Review: “Like Breathing” by Tia Fielding

TITLE: Like Breathing
AUTHOR: Tia Fielding
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Garrett Leigh
GENRE: BDSM; MMM
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 240 pages
RELEASE DATE: July 10, 2018
PRICE: $6.99 – e-book/ $14.99 – paperback

BLURB:

A love as easy as breathing.
Life started out rocky for Devin Rice, but it’s turned out pretty well. He has adoptive parents and a brother who love him, and he works as a coder for his dad’s video game company. Romance is scarce, but a chance encounter leads to more than he ever expected.
While dropping off an assignment for his sick brother, Dev meets his mentor. Art history professor Seth Kent is brilliant and gorgeous, just what Dev has been looking for. Except that he’s in a long-term committed relationship.
Seth’s partner, Leaf, is older and sees the world differently due to his unusual upbringing. To him, the clear attraction between Seth and Dev isn’t a problem, it’s an unexpected gift. After all, Leaf is often on the road, going wherever rescue dogs need rehabilitation.
When Leaf meets Dev, all the missing pieces fall into place, and three men from different worlds and at different points in life fill each other’s empty spaces. For them, building a future together is the most natural thing in the world. But their unconventional love causes waves in their careers and family dynamics, and each man has his own doubts and fears to overcome.


Like Breathing is the first book that I’ve read by Tia Fielding but it isn’t going to be the last. I liked her style of writing and attention to details, but I also liked that I felt like I was in the book and living each of her characters’ lives with them, sharing their happiness, joy, hurts, sorrow, loneliness and at times jealousy. Oh and can’t forget about all of the hot kinky scenes. Yep definitely going to be reading more books by this author if they are like this book. I love a book with a good Daddy kink to it but with three main characters that have different needs that isn’t the only kink that’s in this book. There’s also a nice gap in age between the main characters. I loved how they all fit together and filled the holes in that needed to be filled.

They really complimented each other. But adding another person to an already established and committed relationship isn’t without its problems and misunderstandings. Communication’s key in every relationship and even more so when there are more than two people.

I loved Devin Rice. He’s twenty-five, has anxiety issues, and writes code for his father’s gaming company. I loved how he interacts with Seth and Leaf. I also like the relationship that he has with his adoptive parents and his brother, Angel even if Angel has issues with Devin dating his mentor, Seth. Although I get it, Angel’s afraid that Devin will break-up Seth and his partner, Leaf and that it will affect the professional relationship between him and his mentor. But there were times that I wanted to smack him and tell him to get over his homophobic issues, although that one scene where the brother walks in on them all is priceless. And that’s just one scene out of many that you won’t want to miss.

I liked Seth. He’s an Art history professor that’s thirty-six. He’s a little bit of a perfectionist, and he’s in a long-term committed relationship with Leaf and has been for about ten years. He loves his partner, but Leaf is gone a lot of the time training problem dogs.

When he mentions to Leaf that it’s been over a year since they’ve had penetrative sex, he knows that something has to change. He doesn’t want to have to give his partner ultimatums, but he doesn’t want to be taken for granted also. When he meets Devin dropping off his sick brother’s paper and then later ends up having lunch with him, he’s surprised at how easy he is to talk to and how much fun it is to have somebody to talk to. They’re just friends but he can’t help that he thinks he’s attractive and they have chemistry.

I liked that Leaf is different than both Seth and Devin in how he was raised. He had an unusual upbringing, and it’s left him with a different view of relationships and monogamy. So when his partner, Seth, gushes about his protégé’s brother and how they had lunch and talked for a while, he can see how animated his partner is, and although Seth doesn’t seem to be aware of it, he can see how attracted Seth is to Devin and he’s happy about it. He thinks that Devin could be just what their relationship needs. Somebody to be with Seth when Leaf has to be gone, and it doesn’t hurt that after meeting Devin that Leaf likes him just as much as Seth. And the attraction seems to be mutual between all three of them. I also liked that Leaf is fifty and has salt-n-pepper hair and is attractive enough to make Devin drool.

All in all the book is fabulous and one that I will be rereading.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review: “Natural Beauty” by Meraki P. Lyhne

TITLE: Natural Beauty
AUTHOR: Meraki P. Lyhne
SERIES: Cubi Series
PUBLISHER: Self
COVER ARTIST: Jay Aheer
GENRE: MMM; Paranormal; Erotica
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 312 pages
RELEASE DATE: June 5, 2018
PRICE: $4.99 –e-book

BLURB:

The Cubi people have lived a secluded and quiet existence since they arrived in America. A shipment of new breeders brought two changes with it: Their next King and a mutated breeder. Those two changes set off a chain of events that the Cubi are far from ready to deal with.
Daniel aspires and works hard to find his future place as the sovereign ruler of his people. Seldon fights to rise to his new station and level of responsibilities as the right-hand Lord to a King, but the fight is also with himself. The breeders, who were freed during the upheaval in the Great House of Dahlidin, return to the human society, but not everybody finds it easy to acclimatize.
Although forced into action, Daniel’s hands are tied. Tough decisions that will either end their war or step it up have to be made. The only question is whether a Kingdom that young is even ready for that.


This is the fifth installment of the Cubi series. Meraki world of Cubi’ sharing the nation with humans continues with Daniel growing into his role as King Beaudin, that comes with responsibilities he doesn’t think he’s capable all of the time.

After the attack on the Grand House, some of the breeders were set free. One of those is Alex. We met Alex in previous books. Being home again with his radical parents and having dreams that he’s back with the Cubi’s again, confuses him to no end. It seems he’s going through of a dose of withdrawal along with the sexual fantasy that he’s taken hard. Having a homophobic faternal conditioning that a man is the penetrator, he goes into a state of depression. That state pushes him to search for the Cubi that he feels are out there.

Seldon feels insecure. After being raped, the fever slowly leaves his body, but that doesn’t mean that his mind has healed. But he is not alone…he has Daniel and Caledon who take care of their dear lover.

The Kingdom of Daniel is expanding. The coronation is near, and there is a lot of empowering going on. Daniel must dose Marca, his Fountain several times a day. They are developing a very close friendship.
There is a lot going on. Cubi are coming in for the ceremony, new natural beauties are arriving and Daniel’s goal to change the Cubi point of view on breeders who now are called feeders.

I like how their society is changing. They become more open, and we start to see that feeders are more appreciated than we thought.

I specialy loved Alex’s POV. Almost half of the book is about him searching and finding his place after the attack. He’s experimenting with his desire without being dosed, and that creats pure energy.

I can’t wait for the next book in the 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

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: “Rule of Thirds” by Aidan Wayne

TITLE: Rule of Thirds
AUTHOR: Aidan Wayne
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Jennifer Vance
GENRE: Sci-fi; MMM
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 200 pages
RELEASE DATE: April 17, 2018
PRICE: $6.99 – e-book/ $14.99 – paperback

BLURB:

A traumatic past doesn’t have to mean not having a future.
When Jason Diovardi, military elite, is removed from active duty after failing too many psych evals, he has only one goal in mind: get back into the field. It’s all he knows and all he thinks he’s good for, which is why he grudgingly accepts two live-in AI Companions to help him begin to recover from his severe PTSD. Chase and Shade are a matched pair, and Jason hopes they’ll keep each other distracted enough to leave him alone so he can go through the motions and be cleared for fieldwork.
Jason doesn’t expect to actually get better, and the progress he makes with his patient and caring Companions sneaks up on him—and so do unexpected feelings between the three of them. Now Jason might even be able to admit to being happy. But has he healed enough to allow himself to accept what Chase and Shade are offering?
Hope. Love. A reason to live.


I loved Rule of Thirds by Aidan Wayne. This is the first time I have read a book by Aidan Wayne, but it won’t be the last. The author sucked me in with the blurb and the yummy cover, and the story didn’t disappoint. I was hooked from the first line and read the story straight through into the wee hours of the morning. The story is about Jason Diovardi who is a military elite that has been removed from active duty after failing too many psych evaluations. He has PTSD and part of his recovery is being assigned a live-in AI Companion. The only thing on Jason’s mind is to go through the motions and be cleared for fieldwork.

In this futuristic world, Artificial Intelligence has evolved into independent sentient beings, and a lot of them have been trained as live-in caregivers or special-needs assistance companions for people who have PTSD. For Jason, this means somebody that will help him with his touch aversion and lashing out at people and hurting them when he’s startled or having a flashback and also making him meals and making sure that he eats and goes to his appointments. During his appointment with the Delegate for the companions, Jason finds out that there is a bonded pair which matches his needs. Jason hopes that if he takes the matched pair that they’ll keep each other distracted enough to leave him alone so he can go through the motions and be cleared for fieldwork.

Chase and Shade are a bonded pair of Companions. However, during one of his companion assignments, Shade had gotten reprogrammed into thinking and acting like a loyal dog. Chase was his savior, and they ended up bonding over the incident and recovery. Shade will never be like he was before the tampering with his programming but Chase loves him for who he is now not who he used to be. With Shade’s enhanced abilities like hearing, sense of smell, and empathy, he is able to read Jason’s body language and feelings that he keeps hidden. Which really helps with his recovery. As they help Jason with his recovery and he starts to open up and work through his issues, Chase and Shade end up falling in love with Jason, and they want to propose a permanent human-android bond.

But as Jason gets better, he’s given more duties from his work like training recruits and getting them ready for fieldwork. Which puts him closer to his goal, going back into active duty. But now that he has two people that he cares about, he isn’t sure if risking his life again in active duty is what he wants to do anymore. Will he choose active duty or the loves of his life?
This story was a great look into the mind of a man who has PTSD. I liked getting to see how he sees himself and why he does some of the things that he does. I also loved Chase and Shade and how they didn’t pressure Jason to do anything but just became a part of Jason’s life and snuck into his heart. I hope that the author writes more books like this one. I would love for this to become a series.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis