Friday, April 25, 2014

Review: Object of His Obsession by Jae T. Jaggart


London 1898

Lord Benedict Yeats has two obsessions.

One of which has a definite pulse- the seductive and beautiful Evander St. John, Duke of Casterwell. A man he has a certain history with.

A man who tells Benedict that he has spent too long amongst sand and dead things. He might not be wrong. Casterwell's world is one of sexual sophistication and games that Benedict cannot hope to match. 

But when Benedict returns from working on a famous dig in Cairo, Casterwell invites him to a country house party that will change his life. An Egyptologist of growing renown, Benedict will also catalogue the famous Casterwell collection of antiquities. 

And almost certainly, will become one of Casterwell's string of lovers. But will he be the one to break through that glittering facade? Or will the scars of Casterwell's dark, bloody past and his complex and fiercely deceptive private life tear them apart?

**Warning- Contains two men wildly obsessed, a lust too long denied, hot m/m sex between a naive Egyptologist and one very determined duke, and absolutely no cursed tombs.**

My Thoughts:

** I received this book free for review from the author but that has in no way effected my opinion.**

I have to admit that I believe I read the blurb three times before I finally decided to go ahead and read this story. I am (as a rule) not a huge fan of historical books at all. Even though I am not a fan of the genre. I love different things about Egypt, and this is a M/M romance so I thought well, why not? I am so so glad that I did!

Benedict has had it bad for Evander for a long time. Problem is it is illegal for men to be together in that way. Benedict never would have thought that Evander could return his affections to him it would be like a dream come true. When Evander approaches Benedict and they have a steamy sexual encounter, Benedict feels wonderful and terrible at the same time. You see Evander is happily married to an amazing and beautiful woman and they have two children. Benedict has no idea that Evander and Juliana have an arrangement, even though Evander tells him this, Benedict just refuses to believe him. This story stretches over a period of time. Benedict goes back and forth between wanting his affair with Evander and feeling as though he is betraying Juliana. It truly is a wonderful love story and seeing both of these men falling for each other was so heartwarming. Juliana plays a large enough roll in this book that I think she deserves a mention as well. While she is a supporting character she is also Evander's wife. She is not the normal quiet woman that I have found to be typical of historical books. She is strong and feisty, a very well written character that you just can not help but to love her.

I absolutely loved this book! Once I got started I just could not put my kindle down. This was the first book that I have read by Jae T. Jaggart and I am now a fan. The writing flowed so smoothly and the story just held me captive. I just could not stop reading until I had the book finished. I very highly recommend this title, even if you are like me and normally not a fan of historical books, you simply must give this one a try, it is definitely worth it!

Rating: 5*

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Review: Forever is Now (Shooting Stars #1) by Kimber Vale

If you love someone, set him free. If he steals something of yours, hunt him down and make him sorry.

Alex Breman is over Chance Ralen. Ever since his high school boyfriend ditched him nine years ago, Alex has barely thought of Chance at all. Sure, Alex attended a concert or two when his ex's band, Armageddon Showdown, was in the area, but that was more curiosity than anything else. Who wouldn't want to see firsthand how his once clean-cut boyfriend transformed into a pierced and tattooed heavy metal god?

But when Chance has the nerve to record a love song Alex wrote for him years ago, Alex crosses the country to confront him. Revenge becomes a dish best served sizzling hot. The two men lock horns, but find the chemistry between them has only intensified with time, and occasionally love needs to do some growing up before it can be done right. 

My Thoughts:

** I recieved this book free for review from the author through the DBML (Don't Buy My Love) program in the M/M Romance Group on Goodreads.**

I am going to start with the cover because that was what really drew me to this book. I love the way the colors just blend into one another, yet it doesn't take away from the images. It has just the right amount of sexy on it too. Once I opened it up I was completely enthralled.
I could not believe that it took Alex and Chance over nine years to finally make contact again, but seeing how they were separated it isn't that much of a shock. Once they met again the sparks sure did fly. I thought Chance made a few dickhead moves, but that is to be expected from a character that is so deeply closeted. I loved both of these guys. Alex is forgiving and yet stubborn, Chance is remorseful and determined. Both men are sexy as hell and their story is one that just must be read.
I read this book in one sitting and just could not get enough. I wanted to read their happy ending so bad I had to finish once I started. The passion and love between Alex and Chance is one that never faded, it is a true tale of high school sweethearts finally seeing a future together and taking the right steps toward it after a failed attempt at separation.
I very highly recommend this story and if this is what we can expect from Kimber Vale then I will definitely be on the lookout for more of her work.

Rating: 5*

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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Review: Love You So Hard by Tara Lain

This story was written as part of the M/M Romance Group's "Love Has No Boundaries" event.  Group members were asked to write a story prompt inspired by a photo of their choice. Authors of the group selected a photo and prompt that spoke to them and wrote a short story. 

Photo Description: 
The slim, taut torso of a young man from neck to hips wearing a t-shirt that says "I Would Bottom You So Hard".

Story Prompt:
Dear Author,
I saw him at my local corner store when I stopped in for some soda after work. He was wearing that damn T-shirt and now I can't get it out of my head. I'm thirty-two years old and have never topped in my life. Guys seem to think I have a sign on my forehead that says "bottom only". The one time I asked, it didn't go well. But now it seems I see this kid, he's twenty if he's a day, everywhere, and that T-shirt text is burned in my brain. I wonder...
Can be any genre you like, and as explict as you like. I'm not too fussy, but a first time top should be fun.

My Thoughts:
For being a short story, this one really held my attention. I often find that shorter stories are lacking somewhere along the line. That was definitely not the case here, it had a beginning a middle and an end.

Jesse defines the statement "pushy bottom" to a tee! He is a fantastic tutor and he just makes everyone around him smile. Craig wants to top so bad but his partners have always had him bottom. Jesse is the perfect man for him! I loved seeing this story play out, and can I just say I really want one of the T-Shirts! Seriously though this story is not one to be missed. The couple is fantastic, the storyline will make you melt and the sex is hot! What more could you ask for? Overall this is a really cute story you simply must read!

Rating: 5*

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Review: Volley Balls (Balls to the Wall #1) & Fire Balls (Balls to the Wall #2) by Tara Lain

Since I have recently joined Tara Lain's Beautiful Dream Team I wanted to do a post or two on some of her books that I have already read. This post is on the first two books in her Balls to the Wall series. Don't you just love that series title?!

David Underwood needs to go to AA- Alpha Lovers Anonymous. His last attraction to an alpha male got him into an abusive relationship and now ogling two hot members of the Australian volleyball team on Laguna Beach gets him harassed yet again.

Australian Gareth Marshall needs to come out. A lifetime of hiding his orientation from his best friend and volleyball partner, Edge, as well as everyone else around him, has left him hurt and frustrated. When Gareth gets a load of David posing nude as the Michelangelo statue in the famous Laguna Pageant, he knows his days in the closet are numbered. And David is more than willing to help him take the first step out of the dark.

But Gareth's teammate, Edge, has secrets of his own, and David's ex-lover will never be happy without David under his thumb. With everything stacked against him, can a gay Laguna man find happiness with an alpha male - or two?

My Thoughts:
This was the first book that I ever read by Tara Lain and I was hooked! The guys were very real to me and I really enjoyed their story. The first thing that drew me in was the cover. I love it! I love sexy covers but I have to admit I am not a fan of head shots, I much prefer ones like this where I get to see those smokin' hot bodies!
I didn't read much about this book before starting it. So I wasn't sure which way the story was going to go, it wasn't until about half way in that I even realized there were three hot guys on the cover! Makes it even better doesn't it...?
David seems like a glutton for punishment even though he is only trying to find love, he seems to end up with the short end of the stick every single time. Gareth is tired of hiding and once he sees David he realizes he needs to exit the closet sooner than later. Edge, *sigh* I really wasn't sure how to take him, then when he let the cat out of the bag I loved him! It finally all made sense. I loved these guys, I just really wanted to read more about them. I guess I wasn't ready for the book to end.
I loved Tara's writing style. The pages just turned one right after the other and I read this book in one sitting, I just could not put it down. I really didn't want the story to be over that was the only hiccup. I would definitely recommend this book.

Rating: 4*

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Rodney Mansfield is tiny, flamboyant and, oh yeah, a black belt in karate. He is also one of southern California's greatest artists. Too bad the work of art he really wants is firefighter, Hunter Fallon. But the gorgeous "straight gay" guy could never want the Runtback of Notre Dame, so when Rodney's handsome, surfer friend, Jerry, develops an unexpected passion for the beautiful firefighter, Rodney breaks his own heart by helping Jerry land his man. And then Rod makes it worse by embarrassing Hunter when he protects him from a firehouse bully. Hunter hates gay guys like Rodney- doesn't he? Then why can't he get the powerful pipsqueak's face out of his mind...and cock out of his ass? And why does he risk his job and his life to rescue Rod from a burning building? Isn't it time for him to admit he isn't an alpha male after all and that he is the property of the artist?

My Thoughts:
Oh yes! Now that is what I am talking about! Whew, a hot as hell firefighter and the artist that claims him, yes this one was top notch! Can you tell I am excited? This story was fantastic, and set my kindle on "fire"!

Hunter on the outside is the stereotypical alpha male firefighter. At least that is what we are led to believe. Rodney appears to be the (once again) stereotypical flaming gay man, tiny and loud in his appearance. As we read we find out that both of these statements are so so wrong.  Rodney is as in love with Hunter as someone can be without actually knowing a person.  I think what Rodney did just to help his friend was amazing, after all he just wanted to see the men happy, even if he is sacrificing his own happiness to do so.

I could not get enough of Hunter and Rodney! They were fantastic together and I just had to finish the book once I got started. There was absolutely no way I was going to be able to put my kindle down. I thought that Rodney was an amazing man and I could not wait to see him get his happy ending. Hunter on the other hand took some getting used to. I really wanted help him remove his head from his gorgeous rump. Luckily Rod was able to do it.

If this book and the previous one are any clue as to what we can expect from Tara Lain in the future I am definitely sold! The writing just flows over the page and makes for an excellent reading experience. I am so eager to read more of her work I have already purchased the rest of this series. I would highly recommend this book as well as book one!

Rating: 5*

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Tara Lain never met a beautiful boy she didn't love - at least on paper. A writer of erotic romance, mostly menage and male/male, Tara loves all her characters, but especially her handsome heroes. A lifelong writer of serious non-fiction, Tara had the first novel she ever wrote accepted for publication in 2011. She's now on book 23 and counting. After an exotic life of travel all over the world and work in television, education and advertising, Tara settled in Southern California with her soul-mate husband and opened her own small marketing business. She paints, collages, and started practicing yoga "way before it was fashionable". Passionate about diversity, justice, inclusion and new ideas she says on her tombstone it will read, "Yes".

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Friday, April 18, 2014

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Born to be Wild 
Alexandra Carlton, Alex to her friends, the only girl born into a family of vampire hunters with strict rules. She lives and hunts by the Code. Despite insecurities and self-esteem issues about her appearance, she eagerly tracks a rogue vamp carrying a contagious virus, deadly to vampires and humans alike, to prove her worth, to her family and herself. 
Alex meets Stefan Marin, a brooding 500 year old vampire. He helps her not only on her quest but tames her wildest passions and discovers the true beauty within her, the beauty he can't help but fall in love with. 
Together, Alex and Stefan break all the rules uncovering more than a virus—hot sex, an uptight FBI Special Agent, spanking, hot sex, a nosy, meddling brother, more hot sex, bondage and submission, murder, and bad vampires.Will their love survive the wild side they were born to live? 

Lustful Cravings 
Seven sisters are entwined in a legacy bigger than anyone ever expected. One by one, they will find their mates from the immortal Valendite breeds and secure their place in history. Each sister embodies one of the seven deadly sins only to be cast aside once claimed. But claiming comes at the price of separation, causing a weakening of their combined powers, which none want to happen... until Layla, holding the sin of lust within her body, locks eyes with Madden. 
Madden is one of the strongest of the Valendite Breed, a group of near-immortal men originating from the Italian Wars in the 1500s. Today, the Valendite Breed serve as the Terrorist Elimination Unit (TEU), their only weakness being their body’s need for a mate to carry on the Breed. So now that Madden has found Layla, he will never let her go. With forces mounting up against the Breed, Madden and Layla will need to rely on their powers combined to get them to their Pronouncement. 

Twilight Destiny 
Catherine “Katie” Mills has only one focus in life – to complete her education so she can lift her family out of poverty. She leads a simple life, ruled by order and practicality, until a mysterious, Scottish stranger with extraordinary good looks and a gentle spirit disrupts her plans. When she learns the man she loves is a vampire, fear rises to challenge her heart. 
Mistakes made in his early past drive Joshua MacAaron to lead a solitary existence, avoiding mortal relationships, unable to trust without fear of reprisal. When his soul entangles with Catherine’s, he’s forced to accept the bond he cannot break. He guides her gently into his realm, teaching her, preparing for the inevitable discovery of his peers. 
When a hunter strikes the Community, Joshua is called away to aid in Haven’s defense. Alone and uncertain, Catherine faces the judgment of the Council of Elders. She struggles for bravery as Joshua instructed, but how can she possibly withhold her terror and defend her destiny in the presence of so many powerful vampires? 

Witch’s Brew 
Saylym Winslow but is determined to ignore her awakening magical powers. She can’t be a witch; magic brings nothing but trouble. But when Prince Talon, assassin of witches is assigned to terminate her by stealing her soul, she discovers being a real, spell-casting witch is only the beginning of her problems. 
Talon is enchanted by Saylym's beauty and charm and refuses to do his duty. He is given a choice by the powerful Waken Guild: Handfast with the trouble making witch to keep her in line or they will send Drayke, the most ruthless waken assassin, to hunt her down.

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Review: Artist's Touch (Guild #1) by Kerry Adrienne

Every starlet wants master painter Kenon Alavi to do her portrait…and more. But Kenon prefers firm to soft and sates his desires with the boyfriends of the women he paints, enjoying the diversity of many lovers but shunning any attachments.

Wallace Harte’s English degree isn’t helping him and working at a bar is the closest he’s gotten to being the Second Coming of Faulkner. Something’s gotta give soon, or he’ll be out on the street.

Kenon zeroes in on the bartender at an art exhibition, intending to add him to his long list of conquests, but Wally bolts, initiating a heated game of cat and mouse. Kenon delights in the game until he discovers what Wally is writing. Feeling betrayed, Kenon swears off all entanglements until he reads Wally’s story and discovers true love is sometimes between the pages and not the sheets.

Inside Scoop: This book contains hot, sexy scenes of M/M interaction of an artistic nature. Who knew having your portrait painted could be so hot?
A Romantica® gay erotic romance from Ellora’s Cave

My Thoughts:
** I received this book free for review from the author through the DBML (Don't Buy My Love) program in the M/M Romance Group on Goodreads.**

This was my first book by Kerry Adrienne and I am really impressed! Artist's Touch was a creative and fresh story that kept my attention from the very beginning. I thought the setting was splendid and added to the uniqueness of the book. Definitely a book that more people need to get their hands on!

Wally is a bartender, but more than that he is a writer fresh out of college. Wally has been unable to put pen to paper (so to speak) yet, but the need is there, he just needs to find his muse. Wally is working a job for an upper class client. He has no idea that his muse is about to walk through the door and it smacks him like a ton of bricks.
Kenon is a master painter that is used to getting what he wants, everything he wants. When he sees Wally he decides he wants him and will have him. Fortunately Wally gives him the slip which forces Kenon to chase him down.

I thought the slow burn that started between Wally and Kenon was so fitting. Kenon seemed almost cold at times and if it weren't for his inner dialogue we wouldn't have been able to tell what he wanted. It had to have been frustrating for Wally too. Wally on the other hand almost wears his heart on his sleeve. We get to see so much of Wally and how he feels in his writing it is very similar to Kenon's inner dialogue. I also loved the idea of G3 otherwise known as the Guild. I think that it was fantastic and has so much potential I really want to know more about the other characters within.

Overall this was a wonderful story and I am really looking forward to reading more of Kerry Adrienne's work, hopefully in the very near future. I would very highly recommend this book, especially for someone looking for likable characters and just a little something different.

Rating: 4*

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Review: Power Play: Resistance by Rachel Haimowitz and Cat Grant


Give me six months, and I'll give you the world.

Brandon McKinney has scraped and sacrificed for what little in life he's ever had. Though it's been fifteen years since he escaped his father's abuse, the damage remains. Trust seems as far out of reach as his dream of becoming an architect, and though he's come to accept being gay, he can't deny the shame and confusion he feels at other urges--the deeply repressed desire to submit.

Jonathan Watkins is a self-made Silicon Valley billionaire whose ex-wife took half his money and even more of his faith. Comfortable as a Dominant but wary of being hurt again, he resorts to anonymous pickups and occasional six-month contracts with subs seeking only a master, not a lover.

When a sizzling back-alley encounter cues Jonathan in to Brandon's deep-seated submissive side, he makes the man an offer: Give me six months of your life, and I'll open your eyes to a whole new world. Brandon doesn't care about that; all he wants is the three million dollars Jonathan's offering so he can buy the construction company he works for. But he soon learns that six months on his knees is no easy feat, and shame and pride may keep him from all he ever wanted-and all he never dreamed he had any right to have.

Reader discretion advised. This title contains heavy kink. While consent is clearly established and frequently reaffirmed, some moments in Power Play push hard against the outer edges of consent.

My Thoughts:

Truthfully I have absolutely no idea where to begin so forgive me if I ramble a bit.
I am not a stranger to BDSM books, not in the least and for the most part I really enjoy them. This book left me gasping and wondering what the hell just happened?

Brandon and Jonathan meet in a bar and have a sexual encounter in the back alley that leaves Brandon with cum soaked pants wondering how the hell he just got off from that. Later Brandon and Jonathan meet and Jonathan proposes that Brandon be his submissive for a term of 6 months, at the end of which he will be paid the sum of 3 Million dollars. The money is Brandon's main drive and after exhausting all his other options he reluctantly agrees.  So this far I am thinking okay, this I can handle, it's not so bad. Boy was I wrong! Jonathan admits that he is a sadist. He gets off on inflicting pain and it is a must for him. He needs it, not necessarily every time but that is what drives him.
Both Brandon and Jonathan have issues. Brandon has a history of abuse and working/struggling just to make ends meet. He had a troubled childhood and it just sets this contract up as a recipe for disaster with Jonathan being a sadist, and Brandon coming from abuse. Jonathan also worked for everything he has and was very successful at it.  He grew up in a commune surrounded by hippies and learned very early on that he liked inflicting pain. I believe that has a lot to do with the man he became.
Brandon is a smart ass and very prideful. He is not someone that I would peg as submissive at all. He is outspoken and just not what I would think any submissive would be like. Jonathan on the other had is Dominant all the way and it definitely shows.
One of the good things about this story is that it is told from both perspectives. We get to read from Jonathans Pov and we see the internal war that Brandon is constantly having. This was almost a must given being that part of the contract was that Brandon not speak unless first, asking permission or being asked a direct question.

While this is classified as heavy BDSM it also borders on torture & abuse. This may just be my opinion, but let me tell you this pushed hard on ALL my limits as a reader. Most of the toys I could deal with... Most. When the black fist came out along with the stun gun I was ready to toss my kindle down and go pick up something safe like a friendly Nursery Rhyme book or Dr. Seuss! Yes I was only reading, it was not happening to me, but I was able to feel Brandon's terror. I was afraid and I had to stop and cuddle with my hunny for a little while. At least until I caught my breath and was able to be sucked back into the story once again. I have never read a M/M book before that had "fisting" in it. Yes I have read a M/F/F and I hated it. Given I was not previously reading about anal fisting but instead vaginal fisting I can not imagine what Brandon was going through. I cringed, I cried, I was shaking, I wanted so badly for it not to be true, but I continued on watching Brandon break. Despite everything that I have said these two did have a connection, and I believe it is one that runs very deep. While we do not get to see it in it's full glory, we get subtle hints of it and it is definitely there in the end. I am hoping that it will show more in the next book.
I wanted so bad for these guys to find love within the pages of this book but that would have made this book more like 3 times longer than what it was. I know that this is only beginning for these guys and I am anxious to read Power Play: Awakening I just need a little more time to processes before doing so.

If you are still with me after reading all of that, I am at the point where the entire thing becomes a contradiction. Not the book, just my feelings on it. I couldn't walk away from it for very long just long enough to be able to breathe again yet I was dreading each new scene because I just knew it would be worse than the last. While I did not like, or agree, or condone most of what happened within these pages, it was so well written that it made me feel. I mentioned earlier that I cried, but it was not simply tears it was an ugly cry but I smiled and shook with terror too. Not many books can pull that kind of emotion out of me. I think that if you can handle your BDSM on the heavier side then this is definitely a book that needs to be given a chance.

**I received this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.**

My Rating: 5*

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Measure of Devotion Trilogy Release Day Blitz!

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Jason Wadsworth is finally headed to university. Leaving behind his father's cattle ranch in favor of the posh, gaslit streets of Perdana, Jason is determined to climb the social ladder and forget his country roots. If only his father had gifted him with a more upscale slave.
Kale's been a country slave his whole life. All he wants is to keep his head down and live as comfortable an existence as possible. Unfortunately, his dramatic master despises him and makes life difficult at every turn.
Humbled by his first breakup, Jason grows to appreciate his ever-faithful slave and soon discovers that Kale is everything he's ever wanted. Now he needs to prove to Kale that his love is genuine.
Kale, meanwhile, tries to convince himself that he simply feels the devotion of a slave to his master, but his actions prove what his mind is unwilling to accept: he's falling in love. When Jason's future happiness is in jeopardy, Kale sets himself on a course to make Jason's dreams come true, even if it means facing up to the fact that, for the first time in his life, he loves someone else more than he loves himself.
Follow Jason and Kale as they rely on the strength of their devotion to each other to weather the storms they unwittingly enter in their quest for peace.
Measure of Devotion is a bittersweet love story that contains sexual content and adult language.
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Jason smiled and lifted his head up for a kiss. Kale was happy to oblige. Moving his hand to the crook of Jason’s neck, Kale deepened the kiss. When he began to feel Jason’s erection against his leg, he broke away. Tonight he wanted to prolong things. He finished undressing Jason and then removed his own clothes. Going back to Jason’s ribs, he picked up where he’d left off. Slowly his lips and hands explored every inch of Jason’s body, paying homage to the man who had given up everything for him. The only place that was left untouched was his cock. That would wait.
Kale sat up on his knees and gazed down at Jason, marveling at how perfect he looked, pale skin against the dark green of the comforter. If things were different, Kale would have taken him, rough and passionate, but as much as Kale wanted to, he couldn’t. He was the slave and Jason was the master, but more importantly, Jason needed to feel in control right now, empowered. More than anything, Jason needed to know that he had Kale and wasn’t going to lose him.
Kale reached across the bed and got the oil from the bedside table. Slowly, he prepared himself, locking eyes with Jason and seeing the lust building in them, a lust he knew was mirrored in his own eyes. When he was done, he moved on all fours to Jason’s side and leaned down to whisper in his ear. “I’m ready for you, master. I’m yours, and I’ll never turn you away.” When he pulled back, he saw a flash of possessiveness in Jason’s eyes before he got up and ran a hand down Kale’s side as he positioned himself behind him.
“Yes, you’re mine, and I’m never giving you up.” Jason entered him in one long thrust, groaning as Kale gasped. It wasn’t harsh, but it was firm and exactly what both of them needed. For a moment, Jason was still inside Kale, letting him adjust while he rubbed his hands up and down his back murmuring, “Mine.” Then he started thrusting, quickly finding a rhythm. Kale bucked his hips back, meeting each stroke and groaning at the pleasure he felt. Gods, he hoped Jason wouldn’t take long. His body was already thrumming with the effort to hold back. There was no way he was going to allow himself to come first.
Kale began to grip Jason each time he entered, showing his eagerness and urging him to lose control. Just when Kale thought Jason was close, Jason leaned over him to speak in his ear. “Eager, are we? I don’t know why. You won’t be coming tonight until I say.”
Kale groaned and buried his head in the bed. At least Jason was back in control where, whether Kale liked it or not, he needed him to be. How had he gotten to the point where this man commanded him so completely? The thought was fleeting; at the moment he didn’t care. All he cared about was completing Jason and then hoping his master would let him come.
Thankfully, Jason began to pick up the pace. Only trouble now was that the faster pace meant it took all of Kale’s concentration to not come. “You’re mine, Kale; I chose you. Whether you like it or not, you’re the one I’m going to be with.” He liked it all right, he liked it too much. Jason’s hands moved from Kale’s back to grasp his hips painfully. The pain cut through Kale’s need and centered him, giving him something to focus on to keep his orgasm at bay. A few more harsh thrusts and Jason stilled, crying out as he came.
Spent, Jason fell on Kale and rolled over, bringing him with him so they were spooning. Jason’s hand crept over Kale’s hip and lightly stroked his erection, eliciting a whimper from Kale. “You’re going to have to hold this for me for a while if you want release tonight.” Kale’s only answer was to desperately thrust forward into Jason’s hand. “Are you disobeying me, Kale?”
Immediately, Kale stilled. “No. Yes. No, master.”
“Hmm. Now roll over and take care of me. The sooner you get me ready to go again, the sooner you can come.”
Kale rolled over and glared at Jason, relaxing boneless and sated with that pleasant post coital glow. Jason laughed. “You really need to learn to control that temper of yours. Patience is a virtue.”
“One you don’t seem to have.” Kale plopped next to Jason and began to rub his chest.
Jason laughed and covered Kale’s hand with his own. “True, but I never did claim to be virtuous. You’re the only one who seems to think I’m perfect.”
“And you’re the only person who seems to think I’m worth anything. I guess we’re cut out for each other.”
Jason sobered immediately and grabbed Kale by the hair, forcing him to meet his eyes. “Don’t speak like that. You really think I’d own a worthless slave? That I’d take a worthless man to my bed? Just because you had to settle for me because I was lucky enough to get you doesn’t mean anyone thinks you’re worthless. And anyone who says otherwise can come tell me to my face.”
Kale marveled at the sincerity in Jason’s voice. He really believed Kale was worthwhile, and he would fight any man who challenged that. He’d lose, but he’d fight them just the same. Jason held Kale’s head firmly in his grip until Kale nodded his understanding. After he was released, Kale got up and fetched a washcloth to clean Jason. By the time he was done, Jason was already beginning to harden again. Wanting his own release, Kale reached down and began to stroke Jason’s shaft back to a full erection. Jason relaxed into the bed and closed his eyes, enjoying the sensation. Looking down on Jason, Kale was so absorbed in studying his face that he was surprised when he felt Jason’s warm hand curl around his own, halting his movement.
“That’s enough. I have other plans.”
Kale grabbed the oil, readying to be taken again. Jason reached out and took hold of his wrist. “Give it to me.” Puzzled, Kale handed over the container and watched wide-eyed as Jason poured some out and began to finger himself. Kale froze, not wanting to believe his luck.
Jason chuckled. “Kale, I know what you need tonight, what you’ve wanted since I came home. I might not have succeeded tonight, but I’m still going to take care of you.”
Kale’s mouth had gone dry. “I don’t need to; you can take me again.”
Jason got up on his knees and came flush against Kale. “Yes, you do need it. And even if you didn’t, I do. I need to know you love me, that you want me as much as I want you. Tonight, I need to feel that I’m yours.”
Kale closed his eyes and shuddered. How well Jason knew him. When he opened his eyes, he saw Jason looking so vulnerable that it was hard to believe he was the same man that had just taken him so forcefully. Leaning forward, he kissed him and felt Jason’s body melt against his. Snaking his hands up his back, he gently lowered him to the bed. Once they were situated, Kale looked down at Jason. “Are you sure?”
“More sure than I’ve ever been of anything.”
Kale simply nodded and inserted a finger. He wasn’t going to risk hurting him or worse. After he had carefully stretched Jason out and slathered himself with oil, he lined up his cock and slowly slipped in, groaning as the heat of Jason’s body enveloped his own. Once inside, he settled, letting Jason become accustomed to him. This felt so good, so good to be surrounded by Jason, to feel his heat on his cock, so good to be allowed to do this because Jason sensed it was important and cared enough to let him. He opened his eyes and looked down on Jason who had a look of sheer contentment on his face that made Kale wonder how he’d gotten this lucky.
“You may come whenever you’re ready, Kale.” Jason clamped down on him to emphasize his point.
Kale leaned down and kissed Jason on the lips, grasping his head between his hands, as he slowly began to thrust, savoring the moment. When he pulled away, he kept his eyes on Jason’s face, wanting to see all of his reactions. The looks of pure bliss that erupted on Jason’s face gave Kale a feeling of pride at being the one to deliver such pleasure. Kale felt more than ever that he belonged to this man, but he also acknowledged for the first time that Jason belonged to him as well.
The sheer emotion of the moment was overwhelming. He couldn’t control himself anymore. Quickening the pace, he dropped his head to Jason’s chest and wrapped one arm around him. With his other hand, he reached between their bodies and grabbed Jason’s cock. Even though his head had succumbed to a haze of feeling, he knew that he wanted Jason to come with him. There was no way that he would answer Jason’s generosity with selfishness. It was sloppy work as his pleasure mounted, but he managed to stroke Jason in time with his thrusts.
Jason’s hands came to Kale’s head, holding him tight and running his fingers through his hair as he moaned in pleasure. Pressed up against Jason’s body, Kale became intoxicated by the heady scent of sweat. Darting his tongue out, he tasted the salt on Jason’s skin, and it made him hungry for more. Groping with lips and tongue, he found Jason’s nipple and began to play with it. The sounds coming from Jason were now more urgent, and Kale felt his hands tighten in his hair. Kale increased the rhythm of his thrusts and stroking until Jason’s grip turned to a vice and he came with a loud growl. Kale released the nipple and shouted out his relief as he came too.
Once the last wave of pleasure had receded, he rolled off Jason, only to be pulled into a deep kiss. When Jason broke away, he rested on Kale’s chest. The weight felt comfortable and right, and when Kale began to stroke Jason’s back, he felt the most possessive urge he’d ever experienced.
Jason nuzzled against Kale, and goose bumps began to break out on their skin as the cooling air hit the sheen of sweat that covered them both. “I’m so lucky to have you.”
“What, you don’t think Demetri would have been as good in the sack? No, I’m the lucky one. I never thought I’d have a master like you.”
Jason’s voice was heavy with sleep. After two orgasms, he was struggling to stay awake. “Demetri’s an ass, and I was stupid for wanting him. Wouldn’t trade you for the world.”
“Or a woman.”
Jason laughed, and Kale thought it was the sweetest sound he had ever heard. “Or a woman.”
A few minutes later, Jason went limp and heavy on Kale’s chest. The look on his face was so pure and unguarded that it took Kale’s breath away. Yes, Jason was his, he knew that now. Tightening his grip around the other man, Kale also knew that he would do whatever he had to in order to take care of what was his.

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Caethes Faron is a bisexual, genre-queer writer. Her books are equal opportunity, featuring gay, straight, and bisexual characters. Her bittersweet tales of love and loyalty are just as likely to leave readers in tears as smiles, and her love scenes don't fade to black. She enjoys empowering the powerless and exploring the nature of human relationships, especially in differing power dynamics. All of her books feature adults in adult situations. Foul language, diverse sexual situations, aspects of BDSM, and other things that are sure to offend some people make regular appearances in her novels.
Caethes's writing is influenced by her observations of this imperfect world and the flawed characters who inhabit it. She's lived in seven states and is always looking for the next place to call home with her husband and two dogs. She currently resides in Florida.


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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Review: Love Rising by Piper Vaughn

An Isla Sagrario Story

In the 1700s on the island of Sagrario, men who love other men find safe haven. For Francis Holland, an escaped indentured servant, Sagrario offers nothing but loneliness. His life begins to change when he finds Wick, a merman, washed ashore.

When Wick awakens under Francis’s care, Francis returns him to the sea at his request. Soon after, they begin to meet in secret, and gradually, Francis blossoms under this new companionship. However, a merman is a difficult creature to entrust one’s heart to. With one trapped on land and the other at sea, the differences in their species threaten to keep them apart forever. It may not be long before Wick is gone, taking Francis’s reason to smile with him.

My Thoughts:
**I recieved this book for free for review from the author through the DBML (Don't Buy My Love) program in the M/M Romance Group on Goodreads.**

This is the first M/M romance that I have read involving a merman. I was super excited because of not only that but that it is written by Piper Vaughn. Piper has yet to disappoint me with a story! The same can be said of this one. Yes, it is a short one, but everything that needed to be said was. Francis longs for Wick in a way that seems impossible. They meet under the cover of darkness and begin a love affair despite the difference in species and a language barrier. This book truely needs to be read by the masses. I really don't want to chance giving away too many plot points. If you are interested in reading about mermen and interspecies romance then you have got to start here. I really don't think you will be disappointed, I know I wasn't!

Rating: 5*

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Review: Amber by T. Strange

Anthony was a painter until he lost the ability to see color. Worse than color blindness, the edges of objects and people blur together, making it almost impossible for Anthony to interact with anyone or anything. After retreating from the world for decades, he sees a glimpse of yellow that leads him to a musician, Teague. At first Anthony is frightened and overwhelmed by the color, but he can’t stay away from Teague for long. He finds the courage to confront Teague and explain his unusual problem and Teague’s role in helping him. To Anthony’s relief, Teague believes him. Very quickly, they both suspect that getting the colors back is more important to Anthony than his relationship with Teague. If Anthony pushes too hard, he’ll lose Teague, and possibly the colors, forever.

My Thoughts:
I was really excited to start this story. It starts off with Anthony losing the ability to see color, nothing leads up to it other than seeing a fortune teller. I guess what I am getting at is that there is no medical reason why he lost it, it just happened. This had to be devastating, Anthony is  a painter *gasp* that would be like a chef losing the ability to taste! I really felt for Anthony. Then he sees yellow on a poster and the color leads him to Teague. Now Teague I really liked, he was sweet and sexy but a little too trusting. I was surprised when he allowed things to progress as fast as they did.  I really don't want to give too much away because this one deserves a chance to be enjoyed. 

**I recieved a free copy of this book for review from the author but that has in no way effected my opinion.**

Rating: 4*

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Review: Boots and Leather by T. Strange

Gavin has been going to motorcycle shows for years, hoping to find a hot biker who will introduce him to the BDSM he craves. After years of searching, he meets Terry, who seems to be exactly what he’s been looking for, and vice versa. Before they can play, Gavin has to learn about the differences between fantasy and reality.

My Thoughts:
I was drawn into this story from the very beginning. I was intrigued by Gavin's fantasy and Terry was the perfect fantasy man! This one is pretty short, but T. Strange manages to get the point across and did it very well. I breezed through right before bed and definitely had sweet dreams :-) Now the morning after I can finally jot my thoughts down. I was definitely down a bit when I got to the end, I wanted more from these characters, I wanted to know what would happen next. (However there is always a possibility that T. Strange will revisit Gavin and Terry in the future.) In my opinion this is a great story for anyone looking for a short M/M romance.  It would be a good one to fit in before bed or when you don't feel like starting a full novel. I would definitely give this one a shot, you won't be disappointed. 

**I recieved a free copy of this book for review from the author but that has in no way effected my opinion.**

Rating: 4*

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Monday, April 7, 2014

Cover Reveal & Giveaway: Nashville Trio, a Music City Ménage by Joy Daniels

Nashville Trio, A Music City Ménage 

by Joy Daniels


Music City, USA 

After years of hard work country music duo Sweet Talk is on the verge of success. Singer Ashley Ford swore off the romantic entanglements that cost her mother her musical career, but her playing has fallen flat. She needs a spark. 

Where inspirations strikes 

Co-singer Rob usually find his pleasure with men, but when Ashley runs back to the arms of her ex lover Ty, he realizes that he’s no longer content being only a friend. 

A tangled trio 

Pride kept Ty from pursing Ashley to Nashville. When Ashley returns to his bed, Ty vows not to give her up again, even if it means sharing her with a man he finds aggravating – and surprisingly attractive.

When secrets and ambition seem poised to destroy her chance to be a star, Ashley must decide if she’s willing to risk it all for a Nashville Trio.

Enter to Win - A Progressive Giveaway! 

For every 50 Adds to the Goodreads "To Read" Shelf, there will be a winner and a new prize level will be opened!

There will be 1 WINNER for each level below:

50 adds to Goodreads TBR OR a winner in the first 24 hours if 50 have been added at the time of the reveal - ARC of Nashville Trio 

• 100 adds to Goodreads TBR - ARC of Nashville Trio + ecopy of Revving Her Up 

• 150 adds to Goodreads TBR - ARC of Nashville Trio + ecopy of Revving Her Up + $10 iTunes giftcard 

• 200 adds to Goodreads TBR - ARC of Nashville Trio + ecopy of Revving Her Up + $10 iTunes giftcard + $10 Amazon giftcard 

• 250 adds to Goodreads TBR - ARC of Nashville Trio + ecopy of Revving Her Up +
$10 or $25 iTunes giftcard + $10 or $25 Amazon giftcard (they get to
choose one at $10 and one at $25 for a total of $35)

• 300 adds to Goodreads TBR - ARC of Nashville Trio + ecopy of Revving Her Up
+  $25 iTunes giftcard + $25 Amazon giftcard (total of $50)

About the Author:

I write erotic romance because I like to expose my characters completely – strengths, flaws and scars. My debut novella, Revving Her Up, was the first story in the Full Throttle series, which focuses on the bad boys – and girls – of stock car racing. It was a Night Owl Reviews Top Pick, and has been called "one heck of a sexy ride" (Sizzling Hot Books), and "a hell of a sexy read" (Read-Love-Blog). I am currently working on the next two stories in the series.

My newest novel, Nashville Trio, is a steamy MMF ménage novel about a country singer and the two very different men in her life. It comes out May 5, 2014.

New Adult romance is my new favorite passion. I love writing stories with angst and heart, heart-melting kisses, and happy endings. I'm currently working on two New Adults series. The first, Running Scared , is about a Boston University student and the bodyguard hired to protect her from herself. It will be out in August 2014. The second series is a trilogy (Scarred, Burned, and Marked) about three friends bound together by a terrible tragedy and the scars it left behind.

I'm originally from New York City, (and still a loyal Yankees fan!), but since moving south, I've developed passions for NASCAR and country music. Both feature in my recent stories. In addition to writing (and reading) I enjoy yoga, bellydancing, and growing veggies in the Washington, D.C. area with my scientist husband and two curious kids. I'm active in the Washington Romance Writers, and the Maryland Romance Writers, and have been a member of the Romance Writers of America (RWA) since 2009.

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