‘An Uncommon Whore’ is a really interesting book, and just like there is nothing “common” about Pasha the slave who makes his master a living by being‘An Uncommon Whore’ is a really interesting book, and just like there is nothing “common” about Pasha the slave who makes his master a living by being a whore, there is not much “common” about this story. It's set in the far future on various planets and a few space stations, but the focus isn't on the technology, it's on people struggling with power, politics, and relationships. They just happen to live in the future.
Pasha has been a slave for years. At least that is all he remembers. And yet, a voice deep down inside him tells him he is meant to be somewhere else, even to be someone else. His current master isn’t overly cruel, and Pasha is sort of grateful for that. But when they walk into the most dangerous bar on the desert plant Warlan and Pasha spots a man who looks like a pirate, Pasha knows there is more to the rogue than meets the eye. He very cleverly engineers a meeting, and his life changes forever.
Captain Griffin Hawke may look like a pirate, but he is a former royal guard with a mission. His people were betrayed and their planet overrun by aliens, and Griffin has been working tirelessly not only to help the refugees build a new home, but to find their lost king. When he realizes Pasha the whore is that man, he does everything in his power to get him off Warlan, have the slave chip that kept wiping his memory removed, and return him to his rightful place on the throne. Griffin knows he risks losing the man he loves to his position for the second time, but he is honorable enough to deal with that risk and do what he thinks is right, no matter the personal cost to him.
The story that follows is one of enduring love, a fight to return the king’s memories, and a need for both men to figure out how to relate to each other under these circumstances. As the details unravel it becomes clear they have never before managed to do so, but after their individual suffering, each in their own way, and the five-year-long separation, many things have changed. Realizing that and making things work are still two very different things, and I was fascinated by every step they took.
If you like science fiction and space opera that focus on people and their struggles more than technological or alien dangers, if two hot men who are deeply in love but have no idea how to make a relationship work sound interesting, and if you’re looking for a read that is very dark in places, yet carries a message of love and hope, then you will probably enjoy this novel. I’m glad there are another two volumes to read (so far)....more
After the hilarious adventures of Clark the paperboy in the first book about Perfection, California in 1961, I couldn’t wait to see what Benji the BoyAfter the hilarious adventures of Clark the paperboy in the first book about Perfection, California in 1961, I couldn’t wait to see what Benji the Boy Scout would be up to. As it turns out he has many adventures, most of them set in the wilds of nature, as befitting a Boy Scout who is attempting to obtain a much-coveted badge. This story is full of symbolism, fairy tale references, and a few hilarious reversals of accepted wisdom (such as the nature of chipmunks and the “real” dangers of Sea Monkeys).
Benji may be eighteen, but he is as enthusiastic about being a Boy Scout as a boy half his age. He takes his duties seriously (helping several women with their problems before he even leaves town), and he is determined to obtain the Happy Beaver Badge come what may. Benji braves all the obstacles fate seems determined to throw his way, and soon finds a lonely lumberjack in the forest who becomes his ally.
But Mack is no ordinary lumberjack. Thrown out of Perfection for a crime only one of those pesky perfectionists could even consider an illegal act, he lives a lonely life. Just him and the toys in his “special cabinet”. And yes, you guessed right, Benji gets to play with them… After which they continue Benji’s quest together and more hilarity ensues.
As with the first book, if you’re looking for something serious, this is not the book for you. There may be a quest involved, but Geoffrey Knight has managed to make it ridiculously funny and to be taken with several grains of salt. But if you want to be thoroughly entertained, or need a good laugh, and if you’re looking for a hot and funny adventure of a particularly innocent Boy Scout, then you will probably enjoy this short story. And the ending shows an entirely unexpected type of perfection…
Spectrum Skies is interesting, imaginative and very hot. Oh, and it has vampires and lots of other paranormal beings, which I love. The world it’s setSpectrum Skies is interesting, imaginative and very hot. Oh, and it has vampires and lots of other paranormal beings, which I love. The world it’s set in is highly unusual, and since I love finding out about “new worlds” and what makes them tick, this one was a treat.
Police captain London Weaver is, in many ways, the easier of the two main characters to understand. He is human, leads the human part of a police force, and hates vampires with a vengeance. Even though humans were the intruders in this world (about two hundred years ago as far as I understand the timeframe), he assumes, with the genetically built-in arrogance of our species, that everything should now be done according to human laws. His “nemesis” at work is equal in rank and a vampire, and everything the man does rubs London the wrong way. Their sparring is hilarious.
Captain Pascal St-Maurice is, at first glance, an arrogant vampire, bent on flaunting his superior fashion sense, strength, and good looks. Gradually discovering how much more there is behind this façade was a true treat. It was quite a feat to pull this off, since much of the story is told from his point of view, yet not much about his background is revealed until fairly late in the book. I ended up really liking him as well, but D.J. Manly definitely made me work for it.
If you’re looking for an imaginative story with a bit of magic, a sprinkle of adventure and a dollop of the paranormal, and if you like hot vampires and stubborn men who fight for dominance, almost missing the fact they are in love, you will like this book. I think it’s one of the most interesting vampire books I have ever read—in a totally unexpected setting. Not really contemporary, not really fantasy or futuristic either, but definitely in a world of its own. You’ll have to read it for yourself and see—I bet it’ll be worth it!
This collection of four ghostly and Halloween-themed stories delivered exactly what it promised: a delicious taste of little teasing vignettes for andThis collection of four ghostly and Halloween-themed stories delivered exactly what it promised: a delicious taste of little teasing vignettes for and about those who like to be just a little creeped out. Bite-size scary stuff for the faint of heart (like me) who are too chicken to go for real horror stories most of the time. Nothing is as much fun as sitting safe and snug at home (preferably in daylight, at last where I am concerned) and reading about events that may or may not be of supernatural, paranormal, or psychic origin. And with Vic Winter’s deft touch of humor, I even got to laugh some.
The Haunted Mansion Always a good one: is that creepy, derelict old mansion up on the hill haunted or not? Well, in this short story, Charlie and Dave are about to find out. As college freshmen, they are bound to be teased by the seniors, and equally bound to do (almost) anything to prove they’re not as scared or easy to impress as they look. Add to this the instinctive dislike Charlie has for annoyingly good-looking, arrogant Dave, and the night they are supposed to spend (for 100 dollars each if they make it until morning) is going to be damned uncomfortable. Or is it? The ghostly noises they soon hear could, after all, be anything. Or could they?
Leaving me deliciously in the lurch as to what was really going on, except for some very hot man-on-man action the two young men manage to squeeze in among the dubious goings-on, this short story was funny, entertaining, and a tease and a half!
The Scream-o-Rama Brian loves to scare himself, and the annual twelve-hour marathon of scary movies at an old style movie theater is just the ticket. Except then, scared half out of his wits after twelve hours of horror, he has to walk home. In the dark. On his own. Needless to say, his own thoughts are almost more frightening than what is going on, and by the time he is in a heart-thumping, sweaty panic and trying to open the door to the house he shares with a few other guys, I was about to scream myself. And then something grabs his shoulder…
Let me tell you, this one was brilliant. And it had a teasing ending on top of everything else. The unexpected twist made the scary-sweet-scary come out even better. If you like a scary opening followed by a sweet ending with a scary twist, then this one will be to your liking.
I Ate the Fried Spider Two friends becoming rivals over some event or another is usually pretty entertaining, especially when they really are the best of friends the rest of the time. But when they fight over who can put on the scarier Halloween… It used to be decorations and candies, but this year Chris and Greg have decided to make it a dinner. Danny almost doesn’t go, and the retching buckets kindly provided next to each seat don’t exactly cheer him on. What follows is course after course of decidedly icky food, and I must admit I would have probably left after the appetizer! Fried spiders, really? I mean I know they are a delicacy in parts of Asia, but still. Danny and the other guests get to complete score cards with ratings for grossness versus eatability, and I thought that was pretty funny. Danny soon enjoys himself, but definitely not due to the gruesomely imaginative food. Jeff, the man next to him at the table, turns out to be very nice, and Danny is definitely more interested in him than in the successively more disgusting courses.
If you like to read about slightly, um, inventive food in a Halloween setting, and if you want a hot ending that has nothing to do with said food, then you will probably like this short story.
Halloween Grinch I really liked this story. It is hilariously funny, with a main character who is “grinchy” enough about Halloween for two or three people, and has a great twist at the end which is totally unexpected but makes the whole thing even funnier. Kent is wonderful as he plans his perfect Halloween, away from everyone and without any tricks of treats, thank you very much. When the knock on his door signals an end to his hopes for an undisturbed day, he thinks that is the worst of it. Luckily, it isn't, and what follows is a totally unlikely if extremely hot encounter. Halloween will never be the same again!
Perfection, California. In 1961 no less. Really? From the moment I realized that was the setting of this short story, or rather the whole series, I stPerfection, California. In 1961 no less. Really? From the moment I realized that was the setting of this short story, or rather the whole series, I started to smile. Then I read the blurb, and began to grin. And as soon as I had made it to page seven and the, ahem, golf instructions, I laughed out loud, and didn’t really stop until the end. In a great piece of “pure p*rn” meets "hilarious entertainment", this is the tale of eighteen-year-old Clark and his series of good-byes before leaving Perfection for the rigors of college.
Clark may take his job of delivering papers seriously, but it quickly became quite obvious to me that he takes “customer service” even more serious. He also seems to have some favorite customers, and those are the ones I got to see in more detail. First, the dentist (never mind that he’s married) and the dentist’s chair – and no, I will never look at another one of those in the same way. Then there is the chief of police, who insists he examine some minor scrapes (yeah, right) Clark got when the chief’s dog made him tumble off the delivery bike. Yep, handcuffs are used in an entirely non-lawful way and, oh, did I mention the deputy has a hand in all of it as well? *shakes head at those lusty Californians* And finally, after a refreshing glass of iced tea, there is the owner of the hardware store (also married but seemingly oblivious of that fact during this encounter) who tests his – you will never believe it – new Hawaiian sling on Clark. Yes, well, that is what he calls it… And he is assisted by a few others… By this point, I was wondering if anyone was not in on this good-bye ceremony of the sexy kind.
If you’re looking for something serious or even a plot, this is not the book for you. But if you want to be thoroughly entertained, or need a good laugh, and if you’re looking for a very hot and very funny fantasy of what it might be like to be the paperboy in Perfection, California, then you will probably enjoy this short story. Oh, and let me tell you, the ending shows even more perfection…
This story is almost too short to be called a story, it is more like a scene. Joe and Phil talk about, then act out, the roles of Dom and sub, but askThis story is almost too short to be called a story, it is more like a scene. Joe and Phil talk about, then act out, the roles of Dom and sub, but asking for what they need is as difficult for each of them as actually going through with the scene. The question about who has the upper hand in this "fight" for dominance is an interesting one, and I thought the answer the two characters find is fascinating.
Joe may be the physically stronger man, but he is just as afraid of being seen as a "brute" as his physically weaker lover Phil is to be seen as "weak". And the way Phil "demands" to be pinned down and overwhelmed is no less dangerous for him than following that request is for Joe.
If you're ready to have a look at a D/s relationship from both sides, and want to see how these two men relate to their deepest needs, the you should give this free short vignette a try. It hides far more food for thought than its length suggests... ...more
The final volume in Jubilee and Kieran's story, but thankfully not the Orgasmic Texas Dawn series, is as surprising, emotional, and action-packed as tThe final volume in Jubilee and Kieran's story, but thankfully not the Orgasmic Texas Dawn series, is as surprising, emotional, and action-packed as they come. It is time for a final decision for Jubilee and Kieran: can they find a way to stay together? Or will this, as the title says, be their last dance? This question had me on tenterhooks throughout the book, since there are few things as important to me as a happy ending.
Jubilee has always been very scared for Kieran when he had to go undercover, but in this book, he gets to do the same. A joint undercover operation with these two is bound to be interesting, so hold on to your hats! The crime ring they fight this time is even more horrible than previous ones, and I was happy to see Jubilee and Kieran join forces to get these criminals. Jubilee's interest in a long-term relationship is also very clear, but then, he has always been the one who seemed to be more in favor of it, emotionally, I mean, even though he had a hard time coming out.
Kieran gets to find out what it's like to have a lover who is also undercover. Yes, Jubilee's work as US Marshal wasn't exactly a walk in the park, but going undercover to break a child trading organization is different. Playing the role of a slimeball while having his lover watch, sort of, was also an interesting challenge for him. It isn’t an easy realization for Kieran, but one of the conclusions he draws, of wanting to make the relationship with Jubilee work, is a good one.
One of the greatest things about this final book in the Jubilee/Kieran story is to see how far their relationship has come. And I was gratified to see they were just as interested in working out a happy ending for themselves as I was in seeing it happen! The supporting characters added as much as always to the story, and I am sorry to see them go. Well, maybe some of them will be back? You never know! If you're looking for the hot final installment of this entrancing story, if you want even more unique characters and new criminals to catch, then you will love this book (definitely to be read in sequence).
NOTE: This book was provided by Amber Allure for the purpose of a review. ...more
Just like an individual story, a series has a certain rhythm as well, and the Orgasmic Texas Dawn series is a good example. In book 1, we got to know Just like an individual story, a series has a certain rhythm as well, and the Orgasmic Texas Dawn series is a good example. In book 1, we got to know the characters, Kieran the Canadian ex-undercover cop, and Jubilee the Texan Marshal; they solved a case together and there were hints for more. In book 2 their relationship and the problems deepen, and in volume 3, three-quarters into their story, it is crisis time. The proverbial you-know-what hits the fan, chaos ensues, and it is action and mayhem almost from the first page. What a wild ride!
Kieran may have thought he was done with undercover work, but it is his first love, and he gets back into it with a vengeance. An undercover drug ring is not a joking matter, though, and Jubilee wasn't the only one worried about him! Interestingly, he does manage to make his way back to Jubilee – eventually…
Jubilee has a lot to deal with in this book. Not only is Kieran suddenly gone from his life, back undercover, but the issues in Lone Trail pile up as well. Let me warn you: it gets brutal. The crime ring that began in book 1 widens further, and the consequences and implications, as well as what goes on, will leave you reeling.
The supporting characters continued to impress me, and the highly entertaining banter between Kieran and Jubilee is back as well. If you're looking for the hot continuation of the story, if you want even more unique characters and new criminals to catch, then you need to get this book (definitely to be read in sequence).
NOTE: This book was provided by Amber Allure for the purpose of a review....more
The question this book focuses on, how much a Dom can ask of his sub, and how much of himself, is an interesting one. But what is equally important toThe question this book focuses on, how much a Dom can ask of his sub, and how much of himself, is an interesting one. But what is equally important to remember is that this question is matched by its opposite as well: how much can a sub ask of his Dom, and how much is he willing to give of himself. D/s is a two-way street, after all. This book focuses on one possible answer, as given by Derek, the Dom, and Tyler, a sub who wants to go deeper into submission than they have gone so far in their relationship. This causes both men to reconsider who they are, and how they want to run their lives. The only thing they know for sure, and the one important premise I kept remembering as they followed their journey, is that they deeply love each other. And whatever else happens, whether they decide to go ahead with more deep submission sessions or not, that love (and their mutual safety) is the one thing neither of them is willing to sacrifice.
Tyler is curious to find out how far he can go in submitting to Derek. He feels a deep need to become completely owned, be his master’s slave, and as the weekend progresses, he struggles with that need psychologically as much as physically. The scenes Derek has prepared for them are not about Tyler enjoying what they do, instead, they are designed to figure out how much Tyler can focus on his Dom’s pleasure. Tyler has expressed a wish to find out what it is like to be Derek’s slave and to call him his master, but the reality is much harder than he expected.
Derek loves Tyler deeply, and would do anything to make him happy. He doesn’t have the need to have Derek as his slave, at least in play, but he finds getting Tyler there to be far more enjoyable than he expected. Derek may have started this weekend intending to give Tyler what he needs, but discovers he actually gets something out of it as well. During the entire time Derek is the one to keep things in perspective, to offer Tyler opportunities to go outside play so they can both make sure the next, more extreme step, is still what they both want.
This is definitely not a book for “beginners”. Some of the scenes are pretty intense, emotionally as much as physically, and you should know that before reading this book. The psychology is fascinating, and the underlying love clear, so I did not find this story to be in any way cruel. Derek and Tyler are clearly two consenting adults who trust each other enough to test each other’s limits. If that is what you’re looking for, or what you’re curious about, then this novel might be just for you.
My two new favorite cops are back – and the ride is just as wild as in the first installment of their adventure. The combination of a Canadian ex-undeMy two new favorite cops are back – and the ride is just as wild as in the first installment of their adventure. The combination of a Canadian ex-undercover cop who had an ill-advised affair with a drug lord and is now lying low in Texas, and an American US Marshal goes from strength to strength in this second book. Sure, they have their moments, but they are each good at what they do, so working a case together should not be too problematic – that is the theory, at least.
Jubilee has battles to fight both on the personal front and in his professional life. His ex-fiancée, Darlene, may be a marshal, but she doesn’t get the message, or has "a thing for gay men", whichever one it is, she was a constant thorn in my side. Jubilee manages to fight her off as he is very clear about his preferences and the one for Kieran just keeps growing. Professionally, the situation with the drug cartel gets a lot worse, and Jubilee is more than grateful for Kieran's help. At least he can trust the man, which is more than he can say for some of his colleagues.
Kieran may have decided to take the assignment in Texas to get away from the mess he left behind after his affair with the drug lord, but becoming Lone Trail's sheriff is another matter. Or is it? In the end, whatever it takes to solve the case and get the bad guys is good enough for him, so he jumps into his newest adventure head first and finds he has energy to spare. He will need more than that to deal with the revelation that his long-lost father may be one of the criminals…
The amazing cast of supporting characters is back as well. Ranging from hilarious to so annoying I wanted to strangle them, they add a unique flavor to Jubilee and Kieran's story. The highly entertaining banter between Kieran and Jubilee is as wonderful as their more tender moments. If you're looking for the hot continuation of the first volume, more unique characters, a new mystery to solve, and new criminals to catch, then this might be the book for you.
NOTE: This book was provided by Amber Allure for the purpose of a review....more
This story starts with an interesting premise, and leads you on a wild ride that never lets up. Two cops, one Canadian, one American, each of them gooThis story starts with an interesting premise, and leads you on a wild ride that never lets up. Two cops, one Canadian, one American, each of them good at what they do, and stubborn about accepting anyone's advice (never mind another cop's), have to deal with a mysterious series of murders and a drug cartel – just for starters. And all of that in the middle of Texas – what could be hotter?
Canadian detective Kieran Fox, as good as he is at going undercover and getting criminals convicted, is not as clever about making choices in his personal life. Falling for the wrong guy almost cost him his career, and he has just begun to lick his wounds when the next case comes along: this one abroad, in the US. He doesn't want to go, but he can't really stay, so he decides to jump into the assignment offered by a small town in Texas. He's got nothing better to do, right?
Jubilee Mason has his personal life under control (read: he has none, since he is deeply in the closet), but his professional life is a different matter. He is trying to deal with a gang of murdering drug dealers, or drugged murderers, possibly both, and could use the help. Of course, he cannot admit that and anyway, what does a Canadian know about US law?
And let's not forget the great cast of supporting characters, some hilarious, some utterly scary (I mean, a hungry alligator as a pet?), and some cute kids. Between them and the brilliant banter that keeps Kieran and Jubilee busy when they're not working, and sometimes when they are, this is a very entertaining book. It is also full of sexual tension, but the men take their time, which I really liked.
If you're looking for a hot new story with some unique characters who just love to hate working together, a great mystery to solve, and some gruesome reality checks when the bad guys do their thing, then give this book a try. And the best news? This is only the first volume in a new series. From what I can see, we will be able to follow some more adventures of these two intrepid cops for quite a while to come. Yeehaw!
NOTE: This book was provided by Amber Allure for the purpose of a review. ...more
In this story, the "man cave" is a real place. It is rumored to be an abandoned mining shaft, but it is connected to some caves as well. Caves that haIn this story, the "man cave" is a real place. It is rumored to be an abandoned mining shaft, but it is connected to some caves as well. Caves that have become a great place for students of the nearby university to hang out and do all the things they're not supposed to do.
Adam is one of those students, and he has had his eyes (and fantasies) set on his fellow student Cody for a while. There is one problem: he lacks the courage to say anything to the object of his admiration. Adam may go down into the cave to escape the view of Cody in revealing swim trunks, but when Cody follows, all Adam's fantasies come true.
If you like your stories hot an sexy, give this one a try....more
A short, fun read about a detective who tries to stay away from the “bad boys”, but can’t, and a vampire club owner who lusts after his mate and wantsA short, fun read about a detective who tries to stay away from the “bad boys”, but can’t, and a vampire club owner who lusts after his mate and wants to protect him, but isn’t allowed to. While the basic story is fairly straightforward, the banter between them makes it funny and the heat once they hit the sheets is considerable. Aaron certainly gives Orion a run for his money, and even though most of their disputes are about the way Aaron does his job, and the danger he puts himself into, at the bottom of the conflict is the age-old need of the physically stronger vampire partner trusting that the more vulnerable human can keep himself safe.
Aaron is a detective on a mission to catch drug dealers, and he won’t let the little matter of a vampire master calling him “mine” stand in his way. He is used to putting his life at risk, and he has a hard time seeing Orion’s attempts to keep him safe as anything other than overbearing protectiveness. It may start out as that, but over the course of the story it becomes very clear that Orion’s need is not about controlling Aaron.
Orion is used to being obeyed, and the fact that Aaron seems to be less than impressed with his attempts to protect him makes him angry. It also makes him hot. But then, most of what his future mate does has that effect on the vampire master. He has been alone for a very long time, and doesn’t want to go on like he has, but that doesn’t mean adapting to his new life as a detective’s life partner comes easy!
If you like stories about sexy detectives who learn there is more to life than their job, if a hot vampire looking out for his new mate is your thing, and if you prefer your stories with as much action outside as inside the bedroom, you may like this short novella.