Posted by Becky Condit on May 31, 2014
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CLICK TO TWEET: A Dance With Domination by KC Wells – Review, Excerpt, Giveaway, 5 Sweet Peas
Book Name: A Dance with Domination
Lagnaippe: KC Wells has written a very special addition to A Dance With Domination exclusively for Mrs Condit & Friends. Don’t miss it! Click here to read All In A Night’s Work.
Rating: 5 sweet peas
Author Name: K.C. Wells
Author Bio: Born and raised in the north-west of England, K.C.Wells always loved writing. Words were important. Full stop. However, when childhood gave way to adulthood, the writing ceased, as life got in the way.
K.C. discovered erotic fiction in 2009, where the purchase of a ménage storyline led to the startling discovery that reading about men in love was damn hot. In 2012, arriving at a really low point in life led to the desperate need to do something creative. An even bigger discovery waited in the wings – writing about men in love was even hotter…
K.C. now writes full-time and is loving every minute of her new career.
The laptop still has no idea of what hit it… it only knows that it wants a rest, please. And it now has to get used to the idea that where K.C goes, it goes.
Author Links: K.C. can be reached via email (firstname.lastname@example.org), on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/KCWellsWorld) or through comments at the K.C.Wells website (www.kcwellsworld.com ) K.C. loves to hear from readers.
Cover Artist: Paul Richmond
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Blurb(s): Recently returned to the UK after living in the States since he was eleven, Andrew Barrett is determined to keep busy and make a new life for himself. He works full time as a copywriter and strips at a club on Canal Street on weekends. But it still leaves him too much time to think. Then he finds the BDSM club, Collars & Cuffs, where at twenty-nine, he is their youngest Dom. Young doesn’t mean inexperienced, however. All this activity keeps him focused with no time to dwell on the past. But the past has a way of intruding on the present.
It’s been four long years since Gareth Michaels last set foot inside Collars & Cuffs. But when he finally summons his courage and steps back into his former world, he finds the man who drove him away is still a member, and what’s more, he wants Gareth back. Two men in pain need the freedom they find in each other, but it takes another man’s horrific plans to make them see it.
“When you’re ready, Andrew.” Leo gave him a nod.
Andrew acknowledged him, took a breath, and then faced Dorian, who held himself motionless as Andrew circled around him, inspecting him from every angle. “Good evening, Dorian. I am Master Andrew. For this evening, you will address me as Sir. What are your safewords?”
“Thunder is for stop, Sir, and lightning is for slow down.” Dorian gazed steadfastly at the floor.
Andrew picked up the cotton ropes. “Have you ever been restrained before, using the technique of Shibari?”
“No, Sir.” Dorian spoke quietly.
Andrew unfurled a coil of rope. “I usually do a full-body suspension when I demonstrate this technique, so I don’t propose to make this a full demonstration. That would take hours. You should find it comfortable but confining—and if I do it correctly, you’ll make a very pretty picture.” Dorian quirked his eyebrows, and Andrew smiled. “Shibari should always be aesthetically pleasing to the eye. It’s not just about bondage.” He stood before Dorian. “On your back on the table, boy.” Dorian complied immediately, getting up gracefully from the floor and climbing onto the bondage table.
Andrew pushed Dorian’s left leg back toward his arse, so that his heel met the curve of his buttock. He took the first length of rope and wound it around his upper thigh, close to the groin, securing ankle and thigh together and tying it in an intricate knot. He repeated the process on the other side. Then he tied another rope around each leg, this time closer to the knee.
Andrew pulled Dorian to his knees and placed his hands behind him. He picked up the blindfold and a set of orange foam ear defenders and showed them to the boy.
“I’m going to take away two of your senses now,” he told the sub in a low voice that only Dorian could hear. “You’ll be able to speak, but only safewords. Is that clear?”
“Yes, Sir.” Dorian’s voice was clear and firm.
Andrew slipped the blindfold over his eyes. “I’m going to insert foam ear plugs into your ears. Remember, if you want me to stop, or if you have a problem, use your safewords. I will always be right here.”
“Yes, Sir.” Dorian appeared calm, in a state of complete readiness.
Andrew compressed the foam plugs and placed them carefully into Dorian’s ears, watching them expand to fill the cavities. He took a longer length of rope as he prepared to form the harness down Dorian’s torso. He worked slowly, methodically, making sure each section looked perfect before moving on to the next, until Dorian had an intricate series of knots all down his front. He knew that each pull of the ropes over his skin was heightening the experience for Dorian. Andrew was pleased. The white ropes looked good against Dorian’s creamy skin, passing over his shoulders and around his arms, down his torso, and at the uppermost part of the thigh where leg met groin, slipping past his balls.
Dorian kept still as Andrew worked in silence, making sure with every knot that Dorian was comfortable and in no sign of physical or mental distress. When the harness was complete, Andrew stepped back to survey it critically, adjusting a knot here, a length there. The boy looked beautiful. Only one thing left to complete before I begin. He picked up the leather boot laces and smiled to himself.
Andrew stood in front of the sub and slowly trailed the thin strips of leather over Dorian’s balls and cock. Dorian gave a slight shiver but then became still, his body tense as he awaited Andrew’s next move. Andrew grabbed Dorian’s balls and pulled on them, feeling the shudder which rippled through him. He tied the strip around and around the balls in his hand, separating them from the shaft. He ran his fingers over the sac, knowing full well that the stretch made Dorian’s balls extremely sensitive. Andrew wrapped his hand around Dorian’s cock and stroked him gently, watching as he hardened, loving the hitch in his breathing. When his dick pointed skyward, Andrew looped another length around his cock and balls, fashioning a leather cock ring around the base of his shaft until Dorian’s dick was red and throbbing, looking painfully hard. Dorian let out a low moan and bit his lower lip.
Andrew crossed to the table and placed the banjo picks on each fingertip of one hand. He stood beside Dorian, ensuring that Leo and Thomas had a clear view, and then trailed the picks down the boy’s arm, feeling the brief start as the slivers of metal connected with his skin. Andrew trailed his fingers over Dorian’s neck before moving slowly over his back between the ropes, keeping his touch light. Then he moved to stroke his inner thighs, noting the shivers which rippled through Dorian as he brought his fingers higher, not quite reaching his balls.
Dorian quivered as Andrew stroked along his inner arms, before moving ever so slowly down his torso, running his fingers over the ropes, over the taut belly, until he arrived at the boy’s groin. Andrew moved slowly, scraping the picks lightly over his skin, noting Dorian’s shivers as he stroked along his cock. When he cupped the boy’s balls and rippled his fingers over them, Dorian couldn’t repress the shudder that jolted through him. Andrew toyed with his sac and cock, hearing his soft whimpers as the metal danced over the sensitized areas. Dorian’s lips parted, but no words came out, only sounds. Andrew ran both hands simultaneously across Dorian’s back, watching the sub as he tried to arch away from his touch.
Andrew moved his hands away and took off the picks, only to return with the spiked wheel. He paused, waiting until Dorian was still once more, before running the tiny wheel over his thigh. Dorian gasped as the wheel moved over his skin, tiny pinpricks of sensation. Andrew moved the wheel away and reapplied it over Dorian’s chest, rolling it close to his nipple. The sub squirmed as Andrew ran the wheel around his nipple, leaned closer, gripped the other between his fingers, and twisted it slightly. That got a definite reaction. Dorian hissed as he drew in a breath, the sharp intake becoming a groan when Andrew moved the spiked wheel ever-so- slowly along the length of his cock. He trembled as Andrew applied the wheel to different areas, making sure the sub never knew where it would land next. When he’d reduced Dorian to a squirming mass, Andrew grabbed the cup of ice.
Dorian whimpered as Andrew ran an ice cube over his balls, and it became a low cry as Andrew simultaneously applied the ice to his nipple. “Oh, fuck.” The words seemed dragged from him involuntarily. Andrew circled Dorian, trailing the ice randomly over his skin, watching him fight to control his reactions. Dorian twitched nervously, his body tense as he awaited the next sensual onslaught.
Andrew put the banjo picks back on his fingers and ran his hand over Dorian’s back once more, watching him shudder as he moved lower, stroking over the globes of his arse and nearing his hole. He slid a single finger from under his balls to the tip of his cock. Memories assaulted him, as suddenly he was right there in Dorian’s place.
I’m doing everything you taught me, Sir, he told Blade in his head. God, I remember you doing this to me. I remember that searing, white-hot feeling that made me feel like I was coming when I knew I wasn’t. He smiled to himself. Fuck, you were such a tease, Blade.
Dorian was panting, and Andrew pulled back, not wanting to rush it. He intended to bring the boy to the edge again and again. When Dorian had calmed a little, Andrew was back, scraping his finger over the boy’s hole, feeling the tremors that rippled through his body, his mouth opening slightly but no sounds issuing. Dorian’s cock was rigid. Andrew grabbed another piece of ice and moved it slowly over Dorian’s arse until it reached his hole. The boy stiffened as he ran the cube around the rim before pushing insistently, the heat from Dorian’s hot little hole melting the ice as he eased it into his anus. Dorian cried out, a low, urgent sound, and he arched his back, as though trying to escape the sensations which Andrew knew were coursing through his body right now.
And then it was Brian kneeling before him, Brian moaning as Andrew pressed ice inside him.
Oh hell—the sounds you made when I did this to you. I knew you weren’t okay with it, not at first, but you soon forgot about the discomfort when it was my bare, hot cock sliding into you. Andrew closed his eyes momentarily, the images there in the forefront of his mind. He shook himself as the memories came thick and fast, some so painful that he caught his breath. Not now. Can’t think of him now.
Becky’s Review: KC Wells’ Collars and Cuffs is one of my very favorite series and A Dance With Domination is my very favorite book in the series. I love the characters, the plot, the flow of the story, the beginning, middle, and end. In other words, this book hit every tick mark I have for an outstanding book that I will read over and over.
Andrew is a very busy man, working a fulltime job plus stripping at a club, and that isn’t enough to keep his mind and body busy so he can forget what he has lost and the memory he is running from. After a visit to Collars and Cuffs he realizes that what is missing is his life as a Dom, and he begins working with the subs at the club. While he is able to satisfy the submissives he works with he keeps himself from becoming involved with them.
Gareth is a submissive who at one time regularly visited Collars and Cuffs with his Dom until he realized that being mistreated is not the same as being dominated. When he finally is able to return to C&C he is shocked to see the very man who abused him is still a member and what’s more, he wants Gareth back.
Two men who have lost something important in their lives and are trying to work through their emotional pain in a BDSM club. The main aspect of their ability to work together is the fact that both are very experienced as Dom and sub. However, there are barriers to knock down on both sides.
As usual, Ms Wells gives us a way out of tragedy and a happy ending, but the road there is fraught with danger and need. It takes more than just each other to find bliss. It takes a community of friends and club members to guide and support each other, and this is what Collars and Cuffs is all about. A delightful book, highly recommended.
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ALL IN A NIGHT’S WORKBy KC Wells
“Is everything ready, Andrew?”
It had to be the fifth time Dee Dee had asked.
Andrew grinned. “Yes, Mum. Everything is ready.” He couldn’t really blame her. It was the first time Bliss was to have someone on stage doing a sword-swallowing act. Ever since he’d first broached the subject with her, he’d watched her nerves grow more obvious with each passing day.
His fellow strippers all wanted to be out front – talk about pressure.
“You do know this isn’t helping, right?” Andrew had told Madison. “Knowing you’re all there, waiting for me to screw up…”
Madison had chuckled. “Oh come on, hon. This is big! It was bad enough when you waltzed in here with your “Oh, did I forget to mention I was a contortionist?” routine. But sword swallowing? How the fuck do you expect us to live up to that?”
And now they were finally here. The big night. Andrew peered through the door to the club and caught his breath.
“Dee Dee, just how many people did you tell about this?”
Dee Dee giggled. “I may have put out a few fliers on Canal Street.”
Ryder guffawed. “A few? Try three hundred. I should know – I was the poor sap she got to hand them out.” He glared at her, but no one was fooled. Ryder had always had a soft spot for Dee Dee.
Matthew appeared at the door. “Andrew, you’re on next. The music is queued up and ready. You got Betsy?”
Madison almost choked on his can of Coke. “Who the fuck is Betsy?”
Matthew grinned. “That’s what Andrew calls his sword.”
Andrew was suddenly aware of several heads swivelling in his direction. “So?” he said with a shrug. “You all got a problem with that?”
Jackson chuckled. “Oh no, baby. I mean, I have a nickname for my dick, so why shouldn’t you have one for your sword?” He winked at the others. “And before you ask, I’m not telling you what it is.”
“Spoilsport,” Madison grumbled as he put down his Coke can and went to the door. Andrew heard the music fade. That was his cue. He went to his locker and took out the sword.
Oh well, here goes….
Jim’s energetic intro gave way to Siouxsie and the Banshees and Andrew walked out onto the stage which was already surrounded. He had rarely seen Bliss so packed with punters. He held up the sword and extended it slowly for all to see, loving the whoops and calls from the audience. In spite of his nonchalant attitude, Andrew was acutely aware that he took a substantial risk every time he did this. The woman in Vegas who had taught him how to swallow swords had told him that he should never do it unless he was willing to accept the possibility that he might die doing it.
He stood center stage and carefully took Betsy into his mouth, easing past his tonsils and into his epiglottis which he opened as if he were going to swallow food. He kept his neck bent backward and his back perfectly straight so that the sword had a clear path to follow
down the esophagus and into the pit of his stomach. Andrew knew his stance was incredibly important.
The song was about halfway through and Betsy was all the way down. Andrew’s lips reached the hilt of the sword, and then he bent forward with the sword still in his throat, so that the audience could see just how real it was. The noises that emanated from the men gathered in front of him told Andrew how intense they’d found the experience. He could see from some of the faces before him that they’d found it truly unnerving. One guy stood close to the stage, looking up at Andrew with shining eyes, his hand palming his own cock. Andrew knew exactly what was passing through his mind.
He’s realizing that someday this could be his cock in my throat.
It wasn’t the first time Andrew’s act had gleaned such a reaction.
The number was coming to an end, so Andrew corrected his stance and slowly and carefully removed Betsy from his throat.
The club erupted into a frenzied burst of applause. Andrew straightened and took a bow, his gaze picking out his fellow dancers who held their hands aloft, clapping and cheering.
Close to the stage stood Gareth, his face wreathed in a huge smile. He gave Andrew the thumbs up and mouthed “Beautiful.”
For Andrew, this was the sweetest accolade of all.
From KC Wells: With much thanks to Clive Winters for his invaluable help…as well as sharing how he actually swallows a sword!
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CLICK TO TWEET: A WET PAINT SHORT BY WILL PARKINSON
Wet Paint is the upcoming sequel to Pitch. Wet Paint will be published by Harmony Ink this fall.
Daryl Dean stood near the living room. He’d told his son he was headed to bed, but he needed to see with his own eyes that he was okay after his night was disrupted by memories.
He peeked around the corner and saw Adrian give Benny a cup of hot cocoa, then settle onto the couch beside him. Benny lifted an arm and Addy curled up next to him, placing his head on Benny’s broad chest. He could hear the sigh of contentment from his son. The two talked quietly, Daryl unable to catch but a few words. He didn’t want to eavesdrop. More that he wanted to assure himself that Adrian was safe. When Benny pulled Adrian close, Daryl closed the door and headed to the bedroom where he found his wife reading a book.
“Is he okay?” Celia Dean asked, placing the book on the nightstand.
“I think so. Mr. Peters is sitting with him in the living room. He and I talked in the kitchen. Do you know that boy said he was surprised I was romantic?”
The warmth of Celia’s laugh helped relieve the tension he felt in his chest.
“What did you say?”
“I told him to remind me to tell him how I proposed.”
His wife rolled her eyes. “If memory serves, I was the one who proposed.”
Daryl smiled. They had been dating for nearly a year in college. He had been trying to work up the nerve to ask her to marry him, but every time he looked at her, he reminded himself she could do so much better. He left his dorm one afternoon to find Celia on the lawn outside with a throng of people. She stepped forward and the school band began playing ‘How About Us’ from Champaign with Celia providing the vocals. Her voice was crisp and sweet and it brought tears to Daryl’s eyes. When the song ended, she moved slowly to where he stood.
“I’ve been waiting and waiting for you to ask, and I’m afraid if I don’t do it, someone else will grab you up. Like the song says, some people are made for each other, some people can love one another for life. How about us?” She knelt on the grass and held out a ring box. “Daryl Dean, would you do me the honor?”
He couldn’t believe she was asking, but at that moment in time there nothing more important than his next words. He knelt beside her and drew her into his arms. “I thought you’d never ask,” he answered, choking back a sob. It was one of the most perfect moments in his life.
“Don’t worry,” she said softly, breaking him out of his reverie. “If Addy asks, I’ll tell him it was all your idea.”
“Thank you. I appreciate that.” He wiped away a tear from the beautiful memory, then inished undressing and lay down on the bed.
“It’s hard, isn’t it?” she asked, snaking an arm over his chest.
“Seeing him grow up. Knowing that he’s found someone who loves him with his whole heart and whose love he returns. Realizing he’s going to be moving on with his life and we’re going to be here waiting for him to come home.”
Daryl sighed. “I won’t deny it. But Mr. Peters isn’t your average man. He’s everything I think Addy needs in a partner. He’s intelligent. He’s caring. He’s protective. When Adrian told me he was gay, I was fearful, but the expression on Mr. Peters face, and knowing what I do about him, it told me that he’d treat our son right.”
“He’s a good man. But so are you.” Celia snuggled in closer and kissed Daryl on the cheek. “I love that you love us.”
Daryl rolled to his side and took his wife in his arms. “You and that kid are my whole life. You’ve given me everything I ever wanted and more. Yes, I’m going to be sad to see him leave the nest, but I know you’re here with me, and that makes everything okay.”
“We could always try again for another child,” she said, giving a gentle smile.
Daryl reached over and turned off the light. “I wonder if Adrian would like a brother or sister,” he said softly, pulling his wife in for a kiss.
The last thought he had before his wife overwhelmed his mind was that no matter what else, his life was still going to be amazing.
Posted by Becky Condit on May 29, 2014
I’m the same as I always was. I haven’t… changed…in any way. I still like beer and fishing and football, and I hate gravy on my peas. And no way in the world am I going for his football team. I am exactly the same, except I have found someone to love now – someone who makes me want to be a better man. Someone to cherish and protect, and laugh with, and love with, and and with whom I can be myself. I’ve found the person who I would marry – but he’s a guy. So I love him the same as how I’ve always imagined the love between you two.
RATING: 5 Sweet Peas!
CLICK TO TWEET: PizzyGirl reviews Loving Jay by Renae Kaye. 5 Sweet Peas!
BLURB: One thing Liam Turner knows for sure is that he’s not gay—after all, his father makes it very clear he’ll allow no son of his to be gay. And Liam believes it, until a chance meeting with James “Jay” Bell turns Liam’s world upside-down. Jay is vivacious and unabashedly gay—from the tips of his bleached hair to the ends of his polished nails. With a flair for fashion, overreaction, and an inability to cork his verbal diarrhea, Liam believes drama queen Jay must have a screw loose.
An accident as a teenager left Liam with a limp and a fear of driving. He can’t play football anymore either, and that makes him feel like less of a man. But that’s no reason to question his sexuality… unless the accident broke something else inside him. When being with Jay causes Liam’s protective instincts to emerge, Liam starts to believe all he knew in life had been a convenient excuse to stay hidden. From intolerance to confrontations, Liam must learn to overcome his fears—and his father—before he can accept his sexuality and truly love Jay.
Loving Jay was artfully crafted and perfectly executed from start to finish. The character development and plot line movement was amazing. Ms. Kaye carried through with her themes and it was so entertaining to watch Liam grow and accept that he loves a man. His internal debate was entertaining and realistic. I connected with and fell in love with Liam and Jay. Ms. Kaye’s writing style is superb, leaving me wanting more with each word I read. She easily portrayed the characters emotions and struggles. I fell into the pages of the book and could see what was happening.
I LOVED this book. There are not enough ways to say how much I enjoyed reading Loving Jay by Renae Kaye. I tend to shy away from first time authors as their work is not usually well developed or well executed. I am glad I made an exception for Ms. Kaye and Loving Jay was wonderful. I highly recommend this to everyone and cannot wait to see what she will produce next.
Title: Loving Jay
Author: Renae Kaye
Publication Date: April 18, 2014
Cover Art: Maria Fanning
Length: 200 pages
Favorite character: Liam – his journey was heartwarming to watch.
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STORY RATING: 4.5 Sweet Peas!
AUDIO/NARRATOR RATING: 5 Sweet Peas!
CLICK TO TWEET: Rosie reviews Parting Shot audiobook by Mary Calmes. 4.5 Sweet Peas!
BLURB: Life has never been easy for Duncan Stiel. His childhood was the stuff of nightmares, and his day job as an undercover police officer forces him to hide his true self and occasionally lands him in the hospital. So when he finally meets the perfect man, it comes as no surprise that everything falls apart around him. What Duncan doesn’t expect is that the hardest hurdle to get over before he can make a life with Aaron Sutter is the one inside himself.
Everyone thinks Aaron has it all – looks, money, fame, and success beyond measure. Everyone, that is, except Aaron. At the end of the day, the cameras stop flashing, friends go back to their own lives, company business is handled, and Aaron is always alone. The moment he meets Duncan Stiel, Aaron knows he’ll do anything to hold onto the larger-than-life detective. But when he realizes money won’t buy him the ultimate happiness, Aaron needs to find the strength to give Duncan something much more important – his heart.
The sign of a good audio book to me is when I find myself driving around neighborhoods just to listen to one more chapter. This audiobook had all the elements I love, sexy strong main characters, criminals, hot sex, a mystery to solve and a great ending when the good guys win. This story had it all and tied it all up with a narrator that sounds like liquid gold, smooth and rich.
I didn’t realize this book was part of the series and really it didn’t seem to matter it was a complete story I will most likely read the other books . to learn about some of the characters that come up in the book but I didn’t feel like I was missing anything.
The Audio of Parting started right in with setting up the relationship of Duncan Stiel and Aaron Sutter. Duncan lets us know that he is closeted homicide detective wanting to stay that way, closeted, but after meeting Aaron he starts questioning his life choices and knowing that Aaron is not a “quick fuck.” Aaron also had his ‘closeted issues” and we learn more about them when Max Sutter, Aaron’s brother, comes to visit Duncan in the hospital. Duncan realizes that Aaron Sutter couldn’t be gay any more than I can be”
So now we know what the two main characters are up against when trying to build a relationship but this book is a Crime Story with many murders, drug smuggling, torture of oh so many people, the mob and all seedy bars they live in and criminals that will do anything for money and drugs. This book is also about Aaron Sutter and his wealth and how the very different worlds of Duncan and Aaron collide and how they overcome their differences. Never a dull moment in this audio, the reason I kept driving around had to hear what happened next.
I would so recommend this audio, but be prepared this isn’t an audio that is light and easy to listen to its intense and the narrator tells a very good story. A crime story about two hunky men that have great sex!!!!
Title: Parting Shot (audiobook)
Author: Mary Calmes
Narrator: Tristan James
Publication Date: March 7, 2014
Cover Art: Reese Dante
Length: 8 hours 2 minutes
Favorite character: Duncan: A champion , as he states he is a police man to protect others and he proves it many time throughout the book.
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Posted by Becky Condit on May 28, 2014
GENRE: M/M, fantasy
RATING: 4.5 Sweet Peas!
CLICK TO TWEET: LeatherSkater reviews Killing Time by Jane Davitt, Alexa Snow. 4.5 Sweet Peas!
BLURB: Max and Kaelan, best friends and business partners for five years, are powerful casters with a tendency to get themselves into and out of all kinds of trouble. Pretty much the only thing they’ve been able to avoid is getting romantically involved – until now. Their sexual attraction hits them like a runaway fireball and they can’t keep their hands off each other.
While their sexual attraction burns out of control, they’ve attracted the attention of a dark caster named Jannes who’s planning a spell so potent that it could end the world. To keep them off balance, he’s targeting Max and Kaelan through those they love, and there’s no one they love more than each other.
With friends and family to protect and their only allies a group of casters who find it easier to fight than cooperate, the odds are stacked against them. So can Max and Kaelan keep it together and stop Jannes before he ends the world, or is the best they can do just killing time?
One thing I enjoy about reviewing (and the curse is the other side), is you find gems of books from authors you never heard of before. You go along, and expect one thing, and here the author takes you right back around a different route, challenging your mind and or heart towards another path. I truly enjoy that most about reading. It is how I discovered some of my most treasured books.
Reading in this genre, you expect hot sex, or bad prose, or weird situations with fumbling teens. But you don’t expect a true sci fi fantasy about gay magic users that is quite interesting, very well written, and has the depth plus the adventure of an Indiana Jones adventure.
Once the story got going, it was like the Dresden Files with pure gay/bi magic casters involved, and not just centered on humping their way through alleyways or clients, but the reader gets a very thought out story arch that satisfied any great sci fi buff, like myself. I enjoyed this immensely. They just happen to be gay. I love that. The story was more important than making that statement, and that left me with a better feeling in my literary heart. Brought me back to my Wells/Verne childhood days, and left me with a smile. This was a good book. Plain and simple.
Title: Killing Time
Author: Jane Davitt, Alexa Snow
Publisher: Loose Id
Publication Date: February 25, 2014
Cover Art: Mina Carter
Length: 344 pages
Favorite character: Kaelan
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AMAZON: Killing Time
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“You want me to be the voice of reason?” I gestured my elbow at Jeff. “Have you seen who I’ve been dating?”
RATING: 4.5 Sweet Peas!
CLICK TO TWEET: Bookman Reviews It’s Complicated by LA Witt. 4.5 Sweet Peas!
BLURB: After their umpteenth breakup, Brad Sweeney and Jeff Hayden are living apart and starting over from scratch. The morning after a promising first date, they’re more optimistic than ever that they can make it work this time . . . until Jeff’s ex-wife and business partner calls to announce she’s pregnant with Jeff’s baby. Brad’s already competing with a demanding business for Jeff’s time. Now there’s a baby on the way, and worse, he’s afraid Jeff is still carrying a torch for the woman who’s carrying his child.
Jeff is desperately trying to keep his life together, but before he can even get his head around the news that he’s going to be a father, his ex announces that she wants to leave Tucker Springs. Now he either has to take over her role at the shop while ferrying the baby back and forth from Denver, or move the business—and himself—with her.
Brad and Jeff knew reconciliation wouldn’t be easy, but they’re rapidly running out of room for compromise. And sooner or later, something has to give.
REVIEW: The Tucker Springs series is always a delight, great characters, great authors that work well to keep the flow consistent. It’s Complicated is no exception and is it ever complicated!
After many breakups and do overs—too many to count—Brad and Jeff are ready to try again. After a great “first date” the shoes begin to drop. First Jeff’s ex-wife drops the bombshell that she is pregnant with Jeff’s baby, that she really doesn’t want to live in Tucker Springs, and wants to move home to Denver.
Jeff and Christine’s business is taking up more and more of their time, and Christine will have less time than ever. Jeff is a workaholic and Christine is right there with him, while Brad seems to get the leftover time. Should Jeff buy Christine out of the business, move it to Denver, or sell it altogether and stay in Tucker Springs with Bra?
Through thick and thin they argue and make-up, agree they want to be together and then think they should split forever and at the point where Jeff is ready to give up on his business and success. Brad suggests that he start working with Jeff at the shop part time and then full time, they work together and work hard ending the struggles they have been facing.
An arrangement between Jeff and Christine and ultimately with Brad, paves the road to success for their little family or four.
Great job, Ms Witt!
Title: It’s Complicated
Author: LA Witt
Publication Date: April 28, 2014
Series: Tucker Springs #7
Cover Art: LC Chase
Length: 206 pages
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‘One look at Micah’s long, thick lashes and those dark green eyes, and the bottom fell out of his world. This was a day of firsts, because he’d never wanted to kiss anyone so much in his life’
GENRE: M/M, vampires
RATING: 5 Sweet Peas!
CLICK TO TWEET: Josie Goodreads reviews Bloodline by Barbara Elsborg. 5 Sweet Peas!
BLURB: No one can tattoo better than Inigo, a two hundred year old vampire, who works on human and supernatural skins. But he’s never tattooed a faerie and when a bunch of them insist he comes with them to tattoo one of their kind, saying no proves not to be an option. His skin is Oberon, the faerie king, and Inigo fears this will be the last tattoo he’ll ever do.
The moment Micah lands in the faerie king’s bed chamber, he knows the guy is trouble. But if he’s to save his sister and his family, let alone the job he’s paid to do, he has to stay in Faerieland and endure Oberon’s sadism. When he’s thrown into a vampire’s cell, covered in blood, he fears this day will be his last.
This book follows on from Jumping in Puddles – though there is no need to read that one first.
REVIEW: Bloodline by Barbara Elsborg is one hell of a ride. It’s hot, sexy, funny and quirky, a mix of fantasy and paranormal with a dash of contemporary thrown in. I loved it, and it’s one I know I’ll reach for whenever I want a pick me up.
Inigo is a 200 year old vampire. Bored with an eternity of nothing to do Inigo has made a name for himself as a tattoo artist, he’s considered the best and that brings him to the attention of Oberon the Seventh, the newly ascended king of Faerieland. Oberon needs a tattoo done on his back to fulfil his ascension right so his henchman kidnap Inigo and transport him to Faerieland to ink the required tattoo. Only problem is Oberon isn’t exactly what he claims to be so the ink won’t stay on him. Oberon also has other problems as well in the shape of Micah Norwood and his sister Ellie. The Norwood’s were exiled years before in the reign of Oberon’s grandfather after being suspected of stealing the ‘Kewen’, jewels which form the faire queen’s dowry. Micah and his family have been searching for the Kewen so they can clear their name and return from exile. After finding it in the human world Micah and Ellie try to return it to Oberon but unfortunately Ellie tries a little blackmail that turns out badly for Micah as he ends up staying in Faerieland as Oberon’s prisoner.
What’s starts as a mutual ‘how the hell do we get out of here’ ends up as so much more when Micah and Inigo can’t keep their hands of each other, plus to Inigo Micah’s faire blood is an aphrodisiac that Inigo craves more than he really should. Also what is that strange blood Oberon wants added to the tattoo ink and why does Inigo feel differently after drinking it. Can Inigo really walk in sunlight, breathe and feel hungry now, and will it last? As Inigo and Micah try to escape Oberon’s clutches, and clear Micah’s family name at the same time, they end up in a quest to find the truth behind how the Kewen went missing in the first place. A truth that holds the key to saving Faerieland from Oberon. Can they save Faireland, and also save each other?
What a romp this turned out to be. I loved every minute of it. It has a true pantomime feel with Inigo as Prince Charming, Micah as Cinderella and Oberon and Cavan as the ugly sisters we all love to hate. Oberon is wonderful as the monstrously sadistic faire king who revels in torturing, humiliating and sexually abusing his captives, he is truly evil and is partnered perfectly with his lead henchman Cavan. The true heroes of course are Inigo and Micah. I don’t usually have favorites but I have a soft spot for Inigo. Inigo, with his permanent dark eye liner, is a loveable rogue always ready with a dry and witty remark and I loved how peppered throughout the book we have his thoughts in italics, right after his speech, so we get to know exactly what he is thinking all the time, which isn’t what he often says! Inigo is a vampire that’s true, but he’s also a bit of a softie, he doesn’t kill for blood just takes what he needs and tries to give his ‘donors’ a good time into the bargain. Finding his ‘donors’ via a mobile app called Grindr was priceless, an inspired touch.
And Micah, poor sweet Micah, all he wanted to do was protect his family (and maybe strangle Ellie) but instead he finds himself helpless and at the mercy of a sadistic brute, suffering even more because the ink won’t stay on Oberon’s back, after all Oberon has to have someone to take his rage out on and Micah fits the bill perfectly. Once our two heroes hitch up the story becomes a roller coaster of twists and turns, from missing werewolves to secret princes the pace never slackens, we even have the obligatory zombie appearing to even the status quo of species. As the story moves from Faireland to London and back again Inigo and Micah gradually fall in love, their initial lust and ‘omg I need you right now’ developing into something much deeper. The passion between the two men is sexy and scorching hot, the chemistry that binds them obvious on every page.
Bloodline actually follows Barbara Elsborg’s earlier book Jumping in Puddles, which I haven’t read, but I didn’t feel I was missing anything as Bloodline works perfectly as a standalone story. I really hope we see more from this universe as I’m not yet ready to leave Inigo, Micah and all the others. I adored this book and can’t recommend it highly enough. If you want a pick me up don’t go anywhere else, pick up Bloodline and settle in for a great read.
Author: Barbara Elsborg
Publisher: Loose Id
Publication Date: April 1, 2014
Cover Art: Fiona Jayde
Length: 181 pages
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GENRE: M/M, western
STORY RATING: 4.5 Sweet Peas!
AUDIO/NARRATOR RATING: 4.0 Sweet Peas!
CLICK TO TWEET: Rosie reviews Morning Report audiobook by Sue Brown. 4.5 Sweet Peas!
BLURB: A decade on from their first kiss, Luke Murray is more in love with Simon every day. Running the Lost Cow ranch for Luke’s parents, they keep their heads down and get along with the locals, even if Luke is known for being a hothead. Then one day they discover the local store owners refuse to serve them.
The protagonists of the Morning Report are Pastor Jackson and his wife .We learn right away the new the new Pastor and his wife are peddling their muck in the name of Christian values,” preaching to the local people that they will be dammed if they associate with the sodomites at the Lost Cow Ranch”. What worries Luke the most is this man is not the normal bigot. He has authority and influence and can sway the local business to stop doing business with them. And that he does! The first time Luke and Simon go to town they are faced with picking up their usual feed order form the Benson’s Feed Store, Luke finds out very quickly that they are happy to take his money but , “we can’t be seen doing business with you or Simon “. Not a good thing to say to Luke. One other encounter later in the book I really enjoyed reading was when Lisa, Luke’s sister, got ahold of the Benson’s; “One piss-ignorant pastor waltzes into town and suddenly they’re worse than the fuckin’ devil. Are you fuckin stupid? Why didn’t you tell them to fuck off? “The answer they gave just made me spit and sputter “Pastor Jackson is a man of God. It’s God’s word.”
The arrival of the Pastor starts a whole series of events for the Lost Cow Ranch; vandalism of fences, poisoning of cows, false accusations against Simon that landed him in jail and just all the treats made trying to break the ranch. Simon and Luke remain strong throughout the whole mess and that’s the best part of the story.
Intertwined throughout the story is amazing sex, all kinds of sex; dominance and submission, some kink and talk of ” playing with others.” It’s all good especially when Luke and Simon are involved it keeps you engage in the story “What are they going to do next?” Their trip to Austin for a couple of vacation days is very entertaining to read and gives us all a break from the craziness and provides us with some laughter and of course some hot sex to read about.
Towards the end of the first book, we are introduced Pastor Noah Taylor, he is the pastor of a small church, St Marks. Pastor Noah is quick to point out to Luke that everyone is welcome regardless of who they are. Pastor Noah also shares that he is gay, I chuckled over Luke’s’ response to learning that piece of information. Not going to tell what Luke said; just know it involves the Easter Bunny, Santa and Unicorns.
I love epilogues! It’s like learning the rest of the story. Luke and Simon both know that all it not perfect for the Lost Cow Ranch. With the acceptance of some of the townspeople of Parsons and the introduction of a new Pastor and a community that accepts them, Luke and Simon are hopeful to have it all behind them. We also get a hint of the next book in the series, Complete Faith , Pastor Noah and Tommy story. I love Cowboy stories especially gay Western romance and this series is one of the best I have read to date.
A Review of the Audio- This series is one of my favorite, I have re-read them many times, when the audio version came out I was really excited. Mr. Pickering had a very nice voice, but to keep a listener engaged he could have added more tension to his voice, changed up the tempo or just used more variety of voices for the characters. I wondered if I hadn’t already read the book would I have liked the audio more. No, don’t think so, an audio for me is best when the narrator uses very distinct voices and paints a scene with their voice. I want to escape in to the world of Sue Brown’s Lost Cow Ranch . If an audio is published of the other books in the series and they have the same narrator will I listen to them? Of course, why, because they are just good books and can even mediocre narration is acceptable when the writing is so specular.
Title: Morning Report (audiobook)
Author: Sue Brown
Narrator: Aaron Pickering
Publication Date: February 21, 2014
Cover Art: Reese Dante
Length: 7 hours 48 minutes
Favorite character: Lil, she is a Native American women.the breeds and sells cattle. Her best quote; “Stupid, ignorant men with too much time on their hands. I’m not gonna ignore you boys just cuz you love each other”
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