Review of:  Waves of Winter by L.C Chase

TITLE: Waves of Winter
AUTHOR: L.C Chase
SERIES: World of Love
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
RELEASE DATE: Nov 22th 2019

BLURB:

The west coast of Vancouver Island is one of the few places to boast world-class winter surfing, and Vancouverite Kellan Tremblay hits the waves as often as possible. On the ferry crossing to the island, he meets Australian Jax Colston. Jax is there for some snowboarding. He’s intrigued to discover that not only is winter surfing a thing, but you can surf and ski in the same day. Sensing a kindred spirit, Kellan offers to play tour guide and gives Jax a place to stay in his spare room.
The two men bond over all things surf and snow, and it isn’t long before their passion for life lands them in bed together. Neither wants the week of cold days and hot nights to end, but Jax has to go home soon. Still, Jax doubts he’ll stay away for long. The draw of fresh powder, the long hot nights and the thrill of just being with Kellan will keep him coming back for a long time….
Series World of Love | Canada – British Columbia.


Canadian, Kellan Tremblay loves to go to the west coast of Vancouver to do some winter surfing. On the ferry crossing the island, he meets Australian, Jackson Colston. Jax is a snowboarder who travels across the US and Canada to try the best slopes on his snowboard.
Kellan and Jax hit off immediately and decide to spend the week together. What will happen at the end of the week will be up to them.
Waves of Winter by LC Chase is a sweet novella that I really enjoyed.

Kellan is a Canadian, and he’s a surfer all year round. Summer or Winter, Kellan loves to ride a good wave, and what’s better than the west coast of Vancouver? After a year without surfing because of a bad break up with his ex, Kellan decided to go back to his passion. Meeting Jax wasn’t in his plan, but Kellan can’t refuse the opportunity to know more of the hot Australian and to introduce him to winter surfing.

Jax is at the end of his trip when he meets Kellan. He’s intrigued by the hot Canadian who practices winter surfing. Jax is intrigued by Kellan, but most of all, he’s attracted to him. They live at the opposite end of the world from each other, but Jax wants to embrace every minute with Kellan.

I really enjoyed their story; it was a sweet and calm love story. No twisted moments, no drama. Just two men who met at a moment in both of their lives and decided to take a chance in each other.

It was a beautiful short story that put a smile on my face more than once.

3.5 Stars for the snowboarder and His surfer

***The ARC was provided by Dreamspinner Press. My review is an honest opinion of the book ***

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review of: The Guardian by MC Lee

TITLE: The Guardian
AUTHOR: MC Lee
SERIES: The Touchstone
PUBLISHER: Harmony Ink Press
GENRE: Paranormal; YA
RELEASE DATE: Nov 26, 2019

BLURB:

Superpowered teen Sam, and his boyfriend, Harry, are already struggling to navigate being gifted in a normal world, and their problems are about to get deadlier.
Their oldest enemy, Caleb Reed, will stop at nothing to capture Sam and force him to use his abilities for Reed’s benefit. Though their team of friends and allies steps up to watch their backs, Reed sneaks past their defenses time and time again, leading Sam to wonder if one of their own has betrayed them.
When Reed threatens the life of a friend, Sam is forced to make the most difficult decision of his life—one with consequences he can’t even imagine.


When I first read The Touchstone, I was hoping for a sequel. From the very beginning, I was falling in love with Sam and Harry. These two went through a lot at a very young age, being by themselves and looking after each other.

Later, during the first installment, we found out that it’s actually Sam who triggered Harry’s gift because Sam was a Touchstone—a very rare ability to emphasize other’s power.
Sam’s acceptance in the Bunker was hard as we all know from book 1. But after the discovery that Sam is the most powerful of them all, it seems that everything is settling in its right place. Except it’s not.

Sam has a secret. Uhmm, no, I’m not gonna tell…

Caleb, being Caleb, wants to get his hands on Sam desperately, and he does anything to achieve his wishes.

Because of who Sam is, the members of the Bunker are in serious danger. They’re targeted by Caleb’s goons, and among those, is Maya’s brother.

Sam considers the possibility of running for the benefit of the guys whom he considers as his own family now.

This book is more angsty than the previous one. We face inner turmoil as well as some tension between Sam and Harry.

Sam is working closely with Jonah, to reach his potential as fast as he can, but the exercise leaves him mentally and physically ill. All there is Sam’s secret, and no, I still not telling you guys, that makes him extremely secretive.

Harry being Harry, knows that there are things Sam is keeping from him. He feels hurt by his boyfriend’s actions. He wants to be a pillar as well for Sam as he was for Harry.

The pressure on Sam and Caleb’s attacks leaves them only one thing…to give in to Caleb’s request and to join his team.

This book is one of my favorite YAs ever! It has everything: angst, romance, teenage mistakes and so much more.

I can’t wait for the next in the series…it’s definitely a must-read!

***The ARC was provided by Ink Harmony . My review is an honest opinion of the book ***

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review of: Noah’s Bane by Wulf Francu Godgluck

TITLE: Noah’s Bane
AUTHOR: Wulf Francu Godgluck
SERIES: Lormount City, book 1
PUBLISHER: Self
GENRE: BDSM,
RELEASE DATE: September 14, 2019

BLURB:

Finding his very own Daddy is harder than finding Prince Charming.
Noah Lavoie isn’t anyone special, an average guy working as a veterinarian with a few kinks and fetishes. For too many years he explored the BDSM lifestyle, but consistently felt something remained missing. In a world of black and white, Noah struggles to understand where to find the gray.
Then…
A mysterious contract.
No strings attached.
Never to know the Dominant’s identity.
Noah clings onto his only hope, a man he can call Daddy.
Cold, ruthless, charismatic. Bane Rozek believes himself impenetrable. He built his empire, fabricated from lies, blackmail, and extortion. Dark secrets he holds in his palm could cripple the most powerful of people and organizations. It’s all a lie, a simple illusion to hide his truth.
He did it all, built his fortress and claimed his power and sovereignty, for her. But Bane knows Death’s chaste kiss intimately. What Bane wants is a connection.
This time on his terms…
An innocent boy offering the purest submission.
A contract holding them both at a distance.
A boy that tugs fiercely at Bane’s dark heart.
If only Bane could believe himself worthy to be the Daddy Noah proclaims to love.


Noah’s Bane is the first book in the Lormount City series by Wulf Francu Godgluck. I admit to being captivated by the book cover, and then I knew I had to read it when I read the blurb. I love reading BDSM books. I especially love reading about Daddy Doms and their boys or Daddies and their littles. So I was excited to see how it would work with only getting to see your Daddy Dom on such a restricted basis. And the author totally pulled it off. I got sucked into Noah’s world and got to live his life with him. I got to experience the joy he felt when he was with his Daddy and the heartbreak and sorrow when he realized that he had done the one thing that was his Daddy’s hard-limit and grounds for cancellation of the contract. I was a hot mess when Noah stopped seeing his Daddy. And I loved how his Daddy, Bane, had to re-evaluate what he wanted to do next. Does he let his boy go because he doesn’t want him to know who he is and possibly get rejected because of who he is or does he take a chance and go after him and put it all out there and hope that he will accept him and who he is? I was holding my breath to find out what would happen next. I will definitely be reading this book again.

Noah is an average guy that works as a veterinarian and has a few kinks and fetishes. He’s explored the BDSM lifestyle for several years, and although he’s had some great scenes with some wonderful Doms, he’s felt that something is missing. As he walks through the club, he’s jealous of the closeness and love that he sees between the Daddy Doms and their boys. It’s what he knows that he is missing by not having a Daddy Dom of his own, but all of the Daddies in his area are taken and happy in their relationships. So when the owner of the club comes to him with a contract from a Daddy Dom that wants to stay anonymous, Noah is willing to take a chance to get what he’s been looking for. The terms of the contract: no strings attached, never to know the Dominant’s identity, always be on time. What could possibly go wrong? I was so happy when Noah finally got his Daddy. Noah is such a loveable character, and I loved getting to see him be cherished.

Bane Rozek is cold, ruthless, and charismatic. He’s built his empire, fabricated from lies, blackmail, and extortion, and Bane believes himself impenetrable. The dark secrets he holds in his palm could cripple the most powerful of people and organizations, but it’s all a lie, a simple illusion to hide his truth. He did it all, built his fortress and claimed his power and sovereignty, for her. But Bane knows Death’s chaste kiss intimately. And what Bane really wants is a connection based on who he is on the inside, not based on the empire he has made. He wants it on his terms. Some of his terms are that the boy will be blindfolded at all times, no attachments are to be formed, and must always be on time. He doesn’t expect to fall for the innocent boy offering the purest submission or have him tug so fiercely at Bane’s dark heart. If only Bane could believe himself worthy of being the Daddy Noah proclaims to love. I liked Bane. He’s able to have any submissive he wants, but he knows that they are only there because of how powerful he is, and he can’t believe anything they say. So he’s lonely and comes up with a way to have what he wants. A contract to keep him anonymous and a boy to cherish that doesn’t know who he is so he can trust the emotions that the boy shows.

I really enjoyed reading this book, and if you like reading books about a Daddy Dom and his boy, then you should give this book a try.

***I would like to thank the author for the privilege and opportunity of reading this ARC. My review is an honest opinion of the book ***

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review of: Love Spanks by R. Cayden

TITLE: Love Spanks
AUTHOR: R. Cayden
SERIES:
PUBLISHER: Self
GENRE: BDSM
RELEASE DATE: October 10, 2019

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Xavier
Back in college, Dominick was a dreamboat senior, and one of the hottest guys on campus. That’s why it was so humiliating when a game of truth or dare in the dorms brought my hidden kink right to the surface, and I had to run away like an awkward freshman before a smack on the rear from Dominick turned my world upside down.
Seven years later, and I never expected to see him again. After inheriting my father’s candy store, I had settled into a quiet life in Denver, and left my fantasies deeply hidden. Then Dominick came back from New York City to run a city redevelopment project for the year, a project that looked like it might steamroll my little candy shop. And just like that, the dreamboat senior was standing at my door, and I was out of places to hide.
Dominick
I wonder if Xavier even remembers that game of truth or dare. It was before I had accepted my own dominant tendencies, and before I had made a name for myself as one of the most powerful business sharks in Manhattan.
But after the death of my grandmother brought me back to Denver, I was surprised to find that adorkably charming freshman, grown into just the kind of submissive man I loved. Following a catastrophe with my ex-boyfriend in New York, I knew not to mix business and pleasure. I knew that I couldn’t let my kinky fantasies get in the way of the city redevelopment job. And with my firm waiting back in New York and one year to pull of this project, I definitely couldn’t start thinking with my heart.
No matter how sweet that boy really was, or how good it felt to be back home.
Love Spanks is a 70K+ MM romance novel. Xavier and Dominick’s story is sweet and spicy with lots of heat on the way to an HEA! Enjoy!


I liked Love Spanks by R. Cayden. I’ve read quite a few books by R. Cayden, and I didn’t like this one as much as some of his other ones. It was a mild story for being a BDSM book. I did like the spanking scenes between Xavier and Dominick. My overall impression of the book after reading it was that it was a cute story.

I liked Xavier. I liked how the book started out with Xavier and his best friend, Georgia, going to a sex party so that Xavier can find a Dom to spank him for the first time. He interacts with two potential Doms but ultimately gets rejected. Although it wasn’t anything that he did that got him rejected. One of the Doms was monogamous, and the other one had somewhere that he needed to be and didn’t have time for the aftercare. I was kind of hoping that the rest of the book was going to be as exciting as that party. But the book shifted gears, and Xavier was reunited with someone he’d had a crush on in college. Someone that was supposed to spank him during a game of Truth or Dare. But Xavier panicked and ended up running away from the party without being spanked. Seven years later, Xavier has taken over his father’s candy store, and Dominick is a business shark that’s in Colorado to manage a city renovation job that involves the area where Xavier’s store is.

I liked Dominick. I liked his conversations with his best friend and business partner, Zachary. I also liked how he interacted with Xavier. Getting a glimpse into his dirty fantasies was a real treat. I did think it was funny that he didn’t think that his kink was masculine enough and was slightly ashamed of it and what his colleagues would think if they knew that he wanted to spank somebody. He was so ashamed and afraid that his ex-boyfriend would tell his kinky secret that he left New York to take over a job in his hometown of Colorado. He doesn’t expect to run into Xavier, the boy he had a crush on in college and wanted to spank. But in college, he hadn’t come to terms with his kink yet, so he was relieved when Xavier ran away. Seven years later, he doesn’t expect to run into his college crush or that he would share his kink.

But it isn’t all a bed of roses. There are communication problems between the renovation company and the small business association and snakes in the business world that Dominick will have to weed out. I did like what Xavier ended up doing with the Zing Pop machine in the end, but I will have to admit that I was disappointed that he never fired it up and used the machine.
Overall, I thought it was a cute story, light on the kink, with likable characters.

***I would like to thank the author for the privilege and opportunity of reading this ARC. My review is an honest opinion of the book ***

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review of: Lie To Me by Samantha Calcott

TITLE: Lie To Me
AUTHOR: Samantha Calcott
SERIES: Poison Pleasures, book 2
PUBLISHER: Encompass Ink
GENRE: Coming of Age; BDSM
RELEASE DATE: 11/7/2019

BLURB:

It started with detention. After all, where else are a Goth, a jock, a nerd, and a loner going to meet, let alone strike up a friendship?
Frankie didn’t mean to get detention. He had no idea his mumbled comments about the teacher’s attitude could be heard by everyone.
Taylor only wanted a quick snog with a boy in a broom closet. He didn’t expect the boy to turn tail and run, leaving him to take the punishment.
Allen pushed Joe into a locker. Joe gave him a kick in the pants. And so they both wound up in trouble.
Four disparate boys. Eight hours of forced camaraderie. And a friendship to last a lifetime. Until, of course, their hearts get involved…


Lie To Me by Samantha Calcott is the second book in the Poison Pleasures series. According to the Author, the Poison Pleasure series is a series of standalone novels that are connected by the BDSM club the characters go to, Poison Pleasures. This series can be read out of order, and you will see characters popping up briefly in each other’s books. The first book in the series is an M/F book called Perfect Disaster. I haven’t read the first book yet, but after reading Lie to Me, I will probably give it a try.

My first thoughts after reading the blurb were that this was going to be an M/M retelling of the movie The Breakfast Club. A movie that I love to watch. And to a point, it was that, but it was so much more. Did you ever watch the movie and wonder what happened to the new group of friends after the movie ended. Did they all stay friends? Did only some of them stay friends? Did they go back to bullying each other? Were they only friends in secret? If they had stayed friends, did they end up dating each other? If they stayed friends, what happened when school ended, and they went to college? Did they stay in touch? Did they drift apart, but later something brought them together again? These were only some of the questions that I always thought about after watching the movie.

So that’s what I thought Lie to Me was going to be, a retelling of that Saturday detention day and nothing more. So I was partially right, the first part of the book was just that, but that was only a small part of the book because then all of my questions that I had ever wondered about after watching the movie were answered. The author takes us through the lives of these four boys, and while the focus is mostly on Frankie and Taylor, we also get to see what happened to Adam and Joe and how their lives intersect with Frankie’s and Taylor’s.

I can tell you now that the author played havoc with my emotions. I fell in love with the characters, and then there was heartbreak, and I was a crying mess, and then I was happy that the characters had pulled themselves together and moved on. Only to find each other again, realize they still love each other, but one is in a relationship and no longer available. I went from giddy that they had found each other again to heartbroken again. I was an emotional wreck, and I couldn’t wait to get to the end of the book to find out if they would end up together. I waited with bated breath. And the ending was exactly what I was hoping for.

This book goes through a bunch of different tropes. The friends start out in high school, so you have them learning about themselves and their sexuality. There is also a friends-to-lovers theme, second-chance at love, one of the friends ends up being bisexual and does have an M/F relationship that turns to friendship, and the friends also explore their kinks at a BDSM club called Poison Pleasures. This book spans about 40 years of their lives. There’s lots of personal growth from the characters and plenty of steamy encounters to keep you entertained.
I will definitely be looking forward to the next book in the series, and I will tide myself over by reading the first book in the series in the meantime.

***I would like to thank the author for the privilege and opportunity of reading this ARC. My review is an honest opinion of the book ***

Review edited by : Laura McNellis