Fabulous exercise in how to write a submission romance

The Master Will AppearThe Master Will Appear by L.A. Witt

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

LA Witt is one of my favourite writers no matter which section of the MM genre she’s focussing on and this book is a stunning example of her BDSM work.

The BDSM in this book is light, it’s a Dom/sub pairing with some pain play but mostly it’s an exercise in how one man, taught his whole life that he’s worthless, can come to discover he’s the most precious thing in the world.

The fencing setting was also fabulous, as I actually have friends who fence for the British Olympic team and who train the British Paralympians, and it made a change from the normal mainstream sports setting.

I loved both Ryan and Misha, and their emotional and sexual connections were incredible, the Dom/sub scenes were sensual and the consensual ‘gang bang’ was blissfully erotic and never felt like porn.

This book also has a wonderful epilogue.

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Seriously sexy menage from Witt

Out of FocusOut of Focus by L.A. Witt

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

There’s not many authors I’ve read who have as deft a hand when it comes to not only making a menage work but adding elements of BDSM into the mix as LA Witt.

This one is deliciously sensual and smoking hot but with a powerful emotional connection too which helps to ground all the sexy times into a real relationship.

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Vicious and brutal but passionately brilliant

Road of No Return: Hounds of Valhalla MC (Sex & Mayhem, #1)Road of No Return: Hounds of Valhalla MC by K.A. Merikan

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a love story but it ain’t your hearts and flowers and the ending isn’t so much a happy for now but more a happy to be alive.

This book is dark, brutal, harsh and painful in its themes. But it’s also about two men connecting in a way which transcends all the darkness.

I don’t want to spoil it, I think this book should be read blind but let’s just say the events of the final quarter of the story narrative were intensely shocking and a serious twist out of the expected.

Loved the Dom and Seth cameo too.

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It looks a lot like love to me

What It Looks LikeWhat It Looks Like by Matthew J. Metzger

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I decided to read this book based on Judith’s review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show… and I am so incredibly glad I did. I had to wait a day before I wrote this review, I wanted to be at my keyboard not using my Kindle so I could properly articulate what I wanted to say without having to mess about with a touchscreen!

Wow, just wow. This is book is quite simply staggeringly good. It looks at so many different aspects of a relationship and parses them all into a coherent story of two imperfect perfect people, Eli and Rob, and the multitude of others that surround them.

It’s set in my beloved Yorkshire for a lot of the book, that’s also something you don’t often find in an MM romance.

Eli is not your typical male “hero”, he’s the son of a Police Chief Inspector and a forensic scientist and his boyfriend Rob is a man with a criminal past who has spent time in prison. Eli is slender and yet he’s the one who holds the power in the dynamic and Rob has been more supportive of Eli than any of his own family were.

The power exchanges between the two are fascinating to read, they’re hot as hell too, and seriously kinky, the BDSM is well done here, it’s an integral part of how the two men communicate but it’s also harsh at times and sometimes it’s brutal. But it’s also powerfully beautiful, emotionally supportive, loving and affectionate.

This isn’t a conventional romance, but it absolutely is a romance. The two men support each other and provide the encouragement for each to improve their lives, Rob wants Eli to go back to art college, something his family have dismissed as a waste of time as it wouldn’t lead to a proper career, Eli helps Rob stop with his petty criminal activities (it’s selling weed and a bit of distribution of stolen goods).

The language is also harsh, it may be difficult to understand for none native English speakers (and some English speakers!) as it has a lot of Yorkshire dialect usage, but it’s incredibly realistic and Metzger should be commended (speaking as a Yorkshire girl 🙂 ) for how accurate he portrays life in both Sheffield and the surrounding area.

Don’t expect hearts and flowers, you won’t get them here as such, but you will get a lot of unexpected love and an ending which is surprising but also honest.

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Superb follow up to the first in this Regency series

A Seditious Affair (Society of Gentlemen, #2)A Seditious Affair by K.J. Charles

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I find myself lacking the necessary words to properly articulate just how much I loved this book. I’ve read many a Regency romance which uses the Cato Street incident as a plot point but never one which so skilfully weaves it into the narrative for an unconventional relationship between two men at opposite ends of both social and political spectrums.

That Charles also manages to make this a story of BDSM is really tantamount to her talents in writing this period of British history. Her phrasing, the use of time period correct dialogue and the objects which would have been available in the early 19th century, all work to add authenticity to her crafting of two truly individual men.

Dominic is driven, a Tory and a firm believer in the work he does at the Home Office, he’s also repressed, struggling with desires he’s been told are degenerate on top of the fact he is an ‘unnatural’ man and he’s still hurting from the knowledge his former lover couldn’t cope with those desires more than a decade earlier.

Silas, on the other hand, is as radical as they come, having already faced one flogging and a four month gaol sentence in his youth. He’s angry and agitating against the Government from his bookshop in Ludgate, while attending once a week at a select brothel where he puts his rages to better use helping an unnamed man.

They’ve talked and debated and burnt up the sheets for more than 12 months when they discover each other’s identities during a Home Office raid on Silas’ shop. Feelings on both sides are painfully bruised and Silas gives Dom a black eye to show for it.

Charles then takes them through a turbulent politically motivated dance of desires and wants, made harder by Dom’s duty and Silas’ pride.

Sex is incredible, the feelings these two men have for each other jump from the page in a tumult of emotions, despair, eroticism, brutal force and tortured submission. Dom needs to give in to Silas and sometimes he needs not to and to have his will taken from him instead. Silas knows his lover intimately, never pushing too far but taking Dom to the point at which he can surrender without guilt.

These two are an amazing pair and their relationship is carefully built and developed under the backdrop of the said Cato Street plot. When lives are put at risk, those around the two men must find a way to put personal feelings aside and Dom and Silas must find compromise without the cost of their love.

This truly is a bodice ripper, just without the bodice and a whole load of fancy coats instead. Regency romance at its absolute best.

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