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: “Come and Get Me” by Nicholas Bella

TITLE: Come and Get Me
AUTHOR: Nicholas Bella
SERIES: Odin Chronicles
PUBLISHER: Self
COVER ARTIST: Nicholas Bella
GENRE: Dark, Erotica, Paranormal
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 151 pages
RELEASE DATE: February 24, 2017
PRICE: $3.99 – e-book / $8.99 – paperback
  

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Noel: I’m finally free and able to patrol my own territory without Marco being by my side. I really appreciated everything he’s taught me, what can I say… that big, brutal bastard grew on me. However, before I can embark on my new life as a General, I have to fulfill a debt my Father owes to the dragon king, Evander. This should be interesting. At least I’m not going alone. Dante, newly-mated to Josef, will be going with me.

Elijah: Today is the day our plan finally comes to fruition. I’m praying that everything falls into place just as we have designed it to. But you never know with these sort of operations. Humans can be as unpredictable as supes. I do know one thing, Deacon better come and get me.

Vex: As a reward for my loyalty and service, my King has given me permission to pick the human I want to have turned into a werewolf. I’ve had my eye on the perfect guy, too. Whether he wants to be a wolf or not doesn’t matter to me. Once it’s done and he’s mine, he’ll learn to heel and obey.

Kendrick: It’s been a long time coming with years of strategic planning, from the night I killed my Alpha to the day I killed the dragon king, making me a ruler in my own league. I’ve had my eye on the Odin Colony for over a decade, but I knew I needed to wait until the right moment came to strike. They should fear me, because when the dust settles and the streets are flowing with blood, I will be standing victorious.

Warning: This series is highly addictive, and fans have complained that it’s all they can think about, oftentimes re-reading each book until their next fix. Be further warned: This serial contains strong adult content not meant for sensitive eyes as each episode will be filled with dark, twisted, raunchy and steamy scenes between powerful, sexy men that will either offend you or get ya revved up. This series will not be pulling any punches, and it won’t apologize for hurting your feelings, either. You’ll find no fluff and ruffles here. The vampires are not misunderstood, hopeless romantics looking for love. The werewolves are not cute and cuddly and the dragons aren’t the ones from your childhood. This is NOT a romance


As usual, this author has sucked me into his dark, erotic and unapologetic paranormal world. If you have not read Nicholas before, I strongly suggest you start with The New Haven Series. This is where it all began. This is a new season of the series, and you will want to understand everything up until now. This author has created a world of vampires, werewolves and dragons and it’s not a world for the weak. There’s a no holds barred with this author and if you’re offended easily, by all means, look elsewhere. But, if you like dark, taboo, M/M sexual paranormal and forceful situations, then grab hold of the seat of your pants and enjoy the journey.

Theoden’s boys are taking to their new roles beautifully and are just as sexy as ever. Noel and Dante have a hot date with the Dragon King, Evander, and holy hell. This ménage is super-hot and sexy and had me panting. This happens before the mating of Josef and Dante is to happen. Deacon and Elijah are getting ready for the day they’ve been planning to take over the wolf territories. Elijah is hoping everything goes as planned with Dominic’s human gang and that his mate, Deacon, shows up for him. I really missed all my boys and was happy to get caught up with them. But, there are new and exciting new characters to meet.

Meet Vex, a dragon, which is one of King Evander’s right-hand men. He has been a very loyal dragon and has been given the gift of a human. He has his choice of any human to turn into a werewolf and to be his little puppy. Vex has the perfect man, Isaiah, and brings him home to begin the change. You see, dragon venom will kill a human but not a werewolf, so Vex will have his way with his new pet and will enjoy every last minute of it. He will train him to please Vex whether he wants to or not.

Then there’s Kendrick who has already killed his alpha. Now, he’s waiting for the perfect moment to kill King Evander. Once he does this, he believes he will rule all the worlds of the paranormal. Kendrick can cause some real problems, BUT I do not believe he’s as prepared as he thinks. He has no clue to the strength of Theoden’s boys or the rest of the pack’s alphas. He also has his right-hand man, Monroe. I love Monroe, and I hope he you do too. He’s flamboyant and adorable.

Of course, Nicholas has left me wanting the next episode, and like a good little reader, I will wait as patiently as I can. He loves to make us readers suffer just like his characters. I warn you now, you may want to alone with yourself to read this book. ENJOY

***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: “Return of the Chauffer’s Son” by Tara Lain

TITLE: Return of the Chauffer’s Son
AUTHOR: Tara Lain
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Reese Dante
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 200 pages
RELEASE DATE: June 2, 2017
PRICE: $6.99 -e-book / $14.99 -paperback
   

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Luca McGrath may be returning to Napa Valley, California as a promising chef with dreams of starting his own restaurant and winery, but his heart still lives with bad-boy billionaire’s son, James Armstrong. Luca spent his childhood playing games with the golden boy of California society, so blinded by James he barely noticed the dark, quiet lure of his conservative older brother, Dylan Armstrong.

But now, Luca’s home and his own powers of attraction are enough to make James question his dedicated heterosexuality and his promised marriage to a wealthy and powerful businesswoman. The obvious attraction between Luca and James spurs Dylan into action—but he’s fighting a huge secret. While Luca dreamed of James, Dylan dreamed of Luca. When Luca gets caught in the struggle between the brothers and gets accused of culinary espionage he’s ready to chuck the fairy tale—unable to even imagine Dylan’s power to make his dreams come true.


Return of the Chauffer’s son by Tara Lain is a wonderful adaptation and retelling of the movie Sabrina. The storyline and flow of the story were perfect. The characters were easily recognizable with all of their little character nuances. The book was well written and nicely edited.

I loved the love triangle and how Luca kept getting pulled back and forth like the Armstrong’s tug toy. I liked that Dylan and James were at the opposite end of the spectrum from each other. James’ the golden boy and Dylan’s dark and mysterious.

James’ portrayed as the straight golden boy of California society. He’s a super flirt, extroverted, and self-centred. He also goes through women like skittles. He throws himself into new ideas wholeheartedly but doesn’t think them through and just as quickly moves on to the next impulse without care for who he hurts.

Dylan’s the conservative gay older brother to James. He’s a type A personality and is used to getting his way. He runs Anderson Technologies with his mother. Dylan’s used to cleaning up after the destruction that James causes and tries to avert it if he can.

Luca grew up on the Armstrong property with his dad. His dad’s the family chauffeur, and Luca grew up playing with James. They were the best of friends and Luca fell in love with him even though he knew it wouldn’t be returned. His father and Mr. and Mrs. Armstrong noticed his crush and sent him to France to culinary school with the hope that when he came back the crush would be over. Unfortunately, even getting a job in New York and staying away for a total of 7 years didn’t help. And now he’s back home after getting a new job at Culinary Arts. And Luca still wants James and is crushed when he learns of James’ engagement. And then even more confused when James starts flirting with him.
Dylan’s worried about James’ new attraction to Luca and is worried that if he breaks up his engagement that it will cost Dylan the merger that he has been working on with the fiancé’s family. He tries to redirect Luca’s attraction to him instead of James to save the deal, and it works. But he didn’t count on falling in love himself. Not that he will admit it to himself.
But Luca can’t deal with his confused feelings for the brothers and doesn’t like being yanked back and forth between them. It’s too much pressure to deal with in addition to trying to come up with the winning culinary dish for the local cooking contest that’s coming up. But when he’s wrongfully accused of culinary espionage and fired from his job, he sees all of his dreams of owning his own restaurant and winery disappearing and finds that living in California’s too much and moves back to New York to see if he can get his old job back.

But there’s no way that Luca leaving is going to fly with the Armstrong family. But who will it be that brings him back? And will he be able to convince Luca that he loves him?

Another great book by Tara Lain. I haven’t read one of her books yet that I haven’t loved. I definitely recommend her books to everybody.

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

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Review: “Gargoyle Rising” by : Meraki P. Lyhne

TITLE: Gargoyle Rising
AUTHOR: Meraki P. Lyhne
SERIES: Chronicles of an Earned
PUBLISHER: eXtasy Books
COVER ARTIST: Carmen Waters
GENRE: Paranormal
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH:  375 pages
RELEASE DATE: May 12, 2017
PRICE: $4.99 -e-book / $11.25 –paperback
  

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At age eleven, Meino buried his dad next to where they had buried his mom less than six months earlier. All alone in the world, he seeks out the Gargoyles and uses his dad’s spell book to bring one to life. But he doesn’t understand the magic he’s using, and he can’t finish the spell. For the next twelve years, his dreams are haunted by the lonely cries of the Gargoyle. As an adult, Meino tries the spell again to get rid of the nightmares. This time it works—but once the magic is alive, it attracts the attention of the New Knight Templars, who want to destroy the Gargoyle.

Nathan and Lucien have settled into a routine at the school where Nathan is studying to be able to help the Order. Just as life is calming down, it all takes a turn. News that a protégé is in danger and that Nathan’s beloved Professor Nigel Gershman has died is just the beginning. Once again, Nathan and Lucien are moved about to assist the Order, and new magic brings out a hidden enemy.


levilogooptimummBest series ever!!!

I’m so in love with this series. I have now words for what Meraki is doing with this series…

For all those who haven’t read the previous ones, you are missing out big time.

The series is not a typical romantic series, there is romance mind you, and hot gay sex too, but the main thing, or maybe it’s just for me, is the occult world.

I know that Meraki has invested 8 years of research into this series, but how much is fiction and how much are facts…well, I think Meraki’s keeping us guessing.

During this series, we meet a lot of paranormal beings. The main entities, as we can learn from series title, are Earned. An Earned is a demigod who was created to serve mankind. Although in this book they are not so much involved.

In “Gargoyle Rising”, we will meet Nathan and his shadow Lucien again. We will find out that Nathan makes progress to find out about the curse that bounds Lucien into the shadow. The book happens in parallel with the previous books of the series. It was nice experiencing it again.

In the previous books, we’ve met Rebecca a girl who was hitting on Alex, we knew almost nothing about her, but now…she is working for the New Knight Templars. Man, the brainwashing! Meraki did an extremely nice job describing how the religious fanaticism makes you blind to the reality.

But the book is mostly about Meino. He is an auto mechanic, living in Germany. When he was 11, he lost both his parents, but he can’t forget the gargoyles from a crypt where his father used to bring him to play. After the loss of his father, Meino finds a book and tries to resurrect a gargoyle so he’s not alone anymore. Well, nothing happens. But the gargoyle haunts his dreams, and after 15 years when Meino finds the missing piece of the spell, Buckheart the Gargoyle shows up on his balcony. And then when their story starts…

We will learn more about Templars and hidden societies in Europe. Although the book is a fiction, I got the feeling that Meraki let us in, into knowledge about the occult societies. To believe it or not it’s all up to you …

5 amazing OptimuMM!

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

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Review: “Breaking With His Past” by James Lee Hard

TITLE: Breaking With His Past
AUTHOR: James Lee Hard
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Self
COVER ARTIST: James Lee Hard
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 194 pages
RELEASE DATE: September 3, 2016
PRICE: $2.99 e-book / $8.99 -paperback
  

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After serving five years in jail, Logan is ready to start over and forget all about his past. But things are not that easy, especially when people can’t see past the ex-convict, and getting a job is harder than ever.
Meanwhile, Kyle has finally come to terms with his own sexuality and does the hardest thing he’s ever done in his life: getting a divorce from his wife, Jessica, with whom he has a toddler named Ryan. He leaves both behind in a bid to rebuild his life and to become the father he dreams of being to his son.
It’s in this hurricane of life-changing events that Logan and Kyle end up meeting each other by chance in a small town far away from their previous lives. The spark between them is immediate and strong, but they both try to fight it, coming up with excuses not to pursue it.
While their friendship evolves, they find themselves even more attracted to each other. But will Logan trust he can find love with another man while his past is still so present? And is Kyle ready to invest in his first gay relationship at the same time as he’s fighting for his son’s custody?
Set in a small town with quirky characters and all the peculiarities that only a small town can offer, Logan and Kyle embark on a journey that could change their lives forever. But will they feel free to follow through?
WARNING
This book contains explicit sexual scenes as well as some graphic language. It is intended for a mature, adult audience.


I have become such a fan of James Lee Hard. This is a story that he has written so beautifully about real life stuff. How we all make poor decisions and some worse than others. How there are consequences for our choices, some more severe than others. How, even though we make mistakes, we don’t have to pay for them the rest of lives.

Logan is one of these people. He served five years in jail for a mistake. He has served his time and just wants to start over, but people can’t seem to see past the convict. Finally, he lands a job and is very grateful for it. Logan is moving forward with his life with work, his probation, and everyday living. Logan isn’t even thinking about love. That is until Kyle walks into his work one day.

Kyle has just come out to his ex-wife, Jessica. Kyle has come to terms with himself and his sexuality, He decides to move away from his ex-wife and his young son, Ryan. He’s still very involved with Ryan and raising him. Kyle wants work done on the house he just bought, so he goes to hire someone to do the work. He walks in and sees Logan. Both men are breathless and have a hard time speaking. I found myself holding my breath when they first set eyes on each other.

The author has this amazing ability to make me feel the love these two share and all the fears that come with it. Logan falls in love with the toddler while he and Kyle fall deeply in love.

So, what can go wrong? What’s a good relationship without trials and tribulations? Why do we have to be self-destructing to ourselves and not trust? These are just some of the questions I asked myself about these guys while reading.

This is a wonderful read about discovery, parenthood and love. I enjoyed this book from the beginning to the end.

***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: “Before You Break” by K.C. Wells & Parker Williams

TITLE: Before You Break
AUTHOR: K.C. Wells & Parker Williams
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Reese Dante
GENRE: Contemporary Romance, BDSM
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 340 pages
RELEASE DATE: May 26, 2017
PRICE: $6.99 e-book / $17.99 – paperback
  

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Six years ago Ellis walked into his first briefing as the newest member of London’s Specialist Firearms unit. He was partnered with Wayne and they became fast friends. When Wayne begins to notice changes—Ellis’s erratic temper, the effects of sleep deprivation—he knows he has to act before Ellis reaches his breaking point. He invites Ellis to the opening of the new BDSM club, Secrets, where Wayne has a membership. His purpose? He wants Ellis to glimpse the lifestyle before Wayne approaches him with a proposition. He wants to take Ellis in hand, to control his life because he wants his friend back, and he figures this is the only way to do it.

There are a few issues, however. Ellis is straight. Stubborn. And sexy. Wayne knows he has to put his own feelings aside to be what Ellis needs. What surprises the hell out of him is finding out what Ellis actually requires.


OH MY GOSH. These authors have done a spectacular job writing this book into the BDSM lifestyle. This is a spinoff from the Collars & Cuffs series, and I’ll be getting that series. Even though there are appearances from those characters, this is about two new characters and can be read as a stand-alone, and you won’t feel lost. These authors really captured the true meanings of Dom/Sub roles. As someone that knows the lifestyle very well, I feel this book can help people looking into the lifestyle can get a real feeling how it works. A true Dom will always know what best for their Sub better than they know them self. A true Dom is always aware of their role, how the Sub is feeling, how to best push them, how to help them lose problems and, most importantly, make them feel comfort and safety. A true Sub learns how to trust, how to let go and give all to their Dom.

Now to meet Wayne and Ellis. They have worked together for the past 6 years and are best friends. They have stressful jobs as London’s Specialist Firearms Officers and worked closely with a strong group of men. Wayne is out about being gay, and Ellis is straight. The guys are known for teasing Wayne, but it’s all in good fun. Wayne cancels plans to go out with the guys one day because he has other plans. When alone, Ellis asks what his plans are and is in shock to learn that his best friend is a Dom and is going to a grand opening for the club, Secrets. Out of the blue, he shocks Wayne and asks to go with him to know his best friend better.

What you need to know is not all Dom/Sub relationships are sexual, just 95% of them. Wayne has been watching Ellis fall apart at the seams for the past year. Making mistakes at work, always being extremely tired and losing his temper at the drop of a hat. Now that Ellis knows that Wayne is a Dom, Wayne figures it is time to take Ellis in hand and help him get his life back in order. Ellis, of course, fights him on this until he can’t take anymore of life and gets suspended at work. This is where Barb, Ellis’s sister, is brought to life to Wayne. Slowly, Wayne learns about his family and how they had misled Ellis for many years and took everything, including Ellis’s soul. It is truly amazing what happens when Ellis finally lets go and lets Wayne care for all his needs.

The journey a Dom/Sub experience is a wonderful experience of trust, compassion and letting go. These authors have fulfilled this journey for me, and I recommend this to any readers that want to experience this journey. This book contains BDSM, club scenes, punishments and really hot sex. Please Enjoy the journey of Wayne and Ellis.

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

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Review: “Lock and Key” by Z. Allora

TITLE: Lock and Key
AUTHOR: Z. Allora
SERIES: Entwined Dreams
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: K-Koji
GENRE: Contemporary Romance; BDSM; Erotica
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 300 pages
RELEASE DATE: July 15, 2017
PRICE: $6.99 -e-book / $17.99 -paperback
  

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Rejected. Heartbroken. Devastated.

Zack Davis wanted to serve only one man, Andrew Nikeman. He was denied because Andrew thought he was too young and because their brothers were together. So Zack crushed his submissive tendencies and focused on being the perfect Dom, giving every sub he played with something he couldn’t have.

After years of denying his submissive side, Entwined’s charity auction “Are you Dom Enough to be a sub?” gives Zack an excuse to get a little of what he’s always craved.

Andrew doesn’t know when his infatuation turned into more, but it kills him to see Zack with a constant parade of submissives. He’d refused to jeopardize his brother’s relationship or become Zack’s regret; however, Zack isn’t a kid anymore, and his brother’s relationship is unbreakable. Now Zack’s popularity and success as a Dom might ruin Andrew’s dreams of collaring him, but he can’t wait any longer to confess his feelings or he risks losing the man he loves forever.


Lock and Key’s the first book in the Entwined Dreams series which is a spinoff of her Dark Angels series. I was not aware of this when I read the book, and it didn’t have any impact on my love of this book. It was a standalone book. The author Z. Allora did a great job of explaining all of the characters in the book, and I never felt like I was missing out on some much-needed information. That being said, I did love the supporting characters enough that I will be reading the Dark Angel series so that I can get to know them even better.

I loved the cover for Lock and Key, and the blurb did its job and made me intrigued enough to read it. This is my first book by Z. Allora, but it most definitely will not be the last. I already have on my TBR the second book in the series Secured and Free. I loved the way the book was written, and I personally loved all of Zach’s inner monologs. Yes, there were a lot of them, and they were repetitive, but I enjoyed them. I also enjoyed all of the details about the BDSM lifestyle and the different types of relationships. I liked that Z. Allora touched on the importance of contracts and safewords and the difference between consensual vs. abuse. The book also had complex characters, and the story had plenty of hot steamy scenes and angst. I did find a couple of editing errors, but they didn’t detract from the story.

Zach knew from a young age that he was attracted to the BDSM lifestyle and wanted to be a part of it. He was kicked out of the house by his mom for his perverse proclivities, and so he goes to live with his older brother Dusty and becomes a roadie for his brother’s band. Zach prefers to work behind the scenes and falls head over heels for Andrew, who he meets for the first time backstage. He instantly knows that he wants to be Andrew’s sub. However, Zach is only 18 and Andrew rejects Zach’s advances because he is too young and also their brothers are dating, and he doesn’t want to jeopardize their relationship. Zach is devastated and does something stupid that he never wants to happen again. He does find a club called Entwined that does workshops and classes to learn about the lifestyle that he wants to be a part of and over the next 3 years learns enough to become a sought-after Dom. He figures that if he can’t have what he wants, then he will focus on giving other subs what they want and becomes a bit of a matchmaker. When the club hosts their first ever “Are you Dom enough to sub” event, he figures that he might be able to finally get what he wants.

Andrew, aka Drew a nickname given by Zach, has always wanted Zach but the timing wasn’t right when they first met. Andrew’s long-term relationship was just ending, and he didn’t want Zach to regret having a relationship with him. And he also didn’t want to jeopardize his brother’s relationship. With the ending of his long-term relationship, he is finally free to explore his Dom tendencies, and he becomes a member of Entwined. Over the years he has had to watch Zach work his way up in the club to become a favorite of the subs. And it is slowly killing him inside. When he hears that Zach is going to be participating in the “Are you Dom enough to be a sub” event, he’s thrilled that he will finally get his chance to be with Zach. And now that all of the reasons that kept them apart when Zach was 18 no longer apply, they might have a chance at a relationship.

Both Andrew and Zach will have to find the courage to work out their problems and be honest about what they want.

I thought this was a great book for readers that are new to BDSM. It was a great romance story.

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

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Review: “Recovery” by Amy Rae Durreson

TITLE: Recovery
AUTHOR: Amy Rae Durreson
SERIES: Reawakening
PUBLISHER: DSP Publications
COVER ARTIST: Catt Ford
GENRE: Fantasy; Paranormal; Shapeshifter
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 370 pages
RELEASE DATE: May 9, 2017
PRICE:$6.99 -e-book / $ 19.99-paperback

  

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Resistance, exile, plague. Raif has survived them all, but now he finds himself in search of a new purpose. Traveling north to wake the dragon Arden, he hopes he has finally found a leader worthy of his loyalty, but Arden turns out to be more of a frivolous annoyance than an almighty spirit lord. Now bound to Arden’s side despite his frustration, Raif follows the dragon to the rich and influential lagoon city of Aliann, chasing rumors of the Shadow that once cursed his homeland.

With the election of a new duke at stake, Raif struggles to make sense of the challenges he meets in Aliann: a conspiracy of nixies and pirates, selkie refugees in desperate need of a champion, a monster that devours souls, a flirtatious pirate prince, and a machine that could change the world. For nothing in the city of masks is what it seems, from the new friends Raif makes to the dragon he follows—or even himself.


levilogooptimummWow…I want to read the previous books in the series!

Although this is 3rd of the series, there is no problem following the plot and characters. This book is placed in a world where the Keeper of the Laws are dragons, we’ll meet various creatures and Gods in this book.

This sequel is about Raif. Raif is a faithful man, a devotee of Dual God of Tiallat. Tiallat is the place where Raif comes from. He is travelling north to awaken the dragon Arden. His first stop is in Allien, the city of the cities. After bribing through customs and the gates, Reif finds himself almost drowned in the lagoon. For me, Allien was an image of Venice, with canals, bridges and narrow passages. Allien is built on the Lagoon, in what Reif finds himself after meeting them, Pol. He almost drowned but someone, a woman saves him. Later we will find out that the woman is not an ordinary woman and she chooses Raif as her champion.

After that, Raif can’t wait to get out of this city, and he hopes he will never return again. Then his journey to north resumes. On his way to find Arden, he has time to delve into his past. He survived the Plague and the Shadow, who overtook him, he misses his best friend, Iskandir, who turned out to be the Dual God of Tiallat, but he can’t get passed that him, Iskandir was lying to him.
When he reached the place where Arden should be, his search starts. Finally, he finds Arden who was sleeping for over a thousand years, Raif wakes him with an ardent pledge to be a part of his horde.
But Arden is nothing like Raif would expect from a Keeper of the Laws. Arden is naughty and frivolous. He’s a handful. He doesn’t speak the language, but he is a quick study. He learns all the tricks in this world like gambling and cheating, smooth talk and charms.

Raif, against his own will, is falling for Arden. But in order to destroy the Shadow they need to turn back to Alienn and meet the challenge of finding the Shadow.

It’s a wonderful story. It captured me from the start. Raif is the epitome of a champion, honest, true to his world, always ready to help…and a virgin. Arden can’t be more dragon as he is. The fire fuels him, making Raif burn for the dragon. But Arden has a secret, a secret what will bring heartbreak to Raif…

5 honest to God OptimuMM’s.

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

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Review: “A Taste of Honey” by Ari McKay

TITLE: A Taste of Honey
AUTHOR: Ari McKay
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Reese Dante
GENRE: Contemporary Romance, Straight to Gay
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: NO
LENGTH: 88 pages
RELEASE DATE: May 17, 2017
PRICE: $4.99 -e-book
   

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Boone Phillips needs a girlfriend-now! If he shows up to the family reunion alone, his mother will throw every woman in sight at him. But the only “woman” Boone trusts enough to ask is Honey, the drag queen alter ego of his best friend, Rob. It’s a crazy idea, but Boone is desperate.

Boone wins Rob over to the idea after first going on a “date” with him as Honey, but everything feels different once the plan is set in motion. Between nosy relatives, illegal moonshine, and the sight of Rob in white lace panties, Boone starts to wonder if he’s as straight as he thought. When an earth-shattering kiss sends Rob running, however, Boone learns some surprising things about both his family and himself. Now he needs to convince Rob to give him another chance, or his first taste of Honey might also be his last.

First Edition published by Torquere Press, 2016.


This is my first time reading a book by Ari McKay, but I was hooked by the blurb, and I have found that I really enjoy reading cross-dressing and drag queen books, so I am glad that I gave A Taste of Honey a chance because it was a delightful story. The story was well written and had a great flow to it. The characters have been fleshed out and developed, and I loved the supporting characters also.

I liked that Rob/Honey and Boone are opposites in both looks and temperament and I liked this line in the book. “Boone was drawn to Rob’s energy and spontaneity, while Rob seemed to like Boone’s solid and unwavering dependability.” It described them perfectly.

Boone has a family reunion that he is going to and his mom always tries to set him up with available girls while he’s there. When he complains to his best friend Rob during their weekly dinner out, Rob tells him that he should take a fake girlfriend with him. But Boone’s hesitant. Which of his ex-girlfriends would be able to hold up to his mom’s interrogation. Boone can only think of one person who could do it, and that would be his gay best friend’s drag queen alter ego Honey. Honey’s confident and can handle any situation. But can Boone get his best friend to agree to do it?

Rob’s had a crush on his best friend Boone since he first met him. But Boone’s straight and so he’s always kept it a secret. He’s hesitant to go with Boone to his reunion because he doesn’t want to jeopardize his friendship. And he agrees to go with Boone to the reunion but only if he will go on a public date with him as Honey and prove that he can handle playing the affectionate boyfriend. When he passes that with flying colors, it’s off to the reunion they go. At the reunion is where Honey/Rob finds the accepting, loving family that he’s always hoped for.

I loved Boone’s family and how they had that perfect southern charm down pat. They were so loving and accepting of Boone’s girlfriend, and I loved all of the little stories about Boone’s relatives and their sexuality that come out as they were drinking moonshine.

I would recommend A Taste of Honey to anybody looking for a quick feel good book about a straight best friend that realizes that he may not be as straight as he thought when he falls in love with his gay best friend.

I can’t wait to read more books by Ari McKay

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

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Review: “Setting the Hook” by Andrew Grey

TITLE: Setting the Hook
AUTHOR: Andrew Grey
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: L.C. Chase
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 200 pages
RELEASE DATE: May 12, 2017
PRICE: $6.99 -e-book / $14.99 -paperback
  

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A kiss is just a kiss. It doesn’t have to mean anything. Does it?

It could be the catch of a lifetime. William Westmoreland escapes his unfulfilling Rhode Island existence by traveling to Florida twice a year and chartering Mike Jansen’s fishing boat to take him out on the Gulf. The crystal-blue water and tropical scenery isn’t the only view William enjoys, but he’s never made his move. A vacation romance just isn’t on his horizon.

William Westmoreland escapes his unfulfilling Rhode Island existence by traveling to Florida twice a year and chartering Mike Jansen’s fishing boat to take him out on the Gulf. The crystal-blue water and tropical scenery isn’t the only view William enjoys, but he’s never made his move. A vacation romance just isn’t on his horizon.

Mike started his Apalachicola charter fishing service as a way to care for his daughter and mother, putting their safety and security ahead of the needs of his own heart. Denying his attraction becomes harder with each of William’s visits.

William and Mike’s latest fishing excursion starts with a beautiful day, but a hurricane’s erratic course changes everything, stranding William. As the wind and rain rage outside, the passion the two men have been trying to resist for years crashes over them. In the storm’s wake, it leaves both men yearning to prolong what they have found. But real life pulls William back to his obligations. Can they find a way to reduce the distance between them and discover a place where their souls can meet? The journey will require rough sailing, but the bright future at the end might be worth the choppy seas.


I really enjoyed Setting the Hook by Andrew Grey. I thought it had a well-developed plot and enjoyable characters. The story was also nicely edited.

Mike Jansen owns the Apalachicola charter fishing service and runs it with his friend Gordon, aka Bubba. He lives with his daughter Carrie and his mother in the small town of Apalachicola, Florida, where being gay isn’t accepted, and so Mike lives in the closet and hasn’t had a relationship since his days in the Navy. For four years he’s had a repeat customer (William) who comes down twice a year and hires him for a day of fishing. Mike isn’t afraid to admit that he has a crush on William and that it gets harder to control his attraction each time they see each other.

William Westmoreland has let his father run his life for too long. His father paid for his schooling and told him what to study so that William could take over the family business (which is located in Rhode Island) when his father retired. However, being stuck in an office and going to meetings all day isn’t what William wants to do with his life. Twice a year he goes on vacation and unwinds by chartering a boat and going fishing. He first hired Mike from a recommendation and continued to hire him over the next four years because he had a crush on him. Over the four years, they become friends.

Both men are masculine and easily pass for straight, and that’s part of the problem. They both think the other is straight and so they haven’t done anything about their attraction. Not that they know their attraction is mutual.

A hurricane that doesn’t go the way it’s supposed to and a broken down rental car are the catalyst they both need to give into the attraction that has been brewing between them. But will they be able to bridge their differences? Will William move so that they can be together? Will Mike come out of the closet? Will William stand up to his parents? To find out, you will have to read the book. You won’t be disappointed that you did. I know that I wasn’t.

I loved how the story ended, and I can’t wait to read my next Andrew Grey book.

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

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