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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Review: “Secured and Free” by Z. Allora

TITLE: Secured and Free
AUTHOR: Z. Allora
SERIES: Entwined Dreams
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Paul Richmond
GENRE: Contemporary Romance, MMM; Abuse; BDSM
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 226 pages
RELEASE DATE: May 26, 2017
PRICE: $6.99 -e-book / $14.99 -paperback
  

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An abusive Dom robbed Orion Gordon of his love of BDSM, destroying his confidence and leaving him unsure he’ll ever find peace through submission to another. Still, deep inside, his longing continues.

Marcus Sadir loves Hunter Dixon, yet can’t be the one thing Hunter truly desires: a sub to control. And Hunter can’t find satisfaction in the sadistic aspects of the BDSM lifestyle, while Marcus thrives on inflicting and sharing pain. When Marcus convinces Hunter they should find a third on a permanent basis, they discover Orion might be the key to bridging their differences and joining them on a deeper level.

But they must help Orion move past his trauma enough for him to enjoy new facets of BDSM and kink again. Their journey toward becoming whole—together—won’t be without challenges. Can Orion trust enough to try again?


Secured and Free is the second book in the Entwined Dreams series by Z. Allora. I really enjoyed reading Secured and Free. It was well written and nicely edited. The characters had depth, and I loved all of Orion’s personal growth. I loved getting to see cameos by Andrew and Zach from the first book. Along with some of the old cast that we met from Entwined and some new supporting characters also, like Sophia who is Henry’s paramedic partner and fellow member of Entwined. I have read the first book in the series but the books are very much standalone, and you don’t have to read the first book to understand what’s happening in the second book. There wasn’t as much inner monolog in Secured and Free as there was in Lock and Key which I’m sure made a lot of people who didn’t like it in the first book happy. I actually liked the inner monolog, so I kind of missed it.

Orion’s never had to worry about having a safeword until he found himself in a situation where consensual turned into abuse. He used to enjoy being a pain slut and submissive, but now he can’t even stand to have his hands bound in a scene without using his new safeword. He’s frustrated that he can’t enjoy what he used to love and he’s feeling lost.

Henry’s in an open relationship with Marcus. They love each other, but both have needs that the other can’t fulfill, hence the open relationship. Marcus thinks that they need to find a permanent third partner to bridge their differences. Henry needs a submissive to help grow and push his boundaries, and Marcus needs somebody that likes pain and edging.

Henry and Marcus come into Orion’s life just after he has decided to give up on BDSM. However with Orion’s new difficulties after being abused and his past as a pain slut, he’s potentially perfect for both Henry and Marcus. Henry can’t help but want to help Orion overcome his past and make him happy and whole again. And with Marcus’ ability to distract Orion, Henry might just be able to make that happen.

Making a regular relationship between two people work is hard enough, but Marcus hasn’t had any luck with a triad relationship yet. Henry also has some reservations about adding a third person to their relationship and poor Orion has never been in a relationship at all.

Will they be able to overcome their fears and make everything work out? You will just have to read the book. If you enjoyed Lock and Key, then you will love Secured and Free. I know I did. I can’t wait to read more books by Z. Allora.

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

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Review: “Lock and Key” by Z. Allora

TITLE: Lock and Key
AUTHOR: Z. Allora
SERIES: Entwined Dreams
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: K-Koji
GENRE: Contemporary Romance; BDSM; Erotica
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 300 pages
RELEASE DATE: July 15, 2017
PRICE: $6.99 -e-book / $17.99 -paperback
  

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Rejected. Heartbroken. Devastated.

Zack Davis wanted to serve only one man, Andrew Nikeman. He was denied because Andrew thought he was too young and because their brothers were together. So Zack crushed his submissive tendencies and focused on being the perfect Dom, giving every sub he played with something he couldn’t have.

After years of denying his submissive side, Entwined’s charity auction “Are you Dom Enough to be a sub?” gives Zack an excuse to get a little of what he’s always craved.

Andrew doesn’t know when his infatuation turned into more, but it kills him to see Zack with a constant parade of submissives. He’d refused to jeopardize his brother’s relationship or become Zack’s regret; however, Zack isn’t a kid anymore, and his brother’s relationship is unbreakable. Now Zack’s popularity and success as a Dom might ruin Andrew’s dreams of collaring him, but he can’t wait any longer to confess his feelings or he risks losing the man he loves forever.


Lock and Key’s the first book in the Entwined Dreams series which is a spinoff of her Dark Angels series. I was not aware of this when I read the book, and it didn’t have any impact on my love of this book. It was a standalone book. The author Z. Allora did a great job of explaining all of the characters in the book, and I never felt like I was missing out on some much-needed information. That being said, I did love the supporting characters enough that I will be reading the Dark Angel series so that I can get to know them even better.

I loved the cover for Lock and Key, and the blurb did its job and made me intrigued enough to read it. This is my first book by Z. Allora, but it most definitely will not be the last. I already have on my TBR the second book in the series Secured and Free. I loved the way the book was written, and I personally loved all of Zach’s inner monologs. Yes, there were a lot of them, and they were repetitive, but I enjoyed them. I also enjoyed all of the details about the BDSM lifestyle and the different types of relationships. I liked that Z. Allora touched on the importance of contracts and safewords and the difference between consensual vs. abuse. The book also had complex characters, and the story had plenty of hot steamy scenes and angst. I did find a couple of editing errors, but they didn’t detract from the story.

Zach knew from a young age that he was attracted to the BDSM lifestyle and wanted to be a part of it. He was kicked out of the house by his mom for his perverse proclivities, and so he goes to live with his older brother Dusty and becomes a roadie for his brother’s band. Zach prefers to work behind the scenes and falls head over heels for Andrew, who he meets for the first time backstage. He instantly knows that he wants to be Andrew’s sub. However, Zach is only 18 and Andrew rejects Zach’s advances because he is too young and also their brothers are dating, and he doesn’t want to jeopardize their relationship. Zach is devastated and does something stupid that he never wants to happen again. He does find a club called Entwined that does workshops and classes to learn about the lifestyle that he wants to be a part of and over the next 3 years learns enough to become a sought-after Dom. He figures that if he can’t have what he wants, then he will focus on giving other subs what they want and becomes a bit of a matchmaker. When the club hosts their first ever “Are you Dom enough to sub” event, he figures that he might be able to finally get what he wants.

Andrew, aka Drew a nickname given by Zach, has always wanted Zach but the timing wasn’t right when they first met. Andrew’s long-term relationship was just ending, and he didn’t want Zach to regret having a relationship with him. And he also didn’t want to jeopardize his brother’s relationship. With the ending of his long-term relationship, he is finally free to explore his Dom tendencies, and he becomes a member of Entwined. Over the years he has had to watch Zach work his way up in the club to become a favorite of the subs. And it is slowly killing him inside. When he hears that Zach is going to be participating in the “Are you Dom enough to be a sub” event, he’s thrilled that he will finally get his chance to be with Zach. And now that all of the reasons that kept them apart when Zach was 18 no longer apply, they might have a chance at a relationship.

Both Andrew and Zach will have to find the courage to work out their problems and be honest about what they want.

I thought this was a great book for readers that are new to BDSM. It was a great romance story.

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

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Review: “Pandora” by Marguerite Labbe

TITLE: Pandora
AUTHOR: Marguerite Labbe
SERIES:
PUBLISHER: DSP Publications
COVER ARTIST: Reese Dante
GENRE: Sci Fi; BDSM
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 210 pages
RELEASE DATE: April 25, 2017, 2nd edition
PRICE: $6.99 -e-book
  

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Haunted by the screams of the men he murdered, ex-Marine medic Riff Khora is serving a life sentence on board a prison ship. Seeking more punishment for his crime, he strikes a deal with the corrupt Captain Vidal—an exchange of pleasure and pain—and forges a new life leading the team that surveys space wreckage for salvage.

Ship engineer Zed Jakobsen’s psychometric abilities make prison a sentence worse than death, and the barrage of emotional stimuli is an unending torment. His only regret is that he didn’t kill the monster who sent him to prison, and only a glimmer of hope to escape a judgment he doesn’t deserve keeps him clinging to a brutal existence.

When they board derelict ship Pandora and discover a lone survivor, the hell of prison life plunges into abject horror. An epidemic of violence and insanity consumes their ship, driving the crew to murder and destruction. Mutual need draws Riff and Zed together, and their bond gives them the strength to fight a reality they cannot trust. But Vidal possesses the only means of escape from the nightmare, and he’s not letting anyone leave alive.

First Edition published as Pandora in the Deep Into Darkness: Aliens, Alphas and Antiheroes Anthology by Smashwords, 2015.


From the blurb, I was in awe with this book.

The book is a Sci-fi Romance. The plot it’s happening somewhere in the future on a prison ship.

The ship is under the command of Captain Vidal who, we learn that is a sadistic awful man. His kink is breaking down the lifers to the point of no return. Him being sadistic has nothing to do with the need of Riff to be dominated. But Riff is punishing himself…

The story starts with Zed being recruited on a salvage mission lead by Riff. Riff can deny his attraction to the shorter man. It seems he has a type, short and dominant. Riff being the toy of Vidal (which Riff has agreed too) he doesn’t experience the emotion part of being dominated. He doesn’t like to be humiliated neither, him having a leader character. But Vidal humiliates him constantly. Vidal is harsh and has no limits, although Riff asks for more pain for more suffering…

Zed having some psychic powers, he’s able to sense the real need in Riff. He never considered himself dominant, but something inside Riff makes him want to dominate this strong, compassionate man. Zed carves Riff total submission.

Then on the mission, they rescue someone…thump thump thump…they’re bringing him to the onboard…thump thump thump…then all hell breaks loose…

Riff wakes up tied to his bunker, and he hurts everywhere. He doesn’t know what really happened. But the carnage around him makes him sick. He fears for his team, so he goes to find them.

The story is angsty with some violence in it. Although I tagged it as BDSM we can’t call it an erotic read. I loved how genuine was the relationship between Zed and Riff was. The author described Riff’s need for pain very nicely. Reading the scenes you don’t get the feeling of punishment, you see how a Dom seeks out every desire of the Sub, putting his own aside. For me, this is how a real Dom/Sub relationship really is.

4 honest OptimuMM’s.

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

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Review: “Apprentice Saga” by Sadie Sins

TITLE: Apprentice Saga
AUTHOR: Sadie Sins
SERIES: Demon Bonded
PUBLISHER: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
COVER ARTIST: Sadie Sins
GENRE: Romance; Paranormal; BDSM
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 186 pages
RELEASE DATE: March 1, 2016
PRICE: $4.99 -e-book
  

BLURB:

This volume contains episodes 5-9 of Demon Bonded, as well as the bonus episode ‘The Forging Of An Apprentice,’ written by Sadie Sins and previously published 2016. Apprentice Saga is the second saga in the mm erotic world of Demon Bonded. This serial is a fun play on monster collecting and male harems. Expect demon bonding, master/slave relationships of mild and abusive nature, multiple partners, magical powers, learning how to be a sorcerer, and conflict with crueler demon masters.

Ky’s recovery from the overseer Demencious is short lived. His parents have lost all trust in him, and Ky again has to wonder if he’s losing his mind. That is until he starts his first art class at his new college, and meets an actual sorcerer apprentice.

Liem Kane could have been a typical teenager, but there is something terribly wrong beneath his well-groomed exterior. His demon, Fido, is twisted and abused, the wolf Relic tormented daily by his young master.

In his quest to save Fido from certain death, Ky must face Liem’s master. A demon trainer of cruelty that far surpasses his young pupil, Tobias has no qualms in murdering those that disobey. Ky faces off against this monster among men. It’s kill or be killed, and Ky isn’t sure he can live with either option.

18+ This book contains explicit m/m sexual content, shifter demon anatomy that knots and ties, graphic language, violence, and themes of bondage. 68,000+ words


This book follows Demencious Saga with episodes #5-9. This is one of those series that builds quickly. We are back with Ky as he stumbles along trying to protect those who want to either control or destroy the relics. Each episode he learns more.

Episode five picks up right where the previous one ended. Here while the human bonds get colder, the demon bonds get stronger. Ky is beginning to see who he is and what’s important. The responsibility he feels for the demons in his care. He’s also finding out what he gained in the bonding process as well. This has all been new to him and he’s had to learn not only from Lovely and Feral but from each new experience is adding to it too. He’s also teaching the demons about him. How truly caring and concerned he is for them.

Episode six is where most of the groundwork for the rest of the book is laid. This is where the chain of events start to connect Ky’s magical life at home to those that are around him. We meet Lien, who’s instrumental in getting Ky to have a further purpose and concern. Seeing how he’s different from other sorcerers. What he sees as his weaknesses and where he lacks knowledge.

When you get to episode seven, then you see the changes that Ky starts to go through. Because of his trusting nature, just how vulnerable those he cares for are. He’s chosen his true family and fights not only for their physical safety but their mental well-being as well. He sees that he needs to learn more for their protection. He takes the demons’ pain to heart and hurts for them. Never thinking of himself but instead how he can save and protect the relics. While those he holds dearest think of his safety and mental well-being.

Everything comes together in episodes eight and nine. Showdowns not only with outside forces but at home as well. A lot of things are learned, and the stage for the next saga is set. By the time I got to the end, I was eager for more. Sadie Sins has created a world of magic and morals, love and sacrifice. A place where the worst monsters are human and the demons more like knights.

***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: “: Broken in Silence” by Katze Snow

TITLE: : Broken in Silence
AUTHOR: Katze Snow
SERIES: Demons and Wolves
PUBLISHER: Self
COVER ARTIST: Jay Aheer
GENRE: BDSM; Erotica; Paranormal; Shapeshifter
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes – in process
LENGTH: 162 pages
RELEASE DATE: March 18, 2017
PRICE: $0.99 eBook / $11.99 paperback
  

BLURB:

Tannerian Wulfric is a leader—a strong alpha who bows to no-one, especially those who try to undermine his authority.

When an opportunity arises, he grabs it with both hands and lets nothing get in his way. Trouble is, his brother has been caught in the crossfire of glorious retribution, and Tanner is in need of assistance.

For many years, Alex Jonas has lived his life in peace. But when fate lands him in the hands of his ex-lover and alpha, he finds himself in the centre of a feud he never knew existed, and must immerse himself in ways he had never imagined. One chance encounter, one night, and everything comes crashing down around him. Alex must fight for his life while Tanner fights for one thing and one thing only—vengeance, which has never tasted sweeter.

Can Tanner avenge his family’s death without spilling more blood? Or will his inner demon tear apart everything he has worked for, and lose the man who owns his heart?

Warning: Contains strong language, violence, and graphic, erotic scenes which require a shower to cool yourself down. This is NOT a romance. It’s hot, it’s sticky, and all kinds of messed up. Proceed with caution!


This is the first MM novel from the author. And warning! We need to keep a look out for this author! She is brilliant, amazing and dark!

When you start reading this book, you find yourself in the middle of the plot. You may think that you need a previous book to catch up with the characters, but that’s not the case.
Katze has a unique style to bring the past into the present without any effort on the reader’s side. And now let me introduce to this book, who’s sequel I’m already waiting impatiently for.

Tannerian Wulfric, but let’s call him Tanner is a fierce alpha. He wasn’t always this cruel, calculating, manipulative jerk. But when his family is killed, except his twin brother Tobias, things change. He should be dead, him and Tobias too, but the killer of his family has another idea to torment Tanner. What, you may ask? Well, you need to read the book to get that question answered.
He’s plotting now for more than two hundred years to revenge his family. This quest alienates his brother and pretty much everybody from him. He goes through lovers like a warm knife through butter, well except Alex.

Alex meets Tanner when he’s in the lowest in his life. And of course, Tanner takes advantage of that. Alec becomes his new pet, and he trains him and controls him as he pleases. Now, after eleven year, him meeting the Alpha, and ten years out of his control, Tanner has a mission for him. Alex can’t deny the feeling which he still nourishes for him. Even though he has a smartass and cocky attitude, Tanner’s piercing look still has an effect on him.

The story happens in a world where shifters are divided into two groups. One who is in servitude of mankind and one who thinks that they are superior to humans and they should be not the servant. Well, as you guessed Tanner is the leader of the latter.

I would like to congratulate Katze on this amazing work!

***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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