Review: “Master Braden’s Houseboy” by Brina Brady

TITLE: Master Braden’s Houseboy
AUTHOR: Brina Brady
SERIES: The Irish Runaway Series
PUBLISHER: –
COVER ARTIST: Brina Brady
GENRE: BDSM
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 285 pages
RELEASE DATE: Oct. 1, 2018
PRICE: $3.99 -e-book / $13.99 -paperback

BLURB:

Reece was a guitar player and a singer at his grandfather’s pub in Dublin until someone betrays his secret. Once he was a happy and carefree young man, who finds himself on the streets and homeless.
He meets a handsome stranger, who gives him hope that the world still has people with compassion, until he discovers the man may have compassion, but he is no softie. Conner hires Reece as his houseboy.
Much to his shock, Conner Braden isn’t only a garda (Irish police officer), but he is also a Dom! The two men are complete opposites, but that doesn’t stop Reece from wanting to win his heart.
What happens when Master Braden blurs the lines between employer and Dom when Reece is his employee?
AUTHOR’S NOTE: This book contains mild BDSM elements including restraints, blindfolds, and spanking. While the story uses characters from The Irish Runaway Series, you can read this book as a standalone.


This is such a fun series that has BDSM but shows how love can soften the toughest of Doms. I enjoy this author very much and her ability to make me fall in love with her characters. This can be read as a standalone, but I always suggest reading the first ones so that you can relate to the other characters. I always love catching up on previous characters and see how they appear and help the new characters.

Reece has left his hometown to start over. His dad found out he was gay and kicked him out. Reece also left his last Dom because he wants a Dom to himself and Master James only trained subs so that they were ready for a permanent Dom. Reece doesn’t like sharing, so he left everything behind. The problem was that he’s homeless and it’s been raining. He’s sleeping under a box when someone kicks his box off of him.

Connor sees a box in the park and kicks it and is surprised by the most adorable face he’s ever seen. He immediately wants to help this young man and takes him to lunch. Connor decides he needs Reece to work for him as his houseboy. Connor hasn’t had a permanent sub since Patrick left him a year ago. He just has weekend subs, and that’s worked for him.

Reece has trouble following the house rules from day one where he and Finney go into his playroom after being told not to. Connor is most upset about this because he wanted to show Reece his playroom himself. Reece has awakened Master Braden’s need to Dom Reece but isn’t sure he’s ready. At least not until another Dom shows interest in Reece. He literally removes his belt and collars Reece right in the restaurant. Reece couldn’t be any happier except he wonders if he will be enough for Master Braden.

When Patrick shows up back in town, Master Braden isn’t sure how to feel. Patrick makes Reece believe that Connor is going to collar him again and that Reece will have to share until he finds Reece another Dom. Reece leaves because he wants Master Braden to himself. Will Master Braden find Reece in time to tell him he loves him and not Patrick? Will Reece ever have his own Dom and be able to trust one? Will either of these two have their happily ever after? I hope you enjoy as much as I did.

***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: “Personal Best 2” by Sean Michael

TITLE: Personal Best 2
AUTHOR: Sean Michael
SERIES: Personal Best
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Alexandria Corza
GENRE: Contemporary Romance; BDSM
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 200 pages
RELEASE DATE: November 9, 2018
PRICE: $5.99 – e-book/ $14.99 – paperback

BLURB:

Swimmer Mike Gauliet and coach Jessy Turner are back in this second book in the Personal Best series! Mike is moving up in the elite ranks of the American swim team, despite his repetitive stress injuries. He’s hiding his pain from Jessy, not wanting to give in to it or let his coach down, and by the time he gets treatment, it’s almost too late. Jessy helps Mike recover, both in an out of bed, and their need for each other grows as quickly as Mike’s career. They’re scorching hot and ready to go to the top competitions when another injury forces Mike to the sidelines. Jessy thinks this one is no accident, and Mike has to work hard to recover the lost ground. Jessy takes Mike away from the hustle and bustle of the training center, living on the coast while the two of them struggle with adversity. Mike gets back into competition form and his success is also Jessy’s. Can they keep everything together and keep their relationship from getting in the way of Mike’s Personal Best? Sean Michael triumphs with another sexy, captivating read! Look for book three of the Personal Best series to debut in 2008!


Personal Best 2 is the second book in the Personal Best series by Sean Michael. I loved this book. It’s packed full of sexy times, and I do mean packed full. Whether they were playing in the water, their playroom, the elevator, the hotel rooms after a swim meet, or their bedroom, these two had lots of stamina, and I loved the occasional dominate/submissive play to help Mike clear his head and focus his excess energy.

I loved the dynamic between Mike and Jessy. They flow beautifully from swimmer and coach to lovers. Jessy goes from being a complete hard-ass coach to being a protective dominate taking care of his submissive. And Mike needs somebody to tell him what to do. Otherwise, he would be in the pool twenty-four-seven and back to eating foods that would make him sick. I love how much he wants a Dr. Pepper and how he says it just get a reaction out of Jessy. I also liked that when push did come to shove that Jessy is willing to compromise and Mike is willing to compromise too.

I also liked when Jessy is there to help Mike recover from his injury, that is, after he gets over how furious he is with himself and Mike for keeping the injury to himself and his determination to continue to compete instead of taking a break and resting the injury. When he finally gets better from that injury and gets back up to competing again, he gets injured by another competitor. And he’s back to where he was before but with a longer recovery time.

But the book isn’t just pure sex. It does have a great plot also. The book does continue from book one, so I do recommend that you read Personal Best first before reading Personal Best 2 and the book does end in a happy for now ending, so I am looking forward to Personal Best 3 to come out and see how Mike does in his quest to win an Olympic medal.

I recommend this book to people that have enjoyed reading Sean Michael’s Iron Eagle Gym series.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review: “Made to Measure” by Viva Gold

TITLE: Made to Measure
AUTHOR: Viva Gold
SERIES: Under the Uniform
PUBLISHER: Aubergine Publishing
COVER ARTIST: –
GENRE: Contemporary Romance; MMM; BDSM;
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 84 pages
RELEASE DATE: July 24, 2018
PRICE: $0.99 – e-book

BLURB:

Me, Viva Gold, plus Megs Pritchard, JJ Harper, T.a. McKay, L.J. Harris, Ann Grech, Lou Watton and Brad Tanner have collaborated to write under the banner ‘Aubergine Publishing’. We decided to create a series of MM stories around the theme of UNIFORMS. We have called it Under the Uniform.
It’s a loose theme – but the main ingredients are sexy men who love men!
Made to Measure takes the idea of uniforms being used to boost the profile of the London Metropolitan Police. A special ops squad have been chosen to become insta-fame celebs in order to make the Met seem more ‘with it’ and to dispel negative opinion.
The main character who tells the story from his perspective, is Sergeant Rob Ross. He’s a big man but a natural submissive. One of his team; the rookie, Liam Ryan, is built like an oak tree and also happens to be a Dom. Another man features – his name is Sanjay and he isn’t with the police but seems to fit right in the middle of the other two!
This novella, is the story of how they met and what occurs afterwards… it’s short, sharp, sweet and sexy!
If you have read my books, Izzy’s Boy and Good Lord, this novella will hold special treats for you…


Viva Gold, Megs Pritchard, JJ Harper, T.a. McKay, L.J. Harris, Ann Grech, Lou Watton, and Brad Tanner have collaborated to write under the banner Aubergine Publishing. They decided to create a series of MM stories around the theme of UNIFORMS. They have called it Under the Uniform. I had the pleasure of reading Made to Measure by Viva Gold, but I can’t wait to read the other books in the Under the Uniform series. The book is a standalone, but there are cameos from the characters in her previous books, Izzy Boy and Good Lord. You don’t have to have read Izzy Boy or Good Lord to enjoy Made to Measure, but it will only enhance the reading experience. The book’s well written and the characters are vivid, and so is the storyline. The book is on the short side at only 84 pages, but for those 84 pages, I was locked to that book and transported into the lives of Viva Gold’s characters. Oh and do her characters get to have so much fun. This book has men in yummy form-fitting uniforms. There’s a sergeant looking for a Dom, a police rookie looking for a sub, a meddling host, and an Indian butler that brings them all together.

The story is told through Sergeant Rob Ross’ POV. Rob’s the boss of a special ops squad in the London Metropolitan Police department. The Met’s been having a problem with negative opinions, and to seem more with it, they’ve decided to update the uniforms of the special ops squad. The team’s invited to Greenall Manor, which is the home of Jason and Angel from Good Lord, and Remi, from Izzy Boy, is currently visiting while Izzy’s away, for a three-week intensive residential course to get fit for their new kits. While they are there, they’re under the care of Greenall Manor’s Indian butler, Sanjay, who just so happens to be single.

Rob’s a born leader with the heart of a natural submissive. He’s a big muscular man, who’s attracted to ginger-haired men bigger than he is who are in the Dom/sub lifestyle. So he finds himself powerfully attracted to his new rookie officer, Liam Ryan. Liam oozes alpha dominance even if he is the lowest man on the totem pole. Being Liam’s boss though puts a monkey wrench in him being able to pursue that attraction, much to Rob and Liam’s frustration. And since Rob can’t relieve his frustrated desires with Liam, he turns to Sanjay instead who’s equally attractive but in a different way.

Liam Ryan had just relocated to the special ops squad before they go for their new uniforms. He’s a Dom who has been training under Izzy and so he knows Jason, Angel, and Remi already from the lifestyle. He asks for advice on what to do about his attraction to his boss and how to get Rob to give them a chance even though they work together. In the meantime, he also ends up fooling around with Sanjay.

Sanjay’s been the long-time butler for the Greenall Manor. He loves his job, but he’s lonely and seeing how happy his master is, makes him long for a loving relationship of his own. So with a little encouragement from his boss, he seduces both Rob and Liam separately and then later helps bring Rob and Liam together to make a threesome relationship. And oh do they have some sexy times. The way the author describes Sanjay having his turban removed to reveal his long beautiful hair was beyond sexy, especially when you know that the only people that know what his hair looks like at all are the people that he sleeps with.

Overall a very entertaining short story that I would recommend reading if you liked reading Izzy’s Boy and Good Lord. I can’t wait to read the other books in the Under the Uniform series.

***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: “No Way Out” by Julie Lynn Hayes

TITLE: No Way Out
AUTHOR: Julie Lynn Hayes
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Christine Coffee
GENRE: BDSM; Contemporary Romance
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 200 pages
RELEASE DATE: Aug 28, 2018
PRICE: $6.99 – e-book/ $14.99 – paperback

BLURB:

Wyatt Findley is an up-and-coming artist, attending a prestigious art institute in St. Louis. His mentor, Lukas Callahan, has snagged a sweet house-sitting job for him in a gorgeous home in a well-to-do part of town. Wyatt can’t help but notice two men who live just across the street.
They make an odd couple, since there must be a good twenty years difference between them. And yet there is something about the younger man that calls to Wyatt.
Shylor Lind has been living with Randy Grant for fifteen years, ever since Grant hired Shy’s mother as his live-in housekeeper. But five years ago, their relationship changed when Shy’s mother sold him to Grant and took the money and ran. Since then, Randy has been training Shy to be his submissive, dominating him in every way. There is nothing Shy can do about the situation, and he has nowhere to go, no one to turn to.
And then Wyatt enters his life… and nothing will ever be the same, as Wyatt engages in a battle for Shy’s very soul.


Wyatt Findlay was house-sitting when he notices something strange about the odd couple across the street. He has no qualms about inserting himself into an obviously intense situation. He can’t help but be intrigued by the quiet young man that has been washing the same car for hours while an older man looks on. Not one to back down from a confrontation, he taunts the arrogant man while trying gauge if the younger man is in some sort of danger. As soon as Wyatt learns of the grave situation the young man is in, he wants nothing more than to save him. It’s never as easy as it seems.

Wyatt is a struggling artist just waiting for his big break. His mentor sets him up with a place to stay for the summer as a house sitter. He soon becomes suspicious about the men living across the street. When he reaches out to his mentor to find some answers about the mysterious situation, things go from bad to worse. Now he’s on a mission to not only save the young man but he wants the mans heart as well.

Shylor Lind moved into Randy Grants home with his mother when he was a child. After his mother left, Randy is the only family he’s ever known. His life is consumed by the other man. Nothing more than a shiny toy for the older man to use as he sees fit. He hates his life, but he knows he has no way of escaping. Randy owns him. Shylor wants Wyatt to save him, for anyone to save him from his living hell but it’s impossible. No one can win a fight against Randy, and if they tried, Shylor would suffer for the transgression.

I wanted to like this book, and some parts I did. Shylor was the only character that intrigued me. I want to scoop him up and put him in a different book. I understand the conflict of the story. I understand the protagonists, and they were very well thought out. My issues lie with the secondary characters and the climax of the story. This book claimed BDSM, but that is by far an over exaggeration. Nothing in this book qualifies as BDSM. It’s grown men acting as backyard bullies and sexually assaulting a man they know is unwilling but is unable to speak freely due to long-term mental and physical abuse. That is rape. Not BDSM.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

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