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Audiobook: Submission (Deviations #1) by Chris Owen and Jodi Payne, Narrated by Maxx Power

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Audible Link
https://www.audible.com/pd/Erotica-Sexuality/Deviations-Submission-Audiobook/B071S6MDBT/ref=a_search_c4_1_2_srTtl?qid=1504114498&sr=1-2

Blurb

Tobias is a skilled Dom, able to bring even the most hesitant submissive around. Noah is a man in need of just that. He wants to sub badly, but has yet to find someone he believes can take him where he needs to go. Through a series of encounters in the world of bondage and discipline, Noah reveals why he has trouble trusting, why he needs such a firm, steady hand. Tobias may allow himself to dominate, but he has trouble letting himself love. Still, Tobias can’t resist Noah’s charms, and the two of them set about making a scene for themselves, one that works for them and their unique set of problems. They learn to love, but can they stay together while they explore each others’ secrets, in a world where all is laid bare and emotions run high?

From authors Chris Owen, writer of the popular “Bareback”, and Jodi Payne, writer of “String of Pearls” comes a romance on the deviant side, where love is all tied up with the need to submit, the need to dominate, and the need to share a life of exploration and care.

These two skilled authors create a world that’s hard to resist, and a book that’s even harder to put down.

Review

I’ve read the book some years back and was happy to see that it was now available in audiobook format. I enjoyed it a lot, and the narrator did a credible job, it just wasn’t as hot listening to it as I would have guessed. And that kind of threw me, because these two are scorching hot. Tobias’ playroom cater to any sort of fantasy or role play you can imagine and the two utilize a lot of the possibilities.

The book only get 4 stars form me, because it ends way too abruptly – although I am aware that book two continues their journey – and there is a bit too much sex vs plot to be frank. But all in all a very enjoyable and scorching hot DS story, which I would recommend if you like your sex fun and a bit twisted.

4 of 5 stars

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Back to School Month: A Hundred Thousand Words by Nyrae Dawn

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Blurb

Tobias Jackson grew up in Coburn, a town where the gay population equaled exactly one: him. Add that to the fact that his dream guy was his best friend’s jerky older brother Levi Baxter, and it made hooking up virtually impossible.

Now home from college for winter break, Toby is a different person. He left Coburn for San Francisco, where he wasn’t the lone gay guy and the only black kid in town. And yeah, he took advantage of what the city had to offer.

Apparently Toby isn’t the only one who’s changed. Levi’s not acting like the self-centered guy with all the answers that Toby remembers from growing up. Oh and Levi’s realized he’s bisexual, which makes things a lot more interesting…

Heading back to college, Toby doesn’t expect to meet up with Levi again, despite him being in med school not far away. A surprise visit from Levi blows that assumption out of the water. As they spend more time together Toby sees Levi as more than just the fantasy. He’s complicated, unsure…he’s real. But if Toby can’t get out of the past and find the words he keeps locked inside himself, he’ll lose his chance at Levi for good.

A gay, new adult, interracial romance.

Review

Toby and Chris have been friends forever. As Toby’s mother left when he was a child and his father lives in his own little world, Toby has been a part of the Baxter family for as long as he can remember. And crushing on the older Baxter brother, Levi, for as long as he has known he was gay, unfortunately Levi is straight and have always been a bit of an asshole towards his younger brother and Toby.

Now in college the two live on different sides of the continent, but still keep in touch and Toby still visits Chris’ family during the holidays. On such a Christmas break he goes out dancing only to encounter a very drunk Levi at a gay club.

This was a lovely coming of age story. There is angst and a bit of drama, but mainly it’s a story focusing on finding out who you are and who you want to be. Warmly recommended.

4.5 out of 5 stars

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Kink Month: The Prisoner: The Training Center, Day One: A Hard BDSM Series Audiobook by Eli Harder Narrated by Maxx Power

Audible Link

https://www.audible.com/pd/Erotica-Sexuality/The-Training-Center-Day-One-Audiobook/B073PCVKMP/ref=a_search_c4_1_1_srTtl?qid=1503447115&sr=1-1

Blurb

Prisoner Neal Landon chose the Life Sentence Diversion and Rehabilitation Program over a life sentence; now he’s entering the training center to undergo painful initial obedience lessons. Will he be chosen by a fair and experienced handler, or a green sadist with powerful connections?

Stand in Neal’s shoes as he’s stripped naked and spread-eagled in steel restraints for a shower, collared with an electric dog training collar, and introduced to the training whip. He easily endures his basic obedience lessons with the whip and shock collar, but he could never prepare himself for what awaits him after lunch.

Uncaught killer turned student handler Logan has his sights on Neal, and is determined to become Neal’s permanent handler. In the meantime, he’s content with brutally “submission training” Neal.

On his hands and knees in a spreader bar and humbler, Neal’s bowels are forced to retain a mixture that causes extreme cramping, while a plug stretches his tender opening without mercy. His lips are closed with a surgical stapler, and Logan punishes his clamped nubs until Neal howls for mercy in abject submission.

Fortunately for Neal, one of the program’s star handlers is watching and steps in when Neal is punished to the point of passing out. Martin is there to choose his next prisoner, and while Neal isn’t his first choice, the handsome and sarcastic prisoner keeps catching his attention.

He soothes Neal and subjects him to a brutal test of his ability to trust and submit. Neal passes with flying colors, and begs the harsh but evenhanded Martin to choose him.

…. but will Martin choose to take on a difficult prisoner, or leave him to fall into the hands of a dangerous sadist?

Review

This was an interesting start to a series, which absolutely left me wanting more. This is not a romance, it is serious hardcore non-con, so not for all readers.
Neal is transferred to the Diversion and Rehabilitation program after another in a long line of arrests, where prisoners are broken down and rehabilitated through hard core sexual sadism. I would have liked a bit more world building, but if you accept the reality we are plunged into, the short story worked well. However, due to it’s lack of length it leaves a lot of questions unanswered and you finish it wanting to know what happens next.
The author does manage though, to leave on a note which could work, even if the work was left as it was, a short slice of life non con erotica. Except for the Logan side plot, which begs a sequel. The sequel is out and as a reader I will want to get it, to know what happens next.
The narrator did a very credible job with the story and I enjoyed his voice, although he was unknown to me before this book.

3.5 out of 5 stars

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Kink Month: Quillon’s Covert by Joseph Lance Tonlet

Freedom Island Investments Publishing / Amazon Link

https://www.amazon.com/Quillons-Covert-Joseph-Lance-Tonlet/dp/1519399847/ref=cm_cr_srp_d_product_top?ie=UTF8

Blurb

Martin is a guy’s guy, one who enjoys the simple things in life: baseball games with his son, family days, barbecues, and date nights with his lovely wife.

Once a year for two weeks, Martin takes his son, Marty, to Quillon’s Covert, a rustic family cabin secluded in the beautiful California mountains. Since before those long days of learning to play ball, Marty has loved his dad, but as Marty matures, Martin starts to see something else settle in his son’s uncertain gaze. What’s there lingers a little more than it should, and it seems far more appraising than it once was.

As Marty shows every sign of taking the lead, Martin is faced with the tough choices most parents never see: lose his son by being a father, or try to balance what’s best for their relationship by being something… more.

But with another trip to Quillon’s Covert on the horizon, has the point of no return already begun?

Review

Ok, before I can write this review, you need to know two things about me:
1. I am a bit of a perv. I love kink, I love dark reads, I love taboo reads. Pain, water sports, humiliation, pet play, non con and dub con? I say: Bring it!
2. I am (not so) secretly in love with Joseph Lance Tonlet

Despite of the above facts, I have been avoiding this book for ages, ever since it came out actually. Because it turns out, I actually do have a limit, and that limit was incest… or so I thought, anyway…
I still agreed to read this book, in order of our kink month, as I had it sitting on my shelf and being in love with the author, I just couldn’t NOT read it, right? So, I girded my loins and started to read…
And, phew… ok. At first I had a bit of an ick factor going on. The book starts out when Marty (the son) is a young teen, and since I knew what would happen later in the book, I couldn’t help to let that color my reading experience and the way I viewed Martin’s (the father) actions. Except, few pages in, I realized I wasn’t being fair, because there was absolutely nothing icky about Martin’s behavior towards his son. He was a great dad, loving, caring and affectionate and nothing else!
Some people will probably still get offended by the first couple of chapters in the book though, as Martin and his son are nudists when at the cabin. And for some reason nudity between children and adults are an absolute no go in today’s society. Which is kind of weird, when you think about it. Nudity isn’t inherently sexual, it only becomes sexual if your feelings towards the other person are sexual. Which Martin’s decidedly are not, towards his son.
But if you make it through that first nudity taboo, you’ll find a very engrossing and enjoyable story about love in all it’s different forms

The move from a platonic father son relationship into a sexual one actually happens quite gradually and organically, in a way that makes it seem quite “normal”, for lack of a better word. I was actually very well done. The love and affection was already there, so was the intimacy, the lust and desire came later. And this being a Joseph Lance Tonlet novel, you can always count on the sexy times being both steamy and a bit kinky… phew… This story gaves us everything from slow and tender loving, to rough fucking, sprinkled with a bit of bondage, spanking and dirty talk! Yum!

The ending suited me perfectly, I was a bit worried at one point, about how this would conclude, but I liked it. It may not work for all readers though and aside from the incest taboo, readers should be aware that both MCs are cheating on their respective partners at points in the book. Not something that really bothered me, but I know it’s a big NO for many readers.

All in all, very well done incest romance, hot and sweet. Would recommend.

4 of 5 stars

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Kink Month: How to train your dom in five easy steps by Josephine Myles

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Blurb

Sometimes the little head really does know best.
Jeff White’s needs are simple. All he wants is a submissive to help him explore the dominant side that his ex-girlfriend couldn’t handle. Problem is, inexperience in both dating and domming has resulted in a string of rejections.
What he needs is an experienced sub willing to show him the ins and outs of controlling a scene. Unfortunately, the only one willing to take him on is male, and Jeff is straight. One hundred percent, never-gonna-happen straight.
Easygoing painslut Eddie Powell doesn’t care that Jeff is younger, working class, and shorter. Eddie likes a bit of rough, and Jeff fits the bill perfectly. The trick will be convincing him to follow Eddie’s five-step training programme-which would be easy if Eddie wasn’t starting to have feelings for the rough-around-the-edges landscaper.
Once Jeff lays his hands on Eddie, things definitely get out of hand. But it’ll take more than hot, sweaty, kinky sex to persuade him to come out of the closet-especially to himself.
Warning: Contains a happy sub, a confused Dom, a high ratio of sex to plot, misuse of root ginger, and a suitcase of kink. Written in Jo’s usual exceedingly “English” English.

Review

I have re-read this book several times. It is fun, filthy and somehow adorable at the same time… Jeff’s bumbling, stumbling foray into being a Dom is fantastic. And I defy anyone to not absolutely love Eddie…. When you’ve finished this novel you’ll more than likely find yourself viewing adult content from a site such as https://www.m-porn.xxx/.

Jeff is a newbie Dom, unable to find a suitable sub after some embarrassing incidents on his first try… Turns out the local fetish community are as gossippy as old ladies, and none of the female subs want to play with him, not even if he asked them to find ‘the swing that got me cumming‘, he seemed pretty out of luck, until a chance meeting.

Eddie is a very experienced and easy going pain slut, who doesn’t see Jeff’s being straight as a big issue, as he offers to train the man as a Dom.

The guys are great together. Jeff’s internal monologuing about the perceived gayness of each sexual act is hilarious and his attempts to solidify his straightness after the first encounters made me laugh out loud…. But hilarity and kinky sex aside (oh, believe me, there might be enough kinky sex to have you move to view videos from www.hdpornvideo.xxx or other porn sites) behind it all there is a very sweet story about finding and being true to yourself…

Very enjoyable and recommendable read, if you like kink. Latex has always been a kink of mine and I must admit, after reading the first few chapters of this I couldn’t help but check out the biggest collection of latex suits online at Laidtex. Pain, on the other hand, is not normally a kink of mine, but this was delicious all the same – because Ms. Myles is so talented that she can make anything hot, even if it wouldn’t normally turn my crank.

5 of 5 stars
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Kink Month: Gamble Everything by Cari Waites (Lisa Henry)

Amazon Link

https://www.amazon.com/Stealing-Innocents-Cari-Waites-ebook/dp/B01AF89W1O/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1501107978&sr=8-1-fkmr0&keywords=stealing+innocence+lisa+henry

Blurb

Eighteen year old Danny sells himself to Peter Archer to repay his father’s gambling debts.

This 36,790 word novel includes explicit content, including: m/m, dubious consent, oral sex, anal sex, sounding, plugging, fisting, BDSM, and ass play. All characters are 18 years or over. If any book is going to get you heated enough to visit https://www.fulltube.xxx/ or another adult site after a page of reading, this will be it.

PLEASE NOTE! The version of this book that I own is a compilation novella published by Cari Waites. Cari Waites is Lisa Henry and she has since then removed the edition I own, but republished the story in an anthology called Stealing Innocents.

Note: This is a complete compilation of all 7 volumes of the Gamble Everything series.

Review

This book is a mind fuck. I do believe this is the only book I have ever read, that have made me feel like a pervert, because even though this is seriously dub con it is clearly written to titillate and I have to admit, that I do enjoy it. Every time I re-read it.

Danny is 18 and agrees to be sold as a prostitute to Mr. Archer as payment for his fathers gambling debts. His new world is one of submission and obedience, with a new ‘Daddy’ who wants to own every single part of him. To be honest it would be a perfect opener for an adult film that you might find on 18 Twink or similar homoerotic websites.

Originally this was written as a serial, and then collected into a whole story of part 1-7. This means that there are some unnecessary recaps at the beginning of each chapter, but they are not too bothersome. The original book is no longer available, but the story has been re-released as part of the Stealing Innocents anthology.

I can recommend this book if you are looking for a dark and twisted erotic tale, but if you are looking for romance and a happy ending you should go elsewhere.

6 of 5 stars

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Audiobook Month: Christmas Kitsch by Amy Lane Narrated by Nick J Russo

Audible Link
https://www.audible.com/pd/Fiction/Christmas-Kitsch-Audiobook/B01929UVY4?qid=1498407147&sr=1-1

Blurb:

Sometimes the best thing you can get for Christmas is knowing what you really want.

Rusty Baker is a blond, rich, entitled football player in a high school full of them—just the type of oblivious jock all the bullied kids hate. And he might have stayed that way, except he develops a friendship with out-and-proud Oliver Campbell from the wrong side of the tracks. Rusty thinks the friendship is just pity—Oliver is very bright, and Rusty is very not—but then Oliver kisses him goodbye when Rusty leaves for college, and Rusty is forced to rethink everything he knows about himself.

But even Rusty’s newfound awareness can’t help him survive a semester at Berkeley. He returns home for Thanksgiving break clinging to the one thing he knows to be true: Oliver Campbell is the best thing that’s ever happened to him.

Rusty’s parents disagree, and Rusty finds himself homeless for the holidays. Oliver may not have much money, but he’s got something Rusty has never known: true family. With their help and Oliver’s love, Rusty comes to realize that he may have failed college, but he’ll pass real life with flying rainbow colors.

Review:

Before I read this book I had avoided Amy Lane, or at least most of her back list for years, due to the fact that she is known as the queen of angst. So I was hesitant picking up this book both because of that, but also because of the fact that the characters are very young. I do not normally read YA for two reasons:
1) I like my sex on page and plentiful (yes, yes, I know I am an old man-on-man loving pervert!) 2) I need a HEA like a junkie needs a fix, and HEA between such young characters are completely unbelievable to me!

In spite of this, I decided to pick it up anyway, because I love a good christmas story and some of the proceeds went to charity. And boy was I ever happy I did!

Because since then, this book has become a favorite re-read and when the audio came out I purchased that too and have re-listened so many times it’s almost embarrassing to admit!
This story is wonderful! It is emotional, but not too angsty, it is sweet and cuddly and tugs at the heartstrings. It made me laugh and get teary-eyed. It isn’t perfect no, but since I re-read and re-listen continually, there is no way around throwing all the stars in the world after this book.

Rusty is a jock in his senior year in high school, he is a privileged white boy, from a high end neighbourhood with well-to-do parents and a prosperous future to look forward to, including Berkley pre-law after graduation. Although he could fit into every stereotype of dumb jock, he is sweet, polite, wholesome and slightly naïve. He is not the smartest of people, but he tries so hard and he has the biggest heart.

When Oliver enters his class in senior year, he is smitten instantly. Fascinated with the exotic Oliver. Oliver is everything Rusty is not. He is small, brown, from a working class Hispanic background, very secure in who he is – out and proud – and so very smart, that Rusty can hardly keep up.

The two start an unlikely friendship which slowly melts into more, without Rusty being aware of this fact. After graduation Berkley looms, a future Rusty knows he is not ready for, not smart enough for and really not something he wants. But college is a privilege, as he has realized after meeting Oliver, and he knows there is no way around it. So off to Berkley he must go, leaving Oliver behind.

The summer leading up to college holds several revelations for Rusty. One being the months he spends working construction for Olivers father. He finds something he enjoys, loves even, and something he is good at! The other being that on the eve of him leaving, Oliver kisses him.

Both of these revelations needs time to settle in Rusty before he can realize who he is and who he wants to be. But they are his defining moments, even if he doesn’t realize it himself at the time.

There is a host of side characters in this book: Oliver’s big loving latino family, Rusty’s conservative upper class parents, his rebellious younger sister, the housekeeper, Rusty’s college roommate Rex, college professors and guidance counselors, Rusty’s ex-girlfriend and high school friends. And all of them, in some way, shape or form end up being instrumental to pushing Rusty into the place he is meant to be.

This is more of a coming of age story than it is a Christmas story, but it does revolve around Oliver and Rusty’s first Christmas together, so in a way the holiday tag is earned, but it is not a story I would only re-read at Christmas time by any means.

Oliver and Rusty are wonderful together, they both have issues and insecurities and push each other at times, but behind it all there is love and a sense of heart and home. This sense of home was so strong that I actually believed in the happy ending between these very young boys, even before the epilogue gave me a glimpse into the future.

I will warmly recommend this story to anyone wanting a warm and emotional feel good story. But beware that you will feel the urge to hug your e-reader close after finishing.
Overall Impression: 6 out of 5 stars

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Audiobook Month: For Real by Alexis Hall Narrated by John Hartley and Paul Berton

Audible Link
https://www.audible.com/pd/Erotica-Sexuality/For-Real-Audiobook/B018IJ8L3W?qid=1498406911&sr=1-1

Blurb

Laurence Dalziel is worn down and washed up, and for him, the BDSM scene is all played out. Six years on from his last relationship, he’s pushing forty and tired of going through the motions of submission.

Then he meets Toby Finch. Nineteen years old. Fearless, fierce, and vulnerable. Everything Laurie can’t remember being.

Toby doesn’t know who he wants to be or what he wants to do. But he knows, with all the certainty of youth, that he wants Laurie. He wants him on his knees. He wants to make him hurt, he wants to make him beg, he wants to make him fall in love.

The problem is, while Laurie will surrender his body, he won’t surrender his heart. Because Toby is too young, too intense, too easy to hurt. And what they have—no matter how right it feels—can’t last. It can’t mean anything.

It can’t be real.

Review: This is one of my favourite books in the world. And the narration only adds to it.
It is BDSM and yet it is also sweet and fluffy and adorable, as well as angsty and emotional. This is basically a love story, at its very finest.

Writing a review for an Alexis Hall book is somehow always a bit daunting to me, because Alexis Hall can write. His writing is so beautiful that I sometimes need to go back and re-read a passage, just to appreciate it once again. But his beautiful prose never takes away from the story or the characters. This is very much a character and relationship driven story. And I love it.

I love the way it makes me feel. I love the way Laurie shows the strength and joy in submission and Toby’s exuberance in finding what he wants and needs.

I love the age difference between the two, and even though I feel the strongest connection to Laurie (he is my contemporary after all, one tired cynical late thirty something to another), Toby feels just as real, with his teenage angst and insecurities in one scene and his maturity and self confidence in others. The way the two find a way to something that is just theirs, without the story ever falling into the cliche’ed pit of formalised master / sub territory is brilliant. The BDSM is pain play and domination, but it is light, so I do believe that even readers who do not normally enjoy BDSM books would enjoy this.

The narrators do a terrific job of depicting the separate characters and I only have very minor niggles about any of it, and they are so minor that it has not stopped me from re-listening several times. All the stars for Toby and Laurie.

Overall Impression: 6 out of 5 stars

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Audiobook Month: The Innocent Auction by Victoria Sue Narrated by Joel Leslie

Audible Link

https://www.audible.com/pd/Romance/The-Innocent-Auction-Audiobook/B0721V3PKS?qid=1498405726&sr=1-1k

Blurb:

London 1810.

Their love was a death sentence.

Deacon, Viscount Carlisle, was aware of the slums and gin-lanes of London. Just as he was aware of the underground traffic that furnished the brothels and bath houses with human innocents. He was also aware that the so-called justice system would hang the accused without much of an attempt at a defense, unless the unfortunate had deep pockets to pay for it.

He just hadn’t expected to be directly involved in any of it.

It started with a plea for help and ended with forbidden love, the love between a Viscount and a stable-boy. An impossible love and a guarantee of the hangman’s noose.

Will Deacon fight for Tom? Will he risk the death sentence and take that fight from the stately halls of his English mansion to the horrors of Newgate Prison and the slums of London?

Or will he realize that if he doesn’t, death will be a welcome end to the loneliness of the sentence he is already living?

Review

Sweet regency story about two men from opposite sides of society.

There was a lot to like about this story, and I really liked the premise of it. Both characters were likable and sympathetic and very sweet. However, I never really felt the chemistry between them or the love. They fell on each other almost instantly and I would have enjoyed that a lot more if there had been some tension building up to it. The same with the love part of the relationship, I never really saw it coming…

However, this was still an almost 4 star read most of the way. The writing flowed easily, it was engaging and kept my interest and I wanted to know what happened next… up until 90% in, where an annoying little subplot reared it’s ugly head, which was completely unnecessary and unbelievable, so it made it drop down to about 3 stars. I also had a hard time accepting Lady Harriet’s proposal, I must say… even if it was what was needed for a happy ending for our two main characters.

Joel Leslie did a very credible job narrating this, but I would still have liked a British accent for the narration, the story takes place in regency London after all and many of the characters are aristocrats.

All in all though, it was well written and easily read and I enjoyed it enough that I would probably pick up the next book in the series.

Overall Impression: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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Summer Heat by Jay Northcote

Blurb

 A summer fling is an ideal cure for a broken heart. But when it’s with your best friend, things get complicated.

When Adam is dumped by his boyfriend, a week away at a beach resort seems like a great opportunity to get over his ex. Sun, sea, and no-strings sex will be just the boost he needs to move on with his life.

Adam’s best friend, Finn, agrees to accompany him at short notice. Finn’s had a crush on Adam for years, but is determined to put his feelings aside and be the perfect wingman in Adam’s time of crisis.

A spontaneous threesome with another guy forces Adam and Finn to confront their attraction to each other. Having a holiday fling together wasn’t part of the plan, and as their trip heats up, they soon realise that one night of fun won’t be enough for either of them.

The passion might be scorching, but their hearts and friendship are on the line. If their romance is going to survive the flight home, they have to be honest about what they want.

Review

The perfect beach read. Sweet, fluffy and sexy, a lovely little friends to lovers romance with no angst and lots of sunshine and sexy fun.

Adam is dumped by his long term boyfriend, in favour of someone younger and flees to his best friend Finn’s flat to lick his wounds. The two decide to go on the pre-booked holiday, Adam was supposed to take with his ex. A holiday with fun, sun and rebound sex seems to be just what the doctor ordered for Adam. Except that the rebound sex doesn’t happen with strangers, it happens with Finn. And once they start kissing, it seems impossible for them to stop.

Finn and Adam are super cute together and the story has a lovely holiday feel to it. Fun, fluffy and sweet. This is not my favourite of Jay’s stories, but it’s cute, funny and steamy and a perfect summer holiday read.

3.5 of 5 stars

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