Saturday, 31 December 2016

Top 5 2016 M/M Reads

I'm kinda' cheating here, I know. I did a Top 5 2016 reads here, but there's no doubt that it was more than 5. I cannot not include the books below so as a way around my own rules, I thought I'd separate my m/m reads to give me more room... hehe...

Now these are definitely in order, just saying...

1) Interborough by Santino Hassell

The 4th installment in the Five Boroughs series, this is the continuation of Ray and David's story who initially got their tentative HEA in Sunset Park. This book spoke to me on so many levels as it explored some more what it means to be in a relationship and how you find you HEA once things are no longer about the initial high of a new relationship. (Review)

2) Fast Connection by Megan Erickson and Santino Hassell

From Grindr hookup to a real connection, it's got heat, heart and humor. I cannot be any more in love with these 2 authors. I follow them on all their SM accts and they're funny as hell. I love their individual works as it is, so imagine them putting their efforts together! #ded (Review)

3) Daring Fate by Megan Erickson

I'm not usually a PNR reader but this is Megan Erickson, a fave author, and for me to love this one, that's a feat. It's sexy, funny, touching and full of action. (Review)

4) Wound Tight by Tessa Bailey

Tessa, who I would always say is the queen of dirty talk, has finally decided to dip her toes into the world of m/m, and I couldn't be happier. Dirty talk, check. Lovable characters, check. Hot AF, definitely check! (Review)

5) The Spiral Down by Aly Martinez

Aly Martinez is a top fave author and this is her first foray into the world of m/m, and you won't be able to tell. Sweet, fun, heartfelt, smokin' read. I swear, Aly can write anything! (Review)

And there you have it, folks! Another year bites the dust...

On that note, HAPPY NEW YEAR, world!!!

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Friday, 30 December 2016

RELEASE BLITZ: Revived (Book 2: The Dungeon Black Duology) by Kora Knight

Title: Revived Series: The Dungeon Black Duology (Book 2)

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Title: Revived

Series: The Dungeon Black Duology (Book 2)

Author: Kora Knight

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Cover Artist: Jay Aheer



The most powerful force in existence, but also the most ruthless. Cunning and deceptive.Man’s greatest Achilles heel. Leaving all who embrace it weak and vulnerable. At least that’s how Dom-for-hire Max Kelley sees it, after the love of his life knocked him on his ass. A brutal blow that not only stole his breath, but decimated his ability to trust. Turning him cold and cynical. The TKO he never saw coming.
A mistake Max won’t ever make again. Meaning no more relationships—not exactly a hardship. Just the thought of dating makes him queasy, and one of the reasons he doms for a living. To sexually engage without the poison of intimacy. The other reason? To keep his demons sated. With whips and chains, and scandalous kink. A fiery mix that always hits the spot.
That is, until a bright-eyed beauty walks into his life and refuses to leave. Sean Matthews. College senior and flirt extraordinaire. Max’s newest—and greenest—client sub. Man, is he delicious; able to push Max’s buttons, able to make him crave the things he knows he shouldn’t. Sound the alarm, this can only mean trouble. Unfortunately, deterring Sean proves virtually impossible, and now Max finds himself at a crossroads. Man up and kick his favorite sub to the curb… or succumb to his own caged desires.
Warning: This erotic, gay, BDSM romance contains intensely explicit sexual scenes both inside and out of the dungeon. ** Note from the author: In keeping with the promise I made to my Upending Tad devotees, I've included a small side story with Tad and Scott in book 2 where we delve a bit further into the developments of their relationship, and all the wonderful ways they've been keeping each other's hearts pounding. So, be prepared for a few more character point of views! Tad and Scott aren't going anywhere. They'll be around for the long haul. XXO


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Top 5 2016 Reads

According to Goodreads, I've read 115 books in 2016. Not bad, eh? Also, according to Goodreads, my average rating for the year was 4.4 out of 5 stars. Pretty good year, eh? So to narrow down my top read to just 5, well, hard, right? So...

In no particular order, here they are. These are the books that just wowed me and made me feel. And some of them even gave me a book hangover...

1) The Bellator Saga (Books 1-5) by Cecilia London

Jack and Caroline have earned their top spots in my most fave H&h shelf. This is one read that packs a punch, and I don't mean that lightly. Given the current American political landscape, what's meant to be dystopian meta-fiction read scarily feels contemporary now. This is a saga, alright, not a series, a saga. The way this books gripped me, I'm at a loss for words sometimes. The emotions this books wrung out of me, I can't fully describe it. And it's not even finished yet!!! The last installment is coming out in 2017 and I'm already nervous, eek! (Reviews: 1-3, 4, 5)

2) Retrieval Duet by Aly Martinez

Aly Martinez writes it and I read it, as simple as that. This duet is all about suspense, love, heat, and all kinds of emotion. If you're an Aly fan like me, you won't be disappointed. If Aly is not on your radar, what are you waiting for? (Reviews: 1, 2)

3) This Isn't Over, Baby by K Webster

This is the 3rd book in the War & Peace series and not a standalone. This is one dark series, and I'd say this is the darkest and twisted of all, so far. The first 2 books are both 5-star reads as well, but this one, this one pushed all kinds of buttons but I gobbled it all up. As wrong as this may sound, this is all kinds of delicious in all its darkness. That's KA for you! (Review)

4) Scarlet Stone by Jewel E Ann

The latest release by Jewel. This story just moved me. One of the strongest h's I've read of late. I'll always be grateful that I came across Jewel's work because to date, I have not been disappointed. I know I don't need to read her blurbs to get me interested in her books but I do because I love how she hooks me in. I keep saying this, Jewel should be on people's radar some more! (Review)

5) Preppy: The Life & Death of Samuel Clearwater, Part 1 by TM Frazier

TM is not called the #evilginger for nothing. This is the most recent book in the series that I would say pretty much all the fans of the series have been anticipating. You can't read this without reading the first 4. Yes, you have to meet King and Bear, and now of course, Preppy. These fellas and their lives are just so crazy and you'll love them and it for that. (Review)

Guess, that's it... I'll say it again, 115 books with an average of 4.4/5 and to narrow it down to 5 (well, sorta, considering I lumped series... and... you'll see😛), well, that was hard!

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Thursday, 29 December 2016

RELEASE BLITZ: Complex Kisses by Kim Bailey

Complex Kisses

by Kim Bailey 
Publication Date: December 29, 2016 
Genres: Contemporary, Romance


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When lost and living in the moment … … can you be found with just a kiss? Jamie Hartley ran away, leaving grief and heartache behind. Lost on her own. Raising a child. Her plan is simple. Make it through. Find her path. Survive. Eric Anderson walked away, abandoning plans and expectations. Living day to day. Waiting for miracles. His goal is complicated. Make it through. Find a way. Endure. In stolen moments of passion and pleasure, Jamie and Eric find reprieve from their complex lives. Together, they eases the burdens. Together, they soothe the pain. But can they recognize the future when it finds them? Here and now.


About Kim Bailey

Kim Bailey is a Canadian author. She’s a born procrastinator and sarcasm junkie. She gets her motivation from coffee, the fact that her teenage children haven’t disowned her, and the smile on her husband’s face when she tells him “maybe”. When she was young and naïve, Kim dreamed of being a documentary filmmaker, and script writer. But when real life happened, she went to a job that actually paid her. Now she’s a customer support specialist by day and romance writer by night. Writing is something she’s always done – she has about 20 million half-started story ideas. She may also be a slight exaggerator. Kim promised herself to set her fears aside and make the dream real. She’s working on that, one day at a time.


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EXCERPT REVEAL: Separation Games by CD Reiss


Separation Games by CD Reiss

Series: The Games Duet # 2 Release Date: January 3, 2017 Genre: Contemporary Romance

"CD Reiss writes the best erotica I have ever read."

Meredith Wild, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Hacker Series



The stunning conclusion to the New York Times Bestseller.
There’s one, unbreakable rule in the game.
Stay collected. Compartmentalize. Think your next move through. Never let your heart dictate your tactics.
The heart is impulsive.
The heart makes bad decisions.
The heart doesn’t see the long game.
Because the heart may have decided to get Adam back, but when the endgame comes, the heart’s going to be the first thing to break.


(WARNING: Graphic words/language)

Adam pulled me to the next door to the left. It opened into a small theater with about two dozen red velvet seats with lights at the bases.
“There was this guy in Marine Park who collected vintage pornography. When he died, one of the clubs uptown took it and preserved it. When all the clubs merged, they reels moved here.”
“We’re going to watch porn together?”
He guided me down an aisle. “Yes.”
“How adventurous of us.” I smiled at him, flirting.
He smiled back a little, but was reserved in his enthusiasm. We sat in the center.
“Now I’m sorry I wore pants,” I said.
The lights dimmed to black. I took his hand, and he paused before dropping our entwined fingers in his lap.
“I’m trying to illustrate something. I want to talk. So I’m glad you wore pants.”
The bullseye countdown appeared. Adam leaned his head back, closed his eyes, and exhaled. They went back to the screen as if all necessary strength had been gathered.
She’s blindfolded, arms tied above her. He’s lashing her.
“These are from the late sixties,” he said as the picture flickered. There was no sound. “The stuff here is very real. There’s no retouching. It’s 16mm, so there’s none of the porny quality of video.”
He’s wrapping her t!ts in black tape.
“I see,” I said.
He was right. The frame was raw. The beauty of her submission wasn’t on the film. I didn’t feel as though I was watching something. I felt as though I was witnessing something.
He’s clamping her n!pples until they’re elongated meat.
“This is called t!t torture,” he said matter-of-factly. “Every step of this was worked out beforehand. You’re not seeing the dozen things he’s not doing.” He twisted in his seat to face me. He was backlit, so I couldn’t see his expression. “Give me an adjective. What do you think of it?”
“Is this your thing?”
“Answer me first.”
I loved him. I wanted him. I’d get on my knees and submit to him.
“It’s gruesome.”
“It’s not my thing.” He sat back and faced the screen. The light flickered on his face. “There’s so much more though.”
He’s putting the business end of a hairbrush in her anus.
I’ve never seen skin that shade of purple.
What is she eating?
In all of them, the submissive may have cried or screamed, but she always came back for more. She kissed the Dominant’s hand or looked at him admiringly. Her lips did a dance of gratitude.
Thank you.
Ten minutes in, I couldn’t hold my questions anymore. “Why are you showing me this? You don’t want to wrap me in duct tape.”
“Someone might. I want you to know what it looks like first.”
“Adam Steinbeck!” I stood and put my fists on my hips. “You f*cking sh!t!”
He crossed his legs, shrugging as if it wasn’t his fault. He just worked here. “What?”
“You’re trying to scare me.”
“I’m trying to inform you.”
“To hell with this. I’m going out there right now and getting someone to f*ck me with a wooden spoon.”
I stomped down the aisle. He grabbed my arm. I spun around to face him. Behind him, a woman was getting choked, and every time she breathed, the ecstasy on her face was unmistakable.
“Let go of me,” I growled.
“Look at it. You weren’t meant for this.”
But he was? But Serena was? Was I too good? Too weak? Too strong? None of that mattered.
“You love me. Say it, Adam.”
“I’m keeping the love I have left.”
“Why can’t you love a submissive?”
“I don’t know.”
“You can’t love weakness?” I asked.
“I said I don’t know.”
“You’re unworthy of a woman who would kneel for you?”
“What do you want out of me?”
He was hurting me. I jerked my arm away, and he let go.
“I want you to leave me for a reason. A real reason. I left you because I was unhappy. I thought we were incompatible. You’re leaving me because you asked me to submit to you and I love it. You’re leaving me because you love me a little but not enough. What is all that? It’s not a reason.”
“I’m protecting you!”
“You’re protecting you.”


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CD Reiss is a New York Times bestseller. She still has to chop wood and carry water, which was buried in the fine print. Her lawyer is working it out with God but in the meantime, if you call and she doesn't pick up she's at the well hauling buckets.
Born in New York City, she moved to Hollywood, California to get her master's degree in screenwriting from USC. In case you want to know, that went nowhere but it did give her a big enough ego to write novels.
She's frequently referred to as the Shakespeare of Smut which is flattering but hasn't ever gotten her out of chopping that cord of wood.
If you meet her in person, you should call her Christine.

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Monday, 19 December 2016

COVER REVEAL: The Neighborhood by Stylo Fantome

Title: The Neighborhood
Series: Twin Estates #2
Author: Stylo Fantôme
Genre: Erotic Romance
Cover Design: Najla Qamber Designs
Release Date: January 17, 2017


Things a bad neighbor can do to you:

1. Have loud parties late at night

2. Refuse to mow his lawn

3. Steal your newspapers

4. Rip your heart out and walk all over it

Katya Tocci is willing to admit that she may have bitten off more than she could chew.

Liam Edenhoff showed her a side of life she'd been missing out on - sex and friendship and tacos. But then he betrayed her.

Wulfric Stone taught her that big surprises can come from unexpected places - like from a surly, aggressive, withdrawn bastard. But then he broke her heart.

Now one of them wants forgiveness, and the other wants forever. And Katya? She just wants to forget.

Who knew neighbors could be so difficult?

This story contains scenes of a graphic sexual nature, multiple uses of coarse language, and quite possibly enough confusion to drive a normal person insane. Reader discretion is advised.

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Crazy woman living in an undisclosed location in Alaska (where the need for a creative mind is a necessity!), I have been writing since ... forever? Yeah, that sounds about right. I have been told that I remind people of Lucille Ball - I also see shades of Jennifer Saunders, and Denis Leary. So basically, I laugh a lot, I'm clumsy a lot, and I say the F-word A LOT.

I like dogs more than I like most people, and I don't trust anyone who doesn't drink. No, I do not live in an igloo, and no, the sun does not set for six months out of the year, there's your Alaska lesson for the day. I have mermaid hair - both a curse and a blessing - and most of the time I talk so fast, even I can't understand me.

Yeah. I think that about sums me up.

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COVER REVEAL: Triumph by Cecilia London


Title: Triumph
Series: The Bellator Saga, Book 6
Author: Cecilia London
Genre: contemporary and erotic romance/romantic suspense/epic romance
Release Date: February 6, 2017
Cover Artist: S.K. Hartly with Luminos Graphic House



“All of your ideals, your hopes and dreams…they cease to matter if you abandon them in your darkest hour. We have to see this through to the end.”

Jack McIntyre and Caroline Gerard have never shied away from a challenge. As dual commanders of the American rebel forces, they now face the greatest adversity of their lives. Every decision has permanent consequences. Relationships are tested and restored. Hard truths come to light. When the reality of their situation finally hits them, there is one thing they know for certain.

No sacrifice is too great for love.
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Cecilia London is the pen name of a native Illinoisan currently living in San Antonio, Texas. She's filled several roles over the course of her adult life - licensed attorney, wrangler of small children, and obsessed baseball fan, among others. An extroverted introvert with a serious social media addiction, she is the author of The Bellator Saga, an epic, genre-crossing romance series. You can catch all of her quirky updates on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, or at her website.



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Sunday, 18 December 2016

REVIEW: Upending Tad Bundle ( Volume 4,5,6) by Kora Knight

I've reviewed the first bundle yesterday (read it here), so here goes the rest...


Volumes Four, Five and Six of the Upending Tad series:

Prized Possession:
With Tad's reservations firmly on the one-eighty, he's finally more at ease exploring this intriguing new part of himself, especially where his attraction, and affections, for Scott are concerned. But when their evening plans get cancelled, Tad winds up watching the guy in action at the gym instead. Kickboxing lessons lead to sparring, which in turn leads to a face-off more erotic than Tad could have ever imagined. With huge new boundaries crossed, both men are floored like never before. Have these milestones finally put all Tad's hang-ups behind him?

Bringing It Home:
It’s Friday night and Tad finds himself doing pretty much what he’d expected. Celebrating with his friends at a night club in honor of their buddy Breck’s birthday. The music’s pumping, drinks are flowing, as laughter and dancing bodies abound.
Nothing too outlandish, nothing unusual.
Until Scott and his own crew show up at the place. Funny how the one person Tad prefers above all others is the last person he wants to see. But now that he’s spotted the guy across the room, he can’t seem to take his eyes off him. Which winds up being a very bad thing. Seems Scott out in public with other attractive men is a much different story than Tad’s used to.
As one disturbing event after another unfolds, Tad splits before he loses his mind. But the breather he needs he does not get. In fact, things just go from bad to worse, the night ending on a note he never would have imagined. As things between Scott and him hit rock bottom, the only direction left must be up. If only Tad’s life would follow such a formula. But the path he’s been walking lately has never been that simple.
With a world of revelations finally revealed, can Tad find it in himself to make peace with Scott’s past so they can finally head into the future?

With his secret out and uncertainty behind him, Tad finds himself in this new, incredible place. A place where, finally, he can just be himself. Which means no more over-analyzing every feeling Scott stirs inside him. Because now Tad has the confidence to act on them instead. To be with the guy that he’s head over heels for in every imaginable way. In public. In private. Without any reservations. An internal freedom he never knew existed until Scott came and unlocked the door. Experience their story’s epilogue installment, filled with playfulness and promise, laughter and love. And, yup, some of that hot stuff, too.

Warning: Contains gloriously explicit gay sex.
Intended for mature audiences only.


(All reviews originally posted on Goodreads)


Hhholy effing lahwd!!!

Where do I even start with this one???... Hmmm, for starter, as soon as it came to my attention that this is out, I was right there 1-clicking this baby. And I’m up to my eyeballs with other ARCs and reviews to write, but no, this took precedence over all that. Yes, that’s how excited I was with this one...

I suppose I can talk mostly about the hotness factor in this one, which is nothing new, if I may add, with this series, but that may just come across as pervy *g* and the last thing I want to do is to overlook the story itself. But mother marshmallow, the tension!!! And is it ever hot!!!

Smexy times aside, I like seeing Tad just increasingly giving thoughts to the idea of him and Scott, and seeing that new comfort level to Tad’s line of thinking when it comes to Scott. But now, he’s also starting to deal with the bigger implications of it all. And because most of the awkwardness is gone, I thought Tad showed a new side here. There is a confidence level which felt dichotomous, given the ongoing struggle in his head, yet so appropriate, and in turn, shifted the dynamics a little between the 2.

Which then leads me to Scott... oh Scott... With that slight shift in their dynamics, I really liked seeing him accommodating Tad and giving/being what Tad needed at that moment... sigh... I'm really trying to not give anything away...

And of course, not just with this book but throughout the series, I just love the banter b/w these 2, and the wry sense of humor, self-deprecating at times (esp from Tad), that everything just feels completely natural. Gawd, I’m just so enamored with those 2, seriously!

Picking this up, I wasn’t really sure how Kora will move these 2 men along, seeing how very new things still are, especially for Tad on so many levels, but you know what, I've not been disappointed so far, nope, not at all. There is one more book to the series so no HEA yet... I just trust she will take me on a good ride right til the end... I think... I hope...

Lastly, like I already told Kora, now I will anxiously but patiently wait for the last book.


I would so miss Tad and Scott!!! And their smexy times! What! Just sayin... teehee

I tend to review right after I finished a book as I want to write things down when things are fresh in my head and I want to capture my immediate feelings. For this one, since I felt like I read it too fast the first time, I re-read it again just to be sure. Erm, fine, who am I kidding?! I re-read it right away just because I wanted to, and i guess in a way, I wasn't prepared to say bye to those 2 just yet...

We finally get Tad and Scott's HEA, yes indeed! And I couldn't be happier how things worked out for those 2.

Tad was finally ready to acknowledge what's going on with him but of course, it's one thing to deal with it with people you know and another thing with the public in general. But due to what's happened and what Scott has pointed out, it finally cemented the decisions in his head and propel him to move forward. Scott was too good for words. He gets it but he's human after all. I think this is the first time I've seen Scott to be really vulnerable when it came to Tad. Luckily for him, Tad knows how much of a gift he's getting from, with and through Scott.

I swear, those 2 are just too delish for words! Enamored is an understatement when it comes to how I feel about these 2. Yes, yes, I know they're fictional, but I can't help it if Kora made me care that much, ok? Tad's unassuming thoughts and words, Scott with his alpha sensitive ways... the natural witty banter, the sincere honest emotions, the ever-lovin' smokin' hotness... sigh... what's not to love, tell me!!!

I do admit that things with Tad may appear to have resolved quite easily, but I didn't care. Also, I felt a bit of a dunce when Tad acknowledged the metaphors that each leg of his journey represented. I dunno why but I felt I should have gotten that but didn't. O well... at least it was laid out nicely for me at the end, kinda like Cliff notes.

Regardless, I'm happy and sad at this sorta end of their journey. I know there will be an epilogue by fall, which can't come fast enough, but with Tad and Scott now getting their HEA, I really will miss those 2... sigh...

I've said this to Kora, and I'll say it here again. Kora may have just singlehandedly turned me into an m/m reader and if her books are the only m/m books I've read, I'm a happy camper...

Kora, you f#@king rock!!! Thank you ever so much for giving me Tad and Scott! Definitely will go down in my reading history as one of most fave MCs... just sayin...


What a sweet hot epilogue!!!*g* I say you can really feel the afterglow effect!

With the idea of Tad and Scott being a couple still being so new for both of them, it was endearing to see and feel the emotions swirl in their heads, letting it settle in and be empowered by it.

There's much playfulness to their interaction but it's because that's the kind of people they are, that's the kind of dynamics they have.

Having Scott's POV, it was nice to see both Tad and Scott analyzing their feelings for each other putting them on a more equal footing rather than seeing only Tad being unsettled from it all. As much as this is a lot of firsts for Tad, Tad, as it turns out, also brought out a lot of firsts for Scott.

Tad was his usual bratty sweet self and Scott was his usual sensitive alpha making sure he reads Tad right... *swoon*

This rating is more for the series as a whole. Now I will truly miss these 2!

Kora has given me a lot of smexy times, yes, with what felt like little story, yes, but ultimately, it really was all about Tad and his journey with Scott to get him, both of them, to the afterglow of their union, yes!

FLOVE Tad and Scott, no doubt! And FLOVE you, Kora!

(Now on to Max and Sean... Kai and Breck... and whoever else you want to introduce to us, Kora:p)

And there you have it, folks! If I wasn't clear enough in my reviews, Kora is who sealed the deal for me when it came to M/M genre. So for that, thanks, Kora, for opening my eyes into the wonderful world of M/M romance. 

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