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

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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

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Review: “An Unlocked Mind” by K.C. Wells & Parker Williams

TITLE: An Unlocked Mind
AUTHOR: K.C. Wells & Parker Williams
SERIES: Secrets
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Reese Dante
GENRE: BDSM; Contemporary Romance
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 316 pages
RELEASE DATE: December 11, 2017
PRICE: $6.99 – e-book/ $17.99 – paperback

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Rob Daniels is determined to prove to himself that his brother Alex got it wrong. Alex believes he found love through BDSM; Rob is certain that’s not possible. He even makes several visits to a London club to prove his point. But when he attends the grand opening of Secrets, Rob gets a shock, one that has him fleeing, vowing never to return—until he does… and runs into the brick wall that is Dom Vic Prentiss. As first meetings go, theirs is a disaster.
The more time he spends around Rob, the more convinced Vic becomes of two things—one, something is eating away at Rob, and two, he’s looking for something. Every instinct tells Vic to help him, but trying to unlock the secrets hidden in Rob’s mind requires a key. All Vic has to do is find it. Because maybe then he’ll get to see the real Rob, the man who’s scared to let go….


Book two in the Secrets series turned out to be my favorite in the series so far, including its predecessor Collars and Cuffs. Rob and Vic had an unfortunate encounter one night at the newly opened BDSM club called Secrets. Vic is taken back by the young man who calls him a derogatory name and storms away from him at the club. With his night ruined, he decides to head home and spots the young man walking and shivering away from the club. He decides he can’t in good conscience allow the man to walk alone and offers him a ride. What he didn’t expect was the man who insulted him would turn his world upside down, in the best possible way.

Rob is such a complicated character. If you read book one of the Collars and Cuffs series, you’ll remember Alex and the brother that humiliated him and made his life hell. In this book, you’ll see the same Rob we already met, and then we see the side of him that had me falling in love with his hot-mess self. He’s been so angry and hateful for so long that he doesn’t know how to break out of it. He starts going to the BDSM clubs to prove to himself that his brother is weak. Rob wants to prove to himself that he’s a real man unlike the naked men on their knees. Of course he’s in complete denial. He’s never found anyone at the club that’s caught his attention until he sees the big sexy man in leather. After their disastrous encounter, Rob seeks the older man out and starts a friendship between them. Rob pulled my heartstrings from the very beginning. I love the side of him that Vic pulls to the surface. He’s such a brat, and I laughed so many times at his sassy self.

Vic is not the typical Dom I’ve read so many times. He’s this handsome, intense man, and has the biggest heart. He wants to help this damaged young man find his way and help Rob mend the hurt he has caused. He wants Rob to be a better man. Vic’s strength as a man and a Dom is exactly what Rob needs. As Rob begins to assert himself into Vic’s life, Vic realizes that Rob is exactly what he’s been missing.

I love how these two characters developed throughout the book. The relationship starts out tumultuous at best but evolves into something so beautiful. Rob has so many layers to him, and I love how Vic is able to pull them back so we discover the real Rob. These two have become my favorite BDSM couple. I absolutely adored this book. I really hope this series continues and I find more characters to fall in love with. I highly recommend this series by these incredible authors. I also love the books they each write separately.

Parker Williams writes in a way that’s gritty and intriguing. He’s like a chameleon. None of his characters are the same. They are each so very different. KC Wells is such a sassy romantic. Her guys are always lively, and her storylines are some of the best.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review: “Broken Halo” by Michaela Grey

TITLE: Broken Halo
AUTHOR: Michaela Grey
SERIES: Mended Hearts
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: AngstyG
GENRE: BDSM; Contemporary Romance
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 236 pages
RELEASE DATE: January 30, 2017
PRICE: $6.99 – e-book/ $14.99 – paperback

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Micah Ellis is an affluent businessman, comfortable in his life and work, as long as nothing happens to shake up his routine. Which is exactly what one Devon Mallory does, with his bright blue eyes and dirty skin and the forceful personality that’s everything Micah desperately needs but is too afraid to ask for.
Micah and Devon enter into a Dom/sub relationship and navigate the world of BDSM and Micah’s crippling insecurities as they gradually fall in love. But Micah’s past is coming back to haunt him, and they must face it together–and that means learning acceptance and discovering that they both deserve love their way and on their own merits.


Broken Halo is the first book in the Mended Hearts series by Michaela Grey. I read the second book, Broken Rules, first. The books are standalone, so you can read them in any order. I liked Broken Rules enough that I wanted to read the first book in the series and I am so glad that I did. I loved the book. I loved that the Dom isn’t a part of the lifestyle but finds himself dating a submissive that is part of the lifestyle and can’t give it up. Instead of it being a deal breaker, he does his research and talks to the submissive’s ex, who is a Dommie, when he needs things clarified, or he wants to talk through a scene. Devon is a natural Dom, but he tries not to be hesitant during his scenes, and I loved how he took care of Micah, the sub, afterward during sub drop and vice versa when Devon has his first Dom drop. The chemistry between Micah and Devon was hot whether they were doing a scene or not.

Micah Ellis is a businessman, who’s comfortable in his life and work, but only as long as nothing happens to shake up his routine. He definitely has lots of issues. He’s a germaphobe. As a result, he doesn’t like dirt, grime, germs, crowds of people, and especially kids. And this leads to anxiety attacks and a caustic stuck-up attitude. So when his car breaks down outside an unfamiliar mechanic’s shop, he isn’t thrilled especially when he sees how dirty and grimy it is. It doesn’t even matter that the mechanic is a gorgeous hunk of a man since he’s covered in grease. In typical Micah fashion, he manages to offend Devon, the mechanic, enough that he refuses to let him pay for the repairs and tells him to leave. But Fate brings them back together, and Micah gets the chance to apologize. They end up starting a relationship which turns into a Dom/sub relationship after Micah confesses to his desires.

Devon is a mechanic that owns a shop. He doesn’t like Micah at first since Micah puts him down for being a blue-collar worker since he’s a white-collar worker and thinks that he’s better than him and Devon kicks him out of his shop without paying for the work that was done. I liked that they get the chance to apologize to each other and give each other another chance. I also loved that Devon is a sweet guy and works really hard to give Micah what he needs in their relationship even though he doesn’t know a lot about it.

I especially loved that this is a book where both the Dom and the sub end up using their safewords. I read a lot of BDSM books and in most of them during a scene, there’s the reminder to use their safewords, but they rarely use them. So I really enjoyed those parts of the book. Yes at one point there is heartache, but the book does end in a happily ever after and I was so happy that Micah’s abusive ex gets what’s coming to him at the end because he was a douchebag.

I can’t wait to read more books by this author. I might have to give her Coffee Cake series a go. It sounds promising.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review: “Threepeat” by K.C. Wells

TITLE: Threepeat
AUTHOR: K.C. Wells
SERIES: Secrets
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Reese Dante
GENRE: BDSM; Contemporary Romance
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 340 pages
RELEASE DATE: August 21, 2018
PRICE: $6.99 – e-book/ $17.99– paperback

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Can two Doms open their hearts again for a young man desperately in need of their help?
Two years ago, Aaron Greene and Sam Thompson were devastated when their submissive broke the contract that bound the three of them together. They still wonder what happened and whether they can find a way to move forward. When Aaron finds a sick young man by the curbside, his protective instincts kick in, and after consulting Sam, he takes Tim home.
After being thrown out of his home, Tim Waterman finds himself on the street, doing whatever he needs to survive. Until a bear of a Good Samaritan scoops him up and saves him. Then one bear becomes two, and a chance discovery gets him thinking about what might be, if he’s bold enough to make a move.
So what happens when Aaron and Sam wake up one morning to find Tim naked in their bed? Will they get a new chance at life, or will history Threepeat itself?


Book three in the Secrets series is a MMM and I do not recommend it being read as a stand-alone. For six years two men thought they had the life they had always dreamed of. Two Doms in love with each other and shared that love with their perfect sub. One day that had come to a heart-crushing end when their perfect sub begged them to let him out of his contract. Two years later, they’re barely hanging on to the love they have for each other and the bleak life they now share. Aaron and Sam are both Doms and have been friends for years. They’re in love with each other, but because of them both being dominants, they want a submissive to share in their lives, hearts and of course in bed. They just don’t know if their hearts can take another blow. The saying “you find love in the strangest places” definitely rings true for these guys.

Aaron is a highly successful home renovator and contractor. He has this savior complex, and he wants to save and help everyone he can. He was absolutely devastated when their former sub begged to be let out of his contract after six years. He has beaten himself up over the fact that he never gave Aaron and Sam a reason. They had no idea what they did wrong. Aaron wants to get past his hurt even if it’s just for Sam, but he can’t seem to figure out how. I loved Aaron and hated that he was in so much pain. He’s such a big-hearted and lovable character.

Sam is a businessman and also a dom. He’s a rough and grumble kind of guy. He too was devastated at losing his former sub, but after two years he’s ready to start living again. He wants Aaron to join him at the club but after doing a couple of scenes with different subs left him unfulfilled, Aaron has protested going back into the scene. Sam is the more dominant of the two, and he knows that as long as neither man will bottom for the other and the loss of their sub, his relationship with Aaron is holding on by a thin string. Something has to change, or he’ll have lost both of the men he has ever loved.

Tim has been mentally and physically abused by his family his entire life. When he came out as gay, his family kicked him out of the house with nothing but the clothes on his back and the after effects of the beating they gave him. Out on the streets at eighteen, he’s learned to survive, but between being extremely sick and emancipated, he’s not going to survive much longer. When he’s close to passing out on a sidewalk, a man saves him and brings him into his home. When he wakes up his life is forever changed by not one man but two. Two men who are sexy as sin but completely off limits. After becoming their housekeeper, he finds a contract and decides that he knows what he wants and he wants it from the two men who he has come to love and care for. Tim is the sweetest guy. Even though he proves to be submissive, he’s no pushover. Loved his character!

These guys go through so much heartache and pain. I definitely teared up a couple of times. I have been rooting for these guys since book two, and I’m so glad they got their HEA. It was a very strong dynamic between the three of them and I loved the development and the natural path their relationship took. Nothing was forced or rushed. It was organic and well thought out. I can’t wait for the next guys in the series. Definitely check out these authors and the other books they write individually.

I highly recommend them all.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review: “The Gentle Dom” by Sean Michael

TITLE: The Gentle Dom
AUTHOR: Sean Michael
SERIES: Iron Eagle Gym
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: L.C. Chase
GENRE: BDSM
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 200 pages
RELEASE DATE: August 14, 2018
PRICE: $6.99 – e-book/ $14.99 – paperback

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When one of their own is threatened, the men of the Iron Eagle Gym will stand together and prove they are stronger as a family.
Stuntman Barclay Drambor suspects his fall from a roof was no accident. He believes his abusive ex was responsible, but he can’t prove it. Fortunately, a year has gone by with no word from Duncan, letting Barclay move on with his life—and that means dealing with the aftermath of his injuries. He finds personal trainer Reece “Rec” Gordon through a member of the gym, and it’s not long before their workouts together become much more intimate. Rec is gentle and goes out of his way to make Barclay comfortable, and in no time there’s talk of moving in together….
But just as Barclay is healing and finding a place to belong, Duncan returns to destroy his happiness. Though Duncan will learn he’s messing with the wrong group of men, in the end, Barclay must face him. Will Rec’s love and the friendship of the others at the gym give him the confidence to stand up for himself?


The Gentle Dom is the seventh book in the Iron Eagle Gym series by Sean Michael. I’ve read a couple of the other books in the series and greatly enjoyed them. I can’t wait until I have read them all. This book is a standalone book.

There are cameos from some of the other Iron Eagle members from past books, but you don’t have to have read their stories to enjoy them in this book. This book centers around personal trainer Reece “Rec” Gordon and stuntman Barclay Drambor. The book is well written. There were a few editing mistakes, but they weren’t very distracting. And there was more than enough sex in the book. Lots and lots of sex. So if you don’t like your books with a lot of sex scenes and just enough other interactions outside of the bedroom to satisfy a plot, then this book and series are probably not for you. I happen to really enjoy lots of sex scenes in my books, so for me it is usually a treat, but even this book was riding the line on too much sex. It had started to lose its titillation, and I wanted them to leave the bedroom just a little bit more. Maybe see a little bit more of Barclay’s rehabilitation. But otherwise, I loved the book.

Barclay Drambor is a stuntman that’s recovering from falling from a roof. His only goal is to get his body strong enough to get out of his wheelchair and get back to work. After finally being cleared by his doctor to begin working out again, he meets one of his friends that recommends his friend Reece that works at the Iron Eagle Gym to help him with his recovery. Barclay is also pretty sure that his fall from the roof wasn’t an accident. He believes his abusive ex was responsible, but he can’t prove it and nobody that he’d told believed him.

Luckily for him the last time he saw his ex was when he was in the hospital over a year ago. However, he can’t stop worrying that his ex will show back up and try to hurt him again. And that’s ultimately why they broke up in the first place because Duncan was abusing him both physically and mentally. He even ripped out his nipple piercing. I loved Barclay. He was super sweet and kind of shy. He hadn’t been around the BDSM lifestyle and wasn’t sure that it was for him, but that’s what I like about the BDSM lifestyle—that it doesn’t have to be anything that you don’t want it to be. You don’t like spankings, fine. You don’t like being humiliated, fine. You just want to belong to somebody and be cherished as they cherish you that is perfectly fine also. And that’s what Barclay is looking for as a natural submissive. He wants somebody to cherish him. To be kind and gentle with him and show him that he’s loved.

Reece “Rec” Gordon is a personal trainer for the Iron Eagle Gym and a Dom. I liked Rec. I liked getting to see how Barclay recovered and how Rec introduced him into the BDSM lifestyle. He didn’t push or try to introduce him into things that were a turn off to him. He got to know him and his likes and dislikes. I liked their instant chemistry. You could feel the attraction that they had for each other. And I liked that Reece believed Barclay when he told him his suspicions about his fall from the roof. They were just great together.

Overall, another great addition to the Iron Eagle Gym series. I hope this series continues for a very long time.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis