Interesting start to a new series. Jericho is called back home with news of his estranged father needing help, only to find he is dead and there is a Interesting start to a new series. Jericho is called back home with news of his estranged father needing help, only to find he is dead and there is a murder mystery to be solved. Jericho is reunited with friends (the current Sheriff) and a lover (Wade) who appears to be on the other side of the law most of the time. There is definitely some unfinished business and untapped lust between Jericho and Wade, but this segment doesn't get to that stage yet. It definitely left me wanting to jump into the next installment to see where things go with the mystery, as well as with Jericho and Wade....more
3.5 stars - Macio is a champion MMA fighter with a sole focus on winning. He is also deeply closeted for the betterment of his career, relying solely 3.5 stars - Macio is a champion MMA fighter with a sole focus on winning. He is also deeply closeted for the betterment of his career, relying solely upon discreet escorts to sate his needs. He is cocky and stand-offish where the media is concerned, until he agrees to an exclusive interview with Aiden, a well-known journalist for one of the best magazines in the industry. Macio is still somewhat closed off with Aiden at their first meeting, but there are definitely sparks flying. Unable to get Aiden out of his head, especially once he learns Aiden is out and proud, Macio sets up another interview, and their trust in one another grows quickly from there.
The biggest issue these two face is Macio’s closeted status. Aiden has already dealt with a previous broken relationship when he refused to be put back in the closet, but he decides Macio is worth it and takes up residence in Closet Estates once again. This situation seems understandable and believable given Macio’s profession, and it is easy to see why Aiden chose to play along while their relationship grew. But, Macio is convinced by others on his team to do things to keep up straight appearances, including the use of a beard. Macio makes some pretty bad choices where Aiden is concerned, though he wasn’t trying to be malicious or purposely hurt him.
I’m usually pretty good at just enjoying a story for what it is, but there were a few blatant issues here that I have no doubt will rub readers the wrong way. I actually thought Kathleen, the Beard, had a tinge of multiple personality disorder. She went from one extreme to the other and back again in a fairly short amount of time. Aiden comes across as a domesticated doormat at times, taking whatever he can get from Macio. These feelings were present, along with a few other niggles, but it was also easy to see that these guys just totally fell hard for each other and while trying to do what was best for Macio, lost sight of the repercussions of their actions.
All in all, this was a fast-paced, often exciting story that had plenty of MMA action, but not so much as to be too much. Once these guys were together, they were pretty focused on each other, as opposed to any outsiders, and they realized what was important in time for a nice happy ending. While I wasn’t totally wowed by this story, there were plenty of aspects to enjoy that kept me turning pages to the end. I hope these authors join together again and look forward to seeing what they come up with next.
Super sweet snippet about two guys finding each other and spending a night of companionship and a lovely happ Review by The Blogger Girls.
Ryan and Owen
Super sweet snippet about two guys finding each other and spending a night of companionship and a lovely happy ending.
Kayden and Jack
This segment was a little more involved than the first. Kayden is a young man struggling after a bad breakup with a guy who was deeply closeted. A man Kayden had given all of himself to, and he was now reeling in the aftermath. Eventually he meets someone new, who loves him for him and is proud of their relationship and is just generally everything Kayden’s ex wasn’t. This turned around beautifully by the end for a lovely happy ever after.
Ben and Alex
And here is a tasty little taboo story that has Kol’s signature all over it :D Two cousins, in love but fighting it because of the obvious familial connection. Both have struggled to come up with a solution, to no avail. They finally decide to give in and just enjoy each other but are outed by the maid to the entire family who are gathered for Christmas. Their love wins in the end with them supporting each other.
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So, here, Kol has given us three short stories, each providing a bit more depth and story than the previous one. All have happy endings and give a lovely taste of Christmas spirit. This was another lovely tidbit from Kol that showed some of the various facets of his creative mind. Merry Christmas and Happy Endings to everyone!...more
Gorgeous cover, promising steamy blurb, sexy MMA fighter, oh my! Sign me up! I am a sucker for these stories, and I always love when they stray from t Gorgeous cover, promising steamy blurb, sexy MMA fighter, oh my! Sign me up! I am a sucker for these stories, and I always love when they stray from the typically expected storyline. Here, Liam is a guy from a crappy childhood who learned to fight on the streets and was able to make a living out of it. Unfortunately, that means hiding his sexuality.
Liam’s father was/is a drunk, his mother works two jobs and Liam was left to look after his 3 siblings. He left as soon as he could but still did his best to provide for his mom, brothers and sisters. When we meet him, he is as yet undefeated and working his way up to be eligible for a shot at a belt. He has a team of people who take care of him, from the sleezy manager to the sexy trainer, Michael, whom Liam is secretly crushing.
There were some typical themes here, but that is to be expected. Liam’s basically been told all along that he can’t be a gay fighter. From his loser homophobic alcoholic father, to his manager who goes out of his way to keep up appearances that Liam is straight and getting lots of female attention. Thankfully, Liam’s main beard is Anya, who understands and supports Liam. She also happens to be a closeted lesbian, which makes things easier for both of them as they make their appearances and put on a good show.
On the Michael front – he has a long-time boyfriend, his high-school sweetheart, but he is finding it increasingly impossible to fight his feelings for Liam, who he believes is straight. Michael’s position as Liam’s trainer puts them in frequent close contact, from the training sessions, to the aftercare massages, etc. He is also quite frustrated by all the female attention Liam is seemingly getting, and even after he knows the deal, this aspect causes a lot of frustration and problems on their relationship.
This is a slow burn story. It takes a long time for Michael and Liam to get together, though I really enjoyed the story up to that point. Once they are together, they don’t just jump in and have hot sweaty pent up but finally getting some muscly man sex. No siree, because Liam wants it to be more than sex, wants them to take their time, etc. Not quite what I expected, but quite a nice change if I do say so. There was quite a bit of miscommunication (of course) and the I’m not closeted and won’t go back v. the I’m closeted because I have to be but maybe some day trope definitely causes them problems. But, my heart truly broke for Liam. He was so conflicted with trying to do the right thing for his family, listening to his supposed advisors, and he when he finally takes control of it all, it is a beautiful thing.
I really enjoyed this well-written story. It had just enough fighting to not overload, and it had me turning pages at a steady pace. I believe Ms. Warren generally writes m/f stories, but I would not have known it from reading this one, which was wonderfully edgy and slightly gritty yet still had a tinge of romance and sweetness. I’m excited this is the first book of a series and interested in seeing where the story will go next. I hope it is another m/m, and whether it is a continuation (would love to see more Michael/Liam!) or new characters, I am definitely looking forward to it.
Why did I wait so long to read this??? Oh yes, the length kept putting me off. But, it didn't take long before I was jumping for joy at the length. I Why did I wait so long to read this??? Oh yes, the length kept putting me off. But, it didn't take long before I was jumping for joy at the length. I didn't want it to end!
Ms. Kingsbridge created a very unique world here, full of suspense and mystery and definitely not your average slave story. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time wanting to know more about Mischa, who he was, how he ended up with the crazy collar that forced him to obey but also made him enjoy it. I absolutely loved his character. Juaquin was fabulous as well. I loved how he handled everything, from the very start when he put the Master Medallion on, to the way he handled and took care of Mischa, to the way he fought what he had to do for him. He never really knew if Mischa's feelings were his or the collar's, but the pieces fall into place little by little.
This never felt drawn out at any point, the momentum just kept going from beginning to end, and I thoroughly enjoyed the whole thing. Highly recommend if you can get your hands on a copy. :)...more
Jacob is trying to put his life back together after doing time in prison for injuring his ex-wife’s loser boyfriend in a f Review by The Blogger Girls.
Jacob is trying to put his life back together after doing time in prison for injuring his ex-wife’s loser boyfriend in a fight (thanks, in part, to the ex not standing up for him). Unfortunately, this has also caused a forced separation from his young daughter. He has been working very hard to stay under the radar and not do anything to get into any more trouble. But, when he finds max broken on his stoop, he takes a chance and does the right thing in trying to help the man, only to find out they are actually neighbors.
Max has been bullied most of his life, so this latest attack doesn’t seem any different to him. Lessons handed down from his father and the school bullies trained him that it was quicker and easier to just take it than to stand up and fight. He is also not comfortable with being gay, though he knows deep down that he is.
This is a slow burn, with the guys becoming reluctant friends that grow to rely on one another. When the feelings do become more, they are hesitant to upset the balance they have achieved, so it takes them a awhile to move to the next level. Add to that a few twists, turns and secrets, and things get more interesting.
I really liked these guys. They were exactly what each other needed. Jacob got a pretty bum wrap but is making strides to get back on track. Through his past experiences, he has an understanding of what Max is going through, and I loved watching them finally let each other be there for and provide exactly what was needed. It takes some creativeness on Jake’s part to win Max’s trust, but it is worth it in the end.
I enjoyed the dual POVs in this story, as it showed each side of the struggle well and helped give the characters more depth. This was a well-paced story that kept my interest, and while it had a satisfactory ending, I really would have liked to have seen how these guys made out a little further down the road. Block and Strike was my first book by Ms. Jensen, but I will definitely be on the lookout for more of her books....more
4.5 stars - Another wonderful story by Ms. Walker, full of emotion and feels. Israel has never felt as though he fit in with his family. He believes h 4.5 stars - Another wonderful story by Ms. Walker, full of emotion and feels. Israel has never felt as though he fit in with his family. He believes his parents think of him as one failure after another. So, when he finds out he was switched at birth, things make more sense.
There are two things going on in this story. First is that Israel has been dealing with crappy things most of his life, but through it all, his best friend, Sam, has been there for him. No matter what or when, Sam was his rock. Is’ feelings start to change into something more for Sam, but afraid to lose that friendship and the only rock he has known, he tries to put some distance between them, proving to himself that he can get through something without leaning and relying on Sam. Sam, on the other hand, has been hiding his feelings for Is for ever and also doesn’t want to rock the boat and chance losing their friendship.
The other story here is the switched at birth, which is really the main theme. Is is somewhat thrilled to find out he wasn’t the real son that disappointed his parents and was eager to meet his birth mother and siblings. He gained a new family while, at the same time, was able to make some progress with his own. His parents made some long-needed realizations and were making an effort to change. The struggles Is and his switched counterpart went through about meeting their real parents, etc. felt very realistic. I couldn’t imagine finding out something like this. To find out the family he should have grown up with was everything he didn’t have with the one he did, and vice versa; the family that didn’t have money was happier and more fulfilled than the one who had money but was void of love and caring.
I loved seeing Is and Sam end up with each other, best friends finally becoming each other’s everything. It was amazing seeing Is find some peace with his parents and get the family he never had with his birth mom and siblings, and the way he figured it all out was very engaging. Ms. Walker delivers another wonderful story that had me turning pages quickly and rooting for these guys all the way. This had a full range of emotions, from sad and sweet to funny and sexy and a few more in between. I definitely recommend this, as well as pretty much everything on Ms. Walker’s backlist.
3.5 Stars Dillon is reunited with Nick when they join forces to rescue a missing young boy believed to be soon auctioned into the sex trade. Dillon ke
3.5 Stars Dillon is reunited with Nick when they join forces to rescue a missing young boy believed to be soon auctioned into the sex trade. Dillon keeps his feelings for Nick under wraps for the sake of the mission still believing Nick to be straight. The lines get a little blurry once they take on their undercover roles and are in the club.
I love a good undercover story, especially one where people are rescued from sex trafficking. Throw in some hot romance brewing in the process, and it’s a win win for me. This story is very fast, especially once the guys go undercover. Before they can complete the mission, Dillon ends up using his magic skills out of a bit of a jealous fit. Unfortunately, his skills are not all that fine tuned, and his spells tend to bleed out in other directions. In this case, it has turned Nick into a sexed up man focused on Dillon. Dillon tries to resist, knowing it is the magic and not Nick’s true intentions, but he quickly gives in.
Meanwhile, back on the case, they are able to track down the missing boy and aside from a quick altercation, the rescue goes through without a hitch. There were a few things keeping me from really enjoying this story. One, Dillon and his magic were really glossed over, and with the exception of the one spell, and proving his skills to Nick, the story never really delved much into it. The rescue happened really fast, and I wish things were a bit more drawn out. I also would have liked to have known some more about Dillon and Nick’s initial time together. We were told about it, but I had a difficult time seeing them working so closely together after all that time had passed and wished the overall relationship and characters were a bit more developed.
The biggest niggle I had though was that Ms. Atwood uses both first and last names, mostly for Nick. So, it was constantly going from Nick to Montana, back to Nick. I kept thinking there was a third person I was missing which kept pulling me out of the story.
But, all in all, this was quite enjoyable. Dillon was really cute, and I loved the dynamic between him and Nick. I would love to see a future story about their new partnership, perhaps another case now that their dynamic has changed. Either way, I will definitely be looking out for more from Ms. Atwood.
I jumped on this story because I really enjoyed Ms. Miller’s debut book, After the Snap. Unfortunately, one of the things that drew me into that story I jumped on this story because I really enjoyed Ms. Miller’s debut book, After the Snap. Unfortunately, one of the things that drew me into that story – the characters – was missing from this book. This starts out great; I loved the way the guys met and began their relationship. It was fun and fresh and so very promising.
Unfortunately, things shifted and were so up in the air that I couldn’t figure out why these guys were bothering at all. Matt was focused on his training for the CrossFit games, and with Carter’s contract with a Broadway show running out, his next opportunity is on a TV show in LA. Thus, they must continue with a long-distance relationship for the time being. Unfortunately, their relationship began with more sex and less getting to know you, so that when the time came that they had to part ways, there was very little communication holding them together
This story is told with a lot of little details, which is good, to a point. But it also prevents me from connecting with the characters. I know how they feel because the story tells me so, but it isn’t able to pull me into the story and feel it. This could very well be my own issue, and I did enjoy other aspects at the same time. It was a somewhat fast read, but as I didn’t feel that connection, I had a hard time keeping from skimming the detail parts to get to the meat of the story.
As with her previous book, Ms. Miller shows a lot of potential, from the blurbs and gorgeous covers to the basic story lines. Even though I was not blown away by this one, I will definitely be keeping her on my radar in the future.
This is a darker historical-themed story with a few twists. Sasha is the pharaoh with a bit of a problem. Ok, he has more Review by The Blogger Girls.
This is a darker historical-themed story with a few twists. Sasha is the pharaoh with a bit of a problem. Ok, he has more than one problem, but the biggest one at issue is that he is submissive and longs to be topped, yet is unable to find anyone willing to do so to the pharaoh.
Another tiny twist is that when he tops, his semen reduces even the biggest and strongest men to beautiful twinks, to which Sasha already has an entire harem. Added to this is the fact that everyone believes Sasha’s mother rules the people and they have very little respect for him as a ruler. This becomes problematic as the Roman invasion becomes imminent and bring out the demise of Sasha’s mother, and Sasha is left scrambling to gather troops and supporters.
Back to problem number 1 – Sasha’s best chance here is with his friend and guard, Adrian. They grew up together. They share a mutual desire, but the outlying issues still stand in their way. It doesn’t help that Adrian has to watch Sasha with the other men “doomed” to twinkdom and the harem, so they go through quite a bit of turmoil before their relationship can actually take a step forward.
This is not a very long story, but it is fast-paced and rather exciting. It is definitely on the darker side, but a new world is built rather quickly, though it is fully fleshed out and quite interesting. I’m definitely looking forward to seeing what is next in store for this new series and can’t wait for the next installment....more
This was an extremely powerful and moving story. Knowing you can never fully understand how it feels to have gone through so much and be such a strong This was an extremely powerful and moving story. Knowing you can never fully understand how it feels to have gone through so much and be such a strong person at the other end, Mr. Land does a beautiful job at expressing and giving the reader an idea, in as much as I believe he possibly could. To say that someone should never have to experience the kinds of things Mr. Land describes, let alone as a child, is an utter and complete understatement. This is a very difficult story to read in so many ways. Knowing how many people have failed this young man over the years is completely heartbreaking. But, at the same time, it is filled with an incredible amount of survival and hope. It is a shining example of overcoming major obstacles time and again and really shows others that things can get better.
This is told in a somewhat unique manner between current time, while Mr. Land is dealt yet another blow, and the past where he tells the story of his childhood, or lack thereof, as it was clearly ripped away. I went through many emotions as I read this story, from heartache and despair to horror to hope and happiness, not just from the actual words, which were bad enough, but in the way in which they are laid out. I was riveted from beginning to the very end and felt some of Mr. Land’s emotions as he told the different parts of this story, right down to the various cathartic letters at the end.
Mr. Land said he felt the need to tell his story to help others who may have been through similar ordeals or who may feel there is no hope. It was a very brave and powerful thing to do, and I really hope others will find some peace and help through his words. This story definitely shows that there is a potential light at the end of the tunnel, to not be afraid to seek help, and to never give up. I’m really looking forward to seeing what direction this story will take and how it progresses in the next installment.