Review: “Vice City” by SA Stovall

TITLE: Vice City
AUTHOR: SA Stovall
SERIES: Vice City
PUBLISHER: DSP Publications
COVER ARTIST: Aaron Anderson
GENRE: Thriller
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 234 pages
RELEASE DATE: June 20, 2017
PRICE: $5.38 -e-book / $14.99 -paperback

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After twenty years as an enforcer for the Vice family mob, Nicholas Pierce shouldn’t bat an eye at seeing a guy get worked over and tossed in the river. But there’s something about the suspected police mole, Miles, that has Pierce second-guessing himself. The kid is just trying to look out for his brother any way he knows how, and the altruistic motive sparks an uncharacteristic act of mercy that involves Pierce taking Miles under his wing.

Miles wants to repay Pierce for saving his life. Pierce shouldn’t see him as anything but a convenient hookup… and he sure as hell shouldn’t get involved in Miles’s doomed quest to get his brother out of a rival street gang. He shouldn’t do a lot of things, but life on the streets isn’t about following the rules. Besides, he’s sick of being abused by the Vice family, especially Mr. Vice and his power-hungry goon of a son, who treats his underlings like playthings.
So Pierce does the absolute last thing he should do if he wants to keep breathing—he leaves the Vice family in the middle of a turf war.


Pierce is the head enforcer of the Vice Family, a mafia family who controls Noimore city.
One day, he was supposed to “take care” of a young man, Miles, who is a suspected mole.
Without knowing why himself, Pierce decides to spare Miles’s life and takes him under his wing.
Miles has one goal, find his brother Jayden and move out of town. When Pierce saves his life and helps him to find and save his brother, Miles’ priorities change, and Pierce wellbeing starts to be his top list.

Between the turf war with the Cobra, finding Jayden and staying alive, Miles and Pierce have to fight in order to one day leave the town and maybe have a future…together
Ok, so there’re the books that I love and the books that I loooove. This one is the book that I Adooooooooooooooooooore. It’s the BEST NOIR BOOK 2017.
Where I start? I don’t know how to explain my feelings.

The characters are awesome.

If Miles is strong, sweet and sometimes naïve: he’s also loyal and devoted to Jayden and Pierce.
Pierce is SUBLIME. This man is rough, hard, brutal, and violent. He’s merciless, smokes, drinks, fucks and doesn’t give a shit about what people say or think. He’s gay, out and proud. But he’s also loyal, with a code of honor (maybe not the same as ours but still he has a code). He’s also tired. Tired of his dog life, tired seeing the same low life, the same shit, the same dark and painful side of the human race for the last 20 years. He is absolutely sublime when he comes to Miles, taking care of him in his own weird way.

The plot and the story are awesome, and the writing is brilliant. It’s what? The fourth book from the author and she wrote this masterpiece. Hats off to the artist!!
This book is dark, really dark, don’t expect unicorns and rainbows here, nope, we have whores, junkies and murderers. It’s written with Pierce’s pov only, and that’s probably what I loved the most in this book. The entire book we’re in his head, how he lives, how he meets Miles, how their connection start.
It was so brilliantly written, well built, it was dark and poetic, rough and tender, all at the same time.

She realized the incredible thing; to put love in this book, without naming it once, without expressing it once. In the tortured soul of Pierce and Miles, their fucked-up way of being together, there was more love than any “I love you.” (That doesn’t mean that I don’t want to read Pierce and Miles saying those words, Dear New favorite author of my life!).
It reminds me the movie, Sin City, this book is a chef-d’oeuvre just like this movie.

So if, like me, you’re a huge fan of Noir fiction, polar movie, and Gay Love… This book is THE book for you. You can’t finish 2017 without meeting Pierce (My Hubby btw) and Miles.
At the end of the book I was sitting on my couch at 4 am in the morning (2h before I have to go to work…yep zombie face all day), looking in the void trying to understand what’s happened to me, how I can go on with my life after this book. How I will live without my boys and most importantly, WHEN IS BOOK 2 COMING??

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go back sit down on my couch and find the strength to fight this book hangover or maybe re-read it. I hope book 2 will come soon, like tomorrow, because I need to read more about Pierce and Miles, the end of this book was sweet, but not enough, they have to live so much more (like a fucking beautiful crazy love story and a revenge to do). So Dear New Author of my life, please, hurry up!!!

It’s 5 Official OptimuMM’s for me (Unofficially it’s 20 out of 5).

***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 ***

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Review: “Dark Silence” by Katze Snow & Susanna Hays

TITLE: Dark Silence
AUTHOR: Katze Snow & Susanna Hays
SERIES: The Bound Subject
PUBLISHER: Self
COVER ARTIST: Jay Aheer
GENRE: Dark; Erotica; Thriller
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 288 pages
RELEASE DATE: June 29,2017
PRICE: $2.99 -e-book
  

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Fans of FLESH CARTEL will enjoy reading this book because it is ALL kinds of messed up. Not a romance. Humanity does not belong here.

Claude Galen was brought into this world to train slaves, not to want them.

When his latest victim, a twenty-one-year-old boy named Tristan Kade, begins to see Claude for who he truly is, only one thing can be done to stop Tristan from escaping: punish him.

Trapped in a padded white room with no windows or doors, all Tristan can do to stay alive in this world is to obey Professor Galen.

Submit to him.

Yield. Break.

But what happens when Tristan’s body is trained to work against him? When he starts to crave the pleasure instead of fear it? When he begins to see the man behind the monster?

Warning: This story is DARK. It is not intended for those who are seeking a happily ever after. This psychological, erotic MM thriller is meant for those who enjoy the darker side of life. It is NOT a romance and it contains graphic scenes of sexual torture in which some may find upsetting. Other possible triggers include abduction, torture, non con, manipulation, and enslavement. Please consider these warnings before entering the professor’s world.


WARNING. This is a very dark book about kidnapping, torture, brainwashing and this is not for everyone.

Now, with that said, if you like very dark reads with hot sex, then I recommend this book. These authors are very dark and twisted in the way they tell a story. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but let me tell you, I’m a bit twisted because I loved it.

Claude went through excruciating training by his own father to train slaves. He was raised with this theory that his father had that can change a person into someone totally different by torturing them and make them a better person in the end. Claude has known nothing else, and he does his best to impress his father. Claude has finally worked hard enough and gets his own boy to train.

Tristan is a video geek and travels to go to a gaming convention. He tells his aunt he’s going to check out a college. He was sought out for this college, so he agrees to go meet the professor, then will go to the convention. Well, when Tristan meets the professor, he doesn’t realize he will never make it to the convention. Instead, he’s kidnapped and put in a white room with no windows and is kept there for days. Tristan’s life will never be the same.

Claude knew he wanted Tristan from the first time he saw him. He has been obsessed with getting this boy and doing things right this time. Yes, this isn’t his first. Claude had another, but it ended badly as Claude let himself have feelings and dad took care of that situation after the escape attempt.

Tristan is finally released from this white room of hell, but the rest of the torture that this young man endures is unspeakable. But, after a while, Tristan craves Claude’s touch. Can this theory be true? Will Tristan ever be able to escape or, the better question, will he want to?

Can Claude keep this boy from escaping? Will Tristan submit to this evil man? Will they each accept their roles and be ok with who they are in the end? This is not a love story and does not promote happiness. I was on the edge of my seat from beginning to end. I got angry, felt empathy and want more.

***I would like to thank the authors for the privilege and opportunity of reading this ARC.  My review is an honest opinion of the book***

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Review: ” Detour” by Sid Love

TITLE: Detour
AUTHOR: Sid Love
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Cool Dude Publishing
COVER ARTIST: Corneles Bronkhorst
GENRE: Contempory Romance, Thriller
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 333 pages
RELEASE DATE: June 13, 2017
PRICE: $6.99 -e-book / $12.99 -paperback
  

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Austin Reyes works as a bartender to support his ailing mother in a small town called Eaton. But his life takes a horrible turn when his boss’ son, Caleb, arrives in town and forces himself upon Austin. There is no end to Caleb’s lustful intentions. Austin leaves Eaton and flees to Denver to start a new life when his mother commits suicide after succumbing to depression. There, he meets Dylan Carver.

Dylan is out and proud. He’s also a well-known actor in the porn industry. When haters damage his car, Austin, now homeless and destitute, is injured and Dylan helps him. In the immediate aftermath, Dylan develops more than a passing interest for Austin, and, though they part ways, chance meetings never stop.

Austin lets Dylan in on the secret about his past, but soon realizes that the man who looked so happy on the outside, has his own baggage. Unbeknownst to them, someone is plotting to get Austin killed.

Even while surrounded by danger, Austin and Dylan’s relationship takes a detour that was always meant to be. Will this detour be Dylan’s undoing? Will Austin finally come to terms with his mother’s suicide and follow his own truth? Or will their lives implode?

Trigger Warning: Content includes a rape scene


Austin’s life is pure hell, he’s raped on a daily basis by his boss’ son, his mother is bipolar, and he needs his job to provide her medications. One night, when Caleb tries to rape him (again), his father saw them. Caleb lies, declaring Austin was the one who corrupted him and raped him. Austin tries to tell the truth, but it’s too late, he loses his job at the bar. When he comes back to his home, tired, hurt, beat, he finds his mother dead. She’s killed herself after she discovered what Austin had been through. Alone, traumatized, scared, and mourning his mom, Austin is attacked the next night after the funeral by Caleb. Caleb tries to rape him, and this time, Austin fights back and runs.

This book is about how you survive and heal when your life is hell.

This story was beautiful. We follow Austin and how he tries to stand up for himself.
How he tries to heal from his past. Heal with his friends, heal with loves, and heal with confidence.

The author did a great job, it wasn’t a “whining” book on how poor Austin is hurt. Not at all, yes, it’s a love story, but it’s also a thriller, and I enjoyed it.
The MC’s aren’t perfect, any of them. And I liked it a lot, I’m tired of the MC’s where one is Mr Perfection and the other Mr. Neurotic.

Austin does incomprehensible things sometimes, and Dylan is far away from being the perfect knight in shining Armor. And yes, I confess, I wanted to slap them, you know, like when you’re watching a movie and the MC does stupid things and you yell “Why did you do that !!!” but 5 minutes later, he does something adorable, and you forget his previous stupidity. Well, it was the same here, even if they annoyed me, it was never too long, and together they are perfect. They spend the book healing each other from their past, their mistakes, their wounds.

The writing is dynamic, the plot interesting. I was hooked on the story at the beginning and couldn’t stop until I finished the book.

That’s why it deserves 4 beautiful OptimuMM’s.
Enjoy
Ivy

***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***

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