Saturday, July 23, 2016

Grin and Bear It by Tamara Hoffa

Title: Grin and Bear It
Series: Animal in Me, 3
Author: Tamara Hoffa
Publisher: Tamara Hoffa
Genre and Pairing: Paranormal and M/F
Page Count: 118 pages
Reviewer Name: Luna
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Publisher Blurb
A trip to the library can change your life, but Guiles Fredricks never expected to find his mate standing behind the checkout desk. One whiff of her blackberry and lavender scent has him hooked, but the fear haunting her emerald green eyes makes his bear roar to claim and protect her.
Gina Salducci came to Honey Corners to hide. On the run from her abusive ex- boyfriend she fears she will never be safe. Nick Mancuso runs Atlantic City, he has ties to the mob and won’t hesitate to kill her if he finds her. Obviously her taste in men sucks.
When her fears are realized and danger finds her, will she run again, or find it in her heart to trust the bear that vows he is her mate? 





Review
Gina is hiding, not only from a man but who she is. She has found a home but danger follows. And until she meets Guiles things are fine, lonely but fine. But Guiles turns everything upside down. He brings her body alive, a body she can’t trust along with her own intuition. In Grin and Bear It, the third installment of Tamara Hoffa’s Animal in Me series, Gina must step out of the shadows and take back her life. I loved that Gina did what was necessary to live. She knew the better part of valor was to get the hell out of dodge or in this case Atlantic City. Once she was given little choice she was willing to fight for those she loves. And Guiles was a large part of why she was finally ready. I loved that Guiles was willing to stand not only in front of Gina but also by her side. He knew she was hiding something and he wanted his mate happy and whole so he wasn’t willing to allow her secrets. Ms. Hoffa gave Gina a mate who was strong but not overwhelming. She gave Guiles a mate who was willing to do whatever necessary to protect those she loves. Together they were stronger and with time they were able to realize that even as they fought Gina’s past. This story was well written. It was full of love and perseverance. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know Gina and can’t wait to see where Ms. Hoffa will take us next in this series.

                       Four Twinkling Stars

Dominant Persuasions by Various Authors

Title: Dominant Persuasions Anthology
Authors: Amy J Hawthorn, Doris O'Connor, Daisy Philips, Raven McAllan, Michele Zurlo, Jan Graham, Nicole Morgan, Julia Sykes, Juliet Braddock, Lori King, Bella Juarez, Sherri Hayes,
Publisher: Romance Rebels Publishing
Genre and Pairing: Contemporary and M/F
Page Count: 748 pages
Reviewer Name: Luna
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Publisher Blurb


12 Scintillating tales of Dominance and submission as told by your favorite Amazon, NYT & USA Today Bestselling Authors.

In a world of power plays, and safewords, only the strongest can find pleasure in submission. From strangers passing in the night, to lifetime loves that spark with new life; join us in the intriguing world of BDSM. No is not a safeword, and this deal is only available for a limited time!

The Sub That Got Away by: Amy J Hawthorn
Out of Order by: Bella Juarez
Make Believe Submissive by: Daisy Philips
Under His Protection by: Doris O'Connor
Submitting To Temptation by: Jan Graham
Broken by: Julia Sykes
Fire and Ice by: Juliet Braddock
Submission Dance by: Lori King
Yes, Justin by: Michele Zurlo
Surrender Her Inhibitions by: Nicole Morgan
In His Hands by: Raven McAllan
Indulge by: Sherri Hayes






Review
This is an anthology with stories which touch on bdsm in some fashion. Some of the stories are what I would term bdsm light while some are a little more hardcore, although none of them are extreme in nature. This anthology has twelve stories and is contemporary in nature. Dominant Persuasions has a little bit of something for everyone who loves BDSM. 
And while overall I enjoyed this anthology, I must admit that Yes Justin by Michele Zurlo was one of my favorites. In this story Justin and Tricia have grown apart. They are married but no longer connect. With the help of a friend they are able to bring passion and communication back into their marriage. While short, this story hit every romantic button I have. I was worried that cheating would be involved, but Ms. Zurlo cleverly wove a tale that was passionate, uplifting and believable. I also thoroughly enjoyed Under His Protection by Doris O’Connor. Jacqui and Lukas were hot together and Ms. O’Connor does a wonderful job of articulating the feelings both are dealing with as the moved toward a happily ever after. Another favorite was Submitting to Temptation by Jan Graham. This story wasn’t new to me as I owned this story but it is one that I have re-read more than once and still enjoy. Susan’s struggle to accept not only herself but her sexually needs is wonderfully articulated and I adore Blake’s patience and strength.
Overall this is a wonderful collection with plenty for everyone. Whether you are new to reading bdsm or an old hat, there is something for everyone. The stories are for the most part well written and enjoyable. While a couple of the stories didn’t really light my fire, those were outweighed by those I enjoyed thoroughly. This is a great anthology and a wonderful introduction to the world of fictional bdsm.



                              Five Shooting Stars

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

A Kind of Romance by Lane Hayes

Title: A Kind of Romance
Series: A Kind, 2
Author: Lane Hayes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: MM, Contemporary
Pages: 232
Reviewer: Redz












Publisher's Blurb
Zeke Gulden is a ruthless Wall Street exec. His hard-edged, no-nonsense attitude has served him well in the cutthroat business world, but less so in his personal life. When he finds out his ex-boyfriend cheated on him with a coworker, Zeke can’t let go—not until he finds a way to get even. However, his meddlesome father has other ideas. The new hire at the family-owned bagel store is somewhat colorful, but his dad is sure he’s the perfect man for Zeke.

Benny Ruggieri is a fiercely proud New Yorker who dreams of making it big as a costume designer in the theater. In the meantime, he’s working two part-time jobs in the food biz. When his new boss sets him up with his successful son, Benny has zero expectations. If nothing else, he figures he can entertain himself by making the uptight businessman squirm. Instead, the two become unlikely friends with an inexplicable attraction they can’t ignore. Benny might be the one to help Zeke set aside his quest for revenge, if he’s willing to let go and forgive what he can’t forget… and give in to an unexpected kind of romance.








Review
A Kind of Romance by Lane Hayes is the second book in the A Kind series. This is my first time reading this series and I was not lost at all.
In this story we have Zeke he is full of attitude and spirit. He likes straight forward people. He has an insanely stressful job. No real people skills to speak of. Very serious and uptight.
Benny is a sweet caring person. He works in Zeke's father's bakery. When Zeke's dad falls it is Benny who helps him. He is a talker. Blue bangs knows all of Zeke's family probably better than Zeke does. Funny and easy going. Able to have fun and laugh.
These two seem rather unlikely to fall in love but I think Zeke needs Benny. Benny brings out the kind and sweet Zeke his family has known was there for a long time but Zeke never showed them. I think Benny also allows Zeke to feel safe enough to be his true self around. Benny needs Zeke too. Zeke is strong, sweet, and very much worth the time to get to know. I loved watching these two seemingly opposites fall in love and how Benny brings Zeke back to his family. I cannot wait for more books in this series I know I would be in line to read them.


                          Four Twinkling Stars

Everyday History by Alice Archer

Title: Everyday History
Author: Alice Archer
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: MM, Contemporary
Pages: 290
Reviewer: Redz
















Publisher's Blurb
Headstrong Ruben Harper has yet to meet an obstacle he can’t convert to a speed bump. He’s used to getting what he wants from girls, but when he develops a fascination for a man, his wooing skills require an upgrade. After months of persuasion, he scores a dinner date with Henry Normand that morphs into an intense weekend. The unexpected depth of their connection scares Ruben into fleeing.

Shy, cautious Henry, Ruben’s former high school history teacher, suspects he needs a wake-up call, and Ruben appears to be his siren. But when Ruben bolts, Henry is left struggling to find closure. Inspired by his conversations with Ruben, Henry begins to write articles about the memories stored in everyday objects. The articles seduce Ruben with details from their weekend together and trigger feelings too strong to avoid. As Henry’s snowballing fame takes him out of town and further out of touch, Ruben stretches to close the gaps that separate them.








Review

Everyday History by Alice Archer has the two most unlikely men being attracted to each other. Ruben is a college student. He is charismatic, has a bright future a head of him. He can have any girl he wants any time he wants. He is the one everyone gravitates too. When he finds himself attracted to a man, and that man being his history teacher he does not quite know what to do with that feeling. He wants to pursue it but is he really gay? His life is not yet set for him and things are always up in air, is the feeling real or just a moments flash in the pan.
Henry is quiet, with tweed suits. Low self esteem. He knows he is way too old for Ruben. But he cannot help wanting him. He knows though Ruben has to grow up. And in some ways Henry does too. Henry has to find his own self worth before he can give himself to anyone.
I liked that this story is an evolution of both characters. They are both finding their footing in the world. Both learning to be brave. They are both kind, loving, gentle, but also scared. I love a love story that evolves and has a happy ending this is one of those for sure. 


                                Four twinkling Stars
 

Stained by Chris T. Kat

Title: Stained
Author: Chris T. Kat
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: MM, Contemporary
Pages: 112
Reviewer: Redz














Publisher's Blurb
Blair Clark has reached his breaking point. Forced to leave one job because of sexual harassment, he’s having difficulty finding another. Since no one believes what happened, Blair’s left with a stain on his employment record that he can’t get rid of. He’s had to move back home with his mother. As if that’s not bad enough, he realizes his crush, Travis, is simply using him. His romantic life looks as hopeless as his job search.

Jack Ross is sure he’ll never find anyone who’ll love him for who he is. All anyone sees is the port-wine stain on his left cheek—not the man behind it. Even his mother thinks he should get rid of it. But the procedure is difficult and painful.

When Blair applies for a secretarial position with Jack’s firm, both men learn that beauty is, indeed, in the eye of the beholder. It’ll take a lot of trust to chase away their insecurities, but if they take a chance on one another, love will find a wa
y.







Review
Stained by Chris T. Kat this story is about finding the truth and beauty beneath what the outer layers.
Blair was fired for sexual harassment from his job. He did not do it but no one will believe him. He cannot find work when he applies to work as a secretary for Jack he suspects he is going to be turned down. But Blair has a honest and loyal personality that comes out in the interview and Jack hires him. He has had a lot of abuse in his life and does not expect much, but he is very good at what he does, and he finds his boss extremely attractive. Where most people see the imperfection of Jack's face Blair sees the sweet kind man inside.
Jack is not prepared for his efficient and sweet secretary. He finds more than a great employee if he is willing to take the chance.
I liked how this story is written from Blair's point of view. It allowed me to see deeper inside the character and really feel what Blair was feeling. I loved the character connection in this story too. I really loved this twist on a boss and secretary falling in love. 


                       Four Twinkling Stars

Star Dust Award: Chasing the Dream by Andrew Grey

Title: Chasing the Dream
Author: Andrew Grey
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: MM, Contemporary
Pages: 183
Reviewer: Redz




Publisher's Blurb
Born with a silver spoon in his mouth, Brian Paulson has lived a life of luxury and ease. If he’s been left lonely because of his family’s pursuit of wealth and their own happiness, he figures it’s a small price to pay for what he sees as most important: money.

Cade McAllister has never had it easy. He works two jobs to support himself, his mother, and his special-needs brother. They don’t have much, but to Cade, love and taking care of the people who are important to him mean more than material possessions. When Cade is mugged in the park, he can’t afford to lose what little he has, and he’s grateful for Brian’s intervention.

Cade is given a chance to return the favor when Brian’s grandfather passes away and Brian’s assets are frozen. Cade offers Brian a place to stay and helps him find work, and the two men grow closer as they learn the good and the bad of the very different worlds they come from. Just as Brian is starting to see there’s more to life than what money can buy, a clause in his grandfather’s will could send their relationship up in smoke.








Review

Chasing the Dream by Andrew Grey has the two most unlikely of men falling in love with each other. Brian has never had to work in his life. When his grandfather dies, as part of the will he has some challenges to over come. One of them is being cut off and finding a job. With no skills so to speak, and all of his rich friends abandoning him he learns more about himself than he ever thought possible.
Cade is a man that Brian saved in the park from a pick pocket. It turns out when the chips are down he is the only real friend Brian has. He is a hard working waiter. Lives in a one room apartment but lets Brian stay on his couch. He teaches him lesson that money cannot buy.
I loved the character of Cade. He is heroic but not super alpha. He tries to be everything to everyone. Just a really good person. The way he is with his brother shows what a great heart Cade has.
Speaking of Cade's brother. I loved how Mr. Grey handled that situation. I liked the realism, and the grace with which this character was written. Shows that the author did take the time to actually research or get to know the subject matter before writing it. I loved that.
This is a really great story, I loved how Brian grew from a self centered but lost soul to a real man who knows the value of things, and a great friendship. Really Brian did come a long ways, and I am glad I got to go on the journey with him.

                Five Shooting Stars and Recommended Read



Bondage Rescue by Morticia Knight

Title: Bondage Rescue
Series: Kiss of Leather, 3
Author: Morticia Knight
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Genre: MM, Contemporary, BDSM
Pages: 167
Reviewer: Redz












Publisher's Blurb

Kyle’s best friend Marshall resurfaces and he’s in a lot of trouble. Can the men at Kiss of Leather convince a former Dom to take on the mouthy sub?

Master Derek and his new sub Corey have signed a contract and enjoy their first scene together. The love between them is strong and Derek is as protective of his boy as ever. The only thing left that would make their world perfect would be to bring Corey’s ex-Dom and abuser to justice.

The legal firm that represents Kiss of Leather is charged with hiring a private investigator to flush out the man who orchestrated Corey’s gang rape. Stone Manning is hesitant to take the job, though. He was once wrongly accused in the death of a sub and swore never to enter a BDSM club again. But he owes attorney Glen Sharp his life after the lawyer got him acquitted.

Their meeting is disrupted when Kyle’s missing friend Marshall calls for help. Master Josh promises to help the mouthy Marshall get back on his feet under one condition—Marshall must sign a six month D/s contract as a full-time sub and prove he can fully submit to a man as well as learn to respect those around him.

Stone Manning suddenly finds himself charged with taming the brattiest sub ever. In truth, the bigger the brat, the more his heart races with excitement. Marshall promises to be just the type of challenge to inspire Stone to be a Master again. As Stone learns more about him, he sees the pain that Marshall has always tried to numb with drugs and alcohol. Stone also sees a man he could love—if he can ever reach him.

In the meantime, Stone and his investigative partner, Chuck, continue to search for Corey’s attacker. The abusive Dom appears to have gone underground. But what they don’t realize is that the closer they get to their prey, the more dangerous he becomes.

Reader Advisory: This book contains references to drug and alcohol abuse.







Review

Bondage Rescue by Morticia Knight is the third book in the Bondage Rescue series and should be read in order. We have some old friends that show up again in this book. Also there is a bad guy that we have met before and you realize just how awful he is when you have read the whole series.
Corey has been abused by his former Master. Derek his new Master has done a lot to bring Corey back to the sweet playful Sub he was before he was abused, but there is a lot of lingering damage that still has to heal. He has nightmares regularly.
Stone used to be a Dom but he was falsely accused of killing his Sub. Now he is a lawyer he is helping the men with the legal issues, and he finds the brattiest Sub ever in desperate need of a Master.
There are many layers to this book, as you can see there are more than one love story going on, and there is residual story lines being resolved. I liked this one because it really ties the series together. Allowing us views of new and old relationships that are forming. I also love the ending to this story. I cannot wait for more from this great and emotionally charged series.



                                               Five Shooting Stars