Review: “The Gentle Dom” by Sean Michael

TITLE: The Gentle Dom
AUTHOR: Sean Michael
SERIES: Iron Eagle Gym
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: L.C. Chase
GENRE: BDSM
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 200 pages
RELEASE DATE: August 14, 2018
PRICE: $6.99 – e-book/ $14.99 – paperback

BLURB:

When one of their own is threatened, the men of the Iron Eagle Gym will stand together and prove they are stronger as a family.
Stuntman Barclay Drambor suspects his fall from a roof was no accident. He believes his abusive ex was responsible, but he can’t prove it. Fortunately, a year has gone by with no word from Duncan, letting Barclay move on with his life—and that means dealing with the aftermath of his injuries. He finds personal trainer Reece “Rec” Gordon through a member of the gym, and it’s not long before their workouts together become much more intimate. Rec is gentle and goes out of his way to make Barclay comfortable, and in no time there’s talk of moving in together….
But just as Barclay is healing and finding a place to belong, Duncan returns to destroy his happiness. Though Duncan will learn he’s messing with the wrong group of men, in the end, Barclay must face him. Will Rec’s love and the friendship of the others at the gym give him the confidence to stand up for himself?


The Gentle Dom is the seventh book in the Iron Eagle Gym series by Sean Michael. I’ve read a couple of the other books in the series and greatly enjoyed them. I can’t wait until I have read them all. This book is a standalone book.

There are cameos from some of the other Iron Eagle members from past books, but you don’t have to have read their stories to enjoy them in this book. This book centers around personal trainer Reece “Rec” Gordon and stuntman Barclay Drambor. The book is well written. There were a few editing mistakes, but they weren’t very distracting. And there was more than enough sex in the book. Lots and lots of sex. So if you don’t like your books with a lot of sex scenes and just enough other interactions outside of the bedroom to satisfy a plot, then this book and series are probably not for you. I happen to really enjoy lots of sex scenes in my books, so for me it is usually a treat, but even this book was riding the line on too much sex. It had started to lose its titillation, and I wanted them to leave the bedroom just a little bit more. Maybe see a little bit more of Barclay’s rehabilitation. But otherwise, I loved the book.

Barclay Drambor is a stuntman that’s recovering from falling from a roof. His only goal is to get his body strong enough to get out of his wheelchair and get back to work. After finally being cleared by his doctor to begin working out again, he meets one of his friends that recommends his friend Reece that works at the Iron Eagle Gym to help him with his recovery. Barclay is also pretty sure that his fall from the roof wasn’t an accident. He believes his abusive ex was responsible, but he can’t prove it and nobody that he’d told believed him.

Luckily for him the last time he saw his ex was when he was in the hospital over a year ago. However, he can’t stop worrying that his ex will show back up and try to hurt him again. And that’s ultimately why they broke up in the first place because Duncan was abusing him both physically and mentally. He even ripped out his nipple piercing. I loved Barclay. He was super sweet and kind of shy. He hadn’t been around the BDSM lifestyle and wasn’t sure that it was for him, but that’s what I like about the BDSM lifestyle—that it doesn’t have to be anything that you don’t want it to be. You don’t like spankings, fine. You don’t like being humiliated, fine. You just want to belong to somebody and be cherished as they cherish you that is perfectly fine also. And that’s what Barclay is looking for as a natural submissive. He wants somebody to cherish him. To be kind and gentle with him and show him that he’s loved.

Reece “Rec” Gordon is a personal trainer for the Iron Eagle Gym and a Dom. I liked Rec. I liked getting to see how Barclay recovered and how Rec introduced him into the BDSM lifestyle. He didn’t push or try to introduce him into things that were a turn off to him. He got to know him and his likes and dislikes. I liked their instant chemistry. You could feel the attraction that they had for each other. And I liked that Reece believed Barclay when he told him his suspicions about his fall from the roof. They were just great together.

Overall, another great addition to the Iron Eagle Gym series. I hope this series continues for a very long time.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review: “Broken Rules” by Michaela Grey

TITLE: Broken Rules
AUTHOR: Michaela Grey
SERIES: Mended Hearts
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Kanaxa
GENRE: BDSM; Contemporary Romance
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 224 pages
RELEASE DATE: July 24, 2018
PRICE: $6.99 – e-book/ $14.99 – paperback

BLURB:

Sanyam Desai is a Dom, a master of his craft. He knows exactly how to make a person beg, and he does it for a living, but he has no idea how to be in love.
Sterling Reynard is in desperate need of manners and someone who cares enough to take him in hand, but he knows he’ll never be loved.
When Sterling’s world crumbles around him, he turns to the one person who’s never asked for anything from him but his trust. But their relationship is built on quicksand, and one careless word will bring the whole thing down.


Broken Rules is the second book in the Mended Hearts series by Michaela Grey. As far as I can tell the book is a standalone. I will say that the cover is appropriate once you read the book because the nickname of one of the main characters is Fox, but at first glance at the cover, I thought that this was a paranormal book. But alas the characters are all human.

The story was well written and paced nicely. I thoroughly enjoyed all of the feelings that the author pulled from me. I laughed, I cried—more than once—I yelled at the characters, I wanted to smack some side characters, I swooned from some of the sexy scenes, and I fell in love with the main characters Sanyam and Sterling. I loved their chemistry.

I loved Sterling “Fox” Reynard. He’s so very entitled and is the stereotypical rich son that has never had to work a day in his life. He’s rude and brash and very much a brat to everybody including his siblings. He hangs out with his other rich friends and gets into trouble. However, his friends have no idea that he’s gay or that he’s a natural submissive. He acts like a bully and brat longing for somebody to dominate him and Sanyam is just the person to teach him about being a submissive and introduce him to BDSM.

I liked Sanyam Desai. I liked how he’s always calm and controlled and that he doesn’t react to Sterling’s bratty attitude. I also liked that Sanyam is there for Sterling when Sterling’s world falls apart. I liked how they worked through Sterling’s issues and adjusted his attitude, and I loved seeing how much happier he became and how much nicer he was around his friends and family. Well, I guess I should say his new friends.

But as Sanyam and Sterling continue to build their Dom/sub relationship, outside forces from Sanyam’s work and Sterling’s family may be more than their fledgling relationship can handle. Will they make it or will they end up back where they were before they met? You’ll just have to read it to find out for yourself. I know that I will be reading more books from this author and I can’t wait to read the first book in the series Broken Halo.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review: “Like Breathing” by Tia Fielding

TITLE: Like Breathing
AUTHOR: Tia Fielding
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Garrett Leigh
GENRE: BDSM; MMM
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 240 pages
RELEASE DATE: July 10, 2018
PRICE: $6.99 – e-book/ $14.99 – paperback

BLURB:

A love as easy as breathing.
Life started out rocky for Devin Rice, but it’s turned out pretty well. He has adoptive parents and a brother who love him, and he works as a coder for his dad’s video game company. Romance is scarce, but a chance encounter leads to more than he ever expected.
While dropping off an assignment for his sick brother, Dev meets his mentor. Art history professor Seth Kent is brilliant and gorgeous, just what Dev has been looking for. Except that he’s in a long-term committed relationship.
Seth’s partner, Leaf, is older and sees the world differently due to his unusual upbringing. To him, the clear attraction between Seth and Dev isn’t a problem, it’s an unexpected gift. After all, Leaf is often on the road, going wherever rescue dogs need rehabilitation.
When Leaf meets Dev, all the missing pieces fall into place, and three men from different worlds and at different points in life fill each other’s empty spaces. For them, building a future together is the most natural thing in the world. But their unconventional love causes waves in their careers and family dynamics, and each man has his own doubts and fears to overcome.


Like Breathing is the first book that I’ve read by Tia Fielding but it isn’t going to be the last. I liked her style of writing and attention to details, but I also liked that I felt like I was in the book and living each of her characters’ lives with them, sharing their happiness, joy, hurts, sorrow, loneliness and at times jealousy. Oh and can’t forget about all of the hot kinky scenes. Yep definitely going to be reading more books by this author if they are like this book. I love a book with a good Daddy kink to it but with three main characters that have different needs that isn’t the only kink that’s in this book. There’s also a nice gap in age between the main characters. I loved how they all fit together and filled the holes in that needed to be filled.

They really complimented each other. But adding another person to an already established and committed relationship isn’t without its problems and misunderstandings. Communication’s key in every relationship and even more so when there are more than two people.

I loved Devin Rice. He’s twenty-five, has anxiety issues, and writes code for his father’s gaming company. I loved how he interacts with Seth and Leaf. I also like the relationship that he has with his adoptive parents and his brother, Angel even if Angel has issues with Devin dating his mentor, Seth. Although I get it, Angel’s afraid that Devin will break-up Seth and his partner, Leaf and that it will affect the professional relationship between him and his mentor. But there were times that I wanted to smack him and tell him to get over his homophobic issues, although that one scene where the brother walks in on them all is priceless. And that’s just one scene out of many that you won’t want to miss.

I liked Seth. He’s an Art history professor that’s thirty-six. He’s a little bit of a perfectionist, and he’s in a long-term committed relationship with Leaf and has been for about ten years. He loves his partner, but Leaf is gone a lot of the time training problem dogs.

When he mentions to Leaf that it’s been over a year since they’ve had penetrative sex, he knows that something has to change. He doesn’t want to have to give his partner ultimatums, but he doesn’t want to be taken for granted also. When he meets Devin dropping off his sick brother’s paper and then later ends up having lunch with him, he’s surprised at how easy he is to talk to and how much fun it is to have somebody to talk to. They’re just friends but he can’t help that he thinks he’s attractive and they have chemistry.

I liked that Leaf is different than both Seth and Devin in how he was raised. He had an unusual upbringing, and it’s left him with a different view of relationships and monogamy. So when his partner, Seth, gushes about his protégé’s brother and how they had lunch and talked for a while, he can see how animated his partner is, and although Seth doesn’t seem to be aware of it, he can see how attracted Seth is to Devin and he’s happy about it. He thinks that Devin could be just what their relationship needs. Somebody to be with Seth when Leaf has to be gone, and it doesn’t hurt that after meeting Devin that Leaf likes him just as much as Seth. And the attraction seems to be mutual between all three of them. I also liked that Leaf is fifty and has salt-n-pepper hair and is attractive enough to make Devin drool.

All in all the book is fabulous and one that I will be rereading.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review: “Good Lord” by Viva Gold

TITLE: Good Lord
AUTHOR: Viva Gold
SERIES: Woolf Tales
PUBLISHER: Self
COVER ARTIST: Viva Gold
GENRE: Dark; MMM; BDSM
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 306 pages
RELEASE DATE: November 12, 2017
PRICE: $0.99 – e-book

BLURB:

GOOD LORD (Woolf Tales 2)
Thrilling, dark, erotic and intriguing. The new novel from Viva Gold picks up where Izzy’s Boy leaves off and we see the cast of characters embark on the next phase of their lives fraught with terror, filled with love, and quite a bit of consensual pain! This is not a BDSM story – it’s filthy in parts; utterly abhorrent in others and downright sexy throughout.
Lord Jason Greenall doesn’t have a very high opinion of himself, but one thing he does know is that he deserves to be loved just like anyone else. It is with this in mind that he separates from his boyfriends, G & T, who happen to be twins that are more in love with each other than they care to admit, and goes home to Greenall Manor to lick his wounds and ponder on life in general.
Sipping tea in the conservatory with his beloved mother, Jason gets an eyeful of his French cousin Remi, who he hasn’t seen for a few years. Oh boy, Remi grew up to be somewhat delicious. Tall, and muscly, black hair and blue eyes, olive skinned and surly – everything Jason is attracted to and trying hard not to show it.
Remi has come to live at Greenall Manor while studying at Oxford. His mother is married to Jason’s father’s first cousin Marc, which means they are not blood related. Not that that would prevent Remi from taking what he wants. And he wants Jason. And he takes him. No safe words; no limits.
Their story includes Izzy and Adam of course, and the Twins. But we also meet Angel in a set of disturbing circumstances that could easily devastate the entire family. Remi is not as bullish as he would appear but he does have tendencies that make him volatile and unpredictable. Izzy is not ok with this at all and unleashes his Dom all over the lot of them.
Jason finds himself in predicaments and situations both physical and emotional that could either make him or break him…. Oh, Good Lord.


Good Lord is the second book in the Woolf Tales series by Viva Gold. I enjoyed reading this book. It does pick up right after Izzy’s Boy, the first book in the series, and I was so hoping it was going to be about Jason, Izzy’s PA extraordinaire, and his twin boyfriends, G & T, but alas that isn’t what was in the cards for Jason.

I was proud of him for wanting to be loved just as much as G loves T and T loves G so he does the only thing that he can, he dumps them and takes vacation time and runs home to Greenall Manor to his mum to lick his wounds. What he finds is a cousin that’s staying there while he attends Oxford. Remi is Jason’s Dad’s first cousin’s stepson. Wow wasn’t that a mouth full, but what it means is that Remi isn’t blood-related to Jason. Yeah! Not that that would have been a reason not to read the book if they had been related as they would have only been second cousins.

Jason may not remember his gorgeously rugged cousin, but Remi sure remembers Jason and has had a crush on him for a long time and has been following his life or as Jason puts it, stalking him. Jason decides to use his cousin as a way to get over G & T, but he doesn’t know what he’s about to get himself into. Jason knows from being around his boss, Izzy, about the BDSM lifestyle but as Remi says he isn’t a Dom, he’s a deviant, and he doesn’t believe in safe words or stopping, or the comfort of his partner as Jason finds out. And I won’t lie, the first forty-one percent of the book was a little hard to stomach and pushed my boundaries, but I’m glad that I pushed through to the end of the book.

I started out not liking Remi and the way that he treated Jason, but Jason’s body seemed to like what Remi was doing to him even if Jason wasn’t sure that he liked what was being done to him. And as I continued to read the book and got to see into how Remi became the way that he was, I found myself sympathizing with him, and after Angel became a part of their relationship, I even found myself liking Remi. And the BDSM scene at the end of the book was hot. I absolutely loved Angel. He had a rough life, but I loved his upbeat attitude and how naturally submissive he was. He was like a super energetic puppy. Always wanting to please and be loved. I also liked that all of the characters in the book were close in age, Jason at twenty-six, Remi at twenty-one (although he acts like he is older due to experiences), and Angel at eighteen.

I can’t wait to see what Viva Gold comes up with for the next book in the series. I’m hoping for a book about G & T.

As with Izzy’s Boy, Good Lord could use another round of edits. Although it had fewer errors than the first book in the series, it did still have quite a few verb tense issues and some other grammar issues, and I was reading my purchased copy and not the arc copy.

***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: “Izzy’s Boy” by Viva Gold

TITLE: Izzy’s Boy
AUTHOR: Viva Gold
SERIES: Woolf Tales
PUBLISHER: Self
COVER ARTIST: Viva Gold
GENRE: BDSM; Dark;
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 227 pages
RELEASE DATE: March 31, 2017
PRICE: $0.99 – e-book

BLURB:

This is the debut MM novel from exciting new author Viva Gold.
Isadore Woolf is a man who knows what he wants in life and most recently that happens to be Adam Cohen. Isadore comes from a steady background with loving and supportive parents and is a good son. He has rejected his father’s wealth in favour of making his own and he has built a successful career in the financial world.
Izzy surrounds himself with people who cater to his needs and never more so than at his ‘club’ where his Dominant side is free to express itself among the many willing subs happy to kneel at his feet. But Isadore has reached the stage where his tastes have matured and refined, and the tall, muscle packed, long haired, quietly spoken Adam Cohen feeds every one of his kinks. Getting this mountain of a man to submit seems impossible but Izzy was never one to back down from a challenge.
Still, it’s not all handcuffs and roses as a sinister plot of revenge against Adam could jeopardise their love and even their lives.
Can Izzy save Adam?
Can Adam be what Izzy needs?
Fierce passion and untamed arrogance drives Isadore to risk everything for a future together.


Izzy’s Boy is the first book in the Woolf Tales series by Viva Gold. Izzy’s Boy is the debut MM novel from this new author and is written using British English. I like to read BDSM books and stories that have a darker spin on things, so I one-clicked after reading the blurb. It sounded like something that I would enjoy reading, and I wasn’t disappointed.

It isn’t a fluffy sweet story. Isadore “Izzy” Woolf has a very intense, possessive, arrogant, and aggressive personality and he does do some questionable things that ride the edge of what you would think an experienced Dom would do. But as the story progresses and Adam Cohen gets more familiar with being a submissive and quits being afraid of the intense chemistry that’s between them, Izzy is able to mellow out a little bit, and they work more like a well-oiled machine. By the end of the book, you can really feel the powerful connection between Dom and sub as they scene.

I liked that Izzy and Adam are both Jewish and British. I don’t know much about Jewish culture or religion, other than what I have seen on TV shows but I liked the thought of Izzy sitting in the synagogue ogling Adam and thinking about the last time that he had seen him and the naughty things that they had done. Izzy isn’t the perfect Jewish son. He likes to make snarky comments that have his parents glare at him and causes Adam to blush when he and his parents are invited over for Friday night dinner. Adam, on the other hand, has impeccable manners and is the perfect Jewish son, and as Izzy notes, he’s a natural submissive.

I loved the size dynamic that’s in this story between Izzy and Adam. Izzy has a slimmer but muscular build and is about six feet tall. Adam is built wide, muscular, and tall at over six and a half feet tall. Adam looks like he should be a Dom but he has a gentle, nurturing soul and is a people pleaser, making him a natural submissive. But all of his past relationships, because of his size, he’s always been put in the role of a top when he wants to be the bottom. Izzy may be on the smaller size, but he prefers his men to be physically bigger and stronger but submissive, and Adam fits that pattern perfectly for Izzy. And Izzy refuses to take no for an answer. He knows that if he can just get Adam to give him a chance that they would be perfect together and he’s sure that Adam is his One.

But it won’t be a bed of roses as Adam is both attracted and repelled by Izzy’s arrogance and Izzy finds Adam’s innocence irresistible and he worries that Adam will break too easily but holding back isn’t an option for him. As they begin to discover how their unusual kink will work for them both, events conspire to destroy their fledgling relationship and perhaps prove fatal for Adam. His ex is on a mission, and it’s up to Izzy to save his Boy.

I did fall in love with Jason, Izzy’s PA extraordinaire and best friend and his identical twin boyfriends, T and G. I really hope that the next book is going to be about their relationship.

I would have given a higher rating, but the book is riddled with wrong grammar tense, quote marks that aren’t placed correctly (might be a formatting issue?), and an incorrect name among other issues. They just kept pulling me out of the story, and I found it a little annoying. I expect it in an ARC book because they usually go through another round of editing before being published, so I don’t hold the errors against them in a review, but I was reading the purchased copy of the book, so these issues should have been caught and removed.

***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