Wednesday, April 30, 2014

REVIEW: Wolf in Gucci Loafers by Tara Lain

Summary:

Socialite Lindsey Vanessen wants someone to love who will love him back—an impossibility for a gay, half-human, half-werewolf. Too aggressive for humans, too gay for wolves, and needing to protect the pack from human discovery, Lindsey tries to content himself with life as a successful businessman. But when someone starts kidnapping members of wealthy families, Lindsey meets tough cop Seth Zakowsy—the hunky embodiment of everything Lindsey wants but can't have.

Seth has never been attracted to flamboyant men. What would the guys in the department think of Lindsey? But intrigue turns to lust when he discovers Lindsey’s biting, snarling passion more than matches his dominant side. It might mean a chance at love for a cop in black leather and a wolf in Gucci loafers.

Title:  Wolf in Gucci Loafers
Series:  Tales of the Harker Pack
Book #: 2
Author:  Tara Lain
Approximate Book Length:  174 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  18+
Sexual Content:  Explicit

Thoughts:

Tara Lain does it again with another exciting sequel! The characters are still so vivid and I fell in love with them both. The chemistry between Seth and Lindsey is tangible and they are just so sexy. I absolutely loved their development throughout the plot with every obstacle put in front of them.

Though we’re not so much among the pack as we are in Lindsey’s life which has been pretty separate from the pack itself, it’s very much about the pack and it plays a big part in Lindsey’s mind and the ending of the story as a whole.

While this can be read as a standalone story, I definitely recommend reading book one first. It’s just easier to follow along with some of the pack politics that come up sometimes and this story does reference some events from the previous one.

Bottom Line:

Wolf in Gucci Loafers kept me enthralled from beginning to end and has me forever invested in the series. I look forward to more from this pack and these characters, especially since we’re also introduced to a couple new people and I want to see how they progress in the series. Seth and Lindsey in particular left me wanting a pair of them for myself!

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Saturday, April 26, 2014

REVIEW: Dream Job by Mickey J Corrigan

***This book was originally reviewed for My Secret Romance.***
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Summary:

After sleeping with her boss, Adrianna must face him daily and even test the company software with him, ignoring the fact that drives her to ecstasy and she’s totally in love with him. To make things worse, she is plagued with dreams of an ex. He haunts her dreams, chasing her down and begging her to love him. Something strange is going on, but Adrianna can’t make sense of it. Like it or not, Adrianna is about to find out all about the dream world to understand what’s happening and to stay with the man of her dreams at her dream job.

Thoughts:

Maybe I’m simple minded, but I don’t tend to like the “mind f*ck” type stories. I usually have trouble following them. This book is one of those. We’re in Adrianna’s POV exclusively throughout the book, and as the reader, we’re just as confused as she is. It becomes extremely difficult to tell what’s real and what’s not, which adds mystery, yes, but also adds frustration.

I also was not a particular fan of the writing style. The breaks were more disorienting than helpful, and I couldn’t follow the flow of time through the entire second chapter at all. There are a couple steamy moments in the book, and a couple funny ones, but overall there was nothing that really stood out as memorable. I guess the bottom line is that it just wasn’t my cup of tea.


Thursday, April 24, 2014

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

REVIEW: Their Second Chance by April Angel

Summary:

After five years with a man she loved, Ariana Parker held divorce papers in hand. From the moment she met him, Nick was the only man to make her body burn and fill her heart with joy, but somewhere along the way, they lost their ability to communicate--in any language.

Nick Parker lost the woman he loved to the trials of conception. Their inability to cope with their failure broke down their relationship and their friendship. And now, he's left with a woman he lusts after, longs for, and doesn't know how to reach.

One locked door and plenty of time to hash out their problems will either leave them broken forever or might just be the glue that holds them together.

Title:  Their Second Chance
Series:  N/A
Book #: N/A
Author:  April Angel
Approximate Book Length:  202 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  18+
Sexual Content:  Moderate

Thoughts:

This story just felt real. Its level of authenticity really makes the entire book. One of the things I appreciated the most was that despite how close these two people are a couple, they still can’t read each other’s minds. It takes communication to make a relationship (of any kind) work.

While many things were predictable, some things weren’t – such as what exactly strands them in a room together forcing them to hash out their issues. I loved the characters, and how they were consistent throughout the story. I didn’t like Nick’s attitude about his mother in the beginning, but really liked how that whole thing played out. Even the predictable things (and people) were so strong that it made a major impact.

The ending is super cute and sweet, and as I knew I would, I cried many times throughout the book, including at the end. It’s a highly emotional book that is a fast read even though it’s tough because it’s just so heartbreaking at times.

Bottom Line:

Their Second Chance will take you through some tissues, especially if you can personally relate to the trials of conception. It’s sweet, fun, and will have you on the edge of your seat as you finish it in one sitting unable to put it down!

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Monday, April 21, 2014

BLOG TOUR: Wolf in Gucci Loafers by Tara Lain




Wolf in Gucci Loafers 
(Tales of the Harker Pack #2)
by Tara Lain

Blurb:
Socialite Lindsey Vanessen wants someone to love who will love him back — an impossibility for a gay, half-human, half-werewolf. Too aggressive for humans, too gay for wolves, and needing to protect the pack from human discovery, Lindsey tries to content himself with life as a successful businessman. But when someone starts kidnapping members of wealthy families, Lindsey meets tough cop Seth Zakowsy—the hunky embodiment of everything Lindsey wants but can't have.

Seth has never been attracted to flamboyant men. What would the guys in the department think of Lindsey? But intrigue turns to lust when he discovers Lindsey’s biting, snarling passion more than matches his dominant side. It might mean a chance at love for a cop in black leather and a wolf in Gucci loafers.




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Excerpt

Lindsey came up beside him. “So, let me look at you.” The guy stood back and regarded Seth up and down like a piece of prime beef. “Yes, well, lovely, but maybe a little casual for the occasion. I know it sounds like an athletic event, but really it’s more”—he waved a hand gracefully—“shall we say, social?” He walked around Seth, making a “hmmm” sound.
“Look, I don’t care about the social niceties. I just want to catch a fucking kidnapper.”
“Ah yes, yes, but we catch more flies with—Armani.” He laughed. “Come with me.”
It wasn’t a trial to follow that butt.
Lindsey threw open a door, and Seth walked in behind him. “Holy shit.”
Lindsey turned and placed a hand on his chest. “Yes, dear, I know. Decadent. It may be the sign of a devolving civilization, but this is my closet.”
This was a room his family home could fit in twice. “Department stores don’t have this many clothes.”
“Dear, dear. We never shop at department stores.” He waved a hand down his body. “Obviously, nothing that fits me is going to fit you.” He touched the epaulet on the leather jacket. “Those shoulders. Oh my.” He sighed. “Anyway, I happen to have a blazer that was delivered to me in the wrong size. My guess is that it’s divine plan, because I think it will fit you perfectly.” He walked to the racks of clothing and pulled out  a deep-green blazer.
Seth touched the material. Butter. Shit, not his style. He shook his head. “I don’t need this. Thanks, though.”
Lindsey hooked the jacket on a display hanger and crossed his arms. “Listen, dear. You asked me to take you to this event. I’m also very interested in you capturing these horrible people. After all, their victims are my friends. So do this my way.” He pointed at the coat. “That jacket cost half your annual salary. No one is going to smell cop when I get through with you. They’ll talk to you because you’re a friend of mine and that’s all they need to know. Understand?”
Seth frowned. “What do I say when they ask what I do?”
“You work for the government in a classified capacity. End of story. You could tell them, but—”
“I’d have to kill them.” He cracked half a grin. “That’s pretty ingenious.”

“But of course.”


About the Author

Tara Lain writes the Beautiful Boys of Romance in LGBT erotic romance novels that star her unique, charismatic heroes. Her first novel was published in January of 2011 and she’s now somewhere around book 23. Her best­selling novels have garnered awards for Best Series, Best Contemporary Romance, Best Ménage, Best LGBT Romance, Best Gay Characters, and Tara has been named Best Writer of the Year in the LRC Awards. In her other job, Tara owns an advertising and public relations firm. She often does workshops on both author promotion and writing craft. She lives with her soul­mate husband and her soul­mate dog in Laguna Beach, California, a pretty seaside town where she sets a lot of her books. Passionate about diversity, justice, and new experiences, Tara says on her tombstone it will say “Yes”!


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Saturday, April 19, 2014

REVIEW: Soy Sauce Face by Sedonia Guillone

***This book was originally reviewed for My Secret Romance.***
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Summary:

Sometimes the best kept secret is the one you keep from yourself…

“I’m an ordinary man with an ordinary life in every way. Except for Jun. That’s what I think to myself every night when I watch Jun getting ready for his work as a bar host in Kabukicho. He’s everything I’m not. He’s the beautiful, graceful, sociable and ambitious counterpart to me—a hulking, reclusive, completely unambitious guy who’d rather fix car and motorcycle engines all day than interact with people… I’d be happy if Jun just stayed here with me the rest of our lives, in this little apartment we’d once shared with Dad. But Jun has other plans.”

Or so Jun thinks. One night he gets ready and goes to work. But a tragic occurrence derails his career and all his plans for the future.

Through the eyes of his best friend, Tomo, the man who loves him above all others, Jun will be forced to confront himself, his deepest fears, hates, desires. And his deepest love.

Thoughts:

This story is a very emotional one, because Jun’s had a tough childhood, and he deals with that periodically throughout the book. Tomo, his best friend, is the son of the man who took him in and they’ve always been close, but after the man’s death, there’s been tension that neither of them seems to know quite how to alleviate. Jun is a “host” which is basically a high class male prostitute, and when he’s attacked one night while taking a break, his path in life is thrown into question and he’s forced to sit down and think through everything, no matter how much it hurts. As usual, Tomo helps him through it, and it’s during this time when emotions are raw and they’re cooped up together for an extended period of time that they’re honesty with each other and themselves becomes apparent. It’ll bring about what they both need, but were always too afraid to give voice to.

The author does a good job getting the reader emotionally invested and taking us on their journey of healing and reconnecting with each other (in more ways than one). Tomo cares for Jun in a lot of ways, and it’s actually a little confusing at the beginning because it almost seems more of a fatherly love or brotherly love, but as time goes on you can definitely tell the chemistry between the two men. If you like gay romance, this is a really touching story to check out!


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

REVIEW: Believe by Erin McCarthy

Summary:

Robin used to be a party girl… until she got black out drunk and woke up in bed with her best friend’s boyfriend. Now she’s faced with being THAT girl, and couldn’t be more disgusted with herself. She can’t even tell her friends the reason for her sudden sobriety and she avoids everyone until she meets Phoenix—quiet, tattooed, and different in every way that’s good and oh, so bad…

Phoenix is two days out of jail when he meets Robin at his cousin’s house, and he knows that he has no business talking to her, but he’s drawn to her quiet demeanor, sweet smile, and artistic talent. She doesn’t care that he’s done time, or that he only has five bucks to his name, and she supports his goal to be a tattoo artist.

But Phoenix knows Robin has a secret, and that it’s a naïve dream to believe that his record won’t catch up with them at some point. Though neither is prepared for the explosive result when the past collides with the present…

Title:  Believe
Series:  True Believers
Book #: 3
Author:  Erin McCarthy
Approximate Book Length:  232 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  18+
Sexual Content:  Moderate

Thoughts:

I haven’t read the others in the series, but I definitely will after reading this one. I love the friendships and the little elements that add a little grit. It’s pretty light hearted, but there are things like Phoenix having been in jail that are little touches that I appreciate. It’s a story about redemption in more ways than one.

I enjoyed all the characters, except Nathan (which is how it should be). It felt real and I was taken for a ride right along with Robin. The conflicts were very authentic and the resolutions realistic – no easy ways out here!

My biggest problem here is that the few people that knew the big secret, wanted to keep it just that – a secret! Why? I believe it’s better to let that kind of secret out, because it’s more hurtful and insulting when buried, especially when it’s only found out later. So that bothered me a lot, but that’s the only thing that did. The rest resonated with me beautifully.

Bottom Line:

Believe is a story that takes you on a journey about self-realization and redemption, particularly for Robin. I was captivated by this story and only want to read more about this circle of friends.

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Saturday, April 12, 2014

REVIEW: Slap, Tickle & Tie by Peter Birch

***This book was originally reviewed for My Secret Romance.***
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Summary:

A fetish, the OED tells us, is an irrational and often obsessive reverence for a principle or thing, or in the erotic sense when a non-sexual part of the body, an object or behaviour becomes a focus for sexual desire. Most of the time, when people say they have a fetish all they mean is that they like something, boobs or bums included. But it can go much further than that, through ever stronger levels of desire, right up to a need so powerful that it becomes impossible to achieve orgasm without it, or even to enjoy sexual pleasure any other way. This collection features eight articles covering many of his favourite fetishes, each one the product of years of depraved behaviour.

Thoughts:

As an anthology, a fairly short one at that, there is no real point of reference for me to measure this against, nor do I particularly know what kind of rating to give it. What I can do is share my assessment and reactions to what’s within its pages. First and foremost, let me say that this was a truly enlightening read. A lot of us have a general idea of fetishes when the subject comes up or when a reference is made, but here we have detailed accounts from some people that live these fetishes and descriptions from a man who’s experimented with just about every sexual activity out there. If you’ve ever wondered about the taboo sexual practices, but never knew where to look (safely anyway – you never know where Google will take you with a search like that HA!), here’s a book for you.

First article is called “What is a Fetish?”. Right from the start I knew this was going to be an interesting book. Peter Birch gives us the textbook definition of a fetish, and how it translates to sexual terms. What’s neat about it is that he includes real confessions from people that live some of these fetishes. Now, call me juvenile, but when talking about sex or sexual situations, I blush and giggle. Maybe some of the men and women in these examples did also, but it’s presented in a fashion that lends itself to be taken seriously with maturity.

“Beauty in Blue Jeans”, “What, No Knickers!?”, and “Erotica Victoriana” all delve into the world of certain clothing fetishes. He even goes into the history of blue jeans, the different implications of going commando that a partner can infer, and the eroticism of the clothing from the Victorian era as a whole. He admits to Daisy Duke being the reason he loves denim in the form of short cutoff shorts, that he likes knickers mostly because they can be pulled down, and all the heavy and layered clothes in the Victorian days only made you value what’s beneath that much more.

“Ten Top Tips for Bondage”, “The UK’s Top 20 Spanking Positions”, “Aftercare, Or The Fine Art Of Tending To A Smacked Bottom”, and “Harness Made To Your Own Design” are all informative or how-to guides. The tips are important things to keep in mind during bondage play, from the types of restraints, the ties and knots, and the state of your partner. The spanking positions is pretty much exactly what it looks like – a rundown of the top 20 spanking positions, though a few are very similar and a couple aren’t fully explained so I can’t fully picture it. Aftercare recommendations are aimed mostly at the mind frame of the partner that was spanked. The harness portion is literally a DIY guide to making your own pony-girl bridle, from the materials you’ll need, the factors to take into consideration for your design, and the step-by-step instructions.

“Oh Those Kinky Clowns!” is the cherry on top for this expedition into the fetish world. I’m an open-minded individual and I feel everyone is entitled to whatever floats their boat (with the exception of things like underage porn etc. – you get the idea), but I definitely have to file this one under the weird category. Women dressed up in clown costumes, well ok, mostly paint actually, and doing naughty things with custard…to each their own!

I think the most important thing about this book is the overall message found inside. The obvious message is that everyone has different tastes and that’s okay! It’s natural, it’s fun, and should be explored openly without judgment. The other big message is that there should always be respect, even affection, for your partner (or partners) in any given situation. I think this is exemplified best in the aftermath section as he says that there should at minimum be a hug and a kiss. I agree most with the next part though: “Extended cuddles are better still”.

Overall the entire collection of articles feels more educational than erotic despite the subject matter, terminology, and context, and the author does on occasion get overly verbose on a particular topic making it feel like it drags on a bit. However this isn’t a bad thing! For one, there are some pictures included as examples, and come on, who doesn’t like pictures? There are times when the author seems to get enthusiastic in a subject, which adds a level of excitement for the reader as well, such as when he’s talking about knickers: “Who would want to receive a present without any wrapping paper?”. In context this creates a very specific imagery in the reader’s mind that is all kinds of powerful. There are moments when he’s just plain funny, such as when he discusses the aftermath of spanking and says that you should never just stop there, unless you’re deliberately depriving your partner of emotional comfort, “or perhaps when an inconvenient husband has just walked in on you and you have no choice.” I guess the bottom line is just that it was an endlessly fascinating read!


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

REVIEW: Forty 2 Days by Georgia Le Carre

Summary:

Beyond the seductive power of immense wealth lies... Dark Secrets

Devastatingly handsome billionaire, Blake Law Barrington was Lana Blooms first and only love. From the moment they touched his power was overwhelming. Their arrangement quickly developed into a passionate romance that captivated her heart and took her on an incredible sexual journey she never wanted to end.

The future together looked bright until Lana made a terrible mistake. So, she did the only thing she could... she ran.

Away from her incredible life, away from the man of her dreams, but she should have known a man such as Blake Law Barrington was impossible to escape. Now, he's back in her life and determined that she should taste the bitterness of his pain.

Shocked at how rough the sex has become and humiliated that she is actually participating so willingly in her punishment, she despairs if she will ever feel the warmth of his touch--the solidity of his trust again? And even if she can win his trust, loyalties are yet to be decided, and secrets to be revealed--secrets that will test them both to their limits.

Will Lana be able to tear down the walls that surround Blake's heart, and break him free of the brutal power of immense wealth?

Can Blake hold on to Lana's heart when she discovers the enormity of the dark secrets that inhabit the Barrington family?

Lana has always believed that love conquers all. She is about to test that belief...

Title:  Forty 2 Days
Series:  The Billionaire Banker
Book #: 2
Author:  Georgia Le Carre
Approximate Book Length:  264 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  18+
Sexual Content:  Explicit

Thoughts:

Wow, just wow. There’s a lot going on in this book. Blake at the beginning of the book is a complete jerk and I wanted to throw him in a well, but the contrast between the beginning and the “switch” is very stark and I loved it. The story starts off feeling like a horribly abusive relationship (though that does play a part anyway), but despite that and her having a few weak moments, Lana seems like a stronger woman this time around.

Beyond the characters though, the story was riveting. That being said, I was left with a lot of questions and the big secret that’s finally revealed is a little far fetched for me. Due to that, I’m torn about just how much I look forward to the next book. However, it’s still lots of yummy drama and I love how Blake and Lana ended up. My biggest question is what ever happened with the pink shirt? Hehe.

A note on a something not really relevant to the story itself: I was raised to believe that the “C” word is the ultimate dirty word. I know in some places it’s very common and that it’s used often in erotica stories, and I don’t mind it so much anymore, but I gloss over it when I read it and can barely think it, let alone say it. The word plays a role in this particular story and at one point Lana looks it up, thinks it over, and decides to own it. The entire scene made me honestly enjoy the use of the “C” word and it doesn’t bother me nearly as much as it used to. Thanks to the author for that alone – Bravo!

Bottom Line:

Forty 2 Days is a story that will keep you guessing and pull at your emotions from the first page to the last. It ends up in a very different way than expected and leaves plenty of room for more. Don’t miss out on this compelling sequel!

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Saturday, April 5, 2014

REVIEW: Power Play by Chellesie B Dancer

***This book was originally reviewed for My Secret Romance.***
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Summary:

Sergio Davis needs to make partner in the ad firm before he turns thirty, and his last chance is getting a huge new account with an underwear magnate. He's focused all his time and energy on this presentation, until he meets a beautiful woman in the parking garage.

Liz is an heiress, hugely successful in business, but not so successful in her relationships. She wants a man who finds her attractive for herself, not her money. She encounters an artistic and sexy man who takes control and that triggers a submissive reaction in her. Realizing he’s enamored of her without knowing who she is, she sets up a seduction in the conference room where he’s scheduled to make his presentation to her.

The attraction heightens, and Liz teases Sergio until he turns dominant. Once he discovers who she is, he plots his payback, controlling her body, her emotions, and her sexual pleasure. After a glorious night of sensational sex, the real control battle begins. Who will end up on top during the day, and during the night?

Thoughts:

I enjoyed this book. The chemistry between the characters is good, and I love the way they tease each other. The sex scenes were hot and their buildup was wickedly playful. I loved how the sex scenes included a little light bondage, but in such a way as to ease the reader into it because it was so new and unusual even to the characters. I also liked how every move they made with each other was a power play, pushing the other to see how far they could go. Being that they were both in the corporate world, the term was very ambiguous and applied to both the boardroom and the bedroom.

While normally I would say it all happened a little fast with the emotional ties etc. I will attribute the speed to the immediate chemistry that develops right from the start. Other than that my only complaint is how much Sergio overreacts to something that Liz says and does. While I am totally on his side in the matter, I really just didn’t imagine him behaving the way he did in the aftermath. I digress, I still got my happy ending and enjoyed the journey, which is the important part.

Oh and did I mention I now have a new appreciation for neck ties? *wink*


Wednesday, April 2, 2014

REVIEW: A Hero Scarred by April Angel

Summary:

Jessie Tavarez doesn't want to be set up. As far as she's concerned she doesn't even want to talk about men. She's just gotten rid of one jerk and isn't looking for another. But her good friend Kayla is hell-bent on matchmaking. What she thought was a quiet vacation turned into an unexpected first date with a soldier scarred by war. And the first man to make her realize not all men are the same.

Matt Payne knew his friends meant well when they tried to matchmake. But he'd been hiding his physical scars from the sympathy of women and his family. A sneaky set-up finds him having dinner with the first woman he physically and emotionally connected with since his injuries.

As the night wears on, they find that fear can override instant chemistry and force a person to choose fear over passion. But will Matt allow Jessie a peek into his world, to share his scars in the hope for more? Or will he ignore the fact she's been scarred too?

Title:  A Hero Scarred
Series:  Wounded Soldiers
Book #: 2
Author:  April Angel
Approximate Book Length:  43 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  18+
Sexual Content:  Explicit

Thoughts:

I like that the couple from the first book is featured. Kayla’s sass and enthusiasm is both daunting and refreshing all at the same time. I like the new couple as well. Jessie knows emotional scars while Matt knows physical ones and they seem to compliment each other well. They have chemistry and I love their impulsiveness.

However, I felt the story was too short and moved too fast. I like the conflict resolution at the end, I just wanted more from the length of the story so we could see more of the development of the relationship.

Bottom Line:

A Hero Scarred will put you through the range of emotions in a short amount of time. It’s sexy and sweet and sad, but worth every second. Don’t miss out on this one!

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