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New Release! The Love of Wicked Men Season One by Brandon Shire *Review*

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The Love of Wicked Men Season One
by Brandon Shire

An Erotic Legal Thriller
Released June 12th 2015

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Sid Rivers and Jack Brown are two sides of the same coin. One is a lawyer with his own firm and dreams of money and power; the other is a criminal with a lengthy record and a quest for vengeance. When they meet, sparks fly. But was their meeting an accident? Or was it planned by the billionaires who want to control their destiny?

The Love of Wicked Men is an erotic journey into the underbelly of the legal profession, the corporate culture of profit-at-any-cost, and the secret world of industrial espionage.

 

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Review

5-stars

Sid Rivers is an ambitious lawyer who will stop at nothing to be successful. Being wealthy and powerful is all he’s about and he will stop at nothing to achieve his goal. Then he meets Jack Brown. The sexy thug has caught Sid’s eye but the last thing he needs at the moment is a distraction.

Jack Brown is out for revenge and he’s determined to get it regardless of who stands in his path. Not even the arrogant, sexy lawyer that pushes all his buttons will lead him astray.

Oh what a wicked web of lies, deception, power and corruption does Mr. Brandon Shire weave!

Right from the get go we get to know Sid Rivers and all he stands for. He is arrogant, selfish and rude. He knows what he wants and he will go to any means necessary to get it. As the episode progressed we got to see Sid getting more involved in this new case and get a glimpse of how dangerous it can become for him in the long run.

I did not like Sid at all, but I was so very intrigued by him. Jack Brown, on the other hand, was as likable as he was confusing. I didn’t get much from him, but the little I got had me thinking that his story was a good one.

In Episode Two the twist just keep on coming and so does the revelations. We now get to know a bit more about Jack but not enough to understand his connection to Sid. Meanwhile, Sid studies the information he retrieve and starts plotting his way through the case. He involves his partner and associates and puts his plan in motion.

Jack and Sid continue to cross paths and the tension between them keeps up mounting. Especially after that Sid’s rendezvous with an old flame. It was so very wicked and such a tease for things to come!!! And I’m not even going to mention how tantalizing the ending was. This tangled web was only going to get messier!

By Episode Three, with the plan to take down the opposition in motion, Sid starts getting results. And with those come some betrayals too. The associates are doing their best to make their end goal, especially the few Sid trusts to make it happen. However, there’s always one who to screw things up and puts everything in jeopardy. Oh but how I wanted to strangle that little dweeb!

Unfortunately I didn’t get my fix of Jack and Sid, since they didn’t get any ‘screen’ time together. Sid is keeping his distance since he learned Jack’s not who he thought he was and Jack is off tying some loose ends and figuring out who’s after him. But don’t start fretting yet! We do get to see Jack getting his groove one. And what a sexy groove it was! My anticipation for Sid and Jack getting together was definitely off the charts!

With Episode Three getting all twisty and complicated it was time to take it down a notch. Or so I thought! In Episode Four Sid is feeling the pressure and is in need of unwinding. This is where he meets and get his ass handed to him by no other than Hunter Stephens. He’s one of the main characters in Brandon Shire’s Afflicted I and I loved seeing him again.

What also made this episode so enjoyable was that I got to know a little bit more about Sid’s past and what propelled him to be the person he is at present. Jack also sheds some layers in this episode. I loved watching him struggle and seeing how his connection to Sid had him all out of sorts. But let me be honest here, what I loved, loved about this episode was that i finally got to see Sid and Jack together. And I have no words, dammit! It was all I was expecting and a whole lot more. HOT doesn’t even come close.

And after that little treasure of Episode Four we find ourselves in the midst of chaos in Episode Five. And what a ride it was! We finally find some answers, encounter some more betrayals and go, go, go! There was action and violence, angst and tenderness and quite a few gasping moments thrown in there to keep you interested.

In this episode Sid realizes just how dangerous it was to take this case. We also continue to learn more about him and watch as he fights his connection to Jack at every step. Ohhh and we get one hell of a turn of events! First, there’s the hook up I did not see coming but loved to experience. Then there was the news that left me reeling. This episode…epic!

With Episode Six being the last one of the season you can expect it will be as fantastic as the others. In Episode Six, Jack finally finds some closure and Sid has the power he always wanted. He has achieved what he set out to do but not in the manner he set out to do it. Now he must try to salvage what he can while coming to terms with how grave and real the danger is–not only to himself but for Jack too. It was a bittersweet conclusion for Season One, but I don’t think I would’ve ended it any other way. Only time will tell what’s in store for these wicked men!

Some will say I’m biased since I consider Mr. Shire to be one of my favorite authors, but I assure you I am not. In my experience not every author can take an idea, roll with it and deliver a fantastic story while still taking into consideration the readers’ input. Add to that the fact that the cast of characters (and believe me there are quite a few!) were all intriguing in their own right, complex and developed as the story continued on.

Personally, it was the mix of characters and riveting storyline that keep me reading all through the night. The constant twists and turns, the characters that I loved to hate and the anticipation of what the hell was going to happen next had me in a fit of grunts, swearing and OH MY GAWDs! I am certainly looking forward to the next season. There MUST be a next season!

*I received a copy of this title in exchange of my honest opinion.

 

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About the Author

Great stories should not depend on gender or sexual preference of a character, but instead upon the strength of the characters and the honesty and urgency of the story.

Brandon Shire proves he understands the complexity of writing LGBT fiction from two very different viewpoints – serious and smexy. His serious fiction is written for those who enjoy a book which explores life’s darker elements in a more literary form, while the smexy fiction is for those who enjoy a graphically erotic romance.

Regardless of the differentiation above, Brandon writes for people who enjoy being challenged, and for those who strive to understand situations they don’t typically encounter. He pens raw, emotional stories about characters which readers will either love or love to hate.

Life and love are pretty damned special, but neither is always perfect. Life can be painful, and real love hard to find. Brandon’s fiction is an exploration of the (sometimes) arduous search for the happiness we all desire.

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New Release: A Year in the Life ~ A Courtland Novel by Cat Grant *Review*

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A Year in the Life: A Courtland Novel
by Cat Grant

An M/M Contemporary Romance
Released December 15th 2014

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Courtland fans, get ready – the next generation’s here!

A campus flu outbreak, complicated by a freak October blizzard, brings Cornell seniors Seth Thompson and Bilal al-Mansoori together. Three days spent waiting out the storm at Seth’s snowbound apartment leads to an unexpected mutual attraction—and a hot night under the covers, which quickly deepens into a true emotional bond…

Plus, a world of problems for Bilal, an Iranian Muslim. Despite his homeland’s harsh laws and even harsher punishment for homosexuality, Bilal can no longer deny who he really is: A gay man falling in love for the first time.

Seth’s gentle manner and passionate lovemaking bring Bilal more joy than he ever thought possible. Yet, despite the lovers’ growing happiness, Bilal’s haunted by guilt and shame left over from his strict upbringing, and the sad realization that he’ll never see his family in Iran again.

Speaking of families, it’s time for Bilal to meet Seth’s…

Eric, Nick and Ally. Ten years later, this committed triad is still as deeply in love as ever, but even commitment comes with challenges…

Is there room in this non-traditional family for Bilal? His future with Seth may depend on it.

 

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Review

4 stars

Seth is sick and trying to get checked out at the campus clinic when he meets Bilal, who is also sick and miserable. They go their separate ways once they’ve been seen by the doctors only to find themselves together again in the middle of a snowstorm.

Little did Seth know how much his life would change when he invited Bilal to weather the storm at his apartment.

A bisexual comfortable with his sexuality, Seth has never had to face the kind of conflicting emotions Bilal seemed to be struggling with. A Muslim with a strict father, Bilal’s sole focus since arriving in the US has been studying. Although he’s about to graduate in the next term, he hasn’t allowed himself the freedom to explore–the city, friendship of any kind nor his sexuality.

Can these two different individuals come together and make something of the attraction they share?

As a fan of the Courtland Chronicles I jumped at the chance to read this book. Lucky for me, this version also included the novella In From the Cold, which recounts how Seth and Bilal met at the university clinic while fighting a hell of a cold.

The novella does a great job of introducing the characters and establishing the conflicting emotions both Seth and Bilal carry with them i regards to them being together. It also gives a glimpse into what draws them to one another. It was a sweet story that helped me to connect to the characters a great deal, which ultimately increased my enjoyment of the main full-length story A Year in the Life.

Cat Grant never fails to bring something unique to the page. This time around she managed to bring Bilal and Seth’s differences and worked them in a way that felt believable in their resolution–at least as far as this story went. I’m sure they will be some other issues thrown into their path that will no doubt test their love for one another.

I liked the way the author introduced Seth’s family without taking away from Seth and Bilal’s story. Then again, I already knew Nick, Ally and Eric’s story and was curious to see how they were doing. So yes, I was hoping that Cat had decided to make them a part of this story.

My wishes aside, I don’t think that their presence interfered with the flow of the story. I do believe their participation added to the reader’s understanding of Seth–allowing them to see where he came from and what shaped him.

This story was sweet yet emotional and a great first installment in the next generation of Courtland stories. I especially liked that it was left open for further exploration. I’m curious to see how Seth and Bilal fare after graduation. I’m sure their new-found love will be tested from all sides and I can’t wait to see how Cat Grant brings all those emotions and scenarios to the page.

*I received a copy of this title in exchange of my honest opinion.

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New Release: Summer Symphony by Brandon Shire *Review*

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Summer Symphony
by Brandon Shire

From TPG Books
Released October 1st, 2014

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Martin Zoric had vivid dreams of fatherhood, of a small hand pressed to his, of pink dresses and girlish laughter. Then his wife had a stillbirth and his world fell apart.

He listened to the unwanted apologies, stood by his wife as was expected of him, and kept his façade strong and firm for the entire world to see.

But does he have the strength let go and really grieve?

When Ren Wakahisa landed in Croatia he was hoping to escape the cultural pressures put on him to conform. His family wanted him to forsake love for duty. They viewed his happiness as secondary to familial prosperity.

Does he have the courage to be who he wants to be? Or, will he yield to their wishes?

Summer Symphony is the story of how two men find their answers and what they learn about strength, and grace, and the endurance of love.

 

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Review

5-stars

On a rainy Saturday morning Mr. Brandon Shire took me on a journey where my heart was broken, mended and lightened. With his trademark style of writing I found myself reliving the pain of miscarriage, re-enforcing my believe that music can touch someone’s soul and healing old scars.

I was forewarned by the author himself when he told me “It’s a tearjerker, not a romance, so take that into consideration.” But I had followed the progress of this story since the very beginning and could not help myself–even knowing full well that it might affect me one way or the other.

Martin is a conductor in Croatia. He lost his daughter a few months back and has yet to give in to the pain. Music–the one thing that always brought him comfort and happiness–has lost its magic. His wife, who he has known since childhood, has had enough and leaves him.

Unfortunately or fortunately, depending on how you look at it, Martin can’t escape. His pain in right there on the forefront of his mind. Thoughts of raising a little girl, teaching her his love of music and cherishing her every step in life haunt in day in and day out.

Then in comes Ren. A Japanese piano player, Ren has been hired to play a concert during the summer in Croatia. He struggles between duty and being true to himself and takes advantage of the delay this engagement will put between him deciding to do what is expected of him or what he truly wants.

Like Brandon Shire stated, this is not a romance although it has romance elements in it. It’s a story of loss and the pain that loss brings about. It is a story about the healing power of music and of finding yourself and accepting what fate has brought to your doorstep.

These men loved deeply and it showed with every emotion they portrayed. From the frustration over having to choose your future or the loss of all things you have held dear, Brandon Shire didn’t miss a beat in bringing a wide range of emotions to the page. I loved how he went into the nitty-gritty of losing someone. Martin had given up and his every action or thought showed that. Just as well shown, were Ren’s conflicted emotions over the pressure his mother was putting on him.

Thankfully, there were other elements in the story that lightened the read a bit. There was the setting and the way the author went about bringing it to the page without being overburdened with details. There was also the music. I loved how the music came alive and jumped off the page. I found myself searching for the music referenced in the story and I am not a lover of classical music.

This was not an easy read for me since it brought about all those not-so-happy moments from my own experience. However, I don’t regret reading it. It served to enlighten me in how men are prone to keep their grief hidden, even when it affects them so deeply. It also served to ignite a feeling of hope that we, as individuals, are stronger than we think and can find solace in the unlikeliest of places.

All in all, a poignant story of love, loss and the strength within us all.

*I received this title in exchange of my honest opinion.

 

About the Author

Award winning writer BRANDON SHIRE is a distinct voice in contemporary fiction. Mr. Shire was chosen as a Top Read in 2011, Best in LGBTQ Fiction for 2011 & 2012, and garnered several Honorable Mentions, as well as a Rainbow Award for Best Gay Contemporary Fiction.

Connect with Brandon at BrandonShire.com

10% of the proceeds from the sale of any of Brandon’s books are donated to LGBT Youth charities combating homelessness.

Books by Brandon Shire

GAY FICTION

The Value of Rain
Listening to Dust

GAY ROMANCE

Afflicted I
Afflicted II
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Heart of Timber

 

SIDE NOTE: Oct is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Month.

New Release: How to Train Your Dom in Five Easy Steps by Josephine Myles *Review and Excerpt*

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How to Train Your Dom in Five Easy Steps
by Josephine Myles

An M/M BDSM Contemporary Erotic Romance
From Samhain
For Release September 23rd 2014

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Sometimes the little head really does know best.

Jeff White’s needs are simple. All he wants is a submissive to help him explore the dominant side that his ex-girlfriend couldn’t handle. Problem is, inexperience in both dating and domming has resulted in a string of rejections.

What he needs is an experienced sub willing to show him the ins and outs of controlling a scene. Unfortunately, the only one willing to take him on is male, and Jeff is straight. One hundred percent, never-gonna-happen straight.

Easygoing painslut Eddie Powell doesn’t care that Jeff is younger, working class, and shorter. Eddie likes a bit of rough, and Jeff fits the bill perfectly. The trick will be convincing him to follow Eddie’s five-step training programme—which would be easy if Eddie wasn’t starting to have feelings for the rough-around-the-edges landscaper.

Once Jeff lays his hands on Eddie, things definitely get out of hand. But it’ll take more than hot, sweaty, kinky sex to persuade him to come out of the closet—especially to himself.

Warning: Contains a happy sub, a confused Dom, a high ratio of sex to plot, misuse of root ginger, and a suitcase of kink. Written in Jo’s usual exceedingly “English” English.

 

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Review

5-stars

Five stars is not merely enough for this story. I loved everything about it. Every. Little. Thing!

Geez! How can I love a character that I wanted to throttle more times than I care to count?!

Jeff wasn’t what I expected AT ALL. He was opinionated to the point of being rude, at times inconsiderate and often times exasperating. But underneath all that ‘macho’ exterior was a man who wanted to be understood, who wanted to love and be loved–warts and all. Kudos to Josephine Miles for bringing such a complex character to the page and making him so adorably sweet that my heart went out to him even when he acted like an ass.

Then there was Eddie. A pain slut through and through and overall nice guy, Eddie had a wicked sense of humor and a charming personality. He embraced his kinky side and made no apologies for it. He was determined to make a Dom out of Jeff even if he lost his heart in the process.

I have to commend the author for the unique concept she brought to the page. It’s not often that you get a ‘straight’ fumbling Dom and pair him with a gay sassy pain slut. Jeff and Eddie were as opposites as they could be–Eddie was older, more experienced and from better beginnings while Jeff had only one lasting relationship and came from a working-class family. However, the author did a wonderful job in bringing Eddie and Jeff together in spite of those acute differences.

Their differences came into play many times during the story, which is why it made it so wonderful for them to have found common ground not only in sharing their kinks but in their emotions too. I loved how Jeff came to embrace his needs and desires, especially how he stood up for himself and his relationship with Eddie. I also admired the way Eddie didn’t let up on what he needed from Jeff, even if it meant that he would lose him. These characters grew as the story progressed but it was a gradual change that became clear as the story came to a close and we see how far along Jeff and Eddie had come as individuals and as a couple.

Then there was the sex. OMG! Josephine Miles sure knows how to bring in the heat! Every scene was unique in its own right and hot as hell. The dirty talk alone was worth all of Jeff’s macho posturing. It was a sight to see that man let go of himself! But then again, I loved every about their encounters. I enjoyed the moments Eddie instructed Jeff on what to do just as much as I loved watching Jeff giving into his desires. Every little moment worked to drive the story along and up my enjoyment of Jeff’s journey.

All in all, a fabulously kinky and hot little read!

*I received a copy of this title in exchange of my honest opinion.

 

Excerpt

Jeff let himself into the house and ran up the stairs, retrieving his suitcase of kink from the top of his wardrobe. Now he just had to quickly unpack the stuff and lay it out on the sofa, then hide the case so Eddie wouldn’t realise that was the full extent of his collection. Ever since speaking to bloody Sandi, he’d been increasingly self-conscious about how few tools of the trade he had. But the proper kit was bloody expensive, and he’d learnt the pitfalls of buying cheap tools the hard way. Nothing like having a trowel handle break on you when you were in the middle of building a wall to realise that you should have forked out the extra twenty quid and got yourself a professional-quality one.

But when he got downstairs, he spotted Eddie striding down the garden path through the front room window. “Fuck.” Jeff legged it through to the kitchen and plonked the case on the table. Hopefully, Eddie hadn’t seen him. It was always harder to spot people inside a house than it was to look out of the windows. Well, unless you had the lights on, in which case everything in your house was on display for any old potential burglar to check out.

Jeff unzipped the case and pulled out a paddle, a flogger, a tawse and a riding crop. He contemplated the dressage whip. It had stung like bloody buggery when Jeff had tried it out on his thigh. And Eddie had said he didn’t much like those kind of stinging implements.

Jeff added it to the bunch in his hand, along with the cane. Fuck it. Why not? Eddie said he could take all this stuff and enjoy it, hadn’t he? And something about getting a high even off the kind of pain he didn’t much enjoy at the time. Jeff had to stop feeling guilty about the prospect of hurting someone. Painsluts wanted to be hurt. That was part of the whole job description. And sadists enjoyed hurting them.

Right. He could do this.

“I hope you’re ready and in position, bitch,” Jeff called.

“Yes, Sir, right where you asked me to be.”

Jeff opened the kitchen door and got a prime view of naked backside bent over his table.

Fuck. He really wasn’t meant to find that sexy.

Jeff closed his eyes, trying to erase the memory of Eddie’s bare bum. Actually, as bums went, it hadn’t been a bad one—lots of smooth white skin and perky cheeks—but it hadn’t had the right shape. Women’s arses were rounder. Softer. They wobbled. Eddie’s had been kind of…

Jeff opened his eyes briefly. Firm, that was the word he was looking for. Muscular, even. He couldn’t bloody well erase the image from his head. Felt like it had been burned onto the back of his eyelids. At least Eddie had kept his legs together. Jeff didn’t think he’d have been able to cope with seeing his meat and two veg as well.

 

Author Bio

English through and through, Josephine Myles is addicted to tea and busy cultivating a reputation for eccentricity. She writes gay erotica and romance, but finds the erotica keeps cuddling up to the romance, and the romance keeps corrupting the erotica. Jo blames her rebellious muse but he never listens to her anyway, no matter how much she threatens him with a big stick. She’s beginning to suspect he enjoys it.

Jo publishes regularly with Samhain. She’s one of the organising team behind the UK Meet, an annual event celebrating GLBTQ fiction. She has also been known to edit anthologies and self-publish on occasion.

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Spotlight: My Hot Series by Isabella Johns *Series Review*

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My Hot Series
by Isabella Johns

An Erotic Romance Stories
From Island Programs, Inc

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My Hot Quartet

quartetMy Hot Quartet is the complete, steamy collection of Volumes 1-4 of the “My Hot…” series.
What happens when a single working mom in her forties meets her dream erotic buddy with benefits?….My Hot Fireman!

What happens when a woman in her twenties unlocks the secrets of her body thanks to two very sexy men?….My Hot Menage!

What happens when a woman turning thirty gets engaged and has an off-the-charts, sizzling tryst with the most anonymous, hottest man she ever met?….My Hot Stranger!

And what happens when a woman in her fifties, completely empty-nesting, embarks on the “ride of her life” with her domineering, leather-clad motorcycle instructor?….My Hot Biker!

Four decades of women, each with her own personal conflict, who meet the hottest men on the planet, who get in touch with their carnal side, shed society’s norms and expectations, throw caution to the wind, and express the true deep passion, lust, and desire within them….

My Hot Quartet!
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My Hot Teacher

https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1402336566l/22448581.jpgWhat happens when a college senior finally meets the man of her dreams and he happens to be her new, young, totally hot English professor?

Celine vows that senior year will be different…when she finally reinvents herself as someone secure, sophisticated, and sexy! After encountering the exquisite fineness of Professor Beard, she’s sure that this will be her time.

With an unusual boldness, Celine sets in motion a journey of erotic self-discovery with her new teacher, who is not only handsome and kind, but masterful and seductive, a man, not a college boy, someone capable of releasing the smoldering passion that has been buried within her for so long.

But Celine also needs a man who can love her back with the same intensity she feels for him. Is the Professor the one? Their burning connection gifts her with the confidence to go for it in a way she never thought possible.

An epic, romantic journey of lust, love, and bliss…My Hot Teacher!

 

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Series Review

3-5 stars

 

Like the name states, My Hot Quartet. is a set of four stories that center around women who find themselves taking part in steamy encounters that change their life one way or another.

In My Hot Fireman the heroine is a divorced mother who fantasizes about a fireman she watches from her window. One thing leads to another and she finds herself taking a tour of the station where she schedules a tour of her own for a later time. And what a tour it is! As fantasies go, this one was plenty hot.

With My Hot Menage we find a woman who struggles to achieve orgasm. Thankfully, she has a man who is willing to help her find what she needs to finally achieve ultimate pleasure. And did he deliver! I loved their connection and the way Art went about solving the problem. A very pleasant experience indeed!

In My Hot Stranger a woman has a passionate encounter with a stranger in an alley. Through that one encounter she learns many things about herself. Mainly that her life was lacking passion and spontaneity. I loved the concept of an encounter with a stranger and how the author went about bringing it to the page.

My Hot Biker is about a married woman that’s ready to try something new–learning how to ride a motorcycle. This story had BDSM elements that I’m not that keen on, so for me it wasn’t that great a story. Although it was not my favorite it still had that hotness factor that I came to expect from the author.

In My Hot Teacher we find Celine, a college student, who hasn’t had any luck in the romance department. From the very beginning we get a clear picture of how bad her attempts at sex and romance have become. Some were funny and other were just ridiculous. Poor woman, no wonder she went after the professor!

Mind you, Professor Beard is a fine, hot man. He engages in a sexual relationship with Celine until emotions come into play to muddle the situation–for both of them.

I loved the concept behind the story and although it has been done before, the author took it one step further by adding a little twist to it. I liked that Celine grew more confident as the story progressed, I just wished she wouldn’t ramble so much. Her thought process was at times too much. But at least I knew what she was thinking and the state of her emotions, something I would have loved to see from the Professor.

Needless to say that there was sex in the story and that it was very good. The passion never lacked and although I would have appreciated some more dialogue and development of their connection, Celine and the Professor still had something more than physical attraction between them.

All in all, a hot, steamy collection of stories that will leave you fantasizing about one of all of these men.

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About the Author

Isabella Johns
Okay, let’s be honest, marriage can sometimes be a mixed bag…and so can dating…and so can being alone.

Perhaps like me you find yourself staring at every hot fireman, policeman, tennis pro, personal trainer, lifeguard, handsome stranger…and wondering what if?

What if somehow he was interested in me and we had a chance to start a mind blowing bonfire, sparks everywhere, body coming alive again?

I catch myself ogling and wondering far too often, with desire and need that continue to grow as my thoughts take on more intensity, lust, kink, and downright dirtiness. I’m sure that if I don’t get the real thing soon I’m going to burst. My salvation? Putting hands to the keypad (at least it keeps my fingers occupied).

So I hope MY HOT FIREMAN gives you one enjoyable variation on my theme, and the many stories to come in the MY HOT… series add even more titillating variety. I’ll be most pleased if they inspire in you, as they have for me, a little joyous relief, a splendid break from the carpooling, food shopping, dinner planning, commuting, annoying boss, boring partner, or demanding children.

I’ll be most thrilled if these trysts, these steamy encounters, these vulnerable expressions of pure intimacy—that are so vivid in my mind, in my heart, and a few choice other places—seem as deliciously real and true for you.

WE DESERVE IT!

Enjoy.

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Spotlight Post: Scoring Wilder by R.S. Grey *Review*

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Scoring Wilder
by R.S. Grey

A New Adult Contemporary Romance
To be Released on June 19th 2014

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What started out as a joke— seduce Coach Wilder—soon became a goal she had to score.

With Olympic tryouts on the horizon, the last thing nineteen-year-old Kinsley Bryant needs to add to her plate is Liam Wilder. He’s a professional soccer player, America’s favorite bad-boy, and has all the qualities of a skilled panty-dropper.

• A face that makes girls weep – check.
• Abs that can shred Parmesan cheese (the expensive kind) – check.
• Enough confidence to shift the earth’s gravitational pull – double check.

Not to mention Liam is strictly off limits. Forbidden. Her coaches have made that perfectly clear. (i.e. “Score with Coach Wilder anywhere other than the field and you’ll be cut from the team faster than you can count his tattoos.”) But that just makes him all the more enticing…Besides, Kinsley’s already counted the visible ones, and she is not one to leave a project unfinished.

Kinsley tries to play the game her way as they navigate through forbidden territory, but Liam is determined to teach her a whole new definition for the term “team bonding.”

A fun & sexy New Adult Romance (age 17+)

 

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Review

4 stars

Kinsley has not had much luck in love, so this last time she’s decided to forget about men and focus on soccer. But before starting training she plans to celebrate her birthday the right way–getting drunk with her girlfriends. And that is how she finds herself flirting with the bad-boy of soccer, Liam Wilder.

But as luck will have it, not only will she be facing a massive hang-over her first day of training, she will also come face to face with her new Coach.

Drawn to Liam like a moth to the fire, Kinsley fights to get keep her mind in track, her enemies at bay and her lustful thoughts out of the field.

This was such a fun read!

I liked Kinsley from the very start. She was smart, tough and caring all in one funny package. She knew what she wanted, who she wanted and how to go about getting it. Of course, obstacles arose from every direction for every one of the things she wanted but with a strong will and an positive attitude she managed to do it all.

It wasn’t hard to admired her tenacious attitude or enjoy her sense of self. I liked the fact that she was loyal and caring with her friends just as much as I liked that she stood up for herself, her dreams and her man. She was a well-rounded character through and through and her story was a treat to read.

Then there was Liam. Sexy, determined and completely enchanted by Kinsley, there wasn’t one trait of his that I didn’t like. Although he had all the attributes of an alpha-male, he still laid his heart and career on the line for Kinsley–he was captivated by her that much!

R.S. Grey did a great job in rounding up all the elements necessary to make this story work. There were the character’s emotions all laid out for the taking. From hesitation to fear all the way through the lust and frustration that ended in them surrendering to their attraction, both Liam and Kinsley’s emotional state of being jumped off the page. I loved it all!

There was also a well established connection and one amazingly hot chemistry. Although their connection was instant, the author took the time to develop and strengthen it as the story progressed. I appreciated the fact that the author took the time to bring it forth even though it was apparent that their chemistry was just as intense. Through meaningful dialogue, flirty banter and candid moments R.S. Grey did an amazing job in making their pairing a believable one.

Another aspect of the story that increased my enjoyment was what the secondary characters added to the story. I enjoyed Kinsley’s friendship with Becca. Becca’s presence and interactions with Kinsley helped to bring forth another side of Kinsley. And it didn’t hurt that those two provided a lot of laugh out-loud moments!

All in all, a fantastic romantic story about perseverance in the face of adversity with a bit of emotions and a lot of the sexy to make it a fun and entertaining read!

*I received a copy of this title in exchange of my honest opinion.

 

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Series Review: Captured by Louise J.

If Only (Captured, #1)

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Rating: 3.25 stars

Published: December 12, 2012

Synopsis: Callie

What’s a girl to do when she meets a man who claims the heart that she’s already given to someone else? My boyfriend is everything I’ve ever wanted, he’s perfect, but when I met Joe … I can’t even describe the intensity of my attraction to him. I’d never experienced anything like it before. Since then, it’s become something so much deeper and I’m finding it impossible to ignore what I feel for him. I know I’m already with the man I should be with, yet I want Joe. I can’t seem to get my head and my heart to agree on this. I’m not about to cheat and I won’t just drop the man I love. But what do I do about Joe?

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Tattoos, bikes and women – that’s been my life for the last two years and it suited me just fine. Until the day I swerved to avoid a raggedy old VW Bug heading my way, hit the sidewalk, and ended up sprawled on my back. I came around to a pounding headache and the most gorgeous girl I’ve ever seen. Don’t know if it was the effect she had on me, or the accident, but I somehow managed to let her go without exchanging information, more importantly numbers. Maybe it would’ve been better if things had stayed that way. Maybe then I wouldn’t be caught up in this dilemma. I should do what most guys would do and pursue her, regardless of her being in a relationship. Trust me, it’s tempting. The problem is, I’ve been on the receiving end of a situation similar to this, so I know the hurt I could cause and I don’t think I can do that. But I want Callie. I want her bad.

When Callie and Joe met, neither were prepared for the sequence of events that would follow, or the impact of the choices they would go on to make.

Review: This is one of those stories that grabs you from the start and doesn’t let go until the very end. But it’s also one of those stories where you just want to smack some sense into the heroine but not in the ‘would-you-please-open-your-eyes’ sort of way, but more in the ‘Girl, you-have-gotten-on-my-last-damn-nerve!’ kinda way.

From the start, I had a feeling that Callie was not going to be my favorite character. Don’t get me wrong, she wasn’t awful in any way but she did get on my nerves more than the average heroine. Although she had a lot of positive traits, her indecisiveness and whiplash-inducing thoughts stood among the rest, which didn’t help her case in winning me over. That having been said, I did enjoy the way she interacted with the other characters. She was fun, caring and outgoing and the easy camaraderie she had with those friends was what ultimately kept me interested in the story. Making this an enjoyable read in that respect.

Joe, on the other hand, was so utterly perfect that I couldn’t get enough of him. He was sweet and caring and adorably torn about his feelings for Callie. I enjoyed his loyalty and sense of honor. He had a great relationship with his friends which showcased his caring side and loving personality. I loved him!

Louise J did a wonderful job in bringing to the page the sense of family that these group of friends had. I enjoyed what each and every one of them added to the story and what each of their interactions revealed about the main characters.

My greatest complaint has to be that the story covered over 10 years in total. It made it difficult for me to believe that two people would hold out that long without letting their feelings known. And then to have Callie make that stupid decision? Hell, I was about to stop reading – I was that unhappy. But by that point I was invested in the outcome of the story, so I continued on. Yes, I was hooked!

I wouldn’t say that this was one of my favorite reads, but only because Callie didn’t live up to my expectations and hers and Joe’s journey to be together expanded across too many years. However, the characters were interesting, the sex superb and the emotions abundant. A good start to the series.

All in all, a story about friendship, loyalty and never letting go.

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Release (Captured #2)

18176431Rating: 4 stars

Published: July 22, 2013

Synopsis: Brooklyn

I knew from the start that I should stay away from Dane, and I would have – if he’d stayed away from me. Astoundingly sexy with a consuming presence of unspoken command, he enthralls me to the point of almost being incapable of rational thoughts, almost being incapable of resisting him. My hands want to explore him. My tongue wants to taste him. My body begs to experience him. I crave him. Now he’s starting to intrude on a level that’s harder to fight. I know what he wants from me. I also know that Dane is not the type of man you expect to keep.

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Things are never straightforward with women like Brooklyn. She’s not the kind whose bed you can slip out of and walk away from without ‘special connections’ or ‘emotions’ expected or offered. She’s the type of woman I prefer to keep my distance from, but like an undersexed, hormonal idiot, I still pursued her. I swear getting turned on by her is like getting turned on for the first time in my life. Now I have her in my grasp, but I know where this will lead. And I’m never the one that gets hurt in situations like this.

A woman who has barely put her broken-self back together and a man who turned his back on love a long time ago. When Dane and Brooklyn first met it appeared to be a simple case of lust between two opposites, but it was the beginning of an intense, emotional journey that would bring forth the pain they both attempted to leave in their pasts, and an encapsulation of feelings neither welcomed but were powerless to stop. Sometimes in life there is no choice but to take a risk.

Review: While reading If Only, Dane was one of the secondary characters that drew my attention. He was such a player, but I KNEW there was a story underneath all that sexy and sweet demeanor of his. I wanted to know more and I am happy to report that Louise delivered that and so much more.

Dane is the quintessential love ’em and leave ’em type. He goes from woman to woman never stopping long enough to form any kind of lasting or meaningful relationship. He is sexy, fun and confident with the added bonus of a rocking body. *swoon*

Brooklyn is not looking for a relationship when she meets Dane, especially with a man with Dane’s reputation. Having gotten out of a bad relationship herself, Brooklyn is emotionally troubled and she doesn’t do one-night stand, even if the man in question fires up all her buttons.

Neither one of them wants to get entangled in relationship and emotions, but chemistry and an instant connection could not be denied and they find themselves getting to know one another and fighting their physical attraction every step of the way. Brooklyn wants to resists, Dane wants to protect her from himself.

I loved it!!!

From the start I was curious to see how the author would go about bringing Dane into a relationship. I enjoyed how she played him – sneaking emotions he had long forgotten and making Brooklyn irresistible to him. Brooklyn brought out all of his protective instincts, his passion and messed up with his resolve of never getting involved. What I loved the most about his reaction to Brooklyn was that she didn’t set out to do any of this. Brooklyn was just going through the motions, taking advantage of the time she had with Dane and trying to protect her heart now that she had started caring for Dane. She made mistakes and she got on my nerves, but the author made sure I could understand where she was coming from. I really appreciated that.

As the story unfolds, their connection deepens and their chemistry continues to soar (Just wait for that first kiss ;-)). Secrets are revealed and confessions are made. Brooklyn has a lot of trust issues and although they are understandable because of what she went through, there came a point where it became too much. Like Dane, I was just about to give up on her and move on. Thankfully, Dane and I stuck around. The author did a splendid job in bringing Brooklyn past to the page. That one scene was packed-full of emotions and sold me on the viability of Dane and Brooklyn’s relationship working out.

Although Release is the second book in the Captured series, it can be read as a stand alone. However, keep in mind that although the story focuses on Dane and Brooklyn’s relationship and takes place before Joe and Callie ultimately get together, it does have a few spoilers from Joe and Callie’s story.

All in all, an emotionally driven story about letting go of the past, trusting yourself and others and opening yourself to the possibility of a new beginning – in love and life.

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About the Author

Louise J has always been a daydreamer, but never considered writing a novel until days before typing the first words to If Only. Joe and Callie (and Gerard) appeared in a dream and her mind has never been her own since then, and she’s never alone. When she’s not writing she spends a lot of time missing out on huge chunks of conversation, movies, and TV shows thanks to many wonderful, but highly invasive characters bouncing around in her head, showing her their stories. In the name of research, those fabulous characters have led her to parts of the world she never would have dreamed of, and, as a result, has gained some of the most amazing memories. The rest of the time Louise J is trying to be a good wife to the greatest husband she could ever have asked for. She’d love you to get in touch so check out social media links.

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Review Tour: Knights’ Sinner (The MC Sinners #3) by Bella Jewel

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Welcome to the Review Tour for Knights’ Sinner, book three in The MC Sinners series by Bella Jewel.

Below you will find my review along with all relevant information regarding Knights’ Sinner. I hope you enjoy the excerpt provided!

Knights’ Sinner (The MC Sinners #3) by Bella Jewel

Knights' Sinner CoverRating: 5 stars

Published: October 25, 2013

Available at: Amazon (US) (UK), B&NiTunes

Synopsis: Jackson is always considered the ‘softie’. He’s the first to help people out when they’re in need. He’s President of the Hell’s Knights and is tired of being treated like a pushover. He wants to show the world how much of a sinner he can be.

Serenity has a dark past. Secrets haunt her and she has no way of escaping them. Hogan is the only family she knows and life with him is brutal. And it’s about to get worse.

He sends her on a mission.

On a mission to destroy the Hell’s Knights and the Heaven’s Sinners.

Can she pretend with a club she doesn’t know.

Or will she betray Hogan?

Review: After getting to know Jackson in the previous books in the series, I was glad to finally be able to read his story.

In the previous book, Heaven’s Sinner, Bella Jewel left a bit of a cliffhanger. To be honest with you, I didn’t much pay attention to it since I was so involved in Spike and Ciara’s relationship to think about much.

Dammit to hell! This woman played me, and played me good!

This was not the story I was expecting, but it was even better than what I had imagined. From the start, Bella Jewel drew me into the story by making certain that my heart went out to Serenity. It was easy to connect with her. She thought herself broken, I saw her as a survivor. Funny, sensual and loyal to a fault, Serenity, had all the markings for a fantastic heroine and she made the perfect partner for Jackson.

Oh, Jackson! *swoon* Man, that guy started melting my heart since the moment he appeared on Hell’s Sinners. Sex on legs with a big-ass heart and an alpha-male, dominant personality, Jackson was the epitome of a leading man. I wanted to run my fingers through his hair, smack him upside the head a time or two (okay, more like three!) and rub all against him. He was caring, understanding and protective. Those traits coupled with his sensual side and you can bet your ass that I got myself another book boyfriend. (I know, it sure didn’t take me long, huh?)

*moving on*

Packed-full with emotions, highs, lows and everything in between, Bella Jewel managed to bring to the page an awesome story. The plot was interesting and paced adequately. The characters were complex enough to keep me guessing their next move and draw out a response from me (mostly a violent one, but hey what can I do!).  And the contribution of the secondary characters brought it all together in the end. There was a bit of everything, but my favorite was how Jackson and Serenity’s connection was developed throughout. It wasn’t instant and it wasn’t easy. That’s what ultimately made it such an enjoyable story for me.

Yeah, there was chemistry between Jackson and Serenity. Hell, the sexual tension alone could cut glass and then that one scene….JEEZ! *fans herself*

Sorry, that one you HAVE to experience for yourself because I wouldn’t even know where to start. 😉

Although Knights’ Sinner is the third book in The MC Sinners series it can certainly be read as a stand alone. BUT, why would you want to miss on the hotness that is this motorcycle series? There are the sexy alpha males and the strong ‘Old Ladies’ who love them. Plus range in emotion, chemistry galore and interesting and riveting plots. Knights’ Sinner, though, takes the prize hands-down! I loved it.

As I understand it, this is the last in the series although she’s planning to release a novella about Muff’s story. For me this story was the perfect conclusion to the series. In Knights’ Sinner, Bella Jewel brought all the previous stories together seamlessly. She not only brought with it Jackson and Serenity’s story of a new beginning, but also delivered a happily ever after to all the principal members of this series.  <3

I received this title in exchange of my honest opinion.

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Excerpt:

“You want the truth?” I rasp, arching up as his fingers slide down my belly.

“Always.”

“Right now, in this moment…I want you to fuck me.”

He lifts his head and raises his brows. “Fuck you?”

“Fuck me. Dirty. Raw. Primal. I want you to fuck me.”

“Jesus,” he growls.

“Now, Jackson.”

“Bossy pixie,” he grins, leaning down and finding my hard nipple again.

“Please…”

“Back to begging, you know I like that.”

I mewl, and grip his jeans, tugging at them.

“Hey,” he says, gripping my hands and moving them. “You want fucking, I’ll fuck you darlin’. I’ll fuck you so hard you will forget how to breathe, but we do it my way. You want it raw, I’ll give it to you raw. You want it primal, that’s how it comes. Fucking ain’t slow and passionate. It’s hard and sweaty. So, if you’re sure, I’m goin’ to fuck you right about now.”

I bite my lip, and nod. He grins, and drops his head, capturing my lips again and kissing me so hard it takes my breath away. His tongue is hard, sexy and forceful. His body is flush against mine, and I can feel every, hard bit of him. He kisses me until we’re in a frenzy, just the way fucking should be. He kisses me until I’m clinging to him, tugging at his jeans. He kisses me until my shirt is in shreds on the floor, and he’s spreading my legs, both of us desperate and panting.

I forget where I am. I forget who I am.

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About the Author: Bella Jewel is an Aussie girl through and through. She spent her life in Western Australia, growing up in many different areas of the state. She now currently lives in Perth with her husband, children and mass amounts of pets. She’s crazy, fun, outgoing and friendly. Writing is her passion, she started at the young age of 18 but finally got the courage up to publish, and her first novel Hell’s Knights will be released in August 2013.

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Review: Merry Gentlemen by Josephine Myles

18278816Rating: 5 stars

Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd. (November 12, 2013)

Available at: Amazon (US) (UK), Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Samhain

Synopsis: ’Tis the season of goodwill to all men…even the one who dumped you.

Riley MacDermott’s ambitions are simple. Managing the annual Bath Christmas Market—which involves long hours in the cold and a whole lot of hassle—will secure the promotion he needs to afford to move out of his noisy, top-floor flat. Where not even his balcony is safe from an aggressive herring gull.

The last stallholder he expects to see is his ex. Riley never recovered from their break up, and five years on the old chemistry still sparkles. So does their habitual head butting.

Stan never wanted to leave the love of his life, but the pull of the woods was too strong—and Riley was firmly planted in the city. Reconnecting is painful, but Stan still jumps at the chance to stay with his old flame during the Market. And damn the consequences.

As the weeks pass, the two grow closer than ever. But despite scorching sex and cozy intimacy, they both know they face a cold and lonely future. Unless one of them can compromise.

Warning: Contains sex in a shed, a seagull with a grudge, glamping, awful Secret Santa underwear, misuse of an Abba song, and as many wood-related puns as the author thought she could get away with.

Review: Riley never forgot about Stan – the one that got away. Try as he might, Stan was always there in the back of Riley’s mind. So when Riley comes upon Stan on a stall at the Market he is managing, he can’t believe his eyes. Stan. His Stan, was right in front of him. Not only did Stan look as handsome and Riley remembered, but he also ignited feelings that Riley had thought long-forgotten.

Stan is the quiet sort, but with a presence that commands attention. And he surely had Riley’s attention from the moment they locked eyes after being apart for the last couple of years. He comes across as gruff and insensitive, as if he never regretted leaving Riley back in the city. And although he doesn’t regret his move into the peace and quiet of the woods, he does regret that Riley didn’t choose to come with him.

So with a bit of resentment from both parts, lots of chemistry and a annoying seagull, Stan and Riley decide to make the best of the time they have together.

What follows is a lighthearted story filled with humor and emotions. A heart-warming type of story that had me laughing out loud and misty-eyed a time or two.

Josephine Myles did an amazing job of drawing me into the story by immediately introducing me to Riley and his quirky personality. I loved his sarcastic humor and his ramblings. He was a treat to get to know and the further I read, the more he endeared himself to me.

If Riley was the light, Stan was the dark. He was a great character too. Although I did not get his point of view, the author did a great job of letting his personality, feelings and thoughts shine through. Riley and Stan were the perfect epitome of the ‘opposites-attract’ romance couple. I loved them!

I enjoyed that the author took her time bringing them together and that their feelings, doubts and hesitations were not easily dismissed. It was clear that Riley and Stan cared for one another, but they could not find a comprise that would make them happy. In the end, I cheered for them to reach a middle ground and start their happily ever after.

This being a holiday story, I was not surprised to see it depicted. What I loved was how real it all felt. From the hustle and bustle of people trying to get the best deal at the Market to the whole Christmas atmosphere that the author described in detail. Not in an overwhelming way, but in the “I wish I could experience it someday” kind of way. Add to that the British humor and Riley’s outrageous personality, actions and thoughts and Merry Gentlemen sure grabbed a spot on ‘my favorites’ shelf.

If you’re in the mood for a light yet sexy romantic story that will have you laughing out loud with characters that will tug at your heart strings, a setting that will put you in the mood for Christmas and chemistry abound, Merry Gentlemen is the book for you.

I received this title from the author in exchange of my honest opinion.

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You could lose yourself in Stan’s eyes. Well, I could. They reminded me of sun-bleached denim, with a deeper indigo ring around the outside. They were the kind of eyes that spoke of hard work in the great outdoors, and if it hadn’t been for the fact they’d been just the same back when he’d slaved away as a housing officer, I’d believe they really had been lightened by the sun. His hair certainly had. I’d always thought of him as a dirty blond rather than a honey one.

I still thought of him as a dirty blond, although not because of the colour of his hair.

Before my brain could get hijacked by thoughts of just how dirty Stan could be, I recovered my manners and stuck my hand out.

“Stan. Fancy seeing you here. I had no idea. Really.”

Stan stared at my hand like I was offering him a slice of mouldy pizza. I was just about to snatch it back when he grabbed it and held on.

“Ri? You look… You haven’t changed. Not one bit.”

Normally I’d preen a little at a comment like that. Make some allusion to Botox—not that I had any desire to freeze the expression out of my forehead, as how would I cope if I couldn’t do my patented single-eyebrow raise?

But right now, with Stan holding my hand in his rough, calloused—oh my God, he had genuine, honest to goodness callouses!—paw, I found it hard to do anything other than fight down my body’s instinctive response to him. I wanted to hit him and I wanted to lick him all over, and I couldn’t bloody well figure out which urge was winning.

Actually, right now I needed to stop paying any attention to my body and concentrate on keeping my cool. Couldn’t have Stan seeing me ruffled.

“Well, you’ve definitely changed,” I said. “You’ve got that whole rugged, outdoorsy vibe working for you now.” I didn’t need to hide the fact I was checking him out, thank Christ, so I took my time drinking in the sight of him. “Going back to nature really does pay off, doesn’t it? Shit, you never bulked up this well in the gym. And you’re tanned in the winter, but not a streak of orange to be seen. It’s a modern day miracle. Hallelujah.”

“I don’t need to fake it,” Stan growled, tilting his head back to look down at me and making the most of his three-inch height advantage. It was his arrogant-bastard pose, and he bloody well knew I was a sucker for it because I’d once made the mistake of telling him. Never, ever let a toppy git know just how much they turn you on, or you’ll spend your whole bloody life in a state of perpetual turned-on-ness. Was that even a word? It was now.

“What happened to your hair?” I said, reaching out for a lock. “Totally hot, but aren’t you getting a bit old for the whole surfer look? And you’re way too landlocked, down in deepest, darkest Somersetshire.”

“Piss off, Ri,” Stan said, but there was no heat in his words. The heat was all in his eyes, beaming out and frying me like a laser beam. They’d find me later, nothing more than a pair of melted boot soles on the cobbles.

Was that angry heat or turned-on heat? Couldn’t figure it out on him either. I had to face it, we both had ample reason to be pissed off with each other, but five years was a long time to hold a grudge.

“Much as I’d love to get on my way, it’s actually my job to check up on you. See if there’s anything you need any help with. Lend a hand, you know.” Jesus, could I have made that sound any more like a come-on? Clearly my mouth was in cahoots with my dick rather than my brain. I bit the inside of my lower lip, just to show it who was boss.

But Stan just carried on staring at me, while the sun-warmed denim of his eyes frosted over.

“Right. Just your job.” Oh, that guttural Slovakian accent! After the best part of a decade of living in the UK, Stan’s had definitely mellowed compared to when we’d first met, but it was still sexy as hell. “I’ll make sure I let you know if there’s anything you can help me with.” He stepped a little closer then, and tucked both thumbs into the waistband of his combats, hands framing his package like I needed any reminding of what was hidden in there. Well, not so hidden. Whereas I was a grower, Stan was most definitely a show-er, meaning his tackle was almost as big flaccid as it was erect. Not that that was a disappointment. More of a relief, really. If he’d got any bigger when hard, I’d have had to make like a snake and dislocate my jaw before giving him a blowjob.

And I really didn’t need to be remembering blowing Stan right now.

 

 

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About the Author: English through and through, Josephine Myles is addicted to tea and busy cultivating a reputation for eccentricity. She writes gay erotica and romance, but finds the erotica keeps cuddling up to the romance, and the romance keeps corrupting the erotica.  She blames her rebellious muse but he never listens to her anyway, no matter how much she threatens him with a big stick. She’s beginning to suspect he enjoys it.

You can connect with the author through her email, Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads page

Disturbed Fate (Otherkin Spirits #1) by Kia Zi Shiru

18143049Rating: 4 stars

Published: July 3, 2013

Available at: Amazon, Smashwords, Barnes & Noble

Synopsis: Marc, a small pet shop owner and seer, needs help with his store, but his new employee, Galen, brings with him more trouble than expected. Marc tries to keep their relationship professional even if Galen seems insistent on taking it to the next level. And then there is the problem of Galen’s past.

Keiran, a hard working medical student and Marc’s best friend, has a small problem, a stalker. One night he confronts the man and finds that his stalker vampire, Devlan, is too alluring to turn down. But Devlan isn’t who he seems to be.

When the four men meet up for a night out their lives fall apart. Marc’s premonitions turn out to be wrong and everything points towards one autumn night a couple of years ago. Now they need to figure out what happened that night, before someone dies, again.

Time is running out. The visions might be false, but they don’t paint a pretty picture, not about their futures and, especially, not about their pasts. They need to reverse the change before it is too late.

Review: Marc is able to see the future and has been friends with Kieran, a vampire, since they trained together. Although Kieran has been helping out Marc at the store the truth is that he needs permanent help. In comes Galen, a shy, young man he stumbles into on the street. Recognizing that Galen seems in need of help and that he is probably something more than what he appears, Marc decides to offer him a job. Little does he expect that his attraction to Galen and the connection they share would disrupt Marc and Kieran’s world.

Kieran knows that Devlan is trouble, but he can’t help himself. He is drawn to him in ways he can’t explain, but when lies by omission, betrayal and secrets start to reveal themselves, Kieran has to face the ugly truth – Devlan is not who he portrays himself to be. However, they all must work together to right the wrong that could affect their lives one way or another.

This was an interesting story to get into. At first, I was a bit hesitant since it started slow and I didn’t know which direction it was going to go. I was especially hesitant with the appearance of Kieran. Don’t get me wrong, he was a great addition to the story, but the switch of POV from Marc to Kieran threw me off and it wasn’t after a couple of chapters in that I was able to get the hang of it.

I loved the concept behind the story. I think it was original and well-executed. The paranormal aspects of the story, the mystery of the character’s connection and the romances that developed coupled with the author’s trademark prose flowed seamlessly with the characters and their personalities. Marc and Galen’s story could not be told without throwing Kieran’s story into the mix and Kia Zi Shiru did a great job bringing it all together to make it work.

Marc was a great character to get to know. He was smart, sweet and considerate. He had everyone’s best interests in mind, even at the expense of his own and I admired him for that. His easy-going manner and charm was a treat to read and his interactions with the other characters revealed a lot about his true self. Galen was also great, but it wasn’t until the second half of the book that I was able to connect with him fully.

I enjoyed how Marc and Galen were brought together slowly. Their connection was immediate, but its development grew as the story progressed. In the end, I was so emotionally invested in them being a couple that when they finally came together I was grinning from ear to ear. Their interactions were both sweet and frustrating. At times I wanted to smack them upside the head for taking it so slow and at others I wanted to comfort them and tell them it would all work out.

Although Kieran’s presence threw me off at first, I soon came to appreciate what he brought to the story. He was passionate and loyal to a fault. He was strong-minded and not easily fooled and it was his loyalty and strength of character that led me to wish he could find his HEA. I enjoyed his interactions with other characters and how he dealt with Devlan and the mess he brought with his presence. I want to know more about Kieran and Cole’s story, especially after witnessing Marc vision. *hint, hint*  😉

Disturbed Fate is the first book in the Otherkin Spirits series and a very good start at that. Kia Zi Shiru managed to deliver a wonderful combination of great characters backed by an interesting concept with a bit of angst and a dash of heat to round it all up. All in all, a very enjoyable read.

I received this title from the author in exchange of my honest opinion.