Time to get scared: My Dark Knight by KA Merikan

Good Reads Link

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34536195-my-dark-knight?from_search=true

Blurb
Love or hate. Life or death. No inbetween. No compromise. No rules in love and war.

Knight. Party monster. Handsome Savage. Doesn’t do monogamy.
Elliot. Obsessive. Intense. Uncompromising.

Newly single, Knight is done with relationships. All he’s interested in is bringing down The Count, an Internet personality who is tarnishing his family name. An opportunity to crush him comes when the audacious clown shows up at the Kings of Hell MC clubhouse to film for his YouTube channel. But when Knight meets Elliot, the man behind The Count, he no longer knows what to do with him.

Knight has never seen a more pathetic creature than Elliot. He’s also never met anyone who needed him more. Skinny, messed up, and a bucket of trouble as thick as tar, everything Elliot does seems to be a wordless death wish. No matter how much Knight hates Elliot’s alter ego, under the makeup and theatrics hides a fragile young guy with a passion for history, and Knight can’t help but catch Elliot every time he falls.

Elliot has bad taste in men. Always hopelessly attracted to violent brutes, his favorite is a long dead serial killer. But he gets more than he’s bargained for when he seizes an opportunity to meet the man of his dreams. The ghost is manipulative and dangerous, offering Elliot all he’s always wanted, for a price he can’t possibly pay.

Elliot is faced with an impossible choice between two men.
One alive, one dead.
One carnal and honest, one drizzling sweet, poisoned promises into his ear.
One unwilling to commit, the other promising an eternity together.
And Elliot doesn’t settle for half-measures. He craves a love that is all or nothing, passion that will consume him, and desire to burn him alive.
Elliot is ready to either get that, or die trying

 

POSSIBLE SPOILERS:
Themes: enemies to lovers, protector, cruelty, motorcycle club, alternative lifestyles, demons, tattoos, impossible choices, deception, crime, self-discovery, healing, black magic, gothic, commitment, ghosts, possession

Genre: Dark, paranormal romance 
Erotic content: Scorching hot, emotional, explicit scenes

Length: ~145,000 words (Book 2 in the series, can be read as a standalone, but it’s recommended to read book 1 first)

WARNING: This story contains scenes of violence, offensive language, and morally ambiguous characters.

Review
This is one terrific ghost story that pulls in murder, lies and obsession but not I would say a love story as such. It’s a very dark story that made me feel uncomfortable at times. Elliott is an unsettling character. From early on I had the impression he had mental health issues with the level of obsession and his desperation to be wanted. Maybe this is unfair I will leave you to make up your own mind. What he desperately wants is some to love and focus on him. When Elliott feels hurt or insecure he makes questionable choices, which leads Knight to rescue him. At the heart of the story is a triangle between Knight, Elliott and the ghost of William Fane. Knight saves Elliott who’s obsessed with the ghost of William Fane, a serial killer from early 19 Century.
Elliott has a kink for humiliation, he wants his partner to use and control him in the bedroom but equally to take care and protect him. Knight got his nickname by being the White Knight out to save the damsel in distress. Only problem is Elliott gets jealous and reckless when he sees philandering Knight with someone else. Cue one manipulative ghost who entices Elliott to do his bidding. Fane is cruel and Elliott suffers once he lets him get a hold. This is where the pace picks up. Beast and Laurent, the main characters from book 1, come more into the story from this point. You are given a synopsis of book 1 so this can be read stand-alone. Personally I think to get the most out of it read book 1. Stick with the slower ground setting first part it’s worth it to get to the dark twisted second half with ghosts and demon. KA Merikan are terrific descriptive writers a this works so well for both the sex scenes and the dark scenes.

4 of stars out of 5

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Release Day Review: Love You So Hard (Love You So Stories #1) by Tara Lain

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Dreamspinner Presents

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/love-you-so-hard-by-tara-lain-9492-b

Blurb

Third Edition

Craig Elson’s life has hit rock bottom. Even though he’s one of the best strategic planners around, a more confident guy takes credit for his work, and despite being a good-looking man, he suffers insults from the slimiest creep at the bar. Taking care of his beloved mom, who has Alzheimer’s, uses all his funds, leaving him in a plain, depressing car… and a plain, depressing life.

Until he sees gorgeous grad student Jesse Randall and his T-shirt that reads “I Would Bottom You So Hard.” The message seeps into Craig’s soul, and he asks Jesse to teach him to top.

Jesse’s had his eye on the quiet hottie who comes into the coffee shop, and he’s more than eager to perfect his tutoring. He sets out to get Craig a new job, a new apartment, and a new life so far outside plain and depressing that it’s unrecognizable.The problem is, Craig loves his lessons—and his teacher—too much to want to graduate. How can Craig reach the top without losing his sassy bottom?

First Edition published by Love Has No Boundaries, June 2013.

Second Edition published by Tara Lain, October 2013.

Review
First I want to say how lovely it is that Dreamspinner and Tara Lain are working together to get her older titles re-issued. They are such nice stories and I’d hate for them to disappear!

I like the new cover but kinda loved the original…. But that might just be sentiment.

I remember loving this when I first read it and thinking it was so sweet and quirky! I still love it and think it’s sweet and quirky but on this re-read I found myself a little put off by some of the dialog and how it didn’t seem to fit the characters … it seemed a little older than the guys ages in the story.

In any case, it’s still a sweet and funny and lovely story and I can’t wait for the sequel!

(As far as I could tell there was nothing new added to this version.)

3.75 of 5 stars

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Hell is Where the Heart Is by Eden Winters

GoodReads Link

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36630639-hell-is-where-the-heart-is?ac=1&from_search=true

Blurb

Demon Prince Noorvik Metlakatla Hoonah Emmonak (“call me Vik”) likes his lack of responsibilities just fine. His mother, the Big Fucking Deal of the Sixth Level of Hell, longs for the tippity tap of tiny hooves and gives him two choices: find a mate within the next twenty-four human hours or settle for the demoness of her choice. Where can he find the ideal man on short notice, who’ll meet the mother-in-law from Hell’s approval?
Especially when he can’t have the only mate he wants.

 

Review
Loved this!
A funny, cute story.
Vik is a crown prince of Hell, and as such, is expected to marry and sire hell spawn. The wrinkle in this plan is that Vik is gay and has not come out to his mum.
Vik manages to convince his mum that he has someone in mind and he sets off to bring home the perfect mate. I don’t want to give too much away, but I will say that the person he chooses, Dillon, is perfect for him.
The story is funny, heartwarming with a bit of a twist towards the end.
Highly recommend for a quick, fun angst-free read.

4 stars out of 5

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Fangs and Catnip by Julia Talbot

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Dreamspinner Presents

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/fangs-and-catnip-by-julia-talbot-9030-b

Blurb

A Dead and Breakfast Novel
A romance worth fighting for—tooth and claw.

Solitary vampire Fallon Underwood gets all the social interaction he needs being the silent partner at the Dead and Breakfast B and B high in the Colorado mountains. Change is hard for Fallon, so when his business partner, Tanner, suggests hiring a new manager for the inn, he’s adamant that they don’t need help, especially not in the form of bouncy werecat Carter Hughes.

Carter is a happy-go-lucky kitty, and he loves the hospitality industry, so the D and B ought to be a great place for him. He falls for Fallon as soon as he picks up one of Fallon’s novels, and begins to woo the vamp with gifts. When Fallon finally succumbs to Carter’s feline charms, the results are unexpected, to say the least. Their mating will have irreversible consequences—for their bodies and their hearts.

Review

This is a different take on supernatural interspecies mating.
I liked the quirky characters at the B&B – from Fallon, the moody writer (vampire); Tanner co-owner (Bear) and Glenda (Gorgon). Tanner needs a day manager to help take on some of the day to day managerial duties, (since Fallon, co-owner has little interest in helping). Carter, a werecat, applies and gets the job. Carter is friendly, chatty, with a sunny disposition – all the things Fallon is not. But Carter ‘weres’ Fallon down (I couldn’t resist☺) and they fall in love.
It was interesting the way Fallon and Carter’s relationship progressed; especially the way they took on each other’s traits – Carter developing photosensitivity, while Fallon had a vague craving for meat. However, the two men have to find a way to adjust to their mating changes or they will slowly die. With the help of a B&B staff, a few guests and a local doctor, the two men figure out a way to adjust to each other and live happily together.
There is a bit of heartache when Fallon thinks he’s helping by pushing Carter away. As a result, Carter becomes feral and Fallon has to find a way to bring him back.
I enjoyed the story, especially the twist on the fated mates trope.
I hope there will be stories for some of the other characters, like Tanner or Dan (wolf, guest).

3.75 stars out of 5

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Comic Book Romance by Charles Payseur

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Dreamspinner Presents

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/comic-book-romance-by-charles-payseur-9101-b

Blurb

A Spandex and Superpowers Novella

A maximum-security supervillain prison plus a new colleague with a reputation for attracting trouble. What could possibly go wrong?

Calvin Kant is what anyone would want in a reporter—an excellent typist, a dogged investigator, and an upstanding citizen. Oh, and a superhero. At least, his alter ego, Maxim, is. Fleeing a messy situation at his last job, Cal arrives in Capital City without much direction—until fellow reporter Liang Lu sweeps him into a dangerous assignment.
A supervillain prison break leaves them trapped and in peril, with Cal juggling his growing attraction to Liang with his need to protect his secret identity. And that mess Cal’s running from could catch up with him at exactly the wrong moment, leaving him vulnerable. Luckily Liang’s got more than good looks going for him, and together the two men might just save the day—and each other—and find their own comic book romance.

Review

Calvin Kant (loved the name) is a reporter who’s decided to switch newspapers. Cal is also a superhero called Maxim (“don’t call me Max”). At the new job, he meets hotshot reporter, Liang Lu. Both men are immediately assigned to their first story and the mayhem begins.
I really liked it ☺! It’s a fun novella, and while you don’t have to be a comic book fan to like it, but it’s a bonus. There are many cultural references to keep you amused and engaged. For a short story, it is very well paced, well written and packed with humour, heart and adventure. There was one thing that irked me a little – (actually, it jolted me out of the warm fuzzy feeling of the book) – an anatomical description. I don’t think anyone uses that in steamy scenes, but I could be wrong.
Other than that, I have no complaints about the story. Would I like to see more about the duo? Yes!
Definitely recommend this really fun read!

3.5 stars out of 5

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His Soul Desire by Casey Cameron

Amazon Link

https://www.amazon.com/His-Soul-Desire-Casey-Cameron-ebook/dp/B076J2YYFQ/ref=cm_cr_srp_d_product_top?ie=UTF8

Blurb

In retrospect, Sean really shouldn’t have summoned that demon. In his defense, he honestly thought the spell was fake.
Well, it turns out demons exist. See exhibit A: Gideon, the demon currently residing in Sean’s living room. True, he doesn’t look so much “dark lord” as “tall, dark, and handsome,” but he’s shockingly powerful, and despite his wisecracks and nonstop innuendo, his purpose is sinister.

Sean’s soul in exchange for a favor: that’s Gideon’s bargain, and he won’t settle for anything less. Sean may be new to the demon-summoning business, but even he can see that’s a bad idea.
So…how do you un-summon a demon? Unfortunately, the answer lies at the other end of a thousand-mile road trip, with Gideon riding shotgun. A lecherous demon makes a terrible road trip companion–when he’s not trying to talk Sean out of his soul, he’s trying to talk him out of his pants, and that might be just as dangerous. It’d be easy to say no if Gideon were pure evil, but the more Sean gets to know him, the more he starts to wonder if a demon could be a decent person. Between Gideon’s charm, good looks, and unexpected warmth, Sean has to keep a tight grip on his virtue.
And to make things worse, there’s another demon on their tail who will see this bargain completed at any cost–even if that means destroying them both. Time is running out in the race to keep their lives–and Sean’s soul–intact. Can Sean and Gideon find a way to work together before the road ahead becomes a literal highway to Hell?

Review

I really liked it ☺!
Gideon reminded me a lot of Lucifer (on TV) –he’s good looking, dresses well and is very aware of his charms. Sean is cute in his imperfection (a bit of a slob, slacker type). It’s amusing to see Gideon struggling to understand how Sean can resist his tempting offers. This is a funny, interesting take on the whole ‘deal with the devil’ trope. I liked that Gideon never completely reformed, but he did get better. Really a fun read!

4 stars out of 5

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Audiobook: Doctor’s Orders by Lucy Felthouse Narrated by Peter Revel-Walsh

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Audible Link

https://www.audible.com/pd/Erotica-Sexuality/Doctors-Orders-Audiobook/B0723BYFP1/ref=a_search_c4_1_1_srTtl?qid=1503453634&sr=1-1

Blurb

Hospital porter Aaron Miller isn’t expecting a very exciting birthday. He and his doctor boyfriend, Blake Colville, are working opposite shifts, leaving Aaron to go home to an empty house and the prospect of another shift the following day. Just as he’s leaving work, however, an unexpected sexy encounter in a supply cupboard leaves him feeling in a much more celebratory mood. And an impending dirty weekend away with Blake just puts the icing on the non-existent cake. But who needs cake when you’re dating a dominant doctor?

 

Review

A real sexy short break.
What a little gem of a story. Blake and Aaron play in the bedroom rather than 24/7, so this glimpse into their busy life was perfect. Aaron wasn’t really expecting to celebrate his birthday their working schedules made it difficult to be together, so being pulled into a cupboard by his Doctor boyfriend Blake started the story off in the perfect way. I loved how Lucy Felthouse conveyed the depth of their relationship so quickly at the start and established the nature of their D/S relationship as well. The games they played on their weekend away were hot and fun.

I’ve never listened anything narrated by Peter Revel-Walsh before. I admit his accent took me awhile to settle into but once I had he was perfect for these two British lads. My view of the narration is that the story was read me rather than performed, which was fine. I had no difficulty identifying who was speaking in this style and I think it suited the story. Overall I think it’s perfect if you want to listen to a short steamy feel good story.

4 of 5 stars

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Kink Month: The Cattery by KA Merikan

Amazon Link

https://www.amazon.com/Cattery-contemporary-sweet-kinky-romance-ebook/dp/B01DOAN0A4/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1503445789&sr=1-1&keywords=cattery+merikan

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Blurb: 
— Role-playing a cat for six months? You said you’re paying how much? —

Goran’s mouth has no filter, and it’s losing him job after job. Desperate and a week away from being homeless, he finds an offer online that sounds too good to be true. Spending six months in a mansion by the beach in return for a hundred thousand dollars as long as he sticks to the house rules.

This might be the one job where his unruly mouth doesn’t get in the way. After all, saying the wrong thing is impossible… when you’re role-playing a cat.

Meeting all the other guys at the cattery seems to be the icing on the cake, but the inconvenient truth he dishes out turns out to be too much. Goran makes everyone his enemy, but worst of all, Ollie, the prettiest cat of the bunch, the one who’s been in the cattery the longest, and the one who makes Goran’s heart skip a beat.

Ollie’s big blue eyes hold secrets Goran is intent on cracking, but to do so, he will need to learn to bite his tongue and listen. Too bad the pretty blond ice prince is set on getting Goran kicked out of the cattery for good.

Review

This is a book I’ve been meaning to read for a long time. The concept intrigues me but at the same time I was wary. I’ve read puppy play and pony play but cats by their very nature are fickle animals so unlike cuddly puppies or pretty ponies. This is a more fluffy pet play story than the other types and I seriously wonder why I was so wary. There is a cuteness about five men being cats with all their personalities matched to fit their cat persona.

Luis is a socially shy billionaire who likes the company of cats, human cats rather than people. He has built them their own luxury Cattery with everything they can desire, a chef, pool, games, etc. There are rules to follow but after six months a hundred thousand dollars. Easy money so Goren thinks. There are four cats already in the Cattery. Ollie (Oliver) was the original cat and has been with Luis for two years, Stoic Clove, easy going Bounce and nasty joker Cinnamon. Goren’s cat name is Smokey. From the start Goren’s straight talking upsets the others and he is given the cold shoulder. Six months is a long time with no other interactions if you don’t get along. The fun of the story is the interactions between characters. There is rivalry, bitching, sympathy, fun with a human size cat tree/gym, sex, blow jobs and cat fights real and play. Luis just wants to have fun with his kitties when he visits but since Goren arrived there have been tension. I’m not sure I like Luis as a character. He just wants the play kitties but doesn’t seem to be invested in the welfare of the men themselves. The emotions of the five men go through are described in depth and I love the way they give themselves over with abandon to their roles when called.

I was grateful for the epilogue giving a happy ever after but I was left wondering about Luis. This is sup to be the start of a series so there is hope of finding out what happened to the others.

All in all I quite enjoyed this kinky erotic fluffy romance.

4 of 5 stars

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Kink Month: His Missing Pieces by M.A. Innes

Amazon Link

https://www.amazon.com/His-Missing-Pieces-Play-Romance-ebook/dp/B072BFCVB8/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1501919305&sr=8-6&keywords=Ma+innes

Blurb

 
Maddox was drawn to Bryan the first time they met…but something was missing.

Best friends, maybe more, they did almost everything together. They had classes together…studied together…hung out together…They were inseparable. But as close as they were, Maddox knew he was missing something about Bryan. Some kind of missing piece that would explain so much. If Bryan wasn’t in the closet, why was he so quiet about his sexuality? If he was out, why didn’t he date?

Why couldn’t he see Maddox as more than just a friend?

Bryan had no idea what to do. As much as he felt for Maddox, he’d never be able to tell him because that would mean letting him in on Bryan’s deepest secret. Maddox is the best but he’d never understand what Bryan needed…how he wanted to be loved. Right now he has Maddox’s friendship and that will have to be enough. If Maddox finds out what Bryan really wants in a relationship, he might lose even that.

Review:

This is not a kink I had thought I would be reading but I’ll give anything a try at least once. This is book one in the series and concentrates on how Maddox learns that Bryan’s kink is age play. For about the first quarter of the book they are friends and although Maddox desires Bryan, Bryan doesn’t seem to return that desire. Maddox happens to overhear Bryan say he’s attracted to Maddox but knows there is something else, something holding him back. Knowing this gives him hope.

His Missing Pieces is a well crafted story and I did enjoy it although it felt slow starting to me, but that could just be the laying out the ground for the series. There is a good build up of sexual tension between them that makes the wait worthwhile. The age play element did not bother me as much as I thought it would. Calling each other Daddy and baby is no different than a lot of other stories. When they used the bottle and binkie I thought it was cute, a tender moment between them. The diaper on the other hand I had to remind myself this was two consenting adults. The story is more about Bryan finding someone who accepts his kink and Maddox doing everything he can to fulfil Bryan’s desires. In this respect I found it helpful that the story was told from both their points of view. The chapters switch between both Bryan and Maddox giving their thoughts and fears when entering into this unknown area together. Maddox discovers being Dominant turns him on and Bryan realises being dominated in this way is better than he ever imagined. It is good to read a story where both characters are finding their way, usually one is more experienced than the other.

This story does finish on a happy ending and can quite easily be left at this point but if the age play intrigues you book 2, My Perfect Fit, is out as is book 3 Our Perfect Puzzle.

3 of 5 stars

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Treasure Audiobook by Kim Fielding Narrated by Joel Leslie Review by Brian

audiobookreviewAudible Link

http://www.audible.com/pd/Fiction/Treasure-Audiobook/B01HZLG1E0/ref=a_search_c4_1_1_srTtl?qid=1468561243&sr=1-1

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Julian Massey has always been sickly. When the young man’s parents send him to the seaside town of Urchin Cove to recuperate, he finds himself stranded in a tiny cabin with only the quirky local inhabitants for company. Then a storm blows through, and he finds an unexpected discovery washed up on the beach: an unconscious man.
After stealing a treasure, Kit Archer is taken prisoner by a ruthless pirate, Captain Booth. When a storm hits the pirate ship, Kit is able to escape, but not without serious injuries. Jules nurses him back to health, and friendship grows into desire. But Captain Booth is bound to come in search of his treasure and the man who stole it.
In a world with dragons, sprites, and wizards, it’s going to take more than a little magic for Jules and Kit to find lasting happiness together.

Review

This is a book that might best be enjoyed on a beach with a steady supply
of fruity cocktails. It’s a bit light and fluffy, but perfect vacation on
a beach relaxing listen. The fantasy world is cute with domesticated
dragons and imps providing atmosphere. Our lead character is convalescing
at a beach front vacation spot from some vague ailment that honestly just
sounds like depression from being surrounded by small minded bullying
homophobes. He rescues an injured pirate and they quickly fall in love.
Most of the book is a leisurely romance with a few mild sex scenes. There
is some action near the end with the pirate’s former shipmates, and if
there’d been more action I’d have given the story five stars instead of
four. The pace was just a little too leisurely and relaxed for my taste,
but I still enjoyed it. Joel Leslie gives an excellent performance, as I
have come to expect from previous novels.
I would read more books by Kim Fielding as well.

4 of 5 stars

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