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4 stars adult - 18+ Audiobook Audiobook Month Dreamspinner Gay High but not hopeless Homophobia Hurt/Abuse Mary D Mid level steam/heat Monthly Theme Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Older MCs Part of a Series Purchased

Audiobook Month: Papa’s Boy by Sue Brown Narrated by Aaron Pickering

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

Blurb

When Ray Sloane tires of the men in his usual club, he finds himself in the Pink Palm, an inauspiciously named spit-and-sawdust dive, not the sort of place an elementary school teacher and pastor’s assistant should be seen in. On the other hand, Ray needs a fresh face. But what he gets is a closeted, desperately unhappy divorcé named Zeke.

Losing his teaching job and his kids has left Zeke bitter and in denial about his sexuality, but Ray is determined to get under his skin. Just as Zeke starts to relax, life interferes with Ray’s plans: Lee, the teenage organist from St. Mark’s, tells his parents that he was abused as a teenager by a prominent congregation member from his old church, and Ray becomes the target of bullies at school and has to worry about his own job. With the specter of what happened to Zeke hanging over him, Ray must protect Lee and his own reputation, all while trying to convince Zeke that he doesn’t need to run away when their relationship grows more intense.

Review
The third book in the Morning Report series centres around Ray who was on the periphery of the story in the last book as Noah’s assist. Ray is a teacher rather than a Ranch hand, moving the story away slightly. Feeling frustrated with life Ray tries a new bar and there meets Zeke. Zeke is a character that has been beaten down by life, so desperate at one point he tried to take his own life. Ray is drawn to him before he knows all this. Sue Brown has certainly held nothing back with this story. The hatred in the Town, well from a couple of influential sources, is building and from this we start to learn the route of it. I do like the way this theme has been developed over the last three books. A much more realistic timeframe than those where the hatred is over with quickly. Over the course of extreme situations where a young man is left fighting for his life after standing up for himself the Town starts to wake up to what is really happening. The two different strands, Zeke’s story and developing relationship with Ray and Ray’s support for Lee eager to find out what happens next.

Either by now I was used to Aaron Pickering’s narration or he has got into his stride with these stories. Much better and overall my preferred one narrated. Although Luke and Simon are still my favourite characters. There is a lot of emotions that Aaron’s narration does justice to. Zeke and Ray’s characters are portrayed very well.

4 of stars out of 5

 

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4 stars adult - 18+ Book Dee Dreamspinner Gay Gay Little to no angst m/m Mild/low level heat Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Part of a Series Standalone

Release Day Review: His Leading Man by Ashlyn Kane

release day review

Dreamspinner Presents

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/his-leading-man-by-ashlyn-kane-9598-b

Blurb: He wrote a comedy. Fate directed a romance.

Drew Beaumont is bored of the same old roles: action hero, supervillain, romantic lead. He’s not going to let a fresh gay buddy comedy languish just because they can’t find him the right costar. No, Drew bats his eyelashes and convinces everyone that the movie’s writer should play Drew’s not-so-straight man.

Aspiring writer Steve Sopol has never had a screenplay optioned. Now one of Hollywood’s hottest properties wants to be in a movie Steve hasn’t finished writing—and he wants Steve as his costar. Turns out the chemistry between them is undeniable—on and offscreen.
Drew swore off dating in the biz, but Steve is the whole package: sharp, funny, humble, and cute. For Steve, though, giving in to the movie magic means the end of the privacy he cherishes. Will the credits roll before their ride into the sunset?

Review: Really cute story. I like it when the blurb and cover matches the story ☺
The story is short, but well fleshed out. Drew and Steve were really good together. Their budding friendship-to-attraction-to-relationship developed slowly and realistically. The secondary characters also add to the overall story, especially Rita (the dog). The movie plot is woven into the story and sort of becomes a ‘character’ of the over arching story (made me want to see the film actually made!).
Definitely a story that I will re-read!

4 stars out of 5


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3 stars adult - 18+ Book Dee Dreamspinner Fantasy Gay Gay Little to no angst Mid level steam/heat Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Standalone

Release Day Review: My Fair Captain by J.L. Langley

release day review

Dreamspinner Presents

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/my-fair-captain-by-jl-langley-9628-b

Blurb: When Intergalactic Navy Captain Nathaniel Hawkins goes undercover to investigate the theft of an IN weapons stash, the mission raises painful memories from his past. Using a title he fled nearly two decades earlier, Nate once again becomes the Earl of Deverell, heir to the Duke of Hawthorne, in order to navigate the ins and outs of a Regency world. But planet Regelence—where young lords are supposed to remain pure until marriage—has a few surprises for Nate, not least of which is his attraction to Prince Aiden.

A talented artist, Prince Aiden Townsend isn’t interested in politics and the machinations of society gentlemen, and he adamantly rejects the idea of marriage and a consort. Aiden wants the freedom to pursue his art and determine his own future. But the arrival of the dashing and mysterious Deverell awakens feelings of passion and longing the young prince can’t deny.

As Nate uncovers a conspiracy reaching far beyond the stolen weapons, his future is irrevocably altered by the temptations of a life he never thought he could have. Drawn into the web of intrigue, Aiden is in danger of losing his life… and his heart.

Review:
I liked the premise of the story – almost a reversal of the female Georgian/Victorian romances; in this case, it’s the male virtue (snicker) that needs to be protected.
However, the main story got lost in too many threads.
The story starts with Nate fighting a duel. He is wounded, but kills his opponent, requiring him to flee his home planet. Fast forward 18 years later, Nate is now a captain in the IN and has a son called Trouble (aka Jeremy). Nate is tasked to investigate a situation involving a weapons cache, so he’s sent undercover to another planet where he meets the prince of the realm, Aiden.
On Aiden’s planet, the men are treated like Regency misses until they are of age; the society is based on a class system and is very male-oriented, going so far as to ensure that upperclass males have a preference for other men only. The 2 MC’s meet when Aiden has a mishap, leading to an instant attraction. Their romance plays out the same way a MF regency romance would (which I liked).
The story starts to falter when it tries to tie up the mystery of weapons cache – new characters are introduced but not fully explained, like the valets and their involvement. The whole premise for the weapons was glossed over in a few lines (and not to my satisfaction).
Then there’s Trouble and his backstory. I couldn’t get a grip on his age- sometimes he was written as a precocious youngster, then he seems like an older adolescent, (especially when he swore!). The circumstances of his birth, his current status were a surprise, but his eventual acceptance of being betrothed to a prince seemed a little far-fetched.
Overall, I liked it and will look for the next book in the hopes that the story line is better organized and fleshed out.

3 stars out of 5


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5 stars adult - 18+ Audiobook BDSM Book Bullying Dark Romance/ Bad Boys Exploration Gay Gay Homophobia Hurt/Abuse m/m Mary D Monthly Theme Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Pain Paranormal Purchased Scorching/high heat Shifter

Time to Go Dark: Axel’s Pup Audiobook by Kim Dare Narrated by Chris Clog

Audible Link

https://www.audible.com/search/ref=a_mycart_vi_tseft?advsearchKeywords=axel+pup&filterby=field-keywords&x=0&y=0

Blurb
As the landlord of The Dragon’s Lair and leader of The Black Dragons Motorcycle Club, Axel Carmichael has seen it all and done it all. He’s a respected and experienced dom. Nothing shocks him any more, and nobody catches him off guard.

When Bayden rides up to The Dragon’s Lair on a bike worth more than most men earn in a year, and immediately demonstrates that he has far more attitude than sense, it’s easy for Axel to write him off as a silly little rich boy who’s about to get himself killed.

But, there’s more to Bayden than meets the eye. He’s no silly little boy, rich or otherwise, and werewolves aren’t easy to kill

Review
What can I say. Axel’s Pup is long but oh so worth it. A wonderful mix of erotic and romantic. Axel leads the Black Dragons Motorcycle Club from his pub The Dragons Lair. From the start we learn that humanity feared werewolves so much that they tried to suppress the species by putting them in camps and destroying packs. Werewolves have no rights and are maligned within society. This is a great twist on the usual shifter stories. Given examples throughout history I can certainly see humans treating another threatening species in this way. From the moment Bayden meets Axel he recognises him as an Alpha, albeit a human one. Axel as all the traits. Axel’s protective side is drawn to Bayden before he knows he is a werewolf. The story is long but it in my opinion it has to be. Especially if we are going to get the depth of trust building between a werewolf who has been brought up to mistrust humans and a Dom finding his way with a unique sub. There is a lot of self realisation, growth and understanding throughout the story which kept me listening. Two scenes that stood out for me was when Axel asked what a Werewolf Alpha would do and took on that role when Bayden had assumed he should be trying to be more human. The other was towards the end when Bayden and Axel showed the crowd what real wolf submission looked liked. It summed up the love and trust that had grown between them.

The narrator is spot on with these characters. Axel has a light Welsh accent gruff yet smooth, slightly older sounding whereas Bayden sound young but you get the feel of his hard life coming through. The secondary characters all have a sound that suited my impression of them. For example one of the dragons was always trying to get a rise out of Bayden he sounded nasally, which suited the impression I had of a scornful attitude.

5 of stars out of 5

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4 stars adult - 18+ Book DA Dark Romance/ Bad Boys Gay High but not hopeless Hurt/Abuse Mary D Mild/low level heat Monthly Theme Novella 20-160 pgs (20k-40k words) Older MCs Part of a Series PTSD Purchased Stalker/Abusive Ex

Time to go Dark: Ash by Jack L. Pyke

Good Reads Link

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/38719560-ash?from_search=true

Blurb

 

“You up for that, hm, Ash? A lesson from an old soul to youth? From me… to you?”

Ash Thomas and his gameplay with other men is vicious, cruel. Better to fuck someone over than be the one who’s on the floor, fucked up, right? But his latest cruelties are about to catch the eye of the Wraith, someone who’s been brought up to play professionally in the shadows. For Ash, beauty and rage aren’t the kind of sins to win him any favours anymore. Life and lessons of the heart never did come easy, especially when they’re about to walk in off the darkened streets, bringing bloodied footprints in their wake.

Review
Jack L. Pyke’s Don’t series is a wonderfully dark psychological series. All the characters have so many facets, complex lives. I would say that to enjoy the series it’s best to start at the beginning. This book, Ash, brings in new players. Ash comes across as cruel and thoughtless. Only after his own enjoyment as does his mate Chase. As the story progresses we learn another side to Ash which explains his behaviour. I’m still not sure if I like him though. Raif is where the story starts to link into the series. He is a MI5 operative (as is Grey one of the central characters to the Series). He decides to teach Ash a lesson but gets drawn to him as well. At the same time he is made aware of some gruesome murders and is on surveillance for another case. BDSM is an important aspect to all the characters, so if that’s not your cup of tea steer clear.
This book does give you a taste of the nature of the series and Jack L. Pyke’s style. And on the face of it you don’t need to know the details of the previous stories to enjoy this one. However, it is a prequel to book 5 where all the previous characters have a part and I anticipate it would be difficult to follow if you haven’t. Also nothing is resolved in this story, it is just setting the scenes. Book 5 continue from the end of this one.
To be honest if this is your kind of book you probably already know about this series, if it’s got you intrigued don’t wait bring the series to the top of your tbr list.

4 of stars out of 5

 

 

 

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adult - 18+

Release Day Review: A Dom and His Artist by Xenia Melzer

release day review

Dreamspinner Presents
https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/a-dom-and-his-artist-by-xenia-melzer-9503-

Blurb

Sometimes the perfect man can be found in the most unexpected place….

Martin Carmichael owns a security firm and is part owner of Club Whisper. He’s a Dom in search of the right guy, and when his car breaks down on a lonely stretch of road, he thinks he might have found him.

Artist Collin Malloy is talented, easygoing, but somewhat insecure. Still, he has a big heart and is quick to offer help when he sees Martin in need. To thank him, Martin invites Collin to dinner, where the attraction between them becomes harder to resist.

But what will become of their budding relationship when Martin reveals that he likes his men bound, submissive, and in pain? Is it something Collin can accept… and possibly enjoy exploring? Even if he can, Collin has a secret of his own—a secret he doesn’t even realize he’s keeping

Review
Another winner from Xenia Melzer. I started this book on Sunday morning and finished it that evening, well I had to stop to cook lunch. I was hooked. Martin has to revise everything he had thought about being a Dom after meeting Collin. I really liked that through his guidance of Collin in BDSM and learning about submission Martin learns more about himself. He had been very strict but now it didn’t feel right. Collin is a wonderful character. A free thinker that lets ideas grab him and Martin has to adjust to his new sub. The evolving relationship is the main thrust of the story but running in the background is the betrayal of Collin’s friend and Agent. This shakes Collin’s world as he understands it and needs Martin’s support. The scenes between them are gentle and loving. Martin introduces him to different things taking it very slowly given Collin’s inexperience with sex let alone BDSM. these scenes were lovely to read so romantic and caring. We also get to meet Richard and Dean from book 1 again. It was great catching up with their lives but they are not central and this book can be read on it’s own. Another book in the series is planned and I am looking forward to it.

5 of stars out of 5

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o BDSM
▪ Pain
o Exploration
o Gay
o Virgin

• Themes
o artists
o protection/security

• Time Period
o Contemporary

• Trope
o Billionaire Dom
o Cinderella/Cinderfella
o Hurt/comfort
o Secret Identity