Sometimes an elevator malfunction can lead to the love of your life. Zach Driscoll is used to a life of luxury. Growing up the only child of extremelySometimes an elevator malfunction can lead to the love of your life. Zach Driscoll is used to a life of luxury. Growing up the only child of extremely wealthy parents has given Zach all the advantages he could ever want and left him yearning for companionship. Hiding the fact that he’s gay, Zach has always longed for a relationship but never found one. A chance meeting in an elevator gives Zach a glimpse at the man that just may be perfect for him. However, coming out to his parents and changing his life may be too scary a step for Zach to take. He wants to experience more of the world but only if he can find the courage.
Going Up is a very cute story reminiscent of fairytales. Zach is the privileged prince kept locked away in a tower at the behest of his parents. He’s not necessarily unhappy with his life but he yearns for more. He wants a relationship with a real man, not one he has to pay. Zach is a well-drawn character and his eagerness to create real friendships and relationships is very endearing. He clearly wants companionship on a number of different levels but lacks the social skills to make this happen. Fortunately he has a plucky secretary and an adorable neighbor that will fill both social and romantic needs.
Sean is a teacher that happens to live in the same building as Zach, albeit in an apartment with five other people to afford the rent. Sean and Zach have some entertaining elevator rides together and their chemistry practically leaps off the page from the first time they meet. Sean’s various outfits really steal the scenes and I liked how they got to know each other gradually over time and as their individual lives went on. It made the relationship understandable once they finally did get together.
Overall I was surprised how quickly I read this novella and enjoyed the humor in the writing. It’s very light and breezy, the kind of feel good story that mixes laughter and romance. It’s nothing particularly new or different but the clean writing and cute characters make it worth reading. Especially those readers looking for something classic and easy with some fun dialogue. ...more
Nothing is ever as it seems in a world of magic and intrigue. Karl Alton’s soul has been living in an orangutan for several years. His contract is finNothing is ever as it seems in a world of magic and intrigue. Karl Alton’s soul has been living in an orangutan for several years. His contract is finally up and he’s ready to be back in his human body. On the day of the exchange, Karl discovers his body has been missing for some time and with little chance of ever seeing it again. Devastated he asks his rich, lawyer boss, Adam Wexley, for help. Adam goes to the one person who can help, his ex-boyfriend Grand Magician Drake. Drake and Adam ended their relationship on bad terms when Adam walked out several years ago but now that they’re back together, they have a hard time remembering all the bitterness when all they want is to be together again. The search for Karl’s body uncovers a much more complicated and sinister plot than they ever imagined, one that proves dangerous to their very souls.
Heir of Starlight, Sea of Stars book two, is an engaging, wonderful story from start to finish. As with any sequel I’m sure reading the first book before this one will likely be beneficial, but I didn’t do that and could follow the characters and plot just fine. I’m sure knowing more of the background and especially the relationship and breakup of Drake and Adam would be helpful, however, I wasn’t ever lost and thought the story did a great job in including any necessary information. So I’d have no hesitation to recommend this story as a stand-alone to new readers. That said, I’d also recommend it because it’s a thoroughly enjoyable and entertaining sci-fi story with a side dash of romance.
The main thrust of the plot is mystery based as the main characters – Adam, Drake, Karl, and Drake’s ward Thomas – all search to find Karl’s body then work to uncover the more sinister plot brewing between the nobles of the courts. It’s definitely complicated but not so that it’s hard to follow. Similarly, the science fiction world is definitely intricate with its magical rules, inhabited animals, souls being stolen and tossed about, and political machinations. I found it all wonderful and engrossing from the very beginning. I didn’t mind the sometimes convoluted twists and turns as I found them easy to follow and the characters very likable and intelligent. They made mistakes but never anything that seemed extremely silly or unbelievable.
It’s hard to describe a story and world that feels so massive, yet so relatable once I started reading. The details are offered in a rich language and description that pulled me immediately. I could easily imagine this alternate world and the sometimes predictable power plays among the wealthy. That didn’t ruin the mystery at all yet deepened the intrigue. There are a few loose ends not accounted for but this is such a minor point and the only negative I could find. Instead I eagerly recommend this and hope there’s more in this series.
Sometimes all you need is a tail attached to a dominant man. As the primary human trader and linguist on an alien planet, Liam is quite happy with hisSometimes all you need is a tail attached to a dominant man. As the primary human trader and linguist on an alien planet, Liam is quite happy with his life. His past forays into romance have always ended badly and he’s concentrated on burying that part of his personality. Instead he’s content pitting himself against his favorite Rownt trader and keeping his superiors happy. Ondry enjoys the verbal sparing with the human Liam but can also see much deeper. He recognizes Liam’s true submission and is determined to make the man his.
Claimings, Tails, and Other Alien Artifacts is pure entertainment. It’s well-written, clever, interesting, witty, and filled with surprisingly hot sex. The two main characters, Liam and Ondry, are three dimensional and filled with a lot of subtle context. They come from different backgrounds and there certainly is a language barrier. However, the story knows how to play this up with both humor and sex appeal while allowing some miscommunication and learning. The men complement each other well and their path to learning about each other is fun and very interesting. Liam is a submissive yearning for someone to really dominate him and control him, someone that can appreciate his service. Ondry is that man and understands and values Liam even more than Liam does himself.
The additional context of different values, different cultures, and traditions are wonderful additions. It gives the story more edge and interest than just a basic D/s story. Instead there are many layers to every aspect. Even sex is not as straight forward but offers a very sexy alternative. After all tail sex is really so inventive and fun. There are the usual language barriers between different languages and cultures but here the writing truly shines in creating a way to examine those differences without feeling rote or stale. Instead the story makes it interesting and fun, even incredibly hot sometimes.
There isn’t really anything I can complain about in this short novella. It hits all the points I love about a book – fun, interesting, well written, hot sex, great characters. If anything I wish the story had gone on longer but for the size it is, a novella, it’s nearly perfect. This is a very easy story to recommend both to fans of the author and those new to her work. Check it out!
Sometimes it’s better to be screwed by the system than to screw the system. Cosmo is a near expert at failing interviews. He has to take the interviewSometimes it’s better to be screwed by the system than to screw the system. Cosmo is a near expert at failing interviews. He has to take the interviews to keep his unemployment benefits but he has no desire to actually work. He’s too busy focusing on his music and his band to worry about boring 9-5 jobs. He has a perfect plan to fail his latest interview by casually mentioning he’s into BDSM. Cosmo is sure that’ll send the guy running. What he doesn’t count on is the fact that not only is Alasdair not scared, he’s more than willing to show a brat like Cosmo how it’s really done.
Screwing the System is a delightful and slightly kinky story. Cosmo is an unrepentant loaf who has dreams of making it big in the music world. He’s not too keen on working at a boring sanitation job but he’s more than willing to mix it up with the sexy boss. Alasdair wants to bring some control and structure into Cosmo’s life and they both want the incredibly hot sex between them. It’s a bit of a battle between wills but so much fun to watch it happen. Both men are well written, each with tragedy and hardship in their backgrounds. Neither man has had it easy but they’ve responded to their adversity in different ways. Both Cosmo and Alasdair come to realize they can learn from the other and be better for it.
The writing is top notch and truly inspired in some scenes. There is some BDSM but it’s more dominance with a side of spanking/caning/flogging than any real hard core BDSM. The sexual attraction between the two men concentrates on the shifting power dynamic than anything else. Cosmo is a brat that loves to be put in his place but fights his way there while Alasdair wants to control but out of love. They have some minor misunderstandings but the two get together and want to be together so their path to a happy ending is pretty easy and drama free. If anything I’d say the final scene is almost anti-climatic. The story seems to be building up to a big confrontation that never seems to happen.
The blurb mentions some big fight but that’s not exactly true. Instead, the men are actually pretty mature and understanding and work out any problems. This makes for a nice change from other, more typical romance stories. I happened to like and appreciate this but it does have a bit of a let down feeling. Other than this the story glides by with few hiccups. The good writing, interesting characters, and plentiful hot sex make this an enjoyable story to read start to finish.
When friends want more, the benefits far out way the risks.
Collin Harrison likes nothing better than to watch the game and enjoy a beer, but one thingWhen friends want more, the benefits far out way the risks.
Collin Harrison likes nothing better than to watch the game and enjoy a beer, but one thing is confusing him, snapping away his concentration, and that’s the attraction he feels for his new neighbor, Devin Hardy. Devin is gorgeous and not only that they’ve sparked up a friendship. But could it be more? Collin doesn’t know, he needs to find the courage to act on the desires that are considerably more than just being a good neighbor, he wants to get up close and personal. Trouble is, he’s never been with a guy before.
Ms Labelle delivers exactly what it says on the tin with this short story. I enjoyed how it got to the point, gives the reader a history of Collin and Devlin’s relationship, outlines Collin’s angst and lust and then jumps into dialogue – in other words this story hits the ground running.
Collin’s mother’s involvement – only brief – was a nice little touch. She was like a prim teacher sitting on his shoulder, frowning, wagging her finger. I was so glad when Collin ignored her meddling and her judgments.
I liked the inclusion of a little porn at the beginning, it got the mood back after the phone call from Collin’s mother, and from there on in Friends with Benefits is a scorching read, full of m/m action, snappy, sexy dialogue.
If you enjoy steamy man love, want a quick read and like the concept of one guy knowing what he’s doing, the other being shown and instructed then this might just be the book for you. It’s nicely written and left me wondering what was in store for Collin and Devin in the future.
I liked the way the story started. Cupid, god of erotic love had a plan. He wanted to snag for himselfPerfect by M.A. Church, was a nice, light read.
I liked the way the story started. Cupid, god of erotic love had a plan. He wanted to snag for himself a man who didn’t believe in love: Jeff, the owner of a casino. In a few pages, we see the extent of Cupid’s powers and how he has everything planned out to show Jeff that there were “the pleasures of the flesh and there were the pleasures of the heart.”
I was enjoying the story and looking forward to what was to come, when suddenly, two characters took the spotlight: Randy and Garrett. They were talking about a vacation, a wedding, a commitment and what not. Out of the blue, there was a switch in character point of view and I didn’t know what was going on. After trudging through their bickering, I discovered that they were the characters from book 1 and that Cupid had played a role in their love and that they were friends with Jeff. The two pages the author dedicated to them felt out of place. It was as if she felt the need to have everyone know how in love they were and that months after their HEA from book 1 (I’m assuming this, as I haven’t read the first book), they were still going strong. It was an unnecessary point of view change that the book could have done without, as I felt that both characters did not play a sufficiently big role in Perfect for their opinion or their story to matter.
Furthermore, along the book there were other small references to book one of The Gods Series that distracted me from reading and more than making me want to go back to read the first book, annoyed me. The format of the story was also a bit confusing, as there are no chapters and the only thing that distingushes one scene from the next are the character point of view switching.
However, regardless of all the above, the characters were cute. Cupid, with his scheming is sweet. Jeff is adorable with his desperation to get Cupid into bed. But I must admit that my favorite, was Mo (Morpheus). He’s honestly the best in the lot with his naivety on the one hand, and on the other his god-like wisdom. Unlike with the pressure I felt regarding book 1, I do look forward to finding out about Mo in an upcoming book 3.
Another thing I liked was the way M.A. Church introduced a different side to Cupid I had not seen before. Typically envisioned as the sweet and good natured god of love, it was a treat to watch him emerge as a jealous monster. Literally. It was something new and very imaginative on the author’s part. Also, the author aptly managed to build up the sexual tension between the characters, throwing in a fiery kiss here, a blow job there… Finally, a fun fact on the novel that had me smiling: M.A. Church seems to have an obsession with polo shirts (all the characters wear one at some point or another).
All in all, Perfect was an entertaining read, I just wish I’d read book one first!
Caught in a snowstorm, Jake McAdams pulls off the interstate and seeks refuge in what he believes is a small B&B. Arthur Cleary wakes to discoverCaught in a snowstorm, Jake McAdams pulls off the interstate and seeks refuge in what he believes is a small B&B. Arthur Cleary wakes to discover it’s 2012, and knowing instinctively Jake is a good man, invites him in out of the snow. The two men feel an instant attraction, but Arthur has many secrets. While Jake realizes he’s falling in love, he also understands there’s far more to Arthur than the sweet, gentle man he initially thought his host was.
This book is both erotic and quite mysterious. Written equally like an M/M romance and spooky campfire story it’s an awesome blend of both worlds. The author does a great job of giving the reader hints and tidbits of the secrets Arthur holds, and I found myself eagerly reading, wanting to know more. I found the authors style interesting and easy to get into, both Jake and Arthur are well drawn characters. Some of the mysticness around Arthur’s situation remains foggy – but I get the feeling the author did this on purpose. Too much thought or explanation might have left the story feeling clinical – but a part of me would have liked a better-explained solution, nevertheless. The setting of the big old mansion and the snowstorm reminded me vividly of many spooky stories, and the paranormal bent really makes this more than your average M/M erotic piece. I didn’t find the story pushed as far as horror or a graphic, scary tale at all, which really pleased me.
With mystery, hot romance, a hint of ghosts and the paranormal and intriguing characters this is a story that covers many bases. I enjoyed the meshing of these and felt it overall a well written and fulfilling read.
You can’t run from destiny. Zach Taylor is on top of the world. His successful job in social media is going so well he may be tapped to take over theYou can’t run from destiny. Zach Taylor is on top of the world. His successful job in social media is going so well he may be tapped to take over the company, providing he lands their biggest client. Zach is prepared to do whatever it takes to make that happen but he soon wakes up to a nightmare. The client’s son, and Zach’s late night fling, has gone missing and Zach has no idea what happened the night before. Finding out his father’s grisly legacy has Zach doubting his own sanity.
Harm’s Way is a suspenseful and intriguing murder mystery/thriller. The plot centers on Zach as he discovers his past and birth parents. Finding out his father was a serial killer so soon after recent events leave Zach filled with doubt. Could Zach be following his father’s footsteps? Could he have killed someone and forgotten? Zach’s race to find answers fills the pages with nearly non-stop action and twists and turns. There are several surprises and some nice secondary characters that aren’t quite what they seem. The writing is strong, graphic, and engaging. I devoured the book to figure out what would happen and was jolted by the twists.
This isn’t a romance story by any means, although there is graphic m/m sex. Each explicit encounter has a purpose and fits both the theme and characters so nothing is meant for sensationalism. There are relationships of a sort but this isn’t a romance. It’s definitely a murder mystery, who-dunnit type of thriller. There are also some graphic scenes of torture. I found these scenes pretty mild and I’m pretty sensitive and hate almost any kind of depicted or talked about torture. However I found the writing did a very good job handling these scenes and instead I was mostly fascinated by the thoughts of the killer. Once or twice I had wished the story hadn’t gone there but that was a personal preference and it made complete sense to the characters and plot arch. These scenes are necessary to the story and aren’t overly dramatic or gruesome, but they do exist.
Overall Harm’s Way is an intense and gripping thriller. It’s well written with compelling characters and some truly inventive twists. I can easily recommend this to mystery fans that don’t mind some explicit m/m sex scenes or m/m fans that don’t mind a bit of torture thrown into their mystery. It’s a hard one to categorize and may not be for all readers, but I am glad I read it and it’s still on my mind even numerous days later.
Sometimes you have to open your eyes to realize a curse is actually a blessing.
Chuck Pinkerton is living the high life – he’s in Miami and his dream jSometimes you have to open your eyes to realize a curse is actually a blessing.
Chuck Pinkerton is living the high life – he’s in Miami and his dream job has just landed in his lap – so why won’t the damn curse that’s caused a string of mishaps leave him alone?
What won’t leave him alone is Garner Miller and the mutual attraction they have for one another. Fate keeps throwing them together, spectacularly, and the consequences are hotter than the fires Garner has to tackle in his day job as a fireman. Fireman! Oh, yeah, always a sign of a good book when there’s a fireman in the mix!
Both characters are very likeable in this nicely written m/m story. They have good exchanges, the dialogue snappy and realistic. I liked the humor that was laced throughout, Garner’s particularly when he suggests the cure for this Scottish curse stalking Chuck – “stand naked by the ocean in the moonlight drinking special tea.” – While I wasn’t sure if he was joking or not, the outcome was fun!
Ms York writes steamy male love in a way that pulls all the necessary emotions into the story, weaving a nice tale that makes you feel invested in the characters as soon as you get to know them. It’s good to see ups and downs and a resolution, even better to be a fly on the wall watching them celebrate that resolution – though I’m glad they opted not to indulge on the beach – oh, that sand would have chaffed!
If you enjoy m/m, like modern characters and a tale that won’t bog you down with doom and gloom and heavy issues, then Miami Sizzle is a story that stays true to it’s sizzling title and will let you escape into Chuck and Garner’s world for a little bit of fun. I’d read more from this author and would enjoy something longer. The voice is clear and concise and the plot flows effortless, taking a reader on an easy journey of romance and sex, leaving me, for sure, with a feeling that the two characters had a future together – always a great way to finish a book.
Never too Late by Chris Quinton I liked this book because it reminded me to live every day and to love every day. Stuart lost his love, and thought thaNever too Late by Chris Quinton I liked this book because it reminded me to live every day and to love every day. Stuart lost his love, and thought that he was going to die. He was physically ill and heartbroken. Tom loves Stuart, but after Stuart’s second chance at love he is still not ready for a second chance at love. Age difference also plays a part in Stuart’s decision.
Chosen by Pelaam This is a nice dark Gothic tale. I actually wanted the Vampire Dragomir to get his love. When his love is not ready to embrace the life a vampire, he gets used as a pawn to destroy Dragomir. I really liked the Vampire world that Pelaam created, and I want to go back. Alexandru is innocent and young, which is the case for many vampire victims. However the attraction and love that Alexandru feels proves that he is not a victim at all. I liked the dark and frightening aspect of this story! I cannot wait for sequels, or a longer look into Pelaam’s imagination.
Smoke Break by Allison Cassatta What would you do if you saw an attractive man enjoying himself? I know what I would do! That is what Daryl does when he sees Charlie after their brief encounter. This is a hot, steamy, short and arousing story! You’ll need a cold shower after this one.
Watching for Love by Sara York This is a sexy look into Mac, a man who cannot stop watching the man he loves: Ryan. He is afraid to talk to him, so he uses voyeurism as his only release. Ryan is not afraid and finally decides to call Mac on his behavior. Ryan uses dominance to teach Mac a lesson, and the lesson he learns is that he loves Ryan even more than he thought. If you fantasize about voyeurism, and brief dominance, then you will love this story.
Far from Home by Serena Yates I think that two men who want to be left alone make the perfect match! When Luca gets rejected from his family for being gay he has no choice but to live alone. On his adventure he finds a wounded dog. The dog’s owner finds him just in time to accuse him of hurting the dog. After a trip to the Vet, and after Jonathan realizes that he was wrong in his assumption there is an apology. Along with Jonathan apologizing he offers Luca to spend the night. Luca falls for Jonathan’s plan, and a night turns into a lifetime of true love.
Lord Godiva’s Pony Training by S.A. Garcia Would you help your lover live out his fantasy? Matt’s lover does when he comes home early to catch Matt engaging in Pony Play. This older couple definitely loves each other enough to live out each other’s fantasies. Matt made a great story teller and was indeed funny. There were a few times I found myself laughing and smiling. I learned something, love a good fantasy and laughed all at the same time!
A Return to Normalcy by Anel Viz This is a story about a man that cares about everyone else but himself. He still eats dinner with his wife once a week while having a bipolar lover. This only confuses the family members more, especially his son. It is only after Patrick learns to take care of himself that the people in his life do as well. This leads to a happy coexistence for all of them. I liked the story and would not mind hearing more about the other characters.
Solitude Disrupted by Andy Slayde and Ali Wilde I didn’t know what to expect with 2 different authors. What I found was the touching story of how Heath opens up Quinn’s heart. Quinn is a shut in, and does not want to deal with anybody, especially not Heath. However as Heath uses his determination on Quinn a bond is made. They decide to let each other be and to live with each other. Before that truce can happen there is a lot of arguing and power plays, in and out of the bed. If I was stuck in Paradise with a hot man, I would find reasons to argue and make up too!
Leap of Faith by Lexi Ander A bachelor party gone wrong changes everything for Ben. It is only after he finds himself that he can let Dawson love him, like he thought his previous fiancé did.
Clean Monday by A.J. Llewellyn and D.J. Manly When you are at the end of your rope, and no one cares about you, what do you do? Aleczander decides there is nothing left for him. So he jumps off the Golden Gate Bridge. Only he survives, and discovers that people do care. Especially about him. He realizes that there are support groups. Then he finds Tommy. I believe in life. Death is never the answer and this book proves that point beautifully.
My Unintended by Faith Ashlin The grass is not always greener on the other side. This book to me was about sibling rivalry. Noah is living with Greg. However, when his parents change their will to leave their house to his sister with kids, he starts to think that he is missing something. It is only after he realizes that he is giving up more by leaving Greg does he learn what he truly wants.
Roadside Rescue by Nicole Dennis I would love to be rescued by a strange sexy man who invited me back to his house! Especially if he is a Deputy! He must have handcuffs! This story was fun to read and the ending of this one alone was worth buying this whole book!
Unmasked by Patricia Logan This story had everything, sexy men, BDSM, love and trust. Byron becomes Anthony’s slave, and he likes it. This story was written in a very steamy way! If you like reading about sex, than you will love this story.
Checkmate! By SammyJo Hunt I liked this story because I liked the idea of using chess as a sex game. I also enjoyed thinking about a hot lifeguard and how willing I would be to trap my king for my opponent. Chess is a mental game, and when the author mixed it with great sex scenes I was hooked.
Overall I am giving this book a 4 because I didn’t like that very few people accepted their gay loved ones. I thought that this would be a better book if a few of the stories started with happy beginnings, too.
The title says it all with this book. Hotter Than Ever is definitely the best story yet in the sexy Out of Uniform series from Elle Kennedy. Claire isThe title says it all with this book. Hotter Than Ever is definitely the best story yet in the sexy Out of Uniform series from Elle Kennedy. Claire is the jilted bride- left at the alter by her spineless fiance. Dylan is the best man- brother of the groom- left holding the bag of crap that is explaining his brother’s last minute change of heart. Aidan is the “other” guy: Dylan’s lover and housemate. He’s a charismatic charmer with a hot body and a seductive gaze.
Claire was stunned when her groom ran off minutes before their wedding. Even more shocking was his brother Dylan’s suggestion that she lick her wounds at his apartment in San Diego. The pair had a mutual animosity that was based on misconception. Claire is one of the few people who knows about the important secret Dylan is keeping about his intimate relationship with his housemate, Aidan.
Aidan is sexy as sin and intuitive as hell. Love and hate are kissing cousins…and he realizes way before Dylan or Claire that they are attracted to each other. That’s okay because he wants them both, and it’s not like he and his guy haven’t shared women before. It takes a few days, and a serious intervention from Aidan, before the bickering pair get to the root of their anger. It seems that people and situations aren’t always what they seem.
The trio began a relationship that was based on lust but it soon turned into something so much deeper. Then bam !!! Soon as they recognize the importance of what they’ve found…conflict starts hitting from all different directions. The triad get some serious flak with major fallout to deal with. You know I can’t tell you what happened. And don’t get me started about that low-down dirty fiance of Claire’s. Suffice it to say…that jerk was in serious need of a butt kicking.
The sexual tension between these three players was amazing. My favorite love scenes were the steamy M/M; Kennedy has a flair for putting on the smexy. The writer outdid herself on those fabulous oral scenes and amazing anal, but it was the way she put the emotions into them that put the story on a romantic level. Aidan had this thing about looking into Dylan’s eyes and holding his hand…it put a smile on my face and a gasp on my lips. The three-ways were just as strong. Splendidly erotic and perfectly choreographed. One on one action was spectacular, with each guy using his own perfect technique for seducing Claire. Kennedy had me panting right along with Claire, as Dylan and Aidan corrupted her with their seductive wiles.
This book had loads of goodness going on all over the place. A wonderful relationship grew between Claire and her men. They started out as a fling, then it grew into a romantic relationship with a close friendship. They looked for ways to be there for each other, and when they chose being together over everything else I felt that it was meant to be.
Then there was the close friendship between the SEAL friends and the easy acceptance that came with it. This brought an even deeper enjoyment to the story and I couldn’t get enough of it. In fact, I’m already thinking ahead to at least one more SEAL left to get his story. Hurry up, Ms. Kennedy, and introduce some new hot SEALs for me to drool over.
There are books that seduce you by the first chapter. This book claimed my heart on the first page.
There are twenty three poems and short stories thatThere are books that seduce you by the first chapter. This book claimed my heart on the first page.
There are twenty three poems and short stories that take eroticism and throw it to the winds, letting it fall wherever it may. These short pieces and pearls of poetry take in gay, straight, lesbian and everything in between and craft moving tales and thoughts that both arouse and make you think about what you are reading. To me, it was a love story; a gift to the reader that appreciates fine writing and not your typical episodes of BDSM.
The short works of fiction in this collection blew my mind. They are windows into worlds that some of us never imagine we could be a part of. Isn’t that the true gift of reading, or writing for that matter? The ability to read something and go somewhere far, far away from the screaming kids, the endless day at work, or doing the supper dishes. As an author, the greatest joy I have is in writing something that invokes that feeling, and Elissa Wald did just that. This book was one of the most engaging reads I have read in quite awhile. Think brilliant primary colors. Think carnival lights and swarthy men with tattoos. Think sex.
From the first story, The Initiation, where we meet Delilah, a budding submissive who struggles with the demons inside her, to the sexy Kim who isn’t quite sure what to make of Delilah’s fixation on pain. This story was gripping and visceral and I couldn’t put the book down, even to sleep. The second story installment is Ruby and the Bull. This is the story of Ruby and Judd. She calls him the Bull, and as the story unwinds, he has found her diary and is about to get a nasty shock when he reads it. Spicy, raw and undulating, this tale is gritty and on edge.
The third story in the collection is The Resolution. Full of the glitz and fading glitter of the big top, we meet Lottie, a runaway and Jorge, an outcast in the circus. Teased mercilessly for his gay status, Jorge is bitter and standoffish. When Lottie unknowingly insults him, it starts a winding path down a love that will last a lifetime. This story will bring tears to your eyes and a breath of longing to your heart.
Story number four, The Houseboy, is a major head trip and one that had me thinking about it even when I wasn’t reading it. Troy is a boy lost in a sea of high schoolers lost in the fray of his life. When the Sergeant comes to speak, he finds a role model and a curious object of affection. Writing letters and insinuating himself into the Sergeant’s life, lies and betrayals can unravel even the deepest of dreams.
Number five, Missing the Boat, is a ménage scenario that brings many elements to the scene. Dominance, submission and more entertain in this soul deep take on friendship and fascination when the tables get turned and lines begin to blur.
The sixth story, Turned Out, is a beautiful story about hope growing up from a bed of concrete. Nelson has just gotten out of prison and while he is happy, his senses are on overload. He misses the routine and security of the life inside and the domineering partnership he shared with The Axe, the male dominant he subbed to inside. This piece walks you through deep feelings and longings of the heart.
The last story, The Illustrating Man, is one that will stick in your mind long after you have read it. Sexy and as intricate as a well done tattoo, this story takes off when a female reporter finds out a childhood savior is wanted for murder. In a beautifully wound tale, the author shows you people that were affected by the artist’s insight and unique method of tattooing. It is sensual and one that scratches down into the deepest part of you and leaves a mark.
The poetry in this collection is also inspiring, spiritual and evocative.
If you are looking for a book that takes you into the souls of many unique and worthy characters, then you need to read this collection. Rich, lush and full of vibrant eroticism, this book is a keeper on my favorite shelf. You won’t forget any of the characters and how easily this author can slip into the minds of anyone and walk a mile in their shoes. The erotic portions are done very well and titillate the mind as well as the body.
For a collection that will have you dreaming carnival dreams of tattooed men, ladies that lust and of heartfelt loves that like life, do not always have a sparkling happily ever after, then you need to read this book.
Sometimes it takes the right manny to change your life. Drake quit his job and moved across country to help with the three kids when his sister is depSometimes it takes the right manny to change your life. Drake quit his job and moved across country to help with the three kids when his sister is deployed overseas. He didn’t expect to encounter Slayde, the sexy nanny who seems to be good at everything. Sparks fly immediately and once the two men get over their territorial issues, they realize just how good they are together.
Mannies Incorporated is a pretty typical Sean Michael story. For those familiar with the author it feels very similar to other books and those new to the author should get a good feel for the writing and tone. Somewhat surprising is that there is no sex in the book until almost the halfway point. 100 pages into a Sean Michael and no sex is somewhat unusual but there’s more than enough sex in the second part to please readers. This makes the story unbalanced as the beginning is all about setting up the scenario of the two men and the three adorable children while the second half is all about Slayde and Drake having sex in between chores.
The plot is pretty predictable but helped by the cute antics of the kids. I enjoyed the first half more as I truly liked the kids and felt their conversations were more interesting than those between Slayde and Drake. The main couple tended to be a bit too cutesy. I just couldn’t see a bad ass cop sticking his tongue out repeatedly. Also the dialogue tends to be repetitive and too one note. I found myself wanting to skim these parts. There’s a resolution, but I never really felt the connection between these two. They felt more like two men overwhelmed with their duties so they’d hook up at night since they had no other options. It’s not a complaint per se but I didn’t feel a true love, happy ending sort of relationship.
That said, Mannies Incorporated, is a fun, easy to read story. It’s a light, popcorn read that’s enjoyable. This is likely to appeal to those fans of the author, as the cadence and writing style, including typical typos, are so familiar that they aren’t likely to distract. Sean Michael is an easy mind-clearing read for me and it accomplished that.
If you can’t count on your family in a time of emotional distress, just who exactly can you count on? Luckily for Jesse Torrens, his Nan is on the jobIf you can’t count on your family in a time of emotional distress, just who exactly can you count on? Luckily for Jesse Torrens, his Nan is on the job. Determined to see her favorite grandson achieve the happiness and love he deserves, Nana Torres will stop at nothing until he finally does. The question is, to what lengths will she go for her only grandson? Even more importantly, will Jesse endure her plotting?
Jesse is quite the character, and it’s no wonder once you meet his nan. He’s open minded and honest. Honest enough to give the month-long gay cruise his nan signed him up for the old college try. The idea that he’s game enough to go on the cruise and enjoy it for what it is – a way to get away from his troubles at home – was a nice twist. He put up little argument and trusted his grandmother’s instincts. I really loved Jesse’s character and watching the truth become clear for him was a real treat.
Daniel is an emotional wreck. After having booked the cruise for himself and his then boyfriend, he discovers that the now ex-boyfriend had been cheating in a most magnificent manner. I loved that despite the heartache, Daniel was determined to take the trip anyway and have a good time. Having the amusing and fun loving Jesse as a cabin mate helped. The thing I enjoyed the most about Daniel was that, although knowing his roommate was straight, he still managed to coerce Jesse into dressing up for all the cruise’s theme nights, if for no other reason than to give the other boys something to look at. And that Jesse went along with it all only made it more fun.
Gay as Mardi Gras is one of the funniest and most honest books I’ve read this year. I actually devoured this short novel in a few hours’ time, laughing until my sides hurt. Watching Daniel overcome his heartache and seeing Jesse discover something so important about himself was a delight. The author has a real knack for humorous dialogue and embarrassing situations. An amazingly funny and sweet book, Gay as Mardi Gras is a winner of a short novel.
Greg had met his boyfriend Lane when a demon had threatened him. A demon-hunter, Lane had fixed that problem and the two men had been an item in the mGreg had met his boyfriend Lane when a demon had threatened him. A demon-hunter, Lane had fixed that problem and the two men had been an item in the month since. It’s now Halloween and Greg’s restaurant is celebrating with a fun pumpkin theme. Friends are joining them for dinner and Greg’s looking forward to a relaxed, entertaining evening with his lover.
I really enjoyed the pace of this story, quick enough to keep moving but without feeling rushed. I enjoyed getting to know Greg and Lane, I thought their characters meshed really well together and the world Ms Halle painted was vivid and interesting. I’d enjoy reading more of these characters and the supernatural goings on and was pleased to see there seemed to be others by her in this world. This is a short story – so the plot isn’t overly complicated, but I found it a fun, snappy read. I also really appreciated the wit wound into a paranormal, dangerous world filled with all kinds of creatures and hunters. With excellent characterization and an interesting take on Halloween, this is sure to appeal to many readers.
Dominic and Rafael met twenty or so years ago and have been faithful ever since. Dominic is a demon hunter, and Rafael half angel, half demon. TypicalDominic and Rafael met twenty or so years ago and have been faithful ever since. Dominic is a demon hunter, and Rafael half angel, half demon. Typically they’d be hunter and then hunted, but their deep love for one another makes them the perfect match. Trying to have a fun Halloween out together, Dominic is bummed when an informant tells him of a sacrifice about to happen that evening. Thinking it a boring, potential waste of time, Dominic nevertheless follows through on what he feels will be a quick investigation. But there’s always a few tricks lurking around on Halloween, and Dominic is about to realize he’s bitten off a lot more than he bargained for.
Filled with angels, demons and all sorts of fun paranormal creatures, this is a delightful Halloween story. Told in the first person, it’s easy to get snared by Dominic’s casual style and I found myself quickly being drawn into the exciting antics as he tried to protect humans and hunt demons. Having a half demon incubus with angelic tendencies for a lover adds plenty of spice into the mix, and I found myself both breathless from their passion and intrigued by Dominic’s work. I thought the plot around Dominic and Rafael was fresh and exciting – I didn’t guess the twist half way through – and I found myself turning the pages faster to find out what happened next. The author has a vivid imagination and I greatly enjoyed the characters, plot and world. The quick pace of the story kept me on the edge of my seat and I felt a little disappointed when the ride was over. I’d love to read more stories both in this world and with Dominic and Rafael together. The Council and all the paranormal creatures were vibrant and kept my attention till the very last page.
A great read for M/M, paranormal and angel/demon story lovers I’d happily recommend this sexy, interesting tale and look forward to finding more.
Until the Night is Wendi Zwaduk’s long awaited follow up to her first vampire story, My Immortal. This one features the sister of the first book’s heroine, and a trio of hot and sexy men.
Gypsy volunteered to become a vampire. After all, she was all about lots of hot fun and nightlife, and she couldn’t wait for the lust and hot sex with even hotter guys. But so far, she was alone, hungry and horny, and had no idea what being a vampire was all about. The two hotties she was lusting after, Todd and Allan, didn’t pick up on the flirting she was doing, and she couldn’t understand why every time she was near either of them, she heard the word ‘mate’ in her head. When she walks in on the two of them making love in the storeroom of the bar they all work at, she is more confused than ever. When her gorgeous human neighbor, Kendall comes by, catching her at her lowest point ever, he offers her his body and his blood. When she accepts his offer, once again the voice says he is her mate. But before these four can come to terms with the fact that all four are meant to be together, a menace from the past threatens to take their happiness before it can get started.
I like this world Ms. Zwaduk has built, filled with equal parts passion and danger, lust and bloodlust. Her characters are strong, well developed and likable, and I was drawn into this early on, wanting to see how these four resolved their issues, and how they handled the threat to their happiness that Tania poses.
Gypsy is a wonderful mix of sass and innocence, a new vampire who has no idea about what life should be like. I liked her determination to embrace her undead life, and sympathized with her loneliness and confusion. She needs someone, some vampire, to show her the ropes and let her know what is happening. She is confused, because she wants both Todd and Allan, and after catching them ‘in the act’, she is more turned on than she has ever been. When Kendall comes to her place, she want to be with him, but still wants Todd and Allan. I enjoyed the ‘will they all or won’t they’ aspect in this. I knew they would, but wanted to see if it would be more than a passing thing.
Todd and Allan have been mates for one hundred years, and love each other intensely. They are strong and loyal, and are surprised when both develop strong feelings for Gypsy, and hear the Goddess declare her their mate as well. I loved the way these two were so honest about their relationship, and I enjoyed their surprise as each admitted to wanting Gypsy in their bed and their lives. When Kendall enters the picture, once more getting the approval from the Goddess, these two are stunned, but willing to add him to their expanding family. The verbal and mental conversations are funny, charming and sassy in turn, and the strength of all four characters shines through.
When Ms. Zwaduk ventures into the bedrooms, the action heats up, and there are some delightful combinations of two, three and eventually all four get in on the action. There is danger in the person of Tania, who was Allan’s maker, and how these four deal with the threat shows their dedication to each other, and their desire to build a life, or rather, an undead life together. I think the exchange between Todd and Allan says it best, when Todd says ’Gypsy is our girl, and I can’t live without you.’ And Todd replies ‘I can’t be dead without you.’ I just love that exchange, and it shows the slightly warped sense of humor that Wendi Zwaduk sneaks into her books. This is the perfect novella to heat up an evening, when time is short and you need a hot and quick bit of vampire love....more
King Cobra is the first in Jayne Rylon’s new Hot Rods series. Hot Rods is a offshoot of her successful Powertools series, and with Hot Rods, Ms. Rylon has turned up the heat even more, with lots of super hot men and one woman, each with a special talent to complete the team.
Eli London runs the very unique and successful Hot Rods Restoration Team. The team is Eli’s family, maybe not by blood, but in every other way that counts. They grew up together, taken in by Eli’s father to honor the memory of his mother. Now, they are a respected and talented team of auto restorers, making magic with each car they restore.
But Eli has been distracted, ever since he and his best friend/head mechanic Alanso got back from a visit to see his cousin Joe. What they saw there, with Joe and the whole crew, keeps going through Eli’s head, and he wants what the crew has: a close and loving relationship with the team. Especially Alanso, and yet, he is afraid that acting on his desires could ruin what they have. Alanso wants it all as well, but most of all, he wants Eli, and not as just a friend anymore. When Eli hesitates too long, Alanso takes off, determined to find out what being with a man can be like.
When Eli finally tells the team what has been on his mind, the surprise him with their enthusiastic interest in the idea, but tell Eli he had better bring Alanso back from wherever he’s gone, before things go all wrong. What Eli sees from his vantage point takes him past the point of no return, and he and Alanso finally admit their feelings for each other. After an incinerating bedroom scene between these two, things are looking up, until bad news arrives, in the form of a letter concerning Alanso’s long gone mother. As Eli tries to help Alanso cope, they spend a night drinking, and bring a woman back to the garage to share. Unknown to them, they have an audience of one, Mustang Sally, and she is devastated by their actions. When sobriety returns, they realize that they have, however unintentionally, hurt one of the team, one special woman they both love. Can they build on their relationship, and figure out how to bring Sally back into their lives? Can Alanso finally put the ghost of his mom to rest? And will the Hot Rods be ready and willing to take things to the next level, together?
Seven men, one woman, with high revving libidos all around. The characters are all well defined, charismatic and deeply passionate, at work and outside it. King Cobra sets the stage for what is to come in this series, and what a fantastic start it is. I like this world Ms. Rylon created, a place where people can be what they are meant to be, and relationships are complex and yet never confusing.
Eli London is King Cobra, leader of the team of Hot Rods. Strong, caring and torn in two by his feelings for not just Alanso, but the whole team. He considers all of them family, and he doesn’t know how he could lust after these people he has grown up with. It’s only when the fear that he may have driven Alanso away forever, that he faces his fears, and the team, with what he wants. I love Eli, because he tries so hard to do what is right, he is so loyal and determined to do what is best. It is only when he realizes he has to be true to himself that he is able to reach out to the others and see a chance at having it all.
Alanso Diaz is strong, sexy and frustrated by Eli’s hesitance. He knows what he wants, what he is, and I liked that about him, his innate honesty in the face of Eli’s denial. I worried a bit when he took off, determined to find out what he was missing, but that worked out better than I could have hoped. I cried a bit at the news about his mom, but it did bring some closure for him, showing him the truth. I was happy to see his ability to roll with the punches, and stay strong even when he makes an error in judgment.
There are some really hot bits in this, and the secondary characters are as well crafted and the leads in this one. I can’t wait to see how the rest of the team fit in to the dynamic that started here. I look forward to seeing more of Roman, Sally, Kaige, Carver Holden and Bryce, and how each one becomes a part of the whole. The emotion in this one touched me, I cried, I laughed and I fell in love with Eli and Alanso. I look forward to falling under the spell of each and every member of the team, and I hope my fan will last through the series. This is for all those romance fans that believe love is love, and where there is love, life is just fine....more
Like hot hunky firefighters with tons of drama? A Raging Fire is the third book in the White Pine Firefighters series by Adam Carpenter. This book can be read as a standalone without any problems. The author does a great job putting so much story into one book. This book is packed with tons of emotion that kept me on my toes the whole way through.
Joey Silva is a firefighter form a neighboring town that has been appointed acting deputy chief while the regular Chief is away for the next two months. He is a big and burly man with a never-ending sex drive. He’s a very strong character who has something to prove. In the end, I really liked Joey. It was very tough because he evoked such strong emotions through out the book.
Gil is a volunteer firefighter who is obsessed with Joey. He’s had a rough life. At twenty-three years old he’s still trying to find himself. He acts at times without thinking which leads to trouble.
Nick is fairly new to the station. He’s trying to hide the secret he carries. He doesn’t want to drawn attention himself. Joey is attracted to Nick immediately. The chemistry between Joey and Nick is off the charts. The sex scenes were hot and steamy and I loved that Joey and Nick battled themselves as they fell for each other. Their relationship was awesome to read about.
However, I was not fond of the two competing story lines. One of the story lines was Joey and Nick and the other story line was about Gil and him finding himself. The author switched between the two in a way that was hard for me to follow and felt more like two books instead of one. I also wish I’d been shown the ending, instead of a summary.
Overall, though, this was a good story despite the flaws. The author lets you see the story from each of the main characters’ points of view so the reader can understand each character better. The emotions of all the characters kept me reading until the very end. If you like hot firefighters with a lot of drama at the fire station then this book is for you!...more
Best friends for life – but what if one begins to have romantic feelings for the other? And what if both of these two happen to be men who’ve never shown any signs of being gay?
Rex is a backcountry ranger who spends weeks at a time away from home. Because of his job, and close friendship to his friend Paul, a firefighter who also spends a good deal of time out of the house, the two share a condo, figuring neither needed anything more. They had been friends for years, sharing many things – including double dates. But lately, Rex’s feelings for his old friend have become more. He has a crush on Paul, and contacts Madame Eve to set up his dream date. Unbeknownst to Rex, Paul shares this hidden desire, and also signs up for a 1Night Stand.
I enjoyed reading the tale of how Rex and Paul, who we met previously in Two Men and a Virgin, originally became romantic. Neither having participating in a gay relationship prior, it was interesting to watch them figure out the mechanics of it. I think there are normal questions people have – how does it work? What do we do? The author does a good job of handling a delicate subject with tenderness and understanding, and even a bit of humor.
The only negative I’d really have is there is not much written to distinguish the two characters from each other, so it is difficult to tell them apart. In a typical male/female story, pronouns are easy and there’s no confusion. In male/male stories, it’s helpful to have a way to determine who’s who without much thinking. Mannerisms, dialogue, etc. can help differentiate each character, but in this story, both men are very similar. That helps with the friendship and attraction, but made me think a bit more while reading, to keep them apart.
The book ends abruptly, and I would have enjoyed a conversation between Rex and Paul as resolution, but both seemed to be on the same page. The love the two felt for each other came through, and this was ultimately a tale of discovery and exploration. If you’re looking for a story of first time gay love, this may be one to look into....more
Sam Enderson is a human private investigator who just inherited his Uncle’s building and detective agency. He’s new to the whole detective game and is determined to only help humans, but his first client is a witch who curses him for not wanting to help paranormals. I liked Sam from the beginning; he was enthusiastic and super excited to be a detective and I was swept up in that excitement. I enjoyed watching him be drawn into the paranormal world despite his objections.
Then comes Bob, the vampire, whose name alone made me chuckle. How can anyone named Bob be a big bad scary vampire? Bob rents a room from Sam and their chemistry is off the charts.
This is a new spin on the world. The idea that humans and paranormals exist in the same world, yet live separately is very intriguing. It had that gritty feel of an old detective novel with some sexy scene thrown in.
There were some phrases that made it obvious this book was set in England that as an American it took me a few moments to figure out what they meant, but that is a plus to the story. The slang enriched the story.
This is a new series and it left off with plot points unresolved and with the feeling that next book will take up immediately following this one. I’m looking forward to reading the next book and with the cliffhanger that it left off on; I’m hoping that the next one is out soon. I recommend this book for the gritty storyline, the sexy men and the imaginative world the authors have created.
Two men, in love and lust, looking for a third to share their bed and their lives.
Jack Samson, a vet in Sumerset, finds himself the center of attention between Brady and Simon, an established couple who put pleasure top of their list of priorities. Things heat up between them, but is it just fun or is there more to be had from their connection?
This book jumps straight into some steamy M/M/M action in a dark corner of a club. It went for the jugular so to speak and set the tone for the rest of the story, in other words, sexy, seriously steamy and well written.
I adored all three characters, they each had flaws, they each had things about them that appealed to me. The author really got their individuality across well. The sex was smokin’ throughout, like seriously e-reader burning if M/M/M is your thing!
There were the usual ups and downs in the plot but it was more relationship focused than anything else, apart from a bit at the end with a sick horse, and I liked that. The author got it just right for me, so much so that it felt real, like these guys really could live this way, happily and together for all of time.
If you enjoy reading about handsome, sexy men getting off together then this is a good book to try. Solid characters, sex that makes sense on every level for them and a nice long read you can get your teeth into. I would certainly read more by TA Chase....more
“No strings” dating sounded great to Stephanie but only up to the point where she realized that no strings meant her wolves would have to look elsewhere for a mate. She might have to give them up but she didn’t have to be happy about it.
Boys can be so clueless sometimes. Jordan and Shaw are trying to obey the packs orders to find a mate. Even without knowing that the three of them belonged together, I could see that Jordan and Shaw wouldn’t be happy with anyone but Stephanie and vice versa. Their story was going to be one of those “You don’t know what you got till it’s (almost) gone” type tropes. I figured that out pretty early on but it didn’t detract from the story in the least. I was anticipating how the author would bring them all to the realization that they didn’t just have great chemistry during the full moon phases. They were totally meant to be!
I liked all three of the characters in Ms. Tortuga’s short story but Shaw is just precious. He’s such a typical wolf pup. He’s eager to please, loves to play and he wants so bad to keep Stephanie. Jordan isn’t the pack alpha but he clearly makes the calls for this threesome. He’s just controlling enough with the right amount of gruff to keep both Shaw and Stephanie on their toes and ready to follow orders. Stephanie comes from a long line of magick. She’s independent, talented and is just realizing how much actually loves two clueless wolves.
Ms. Tortuga doesn’t make her readers wait long to see just how hot these three are together. The first time is fast and sweaty but who can blame them when they only see each other once a month. It works for this story. Plus, I knew the true plot would deal with how the guys would talk Steph into helping them find their mate, how she’d take the news and how they’d eventually find their HEA, because they simply had to end up together. Ms. Tortuga didn’t disappoint. It’s not all mating and fun for Steph and the guys. Someone’s come to town to cause some trouble and does he ever?
Be sure to play close attention to Stephanie’s friend Wendy. I think we’ll be seeing more of her as well as the pack alpha, Brett. At least I hope to read their story! If a short, hot, tension wrapped little novella is what you’re in the mood for and you fancy the paranormal like I do, be sure to pick up a copy of Mating Call....more
Tuck jumped from the frying pan into the fire. After escaping the Gutters, a vicious band of children and teenagers who were bent on killing and eating him, Tuck emerged alive only to be taken by another gang for their prostitution ring. If being drugged to the gills in preparation for a life of sexual slavery wasn’t bad enough, Tuck soon finds himself rescued only to be made a spy for the government. Yet the rebels want Tuck to turn into a double agent and give them information instead. Tuck’s having a hell of a week and the only one he can trust is the sexy soldier that seems to care about him beyond all good sense.
Hell’s End is a quick paced, action packed roller coaster ride from beginning to end. Set in an alternate science fiction world, the planet is ravaged by gangs, violence, and a seemingly corrupt government. Every level offers some different source of danger and conflict. The world building is ambitious and impressive. There are several holes in the logic governing the planet and it’s various levels but the fast, near non-stop action, and maze-like plot helped me ignore any problems. There’s so much going on with such a large cast that the story absorbed almost all my attention just to keep up with everything and everyone.
The characters are well defined but there are a lot of them. This isn’t a problem, per se, but since each new character is more interesting than the last, it does mean that none of them get the space they really deserve, perhaps they will in future books. The main characters of Tuck and Ivan, the government soldier who falls for Tuck, make a nice couple. They help drive the action and give it a central point amid the swirling chaos that seems to always be present. I think there’s too much going on to really devote the necessary time and attention to their romance to make it truly believable but I liked it as a counterpoint to the violence that perpetuates the world and story.
While reading I was quickly and thoroughly absorbed from the start. It sucked me in so I read it pretty fast and without too many breaks. I worry that I won’t be able to remember all the necessary details if there are any subsequent books in the series but the author’s imagination is let loose. The creativity and delight of this world, with all its darkness and hidden beauty, is a wonder. The plot is ambitious and reaches perhaps too far with the genetic manipulations, bots, spies upon spies, traitors, moles, and so on but it makes for a lightening fast and extremely entertaining read. I would easily recommend this for sci-fi fans that like a lot of action and a complicated plot. This is not a difficult read but it’s also not what I’d consider a breezy read either. It’s absorbing for the right person.
Flames of Desire is a fire-fighter debauchery! I had a lot of fun reading this short story by Angelina Rain.
The story begins with Ginelle, a heartbroken woman who has a horrible day followed by a horrible night. After certain events, things turn for the better as she’s reunited with her old high school boyfriend, Seth, and his fire fighter friends. Flames ensue. The overall plot of the story (unknown hot men wanting to have sex with Ginelle) was surreal, but the sweet backstory between the protagonists and the fiery sex compensate for the fantasy. Furthermore, this backstory and the feelings that re-emerge are what keep this short novel from leaving the romance genre and entering the sex for the sake of sex category.
To my dismay, this story had several editing mistakes that distracted me from further enjoying it. For instance, there were a few swapped tenses and words out of place: “Ginelle traced her fingered” instead of “fingers”; “collage” when it meant “college”, “over” when it meant “oven”, etc.
It was nettlesome, just like the very last line of the novel, which reminded me of a line pulled from a porn film. The choice of words was unfortunate because, as I mentioned before, the author had successfully managed to tread the delicate line between porn and romance.
Truly, Flames of Desire is more than just intense sex between five gorgeous men and a woman. It has humor, an easy flowing plot and there is emotion and sentiment in every touch and caress that the characters give and take (for instance the male/male scene or simply the way Seth and Ginelle interact).
Flames of Desire is a fun, extremely hot story, best read in privacy, especially because if you’re anything like me, you’ll have a hard time forgetting the idea of five men in bed.
There’s nothing a big, interfering Italian family can’t fix. Vince is having a mild mid-life crisis. After three failed marriages, he’s wondering if maybe he should try playing for the other side for a while. He’s suppressed any and all feelings for men since he was a teenager but maybe now that he’s almost forty he can finally find his true self. Enter Trey, a younger man with a troubled family life but who may just be what Vince needs. Vince not only needs to come to terms with his sexuality and his real needs but also with his huge Italian family. A family that is determined to be involved every step of the way.
Family Man is a warm, charming story about two men that find love amid family drama. Trey has an alcoholic mother and a dependant grandmother while working two jobs and trying to finish college. Vince has an interfering family that is loud, large, and very opinionated. Falling for each other is pretty easy but making it work amid the chaos takes work. It’s a kind of work that is lovely to watch unfold. The two men have a great relationship with real chemistry and a nice progression. They are instantly attracted but don’t fall into bed right away. Instead that excitement and desire of first meeting someone with great chemistry is shown to great effect. Their passion builds slowly, step by step, in concert with their relationship. When the two finally sleep together, it’s easy to believe these two are deeply in love.
The writing really shines here with two styles blending well. The narrative alternates between first and third person (Trey and Vince respectively). The characters are three dimensional with a lot of flaws and strengths. They fit well together, leaning on each other and playing to each other’s strengths. There’s some nice depth to the issues brought up, dealing with addiction in the family and the fear of being gay in a very traditional and religious family. Vince’s family especially is wonderful and one of those amazing, annoying, but fabulous groups of people that seem too good to be true even with all their drawbacks.
It’s hard to find anything to criticize with such a well-written book. It’s ends a bit too easily and the family does take care of everything a bit too much. These easy resolutions do take some of the reality away from the book, but I personally didn’t mind so much. In the end I think fans of the author will really quite like this one and enjoy it for the heartwarming message.
Callum may look sweet and innocent but he’s ready for anything Sin can dish out. Callum is a professional chef and extremely successful at work. His personal life, however, is another story. Relationships never seem to work out for Callum and he’s decided to stick to one night stands. Sinclair, an ex-mercenary, thought the same thing. Yet when these two meet, sparks fly instantly and neither man can get enough. When Callum’s number one fan comes stalking, Sin is there to stop him.
Tempting Sin is apparently a re-released story from Amber Kell. The original story was published three years ago and this edition has been re-edited with some added scenes. I didn’t read the original story but just so fans of the author know – this isn’t an original. That said it’s very similar to other Kell stories. The main characters are fun, light, and interesting enough but they’re not very three-dimensional. Sin is a big, badass ex-merc that immediately falls in love and takes over Callum’s life. His overprotective nature is a bit ridiculous but the story isn’t going for a realistic take on relationships. Likewise Callum is a magnificent chef with a heart of gold, adorable looks and deep vulnerability. He can take care of himself but doesn’t mind overbearing men in life, which is good because there are a lot.
The plot mostly consists of the two falling instantly in love with a side plot about Callum’s stalker. I’m not sure why this was added and frankly the story didn’t need it. The time and space would have been better spent developing the too-quick relationship between the main men. They fall in love, move in, declare their love, and talk marriage all within a few days. It’s lightning fast but then again I expect that kind of thing from Kell. There are a few too many cutesy affectionate names used and the sex isn’t as hot as Kell normally delivers. It’s not tame but there’s less of it than usual.
Fans of the author should know what to expect with this offering. I didn’t hate it but it’s not one of my favorites of Kell’s. The dialogue feels weaker and more sappy than usual, but the light, easy, fun feel of the story is still there. These are fun to read, never last long, and usually offer some great sex. This one feels a bit too predictable – which is sad since it has a decent set up and some eye-catching characters. I’ll probably continue with the series as I like the characters well enough and hope the next one is better. Amber Kell’s books always feel like fun, popcorn reads to me and entertain despite any problems. ...more
This is the third installment in the Planetary Submissive’s series by Amber Kell, and I fell in love with Zall in the first book. I waited anxiously for his story and Ms. Kell gives him a great addition to the series. Zall is a former slave and doesn’t want to submit to anyone again, but the only way he can be with Captain Danner Teslan is to be his property as his cabin boy.
The subplot of the smugglers in this story is a great backdrop to Zall and Danner dancing around each other while trying to figure out their relationship. Seeing Zall open up and the way he fits into the crew of the ship, just shows how much he was undervalued as a slave. Captain Teslan is an interesting character, since he’s so in control in his professional life in order to be one of the youngest ship captains in the military. The way he let go when with Zall adds the right amount of spice to their relationship. The sex scenes are hot and touching all at once. This is a novella so my biggest complaint is the same complaint I have with all of Ms. Kell’s stories, they are just too short. She does an amazing job with the few words a novella leaves her and the emotion is clearly there that you still care about these characters.
This can be read as a stand alone but I recommend reading at least the first book in this series first so that you understand Zall and what shaped him as a character. I love this series, and I would gladly read this book again. The sex is hot, the action is fast, and the story is a great read!
Alan Sommers enjoyed getting to work early, and having his boss’s dark roast coffee ready and waiting for him. Kincaid Mallow hasn’t dated since the death of his partner from cancer, though that doesn’t stop Alan from dreaming. When Kincaid goes on a business trip he asks Alan – as a friend, not an employer – to stay at his house and feed his pets. In small ways this helps break the boss/assistant relationship they’ve built and opens to door for a far more intimate one to bloom.
This is a fun and steamy romance, a cool twist on the usual boss and assistant style. Both Alan and Kincaid are well drawn and interesting characters that are sure to appeal to a wide audience. I didn’t find either to be campy or overblown, but more like real men who simply happen to be gay. I really enjoyed how the author built up the romance and led the reader gradually into the sex. This wasn’t a token effort at explaining the depth of feelings between the men, or a plot simply patch-worked around a bunch of sexy shenanigans, but the relationship and bond between Alan and Kincaid was real and solid. There is plenty of buildup, their circumstances and feelings fully fleshed out.
The sex leaves little to the imagination, too. Hot and smoldering, it’s a good idea to keep a cool drink handy. When both men finally give in to their desires neither holds anything back, smashing the barriers that have been keeping them apart. The culmination of their pent up desires is a delectable scene that I greatly enjoyed. There’s a mild bit of spanking (a few slaps – nothing too over the top) and a lot of hot action which ended the story on a definite high note. This is a really good story and thoroughly enjoyable....more
Blake Thompson owns a leather shop, with all the mainstream outfits out front and the more adventurous items in the back area. When Oliver enters his shop Blake is equal parts charmed and concerned for the younger man, intrigued by his dimples and manners, but worried that he’s being subtly manipulated by his partner, Rob. Wanting to help Oliver but not willing to over-step the boundaries of politeness, Blake makes up a few hasty stories and decides Oliver needs someone to watch out for him and protect him.
I enjoyed reading about Blake and Oliver’s meeting, and loved the positive, hopeful ending – just at the cusp of them exploring and starting something fresh and new. Blake is a wonderful character, protective but not overbearing, and Oliver might be young, but he’s stubborn and knows his own mind. I was disappointed only in that this is billed as an erotic short story, and there was no sex, or erotic culmination. While I understand – and often appreciate – there are many flavours of sex, when I’m reading an erotic story I expect some sort of sexual gratification, and this story didn’t have any. Having said that, there’s plenty of chemistry and sexual tension. the author did a wonderful job keeping my attention and I eagerly turned the pages to find what happened next.
I’d love to read more about these two as I can clearly see even from this brief snapshot of them both how they’d complement each other and clearly have an equal partnership in their romance. There’s plenty of conflict and tension in the plot, memorable characters and overall I found this is a thoroughly enjoyable read....more