Loved this new series opener from JM Dabney

Livingston (Trenton Security #1)Livingston by J.M. Dabney

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

You’ve gotta love a book with a good fisting scene in it, I’m fairly sure that’s a book reviewing rule right?

Well, lucky for me, I did love this book, even though I haven’t read anything else from this author. It had moments of drama that perhaps were a little over the top, but it completely worked within the narrative.

More review tomorrow.

And it’s tomorrow now so here’s the rest (as I was falling asleep yesterday).

I thought this book was fab, it’s not an overly complicated story and its done well. There’s lots of other characters in it who have their own books which I’ve not read but there’s enough info given for the reader to know what’s going on.

Liv is a wonderful character, traumatic experiences and visible scarring have left him deeply isolated with only his friends providing any human interaction.
Fielding is naive and too young and inexperienced for Liv but he wants him just the same and the beautiful actor is more than willing to surrender and submit to his Daddy.

I will say this won’t be for everyone, it’s quite heavy on the Daddy/boy kink and some light BDSM but it absolutely fits the dynamic of the two men.
I hope Little gets his HEA and I want to know more about Horace & Freddie and why they live out in the woods!

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Pelican Bay, Book 2


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Coming home should be the easiest thing in the world, but I’ve never felt more lost…

When his stellar military career comes to an abrupt and terrible end, thirty-two-year-old Maddox Kent returns to the town he never planned to step foot into again, hoping to mend the rift he himself caused with the brother he left behind.

But coming home means facing some hard truths about himself and his actions. When he has the chance to start making amends by helping his brother with the wildlife sanctuary he runs, Maddox is thrown another curveball when a stranger appears…

As long as we keep moving, everything will be okay. That’s what I keep telling myself, anyway…

For twenty-one-year-old Isaac, Pelican Bay is only supposed to be a stopping point on the trek from San Francisco to New York. With his little brother, Newt, in tow, Isaac is just looking to make things right by returning something of value to a person he wronged.

But “getting lost” in the next big city proves to be a problem when the brutal Minnesota winter claims Isaac’s car and strands him and Newt at the animal sanctuary. When the owners of the place offer him a job, a desperate Isaac agrees, despite the presence of a man Isaac instinctively knows could be his downfall…

It should be so easy to let him go, but I can’t. And not just because I want to protect him…

Nothing about Isaac makes sense to Maddox. Not his piercings or makeup or flashy clothes. And most certainly not the snarky mouth that doesn’t match the vulnerability Maddox sees in the younger man’s eyes.

But one thing does make sense to the hardened former soldier. Isaac is running from something, and Maddox’s gut is telling him not to let Isaac and little Newt go until he can ferret out the truth.

But having Isaac around means trying to make sense of something else Maddox isn’t expecting… his own body’s response to the beautiful younger man. Aside from their explosive chemistry, nothing about the straitlaced soldier and the secretive misfit works.

But maybe that’s exactly why it does…

NOTE: Can be read as a standalone (no cliffhangers) but more enjoyment may be had by reading book 1, Locked in Silence, first.





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“Can you ask Isaac to stick around for a bit?” Nolan asked. I turned to look at him. He was focused on Dallas but kept shooting me glances. “Tell him to make himself at home.”

I nodded. I wasn’t at all surprised he wasn’t extending the same offer to me. I certainly didn’t deserve it. I spared my brother another glance, then left the room, pulling the door closed behind me.

I returned downstairs and found Isaac and Newt sitting at the small kitchen table, their coats still on. Newt was swinging his legs back and forth beneath the table as he and his brother played some kind of game with their hands. I almost smiled when I realized what it was.

“One, two, three, four, I declare a thumb war,” Isaac said. As soon as he said the last word, the pair began dueling it out with their thumbs. Neither of them noticed me, so I was free to watch their interaction. A smile split Isaac’s mouth as Newt managed to pin his thumb down.

“Oh no!” Isaac cried in mock fear.

“I’ve got you,” Newt declared. I nearly laughed because Newt was holding onto Isaac’s thumb with both his hands, a clear violation of the rules.

Both of them dissolved into a fit of giggles after Isaac declared Newt the winner. They were about to start another round when Isaac looked up and spotted me. The amusement slipped from his expression and was replaced with one of wariness and uncertainty.

I tried to tell myself that was a good thing, but I didn’t like the little twinge of guilt that landed in my belly.

Isaac climbed to his feet and subtly placed himself between me and Newt. I wanted to laugh at that. One, because what exactly did he think I was going to do? And two, if I had wanted to do something, a scrawny teenager wasn’t going to be able to stop me.

“Is he all right?” Isaac asked.

“He’s fine,” I said as I stalked towards them.

The kid paled a little and stepped back but didn’t move away from the little boy. If anything, he moved closer.

I practically towered over him. I guessed I had at least five inches on him and outweighed him by a good fifty pounds. “Nolan wants you to stay.”

Isaac swallowed hard and nodded but didn’t say anything. Up close, I could see his eyes were a startling shade of dark blue with what looked like flecks of gold and green in them.

Makeup aside, they were… pretty. And actually, the heavy liner surrounding his eyes kind of made them even more intense.

It occurred to me that in order to see his eyes that close up, I had to be standing really close to him.

Really, really close.

I was.

When had that happened?

I took a step back and let my gaze travel over his face. His skin was pale and I didn’t even see a hint of facial hair.

It was another reminder of how young he was.

His hair was thick and so dark it looked blue under the light. And then I realized it looked blue because there actually was some blue it. It was subtle, but it was there.

“You’re one of those Goth kids, aren’t you?” I asked.

Isaac looked startled. “What?”

I let my eyes sweep his body and felt an unpleasant sensation stroke through my system.

Okay, not entirely unpleasant.

“You’re into all that heavy metal death shit,” I said.

“Oooh, he said a bad word,” Newt whispered. “You gotta do what Isaac says now.”

“What?” I asked.

“No, he doesn’t,” Isaac said at the same time.

“I gotta give up Lightning when I do it.” The little boy whipped out a red toy car from his pocket. “And I can’t get him back for fifteen whole minutes,” Newt declared, his eyes going big.

“Is that right?” I asked as I turned my attention to Isaac. A shiver of awareness went through me when Isaac’s tongue darted out to wet his lips and I found myself once again stepping closer to him. “You gonna punish me now, Isaac?” I asked, dropping my voice just a bit.

I expected him to cower, or at least look away. But he held my gaze and I saw a subtle shift in his expression. Suddenly, he was the one pressing forward, and I found myself practically nose to nose with him.

He smelled like lemons.

Why the fuck was I noticing that about him?

“I don’t particularly like wasting my time trying to teach lessons to guys like you.”

“Guys like me?”

His eyes slid up and down my body.

“You’re one of those dumb jocks, right?”

“What?” I asked, completely caught off guard.

“The muscles, the intimidation, the inability to speak more than a few syllables at a time…” he practically purred. “I mean, that’s what we’re doing here, right? I’m the weird, freaky Goth guy because I wear black and like to use a bit of eyeliner now and again, and you’re the brainless jock who can’t string more than a few words together and expects everyone to fall at your feet because you’re big and built and gorgeous.”

His hand actually came up to stroke over my chest and I felt his touch everywhere.

Yeah, everywhere.

“Newt, what’s our rule about letting people hurt us with words?” Isaac asked as he held my gaze.

“It don’t count if they don’t know our middle names,” Newt declared.

Doesn’t count, and you’re exactly right, Newt.” Isaac dropped his hand and stepped back. “People like that just aren’t worth our time, are they?”


“‘Cause if they don’t care enough to know our middle names…” Isaac began.

“—they don’t care enough to be nice,” Newt finished.

I couldn’t help but feel a weird sense of pride. Not many people had the balls to stand up to me. This kid had done it with very little hesitation and made a teaching moment out of it.

I forced myself to move back and give both of them a little more breathing room. “Nolan said to make yourself at home,” I said, then turned to head for the door. I didn’t like all the shit going through my head at the moment and there was only one thing that would help ward it off.

I needed to move.

And just keep moving.

“Is there anything I can do?” Isaac called. “For Nolan, I mean?”

“Yeah,” I said without looking at him. “Don’t steal anything.”


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I’ve spent years hoping someone would finally hear me. It’s easier not to try anymore…

Ten years after leaving his small Minnesota hometown in his rearview mirror for what Nolan Grainger was sure would be the last time, life has decided to throw the talented musician a curveball and send him back to the town he lived in but was never really home.

At twenty-eight, Nolan has traveled the world as a successful concert violinist with some of the best symphonies in the country. But success breeds envy, and when Nolan’s benefactor and lover decides Nolan has flown high enough, he cruelly clips Nolan’s wings.

The betrayal and ensuing scandal leaves the violinist’s career in shambles and with barely enough money to start fresh somewhere beyond his vindictive ex’s powerful reach. But just as he’s ready to get his life back on track, Nolan gets the call he’s been dreading.

After a stroke leaves his father a partial invalid, duty-bound Nolan returns to Pelican Bay and a life he’s spent years trying to forget. When he’s forced to use the last of his own money to keep from losing the family home, desperation has him turning to the one man he’d hoped never to see again…

Even if I could speak, there wouldn’t be anyone there to listen…

Pelican Bay’s golden boy, Dallas Kent, had the quintessential perfect life. Smart, gorgeous, and popular, the baseball phenom was well on his way to a life filled with fame and fortune. But more importantly, he had a one-way ticket out of Pelican Bay and far away from the family who used love as currency and whose high expectations were the law of the land. But a stormy night, sharp highway curve and one bad decision changed everything, leaving Dallas with nothing.

Because the accident that took his parents, his future and his crown as the boy who could do no wrong, also stole his voice.

Despised for the horrific wreck that ended the lives of two of Pelican Bay’s most respected residents, Dallas has retreated to a secluded stretch of land where he’s found refuge in a menagerie of unwanted animals that don’t care that he once had the world at his feet or that he’ll never speak again.

But when the quiet, bookish boy he wasn’t allowed to notice in school suddenly reappears ten years later at Dallas’s wildlife rehab center in desperate need of a job, Dallas is thrust back into a world he’s worked hard to escape.

Dallas’s silence was supposed to send Nolan scurrying, but what if Nolan ends up being the one person who finally hears him?

Will two men who’ve been fleeing from the past finally come home to Pelican Bay for good or will the silence drive them apart forever?



Although Sloane Kennedy always dreamed of being a writer as a teenager, she didn’t take the plunge until March of 2015 when she released her first novel as an independent author. Since then, she has released more than a dozen books including the Amazon best-selling “Barretti Security” series, “Finding” series and “Protectors” series.

While she initially began writing M/F romance, she found her true passion writing gay romance and all four of her most recent releases reached the #1 spot on Amazon’s Gay Romance bestseller list and Freeing Zane, her final book in the Barretti Security series, made it to Amazon’s overall bestseller list.

Sloane was born in Germany and grew up in Virginia and Wisconsin. Although she currently lives in Wisconsin, the place where she has always felt most at home is Seattle and many of her books take place in the Emerald city.

Although she is unmarried, a menagerie of 2 dogs and 3 cats keeps her busy enough and 3 young nieces take care of the rest of her free time. Sloane loves being able to share her passion for romance with readers and she is truly humbled by all the support she’s received from fans and fellow authors alike.



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Another superb story in the Pelican Bay series from Sloane

Sanctuary-found-customdesign-JayAheer2018-eBook-complete.jpgSanctuary Found by Sloane Kennedy

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I don’t care what she writes about, Sloane Kennedy just meets my book reading desires easily each time.

Her invariably flawed men always have some past trauma which defines their character and they invariably meet someone with the perfect set of personality traits to help them move on.

Her men are also never cured by magic dick either. If they’ve suffered trauma, then they continue to need to deal with it either through therapy or physical actions and they remain affected by it.

The second in her Pelican Bay series is a real beauty, dealing as it does with an ex military Lieutenant dealing with PTSD and a young man who’s had more to deal with in caring for his brother than anyone should have to.

But together, they provided the strength and the structure to allow their family to start healing. I loved Isaac and Maddox and little Newt was cute without being overbearing in his abilities and he very much acted his age.

Sex is hot but there’s a really lovely slow burn frenemies vibe for a long time before the two finally get down to things and it worked well.

Maddox’s sexuality, or lack of any overwhelming interest until Isaac, is handled well without hitting the reader over the head with it and it felt believable.

There’s an element of suspend disbelief towards the end but I really didn’t care and I adore the cover!

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Blog Tour: Skater Boy by A.E. Wasp

Book Title: Skater Boy: Hot Off the Ice #4

Author: A. E. Wasp

Publisher: Self-Published

Cover Artist: Ana J. Phoenix

Genre/s: Gay Sports Romance

Length: 75,750 words/303 pages

Skater Boy is a standalone story in the Hot Off the Ice series.


In a world that measures success in dollars, how do you put a price on happiness?

Love, marriage, and a baby carriage. It’s all Alex Staunton has ever wanted. Well, that and an Olympic medal for figure skating. The medal he got. The rest of it – not so much.

When his most recent poor decision comes to a door-slamming end, Alex moves into the house of his best friend, Thunder starting goalie, Sergei Pergov. But when tragedy strikes, giving Sergei custody of the twins he fathered confidentially, Alex’s problems take a backseat to the needs of two infants, and Alex vows to be the best fake-dad and house-husband he can be.

Sergei is dazzled by the way Alex makes managing all the craziness look as easy as doing a triple-axel. As their friendship grows even deeper, Sergei realizes he doesn’t want to imagine a life without Alex in it. Alex is the one who makes their house a home; his love makes them a family. How can Sergei make Alex understand he’s worth everything?

Skater Boy is a story about falling in love with your best friend. It contains discussions about baby poop, day drinking, girls’ night out, and the purchase of a mini-van.

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It was funny how much one kiss could change everything. Well, kissing and whatever else he could get away with. Sergei loved finding ways around the rules or seeing how much he could get away with while still technically staying within bounds.

Alex had typed up a list of the rules and taped them to the inside of the door that held Sergei’s coffee mugs and tea cups. “This way I know we’ll see it at least once a day.”

“In case I forget?” Sergei pulled Alex’s hand toward him, tracing light patterns over his wrist and palm in the same way Alex had tortured him the other night.

“Bastard,” Alex said, yanking his hand away. He darted in for a quick kiss. “In case I forget.”

Then last night after dinner, he’d come up behind Alex in the kitchen while he was washing dishes, and keeping his hands above the waist and over the clothes, lifted up Alex’s gorgeous hair and kissed the back and sides of his neck until Alex begged him to touch him. “Just a little. Please? Just my stomach.”

“Rules say no hands under clothing,” Sergei said, voice heavy with regret. “You made rules.”

Without another word, Alex slid out from under Sergei. Grabbing a pen from the junk drawer, he stomped the few feet to the cabinet, opened the cabinet, and crossed off the word ‘clothing.’ He wrote ‘pants’ above it, handwriting sloppy.

Slamming the door, he marched back to Sergei. “Better?”

Sergei yanked Alex against him, face to face this time. He slid his hands up the back of Alex’s shirt. His skin was softer than he had ever imagined and so warm. “Much better,” he growled, then pushed Alex up against the counter. They kissed until Sergei’s lips were numb.

About the Author

After time spent raising children, earning several college degrees, and traveling the world with the U.S. State Department, she is returning to her first love – writing.

A dreamer and an idealist, Amy writes about people finding connection in a world that can seem lonely and magic in a world that can seem all too mundane. She invites readers into her characters’ lives and worlds when they are their most vulnerable, their most human, living with the same hopes and fears we all have.

An avid traveler who has lived in big cities and small towns in four different continents, Amy has found that time and distance are no barriers to love. She invites her readers to reach out and share how her characters have touched their lives or how the found families they have gathered around them have shaped their worlds.

Born on Long Island, NY, Amy has lived in Los Angeles, London, and Bangkok. She currently lives in a town suspiciously like Red Deer, Colorado.

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These teens aren’t overly dramatic which gives a sweet romance

Room for RecoveryRoom for Recovery by D.J. Jamison

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


I don’t often read Young Adult, mostly because ‘teen drama’ is so long ago in my own past I find it exhausting to think about what I was like as an 18 and 19-year-old and don’t really want to consider it anymore!

However, I made an exception for this one as it was connected to the Hearts & Health series which I’ve enjoyed and because it was about Beau and Wade.

And I have to say, I enjoyed the vast majority of it and it dealt sympathetically with some quite serious subjects and kept a realistic tone throughout.

Both Beau and Wade are believable characters, they act their ages and aren’t some uber teenagers who know every thing and have shedloads of stuff and things.

Wade’s fears were justified and understandable, as was his behaviour, even if it was uncomfortable to consider that level of internalized pain and Beau really was the perfect foil.

I’m looking forward to finding out more about Dr Casper in the next one and it was nice to catch up with Trent & Xavier and Paul & Zane briefly.

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Lots to like in this latest from the Heathens Ink series

Unraveled CoverUnraveled by K.M. Neuhold

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Lots to like in this latest edition to the Heathens Ink series from KM Neuhold not least of which was the care given to Max and his unassuming acceptance of Clay and all his anxieties and his kinks.

The sexual realisation aspect of Max becoming attuned to his attraction to Clay and his bisexuality was also handled very well and with sensitivity. I truly believed Max’s awakening and his dawning awareness that he’d been in love with Clay for a long time without realising he was also attracted to him sexually.

I loved the Shibari, Clay’s need for it was well expressed and Max’s desire once he saw the ropes and twigged on to what they were for, and their first experience together was beautifully written.

The only thing which stopped me rating it higher was Clay’s martyr complex! For various reasons, there is a complication to their relationship which I won’t spoil, but the angsty because of Clay’s anxieties – which I accept were totally a real thing – just maybe went on a tad too long for me.

Eventually though there is a glorious ending and a really lovely Epilogue which pulls all the narrative back together and gave me a nice happy smile.

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No Shame brings a great conclusion to this debut series

No Shame (No Shame, #4)No Shame by Nora Phoenix

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When I first started reading this series, I really wasn’t sure where the story was supposed to be going. Book one was a bit mixed up with a “not quite menage” feeling that meant I hadn’t a sense of the narrative.

But, I have to say, Nora Phoenix has book on book improved the relationship development between the four main characters and also managed to skilfully introduce five more diverse men into this narrative.

This was probably my favourite of the lot as the secondary plot of Indy’s gangland ex still hunting him was concluded in book three – to my immense satisfaction with a wonderful take down scene.

So here the tone throughout is way more chilled and the story can focus on laying down the firm ties of friendship between all seven men living in the main house.

I loved Miles when he appeared as Indy’s FBI handler man in book three and in this one the reader gets a deeper glimpse into his life with an unusual and embarrassing sexual condition.

Thankfully for him, Blake’s brother Brad (who we met also in book three), is an absolute perfect match with his deep seated desire to please and to be used by a daddy in the best possible way.

The menage in this is extremely well crafted, Charlie has been in love with Brad since he rescued him from two bullies who were going to stick him in the dumpster at school. Brad is older than Charlie but their dynamic has always been equal.

Once these three meet, the slow build up from just meeting each other’s sexual needs into a fully loving relationship was excellent.

This series surprised me in the end and there’s not many that can do that these days.

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