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SPANKING BENCH CONFESSIONAL, by Cleo Taurus (Indy Published)

GENRE:Bdsm / Erotica / MF

(Purchased on Amazon)

 

Reviewed by Jaycee ~ for Books ‘N Cozy Spots Book Reviews. http://talon-ps.com

 

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Preacher, the ultimate Master of discipline, has a long line of subs pleading for his special brand of punishment. Every moment of control is like a feast to him, until the day he meets the one woman who needs his help the most.

Rose is a woman with deep secrets. When the layers of her frenzied life slowly fall apart, putting her mind and body in survival mode, she meets the one Dominant who refuses to let her hide behind her excuses any longer.

Will her natural submissive nature allow Preacher to help her overcome past pain and hurt? Or will she run as she has her whole life, leaving her empty and full of shame, only to regret the rest of her days?

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Well, talk about getting right to the point!   Once again, I find myself eating my words and assorted other complaints about novellas in general.    “Preacher’, Master Brice, doesn’t give you time to ponder white noise.   In a very brief and very effective prologue the reader gets the salient details about the sought-after pain Master, and his Confessional.    The same attention is paid to Rose, as the sub with a painful history and a burning requirement for the type of therapy Preacher is known to dispense with exacting success.

 

…And then it’s right to the heart of the matter with a quick but vivid retrospective look at Rose’s triggers, and of Master B’s intervention.   I’m not a “spoiler” person, so suffice it to say, with a family like Rose’s it is no wonder her façade has inherent weaknesses.   But the utter vindictiveness that eventually undermines her already shaky foundation is beyond the pale.   A past Dom, and current friend, rescues her from family-induced emotional withdrawal and orchestrates the culminating, very public and ultimately successful intervention meted out by Preacher.

 

An epilogue as concise and effective as the prologue provides perhaps one of the most satisfying moments in the tale for me in that it acknowledges Rose’s emotional breakthrough and her new-found security with Preacher, while not pretending the heart of the problem has magically disappeared in one moment of forced enlightenment.    It is made clear that, as with most things in life, self-acceptance is a dynamic and ongoing process.   We are left content that Rose is in good hands.

 

…And of course, that her friend and former Dom, Taylor, with a past of his own, is poised to be the next ‘Confessor’ at The Spanking Bench…

 

 

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HEAT FACTOR ~ 4 Flames

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STING FACTOR ~ 5 Paddles plus a whole crate supply of Arnica

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TISSUE FACTOR ~ 2 Boxes of them

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Book Blast ~ Willow Springs Ranch series by Laura Harner

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Raised in California, Laura likes it hot, which explains why she ended up in Arizona via such diverse places as Japan, Maine, and Florida, and many more places in between. After retiring from the US Navy, she found a niche working for land management agencies, including the National Park Service and the Bureau of Land Management. Though she has held many jobs around the world, her favorite was working and living in Grand Canyon National Park. Working (and eating) in New Orleans was a close second. You will find many of her books are set against the rich backdrops provided by coastal Louisiana and northern Arizona.

 

When asked how she started writing, Laura tells of waking on Boxing Day a few years ago, with a woman named Elena MacFarland yammering in her dreams, demanding her story be told. Despite never attempting to write fiction before that morning, Laura ignored all of the holiday visitors and the Highland Destiny series was born. She doesn’t believe it was a coincidence that the great grandmother who died when Laura was just a baby was named Elena MacFarland. Destiny does play a hand.

 

Laura became a full-time writer in 2012, and now she spends her time writing, watching her Arizona Diamondbacks, and working on her very own version of the Willow Springs Ranch in northwestern Arizona. She is a multi-published author of erotic romance, mystery, and urban fantasy and her books can be found at all major online retailers.”

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Book 1 – Ty Hard

Tyler has used Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell as a shield against the truth since he was seventeen. Cut loose from his Navy career and mourning his mentor’s death, Ty must come to terms with his desire for another man, even while he fights to keep his PTSD from pulling him under. Rancher Cass Cartwright’s relationships never last more than a few hours, and that’s just the way he likes it. Now he’s done the one thing he swore never to do: fallen in love. Can Cass convince Ty to let go of his past or will sabotage at the ranch kill their love before it has a chance to grow?

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Book 2 – Hold Tight

Sheriff Holden Titus had organized his fresh start down to the last detail. Except for the part about the bomb that blew his plans all to hell. Now he’s running out of time, without a job, without a home, and struggling to get back on his feet. Literally.

Despite the impolite rejection, Drew knows he didn’t have the wrong impression months ago when he asked the sheriff to dance, but he never expected to have Holden’s life in his hands. Literally.

Thanks to some meddlesome matchmaking, the two men are now temporary housemates at the Willow Springs Ranch and Drew is determined to help Holden heal, both physically and emotionally. Even if it means he has to drag the other man kicking and screaming to physical therapy…and out of the closet. In fact, that might be kind of fun.

The problem is, Holden doesn’t consider himself in the closet…but not all secrets are created equal.

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Book 3 – Taking Chance

Officer Chance Carter is pretty sure he’d still enjoy being on either end of a good ass reaming—just not the one from his supervisor that lands him on an involuntary extended vacation. Another holiday season with nothing to do except visit an old friend.

Former hospital corpsman Bryan Mitchell doesn’t feel less than honorable, but that’s what his discharge paperwork states. Now he’s down and out in Kingman, Arizona until the charity of a stranger lands him a temporary job for the holidays.

When two federal employees go missing during a highly controversial wild horse roundup, the two Willow Springs Ranch newcomers are drafted to help in the search, but if rumors of a local anti-government militia are true, Chance and Bryan may be in serious trouble—and from something far more dangerous than their mutual attraction.

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Book 3.5 – Ty’d Down (free short)

Ty brushed his hands on the long white apron and moved to the island counter to add more

frosting to the piping bag. Cake decorating had never been his favorite chef duty, but like many cooks in the Navy, he had plenty of experience. He took another sip of coffee then began the final step of piping the white border around the edge of the top layer. He would add the already prepared red roses, last. As peace offerings went, a chocolate three-layer cake with buttercream icing wasn’t much, but Cass would forgive him. Eventually.

Today should have been their wedding day, but Ty had put a stop to all the foolishness weeks ago. For fuck’s sake, Arizona didn’t even have gay marriage. The gathering of friends for a commitment ceremony just seemed…stupid. Besides, Cass had just been caught up in the events surrounding Chance and Bryan’s rescue when he’d proposed. The truth of their relationship had been plain as day when Cass tried to take over the conversation after Bryan had been rescued. The words still echoed in his head.

“It’s my ranch…my decision…” Cass was boss and Ty the cook. Point taken. Ty wasn’t even bitter. Much. Cass was right, this was his ranch and Ty had usurped his authority—but goddamn it! No one here was better than Ty when it came to running a covert mission. Cass should have respected him enough…trusted him enough…

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 Book 4 – Hanging Chad

For Chad Ollom, landing on the Willow Springs Ranch after his teaching career crashed and burned last year was a lesson in irony, considering he’d sworn off all things related to horses and cowboys after a near fatal fall as a child. Now with a new mission in life, Chad plans to bring critically ill children to the ranch for a special celebration.

Aging rodeo cowboy Jesse Duran lives life eight seconds at a time, and whether it’s broncos or men, it’s always been get on and get off before anyone gets hurt. When he’s required to take a break from the circuit and ends up on the WSR, the enticing ass of a stand-offish teacher turned contractor might just be enough challenge to keep him entertained for a week or two.

As attraction flares, personal boundaries start to crumble, and the lines between seducer and seduced begin to blur. When the series of on-going attacks against the WSR moves from sabotage to arson, Jesse steps up to help, but when Chad is forced to return to his past to face charges, the men of the WSR want to know if Jesse will stick or leave Chad hanging.

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Book 5 – Park’s Lot

When vegan, peace-loving, social do-gooder Park Williams stumbles across the half-dead cattle rancher who has been sabotaging the Willow Springs Ranch in the name of a homophobic militia group…there’s only one thing to do. Save his life, then share his tent. Waking to find the man’s dick pressed against his ass is just a bonus.

Tanner Triplett is in trouble. Not the your-brother-is-a-sociopathic-murderer-and-you’re-his-next-victim sort of trouble. Not even the your-father-is-trying-to-overthrow-the-federal-government-and-you’re-going-to-jail-for-helping kind of trouble. No…this is the sort of trouble that comes when you wake up with stranger’s dick in your hand. Holy fuck. How is he going to get out of this?

A sudden need to run for their lives ought to do it.

Determined to make amends, Tanner leads Park to the relative safety of the WSR, where the biggest danger should be from gun-wielding cowboys seeking revenge. Tanner hadn’t counted on sharing a room with the exotically beautiful Park or the danger to his heart when the carefully erected walls protecting his secret come tumbling down.

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Books & Cozy Spots Book Review ~ NAUGHTY BITS I: THE LINGERIE SHOP by Joey. W. Hill

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5 stars

ARC Review of NAUGHTY BITS I: THE LINGERIE SHOP   by  Joey. W. Hill

  Reviewed by Jaycee

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When finance executive Madison inherits a lingerie shop called Naughty Bits, she decides to leave behind her staid   career and explore her every forbidden desire…
Madison is a control freak with one wish—to lose control. Her hidden submissive cravings have led to a string of disastrous relationships. So when she inherits her sister’s North Carolina lingerie shop, Naughty Bits, she jumps at the opportunity to dump her boring finance career and bad history and try her luck down South.
But before Madison can settle in, she catches the attention of the owner of the neighboring hardware store. Sexually dominant Logan Scott can see the hunger for command in Madison’s eyes and is anxious to help unleash her submissive desires. He presents her with three very tempting gifts—handcuffs, erotic cards, and an open invitation to join him at a submissive’s training session.
Faced with the realization that she can’t sell fantasies to her lingerie customers without embracing her own, Madison accepts Logan’s offer. Now, she’s about to discover just how far her desire can take her…

 

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At a book Convention last summer, Ms. Hill announced that her immediate future held a four-part serial offering.  I smiled sweetly in the audience, all the while my so-not-a-serial-fan mind screaming, “NOOOOOOO”!   The purist in me was loathe to accept that the Queen of the Erotic Romance, the Head-Honcho of the art of the story, the CEO of all that is character-driven would deign to write a serial.    As with all the subjects of Ms. Hill’s books, I am here, reviewing, with the slim hope of redeeming myself.    “I am Jaycee, and I was a doubter…”

“Naughty Bits” is a contemporary romance series.   It is erotic in the best sense of the word; Ms. Hill’s version of erotic is never base or trite.  It is a soul-deep experience born of understanding, a grasp of feelings.  It is a sense of being in the world as presented, which is vividly 3-D.   And while BDSM is a theme in her works, it’s not the focus.   The focus is/are the character(s), their journey(ies), and their resolution.    It is never a perfect world, but it is a relatable one, and one with a silver lining at its heart.   Best, as you begin the journey, to hold on to your own heart.   And have chocolate.  Lots of chocolate…

Madison is an unrealized submissive who has inherited a Lingerie Shop-with-a-kink from her estranged sister.    Her journey begins with her struggle to accept her sister’s death, complete with the unfinished business that accompanies estrangement.    Her daily struggle is magnified by a drastic change to her structured professional life with the assumption of responsibility for the Lingerie Shop.  Her personal life has produced a series of relationships that not only did not satisfy her curiosity about her possible submissive tendencies, but in fact, dismissed or even criticized them.    And finally, to elevate her stress level to Def-Con 1, she finds herself face-to-business-neighbor with Logan Scott.

Logan knows of Madison via his friendship with the deceased Alice.  Alice recognized who a fully realized Madison needed to be, and “gave” Madison into Logan’s keeping.    As always, it takes a relatively benign initial conversation with the story’s resident Dominant to have this reader drooling without benefit of a gag, and ready to drop on command…

The poignant reminiscences of past conversations with her sister, bring Madison’s life and thoughts, fears and wishes to brilliant life.   Despite internal struggles, a reader never feels that a Hill character is weak.   To the contrary, the inner strength of her heroines (if I must call them that) is inspirational.  And laudable.     Logan gently but firmly begins to guide Madison through the journey of self-discovery.   His Dominance is never in question, but again, as always, it is part of the fundamental character without consuming the character.

At the end of Part I of IV parts, I can honestly say that this will be no typical serial.   This is vintage Joey W. Hill.   It will be a full story, and full-of-life, with all of life’s struggles and victories beautifully woven into the lives of tangible characters.  If you have read a Joey Hill book before, it will feel like another “welcome home”.   If this is your first exposure to a superb storyteller, then welcome:  come on in, put your heart on the table, and welcome to your new home.

“My name is Jaycee, and I will never doubt again…”

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HEAT FACTOR ~ 3 Flames

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STING FACTOR ~ 3 Paddles

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TISSUE  FACTOR ~ 1 Box of tissues plus a box of chocolates

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ManCandy Monday

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BOOKS & COZY SPOTS BOOK REVIEWS ~ Rise of Empire – /Riyria Revelations Vol 3&4/ ~ Michael Sullivan

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5 stars

5 / 5 ~Stars!

BOOK TWO: RISE OF EMPIRE - /RIYRIA REVELATIONS Vol 3&4/ ~ Michael Sullivan (Orbit Publishing}

GENRE: Cloak & Dagger Fantasy / Sci-fi fantasy / Historical Fantasy / Men’s Adventure

{Purchased at Amazon}

 

Reviewed by Damir ~

RIYRIA REVELATIONS Series by Michael Sullivan

There are two ways of reading this series. Each Volume 1-6 can be purchased and read separately, or you can buy the omnibus, with each book containing 2 volumes. I have the omnibus, but have broken my reviews down for each volume. With all titles attached to help keep it clear.

 

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 Rise of Empire

A puppet is crowned. The true heir remains hidden. A rogue’s secret could could change everything.

War has come to Melengar and once more Royce and Hadrian are hired to make a desperate gamble and form an alliance with the Nationalists who are fighting the Imperialists in the south. But Royce has plans of his own and uses this opportunity to discover if an ancient wizard is using Riyria as pawns in his own bid for power. To find the truth, he must unravel the secret of Hadrian’s past–what he discovers may end their friendship and break Riyria in two.And so continues the next volume of treachery and adventure, sword fighting and magic, myth and legend.


This is the second omnibus (containing books #3 & #4) in the original series, The Riyria Revelations, from best-selling author Michael J. Sullivan. It takes place twelve years after the events of The Riyria Chronicles and the two series can be read in eithar chronological order or order of publication, although the author suggests reading in publication order.

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 Vol 3 – Nyphron Rising 5-Stars

In my last review covering Thief of Swords – book 1: Vol 1 and 2, I mentioned it was a struggle to keep reading and not give up in it, but half way through book 2 it had finally paid off, and I immediately started on this one without any delay. Vol. 3 Slows down just a touch, but maintains a good balance between narration, detail and dialogue and keeps a steady pace that prevents you putting the book down. Royce and Hadrian never cease to entertain. There is some jumping around, as characters travel at different paces and locations before connecting again and every now and then it seems like Sullivan forgotten take notes about his time line, but it’s easily dismissed. The only thing I do have to gripe about is the mental questions in first person thrown out repeatedly by Arista. Every time they kicked me out of the story. Very annoying.

Getting all the preliminaries out of the way, like book one there is a lot or preliminary building here, but its more action based as everything is being moved into place for some high yield action that deals with the overall ARC of the series. The clues and questions are dispersed perfectly to keep you guessing over them, yet the story doesn’t lag, so you haven’t much time to really dwell on your own  on the ‘who dunn’it’ as it keeps you going from one even to the next.

Again Royce and Hadrian make quiet the pair, with a funny bit of luck/bad luck that tends to make plans not work out as well as wanted, but enough to get them out of trouble in the nick of time.

BEST CATCH:

“I can’t believe they caught you.”

It wasn’t as easy as you think. They are not very bright.”

“So you let them catch you?”

“Ingenious, don’t you think?”

“Oh, brilliant.”

“I figured it was the best way to find you.” Royce shuffled his feet in the water, grimacing. “So what’s your excuse?…

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 Vol. 4 – The Emerald Storm – 5-Stars

After Vol. 3 put all the chess pieces in place for the lineup, now the story is well on a roll and it doesn’t stop. It’s hard to close up for sleep or work. Because Once again the story as escalated into a pager turner. The Annoying the pop up questions have idled down and no longer a kill joy. And all the players are in the playing field as we see them bouncing off each other, There is a good mix of bad guy, good guy along with a number of ones you’re not sure who’s side they are on. Not to mention you’ve just discovered a few of those from book 3 aren’t nearly as trustworthy as you had hoped. Which leaves you to further guessing of several of the others. And because there are several issues at hand, this is in no way a dragged out replay of cat and mouse antics.

Vol. 4 also starts to peel back some of the blinders on Royce and Hadrian. Their friendship is neither generic nor shallow. Both very capable characters that carry out strongly in scenes on their own, but you see the crutch they are to each other within the tale itself. While the saga leads them to split up from time to time the absence is both seen and felt in the characters but not the story’s writing. And there comes a fundamental sigh of relief when the two men are back on watch duty for each other. And a considerable amount of it is needed, as the worst good luck continues.

I read all of Vol 4 in one day and right away started up on Vol. 5. /which I also finished in a day/. In all honesty, while writing this out, I am halfway through Vol. 6 and while I can’t wait to see how it ends, I am a little sad that my journey is about to end. I was glad to have found two additions to the series both back story adventures that were mentioned through the ongoing heroics of Royce and Hadrian. And yes, I have purchased them and they are waiting for me to catch up.

So again I give this edition 5 Stars and it’s a highly recommended read, that’s well worth trudging through the first book.

BEST CATCH:

“I’m supposed to save you from getting killed.”

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Publication Order

  • Theft of Swords (Riyria Revelations #1 & #2): contains The Crown Conspiracy & Avempartha
  • Rise of Empire   (Riyria Revelations #3 & #4): contains Nyphron Rising & The Emerald Storm
  • Heir of Novron  (Riyria Revelations #5 & #6): contains Wintertide & Percepliquis
  • The Crown Tower (Riyria Chronicles #1)
  • The Rose and the Thorn (Riyria Chronicles #2)

Chronological Order

  • The Crown Tower (Riyria Chronicles #1)
  • The Rose and the Thorn (Riyria Chronicles #2)
  • Theft of Swords (Riyria Revelations #1 & #2): contains The Crown Conspiracy & Avempartha
  • Rise of Empire   (Riyria Revelations #3 & #4): contains Nyphron Rising & The Emerald Storm
  • Heir of Novron  (Riyria Revelations #5 & #6): contains Wintertide & Percepliquis

 

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TWIST FACTOR ~  5 Action Thrills

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TWIST FACTOR ~ 5 Slight of hand plotting

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TWIST FACTOR ~ 4 on the Cloak & Daggers development

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Books & Cozy Spots Book Reviews ~ Arc Review for Electric Candle by Elizabeth Noble

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4 stars

Arc Review for Electric Candle by Elizabeth Noble

Reviewed by Terry

1618664_563693580405427_462940258001831409_nWhen a vampire finds his soul mate, the bond is forever. It’s love at first sight. Or is it?

Flint, Ohio Homicide Detective Jonas Forge has been a vampire for nearly two hundred years. He’s fought wars, seen life go from the simple but hard colonial days to the modern high tech world. He’s evolved with the times, adapting with each new era, blending into each new life. The one constant is his best friend and lover, Declan.

Until Forge’s soul mate tumbles, literally, into his life.

Even though they’re not fated to be together forever, Forge and Declan are perfectly happy. Despite the pheromone attracting him to his soul mate, Forge isn’t thrilled with the guy, and the feeling seems mutual. While trying to adjust to his clumsy soul mate and equally awkward feelings, Forge is on the hunt for the serial killer who’s leaving a trail of bodies, and who witnesses can’t identify. But Forge better watch out. When his work collides with his love life, things really heat up.

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Electric Candle is the second book in The Sleepless City series and it can also be read as a standalone book.

Flint Ohio is where our story takes place. It is a nice town where human and supernatural people, vampires and werewolves, live together without a problem. Although, if you’re planning a vacation any time soon you may want to avoid Flint Ohio. There is a serial killer on the loose.

Spring time in Flint Ohio *sighs* love is in the air as well as the pollen. Both of these things are causing Jonas Forge a little discomfort. Jonas or Forge as his friends call him live in Boggs Castle along with Declan, Lucas, Simon, Ben and Boggs. Simon has recently found his soul mate Ben. With all the loving going on on their floor of the castle Forge is feeling a little tense.  It wouldn’t be so bad but his longtime friend with benefits Declan is out of town at the moment. Or could it be something else causing these feelings Forge is having?

The bodies are starting to pile up again. Forge, Detective and vampire, has seen this happen a few times in the past but this time he feels someone watching him and or his team. Working with another Detective Stewie and one of his roommates Lucas, coroner and werewolf, they can figure it out this time and stop the killings. There is also another member of this team, a researcher named Blair also known by his code name Alucard. Forge and his team have never met Blair/Alucard. They were supposed to meet a week ago but Blair never showed up and no one has heard from him since then.

Forge has a feeling he needs to find Blair but he isn’t sure which feelings are causing this. Is it personal or business?

I seem to start series with the second book a lot. *laughs* As I said this book can be read as a standalone. That is how good this story is but you may find yourself looking for the first book as well. The first book is Shades of Sepia by Anne Barwell. The Sleepless City is a fun and hot series. I know we will be getting a third book. I also hope we get a few more books for this series from these talented authors.

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Books & Cozy Spots Book Reviews ~ My Gay Vampire by J. C. Wells

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3.5 stars

ARC Review of “My Gay Vampire” by J. C. Wells

Review by Jaycee.

 

96741396362553In the mountains of Europe lies a hidden city filled with vampires living a dedicated, sexual lifestyle. Ryker, the clan leader, has never given heart and soul to another man, until he finds himself with a burning attraction to Judah, his irresistibly virile student. As much as Ryker struggles to deny the hot man-lust broiling inside, there’s something in the younger man’s touch too powerful to ignore.

Judah, a gay, newly turned vampire, needs Ryker’s love, but time is running out. As the clan leader teaches him to devote his life to the pursuit of the highest sexual pleasure, he grows determined to use his body to bring his mentor to his knees.

But there’s danger on the horizon as a possible revolt threatens the delicate balance of their hidden world of pleasure. Will Ryker and Judah learn that to love means to sacrifice everything? Even their very lives?

Make sure to turn the page after the end to catch a short excerpt from JC’s new series, The Novek Masters–Kort

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This is a great, quick little read, and well executed as short stories go.   I liked the premise a lot, the characters all caught my interest, and some also my sympathies/heart/mind as is crucial to me that characters do.   Novellas often leave me cold as the art of the short is a difficult one, and I like a fully realized story.   This is fleshed out, engaging and OMG that ending!    This is a wonderful little quickie by the pool or on the dock on a sunny afternoon, with a couple of glasses of a saucy little white wine, and “My Gay Vampire”.    Oh, and have tissues…

Now, here is what I would love to see J. C. Wells do with this story sometime in the not-too-distant future, because it so grabbed me as a story with possibilities far deeper than a short can go:  I personally would love to see this developed into a novel length offering.    I would love to hear more about the times and the setting and the circumstances of Judah’s and Pippen’s turning.   I could be enthralled by going deeper into the culture and the politics of Ryker’s vampire world, and that of the Corbin Clan specifically.

Ryker is a character with an embarrassment of riches that beg to be further explored.    Antonia could be one bad-a$$ villain, and because I like my vampires and their world to be unapologetically vampire, her demise could be glorious!     Ryker and Judah had a love story that could/should be epic, and Cain…well Cain is crying our for more than that quick glimpse, that almost ethereal touch we got…

Don’t get me wrong, this is an engaging novella.   I’m just a reader with an insatiable greed for more of a good thing!

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MY GAY VAMPIRE also  received:

HEAT FACTOR ~ 3 Flames

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STING FACTOR ~ 1 Paddle

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TISSUE FACTOR ~ 1 Box on the ready

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Book Tour ~ Not In The Stars ~ Angel Martinez, Freddy Mackay, Toni Griffin, and Mathilde Watson

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NOT IN THE STARS

Angel Martinez, Freddy Mackay, Toni Griffin, Mathilde Watson

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Book Blurb:

Since the dawn of human expression, man has gazed up at the heavens in wonder, inspired by the wheeling of the stars to explain his surroundings. While our perception of those surroundings have changed, from thinking of the Earth as a flat, stable plane to realizing we’re falling through space in a tiny atmospheric bubble, our wonder remains constant.

Space stations, alien races, far-flung planets—join the Mischief Corner authors as they explore the possibilities the stars might offer. The catch? Returning to mundane old Earth might be harder than you think.

 

Finding Connor: The Borillian Twist, Book 1 – Toni Griffin

Mark, a RAAF fighter pilot, is on leave for the first time since the aliens decided to say ‘Hello’. He meets Connor, a numbers man for a casino, at a gay bar and danced the night away. Their one night together changes their entire lives and what people think they know about life on Earth.

 

The Usual Conventions: Unconventional Romances 1 – Mathilde Watson

When Chris meets the alien—man—of his dreams, “Ensign Brodeich Geinn” aka actor Brody Gates, it’s as one of the coordinators for the first annual OBX Science Fiction Convention in North Carolina. To his delight, Brody seems to return his interest, albeit in typical alien “Brodeich” fashion. Awkward alien or not, Chris is more than willing to play out any sexual fantasy for his SciFi crush, especially when Brody fumbles over the simplest of human conventions.

 

Feel Me – Freddy MacKay

One terrorist blast changed Master Tobias Zimmer’s entire existence, relegating him to being nothing more than just a “Coppies” because of the metal replacing his flesh. As the once future Shogun of moon colony Orion 1, he now idles his time away keeping tabs on the Loyalists while his father and brother broker negotiations with the Earth Consortium.

A confrontation with his childhood enemy, Dr. Thorsten Nordenfelt, sets into motion events that cannot be undone and puts Tobias’s sheltered heart at the center of the colony’s attempts to free itself from the repressive Earth’s rule.

 

Shax’s War: Brimstone 3 – Angel Martinez

The boys desperately need a vacation. With the not-quite-ill-gotten gains from the Frog incident, Shax takes the Brimstone’s crew to the exclusive resort planet, Opal. What could possibly go wrong there?

 

Author Bio: 

Mischief Corner Books is an organization of superheroes… no, it’s a platinum-album techno-fusion group…no, hold on a sec here…


Ah, yes. Mischief Corner is a diverse group of authors who met on a mountain in Tennessee and decided since we probably were too easily distracted to rule the world that we’d settle for causing a bit of mayhem instead.

 
In addition to making mayhem, we are releasing books as a consortium. The books cover a diverse range of genres and topics… we live to break molds. Our books are available through Amazon, Barnes and Noble, ARe and other outlets.

 

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 Excerpt

CHAPTER ONE

 

Shax yelped as the trauma ball hummed against his palm, the surface shifting from swirling orange toward yellow. Before it could deliver its nastiest shock, he flung the thing at Verin’s head.

“Bastard!”

Sparks flew as Verin swung his horns and batted the ball away. He aimed right for Ness, who sidestepped and caught the ball as it powered back down to blue. Wings spread for balance, tip of his tongue protruding from the corner of his mouth, Ness spun and ran the three steps up the ramp at the court’s far end, aiming for the hovering sphere goal.

At the last second, the goal moved left and Ness’s shot caught the magnetized lip, which hurled the trauma ball back at him at some ridiculous, unsafe speed. Shax winced at the sharp crack when hard ball met angel head.

“Ow.” Ness flopped down at the top of the ramp, rubbing at his temple.

“Someone gonna explain to me again how this is fun?” Corny called from where he balanced on the swinging planks that made up mid-court.

He’d been stuck on the water hazard for several plays, his muscular body and high center of gravity an indisputable disadvantage since the wrong move would send him into the water and cost him a five minute penalty. Their cowboy had figured out the hard way in the first quarter that the pool itself enforced the penalty and didn’t let the penalized player out a second before.

Good thing he can tread water.

The ball was now happily rolling along the elevated sidewall ramps and Shax prepared to jump for the rings that would put him at the right height to catch it when it rolled free. Had they been playing teams…but no one could agree on a fair way to pair the four of them up, so solo it was.

Shax cocked his head, listening to the rumble of the ball as it trundled downward. Ness was still on the ramp. Corny was stuck. Verin was navigating the sponge quadrant where his claws were sticking. Perfect. He leapt, caught a ring in either hand, got a good swing going, and let go with his right hand just in time for the ball to drop from the chute.

With a whoop, he swung free and dropped with the ball clutched to his chest, only to be hit from behind with the force of several megatons. Wind knocked out of him, he could only watch as Verin snatched up the ball.

“Attempted murder isn’t supposed to be part of the game,” he wheezed as Verin took his shot. It seemed to be too far right, but the sphere turned and the ball shot inside.

“You’re all right, you baby,” Verin growled. “Get up before you really get fucked up.”

Shax heaved himself to his feet, staggering a few steps before the floor decided he’d been in one place too long and started bucking.

Ness had moved now, too. “Shax? Sure you’re all right, love?”

“I’m good. There are two of you right now. Don’t mind. Two of you are nice.”

All four of them managed to reach the sand quadrant closest to the near goal where they crouched in anticipation, waiting for the sphere to spit out the ball. Shax got Verin’s elbow in his ribs and a playful shove from Corny as they jockeyed for position but they might as well have stood still. The sphere rumbled and disgorged the trauma ball with a hacking cough, sending it high and wide. Ness, with his superior height and reach, snagged it easily, holding it up to keep it out of reach.

Any second, Verin and Corny would charge him and then Shax wouldn’t have a chance. An evil thought percolated in his mind and he sidled up close to Ness, blew a breath across his bare nipple, and reached down to cup Ness’s balls through the tight game shorts. A strangled whimper caught in Ness’s throat. His jaw slack, eyes saucer-wide, he fumbled the ball and dropped it.

Shax caught it before it hit the sand, snatched a quick kiss, and bounded away toward the far goal. He slammed the trauma ball into the sphere just as it hummed over to yellow again.

“Ha! That’s three for me! Game!”

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BOOKS & COZY SPOTS BOOK REVIEWS ~ Theft of Swords – {Riyria Revelations Vol 1&2} ~ Michael Sullivan – a 6 Part Review series

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3 stars   4 stars

BOOK ONE: THEFT OF SWORDS – {RIYRIA REVELATIONS Vol 1&2} ~ Michael Sullivan (Orbit Publishing}

GENRE: Cloak & Dagger Fantasy / Sci-fi fantasy / Historical Fantasy / Men’s Adventure

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6 Part Review Series by Damir ~

RIYRIA REVELATIONS Series by Michael Sullivan

There are two ways of reading this series. Each Volume 1-6 can be purchased and read separately, or you can buy the omnibus, with each book containing 2 volumes. I have the omnibus, but have broken my reviews down for each volume. With all titles attached to help keep it clear.

 

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 Sullivan_Theft of SwordThey killed the king. They pinned it on two men. They chose poorly.

There’s no ancient evil to defeat or orphan destined for greatness, just unlikely heroes and classic adventure. Royce Melborn, a skilled thief, and his mercenary partner, Hadrian Blackwater, are running for their lives when they’re framed for the murder of the king. Trapped in a conspiracy that goes beyond the overthrow of a tiny kingdom, their only hope is unraveling an ancient mystery before it’s too late.


This is the first book in the original series, The Riyria Revelations, from best-selling author Michael J. Sullivan. It takes place twelve years after the events of The Riyria Chronicles and the two series can be read in eithar chronological order or order of publication, although the author suggests reading in publication order.

The Crown Conspiracy

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 3 stars

Vol 1 – The Crown Conspiracy 3-Stars

A very close friend recommended this to me, so naturally when he tells me something is enjoyable, I feel like I am in for a treat. However, this friend is also an author and for me personally is one of the best writers I have encountered. When I read his work, it’s like walking into a hologram of his world. I think that aspect has spoiled me to some degree. Looking back at that, I have to consider who the man was and how he saw people and stories to realize what he appreciated. For one, he never spoke ill of anyone’s writing, not that I ever heard him say at least, still he would not have recommended The Riyria Revelation series or any other book if he didn’t feel it would deliver.

So, I am finally getting around to chipping away at the list of books he had shared with me. Starting with this one.

Even before finishing it I realized I was fixatedly on the fence of what my rating for it would be. It’s is still a dead on unwavering 3.

At the very start I almost put it down. Down time for me is a rare commodity, so I hate to waste it on a bad read, but then the MCs Hadrian and Royce stepped in and saved the scene. Now I see at least one part of what my friend saw. A couple of characters with flavorful wit that a male reader can relate to and admittedly it is Hadrian and his banter/pal-ing around with his travel companion and best friend Royce that saves the book over and over again.

So I will get to the point of why it seemed to need saving. It’s the lack of detail or fluidity of those that are present. Too many scenes are read off like check lists that even seem to skip a step or two at times just so the author could fast forward to get to his next catchy plot idea. And before you ask, I will explain what I mean by check list, as it’s a phrase I have picked up from others. What I find is action sequences just mentioned like labels rather than detailed movement within a built scene scenario.

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EX: Gets dressed – check.

Got keys in my pocket – check.

Walk out the door – check.

Drove down the road – check.

“Hey Bob, what’s on the work schedule?” – huh?

 

Did we go to work? Because I seemed to have missed that part, and that’s what I mean. And don’t ask my husband what is missing, he will drive you insane wanting to know what time of day it was, was it sunny, what car you drove, and what you had for breakfast. He is not allowed to read over my shoulder on this one. I have made that very clear to him.

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While the world building of details I was hoping to be surrounded in wasn’t there, it wasn’t entirely generically absent either. Just enough to trudge through until the next Hadrian/Royce banter or the next Oh Shit plot twist, which while sometimes too brief before speeding thru to get to the next, were at least frequent enough to keep me engaged, and not close the book down entirely.

 

Once at the end, it does however leave the reader with the nagging question of what is to happen next, that yes, I will have to read the other books in the series just to find out. And I saw an interesting passage left on GR by author Michael Sullivan himself to let readers know of the overall plot arc, a saga should have, on top of the smaller resolutions per book. So again, yes, I will have to read the others as well.

Mostly, while this is still a meh it’s an okay/good read, I may actually have to fast forward myself to see what else  he has written/released just recently to see what his written worlds have developed into. As there is enough to Mr. Sullivan’s writing that says: “If you liked me then, wait until you see what I can do now.”

Erring on hope I give this a:  ‘Recommended read’.

4 stars

Vol 2 – Avempartha – 4-Stars

Okay, so I mentioned, in the first segment of my review, the lack there of being any detail? Well, I guess someone else mentioned it to him/Sullivan/ because now he almost kills you with it in the start of Vol. 2. I know this is telling you turn away, but hold on… just hold out a little longer, there is a surprise. But before you reach it, the delivery of story narration which is good and once again the interaction between Royce and Hadrian keeping you invested, you’ll also have some boughs of suffering when Sullivan stops to throw in a whole heap of details that are really not even important to the story, because while now you know every nickname and speck of dust in the monk’s room, the scene was only passing through and the narration has us on a journey and you are back to little detail so we never have any real sense of where we are going by way of the map. I almost put the book down at this time. But remember a very good friend highly recommended this series to me and I wanted to find out what he found. It’s kind of like knowing you buddy always had a gold stash and just when he offered a peek I was reluctant to give up on the scavenger hunt.

Then arrived chapter 5… lo and behold… I found the treasure. As if it was right here that Sullivan found himself and the ideal mix of detail, narration and dialogue. From there on out it became a page turner. My husband might have been pissed since I refused to put it down, but then he loves books so he was actually thrilled to see me so swept up by a book. Which rarely happens. I scrolled {since I am on my tablet] until it was over. And immediately started the next book.

I’m apt to say skip book 1, but you kind of need all the fundamental building detail from it to keep up with everything else. So keep at it.

Because of this I raised my overall rating to 4 though I would have only given it a 3.5, because it took too long to get to where it changed my interest.

BEST CATCH:

“What is it? Am I that entertaining?” Hadrian asked.

“It’s just that you’ve worn that silver medallion ever since I’ve known you, but you never told me where you got it.”

“Hmm? This?” Hadrian said. “I’ve had this forever. My father left it to me.”

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Publication Order

  • Theft of Swords (Riyria Revelations #1 & #2): contains The Crown Conspiracy & Avempartha
  • Rise of Empire   (Riyria Revelations #3 & #4): contains Nyphron Rising & The Emerald Storm
  • Heir of Novron  (Riyria Revelations #5 & #6): contains Wintertide & Percepliquis
  • The Crown Tower (Riyria Chronicles #1)
  • The Rose and the Thorn (Riyria Chronicles #2)

Chronological Order

  • The Crown Tower (Riyria Chronicles #1)
  • The Rose and the Thorn (Riyria Chronicles #2)
  • Theft of Swords (Riyria Revelations #1 & #2): contains The Crown Conspiracy & Avempartha
  • Rise of Empire   (Riyria Revelations #3 & #4): contains Nyphron Rising & The Emerald Storm
  • Heir of Novron  (Riyria Revelations #5 & #6): contains Wintertide & Percepliquis

 

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THEFT OF SWORDSalso received the following ratings:

 

TWIST FACTOR ~  4 on the Cloak & Daggers, Sword fights Action Thrills

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TWIST FACTOR ~ 5 Slight of hand plotting

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TWIST FACTOR ~ while it didn’t happen until the last half of Vol. 2 Its still gets a 4 for turning into a page turner

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