Breaking the Rules is about the end of a relationship and the possibilities that may come next for Max. Max needs a gardener to bring his yard and poo...moreBreaking the Rules is about the end of a relationship and the possibilities that may come next for Max. Max needs a gardener to bring his yard and pool area up to snuff before a party he and his partner Ray are hosting for some of Ray's business associates. Unfortunately Ray has become a raging alcoholic at some point in their relationship and it all comes to a head just before and during the party. Charlie is a landscape architect down on his luck and when Max sees him holding a sign offering to work it seems like the perfect match of needs. In only 26 pages we see the deterioration of Ray and Max's relationship and the budding of a possible relationship between Max and Charlie. There is no HEA, just barely an HFN, but there is a lot of sex and the bones of a good story. Very enjoyable.(less)
Just when you think you've got Andrew Grey figured out as the author of sweet love stories along comes another Inside Out book that rattles your cage...moreJust when you think you've got Andrew Grey figured out as the author of sweet love stories along comes another Inside Out book that rattles your cage like no other. Spies, bugged rooms, rich people, poor people, friends and enemies... the story really will turn upside down on the way to a thrilling finish. Before Lowell and Jeremy can begin a relationship they have to figure out exactly who Tristan is and what he's mixed up in so they can protect themselves from real danger. Assume nothing going in when reading this story. One of Mr. Grey's best action thrillers, and highly recommended. (less)
Stripped Away is a complicated book that I loved getting wrapped up in, trying to figure out what will happen next. Can you imagine being the pastor's...moreStripped Away is a complicated book that I loved getting wrapped up in, trying to figure out what will happen next. Can you imagine being the pastor's son, having lived a life totally involved in the family's church, and when your father dies it's all stripped away? Secrets, terrible secrets, have been kept for years and now they're coming out to make David's world tilt on a different axis. He feels responsible for protecting everyone, making things right, but it's all out of his control. Add to that David's own closeted secret and it's a real mess. Dad is dead, Mama is sick, there's a new family member with his own problems, a new potential boyfriend who may be more poison than comfort, and a best friend who has chosen a dangerous way to solve problems. This is an exciting book that you won't be able to put down until the last word on the last page. Highly recommended. (less)
What does it take to have a successful long distance romance? This is the question that Rex and J must answer. One of the most important issues is tru...moreWhat does it take to have a successful long distance romance? This is the question that Rex and J must answer. One of the most important issues is trust and when J and Rex make assumptions that are not the same is that trust thrown out the window? Can they salvage even a hot occasional one night stand? If you like modern cowboys this is the short story for you. I absolutely loved it and hope to read more about Rex and J in future stories.(less)
I started "reading" this books as a text-to-speech listen while walking my dog early in the morning. The beginning terrified me to the point that when...moreI started "reading" this books as a text-to-speech listen while walking my dog early in the morning. The beginning terrified me to the point that when I drive down the quiet suburban streets where I was walking that morning I think I am going to come across Ronny and Justin. I can't walk down those streets anymore. This entire book is that striking. Mr. Reed has painted a series of pictures that you can't forget. It's not an easy book to read but once started you can't put it down. My heart broke over and over for Donald, Mark, Walter, and Justin. There are surprising twists to the story, not always in a comforting way, but always moving the story forward. This is a masterpiece. It is full of angst and characters that will grab your heart and not let go. It's a story of what might happen to any of us, in a world where hate is allowed to flourish. After I've digested the messages for a while I will likely read the book again. Powerful. Highly recommended.(less)
Eden Winters can write long or short but it's always a good story with great characters. A broken man who has lost almost everything, not recognizing...moreEden Winters can write long or short but it's always a good story with great characters. A broken man who has lost almost everything, not recognizing that he's still got something left, finds the man who can bring him back. Killy has been hiding in plain sight for too long and when he recognizes how much music means to him he lets it drag him back among the living. Great short story with fully developed characters. I look forward to anything Eden Winters decides to publish and this one proves why.(less)
As reviewed in USA Today http://usat.ly/XmOIJh: What does BAMF stand for? Google it. Now, the next question is who is the BAMF in this story? We start...moreAs reviewed in USA Today http://usat.ly/XmOIJh: What does BAMF stand for? Google it. Now, the next question is who is the BAMF in this story? We start out knowing Ridley is an inked bully fighter who knows he is as BAMF as they come. Until he meets Alex, the persecuted library assistant. When Ridley jumps into the uneven five-against-one fight to save Alex, some truths and some mysteries come to light, as well as who is the real BAMF here.
When Ridley finds out about Alex's past, it leads him in a direction he had no intention of going but has no choice but to follow. Who is trying to kill Alex and why? And why are they now after Ridley? Is Alex a good buy or a bad guy? We are taken on quite a ride to find out what caused Alex to get caught in this ongoing situation and how in the world is he going to get himself and Ridley out of it?
There is some smokin'-hot sex going on between Ridley and Alex that leads to a relationship that both would like to see go long term but know it can't.
One of the things I love about the ending is there is an HEA for a number of people, including some secondary characters who until then have only appeared off page. I cried big ol' salty tears at one touching reunion. I started this book when I went to bed one evening, intending to read until I got sleepy and mark my page for the next time I picked up my Kindle. Ha! At 5:15 the next morning, having never put it down all night, I finished the book. This is one book you REALLY can't put down! What a thrilling story.(less)
As reviewed in USA Today http://usat.ly/XmOIJh: This is a book that touched me deeply. Edmond Manning has a way of doing that in his writing, and this...moreAs reviewed in USA Today http://usat.ly/XmOIJh: This is a book that touched me deeply. Edmond Manning has a way of doing that in his writing, and this isn't the first time (King Perry gave me a nickname that I treasure, Queen Becky the Birthday Giver. You'll have to read that one to find out what kind of king or queen you are.)
Keldon doesn't hate his job at first. It's only after Josh makes him really examine why he's doing it that he realizes how much he hates himself, not just the job. But he needs the money and the huge bonus that will come when he completes the task of curating the collection.
Josh and Keldon are falling in love, but when the truth of what is behind Keldon's job comes to light their budding relationship is threatened. Can they both overcome what Keldon is doing? This is definitely a character-driven book and you will find yourself examining character motives like you've never done before. The secondary characters are just as important as the main characters and play critical roles in the story. In fact, it's hard to think of anyone as "secondary" in this book.
Be prepared to love, hate, be touched, and cry, but by the end you will find great satisfaction in this book. And be prepared to ask yourself, what is the greatest evil and what is the greatest good?(less)
This is a review of the audiobook version of Honey House. I've had Honey House on my TBR (To Be Read) pile for a while and was delighted when the audio...moreThis is a review of the audiobook version of Honey House. I've had Honey House on my TBR (To Be Read) pile for a while and was delighted when the audiobook became available. I love audiobooks. I listen while walking the dog, riding in the car, waiting for an appointment, or even while I'm working in my garden. It's a way to not only pass the time but be thoroughly entertained. Honey House is particularly enjoyable in audiobook format.
The story itself is a rocking good fantasy romance about a young woman who finds herself the unexpected owner of a bed and breakfast that has a mind and will of its own. KC was raised by foster parents who were unconventional at best and taught her the art of the con. The house she inherits from someone she barely knows is actually a character in the story, dictating who can enter the house and making the rules of the house. When an investigative journalist is murdered, we start being introduced to other paranormal characters. People are not who they seem to be and it's great fun to find out who, or what, they really are. Nevertheless, there is love and sex and a romping good time in bed for KC, but with whom? You'll have to listen (or read) the story to find out.
I loved this story but especially the narration by Sonja Field. Ms. Field's reading of each character in his or her own voice is charming and fitting to the characters. My favorite was actually a secondary character, Mrs. Kinsington. When you listen to the story I would love to know which is your favorite.
If you are a fan of audiobooks, I know you will love Honey House. If you've never listened to an audiobook, this is a great story to start with because it is so well read and the characters stand out as individuals. Highly recommended as a book and as an audiobook.(less)
To do something like a series you must begin as you intend to go on, and that is exactly what Laura Harner has done with Separate Ways. In the last bo...moreTo do something like a series you must begin as you intend to go on, and that is exactly what Laura Harner has done with Separate Ways. In the last book of the series she ties up all of the loose threads and gives us a rollicking good time, with angst, thrills, chills, and plenty of twists and turns. Did you know there was a whole community right under your feet as you stroll down the Strip in Las Vegas? That and many other surprises are in this story. You really don't know how this is going to turn out until you get to the end and then you think, well of course, it couldn't end any other way. Not everyone lives to the end of the series or this story. But there is an HEA for someone that is very satisfying. My only regret is it is over. I have a serious book hangover that makes it difficult to start another book. Maybe I'll take a break and watch some TV... Nah. Too many good books on my Kindle begging for attention. See you on down the bookshelf.(less)
Cardeno C continues the Mating series with a third great shifter story. Samuel, son of the pack Alpha, is a werewolf scholar. If pack hierarchy were d...moreCardeno C continues the Mating series with a third great shifter story. Samuel, son of the pack Alpha, is a werewolf scholar. If pack hierarchy were designated other than in Greek letters he would be the pack Rabbi. He has studied the history, traditions, and laws of werewolf culture and knows it backwards and forwards. To his dismay he discovers that other wolf shifters have paid little attention to the historical documents and seem to be making up pack rules as they go along. Korban, son of the neighboring pack’s Alpha has been smitten with Samuel for many years, a fact to which Samuel is ignorant. Could Samuel and Korban be that rare occurance, True Mates, fated to be bonded mystically, and even more unusual, gay True Mates? Samuel has a personal problem, which becomes a pack problem when his father is challenged for the position of Alpha. We get to hear more about the MCs from the first two Matings books, which I always like in a series. There is some homophobia as well as political power play that are dealt with in various ways, and with wolves that can be violent. The good guys don’t always win but there is an HEA in the end. That isn’t a spoiler; this is an erotic romance after all is said and done. One of the things I particularly like about Cardeno’s writings is the way heritage is embedded in Cardeno’s writing. In this case, the characters’ names are either direct or derivations from Biblical names, without making the stories about any particular religion or ethnicity. Pack names are also ethnic, rather than geographical. It’s a small thing but it personalizes the stories and makes them unique and memorable. I have always enjoyed Cardeno C’s work and this newest release does not disappoint. Excellent writing, world building, character development, and story flow. I highly recommend it. (less)
Tail Slide is the cutest, most adorable, most fun, sexiest shifter short story I've ever read! OMG, when an otter shifter just has to shift and the on...moreTail Slide is the cutest, most adorable, most fun, sexiest shifter short story I've ever read! OMG, when an otter shifter just has to shift and the only place available is his unknowing boyfriend's bathroom, a messy chaos ensues that will have you laughing out loud at the otter's hijinks. Cheerios will never look the same. Or fish. This little story has the BEST last line of any book ever. Do NOT skip to the end before you get there because you really don't want to spoil the fun. The only problem I have with Tail Spin is heavy book hangover. I am definitely not too proud to beg for more! Please, please, please, PD Singer. MORE!(less)
Becky’s Review: KC Wells’ Collars and Cuffs is one of my very favorite series and A Dance With Domination is my very favorite book in the series. I love the characters, the plot, the flow of the story, the beginning, middle, and end. In other words, this book hit every tick mark I have for an outstanding book that I will read over and over.
Andrew is a very busy man, working a fulltime job plus stripping at a club, and that isn’t enough to keep his mind and body busy so he can forget what he has lost and the memory he is running from. After a visit to Collars and Cuffs he realizes that what is missing is his life as a Dom, and he begins working with the subs at the club. While he is able to satisfy the submissives he works with he keeps himself from becoming involved with them.
Gareth is a submissive who at one time regularly visited Collars and Cuffs with his Dom until he realized that being mistreated is not the same as being dominated. When he finally is able to return to C&C he is shocked to see the very man who abused him is still a member and what’s more, he wants Gareth back.
Two men who have lost something important in their lives and are trying to work through their emotional pain in a BDSM club. The main aspect of their ability to work together is the fact that both are very experienced as Dom and sub. However, there are barriers to knock down on both sides.
As usual, Ms Wells gives us a way out of tragedy and a happy ending, but the road there is fraught with danger and need. It takes more than just each other to find bliss. It takes a community of friends and club members to guide and support each other, and this is what Collars and Cuffs is all about. A delightful book, highly recommended.(less)
REVIEW: Loving Jay was artfully crafted and perfectly executed from start to finish. The character development and plot line movement was amazing. Ms. Kaye carried through with her themes and it was so entertaining to watch Liam grow and accept that he loves a man. His internal debate was entertaining and realistic. I connected with and fell in love with Liam and Jay. Ms. Kaye’s writing style is superb, leaving me wanting more with each word I read. She easily portrayed the characters emotions and struggles. I fell into the pages of the book and could see what was happening.
I LOVED this book. There are not enough ways to say how much I enjoyed reading Loving Jay by Renae Kaye. I tend to shy away from first time authors as their work is not usually well developed or well executed. I am glad I made an exception for Ms. Kaye and Loving Jay was wonderful. I highly recommend this to everyone and cannot wait to see what she will produce next.(less)
The protagonists of the Morning Report are Pastor Jackson and his wife .We learn right away the new the new Pastor and his wife are peddling their muck in the name of Christian values,” preaching to the local people that they will be dammed if they associate with the sodomites at the Lost Cow Ranch”. What worries Luke the most is this man is not the normal bigot. He has authority and influence and can sway the local business to stop doing business with them. And that he does! The first time Luke and Simon go to town they are faced with picking up their usual feed order form the Benson’s Feed Store, Luke finds out very quickly that they are happy to take his money but , “we can’t be seen doing business with you or Simon “. Not a good thing to say to Luke. One other encounter later in the book I really enjoyed reading was when Lisa, Luke’s sister, got ahold of the Benson’s; “One piss-ignorant pastor waltzes into town and suddenly they’re worse than the fuckin’ devil. Are you fuckin stupid? Why didn’t you tell them to fuck off? “The answer they gave just made me spit and sputter “Pastor Jackson is a man of God. It’s God’s word.” The arrival of the Pastor starts a whole series of events for the Lost Cow Ranch; vandalism of fences, poisoning of cows, false accusations against Simon that landed him in jail and just all the treats made trying to break the ranch. Simon and Luke remain strong throughout the whole mess and that’s the best part of the story. Intertwined throughout the story is amazing sex, all kinds of sex; dominance and submission, some kink and talk of ” playing with others.” It’s all good especially when Luke and Simon are involved it keeps you engage in the story “What are they going to do next?” Their trip to Austin for a couple of vacation days is very entertaining to read and gives us all a break from the craziness and provides us with some laughter and of course some hot sex to read about. Towards the end of the first book, we are introduced Pastor Noah Taylor, he is the pastor of a small church, St Marks. Pastor Noah is quick to point out to Luke that everyone is welcome regardless of who they are. Pastor Noah also shares that he is gay, I chuckled over Luke’s’ response to learning that piece of information. Not going to tell what Luke said; just know it involves the Easter Bunny, Santa and Unicorns. I love epilogues! It’s like learning the rest of the story. Luke and Simon both know that all it not perfect for the Lost Cow Ranch. With the acceptance of some of the townspeople of Parsons and the introduction of a new Pastor and a community that accepts them, Luke and Simon are hopeful to have it all behind them. We also get a hint of the next book in the series, Complete Faith , Pastor Noah and Tommy story. I love Cowboy stories especially gay Western romance and this series is one of the best I have read to date.
A Review of the Audio- This series is one of my favorite, I have re-read them many times, when the audio version came out I was really excited. Mr. Pickering had a very nice voice, but to keep a listener engaged he could have added more tension to his voice, changed up the tempo or just used more variety of voices for the characters. I wondered if I hadn’t already read the book would I have liked the audio more. No, don’t think so, an audio for me is best when the narrator uses very distinct voices and paints a scene with their voice. I want to escape in to the world of Sue Brown’s Lost Cow Ranch . If an audio is published of the other books in the series and they have the same narrator will I listen to them? Of course, why, because they are just good books and can even mediocre narration is acceptable when the writing is so specular.(less)
REVIEW: Bloodline by Barbara Elsborg is one hell of a ride. It’s hot, sexy, funny and quirky, a mix of fantasy and paranormal with a dash of contemporary thrown in. I loved it, and it’s one I know I’ll reach for whenever I want a pick me up.
Inigo is a 200 year old vampire. Bored with an eternity of nothing to do Inigo has made a name for himself as a tattoo artist, he’s considered the best and that brings him to the attention of Oberon the Seventh, the newly ascended king of Faerieland. Oberon needs a tattoo done on his back to fulfil his ascension right so his henchman kidnap Inigo and transport him to Faerieland to ink the required tattoo. Only problem is Oberon isn’t exactly what he claims to be so the ink won’t stay on him. Oberon also has other problems as well in the shape of Micah Norwood and his sister Ellie. The Norwood’s were exiled years before in the reign of Oberon’s grandfather after being suspected of stealing the ‘Kewen’, jewels which form the faire queen’s dowry. Micah and his family have been searching for the Kewen so they can clear their name and return from exile. After finding it in the human world Micah and Ellie try to return it to Oberon but unfortunately Ellie tries a little blackmail that turns out badly for Micah as he ends up staying in Faerieland as Oberon’s prisoner.
What’s starts as a mutual ‘how the hell do we get out of here’ ends up as so much more when Micah and Inigo can’t keep their hands of each other, plus to Inigo Micah’s faire blood is an aphrodisiac that Inigo craves more than he really should. Also what is that strange blood Oberon wants added to the tattoo ink and why does Inigo feel differently after drinking it. Can Inigo really walk in sunlight, breathe and feel hungry now, and will it last? As Inigo and Micah try to escape Oberon’s clutches, and clear Micah’s family name at the same time, they end up in a quest to find the truth behind how the Kewen went missing in the first place. A truth that holds the key to saving Faerieland from Oberon. Can they save Faireland, and also save each other?
What a romp this turned out to be. I loved every minute of it. It has a true pantomime feel with Inigo as Prince Charming, Micah as Cinderella and Oberon and Cavan as the ugly sisters we all love to hate. Oberon is wonderful as the monstrously sadistic faire king who revels in torturing, humiliating and sexually abusing his captives, he is truly evil and is partnered perfectly with his lead henchman Cavan. The true heroes of course are Inigo and Micah. I don’t usually have favorites but I have a soft spot for Inigo. Inigo, with his permanent dark eye liner, is a loveable rogue always ready with a dry and witty remark and I loved how peppered throughout the book we have his thoughts in italics, right after his speech, so we get to know exactly what he is thinking all the time, which isn’t what he often says! Inigo is a vampire that’s true, but he’s also a bit of a softie, he doesn’t kill for blood just takes what he needs and tries to give his ‘donors’ a good time into the bargain. Finding his ‘donors’ via a mobile app called Grindr was priceless, an inspired touch.
And Micah, poor sweet Micah, all he wanted to do was protect his family (and maybe strangle Ellie) but instead he finds himself helpless and at the mercy of a sadistic brute, suffering even more because the ink won’t stay on Oberon’s back, after all Oberon has to have someone to take his rage out on and Micah fits the bill perfectly. Once our two heroes hitch up the story becomes a roller coaster of twists and turns, from missing werewolves to secret princes the pace never slackens, we even have the obligatory zombie appearing to even the status quo of species. As the story moves from Faireland to London and back again Inigo and Micah gradually fall in love, their initial lust and ‘omg I need you right now’ developing into something much deeper. The passion between the two men is sexy and scorching hot, the chemistry that binds them obvious on every page.
Bloodline actually follows Barbara Elsborg’s earlier book Jumping in Puddles, which I haven’t read, but I didn’t feel I was missing anything as Bloodline works perfectly as a standalone story. I really hope we see more from this universe as I’m not yet ready to leave Inigo, Micah and all the others. I adored this book and can’t recommend it highly enough. If you want a pick me up don’t go anywhere else, pick up Bloodline and settle in for a great read.(less)
REVIEW: The Tucker Springs series is always a delight, great characters, great authors that work well to keep the flow consistent. It’s Complicated is no exception and is it ever complicated!
After many breakups and do overs—too many to count—Brad and Jeff are ready to try again. After a great “first date” the shoes begin to drop. First Jeff’s ex-wife drops the bombshell that she is pregnant with Jeff’s baby, that she really doesn’t want to live in Tucker Springs, and wants to move home to Denver.
Jeff and Christine’s business is taking up more and more of their time, and Christine will have less time than ever. Jeff is a workaholic and Christine is right there with him, while Brad seems to get the leftover time. Should Jeff buy Christine out of the business, move it to Denver, or sell it altogether and stay in Tucker Springs with Bra?
Through thick and thin they argue and make-up, agree they want to be together and then think they should split forever and at the point where Jeff is ready to give up on his business and success. Brad suggests that he start working with Jeff at the shop part time and then full time, they work together and work hard ending the struggles they have been facing.
An arrangement between Jeff and Christine and ultimately with Brad, paves the road to success for their little family or four.
One thing I enjoy about reviewing (and the curse is the other side), is you find gems of books from authors you never heard of before. You go along, and expect one thing, and here the author takes you right back around a different route, challenging your mind and or heart towards another path. I truly enjoy that most about reading. It is how I discovered some of my most treasured books. Reading in this genre, you expect hot sex, or bad prose, or weird situations with fumbling teens. But you don’t expect a true sci fi fantasy about gay magic users that is quite interesting, very well written, and has the depth plus the adventure of an Indiana Jones adventure. Once the story got going, it was like the Dresden Files with pure gay/bi magic casters involved, and not just centered on humping their way through alleyways or clients, but the reader gets a very thought out story arch that satisfied any great sci fi buff, like myself. I enjoyed this immensely. They just happen to be gay. I love that. The story was more important than making that statement, and that left me with a better feeling in my literary heart. Brought me back to my Wells/Verne childhood days, and left me with a smile. This was a good book. Plain and simple.(less)
LEATHERSKATER’S OPINION: Could the Godfather’s world be infused with m/m sexual and sensual erotic feelings and scenes and still feel honest and pure criminally pure? Reading this, I discovered that operatic spell once more that drew me to their world. Not the seedy grimy side, but the honor and caste side that demands respect from decades of layers of their rites of killing passages. This just added gayness to it, and I was loving every second of it. The moment crazy Spadaro shows up in a tight leather bodysuit riding a motorcycle to a mafia meeting where a Don is dying, and main guy Stefano’s life is shaken up forever, I was hooked. Sure there could have been more sex scenes in it. But I was just excited to be in this world. And enjoyed how well it was written, and happy it said Vol. 1. The characters came alive for me, and the book flew very quickly.
Review: Elizabeth Noble writes stories I love, with characters I can’t forget, and in a style that hits me on the bookshelf I like. In Run for the Roses, set around the Kentucky Derby, we run into a murder mystery as well as a story about horses and what it takes to get a horse into the most famous race of all.
While female jockeys are still relatively rare, Janelle is a very believable character. Wyatt and Val are a May December couple who are also very believable. The only thing that was slightly on the this-is-a-stretch side of things is the overly complicated backstory for Wyatt and Janelle, but even that didn’t diminish my enjoyment of this wonderful book.
This is the first of a new series so you can bet I’ll be watching for the next thriller from Elizabeth Noble.(less)
REVIEW: I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again. NR Walker Rocks! She knows how to suck you into a story with the emotions. They’re just words on paper, but the way this author writes you can feel everything! In this final installment of the Turning Point series Matt is still in therapy after the dramatic events of book two, but he’s doing okay. He’s turned the Fight Club around and is now helping at-risk kids with the help of a local community college and the scholarship program through the FC. Kira is his rock. When two street kids show up at the FC it ends up turning everybody’s life upside down. Even Sal and Yumi’s. Claudia and Rueben have no family and no place to go and Ruby starts getting involved with the wrong crowd. He loves his younger sister dearly and is just trying to keep her safe but he sees the easy cash as a drug runner as the best way to do it. These kids will break your heart, and in turn they break Matt and Kira’s as well. The emotion involved with Claude and Ruby will rip your heart out. Matt and KIra’s relationship goes from strength to strength in this final novel and it was nice to see them as a loving couple without the stresses that came with Matt’s job previously. Any drama here was centered around the kids and Matt and Kira dealt with it so well. Book two finished off with a marriage proposition and I’m so glad we got the wedding here, although it’s not what you would expect, but it was absolutely perfect for the happy couple. Although Yumi wasn’t terribly impressed with the proceedings, Sal was thrilled! I spoke to the author just before this final book was released and asked about the possibility of a forth. Who wouldn’t want more from Matt and Kira? Sadly there isn’t going to be a forth and you’ll see why at the end of this book. This was wrapped up so completely, bringing in all the elements from the first two reads, that the only place for Matt and Kira to go was straight to their HEA.
I’ll say it again – Ms Walker rocks my socks!(less)
REVIEW: Jackson Tybalt is a Warder-one of an elite group of warriors who patrol the night protecting humans from the demons that attack them. Feeling bitter,and betrayed after finding the man he loves in the arms of another man, he ignores the pleas of the other warders to be careful, throwing himself into dangerous and deadly situations. Kyrie Raphael has wanted to claim Jackson as his own for months, but Jackson doesn’t want a hearth or a lover-he just wants down and dirty,because he feels he doesn’t deserve any better. Raphael is willing to give Jackson whatever he needs until the time he’s ready to accept the tender feelings that Raphael has for him.
Sinnerman is the fourth book in Mary Calmes’ fascinating Warder series. This taut, plot driven tale takes place in a world where Warders-warriors who hunt demons, and Hearths-the ones who anchor the Warders and keep them from going insane, secretly protect an unsuspecting humanity from things that go bump in the night. The story pulls you in from the very beginning, taking you on a wild ride, then finally turns you loose. The sex is raw, dirty, and gritty, but there is some tenderness hidden underneath. The author’s writing style is simple, stark, but strangely appealing, and the world she builds is complex and richly detailed. This fantastic story has a HEA ending, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. If you want an action-packed walk on the dark side that is DEFINITELY not boring, then this is the book for you.(less)
REVIEW: Domestic Relations is the story of two gay lawyers who are in a relationship but one of them withholds deep, dark secrets from the other. This is about what happens when trust and courage are one-sided instead of shared. When Riley has no choice but to either share his past and his secrets with Josh or lose Josh he continues to make the wrong decision until he realizes how much he really has to lose. The plot moves along at a good pace but there are a few places where it seems rushed to complete a sub-arc. This didn’t make me enjoy the book any less but it does reveal how much K-lee Klein has grown as a writer since then. I loved the true HEA at the end of the story, but the thing I loved most was the telling off of a bully earlier. That was a very satisfying moment in a book that up until then was full of tension and angst. Good story, great characters.(less)
REVIEW: Jason desperate to see what he wants and needs in life the trip to Paris is just the beginning of a change that was nothing he could ever have dreamt of. Stopping for a drink at a “Loup Garou” and listening to music was very fortuitous. He met the man with the “Blue Note” tattoo who would infuriate him, encourage him and love him to test him to find what is important in life.
Jules works at the Loup Garou where he washes dishes, serves food, and whenever needed his trio plays in the bar. Jules has a captivating musical style that goes right to Jason’s heart. While younger than Jason, Jules captivates his heart, and puts their love to music.
But before that love can really grow, they must share some of their greatest fears, Jason not being a professional pianist, and Jules horrific upbringing with a dysfunctional mother, sexual abuse and a younger brother to care for. As they face their demons they encounter Diane the woman Jason was to marry as well as the countdown of their time together.
Jason’s designer sister Rosalie hears Jules music and immediately wants his group to play for her upcoming fashion show in Milan, due to an illness Jason must fill in as the pianist. Jason placed an agent in the audience of the fashion show. This agent starts to line up gigs around Europe.
On a final trip to the states Jason takes Jules to the “Blue Note” jazz club for an evening of fun where decisions are ultimately made Jules has a greater opportunity to play in Paris and Jason would just just return to his practices as before.
A beautiful love story by Shira Anthony, I hope to see more of Jason and Jules in upcoming books in the series.(less)
REVIEW: I have no idea how to write a review of Wolf Bound without unfortunate spoilers, and it is extremely important that there be no spoilers. This is a book of suspense, plot twists, unexpected love, murders, and revelations that sometimes it’s best to go with the pretend evil rather than the lurking real one. There is also spirited humor, as when people continue with their everyday lives despite the nightmares that are no longer part of dreams. One thing that made me giggle is Theo Fenraven has built a world in which werewolves are very real and (small spoiler here) we learn they have reunions like any other extended family. I am not a speed reader but this book was such a pleasure to read I couldn’t put it down and finished it in record (for me) time. Whether you have read Mr. Fenraven’s other books or not, you really should pick this one up and savor it. It cements his reputation as a writer of great talent who can take on a variety of topics and make the stories his own.(less)
REVIEW: Will Astin is a dungeon master at a Buffalo, NY BDSM club who just happens to be available to answer questions when a lovely young college student, Vanessa comes in seeking answers to questions for a college paper she is writing. Vanessa is quite inexperienced in sex itself, much less kink of any kind but the research that she has completed on the Internet has her fascinated with this topic of BDSM and she’s determined to explore it to its very fullest. It turns out that the man she’s scheduled to meet, Rod, the owner of the club, has come down with a horrible migraine and has asked his buddy Will, another Dom to fill in and answer her questions.
The pair are instantly attracted to each other and Vanessa tries her level best to keep everything quite casual until she simply can’t resists Will and ends up being bound and edged for over an hour and after multiple orgasms she finally relieves him by giving him a blowjob. They go out on a second ‘date’ and he tells her a little bit about what he does for the government – he is a hostage negotiator. After they finally go all the way, with Vanessa once again bound and at her Master’s mercy, they’ve moved from a friendly mentor/student relationship and into a relationship headed for love.
Suddenly, Will is called away on an assignment out of the country and of course Vanessa and his best friend Rod, have no idea what’s going on until they hear the dreaded news from Will’s parents… Will has been involved in a suicide bombing and severely injured overseas. Will eventually heads home but not until he confesses to Vanessa over the phone that he is in love with her. The balance of the story involves Will coming home, his initial need to push Vanessa away and her fighting to stay involved in his life.
The story is a good one, quite well written. It is obvious that the author is a skilled story teller. I took off one sweet pea due to the fact that in places this book dragged on a bit and some of the back and forth dynamic between the couple was predictable and nothing that I haven’t seen before. It was very much like a boy meets girl, falls for her, he’s injured, she tries to help, his Dom nature won’t let him, she needs to break down the barriers until he lets him in.
Overall, I really liked the book though as I said, it could have been shortened a lot and had perhaps more impact. The sex was well written, though a little bit timid for what I would expect a BDSM book to be but if you are new to the BDSM genre, this book is right up your alley. You can learn about the lifestyle right along with Vanessa.(less)