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Going Commando (Heathens Ink #2)by K.M. Neuhold

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Blurb

“I never thought I could want anyone as much as I wanted Nash, then I met you”~Royal
When I was sixteen I was afflicted with a terrible curse…I fell in love with my straight best friend. I never thought I’d move past my feelings for Nash and find someone who could love me in return, until the day a gorgeous marine plopped himself down in my chair and asked me to ink him. I’m falling fast for Zade, but my feelings for Nash are still very real. When life starts getting complicated and Nash speaks the words I never thought I’d hear, the only thing I want is for us to find a way to make this work…together.

“What if I told you, you’d never have to choose?”~Zade
I thought I’d stay in the marines for life, that was the plan. But after a traumatic event I couldn’t make myself re-enlist when my contract was up. Confused and unsure what to do next I called up my best friend for a place to stay. What I didn’t count on was my best friend’s boyfriend practically throwing a sexy tattoo artist at me to keep me busy. Royal is everything I’ve ever wanted and his roommate, Nash, is starting to grow on me, too.

“A few weeks ago I thought I was straight. Now I’m sandwiched between two sweaty men. Can’t say I do anything half-assed.” ~Nash
Of course I’ve noticed that my best friend, Royal is crazy good looking. I have eyes, that doesn’t mean I’m into guys. Although, when I start to notice that his new boyfriend, Zade, is pretty hot too, that makes me start to question things a little. Not to mention the dreams I keep having of the three of us together. I’m willing to try if they are.

**This is NOT a love triangle, just good old fashioned man-on-man-on-man love

**Every book in the Heathens Ink series can be read as a stand-alone, but it’s way more fun to read them in order.

Review by Anna

 K.M. Neuhold was a new to me author, but I will be looking at her back catalogue after reading this very enjoyable installment in her Heathens Ink series.

Royal is in love with his best friend since childhood, Nash. Unfortunately Nash is straight, so Royal needs to move on, instead of having threesomes with him and women, just in order to get a chance to suck Nash’s dick.
When he meets Zade the attraction is instantaneous and the two hit it off, both in and out of the bedroom and for the first time in his life, Royal actually sees himself getting serious with someone. And wouldn’t you know it, the first time Royal finds himself in love with someone who can actually return his feelings, is also the time Nash realises he may not be as straight as he thought!
The guys are hot and heavy together and the sex is steamy as all get out **fanning myself**. The transition from two to three is enjoyably smooth and problem free with out any angsting and hardly any outside conflicts about the arrangement either.
Personally I would have preferred the societal biasses against such a set up being explored and more on Zade’s past instead of the Liam side plot, but the author’s choice still made for an enjoyable read. The writing flows nicely and the prose is easily read and very engaging. It’s a lovely little story, with very little angst, which is quite impressive as some very heavy topics are touched upon.

My only other niggle was the character names. All of the Heathen Ink employees and partners have maddeningly similar ‘stereotypical alpha male’ names: Nash, Zade, Gage, Thane, Madden… But that is just me, and I got over it pretty quickly.

All in all I would recommend this book and I will be looking up the first one in the series too and will definitely want to read Adams story when that is released.

Overall Impression: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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Review by Morgan

I’m going to have to agree with Anna here on almost every point!

I thought the lack of angst was both a blessing and a curse. I think Nash’s “conversion” felt natural and didn’t need a lot of fanfare, however – I think the link between Nash and Zane could have used some fleshing out to be a bit more “believable”.
While I absolutely LOVED the addition of Liam to the story, there was way too much brushed under the carpet in a way that made things look way too easy. With such weighty subjects like youth and transgender and runaways or even bisexual bias and issues of being in a thouple– I felt more time spent on any or all of these as issues would have made for a more complete story. Definitely would have added to my “heart strings” moments.
I also wasn’t as pulled into the “throuple” as a success by the end of the book. Part of me wished that this was either about Nash and Royal or Royal and Zane first…. Then a more involved book that showed them opening up the relationship to the other. It was just a bit too easy and fast to be anything but superficial and while I still enjoyed it – I didn’t “believe” it as much as I could have.
Another thing that bothered me was the total wishy washy way in which Nash’s mother addressed Liam and Nash in her kitchen. One moment she’s preaching about women’s influence and being responsible and then it’s dropped to never be an issue again.
What absolutely MADE this book for me was Royal and his inner dialog – he’s hysterical! One thing he does with regularity is thank God for things like “making beautiful men like Zane. Love Royal. Amen” Or when he sees Nash and Zane kissing “Dear God… Seriously, good job. Love, Royal. Amen.” Royal is a fabulous character and he made this book easily go from a 3 to a 4+ star book.
I was glad to see there are more books on the way and I hope Owen’s story is soon!

Highly recommended to fans of the author and this series, definitely for fans of ménage, this can be read as a standalone easily.

4.25 (rounded to 4) of 5 stars

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Whiskey Business (States of Love) Audiobook by Avon Gale Narrated by Kirt Graves

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Dreamspinner Presents

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/whiskey-business-by-avon-gale-8515-b

Blurb

Ryder Waites will do anything to keep the tiny town of Gallows Grove, Kentucky, from vanishing off the map—even sell his family’s whiskey recipe to Bluegrass Bourbon in Lexington. Hopeful that the larger company can provide necessary improvements to the distillery, Ryder’s ultimate goal is to get Gallows Grove on the Bourbon Trail… and bring in much-needed tourism revenue. But to keep producing Hanged Man Bourbon in Gallows Grove, he’ll have to convince company liaison, unbearably stuffy and seriously hot Adam Keller, that he’s worth the investment.

Adam comes from an old-money family, but he’s determined to make his own way in the world. When he’s sent to Gallows Grove, he questions the life choices that led him to a rented room in a funeral home, in a town full of macabre-themed businesses. And he doesn’t know what to make of Ryder, the descendant of bootleggers who’s on a mission to save his strange town from extinction. When Adam and Ryder put aside their initial mistrust, the results are as smooth as good whiskey. But after Adam’s assignment ends, he’ll have to decide if small-town life and a future with Ryder is to his tastes.

(Part of Dreamspinner Press’s “States of Love” Collection for Kentucky)

Review
(Book reviewed here previously)

Hands down, this is the absolute best story in the “States of Love” Collection that I’ve read, and I’ve read 6 of the 10 so far published. But, that’s not really telling you how much I LOVE this book because I do – I really do!

I’m a huge fan of the author, it’s no secret, and her humor is what sells me most on her writing.

This story is chock full of puns – the town is Gallows Grove and all the stores have macabre names and the MCs aren’t afraid to acknowledge the “color” in town and make a few plays on words themselves.

The romance is sweet. It moves along fairly quickly and with a bit of very hot dirty talk and smexy times to go with the talk. The ending is both heart-warming, satisfying and a little sentimental too.

It’s also my favorite kind of story, one where the underdog wins and gets his man and his future all in one fell swoop!

So, I highly recommend this to fans of the author, the series, romances full of humor and fans of macabre puns.

Audio

Kirt Graves is fairly new to me as a narrator. While, I haven’t been on his bandwagon previously, I have to say that I think he did a really great job with this!

What I liked: Adam’s voice! Yum! Really smoky and smooth, with a subtle accent. I’m not sure how much of this was intentional, but the accents he uses for both Ryder and Adam are very subtle. In fact, sometimes I can hear more “twang” in the non-dialog parts than the dialog itself!

Ryder: I thought his voice really suited him, especially the cadence and pacing of his dialog.

The overall story is narrated consistently and with fairly good timing – which is so important when narrating stories with as much humor as this one.

What I didn’t “love”: I still find Graves’ non-dialog narration style to be a bit flat. It’s not something that really detracted from my overall enjoyment, just something that I noted because it was in such contrast to his dialog.

All in all, listening to this was a fantastic experience! I was reminded – again! – how funny Avon is and how much I love her sense of humor. Graves’ narration (ha-ha – isn’t it funny that’s his name for this Gallows humor-filled story!) – is really good and definitely added to my overall enjoyment of this book.

5 of 5 stars

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Guitars and Cages (Book 1) by Layla Dorine

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Blurb

Asher Logan is a bartender and a pretty wicked guitar player, when he isn’t wrecking his hands fighting in a cage. With a past he keeps hoping to outrun, Asher’s been on a downward spiral for longer than he can remember. When his sister-in-law leaves Rory, his eight-year-old nephew, in his care, Asher is forced into two things he’s never been good at: sobriety and responsibility. As he struggles to care for Rory, his own life begins to unravel.

When Asher’s brother, Alex, turns up, presenting as a girl and announcing her new name is Alexia, it further complicates matters, as does the arrival of his new neighbor, Conner. Both, in their own way, compel Asher to look at his own closely-guarded views on sexuality.

When the siblings’ older brother, Cole, reacts violently to Alexia, Asher is placed squarely in the middle of a family conflict which compels him to confront who he pretends to be versus who he really is.

Asher must choose who to trust and who to finally walk away from.

Review
There is a lot of angst in this book. Asher is one f*cked up individual, and he seems to have been this way for a long time. Traumatic events and a misplaced idea of desire put him on the road doing anything he can to survive. You get the picture of a total loser. Yet all of the people he is close to have a different picture of him. Asher keeps putting himself in situations that are not good for him, and when he hits rock bottom he still doesn’t admit he needs help.
As I read this book I kept thinking that it just couldn’t get any worse and it always did. Usually this would put me off in a story but the author has a way of telling the story that just keeps you turning the page to see if Asher will finally figure out what he wants.
All of the secondary characters are well written and fit with the story line. I really like Morgan, Asher’s father substitute. He never gives up on Asher and is not afraid to hand out tough love as needed. Cole is the big brother Asher shouldn’t look up to but does. Alex/Alexia is the younger brother and is not afraid to be who she wants to be, even if she loses her family.
In the end you want to root for Asher or maybe just slap him up the side of the head. You definitely want to read this story to see a man who is at the end of his rope decide that yes life is worth fighting for.

4 of 5 stars
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Return of the Chauffeur’s Son 
by Tara Lain
 Dual Review by Mary and Beth!

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Dreamspinner Presents

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/return-of-the-chauffeurs-son-by-tara-lain-8528-b

Blurb
Luca McGrath may be returning to Napa Valley, California as a promising chef with dreams of starting his own restaurant and winery, but his heart still lives with bad-boy billionaire’s son, James Armstrong. Luca spent his childhood playing games with the golden boy of California society, so blinded by James he barely noticed the dark, quiet lure of his conservative older brother, Dylan Armstrong.

But now, Luca’s home and his own powers of attraction are enough to make James question his dedicated heterosexuality and his promised marriage to a wealthy and powerful businesswoman. The obvious attraction between Luca and James spurs Dylan into action—but he’s fighting a huge secret. While Luca dreamed of James, Dylan dreamed of Luca. When Luca gets caught in the struggle between the brothers and gets accused of culinary espionage he’s ready to chuck the fairy tale—unable to even imagine Dylan’s power to make his dreams come true

Review by Mary 

I love old movies so when I realised Tara Lain had written a homage to Sabrina (my favourite is the 1954 film with Audrey Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart) I had to read it. Oh boy has she done it justice.
Luca kept his childhood crush on the charming James Armstrong alive all through training to be a Chef in France and building his career. In his heart he knew it wasn’t meant to be but when he gets a chance of work back home near James he goes for it. James is as charismatic as he remembered and his brother Dylan just as serious. But now he’s grown up Luca starts to see Dylan for who he really is.
Tara’s writing is excellent. The story flows along keeping you entertained. There is no angst or conflict just a sweet timeless romance. A love story where the love you’ve been looking for is right in front of you but you’re looking in the wrong direction. Until your eyes are opened and you have your happy ever after. Contented sigh.
I wholeheartedly recommend this captivating story.

4.5 of 5 stars

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Review by Beth

Overall this is a sweet story that got its inspiration from the movie Sabrina. If you loved the movie you will love the book!

Luca grew up over the garage and played with the billionaire’s youngest son, James. He leaves to study to become a chef, training in both Paris and New York. When offered a job at one of the top restaurants in the valley he grew up in, he accepts and comes home. He wonders if his attraction to James is as strong as when he left. But this story deals with more than just Luca’s obsession with James, it also deals with a very competitive contest between the Valley’s restaurants for top billing and Luca is the secret weapon.

I liked how the different story lines were interwoven. The pace was steady and – even though if you knew the original story you knew how it would end – the author’s path to get us  there was clever and sweet. The supporting cast was just that! They supported the characters and the story line wonderfully.

So grab a glass of wine, curl up in a comfy chair and enjoy the story.

 

4 of 5 stars

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Going Commando by KM Neuhold Book Blitz!

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GOING COMMANDO

Heathens Ink, Book 2

K.M. NEUHOLD

M/M ROMANCE

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COVER DESIGN: K.M. Neuhold

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“I never thought I could want anyone as much as I wanted Nash, then I met you”~Royal

When I was sixteen I was afflicted with a terrible curse…I fell in love with my straight best friend. I never thought I’d move past my feelings for Nash and find someone who could love me in return, until the day a gorgeous marine plopped himself down in my chair and asked me to ink him. I’m falling fast for Zade, but my feelings for Nash are still very real. When life starts getting complicated and Nash speaks the words I never thought I’d hear, the only thing I want is for us to find a way to make this work…together.

“What if I told you, you’d never have to choose?”~Zade

I thought I’d stay in the marines for life, that was the plan. But after a traumatic event I couldn’t make myself re-enlist when my contract was up. Confused and unsure what to do next I called up my best friend for a place to stay. What I didn’t count on was my best friend’s boyfriend practically throwing a sexy tattoo artist at me to keep me busy. Royal is everything I’ve ever wanted and his roommate, Nash, is starting to grow on me, too.

“A few weeks ago I thought I was straight. Now I’m sandwiched between two sweaty men. Can’t say I do anything half-assed.” ~Nash

Of course I’ve noticed that my best friend, Royal is crazy good looking. I have eyes, that doesn’t mean I’m into guys. Although, when I start to notice that his new boyfriend, Zade, is pretty hot too, that makes me start to question things a little. Not to mention the dreams I keep having of the three of us together. I’m willing to try if they are.

**This is NOT a love triangle, just good old fashioned man-on-man-on-man love

**Every book in the Heathens Ink series can be read as a stand-alone, but it’s way more fun to read them in order.

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EXCERPT

His cheeks flame red and that’s all the answer I need. I lunge at him, claiming his lips with my own, savoring the sweet taste. Sure, I’ve sucked his dick a few times, but I’ve never been allowed to kiss him before. To my relief he relaxes into the kiss, his lips parting, and his hands fisting the front of my shirt.

Nash let’s out a whimper as I flick my tongue along his bottom lip before plunging it into his mouth. To my surprise he sucks my tongue and then grabs me by the hair, tilts my head back, and deepens the kiss. Holy fuck this boy can kiss. I moan into his mouth, as his hands begin to fumble with my jeans.

“Wait,” I gasp reluctantly as my brain chooses a few seconds too late to remind me that not only do I have a boyfriend, he’s in a sex coma in the next room while I suck my roommate’s face off. “Fuck, I shouldn’t have done that.”

Nash frowns and touches his fingers to his lips, like he’s trying to hang on to the sensation of the kiss. Another jolt of lust hits me in the gut.

“I’m going to go to bed and we’ll finish talking about this in the morning, okay?”

Nash nods but doesn’t say anything as I dart for my room before I can do any other stupid shit.

Zade is still sound asleep, but as I pull the covers back and climb in beside him, he rolls towards me and wraps me in his arms.

My heart constricts. If you’d have told me two months ago that Nash might be bi and have feelings for me, I’d have been jumping for joy. Part of me still is. I mean, fuck, I’ve loved the man for eight years. He’s everything I thought I always wanted.

Laying here in Zade’s arms, it’s not as easy as it should be to be excited about Nash. I haven’t known Zade long, but my feelings for him are just as real as my feelings for Nash. I can’t choose between them, it would be impossible. They’re so different, but both exactly what I need.

Zade is strong and fierce, but needs me to soothe something deep inside of him. He’s sarcastic and up for anything. I never thought I’d meet a man who’d be willing to face down any challenge I could throw at him, and level me with challenges of his own.

Then there’s Nash. He’s my best friend, my hero, the man who’s held my heart since I was sixteen. Nash is kind and quiet. He calms the chaos I love to create. He levels me out. And, he needs me too.

I want them both in every possible way. I’ll never be able to choose.

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Mario Lipinski author of Symbols Guest Post on Bullying

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OS: Welcome to Mario Lipinski author of Symbols! He’s stopped by today to tak to us about bullying.

ML:

Thank you for giving me the chance to present my upcoming book ‘Symbols’ to the amazing people at Open Skye Book Reviews!

Since bullying is one of the central topics of the story, I’d like to share some thoughts on this subject. I’m also very interested in your opinions and would be glad if you also shared them with us.

 

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First I must make a strange confession:

I’m a gay man in my forties, and I have never been bullied.

That’s extraordinary. I know. It’s like winning the lottery twice in a row. And usually probabilities hate me. There is a tiny chance for those pills to have an annoying by-effect? Ah, here comes the rash… but somehow I dodged the inevitable.

Some statistics say that nine out of ten LGBT+ students report sexual-orientation-based bullying. A frightening ninety percent.

Maybe those numbers don’t apply to Germany, or Europe as a whole, but bullying exists everywhere and in all facets. While I made it through school unscathed, my sister wasn’t so lucky. She’s a straight, white cis-female, and she was bullied. By other straight, white cis-females. Worst of all, it was two of her friends who turned against her. There were no warning signs and no obvious reasons. Those ‘friends’ just began to taunt her and another girl. Each day, their insults became more vicious and personal. My sister and the other girl did the only logical thing: they teamed up, became friends, even best friends, and their mutual support made the attacks bearable. But even nowadays, her voice becomes subdued and frail when she talks about that time of her life.

How sad that story is, it also illustrates what’s most important when confronted with bullies: allies. People who listen, people who help, people who are simply there. It doesn’t matter whether those people are friends, family, teachers, or professionals. Everyone can become an ally. Having allies doesn’t guarantee that the bullying stops, but bullies can only succeed if they can isolate their victims.

Though I was never bullied, I feel a powerful urge to add this theme to my stories. The statistics I quoted above prove me right. Bullying is something almost every gay person has lived through. Those experiences shaped them, and in the best case, they emerged as stronger people. I’m not the most prolific author, quite the contrary, and only have written a mere handful of stories yet. Still three of them touch the topic of bullying in some form.

‘Symbols’ is one of them. It focuses on the relationship between two very different guys, but in both their lives bullying plays an important role. Bullies and their actions shape Matt’s and Shane’s relationship, or more precisely, the way the two have to deal with them shapes it.

Matt is a small, timid boy. He has always been the victim, and in the light of what I said above, he chose the wrong strategy to deal with his tormentors: He isolated himself. At school, he is virtually invisible. He never leaves home and spends most of his spare time with woodworking.

Shane is a six-foot-eight bodybuilder, scarred and inked all over. No one would dare to directly attack him. Still he suffers from another form of bullying: prejudices and jumping to conclusions. People fear him for no reason.

Only when the two become allies, they can break the cycle and free themselves. And this illustrates a very important point: allies can come in all shapes and sizes. A powerful bodyguard like Shane, or a shrewd genius like Matt. Or anything in-between. In their own way, everyone can be the one ally who makes a difference.

 

Share your own thoughts on bullying with us in the comments or contact me on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/M.K.Lipinski).

 

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Blurb 

Violence is hard to escape because of the scars it leaves—on the body, the mind, and the heart.

 

Small, skinny, and timid, Matt is the school’s punching bag. He suffers in silence and holds no hope anyone will come to his aid. The last thing on his mind is finding someone special. He’s sure it’s impossible, so why bother trying?

 

Shane is no stranger to pain. At his old school, he broke a football player’s arms for tormenting his friend, and with his size and multiple tattoos, he looks every bit the thug everyone—Matt included—assumes he is.

 

Building trust isn’t easy, but a sweet yet passionate romance slowly unfolds. Their road isn’t without bumps, but Matt and Shane navigate them together, finding happiness and security in each other—until another act of violence and its aftermath threatens to tear their lives—and their love—apart once and for all. But like the symbols etched into Shane’s skin, some things are made to last.

 


 Buy links:

Dreampinner Press

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/symbols-by-mario-kai-lipinski-8516-b

 

Amazon (US)

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iTunes

https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/symbols/id1231437929?mt=11

 

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Author Bio:

Mario Kai Lipinski lives in Herne, Germany.

He is a spare-time author, and his evil day job, teaching mathematics at university level, isn’t that evil after all. Granted, on some days he wants to strangle his students, but it only takes a coffee or two and he remembers how much he loves them. He loves nerdy science stuff too. Does it show in his books? Of course it does.

English is not his native language, and he frequently gets asked why he writes in English. The answer has two parts. Firstly, he has slightly masochistic tendencies. Secondly, most books he reads are in English. So it feels only natural to write in this language too. English is beautiful—until it isn’t. Never, absolutely never, get him started on comma rules.

One reader described his books as “sexually explicit Disney movies.” That hits the nail on the head. Mario is into romance with a capital R and loves his cheesy. He is so good at channeling his inner teenager that sometimes he doubts he even has an inner adult.

 

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Lock and Key Audiobook by Z. Allora Narrated by Jonathon Waters

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Dreamspinner Presents

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/lock-and-key-by-z-allora-8411-b

Blurb

Rejected. Heartbroken. Devastated.

Zack Davis wanted to serve only one man, Andrew Nikeman. He was denied because Andrew thought he was too young and because their brothers were together. So Zack crushed his submissive tendencies and focused on being the perfect Dom, giving every sub he played with something he couldn’t have.

After years of denying his submissive side, Entwined’s charity auction “Are you Dom Enough to be a sub?” gives Zack an excuse to get a little of what he’s always craved.

Andrew doesn’t know when his infatuation turned into more, but it kills him to see Zack with a constant parade of submissives. He’d refused to jeopardize his brother’s relationship or become Zack’s regret; however, Zack isn’t a kid anymore, and his brother’s relationship is unbreakable. Now Zack’s popularity and success as a Dom might ruin Andrew’s dreams of collaring him, but he can’t wait any longer to confess his feelings or he risks losing the man he loves forever.

 

Review
“Love and Sex at a fetish club”

Lock and Key is a little more kinky than you average m/m romance, but
possibly not as kinky as you might expect. As someone who spent years
hanging out in a fetish club in Atlanta in the 90s I may be a little more
jaded than the next reader (or not) but the kink doesn’t go much beyond
light bondage, sex toys and a little bit of the old riding crop along with
dominance and submission play, but the guys make the most of it, and their
connection was steamy.
Zach is an inexperienced 18 when he meets slightly older Andrew, a
glamorous hairdresser. For both guys it’s love at first sight, and Zach is
eager to go after what he wants, while Drew finds reasons not to give him
a chance; Zach’s youth and inexperience, and the family complication as
their brothers are in a relationship. Crushed by rejection Zach throws
himself into a disasterous one night stand that leads him to repress his
true desires as a submissive. Instead he reinvents himself as the hottest,
most sought after dominant in the scene and a few years later Andrew is
having second thoughts on the potential of a relationships with Zach. A
charity fundraising auction with Zach joining other doms to be auctioned
off for a weekend as a submissive slave opens up possibilities.
Zach was really likable and his heartbreak at being denied the man he
loved and his closing off of his true desires was sad. I found Andrew a
little frustrating, as it’s usually frustrating to see someone throw away
love for whatever reasons, but his reasons were still realistic and
understandable. I was really rooting for the guys to get together and it
was a satisfying read.
One small critique: the fetish scene is pretty theatrical and I would’ve
loved to have gotten more atmosphere. I wanted to hear about the clothes
and music and those details were just too sparse for my tastes. I suspect
that’s not going to bother most readers, and not all writers spend a lot
of time describing clothes and such.
I loved the relationships between the brothers – I would read a whole book
just on the family dynamic with older brother Dusty, an aspiring rock star
who raised his younger brothers after they were kicked out by a bigoted
mother. The background cast of the club scene was well fleshed out for
minor characters. It was well done to show the humanity and normality of
people who on the surface might seem bizarre and exotic. I know there is
already one sequel to the series and I look forward to listening to it if
it gets an audio release. It’s a nice world to visit. – I only just
discovered that this book is a spin off of a previous series Dark Angels.
I thought the characters of Dusty and his partner seemed too interesting
to just be background characters, so I will add that to my wish list to
check out, but this books still stood well on it’s own.
Narrator Jonathon Waters brings the story to life, his voice traveling
from smooth sophistication to sexy growl that enhanced the experience.

4 of 5 stars

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5 stars adult - 18+ Anna BDSM Book Contemporary Cop/Crime Gay Heat Index Little to no angst m/m Men In Uniform Monthly Theme Novella 20-160 pgs (20k-40k words) Purchased Scorching/high heat

Men In Uniform: First Contact by Alex Gabriel

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Blurb

Going undercover in a gay BDSM club run by the mob isn’t Rick Delaney’s idea of a good time – but for all the wrong reasons.

Sure, going undercover in a gay BDSM club run by the mob isn’t exactly an everyday assignment. Still, as a cop specializing in undercover work, Rick Delaney is used to tough gigs. The real issue is that Rick’s expected to go under with someone he barely knows. But Rick’s partner is suspended, and he doesn’t have a choice.

Newly transferred detective Jon Messina’s short a partner, too, except that his was murdered by the mafia. Jon may seem breezy and lighthearted, but he has a score to settle. And to do so, he’s willing to do whatever it takes.

Except that it may take more than either of them can afford. Because their cover as a dom and sub couple spins out of control the minute they set foot into mafia-controlled sex club Gomorrah. What should be mere pretense threatens to become desperately real. And if Rick can’t control his desires, he’s going to get them both killed.

Review

(originally posted here: https://goannago.wordpress.com)
“Words have always been a problem for Rick.”

Well, I am experiencing some of the same problems. I have started and re-started this review again and again. Not knowing how to put what I want to say, into coherent words and sentences. Luckily, Alex Gabriel does not suffer from this same affliction!
Rick’s partner is suspended and he is assigned a new one, Jon, for an undercover job at a gay BDSM club. But whilst working under cover, it is sometimes very hard to separate reality and the job.
I have read all of Alex Gabriels books so far, and there is no denying the author’s talent and unique voice. But this is a wholly grown up Alex Gabriel, and holy hell, that Alex Gabriel is HOT! Rick and Jon scorches the pages together!
The story works very well, as it is, as a short hot ‘slice of life’ story of two cops undercover, Rick is quite well described through his actions and thoughts and Jon comes off as a very likable sympathetic character, even if we do not get much information about him, but I hope to God, that the author plans to run with the set up of the club and the undercover job, because it could be a phenomenal series. Please, please, pretty please?

5 of 5 stars

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