Kink-tastic short from K C Wells

LaceLace by K.C. Wells

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

K C Wells is high on the list of writers who know how to write kink and write it well.

This is a sexy and sweet novella about a guy who suddenly finds there’s just something irresistible about his mate in lace pants.

It’s not just kink though, there’s a real relationship drawn between the two men that has nothing to do with erotic underwear.

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Sweet romance with lots of cute dogs

Rescued (Rescued Hearts, #1)Rescued by Felice Stevens

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

3.5* I believe this was Felice’s first published MM romance and it has all the bones of what has subsequently made her one of my favourite authors.

There’s some really sweet moments in this one but the plotting is also occasionally a bit shaky as time jumps take place without clear indication that it’s a while later. These are smoothed out as the plot develops though.

Both Ryder and Jason felt like they had their own unique voices, together their relationship felt real and believable.

But there were also a couple of cliche elements too, Ryder’s mother was a bit stereotyped, Liam came round pretty quickly from his initial homophobia and it felt a bit off that a powerful lawyer as Ryder’s dad was portrayed would fall for his wife’s manipulation so easily.

Still, they’re all minor points and didn’t stop me enjoying the romance.

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Trouble in paradise? Don’t worry the boys come through

Interborough (Five Boroughs #4)Interborough by Santino Hassell

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I wasn’t sure with this one, did I want to read more of David and Raymond when they’d been left pretty happy at the end of Sunset Park? For a lot of this book there was angst, oh lord was there angst.

But, it was all the good kind, the kind that leads people to have to talk, either to each other or to a trusted friend, and both David and Ray did this in spades during this book. Their troubles were totally believable, this was a slice of real relationship life and it was written so well that, at one point, my heart was in my mouth thinking Santino was going to leave them apart!

I should have known better, he would never do that to his devoted Five Boroughs fans right? And sure enough, with incredible skill and fabulous writing he slowly drew all the loose threads back together again to give us a pairing I have no doubt will be sharing that Viagra tablet aged 80 in their nursing home twin beds!

Now onto the mysterious A-Town!

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My favourite – Hassell knocks it out the park again

First and First (Five Boroughs #3)First and First by Santino Hassell

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

My favourite so far. I don’t know how Santino did it but he managed to take two of the characters who’d been loitering around the first two books basically being arses and causing problems and create an epically brilliant journey to romance.

I loved, loved, loved Caleb and Oliver in First and First, having been a bit put out by each of them in Sutphin Boulevard and Sunset Park but here, here they were redeemed a thousand times over.

The opening scene is genius, how we’re given a glimpse into the New Year’s Eve sexual escapades which blew Caleb’s mind and firmly threw away his feelings of repression and fear, this drip feed of sexuality was highly erotic and only added to the delicious climax when the pair came together again.

“You’re so sexy,” Oli panted. “And you don’t even know it, and that just makes me want to destroy you.

Caleb and Oli go on such a journey together. This is the beauty of Santino’s novels. His characters have depth and realness, they make mistakes, they’re idiots at times, they hurt each other both deliberately and without meaning to.

Ultimately though, they find happiness in their imperfect pairings and it’s joyous to read. As Aiden says:

“…There’s not one way to to live or to love, and whoever tries to tell you any different will probably be dead in a decade or two anyway, so screw them!”

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New York lovingly stars in Hassell’s latest romance

Sunset Park (Five Boroughs #2)Sunset Park by Santino Hassell

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Wowzers! That’s pretty much my take on this book. I fluctuated between exasperation, exhilaration and exhaustion watching Ray and David go on their relationship journey.

I love how, in a Santino Hassell novel, the setting is another character, New York is larger than life and utterly central to everything which takes place in this romance. The Puerto Rican background for Raymond, David’s Connecticut childhood, these things are as integral to their pairing as the stupendously hot sex they have as Ray looks to explore the male side of his bisexuality.

I also love “real” and Santino is one of those authors who brings it every time. David’s fears that Ray’s bisexuality is a phase and he’ll ditch him are grounded in truths often expressed not only in literature but in “real life”. There’s angst in this one, but thankfully nowhere near the level of Ray’s brother Michael’s story and it works well with this lower level of tension.

They are flawed men, they’re not caricatures but fully fleshed out with all the frailties of humanity. Ray can’t manage to tell David how he feels, David’s scared he’s not enough and in the background are the rest of the Five Boroughs characters, intertwined and interconnected through everyone’s lives.

This is a well earned and well worked for happy ending and it’s beautiful.

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Five beautiful fat Quinn and Miles stars

Tied to You (Wild Side, #2)Tied to You by Riley Hart

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I love relationships where there is just as much talking and laughing as there is time spent on the smexy encounters and this book is a starring example.

You can tell, and Riley admits it in the acknowledgements, that these two men were written with love. They jump off the page in all their wonderful glory, Quinn with his smart mouth, Miles with his unfailing honesty.

I loved every bit of this story, as I did book one in the series (and the prologue before that) because they feel real, the friendship between the four men at the heart of the setting, those who surround them, and the world they inhabit, could be just round the corner at that bar table.
It reminded me very much of St Elmo’s Fire, one of the best films of the 80s and also of my own bunch of school mates who’ve now been taking the mickey out of each other for almost 40 years.

Beautiful cover too. I loved that this was a romance focused on an inter racial relationship with a man of colour at the centre. I wish there were even more novels which focused away from the typical white guy heroes.

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Riley Hart slays it yet again in this new series

Gone for You (Wild Side, #1)Gone for You by Riley Hart

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The way Riley Hart writes just perfectly speaks to me, I’ve not read anything of hers I’ve not enjoyed and this is no different.

She manages to take the everyday routine of life and falling in love, no matter what the age of the characters, and infuses it with a little bit of magic.

In this one we have a standard friends to lovers and sort of second chance romance but with Oliver and Matt she creates two stand out characters who feel utterly real.

I loved watching them bumping heads as Matt returned back to the boy he’s always loved but never felt good enough for and Oliver grew to realise he had to let Matt fix himself and say goodbye to his life long love to give it the chance to bloom fully.

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