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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Warning: Minor spoiler in this review

Enemy Within (The Executive Office #3)Enemy Within by Tal Bauer

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

OMG, oh my God people this book is beyond exceptional, it wraps up the trilogy in an almost perfect fashion but still leaves a hint behind that there could be more.

And believe me, I want more. Who are the missing clones, will Jack and Ethan head up the secret black ops department, will Sergey and Sasha get married, will Faisal become King with Adam by his side?! I NEED to know these things.

The tension and pacing throughout this book left me breathless. Who was going to be the other hidden traitor? I guessed rightly with one though as soon as I saw his name.

SPOILER ALERT: It was a really nerdy moment and a tribute to one of the greatest Star Trek mythologies ever. Once he arrived I knew there would have to be something going on, it’s a truly stand out name but the discovery of just what his role would be still surprised me and the cleverness of the plotting to get him to that point was superb.

I think I spent half this book praying the traitors wouldn’t be Scott, Levi, Welby, Doc, Colman, the press guys, Elizabeth, there were so many it would have killed me to read as a traitor. And it was still a shock when it came. And it came with such a vengeance, the tension jacked up to such a level I could actually feel my pulse racing.

I should also say that the amount of research and detailing which has gone into this book series is exemplary, it deserves a world of five stars on that basis alone but when added to the rest, it takes this book somewhere beyond just an enjoyable read and into the stratosphere.

I want to see these books on TV or the big screen, they have every single ingredient needed for a true blockbuster and hopefully one day, when the world catches up that love between two men is just as romantic and vital as a heterosexual pairing, we may just get it.

Bravo Tal for writing a trilogy of books which will forever sit on my must be read favourites shelf.

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Sexy and stirring spy romance is a lot of fun

The Chimera AffairThe Chimera Affair by Keira Andrews

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’m a big fan of Keira Andrews, it seems no matter what style she turns her hand to the reader will get an enjoyable read with sexy men doing sexy things while having unexpected emotions.

This one’s in the vein of her Valor on the Move romance with an age gap and, in this case, spies rather than political operatives, but it’s no less thrilling.

There’s a fab epilogue and a freebie short story to round off this sexy tale of a spy and the collateral “damage” he couldn’t forget.

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Superb world building in this shifter series

Wolves of Black Pine  (The Wolfkin Saga #1)Wolves of Black Pine by S.J. Himes

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I absolutely loved this romance, so much brilliant world building brought an interesting take on the shifter trope, and the long slow burn while Luca and Kane were apart made their relationship even more delicious.

This is a long book but, unlike some other reviewers, I never felt it was dragging or had too much unnecessary detail. I found the mythology and the mystery fascinating as were the different types of wolfkin and their abilities.

Luca/Ghost was a wonderfully expressed character, his internal POV changing in tone as he grew and between his wolf self and human self.

Kane was also fully fleshed out, the secondary characters surrounding both MCs bringing added depth. I can’t wait to read book two next week!

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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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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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Fast paced military romance

The Only One Who KnowsThe Only One Who Knows by Cat Grant

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I liked this one with its military setting and element of danger to spice up the plot.

There wasn’t anything particularly unusual about it, just two hot alpha men finding a passionate love on the training field and being willing to fight to keep it going when all common sense said they shouldn’t.

This is book one of the series so it’ll be good to see if the solid HFN turns into a positive HEA in the next one.

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