Bear County 6: Cowboy Seduction by Lynn Hagen

Title : Cowboy Seduction                  Word Count :81 pgs

Genre : Paranormal Gay Romance

Blurb : Taylor fled Nebraska with his best friend, running from a monster that trapped Taylor into a life he wouldn’t wish on his worst enemy. After settling down in Bear County, Taylor meets a man who is charming, his sense of humor something Taylor has never experienced before. When Sam invites Taylor over to watch a movie, Taylor isn’t sure he’s ready to get back into the dating pool. Sam spots a sexy little goth angel in the grocery store. He’s taken with Taylor at once. The more time they spend together, the more Sam knows that Taylor is his mate. But winning Taylor’s heart isn’t easy. Not when the man has been obviously hurt. When Sam has to go off on an assignment, Taylor goes missing. Can he help save Taylor from his worst nightmare? Can Sam help Taylor heal his wounded soul and bring the man back into the light, or has Taylor’s experiences broken the man beyond repair? ** A Siren Erotic Romance

My Review : From the moment Sam lays eyes on his beautiful goth angel in the grocery store,  he knows he is his other half. Taylor is amazed that a sexy, sophisticated man is interested in getting to know him. He is a little bit fragile and considers himself to be broken after escaping an abusive relationship with a bear shifter. Sam invites Taylor to dinner and a movie at the ranch and he has no clue that Sam is also a bear shifter. 

As soon as Taylor arrives, the date starts going south. Sam makes a wonderful shrimp bisque for dinner to impress Taylor,  but Taylor is allergic to seafood. Sam realizes after they are settling in that Taylor is very skittish.  As much as he would like to pounce, Sam gentles his approach and allows all his other shifter brothers to sit in on the movie when he notices that Taylor is more comfortable that way. Their second date doesn’t fare much better when Sam falls off a horse trying to impress Taylor yet again. Poor Taylor is shaken up thinking about how Sam could have gotten seriously injured. Taylor makes the decision to start opening up a little more to Sam, when Sam gets an assignment from T-rex and has to go away. 

Sam hates to leave Taylor unattended but he can’t tell Taylor that he is so protective because they are mates . He wants to ease him into the idea gently. Taylor is enjoying Sam’s  flirty phone calls and he even starts to flirt back a little.  This is until he gets a call from his  abusive ex. His ex tears him down with just a few vindictive words, bringing Taylor to a depressing low that pushed Taylor into a bottle of tequila. 

Taylor’s best friend Cameron is worried when his friend doesn’t come home. Cameron calls Sam and explains the situation.  Sam is frantic, and  comes home immediately.  He finds Taylor hungover in his car. Sam knows that he can no longer put off telling Taylor he is a bear. Sam reveals his  news after making passionate love to Taylor.  Taylor is distraught and runs back to his apartment. Sam begs for a chance to prove himself. He needs to protect his mate desperately.  

Taylor moves to the ranch to gain  his mate’s protection as well as getting to know Sam. It is only a matter of time before trouble comes knocking. Taylor’s abusive ex shows up to try to take Taylor away and Sam ends up killing him. Taylor reclaims his life and take it one day at a time. They take their relationship slowly and they both come to a mutual decision that they are not ready for kids. I give this one my ratings of 3 – it was ok. 

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Minnesota Christmas 2: Sleigh Ride by Heidi Cullinan

Title : Sleigh Ride                                                     Word Count : 71,464

Genre : Contemporary Gay Romance

Blurb : The way to a man’s heart is on a sleigh.

Minnesota Christmas, Book 2

Arthur Anderson doesn’t want anything to do with love and romance, and he certainly doesn’t want to play Santa in his mother’s library fundraising scheme. He knows full well what she really wants is to hook him up with the town’s lanky, prissy librarian.

It’s clear Gabriel Higgins doesn’t want him, either—as a Santa, as a boyfriend, as anyone at all. But when Arthur’s efforts to wiggle out of the fundraiser lead to getting to know the man behind the storytime idol, he can’t help but be charmed. The least he can do is be neighborly and help Gabriel find a few local friends.

As their fiery arguments strike hotter sparks, two men who insist they don’t date wind up doing an awful lot of dating. And it looks like the sleigh they both tried not to board could send them jingling all the way to happily ever after.

Warning: Contains a feisty librarian, a boorish bear, small town politics, deer sausage, and a boy who wants a doll.

My Review : Gabriel is a prim and proper librarian. He is a director of a small town library that is seriously underfunded. Arthur is well despised by Gabriel because of his man whore status. Gabriel sees Arthur as  a cloddish, boarish  red-haired oaf that he simply finds unattractive. Arthur is roped in by his mother to play Santa and do a sleigh ride. She plans to use them in a fundraiser that will revamp the library. Gabriel is slotted to play Santa’s little elf and he is so not amused. Arthur hates the idea as well and he definitely has no plans to work with the prudish skinny librarian who he finds equally unattractive. 

Arthur sets out to Gabriel’s house so that they can try to figure out a way out of their mess. He pretty much forces himself into Gabriel’s house which pisses him off and brings out his prim and prudish side. Gabriel is so angry he tries to hit Arthur. Arthur glimpses something in Gabriel and decides to test his theory. He pins Gabriel’s arms behind his back and watches him squirm, but deep behind  the nerdy glasses he sees undeniable lust. This grabs his interest and gets him hot for the prim librarian. They play out a consensual non-con scene,  and this really brings out Gabriel’s naughty side . As soon as they are done, Gabe immediately feels ashamed for acting on his needs. He starts building up his walls, but Arthur decides to wear him down.  Arthur sees something in Gabe that calls to a side of himself that he thinks is too perverse to let out. He wants to unleash all his non-consensual dominance on Gabriel and he is almost sure that Gabe is just the man who can accept his kink.

Gabriel has a hard time embracing what he likes sexually. He keeps vacillating between prim and proper and naughty sex kitten. This makes for some really hot sexual exploits between these two. Arthur realizes that he has fallen for the librarian but he doubts that he will ever be good enough for Gabe. Gabe proves to him that he is more than worthy.  Arthur helps Gabe to reconcile the two halves of himself and they both live happily in small town USA. I give this my ratings of 4 – lose the underwear. 

Favorite Quotes : 1. Arthur unbuttoned Gabriel’s shirt halfway down and laved his nipple. “You’re gonna moan like a little whore for me, honey. Spread your legs for me and hold them open.” ( Nothing like a little dirty talk role play during sex😊.)

“That’s right. Keep struggling, sweetheart. Show me how much you want me to fuck you. Wiggle and cuss and fight. Gonna suck you. Gonna make you scream. Gonna make you beg me.( Non-con role-playing can be some of the hottest sex.)

Gabriel bucked, the shock of Arthur’s wet tongue short-circuiting him. Arthur held him down, trapping his shins with his knees. He buried his face deeper, humming into Gabriel’s hole. Fucking him with his tongue, rubbing the burning ring with the pads of his thumbs. Filling him with spit. Laving his taint with the fat width of his tongue. Tickling his ass with his beard. Slapping his ass cheek like a bongo drum. (Frigging hottt.)

Sex is an exploration of yourself and your partner. Sex is fun. But more than anything, baby, sex is who you are. I’ve seen that part of you, and I love it. But you have to love it too.”( The greatest definition of sex.)