Police detective Hunter has gone undercover in the world he loves, as a Dom. He is trying to find the truth about a private BDSM organization and whatPolice detective Hunter has gone undercover in the world he loves, as a Dom. He is trying to find the truth about a private BDSM organization and what he finds is that this is a place he belongs. SWAT team member Keiffer has to be in supreme control of every movement in his life as a trained sniper, even to the point of sniffling every muscle movement and his very breathing. He finds relief as a sub in the organization that Hunter is investigating. Hunter knows the minute he sees Keiffer bound and gagged in a BDSM dungeon that the man needs him as his Dom. Keiffer is slow to trust anyone so he takes his Doms one at a time with no plans for a permanent relationship. It becomes Hunter's job to convince Keiffer that this needs to change and Hunter is the one to do it. We see Keif's recognition of his need for Hunt and also his reluctance to accept it. The sex is beyond hot and there is plenty of it. I loved watching the careful way Hunt approaches Keif and also his strong handling of the man he is beginning to love. This is a terrific love story wrapped in an exciting tale of BDSM and what it means to those who have a strong need for the lifestyle. Highly recommended. ...more
This is not a short book, its 300 pages, and I literally couldn't put it down. It gripped me from start to end. I found it intense,A Recommended Book!
This is not a short book, its 300 pages, and I literally couldn't put it down. It gripped me from start to end. I found it intense, the historical detail was well researched and richly scripted, and the characters of Captain Smith, William and especially David were so well fleshed out they felt like real people to me. The ending is immensely satisfying and the only graphic sex in the book is at the end, and even that's not graphic compared to what's written nowadays. But don't let the lack of sex put you off, this is an amazing story with a brilliant plot and characters that will live with you long after you turn the final page.
This is the first book in Lee Rowan's Navy Series which comprises four novels and a few short stories, and I can't wait to read the rest of them. For anyone who loves historical fiction, especially set in the world of sail, this is a must read.
Every Saturday please join us for reviews of books that were published three or more months ago. It's the weekend! Relax with an old favorite or a book you may have missed the first time around. Leave a comment if there is a book you would like for us to consider for review....more
This book is as much a psychological study as it is an erotic novel. Gentlemanly Master Tobias has as many insecurities and worries about his role asThis book is as much a psychological study as it is an erotic novel. Gentlemanly Master Tobias has as many insecurities and worries about his role as a Dom as does sweet Noah about his continuing role as a sub. Tobias is a highly skilled Dom but has been without a sub for a while. The breakup with his previous slave Phantom, while affectionate, was very painful for both Tobias and Phantom. Noah has suffered at the hands of a Dom who failed to protect him and another Dom who abused him. They are brought together by a mutual friend and see something in each other worth tentatively pursuing. This is an excellent book. I highly recommend it!...more
Deviations is one of my very favorite series. I love Tobias and Noah and Phan is so precious, so needy, you can't help loving him. The first book, SubmDeviations is one of my very favorite series. I love Tobias and Noah and Phan is so precious, so needy, you can't help loving him. The first book, Submission, was about contracts, negotiation, and the sub learning to submit. Domination takes the next step in the BDSM world. You think it's easy being the Dom? Think again. This book digs into Tobias' thoughts and motivations, what he needs, what he wants and ultimately what scares the crap out of him. Tobias allows Noah to see a side of him no sub has ever seen, and then regrets it. Noah, on the other hand, knows Tobias has to have this kind of emotional release and has to balance Tobias' need to be the Big Bad Top as well as the hurting human being that lurks under his skin. All those Christmases alone. It breaks your heart while letting you rejoice at what is to come if the men just allow it. We find out a little more about the horror that has been Phantom's life and why he is such a masochist. Love, love, love this book and this series....more
Trapped in Oz is possibly my favorite Tales from Kansas story. I say “possibly” because I love all of the books in this series. The MCs are so likeablTrapped in Oz is possibly my favorite Tales from Kansas story. I say “possibly” because I love all of the books in this series. The MCs are so likeable and the story compelling you can’t help but want that HEA for both of them. Gary is having to skip meals and let his house fall into disrepair because he is barely making ends meet in his job as a waiter, plus he has tuition to pay. He advertises for a roommate when his previous (unwanted) tenant moves out. I felt so sorry for Gary though the first part of this book. It seemed like he couldn’t catch a break. Then he meets Martin. Martin’s parents are moving and need to sell their house where Martin lives with them so they can buy a new home in Houston. Martin has opportunities at the company where he works in Wamego so he decides to stay and answers Gary’s ad for a roommate. Martin discovers that Gary’s parents disowned him when he came out to them. This adds to Martin’s own concerns about coming out to his parents. This is a sweet building love story, not insta-love, and we get to see these two young men go from being roommates to an attraction for each other to something more. They help each other overcome personal obstacles to happiness. In Gary’s case he is losing the tips he needs to buy groceries due to someone stealing from the tables at the restaurant. In Martin’s case he is afraid to tell his parents that he is gay. There is gentle angst as Gary’s decision to confront the thief and the restaurant’s owner may lead to him losing his job. What happens is part of Gary’s growth as a man and his love for Martin. When Gary graduates from college who shows up for the commencement ceremonies shows how far both men have come, in their relationship and personally. Trapped in Oz has a great HEA ending. Love is love. Nothing is more important. ...more
Holy Frat Boy & Toppy! Brad and Sebastian are back and this time Brad refuses to let Sebastian…well, let’s not go there just yet.
In Frat Boy and Toppy I fell in love with Theta Alpha Gamma, the fraternity Brad (Frat Boy) was in (and it has since become the first book of a great series!) Big, beefy, clueless about life and love when he meets Sebastian who rocks his world hard. An incident in the shower between Brad and one of his frat brothers is the catalyst to future interactions between Brad and Sebastian. In the end, true love won out. Right?
Not so much. If you read Sweet Young Thang you’ll understand this story better as Good Boy is essentially part of that story. A fire at the TAG frat house has Collin coming to Brad and Sebastian’s apartment. Brad told Sebastian, but his boyfriend has been so invested in his thesis he wasn’t really paying attention and his attitude matches his emotional state. Face facts, Brad and Sebastian are fraying at the edges and there may not be a way to stop it.
Unless Sebastian listens to his boyfriend and gives him what he needs, he’s going to lose it all. Will Sebastian be able to let go of his hurt and deal with Brad or will his Good Boy go off with someone else? This story by Anne Tenino is a logical extension of Brad and Sebastian’s relationship and I was really damned glad to read more of my favorite Frat Boy and his Toppy partner....more
“You think I’m going to have sex with you in Wen’s office just so you can work me out of your system?” The door shut with a crack. “I’m really hoping the answer to that question is no, or there will not be enough bleach in the world to get me back in that chair”. She hadn’t even realised anyone came in until she peeked around Forest and stared into her temporary boss’s eyes, bright with amusement.
I totally loved this book, both Jordan and Forest are great characters and have a great banter between them. Both were smart in control and happy with their lives. They both have best friends, Elle and Wen who are also well written and the “cameo by text” of Jordan mother is great – especially when it leads to the hilarious “Do you think of your parents having sex” conversation. The little chapter headings that are excerpts from the website are fantastic, to the point where I was laughing so often that I was reading them aloud to a poor bemused friend that was visiting. This was light hearted and fun but didn’t descend to fluff. Oh and steamy – very steamy! What more could you ask for!...more
Tobias takes Noah to Paris, where they sample truly decadent sex clubs and scenes. Noah is in heaven but the purpose of the trip is to write a contracTobias takes Noah to Paris, where they sample truly decadent sex clubs and scenes. Noah is in heaven but the purpose of the trip is to write a contract that is essentially a marriage agreement between the two men. The discussion of the contract is fascinating. It is clear that Phan is going to have some kind of place in their lives when Tobias tells Noah that when Noah moves in with Tobias in a new home they plan to build, Phan will retain ownership of the residence where Tobias has been living. This doesn’t make Noah happy but because it is a need Tobias feels deeply, Noah has to accept it as part of his service to Tobias....more
I love the stories written by Andrew Grey's alter ego and character from his Farm series, Geoff Laughton for Geoff's son. Under the Stars is a sweet tI love the stories written by Andrew Grey's alter ego and character from his Farm series, Geoff Laughton for Geoff's son. Under the Stars is a sweet teen-aged love story about opposites attracting. Ethan is the treasured gay son of a family who obviously have money and each summer they allow their children to take turns choosing the vacation of their choice. This summer Ethan's sister has decided the family needs to spend two weeks at a working ranch, which is absolutely an anathema to the fashionable, fastidious Ethan. He brings enough games, movies, and electronic entertainment to allow him to hole up in his room for the duration. That's fine until he meets the son of the ranch owners, Jason. Jason talks Ethan into a trail ride which leads to talking and discovery that maybe Ethan doesn't need to bathe in antibiotic gel or shun everything that is new to him. Jason is also gay but closeted and fearful of his parents finding out the truth of who he is. Jason is attracted not only to Ethan but to what appears to Jason to be an exotic life in the city of Chicago. The boys realize they are going to have to part at the end of the two weeks and are therefore reluctant to declare their budding love to one another. How they work out to carry their friendship and romantic relationship forward after parting is sweet and the HFN ending leaves the reader hoping this "first boyfriend" will eventually be much more to both Ethan and Jason. Very sweet, very real emotionally, and highly recommended. Geoff Laughton's characters have once again touched my heart. ...more
We've all had the experience of losing touch with friends. Sometimes the time just slips away from us, and that's exactly what happened to Alex and KuWe've all had the experience of losing touch with friends. Sometimes the time just slips away from us, and that's exactly what happened to Alex and Kurt. Mr. Williams does an outstanding job of conveying the hurt that Alex felt when he tried to contact Kurt. The inability to find him caused Alex to feel rejected. When they run into each other Kurt tries to make up his absence to Alex and goes wildly overboard. This is a character-driven story that has been re-written from an original short story; it has been expanded and a new ending added. What I liked most about this story is the way the reader can get the POV of both characters and understand their motivations and behaviors. While Kurt finds Alex to be stubborn and Alex believes Kurt to be aloof we know they are both blind to their own faults. A terrific love story and one that I highly recommend. ...more
“Y’all best be teaching me your cowboys’ games so’s I can impress my crew back home in the big city. They’ll be mighty pleased to know y’all rednecks don’t just tip cows or throw horse dung at old tractor wheels for nightly entertainment.”
Brett Taylor has spent the last three years living in his own little world after losing his partner Walt Sharp. He’s just fine staying on his ranch with his routine of grief, guilt, writing letters to his dead love, retiring to his office with his old friend Jack Daniels, and wishing his mother and others would quit telling him that he needs to move on with his life. He REALLY gets upset when his mother surprises him by bringing over a young man she picked up hitchhiking, and wants Brett to hire him to do odd jobs. JT Campbell has spent the last year and a half moving from one job to the next searching for something that’s missing from his life. He doesn’t know what it is, but figures he’ll recognize it when he does. After a nice lady picks him up from a dark Texas highway, and asks her very attractive son to give him a job, he finds himself fixing fences, mucking stalls, and any other jobs than need to be done. JT and Brett are attracted to each other, but between Brett’s relunctance to let go of his guilt and grief about the past, and the obstacles Brett keeps putting up between himself and JT, JT wonders if he has any chance at all to unbreak Brett’s heart.
Unbreak My Heart by K-lee Klein is a fascinating character driven tale. With a smooth plot flow and vividly complex characters, K-lee has written a beautifully intense tale that pulls you in and doesn’t let you go until the very last page. The sex is passionate and hot while the building emotions behind it are powerful. The backstory is seamlessly woven into a solid foundation that fills in any gaps without too much trivial information. The author’s writing style is crisp, eloquent, and brilliantly concise. I really liked how the author took Brett’s struggle between what he wanted, and what he felt he deserved, and and turned it into a heartbreaking, yet ultimately hopeful journey from the painful past into a better future for both him and JT. This story has a beautiful HEA ending that I absolutely adored. If you’re looking for a read that is ANYTHING but ordinary, then I recommend you give this gripping book a try....more
This series is my favorite BDSM series of any that I have ever read. By the fourth book the characters are so thoroughly drawn that I felt like I knowThis series is my favorite BDSM series of any that I have ever read. By the fourth book the characters are so thoroughly drawn that I felt like I know them personally. My favorite character is poor troubled Phantom and I was glad to see more of him in this book than the previous ones. Things are beginning to work out for Phantom thanks to the love Tobias has always had for Phan as well as the generous heart of Noah. The plot is complicated and the book is long enough to weave through the subtle and dynamic relationships of a menage that is grounded in a 24x7 BDSM lifestyle. There was some switch role play that I wasn't comfortable with. It's not that I don't think that could happen but it was so OOC for Noah and Tobias that it was hard to accept. The ending is definitely HEA for all three men but I kept wanting it to go on and on. This was supposed to be the last book in the series but there is a fifth one now out as well as short stories online so I will read them and get my Deviations fix....more
Kiwi's review: One word would describe this story perfectly: Hilarious. Poor Gabby stumbles across what he thinks is a dead body in the foyer during tKiwi's review: One word would describe this story perfectly: Hilarious. Poor Gabby stumbles across what he thinks is a dead body in the foyer during the Brac Pack’s annual Halloween bash. Hilarity ensues when he notifies the other inhabitants of the house which makes this one of THE MOST hilarious Brac Pack stories in the series. Somehow or another, Johnny fancies himself a detective and is determined to solve this ‘crime’. He assembles his team which consists of Keata, Gabby and Nero and together this Scooby Doo crack team (more like a Scooby Doo team on crack) begins to investigate and solve the crime. All I can say is: who in the hell put Johnny in charge of an investigation? Their interrogation of members of Christian’s Coven, Zeus’ Pack as well as members of their own pack in addition to their CSI-like efforts in collecting evidence had me damn near falling out of my chair laughing. Hagen was not only successful in suspending the storylines to bring these characters together, but do it in a way that will have you in stitches. Besides being funny as all get out, this story emphasizes the love between the packs and covens. Even though they are all different species, all of them have a great deal love and affection for one another. They are always there for each other, just like a family. Well played as always, Lynn Hagen. Well played indeed....more
Outstanding, beautifully written book. Characters are fully developed and stay with you after the end of the book.The ending is not HEA or HFN but theOutstanding, beautifully written book. Characters are fully developed and stay with you after the end of the book.The ending is not HEA or HFN but there is more to come in the next book. Warning, this story is very violent and brutal. It is "Survivor" with all of the contestants under the age of 18 and the only way to eliminate a rival is to kill him or her. There is one odd chapter about zombies that seemed out of place.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys adventure, mystery, sci-fi, and a story that hits a little too close to home in terms of what can happen to human nature if the controls are loosened....more
"I don't think you understand, sir," said Josh in a quiet charged voice. "The world doesn't allow men like me to hope for constancy. I never expected it. You're going to marry. I did expect that. And I'll be glad to see you happy." He walked down onto the sand, Peter following, torn between the certainty that he must go through with this, and the certainty that if he let Josh go-if he lost Josh, he could not survive it.
I have always adored historical stories and when I first became obsessed with the Napoleonic period of the British Navy I hunted around for what was available in the m/m genre and discovered the the Captain's Surrender by Alex Beecroft. It's taken me a while to get around to reading this book, but it was well worth the wait.
The story revolves around Peter Kenyon, and Joshua Andrews. As the story opens both men are officers of his Britannic Majesty's ship Nimrod which is under the oppressive command of vindictive Captain Walker, who rules through fear and punishes the least infraction viciously. Peter Kenyon is a lieutenant, on temporary assignment to the Nimrod, on his way to Bermuda to take a command of his own. Joshua Andrews is a Midshipman. Joshua hides a terrible secret, he lusts after men, but he knows he must keep his abomination hidden as he will hang for it if anyone finds out and the captain has spies throughout the ship, in fact a fellow officer was hanged for that very reason the day Peter Kenyon joined the ship. Joshua is immediately captivated by Peter, enamoured by him, but knows he must keep him at arms length if he is to keep his secret, and his sanity.
The journey from Portsmouth is beset with danger as the captain pushes the crew closer to mutiny with his tyranny, and from pirates, but during this period Peter learns Joshua's secret, and Joshua learns Peter can be trusted with his life, if not his heart.
Once Peter takes command of his own ship he offers Joshua a place among his officers Joshua accepts, but at what cost? As the two men tentatively explore a relationship, as such as they can have, can Joshua serve along side Peter and watch all that he wants drift away from him, after all Peter wants a place in society, he has ambition, wants glory and promotion, all of that will be much easier to obtain with a wife, and well placed Emily Jones seems all that Peter needs, and should desire.
Alex Beecroft has written a wonderful story, filled with danger, action, suspense and intrigue. I adored it, and couldn't put it down. My heart bled for Joshua, he loves Peter so much yet has to stand back and let him live his life, come to his own decisions. He wrestles with the belief that he is corrupting Peter by pushing their relationship and tries to accept the best of what he feels he can have. I didn't quite warm to Peter as much as Joshua, but I do think I understood him. He didn't mean to play with Joshua the way he did, I truly think he was oblivious to the hurt he was causing. I felt that same with Emily Jones, again she was a victim of her place in society and the time she lives, she wanted another and used Peter as much as he used her.
The historical elements of the story are well researched and the period detail stands up well next to the Age of Sail books I have read, like the Hornblower, and Master and Commander books. I loved all the battles and the duels, all the intrigue, danger and excitement. This is a plot based novel, it's not hearts and flowers, in fact I wouldn't call it a romance at all, it's a gritty, realistic portray of life at that time, perfect for anyone who loves historical stories written with a healthy dose of realism. I'll definitely be seeking out more of Alex Beecroft's work....more
Best book of the series! Well, so far. We've still got three books to go and then the finale. We have to take the good with the bad in this episode. ScBest book of the series! Well, so far. We've still got three books to go and then the finale. We have to take the good with the bad in this episode. Scott finally visits Danny and discovers the horror of his injuries. He survived the wildfire that killed so many but at what cost? This visit and a heart wrenching talk with Danny enables Scott to put to rest his guilt, but it will take time to work all the way through what he learns. Meanwhile, Robby resigns from his job as a law enforcement officer in order to spend more time with his children and helping Scott run Mountain Shadows. There are still dangers and mysteries to solve and one of them is turning out to be blazing a trail right to Scott. This is a thrilling episode with some plotlines wrapping up and others ramping up. I can hardly wait to see what Lee Brazil, Havan Fellows, and Tom Webb write about in their fifth episodes, and then the finale. Wow!...more
This novella by Sean Michael tells Jeff and Paul’s story. Jeff was hired by the owners Dev and Barney (their story is told in This Old House) to keep the Hammer Club servers in line. Let me tell you that those boys can be a hand full; definitely in need of a firm hand. The blurb gives you the basic idea of what’s going on, however, there’s so much more to this short story. Paul’s ex-Dom and lover reappears but not in a way you would expect. The ex’s reappearance answers the question about why Paul felt the way that he did about himself. It’s really quite sad what happened to the ex, but Jeff is able to pull Paul through the feelings of guilt and sadness that threatened to engulf him. Once you saw that Paul was going to pull through with Jeff by his side, focus shifts to another boy in the house. All of the other boys in the house were introduced in the first book, so I was somewhat familiar with them. This boy was not because he lives in the attic. A past trauma prevents this boy from trusting anyone other than Paul and it’s through him that the boy is able to trust Jeff. Both men work together to help pull this boy out of his depression and fear. You’ll only get bits and pieces of this sub’s story in this installment but I suspect that the next story will be his. As usual, the sex was steamy, but there wasn’t quite as much of it in this story. That’s okay because the storyline was just as strong without it. Sean Michaels has this quirky little writing style that I absolutely love. This book is short but packs a big emotional punch....more
Rick didn’t have keepers. Keepers couldn’t be trusted, nor could a keeper trust him.
This is book # 3 in the Toronto Tales series and follows up with Ian and Rick. This book actually picks up nicely where the first book left off. I say the first book because the second featured another set if characters before returning to this couple. This is one of those books where you are so completely taken in by the characters and storyline that you’re disappointed that the book had to end. This is surprising considering I initially passed on Cop Out, the first book in the series. I ran across the book again months later on Amazon, got the free sample and immediately purchased the entire book. I’m so glad now that I did. This series’ characters are wonderful. KC Burns’ writing style is clear and the story lines are absolutely fabulous. Okay, so in this book we followed up with Ian. He and his brother were estranged for a short while and ironed out their differences (their story is told in Cop Out). Ian is introduced to Rick, a friend of this brother’s partner. The attraction between the two is immediate. Ian is a man who is newly ‘out’ and looking to be involved with a man. He’s over the one night stands in secret so he’s looking to settle down, have the same kind of relationship that his parents and siblings have. Rick on the other hand is he complete opposite. Rick’s tragic past is the reason he has a total aversion to relationships and families. Ian comes along and makes Rick yearn for things that he never has before. The road to happiness for these two is not easy; both man’s fears wreak havoc on this relationship. Rick and Ian are strong yet vulnerable. They’re both so used to hiding their real selves from their family and friends and so it takes a lot for them to finally let go of the fear and be themselves. I also love the relationship Ian has with his family and how they extend that love to Rick. All of the books in this series are must reads.
By Design, written by Lisa Worrall, is a beautiful character driven short story about Rob, a man obsessed with his tattoo shop to the point that he's neglecting his boyfriend, and letting his clients' perception of what he should look like dictate his appearance. It takes a customer named Shane, and his request for a special tattoo to remind Rob of what's really important in life. Lisa packs as much emotion, passion, and steamy hot sex into a short story as many much longer ones. I definitely enjoyed reading this gem and the HEA ending came with a surprise twist I didn't see coming. If you're looking for a quick, but very satisfying read, then I can definitely recommend this book to you....more
“So she’s just like you. Don’t worry, cats love me. I know just where to scratch them.” “Oh, do you really?” “Yeah. Come ’ere.” He leaned over the gear shift and pulled me in for a kiss. With one hand, he held the back of my head, while with the other he rubbed the patch of skin on my arm where the rope marks had barely faded. If I were a cat, I would’ve purred. We parted at last, and he gave me a wink. “Trust me.”
Sometimes you pick up a book by an author you’ve never read before and you wonder where she’s been all your life. I feel like that with Secrets and Ink by Lou Harper, this book is just so good I want to go out and devour every other book she has written.
Jem ‘Jeremy’ Mitchell is a grocery clerk with a shameful past; he also thinks he’s cursed. Resigned to waiting out the end of the curse Jem lives a quiet life stacking groceries at Fred’s Trading Place. That is until he meets detective Nick Davies. For Jem Nick is lust at sight, and after a week flirting over the cash register Nick finally asks Jem out on a date. They hit it off like a house on fire until they end up in bed where a relic of Jem’s shady past makes an appearance. Jem has a spider tattoo on his lower back, a tattoo Nick recognizes (and have you seen the fabulous cover?) It turns out years before, when Jem was 17; Nick was the undercover cop who arrested Jem for hustling. Nick recognizes the tattoo, stiffens in shock causing Jem to flee in shame.
A few days later Jem finds a picture of himself from that time stuffed through his door. Thinking Nick is taunting him Jem rushes round to his apartment to confront the man only to find the photo wasn’t left by Nick. As Nick and Jem gradually get closer another picture arrives. Then an old friend of Jem’s, Riley, is murdered and Jem thinks he’s being followed. Can Nick and Jem solve the mystery before Jem suffers Riley’s fate? And what’s all this got to do with a hotshot Hollywood movie star that seems to feature in the second picture that turns up?
I couldn’t put this book down. I was enchanted by Jem, he was sweet, cute, scatty and just plain fun, and Nick wasn’t bad either. Nick came over as sensible and smart, what Jem mistakes for revulsion, when Nick first sees his tattoo, is quickly established as self-loathing, as Nick reveals he was turned on by Jem’s 17 year old self, something he has always been ashamed off. When I read this I felt like understood Nick so much more, those few words explaining so much about his integrity. Nick turned out to be very protective of Jem, and I adored the intimate scenes between them where Nick introduces Jem to Shibari, that added an element of trust between them that really worked. The character development was very good and I could see them working well as a couple. I loved both Jem and Nick and really hope we see more of them in the future, one book is just not enough I don’t normally read thrillers but I loved this. The plot was captivating, twisting and turning keeping me right on the edge. The writing flowed easily, the tension ramping up a lot towards the end. The story is told mainly from Jem’s POV and he was a great storyteller. From the moment I started Secrets and Ink I was hooked. I really couldn’t put it down. I can’t recommend this book highly enough....more
This is the second book in Cardeno’s ‘Family’ series. In this one we meet Emilio and Spencer. I want to start off by claiming dibs on Emilio. He is probably the sexiest character Cardeno has ever created. I loved his attitude, his charm, his wit, and his pure sexy all rolled into a hot, tight body.
Let’s not forget Spencer, though. Even though he’s quite a bit older than Emilio, that doesn’t stop Emilio from pursuing the professor (and he’s so freaking bold about it). Spencer has been hurt by past relationships, and Emilio is at his side, ready to stand with the man he cares for.
The book takes off quickly. It might be insta-love (though lust did start it), but Cardeno did such a great job with these two characters, making them viable and believable and left me wanting…no, needing, to see them succeed. Even though Emilio had plans at the beginning, he quickly changes them because he believes Spencer is worth waiting for.
Of course there are barriers (it IS Cardeno after all). Spencer’s ex has decided to make an appearance (by the way, yeah, I hate him a whole lot) and it’s making Spencer’s life difficult. Add to that his stress over meeting Emilio’s family and a terrible incident from his past, and you’ve got a breeding ground for self-doubt and fear.
Is Emilio Strong Enough to help Spencer get over his issues? Will Spencer be able to be part of the Family? For now, only Cardeno knows the answers (well, I do, too…sorry). You will, too, when you pick up this great book....more
But right now, with Stan holding my hand in his rough, calloused—oh my God, he had genuine, honest to goodness callouses!—paw, I found it hard to do anything other than fight down my body’s instinctive response to him. I wanted to hit him and I wanted to lick him all over, and I couldn’t bloody well figure out which urge was winning.
I am a recent convert to Josephine Myles’s stories but I have to say her books are a breath of fresh air; they are quirky and funny in a way that only an English author can pull off. Having recently visited Bath, the setting for the story, I was eager to read it and it didn’t disappoint. I couldn’t put it down. I was captivated by the characters, by the place, remembering the streets mentioned and equally as important I wanted to see who won, Riley or the Seagull!
Riley MacDermott still hankers after his ex Stan. Polish Stanislav Dubinsky to be precise. Stan wanted to start afresh in the wilds of the wilderness, well Somerset actually, but to Riley that was still the middle of nowhere, anyway five years previously Stan walked away, leaving Riley with a broken heart, which hasn’t quite mended yet.
Riley works for Bath council and has been charged with running the Bath Christmas Market, a job he’s not really looking forward to doing as it means two and half weeks of trudging around the streets of Bath, part of that time spent in a Father Christmas suit, not his scene at all, but Riley is after promotion so needs must. What he didn’t expect was to bump into Stan, taking up a late vacancy, running a wood carving stall.
The two men get reacquainted, well you get the picture. It turns out Stan hasn’t gotten over Riley either and it doesn’t take much for the old sparks to fly, but has enough changed for them to get a second chance? What happens when the Christmas Market finishes and Stan goes back home?
I’m not really in the mood this year for Christmas and that nearly put me off reading this but I’m so glad I didn’t put it to one side; it cheered me up no end. It’s humorous and sexy and funny and I haven’t even mentioned Scrappy the seagull yet! Riley has an ongoing feud with a seagull who wants to build a nest on the balcony of his flat. After Riley destroys the nest the seagull is determined to make Riley’s life a misery, stalking him around the streets of Bath.
Riley and Stan broke up years before because they wanted different things in life and neither man was prepared to compromise, a theme most of us probably understand, but maybe, five years later, they can see each other’s view a little better. Riley is a city boy, he likes a nice job, wants the security that comes from steady employment, loves the hustle and bustle. Stan on the other hand is a country lover; he wants peace and quiet, wide open spaces, and a chance to be with nature.
The story is told mainly through Riley’s POV, he still loves Stan, that’s obvious from the first page, but it’s also obvious from the moment we meet Stan than his feelings are just as intense as Riley’s, he’s never stopped loving Riley. I loved the chemistry between Stan and Riley; they just clicked, certainly between the sheets, now if only they could compromise on what they wanted I could see a perfect forever partnership.
I adored this book, it’s one I will read again and again, not just at Christmas, and I highly recommend it for anyone who wants a warm heart and a large smile with their Christmas Cheer, plus of course, lets not forget Scrappy the seagull....more
5 Stars and a Recommended Book, which means this is the best of the best IMO! Madeleine Urban and Abigail Roux have written a very strong murder myster5 Stars and a Recommended Book, which means this is the best of the best IMO! Madeleine Urban and Abigail Roux have written a very strong murder mystery with their novel Cut&Run. The fact that the two lead characters are gay men adds to the punch of the novel, rather than being an irrelevant sidebar. The dialog is a very strong point in this book. Ms. Urban and Ms. Roux are artists with witty banter as well as deeply emotional speech. I can’t decide whether this is a plot-driven novel or a character-driven novel so I’ll have to say it’s both. There is no HEA at the end for Ty and Zane but there is a satisfactory HFN. Please see my full review at http://mrsconditreadsbooks.com/?p=450...more
"I'm no germaphobe. In fact, rimming my boyfriend is my idea of a good time."
I have been a huge fan of Victor and Jacob since Jordan Castillo Price introduced them in Among The Living (PsyCop #1). I love a flawed hero, and Victor definitely fills that role very nicely.
You see, Victor sees dead people. No, not like that movie with that kid and that guy. Vic is a cop. He uses his special abilities to help solve crimes, talking to the decedent and helping them find peace. Spiderman said with great power comes great responsibility. In Victor’s case, with great power comes nausea, headaches, and the desire to blunt the seeing of dead folks everywhere with a variety of drugs.
In previous books we meet Lisa. She has the power referred to as si/no. She can answer most yes or no questions by consulting her psychic ability. We are introduced to the man in charge of FPMP (or F Pimp), and he’s given Victor every reason not to trust him. Also to a psychotic doctor who takes Victor hostage in order to force him to help her with the testing of the GhosTV.
The players are in place. Let the games begin.
Victor agreed to do an exorcism for Constantine, the head of the FPMP. Now they’re calling in that debt. But what they want from him leads Vic and Jacob into a deeper mystery. Why did a dead man accuse a woman of his murder? Who is the missing PsyCop? Where is Lisa disappearing to? What will the finale bring? When is the next book coming out?
There is a lot that happens in this story, but know this: What happens at the end will change Victor’s life forever. Enemies become allies. Allies go away, possibly never to return.
Ms. Castillo Price has hit another home run with this book and I think you’ll find it an incredible next step into the PsyCop world....more