I need more of this ‘not a romance’ pairing

ShiverShiver by Ella Frank

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Firstly can I just say OMG this takes possession to a whole new level and second to that – where’s book two?!

If there is to be no book two then this is the ultimate in edging and Ella and Brooke have scaled the heights of how to write a ‘not a romance’ and then some.

This book is all ends screwed and twisted and brilliantly so. Wolfe is an addiction that takes Jesse into a world he really has no place in going and my apprehension levels were on full alert throughout.

It works so well because you, as the reader, are given a tiny bit more insight, but still not the full picture, and are then drawn through the narrative alongside our clueless hero.

There is an element of convenient plot bunny but it works as a unforeseeable happenstance within the wider story arc, and didn’t feel too obvious, and I can’t think of many other ways it could have been done without it feeling clumsy.

There’s some powerful erotic sex in here, some hugely manipulative behaviour, some elements of the BDSM canon which work in Wolfe/Tor’s favour as he pursues his little lamb, and ultimately there’s heartbreak, betrayal and obsession as the narrative comes to a surprising end.

I still can’t make my mind up how much ‘not a romance’ this book actually is because it contains a lot of love – of the dark and twisted kind – and I loved it!

But I will agree with other reviewers that it’s not a particularly dark book in terms of what happens to Jesse and there are far far darker ones out there if that’s your thing.

View all my reviews

Advertisements

Superbly crafted daddy kink from Riley Hart

Jared's Evolution (Jared & Kieran #1)Jared’s Evolution by Riley Hart

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Daddy kink isn’t my thing at all but I can appreciate a superbly crafted piece of writing and that is exactly what Jared’s Evolution is.

At heart I’m afraid I’m too bloody minded and strong willed to ever be submissive so I have nothing but admiration for those of similar character who can go that extra mile and put their trust beyond the every day level of a loving relationship and take it somewhere empowering.

This isn’t necessarily a romance, or not yet at least, but it is a story about trust and connections with another person and being willing to give up your own well-being to the care of another.

Jared and Kieran’s relationship development is beautifully developed through distrust, anger, shame, fear, longing, wanting, accepting and trusting until it becomes love on Jared’s side.

Whether Kieran will follow remains to be seen but I will be waiting to find out even though this isnt my kink and that is the mark of a truly gifted writer in my view.

View all my reviews

Lots of feels in this gorgeous romance

Locked in Silence (Pelican Bay, #1)Locked in Silence by Sloane Kennedy

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Sloane Kennedy sure knows how to write stories that creep up on you and wrap sneaky little arms around you waiting for the moment you need them to hand you a tissue.

She’s also brilliant at creating characters who have been bowed but never completely broken and then pairing them with a partner who is perfect at shoring up all those vulnerabilities and giving them a HEA which is both true to their narrative and believable.

This is book one in a new series which is still angsty but doesn’t have the darker side that her Protectors series does and I loved it. Both Dallas and Nolan had been hurt by life but not enough to truly give up and this almost made it a second chance romance as each had had a crush on the other at school.

The small town claustrophobia was also well depicted, as was Nolan’s fractured relationship with his mother, and the way they began to reconnect was believable.

There was less smexy times in this too, surprising for an author who excels at them, but it worked within this romance. Bring on the rest of Pelican Bay. I can’t decide who I want to read about t next, blue haired Isaac, Sawyer the vet or both of them with Dallas’ brother Maddox!

And, as always, a truly beautiful cover.

View all my reviews

Low angst festive re-release from Chris Ethan

Jingle SpellJingle Spell by Chris Ethan

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This is an okay Christmas read for those who like low angst and most sex happening off page.

There’s a few mistakes in the editing which threw me out of the story a bit but not enough to ruin it. One more run through from a proof reader should catch these though.

It’s also got a new cover on the latest edition and it works well at capturing the age gap.

#ARC received from the author in return for an honest and unbiased review.

View all my reviews

Devilish fun on this demon summoning ride

His Soul DesireHis Soul Desire by Casey Cameron

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Cracking good spooky (not really but hey, it’s a Halloween release) romance with a devilish sense of humour and a sweet happy ever after.

I enjoyed watching Gideon fall for the human who’d mistakenly summoned him and proved to be a bit of a tough nut to crack. Sean was just your every day nice guy, drifting a bit but generally doing his best to get by without stepping on anyone’s toes.

Their road trip to try and break the demonic bond is filled with unlikely acts of kindness, a seriously pissed off superior, a bit of a bad witch and a tiny smattering of feelings.

View all my reviews

Improper Fraction: V.L. Locey

 
Cover Design: Reverie Design



Length: 68,690 words



Blurb

O’Malley Ramsey, math aficionado, grew up next door to Garrison Rook, All-American athlete. While O’Malley dreamed of numbers and kissing Garrison, Garrison’s tastes ran to home runs and hot chicks. During a family celebration the night before both young men were heading off for college, O’Malley joyously discovers that Garrison isn’t quite as straight as the star athlete had been pretending to be. Vows to return to each other quickly followed a few clumsy kisses in the old treehouse in the Rook’s backyard.


O’Malley came home to Garrison. Garrison never returned to O’Malley.

Four years later, the two ex-friends meet up at a summer camp where O’Malley is serving as a counselor. Garrison is desperate to make things right with his childhood friend, but can O’Malley, still nursing the pain and mistrust of Garrison’s betrayal, ever forgive or love Garrison again?




October 18 – BooksLaidBareBoys, Diverse Reader, Au Boudoir Ecarlate

October 20 – Xtreme Delusions, Mirrigold: Mutterings & Musings

October 23 – Gay Media Reviews, Archaeolibrarian – I Dig Good Books

October 25 – My Fiction Nook, Nautical Star Books, Lelyana’s Book Blog

October 27 – Bayou Book Junkie, Making It Happen, Wicked Faerie’s Tales & Reviews, Scattered Thoughts & Rogue Words, OMG Reads, MM Good Book Reviews, Wicked Reads

Author Bio

V.L. Locey loves worn jeans, yoga, belly laughs, walking, reading and writing lusty tales, Greek mythology, the New York Rangers, comic books, and coffee. (Not necessarily in that order.) She shares her life with her husband, her daughter, one dog, two cats, a flock of assorted domestic fowl, and two Jersey steers.

When not writing spicy romances, she enjoys spending her day with her menagerie in the rolling hills of Pennsylvania with a cup of fresh java in hand. She can also be found online on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and GoodReads.

Website
Facebook
Twitter
Pinterest
Goodreads
Blog



a Rafflecopter giveaway

Hosted By Signal Boost Promotions

 

Epic adventures on the High Seas! This historical has the lot

Kidnapped by the PirateKidnapped by the Pirate by Keira Andrews

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book is a britches ripper of the highest calibre, packed with everything you’d expect to find in this genre – devilish pirates who are too sexy to be resisted, an innocent young scamp just waiting to lure our anti-hero down the path of emotional reawakening, daring adventures and over the top villains and a setting which is perfectly researched.

I’m not going to lie, the Golden Age of piracy fascinates me, as the British Empire extended her reach across the Caribbean and used privateers to plunder their rival Spanish and Dutch competitors as they fought for domination of both the High Seas and the islands within it.

And within that world were those who skirted the fine line between privateering and piracy, who instilled fear into the hearts of the merchants and made the shipping lanes a dangerous place to travel.

The Sea Hawk is one such man and his character is perfectly drawn from those like Henry Morgan, Calico Jack Rackham or the Robin Hood of piracy, Black Sam Bellamy, known for his compassionate treatment and mercy towards those he captured.

However, he’s unable to resist the innocence of young Nathaniel, being sent out to a fading colony to try and prop up his father’s disastrous rule by marrying a rich heiress. But Nathaniel longs for the love of a man and he’s helpless when faced by all th ed formidable power of Hawk.

After plenty of to-ing and fro-ing, some witty bantering, and a whole load of protesting, the two finally give in to the lust building between them and it’s glorious.

It’s no secret I’m a huge fan of Keira Andrews and this book is just one of the many reasons why. It’s a joyful romp of a tale with a believable cast and crew of historical accuracy and some steamy hot sex leading into a glorious HEA.

sea7

Loved Errol Flynn in Captain Blood, The Sea Hawk or Against All Flags? Then you will love this!

#ARC received from the author in return for an honest and unbiased review

View all my reviews