First, you can't take this story seriously it just a ball of fun. Second, it's not a romance don't expect anyone to profess their undying love for eacFirst, you can't take this story seriously it just a ball of fun. Second, it's not a romance don't expect anyone to profess their undying love for each other. Third, it's kinky as FUCK. That is all! ...more
Cosmo Rawlins has to do a job interview but that doesn't mean he's got to it well. Cosmo is a musician and he's not~SOMETHING GETS SCREWED ALRIGHT!~
Cosmo Rawlins has to do a job interview but that doesn't mean he's got to it well. Cosmo is a musician and he's not gonna waste his time on some job when he could be making music and doing things his way. He's got a plan to show up at the interview looking all dapper an interested, and then blow its shit up by being all surprising with rope burns around his wrists. Nothing like shocking the hell out of the corporate masses, but what Cosmo never expected was Alasdair Grant. The man is literally old enough to be his father, but he's sexy and commanding and Cosmo is finding that does something to his dick.
Alasdair is a self made man, who struggled from the bottom to rise to the top. He's made his living cleaning up after other people (literally), so he knows when to call bullshit. When Cosmos comes walking into his office, he thinks he's just another punk. The interview ends up in shambles but the attraction between the men is molten. Cosmo might not be getting a job in his company but he sure will get a chance in his bed. First things first, he's got to get the cheeky brat in order and a few spanking sounds like just the thing.
Screwing the System was fun to read and I am sucker for young guy gets poked by older dude. I liked the development of Cosmo and Alasdair relationships; they are so very different from each other which I find really highlighted their qualities. I loved Cosmo, cus he's a brat and really played into his age (a little dreamy without all the responsibilities). Then there's Alasdair who is stern, hardworking and doesn't really do bullshit and Cosmo walks in and knocks him on his ass. They clash pretty much on everything, but their willingness to compromise is what made their relationship work.
The blurb does a wonderful job of telling you what to expect from the story, and it pretty much delivered it all. Yet, I feel like something was missing. I kept waiting for the other shoe to drop, like it needed something really angst ridden and emotional. I know it’s a feel good romance with a side of kink, but I wanted just a little bit more. Regardless, it’s still an awesome read with wonderful characters, and the diversity fans of Jo Myles have come to expect. The kink side of things is very light, some bondage, and awesmazing spanking.
I don't talk much about secondary characters, but Nasher, Cosmo's best-friend and band mate really captured my heart. He doesn't get a lot of scene time but the little that he did really did a number on me. I want him to find his own love, because I really got the sad feels from him and low self-esteem. I want him to shine!
Should You Read It? It's a Jo Myles, so like yeh go read it. Cosmo and Alasdair will bring a smile to your day, and heat things up in your pants. I will read any and everything written by Josephine Myles, because she is just that good....more
I don’t know whether I really like this one, or completely dislike it. I love Erica Pike's writing, she's quickly becoming a fave author of mine; andI don’t know whether I really like this one, or completely dislike it. I love Erica Pike's writing, she's quickly becoming a fave author of mine; and so I was a little disappointed in this one. It could be because the story has so much going on, and not enough time to explore them in such a few pages.
Daniel was married and living a lie, but he couldn’t hide from whom he truly was. So he decided to come clean to a wife he thought of his best-friend, and hope that somehow his children would understand. Well it doesn’t go according to plan. Daniel loses his job because of prejudices, loses his best-friend, and his children. With a brother to help pick up the pieces, Daniel has start over and live freely, though not happily.
Daniel is now a teacher, and with all honesty, he doesn’t really enjoy his job. A perk does come in the form of the sex deal he has with a selected few students (Say What!) He gets to fuck em and they get a good grade. Thank the lord it’s not a grade that would make them a doctor or something. Otherwise, we would have a lot of dead folks. He has one student he has the deal with, Troy Anderson and Troy is becoming more than a little office screw. He’s starting to mean something to Daniel and that scares him, besides what hot sexy young thing is gonna want a middle aged man whose up to his eyeballs in alimony and child support?
When the men get together it’s hellaciously hot and sinfully sexy but it’s also very trepid. They both are keeping their feelings back and making it all about sex, and clearly it’s become a lot more. There is some added drama thrown in from Daniel’s son who just comes out of nowhere with his no good comments (irked me), which leaves Daniel very depressed and because of that he works his way into your heart.
I am on the fence for this one, do I like it, dislike it? I believe it’s a mix of both. Its way too short a story, with all issues the MC faces. I wanted more from Daniel, and I don’t really know Troy enough to form an opinion. The writing is superb, because miss Pike knows how to write, but I just can’t fall in love with this one. I would love to see Daniel and Troy again. Their story has just begun, and I would love to read about where their love will take them.
I am surprised out of mind, about how awesome I found this book. Once I started this book, I just could not stop reading until it was all finished. ThI am surprised out of mind, about how awesome I found this book. Once I started this book, I just could not stop reading until it was all finished. The story captivates with its gentleness and sweetness, but not too sweet. A perfect balance was created, and it just flowed so well. As much as I enjoyed this story, I feel like something was missing and more than half way through, the plot felt rushed and safe.
Eric is History professor, and he has love/hate relationship with teaching. I guess it could be blames on his students, who sit in class like boring cardboard boxes, and hardly show enthusiasm for the course. Until there was Arthur, though he isn’t officially enrolled in the university, his enthusiasm for learning is exciting to Eric, on both an intellectual level, and an excitement in his pants (I know about those).
You can tell by looking at Arthur that he doesn’t have much in the way of possessions, but he is smart boy and Eric wants to help without pushing the boy away. He gets his opportunity to invite Arthur home, when he finds him asleep in his office, though Arthur is sceptical he just got an invitation to a warm place, he’s not stupid in turning that down.
What develops is a beautiful relationship between both men. Though Eric is literally twice Arthur’s age, it pales in comparison to the things they have in common and how well they get along. You would think the story would become all about sex, but sex takes a backseat to the developing relationship, that is one of friendship and a growing love.
A little conflict is thrown in by Percy a student of Eric’s who seems to have it out for him. This is the part that threw me; I would have rather him be crazy in love with Eric, than what his actual vendetta was. It all felt too rushed, and as if I am missing something, I guess I just wanted more, because I really like Eric and Arthur (they are just super sweet). They make my heart feel super happy!
Overall, I really enjoyed this book and I would love to see more of Eric and Arthur again. Their relationship is budding and beautiful one and I want more. I also really enjoy the author's writing style, it snarky and funny and I like it.
We meet Sterling, who has developed an interest in BDSM. So his friend Alex who is apart of the scene takes him to a club, so he can get a feel of what it’s all about. His intention is to find someone to teach him the ways, and his teacher will come in the most unlikely person. When a scene between a Dom and a submissive starts playing out in the club, Sterling recognizes the need to be on his knees, the need to submit. He recognizes the Dom, his professor from his Freshman year Owen Sawyer, and just by looking Sterling knows he’s found his teacher.
Getting Owen on board is the difficult part, because he doesn’t want to take on a new submissive and Sterling is 20 to his 35 also Sterling was once his student and attends the same university he teaches at. Talk about a ruination of his career if anyone was to find out. Sterling is one not to be ignored; he wants Owen and is determined to have him. With a little coaxing (stalking) Sterling finally gets Owen to take him on as a submissive, and the things that lie ahead will be difficult for both men.
Owen is a seasoned Dom, so he knows what he is doing. He has no patience for an unruly and resistant sub, so he can’t understand why he took on the boy. There is something about Sterling, making Owen feel things he hasn’t felt in a long time and he’s willing to risk it all for a little time with him. All the fun he will have teaching Sterling some discipline, and making him his submissive.
The book unfolds with Owen and Sterling both learning from each other. It’s a slow progression into the world of BDSM, there is no diving into anything hardcore, Owen takes his time with Sterling and gradually introduces him to pleasure to be had in pain. There are a few shaky situations along the way. Sterling’s relationship with his father plays a role (an asshole father), and his insecurities in being what Owen wants. Sometimes Sterling tries to get Owen to do things his way, and that often causes a bit strain in the developing relationship. Though Sterling has the desire to submit, he’s afraid to truly bend to Owen’s will.
I really enjoyed reading this book, though a bit wordy at some points and many unnecessary tidbits about mundane things. The book is an honest look into the world of BDSM, the slow development between Owen and Sterling is the highlight of the book. With that said, I became very disappointed with Sterling at the end of the book, and I felt he was forgiven far too easily for what he did. I felt like the whole lesson of the book was lost in that situation; everything Owen had taught him was thrown out the window. Whether he was hurting or not, I realized that he never learnt a darn thing and once again proven his immaturity. It could have been a higher rated book, just felt like the ending was unnecessary. I know we have to make mistakes to learn from them, I just think Sterling’s mistake was too much. I found it far too predictable and unnecessary.
SideNote- This book would be a great introduction to readers new to reading BDSM, its takes baby steps and doesn’t throw anything hardcore all at once.
SideNote 2- Really liked Owen he was a perfect Dom, able to recognize his mistakes and fix them. Sterling lost me at ‘I am an idiot, so I go and do stupid things’.
I find it a lot harder to write a review for a book that I really love, an easier to write for thMore of my reviews and ramblings atPANTS OFF REVIEWS
I find it a lot harder to write a review for a book that I really love, an easier to write for those that I just like. I am in quite a predicament, because I have stronger feelings than love for this book (if that’s even possible). Counterpunch was my first book by the author and I thought ‘there is no way freaking way his stuff can get anymore awesmazing’. I can eat my freaking words, because Dark Soul is incredible, viciously sexy, and absolutely mind blasting. Broken down into two stories, Dark Soul & Dark Secret I was left in complete awe and possibly ruined for other books.
In Dark Soul we meet Stefano Marino a west coast Mafioso who has travelled to the east coast to pay his respects to an old patriarch that’s about to die. It’s also where Stefano meets Silvio “the barracuda’’ for the first time. Stefano is unexpectedly drawn to the man with the cold eyes. It’s not exactly easy to ignore Silvio, when he exudes sex and danger. However, Stefano is struggling with the fact that he feels some desire for the man. When Silvio breaks into the room that Stefano is staying in and is caught. It pushes Stefano even further to the attraction he feels for the other man. To save face Stefano wants to humiliate and torture Silvio, but his plans back fires and leaves you with the question ‘Just why did Silvio break into his room?’.
Dark Secret picks up a few weeks after the first story and Stefano travels to Italy meet with Gianbattista Falchi, the man responsible for Silvio and how he lives. Seems Stefano is having some troubles with the Russians trying to take over his turf. He knows that he will be indebted to Falchi and he knows that the price will be high. He’s also guaranteed to run into Silvio again, and is still coming to terms with what happened between them in the room. Stefano also learns the true nature of Falchi's relationship with Silvio.
The stories are told through Stefano’s point of view. The married man who clearly loves his wife but is drawn to the sultriness that is Silvio, in a business where it’s not good business to be attracted to a man. The stories might seem like its all about Silvio, but I am very aware of Stefano. It would take a special man to attract Silvio and clearly, Mr Marino is that man.
The writing is gripping and leaves you either panting like a dog or hanging on the edge of your seat. The author captivates with every word and it’s not hard to picture what’s being described. The characters are complex, they might seem one dimensional on the surface but as the book progresses there is a mystery to both men, and you just can’t wait to have their complete story. Stefano refers to Silvio as ‘faggot’, but after awhile I wondered if that word wasn’t meant for himself, you understand his torment in that word. Silvio is sex on legs and he is the most unforgettable character you will ever read, love him or hate him he is extraordinary.
Overall, I have strong feelings for this book and I have Silvio on the brain. I am guessing I should warn about the gunplay, breath play, and serious kink found in this book. I really don’t like warnings, because in the end Dark Soul is so much more than that. Voinov pushes the boundaries of conventional genre writing and introduces the variety that can be found in sexuality *to each is own*. I will now wait impatiently for the rest of the volumes and I highly recommend this series.
SideNote- That cover is gorgeous and is absolutely perfect for this (think Silvio dripping wet). Crap! just lost my pants....more
As a reader and a reviewer, I am very easy to please. I think in my whole history of reading M/MMore of my reviews and ramblings atPANTS OFF REVIEWS
As a reader and a reviewer, I am very easy to please. I think in my whole history of reading M/M books I have given a two star rating at least three or four times. As I wrote, I am very easy to please. Therefore, it came as quite a surprise when I found myself disliking everything about Teacher’s Pet(like everything). I am a fan of G.A Hauser, but it seems her books either are a hit or miss for me.
Teachers Pet started out good enough and then turned into a story I cannot even describe without being viciously mean (I won’t be). Jeremy West is a college student getting ready for another year in school. Jeremy is gay, but hasn’t really told anyone, he uses school as a reason to why he doesn’t have a girlfriend. Until he takes some elective courses and the professor, the very male professor captures his attention.
Professor Peter Foster has the attention of all his female students, but it’s the one male student that has caught his eye. Jeremy seems interested and willing, but he is married after all. Even though his wife is a real bitch/gold digger and it’s a marriage he would rather not be apart of. Jeremy is young and attractive and he wants him, so why not have him. It would be a teacher/student relationship, but Peter is willing to risk it for a chance at sweet young Jeremy.
It sounds fabulous and wondrous, and I have been looking forward to reading it so bad. It started out wonderfully but then totally fell apart, because every character is just either too much or not enough. I liked Peter and Jeremy together (somewhat) they have an easy friendship, which I really liked. It’s the relationship aspect of it all that just seems all kinds of phoney. Peter seems to have no clue of what a relationship should be like, and I wanted him to get an opportunity to just be himself and live. He jumps into a relationship with Jeremy, after saying he also rushed into two marriages. Jeremy is believable as the young college student; I am just not in love with his character.
The sex is… I don’t even want to talk about it. Nothing about it felt right, and its coming from one of my favourite tropes (young guy gets poked by older dude) it leaves an ache in my heart. There is not one character I really enjoyed *not one*. I just wanted to love this one but I couldn’t, everything felt very contrived. I am just very disappointed, because it’s a bloody teacher/student hook-up and that’s like my thing. I can’t even bring myself to like it a lot....more
Taken was my surprise hit of the year. Believe me I had no expectations going into this book; I was expecting an ok read. However, for all that is sweet and holy I fell in love. I was expecting the captured man; to fall in love with the person who captured him you know all that predictability. Let me tell you; I got awesmazingness.
Landon is to kidnap the brother of a mob boss. He is not looking forward to the job, but he is a slave to his life as a mercenary. In addition, he lives by the rules of his brothers, who at every opportunity abuse him. He dreams of the day he can escape and leave the life of a criminal behind. His brothers has other plans for him. That includes the guy who ordered the kidnapping of the mob bosses brother, and the look in his eyes says his service as a killer will not be needed. In the future, his ass would probably tell you why.
From the get go the mission smells of doom. A private island, shits way too quiet and there seems to be some sort of party. Landon worst fear is to hurt innocent people and he hopes that it won't come to that. Everything is going way too smoothly, entering the house and waiting out the victim. Until all hell breaks loose and Landon realizes that, his escape might come in the form of death.
Landon is captured by the very man he was sent to capture, and Kirith is all sorts of pissed. By the look in the man’s eye Landon knows he’s about to be used and abused. Seems his life leads him to one doom after another. When Kirith has a change of heart and offers Landon the deal of his life, he would be a fool to refuse. Is his pride worth more than his life? ‘Oh Hell No’. They both never expected to fall in love, because this was supposed to be about sex, and about Landon gaining his freedom.
The book then becomes a rollercoaster ride of awesome. Its gut wrenching, sad as fuck, sexy as hell and downright a smash freaking hit. Landon and Kirith are like molten hot lava thrown on your skin. Yes people, it burns so good. The events of the book I never saw coming, and it made my heart ache. Be prepared to be surprised, because if you honestly said you saw it coming then clearly “you are lying”. I warn you that this book is no easy love, and some readers might find the relationship of Landon and Kirith questionable. They are not perfect characters, and there is no perfect HEA. Because when life hands you lemons, you just squash the fuck out of them.
I was intrigued and am in love with a few other characters from this story, and am hoping they get their own story. I Want More! ...more
My first book by this author and it really was a good introduction. I did have my faults with the book. I had a hard time reall ^^A MILD TASTE TEST!^^
My first book by this author and it really was a good introduction. I did have my faults with the book. I had a hard time really connecting to the story; it started out great in the beginning. I just felt certain parts of the story was unnecessary and created difficulties when none was needed. Moreover, some scenes involving Darryl was just unbelievable and made no sense.
Darryl Hansen is owner and chef at Café Belgie. He loves his job and his restaurant is doing fairly well, so well that he needs to do a bit of hiring. Help comes quickly than anticipated in the form of a very young but attractive Billy Weaver. Clearly, Billy has never worked in the restaurant business, but he seems earnest and is willing to work very hard. Darryl is having a hard time though keeping young Billy out of his head and keeping things professional.
Billy is twenty-one and has to be both mother and father to his 5 years old twin brothers. After losing their parents, Billy has taken up the responsibility in raising them, and keeping a roof over their heads. Things haven’t always been easy, and the job at Café Belgie is a turn for the good and will provide some well-needed money. When Billy is suspected of stealing food from the restaurant, and is tracked down by Darryl his living situations is revealed. Being the good person he is Darryl becomes his knight in shining armour. However, not everything remains sunny and perfect.
Without giving too much away, there is a sad situation involving Billy’s brothers. Though I expected something to happen, I was not expecting what did happen. I don’t whether to be annoyed that the author chose to do this and ruin a story that would have been perfect, or commend him for creating a little bit of angst in the overall plot.
The writing at times felt a bit too stiff, the interaction between Darryl and Billy wasn’t really bursting off the pages. As I said, I was really feeling the beginning and I thought it was going to be real explosive; instead, I wasn’t getting any real emotion. I was reading it; but I wasn’t feeling it. They both lacked passion, and they really did not sizzle together. I did enjoy them both while they spent time with the children, I felt like they really came alive then.
What I did enjoy was the food. I got a little bit hungry for frites and chicken fingers and all the other wonderful things described in the book. I also really did enjoy the twins; they were funny and so realistic of 5-year-old boys. So much energy and so full of life. The ending was very realistic, and I was happy there was nothing really crazy. It was resolved as it should have been and for that, I am happy. I am not discouraged by this book and will be checking out other works by this author, I have heard good things and I am willing to give him another go. I just had some difficulties connecting to this story and the main characters.
All I am gonna say is Older man Younger dude, if that don’t catch your fancy, I will say D/s relationship younger guy the top. Hea ^^PERFECTLY SEXY!^^
All I am gonna say is Older man Younger dude, if that don’t catch your fancy, I will say D/s relationship younger guy the top. Head blown off yet! This one won’t win any awards for literary genius, but it offers a great love story and a beat all odds kind of thing.
Kit Pennington is a baseball player, a rich kid, college student and a Dom. Plus he is openly gay to the delight of his team-mates who revel in making his life a living hell. He hates school, but he loves baseball so no hateful set of punks is gonna keep him from his game, bonus he is the best on the team. He dislikes the whole school thing but he has to go to keep his game on, when he gets a new professor school life just got a whole lot better.
Kit comes on strong to the professor, all I am saying if I ever said this to any of my professors “ I’ll bet you the fuck of your life” I would be writing this review from prison for sexual assault. Well lines like those makes this book sizzle, nothing says hot like forbidden fruit. Teacher/ student relationship is a no no but what they don’t know won’t hurt them.
Life seems all bliss and shit, but someone finds out and it’s the one person Kit has to listen to and it creates tension and some questioning moments between him and his professor. I will say this book brought a tear or two, the D/s aspect of the story is very panty throwing worthy and Kit is very HAWT.
What is very clear is that this story is the rebuilding of two very different people who found their happiness in each other. Blah to hell with that, older man/ younger dude, teacher/student I think I have listed what is really important. ...more
Whenever I read a book by Z.A Maxfield, I am just so crazy happy, her characters always appeal to me and by the middle of the book, ^^PHANTASTIC!^^
Whenever I read a book by Z.A Maxfield, I am just so crazy happy, her characters always appeal to me and by the middle of the book, I am so in love I don’t know what to do with myself. This book was no exception, her characters always unique and never perfect. They appeal to my better nature (which is I love hot guys together), I see them so clearly in my head I start to believe that I am reading an autobiography about their lives. They honour me with sharing about their lives, and I feel so happy that they decided to share their life with me. This is what Maxfield does to me when I read one of her books; simply put I become crazy obsessed, and grin from ear to ear.
The Pharaoh’s Concubine is one of those epic books for me by the author. She brings the uniqueness of her characters, all humour and crazy attitude. Dylan is our pampered kept boy, but he is as far from a boy as anyone, going on thirty-six years he lives a routine life. Placed on pedestal because of who is lover is, Dylan is the biggest dirty secret in Las Vegas that everyone knows about. There is more to Dylan that meets the eye, he is not just a pretty face, his life of gold is getting old, and he is getting no younger. When Dylan is kidnapped and beaten in retaliation to who his lover is, all that he knows he will have to be left behind, and even with running for his life Dylan will once again discover himself and find love if only for a moment.
William is the product of a hard life, a gangster dad and gangster brothers, leaves him no room for a regular life. Spared the brunt of it in his young life by a caring grandmother. When his grandmother passes there is no one left to protect him, and the gang comes for him. He is forced to live the life style but knows if he refuses he is pretty much dead. When forced to kidnap Dylan Anderson lover to a mob boss, William is sick. It’s not something he wants to do, but its something he has to do. Knowing there is no way things will go as planned, but never knowing his young life is about to be changed forever.
I will honestly say that I really like this book; I haven’t had the opportunity read all the books by this author. This one is very different from the books I have read, but still offers up the great writing and unique humour the author is known for. I love the complexity of Z.A’s characters; yet they still manage to be relatable. I am always one-hundred percent invested in a Maxfield book, and this one had me smiling and spending a little bit too much time ignoring my children (yes, I did just write that). I loved these two very flawed men finding love with each other. I liked that they are from two very different backgrounds, but they share a common goal. To find happiness, love, and all the things worth living for (also not dying).
I am a huge fan of William, I love how he has swagger without the rep, and I love how he is this hot Latino. What makes me love him more, is when he says *papi* I freaking lose it. I am planning to have people call me papi, been informed that I am not a man and blah blah blah. I want to be papi! Plus this young man is packing some serious packaging, like packing heat............ So really the multiculturalism of the story is a huge plus, and no one does it better than Z.A. This one might not be a big hit with fans of the author, but if you are a serious fan then you won’t wanna miss this one.
With great supporting characters, and all the family love, what’s not to like. I really hope the author gives Peter, an annoying and equally douche baggish ex-lover of Dylan. He’s an ass but I would love him to have his own story, there is room for him to grow as a character and I hope he is a bottom, lol.
In the words of Ni Hao Kai-Lan, Z.A “you make my heart feel super happy"....more