This is the story of Beau, the sexy Cajun bartender we met briefly in the previous books, and William, one of the 4.5 star review by The Blogger Girls.
This is the story of Beau, the sexy Cajun bartender we met briefly in the previous books, and William, one of the porn actors at All Cocks. William made a move on Beau at the end of the last book, but it sent Beau running and slamming walls in Williams path.
Here, the story focuses mostly on Beau, who lost his partner to HIV/AIDS quite a few years prior but who still lives with the grief of that loss, as well as now living with HIV himself. Fearing he is unsafe for anyone else and doesn’t want anyone to have to go through the loss that he did when Izzy died, he has lived a life of solitude, not allowing anyone to get too close.
But William is a persistent bugger and continues to push Beau for more. He slowly chips away at Beau’s walls until he’s made it through to that big Cajun heart. But before Beau lets anything go too far, he must tell William his secret and risk him walking away.
This is one of my favorite books of this series. There isn’t much to not love about Beau, and I’m a total sucker for that sexy Cajun accent. From the man himself, to the work he does at the LGBTQ center he runs, there is so much more to him than meets the eye. Thankfully, William sees this too, as they are a really good match. We also get to see how things are progressing on the All Cocks front with the lead trio making more adjustments in order to start a family of their own, and the growing family of employees (new and old) making appearances as well.
This was a heartbreaking story that warmed my heart in many ways. It did a very good job with the sensitive yet important topic but never felt like a tutorial. It was nice to see things evolving, and I’m excited to see where things go from here and am looking forward to more from this series....more
This story is a follow up to The Vampire and the P.I., which I loved and highly recommend you start with. It can 4.5 star review by The Blogger Girls.
This story is a follow up to The Vampire and the P.I., which I loved and highly recommend you start with. It can be read on its own, but you’d be missing out on a great story and introduction if you skip it. This had everything I loved about the first book, but with a different flavor.
Here, we have Sean’s cousin, Cole, trying to get his life together and find a job as a civilian after the end of his military career. When he stops in to reconnect with Sean, he gets way more than he bargained for when he finds out Sean is in love and living with a Vampire. In this world, Vampires are “out,” but not fully accepted, and Cole is proof of that phobia. After a rough start, Cole realizes his mistake and decides to make an effort and meet Sean’s other half.
Sean and Arturo are getting along fabulously, still very much in love and enjoying life together. Just as Sean fell for Arturo’s charms, so too did Cole, making him realize he was too quick to jump to conclusions about Vampires. Then he meets Rafael.
Master Vamp Rafael, the smart, sexy leader, captivates Cole from the start, and the attraction is mutual. Though it takes a bit longer for Cole to see the light than it did for Sean, he can’t help but give in to his feelings. I loved how their relationship differed from Sean and Arturo’s. They had other issues to deal with, such as the extreme class differences and Cole’s past feelings on Vampires.
As with the previous book, there is an interesting side story that was mysterious and suspenseful. There was action and danger that resulted in a very different ending. The way things turned out just felt right and really worked for them. Sean and Rafael are great together, but I would be very interested to see how the immortality aspect affects Sean down the road. I’d really like to see how these guys are all getting on in their new lives.
This is a super fun story that I didn’t want to put down but didn’t want to end. It has an interesting story line that balances out the romance/relationship aspect quite well. I highly recommend both books and hope there are more to come....more
This was a fun, albeit somewhat bizarre story about Timothy, a college student who finds it more expensive to liv 3.5 star review by The Blogger Girls.
This was a fun, albeit somewhat bizarre story about Timothy, a college student who finds it more expensive to live in DC and go to school than he expected. Out of options, he tries nude modeling, which doesn’t work out so well, and then moves on to escorting to pay the bills.
The story quickly picks up when Timothy is hired for an anonymous client. He is subjected to being blindfolded, taken to somewhat remote locations, strip searched, etc. before actually meeting said client, whom he quickly figures out the identity. But the two make a connection and Timothy continues getting calls to meet with said client, their relationship growing along the way.
You really have to be able to suspend your beliefs for this one. There are so many ways this would never happen that it is very difficult to buy what is being sold. But, if you can put those aside, you’ll find a really sweet story about two guys falling in love despite their different occupations and the difficulties associated therewith. Timothy comes across as very mature in some ways, yet not so much in others, but he makes do the best he can. As for the other participant here, he ended up finding what he had been missing in Timothy, and the two made a nice couple.
I’d consider this a nice afternoon read that doesn’t take up too much concentration to enjoy. It is a story that shows how there is someone for everyone, and even the most important people need love and companionship in their lives. I enjoyed it, and who knows, in some alternate universe, perhaps this type of fantasy could come true....more
Wow, this story really packs a punch. I was pretty darn confused in the beginning, but I just kept telling myself 4.5 star review by The Blogger Girls.
Wow, this story really packs a punch. I was pretty darn confused in the beginning, but I just kept telling myself to relax, this is Jack, there is always a method to her madness. And thank goodness I listened to myself, because when it all plays out, it is totally worth it.
At first glance, this is a pretty complex story, but on the other hand, it is a tragically sad, yet beautiful story of love. Love for a son, love for a partner, and what happens when those are interconnected and then tragedy strikes. Will is falling apart, losing himself to the grief of losing his adopted son. He leaves town to get away from the memories that surround him at home and it doesn’t take long before he is kidnapped. While he is disoriented and confused, it becomes clear that this is more personal as the kidnapper forces Will to confront things by asking him three questions.
To say any more about this story would be giving too much away. Suffice to say, once the kidnapping happens, things ramp up pretty quickly. As that comes to and end, the pieces start falling into place. The emotions bleed off the page as two men grieve and come to grips with things. All three men have lost here, but it is the remaining son who sets Will and Elliot straight pushing them to wake up and take control of their lives.
I am never disappointed when reading a Jack Pyke book. The quality of writing is never in question. Every one has such depth to them through complex characters and story lines you can’t help but fall in love with. They tend to be on the darker side, with very little fluff, yet they are full of emotions and love and even hope. If you have yet to experience her work (and it is always an extremely fulfilling experience), you are truly missing out, and I highly recommend you give one a try....more
As this is book 2 of Arcadia Trust, I highly recommend you read book 1, The Beast Without, as it contains much of 4.5 star review by The Blogger Girls.
As this is book 2 of Arcadia Trust, I highly recommend you read book 1, The Beast Without, as it contains much of the world building and initial character development that is key to understanding what is happening with the story and characters in this book.
Reylan is back and trying to acclimate his Mannequin, Brett, to his new life as a vampire (or Blood Shades, as they prefer to be called) servant dependent upon Reylan’s blood for survival. He isn’t taking it too well, and they have a few bumps to smooth out before that can happen.
In the meantime, there are some sinister developments involving missing people and other Mannequins that cause Reylan to call upon one of the few people he trusts (as fragile as that trust may be), that being Jorgas. Reylan runs into the sexy werewolf (Flesh Master, if you don’t mind) while trying to find some clues about the missing people. He comes up with a plan for Jorgas to move in with him to watch over Brett while Reylan is out of commission during the day.
Now, I love these two together. As we learned in the first book, they have a very tricky relationship. Reylan is an a-sexual being by nature, but Jorgas ignites something in him that no other before him has ever done. Even though their pairing is frowned upon by all parties involved, the Vampires, Werewolves, as well as the Arcadia Trust, they, or I should say Reylan, decides it doesn’t matter.
As with the previous book, I love the world created here. It has the same feel as Laurel K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake Series, with a little more grit, and of course, the added m/m element. There is plenty of paranormal elements involved, some more gruesome than others, but it is a very colorful and interesting story. There is a plethora of interesting characters, such as Colin, the other “master” vampire, as well as other Blood Shades involved with the Trust. It started out at a slow but even pace, but quickly picked up and had me on the edge of my seat until the end. It does have a bit of a cliffhanger though which made me screaming at Mr. Baines through my Kindle and extremely eager for the next installment of this exciting series....more
What a fun story this was! I picked it up when I saw the sequel, The Vampire and the G.I., was coming out, and bo 4.5 star review by The Blogger Girls.
What a fun story this was! I picked it up when I saw the sequel, The Vampire and the G.I., was coming out, and boy was I glad I had them both ready to go. If you were a fan of the older paranormal stories, such as the Argeneau series from Lyndsay Sands, or the Night Huntress series by Jeaniene Frost, you will surely enjoy this one. It had that feel to it, with the added bonus of m/m and some really hot sex scenes.
It is the story of Sean, now a private investigator after he was set up and forced out of his job as a police detective. Sean is a super nice guy, even after all he’s been through and is just trying to get his life back on track when Master Vampire Rafael hires him to solve a murder mystery.
It is about 20 or so years in the future and vampires have been outed to the public and are struggling for rights much in the same way gay people are today. Sean hasn’t had much contact with them up to this point, but when he meets Rafael’s secretary, Arturo, he gets a quick lesson in the benefits of having a vampire lover. The vampires are all gorgeous, sophisticated, sexy, powerful, yet humble. They generally don’t flaunt any of it. They don’t really have to and it made them quite interesting.
While there is some seriousness surrounding the story, the characters all have a very comfortable feel to them and were a joy to read about. There is little angst involved, even as Sean adjusts to life with a Vampire. Arturo is super sweet and I really loved watching him and Sean fall for each other. Their chemistry is off the charts and things even get a little kinky now and then. There is a good mix of case solving to go with the relationship and smexy times.
This story was very well written and was so much fun to read that I finished it in a day and couldn’t wait to jump right into the next one, which was just as good as this, btw. I highly recommend them both. This was my first story by this author, and I will definitely be looking for more in the future. I’m really hoping there will be another one in this world....more
Gabe left town when he was 16. Left his family, his bff/boyfriend, Ethan, everything, without a word. In his mind 3.5 star review by The Blogger Girls.
Gabe left town when he was 16. Left his family, his bff/boyfriend, Ethan, everything, without a word. In his mind, he was doing them a favor, and he was also following the rules of werewolves – cut all ties. But now, years later, he is drawn back home where a run-in with assassins has him seeking care in the ER where Ethan happens to be a doctor.
Going further against the rules, Gabe tries to reconcile with Ethan who, along with Gabe’s family, thought he was dead for all these years. Ethan is not happy to find Gabe has lied to them for so long, but it doesn’t take much for him to give in, but Gabe must earn Ethan’s trust again. This poses yet another rule Gabe must break, for which he is quite reluctant – let Ethan top him – a strict no-no in the werewolf bylaws. In order for Gabe to stay in control of his wolf, Ethan restrains Gabe. Their system seems to work really well for them and they finally start trusting each other. But there are other secrets that link to the other part of the storyline.
Sebastian, Gabe’s alpha, is strict, crass and makes no bones about his unhappiness with the turn of events surrounding Gabe and Ethan, but he sees a way to use Ethan to find and take out the scientists who are torturing and experimenting on wolves (Sebastian is one of the only wolves to have escaped such treatment). So, the rest of the story is about their search for these scientists.
Once I got past how quickly Ethan forgave Gabe for his deceit, I quite enjoyed this. I liked how Gabe followed his heart going against the rules and making it work. They made a great couple, and I could easily see them together for the long-term. Gabe’s pack was quite interesting as well, with Sebastian and his mysterious past and Luc and Dave being mated wolves (which is rare). It felt more like the start of a series than a stand alone book. There definitely felt like there was more story to tell, and I am hopeful we will see more of this world in the future....more
This is the conclusion of the Bound Gods story. You should definitely read them in order to fully understand this world an Review by The Blogger Girls.
This is the conclusion of the Bound Gods story. You should definitely read them in order to fully understand this world and what is happening and why in this installment.
There are definitely changes in the air. The Gods are in a somewhat state of flux, their very existence balancing on a fine line. There are those who want to see them all destroyed, and there are some interesting twists as the pieces fall into place surrounding the hunt for the God-son, how it came to be, how it can be stopped and what it hopes to accomplish. The killing spree and danger it poses to the Doxies have forced Alton to take major action – sending the Chimera after it.
So, Leo (and by default, the Chimera) leaves to hunt down the God-son, which poses a few extra problems. If he doesn’t return, what will happen to Kaleb and Aaron? What happens if the Chimera lives but doesn’t allow Leo to return? Kaleb is in love with both, but there are many unknowns where they are concerned. What is known is that without being able to release their Ambrosia, the Doxies will essentially overdose, go mad, etc. They simply cannot survive without their Gods, the sole reason for not allowing monogamous God/Doxie relationships. Yet Leo has not only Kaleb, but Aaron.
Leo leaves the boys with the Priest, who takes over their training and care. His methods are different, but he is still very much in control and has no qualms about dishing out the punishments and rewards. There is another part of this story concerning Aaron involving Sol, who turns out to have been more involved with Aaron than just his Claiming, and not in a good way.
Suffice to say, there is a lot going on, but it is those very things that I enjoyed most about this story. Those are what made this more interesting and engaging for me. I found some of the sex scenes a little too drawn out, and I had to skim a little bit to get to the parts that really moved the story along. Things were often things, such as Kaleb’s differences to other Doxies, his needing Leo, etc. that felt repetitive and unnecessary, and again, gave me the urge to skim.
But, overall, if you can handle the intense sex/pain, which is a crucial element to this story, you will find a very interesting fantasy with some really interesting characters. We learn more about some of the other Gods and also see that Sonny is progressing quite well under Zen’s tutelage. This wraps up nicely with most of the questions answered but leaving just a tiny bit of wiggle room for a spinoff or later snippet. However, it definitely gives enough for a very satisfying ending....more
First, this can technically be read as a stand alone, but you really should read the previous books to fully unde 3.5 star review by The Blogger Girls.
First, this can technically be read as a stand alone, but you really should read the previous books to fully understand the relationships that are in place (Hawk/Pierce, Alpha/Call), as well as what is going on with the newest pairing (Lion/Omega). As with the previous books, this story focuses on both couples, and while it sounds like it will mostly be about Call and Alpha, it spends much more time on the new one of Lion and Omega.
This starts with Call and Alpha, two years after the last book. They have both retired and are living peacefully in a secluded cabin basically just winding down and enjoying their new life together. Until Omega shows up with news of corruption in the Order of which Alpha and Omega belong and grew up. The three then travel to the home of Hawk and Pierce to gain their help, along with some of the other of Call’s Beastmasters.
Once at Hawk and Pierce’s, the guys had to wait on Viper to complete their team. During that time, the story focused mainly on Lion and Omega. Lion quickly determined that Omega was his “cherished” one, and that the Order had surely been grooming them to be an arranged pair. But, Omega had no interest in settling down with anyone. He had pretty much retired when Alpha did, but had decided there was more work for him to do to serve his purpose and made the decision to go back to work. Therefore, he pretty much had no interest in Lion and fought him off at every turn. Until he didn’t. It was pretty abrupt, and once that happened, it was a total 180. To be honest, I never really cared for either of these guys and really just bided my time until the others were present. Their names are used a lot, mostly their call names, but sometimes their given names as well. I suppose it was needed to keep everyone straight, but it felt like too much and kept pulling me from the story. The constant talk about the “cherished” one also got a little tiring.
As for the rest of the story, it was interesting with a few twists and action, but it just didn’t hold my interest as much as the previous books had. I loved seeing Alpha and Call together, though I felt like I missed a huge part of their relationship in the time that had passed, and I longed for more details from them. It was also great to see some of the other Beastmasters as well. I seem to be in the minority on this one, so it is most likely a case of “it’s me, not you.” While I didn’t love it as much as the prior stories, it was still enjoyable and a fitting end to the Blue Moon saga....more
Dark, Taboo, Banned from Amazon – sign me up! This story pretty much delivers everything it states in the blurb ( 3.5 star review by The Blogger Girls.
Dark, Taboo, Banned from Amazon – sign me up! This story pretty much delivers everything it states in the blurb (and warnings). It is about a secret Order that revolves around sex, or, more specifically, BDSM and sex slaves. The members are elite high society and have been involved in the Order for generations.
Master Clayton is widowed, his son is grown and out of college, and he has achieved a level in the Order where he is given the honor of selecting his lifetime sex slave(boy). He has 23 applicants to choose from and does so through a selection process that takes place during two ceremonial type events. The applicants’ identities are all kept hidden until the final decision has been made.
In the meantime, we are shown through flashbacks time Master Clayton has spent with his son, who is not biologically his son, but with whom he grew up in a father/son relationship. You can see where this is going, so I won’t spoiler any more than I already have.
I enjoyed the writing style of this short story. However, due to its length, we don’t get very much information about the more interesting aspects, such as the history or makeup of the Order, which I was really curious about. I also wanted to know more about the applicants; how they became one of the 23, why they chose to basically give up their lives for it, etc. What we do get is a very sex-oriented, often steamy porn with plot. There are many different scenes, but none of them go on to the point that they’re too much. If you’re looking for a taboo-edged afternoon quickie, I definitely recommend you pick this one up. I will definitely be looking for more from Mr. Knox in the future....more
This series is a guilty pleasure for me. I do not read mpreg stories. Like ever, if I can help it. However, this 4.5 star review by The Blogger Girls.
This series is a guilty pleasure for me. I do not read mpreg stories. Like ever, if I can help it. However, this is one of the few stories where I was sucked in by the story and was able to put aside my dislike for it. And, while there was some mpreg in book 1, there really hasn’t been much since then, until now. You must definitely read the previous books and read them in order to be aware of all that has happened to get to this point, although each book does a very good job at bringing you up to speed.
All is just about right at the wolf compound. Marcus has returned, his mates are all recovering from his absence, and Nate and Kellan’s pregnancies are moving right along. But there still remain some loose ends that are being worked on (i.e. Hunter, the Winter Circle, etc.). Add to that a visitor from Nate’s past, and more mystery surrounding him and his upbringing, and the story takes off from there.
This is a wonderful world that has had many ups and downs, twists and turns. It has been a lot of fun to watch the pieces all fall where they may. As has happened before, just when you think the worst, Sirius appears and more pieces are put into play as more of the story unfolds. As I said earlier, Ms. Sue does a wonderful job of reminding the reader of the important details about past events, but it doesn’t ever feel like a major info dump. Just enough to remind you of things you may have forgotten.
This is just a really cute, sweet, though sad and upsetting at times, werewolf story full of love and true mates that don’t fit the normal mode of a mated couple. As with the first grouping of the Supreme Alphas and Aden, this one just works and feels right. There is a lot of love, cuddling and care, with some smexy times here and there, but not much in the way of actual sex. Everything else about the story just takes the place of it and the story wouldn’t feel right with more of those scenes.
So, if you love shifter stories with an mpreg aspect (and even if you don’t love mpreg), I highly recommend you give this series a try....more
Max and Ethan have been a favorite couple of mine from book 1. We are now on book 10, and I look forward to seeing them ag Review by The Blogger Girls.
Max and Ethan have been a favorite couple of mine from book 1. We are now on book 10, and I look forward to seeing them again as much as I did in every earlier book. These two have an amazing d/s relationship that I find so refreshing. It is labeled as BDSM, but it is by no means a typical BDSM story. Ethan is totally submissive to Max, but he doesn’t allow Max to rule over him. It is just a very natural role they each take without all the pomp and circumstance of a BDSM scene relationship.
In this segment, Ethan’s parents have decided to come for a visit after his father suffers from a heart attack and they realize they need to see how Ethan is doing while they are still able to travel. His parents are older, which is the main reason Ethan has not come out to them up to this point. He fears them knowing will only hurt them. On the other side of things, Max and Ethan are still very closeted in Vegas and at The Elite Poole. They have been making it work, and it hasn’t really been an issue other than it being something they hope can change in the future at some point.
Max is also being wooed by an investor who wants to take The Elite Poole global, but it comes with some heavy consequences. This puts quite a strain on their relationship, but have faith that Max is in charge of things as he always is. The ending gets a bit stressful, but I loved every minute of it. You can feel the love between these two even as they each contemplate their future.
I have absolute loved this entire series, and for book 10 to be just as good as the other 9 is saying something. It is well written with characters that have depth and emotions that bleed off the pages. The story line is also interesting and mixes well with the amount of smexy time. I highly recommend this entire series and can’t wait for more....more
I really like this series about a group of somewhat misfits, a biker gang made up mostly of gay men, though there 3.5 star review by The Blogger Girls.
I really like this series about a group of somewhat misfits, a biker gang made up mostly of gay men, though there are a few straight guys and even a trans character in the mix. This installment is about the club’s Prospect, Haven, who is left to hold down the fort when the majority of the club is away at a rally, and Ogden, who’s brother is a club member.
Haven is a nice guy underneath a tough exterior. He’s a daddy dom who just hasn’t found the right partner yet. That all changes when he meets Ogden, who is sent to help Haven investigate a murder that’s being blamed on the club. Ogden is a bit of a mess who hasn’t found the ideal dom for himself yet either. He’s basically screwed up every good opportunity he’s had in life, though he’s been dealt some pretty crappy cards; namely Uranium poisoning that caused disfigurement of his fingers and gave him lung cancer.
Haven and Ogden hit it off right away, and I mean right away. Ogden’s bratty sub routine fits perfectly with Haven’s kinks, and the two quickly engage in age play scenes that trip both of their triggers. While there is a lot going on here with their investigation trying to uncover the real murderer and all that surrounds the real purpose of it (mostly territorial/hereditary between the Indians and the Japanese), Haven and Ogden quickly become an item. This was the part I had the most difficulty with. Within a day or so, they were assuming ownership of each other and everything that goes with it. I didn’t have time to really feel a deep emotional connection with them, though the physical one was easy to see. I liked them together, but wish we had more time to see their relationship grow.
As with the previous books, this is a gritty story, with tough language and sometimes violent scenes (they are dealing with drugs and cartels after all). We didn’t get to see too much of the other characters from the club, but the feelings and memories of them were all there just the same. This book felt on par with the previous one, which I also enjoyed, but not quite as much as the previous two. I’m still a fan, however, and definitely look forward to the next one....more
3.5 stars Short and sweet story about a dom trying to get over the loss of his last playmate and a new-to-the-scene blind guy who wants someone who wo3.5 stars Short and sweet story about a dom trying to get over the loss of his last playmate and a new-to-the-scene blind guy who wants someone who won't see his disability as a bad thing. The biggest issue here is the length. It was sweet, but I was really hoping for something a bit more fleshed out. Nice afternoon quickie though....more
I highly recommend you read The James Lucas Trilogy before reading this, as it is the whole story of how these th 4.5 star review by The Blogger Girls.
I highly recommend you read The James Lucas Trilogy before reading this, as it is the whole story of how these three got to this point. I fell in love with James from the very start and love him even more with Tate and Sebastian. They are now in a pretty comfortable triad, though Tate and Sebastian are living together with James still maintaining his own place, though they all spend much of their time together at both places. The loft is located at James’ place, and is their version of a dungeon.
This short story was so incredibly enjoyable. It contains all of the elements of a full story condensed into a shorter one but without any feeling of something missing. The pacing is good and never feels rushed or that details are skipped over which I find often occurs in shorter stories. This was basically a glimpse of a time in the middle of their relationship which showed they are normal guys with normal feelings and relationship woes. Tate is having some jealousy issues that arise when one of James’ old students wants to resume their sessions.
Even though we get so see a more vulnerable James this time around, when that student runs into trouble after James turned him down, he is always the ever-in-control James that I came to love. He is honest with Tate and Sebastian about their relationship and his commitment to it and remains adamant about not allowing jealousy to interfere. Tate tests things in the name of trying to help James, which almost causes a lot of problems but ends up putting these three right again.
I loved seeing these three again and was so excited to see this little spinoff trilogy. I’m really looking forward to the next two installments and hope they are as well written and fleshed out as this one. These three are in a BDSM relationship, but it is much more than that and not very heavy on the structured side of things. James is an amazing dom, and it shows every time he interacts with Tate and Sebastian. I have definitely enjoyed and recommend that series and now this one as well....more
This was an interesting short story that isn't all quite as it seems. Not too much time to really get to know the characters too well, and th 3.5 stars
This was an interesting short story that isn't all quite as it seems. Not too much time to really get to know the characters too well, and the twist is kind of big and difficult to comprehend through most of the book, but it all makes better sense by the end....more
This was my favorite of the series so far! God, I just love Levi/Liv. Loved seeing his life as told by him, even though most of it is heartbreaking. H This was my favorite of the series so far! God, I just love Levi/Liv. Loved seeing his life as told by him, even though most of it is heartbreaking. He's been through so much with only small breaks of happiness before the shitstorm hits again. Everything he did, he did to survive and to make a better life for his brother.
This is Levi's memoir. It covers his entire life and fills in a million tiny gaps in the other stories, most I didn't even realize were there. I immediately ran back to the other books to catch back up and loved being able to read them again with the new information fresh in my mind. I say new information, but not any of it is really new. We basically knew how shitty a life Levi had and who Liv was, but this really expands upon that and just shows more of the emotions behind everything. I loved every minute and didn't want it to end.
But, be prepared, because that ending! It stopped me short and had me scrambling to the other stories for more information about what was happening. I'm afraid but at the same time can't wait for the next book to see what happens next and to see it all play out.
Brilliant job, Ms. Celeste, connecting all these dots and showing me I was even more in love with Levi/Liv than I previously thought. ...more
This is one of those stories that captivated me and pulled me into its very colorful world. In this third and 4.5 star>review by The Blogger Girls.
This is one of those stories that captivated me and pulled me into its very colorful world. In this third and final installment, Jere and Wren are doing well, are in love and getting by with life in Hojer, with their little family that now includes Isis, the slave girl Jere bought and saved in the last book. The three have a very symbiotic relationship. Jere is the healer with Wren his assistant in the clinic. Isis uses her memory skill to keep track of things and take notes for Jere, as well as help out around the clinic and house. She also provides energy recharging when Jere needs it after healing patients.
It doesn’t take long for things to start taking a turn. With Jere becoming more vocal and more involved in the anti-slavery goings on, things really start to heat up. Add to that some of their past experiences coming back to haunt them, and things get pretty hairy. There is a lot going on in this story, but it never feels like overkill. People are causing problems for Jere by way of complaints filed that bring the slave commission down on him and his clinic. He is forbidden from treating slaves (they must go to veterinarians), he must get himself and Isis certified for travel (a major undertaking which Wren works very hard to accomplish through training sessions), and Wren is put on the spot more than once. He continues to struggle to keep his rare second skill of firemaking a secret, while still suffering from memories of the death of his last Master.
Jere and Wren have a very unique relationship. They are madly in love, but Wren is still a slave, much to Jere’s denial. More often than not, it is Wren who is topping and being the dominant lover, and Wren is the one who keeps them all straight and on the right path. There is talk of freedom for slaves, and of Jere taking a job outside of Hojer which cause them to do some rethinking. They have some misunderstandings along the way, but they are most definitely devoted to one another.
So, again, a lot happens, from political powers and trying to push through legislation on the anti-slave movement and healthcare. I really enjoyed and found it extremely interesting to read a story about a society such as Hojer. This is a wonderfully woven tale and world Ms. Cameron has created, and while I was happy to see the conclusion, I was a bit sad the ride was over....more
4.5 stars. I absolutely love this writing duo. I also love the idea behind this series. This was similar to the first book, although here the two meet 4.5 stars. I absolutely love this writing duo. I also love the idea behind this series. This was similar to the first book, although here the two meet and communicate on the Grindr app, instead of a video game. If you are like me and didn't think much of Nick in book 1, believe me when I say that will change quickly and you will love so much about him. He is so honest and open and just a breath of fresh air.
The super hot hookup that wasn't supposed to be more than a one-time thing, gradually becomes more and more, but it takes time and pushing and backing off all at the same time. What we get is a really great story, and I can't wait to see what's coming next....more
Really intense story about a young man who runs into the right kind of people and gets a second chance. He also finds love, but there are a few twistsReally intense story about a young man who runs into the right kind of people and gets a second chance. He also finds love, but there are a few twists that keep things even more interesting....more
If anyone has read Senseless 1, which you absolutely must do prior to reading this installment, you have been on 4.5 star review by The Blogger Girls.
If anyone has read Senseless 1, which you absolutely must do prior to reading this installment, you have been on the edge of your seat waiting to find out what happens next. When we were forced to leave Colton in the last book, he was on the run after having narrowly escaped his captors. Luckily, this story picks up right where that left off. It felt like I had been holding my breath and just let out a big gasp as we find ourselves in the rainy woods, battered and almost broken but still trying to run.
Colton isn’t done yet, but unfortunately neither are his captors. There is eventually a rescue and Colton trying to put the pieces of himself back together while Jason tries his best to make that happen. There are a few more twists and turns as things play out, revenge takes over, more lines are crossed, and through it all, these guys are trying to get a hold of things mentally. There are so many things still standing in their way of any kind of happiness though. Will Jason get over his guilt or his need for revenge and vigilante justice? Will Colton ever be the same? Will his feelings change for Jason as a result of his actions? Who can they trust when so many have betrayed them? And will those that do feel the same when they know the truth about their relationship? Will they ever escape the life that was thrust upon them? So many questions, but thankfully we get the answers to most, if not all, of those as the story plays out.
Once again, Kol gives us a story that is dark and depraved but has you rooting for the players involved. You can never allow yourself to get too comfortable with how things are going, because he will change directions and throw you for a loop every time, yet leave you satisfied after you have completed the ride. They are never a disappointment, and if you can handle things a bit on the darker side, I highly recommend you give any of Kol’s books a try....more
This is a wonderful story about recovery and starting over. Vance is trying to pick up the pieces after the loss of his hu Review by The Blogger Girls.
This is a wonderful story about recovery and starting over. Vance is trying to pick up the pieces after the loss of his husband. He suffers from episodes of PTSD attributed to events from his past. He runs a greenhouse which is sorely in need of workers. He gets some relief when he finds Wade.
Wade is a veteran trying to put his life back together after combat, from which he also suffers with PTSD. He is in a program that helps vets find jobs which lands him at Vance’s greenhouse. While both are hesitant at first, it quickly becomes clear how perfect this situation is for them. Each understands what the other is going through when they have episodes and instinctively knows what the other needs. They have an almost instant connection and their bond grows quickly. But, if you are looking for hot smexy times, you won’t get them here. There is some romance and a few scenes towards the end, but nothing is overly detailed. I didn’t miss it and had no trouble feeling the intensity and strength of their feelings.
This relationship is a bit unconventional. The men sleep together (not sexually), spend a lot of time naked (again, not sexually), comfort and care for each other in very touching ways. Neither man is ready or wanting to be in a relationship, but eventually, with the help of friends, they realize they are perfect for each other, exactly what each other needs, and that it’s okay to let themselves see it through.
There is a lot of showing in this story, often play by play accounts of their daily life. This feels awkward at first, but allows you to easily see how these guys could become so close in such a short amount of time. Everyone grieves differently and everyone lives their own lives. Who is to say what is right or wrong? This story shows that people have the right to do what feels right and what is best for them.
I absolutely loved reading a story about a program in place to help vets re-enter the workforce and help them get their lives back. In my opinion, these programs should be everywhere, and there should be waiting lists of businesses looking to hire them. If you love stories about second chances, this one fits the bill in more ways than one, and I definitely recommend you give it a try....more
This is book 2, but it takes place over the same time period as book 1, Edge of Desperation. While it could be read first, Review by The Blogger Girls.
This is book 2, but it takes place over the same time period as book 1, Edge of Desperation. While it could be read first, I think you get a better understanding of what is going on in this world if you start with book 1.
Because this story takes place during the same time period, we generally know what happens here. But, this is the story of August, the man who was undercover in the cult, so we get to see his side of things and how he ended up helping in the fight against the cult. We see how he meets Kyle and Reggie, a little more about what happened while Kyle was with the cult, etc. The story comes full circle with the raid and their escape, bringing us up to speed where the previous book left off.
I really enjoyed seeing August’s side of things and learning more about him. Each of these guys face a different struggle when it comes to using their powers. The cult’s purpose was to create more powerful men, as opposed to helping them be able to control their Taint and heal. The men were basically guinea pigs, and though some were voluntary, others, like August, were not, and the enhanced powers he gained through the forced injections are causing him some major problems.
This installment has made me even more eager for the next one where it feels like the story will really start to move forward. I can’t wait to see how the three guys make out from here. Will Reggie and Kyle give in to their feelings? Will Reggie be able to help them, and especially August now that he really needs some help? Will they be able to remain somewhat under the radar of the authorities, especially now that they were involved in the cult takedown? Will they end up in a relationship together? There hasn’t been much in the way of romance up to this point, but it feels as though that could change.
I like the writing style of this story. It gives you enough information to know and understand the world and what is going on, but not too much that you feel overloaded. While there are some gruesome aspects to it, again, nothing is too overly done. There is a lot going on here, but I am really excited to see what happens next and am really looking forward to book 3....more
This story starts out in the eyes of the killer, and it’s pretty harsh. But it quickly moves on to the main story. Two guy Review by The Blogger Girls.
This story starts out in the eyes of the killer, and it’s pretty harsh. But it quickly moves on to the main story. Two guys who have some major issues but who find a connection.
Trevor has a big problem with being touched, which puts a damper on any relationship attempts. Then, he meets Logan, whose touch actually seems to soothe him, much to his surprise. I loved this aspect of the story. But, it takes a while of these guys pushing each other away and being drawn back together before they give in to their feelings.
Logan has returned home to take care of his ailing mother, but he has some demons in his past as well. He’s very reluctant to enter into a relationship, as is Trevor, due to the past issues and the current issues of not being out.
There are also a lot of twists in this story. While some were bordering on the pretty unbelievable side, they were exciting just the same and kept me guessing about a lot of things. The killer wasn’t too hard to figure out, but there are other things going on as well. There were also sexy times and romance to go with the doom and gloom of the police work, so this story has a little bit of everything.
While I wasn’t totally on board with the murder mystery aspect, I loved seeing these two damaged alpha males go head to head, fighting their attraction and feelings for each other, dealing with their issues and helping each other and finding they do make a perfect match. I was entertained and turning pages with my interest piqued to the end. If that’s the type of story you enjoy, I definitely recommend you give this one a try....more
Up to this point, I have been pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed each book in this series. Pleasantly sur 3.5 star review by The Blogger Girls.
Up to this point, I have been pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed each book in this series. Pleasantly surprised because each contained an element I don’t normally enjoy but which Ms. Rock was able to write about in ways that changed that for me. Those stories were fun and playful, my fondness for this group of characters growing more with each one. So, I was ready to read Gould’s story, or so I thought. Unfortunately, his story is quite the opposite of the others. He has quite a few issues, which we knew, but I don’t think I ever really grasped how deep they were. Of course, they all center around Hal, the friend they lost to a BDSM accident a few years prior.
I understand that everyone deals with grief in their own way, and Gould is no exception. Except he hasn’t ever really dealt with it, has let it fester and haunt him and affect his actions almost daily. He still harbors deep anger and resentment over Bill’s (the dom Hal was playing with at the time of his death) role in Hal’s death, is now playing Kel and GK, the husband/wife owners of the club where it happened. He is drawn to them, yet is still angry with them about forgiving Bill, etc. He also has some major body dis-morphia issues.
I had a difficult time getting through this book. I honestly felt sick of hearing about Hal and how wonderful he was, etc. when I never really saw anything that warmed me up to him. That aside, we have Gould, who holds everything in. His relationship with GK and Kel never really felt that emotional, perhaps due to Gould’s withdrawal and not sharing any of his thoughts or feelings. I mean, how are they supposed to dom and help him if they don’t have any idea what they are trying to accomplish?
As for the three-way, GK and Kel are married, but Kel is the dommme in this relationship. Gould wants to serve Kel in any way, as does GK. GK acted as Kel’s second in command where Gould was concerned, and while Gould falls in love with Kel, he and GK also share a fondness for each other. GK identifies as straight but hetero-flexible, and this is discussed and dealt with very well. If you’ve enjoyed this series up to this point, don’t let the MFM scare you off. There are lady parts, but she is definitely the one in control, and most of their scenes involve pegging. In addition, there are some intense scenes which contain many elements Gould asked for, including degradation and humiliation, which, again, is not normally my thing, but were also well done.
I was really happy to see the other characters and how they’re making out. Dave, and especially Kamen, really light up the room when they enter. I was definitely happy to see Gould move finally take some steps forward, but this definitely was not my favorite of this series. This story is just as well written as the others, and I definitely recommend it, especially if you like your stories a bit darker and more serious....more
This is book 2 of the series, but it can be read on its own. It takes place in the same town as the previous book 3.5 star review by The Blogger Girls.
This is book 2 of the series, but it can be read on its own. It takes place in the same town as the previous book, but that is pretty much the extent of the connection.
Darach is a nice guy who moved home to nurse his broken heart and restart his life. Brice is somewhat of a recluse who moved to the town a few years ago. He is pretty independent, despite his disability, and tends to keep to himself. Darach is intrigued and they share a mutual attraction that, although it takes some convincing on Brice’s part, and Darach isn’t looking for love at this time either, they get to know each other better.
Darach can’t help but try to learn more about Brice and uses his connections to do so. Brice is hiding a big secret and has some pretty big demons in his closet. I liked how Darach never fully understood about Brice’s past, though he definitely tried, and seeing his fears about being able to give Brice what he needed. But, Darach eventually sees past all that, just as he did Brice’s disability.
I enjoyed this story, as I did the first book, but I wasn’t really blown away. There were aspects I really liked but then others that just seemed okay. I liked these guys together but never really got a sense of deep emotion from either of them. It felt like they were telling us how they felt and did the things expected, but I never really saw it as much as I was expecting or hoping for.
That said, it was definitely enjoyable with some mystery and excitement thrown in. There were smexy times, as well as some suspense and angst. The story wraps up quickly in the end but all loose ends are tied up. While not ending happy all around, it was definitely a HEA for Darach and Brice....more
This is the story of two guys basically hiding out from life but after finding each other, realize they don’t nee 3.5 star review by The Blogger Girls.
This is the story of two guys basically hiding out from life but after finding each other, realize they don’t need to hide anymore.
Zac is an ex-professional football player who was all but forced to leave the sport he loved after he was caught with his lover of five years, a fellow player. After the resulting breakup of their relationship, Zac decided to leave and keep their relationship a secret. He made a new life for himself running an inn/resort which keeps him busy and out of the spotlight. But, he’s pretty lonely.
Seth is a somewhat broken guy in that he’s recovering from a horrific car accident that left him with a boatload of guilt to go along with his physical injuries. He also suffers from the horrible abuse his stepbrothers put him through during his childhood. He knows he is gay, but has not quite come to terms with it due to his past family abuse (which was heavily homophobic).
Zac is understanding yet somewhat pushy at times, which is exactly what Seth needed. Once Seth realized he could safely act on his feelings, with Zac still remaining closeted and his being secluded away at the inn, he was able to actually explore the side of him he always knew was there. These guys take things very slowly. It takes a while for Zac to feel comfortable enough to take things to the next step, but Seth is patient every step of the way, happy to just enjoy whatever Seth is ready for. This was my favorite part of the story, watching Zac come to life with his new experiences.
There is some other drama concerning Zac coming out and the return of Seth’s evil stepbrothers, all of which seemed to happen really fast with not a lot of hooplah. I didn’t totally connect with these guys even though I enjoyed watching their relationship grow. The story was otherwise well written and kept my interest to the end, so I’m definitely looking forward to the next installment....more
I’m a little unsure about this story. The blurb pretty much tells you what it’s about, with the Wielders and the 3.5 star review by The Blogger Girls.
I’m a little unsure about this story. The blurb pretty much tells you what it’s about, with the Wielders and their powers, etc. The main gist of this story is about how the male Wielders are unable to use their powers without repercussions in the form of Corruption, which grows on them like lizard skin, more and more as they use their powers. That is the part they cannot hide for very long. They are also prone to falling into Taint, which is a sort of madness.
Reggie is a Wielder who also has the power of easing the Taint in others and is able to help them ease it on their own. He is unable to do anything about the Corruption though. And, by using his powers to help others, his own Corruption grows.
There are cult-like groups that are trying to recruit other males to corral their powers, find ways to fix their Taint and Corruption issues, and go against the women and other law enforcement type agencies who would rather just put the men in institutions.
Reggie meets Kyle, a young man having trouble with his powers and tries to help him before the authorities get a hold of him. There is some attraction between them, but Reggie sticks to his guns of solely helping Kyle learn to ease his Taint and keep him from the growing Corruption. Although they are not very far apart in age, Kyle is a student at Reggie’s university, which Reggie believes is a good reason to not do anything.
Here is what I’m unsure about. The world building is definitely interesting, but I never really felt much of a connection with the characters. I didn’t really feel that we got to know much about Reggie aside from his powers and crusade to help others. Likewise, we don’t learn much about Kyle either, other than he’s somewhat of a bad boy who feels that if he has the powers he should be able to use them. It isn’t until the end, after they go through a pretty major ordeal involving the main cult, that these guys show more of themselves.
However, I was interested enough in the story to keep turning pages to the end and am looking forward to the next installment to see where things go from here. This book really feels like the set up to the rest of the story, and I was interested and intrigued enough to want more. ...more