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Book Review – Misha Horne “Looking for Trouble”

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If there was ever a cure for the dismal second half of Brokeback Mountain, this book is it:

“Will…”

“You say my name so pretty,” he told me, his breath drifting over the root of my cock, his mouth just a second from where I wanted it. So close, but years away. “I want you to say it just like that, all night. All dirty and desperate and wicked.”

My god, I didn’t know how this was the same man who grunted half his words and thought I reckon was a full conversation. I wanted to weep for all that was inside him I didn’t know.

~ Looking for Trouble, Misha Horne

We’ve got Will Caplan, one older loner cowboy who lives on a farm with just his dog, Captain, some horses and chickens, only coming into town once in a blue moon to sell his homemade whisky. And Jesse Morgan, one young troublemaker from Chicago – a city boy through and through – looking for guidance and discipline, though he only realizes it when he hooks up with Will.

Then saddle up your horse for one long slow burn of a sexy romance between two men who barely know how to kiss each other, and sure don’t know how to say the things they need to say to get the good times rolling.

But when they finally do – hold on tight. The final few chapters of this book are some of the hottest I’ve ever read and sweet as hell to boot.

I love everything Misha Horne has ever written. She is the Queen of writing emotional and loving kink, with characters who are discovering their sexuality and digging their way out of shame and confusion to determine exactly what they need in a lover.

Looking for Trouble strikes me as the most pure of all her stories, with two innocents who meet by chance only to discover they fit perfectly together.

Looking for Trouble

Two other Misha Horne books I recommend:

Working Out the Kinks

Old School Discipline

Book Review – Ella Frank “The Princess, the Prick and the Priest”

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*It’s here! The 4th and final book in the Confessions series, The Princess, the Prick and the Priest, by Ella Frank.

Blurb: 

Everyone said our love wouldn’t work. That it was too hard, too complicated, too messy. Oh, how I enjoy proving everyone wrong.

My men are smart, sexy, sophisticated — and most of all, crazy about me. The only problem is trying to explain that to my big, opinionated Italian family.

But after all we’ve been through, we deserve a happily ever after. and if there’s one thing I know about my guys, they always manage to have a few surprises up their sleeves. 

When Robbie Bianchi (the Princess) was seduced by married couple, Julien (the Prick) Thornton, and Joel (the Priest) Priestly, in the first book in this series (Confessions, Robbie), a fascinating dynamic was put in place. This was followed by Julien’s story (Confessions: Julien) and then Priest’s story (Confessions: Priest).

This book picks up several months after book 3 ends, with Robbie and his lovers in a good place and enjoying some non-dramatic lovey-dovey time. I love these men when they are playful together — their chemistry jumps off the page.

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Things seem good for this three person unit, but one obstacle must be overcome before they can move forward in the way they desire. That is, Robbie must introduce his two married lovers to his large Italian family.

Some of the highlights of this book occur when Robbie attempts to do just that. I will say that Priest has a moment that will not soon be forgotten by anyone, and it is pretty fricking epic considering how he holds his cards close to his chest most of the time.

As with the final book in Frank’s Temptations series, this instalment, at least for me, devolved into a few too many wordy declarations of love and long term commitment which seemed very repetitive. However, it is marketed as a romance and I’m sure most of Frank’s fans will enjoy this.

Frank redeemed herself to me with the epilogue and a very realistic portrayal of a possible future for these three. I loved the way she left things vague in terms of how it all came about, and presented her readers with the unadorned reality of the conceivable result.

Great ending to an awesome series that presents a different kind of relationship in a realistic and positive way.

*I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for providing a fair and honest review.

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Book Review – Kris Ripper “Catalysts (The Scientific Method Universe 1)”

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I. Love. This. Book.

Everything about it.

The exploration of one young man’s journey into his own sexual self. No labels, no assumptions, just a (kind of) random meeting and a discovery that he may not really know much about what he wants but he trusts himself enough to try to find out.

This is where the scientific method comes in.

An experiment. A vague hypothesis. Unexpected results.

Will, 21, knows he’s attracted to women and that he’s supposed to enjoy having sex with them. But every encounter leaves a sour taste in his mouth. He likes kink. He fantasizes about being dominated. But he’s too scared to tell this to any of the girls he dates.

He is, however, not scared to tell the male Dom he encounters, unaware and by accident, in a move by his twin brother Adam who is aware that Will is spiralling into depression and needs to find a way to help him.

Will gradually learns to trust the older gay man who promises to introduce him to gradual levels of kink play with no sex involved, just to see if Will’s supposition about his affinity for it is correct.

A scientific experiment so to speak.

An experiment that has surprising results in store for both of them.

I love Ripper’s approach to the labels of identity. Will questions his sexuality many times while he is conducting his experiment but doesn’t get hung up on labels. He trusts to just follow where his desires take him.

Hugh, a soon-to-be-qualified therapist, helps Will to not question himself too much, to not worry about it.

The kink scenes and sex scenes in this book are perfectly conveyed — so very ordinary/extraordinary, with occasional missteps and discomfort and misunderstandings, just as happens in everyday life. They are also incredibly hot and very emotional. Will’s journey, from detached scientific subject to involved participant, is wonderful to observe. His innocence and sense of sexual/sensual discovery in the hands of an experienced Dom are incredibly touching.

There are so many important things addressed in this series: Sexual discovery, kink and the way it can be an intrinsic part of someone’s personality, open relationships, poly relationships, undefined relationships, the importance of friendship as a basis for any relationship, trust and honest communication, even when, especially when, emotions are confusing and unexpected.

This is a fantastic book, an incredible series, and a must for anyone’s LGBTQ+ library.

The Kindle edition of this book is free right now but I don’t know how long that will last.

Catalysts: The Scientific Method Universe Book 1

Kris Ripper

 

 

 

 

Book Review – Sara Dobie Bauer “Escaping Solitude”

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*It’s not just a pretty cover, folks.

This second instalment in Sara Dobie Bauer’s Escape Trilogy takes Andrew and his beloved Edmund to nineteenth century New Orleans, a setting rife with secret brothels and fancy vampire lairs.

Again, the writing is exceptional.

Sara’s portrayal of Edmund’s restless character and Andrew’s protective, yet deadly nature, are bang on and compelling. Her secondary characters, like Danys, Philipe and Michelle, are equally distinct and well-crafted.

I enjoyed the way Andrew was challenged in his attempts to reign in Edmund’s impulsive behavior, and resigned himself to dealing with him as a parent with an energetic and boisterous child. Edmund seems to run on adrenaline and curiosity, and it was enchanting to see him so distracted by Michelle’s giant library and the two male prostitutes at May’s brothel.

These novellas are fast-paced and enchanting and not your average vampire read.

Looking forward to the third and final book of the series!

*A free copy of this book was provided to me in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Pre-order links (October 29th release): Amazon.com, Amazon.caNineStar Press.

My review of Escaping Exile (Book 1)

Book Review – Tom Cardamone “The Lurid Sea”

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I have not read anything like this before.

A fantastic, Alice In Wonderland type journey through whirlpools as opposed to rabbit holes and mirrors, with its protagonist, the god-spawn Nerites, delighting in his curse/gift to wander the bathhouses of the world, meeting and enjoying countless strangers.

Tom Cardamone’s writing is a revelation – lyrical, raw, earthy, dark, fetid, glorious and depraved.

There is an innocence to Nerites that balances the evil incarnate of his half-brother, Obsidio. Nerites is propelled forcefully though willingly from encounter to encounter, joyously satisfying his relentless hunger and the lascivious requirements of a host of men, while Obsidio trails behind, leaving death and destruction in his wake.

Everything about this story revolves around fluid which is why I adore the title. The fluidity of space and time. Bodily fluids. Effluvia.

It is a Bacchanalian orgy of a book, a writhing verse of sex and spunk. The story drags you down and along at a breakneck pace through the damp reaches of multiple watery worlds, almost necessitating a towel-dry at the end.

But through it all are splashes of history and spurts of reverence and romance. This is a beautiful read, even though it touches on dark themes of death, disease and incest.

I simply cannot wait to read more of Tom’s work.

Buy Links: Amazon.com, Amazon.ca, Bold Strokes Books, Nook, Kobo

 

 

Book Review – Sara Dobie Bauer “Escaping Exile”

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*Having followed Sara Dobie Bauer on Twitter, I was delighted when she PM’d me and offered to send me a copy of her new book, Escaping Exile, for free in exchange for an honest review. Since it was a sexy story about a male vampire and a human sailor, what the hell was I supposed to say? Yes, please!

I’m always a bit wary reading new authors because I have quite high expectations in terms of story and writing style. Also, summer is a busy time of year for me with my kids on their summer break and my husband taking vacation time as well. I don’t have as much personal time to read and write and I struggle to keep up with my own projects.

So I was only able to give this little beauty of a story the attention it deserved this morning while my fourteen year-old slept in and my eleven year-old watched Youtube on his computer with headphones on the sofa near me. Thank God for headphones.

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First person present is not a point of view I’ve seen often in stories these days, but I got used to Sara’s compelling style very quickly. Her beautiful words flow on the page, creating vivid imagery and enticing tableaus: A plain grass hut on an island filled with cannibals, a beautiful shipwrecked sailor, a lonely vampire who frets with lust and hunger.

I read this little novella in one go. It seduced and entranced me with its language and subject matter. I’ve long been a fan of Anne Rice and her early vampire novels, and yes, this story did remind me of them.

But Sara has her own vampire vision and I loved the way that Edmund (the sailor) was nothing like the traditional human victim to Andrew’s vampire cravings. His intelligence and reckless courage were just as fascinating as Andrew’s implicit strength and newly discovered self-control.

Such a juicy little treat for a lazy Saturday morning! I would recommend this story to anyone and look forward to the continuation of the series.

*A free copy of this book was provided to me in exchange for a free and honest review.

Buy Links: Amazon.com, Amazon.ca, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, Ninestar Press

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