This story has a little bit of everything in it. It’s sweet, suspensful, exciting and quite sexy and steamy at times. Th...more A review by The Blogger Girls.
This story has a little bit of everything in it. It’s sweet, suspensful, exciting and quite sexy and steamy at times. There’s also quite a bit of action, both in the bedroom and out.
Bobby is a studly muffin – big, bearded and just all around sexy. He is on his own, and due to his career choice as an owner/operator truck driver, has chosen to stay single. He is on the road too much for an actual relationship to be healthy and finds the nameless one-nighters just make things easier. When he finally makes it home after a long stretch, he meets a new guy in town, Levi, and his thoughts begin to change.
Levi is a sexy little thing, but he’s a bit mysterious. The pieces of his puzzle all fall into place fairly quickly though. His situation doesn’t allow for a relationship either, so he thinks Bobby is perfect for him. Fortunately, or unfortunately, these guys have a major spark. Because of this, Bobby remains adament that actually having sex would be a really bad idea. Thankfully, he doesn’t hold out for long though, and the sparks definitely fly.
What these guys tried to prevent comes to fruition, and they are forced to part ways. Their feelings are strong enough to bring them back together, but it’s a bit of a long road. Obstacles and betrayals get in their way more than once. And, just when you think they’re ready to ride off into the proverbial sunset, it happens again. This action gets quite suspensful and really kept things moving at a fast pace. Levi is betrayed first by his boyfriend, then even worse by the few people he considered friends, right down to those who vowed to protect him, taking us on one heck of a roller coaster ride.
There are some really interesting side characters here as well. Bobby’s friends, Hunter and Ethan, are super sexy, and I found I was really interested in seeing more of them. Ethan’s a little spitfire, and I loved how he manipulated Hunter in ways to help Hunter reach conclusions. Hunter is a big, sexy cattle rancher who is extremely protective of Ethan and his friends. There wasn’t much NOT to love about these two.
Levi was a successful debut author when things went bad. He had to give that all up when he went into hiding for fear of being recognized by his writing if he chose to continue. He ended up taking a slightly different path by breaking into the m/m romance genre. I loved all the details surrounding this, some of which even made me chuckle a time or two.
It takes a while, but these guys finally realize what’s important, who they can truly rely on, and what they really mean to each other. I like that things weren’t always easy or cut and dry, but that they did eventually get their HEA in the end.
This is my first book by Ms. Carrington, though I’m not sure how I managed to miss all of her other stories. There are quite a few characters here – Hunter/Ethan, Carter, etc. – whose stories I now am itching to to back and read. I enjoyed the no-nonsense feel to Ms. Carrington’s writing style and felt it throughtout the story. I definitely recommend you check Ms. Carrington out. (less)
This was an enjoyable vampire story, with a bit of sexiness and mystery. Victor is the vampire who has gone agai...more 3.5 star review by The Blogger Girls.
This was an enjoyable vampire story, with a bit of sexiness and mystery. Victor is the vampire who has gone against his nature and fed from Paul repeatedly. He erases Paul’s memory each time, but Paul begins to remember little things so that he questions what is going on.
They keep meeting, and although Paul doesn’t remember the previous meets, he begins to have feelings and thoughts of it not being the first time. His continuing sense of deja vu has him pressing Victor each time. When he finds out how long Victor has been meeting, feeding, etc. from him, he is a bit shocked. However, he gets over it pretty quick and wants to experience the sex, etc. Victor always ends up erasing his memory anyway. :D
Eventually, Paul gets Victor to spill some more details about what’s going on, including more about Victor as a vampire, what he actually looks like and what it all means. Paul is somewhat intrigued by Victor’s true form, and gets the chance to explore it. In the end, Victor turns the tables and asks for Paul to take control and give him a vampire experience.
This was a little repetitive until Paul got to the bottom of things. It moves along pretty quickly and can easily be read in one sitting. I would have liked to have learned more about Victor and his vampiness and that it had been a bit more fleshed out, but it was still a nice afternoon delight. (less)
This picks up right where Loser Takes All left off. Tad is trying, albeit unsuccessfully, to put his experience w...more 4.5 star review by The Blogger Girls.
This picks up right where Loser Takes All left off. Tad is trying, albeit unsuccessfully, to put his experience with Scott behind him. Unfortunately, that is easier said than done with so many reminders, not to mention the video Scott gave him. He decides to take up Scott’s offer of assisting with a weight training video to show himself, once and for all, that what happened with Scott was a fluke.
When Tad arrives at Scott’s house, we get to meet Scott’s roommate, Max, and what a delicious morsel he seems to be. I cannot wait to see more of him. But, back to the main event. Although reluctant and leery at first, Tad manages to make it through the videoing thinking he has accomplished his mission. Even though there are twinges of desire and lusty thoughts, Scott is extremely professional throughout the whole thing. That is, until Scott offers a professional massage.
What I love, and have loved from the first moment these guys spoke to each other, is the general feel, vibe, character, whatever that each of them possess. Their snarky playfulness just seems so natural and never forced. They really seem like they have met their match in each other, and, as with the first book, the banter and dirty talk is perfect.
Another thing I love about these guys is how much you can see and feel their emotions throughout their struggles. Tad is struggling with having these feelings and reactions for a guy, for Scott, in particular. His mind is going a mile a minute trying to piece himself together. Is he really gay? Were there signs all along? He is trying very hard to keep his mind and body from communicating with each other, though I think he is finally starting to give up and just let things happen. But he doesn’t do it very easily. He doesn’t just flip a switch, which I appreciated.
Scott, on the other hand, is struggling with his desire for Tad. He sees that Tad is a good match for him and loves the many challenges he presents, showing him things about himself, etc. But, you can also feel the maturity and strength he exudes in holding himself back, afraid of pushing too far and losing Tad altogether.
This story ends much the same as the first, with Tad walking away, both men thinking about each other and both not knowing if they will see the other again. Will Tad give in and return once again? This story is not rushed, for which I am glad, though even halfway through, I am longing for more. This has the same intensity as book 1 but in a somewhat different setting. I want to see the rest of it play out so badly I can taste it. Part 3 cannot come fast enough as far as I’m concerned. (less)
This story pulled me in immediately, so that I felt as though I was in the trenches right there with Sarge and Mu...more 4.5 star review by The Blogger Girls.
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. (less)
This is the first book I’m reading of this series, though, as I believe they are all merely related in theme, I had no t...more A review by The Blogger Girls.
This is the first book I’m reading of this series, though, as I believe they are all merely related in theme, I had no trouble reading it on its own. The cover, title and blurb called to me from the get go, and I was not disappointed.
Seth and Landon are best friends who have also friended Cam. They know things are pretty bad for Cam at home, but they have learned not to push or that Cam will disappear on them. Seth and Cam are a bit closer, and much to the reluctance of Cam, they start a somewhat secret relationship.
Cam lost his mother when he was a toddler, and that was the turning point for his father, who then turned into the dad from hell. He eventually became involved in drugs and a motorcycle gang, and used and abused Cam in many ways, though mostly as a punching bag and drug runner when he was a teen. After a delivery goes bad, Cam is given a choice, or not so much of a choice really, to be a CI (confidential informant), for the DEA or go to jail. For years, he has endured the beatings and putting up with the agent, living for his 18th birthday, when he and Seth would graduate, he would be free from the DEA’s clutches and be able to move away and have a real life with Seth. Before that can happen, however, things heat up, and Cam becomes more elusive and withdrawn with Seth. He eventually walks away altogether to keep Seth safe, and breaks Seth’s heart in the process. Seth, of course, has no idea about any of this, other than he has forever been unable or not allowed to help Cam and now Cam has hurt him terribly.
Fast forward 11 years, Seth is a very successful, now rich, businessman. Cam is now on the run, a wanted man, with no one he can trust, except Seth. Still not really allowing Seth to help him, he leaves again thinking to keep Seth safe. Seth calls in favors and his few trusted friends, ex-military elite members, and the rest is out of Cam’s hands. These guys struggle to almost the end with the back and forth about who is able to handle the others’ lives and issues, and who is capable of taking care of who, with neither wanting to let the other do it.
I really enjoyed this story. I’m a sucker for damaged or abused characters, and Cam worked his way right into my heart. While his actions and behavior were quite frustrating at times, they were all completely understandable given his background and circumstances.
This is a long book, and it does seem a little drawn out at times, but I still didn’t want to put it down. I really wanted to see Cam get a break and have a real chance with Seth. Even though things didn’t seem to be moving very fast, there is quite a bit of action, and I never felt the need to skim to get there faster. As I said earlier, I have not read any of the others in this series, nor have I read anything else by Ms. Wayne, but I am definitely interested in doing so now.(less)
This book picks up where Caged left off. Captain B and Jon are eagerly awaiting to see if Tom will give in and join them...more A review by The Blogger Girls.
This book picks up where Caged left off. Captain B and Jon are eagerly awaiting to see if Tom will give in and join them on their next adventure. Within the first few pages, I was pulled right back into this story and the fabulous world created. It felt really good being reunited with these guys again, and seeing each of them was a total feel good moment for me.
There is such depth to these characters. Each one has his own issues and struggles going on inside, which I absolutely love. Baltsaros is continually dealing with his feelings (and jealousy) regarding Jon and Tom – He wants them both but fears they will find enough in each other to not need him. Then there are his secrets – will Jon be able to handle them? Will he be able to find the answers on this current journey to make it a non-issue? Will he be able to win Tom’s trust back? Does he love them? Is he even capable of love? So many issues with poor Captain B.
Jon is struggling with his feelings for both men as well. He truly believes he cannot do without either of them, but so many things happen along the way to sway him one way or another. Jon is more concerned than ever that his time around Baltsaros and Tom, as well as his time aboard the ship, are changing him, and he is really not sure he is ok with that.
And then we have Tom, one of my all-time favorite characters. Seriously, when Tom talks, it’s like you’re in the room with him and he’s taking up all the space. He just has this aura surrounding him, and I swear I can actually hear his voice every time is see his words. Poor Tom has been through so much. He is torn between his feelings for Baltsaros, how B saved him all those years ago, to the whipping from the last book, and how Tom realizes how much he needs what Balsaros gives him. I think he is quite surprised by how much he feels for Jon, and while those feelings are strong, there is no question he is terrified he will be made to choose between them at some point.
As for the story, this is quite an adventure. They sail to a new place, full of mystery, rumors and deceipt. Some characters are lost along the journey, while a few others are picked up. I absolutely loved the twist that surrounds the Emperor of the city of sacrifice. It is mysterious and creepy and completely reminded me of the old movie, The Island of Dr. Moreau. It is here, and through the workings of the Emperor himself, that Baltsaros believes his problems can be solved. Of course, things don’t go as planned, and Jon and Tom are truly put to the test more than once. Secrets are revealed, loyalties and love are tested. There are so many intense moments throughout (in all combinations – Jon/Tom, Jon/Baltsaros, Tom/Baltsaros) that had me holding my breath.
I absolutely love when a book is able to make me a part of its story. By that, I mean that it feels more than just opening and closing the cover. It takes me away for that little while as I’m reading and allows me to totally shut out the outside world for a bit. This story has been that way from the start and this installment is no different. If you’re like me and love grabbing a book you can really sink your teeth into, one that leaves you longing for the next before you even finish it, then I highly recommend you give this engaging series a try.(less)
I won’t go into the premise here, because the blurb pretty much says it all. I was a little bit on the fence throughout...more A review by The Blogger Girls.
I won’t go into the premise here, because the blurb pretty much says it all. I was a little bit on the fence throughout this story, as there were a lot of things I liked, and then a few I didn’t.
What I liked:
Iskander – hot military dude sent on an assignment he wasn’t too happy about but which he decided to make the best of, pretty much for the sake of his career. He was one of the first people to see through Troy’s walls, i.e. the goth makeup, stand offishness, etc. and believed in him that the threat was real, even though it took forever to find out what that threat actually was. He is also the one who notices and brings attention to the signs of PTSD in Troy. These are the things that initially cause this to be more than just a job for Iskander.
Troy – I absolutely loved him. He was a total sweetheart who had basically closed himself off to keep himself safe and to protect his father. He hid behind the makeup and used that personna to keep people away. He found protectors in his dogs, one in particular, all big rottweilers. He suffers from PTSD brought on by his past relationship. He knows he made some bad decisions in the past and has been suffering for them for quite some time and coping the best way he knows how.
The scenes with these two when they finally cross the line are actually very sweet and quite hot. I loved watching Iskander slowly gain Troy’s trust as he uncovered and broke through Troy’s many layers.
What I had trouble with:
Iskander is constantly questioning what’s going on with Troy, both to Troy and to himself. He also continually talks about their age difference, the fact that allowing anything to happen between them would be beyond professional and could potentially ruin his career, etc. This repetitiveness ended up wearing on me and taking just a little bit away from the character and story.
There were a few things that seemed a bit unbelievable, such as Iskander blending into college life and the Admiral being so copasetic about everything, to name a few.
Setting those things aside, I found I really enjoyed this story as a whole. I was quickly turning pages to get to the juicy details. I loved watching these two make things work and how everything wrapped up nicely in the end. (less)
Well, this was just a nice little hot surprise breath of fresh air. I wasn’t too sure what to expect, but I was v...more 4.5 star Review by The Blogger Girls.
Well, this was just a nice little hot surprise breath of fresh air. I wasn’t too sure what to expect, but I was very pleasantly surprised.
Tad is in a bad situation – he either pays up his debt with a beating by the jocks or takes his chances with the flogger. He reluctantly takes the flogger option. The story quickly moves to Tad meeting Scott (said floggerer). Right off the bat, I loved each of these guys. The attitude, snark and banter were awesome. I really enjoyed the dialog throughout, and it was consistent from beginning to end.
So, Tad is straight up to this point. Scott is clearly not. Scott is a Dom, although he doesn’t really practice it seriously, unlike his roommate who is a professional. Tad shows a lot of uncertainty about a lot of things, but Scott is good about giving him options. Once these two get started, it is non-stop hotness. Tad goes in believing he will just have to endure a basic flogging, but Scott has an entirely different plan and thoroughly enjoys putting it into effect, piece by piece.
This entire story is basically one big scene, but I never felt as though that was the case. At the end, Tad was still just as unsure of what he had done and how he felt during and after, as when he walked in the door. The question is, will he be able to stay away or will be be drawn back to Scott wanting to explore things further?
This was a fabulous first story from Ms. Knight, and, halfway through, I already didn’t want it to end. I wanted to get to know these guys better, see more of their interactions, hear more of their bantering dialog. I loved the writing style as well. It all flowed nicely and moved along at a very comfortable pace. I also loved that this was not a typical BDSM story with the usual master/sir thing going on, yet it had just the right amount of other aspects. What we did get was erotic and smexy and just all-around hotness. I was so happy to see this was part of a series and that there’s more to come with these guys. (less)