The Pride of Amsterdam by Elizabeth Coldwell

23690535Title: The Pride of Amsterdam
Series: Lionhearts, #1
Author: Elizabeth Coldwell
Genre: Paranormal
Length: Novella (142 pages)
Publisher: Totally Bound Publishing (January 16th, 2015) Available for Early download December 19th, 2014
Heat Level: Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 3.5 Hearts
Blurb: When an ancient enemy is summoned to destroy his pride, a lion shifter must fight to protect the man he loves.

Kees van der Veer has never forgotten the mysterious stranger who seduced him on Millennium Eve and who promised that when the time was right, they would be together again. Returning to Amsterdam after fifteen years away, he is reunited with that stranger, entering into a world of love and danger he could never have imagined.

Arjan is a lion shifter, part of a pride who has lived in Amsterdam since its Golden Age. He has spent fifteen years regretting the need to drive his destined mate away after one night of blissful passion. But only once they meet again can he reveal to Kees the truth of his heritage. When an old enemy is summoned to destroy the pride, Arjan must act to protect not only his family but also the man he loves.

Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of light BDSM and food-play.

ISBN: 978-1-78430-368-6

Purchase Link: https://www.totallybound.com/the-pride-of-amsterdam

Reviewer: Leigh

Review: This book is first book of a series and should be read in order.

One wild night on New Year’s Eve 1999 was all they had. Kees left Amsterdam after giving his virginity to Arjan. Kees goes on with his life first in London and then in New York City. Until Kees comes back to Amsterdam after fifteen years for a job at a business based there. Little does he know that the owner of the company is none other than Arjan.

Kees is an expert in corporate espionage and Arjan is having a problem with someone selling company secrets. From the first moment the two meet the attraction and draw to each other is still there. The two start-up a relationship as Kees investigates and Arjan explains everything to Kees about why he left him like he did and who is really is. However, there is an old enemy of the lion shifters that is now hunting and killing members of the pride. So things are far from easy for the two MCs.

The sex between the two is nice and hot. There are only minor elements of BDSM, mostly bondage and a little spanking. I loved the rich descriptions of Amsterdam. I liked the story and the intrigue into finding out who is behind the deaths and security issue. The romance between Arjan and Kees is immediately intimate but there is not instant love. They got to know each other first, and Kees still has doubts almost up to the very end. So nothing was perfect from the start and I liked that.

This is the first book I have read by the author, but it will not be the last I don’t think. I look forward to seeing what happens in this series.

* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review through http://mmgoodbookreviews.wordpress.com *

Through The Last Door by J.A. Jaken, Book Blast, Guest Post, Review & Giveaway!

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Well peeps, we have a great treat for you now, J.A. Jaken has stopped by for a visit with her brand new release Through the Last Door, it’s a fantastic fantasy story and we convinced J.A. to tell us about writing Through the Last Door, she’s also letting you all have a peek at an excerpt and we have a fantastic giveaway where you can win your own copy! So enjoy the post and my review and click that Rafflecopter link <3 ~Pixie~ 

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 Through the Last Door

 by

J.A. Jaken

When Kaori Sansa’s father dies, he is forced to return home to claim the throne as the rightful heir of the country of Kazure. In the aftermath of his father’s death, he learns that the country he loves is riddled with corruption, and is hovering on the brink of war. Will he be able to hold the kingdom together despite the odds that are stacked against it, and somehow unlock the buried powers of Shinja, the Sacred Beast of Kazure?

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A Scout is Brave by Jay Jordan Hawke Blog Tour, Excerpt, Review & Giveaway!

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Hi peeps, we have Jay Jordan Hawke stopping by today with his brand new re-release A Scout is Brave. Jay lets us have a peek at an excerpt and there’s a great giveaway, we also have Cat’s review for you to enjoy. So enjoy the post and click that Rafflecopter link <3 ~Pixie~

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 A Scout is Brave

The Two-spirit Chronicles: Book Two (Sequel to Pukawiss The Outcast)
by

Jay Jordan Hawke

In the months following the brutal murder of Matthew Shepard, fourteen-year-old Joshua, a half Native American boy, is new to a Boy Scout troop and spending a week camping in northern Wisconsin. The weaker kids in the troop soon realize Joshua is not afraid to stand up to the troop’s ruthless bullies. Joshua’s bravery and kindness is infectious, and the bullied Scouts quickly find their own inner strength.

Joshua, however, is plagued by self-doubt as he realizes he has feelings for Cody, the son of the troop’s harsh and puritanical Scoutmaster. The two discover they have more in common than Scouting as they share their deepest secrets and develop a close friendship. That friendship faces its greatest challenge as the homophobic bullies claim a “faggot” has “infected” their troop. As if struggling to come to terms with his sexuality while dealing with hatred and bigotry isn’t enough, Joshua discovers the camp holds another dark mystery, one that will make him summon all his courage and learn for the first time what it truly means to be brave.

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A Likely Story Anthology Release Day Blitz, Review & Giveaway!

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Hiya guys, Wayward Ink Publishing is showing off it’s newest release today and it’s the anthology A Likely Story, there’s several great stories for you to pant over, a giveaway and Lisa give’s her views in her review. So enjoy the post and click that Rafflecopter link <3 ~Pixie~

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 A Likely Story

 Anthology
 by

Various authors

The tales in A Likely Story don’t let truth get in the way of telling a good yarn.

They might push your buttons or make you laugh.

They may make you scoff or spit out your coffee.

You might even scratch your head in disbelief.

Whatever your reaction, the one thing they are guaranteed to do is entertain you!

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(Take advantage of Wayward Ink Publishing’s 12 Days of Christmas Sale http://www.waywardinkpublishing.com/12-days-of-christmas-sale/ 13th – 25th Dec) 

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The Right Words by Lane Hayes Blog Tour, Excerpt, Review & Giveaway!

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Hi peeps, we have Lane Hayes visiting us today with her latest release The Right Words. Lane lets us have a peek at an excerpt and has a fantastic giveaway, so check out the post and Aerin’s review <3 ~Pixie~

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 The Right Words

 (A Right and Wrong Story 01)
by

Lane Hayes

Escaping an abusive relationship left Luke Preston anxious and spouting panic-induced poetry. Desperate for a fresh start, Luke accepts a job remodeling a tired old beach house for a professional soccer player and his model girlfriend. While his passion is literature, not sports, focusing on the renovations eases his anxiety. Until the job he signed up for turns out to be more complicated than advertised.

Sidelined with a serious injury, soccer star Michael Martinez decides his beach house is the perfect place to recuperate. Remodeling might be the diversion he needs to keep his mind off his busted knee. Falling for the pretty designer with some quirky habits wasn’t on the drawing board. Unfortunately, Luke didn’t build a big enough closet for Michael to hide in. Having a star-powered sports career used to be all Michael lived for, but he’ll have to reevaluate his plans and find the right words if he wants to build more than a beach house with Luke.

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A Slow Process of Understanding by Faith Ashlin

23461799Title: A Slow Process of Understanding
Series: N/A
Author: Faith Ashlin
Genre: Contemporary/Alternate Reality/Dubious Consent & Rape
Length: Novel (263 pages)
Publisher: Totally Bound (December 19th, 2014)) Available for early download
Heat Level: Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4Hearts
Blurb: How does a world that accepts slavery affect both master and slave? Can two people build a new life for themselves with a start like theirs?

It’s a world like this one except for the all-powerful State that’s very firmly in control and the fact that slavery is legal. Jimmy had never really thought about it or the fight for freedom going on around him. He was too busy enjoying his privileged life as an actor on a sci-fi show.

But what is he meant to do when he’s forced to permanently bond to a slave he doesn’t want just because he made one silly, drunken mistake? Does it change who he is, what he is?
Trouble is, Jimmy isn’t sure who he was to start with. He’d never thought about it.

And what about his slave, Nate? Can a slave force Jimmy into learning something about himself?

ISBN: 978-1-78430-339-6

Product Link: https://www.totallybound.com/a-slow-process-of-understanding

Reviewer: Prime

Review: The fact this was alternate reality had me intrigued, added in the fact that this tackles the tricky area of slavery also had me intrigued. The concept of slavery in this in interesting because it’s not quite the slavery we know of the past from England and the Americas or even the serfdom seen in Russia and medieval Europe. It’s somewhere between ownership for cheap labour and a personal slave, crossed with compulsory sexual slavery.

Jimmy has committed a minor crime; maybe, he said something the government (The State) weren’t happy about. Part of his punishment is to become a slave owner – in order to make him more responsible and follow The State’s dictates. Basically, I saw it as like giving a little kid a pet and telling them to a responsible pet owner and look after the animal. Jimmy and his slave, Nate, are forced into what The State calls being bonded, which is pretty much marriage. Jimmy is all heart. From the start, although he sees the prospect of having sex with his slave a good way of getting no string sex (because bonding with a slave means consummation must take place). His vulnerability, or more accurately, his naivety comes up a number of times but he shows strength, regardless. He doesn’t want to abuse his slave like many people do. So it appears he is more a rebel to the State, perhaps just a bad citizen rather than a bad person.

As for Nate, he seems like a broken man, completely obedient and resigned to his life as a slave. It actually got annoying sometimes, because he also comes across as a sort of shrinking violet type of guy on a few occasions, despite the harsh life of a slave. The only other thing is that I really want to know more about what’s going in Nate’s head. Yes, he is meant to be obedient but I want to know what makes him tick. This is because Nate is an ever-evolving character throughout the entire story.

I also must admit that I started to get bored after a bit, then bam! Plot twist! This made the story for me. I partly feel sorry and used for Jimmy, but this is also, where I really wanted more from Nate’s perspective, because I went from liking him to starting to hate him. Nate also chooses to look over the fact that Jimmy put him through the best rehab for an injured leg he had before he was bonded to Jimmy. He doesn’t seem to want to redeem himself in Jimmy’s in too much of a hurry and it both annoys me yet I enjoy the tension. Call me twisted, but I love it. There is a second major shift in plot over the last third of the book, which works well because of the length. At the same time, it is the reason for the length of the book. I’m not sure if this second twist was entirely necessary, regardless of how well everything flows.

A couple of points on my mind: Jimmy’s sentence for his “crime”. Although to be fair, this same point is questioned by multiple characters in the book as well it’s never properly explained. All in all, I have some mixed feelings about this, but I suppose that has to do with the nature of slavery influencing my thinking. The other point is that so much emphasis is placed on Jimmy as “changing” when he was never inherently a bad person – at least to me.

This is well written and the characters develop nicely. At first I felt that Jimmy was selfish and Nate was sweet, then my thinking was flipped more than a couple of times throughout. There were a couple of times when one or the other needed a hit on the upside of the head. Ultimately, I was just on the edge of my proverbial seat; just wanting to known happens to this certainly unique couple. This book isn’t for the faint of heart and some scenes are just brutal, but still it flows so well.

The pace starts off a bit slow, but after Jimmy is released from prison the action and emotion picks up and follows nonstop through to the end. And if nothing else, the title of this book was aptly chosen.

* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review through http://mmgoodbookreviews.wordpress.com *

Snow and Moose and Finnish Secrets by Reni Kieffer

SnowandMooseandFinnishSecretsLGTitle: Snow and Moose and Finnish Secrets
Series: Dreamspinner Press’ 2014 Advent Calendar: Celebrate
Author: Reni Kieffer
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short (25 pages)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (December 1st, 2014)
Heat Level: Low
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts
Blurb:When Jake takes his boyfriend Ian home to celebrate Christmas with his parents in the Finnish woods, Ian, a skeptic by nature who has to deny his preference for guys in front of his own family, is not only worried about the reaction of Jake’s family, but also about the feast itself—and the cold. However, within minutes, Jake’s parents make Ian feel warm, welcome, and at home, and begin to introduce him to their Christmas traditions.

The visit goes smoothly until Jake’s ex-girlfriend barges in and drops a bomb that shatters their peace and harmony—a tiny detail Jake failed to mention to his boyfriend. Angry and hurt, Ian struggles to let go of the past and focus on the blessings surrounding him.

A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2014 Advent Calendar package “Celebrate!”.

ISBN: 978-1-63216-753-8
Product Link: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=5857
Reviewer: Prime
Review: Ian is in Finland with his boyfriend, Jake (really Jakko), to meet Jake’s parents for the first time. On top of that, it’s also Christmas and Jake’s parents doesn’t know he’s got a boyfriend instead of a girlfriend. His introduction to Finland is a little rough, not only does he fear bear attacks he finds out the hard way he also has to contend with moose. Jake’s got some drama that he left behind in Finland when he went to study in New York, which was where he met Ian. Now Ian finds himself in the middle of it and Ian is rightfully angry.

I like this one. It’s simple enough and both Jake and Ian are really likable characters. I also like the underlying story of how Ian dislikes Christmas, it shows just how different he and Jake are, yet they work so well. Very cute and very much had me thinking about “walking in a winter wonderland” – which is pretty good for someone who gets heatwaves at Christmas instead of cold winter.

* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review through http://mmgoodbookreviews.wordpress.com *

Defective Desires by Angelique Voisen

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Series: N/A

Author: Angelique Voisen

Genre: Steampunk/Paranormal

Length: Novella (62 Pages)

Publisher: Liquid Silver Books (November 17th, 2014)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥3Hearts

Blurb: Discover the exciting, supernatural community of Cogworks in Angelique Voisen’s new paranormal, Steampunk romance, Defective Desires. Caught between the boss he can no longer trust and the vampire he is trying to not fall head-over-heels for, one defective werewolf needs to find answers or they are all doomed … and time is not on his side.

Anemic vampire Codrick Conell Cornelius didn’t know that a blind date would lead to a near-death experience from a burning dirigible. If the fall doesn’t kill his near-human body, the gorgeous Biff Buffington will.

Cod has endured centuries of humiliation being the last vampire of his cursed line. When he finds out the local supernatural community wants him dead, he has nowhere else to go. When Biff offers him an unlikely alliance, Cod is terrified of trusting a man who’s able to turn his knees into jelly and set his heart ablaze.

A werewolf that’s unable to shift doesn’t amount to much in any wolf pack. Abandoned and left to fend for himself, Biff figures that when life hurls lemons at him, he’ll make lemonade. Making a living hunting down rogue supernaturals has more than its share of benefits and enemies. When Biff’s betrayed by his bosses, the last person he’d expect to help him is an anemic vampire. He wants this fiasco done and over with, but his wolf stubbornly believes Cod is his fated mate.

When a prophecy threatens to shake the very foundations of the supernatural community in the Cogworks, can two supernatural defects put aside their confusing feelings for each other in order to stay alive?

ISBN: 9781622101665

Product Link: http://www.lsbooks.com/defective-desires-p968.php

Reviewer: GiGi

Review: An interesting imagining of a Steampunk world, ruled by cogs, floating cities, and air ship transport. A world where there are many paranormals, but of course different species should not breed, and among those there are different classes.

Cod was a perfect character to dislike right off the bat as intended, but I never did warm up to him. Bif seemed rather shallow and diffident too. I really hope this was not an attempt to write in the style of Christopher Moore, because if so, it fails.

I think there was supposed to be humor here. There is some good action in attempts to go unnoticed and to escape capture. The sex scenes are a bit predictable, not really unique, but fun.

My attention was piqued at the blurb, but there was more intrigue in that, than in the short story itself.

Impulsion by James Buchanan

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Series: N/A

Author: James Buchanan

Genre: Contemporary/BDSM/Pony Play Kink

Length: Novella (107 Pages)

Publisher: MLR Press (November 13th, 2014)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4Hearts

Blurb: The on-again, off-again relationship between Bishop and Russ is in its off-again stage but the mustang within Bishop desperately needs to be reined in and the only trainer who can do that is his Cowboy, Russ.

Bishop Priest, Spvr. Probation Officer at Camp Everrett Branch, has an on-again, off-again relationship with Deputy Russell Stolzt, retired. It’s in the off-again stage when Bishop’s forced to deal with his former lover and the hints about the custom bridle and bit he’s left behind. Compounding the demands of the job and Russ, is the stress of a missing detainee. Bishop has to stand up and away from his life or step completely into it.

Problem is, the mustang within Bishop desperately needs to be reined in, and the only trainer who can do that is his Cowboy, Russ.

ISBN: 1020140331

Product Link: http://www.mlrbooks.com/ShowBook.php?book=JBIMPULS

Reviewer: GiGi

Review: Had to wrap my head around this one! I really do enjoy a bit of kink, BDSM, if written well, really turns my crank, but this took some imagination on my part! If you’re read Buchanan before, and specifically enjoy the Deputy Joe series, I think you’ll groove to this.

Russ and Bishop have a past, and details and emotions are slowly spilled out as the story, and the drama at the youth detainment camp develops. It’s a shorter story than Jame’s others, so I felt it was a rather quick transition from Bishop’s day job persona to his role as Russ’ pony, specifically his unbroken, skittish mustang. The details about gear, or tack, help me imagine the transition better, but it’s still a bit difficult to imagine a group being into strictly pony play kink, and not involving other fetish play too.

I’ve been around horses all my life, have owned several throughout the decades, and the author does a good job of getting Bishop to think like a horse, strike out like a horse, even spook like a horse! But I still balked at the sexual stimulus here, specifically the sheath, making the individual ponyboy hung like a horse, I kind of get, but then in another scene, Russ fucks him with it and I lost the connection. I even looked up the horse/phallic sheaths to get a better idea of what was going on in the scenes. It’s little stuff, and maybe because it takes so much to put my head in that space, it didn’t work for me, but might light someone else’s fire.

Now the plot involving the youth camp, troubled kids, how frustrating the system can be, and the missing boy…that was interesting and grabbed my attention. I work with some PO’s and do group activities for troubled kids, so I understand the drive, and the sad, frustrating reality of recidivism. I like how the author sheds light on this, and how important the job is even if only a handful of kids change their lives and take a new direction.

Overall, an interesting, very kinky, quick read. Happy to have new material from James Buchanan!

(Watch Me) Break You by Avril Ashton

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Series: Run This Town 01

Author: Avril Ashton

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Length: Novel (212 pages)

Publisher: Sinner’s Haven Publishing (September 9th 2014)

Heat Level: Extra Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Reviewer: Cat

Blurb: Here comes trouble…

Men. Women. Drugs. Dima Zhirkov’s favorite things. Add in the element of danger and he should be right as rain. But not today. It’s not working, hasn’t for a long time. He’s grasping at the flimsiest of straws to prove he’s indeed strong enough to run his streets. Until he sets eyes on him. In the midst of a room full of strangers, Dima is drawn to a man as cold and dangerous as he’s beautiful. Captivated, Dima embarks on a ruthless campaign to get his new toy into bed.

Here comes the danger…

Xavier “X” Storm is content to pull the strings while someone else handles the day-to-day dealings of his gang, The Rude Boys. He’s after what Dima holds closest—the Coney Island streets. He contracts out the job of killing the Russian, except Dima isn’t that easy to kill. When he suddenly shows up in X’s path, tempting him to indulge in the dirtiest play, he finds Dima isn’t all that easy to shake, either. His cocky attitude and rough submission tempts X to go where he’d vowed to never return, and they plunge head first into an affair fueled by possessive obsession.

Run for cover

Sex and pain Dima can handle, and X delivers the most depraved kind. Their connection is explosive, their games addictive, but Dima can end it whenever he wishes. He doesn’t see that X is breaking him down, giving Dima everything he wants and even more than he ever thought to need. By the time, he realizes who X is and what he wants, Dima is raw, and bullet riddled. It’s run or fight. And Dima doesn’t back down. Neither does X.
Warning: Includes strong BDSM elements.

Purchase Link: http://www.amazon.com/Watch-Break-This-Town-Book-ebook/dp/B00MWMQYHC
Review: I will start with a warning. This isn’t for everyone. There is lots of violence, sadism and masochism, breath-play and rape. This story isn’t for the faint of heart.

Dima is a Russian mob boss, tossed in after his father’s death. His brother wants his position and the elders want his brother in position since he is their puppet. They don’t like Dima’s gentler ways or ideas for change.

Xavier is a complicated man. He likes giving pain and is highly sought in the club scene. Dima is given a pass by Mateo to go here when he finally decided to get his hidden needs met. Dima see Xavier in action and is stricken with obsession to get Xavier to hurt him. Be his new toy. Xavier finally is cornered and one taste of Dima and he is hooked. He can’t get enough of the man. But if Dima finds out that Xavier is more than a high-class lawyer it could end everything.

I don’t know who I liked the most or pitied the most, Xavier or Dima. I found them both hot, intriguing, powerful yet intriguing and sexy. I could see a vulnerability in each man’s strong interior and see how each fit the other so perfectly.

I absolutely loved every terrifying, intriguing, breathtaking, sexy minute! This story is hotter than a forest fire in California! There are so many twists and turns it’s hard to second guess it.

If you like stories out of the box, pain, violence, breath play, fetishes, gangsters, ad mobs, lots of angst, twists and turns and love that can triumph it all you really should read this! !