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?

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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!

Candace Blevins-Leashed & An Elegant Weapon

Today we have a two-fer from Candace Blevins. I’ve been following on of her stories on Radish for a while now, and if you like paranormal and kink, Slave is a good choice. It’s got sex in just about every combination and power dynamic you can think of, set against a backdrop of a Fae court. Go check it out. Also, some of her books were up on Wattpad last I checked, so check that out too.

Today, though, we are talking about Leashed and An Elegant Weapon. They are part of her Dark Underbelly series and are directly connected. I suspect that you could read An Elegant Weapon without having read Leashed, but you would get much more enjoyment reading Leashed and then An Elegant Weapon. Talking about the one really won’t spoil the other in any significant way, so there should be no problem with me talking about them both.

Leashed

So, let’s jump right in with Leashed, shall we? This is primarily an M/m book, when it comes down to relationships and sex. There are just a few sex scenes, and they aren’t as graphic as you may see in some other books, but they are really hot, I think that it’s mostly because of the connection and caring that you see between Spencer and Abbott.

Abbott is a master vampire who had to take the area of Maryland as his own, adding to his already vast territory. This leads to a lot of problems, including the fact that there are dozens of blood-bound werewolves, many of whome don’t have the ability to control their inner wolves on their own. That means that Abbott has to figure out a way to help them with that. One way is that he binds them to himself. That’s what he does with Spencer.

Spencer was taken as a child and brought into his former Master’s house. There he was turned into a werewolf and trained as a sex slave and one who could take a lot of pain. Because he was a werewolf, he could be used hard and fed from and then forced to change and heal. When Abbott takes him into his house, he is drawn to Spencer. He wants to be with Spencer, but the problem is that Spencer is bound to him and he quite literally can’t tell him no.

However, something happens that changes their whole relationship.

An Elegant Weapon

So, AEW is Holly and Bran’s story. Holly’s first appearance was in Leashed.

Holly was a meth junky that Abbott found passed out in the park. He decided that he was going to take her home, get her clean, and give her a chance. She had already burnt through all her bridges with her family, and there really wasn’t much else out there. So, to Abbott’s house she goes. He puts her in Spencer’s care and gives her a schedule of things to do. However, she doesn’t really meet Spencer and Abbott’s expectations. Because of that, Abbott has another idea as to how to help her. He decides to let her spend the rest of her 6 month period with Bran.

Bran is one of Abbott’s trusted allies. He’s also sadistic and the only person in Abbott’s territory who can keep slaves. Bran has harsher methods to help Holly out than Abbott does. He also doesn’t have the same morals that Abbott does. He has no problem with forcing a bit on Holly or having noncon sex. She is going to his house as a slave, which means she’s petty much anyone’s meat.

When they get to Bran’s house, he decides that he sees something in her, as she’s fighting him. He has one of his men start training her to fight.

OK, I’m going to split off here. There will be some spoilers at the end, but I’m going to be careful about what I say, because we all know how I feel about leaving spoilers, and these books are fairly short. I enjoyed both of them. They are definitely worth hitting up King Zon and clicking on them.

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When it comes to L, there is a definite HEA, but then you get to AEW and it isn’t as clearly a romance. However, I do put it in that category, for a couple of reasons. One is that Bran and Holly are both getting their needs met in a beneficial manner and they have found a partner who works for them. The sex scenes are interesting. There are some MF scenes, but there is also F/m and M/F/m stuff going on. Holly is a sadist, as trained by Bran who is also a sadist. What she does with the slave that Bran gives her is really great. I need to see more of what she does to him.

The stories are pretty quick reads, and I’m going to have to go read the rest of the books, as well as all the other related books. I really enjoyed the books, the characters, the magical system, and the universe.

OK, that’s it for today. Got all kinds of good stuff coming up, so keep your eyes open. Meanwhile, happy reading

May Archer-The Long Way

Who’s ready for some hot guy on guy action? Because May Archer has brought us another installment in her new M/M series, and I think these guys are even hotter than the first couple. In fact, Damon and Cain are my favorite couple since they have to go through so much to get to their HEA.

So, today we’re talking about The Long Way. This a direct sequel to The Easy Way. Damon is Cort’s older brother and Cain is Cam’s friend. Their fathers founded Seaver Tech together. Damon was the pilot of the plane that crashed and killed Cam’s parents, as well as a few others. Even though it wasn’t his fault, he was blamed, and Cam’s brother, Bas, vilified him in the media.

TLW opens up at a fundraiser for Cain’s father, Senator Shaw, conservative, bigot, and all around massive douchebag. Cain is there under orders from his parents, but he’s miserable. He hears a commotion and sees that it’s Damon. Damon is there to try to get Shaw to go down. He has a crazy idea of using social media and the Internet to get that to happen. Cain goes and gets security off of Damon’s back, or rather, off of Damon’s injured leg, and tells Damon how stupid his idea is. Damon takes a painkiller and gets really out of it, and kisses Cain. Cain takes Damon home since he’s way out of it, and stays to make sure that Damon is safe.

Damon is many years older than Cain, 40 to Cain’s almost 25. He keeps calling Cain Kid, which of course annoys Cain to no end. It would annoy the fuck out of me too. To get back at him, Cain calls him Big Daddy. Cain loses his temper, at which point he throws a spoon in the sink. Then he apologizes for losing his temper and his inappropriate behavior. Seriously, he thinks that is losing his temper and inappropriate behavior? That happens every day and twice on Sunday at my house. But, then again, I haven’t had my parents pushing me the way that Cain’s parents have his entire life. They are emotionally abusive to him. They have never accepted Cain, and it’s slowly killing him. He plays a game called Worse. When shit is bad, he looks at it and comes up with ways that it could always be worse. The problem is, there is always a way that it can be worse. Can you imagine having to live like that? Well, my leg is broken, but it would be worse if both my legs were broken.

Anyway, Cain tells Damon that he has an idea on how to get to his dad to justice. Cain has reasons for not coming forward with his knowledge that could take down his dad. Mostly the fact that his father is a bag of dicks and is blackmailing him.

OK, here’s where we are going to separate. There is a lot of very hot sex in this. Cain and Damon are so hot that we might have to throw buckets of water on them. Oh, wait, dripping wet Cain and Damon… Maybe we shouldn’t do that. I’ll leave it up to you. But, it’s hot sex. The relationship that they develop is strong and supports them both well. I really enjoyed this book, and am looking forward to reading the next one. I bet I know who the main characters are, but watch May do something completely different and make a liar out of me.

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OMG, Cain playing with Damon’s niece melted my ovaries. It was such a sweet scene and it was so good for everyone. I really loved that scene.

I love how Damon didn’t back down from Shaw when he tried to blackmail Cain into letting go of Damon. He wasn’t going to walk away from his man and he wasn’t going to let Cain sacrifice himself either. Both Damon and Cain found their strength and their worth in each other. Having someone love you that much helps you realize that you are strong and you are worth loving. So, yay for that.

I don’t blame Cain for getting jealous of Damon’s buddy. I was jealous and I didn’t even know the guy. Dude may be a good guy, but he didn’t help the situation, and he knew it. He did it purposely. Jackoff. Nice jackoff, but still, jackoff.

I’m looking forward to seeing where this Russian thing is going to go. It looks like it will be interesting. Maybe we’ll see some hot Russian guys? I could support that.

OK, I’m stating it here, I think that it’s going to be Bas and Drew in the next one. There was way too much chemistry in there for it not to be them.

That’s all for today. Come back tomorrow for some Parker Sinclair. Meanwhile, happy reading!

Kit Rocha-Beyond-Eden and the Sectors

Kit Rocha is a pseudonym for Donna Herren and Bree Bridges. They have another one as well, but that’s a subject for another day. Today we are looking at the cheerfully filthy world of the Sectors and the O’Kanes.

The Beyond series is post-apocalyptic and dystopian. In this series, the world as we know it ended in a series of solar flares, which pretty much killed off anything electrical, and pretty much ended the world. There was one city in the US which was prepared. Of course, it was prepared because they had some warning that this was happening. It was the city of Eden. Eden was supposed to be the most perfect, magical, wondrous thing ever. Of course, it wouldn’t be dystopian if that were true, now would it?

Outside of hygienic, self-righteous, sanctimonious, and puritanical Eden are the sectors. The sectors are dirty, gritty, run by different leaders, filled with gangs, and just about everything you could think of. There are 8 of them, and each one has its own flavor and its own thing.

Sector 1 is run by Gabriel Rios, the grandson of the Prophet. It’s run as a religious republic, full of love, light, and other sunshiny, sparkly things. There are a lot of artisans and crafters who live in Sector 1. Sector 1 also has Gabriel’s Riders, a group of fighters and enforcers who do Gabriel’s work. More about them later.

Sector 2 is run by Cerys, head of Orchid House. Sector 2 is all about courtesans and training girls to be courtesans. There are different Houses, specializing in different things. Generally, a House takes a young girl and spends years training her up until she gets sold to her patron. Lex was trained in Orchid House and Cerys wanted her to be her successor. We’ll learn more about Lex later too. Let’s just say Long Live Our Queen.

Sector 3, when the first book opens, is run by a guy named Trent. Pure fucking asshole. Sector 3 used to be one of the manufacturing bases for Eden until they got too uppity and Eden firebombed them. Now they are pretty much a pile of rubble. Dallas has to deal with the leaders though since the grain for his whiskey often comes from farms outside of 3.

Sector 5 makes medication and suchlike. They also make a lot of street drugs. The leader, whose name I can’t currently remember but who becomes more important in a couple of later books, is a right fucker. He likes to get young women strung out on his drugs and fuck them. He also makes sure that there is an ingredient that makes the drugs more addictive, even if they don’t need to be.

There isn’t a lot of difference between Sectors 6 and 7. They are both farming sectors, providing the majority of the food for Eden. Whatever is left, the farmers are welcome to have. However, Eden is greedy, and they want more and more and more, leaving the farmers with less and less and less.

Sector 8 is the head of tech and manufacturing. It’s run by Jim Jerrigan, a wily man who plots and schemes. We really don’t ever learn too much about him other than that, or spend much time in 8.

Outside of the sectors are the communes and illegal farms. The communes are another way for Eden to get food. Unlike Eden, which pumps contraceptives into the water, having babies is important on the communes. The more babies, the more people to work the farms and the more people who work the farms, the more Eden gets. It doesn’t matter if women wear themselves out working and having babies with the fertility drugs they are given, there are always more. Yeah, the people in Eden are a whole lot of fucking hypocrites. The illegal farms are just that. They’ll deal with just about anyone.

Outside of that, there is pretty much a wasteland. There are other people around, but there aren’t a lot of them and there aren’t a whole lot of settlements. Trade exists, but it’s hard to do, making imported goods really, really expensive.

You may have noticed if you were paying attention, that I skipped Sector 4. I did that for a reason. That’s because Sector 4 is where the majority of our stories take place. Sector 4 is led by our King, Dallas O’Kane. He’s a bootlegger and a damn good one. He has made a fortune by selling whiskey, good, better, and the absolute best ever. They also make some other kinds of liquor, but whiskey is what O’Kane is known for. He has Lex, his Queen, to help him. They met back when she tried to rob him and he caught her. But, she did help him build up his power base.

Dallas has a gang, the O’Kanes. They help him to run the sector. They are also all casually and cheerfully debauched. I take that back, some of them are debauched like it’s their job. All the O’Kanes wear tattoo cuffs around their wrists, laid by Ace, who is obscene, filthy, and talented. He uses the O’Kane logo for part of the cuff and then designs the rest of it depending on the person getting the cuffs. Each tattoo is different. Whenever a new O’Kane gets their cuffs, they drink in and have a helluva party.

The O’Kanes have a compound in which they live, make the booze, have fight night, and have their bar, the Broken Circle. The bar not only is a bar, but it’s also the setting for all kinds of shows, stripping, sex, whipping, so on and so forth. Then there’s Dallas’ party room. That’s where the O’Kanes let loose and really party. Those parties make Roman orgies look tame. Pretty much anything goes, as long as no one gets hurt more than they want, and it’s all consensual. You can have sex with anyone you want, any way you want, and in any number you want. If you want to play with a group, you can. If you want to be watched, you can. If you want to watch, you can. Basically, if it feels good, do it.

OK, I thought this was going to be a 2 parter, but I think it’s going to be a 3 parter, with part 3 on Sunday, talking about the newest book. Tomorrow is going to focus on the people of the Beyond series. Meanwhile, happy reading!

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Sasha Byrne-Brothel Beauties

Don’t worry, you’re still getting the second part of the Cynthia Sax post later today, but I kinda got to finish the book first, lol. Besides, I wanted to drop a super quick post about this story that got a drop yesterday. I honestly can’t say too much about it, because it’s short, a super quick read, around 10k words or so. It only took me around 30 minutes to read it. So, on to Sasha Byrne and Brothel Beauties.

If you’ve never heard of Sasha Byrne, don’t worry, you may know her under her other name, Zoe Blake. In fact, check this space on the 10th to get a review of her upcoming release, Papa’s Prey. Very dark, very intense. (And Zoe has offered some kind of giveaway, I need to figure out what that’s going to look like, because Zoe is very cool to do that.)

There isn’t going to be a spoiler section on this, just because with as short as it is, anything I try to say about spoilers will totally spoil everything. So, just a quick synopsis and then you have to go read it yourself.

This book is a menage, and primarily a lesbian menage, although there is some Mf action. All the action takes place in a brothel. Lola, Jasmine, and Tiffany are whores. Mike is the bartender of the brothel. Tiffany is new and has stepped on some toes and needs to be schooled. So, Tiff didn’t know that she needed these lessons and she learned some things about herself along the way.

When I went to read this book, Zoe warned me it might kill me because it is so depraved. And she’s right. It killed me. Luckily, it also brought me back to life so that I can share it with you. She’s also right about it being depraved. It’s depraved, filthy, dirty, wrong, and oh, oh, oh so right. If all of those things sound like something you want to try, make sure that you have a bottle of ice water and a hanky to wipe the sweat off your brow, because you are going to need them to try to extinguish the fire under your… collar. You can read it on KU, but you only need 99 shiny pennies to keep it for your very own.