Review of Losing Control by Riley Hart

Losing Control (Broken Pieces, #3)Losing Control by Riley Hart

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.

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Review of Wes’ Denial by Joseph Lance Tonlet

Wes' Denial (Tease and Denial, #2)Wes’ Denial by Joseph Lance Tonlet

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It’s 6.30 in the morning and I am a sobbing mess! Review to come!

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I have waited years, well ok, a year and a half, for this story. I almost wanted to slap Joseph Lance Tonlet, and declare October 1st 2015 a day of mourning, when he postponed the release date. I even speculated if the evil man had planned it that way, to ensure that the series lived up it’s name…
That also meant, that I had pretty high expectations of this book. And I am happy to say, that they were met and that Wes’ story was worth the wait.

This book cannot be read as a stand alone, you need to pick up Grif’s Toy first, as this one continues right were we left of, this time through Wes’ eyes. Like the first book the author chose time jumps to slowly build the complex puzzle that is Wes De Luca. I thought it worked well in Grif’s Toy, but man does it work here. Every chapter and new facet shown made me want more.

We see snippets of teenage Wes, exploring his sexuality and his dominance, his experiences in boot camp in his early twenties and him developing as a Dom in his thirties. But mainly we see him and Grif develop and grow together and it is beautiful and so romantic.

Don’t get me wrong, there is still kink here, in fact there’s a lot and Grif and Wes expand Chocolate quite a bit during the course of the book, and yet, just like in Grif’s Toy, the author manages to convey clearly the incredible love between the two. You are never left in any doubt as to whether they are both completely into what they are doing. Because, at it’s core, this series is actually an incredibly sweet romance. And that, to me, is quite an amazing feat!

I am aware, that this may leave the author with a book that does not speak to everyone. Readers looking for the sadism, might find it ‘diluted’ by the ‘fluffy stuff’ and fluff readers may be scared off by the level of sadism and humiliation. But for me, it works perfectly.

I had a few niggles a long the way, but since I stayed up all night, finished reading this as the sun came up, sitting in my sofa crying uncontrollably, there is no way I will be able to grant this less than 5 stars.

Warmly recommended, but be aware of the tags and that you need to read both books.

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Review of Perfect Boy/Perfect Son by Stephan Knox

Perfect Boy / Perfect Son (The Sadou Order Chronicles)Perfect Boy / Perfect Son by Stephan Knox

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

3-3.5 stars

I received a free copy of this book from the author, in exchange for an honest review.

Filthy little book of taboo erotica, which is mainly porn, but manages to throw in enough interesting world building that I am curious enough to keep an eye out for this author and other stories set in the same universe.

Master Clayton is a high ranking member of the Sadou, a wealthy and powerful sexual cult for the very elite of society. His wife is dead, his son is grown and he has been bestowed the honour of a permanent slave boy. This story is the story of his selection of said boy amongst the 23 applicants for the position.

It’s a steamy little story, and there are very few scenes that does not hold some kind of sexual content, whether it’s through flash backs, masturbation fantasies or the try outs of the applicants. I would have rather had more knowledge about the society in general though, but this is porn and it does exactly what it says on the tin, so really no cause for complaint. Bit disappointed there were no female dominants though, seemed unrealistic that every dominant in the place were male.

This story does contain incest, no blood incest, no, but a sexual relationship between two men who have grown up in a father / son relationship. Both are very much of age though and the relationship is completely consensual.

Recommended steamy read for days when you want your porn with a spanking, restraints and a side of taboo.

This story will be released on June 9th, 2016. It has been banned from Amazon already, so you will need to go to Smashwords for your copy.

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Review of Not Another Bad Boy by Devyn Morgan

Not Another Bad BoyNot Another Bad Boy by Devyn Morgan

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

3-3.5 stars

There was more to this short, than I had first anticipated.

Parker is stuck in a bit of a rut. He loves his boyfriend but finds their sex life boring. He is quite unkind about said boyfriend to start out, and I kind of resented him for his thoughts… But if you think about it, we have probably all been guilty of this at one point or another. Resenting someone for not being able to read our minds. Not telling a partner what we really want and placing the blame at their door…

I enjoyed this story vey much, except for the ending / epilogue, which went a bit too OTT for me. Would have enjoyed it more without those last few pages.

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Review of Trick by Patricia Logan

Trick (Master's Boys #1)Trick by Patricia Logan

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

1-1.5 stars

Tricks is 18 and living on the streets, selling his body to survive. Master Phoenix picks him up one night and decides to train him to be a sub for the online web streaming company he works for: domz.com

The idea had merit, but the execution sorely lacked. Master P was without a doubt one of the worst Doms I have ever read! And dear lord, free me from all knowing Doms who will negate other peoples opinions, because they apparently know better!

I think the lack of length harmed this story a lot – it ends at 85% – we have no idea about these characters other than a very 2-dimensional view of a stereotypical dom and a too innocent to believe rent boy. If Trick has lived on the streets for 4 years when we meet him, I cannot believe he has so little street savvy, he would have wised up or been dead by now…

Master Phoenix was apparently named Ivan? And there were some notion of a back story, which made me think that this was a spin off from another series or book? I don’t know. It ends on a HFN note, but there are 3 more in the series, so this couple will probably crop up again at some point later in the series.

This was not for me. But if you are looking for a quick read with quite a high sex to plot ratio, it might be for you.

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