This story grabs you on page one and doesn’t let go for two hundred plus pages. A great five star read. Cain is a PI in Los Angeles, and the character's straight out of the old black and white detective comics, with one slight difference, he’s gay. Cain’s hired to find her husband by a beautiful lady, Camille, and a missing wooden carving. But, in this story nothing can be taken at face value.
There are multiple twists and turns as Cain digs into the case, Camille turns out to be a cross-dressing female impersonator, Ryan. There are very descriptive sections highlighting Hollywood, over-the-top mansions, hotels and a burlesque club. Against all rules, Ryan and Cain have explosive sex. Is it love or simple lust? You will have to read to the end to find out. Add plenty of gruesome murders and fight scenes for a sexy, bumpy ride as you’re led down one blind alley after another.
The man on man sex is…I can only think of one word…HOT, but it doesn’t overshadow the story. I can definitely recommend this story—a great read.
Summer Ride is the story of high school friends Toby and Jimmy who meet five years later after going their separate ways after high school. Each has become a man that neither knows and is struggling with moral dilemmas they are on the run from. Only a summer on the road can help them work things out and fall in love along the way. Summer Ride begins right at the point where Toby and Jimmy ex-best-friends are reunited after being apart five years. Toby at first doesn’t recognize Jimmy and it seems as if he doesn’t want to. Then, Jimmy offers Toby a ride and they learn that neither of them has a destination in mind. As they travel we learn each is gay and has been hiding it. Both have had troubled childhoods with fathers who weren’t as understanding. Being gay is the least of their troubles though. Toby was sexually harassed and is struggling with whether to let it go as he was urged or to report it. Jimmy is a law student interning for a firm that is cheating its clients and he’s taken a bribe. He’s torn between letting it go and reporting it.
This story has great potential,—a road trip, emotional drama and moral dilemmas, but it never quite fulfilled the promise. Susan Laine’s writing isn’t the weakness, it’s very good. The story just lacks sufficient exploration of the moral dilemmas which are at the heart of the road trip. I would like to have seen more action. As it is, Toby and Jimmy connect emotionally fairly quickly. The two men talk a great deal, bringing the reader into their lives allowing us to explore their emotional and moral issues with them. I did like how Toby and Jimmy confront their issues but the way in which they reach the decision to return to Boston to face those issues isn't based on any real epiphany. Toby merely decide after a few sexual encounters with Jimmy he needs to go back. I would like to have been let in on why he makes that decision. It is clear that Jimmy makes his decision based on what he fears Toby will think of him. Jimmy’s fears about dealing with his problems are a little more obvious and real than Toby’s.
I will recommend this story to anyone who enjoys emotional journeys, stories of the heart that involve moral dilemmas.
What happens when you add one naturally submissive baker to one hard-ass biker and his cowboy mechanic best friend? You get a very hot ménage relationship! Noah Appleton meets Jake Harding
when his delivery truck breaks down on his way to deliver an order. Jake and his best friend, Michael Rawlins, own a garage called Hard & Raw, as well as being part owners in a BDSM club. The attraction between the three men is mutual and instantaneous, and soon, Jake and Michael are training Noah to be their third in hopes of a permanent relationship.
This relationship, and therefore the book, never has a real crisis point. The three just find ways to make their communications grow over time, and slowly fall in love. There are times when Noah is insecure and clingy, but he is also in his early twenties, so it was fairly natural. Although it seemed that it was an excuse to write lots of sex scenes. I enjoyed the read and plan to read more in the series. I have not read any of the previous books but could not see that it detracted from this one at all. (And it was really hot, so if that's what you are looking for in your next book, this one is a good choice!)
Hopeful Hearts by Susan Laine
Genre: F/F Contemporary
TBR Reviewer: Brutally Honest
Rating: 4 stars – Recommended Read.
Heat: 5 handcuffs - Orgasmic
Oh, Mickey you’re so fine, you’re so fine you blow my mind...but in this story Mickey is not a man but a female treasure hunter. Lily is the quiet, shy curator who's nursing a broken heart. Together sparks fly but will it last?
This was cute story. The heat was smoking and it was well-written. The characters didn’t have much development but I think that’s because of the length. This author did a great job with the genre
and I’m excited to read more from her.