June 17th, 2012

Sounds of Love by Susan Laine

Sounds of Love by Susan Laine
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: Contemporary, Erotic Romance, M/M, GLBT
Lenght: 220 pages


What does love sound like? If you hear it, will you heed its call?

Police officer Jordan Waters is recovering from a shooting by moving to a new apartment in a new town and taking a new job. In other words, he’s lonely. His first instinct is to relieve his anxiety through uncomplicated sex—until he meets a man so far out of his league and experience that he stumbles for the first time.

Police volunteer Sebastian Sumner may be deaf, but his spirit, openness, and sense of humor give him the strength to get through anything—even the emotional defenses of Jordan Waters. But it’s his own family history that poses the biggest challenge. Can he learn to trust Jordan with his heart, or will his upbringing blind him to the sounds of love?

Samhain Queene’s Review:

Susan Laine has created a wonderfully engaging love story in Sounds of Love.

Two men are brought together in a way that’s not exactly subtle, but is definitely refreshing. Jordan is cocky, arrogant and a player when he meets Sebastian. Sebastian is the nice guy. The guy Jordan tends to avoid. But he’s drawn to Sebastian in a way that makes him rethink everything. Sebastian is just trying to prove to everyone that although he’s deaf he’s not helpless. Jordan surprises him by accepting him as he is and supporting him no matter what.

In Sounds of Love, two very different men come together with a sweet explosiveness. I look forward to reading more by Ms. Laine.

Rated 4 Delightful Divas by Samhain Queene!

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February 13th, 2012

Sub by Susan Laine

Sub by Susan Laine
Publisher: Siren-Bookstrand Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Erotic Romance, GLBT, M/M
Length: 189 pages


Power play is one thing. Power play through sex is quite another.

David Williams is the captain of a nuclear submarine. He’s just been assigned with his new junior officer, Lieutenant Hunter Masters. Due to David’s calm demeanor, insubordinate officers are assigned to him for training to become exemplary officers.

Hunter, however, has other plans. Because of his oppressive admiral-father, he’s stuck in the navy, where he absolutely doesn’t wish to be, so he lashes out. His record shines with disciplinary infractions.

When the cool David and the frustrated Hunter meet, the game is on.

What begins with pranks, taunting, and dares becomes decidedly darker when lust and sex are brought into the mix. Both men trying to gain the upper hand, the games between them spin out of control.

But what happens when the nature of their relationship is exposed—and love is added to the already explosive situation?

A Siren Erotic Romance

Maggie B’s Review:

For the first half of Susan Laine’s Sub, the story revolves around a very young Navy Captain, David Williams, who is assigned the most disrespectful Lieutenant in the Navy on David’s submarine crew. The Lieutenant has made a career out of insulting and refusing to follow the commands of his commanding officers in an effort to get kicked out of the Navy. Lt. Hunter Masters is rebellious about anything except the most degrading tasks assigned to him, which he completes for reasons that are more psychological than military.

There are a lot of sex scenes. In fact, when Hunter isn’t cleaning the sub he’s having hot sex with the captain. I’ve been on a nuclear submarine that was docked in port and open for tours. Everything is too small, too tight, and sound carries, so why they weren’t discovered immediately is an interesting puzzle.

The second half of the book changes to a spy novel with someone trying to sabotage the boat. The saboteur has motives and there is an exciting shootout on board, but the second half of the book seemed like a second complete story had been dropped on top of the first one without finishing the first story. Then there is a court martial that takes a 90-degree turn with accusations against the captain. The puppeteer behind the shenanigans is none other than… well to tell that would be to give away a spoiler of epic proportions, but it was yet a third story arc injected in the book without being tethered.

Sub is sexy, thrilling, and has characters that I wanted to see have a HEA, both of the heart and soul. It just didn’t quite gel for me, and I’ve thought and thought why, because it has all of the elements that make a great story. It comes down to a somewhat disjointed series of plots that needed a bit of tightening up. I really want to read more by Ms. Laine because while I had a few problems with Sub, I enjoyed it and couldn’t put it down until I finished.

Rated 3 1/2 Delightful Divas by Maggie B!

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