Thank you, thank you, thank you for having the ability to maintain everything I love about this series and these guys and create yet another fabulousThank you, thank you, thank you for having the ability to maintain everything I love about this series and these guys and create yet another fabulous chapter in their lives.
5 Stars for giving me the Ty and Zane I love 5 Stars for making them just as funny and sexy as ever 5 Stars for pulling my heart like a yo yo and then putting it back together again 5 Stars for awesome plot twists and WTF moments 5 Stars for keeping me totally invested in these guys
As I started the first page, I took a deep sigh of comfort at seeing Ty and Zane, just as I remembered them from each story before. Ty is just as funny and sexy as ever. Zane continues to match Ty perfectly in every aspect. When they are together, the scenes are intense, emotional and stunningly hot, with minimal graphic description. You can feel how much it means to them when they are intimate, so much so, that it feels as though you are in the room with them. Almost makes you feel as though you should look away, but who possibly could do that?
As for the rest of the story, there are so many things that happen to make this one heck of a bumpy rollercoaster ride. Secrets come to light, loyalties are tested, emotions are put through the ringer multiple times and the plot twists and turns when you least expect it. Ty and Zane each had a string on my heart pulling one way and then the other. I love the struggle they have to endure to stay together and how they aren't just the perfect happy couple. Watching them suffer some makes what they do have so much more meaningful.
The Sidewinder team is all together, and what a treat that is. Their dialog had me laughing out loud more than once. Even Owen had me chuckling a time or two. I think I could sit around listening to them banter and goof around all day.
We meet a new somewhat intriguing character, Liam, who constantly teeters on the fence of Team Sidewinder and who knows how many other possible players. I hope we get to see more of him in the future.
I wanted to hole myself up in dark seclusion to read this in total concentration so I wouldn’t miss a single word or gesture, and while I couldn’t read it fast enough, I also didn’t want it to be over. But then, the ending! Nice but not very nice, writer lady!
This was my favorite book of the series so far, and I’m happy to say that Abi is just getting better and better. ...more
There has been an awful lot of hype surrounding this book, which, I’ll be honest, is the main reason I decided to give i A review by The Blogger Girls.
There has been an awful lot of hype surrounding this book, which, I’ll be honest, is the main reason I decided to give it a go. I don’t think I found any reviews helpful to really understanding what this story was about, which was a bit disappointing. I truly wanted to know something about what made it such a fantastic and crazy ride.
To start with, the writing itself blew me away, although not always in a good way. The descriptions are amazing and beautiful, but I often struggled to keep up with what was actually going on. Often I felt as though I missed the important details because I got lost in the descriptive wording. So, while it was beautiful and poetic, it left me feeling confused at times.
As for the story, we have Johnny Gellis, a man somewhat on the run from his life as a gynecologist, abruptly leaving everything behind but his beat up classic car and his guitars. He heads to LA to be a rock star because he has this amazing talent and incredible look. Right from the beginning I was longing for the details behind these events. He is staunchly straight, and quite the lady killer (maybe that’s closer to the truth than I realize? I don’t know). Anyway, he ends up learning about retired record mogul Norman Dimond and where he can be found, at his raunchy gay club.
Being desperate to become a rock star, he seeks Dimond, knowing full well what may be in store. I was very excited for their interactions, and longed to finally have some dialog to sink my teeth into. While we did get some of that, I was a little disappointed in the long run. The more I learned about Norman Dimond, the more he creeped me out, to the point that there was very little about him that I liked. Thankfully, Johnny doesn’t just bend over for Norman, but the whole situation was just creepy and strange. Speaking of creepy and strange, Norman’s manservant, Cullum, was a bit of a mystery. First I thought he was alright, but then his actions spoke quite differently. And then there is poor Drew, Norman’s current boy toy. I felt so bad for the poor guy throughout this entire story.
So basically, Johnny is an extremely hot package (which Dimond constantly tells Johnny in more ways than one), and Norman wants him, in a bad way. They finally come to an agreement which is again quite odd, but they seem to finally be somewhat on the same page. Norman is trying to find out the background on Johnny, as Johnny isn’t giving anything up in this area either. Now, just when I thought things were ironing themselves out, Johnny does a 180.
This last part of the book was the best part for me. It became less wordy with more action. I was still left with so many questions, though I truly wondered if I had missed some of the answers earlier on. There is a sequel that just came out, and I will probably read it just to find out what happened next. Unfortunately, this story is going to be told over quite a few books, so I’m not sure if I’ll be able to hang on for the entire ride.
I really believe this may be a case of it’s not you, it’s me, so if you’re looking for something different, without any real romance or relationship, but with a lot of mystery and shadiness going on, please give this a try, because I’m definitely in the minority on this one. The writing is fabulous, but the story was just too wordy and confusing for my total enjoyment. ...more
There are so many things I loved about this fabulous story. It is told in parts, over a long period of time, and each chap Review by The Blogger Girls.
There are so many things I loved about this fabulous story. It is told in parts, over a long period of time, and each chapter is told from a different character perspective, which ended up being one of the things I loved about it.
In Part I, Josiah and Mateo meet as foster siblings in their teens. Their unlikely friendship grows and eventually turns into more. Each of them has issues, but we get to see them grow as they naturally gravitate towards one another becoming the one person the other trusts. While Josiah has issues relating to his ending up in foster care, Mateo has the bigger issues here with the gang background. He was being cultivated by his family to take a high position in the gang, often being forced to do unspeakable things that he has a lot of trouble coping with, even if it is in the past. These two take care of each other, through thick and thin. Unfortunately, Mateo’s protecting of Josiah brings this chapter to an emotional end.
Then, in Part II, after quite a few years pass, Josiah is trying to make something of his life. He meets Tristan by chance, a man with his own issues. Tristan has basically closed himself off to any and all emotional connections, believing himself not worthy due to events in his past. But, Josiah ends up breaking through those barriers, little by little, and they end up being exactly what each other needs. Things are not perfect for Josiah and Tristan, but they are making progress.
In Part III, Mateo comes back into the picture. These guys all struggle with their issues, as they find themselves in a different situation (the threesome relationship) they are all cautious and unsure of. Poor Josiah is very confused being in the middle, loving two men. They all take their time, try to figure things out, with both Tristan and Mateo only wanting what’s best for Josiah. It was so easy to feel how much they all cared for each other, even when they were not able to communicate it with words. Things don’t happen fast, nor do they happen easily. But when they do, there are some amazing scenes.
This is not, in any way, the typical ménage. There aren’t any of the usual issues often present in other ménage stories. The problems these guys have all stem from their previous issues and how they deal with them inside. The relationship is all about them loving and caring and trusting as they never had anyone before. There is some hot sex, but honestly, it takes such a back seat to the meanings behind it all. There is a scene near the end where total trust is finally given that was just beautiful and such a joy to see. This is, by far, one of the best ménage stories I’ve read in a long time.
These guys eventually accept their relationship and their need to all be a part of it, with each of them being broken pieces when they are apart, yet whole when they are together. I loved how they each helped heal the others in their own ways. This was a book I picked up and just could not put down. It runs the gamut of emotions, but while it does have its downs, there are enough ups to really make it shine. I truly loved everything about it and highly recommend it.
This unique story completely captivated me almost right from the very start. From the absolutely gorgeous cover to the i A review by The Blogger Girls.
This unique story completely captivated me almost right from the very start. From the absolutely gorgeous cover to the intriguing blurb, I had a good feeling about it, and I was not disappointed.
This story is unique in a few ways. First and foremost, it is about a young man and his struggles through life with having a smaller than average package.
“How could I admit to anyone that I couldn’t bring myself to be naked in front of another person? And, if that fear meant I’d be a virgin for the rest of my life? Well, it was something I’d been trying for years to fool myself into believing I’d be ok with.”
It starts out in the present day with Grif and his partner Wes. We get to see a little about what their relationship entails and the dynamic between them. Before long though, we are brought back to the beginning, or what events brought Grif to this point.
From his very first thoughts of being gay, realizing how different he was from other guys, and a bad experience when that happened, Grif resigned himself to a life alone. Once in college, he meets and ends up rooming with straight guy, Tate. I immediately fell in love with Tate. They become good friends, quite a turning point in Grif’s life. Tate is amazing. He gives Grif something special, a freedom and general acceptance, asking nothing in return other than what he receives from Grif’s attentions. A win/win situation for them both, as Tate would say. The two have such an amazing camaraderie, and the dialog is fabulous. Tate is a funny guy, and Grif matches him quite nicely.
“Okay, let’s, for a moment, forget about the sex and just talk. Wait! Fuck, not sex. We are not having sex…you’re blowing me.” “…Okay, whatever it is, let’s put is aside for a moment."
Grif learned early on with Tate that he enjoyed being a bit humiliated about his size while he was submitting or being asked to submit. This carries on and plays a big part in his later relationship with Wes. Again, thinking he will never find anyone he can trust enough to share his size secret, he gets by with strongly orchestrated Grindr hookups. This is all well and good, until he meets Wes, who quickly shows he is not the average hookup. Wes is adamant about following Grif’s rules to a T, even if he doesn’t quite understand the reasoning behind them. This is only the beginning of the trust that grows between them.
“When I’m naked, and you’re not…when we’re in Chocolate…I feel there’s no chance for me to hide. I mean, when you’re naked, I can do things to you to distract you, things I know will take your mind and eyes off me, Off of Junior. But, times like these…there’s no place for me to hide, Wes, and it scares me.”
Wes and Grif are perfect for each other. They each give the other what they need, they find a way to work this into their daily lives (Chocolate/Vanilla) and watching them get to the point where Grif trusts Wes enough to move past his jock shield was truly a joy.
“Your super powers are safe. I made sure your magic underwear are in place, Jockboy.”
One of the other unique aspects to this story is something that a lot of people might not like. Heck, I don’t generally like it in my stories either, but it really works here. The story goes back and forth between Grif’s time with Tate (given certain events, I was happy there was more of this throughout) and Grif and Wes’ relationship. This was easy to follow though with the date headlines provided. I found I looked forward to each switch longing for more details and breadcrumbs.
There was not a single character in this story that I didn’t like, from Grif’s dad, to his personal assistant and right down to his stubborn bodyguard, Pavel. The dialog throughout this is just fabulous. It runs the gamut of emotions, from funny to tear wrenching, and everything in between. While many may not understand the general kink here, it is hard to imagine anyone not seeing beyond that to the rest of this amazing well-written story. This is not the usual BDSM with master/sir this and that. It is more about the power exchange, freely given, overcoming fears, and the love and trust that is needed to accomplish that.
This is more than simply the story of Grif and Wes’ romance. It is an amazing tale of Grif’s life journey overcoming a major obstacle and finding happiness, and I’m thrilled I was along for the ride. I’m more than looking forward to continuing it in the next installment. I highly recommend you give this story the opportunity to take hold and allow Grif/Wes (and Tate) into your hearts as well. Job well done by first-time author, Mr. Tonlet. ...more
From the beautiful cover, to the title and the story in between, this is one heck of a well-written, well-rounded story A review by The Blogger Girls.
From the beautiful cover, to the title and the story in between, this is one heck of a well-written, well-rounded story that I absolutely fell in love with.
Grant has managed to steer clear of the FBI for years, not giving them a single bit of evidence of any wrongdoings. Even his boyfriend, who turned out to be an undercover agent, couldn’t find anything. But, Grant has decided to cut and run. Before he can safely do that, he must lay low until it is safe to access his other funds. He commences his 3 year play by buying a fixer upper house in sleepy Durstrand.
This story really grabbed a hold of me once Morgan is introduced. What a wonderful character he is. He is a functioning Autistic man who has overcome an extreme amount of challenges to be where he is today. He is so strong in so many ways, yet he is also extremely fragile. He doesn’t take crap from people, can take care of himself (for the most part) and goes after what he wants. This is all a bit difficult for Grant to fully understand, and he has trouble not jumping in every time he thinks Morgan needs help. Grant also struggles a bit initially with actually having a relationship with Morgan, not wanting to take advantage. Morgan shows Grant exactly how capable he is in one of the most unique and sensual sex scenes I’ve read.
One thing I loved about this story are the various struggles Morgan faced. He is such a unique individual who is beautiful in so many ways. I also really enjoyed Grant’s struggles, as they seemed very real to me. He realizes throughout this story that he falls prey to the very things he dislikes in other people where Morgan is concerned. He doesn’t always see beyond Morgan’s tics and other issues. But, Morgan isn’t afraid to remind Grant, nor to send him packing when his actions relay more than his words.
When I mentioned the cover and the title in relation to this story, it just connects consistently throughout. Morgan shows Grant so many things about light through his glass sculptures, etc. But when he truly shows him the man he is in the absence of light, it all comes together.
This story has it all, it really does. It is heartwarming, yet also heartbreaking. It has sad moments, but there is also a lot of humor, as Morgan is a snarky little bugger. The sex is off the charts hot. You never feel as though you’ve read this story before. It is truly one of my favorites, and by far, my favorite of Ms. Wilder’s. If you enjoyed Complementary Colors, you will absolutely love this one. It has many of the same elements. Ms. Wilder does an amazing job painting vivid pictures of characters with varying disabilities, and this one is top notch. I highly recommend it. ...more
I truly don’t know where to start with this review. I was blown away with the storytelling abilities of Mr. Tonlet in Gr A review by The Blogger Girls.
I truly don’t know where to start with this review. I was blown away with the storytelling abilities of Mr. Tonlet in Grif's Toy, and though this story is so very different from that one, the underlying skill is what still strikes me the most.
I guess it can’t be said enough that this story is not for the faint of heart; that the warnings are there for a purpose and should be heeded seriously. With that out of the way, this is the extremely twisted tale of two brothers, one who is an extremely disturbed and sadistic bastard, and one who is…not.
This story starts in current day giving you a sense of how things are being played out now, but it quickly goes back to the horrors of their childhood. Jeremiah (Miah) lords over Alex, often in very cruel ways. The lessons he chooses to force Alex’s compliance are nothing short of chilling. My heart was in my throat through much of this, and I just wanted to wrap Alex up and steal him away from Miah, while at the same time, hoping Miah gets what is coming to him in spades.
Disturbed, sadistic and manipulative bastard. That is Miah on the outside. On the inside, he is very complex, and the whole time, you just want to understand, though I don’t think we ever truly will, what the heck is going on in his brain. The level of psychological, let alone physical, trauma he inflicts on Alex is a bit mind blowing. Does he care, even a little? Clearly he must on some strange level to have basically made Alex his life’s work.
Alex is so sweet and conflicted and just trying to survive. My heart broke for him so many times until he finally makes his break. How he managed to make a life for himself is beyond me, though, as I said earlier, Miah has not given up, even all these years later. The level of Miah’s control seems to have no boundaries, nothing holding him back from doing whatever it takes to bring back Alex and restore things to the level they were throughout their young lives. Just when you think Miah can’t stoop any lower…
This is one of the most powerful short stories I have ever read. You will zip through this on the edge of your seat, cry and scream at the words being told and yet long for more at the end. The words just flow and you won’t want to skip a single one. If you like these kind of deeply dark psychological mindfucks, I highly recommend and strongly urge you to pick this story up. It does not disappoint on any level. I cannot wait to see where Mr. Tonlet is going to take us in the next segment, but I have no doubt it will be another amazing ride. ...more
This story pulled me in immediately, so that I felt as though I was in the trenches right there with Sarge and Murph. I’m not usually a fan of sci-fi stories, but here, I was gobbling up every detail. I found the technical details to be extremely vivid and believable and one of the things I really enjoyed about this story.
These guys are fighting in a war on another planet. They’ve been fighting so long, it almost seems as though they’ve been forgotten about. They get very few supplies, vague orders and limited support. But they keep on doing what they signed up to do – fight the enemy.
Murph is kind of a special guy, and I fell in love with him very quickly. He has a special ability where he can see emotions and feelings in color. He’s loyal and caring, yet not so much for himself. He doesn’t care what others think of him. He’s big and strong and much smarter than everyone believes him to be. He’s poetry in motion as soldiers go, and Sarge is the one to see and take advantage of that. They are a bit gruff and men of few words, yet I had no trouble seeing and feeling what these guys saw in each other.
I would have liked to have seen more about how they went from that day on the battlefield to the D/S relationship they are now in. Murph is beautiful in his submission to Sarge and the scenes are extremely hot and emotional. Sarge tries to play off his feelings as insignificant, at least until they’re tested and put into perspective when Murphy goes dark on a mission, leading Sarge to believe Murph had died.
This is a short story, and it goes by very quickly. Mr. Deckard has done it again writing characters with depth and layers and just plain likable qualities. This story is titled Sarge, but Murphy is the one who steals the show. As is becoming a habit with his books, I’m already longing for more before I’ve even hit the halfway mark. I sincerely hope this isn’t the last we see of these characters. Even though this ends with the promise of an HFN, I’d really like to see where these guys go from here and how they get past the new obstacles they’ll now face upon their return home.
I cannot believe I read this book almost two years ago. Due to the fact that I read a lot of books, write tons of reviews for myself, as well as drafting others for the blog, it takes a talented author to write a story and characters that stand out above that crowd. Mr. Deckard is one of those authors who does it every single time. I have never forgotten any of the details about Sarge and Murphy’s story. In fact, as soon as this audio started rolling, every one of those details and scenes came flooding back. I remembered being on that planet when Murph was patching Sarge up, and was back in that room with them when they took things to another level. Every colorful detail was vivid once again, right down to the kaleidoscope of Murphy’s vision. I can practically feel the oppressive heat of their surroundings, the dust and blood that they’ve practically become accustomed to. This is one short story that packs a heck of a punch, and I was excited to relive it again on audio.
Review – Audio: I don’t listen to that many audios these days, but when I saw this was out, and Nick J. Russo was narrating, I one-clicked faster than a speeding bullet. I wasn’t sure if he would be able to pull off Sarge and Murphy. Let’s face it, they are unique characters and Mr. Deckard has painted very clear pictures of how they act and sound. Well, Mr. Russo did not disappoint. He brought these guys to life giving them distinct voices and mannerisms yet making it seem effortless. It is easy to see why he is such a popular narrator. I really hope he continues with book 2 of this series....more
Hah! I knew it! So happy I was right. What a fun little story with a light taste of kink. Kyle was such a sweetheart. I fell in love with him from theHah! I knew it! So happy I was right. What a fun little story with a light taste of kink. Kyle was such a sweetheart. I fell in love with him from the get go. And Beau was a big bad smexy thing. I really wish there was more to their story, as I could happily read more steamy scenes about them, their pasts and their future. More, please, Kim! Solid 4.5 stars for me on this one....more
This was a really nice change of pace for me. I thoroughly enjoyed being brought to another place not often wri 4.5 star review from The Blogger Girls.
This was a really nice change of pace for me. I thoroughly enjoyed being brought to another place not often written about. This takes its time getting going, but it isn’t long before you are right there with them, as I had no trouble picturing the station and its landscape with the wonderfully descriptive storytelling. I swear I could feel the dust and heat as I was reading, and Lord knows I was trying to hear the accents.
Charlie is a hard working fella, choosing to live a life of somewhat solitude (being the only gay man anywhere in the remote vicinity) running his deceased father’s cattle operation. He has become quite successful with the help of his crew, especially his adoptive parents, George and Ma. He truly believes (with the help of his somewhat abusive father) that he doesn’t deserve to be happy, nor that a gay man can run the station. So, he has, up until this point, remained in the closet.
Then he meets Travis, a young Texan visiting the station on a sort of educational work program. Travis is a wonderfully capable young man, able to adjust quickly to life on the station, as well as on another continent. He is a total sweetheart and gets along well with everyone he meets. He is also quite funny and doesn’t let Charlie get away with much.
After the two hit it off and decide to enjoy each other for the duration of Travis’ visit, they share many things together, something which Charlie has, thus far, been unable to do with anyone else. He is able to really open up and be himself with Travis, and the two share a very easy-going camaraderie in addition to the steamy connection that provides for some really hot sex.
Some of this was a little bit predictable, but I found myself engrossed and not wanting to put it down. I loved the characters and was cheering them both on to the end. It takes some doing for Travis to convince Charlie to get his head out of his butt, but true to fashion, he’s fully capable and the perfect match for Charlie.
I’m a big fan of Ms. Walker, having loved the Elkin series, and while I was slightly unsure of whether I would enjoy this one at first, I gave it a try and was not disappointed. I loved the different setting and was thrilled with yet another quality story. I can’t wait to see what’s next.
This story starts out a little different than most. The one MC, Shane is an escort who doesn’t usually have Review written for Hearts on Fire Reviews.
This story starts out a little different than most. The one MC, Shane is an escort who doesn’t usually have sex with his clients, unless he wants it. This time, however, he finds himself waking up tied to a bed while his client jerks off over him. Said client is David, a fairly regular client who apparently has some major issues. The biggest appears to be his bigoted father who he cowers to and is unable to stand up against.
David is the tie that brings Matthew and Shane together. Matthew is good friends with David and has been his father’s attorney, taking the place of his deceased father. When they meat, it is like oil and water. Shane holds nothing back, regardless of where he is. He has no filter on his mouth. Matthew is just the opposite, all proper and by the book.
Shane is also a master hacker by day. Even though he is one of the best, this gets him into all kinds of trouble throughout the story, which is full of fantastic banter, lots of action and great sex. The sparks really fly when Shane and Matthew are together, both in bed and out.
Unfortunately, Matthew is struggling with moving on with his life after the unexpected loss of his husband two years prior. He has never let anyone inside up to this point, and while Shane slowly gets through the walls, it is the source of more than one argument between them. Luckily, Shane is patient with Matthew, and Matthew is able to forgive and understand Shane’s shortcomings. These two didn’t rush into anything, instead taking the slow seduction course which was quite enjoyable.
Aside from this, there is a lot going on. There is the matter of David and his father (not to mention his sidekick henchman). There are beatings that are hard to read about without wanting to jump in and kick some ass yourself. There is blackmail and lots of hacking. Shane, Matthew and David call themselves the Gay Muskateers, which I loved. Family is broken up while others are brought together. While there is a lot happening, the story never feels rushed, just full, as though it could have easily been drawn out into more than one book. I quite enjoyed it though and had many laughs. Shane and Matthew make a very sweet, smokingly smexy and entertaining couple. I’ll definitely be reading more from this author. ...more
At first glance, this may seem like just another football GFY story. But, it doesn’t take long to realize that is 4.5 star review by The Blogger Girls.
At first glance, this may seem like just another football GFY story. But, it doesn’t take long to realize that is not the case.
Alexander is miserable but has somewhat come to grips with the fact that everything he loves (and hides) will all end once he graduates college. He has shaped himself to fit into the mold his family demands, from the college he attends to football and law school, ending with working at the family law firm. He pretty much goes with the flow while hating himself inside for all the lies that make up his life. But that all begins to change when his friends drag him out to an “adult” club.
Lincoln is the owner of said “adult” club which turns out to be a pretty exclusive BDSM establishment where Lincoln happens to be a master dom. You still might be thinking this sounds pretty typical, but Lincoln and Alexander are anything but. When Lincoln goads Alexander up to the stage, the sparks really start to fly. Alexander doesn’t believe he is gay at this point, has never had any interest in men before this, and is mostly putting up a brave front for his friends. He is put into a headspin after his eye opening night out and does a lot of questioning and soul searching. Lincoln sees past Alexander’s carefully built shell and while things don’t happen lickity split, Alexander eventually comes around and their time together was smoking hot, fun and exciting. Alexander is a total newbie to the BDSM scene, so his naivety and humor made him a joy to watch. He was unknowingly sassy and brought a playfulness to their relationship that I loved. That Lincoln enjoyed it too, realizing he never had that before, was also fun. These guys just really made a great pair as they adapted to each other.
There really is so much more to this than it sounds, but I don’t want to give much more away. Suffice to say that their situation/predicament was a bit heartbreaking from both sides. Even knowing this was more than just sex, knowing they had to keep their relationship a secret, and the inevitable outcome of Alexander going back to his shell of a life, they kept going. Lincoln knew he should walk away, knew he should stick to his rules, but was unable, and Alexander wanted to stay, to stand up for the things he wanted, but was unable. This was loaded with emotion and many various feels.
There isn’t a ton of football happening, as most of the story is really about the characters themselves. But, it felt like the perfect amount. Not too much, but enough to know how important it is. Alexander also has some great friends on his team, some of which he is close enough to share his secrets. One especially, Tank, is really the one who started it all. It was Tank who had the interest in the BDSM and pushed the guys to go there for him. He was funny and caring, and it was easy to fall for his charms. Thankfully, his story is next, and I can’t wait to read it!
This was well written, had me burning through the pages and left me unhappy that it was over. I felt as though I could read on and on about these two, and I’m happy to see they appear in the next book. If you love a great GFY football story with a range of emotions, I highly recommend you give this a try....more
I will start by saying this is not your average paranormal. There have been so many wonderful rev Review written for Hearts on Fire Reviews - 4.5 stars
I will start by saying this is not your average paranormal. There have been so many wonderful reviews about this story, and while I agree with most, there was just something holding me back from that final half star. The writing is fabulous, in an old world style that takes a little getting used to but fits perfectly to give you a sense of the time.
This story is for when you have time to devote to really sinking your teeth into it. It creates a different world quite different from any I’ve read before. We first meet Nicholas, the crippled recluse of the manor, but it doesn’t take long for Bancroft (or Ban) to make his appearance. Nicholas is so damaged, physically and then mentally, as a result of dealing with that damage.
Ban is not the average vampire, though he is hot and mysterious. No sparkles or fluff here. Nicholas and his grandmother, though not knowing where it comes from, quickly realize Ban isn’t what he appears. He is after Nicholas’ manor for unknown reasons, and we quickly learn he is under pretty strict control of his evil master, Sebastian, which plays a pretty big part of the story. Sebastian is absolutely horrible to Ban, believing him a complete dunce, and taking everything out of Ban’s hide almost nightly in gruesome ways. Ban is also damaged, not so much from Sebastian’s treatment of him, though that is horrendous at the best of times, but in his need to feed and become somewhat of a monster in order to survive.
When Ban and Nicholas are together, it is never dull. When Ban makes Nicholas his plaything, it was wonderful to see how it affected each of them. Ban’s first love, Serafino, has resurrected as Nicholas. This plays such an important part to so many aspects of this story. Ban has loved Serafino for centuries and I really enjoyed the way this played out in the end.
So what was my problem? The writing, as I said was fabulous, stunning and vivid. But, for some reason, it took me a while for it to really hold my attention. However, if you are looking for a somewhat serious read of a refreshingly different paranormal, I urge you to give this a shot. ...more
This story is a spinoff story from the ICoS series which was re-written to fit with the events ta Review written for Hearts on Fire Reviews - 4.5 stars
This story is a spinoff story from the ICoS series which was re-written to fit with the events taking place here. Given that I have not read any of ICoS, though it has been on my TBR forever, I was able to read this with a clear mind about the characters involved.
I’m not a huge fan of futuristic type stories, but I was quickly sucked into this world where the people are trying to live after WWIII ravaged the country. I fell in love with Gordon right away. He is a survivor, and though he doesn’t always seem to make the best choices, it is hard not to feel for him. He has been through so much and does what he needs to get by, barely. The only one who seems to be on his side is his best friend, Carla, and even they have their problems. Carla got him a job dealing drugs through her connection with kingpin Chance, and Chance’s interest in keeping Carla by his side is the only reason he barely tolerates Gordon.
Adam is also doing what he has to in order to survive, though in a different manner. He is an operative/assassin/merc for a company that doesn’t exist and which there is no walking away from. So, he is in a bit of a spot, especially since he has been failing at his most recent missions. He really should have taken Gordon out at their initial meeting, but had a change of heart that set things in motion with him and Gordon that remain complicated to the end.
This is not the typical romance. It is edgy and a bit dark, and while Gordon and Adam are the main “couple” here, they never really get on the same page until the end. While they have numerous hot encounters throughout, Gordon spends most of his time talking about other conquests. He has been pretty free with his body up to this point, is somewhat of a drug addict himself, and really quite a mess. But he gets to Adam in a way no one has before, and even though a lot of things need to be ironed out between them, I found myself wanting them to make it happen in the worst way.
There is quite a bit going on here with Adam’s missions and with other groups wanting to start a drug war against Chance. They all tie together, but there are a lot of bad people involved, and sadly, Gordon gets caught in the middle. Everyone thinks he has information that he simply doesn’t have and things get a bit brutal at times because of it.
Gordon is mouthy, sexy and vulnerable and I wanted to protect him myself at times, while at others, I wanted to knock some sense into him. Adam is lethal, mysterious and also sexy. He struggles to do what’s right, even going against orders that could get himself killed. I loved the last conversation these guys had where they were finally truthful with each other. Unfortunately, that’s where this story ends. I was left wanting more and had many questions left unanswered. I would really love to read a follow up story to this tying up those loose ends. ...more
This was one hot exciting ride pretty much from the get go. Flint and Josh meet up in BUDS/S training where Se Review written for The Blog of Sid Love.
This was one hot exciting ride pretty much from the get go. Flint and Josh meet up in BUDS/S training where Senior Chief Flint seems to be pushing LT Walker harder than any of the other trainees. Eventually, they learn each other is gay, and things really heat up. They give in to having a one-night stand that was so full of alpha testosterone, you could hardly breathe. Chief Flint becomes David, and LT becomes Josh, and the sparks certainly fly. I loved the dynamics and how everything played out when the battle for dominance finally ended.
The guys then attempt to ignore each other while training finishes up, and they are successful as graduation approaches. Flint eventually transfers to a new position and is now under Josh’s command. They eventually decide they don’t want to fight the attraction that has been on each other’s mind during the time they have been apart. So, they discreetly continue their relationship. Unfortunately, Benson, one of the team members, learns about them and tries to use the information to his advantage.
Not long after, the team is deployed on a mission to extract a POW, where things really heat up. Tension is high with the actual mission, as well as Benson’s attitude toward Josh’s ability to lead the team given his feelings for Flint. The action is exciting and just long enough to keep you interested. Flint and Josh’s love remains strong, even as they face the many challenges that come with the conclusion of their mission.
This was a fast-paced, engrossing read that I didn’t want to put down. The writing was solid, just as I expected from these authors. Hot SEALS that just seem perfect for each other, whose love didn’t falter no matter what they faced. I quickly fell in love with the both of them and was definitely not ready for their story to end. This is a fabulous start to a new series, and I am super excited to see what’s next. They still have some challenges ahead, especially Flint, so hopefully we will get to see those play out in book 2....more
Wow. I’m not even sure where to start on this one. I’ve had it on my TBR for a really long time, and although I’ve reall A review by The Blogger Girls.
Wow. I’m not even sure where to start on this one. I’ve had it on my TBR for a really long time, and although I’ve really wanted to read it, in fact, had many friends tell me I needed to read it, something kept keeping me from doing so. Maybe it is the YA aspect which I normally steer clear from. Another nudge and other circumstances making it possible, I dove in, and it didn’t take long for me to be glad I did.
This is an extremely intense, very violent and emotional story. From the tags, you’re probably thinking, why on earth would I want to read something that sounds so dark and depressing? Well, if you like reading about damaged characters and watching them endure and overcome, this one has it all.
First, we have Rick. He is devastated by the death of his brother (for which he blames himself), as well as the loss of his mom at his birth (for which he blames himself). If that isn’t bad enough, his father blames and has blamed him for these things as well. So, setting the current tragedy aside, Rick has been feeling no love from his dad for a very long time. Things don’t escalate though until a few years after his brother’s death. And when they do, they go bad pretty quick.
In the meantime, he is now in a new school, having to make new friends, etc., seemingly alone in the world. But then there is Kevin, who befriends him. Kevin is a whole nother story. On the outside, he is a bully. He manipulates all those around him to serve his own purposes. He keeps his small clan in line by providing drugs, parties, etc. and by pushing them around. He controls every situation from minute details to long term projects. Rick has become one of his long-term projects. He first sees Rick as an easy target to manipulate and bring into his small group of followers.
But, there is much more to Kevin than meets the eye, or that he lets others see. He hides a lot of things from everyone. His father makes Rick’s look like Mr. Rogers. Being in control of everything has enabled Kevin to mentally and physically deal with everything his father dishes out. But circumstances bring Rick and Kevin together in ways Kevin never saw coming. Ways that make him change his plans for Rick more than once. As bad as it all seems, you can easily see it is all about self-preservation for Kevin. Much like Rick, he has not had anyone who actually cared about him for a very long time.
There is a whole side issue going on with these two in that Rick not only doesn’t believe he can possibly be gay, but he is actually repulsed by the idea. Again, circumstances throw these two together. Physical feelings take over, emotional feelings cannot help but grow, no matter how much either one fights against them.
It is amazing how people only see what they want to see. How easy it can be to fall into the same roles of those from whom you are trying to escape. Many times things were very close, but these guys pulled each other through.
“Violence only begets violence when we allow it to. We always have a choice.“
There is really so much to this story that goes deeper, but suffice to say, I was riveted to every word. I was turning page after page, waiting for the shoe to drop, but not being able to slow or put it down. The dialog, the imagery, and overall intense emotional feel throughout were simply magnificent. I absolutely love a story that can make me feel, and this one certainly delivered.
I will warn that these guys do not ride off into the sunset singing Kumbayah. But, I was left feeling oddly satisfied and at peace with the way things turned out. I realize I’m a little late to this party, but is this really P.T. Denys’ only book? Why aren’t there more? There needs to be more if this is any indication, and I really hope to see some in the future....more
I am so torn in saying how fabulous this story is, given the events are so horrendous. There is really no other way for me to describe it. The writingI am so torn in saying how fabulous this story is, given the events are so horrendous. There is really no other way for me to describe it. The writing is fantastic. I was riveted from the start, hanging on every detail, even though many made me cringe.
I absolutely love when a book totally engages my mind and feelings and leaves me slightly drained at the end. The Brig is definitely on that list. I did not want to put this down once I started, couldn't wait to get to the end, but was sad it was over when I got there. I wanted to see so much more of the story and will definitely be taking a closer look at Mason's other work....more
I will start by saying that I have loved Prophet from his very first appearance in the Men of Honor Review written for The Blog of Sid Love - 4.5 stars
I will start by saying that I have loved Prophet from his very first appearance in the Men of Honor series. He was mysterious but could always be counted on to get the job done and provide whatever support was necessary. We never actually got very much detail about him; just enough to give a slow build up to this story. Needless to say, I’ve been looking forward to it for a long time.
This book could easily be read as a stand-alone and start to a hot new series. However, I am a fan of the slow burn, and even though I have zero patience for waiting. That’s exactly how it felt up to this point. I’m glad I had the background of the Men of Honor series behind me before reading this. That’s also why I didn’t feel lost or confused when this story began with a mysterious video.
When we see Prophet this time, he is on forced recovery with two broken wrists. He is also suffering from a degenerative something or other with his eyes that can only negatively affect his current career in a matter of time. In addition, he is being forced to take on a new partner, as well as his continual grooming to take over as head of EE, Ltd. (Extreme Escapes).
Prophet has many issues, not the least of which was his time as a POW. This man can handle torture like nobody’s business, although his body seems to be taking a more permanent dislike to the treatment. He is a bit unstable because of that, coupled with the other duties he has had to carry out over the years, which is, of course, why I love him so. He works best alone, has resigned himself to the fact he will always be alone, personally and professionally, and makes no excuses. He is also haunted by dreams and the ghost of his good friend/lover.
Tom has a few issues of his own. He’s a bit of a hot mess with his temper issues and the bad mojo that has followed his hot, tattooed, pierced self from his previous jobs. The current job appears to be a last chance for him, and though the deck seems to be stacked against him from the start, there always seems to be a bigger plan in effect.
Prophet and Tom – talk about hot stuff. Both fighters, strong and dominant, yet both damaged and vulnerable. As they investigate their first case, they spend as much time trying to figure each other out. They fight, joke, take care of one another and tear up the sheets, all while keeping secrets from each other.
The story starts out with the anonymously sent video, but as the story progresses, it becomes about the current investigation, one that is a bit personal for Prophet. Things come full circle though, and eventually ties all together in one way or another. As things unfold, Tom and Prophet continue to jockey around having some kind of relationship. Prophet never makes things easy though, and Tom quickly realizes he is also competing with a ghost.
There is a lot of action in this story, and I was on the edge of my seat through most of it. While some may disagree, I loved that there was no HEA yet for Prophet or Tom. Even though I was cursing the Kindle, I was happy there wasn’t even a HFN. Prophet still has so many issues, and Tom has a few as well. I never expected things to be easy for them and believe it will be all the more better for it in the end when it does happen, so I’m very thankful the author has taken this route. The characters are written with so much room for growth, even though they seem to have come such a long way already.
There is a bit of a love triangle here. While there isn’t any cheating, per se (they aren’t actually in a committed relationship after all), there is other flirting between Prophet and Cillian. Speaking of the super sexy and mysterious downstairs spook neighbor, Cillian, he and Prophet text and IM, and even flirt quite a bit, but have never actually met until later on in the story. There seems there could be a whole other story for Cillian, and I’m keeping my fingers crossed (and will gladly beg) that we get it.
A lot of choices are made at the end of this book, leaving me on the edge, dangling with questions and begging for more. The next book cannot come out fast enough for me, and I’m glad it won’t be too long a wait. I believe this was the best story yet in this series (I’m including Men of Honor) and certainly am not ready to see the last of any of these characters. ...more
Wow, this turned out to be quite different than what I was expecting. From reading the blurb, I had it in my mind 4.5 star review by The Blogger Girls.
Wow, this turned out to be quite different than what I was expecting. From reading the blurb, I had it in my mind that it was going to be a certain way, and kept waiting for that to happen. This started out a little slow for me pretty much until you really get a feel for what’s going on with Nathan.
He clearly has some major issues, but I certainly wasn’t prepared for what was really going on. He is engaged to be married to his boss’ daughter, though he struggles with upholding the façade of being straight. At first, it seems he is fighting himself and the whole actually being gay deal, but as the story progresses, we find that really doesn’t seem to be the case at all. As I said, the beginning was slow, just about until more details are given about the actual scam going on, of which Nathan plays a huge role.
In the middle of this, Nathan meets Fury, a fighter and all-around rough and tough dude. But, he is not what he seems either, in that he is a really sweet, good hearted guy. When these guys actually give in to their attraction, this story took off for me, as this became the focus. Nathan really comes into himself through his relationship with Fury, and I loved watching him transform. Fury is not without his own issues, however, and eventually, they each must address them in order to be together. I really loved Fury, and especially Nathan and Fury together. There is so much emotion and chemistry between them, and I was really hoping they could make things work.
This was very well written. It is a bit edgy at times, mostly in the beginning when Nathan is really fighting his demons, but I loved the gritty feel and loved how vivid the scenes were. I had no trouble picturing anything happening and felt like I was right there with them. Nathan struggled so much with everything, from hiding his sexuality to lying about the marriage. I so wanted him to be at the point where everything worked out in his favor and he was able to really enjoy what he had with Fury. These guys have various issues, but when they work through them and are together, they are hot stuff. I’m highly recommending this to those who want a little something different with a tiny bit of mystery and intrigue, hot sex and sensual/emotional loving. ...more
I have had this on my tbr for like ever. Can't understand why I kept putting it off, and thanks to some pushing from a good friend who said I would lo I have had this on my tbr for like ever. Can't understand why I kept putting it off, and thanks to some pushing from a good friend who said I would love it, I finally gave it a shot. And...I absolutely loved it.
This story pulled me right into its world. I loved Sylvan. He tried so hard at everything and wanted to understand what was expected of him, as much as he wanted to please. And Nygell...it was so easy to feel bad for him and his struggles with his position in life. I wish he would have made things a bit easier for Sylvan at times, but once they figured things out, it was beautiful. The wax scene was unbelievably hot.
I couldn't wait to see how things would turn out for them and was afraid at every page turn that something really bad would happen. Needless to say, I didn't want it to end. I really wanted to see them at the new manor and especially wanted to see them with Graf. I absolutely loved the epilogue.
While there are some elements of BDSM here, it is fairly light and easy to handle, with the exception of perhaps a whipping scene here or there, but even those are done so beautifully. I definitely recommend giving this gem a try.
For starters, I love the title and meaning of this story. It is the promise Mike makes to Will when he is de Review written for Hearts on Fire Reviews.
For starters, I love the title and meaning of this story. It is the promise Mike makes to Will when he is deployed that he will not come back to Will in the form of a folded flag, as is customary military procedure for deceased soldiers.
Next, I need to say that the core of their relationship is the Domestic Discipline, which I honestly have trouble understanding the desire for. When Mike and Will meet, Mike forces them to take things really slow, as in no sex etc. until they know they each other better. Once it becomes clear that Will is interested in more of a long-term relationship, Mike lays his cards on the table describing to Will what type of relationship he requires. They both negotiate and come to an agreement on the terms.
Mike has some serious OCD issues which lead him to the DD lifestyle. Most of the terms were pretty simple, but some of the chores would have had me running for the hills. Needless to say, Will was a willing participant, and the relationship seemed to just work for each of them. Some of Mike’s issues made me question the level of his feelings for Will at times, but his love eventually shines through. He is able to laugh a little about his own issues, which I think helped me feel a little more toward him.
The DD relationship aside, I really enjoyed the rest of this story. When Mike is deployed, they Skype chat frequently, always (almost) end the calls with the No Flag salutation. Will is left to handle everything at home, including their new business, and though he is very lonely for Mike. He gets a little frazzled at times, but he doesn’t get much help from his friends/coworkers/ex-roommates. Casey is a total bitch who has been trying to undermine his relationship with Mike from the get go. Seth isn’t much better, though he does pull through in the end. Will is a little naïve about the whole Casey thing for the most part, until he is forced to see otherwise.
Then, Mike returns home, disabled and worried about his ability to uphold his responsibilities regarding the DD aspect of their relationship while, at the same time, having to learn how to live with his disability. Will is wonderful, as he is throughout this entire story, staying by Mike’s side, giving whatever support is needed. By the end of this story, I had no doubts about the love Mike and Will had for each other.
If you enjoy or can set aside the way their relationship works, and just accept that it does work for them, this is quite an enjoyable story. Things did seem to drag a little bit towards the end, but I was so focused on seeing things through that it didn’t bother me too much. Mike (and Will) has to deal with quite a bit of crap from the military due mostly to his being gay, but they make the best of it, both realizing how lucky they were that they were able to keep the promise of No Flag. ...more
As to the LHNB story, I was disappointed that this didn’t appear to follow my prompt request at all.
As to the story of an existing series, my constantAs to the LHNB story, I was disappointed that this didn’t appear to follow my prompt request at all.
As to the story of an existing series, my constant attempts to find my plot in this story really took away any enjoyment I may have felt. I didn’t connect with either of the characters, nor was I able to fathom why either wanted to be with the other. I found their lack of communication bothersome. These guys were in an existing relationship, had been living together for a month, yet were surprised when they realized they thought of each other as boyfriends. I just wasn’t connecting with them at all.
In fairness, I did not read the first story, due to the fact that I didn’t want any pre-conceived notions about my character. From what I understand, these guys did turnarounds from the way they were in book one. I have a feeling that the a lot of the issues I had with this story were attempts by the author to mold her story into my prompt. That said, I had no problems with the writing or style and will continue to enjoy her other stories. Unfortunately, this one didn’t work for me. ...more
Well written, cute, sexy and a smidge smutty. Great job following the prompt, with the story, as well as the cover. This was short and sweet and a nicWell written, cute, sexy and a smidge smutty. Great job following the prompt, with the story, as well as the cover. This was short and sweet and a nice addition to the Dirty family. Great job, Kyle!...more
This story is piece of Dreamspinner Press’ 2013 Daily Dose – Make a Play anthology. It is about J Review written for Hearts On Fire Reviews - 4.5 stars
This story is piece of Dreamspinner Press’ 2013 Daily Dose – Make a Play anthology. It is about Jason Smith, a common-named young man with a compulsive habit of entering contests. One day, Jason actually wins a contest he doesn’t even remember entering – The Biggest Meathead Alive! contest. More specifically, he gets to spend the day with wrestling superstar, The MeatGrinder.
After performing some recon on the MeatGrinder in preparation for his big prize collection, Jason realizes he actually knows the MeatGrinder, or Trent Peterson, as he was called back when Jason crushed on him in college. Jason sees this as his second chance at Trent now that he is more confident and outgoing, and his excitement is renewed. Every obstacle Jason comes across, he sees as an opportunity of things that were meant to be. I love his attitude! Jason is incredibly cute. I totally loved his turtle shell backpack!
Jason’s contest day quickly arrives where he is met with a groggy Trent who had forgotten all about what day it was. Jason is a wonderful character, funny and cute and even a bit of a whirlwind I imagine. It’s fun to watch him try to be so nonchalant with Trent while pretending to be the Biggest Meathead super enthusiastic contest winner. Trent seems like a big cuddly bear with a giant heart and just generally a nice guy. They dance around each other with funny banter and comments. Jason still doesn’t quite get the whole wrestling fan deal but he tries so hard to be convincing.
Video games commence, as well as an education in the elements of wrestling, which double as an attempt to cure Jason of his contest entering addiction. Add a refreshing swim, steamy shower scene, and promises of a future relationship, and this little story has it all. Jason and Trent have great chemistry, and they really seem to get each other. I could totally picture them together and would love to see more of their budding relationship. What an enjoyable and unique story. ...more
Prophet and Tom have taken over the top spot on my favorite hot alpha damaged guys list. When we left the Review coming soon from The Blog of Sid Love.
Prophet and Tom have taken over the top spot on my favorite hot alpha damaged guys list. When we left them in Catch a Ghost, things were kind of in limbo with each going separate ways. Thank goodness, we did not have to wait very long to see them again. Proph has been somewhat busy doing his secretive black ops missions while Tom has been trying to adjust to life with his new partner, Cope. Even though Tom was the one to walk away, he has tried to get back in touch with Proph, to no avail. His daily heartfelt emails have gone unanswered, as have all of his other attempts.
Then, when a hurricane threatens New Orleans and the home where Tom’s aunt lives, Prophet heads there to help out, knowing Tom would be unable to get there. What ensues during that hurricane is a hurricane of a whole other nature. Prophet and Tom actually meet up, and when they do, the sparks fly stronger than ever before. There are some majorly hot scenes once these guys get back in the same location, let me tell you. What really steals the show for me though, is the dialog between them. There are so many great conversations, both hilarious and sexy, and even some that are quite sad. OMG, the alligator stuff was brilliant. Through the mess these guys (mostly Tom) find themselves in, we learn more about Tom’s past and some of the many things he had to endure growing up.
If you are just picking this series up now, you might be a bit disappointed, or even be scratching your head wondering what all the fuss is about. These guys have a lot of sex when they have it, and there are a couple of clichés (marking and “mine”) that ordinarily drive me a little nuts. However, when you know these guys, especially Prophet, from the beginning, you don’t question it, nor dislike it. There is so much to them, with each having such horrible pasts, the kind of men they are now, and the lives they now lead. Tom has been the only one able to learn about and show us some of the secrets and mysteries of Prophet, and I loved that we were able to learn more about him. He still has many more, but by the end, I was happy with the details we were given, even though I still long for more.
Tom and Proph are still fighting the feelings they each have that even though they long to be together, they each feel the other will be safer (for different reasons) if they are apart. This doesn’t change, though they seem to be willing to work through it if at all possible.
We meet a lot of great, and some not so great, characters while in New Orleans. We get to see Blue and Mick again, and there are more great interactions with Cillian. Most importantly to me though, we learn more about Proph’s mysterious ex-SEAL team, and I want information on them almost as badly as I wanted it on Proph. I’m really looking forward to the next book and am more than ready to see Mal give Cillian a run for his money. Tommy and Proph still have more to tell though, so I’m eager to see them again as well.
This was another fabulous, well-written and well put together story from page one right up to the end. There are smoking hot scenes, mystery and twists, with exciting characters and a great storyline. Keep up the good work, Ms. Jakes!...more
It doesn’t take long for this story to get going. Once Aaron meets Vincent, things happen quickly and not for Review written for The Blog of Sid Love
It doesn’t take long for this story to get going. Once Aaron meets Vincent, things happen quickly and not for the better, that’s for sure. This was a super quick read for me, and even though I don’t think it needed to be much more drawn out than it was, there were parts I wish weren’t quite so glossed over.
There are a number of things going on here. Sebastian falls for Aaron the rentboy, but doesn’t want to give up his boyfriend, Eric, who is also cheating with rentboys. Aaron doesn’t want to give up his rentboy ways, for a number of reasons, and then goes to meet his next client, Vincent. Vincent abducts Aaron and attempts to break and turn him into a willing slave for a rich client. Poor Aaron endures an endless amount of pain, not to mention forced drug addiction.
Vincent eventually thinks he has some feelings for Aaron, but will it ever be enough to save him? Not sure. Thankfully, Sebastian has not given up on Aaron and is now convinced something happened and is attempting to find him. So, there are a few different scenarios at play here. Unfortunately, we are left hanging, and I really did not want this story to end where it did. I really hope we don’t have to wait too terribly long to find out what happens with everyone. ...more
Wow, I had a feeling this one was going to be good, and I was not disappointed. I absolutely fell in love with LLew, and S Review by The Blogger Girls.
Wow, I had a feeling this one was going to be good, and I was not disappointed. I absolutely fell in love with LLew, and Shane wasn’t too shabby either.
Llew is such a sweet guy. He spent 8 years in prison after being accused of rape by his high school (closeted) boyfriend after his parents caught them together. Add to that the fact that he was dominating him and had him tied up at the time, did not help matters any. With his boyfriend, Moss, being 17 at the time, Llew was labeled a child molester. This did not bode well for him in prison, but he managed to get through, barely, with the help of a gang leader, Ace, who took him under his wing.
After his release, and realizing he could no longer work with his brother in their company without hurting business, Llew moves away to make a fresh start. It is a bit of a bumpy road, but luckily, he meets some pretty nice people, one in particular, who takes him in and gives him her apartment over her garage. Llew ends up getting a job at Shane’s construction company, which is where the story really starts to get going.
Shane is such a good guy. He never judged Llew, aside from assuming Llew was not capable of being more than a laborer, never looked up info on his past, etc. The two had an instant connection, and Shane made it a point to get to know Llew.
Llew has a pretty big issue though. Due to the events in high school, his now large, full-grown size, and his dominating personality, he is terrified of being accused again. This has resulted in impotence. Even when he feels a spark with Shane, the problem still persists. That is, until Shane comes up with a solution. Let me tell you, 8 years of no orgasms, along with Llew’s hesitance to show any of his alpha side, really made for some steamy hot scenes. I mean, smoking hot. These two have some major chemistry, and I could have read about them all day.
There are still a few bumps here and there, especially with Moss, but everything works out ok in the end. I loved that we got to see Ace (and his now hubby) again. He was a really nice addition to this story that I wish we had gotten more of. Llew was such a fabulous character, and I felt we really got to know him and his struggles and issues. Shane didn’t get as deep, but he was wonderful as well. This is definitely my favorite of Ms. Via’s stories, as I really didn’t want this to end. I was definitely not ready to let Llew and Shane go and hope we get to see them (and the other guys) again in the future. ...more
I liked this story. aside from Evan's behavior toward Jamie during the time after Jamie's attack, which was really bothersome. The rest of the story hI liked this story. aside from Evan's behavior toward Jamie during the time after Jamie's attack, which was really bothersome. The rest of the story had moments of sadness, mostly in the beginning, but it was overall a funny and sexy read. Evan and Jamie were great together. I loved their dialog and laughed out loud more than once. Jamie's Doctor nicknames for Evan were hilarious. I kept expecting them to get tiring or get on my nerves, but they never did. That, and Jamie's dirty mouth just seemed to work from beginning to end.
There were a few questions or holes where I felt I missed something or expected there to be more involved, but this was a well written and very enjoyable story....more
I could not wait to get my hands on this one. Right off the bat, I knew it was going to be a good ride.
Zak is awesome. Tatted all over, pierced and sexy as sin. I loved his confidence and comfortableness with himself and how he made no excuses for any of it. He falls for Stitch, a bad ass biker, who is deeply closeted (mainly due to the MC) and recently divorced. He knows he is gay but is in such a situation there isn’t anything he can really do about it. He thinks he has the perfect solution in Zak, so long as he can convince him their mutual gratification is worth continuing in secret.
Zak is drawn to Stitch, even though Stitch is quite the bastard at times. At others, he is beyond sexy and hot as hell. When Stitch gets out of hand with Zak, Zak makes it clear he won’t stand for it. He doesn’t let Stitch run over him…too much. Unfortunately, he can’t seem to stay away from Stitch, no matter what he does.
Stitch’s main issue is the MC, who are homophobes to the extreme. He has aspirations of removing himself from the Club, but that isn’t as easy as it sounds. He gets drawn in deeper the more he tries to get out. Stitch is also dealing with his ex-wife who has custody of their daughter. She’s pretty unhappy with him most of the time, and even more so when she finds out the reason why their relationship didn’t work.
Things get out of hand as Club activities increase and the guys are found out. Violence heats up both in regards to the Club, as well as towards Zak. Over time though, Stitch has realized that Zak is way more important to him than he ever thought possible. They go over a few really big bumps before they are able to finally be together.
This was gritty and violent at times, but also sexy and heartwarming at others. There is a lot of dirty talking and almost no fluff. I found this completely refreshing for a change, and it had me turning pages very quickly. This definitely won’t be for everyone, but if you like things darker and a bit edgier, you’ll be adding this series to your list as quickly as I did. I know I’m more than ready and looking forward to the next one...more
I have seen other reviews of this story that were quite unfavorable. However, I have seen, time an 4.5 Star Review written for Hearts on Fire Reviews.
I have seen other reviews of this story that were quite unfavorable. However, I have seen, time and again, people who rate stories like this seemingly ignoring the warnings (and in this case, the title itself) and rating the book based more on events that take place within it than the actual story or writing. I will never understand why those people chose to read such a book that clearly contained content they found undesirable, but to each their own I suppose. Thankfully, I do not let those discourage me from giving something a try.
I am a huge fan of military stories, and prisoner stories, and slave stories, etc., etc. Needless to say, this one was screaming my name. The action picks up quickly as Marines Stone and Benoit are injured and taken prisoner. These guys are tortured in different ways by the Taliban to get information about their mission, including, but not limited to, electrocution, rape, beatings, etc. None of these scenes were too hard for me to get through, but again, I’m a bit more hardened to these types of stories than some.
This story is about more than that, though it is believed those things actually do take place to some extent in the real world. It is about the relationships between these guys. Stone, who has loved and believes himself in love with his best friend and comrade, Benoit. Unfortunately, Benoit is straight, so Stone never made his feelings known. While in captivity, he meets Abbas, a man who is also somewhat a prisoner himself. He aids Stone as much as he safely can, and the two form a special bond.
Eventually, these guys make it back, with the help of Abbas and Saaleh, a teenager who basically changed sides and helped them. They flee with Abass’ family and are eventually returned to the States. What ensues then, as the four wait for clearance to return to the U.S. is a huge pile of emotional goo. Only these four know what each has been through. Then you have the feelings between Stone and Benoit, and Stone and Abbas. Benoit and Abbas are each jealous of the other over Stone, yet they find a way to come to grips with how everyone feels. A threesome ensues, and though they are all extremely close, it is understood that Stone and Abbas are the ones for each other.
I had a difficult time imagining all this sex taking place while in military hospital rooms, but this is fiction after all. In the end, this was about these guys surviving and making new lives, some with each other, some not. I really enjoyed this story, and if you like things a little on the darker side, I think you will too. POW/MIA, until every man is home. ...more
Once again, Mr. Deckard gives us something different showcasing the fact that it makes no difference what type of story orReview by The Blogger Girls.
Once again, Mr. Deckard gives us something different showcasing the fact that it makes no difference what type of story or in which genre the book falls, he delivers each and every time. You may go in expecting one thing, but you will come out the other side with something else and end up loving it even more. Exposed is a wonderful May/December story with a side of Daddy kink that will make your heart melt.
Greg is an older man who has been celibate for the past five years due to an unfortunate incident with a past relationship. He no longer trusts himself and has therefore closed himself off. Until he meets Emyr one day and offers nothing more than to give him a brief opportunity and safe place to hide from his life as a somewhat famous rock star.
Emyr is a lovely character. He’s around 23 years old, but very mature, though he has almost no sexual experience. Though he is cautious and leery at first, he takes Greg up on his offer. As the two confide in one another, Emyr discovers Greg’s side passion of male erotic photography and is intrigued. They hit a few bumps in the road, as it takes some convincing for Greg to get past the age difference, as well as his own insecurities, but Emyr is stubborn and persistent, and it pays off.
What ensues is a wonderfully sweet relationship where Emyr and Greg communicate and talk about things as they come up. Greg finds he doesn’t quite need the same things he thought he did as the dynamics of his and Emyr’s relationship – the Daddy kink – begins to form. Emyr is Welsh, and uses some words and phrases here and there that are really interesting. Namely, his safeword for all is good, cwtch (rhymes with butch). Every time he said it, it gave me feels. You can imagine what it did for Greg! :)
“Do you like being a good boy, Emyr?”
“Yes,” he said, real low and hoarse. “Cwtch, Daddy.”
The bulk of the story takes place with Greg on the tour as Emyr’s photographer as they travel from gig to gig. As much as Greg was the older more mature of the two (by about 20 years), oftentimes, it was Emyr who was helping Greg through his issues. It was easy to see the love they each had and how perfect they were for each other. If you have any qualms about the Daddy kink side of things, I urge you to put them aside in this case. These guys made it sweet and sexy and smoking hot in the best ways. I enjoyed every aspect of this story and was definitely not ready to see it end. Highly recommend!...more