Review: “Sweet Thing” by Isobel Starling

TITLE: Sweet Thing
AUTHOR: Isobel Starling
SERIES: Pretty Boy
PUBLISHER: Decent Fellow Press
COVER ARTIST: Isobel Starling
GENRE: Contemporary Romance; BDSM,
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 237 pages
RELEASE DATE: September 8, 2017
PRICE: $4.99 – e-book

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M/M Romance sequel to ‘Fall Together’
**This can be read as a standalone novel**
French male model Simeon Duchamp has a lot of explaining to do
Two years after a breakdown fueled by unrequited love, drugs, and booze, Simeon is clean and wants to stay that way. On his road to reclaiming his life and modeling career, Sim first needs to apologize to the man he hurt the most -his ex-best friend Pieter Bayer.
Pieter now has a long-term partner, artist Emily Raven with whom he shares a baby son, and so Simeon is amazed when Pieter accepts his apology and invites him into his life again.
Closeness to the object of his obsession sees’s Simeon’s longing for his friend rekindled, but then Simeon meets a troubled older man who turns his world upside down. Simeon has to decide whether to allow himself to fall for the man who wants him or pine for the man he can never have.


Sweet Thing is the second book in the Pretty Boy series by Isobel Starling. I enjoyed reading this book, and I liked the main characters, Simeon and Bastian, and the secondary characters, Pieter, Emily, and baby Lukas.

The story starts out with Simeon getting out of rehab for his drug and alcohol problem and being treated for Addictive Personality Disorder and moving back to Berlin where his ex-best friend Pieter lives with his artist girlfriend, Emily, and their young son, Lukas. Simeon has come to apologize for what he had done to Pieter three years ago and to get closure as his therapist has advised him to do. Simeon is forgiven and invited to a gallery showing that night by Pieter’s girlfriend. It’s at this exhibition opening that Simeon meets Bastian for the first time.

Bastian and Simeon are both drawn to the pain, sadness, and heartache that they see in each other’s eyes and want to help each other. But both men have strong issues that they are trying to work through and what was supposed to be a simple hookup turns into abuse and ends up hurting Simeon physically and emotionally.

For Bastian, he also can’t believe what he did to Simeon, and he will do anything to make it up to Simeon if he can only get Simeon to talk to him. I wasn’t sure if I could like Bastian after what he did, but he managed to redeem himself and then he messed it up again with a misunderstanding, but everything got worked out.

I did enjoy the bromance between Pieter and Simeon, and I won’t lie, I was kind of hoping they would hook up, but they never did. I also loved Emily and baby Lukas. The book also has the characters speaking in French and German, but there are English translations, so I was able to know what they were saying. Something that I would have liked developed further was how they handled the Dom-sub aspect of their relationship, especially after what Bastian did. They had one small scene of spanking with only four smacks after the incident, but it didn’t really address the issue for me. From what I’ve read about the BDSM lifestyle, it isn’t something you can just turn off. It’s a part of your personality and how you are wired. So I would have figured they would have worked it out after being together for three years. Otherwise, the book had lots of sexy scenes and was enjoyable to read.

***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 ***

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Review: “Breaking Roadblocks” by Brina Brady

TITLE: Breaking Roadblocks
AUTHOR: Brina Brady
SERIES: Bend Over Series
PUBLISHER: Self-published
COVER ARTIST: Kellie Dennis
GENRE: BDSM
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 275 pages
RELEASE DATE: November 10, 2017
PRICE: $3.99 -e-book

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With their marriage on hold, Shane begins to stumble. All he wants is to be Julien’s husband but he just can’t seem to make the right choices when it comes to proving to Julien that he is his top priority.
To make matters harder, Shane is being forced to see the hatred in the world. Being in an interracial BDSM relationship isn’t welcomed by all. Most surprisingly from Shane’s so called friends and others from their small BDSM community.
Julien and Shane work together breaking through roadblocks to stay together as a black and white BDSM couple. No matter how hard Shane tries, he gets in his own way, with a little help from a couple of people actively working against them as a couple.
The couple fights against their enemies to stay together. When things get rough, they fight for their love.
This story is steamy hot, but it isn’t just a story of BDSM. It is a story of love and hate with a well-deserved HEA end to the series.


This is the fourth and final book of the series and is not a stand-alone. I strongly suggest reading the first three and in order. Bend Over, Don’t Throw Me Away and Spanked in the Woodshed.

I absolutely love this series and have been waiting for this book. I’m sad that it is coming to an end, but I do look forward to upcoming books from this author. Brina has a way of bringing these mento life, and you can’t help but fall in love with them. Add to that the BDSM aspect and the loveconnection, you have a winner in my eyes.

Shane is the sub that always seems to get in trouble with his Dom and can’t seem to follow directions very well. Shane loves his Dom so very much and wants nothing more than to please
him. But Shane has trouble trusting his Dom and lets other people persuade him into thinking what they have together is not real. Shane wants to marry Julien as planned but the ex-wife
convinces Shane that will not happen.

Julien loves his Sub with all his heart and is trying to make it where they can get married but is lying to Shane. When Shane finds out about the lie, he goes off on a tangent and leaves. Julien knows his Sub well and goes off to find him and make things right.

Then there’s Keme, Shane’s best friend and he has asked Shane to keep a secret from Julien. As much as Shane has promised to be honest, he agrees to keep this secret for his best friend. There
are many different characters that I have loved and hated throughout this series, and I don’t want to give spoilers.

There are people out to stop this relationship from all over. Will these people succeed in their conquest to end this relationship? Will the fact that they are an interracial relationship play a part in their success as a Dom/Sub? Will they make it to the alter? Will Keme and Shane ever be friends again? These are just a few of the questions I had going on in my head as I read this.

If you love a BDSM Contemporary story, then go get this series because you will not be disappointed.

***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 ***

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Review: “A Dom and His Writer” by Xenia Melzer

TITLE: A Dom and His Writer
AUTHOR: Xenia Melzer
SERIES: Club Whisper
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Aaron Anderson
GENRE: Contemporary Romance; Erotica; BDSM
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 200 pages
RELEASE DATE: October 23, 2017
PRICE: $ 6.99 -e-book/ $14.99 -paperback

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Life is perfect for Richard and Dean. Richard is a wealthy and successful businessman who also owns a BDSM club, and Dean is a best-selling author and sub to Richard. They’re young, happy, and in love. The future is bright….
Until tragedy strikes and an accident claims Dean’s beloved sister. Dean finds himself the guardian of a three-month-old infant, and soon he’s trading in his leather fetish gear for diapers and drool bibs. But little Emily is all that remains of his family, so how can he abandon her?
It’s not what Richard signed up for. As much as he tries to be supportive, he never wanted kids and misses having his partner to himself. Suddenly the life he imagined for them is gone, and he’s not sure their relationship can survive the upheaval. But fate isn’t through with Dean, and when misfortune strikes again, will he be able to turn to the man he loves? A final crisis will determine if they can pull together as a family or must face facts and part ways.
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I really enjoyed this author and the writing style. This author had me intrigued from the get-go, and I had a hard time putting it down. I fell in love with the characters, the storyline and it had the perfect amount of hot sex. She had me in a kaleidoscope of emotions also. I felt joy and turned on at the beginning. Then, I felt sad and emotional with how unfair life can be. I felt anger and betrayed with characters reactions and behaviors. Then, of course, by the end, I was happy again. I got sucked into these characters and would voice my opinions at them like they could hear me. LOL

Richard is a very powerful and successful businessman that was a good Dom. He loved his life and couldn’t be happier being in love with his sub. He took pride in being able to help his sub through life and give him orders to help him through his day. He hated going out of town, but business called for that quite often. Whenever he had to go out of town, he had a to-do list for his sub and would make sure he followed it to a T.

Dean was a successful writer and didn’t need Richard’s money. What he needed from his Dom was guidance and punishments. He was so in love with Richard, and they were the perfect Dom/Sub couple. Others were often jealous or envious. Dean struggled through with anxiety after his parents kicked him out when they found out he was gay. His sister was always there for him and helped him through college and living with her. His anxiety always increased when he was left alone when Richard went out of town. Richard had the sure-fire strategy to help Dean through this latest business crisis that came up. What neither of them was expecting was that Dean’s sister would be killed and leave a three-month-old baby to Dean (that neither of them knew existed).

As you can imagine, this changes the dynamics of everything. Peyton is an amazing character that I just loved. He creates a perfect nursery. Aaron, Richard’s dad, is a good dad to both men. He is so excited about being a grandpa along with his dogs—Thor and Donar. They all three adore Emily. These are a few of the characters that will grab your heart in this story.

Can these two men raise a child? Do they want to raise Emily? Can they continue their Dom/Sub relationship with Emily around? Will their relationship make it through the trials and tribulations of being parents? Will love conquer? These are a few of the questions I was asking myself as I was reading this story. I can’t wait to read more from this author. I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did.

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

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Review: “Two-Man Advantage” by Leigh Carman

TITLE: Two-Man Advantage
AUTHOR: Leigh Carman
SERIES: Players of LA
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Catt Ford
GENRE: Contemporary Romance; BDSM
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 200 pages
RELEASE DATE: July 7, 2017
PRICE: $6.99 – e-book/ $14.99 – paperback
  

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A hockey star skating on the edge of a catastrophe.

A PR specialist so adept, he’s called “the Fixer.”

Working together will be the biggest challenge of both their careers.

The LA Vikings hockey team is fed up the violent outbursts of its huge, intimidating enforcer, Viktor Novak. Hounded by a homophobic and domineering father, Viktor takes out his frustrations by spilling blood—on and off the ice. Now he has one last chance to clean up his image, or his career is over.

That’s where Bowen Miller comes in.

Bo has taken on the hardest cases and succeeded—by micromanaging every aspect of a client’s life—at the expense of his own happiness. But in the stubborn, hot mess that is Viktor, Bo might have met his match—both in and out of the bedroom. One man is out of control, and one controls everything. But when sex and attraction come into play, those roles are open to negotiation.


Viktor Novak is a hockey player, violent on and off the ice. At 23 years old, he’s fed up that everyone controls his life, he can’t be who he wants to be, his father is an abusive man, who controls his life and belittles him. The fact that Viktor is gay, in the closet and can’t have a normal relationship without being outing, doesn’t help either.

Bowen Miller is hired by Viktor’s team, to clean up his image and make him respectable for the sponsor, press, and public. Bo controls every aspect of his life and refuses to let anyone take charge of him.
So, when he meets Viktor, he has to face a big challenge, tame the beast who attracts him like no one else.
I liked this book.
I loved Vik, he broke my heart, he suffers so much and so deeply, he made me cry.
Bo is perfect for him, they complement each other, Vik, needs to be in charge in the bedroom, it’s the only domain where he can be in charge. Bo didn’t know that he needs to be controlled by someone else until he met Vik. Each one comforts and appeases the other.

The sex is hot, super-hot, and I really enjoyed it.
But, I have to say that it’s not really BDSM, Vik needs to be in charge, yes, but, he isn’t a Dom either. He’s just authoritarian in bed.

The feelings between them aren’t properly developed in my opinion, It’s a game of power between them during all the book, who controls who, until the ultimate fight when they broke apart. And suddenly, they talk about love. It was a little weird, because except for the lust and the physical attraction, there’s no romance at first, not at all, even for us, the reader, we don’t read how Vik feels for Bo and vice versa.

So when they talk about love, I was a little surprised.

Anyway, it doesn’t spoil the reading at all, and Vik and Bob are so adorable that at the end we don’t care how their feelings are developed by the author.

It was a pleasant read with a beautiful happy ending, and I liked it.

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

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Review: “Collars & Cuffs Vol 2” by K.C. Wells & Parker Williams

TITLE: Collars & Cuffs Vol 2
AUTHOR: K.C. Wells & Parker Williams
SERIES: Collars & Cuffs
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner
COVER ARTIST: Paul Richmond
GENRE: BDSM; Contemporary Romance
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 1,144 pages
RELEASE DATE: June 16, 2017
PRICE: $9.99 e-book
  

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The Collars & Cuffs club has room for all types of men to find healing and love. In Damian’s Discipline, Dom Damian Barnett welcomes damaged Jeff into his home after Leo and Thomas save him from the streets. Jeff may not be a submissive, but Damian may be able to offer him the structure he needs to rebuild his life. In Make Me Soar, self-proclaimed “pain slut” Dorian Forrester is chasing the ultimate high into dangerous places. When he goes missing, Alan Marchant is determined to show Dorian that there are better way to fly.

In Dom of Ages, Eli has found his perfect submissive in Jarod, but their age gap has Jarod waiting for the other shoe to drop. A visit to Collars & Cuffs gives the struggling couple hope that their relationship just might stand a chance. And in Endings and Beginnings, barman JJ Taylor didn’t expect to find himself drawn to wannabe Dom Darren Fielding, but as the members of Collars & Cuffs face an event that will make them stronger or break them, JJ finds his life going in a direction he could have never guessed.


As a huge fan of Collars & Cuffs, I’m really excited about the second volume. The thing I love about these books is that they have the BDSM that I love but also that they have the true love aspect also. These books touch on real life stuff and grab hold of your heart. These authors are not afraid to touch on some of life’s sensitive subjects that affect people’s everyday struggles. I do warn you that these can be very sensitive subjects for people that have went through such things but do know, there is hope for everyone out there. There is hope to get through the struggles as a stronger person and to find your own happiness.

What I love about these characters is the cheekiness of the subs and how they can bring these big, bad Doms to their knees, yet be the perfect subs for the ultimate joy of belonging. There is such love, compassion and raw need between these couples. The connection is amazing and how the Doms can read their subs without a word spoken. There is such commitment and connection that help each of these couples conquer anything life wants to throw at them. And let me tell you, life has some wicked curve balls. We all have fears and handle situations differently and don’t handle everything gracefully but we can all learn from our mistakes and move forward.

Damian’s Discipline is the first book of this bundle. Damian is a Dom that lost his sub 2 years ago to cancer. He’s been living life but not with any real purpose. That is until Leo and Thomas ask him to house a troubled boy named Jeff until they can find him a permanent residency. Jeff is someone that has suffered at the hands of the jailed man named Curtis Rogers. Yes, he’s back as the evil man that is jailed for torturing young men and murdering them. This time it’s Jeff. Jeff was so abused by this waste of a man, that he doesn’t even trust anyone with food and drinks. He won’t let anyone prepare anything of the sort for him. Even though Jeff is not a sub, Damian learns about Domestic Discipline and knows this is the structure that will work for Jeff.

Make Me Soar is the second book of the bundle. If you have read the first of these series, then you will remember Dorian as the pain slut that had a thing for Leo. Well, for six years, Dorian has been looking for subspace but has had no luck. No matter how much pain that’s inflicted on him, he can’t reach it. He believes pain is the only way to reach subspace. He hears about a club in Berlin and goes there to see if the change will help him find what he’s looking for. Alan is the Dom that has been watching Dorain at the club for a while now but doesn’t understand his need for pain. When Dorian disappears, he asks another sub of his whereabouts and discovers where he went. Alan and Leo head to Berlin and what they discover is horrific. This is the start of a wonderful and loving story and how pain can be something as gentle as a simple touch.

Dom of Ages is next. This is such a powerful story and my favorite of the series. These two MC’s don’t even meet at Collars & Cuffs but end up becoming a strong part of the family there. Jarod is the epitome of a sub. He is old school and was with his Dom and love of his life for 24 years before he was taken from him in a heroic act. For the last four years, Jarod has done nothing but mourn the loss of his master and kept their home clean. Jarod’s mother begs him to try to live again but Jarod is scared because he’s almost 50. But he takes her advice and goes to this horrible BDSM club where he’s laughed at and made fun of by both subs and Doms. Eli is a 30-year-old Dom that is sick of the wanna be subs that he keeps seeing in the very same club. Eli has almost given up hope when he sees him on his knees in the perfect sub form. Jarod can’t believe his luck to be able to serve again. These two have some struggles at first, but a suicide attempt brings them to such a wonderful start to a new life. Eli finally takes Leo’s advice and takes Jarod to Collars & Cuffs and they both feel at home immediately and build friendships that they both needed.

Endings and Beginnings is the final book in this bundle. Here we meet Darren that witnesses the perfect intimacy between Thomas and Peter. After Darren’s lover moves on in a different direction, Darren wants to see where his life can go. He finally takes the card Thomas gave him and goes to the club. He loves the whole Dom aspect and wants to learn more. This is also where he meets the barman, JJ. This barman is working at the club under false pretenses but soon discovers he wants the relationship he sees over and over again. These two discover how to be Dom/sub together with the training of Thomas. This is a wonderful wrap up of all the Doms/subs/lovers in this ending of the series. I had so many emotions in this book. I got angry, felt hurt and cried.

If you enjoy getting lost in a series, I strongly recommend this series. There is love, heartache, abuse, raw emotion, and raw erotica in these books with that backdrop of BDSM in the mix. I hope you enjoy as much as I have.

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

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