Review: “A Dom & His Artist” by Xenia Melzer

TITLE: A Dom & His Artist
AUTHOR: Xenia Melzer
SERIES: Club Whisper
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Aaron Anderson
GENRE: Contemporary Romance; Erotic; BDSM
LENGTH: 200 pages
RELEASE DATE: April 10,2018
PRICE: $4.89 -e-book


A Club Whisper Novel

Sometimes the perfect man can be found in the most unexpected place….
Martin Carmichael owns a security firm and is part owner of Club Whisper. He’s a Dom in search of the right guy, and when his car breaks down on a lonely stretch of road, he thinks he might have found him.
Artist Collin Malloy is talented, easygoing, but somewhat insecure. Still, he has a big heart and is quick to offer help when he sees Martin in need. To thank him, Martin invites Collin to dinner, where the attraction between them becomes harder to resist.
But what will become of their budding relationship when Martin reveals that he likes his men bound, submissive, and in pain? Is it something Collin can accept… and possibly enjoy exploring? Even if he can, Collin has a secret of his own—a secret he doesn’t even realize he’s keeping.

I have become such a fan of this series. This is the second book and, as it can be read as a stand-alone, I suggest reading A Dom and His Writer. It will give you the background of the characters and the Club Whisper. This author has really captured what it’s like to be a Dom that falls in love. A good Dom in love doesn’t have to be a hardnose but can get all squishy and loving. A Dom in the bedroom is one thing, but a Sub that has captured his heart out of the bedroom is a whole other aspect.

Martin is a successful business owner of a security firm and part owner of the BDSM club known as Club Whisper. Dean, the other owner and best friend, has found his perfect soulmate. Martin wants the same but doesn’t think he will ever find his. His brand-new car breaks down on him, and no one will stop to help him. When he is about to give up, a man in a beat up old pickup truck stops to help him.

Collin sees this mafia looking man broke down on the side of the road and pulled over to help him. He sees right through the mafia persona and tells the man exactly what he sees. Collin has this ability of talking so fast and about so many things in a single breath, it’s hard to grasp everything he’s saying. He gives Martin a ride, and Martin promises to call for dinner to pay Collin back for stopping. When he doesn’t call, Collin gets insecure and knows he won’t. The next morning, Martin calls and sparks fly from their first dinner.

It’s soon learned that Collin is an amazing artist and his best friend from childhood, Jude, helps sell his work. Jude took Collin in when his parents kicked him out, of course for being gay, but Jude has protected Collin from the world and how successful of an artist he really is.

I really enjoyed watching Martin go from Dom that loved inflicting pain to a squishy man that loved cuddling with his Sub. But Martin doesn’t mess around when you mess with the love of his life. This book has a little bit of everything. I fell in love with Collin and his innocence. He’s just so adorable, and the speed of his brain was something to be in awe of. I can’t wait for the next book.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review: “Asher” by Catherine Lievens

TITLE: Asher
AUTHOR: Catherine Lievens
SERIES: Wyoming Shifters
PUBLISHER: eXtasy Books
GENRE: Paranormal; Erotic
LENGTH: 119 pages
RELEASE DATE: November 10, 2017
PRICE: $4.99 – e-book


Asher has known Terry was his mate for years. They grew up together, and he kept his secret for fear of losing both his best friend and the only family he had after his aunt died. Besides, Terry is straight, and he has a girlfriend.
When Terry’s girlfriend dumps him, he goes home to his father—and Asher. He knows they’ll both take care of him, even though he’s not hurting as much as he should be. How can he when he’s been in love with Asher for more than ten years?
Asher is tasked to take a drunken Terry back home, and he makes the mistake of telling him they’re mates, thinking he’s sleeping and won’t even hear it. But Terry does, and he confronts Asher the next morning, angry and hurt.
Will Terry be able to get over those feelings and finally have Asher in his life as his mate?
Wyoming Shifters: 12 years later series is set in the same universe as Whitedell, Gillham , and the Council enforcers and follows the stories of the children of the original characters.

Asher is the first book in a new spin-off series called Wyoming Shifters: Twelve years later by Catherine Lievens. I was bummed when I found out that the Gillham Pack series had ended and so I was so excited by this new series. It’s also set in the Gillham pack but it takes place twelve years later, and we now get to watch the former kids of the Gillham pack find their mates. Fans of the Gillham Pack series will love this new series. I know that I do.

This book is Asher and Terry. Terry’s dad is Shawn, and he’s mated to Jarah who’s a nix. Terry had a hard time getting over his dad marrying Jarah and moving them to the Gillham Pack. He didn’t know that his dad was bisexual and so that came as a big shock for him. His one light in the dark was his friendship with Asher. They were so close that Asher was like another son to Shawn and Jarah. Terry’s feelings for Asher changed as he got older but he was afraid of trying for a relationship because he didn’t want to be hurt when Asher found his mate and dumped him. Trying to protect his heart, he kept his feelings to himself and only dated women. He never told anybody that he was bisexual like his dad.

Asher knew that Terry was his mate from when they first met at the age of twelve but seeing how angry Terry was about his dad and Jarah and the whole fated mate’s thing, Asher decided to keep that fact to himself. He would have told Terry after they turned eighteen, but by then Terry had started to date girls and Asher thought he was straight and he didn’t want to force him into a relationship that would make him unhappy.

When Terry gets dumped by his girlfriend of a year, he flees back home to the comfort of his family and best friend, Asher. He ends up getting drunk, and Asher is tasked with taking him home. After putting Terry to bed and thinking that he’s asleep, Asher makes the mistake of telling him that they’re mates before heading home. But Terry wasn’t asleep and hears what Asher said. Terry’s angry that Asher would keep such a secret from him for so long but as his dad points out to him, Terry isn’t blameless since he never told Asher that he was in love with him either. Both men were only trying to protect their hearts but will they have the courage to be mates now that they know how the other feels? Or will Terry go back to his ex-girlfriend when she comes crawling back? You’ll just have to read the book to see how they fumble through being more than best friends.

I loved the pet a shifter benefit for the animal shelter, and it was one of my favorite parts of the book. I also loved Menace and Doggy. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review: “Out of the Cage” by Catherine Lievens

TITLE: Out of the Cage
AUTHOR: Catherine Lievens
SERIES: Free Shifters, book 1
PUBLISHER: eXtasy Books
COVER ARTIST: Erin Dameron-Hill
GENRE: Paranormal; Erotica
LENGTH: 141 pages
RELEASE DATE: July 14, 2017
PRICE: $4.99 – e-book


The only thing Emmett has known his entire life is the zoo. He was born in captivity, taken away from his mother when he was twelve, and has lived alone in his cage for the past twelve years.
Levin is a free shifter. He was born free, and he’s made saving shifters under human control one of his missions in life. The lucky ones are locked in zoos for human entertainment. The unlucky ones are in labs, being tortured and killed.
Emmett and his best friend are rescued from the Colorado Zoological Park just before the park plans to get rid of Emmett for not being able to breed. Emmett has trouble adapting to life outside the cage, but Levin is there for him, helping him every step of the way. It’s confusing and scary, but Emmett has never felt so safe—yet so out of place.
Levin and Emmett must find a way to fit together as they deal with a jealous ex and Emmett tries to become a true pack member. When one of the kids runs away, not even Levin listens to Emmett when he says he can help. Will Levin manage to rescue the pup before it’s too late? What will happen when Emmett decides to disobey Levin’s order to stay put and gets hurt in the process?

Out of the Cage is the first book in the Free Shifters series by Catherine Lievens. This is a great new series. I liked both of the main characters Emmett and Levine. I also liked Emmett’s best friend and fellow zoo captive Keating, who’s a rare white tiger shifter. Emmett and Levine have great chemistry and complement each other. There is some nice world building in this book, and it’s a slow burn romance. Not a lot of angst but Emmett will have his work cut out for him to try and get the free pack to treat him as anything other than an outsider and pampered zoo animal.

Emmett is naive and innocent about the world since he’s only seen and observed the world through the bars of his cage at the zoo and he has only ever interacted with his zookeepers and the other zoo employees. He was taken away from his mother at the age of twelve and has lived alone for the last twelve years. His keepers keep trying to get him to breed with other females from different zoos, but Emmett refuses to breed.

Emmett has two reasons that he won’t breed. First is that he doesn’t want his kids to be sentenced to living their whole lives as zoo animals never knowing freedom and a life of loneliness and the second reason is he’s gay and has no desire to breed a female. However, Emmett is a common wolf shifter, and if he won’t breed then he’s not earning his keep, and he learns that he’s about to be “retired.” Emmett and Keating are rescued the day before he’s supposed to be retired. Emmett has never known freedom or love. His only friend is the white tiger shifter, Keating, who has lived next to him for the last decade.

Levine, on the other hand, is one of three alphas that are responsible for their pack of free shifters. He’s no stranger to responsibilities and constantly having pack members asking him for things. Their pack lives off the land in a network of caves inside of a mountain. And although they are free, they do have enemies and dangers that they have to watch out for like human hunters that will capture them and sell them to zoos or as research animals or simply for their pelts to make clothes out of them. The free world is a dangerous place, and as a result, they have to stay close to the caves and in hiding, so freedom is a relative term.

When Emmett is rescued, he will find out just how dangerous the free world is. Is he really free or did he just exchange one cage for a bigger one?
This book is the beginning of a new series, and as such, it does end in a happy for now ending for Emmett and Levine. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series, and I hope that it answers some of the questions that were left unanswered at the end of this book. If you liked Catherine Lieven’s other series, I would give this series a try.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review: “Here Without You” by JJ Harper

TITLE: Here Without You
SERIES: Cooper’s Ridge Series
GENRE: Erotica; Contemporary Romance
LENGTH: 348 pages
RELEASE DATE: February 27, 2018
PRICE: $4.10 e-book / $10.99 paperback


Archer Hawkins and Mallory Halston literally run into each other and a true love story is born. Archer pursues Mallory with absolute determination making him fall hook, line, and sinker.
“I really would like to get to know you, Mallory.” His voice husky in my ear. “I don’t think it’s a good idea, I’m sorry.” I’m already kicking myself for turning him down. “That’s okay, I’ll ask again tomorrow, and the day after, I’ll get you to say yes in the end.”
But just when they’re about to get everything they ever hoped tragedy strikes leaving Mal alone and adrift. Putting his past behind him Mal stumbles upon Cooper’s Ridge. Changing his name to Carter, he takes a chance, becoming a bartender at The Last Drop Inn, and embarking on a new life.
Local attorney, Dan Mortimer, has finally found and captured the heart of Cooper’s Ridge’s newest resident, Carter.
“I was coming in to see you, and maybe get you to agree to dinner with me. C’mon Carter it’s only dinner, I’m a nice guy I promise.”
But when Dan’s college friend comes to town to recuperate after a horrible car accident, it seems the most important men in his life may have something to answer for. And just how far will an evil, conniving, homophobic mother with a vendetta go to bring them all down?
Here Without You is a gay ménage story with plenty of hot sex and strong language and is therefore suitable for readers aged 18 and over.

JJ Harper has done it again. She has ripped my heart out and put it back together piece by piece. She really enjoys getting me to ugly cry for the wonderful characters that I just fall in love with and then creating a love story that almost gets me to forgive her. Almost lol. In this series, she makes a ménage seem so enticing and normal. Which, these days, they are becoming more common. I love how she takes tough topics and makes them beautiful. It’s still so disheartening to know that humans can treat another human so terrible, especially your own children. The homophobic mother in the book is the worst and what made it worse, was that this still happens in today’s day and age.

Archer and Mallory have a wonderful love story and couldn’t be happier with each other. Archer had to do some convincing that they would be the perfect couple. He would show up every day to the coffee shop that Mallory worked at and didn’t give up until Mallory knew that they belonged together and were to be married. The day Mallory gets the marriage license, he was told about the horrible accident that took Archer from him. What Archer’s mother does to Mallory makes him pack a few things and move away to Cooper’s Ridge going by his middle name Carter.

Carter gets a job at the local bar as we all know as The Last Drop Inn. Kes takes Carter in giving him a job and the apartment upstairs. Carter is broken and struggles to move on but with the help of Dan, the local attorney always flirting with him, he starts to feel again and finally decides to go out with Dan. They become inseparable, and Carter is happy to feel this way again. They can’t believe that they are in love and deny saying it for some time, but they finally confess to each other their love for each other.

Dan’s best friend from college is coming to town, so Carter stays at his own place so the two friends can spend some time with each other and catch up. His best friend was in a horrible accident that nearly killed him and put a lot of metal in his body to hold him together. But nothing can hold his heart together since his fiancé left him while he was in the hospital. Imagine, to everyone’s surprise, when the three of them meet one night out for some dancing.

This book has had me laughing and crying. It has had me feel sadness and anger. But as always, JJ Harper has me wanting more and loving how she brings her characters through the tribulations of life and powering through everything bad and turning it good.

***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: “Lexington Black” by S.A. Smythe

TITLE: Lexington Black
AUTHOR: S.A. Smythe
COVER ARTIST: Drue Hoffman
GENRE: Contemporary Romance; Erotica
LENGTH: 205 pages
RELEASE DATE: February 1, 2015
PRICE: $2.99 –e-book


Robin Martyn is divorced, straight, and living an unexciting life as a book-keeper for a luxury car showroom. His ambition to be an author has stalled, and he has a nightmare of a family, most of whom think he is a waste of space. His father killed himself when Rob was 15, and since then, Rob has found it hard to trust and commit himself to anyone but himself, yet over the course of a test drive with a suave stranger, he discovers he is capable of behaving in a totally irrational and risky manner.
Lexington Black is the wealthy New Yorker who rocks Rob’s world. After a night of hot sex, he wastes no time in luring Rob to the US to stay at his penthouse for a month so that he can reboot his writing career. A ruthless businessman, Lex is accustomed to getting what he wants. He is in love with Rob and he also wants his ailing father to accept his sexuality before the old man dies.
As Rob is introduced to gay Manhattan by Lex’s colourful friends, he is unaware that Lex is holding on to a crucial secret. Years before, Lex was a student at the college where Rob’s father was Headmaster. A brief encounter between them had resulted in the tragedy that Rob had been unable to forget. With this secret hanging between them, it is only a matter of time before Rob and Lex’s relationship is balanced on a knife edge.
A heated tale of deception and lust between two hot men who cannot keep their hands off each other…

This was my first read from this author, and I really enjoyed it. I enjoyed the character build up, and the sex scenes were HOT. I felt the straight-to-gay was a little too easy but what do I know? Maybe, for some men, it’s that easy to accept. At least the character was finally happy with his life.

Rob is a man that suddenly finds his belongings in the yard and the locks changed to his house. His wife is done with him and has thrown everything, including the grandfather clock, out in the rain. The clock was his father’s that committed suicide years ago. Rumor has it that his dad was gay and was going to be outed when he killed himself. Rob works as an accountant for a friend’s car dealership. One day, he’s polishing his dream car on the showroom floor, when he notices someone watching him.

Lexington Black is a wealthy man, that’s in town closing a deal, when he walks by the dealership and is mesmerized by a man polishing a beauty. What Lexington doesn’t expect is to find the eyes of a man he cannot resist. He has to get this man in his bed at all costs, even if that means lying to this man of his dreams.

Rob is from a very uptight family, and his mother does not tolerate people being gay. She’s disappointed in Rob for not making his marriage work, and she is not shy about telling him so. Lexington is an openly gay man and doesn’t care who knows but does wish his father would accept him being who he is. When these two find each other, the fireworks fly high. They have such good chemistry. I loved the others characters and you will too. Lexington’s best friend is an amazing drag queen that I want as my very own friend.

My heart ached when Rob discovered Lexington’s lie, and he left him. Lexington’s ego kept him away. What will he have to do to win Rob back? Will Rob ever forgive him? Will they ever be together again? I was going crazy with these questions as I was reading wanting answers now. This was an enjoyable and good read. I hope you enjoy too.

***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 ***