I really enjoyed the first book in this series, Wait for Me. The dynamic was a bit different with the man subbing to the A review by The Blogger Girls.
I really enjoyed the first book in this series, Wait for Me. The dynamic was a bit different with the man subbing to the woman, which is one aspect that drew me in. It was a nice change up. So, after enjoying that one as much as I did, I was eager to read this installment which centered around Malachi, quite an interesting character we met in Wait for Me.
Malachi was quite involved in that book. He was intertwined with the sex traffickers and the rescue of Jasper, etc. I recommend reading that book to really get the whole story behind who he is in this book. He is now in a relationship with Megan, who we also met in Wait for Me. They fell in love, but, unfortunately, they are both dominant sexually and have been trying to work things out in that regard.
Meanwhile, we have Justice, a young ladies man who, realizing he has not been able to really find fulfillment, makes the unfortunate decision to pay a woman to dominate him. Before he gets the opportunity to find out if that is what he needs, things go terribly wrong, and he ends up a key witness to a case. His FBI father employs Malachi to keep Justice safe until the trial.
Justice and Malachi are a bit like oil and water at first, but it doesn’t take long for Justice to get under Malachi’s skin. Eventually, Mal begins to see a bit of a submissive in Justice. At the same time, he and Megan realize that Justice might be exactly what they need – a sub for them to share. So, Mal goes forward with the plan to sort of ease Justice into the whole scene. Justice is reluctant at first about being with a man, but he can’t deny Mal is giving him the peace he has been craving.
I loved Justice. He was a bit mouthy, snarky, sexy little devil. But he also has some major issues from his childhood. He suffers from a disorder directly related to how he was treated for the first 8 years of his life. So, he is a bit damaged, but really just looking for actual love and affection.
I loved watching the relationship between the three of them grow, even with the miscommunications that caused problems. They all had a very easy dynamic that really worked when they were all clear about their feelings. While most of the focus here is on Mal and Justice, there are some really good scenes with Megan as well.
The story moves along at a good pace with good dialog and many hot scenes. There was action and a bit of mystery/suspense, and it was great seeing the other characters involved as well. There were some things that happened a little too quickly, or that seemed a bit too repetitive, but I really enjoyed the overall story and loved the characters. I’m a fan of this series and look forward to the next installment....more
Vipers Rule is a good follow up to the first book, Vipers Run. While this doesn’t have quite the excitement as the first A review by The Blogger Girls.
Vipers Rule is a good follow up to the first book, Vipers Run. While this doesn’t have quite the excitement as the first one did, I ended up enjoying it just as much for different reasons. This could be read on its own, but I definitely recommend reading book 1 so you get to know some of the other characters a bit better.
Here, we have Tals, brother to Tenn, who were both taken in by Preacher and the Vipers when they were teens. Tals is a member of the Vipers and is their main enforcer, while Tenn remains an honorary member not actually involved in the club. These guys are all bad ass, but even though they get lumped in with the other seedier biker gangs, they actually try to keep the peace and the riff raff out of the area.
So, Tals had a crush on Maddie way back in high school, but, Maddie was from the other side of the tracks, so to speak, and they never really had a chance to have any kind of relationship before things turned sour. Now, Maddie is leaving her cheating husband and her high paying successful career to start fresh by going back home and trying to pick things back up with Tals now that she realizes what she may have missed out on. There is quite a bit of bad history to get past though, and not just with these two. Some of the other guys were there at the time and remember all too well what happened and are not very quick to forgive and forget. But, before Tals and Maddie can get very far in their reunion, trouble follows Maddie and is brought to the Vipers doorstep.
After some grumbling and a few arguments and fights, the gang jumps in to protect Maddie, and of course to have Tals’ back. This adds a bit of excitement to the story as the guys try to figure out who is behind it all and their motives. Maddie’s soon-to-be ex is involved, as well as her family, and things get a bit heated. There is some repetitiveness that I could have done without where Tals, Maddie and even some of the others repeatedly remind us of past events, whether Maddie belongs and why she does or doesn’t, etc. There are also time jumps that tell of the past events and memories that seemed to blend a bit too seamlessly to really keep up with. It took me out of the story when I had to figure out the scene had changed or where we actually were in the story. But, it moves along at a pretty good pace and kept my interest with everything else that was going on.
I really liked Tals. He is a tough guy who has been through quite a bit and knows what he wants even if the others don’t think it in his or their best interests. He stays steady and true to form, being loyal and protective, just as he has always been. I had a harder time warming up to Maddie but I’m not exactly sure why. I just didn’t feel their relationship as much as I had hoped, even though their sexy encounters were smoking hot. But, in the end, I was rooting for them and happy to see how things ended up.
It was really great seeing the other guys again. I absolutely love Tenn and really really hope we get to see more of his story. I do not actually read very much in the way of male/female romance, so for one to keep my interest, it has to be good. I definitely enjoyed this one and am definitely interested in seeing more of the Vipers again. ...more
The story picks up right where Kick left off. Fiona is still trying to figure things out. Her family is involved, which is Review by The Blogger Girls.
The story picks up right where Kick left off. Fiona is still trying to figure things out. Her family is involved, which is good and bad. They want her out, but whose interests do they have at heart? Is it so she takes the press’ focus away from other family matters? Or is it to help her? There is a lot at play in this regard.
Then there is Elliot, her psychiatrist. He wants to do what’s best for her and goes against her family’s wishes by keeping her in. However, he is having some issues of his own regarding feelings towards Fiona forcing his departure. This sends Fiona in a bit of a tailspin.
Then, the mysterious Deacon is back. He has healed and is asking to see Fiona. We learn a bit more about their relationship which is quite interesting. Fiona starts remembering some things, but are they what really happened or is she still making it up as she goes? Only Deacon knows what really happened, and when we find out, it puts quite a spin on things.
This fast-moving story has a lot going on but it is all very interesting and kept me engaged. Of course, this one ends with things hanging a bit, and I hope we don’t have to wait too long for the next installment. ...more
I wasn’t too sure about this at first, but it quickly grabbed my attention.
Fiona is a celebutante, not wanting for anything, fame and fortune and all that goes with it. But she has some major issues. For starters, she’s a sex addict. She is in a relationship with Deacon that seems to work well for both of them, until it doesn’t. Unfortunately, she can’t quite remember the events that led to where we are in this story – her being in an institution after having stabbed Deacon with a hoof knife.
Fiona pushes all kinds of boundaries, is in denial and need of help. She finds that with Dr. Elliot Chapman who ends up earning a tiny bit of her trust. He helps her come to grips with things and uses hypnosis to get to the root of her problems and memories.
This is a really fast read that had me on the edge of my seat. Fiona is rude and crude and doesn’t care one iota who bears the brunt of it. We get bits and pieces, just as Fiona does, but don’t get very far into her recovery or learn very many of the details of what took place, but the breadcrumbs left me wanting to jump right into book 2 to get more of this story. ...more
Unfortunately, it seems I am in the minority on this one. I’ll try to explain why.
The story: The story itself was ok. I was interested in reading a m/f story with a sexy alpha male and strong female character. Things heat up very quickly for Natalie and Michael when they meet in the elevator of their building. Michael is very mysterious and uses his charms to lure Natalie in. It works, and she is craving everything Michael in short order. Well, almost everything, but she doesn’t put up much of a fight against the things she doesn’t like.
The characters: Here is where I had the most trouble. I really didn’t like Michael all that much. There were times when he was super sexy, spewing sexual tension like a sprinkler on high speed. But, most of the time, he was a pushy, way-too-controlling, borderline jerk. He had trust issues, but he was a contradiction. He was often self-centered and egotistic, yet he was devoted to saving the environment and was completely against infidelity. Often, his ways of “teaching Natalie lessons” were downright cruel, and I wanted her to wake up and smell the coffee.
As for Natalie, I just didn’t really connect with her. She realizes what is missing in her life and current relationship once she meets Michael. After she gets things straightened out and is able to convince Michael to move forward, she basically becomes a doormat and a slave to the feelings Michael can make her feel.
The writing: I enjoyed the style in which this was written. This was my first book by this author, and I was not disappointed with the technical side of things. There were times when things felt like they were dragged out a little too much, but for the most part, the story moves along at a good pace. Aside from my own personal issues stated above, the scenes were very hot and steamy, with lots of sexual tension. Perhaps Michael and Natalie will improve as their relationship grows. This is most likely a case of “it’s me, not you,” so I’ll recommend this to those who like their m/f a little bit darker and edgier with some major sexual tension and mild BDSM. ...more
This is a story about sex trafficking, sex slaves to be exact, and the story is one of first-hand experience.
It starts with Susannah, an FBI agent who's goal is to crack open and take down a group of sex traffickers. Susannah is a rookie who is currently contemplating if she actually wants to stay with the FBI. She is also currently lusting after her young neighbor, an 18 year old genius she has friended. Jasper also has quite a crush on Susannah, but Susannah has kept things on the friend level due to their age difference. Jasper has a submissive streak and is drawn to Susannah's dominant nature.
When things go horribly wrong, Jasper is taken by the very people Susannah has been after. He spends 10 months transforming into a sex slave for the head of the operation. While some details are given, most is somewhat glossed over, so while the events are horrific, they weren't too difficult to get through. Jasper is basically forced to be everything at the whim of the evil Victor, and his training to get to that point is harsh and brutal.
In the meantime, Susannah is barely living. She has honed her skills as a dominant, though while she takes on clients and sessions, she keeps everything professional. She has been staying with her brother and his lover who uses his wealth and resources to eventually find and recover Jasper.
Jasper barely manages to make it through his rescue. The urge to follow the directions of his trainer and master are strong, but he pulls it off. What follows is the next segment wherein Susannah and the others try to heal Jasper and bring him back to a semblance of normalcy. It's not easy, especially as there are a few dominants in the household (Susannah's brother-in-law and his best friend/head of security) making it difficult for Jasper given his recent experiences. Understandably, it isn't easy for Jasper to adjust, but this was my favorite part of the story to see play out.
This is a long story that could have easily been told in three parts, although it was nice not to have to wait for it all. There are times that Susannah was a little frustrating and tiresome. Her constant musings about Jasper's age, then about getting him in her playroom (after his ordeal) seemed really out of place. That said, when I really enjoyed when she and Jasper were together, whether she was in charge, or she was allowing him to be.
There are a few other things that you had to sort of just set aside as rather unlikely, but if you can do that, this is a very well put together story. It kept my interest, and had a big enough variety to keep me turning pages. There was a bit of dark, a bit of sweet, some twists, turns, mystery and suspense, and a bit of action to boot. Both the m/f aspects, as well as the m/m, were all very well written. I will definitely be looking for more from these two authors in the future....more
This is one of my favorite MMF series. They are each about menage relationships, but all have contained a main ma 4.5 star review by The Blogger Girls.
This is one of my favorite MMF series. They are each about menage relationships, but all have contained a main male/female couple who love each other but who both realize they are unable to completely fulfill the other’s needs in one way or another. They seek out a third (man) to fill those missing links.
In this story, Ryder and Lyss are happily married but both are dominants. Ryder is also bisexual. While they have been making do, Ryder is missing being with another man, while Lyss is missing dominating. They agree on finding a third partner but have yet to find the right fit. It would seem Ryder is holding out for someone special.
AJ was Ryder’s college roommate. They each secretly crushed on each other for their four years of college, only acting on their feelings on their last night as roommates. AJ ran, unable to face the idea of a relationship with Ryder, and moved on to a “normal” life with Mariana. After she became pregnant, they married, but AJ never forgot or could get Ryder out of his mind or dreams. This caused some major problems eventually leading to his divorce. His bitter ex-wife, thinking he was cheating on her (with a man no less) used it against him as a way to have his custody of their son revoked completely. At a major loss, he turns to his friend and BDSM club owner, who helps him relocate to a new city to start over.
With the help of mutual friends, AJ is reunited with Ryder. He takes some convincing to be ok with the idea of being in a triad. Not wanting to scare AJ into running again, Ryder and Lyss take things very slow with AJ. There is some lack of communication with these guys, as AJ has no idea that Ryder and Lyss are in the lifestyle, let alone dominants, just as Ryder and Lyss have no clue that AJ has any experience with it whatsoever, or that he is actually a submissive. Thanks to their friends again, their eyes are opened and their relationship is on the right track.
Things go really well for some time. The scenes with these three together are really hot and very well done. Thoroughly enjoyable. However, before they can really get settled, things take a major turn for the worse, sending AJ into an even bigger downward spiral. My heart was truly breaking for the three of them. Ryder and Lyss eventually take control of things, and while the road isn’t smooth or easy, they get back on track.
I have enjoyed each of the stories in this series, all for the same basic reasons. They each contain strong couples bringing in a third as their equal partner. The m/f scenes, while fewer than the mmf or mm scenes, are just as well done and quite steamy. The scenes with Ryder and AJ? Super hot, whether just kissing, to going all the way and everything in between. The BDSM aspects are also really well done and easily believable. Overall, I found this another very easy, fast-paced read that I didn’t want to end. I’m a huge fan, and I really hope there will be more coming from this extremely well-written mmf series. ...more
So, Allen and Tatum are getting married (and Sid, of course). Yay! So happy to see them doing as well as when we 3.5 star review by the Blogger Girls.
So, Allen and Tatum are getting married (and Sid, of course). Yay! So happy to see them doing as well as when we last saw them, if not better. They seemed to have really settled into their relationship dynamics. All is going well until Allen’s younger sister, Amber, crashes the wedding asking to see him.
Amber is running away from her abusive fiance and family. Her eyes were finally opened when she realized her father knew Allen was alive and well all these years. That, and the horrible actions of her fiance, and her father and brother not only turning a blind eye but almost encouraging it, finally gave her the push she needed to leave.
Allen agrees to help, and puts her under the protection of Maddox and Riley until they can secure things up with her family and situation. Maddox has a thing for Riley, but believes Riley is straight and has not acted on his feelings. Riley is straight but realizes he has growing feelings for Maddox. They both want Amber.
Here’s where things got a bit boggy for me. Amber is this damaged creature who learned about doms from her past two hideous relationships and now believes that’s the way all doms are. She is basically terrified of Maddox because she beleives he is the same way. So, Maddox treads carefully, explaining over and over how things really are. This was great at first, but it got a bit tiresome after a while. Anyhoo, Amber knows (from Sid) about Maddox and Riley and pushes Maddox to go for it. Meanwhile, it was Sid’s plan all along for Maddox to sort of use Riley as a buffer as a means to gain Amber’s trust. Sounds a bit convoluted, but it actually does work, since Riley is also a sub and therefore no threat to Amber.
As with the first installment, this is not the typical BDSM story. There are no whips and chains, no master/sir, etc. These guys practice more of a psychological D/S that makes for some really steamy scenes, and I found it a refreshing change of pace.
Each of these characters has some type of damaged past. They eventually open up more and more to each other as their relationship grows. Another aspect that hits one of my pet peeves here is the insta-love. While Maddox and Riley have known each other and worked together for a few years, they practically fell in love with Amber in two days. But, I did enjoy them together as they all realized their relationship was actually a possibility as they moved toward more stable ground.
While I did not think this had the same umph as the first book, and it had a few other issues, as mentioned above, I still enjoyed it and look forward to the next installment. ...more
I'm really not sure where to start with this review. This is not a story I would normally read, but it sounded in 2.5 Star review by The Blogger Girls.
I'm really not sure where to start with this review. This is not a story I would normally read, but it sounded interesting, so I thought I would give it a go.
This is the story about a young guy, Taylor, and his "friends." It is about their lives while living in the gay area known as Boystown, Chicago. Taylor is a very young, both in age and maturity, flamboyant twink. He is also a bit of a drug addict. He makes bad decision after bad decision and is easily led and fueled by just about everyone he comes into contact with, with disastrous results. So much so that when he does have opportunities to make something better of himself, he screws them up royally. He goes from club to club, often getting kicked out, along with his rapidly growing horrible reputation.
His friends - one is engaged, but cheating, another is a closeted lesbian, and another is his equally screwed up drug-addicted roommate. The story switches back and forth between their various goings on and reads much like a soap opera. There is a lot of cheating, backstabbing and drama to and among them all. They are all pretty much living on drugs - pot, coke, unknowns and more. None of them really have jobs, but they somehow manage to exist and help each other enough to survive. There is a lot of sex going on, though not between the friends, but none of it is descriptive which is probably a good thing in this case, as there really wasn't any intimacy or relationship going on for any length of time.
This stays true through the end of the story. Nothing ever really changes from beginning to end with regards to behavior, actions, etc. I think some lessons might have been learned along the way, but it was kind of hard to tell. I kept waiting for Taylor to get his act together at some point, start to become a better person, to others and to himself, but that never really happened either. Maybe at the very end when he tucks his tail and goes back home to his mother, although it is hard to envision that having a positive ending given the fact that she threw him out years before.
Setting the story aside for a minute, one thing I always struggle with is writing in present tense. I mean that I really struggle with it. It takes me out of a story and puts me on the outside looking in, as opposed to being a part of it. It reads more like someone is narrating something to me with some dialog thrown in the mix. I find this also does not help to warm me up to any of the characters as well. It just distances everything. So, I really think most, if not all, stories like this would benefit immensely if they weren't written in this style. But, that could just be my own issue.
This is Mr. Keating's first novel, and I really believe he is making a good start. He is definitely showing a lot of potential in this first self-published novel, which is quite an accomplishment. This was a very different kind of story, which you have no trouble learning from the blurb. The words flow nicely but they need to move the story along a little more than they did in this particular case. If you are a lover of twinks, seemingly down on their luck, be sure to give this a try. I would love to see a follow up taking place, maybe a few years down the road, with Taylor in a better place, minus the drug addiction and feeling better about himself and his life....more
I very rarely read m/f stories these days and am even pickier about the BDSM books I choose. Having enjoyed quite a few of Review by The Blogger Girls.
I very rarely read m/f stories these days and am even pickier about the BDSM books I choose. Having enjoyed quite a few of Ms. Thompson’s books in the past, I felt pretty confident I would enjoy this one as well. I was not disappointed.
Marissa is a strong, confident woman, and that does not change once she meets here man/master. She is a successful doctor who discovered her potential submissive side and the world of BDSM through her best friend who is in the lifestyle with her husband. They introduce her to the Club where she must undergo a trial session before being allowed to join and take the next step in her journey of discovery.
Her session takes place in the Inner Room of the club and is led by Master Cam, a trainer who just so happens to be the new nurse at Marissa’s hospital. Marissa turns out to be the woman Cam has been waiting for, and the two of them click right awy. Cam is a fabulous Dom. I loved them and their sessions, and I loved that they didn’t play master/sub while not in an actual session or scene. It was nice to see them actually begin their relationship while setting that aspect aside, even if it was for a short period of time.
Unfortunately, most of the growth of their relationship took place off the page. I would have liked to have seen a bit more of that play out in the story, but what we did see was wonderful.
This was a quick, enjoyable read. The scenes were all well done, with not too much of a feel of BDSM 101 even though that was the case for Marissa. You could tell she felt comfortable and trusted Cam, and it was his actions and character that allowed that to happen. This strength is what pulls Marissa through a pretty horrible ordeal when the story takes a bad turn, but it was great to see Cam (with the help of friends) help Marissa through the ordeal and bring the matter to a successful conclusion.
I definitely recommend this story to those who like sexy, erotic romances with a bit of kink. There is one couple that really intrigued me here and who I would love to get their full story – Club onwer, Jack and his partner/sub, Jesse. I’ll keep my fingers crossed that we will see them again....more
This is one of the best mmf ménages I’ve read in a very long time. I found it really hard to believe this was a f4.5 star review by The Blogger Girls.
This is one of the best mmf ménages I’ve read in a very long time. I found it really hard to believe this was a first attempt by this author.
The story starts out somewhat slowly, with a few quick flashbacks to show how Allen came to be in his current position from where he started as a new hire two years earlier. I’m not generally a fan of flashbacks, but they work here and only really happen in the beginning stages.
Allen Heras was basically recruited by MM&M, a top marketing firm, for the raw potential they saw in his creativity and skills as a photographer. He was basically untrained, with little to no schooling. He didn’t even finish high school. But recruit him they did, although it was by chance that he just happened to apply for a job in the company since he had unwittingly not responded to any of their communications up to that point.
So, the company is run by two of its bigwigs, Sidri McKenna and Tatum McAlister. Allen feels a strong attraction to Sid, as does Sid with Allen, but they keep things under wraps for a good two years as their friendship and working relationship grows. During this time, Tatum has been behind the scenes having had to fill in for someone in their London office.
Sid and Tatum believe Allen is the perfect third for them. They have a major plan of action, but it is finally put in place by Sid when she pushes things a bit further with Allen. When Allen and Tatum finally see each other face to face, the attraction is immediate and strong. However, Allen has some major issues, one being his closeted bi status. He takes a lot of convincing to give the threesome a chance.
Allen is such a sweet soul. He is gorgeous on the outside but feels quite the opposite on the inside, mostly due to his horribly evil and bigoted televangelist parents. He ran from them at the age of fourteen and has been on his own ever since, so he has had it pretty rough. He was completely up front about his past, or he tried to be, with Sid when she hired him, but she insisted his past didn’t matter, that they only cared about his future.
Sid is wonderful with Allen. She and Tatum have been friends with benefits since they were old enough to do so. They realized long ago that they could never really be what the other needed mainly due to their both having such dominant personalities and appetites. And then, Tatum is bi as well, so that put a wrench in their being a happy couple. But, over the years, they have experimented and learned exactly what they needed – a third who is also a submissive man.
All this talk about dominants and submissives would lead you to think this is the usual BDSM story. It is not. There is very little of that, in fact. It is mostly about control, with Sid and Tatum both needing to be the ones controlling. Turns out that Allen is perfect for them, and it was lovely to watch them show Allen that side of him and nurture him to become comfortable with everything.
I have to admit that while I enjoyed Sid and Allen together, Tatum stole the show. Tatum and Allen together were unbelievably hot stuff! There were really no jealousy issues here either. Tatum had some issues of his own due to previous men not actually wanting a relationship with him making him fear rejection from Allen, but they were dealt with and the three remained equal members of the triad, except for Allen when his past crept back to haunt him.
I really could go on and on, but this is already getting long. Suffice to say that I really enjoyed this. It was extremely refreshing with Sid being such a strong female character. At the same time, whenever I sensed things were about to go over the line of cheesiness, they just didn’t. There were a few niggling things here and there that kept this from that final ½ star, but overall, I thought it was fantastic.
I am really glad I picked this one up and am super excited to see it’s the first of a series. I have a feeling Ms. Ayers will be an auto read for me if this is any indication. ...more
This starts off really strong with a lot of excitement. Calla meets Cage when she picks up her boss’ phone. They have a A review by The Blogger Girls.
This starts off really strong with a lot of excitement. Calla meets Cage when she picks up her boss’ phone. They have a 10 minute conversaton, at the end of which, Calla thinks Cage is dead. Then, all hell breaks loose and her boss sends her to a destination unknown (she is to follow the car’s GPS) where she will be safe.
Upon arrival, she meets Tenn, an old military buddy of her boss, who runs a gay porn business in addition to being affiliated with a motorcycle club (MC) by way of his brother who is a member. Tenn basically takes care of Calla while they await word about Cage. Meanwhile, thinking Cage is dead, Calla grieves and tries to think about what she will do with her life. I did think it a bit odd that she seemed more upset about Cage dying than her boss, whom she has known for years, which is one of the things that didn’t quite sit right with me.
When Cage shows up, there is posturing and arguing and crying, etc. But they eventually team up to deal with the various situations at hand. They, or Calla, is immersed very quickly into MC life. There are quite a few things going on here, but the main story surrounds Calla and her family, or her father anyway, who is a pretty wealthy man she has been estranged from for some time thanks to her mother. Then there is her brother, who is also involved with the guy who hurt Calla many years ago. There is also quite a bit going on with the rival MC’s. All of this makes for some unique twists and turns and quite a bit of action along the way.
There were a few elements here I found to be a bit unbelievable, such as the insta-love after a 10 minute dying telephone call (upon which their whole relationship is premised), but I really enjoyed the overall story. I don’t often read M/F romance these days, mainly because I find the female characters lacking in too many areas. Here, Calla had some of those traits, but was pretty strong for the most part. I’m not a fan of some of the terms used for female parts, such as “her sex,” but they only distracted me momentarily before the story moved on. There were quite a few really sexy scenes which did not disappoint.
This first book of the series was very promising. It brings you into a world of MC’s with many aspects I know to be true. I don’t watch Sons of Anarchy, but I imagine it to be somewhat similar to that with a little bit more romance thrown in. If you’re in the mood for hot, sexy, dangerous bikers, be sure to check this story out.
This author is highly successful in the M/M Romance genre as S.E. Jakes, and if you find you have the same issues as me, then I urge you to give her a try. In addition to the series she has that are a bit further along, there is a new series set in this same MC world that I highly recommend you try – Running Wild (Havoc #1). ...more