Loki Renard-Broken Boy

On Thursday, we had Loki Renard’s Shamefully Broken with Ellie and Mason. Today, we have Broken Boy with Aiden, Steve, and Rob.

BTW, I have bouncy box giveaways for both of these books going on right now. Click these links to try your luck. Broken Boy bouncy box Shamefully Broken bouncy box. May the odds be ever in your favor.

Before I get started on my review, it’s important that I point out that this is an MMm book. You have a Daddy, and Dom, and a very, very sorry boy. It is dark romance. Not as dark as some of the stuff that I’ve read, darker than others. So let’s get into it, shall we?

Aiden has never really had to grow up. His family is old money and his parents have been rather neglectful. Until he was 5, he wasn’t sure which of the women he saw around him was his mother. He’s never had anyone tell him no, so when he started getting into drugs, there wasn’t really anyone who could stop him. Eventually, his parents cut him off, but that didn’t stop him from his habit, so he tried other things, like dealing and pimping. Then he got into a jam with a local mob boss.

His little sister, Elliot, did what she could to get him out of trouble, and went to his old friend Mason. Mason runs a security company, and he made a deal with Ellie that he would make sure that Aiden was protected. To do that, he sent out two of his best operatives, Steve and Rob.

Steve and Rob found Aiden where he had run away from rehab and secured him in a safe house where they helped him detox. Steve is very Dom-ly and didn’t really want to care for Aiden. His idea of helping Aiden to eat was to tie him up and then force him to open his mouth. Rob, on the other hand, is much more paternal. He convinces rather than forces.

Eventually, Aiden gets clean and everyone is attracted to everyone else. Rob keeps reminding Steve that Aiden is a client and that nothing should happen, but that’s often easier said than done.

OK, it’s that time. I loved these guys. I love how Steve and Rob balance each other out and how they handle Aiden. I also liked seeing the interactions between Aiden and Elliot from his point of view. That’s always an interesting thing to see. Steve did annoy me once, but that’s because something he did hit a hot button on me, so that’s a me thing, and it might not bother someone else. BB can be read as a standalone, it isn’t really a direct sequel to SB. They are connected, but you get enough of the backstory to know what’s going on with no problems. The two books do take place at the same time so I would consider them adjacent to each other more than books 1&2 in a series.


OK, the thing that really annoyed me about Steve is that he gave Aiden the silent treatment. Yeah, Aiden fucked up by trying to prank the guys, but really, that was where he was in his head at that point, a naughty tween trying to get authority figure’s attention, which is what he did. I hate the silent treatment, and the fact that he gave it to Aiden for so long and after he had Aiden had advanced their relationship just bothered me. And it set the stage for some of the next things to come.

Other than that one thing, I thought that Aiden deserved every damn thing he got, and then some. He really needs strict and he needs parental, so Steve and Rob are perfect for him. They both meet needs that Aiden has.

OK, that’s it for this one. Go check out Loki’s books and see why I love them so much.


Heart2Heart: A Charity Anthology

I have a real treat for my MM lovers out here today. And yes, I meant in any way you want to take it. Today I’m sharing a beautiful anthology from several really talented authors who write MM romance. Heart2Heart is more than just a bunch of great stories though. It’s also a charity anthology, which means that proceeds are going to the LGBTQ+ charities of the authors’ choice. Awesome, right? So, not only are you getting a bunch of really lovely stories, you are going to help out some great charities, but stop reading this right now and go buy it.

Anyway, this book has an interesting setup. A couple of months ago, several MM authors asked for interesting and unexpected couple combinations. You know, like a sommelier and a criminal, or a lawyer and a lobsterman. Then 9 of the combinations were chosen, and the anthology was born. The premise is that all of the guys either signed up or were signed up by well-meaning friends and family for a dating app called Heart2Heart. They were running a Valentine’s Day special that offered a free dinner. The matches were supposed to be guaranteed love matches. The algorithms and coding were supposed to match you with the person who would be perfect for you. Except… It would be boring if it happened that way, wouldn’t it? There’s a glitch in the coding and the matches went all wonky. But, as this is a Valentine’s Day offering, you know that they are all HEAs, so you know that something good is going to come out of all the wonkiness.

I’m not going to review each and every one, mostly because I want you to go out and buy this book. Plus, the stories are all pretty short. There are funny stories and there are more serious stories. The one thing they all have in common is that they are full of true love and hot sex. I do have a couple of favorite combos, and I mentioned them above. You don’t think that these guys would possibly fit together, but they do, and it’s awesome. So, go check it out.

No spoilers today, but here’s a bouquet of roses. I hope that you have great plans for V-Day, no matter what you are planning on doing. Me, I celebrate 1/2-price Chocolate Day Eve on 2/14.


JD Chambers-Only See You

JD Chambers has written a beautiful book that I think is one of the best ones I’ve ever read. I hope that when I am done, you think so too.

Only See You is the second book in JD’s Only Colorado series. One of the main characters in this book is Mal. Mal is one of my favorite characters ever. I’d want them to be my book partner, but I don’t have the plumbing that they are interested in. So, maybe my book friend. Mal is a non-binary character. That means that they don’t identify as either male or female. He/she pronouns would be misgendering to them, the appropriate pronouns are they/them. Gender is what’s in your head and isn’t an either/or choice. There is a whole fluidity and spectrum when it comes to gender. It’s a whole tangled mess, and I’m definitely not going to be untangling it here. Suffice it to say that Mal knows who they are, what they want, and is happy that way.

We first met Mal in the first book. They are a friend of Craig. When Craig asks them to help he and Zach move, Mal agrees because they are hoping to see Zach’s hot roommate. But, roommate hottie wasn’t there. Mal figures it was a wasted trip, right until they see Parker, Zach’s hot cousin.

Parker has been staying Zach while he gets his life back under control. He is in the process of divorcing his bitch of a wife, whom he had finally had enough of. She was always an evil nasty person, but Parker just kind of went along with it. He didn’t agree with what she was saying, but he didn’t stop her from saying it. That is, right until she accused Zach and Craig of causing her miscarriage, after using Zach quite terribly.

Parker can’t get Mal out of his head. Parker knows he’s straight, he was married to a woman after all. But that doesn’t mean that he’s not attracted to Mal. They seem to have taken up permanent residence in his head. When Mal goes out on a date with Ben, roommate hottie, it doesn’t work out well. But Parker is there when they get back, and Mal and Parker get real up close and personal, which is when Parker really starts wondering about himself. Maybe he’s not as straight as he thinks he is. But what does that mean about who he is and his entire identity?

This book. Wow. It’s all about discovery and exploration. It’s about finding out your truth and living it. Parker learns that what his truth is at 8 doesn’t mean it’s the same at 18 or 28. Who you are changes over your lifetime as you mature and as you experience life. You aren’t an immovable and unchangeable stone. What’s important is that you figure out who you are, no matter how long it takes, and that you live your truth, no matter what it is. I also think that it’s great that we are seeing more queer representation in romance and that it’s becoming more mainstream. Representation is always important. Everyone wants to read books or watch movies that have someone like them in it. I applaud JD for the choice of Mal and for how well Mal is handled in the book. One of the things I like best is that Parker asks Mal if it’s OK to ask them questions for a better understanding, and then shows that he had done some research into the matter. Good on Parker.

OK, here’s my picture of what Mal looks like in my head, minus the facial hair. This person is just beautiful though. I love their eyes.


I’m glad that the nasty ex gets hers, because damn. If I could’ve walked into that book and smacked the holy hell out of her, I so totally would’ve.

Mal is so good to Parker’s mom when they and Parker go visit. They really help Parker to come to grips with a difficult situation and one that could be heart-breaking too. They also helped Parker make up his mind about all his decisions. I think that the pair of them are perfect together and I hope that they are together forever.

I can’t wait for the next one to come out.

Kate Hawthorne-His Kind of Love

Kate Hawthorne is a brand new to me author. She’s written an MM book. Remember, MM means two guys in the relationship. It’s very, very hot. His Kind of Love is an interesting book.

I have to admit that even after having read this book, it took me some time to figure out my feelings about it. I like it, I like Joel, but Gabriel… He’s a whole different story. I kind of like him sometimes, kind of hate him other times. I’ve read other books that have people doing things similar to Gabriel. K. Webster has a good one, Notice, but there is something different with this one, and I can’t quite put my finger on it. Maybe part of it is that HKoL is Kate’s first book, and it takes some time to come into your own, and K’s book isn’t her first one. Whatever it is, there is something there. That doesn’t mean that I don’t like the story. I do. It just took me a little bit of time to unpack and process.

Joel is a 19 year old man. He’s been kicked out of the bosom of his family because he’s gay. He doesn’t date much, and he doesn’t have a lot of friends outside of his very best friend, Athena. Athena is a pretty awesome character in her own right, and I would love to see more of her in other books. She seemed pretty cool. Joel works at a second-hand bookstore, loves old books, old records, and haunting estate sales. He collects old family Bibles and is looking for someone who will treat him with precious care and cherish him.

Gabriel is much older. He is also estranged from his family. He’s a lawyer and is very successful at his job. He has one hobby, Joel. Everything he does, he does for Joel. Every.thing. When Joel runs into trouble, Gabriel has maneuvered himself so that he is right there to pick up Joel and save him.

OK, here’s where we part. This book has some dark themes to it. I’m pretty sure after reading the last paragraph, you can pretty much guess what they are. There is also a taboo line that Kate skates up to, but doesn’t quite go over the edge, at least, depending on how you look at it. Go check out the story. It’s on KU right now, or you can buy it for $0.99 and support a first-time author on her debut book.


OK, I’m just going to come right out and say it, Gabriel is creepy. And he’s a kind of a dickbag sometimes. But, he does everything he’s doing out of a place of love for Joel. Joel can forgive him, but does that mean that he was justified? And, when Joel gets pissed af at Gabriel, I think he chooses the wrong thing to get pissed about, IMO. He needed to kick Gabriel’s arse a little harder over that part.

The taboo thing is kind of a popular trope in taboo romance, but does it really count if they had no kind of contact prior to the relationship they found themselves in? I don’t find that one to be all that much of a problem, overall.

I have no problems at all with the ending. I just kind of wish that Gabriel seemed a little more remorseful. I dunno, that may not be the word I want. And he does realize at some point that what he was doing was fucked up, and on the crazy side. But… Something, I dunno.

Overall, I like the story. I know that it may sound like I’m running it down but I’m really not. It just makes me analyze things, which is good. It’s a sign of a well-written book, IMO.

OK, that’s all I have to say today. There’s going to be another blog post later, so watch out for that. Meanwhile, happy reading!

May Archer-The Right Way

May Archer has bestowed the third book in her The Way Home series upon us. It is truly a gift. The romance is stressful and beautiful and oh so very real. I personally identified with The Right Way in a lot of ways, the biggest of which I’ll get into later.

So, Bas is Cam’s older brother, and an obsessive computer genius. He is a coder and will focus on code until he gets it to work the right way. He’s also a very logical person. He tries to logic his way out of everything, even the things where your head just won’t work the right way. He doesn’t quite get social situations, and he doesn’t quite get other people. There is one person in his life who he has always been able to count on and who has already been able to break through to him. That’s Drew.

Right now, Bas is obsessed with trying to figure out how to take down the Russians who killed his parents and who are trying to take down his company. He spends hours and days working on plans to get rid of them, and he gets seriously obsessed. However, this time Drew isn’t around to pull him out of himself, because they have stopped talking.

Drew and Bas have been best friends for 30 years. Bas was engaged to Drew’s sister, Drew dated Bas’s brother Cam. Drew has always been the person who helps Bas interact with the world and figure out what people are thinking and how he should handle it.  They spend time just hanging out, are always at one another’s houses and just are together most of the time. Drew has also always been madly in love with Bas for most of his life, even when his heart was breaking because Bas was going to marry his sister. Drew knows that nothing is going to happen because Bas is straight. But that doesn’t stop him from loving Bas. Everything ticks over mostly well, until a fateful Halloween night.

Bas tells Drew that he needs to cut loose so he takes him to a Halloween party with their old friends. Drew gets hammered, and when friends ask if Bas would rather kiss Drew or lose Drew forever, Bas says he’d rather kiss Drew and goes for it. In his drunken state, Drew lets a lot of things out of his personal vault, including how much he loves Bas. Bas freaks out, and they don’t talk for a month, and they are both miserable.

OK, here’s where I get up close and personal about why I identify so strongly with Bas. He talks to Cort, Cam’s lover, who is bisexual, about his feelings for Drew and how he doesn’t understand them because he’s straight. He likes having sex with women. Cort tells him that everyone’s truth is different, everyone’s likes are different, and we all grow and change and evolve in our lives. Sexuality isn’t an either/or choice. It’s a scale, and you can fall in various places on that scale. I am bi. I spent years pretending I wasn’t. I told everyone I was straight. I grew up in a religion where having same-sex attraction was bad, so therefore I had to be straight. As I grew up and started giving less of a fuck what other people thought about me, I was able to start facing my truth. For a long time, the only person who knew was my husband, although our son probably knew. A couple of years ago I came out to my mom and am slowly coming out to the world in general. Heh, outing myself more here, aren’t I? Anyway, why does this make me identify so strongly with Bas? It’s because I understand having those feelings and how having those feelings can change your whole view of yourself. It’s kind of like standing on teeter-totter, you have to maintain perfect balance or you are going to fall, but everything is wobbly underneath you, so trying to find that balance is nearly impossible.

OK, this is where we are going to split and go our different ways. This story is the very best one of the entire series. Drew and Bas are my favorite couple in the series and are in my top 10 book couples. The struggles they go through are so real and raw and that makes the story so much better for me, not that the story isn’t perfect anyway. I really want to see more of this world, and see how it is going to expand now that the 3 foundational couples are all paired off. I want to get Gary’s backstory, because I know it’s going to be fascinating.

Oh, and this picture isn’t spoiling anything, I just liked the guys. They are cute, right?


OK, first of all, I want to know if Gary is Russian or of Russian descent and what his connection to Ilya Stornavich is. Ilya kept calling him by a nickname, and it’s obvious that Gary cares for Ilya’s nephew Dmitri. So, May, I can haz backstory, please? I would also love to see a story about Peter and his boyfriend.

I’m glad to see an end to the Russians and how that story arc finished. I don’t know where the next ones would pick up, but I would love to see it in some way, even if it is just novellas where we get peeks into the lives of Cam and Cort, Cain and Damon, and Drew and Bas. I love getting those little glimpses into a day in the life of…

I wouldn’t mind learning more about Ilya too. He might be some sort of twisted Russian Robin Hood, but there is a good story there, I know it. How did he get to Boston from Siberia and the gulags? That’s not your typical journey, and I would possibly sell my son to get that story. (Depends on how much he’s annoyed me at any given point in time)

OK, that’s all I have to say today, so I’m going to hit publish. This week has a lot of releases and lots of blog posts, so look forward to that. Meanwhile, happy reading!

Anthology-Mischief Under the Mistletoe

As Christmas is coming (imagine Game of Thrones-esque tone), it’s time to read Christmas stories. And if they are Kinkmas stories, so much the better. Now, I don’t know about you, but I have a pretty strict no Christmas before Thanksgiving policy, and I prefer to wait until December altogether, but here we are, it’s December and it’s 18 days until Christmas, so it’s the perfect time to have some Mischief Under the Mistletoe.

This anthology is packed full of 14 stories by some really talented authors. I was familiar with some of the authors prior to reading this anthology, some of them have shown up here before, but there were a few that were totally new to me. One of the totally new to me authors wrote one of my two favorite stories in the anthology, so I’m going to go looking for her stuff to see what else she has for me to read.

So, 14 stories. All but one of them have sex. All of them have spanking. Many of them have age play or DD/lg dynamics. There is one LGBT+ story. If any of those sound like they may bother you, then you may want to skip this book. I have a bunch of other Christmas books I can recommend to you. But, I do really like this book.

I’m going to mention three stories in particular, but don’t think it’s because I think that the rest of them were terrible. I enjoyed all of them. They are like precious gems, all of them are beautiful, but there are always a couple of stones that just attract your eye more than others.

One is Delia Grace’s story, The Chalet. Her’s is the aforementioned age play story with no sex. A lot of age play stories do have sex in them, because that’s the kink of the people in the story. And please remember, their kink may not be your kink, but it’s OK, and it’s nothing to do with pedophilia or having daddy problems. OK, off my soapbox. As I was saying, you see a lot of sex in those stories, but Delia’s story shows another side of the age play dynamic. It’s all about the caring and nurturing and the needing to be cared for part of the dynamic, and I loved that.

The other two stories I’ll mention after the spoiler picture. That’s because I want to make sure that I don’t spoil anything, and my comments may have more to say about the direct content of the stories. So, go grab this. It’s on KU and it’s only $0.99, so it’s not like it’s going to break the bank and get your Kinkmas spirit on.


Alright. The other two stories I want to mention are Maren Smith’s The Doll-Maker and Marlie’s Christmas Keeper by Brandy Golden. Brandy is new to me.

I don’t know what it is about these stories that really attracted me to them, but they did, so there it is.

Maren’s story is really sweet. I mean, a fairy coming to life in a doll for a lonely man? That was nice. Of course, the poor guy thought he was crazy, but who wouldn’t if a doll you created started to move around and talk to you? But, of course, being Christmas, everything worked out really well.

Brandy’s story is a heavy story. She has all kinds of layers in it. It’s all about grief, healing, and renewal, which I found to be completely in keeping with Christmas. Marlie has been through hell but gets pulled out to the light. It was simply beautiful.

OK, that’s all I have to say today. I really do recommend this anthology. I think anthologies are a great way to try out new authors and to decide if you like them or not. So, more Lilly Holden tomorrow. Meanwhile, happy reading!

JD Chambers-Only With You

JD Chambers is a debut author, and this is a great debut book. You see a lot of debut books that are clunky and the author needs help coming up with well-rounded characters and a good story. That is not the fact here.

Before I get started, I’m going to let you know that Only With You is a M/M book. If you don’t care to read M/M books, make sure you pass this one up. No judging one way or the other, we all have things we like and things we don’t. I just want to make sure that you find books that you like.

Zach is one of those cute nerdy boys who is just an overachiever. You know the kind, the one who could be really annoying, but the fact that he is shy and social awkward keeps that from happening. He went to college in 3 years, has a couple of degrees, has his own business, and loves what he does. He also has a family who I would gladly knife. His mother seems to love his cousin more than she loves Zach, but he still does everything she wants, trying to make her happy. He has no love life, and worries that he never will, especially since he has things he wants that seem wrong.

Craig is a little more mellow. Scratch that, a lot more mellow. He works at a video game store and he loves it. He acts like he has his life together, but we all know that’s just an act, right? He has his own secrets in his life that he hides behind and doesn’t let anyone get to know those issues. Ben, Zach’s roommate, works with Craig at the video game store, and on his first day, he forgot his lunch at home, which meant that Zach had to take it to him. When Zach meets Craig, he gets all tongue-tied and blushes like crazy.

One night, Craig is out with his best friend and is more than a little squiffy, and in walks Ben and Zach. He says something not quite so nice and upsets Zach. Ben makes him apologize to Zach, and then things start happening.

OK, so here we part our ways. The romance is truly lovely. It’s not really an instalove story, so we get to see all the struggles of a relationship as it just starts, including the whole is this a date kind of thing, plus the whole does he like me or not? We also get the whole is he gay or not bit of worry. Instalove stories are fun, but this is a contemporary story and true instalove with no struggles isn’t the best thing here. All those struggles, worries, and questions are so relatable. It really helps me feel like I know the boys and have been in the same kind of place. The sex is hot, and the kinky bits are smoking. I mean, wow.


There are parts of this book which really hit home in a different way for me. I am a bi woman. I am mostly out unless you count my extended family. They are religious and I know how they would react, so they just don’t know. We have other family members who are gay who have never been able to bring their partners with them to family gatherings. I mean, I’m lucky enough that my partner is a man, so bringing my partner to family gatherings isn’t a problem. All that means that the way that Zach’s family treat him really affected me.

I also really related to Zach and his kinkiness that he feels like he has had to keep hidden or risked being judged again. It can be really hard hiding a part of yourself, so letting him get what he needs is so super awesome. I loved that part of the story. It was so great to see Craig’s love for Zach and his overall protectiveness for Zach. I adore these two so much.

OK, that’s all for this book. There’ll be another book later on this evening, so keep watching! Meanwhile, happy reading!