May 12th, 2014

Top Off Tuesday : Nothing Special by A.E. Via

What better way than to top off a good book than with a GREAT Cover!

Every week, Amanda from On a Book Bender, Christi from Smitten with Reading,and Felicia from Geeky Blogger’s Book Blog want to see those Top Off covers that grab your attention! Please play along and tell us your favorites (old, new, or not yet released). Button made by Missie at The Unread Reader and Diana at Book of Secrets.

Every once in a while there are covers that just make you say Oh My! Sometimes it is good, sometimes it is bad, and sometimes it is head scratching. The point of Top Off Tuesday is to show you the ones with their Tops Off!

Summary:

Cashel Godfrey is big, tattooed, and angry, so people typically keep their distance. Fresh out of the police academy no one is looking to partner with the six foot four beast. When Cashel scanned the orientation room, he wasn’t expecting sexy hazel eyes to be locked onto him. Eyes of the gorgeous Leonidis Day.

Leonidis is charming, witty, hilariously sarcastic, and the only one that can make Cashel smile. He’s an out and badass detective, but when Cashel saves his life in a raid that turns deadly, he sees something in the big man that no one else does…something special.

Warning: Two sexy narcotics detectives. One with a serious hot spot for big gun-toting men, the other that yields a cannon; so be ready for the obscene sexual bang when these two come together.



 



April 8th, 2014

Artificial Moonlight by A J Llewellyn & D.J. Manly

Artificial Moonlight by A J Llewellyn & D.J. Manly
Series: Rough Riders #1
Publisher: Silver Publishing
Genre: GLBT, Romantic Suspense, M/M
Length: 207 pages

Summary:

From the best-selling team behind Orgasmic Texas Dawn, Mirrors, Black Point, and Blood Eclipse, comes Rough Riders: Book One. Diego and Colby come from rival Louisiana motorbike gangs. In their world, being gay is a death sentence. Can they be together?

Diego Champagne, Sergeant in Arms for the Louisiana Banni motorcycle gang, has grown up tough–half French, half Creole, and all male. Diego loves men but keeps his sex life on the down low… until he meets Colby Young, that is.

Colby carries his own baggage. He has his own reasons for not believing in love–reasons he doesn’t share–and he sure as the devil doesn’t like it when he is forced to accept protection from the Banni.

When Diego intervenes in a bar brawl during a motorbike rally and saves Colby and his best friend, Spider McGraw, leader of a rival gang, Death Proof, it begins to look as if Colby and Diego are going to be joined at the hip. Somebody puts a hit out on Colby, and Spider’s up to his neck in mayhem. When the Banni offer their protection to advance their own game, Colby begins to wonder if love is like artificial moonlight, seductive yet false, or is it something to risk everything for, maybe even his life?

Evelise’s Review:

Artificial Moonlight, the product of dynamic duo D.J. Manly & A.J. Llewellyn, had a captivating start to their new series Rough Riders. A book inhabited by rough and rumble motorcycle gangs, the authors made no pretense concerning the life of biker outlaws.

Diego and Colby were from rival gangs, brought together under unusual circumstances and had the unfortunate happenstance of falling for each other.  The tale was not one of flowery words nor wine and candle light, but of the reality of gangs, fights and rivalry, when taking over another’s territory leads to someone getting hurt.

Manly and Llewellyn not only portrayed nitty gritty, down and dirty scenes but also an underlying tenderness associated with Colby and Diego. Diego was larger than life in statute and personality. I adored his gruffness. Colby, more out-going and out-spoken, his demeanor was one that spoke of self-confidence and in charge.

Artificial Moonlight held a fundamental theme of love and acceptance in a world where the status quo was hard as nails and differences were not accepted.

This is a series that should not be missed.  It’s a wonderful introduction to theri new series and I look forward to many more of the Rough Riders.

Rated 5 Delightful Divas by Evelise!

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April 4th, 2014

Blood Sacrifice by Stormy Glenn

Blood Sacrifice by Stormy Glenn
Publisher: Torquere Press
Genre: GLBT, Erotic Paranormal Romance, M/M
Length: 85 pages

Summary:

Being a demon isn’t always fun. Being a demon summoned to a satanic ritual is downright miserable. Isaac Braden spends most of his time being a rich recluse but every so often he’s introduced to someone new when he’s summoned… a blood sacrifice. And tonight Jory Daniels has been chosen to be that sacrifice.

In a satanic ritual summoning gone bad, Isaac finds himself eternally bound to Jory. He has to have the man’s blood in order to survive. But when Jory wants something in return, can Isaac submit enough to allow it or will his demon nature take over and cause him to lose the best thing that ever happened to him?

Previously published by Noble Romance Publishing

Jessie’s Review:

Ms. Glenn’s book, Blood Sacrifice. was set in England as three friends were touring the country side. Little do the friends know they have been chosen for a ritual sacrifice. Just when things seem lost, their savior appears who is a demon.

Jordan Daniels along with two buddies is out to see the country side of England when Jordy wakes to find he is tied up and is going to be sacrificed. Jordy is more than he appears to be and his demon is in for a surprise.

Isaac Braden is a demon who is tired of being summoned to do others dirty work. Isaac is shocked when he see’s Jordy because never had he felt the stirrings that this man was causing in him. Little did Isaac know that his cousin, Desmond was out to cause trouble for him and his new love.

Blood Sacrifice was a interesting read. The characters where very likable and the sex was hot. A great afternoon read anytime.

Rated 3.5 Delightful Divas by Jessie!

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April 4th, 2014

Inches of Trust, Volume 1 by AR Moler

Inches of Trust, Volume 1 by AR Moler
Publisher: Torquere Press
Genre: GLBT, Erotic Contemporary Romance, M/M
Length: 152 pages

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Summary:

When architect Brian Townsend meets a man dressed as Zorro at a Halloween party it seems like a chance hookup, but Brian is attracted and it takes more effort then he originally thought just to find out the man’s name. NYPD homicide detective Tristan Blake, comes from old money, which he loathes and an idealistic streak burns within him to do a job that serves a purpose. A previous lover scorned him as a time when he was most vulnerable, after the death of friend, and Tristan is slow to trust what appears to a developing relationship between him and Brian.

Beer tasting, a broken window, a fall down a flight of stairs, a grenade and a violent attack on Brian, what do these all have in common? Each one brings Tristan an inch closer to trusting Brian with his heart.

Previously published as separate short stories.

Lasha’s Review:

AR Moler is a new author to me and I must say I was very pleasantly surprised by Inches of Trust, Volume 1. The book is a series of previously published short stories which when put together deal with the developing relationship between Brian Townsend and Tristan Blake. Now, you might be thinking that cobbling together separate shorts into a novel wouldn’t work, there would be continuity problems, but fear not, that is not the case here. I thought Inch of Trust was perfectly blended.

What I liked most about the book was its natural progression in the relationship of Tristan and Brian. They meet, they date, they have dating issues, they start to get serious, and they come out to close friends and family. Everyday relationship woes which were expertly played out in each part of the book. A very realistic look at a contemporary gay romance.

All in all, a very enjoyable read and I look forward to Volume 2.

Rated 4 Delightful Divas by Lasha!

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April 4th, 2014

Not So Simple Simon by Stormy Glenn

Not So Simple Simon by Stormy Glenn
Series: Aberdeen Pack, Book 4
Publisher: Siren-Bookstrand Publishing
Genre: GLBT, Paranormal, Erotic Romance, M/M
Length: Word Count: 44,195

Summary:

Ares knew he had met the man he wanted to spend the rest of his life with when Simon Fiske joined the Aberdeen Pack. There’s just one problem. Everyone believes that Simon is simple and slow, not able to make decisions on his own.

When Simon and his brother Adam were banished from their pack, he had no idea that it would lead to him meeting the most beautiful man he had ever seen. After Ares claims him, life for Simon just gets more complicated. Adam refuses to talk to him, his ex-lover is back demanding that he return to his former pack, and Simon has his hands full keeping other pack members safe when they are attacked.

Being mated should have been the most wonderful thing that ever happened to Simon and Ares but it seemed to just bring on more battles than they could fight.

NOT SO SIMPLE SIMON

Evelise’s Review:

Not So Simple Simon by Stormy Glenn, the fourth book in the series Aberdeen Pack, was a delightful and light-hearted read that dove into issues of life and love. Ares has met his mate, Simon, a fun-loving man with a starry-eyed view of the world.

Simon fell for Ares, the lead enforcer for Alpha Iben’s pack, at first sight. Ares, as well, wanted to mate the young man but circumstances prevented their mating. A life threatening incidence occurred and Ares is forced to commence his mating with Simon in order to save his life. No hardship there, considering the two men have fallen for each other.

Not So Simple Simon moved very quickly. The tale did not dwell on an aversion to mating, but more on the issue of Simon’s feelings of inadequacy. Ms. Glenn’s portrayal of Simon was well done in terms of a man who would rather settle a dispute with tea and cookies, than a bar room brawl. This quality made his simple, yet complex view of society endearing. Simon may have been simple in viewing the black/white issues of the world, but he was truly a multifaceted individual.

Ares was a strong, typical alpha-type male who sought to protect his pack and his mate. I was glad Ms. Glenn wrote his story, as I adored him and his brothers.

My only drawback to the story was the lack of explanation concerning Simon’s ability to shift and his gift of healing. Will they be explained further in subsequent books? The reviewer hopes so, but I read no indication that this would occur, as two major facets of Simon’s life were more glossed over, than delved into.

An enjoyable read.

Rated 3.5 Delightful Divas by Evelise!

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April 4th, 2014

Weight of a Gun II by Scarlet Blackwell

Weight of a Gun II by Scarlet Blackwell
Publisher: Storm Moon Press
Genre: GLBT, Erotic Romance, M/M
Length: 36,000 words

Summary:

Everyone knows that guns are dangerous; they have long been a subject surrounded by controversy. Combine them with sex and you have a subject that is virtually taboo, but smoking hot. Our second gun kink anthology continues to push the envelope of combining sex and guns with three more stories hot enough to cause powder burns.

Continuing in the world of The Machinist, Avery Belfour and his captor/lover Lord Harrow now face the threat of The Inquisitor. But Harrow is very possessive of his prize and has no intention of turning Avery over without a fight. Then, a routine black market bust goes wrong for Officer Caleb Baker. He ends up Playing With the Big Boys when the thieves get the drop on him and decide to have some fun with their new catch.

And finally, Cole Beauchamp is the greatest pistoleer of all time; he’s also thoroughly unpleasant and has a habit of scaring away his assistants. But when he is sought out by a devotee with a love of guns that matches his own, Cole finds a new respect for Benjamin Pepperwhistle and the Fantabulous Circus of Wonders.

Jessie’s Review:

The book, Weight Of A Gun 2 ( A Moon Press Anthology), had three very interesting stories contained within. Ms. Blackwell’s story, Playing With The Big Boys, was a modern story of cops and the hard life they can lead.

A sexy tale of a cop named Caleb who needs to learn to let go every once in a while. His partner Dennis comes up with a plan to help out his buddy, and with the help of Leon and Riley, they might just show Caleb the joys of letting go.

My only issue was the way the gun was used in the story. The sex was hot, but the use of a gun during it was just not a good thing. it showed a dangerous practice. Weight Of A Gun 2 ( A Moon Press Anthology) was a good read, but be warned they use the gun during sex.

Rated 3.5 Delightful Divas by Jessie!

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April 1st, 2014

Top Off Tuesday : Educating the Platypus by Charlie Richards

What better way than to top off a good book than with a GREAT Cover!

Every week, Amanda from On a Book Bender, Christi from Smitten with Reading,and Felicia from Geeky Blogger’s Book Blog want to see those Top Off covers that grab your attention! Please play along and tell us your favorites (old, new, or not yet released). Button made by Missie at The Unread Reader and Diana at Book of Secrets.

Every once in a while there are covers that just make you say Oh My! Sometimes it is good, sometimes it is bad, and sometimes it is head scratching. The point of Top Off Tuesday is to show you the ones with their Tops Off!

Summary:

Enjoying a last hoo-rah before another tough year of college begins, Kai Sudderson and his friends vacation in Kansas. He takes advantage of the secluded pond system behind his rented cabin to go swimming…in his platypus form.

Living with his aunt and uncle, Kai had never met anyone else with the ability to turn into an animal. That is, until he gets himself snared in a beaver trap and a penguin shifter rescues him.

Unable to pass up the opportunity for not only knowledge but medical treatment, Kai accompanies his new friend home. There, he meets Dorian Yaris, who—despite being so much older and having such a serious disposition—calls to Kai like no other.

When Dorian explains about mates, will Kai consider the bonding thing with someone so obviously different or will he deny everything and return to his former life?



 



March 31st, 2014

Whatever He Desires by Stormy Glenn

Whatever He Desires by Stormy Glenn
Series: Tribal Bonds, Book #4
Publisher: Siren-Bookstrand Publishing
Genre: GLBT, Paranormal, Erotic Romance, M/M
Length: Word Count: 42,239

Summary:

Drew Hamilton didn’t know why his lover suddenly left him. He just knew that he left. And Drew’s heart had been slowly dying ever since. When he attends a party with his roommate, he never expects to find his ex-lover, or discover the world Garret had been hiding from him from the moment they met.

Garret LaGaffe never wanted to leave Drew but he felt he had no other choice when he was ordered home by his Electus. Drew is human and bringing him back to a vampire tribe could endanger Drew more than Garret was willing to allow. Giving Drew up was a better choice…or so Garret believed until Drew showed up at a party hosted by his tribe.

Misunderstandings and hard decisions add to an already dangerous situation as Garret tries to find a way to have Drew in his life without putting the man in danger. When all of his effort results in the very thing he was working so hard to avoid, can Garret put aside his fear long enough to rescue his anamchara or will he lose Drew to his fears?

Evelise’s Review:

Whatever He Desires by Stormy Glenn told the tale of Garret, vampire, and Drew, human, and their journey as friends, lovers, and mates. I found the story heart-felt and touching as Garret’s sole purpose in life was to protect his family and his mate. Unfortunately, in protecting them, he hurt the one person that mattered most, his mate.

What I most liked about the book was the pace of acceptance and not the standard; mates meet and jump into the sack, that we so often readMs. Glenn took the slower approach with Garret and Drew, which made for a story of depth and not solely of lust or sex.

As a fan of the Tribal Bonds series, I have enjoyed each book and look forward to more stories.

Rated 4 Delightful Divas by Evelise!

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March 31st, 2014

Before the Darkness by Leslie Lee Sanders

Before the Darkness by Leslie Lee Sanders
Series : Refuge Inc. Book #1
Publisher: Self Published
Genre: GLBT, Erotic Sci-Fi, M/M
Length: 132 pages

Summary:

After an asteroid strikes Earth, a series of violent earthquakes destroy secluded Phoenix and leave survivor Elliot struggling to stay focused in the bleak aftermath. And then he meets fellow survivor Adam. Together, the two search for reliable shelter and other survivors while distant murky clouds fast approach. Their hunt for shelter leads them down an alternate path when they find spray painted symbols directing them to a mysterious place: Refuge Inc.

As ominous clouds slowly shut off all light to their devastated world, they are forced to come to terms with their pasts and their growing attraction for each other.

Neither thought their pasts and personal crises would affect their ability to endure the horrors they’re forced to live through. Neither thought they would be drawn so close to one another in the aftermath of an unimaginable catastrophe. By working together, can they continue to survive? Or will the mystery of Refuge Inc. cause diverse expectations and lead them to decisions that further threaten their lives?

WARNING: Contains explicit male-male sexual practices, graphic language, some violence and brief descriptions of the dead.

Jessie’s Review:

Ms. Sanders book, Before The Darkness (Refuge Inc. 1), was set near Phoenix Arizona. This story takes place after the devastation of the planet by a meteor.

Elliot Stewart worked at a grocery store, but after the fall of the civilization he was alone, scared and looking for another soul to help him survive.

Adam Weber was alive and searching for someone else.   He hides his former life from Elliot, but has to come clean when things start to go wrong for them.

As Elliot and Adam make their way toward a safe haven looking for others along the way, they over come the devastation that surrounds them and discover a burning need to be together. This is a story of survival and hope. Of how two people come to rely on each other to make it though to the next day. The story was bleak but not without hope and I look forward to the next book in the series.

Rated 3.5 Delightful Divas by Jessie!

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March 31st, 2014

Here Kitty Kitty by Stormy Glenn

Here Kitty Kitty by Stormy Glenn
Publisher: Siren-BookStrand Publishing
Genre: GLBT, Paranormal, M/M
Length: Word Count: 39,287

Summary:

Dr. Ambrose White is somewhat absentminded. He has his head in the clouds researching his latest formula. He forgets meetings with his boss, the names of his interns, and basically anything that isn’t really important to him. The one thing Ambrose never forgets is his beloved cat, Kitty.

Ambrose has no idea that the formula he is asked to look over by researchers from another lab will bring danger to the one thing that means the most to him. When a lab accident turns Kitty into a human, Ambrose has to decide if he can do the right thing and develop a formula to turn him back into a cat or if falling in love with the man Kitty has become is more important than his research.

Evelise’s Review:

Here Kitty Kitty was an interesting and unusual read. The premise of Stormy Glenn’s newest creation was absent-minded scientist accidentally turned his beloved house cat into a human. Ambrose, genius scientist fell for Kitty, his now human feline.

I have to admit this was not one of my favorite Stormy Glenn books. I couldn’t get past the fact that the now human was previously a cat, who still spoke and talked like a feline. Maybe I read too much into certain parts. When Kitty spoke of pooping in Ambrose’s shoes (as a human) I was slightly disturbed. (Defecating on the floor or someone’s things is a sign of mental illness).

I did like Ambrose’s character. He was a lovable man, who definitely needed a keeper. He was a sweet, gentle soul that loved his brother and recognized the care his brother gave him. I laughed aloud at some of his antics and smiled as he made his way through his day.

An enjoyable read.

Rated 3.5 Delightful Divas by Evelise!

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March 29th, 2014

The Incubus Agenda by RJ Scott

The Incubus Agenda by RJ Scott
Series: Supernatural Bounty Hunters, Book # 5
Publisher: eXtasy books
Genre: GLBT, Erotic Paranormal, M/M, Shapeshifter
Length: 94 pages

Summary:

Nicholas Tarrant has worked hard for his position on the Werewolf Coalition. Having access to whatever is happening inside the Coalition is important to the Underground and he’s good at blending in.

Brody Lennox is sent to Glitnir to broker talks of peace but is dragged broken and bloody into the Council chambers. Ludvik wants him killed as a traitor.

Can Nicholas save Brody? Or is Brody too broken to be saved?

Jessie’s Review:

Ms. Scott’s book The Incubus Agenda (Supernatural Bounty Hunters 5) was set in the world of shifters, vampires and humans. This is a world were the underground wants to bring a new order in to free other paranormal from a cruel ruler, Ludvik Peitrol.

Nick Tarrant, a wolf shifter and part of the underground, is force to reveal himself in order to save an Incubus from death. What he finds is not only another underground member but his mate.

Brody Lennox, an incubus and underground agent, is near death. He fully expects to die, but a wolf shifter has different ideas about that one, as Nick risks all to get him out and healed.

Along with others from the series, Nick and Brody work to find their way together as mates and find the way to find peace and free the kingdoms from an evil ruler. The cast of returning characters from the series include Joseph, Levi , Micah , and Reuben, as well as many others. The Incubus Agenda (Supernatural Bounty Hunters 5) is a wonderful book to spend the afternoon reading.

Rated 4 Delightful Divas by Jessie!

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March 29th, 2014

Catting Around by Charlie Richards

Catting Around by Charlie Richards
Series: Kontra’s Menagerie, Book # 16
Publisher: eXtasy Books
Genre: GLBT, Erotic Paranormal, M/M
Length: 97 pages

Summary:

As an orphan, Chip had never really had a home or even much to call his own. After being adopted, he’d hoped he’d found acceptance. Unfortunately, a year later, he shifted into his bobcat for the first time and his new parents had thought him possessed.
Forced to run, Chip lived mostly as an animal for decades. Having grown up alone in foster care, it hadn’t been much different and he hadn’t thought it too bad…until the day he’d been captured and tortured by scientists.

Rescued by Kontra and his gang, Chip finally sees the light at the end of the long, lonely tunnel of his life. Scarred, malnourished, and suffering from panic attacks, Chip struggles to get his body and mind back under control.
When the gang visits a pride of lion shifters, Chip meets Grimes, who claims they are mates.

Can he manage to get past his hang-ups and grab onto the happiness Grimes offers him?

Evelise’s Review:

Catting Around by Charlie Richards was a nice addition to the Kontra Menagerie series. I have adored each of the books, each one adding new dimension and depth to the overall story and the characters. Chip and Grimes deserved happiness and love and have found it with each other.

Chip, a tortured soul, a product of evil scientists, knows little about living with a pack until he was taken in by Kontra and the motor cycle gang. Lucky for Chip, the men cared for him and taught him the ways of living as animal and human.

Grimes, who is ready to leave his pack for greener pastures, was thrilled when Kontra’s group arrived and with it his mate, Chip. Together the men learn to trust one another and find love.

Grimes was a caring and patient man who adored Chip, and Chip learned very quickly to take the love given to him.

Ms. Richards always writes emotion into her tales and characters, making them seem believable in a world of fantasy.

Rated 3.5 Delightful Divas by Evelise!

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March 29th, 2014

Loved by a Werewolf by Bronwyn Heeley

Loved by a Werewolf by Bronwyn Heeley
Publisher: eXtasy Books
Genre: GLBT, Paranormal, M/M, Shapeshifter, Young Adult
Length: 62 pages

Summary:

Kidnapping the son of one of the mob leaders isn’t easy, and when said son happens to be a werewolf’s mate, it’s bound to get messy.

Lasha’s Review:

Since I read almost every paranormal M/M book that is published, I was excited to see a new author from eXtasy Books, which is my go-to company for my shifter fix. However, Loved By A Werewolf just wasn’t my cup of tea.

From the cover, you’d never be able to tell this is a Young Adult novella, not a traditional M/M book. That was my first surprise, but since I’m an avid fan of the television show, Teen Wolf, that did not deter me. What did drag my rating down was the lack of editing, the weird plot which at times did not make a lick of sense and the constant internal dialogue which threw me out of the story multiple times.

Also, the writing was disjointed and confusing. The plot derailed about half way in (werewolf kills people and his love interest is turned on and excited by this, which was creepy to say the least). Add in the ending, which just ended and offered no real resolution except a “to be continued” note. So, this short novella did not hold my interest and sadly, I cannot recommend it.

Rated 2 Delightful Divas by Lasha!

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March 24th, 2014

Beyond the Darkness by Stormy Glenn

Beyond the Darkness by Stormy Glenn
Series : Dark Court: Book 1
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave Publishing
Genre: GLBT, Erotic Fantasy, M/M
Length: Short Novel

Summary:

Nothing in Zack Banning’s life makes sense. Not the head injury that ended his career, and certainly not the sexy dreams he’s been having about a mysterious blue-eyed stranger who seems to know exactly how to send Zack straight into the flames of ecstasy with every touch. Zack can’t decide what disturbs him more—how much he longs for the dreams to be real or the fact that they feature another man.

Eljin has spent the last several months frightened and alone. The single bright spot was the tentative connection he forged with Zack, a fellow captive with no memory of their encounter. Desperate to return across the veil but unwilling to leave Zack in danger, Eljin sets out to convince Zack of the miracle that holds them together before the forces conspiring against Eljin’s entire race pull them apart forever.

A Romantica® gay erotic romance from Ellora’s Cave

Publisher’s Note: This book was previously published in 2010 as Dark Side of the Veil. It has been revised for EC.

Lasha’s Review:

Stormy Glenn’s books are a must-buy for me. She’s one of my secret reading pleasures. When I saw that she was writing for Ellora’s Cave in this new series, I was very excited. So, a little warning upfront. There are two camps in the M/M reading world: people who love mpreg (male pregnancy) and people who despise it. There are no in-betweens I’ve found, so if you fall into the latter camp, I’d skip this book. But, for all of us readers who love mpreg, step right up because Beyond the Darkness is for you!

Zack is having a rough month, he’s been injured and has no memory of what ended his military career. But he is having sexy dreams about a man, which Zack finds strange because he’s always believed he was straight. When he rescues the man in his dreams, Zack is thrust into a bizarre world of fairies, secret military experiments, and the possibility he may be a father with another guy. Poor Zack!

In her new series, Dark Court, Ms. Glenn takes us into the otherworld of fairies. Now normally, I’m not a fae-reading romance person, but the world building in this book was so good, I overlooked my usual aversion to fairies and fell in love with the concept of Eljin’s universe. Add to the mix that Zack and Eljin’s chemistry was off the charts and the secondary characters were just as interesting as the main ones, and this was a terrific read for me. Recommended and highly looking forward to book two.

Rated 4 Delightful Divas by Lasha!

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March 24th, 2014

The Boy Who Belonged by J.A Rock & Lisa Henry

The Boy Who Belonged by J.A Rock & Lisa Henry
Series: The Boy, book #2
Publisher: Loose Id
Genre: GLBT, BDSM, M/M, Fetish, Holiday
Length: Novel

Summary:

Twenty-one-year-old Lane Moredock finally has a normal life. Six months after he was wrongly made a suspect in his parents’ ponzi scheme, he’s settled down with his older boyfriend, Derek, and is working and attending school. But his happiness is threatened when his mother launches a Christmastime PR campaign to help appeal her prison sentence, and asks introverted Lane to be part of it.

Derek Fields has his hands full taking Santa photos, bird-sitting his sister’s foul-mouthed macaw, and helping Lane prepare for a television interview neither of them wants him to do. As he eases Lane through his anxiety, he worries that Lane sees him as a caretaker rather than a boyfriend, and that their age difference really does matter. He and Lane compensate for the stress in their lives by taking their D/s relationship to new levels–a relationship that Lane’s mother insists he should be ashamed of.

As Christmas draws nearer, the pressure builds. Pushy elves. Snarky subs. A bad fight. A parrot in peril. How the hell is Derek going to give Lane a perfect Christmas when the Moredock legacy threatens to pull them apart before the new year?

Pandora’s Review:

Small plot issues made me enjoy this less than the first book, but it is still a good sequel. Some reviewers have mentioned that the BDSM scenes feel too “therapeutic”, as opposed to being just for fun. This is valid information to give the readers. Some may be looking for a certain feel to the sex scenes, but I think the “therapeutic” aspect works with the interior logic of this story. Derek is still trying to heal Lane from the trauma of Lane’s abusive relationship in the first book. Only six months have passed. Realistically, Lane cannot have changed too much too soon. So he would still be insecure and new at BDSM.

I enjoyed almost everything about the book. I appreciate Derek’s regular guy personality. He is not a perfect Dom. His worries are very relatable about growing older and having nothing to show for it. A new dimension opens on his personality when he gets an exhibit into the art-photography show. Lane grows into a stronger character in this book. I liked the return of the quirky supporting characters: Mr. Zimmerman the parrot, Christy, the steady Ferg, and even Brin (who was so obnoxious in the first book and became a caring friend in this book).

The Boy Who Belonged delivers some satisfying new stuff. The main plot has Lance dealing with his mother. She is in prison, requesting visits from him. He must visit and defend himself from her disdain and concern for his BDSM lifestyle. This he manages increasingly well. He grows as a character and finds inner strength. He even agrees to prepare for a big interview to be televised nationwide. The interviewer will question him about his parents’ financial crimes. His mother hopes this public relations piece will help their ongoing attempts to appeal their sentences.

There is also a new kink introduced into Derek and Lane’s sex life. I won’t spoil the surprise. But it goes beyond the usual BDSM-lite spanking and bondage. The description is amazing. All the sex scenes in these two books are hot.

But there were two plot issues that lessened my enjoyment. In this series, the books cover events that happen close in time. So the authors have to make many decisions on what to include and what to withhold until the next book. This book provides a good plot with the resolution of Lane’s feelings toward his mother. But it leaves out the actual airing of Lane’s t.v. interview. And this is after he worried about how they would edit it and how he would come across. This book also leaves out Derek’s photography show. It would have added a lot to have explored that in an actual scene.

But overall I recommend The Boy Who Belonged. I am becoming a big fan of both authors. And, I can’t wait to read the next book.

Rated 4 Delightful Divas by Pandora!

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March 24th, 2014

Only You by A J Llewellyn

Only You by A J Llewellyn
Publisher: Silver Publishing
Genre: GLBT, Erotic Contemporary, M/M/M, Menage
Length: 115 pages

Summary:

The psychic predicted Ky would meet his one and only. What in the world does he do with two guys who both match her description?

Ky Maxwell is desperate for work. When his cushy studio PR job disappears, his former boss takes pity on him, referring him to an independent movie company going into production with a huge sci-fi trilogy.

Ky’s excited until Lisa, his prospective employer, insists on doing an astrological chart of Ky as part of the interview, along with a psychic reading. His crazy, maybe-boss predicts a new man coming into Ky’s life. She goes into great detail. He’s a fire sign, probably a Leo, his first name starts with a T, he’s in his early 30s. And… he’s the one!

Ky couldn’t be less interested. He needs work. Love won’t pay the bills. He doesn’t get the job because Lisa believes their stars are out of alignment. Really? The reading is proving to be frighteningly accurate. Since he’s cut off from her, though, he has no idea which of the two wonderful new guys he’s met is his forever man. How can he choose? Or will they, too, soon vanish as fast as Ky’s last paycheck?

CONTENT ADVISORY: This is a re-edited re-release title.

Evelise’s Review:

Only You by A.J. Llewellyn was a delightfully fun read that kept me entertained throughout the story. Ky had been fired from the production company he was working for and was seeking new employment. Interviewing for a company, the maybe new boss read his tarot cards, predicted love with someone whose name began with T, but doesn’t hire him, as-the stars don’t align.

The antics from this point on are heart-felt and truly funny. Ky met two potential mates, both names beginning with the letter T, but the one man he truly has fallen for was Isidoro Rolando, wrong letter!

The dynamics between Ky and Isidoro were wonderfully written. The instant attraction was one of like and commonality, not necessarily sex. But, when the two men came together, the e-reader flamed.

The secondary characters and the lovable dogs added spice to the Latin-loving romantic comedy. All the men were a large presence and added dimension to the tale.

Light-hearted reading that will keep you laughing and smiling with a surprising letter correctness. A must read.

Rated 4 Deligthful Divas by Evelise!

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