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5 stars for Darkness Entwined (Of Blood and Spirit #2) by Nikki McCoy #MM #ParanormalRomance #Romance @PridePublishing

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Title: Darkness Entwined (Of Blood and Spirit #2)
Author Name & Publisher: Nikki McCoy (Pride Publishing/Totally Bound)
Publication Date & Length: September 8, 2015 — 224 pages

Synopsis

As the powers of darkness and light collide, a soul with no redemption must rely on love to restore the balance.

Keenan was a mistake. An abomination feared by the very being who had sired him for the potent powers of light and dark in his soul. He was tortured for years until he managed to escape the God of Destruction, his father, Roh Se Kahn, only to be imprisoned again and held captive in a war he had no ties to.

King of the Vam’kir, an ancient race who survives on the life-giving blood of humans, Rowan is struggling to enforce the peace treaty signed by his kind and their twin race, the shapeshifting Ba’Kal. After two millennia, their war has finally come to an end, though their alliance is tentative.

Trapped in a loveless marriage, Rowan yearns for happiness he fears may never come. On an expedition to rescue the last of the prisoners held over from the war, he finds Keenan, the mate he’d been searching for his entire life. But their path is lined with impossible obstacles.

Rowan’s people would never accept the bastard son of the dark God at his side, and the threat of Roh Se Kahn brings a new war into their midst.

Will their love for each other be enough to conquer the hatred of Rowan’s people and destroy the dark forces of the God of Destruction?

Reader Advisory: This books contains scenes of violence and references to rape.

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FiveStars

I really liked this book a lot!  It had the perfect amount of Alpha protectiveness that I love in a shifter romance and the perfect amount of angst.  Once I started this book I could not put it down, so I ended up staying up all night reading this.  Rowan he was so protective of Keenan, that is one of the reasons I love shifter romance books. Keenan so sweet he would do anything to protect Rowan.   The story moved at this perfect pace and kept me drawn in through the whole book.   I won’t go into much more detail because I hate to give away any spoilers.   I will leave this review with I would definitely recommend this book and I can not wait for the next one in this series!
~Kara

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NEW REVIEW! 4 stars for Elements of Retrofit (Thomas Elkin #1) by N. R. Walker @NR_Walker @PridePublishing #MM #romance

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Title: Elements of Retrofit (Thomas Elkin: Book 1)
Author Name & Publisher: N. R. Walker — Pride Publishing, LLC
Publication Date & Length: Oct 4, 2013 — 89 pages

Synopsis

Even the strongest of buildings start out as plans on paper, and every architect knows that sometimes plans need to change. Sometimes, these lessons are learned on the job.

A successful New York architect, Thomas Elkin almost has it all. Coming out as gay and ending his marriage before his fortieth birthday, he needed to start living his life. Now, four years later, with his relationship with his son back on track, and after a few short-lived romances, this esteemed traditional draftsman thought he knew everything about architecture, about life.

Cooper Jones, twenty-two years old, is about to take the architect world by storm. Talented, professional, driven, and completely infuriating, Cooper is the definition of Generation Y.

Starting an internship working with Thomas, Cooper is about to knock Tom’s world off its axis. Tom can teach Cooper about the industry, but Cooper is about to teach Tom a few things about life.

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FourStars

This is a simple, sexy romance.  A well-respected New York architect falls for his young intern.  Who also happens to be his son’s school friend.  The May/December thing made me a bit squeamish at times, but the men have chemistry, shared interests and together they compliment each other’s personalities.

 

The voices of the two main characters were very convincing, so much so that they didn’t always seem completely compatible.  When he isn’t working, Cooper sounds like he’s 22.  Which he is.  But this isn’t a new adult story.  At one point, Tom gives his son a Playstation and Cooper runs off to play it with Ryan.  Not so sexy.  At other times, Tom’s interactions and conversations with Cooper don’t sound much different to his conversations with Ryan.  Teasing the old guy or putting the drunk young guy to bed doesn’t scream sexy to me.

 

Fortunately, much of the couple’s interactions occur in the workplace and their conversations explore their shared professional interests.  Because professionally, the relationship is wonderful.  When they share their work, the attraction makes sense.

 

I really liked both of these characters, and at times I enjoyed them together.  I’m not sure I can see them together for the next forty years, but this is a satisfying short romance full of very hot sex.

~Sarah

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5 & 3 stars for Clarity of Lines (Thomas Elkin #2) by N. R. Walker @NR_Walker @PridePublishing #MM #Romance

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Title: Clarity of Lines (Thomas Elkin Book 2)
Author Name & Publisher: N. R. Walker — Pride Publishing
Publication Date & Length: August 11, 2015 — 103 pages

Synopsis

Sometimes it’s not the two people in a relationship who fight falling in love, sometimes it’s those who love us that fight against it the most.

Finally together, forty-four year old Tom, and twenty-two year old Cooper, are ready to show the world they’re together. They’ve established their relationship is worth it, and want to share it with their families.

Both men thought accepting the age difference was their adversity to overcome, and theirs alone.

Their loved ones, however, will prove them wrong.

For their families, lines are drawn and start blur. Through a series of events, life shakes Tom’s foundations, the lines for him have never been clearer.

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FiveStars
The second book following the lives of Thomas Elkin and Cooper Jones was fantastic.  I can’t express how much I love N.R. Walker’s series of books.  This installment finds the men telling their family of their relationship.We meet the ex-wife in this book, boy I sure didn’t like how sly she was. Ryan was back and he was great, I loved how he introduce Tom and Cooper to his friends.  The chemistry between Tom and Cooper builds in this installment.  There were times I was laughing at Cooper because he didn’t like how Tom was asking him to move in. And then there were moments that brought me to tears.

I definitely can’t wait for the next book.  Love this series!

~Sherry

ThreeStar

If the first story developed Tom and Cooper’s working relationship, this second one lets us see the men at home, as a couple, properly together.  There were moments I loved and several I could have done without.  At times I was even more squeamish about the age gap than I was in the first story and there were a few times which kinda made me understand why Tom and Cooper don’t feel age matters at all.

The naivete with which the men make the trip to visit Tom’s ex-wife annoyed me.  Sofia wasn’t written sympathetically until much later in the book.  Of course she was going to be unhappy with her ex bringing home a handsome kid – one of their son’s friends!  She’s been dumped after twenty years of marriage and her husband is shoving his virility in her face!

And yes, parts of this story read like a bad mid-life crisis.  Tom continually talks about the youth he lost because he was married too young and raising a son in suburbia.  But attending Linkin Park concerts and dating a 22 year-old won’t make him any younger.

Cooper just felt so young through this book.  Drinking with his college friends.  Bringing Tom home to meet his 17 year old brother and his father who is younger than his boyfriend.  Not sexy.  Dinner with Tom’s friends (Cooper studied their work in college). Again and again the men are shocked and hurt by people’s reactions to their relationship.  What did they expect?
I guess the sugar-daddy thing just doesn’t do it for me.  It isn’t until much later in the book when we are able to see Cooper take care of Tom that I was able to relax into the relationship and start to enjoy it.

~Sarah

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5 stars for Elements of Retrofit (Thomas Elkin #1) by N. R. Walker @NR_Walker @PridePublishing #MM #romance

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Title: Elements of Retrofit (Thomas Elkin: Book 1)
Author Name & Publisher: N. R. Walker — Pride Publishing, LLC
Publication Date & Length: Oct 4, 2013 — 89 pages

Synopsis

Even the strongest of buildings start out as plans on paper, and every architect knows that sometimes plans need to change. Sometimes, these lessons are learned on the job.

A successful New York architect, Thomas Elkin almost has it all. Coming out as gay and ending his marriage before his fortieth birthday, he needed to start living his life. Now, four years later, with his relationship with his son back on track, and after a few short-lived romances, this esteemed traditional draftsman thought he knew everything about architecture, about life.

Cooper Jones, twenty-two years old, is about to take the architect world by storm. Talented, professional, driven, and completely infuriating, Cooper is the definition of Generation Y.

Starting an internship working with Thomas, Cooper is about to knock Tom’s world off its axis. Tom can teach Cooper about the industry, but Cooper is about to teach Tom a few things about life.

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FiveStars

I was given this book by Inked Rainbow Reads for an honest review.
Another series by N.R. Walker, I can’t wait, especially if there all as good as this one.  I loved this story of Tom and Cooper.  It was perfect in the way all this authors books are.

I loved the dialogue between the two men, had me chuckling frequently. Despite the age difference these two men worked as a couple for me.  Tom the more serious of the two and Cooper I loved his sense of humor.  It was so great how he drew Tom out of his shell.  There romance was so sweet.

I’m looking forward to reading more in this series.

~Sherry

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5 and TWO 4 Stars for When Dove Cries by Beth D. Carter #Menage #MotorcycleClub @BethDCarter @Totally_Bound

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Title: When Dove Cries (Red Wolves Motorcycle Club #3)
Author Name: Beth D. Carter
Publication Date: May 2015

Synopsis

Can two men, who don’t trust each other, protect a woman they both care for?

John Draven is vice president of the Red Wolves Motorcycle Club. While on a special run, he meets FBI Agent Cadence Vanaker again. Cade is the man who killed his cousin five years ago and the person he hates more than anyone. Now John is forced to work with him to take down a human trafficking ring operating in John’s hometown.
Cade wants more than anything to tell Draven he wasn’t the one who really killed his cousin, but he can’t reveal the truth and has to live with Draven’s hate as a result. When the two men find a woman half-dead and bound with zip ties, they both feel a need to protect her—and the need to be her only man.

Dove Aldrin is a sensitive young woman who was abducted and held prisoner. When she escapes, she falls into the path of two men determined to help her and to find the man responsible for treating her so cruelly. What she didn’t count on was falling for both John and Cade. How can she pick one over the other, especially when the two men despise each other?

Reader Advisory: This book contains racial slurs and scenes of anal sex and violence.

Publisher’s Note: This book is best read in sequence as part of a series.

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FiveStarsI love this series, of course I love anything to do with bikers. Each story gets better and better.  I enjoyed how this book really got into depth regarding the kidnapping of all the women.The tension between Cade and Draven was great it added so much to the story instead of being all great between the two men.  I thought Dove was a very strong woman to have survived what she went through and still come out strong.The relationship that developed between the three I thought was amazing. They went through many struggles and still came out stronger and more closer.  But I have to say I was surprised at the twist of who was responsible for the kidnapping.  I am looking forward to reading the next book!!

Sherry

FourStars

At first, this book seemed much like the previous two. The girl in trouble who is rescued and falls immediately in love with her saviors, but after about a quarter of the book, things really started to change and the plot got thicker and more interesting.
I really liked watching the way thing evolved between the men who started out hating each other, but caring for the same woman. Once again there were lots of secrets and things unexpected.
The naughty scenes in this book were the best so far in my opinion. They really added in sensuality with emotions and feelings. I could do without the ‘in and out, in and out’ parts as I think ‘thrusting’ or ‘pumping’ gives enough of that.
Renee
FourStars

Dove is such a strong character right from the start.  She escapes this horrible shed, wants to live.  She never gives up.  I love that about her character.
Then you have Cade and Draven.  While their relationship is far more complicated, they start to work together to solve the mystery that is, who is trafficking the women?
The sex between the three of them is scorching and while they are still trying to solve the mystery, both men are so protective.
While I guessed who the “bad guy” was early on, it did not stop me from enjoying the book.  Because I read the previous story, this one just added to the mystery and awesomeness of the series.
I would love to continue to read Carter books!
~AvidReader

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I like writing about the very ordinary girl thrust into extraordinary circumstances, so my heroines will probably never be lawyers, doctors or corporate highrollers. I try to write characters who aren’t cookie cutters and push myself to write complicated situations that I have no idea how to resolve, forcing me to think outside the box. I love writing characters who are real, complex and full of flaws, heroes and heroines who find redemption through love.

I’ve been pretty fortunate in life to experience some amazing things. I’ve lived in France, traveled throughout Europe, Australia and New Zealand. I am a mom to an amazing little boy. I live in Los Angeles, surrounded by friends and family. I hate washing dishes but I love cooking. I hate washing clothes but I love wearing them. Writing my bio is difficult because I never know what to say so I hope you like this one. My favorite color is red but I look best in black (it’s slimming). I hate people who don’t pick up their dog’s crap in public places, people who don’t use turn signals, and I really hate people who are rude and condescending. I especially hate discrimination in all and every form. And although I love holding a book in my hand, I absolutely adore my ereader, whom I’ve named Ruby.

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4.5 Stars for Exodus (Valen’s Pack #2) by Bailey Bradford #MM #Paranormal @Totally_Bound

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Title: Exodus (Valen’s Pack #2)
Author Name: Bailey Bradford

Synopsis

Survival of the fittest? Not when chaos rules.

Rivvie does his best as beta, but he’s lonely and secretly nursing a broken heart. He fell for Matthew instantly, to no avail. Matt was too busy screwing every female in sight. He didn’t give one whit about Rivvie. Well, he told Rivvie he wasn’t interested. Rivvie just didn’t think he meant it.

Matt’s whole life has changed. He was the good son, the village hero, and the village stud. Now he’s just a man in a pack full of exceptional men. He’s a human—smaller, weaker and slower than the shifter males he lives with. External chaos has nothing on the internal crap he deals with every day.

When Rivvie and Matt are paired together for a task, sparks fly. It’s just possible that there’s more to sex—and more to Rivvie—than Matt ever suspected.

While Rivvie is dancing around an attraction to a certain human male, his brother, Valen is trying to lead his pack and take care of his own mate, Aaron. Just when he thinks he’s got everything under control, that very control is yanked from him by a powerful series of natural disasters, and soon Valen’s leading his pack on an exodus he’d never expected.

Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of BDSM, spanking, CBT and biting.

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FourandHalfStars

I have to admit that it took me a while to really get in to this story. Usually, if a story does not catch me right at the beginning, I have a hard time reading it. While I enjoyed this story, I found it somewhat quirky. Valen was trying desperately to find his pack a new home, the conflict between the two species, the long journey, etc. Everything culminated to a good story, but for me, it was somewhat choppy in its execution.
But, I LOVED the relationship between Valen and Aaron. They were so in love – you could see their devotion to each other in every word. You could feel the relationship grow and change throughout the story. They supported each other and were constantly worried for and about one another.
The relationship between Matt and Rivvie was a little strange to start. Despite all of the angst between them, they just all of a sudden fall in to bed? Not very believable for me. BUT, as the book continued, their relationship grew on me. I loved how they both found they had the same kink – their mutual enjoyment – the sex, man was it hot!
In the end, I did enjoy the book; it came together nicely for me.
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I am a married mom of four who spends most of the day writing, either on stories or at the blog. I love to write as much as I love to read. I am generally quiet and laid back, choosing to let things slide off me rather than stick and irritate me.

And it’s really hard trying to think of descriptives for myself, so I’ll just let y’all e-mail me or comment at the blog if there’s something specific you’d like to know, and spare you from reading a boring bio:D

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TWO 4 Stars for Life Under New Management by Jane Davitt #MM #BDSM #Erotic @Totally_Bound

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Title: Life Under New Management
Author Name: Jane Davitt

Synopsis

Working for a perfectionist like strict, sexy-as-hell Ethan isn’t easy. Falling in love with him? No problem at all.

Taking a bar job in an exclusive hotel is a stopgap for Andy. He’s an actor and his big break is coming soon—he knows it. His hot new boss Ethan is strict, demanding and totally off-limits but Andy can’t stop thinking about him.

When Andy learns of Ethan’s need to be in control of his partner—in bed and out of it—he’s stunned by the intensity of his reaction. He wants Ethan guiding him, bringing order to his chaotic life. And he sees that Ethan needs him too, though they can’t be open about their feelings.

Ethan deals out deliciously perverse consequences for misbehaving, but when it comes to incentives, he knows just what to offer to have Andy on his knees begging for more.

But some secrets can’t stay that way for long. And when difficult choices arise, for once Andy can’t turn to Ethan for guidance. This time, he’s on his own.

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FourStars

This is a wonderfully unusual BDSM story.

 

Ethan is the bar manager in a top Vancouver hotel and Andy is an aspiring actor working at Ethan’s bar to pay his bills.

 

When we meet Andy, his life lacks discipline and he is more than a little disorganised.  Ethan, on the other hand, is obsessively organised and his life is carefully regimented.

 

The story focuses around Ethan’s kink, his need for total control of his partner in bed and in life.  Directionless Andy immediately jumps at the idea of someone making his choices for him, but the execution of the relationship isn’t as easy as either man would like.

 

The pain and fear play in the book gets quite intense in parts, and some readers may shy away from things like ginger, citrus and Wartenberg pinwheel play.  Other readers will enjoy the writer’s vivid imagination.

 

I love the fact that this is set in my hometown, Vancouver.  Some of the author’s beautiful descriptions of the city made me very homesick.

 

I’m still not sure I loved the relationship, or that I really came to love either of the two main characters.  The relationship starts with a contractual style agreement, but even when the characters move past the basic agreement and start to talk about an emotional connection, I didn’t ever feel like I was witnessing true intimacy.

 

Interestingly, this lack of intimacy made the book more real for me.  It would have been out of character for Ethan to become easy-going and emotionally transparent, and I’m not sure Andy is ever able to feel much very deeply.

 

So yes, this is a well written, well observed book.  The BDSM relationship is atypical and more interesting because it isn’t what we’re used to reading about.  The sex is hot, if you enjoy reading about pain and control.  And I like the way the author stays true to character,  ensuring emotional intimacy isn’t forced or feigned.

 

Sarah

FourStars

While I enjoyed this story, I thought it was somewhat slow to start and then too fast to end. The middle was well thought out, but the incentives that the blurb claims Ethan is so good at doling out – I just did not really see.
I did like that Ethan and Andy struggled through the beginning of their romance. It was not an instantly gratifying relationship, which I appreciated. But, in the end, this was not a book that I felt was developed in a methodical manner.
One minute they were in a relationship, then trouble was brewing, then everything was OK again. I would have liked there to be more to the ending of the story – it felt abrupt.
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When I was eight I decided to write a book. I found a blank notebook, wrote ‘Chapter One’ at the start, scribbled a few hundred words about triplets with improbable names, and lost interest. Three decades later I still wanted to write a book, but the dim realization was dawning that meant I had to actually, well, write something.

Yes, it surprised me too.

So I did. Not about triplets, but love, angst, hot and spicy smut, and for the most part they’re m/m romances.

There’s a shelf in my library where I keep the books with my name on them and yeah, there they are. I did it.

That eight-year-old me expected a lot of her future self though. Like being an astronaut. Did not do that.

Sorry, younger me. Here, have a wine gum.

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