This is a short story about a couple of college guys who fall in love. But it isn’t quite a simple as that. One guy, Gle A review by The Blogger Girls.
This is a short story about a couple of college guys who fall in love. But it isn’t quite a simple as that. One guy, Glenn, a starving artist/activist, takes the opportunity to become a kept man with Raymond Channing as his sugar daddy. He gives him sex and companionship in exchange for pretty much everything else Glenn needs or wants. When Glenn becomes bored and feels he needs more exposure to release his creativity, Raymond pays for him to attend college. This is where he meets Jim.
Jim is the closeted one. He has been living life in a fraternity, with a girlfriend, trying to pretend he is straight thinking that will be enough. But when he meets Glenn, the sparks are hard to ignore, and after Glenn shows him how good things can be, they eventually fall in love.
I had a really hard time connecting with these characters. I think most of that has to do with the short sentence structure and lack of dialog. It was as though someone was reading me their story, as opposed to me being a part of it. Most of the time, we are told what his happening, or what someone is saying, instead of them just doing it or saying it. In the style this was written, it was difficult to warm up to the characters, even though the writing is very poetic in nature.
I enjoyed watching the men explore one another. We don’t have quite the usual descriptions of their activities which sometimes felt a bit over the top but in a fluffy sort of way. There were times where I had to stop and think about what was actually happening.
“Jim felt his spirit rising, coming closer, higher and then his passion pulsed free.”
The rest of the descriptions gave a really good sense of place and feel as far as the setting and season. I enjoyed this short holiday-ish story, but wish it had been a bit more fleshed out with a bit more dialog to warm things up. As a warning, this story does contain cheating, for those who dislike reading about it...more
This segment reminded me about how much I love dragons. Not just any old dragons, but hot sexy, dominant dragons 4.5 star review by The Blogger Girls.
This segment reminded me about how much I love dragons. Not just any old dragons, but hot sexy, dominant dragons that feed on lust and sex. But, don’t get me wrong, because there is a lot more to these dragons than just sex!
We know Théoden is half vampire/half dragon. He is the Lord of the Fifth District, the highest of the other four districts, so he is pretty highly ranked. In other words, he is one heck of a bad ass. Up to this point, we have only really seen his vampire side and what that means to Noel and his place in the vampire hierarchy. Well, that all changes this time around when Théoden decides it’s time to take Noel out into public.
Noel still has a few minor setbacks, but nothing that isn’t quickly fixed with a few sharp reminders from Théoden or his “brothers.” He is taken to feed, which he still has a few issues with, but he gives into this more quickly now that the repercussions are so fresh in his mind.
Then, they are off to give Noel a treat. Yes, Théoden is feeling generous this time around, though he still never fully gives up that edge of control he exudes. So, anyhoo, they go to visit Théoden’s best bud, Tylendel, a Knight of the Dragon Realm. There is obviously a lot of history with these two, though we only get a tiny glimpse. Ty is a pretty potent dragon, and he shows that when he pushes Théoden’s limits and goes a bit too far with Noel, much to Théoden’s aggravation. He is alpha, mysterious and extremely sexy. Let’s just say, these dragons have some kind of special skills. I cannot wait to learn more about Ty and the other supes in future episodes.
So, I loved that we are moving beyond the training point and learning more about the other creatures in this world. Noel is finally getting a little closer to Théoden and his brothers, which is shown in various ways throughout this short segment. As with the others before it, Control is a fast-paced, highly charged story that can easily be read in one sitting. This is a serial, but don’t worry about having to wait long for the next episode, as Nicholas has been on a pretty tight schedule, feeding them to us about every two weeks. If you’re tired of fluffy supes, definitely give this fabulous series a try. ...more
This short story is a really cute fantasy tale which I easily read it in one sitting.
Sam has had a bit of trouble finding someone. One day, his mother gives him a doll and tells him to dream of his fantasy. Sam’s mother is a bit odd. She is young, never seems to age, and has a habit of taking men from Sam for herself. But she has Sam’s best interests at heart when she tries to help him out.
So, Sam dreams of favorite fantasy, rock star Cain Shepney, who, lo and behold, end up in his bed the next morning. It takes a little bit for Sam to realize he isn’t still dreaming, and Cain is none too happy to find himself waking up in a strange bed.
When Cain tries to get back to his own life, things take quite a turn. Nothing is quite what it seems for Cain, Sam or his mother. The twists are fun, and those details all tie in pretty nicely.
It is difficult to say too much more without giving things away, so I will just say this was a nice, enjoyable afternoon read. It reads fast, is full of cuteness and humor with a little side of sexy at the end. ...more
As much as I totally loved the hotness we got in the first (and second) stories, I am thrilled that it has become 4.5 star review by The Blogger Girls.
As much as I totally loved the hotness we got in the first (and second) stories, I am thrilled that it has become a deeper, more involved story. I fell in love with Tad and Scott from the very beginning and have been super excited to follow their journey.
In this installment, Tad has been incommunicado with Scott for about a month trying to put Scott out of his mind. It didn’t work so well in the last book, and it really isn’t working so well now. He is constantly thinking about him and analyzing every thought. After he sees Scott posted some workout videos without him, Tad is questioning even more. Did Scott move on and forget about him? Were the feelings all one-side from Tad? He is still struggling so much with the fact that he even feels anything for Scott, let alone the sex with a guy aspect, and then tormenting himself by keeping away. It is frustrating, but I was happy that Tad wasn’t just, all of a sudden, accepting of it all. It made the whole experience more believable to me.
Thankfully, Scott made contact and convinced Tad to help him out in the gym. There was still the tension, still Tad questioning every look and every feeling he had, but they got through it and kept things cool. It is very easy to see Scott is struggling as well, not to push too hard, to keep his feelings in check, etc. You can tell he is smitten and wants so much more from Tad, but as with the first two segments, he tries very had to walk that fine line of not scaring Tad off.
Then, Max requests their assistance with a client – he needs observers for his session. Tad reluctantly agrees, hoping he will earn some points with Max, whom Tad believes doesn’t like him very much. You can guess what happens – a whole lotta hot and bothered behind the glass. By far, my favorite parts of these stories are when Scott is in his dommy mode. There is so much sexual tension with these two, and you can just feel Scott’s restraint in everything he does, while still pushing Tad just a little for more.
One thing I noticed that didn’t quite flow as smoothly as the other two books was Tad. He seemed to almost be forced at times, cursing and saying “dude” a lot. I did not remember this from the previous stories, and it just felt a little off this time for some reason. But the rest of the elements that I loved are still present. We get a glimpse that there is a lot more to Scott’s background than he lets on, especially with the way Max butts in at the end. I really cannot wait for these two to become more open with each other, but given Tad’s skittishness, that may be a slow process.
This ends similarly to the previous books, with Tad leaving and Scott left feeling a bit down. There are promises of a next time and not losing contact again that make it a bit easier to take than before, and I’m really looking forward to seeing the rest of this hot story play out. The writing is smooth, the banter quick and witty, making this a quick page turner. Bring on the next one!...more
This series is really starting to pick up as far as details go. Up until now, most of the story has been about No 4.5 star review by The Blogger Girls.
This series is really starting to pick up as far as details go. Up until now, most of the story has been about Noel learning his place, and while the same is still true this time around, he is a bit further along in his studies.
Théoden is a rock, an immovable, impenetrable rock. He never gives in and does not hesitate to give Noel reminders when he has little setbacks of disobedience. He has a clear lesson plan, and his methods are a pretty surefire way to get Noel to submit, however long that will take. I actually like this about Théoden. I love that he stays true to himself and his nature. He is one badass mofo, and we are given some little tidbits of information this time around as to where some of that may come from.
I think the main lesson learned by Noel here is that he not only needs blood to survive, but he needs the sex as well to flourish. He is still fighting both of these, but really, he doesn’t stand much of a chance against the experienced vamps helping to make him understand. He is low vamp on the totem pole to each of Théoden’s “children,” and that is made more than clear in this segment. Even though he can’t help but submit to the others and his desires/needs, I see him putting up at least a mental fight for quite some time to come.
Speaking of mental fights, poor Noel also learns that Théoden has the ability to read minds – no thoughts are ever to himself, nor can he ever lie and get away with it. Things just keep getting worse and worse for Noel.
As with the previous books, I read this in one sitting. It had me riveted from the get go wanting to continue with Noel’s torment saga, and while I felt bad for him most of the time, I love watching Théoden in control of everything. This is another fast-paced story, that, while doesn’t move the entirety of the plot line along very far, seems an integral part nonetheless. There are a few details given that hint of things to come, and I can’t wait for the next one!...more
This was a cute story about misunderstandings. Jared and Joey were in a band with Joey being the rockstar lead si 3.5 star review by The Blogger Girls.
This was a cute story about misunderstandings. Jared and Joey were in a band with Joey being the rockstar lead singer. To everyone else, he is a flashy, outgoing and confident guy, but that turns out to be his downfall. Everyone also thinks Joey only cares about himself, thinking nothing of hurting others with not wanting more than sex. As soon as things get serious, he ruins it.
Jared still has a thing for Joey, but he doesn’t let that change his mind about not wanting anything more to do with him. It takes a small accident involving another bandmate and quite a bit of prodding and pushing for Jared to understand there is more behind Joey’s behavior and that there might just actually be some valid reasons for it.
The two go through quite a rough patch, and Jared doesn’t forgive or give in easily or quickly. They agree to forge ahead with their friendship until the tables are turned and Joey is the one who wants more. Then, it is all Joey trying to convince Jared they are meant to be together.
This was a quick read, and not very much of the drama/angst is played out, though you do get the gist of it well enough. It was a nice afternoon read with a cute happy ending....more
What a wonderful little fantasy series this has been. This one, as the title suggests, is told in Lysander’s poin 4.5 star review by The Blogger Girls.
What a wonderful little fantasy series this has been. This one, as the title suggests, is told in Lysander’s point of view. The guys are all on the mend but still recovering at the castle.
It doesn’t take long before doubts set in, mostly from Lysander, as he feels guilty for his role in the suffering of not only Tam and Kai, but of the people of Otiz and his home as well. This was the worst part for me, his constant reminding us of this fact, but the rest of the story is so wonderful that I was able to set it aside.
There are quite a few character developments that happen this time around. Kai is still trying to deal with his scars and how the guys see him, but they do a fabulous job showing him how they see beyond them, that he is not damaged goods and still a whole person. Kai makes the biggest strides here, both with himself and with his relationship with Lysander. It takes a while, but eventually that trust comes back stronger than before.
Tam is still the same sweet guy, but he comes out of his shell a bit more when he is tasked with helping heal the people of Otiz. They spend a considerable amount of time trying to help the people there and to rebuild the town. There are some powerful scenes there, especially involving Kai, where he finds a purpose and acceptance among the children and people.
The lies and secrets eventually come to a head – I was turning pages very quickly to get to these details. They are the source of many of Lysander’s problems, but there is also development here that includes his wife and her lover. Everything just really came together, even though, at times, it wasn’t easy for any of them. In the end, true feelings won out as everyone realized what was important and what they cared about the most.
I’m a bit sad to see the end of this. I couldn’t read it fast enough, but I didn’t want to let these guys go. It was truly a fabulous read, from beginning to end. I loved getting each of the guys’ perspectives and watching them grow and end up loving each other. Fantastic world building, vivid details, and even some smexy to go along with it. I highly recommend this to anyone looking for an interesting fantasy that has a little bit of everything to offer. ...more
This is my second time reading this author … and I am happy to say that some of the issues I had with that first book we A review by The Blogger Girls.
This is my second time reading this author … and I am happy to say that some of the issues I had with that first book were not present here. The tense and perspective flowed much better and allowed me to get a much better feeling for the characters.
This story interested me right away – I’m a sucker for damaged characters. Here, Keegan is the damaged one, having had a double amputation at an early age from a car accident. He is now in college and a pretty strong member of the track team with hopes of going to the next Olympics. While his disability does play a pretty big role in this story, it takes a back seat to his relationship and the mystery involved. I loved reading about the prosthetics and how they affected Keegan’s daily life, though I wish that had played a little more important of a role here and there.
Keegan and Conrad were team mates, but didn’t really become more until Conrad took a more prominent role as Keegan’s savior. He stands up for him against the team bullies, saves him from what seem to be homophobic attacks, and their friendship and subsequent relationship grow from there. Conrad just seemed like an all around great guy and fit well with the sweet Keegan.
Conrad is comfortable being gay, but Keegan is really only coming to realize this about himself, with the help of Conrad of course. What they share seems very special, and I loved watching Conrad bring Keegan out of his shell and show him some of the benefits of being gay. Even though apprehensive about everything at first, it doesn’t take long for Keegan to get the hang of things.
Unfortunately, things get in the way of their relationship. Keegan has issues with his parents, has been receiving hateful postcards and is constantly having to deal with the bullying team mates. We eventually learn there is a lot more to the bullying than first appears, but before that happens, it causes a lot of hardship and almost does Keegan and Conrad in for good.
There were times I felt that things weren’t quite adding up, mostly do to communication, especially where his parents were concerned. Keegan disappears with Conrad on numerous occasions, and it isn’t until he returns we learn his parents were the least bit worried about that fact. Now, his parents are not gems, but this still seemed a bit odd for someone living under their roof. There were also a few other details that seemed more like coincidences that didn’t add up or that were explained away very quickly.
I definitely enjoyed this story and loved how everyone came together in the end (Keegan and Conrad, as well as their friends). I would definitely read a follow up and am looking forward to whatever Mr. Harris comes up with next. ...more
Again with the hot growly alphas! Whoa, doggy! This book was even better than the last, and dare I say, it had as 4.5 star review by The Blogger Girls.
Again with the hot growly alphas! Whoa, doggy! This book was even better than the last, and dare I say, it had as much intensity as Nothing Special with God and Day. This can also be read as a stand alone, but you will be get much more enjoyment out of it by knowing the stories of the other characters.
Rux and Green are a force of nature, the enforcers of God and Day’s task force team. They’ve become best friends, spending almost all of their time together. After spending a night at God and Day’s and hearing them get down and dirty, Ruxs begins to question things about himself, his reaction to what he heard and his feelings towards Green. He tries to fight it, but being as close as they are makes things difficult. Green eventually realizes something is up with his BFF when things come to a pretty crashing head. Once these guys are on the same page, it is just about smooth sailing. Their easy going relationship returns, as does the banter and goofing around. But we have the addition of hot smex. I loved that even though Ruxs is the one pushing for it, he is reluctant when it comes to the actual sex. Green is the more experienced of the two, being bi, so it works out well for him to let Ruxs take the reins in the beginning.
Another aspect I really enjoyed here was the addition of Curtis. He is the young guy whom all of the team has basically taken under their wings after he was caught by God and Day trying to steal food. He had been taking care of his dying mother, so his circumstances were pretty grim. But, the men all kind of made him their PA, having him do all kinds of odd jobs that they didn’t have time for (dry cleaning, grocery shopping, etc.) in exchange for money so he could take care of his mom and continue going to school. Curtis became particularly close with Ruxs and Green, who end up getting custody of him after his mother’s death. He was a fabulous addition to this story, giving Ruxs, and especially Green, something to focus on besides their job and each other.
There is quite a bit of intensity in this as well, from the drug busts to the steamy sex. This story also pulls you in a bit more emotionally than the previous one. It is fast-paced and action packed with humor and steamy passion, all of which had me turning pages very quickly, keeping me riveted to the end. It was great to see more of the rest of the team as well. I was not ready to let these guys go just yet, and I’m super excited for the next one who I’m hoping will be about Curtis and God’s brother, Genesis. ...more
“One wish per person! Step right up! Make your wish come true this Christmas!”
That is the theme for this cute story about five different couples, one or both participants of which take the elves up on their offer. In exchange for something of personal worth, they are given one wish, which will be granted on Christmas eve.
First, we have Dylan, single father after losing his wife 8 months prior. His son is the one who gets the wish. They are managing ok, but Dylan is struggling a bit with being alone. He finds what is missing is not something he would have otherwise considered – another man.
Then, there are high school friends, Brody and Dominic. These guys are sweet, becoming friends after Dominic saves Brody from the bully he asked out at school, whom he had a crush on at the time. Their friendship grows, they support each other, first Dominic with Brody’s bullying, and then Brody with Dominic’s coming out to his parents.
Then there is Christian and Ryan, who have a few issues related to their respective jobs, Ryan providing for Christian as he struggles with his modeling career. These two are otherwise solid and after a slightly bumpy road, they realize how much they mean to each other.
Moving on to Dylan’s brother-in-law, Arjun, who is a bit closeted, but who meets and becomes friends with Harsh. Arjun fights his attraction for a while, leading to some strife and an almost end to their association, but events bring him around, and the two are happy together.
Next up is Luke and Jeremy, friends of Ryan who are about to be married. These guys have been together for five years, but after deciding to take the plunge, are having cold feet. Unfortunately, Jeremy acts upon it after he meets Dylan (and his son, Jake), but is still confused about what to do. This couple (Luke/Jeremy) has the most drama, but as the story suggests, there is a happy ending.
This unique little story, which, by the way, is a totally different side we are seeing from deliciously dark Kol, is sweet in so many ways. It flips around between the different couples, and I found I couldn’t wait as Christmas drew near to see how their wishes would play out. I loved how some of the couples’ stories sort of overlapped or were intertwined, each offering up a little something different. I admit that I don’t usually read very many holiday-themed stories, but this one was really enjoyable and definitely a favorite of mine. For those who long for Kol books with happy endings, grab this one, because it definitely delivers....more
This is book 2 of the Sex & Mayhem series. It can be read as a stand alone, as the characters in the previous 4.5 star review by The Blogger Girls.
This is book 2 of the Sex & Mayhem series. It can be read as a stand alone, as the characters in the previous book are mentioned but don't actually play a role in this story. If you were put off at all by the harshness or lack of fluff in Road of No Return, don't let that stop you from reading this book. Yes, things are on the gritty side - they are a biker gang - but this has a whole different vibe to it than Road.
Tooth, aka the Tooth Fairy, is the VP and interrogator for the Coffin Nails biker gang. He's a big tough guy, but you get the feeling right off the bat that he is a decent guy with a big heart. He is put in charge of Lucifer, or Luci, by the club President and Luci's father, Priest after they retrieve him from a strip club.
Luci has been in hiding for many years since the suicide death of his mother. He has been getting by hustling (giving blow jobs). He is a sweet young guy, alone and down on his luck and not real happy about being a prisoner under the watchful eyes of his father and Tooth. There is a lot of family drama going on with regards to Luci's father and his step-family (he has a step-brother and sister, and a step-mother who is none too happy he is back in the picture).
As Luci tries to find his way, he grows close to Tooth, finding him to be the first person he feels safe with and with whom he can trust. Tooth fights him off for a long time which causes quite a bit of grief for Luci who isn't interested in anyone else but knows he can't have the one he wants believing Tooth to be straight. I loved watching the trust grow with these two. Luci gets to Tooth pretty quickly, with Tooth allowing him to do things he never would allow any other, such as grooming him as practice for getting his hairdressing license. Lots of sweet moments here.
In the midst of all of this, there are criminals out stealing organs, and Luci seems to be on their list of victims. This hits very close to home for Tooth, as he lost his first love in the same way. A bit of a coincidence, but even Tooth acknowledges that, and it all ties in very well. I figured out pretty early who the main players were, but was still surprised by some of the twists.
I really liked this segment of the series. It was edgy but didn't have quite the hard edge as the previous book. I was riveted and turning pages quickly. I loved the relationship between Tooth and Luci - they don't have sex until after 60%, and I really enjoyed how that all came about. So, yes, I'm a fan of this series, even more so with this book. I can't wait for the next one!...more
This is the story of a guy who grabs an opportunity in a time of need, but questions himself, the choice and what 3.5 star review by The Blogger Girls.
This is the story of a guy who grabs an opportunity in a time of need, but questions himself, the choice and what that means for his chance at other relationships.
When his father catches Ted messing around with a friend, his father kicks him out. He makes it to graduation and then off go college, but he is on his own to pay for it. Ted is having trouble making ends meet with his waiter job, when a customer (Trace Morrison) offers him a chance at more. Trace not only offers Ted an escort job, but he breaks him in to what that will entail as well. Ted is not sure he can do it, have sex with other men, but he can’t deny how it was with Trace. He quickly becomes popular, and things are going well. That is, until he is faced with the reality that his feelings of being a special someone with a fellow escort are not returned. This begins the the argument Ted has with himself over whether he will be able to ever have an actual relationship given his job.
He eventually meets someone who he thinks is perfect, someone he can actually have the emotional and physical relationship he longs for. They seem to be each others’ soul mate. They get to know one another, but unfortunately, Ted keeps his job secret, and it comes back to haunt him. Ted was kind of stuck at this point, in his contract with the escorting company and needing the money to pay for school, but was ready to give it all up for love. Not acting quick enough caused him another relationship. The other man had been saving himself, and upon learning of Ted’s escorting and porn videos, is just unable to forgive him.
At this point in the story, I still wasn’t sure who Ted would end up with, but it really seemed he would clear things up and find forgiveness, but such was not the case. I didn’t see it coming, who he ended up with, but it was a nice ending. Who Ted thought was perfect wasn’t perfect for him after all, something which he didn’t realize until his friend came back into the picture. So, this story is a bit different in that the two MC’s are not together through most of it. But, while I did wish we had seen more of them together, I did love watching Ted find his way. He had quite a few unique experiences which made things pretty interesting. All in all, this fast-reading little story satisfied my rent boy obsession, and I will definitely be looking at more of Mr. Reilly’s work....more