Tales from the Edge 1: Reaching the Edge by L. M. Somerton

Title : Reaching the Edge            Word Count : 40,638
Genre : Contemporary Gay Romance

Blurb : When you reach the edge, you can’t avoid taking a leap of faith.

Joe Dexter leads a complicated life. In one world he is a consultant criminal psychologist—in another he runs The Edge, a successful corporate training company. He’s also an active Dom in the London BDSM scene.

A social call to The Underground, a club owned by an old friend, turns into much more when Joe is introduced to a prospective sub. Falling hard for the boy’s tumbling blonde curls, huge blue eyes and desperate need for protection, Joe carefully coaxes him out of his shell. By the end of an intense weekend, unbreakable bonds have been forged and Joe is well on the way to becoming Olly’s Master.

Joe knows that there is trauma in Olly’s past, but it is not until his professional and private lives collide that Joe discovers the truth. He knows he shouldn’t have let Olly out of his sight but it’s too late—Olly’s old Master is back on the scene and he’s not in the mood to forgive and forget.

With Olly’s life on the line, Joe risks everything to save him. Has Joe found his perfect submissive only to lose him in a horrible twist of fate, or will love win the day? They’ve reached the edge and there’s no avoiding a leap of faith.

My Review : Joe Dexter is a Dominant who leads a very busy life. He is a criminal psychologist who is also trying to run his up and coming company the Edge. Being deep in the lifestyle, his company is near and dear to his heart because the Edge is where newly minted Dominants do their training to learn about their submissives. Joe is ready to take the next step in collaring a submissive. There is only one problem, he is still searching for that ‘perfect one’. He finds the perfect one in Olly.

Olly has been mentally scarred by a vicious assault that took place when he was taken hostage in a prison he worked at . He was brutalized and tortured by some of the inmates. Moreover, he was rebuffed and dumped by his previous master Mark when he needed him most. Olly is trying to heal and pick up the pieces of his life. He doesn’t know that he needs a Dom until he sets eyes on Joe. Joe looks like the perfect dominant for him. He is strong without being too abrasive while being gentle and kind at the same time. They fall into a seemlessly perfect dom/sub relationship and Joe does his best to keep it at a pace that safeguards his precious Olly.

Olly has definitely not been downtrodden by the events of the past. He maintains a precocious innocence that goes well with his angelic blond curls. Olly is so open to starting something new with this kind dominant man who he hopes will become his master. However, trouble comes in the form of his old master Mark who is dead set on renewing his relationship with Olly.

It soon becomes clear the sinister bastard hiding behind Mark’s facade when he succeeds in kidnapping Olly. He is adamant about carrying out his nefarious plans, but his plans are foiled by Joe and his friends Heath and Carey who rides to the rescue of sweet Olly. Joe goes into protective papa bear mode and he wastes no time in revealing his love for Olly.

Their love was quick , but it was a deep abiding love and a connection between two lost souls in need of the same thing. They complimented each other very well. Olly’s playfulness needed a firm hand which is what he got from Joe who is all so willing to paddle that sweet derriere. Their sexual chemistry was very strong and led to some very hot sexiness. I give this my ratings of 4 – lose the underwear.

Sirius Wolves 1: Orion’s Circle by Victoria Sue

Title : Orion’s Circle                 Word Count :  53,731

Genre : Paranormal Gay Romance

Blurb : According to legend, when humankind is at its most desperate, the goddess Sirius will send three of the most powerful werewolf shifters ever created to save mankind. However, because they are so powerful, they will need a fourth to complete them, to calm them and help them reach their full potential.

Aden, a young were, has been his pack’s omega ever since, at the age of fifteen, he didn’t shift like everyone else. Caught, reviled, and tortured because of his empathic abilities, he knew on the night he was told to run as sport for the pack hunters that it would end in his death. What he didn’t know, however, was that on the same night he’d also meet the love of his life and a pathway to answers, because Aden is far more than just a pack omega.

What begins as a hunt soon becomes a new adventure as Aden discovers that he has not only one, but three destined mates, and his role as lover is far more than trivial. The fate of all humankind rests upon it.

My Review : This was definitely a remarkable feat for this author, to create a world so interesting and to spin and weave a werewolf story that has never been told. Usually, I can barely even tolerate threesomes because the plot gets so jumbled and oftentimes you can’t understand who says what. This was not the case here. Here we have a foursome, they are all  very distinctive and their voices echo throughout.

Aden, the omega is saved by a trio of alpha werewolves from his pack who has been torturing him and seem to be intent on killing him. The strongest of alphas  Blaze is the one we are introduced to first. He is the strength of their foursome, the one who makes the decisions. Darric is the sensualist, and Conner is the empath, the one who feels the most intense emotions. Aden feels the most comfortable with Conner,  but only because they can both ‘feel’ each other  really well. Aden is the heart, peace and comfort of their foursome. They need him so much more than he even understands.

Aden has a lot to learn from these three breathtakingly handsome men who he feels he is unworthy of having. Aden is definitely stunned when they tell him that they are his mates and that he completes their circle by being the psi and omega that they have long awaited for over 600 years. With their Orion’s Circle now complete,  they can all take on the weight of the world and begin reparations to humankind. 

All three men  lavished and pampered their newly found mate. The intimacy amongst the four of them was astounding. They were indeed a circle, there was no beginning and no end. Nobody was left out and they all loved and worked together in cohesion.

Their peace and tranquility is soon ripped asunder when Aden allows himself to be deceived by the entreaties of his former pack mates who he thought were friends. By the time his mate Blaze finds him, everything is a mess. Aden’s pack mates tries to take his manhood away by burning him with acid. Aden now feels insecure and believes he has nothing to offer his mates. A part of the Orion’s Circle ritual is that he needs to mount Blaze in order for their circle to be complete. To top it all off, Blaze has turned his back on Aden believing that he willingly left his mates. It is not  until Darric smells the truth on Aden, that things have a chance to be repaired. It was very emotional watching the foursome get back to the level of comfort that they were used to.

Their makeup sex was incredibly hot. They soon find out that their precious omega Aden is pregnant. They are all excited and they overwhelm their mate with all their pampering. Aden embraces it and relish in his newfound self confidence. I give this my ratings of 4 – lose the underwear. 

Favorite Quotes : 1. He saw Darric’s soft smile and heard the pleasure in his mind from all of them. “Breathe with me.” Aden dissolved under Darric’s calm words. He was ready for this. He felt more lube plastered around his tight hole as Blaze eased in slowly. Aden moved restlessly. His lips parted on a cry as pain flared suddenly in his ass.   Blaze, please. “Look at me Aden, keep looking at me.” Darric brushed small kisses on Aden’s lips, so gentle. He whimpered at the pain, but Darric was almost detaching him from it. Blaze stopped inching and held still. Aden thought he would split in two. There’s no way. He wrenched his eyes from Darric and looked at Blaze, ready to shout. Blaze was poised, completely still. Every tendon stood out on his neck from the effort of not moving. Harsh gasps left his lips, and his eyes were screwed tight shut. Blaze was barely hanging on by a thread. Aden was awestruck that this powerful man cared so much about his comfort to discipline himself like this. Taking a slow breath and keeping his eyes firmly fixed on Blaze, Aden finally relaxed and slowly moved, swinging his hips a little, inviting Blaze deeper. ( There is just something so breathtakingly perfect with this performance,  all of them moving in tandem with each other.)

2. Blaze’s eyes snapped open, and he slid in until his hips pressed against Aden’s. Aden melted as a wide smile shone across the man’s face—a smile he had put there. Aden arched as Darric’s teeth found his nipple, and the gentle tug took his focus from the discomfort. Blaze inched again, and Conner tongued his cock. Pain and pleasure melded into one.   Darric caught his mouth and Aden was lost. It was impossible to feel this good. Long swipes from Conner’s tongue had Aden ready to shoot again in seconds. Darric swallowed every warning moan, and Blaze slid out, then back in, time and time again until Aden was delirious with need. His mind swirled with unnamed emotions as his whole body tightened and thundered towards orgasm. Just as he reached the pinnacle of the hill, Conner pushed down and deep throated him. And that was what it took to launch him off the cliff. He barely heard Blaze shout with his own release. ( Greatttt teamwork  😉.)

Hedgehog’s Delight ( Wolf Creek 3 ) by Jade Buchanan

Title : Hedgehog’s Delight ( Wolf Creek 3 )                      Word Count :18,000  

Genre : Paranormal Gay Romance

Blurb :Rick Black has been putting off the inevitable for weeks ever since he smelled his mate in a local coffee shop. He’s been waiting for the right moment, but everywhere he turns the little hedgehog shows up, and Rick is past ready to lay a claim on his prickly mate.

Ethan Abbott is on the run from an ex-boyfriend who can’t seem to catch a hint. For the first time in years he’s in control of his future. So, when he’s informed he’s the mate of a big, bad werewolf with Alpha issues, he’s not sure he’s ready. He sure is looking forward to the adventure, though.

My Review : Finally, Rick gets a taste of his own medicine. He has been playing matchmaker, hooking up his family members with their mates. Well, it’s his turn at the wheel now and he is hooked up with none other than a prickly, crazy, hilariously funny hedgehog. His first time officially meeting his mate and Ethan tases and shoots Rick with a dart gun thinking that he is a psycho stalker. From that very moment, Rick realizes that he is gonna have is hands full. But oh what a sexy handful it will be. Rick and Ethan are immediately drawn to each other. Even though Rick does not understand half of the references Ethan makes, he knows he will have fun with his mate. I am very happy found his mate and that things worked out well. Another great addition to the series. I give this one my ratings of 4 – lose the underwear. 

Favorite Quotes : 1. “Listen, you must be starving. I know I could eat the crotch of a low flying duck right now.” (Ethan’s way of saying he’s hungry. What a strange duck? Oops😉hedgehog. )

2. “Are we having a party? You want I should put my glory hole manties on?” “Glory hole manties. Crotchless panties. But they’re real masculine. No homo.” – (Ethan says this to Rick. Who knew such a thing existed? 😀Hilarious)

3. “Yeah, but I don’t really want to start throwing loonies and toonies and I’m too cheap to put a fiver in your drawers. You’ll have to do something spectacular for that.”-( Ethan says this to Rick during foreplay. Gotta love being Canadian,  can’t even get a cheap lap dance cause we don’t have 1 dollar bills, we have coins which are called loonies. Anyways, I am proud to be Canadian ☺.)