Kink Month: Chained in Darkness Season One Complete: The New Haven Series Book One by Nicholas Bella Narrated by Arthur Byrd

Audible Link

https://www.audible.com/pd/Erotica-Sexuality/Chained-in-Darkness-Season-One-Complete-Audiobook/B019S0LSJ4/ref=a_search_c4_1_3_srTtl?qid=1501641657&sr=1-3

Blurb

Follow Noel, a captured rebel of the human Resistance, as he endures his
punishment at the hands of his supernatural enemies, the vampires. See
where his fate lies. Highly erotic and extremely dark and twisted. Prepare
yourself.

I’ve been betrayed by someone I trusted. Because of him, I was captured by
my loathed enemy: the vampires. Right now the sun is still high in the
sky, but I know when it sets, I’m as good as dead. They can’t wait to get
their fangs into me.

I guess some would say I have it coming. I did raise a lot of hell with my
Resistance crew, and I was planning on raising a hell of a lot more at
dawn before I was sold out by Jonah. The vampires, werewolves, and dragons
have been trying to track me down for months, and I’d always been two
steps ahead of them.

I guess my number is up. I just hope they make it quick. You see, the
vampires in my reality aren’t the romantic lot you read about in books.
They don’t sparkle or hang out at high schools with their teenage
girlfriends. Hell no. Vampires are brutal, calculating, sadistic, and
bloodthirsty. As a matter of fact, all of the monsters are! That’s how
they were able to take over the world so easily and change an entire
civilization to suit their needs. Whatever happens, I know it’s not going
to be pretty, so I’m preparing myself for the worst. May God help me.

Warning: This novel contains hardcore sexual situations between men, not
meant for sensitive eyes. I’m talking crude, lewd, and full of attitude.
This series will most likely either offend you or get ya revved up. There
will be no punches being pulled whatsoever, so you’ve been warned. Mature
adult content meant for listeners looking for something dark, taboo, sexy,
and unapologetic in their paranormal erotica. This is not a romance.

Review

Take the warnings seriously; this is a dark book. There’s rape, torture,
violence, corruption, and there’s no redemption or a counterpoint to
lighten the mood.

Noel, our protagonist, is a resistance fighter against the vampire rulers
of his dystopian society, betrayed by one of his fellow rebels and made a
prisoner of the vampires.

The vampire ruler Theoden enacts a cruel revenge against him by making him
into a vampire. Theoden’s powers are vast, nearly godlike. He can read
Noel’s every thought, punishing him even for rebellious thoughts. He and
his vampire “sons”, other men he’s made into vampires, begin a methodical
process of breaking and corrupting Noel. He’s subjected to sadistic
torture beyond what a human could survive, sexually assaulted and his mind
tampered with to ensure he enjoys it and comes to crave it. That he does
enjoy the sex despite not consenting is problematic, but if that bothers
you, this really isn’t the book for you.

Some of the torture went a little far for me (a silver encasement to
destroy his tongue – which regenerates due to his vampire powers was
pretty disturbing to me) and some of the kink a little raunchy too (a
urine douche must do it for somebody but I didn’t find the concept
appealing), but there’s something not unlike the mindset of eating a hot
pepper you know will make you suffer but you just want to prove you can do
it in the challenge of a book like this. I feel like my kink bragging
rights went up a notch just for making it all the way through. Highlights
include forced cross dressing and feminization, double penetration, the
before mentioned urine douche, and lots and lots of hard, sloppy man on
man (and then some) action.

Master Theoden has a real son kink. His collection of lovers are all
expected to think of him as their father and brothers to each other. There
is no romance, instead Noel’s journey is accepting his new family and a
sexuality that’s evolving whether he likes it or not. Noel learns it’s
hopeless to rebel and that his only choices are to embrace his new life or
suffer horribly. This new life includes killing to satisfy his hunger, to
sometimes rape to satisfy his lusts. His corruption is disturbing. The
book is nearly non stop sex, and it’s often hot, but pretty much always a
little uncomfortable.

The strongest scene in the book for me was Theoden and Noel being hosted
by a mortal straight couple, and Theoden forces Noel to have sex with them
both(the only sex scene with a woman). The couple clearly don’t want to do
this but aren’t given a choice, any more than Noel is. It’s interesting to
see Noel forced into a position of an abuser after the whole book has been
him being victimized.

While I found a lot of the rape and torture disturbing, I still found a
lot of the book hot and I’m curious to see what happens next in Noel’s
journey. There are several sequels and I intend to listen to the next one.
Despite my squeamishness at parts of the story my interest is still
hooked.

Narrator Arthur Byrd does a good job of performing a role in nearly non
stop sexual situations. He often does a great job of enhancing the reading
with a sexually heightened performance.

4 of 5 stars

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

Amazon Link
https://www.amazon.com/Train-Your-Five-Easy-Steps-ebook/dp/B06XS149BW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1502058534&sr=8-1&keywords=how+to+train+your+dom+in+five+easy+steps
Free on KU!

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….

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.

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, 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. Pain 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.

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.

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: 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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Dreamspinner Year 9, Greatest Hits by: Anna Martin, Kim Fielding, Grace R. Duncan, Sean Michael, Michael Murphy

Dreamspinner Presents
https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/dreamspinner-press-year-nine-greatest-hits-8436-b

Blurb:

Enjoy a selection of the greatest hits of gay romance published by Dreamspinner Press combined into one exclusive volume: by Anna Martin: Five Times My Best Friend Kissed Me, a story of a boy who he wanted to marry his best friend at age six, and the journey that finally gets them there; by Sean Michael: The New Boy, a romance between a shy photographer new to the scene and an experienced model and Dom; by Grace R. Duncan: Beautiful boy, about a Dom with a hurtful past and the sub who shows him love again; by Kim Fielding: Rattlesnake, where a drifter on a quest finds hope and a home; and by Michael Murphy: The President’s Husband, in which the first openly gay president and first husband of the United States must deal with the pressures of their demanding new jobs.

Review:
This is a great collection of Dreamspinner titles, which I would warmly recommend. It contains something for everyone and I very much enjoyed reading it. It contains 5 full length novels by different authors.

Five Times My Best Friend Kissed Me, Anna Martin – 3.5 stars
Sweet friends to lovers story about Scott and Evan, who grew up together. We see the boys in different stages of their lives from around 8 years old and up to they are approaching 30. The story is told through 5 time jumps, each containing the story of a kiss. Super sweet story, but a bit too slow for my liking. Still recommendable though.

(Previously reviewed here: https://openskyebookreviews.com/five-times-my-best-friend-kissed-me-audiobook-by-anna-martin-narrated-by-jesse-cota/)

The New Boy, Sean Michael – 2 stars
This one wasn’t for me. The plot is basically a porn movie. A photographer has to take some pictures of fetish models, the models arrive and everyone starts having sex. The photographer is hesitant, but end up being coerced to join.
Sean Michael and I, rarely mesh, so it wasn’t a surprise that this one didn’t really work for me. The sex to plot ratio is too high, and although the sex is hot, and I have no issue with porn, neither in written or movie variety, I appreciate a bit more plot in my romance novels. Also, there’s a big difference between being a Dominant and being an arrogant asshat who believes he knows better than everyone, including his submissive, and Tide is the last type, not the first.

(Link to blurb here: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27506896-the-new-boy?from_search=true)

Beautiful Boy, Grace R. Duncan – 4 stars
Hot BDSM sex and internal angsting are the two main ingredients in this story about Mal, who lost his sub to a serial killer and thereby lost his confidence as a Dom, and Kyle, the closeted submissive who is never good enough for anyone. The story is steamy and sweet and I would definitely pick up other books by Ms. Duncan based on this one.

(Link to blurb here:  https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27266145-beautiful-boy)

Rattlesnake, Kim Fielding – 5 stars
Brilliant slow moving, character driven love story about two middle aged scarred men. If you do not fall in love with Jimmy and Shane, your heart is a hell of a lot harder than mine! I loved this story and will warmly recommend it to everyone.

(Previously Reviewed here: https://openskyebookreviews.com/rattlesnake-audiobook-by-kim-fielding-narrated-by-kc-kelly/)

The President’s Husband, Michael Murphy – 3 stars
This started out interesting, but ended up feeling a bit too trite. The characters were to stereotypical “good” or “bad” and there wasn’t enough communication between the two MCs. They had been married for ten years, I expected more from them as a couple. Also I couldn’t really get on board with the idea that a first spouse could actually continue his work just as before. I would have thought it would have been too much of a security risk. The conflict was a bit over the top and the resolution and ending too rushed. I enjoyed the premise of the story and the writing though, and would try something from this author again.

(Previously Reviewed here: https://openskyebookreviews.com/the-presidents-husband-audiobook-by-michael-murphy-narrated-by-randy-fuller/)

Overall Impression: 3.5 out of 5 stars (each story has separate ratings)

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Ice Man (Blood Slaves #1) by KyAnn Waters

 

 

Jasmine Jade Presents
http://www.jasminejade.com/pm-7799-400-ice-man.aspx

Blurb

Ice Man KyAnn Waters Book 1 in the Blood Slaves series.

Feeding and sex go hand in hand when you’re a blood slave to a vampire. It’s like a drug and Rowan is hooked. With the vampire Theron, Rowan has never wanted for more than his next fix. Until he meets Brett. Brett is hot, the sex is incredible-and he’s human.

Brett is looking for kinky sex when he goes to the Catacombs, an exclusive fetish club for men. Flair bartender Rowan, also known as Ice Man, is sexy and mysterious. Brett isn’t ready to complicate his life with a lover outside the Catacombs and Rowan isn’t interested in club-scene sex, but coming together and giving in never felt so good.

Rowan’s dark secret could destroy everything. He must never allow Brett to learn of his symbiotic relationship with the vampire. He has to choose-tell Brett the truth or remain a blood slave. Either way, he can only hope Brett will trust in love enough to forgive him.

Review

I’m going to just say this isn’t what I was expecting, and it didn’t work for me, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a good story.

First, it’s very dark and the relationship Theron and Rowan share is disconcerting at best and affected my enjoyment of the rest of the story.

Second, there’s a TON of sex in this – and that’s great if that’s what you’re in the mood for.

Third, I did like the HFN/HEA that we get at the end – Rowan does finally make some changes that lead to him and Brett having a more “healthy” relationship but – for me – it was a bit “day late, dollar short” kind of feeling.

This is the beginning of a series, and though it looks like each book has it’s own MCs, perhaps the bond between Rowan and Brett gets seen in a better light? I’m not sure. In any case, though this isn’t exactly BDSM, it was too — much— for me.

While I can’t recommend it, I’m not going to give it a bad rating – I’ll settle for a 3 of 5 stars because the writing was good and the story interesting, the romance just wasn’t strong enough for me.

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Daylight Again (Hell or High Water Book 3) Audiobook by SE Jakes Narrated by Adam North3

 

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Before Prophet Drews can have a future, he must first put his past to rest. Prophet is a man on the edge, and he’s pulling Tom Boudreaux, his partner on the job and in life, right over with him. When his old CO calls in a favor, Prophet asks Tom to join the off-the-grid rescue. But the mission raises all of Prophet’s old ghosts: CIA assassins, the terrorist Sadiq, and, most importantly, John – traitor, former teammate, and Prophet’s first love.

To help bury those ghosts for good, Prophet and Tom gather the members of Prophet’s former SEAL team…and a spook named Cillian who’s been tailing Prophet for years. In the process, Prophet is forced to face his team’s shifting loyalties, ghosts who refuse to stay dead, and, scariest of all, his own limitations.

With everyone’s lives in danger, Prophet and Tom must unravel a tangled knot of secrets, including their own. Prophet must decide how much to reveal to Tom while Tom must decide how far he’s willing to go to help Prophet lay his ghosts to rest.

Review

This is book three and all books must be read in order. Prophet and Tommy’s relationship takes MAJOR steps forward in this book. There is still the backstory with John and – honestly – I hope we get a final book for this series because I’m pretty confused about where and who and why and I just want them to be happy and settled!

We learn a lot about the true Prophet and get more of the story with John – which is nice. Tommy actually really rises to the fore here and is very supportive of Prophet in the right ways.

The sex is super hot and really aggressive at times – showing the level of trust is rising between these two.

We are also learning more about Mal and Cillian who get their own book later, but for now their dance begins.

(Also I can’t say enough about how much I LOVE LOVE LOVE these covers!)

Audio

I adore these narrations. Adam North is a great choice and he does each voice distinctly and with great character.

Highly recommended.

5 of 5 stars

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Audible Link

http://www.audible.com/pd/Fiction/Daylight-Again-Audiobook/B016WPY4R6/ref=a_search_c4_1_1_srTtl?qid=1456426810&sr=1-1#publisher-summary

Let the Wrong Light In by Avon Gale

Dreamspinner Presents

http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=6885

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Avery Hextall, a junior architect at a prestigious firm, is thrilled when his design is chosen for a new performing-arts center—even if it means working closely with his insufferably uptight project manager, Malin Lacroix. When a chance encounter in the boss’s office proves that Lacroix is anything but cold, Avery is determined to learn more about the real man beneath the aloof veneer.

Despite their growing attraction and their increasingly kinky encounters, the enigmatic Malin remains as emotionally distant as ever. Worse, Avery’s friends are convinced Malin thinks of Avery as a dirty secret and nothing more—a secret that might destroy both of their careers.

But the real secret is a single moment in time that haunts Malin and keeps him from committing to the life he wants with Avery. In order to move on, Avery must help Malin come to terms with the tragedy in his past before they can work on building a future together.

Review

Avery is a young, hyper, strange and funny architect who has recently graduated and is working under the very proper and uptight Malin. Avery is convinced Malin has something against him personally when none of his “obviously” wonderful designs are chosen. So… he goes in to give the boss a piece of his mind. What ends up happening is … well… he starts to fall for the boss. Even though he hates him. Sort of.

Malin is a recently divorced man who sort of hates the world and himself in it. He has a tragic past that clouds his future and no good way to deal with it. When the crazy bastard Avery barges his way into his life he doesn’t know what the fuck to make of it. But… he finds himself entranced. Avery brightens his world. Avery makes him crazy but he also kind of likes him. Sort of.

Avery has a thing for pain and Malin has a thing for giving pain. So that works.

They both like architecture and design and are very socially awkward. So that works.

But Malin’s never been gay. But Avery is bi so… that works?

In the end Malin and Avery will have to traverse a lot of ground. Some of it very rocky and emotional. But both are so good for the other, except when they’re not… in the end we get a very HEA.

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My first thought as I was reading this was “This is her first book?????”  This is WAY TOO GOOD to be her first book! Now… I don’t know if she’s hiding others somewhere else, or maybe she wrote het romance or something, but these books of hers (this and Breakaway) are absolutely amazing! They are witty and well thought out and the timing is excellent. Her characters are so flawed and yet sparkling and crisp.

I’m not into the sex stuff they were … I don’t get it… but I didn’t need to. I saw that they were into it and since it worked for them, it worked for me. That’s a sign of a good author. She made the kinky stuff work for me because I saw that it did what it needed to for our MCs and that was enough.

I loved the windows and light analogy and the metaphors with the building designs. Wonderful!

I’m torn because I don’t know if I love Avery or Malin more. My heart bleeds for Malin – he’s so broken and needy. But Avery was such a bratty brat. Well, luckily I don’t have to choose. They’re both wonderful and so is this book. It’s funny and sweet and you’ll be happy you read it.

Buy it.

That is all.

5 of 5 stars

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Rough Road (Love Lakes #2) by Vanessa North

 

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Eddie Russell is many things: A wealthy pillar of the community. An outrageous flirt. A doting best friend. A masochist with a kink for brawling with his bedmates. But he is definitely not a man who invites intimacy. His friends are close but few, his lovers rarer still.

When Eddie runs his Mercedes off the road on a hot July afternoon, Wish Carver comes to his aid—and leaves his number in Eddie’s phone. Wish, a road crew worker half Eddie’s age and sexy as sin, seems fascinated by Eddie’s different sides. Mutual attraction and compatible kinks ignite the sheets, but it’s their connection outside the bedroom that Eddie begins to crave.

When the two come down on opposite sides of a local issue, Eddie finds his growing feelings for Wish at odds with his business interests and his devotion to his best friend, local wakeboarding legend Ben Warren. Torn between old loyalties and his new love, Eddie is reluctant to make a choice. But he knows he can’t make Wish wait too long to make up his mind.

Review

We met Eddie as the very flaming and kink friend of Ben in Double Up. Eddie runs off the road and is rescued by Wish – short for Aloysius – a 20 year younger road worker who happens to have the kink Eddie loves.

They start as a hook-up but it becomes clear fairly early that they are more than a one-night stand.

They have several hurdles: age, income, politics, Ben… But overcoming them is something that the two work out and the make up sex is phenomenal!

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First – Eddie’s kink is pain. He loves receiving it and Wish loves giving it. If this bothers you – skip this book – because there is a LOT of it in there.

Second – The writing is excellent and Eddie is a great character. I didn’t get as good a feel for Wish as I’d like. We see everything from Eddie’s POV and so I can’t say I know too much about Wish. However, they really do seem to work as a couple.

I thought there was a bit too much sex (say it isn’t so!) but only because I wanted to see more of the men working as a couple when it wasn’t in the bedroom.

I loved seeing Eddie and Ben’s relationship evolve and it was great seeing Ben married off to Davis at the end – a nice tie in to the first novel.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book and even though the sadism/masochism scene isn’t my cup of tea I thought it was handled really well. Eddie wasn’t a submissive and that was made very clear. I appreciated the distinction and how well it was covered.

4 of 5 stars

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Riptide Presents

http://riptidepublishing.com/titles/rough-road