Review of: Like Shadows in the Night by Mary Durante

TITLE: Like Shadows in the Night
AUTHOR: Mary Durante
SERIES: Shadows #1
PUBLISHER: Self
GENRE: BDSM
RELEASE DATE: May 16th 2019

BLURB:

In an alternate universe where BDSM is an integral part of human culture, and every individual’s life is shaped by whether they were born as a Dom, sub, or switch, one man has daringly broken the rules of the game.
Matt Steels—sexy, powerful, mysterious, filthy-rich president of the hottest IT company in the country—refuses to play his assigned role. Despite enjoying the company of numerous subs, his private life is a solitary one.
That abruptly changes when he foolishly decides to intervene in a street brawl, saving a man from a savage beating. Little does he know that the man he’s saved is a wanted criminal, a lethal assassin who hides behind a Biblical alias and whose tools of the trade include sharp knives and an even sharper tongue.
But the assassin known as Lucifer has discoverd Matt’s most closely guarded secret, and decides to pay him a surprise visit. And as unlikely as it may seem, he might be exactly what Matt so desperately craves.


Matt is one of the most powerful men in North America. He’s powerful with his company Steel Tech and a pure genius with technology. He also has secrets—a lot of secrets—but one is more important than the others and can put him in danger.
Lucifer is the assassin of the Sons of Adam, one of the most dangerous gangs in the world. Lucifer is dangerous. He’s a wanted man by the police, the FBI, and his own clan.
Matt and Lucifer have nothing in common. They don’t live in the same social circles, but their paths cross, for the better or the worst, that’s what they will have to find out.
Like Shadows in the Night by Mary Durante is my first book from this author. It’s actually her first book in English. She’s a popular MM author in Italia.

I’m not a fan of the omega verse or sub verse genre, but the blurb of this book intrigued me, and I wasn’t disappointed.
The story is in an alternate universe where people are divided into 3 genres, Dom, Sub, and Switch. After years of fighting, they all have the same rights. In the eyes of the law, they are equal, but in real life, discrimination and abuse against Subs is common.

Matt is powerful—he isn’t scared of his board, a Dom or even an assassin like his lover Lucifer. He’s brilliant—a genius and very rich—he is powerful…in appearance. Deep down, Matt is afraid to be hurt and mistreated like in his past, so he keeps people at a distance. And it works, until Lucifer walks into his life and changes everything. I liked Matt. He was funny, smart, brave, and sensitive. I liked his sassy mouth and his fierceness when he needed to protect the people he loves.

Lucifer is more mysterious, more enigmatic, so at first, I didn’t know if I’d like him or not, but the more I read about him, the more I started to like him, until, like Matt, I completely melted for him. He’s more than an assassin. He’s more than a Dom. He’s just a man with a broken past and traumatic secret, too. I really liked him.

The book is written from Matt’s POV; we follow him on his journey with Lucifer. It wasn’t too long or too boring, it was just right, well written, and interesting.

I would love to read more about Matt and Lucifer.

4 stars

***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 of:  Vegas by Romeo Preminger

TITLE: Vegas
AUTHOR: Romeo Preminger
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: self
GENRE: Contemporary Romance, BDSM
RELEASE DATE: July 13, 2019

BLURB:

Twenty-nine-year-old sales rep Dan is unlucky with love, but lucky with sex since he got cut and made up for lost time growing up as a skinny gay kid who got pushed around. All-American, Texan stud Bryce Landon is on Dan’s A-list of hook-up buddies, but the guy’s vibe is different when they get together at MDM-Con in Vegas this year. Does Bryce want something more?
Dan can’t do that. He’s been burned by closeted, married guys before. While Dan sidesteps Bryce at the convention, he meets a smoking hot, local Daddy-type named Garth. Now he’s caught between two guys who’d like to tame his wild ways. It’s not a bad place to be, but can he give love a try with a dude who’s got drama written all over him or take a chance with an older man who buried his boyfriend of ten years?


Dan is a salesman at a convention in Vegas. Each year he meets Bryce—a closeted, married Texan—during this convention. It’s hot and kinky between them but nothing more. Until this year, when Bryce tries to change their relationship but Dan meets someone in Vegas, someone who maybe can offer him more than Bryce.
For an intense, hot week in Vegas, Dan will have to think about his future and what he really wants in his life.

Vegas by Romeo Preminger is my first book by this author. I was curious to discover his universe and his style. I was surprised but not disappointed.

Dan is a 29 year-old man, who knows what he doesn’t want in a relationship…being hurt. He had been hurt in his past and refuses to let it happen again, even if he has to miss the real opportunity to be happy with a loving partner. So far, he thinks he’s happy like that until he meets Garth. Then he realizes that maybe he was missing out on a real relationship. I liked Dan, he knows what he wants, and he’s confident. I loved how he was ready to take a bet on Garth, while being open to trying new things and didn’t hesitate to open himself a little bit. Most of all, I loved that he takes the time to think about what he really wants when he realizes that he isn’t really as happy as he thinks.

The story was from Dan’s POV. It was hot, well written and dynamics. The plot was focused on Dan and his relationships with Garth and Bryce. It was super-hot and super kinky…I adored it.
The end surprised me, a lot. The entire book, the author hints at a direction, and suddenly, a twist happens that I didn’t see coming. It was very sudden. I can’t say I disliked it or not, just that It really surprised me.

I will read the next book from this author because I liked his style.

***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 of: Inked Music by Sean Michael

TITLE: Inked Music
AUTHOR: Sean Michael
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: BDSM, Contemporary Romance
RELEASE DATE: April 9, 2019

BLURB:

Can a wealthy but bored businessman rescue a tortured musician from his self-imposed purgatory with a scorching kinky romance?
When Rene Conette attends an intimate performance at a local bar, the guitarist moves him enough that he attempts to go backstage but is stymied by the man’s bodyguard. Putting it down as not meant to be, he goes on with his life only to run into the man again, late at night at a bookstore.
Gavin Turner used to be a famous musician until an obsessed fan kidnapped and tortured him. Then it came out that he was into the BDSM lifestyle, and the court of public opinion ravaged him. He lost his Master and his self-confidence. Now he hides behind his ink and his bodyguards, who make sure he doesn’t come into contact with anyone or anything he doesn’t want to. Though it’s been years since he satisfied his needs, he doesn’t think he can trust again.
If Rene can work his way past Gavin’s defenses, they might find they complement each other perfectly.


Inked Music by Sean Michael is the best book of his that I have read and I have read quite a few of his books. It had the perfect amount of plot to heat ratio. I loved that the book started as a slow burn as the characters got to know each other and work through some past trauma that has made one of the character’s, Gavin Turner, reclusive. His twin bodyguards are his only friends and family and the only people that he trusts besides his brother who works at a used book store/homeless hangout. Gavin used to be a famous musician until an obsessed fan kidnapped and tortured him. Then it came out that he was into the BDSM lifestyle, and the court of public opinion ravaged him. He ended up losing his Master and his self-confidence. Now he hides behind his ink and his bodyguards, who make sure he doesn’t come into contact with anyone or anything he doesn’t want to. Though it’s been years since he has satisfied his needs, he doesn’t think he can trust again, but if anybody can tempt him to try, it would be Rene Conette.

Rene Conette attended an intimate performance at a local bar and is mesmerized by the guitarist and attempts to go backstage to meet the musician but is stymied by the man’s bodyguard. Putting it down as not meant to be, he goes on with his life only to run into the man again, late at night at a bookstore. The fact that Rene owns the bookstore isn’t known to any of his employees. They think that he is just one of the regulars that frequent the bookstore at all hours since it is open 24/7. Rene also has a soft spot for homeless and underprivileged youth and likes knowing that he can provide a warm place for them to hang out away from the streets.

I loved that both men have more than enough money on their own and so that isn’t a factor in their friendship. It is one less thing for Gavin to worry about that he is just being friended to get to his money. I also loved that Rene never had any problem with one of the twins always being with them wherever they went, whether it was to dinner, movie, or each other’s house for a little fun. I loved that Rene treated them like family instead of a roadblock to get through to get Gavin alone. I loved seeing Gavin and Rene interact together, and I loved seeing Gavin interact with his bodyguards. The scenes between Gavin and Rene were hot, and you could feel their chemistry. I loved watching Gavin get his self-confidence back. They were perfect together.

I do wish that we had a little bit more background on what had happened to Gavin when he was kidnapped, but his actions after the trauma showed us just how traumatic it had been and how long it had taken him to get to where he is when he meets Rene.

This book reminds me a little bit of Sean’s other book Guarding January which I really enjoyed reading also. I would recommend reading this book to everybody who loves reading BDSM books.

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

Review edited by : Amber Korgh

Review of: Making it Better by Lyss Em

TITLE: Making it Better
AUTHOR: Lyss Em
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Lyss Press
GENRE: BDSM
RELEASE DATE: Jan 21, 2019

BLURB:

“You still mess me up after all this time, Luc.”
“Not my problem.”
Court’s forceful brand of dominance pushes Lucan’s buttons like nothing else, but he can’t forget how badly Court hurt him in the past. Their romance six years ago was heady, intense, and sizzling—and left Lucan with deep emotional scars. When he runs into Court at a fetish party, the spark is still there. But so is the pain.
For Court, Lucan is the mindfuck he never got over. He still doesn’t know why Lucan ended things, and when he sees Lucan in the flesh again, the desperate need to dominate comes rushing back. Court would do anything to have a second chance, but he won’t let Lucan mess with his head and break his heart again. Or so he tells himself.
“I’ll do it all right for you this time if you just teach me.”
When Lucan agrees to show Court how to be a good Dom, the two headstrong men toe a delicate line between restraint and uncontrolled passion. Will the same sick love that consumed their past destroy their future?
Making It Better is a standalone enemies to lovers, second chance, contemporary, BDSM romance with an HEA ending.


This is the first time I have read this author and OMG. I will definitely look for more books. This is a very intense and dark BDSM book that definitely has the masochism side of it. This is not for the light-hearted or for anyone that struggles with pain being inflicted on another person. Warning, there is knife play and some other physical pain that is requested from the sub. If you’re good with all, then you should really enjoy this book. This author hit on all aspects of a true Dom/sub relationship. What I really enjoyed was how the sub was teaching an inexperienced Dom how to get what they both needed and explained how there is a Top high for the Dom just like sub space for the sub. The author also explained Dom/sub lows and how it can happen a few days later. I have experienced this, and this is the first book I’ve read that has had this in it.

Lucan is a sub that loves pain and torture but hasn’t been able to let go completely since his breakup six years ago. He has a good Dom now, and he does great aftercare with him, but he can’t find that release he’s looking for. Then, one night at a BDSM party, who comes to say hello but the only one he’s ever totally surrendered to.

Court has been away for six years but has recently moved back to his hometown. He gets on FetLife and gets invited to a party, and he’s excited and wants just a plaything to get some release. Imagine his surprise when he sees his love of six years ago there. He never understood why Lucan just ended things with a text message, but he can’t help but to go say hello.

Things heat up quickly for these two, but is it too fast? Can these two work through their differences and trust issues they have? Can Lucan have the patience to teach Court how to be the best Dom? Can Court listen and learn to what he needs to in order to keep the love of his life? These are all very good questions, and I hope you get the answers you’re looking for.

***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 of: Impacted! by Mickie B. Ashling

TITLE: Impacted!
AUTHOR: Mickie B. Ashling
SERIES: Bay Area Professionals
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: BDSM, Contemporary Romance
RELEASE DATE: April 12, 2019

BLURB:

On his way home from vacation, Scott Gregory, a closeted sub, hooks up with the gorgeous Red, a flamboyant Dom, for a thrilling one-off at a BDSM bar. They part ways after a satisfying scene… but meet again when Robin Kennedy—Red—arrives at his new job as a dental hygienist and discovers one of his two bosses is Scott.
Robin and Scott embark on a journey of exploration into their kinkier sides and discover they’re more than compatible—they’re a perfect match. But keeping employer/employee and Dom/sub separate at the office presents difficulties, and to make matters even more complicated, the owner of the dental practice is an acknowledged homophobe.
They fall in love, but Robin chafes at all the secrecy, refusing to live in the shadows. Scott isn’t as brave; he’s desperate to protect his job and his future. Will they be able to find some middle ground… or will their entire relationship fall apart because of fear?


I loved Impacted! by Mackie B. Ashling. Impacted! is the first book in the Bay Area Professionals series. This is my first time reading a book by Mackie B. Ashling, but I can guarantee it won’t be the last. I loved the blurb and have been on a BDSM reading kick lately, and this book had everything that I love in a BDSM book. A Dom that is younger than his submissive but is no less experienced just because he is younger than his submissive. The Dom and sub end up working together and have a hard time keeping their professional and private lives separate. I also love a super needy sub and a protective, dominate Dom who’s there to push the sub’s limits and give him what he needs. Mackie B. Ashling gave me all of those things in this book, and I can’t wait to read the next book in the series to see how Scott and Robin’s relationship evolves.

There were a couple of things that I thought were a little unneeded in the book. The book is told primarily through Scott and Robin’s POV which is expected, but we also got the POV of Scott’s best friend Susie, who’s straight and is looking for her forever boyfriend. So it’s kind of like having an MF subplot while you are reading a MM story. So if you don’t like reading MF stories at all, then this is probably not for you since the MF subplot does continue into the next book which is the sequel to this story and continues Scott and Robin’s story. It does continue the BDSM theme with Susie becoming a Domme, and she’s looking for her perfect submissive male. There were also the POVs of Scott’s boss Ron, who is a homophobe and I think there was a couple of other’s that I really didn’t think that we needed to know what they were thinking or why they were doing what they were doing. I don’t think it brought anything extra to the story. It sometimes took the focus away from Scott and Robin who the story is supposed to be about.

Scott’s a closeted submissive. He has just moved to San Francisco and has a contract to take over a successful dentistry business in a year. He didn’t know that his boss was a huge homophobe when he signed the contract. Who would have thought that there could still be homophobes in San Francisco, which is like the most gay-friendly place to live? But Scott was unlucky enough to have to work for one. He shoves himself back into the closet, telling himself that it is only for a year and that he can handle it since the reward is a four million dollar practice. He will be set for life. On his way home from vacation, he stops at a BDSM bar for a final scene before returning to his closeted life and hooks up with the flamboyant Dom, Red, who was bartending that night. After a very satisfying scene, they part ways, and Scott’s sad that he won’t be able to see Red again since Red’s moving soon. He definitely wasn’t expecting to see him when he goes to work the next day and finds out that he was hired by Ron, the owner, as the new assistant dentist.

Robin’s a Dom and has just finished getting his degree as a dental assistant. He would have gone on to be a dentist but didn’t want to be indebted by student loans. Even though he hasn’t been in the BDSM community long, only a couple of years, he did go and get trained to be a Dom and had been doing scenes with subs for a couple of years. He likes having one-off scenes and isn’t looking for a contracted sub. His last night bartending, he serves a sub a drink, and they have instant chemistry and agree to do a scene after he gets off work. He has no idea that the sub will turn out to be his boss at his new job or that they will get to continue to explore their kinks. Their chemistry goes through the roof, and they find that they are very compatible, are perfect for each other. But can they keep things under wrap under their boss’s homophobic nose or will he find out and fire them both. You will have to read the book to find out.

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

Review edited by : Amber Krogh