Review of: Burden by K.C. Wells

TITLE: Burden
AUTHOR: K.C. Wells
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
RELEASE DATE: April 23, 2019


They never knew what hit them.
A hooker with a heart, falling for a Vice cop? This is no Hollywood movie, and if they want a happily ever after, it’s not going to be easy.
Detective Randy Michaels is back with Vice, working to help NYC crack down on its prostitution problem. When he suspects Jesse Bryant of soliciting, Randy is torn between duty and his knowledge of what put Jesse on the streets. Jesse is clearly struggling, and he isn’t the only one. Recent events have forced Randy to question his sexuality, and a shocking encounter with Jesse plunges him into a crisis of conscience.
Jesse didn’t think his life could get any worse. His family cut all support, his education is on hold, and he’s surviving the only way he knows—selling himself on the streets. Of all the people who could have offered him a helping hand, why did it have to be Randy?
Two men carrying their own personal burdens: How long will it take them to realize that what they really need is each other?

I just love this author, and she doesn’t disappoint. K.C. is very good at connecting me to the characters and sucking me in her stories. I love her writing style and the way the story reads smoothly. This is a great opposite attract, sexual identity, law versus moral and first-time experience stories all rolled into one book.

Jesse is a hooker that works at the Black Lounge and really enjoys his job. He was going to school for his MBA and was getting paid for something he loved doing. What could go wrong? Well, to start with finding out that where you work is the mob and is involved with human trafficking. Then finding out the guy you have the hots for at Black lounge is a straight vice cop. And to top it off, your parents cut you off because they find out you’re a gay hooker. So school comes to an end.

Detective Randy Michaels is a vice cop working undercover at the Black Lounge to bust a human trafficking ring. What he doesn’t expect is to get to know these young men and become friends. What he expects even less is to be attracted to the young blond that gets under his skin. He doesn’t understand the feelings he’s having due to the fact that he’s straight.

Owen, a psychologist and Randy’s neighbor, helps Randy figure out who he is but it’s not an easy road. One night changes everything and Jesse and Randy have an amazingly hot night with each other. Randy never knew that sex could be so good, and Jesse couldn’t believe it could ever work between them. Jesse leaves before Randy wakes up and Randy feels like a john. Nikko helps Jesse escape to Maine and Randy is losing his mind.

How could it ever work between a cop and hooker? Will these two figure out their feelings for each other? Will Randy be able to find Jesse to tell him how he really feels? Can these opposite lifestyles come together and find true love? These are all good questions, and you will have to read this great story to find out. Enjoy!

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review of: A Late Summer Nights Dream by Catherine Curzon & Eleanor Harkstead

TITLE: A Late Summer Nights Dream
AUTHOR: Catherine Curzon & Eleanor Harkstead
PUBLISHER: Pride Publishing
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
RELEASE DATE: Feb 19, 2019


Among Oxford’s dreaming spires, can a widowed professor and a wide-eyed scholar make their own dreams of love come true?
Simeon Shakespeare is living his academic dream. As an Oxford scholar, he spends his days in libraries and whiles away his nights at the theater. A mix-up over a seat number leads to a very awkward first act, but that’s nothing compared to what happens when the lights go up.
Professor Anthony Meadows is finished with love. Shattered by the death of his husband, he divides his time between his book-lined study and Oxford’s theaters. The last thing he needs is an annoying research student bickering with him over who should sit where.
When Anthony and Simeon discover they have more in common than a shared love of the Bard, it looks as though the stage is set for romance. Yet with the memory of Anthony’s lost love keeping the professor from moving on, can Simeon’s love mend his broken heart?

Simeon Shakespeare (no link with the famous William) is living his academic dream by preparing his PhD. His time is shared between Libraries and his apartment with his only pleasure for theatre.

When he goes to see A Midsummer Night’s Dream, he meets Anthony Meadows and what starts as a misunderstanding over a seat is the beginning of their dream.

It was a short, beautiful, poetic novella.

Simeon and Anthony are two lost souls wanting the same thing but too scared to reach for it. Anthony is still grieving his beloved husband who died four years ago. On the other side, Simeon is afraid history will repeat itself and he’ll only be loved because he’s young not because of his personality. These two are amazing and beautiful.

I loved the writing—it was melodic and harmonious.

It was a very sweet and beautiful short story that I really enjoyed.

***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: Making it Better by Lyss Em

TITLE: Making it Better
RELEASE DATE: Jan 21, 2019


“You still mess me up after all this time, Luc.”
“Not my problem.”
Court’s forceful brand of dominance pushes Lucan’s buttons like nothing else, but he can’t forget how badly Court hurt him in the past. Their romance six years ago was heady, intense, and sizzling—and left Lucan with deep emotional scars. When he runs into Court at a fetish party, the spark is still there. But so is the pain.
For Court, Lucan is the mindfuck he never got over. He still doesn’t know why Lucan ended things, and when he sees Lucan in the flesh again, the desperate need to dominate comes rushing back. Court would do anything to have a second chance, but he won’t let Lucan mess with his head and break his heart again. Or so he tells himself.
“I’ll do it all right for you this time if you just teach me.”
When Lucan agrees to show Court how to be a good Dom, the two headstrong men toe a delicate line between restraint and uncontrolled passion. Will the same sick love that consumed their past destroy their future?
Making It Better is a standalone enemies to lovers, second chance, contemporary, BDSM romance with an HEA ending.

This is the first time I have read this author and OMG. I will definitely look for more books. This is a very intense and dark BDSM book that definitely has the masochism side of it. This is not for the light-hearted or for anyone that struggles with pain being inflicted on another person. Warning, there is knife play and some other physical pain that is requested from the sub. If you’re good with all, then you should really enjoy this book. This author hit on all aspects of a true Dom/sub relationship. What I really enjoyed was how the sub was teaching an inexperienced Dom how to get what they both needed and explained how there is a Top high for the Dom just like sub space for the sub. The author also explained Dom/sub lows and how it can happen a few days later. I have experienced this, and this is the first book I’ve read that has had this in it.

Lucan is a sub that loves pain and torture but hasn’t been able to let go completely since his breakup six years ago. He has a good Dom now, and he does great aftercare with him, but he can’t find that release he’s looking for. Then, one night at a BDSM party, who comes to say hello but the only one he’s ever totally surrendered to.

Court has been away for six years but has recently moved back to his hometown. He gets on FetLife and gets invited to a party, and he’s excited and wants just a plaything to get some release. Imagine his surprise when he sees his love of six years ago there. He never understood why Lucan just ended things with a text message, but he can’t help but to go say hello.

Things heat up quickly for these two, but is it too fast? Can these two work through their differences and trust issues they have? Can Lucan have the patience to teach Court how to be the best Dom? Can Court listen and learn to what he needs to in order to keep the love of his life? These are all very good questions, and I hope you get the answers you’re looking for.

***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: Boca Dreams by Scudder James Jr

TITLE: Boca Dreams
AUTHOR: Scudder James Jr
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
RELEASE DATE: Dec 1, 2018


A Story from the Warmest Wishes: Dreamspinner Press 2018 Advent Calendar
You can’t correct the past.
Or can you?
Stephen’s not proud of who he was back in boarding school—spoiled and a player. Now, at the holiday reunion ten years later, he has a chance to show his former classmates who he really is: out and proud, devoted to helping others, and partnered with Victor.
Stephen understands why Victor, who grew up in a poor and abusive household, hates the rich kids at the reunion, but his attitude is ruining everything. Luckily Stephen bumps into Aaron, a former grunge rocker who has also changed. Stephen never forgot their one steamy night together.
With the help of three very unusual personifications of Christmas Past, Present, and Future, can Stephen revisit his mistakes and find the happiness that’s eluded him?

This was an endearing short story about true love. The author did a great job with the characters, and I loved the scenery that was of such beauty. This author kept a good flow with this storyline. I enjoyed most of the characters and loved hating a couple of them.

Stephen used to be a spoiled rich boy and a player with the girls. The problem with that is he was never into girls. Stephen is excited for his schools Holiday Fete. He had his boyfriend, and he was going to come out to all his friends and be the man that he is.

Victor, the boyfriend, was a douche from the get-go. He didn’t want to go with Stephen and did what he could to make it a miserable trip. When they arrived, Stephen introduced Victor as his boyfriend and his friends were very happy for him and his coming out. Stephen loved Seaboard and all its grandeur. He went looking for Victor, and when he walked into their room, he was with one of Stephen’s friends and tried to get him to join them. He storms out and runs into the sexy man he’d fooled around with years ago.

Aaron was a grunge rocker back when they had a steamy night together years ago but has changed since then. Aaron is so happy when Stephen and him run into each other at the event. Aaron goes to the spot of that fateful night so many years ago. Low and behold if Stephen doesn’t show up there, and the magic of that place hits them both. Stephen spills his heart to him, and he is there to pick up the pieces.

This is a fun and enjoyable read that shows that true love does and can exist.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review of: Home and Heart by Sean Michael

TITLE: Home and Heart
AUTHOR: Sean Michael
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
RELEASE DATE: December 25, 2018


Is it possible to find the heart’s home twice in a lifetime?
Six years ago, Sawyer Burroughs’s life fell apart. His soul mate and husband of four years died of cancer, and he fell into depression… and a bottle. It’s taken six years, but he’s turned his life around and is ready to start again on the other side of the country.
In his new apartment, he’s welcomed by his young and carefree neighbor, Derek, from across the hall. Derek is eager to make Sawyer feel welcome and even offers him a place to stay when Sawyer arrives ahead of his furniture.
The upstairs neighbors are just as friendly, and soon Sawyer finds a place with the friends-with-benefits threesome. He’s not the shy, vanilla lover they think he is, though, and he’s hiding more than a pair of nipple rings. As it happens, the guys have kinky secrets of their own, but for four men to make a BDSM relationship last, they’ll have to figure some things out.

I can always rely on Sean for some hot sexiness. This book is no different. Sean has a way of making the temperature rise and give your little bits a wonderful sensation. If you enjoy lots of sexiness, a little BDSM and lots of men together, then this is the book for you.

Sawyer is a man restarting his life after his husband and Master had died five years before. Sawyer fell into depression and the bottle but has cleaned up his act and has moved to a new life. He’s sure that he will never find a Master for him again, but he knows he has to give life a go. His new apartment is just what he needs until the hot neighbor knocked on his door.
Derek knocks on Sawyer’s door excited to meet this little hottie. Derek just walks in and starts talking with this quiet little man. He notices that Sawyer has no furniture and just outright asks him to stay the night with him. Derek is not shy and immediately takes to him. He invites him to a BBQ in the yard with the other two men in the building, but Sawyer is not ready for all these men, at least he thinks he’s not ready.

Benny and Luke are a couple, and Luke is obviously the Dom. They’re excited about Sawyer moving in and can’t wait to get him to play with them all. But they see the way Derek is so into him, and they hope this will not deter the plan. Luke also see right away that Sawyer is a perfect little sub and how he needs a strong Dom. Luke agrees to teach Derek how to give him what he needs. Derek is a natural Dom and can’t believe he has gotten so lucky.

This is a fun read with lots of hot sex. So if you’re ready for all the different scenarios, then get to reading.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis