Category: Dark

Review: “Good Lord” by Viva Gold

TITLE: Good Lord
AUTHOR: Viva Gold
SERIES: Woolf Tales
PUBLISHER: Self
COVER ARTIST: Viva Gold
GENRE: Dark; MMM; BDSM
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 306 pages
RELEASE DATE: November 12, 2017
PRICE: $0.99 – e-book

BLURB:

GOOD LORD (Woolf Tales 2)
Thrilling, dark, erotic and intriguing. The new novel from Viva Gold picks up where Izzy’s Boy leaves off and we see the cast of characters embark on the next phase of their lives fraught with terror, filled with love, and quite a bit of consensual pain! This is not a BDSM story – it’s filthy in parts; utterly abhorrent in others and downright sexy throughout.
Lord Jason Greenall doesn’t have a very high opinion of himself, but one thing he does know is that he deserves to be loved just like anyone else. It is with this in mind that he separates from his boyfriends, G & T, who happen to be twins that are more in love with each other than they care to admit, and goes home to Greenall Manor to lick his wounds and ponder on life in general.
Sipping tea in the conservatory with his beloved mother, Jason gets an eyeful of his French cousin Remi, who he hasn’t seen for a few years. Oh boy, Remi grew up to be somewhat delicious. Tall, and muscly, black hair and blue eyes, olive skinned and surly – everything Jason is attracted to and trying hard not to show it.
Remi has come to live at Greenall Manor while studying at Oxford. His mother is married to Jason’s father’s first cousin Marc, which means they are not blood related. Not that that would prevent Remi from taking what he wants. And he wants Jason. And he takes him. No safe words; no limits.
Their story includes Izzy and Adam of course, and the Twins. But we also meet Angel in a set of disturbing circumstances that could easily devastate the entire family. Remi is not as bullish as he would appear but he does have tendencies that make him volatile and unpredictable. Izzy is not ok with this at all and unleashes his Dom all over the lot of them.
Jason finds himself in predicaments and situations both physical and emotional that could either make him or break him…. Oh, Good Lord.


Good Lord is the second book in the Woolf Tales series by Viva Gold. I enjoyed reading this book. It does pick up right after Izzy’s Boy, the first book in the series, and I was so hoping it was going to be about Jason, Izzy’s PA extraordinaire, and his twin boyfriends, G & T, but alas that isn’t what was in the cards for Jason.

I was proud of him for wanting to be loved just as much as G loves T and T loves G so he does the only thing that he can, he dumps them and takes vacation time and runs home to Greenall Manor to his mum to lick his wounds. What he finds is a cousin that’s staying there while he attends Oxford. Remi is Jason’s Dad’s first cousin’s stepson. Wow wasn’t that a mouth full, but what it means is that Remi isn’t blood-related to Jason. Yeah! Not that that would have been a reason not to read the book if they had been related as they would have only been second cousins.

Jason may not remember his gorgeously rugged cousin, but Remi sure remembers Jason and has had a crush on him for a long time and has been following his life or as Jason puts it, stalking him. Jason decides to use his cousin as a way to get over G & T, but he doesn’t know what he’s about to get himself into. Jason knows from being around his boss, Izzy, about the BDSM lifestyle but as Remi says he isn’t a Dom, he’s a deviant, and he doesn’t believe in safe words or stopping, or the comfort of his partner as Jason finds out. And I won’t lie, the first forty-one percent of the book was a little hard to stomach and pushed my boundaries, but I’m glad that I pushed through to the end of the book.

I started out not liking Remi and the way that he treated Jason, but Jason’s body seemed to like what Remi was doing to him even if Jason wasn’t sure that he liked what was being done to him. And as I continued to read the book and got to see into how Remi became the way that he was, I found myself sympathizing with him, and after Angel became a part of their relationship, I even found myself liking Remi. And the BDSM scene at the end of the book was hot. I absolutely loved Angel. He had a rough life, but I loved his upbeat attitude and how naturally submissive he was. He was like a super energetic puppy. Always wanting to please and be loved. I also liked that all of the characters in the book were close in age, Jason at twenty-six, Remi at twenty-one (although he acts like he is older due to experiences), and Angel at eighteen.

I can’t wait to see what Viva Gold comes up with for the next book in the series. I’m hoping for a book about G & T.

As with Izzy’s Boy, Good Lord could use another round of edits. Although it had fewer errors than the first book in the series, it did still have quite a few verb tense issues and some other grammar issues, and I was reading my purchased copy and not the arc copy.

***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: “Izzy’s Boy” by Viva Gold

TITLE: Izzy’s Boy
AUTHOR: Viva Gold
SERIES: Woolf Tales
PUBLISHER: Self
COVER ARTIST: Viva Gold
GENRE: BDSM; Dark;
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 227 pages
RELEASE DATE: March 31, 2017
PRICE: $0.99 – e-book

BLURB:

This is the debut MM novel from exciting new author Viva Gold.
Isadore Woolf is a man who knows what he wants in life and most recently that happens to be Adam Cohen. Isadore comes from a steady background with loving and supportive parents and is a good son. He has rejected his father’s wealth in favour of making his own and he has built a successful career in the financial world.
Izzy surrounds himself with people who cater to his needs and never more so than at his ‘club’ where his Dominant side is free to express itself among the many willing subs happy to kneel at his feet. But Isadore has reached the stage where his tastes have matured and refined, and the tall, muscle packed, long haired, quietly spoken Adam Cohen feeds every one of his kinks. Getting this mountain of a man to submit seems impossible but Izzy was never one to back down from a challenge.
Still, it’s not all handcuffs and roses as a sinister plot of revenge against Adam could jeopardise their love and even their lives.
Can Izzy save Adam?
Can Adam be what Izzy needs?
Fierce passion and untamed arrogance drives Isadore to risk everything for a future together.


Izzy’s Boy is the first book in the Woolf Tales series by Viva Gold. Izzy’s Boy is the debut MM novel from this new author and is written using British English. I like to read BDSM books and stories that have a darker spin on things, so I one-clicked after reading the blurb. It sounded like something that I would enjoy reading, and I wasn’t disappointed.

It isn’t a fluffy sweet story. Isadore “Izzy” Woolf has a very intense, possessive, arrogant, and aggressive personality and he does do some questionable things that ride the edge of what you would think an experienced Dom would do. But as the story progresses and Adam Cohen gets more familiar with being a submissive and quits being afraid of the intense chemistry that’s between them, Izzy is able to mellow out a little bit, and they work more like a well-oiled machine. By the end of the book, you can really feel the powerful connection between Dom and sub as they scene.

I liked that Izzy and Adam are both Jewish and British. I don’t know much about Jewish culture or religion, other than what I have seen on TV shows but I liked the thought of Izzy sitting in the synagogue ogling Adam and thinking about the last time that he had seen him and the naughty things that they had done. Izzy isn’t the perfect Jewish son. He likes to make snarky comments that have his parents glare at him and causes Adam to blush when he and his parents are invited over for Friday night dinner. Adam, on the other hand, has impeccable manners and is the perfect Jewish son, and as Izzy notes, he’s a natural submissive.

I loved the size dynamic that’s in this story between Izzy and Adam. Izzy has a slimmer but muscular build and is about six feet tall. Adam is built wide, muscular, and tall at over six and a half feet tall. Adam looks like he should be a Dom but he has a gentle, nurturing soul and is a people pleaser, making him a natural submissive. But all of his past relationships, because of his size, he’s always been put in the role of a top when he wants to be the bottom. Izzy may be on the smaller size, but he prefers his men to be physically bigger and stronger but submissive, and Adam fits that pattern perfectly for Izzy. And Izzy refuses to take no for an answer. He knows that if he can just get Adam to give him a chance that they would be perfect together and he’s sure that Adam is his One.

But it won’t be a bed of roses as Adam is both attracted and repelled by Izzy’s arrogance and Izzy finds Adam’s innocence irresistible and he worries that Adam will break too easily but holding back isn’t an option for him. As they begin to discover how their unusual kink will work for them both, events conspire to destroy their fledgling relationship and perhaps prove fatal for Adam. His ex is on a mission, and it’s up to Izzy to save his Boy.

I did fall in love with Jason, Izzy’s PA extraordinaire and best friend and his identical twin boyfriends, T and G. I really hope that the next book is going to be about their relationship.

I would have given a higher rating, but the book is riddled with wrong grammar tense, quote marks that aren’t placed correctly (might be a formatting issue?), and an incorrect name among other issues. They just kept pulling me out of the story, and I found it a little annoying. I expect it in an ARC book because they usually go through another round of editing before being published, so I don’t hold the errors against them in a review, but I was reading the purchased copy of the book, so these issues should have been caught and removed.

***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: “Love of the Egoist” by Nero Seal

TITLE: Love of the Egoist
AUTHOR: Nero Seal
SERIES: Egoist
PUBLISHER: Self
COVER ARTIST: Sublime Novels
GENRE: Dark
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 267 pages
RELEASE DATE: March 20, 2018
PRICE: $0.99 – e-book

BLURB:

“I wanted to play with you… punish you. But now, I want to ruin your world and turn it pitch black. Isolate you so you don’t have anything left except me.
And remember, it’s your own fault.”
* * *
Isolation. Loneliness. Endless silence stretching into eternity.
This is the personal living hell of police detective, Kuon Leiris.
His punishment for ruining the Black Duke’s deal.
But when nights come, it gets worse…
Cruelty. Care. Brutality. Affection.
Constant mind games where he can do nothing, but give in.
Yugo pours his every corrupt desire into his prey, testing the limits of their twisted relationship.
Do you dare enter a dark world where safe-words don’t exist?


Love of the Egoist is the first book in the Egoist series and is the second book that I’ve read by Nero Seal. I have also read And After Death…. Love of the Egoist is well written, the editing was good, but I did find some mistakes, but they weren’t bad enough to interrupt my reading of the book. I did like the warning at the front of the book, and I don’t know if I distanced my emotions too much or what, but I had a hard time feeling the emotions from the police detective, Kuon Leiris, who’s captured as punishment for ruining the Black Duke’s deal. I think I might have had a better time feeling his emotions or caring about what he was going through if I’d gotten emotionally invested in him before he got captured by Yugo “The Black Duke.”

The book starts out and Police Detective Kuon immediately gets captured and then we get snippets of his history. It wasn’t enough for me to become invested in him. I found myself more emotionally connected to Yugo and his mixed feelings as he tries to bend but not break Kuon into the type of possession/toy that he wants him to be. It wasn’t until the introduction of Milo that I finally started to connect with Kuon’s feelings and then the book ends in a cliffhanger, and we’re left hanging so now I want to read the next book in the series to find out what happened. Is Kuon still alive or not? I hate having to wait to find out. But I’ll be reading the next book to find out.

I did love one of the scenes between Yugo and Kuon when they’re in the bathroom, and Yugo wants to aim Kuon’s willy while he’s going to the bathroom. Kuon’s having a little bit of stage fright and can’t get his flow going and Yugo ends up talking in baby talk to Kuon’s willy, and that makes Kuon bust up laughing, and he finally gets his flow going much to Yugo’s dismay since it ends up going everywhere. I busted out laughing, and the memory still has the ability to make me chuckle. I’m so glad that my sister didn’t ask me what was so funny since we had our young niece and nephew over at the time and I wouldn’t have been able to explain it. But it was a great break in all of the dark inner thoughts, obsession, and sex scenes that had been building up through the story until that point. It then went back to their confused feelings for each other. Overall, it wasn’t a bad book about Stockholm syndrome and if you like books about Stockholm syndrome, abuse, brainwashing, isolation, rape, hurt/comfort, enemies to lovers, mafia, and police detectives then this book is for you.

***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: “Guns n’ Boys: Gilded Agony” by K.A. Merikan

TITLE: Guns n’ Boys: Gilded Agony
AUTHOR: K.A. Merikan
SERIES: Guns n’ Boys
PUBLISHER: Acerbi&Villani ltd
COVER ARTIST: Natasha Snow
GENRE: Dark; Thriller
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 370 pages
RELEASE DATE: March 24, 2018
PRICE: $4.99 e-book

BLURB:

We are two halves of the same rotten apple.”
Deep in the Amazonian jungle, there is a mansion with a rose garden and a hen house where juicy tomatoes are the perfect shade of red, and marble countertops glisten.
Inside, where even the shadows don’t reach, something is rotting, and the perfect facade can only hold the stench for so long.
Domenico promised his husband that he would keep him safe, keep him away from the bloodshed and the brutal world of cartel violence. But when a guest arrives to help retrieve a stolen transport of guns, something sinister sneaks into his home, something more dangerous than his enemies. Or has it been there all along, and he just hasn’t noticed?
Seth’s life is what others dream of. Endless leisure time filled with cocktails, a kitchen stocked with anything he wishes for, and a private pool in the sunshine. What’s missing is the man he shares it with, the man he fell in love with. If being cut off from the mafia business was what he wanted, then why is it so painfully lonely in paradise?
Desperate to be the supportive husband Domenico needs, Seth buries his rage, his violent urges, and the anger that simmers inside of him. But he can only hide in plain sight for so long, and when a guest invites him to play with fire, one misstep, one wrong move, could burn their safe haven to the ground.


POSSIBLE SPOILERS:
Themes: mafia, cartel, assassin, organized crime, family ties, domestic violence, inequality, betrayal, revenge
Genre: Dark, twisted M/M romance / crime thriller
Length: ~92,000 words (Book 7 in the series)


WARNING: Adult content. If you are easily offended, this book is not for you.
‘Guns n’ Boys’ is a gritty story of extreme violence, offensive language, abuse, and morally ambiguous protagonists as well as scorching hot, explicit love scenes. Behind the morbid facade, there is a splash of inappropriate dark humor, and a love story that will crawl under your skin.


Almost three years after the bloodbath that allowed Domenico and Seth to take over Toro’s life and property (Guns n’ Boys 6: Bloodbath), Domenico is the new Toro at El Canto. Seth has everything he wishes, a home, money, security, a beautiful family but something is missing in his sanitized life.

When a snake in the form of a beautiful man named Diego comes into their house and tempts him, Seth finds himself in a dangerous path, more dangerous than anything until now.
Sometimes wishes can be dangerous, Seth and Dom will discover that in the worst way, but this time, can they come back from that?
Oh my, my, my, our guys are back. (No, I don’t squeak, nope, I’m just making happy dance noises with tiny sounds coming from my mouth … that are NOT squeaks).

Dom kept his promise to Seth. When Seth had a meltdown 3 years ago, Dom promises him not to have to kill anyone anymore, to not have to live in fear, and not to have to live with danger around each corner. He does this for Seth, but Dom being Dom, he does this to the extreme. I love Dom, always have, this guy is batshit crazy, a sociopath, in the pure medical term, he has a temper and an ego the size of a planet, but I love him, and not because I’m crazy (maybe a little) but because of how Domenico Acerbi loves Seth Villani. That kind of loves is unique, Seth is his world, literally his whole world, and for that, I love him hard.

Seth has what he asks for, but he’s unhappy. Yes, it’s him who asked not to be involved anymore in all the killing, violence, torture, but at the end of the day, he’s alone. He’s cut off from Domenico, and they don’t share anything anymore, they don’t talk like they used to do because Dom wants to keep him safe, like a damsel in distress. So when Diego makes a move on him, Seth sees the opportunity to escape his golden cage. But Seth being Seth, he ended up in the worst situation that he ever had (worse than with Vincenzo in my opinion).

I loved this book; I loved it a lot. It’s different than the six previous books of the series. This one marks a change in the dynamic of the plot but also in Dom and Seth as a couple. For me, the book is written with two tempos. The first part is slow, a little bit calm, almost sanitized, like Seth’s new life actually, and then the second part is fast, dynamic, almost messy, like Seth’s old life, kinda. I liked it a lot. This book is also the one that puts the most to the test them as a couple, I was really scared for them, but the authors succeed brilliantly in connecting them more than ever, really after what they’ve been through together, I thought they couldn’t be more connected than what they were already, but obviously I was wrong.
This book is a good addition to the series, and it was necessary, in my opinion. With this book we reached a new level, and I can’t wait to read how they’ll evolve from here.

I highly recommend this book and the entire series, the book can’t be read as a standalone, but the journey of Domenico and Seth is worth your time. So far, this series, is my top number 1, before all my favorites books, series, movies, foods, and sometimes…. my son.

It’s 5 OptimuMMs… because crossbow

***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: “Bait” by Pierce Smith

TITLE: Bait
AUTHOR: Pierce Smith
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Self
COVER ARTIST: Pierce Smith
GENRE: Dark
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 360 pages
RELEASE DATE: January 1, 2018
PRICE: $3 e-book / $14.99 paperback

BLURB:

Cody has had enough of living with his wealthy, controlling, and disapproving parents, so when the time comes to choose a university, he picks one as far away as possible from his hometown and arrives in New York. The naïve boy soon finds himself embroiled in a whirlwind affair with his tutors. Secrets abound. Will they be discovered? Will Cody ever find the happiness he is looking for or will it all end in tears?
This is a MM story which has some dark scenes.


First off, let me say how wonderfully written this book was. Pierce did a great job bringing me into this story and captivating me. At first, I was thinking how much can we really think two men are hot. Then as I continue reading, I had to get into the perspective of this young nineteen-year-old obsessed with two very hot and sexy men. Of course he is obsessed with their sexiness, and it is all he can think about. So, once I got into his mindset and not my own, I was hooked. Now, I must warn you, we don’t always get our HEA, but that doesn’t make it a bad book. I know some readers always want their HEA and if that is the case, don’t read this because the author deserves better than a bad review just because you didn’t like the ending. In my eyes, if a book gets my emotions worked up whether, for the good or bad of real life, that shouldn’t take away from the quality of a well-written book. With that being said, Pierce had me laughing, my libido on the rise, angry, on the edge of my seat and crying.

Cody is a young nineteen-year-old virgin that just moved away from home and is starting college. On his first day, he meets the very sexy and dapper, Drake. Cody can’t even believe this man is talking to him and offering him a ride. He’s so awestruck by this man’s appearance, that he can’t focus on anything Drake is talking about. He’s even in more shock later when he’s in a class and who walks in? Drake and he’s his professor.

Then, later in another class, who walks in? Max is the professor for this class. Who is Max you ask? Well, he’s an online fling that Cody has had for quite some time now. Max is also a very sexy man that’s had many online nights together with Cody. Now Cody gets so obsessed with these two professors and has no idea what to do. Cody has encounters with these two men that just send more confusion and fear into him.

I’m not going to say more just because I don’t like doing spoilers in my reviews. This book is very emotional with lots of charisma and angst and is not an HEA, so consider yourself warned. I will leave you with a quote in the book that fits so well with my review and book.

“Love allures as a bliss, heart, chocolates and wildflowers. In reality, it’s a pathetic play, which leaves you devastated and wrecked.”

***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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