Review: “Demon Heat” by Noah Harris

TITLE: Demon Heat
AUTHOR: Noah Harris
SERIES: City of Sinners
PUBLISHER: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
COVER ARTIST: –
GENRE: Paranormal; Erotica
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 390 pages
RELEASE DATE:April 21, 2017
PRICE: $1.24 -e-book / $14.99 –paperback
  

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It’s summer in the city.

July 1977: New York is sweltering under a record-breaking heat wave. Tensions run high, crime is rampant, and the city seems to be falling apart.

For new arrival Richard Miller, it is both heaven and hell. He has a loving boyfriend, a budding career as a nude model, and a comfortable place in the city’s vibrant gay community. But he knows it is all being threatened by sinister forces that he has not been able to defeat. The cult that tried to seduce him into the occult world is still after him, and Richard’s visions of the seductive demons that want to possess his body become stronger by the day. They threaten to destroy his relationship, his health, and his sanity.

Will Richard give in and become a slave to his temptations, or can he resist the powers of darkness threatening not only himself but his entire community?

Find out in this steamy gay paranormal romance. Can you handle the heat?


jologooptimummThis is the solidly researched and cleverly written City of Sinners, Book Two, by Noah Harris, which is turning out to be a brave, dark, twisted, genre-busting series. Yes, it’s an M/M Romance, it’s also historical, erotic and paranormal, but more than that, it’s a complex occult offering, of the kind I would normally only expect to see from the likes of Stephen King. But this has so much more to offer and the resulting creative, but edgy feel is only a small part of its appeal.

Demon Heat is the continuation of Richard Miller’s roller coaster journey so, although not critical, if you haven’t read book one, Darkest Desires, I would recommend it. Set in 1977 in New York City, amidst the gay community, the depth of research Noah has undertaken, to get the ethos of the era is spot on and awesome. It feels right, incorporating a lot of historical accuracy and detail from that time. The characters, which were fully developed in book one, are expanded further in book two. Richard and Tyrone are still together though their relationship has issues, as does Richard’s career as a nude model. We revisit Steve and Adam, with Steve offering a bit of humor. We find out what happened to Paco after the Everard Bathhouse fire. We’re also introduced to Peter who, like Richard, is new to the city and struggling to find his feet. Cue some hot BDSM scenes. The Knowledge Demon makes a re-appearance as does Anton, head of the power hungry Cult. We are also introduced to a new demon, the Taurus Demon, who has a significant role to play. The occultists are still at large and intent on gaining power through the summoning of The Hooded One, the demon who needs to complete his possession of Richard in order to cross over to this world and so give them the power they crave.

As with book one, the story revolves around Richard’s relationships, his life in the gay community, and his fight against the occult. You’ll need an open mind to read this dark story as some scenes deal with mature themes, but if you’re Okay with the occult, erotic sex, and drug use, as an integral, but not gratuitous, part of a storyline, then you won’t be able to put this down. There are a complex set of interlinked plots which merge together, at significant points in the story, making this a very satisfying and exciting read from start to finish. There’s a lot going on but at no time is it confusing. Noah gives us enough information to understand the plot and yet keep us guessing at the outcome. The ending ties up a good many of the plot themes but, I warn you, not all. It’s a HFN and there’ll be another book in the series. What happens to the evil Anton and his cult? What of Richard’s relationship with Tyrone? I’m waiting with baited breath for book three and, though I’m not usually a fan of long series, this is one I’d love to see continue.

***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 Fool” by A.J. Marcus

TITLE: The Fool
AUTHOR: A.J. Marcus
SERIES: Cards of Destiny
PUBLISHER: eXtasy Books
COVER ARTIST: Angela Waters
GENRE: Fantasy, Dark, Paranormal, Erotica
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 84 pages
RELEASE DATE: February 24, 2017
PRICE: $4.99 -e-book
  

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When Arron Carmichael and Ramsey Roland broke up it devastated both of them, but Ramsey couldn’t handle Arron’s family secret. When the family business brings them together, they discover Ramsey has a secret larger than any Arron thought possible.

Arron is part of the Gardener family, a group of witches who have protected the world from daemons for thousands of years. Ramsey couldn’t deal with the magic that was an intricate part of Arron’s life, so he told Arron they were finished, and he needed to leave. His decision left two hearts broken.

When Ramsey is mugged while going to a bar to hang out with friends, it opens him up to the world Arron had hinted at, but it also brings Arron back into his life. Arron does his best to save Ramsey from the dark forces that are hunting them both. When they learn the reason Ramsey is being hunted, it shocks them both to their cores but brings them closer together. Only together can they hope to defeat the forces working against them.


O One of the things I love about reading is how an author can put their own spin on a familiar theme. A.J. Marcus did just that. I especially liked how he described daemons and where they came from. This brought it completely away from the usual Heaven and Hell concept and gave it a more scientific approach.
Aaron is a witch from a family of witches. His family have been daemon hunters for generations. Not only have they been protecting humans but also, they help keep the existence of daemons hidden.

Ramsey is in real estate. He lives a rather boring ordinary life. The only time he’s dealt with any of the so-called paranormal was when he was dating Aaron. Once Aaron told him he was a witch and what his family did, Ramsey got scared. He broke up with Aaron and went back to his plain boring life.

Five years later brings Aaron back into his life. His life and the world around him will never be the same. Not only does he find out about the real existence of daemons, but he learns something new about himself. They realize that neither has gotten over the other. The threat is still there and follows them. The two must overcome the dangers so they can be together. Both of them have no clue of the big surprise to come.

I really enjoyed this story and look forward to reading the rest of the series. The only thing that I was not fond of was the ending. It went away from how the rest of the book flowed by being rather quick. Some key moments were mentioned briefly rather than the walk through the rest of the book delivers.

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

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Review: “Rising Beauty” by Meraki P. Lyhne

TITLE: Rising Beauty
AUTHOR: Meraki P. Lyhne
SERIES: The Cubi Series
PUBLISHER: Self
COVER ARTIST: Jay Aheer
GENRE: Paranormal; Incubus ;MMM; Erotica
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH:  pages
RELEASE DATE: , 2017
PRICE: $ -e-book
  

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Since the Mayflower brought the first five Cubi to America, the race has looked forward to this day. But an overlooked historical detail can bring everything they have worked toward to an end.

Daniel is settling in and trying to find a rhythm after the latest change in his life. With the help of Seldon, Caledon, and the Grand Lady Geodin, Daniel begins his education and development to rise as a full-fledged Incubus.

Seldon is not a man who rattles easily, but the latest changes to his life after the Cubi Court Order has sent the old Incubus out in uncharted territory. Falling madly in love with a human raised boy does not help uncomplicate things—especially when that boy is not yet versed enough in the Cubi ways to not mistake feeding for love or love for feeding.


Are you ready to continue Daniel’s journey in the world of Cubi?
So now, after Seldon got his punishment and Daniel’s true nature it’s revealed, things are getting a little to official for Daniel’s liking.
His education as Incubi continues with the help of both Caledon and Seldon. But his human side, how he sees the world around him, is still there.

This series being an erotic read, there is not so much to say without spoiling the story for you dear reader, but I will try my best.

The dosing of both Daniel and Seldon is provided by Caledon (mainly). These three are getting closer and closer, but Daniel still can’t see the difference between lovemaking and feeding without being dosed. For him having sex without a dose it’s considered lovemaking. That leads to a very interesting situation between the three.

We will find out in this sequel that every monarch is to bring new powers to his/her people. The same is happening with Daniel too. He empowers his Cubi, both Incubi and Succubi with his power. What is his power? Aren’t you a curious little thing…? Read the book luv. How the actual empowering takes place, I leave it to your dirty/not so dirty imagination…

Remember from the first book, the slave who almost killed a red-eye? Him having a protein what’s dangerous to Incubi and Succubi? Well, we will learn about that too, and the development of that situation brings us to the next chapter of the Cubi world.

The book, as we’re used too by now, gave us a hot read! I’m anxiously waiting for the next book to see how things will go for Daniel, Seldon and Caledon.

P.S.
Well, the next sequel will have a new character called Levidon. You may think it’s coincidence, but it’s not. So let me have my moment of fame to announce you that I will be, as Levidon, in Meraki’s next book *winkwink #hashtagtime #braggingmuch #mebeingamuse

***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: “Enrapture” by Pierce Smith

TITLE: Enrapture
AUTHOR: Pierce Smith
SERIES: Noah
PUBLISHER: Self
COVER ARTIST: Kimberly Cortez
GENRE: Paranormal; Erotica
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 94 pages
RELEASE DATE: May 15, 2016
PRICE: $2.99 -e-book
  

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On their first Halloween eve together, things didn’t quite go as planned for two very passionate and horny men. Noah waits anxiously and impatiently for Ethan to get home from work to start their night of sexy fun. Noah discovers a man is watching him through the window across the street. When Ethan phones to let him know he’s caught in traffic, the fun starts with phone sex. Shortly after, a masked Ethan arrives for the Halloween night of fun. But a knock at the door later has left Noah wondering who he just made love to.

They find themselves dealing with more than they bargained for in this debut book of an erotic M/M series. It’s a one-night tale with twists and turns, and lust wrapped in suspicion. A hot read that will have you begging for more!


Enrapture is the perfect title for this book. This author had me enraptured from the get go. First, you meet Noah, who’s waiting for his lover to come home and spend a sexy Halloween with. Ethan, his hot lover, is running late and is stuck in traffic. You wonder how this can be hot and sexy. Well, these two lovers have a way with words on the phone.

Noah is in their window watching a stranger watch him, and Ethan has a hot driver next to him in traffic. The things these two do while on the phone with each other is so hot, you feel the sexiness rip through you. These characters are so believable with their need for each other and the longer they are apart, the hotter it gets. It made me want to have some really hot phone sex, and I’m a bit old for that. LOL

The author made me want to be the stranger watching Noah in the window. I wanted to be the one touching myself while I watched this intriguing man pleasure himself. As this stranger keeps moving around the store, Noah keeps finding him watching. Ethan is hearing all the details and learns that the driver next to him, is also touching himself.

Now, this seems all innocent and fun but remember, it is Halloween. When Noah gets the knock at the door, he excitedly answers the door to his lover. What proceeds is extremely hot, and you should have water next to you for your dry mouth. The author gives great detail of the hotness and connection between these two lovers. Then, there comes a knock on the door.

This is a sexy and hot read. So, if you like voyeurism, phone sex and touching yourself, then I highly recommend this book.

***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: “Seashell, Surf, and a Merman” by Charlie Richards

TITLE: Seashell, Surf, and a Merman
AUTHOR: Charlie Richards
SERIES: Tales of the Briny Nix
PUBLISHER: eXtasy Books
COVER ARTIST: Angela Waters
GENRE: Erotica; Fantasy
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 104 pages
RELEASE DATE: February 3, 2017
PRICE: $ 4.99 -e-book
  

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Beneath the Deep: The wonders of the ocean holds the greatest of mysteries.

Kratos has always done his duty as a guard of Aquila City, a thriving city of mermen, with confidence and resolve. When several royals cause fracturing within the courts, he needs to pick a side. He’s uncertain, until he realizes his decision to allow his old friend, Zarek, to get away several moon cycles before made the decision for him. Kratos realizes he’s a target…and he’s not the only one. Sent on a mission to locate the lighthouse where Zarek is hiding out, Kratos runs across a massive human walking along the beach, searching for seashells. The man’s name is Easton Ritton. One whiff of the hulking human’s scent intrigues him. A taste of his blood confirms it. The large male is Kratos’s Adelfi Psychi, the other half of his soul. Best of all, Easton knows Zarek and about mermen. Unfortunately, the human doesn’t consider himself gay, and he fights their attraction. Along with that, someone has followed Kratos, putting everyone’s lives in danger. Can Kratos woo his reluctant gentle giant and keep everyone safe?


I loved Seashell, Surf, and a Merman by Charlie Richards. This is the second book in the Briny Nix Series, and although I had no trouble following the story and figuring out the characters, I think I would have enjoyed the story more if I had gotten to read the first book in the series first. This book is about merman guard Kratos and his Adelfi Psychi—the other half of his soul—Easton who is human. Kratos’s a guard for Aquila City, and Easton’s a gym instructor. Kratos’s gay, and Easton’s straight, but I loved how Easton handled himself and didn’t let himself run away from his new and overwhelming feelings. Kratos’s tasked with taking a message to a merman Zarek who was accused of treason and fled to the human realm where he found his Adelfi Psychi in the human named Wayne. When he gets to the human shore, he sees Easton walking on the shoreline looking for seashells and digging up soft shell clams. Kratos’s pretty sure that he’s found his Adelfi Psychi and the chemistry between them is very hot and steamy.

I think this book would have been better if it was longer. The characters, while I enjoyed them, were kind of one dimensional and the storyline glosses over a lot, and I would have liked more depth and background. Overall I thought the characters and storyline were entertaining and a cute read, but it missed out on its potential to be great.

The story was well written, but I did come across some editing errors, but they weren’t too distracting. I did like it enough that I will be reading the first book in the series and hope the author will continue the series. I would really like to see a book about Easton’s friend Tran and the merman Garan.

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

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Review: “Royal Service” by LJ Collins

TITLE: Royal Service
AUTHOR: LJ Collins
SERIES: Men in Love and at War
PUBLISHER: eXtasy Books
COVER ARTIST: Carmen Waters
GENRE: Contemporary Romance; Mystery/Suspense; Erotica
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 178 pages
RELEASE DATE: February 3, 2017
PRICE: : $4.99 -e-book
  

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Wherever Berkeley goes, or whatever he does, drama follows. Having recovered from the ordeal of being the victim of an internet scam, his life returns to normal working at a five-star hotel selling VIP vacation club memberships to wealthy clients, and being with the love of his life, Captain Rick. That is until he finds Rick cheating on him with a woman. Feeling sad and lonely, Berkeley is enticed by the prospects of high earnings and a jet setter lifestyle when he’s approached by one of his clients to be a high-class escort.

Whilst he revels in being treated like a prince, he has to accommodate some strange and unusual sexual requests, and before long he’s caught up in a web of espionage between a transport conglomerate and a client who is developing a futuristic technology that will change the future of transport forever. Only Berkeley knows how he’s going to weave his way out of his new-found problem.


This book, is book 5 of the Men in Love and at War series. It may be beneficial to read the other books in the series first to get to know the characters and setting a little better because we’re not given much information at the outset of the story as to who they are or where they’ve come from. I went into this story blind not knowing it was a continuation of a series and although I got through it without any real issues, I feel it would have enhanced my reading experience by knowing what happened to the characters before we got to this point in their lives.

Set in a town called El Sauzal on the island of Tenerife, we meet the main character of the story, Berkeley. After breaking up with his boyfriend Rick, Berkeley, through his job selling memberships to a private vacation club, meets Peter Moore. Peter owns Royal Service which is a high-class escort agency and with some hands-on persuasion, he convinces Berkeley to come work for him. Berkeley’s first client is Sebastian who’s a multimillionaire living in the south of France. Sebastian doesn’t do relationships and whenever he needs some company he enlists the services of Peter’s agency. When Sebastian and Berkeley meet, they find that they actually get on really well and enjoy their time together. Sebastian later requests that Berkeley accompanies him on a trip to South America. During this trip Berkeley discovers that Sebastian has developed a new technology for travel which is similar to teleportation. Sebastian sees this as the future of travel, where someone can be anywhere in the world within seconds. A few weeks later, Berkeley’s asked to go to London to meet a new client who has asked for him. Here, he meets Frederick and straight away there’s a connection between them that is completely different to what he had with Sebastian. With Frederick, he feels more comfortable and relaxed and like he could actually fit in Frederick’s life and be happy. Frederick tells Berkeley that he’s the spokesperson for a group of people in the travel industry and that they know about Sebastian’s technology and want to stop it going further than the stage that it’s at as millions of jobs are at risk. He has been told by his bosses to convince Berkeley to steal the data from Sebastian and pass it on to them so as the research can be discredited.

As a character, Berkeley comes across as quite arrogant and materialistic, he only really thinks of himself and the money. Even though he enjoys being with Sebastian and Frederick and they are paying for his services, he always wants to do things on his terms. The story did flow well, but it was written almost like two halves, the first part where Berkeley becomes an escort and takes us through his experience of meeting new clients and dealing with their often strange requests and then the second part where he becomes an industrial spy and business guru. This had me slightly conflicted about the story because I didn’t know where it was trying to go. There were some twists which added excitement, but there were also some parts that were so cheesy I wanted to cringe. Although everything in this story is wrapped up and finalized, it’s left open for more books in the series to follow, the ending felt right for the story, and I’m happy with how the author completed this little adventure in Berkeley’s life.

In the end, I can’t say I loved the book, but I also didn’t hate it. Maybe if I had read the previous books in the series, I would have been able to connect to this story more, but I was left feeling indifferent. Will I read the other books in the series? The answer is maybe, I wouldn’t rule it out and it certainly hasn’t put me off reading other work by this author because it actually was a good story concept.

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

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Review: “Kin” Catherine Lievens

TITLE: Kin
AUTHOR: Catherine Lievens
SERIES: Council Enforcers
PUBLISHER: eXtasy Books
COVER ARTIST: Valerie Tibbs
GENRE: Paranormal,Shapeshifter, Erotica
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 120 pages
RELEASE DATE: January 27, 2017
PRICE: $4.99 -e-book
  

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Sometimes you have to step out of your comfort zone to find happiness.

Kin always knew his job as an enforcer wouldn’t last forever. His mother is planning his marriage, to a woman she’ll choose to help advance their family name and fortune. The only way he has out of it is finding his mate, but there’s no quick or easy way to do that.
Saul has thought himself crazy for most of the past ten years. He sees half-transparent animal faces layered on some people’s human faces, and he voluntarily walked into a psychiatric hospital when he was twenty-three. Now he’s thirty-four, and he feels like he missed out on life. When his sister pushes him into leaving the hospital, he hesitates, but she won’t take no for an answer, no matter how much their parents pay Saul’s doctor to keep him there.
When Kin and his team are sent to make sure Saul gets out without any problems, Kin expects the mission to be routine. Instead, he knows Saul is his mate as soon as they meet. Will Saul finally manage to walk out of the hospital? And is Saul really crazy, or is there an explanation for what he can see?


Kin is a crocodile shifter that works as an enforcer for the Shifter Council. Kin loves what he
does and how he’s helped many other shifters. Kin lives with fellow teammates on the Gillham pack’s property. Kin’s mother has been trying to arrange his marriage to a woman to produce
grandchildren.
Even though Kin has been with both men and women, he knows he’s gay and
wants to find his mate. Finding his mate is his only hope out of a prearranged marriage. Saul is a human that believed he was going crazy and put himself in a mental hospital 10 years before. He sees animal faces mixed with human faces on some people. Well, while he was in that place, his sister has been begging him to get out, but Saul is too afraid. When a video is released, his sister gets the enforcers to get him out. Saul’s parents hate this and try to send him back.
Kin’s team is sent to get Saul out, and Kin knows immediately that he has found his mate. Saul is so confused when they leave the hospital and asks many questions. Kin answers them all but doesn’t tell him they are mates.
I really enjoyed Kin and Saul’s characters. I really would have loved more chemistry building between them. Kin knew right away that Saul was his mate but Saul didn’t understand the whole mate thing. And when Saul asked questions, he wasn’t answered but pushed to ask Kin. feel their struggle was very real especially since Saul had been in the mental hospital for 10 years. He was not sure how the real world was anymore.
I love Kameron and Zack also. I think they make great mates and have lots of knowledge to help all these different shifters. And the love they share is heartwarming. Penny, Saul’s sister, is amazing also. Would have loved to have read about Saul meeting his niece.
This is a fun read. I enjoyed it very much.

This is the third book of the second Spin-off from the Whitedell Pride series and running alongside the Gillham Pack Series. There are 25.5 in the Whitedell Series and so far 19 published in the Gillham Series with this being number 3 in the Council Enforcers Series.

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

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Review: “Kilig” by Jo Tannah

TITLE: Kilig
AUTHOR: Jo Tannah
SERIES: Tales From the Archipedlago
PUBLISHER: eXtasy Books
COVER ARTIST: Angela Waters
GENRE: Contemporary Romance; Erotica
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 158 pages
RELEASE DATE: January 27, 2017
PRICE: $4.99 -e-book
  

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A chance meeting. A forever kind of romance. Love can happen most unexpectedly.

Louie Montenegro works for one of the country’s largest property developers. Although his job demands long hours both in the office and unscheduled work trips all over the country, it’s a job he loves. On his first trip to Bacolod, one of the greenest, competitive, livable and highly urbanized mid-sized cities in the Philippines, he meets Carl delos Santos, a successful businessman in his own right.

At twenty, Carl faced a family-run business in near ruins and the burden of paying off enormous debts. For ten years, he focused all of his attention on reclaiming his family legacy. Now he heads one of the region’s most successful department store chains.

A chance meeting with Louie in a local car wash leads both men to an unanticipated romance. But when Louie’s company recalls him to Manila, he faces a future without Carl. Will Louie choose career over love?


When I started reading this story, I expected it to be mildly entertaining at best. Let me tell you how wrong I was. I was thinking I would be bombarded with an abundance of culture with a speedy romance of two people force mashed together. This could not have been more wrong. What you get is two strong characters with a compelling story. Louie is a lawyer who works for his cousin and best friend’s company. Then you have Marc who owns a successful chain of stores. Marc’s sister Lisa was a joy to read as well.
One of the things that most enticed me about this book was where it is based. It centers around to big cities in the Philippines. Louie’s company is based in Manila. They send him to work in Bacolod, which is where Marc lives and works. Throughout the book, the author shows the culture and some of the words, phrases, and expressions used. Thankfully there is a glossary in the back of the book. What was an added bonus was getting some facts and a little bit of the island’s history. All this, while maintaining the story.

Also, I loved the pace of the relationship. From the first meeting to the happy conclusion nothing felt rushed or pushed. The timing from their first meeting to their first date was very realistic. It’s what you would expect from two very busy business men. While some steps were faster than others, you’re left with the feeling of it being the natural progression. The time flowed smoothly.

The troubles and concerns matched perfectly to the country’s culture. I found this to be a sweet romance that also taught me about a culture I’m not familiar with. The mannerisms of the society were described so you could fully understand how their community functions. Who was respected and why. Overall, this was a diverse story of love and culture.

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

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Review: “Bondage Ranch” by Roland Graeme

TITLE: Bondage Ranch
AUTHOR: Roland Graeme
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: eXtasy Books
COVER ARTIST:Martine Jardin
GENRE: Erotica
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 185 pages
RELEASE DATE: January 20, 2017
PRICE: $4.99 -e-book
  

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Vaughn Richardson enjoys living and working as a ranch hand in rural Montana. Among the unofficial perks of the job is the fact that the handsome young man finds himself surrounded by other virile men. Vaughn enjoys casual sexual encounters with a number of these men. But his deeper, even more urgent desires seem to be stirred whenever the sex gets a bit rough, or when it incorporates any hint of bondage and discipline or dominant-and-submissive roleplaying. Vaughn has to learn how to overcome his lingering shame about his needs, and embrace them fully. With the help of a number of sex partners, he does so.


I had mixed feelings about this book. I love books that have lots of sex in them, and this book didn’t disappoint but for the length of the book there was almost too much sex, but I guess that’s why it’s categorized as a gay erotica book instead of a gay romance. This book had lots of sex and minimal storyline. Just enough storyline to get to the next sex scene.
The book starts out with a 23-year-old Vaughn Richardson going to a sex party and staying there for the next six chapters of detailed sexual encounters between a house full of super horny males. Vaughn is placed in many different sexual situations and finds that he enjoys getting tied up and having rough sex and when there’s a bit of dominant/submissive role-playing. Then for the next three chapters, we flash back to the first ranch that Vaughn started working at which he affectionately refers to as the ranch from hell. His roommate Will is supposedly straight but has no problem with mutual jackoff sessions and topping Vaughn and helping Vaughn get over his shame over his needs. Vaughn gets his first taste at being used as a piece of meat by the Foreman John Wayne Kearney who uses Vaughn’s employment as a way to get into his pants. Vaughn loses his virginity to John Wayne and gets his first taste at being in a Dominant/submissive relationship and finds that he enjoys it. But he also realizes that neither Will nor John Wayne cared about him and are both just using him.

He finds a new ranch to work at and promises himself that he will be no man’s sex slave again. He’s hoping to find a new lover or two to begin a relationship with. From there on we’re back to the present after the grand sex party, and we get some background about the new ranch that Vaughn is at. Vaughn gets a new job at the Burning Spur that has better pay and much better living conditions and a whole new set of sexy hot men. Vaughn makes a new friend with benefits at the ranch named Flint. Vaughn also starts up a relationship with a deputy sheriff by the name of Aaron who also ends up going with Vaughn and Flint to the next sex party.

I like that Vaughn is open with both Aaron and Flint that he’s seeing multiple people and isn’t doing it behind their backs. And during the party at Darren’s, Vaughn realized that he had feelings for Flint and upgraded Flint from friends with benefits to boyfriend.

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

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