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 story is a bit different. The main character, Evan, spends most of the story assisting his friend and his su 3.5 star review by The Blogger Girls.
This story is a bit different. The main character, Evan, spends most of the story assisting his friend and his sub. From early on, it is made clear that there isn’t room for anything more involving Evan with Rhys and Takoda, other than him helping both Rhys and Takoda get over their own respective issues so that they can be together. So, while Evan is the one telling the story, I tried to focus for a bit on Rhys and Takoda and their budding relationship.
Rhys is a dom and owner of the club where Takoda worked. He is a little shaky about domming Takoda as he feels a lot of guilt over what happened to Takoda and with Takoda’s issues specifically. He has been hurt badly, doesn’t really understand that BDSM is about, only really having his latest horror of an experience fresh in his mind to base it on. So, Rhys, with the help of his BFF and fellow Dom, Evan, work to show Takoda how things are supposed to be. In the process, Rhys and Takoda’s feelings develop. Takoda has had a crush on Rhys for quite some time, but again, his newfound fear of all things BDSM is a pretty big road block.
When in sessions, Evan is in control, with Rhys taking a sub role alongside of Takoda. Their sessions are all orchestrated to ease Takoda into things and show him that he has control over what happens.
Things are not altogether lonely for Evan though, as Rhys convinces him to seek out Patrick, a sub Evan has dommed in the past. Patrick is more hardcore than Takoda, which works well for Evan but is a little frightening for Takoda. They all end up making things work and helping each other out though, and Evan realizes he wants more of a relationship than just random dom/sub hookups/scenes.
So, this was an enjoyable read, but I felt a little torn about not getting enough face time with either couple, since the focus was more on Rhys and Takoda through most of the story. But, it was well written, and the scenes were nicely done. I will definitely be looking for more of Ms. Tachna’s stories in the future. ...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
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
I have really enjoyed this series. Each one has been a little different but carries the same sense of something or a cer A review by The Blogger Girls.
I have really enjoyed this series. Each one has been a little different but carries the same sense of something or a certain vibe that surrounds the town of Glamour. We met these guys briefly in The Only Guy where they met at their mutual friends’ wedding. It was but a short steamy hookup which left them both at odds, though for different reasons.
Fast forward to now, Henry is back in town taking care of his mother, and Locke has returned to work at the Sheriff’s Department after a bad deal in the big city. Locke is pretty much a cold jerk. He doesn’t do relationships, doesn’t want any connections, etc. He especially doesn’t like what he believes Henry to be – a spoiled rich guy. Even though neither can deny the sexual chemistry in the air, they both fight it based on their respective assumptions and behavior.
Then, they are thrown together to solve a case. Henry has suspected his firm is in the midst of some shady dealings. That happens to coincide with a suicide case being investigated, and since Locke has undercover experience, he is chosen to be Henry’s backup as they try and uncover more evidence. Now, pretty much hating each other whilst fighting the sparks, they must now act as lovey boyfriends. It is quite comical at times.
Barriers are slowly broken down as more things about these guys are made clearer to the other, though it is not an easy road. Eventually, they realize what’s important – Locke most especially learns that he does want to invest more of himself in someone. He does not change overnight though, which I liked. Even though it was bad for Henry, it seemed more realistic that it took him awhile to change his ways.
There is the excitement of the investigation, centering around the suicide and finding out who the bad guys actually are. There are also issues with Locke and his brother concerning their mother which causes problems between them. Not the best parts of this story, but they were engaging nonetheless.
So, if you’re looking for a solid story with enough meet to sink your teeth into, give this a try. The guys aren’t perfect, but they find ways to work around their differences and find love. I definitely recommend this series. ...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 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 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
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
This is my first time reading Ms. Johnson, so I can’t compare her first attempt at MM to her usual MF books. But 3.5 star review by The Blogger Girls.
This is my first time reading Ms. Johnson, so I can’t compare her first attempt at MM to her usual MF books. But I can say that I really enjoyed this story.
Austin is a sweet kid who was basically disowned by his parents when he came out. He was in the middle of college when this happened, so was suddenly faced with nowhere to go, no way to pay for school and all with nothing but the items from his dorm he could fit in his duffel bag. Things seem pretty bad for him, but he is lucky enough to meet up with a young couple on the streets who sort of take him under their wings. He and his new friend find jobs filling in on construction work.
David is a professor who has worked his way up from nothing, saving for his dream house, which is in the process of being built. It is a bit behind schedule, so the foreman calls in extra help in the form of Austin and his friend. Austin doesn’t have much experience, but his eagerness is noticed by David, who decides to take a more hands-on approach to his home building. The two get to know each other as they work side by side, though Austin is extremely reluctant to share anything about his life and circumstances.
David is patient, seeing something of himself in Austin. He goes out of his way to win Austin’s trust, both with Austin’s issues, as well as with his sexuality. David is very attracted to Austin, even knowing his age difference. They face a few challenges as David tries to help and Austin fights accepting it. Austin is determined to finish school and pay his own way, though he does eventually accept David’s assistance. As their relationship grows, they have some communication issues, mostly involving school, but they work through them.
They ended up being a really sweet couple, and I really enjoyed watching the trust grow. This was a really easy to read story that I found quite enjoyable. I wish there had been a bit more angst involved with Austin’s time on the streets, but the rest was done very well. I loved Austin’s reluctance with the actual sex, even though he wanted more and more. It was his first opportunity to have a gay relationship, and it was nice to see him hesitate with things here and there. David was wonderful in this respect, taking his time and making sure Austin was comfortable every step of the way.
I did not feel as though this was a mf book rewritten as mm, which I know was a concern from a few people. Ms. Johnson did a good job in that respect, as far as I’m concerned, and I will definitely be looking for more of these stories from her in the future. ...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
“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
Very sweet getting to see a little bit into boy (Adam) and Hawk's story. They go to Dr. Mitch for help with an issue that's been having a big affect o Very sweet getting to see a little bit into boy (Adam) and Hawk's story. They go to Dr. Mitch for help with an issue that's been having a big affect on their relationship, from both sides. Boy has trouble with penetration, and before they give up on it entirely, they were referred to Dr. Mitch to see if there was any way he could help them.
This is a really sweet short story and a nice addition to the series. I hope the techniques work for them, because they really seem like a good fit....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
Boy, did I miss these guys. This series falls under the category of not-cheesy-to-me BDSM, and I am always thrill 4.5 star review by The Blogger Girls.
Boy, did I miss these guys. This series falls under the category of not-cheesy-to-me BDSM, and I am always thrilled to open a book and find that is the case. It’s like a breath of fresh air, truly.
There is a lot of struggle going on here, mostly with Dare, who is still fighting his need/want/craving for the domination aspects in his life and finding happiness and acceptance in that. He is happy with Zach, but Zach is just not able to be that extra something Dare longs for. Dare had a taste of it with Roman, and while he is happy that he made the right decision to leave that relationship, it doesn’t make it any easier for him. There are so many things going through Dare’s head. He has quite a few issues resulting from his upbringing, and while he is getting more comfortable with it, he still struggles a little with being out. He is so worried about what he wants or why he feels he can’t just be happy. All of this makes it very difficult for him to fully submit. Thankfully, they guys have gotten in touch with Thomas, who has agreed to help them out.
Thomas, or Tomas, is just as smoking hot as he was when we first saw him dominating Roman. He is so confident and just takes charge the second he enters a room. He is exactly what Dare needs, in lieu of Roman, and he works really hard to help Dare overcome his issues. There are a lot of “scenes” in this book, but they are all really well done and cover a wide range, from fisting to sounding, bondage, denial and quite a bit in between. He is the dominant for Dare, as well as the mentor for Zach, who is now finding it easier to fit into the more confident role.
We also get to see how Roman and Jeff are getting along. It is really great to see Jeff is recuperating and pushing past his own issues – new challenges brought on from his time in traction. Things are changing for them with the eventual loss of Vanessa and Jason moving on, but the foundation of them as a couple remains strong.
Vanessa is still living with them at this point, along with her baby. My least favorite part of this story is the scene with Vanessa on her first “date” with another couple. But it is over quickly and not very graphic. As with before, the worst part about it for me is that it takes away from my time with the guys.
What I really loved about this installment is the growth that occurs with each character. They all come to some level of realization and understanding about feelings and emotions, etc. I’ve loved Dare from the start, so I thoroughly enjoyed the bulk of this being about him, even though the others get plenty of page time as well.
This was well written and quite a page turner. I really didn’t want it to end, and I am again sending subliminal thoughts to Ms. Johnson that there will be more of these guys in the future, however long that takes. ...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
A few minutes into this story, it felt like I was meeting up with an old friend. I can name this author within 3 pages! A review by The Blogger Girls.
A few minutes into this story, it felt like I was meeting up with an old friend. I can name this author within 3 pages! It’s so much fun when that happens! I absolutely love J.L. Merrow’s writing style. There is a casual feel to it, the story is just told without feeling made up. I’m not really sure how else to describe it. I think that you will either love it, regardless of the story being told, or you won’t. I fall into that first category, and when the story is good as well, it’s a win/win situation.
Here, Daniel seems the typical down on his luck guy, turning tricks to get by. But there is more to his story. He is trying to make as much money as quickly as he can, or while he still can. But, enough of that. Don’t want to give too much away.
He meets Rob, a club bouncer, who helped him out of a bad spot, and the two became friends of a sort. To get Daniel to spend time with him, Rob offers to pay for his time. This, of course, changes things for both of them. With the money having been passed, it appears certain lines have been drawn.
Rob is a sweetheart, and he wants more with Daniel, but that money issue has negatively affected that. After a few days of not seeing Rob around, he finally runs into him, and things become more clear. Again, I don’t want to say too much.
This is a really short story, and it leaves you a little in the dark about some things for a bit, but it all plays out rather quickly leaving you wishing there had been more. I loved how this story ended. It was really sweet, and the final turn of events was a really great touch. I definitely recommend this little gem, most especially if you’re already a fan of Ms. Merrow....more
Have you ever been in a kind of reading funk where things just haven’t been hitting the right buttons in the righ 4.5 star review by The Blogger Girls.
Have you ever been in a kind of reading funk where things just haven’t been hitting the right buttons in the right way? Then, you pick up a book that does, and it feels like a giant breath of fresh air? Well, this one did it for me. I absolutely love being pleasantly surprised like this and was doing the happy dance the entire time I read it.
Twenty-one year old sweet Jaye keeps getting bad breaks. During his two-year prison sentence, he basically became another inmate’s bitch in exchange for protection, which was basically the only relationship he knew. While most of their roughness/abuse was for show, it still happened nonetheless. Jaye has built up quite the façade with the tattoos and attitude.
Alaskan State Trooper, Dixon, 32, sees something in Jaye and wants to help him out. Their relationship is a tricky one, but they are drawn to each other as they become more involved. Jaye, used to the way things were in prison, uses his body to negotiate a contract with Dixon. Jaye will be Dixon’s kept boy/whore, in exchange for Dixon’s protection and care. There is so much more to Jaye than his body though, and Dixon sees all of that as their relationship/trust grows. They end up realizing they need each other way more than they first thought.
So, it would seem that Jaye is the one who needs saving here, but that ends up not totally being the case. There are two sides to this story, Jaye’s and his relationship/prison issues, and Dixon’s screwed up relationship with his ex, Marcus. They are somewhat similar in that both guys seem to experience some level of Stockholm Syndrome. Dixon’s issues are much deeper, in my opinion, as he not only deals with his abusive ex but the fact that he somewhat enjoys much of that abuse. He knows Marcus is bad and he has to get him out of his life, but that pull is still very strong, and we get to see that struggle play out quite a bit.
Back to Dixon and Jaye – Whewwwww, do they have some hot kinky scenes! The intensity of their relationship rivals that of the whole story. They have an extreme amount of chemistry, made all the more intense by their poor decisions and miscommunications. Jaye learns there is more to sex than just bending over and taking it, and the two explore quite a few avenues as they work things out, including some toy and role play.
This is one fabulous intense read from beginning almost to the end. There are some tender moments here and there, and while there were a lot of heavy issues going on, there were sweet and happy times as well. These guys each struggle with their own issues, but together, they help each other get past them. I don’t remember thinking the age gap was any big deal, as these guys just really seemed to be a good fit for different reasons.
As I said, it was an intense story, which results in a very fast read. The descriptions and dialog fit very well and gave a total sense of the desolate landscape and life in Alaska. I was a fan of Ms. Kelling before, but this has officially moved her to my auto-read list, and I’m eagerly looking forward to her next offering. ...more
I am definitely hooked on this deliciously dark little series. There isn’t any fluff here, no romance, though I s 4.5 star review by The Blogger Girls.
I am definitely hooked on this deliciously dark little series. There isn’t any fluff here, no romance, though I suppose you never know. Perhaps Theoden will eventually soften a bit towards Noel? If so, it doesn’t seem like it is going to happen any time soon.
Theoden is pretty set in his ways. He seems content with his station in life and with his “relationships.” I mean, what more could he need? His “children” provide everything he could want. Noel is his latest addition, or project, if you will. He is deep into Noel’s training – teaching him his place and what is expected of him.
Noel is still fighting, though his is giving in more and more. He is finally understanding or coming to grips with the fact that the consequences are not worth the fight and things will be over much quicker and with much less pain if he just gives in. He is still having some trouble accepting that he is having to do all of these things with other men, as well as his reactions to the activities. His bond through Theoden and his “brothers” is not helping matters any.
While this was my least favorite of the installments so far, it seems a necessary step in the scheme of things, as Theoden takes his time initiating Noel in how things are going to be. He doesn’t ever rush things, no matter how much begging Noel does. This segment is mostly about teaching Noel oral skills, and all the “brothers” participate, much to Noel’s disgust. Theoden is pretty much covering every base in these trainings, using reminders of what disobeying means to quickly snap Noel into submission.
As with the others, this is a super fast read, and it feels as though once these basic instructions are through, the story will be ready to really take off. Getting there is a really enjoyable ride, even though Noel is paying the price. Again, I can’t wait for the next one....more
Christian is a young guy, on his own since his parents’ death at an early age. He finds out pretty quickly in the story A review by The Blogger Girls.
Christian is a young guy, on his own since his parents’ death at an early age. He finds out pretty quickly in the story that not only are vampires real, but that he works for one. His eyes are opened pretty quickly after that.
Zander is not just a sexy vampire, he’s a blind sexy vampire, who also happens to be the head vampire. He’s also not like other vamps in that he has been biding his time until his soul mate attains the right age. That soul mate is Christian, whom Zander has been watching over since Christian’s parents were killed. But their bond goes even beyond that. This is no fleeting thing for Zander. He does everything he can to shield and protect Christian as he grew up and then nurtured his transition into a relationship with a vampire.
It takes some convincing, but Christian soon decides he is willing to sacrifice things to be in such a relationship. After all, he’s still a human and the two lead very different lives, due to restrictions and diets, etc. Unfortunately, that isn’t all he must get used to – vampires are very dangerous, at times ruthless and violent, creatures. There is only so much Zander can hide from Christian, especially as the head vamp, but Christian takes most of it in stride and remains devoted to Zander.
There are interesting side characters, some with their own stories, like the vampires’ allies on the police force, and others who try to cause trouble, such as Zander’s second. It was interesting to learn a little about them and to see Christian’s relationships with them change as boundaries are set. They each had their own voices, mannerisms and issues that are dealt with in different ways.
The first part of this story was enjoyable as the guys get to know one another and learn and explore their differences and connection. The second part really picks up and gets more interesting. There is more danger with a murderer on the loose, though the vampires seem to be more at risk than the humans. The writing seemed to really smooth out or feel more polished by the end, and I think Ms. May has a lot of potential. I’m definitely looking forward to seeing more from her in the future....more
Kyle and Clint are best friends and business partners. Kyle is a 3.5 star review by The Blogger Girls.
This was a really sweet story. Short, but sweet.
Kyle and Clint are best friends and business partners. Kyle is a submissive man who has been taken advantage of many times because of that. Clint is the more confident dominant who is in love with Kyle but has been biding his time until Kyle gains enough confidence for him to make his move. He handles Kyle with kid gloves gently steering Kyle in ways that will help Kyle heal. Eventually, Kyle gets up enough nerve to accompany Clint to the bdsm club. He is still apprehensive, but realizes he wants exactly what he sees Clint giving another sub, and Clint is able to make his move of taking things further.
While there are heavier aspects of BDSM going on and lightly described at the club, these guys are not really into those levels. Clint is more of a D/S player, more into control than actual heavy play. They talk about being able to partake of more intense scenes together, but we don’t see any of that. Clint was smexy in his dom mode, as much as Kyle was sweet in his submission.
These guys were really sweet together. I really would have liked to have seen this a bit more fleshed out so that we understood Kyle’s issues a bit more. And I really wanted to see more of Clint and Kyle together. What we did get was well written and nicely paced. It’s a quick read and a really nice palate cleanser. An afternoon delight, if you will. This was my first book by Ms. Walker, but I will definitely be checking out her other books. ...more
The Marine is the story of two young guys, each entering the military under different circumstances, but finding 3.5 star review by The Blogger Girls.
The Marine is the story of two young guys, each entering the military under different circumstances, but finding each other and growing up together in the process.
David is one tough cookie. He had to be to withstand his father’s abuse, and after an especially bad altercation, he left with nowhere to go. This is what led him to the recruitment office.
Matthew is a sweet guy who is out to his understanding family, but now that DADT has been repealed, they are pushing harder than ever for him to follow in the footsteps of his father and grandfather’s military career. While he doesn’t have any interest in actually enlisting, he does so to fulfill his duty to the family.
David takes an interest in Matthew right away, but Matthew is apprehensive given their having to get through boot camp. Even though the military and their superiors are ok with it for the most part, not all of their fellow recruits are on board. David barrels through though, showing everyone he can take whatever anyone else can dish out, pushing back at the bullies while impressing his superiors at the same time.
These guys hit some bumps here and there, but they stick together, and their relationship grows as they become men and Marines. I loved the boot camp action and training and really enjoyed watching their relationship blossom. This was actually quite an easy read, with moments of sweat, blood and tears, but also love, sexy and tender moments. The military aspects were well done and believable, as was the romance. I really liked these two guys together. This is my first story by these authors, and I will definitely be checking out more of their work. If you’re looking for an enjoyable young military recruit story, be sure to check this one out. ...more
I don’t normally read the fluffy stuff, but I admit I do really enjoy reading Cardeno’s stories. This one called to me r A review by The Blogger Girls.
I don’t normally read the fluffy stuff, but I admit I do really enjoy reading Cardeno’s stories. This one called to me right away knowing it was going to be a little sweet with some hot shifter romance thrown in.
Simon is a super sweet Omega who truly does not realize his worth. He was forced from the original pack at an early age, as they didn’t feel a gay omega had anything to offer the pack either. So, he has learned to live a life without a pack, just him and his mother. Fulfilling her dying wish to return to that land, Simon is found and reported to the current pack alpha.
This pack is a little different in that it has two alphas. They are brothers, though Mitch is gay and has never had a desire to lead the pack and chooses to back his brother instead, taking the role of pack enforcer. These guys have soul mates, but it is believed that only truly happens to alphas who are strong enough to both lead the pack and have that type of relationship. Mitch and his brother are each lucky enough to have that.
Mitch senses right away that Simon is his mate, but he has quite a time convincing Simon of this fact, something which he feels Simon should sense on his own. It’s a rough beginning for these two, and Mitch has to tread very carefully so as not to send Simon running for the hills. His methods are a bit harsh at first, but they quickly come to an agreement of sorts, making little deals here and there that enable them to get to know one another. This is what I enjoyed most – watching the trust grow. Mitch could have made things a little easier by providing more information early on or communicating better, but hey, he’s not perfect, and it is his first time with his mate, so emotions and hormones are running a bit strong.
As with all of the Cardeno books I’ve read, I quite enjoyed this one. It was a quick and easy read which I really find refreshing now and then. I’m excited to see where this series is headed and am looking forward to the next one. ...more
I have loved Jason from the very beginning of the this series, so when I saw he was finally getting a book, I was 2.5 star review by The Blogger Girls.
I have loved Jason from the very beginning of the this series, so when I saw he was finally getting a book, I was thrilled. I admit, I didn’t even read the blurb on this one, which I probably should have. But Jason has played a pretty solid role up to this point, both in Jean Claude’s life, as well as Anita’s, and I really wanted to see more happen for him.
Now, however, he has a girlfriend, and he is in love. J.J. is bi-sexual and has a very jealous live-in girlfriend. That isn’t the main issue here though. No, that would be the rough sex Jason needs to have every so often, which J.J. is having trouble understanding. So, Jason, with the help of Nathanial and Domino, talks Anita into helping him explain, in person, together.
Anita is having some issues of her own dealing with all of her men, in addition to the female she now has in her harem, Jade. Jade is a lesbian, who, if you recall, was saved from an evil, abusive and manipulative bastard of a master. So, she has some major issues which are not helping Anita get past her own issues of being with a woman.
What does all this mean? Sex, sex and more sex. I know many of the later books in this series have had a lot of sex, but this one is almost all sex, with the exception of them having a meeting about sex in the beginning. Anita agrees to help show J.J. what they actually mean by rough sex, and J.J. agrees to help Anita with her lesbian skills. The rest of the story is that playing out and their conclusions about what to do with their respective relationships.
I was a bit disappointed this didn’t have any other plot besides fixing these relationship issues. No mention really about what was going on in the series other than how the different characters were coping or not coping with the sex or lack thereof of the right kind of sex. Jean Claude is mentioned, but not so much as a single Ma Petite is heard from him. It was great to see these characters again, but I was really hoping for more of the actual story. Thankfully, it seems things may go back in that direction in the next book. ...more
Taylor and Will are work partners. Both are gay, but it’s a bit of a sore subject that Will won’t let them take t 3.5 star review by The Blogger Girls.
Taylor and Will are work partners. Both are gay, but it’s a bit of a sore subject that Will won’t let them take things further for fear of damaging their friendship. In addition, Taylor is still not back to 100% after his injury, and he is having a bit of a hard time with Will babying him. So, the tension is a bit high. In an effort to try and salvage their friendship, Will convinces Taylor to go hiking.
The trip doesn’t seem to be as productive as Will had hoped, and before long, they are distracted by their discovery of a wrecked plane. They discover it most likely belongs to a recent case of missing escaped robbers. Money is found and hidden, and the action picks up as the missing escapees show up in search of their loot. The bad guys take control, and there are a few close calls, all of which show Taylor and Will exactly what they mean to each other.
I had a little trouble in the beginning of this with the guys already in the middle of their issues. It didn’t feel like the first book of a series. But, it didn’t take long for me to get the feel of things. They had some great banter, which I always love. The mystery/suspense takes over most of this story, with the guys sort of taking a back seat for a bit, but it is that very mystery and ensuing action, that played such a major role in how these guys end up.
This was a pretty fast-paced read, especially once things heated up. It’s not very long, so it kind of feels like it’s over before it really gets going. That just made me want to jump right into the next book. I’m really looking forward to seeing Taylor and Will’s relationship grow as this series progresses and am curious to see what other hurdles they may face. ...more
Family issues and misunderstandings abound in this story.
Andrew left his home after what he believed was a very b 3.5 star review by The Blogger Girls.
Family issues and misunderstandings abound in this story.
Andrew left his home after what he believed was a very big betrayal by his best friend and his sister. But, it isn’t quite what you think. His sister is an evil, careless bitch who orchestrated and is involved in everything that leads to all of Andrew’s problems. For the sake of his family, who has always turned a somewhat blind eye to the sister’s actions, he leaves and makes his own life.
He’s a computer geek, a masterful hacking computer geek, who got caught by the feds and was given the “option” of working for them or going to prison. This is part of the side story and another of Andrew’s major problems. He’s basically between a rock and a hard place. He has been gathering info on his boss’ shady dealings but has yet to find anyone he can trust enough to hand over the information.
When he finally does go home to visit, family issues come to a head and things are cleared up with Teddy, his big firefighting best friend, though it takes a while for all the details to come out and then be believed by the parties involved. Once it does, they are really sweet together. Unfortunately, it isn’t long before Andrew’s troubles chase him down. Teddy sticks by him as things heat up, which is good, because it seems Andrew has very few people he can trust as the danger grows.
There is a bit of mystery and intrigue here, and even though it’s a bit unrealistic at times, I quite enjoyed the overall story. The guys were great together - a big lovable alpha Teddy and seemingly shy computer nerd Andrew. It was nice to see Andrew patch things up a bit more with his family as well. This is a fairly fast-paced story, and while it didn’t blow me away, I found it quite enjoyable. ...more
Wow, this was even better than the last segment! Theoden is one sexy badass vamp! He takes no prisoners, well, ok, he do A review by The Blogger Girls.
Wow, this was even better than the last segment! Theoden is one sexy badass vamp! He takes no prisoners, well, ok, he does, but he is literally quite something to watch. He clearly has an agenda, and he does not stray or give in at all.
Poor Noel is doomed. He is fighting the realization that he is now one of THEM, the hated vamps. He refuses to give in or give an inch where Theoden is concerned, but that does not go well for him. Theoden has many painfully creative ways to teach Noel lessons and they are quite detailed. Lessons that he makes sure will not have to be learned again. Unfortunately for Noel, due to his now vamp status, he heals rather quickly which enables him to be tortured/abused in these lessons, heal and then go through it all again. Granted, he has brought much of it on himself, but you still feel quite badly for him and his predicament. I may have cringed more than once, but I was riveted to my kindle for every word.
In this segment, Noel is brought to Theoden’s home where we meet some of his other “children.” We don’t get to see much of them, but they are quite intriguing and are all excited with the prospect of a new plaything. I was left in anticipation of what is to come with this “family” and really cannot wait to find out.
This is a really quick read, but it is jam packed and kept me on the edge of my seat. I sure hope Nicholas doesn’t keep us waiting too long for the next segment, because I’m hooked and jonesing for more ...more
There are certain authors who just have a quality and style of writing that just clicks. For me, that is Jack Pyk 4.5 star review by The Blogger Girls.
There are certain authors who just have a quality and style of writing that just clicks. For me, that is Jack Pyke. There is so much depth to her stories – they grab hold and don’t let go until long after the book is closed, if at all. This is why Jack is an auto-read author for me, and to say I was super excited when I saw this new story, Broken Ink, is a gross understatement. I am thrilled to report that status has not changed.
Broken Ink is, much like the name and blurb indicate, a very intricate story. While I felt as though I didn’t understand what was going on at all times, the writing just captivated me. From the get go, when the children are taken and forced to be tattooed by Matt, I was riveted. Aside from that, there is something very sinister going on where the ink is concerned, but it really takes the whole story to fully understand what that entails. How can you not feel for the three surviving original inked children, Kiyen (Yen), Collin and Erin? How can you not feel something for Matt, the man forced those many years ago to tattoo those kids and who is now trying his hardest to make things right? And then there is Jules, the man who oversees them, their caretaker, “leader” and seeming mastermind behind the program.
Kiyen is on the run, hiding away from MI7, though they seem to be allowing it at the time. He has taken something important from Collin and Erin, and they want it back. Unfortunately, Yen seems to have blocked this out, not having any idea what they could be after. It is a big game of cat and mouse which leads to many twists and turns as the mystery unfolds. They each have unique “skills” from their ink, and they each use them against each other at one time or another. Yen’s bigger problem at first is that his ink has been locked. Matt enlists the aid of Falen (Fal), a young man who is somewhat hiding as well.
Fal was inked after the ink had been altered from its original, mostly lethal state, forcing him to be a sex slave. He’s also a low-level empathy, but he has the ability to unlock Yen, and they are drawn together via their different inks. They spend a lot of time fighting this and each other. Sounds a bit crazy, I know.
Like I said, this story is as intricate as the ink itself. There are twists and turns and lots of page turning, sometimes emotional, sometimes edge of your seat, action. Yen and Fal do not have the typical romantic relationship. Though they do seem to have things a bit more worked out at the end, there are still many issues in the way. But, it ends with them working together and forming a small family unit with a few others, in a way that leaves you to hope there are brighter skies ahead for them.
I didn’t want to put this story down once I started, and I absolutely was not ready for it to end. This is the kind of story that you can easily imagine took quite a bit of energy for the author to white. The blurb states this is a BDSM read, but honestly, I didn’t recall that being a very big element. There is so much going in here that anything of that nature, and even anything sexual, really takes a back seat to the rest of the plot. If you like paranormal/dystopian/futuristic type stories, you will not want to miss out on this one. It’s a very creative world, indeed. ...more