Category Archives: Reviews: LGBTQ+

Layla moves her romantic suspense pieces with consummate skill

Bad Bishop EbookBad Bishop by Layla Reyne

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

My gawd I don’t know how she does it but Layla Reyne constantly delivers on both the necessary thrills and tension-driven action needed for the suspense part and yet always brings the feels when it comes to the romance element.

β€œQuit threatening to divorce me. A husband might get a complex.” pretty much sums up everything that is central to Marsh and Levi’s romance. It began as a marriage of convenience, it became one of friendship and professional admiration and support, and now it’s morphed into a deep and abiding something else.

Is that something else love? It very well might be as both men start to believe they may be starting out on the rest of a happy family life together – if they can just get the bad guys behind bars.

Book three King Hunt can’t come soon enough (it’s out Spring ’23) for me because what we get throughout Bad Bishop is a journey of one step forward, two steps sideways, then a giant leap in front with the overall plot.
The bad guys aren’t just guys for starters, we’ve thought there was something more going on with the whole conspiracy and here we’re given some of the answers. Nowhere near all of them though.

And the book ends on, I hesitate to call it a cliffhanger as such, because it’s obvious that it’s coming and this is a trilogy after all, but let’s say, we’re given a twist which adds the necessary heart-stopping moment you always want in a suspense story.

With guest appearances from Layla’s wider Whiskeyverse (hello Cameron my love!), and the Madigans in full back-up mode for Marsh, we see Brax, Holt and Lily travelling with the FBI agents and David, Levi’s son, to stay with Marsh’s mums on their ranch in Texas.

There’s also the return of the fabulous Sean, Charlie and Trevor and I was laughing my head off at David’s crush on the professor and his determined plotting to try and steal him away from his husband and wife!

As for Marsh and Levi, ooooh boy are they finding their feet together as a pairing. Exploring the heart of Europe with trips to Belgium, the Netherlands and beyond, our agents have to deal with potential traitors amongst their friends, new secrets coming to life, and long game plans that have the threat of ending all happiness if things go wrong.

I couldn’t have been happier with this book and let’s say, when you get to one particular part of the narrative, the handcuffs on the cover take on a whole new meaning πŸ˜‰πŸ”₯😍

Right, can it be next year already please?!

#ARC kindly received from the author via Valentine PR and I am voluntarily reviewing this book

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You’ll need a cold shower as Franklin and Jack burn up the pages

61624833Hostile Takeover by Cara Dee

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is definitely one of my favourites in this series, it’s an absolutely perfect mix of salacious filth and feelings.

Franklin was last seen finding his feet in the kink world back in Kingsley and Tate’s book Out of the Ashes and he definitely didn’t get a good reception from some readers.

Personally I really felt for him as he was completely lost after he’d come out and started to explore his kinks.

Here though, it’s absolutely his time to shine and oh my gawd is it hot. There’s a sense of taboo, although it’s not actually, in his relationship with Jack, his ex-wife’s nephew and I was absolutely here for it.

Jack, well let’s just say he ticks loads of boxes and pushes loads of Franklin’s buttons (and mine it seems too πŸ˜‹ ) and he’s had a crush on his Unc since he was a teenager and realised he was gay.

The age gap is 15 years, so not overly big, and Jack’s definitely got his Dom head on in a multitude of kinky ways. Expect to find voyeurism, exhibitionism, some mild-ish humiliation kink, sharing, (consensual) cuckolding and cheating (and OMG that scene is fire!) edging, sexual denial and switching.

Cara has created a narrative here that manages to entice the senses while never pushing it over into porn without plot.

There’s lots of feelings being dealt with as Franklin realises he can have the life he’s been repressing and hiding for decades, there’s the ongoing refurbishment of House Mclean after the fire, there’s appearances from new characters that I’m intrigued by, and there’s Franklin’s lovely daughter Lily, who is a delight.

This was another great addition to a series which has, in the main, constantly delivered in every outing. It also has one of my favourite cover models on it too so that’s another bonus!

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

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Opposites attract romance rounds off an excellent return to this series

DauntlessDenault_ebookDauntless by Victoria Denault

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A great way to round out this excellent return to the expanded World of True North and the Vino & Veritas location in particular.

While I wasn’t a big fan of the casual dope smoking in this book, it didn’t detract from the lovely romance at the heart of the storytelling.

Both Bowen and Chase had their foibles, their faults and strengths but when it came down to the nitty-gritty, both displayed immense honesty and courage to admit what was in their hearts.

I’ve not read this author before but I enjoyed the family she created with Bowen and his siblings, I loved the friendship Chase had with two of his band mates.

While there’s an instant attraction between the two men, I loved that they took their time to graduate beyond hand jobs and blow jobs, slowly getting to know each other more and put down solid foundations.

I also liked the the dramatic elements in the book came from events in the narrative that felt organically developed and not thrown in for the sake of it.

My only other comment would be that Chase is supposed to be almost 28, Bowen a couple of years younger, but they read far more like new adult characters in their early 20s to me than men approaching their 30s.

Overall though this was a really sweet ending to the series and I hope Sarina continues to return back to the lovely wine bar and bookstore in the future.

#ARC kindly received from the author via Sarina Bowen’s Heart Eyes Press in return for an honest and unbiased review.

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