Series: Mistress and Master of Restraint (Book 10)
Author: Erica Chilson
Length: Novel (311 pages)
Publisher: Erica Chilson (August 16, 2013)
Heat Level: Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥ 2 Hearts
Blurb: Cortez Abernathy, the modern day whipping boy. The orphan always walked alongside the man he was destined to shadow, enjoying the wealth, the indulgences, the influence, and the opportunities of the elite. Ezra Holden Zeitler was coddled, protected because he was the last of his family’s line. The heir would act out, and fearing Ezra’s tantrums and his mental illness, Cortez took the blame… the consequences… the punishments.
From the outside looking in, Cortez is selfish, lazy, and untrustworthy. Cortez tries to scream the truth, but no one ever takes him seriously- never listens. “Ezra did it!” In actuality, Cort is brutally honest while his lips twist into a charming smirk and his eyes glisten with amusement.
This life, this game, Ezra, has taken a toll on Cortez. The whipping boy only had one thing to call his own. It was inborn, a passion for words. The latest punishment rendered Cortez blocked, left to walk an endless abyss of an empty imagination. Without Cort’s ability to delve into his imaginary worlds, he was forced to live in reality.
Lost… confused… Cortez Abernathy struggles to survive.
One simple acknowledgement frees Cortez’s words. “Daddy.” The muse awakens from her long slumber and demands that Cortez go back to the beginning. Cortez Abernathy begins writing a memoir, The Hunter. As he pours his soul onto the pages, he begins to heal.
Review: Cortez, Ezra, and Katya are dealing with some very real issues that crop up sooner or later in some polyamorous relationships. And like most poly relationships, their household is more than just the three of them. They are a family with children. And like their children, they too have grown up in and around the affluent and the powerful, the sadistic and the masochist. But Cortez does not know who he is, other than totally in love with Ezra.
Erica Chilson’s 10th instalment of her series Mistress and Master Restraint is not for the faint of heart. Snuggle up; get good and comfy, because even if you are a dedicated fan of the series, you are in for a bumpy read.
Was it the incestuous (cousins) relationship? True, that is a limit of mine, but I read on. Was it the polyamorous lifestyle they lived? No. That was familiar. I had experience with, no limit there. Was it the BDSM? Have we met? Hardly. Even when the predictable storyline screamed stop! The writing…the writing flowed. The characters had depth (and I like to believe, not having read the other nine of the series, these were all incidental characters) and emotional gravitas.
However, the constant chapter past/present/present flashing proved too much. I cut my teeth on writers who were masters and mistresses of the art of flashbacks and flash forwards and sideways but this novel Wily Wonker’ed me to distraction following Cortez around his life.
There even seemed to be more than a few moments when I truly believed that this might have been a Paranormal story because the author could have quite smoothly gone in that direction and then my only reaction would have been, “Well, d’uh. Finally!”
While I was trying to decide which one of us, the main character or myself needed to try the better living through chemistry route I perused the other reviews of this novel. You will be happy to note that I am in the minority. Apparently, there is a twist-ending cliffhanger you won’t see coming. So I won’t spoil it for you here.
Author: Tara Spears
Length: Novel (444pages)
Publisher: T.O.S.O.L Books (June 11th, 2013)
Heat Level: Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts
Blurb:No one told Trey Grey that life could be dark and unpredictable. With the death of his father when he was eight, his mother’s departure from Earth on a syringe full of heroin, and the brutal abuse of his stepfather, Trey learned these lessons all too well on his own.
Now at twenty years of age, he is nearing the completion of his accounting degree and can finally glimpse the end of his life as a prostitute. The only profession he has ever known.
Wracked by nightmares of Willie’s years of abuse, and controlled by severe obsessive-compulsive disorders as a result, he seems to have a tentative handle on his own life. That is, as long as he keeps a death-grip and no one touches his Camaro, kitten.
But even the best-laid plans can be torn to gory bits.
His savior comes in the unlikely form of a spiky-haired blond named Justin, after a night of drunken debauchery that neither of them seems able to forget. Justin might just need Trey as much as Trey needs him.
Trey travels through his fearscapes and begins to find his own forgiveness, but at what cost to the manic-depressive Justin? Will they be able to live through the trauma of each other’s lives and find their own version of normal?
This is a gritty and raw story about escapism, and how one’s life can alter course when you least expect it. Trey looks at his own life with an irony that is sometimes amusing and often shocking, yet quickly draws the reader to his corner. Public Press Review
Review: Awesome cover. Warning this book does have child abuse and rape.
You have to give the author a round of applause for dealing with such a touchy subject. Well done!
I really liked this book. I like stories that deal with difficult situations and these deals with child abuse and rape in a very direct, compelling and heart-gripping story of a young man, Trey Grey.
Trey is a prostitute that has lots of street knowledge, since he has been on the street since he was a young boy. He is free from his stepfather, but this is the only way he has to make money and get through college.
Trey has secrets, so he doesn’t have any friends or steady boyfriends. With his past abuse, he has lots of issues with sex and accepting it as pleasure. And he can’t have anyone stay the night, since he has night terrors and sometimes loses it for days at a time.
He meets Justin at a restaurant, one day, and goes with him to a sex party at Justin’s. He has unique feelings and finds that Justin may be the one man who can deal with him, since he seems to have Demons of his own to deal with.
I really loved how this story unfolded with Trey’s past coming to us in vivid dreams that lead to him waking up in tragedy. I did find, at times, the transitions threw me a bit, until I realized we were back in a dream or just woke up.
Trey’s story is sadly beautiful, yet tragic. Beautiful in the sense that the poor man is dealing with such issues alone, trying to overcome his dark past, and surviving. The romance between Justin is a bit fast, yet they do take it slow and don’t have over expectations. I cannot wait for the next book to see how Trey manages his life.
If you like a story with lots of angst, dealing with tragedy, overcoming the past, and some hot sex, give this a try. I guarantee you will look at child-abuse in a different light.
Author: Kathleen Lee
Length: Short (39 pages)
Publisher: Kathleen Lee (July 23rd, 2013
Heart: ♥♥♥ 3 Hearts Liked it
Blurb: When trouble strolls in, common sense walks out.
After a lifetime of rejection by those he loved, Gary returned to the one place that once made him happy and resigned himself to a life alone. Opening his bar–aptly named ‘Trouble’–was his way of building a future and reminding himself, what he needed to stay away from. So when Trouble–AKA Brock–walks into his bar one night, he’s determined to keep his distance. No good could come from falling for Brock’s adorable smile and handsome face. Except, Brock seems just as determined to win Gary over, as Gary is to stay away. And when Gary realizes Brock may be the real deal, he must choose between protecting his heart or taking the ultimate chance on love.
Review: This is a well-written short story. This is the story of Gary’s metamorphosis and Brock is the instrument for change. In 12,000 words, the author conveys how one man has deliberately chosen to hide himself away from life and how another man can open a window and allow him to see that his life can change. Gary will need to get past himself and his own issues if he’s to find his HEA; and the author deftly demonstrates how Brock can show him how to do that.
Gary’s bar is a very apt setting for the tale and when the reader is introduced to Brock’s living situation, it is a foreshadowing of Gary’s impending character development and accepting the things that could change his life for the better. The conflict when it occurs is fitting, providing reader angst and changes the trajectory of the plot to bring about the final resolution to end the story.
All in all, this is a very satisfying short read. Characters are as well-developed as they can be in a short story, great use of language and dialogue, nice descriptions and a HEA to leave the reader with a smile.
Series: L.A. Paranormal #3
Author: Lou Harper
Length: Novella (111 pages)
Publisher: Lou Harper (September 13th, 2013)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥4.5
Blurb: Jon Cooper used to think he wanted a life free of complications, but that was before he got involved with his roommate, Leander. Jon knows that the only thing he can’t lose is what he doesn’t have, but where does that leave him?
Leander Thorne, on the other hand, is an easygoing bookworm, with an addiction to books and cooking shows, and a soft spot for Jon, despite Jon’s grumpiness. He also happens to be a psychic specializing in finding lost pets and—more recently—lost people. He’s good at it. Too good if you ask Jon,
Unsolved crimes, missing people and bodies buried in the Mojave Desert make Jon’s and Leander’s lives anything but uncomplicated. Jon is forced to dig into his soul and find a way to let go of his past if he wants to keep Leander.
Review: I must first admit that I haven’t read the previous book in this series and I usually don’t think it’s fair to review a book without the back-story, but even so, I was enthralled. Maybe it’s because I like a good murder/mystery, or possibly, because Jon and Lender have such wonderful chemistry and a strong partnership when they go on adventures for Leander’s psychic work. Either way this story captured my imagination as well as the main characters capturing my heart. I love the way Jon takes such care of Leander, making sure he wears sunscreen, eats well, and watched out for his general well-being, all the while denying what his heart already knows, he’s totally lost in love with “Andy” and needs to come to terms with and admit it before he loses him.
The psych job Leander is on, the hunt to discover what has happened to heir apparent Ethan sends Jon and Andy on a wonderful wild goose chase. It’s also interesting to see Leander come into his psychic skills set and develop it. The secondary characters Harper introduces are quite complex and spike my curiosity also, they have plenty enough strength to balance the main story. The ending is surprising, and I especially enjoy the epilogue! I can say no more else, I give it all away. Definitely, a recommended read, in fact I’m going in search of Books 1-2, so I can be fully involved in Harper’s intriguing plot twists.
Title: If It Ain’t Love
Author: Tamara Allen
Genre: Historical (depression era)
Length: 34 pages (free edition)
Publisher: Tamara Allen (Aug. 25 2011)
Heat Level: Low – Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts
Blurb:In the darkest days of the Great Depression, New York Times reporter Whit Stoddard has lost the heart to do his job and lives a lonely hand-to-mouth existence with little hope of recovery, until he meets Peter, a man in even greater need of new hope.
Purchase Link: Free- http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/86037
Review: This story won my heart. I love the cover also. It’s so well written for such a short story.
Whit Stoddard is a reporter in the time of the Great Depression. He is barely doing enough stories to get by. He meets Peter a man who is just fallen to the Great Depression. Peter changes Whit’s life in so many ways and shows him there is still humanity in the world and maybe even a chance for a man to find love.
This is a very beautiful story. I find I love this era. The way the author describes things so simply but elegantly; I felt as if I were there in the bread lines or there in the hotel with all the homeless. It is also one of those stories with some deeper meaning. You really should read it. It’s free so what do you have to lose?
I highly recommend this if you like depression era stories, reporters, love, hope for life and an all-around good story.
Author: Lavinia Lewis
Length: Novella (154pgs)
Publisher: Lavinia Lewis (24th August 2013)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥3½ - 4 Hearts
Blurb: Vampire prince Thomas Vanderguard has been alone for over two hundred years – ever since the deathblow that killed his companion Jacob. For centuries, Drones have sought to eradicate his family’s royal lineage so that a rival family may seize the throne and gain control of their territory. But Thomas’s life of self-imposed solitude came to an end a little over a year ago when Daniel Alexander walked into his life. After months of refusal, Thomas finally gives in to Daniel’s request to change him into a vampire even though he fears Daniel will meet the same fate as Jacob.
With a possible eternity of happiness stretched out in front of them, can Thomas keep his lover safe or is history about to repeat itself?
Review: Thomas has refused to love for two hundred years. The loss of his lover, Jacob, to the Drones scarred him deeply and he hasn’t been able to give his heart again. Since then Thomas has swore to destroy the Drones who want to wipe out his family, the Royal vampire family, but one night his world is turned on end when he meets Daniel. Daniel won’t take no for an answer and Daniel stumbles into Thomas’ world of danger, but Daniel knows what he wants and he wants eternity with the vampire he loves.
This story is a pretty good vampire story of love and determination. The story starts now, as Thomas is turning his lover Daniel, we get his worry and his feelings of love for Daniel and the loving support of Thomas’ family. It then goes back into the past to when Thomas and Daniel first met and the beginning of their relationship; we see how their attraction is instant but the different reactions to that attraction by the two men. Thomas pushes Daniel away, determined to keep him from his dangerous world, and Daniel is gung-ho on pursuing Thomas.
We get a very good feel for the history of the war between the vampires and the Drones and the reason behind it all, we see the danger that stalks the vampires and can fully understand Thomas’ reluctance to bring another lover into his world. Daniel falls into the world anyway and you admire his determination to pursue what he wants, even when he is scared. Their relationship is rocky at first, but evens out when Thomas opens his heart. But, that doesn’t mean it is all perfect. Because Daniel wants forever and Thomas still wants to keep Daniel safe from his world.
While Daniel and Thomas’ relationship progresses there is still the war with the Drones going on and we see the development of that as well, the losses and how it affects the characters, the devastation and the determination to wipe out the Drones. We also get to see the end of the war in an unusual conclusion.
So I found this story to be full of action, love, and worry. I am gunna have to recommend this to those who love vampires at war, finding and accepting love in trying conditions, hot sex and sweet love and a great ending.
Author: C.K. Alexander
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: Novel (125 pages)
Publisher: C.K. Alexander (May 4th 2013)
Heat Level: Moderate to Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4Hearts
Blurb: Chase and Jimmy have been a couple for years. When age begins to take a toll on Jimmy’s mother, both men head down to Jimmy’s native Alabama to help her out. They understand that they are walking into a town firmly planted in the Bible Belt, where Jimmy stayed in the closet because of his fear of judgment. But they don’t understand just how bad it can get, and how it will threaten to tear their good relationship apart.
Over the course of two weeks, old friendships rise up like ghosts and new problems rush in like a hurricane from the coast. Can Chase and Jimmy survive a town hell-bent on judgment? Or will they see their good relationship unravel under the strain?
Warning: Contains Steamy Male on Male Action Along With Mature Language
Review: Jimmy hasn’t much been home in over ten years, but now he’s headed there to visit his ailing mother with his boyfriend, Chase, in tow. When Jimmy graduated high school, he couldn’t get out of Alabama fast enough. Surrounded by hatred and ignorance he always hid his sexuality, and to this day, no one but his mother knows the truth about Jimmy and Chase.
Jimmy’s mom is very old-fashioned, even giving them the “you can’t sleep in the same bedroom!” ultimatum. Her and Chase take to each other immediately, but she is still hesitant to admit to herself that her son is gay. So she tries to push him toward his ex girlfriend. This coupled with fact that Jimmy refuses to acknowledge their ten-year relationship around his friends pushes Chase away. Jimmy soon learns that his fear of coming out may cost him the person he loves the most.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Eventually we all end up back home and if something drove you away, you end up having to come to terms with that as well, if you haven’t already. Chase was already the mature male in their relationship, and Jimmy had issues he had to deal with on his own terms. Alexander made sure that Jimmy remained a likeable character, even when his head was up his ass. His insecurities and unassuredness made him the perfect guy for Chase who was confident and outspoken.
The addition of just a couple of basic secondary characters really took this story up a notch for me. It was refreshing to see another side of the jilted ex girlfriend, Monica. Yes, she was pissed, at first, to learn of Jimmy’s sexuality. But only because she’d always thought something was wrong with her, to explain away his lack of interest. When the dust settles she stands by Jimmy and makes sure he knows he has a friend. And momma, although old-fashioned and slightly stubborn, eventually finds common ground with Chase. Jimmy. She sees the way they are with each other, stolen glances, and tender moments and realizes Chase truly does love her son. She can argue the right or wrong of being gay till the cows come home, but she can’t argue love.
This little book packs a lot in its pages. Love, compassion, ignorance, and understanding. And you know that Jimmy and Chase found a way around momma’s separate beds rule! I definitely recommend this book; it has a nice HEA, bonus!
Series: #1 in The Haunted Heart Series
Author: Josh Lanyon
Length: Novella (147 pages)
Publisher: Josh Lanyon (August 26th, 2013)
Heat Level: Mild
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4Hearts
Blurb: First in a new series!
Still grieving over the sudden death of his lover, antiques dealer Flynn Ambrose moves to the old, ramshackle house on Pitch Pine Lane to catalog and sell the large inventory of arcane and oddball items that once filled his late uncle’s mysterious museum.
But not all the items are that easy to catalog. Or get rid of…
The Haunted Heart series. Four seasons. Four ghosts. Two hearts.
Winter. Since Alan died, Flynn isn’t eating, isn’t sleeping, and isn’t spending a lot of time looking in mirrors. But maybe he should pay a little more attention — because something in that 18th Century mirror is looking at him.
Review: A ghostly murder/mystery in true Lanyon form. While this new series has a lot of the bookmarks of the Holmes & Moriarity series, the ghosts are all new, and the tormented and depressed Flynn gives me chills. The “agreement” he works out with his family haunted the back of my mind, having thought I knew what it might be, awaiting the big reveal. Now I must say I am a fan of Josh’s work. I am a murder/mystery hound, and when you throw in two hot lovers, it’s even better! The spookiness, the clues, and chasing down leads into the lady in the mirror kept me thoroughly entertained. The sexual content is not the main draw here, and while it was sensual, the bedroom scenes were merely a stepping-stone for this ghost riddle-solving new couple, or should I say roommates. I look forward to the rest of the series, and hopefully Kirk can work some sense, and sensuality, into Flynn’s life! If you love sleuthing, grab this book!
Author: Kade Boehme
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: Novella (104 pages)
Publisher: Kade Boehme (September 2nd, 2013)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5Hearts
Blurb: Ryan Borja met the guy of his dreams in college. Brady Novak was kind, responsible, and easy on the eyes. Yeah, the guy had a kid but Ryan loved her too. What could go wrong? Well, Ryan’s sister Ellie, that’s what. Ellie is a flighty; love-em-and-leave-em kinda girl with a big heart who doesn’t realize she dated the guy Ryan had fantasized about. But, like all of Ellie’s other relationships, this one ended within two months, just in time to send Brady running off to take a job in Phoenix, taking Ryan’s heart with him.
Ryan never thought he’d see Brady again until eight years later Ryan’s sister blindsides him by announcing that not only is Brady back in Atlanta but she’d asked him out on a date. And he’d accepted. As if that wasn’t enough to send Ryan on a tailspin, a neighborhood girl brings him face to face with Brady in an unexpected way.
Brady can’t believe when he sees Ryan again. He assumed Ryan had moved on from Atlanta, like he’d always said he would. But Brady hasn’t forgotten his cute, nerdy friend and wants nothing more than to have a chance to try the relationship they never got to have all those years ago, but convincing Ryan that he hadn’t slept with Ellie proves difficult. Ryan is still hurt over the way they left things and makes it an uphill battle, but Brady has waited too long. He’ll damn well give a good go of trying to get his man and with the help of his precocious teenage daughter and a little help from friends; they may just get their Happily Ever After.
Review: Ryan and Ellie Borja share more than just blood, they also happen to be attracted to the same man. Brady Novak stormed into their lives eight years ago when they were in college, and then blew out just as quickly several months later, taking Ryan’s heart with him. Brady was graduating and had landed a great job that would give him the ability to support himself and his young daughter, Delila. Miscommunication and Misunderstandings led Ryan to believe Brady was upset over his breakup with his sister. When in fact, Brady was more upset because he was losing Ryan.
Time heals all wounds, and over the next eight years, Ryan got over Brady, or so he thought. Until his sister shares the news that Brady is back in town, worse still, she has a date with him. Old feelings that Ryan thought were long-buried resurface and he’s flooded with the memories he’s tried so hard to forget. Ryan is nothing if not stubborn and hard-headed, the more Brady tries to talk to him the more Ryan pushes him away. Add to that the precocious teenager that lives in Ryan’s building who is hell-bent on setting Ryan up with her dad, and these two have several hurdles to climb. If only Brady could get Ryan to stand, still long enough to be honest with him about his feelings.
Boehme is quickly becoming a loud voice within the M/M genre with stories that are based on realistic life events and contain extremely likeable characters. I’m not usually a fan of angst within a storyline, but Boehme has a knack of knowing how to mold the angst into passion and love that make it bearable and believable. I think the moral of this story is to be honest about your feelings, not only with yourself but with that person as well. How do you know what he or she is thinking, if you never ask? Oh, and have some mind-blowing sex and blow jobs coupled with some toe-curling kisses on that journey as well, I mean what’s life… without a little fun?
Series: Moon Pack, #1
Author: Amber Kell
Length: Novella (54 pages)
Publisher: Amber Kell (June 11th, 2013)
Heat Level: Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥3 Hearts
Blurb: This is a re-release with minimal changes.
Anthony Carrow never thinks to find the love of his life when he goes to a bar with his best friend Steven Dell. Getting over the death of his lover has been a hard task for Anthony. After two years he’s still broken-hearted and doesn’t have any intention of joining the dating scene. However, going with Steven to scope out a werewolf club to help his friend find a mate leads to unexpected consequences.
Silver, alpha leader of the Moon pack, has been searching for his mate for a long time. Unhappy with the men he meets he’s given up searching for the man of his dreams until Anthony walks into the bar.
Can a man who’s already suffered a loss once be persuaded to give love a second try or will fear hold them back from finding the love they both deserve.
Purchase Link: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/325262
Review: Anthony is getting over the death of his lover and his friend Steven has talked him into going to a shifter nightclub with him.
This is a pretty good story of shifters and other paranormal beings. There is some BDSM, lots of shifters and paranormal beings, and some pretty hot man-sex
I recommend this if you’re looking for a short fast read, paranormal romance, hot alphas, and sexy subs.