Not wanting to be a notch on someone’s bedpost, especially if that someone is your best friend, may sound like a worthwhile goal, almost noble. But so...moreNot wanting to be a notch on someone’s bedpost, especially if that someone is your best friend, may sound like a worthwhile goal, almost noble. But somehow Nick carries the whole idea too far and has to deal with the consequences – he ends up rather lonely because he hasn’t forgotten Kevin, the object of his affections, even ten years later. And what does he do when Fate hands him an opportunity to fix his mistake? You guessed it – he messes it up again. Boy, did I want to knock some sense into him! I mean, I love a good reunion story as much as the next person, but Nick carried things a little far for my ease of mind… which made for a very emotional story though, so it’s all good.
A first I had to admire Nick for sticking with his principles, despite being extremely attracted to Kevin, he refuses to give in for “just one night”. He wants much more, and thinks he cannot get it from Kevin. Ten years later, when the man of his affections walks into the bar/restaurant Nick now owns and runs, he figures out that he isn’t as over Kevin as he thought. But he still doesn’t want a one-night stand, and he still doesn’t listen very well.
Kevin may have been a bit slutty in college, but that is a long time ago. He also gives off a ton of sigs that told me what he really wanted – but Nick just didn’t see them! Or maybe he was trying to protect his heart – whatever he was thinking, the constant heartbreak when they got closer, only to almost lose touch again just about did me in. Even all my cheering from the sidelines didn’t help - until Nick finally wakes up and smells the roses, I was on the edge of my seat waiting for a sign of a happy ending for theses two guys who so clearly deeply love each other!
If you like emotional dramas with lots of tension, if you like reading about misunderstandings almost ruining lives, and if you’re looking for a read that will keep you in suspense until almost the final page, then you will probably like this free short story.(less)
Yes, the warnings are true, this story contains some strong/dark BDSM. It doesn't start out that way, though. The first two thirds of this novella gav...moreYes, the warnings are true, this story contains some strong/dark BDSM. It doesn't start out that way, though. The first two thirds of this novella gave me time to get to know both Dan, the sub, and Tom, who is a rather controlling but extremely caring Dom. By the time catastrophe hits this very loving couple, and Tom loses control for very understandable reasons and only very briefly, I trusted the depth of their love enough to kind of see why Tom chose to act the way he did.
It made for some very intense moments as I followed their final scene of the story, glued to the pages and half-horrified what Tom had come up with and half-fascinated. It certainly made for some very hot reading - all with the understanding that Dan may have struggled, but that what Tom needed to do was send a very strong message. I wouldn't call the BDSM extreme, there is no slavery involved, no permanent harm done, and Dan, the sub, has every opportunity to use his safeword. Yet. he doesn't and that goes to show the depth of his trust despite all the crap Tom has put him through.
If you like emotionally intense stories about men who play hard, if you enjoy reading about a sub and his Dom in deep crisis and want to know how they manage to work their way through it, and if you're looking for a read that is as hot as their love is deep, then you will probably enjoy this free novella.(less)
My first attempt at seeing what tentacle sex is all about and I have to admit, I am confused. Not necessarily about the mechanics of it, but the motiv...moreMy first attempt at seeing what tentacle sex is all about and I have to admit, I am confused. Not necessarily about the mechanics of it, but the motivation eludes me. Alec, the human in the equation seems more than willing (and must be a size queen), but Tent, the squid, makes less sense. Possible because he is in heat and gets interrupted by another squid trying to move in on the action. The thing that got to me most is that there is no clear ending, making this seem like more of one long scene rather than a full story.
If you like your stories a little strange, and if you're looking for a brief introduction to tentacle sex, then you may like this free short story.(less)
A story about dealing with the past as much as accepting your open nature, this is a book about two men whose meeting makes them reconsider who they a...moreA story about dealing with the past as much as accepting your open nature, this is a book about two men whose meeting makes them reconsider who they are. It's an interesting one because it's an "enemy to lovers" story - with one man not knowing he is the enemy of the other, and the other not realizing who the man he is falling for really is. And yes, that does sound complicated, but the discovery of the truth (on both sides) is also half the fun of reading this.
Troy knows he is a panther shifter, the last of his line, and his anger about the Leshy (a woodland sprite) who killed off his entire family, then cursed him, is palpable. He is about to go feral when he discovers his mate and has no idea who the man really is.
Seth has recently moved into a cabin in the woods and loves discovering he has Troy as his very hot neighbor. Seth is very connected to the Earth, animals , and plants alike, but his family neglected to inform him about his true nature. I am sort of glad they did, because I suspect the story would have gone very differently if Seth had known who he is from the start.
If you like stories about destined mates who each have a secret, if you enjoy reading about men whose deepest truths" change as they learn about the other, and if you're looking for an entertaining read without too much angst and drama, then you will probably like this free novella.(less)
Wow! This is an amazing science fiction story that swept me away into a world of crooked fleet officers, men valiantly fighting for their freedom and...moreWow! This is an amazing science fiction story that swept me away into a world of crooked fleet officers, men valiantly fighting for their freedom and the right not to become ‘experiments’, and an alien race that has a very interesting way of looking at life. The combination of a fascinating view of a potential future and a hot romance between two men whom I quickly grew to care for was as spell-binding as the world they live in.
Isaac is a communications officer with a problem: a malfunctioning brain implant has stopped him from achieving his dream of becoming a pilot, and left him with crippling seizures. He does not let that stop him though, and his courage is as inspiring as his sheer stubbornness. Nobody tells him what he can and cannot do and when he is part of a rescue mission that finds a mysterious survivor, even the somewhat dangerous aura the warrior exudes doesn’t stop Isaac from caring for him. Isaac follows his instinct and has the brainpower to back them up. He may not be the strongest man physically, but, boy does he make up for it mentally and emotionally.
Turk is a Corzin warrior, ‘on loan’ with the human fleet. His exact role and abilities only emerge slowly and are too much a part of the intriguing plot for me to be able to reveal details here without spoiling the surprise. But let me tell you – what a surprise it is! On top of all that he is a warrior in the truest sense, his honor and courage are impeccable and his love for Isaac shines so brightly in each of his actions, it brought more than the occasional tear to my eyes.
Angel Martinez has designed an interesting and consistent future world that makes good use of some well-known sci-fi concepts, adds a few new ideas, and wraps everything up in one irresistible (well, for me) package. And even if I STILL don’t know what a GEM drive is (I would have loved to find out what the abbreviation stands for), I can only recommend this book to anyone who likes science fiction, sweeping space-adventure stories, truly heroic men who fight for what is right, and exploring the concepts and behaviors of an alien race that is tantalizingly beyond the human grasp. I am definitely hoping for a sequel in the nearest possible future!(less)
Definitely a gentle, heartwarming, and feel-good story with only one tiny moment of crisis. I loved the idea of a professor and an ex-student reunitin...moreDefinitely a gentle, heartwarming, and feel-good story with only one tiny moment of crisis. I loved the idea of a professor and an ex-student reuniting years after the student has graduated.
Lane as the slightly cowardly professor who was afraid he was too old and would hold Alex back has some quick thinking to do when Alex turns up at his reclusive cabin in the woods - two years after Lane ran just before Alex's graduation - totally unannounced and right before a storm. Lane isn't really fast on the uptake and almost loses it all, but once he makes up his mind - smoking hot man-on-man activity follows.
Alex is determined to get to the truth this time. He may be the younger man, but he is far more honest with himself than Lane, and figures two years is long enough to try t get over the professor.
If you like short, sweet reunions with lots of "kissing to make it all better" (and then some!), you will probably like this free short story.(less)