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4 stars adult - 18+ Book Christmas Exploration Gay Gay Little to no angst m/m/m Mary D Monthly Theme Novella 20-160 pgs (20k-40k words) Part of a Series Purchased Re-Release Scorching/high heat Standalone Steamy Romance

Steamy Romance: Quid Pro Quo by Aleksandr Voinov and LA Witt


Good Reads Link

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28811723-quid-pro-quo?from_search=true

Blurb
For the past six months, Jared’s been selling sex at Market Garden, a London club that caters to the better-off. But business is slow in the run-up to Christmas, when businessmen and bankers are too busy bickering over bonuses to rent themselves a little high-class action.

Though Jared’s wallet finds the downtime unnerving, the rest of him rather enjoys the opportunity it gives him to admire Tristan, an old hand in the club whose reputation usually sees him well-booked. Jared has been crushing on Tristan for months – he’s no more immune to Tristan’s cockiness and confidence than the johns, and those are just Tristan’s inner qualities.

Just as Jared’s about to chat Tristan up, a businessman asks for something a little different: he wants to book them both. They agree – and Jared finds himself going from crush to mind-bending lust as he’s made the pawn in a sexual power game. Tristan shows him how a pro handles a john while delivering the top-shelf sex for which the Market Garden is so rightly renowned.

Review
Short steamy and hot. This short story captures a moment in time for two high class rent boys. Jared and Tristan who work in the exclusive Market Garden Club. Men with money to burn and little time pay to be satisfied. I liked the way Jared was a little in awe of Tristan’s confidence and jumps at the chance to ‘work’ with him when the John requests it. Tristan, builds the level of sexual tension for both Jared and the John. Making the John pay for every new aspect. The writing is excellent. So atmospheric, it’s like you are there watching all three of them.

4 of stars out of 5

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4 stars adult - 18+ Audiobook Book Dee Dreamspinner Gay Gay Hurt/Abuse m/m Mid level angst Mild/low level heat Novella 20-160 pgs (20k-40k words) Paranormal Part of a Series PTSD Shifter Standalone

Audiobook: Once Upon a Wolf by Rhys Ford, narrated by Derrick McClain

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Dreamspinner Presents
https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/once-upon-a-wolf-by-rhys-ford-9694-b

Blurb: Gibson Keller’s days are fairly routine: wake up early, get some work done, drink lots of coffee, and take care of Ellis, his older brother, stuck in wolf form after coming home from the war. It’s a simple life made up of long runs on two legs—or four—and quiet evenings…. Until Ellis chases a handsome man off a cliff and into the frozen waters beside their cabin, changing Gibson’s life forever.

For Zach Thomas, buying an old B&B is a new start. Leaving behind his city life, he longs to find peace and quiet, and hiking the trails behind his property seems safe enough—right up to the moment an enormous black wolf chases him into a lake, nearly drowning him. Discovering werewolves are real astounds him, but not as much as the man who rescues him from the icy water, then walks into Zach’s heart as if he owns it.
Loving a werewolf—loving Gibson with all his secrets—has its challenges, but Zach believes their love is worth fighting for, especially since his heart knows the big bad wolf is really a prince in disguise.

Book previously reviewed https://openskyebookreviews.com/once-upon-a-wolf-wayward-wolves-series-by-rhys-ford/

Review: I enjoyed the story and was looking forward to listening to Derrick McClain narrate. He gives a good performance, his cadence and inflections gave a sense of urgency and tension at the very beginning of the story – where Zach is running from the wolf (Ellis). I almost forgot that Ellis was ‘playing’ with Zach, I was so worried!
With Mr. McClain one gets a nuanced performance, making the narration very easy and pleasant to listen to. I had no trouble knowing who was speaking.
All in all, it’s a very good start to a new series to read and listen to.

4 out of 5


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4 stars adult - 18+ Audiobook Author Provided BDSM Book Dee dub con/non con Gay Gay m/m Mild level angst Monthly Theme Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Part of a Series Scorching/high heat Steamy Romance

Steamy Romance: Upending Tad Bundle: Volumes 1, 2, 3 by Kora Knight, narrated by Michael Pauley

Audible Link

https://www.audible.com/pd/Erotica-Sexuality/Upending-Tad-Bundle-Volumes-1-2-3-Audiobook/B07BK7PMJX?qid=1529772928&sr=sr_1_1&ref=a_search_c3_lProduct_1_1&pf_rd_p=e81b7c27-6880-467a-b5a7-13cef5d729fe&pf_rd_r=ZB0H3JG0CN3JRA6BKM35&

Blurb:
Volumes one, two, and three of the Upending Tad series.

Loser Takes All

Tad’s weekend started out like any other; hitting a college frat party with a handful of buddies. But just as the evening hits its peak, things get up-ended fast. Ditched by his drunken, trolling friends, Tad winds up getting hustled by three jocks playing poker. Now, he’s forced to pay his dues in the most outlandish of ways by spending an hour with his victors’ favorite flogger, Scott. But the guy’s tantalizing torture quickly proves to be the least of Tad’s worries and the kickoff to a night of raw, shocking lust. Experience the graphic, minute-by-minute account of that hour spent at the hands of Tad’s insatiable tormentor. Addicting chemistry lights the stage as Scott ignites Tad’s reluctant desires into a frenzy of forbidden need.

Test of Endurance

The last time Tad saw Scott, the ripped physical trainer left him with quite a lot to think about. At his wit’s end, he seeks Scott out, voluntarily, on his own terms. Will the completely different setting offer what he’s seeking; proof that their exchange’s unexpected turn was just a random mishap? Or will being in Scott’s presence suggest something different….

Sideline Submission

Round two with Scott hadn’t been what Tad expected, but it did end up providing a few important realizations. That crazy first encounter was definitely more than mere male hormones. Which meant he felt a true attraction to the guy. Something that explained his defenselessness against Scott’s smoldering charms. So Tad had resolved to cope with his findings the only logical way he knew how: purge the guy from his system by staying away for good. Unfortunately, that proved way more uncomfortable than he’d anticipated. So when Scott unexpectedly seeks him out, Tad’s too drained to fight his turmoil any longer. He agrees to hang out, not knowing Dom boy Max will end up part of the deal.

Story review:
College student, Tad loses a bet and has a choice of a broken limb or a flogging at the hands of a Dom – (some friends these guys are!). Anyway, Tad chooses the Dom and his world is ‘upended’ from that experience. Scott is a caring, engaging man; a personal trainer who also happens to be a Dom.
Tad has always thought he was straight, but his experiences with Scott changes all that. Books 1 through 3 follow Tad on his sexual awakening with BDSM and gay love with Scott as his very capable trainer. I know this aspect of the book would of fit nicely in a BDSM porn video on websites similar to https://www.porn7.xxx/. The story is not BDSM heavy which I liked, (not a fan of BDSM in general, but a good story helps me deal). There is a lot of heart and hope for the 2 men to get their HEA (Tad struggled with being thought of as gay in the beginning).

Narration:
What a ride! Michael Pauley did a great job of portraying Scott and Tad.
I really enjoyed listening to Michael Pauley’s portrayal of Tad and Scott – they were just as I imagined when I read the books. He did a great job of conveying the MC’s emotions – Tad’s apprehension and Scott’s sexy confidence.
It’s such a well crafted story that, I will likely continue the series, despite the fact that I generally avoid BDSM-based stories.
Definitely a very good listen.

4.5 stars out of 5

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Recent Release: Daniel by RJ Scott

Good Reads Link

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26156429-daniel?from_search=true

Blurb
Daniel worked hard at college, using coping strategies to shut himself off from any situation that might hurt. But, persistent nightmares and fears for his future drive him to revisit the past. Now Legacy might be the only place to give him a chance at peace.

After the tragic loss of his parents, Corey is head of the family now, and the welfare of his three younger sisters are what matters the most. Corey is desperate to find Daniel, tell him the truth and somehow convince him to keep secrets. Even if this leads to heartbreak.

When the world crumbles around Corey, and Daniel is running scared, Legacy ranch is their only hope.

Review
RJ Scott knows how to squeeze your heart until it’s aching. Daniel and Corey certainly put me through the wringer. To get the full background about Bar Five and the events that occurred there I recommend reading the other Legacy Ranch books. However if you read this as a stand-alone you can still get a good idea of what the boys went through there. Daniel is making the best of his life despite the nightmares and anxiety. Corey had the perfect family life ripped away from him. To get some answers he visits Daniel. This is the start of a slow building relationship where b of them need to come to terms with their feelings and trust one another. So many emotions. I couldn’t put the book down. I read it straight through. Wonderful way to end the series. So full of emotions but ultimately satisfying.

5 of stars out of 5


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adult - 18+ Gay High but not hopeless Mid level steam/heat Older MCs Part of a Series Standalone Uncategorized

Recent Release: Leaning into Forever by Lane Hayes


Good Reads Link

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40238840-leaning-into-forever?from_search=true

Blurb
Geordie de la Rosa is a legend among wine lovers in Napa Valley. His ultra-fabulous style paired with a penchant for leading impromptu sing-a-longs has made him a star attraction at Conrad Winery. Co-owning a well-respected winery was never Geordie’s aspiration but he likes the niche he’s made for himself. He won’t deny that his job and his friends have helped ease his heartache and grief after the death of his longtime partner.

Levi Yeager excels at the art of reinventing himself. He’s been a minor league baseball player, a college coach and now a restaurant owner. The problem is he doesn’t know anything about the food business. And when his chef quits unexpectedly, he’s afraid his new venture is doomed. But Levi isn’t a quitter. It may be the only thing he has in common with the beautiful, sassy man from the neighboring winery who agrees to help get his new business up and running. Neither man counts on their fast friendship or the wild attraction they feel for each other. However, they know they won’t stand a chance until they let go of the past and lean into forever

Review
I’ve been waiting for Geordie’s story and I love it just as I knew I would. Geordie has been grieving over the loss of his long time love Mike for four years. Hers never considered that there could be anyone else to capture his heart until Levi. Levi is completely different from Mike. He is drawn towards Geordie. This is such a beautifully sweet romance about patience and learning to starting again. The way Geordie’s grief is so sensitively portrayed touched my heart. I truly believe that a loved one never truly leaves us but neither would they want to see us pining away forever. It was good to see Geordie’s vitality fierceness and humour come alive with Levi’s care and attention. Lane Hayes has written a book that’ll stay with me for a long time. The story takes you on highs and lows of emotions before giving you a happy ever after.

5 of stars out of 5


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4.5 stars adult - 18+ Audiobook Audiobook Month Book Dee Gay Hurt/Abuse m/m Mild level angst Monthly Theme Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Purchased Scorching/high heat

Audiobook Month: The Long Way Home by Z.A. Maxfield, narrated by J.F Harding

Audible

https://www.audible.com/pd/Fiction/The-Long-Way-Home-Audiobook/B01MQGGZ71?ref=a_search_c3_lProduct_1_4&pf_rd_p=e81b7c27-6880-467a-b5a7-13cef5d729fe&pf_rd_r=4GVDMJXBB991JR8MT96Z&

Blurb:
Ever since the accident that cost him his job on the Seattle police force, Kevin Quinn has been living with psychic abilities he refers to as the ‘gift that keeps on taking’. His attempts to use his talents to help the police have been met with limited success. Yet, when teenage boys start going missing from the beach cities of Southern California, Kevin gets on a plane.
Connor Dougal has every reason to believe all psychics are fakes and charlatans. He’s still numb from the disappearance of his first love, a boy who went missing 10 years earlier. Everything he aspires to is a direct result of that tragedy, even the acquisition of his detective shield. The irony of having to babysit Kevin Quinn is not lost on him.
These two suspicious men must develop trust and respect for one another to solve the case and, on the way, maybe fall in love.

Review:
A good story with great narration.
Kevin is a reluctant psychic (the ‘gift’ manifests after an accident). He’s asked to work on a missing persons case where he meets Connor. Connor is assigned to assist Kevin in the investigation; at first they don’t get along, but very quickly they develop a rapport which leads to a mutual attraction. As they grow closer, the mystery of the disappearances unfolds. There is quite a bit of wit and humour in the story that kept me engaged throughout.

Story: 4

Audio:

JF Harding was really good! This was my first time listening to him after which I bought a couple more books that he’s narrated. His pacing, inflections and timing was spot on for the characters. The subtle humour and wit of the prose was nicely voiced and he portrayed the dynamics and chemistry of the 2 MC’s very well.
Definitely a story I will listen to again.

5 stars out of 5

Overall 4.5 of 5 stars


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4 stars Bi-Sexual Book Bullying Dreamspinner Gay Gay Hurt/Abuse Little to no angst m/m Mary D Mid level steam/heat Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Older MCs PTSD Standalone Virgin

Coming Soon!: From a Jack to a King by Scotty Cade

Dreamspinner Presents

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/from-a-jack-to-a-king-by-scotty-cade-9718-

Blurb
New York Times best-selling mystery writer Bay Whitman leads the life of a celebrity-at least on the surface. In public he’s self-assured and in control. Women hang on his every word, while men envy his confidence and swagger. But in reality, Bay is a loner. He’s shy and introverted, and his life consists of sitting in a dimly lit room writing his famous Jack Robbins mystery novels. His one vice-gambling. Winning an escort in a poker game will change Bay’s life in ways he never imagined.

Matthew “King” Slater is one of the hottest tickets in gay porn. He spends his days in front of the camera and his nights as a highly paid escort to the rich and famous. Deep down, he craves romance and a real connection, but his past makes it hard to separate the needs of his body from those of his heart. For now, it’s easier to think of sex as just a job. But while doing a shoot in Vegas, King is hired for a tryst at a famous hotel and casino, and his handsome client might blur the line between work and play

Review by Mary
I do like Scotty Cade. There is a gentleness to his work that makes it a pleasure to read. This story is about two men with similar childhood experiences that continue affect them in very different ways. Bay became an introvert who pulls on the invisible armour of his fictional character whenever he goes out. King developed an addiction to sex and ultimately found work as a porn star and high end escort. Their meeting was skilfully created, especially Bay’s reaction to meeting King and King’s reaction to how Bay behaves. There is a rocky start but Bay’s sincerity is not something King had previously encountered. Together they grow and change and over the course of the story find strength in each other they didn’t know they were missing. Initially I wondered if it was going to be a Gay for you scenario but realised that’s an outdated way to think. It’s more natural for characters to embrace their bisexuality or pansexuality when faced with an unexpected attraction to someone. I appreciated the depth of detail in this story. It’s all to easy to gloss over important issues. Their childhood history shows how events can trigger ultimately harmful coping mechanisms. I especially appreciated understanding more about sexual addiction. I would recommend this story if you are looking for a different romance with no angst just two people getting through the best they can and ultimately winning.

4 of stars out of 5


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Review by Dee

This is my first book by the author and I quite enjoyed it. A porn star with a sex addiction and a shy, retiring writer could not be more opposite, but the story works.

Bay, the writer, lives almost like a hermit. When he has to promote his book, he channels the persona of his most popular book character – Jack Robbins. The only other time Bay willingly goes anywhere is to gamble, even then he’s more or less in character.

King is more outgoing and works as both a porn star and an escort. Funnily enough, the professions alongside being able to check out these free adult videos and others help him manage his sex addiction, in a way.

When Bay first meets King, it’s not under the best of circumstances and both have preconceived ideas about each other – King thinks Bay may be in denial/the closet; Bay thinks King is only interested because he’s being paid.

Both men meet again and, after few misunderstandings are cleared up, they begin a tentative friendship that slowly becomes more. They address King’s addiction; Bay tries to be more outgoing. Together they become each other’s rock.

 

I liked how Mr. Cade touched on sex addiction – not in depth, but not glossed over either. It allows readers to research more if they are so inclined.

A nice story with a good HEA.

 

3.75 stars out of 5

 

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4.5 stars adult - 18+ Audiobook Audiobook Month Dee Gay Mild level angst Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Part of a Series Purchased Scorching/high heat

Audiobook Month: Finley by Ella Frank, narrated by J.F Harding

Audible Link

https://www.audible.com/pd/Fiction/The-Long-Way-Home-Audiobook/B01MQGGZ71?ref=a_search_c3_lProduct_1_4&pf_rd_p=e81b7c27-6880-467a-b5a7-13cef5d729fe&pf_rd_r=4GVDMJXBB991JR8MT96Z&

Blurb:

It’s time to come home, Finn.

It’s been seven years since Daniel Finley left his hometown in Florida for the hustle and bustle of Chicago’s city life.
Since then, he’s worked hard for his position at the prestigious law firm Leighton & Associates, even when it’s caused distance and isolation from his family and friends. But that’s all about to change.

On his 30th birthday, he receives the one thing he never dared hope for. Something that was promised to him years earlier – a note. One simple sentence from the man he’s never been able to forget.

Six words will forever change the course of their lives.

Brantley Hayes has it all. Or so he thinks. When he first made the decision to take a job down in Florida, his family thought he was crazy. But, after years of living in the quiet beach town, he finally feels a sense of community. He’s surrounded himself with friends who are like family, has a job he loves, and owns a spectacular beachfront property that is his sanctuary.
Yet he still feels unfulfilled, as if a piece of the puzzle is missing, and he knows exactly which piece it is. On an impulse, he follows through with a promise he made years earlier. A promise to call home the one he sent away.

Nothing is as simple as it seems.

After years of separation, the former lovers are reunited, but Brantley wasn’t expecting to encounter the high walls now guarding Daniel’s heart.
Daniel may not be the same person he was when he left, but he knows that the first step to healing is the note in his hand..

Review:

I loved the story and its link to the Temptation series (one of my all-time faves to listen to).
Daniel Finley (Fin) is the cocky lawyer who helps Tate get a big settlement after an accident case. But before he became a cocky lawyer, he was a cocky law student who had his eye of one of his professors – Brantley Hayes. The story goes back and forth between the past and present, starting with Daniel coming home to face the man who sent him away. It was fun to see how the relationship between Fin and Brantley developed and grew over time while he (Fin) was still a student.
Note: The teacher/student aspect is quite well done – I didn’t once think that the relationship may not have been appropriate.
When Brantley decides that Fin would be better off finishing his degree at a better university, Fin doesn’t take the advice well, but leaves anyway. Fast forward to the present – he’s grown up and is prepared to ‘love’ Brantley and leave him. Happily their past chemistry makes it hard for them to walk away from each other. Like I said, I loved the story.

5 of 5 stars

Audio 
Charlie David narrates and while he is quite good, I wasn’t overly fond of his performance here. One of my issues is that there was very little distinction between the 2 MCs. There was slightly more of a difference with the 2 secondary characters- Derek and Jordan. Overall, it wasn’t a bad performance, just not one of my favourites, (it didn’t stop me from buying the audio for Derek and Jordan’s story).

Narration 3.75 of 5 stars

Overall 4.5 of 5 stars

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Audiobook Audiobook Month Christmas Gay Mid level angst Mid level steam/heat Monthly Theme Novella 20-160 pgs (20k-40k words) Older MCs Part of a Series Thanksgiving

Audiobook Month: Luke’s Present by Sue Brown Narrated by Aaron Pickering

Dreamspinner Presents
https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/morning-report-series-6498-

Blurb
Lost Cow Ranch foreman Simon Bryan is worried about Luke, his boss and possessive partner of twelve years. Reeling from the flood that took his horse, Luke has postponed surgery on his knee, and his nightmares have been escalating. Worse, he is pulling away from Simon emotionally. Desperate to help his lover cope, Simon plans a special Christmas gift, but it is Luke’s present that changes their relationship foreve
.

Review
Luke’s Present is a lovely short catch up with Luke and Simon. It’s about two years after the events in Morning Report, not much after the ending of Papa’s Boy. The story provides answers to loose ends such as wether Luke has the operation on his knee (injured in book two) as well as small parts for Noah & Tommy, Ray & Zeke. I love the strength of Luke and Simon’s relationship in this book. Simon knows there’s a problem and sees through the defensive behaviour Luke puts up to find the truth. Luke’s reaction is beautiful and provides the perfect wrap up for the contemporary part of the series.
I liked Aaron Pickering’s narration in this book. He has settled into the characters and i found him easy to listen to. This might also be that I am used to his style now. Although I can’t find any other books still available narrated by him.

4 of stars out of 5

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adult - 18+ Book Gay Mild level angst Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words)

Release Day Review: All That Glitters by Kate Sherwood

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Dreamspinner Presents
https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/all-that-glitters-by-kate-sherwood-9696-

Blurb
No matter what he tells himself, wealthy NYC architect Liam has never been able to forget his first love, Ben. But as he approaches midlife and realizes something is missing, can he forgive himself for the worst mistake he ever made—the one that left a hole no amount of career success can fill? Or will fear keep him from the full life he really wants?

Liam and Ben were childhood sweethearts, then college boyfriends. But when Liam cheated on Ben, Ben forced himself to cut ties and move on. He’s still living in the small town where they grew up, teaching, but it’s not the life he imagined for himself as a younger man. Still, when Liam returns, he can’t risk his heart again. He certainly can’t allow himself to love Liam again after fighting so hard to get over him.

Neither man wants to let go of the past and face their apprehension at starting over. They don’t want to fall in love a second time—but sometimes love happens whether it’s wanted or not

Review
Essentially this story is about Liam who in all intents and purposes is pining after Ben. It’s not really spelt out like that in the story, more my impression of it. Liam has everything rising career, money, mixes with the rich and famous but no one to share it with or any good solid friends. Liam can’t understand (or doesn’t want to try) why he is drawn back to his childhood town. Except Ben still lives there and so does his other friend Seth. When he messed up his relationship with Ben he also lost Seth‘s respect and friendship. Equally Ben is resisting his attraction and the pull towards Liam. He doesn’t want to get hurt again. This is a well written story. There was enough going on in the mild emotional turmoil and the machiavellian antics of Ben’s Uncle Calvin to keep me glued to the story. Anything less and I would’ve been shouting get on with it already. But that never happened. Liam is quite a self centred character whilst Ben is a caring soul. It has taken Liam a long time to realise all that glitters is not gold and he left to golden opportunity far behind chasing dreams and ambition. How they fare in the future I don’t know but they seem to be soulmates, so I’ll hope for the best. The epilogue feels more like a happy for now ending but they have good family and friends around them.

4 of stars out of 5


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