Wow. This starts out seeming like the typical one-night stand hookup turns out to be employee/employer story. But 4.5 star review by The Blogger Girls.
Wow. This starts out seeming like the typical one-night stand hookup turns out to be employee/employer story. But, it quickly becomes something so much more. Or, I should say that James quickly becomes so much more. He is a man who has basically created a persona that has enabled him to run the company he inherited and which has become his sole purpose. He comes across as just what he appears, the rich, snobby boss.
But, Theodore has seen something beyond that from the moment they met in that bathroom, something which Theodore never does, by the way. He sees beneath that cover James has created and while he doesn’t quite know all that is underneath, he knows there is a lot more to him than what appears.
Unfortunately, what is underneath is not pretty and is actually quite sad. James is Bipolar, barely managing to keep things together, especially when he isn’t taking his prescribed medications to help control his illness. He has bouts of horrible depression, has attempted suicide and just barely manages to keep the continuous voices in his head at bay. This story manages to clearly show how James feels at each stage of his breakdowns/recoveries, and though it was difficult to read, it was extremely well done and worth the heartache. It is a miracle James managed to maintain his success up to this point with the amount of struggle he is dealing with on an almost daily basis.
When James finally opens up to Theo about his illness, it doesn’t scare him away. Quite the opposite actually. Theo steps up and tries to learn all he can about how to help James through his battles. This is all the while they maintain a secretive relationship at the office.
This is a very emotional story, and the feelings just bleed from the pages. It pulls you in, grabs hold and clutches your heart every time circumstances change. I loved these guys and was pulling for them to be able to make it work. James has some serious issues I can’t even begin to imagine someone living with, let alone trying to function enough to have a successful life. If you are looking for a wonderful story with some pretty heavy emotional rollercoaster hills, be sure to give this one a go. ...more
The beautiful cover grabbed me right away on this one. I’m not usually a fan of children in my stories, but that 3.5 star review by The Blogger Girls.
The beautiful cover grabbed me right away on this one. I’m not usually a fan of children in my stories, but that didn’t bother me here.
Alfie is a young British guy who is somewhat prone to panic attacks, though he pretty much has them under control at this point. After finding out his father (who had basically abandoned him at an early age, with no contact since) has died and left his two young children to Alfie, he heads to the U.S. to step up and take guardianship.
I absolutely adored Alfie. He’s funny and cute, and takes on a lot of responsibility in a short amount of time. He meets Fear and the gang (takes a while to get past his name being Fear) while out dining with the kids (or nuggets, as he calls them). He and Fear feel an immediate connection, but misunderstandings keep that from going any further.
When circumstances put them in the same path again, and Alfie gets to know Fear and the guys, he is happy to accept such friendships at a time when he really needs them. He decides life is too short and to follow his heart and take a chance on being with Fear. Now, Alfie is British, so I found this a bit more believable knowing how much more open they tend to be where sexual matters are concerned. It really just worked here.
There’s a bit of instalove going on too, but again, it just seemed to work with these guys. There is a lot going on in this story, and it is the culmination of these events that somewhat forces these guys’ relationship on a fast track. Regardless, they were really good together. Fear is this big badass tattooed guy with a heart of gold, and Alfie is sweet, funny, also tattooed, and really easy to love.
There are some great side characters here as well. Alfie’s mom is a hoot, and the kids were pretty adorable.
I really do not like mentioning anything in my reviews about editing, as I often receive early, unpolished, versions. However, there were just so many typos, missing words, etc. that it continually pulled me from the story. One on almost every page is simply too much to ignore. There were also a few things that became too repetitive, such as “…like a girl” that were a bit bothersome.
Those issues aside, this was a fun, exciting story by a first-time author that shows a lot of promise. There was fabulous dialog and sexy/sweet sex scenes along the way. It was a fast read that kept me turning pages right up to the end, and I will definitely be looking for more from River Mitchell in the future. ...more
This story takes place previous to and during the same time period as Middle of Somewhere. It is Colin’s story. I highly r Review by The Blogger Girls.
This story takes place previous to and during the same time period as Middle of Somewhere. It is Colin’s story. I highly recommend you read the first book to really get a sense of what has transpired with these characters. If you have not read book 1, stop reading and skip to the next paragraph. At this point, we know from book one that Colin has always treated his younger brother, Daniel, atrociously, most notably after Daniel told the family he was gay. We also know that Daniel caught Colin in the arms of a man at their father’s funeral. Here, we learn more about everything that led up to that, as well as some of the reasoning behind Colin’s behavior.
I went into this story expecting to hate Colin. He truly was horrible to Daniel (and he continues to be through much of this story). But, there is so much behind Colin’s behavior, that my heart was breaking for him time and again. These guys have not had the most loving family environment. Their mother died, and their father was extremely gruff. Getting any sort of compliment or sign of affection out of him was a major rarity. Unfortunately, Colin struggled so much with wanting his father’s acceptance and love, that he lived his life in such a way that hurt the people around him, all in the hopes of being and doing what he thought his father would accept.
When he meets Rafe, he was really thrown for a loop. They had an immediate connection that Colin couldn’t deny. But, Rafe had some issues of his own. He was an ex-con and a recovering addict who had turned his life around and focused on helping others through the Youth Center, books for prisoners charities, etc. He knew going in how deeply closeted Colin was and spent his time growing a friendship, not taking any crap from Colin along the way. He became someone Colin could be himself with, gave him a new outlook on life, especially with helping the youth.
I can’t explain how much this story pulls you in different directions. You can almost feel every struggle Colin has with everything from the shame he feels after every orgasm with a man, to his treatment of his brothers, etc. It is an amazing job of storytelling to really pull the feels out of you for a character you are predestined to not like anything about, and this story is no exception. I loved this even more than Middle of Somewhere and highly recommend it to those who want a story with some meat to it....more
This one totally caught me by surprise. I don’t know exactly what I was expecting, but it sure wasn’t this lovely 4.5 star review by The Blogger Girls.
This one totally caught me by surprise. I don’t know exactly what I was expecting, but it sure wasn’t this lovely gem.
Jason is the straight star quarterback, but struggling to graduate due to the time he spends on football. His sole focus is making it to the NFL. When he sees rookie receiver struggling with tackles but showing a ton of potential otherwise, he steps in to help, for the good of the team.
Derek is gay, but not out due to a really bad experience in high school that almost left him paralyzed. That same fear is what holds him back on the field. He is already crushing on Jason when Jason offers to help, but he manages to focus on the football for the most part.
I loved how these guys became friends and just what the other needed. Each had a secret to keep for the other and it only brought them closer. Once Jason starts to accept his feelings for Derek, things really heat up. They take things very slowly, only advancing when Jason was comfortable. There is a ton of sexual tension, wonderfully done first times, exciting coming out and just an overall love that grows between these guys.
I found it hard to believe while reading this that it was a debut author because it really didn’t feel like it. All I know is that I was turning pages rapidly and read it in one day, which bumped this up from a 4 star to 4.5 star read for me. I will definitely be looking for more from Ms. Hendricks and especially the continuation of this story. ...more
A rent boy and a disabled veteran, how could I resist? Rye is the rent boy getting out of dealing with a pretty rough lif Review by The Blogger Girls.
A rent boy and a disabled veteran, how could I resist? Rye is the rent boy getting out of dealing with a pretty rough life surrounding his profession. He’s had to deal with a shady pimp that he is finally able to make a break from. When he meets Marcus, a functionally blind veteran, he is unable to resist helping the man.
Marcus is dealing with his blindness, though he lives a bit in denial about it. When he has a chance to see a specialist who might be able to help him, he decides to take the chance. Unfortunately, that appointment is on the other side of the country. The perfect solution is to have Rye drive him there – win/win for both of them, as Rye can escape the clutches of his pimp at the same time.
The two forge a friendship over the course of their journey which eventually turns into something more. Rye never feels he is anything more than a rent boy and not anywhere close to Marcus’ league, but he agrees to be Marcus’ first in a friends with benefits type of relationship. There is quite a bit of Rye feeling unworthy, but eventually, he realizes he has fallen for Marcus and decides to improve himself to be the man Marcus deserves.
I really enjoyed this story. I loved how Rye was everything Marcus needed, while at the same time giving him the space Marcus needed to feel somewhat independent. They were a great match once they got over their respective speed bumps. Although this slowed down a bit at times, it was a generally fast-paced read. It was beautifully written, and I never would have guessed this was Max’s first book. I’ll definitely be looking to read more in the future....more
Jonah and Rafael get off to a rocky start when Jonah’s first undercover assignment is slightly botched after runn 3.5 star review by The Blogger Girls.
Jonah and Rafael get off to a rocky start when Jonah’s first undercover assignment is slightly botched after running into Rafael who had already been undercover on the same operation. With the additional bad breakup Jonah had with his boyfriend, he relocates to make a fresh start and ends up being paired with non other than Rafael.
Through much of this story, Jonah and Rafael have a sort of love/hate relationship going on. Jonah thinks Rafael hates him, and much of Rafael’s actions seem to indicate that is so. But there are also some indications (jealousy) that this is not the case. This is especially true when Jonah decides to find some enjoyment in the form of another coworker, A.J. It is clear pretty much from the beginning that Jonah and A.J. make better friends, but they continue on anyway. Jonah knows there isn’t any spark between them but convinces himself he needs to give it time.
In the meantime, he and Rafael continue with their hot and cold dance. As time goes on, Jonah realizes the spark missing from A.J. is strongly prevalent with Rafael, though he tries to quash his feelings for the sake of the job/partnership. It isn’t until they are forced to go undercover together in roles that leave little to question as to how they each feel about the other.
I enjoyed this story, but much of it is the wishy washy stuff with A.J. which I really wished didn’t take up so much page time. When Jonah and Rafael are together, things are definitely hotter and you just want more of them together. However, this doesn’t happen until about 3/4 of the way through the story. From there, the story rolls quickly as they work out their feelings and what to do about their jobs, etc. It has a lovely ending, but it takes some time to get there. ...more
This series really gets better and better. I loved this installment – there is a lot going on, not sure who is go 4.5 star review by The Blogger Girls.
This series really gets better and better. I loved this installment – there is a lot going on, not sure who is going to be actual mates, etc. You really need to read the previous stories to understand what everyone has been through to get to this point, what/who they are fighting and what they are trying to accomplish.
This story sort of centers around Marcus in various forms. I’ve loved Marcus from the start. He is now the Lupine Liaison and trusted by the Supreme Alphas and well respected by the pack. He still struggles with his disability and feelings of inadequacy and it takes a while for him to realize the wolves don’t see him the same way. Blaze has appointed Kellan as Marcus’ aide, and the two get along great, are perfect for each other and just what each other needs.
Then there is the Ricoh mess. Poor guy knew he was mates with Nate, who ran away (long story you need to read the previous books to fully understand) and was then kidnapped by the Winter Circle. Not only are they trying to rid Nate of his wolf but also his homosexuality through torture, deprivation, etc. After all he has been through, it is hard not to feel terrible for him. But, Ricoh also believes his alpha, Hunter, is his mate, though Hunter has not acknowledged that up to this point. Ricoh is also having feelings for Marcus, so you can see how confused this poor wolf is.
We get to see the original foursome again, doing what they do best. Blaze showing his power is always exciting, and the others as well. Aden is recovering from his last birth, and the four are just generally enjoying being together again after Darric’s return.
There is definitely a lot going on in this installment, but it is a real page turner. There is plenty of action, some nice smexy time, including Kellan’s first time which was a really touching scene for both guys. While we never get to see a full-out scene with the new foursome, there is no doubt they make a great family that once everyone is fully healed and will be as strong as ever. I’m a bit greedy in that I really would have liked to have seen more of Nate’s recovery, but perhaps that will be shown in the next installment. I’m really looking forward to seeing how the new dynamics play out now that their (or Marcus’) roles have changed.
I definitely recommend this series and can’t wait for the next one! ...more
Boy, does it feel good to be back with this crew. I’ve loved this series, and while the last few books haven’t wowed me co Review by The Blogger Girls.
Boy, does it feel good to be back with this crew. I’ve loved this series, and while the last few books haven’t wowed me completely, this one feels more like the earlier ones I fell in love with. It’s been a while since the last book, but it doesn’t take long at all to get re-familiarized with this world.
Mercy and Adam are pretty much settled in together, but that doesn’t last too long before they are called to help handle a major problem – an out of control Troll. They and the pack tackle this working together which was really nice to see. While attempting to take care of the Troll issue, it is learned there is a bigger issue at hand, one involving the fae, of course. More specifically, the issues all seem to do with the new boy, Aden, who is Fire Touched and apparently on the run from the fae. In an attempt to cover for an injured Adam, Mercy steps up and makes a declaration in the name of the pack, thereby making a deal with Aden wherein the pack will give him shelter and protect him during his time with them. Mercy’s actions cause quite a stir among the pack who have still not quite accepted her as Adam’s mate. Thankfully, Adam finally stands up for Mercy and lays down the law to the pack. This becomes especially important after a declaration is made by the Marrok where Mercy and Adam are concerned.
Aden was quite an interesting addition with a lot of fae history. It takes a while for us to learn enough about him to know whether he is bad news or not. He hasn’t had the easiest life up to this point, so much of his behavior is understandable.
I love seeing some of the other characters again, and was even happy to see the Walking Stick making itself more predictable and useful. There is so much to love about this series and this world in general. Above all, the voice of Mercy remains true and leaves you feeling like you only just put the previous book down. I definitely recommend this as one of the better paranormal series out there that solidly delivers time and time again....more
This book was a bit of a surprise. I was expecting a some hot dirty talkin sex line worker and I’m not really sure what A review by The Blogger Girls.
This book was a bit of a surprise. I was expecting a some hot dirty talkin sex line worker and I’m not really sure what else, but I definitely didn’t see it going the way it did. It wasn’t typical in that you never really knew who the secondary MC was, or even who you wanted it to be.
Vegas is a sweet guy who had a rough start after moving to NYC. He ended up falling for the wrong guy who turned controlling and a bit abusive. Picking up the pieces, he then became roommates with his new best friend, London, who also convinces him to work as a sex phone operator where he works. All goes well until he gets a creepy phone call that turns into the stalker from hell.
All through this, you never quite know who is good and who isn’t. Is it Vegas’ boss who now shows interest? Is it his abusive controlling ex? The new guy he just met and hit it off with? I’ll say that the truth was a bit of a shocker, one that I definitely did not see coming. But it all kept me on the edge of my seat and my fingers turning pages.
There were a few things that niggled at me with this story. The names were a bit too over the top for me. Everyone was named after a location or something similar, Vegas, Jersey, London, Dakota, etc. They all blended after a while, especially since they weren’t merely “stage” names. In addition, there were a few tiny plot holes or things that just didn’t quite add up for me. But, overall, this was a, dare I say, a fun, story. It was fast-paced and rather exciting, keeping me on edge and eager to get to the bottom of things. At the end, I still wasn’t sure I accomplished that with a final twist that threw me completely off.
This was my first book by this author, and I quite liked the style in which it was written. It was full of twists and turns with some sweet and sexy thrown in to top it all off. I will definitely be looking for more. ...more
This is two really short stories. One is about a young man who basically had everything taken away from him, is addicted to drugs and finds himself inThis is two really short stories. One is about a young man who basically had everything taken away from him, is addicted to drugs and finds himself in a really bad place, turning to bad people to save him from the even badder people. It is harsh, but very well written and over way too quickly even though I wanted the bad stuff to end.
The second was about another man with not a whole lot going for him. In a dead-end job he hates but seems to everyone to be just a guy getting by. When he gets home, we learn the real truth, and it isn't pretty. What ensues is a delicious little horror story that ends with a what comes around, goes around.
Again, these were really short, but I really liked the style and will definitely be looking for more from this author in the future....more
I was so excited for the much anticipated story of Diesel and Paris, whom I’ve wanted more from since we met them in boo A review by The Blogger Girls.
I was so excited for the much anticipated story of Diesel and Paris, whom I’ve wanted more from since we met them in book 1. Paris trained with Diesel, but when Paris asked Diesel to see him off before he left for the island to work, Diesel, afraid Paris wanted him for the wrong reasons, denied him and sent him away. Now, time has passed, and Diesel has decided to bridge the gap.
It takes some time before these guys get past the miscommunications, but when they finally give in and agree on a week together, they are extremely hot together. Diesel is the Patroneus, a Master of the Dominion, but Paris isn’t really into the scene. There is also the issue of Paris being gay but Diesel being bisexual. Nothing major, but definitely some hurdles for them as they think about their future. Paris just does it for Diesel. He is the one who is capable of taking all that Diesel can dish out sexually, and vice versa. However, Diesel is still longing for his own Unicorn (or, female life slave), such as what Trenton has found Katiana. Diesel and Trenton have shared just about everything, and it is only natural that they end up sharing Kat. It ends up being the perfect solution for all of them.
There is a lot of emphasis on the names in this series, i.e. Dominus, Patroneus, Unicorn, Mouse, Fallen Angel, Imp, etc. It feels a bit overdone at times, but the story eventually takes over and they become more tolerable.
Once the guys get back home, things really take off. There is a lot happening in this long story. While much of it centers around Paris and Diesel’s relationship, but a lot of action takes place with the rest of the brothers and their business, as well as events from the past coming back to haunt them, mostly centering around Kat. These guys (and gal) go through hell and back more than once, have near death experiences, deal with shootings and deal with the aftermath.
Now, again, this is a long book, with a lot of sex (albeit super hot sex). It ends on a giant cliffhanger, and while I was yelling at my Kindle at the time, I was happy to know there was so much more coming from this story. There is definitely more to tell for all of these characters, and I already cannot wait for the continuation. ...more
What a wonderful surprise this story was! As with each previous story, we are immediately brought back into this fantasticReview by The Blogger Girls.
What a wonderful surprise this story was! As with each previous story, we are immediately brought back into this fantastic world.
The guys are all back at home base resting and recovering. Jon is having a bit of a rough time with his nightmares and especially as Baltsaros seems to play a starring role. This puts him at great odds with B. Even though he consciously knows how things are and doesn’t blame B, his subconscious doesn’t feel the same and he doesn’t quite know what to do to make them see eye to eye.
Tom, oh lovely Tom, just makes me smile every single time he is on page, whether it be his thoughts or his words, he is just one fabulous character. He is worried about poor Jon but is just about at his wit’s end with trying to figure out how to help the situation.
Baltsaros is frustrated as well, but remains understanding and patient. It takes the group as a whole, including the outside cast of characters, such as one-handed Kate and her now pregnant Myra, to help with the big plan. Tom and Jon each have a plan to do something special for the other, but it is B who runs with it and really puts the icing on the cake. Baltsaros shines in the end here and shows us, once again, how he is the strong mast holding up his sails, Tom and Jon. His present to Jon was extremely moving, and I can only imagine how Jon and even Tom felt when it was explained.
This was a wonderful little story, and even though it is short, it contains all of the elements of the previous full-length stories. So much so, that it felt like a miniaturized version. Each story feels like a piece of giant cake with this being a satisfying taste. I highly recommend this amazing series and urge you to experience every bite. ...more
I enjoyed this story abut Trace and Micah, as I've been intrigued by Micah from our first meeting. He's grieving the loss of his child, and it is havi I enjoyed this story abut Trace and Micah, as I've been intrigued by Micah from our first meeting. He's grieving the loss of his child, and it is having a very negative effect on his marriage. The only one who seems to be able to help him is his friend, Trace. They carry on with a relationship on the side, but it eventually takes its toll and all must come to a head.
The guys from Jack Pyke's Don't series make a visit, and it's always great to see them in any capacity.
The main thing holding me back from absolutely loving this story was the tense usage. I really struggle with enjoying stories told in first person unless it is done just right. As it is, I am continually pulled out of the story having to reread sentences. Again, if it isn't done just right, it affects the flow of the story, and I have a hard time getting past that.
But, the rest of the story was fabulous, with lots of action and character interaction. I definitely recommend Ms. Kelling's books. They introduce you to an intricate world with an interesting cast of characters....more
Nick is the enforcer of a biker gang run, in part, by his uncle who raised him. No longer able to follow through with all Review by The Blogger Girls.
Nick is the enforcer of a biker gang run, in part, by his uncle who raised him. No longer able to follow through with all that his job entails, he decides he is going to end his life instead of taking out one more. Nick has quite a colorful background and is a classic victim of his circumstances, doing what it takes to survive, from witnessing his parent’s death, to growing up in the gang and having to be their enforcer under this uncle’s thumb.
Jake is Nick’s cleanup job, a man who was in the wrong place at the wrong time. He witnessed a killing and is now on the run. He knows it is only a matter of time before he is taken out, but when the time comes and Nick makes contact, he is not on board with Nick’s plan, but instead, offers another solution.
These two have some immediate chemistry. Nick decides he will enjoy Jake, his one last chance at sex before he ends things. But, when he tries to get Jake to go off on his own, Jake won’t budge. Jake turns out to be much stronger than I had anticipated. I loved that he wasn’t a meek victim here, but one who took the reins and became an active participant in their lives. He weighed all of his options and offered the best scenario for all involved. Luckily, Nick was open to his ideas and of having a second chance at life.
This was a quick story, but there is plenty enough detail to get a vivid idea of their backgrounds and current situation. There are a few more bumps in the road, some of which Nick had planned for, and some that Jake came through with flying colors. I was rooting for them from the get go and was happy to see their relationship group.
B.D. Roca took a somewhat predicable story and made it unique and interesting. I really enjoyed it and wished it was longer. This was a great debut story, I’m definitely looking forward to more in the future....more
This was cute. James is a young rich kid who gets cut off by his mother after his father dies. He is working at a high-end suit shop (due to his knowl This was cute. James is a young rich kid who gets cut off by his mother after his father dies. He is working at a high-end suit shop (due to his knowledge of high-end suits) to make ends meet while he is still in college. It is here that he meets Charles, a well-to-do guy who immediately sees something in James.
Charles loves power exchange and looks for that in his "partners." Not wanting to be in a serious relationship after being hurt in one previously, he is merely looking for something to play with. However, he only seeks power exchange when it is freely given and the story goes on with that in mind.
It doesn't take long before these guys each wiggle under the other's skin and they become more to each other. It was a nice enjoyable read that I would have easily enjoyed more of. ...more
We finally get to the bottom of Tom’s disappearance in this stunning conclusion. Never giving up, even after so many dead Review by The Blogger Girls.
We finally get to the bottom of Tom’s disappearance in this stunning conclusion. Never giving up, even after so many dead ends, twists and turns, Henry finally uncovers the truth behind Tom’s vanishing and I can say it wasn’t quite what I saw coming. There were signs as to who was behind it, but nothing prepared me for the truth.
Henry has the help of his friends, new and old, including a best friend who had always wished for more and new friends in his assistant and hired PI. Together, they uncover the details and take us on yet another roller coaster ride to the end. This entire story was riveting and heartbreaking, beautiful and heartwarming. It was unique and exciting and kept me on the edge of my seat. To say any more would be giving too much away. I absolutely loved how everything, every twist and turn, all ended up tied together in a beautiful bow.
I could not imagine going through what either of these guys did in any shape or form and most definitely recommend it....more
The ride continues! Poor Henry is beside himself trying to cope with the loss of his missing husband. We learn al 4.5 star review by The Blogger Girls.
The ride continues! Poor Henry is beside himself trying to cope with the loss of his missing husband. We learn all about their love story through flashbacks, and it is easy to see what a wonderful couple they were. Even though he has been absent from the beginning, we feel like we already know Tom pretty well which makes his disappearance even more heartbreaking.
In this segment, Henry is struggling with finding himself living alone after so many years, missing his husband so terribly and not wanting to give up hope. There are a lot of twists in this story, so it is difficult to say much without giving anything away. Suffice to say, poor Henry goes through just as much turmoil as the readers in trying to figure out what is going on. This is especially true when his sanity is once again put into question after receiving a telephone call from what appears to be Tom.
So, Henry takes matters into his own hand and hires a PI to help him figure things out. This was yet another fast-paced, edge of your seat read. I gobbled up the pages to get answers longing for some peace for Henry. This is a fantastically woven story that took me a bit by surprise and left me breathless and wanting to jump right into the next one. I highly recommend you read the first book, and you’ll definitely want to have the last one lined up and ready to roll.
Short and sweet. Blake is dumped by his previous master who used to humiliate and not treat Blake very good. Regardless, Blake is left high and dry. A
Short and sweet. Blake is dumped by his previous master who used to humiliate and not treat Blake very good. Regardless, Blake is left high and dry. After he is transferred to a different club so he isn't in proximity to said crappy master, he is taken under the wings of the club owner and introduced to Logan.
Logan is rather new at the dom thing, but he feels a connection to Blake, and the two make a go of it. They take things pretty slow as they get to know one another and smooth out a few bumps in the road mostly due to miscommunication and Blake falling back on what he learned from the previous master.
Really enjoyed this installment. All of the brothers are hurting, and the miscommunications are numerous. But, Cade shines through, stepping in to hel Really enjoyed this installment. All of the brothers are hurting, and the miscommunications are numerous. But, Cade shines through, stepping in to help Rafe, seeing what the other brothers do not.
Sometimes it felt like I was reading this serious out of order, and had to keep checking that I wasn't, but it was definitely worth it, and I'm looking forward to reading more....more
This was my favorite Lynn Kelling so far. While there were a few things that didn’t quite work for me, there were 4.5 star review by The Blogger Girls.
This was my favorite Lynn Kelling so far. While there were a few things that didn’t quite work for me, there were so many more that did.
David is bored and in a bit of a lull. He’s hasn’t found anyone lately who he really connected with. That changes when he meets young Shae. Shae is having a bit of a rough time (he lives with a horrible ex-boyfriend, is attacked, loses said apartment, job, etc.), but no matter what life throws at him, he has this positive perky attitude that is hard not to make you smile.
When David notices some submissive tendencies in Shae, he is intrigued. He ends up offering to help him out, wanting to wrap Shae up and keep him safe. But, things go horribly wrong when David’s father steps in and Shae is basically attacked again. That was pretty brutal to read, but the rest of the story makes up for it. David feels the only safe place for Shae is with him back at the Manse where he can be more assured of the security. There is an extreme amount of security (which got a bit weird at times, as they never had any privacy at all). Shae is so young and naïve and needing someone to take care of him, and David steps right in and tries to do just that.
This is where things get really interesting. Shae is not in the scene at all, especially since he is so young and has such little experience. So, being introduced to it even a little at a time is a bit overwhelming. David has quite a domain in the Manse, where he also lives, and it is quite expansive. What I loved about Shae was that even though he as a total newbie in all ways, he was not a total pushover. He didn’t just accept all the master/slave stuff, he asked questions, normal questions, which were the perfect contrast to David’s properness. While he did learn how to be David’s submissive, he never totally fit the role of perfect sub, which I found totally perfect. :)
Shae is adorable and funny, hard to imagine after all he’s been through, and he really was a great partner for David. I loved watching David step away from the cold master and open his heart to Shae. I’ve had some issues in the past with Ms. Kelling’s books due to her use of tense (which are solely my own issues), but that didn’t happen here, and allowed me to fully enjoy this story. It was fast-paced, full of excitement and suspense with lots of smexy and emotional time as well. I definitely recommend this story and her other series as well. ...more
A review by The Blogger Girls. Noah is deeply closeted due to his career and his father’s preachings about how anything else would affect that career.A review by The Blogger Girls. Noah is deeply closeted due to his career and his father’s preachings about how anything else would affect that career. That all changes when he meets Shae on night when he is out with his friends. Shae is a sexy bartender who also happens to be friends with Noah’s friends. They have immediate chemistry, but Noah continues to hide. When his friends invite Shae out with them shortly after their first meeting, Noah is hardly in a position to say no.
My biggest problem with this story is that it was way too short! Shae and Noah come together where Shae opens Noah’s eyes up to how things could be between them, but Noah’s fears drive a wedge between them pretty quickly. Shae has been burned before and though he is not into one-night stands, he ends up walking away when it seems that is just what Noah means for them to be.
These two were really hot together. It is pretty clear they make a perfect match, but I wanted to know so much more about them, especially Shae, whom we only got to see through Noah’s POV. I really hope there is a continuation to this story planned in the future, because this taste was just not enough to satisfy, and I’m definitely eager for more.
This one grabbed me right from the get go and held on to the end. It is dark and edgy with very little fluff, wh 4.5 star review by The Blogger Girls.
This one grabbed me right from the get go and held on to the end. It is dark and edgy with very little fluff, which is exactly what I love.
Haven is an assassin, but not just any old assassin. He was recruited at a young age after a pretty brutal home life put him in the crosshairs of his now handler. He been doing this work for over 10 years and is really good at what he does, but he is getting tired and thinking of ending his career. I loved Haven right away. He doesn’t just take people out. He takes them out in ways that fit their crimes. For example: an evil person who also runs a dog fighting ring is ended by giving said dogs the revenge they deserve (one of my favorite of his jobs). These were very creative and fitting for each one.
When Haven is on a particular job undercover searching for the head of the sex trafficking ring, he ends up finding and saving Sammy, a young man who had been kept as a sex slave since he was 12. Haven is his angel and knight in shining armor and he immediately feels safe with him. He clings to Haven in such a way that with little other choice, he takes Sammy home to keep him safe. Yes, it is insta-love for Sammy, but given his circumstances, it was easy to see how that happened and just how fast he saw through Haven (the first one to do so).
Things take a turn when these two take things further. Sammy is done being a sex slave. He has grown strong through his captivity in such a way that enabled him to survive and now that he is “free,” he takes control. Feeling unthreatened by Sammy, Haven allows and even enjoys it. I actually really liked this role reversal, and it made sense to me knowing their backgrounds. It was a smidge unbelievable at times, but I really think it just worked with these two.
There are some great side characters here, such as Kelly and Rook, Haven’s caretaker and handler, respectively. Kelly has been by Haven’s side from the beginning, and even though this isn’t the norm (caretakers are usually moved to other assassins after a few months), they clicked in a way that Haven needed. He becomes more family than co-worker to Haven, and then Sammy, and the three eventually realize how much they mean to each other in that capacity. I really liked Kelly and how he handled everything.
There is a lot of violence and bad stuff going on in this story with the drugs, abuse, sex trafficking, kids, etc. that may be triggers, but it is a really good read and I definitely recommend it. The writing is excellent and kept my attention from beginning to end. I’m looking forward to whatever Mr. Williams comes up with next. ...more