Review of: An Uncommon Whore by Belinda McBride

TITLE: An Uncommon Whore
AUTHOR: Belinda McBride
SERIES: Uncommon Whore, book 1
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: Sci-Fi; BDSM
RELEASE DATE: August 27, 2019

BLURB:

“As a general rule, you won’t find the love of your life while you’re on your knees under a table.” — Helios Dayspring
Pasha is a slave, whoring for travelers at the most dangerous bar on Warlan. He has no memory, no future of his own, yet deep inside Pasha knows that that he is meant for better things. The day that Pasha spots the dangerous pirate in the bar, he knows that he mustn’t let the stranger slip away, regardless of what he must do to attract his attention.
Captain Griffin Hawke spent the greater part of a decade searching for his lost king, only to find Helios Dayspring crouched between his knees, swathed in the robes and shackles of a whore. Though he is appalled by the downfall of his king, the hardened officer finds himself falling for the allure of the sensual creature who has taken his place. Returning Helios to his position on the throne is the only right thing to do, yet Griffin knows that in doing so, he risks losing his lover forever.
“A whore is a whore is a whore, unless he’s something else completely. I guess I must be an uncommon whore.” — Helios Dayspring


I thoroughly enjoyed reading An Uncommon Whore by Belinda McBride. This is the first time that I’ve read a book by this author, but it won’t be the last. I loved the world-building that is done in this book and how the foundation was laid for the storyline and plot arc for this book and the other books in the series, which I can’t wait to read as soon as they are released.

I enjoyed how the story unfolds and how we get tidbits into what happened in the past and how the lost king, Helios Dayspring, ends up as Pasha, a slave, whoring for travelers at the most treacherous bar on Warlan. How he’s found by Captain Griffin Hawke, who has spent the better part of a decade searching for his lost king, only to find him crouched between his legs, swathed in the robes and shackles of a whore on a planet they only stopped on because they needed supplies. It wasn’t one of the planets that they were going to be searching for their lost king.

But just finding there lost king and reuniting him with his subjects isn’t going to be as easy as Captain Griffin Hawke had hoped. Helios has an implant that keeps him subservient and keeps him from remembering who he was before he became a slave. Grif has also always believed that there were traitors in their midst during the invasion with an underlying agenda to get rid of Helios and the other people that were in line to rule since Helios was, I believe, third in line to rule. Grif uses caution in letting people know that he has found the lost king and returning him to the new planet that the survivors have inhabited.

As Grif recounts what’s happened and reminds Helios of what he has forgotten, Helios is horrified. He is horrified to find out that the council has taken over leadership of the government instead of the guard like it should have been in times of war until a new ruler could be established, which should have been his sister and then his son. I really felt for him as he had to go through reliving all of the tragedy that had befallen him and his family and his countrymen and the grief that came with it.

I loved getting to know Grif and Lios and reading about how they get reunited and rekindle their love for each other. They had been first-time lovers before they each got married and had a family, and they had remained best friends since then.

The author did a great job fleshing out the main and supporting characters and setting the story up for the next installment. I can’t wait to see if Lios gets his memories back, how they deal with the traitors, and how Grif and Lios’ relationship progresses. I especially loved getting to read the prologue and first chapter that was at the end of the book for the next book in the series. It was so good that I can’t wait to read the next book in the series when it comes out. Hopefully, I won’t have to wait too long.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

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