Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Release Day Review: Bad Boyfriend by KA Mitchell #Review #Giveaway






Author: K.A. Mitchell
Title: Bad Boyfriend 2nd edition
Series: Bad in Baltimore #2
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Kanaxa
Publication Date: February 20, 2018
Length: 272 pages

Reviewed by Jenn

Synopsis

Causing trouble has never been more fun.

Eli Wright doesn’t follow anyone’s rules. When he was seventeen, his parents threw him out of the house for being gay. He’s been making his own way for the past five years and he’s not about to change himself for anyone’s expectations. For now, romance can wait. There are plenty of hot guys to keep him entertained until he finds someone special.

Quinn Maloney kept the peace and his closeted boyfriend’s secrets for ten years. One morning he got a hell of a wake-up along with his coffee. Not only did the boyfriend cheat on him, but he’s marrying the girl he knocked up. Inviting Quinn to the baby’s baptism is the last straw. Quinn’s had enough of gritting his teeth to play nice. His former boyfriend is in for a rude awakening, because Quinn’s not going to sit quietly on the sidelines. In fact, he has the perfect scheme, and he just needs to convince the much younger, eyeliner-wearing guy who winks at him in a bar to help him out.

Eli’s deception is a little too good, and soon he has everyone believing they’re madly in love. In fact, he’s almost got Quinn believing it himself….



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This book was one I’d be waiting for because I really enjoyed Bad Company, book one. You don’t have to have read book one to read Bad Boyfriend.

Quinn Maloney has been living with a closeted man for 10 years. One morning Peter not only tells him that he’s ending it, but he’s marrying the pregnant woman he cheated on him with. Quinn is shocked and angry and has to let go of 10 years worth of history. The worst part is that he is so close to Peter’s family, his brother is his best friend. What looks like the end of the world to Quinn, I see as his best chance yet. Quinn has been living in a world of gray and needs some color! In walks color in the form of Eli Wright.

Eli Wright is almost 23, he’s been on his own since he was 17. His parents threw him out when they found out he was gay. Eli appears to be all about a good time when Quinn meets him one night at a club. What starts off as some flirting and Quinn intending to take the obviously gay Eli to Peter’s child’s baptism....becomes a lot more very quickly. When a man who has been living behind closed doors for so long gets a taste of how good it can be, faking a date is no longer enough.

I loved Quinn and Eli’s interactions from the beginning, I don’t think either was expecting so much heat between them. This book is funny and definitely has some drama, the sex is very hot! A really good read and I always love seeing characters from previous books pop in.


Sexy Daddy and younger guy with a fun/little angsty story



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Release Day Review: Teaching Ben by Shae Connor #Review #Giveaway



Author: Shae Connor
Title: Teaching Ben
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
House Line: Dreamspun Desire
Cover Artist: Bree Archer
Publication Date: February 20, 2018
Length: 209 pages

Reviewed by Racheal

Synopsis

Learning to love means a study in patience.

Fresh out of the military, Ben Cooper is ready for a new start. He’s away from his domineering father, making his own choices… and out of the closet. On his first day of college, he meets David Powell, who’s just the kind of gorgeous man Ben’s dreamed of. Too bad he’s the teaching assistant—which makes him off-limits in Ben’s eyes.

David is Ben’s age, but his life has taken a different path. He’s close with his family, who helped him deal with personal struggles after he came out. And while he’s staying away from any hint of scandal, Ben’s a kind of temptation he hasn’t faced in years. If only they’d met on more equal footing.

As the semester progresses and their lives become more entwined, keeping their relationship platonic becomes more difficult. They just have to hold out until the end of the semester….


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First I have to say this was my first time having read a book by Author Shae Connor and after reading Teaching Ben, I am definitely without a doubt her newest stalking fan!!!

She had me hook, line, and sinker within the first few pages. Ben's character of having to start over in college at the age of 24, having a hard life growing up, and be forced into a life he wouldn't have normally chosen for six years; seeing the strengths in his character was what attracted me from the start. He didn't have that poor me attitude. He adjusted to the things that life threw at him but he decided when he had enough and took charge of his life with a goal. The only obstacle that he saw was his sexy student teacher David.

David's character was just as strong but had a past which from time to time haunted him. I could relate to a point because I have done things in my past that I look back on and wish I think, that person isn't who I am, what happened, why did I do that? If people were to find out would they judge me for my past mistakes or look past that and see me for the person that I am today. David holds on so much to the past and is afraid to let Ben in, even though they both struggle with the realization that for the time being all they can be is friends. 

Ben and David share not just sexual energy but a closeness that two best friends have. I like how the story was written showing more of how they managed a close friendship and didn't try to ruin that by just throwing away something they were both were working towards. 


However, keep in my mind that the semester does not last forever, and Ben and David's story doesn't end once the semester does. Trust me when I say this is a fantastic build up to an amazing story that takes you on a journey of two men coming from two different worlds that find a way to show each other, friendship, family, strengths, acceptance and love along the way.





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Monday, February 19, 2018

TC Talks~ What Buffy means to me; as a gay man, as an author, as a human. #Giveaway




What Buffy means to me; as a gay man, as an author, as a human. 


*Contains some spoilers for Buffy the vampire slayer, Twilight, The Vampire Diaries.


Trying to entice others into watching Buffy in a post-Twilight world is no easy feat. After all, the vampires of the late 00’s/early 10’s are moulded for a very specific audience (tweens) and have as much depth to them as their cardboard cut-outs that you can undoubtedly purchase at Hot Topic.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I’ve watched the entirety of The Vampire Diaries, I still watch The Originals and I’ve seen all the Twilight movies. I’m riding that paranormal hype train all the way into my 30s and I don’t plan on getting off anytime soon. However, when I watch these shows I go into them knowing that they’re nothing more than melodramatic fantasies designed to appeal to a crowd that crave the traits that most modern-day vampires possess: Immortality, power, freedom. They’re designed for 15-year-old Becky that CBA with her math homework and desperately wants a boyfriend that only has eyes for her. They’re for 16-year-old Sarah who (despite being popular) feels utterly alone in the world and wants that one person she can “be herself” with. They do to teens what explicit, billionaire romance novels do to middle aged house wives/husbands that feel as if their life is slipping by them.

There’s nothing wrong with that. We all need an escape. We all deserve one. However, these shows are nothing more than fantasies, whereas Buffy is all about reality.

You see, what sets Buffy apart from the rest of vampire media is that it’s a show with purpose. With meaning. With depth. It isn’t about a bored, high school girl who feels a little awkward and needs an escape. Its sole purpose isn’t about Buffy finding a boyfriend. In fact, the show is all about the call to adulthood (being the slayer) and the sacrifices that becoming an adult (slayer) entails. It’s a show that subverts expectations (a blonde, former cheerleader kicking ass), that challenges the patriarchy (the watcher’s council), that deals with depression (season 6), addiction (black magic), the consequences of losing yourself in a relationship (season 2) and having the ability to make a choice.

This show is all about choice and consequence.

So, let’s break this down.

What is Buffy?

Buffy the vampire slayer (created by Joss Whedon) ran from 1997 – 2003. The show focuses on Buffy Summers, a 16-year-old girl who happens to be the latest in a long line of slayers; superpowered women (of which there is only one in all the world) that fend off the forces of evil. When one slayer dies, the next is chosen and it’s been that way for around one thousand years. As with those before her, Buffy is sent a watcher (Giles) to aid/train her. However, unlike those before her, Buffy has a group of friends (Willow, Xander, and more as the show goes on) who help her in her fight against evil.

Simple, right?

But it’s still vampires, how is it different to Twilight/TVD/Etc?

Twilight is about an “out of place” teenage girl who follows her hormones into the arms of a man who could kill her. She submits herself to him entirely, giving up any semblance of a normal life in the hopes that the pair might one day have sex, doesn’t care that he stalks her, that he “watches her sleep for months” or admits to wanting to feed on her.

Sure enough, there’s the underlying message of an all-consuming love that most teenagers dream of. However, there’s also the message of Edward breaking into her home, coming onto her, then pulling away and making Bella feel bad because she was fully prepared to go there. In fact, Bella willing to die for the D is a prominent theme throughout the movies/books, as is her co-dependency and willingness to lose herself entirely (and even kill herself) for the sake of a man whose very presence puts her life (and her father’s) at risk.

If Twilight says anything, it’s that women should submit themselves to men entirely and feel bad for contemplating sex before marriage. How romantic.

On the flip side, Buffy season 2 tackles Buffy coming into her sexuality and giving herself over entirely to a man that she’s willing to shrug off her responsibilities and future for. How does the show handle it? It turns the man evil and forces Buffy to stab him through the heart. Sure enough, this sends her into a spiral as any first-love breakup would, but the important thing is that she learns, grows, and never makes the mistake of putting a man before herself (and her duties) again for the rest of the series.

Choice – consequence – growth.

The Vampire Diaries differs in that it handles multiple characters/plots. However, while Elena does prove to be more competent than Bella, she still gets with a man that murdered her ex’s sister for fun (and countless others) and kills her brother at one point (and the show provides no McGuffin to explain these actions away/ take accountability away from the characters when they do something horrific other than Vampires being “emotional heightened” within the shows mythology) Not to mention that the show itself has very little regard for its body count, and none of the characters seem to care too much that their supernatural temper tantrums result in dozens of innocent bystanders dying throughout the show’s run. (Whenever someone breaks up with someone else, they handle that by killing a restaurant’s worth of people and are usually forgiven within the next 4-5 episodes).

If TVD says anything, it’s that your own passions/desires transcend that of those around you. That only you matter: your love, your “plot” and your pain. It’s a show driven by selfishness and moral ambiguity. And, to be fair to the show for what it is, our teenage years can closely resemble these themes. However, at no point does the show do anything substantial to push its characters (or audience) into adulthood.

On the flip side, one of the main themes throughout Buffy is her call to being the slayer (growing up) and Buffy constantly having to make sacrifices so that others may thrive. She kills her first love to save the world. She works a crappy job to provide for her sister. She drops out of college to take care of her mother. She dies (twice) so that others may live.

Neither TVD nor Twilight are about responsibility. About growing up. About saving the world or caring for others. They’re about escapism, the lack of responsibility, selfish love and fending off adulthood for as long as possible. They idealize immortality, youth and passion in a “watch the world burn” way, with little regard for anyone other than the main cast.

This is everything Buffy (as a show, as a concept, as a character) fights against.

What it means to me as a gay man

Not only was Buffy one of the first TV shows to feature a prominent LGBT couple (and arguably the first to feature a relatable/realistic depiction of LGBT characters) but a major theme throughout Buffy is the struggle against masculinity – something that, as a gay man, I relate to.

Buffy isn’t a Sarah Connor or Ellen Ripley. She’s a young woman that very much still wants to go to prom, still wants to wear nice dresses, still applies her makeup and wants to melt in the arms of her boyfriend after a hard day.

She isn’t ashamed of her femininity, and at no point throughout the show’s 7 seasons does she succumb to masculine traits that other female characters (and most male leads) are written with to show that they’re “strong.” Nor does she become a mockery of femininity by tackling monsters in ludicrous high heels and impractical attire. She’s your average teenage girl with a handbag full of stakes and footwear appropriate for a battle.

Not to mention we get a young James Marsters and David Boreanaz without their shirts on in a LOT of scenes. Amen.

What it means to me as an author

Leaving behind the various metaphors and underlying themes of Buffy – the show is just brilliantly constructed when it comes to its plot and character development.

For plot -

Each season has a singular threat (a “big bad) that correlates with Buffy. In Season 2, we get Spike and Drusilla representing sexual maturity and an all-consuming love (selfish love) to mirror Buffy’s sexual awakening. In Season 3 we get the mayor (authority) to mirror Buffy’s graduating year. And, whereas a T.V. show like TVD or The Originals breeze through their plots, having character’s motivations change episode by episode, Buffy sets up a clear, consistent, cohesive narrative that we follow from start to finish without us ever wondering how we got to where we are.

For character development -

We watch Willow turn to dark magic from as early as Season 3 to solve her issues. So, when she gives herself over to it by the end of Season 6, this doesn’t feel like an unearned moment forced upon us to serve a plot. And from a “paranormal writer’s” perspective, her coming into her powers is a slow build over the course of years, unlike the irregularity of TVD’s witches who are as powerful/weak as that episode requires them to be.

On a smaller scale, in a “monster of the week” episode in S3, Buffy obtains telepathic powers which allows her to read the minds of all her fellow students. In this episode, she learns that even the most popular people in her school have their own issues/worries, and it’s a lesson she carries with her for the rest of the show. It’s never forgotten, despite the episode not meaning much in the grand scheme of things.

Both of these (plot and character development) are handled with a consistency that is rare in a 23 episode-per-season show. Sure enough, there are some “bad” episodes (and by bad, I mean cheesy) but the important thing is that no lesson is ever forgotten by the characters – they continue to develop, learn and grow as all good characters should, without ever doing something that feels unwarranted. Without ever doing something for the sake of the plot.

As a writer, you can learn a lot from watching this show.

What it means to me as a human

On a personal level, Buffy means the world to me. It reminds me of a time when I’d sneak downstairs after being put to bed to watch the show with my Dad – it’s the first memory I have of us bonding, and our mutual love of the show is still something that adds twenty minutes to every conversation we have. For that alone, I could love this show enough to do an entire article on it, but it’s given me so much more –

Buffy is a show about being mortal. It’s a show about growing up, about accepting change and responsibilities. It’s a showcase of female strength, of friendship, of building a family for yourself. It’s about remembering who you are, despite who your other half is. It’s about considering other’s feelings, regardless of how passionate you are.

In conclusion

Unlike Twilight, Buffy teaches you that no man is worth your life. Unlike TVD, Buffy teaches you that your pain doesn’t justify inflicting it on others. And if I could sum up the show in a single word, I’d pull from The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows –

Sonder
n. the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own—populated with their own ambitions, friends, routines, worries and inherited craziness—an epic story that continues invisibly around you like an anthill sprawling deep underground, with elaborate passageways to thousands of other lives that you’ll never know existed, in which you might appear only once, as an extra sipping coffee in the background, as a blur of traffic passing on the highway, as a lighted window at dusk.

P.S. As always, I’m supposed to leave a recommendation at the end of this article, but instead of pulling a random MM book from my facebook feed, I’m going to implore all of you who have not yet watched this show to give it a chance. I promise you, if you give it a little time (and can look beyond the late-90s aesthetic) you’ll gain something from it. 

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Saturday, February 17, 2018

Saturday Author Spotlight: Bronwyn Heeley #Interview #Giveaway




Another Saturday, another wonderful author gracing us with their presence. Today we have the talented Bronwyn Heeley hanging out with us. She's written so many terrific books in this genre,Taking A Stand, Forever With My Werewolf, Wrong Place, Wrong, Time, and so many more.
We will  be talking with her in an interview, look at her work, and wrap it up with a giveaway. Enjoy.






Forever With My Werewolf (Moonlit Wolves: Moon Struck #1)

Love is never simple—especially when your lover is a werewolf

Tim only wanted one thing: to learn his lover’s secret. However, he wished learning the truth hadn’t meant being kidnapped, and starting his family down a road Tim wasn’t quite sure they’d survive.

Previously published, freshly rewritten, reordered, and lengthened.
Series trigger warning: contains graphic violence/death, graphic sex, and may have scenes depicting violence of children.

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Wrong Place, Right Time (Matching Mates #1)

Matty was put into a waiter uniform and given a tray. The problem was he didn’t know what it was he was heading into, and what contract he signed for just being there.
A wolf and the night of his life will change Matty forever, as long as he’s brave enough to take what’s on offer and run.

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Taking A Stand (An Alphas World #1)

One Werewolf. One Vampire. One night.

Dem lives in a world ruled by two things: the moon and his alpha. Something inside of him has always yearned for more, and a chance encounter with a vampire helps Dem realise what he craves. Now that Dem knows what he wants, is he strong enough to reach out and take it?

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Being That For You

We all know what happens, boy meets boy. Boy realises he’s not as heterosexual as he believed he’s whole life. Boy kisses boy. Boys fall in love. And voila! Happily ever after

The thing is, ever after is actually a long time and what happens in between can make or break even the strongest of starts

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Thank you, Bronwyn, for being here today and talking with me. You’ve been a spotlight author before and you always participate in the mass giveaways on the blog so you’re well-loved around here. Hopefully, I’ll ask you questions I haven’t before and get to know you even more.

Thank you for having me, I enjoy all my times here

First, I’ll start out with, how was your Valentine’s Day? Is this something you celebrate or is it just a regular day for you? 

It’s just another day, honestly most time it won’t be until the end of the day that I even realise it’s happening. This year I got a phone call from my partner who informed me that is was Valentine’s Day, he didn’t say happy V-day just let me know because he was bored.

Today happens to be GRL registration day. Are you attending? If not GRL are there other signings or events you’ll be at this year?

Big sad face, no. It would be too much money and too far to go with my children being so young, I do hope to go someday in the future. The only signing I’m heading to this year is in April and I’m just going as a reader.

Tell us about your favorite type of character to write?

Blue collar. I like to write about characters I like to hang around with. I believe I tend to write more alpha males though I don’t realise I’m doing it.

When writer’s block gets it’s claws in you what have you found to help beat the beast?

I haven’t been able to figure that out yet. I have a belief that I just need to change projects, as I normally write in parts and need a week or so to sort out what’s the smaller points in the next part before I can write it, but I haven’t actually put it into practice so not sure if it’ll even work

Can you tell us what you are currently working on or what the future holds?

I’m working on rewriting my Moonlit Wolves series which was the first series I ever published and is a mess. I’m changing the order of the books, tightening the plot points which has made the process a hell of a lot more complicated than I expected as I want to keep some of the originality to it. However I’m really liking the direction the series is taking now I’ve put down a solid foundation which the series didn’t have before. Later I’m working on getting into writing novels, it’s where I want to be (rather than a short story or novella writer). I’ve plans for a MC paranormal series, a more fantasy based paranormal and hopefully a Norse mythology novel/duology

How long does it generally take you to write a book from start to finish and what’s your process?

I’m trying to start a new writing schedule which is 3x2hr writing sprints 4-5 days a week. On the first run trail I wrote just over 55K in 6 weeks (which was 2 books), I’d really like to get this process down to 50K in one month.
My process is simple. I write a full first draft in one go, tending to not like leaving any part mostly because I find it twice as hard to fill in the blanks, also I can’t write out of order. Then I send to beta readers. Once I get those notes back I do a final read which I fix what needs fixing and make sure it’s everything I want, then run it though grammarly. After that I send it to my editor/proofreader.

How can readers find you on the webs?

Website: http://www.bronwynheeley.com/
Newsletter: https://www.subscribepage.com/w7k2j4

FAST FIRE QUESTIONS

Day or night? Night
Favorite color? Pink
Favorite childhood movie? Now and Then
Coffee or tea? Tea
Hot or cold? Neither
Paperback or ereader? Paperback


Okay, Bronwyn, thanks again!




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Friday, February 16, 2018

Flashback Friday: Mourning Heaven by Amy Lane #Review #Giveaway



Author: Amy Lane
Title: Mourning Heaven
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Paul Richmond
Publication Date: September 7, 2012
Length: 200 pages

Reviewed by Meredith


Synopsis

Heroes fall.

Peter first came to the tiny backwater of Daisy, California, as a child, and he was sure of one thing: his cousin Michael would take care of him. When Michael started a friendship with the fragile, haunted Bodi Kovacs, Peter's consolation in losing any claim to Bodi was that Michael would care for him too. But tragedy struck, and Michael ripped himself out of their world and threw away the people who loved him most.

Six years later, Michael is coming home in a box. All it took to destroy a hero was a town full of bigotry and hatred. Reclaiming him will take strength of heart that neither Peter nor Bodi had six years ago. Since Michael left, Bodi has been lost and alone. Peter can try to make Bodi his and take the role Michael should have had, but first he and Bodi have to confront the past. They will need to face Michael, the good and the bad, the beauty and the sadness, and see his memory truly for what it was and not what it could have been. It's a simple act that may destroy them both: sifting through the flaming ruins of heaven is a sure way to annihilate a bleeding mortal heart.

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There are books you read and then there are books you live. Mourning Heaven is a book you live. I can't hear the title of this story and my heart not ache. Amy Lane mastered long ago the art of angst. She's the Queen of pain, heartache, and emotions.

When it was my turn to pick the Flashback Friday book I knew this was going to be my choice. It's one that has stuck with me for years and with each reading I feel those emotions like the first time.

This book is truly about loss. About that haunting feeling that festers in your bones when you lose someone and you never got closure. It's a story about mending bridges that lead to the unknown praying the destination is hope, peace, and love. Walking through this journey with Peter and Bodi is devastating and at the same time beautiful. We see the fragility of life and the power of loss and forgiveness. We see how paths turn and connect with someone else's. Sometimes we don't get to say goodbye and this story really makes you feel that.

I remember when I read this the first time I thought, "Sweet lord, how is Amy going to make it all okay again?" But she does. However, I was glad that even though there was closure and there was happiness, there was also the lingering sadness. It wouldn't have been realistic otherwise.

This is a book everyone should read. It reminds you to live your life. It tells you a story about darkness and hate and how in the end we find the sun and can enjoy it's warmth.

This book is everything.





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Random Review: Just Here For The Pain by K.A. Merikan #Review #Giveaway




Author: K.A. Merikan
Title: Just Here For The Pain
Series: The Underdogs #2
Self Published
Publication date: February 4, 2018
Length: 240 pages

Reviewed by Jenn


Synopsis

---. Whips and chains - not optional .---

Sid.
 Drummer for The Underdogs. Secretly yearning for pain and submission.
Asher. AKA Stan. Stalker. More than meets the eye.

It’s hard to find good hookups while on tour. Sid wants pain, humiliation, and the kind of sex that isn’t easy to get from one-night stands. So for now, he’s given up, settled for an online Dom to get his rocks off, and focused on his band instead. The Underdogs are getting increasingly popular, but there is one fan who has followed Sid since before he even joined the band, and he’s driving Sid mad! Rich, spoiled hipster brat looking for the bad boy experience. If he knew what Sid was really into, he would run for the hills.

Asher is convinced that Sid is The One, his One True Love, his endgame. Years ago, Asher lost his virginity to Sid, and from that moment on, he knew it was meant to be. They had a spark, that honest connection that couldn’t be faked. The members of Sid’s band call him a stalker, but all he wants is to offer Sid his love. When Sid finally chokes out what he wants, Asher is more than ready to unleash it on him.

But the last time Sid was out as gay and submissive, he got badly burnt when his former band kicked him out, and the doors to many opportunities slammed in his face. 
Asher wants the whole world to know that he’s dating Sid. Problem is, Sid would much rather keep the relationship as pain-with-benefits.

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Themes: rock band, alternative lifestyles, tattoos, BDSM, commitment, family issues, coming out, life on tour, friends with benefits become something more, first love , stalking, fanboy
Genre: Contemporary M/M Rocker Romance
Heat level: Scorching hot, explicit BDSM scenes





Review

K.A Merikan books can be hardcore and this is definitely hardcore. This book is a rockstar BDSM relationship with a lot of humiliation kink. I’m a firm believer in whatever happens between consenting adults in the bedroom or the dungeon....is their business. Saying that I really enjoyed this book!

We first meet Sid and Asher (Stan) in book 1 of The Underdog series. They both attracted my attention, I wanted to know more about them. I certainly got that in this book. Sid doesn’t want to be attracted to Asher, he has needs he doesn’t believe Asher could ever fulfill. Sid needs things a lot of people wouldn’t understand, I love how his needs are handled in this book. We don’t have to desire it or understand it, but it’s written in a way that we can respect it. We are all very different people with very different wants and needs. I loved seeing Sid’s reactions to being satisfied and humiliated, you can feel that this IS what he needs. Asher surprised me, he has serious commitment and game when it comes to Sid. 

This books just proves that sometimes your version of Prince Charming can be a drummer with a mohawk, a smart mouth, a skinny body who wants you to bring the pain. This book has some moments that may push your limits, but it’s a good book! I loved catching up with Dusk and Lolly from book one and I want Dawn and Mage’s story so much. 


This was a pretty hardcore humiliation book, but it’s really good! <3





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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Random Review: Bromantically Yours by KC Wells #Review #Giveaway




Author: KC Wells
Title: Bromantically Yours
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Brooke Albrecht
Publication Date: February 14, 2018
Length: 97 pages

Reviewed by Michael

Synopsis

A friends-to-lovers novella that came from Out of the Shadows, because Nate and Dylan needed a story….

Nate and Dylan have been pals for a long time. So what if their friends think they’ve got a little bromance going? Doesn’t mean there’s anything more to it than that, right? And even if there is, Nate and Dylan are totally oblivious….

Until the night they share a drunken kiss—and everything changes.


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Everyone has their favorite tropes, certain plot devices that draw them to a book, and I’m no different.  One of my favorites is Friends-to-Lovers, primarily because it takes a relationship that already exists, feelings that are already there, strengthening and deepening them.  Throw in a little Gay for You, and I am totally there!
“Bromantically Yours” has both, and I couldn’t have been more excited to read this. 
Nate and Dylan have been the best of friends for decades.  They know virtually almost everything about each other.  Almost.  One night, they share a kiss that changes everything.

The thing I really liked about this book was the fact that, after the kiss, they actually talked.  There may have been a little awkwardness, but that was only brief.  They didn’t avoid each other, nor did they pretend like it didn’t happen.  They confronted it head on, and, surprisingly, decided to find out where it would lead.  I think that showed the depth of their friendship.  What follows is a nice story of new kind of love developing and strengthening a love that was already there.




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