Review of Secrets in the Dark by MA Innes

Secrets In The DarkSecrets In The Dark by M.A. Innes

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.

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Review of Summer Heat by Jay Northcote

Summer HeatSummer Heat by Jay Northcote

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

3.5 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.**

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Review of Dating Ryan Alback by J.E. Birk

Dating Ryan AlbackDating Ryan Alback by J.E. Birk

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

2-2,5 stars

I received a free advanced reader copy from NetGalley.com, for my reading pleasure.

This premise and the cover of this story pulled me in, so cute and fun. And to be fair, the story was cute. But that was all it was, unfortunately.

Ryan Alback is a TV-star, who is insanely paranoid about his private life remaining private, yet he is coerced into being set up for a blind date by by his manager. Jason Santos is a middle school teacher, still pining after his ex and annoyed at his friends meddling in his love life. The two end up on a blind date together, but both are loaded down with the issues of their pasts.

This felt so much like an after school special. Just a little too preachy and awkward to get me invested in the story and the characters. The characters had no chemistry, so I never really felt that they were right for one another. The plot was cute, but the conflicts felt contrived and a bit out there, to be honest.

All in all I was left a bit dissatisfied. The premise was great, but the story itself lacked a bit and the ending wasn’t really that satisfying either. It was cute and fluffy and easily read, but completely forgettable the second you close the book.

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Review of Festival of Lights by D.L. King

Festival of LightsFestival of Lights by D.L. King

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

2-2.5 stars

I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley.com in exchange for an honest review.

Marc & Judith are getting ready for Hanukkah, Marc is impatient to find out what is hiding in all the presents, but doesn’t know that Judith has arranged a special treat for him, involving another two couples and a play party.

This was a sweet little story about an established couple and their Hanukkah preparations and celebrations, but it was billed as LGBTQ erotica, which it is not. It’s certainly not LGBTQ – yes, yes, one of the couple’s attending the play party is same sex, but other than their names, they hardly figure in the story – and even though there is a spanking scene and a group scene involving hot wax there was no real erotic content to the scene – except for the submissive partners being naked…

Sweet story, interesting to learn about Hanukkah traditions, but based on what I had been expecting, quite a disappointment.

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Review of Leo Loves Aries by Anyta Sunday

Leo Loves Aries (Signs of Love, #1)Leo Loves Aries by Anyta Sunday

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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

4-4.5 stars

This was adorable and so much fun.
Theo is in college and sharing a house with his blind sister, Leone. They have both been burned in love before and as our story begins, they are invited to the wedding of their exes – who are marrying each other!
They vow to move on with their lives, together. Get dates for the wedding and get over their exes. However, in the here and now they also need to pass exams and get a new roommate. Theo sees a great opportunity to catch two birds with one stone, when his Economics tutor is looking for a new place to live and so Jamie moves in with the siblings.

There is a definite GFY vibe to this story, even if Theo is probably more fluid than straight, at least he has no existential crisis over being sexually attracted to a man, but most of all it’s a really sweet friends to lovers romance. Filled with fun and banter, with great secondary characters and a pretty clueless MC who is in a loving relationship without realising it.

Warmly recommended for days when you need something to cheer you up.

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Review of Christmas with Danny Fit by Amy Lane

Christmas with Danny FitChristmas with Danny Fit by Amy Lane

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a favourite holiday re-read of mine, so I guess it was really about time, that I actually reviewed it.

Chubby, shy and awkward accountant Kit, still a virgin and living at home with his unpleasant mother at 30, get’s a cute new young assistant, Jesse, and suddenly feel the urge to try and change his life.

Starting a new work out regime through excercise DVD’s by Fitness Guru Danny Fit leads to changes everywhere in Kit’s life. His sexuality suddenly awakes, he moves out of his mother’s house and he decides to get a cat.

These new changes, and some prodding from Jesse, leads to Kit experiencing his very first real friendship. Both men are lonely and a bit gun shy, but their friendship and relationship is lovely and this story is a lovely little warm holiday romance with only a little bit of angst.

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Review of The Weight of it All by N.R. Walker

The Weight of It AllThe Weight of It All by N.R. Walker

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I want to hug this book close to my heart and pet it. And then I want to be Henry’s BFF. 4EVAH!

I loved this book. To pieces. It was completely and utterly adorable and since I already know it’ll be a favourite feel-good re-read for me and that I will be getting the audio as soon as it is released, I may as well just go ahead and give it 5 stars right away.

Henry is an actuary, who is unceremoniously dumped by his boyfriend of 8 years, for being too old and too fat. This ends up being the wake up call that sends him to the gym where he meets his new personal trainer, Reed. A God-like being with a body to die for and a personality to match.

Henry and Reed’s relationship moves slowly and organically and is a pleasure to watch unfold. Both characters are sympathetic, Henry is hilarious, shy honest Reed is cuddle-worthy and you root for them and their happy ending. The secondary characters are wonderful too and you wish you had friends like Annika and Sean. And yes, it may all be a little too sweet and a little too easy, but it’s just so lovely and makes you feel so happy, that you cannot hold it against the story.

This is warmly recommended for a day when you need that little ray of sunshine to pick you up – the HEA is so lovely it made me tear up!

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