More : Book 1 by Sloan Parker

Title :  More ( Book 1)             Word Count : 110,505

Genre : Contemporary Gay Romance

Blurb : For fifteen years Luke Moore has lived by three rules: stay off his father’s radar, never spend more than a single night with any man, and never fall in love again. But one night of explosive sex and two men he can’t get out of his head have Luke breaking every one of his rules. Richard and Matthew push him past all his boundaries—both sexually and personally—and now he’s no longer hiding from his senator father. He’s taking him on. And he isn’t just falling for one man. He’s falling for two. If you’re going to break the rules, might as well break them big.

But Luke’s father has his reasons for hating how his son lives, and he’ll do whatever he can and use all his power to keep Luke away from Richard and Matthew.

Can this threesome find a way to make their unconventional relationship last with the world around them trying to pull them apart? And will Luke be able to keep breaking his rules for Richard and Matthew, or will he head back to his old way of life just when his new lovers want to pull him closer.

My Review : Three men, all of them strangers to each other meet at a sex club called Haven. Richard is the dominant one and  he is a giant of a man. Luke is looking for something in particular,  he wants to be tied up. Matthew is the youngest and he is a sexy little man. All of them except for Matthew is adamant about their time together being a one time deal. Matthew is oh so exuberant and boy can he kiss. He makes Luke yearn for that intimacy of kissing and sees what he has been missing.  Luke gets so excited just watching Richard behind Matthew, their size difference does something for him. Richard is driving the whole show and it is obvious he knows what he’s doing when he ties Luke to the bed. Richard has this chivalrous quality to him that allows them all to feel safe. Richard proves his power and dominance to them all and he brings Luke to the pinnacle by demanding his subjugation.

 It soon becomes clear that Luke is very afraid of the intimacy he feels while kissing these two completely different men. It doesn’t take long for him to be out the door once they all got off. He can’t seem to get the two sexy men out of his head. Luke can’t seem to outrun his demons and before he knows it , he’s back at the Haven. Ready to play hard and be the aggressor. He goes with the intention of finding someone new to play with,  but once he sees Matthew being approached by another couple, there is a twinge in his heart that he doesn’t understand. Richard makes the decision for them , when he collects them and they head to the room for a beautiful, fun filled night of passion. Luke finds himself exploring more intimate acts with these two. He is a bit pissed off at the end of the night when Richard sneaks off without saying goodbye.

They say the third time is the charm, and I do believe that Luke would agree, because I think that is when he realized how invested he was in these two wonderful men. He could not get them out of his mind and they made him want to conquer his demons and stop running. Richard is the one who comes up with the idea to make their threesome relationship permanent.  He also proposed that they both move in with him. At first, Luke is ready to bolt especially when he thinks about the danger he might place them in if his homophobic father found out about his unconventional relationship .

This trio is hot as hell and they definitely click, but outside of the bedroom, navigating their relationship can become problematic.  Richard is a bigwig businessman and there is a lot at stake to lose if people object to his lifestyle.  Luke’s  father is a politician and he tries with all his might to keep his life private and away from his father’s scrutiny . Matthew is young and insecure in many ways, he is very enthusiastic with his two lovers , but he still questions where and how he fit into their lives. He over compensates by doing a lot of the household chores and falls into the stereotypical ‘wife’ role.

 Their relationship is truly tested when Luke’s father tries to force him to play by his rules . He attempts to ruin them by threatening Richard’s business prospects and showing him the long reach of a politician’s arm. They stand strong and steadfast,  but things get a little shaky when Luke decides to protect his men by going up against his father by wearing a wire for the FBI. Their love endured and saw them through the stressful times. I really enjoyed watching these three men plod through and building a bond strong enough to withstand the hardships of a threesome. I can’t wait to read the second installment of this series. I give this my ratings of 4 – lose the underwear.

Men of London 3 : Suit Yourself by Susan Mac Nicol

Title :  Suit Yourself             Word Count : 57,000

Genre : Contemporary Gay Romance

Blurb : Scarred both physically and emotionally after a motorcycle accident, twenty-five year old ex fashion model and porn star Oliver Brown is about to be stripped bare by flamboyant twink Leslie Scott—and they’ll rebuild love from the bottom up.

BARING THE BEAST

Twenty-five year old Oliver Brown is addicted. Two years ago, he was at the height of his career as “Nicky Star,” fashion model, porn actor, partier without peer. Then came the accident. Hiding his scars, both emotional and physical, he’s gone into hiding. But fine clothing is some solace. A new suit by Debussy? Better even than a ride on his motorcycle Hulk or all the things he used to give and take on camera.

Enter Leslie Scott, the flamboyant, dark-haired, heel-and-tiny-short-wearing twink sent to deliver Oliver’s newest fix. A firecracker, Leslie is dapper, generous, in touch with his feminine side but all man, and as gorgeous as any garment ever made. He makes Oliver dream of ending his reclusion, of recapturing a future forever denied him. But for that to happen, Leslie would have to strip him to the bone. Only then will they rebuild life from the bottom up.

My Review :  I truly enjoyed this book.  The uber flamboyant Leslie has absolutely no brain to mouth filter. He is too cute for words, such a kindhearted sweetheart.  He definitely makes his interest known when he meets the reclusive, scarred ex-porn star Oliver. Leslie soon realizes that Oliver is a pretty damaged soul who needs to be handled with kid gloves. 

Oliver is definitely attracted to Leslie the first time they meet, but it is hard for him to express that because his scars have left him with a whole bunch of insecurities. Soon , he realizes that Leslie is harmless and accepts Leslie’s offer of friendship. Once they start hanging out as friends, Oliver gets pulled into the light casted by Leslie. He is fun to be around and Oliver quickly falls under Leslie’s spell. 

They finally admit to their attraction  and decide the sexual side of their relationship is worth exploring.  They jump on the sexy train together and boy what a ride it is. They have an amazing connection and this makes for some really hot sex scenes especially with Leslie wearing his thongs and high heels.  Leslie drives Oliver crazy wild. Although he is an ex porn star, their is nobody who can measure up to the  feelings that Leslie inspire in him.

Oliver’s insecurities put forth a dimension of fear that is used against him and rips apart the tenuous hold of their newfound romance. The secondary characters are Leslie’s friends Taylor and Eddie and their significant others Gideon and Draven. They all help Leslie to put back the pieces of his shattered heart when Oliver breaks off their relationship,  despite loving him. Poor Leslie is flabbergasted,  because he thought everything was going great. Little did he know that  there were other forces at work. Oliver’s ex had preyed upon his low self esteem about his looks, making him feel lower than dirt. Oliver gets it in his head that he  is holding his sexy lover back socially and dimming his glow.

When there is a serious accident  close to Leslie’s workplace,  Oliver is going out of his mind with worry. He finds Leslie shell-shocked and helping a friend who is seriously hurt. Oliver tries to patch up their relationship,  but he realizes that he just might be a little too late.

It takes Leslie a few weeks to put the pieces of information together about what really happened when he runs into Oliver’s ex and he brags about tearing Oliver down mentally. Armed with that information and knowing that maybe Oliver hadn’t given up on the relationship because he didn’t want Leslie, led him to find out the truth. The truth leads to them repairing the damage to their unfolding love story and them having wild hot monkey make up sex. I give this my ratings of 4 – lose the underwear. 

Favorite Quotes : 1. He shuddered as he climaxed, his loud cry of satisfaction echoing in the bedroom as he shot his load into Leslie’s waiting and greedy mouth, the rush seeming never to end. He was drained, sated, and as Leslie crept up his body to find his lips and kiss him with a hunger that promised even more, Oliver tasted himself, and the residue of his own fluids in Leslie’s mouth. “Lift your legs up, honey,” Leslie murmured. “I need in you so badly.” He did as he was told and gasped when fingers breached him, already sticky with lube—and when had Leslie done that? Probably when he’d been passed out with the force of his orgasm. Oliver pushed his hole up to those questing fingers, desperate to impale himself deeper. ( It was great to see the effeminate Leslie take charge  and be all manly with Oliver.)

Fin & Matt by Charlie Winters

Title : Fin & Matt                Word Count : 269 pgs

Genre : Contemporary Gay Romance

Blurb : Fin MacAuliffe had always been less than masculine; never truly confident enough to be himself. He’d long known he was gay – he’d just never shared it with anyone, not even his own free-thinking, liberal parents. Sure, they knew. Yet, they never quite gave up on linking him to some respectable girl with good genes and a generous bank account. Fin’s own account was nothing to be ashamed of, but even with all of the advantages, the only true thing he longed for was companionship.

After dragging himself back home to Missouri after graduation, Fin prepared to start his adult life – beginning with taking a new job as a music teacher at a private school. He was set, at least by the traditional standards. On his very first day, he saw him…

If there was a God, he made Matt DiFiore personally. Disheveled, straight black hair which appeared to be self-cut. Chiseled cheekbones. Tanned smooth skin.

Fin knew he was staring. Matt’s lower half was covered by track pants with side snaps, but Fin knew that beneath those snaps housed the most glorious legs in existence. Those full lips wrapped around an apple, biting down as a small smile formed and he turned to walk… Fin’s… way.

My Review : I truly enjoyed taking the journey of this beautiful love story between these men. Fin was a young man who had everything at his fingertips, except for the one thing he really needed; love from that special someone. Matt had nothing tangible to give, except for that special love that he had saved for the right man.

 Matt’s life is in shambles after a failed marriage to a young woman whose father blackballs him in his professional life as a doctor. He is left picking up the pieces of his life , a huge debt hanging over his head and stuck as the high school gym teacher. Matt is also estranged from his parents who are very blue collar and have a hard time accepting their son being gay. Matt is immediately attracted to the new young music teacher Fin. Fin doesn’t have to work because he has a trust fund with millions in it and parents that adore him and gives him everything. Fin’s parents are very accepting and prove to be a rock for these two. 

 At first,  Fin is a shy insecure little virgin. He is very concious of his effeminate ways and delicate features. He comes into his own and become this confident sexy man through his explorations with Matt. Fin and Matt hook up shortly after meeting and their story flows into one of those love at first sight journeys where they never tire of being in each other’s presence.  They have a great connection body and soul. Their sex scenes were very authentic and super duper hot. They soon move in together and Fin helps Matt to go up against his ex father-in-law and reclaim his life. Matt is able to get his dream job in sports medicine. This goes a far way in smoothing out the disparity that Matt felt in their financial situations which always seemed to be a bone of contention between the two .

Matt asks Fin to marry him and they live a blissful happily ever after. The ending was a bit bittersweet and very emotional.  I mean I cried buckets 😢. Their is a fast forward of their lives in the last chapter where it shows them adopting a daughter and that daughter turning into a teenager. It’s really a snap shot of their lives. We are able to get a glimpse of them getting older and losing important people in their lives. Their love is an undying and everlasting love which stands the test of time. We have to watch Fin endure the loss of  his husband Matt to a heart attack. Throughout this all, we see his love remains unchanged for his soulmate who he still goes to visit and talk to by his graveside. As I said , very bittersweet, but I liked it because it really added depth and reality to this love story. I give this my ratings of 4 – lose the underwear. 

Favorite Quotes : 1. Oh God ,” Matt expelled. “You’re so fucking tight.” He lowered his lips for a brief kiss before thrusting deeper. “Too much… too much, Matt.” I gulped hard, gasping for air. “Alright, you’re okay.” He slowed his pace, rubbing his thumb over my cheek. “Look at me.” He continued to rock his hips, but it was a lazy tempo; working me open with each forward movement he made. I ground my teeth together as the pain surged through my stiff frame. Fighting tears, I focused back on his eyes, gaining my composure. Matt nearly stopped short, studying my face. “Fin. I know it’s hard, but you have to try to relax. Otherwise, I’m going to hurt you. Can you do that?” I nodded. “Can we use more lube or something? You’re too big, I think.”“Under normal circumstances, I’d consider that a compliment.” He ran his hands through my hair and lowered his lips to mine. “I don’t want to hurt you. This is supposed to feel good for you, okay?”“Okay,” I answered. Matt clicked open the bottle of lubricant and pulled out of my body carefully. Using his finger first, he nudged the tip inside of me and slowly coated my opening. He poured a bit more on the outside of the condom and used his hand to smooth it over his engorged cock. “Let’s try this again, okay ?” He pushed in once more, moving at a sluggish clip. “Better?” he asked, sliding in easily. I gave him a smile, doing my best to hold it together. “So much better.” Honestly, it was. Within minutes, it was easier . More enjoyable. I closed my eyes and started to get lost in Matt’s hands moving about my body. His lips latched onto my throat as his hips pumped steadily. ( One of my favorite sex scenes, because it shows the true picture of anal sex. The good, the bad and the ugly. It is not always sunshine and flowers, sometimes it can be painful.)

Enforcing Emory by Mickie B. Ashling

Title :  Enforcing Emory        Word Count : 71,964

Genre : Contemporary Gay Romance

Blurb : Olympic figure skater Emory Lowe falls in lust the moment he lays eyes on his new neighbor, hockey player Nikolai Vetrov. On the surface, Nik is a typical badass enforcer, intimidating and dangerous, on and off the ice. The only son of Ukrainian immigrants, Nik has been groomed from childhood to fulfill his father’s dreams of seeing him in the Hockey Hall of Fame. Igor guides his son toward that goal with a controlling—and abusive—hand, steering him clear of anyone who might ruin his chances.

Although Emory is the US National Figure Skating champion, he’s in-your-face gay, and his audacious persona rubs Nik and his family the wrong way. Raised by supportive and loving parents, Emory is Nik’s polar opposite in every way but one—his desire to succeed. Underneath the fluff and glitter beats the heart of a fierce competitor, and this side of Emory’s personality begins to close the distance between the two athletes.

While the attraction is one-sided in the beginning, Nik finds himself responding to Emory’s flirting. But before the incongruous pair have a chance at any sort of relationship, they must survive the pressures of career, separation, and most importantly, Igor’s ruthless homophobia.

My Review :  This is a tale of love akin to Romeo and Juliet. Two young men from different backgrounds and different  families with ideals set in place of what it means to be inherently male and female. One American, one Ukrainian . One a hockey player and one an Olympic figure skater. For flamboyant Emory,  it has been love at first sight from the moment he meets the Ukrainian  hockey enforcer Nikolai.  On the other hand, Nik is not sure how he feels about Emory and his in your face gayness. 

It  soon becomes clear that Nik is attracted to Emory , but he definitely has to keep it on a down low because of his extremely homophobic father Igor. Igor has invested a lot of time and money in his son’s hockey career and he has no plans to tolerate any sort of derailment of his future plans. He rules with an iron fist which can be very brutal and abusive if he’s  crossed. Emory’s family has been very supportive, loving and accepting of who he is.

Emory has been very insulated in America from the perils of homophobia. When he goes to the Sochi Olympics in Russia, he sees the truth of the dangers that Nik has tried to warn him about when his father is hurt protecting him from thugs.  Emory becomes very introspective after this, questioning his entire being. Throughout all his achievements, this incidence of violence leaves him with a feeling of worthlessness. After wallowing in despair for awhile , he decides to recreate his whole image to try to make the world more accepting. He desperately wants to be measured by his achievements rather than his orientation. I think in this endeavor  Emory was a little bit naive in thinking that he could control how the world thinks.

Nik feels such a sense of pride for Emory’s achievements and he aspires to be as brave as the sweet, flamboyant young man. Emory makes him want to defy everything that he has ever been taught . He desperately wants Emory in his life. They take baby steps in their newfound love. Although Nik is not ready to come out of the closet just yet, he is not ashamed to admit to Em how much he loves him. 

I really loved the  interaction between Emory and his dad  and I wish that all parents of gay youths could be as loyal and fiercely protective. Emory’s dad Tom loves him unconditionally and accepts him for who he is irrespective of  his flaws and foibles. 

Nik and Emory are forced to deal with their public relationship when someone leaks a video of them skating and fooling around. Nik is very afraid of the fallout , but Nik and Nik’s family are very supportive. Nik’s own father goes ballistic and try to snuff his lights out with a pillow . Nik realizes that he has to cut ties with his family.  Outside of that, Nik and Emory’s relationship flourishes despite whatever prejudice they faced.  Mickie B. Ashling does it again by giving us a full-bodied novel filled with a great storyline, diversity, opposites attract and love conquering all odds. I could not put this one down.I give this my ratings of 4 – lose the underwear.