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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Review: “The Dom’s Way” by Sean Michael

TITLE: The Dom’s Way
AUTHOR: Sean Michael
SERIES: Iron Eagle Gym, Book 5
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: L.C. Chase
GENRE: BDSM, Contemporary Romance
E-BOOK:Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 200 pages
RELEASE DATE: June 23, 2017
PRICE: $6.99 -e-book / $14.99 –paperback
  

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An Iron Eagle Gym Novel

Neal and Way from The Closet Boy are back, only now they’re Dom and sub, and exploring their relationship through the lifestyle. Way is eager to learn everything, and more in love with his master every day. For his part, Neal can’t believe how lucky he is to have found such an innocent but sensual boy.

As they learn what works best for them both, Way has trouble obeying some of the rules Neal imposes. Like the no touching himself rule. Neal wants Way to learn control, but Way, after so long holding back, has trouble not indulging. The two men must work together to find the balance that brings them each the most satisfaction and happiness.


The Dom’s Way is the fifth book in the Iron Eagle Gym series by Sean Michael. This’s the first book that I have read by Sean Michael and I thought I would give The Dom’s Way a chance since it had a catchy blurb and I like to read BDSM books. I did see from the blurb that Way and Neal were from the book The Closet Boy, but I didn’t realize they were the main characters of the book. I figured they were sub characters that had been introduced and this was their story. My mistake.

I started reading the book and found that I was lost. Especially when I read the first sentence of the second paragraph in the first chapter that said, “Way’ra looked at his lover.” My first thought was who in the world was Way’ra. I had no idea that Way’s real name was Way’ra. It wasn’t in the blurb that way, and I honestly thought it was a typo since the file I was reading still had a round of editing to go before being published. But nope, it wasn’t a typo, it’s actually his full name, and it’s never used again. I also have no idea what Way looks like or what ethnicity he is. It’s never mentioned in the book. There’s a brief, vague description of Neal (the huge muscle-bound blond).
So according to the reviews I have read about the other books in the series being standalone novels, I wouldn’t say this’s a standalone book. This’s a continuation of The Closet Boy, and I wish that I had read it first. I will be reading it next so that I can see how Neal and Way’ra started out. I will say that The Dom’s Way’s heavy on the sex scenes which I greatly enjoyed and the scenes varied, so it wasn’t repetitious.
I did enjoy how Way started out new to the BDSM lifestyle, but by asking questions from his sub friends at the Iron Eagle Gym and by trusting Master Neal, he figured out a lot more about what he likes and didn’t like. He does still have a long way to go, and Master Neal has some very interesting ideas for things he wants to do with his boy.
I also loved the game night with the other Dom’s and their subs. I need to find some new friends to play twister with cause they definitely had a lot more fun than I have ever had playing it.

I did love both Neal and Way though. Poor Way really struggled to be a good sub and follow his master’s rules but he really struggled with not playing with himself without permission and Neal had some very clever ways of punishing his boy. There’s a lot of penis slit play (with sounds and plugs) in this book and a penis getting a Prince Albert piercing. Lots of nipple play and a very needy sub and a master and sub that love each other very much. There’s never any doubt in the book that Neal and Way love each other.

So aside from not knowing what Way looks like or his ethnicity and being confused by the name, in the beginning, I actually really enjoyed the rest of the story and the other Dom’s and their subs at the Iron Eagle Gym. I look forward to reading the other books in the series and to future books in the series.

*Update* I have now read The Closet Boy, but I didn’t want to change my review because these were my original thoughts on the book without having read any of the other books in the series. The Dom’s Way does pick up right where The Closet Boy ends so it’s definitely a continuation of their story, and it did help a lot with figuring out the characters and plot with having read The Closet Boy. So I would recommend reading The Closet Boy before reading The Dom’s Way. There still wasn’t a lot of detail about Way’ra and where he came from or what he looked like. The author never really comes out and states the details he likes to use comparisons instead.

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

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Review: “The Closet Boy” by Sean Michael

TITLE: The Closet Boy
AUTHOR: Sean Michael
SERIES: Iron Eagle Gym
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: L.C. Chase
GENRE: BDSM, Contemporary Romance
E-BOOK:Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 214 pages
RELEASE DATE: November 25, 2016
PRICE: $6.99 -e-book / $14.99 –paperback
  

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Way’ra Bernard is only twenty years old when his parents kick him out of the house. He has been brought up to believe being gay is wrong and he is going to go to hell for it. He tried very hard not to be gay but couldn’t change the way he felt. Now he’s living furtively in a closet on the third floor of the place he’s working as a janitor—the Iron Eagle Gym.

Neal McPherson is an unattached Dom in his midtwenties and a member of the gym. One evening after working out, he notices Way’ra on the stairs, and he’s immediately attracted and intrigued, so he asks Way’ra out. Unable to come up with a reason to refuse, and also interested in Neal, Way’ra accepts.

There are a lot of obstacles to the relationship they attempt to build after their date, not least of which is Way’ra’s upbringing and his lingering doubts about the kinky sex Neal enjoys. But with patience and persistence, Neal might convince Way’ra not only to accept himself, but to loosen his inhibitions enough to explore and find a happy ending together.


I had the pleasure of reading The Closet Boy which’s the story of Way’ra (Way) and Neal. The Dom’s Way is the continuation of their story. However, I read The Dom’s Way first which made me want to see how they began their relationship and hopefully get a little more history about Way’ra and where he came from. The book was well written, but I did find a couple of editing errors. One was a wrong name and the other an extra word that should have been deleted. Neither were too distracting to the story.

I would have liked a little more backstory about Way’ra. The author mentions that Way’ra’s name is tribal, but he doesn’t mention which tribe or even where he’s from. I do know that Way has grown up in a really religious community with religious parents and was attending a religious college. When he was caught naked with his best friend, he was kicked out of his college, family, and community. And although Way’s suffered a lot of hardships in his 20 years, I loved that he still had such a happy, bubbly, and innocent personality. Sure he has some self-worth and self-esteem issues but who wouldn’t after what he’s gone through. And like Neal said to Way in the book, he didn’t turn to a life of crime or theft and become a bad person. Way’s a fighter. He got a good job as a janitor at the Iron Eagle Gym and saved his money and kept to himself.

I loved Neal. He was a Dom, and he interacted with Way perfectly. He could read him and was able to work around Way’s ego about being homeless and not having enough money to feed himself properly. He helped him understand that loving another guy isn’t a sin. They were the sweetest couple. And they had a very healthy sex drive which would make sense since Way’s only twenty and Neal’s in his late twenties. They had a pretty vanilla relationship at the beginning, but as Way got more comfortable with loving another guy and trusting him, they started to add more of the BDSM elements to their relationship. And in The Dom’s Way, they will explore that side of their relationship more. They are great at communicating with each other, and Neal’s always asking if Way has any questions about some of the things that he’s seen while cleaning the third floor of the gym where the BDSM gym members can go to do their scenes.

I want to find a gym like the Iron Eagle Gym where all of the members are a part of the BDSM lifestyle, and you can work out and do scenes at the same place. Sounds like a wonderful place to work and play.

I can’t wait to read the first three books in the series and learn more about the other members of the Iron Eagle Gym.

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

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Review: “Before You Break” by K.C. Wells & Parker Williams

TITLE: Before You Break
AUTHOR: K.C. Wells & Parker Williams
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Reese Dante
GENRE: Contemporary Romance, BDSM
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 340 pages
RELEASE DATE: May 26, 2017
PRICE: $6.99 e-book / $17.99 – paperback
  

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Six years ago Ellis walked into his first briefing as the newest member of London’s Specialist Firearms unit. He was partnered with Wayne and they became fast friends. When Wayne begins to notice changes—Ellis’s erratic temper, the effects of sleep deprivation—he knows he has to act before Ellis reaches his breaking point. He invites Ellis to the opening of the new BDSM club, Secrets, where Wayne has a membership. His purpose? He wants Ellis to glimpse the lifestyle before Wayne approaches him with a proposition. He wants to take Ellis in hand, to control his life because he wants his friend back, and he figures this is the only way to do it.

There are a few issues, however. Ellis is straight. Stubborn. And sexy. Wayne knows he has to put his own feelings aside to be what Ellis needs. What surprises the hell out of him is finding out what Ellis actually requires.


OH MY GOSH. These authors have done a spectacular job writing this book into the BDSM lifestyle. This is a spinoff from the Collars & Cuffs series, and I’ll be getting that series. Even though there are appearances from those characters, this is about two new characters and can be read as a stand-alone, and you won’t feel lost. These authors really captured the true meanings of Dom/Sub roles. As someone that knows the lifestyle very well, I feel this book can help people looking into the lifestyle can get a real feeling how it works. A true Dom will always know what best for their Sub better than they know them self. A true Dom is always aware of their role, how the Sub is feeling, how to best push them, how to help them lose problems and, most importantly, make them feel comfort and safety. A true Sub learns how to trust, how to let go and give all to their Dom.

Now to meet Wayne and Ellis. They have worked together for the past 6 years and are best friends. They have stressful jobs as London’s Specialist Firearms Officers and worked closely with a strong group of men. Wayne is out about being gay, and Ellis is straight. The guys are known for teasing Wayne, but it’s all in good fun. Wayne cancels plans to go out with the guys one day because he has other plans. When alone, Ellis asks what his plans are and is in shock to learn that his best friend is a Dom and is going to a grand opening for the club, Secrets. Out of the blue, he shocks Wayne and asks to go with him to know his best friend better.

What you need to know is not all Dom/Sub relationships are sexual, just 95% of them. Wayne has been watching Ellis fall apart at the seams for the past year. Making mistakes at work, always being extremely tired and losing his temper at the drop of a hat. Now that Ellis knows that Wayne is a Dom, Wayne figures it is time to take Ellis in hand and help him get his life back in order. Ellis, of course, fights him on this until he can’t take anymore of life and gets suspended at work. This is where Barb, Ellis’s sister, is brought to life to Wayne. Slowly, Wayne learns about his family and how they had misled Ellis for many years and took everything, including Ellis’s soul. It is truly amazing what happens when Ellis finally lets go and lets Wayne care for all his needs.

The journey a Dom/Sub experience is a wonderful experience of trust, compassion and letting go. These authors have fulfilled this journey for me, and I recommend this to any readers that want to experience this journey. This book contains BDSM, club scenes, punishments and really hot sex. Please Enjoy the journey of Wayne and Ellis.

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

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