Assassin Shifter 5: Best Laid Plans by Sandrine Gasq-Dion

Title : Best Laid Plans                     Word Count :46,199

Genre : Paranormal Gay Romance

Blurb : The men of the super-secret Skull Blaster unit have put down their weapons long enough to find love – and even husbands – from Arizona to Alaska and the Olympic Peninsula. Now their new families and friends are hoping to find their own happily-ever-afters. Werewolf Sawyer Quinton’s brothers have finally found their mates in the Drake brothers, Dakota’s former packmates. Things get off to a rocky start but love conquers all. Or does it? Can the Drakes overcome the gay bashing they suffered at their father’s hands and be true to themselves and the men they love? Or are some lessons just too hard to unlearn?

My Review : The two Drake brothers are in hot water when they first meet their mates while in flagrante delicto. The brothers from the Queets pack are not amused. Xander catches his mate getting a lunch time blowjob from his girlfriend. Grayson catches his mate with a woman draped all over him coming from lunch. The boys are exceedingly dissapointed and hurt, seeing as how they’ve been dreaming about finding their mates for a long time.

Jagger and Taylor know that they have truly messed up and they need to fix things with Zander and Grayson. They take their mates out to dinner and shortly thereafter they go to Vegas for a business trip and a bit of pleasure. Oh what a pleasure it was 😊! These two sets of brothers were definitely hot with their respective partners. Jagger was overjoyed to find out that Zander was a virgin and he couldn’t keep his hands to himself. Grayson was hot to trot for Taylor, and they couldn’t seem to get enough of each other.

Things are settling in nicely for the couples when a can of worms open up. The Drake brothers come from a homophobic father who drilled into them how wrong it was to be gay. As much as they are happy to have their mates , they are still in the closet. This creates a minefield and a lot of hurt when Taylor denies that Grayson is his boyfriend at a business dinner. Same goes for Zander, when  Jagger refuses to come out and own their relationship.  The Quinton brothers leave in tears and they end up on a friend’s jet on their way to Arizona to visit with Riley and Mateo. 

Not wanting to lose their mates for good, Jagger and Taylor wrap up their business dealings and head out to get their mates back. They realize how much they miss  Zander and Grayson . They are welcomed with open arms and tears are shed by all. It all ends in a happily ever after for both couples.  We also get a chance to celebrate in the weddings of Sam & Dakota and Troy & Sawyer. This book was all about family and embracing the ones who love us unconditionally.  I give this my ratings of 4 – lose the underwear. 


Assassin Shifter 4: Half Moon Rising by Sandrine Gasq-Dion

Title : Half Moon Rising           Word Count :39,974

Genre : Paranormal Gay Romance

Blurb : They say you can never go home…

After more than a decade, Troy Bishop is going home to the family he left behind when his parents died. Little does Troy know, he’s about to get a lot more than he bargained for….

Sawyer Quinton has been waiting for his mate for as long as he can remember, and was beginning to think he’d never find him. Until Troy Bishop walked back onto the Reservation.

The attraction is immediate for both men, but one is hiding a secret and the other must finally open is heart.

Sometimes you can’t go back home….and sometimes when you do…you never leave.

This is the fourth book in the Assassin/Shifter stories. To fully appreciate the characters, I recommend you start with “A Marked Man” then “Alaska with Love” and finally “By the Light of the Moon”

My Review : Troy has been on mission after mission for a long time and he’s ready to head back to the reservation finally to catch up with his friends and makeshift family. His best friend Sam’s family became his second family after his family was murdered.

Sawyer has long held out hope of finding his mate and he has an idea who it might be. The day that Troy comes home, Sawyer is so excited he is unable to hold his human form. Troy is shocked to see a wolf at the meet and greet when he gets to the reservation.  He has no clue that he is actually looking at his mate. When he finally meets Sawyer the man, he sees a very strong willed, beautiful , abrasive young man who he ends up offending.

The attraction between the two is instant and soon they can’t keep their hands off each other. Shortly after making love, Sawyer shifts into his werewolf form by accident and this gets an unfavorable response from Troy. Sawyer feels as if his mate rejected him and it’s the worst kind of pain. Troy calms down after it is revealed that Sam, his best friend is also a werewolf. He apologizes to his mate and quickly gets into the swing of things finding himself falling hard for Sawyer. 

Their idyllic bliss is soon interrupted when someone burns down Troy ‘ s parents house and tries to hurt Sawyer.  Troy goes into protective assassin mode and is ready to do what he does best, Kill! Troy is willing to kill, to protect Sawyer because he doesn’t want to lose his beautiful man before enjoying life with him. When the perpetrators are cornered and a fight ensues,  Troy takes a bullet that is meant for Sawyer.  His wounds are life threatening and Sawyer has no choice but to turn his mate in order to save him. Troy is happy to be turned werewolf but Sawyer feels a little guilty.  Sex with the two Werewolfs is even hotter than before.  Troy and Sawyer had great chemistry and the makings of an everlasting love. They are already planning a double wedding with Sam and Dakota. Can’t wait 😆. I give this my ratings of 4 – lose the underwear. 

Lonely by Scarlet Blackwell

Title : Lonely                       Word Count : 22,330

Genre : Contemporary Gay Romance

Blurb : When the love of Austin Bale’s life—Rupert the German Shepherd—is critically injured in a car accident, he has to find seventeen hundred dollars and fast. Austin lives alone, works a minimum wage job and has no one he can turn to. The only thing he can offer vet Lynton Brooke, by way of payment, is himself.

Lynton takes him up on his offer and is soon smitten by the reclusive Austin. Both men recognise a kindred spirit, a lonely soul that needs a mate, but Austin is too aware of their different backgrounds. Can he ever hope that Lynton could be the one?

My Review : Austin is caught between a rock and a hard place. His  beloved dog has been run over and he can’t bear to lose his only friend in the world. He knows right off the bat that he wont be able to pay the vet’s bill. He is barely living from paycheck to paycheck.  Not knowing the young man’s situation, the sexy vet Lynton tells him something will work out.In an act of desperation,  he offers his body as payment for surgery for his beloved dog. As much as Lynton is interested,  he turns Austin down.

Austin leaves feeling dejected, worrying about what will happen to his dog. When he goes back to check on his dog the next day, Lynton tells him he’ll take him up on his offer. Austin is relieved that the dog will be taken care of, but deep down inside he feels dissapointed and a little bit cheap. On one hand he despises Lynton for taking what was so freely offered,  but he is  also secretly turned on. Lynton realizes that Austin’s perception of him has changed  for the worst, but it is hard for him to renege on their illicit bargain when he wants Austin almost desperately. They are off to a bad start, but luckily Rupert the dog keeps on bringing them together. It helps that they have great chemistry and they are very passionate when they are in bed together. Lynton realizes that he has fallen for Austin, he just hopes he can win him over. Austin is a little stubborn and extremely proud and it is hard for him to accept financial help from the richer , more stable Lynton. I say stop looking a gift horse in the mouth. I was finally happy that he got over his issues and moved in with Lynton who is more than capable of taking care of them.  This was short  and sweet with lots of hot sex. I give this my ratings of 4 – lose the underwear. 

Tucker Springs 3: Dirty Laundry by Heidi Cullinan

Title : Dirty Laundry                    Word Count :71,400

Genre : Contemporary Gay Romance

Blurb : Entomology grad student Adam Ellery meets Denver Rogers, a muscle-bound hunk of sexy, when Denver effortlessly dispatches the drunken frat boys harassing Adam at the Tucker Springs laundromat. Thanking him turns into flirting, and then, much to Adam’s delight, hot sex over the laundry table.

Though Denver’s job as a bouncer at a gay bar means he gets his pick of geek-sexy college twinks, he can’t get Adam out of his head. Adam seems to need the same rough play Denver does, and it’s damn hard to say no to such a perfect fit.

Trouble is, Adam isn’t just shy: he has obsessive compulsive disorder and clinical anxiety, conditions which have ruined past relationships. And while Denver might be able to bench-press a pile of grad students, he comes from a history of abuse and is terrified of getting his GED. Neither Denver nor Adam want to face their dirty laundry, but to stay together, they’re going to have to come clean.

My Review : Denver and Adam’s relationship starts out hot and heavy from the beginning.  This is so weird and insanely hot, since they are strangers that meet for the first time in a laundromat. They are complete opposites and they complement each other perfectly.  Adam is a PhD student studying hawk moths, who has a severe case of OCD and panic attacks.  Denver is a gym junkie who is extremely ripped , works as a bouncer and has a learning disability.  One thing is for sure, Denver is the perfect Dom for Adams submissive nature.

Both these characters are very lovable and I can really feel the chemistry between them. This is the kind of dominant/submissive relationship I love to see. Their relationship shows the outside world and how it plays out, rather than being inundated  with aspects of the BDSM lifestyle that leaves me puzzled. Adam’s OCD plays a major role in who he is as a person and how he reacts to the environment and navigate relationships in his everyday life. His OCD  stems from spatial infringement, which causes him to have panic attacks if someone is in his private space or even public space for too long. It is hard for him to not categorize space according to where people belong. This made for a very interesting read as it led to the main characters having sex in some unusual and very public spaces which was highly entertaining and erotic.

Adam and Denver finds themselves in a relationship that they both need even though they hide their insecurities from each other. Adam is afraid to let Denver know about his OCD and Denver doesn’t  want to admit that his learning disabilities is holding him back. Adam gives Denver the freedom to be in charge through spankings and deep throat fucking which allows him to enter subspace and create a free zone from worries about pain  attacks and OCD. I really enjoyed watching Denver trying to cull Adam’s OCD with his dominant nature.

Once they were able to admit to each other  their deepest insecurities , they were able to navigate their relationship with fluidity. They developed a bond so strong that stood the test of time and was able to hold up under the pressures of their personalities.  I totally loved this book and I embraced their happily ever after right along side them. Perfect couple, perfect sex,  it really hit the spot. Yeah, that spot 😉. I give this my ratings of 5 – bring out the vibrators. 

Favorite Quotes : 1. “That’s right.” The finger breaching Adam pushed deeper, and Adam moaned again. “This is all you have to do. Don’t worry about who’s watching. I’m watching. I’m watching my finger go into your ass, watching you spread open for me. You gonna take my cock next, sweet thing? You gonna moan all over my folded clothes while I fuck you?” The finger fucked Adam gently but insistently. “Right here on the table where everyone can see?” (There is nothing hotter than being commanded to do dirty things to your body while someone else has the pleasure of watching 😀.)

2. Denver laughed, a wicked sound. “Yeah. You like this. You like this more than you want to admit. Ass in the air in a laundromat, finger-fucked by a guy you just met. Humping my laundry.” Another slap, another groan from Adam. “There you go, boy. Make noise. I like to hear noise. I know you want my cock in your ass, right here on this table, but it ain’t happening until you make more noise.” This time the slap stung, going straight to Adam’s cock. “Come on. Let me hear it. ( Sex with a stranger, kinda hottt😈. )

3. Resting his weight on the soft, clean mat Denver had spread out, Adam reached around and dutifully played with his asshole for Denver’s enjoyment. He pulled his cheeks apart and flexed his hole. He held himself open to be filled with lube, and then he greased himself with it, first fucking himself and then fucking and spreading himself, encouraged by the appreciative noises and occasional slaps Denver gave his ass and thighs. They never hurt, but they jarred him, reminding him this was for Denver, that he was for Denver, that his ass and its spreading and fucking was all for Denver. Adam wanted to be like this for Denver forever, the world simplified and held away by the iron sides of the truck and Denver’s size, strength, and softness. Because he wasn’t hard, not right now. He was soft, relaxed, enjoying the porn show Adam gave him, commenting on how good he looked with his hole stretched and his three fingers fucking hard in and out. Adam whimpered and gave him more, gave him what he wanted, what he seemed to need, but mostly what he asked for. ( Too hot to handle. I love it.)

Assassin Shifter 3:By the Light of the Moon by Sandrine Gasq-Dion

Title : By the Light of the Moon      Word Count :45,680

Genre : Contemporary Gay Romance

Blurb : Dakota Cadotte is on the run and alone. Forced out from his pack by the Alpha for being gay, Dakota fends for himself in the Denali wilderness. When he ventures too far away from his safe zone, he’s put right in the path of a truck on the highway and right into the arms of Sam Waters.

The two hit it off immediately as man and wolf, but Dakota fears Sam won’t be so understanding when he sees what he truly is. When Dakota shifts in front of Sam, the sparks fly, but Dakota’s past and pack threaten their new-found relationship.

Sneak peek of “Half Moon Rising” at the end.

This book contains explicit sexual situations, graphic language, and material that some readers may find objectionable: male/male sexual practices, violence.

My Review : Well it turns out that Dakota the docile wolf from book 2 is actually a shape shifter. He is running for his life after being shot in the leg and collides into a moving car. Sam the driver of the car is alarmed that he has hit this poor animal. He is very wary approaching the animal, but he gets him in his truck and doctors him in his hotel room.  Sam really likes the company of the sweet little wolf and he takes care of it and feeds it steak. Dakota can’t believe how hot Sam is , but he is scared to show him his human side out of fear of being rejected.

When Sam goes out, Dakota follows him to a bar so he can meet him in his human form. Sam is instantly turned on by the sexy grey eyed young man  who he stops from being harassed by another guy. Sam is appalled that the young guy who calls himself ‘Darren’ seems not to have proper clothing or a place to stay.  Sam feels very protective towards the young man and offers him some money and rents a room for him to stay comfortably.  Dakota is so turned on  by Sam and he loves how sweet and considerate he is. 

Dakota invites Sam in and the night is magical and explosive for them both. It is very hard for Dakota to keep his wolf from coming to the fore.  Dakota only wished that he could show Sam his true self. Dakota leaves Sam in the early hours of the morning, so that he can go back and pretend to be just a wolf. He leaves a note for Sam , letting him know where they can meet up again.

Dakota can feel his body changing but he is not sure what is happening. Spending the night with Sam has unlocked some deep seated power within him that alludes to him being an alpha.  The bond between these two get stronger and if makes them both protective of each other. The truth about Dakota’s origins and his true nature is revealed to them when they meet up again and go home to Sam’s reservation. Sam’s parents and the reservation alpha welcome Dakota with open arms. This is almost overwhelming for him since he was kicked out by his own parents and pack for being gay. The alpha explains that Sam is Dakota’s mate and this makes sense given the strength of their bond and how much they have started relying on each other.  It is clear to see that they are each other’s strength. The sex between these two is almost primal and extremely hot.

As their domestic bliss continues,  trouble is on  the horizon about to rain down on their doorstep in the form of Dakota’s old pack. Dakota’s old alpha desperately wants to eliminate him by underhanded tactics , because Dakota is just too strong and poses a threat to his rule. Carson the alpha is not above beating his sons or anyone in his pack into submission and to help with his foolhardy plan. Carson kidnaps Dakota knowing that his present pack will come after him. A fight ensues and Sam even though human tries to protect his mate at the detriment to himself. Carson tears Sam’s stomach with his sharp claws and Dakota has no other choice than to save his mate by turning him into a werewolf.  Dakota hates the circumstances but he can’t stand the thought of living a life without Sam. The change is hard on Sam and it takes him awhile to be comfortable with his wolf.  The measures that Dakota uses to help Sam shift is quite pleasurable . Sex cures all ailments and problems😉. 

 Many of Dakota’s pack become allies , because it is clear that quite a few of them have smelt their mates within Dakota’s new pack the Queets. I can’t wait to read about these pairings. I am really enjoying this series so far and this book has been my favorite so far.Well detailed  and very interesting.  I’m enjoying seeing these assassins pair up with the shifters. I give this my ratings of 5 – bring out the vibrators. You’ll definitely need it. 

Favorite Quotes : 1. Dakota was jacking himself off and the smell of semen was strong on the night air as his mate took him. Sam leaned over Dakota and kissed his neck, then sunk his teeth into Dakota’s shoulder tasting blood as he rammed into him relentlessly. Dakota cried out and hot spunk escaped his cock into the white snow, as his body jerked with the force of his orgasm. Sam’s nose twitched at the smell of semen in the air and he exploded in Dakota’s ass, holding his hips. His body jerked and bucked into Dakota as his balls emptied into his mate.( Hot damnnn, I can almost feel it. They are so hot together.)

2.Sweat rolled down his biceps as the smell of Dakota’s spunk filled his senses; he grabbed Dakota’s legs under his arms and threw them over his shoulders, hanging onto his lover by his ass. Spreading his ass cheeks wider, Sam slammed into Dakota; feeling his orgasm rising, his cock hardened and his balls reared up, almost disappearing inside him. Sam let loose with a hoarse cry, shooting hot cum up Dakota’s chute. His hips still bucking and jerking, Sam fought for control as his eyes shifted and his teeth elongated. He was going to be fucking his mate as a werewolf. ( Their sex gets very primal at times. I love it.)

Assassin Shifter 2- Alaska, With Love by Sandrine Gasq-Dion

Title : Alaska, With Love                      Word Count : 271 pgs

Genre : Contemporary Gay Romance

Blurb : Josh Montgomery is a red-blooded American male that loves his job and loves women even more. Part of an elite team run by General Derek Jacobs, Josh and his fellow assassins take pride in their jobs. When one Assassin gig turns into a rescue mission on the side, Josh’s life is turned upside down by the man he rescues. Now, he has to take a good long look at who he really is.

With the help from his friends Mateo, Riley and Troy, Josh tries to understand what he’s feeling.

Mark Patterson joined Doctor’s without Borders to do good in a foreign country. Little did he know a maniacal drug lord would kidnap him and use him to deal drugs, among other things…. Without any hope of rescue, Mark resigns himself to his prison. Until early one morning when he’s rescued by a blonde God. Josh Montgomery is tall, light and beautiful….and straight.

Being in close quarters only makes things harder on both men, will Mark get his man? Will Josh take a chance…. In the wilds of Denali Forest the two men come together, but is it for good? Or will Mark’s past drive them apart?

My Review : From the very first moment we met Josh in book 1, we could see that he was an easygoing fun loving character even though he is an assassin.  He is one of the sexy men from the Skull Blasters squad,  who are assassins for hire. They get rid of pedophiles,  drug kingpins and flesh peddlers. It’s on one of his assignments to take down a drug kingpin, where he first sees Mark, a kidnapped doctor being brutally raped by the druglord. Josh vows to get the sexy doctor out safely. He calls for back up from his team who does the extraction  and kills the druglord without any harm to their team. Josh stays by Mark’s side and takes him to their safe house. 

Josh is very confused by his growing feelings for the lovely doctor. For the first time in his life , he is attracted to a man and he is not exactly sure what to do about it. Although Mark is traumatized,  he is very attracted to Josh, but he is almost sure that a stud like that is straight. One good thing to come out of all of this is that Mark finds his long lost foster brother Mateo. Mark is all alone in the world since his parents disowned him for being gay. He is glad to have Mateo in his life again and he is truly happy to see him so in love with his husband Riley. 

Being in the safe house all alone, brings forth a connection between Mark and Josh that wouldn’t otherwise be present around others. Josh is going out of his mind with the erections that keep popping up whenever he is close to Mark. He reevaluates the notion that he is straight.   He feels like an ingrate for having these feelings for someone who has been so thoroughly abused. He gives in to his attraction and kisses Mark with all the pent up passion he has inside. Then he leaves Mark hanging, with Mark wondering if he is being rejected because he has been tainted by his abusers.

 Josh runs away to his cottage in Alaska where he is helping a friend to preserve the wolf wildlife and rescue them from hunters. In the meantime,  Mark resumes his job as a doctor and goes to therapy sessions to deal with his trauma. After a few weeks,  he comes up with a plan to go and get back his man. He goes all the way to Alaska alone. When Josh sees him , he is ecstatic and worried at the  half frozen state that Mark is in. Josh nurses him back to health and they make up for lost time by indulging in conversations and a whole lot of sex. This is a new experience for Josh and he is definitely open to all possibilities.  Their sex life is super hot and it solidifies in their mind how much they need each other. Their relationship continues to grow exponentially and passionately. Mark becomes very comfortable with how their lives are  entwined.  He even gets close to the wildlife and gets comfortable with a wolf called Dakota. 

Mark  and Josh’s happiness almost comes to a screeching halt when they find out that Mark’s ex boyfriend was behind his kidnapping and is still out to get him. Josh goes into assassin mode and eliminates all threats to his future husband. Josh finds his perfect hero in his sexy assassin.  I give this my ratings of 4 – lose the underwear. 

Assassin Shifter 1: A Marked Man by Sandrine Gasq-Dion

Title : A Marked Man                  Word Count :225 pgs

Genre : Contemporary Gay Romance

Blurb : Mateo Esposito loves his job. Hired assassin for the U.S. Government, he takes lives and he kicks ass with no mercy.When a job lands in his lap that’s just not quite right, Mateo finds himself questioning orders for the first time in his career. Who would have known he’d be undone by a purple hippo…

Riley Flynn is CEO of Flynn Electronics. Deep in his closet, Riley wonders what it would feel like to be with a man. When his path crosses with Mateo’s, their lives will never be the same.

Because, Riley is Mateo’s next target…

This book contains explicit sexual situations, graphic language, and material that some readers may find objectionable: male/male sexual practices, violence.

My Review : Mateo Esposito is a sexy ass marksman for the A- team. He always acquires his target and he shoots to kill. He is on a special team with his friends hired by the government to take out lowlifes like rapists , pedophiles,  sex traffickers and all manner of evil. Mateo doesn’t have a steady home or boyfriend,  he prefers to take his comfort in whatever hookups he finds for the night. Mateo is very detailed and he always does his homework on his targets before killing them. He also follows his spider senses, that has saved his life a time or two.

When he gets the dossier on Riley Flynn,  the  young attractive CEO of an electronics company,  their is nothing outright that he can see that proclaims him as scum. Mateo follows Riley around and plants listening devices in his home and office and still can’t see anything wrong. He follows Riley to the back room of a gay bar and determines  that is one of his secrets. He loses sight of Riley in the back room when he gets sidetracked by the best blowjob ever from an unknown man. He goes home and fantasizes about the best mouth ever, wishing that he could have a repeat performance.

On the day that he decides to take down Riley,  someone else starts shooting at his target. He saves Riley’s life and takes him to their safe house. Riley is definitely uncomfortable with Mateo knowing that he was originally sent to kill him. On the other hand , he is extremely attracted to Mateo and feels really safe in his presence.  Riley and Mateo are evenly matched and they realize that they have a great connection with each other.  Their attraction really comes to the fore when Riley realized that  Mateo was the hot guy he sucked off in the back room and been dreaming of ever since. 

Riley brings out Mateo’s sweet side and he wants to protect  Riley with all that he’s got. Mateo shows Riley the freedom of being loved by a man. Although they are on the run for their lives, they found a special love with each other that they never imagined ever having with anyone.Their newfound love is tested when their enemies kidnap and torture Riley. Mateo and his team does everything to get Riley back safe and sound.  Mateo and Riley make plans for their future and they both yearn to have a big family, something that neither of them had in the past. Their connection was undeniably strong and their lovemaking was incredibly passionate and sexy. I loved every minute of it. I give this my ratings of 4 – lose the underwear.  

Angel and the Assassin by Fyn Alexander

Title : Angel and the Assassin        Word Count :88,823

Genre : Contemporary Gay Romance

Blurb : Kael Saunders loves to dominate handsome, masculine men like himself. Being in charge is his way of life whether it be in his work with the Secret Intelligence service, his personal life, or in the dungeon. The last thing he expects when he is out on a hit is to fall in love with Angel, a young man desperate for the love and guidance of a Daddy. Yet Angel also has a passion for being spanked and restrained. Two very different men find love in a world of skilled assassins, Bosnian terrorists, and dungeon play.

Publisher’s Note: This book contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and situations that some readers may find objectionable: BDSM theme and content, male/male sexual practices.

My Review : Kael is a very hard , ruthless man at first glance.  Well he would have to be in order to be an assassin for the the government.  He takes care of business in the blink of an eye. He is cold, dominant,  very chiseled, big and sexy with an air of danger.

Angel is a sweet young twink who lives with his mother and his rich abusive stepfather. He is getting ready to flee the coop after his housekeeper  informs him that his mother has run off with her lover. Angel knows there is no way he can stay in the same house with his stepfather who hates him. Angel goes into the kitchen to get a drink after he is done packing; that is when he noticed the shadow, right before Kael sticks his scalpel through his step father’s skull.

When Kael realizes that there is a witness  to his crime, he tracks Angel to the bathroom.  Kael likes what he sees, a tight ass and long legs and Angel’s overall beauty is just what Kael likes. He sees right away that Angel is submissive and he likes how well Angel obeys him. He immediately orders Angel to his knees to service him with a blowjob. Angel is quite adept at it and Kael can’t seem to get enough of it. Kael takes Angel back to the UK with him. He doesn’t have the time for a ‘boy’ , not in his line of work and he knows that he should definitely take care of collateral damage, but there is just something about Angel.

There is a naiveté and an almost childlike quality to Angel’s personality that can be off putting for some, but this actually drew me in . I really liked that about Angel, the juxtaposition between his silliness and Kael’s worldliness makes their relationship work beautifully. Despite the fact that Angel is submissive,  his yearning for a ‘daddy’  who loves him, causes him to test Kael’s patience. It is hard for Kael to assimilate Angel in his orderly life, because Angel being the 18yr old that he is, can be  messy at times. 

It’s quite obvious that Kael’s life is inundated with everything BDSM. He is a full time master who expects to be  obeyed at all times and in everything. He expects Angel to always address him as ‘Sir’. What Angel wants is for Kael to truly be his ‘daddy’, someone who can keep him safe, take care of him,make all decisions and love him unconditionally.  Angel wants to be the best slave for his ‘daddy’ and he tries to put his master’s needs before his own. 

Their relationship is totally focused on the BDSM element , rather than intimacy.  Their sex life is all about lots of pain, orgasm denial, rimming seat , hoods , floggers, cages, forceps and all other torture devices that you can think of. These are all part and parcel of their everyday lives. I didn’t really like this so much, but there is something interesting about this pairing that would make me go back and read the second book in this series.

When Angel overhears Kael telling his friend that Angel is just a temporary amusement,  he withdraws within himself. Kael misses Angel’s affectionate nature and his willfullness. He actually is a little dissapointed with Angel’s obedience. Angel decides to leave Kael and move on to some place where he will be wanted. He is kidnapped by enemies of Kael. Kael didn’t truly appreciate what he had until it was too late. Finally,  he was able to acknowledge to himself how much he truly loved Angel. He moved heaven and earth to get back his angel,  killing a few people along the way. Angel found his ‘daddy’ in Kael. I give this my ratings of 3 – give it a try.  It just might be for you.

Sex & Mayhem 2:The Devil’s Ride by K. A. Merikan

Title :  The Devil ‘s Ride              Word Count :125,000

Genre : Contemporary Dark Romance

Blurb : — You don’t fuck with the club president’s son. —

Tooth. Vice President of the Coffin Nails Motorcycle Club. On a neverending quest for vengeance. The last thing he needs is becoming a permanent babysitter for a male hooker.

Lucifer. Fallen. Lost. Alone.

After a childhood filled with neglect and abuse, followed by his mother’s suicide, Lucifer set out into the world alone. There was nothing for him out there other than taking it one day at a time. As the bastard son of the Coffin Nails club president, Lucifer never got much fatherly love. So when the Nails show up at the strip joint Lucifer works in, the last thing he expects is to be put in the custody of Tooth, the Nails Vice President famous for his gruesome interrogation techniques. The man proves to be the sexiest beast Lucifer has ever met. He’s also older, straight, and an itch Luci can’t ever scratch.

Tooth’s life came to a halt twelve years ago. His lover got brutally murdered, police never found the perpetrators, and all leads were dead ends. To find peace and his own justice, Tooth joined the Coffin Nails, but years on, he’s gotten nowhere with the case, yet still lives on with the burning fire for revenge.

Babysitting a deeply scarred teenager with a talent for disappearing is the last thing on his bucket list. He promised himself to never get attached to someone like him again. To make sure the openly gay boy is safe in the clubhouse, Tooth is stuck keeping an eye on him. The big, blue, attention seeking gaze is drawing Tooth in, but fucking the president’s son is a complete no-go, even when both their feelings go beyond lust.

What Tooth doesn’t know is that Lucifer might hold the key to the closure Tooth so desperately needs.

WARNING Contains adult content: a gritty storyline, sex, explicit language, violence and abuse. Inappropriate use of dental tools and milk.

My Review : It’s glaringly obvious that Luci is just a scared little boy. He tries to act tough, like he can take care of himself but it’s just a facade. Luci is found by Tooth the scary tough as nails vice president of the Coffin Nail biker club. Luci is hiding in the back of the club where he works as a stripper, when he meets the handsome, dangerously sexy biker. Luci is taken outside for questioning,  when the president of the club realizes that the male stripper Luci is in fact his illegitimate son. My heart goes out for poor Luci when his father just pawns him off to Tooth telling him to deal with him and keep him a secret so that his wife won’t find out.

Luci has been on his own for quite some time and he uses his sexuality as an armour to shield him from all the ugliness in the world. He is surrounded by a bunch of bikers for whom his sexuality might be a problem. He knows that the only thing stopping them from kicking his ass is because he is the president’s son and because he is under the protection of Tooth, a  man who is  known for  his  tooth taking abilities as a means of torture.  Luci tries to weasel his way out of his situation by offering Tooth his body. Tooth shows him right there and then , who is in charge giving him a spanking that was not geared for sexual pleasure. This awakens a certain longing in Luci and as much as he is embarrassed , he is also smitten by Tooth’s rough handling. Tooth does nothing to encourage Luci’s crush and he treats him more like a friend than anyone else at the compound.  

Tooth and Luci builds a friendship based on trust and rules   which enabled Tooth’s protection and Luci’s promise to not run away. This relationship builds slowly and borders on domesticity without being sexual, but there is an undercurrent of sensuality and an undefined instinctual deep-seated emotion between the two. Tooth is inherently violent because of circumstances that has shaped his life and worldview, but he is not cruel. Luci brings out a softness and a level of care that Tooth has never shown anyone else. Tooth realizes that he is having feelings for the much younger Luci, but he tries hard to suppress it even though Luci flirts at every given opportunity. Tooth becomes a disciplinarian, spanking Luci as punishment when he is bad. He doesn’t realize that Luci is almost in love with him and feels connected through this discipline, until he pushes Luci so far away that he is emotionally hurting. Tooth really hates that he hurt Luci emotionally and he sees that he can no longer deny his sexual feelings for the sexy little  submissive twink who is definitely his type. 

They both give in to their attraction and they start having sex, really hot sex 😉. Tooth is warm,  loving and playful with Luci,   they just need to keep their relationship a secret from everyone. This becomes really hard for Luci who is exuberant in his joy at finally getting the man who he is so in love with. Luci tells his brother that they are having a relationship and it almost causes a fight between the two club members.

When Tooth gets shot and Luci’s brother dies during club business, Luci’s stepmother blames him for her son’s death and convinces him to run away. Tooth is out of his mind when he wakes up in the hospital to news that Luci has run away. Luckily,  he had given Luci a necklace armed with a tracker. They traced Luci to a bus station where Tooth being overcome with emotion kissed Luci passionately in front of all the club members. Needless to say,  everyone is shocked and appalled.  Surprisingly, it goes not too bad since Tooth is a bad ass and can take on any member of the club in a fight. Luci and Tooth are able to show their love and affections openly and it is certainly a beautiful sight to see. I’m really in love with this series, the characters and plot are developed beautifully.  It is crude, raw and it creates a visceral reaction within me . I give this my ratings of 5 – bring out the vibrators. 

In too Deep by Kate Sherwood

Title : In Too Deep                    Word Count : 80,665

Genre : Contemporary Gay Romance

Blurb : At first glance, Cade and Aiden hardly seem like a match made in heaven. Their worlds couldn’t be further apart. Cade is quiet, serious, and determined to succeed; Aiden’s a party-loving frat boy. Cade comes from a rough home and worked hard to get the scholarships that make it possible for him to attend college; Aiden’s had it all thrown in his lap by supportive, kind, and wealthy parents. Cade wants nothing to do with Aiden, but from the moment they meet, Aiden is determined to find a way to bring their different worlds together.

Aiden manages to persuade Cade he’s a decent guy, and a tentative friendship becomes much more. But a trip to Aiden’s family cottage puts Cade in the path of a ghost from his past, and a dark secret he never expected to face again. Cade did what he had to do to escape his dead-end life, but now he sees he didn’t leave it as far behind him as he thought.

My Review :  Cade has one goal in his mind as a college student,  to do exceptionally well in school so that he can get a good job. He works hard,  studies every chance he gets and then some. He comes off as a bit stand-offish and antisocial to people around him, but he could care less.  Circumstances in his life has made him this way, and he is just trying to make a headway in life where he won’t have to sell his body anymore. His parents are both alcoholics whose only care is where they can find their next bottle.

  Aiden is very rich, very handsome, very sociable and very priveleged. He is very interested in getting to know Cade better, but Cade refuses to give him the time of day. Aiden pursues him every chance he has, by going to the cafeteria where Cade works.  Aiden was persistent to the point of being desperate. It was a little bit sweet , but it was disturbing as hell. How many times can you be rebuffed by a crush before you finally take the hint? Aiden seemed like a bit of a spoiled brat for not taking no for an answer while Cade seemed a bit mean for not giving the poor guy a chance. It was clear that he liked Aiden and I just believed that he was way too rigid in his resolve at not even trying to be friends with Aiden.  No man is an island and no matter how proud we try to be , we all need friends at some point in our lives. I definitely take off a point here for Cade’s attitude.

Personally,  I think the book went downhill from here. Reason being, after being told no for the  umpteenth time, I guess Aiden finally got the picture and left Cade alone. He moved on with his life , moping around his frat until Cade came to a party seeking Aiden out. In true Cade fashion he told Aiden quite sullen that he messed up on his exam by getting a B, because he couldn’t get Aiden off his mind. Aiden being the desperate one, falls in his arms and their relationship as boyfriends starts slowly. The sex between them was great , but for some reason I just couldn’t feel the chemistry between the two. I really couldn’t gain any respect for any of these two main characters. I am usually the one to champion the underdog ,but I must say I really didn’t feel as if Cade deserved this. 

It all comes out that Cade was a former prostitute and that’s what he did to pay for his first year’s tuition. I have tons of empathy for flawed characters and I usually end up crying with them and rejoicing with them when they find their true love. That was not the case here. I hated  Cade’s pious attitude and how he constantly pushed Aiden away acting as if he had done something wrong just because he was rich. I really don’t think he was justified in treating Aiden that way. On the other hand Aiden was a little too perfect and understanding,  almost groveling for any affection that Cade decided to give him. His character came off as being too fake. This whole relationship  left a bad taste in my mouth of being unequal in every way, financially and especially emotionally. In the end their problems were resolved so easily and superficially in my opinion. This one was truly a hit and miss for me, there was just something missing. I give this my ratings of 3 – give it a try. It was ok, I guess I just expected a little more out of these characters.  The premise was there for a great story, it just fell short in my opinion.