Flesh Cartel Season One: Damnation from NetGalley for an honest review.

This series is very edgy, not your typical BDSM stories of slave, submissive, master, dom. Rather, these stories contain very violent scenes and do not offer a “touchy-feely” vibe. Do not purchase if you are bothered by M/M, incest among brothers or triggered by rape or violence.

You have two brothers, Mat and Dougie, who are kidnapped, raped, beaten and prepared to be sold into sexual enslavement. The first two novellas focus on the torture, degradation and psychological deconstruction of the psyche of both Mat and Dougie.

In #1: Capture, the reader learns that the brothers were split apart when they were taken in to social services custody and despite the years between the brothers, Mat stayed behind after he aged out of the system and waited for Dougie to age out, so they could stay together.

During the first part – I really thought the authors did a good job at describing how each brother felt about the other: fiercely loyal and protective. Mat’s feelings are descriptively more edgy – he shows his loyalty to Dougie by fighting and earning money to support his brother’s education. Dougie’s feelings are gentler – he wants to take care of his brother after earning a PhD. Dougie doesn’t want Mat to have to fight any more. Despite their different approaches, the authors do a good job at making their feelings known but also fit each brother’s individuality.

During the violent sections of the book, the authors do a great job at describing how utterly broken each brother was during the abduction and subsequent car ride to the facility. I felt like I could really feel the emotions each brother was experiencing.

In the end of the first part, the brothers know they are only going to survive if they can escape together but have no real concept as to where they are or why they have been taken.

In #2: Auction, the brothers realize what they have been abducted for – their purpose is to be sold to the highest bidder.

What follows is a story of human degradation, abuse and humanity at its worst. We see the slow devolvement of the psyche of Dougie and the systematic abuse of Mat.

The authors do a good job of describing the daily tortures these two must endure. Mat is still trying to protect Dougie by drawing the abuse onto him, while Dougie is trying to use his brain to think of a way to keep them together. There are fewer feelings in this novella – it is more descriptive of what each brother must endure. So while the reader is getting more of the puzzle that is this sexual slave trade, I felt the authors were simply describing the horrifying acts rather than developing more story. It’s not until the end you see what might be coming – when the auction actually takes place.

However, you still feel and see each brother will do whatever they can to continue to protect the other.

It was a decent start to a series; the writers show each brother will do whatever it takes to keep the other safe, no matter the personal cost – the bond between brothers allows them to continue on this horrific journey because they want to see the other survive. But, when Dougie makes a deal that involves Mat, can Mat trust his brother enough to accept that his younger brother really is looking out for their best interests? Both brothers are put to the test of ultimate trust, and the reader is left wondering if the brothers’ bond will survive.

These are a story that will suck you in, make you feel the pain of each brother and hate the facility and guards who are holding them captive. The authors do a fantastic job portraying the heartache each brother feels for each other, as well as the fear they both hold about what is going to happen next. Despite the short duration of the stories, the words are so full of grit and pain that the reader has no choice but to be captivated in the most gruesome, inhuman way. The story leaves you wondering what is in store for the brothers next from their new owner.

There were just a few grammatical errors, some formatting issues with the Kindle addition, but nothing that would blatantly distract from the story.

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Rachel is an M/M erotic romance author and a freelance writer and editor. She’s also a sadist with a pesky conscience, shamelessly silly, and quite proudly pervish. Fortunately, all those things make writing a lot more fun for her . . . if not so much for her characters.

When she’s not writing about hot guys getting it on (or just plain getting it; her characters rarely escape a story unscathed), she loves to read, hike, camp, sing, perform in community theater, and glue captions to cats. She also has a particular fondness for her very needy dog, her even needier cat, and shouting at kids to get off her lawn.

She’s a twitter addict (@rachelhaimowitz), and she blogs every M/W/F at Fantasy Unbound (Rachel-Haimowitz.blogspot.com). She also keeps a website, of course, with all her current and upcoming projects (RachelHaimowitz.com). She loves to hear from folks, so feel free to drop her a line anytime at metarachel (at) gmail (dot) com.

 

Heidi Belleau was born and raised in small town New Brunswick, Canada. She now lives in the rugged oil-patch frontier of Northern BC with her husband, an Irish ex-pat whose long work hours in the trades leave her plenty of quiet time to write. She has a degree in history from Simon Fraser University with a concentration in British and Irish studies; much of her work centered on popular culture, oral folklore, and sexuality, but she was known to perplex her professors with nonironic papers on the historical roots of modern romance novel tropes. (Ask her about Highlanders!) Her writing reflects everything she loves: diverse casts of characters, a sense of history and place, equal parts witty and filthy dialogue, the occasional mythological twist, and most of all, love–in all its weird and wonderful forms.
When not writing, you might catch her trying to explain British television to her newborn daughter or standing in line at the local coffee shop, waiting on her caramel macchiato.
Add her on twitter: @HeidiBelleau

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Twitter: @rachelhaimowitz / @HeidiBelleau
Author’s Website: rachelhaimowitz.com

 

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