Secrets 1: Secrets and Ink by Lou Harper

Title : Secrets and  Ink               Word Count : 38,119

Genre : Contemporary Gay Romance

Blurb : If life was like the movies, Jem Mitchell’s wouldn’t be such a mess. In LA’s glittering world of dreams, he works an unglamorous job at a gourmet grocery store. His past is so deep and dark, the details are lost even to him. All he knows is he was once cursed by a meter maid, and ever since, his love life has sucked.

When Detective Nick Davies becomes a regular at the store, Jem dares to hope he’s un-hexed at last. He should have known that sex with a remarkably normal guy, devoid of weird fetishes and fatal personality flaws, was too good to be true.

During a post-encounter cuddle, Nick recognizes the tattoo on Jem’s back—and remembers him as a young hustler he arrested nine years past.

As Jem’s memories come crashing back, he flees from Nick, but fate contrives to keep pushing them back together. And when Jem’s old partner in crime is found murdered, the stakes are raised for life, for love, and a dangerous drama with no guarantee of a Hollywood ending.

My Review : Grocery store clerk Jem believes that his life is cursed. He has had  constant bad luck in his relationships and it is not uncommon for weird things to happen to him. For instance , he got crushed by a dilapidated house when he tried saving a cat.  Every morning he wakes up , he is on pins and needles waiting for something bad to happen. That’s why when he meets the hunky cop Nick and starts flirting with him, he knows nothing can come of it. He really likes Nick  though, so when the cop asks him out, he agrees with bated breath.

Everything goes well on their date and Jem starts to feel really comfortable with Nick. After a few more dates, Jem goes home with Nick with high expectations.  He is definitely not dissapointed.  They have a super hot make out session,  but while they are cleaning up Nick notices a familiar  spider tattoo that he had seen on a hustler that he busted years ago. It seems like Jem’s wild past is about to take a bite out of his ass. Jem is embarrassed when he recognises that Nick is indeed the cop that busted him for prostitution when he was seventeen. He runs away and tries to push Nick out of his mind. 

Someone is trying to get Jem’s attention by leaving mementos of his ill-spent youth. A half naked picture where he is giving a blowjob to a movie star  is left for him in his mailbox. Shortly after that, he ends up as a suspect after his ex is murdered. Nick tries to protect him as best as he can by moving him into his house. They slowly build up their relationship  and open up to each other. Jem asks Nick to share his deep dark secrets with him and is quite surprised that Nick is into  Japanese rope play.  Jem is very turned on and impressed with Nick’s Kinbaku and Shibari techniques. It makes him hot to know that Nick is in total control of his body.

The mystery of Jem’s past unfolds and his life is in danger when he is kidnapped by a deranged psycopath. Nick is very happy when he finds Jem unharmed and the threat to his life is eliminated. Nick suggests that they try living together as a couple and Jem accepts. I give this my ratings of 3 – it was ok, give it a try.

Last Stop by Lou Harper

Title : Last Stop                            Word Count : 53,171

Genre : Contemporary Gay Romance

Blurb :When love drifts into his life, danger isn’t far behind.

Sam Mayne’s life is as dull as the dishwater in his small-town Montana diner, and that’s just how he wants it. Quiet, uneventful, safe from his shadowy past. The breezy young drifter who answers his help-wanted ad makes him uneasy in ways he dare not examine too closely. Except he can’t help but be pulled in by Jay Colby’s spunky attitude, endless stories, and undeniable sex appeal.

Fresh off yet another romantic disaster, Jay doesn’t understand his attraction to the taciturn line cook, but there’s no fighting the chemistry that lands them in bed together. Where Sam’s subtly dominant streak takes command, and Jay delights in discovering the pleasures of his submissive side.

Safe in the assumption their relationship is temporary, neither lover holds back when the heat is on. Until Sam’s deadly past catches up with them with a vengeance, forcing him to drop the life he’s built, pick up his lover, and run. As danger cuts closer to the bone, Sam and Jay are forced to face the truth. About themselves, about the depth of their love—and the newly forged bonds that are about to be tested to the limit.

Warning: Contains enough sparks to ignite a sexual fire, ably fanned by the judicious use of some interesting props, as well as some butt-warming spanking. Sizzzzle.

My Review : The lonely drifter meets the mobster in hiding. From the very first moment Jay meets Sam, he is intrigued by the older, dangerous Sam. Sam has a very commanding presence, he is able to maintain his cool in any given situation.  Jay is fresh out of a disastrous relationship and he decides to never again be another man’s secret plaything. Sam needs a waiter and Jay needs a job and a temporary place to crash. Jay also wants into Sam’s bed and he doesn’t wait for an invitation.  He barges into Sam’s room to find him stroking his cock and he applies for the position.

 There are no games between these two, well not the underhanded kind anyway. Sam sees something in Jay that he needs , a willing submissive. Jay likes what he sees and even though he is a virgin to these kinky games, he decides to pick a ‘safe word’ with Sam’s encouragement. Sam introduces him to a whole new world involving bondage, spanking and hot wax. Turn the heat way up😈. Sam is truly a master, kinda makes me want to be submissive for him. Never tried wax play before, but the way Jay responded makes me want to give it a go. Can I tell you, the sex is fabulous between these two, they are living in the moment.  What they have is light and fun and not about entanglements. 

Before they can get too comfortable,  Sam’s mobster past catches up with him. They both have to go on the run , because the people who are after Sam mean business and they are definitely not above hurting Jay to get to him. Even on the run, these two find time to have fun with their kinky sexy games.  Sam uses sex in such a creative,  incentive driven way to get Jay to do as he is told in order to keep him safe. Fun times, gotta love  these incentives😊.

It is so much fun watching Sam train Jay to assimilate to their new nondescript life on the run. Sam is very efficient in getting Jay ready for a life of hiding.  I just love his rewards and punishments of sex that he uses on Jay. It is really great watching him introduce Jay to leather and cockrings. Sam slowly eases him into the BDSM lifestyle and Jay seems to like it all.

When the mobsters finally have Sam and Jay in their clutches, Sam realizes how crazy in love he is with his little ‘tiger’. Jay is definitely in love with his older lover and he plans on having a long life with him. Due to careful schemes and paranoid planning, they are able to get out with just scrapes and bruises.  I really liked these two characters and the sex scenes were very kinky and hot. I give this my ratings of 4 – lose the underwear.