Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Brokedown Hearts by Cameron Dane Recommended read

Title: Brokedown Hearts
Series: Foster Siblings, 3
Author: Cameron Dane
Publisher:  Loose-Id
Page Count:  363
Genre: MM, Contemporary
Reviewer:  Redz

Publisher Blurb:
Ex-con David Joyner returns home knowing he must atone for his past sins. Working at an animal shelter, David keeps his head down, desperate to prove to a hostile town he’s a new man. The one time David looks up, he spots fellow motel dweller Ben, and is terrified by his attraction to the man. David doesn’t want to feel anything. He can only damage what he loves.

On a forced vacation, PI Ben Evans accepts a job to tail a recently released prisoner. What begins as an easy gig turns complicated when Ben, a controlled man, can’t deny the pang of empathy he feels for his subject, David. Ben can’t suppress his aggressive sexual desires whenever he’s near David either.

Repeatedly crossing paths, David and Ben do their best to fight their growing attraction. When passion explodes, and secrets are revealed, both men have to conquer inner demons in order to accept the others love.

Someone has turned the tables on David, though, stalking him and leaving threatening notes. Will anyone believe David if he tells? And when David’s stalker raises the stakes, can Ben find the man who has become his world in time to save their love?

Brokedown Hearts by Cameron Dane is a book I couldn’t stop reading and re-reading over and over again.  The pure emotion coming off the pages of this book makes it a remarkable read.   Cameron Dane is one of my personal favorite authors because of the ability this author has to connect me to the characters.   
David, from the minute you meet him you have your heart strings tugged. He has so much going against him.  For most people that would break them, but not David. He retains his loving sweet nature despite what he has gone through and continues to go through. Especially with his brother… I wanted to his David’s brother so badly. Just to wake him up.
Ben has been hired by the new boyfriend of David’s ex boyfriend.  He has good reason to think that David needs to be watched. But the more Ben gets to know David the more he cannot stay away.  He gets all protective of David and the sparks more than fly. 
What I adored about these characters is they need what the other has. David is a person who needs to give his all to his partner.  Ben is a person who needs to own the person he is in love with. They are perfect together.  The chemistry really is off the charts.
I have not read this series in order and I was not lost at all.  I really loved this addition to the series and will be stalking for more.   If you like highly charged emotional stories you will want to re read over and over again this is a book I highly recommend.

                                              Five Shooting Stars and a Recommended Read

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Players by Aubrey Ross

Title:   Players

Series title: Lessons by Loki 1

Author:    Aubrey Ross

Publisher: Anything But Ordinary

Genre:  Contemporary, Ménage

Heat level: (M/F/M, M/M/F, Oral Sex, Anal Play/Sex, BDSM)

Number of Pages: 172

Reviewer Cassiopeia          

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Publisher Blurb:

Katie has spent the past five years fantasizing about her sexy neighbors, Josiah and Chase. Theyre wild, adventurous, and completely unconcerned with societys expectations. Basically, theyre everything shes not. Then a mysterious stranger tells her that shes the target of their latest competition. According to Loki, Josiah and Chase will try to seduce her and the first one to succeed wins the ridiculous bet.

Seductive and mischievous, Loki entices Katie into playing a game of her own. Armed with insight and newfound confidence, she challenges the two men, determined to teach them a much-needed lesson by unraveling their heartless competition.

As Katie is drawn deeper into this web of lies, she finds herself doubting everything. Shes affected by Josiah and Chase far more than shed expected to be and shes convinced theres much more to Loki than he pretends. Shes not sure who she can trust and shes worried that a broken heart will be her only thanks for participating in Lokis lesson.

Review of book:

I wasnt sure what to expect from this story. I mean, I knew it was a ménage themed book, but Players the first installment of the Lessons of Loki series by Aubrey Ross was much more than the run of the mill interchangeable bed partner tale.  What I foolishly expected to be a fairly predictable and unexciting read, had my stomach in knots over the emotional gymnastics the three main characters, Katie, Josiah and Chase had to undergo to find their way. Wait - did I say three main characters? How could I forget the one whos behind the scenes work put it all in motion?  Loki may not have been one of the primary players, but his touch was evident in every part of the wonderfully crafted plot.

I thoroughly enjoyed the twist that Ms. Ross put on the Loki character. Sure, he was still the trickster god of Norse mythology, but his psychic vampiric ways certainly had me sitting up and taking notice.  I felt a little sorry for the guy too - he seems to be at the point where he might be ready for a deeper emotional connection of his own, though hes no where near ready to admit it.  Wouldnt that be an amazing installment to the Lessons of Loki series??  In any case, his role here in Players was to get the ball rolling between the three lovers and offer his assistance by way of insight to Katie.

Loki aside, I loved these characters.  Theyre emotionally flawed, vulnerable in ways they may or may not be aware of, and yet have a sense of decency towards one another that defies logic.  Even in spite of the bet/wager that Chase and Josiah have, they recognize that they dont want to treat Katie like all of the other previous prizes.  The two men have a complicated relationship to begin with - Josiah loves Chase and is happy to share a sexual relationship with him - Chase not as much.  In fact, Chase is so hung up on what other people might think if he doesnt live the normal life of wife, house and 2.5 kids, I felt he was in danger of losing Josiah completely.  There was a lot of soul searching for both men in this book, and it added another layer to the already well constructed plot.

Then we have Katie.  At first glance, youd think she was the shy, retiring, wallflower type.  You would be dead wrong.  Shes got fire and a back bone, but Katies been hurt in the most devastating of ways - by an unfaithful lover that sold her on the concept that she wasnt enough.  She hit the road after that, and has done pretty well making a life for herself, though shes shied away from any relationship that could challenge her on an emotional level.  As much as she thinks shes disgusted by the revolving booty call that her neighbors have, shes also fascinated by the thought of being with both Josiah and Chase.  So, when Loki appears to her, and gives Katie the skinny on their wager, shes all for turning the table on the two and teaching them a lesson theyll never forget.  Katies also aware that shell be risking her heart to do it.  I admired Katies grace under pressure.  She bore a lot of grief from Chases ex-girlfriend and her own insecurities, but shook them off to follow through with her mission.

And then there was the sex.  The old adage, if youve seen one, youve seen them all definitely didn't fit here.  The author threaded the emotional angst of Katie, Chase and Josiah throughout the sex scenes, making it equal parts heated and passionate.   Make no mistake, the bedroom play was scorchingly hot - and I think thats entirely due to Ms. Rosss delightful ability to write sexual tension like nobodys business.  If youre a fan of stories where the characters are engaging, hotter than sin, and the plot leaves you panting for more, Players by Aubrey Ross is a surefire cure for what ails you.

                           Five Shooting Stars

Siren Reborn by Sophie Oak - Star Dust Recommended Read!!

Siren Reborn (MMF)Title: Siren Reborn
Series: Texas Sirens, 8
Author: Sophie Oak
Publisher: Siren Publishing-Book Strand
Genre and Pairing: Contemporary and M/M, M/F, M/M/F, M/F/M
Word Count: 107,823
Reviewer Name: Luna
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Publisher Blurb
Cole Roberts and Mason Scott loved each other since childhood, but they needed something more to make them whole. A Dom and a switch, they searched for the right female submissive to settle down with, but a terrible accident tore them apart. Their perfect life shattered, they were each left angry and alone.
Kitten Taylor’s past is filled with heartache. She yearns to be part of a family with a Master to call her own. When Master Cole takes her in, she might have finally found the place she belongs. Even though something is missing, she is willing to compromise to have the life she always dreamed of, until Mason returns and shows her just how perfect a threesome can be.
When a killer puts the trio in their cross-hairs, Cole and Mason will have to put aside the demons of their past in order to forge a future with the woman they love.

I am such a fan of Sophie Oak and couldn’t wait for her next book in the Texas Sirens series.  And Siren Reborndid not disappoint, itgrabbed you from the very beginning.  Those who love this series have seen Kitten grow and become stronger in spite of her issues.  I have adored Kitten throughout this series.  She was funny and loyal and brave even if she didn’t quite see it.  She refuses to see herself as a victim and with the help of Cole and Mason, she takes those final steps into blessed freedom and understanding.  I loved that Kitten found peace in a lifestyle that was forced on her through terrible circumstances.  With Cole and Mason she learned to value the submission she gave and to ask for what she wanted.  You saw peeks of the woman Kate (formerly known as Kitten) was throughout this series but with Siren Reborn she came into her own.  It was wonderful to see and experience.  But Ms. Oak didn’t limit the phoenix uprising to Kitten alone.
Both Mason and Cole had to wade their way through a painful past.  Circumstances brought Mason back into Cole’s life, pain, misunderstandings and guilt tore them apart.  Luckily they had Kitten to help them navigate the tangled emotions still plaguing them both.  I loved that someone as damaged as Kitten was played an integral part in reuniting these men better and stronger than ever.  She fit and Ms. Oak didn’t force it.  She wove such a beautiful tale that we knew Mason and Cole needed Kitten to complete what they could have and who they could be.  Kitten  evolved and it culminating in necessitating two men to corral her brattiness as she became surer in herself and her place. 
I loved this story of survival, not only for Kitten but also Mason and Cole.  Ms. Oak gave us a story that showed the evolution of her characters in such a way that I couldn’t wait to see what happened next.  She gave us characters who felt real and dealt with real issues.  Ms. Oak has always been an author on my auto read list and Siren Reborn has moved to the top of my will be read again and again list. 

                  Five shooting stars and a recommended Read~~