People-pleaser Ben Forman has been in the closet so long he has almost convinced himself he is straight, but his denial train gets derailed when hotshot lawyer Micah Trains walks into his life. Micah is brilliant, funny, driven…and he assumes Ben is gay and starts dating him. Finding himself truly happy for the first time, Ben doesn't have the willpower to resist Micah’s affection.
When his relationship with Micah heats up, Ben realizes has a problem: his parents won’t tolerate a gay son and self-confident Micah isn’t the type to hide. If Ben wants to maintain his hold on his happiness, he'll have to decide what’s important and own up to the truth of who he is. The trouble is figuring out just what that truth is.
Ned is visiting a favorite BDSM club known as the Hampton Road Club in order to determine if he wishes to become a permanent member now that some new policies are in place. He also wishes to check on a submissive he introduced to the club at one point. What Ned finds is more than he bargained for. He meets Evan, a spirited if somewhat top from the bottom submissive that has been discarded by his previous Master for a young virginal submissive. Evan is in a predicament of his own, as he cannot return to the Master he had before that as he has also found a new submissive that he is committed to. Evan meets Ned and is dominated by him in one intense evening that ultimately leads to his heart-break as Ned doesn’t believe Evan is the one for him to settle down with initially because he is not a virgin. Will Ned come to his senses? If so will it be too late to win Evan as his permanent submissive?
I received an ARC of this novel for an honest review. I really enjoyed this novel! I have not read the first 3 books of the series but really enjoyed the supportive characters and was able to read this as a standalone and grasp the connections to previous stories. The writing was wonderful and I liked the original take on a historical 1920’s perspective especially for a M/M BDSM story. The use of terminology and brands familiar to that time was well done, there were no gaps or confusing pieces of the story, and I felt connected to the main and supporting characters. The empathy that everyone had for the submissives and their treatment was a palpable thing, which I also found refreshing. They were not objectified and instead were very well cared for. This is something that often is missing. The sex was exciting, well written, and not clichéd. If you are looking for an entertaining and engaging M/M BDSM book I would highly suggest this author!
Title: Hawking a Future
Author: Zenina Masters
Length : 68 Pages
Genres: Paranormal Romance
TBR Reviewer: Victoria
Rating: 4 Stars - Recommended Read
Heat: 2/5 - Flirty
Hayley is the product of two bird shifters who has never managed to shift because she has two inner animals and neither one is able to rise far enough to let her change. She’s instead devoted her life primarily to working as a counselor in the human world, though she periodically spends time counseling recently freed shifters who were captured by the fey and released as part of the recent deal to allow fey into the Crossroads to find mates. Tovin is one of the first fey (an elf specifically) to take part in the new program. These two meet when Hayley arrives. She doesn’t expect to find a mate because she’s largely ignored that part of her life since she can’t shift. However, upon meeting and touching Tovin, receiving some of his fey energy, her inner animals finally emerge and she spends a lot of time trying to figure out how to get back to her human form.
I loved the idea of Hayley, who felt so abandoned by the shifter community yet still wanted to help when she could. IT took a lot of personal courage for her to face potential rejection by traveling to the Crossroads since she couldn’t shift. Tovin, he was an all around pretty decent guy and I liked seeing him find his mate in Hayley. I laughed a lot as Hayley tried to deal with the fact that she now had two alternate forms and how to shift between them easily.
Another great book from Ms. Masters!
Title: Waking Her Tiger
Author: Zenina Masters
Length : 70 Pages
Genres: Paranormal Romance
TBR Reviewer: Victoria
Rating: 4 stars - Recommended Read
Heat: 3/5 - Blush Worthy
Zenina Masters is, well, a master at mixing up breeds when it comes to her Crossroads series, and to the shifters themselves. In this book Maddy is a tiger shifter…who was born to a tribe of prairie dogs, who while loyal to her family of course inspires a bit of fear from her relatives since she’s officially a predator while they’re prey. They love her, but she has a tiger’s instincts and has to fight the drive to pounce when she sees them when they’re in their natural forms. Suran is the last djinn of his family line and as such, has all the power of all the djinn of his line, so people are quite nervous around him. Thanks to recent developments in the series, the fey are now being gradually introduced to the Crossroads to find potential mates and Suran is sent by the fey court to see if he matches. He meets Maddy quickly (after she’s nearly lost to the ether thanks to an incompetent transfer from our world to the Crossroads) and discovers Maddy is his mate.
I love, love, love the imagination required for this series. Maddy as a tiger-raised-by-prairie dogs is an outcast, though never explicitly made so by her family. Suran’s known his entire life he was the last of his line and people are afraid of him. Seeing these two find each other was great, and I loved how they gained traits of the other when they were mated (Maddy turned blue with stripes and gained some of Suran’s magic while Suran gained stripes and an alternate form, I believe).
A unique, erotic, adventure with engaging settings and adventure. Shelby is a single woman going through a divorce when her time traveling lover, Quentin, appears in her life. Dashing, intelligent, and a god in the sack, he bring excitement, and much needed renewal into her life.
I wasn’t a fan of Shelby in the beginning. She was hurting, and in a bit of a self-pity mode because her husband had gotten his new girlfriend pregnant. I was pleased to see her grow and come into her own. She takes to their adventures and in turn finds her new identity. I love nothing more than a woman coming into her own, so I truly enjoyed reading this transformation.
Quentin is a brash, bold, sexy time traveler who gets caught up in the twenty-first century when he comes across Shelby. A modern day knight in shining armor, he sweeps Shelby off her feet, and shows her wondrous places. His whit, intelligence, and strength with a touch of sensitivity made him easy to love. Add the bad boy factor he had going when he left the force of his time, and you’ve got one irresistible hero.
If you’re looking for an escape from reality, this time bending romance will fit the bill perfectly.
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Fighting monsters is hard work. Fighting them within yourself is even harder. Astri Ingebrigtsen is animal handler turned troll hunter, working in government secrecy with other elite team members to rid the countryside of these not-so-mythical, mythical troublemakers. Big, ugly and dangerous, trolls come in various breeds and sizes, and when a rampaging mountain troll eludes them, expert researcher Kai Amundsen is enlisted to help. In blocking out the horrific details of her work, Astri’s dreamscape has been wiped clean leaving her nights a black expanse of unconsciousness. Handsome Kai kickstarts her dreams and her libido when they are stranded together in a remote area, facing the murderous beast unequipped and unprepared.
Wow, there is so much potential here, I was sorry to read such a short work! Scandinavian folklore is so rich, this story could expand into volumes to fully develop and explore not only the creatures but the characters as well. When I visited Norway some years ago, it appeared the country loved its Trolls; figurines, paintings and dolls were everywhere in every shop, it seemed. Ms Davenports’ portrayal of them as dangerous predators was both disturbing and fascinating…suggesting even a bit of government conspiracy and deception at work; and who doesn’t love a good conspiracy theory?
The lengthy and musically-related title (“Hall of the Mountain King” by Edvard Grieg) created an expectation of something more grand, but the story’s short length made it a bit disappointing and hard to ‘get into’ the characters. It made the love scenes less satisfying when they did occur, and no real build-up to them beforehand. That said, the brief scenes between Astri and Kai were camp-stove hot!
Interestingly, in this same small timeframe, Davenport manages to create a colorful cast of supporting characters. The jealous heavy, the unflappable team leader, the spunky comrade-in-arms all beg to be explored further. There is great dialogue between them all – something I love to find in a story. The writing style bordered on brilliant at times, stumbling at others. I look forward to reading this author’s next (and hopefully longer) works!
What woman would secretly desire a hot, young stud in her bed and in her life? Not Kay, a 42 year old business lecturer from Oxford, England. Widowed and finally ready to think about love again, she meets American entrepreneur Sullivan Cole online. Over the course of their year-long internet relationship, he seems to be just the age-appropriate man to fulfill all of Kay’s hopes, dreams and desires for the future. But when they meet for the first time on a sailing holiday in Greece, Kay can’t believe her eyes, nor dismiss her feelings of betrayal upon discovering that Sullivan is 12 years her junior.
I chose this book for its topic matter, as research has revealed the older woman-younger man scenario to be more common than is generally known. I wanted to see how Ms Harlem and her characters handled that subject, in addition to the pitfalls of online dating. I love how Kay is in some ways old-fashioned in her reverence and respect for her late husband, tragically taken from her in a car accident some years earlier. It does take time to let go of the past and accept the idea of a new partner. On the flipside, she indulges in some pretty naughty talk with her unknown new love, indicating she is neither a prude nor inexperienced in sexual matters. Having been ‘off the market’ for a long time, it’s understandable that she’s a bit naïve and easily swept away by Sullivan’s intense sexual attention and takes him at his word.
Both characters are believable, as younger men do seek out older women for their stability, calmness and no-nonsense manner. While we get detailed descriptions of Sullivan’s appearance, we don’t know the color of Kay’s hair or her eyes. It occurs to me when beginning this review that she does not even have a last name! I would expect the characterization of the heroine to go quite a bit deeper than that.
Told in Kay’s point-of-view, her descriptions of how her body feels and what she experiences with Sullivan ring true however, and cause a blush or two on the part of the reader. (Although if "a shiver of desire" was going to run through her one more time I was considering a yawn). Her reluctance and even anger with him at the beginning of the story is plausible; traveling a long distance toward what she thought would be a new beginning, only to discover a ‘boy’ with whom a long-term relationship would be doomed to failure, might indeed be frustrating and even embarrassing. But it does seem to be the only conflict in the story, and after taking up more than half of the book, the theme gets tiresome. If he were unattractive that would be cause for upset. But of course, Sullivan is gorgeous….so for heaven’s sake sister, just go with it already!
Overall, ‘Toy Boy’ is a lighthearted and enjoyable read. The descriptions of scenery, color, flavor and fragrance are vivid and satisfying. If anyone needs further proof that ‘life is short’ and you should take the good things it offers you, read ‘Toy Boy’!!
Title: Lord of the Clans
Author: Chris Lange
Genre: Fantasy, Romance
TBR Reviewer: Bella Star
Rating: 3 Stars - A Good Read
Heat: 2/5 - Flirty
Ariana has a terrible sense of direction and it leads her right into the arms of the lord of the clans, Cameron but Ariana is more than simple healer.
This book took place in a wonderfully rich, descriptive fantasy world. The author created an old world feel with her descriptions. Ariana was a sweet, directional challenged woman who has excellent growth as a character. Cameron was the badass that also had fantastic development, from a hard guy to ‘soft for her’ moments. I was so invested in these characters and this world that it was a 5 star rating in my mind. This would be a book I would blabber on about and reread. That is until I came to page 194 and they...switched bodies. Yup, she grew a penis and Cameron grew breasts. No, I’m not joking. No, I don’t know why the author did this. The book was fantastic up until this point. Once they changed bodies, it just became too silly. Why do that, when this story had great characters and an excellent plot already? I was loving this book and now I feel angry because I wasted so much of my time. They switch bodies, their personalities start to blur and dull. Ariana becomes...well, she loses intelligence. The things she does just...ugh. There was so much potential here.
The author has a lot of talent but this book is one I wouldn’t recommend.
When Dove Cries was a fantastic blend of suspense, romance, and sensuality. I loved the unique details Ms. Carter added to the book. The characters were unforgettable, and the story was fast paced, and had plot twists I did not see coming. I couldn’t put this book down until I finished it. Dove was captured, tortured, and abandoned by a mad man who broke girls and traded them into a sex ring. Trapped in a hole, with her wrists bound, water from the cracks in the wall to drink, and a massive jar of peanut butter, she’s terrified by the threats of harm if she attempts to leave the cave he’s placed her in. When the food runs out and the captor goes awol, she takes a chance at escape, and lands at the feet of two very powerful men, Draven, and Cade.
Dove is sensitive, and tough at the same time. It’s a combination that made it impossible not to love her. Raised by a father who was a lifer in the service she’s learned to take care of herself and stay strong. But, she’s also been incredibly sheltered. It adds a good bit of complexity, which I love in a heroine.The men she falls for are equally layered. John Draven, may be the Vice President of a motorcycle club, but he’s got a soft spot for women and a sense of justice that overshadowed his rough lifestyle. The minute Dove latches onto his hand after her ordeal and begs him not to leave her, his commitment begins. He cares for her with a sweet ferocity that made my lady parts quiver. Is there anything sexier than a man who helps a woman heal, respects her boundaries, and doesn’t ask for more until she’s ready? Cade is an honorable man trapped by his duty. An undercover FBI agent in bed with the Red Wolves M.C. to bring down a ring of flesh peddlers, he walks a very careful line. Unable to share the truth about a situation Draven despises him for he struggles to keep their relationship functional, not only for his case, but for the sake of the vulnerable woman they’ve both laid claim to.
I loved the different aspects going on in this story. The mystery kept me guessing, and the pace was perfect. Each scene moved the story further ahead, and laid a new breadcrumb. In the end, the best part about the twist was the realization. Ms. Carter left hints about what was to come. I’d like to go into more detail, but I don’t want to ruin the mystery. Who could resist one alpha male with a soft spot for his woman, let alone two? Not this girl.
When Heidi Corrigan went on a short vacation with her best friend Maggie to New Freedom, she certainly didn’t expect her lack of outdoor skills and her hatred of bees to land her in a predicament. Captured by the Fae and assumed to be a witch thanks to a drunken love spell casting, she is soon rescued by Liam McIntyre who is not just a sexy Irish man, but a dragon. They will undertake an adventure that spans dealing with her dysfunctional family, his enemies and politics, and their newfound love for one another.
The first thing I have to say is that while I love erotica and romance, this book read so well that it could easily have been a mainstream fantasy story! The world building was first class, the characters were either loveable or loath inducing. I loved the romance scenes and the heat was sizzling (dragon pun intended). Heidi and Liam are a great couple of reluctant lovers that find the ultimate mating experience in the end of this story. While it is a cliffhanger, it is a happily for now ending which I find awesome and doesn’t leave me with anxiety while waiting for the next book.
I give this book five stars for it’s very ambitious and successful attempt at mixing romance/erotica with fantasy and contemporary settings. I eagerly await the next book!
Title: Spread and Howl
Author: Lilith Duvalier
Genre: Romance, Gay, Fairy Tale
TBR Reviewer: Bella Star
Rating: 4 Stars - Recommended Read
Heat: 2/5 - Flirty
A beast roams Marius’ Town and the king’s man, Guillaume is there to catch it.
I really liked this story. The plot was interesting and balanced. The action was intense. I liked both main characters. What lacked was actually the romance. It was too quick. They knew each other for a few hours before they have sex. The act itself was okay. It didn’t grip me but that could have been because of the inst-love.
I enjoyed this author’s work so I say give it a try.