Review: “Lincoln’s Park” by Parker Williams

TITLE: Lincoln’s Park
AUTHOR: Parker Williams
SERIES: Links In The Chain
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Reese Dante
GENRE: BDSM; Contemporary Romance
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 244 pages
RELEASE DATE: Oct 16, 2018
PRICE: $6.99-e-book

BLURB:

A Links In the Chain Story
Lincoln Merriweather was born an entitled brat with a silver spoon lodged so deep, it might never have come out. At the BDSM club or in business, Lincoln was a storm, blowing in and disrupting the lives of everyone he touched, until the day he met a man who peeled away the tarnished layers to expose a decent person.
Lincoln found—then lost—love.
Since then, he’s tried to atone for his past, including walking away from his family’s wealth. He opened a diner, hiring people to work for him that he would have spit on before his epiphany. He’s found peace, which he’s about to lose to a hazel-eyed man.
Noel Simmons wound up on the street when his parents discovered he was gay. His path leads him to Lincoln’s diner, where he asks for a job. He’s thrilled when Lincoln agrees to hire him, but finds his new boss perplexing. Can anyone be this kind and decent?
What starts out as business becomes something more. Noel discovers he needs Lincoln in order to feel safe. Lincoln needs Noel to complete him. But when Lincoln’s past gets in the way of his present, will the two have a future?


I have enjoyed this author for quite some time now and this was no disappointment. I enjoy how he creates a beautiful love story, throws in the reality of these situations and tosses in some BDSM. The BDSM in this story is very light weight and goes really well with this couple. There was only one thing that kind of bothered me but it was minor. The Dom had said he would prefer being called one name, which the sub did that one time, but not again. Like I said minor but I know from experience, that if the Dom asks you to call them something, then that’s what you call them.

Lincoln grew up with a silver spoon and thought the world owed him everything. That is until he met Everett. Lincoln’s world changed and so did his outlook on life. He walked away from the family business and money and opened up a diner. Lincoln has helped many of the local homeless by hiring them and giving them money. Katy and Tyler are two of his success stories. Lincoln is happy with the way his life is going and how the diner is going. He works around the clock but he’s good with that until the day that this adorable guy walks in his diner looking for work.

Noel has been homeless for some time now and it’s all due to his family kicking him out when they found out he is gay. He helps Robert run the shelter for his room and board. He has devoted his time helping others with similar or worse situations. Noel has been looking for work though so that he can be productive in his life. He hasn’t had any luck though. With his tattered clothes and all, people just shoo him away. He walks into this diner and is given the job right away.plus some money for work clothes. Noel is in shock and can’t believe this man is being so nice and is waiting for the shoe to drop.

These two are just adorable with each other. They are pretty slow getting together but the way they look at each other when the other is not looking is cute. They each thinks the other couldn’t possibly like the other and this slows their process. Plus the fact that they both are workaholics. Katy really plays a role on moving things along. Can these two find time for each other? Can they get past their pasts? Will Lincoln’s family put a wrench in the dynamics going on? Well, please get a copy for yourself and enjoy the ups and downs of new love.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review: “Beautiful Boy” by Grace R Duncan

TITLE: Beautiful Boy
AUTHOR: Grace R Duncan
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Aaron Anderson
GENRE: BDSM
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 280 pages
RELEASE DATE: November 20, 2015
PRICE: $6.99 – e-book/ $16.99 – paperback

BLURB:

Malcolm Tate hung up his flogger when his submissive sought out another Dom and landed in the hands of a serial killer. Convinced his lack of dominance sent his sub away, Mal has spent two years blaming himself for what happened. But when his best friend finally convinces him to go back to the local dungeon, Mal’s grateful. Especially when he wins beautiful, submissive, firmly closeted Kyle Bingham in a charity slave auction.
College grad Kyle hasn’t earned enough to move out of the loft his conservative, homophobic parents bought, much less to buy any of the other things still in their name. When he’s won at auction by the hot, amazing Mal, he’s shocked that anyone would want him. No one else seemed to—not his parents, his former Doms, or any of his disastrous dates.
But Mal does want him and Kyle lets his guard down, only to be outed to his parents. With his world crashing down, he must find a way to trust Mal—and their developing relationship—or risk losing everything.


One Dom out of the game, and a Sub in the closet. When a Dom couldn’t give his sub the pain he wanted, he found it in the hands of a serial killer. After two years of blaming himself for not being the Dom his former sub needed, he’s finally ready to hit the scene again if only to get his friends off his back. What he doesn’t expect to find is a beautiful sub that has him wanting to pick up his flogger, and make the beautiful boy his. A sub in the closet to keep his wealthy family from making him homeless can’t help but want the sexy older Dom. No other Dom has made him fly. After being rejected so many times without any explanation, he starts to doubt that he’ll ever find his perfect Dom let alone the perfect man. Until now.

Malcolm Tate has never doubted himself as a Dom until his former sub died at the hands of a sadistic serial killer. Mal has questioned every decision he’s ever made as a Dom and starts to believe he shouldn’t be one. His charismatic best friend who happens to be a sub finally talks some sense into him, so Mal heads to the dungeon to see if he can finally reconnect with his inner Dom. He didn’t expect to find his future posed beautifully in a cage waiting to be auctioned. Gosh, I loved this part. After one scene Mal knows he’ll never be able to let this sub walk away unless he’s wearing his collar and marks.

Kyle lives in a condo paid for by his wealthy parents. He can’t come out to them as gay in fear of becoming homeless and disowned. All Kyle wants is to find a Dom that won’t reject him and give him what he needs. The Dom that trained him was straight and the Doms that he played with after rejected him after one scene. Why would Mal be any different? Except he is. He not only makes Kyle fly as a sub, he also makes falling for the man a temptation he doesn’t think he can refuse, despite the consequences. He wants the Dom’s collar and the man’s heart. He just has to learn to trust that he’s worthy of both.

I loved this book. The characters were fantastic. Mal, the poor guy, is a swoon-worthy man that had me wanting to kneel saying yes, sir. I love when authors of BDSM show that a Dom can be just as vulnerable as a sub. Kyle growing more confident with the help of Mal throughout the book was some of the most emotional moments for me. I was cheering that cutie on. This was my first book by Grace Duncan, but it certainly won’t be my last.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review: ” Caged Sanctuary” by Tempeste O’Riley

TITLE: Caged Sanctuary
AUTHOR: Tempeste O’Riley
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: DWS Photography
GENRE: BDSM
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 204 pages
RELEASE DATE: December 29, 2014
PRICE: $6.99 – e-book/ $14.99 – paperback

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Kaden Thorn, a dental surgeon who lives a quiet life, has no hope of finding the love he craves. A vicious gay bashing cost him the use of his legs and confined him to a wheelchair. He has given up hope of finding a Dom or even a nonkink partner to love him. When his best friend practically forces him to attend a dinner party, the last thing he expects is a strong Dom who can see beyond his wheels.
Deacon James is an architect and a demanding Dom, but he has spent the past couple of years without a sub or partner. When an employee invites him to a dinner party to meet his girlfriend, Deacon smells a setup but agrees anyway. He prides himself on being an excellent judge of character, and when he meets the younger dentist, he sees past the chair and finds a sweet submissive man who more than piques his interest.
Kade’s fears and demons continue to haunt him, challenging Deacon to use everything he’s learned as a Dom to earn Kade’s trust and submission. Deacon’s determined, though, willing to battle all of it to have Kade by his side and at his feet.


Caged Sanctuary is a Contemporary romance and healthy dose of BDSM. One man’s life changed forever when a gay bashing outside a nightclub left him paralyzed. He never imagined he’d find a Dom willing to look past his disability to the submissive within. How can a Dom want him when he can’t even kneel? When his best friend invites him over for dinner, he can’t say no like he wants to and often does. He never expects that the man greeting him at the door will be the one person he’s waited for his entire life.

Kaden Thorn was born to kneel at another man’s feet. Being a submissive is who he is. After his accident, he visits the BDSM club where he once thrived. He never thought the Doms he’d serviced and his fellow submissives would shun him like they did. Losing the most fundamental part of himself, he became a recluse. He was just going through the motions in life never really living. He has adapted his life around his disability. He can even perform surgeries as a dental surgeon in his renovated office. Now all he wants is a Dom who wants the submissive even if he’ll never kneel again.

Deacon James is a Dom and a very successful architect. As soon as he met Kaden, he wanted the other man, regardless of his limitations. He starts slow with Kaden, but the other man’s quiet vulnerability has his Dom nature taking the reigns pretty quick. He knows what he wants, and he’s determined to adjust his life and his home for the man who is everything he’s ever wanted.

I enjoyed some aspects of this book. The storyline was good. I had issues with the way the other Doms and submissives were portrayed. If they were that shallow then why would Kaden have gone there even before the incident? I know Kaden is a submissive, but he’s also a successful surgeon. The book had him portrayed as a meek and timid guy who in real life I would have feared for him because he would have just taken any ole Dom that showed him attention. You can have a disability and still be a strong person. I really liked Deacon’s character and the secondary characters. All in all, it was a good book and I enjoyed the read.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review: “An Unlocked Mind” by K.C. Wells & Parker Williams

TITLE: An Unlocked Mind
AUTHOR: K.C. Wells & Parker Williams
SERIES: Secrets
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Reese Dante
GENRE: BDSM; Contemporary Romance
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 316 pages
RELEASE DATE: December 11, 2017
PRICE: $6.99 – e-book/ $17.99 – paperback

BLURB:

Rob Daniels is determined to prove to himself that his brother Alex got it wrong. Alex believes he found love through BDSM; Rob is certain that’s not possible. He even makes several visits to a London club to prove his point. But when he attends the grand opening of Secrets, Rob gets a shock, one that has him fleeing, vowing never to return—until he does… and runs into the brick wall that is Dom Vic Prentiss. As first meetings go, theirs is a disaster.
The more time he spends around Rob, the more convinced Vic becomes of two things—one, something is eating away at Rob, and two, he’s looking for something. Every instinct tells Vic to help him, but trying to unlock the secrets hidden in Rob’s mind requires a key. All Vic has to do is find it. Because maybe then he’ll get to see the real Rob, the man who’s scared to let go….


Book two in the Secrets series turned out to be my favorite in the series so far, including its predecessor Collars and Cuffs. Rob and Vic had an unfortunate encounter one night at the newly opened BDSM club called Secrets. Vic is taken back by the young man who calls him a derogatory name and storms away from him at the club. With his night ruined, he decides to head home and spots the young man walking and shivering away from the club. He decides he can’t in good conscience allow the man to walk alone and offers him a ride. What he didn’t expect was the man who insulted him would turn his world upside down, in the best possible way.

Rob is such a complicated character. If you read book one of the Collars and Cuffs series, you’ll remember Alex and the brother that humiliated him and made his life hell. In this book, you’ll see the same Rob we already met, and then we see the side of him that had me falling in love with his hot-mess self. He’s been so angry and hateful for so long that he doesn’t know how to break out of it. He starts going to the BDSM clubs to prove to himself that his brother is weak. Rob wants to prove to himself that he’s a real man unlike the naked men on their knees. Of course he’s in complete denial. He’s never found anyone at the club that’s caught his attention until he sees the big sexy man in leather. After their disastrous encounter, Rob seeks the older man out and starts a friendship between them. Rob pulled my heartstrings from the very beginning. I love the side of him that Vic pulls to the surface. He’s such a brat, and I laughed so many times at his sassy self.

Vic is not the typical Dom I’ve read so many times. He’s this handsome, intense man, and has the biggest heart. He wants to help this damaged young man find his way and help Rob mend the hurt he has caused. He wants Rob to be a better man. Vic’s strength as a man and a Dom is exactly what Rob needs. As Rob begins to assert himself into Vic’s life, Vic realizes that Rob is exactly what he’s been missing.

I love how these two characters developed throughout the book. The relationship starts out tumultuous at best but evolves into something so beautiful. Rob has so many layers to him, and I love how Vic is able to pull them back so we discover the real Rob. These two have become my favorite BDSM couple. I absolutely adored this book. I really hope this series continues and I find more characters to fall in love with. I highly recommend this series by these incredible authors. I also love the books they each write separately.

Parker Williams writes in a way that’s gritty and intriguing. He’s like a chameleon. None of his characters are the same. They are each so very different. KC Wells is such a sassy romantic. Her guys are always lively, and her storylines are some of the best.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review: “Broken Halo” by Michaela Grey

TITLE: Broken Halo
AUTHOR: Michaela Grey
SERIES: Mended Hearts
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: AngstyG
GENRE: BDSM; Contemporary Romance
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 236 pages
RELEASE DATE: January 30, 2017
PRICE: $6.99 – e-book/ $14.99 – paperback

BLURB:

Micah Ellis is an affluent businessman, comfortable in his life and work, as long as nothing happens to shake up his routine. Which is exactly what one Devon Mallory does, with his bright blue eyes and dirty skin and the forceful personality that’s everything Micah desperately needs but is too afraid to ask for.
Micah and Devon enter into a Dom/sub relationship and navigate the world of BDSM and Micah’s crippling insecurities as they gradually fall in love. But Micah’s past is coming back to haunt him, and they must face it together–and that means learning acceptance and discovering that they both deserve love their way and on their own merits.


Broken Halo is the first book in the Mended Hearts series by Michaela Grey. I read the second book, Broken Rules, first. The books are standalone, so you can read them in any order. I liked Broken Rules enough that I wanted to read the first book in the series and I am so glad that I did. I loved the book. I loved that the Dom isn’t a part of the lifestyle but finds himself dating a submissive that is part of the lifestyle and can’t give it up. Instead of it being a deal breaker, he does his research and talks to the submissive’s ex, who is a Dommie, when he needs things clarified, or he wants to talk through a scene. Devon is a natural Dom, but he tries not to be hesitant during his scenes, and I loved how he took care of Micah, the sub, afterward during sub drop and vice versa when Devon has his first Dom drop. The chemistry between Micah and Devon was hot whether they were doing a scene or not.

Micah Ellis is a businessman, who’s comfortable in his life and work, but only as long as nothing happens to shake up his routine. He definitely has lots of issues. He’s a germaphobe. As a result, he doesn’t like dirt, grime, germs, crowds of people, and especially kids. And this leads to anxiety attacks and a caustic stuck-up attitude. So when his car breaks down outside an unfamiliar mechanic’s shop, he isn’t thrilled especially when he sees how dirty and grimy it is. It doesn’t even matter that the mechanic is a gorgeous hunk of a man since he’s covered in grease. In typical Micah fashion, he manages to offend Devon, the mechanic, enough that he refuses to let him pay for the repairs and tells him to leave. But Fate brings them back together, and Micah gets the chance to apologize. They end up starting a relationship which turns into a Dom/sub relationship after Micah confesses to his desires.

Devon is a mechanic that owns a shop. He doesn’t like Micah at first since Micah puts him down for being a blue-collar worker since he’s a white-collar worker and thinks that he’s better than him and Devon kicks him out of his shop without paying for the work that was done. I liked that they get the chance to apologize to each other and give each other another chance. I also loved that Devon is a sweet guy and works really hard to give Micah what he needs in their relationship even though he doesn’t know a lot about it.

I especially loved that this is a book where both the Dom and the sub end up using their safewords. I read a lot of BDSM books and in most of them during a scene, there’s the reminder to use their safewords, but they rarely use them. So I really enjoyed those parts of the book. Yes at one point there is heartache, but the book does end in a happily ever after and I was so happy that Micah’s abusive ex gets what’s coming to him at the end because he was a douchebag.

I can’t wait to read more books by this author. I might have to give her Coffee Cake series a go. It sounds promising.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis