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: On Shaky Ground by Andrew Grey

TITLE: On Shaky Ground
AUTHOR: Andrew Grey
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
RELEASE DATE: June 14, 2019

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Martin Graham built his business from the ground up with hard work and intuition. Due to a degenerative eye disease, he’s learned to rely on his other senses to feel out the competition. To realize his dream, he just needs to broker one last deal… and finally secure an assistant.
Brock Littleton is desperate for money—desperate enough take the job no one else wants: assistant to demanding, fussy, intensely private Mr. Graham.
Everything about Brock gets under Martin’s skin in ways he never expected, making him realize a successful business isn’t the only component to a happy future. But as Martin’s deal comes together, one of the prices could be the relationship with Brock that Martin is just starting to believe could be real.


On Shaky Ground was previously published in Boundless Love Anthology by Andrew Grey in 2018. For me, this was another home run by the author. I was a little worried because it was only seventy pages, and for me, his short stories are either a hit or miss, but this one was definitely a hit. His short stories sometimes feel like reading the first part of a book that needs to be a lot longer, so they come off as being a teaser. Not with this one. This book had a complete story to it with engaging characters and a great plot. I loved it.

I loved Martin. He built his business from the ground up with hard work and intuition. Due to degenerative eye disease, he’s learned to rely on his other senses to feel out the competition and uses modern technology like conference calls and email reading technology to get around his disability and not let the people that he broker deals with know that he has a disability. However, to realize his dream of going international, he just needs to broker one last deal. However, this client wants to meet and do the deal in person, and so Martin needs to finally secure an assistant that won’t instantly quit on him.

I loved Brock. Brock has an MBA, but he’s having a horrible time finding a job. He put in an application for a job at the company that he would love to work at, but when he gets a callback, it is for an assistant position something that he is overqualified for. But he’s desperate for money and agrees to the position knowing that he will to continue to look for a job that he’s qualified for. He’ll do whatever’s needed to keep the demanding, fussy, and intensely private Mr. Graham happy. He ends up learning a lot from him and respecting him. He also finds himself wildly attracted to his boss and they have some awesome chemistry.

I loved how they interacted together. Everything about Brock gets under Martin’s skin in ways that he never expected, which makes him realize that a successful business isn’t the only component to a happy future. Companionship’s also important. But as Martin’s deal comes together, one of the prices could be the relationship that Martin’s just starting to believe could be real.

Want to know what happens? You’re going to have to read the book to find out.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review of: On Wings of Passion by M.D. Grimm

TITLE: On Wings of Passion
AUTHOR: M.D. Grimm
SERIES: On Wings Saga
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: Fantasy
RELEASE DATE: July 12, 2019

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A Story from the On Wings Saga
Prequel to On Wings of Thunder
Every story has a beginning…. Dragons. Angels fear them and demons follow them. Formidable beasts of incredible power, they fight each other to the death for dominance. But dwindling dragon numbers cause alarm among the angelic ranks. Surely when they have nothing left to conquer, the fearsome creatures will turn their sights to the Upper Realm.
Roland, an angelic artist of significant talent, doesn’t know what to believe. Part of him longs to see a dragon in person, and his peaceful life of contentment is wearing thin. He wants passion, desire, adventure, and love. He gets more than he bargained for when, along with his sister, he’s ambushed and captured by demons, who bring him to a creature who surpasses Roland’s wildest imaginings.
But the mighty dragon Asagoroth is not all that he seems. Something sparks between him and Roland. Something neither anticipated. Something that will shake the cosmos to its core.


I loved On Wings of Passion by M.D. Grimm. This book is actually a prequel to the book On Wings of Thunder, which was written as a standalone book. However, the fans of the book loved it so much that the author gave us the backstory on how Trystan and Asagoroth first meet and fall in love and how Roland is reincarnated as Trystan in On Wings of Thunder. I haven’t read On Wings of Thunder. I had actually bought the book some time ago because I loved the cover and the blurb and then never got around to reading it. I can say, now that I have read this book, that it will be the next book on my reading list. I finished On Wings of Passion and immediately wanted to start reading On Wings of Thunder to find out what happens next between Roland/Trystan and Asagoroth. I know that I absolutely loved Roland and Asagoroth.

I loved Roland. He’s an angel, and as a baby, the seer said that he had been chosen to be an artist and his medium is painting, just as his older sister had been chosen to be the next high chancellor of the angels. However, Roland isn’t a typical artist. He’s fascinated in seeing the beauty in creatures that other angels consider to be monsters and enemies. He has tried not to be, but he’s fascinated by demons and dragons and how they’re all different looking. His longtime friend with benefits and knowledge seeker, Gabryl, keeps him informed about what’s happening with the dragons and how there haven’t been as many sightings of them and how that will impact the angels, who are enemies with the dragons and demons.
The only dragon to be seen in a while is Asagoroth and how he has a huge legion of demons at his command. This causes alarm in the angelic ranks who live in the Upper Realm for they fear that when they have nothing left to conquer that the fearsome creatures will turn their sights to them. Roland doesn’t know what to believe. Part of him longs to see a dragon in person, and he’s getting tired of his peaceful existence. He wants passion, desire, adventure, and love. He gets more than he bargained for when, along with his sister, he’s ambushed and captured by demons, who bring him to a creature who surpasses Roland’s wildest imaginings.

But the mighty dragon, Asagoroth, isn’t all that he seems. Something sparks between him and Roland. Something that neither anticipated. Something that will shake the cosmos to its core and leave readers scrambling for the next book in the series which is already out and awaiting your consumption.

I loved Asagoroth. He learns a lot from Roland. He learns how to be happy, love, and put someone else above his own wishes and desires.

A truly wonderful prequel. I can’t recommend it enough. Now, off to read the next book, On Wings of Thunder.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review of: Home Improvement—A Love Story by Tara Lain

TITLE: Home Improvement—A Love Story
AUTHOR: Tara Lain
SERIES:
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
RELEASE DATE: July 9, 2019

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Romance on Aisle Sixteen—opposites attract amid the hammers and screws of the home improvement store.
Gabe Mason became a father at seventeen, and his daughter, Ellie, is the most important thing in his life. But being the parent the courts demand means Gabe has given up most of his dreams—education, making furniture, a gay social life—to be a model dad with a steady, reliable job in a home improvement store. Life’s predictable until Jerry, a shy, eccentric guy in a hat and sunglasses, begs Gabe to oversee the renovation of his run-down mansion.
Gabe loves the house and the work, and Jerry’s pretty lovable too, but when Gabe discovers Jerry’s secret identity, he fears their passion could overturn both their lives forever.


I loved Home Improvement—A Love Story by Tara Lain. The plot is interesting, and I loved how the book comes full circle at the end. I also liked the characters and how they were fleshed out. Gabe’s daughter was delightful, and I loved how eccentric Jerry was. It was a delight to read.

For me, the first half of the book was a little slow. It might have been because Jerry is hiding who he is from Gabe, there is the buildup of chemistry, there is the mystery of a guy that has bought a huge house and needs it to be restored but only has a mattress on the floor and a couple of folding beach chairs for furniture. And that leads to Gabe constantly having self-doubts about whether Jerry can afford the repairs that he’s having done. Then he wants to buy Gabe’s expensive handmade furniture, and while Gabe is ecstatic, it also leads to more questions about how Jerry can afford it.

The second half of the book was excellent. Gabe finds out the identity of the guy that he’s falling for, and there are misunderstandings and hurt feelings. Gabe finds out the downfalls of dating a famous person and the problems that come with it like being accosted by the paparazzi and having to deal with pictures taken and published in tabloids with false headlines that leads to his ex-wife and her new highly religious husband threatening to seek full custody of their seventeen-year-old daughter.

Gabe will do anything for his daughter, Ellie. If that means giving up the man in his life to keep her safe from his ex-wife’s homophobia and homophobic husband, then that’s what he will do. But that isn’t what Ellie wants. She wants her dad to be happy also, to have his dreams too.

Gabe became a father at seventeen and to be the parent that the court’s demand means Gabe has given up most of his dreams—having a college education, making furniture full time, and having a gay social life—to be a model dad with a steady, reliable job in a home improvement store. Gabe’s life is predictable until Jerry, a shy, eccentric guy in a hat and sunglasses, begs Gabe to oversee the renovation of his run-down mansion.

Gabe loves the house and the fact that he can do the work after his shifts at the store. He sees it as a great way to add to his daughter’s college fund, and Jerry gives him free rein to renovate the house the way that he would want it if it were his house.

I loved how Gabe and Jerry interact and how Gabe takes care of Jerry. I liked getting to see how different Jerry is from his secret identity and the choices that he makes for love.

For me, it was another great book by Tara Lain, and I recommend it to everybody.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis