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

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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

Review: “Beautiful Boy” by Grace R Duncan

TITLE: Beautiful Boy
AUTHOR: Grace R Duncan
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Aaron Anderson
GENRE: BDSM
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 280 pages
RELEASE DATE: November 20, 2015
PRICE: $6.99 – e-book/ $16.99 – paperback

BLURB:

Malcolm Tate hung up his flogger when his submissive sought out another Dom and landed in the hands of a serial killer. Convinced his lack of dominance sent his sub away, Mal has spent two years blaming himself for what happened. But when his best friend finally convinces him to go back to the local dungeon, Mal’s grateful. Especially when he wins beautiful, submissive, firmly closeted Kyle Bingham in a charity slave auction.
College grad Kyle hasn’t earned enough to move out of the loft his conservative, homophobic parents bought, much less to buy any of the other things still in their name. When he’s won at auction by the hot, amazing Mal, he’s shocked that anyone would want him. No one else seemed to—not his parents, his former Doms, or any of his disastrous dates.
But Mal does want him and Kyle lets his guard down, only to be outed to his parents. With his world crashing down, he must find a way to trust Mal—and their developing relationship—or risk losing everything.


One Dom out of the game, and a Sub in the closet. When a Dom couldn’t give his sub the pain he wanted, he found it in the hands of a serial killer. After two years of blaming himself for not being the Dom his former sub needed, he’s finally ready to hit the scene again if only to get his friends off his back. What he doesn’t expect to find is a beautiful sub that has him wanting to pick up his flogger, and make the beautiful boy his. A sub in the closet to keep his wealthy family from making him homeless can’t help but want the sexy older Dom. No other Dom has made him fly. After being rejected so many times without any explanation, he starts to doubt that he’ll ever find his perfect Dom let alone the perfect man. Until now.

Malcolm Tate has never doubted himself as a Dom until his former sub died at the hands of a sadistic serial killer. Mal has questioned every decision he’s ever made as a Dom and starts to believe he shouldn’t be one. His charismatic best friend who happens to be a sub finally talks some sense into him, so Mal heads to the dungeon to see if he can finally reconnect with his inner Dom. He didn’t expect to find his future posed beautifully in a cage waiting to be auctioned. Gosh, I loved this part. After one scene Mal knows he’ll never be able to let this sub walk away unless he’s wearing his collar and marks.

Kyle lives in a condo paid for by his wealthy parents. He can’t come out to them as gay in fear of becoming homeless and disowned. All Kyle wants is to find a Dom that won’t reject him and give him what he needs. The Dom that trained him was straight and the Doms that he played with after rejected him after one scene. Why would Mal be any different? Except he is. He not only makes Kyle fly as a sub, he also makes falling for the man a temptation he doesn’t think he can refuse, despite the consequences. He wants the Dom’s collar and the man’s heart. He just has to learn to trust that he’s worthy of both.

I loved this book. The characters were fantastic. Mal, the poor guy, is a swoon-worthy man that had me wanting to kneel saying yes, sir. I love when authors of BDSM show that a Dom can be just as vulnerable as a sub. Kyle growing more confident with the help of Mal throughout the book was some of the most emotional moments for me. I was cheering that cutie on. This was my first book by Grace Duncan, but it certainly won’t be my last.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review: ” Caged Sanctuary” by Tempeste O’Riley

TITLE: Caged Sanctuary
AUTHOR: Tempeste O’Riley
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: DWS Photography
GENRE: BDSM
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 204 pages
RELEASE DATE: December 29, 2014
PRICE: $6.99 – e-book/ $14.99 – paperback

BLURB:

Kaden Thorn, a dental surgeon who lives a quiet life, has no hope of finding the love he craves. A vicious gay bashing cost him the use of his legs and confined him to a wheelchair. He has given up hope of finding a Dom or even a nonkink partner to love him. When his best friend practically forces him to attend a dinner party, the last thing he expects is a strong Dom who can see beyond his wheels.
Deacon James is an architect and a demanding Dom, but he has spent the past couple of years without a sub or partner. When an employee invites him to a dinner party to meet his girlfriend, Deacon smells a setup but agrees anyway. He prides himself on being an excellent judge of character, and when he meets the younger dentist, he sees past the chair and finds a sweet submissive man who more than piques his interest.
Kade’s fears and demons continue to haunt him, challenging Deacon to use everything he’s learned as a Dom to earn Kade’s trust and submission. Deacon’s determined, though, willing to battle all of it to have Kade by his side and at his feet.


Caged Sanctuary is a Contemporary romance and healthy dose of BDSM. One man’s life changed forever when a gay bashing outside a nightclub left him paralyzed. He never imagined he’d find a Dom willing to look past his disability to the submissive within. How can a Dom want him when he can’t even kneel? When his best friend invites him over for dinner, he can’t say no like he wants to and often does. He never expects that the man greeting him at the door will be the one person he’s waited for his entire life.

Kaden Thorn was born to kneel at another man’s feet. Being a submissive is who he is. After his accident, he visits the BDSM club where he once thrived. He never thought the Doms he’d serviced and his fellow submissives would shun him like they did. Losing the most fundamental part of himself, he became a recluse. He was just going through the motions in life never really living. He has adapted his life around his disability. He can even perform surgeries as a dental surgeon in his renovated office. Now all he wants is a Dom who wants the submissive even if he’ll never kneel again.

Deacon James is a Dom and a very successful architect. As soon as he met Kaden, he wanted the other man, regardless of his limitations. He starts slow with Kaden, but the other man’s quiet vulnerability has his Dom nature taking the reigns pretty quick. He knows what he wants, and he’s determined to adjust his life and his home for the man who is everything he’s ever wanted.

I enjoyed some aspects of this book. The storyline was good. I had issues with the way the other Doms and submissives were portrayed. If they were that shallow then why would Kaden have gone there even before the incident? I know Kaden is a submissive, but he’s also a successful surgeon. The book had him portrayed as a meek and timid guy who in real life I would have feared for him because he would have just taken any ole Dom that showed him attention. You can have a disability and still be a strong person. I really liked Deacon’s character and the secondary characters. All in all, it was a good book and I enjoyed the read.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis