We first met the lovely Renee and her husband, Robert, in Guarded. This also tells the story of Jase, who is one...more 4.5 star review by The Blogger Girls.
We first met the lovely Renee and her husband, Robert, in Guarded. This also tells the story of Jase, who is one the MCs in Guarded. Here, we learn the details of Jase’s relationship with Eric. While they play a big part of this story, the focus is really on Renee and Robert.
This is the first time I’ve really read a story that took me through the changes, adjustments and struggles of someone transitioning, as well as their loved ones and/or partners. Renee has struggled for so long living two lives and has finally decided to move forward with her transitioning.
Robert now struggles to adjust to the idea that the man he married is changing in front of his eyes. While he has been supportive of Renee pre-transition, with the changes occurring at a much faster pace, he is thrown for a bit of a loop.
In the middle of Renee and Robert’s troubles, is Jase, a young man who has played with both of them as their sub. Jase is also in somewhat of a transition himself, moving from sub to dom, and they are all having to deal with the feelings involved.
Poor Jase is also dealing with his addict boyfriend who ends up in rehab time after time. Needless to say, that doesn’t end well, and there is a lot of suffering and guilt involved.
It seems as though there are a lot of sad and depressing aspects to this story, and there are, but there are also sweet and wonderful ones as well. It takes them a while, and it isn’t easy, but Robert and Renee realize what’s most important and how much their love means to each other.
I honestly don’t normally read these types of stories, mostly because I have a difficult time relating to the issues involved. However, I fell in love and was extremely intrigued with this couple when I met them previously, and was quickly pulled into their story here. It was a bit of an emotional rollercoaster, but it was easy to see how real that could be, and I’m glad I joined these guys on their journey. I’m a big fan of Ms. Grant’s writing, and this is another fine example of her work. (less)
I could not wait to get my hands on this one. Right off the bat, I knew it was going to be a good ride.
Zak is awesome. Tatted all over, pierced and sexy as sin. I loved his confidence and comfortableness with himself and how he made no excuses for any of it. He falls for Stitch, a bad ass biker, who is deeply closeted (mainly due to the MC) and recently divorced. He knows he is gay but is in such a situation there isn’t anything he can really do about it. He thinks he has the perfect solution in Zak, so long as he can convince him their mutual gratification is worth continuing in secret.
Zak is drawn to Stitch, even though Stitch is quite the bastard at times. At others, he is beyond sexy and hot as hell. When Stitch gets out of hand with Zak, Zak makes it clear he won’t stand for it. He doesn’t let Stitch run over him…too much. Unfortunately, he can’t seem to stay away from Stitch, no matter what he does.
Stitch’s main issue is the MC, who are homophobes to the extreme. He has aspirations of removing himself from the Club, but that isn’t as easy as it sounds. He gets drawn in deeper the more he tries to get out. Stitch is also dealing with his ex-wife who has custody of their daughter. She’s pretty unhappy with him most of the time, and even more so when she finds out the reason why their relationship didn’t work.
Things get out of hand as Club activities increase and the guys are found out. Violence heats up both in regards to the Club, as well as towards Zak. Over time though, Stitch has realized that Zak is way more important to him than he ever thought possible. They go over a few really big bumps before they are able to finally be together.
This was gritty and violent at times, but also sexy and heartwarming at others. There is a lot of dirty talking and almost no fluff. I found this completely refreshing for a change, and it had me turning pages very quickly. This definitely won’t be for everyone, but if you like things darker and a bit edgier, you’ll be adding this series to your list as quickly as I did. I know I’m more than ready and looking forward to the next one(less)
Ok, WOW, this shorty packs a punch. Yes, it is disturbing, yes, it is mostly awful. But seriously, I could not read it fast enough. This is sex traffi...more Ok, WOW, this shorty packs a punch. Yes, it is disturbing, yes, it is mostly awful. But seriously, I could not read it fast enough. This is sex trafficking at its most sickening worst. I can't even remember how many WTF moments I had, but there were an awful lot in this very short span of a story.
It is mainly about one boy (or he is a boy when he is taken) who basically goes from bad to worse, and that is before he serves his initial purpose and is "retired." The master he ends up with is one twisted sadistic f**k. From the horrible treatment and abuse, to the body mods. Even after he is rescued, it is easy to see he will never really be whole or ok again.
Now, the ending. Holy one giant WTF kind of ending is that? I felt like I was totally edged and then forced into denial mode. There has got to be more to this story, and I want it. Please, Ms. Waites, give us a little bit more.(less)
I very rarely read m/f stories these days and am even pickier about the BDSM books I choose. Having enjoyed quite a few of...more Review by The Blogger Girls.
I very rarely read m/f stories these days and am even pickier about the BDSM books I choose. Having enjoyed quite a few of Ms. Thompson’s books in the past, I felt pretty confident I would enjoy this one as well. I was not disappointed.
Marissa is a strong, confident woman, and that does not change once she meets here man/master. She is a successful doctor who discovered her potential submissive side and the world of BDSM through her best friend who is in the lifestyle with her husband. They introduce her to the Club where she must undergo a trial session before being allowed to join and take the next step in her journey of discovery.
Her session takes place in the Inner Room of the club and is led by Master Cam, a trainer who just so happens to be the new nurse at Marissa’s hospital. Marissa turns out to be the woman Cam has been waiting for, and the two of them click right awy. Cam is a fabulous Dom. I loved them and their sessions, and I loved that they didn’t play master/sub while not in an actual session or scene. It was nice to see them actually begin their relationship while setting that aspect aside, even if it was for a short period of time.
Unfortunately, most of the growth of their relationship took place off the page. I would have liked to have seen a bit more of that play out in the story, but what we did see was wonderful.
This was a quick, enjoyable read. The scenes were all well done, with not too much of a feel of BDSM 101 even though that was the case for Marissa. You could tell she felt comfortable and trusted Cam, and it was his actions and character that allowed that to happen. This strength is what pulls Marissa through a pretty horrible ordeal when the story takes a bad turn, but it was great to see Cam (with the help of friends) help Marissa through the ordeal and bring the matter to a successful conclusion.
I definitely recommend this story to those who like sexy, erotic romances with a bit of kink. There is one couple that really intrigued me here and who I would love to get their full story – Club onwer, Jack and his partner/sub, Jesse. I’ll keep my fingers crossed that we will see them again.(less)
From the very first JCP book, I fell in love with the covers. There is just always something about them that sets the tone...more Review by The Blogger Girls.
From the very first JCP book, I fell in love with the covers. There is just always something about them that sets the tone for the story and character they portray that calls to me. The characters are usually on the gritty side, a bit damaged even, but still oh so sexy. At this point, I don’t even have to read the blurbs on one of Jordan’s books to know I want to read it. I can just tell by the cover.
I’m not generally a lover of anything sci-fi related, but that didn’t even cross my mind reading this. It is a futuristic world where people have allowed robotics to basically take over their lives, keeping track of everything they do in the guise of having them choose things based on their readings of any given individual. For example, they control the temperature of a room based on a person’s body temp, or choose music for them based on likes and dislikes.
While all of that is going on in the world surrounding Desmond, his main focus is trying to cope with the loss of his hand while accepting and gaining control of the robotic arm he now has in its place. Meatworks is the name used for the non-robotic limbs. Des is not a fan of robotics in any sense. He refuses to allow them in his apartment, won’t drive a new robocar when he has his sorely lacking old school Gremlin to rely on and has basically been in denial where his hand is concerned by not learning to use to his advantage.
Des lives on the money he receives from Social Services, but they are now making him jump through some hoops in order to keep the checks coming. One such hoop is attending group therapy, or Gimp Group as Des calls it. It is here that he meets Corey, a young man in full control of his own robotic arm who also fully knows how to work the system. The two hit it off, but there are quite a few obstacles in their way. I loved these two! They have such great chemistry, fabulous senses of humor and hilarious conversations. I laughed out loud more than once at one or both of them.
“Seven months.” Corey leaned in closer and pressed his mouth to my ear. In a whisper so quiet I felt it sizzling against my ear more than I heard it, he said, “I can’t wait to see how far you shoot.”
When Gimp Group doesn’t work out for Des, he has to attend solo sessions. These were hilarious.
One of the funnier things that happens is that Des must care for a roboegg, without the use of his arm. He must care for the robobaby egg when it needs to be fed, held or coddled. There were so many great lines and funny moments with this.
“Exact same egg we had in Health Class,” Corey said. “I’ve heard some of the newer models have a diaper button, too.” “Just what the world needs. Robotic shit.”
Really, I could go on and on. I have never enjoyed or wanted to remember so many quotes before in anything I’ve read. I absolutely loved Des’ dry sense of humor. I almost forgot to mention Des’ poor pet sea monkeys, or as Corey calls them, his pet plankton. Those little buggers just kept coming back to life!
There is one other thing at play here, well there are quite a few, but the most important was with his ex, Jim, who also happened to be his case worker and also the person behind the padlocked chain Des is still wearing. I liked Jim, but most of the way through this, I wasn’t sure what would happen with him and Des, or if Des would make things work with Corey, etc.
This was so different from anything else I’ve read, and I absolutely loved it! It is, by no means, a typical romance, which is, ironically, quite typical of JCP’s work. It was everything that I love about a JCP book, so very creative and well done. I remain a steadfast fangirl and highly recommend you give this or any of her other fabulous books a try if you haven’t already.(less)
What an amazing story this is. I truly do not know how to put the words down that will come close to doing it justice. T...moreA review by The Blogger Girls.
What an amazing story this is. I truly do not know how to put the words down that will come close to doing it justice. There is such a feeling of maturity or realism to this story that just put it on a whole other level for me.
Paris…Oh my, what a tortured soul he was. From his childhood right up to the very end. After some horrific events from his early days, with the help of his family, most influentially, his half sister, Julia, he has developed such a state of mental imbalance, it’s a wonder he can function at all. Julia has manipulated his entire life, often in very cruel ways. She became his guardian, and threatens him often with imprisonment in a psych ward. She keeps him on various drugs and mentally and physically beats him regularly. To cope with everything, he paints brilliant works of art. Painting is his escape and his tool for keeping the bad episodes at bay. He literally sees the world in a different light than everyone else, seeing everything in colors. Oh, and let’s not forget that, in addition to pimping Paris for his million dollar artwork, she also whores him out to the prospective buyers. She is an evil creature in every sense. He has another half sister, but she is very meek and falls to the direction of Julia most of the time, though she does actually take more care of Paris than anyone. That is, until Roy comes along.
Roy…sweet Roy. Poor guy hasn’t had it very easy himself, and while he is significantly lacking in monetary value, he is much better off mentally than Paris. He sees beneath Paris’ facade and is really just such a good guy. He forces Paris to make more of their relationship and works very hard to get to know him, something which very few people have ever attempted. He falls for Paris, only ever wants to help him get better when he finally realizes Paris has some bigger issues, and goes out of his way to shower Paris with love and affection, something he can actually afford to give. And he never gives up on him.
This story pulled so many emotions from me. It was so well written that I very quickly had a real sense of what it was like inside Paris’ head – a beautiful but scary place. There were times where it felt almost confusing with things happening so fast and flashes of light and color, but that’s what Paris had to live with every day, so it just really helped set the tone. This was heartbreaking at times, but there are many sweet moments as well. I wanted Paris to get well as much as Roy did and was probably just as worried things would take a turn for the worse. The persistence pays off though, and things turn around.
I truly didn’t want this story to end. This is my first book by Adrienne, and it most definitely won’t be my last. It was extremely captivating, and I highly recommend it for anyone looking to try something a little different than the every day love story.(less)
This was a really sweet story. A bit unbelievable, but very sweet nonetheless. It’s a very fast-paced read that I believ...more A review by The Blogger Girls.
This was a really sweet story. A bit unbelievable, but very sweet nonetheless. It’s a very fast-paced read that I believe could have benefited from a bit more detail here and there. Things happen very quickly, and I often had questions that never seemed to get answered.
This obviously takes place in Hollywood, though being out or not doesn’t seem to be an issue. Jesse is trying to make his way up from being an under-appreciated personal assistant/gopher/extra. Trey is already quite a star, though he is pretty humble about it.
My biggest issue here is that this is told in present tense. I don’t recall ever reading anything like it before, or I surely would have remembered. Jesse gets out of the car, Jesse hangs his coat up, etc. I was constantly being pulled out of the story because of this and found it made things seem choppy and awkward.
The story itself, as I said, we sweet. Poor Jesse is just getting one bad break after another. Thankfully, Trey steps up and offers to help him get back on his feet. Things were a bit confusing here. Jesse had a crush on Trey, but Trey was just about oblivious about Jesse, until he ends up helping one day, and then he’s instantly crushing as well. Trey was a pretty good guy though, and even though this was a quick read, these guys took their time getting to know and trust one another. There is little to no sex of any kind here, which was a nice change, as these guys were really just getting things together. It ends at this point leaving some room for more. Perhaps a follow up story is in the works for these guys? If so, I look forward to seeing where the go from here. (less)
This turned out to be a really steamy read! It isn’t quite the typical romance though, as Deke and Ryan spend most of th...more A review by The Blogger Girls.
This turned out to be a really steamy read! It isn’t quite the typical romance though, as Deke and Ryan spend most of the story not being together.
Deke basically has one more chance to not screw up a case after a bad call on the last one resulted in innocent deaths. He brings in (coerces) Ryan to be their confidential informant to gain evidence against Russian bad guy, Petrov.
Ryan is really sweet. He has had it pretty rough since being on the streets at 17 and resorted to stripping/hustling to get by. This is pretty much all he has known relationship-wise. With the help of one of his old tricks, he left that life for a regular job and the promise of finishing college if he stayed away from that life. That is, until Deke forced his hand to work for the FBI.
Ryan and Deke had an immediate attraction, which led to some great tension as they both struggled to maintain their roles. Deke, for obvious job-related reasons, and Ryan having to come to grips with the fact that there is more to sex and relationships than a body and a transaction.
Then there is Petrov, who I actually really liked (at least until his switch flipped and he became abusive). Ryan works to catch his eye, and eventually, Petrov agrees to train him as his sub. There are spanking scenes, some flogging and whipping, but overall, the BDSM was pretty light.
I liked how even though Deke (and even Ryan) were new to the BDSM scene, this never felt like BDSM 101, even when Deke attended the class. The scenes were very sexy and erotic, and it was easy to feel the sexual tension on all sides.
The action/mystery picks up toward the end, and I found myself eager to see the case solved, if nothing more than so Ryan and Deke could explore their relationship further. I was a little confused by the end results, as to who did what and why exactly. Again, for most of this story, Deke and Ryan are not together due mostly to their roles in the case. When they finally are able to take things further, it is beautiful. While on the outside it seemed as though Ryan was the one doing all the suffering, poor Deke had to sit by and watch Ryan with Petrov and others, though no sex actually took place.
So, yeah, this isn’t the typical romance, but it is full of a lot of other things people might enjoy. There’s mystery, the investigation, romance, excitement and hot smexy scenes in this fast-paced story, and I found it a very enjoyable read. (less)
An awful lot happens in this short story. It starts out with Adam looking to lose his virginity. He lucks out whe...more 3.5 star review by The Blogger Girls.
An awful lot happens in this short story. It starts out with Adam looking to lose his virginity. He lucks out when he meets hustler Javier, who ends up being very sweet and giving Adam a really good first experience.
Then, things go terribly wrong when Adam and Dean are hustled by the wrong guys leaving them stranded without ID, phones or money. Things then get even worse when they run into the bad cops. Lucky for Adam, he runs into Javier again, who saves and takes care of him until his father can arrive.
There were things I liked about this story, such as the caring sweet moments with Adam and Javier. But, then things that didn’t work, such as the event and ensuing issues with the bad cops. Adam is very young, at eighteen, yet his father sends him and his friend to Vegas on their own to run some business errands. There were these little contradictions throughout that kept me from really connecting with this story. But I really liked Adam and Javier together, and that carried through.
The writing was smooth and the style quite enjoyable. It’s a quick read, so there isn’t really enough to sink your teeth into given the other issues I had. But, overall, it was enjoyable. Everything wraps up nicely, but I wish it were a bit more fleshed out. (less)
This story called to me immediately. I don’t think I even associated this with the author’s other work, but it wo...more4.5 star review by The Blogger Girls.
This story called to me immediately. I don’t think I even associated this with the author’s other work, but it wouldn’t have mattered either way because this just sounded interesting from the cover to the title and right down to the blurb.
Davlova is a dark and gritty world. There are two sides, the rich or elite people running the government on one side of the wall, and the peasants or lesser people on the other. Those same people are on the verge of rebellion, just waiting for that extra push to make it happen. There are some working to gain proof of the elite/government atrocities to help with that cause.
Misha was a clever pickpocket (a popular profession) until his boss convinced him to become the exclusive rent boy of one of the elite in order to gain inside information. Things get pretty harsh between Misha and Donato. He is used pretty hard and quite often beaten, though he hangs in there for the cause. Then Donato makes a change and shows an entirely different side. Donato is quite horrible, but then his personality splits and we meet Miguel, sweet and caring. Misha is so conflicted between the two and seeing a chance at something good, only to have it quashed when Donato reappears. Donato is fully aware of his issues and warns Misha of them as well, but that doesn’t make it any easier to accept.
Then there is Ayo. Sweet, sweet Ayo. He is a dollhouse slave, or a slave reconditioned and reprogrammed to be just what the client needs. In his case, he needs pain to feel pleasure and he cannot find release unless or until a trigger word is spoken, though that word is not known to any but the owner. Donato is ruthless where Ayo is concerned. Truly horrible. But Misha doesn’t give up wanting to help him. So, Misha is once again torn into different directions.
There is a lot going on here with the slaves and the government and with Misha in general. While it seems as though Misha isn’t getting anywhere information-wise where Donato is concerned, there is stuff happening all around and he is able to learn enough details here and there to set things in motion.
This has quite the exciting ending, though it wasn’t nearly what I was expecting and certainly didn’t see it coming. I was riveted to every page of this though I did have some questions along the way and was a bit confused here and there about why certain things were happening. There isn’t a typical relationship or romance here, but the characters will win you over regardless. Things are a little bit up in the air which I assume is the lead in to the next book in this series, which I am really looking forward to reading. (less)
Boy, was I excited for this one. Lone alpha wolf meets lone beta wolves and makes them his own pack. Sounds great! And i...moreA review by The Blogger Girls.
Boy, was I excited for this one. Lone alpha wolf meets lone beta wolves and makes them his own pack. Sounds great! And it starts out pretty good! But things get sweet pretty quickly. I ended up having to struggle through this and force myself to not skim.
Things get repetitive mainly with sayings being repeated. Mick constantly reminds us he now has a pack, how unique each guy is and how much he loves them. It was a struggle at times, but I pushed on. There is a lot of sex, as in most of the story is sex. There isn’t really too much happening other than that, with the exception of Danny’s wolf issues. After taking on the responsibility of caring for Scotty, being forced to work regular job hours to put food on the table and pay rent, he has suppressed his wolf and is now unable to shift.
These three never really have any issues with jealousy, though there is a point where Danny believes Mick and Scotty don’t need him, but this has more to do with his inability to shift or provide for Scotty than it does over jealousy. These guys are so full of love for each other, jealousy never even enters the equation. Some of the sex is hot stuff, ok, most of it, I admit. But there is just so much of it that it gets a bit tiresome.
One other issue I had was the choppy dialog. I was often reminded of Sean Michael’s stories in this respect, as it had much the same feel. I found it interesting to learn from the About Author section that Ms. Tortuga is best friends with Sean Michael. Back to the book though, if you’re looking for a super sweet wolfie tale with a lot of playful puppy loving, cuddling and smexing, give this a try, as this may well be a case of it’s not you, it’s me.(less)
This sounded pretty interesting from the blurb. I love reading about closeted guys finally making it out of said closet,...more A review by The Blogger Girls.
This sounded pretty interesting from the blurb. I love reading about closeted guys finally making it out of said closet, so thought I would give this a try.
Unfortunately, this turned out to be a bit different from what I was hoping for. Isaac is actually married, albeit for convenience. He and his wife have been together for over 10 years, but they are each still trying to find the right partner. They each have their reasons, but this aspect was a bit odd for me.
Anyway, Issac is biding his time waiting to be handed the reins of the company his father helped build but which is now being run by his father’s business partner, who happens to be the father of Isaac’s rival, Silas, Jr. Silas, Sr. is a bit homophobic, hence Isaac remaining in the closet. But Silas, Jr. is out and it turns out Silas Sr. doesn’t have quite as big a problem with it as Isaac first thought.
In the meantime, they hire Jayden as an intern, and basically everyone in his vacinity wants him, including Silas, Jr. and Isaac as well. Jayden, coming from a broken home and trying to make a better life out of the bad neighborhood he now lives, is hell bent on putting work first, much to the displeasure of his adoptive mother.
That’s the gist. What didn’t work for me was that most of this story is basically everyone’s situation being repeated over and over. Jayden constantly saying he isn’t looking for anyone and convincing his mother that he doesn’t need to find love, etc. Isaac is constantly rehashing his situation with being married and how his career plan is being played out (or falling apart). The wife is constantly pushing him to find someone while she does the same. And so on. I quickly lost interest but kept pushing on waiting for Isaac and Jayden to get together. But, by 60% it still had not happened, and at that point, I just couldn’t care if it ever did.
So, I think all of the repetitiveness and slow buildup to a meaningful or even sexual relationship with the MC’s was the downfall for me. It is most likely nothing more than a case of it was me, not you with this story. There are a lot of aspects I’m sure people will enjoy, such as the interracial relationship, so, if that interests you, or some of the other aspects, I urge you to give this a try.
Overall Impression: I did not finish
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.* (less)
I really liked the blurb on this one. Sucked me in right away. Will is home recovering from his combat injuries,...more3.5 star review by The Blogger Girls.
I really liked the blurb on this one. Sucked me in right away. Will is home recovering from his combat injuries, both physically and mentally. Unfortunately, he is having to do it on his own, as his two lovers are still deployed. Much of this story is about Will’s struggles with this, with his being alone while his lovers are together in potential danger with the threesome reuniting at the end.
What I read, I really liked. However, this was just so short that we really didn’t have the time needed to really get an understanding of the characters or their relationship, other than what we are told by Will. I felt horrible for Will having to go through his recovery on his own, in addition to dealing with having his lovers remaining in the combat zone. Their reunion was wonderful and sweet, but again, we only got a tiny tidbit.
Emily is certainly on the right path here, and I hope she will continue to expand and grow her stories. I am definitely interested in seeing something more involved from her in the future. (less)
I am not a huge basketball fan, but the blurb had enough other elements to lure me in. Ex-marine turned bodyguard...more3.5 star review by The Blogger Girls.
I am not a huge basketball fan, but the blurb had enough other elements to lure me in. Ex-marine turned bodyguard/personal assistant, young sports star with some major issues, sign me up!
This starts out pretty good. We quickly learn there is more to Tyler than first appears, and while Eric “Ram” Ramos isn’t generally much of a babysitter, he is drawn to Tyler and his protective nature takes over. It becomes clear pretty early on that Tyler has some major issues and sexual hangups. I loved watching Ram build up Tyler’s trust and help him through his issues.
Ram tries to keep things professional for quite some time. They become close friends long before things ever go to the next level, which doesn’t occur until almost the 85% mark. I was really enjoying things up to this point. So much so, that I hardly noticed or minded any of the basketball stuff. When they do cross the line, things are pretty hot, as Ram helps Tyler overcome his mental issues about being gay. I really would have liked to have explored Tyler’s issues in a little more detail. He basically tells all in one conversation. Once this occurs, the story basically races to the end.
I understand from the author notes at the end that this was never intended to be more than a novella. However, I really feel this could have benefited from a bit more detail here and there. We never really got to know these guys on much more than a surface level, especially where their relationship was concerned. And the ending was extremely abrupt. Again, we learn from the author notes that there may have been an alternative ending, but, by then, I was already losing interest. So, this had a lot of potential, and while I did enjoy quite a bit about it, overall, I was left feeling a bit disappointed. (less)
I started out feeling one way about this book, and ended up feeling a bit different. There were things I really liked, a...more A review by The Blogger Girls.
I started out feeling one way about this book, and ended up feeling a bit different. There were things I really liked, and some not so much.
Dmitri and Brennan have a very different relationship. Dmitri basically saved Brennan when he was fourteen I believe, from his abusive stepfather. He took Brennan under his protection and offered him safety and security, as well as money and an education. However, when Brennan turned eighteen, they became lovers. They had been living together in a sort of D/S relationship with Dmitri the controlling dominant partner.
However, feeling he needed to keep his sexuality a secret from his Russian family and friends, he got married and moved Brennan to his own apartment. So, basically, at this point, Brennan is a kept man. To counter his having to deal with Dmitri’s marriage, Brennan works as an escort at Dmitri’s agency, much to Dmitri and his brother, Mischa’s, disapproval.
I actually really liked Dmitri for the most part, although his constant reassurances of working on a plan to fix things so he and Brennan could be together got a little tiresome. So too, did much of Brennan’s behavior. He was repeatedly begging Dmitri and Mischa to treat him like an adult, yet his behavior often spoke otherwise. Granted, he was at a bit of a loss after Dmitri’s wedding and his position in Dmitri’s life and really didn’t know how else to change things, but still, it was a bit much at times.
Underlying all of this is Brennan’s desire for Dmitri to be his dom, something which Dmitri continually tells Brennan he is not ready for. Other than some bondage and rough sex, and a few punishments/beatings here and there, none of this really came into play during this part of the story.
So, I was kind of going along unsure of how I felt about this story for quite some time. However, about 3/4 of the way through, the characters started to grow on me more and more. We started to see that there was more to Dmitri than met the eye, as more and more secrets unfolded. I still didn’t know who to trust, just as Brennan didn’t, especially when more lies were uncovered. By the end, I was riveted to see how things would turn out. Brennan finally grows a pair and goes out on his own, though he doesn’t last too long before he finds himself in trouble.
Things wrap up fairly nicely in the end with a sweet moment leaving me looking forward to seeing these guys again. I enjoyed the writing style and felt this was a solid story for a first-time author. I’m excited to see what she comes up with next.(less)
It is my understanding that this story was written about two years ago, but being a fan of Garrett Leigh’s stories, I wa...more A review by The Blogger Girls.
It is my understanding that this story was written about two years ago, but being a fan of Garrett Leigh’s stories, I was quick to grab the opportunity to read it. As with everything else I’ve read by Ms. Leigh, I was not disappointed.
This story centers around Mikail who, along with his parents and siblings, work underground to smuggle intelligence and children out of their war-torn Kosovo to the safety of the neighboring Albania. Mik is mainly a runner, making many trips to and fro to carry information, etc. One such mission has him meeting up with CIA operative, Isa. I was never really clear about Isa’s actual part in the grand scheme of things, but he definitely played an important role.
Over time, Isa and Mik’s friendship grows and the are eventually in a situation that allows them to take things further and act on their mutual attraction. Even still, evidence of the war is going on all around them. Their relationship grows through their stolen moments, and as Isa becomes more and more involved in helping Mik, they fall in love.
The walls come tumbling down, both literally and figuratively, and they are separated for four years with Mik believing Isa was killed so that he and his sisters could flee for safety. I had no trouble at all picturing the war-ravaged country or how these people had to live just to survive not knowing from day to day if they would make it.
I found this to be such a sweet story even with all the doom and gloom surrounding this couple. These guys were wonderful together. There were very few extra descriptive words being used during the intimate scenes, and I loved that none were needed to feel the emotions and chemistry between these guys.
Suffice to say, had this been the first book I read by Ms. Leigh, it most definitely would not be my last.
Marines? Dragons? Marine Dragons? Oh my! This had me extremely intrigued, from the fantastic cover to the very en...more3.5 star review by The Blogger Girls.
Marines? Dragons? Marine Dragons? Oh my! This had me extremely intrigued, from the fantastic cover to the very enticing blurb.
When Franklin boards the ship, he finds the humans have basically been separated from the dragons. It seems that some humans are not that comfortable working with the dragons, and there have been a few incidents making that more than obvious. Add to that, there are a few humans who have mated with some of the dragons, which is frowned upon by both sides, but more so from the humans.
Franklin is there to be a liaison between the two. He has extensive knowledge of the dragons and their language through his brother-in-law, a dragon who is mated to Franklin’s sister. So, he has no problems with the dragons or any human/dragon relationships.
Dane is the leader of the dragon squadron. Fairly early on, he realizes Franklin is his mate and they share almost immediate attraction. I admit I was a little concerned about how things with them would play out after reading this description. “Dane’s cock was deep red in color with two rows of scales circling the head. The scales seemed to be throbbing.” But they managed without any problems and without things becoming too cheesey, and their bond grew quickly. In the meantime, they went about trying to find the source of the troublemakers.
I loved the descriptions of the dragons, their training and fighting scenes. This was a fairly light read, with the scenes moving along rather quickly from one to the next. The characters were likable, and there was just enough information given so as to not overwhelm but to give you an understanding of things. There is a bit of mystery/intrigue and action/adventure, with a side of hot man loving. I quite enjoyed this and look forward to reading more from Ms. Dease in the future.(less)
This ended up being a bit different than what I was expecting, and there were a lot of things I really enjoyed about it....moreA review by The Blogger Girls.
This ended up being a bit different than what I was expecting, and there were a lot of things I really enjoyed about it.
After his father and off-duty policeman was gunned down and died in his arms at fourteen, Jimmy McSwain has made a promise to not stop until his murderer was found. This is Jimmy’s focus throughout this story, as the anniversary of his father’s death approaches. It has shaped his life and what led him to being a private detective, as opposed to a policeman.
Meanwhile, Jimmy takes on the case to search for Harris Rothschild. I had wrongly assumed this story would be about Jimmy and Harris, which it is, but they don’t ever get involved beyond a professional/friend level.
Early on, Jimmy meets a young Englishman who is in NY for a few months for work. They begin a relationship, although Jimmy’s issues get in the way. With him only being here for a few months, it never really felt like this could go anywhere.
Back to the mystery though. Jimmy actually locates Harris rather quickly, in a drag club. Harris was really sweet. He left home and out from under his controlling father. He found himself in drag and finally felt comfortable and confident with himself. Jimmy gives him the requested 24 hours before alerting his parents, but trouble gets in the way of things causing Jimmy’s case to take an abrupt turn.
I really enjoyed the references to the Broadway shows. Jimmy grew up in the theaters. His mother is a supervisor of theater ushers and often employes her kids to help out. I also really enjoyed the mystery with Harris, and the ensuing twists that happen after he is found.
One thing I had some trouble with was Jimmy constantly bringing up his father and his death. I realize that is a big part of his issues, but it just seemed unnecessarily repetitive. The other thing, which didn’t actually bother me, but it was definitely different, was the lack of a clear second MC or relationship.
Towards the end, there was some interesting potential with the police chief, but it doesn’t get very far, though perhaps we will get to see that in another story. This story moves along at a good pace, and was well written. If you’re looking for something heavy on the mystery/suspense, but doesn’t really focus on a relationship, I recommend giving this a try. I definitely enjoyed getting to know Jimmy and hope we get to see more of him tackling some new case files.(less)
This is one of the best mmf ménages I’ve read in a very long time. I found it really hard to believe this was a f...more4.5 star review by The Blogger Girls.
This is one of the best mmf ménages I’ve read in a very long time. I found it really hard to believe this was a first attempt by this author.
The story starts out somewhat slowly, with a few quick flashbacks to show how Allen came to be in his current position from where he started as a new hire two years earlier. I’m not generally a fan of flashbacks, but they work here and only really happen in the beginning stages.
Allen Heras was basically recruited by MM&M, a top marketing firm, for the raw potential they saw in his creativity and skills as a photographer. He was basically untrained, with little to no schooling. He didn’t even finish high school. But recruit him they did, although it was by chance that he just happened to apply for a job in the company since he had unwittingly not responded to any of their communications up to that point.
So, the company is run by two of its bigwigs, Sidri McKenna and Tatum McAlister. Allen feels a strong attraction to Sid, as does Sid with Allen, but they keep things under wraps for a good two years as their friendship and working relationship grows. During this time, Tatum has been behind the scenes having had to fill in for someone in their London office.
Sid and Tatum believe Allen is the perfect third for them. They have a major plan of action, but it is finally put in place by Sid when she pushes things a bit further with Allen. When Allen and Tatum finally see each other face to face, the attraction is immediate and strong. However, Allen has some major issues, one being his closeted bi status. He takes a lot of convincing to give the threesome a chance.
Allen is such a sweet soul. He is gorgeous on the outside but feels quite the opposite on the inside, mostly due to his horribly evil and bigoted televangelist parents. He ran from them at the age of fourteen and has been on his own ever since, so he has had it pretty rough. He was completely up front about his past, or he tried to be, with Sid when she hired him, but she insisted his past didn’t matter, that they only cared about his future.
Sid is wonderful with Allen. She and Tatum have been friends with benefits since they were old enough to do so. They realized long ago that they could never really be what the other needed mainly due to their both having such dominant personalities and appetites. And then, Tatum is bi as well, so that put a wrench in their being a happy couple. But, over the years, they have experimented and learned exactly what they needed – a third who is also a submissive man.
All this talk about dominants and submissives would lead you to think this is the usual BDSM story. It is not. There is very little of that, in fact. It is mostly about control, with Sid and Tatum both needing to be the ones controlling. Turns out that Allen is perfect for them, and it was lovely to watch them show Allen that side of him and nurture him to become comfortable with everything.
I have to admit that while I enjoyed Sid and Allen together, Tatum stole the show. Tatum and Allen together were unbelievably hot stuff! There were really no jealousy issues here either. Tatum had some issues of his own due to previous men not actually wanting a relationship with him making him fear rejection from Allen, but they were dealt with and the three remained equal members of the triad, except for Allen when his past crept back to haunt him.
I really could go on and on, but this is already getting long. Suffice to say that I really enjoyed this. It was extremely refreshing with Sid being such a strong female character. At the same time, whenever I sensed things were about to go over the line of cheesiness, they just didn’t. There were a few niggling things here and there that kept this from that final ½ star, but overall, I thought it was fantastic.
I am really glad I picked this one up and am super excited to see it’s the first of a series. I have a feeling Ms. Ayers will be an auto read for me if this is any indication. (less)
This is one of those stories I absolutely hated to love. I hated having to read about something like this happening or t...moreA review by The Blogger Girls.
This is one of those stories I absolutely hated to love. I hated having to read about something like this happening or that it happens more often than we realize. The main character here is so awful in so many ways, there were just very few times I wasn’t yelling in my head for JJ to run the other way and not look back. However, from the first page, I was riveted. The storytelling was absolutely amazing, and I was hanging on every word.
If you know anything about the author at all, you know that he is or could be JJ, without a doubt. Such a kind-hearted man who, even when things are at their worst, still tries to see the good in the situation. There are many similarities between what takes place in this story and what we have seen the author going through over the past year or so, and I found myself trying to connect dots on more than one occasion.
But, back to the story. I can’t begin to imagine what it must be like to have to hide to the extent that Dick did, but neither can I condone any of his actions in doing so. He becomes downright evil, hurting many people, men and women, in his path to keep up his front. Unfortunately, here, he has latched on to the good and kind JJ. He becomes so ensconced into his life, and to such a degree, that even the reader doesn’t see half of it coming. Was that his plan all along? You have to think it must be when the end results are finally brought to light.
There are many wonderful characters here, so it isn’t all gloom and doom with Dick, though all of it leads back to him. JJ has become a huge success in his own right, and while he believed it was Dick who helped him achieve that, no doubt it is his amazing skills and ability that truly bring his photographs to life. Thankfully, JJ meets a wonderful man who he barters for personal training. This man shows him the light, so to speak, bringing such a level of positivity and support to his life that undoubtedly played a huge role in turning things around for JJ.
Really, I could go on and on. This was my first time reading Mr. Skinner, although I’ve been told by many many friends that I must read his other book, which I have every plan on doing. This was such an amazingly told story that had me on the edge of my seat from beginning to end. It felt a little like the movie The Truman Show where we watch the life of a man unfold as if we are right there a part of it. I loved every minute, even though I hated what was being told, but would read it again in a heartbeat and recommend everyone take a chance and do the same.
I admit, the cover lured me into this one. I’m not normally into futuristic type stories, but I was intrigued enough to...more A review by The Blogger Girls.
I admit, the cover lured me into this one. I’m not normally into futuristic type stories, but I was intrigued enough to give it a shot. I wasn’t disappointed.
This is a world a bit in the future (the country is now called Aelland), where the government has basically taken over everything, having the say in who can eat what, who can sell what and to whom, etc. There are strict rules in place concerning marrying and reproduction. Men must choose to marry by the age of 25, or forever give up the chance, in which case, they are immediately sterilized. Brett is a member of the military, carrying out his orders and doing what he believes is right based on what he was brought up to believe. His 25th birthday is fast approaching.
However, there is another side, the Citizens For A Free Aelland. Those who have made it their goal to make the truth known and bring the country back to the way things were. They are planning for a war, with an extensive underground community of supporters.
In the meantime, Bret has set his sights on Orion, not a member of the military but an important member nonetheless. He is said to be off limits, never being able to marry. He doesn’t speak, but all isn’t as it seems. Brett sets all of this aside, seeing intelligence and attractiveness in Orion that he is unable to resist.
There is a lot of action going on here, and it doesn’t take long for things to heat up. This was a slow build relationship, which worked given the circumstances. Trust becomes key, and feelings set aside for the greater good. There are a few twists as secrets unfold, and while nothing was really that unpredictable, they made things a bit more interesting. I will definitely be looking to read more from Ms. Anderson in the future.
This is a stand alone story, part of the New Reality series, which is made up of similar, unrelated Dystopian stories. (less)
This one cute, sweet, hot little story. I absolutely loved geeky Sean who has one bad thing happen after another on the...moreA review by the Blogger Girls.
This one cute, sweet, hot little story. I absolutely loved geeky Sean who has one bad thing happen after another on the day the UPS guy actually notices him. As things continue to go badly for him, the power outage that resulted in his having to cancel important gaming plans to stay late at work, also ends up bring Sean and his dreamy UPS guy together.
In a stalled elevator, these two get to know one another, finding out they have more in common than anyone would think from appearances. Turns out that hunky UPS guy, Rob, likes to get his geek on as well. They chat about that and about Rob’s aspirations of becoming a fireman and taking chances, all of which encourage Sean to take a chance with Rob.
This was a super cute, fast read that I found completely enjoyable. It grabbed my interest right away and left me wishing there was more to the story. These guys were only just getting started, and what I saw of that only had me wishing I could see them going all the way. I definitely recommend this if you’re looking for a quick, steamy but sweet, pick me up. I am looking forward to seeing more from Ms. Hunter in the future.
This was a nice story with a lot of potential. I was a little unsure of the writing style, Richard said this, Abe...more3.5 star review by The Blogger Girls.
This was a nice story with a lot of potential. I was a little unsure of the writing style, Richard said this, Abe did that, etc., and while I did get used to it, I never really felt completely comfortable with it. I generally prefer more dialog in my stories than what takes place here.
I did like the general idea here, that Richard discovers the person he has become isn’t the person he wants to be. He has allowed his shallow, materialistic friends to shape him to be the same way. It isn’t until he experiences what the unconditional love of a dog brings to his life that he realizes what he has been missing. Of course, there is also the help of Abe, his dog trainer/walker, who he friends and receives many honest truths from. Between the two, he has his eyes opened and learns what is important in life.
Richard’s friends, and ex, are awful, but the Richard that blossoms through his interactions with Abe make them more bearable. There are some really sweet moments between Richard and Abe, from their first kiss, to their first sexual encounter. Abe is really sweet, and while he had issues in his past, he seems to live happily doing what he loves. I never really felt a strong connection between them, but they made a nice enough couple. Again, I think I would have felt differently with more dialog.
So, while there were things I enjoyed about this story (Hambone is adorable!), there were other things that just felt a little flat. Still, I felt it was an enjoyable enough short story that was a nice break from the longer, more involved books I’ve read recently. (less)
Magic abounds in this conclusion of Double Alchemy. It was so good to see these guys again, and they really seem to have...moreA review by The Blogger Girls.
Magic abounds in this conclusion of Double Alchemy. It was so good to see these guys again, and they really seem to have settled into their relationship since we’ve seen them last. As with the previous book, there is a lot going on here, both overall and individually.
Quinn is still the Grand Poobah of the Warlocks and has a lot to deal with there. Not only is he still trying to take care of finding and eliminating the Witchfinder General, but there is dissension among the ranks of the Council. In the search for the Witchfinder General, he is brought back in touch with the Regina of Witches, Valencia, with whom he has a bit of a sordid past. All of this makes things quite interesting, but then there is also the business of Cade and his Fey issues which are carried over from the previous story.
Quinn and Cade have matured quite a bit and even gotten a tiny bit kinkier in their relationship which makes for some hot loving. Even though their sex lives have kicked up a notch, what with the extra Fey mojo kicking in, most of the heavy stuff is off the page, though you never get a sense you missed anything. And while the tables have turned a bit here in that Quinn seems the more insecure of the two, there is no doubt they are committed to each other. Thankfully, Talisen has been a bit more under control and even has a few issues of his own to deal with.
I have to say I didn’t feel quite the same excitement with this one, even though so much happens. There were some events that sort of came out of nowhere and just didn’t draw the emotions I expected. But, there is a lot to love about this interesting world. The descriptions of the settings and locations are vivid and totally give you a sense of reality. I loved the added characters, even or especially Valencia, and what they each brought to the story. As with before, I’m still a bit intrigued by some, most notably, Talisen, and hope to see more from this world some day.
If you’re looking for a different paranormal filled with lots of magic and action, be sure to give these witches, warlocks and fey a try.
You’ve been warned. This is not a traditional romance novel. There is no HEA. This is a psychological thriller...more4.5 star review from The Blogger Girls.
You’ve been warned. This is not a traditional romance novel. There is no HEA. This is a psychological thriller with the twist of mm.
That being said, as soon as I saw this amazing cover and who had teamed up to create this story, I jumped right on board the crazy train. The blurb was quite intriguing as well, though even that didn’t quite prepare me for what was to come.
Ilia worked his way into my heart very early on. He didn’t have the best childhood, and lashed out at his father in somewhat understandably normal ways – various piercings, tattoos, make-up, etc. Then Ilia catches the eye of mob boss, Mikhail, who saw Ilia as a treasure to be nurtured and taken care of. He becomes Ilia’s life. The latest adornment he suffers for and presents to Mikhail is his corset piercing (on the cover). I have heard of these before, but I cannot tell you how many times I cringed throughout this story every time the ribbons were mentioned.
After Mikhail is killed, Ilia is crushed and at a complete loss. Then, Mikhail’s brother, Nick, shows up claiming all of Mikhail’s property, including Ilia. Nick is an evil bastard and horrendous excuse for a human being. He basically breaks Ilia down to nothing so that Ilia turns to him as the better alternative. There are some really rough scenes with Nick, which only made me long even more for the snippets we saw as Ilia remembered and recounted his time with Mikhail. Mikhail may have been just as ruthless where the mob was concerned, but with Ilia, he was the complete opposite. They truly seemed to love and care for each other, even if in ways not understandable to the outside “normal” folks.
Peter is brought in by Nick, though we meet him earlier when Mikhail hires him to massage Ilia. I really thought Peter had something to do with the raid that led to Mikhail’s death, but he ends up just being a victim of circumstance. Luckily for him, he is more mentally stable to begin with, and Nick didn’t spent quite the amount of time breaking him down as he did Ilia.
There is light at the end of their tunnel, but it is a long road to get there. If you like these types of stories, definitely give this a try. The writing is really good, the story keeps moving for the most part, even though time seems to stand still. There were times, in the middle, where things seem to have stalled, but it doesn’t take long to see it is all a part of Nick’s dastardly plan. I was riveted though and wanted to see Ilia come through.
While he doesn’t get the typical HEA without his love, Mikhail, there does still seem to be hope for him although many questions remain. What kind of life will he have now? Will he flourish or falter on his own or will he and Peter help each other? Will they accept becoming more than friends or see things go beyond their shared experience? Can he finally put his guilt and feelings of betraying Mikhail by being with Patrick aside? And then, as you’re asking all of these things, the last few sentences possibly affect every one of those answers. I really wish there was an epilogue here showing us just a bit more, as I definitely need more of this story. Let’s hope the way it ends is a sign that Lisa and JA have more already cooking with this tale.
This is my first book in this series, which I believe can all be read on their own. In this story, we have sexy DEA, Ste...moreA Review by The Blogger Girls.
This is my first book in this series, which I believe can all be read on their own. In this story, we have sexy DEA, Stephen and his partner, Rigo, who have been working to bring down the Vasquez Cartel. Things begin to go terribly wrong fairly quickly as these guys have to change gears to find potential moles. Stephen and Rigo have a wonderful partnership, with enjoyable banter and a great camaraderie. It is with the help of Rigo, that Stephen takes a chance at something with the young Guardsman, Joseph.
Joseph is a sweet young thang, with a bit of a horrendous past all thanks to his last relationship where he was used and abused. He has come through with shining colors though and has gotten much of his confidence back. Unfortunately, he still has some trust issues, but lucky for him, Stephen picks up on things right away and does everything he can to ease the way for Joseph. I absolutely loved how Stephen helped Joseph work through his fears and wanted to be there for the long haul, even if they didn’t know how they would make that happen.
There is a lot of action as the guys face the Cartel while trying to flush out the traitor. There are connections and twists that intertwine enough to make this interesting but not too completely far fetched. This was a story that had a little bit of everything in it – humor, mystery, action/adventure, sweetness, emotion, and of course, hot loving. It was quite enjoyable, and I’m looking forward to the next one(less)
I really enjoyed the feel of this story. The main theme here is the mystery, with the actual relationship taking kind of...more A review by The Blogger Girls.
I really enjoyed the feel of this story. The main theme here is the mystery, with the actual relationship taking kind of a back seat. At the center of it all is Luke, who, after a failed attempt to win back his “boyfriend” from marrying a woman, ends up finding love with his childhood best friend, Ben. Ben, all along, has claimed he is straight, but had really only been suppressing feelings for Luke. Almost all of the characters involved here are connected to Luke in one way or another.
Going back to the mystery, we are told little bits at the beginning of each chapter through short notes on the status of the mysterious project and the 13 subjects. I loved these little tidbits into the madman’s mind. Some of the subjects have died, some were eliminated, some are missing, etc. Luke had a very strange childhood, in that he was found in the dessert and then adopted. But, he is beginning to remember things, having flashes of memories, as well as dreams/nightmares he hasn’t had since he was young. When various people begin asking odd questions, Luke decides he needs to find out the truth, and Ben is right by his side through it all.
This reminded me a tiny bit of a cross between a John Saul or Dean Koontz book and the movie Conspiracy Theory. With the whole “Area 51″ feel, you’re not entirely sure what really happened there, and even though the sex scenes were hot, and the romance good, I found myself almost wanting to skim those parts just to get to the bottom of all the secrets. There are still a lot of questions or what ifs left at the end, such as Luke’s health. Will he contract the same health issues as the other subjects? And, just when you think most everything is solved, and those behind the project are in custody, there is the epilogue, which throws a whole other wrench into things. I really hope there is another story brewing about this, because I am definitely interested in learning more.(less)
Where to start on this drama-filled rollercoaster thrill ride…I wasn’t totally sure what to expect here. It isn’t somethin...moreReview by The Blogger Girls.
Where to start on this drama-filled rollercoaster thrill ride…I wasn’t totally sure what to expect here. It isn’t something that would normally interest me, but I decided to give it a shot. If you’re looking for something a bit different, this is quite a unique story. If you are a soap opera fan, or a fan of the Melrose Place type shows, you will love this, as it pretty much reads like a script – there are episodes, which I understand are how this was originally written, and the scenes flow from one into the next. This takes a bit of getting used to as you’re reading about one couple, meanwhile, in the same sentence, another couple is doing something else and the story switches to them. This is definitely different, but it flowed very well and moved the story along nicely. I found it to be one of the things I enjoyed about it.
The characters – there are quite a few of them, which, again, took me some time keeping straight. But they draw you in rather quickly. The first main couple is Derek and Joyelle, but we quickly begin to see a pattern here that takes place pretty much throughout the story. At least to me, if felt as though just about everyone in this story was cheating. They all have issues, and by the middle of this, I was begging for there to be one “healthy” couple in the bunch. Sadly, it was quite the opposite, as things become even more twisted and crazy. These are supposed to all be friends and are all connected in some way or another. You know how in long-running soap operas some characters seem to have been in a relationship with everyone over the span of the years? Well, this has that same feel, only it is crammed into a much shorter time period. Out of the other “couples,” there are some to like and some (ok, most) to not like so much.
So, aside from all of the cheating, this story really does pull you in. It reads very fast, and by the end, you do care about many of the characters involved. Some you want to hug, some you want to kill. Wanting to see them get to better places kept me turning pages as fast as I could. One niggling issue I had were repeated phrases (mostly regarding the sex). And, this ends on a pretty big cliffhanger.
All in all, I was riveted to the craziness and need to read Season Two STAT to find out what happens and how that affects each of these characters. There are quite a few storylines that left me growling to see their conclusion, so I’m hoping for more and maybe even some happy endings for some of these guys as well. (less)