This was every bit as good and contains more of everything I loved in the first book.
We still have the fabulous Dex, with his amazing humor and goofy...moreThis was every bit as good and contains more of everything I loved in the first book.
We still have the fabulous Dex, with his amazing humor and goofyness. He and Sloane are as hot as ever, even when they're fighting and going through some tough times.
The rest of the team is there as well, and we see a bit more of what's going on with Calvin and Hobbs (love that, btw). Cael and Ash have some things to work out and definitely need more face time. But the real show stealers here are definitely Dex and Sloane.
We finally learn a little bit more about Sloane's background, and the action scenes had me on the edge of my seat. I love that their relationship is important and a big part of the story, but that there is enough other stuff going on that makes this more than just their story alone. Though I love seeing them getting smexy together, their day-to-day interactions and what they are facing with work, has me just as interested and turning pages.
Nothing makes me happier when picking up a book than to want nothing more than to be able to forget everything else and just read. This one is doing it for me, and I cannot wait for the next installment.(less)
So, Alex and Maddox are getting married (and Sid, of course). Yay! So happy to see them doing as well as when we...more 3.5 star review by the Blogger Girls.
So, Alex and Maddox are getting married (and Sid, of course). Yay! So happy to see them doing as well as when we last saw them, if not better. They seemed to have really settled into their relationship dynamics. All is going well until Allen’s younger sister, Amber, crashes the wedding asking to see him.
Amber is running away from her abusive fiance and family. Her eyes were finally opened when she realized her father knew Allen was alive and well all these years. That, and the horrible actions of her fiance, and her father and brother not only turning a blind eye but almost encouraging it, finally gave her the push she needed to leave.
Allen agrees to help, and puts her under the protection of Maddox and Riley until they can secure things up with her family and situation. Maddox has a thing for Riley, but believes Riley is straight and has not acted on his feelings. Riley is straight but realizes he has growing feelings for Maddox. They both want Amber.
Here’s where things got a bit boggy for me. Amber is this damaged creature who learned about doms from her past two hideous relationships and now believes that’s the way all doms are. She is basically terrified of Maddox because she beleives he is the same way. So, Maddox treads carefully, explaining over and over how things really are. This was great at first, but it got a bit tiresome after a while. Anyhoo, Amber knows (from Sid) about Maddox and Riley and pushes Maddox to go for it. Meanwhile, it was Sid’s plan all along for Maddox to sort of use Riley as a buffer as a means to gain Amber’s trust. Sounds a bit convoluted, but it actually does work, since Riley is also a sub and therefore no threat to Amber.
As with the first installment, this is not the typical BDSM story. There are no whips and chains, no master/sir, etc. These guys practice more of a psychological D/S that makes for some really steamy scenes, and I found it a refreshing change of pace.
Each of these characters has some type of damaged past. They eventually open up more and more to each other as their relationship grows. Another aspect that hits one of my pet peeves here is the insta-love. While Maddox and Riley have known each other and worked together for a few years, they practically fell in love with Amber in two days. But, I did enjoy them together as they all realized their relationship was actually a possibility as they moved toward more stable ground.
While I did not think this had the same umph as the first book, and it had a few other issues, as mentioned above, I still enjoyed it and look forward to the next installment. (less)
In the back of my mind throughout this entire story was “how could a photograph be worth so much money?” But then...more 3.5 star review by The Blogger Girls.
In the back of my mind throughout this entire story was “how could a photograph be worth so much money?” But then the mystery takes over, and Daniel with his thieving skills, takes front and center. He is a master thief. He is basically on a big job, undercover so to speak, working for Kearin’s company as a lowely assistant, all in the guise of obtaining information as to the whereabouts of the overpriced “Serenity” photograph so that he may steal it.
What he didn’t count on was his interest in and attraction to the mysterious Kierin. Kierin is a photographer. He is working on a personal project of which he enlists Daniel’s help. He takes erotic photographs of bound, aroused men but hasn’t found the perfect speciman for the final shots. Daniel is intrigued and agrees to be Kierin’s model for the final pieces of the project.
There is a lot of detail given to Daniel’s thieving and surveillance, but I found the bondage photography sessions stole the show. They are very well done, and you can just about feel the knots and ropes tightening as Daniel gives in and allows himself to submit. Unfortunately, Kierin remains extremely standoffish and professional through most of it. Aside from a few orders and talk of safewords, that is pretty much the extent of the BDSM aspect of this story.
This was a quick, easy read that flowed along nicely. I wish there had been a bit more to the relationship, as I never really felt these guys connected on any level other than their physical attraction with the D/S. However, the ending, while it did confuse me a little bit, it wraps things up but leaves a door open for a possible sequel. I’d definitely be interested in reading more about these guys now that Serenity is out of the way. (less)
I was very excited to pick this one as my mobster theme book. Big, tough mafia type guy falls for smexy dancer, turns hi...more A review by The Blogger Girls.
I was very excited to pick this one as my mobster theme book. Big, tough mafia type guy falls for smexy dancer, turns his life around, etc. I’m a bit on the fence with this one, however, because there were just as many things that I liked as that I didn’t.
Jansen – Had trouble with the name, so I ended up calling him Jan most of the time (his roommate was already Jason). He’s a sweet thing but not the brightest bulb in the pack. Poor kid falls for the dark, mysterious Mr. Grant, even though everything under the sun is telling him to run and hide and don’t look back. He had been attacked and raped a year previous, so he was still a little messed up about that, especially when Mr. Grant is the first he’s been with since that ordeal. All goes well though, at first. Jansen spends so much of his time worrying about Dorian’s temper and killing proclivities that it is hard to believe there can be much more than a physical attraction here.
Dorian – I wasn’t too sure what to think about Dorian. He wasn’t so much as a mafia king as just a violent criminal business man. I liked him, then I didn’t, then I did again, throughout the entire story. He never made excuses for his behavior/actions/violence but it did get a little tiring hearing about him being such a monster, etc. Also, it took about halfway through the story before I realized he was supposed to be Cajun. His dialog was a little off much of the time, and I had a really hard time visualising his character.
Jansen/Dorian together – I honestly did not the connection between these two. Jansen was terrified of Dorian 90% of the time, yet he kept going back for more or had to be drugged to enjoy himself. Dorian treats him like crap much of that time as well. Then, Dorian’s continual reference to Jansen as his beautiful dancer, was another niggle I had. But these guys eventually make it to a somewhat happy ending, given their circumstances haven’t changed all that much from the beginning.
However, there were things I liked, such as the few steamy scenes where Jansen didn’t actually end up bleeding and in need of mental and physical treatment. There were some likable characters that could prove interesting in the future, but the guys in this installment fell a little flat for me.(less)
One thing Ms. Jenna’s books do not lack is sweetness. This is my second time reading Ms. Jenna, and both had the...more 2.5 star review by The Blogger Girls.
One thing Ms. Jenna’s books do not lack is sweetness. This is my second time reading Ms. Jenna, and both had the same warm feeling of sweet love. I was happy to see that the major issue I had with the previous book – present tense – was not present in this one. There is, however, the same super rushed insta-love aspect, which really took me out of the story.
Evan was down on his luck and in need of a job when he answers the ad for personal assistant. This turns out to be so much more, as the boss, Brian, wants him to work for the company during the day, and him personally in the evenings. Evan decides the money is too good to pass up, so he decides to at least give it a try.
Evan’s first night is a little bizarre, as he is asked to basically be Brian’s submissive. Nothing es ever really taken too far, but Evan’s eyes are opened to his new feelings about submissiveness. Unfortunately, those feelings are tarnished by his feelings of basically being a whore for Brian. Brian’s intentions are a little unclear through most of this, and he does come off a bit stalkery. But, in the end, he means well and just wants to help Evan and have a relationship with him.
Misunderstandings are cleared up, Brian saves the day, they move in together and live happily ever after. Many of the events in this story are really sweet. I believe this story had a lot of potential, but it is hampered greatly by it’s length. It comes across as choppy and feels as though big chunks of time are missing, although no time is actually missed. If this were fleshed out a bit more, the guys given more time for their feelings/attraction to grow, this would have been a better and much more believable story. The feeling of everything being so rushed is it’s biggest downfall, in my opinion.
I found this a quick and easy read as far as the actual writing was concerned, and I definitely plan to keep an eye on Ms. Jenna’s progress as she continues to bring us these sweet stories.(less)
So, Tom is a successful businessman who inherits an 80% controlling interest in this giant produce farm from his recent...more A review by The Blogger Girls.
So, Tom is a successful businessman who inherits an 80% controlling interest in this giant produce farm from his recently deceased gay uncle. He takes a two-week vacation to check it out where he meets Nate, the sexy guy who basically runs the entire farm. The two hit it off right away, which helps solidify Tom’s decision to move out to the country.
The writing itself was enjoyable. The story flowed well and at a pretty good pace. Unfortunately, I had a very difficult time getting a feel for these characters. This was my biggest issue here. Many times in the beginning, I had a somewhat negative impression of Tom from his various actions and thoughts. Nate was a little easier to feel for, as he is a hard working, sexy and all around nice guy. Shortly after meeting though, these two were basically in love, which I just wasn’t able to get on board with. I never really felt a solid connection with them, so I found it difficult to really care about their future. Everything about their relationship seemed to be in fast forward mode, and I wished there was a bit more detail given as to how they reached their destinations.
I did, however, enjoy the opposites attract aspect of these guys. Successful city boy businessman and the hard working country boy farm supervisor. They were actually more on the same level than that sounds, as Nate was overseeing an enormous successful produce operation consisting of thousands and thousands of acres. Physically, I loved them together. Both were a bit on the alpha side, which I always love to see.
But, this is a sweet story, and really just a nice, enjoyable afternoon quickie. A nice palate cleanser, if you will. I’ll definitely be looking into more of Mr. Richards’ work. (less)
So, yeah, I’ll admit, I grabbed this one after one glace at the title figuring the blurb was pretty much self-exp...more 3.5 star review by The Blogger Girls.
So, yeah, I’ll admit, I grabbed this one after one glace at the title figuring the blurb was pretty much self-explanatory. I was hoping for some down and dirty, gritty prison sex turns love story, or not, and this one sounded like it fit the bill.
It was a fast read, though probably almost too fast. I understood Thomas’ desire to find protection pretty quickly, but was a little surprised at how easily he took to it. Not to mention how easy it was for the action to take place. This story leads you to believe these guys are living it up pretty well, considering they’re locked up and all. They basically just have sex with whomever, whenever and wherever the mood strikes.
For some reason, I felt quite a disconnect between Thomas and Booker through most of their encounters. Then, when the story changes up a bit, and the roles are reversed with Thomas becoming a protector, it was like starting all over again. I wish we had seen more of a buildup to Thomas and Booker’s relationship. As it was, I could see them together but just couldn’t get on board with the connection.
But, this is a fast-paced, smutty afternoon delight of a read, if that’s what you’re in the mood for. It doesn’t ever really get very harsh, aside from a few forced scenes, and it does end with a HEA. I enjoyed it but wish there were more to sink my teeth into. (less)
Wow, I cannot believe I got on this crazy train for a second ride. But I did it. Like a train wreck, I simply could not...more A review by The Blogger Girls.
Wow, I cannot believe I got on this crazy train for a second ride. But I did it. Like a train wreck, I simply could not look away. After the cliffhanger ending from Season One, I just had to know how things were going to play out.
This installment reads very much like the first in that soap opera sort of way. It took a little getting used to again, but, as with the first, once you get going, it is pretty easy to follow. There are a ton of characters to keep track of, and they are all intertwined in some way, shape or form. There is enough drama to sink a ship, so much so, that it gets a little tiring at times. And, there is a boatload of sex. Feelings I had about certain couples from Season One are totally changed this time around. No one is safe really.
So, I mentioned this reading like a soap opera, a highly charged, sex-filled soap opera. There is mystery, deception, anger, lies, drama and sex galore, not to mention revenge and cheating. Some new characters are added, but I was still left not really having any I cared to root for.
As with the first installment, this story reads very fast and had me turning pages just to see if, hopefully, there was some light at the end of the tunnel for just one of these couples. I don’t think I’ve ever experienced the gamut of emotions quite the way this story has made me feel. Jake definitely has a way of twisting a tale, as this one will definitely put you through the wringer.
If you’re looking for a high drama, fast paced, exciting read, be sure to give Boystown another look. This segment ends in another WTF cliffy, which, of course, left me wanting to jump right into Season Three. (less)
Nobody does dark, twisted, depraved short stories, quite like Kol. He has the ability to pack punches in the fewest page...more A review by The Blogger Girls.
Nobody does dark, twisted, depraved short stories, quite like Kol. He has the ability to pack punches in the fewest pages, and I look forward to each and every one of them.
Here, William comes across as the big jerkoff, keeping everyone at a distance. But, it turns out that brother, Alex, takes the prize after all. The two have been carrying on a sexual relationship since their teens. All goes well until Alex decides to step up to the plate, marry and start a family, leaving William hanging in the breeze.
William is a bit messed in the head, more than the initial messed in the head he must be to think the two could have an actual relationship. Alex’s rejection throws him for a big loop, and he simply doesn’t know how to deal with the pain. Add to that, he has some medical issues, and he is not in a good place.
This is an extremely fast read, and I was sucked in from the first page, which is nothing new. It rolls right along, up until the end, when I started grumbling about wanting more. It ends rather abruptly with thoughts of the guys skipping off into the sunset, but I really would have liked to have seen a bit more leading up to that. Were they able to follow through? What about the family? The wife? The baby?
This has excellent story weaving that I’ve come to expect from Kol, though I was thinking there would be a darker twist wrenching me in the end. Perhaps I’ve been conditioned to expect that or I’m becoming desensitized to the darkness. I’m not sure. But, I do know that no Kol story would be complete with some cursing and loving name calling, so I’ll give this four solid grumble worthy stars.(less)
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)
f you have been following poor Aaron’s story up to this point, you will, no doubt, want to get your hands on this...more 4.5 star review by The Blogger Girls.
f you have been following poor Aaron’s story up to this point, you will, no doubt, want to get your hands on this installment. While Aaron still remains an important part of this story, this book focuses on Aaron’s replacement, Carter. We get a brief glimpse of Carter’s life before he is taken into the fold. While I was afraid this would be Aaron’s story all over again, with a new “recruit,” such is totally not the case.
While Carter does undergo training, much of it is glossed over, taking us to the point where Carter is put to work. The scenery here is almost totally new. Carter is basically a prostitute in a brothel, albeit not your every day whorehouse. There are high paying clients here, and anything goes. Unfortunately, that leads to quite a bit more suffering for Carter.
In the meantime, Carter’s family has not given up hope and manages to come into contact with Aaron, seeking his help in recovering Carter. Rather than hide away, as one would expect, Aaron feels he can make a difference in helping those in a situation similar to his, even though this causes some strife with his own relationship.
This installment left me with many new questions. Many involve the brothel and its inhabitants, those who run it, and those who partake of its offerings. We meet some interesting new characters here that I really hope we get so see more of. Of course, the original bastards are here as well. Vincent is just as Vincent-y as ever, and you just know he hasn’t forgotten about our Aaron for very long. The ending had me grumbling and cursing in an “oh, no, you didn’t!” kind of way.
This is another fabulously twisted dark tale by the oh-so-talented Mr. Kol. If you love his writing, as I do, you will soak up every word, long for every twist and hang on for every turn. Of course I always want more, for the mere fact that I simply can never get enough and will gobble up anything his deliciously dark mind can come up with.
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)
This story took its time sucking me in. There is a lot going on here with people dying and mysteries to be solved, both...more A review by The Blogger Girls.
This story took its time sucking me in. There is a lot going on here with people dying and mysteries to be solved, both old and new.
It starts out with Dare coming back to town with his tail between his legs. He is still determined to find out why his father killed himself all those years ago. In the middle of everything is Finn, a young guy who has basically been bullied his whole life by just about everyone in town. Most of it stems from his whoring mother, but he is also different looking with two different eye colors, being gay, etc. Dare stood up for him when they were kids, and now that he’s back, wants to jump right back into that role. Unfortunately, Dare is a bit of a closet case, though this seems mostly to have to do with his job.
Finn is such a troubled soul, with many secrets. One of which is his domination of certain members of the community. Finn is very detached, believing he never has boyfriends, only people he screws. Even though there are times when he thinks he wants more, he reverts back again. Through it all, he is taking care of his dying aunt, the only one to really show him any love. She pushes him to open his heart and look for more.
Finn and Dare have quite a time trying to restart their relationship that began as more of a hero worshiping than anything else. But the roles are a bit reversed now, or are they? Does Finn still need Dare to protect and stand up for him? Or is Dare the one who really needs it now? It was interesting to see the tables turn and Dare wanting more than master/control play. The scenes were really hot and very well done.
So this story is about starting over, second chances and learning the people you know now are not the people you knew then. Finn and Dare still seem to have much to learn about each other, and I’d love to read more about how they are getting along. The secrets and mysteries and twists and turns abound in a well-put together story. I would have liked to have seen a little more about how Finn got to where he did with the BDSM.
There are also some wonderful side characters here (Lyddie), and some not so wonderful but which I still wouldn’t mind seeing again (Bill). Poor Bill has almost as many issues as Finn but ends up not having anyone to help him in the end. (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)
Loved the world building, loved the characters - the dialog is fab and funny and just simply fantastic. The story gives you the fe...more Loved! Loved! Loved!
Loved the world building, loved the characters - the dialog is fab and funny and just simply fantastic. The story gives you the feeling of in it for the long haul, and I'm super excited to see this is the case.
It's not every day one of these comes along that you know you want to be a part of - a continuing story that isn't just a different book about different characters in the same world. This is a continuation of the same group of characters you will already come to love.
The main characters are awesome. Dex and Sloane are perfect. Dex is amazing - so funny and sexy. Absolutely love his humor and snarkiness. And Sloane, with his grief and alpha-ness - whoa doggy. The attraction is immediate, but they don't act on things right away. Plenty of angst and build up to enjoy.
The rest of the cast grows on you quickly as well. Really, there is so much to love here. I'm jumping right into book 2, which is thankfully already lined up and ready to go. I highly recommend you do the same.(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)