THE COVER- I know what you all are thinking, “what the hell is in his pants”? Well truthfully, I have no idea, but I really do love the cover. I love his stance and the other guy kneeling at his feet. I find it to be very sexy, and makes me wanna say, such cheesy lines like “Is that a flashlight in your pants or are you just happy to see me”, or “Is this a stick up and are you here to take my clothes”. The possibilities are endless and his breeches are nice and snug, another squeeze my balls a leggo my ankle pants.
What I really loved about this book is that it reads like a true historical romance. It was sweet, sexy, and had a certain innocence, which increased the sexiness like by 36%. It offers the handsome and sexy rake, the innocent but tough virgin, and the vile villain. I love historical m/f romance and it no surprise that I loved this one.
Stephen is gay and has always been gay, he does not hide who he is and also has an expensive kept man, in other words a mistress man. He is struggling to make ends meet, but you gotta keep up appearances for the infamous “ton”. His household is barely getting by but he has a few loyal servants who won’t leave his side. Until Jamie arrives looking for a job and then all hell breaks loose.
Jamie has arrived from the country to the city, promised a job by an earl he thinks he has it made. Until he meets Stephen the man he is to serve, and the on who tempts him so much. Jamie’s job is to get Stephen out of the financial dumps and help him bring money in. Jamie can’t help falling in love, and will succumbing to Stephen mean that he will become a kept man?
Let me tell you about this book, it pissed me off. Stephen is such a man; he sees his mistakes but he just does not pay attention to them. He wants Jamie but still keeps his whore of a man, and he is one whore of a man. He is a bad little gay slut. Though there are faults with Stephen character, he is likable and very caring to Jamie. I enjoyed Jamie; he was tough, yet gentle, innocent but not stupid. He wanted more than sex and was willing to leave the man he loved, because he would not just settle.
Real Talk- I read a lot of m/m books, and there is always something about size and precum. Like the slippery trail of precum, and the leaking tip and precum everywhere. On someone’s chest, a puddle on the floor, in someone’s eye etc…… This book has none of that, and if it did; it would have entirely changed the tone of the story. Did I miss the precum? Mmmm not really, it was a welcomed break.
I was really happy with this book, I loved the fact that everyone knew of Stephens preference for men, and label it folly of the youth, but god forbid he falls in love, then he is depraved and disgusting. What can I say people are ridiculi. I give it 5 stars for the authenticity of the historical genre, and his nice package in those breeches. I wonder how the ride on a horse would be, something to ponder.
Counterpoint is one of those epic love stories, that completely engages the reader and makes you fall in love. I was comp ^^A POINT WELL EFFIN MADE!^^
Counterpoint is one of those epic love stories, that completely engages the reader and makes you fall in love. I was completely caught up in the characters, and the world created. I will say honestly that I wanted to read this book, because the cover is just so impressive. It drew my eye, and it turned out that this book is more than just a pretty cover (pffft, pretty cover, more like a sexy cover).
This book as I said before is epic, epic fantasy that is. Its pure fiction, from the war with the ferals; to its hatred between men and elves. It can also be described as historical, without actually being historic. From the horses, lands armour and fighting soldiers. It offers up all the things I like in my historical romance, but with a great twist, and an elf that just makes me happy. It is a book for all my fantasy lovers, and those looking for a book with romance, that was a progression and did not happen in like 20 pages into the book.
Ayden is an eight-hundred year old elf. Watching a war play out between humans, and feral beasts. Feral beasts are animals that have been taken over by some form of darkness, and changed them into beasts. Their intent is to destroy, and their targets are humans. Ayden feels no love for the humans, he thinks them beasts also, arrogant, and stupid, and they share the land has enemies. The elves on their side, and the humans in their own little world. Until his sister enters human territory, and he has no choice but to go in and save her, when humans soldier are hot on her trail. He fights to protect his sister, but loses the battle and is captured, him and his sister both.
Acting King, Freyric is up to his ears in politics and war, he is prince but his brother crowned king is away due to the war with the ferals. That leaves Freyric to the responsibilities of life at court. When word gets to him about the capture of elves, one of the elves slaying sixteen of his men, his job is to lay out punishment. That becomes hard when his eyes land on the beautiful and battered Ayden. The stirrings of lust rushes forth, but Freyric is feeling something else, and makes Ayden his personal slave. This leads to a passionate story about a man fighting to save his people, and an elf warrior fighting to save his sister and leave the human world. What they never expected was to fall in love.
I thought this book was gonna be one of those stories, where the captured falls in love with his evil and domineering master. Forced to succumb to his lust, but eventually starting to care for the man. I was in for a treat, Miss Haimowitz manages the progression of feelings so beautifully. Here is a Freyric a man of power, who can take what he wants from Ayden, yet he was always such a gentleman. Never perfect, not always gentle but his attitude and apparent feelings for the elf was one of the reasons why this book was so enjoyable.
A friendship is formed wrapped in powerful emotions, and it’s through this, man and elf found a bond. Freyric must convince Ayden to help with the war, but Ayden cares nothing for humans and they care nothing for him. The people of Farr would love to see Ayden suffer, but their prince protects him and this very reason is causing suspicion of Freyric. Therefore, it becomes a story of sacrifice, what man/elf is willing to give up in the name of love. Will Freyric risk the love and respect from his people, and will Ayden throw out pride and sacrifice himself all in the name of love.
This book is for fans of true romance, who enjoy a good plot, and smart and witty characters. I am a fan, because I fell in love with Ayden’s humour and his strong spirit. I love Freyric’s loyalty and his compassion; he is just a “wow” of a character. I loved that sex played a secondary role to the story, and its characters. I loved the sexual tension. I loved the world building. I freaking loved it all. I recommend this read in a big way (BIG WAY).
I look forward to the second, because this book ended with my heart in my throat.
I am gonna take sometime to talk about M/M covers, cus lets not pretend some are gorgeous and others are downright ^^ A VERY NICE CHANGE OF READ!^^ 4.5
I am gonna take sometime to talk about M/M covers, cus lets not pretend some are gorgeous and others are downright wrong. So hopefully this is something I keep up because my mood tends to change and I can be a little random.
COVER- I love it, totally goes with the book. Totally captures the beautiful and graceful Ryu, and the sexy/scary Haruhiro. Plus its all samurai and that makes it like 10x better. Plus there is cherry blossoms in the background, I am in love with cherry blossoms, the best kisses happen under cherry blossoms all my yaoi fans will know what I am saying.
Honestly, I never expected to love the book this much; I was expecting to really like it, not love it. From the first page I was hooked, all the internal thoughts these guy have is hilarious and lives up to its genre. It is yaoi in every sense, we have the beautiful yet strong Ryu, and the very seme Haruhiro who comes off all large and in charge.
The plot is pretty simple, Haruhiro is a demon hunter and wants Ryu as an apprentice, Ryu knows a rare technique of fighting and it might be useful. Also it seems Ryu also has magic on his side, and Haru has taken it upon himself to teach both Ryu and his sister to harness their power.
The book is clearly historical and so very fantasy, the time period might not be accurate with names and such but that is the beauty of books, you get to make shit up unless you really wanna do an accurate historical story. All fans of yaoi will know that some storylines with the genre can be over the top and unbelievable, this one is tame in comparison.
While fighting demons, Haru has to convince Ryu that they would be good together while debating everything internally. Ryu plays hard to get, cus he has been hurt before and so on and so forth. There is romance blossoming, and the air crackles with sexual tension and I just loved every darn minute of it. There is no actual sex, but you get the distinct feeling it will go down, because these two want each other bad.
The book moves very quickly and ended too soon, so thank the gods there is a part 2 cus I want more. The book is charming, fun, and sexy. Ryu is beautiful, and Haru is all man. So glad I gave this book a chance, alright who am I kidding, I love all thing Japanese and this was no exception. Plus samurai, think sexy kimono, and long black hair, gawds I love it.
Katana-doesn't that sound like a sex word, well it is a sword.
Forbidden Love is an anthology containing four very short stories. The theme here is historical, and the tone is very angst orientat ^^ VERY GOOD!!^^
Forbidden Love is an anthology containing four very short stories. The theme here is historical, and the tone is very angst orientated, what rings true is that the time in which all the stories are told, love between men would have been very forbidden. Yet I find this reason makes the stories even more pleasurable to read.
My Outlaw by Stormy Glenn This story takes place in 1880s, Texas. The lead character Daniel is a cattle rancher on his way home after being injured. While traveling in a coach he begins a conversation with a woman travelling alone, and then begins to explain life on the rough terrain. He mentions in pass about bandits, and names a bandit called Black Bart (yep I was thinking the same thing about the name) who is quite notorious in the area. We all know how this is going to go down, Black Bart makes an appearance, and the ending might surprise you.
This was actually my favourite story in the entire book; I found it quite amusing and very sensual. In addition, I really liked Black Bart, and Daniel is presented clearly as being homosexual. It becomes quite clear that there is something more between Black Bart and Daniel, this story is not meant to be taken seriously and should be read for its smuttiness. I can say the only thing historical about this entire setting, is the date. Yet it provides a slight D/s relationship, just enough to make you squirm.
Forbidden by H.C Brown Forbidden, takes place in 1075 medieval England, and young nobleman Renoir is being forced to marry by his father and the king. Evidently, this leaves no room for objection; the marriage is being implemented because they know of Renoir’s sexual orientation, which is referred to as an affliction. Renoir hates the idea that he has to marry, and it is to an older woman, adding insult to injury, the marriage has to be consummated in front of a priest and another witness. Years before Renoir met and had an affair with a Spanish knight called Sebastian D’lergo and his heart and body still longs for this man after five years of being without him.
In order to survive the marriage he wants no part of, he comes up with a ruse that will keep his wife satisfied and him away from her bed.
This story I found quite amusing, Renoirs sarcasm is to be admired. He is described as looking effeminate, but he is 100% man. He is very submissive by nature and Sebastian is the Dom to his sub, together they are explosive. You are left with the feeling of how will this marriage work between Renoir and his wife, and Renoir and his male lover, one thing is for sure the love between Sebastian and Renoir will forever remain true.
Poisoned Heart by Anna O’Neill Set in Japan during the Endo period, it tells of Raiden a man deeply angered by the murder of his parents. He lives with the hate and guilt because he loved and worshipped the very person who committed the murders. Raiden is man of magic and has learnt how to travel time, to stop Masashi once his foster brother from murdering his parents.
This story deserved to be longer, it is the most unusual in the entire anthology, and it was so condensed the storyline that it needed a little more time for it to make complete sense. Here is a person hell bent on revenge, and is going back in time to stop the murders of his parents thus changing history. During his journey, he comes to understand the whys and the whos of the people behind the murder. I just felt a little more time was needed for us to completely understand Masashi, and to delve a little deeper into the personalities of Raiden and Masashi. The end was so abrupt, that I have yet to know if there was a conclusion, and is everyone happy.
Deliverance by Aleksandr Voinov Set during the crusade era, this story tells about William one of the Knights of Templar. Trying to cleanse himself of his previous sins, this happens to be a homosexual relationship with a nobleman. The knights happen to meet a young man, and later on challenge said man to a joust. William being known for being undefeated, it comes with surprise when this pilgrim defeats him. Later on, the man reveals his identity, which causes William to fear him and yet want him with his entire being.
I really enjoyed this story; it was so vivid Williams struggle with wanting another man. His loyalty to god is strong, yet he has no power to deny the very basis of his nature. He desires another man, and in the eyes of his beliefs, this desire is very much wrong. I loved how this very strong man, known for his strength, was cut down to a rubble of a man, because of his love for another man. Voinov was able to capture the time so beautifully, knights fighting for the greater good, the love of their lands and for their god. With religion loving a man is considered wrong, yet we fail to remember that god is love, and he would never deny anyone happiness. The ending of this story is bittersweet, I hope for the very best for William, but his heart is conflicting.
I tend not to read anthologies because sometimes the stories can be rushed and leave you a bit unsatisfied. This book is very heavy hitting on the content yet it was written very well. The ability to capture so much information with so little pages was superb. That being said here is my favourites in order. My Outlaw, Deliverance, Forbidden and Poisoned Heart.
I am a huge fan of historical romance and a huge fan of M/M loving, you put them together, I become extremely happy, and I ^^ NO LONGER A GENTLEMAN!^^
I am a huge fan of historical romance and a huge fan of M/M loving, you put them together, I become extremely happy, and I was extremely happy about this book. It has a bit of everything, the evil villain, the brooding hero and his upbeat and beautiful lover. The sex is just sweet and erotic at the same, plus our upbeat and beautiful lover has to come in and save our brooding hero, I call that a very good read.
Sir Alan Watleigh is home from the war, and as to be expected from most soldiers of war, he is plagued by nightmares and his reality is all kinds of hellish. He decides he is going to end his life with a bang, by giving into his forbidden desires for another man. All he wants is just a night of good sex and he is calling it quits. He spots his target a beautiful male prostitute and takes him home. What he does not expect is to be charmed, and to start liking the very young man, who makes a living by selling his body.
All Jem has known is the streets, the streets is where he lives and makes his living. Until he gets picked up by a very distinguished looking gentleman with the sad eyes. Jem swears to give him the best night and to make the broody looking gentle man smile. What he never expected is to want to stay in Alan’s company and never leave his life. All that is gonna take is to convince Alan he is right for him, put a smile on his face, and to erase him of his guilt because he likes cock, phew seems likes Jem has some serious work to do.
Throw in both Jem and Alan on the open road on their way to rescue a girl caught in the clutches of a mad man, and you have yourself a well-balanced book. This little journey is the defining moment in their relationship, there is sexual tension and the occasional “this is not right” from Alan, this dude just never quits. He is the ultimate brooder I tell ya, after sex, this guy thinks about the war and how it’s his fault, he got everyone killed. Right after sex come on, at least catch your breath first.
I love Jem; he is just a ray of sunlight. This man single handily knows what pain is but he continues to smile and wants nothing more than Alan to smile with him. He makes this book entertaining with his bawdy jokes and witty sense of humour, and even though he was a prostitute, he is quite innocent in his flirtations, but when it is time to be dirty, Jem gets down like no other. That Sir Alan Watleigh never had a chance. The two together is just a great balance, and it becomes a beautiful story about finding love in the least unlikely of places.
I really liked this book; the villain was a sick bastard. My fave thing was the word “bugger” we have come along way if that word use to be a swear word for men who like other men. That’s child play now but I find it so entertaining “bum buggerer” classic fantastic. I loved Jem and this is a book I will be giving another go in the long run. The sex was hot, I like when people are vocal during sex and Jem has that down, ah the dirty thing he says. If you like M/M romance check this one out, the writing is superb and there is never a dull moment, unless you count in Alan, ha kidding I like him. ...more
What can I say I loved it. Jan Irving is now on my automatic buy list, liked her work from when I rea ^^SOMETIMES GOOD HELP, IS NOT HARD TO FIND!^^ 4.5
What can I say I loved it. Jan Irving is now on my automatic buy list, liked her work from when I read The Janitor and this one was no disappointment. My first historical M/M loving, and that just makes it all the more enjoyable. Lets just say I will be reading this genre in the future.
Reverend Ian Kenyon is having it hard, slowly drifting through life without actually seeing it. Suffering years after from the loss of his wife and young son, he feels like an imposter going around and preaching the word of God to his townfolks, when he has lost his faith. How horrible is that he has lived to serve him and in the end all that he loved was taken away. He has lost his faith and sees no way that he will redeem it. Until Bryn Morgan returns to town and he finds him sitting on his doorstep.
Bryn knows what a hard life is, he has lived it. Growing up with an abusive father, dirt poor, the town thinking he's trash and to later be charged with a crime he did not commit. After spending four years in prison he is back and just as lonely and unwanted as when he left. He thinks of one person that might be able to help him, and thats the Reverend. What he never expected was to find complete acceptance and love with the man.
Man this book was a beautiful romance, so sweet and yet laced with pain. You get a glimpse of life for Bryn when he was in prison, and a person who had to face something like that should be covered and cloaked in bitterness; yet Bryn is compassionate and able to see the beauty in everything. By no way is he a pushover, but a fighter who just wants to be loved. What Ian suffered broke my damn heart, for him to get through that speaks highly of his character. He is suffering, but he is also caring and has a deeply rooted dominant and protective nature. The chemistry between both Ian and Bryn was just downright perfection. Yet as sweet as it was both characters had a lot to overcome, and had to reach an acceptance for their budding relationship.
The writing was a little hard to understand at times, I dont know if it was faulty editing or it was just the speak at the time. That was one of the small problems with the book, the other was just some unusual encounters between the lead male characters and other people in the book. I felt that all those little interludes was unnecessary and instead of adding drama it took away from the book. Otherwise a solid read, with interesting characters and sexy dialogue which I truly enjoyed. The love scenes were few and not overly explicit but I find that made them extra sexy. This Hired Man was a good investment....more