Review: “Pandora” by Marguerite Labbe

TITLE: Pandora
AUTHOR: Marguerite Labbe
SERIES:
PUBLISHER: DSP Publications
COVER ARTIST: Reese Dante
GENRE: Sci Fi; BDSM
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 210 pages
RELEASE DATE: April 25, 2017, 2nd edition
PRICE: $6.99 -e-book
  

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Haunted by the screams of the men he murdered, ex-Marine medic Riff Khora is serving a life sentence on board a prison ship. Seeking more punishment for his crime, he strikes a deal with the corrupt Captain Vidal—an exchange of pleasure and pain—and forges a new life leading the team that surveys space wreckage for salvage.

Ship engineer Zed Jakobsen’s psychometric abilities make prison a sentence worse than death, and the barrage of emotional stimuli is an unending torment. His only regret is that he didn’t kill the monster who sent him to prison, and only a glimmer of hope to escape a judgment he doesn’t deserve keeps him clinging to a brutal existence.

When they board derelict ship Pandora and discover a lone survivor, the hell of prison life plunges into abject horror. An epidemic of violence and insanity consumes their ship, driving the crew to murder and destruction. Mutual need draws Riff and Zed together, and their bond gives them the strength to fight a reality they cannot trust. But Vidal possesses the only means of escape from the nightmare, and he’s not letting anyone leave alive.

First Edition published as Pandora in the Deep Into Darkness: Aliens, Alphas and Antiheroes Anthology by Smashwords, 2015.


From the blurb, I was in awe with this book.

The book is a Sci-fi Romance. The plot it’s happening somewhere in the future on a prison ship.

The ship is under the command of Captain Vidal who, we learn that is a sadistic awful man. His kink is breaking down the lifers to the point of no return. Him being sadistic has nothing to do with the need of Riff to be dominated. But Riff is punishing himself…

The story starts with Zed being recruited on a salvage mission lead by Riff. Riff can deny his attraction to the shorter man. It seems he has a type, short and dominant. Riff being the toy of Vidal (which Riff has agreed too) he doesn’t experience the emotion part of being dominated. He doesn’t like to be humiliated neither, him having a leader character. But Vidal humiliates him constantly. Vidal is harsh and has no limits, although Riff asks for more pain for more suffering…

Zed having some psychic powers, he’s able to sense the real need in Riff. He never considered himself dominant, but something inside Riff makes him want to dominate this strong, compassionate man. Zed carves Riff total submission.

Then on the mission, they rescue someone…thump thump thump…they’re bringing him to the onboard…thump thump thump…then all hell breaks loose…

Riff wakes up tied to his bunker, and he hurts everywhere. He doesn’t know what really happened. But the carnage around him makes him sick. He fears for his team, so he goes to find them.

The story is angsty with some violence in it. Although I tagged it as BDSM we can’t call it an erotic read. I loved how genuine was the relationship between Zed and Riff was. The author described Riff’s need for pain very nicely. Reading the scenes you don’t get the feeling of punishment, you see how a Dom seeks out every desire of the Sub, putting his own aside. For me, this is how a real Dom/Sub relationship really is.

4 honest OptimuMM’s.

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

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Review: “Apprentice Saga” by Sadie Sins

TITLE: Apprentice Saga
AUTHOR: Sadie Sins
SERIES: Demon Bonded
PUBLISHER: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
COVER ARTIST: Sadie Sins
GENRE: Romance; Paranormal; BDSM
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 186 pages
RELEASE DATE: March 1, 2016
PRICE: $4.99 -e-book
  

BLURB:

This volume contains episodes 5-9 of Demon Bonded, as well as the bonus episode ‘The Forging Of An Apprentice,’ written by Sadie Sins and previously published 2016. Apprentice Saga is the second saga in the mm erotic world of Demon Bonded. This serial is a fun play on monster collecting and male harems. Expect demon bonding, master/slave relationships of mild and abusive nature, multiple partners, magical powers, learning how to be a sorcerer, and conflict with crueler demon masters.

Ky’s recovery from the overseer Demencious is short lived. His parents have lost all trust in him, and Ky again has to wonder if he’s losing his mind. That is until he starts his first art class at his new college, and meets an actual sorcerer apprentice.

Liem Kane could have been a typical teenager, but there is something terribly wrong beneath his well-groomed exterior. His demon, Fido, is twisted and abused, the wolf Relic tormented daily by his young master.

In his quest to save Fido from certain death, Ky must face Liem’s master. A demon trainer of cruelty that far surpasses his young pupil, Tobias has no qualms in murdering those that disobey. Ky faces off against this monster among men. It’s kill or be killed, and Ky isn’t sure he can live with either option.

18+ This book contains explicit m/m sexual content, shifter demon anatomy that knots and ties, graphic language, violence, and themes of bondage. 68,000+ words


This book follows Demencious Saga with episodes #5-9. This is one of those series that builds quickly. We are back with Ky as he stumbles along trying to protect those who want to either control or destroy the relics. Each episode he learns more.

Episode five picks up right where the previous one ended. Here while the human bonds get colder, the demon bonds get stronger. Ky is beginning to see who he is and what’s important. The responsibility he feels for the demons in his care. He’s also finding out what he gained in the bonding process as well. This has all been new to him and he’s had to learn not only from Lovely and Feral but from each new experience is adding to it too. He’s also teaching the demons about him. How truly caring and concerned he is for them.

Episode six is where most of the groundwork for the rest of the book is laid. This is where the chain of events start to connect Ky’s magical life at home to those that are around him. We meet Lien, who’s instrumental in getting Ky to have a further purpose and concern. Seeing how he’s different from other sorcerers. What he sees as his weaknesses and where he lacks knowledge.

When you get to episode seven, then you see the changes that Ky starts to go through. Because of his trusting nature, just how vulnerable those he cares for are. He’s chosen his true family and fights not only for their physical safety but their mental well-being as well. He sees that he needs to learn more for their protection. He takes the demons’ pain to heart and hurts for them. Never thinking of himself but instead how he can save and protect the relics. While those he holds dearest think of his safety and mental well-being.

Everything comes together in episodes eight and nine. Showdowns not only with outside forces but at home as well. A lot of things are learned, and the stage for the next saga is set. By the time I got to the end, I was eager for more. Sadie Sins has created a world of magic and morals, love and sacrifice. A place where the worst monsters are human and the demons more like knights.

***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: “: Broken in Silence” by Katze Snow

TITLE: : Broken in Silence
AUTHOR: Katze Snow
SERIES: Demons and Wolves
PUBLISHER: Self
COVER ARTIST: Jay Aheer
GENRE: BDSM; Erotica; Paranormal; Shapeshifter
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes – in process
LENGTH: 162 pages
RELEASE DATE: March 18, 2017
PRICE: $0.99 eBook / $11.99 paperback
  

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Tannerian Wulfric is a leader—a strong alpha who bows to no-one, especially those who try to undermine his authority.

When an opportunity arises, he grabs it with both hands and lets nothing get in his way. Trouble is, his brother has been caught in the crossfire of glorious retribution, and Tanner is in need of assistance.

For many years, Alex Jonas has lived his life in peace. But when fate lands him in the hands of his ex-lover and alpha, he finds himself in the centre of a feud he never knew existed, and must immerse himself in ways he had never imagined. One chance encounter, one night, and everything comes crashing down around him. Alex must fight for his life while Tanner fights for one thing and one thing only—vengeance, which has never tasted sweeter.

Can Tanner avenge his family’s death without spilling more blood? Or will his inner demon tear apart everything he has worked for, and lose the man who owns his heart?

Warning: Contains strong language, violence, and graphic, erotic scenes which require a shower to cool yourself down. This is NOT a romance. It’s hot, it’s sticky, and all kinds of messed up. Proceed with caution!


This is the first MM novel from the author. And warning! We need to keep a look out for this author! She is brilliant, amazing and dark!

When you start reading this book, you find yourself in the middle of the plot. You may think that you need a previous book to catch up with the characters, but that’s not the case.
Katze has a unique style to bring the past into the present without any effort on the reader’s side. And now let me introduce to this book, who’s sequel I’m already waiting impatiently for.

Tannerian Wulfric, but let’s call him Tanner is a fierce alpha. He wasn’t always this cruel, calculating, manipulative jerk. But when his family is killed, except his twin brother Tobias, things change. He should be dead, him and Tobias too, but the killer of his family has another idea to torment Tanner. What, you may ask? Well, you need to read the book to get that question answered.
He’s plotting now for more than two hundred years to revenge his family. This quest alienates his brother and pretty much everybody from him. He goes through lovers like a warm knife through butter, well except Alex.

Alex meets Tanner when he’s in the lowest in his life. And of course, Tanner takes advantage of that. Alec becomes his new pet, and he trains him and controls him as he pleases. Now, after eleven year, him meeting the Alpha, and ten years out of his control, Tanner has a mission for him. Alex can’t deny the feeling which he still nourishes for him. Even though he has a smartass and cocky attitude, Tanner’s piercing look still has an effect on him.

The story happens in a world where shifters are divided into two groups. One who is in servitude of mankind and one who thinks that they are superior to humans and they should be not the servant. Well, as you guessed Tanner is the leader of the latter.

I would like to congratulate Katze on this amazing work!

***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: “Trust” by A M Raulerson

TITLE: Trust
AUTHOR: A M Raulerson
SERIES: Trust Series
PUBLISHER: Createspace Independent Publishing
COVER ARTIST: Hammad KhaLid
GENRE: Contemporary Romance; BDSM; MMM
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 197 pages
RELEASE DATE: November 2, 2016
PRICE: $2.99 -e-book / $9.99 -paperback
  

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David and Charlie are the ideal couple with a wonderful life, and a perfect Dom/sub relationship… well almost perfect.There seems to be one thing missing for both of them, a third person to make their lives, and their love complete. Charlie think he may have found the ideal candidate, and David sets out to bring him into their small family. When he finds Justin he his hungry, homeless, and broken. Carrying the weight of the world on his shoulders, and fragile from a life of severe childhood trauma and hardship. Blanketed by the terror and agony of his past, Justin feels he can fall no further, left to fend for himself in a world that has only ever tried to hurt him or use his body for their own sick pleasures. Darkly cynical, hollow stare out of this broken and starving young man’s face. David and Charlie feel so strongly for this devastated man. They believe so completely that Justin is the missing peice of their puzzle. They have no choice but to embark on a long, dark, and emotional journey to try and fix him. To make him their ‘third’, completing their triad and their lives. The outcome is by no means certain, as ahead of them is the dark and horrifying past that Justin has never been able to shake. Join them in their troubled and often heartbreaking journey of love and sexual healing. Discover what love truly means and what it can achieve. 


What a powerful read. From the start, you are emotionally tied to Justin. You feel every bit of his pain, fear, and isolation. Plus the strength it takes him to carry on. I can’t recall reading a character I wanted to comfort more. Never has a book hit me that hard that fast. With barely a glimpse of any other person. Each chapter is told from one of the characters point of view. This gives you better insight into who they are by letting you get up close and personal with the emotional upheaval they’re going through. To the point where it’s almost as though you’re the one experiencing it.

As you read, David, Charlie, and Simon are revealed to you. How they will help Justin on his journey. They are such strong, caring men that have had their own pain and loss to overcome. The bond between David and Simon from going through the same tragedy. Plus, David and Charlie’s relationship and how David helped him out of an abusive situation. Even Molly, the previous dog that Simon cares for will play a part in Justin’s healing. You will also see more of the trauma that sweet Justin had to endure. The anger and despair will be deeply felt. There will also be moments so heartwarming you could cry tears of relief and joy. Meeting Aaron after knowing how he taught David and helped Charlie, lets you know Justin will be in good hands. By the time you reach the end, these guys are so much more than mere characters in a book. They are your friends and maybe even family. I look forward to meeting more people from their life and whatever stories may unfold.

There are few things more enjoyable than finding an author who can bring their characters to life. A M Raulerson is one such author. I was hooked from the start. I can only imagine what will be accomplished next. I would love to check in on these guys as well.

This is one author I’ll be eagerly awaiting the next book from and can see this being the case after every one. Because this has the potential to be one of those series you come back to read over and over again.

***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: “Just the Right Notes” Sean Michael

TITLE: Just the Right Notes
AUTHOR: Sean Michael
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Jennifer Vance
GENRE: BDSM; Contemporary Romance
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 200 pages
RELEASE DATE: March 6, 2017
PRICE: $6.99 -e-book / $14.99 -paperback
  

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Elliot is an up-and-coming architect who just opened his own firm—which is a lot more work and pressure than he expected. His partner, Graham, is a respected composer and conductor. They share their love and lives in a beautiful house designed by Elliot, and whenever things get too hard to handle, they retreat to their cabin getaway where Elliot becomes Dom to Graham’s needy little sub.

When things at Elliot’s firm begin to crumble, Graham needs to be the tough one, the one to suggest the cabin and the games they play there, knowing Elliot’s role as Dom will give him strength and that their games will recharge his lover. Together, they keep working to find that precarious balance in their lives—until an accident threatens to change everything. Elliot and Graham’s love faces its greatest challenge yet, and only the resilience they draw from each other can see them through hardship and keep the music in their lives.

First Edition published by Torquere Press, 2010.


This is a story of true love through thick and thin with lots of sex and a wonderful Dom/Sub relationship. The Dom/Sub relationship is kept for cabin visits to reign them back in from reality getting overwhelming and not in there day to day lives.

Elliot (El) is an architect that owns his own firm. He loves what he does and, in fact, he designed their house. El is the Dom of the relationship and is absolutely in love.

Graham (G) is a composer and conductor. G is always creating new music and is very good at it. G is the Sub and wants nothing more than El.

I fell in love with this couple right away. Their connection is a real bond and one that everyone wants. Their cabin is their break from life’s troubles and a way to get centered. When Elliot has to file bankruptcy for the firm, Graham takes him to the cabin. As soon as they walk through the cabin door, there’s nothing but them. No problems, no worries and just to be with each other.

This Dom/Sub relationship just made me smile and happy. El is a Dom that loves to push his sub but is so loving and caring about it. G is a receptive Sub and loves being a brat. He tends to forget the word Sir, which may be on purpose. These two fine-tune each other perfectly and have an undying love that I would die for.

This author took a different approach by having hot sexy scenes the first half with character build up. Then, in the second half, you really get to know the characters on a much more personal level. I absolutely loved the devotion these two have for each. When one is down, the other is there to get them through it positively with love and caring ways.

I recommend this book for anyone that likes mushy love and hot sex.

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

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Review: “Demencious Saga” by Sadie Sins

TITLE: Demencious Saga
AUTHOR: Sadie Sins
SERIES: Demon Bonded
PUBLISHER: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
COVER ARTIST: Sadie Sins
GENRE: Romance; Paranormal; BDSM
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 169 pages
RELEASE DATE: January 28, 2017
PRICE: $4.99 -e-book
  

BLURB:

This volume contains episodes 1-4 of Demon Bonded, as well as the bonus episode ‘Far From Home’, written by Sadie Sins and previously published 2015-2016. Demencious Saga is the first saga in the gay, mm erotic world of Demon Bonded. This serial is a fun play on monster collecting and male harems. Expect demon bonding, master/slave relationships of mild and abusive nature, multiple partners, magical powers, learning how to be a sorcerer, and conflict with crueler demon masters.
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After his father is laid off, Ky Scion is forced to reside in his ancient family manor in the small town of Blackstone Falls. An outcast to the local farmers, Ky turns to repairing the huge house while pursuing his art degree. His parents are blind to the terrible secret he slowly discovers among the bloodstained walls. Something is living in the dark, in the nooks and hideaways of the old house. Something with hot breath and strong hands that wakes Ky up in the middle of the night.

In the dark hides the demonic Relics. Unique and beautiful, they’re exploited for their power and fought after viciously. But Relics aren’t items, they’re sentient beings, demonic people stolen from their very world to be bonded into servitude to callous sorcerers.

Ky’s grandfather disappeared years ago, leaving his Relics to be killed off, one by one without his protection. Smelling of rot and blood, Ky can sense the monster’s approach. But he’s not a sorcerer, and has no way to defend himself from the murderous beast set on revenge.

18+ This serial contains explicit m/m sexual content, graphic language, violence, and themes of bondage.


This is the first four episodes of the amazing Demon Bonded series. Yes, amazing is the best word to describe it. The development of the characters both past and present brings them to life. Each episode gives you a little more of the puzzle. Plus, the bonus episode shows you how it began.
Episode one is where we meet Ky. He’s just moved into the family estate and is looking forward to college. He’s an artist who prefers his own company to others. Through exploring his home and the many strange things in it, he learns about what his grandfather was into.

Episode two is where the story starts opening up. You get to meet Feral who’s another demon in the house. There is so much more character interaction. This one focuses more on Ky’s feelings and perceptions. I love how the author pulls you in and leads you towards the next episode.
Once you get to episode three, you see Ky, Lovely, and Feral starting to be open with each other without giving a lot of the story away. Ky is starting to figure out what he’s dealing with. He’s building his confidence up thanks to Lovely and feral. All while having some of the hottest scenes. Sexy enough to make you a demon lover as well. Yet you know that there’s more to learn.

By the time you get to the fourth episode, you think you know what’s going on. That’s not so. The author still has surprises in store for you. While the pieces are coming together, you’re still aware that there is so much more to know. By the end, you are eagerly awaiting the next book.

Sadie Sins is one of my favorite authors. Not only is she talented, but she is fearless. She writes with such a free spirit and is not shy about her subjects. She conquers demons, families, and fears. Her characters come to life as you read. The emotional depth that she’s able to convey in even her short stories will blow you away. I have yet to read a book I didn’t love. Read one for yourself and feel a little fearless too.

***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: “Find Me” by Brina Brady

 

TITLE: Find Me
AUTHOR: Brina Brady
SERIES: Rent Me Series
PUBLISHER: Self
COVER ARTIST: Kelli Dennis
GENRE: Contemporary Romance; BDSM
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 283 pages
RELEASE DATE: December 26, 2016
PRICE: $4.99 e-book; $15.99 paperback
  

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Dmitri and Brennen have been happily married for five years, raising their five year-old daughter. Brennen practices law and mob-free Dmitri works with his brother Mischa at their night club. Dmitri enrolls into some BDSM workshops with Master Ethan as his mentor.

An order from an old drug lord friend disrupts their lives. Brennen worries about Dmitri’s life, his law career, and the safety of Dominika. Antonio Cortez’s request takes them to Germany to fulfill Dmitri’s last obligations to his gangster friend.

Once they arrive in Germany, Dmitri plans to spend time with his husband in the evenings. During the day he and Mischa do Antonio’s bidding. Everything changes when an unexpected event rips their family apart.
Brennen meets many challenges as he tries to deal with his new responsibilities. To make matters more complicated, Dmitri’s ex-wife Nika sues for custody of their daughter.


Before I begin, you need to know that this is the 5th installment of this series. I strongly recommend that you read the other 4 so that you can understand the trials and tribulations that these characters have been through. That being said, this author does an incredible job getting you wrapped up in this amazing journey of all the characters involved. This a difficult review for me to write because I don’t want to give anything away. Brian had my mouth drop open a few times with events I was not expecting.

Dmitri and Brennen are married with a 5 year old daughter. From the get go, both of these men get in trouble with each other. Brennen wants to feel supported raising their daughter and Dmitri is doing things behind Brennan’s back. The tension between these two is thick.

Antonio, long time friend of Dmitri and Mexican drug lord, has a big favor for Dmitri. He is sending him to Germany to conduct some business for him. When Brennen finds out about this meeting that took place in Mexico in which Dmitri took Viktor (his ex sub), Brennen freaks out. See, Dmitri promised no more illegal business but he feels he owes Antonio. Dmitri agrees to take Brennen to Germany with him but has to have his bodyguards with him at all times. Mischa, Dmitri’s brother, agrees to go to help conduct business so that he can keep an eye on his brother.

Nika, Dmitri’s ex and mother to Dominika (the daughter she abandoned 5 years ago), hires a lawyer to sue for custody.

Mark, Brennan’s partner at the law firm and ex client, is always around at the most inconvenient times.

Master Ethan is more than happy to help Dmitri out. He has working with him to become the best Dom he can be.

Brina did an excellent job with my emotions, having me on the edge of my seat and I couldn’t put this book down.

***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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