Short – but oh so sweetly kinky – romance from Ari McKay

His To Serve (The Candy Cane Club #1)His To Serve by Ari McKay

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is a short (my reason for only three stars not four) but incredibly sweet exploration of the Dom/sub aspect of the BDSM world, specifically as a service sub.

It’s perhaps a little bit “insta-love” for my liking but I did absolutely believe that Cameron woke up to the fact he was a natural born sub with a desire to please Anton once he’d experienced his first scene.

The book has a very interesting premise, in that Cameron is an actor seeking authenticity in a role which requires him to play a submissive and I thought it worked really well.

As a couple, they’re ridiculously sweet together, each finding a perfect partner, as well as a BDSM companion.

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

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I liked the idea of this but the book frustrated me

That's My EthanThat’s My Ethan by Tarian P.S.

My rating: 2.5 of 5 stars

ETA: Note 16/06/18 – I’ve just found out that the author had mistakenly overwritten the final version of this with an earlier version missing all the fourth round edits so I’m hoping to get a chance to read it again once it’s fixed.

I liked the idea of this book a lot more than I liked the execution of it. I suspect this is going to be “it’s me, not the book” and that it will generally have good reviews.

But, I found the narrative style to be quite frustrating, as were the formatting and the grammatical errors/typos. As I have an ARC, it’s possible they will be fixed on release (although I believe this book is already out so I don’t know).

There are good points though, this book is a very clever look at a full on BDSM Dom/sub relationship where it’s a 24/7 way of life. Both Damir and Ethan are real – obviously as they are based on actual people – but by that, I mean they come across the page as fully fleshed out individuals with unique character traits and their voices never become confused.

It’s also a great insight into how communication is the key to a long lasting relationship, no matter the type, and that being willing to compromise, to listen, to sacrifice the small things in order to protect the big things.

There’s lots of sex, but the story doesn’t focus on that as a means of “getting off”, instead how they behave sexually with each other is an integral part of the plot developing alongside the relationship

Now, I can’t say whether all that appears in the book actually happened with the real people this book is based on, but I can say that I didn’t think any of it was beyond the realms of actuality.

So, overall, while this is absolutely a love story, it’s not necessarily my kind of one.

#ARC kindly provided by the author in return for an honest and unbiased review.

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Review Tour: Exploration by Quinn Ward

Exploration | Quinn Ward
Kinky in the City #1

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Length: 65,000 words approx.
Cover Design: Marisa @ Cover Me Darling
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The reluctant manager of his family’s restaurant, Frankie attempts to live up to the legacy of his father and grandfather. Running a business that isn’t his passion and trying to do it without asking for help leaves him turning to less-than-legal means when he wants to surrender control.

Newly divorced, Calvin no longer lives in the closet, leaving him searching for what he most desires- control. So when he finds Frankie on his knees in the back room of a local bar, Calvin sees the sub he’s only ever fantasized about having.

Can Calvin find the confidence to explore his dominant side while showing his younger roommate that submission isn’t only about whips and pain?

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Quinn writes LGBTQ romance with a kick. Their stories center around the relationship building between the characters, but also shows how compatible they are in the bedroom (or wherever else the urge strikes).

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Release Blitz: Exploration by Quinn Ward

 

Exploration | Quinn Ward
Kinky in the City #1

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Length: 65,000 words approx.
Cover Design: Marisa @ Cover Me Darling
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Blurb
 

The reluctant manager of his family’s restaurant, Frankie attempts to live up to the legacy of his father and grandfather. Running a business that isn’t his passion and trying to do it without asking for help leaves him turning to less-than-legal means when he wants to surrender control.

Newly divorced, Calvin no longer lives in the closet, leaving him searching for what he most desires- control. So when he finds Frankie on his knees in the back room of a local bar, Calvin sees the sub he’s only ever fantasized about having.

Can Calvin find the confidence to explore his dominant side while showing his younger roommate that submission isn’t only about whips and pain?

Quinn writes LGBTQ romance with a kick. Their stories center around the relationship building between the characters, but also shows how compatible they are in the bedroom (or wherever else the urge strikes).

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Too much instalove for me to buy into the romance

Eldridge's Release (Club Rebellion, #1)Eldridge’s Release by Evelise Archer

My rating: 2.5 of 5 stars

2.5*

This one didn’t work for me at all unfortunately. It was a lot of tell and very little show. Outside of a shifter/true mate romance, this type of instalove needs some really clever plotting to make it work and for me, this one didn’t have that.

Everything was on the surface and Eldridge and Dalton were in love within about 20 seconds of meeting each other! Okay, it wasn’t quite that fast but the narrative really didn’t justify that type of connection, especially within the BDSM world.

The writing was good though, the scenes are very well executed and there was definitely a connection between the two men when it came to the BDSM element but, overall, I just felt like I was being told everything instead of being given the chance to read it come to life.

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

ETA: The lovely Jaime actually explains the best my thoughts on this book in her review here (although she ultimately rates it higher than I did)

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Review Tour: No Pain, No Gain by Ari McKay

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 Length: 68,000 words
 Herc’s Mercs Series
 
Book #2 – Line In The Sand
Book #3 – Bloody But Unbowed
Book #4 – Once A Hero

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Hunter Callahan loved being a merc. As an explosives expert for Lawson & Greer, he’s dealt with everything from IEDs to rogue nukes. But when a suicide bomber in the form of a seven-year-old boy walks into camp, Hunter learns there are some fates far worse than death.

Payne Gibson recognizes the “thousand yard stare” of the PTSD Hunter refuses to acknowledge, and as a natural caretaker, he can’t resist when his boss, Cade “Hercules” Thornton, asks him to help. Hunter is resistant until their surveillance assignment turns dangerous, and Hunter realizes he’s in danger of losing his career, the only thing in his life that matters to him anymore.

Conventional therapy hasn’t worked, so Payne suggests an unorthodox form of therapy: BDSM. As a Dom, Payne thinks he can help Hunter face the issues he’s been avoiding. Having come to trust Payne and knowing his career is on the line, Hunter agrees to try.

Their relationship as Dom and sub deepens more than either of them expected. Payne knows adding emotions into the mix is dangerous, but he can’t help it when Hunter is both the man and the sub Payne has hoped to find. But Hunter doesn’t feel he deserves love, not when his best friend is dead because of him, leaving behind a wife and child to mourn — and to blame Hunter for their loss.

Payne can help Hunter to stare into the abyss… but what stares back might be more intense than either of them can handle.

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About The Authors

Ari McKay is the professional pseudonym for Arionrhod and McKay, who have been writing together for over a decade. Their collaborations encompass a wide variety of romance genres, including contemporary, fantasy, science fiction, gothic, and action/adventure. Their work includes the Blood Bathory series of paranormal novels, the Herc’s Mercs series, as well as two historical Westerns: Heart of Stone and Finding Forgiveness. When not writing, they can often be found scheming over costume designs or binge watching TV shows together.

Arionrhod is a systems engineer by day who is eagerly looking forward to (hopefully) becoming a full time writer in the not-too-distant future. Now that she is an empty-nester, she has turned her attentions to finding the perfect piece of land to build a fortress in preparation for the zombie apocalypse, and baking (and eating) far too many cakes.

McKay is an English teacher who has been writing for one reason or another most of her life. She also enjoys knitting, reading, cooking, and playing video games. She has been known to knit in public. Given she has the survival skills of a gnat, she’s relying on Arionrhod to help her survive the zombie apocalypse.

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Release Day Blitz: On His Knees by Laura Kaye

From the ruins of an abandoned church comes Baltimore’s hottest and most exclusive BDSM club. Twelve Masters. Infinite fantasies.

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Getting on his knees makes him question everything…and want even more…

Another failed relationship has lawyer Jamie Fielding confronting the truth – he’ll never be satisfied with any woman until he admits what he needs…to submit and to be used – hard. When a friend invites him to the exclusive Blasphemy club, Jamie is stunned to find everything he ever wanted—in the fierce, ruthless hands of a man.

Psychiatrist Alex McGarry will play with anyone who craves his rough brand of domination, but what he really wants is to settle down. Which makes the male he meets at his club a bad idea—the man might be hot as hell but he’s also new to everything Alex has to offer. Except that doesn’t keep them from coming together again and again, sating every one of their darkest desires.

Master Alex sets Jamie’s whole world on fire and makes him question everything – and that’s good. Because Alex won’t tolerate hiding what they have for long and he wants much more than just having Jamie on his knees…

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