Review: “The Dom’s Way” by Sean Michael

TITLE: The Dom’s Way
AUTHOR: Sean Michael
SERIES: Iron Eagle Gym, Book 5
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: L.C. Chase
GENRE: BDSM, Contemporary Romance
E-BOOK:Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 200 pages
RELEASE DATE: June 23, 2017
PRICE: $6.99 -e-book / $14.99 –paperback
  

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An Iron Eagle Gym Novel

Neal and Way from The Closet Boy are back, only now they’re Dom and sub, and exploring their relationship through the lifestyle. Way is eager to learn everything, and more in love with his master every day. For his part, Neal can’t believe how lucky he is to have found such an innocent but sensual boy.

As they learn what works best for them both, Way has trouble obeying some of the rules Neal imposes. Like the no touching himself rule. Neal wants Way to learn control, but Way, after so long holding back, has trouble not indulging. The two men must work together to find the balance that brings them each the most satisfaction and happiness.


The Dom’s Way is the fifth book in the Iron Eagle Gym series by Sean Michael. This’s the first book that I have read by Sean Michael and I thought I would give The Dom’s Way a chance since it had a catchy blurb and I like to read BDSM books. I did see from the blurb that Way and Neal were from the book The Closet Boy, but I didn’t realize they were the main characters of the book. I figured they were sub characters that had been introduced and this was their story. My mistake.

I started reading the book and found that I was lost. Especially when I read the first sentence of the second paragraph in the first chapter that said, “Way’ra looked at his lover.” My first thought was who in the world was Way’ra. I had no idea that Way’s real name was Way’ra. It wasn’t in the blurb that way, and I honestly thought it was a typo since the file I was reading still had a round of editing to go before being published. But nope, it wasn’t a typo, it’s actually his full name, and it’s never used again. I also have no idea what Way looks like or what ethnicity he is. It’s never mentioned in the book. There’s a brief, vague description of Neal (the huge muscle-bound blond).
So according to the reviews I have read about the other books in the series being standalone novels, I wouldn’t say this’s a standalone book. This’s a continuation of The Closet Boy, and I wish that I had read it first. I will be reading it next so that I can see how Neal and Way’ra started out. I will say that The Dom’s Way’s heavy on the sex scenes which I greatly enjoyed and the scenes varied, so it wasn’t repetitious.
I did enjoy how Way started out new to the BDSM lifestyle, but by asking questions from his sub friends at the Iron Eagle Gym and by trusting Master Neal, he figured out a lot more about what he likes and didn’t like. He does still have a long way to go, and Master Neal has some very interesting ideas for things he wants to do with his boy.
I also loved the game night with the other Dom’s and their subs. I need to find some new friends to play twister with cause they definitely had a lot more fun than I have ever had playing it.

I did love both Neal and Way though. Poor Way really struggled to be a good sub and follow his master’s rules but he really struggled with not playing with himself without permission and Neal had some very clever ways of punishing his boy. There’s a lot of penis slit play (with sounds and plugs) in this book and a penis getting a Prince Albert piercing. Lots of nipple play and a very needy sub and a master and sub that love each other very much. There’s never any doubt in the book that Neal and Way love each other.

So aside from not knowing what Way looks like or his ethnicity and being confused by the name, in the beginning, I actually really enjoyed the rest of the story and the other Dom’s and their subs at the Iron Eagle Gym. I look forward to reading the other books in the series and to future books in the series.

*Update* I have now read The Closet Boy, but I didn’t want to change my review because these were my original thoughts on the book without having read any of the other books in the series. The Dom’s Way does pick up right where The Closet Boy ends so it’s definitely a continuation of their story, and it did help a lot with figuring out the characters and plot with having read The Closet Boy. So I would recommend reading The Closet Boy before reading The Dom’s Way. There still wasn’t a lot of detail about Way’ra and where he came from or what he looked like. The author never really comes out and states the details he likes to use comparisons instead.

***The ARC was provided by Dreamspinner Press. My review is an honest opinion of the book***

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Review: “A Kind of Home” by Lane Hayes

TITLE: A Kind of Home
AUTHOR: Lane Hayes
SERIES: A Kind Of Story
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Aaron Anderson
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 224 pages
RELEASE DATE: Jun 23, 2017
PRICE: $6.99 -e-book / $14.99 –paperback
  

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Isaac Dalton is the guitarist for Spiral, arguably the biggest rock band in the world. The band’s meteoric rise to superstardom has its perks, but fame and fortune aren’t all they’re cracked up to be. Nonstop touring and performing exhaust him, and when an overzealous fan makes it imperative that Isaac travel with a clingy bodyguard, he is ready for a break from the madness. More so when his newly single first crush shows up on his doorstep. The man is strictly off-limits. He’s a memory from a place Isaac would rather leave behind. And he’s straight.

Fun-loving former athlete slash construction worker Adam McBride desperately needs a new beginning. And New York City is the perfect place to start over and think about how to rebuild his life. A short stint as roommates with his brother’s best friend from high school seems like a mutually beneficial arrangement. However, when friendship gives way to fierce attraction, both men find themselves in unchartered and possibly dangerous territory. Isaac has to decide if he’s willing to take the ultimate risk for a kind of love and a kind of home he never dreamed possible.


Even though this is the fourth of the series, you’ll have no problem whatsoever following the storyline.

Isaac Dalton is the guitarist of the famous rock band Spiral. Spiral became famous like a year ago, but even in this short time, they are rocking the whole wild world.

The story starts when the guys are back from a world tour. Isaac has a stalker, and their manager hired a bodyguard who follows every step of the guitarist. Isaac is not used to that. He’s coming from a small-town . The music is his everything, he doesn’t really care about fame and money.

When he arrives at his apartment, he’s shocked to see his childhood friend, Adam McBride, still in his apartment. Actually, Adam is the older brother of his childhood best friend, Ned, but what nobody knows is that Isaac had a major crush on Adam back in the old days. Isaac is openly bi now, but Adam is straight as an arrow.

Isaac finds out that Adam got divorced and he’s taking a break from his small-town life, and the big city helps him with his divorce. He managed to find two part-time jobs: a dog-walker and a bartender job. Adam is a bit of a slob, and that’s not going to well with Isaac.

Then things are getting a pretty much angsty with this anonymous stalker. First, he just writes on the band’s official page, every message of the stalker starts with: “You are a star, and I’m your biggest fan”. They don’t figure out who the stalker is until is almost too late.

From the very beginning, there is an amazing sexual attraction between the two MCs. Isaac is not acting upon this because he’s convinced that Adam is straight. But then, after a dare turns out that Adam is not quite that straight of an “arrow”.

This is a sweet read, if you want to spend a weekend with an easy story.

****The ARC was provided by Dreamspinner Press. My review is an honest opinion of the book****

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Review: “Enrapture 2 Noah’s Tryst” by Pierce Smith

TITLE: Enrapture 2 Noah’s Tryst
AUTHOR: Pierce Smith
SERIES: Enrapture
PUBLISHER: Self
COVER ARTIST: Kimberly Cortez & Julie Beckford
GENRE: Paranormal; Erotica
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 286 pages
RELEASE DATE: March 17, 2017
PRICE: $3.49 – e-book
  

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BA sexy and spicy sequel to our sizzling saga of Noah and Ethan’s story.
Someone has been suspiciously sinful, but who can blame him? Our lusty lads, Noah and Ethan, are led into licentiousness, by a libertine of a spooky spirit.
Driven by Noah’s desire to protect his partner, Ethan, from this depraved demon, Noah enlists the talents of a Paranormal professional to solve his elemental problems and we meet the mysterious Marvel but is he a Master or Masquerade? Friend or Foe? Specialist or Spurious?
As they deal with despondency and despair, testosterone and tears, in determining their destinies to be loyally loving and tenderly together. Resentment runs rampant and as the intensity increases, it adds fuel to the fire. Will the deceit be discovered before it destroys? Will they be rewarded with retribution or repercussions? Will the truth be triumphant and the visitor vanquished?


This is the second book of the series, and I do recommend you read the first book to get the basis for this book. This author has a way of pulling you into the paranormal world in such an erotic way. He had me thinking that a ghost might be fun, but then I kept reading.

So, Noah and Ethan are lovers and live together. They are very happy with each other and can’t seem to get enough of each other’s bodies. They have great chemistry as we learned in the last book. But, Ian the ghost, loves messing with them. He gets to Noah in a sexual manner and gets to Ethan on an emotional level. It’s all fun and games for Noah until he realizes that Ian is making Ethan question their relationship and he becomes fearful of losing his true love.

This is where Dan, Noah’s work buddy comes in, and he learns all this crazy paranormal stuff from Noah. Low and behold, Dan knows Uncle Marvel, a man that communicates with the paranormal. I absolutely love this character. Marvel is a different character because he can follow these spirits with his mind and be where they are and see what’s going on. He’s good looking and charismatic, and Dan is head over heels for him.

My heart goes out the Ethan because Ian has him believing that Noah is being unfaithful. But, how Ethan deals with all this is soooooo hot and sexy. Eventually, Noah figures it out and asks Marvel and Dan for help. This is where more spirits come after him, and these are not friendly at all.

This book really encompasses the characters in this second part of the series. It left me with a bit of a cliffhanger, so I wait for part three. Good job Pierce and could you hurry up with that please? LOL. A good read.

***I would like to thank the author for the privilege and opportunity of reading this ARC. My review is an honest opinion of the book***

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Review: “Love Wanted” by John Inman

TITLE: Love Wanted
AUTHOR: John Inman
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Maria Fanning
GENRE: Paranormal
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 270 pages
RELEASE DATE: June 19, 2017
PRICE: $6.99 – e-book/ $16.99 – paperback
  

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When it rains, it pours. Not only has Larry Walls been evicted from his apartment, but his hours have also been cut at the department store where he works, leaving him facing homelessness.
Meanwhile, Bo Lansing, a total stranger to Larry, toils at a dead-end job as a fry cook while attending night classes to become a certified chef. When the school closes its doors without warning, leaving Bo in the lurch for thousands of dollars in tuition, his dream of becoming a chef is shattered and his financial troubles spiral.
Desperate for a new beginning, each man answers an ad for live-in help posted by a wealthy recluse, and wonder of wonders, they are both hired! Just as their lives begin to improve, a young Kumeyaay Indian named Jimmy Blackstone joins the workforce at the Stanhope mansion.
When Mr. Stanhope’s true reason for hiring the young men is discovered by one of the three, a fourth entity makes its presence known.
Greed.
With all these players vying for position in a game of intrigue orchestrated by one lonely old man and a mischievous ghost, can a simple thing like love ever hope to survive the fray?


This book simply blew me away. The writing and storytelling were outstanding, and I couldn’t take my eyes off it once I started. Don’t get me wrong, it did take me quite a few minutes to get everything straight in my head because there was a lot going on right at the start and when the characters were introduced. But as soon as I got it all sorted out, I was taken on an adventure that was beyond what I would have ever imagined from reading the blurb.

Roger David Stanhope is 93, he lived with Jeremy, his partner of over seventy years, in their mansion on a mountain, but two years ago Jeremy died after a long battle with cancer. Roger knows that he also doesn’t have much time left, but with the help of his live-in housekeeper, Mrs Price, who’s close to her own retirement, he begins his plan to bring two younger men to the estate to work as cook and housekeeper. The only stipulation is that they must be single, gay and looking for a new beginning. Roger has hidden security cameras set up all over the house and estate because his plan is to put the two men together to see if they can be almost manipulated into falling in love with each other, with Roger watching it all unfold. Except Roger isn’t watching alone because when Jeremy died, he didn’t really leave Roger. His spirit is still in the house, and every now and again makes his presence known, sometimes by being a little mischievous, but mostly by giving Roger the love and support that he misses.

Larry Walls is 23-years-old, he’s not having an easy time of it lately. He’s very short on money, his hours at work have been cut, and he’s returned home to an eviction notice on his door because he’s late with his rent yet again. When Larry sees the help wanted ad in the newspaper, he knows it would be the answer to all his problems, so decides to take the chance and go for the interview.

Robert ‘Bo’ Lansing works as a short order cook at a Naval Station. He was also a part-time student at a culinary school, but that has just closed down suddenly, and the owner has taken all of the money. With no chance of completing his chef course, no money and no future as a short order cook, he’s told about the help wanted ad by a friend. Bo decides this fresh start might just be what he needs.

When Larry and Bo arrive at the mansion on interview day, there are more applicants than they thought there would be. But when the two men meet and start talking to each other they hit it off straight away, they both agree that working together would be perfect as they’re already getting along, but neither believe that they’ll both have the luck and get hired by Mr Stanhope. Little do they know that Roger had been watching them since they arrived, and he’s already decided that they would be perfect for his plan/experiment.

Larry and Bo have a great time working together and also form quite a close friendship. Bo is actually very attracted to Larry, and Larry to Bo. When they finally give in to the attraction, Bo believes it will be the start of a serious relationship between them, but Larry isn’t as keen and tries to distance himself from Bo a little, which causes some problems and friction in the house. When the new and extremely handsome estate gardener, Jimmy Blackstone, arrives at the house, a spanner is thrown in the works, and all of Roger’s best-laid plans are ruined.

I loved absolutely everything about this book and story. It totally surprised me, there was an unexpected twist. I laughed on more than one occasion, but I was also filled with joy and happiness seeing love expressed in the words I was reading. It was the perfect story.

***The ARC was provided by Dreamspinner Press. My review is an honest opinion of the book***

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Review: “The Tinder Stories – Oceanside Fire Series” by Tory Temple

TITLE: The Tinder Stories – Oceanside Fire Series
AUTHOR: Tory Temple
SERIES: Oceanside Fire Series
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Garrett Leigh
GENRE: Contemporary Romance; Anthology
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 206 pages
RELEASE DATE: June 19, 2017
PRICE: $6.99 -e-book / $14.99 –paperback
  

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Return to Oceanside Fire, where the sizzling passion between men scorches everything they touch—especially each other. For firefighter Chris Matthews and instructor Morgan Daniels, it’s dislike at first sight—but that doesn’t mean there’s any relief from the heat building between them, and it only takes a spark to set the tinder ablaze.

Will Chris and Morgan go from enemies to lovers, or will they remain enemies with healthy libidos who stoke each other’s flames? Morgan is no fan of firefighters in general, and he finds Chris especially grating. But when they’re together, the sexual tension is thick enough to cut with a knife—and there’s only one way to work it off. A battle of wills is sure to follow. Add in an age difference, and finding common ground will be an uphill battle. Even if they succeed in building a relationship, secrets and suspicion could reduce everything to ash.


Although this is an anthology of three books, I will review it as one.

For me, this was a really fast read. Why? Because it was super awesome…

Chris is a firefighter. He likes his job very much, but in order to maintain it, they have to do additional yearly courses to be updated about the risks they may face during an intervention.

Morgan teaches the firefighters course on sexual harassment, and the cocky attitude of Chris rubs him in a wrong way. He assigns Chris a homework assignment about the statistics on sexual harassment at workplace. Well, although Chris is very gathered and precise, he forgets his homework at home…but instead of being punished, after he let Morgan know about his opinion, Morgan seems to give him another chance. When Chris asked Morgan what’s his problem with Chris was, Morgan simple answer was “I hate firefighters.”

After the course is over, Chris hopes that he’ll never meet Morgan again, though he was aware of the strange connection between the two. Chris also likes to ride his motorcycle. When he meets up with his motorbike gang, he’s mortified to see that the new member is no one else than the unsupportable Morgan.

Morgan is the real jerk, in my honest opinion, and his behavior is not changing during the books. I found it difficult to believe how Chris is putting up with this man, but he falls for him. Morgan feels the same way, but he is more introverted. There is also an age gap between the two and Morgan very often treats Chris as a child even though Chris is in his thirties.

This three-book anthology guides us through their coming together. I liked it very much, even though I wanted to punch Morgan on his face. He has a reason why he behaves like he does, but the dude needs to learn how to let the past be the past. In my opinion, Chris is a saint, I wouldn’t have that much patience with Morgan…that said I think I’m more like Morgan and that is not a good thing…well, I need a “Chris” in my life…

My rating is an honest 4.5 OptimuMM!

***The ARC was provided by Dreamspinner Press. My review is an honest opinion of the book***

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Review: “Geoffrey” by Catherine Lievens

TITLE: Geoffrey
AUTHOR: Catherine Lievens
SERIES: Gillham Pack
PUBLISHER: eXtasy Books
COVER ARTIST: Latrisha Waters
GENRE: Paranormal; Shapeshifter;
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 119 pages
RELEASE DATE: April 1, 2017
PRICE: $ 4.99 -e-book / $ 6.00 -paperback
  

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Sometimes you have to accept what life gives you without questions.

Geoffrey’s life is normal—or it would be, if most of his friends weren’t members of the Gillham pack. He loves the pack, though, and when he finds an injured woman and three babies, he agrees right away to take care of the oldest one, Mingan. It’s the least he can do, and maybe it’ll help him get closer to William, his mate.

William thought he’d never trust another man, not after what his best friend and lover did to him seven years before. He tries to resist the bond that pulls him close to Geoffrey, but Geoffrey is stubborn, and he doesn’t take no for an answer.

William has no doubt Geoffrey will eventually wriggle his way into his life, but will he be able to get past the wall William built between himself and the rest of the world? What will Mingan’s presence mean for them and for their future? And what will happen when Mingan’s father tries to get him back?


I had the pleasure of reading Geoffrey by Catherine Lievens. It’s the first book that I have read of the Gillham Pack series, so I decided to start with the 21st book in the series, cause why not?

It had a beautiful cover and an intriguing blurb, and I’m glad that I gave it a chance. The authors writing style is easy to read, and she did a great job of explaining who everybody is without having to read all of the other books in the series first. I also love that the main character’s name is the title of the book so that I can easily go back and read about the other characters that intrigued me. The book was also nicely edited which always makes me happy.

Geoffrey was a loveable character. He’s human, but he has a lot of friends in the Gillham pack and works in town at a flower shop with his friend Ethan from the Gillham pack. He has recently learned that he’s also the mate of William and will now become part of the pack himself.

William has a lot of issues that he hasn’t dealt with. He was betrayed by his best friend and lover seven years ago, and it’s left him with major trust issues. This has led him to be withdrawn from the pack and stay in his room playing video games and doing his job. He runs the phone hotline that shifter kids can call if they are in danger or being abused. He then sends out the needed resources to make sure the kid gets to where they need to be. But he’s very much a loner. He’s also painfully shy and blushes over everything. Which I think is adorable.

I loved that Geoffrey found the woman and the three kids and that they were able to help them and that the oldest child Mingan bonded with Geoffrey and William. I loved how it help bring them together and brought William out of his shell and forced him to interact with his mate. I also loved that Geoffrey never got mad at William or tried to force him to do something that he wasn’t ready for.

I wasn’t 100% sure on the dynamic of the relationship between Geoffrey and William on who’s supposed to be the alpha and who’s the omega. It wasn’t clearly defined. Geoffrey’s smaller than William and likes to bottom so I would assume omega but Geoffrey’s also headstrong and doesn’t let William push him around or lock him out. Which makes me think alpha. And with how shy William is and how inexperienced he is with topping. I would almost say that William is the omega. But like I said it isn’t clearly defined. But either way, I enjoyed both of them and their alpha/omega characteristics. It worked for them and the story.

I absolutely loved the ending and how it gave us a hint of who the next book is going to be about. And I already have it on my TBR to be read. I can’t wait to start reading it.

**** The ARC was provided by eXtasy Books. My review is an honest opinion of the book ****

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Review: “How I Hurt” by Bazan Kay

TITLE: How I Hurt
AUTHOR: Bazan Kay
SERIES: The Temuba Stories
PUBLISHER: Sugarbones
COVER ARTIST: Bazan Kay
GENRE: Abuse; Dark; Erotica
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 111 pages
RELEASE DATE: May 27, 2016
PRICE: $2.99 -e-book
  

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Pirates off the coast of a dangerous tropical island have captured Riley Geller and his friends. There is no end to their cruelty — especially once they discover that Riley is an immortal. Riley’s pain becomes a journey, one that is artfully orchestrated by his warden: an infamous, stoic assassin with a few secrets of his own. It is up to Riley to master his own suffering and discover his greater purpose in life, even if it costs him everything he’s ever known.

“My colleagues believe that you like it when they hurt you,” Chavez said.

“Sick fucks,” Riley croaked, but he was breathing too hard with excitement and betrayed himself. He knew Chavez could pick out the light in his eyes. It was like a second wind. Riley tried to move again, so Chavez pressed the hand on his chest down harder, disturbing his fractured ribs.

“I’ve made a small fortune off addicts of all kinds,” Chavez continued. Once again, Riley was captured by his stare, pinned and motionless, unable to look away from his dark eyes. “I know one when I see one.”


Warning. I feel I must give readers a warning that this is not BDSM. This story is about human trafficking and the extreme abuse and beatings that go along with that. This is definitely a dark, paranormal, horror read with some erotica. I am not saying any of this to deter readers from reading this story, but as I am one that lives the BDSM lifestyle, I don’t want readers thinking that this is that kind of story.

With that being said, the author did an incredible job with the reality of human trafficking. An American group of friends were kidnapped by pirates and taken to the island Temuba. We meet Chavez, who is like the ringleader of the group and a true anarchist king. Chavez and his men are excited about the money they will get for this group of people they have.

One of the captives, the runt of the group, Riley, was the boogeyman’s brother. Chavez was very adamant that he not be marked up at all. The boogeyman is Gringo Loco, and everyone is afraid of him. Riley is set on escaping with his friend, Adam. The story that follows is gruesome. There is brutal beatings that Riley has to deal with that are so realistic and sent chills through me.

There’s a lot to the story, and I don’t want to give too much to away. My heart went out to Riley, and I found myself holding my breath on more than one occasion. If this is your kind of read, you will enjoy the reality this author brings.

***I would like to thank the author for the privilege and opportunity of reading this ARC.  My review is an honest opinion of the book***

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Review: “The Closet Boy” by Sean Michael

TITLE: The Closet Boy
AUTHOR: Sean Michael
SERIES: Iron Eagle Gym
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: L.C. Chase
GENRE: BDSM, Contemporary Romance
E-BOOK:Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 214 pages
RELEASE DATE: November 25, 2016
PRICE: $6.99 -e-book / $14.99 –paperback
  

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Way’ra Bernard is only twenty years old when his parents kick him out of the house. He has been brought up to believe being gay is wrong and he is going to go to hell for it. He tried very hard not to be gay but couldn’t change the way he felt. Now he’s living furtively in a closet on the third floor of the place he’s working as a janitor—the Iron Eagle Gym.

Neal McPherson is an unattached Dom in his midtwenties and a member of the gym. One evening after working out, he notices Way’ra on the stairs, and he’s immediately attracted and intrigued, so he asks Way’ra out. Unable to come up with a reason to refuse, and also interested in Neal, Way’ra accepts.

There are a lot of obstacles to the relationship they attempt to build after their date, not least of which is Way’ra’s upbringing and his lingering doubts about the kinky sex Neal enjoys. But with patience and persistence, Neal might convince Way’ra not only to accept himself, but to loosen his inhibitions enough to explore and find a happy ending together.


I had the pleasure of reading The Closet Boy which’s the story of Way’ra (Way) and Neal. The Dom’s Way is the continuation of their story. However, I read The Dom’s Way first which made me want to see how they began their relationship and hopefully get a little more history about Way’ra and where he came from. The book was well written, but I did find a couple of editing errors. One was a wrong name and the other an extra word that should have been deleted. Neither were too distracting to the story.

I would have liked a little more backstory about Way’ra. The author mentions that Way’ra’s name is tribal, but he doesn’t mention which tribe or even where he’s from. I do know that Way has grown up in a really religious community with religious parents and was attending a religious college. When he was caught naked with his best friend, he was kicked out of his college, family, and community. And although Way’s suffered a lot of hardships in his 20 years, I loved that he still had such a happy, bubbly, and innocent personality. Sure he has some self-worth and self-esteem issues but who wouldn’t after what he’s gone through. And like Neal said to Way in the book, he didn’t turn to a life of crime or theft and become a bad person. Way’s a fighter. He got a good job as a janitor at the Iron Eagle Gym and saved his money and kept to himself.

I loved Neal. He was a Dom, and he interacted with Way perfectly. He could read him and was able to work around Way’s ego about being homeless and not having enough money to feed himself properly. He helped him understand that loving another guy isn’t a sin. They were the sweetest couple. And they had a very healthy sex drive which would make sense since Way’s only twenty and Neal’s in his late twenties. They had a pretty vanilla relationship at the beginning, but as Way got more comfortable with loving another guy and trusting him, they started to add more of the BDSM elements to their relationship. And in The Dom’s Way, they will explore that side of their relationship more. They are great at communicating with each other, and Neal’s always asking if Way has any questions about some of the things that he’s seen while cleaning the third floor of the gym where the BDSM gym members can go to do their scenes.

I want to find a gym like the Iron Eagle Gym where all of the members are a part of the BDSM lifestyle, and you can work out and do scenes at the same place. Sounds like a wonderful place to work and play.

I can’t wait to read the first three books in the series and learn more about the other members of the Iron Eagle Gym.

****The ARC was provided by Dreamspinner Press. My review is an honest opinion of the book****

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Review: “Romancing the Ugly Duckling” by Clare London

TITLE: Romancing the Ugly Duckling
AUTHOR: Clare London
SERIES: Romancing the…
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Bree Archer
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 260 pages
RELEASE DATE: June 15, 2017
PRICE: $4.99 -e-book / $9.99 -paperback
  

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Is this the makeover of a lifetime?

Ambitious fashionista Perry Goodwood lands the project of his dreams—track down a celebrity family’s missing brother in the Scottish Highlands and bring him back to London for a TV reality show. But first he must transform the rugged loner into a glamorous sophisticate.

Greg Ventura has no use for high fashion. He lives on the isolated island of North Uist to escape the reminder that he’s nowhere near as handsome as his gorgeous brothers and avoid the painful childhood memories of being bullied.

Greg wants nothing to do with city life, and Perry’s never been outside London. When Perry is stranded on North Uist, this conflict seems insurmountable. But Greg is captivated by the vivacious Perry, and Perry by both the island and his host. However, Perry’s one heartfelt wish remains: that ugly duckling Greg fulfill his potential as a swan.


Romancing the Ugly Duckling is the second book in the Romancing the… series by Clare London. I enjoy the way that Ms. London writes. She has a way of making me feel what the characters are feeling. I found myself chuckling at some of the things the characters were saying and thinking and I love when a book can make me chuckle. I also loved all of the little plot twists, some that I saw coming and others that I didn’t. The book was well written and nicely edited, and it had a great flow to it. I found it very hard to down. My only issue with this story is that while it ended with a happy ending, it was kind of abrupt, and I would have enjoyed an epilogue to see how their relationship progressed.

I always enjoyed reading the story of the ugly duckling when I was a child, and so, I was excited to read this adult retelling. And I thought it was a great retelling.

I found Peregrine, aka Perry, to be a delightful, flamboyant fashionista. Perry is known for working miracles at the Latham Agency in London. His latest assignment is to convince an estranged brother to come back to London for a TV reality show audition with his brothers. The fun part will be getting him to agree to a makeover so that he looks like his sophisticated and famous brothers. What Perry doesn’t know is why the brothers are estranged and that’s only going to make his job harder.

I found Greg Ventura to be a complex character. He starts out being rude, direct, and inhospitable, but the more time he spends with Perry the more open and friendly he becomes. Greg left home shortly after received his share of his grandmother’s inheritance to get away from all of the bulling that he received from his brothers. Greg was always different from his brothers growing up. He was quiet and a loner and didn’t have his brother’s good looks and he was teased because of his differences. He moved to the outskirts of Lockmaddy, the largest town on North Uist, Scotland. Where he enjoys living with his dog, Roy, working various jobs, and socializing with a small group of friends.

I enjoyed how Greg and Perry bring out the best in each other and how Perry challenges Greg to confront his past instead of hiding from it. Greg and Perry had great chemistry together and some pretty hot scenes together. They were truly delightful together.

I can’t wait to read my next book by Clare London. I wonder which of her books I should read next…

****The ARC was provided by Dreamspinner Press. My review is an honest opinion of the book****

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Review: “Ride Along” by Meghan Maslow

TITLE: Ride Along
AUTHOR: Meghan Maslow
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Garrett Leigh
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 122 Pages
RELEASE DATE: June 14, 2017
PRICE: $4.99 -e-book
  

BLURB:

Drew Nolan is a loud-and-proud mystery writer with a brutal case of writer’s block. He needs practical experience with the Baltimore police beat to get his latest manuscript to his publisher on time. When he wins a ride-along at a writer’s conference, he thinks he’s hit the jackpot… until he meets his partner.

Closeted cop Josh de Oliveira lost his family, his partner, and the respect of his unit—all for doing the right thing. Recently busted back down to patrol, he’s relieved to get a cushy assignment at the Author’s Police Institute where he’ll take one lucky writer on a ride-along. Unfortunately, his author looks like he belongs in the backseat of Josh’s squad car—long, ginger dreadlocks, piercings, and an “I would bottom you so hard” T-shirt. But there’s something about Drew Josh is having a hard time resisting.

It’s going to be a long night and one hell of a ride as opposites attract and realize they share a lot in common beneath the surface. As animosity becomes desire, they realize they can help each other out—in more ways than one.


Drew Nolan, a young writer, is at a convention in Baltimore trying to get answers for his
next book when he meets Officer Josh De Oliveira, a handsome but rude and probably
homophobe (as Drew thinks).

Josh has no choice but to be at the convention, answering questions after questions to author or
wannabe author. The last thing he expected is to meet the hot young author Drew Nolan.
Josh can’t help but be rude to him, and when he has a ride along with him, Josh prays to
survive the day.

Drew is funny, smart and not afraid to say out loud what he wants.
Josh is more reserved, he struggles to express out loud his feelings or worries.
We follow them during the first months, how they meet together and how they evolve from
single to a couple.

They are adorable together, Drew especially, I love how he stays proud of himself when he
thought that Josh was a homophobe, how he doesn’t hesitate to fight for Josh when it’s
necessary and how he supported Josh when he struggled with his work and his life.

I love how Josh isn’t afraid to admit when he’s wrong with Drew, how he doesn’t hesitate to
try to be more affectionate with him in public even if he’s in the closet at work, how he
supported Drew with his writing or when his family makes him feel bad.

It was a sweet novella and a sweet love story between Drew and Josh.
The writing was good, and all my reading was enjoyable.

It’s the kind of book you can read on the beach or when you travel. It makes the time pass more pleasantly and quickly.
I spent a lazy Sunday afternoon with them, and I’ve no regrets at all.

***The ARC was provided by Dreamspinner Press. My review is an honest opinion of the book***

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