My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This was super cute. I know it states in the blurb that this is a puppy play novel, and it does contain some puppy play, but mostly it is an incredibly sweet romance between two roommates and a lovely story about finding out who you are and what you want.
Nathan is a forensic accountant who lives in his own head. He has a squirrely brain and no brain to mouth filter. He is sweetness personified but really do need a keeper. He has one, in the shape of his roommate Gabriel, who discreetly manages Nathan whilst quietly obsessing over how attractive he is and how much he wants him.
Nathan is a virgin, not from any hard held beliefs, but only due to the fact that he has never gotten interested enough in anyone to go any further than casual dating. He is not sure if he is gay or straight or bi or something else, because nothing feels right. When he accidentally finds out that his roommate seems to be into BDSM and puppy play however, he is intrigued.
Nathan is a great character, because not only is he completely clueless, he is also curious and has no social inhibitions, so he googles and asks the questions the reader has about the lifestyle and the kink. This is a common theme in M.A. Innes’ work, that the author always tries to educate the reader as to what the participants may get out of the specific kink. And he always manages to do it in a way that never makes it seem like he is info-dumping on you.
This is a lot more romance than it is erotica, despite the puppy play and the steamy scenes the main focus of the book is Nathan’s road to discovery of he his and what he wants. Very sweet story and probably a good gateway book for people interested in puppy play as a kink, explanatory without being preachy and nothing too hardcore for a newbie.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
If you are friends with Keira Andrews on facebook you will know that the woman is figure skating mad! And it shows in this lovely little story about two male figure skaters. I didn’t read the original story, so I do not know how many of the reviews on the book’s page are for that one and how many are for the extended version. One thing all of the reviews have in common though, is very little love for our main protagonist, Alex. Which I guess is kind of understandable, Alex is a bit off an asshat. He is driven, ambitious, competitive and incredibly insecure. And that, combined with a squirrelly brain that just will NOT turn off and a malfunctioning head-to-mouth filter leaves him kind of friend-less in his training facility in Toronto. Not that it matters, because Alex has no time for friends or a social life. It’s the Olympic Season, don’t you know?
While I completely understood where Alex was coming from and felt that his behaviour was completely realistic, it didn’t mean that I didn’t want to slap him for being such a bastard towards Matt. Because, yes, in some ways Alex’ bad rep is well-earned. He is self-centered. As you need to be if you want to be top dog in any sport, I’m pretty sure. Nice does not win trophies.
But even with such a hard to like mc ms. Andrews still manages to get you rooting for him and Matt and you still want to hug him when his world falls apart. Even if he himself made it implode.
I loved this story, it was a great New Adult romance with some angst, great character growth and a few steamy sex scenes. Warmly recommended.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I’ve just finished Secrets In The Dark and while age play is not really my thing I really enjoyed it. I was very sweet and loving and romantic in it’s own way….
I have read others by this author and I think he/she(? I have no idea) does a great job conveying what it is these people get out of their play…
I am a hardcore kinkster, and can find rhyme and reason in most any kink, as long as I get a credible emotional connection. Same goes for the age play, up to a certain point… And we get a great emotional connection between these two and a lot of reflection on the items and actions they find exciting.
Both MCs are new to the life style and the author manages to info dump a lot of age play community knowledge into the book, without it ever feeling like an info dump. Props for that!
If you are curios about the age play kink, M.A. Innes would definitely be the way I would recommend to go and this book would be a great place to start.
I listened to the audio version of this book and thought the narrator did a good job narrating the story.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
The perfect beach read. Sweet, fluffy and sexy, a lovely little friends to lovers romance with no angst and lots of sunshine and sexy fun.
Adam is dumped by his long term boyfriend, in favour of someone younger and flees to his best friend Finn’s flat to lick his wounds. The two decide to go on the pre-booked holiday, Adam was supposed to take with his ex. A holiday with fun, sun and rebound sex seems to be just what the doctor ordered for Adam. Except that the rebound sex doesn’t happen with strangers, it happens with Finn. And once they start kissing, it seems impossible for them to stop.
Finn and Adam are super cute together and the story has a lovely holiday feel to it. Fun, fluffy and sweet. This is not my favourite of Jay’s stories, but it’s cute, funny and steamy and a perfect summer holiday read.
**I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.**
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Had you asked me a while back, if I liked military men in romances I would have said: not really. I rarely seek them out, and yet, here I am reading and loving the third book in Annabeth Alberts Out of Uniform series and eagerly awaiting the fourth one.
On Point is a best-friends-to-lovers story. A theme I greatly enjoy when it’s done right and boy, does Ms Albert do it right! So much buildup and tension between the two, so much awkwardness and angst everywhere else but the bedroom. Because Ben and Maddox are dynamite in the bedroom, even if they find it hard to find the balance outside of it.
The start of the book is Ben and Maddox on a mission, which goes wrong, interspersed with flashbacks from the last couple of months, where their decade long friendship has taken a turn for the weird. Even though I am not normally the biggest fan of the “I almost died, so I need to take a chance on this”-trope, it worked really well here. The intensity of the experience and the aftermath of it made sense and was engaging.
This is very much a relationship driven story, with angst, hurt and comfort, which will leave you turning the pages and sighing happily at the epilogue – I even got a bit teary, I was so happy for them!
All of these books can be read as standalones, but they are all great, so don’t cheat yourself out of some great books. Happily awaiting the next in the series.
*Copy provided in exchange for an honest review*
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The second installment in KJ Charles’ Sins of the cities series is a wonderful enemies to lovers story, with two completely opposite men clashing on every page, with a great deal of angry sex to follow, but also some fantastic character growth.
Each book revolves around a new couple, but the overall mystery story arc continues, so you really need to read the series in order to get the full picture.
Justin Lazarus is know as “The seer of London”, a complete fraud and charlatan, he has no issue with manipulating and tricking people in grief, when he pretends to speak to their loved ones ‘behind the veil’. Justin knows no guilt for his actions, quite the opposite, if someone is stupid enough to pay him to lie to their face, why shouldn’t he?
When Justin is set opposite to Nathaniel Roy, whom we met in book one, the arch bishops son, a trained barrister and investigative journalist, with a strict moral code, who lost the love of his life in a freak accident, sparks fly.
The two suffer an instant mutual dislike and also a fierce mutual attraction. When the ongoing mystery and drama of the late earl’s bigamy and lost heir bring them together over and over again. The attraction wins over the dislike.
Nathaniel and Justin are great together. Everything about them is opposite. Their upbringing, their moral codex, their thoughts about friendship, love and humanity as a whole. It leads to a fascinating tale of opposites and enemies to lovers.
The plot thickens in the mystery too, and although I guessed who the lost heir was right off the bat, there are still a lot of things left unsolved for the next book. I cannot wait to read it! Warmly recommended.
I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley.com, for my reading pleasure.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I received a free ARC of this book from the author, for my reading pleasure. This has in no way affected my review.
I love the Housemates series. Fun, lighthearted, hot and thoughtful NA series, and they just keep getting better, book by book. This story is Ben and Sid’s story. We met both of them briefly in book 4, but you do not need to read any of the others in the series to enjoy this book – although why would cheat yourself out of that treat?
I read romance for the sake of romance. I am not too concerned with the gender pairing or how many participants are in the romance, as long as it is a good story with a happy ending, I’ll read it!
However, I have been following Jay’s own personal journey, and have a person in my own circle who is also transitioning, so transgender characters in romances do hold a bit of special interest to me. This is by far the best romance with a transgender MC, I have read so far! So much more focus on the mental issues of transitioning, and not just the physical ones.
Ben has a great supportive network in his family, thank god, and when he finds the courage to come out to his friends, he luckily finds nothing but support there as well.
We get to see things from Sid’s point of view too, which I thought was great. Because yes, you would have thoughts and questions in your mind, if the person you were interested in turned out to be transgender, it’s human nature.
Due to its subject matter – and maybe the importance of the subject to the author – this is not as lighthearted a read as many of the others in the series, but it is still a great NA story, with a super sweet and steamy love story between its pages. Warmly recommended.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I received a free copy of this audiobook from www.openskyebookreviews.com in exchange for an honest review.
Well, this was painful. Ben, our protagonist, is suffering from severe PTSD both after a recent kidnapping, which ended with murder, as well as his childhood memories of his older sister taking her own life.
He is spinning desperately out of control and into depression when we meet him. He is not working, not eating and not sleeping. All he does is drink, write letters to his ex-lover, and fuck strangers in clubs, or rather he tries to fuck strangers, except that his dick is not really co-operating any longer.
He meets Dante on such a night in a club, a mysterious stranger, who refuses to have sex with him and who takes him out for a drink, except that that drink turns out to be coffee, not alcohol. The relationship between Dante and Ben is not healthy, anyone can see that, but it does manage to keep Ben alive, something I was not certain was quite possible at the early stages of the book. Dante basically blackmails Ben into eating and sleeping, if he wants contact with him.
This book is not a happy book. It is not a light read. It is full of darkness, angst and drama. I have no idea how it compares to the two others in the series, as I have not read them, but it is not a read for a day when you want light hearted and romantic. There is no romance here. There is only desperation and need.
I would have liked more from Dante’s point of view. We spend all of the book in Ben’s head – which is not a nice place to be – but Dante is also a very broken man, and it would have been nice to see the world and their relationship through his eyes. Also I would have liked more emphasis on the relationship after they hit the wall and started coming back to life. We leave Ben and Dante in a very good and hopeful place, but my romantic little heart would have liked more assurance, that they would be ok, both as individual people and as a couple.
I had not read the first two books in this series, but didn’t feel the lack of back story was a problem at all, not until the very ending, where we were treated to glimpses of people who I had no idea who was, but that was all on me, not on the author.
Despite it’s dark and angsty feel, I am intrigued enough that I would probably go back and read the first two in the series, to get Tristan’s story too.
The narration of this book was lovely and flowed nicely. The narrator did separate voices for each character and you were never in doubt as to who was speaking. Jack DuPont was a new to me narrator, but I enjoyed his voice and his narration and would definitely buy something narrated by him again.
Jay Northcote has a new book coming out next week! Book 5 in the Housemate series. A steamy fun New Adult series that I can warmly recommend.
I will be reviewing book 5 next week for the release date, until then you can see my reviews of some of the other book in the series or hurry up and buy those books in preparation for book 5, even if every book in the series work well as a standalone.