I've had a bit of a love/hate relationship with this series. While there were a lot of aspects I really enjoyed about Beach and Tai, there were some aI've had a bit of a love/hate relationship with this series. While there were a lot of aspects I really enjoyed about Beach and Tai, there were some aspects that didn't work for me either. C
I really like Jakes books, however I just couldn't get into this one. If it wasn't for Law, Styx, and Paolo, I probably would have DNFed this one. I nI really like Jakes books, however I just couldn't get into this one. If it wasn't for Law, Styx, and Paolo, I probably would have DNFed this one. I never really felt the attraction or connection between Marcus and Cole, and thought they never fully worked out their issues. D
This was a really short story, and it had a bit of an insta-love to it that was a bit of a turn off for me. However, it was really well written and IThis was a really short story, and it had a bit of an insta-love to it that was a bit of a turn off for me. However, it was really well written and I always love finding new m/m shifter books. C+
I was really looking forward to this book, it had hockey and a porn theme, what more could a girl want? However, this book started really slow for me, and never really seemed to pick up.
Austin is struggling to define his sexuality. Between playing hockey and living with gay couples, Austin is bombarded with extremes from both sides of the spectrum. When he takes home a few gay videos in hopes that it’ll help him figure out what he wants once and for all, he’s surprise at how attracted he is to a dominant, Puck.
Liam likes his work as Puck, but meeting Austin is throwing him off his game. Austin is everything that Liam has wanted, but given the age difference and Austin’s confusion, Liam is determined not to push. But when both Austin and Liam can no longer deny what’s going on between them, will either one be able to step up and take their relationship to the next level.
I really struggled to get into this book. I thought it was slow in the beginning, especially since we didn’t even get the chance to meet Liam until almost a third of the way into the book. Austin’s struggle with defining himself was a key factor in the entire book, but I would have liked to see Liam get involved a little bit sooner than he did.
I thought Austin’s involvement with his college hockey team was one of the best aspects of this story, along with his relationship with his roommates. I liked the way the brash, rude, and misogynistic players contrasted with Austin’s roommates who were all content within their own (sometimes kinky) skin. It added another dimension to Austin’s struggle with figuring out his place in the world, and I liked the way he was able to lean on his roommates, and stand up to his teammates. Those two aspects were probably my favorite of the whole book.
While I really wanted to love the romance between Austin and Liam, I just struggled getting into it. Because Austin struggled to define himself, he came across as a bigot and a jerk more often than not. Once he finally got to the point where he felt okay asking for what he wanted, I lost most of my interest in his as a character. And while I started off really liking Liam, there was one scene where his character made a decision that annoyed me. Like with Austin, once it happened, I was over Liam and his attitude, and at that point didn’t really seem to care one way or the other for either of them.
All in all, while Belleau is a wonderful writer, and her plot always seem so interesting, I found myself having a hard time getting into this book. I wanted to love Austin and Liam and cheer them on as they discovered their place together, but unfortunately I just couldn’t connect with either of them. I give Straight Shooter a C-...more
I don't even know what to say about this book. Apparently, Ty & Zane are no longer the heroes of their own series. This felt like it was Nick's boI don't even know what to say about this book. Apparently, Ty & Zane are no longer the heroes of their own series. This felt like it was Nick's book, and we were just given little peaks into Ty & Zane. There were so many things that just didn't gel with the rest of the series. It felt like Roux had already grown tired of Ty & Zane and was moving onto the Sidewinder series. Huge disappointment. ...more
This was a SUPER sort novella about a military man getting together with his long ago best friend. It was cute, but I wanted more! B- Full review to coThis was a SUPER sort novella about a military man getting together with his long ago best friend. It was cute, but I wanted more! B- Full review to come...more
This was super short, but VERY sexy. The only thing that kinda bothered me was that Adam was the one constantly giving sexual favors in this book, soThis was super short, but VERY sexy. The only thing that kinda bothered me was that Adam was the one constantly giving sexual favors in this book, so it seemed a little one sided. :(...more
I am always on the lookout for new shifter m/m books. Calmes has long been a go-to for me, so when I saw this blurb, I knew I had to get it.
Quade has been Roman’s bodyguard for most of the young man’s life. Only recently have his feelings morphed from friend and protector to lustful and so much more. But Quade doesn’t think he is good enough for Roman, especially since he has been keeping his jackal side completely hidden. But Roman refuses to allow Quade to pull away when Quade is the only one who sees past Roman’s scars to the man beneath.
When Quade’s sister comes back into his life, Quade is thrown front and center back into the life he left behind as a young man. Never did he think that his jackal pack would take him back, but they desperately need his help, and Quade refuses to turn his back on them. With Roman by his side, Quade will do everything in his power to save his sister and their pack, and also prove his love and loyalty to Roman.
There were so many different facets going on in this book. The age difference between Roman and Quade, the animosity between Quade and his father, the ongoing pack problems that Quade has to pick up after, and the past relationship that Quade finds himself having to deal with. For how many different plot threads there were, it all seemed to fly by in this book. There were some I really liked, and some I didn’t think added that much to the overall storyline.
I loved the shifter aspect of the book, especially as Quade has to go back to the home that kicked him out and essentially save the people who never stood up for him. I thought the whole plot surrounding that was so well done. In regards to the romance, I liked how Quade continued to worry about not only their age difference, but also their emotional differences. However, I thought the whole storyline surrounding Quade’s ex-boyfriend was a little silly and didn’t add anything too important to the book for me.
While this story is told in first person from Quade’s POV, I felt as if Roman was the strong character. Although he was younger, he was (IMO) leaps and bounds further along on the emotional maturity scale than Quade. He was perceptive, kind, and had the kind of faith in himself and his beliefs that seemed to outshine Quade. I liked Quade’s character, especially as we got to see the depth to which he really has loved Roman over the years. However, his character didn’t seem to resonate with me as much as Roman. I wish we would have had the chance to be in Roman’s head once in awhile.
The romance between these two was so great though. Roman really was the driving force behind their relationship, and because of the number of years they had been best friends, was able to almost steer Quade into making the decisions that would be best for them as a couple. Roman never accept the word ‘no’ and was willing to do and say just about anything to keep Quade at his side.
One of my favorite aspects of this book were all the fabulous secondary characters. Don’t get me wrong, I adored Roman and Quade. But all the other people who came into the book were just as fabulous. Between Quade’s sister, niece, and mother, the female characters were represented by strong and funny women. Roman’s head of security is a man wrapped up in mystery, and I hope that Calmes continues on with this world, because I think he has an amazing story to tell!
All in all I thought this was another wonderful PNR from Calmes. I sincerely hope that she continues to write within this world, and that we get the chance to see more from Quade, Roman, and all the fabulous secondary characters that were introduced. I give Old Loyalty, New Love a B+...more
Dear lord this book had so much going on, so many feels!! But it was SO GOOD!
Lucky has no memories from before he washed up on shore in South Africa, and keeping a low profile is what he intends to do. But when a man walks into the bar where Lucky bartends and claims he was an ex-Navy Seal everyone thought was dead, Lucky’s life blows up in ways he never thought possible. Now, under suspicion of being turned, Lucky has to head back to the States and undergo therapy, and lie detector tests, and more.
Rex was once Lucky’s partner, but after four years of believing his partner dead, he had moved on. Now that Lucky’s back, Rex’s relationship with Sawyer is being threatened and neither man is willing to say goodbye. But Lucky’s return isn’t the only thing threatening Rex and Sawyer’s relationship. The terrorists who captured Rex’s Seal Team in the first place are back, and looking for revenge.
I can’t stress enough just how much was going on in this book. Not only did we get TWO romances, but there was also the speculation around Lucky’s allegiance, the mystery around the terrorist organization that held the Seal Team, and the big conclusion that shocked even me!
Let me start with the two romances because they were so totally different, and both were so amazing! Rex and Sawyer had been dating awhile, but were still stuck in that unknown phase. Are they serious, can they be together outside of a war zone, do they have a future? And answering those questions all while having the unknown factor of Josh (Lucky) hanging over their heads was so well done. I loved these two together, and was so glad that they got their HEA.
Lucky and Dash were another story. Poor Lucky is struggling with his memories, but the attraction to Dash is too much to overcome. I loved that these two had way more obstacles than the normal couple, and yet at the end of the day, none of it mattered. Despite the fact that they barely knew each other, they knew enough to know that all the other BS, the drama, the angst, wouldn’t be enough to tear them apart. For that, I loved these two more than I ever thought possible!
The mystery surrounding Lucky and retrieving his memories was left a little unsettled for me. I wanted him to get his memories back, and was a little bummed that never happened. However, the way it all tied up at the end was amazing and shocking and awesome and everything I can’t even put into words. Jakes did a fabulous job of knocking me out of my socks, and I loved it! I never saw it coming, and although I felt like I got hit with the broadside of a barn, it was awesome!
All in all the sixth book in the Men of Honor series is probably my favorite Jakes book to date. I loved the fact that there was so much going on, so much action and backstory and threads to unravel. Although there were times when I struggled to keep up with all the characters, all the backstory, it was 100% worth it. I loved both romances, I loved the mystery that surprised me, and I can’t wait to go back and do a Jakes re-read! I give Bound to Break a B+...more
MinnChica: I have been chomping at the bit for Travis’ story since the first Six Pack Ranch book. I couldn’t wait to find out what the deal was with this sexy and mysterious cowboy. Arend has been so secretive about his kink, his sexual preferences, that we’ve all been left to wonder what exactly Travis’ deal is! I have to say, I loved it!!! I loved him with both Cassidy and Ashley, I loved getting to see what really drives him, and the sex scenes were OMG HOT!
E: I have to say that Arend really kept me waiting for Travis’ story. I have wondered and suspected so many different things about him throughout this series. Some things he enjoyed Arend shared but it was only bits and pieces not the complete picture. I am very glad to say that his story made up for the excruciatingly long wait. Watching him deal with both his demons and desires as he struggled to find a balance that satisfied his needs yet did not continually alarm those who cared about him was such an emotional ride. I also agree with MinnChica about the sex scenes. Very intense and smoking hot!
MinnChica: I just want to say that I am usually not a fan of menage stories, especially m/f/m ones. But, since Travis and Cassidy were just as interested in each other as they were in Ashley, I found that I was able to believe in their happily ever after more than with other stories. One of my favorite aspects of their relationship was watching Cassidy and Travis fight themselves and their desires to be together, especially Cassidy. He was so scared of losing Travis as a friend, that he feared acting on any of his desires, even after he knew they were returned. Both Travis and Ashley had to almost coax Cassidy into a relationship with them, but once the three were together, they were so perfect for one another. I adored their relationship, and just how willing they were to fight for their triad once they left the seclusion of their camp.
E: Reluctant Cassidy was so much fun. The way he kept himself separate despite their urging and his own desires. I also liked how he agreed to help Travis because he cared so deeply about him and Ashley. He would have preferred to deal with emotional pain than to see Ashley hurt. Even though he seemed self-sacrificing at times he also knew what he wanted and was willing to fight for it once he knew it was welcomed. In some ways I think Ashley had a harder time believing that what she wanted was possible and that she did not have to be ashamed of it. I liked how she relaxed during their time out at the camp but she also had some unfortunately valid fears for their return to town.
MinnChica: Yes, poor Ashley seemed to be the one who was most hurt by their unconventional relationship, especially once they returned to town. I was so glad to see her strong spirit come out though, because she was such a good fit for both Travis and Cassidy. I always love when unconventional romance books deal with the aftermath of their relationship, not just the getting there and the sex scenes. Watching Travis, Cassidy and Ashley ALL deal with the fall out of their friends and the town was so great. I loved getting to see not just the good aspects of their menage, but the bad as well. Plus, seeing the Coleman crew surround Cassidy and Ashley with their awesomeness was a total bonus!!
E: Oh I loved seeing the Coleman’s pull together around Travis, Cassidy and Ashley. It really showed how they grew as a family from the first installment through Rocky Mountain Freedom. While I felt horrible for what happened I think it also cemented their commitment to their relationship and made me buy into the HEA since it wasn’t all flowers and rainbows. Once again Arend had demonstrated why I eagerly await each new release. She just keeps getting better. I give Rocky Mountain Freedom an A.
MinnChica: All in all I adored finally getting to read all about Travis! I loved that he had not only a secret regarding his bisexuality, but also a big secret regarding the way he deals with stress, pain, and the day-to-day bull shit. It was wonderful to see the way Cassidy and Ashley and Travis were all able to close ranks around each other, and provide for one another in ways they never expected. Again, I am super anxious to read more and more of the Coleman family books! I give Rocky Mountain Freedom an A...more
I have to say, when I first read Kennedy, I fell head over heels in love with her writing. She creates such sexy and fun stories, and the characters are all so easy to fall in love with.
Dylan has been living with his lover and friend Aidan for awhile now, and despite the fact that the two of them are insanely attracted to one another, the two of them just can’t figure out what the missing link is in their relationship. When Dylan heads home for his brother’s wedding, and ends up coming home with the jilted bride, Dylan and Aidan realize the missing link might very well be the sexy Claire.
Claire hated Dylan, but the attraction could never be denied. When Dylan and Aidan propose an all out threesome, Claire is hesitant but intrigued. As they explore the unknown together, it becomes clear their relationship works best with three. But between Claire’s conservative family, Dylan and Aidan’s military careers, and Claire’s almost ex-husband, their relationship might not be able to survive.
I am the first person to tell everyone how much I usually hate menage relationships. I usually feel like someone always gets the short end of the stick, and I have yet to find an author who can make me truly believe that things will last forever. However, I’ll admit that Kennedy came damn close with this one. Although I LOVED Dylan and Aidan together, and would have been totally happy with a m/m romance only, Kennedy left enough hints to the fact that neither Dylan nor Aidan were totally happy with just each other. They both said time and time again that despite the fact that they really cared for one another, it wasn’t enough. They knew it, they acknowledged it, and it was said and presented in a way that made me believe it.
I was not a huge fan of Claire from when we met her in Seth’s book. She was kinda stuck up and snooty, and the way she and Dylan constantly bickered with each other was enough to have me wondering how they would work out. However, once Aidan locked them in a room together and forced them to work out their differences, I loved the way their relationship developed. Dylan was such a joker and free spirit, and although he still teased Claire, he did it in a way that showed her just how much he cared. Likewise, he was such a polar opposite from Aidan, they made a wonderful triad.
I was surprised with how many twists and turns Kennedy threw into this book. Between Dylan’s mom’s issues, the truth about Aidan’s mom, Claire’s family and boss’ reaction to her relationship and the overall douchebaggery of Dylan’s brother, Chris, I was shocked at how much really happened. Yet, I never really felt like it was too much for the story. Instead, Kennedy did a wonderful job of balancing out the lives of three very different people, who are trying to make a go of a very unconventional relationship in their conventional world. I loved that.
All in all I think Kennedy has done a wonderful and amazing job of creating a believable triad relationship in the contemporary romance setting. It was heartfelt and sexy and so engaging that I didn’t want to put the book down. I am still head over heels in love with this series, and can’t wait to see what Kennedy has in store for us next.
I’ve read a few of Witt’s short stories in anthologies I’ve received over the years, so when I saw this book on NetGalley, I immediately decided I needed to read it, right away!
Derek and Chase have been great friends for a long time, and now that Chase is finally boyfriend free, Derek is anxious and nervous at the idea of finally getting his chance to not only submit to Chase, but try for so much more. The only problem is, Derek refuses to be Chase’s rebound guy, so despite the hot night of vanilla sex, Derek tries to put some distance between himself and Chase – regardless of how hard that is to do at a leather convention, with them as roommates.
Chase is mostly over Ian, and the only one he wants to play with over the weekend is Derek. But Derek seems to keep Chase at an arm’s length. Chase watches over Derek as he plays with others and is constantly there for him, but by the end of the weekend, Chase wants nothing more than to be the only Master that Derek looks to for satisfying his kinks.
I really liked this story, I thought it was a super sexy and fun romance. I really liked the dynamic between Derek and Chase, especially since they were both so sure of their own feelings for each other, and completely oblivious of the other’s feelings. While Chase worried about why Derek didn’t want to submit to him, Derek was constantly worrying about Chase’s feelings towards his ex. It was like a merry-go-round with these two, both worry about things that a simple conversation would have cleared up. But at the same time, they were both so scared of crossing any sort of boundaries with their friendship, that the lack of communication didn’t bother me as much as normal.
Although the sexy times between Derek and Chase were limited, I loved the way the dominance and submission played such a huge role in the book. The sexual tension between these two was so thick and steamy, and it added such an intense layer to the book that I loved so much. Chase went above and beyond caring for Derek, and that spoke volumes to me about his love and dedication to the other man. Even after having to watch Derek scene with someone else, Chase was still there to attend to Derek’s needs after the fact, and I loved that.
All in all I really liked this book. It had a lot of sexual tension between Derek and Chase that sizzled each and every page. I thought the romance was a great build from friends to lovers, and although I wish they would have communicated better, I totally understood their reluctance to do so.
I’m a sucker for sports romances, add in the m/m genre and if it’s done right, I am hopeless. I really liked the premise of this book, but I thought it was much too short.
Powell and Talbot were once lovers, but when Talbot refused to come out of the closet because of football career, Powell walked away from their relationship. After another failed romance, Powell returns home to lick his wounds. Little does he know that Talbot is back in town too, playing for the local professional football team.
When Talbot first sees Powell, he realizes that he isn’t over the man. But coming out of the closet when he is working for a new team is a career move he isn’t sure he’s willing to make. But every time they come in contact with one another, the sparks fly and soon neither will be able to let the other go. But will they be able to make a go of it, despite Talbot’s career and Powell’s fears?
While I enjoyed this book, my biggest complaint is that it was much too short. The novella didn’t really give enough time for the relationship between Powell and Talbot to develop. They left their relationship on some pretty negative terms when they broke things off, and the amount of pages didn’t really seem to allow for them to put aside their past hurts, and learn to trust one another again. I wanted to see them really appreciate one another instead of having such a quick happily ever after.
I liked Powell and Talbot as individuals. Powell was sweet and I loved his soft spirit. He was quiet and shy and a bit reserved, and I adored him because of it. I felt bad that he had to live his life in the closet when he was with Talbot the first time, and respected the fact that he refused to do it again. However, despite the big gesture Talbot gave at the end, I thought that Powell was a little too quick to forgive and forget the past.
I thought Talbot did the best with what he had. Early in his career, he was so scared to do anything that would harm his standing, and I could understand why. Being out and proud as a professional athlete is something that just isn’t done in this day and age, despite how much most of us wish it was. I understood his hesitance with coming out, and I was so sad that he had to live so many years denying who he really was. When he made his apology, I thought it was pretty epic and wonderful.
Despite the fact that I enjoyed both the heroes, I was a little disappointed with the development of their relationship. The book was very short, and for a second chance romance like this, I felt like there needed to be more time developing the trust between them that was broken the first time around. I would have liked to see them spend more time together, get to know one another again, instead of a few choice encounters before declaring their love for each other. It just felt rushed and a little hurried for me, which cast doubt on the romance itself.
All in all I liked the plot and characters of this book. However, I do wish that the romance aspect would have been more developed. I wanted to spend more time getting to see their relationship grow over time, instead of being rushed into a happily ever after that felt premature.
Given the fact that I can be a bit of a recluse myself, I’m always a fan of books that deal with people who like being on their own, hiding away from the world and learning how to find their place within it. Certain aspects of this story were so wonderful, and others fell somewhat flat for me.
Owen lives a very simple life, he hides himself away in his apartment, afraid to venture into the world that has been cruel and nasty to him his whole life. When he meets his new downstairs neighbor, the sexy vet Nick, Owen is dragged very reluctantly into living an actual life. Nick does everything he can to pull Owen out of his shell.
Nick has his own secrets, and in the process of pulling Owen back into the land of the living, finds himself in a predicament he never expected. Between his litter sister and Owen’s growing friendship, and Owen’s transformation into a whole other person, Nick finds himself bombarded by feelings he never expected.
I’m a big fan of Sexton, and yet this book really didn’t do it for me. The one saving grace for me in this was Owen. He was the sweetest, most tortured hero, and yet he had a zest for life that just came off the page. Despite the fact that he had to have his arm amputated, and the most horrific mother ever written, he still had such faith in others. Although he was shy, he was also curious enough to make friends, and for that strength alone I adored him.
Nick was very wishy-washy for me. He started off so strong as a character, and then as the story progressed, he starting falling more and more flat for me. He had a big secret to hide, and that secret pretty much ruined it for me. The reasons for keeping his secret were ridiculous, and I hated the fact that he was somewhat blase about telling Owen. I don’t want to give too much away, but if anyone is interested in hearing me rant more, let me know and I’ll add in some spoiler tags later.
The romance between Nick and Owen definitely progressed slowly throughout the book. They started as neighbors, then friends, then there was an obvious attraction between them. The sexual tension was high, and while I enjoyed that aspect, some of Nick and Owen’s reactions toward one another brought my enjoyment of their relationship down a few notches.
The only other bright spot for me was the relationship between Owen and Nick’s sister, June. She was a firecracker! She never once let her amputation keep her from doing something she loved, and she pushed Owen to not only accept his situation, but to also find the positives, to live life despite it, and to enjoy every moment.
All in all I was actually somewhat disappointed by this Sexton book. I usually love her writing, but this story just didn’t work for me. Nick was too much of a jerk, and even my love for Owen couldn’t make up for his douchy behavior.
I don't know how to rate this book, I'm still processing. Secrets came out that I NEVER expected, and Ty & Zane's relationship was on some seriousI don't know how to rate this book, I'm still processing. Secrets came out that I NEVER expected, and Ty & Zane's relationship was on some seriously unsteady ground for most of the book. I did love the fact that they got the chance to "learn" to be themselves before throwing their all into making a go of their ever after. However, the curve ball that Roux threw in at the end just about killed me. I know it was coming, and yet it still gutted me.
The romance reader in me just wants these two to finally get their rainbows and unicorns, and yet it seems to be something that is always out of their grasp. =(
I like Nick more than ever after this book, and I am so over Liam Bell.
I'll have to try and put together a more coherent review soon. ...more
I’m always in the mood for a good BDSM romance, as well as a m/m romance. When the two come together, it’s usually an awesome reading experience. However, with Kim Dare I seem to have so-so luck.
Marcus isn’t looking to take on a submissive who is so persistent, but something about Bret stands out to him. When Marcus gives in and does a scene with Bret, the chemistry between them is undeniable. But, Marcus isn’t ready to commit to a bratty submissive, especially one so new to the scene.
Bret knew from the moment he laid eyes on Marcus that he didn’t want to sub for anyone else. Despite his somewhat bratty behavior and lack of respect for other Doms, Bret is out to prove to Marcus that what the two of them have could be the foundation for so much more.
This is a quick read, at only 92 pages, and the story flies by faster than expected. While I enjoyed the story, I was a little disappointed at how quickly the characters professed their love for each other. I’m not usually an insta-love fan, and this story just didn’t work for me with the quick “I love yous.”
One of the things that is somewhat hit or miss for me with Dare is how her characters participate in their BDSM relationship. With Marcus and Bret, there were a little more laid back in their romance. They weren’t into anything heavy, or too kinky for me. The sex was hot while not crossing any boundaries that I’ve found in previous Dare books. I also really liked that Bret had a bit of a different spin on his submission. Although he met Marcus at a BDSM club, he wasn’t big into the scene as a whole. He didn’t care to submit to any other Doms, and even would go so far as to ignore standard “protocol” with other Doms, even at the club. I liked that Bret had a bit of spunk in him, and was grateful that Marcus recognized it as well.
Although the sexy times between these two were smokin’ hot, I never really got the romance. Either they were too quick to profess their love, or I just couldn’t feel their connection. Either way, I had a hard time believing in their ever after. I would have liked to see more of the emotional aspects of their relationship, instead of just the physical. That might have helped me connect with them as a couple better.
All in all I thought this was a very sexy read from Dare. I liked that Bret and Marcus both took a chance on one another, and stepped outside their normal type of guy. I just wish I could have developed more of a bond with the characters so that I could feel more invested in their story. I give Once a Brat a C+...more
I’m always in the mood for a good kinky story or two, so this anthology seemed to be right up my alley. I’ll briefly go over each one.
Tree Topper by Jane Davitt
Martin and Stan are trying to make their BDSM relationship work, but something isn’t happening for either of them, and they’ve become complacent. Things seem bleak until Martin stumbles across Stan’s conversation with an old Dom, and the two are forced to talk it out.
I liked this story, it was short and sweet and to the point. Both Martin and Stan were a little annoying in the beginning, because neither wanted to really trust the other, and the concept of conversation seemed to be foreign to them. I would think that couples in a committed BDSM relationship would have lots of experience with communication, so that was a bit frustrating. But all in all it was a cute overall story with a nice little HEA. I give Tree Topper a B
‘Twas the Night by Ava March
Percy has been secretly meeting Michael for awhile now, and loves their evenings together. He worries though that Michael will tire of him and his insecurities. Michael notices that Percy likes when he takes charge, but also notices that Percy seems to be holding back, so after some coaxing, Michael gets Percy to speak up to his desires.
I’m not a big fan of ANY historical erotica, I don’t know why, I’m just not. I’ve read a few of March’s stories in the past and while the stories are good, they just don’t do much for me. I know these are super popular books though, so March fans won’t be disappointed. I give ‘Twas the Night a C
Fireworks by Katie Porter
Rachel and Emma plan one last night together before Rachel moves to Hong Kong. She is scared to admit that she wants more from her sub Emma, and is ready to let her go instead of fighting for what she wants. But after a powerful evening together on New Years Eve, Emma might prove to Rachel how perfect their relationship can be, here or overseas.
I really enjoy Porter’s books, however this story was a little too much for me. At times I felt like the relationship between these two was just physical, and couldn’t feel any emotional connection. The sexy scenes were also a little too much for me, with there being a lot of smut and not enough romance. I give Fireworks a C-
Candy Caning by LA Witt
Stephen and Nate have a wonderful relationship, satisfying for them both sexualy and emotionally. But every year on Christmas they go to Nate’s family home and suffer through a miserable evening together. But while shopping prior to the big day, Nate sees a large candy cane that would be perfect for some kinky play, and a spice in their already hot relationship.
I think this was probably my favorite story in the book. Both Nate and Stephen are so great, Nate with his desire to always please Stephen, and Stephen with his willingness to do anything for Nate. I loved that their relationship was already solid, and that they built it up even stronger. I will definitely be looking for more from Witt, especially if I can find some longer stuff! I give Candy Caning a B+
Submissive Angel by Joey W Hill
Robert hired Ange months ago, and has been attracted to him ever since. But Ange was beaten and Robert is scared to act of his feelings. But late one night in his store, Robert will finally act on what he’s been feeling for Ange, and explore their sexuality in ways he never thought Ange would be willing to go.
This story seemed a lot less intense than the others in the series, and while I liked the breakup of the other, more intense stories, this seemed to have a little something missing to it. I wasn’t completely invested in Robert and Ange’s relationship, but liked their sexy interlude at the end. I give Submissive Angel a C
Open Return by Elyan Smith
Zach left his small town home over 15 years ago, and now he’s back. Although everyone knew him as Hannah, he is most excited to reconnect with a married couple he left behind years ago. The three of them had forced a bond, and when Zach needed to get his head on straight, he left them with no turning back. But now he wants to see what could come of a renewed relationship.
I don’t think I’ve ever read a transgender story before, and was intrigued by the number of issues Smith tried to tackle in one novella. Unfortunately, I just don’t think she had enough time to smooth over all the issues that were brought forth in this short story. From the relationship Zach had with Laura and Scott to the complications that will undoubtedly arise with their renewed relationship, this felt a little unresolved. However, I was intrigued by the uniqueness of it all. I give Open Return a B-
Ring Out the Old and In the New by Alexa Snow
Evan is petrified to go out in public again, both because of the scar left on his face and the memories of the brutal mugging he endured. Russell knows that it’s time for Evan to get out and move on from the trauma. As his Dom and partner, Russell uses his influence over Evan to get him out on Christmas Eve and back into the land of the living.
This was a really short and simple yet sweet story. Poor Evan was so scared given his history, and yet his trust in Russell and their relationship gets him through his first time out of the house, back on the underground, and facing his fear of getting back into the groove of life. I would definitely be interested in seeing more from Snow. I give Ring Out the Old and In The New a B
His Very Last Chance by Kim Dare
Kinglsey overheard his sub Drew commenting on his lack of romance, and is determined to show Drew that there are ways to be romantic within their heavy BDSM lifestyle. Drew is worried that he did something wrong when he commented on Kinglsey’s lack of romance and is desperate to prove that he meant it as a compliment. One night together will allow them both to prove their point.
I’ve had mixed emotions about Dare’s books in the past, yet I thought this was a great story and good end to the anthology. Most of the story is spent in the bedroom, and the scenes between Drew and Kingsley are pretty sexy! We didn’t really get the chance to know them as characters, however the glimpse into their lives was sexy and sweet. I would have liked to keep reading these two characters so that we could have gotten a better feel for them as individuals. I give His Very Last Chance a B
Overall this was a very unique anthology. There were good stories, and I look forward to another edition next year. While not all the stories worked for me, I also found a few authors that I will be looking forward to reading more of in the future. I give O Come All Ye Kinky a B-...more
Since I discovered my love of m/m last year, I’ve been gobbling up everything I can, and with so many people talking up and loving the Smithfield books, I’ve kept with them. While they aren’t my favorite m/m series to date, they are also well written and sweet novellas.
Holden used to be a big shot: author and TV reality star. But after a traumatic event caused by his ex, he finds it impossible to even leave his house. The sexy new gardener he hired provides just enough eye candy, until the gardener finds a dead body on Holden’s land and he is forced to face not only a puzzling case, but his own fears.
Adam isn’t proud of his past, but he is dedicated to showing he can be a reliable employee and friend to Holden. As someone who doesn’t really understand social nuances and is terribly shy, Adam isn’t really sure where he stands with Holden, until it’s spelled out in very basic terms. Once these two establish they have a romantic connection, they both give the other something they desperately need.
One of the things I wish the Men of Smithfield series did was bring back some of the previous characters. That is one of the main reasons I love to read series – to catch back up with characters of previous books and see how they are dealing with life after their happily ever after. In this story we do get to briefly see Tony (from the first book in the series), but he is never with Mark and it’s always in an official capacity.
One of the things I really enjoyed about this series is how different each book is, and how flawed the main characters are. Both Holden and Adam are damaged a little (ok, a lot), but that seems to be the common denominator that binds them together. Holden is so scared of the world, and yet for Adam, he is willing to try and work through his own issues, take the first step toward getting back into the real world. Adam is so shy and timid, never sure if he is saying the right thing, doing the right thing, reading social cues correctly. The fact that Holden is so blunt and honest with him helps pull Adam out of his shell and into a relationship.
I also really liked the mystery aspect of this book. I’ve often found that sometimes if there is a mystery sub-plot in a romance book, the whole mystery falls short. However, with this book I was never really quite sure where Gregg was going to take the murder, and was surprised by how it all ended up. I like when a book can surprise me with how it all wraps up, how it all ends, and I enjoyed the fact that this book was able to do so.
Like most Gregg books, the sexy times are always fun! I enjoyed the fact that Holden and Adam had vastly different experiences, and that Holden was able to introduce Adam into the wonderful world of sex. I liked that Holden was patient and kind with Adam, that he was straightforward with what he wanted, what he expected from him. It made the sexy moments that much hotter, that Holden took the time and was patient enough to give Adam the kind of experience everyone could hope for!
All in all I liked this Gregg installment. It had a bit of a different feel than the last few books, given the huge age gap and emotional drama from Holden and Adam. I would still like to see Gregg bring back more of her previous Smithfield characters, as the series doesn’t really seem to connect from one book to the other. As always though, Gregg manages to rope me in and keep me engaged with each book, and I can’t wait to see what NEW stories can come from Smithfield. I give Men of Smithfield: Adam & Holden a B...more
I’m not a big fan of ghost stories. I like my paranormal to be all out – witches, vampires, shapeshifters. But ghosts…. ghosts freak me out! However, Roux is one of my favorite authors, so after much humming and hawing, I gave it a shot.
Wyatt loves all things history, but his job as curator at the museum is in jeopardy if he can’t drum up more business. When he meets Ash and the staff at The Gravediggers Tavern, he’s charmed and inspired by their Victorian flair. The constant ghost stories and Halloween themes inspires Wyatt to do a ghost story theme at the museum and he digs into local myths and history.
Ash never really believed in ghosts, until he is suddenly haunted by one. Day and night, at the bar and at home, Ash is being stalked by a ghost who obviously wants something from him, although he had no idea what. With Wyatt and Noah doing research and the folks at the Tavern behind him, Ash hopes he can get through… alive.
Again, I’m not a big fan of ghost stories, and I have to admit that this one freaked me out! Roux did such an amazing job of showcasing the mystery of the past through Wyatt and Noah’s research it gave the story an added tingle of truth. While the author admits to taking liberties with history, she presented it so clearly, so graphically that I was sucked in and enthralled by the story. Despite the fact that it gave me the heebies-geebies.
Unlike the Cut & Run series, the romance between Ash and Wyatt took a more secondary tole in the overall story. While they definitely developed their relationship throughout the story (and started off their acquaintance with a sexy bang), they weren’t the main focus of the book. A lot of page time was sent with Wyatt and his best friend Noah and their involvement with the museum. There was also a lot of time spent with Ash, Caleb, Ryan and Delilah at the bar. So while the romance was constantly on everyone’s mind, it did seem to really get pushed to the background time and time again.
That being said, I felt like Roux was able to give us enough that I fell for Ash and Wyatt right away. The beginning of the book has some wonderfully hilarious and sexy moments that had me laughing out loud while fanning myself. It also seemed to take awhile for the ghost portion of the story to really kick-in, so we did get to spend a lot of page time just getting to know our two heroes.
The cast of secondary characters was wonderful as well. I loved the snippets we got with Noah and Caleb. I would have liked to see more of them, but understand why we didn’t get that treat. I also loved Ryan and Delilah as well as Wyatt’s mentor at the museum. Roux does such an incredible job of bringing life to characters who play a supporting role in the story and frequently make me want a story for each and every person who steps onto the page.
Just as a final FYI to all of you who freak out easily with ghost stories. Do NOT read this one alone at night in the dark. Especially the end. You’ve been warned!
All in all I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this ghost/love story. With the budding romance and time spent with developing friendships, Roux did a wonderful job of breaking up the scary and suspenseful with the real everyday world. Granted, for me, that just intensified the freaky ghost aspects. With the extra creepy ending, I recommend everyone reads this book in the middle of the day, preferably in the sun! I give The Gravedigger’s Brawl a B-...more
Lou: I’m a fan of the Men of Smithfield series. I find the author’s voice engaging and I like the witty banter she creates between her characters. Unfortunately, I wasn’t that engaged with Seth and David’s story. I wasn’t keen on the character of Seth, and some of the plot I found to be too over dramatic for the length of the novel.
MinnChica: Gregg has quickly become one of my favorite m/m authors, and with the re-release of the Smithfield books, I’m loving her even more. I have to admit though, this wasn’t my favorite book in the series so far. While I enjoyed it, Seth and David just couldn’t compare to Max and Finn. But I have to give Kudos to Gregg, each new book in the series is so unique and they each have different themes and overall feel.
Lou: I’ve loved her previous books in the series, especially Finn and Max. With this book, Seth has become guardian to his niece after his sister passes away from cancer. Seth really doesn’t know much about parenting and children, and he relied on his sister’s best friend too much. When she cuts him loose and tells him he needs to step up to the plate, Seth is thrown into the deep-end, and the stress gets to him. Seth goes to his regular masseur, Linda, for his massage, but ends up getting David when Linda can’t make it. David ends up taking out the stress in Seth’s muscles, but Seth ends up aroused, so whilst David is doing his massage, Seth humps the table and comes.
I couldn’t help but think of Seth as a pervert because he felt no guilt, and I didn’t care that David was the other hero of the story. It’s downright creepy and verging on sexual harassment when you hump a freaking table and come in-front of someone you don’t know. I was so glad that David was terribly angry at Seth’s actions, and told him off. It was a bizarre beginning to a story.
MinnChica: It really was a bizarre beginning to the story, and that was probably why I wasn’t hooked immediately to the characters. It took me awhile to get into their romance, because I thought David had every right to call Seth a creeper and move on! LOL. I did like the way that Gregg explored the issue of parenthood in the story. Not only did Seth have to deal with taking over the care of his young niece, but he also had to deal with his niece’s father raising his sexuality as a huge issue. I liked that Seth’s friends really stood behind him and supported him 100% percent. It really added a likeable dimension to the story for me. Especially once secrets about David’s past are revealed. It also gave these two men a bond to forge their relationship on, which worked for me.
Lou: I do think family and friends became the central focus of the book. The romance between Seth and David builds, but somehow Seth manages to piss of David through out the story with his actions. Though the sex scenes were well done, I didn’t feel an emotional connection between them because so much was happening in the story. There’s blackmail, stalking, kidnapping, a determined ex, and there was Seth trying to bring up his niece and have some sort of relationship with David. It was too much for the length of the story, and each development ended up weaker as a result.
MinnChica: I agree that there was too much going on at times, especially for the length of this novella. It would have been a better read for me if not all of the external dramas were thrown into the story. I thought the slow build romance was enough tension in the story, and I would have liked to delve more into that. Because of the length and number of things that happened, I really didn’t feel the connection between these two, and wished we would have had more of a chance to really explore their relationship on page, instead of off.
Lou: This was an OK read for me. Seth and David’s romance felt very quick because of the extra sub-plots going on, and I couldn’t invest in the characters. I give it a C.
MinnChica: All in all I enjoyed the 3rd Smithfield book, but it is definitely my least favorite in the series so far. David and Seth had a fun opposites attract romance, but it did feel as if much of it took place off the page. I enjoyed the parenthood aspect of the story, and hope we can see more of Seth and David in their father roles in the future. I give Men of Smithfield: Seth and David a C...more