Another great addition to this series

Shattered (The Protectors, #11)Shattered by Sloane Kennedy

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book could have been a train wreck given the sensitivity of the subject and the age of one of the main characters but Sloane Kennedy answered all fears with an assured hand.

There was no magic dick cure for Caleb, it took time and patience and conversation and a creation of trust with Jase for the relationship to develop.

I’m not sure it needed the secondary dramatic plot with Jase’s sister if I’m being brutally honest, there was enough drama with Caleb’s situation.
But I guess it was needed to bring Dalton and Silver into the fold for their book later and I’m fascinated to find out more.

I also liked the realistic approach to Caleb’s cutting, the sensitive way it was dealt with and the acknowledgement that he wasn’t “cured” and that counselling would be a good idea.

There was also a satisfying end to the bad guy and the plot surrounding Caleb’s father and it was nice to see the discussions with Caleb and Eli.

Jase was perfect for Caleb and their slow build up of trust as they began to act on them meant the sex scenes were doubly invested with meaning and lots of emotions.

Another great Protectors book and another wonderful cover from Jay Aheer and Wander’s photography.

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Best one in this series with some good plot twists

No Fear (No Shame, #3)No Fear by Nora Phoenix

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Definitely the best one yet, the plotting has been tightened up considerably and the narrative is about more than just the sexual relationships of the characters.

Here we get a new couple, Josh’s estranged brother Aaron and Indy’s jiu jitsu trainer Blake and it’s a little bit kinky but without ever really tripping over into full on puppy play.

The best thing about this book though is the vast movement on the main story arc which has been running through the series – Indy’s vicious ex and his Boston mobster threat.

Without spoiling anything, I absolutely loved the twists and the way the situation was handled here and I’m looking forward to seeing what happens now.

The romance element of this one with Aaron and Blake actually worked surprisingly well given it wasn’t really the main focus. I liked seeing Aaron’s sexual awakening and it was handled with consideration and skill.

Now roll on book four and what is already setting up to be an intriguing poly relationship.

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

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Intelligent and emotional love story is out of the ordinary

A Love Song for the Sad Man in the White CoatA Love Song for the Sad Man in the White Coat by Roe Horvat

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Right at the laptop now so this book. I’m not sure really what I want to say about it because – on the face of it – there’s no one real single point of focus. It’s a story which needs to be read to be experienced.

Not everyone is going to like it. I suspect it may be a marmite book because I honestly don’t think you could be indifferent to it. It stirs passions. At times Simon infuriated me so much I could hardly think, at others I just wanted to pour all my love into his heart and stop him hurting.

This is also a very European book. It oozes out of every word. This is Prague in all her ancient and medieval glory, a city of contrasts, a city where a father could be a threatening violent alcoholic and it would pass under the water.

It’s also a book about words, about emotions, about how the mind works. It’s a book which touches on the life of one of my favourite poets Arthur Rimbaud and his crazy life with fellow poet Paul Verlaine and includes lines from one of my absolute favourite pieces of poetry A Season in Hell


Once, if I remember rightly, my life was a feast where all hearts opened, and all wines flowed.
One evening I sat Beauty on my knees – And I found her bitter – And I reviled her.

(Find out more about him here.)

Rimbaud’s relationship with Verlaine mirrors how Simon sees his with his young student Matej Chrs. He is left in limbo, all colour leached out of the world, relying only on his strength of will not to crumble.

Oh, I could go on about the symbolism, the beautiful use of words and imagery, I could tell you about how Simon slowly, oh so slowly, changed in my perception from a cold, locked off shell of a man into one who I just wanted to put in bubble wrap and protect from the ravages of his own staggering intellect.

And Matej. He’s almost an enigma. For much of the book we only have Simon’s remembrances and recollections. He seems flighty, willing to turn loose and perhaps unwittingly, inflict pain on those he professes to love the most.
But he’s so much more than that and when he returns to the narrative in his own right, all the colours come flooding back, including the angry ones.

Roe Horvat is rapidly becoming one of my favourite authors. Their use of the English language to evoke emotions and inspire feelings really is genius.

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

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Riley draws Jared and Keiran’s story to a beautiful “conclusion”

Jared's Fulfillment (Jared & Keiran, #2)Jared’s Fulfillment by Riley Hart

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

3.5*

There is some stellar writing in this book, there’s an in-depth examination into parts of the BDSM world, there’s some truly enlightened discussion about mental health and BDSM, and there’s a really wonderful mutually devoted couple at the heart of it.

So why not a higher score?

Because, ultimately, the whole Daddy kink just isn’t one that appeals to me as the basis for a relationship to the extent to which it takes place here, alongside the complete submission and the desire to subjugate your own needs and desires into pleasing someone else.

It’s utterly alien to me, even when it’s as well written and clearly mutually beneficial as it is here. I just can’t put myself into that head space.

The sex is kink-tastic and by turning off my brain’s awareness of the ‘Daddy-ness’ part, I could truly appreciate the connection between Jared and Keiran.

Bravo to Riley Hart for writing this series, in moving out of her more ‘traditional’ MM romance style, I think she’s crafted two really wonderful characters.

I just wish my brain would let me appreciate them to their full worth but sadly it won’t.

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

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Another epic Kings of Hell romance from the Merikan duo

On Your Knees, Prospect (Kings of Hell MC, #3)On Your Knees, Prospect by K.A. Merikan

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

See them stars, this gets all of them and more! I wish there was an option on Goodreads for adding extra kudos when a story just utterly blows your mind because I suspect the maestros that are Kat and Agnes Merikan would have hundreds of them!

This pair never, and I mean never, fail to surprise me – not always in a good way (yes The Copper Horse: Pride and Zombie Gentlemen I’m looking at you! One ick too far for me in spite of the stellar writing) – but with this one they utterly blew me away.

Nothing could prepare the reader for this book! You simply have to let your mind go free and experience the adrenaline ride as it happens. I waxed lyrical about books one and two in this series but even they were a bit more on the “traditional” side of an MM biker romance, even ones flirting with the paranormal.

This one though, oh lordy where to begin!

On Your Knees Prospect is, on the surface, an exceptionally good BDSM romance with a biker gang side dish, but where it excels – and this book will not be for everyone so please read and heed the warnings and subject matter – is in the paranormal elements.

Vars isn’t just a powerful dominant, he’s undead. A seriously deranged lover and an incident he only has a hazy recollection of with Mr Magpie (I love him, I need to know more!) resulted in his “rebirth” and now he’s fixed aged 39 with a mysterious black stone in his chest.

Jake is 21. Desperate to belong to the Kings of Hell MC, prospecting for almost three years and so ideally submissive it’s occasionally painful to watch just how eager he is to please.

The dynamic between these two is powerful. They go through a headrush of both physical and mental experiences which just staggered me both because of the imagination and WTFuckery which spawned them, but also because of the depth of feeling they evoked.

Again, reviewing these is made harder because I don’t want to spoil the thrill of the journey but let me say, this series is just getting better and better.

Now onto Grey and the blurb for his is beyond exciting me especially as I’ve seen the sneaky cover peek from Natasha Snow which is, once again, absolutely perfect as was this one!

#ARC received from the authors in return for an honest and unbiased (I never promised no gushing or fangirling though 😉 review

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Review Blitz: Jingle Spell from Chris Ethan

 Buy Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK

 Length: 119 pages
Cover Design: Ethereal Ealain
Blurb
 

It’s the most horrible time of the year.

Smooches under mistletoes and tacky reindeer decorations. 


Newly single, Davey has had enough of wasting his love and having his heart broken. Better to be single, he decides. No more dates. No more falling in love. No more dreaming of happy ever afters. 
 
Those are for movies.

He’s resolute.

And then Avery steps into his life, bringing care, compassion, and tenderness in his path.
Davey’s so tempted to hope again. But can an online date and a brief encounter turn into anything other than an ephemeral sexual encounter?

Is there a future for them? Will Avery stay? And most importantly, can Davey bear to offer up his heart to the season’s love—just one more time?

A sweet romance by Chris Ethan, author of The Guy With The Suitcase.
November 22 – RAM PA Group, Valerie Ullmer
Author Bio

Chris Ethan is a book whore. He enjoys selling his feelings for money and other pleasures and is blatantly unashamed to do so for as long as he breathes. Chris Ethan is also a persona for Rhys Ethan, author of fantasy and sci-fi.
He uses Chris Ethan to share stories of adult queer romance with those who need it. Before you delve into his books however, be warned. He likes putting his characters through shitstorms and hates anything conventional. But then there’s that darned happy-ever-after. Also, he likes swearing. Deal with it!
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Annabelle Jacobs and a Christmas romance is a winner!

Not Just For ChristmasNot Just For Christmas by Annabelle Jacobs

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Everything I want to read in a Christmas story from one of my favourite writers.

This book is as gorgeous as its cover and as cute as the cat it depicts. I loved everything about this “best friend’s brother” romance, from its wonderfully British setting in Bristol, to the animals, to the gentle humour and sense of family.

Both Ben and Jason were fully fleshed out, as was the setting and the secondary characters, and the overall feeling of warmth and happiness just oozed out from this one.

I loved the age gap, not a huge one at 11 years, I loved the banter between the brothers, I loved both families, I loved that they took time and talked about what getting together would mean and I loved the smexy time, which was a nice surprise.

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

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