Review of: The Rake’s Regress by Lolli Plantagenet

TITLE: The Rake’s Regress
AUTHOR: Lolli Plantagenet
SERIES: To The Manor Reborn, book 1
PUBLISHER: Self
GENRE: Historical
RELEASE DATE: March 23, 2019

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North Yorkshire, 1905
Impoverished aristocrat Archie Blankley is saved from rack and ruin when he marries the formidable American heiress Alexandria Applebaum. But when she disappears the day after their wedding, he quickly realizes that something is amiss at Denton Manor…namely the new valet his wife hired, who can’t keep his hands off of him.
Boer War veteran and former asylum attendant Hans Pierce has always wanted a young man of his own to force into regression and bend to his will. When the opportunity presents itself, he seizes it. But he knows that the young lord in his care is more than just a brattish, pretty creature—they are bound together by a tragedy that brings out the worst in both of them.
As though being held captive in an oversized nursery isn’t enough, Archie must contend with the web of secrets, schemes, and scandals that enshrouds his new life—and his unwilling place within it.
At last, ageplay erotica meets literary historical fiction in Lollie Plantagenet’s riveting debut series set in Edwardian England.
A must-read for kinky fans of Downton Abbey!
~32k words
Contains ABDL, ageplay, humiliation, spanking, and non-con


When I was given the opportunity to review this book, I was a little bit hesitant. I read the blurb, and it seemed interesting and something that I would like to read. I do like to read historical books and ABDL and age play, and I usually don’t have a problem with them being more on the dark side with some non-con. I even like humiliation and spankings, so I should have liked this book. Unfortunately, I didn’t.

The Rake’s Regress is the debut book for Lolli Plantagenet and the first book in the To The Manor Reborn series, so it has a lot of pressure on it to be great. It had potential, but for me, the blurb was better than the book. The writing was stilted, which I expected since it’s a historical, and I think the author was trying to be mysterious and suspenseful as she was slowly revealing each person’s motivations through the book. It didn’t work for me. For me, the story seemed to jump around, and it was vague as to what was going on and why and how the events were connected. I’m figuring that a lot more of each person’s motivation and secrets will be revealed in the upcoming books, but this book didn’t make me want to continue reading the series to find out.

I didn’t feel any emotional connection to any of the characters. I didn’t want to know or care why Archie’s new wife, Alexandria, who happens to be a wealthy American heiress and a Jew—not sure why that was a big deal but whatever—did what she did.

I could understand a little more about Hans Pierce’s motivations. He’s gay, he wants to regress a straight man into the role of a little, and he’s given the opportunity to do it on somebody that has wronged his sister in a way that has resulted in her death. He’s been an asylum attendant and has perfected his forced regression to being a little on the asylum inhabitants, but he wants somebody that’s only going to be his. He has another sister that’s still alive that will probably play a bigger role in the upcoming books but was only introduced in this book.

Archie, at twenty-two, has inherited the family title and the family estate. The family estate which is crumbling down around him and with no money to fix it, he needs to marry an heiress in a hurry and so he does. But then his wife disappears the day after they get married and he’s left in the hands of his caretaker, Hans Pierce or as he is called Pierce, and his world is turned upside down when he awakens after his wedding night in a huge crib and a room that has been made up as a nursery. Then the regression begins, and I did feel a little bit sorry for him, but I didn’t get a lot of background into how he lived before, so I didn’t have a lot of connection to him to really feel sorry for him. He had tried to do right by the sex worker, Olympia, who had claimed that he had gotten her pregnant. But when he’d gone back to where she was staying, the Madame said that it was already too late and that she was gone. I, like Archie, took that to mean that she had gone away to have the baby and didn’t want to be found. Unfortunately, we later find out that wasn’t the case, although it wasn’t said in as many words it was, like everything else in the book, vague and alluding to the fact that she had died by his caretaker who was her brother.

By the end of the book, the wife is back, Archie is still being regressed against his will and trying to find a way to escape his nursery prison, and Pierce is still waiting to take his regression to the next step before having sex with his little. And the book ends in a cliffhanger.

I did like how the book is told using dual points of view by Archie and Pierce, although I would have loved to see inside of Alexandria’s mind to see her motivations. Maybe we will get her point of view in the next book.

***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

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Review of: Without Reservations by JL Langley

TITLE: Without Reservations
AUTHOR: JL Langley
SERIES: With or Without #1
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: Paranormal
RELEASE DATE: Sept 27, 2019

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Sometimes love catches you by the tail.
Native American veterinarian—and werewolf—Chayton Wilson dreams of a fair-haired mate. However, he’s shocked to find his mate is a man. He’s not quite sure what to do with a male mate, but he’s more than willing to find out.
Keaton Reynolds wakes up in wolf form and finds himself with a mate. He’s instantly attracted, but not thrilled to find out the man is supposedly straight. A past relationship where his partner denied being gay left a bad taste in his mouth. Keaton wants to make a break for it and pretend he never set eyes on Chay—but Chay is not ready to let him go.
Together they work to battle prejudice and solidify their shaky relationship. When a power struggle in Keaton’s pack threatens Keaton’s life, the two men must quickly learn whether they can depend on each other.
Second Edition
First Edition published by Samhain Publishing, Ltd., October 2006.


Chayton Wilson is a native-American veterinarian and a werewolf. Since the age of 4 yrs old, Chay knows that his mate will have golden hair and eyes the color of the sky. One day, a pack member brings him a wolf who’s been hurt. A beautiful white werewolf who happens to be his mate… a male mate.
Keaton Reynolds is a history professor and a werewolf. When Kea wakes up in his mate’s car, he’s surprised but happy, until he realizes that his mate isn’t gay.
Keaton tries to get away from the situation, but Chay refuses to let his mate go, and he’s ready to win him over despite everyone and everything.
Without Reservations by JL Langley is book 1 in the series With or Without. It was a good start for this series, and I really liked it.

Chay has wanted a mate since he was 4 years old. So he’s ready to have a mate, but he wasn’t ready to have male mate. Chay always defined himself as straight until he meets Keaton. After the messy beginning between them, Chay is more than ready to woo Keaton. I loved Chay. He’s smart, funny, and very open-minded. He refuses to give up on Keaton and their future, and he’s ready to fight for them. I loved that he stood beside Keaton against everyone including his own mother or his best friend.

Keaton is a brilliant 25-year-old professor. Because he seems younger than his age, Keaton was always compared to a twink. He was traumatized by his ex-boyfriend who was in the closet. Kea refuses to live that situation again with Chay, but Chay fights back hard to have his chance. I adored Keaton. Everyone thinks he’s a little twink, but Kea is a powerful wolf—one of the most powerful in the shifter world. He refuses to use or abuse this ability, but he refuses to have people mistreating him. He’s fierce, proud and out. He has a temper too, but he’s also sensitive and has a sick sense of humor. I loved him.

Keaton and Chay are a perfect match. They complete each other perfectly. I loved that in their couple, there’s not a relation of power between them. They were meant to be.

The plot is mostly about Chay and Kea and how, day by day, they find their path together. But there’s also a subplot about a danger around them, especially Keaton. The secondary characters are awesome, and I can’t wait to read about Jack and Remi.

This book was good, funny, and well-written. It was a real good start for this series. The universe, plot, and characters were well-introduced, and I will be more than happy to read book 2.

It’s 4 stars for the vet and his little bit.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review of: The Geek and His Bad Boys by R. Cayden

TITLE: The Geek and His Bad Boys
AUTHOR: R. Cayden
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Self
GENRE: Contemporary Romance, MMM,
RELEASE DATE: June 25, 2019

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Can his tender heart handle their scorching passion?
Some people have to fight like hell for their love.
Striker and Dante? They come out swinging.
Frances:
I thought I was just going to get a tattoo.
It was so out of character. All of my gaymer friends thought I was going to chicken out because I’m afraid of needles.
But I was done being scared of things. I had spent enough of my life being scared.
Scared of bullies. Of my father.
Scared of every jerk who put me down.
The thing is, Striker and Dante? The tattoo artists?
They scare me.
They scare me because of how amazing it feels when I’m with them.
They scare me because, once we get together, I’m doing things I never thought I would do.
And most of all, they scare me because of how much they love each other.
Could I dare to be loved like that, too?
To be theirs?
The Geek and His Bad Boys is a 60,000+ word standalone MMM romance. It is a high heat novel, with loads of passion between our three men. Childhood bullies get faced down, a geek gets a spicy tattoo, and the story ends HEA for all three characters. Enjoy!


I loved The Geek and His Bad Boys by R. Cayden. I read this book after finishing Out for Sugar by R. Cayden. I was a little bit disappointed in that book, but I definitely wasn’t disappointed in this book. It was scorching hot, hot, hot. I loved the plot, how the book flowed, and the chemistry between the three main characters. I also loved that Frances had scenes with Striker and Dante separately in addition to when they were all together. And the same for Striker and Dante having scenes together without Frances.

Dante and Striker are in a closed relationship and have been for a while. But Dante keeps bringing up opening their relationship. They have had many violent, passionate arguments on the subject, and Striker finally gives the go-ahead in a fit of rage. It’s something that he’s done before because, in the heat of an argument, he tends to speak first and think about what he’s said after calming down and then taking it all back. However, this time, he doesn’t take it back. They did decide that if they hooked up with someone else that neither of them wanted to know about the other’s hookup. They have major jealousy issues that they are both dealing with. And they both come from a small town where violence and yelling is the norm. So their relationship and how they deal with issues is a little bit toxic, regardless of how much they love each other. It doesn’t help that they also work together in their tattoo shop with Dante’s sister, Penelope. So they are constantly together. I also loved that their sexy scenes rarely take place in bed.

Dante ends up meeting Frances first when his motorcycle runs out of gas. Frances ends up pulling over to see if he needs help and they end up hooking up on the side of the road, and then Dante siphons enough gas to get to where he’s going. They figure they will never see each other again since no phone numbers were exchanged. Striker ends up meeting Frances when he comes in for a tattoo consultation. After getting his tattoo done, they end up hooking up in the tattoo chair since they are the only ones at the shop and are caught by Dante when he comes in. They have one of their famous fights, and Frances is gone in a second. Once they calm down, they realize how badly they frightened Frances and want to apologize to him, so they go to his apartment and do just that. And they realize that if they are seeing the same person at the same time that they aren’t jealous, they don’t have as many fights, and they are both falling for Frances.

Frances is 100 percent geek. He collects postcards, which is what he was doing when he stops to help Dante on the side of the road. He plays Dungeons and Dragons and Magic with his other gaymer friends. He also comes from a small town where he was bullied in school and by his dad until he left to go to college on a scholarship at the age of eighteen. He works with numbers for his day job. I think it was data analyses or something like that. So he’s pretty timid, but he wants to get a tattoo. His friends don’t think he will go through with it cause of the needles and pain, but Frances proves them wrong. They also don’t believe him when he tells them about his hookups with the big tattooed motorcycle type. I loved how once they’re in an established relationship, Frances integrates them with his gaymer friends and teaches them how to play their favorite games. They are clueless, of course, but it’s fun to see them try.

The only downfall to the story is that the names sometimes got mixed up during the story, especially during the first three-way scene between them. I read an arc copy of this story, so I’m hoping that it got caught and fixed before it was published. I didn’t penalize it though in my rating. I still thought it was worth five stars.

***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: Out for Sugar by R. Cayden

TITLE: Out for Sugar
AUTHOR: R. Cayden
SERIES: Sugar Mansion, book 2
PUBLISHER: Self
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
RELEASE DATE: June 8, 2019

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Troy Hart is the hottest leading man on daytime television… and he hates it.
There’s a reason it’s called straight acting, after all. But don’t be fooled by the macho swagger and bearskin rugs.
The heartthrob’s heart just isn’t in it.
For how good I am at strutting around and flexing my muscles, you’d think I enjoyed it. But the only worse fate I can think of is living through another tabloid scandal by coming out.
And that’s exactly what I see when I look at Elliot and Vincent. One massive tabloid scandal.
Famous gay sugar babies? Social media darlings? No way. Those guys are drop-dead beautiful, and they run around Los Angeles with the hottest executives and billionaire daddies in town.
I mean, seriously, those twinks have their own hashtags!
Me, getting with them? It would be the biggest scandal Hollywood has seen in years. I absolutely cannot fall for them. I cannot fall for their pouty lips, and their delicious laughs, and their beautiful, wild, unforgettable love…
Out for Sugar is the second book in the Sugar Mansion series. It can be read alone or as the sequel to Sugar for Two. An MMM romance, it features two sassy sugar babies, one handsome and kindhearted soap opera star, and a wealthy dom with a mysterious past. Hide from the paparazzi, it’s Sugar Mansion time!


Out for Sugar is the second book in the Sugar Mansion series by R. Cayden. I didn’t read the first book in the series, and I think that might have been a mistake. I think if I had read the first book, then I would have been more invested in Elliot, Vincent, and Don. I would know how they got together and how far they have come in their relationship and why it’s so important to Elliot and Vincent to convince Don to sign the deed of the mansion, they are living in, over to them so that they own it.

That seems to be the main focus of the book, and I’m not sure that I got why it was such a big deal for them to get the deed. As a result of trying to figure out that special something to give to Don to get the deed, they end up pursuing the hottest leading man on daytime television, Troy Hart, who may or may not be straight.

Elliot and Vincent seem to be doing great in their relationship together and with Don. They still have their other sugar daddies that they see and their other friends. They will do anything to own the mansion that they live in, and they think that if they can obtain Troy and give Don a show that it might be enough to get him to give them the deed. Vincent has had a huge crush on the daytime leading man and gets a little stalkerish in trying to meet the guy by watching the burger joint that he loves to go to. He ends up meeting him, and it doesn’t go over well. Elliot ends up meeting Troy while accompanying one of his sugar daddies that’s a producer to the daytime television awards and they hit it off. Troy shows up at the mansion to ask out Elliot, and Vincent opens the door. So now Troy knows that Elliot and Vincent are boyfriends. They convince Troy to go on a date with both of them since Troy isn’t out and the sugar babies get noticed because they have such a big online presence, they decide to go in disguise. Which goes great until it doesn’t, and pictures are taken of them, and Troy has a meltdown. Troy will have to decide how he wants to deal with the fallout. Does he risk his job and his co-star’s job by coming out finally or does he come up with a good excuse for being with two sugar babies? And what will he do when it comes out that Vincent and Elliot didn’t pursue him because they liked him at first but because they wanted the mansion.

I liked Troy. He has his issues and past scandal in his family that he’s trying to make up for. It was his father’s scandal who was also a daytime leading star. As the leading daytime star, Troy has kept his sexual preferences to himself and his costar. He doesn’t want to cause another scandal in the family, but not being true to himself is a huge weight on his shoulders. So when he meets the sugar babies, he finds himself helpless against his desires even though he knows that he shouldn’t see them.

The end of the book seemed kind of rushed for me. Once he makes up his mind about what he wants to do, Troy then goes for it. No more angst about causing a scandal or losing his job and I’m going to assume that there will be another book in the series because Vincent and Elliot and now Troy still don’t have the precious deed to the mansion. Don is still a mystery, and they still have no idea what they should tempt him with next to get the mansion. I guess I will have to read the next book to see what shenanigans they come up with next to tempt their sugar daddy.

***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: My Boss’s Boss by R. Cayden

TITLE: My Boss’s Boss
AUTHOR: R. Cayden
SERIES: Taught by Two, book 3
PUBLISHER: Self
GENRE: Contemporary Romance, MMM
RELEASE DATE: May 19, 2019

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Three men, one office, and a summer internship that is about to get very spicy…
Tony
A rough-and-tumble guy like me might seem out of place in the corporate world, but that doesn’t mean I can’t succeed at my summer internship. I just need to make sure I’m not too distracted by the hot office manager, bossing me around and making me deliver the mail every day.
But then I meet the drop-dead gorgeous owner of Carwell Tower, too…
I know there’s no place for my submissive tendencies in the board room, but I feel like I was born to serve these men, and I can’t deny my heart.
Terrence
Working as his office manager, it’s hard enough to keep my relationship with Warren a secret. The owner of Carwell Tower, he’s powerful and handsome, and I want nothing more than to tell the world that he’s my dominant boyfriend.
I can keep our love a secret for the sake of the company, just like I can keep the office running without a hitch to make him happy.
But with a new hot intern demanding my attention, the line between work and play keeps getting thinner.
Warren
When I inherited the company after my father’s death, Carwell Tower was falling apart the seams.
It’s playing with fire to carry on a secret relationship with the office manager at a time like this, but I love Terrence, and can’t imagine my life without him.
When a new intern shows up at our door, looking hot as hell and submissive to boot, I know indulging our fantasies is a bad idea. I need to keep acting like the straight and macho head of the company, and can’t let anything get in the way of success.
Not even passion, and especially not love.
My Boss’s Boss is a standalone, 60,000 word MMM romance novel. It features secret office relationships, dominant businessmen and submissive interns, and three characters who find a happily-ever-after together. Like all of the Taught by Two books, it is filled with heart, lots of heat, and a little bit of kink. Enjoy!


My Boss’s Boss is the third book in the Taught by Two series by R. Cayden. I loved reading this book also. I love reading books with interoffice relationships that have to be kept hush-hush. It’s even better if one of the main characters is in the closet. And then to find out that they also have a Dominant/submissive relationship. Yep, it’s a home run for me. The cover and the blurb hooked me, and then I started to read the story. I got sucked in, and the story just wouldn’t let me go until I’d gotten to the end.

Warren inherited the company after his father’s death. Only then did he realize that Carwell Tower was falling apart at the seams. His grandfather had been a progressive thinker, and the company had been flourishing, his father, however, was more conservative and took the company in a different direction, catering to bigots and homophobes. It is for those reasons that Warren has never come out of the closet to his father and later when he takes over the company. He does have a secret boyfriend, Terrence, that he’d made the Hub office manager when he took over the company. They also have a Dominant/submissive relationship that they sometimes indulge in at Warren’s office. They have an open relationship because Warren feels bad about how busy he is and doesn’t want Terrence to feel neglected.

Terrence is the office manager for Carwell Tower. His boyfriend is the owner of the company. He would like nothing better than to tell the world about his dominant boyfriend, but he has to keep their relationship a secret. Terrence is also a switch, but he never gets to express his dominant tendencies with Warren since Warren is strictly a dominant. Terrence also is in charge of the new summer intern, Tony. Tony, who just so happens to be a complete submissive even if his body type says that he should be a top/dominant. He brings out all of Terrence’s dominant urges, and he can’t help but want to play with him. And it’s not against the rules because Warren has given him the okay to play outside of their relationship.

Tony is a rough-and-tumble guy. He grew up with blue-collar workers and so felt out of place in a suit and tie. But he dreams of owning his own business and is going to college to get a business degree. And for him, Carwell Tower is the place to work to learn about running a business. So he takes a summer internship there and manages to be late and drench the owner of the company with coffee on his first day. But Tony isn’t a coward, and he shows back up the next day. He has no idea what he’s doing and doesn’t get a lot of help from Terrence, his boss. He does get some help from a coworker, Dominique, and they build a fast friendship of going out for a drink after work. Dominique also happens to be best friends with Terrence. So sometimes Terrence comes along also. Tony also has a huge crush on his boss and makes a couple of passes on him. And so their relationship begins.

I loved how they all interacted with each other, and their chemistry was off the charts. My favorite scene was when Warren told Terrence that he could do whatever he wanted to do with Tony and that then Warren would do what Terrence had done to Tony to Terrence. It was so hot. But the book isn’t just sex. There is a really good plot, too.

I thought it was a great book, and I can’t wait for another book in the Taught by Two series to be released so that I can devour it just like I did this one.

***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