Review: “Bondage Ranch” by Roland Graeme

TITLE: Bondage Ranch
AUTHOR: Roland Graeme
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: eXtasy Books
COVER ARTIST:Martine Jardin
GENRE: Erotica
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 185 pages
RELEASE DATE: January 20, 2017
PRICE: $4.99 -e-book
  

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Vaughn Richardson enjoys living and working as a ranch hand in rural Montana. Among the unofficial perks of the job is the fact that the handsome young man finds himself surrounded by other virile men. Vaughn enjoys casual sexual encounters with a number of these men. But his deeper, even more urgent desires seem to be stirred whenever the sex gets a bit rough, or when it incorporates any hint of bondage and discipline or dominant-and-submissive roleplaying. Vaughn has to learn how to overcome his lingering shame about his needs, and embrace them fully. With the help of a number of sex partners, he does so.


I had mixed feelings about this book. I love books that have lots of sex in them, and this book didn’t disappoint but for the length of the book there was almost too much sex, but I guess that’s why it’s categorized as a gay erotica book instead of a gay romance. This book had lots of sex and minimal storyline. Just enough storyline to get to the next sex scene.
The book starts out with a 23-year-old Vaughn Richardson going to a sex party and staying there for the next six chapters of detailed sexual encounters between a house full of super horny males. Vaughn is placed in many different sexual situations and finds that he enjoys getting tied up and having rough sex and when there’s a bit of dominant/submissive role-playing. Then for the next three chapters, we flash back to the first ranch that Vaughn started working at which he affectionately refers to as the ranch from hell. His roommate Will is supposedly straight but has no problem with mutual jackoff sessions and topping Vaughn and helping Vaughn get over his shame over his needs. Vaughn gets his first taste at being used as a piece of meat by the Foreman John Wayne Kearney who uses Vaughn’s employment as a way to get into his pants. Vaughn loses his virginity to John Wayne and gets his first taste at being in a Dominant/submissive relationship and finds that he enjoys it. But he also realizes that neither Will nor John Wayne cared about him and are both just using him.

He finds a new ranch to work at and promises himself that he will be no man’s sex slave again. He’s hoping to find a new lover or two to begin a relationship with. From there on we’re back to the present after the grand sex party, and we get some background about the new ranch that Vaughn is at. Vaughn gets a new job at the Burning Spur that has better pay and much better living conditions and a whole new set of sexy hot men. Vaughn makes a new friend with benefits at the ranch named Flint. Vaughn also starts up a relationship with a deputy sheriff by the name of Aaron who also ends up going with Vaughn and Flint to the next sex party.

I like that Vaughn is open with both Aaron and Flint that he’s seeing multiple people and isn’t doing it behind their backs. And during the party at Darren’s, Vaughn realized that he had feelings for Flint and upgraded Flint from friends with benefits to boyfriend.

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

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Review: “Darkest Desires” by Noah Harris

TITLE: Darkest Desires
AUTHOR: Noah Harris
SERIES: City of Sinners
PUBLISHER: Books Unite People
COVER ARTIST: Stefan Morgan
GENRE: Paranormal; New Adult; Come to Age
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 508 pages
RELEASE DATE: February 1, 2017
PRICE: $2.99 -e-book / $17.99 –paperback
  

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New York City, 1977

Disco. Gay liberation. The Son of Sam. Urban blight. It was a wild time in a wild city, and no one wanted to get wilder than a young man from a hick town in Missouri. Fresh out of high school, Richard Miller has come to the Big Apple to take a big bite of forbidden fruit.

But among the dark corners of the city’s cruising scene stalks an ancient evil. It is hungry for virgin male flesh, and it knows just how to tempt a young man eager for thrills and new experiences.
As Richard learns, this temptation threatens his new community, and even the city itself.

Darkest Desires is a dark romance with steamy scenes and bad language. It’s only recommended for readers 18+.


jologooptimummThis book is not just maturely and cleverly written, it’s a unique vision of dark desire, twisted with snippets of, well researched, historical fact and erotic imagination. I warn you this book is not for the faint hearted! However, if you’re open minded and strong hearted enough it carries you, slowly at first, into another world. It’s like climbing the first incline of a roller coaster and then, when you reach the top, hold onto your hats as you’re plunged over the edge into a descent the likes of which you rarely get to experience in a book.
It’s 1977, Richard has just left high school and moved to New York City to get away from the small-mindedness of his hometown. He’s finally able to openly shout ‘I’m gay!’ Noah takes us on Richard’s tortured journey as he finds lodgings, is mugged and tentatively takes his first steps in a seemingly open, gay environment. He eventually makes good friends within the gay community and quickly finds out about the reality of life as a gay man in a big city. In the process, he also loses his virginity and learns so much more about his own desires and needs!

The 1977 Everard Bathhouse fire is part of his journey, and Noah offers his own fictional explanation as to the origins of the tragedy. Noah also gives the reader an eye opening, incredible sense of life as part of a minority often persecuted in the 70’s.
Although it actually starts out as a typical gay ‘coming of age’ tale it quickly becomes a much more mature, darker and more erotic, paranormal offering than even Noah’s usual stories. The plot includes, among other things, drug use, demons, the occult and rape, which some may find disturbing. However, they’re not gratuitous and add, deliciously, to the edgy feel of the book. There are so many incredible layers to this story it’s hard to put into words what I felt when reading it, which I did in one session as I couldn’t put it down. Time meant nothing as I was carried away on a tide of emotion, erotica and yes, horror!

The ending is well finished off, and the final chapters are a real high as Richard fights his demons, literally, realises his potential and comes into his own as a powerful, gay man. Noah also very cleverly leaves enough open for a second book! This is Noah’s mature, creative talent, clever intellect and twisted imagination working at it’s very best to create something much bigger than the sum of its parts. I believe I’m going to enjoy this series immensely and can’t wait for book two. Miss out on this book and you miss out on an awesome reading experience! But…as I said before, this is not for the faint hearted!

***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: “Too Close” by R. Phoenix

 

TITLE: Too Close
AUTHOR: R. Phoenix
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Self
COVER ARTIST: Brittany Laura
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 176 pages
RELEASE DATE: December 26, 2016
PRICE: $2.99 e-book; $9.99 paperback
  

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Skylar Orion’s life has been complicated ever since his mother abandoned him and his sister Evie. Making ends meet seemed impossible until Tate Chandler took them in — his knight in shining armor who promised to make life about more than just surviving. But Tate is not the man he seemed to be, and even his whispered I love yous and generous gifts do little to soothe the pain he causes. Knowing he can’t give his sister all that she deserves without Tate, Skylar stays with him, relying on bad puns and a worse sense of humor to keep up the charade.

For his sister he will do anything, even if that means acting the responsible adult and going back to his old high school to meet Dexter Weston, the hot math teacher who can make even algebra interesting. Sparks fly between the two of them, but with his dependence on Tate, Skylar isn’t free to follow his heart. He wants what is best for Evie, but can he pass up the chance to find love that heals instead of harms?

Warning: Graphic Domestic Abuse and Violence


” I turn, and I run right into some guy. He’s taller than I am and probably heavier if the solid mass I bump into is any indication, but all I can see is the deep blue of his polo shirt as I stumble. His large hands come up to my arms, steadying me, and I wince as his fingers dig into the motley bruises hidden under my shirt sleeves. ”

” “I’ll walk you to the office to get a temporary ID,” he says, nodding toward the front building. He runs a hand through his brown hair as he says, “Procedure.” “Um.” I start following him as I try to figure out how to say I’m not a student. Duh, Skylar. Just say that. Not everything has to be a smartass comment. “I’m not. A student, that is.” He stops, and I run into him again. God, that ass. ”

I love how these to meet but then there’s Tate, the actual so called boyfriend, that’s not a nice person. Skylar is in such a bad situation and can’t get out.

I’d thought –I’d hoped –that him offering to take me and Evie both in meant he saw me as something more. But I should’ve known better than to think whispered declarations of love to a cheap whore half his age were anything but lies.

This is a must read to the end. It’s real and tugs at your heart. The author did a great job bringing you into these characters and getting your feelings involved.

***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: “Bad Boys Get Detention” by Jeff Enro

TITLE: Bad Boys Get Detention
AUTHOR: Jeff Enro
SERIES: Bad Boys Series
PUBLISHER: eXtasy Books
COVER ARTIST:Angela Waters
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 28 pages
RELEASE DATE: January 13, 2017
PRICE: $1.99 -e-book
  

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Chris, a high school English teacher, finds himself distracted by a very unruly, know-it-all student who constantly disrupts his class. Somehow he manages to make it through his first year of teaching without killing the mouthy, arrogant student, but is glad to see him finally graduate. Five years later, Chris is shocked to discover that the former student, Riley, has returned. This time he’s a teacher and an athletic coach. Unfortunately for Chris, the two have to work together. When Riley shows up in his classroom one evening after school, they both remember that Riley has a detention session he failed to serve prior to graduation.


Bad Boys Get Detention by Jeff Enro is the fourth book in the Bad Boys series. It’s an enjoyable short story about a high school teacher (Chris) who’s attracted to one of his students (Riley). Chris is annoyed by Riley and how he somehow manages to push all of Chris’ buttons. Riley is cocky, popular, muscular, handsome, top of his class smart, and almost always late to Chris’ class which drives Chris crazy. This leads to Chris giving Riley lots of detentions over the year and one that doesn’t get fulfilled.

Five years later and low and behold Riley is back to torment Chris by now being a teacher and assistant coach. Riley hasn’t really changed in the five years since Chris has last seen him and nothing has changed. He’s still pushing all of Chris’ buttons, and Chris is still just as attracted to him. On their second day of school meetings, Riley manages to push Chris too far, and Chris blows up at him. Chris retreats to his new classroom and spends the rest of the day decorating his classroom. Riley comes to apologize after everybody has gone home for the day and the rest of the book is just hot, hot, hot. They definitely manage to work out all of their problems and misunderstandings.

I will be reading this short story again and again. Definitely an enjoyable lunch time or just before bed read. The story was well written and nicely edited. The story is only 28 pages so don’t expect a lot of in-depth character development or plot line. But I did enjoy both characters and the plot line. This is the first book by Jeff Enro that I have read and I can’t wait to read the rest of the series by this author.

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

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Review: “Webb” by April Kelley

TITLE: Webb
AUTHOR: April Kelley
SERIES: Demon Elite series
PUBLISHER: eXtasy Books
COVER ARTIST:Latrisha Waters
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 107 pages
RELEASE DATE: January 13, 2017
PRICE: $4.99 -e-book
  

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Dario Navarro is a twenty-four-year-old man who has taken care of his ill mother his entire life. When his mother’s illness gets to be too much and he has to put her in a nursing home, rediscovering himself turns out to be harder than it seems. All he wants is someone to rely on, who has his back. He’d thought maybe Webb could be that person, but Webb’s issues with their age difference stand in the way.


levilogooptimummThe book is the 9th of the series “Demon Elite”.

Webb is keeping an eye on Dario and his mother whom, after her accident, is losing her sanity. She often becomes violent. She is unpredictable. The job Webb has wouldn’t be a problem if not for Dario. Dario is way younger than Webb, and it seems that the young man doesn’t waste any opportunity to tease the older one.

Webb is self-conscious about the age gap between the two. Every “move” of Dario’s, is counterattacked by Webb gestures like hair ruffling or calling him kid. These actions are deliberate, Webb is trying to protect himself. He’s also concerned of what Dario’s brother, Creed, would say if he would make a move on his “way” younger brother. Then one evening, Webb has enough of teasing, and he kisses the boy. That makes him panicky, and he leaves the house. Later that evening when Dario is calling him, he thinks the boy wants to talk about what happened, so he ignores the call. But this time Dario really needs him…

Dario for his entire life knew that he can count only on his brother Creed. When he’s calling Webb to ask for help with his mother, who attacked him with a knife, he comes to realize that even if he would like too, he can’t count on Webb.

From that moment on, his behavior toward Webb is changed completely. He stops teasing the man, he accepts not asking or waiting for any help from the older man. He’s also tired of the fact that, for Webb, their age difference is an issue. Dario knows he’s not a kid anymore and he knows what he wants, and he wants Webb.

When the opportunity comes to catch their enemy, he volunteers as bait. That makes Webb lose his cool as does his brother Creed. But they all know that he, Dario, is the perfect subject for this task.

Even though finishing the book didn’t take too much time, I enjoyed the angst.

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

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