Review of: The Nothingness of Ben by Brad Boney

TITLE: The Nothingness of Ben
AUTHOR: Brad Boney
SERIES: The Austin Trilogy
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
RELEASE DATE: Nov 23, 2012

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Ben Walsh is well on his way to becoming one of Manhattan’s top litigators, with a gorgeous boyfriend and friends on the A-list. His life is perfect until he gets a phone call that brings it all crashing down: a car accident takes his parents, and now he must return to Austin to raise three teenage brothers he barely knows.
During the funeral, Ben meets Travis Atwood, the redneck neighbor with a huge heart. Their relationship initially runs hot and cold, from contentious to flirtatious, but when the weight of responsibility starts wearing on Ben, he turns to Travis, and the pressure shapes their friendship into something that feels a lot like love. Ben thinks he’s found a way to have his old life, his new life, and Travis too, but love isn’t always easy. Will he learn to recognize that sometimes the worst thing imaginable can lead him to the place he was meant to be?


This was my first read from this author.

When it comes to rating this book, I’m not sure how to rate it. I liked it, and at the same time, there was so many things that I couldn’t agree with.

Ben Walsh comes home after his parents die in a tragic accident. He has a promising carrier in Manhattan, and he’s also an out and proud gay man. This was the reason he was considered a absent member of his family. His late mother didn’t agree to his lifestyle, so he stayed away missing out on his three younger brothers growing up. And this when it’s started to be weird for me. I’m, myself, am the older brother, but my parents’ behavior never let me to stay away from my brother.

Ben Walsh’s behavior is inappropriate when it comes to understanding what his younger brothers are going through. The brothers are angry with him, and honestly, with reason. Ben is not a likable character in my honest opinion, and the feeling remained till the end of the book.

Travis is a sweetheart! It was an insta-like for me. He’s the big brother to the younger Walsh brothers that they need. They seek comfort in him, turning to him instead of their brother, Ben. But then Travis starts to have strange feelings for Ben … Travis is straight, up until now. He never felt attracted to a man before. This confuses him.

There was a scene, actually many, when I wanted to club Ben on his head! Ben is a selfish person. If I were in Travis’s place, I wouldn’t give a minute of my life to Ben.

Rapping it up, it’s not a bad or good book. I let you be the judge of it …

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review of: Sugar for Two by R. Cayden

TITLE: Sugar for Two
AUTHOR: R. Cayden
SERIES: Sugar Mansion #1
PUBLISHER: Self Published
GENRE: Contemporary Romance, MMM
RELEASE DATE: Apr 9, 2019

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Meet Elliot, the twenty-something with more sugar daddies than he can count. But don’t let the day spas, designer bags, and luxury vacations fool you. It’s hard work maintaining a life so fabulous that other people will pay for it.
Meet Vincent, aspiring sugar. He’s scrappy, he’s mouthy, but he gets the job done. Vincent has big dreams, and he’s aiming for the richest men in Los Angeles to make them come true.
Enter Don. Real estate mogul. Billionaire. Legendary sugar daddy.
Don likes Elliot.
And Don likes Vincent.
And Don? Don has a lot of mansions.
Vincent knows that Elliot is his rival, the one thing that could get in the way of Don’s lavish attention. And Elliot knows that, no matter how charming he is, a wild card like Vincent could bring the whole sugar bowl crashing down.
The only problem is, Vincent gets a special stirring when he sees Elliot, and Elliot can’t stop thinking about Vincent’s infuriating hotness. And now that Don seems to enjoy both of their company, it’s not so easy to avoid those feelings, or what those feelings might mean.
A mansion is pretty sweet. But love? That’s a whole different kind of sugar.
Sugar for Two is an Enemies-to-Lovers Romantic Comedy. At 60,000+ words, it is the first novel in the Sugar Mansion series, featuring impassioned arguments, high fashion luxury, and one dominant real estate mogul. A Happy-for-Now MM novel in a Happily-Ever-After MMM series, this book has heart, lots of heat, and a little bit of kink.


Elliot is a professional sugar baby. He has a lot of sugar daddies who provide for his needs, but Elliot has one particular sugar daddy in sight. Don Anders, THE sugar daddy. He’s rich, confident and hot.
Vincent is a sugar baby in progression. He wants a mansion for him and his grandma, and he wants the saint-grail of all the sugar daddies, Don Anders. But Vincent will have to deal with Elliot.
Elliot and Vincent aren’t friends. They’re enemies in the conquest of Don Anders’ attention. But Don has other ideas for them.
Sugar for two is book 1 in the Sugar Mansion series by R. Cayden.

Elliot is a professional sugar baby and has a lot of sugar daddies. He’s educated, smart with good manners and he’s beautiful. Elliot is a professional with rules and boundaries. No sex and no love with his clients are the two most important. But Elliot is out of his comfort zone when Don Anders request his services and puts him in direct competition with Vincent.
Vincent has a big mouth—he’s sassy, loud and smokes weed. He isn’t delicate and well poised like Elliot. He’s flamboyant. He wants a mansion from Don, and he’s ready to do anything to have it, including dealing with the unnerving Elliot.

I liked them together. They are exact polar opposites, but in the meanwhile, they’re the same. They have the same background, growing up in a small town in the middle of nowhere, and decided to become a sugar baby to escape their poor childhood and the traumas attached to it. They’re also very different. While Elliot is a freak control, Vincent is flamboyant. They complement each other more than what they think, and I love it about them.

The book is the first in the series, and it settles the main and secondary characters and gives us the background of the series. It was well written, and the sugar daddy/baby world was well explained. It’s not a role age-play book, they don’t call each other daddy/son, and there’s no daddy kink in their sex scenes. It was hot by the way, and I look for more of it.
I will read the next book because I want to know more about Vincent, Elliot and Don’s arrangement, I want to see more about their dynamics as a couple and ménage and look forward to discovering more about the other characters like Jules and Henry.

It’s a 3.5 stars for the sugars and their daddy.

***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 of: Murder Most Lovely by Hank Edwards & Deanna Wadsworth

TITLE: Murder Most Lovely
AUTHOR: Hank Edwards & Deanna Wadsworth
SERIES: Lacetown Murder Mysteries #1
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: Mystery/Suspense
RELEASE DATE: Apr 30, 2019

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Lacetown Murder Mysteries: Case One
A killer at a small-town literary festival. Bumbling drug dealers. A kidnapped cat. Starting a romance among all this chaos might be the death of them.
Michael Fleishman is excited to meet his favorite mystery writer, Russell Withingham, at Lacetown’s Literary Fest. He is not expecting to cross paths with sexy hairdresser Jasper “Jazz” Dilworth—or become embroiled in a real-life mystery. As Lacetown’s only mortician and the county coroner, Michael is called to his first murder scene and is shocked to recognize the victim—Russell’s young lover.
Jazz only wanted to confront his ex, Russell, over his cheating. Instead, he meets the adorably awkward Michael and becomes a murder suspect. Soon Jazz is teaming up with Michael to clear his name. Along the way, they are helped and hindered by Michael’s sassy assistant, Kitty, the grumpy Sheriff Musgrave, Russell’s creepy PR rep, Norbert, and Michael’s lothario grandfather, who likes his manhattans strong and his women saucy. And of course, Mr. Pickles Furryton the Third…


Michael Fleishman is the mortician of Lacetown. He loves books and his cat Mr. Pickles. He’s excited to meet his favorite author, Russel Withingham, at Lacetown’s literary fest. He doesn’t expect to meet Russel’s ex-husband, Jasper “Jazz” Dillworth and he certainly doesn’t expect to have a crush on him.
Jazz is the soon-to-be ex-husband of Russel Withingham, and can’t wait to get divorced, especially when he meets the sexy mortician of Lacetown, Michael. Jazz doesn’t want to have to deal with Russel more than what he has already, but when Russel’s lover, Dylan, is murdered, Jazz becomes the first suspect.
Jazz and Michael will be dragged into crazy investigations between Dylan’s murder, a Catnapping and drug deals, but they still have time to seduce each other and start a relationship.
Murder Most Lovely is book one in the Lacetown Murder Mysteries series.

I liked this book. It was a mix between Murder She Wrote, Riverdale and Bones.

Michael is the mortician of Lacetown. He’s a little bit lonely, being the mortician and growing up with the dead doesn’t help his social life. So Michael reads a lot of books and spoils his fur baby, Mr. Pickles. When Michael meets Jazz, he’s is scared and excited. He’s so used to being alone with people avoiding him because of his job that He struggles at first to accept that Jazz is really into him and wants to be with him. I loved Michael, I adored this character. He’s funny, smart, badass, and passionate.

Jazz is a hair stylist at Lacetown. After his separation with Russel, Jazz moved to Lacetown. When he meets the hot and sexy mortician, Jazz wants to discover every layer of Michael’s personality. What he discovers is more than what he hopes, but being suspect in Dylan’s murder can ruin his future with Michael. I liked Jazz. He’s strong and calm with an inner little drama queen. He’s confident and wants Michael, and isn’t afraid to work for it. I liked him a lot, and he’s a perfect match for Michael.

I enjoyed this book, it was a cool and funny read. Some of the bad guys were cliché, and I like that the authors played with these clichés. The book is written from both POVs, but with little interludes from other characters sometimes thrown in, and that’s what lost me. It was a good idea at first, but sometimes it was too long and not very useful in my opinion, and it lost me in my read.

All in all, it was still a good book that I enjoyed and will happily read the next one in this series. Michael and Jazz are funny, and I love the atmosphere of the story.

3.5 Stars for Mr. Pickles and his daddies.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review of: Better Be Sure by Andy Gallo

TITLE: Better Be Sure
AUTHOR: Andy Gallo
SERIES: Harrison Campus
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
RELEASE DATE: Mar 26, 2019

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A Harrison Campus Story
When the stakes are this high, you better be sure you can win.
Jackson Murphy lost his parents to a boating accident, but they’re never far from his thoughts. He attends the same university as his parents, joined the same fraternity as his dad, and even lives in his father’s old room, along with his adopted brother, Marcus. Life brightens when he meets the man of his dreams.
Edward Knowles trades full-time college for working during the day and community college at night when his father’s factory closes. He intends to stay deep in the closet to keep his job in heating and cooling. But Jack pushes all his buttons.
Jack’s college rival challenges him to bring a date to the upcoming dance. He goads Jack into accepting even though failure means he and Marcus will lose their room and Jack must leave the fraternity.
Jack is falling hard for Ed, but Ed will never agree to go the dance. Ed—not knowing the stakes of the wager—has also made it clear that Jack taking another man will end their romance.
With pressure from friends and enemies alike, will Jack hold on to his legacy… or his heart?


Jackson Murphy is a student at Harrison University. He has the same room that his father had back then, and he shares it with Marcus Reynolds, his best friend and brother since Marcus’ parents adopted him when he lost his parents in a boat’s accident. Being in Harrison, in the same room that his father and Marcus’ father shared 25 years ago means a lot for Jackson, until a stupid bet put him at risk to lose it.
Edward Knowles is a 23 year-old man who has to work by day to help his family, and studies by night at the community college. He’s also deep in the closet, Narnia deep in the closet. When he met Jackson, he was honest about his situation even if it put them on a difficult path.
Jack needs to have a date at the upcoming dance, or he will have to leave the house. Edward is in the closet, and he doesn’t want to change the situation. A tough choice is waiting for both of them.

Better Be Sure by Andy Gallo was my first book by this author. It was a sweet book that I enjoyed.
Eddy is afraid to come out, afraid to lose his job and his family. He really wants to be with Jack, and really tries, but his fears get the best of him. I liked Eddy. He touches me a lot, and I wanted to hug him. He was adorable. He tried his best to be the man Jack needs despite his own fears. I really loved him.

Jack is confident with his sexuality. He’s loyal and fierce with his friends and protector of his brother, Marcus. Jack is also an orphan, and even if he has been adopted by his parents’ best friends and has a lot of love and support, Jack is still heartbroken about his parents’ deaths. The idea of losing his dad’s room and dragging Marcus into it, puts Jack’s anxiety at a high level. I adored Jack. He’s so strong and yet fragile, so confident and yet unsure, I loved this duality about him. I loved how he tries to protect everyone but himself. I cheered for him and cried with him.

The Mcs were good and the secondary characters interesting and funny. The book is told from Jack’s POV, and we follow him in his life from the moment he met Eddy to the night of the dance. The plot is easy to follow even if at the beginning of the book, the story was a little bit slow, with a lot of repetitiveness and too many details that weren’t very useful in some scenes in my opinion. But the more I read, the more I was into the story, and the rhythm of the book was better—more dynamic. The end was really good and I adored it, like super adored it with a huge smile on my face.
I will happily read the other books of the series.

3.5 Stars for the Quarterback and his tight end.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review of: Exploring Limits by Nicki Bennett, Ariel Tachna

TITLE: Exploring Limits
AUTHOR: Nicki Bennett, Ariel Tachna
SERIES: Exploring Limits
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: BDSM, MMM
RELEASE DATE: March 5, 2019

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Jonathan Braedon’s successful acting career and consideration for his young son have always kept him from acting on his attraction to men. Newly cast as King Arthur in a BBC miniseries, he manages to conceal his interest in co-stars Devon Aldridge and Kit Webster-but Kit and Devon are just as interested in him. Rather than fighting over Jonathan, the two decide to seduce him together. Jonathan might have been able to hide his attraction to Devon and Kit individually… but together, they’re too much to resist.
The three find themselves deciding what they want out of their lovemaking and their relationship, exploring options they’d never before considered or thought they’d left behind. Add a touch of kink to the mix, and Jonathan, Devon, and Kit discover that the perceived limits of the past are really just the beginning.


This is the first book that I’ve read by these authors, and it probably won’t be the last. I liked the blurb for the book and was excited to start reading it. I like ménage, BDSM, and contemporary books. The book is told in detail, and I liked how the sentences flowed. The characters were interesting and felt real and had real problems, like co-parenting, getting divorced, failed relationships, and abusive relationships.

I started reading and was immediately confused on whose point of view the book was being told in. That is until I realized that the story is told through the three main characters simultaneously and would change without any warning or indication. It took a little while to get used to. And I still tended to reread some of the paragraphs when I got confused on who was thinking what. I did like that I didn’t have to reread a scene from three different points of views. But this is the first book that I’ve read like this.

I also thought that the book could have been about fifty to a hundred pages shorter without losing any of the growth that the relationship went through. It just seemed to drag on.
The book is super heavy on sex scenes with a little bit of storyline in between, and while I do like my books on the heavy side of sex, I did start to get a little bit bored since all of the scenes are between the three guys. There are no sex scenes just between two of the characters, and so I had a hard time seeing the relationship grow. I had a hard time believing that they wouldn’t want to make individual connections with each other in addition to their relationship as a threesome. Maybe there will be more individual connections in the next book in the series.
I did like the twist that the authors put on the movie Camelot that the three actors are working on and how they bring more of a bisexual or gay attraction between Lancelot and King Arthur.
I did like how Jonathan, Devon, and Kit all come from different home situations. Like Devon is in the middle of a divorce from his wife and Jonathan is supposed to be straight and Kit is the youngster of the group but doesn’t lack for a whole lot of experience and loves to wear skin-tight clothing.

I did like that they are constantly testing their limits and that both Jonathan and Kit try to help Devon work through the issues and bad experiences that he had from a previous relationship in relation to his BDSM experience. So I did like how they communicated and tried to help each other with their issues and stuff.

I’m interested to see what happens when the movie wraps up and they are no longer working together, and so I will eagerly await the next book in the series. The book does have a happy for now ending. I look forward to reading the next book in the series.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis