Review: “Master Braden’s Houseboy” by Brina Brady

TITLE: Master Braden’s Houseboy
AUTHOR: Brina Brady
SERIES: The Irish Runaway Series
LENGTH: 285 pages
RELEASE DATE: Oct. 1, 2018
PRICE: $3.99 -e-book / $13.99 -paperback


Reece was a guitar player and a singer at his grandfather’s pub in Dublin until someone betrays his secret. Once he was a happy and carefree young man, who finds himself on the streets and homeless.
He meets a handsome stranger, who gives him hope that the world still has people with compassion, until he discovers the man may have compassion, but he is no softie. Conner hires Reece as his houseboy.
Much to his shock, Conner Braden isn’t only a garda (Irish police officer), but he is also a Dom! The two men are complete opposites, but that doesn’t stop Reece from wanting to win his heart.
What happens when Master Braden blurs the lines between employer and Dom when Reece is his employee?
AUTHOR’S NOTE: This book contains mild BDSM elements including restraints, blindfolds, and spanking. While the story uses characters from The Irish Runaway Series, you can read this book as a standalone.

This is such a fun series that has BDSM but shows how love can soften the toughest of Doms. I enjoy this author very much and her ability to make me fall in love with her characters. This can be read as a standalone, but I always suggest reading the first ones so that you can relate to the other characters. I always love catching up on previous characters and see how they appear and help the new characters.

Reece has left his hometown to start over. His dad found out he was gay and kicked him out. Reece also left his last Dom because he wants a Dom to himself and Master James only trained subs so that they were ready for a permanent Dom. Reece doesn’t like sharing, so he left everything behind. The problem was that he’s homeless and it’s been raining. He’s sleeping under a box when someone kicks his box off of him.

Connor sees a box in the park and kicks it and is surprised by the most adorable face he’s ever seen. He immediately wants to help this young man and takes him to lunch. Connor decides he needs Reece to work for him as his houseboy. Connor hasn’t had a permanent sub since Patrick left him a year ago. He just has weekend subs, and that’s worked for him.

Reece has trouble following the house rules from day one where he and Finney go into his playroom after being told not to. Connor is most upset about this because he wanted to show Reece his playroom himself. Reece has awakened Master Braden’s need to Dom Reece but isn’t sure he’s ready. At least not until another Dom shows interest in Reece. He literally removes his belt and collars Reece right in the restaurant. Reece couldn’t be any happier except he wonders if he will be enough for Master Braden.

When Patrick shows up back in town, Master Braden isn’t sure how to feel. Patrick makes Reece believe that Connor is going to collar him again and that Reece will have to share until he finds Reece another Dom. Reece leaves because he wants Master Braden to himself. Will Master Braden find Reece in time to tell him he loves him and not Patrick? Will Reece ever have his own Dom and be able to trust one? Will either of these two have their happily ever after? I hope you enjoy as much as I did.

***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: “Bad Habit” by K.A. Mitchell

TITLE: Bad Habit
AUTHOR: K.A. Mitchell
SERIES: Bad in Baltimore
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
LENGTH: 230 pages
RELEASE DATE: June 12, 2018
PRICE: $6.99 -e-book / $14.99 -paperback


Life is always looking for ways to screw you over. Scott McDermott survived the foster care system and knows better than to let anyone close, but Liam Walsh is his one vulnerability.
Twice Scott let down his guard, and twice Liam vanished from Scott’s life.
So when Scott comes face-to-face with Liam for the first time in six years, he punches Liam in the nose. Only after Scott’s friend—and Baltimore County police officer—Jamie reads him the riot act does Scott discover that in the intervening years Liam has been to war and lost his leg.
Liam hasn’t had the easiest life either. He took care of his drug-addicted mom when she was unable to take care of herself. He’s fallen in love with Scott twice, but when Liam saw Scott going down the same path as his mother, he left. The lesson that he can’t save everyone has been a painful one for Liam to learn. Maybe what he and Scott had can’t ever be fixed.
Scott and Liam have never fallen out of love—which becomes obvious when they start working together—but what will make this time any different from all the others? Will the third time really be a charm?

This series is such a good series, and this sixth installment was so good. This author has a way of making these guys having to struggle for what they want and making you think they will give up. This one had me laughing so much. This couple really is different than the rest on so many levels. This one really hit home with me seeing I am in recovery myself and I was that mother that wasn’t always there for my children. I cried several times especially reading what they went through as kids and knowing that’s how my children use to feel.

We first meet Scott and Liam when they were in the foster care system, and Scott had a slight anger problem…LOL. They were roommates in the foster home, and Liam wanted Scott to talk to him, so he did something to piss Scott off, and Scott punched him right in the face. They became each other’s world after that until Liam went away.

When they found each other again, they were just as hot and heavy with each other. They lived together for two years when Liam just left. No note, no words as to why, nothing. Scott was devastated and swore no one would ever get close to him again. Scott and Jamie became close friends and went to a car show together. When Scott saw Liam at the car show, he did what he thought was best and punched him right in the face again. Jamie, the cop, couldn’t figure out what was going on but got Scott out of there and tried to smooth over the situation. Why had Scott punched a man with only one leg in the face?

The chemistry these two have are a once in a lifetime feeling or three times as these two are concerned. They fight their feelings with each other, or more so, Scott fights his feelings until he can’t. Their love for each other never left but can they get over the past to let it blossom? Can Liam ever be able to make it up to Scott for leaving? Will Scott ever put his walls down to let Liam in? Can a third time really be a charm? I loved catching up with the other guys, and I hope you do too.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review: “Lincoln’s Park” by Parker Williams

TITLE: Lincoln’s Park
AUTHOR: Parker Williams
SERIES: Links In The Chain
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: BDSM; Contemporary Romance
LENGTH: 244 pages
RELEASE DATE: Oct 16, 2018
PRICE: $6.99-e-book


A Links In the Chain Story
Lincoln Merriweather was born an entitled brat with a silver spoon lodged so deep, it might never have come out. At the BDSM club or in business, Lincoln was a storm, blowing in and disrupting the lives of everyone he touched, until the day he met a man who peeled away the tarnished layers to expose a decent person.
Lincoln found—then lost—love.
Since then, he’s tried to atone for his past, including walking away from his family’s wealth. He opened a diner, hiring people to work for him that he would have spit on before his epiphany. He’s found peace, which he’s about to lose to a hazel-eyed man.
Noel Simmons wound up on the street when his parents discovered he was gay. His path leads him to Lincoln’s diner, where he asks for a job. He’s thrilled when Lincoln agrees to hire him, but finds his new boss perplexing. Can anyone be this kind and decent?
What starts out as business becomes something more. Noel discovers he needs Lincoln in order to feel safe. Lincoln needs Noel to complete him. But when Lincoln’s past gets in the way of his present, will the two have a future?

I have enjoyed this author for quite some time now and this was no disappointment. I enjoy how he creates a beautiful love story, throws in the reality of these situations and tosses in some BDSM. The BDSM in this story is very light weight and goes really well with this couple. There was only one thing that kind of bothered me but it was minor. The Dom had said he would prefer being called one name, which the sub did that one time, but not again. Like I said minor but I know from experience, that if the Dom asks you to call them something, then that’s what you call them.

Lincoln grew up with a silver spoon and thought the world owed him everything. That is until he met Everett. Lincoln’s world changed and so did his outlook on life. He walked away from the family business and money and opened up a diner. Lincoln has helped many of the local homeless by hiring them and giving them money. Katy and Tyler are two of his success stories. Lincoln is happy with the way his life is going and how the diner is going. He works around the clock but he’s good with that until the day that this adorable guy walks in his diner looking for work.

Noel has been homeless for some time now and it’s all due to his family kicking him out when they found out he is gay. He helps Robert run the shelter for his room and board. He has devoted his time helping others with similar or worse situations. Noel has been looking for work though so that he can be productive in his life. He hasn’t had any luck though. With his tattered clothes and all, people just shoo him away. He walks into this diner and is given the job right some money for work clothes. Noel is in shock and can’t believe this man is being so nice and is waiting for the shoe to drop.

These two are just adorable with each other. They are pretty slow getting together but the way they look at each other when the other is not looking is cute. They each thinks the other couldn’t possibly like the other and this slows their process. Plus the fact that they both are workaholics. Katy really plays a role on moving things along. Can these two find time for each other? Can they get past their pasts? Will Lincoln’s family put a wrench in the dynamics going on? Well, please get a copy for yourself and enjoy the ups and downs of new love.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review: “Three Bears” by A. Nybo

TITLE: Three Bears
SERIES: World of Love-Western Australia
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Alexandria Corza
GENRE: Contemporary Romance; M/M/M
LENGTH: 82 pages
RELEASE DATE: October 5, 2018
PRICE: $3.99 -e-book


At Three Bears surf break, the attraction between a group of friends is anything but “Luke warm….”
Dan goes to stay with his best friend Josh in Margaret River, the surfing capital of Western Australia, to sort out his sexual confusion. But his best friend is the source of that confusion. Having never been attracted to a man other than Josh, Dan fears risking their friendship just to discover men aren’t his thing.
Within the first few days, Dan meets Luke, a local barista who offers him surf lessons. Dan soon finds himself emotionally coveting not one, but two men. When they go to Three Bears, his hidden desires begin to emerge. As the ambiguity of Dan’s mixed signals clears, it becomes apparent both of his surfing companions want him—badly.
It is only when Luke and Josh hook up that they formulate “Operation Three Bears,” an adventurous plan that might lead to a satisfying outcome for all of them.

This was a fun and enjoyable read. This author did a great job building up each of the three characters and putting me right in their heads. This is the first book I’ve read from this author, and I love the whole opposites attract. We are our own worst enemy, and this is proven here. As well as the fear of coming out as gay, lusting for your best friend and new surfer guy and the fear of losing the relationships. What a combination for a stressful guy but these two guys pull him out of his shell very, very slowly.

Dan has been best friends with Josh since they were younger. Josh is openly gay, but Dan just ended an engagement with a woman and has come to stay with Josh. Josh has been in love with Dan for years, but Dan has no clue. Dan thinks he’s gay and wants Josh but he’s to chicken to tell him. He doesn’t want to lose him as his best friend. They’re both struggling with their feelings towards the other but damn if either will do anything about it.

Dan meets Luke, the hot surfer, when getting coffee one day. Luke is his barista, and the moment Luke touched his skin, tingles went through his body. This confuses Dan even further, but he agrees to surfing lessons with Luke. Dan introduces Josh and Luke, and they hook up. As Dan watches this, his poor brain can’t handle everything. Josh and Luke come up with a plan to bring Dan out and enjoy each other as the three bears.

Now, I admit, there were times I wanted to reach out to Dan and strangle him or hug him. I wanted him to find happiness and quit worrying so much, but it just isn’t in his DNA. Will Josh and Luke be able to pry Dan away from his brain? Will Josh and Luke keep hiding their relationship if things don’t go their way? Will Dan be able to use his wood other than for himself? All very good questions and I had to read the rest of the book to get my answers. Enjoy this fun read and three-way love story.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review: “The Man Inside Me” by Sean Kerr

TITLE: The Man Inside Me
AUTHOR: Sean Kerr
PUBLISHER: SGK Publications
GENRE: Paranormal
LENGTH: 202 pages
RELEASE DATE: Sep 30, 2018
PRICE: $3.99 -e-book


At what age is the hope of love lost? Can a love that has slipped into friendship be re-kindled?
These thoughts lay heavy in Gabriel’s soul, for while he finds the spark of love still burns inside his middle-aged heart, he cannot tell Henry. When they were young at Oxford University, their love burned hot and bright, and they thought to change the world together until a devastating tragedy ripped them apart.
Youth. It slips away in the blink of an eye, and Henry can no longer stand to see his own reflection in the mirror, for all he sees is a sad, tired old man whose body has betrayed him. He craves the touch of another, to feel attractive and vital once more, but his obsession with his work has stolen his life from him, and now it has taken on a sinister dimension.
Determined to continue with his work regardless of the consequences, Henry invites his friends over for a dinner party, but one of his guests is missing, and the evening is shattered by the revelation of a brutal murder.
To what lengths would you go to find love? How far would you go to see your youth renewed? These are the dilemmas facing Gabriel and Henry as their friendship is tested to its very limits, for their lives are shattered by a vicious killer. Is there still the chance for love, or has age stolen that from them too? Can they move beyond the friendship that has spanned over thirty years and find the love that once made their hearts beat as one?
You may never be too old to find love, but will you be able to survive it?

This author has done it again. He has taken every emotion I have and brought them to surface. I absolutely love the setting period in this book. It is the 1800’s in London, and this author is amazing at making me feel as if I am there. And the characters crept right into my heart. Of course, with Sean, you never know who will make it and who will be used to rip your heart apart. More than once was I cursing Sean and wishing him an itchy scalp or worse. LOL. The way he tells a story just intrigues me from beginning to end. A new concept on an old one, and boy, was it enjoyable.

I love the way Gab and Henry met. The enthusiasm and passion Henry has are addictive as Gab learns. The things Henry opens Gab’s eyes too are just refreshing and adorable. They go out of town together and thoroughly enjoy the train ride back. Gab is convinced they’ll love each other forever. Then tragedy hits. They will be lifelong friends, but that spark has left its existence. They grow older in each other’s lives but will they ever find their spark again? Will Henry ever be able to cure the mind from going bad? Will he ever come to realize just how much Gab means to him?

These are the questions Sean loves to throw out at us. He loves to mess with our heads and hearts from one extreme to the next in Sean-style. There are other characters that we fall in love with, like Richardson. I loved his flamboyant self when it was not ok to be gay or flamboyant. He just loves his life and lives it for himself. There is some hot sex and some dirty as well, but it all flows with this epic story. If you don’t love this story, I won’t know how to feel. This is a love story written the only way Sean can write a story with twist and turns, love and hate and of course, tragedy and victory.

***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