Review of: My Boss’s Boss by R. Cayden

TITLE: My Boss’s Boss
AUTHOR: R. Cayden
SERIES: Taught by Two, book 3
PUBLISHER: Self
GENRE: Contemporary Romance, MMM
RELEASE DATE: May 19, 2019

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Three men, one office, and a summer internship that is about to get very spicy…
Tony
A rough-and-tumble guy like me might seem out of place in the corporate world, but that doesn’t mean I can’t succeed at my summer internship. I just need to make sure I’m not too distracted by the hot office manager, bossing me around and making me deliver the mail every day.
But then I meet the drop-dead gorgeous owner of Carwell Tower, too…
I know there’s no place for my submissive tendencies in the board room, but I feel like I was born to serve these men, and I can’t deny my heart.
Terrence
Working as his office manager, it’s hard enough to keep my relationship with Warren a secret. The owner of Carwell Tower, he’s powerful and handsome, and I want nothing more than to tell the world that he’s my dominant boyfriend.
I can keep our love a secret for the sake of the company, just like I can keep the office running without a hitch to make him happy.
But with a new hot intern demanding my attention, the line between work and play keeps getting thinner.
Warren
When I inherited the company after my father’s death, Carwell Tower was falling apart the seams.
It’s playing with fire to carry on a secret relationship with the office manager at a time like this, but I love Terrence, and can’t imagine my life without him.
When a new intern shows up at our door, looking hot as hell and submissive to boot, I know indulging our fantasies is a bad idea. I need to keep acting like the straight and macho head of the company, and can’t let anything get in the way of success.
Not even passion, and especially not love.
My Boss’s Boss is a standalone, 60,000 word MMM romance novel. It features secret office relationships, dominant businessmen and submissive interns, and three characters who find a happily-ever-after together. Like all of the Taught by Two books, it is filled with heart, lots of heat, and a little bit of kink. Enjoy!


My Boss’s Boss is the third book in the Taught by Two series by R. Cayden. I loved reading this book also. I love reading books with interoffice relationships that have to be kept hush-hush. It’s even better if one of the main characters is in the closet. And then to find out that they also have a Dominant/submissive relationship. Yep, it’s a home run for me. The cover and the blurb hooked me, and then I started to read the story. I got sucked in, and the story just wouldn’t let me go until I’d gotten to the end.

Warren inherited the company after his father’s death. Only then did he realize that Carwell Tower was falling apart at the seams. His grandfather had been a progressive thinker, and the company had been flourishing, his father, however, was more conservative and took the company in a different direction, catering to bigots and homophobes. It is for those reasons that Warren has never come out of the closet to his father and later when he takes over the company. He does have a secret boyfriend, Terrence, that he’d made the Hub office manager when he took over the company. They also have a Dominant/submissive relationship that they sometimes indulge in at Warren’s office. They have an open relationship because Warren feels bad about how busy he is and doesn’t want Terrence to feel neglected.

Terrence is the office manager for Carwell Tower. His boyfriend is the owner of the company. He would like nothing better than to tell the world about his dominant boyfriend, but he has to keep their relationship a secret. Terrence is also a switch, but he never gets to express his dominant tendencies with Warren since Warren is strictly a dominant. Terrence also is in charge of the new summer intern, Tony. Tony, who just so happens to be a complete submissive even if his body type says that he should be a top/dominant. He brings out all of Terrence’s dominant urges, and he can’t help but want to play with him. And it’s not against the rules because Warren has given him the okay to play outside of their relationship.

Tony is a rough-and-tumble guy. He grew up with blue-collar workers and so felt out of place in a suit and tie. But he dreams of owning his own business and is going to college to get a business degree. And for him, Carwell Tower is the place to work to learn about running a business. So he takes a summer internship there and manages to be late and drench the owner of the company with coffee on his first day. But Tony isn’t a coward, and he shows back up the next day. He has no idea what he’s doing and doesn’t get a lot of help from Terrence, his boss. He does get some help from a coworker, Dominique, and they build a fast friendship of going out for a drink after work. Dominique also happens to be best friends with Terrence. So sometimes Terrence comes along also. Tony also has a huge crush on his boss and makes a couple of passes on him. And so their relationship begins.

I loved how they all interacted with each other, and their chemistry was off the charts. My favorite scene was when Warren told Terrence that he could do whatever he wanted to do with Tony and that then Warren would do what Terrence had done to Tony to Terrence. It was so hot. But the book isn’t just sex. There is a really good plot, too.

I thought it was a great book, and I can’t wait for another book in the Taught by Two series to be released so that I can devour it just like I did this one.

***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

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Review of: Four by Tia Fielding

TITLE: Four
AUTHOR: Tia Fielding
SERIES: Love by Numbers, Book 2
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner press
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
RELEASE DATE: July 23, 2019

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A Love by Numbers Story
When unlikely attraction blossoms between a twentysomething genderqueer tattoo artist and an older, small-town veterinarian, both are forced to face their pasts for a chance at a loving future.
Four years ago Padraig Donovan lost his husband, the only man he’d ever been with. Now his life consists of the work he loves, a big empty house, and the possibility of a lonely future.
Kaos’s experiments with makeup landed him in the hospital at the hands of his disapproving ex. With nowhere else to turn, he flees to Acker, Wisconsin… and runs into a sexy widower and the kindest man he’s ever met.
Padraig and Kaos know there’s something worth exploring between them, and as they raise a puppy and deal with the ups and downs of their respective jobs, they fit into each other’s lives in ways they never expected. Being with Kaos—who is so different than the guys he’s always been attracted to—opens up an exciting new world for Padraig. But can he convince Kaos to trust another man with his body… let alone his heart?


our is the second book in the Love by Numbers series by Tia Fielding. I haven’t read the first book in the series, Ten. The stories seem to take place in the same town, and each book is about a different couple. I love series that are like this cause I get to see cameos from the characters from the previous books. So I missed out on knowing what had happened between Makai and Emil and so the parts where Emil gets triggered by something that Kaos accidentally does just makes me want to go back and read there book so that I can appease my curiosity. They were great secondary customers in this book and great friends to Kaos. This is the second book that I have read and reviewed of Tia Fielding’s. I loved Four just as much as I loved Like Breathing. I like the author’s 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.

I loved Padraig “Doc” Donovan. He had lost his husband of twenty-five years four years ago and is still mourning his loss. He and his husband had grown up during the AIDS epidemic, met in college, knew they were meant to be, and got married. So Padraig has never been with anybody else but his husband. He fills his days with his small-town veterinarian practice. As is typical of small-town life, everybody knows when somebody new comes to town. But when Padraig sees the new guy, Kaos, with Makai and Emil, he doesn’t expect to be so fascinated and attracted to him. I was really moved by how much he missed his husband and also his heartache when he had to put down the bunny for a client. Nothing like bawling your eyes out when you’ve only made it to 9 percent of the book, luckily I only cried off and on until about the 30 percent mark. But loss is one of my personal triggers, so unless it is one of yours, it probably won’t make you cry as much. I always love it when a book makes me cry. It lets me know how invested I am in the characters.

I also loved Kaos. He is a twentysomething, genderqueer tattoo artist. He’s just gotten out of an abusive relationship with his best friend’s brother. His ex couldn’t handle that he is nonbinary and that he would have days when he dressed more femme and would wear makeup. He is also a convicted felon and did four years in prison for dealing drugs when he was nineteen. In prison is where he meets his “brother,” Makai. So when he needs to move because of his abusive ex, Makai and Emil tell him to come and live with them until he can get back on his feet and so he does. But the place where Makai and Emil live is barely big enough for them, and their two cats and so Kaos feels awkward living there especially when he notices that Emil has some pretty big issues that Makai said it wasn’t his story to tell him. This is where it would have been helpful if I had read the first book. I would have known what had happened to Emil.

After accidentally triggering Emil, Kaos runs to the only other person he feels comfortable with, and that happens to be Padraig. Padraig who happens to live in a giant three bedroom, two bathroom house. Padraig invites Kaos to live with him, and then they end up adopting a puppy together. And from there their relationship and friendship blossoms. But it isn’t all sunshine and roses, especially when one of Padraig’s friends comes for a visit. They had been estranged ever since his husband’s death but had recently reconnected over the phone. I found Francis to be fascinating, and I hope that his book is going to be next.

Overall, a lovely story about two men that are trying to find their way in the world and manage to find each other.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review of :  In Safe Keeping by Victoria Sue

TITLE: In Safe Keeping
AUTHOR: Victoria Sue
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Contemporary Romance
GENRE: Sept 3rd 2019

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He can’t save everyone…
Firefighter Lucas Attiker is mired in guilt by his inability to save his young son, who perished in a fire three years ago. When he rescues a troubled young man and his baby daughter from a Colorado forest fire, Lucas finally begins to forgive himself. But the wildfire is only the beginning of the dangers facing them.
Hell-bent on saving his daughter from his crime boss ex, Owen Michaels is on the run with the baby in tow—fleeing both the killers who are after him and the US Marshals Service deputies assigned to protect him. When his desperate flight lands them in the midst of an inferno, the man who saves them offers hope for more than just survival.
They might have escaped a blazing forest and a hail of bullets, but both men will need to risk their lives—and their hearts—to give a little girl a loving family… if they can make it out alive.


Lucas Attiker is a firefighter living with the guilt of losing his son in an explosion. He’s lived in a sort-of-stasis for the last three years, between his job that he loves with passion, and his painful memory of his baby.
Owen is on the run with his 7-month-old daughter. His ex-boyfriend, a cruel mob boss, is ready to do everything to find Owen. Lucas saves Owen and his baby from a forest fire, but he doesn’t know that it marks the beginning of a clock running against the mafia and the US marshals that are compromised with a mole.
Lucas and Owen will have to survive together if they want to explore the spark that ignites each time they’re together.

In Safe Keeping by Victoria Sue is book 2 in her Heroes and Babies series. This book is a standalone. I really loved In Safe Hand (book 1 in the series), and I was happy and excited to read this new one.

Lucas is a firefighter; and he’s blinded by his pain and guilt about his family death. He wants to save everyone at any cost even with his life, but Owen and Mia brought back memories to Lucas, painful memories that Lucas doesn’t know how to deal with it. I loved Lucas. He broke my heart a million times. He was so hurt by his family’s death—by their loss and his pain—that he didn’t realize what was going on between him and Owen at first. I really loved him. How protective he was of Owen and Mia but in the meantime, how fragile he was facing his past and guilt.

Owen is lost and scared when he meets Lucas. He’s ready to do everything for Mia, at only 23 years-old, he embraces his fatherhood with all his heart and his life. He refuses to give up, but despite his traumatic past, he didn’t hesitate to help Lucas to find closure and peace. Owen is kind with a big heart and sassy mouth. He wasn’t just a victim in all the mess of his life, he was smart and always thinking of Mia’s safety.

They were a perfect match for each other. Lucas was the protector that Owen needed. Owen was the heart that Lucas was missing.

Victoria Sue gives us a beautiful and emotional book. The story and the plot were good, dynamic, funny, and full of feeling with a lot of actions. It was a straight-to-gay book, but realistic. I mean, Lucas realised that he was attracted to Owen when he thought he was straight all his life, and he didn’t jump in bed with him immediately. He didn’t suddenly deep throat him with success or go all the way with him. I loved that, I loved that the author makes her characters evolve slowly, step by step, admitting that he was bisexual and how to approach it carefully for both Lucas and Owen’s heart. It put a deeper connection between Lucas and Owen, more authentic. I loved it.

It was a good read, a very good book that I gladly recommend.

5 Stars for them.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review of: The Shaman of Kupa Pitir by A. Nybo

TITLE: The Shaman of Kupa Piti
AUTHOR: A. Nybo
SERIES: Shaman’s Law
PUBLISHER: DSP Publications
GENRE: Paranormal
RELEASE DATE: Jul 30, 2019

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When an international case involving a series of ritual murders lands in his lap, strait-laced and logical Agent Leon Armstrong is going to need some help.
Leon follows the trail to the opal-mining town of Coober Pedy, Australia, where he gets tangled up with the wild Russian mystic Sergei Menshikov. Despite his commitment to rationality, Leon discovers he isn’t immune to the way of the spirits, no matter how much he’d like to think. When Sergei tells him he treads a predestined path, Leon’s world turns upside down.
Leon’s experiences in Coober Pedy will change his life forever, but can he hold out against Sergei and the spirits—who Sergei claims have chosen them for each other?


I loved it! I loved everything about this book!
Sergei leaves Russia after his father is murdered. He made a life for himself as an opal miner in rural Australia. His routine is simple, dig, go to Friday happy hour to the local pub, and get laid if the chance occurs. His every morning starts with his offering to the Gods to keep him safe in the mines.

But he has a dream that keeps coming back to him, and he knows that the spirits are trying to send him a message. Also, he’s done with the spirits, done as much as a shaman can be done. He runs not just from his past but also from his heritage.
Or he tries… but the spirits have other ideas. The man in these dreams gives him no rest.

Leon is investigating some murder cases that seems to have the same modus operandi, some ritualistic and very bizarre killings. After finding the latest victim, he’s led to Coober Pedy, a miner town.

Upon his arrival, Leon meets this strange man, Sergei, who is not only a witness but also a possible suspect.
That wouldn’t be a problem per se, if not for the unexplainable attraction and awe/fear this man strikes in him. He just can’t stay away from the Russian miner, and he finds every small excuse to meet him. He also puts his career in jeopardy when he repeatedly acts upon his desire. But it’s all Sergei’s fault, right? Right?!

This book has everything that I like in books. Good plot, not so mushy-mushy romance, and a lot, a lot, a lot, of new information. I like books that make me stop in the middle of a sentence to google things for better understanding. Every bit of the situations were very down to earth—from the everyday job situations to the sex scenes.

I LIKED EVERY WORD OF IT!

This is the first book of the series, and as soon as I finished it, I wanted the next in this series. Even though there is no real cliffhanger, the amount of information this book is offers and the possibility of more just makes me … oh you all know what I’m talking about don’t you? Off course you do…

I recommended it dearly, so have fun my lovelies!

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review of: The Doctor’s Orders  by Heidi Cullinan

TITLE: The Doctor’s Orders
AUTHOR: Heidi Cullinan
SERIES: Copper Point Medical #3
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
RELEASE DATE: Aug 20, 2019

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Once upon a time Nicholas Beckert was the boy who stole kisses from Jared Kumpel beneath the bleachers. Now Jared’s a pediatrician and Nick is the hospital CEO who won’t glance his way. But everything changes when they’re stranded alone in a hospital elevator. Ten years of cold shoulders melt away, and old passions rekindle into hot flames. Once out of the elevator, Jared has no intention of letting Nick get away. He wants a full, open relationship, which is a step further than Nick is willing to go, and it looks like the same arguments that drove them apart in high school might resurface. Jared’s determined not to let it happen again. He won’t order Nick from his shell—he’ll listen to what he needs to feel safe. Maybe this time he can prescribe his lover a happily ever after.


Nicholas Beckert is the CEO of St Anne’s Hospital at Copper Point. Jared Kumpel is the pediatrician. Jared and Nick have a past together. 20 years ago, as two young teenagers, they discovered what love is together. But when Jared came out and refused to hide who he truly is, Nicholas chose to hide in a closet and burry half of himself.
20 years later, Nick is still hiding in his closet, and Jared is still trying to forget his first and true love. But life and fate have another plan for them, and after 5 hours in the dark in an elevator that can kill them both, their priorities change. Nick refuses to stay in his closet anymore, and Jared refuses to let him hide again.
The Doctor’s Orders is the third and last book in the Copper Point Medical trilogy. It’s another home run for Heidi Cullinan with The Doctor’s Orders. After the delicious Doctor’s Secret, the breathtaking Doctor’s Date, she gives us the fabulous Doctor’s Orders.

I adored this book, I adored this trilogy. I was looking forward to Nick and Jared’s story.
Nick is the CEO of St Anne. He has a lot of responsibilities; he’s exhausted by his job. He loves it, but he had a rough start with the former board who tried to manipulate him. But after he’d succeed in removing them and avenge his father’s memory, Nick has to face another threat against the hospital and their safety. Despite all these difficulties, Nick refuses to let go of Jared. He refuses to spend another 20 years lonely, but he doesn’t know how to achieve that. How to be with the love of his life without losing everything, his position, his community, and his family. I adored Nick, I really adored him. He’s strong and thoughtful. He used to being in charge. He’s the chief of his family, a strong figure in his community, and the CEO of his hospital. But he’s tired, and only Jared see it, only he can take the burden off Nick’s shoulders. I loved how, despite his fears of losing his family, Nick stood up for Jared. I loved how, despite the cold reaction of his community, Nick stood up and keep pushing them to accept him, to accept the real Nick.

Jared is fabulous. He’s an amazing doctor and friend. He’s funny with a kind heart ready to do anything for the people he loves. But Jared is lonely, really lonely and not just because his two best friends had to move from the house they all shared. He’s been lonely since the day he lost Nick 20 years ago when they were sixteen. I love him so much. I loved his sensitivity as I discovered his fears, pains, and past. I discovered another side of Jared that I didn’t suspect in the previous books. He’s amazing.

This book is about acceptance, family, and community. This book is about two beautiful men who only want to be together, to be loved, and happy together. This book is about how to fight against your worst fears—how to become your true self.

I’m sad to let them go, all of them. It was an amazing series. A must-read that you need to have in your Kindle. It’s the kind of series that you read and re-read with pleasure and love.

5 Stars for Nick and Jared…. Five Stars for Copper Point!

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis