Scary ( Twirled World Ink 3) by J. M. Dabney

Title : Scary                          Word Count:196 pgs

Genre: Gay Biker Romance

Blurb:Welcome to Twirled World Ink where the crazies run the asylum.

Gene Sheridan earned the appropriate nickname when Legend Gib Phelps employed him at Twirled World Ink—Scary. No one made it out of his old neighborhood without scars both mental and physical. At one time, Scary thought he had a chance that is until his ex-boyfriend discovered slumming with someone like him wasn’t worth his trust fund. No-strings hookups became his go-to when he needed to relieve some tension. Co-owning a bar called Brawlers with his best friend, Tank, made it easy to find a body to use for the night. If not happy he was content with his life, but one man made content seem like such a terrible thing.

Elijah Vaughn worried about everything. His life was put on hold at eighteen when his mostly-absent parents died on one of their many adventures leaving him to raise his six-year-old brother, Brody. He’d never had anything or anyone that was just his. When Brody met a tattoo artist named Trouble, Elijah hadn’t realized how much it would change his life too. He met a huge man named Scary and how the man made him feel terrified him.

Tank Davis lost his voice the night he was attacked and had this throat slit ear-to-ear. It kept him in a world of silence. Silent and intimidating, he scared off more men than he drew to him. His best friend Scary and him made a life for themselves in small town Georgia with their bar Brawlers. Most night everyone could find him working security at the door. Scary called in a favor, and Tank met the one man he couldn’t resist, proper and upstanding Elijah Vaughn.

Can one man accept that there’s not one perfect man for him, but two damaged souls who need him to be whole?

Author’s Note: Although this is part of a series each book is stand alone and every book deals with a separate couple.
My Review:  Gene ‘Scary’ Sheridan is the big bad wolf out of all the Twirled Crew. He is mean as hell and he doesn’t care who knows it. From the very first moment he met Brody’s brother Elijah, he’s been unsettled. He has come across prissy clean cut men like Elijah before and nothing good has ever come from it. Elijah has been very attracted to Scary from the first moment, but he knows Scary hates him. At first he wasn’t sure about all these tattooed bikers in Brody’s life, but he now realize how genuine and loyal they are. Elijah feels comfortable being around them, because what you see is what you get. He yearns for the type of relationship that his brother has with Trouble. Elijah is not sure what he wants from Scary, he just wished it didn’t hurt so much to be ignored by him.

Princess has bragged about all of her ‘uncles’ to Elijah, especially Scary and his silent best friend Tank. After a horrible event that left Tank scarred, he has been unable to speak ever since. Most of the crew talks to Tank in ASL. When Tank lays eyes on Elijah for the first time,he is definitely smitten by the pretty little man. Elijah allows Tank to feel something he hasn’t felt in forever. Tank finds his protective instincts coming out with Elijah. He wants him.

When Brody notices the weird dynamic between the three men at one of Scary’s famous sleepover, he corners his brother. Brody’s reality check puts a damper on Elijah’s feelings and it hurts to feel like he doesn’t belong. Elijah goes to find the bathroom and accidentally walk in on Scary pleasuring himself. He is about to back out of the room, when he is cornered by Tank at his back. Tank becomes the mastermind and gently nudges them in the right direction. Sparks fly between these three and the passion that unfolds is inevitable. Before they can even get anything started, Elijah gets scared and run away.  He is scandalized at his feelings for both Scary and Tank.

Tank and Scary are a little hesitant to pursue Elijah due to his respectable job as the mayor. However, their feelings quickly overshadow respectability and they decide to go after their ‘boy’. They approach Elijah with the concept of a threesome and he is stupefied , but he can’t deny his attraction for the two of them. They decide to start dating. It doesn’t take long for Elijah to be indoctrinated to the hardcore sex of these two tattooed bikers. They know Elijah is a delicate flower on the outside, but Scary’s aim is definitely to muss up all that perfectness and turn him into a dirty ‘boy’. 

They get a nice groove going, but insecurities pop up for Tank and he feels like a fifth wheel. Scary is there to soothe his best friend but he knows it has to come from Elijah. Elijah does his best to reassure Tank even though he is away on a business trip. Scary seeing that its not enough , plans for them to meet up at Elijah’s hotel. The flames are combustible when they meet up. Scary is undeniably dominant and aggressive , whereas Tank leads with quiet dominance that is almost gentle. Elijah feels like he might have found his fit with these two brash men. When they finally get to talking they realise that they all are a little insecure. They don’t feel like they are enough individually, but they are learning that together they will measure up equally.

Their lives become further embroiled when Elijah decides to start the adoption paperwork to foster a 12 year old girl who he catches breaking in his car. There is just something about Sophie that tugs at his heartstrings. Scary has dubbed her Juvie and the name is very fitting since she is a charming misunderstood juvenile delinquent. These three men can’t imagine their lives without Juvie.

Tank’s past comes back to haunt them when his ex boyfriend Ian, who disfigured him rolls into town. Ian starts messing with them and takes an interest into Elijah. The men toss Ian out of Brawlers when he decides to revisit his twisted attraction to Tank by kissing him. This brings up a host of feelings in Scary, the main ones being jealousy and his possessive tendencies. When Juvie calls to say  Elijah didn’t pick her up from school , they know something is wrong. Elijah is missing for 2 days before they get a clue. It’s one of Ian’s men Psycho , who gives them a lead. They are not sure if they can trust Psycho, but they don’t have a choice.Psycho, Tank, Scary and the rest of the Brawlers get Elijah back in one piece, just a bit bruised. It doesn’t end well for Ian and he certainly will not be missed. Psycho becomes Elijah’s personal bodyguard and is yet another addition to the Brawlers crazies.

Tank withdraws from his men, taking all of the blame on himself for Elijah getting hurt. Elijah and Scary ambushes Tank at his cabin, but its definitely Scary running the show. He is very dominant and shows Tank who is the boss. Tank needs this aggression from Scary. Scary possessed Tank’s body while Elijah watched. This is the first time for the trio to come together sexually. It was intense, brutal and oh so primal. These two rough and tumble bikers finally got the man to soothe their demons and a family with Juvie that they never hoped to have. Scary makes it official by proposing a commitment ceremony. The love amongst these three men is a beautiful thing. I give this my ratings of 5- bring out  the vibrators.

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Trouble ( Twirled World Ink 2) by J. M. Dabney

Title: Trouble                        Word Count: 127 pgs

Genre: Gay Biker Romance

Blurb: Welcome to Twirled World Ink where the crazies run the asylum.

Model perfect Jimmy “Trouble” Carver had never heard the word no. Tattooed, sexy and the quintessential bad boy Trouble had men falling over themselves to get to him. What people didn’t know about him was he was self-conscious even if life was easy for him. He’d started out as an apprentice at Twirled World Ink after college and never looked back. Trouble was exactly where he wanted to be, although there was one speed bump, his crush refused to go out on a date.

Brody Vaughn worked in a dead-end job, barely making it from paycheck to paycheck. He didn’t have much time for anyone other than his five-year-old daughter Mina and besides he’d never quite found a place in this world he fit. Chunky and average, that’s how he felt, except for when Trouble came into the grocery store where he worked. The flirty, gorgeous man asked him out every week with a sexy smile, but Brody had to refuse. It wasn’t as if he wanted to say no, it was just how could he date a man Brody knew he had no business trying to keep.

The Crazies of Twirled World Ink excel at one thing, matchmaking, and they are determined their resident bad boy would get his man. They just had to make sure that neither Trouble or Brody screwed up their plan.

Author’s Note: Although this is part of a series each book is a stand alone and every book deals with a separate couple.
My Review: Jimmy ‘Trouble’ Carver is the playboy of the Twirled crew , or so it would seem because of his good looks. However, for months he has been pining for the short, cute chunky grocery store clerk Brody. For some reason Brody keeps turning down the sexy tattoo artist, even though he can’t always keep his eyes off. Yet again , Trouble leaves the store feeling dejected after another invitation gets turned down. There is just something about Brody he can’t get out of his mind, even though he is not his usual type.

Brody finds Trouble very handsome, but he knows he can’t act on his desires.He has other responsibilities in his life, namely Mina his daughter. Brody is a single dad barely making ends meet and he knows he has to put Mina first and forget about his little crush. When Brody takes Mina out to a diner and is met with a full house, he is disappointed. He is surprised to hear   Trouble calling out to him. Brody and Mina get to meet the whole crew when Trouble suggests that they join their table. Mina latches on to the biggest biker of them all Scary. Brody is very intimidated by Scary , but Trouble sets him at ease and seeing how gentle Scary is with Mina is definitely endearing.

Trouble certainly wants to push his advantage and calls to invite Brody and Mina to watch a kid friendly movie and see the tattoo shop. This unconventional night goes off without a hitch and has quite  few chaperones, including all the Twirled World crew and  Brody’s brother mayor Elijah Vaughn. Mina is ecstatic about all the attention she receives from all of Trouble’s family and she has each of them wrapped around her little finger. Mina has now been dubbed ‘Princess’ by all her honorary  biker uncles.

This is new territory for Brody but he likes having friends. The relationship takes on a life of its own , because Trouble knows he definitely wants Brody and Princess in his life. Brody knows he wants to keep this man, when he sees the vulnerability hidden behind Trouble’s eyes after a run- in with his uptight family. It seems that Trouble is from a well to do family who likes to take every opportunity to criticize and put him down for his lifestyle. Brody cuddles his man and this leads them slowly out of the friend zone.

Trouble decides that they need a one on one date even though Brody is not ready for sex yet. A lot of their insecurities are revealed as  they start talking, but they both try to sooth the tension from each other . Trouble lets Brody know that he sees permanence in their future. Trouble wants to infiltrate Brody’s life and do all the couply sort of things. As much as Brody resisted at first, he is coming to realize that he loves Trouble and wants him as Princess’ other dad.

All of Twirled crew, the Brawlers and Brody show Trouble the true meaning of family when they pull together and rally around him when his stuck up family tries to cause problems. Brody’s brother Elijah sets a plan in place to humiliate the Carvers and try to ruin their social standing since that’s all they care about. This definitely pulls Brody and Trouble together. He has never had anyone stand up for him like Brody. He sees how strong and protective his sexy little man is of his family.Now, Trouble believes in Brody’s love and sees a beautiful future for all of them. I give this my ratings of 4- lose the underwear.

Trusting Cade ( Custos Securities 1) by Luna David

Title : Trusting Cade         Word Count : 380 pgs

Genre: Contemporary Gay Romance

Blurb:At 38, Zavier “Cade” McCade has it all: a military career he can be proud of, a successful business, and a close knit group of family and friends. A former Army Special Forces Captain, Cade leaves the military to create Custos Securities, a burgeoning protection agency that provides unparalleled security for both civilians and corporations across the U.S.

After a string of disastrous relationships—and a narrow escape from an abusive partner—Braden Cross is finally putting his past to rest. Combining both his passion for baking and his knack for business, Braden owns the Sugar n’ Spice Café with his best friend who concocts exotic coffees and teas that pair perfectly with his decadent confections.

When a stalker sets his sights on Braden, the young pastry chef’s world is turned upside down. More frightened than he cares to admit, and not knowing where to turn, Braden is relieved when Cade steps in to offer his protection. Caught up in a maelstrom of threats, break-ins, and vandalism, the two draw closer together. Braden eventually realizes that he can trust Cade with his life, but he finds himself wondering… can he trust him with his heart?

Author’s Note: 111K words/approx. 444 pgs. For those of you that prefer warnings (trigger or otherwise) for your books, please use the “Look Inside” feature to find the warnings within the first few pages. For those of you that hate warnings–don’t “Look Inside” . . . Happy reading!

My Review: From the very first moment  ex army Special Forces Captain Zavier McCade, meets Braden Cross he knows they are meant to be. Braden raises all the protective instincts that Zavier possess.  Braden has been through a lot in his past  relationship where his last boyfriend almost killed him when he beat him and raped him for the last time. Through strength of will and a desperation to live, Braden had the forethought to tape the whole event. He used this as blackmail to get his bastard of an  ex Eric to leave him in peace by threatening to expose him for the monster he truly is.

Braden is content being single , he feels truly free when he is baking for his cafe which he co-owns with his best friend Maya. He runs ultra marathons and tries to be as healthy as he can  be by keeping his type 1 Diabetes in check. 

Braden has to face reality when his best friend Maya discovers some letters that he has been hiding. Maya sees the danger in the letters that he has been receiving from a stalker. Braden has to face up and realize that he needs help from security professionals. It so happens that Maya’s brother Cooper co-owns  Custos Security with his best friend Zavier McCade. They step in and take control of the situation so that Braden can feel safe again.

From the very first moment that Cade meets Braden,  he realizes something within himself that he has never experienced before. For him , it’s love at first sight and all he wants to do is to protect Braden and take care of him. This comes as a surprise to Cade, because he is used to dating guys who have a similar body type to himself. Braden is very small in stature and comes off as being delicate. Cade’s interest in Braden is noted by Maya and she warns him against hurting her best friend.  Braden also notices Cade’s interest and feels a bit intimidated by his size. Cade is physically imposing and this scares Braden, because he is afraid of all that strength being used against him.

It doesn’t take long for Braden to realize that Cade would never do anything to harm him physically or emotionally . He takes care of Bray like no other, always putting his needs first. Bray starts feeling really comfortable around Cade and reciprocates his feelings. It is amazing to watch their love blossom into something indestructible. They really start feeling comfortable with each other and this boosts Braden’s self esteem.  Cade is very positive that Braden will be his future husband. Cade can definitely picture his sweet Braden fitting in seemlessly in his life and with his close knitted protective family.

Before they can take their relationship to the next step, disaster strikes when Braden is kidnapped by his deranged ex Eric. Eric viciously beats Braden causing him to fall in a diabetic coma from insulin deprivation. Cade heart breaks when he sees all the bruises on Braden’s body. He stays by his side and prays  and hopes for the best. Cade’s security team continues the search for Eric , but his main focus remains on getting Braden well. Everything is left hanging in the balance with Braden’s recovery, but the strength of Cade’s love for his sweet man can surely overcome anything. I give this my ratings of 4 – lose the underwear. I can’t wait to see what happens next.

Sex & Mayhem 9: Heart Ripper by K. A. Merikan

Title: Heart Ripper                               Word Count: 303 pgs
Genre: Dark Contemporary Gay Romance

Blurb: You always want what you can’t have. —
David. Catholic. Gay. Set on keeping his purity ring.
Raja. Biker. Manwhore. Never refuses a bet.

David has always tried to be the best son his parents could dream of.
Always at church on Sunday.
Always eager to help with the garden.
Always trying his best at school.
Prim, proper, innocent, and kind.

But deep inside of him, there is a yearning planted by the devil himself, and when a cocky, foul-mouthed biker pulls him a step too far, David doesn’t fall into the abyss. He leaps.
Raja is all he’s ever dreamed of, yet didn’t dare voice. Older, dangerous, a wall of muscle with a grip so strong David can’t resist him no matter how hard he tries.

As a freshly appointed president of a motorcycle club on the verge of ruin, Raja has a lot to live up to. Being gay doesn’t do him any favors in terms of commanding the respect of his men. He has his way of compensating though.
Always first in a fight.
Always bragging about his sexual conquests.
Always up for a bet.
Daring, tattooed, sexy, and unapologetic.
After he boasts he can have any man he wants, he gets challenged to hook up with the preppy guy wallflowering at a party. Raja can’t wait to pop the innocent cutie’s cherry. But when he finds out the guy is his friend’s younger brother, life gets a whole lot messier.

Why is the one guy who should be off-limits always the most tempting?
POSSIBLE SPOILERS:Themes: Outlaw motorcycle club, organized crime, religion, homophobia, bet, good boy meets bad boy, coming out
Genre: M/M romance, suspense
Length: ~100,000 words (Standalone novel)

WARNING: This book contains steamy content and graphic violence.

My Review: Raja is the newly appointed president of the Coffin Nails MC in Toledo. When he sees the pure innocent wallflower David at a party thrown by the Detroit chapter, he is quite intrigued. David’s purity sticks out like a sore thumb amidst the sea of foul-mouthed bikers. Raja is dared to take a slice of this man’s innocence and he relishes the challenge. Raja corners his prey in the bathroom and sweet talks the good choir boy into dropping to his knees and worshipping him. David succumbs to Raja’s charms and for once he wants to take a walk on the wild side and not be such a goody two shoes. Raja soon has David panting and begging for it. Even though he is embarrassed by the things he does, something is unleashed within David. He personifies the slutty little cocksucker that Raja wants and he is thrilled by this forbidden behaviour. Their little session is super hot and David is totally debauched when Raja is done with him.
Raja makes his mark on David’s body by leaving him his phone number.The self recriminations start for David as soon as Raja leaves the bathroom. He feels incredibly ashamed and like the dirty slut that Raja had called him.Raja soon regrets his hasty hookup when he realizes that David is the brother of his bestfriend Hunter. He vows to stay away, but he can’t seem to get the innocent sweet boy out of his head. The same can be said for David. David feels really overwhelmed by his feelings, not only of guilt but of remembered exctasy. He makes a partial confession to the handsome young pastor at his church. When the pastor comes on to him, he is further confused. He decides to get away from his overzelous religious family for awhile by staying with his brother Hunter.
My two favorite characters Lucky and Tooth from the previous novels are reintroduced. They are getting married and Lucky gets David a job interview with the flower shop which is catering his wedding. David has a green thumb and he is very excited when he gets the position at the flower shop.He tries to set Raja straight by telling him that he is not gay and that their brief interlude was a mistake. Raja knows that David is fooling himself. He gets very angry and storms off when David mentions that he is thinking about conversion therapy, but he is also very concerned for David. It is this concern that leads him to send a pleading message to David telling him to forget about conversion therapy. It opens the line of communication for them again and it leads to them chatting back and forth in a civil manner.
Raja is called to his duties as the president of his club and he takes to the open road in order to establish himself with other chapters. He hoped that while he was away he could forget about David, but that is not in the plans. As soon as he gets back, he goes to see David at work. These two have an irresistible pull toward each other and it makes for some steamy make out sessions. They both realize that they have feelings for each other and David is living in idyllic bliss while they keep their rendezvous secret. This bliss turns to betrayal when David finds out about the long ago bet that Raja made with his friend. David is hurt and when Hunter finds out that Raja broke his baby brother’s heart all hell breaks lose.
Raja acknowledges the seriousness of his feelings for David when he loses him. Raja begs for forgiveness and tries to open up and let David see a side of him that nobody else knows. David sees the strength in their relationship when Raja reveals some of the clandestine plans that he wants to implement to take his chapter to the next level. It is very dangerous for David to learn all the nuances of the club’s business, but he decides he is in for a penny, in for a pound. With the help of Tooth and Lucky, Raja realizes that the ultimate commitment to his relationship is ‘coming out’ and claiming David for all to see. Hunter is definitely not happy with Raja, but he acknowledges that Raja coming out for his brother is a big step forward to having a committed relationship. I loved these two characters and it was great revisiting some old favorites and keeping up with their current life. I give this my ratings of 4 – lose the underwear.