No Shame( No Shame 4) by Nora Phoenix

Title:No Shame Word Count: 333pgs
Genre: Contemporary Gay Romance

Blurb:(This is NOT a stand alone novel. See end of this description for details) Brad feels nothing but shame about himself. Shame about his sexual needs, about his reputation, about his medical problem no one knows about. No one, except his best friend Charlie, but no matter what feelings Brad may have for him, he’s not going there. Charlie deserves so much better, and Brad desperately needs something not even Charlie can provide.

Charlie has loved Brad forever, but he’s never acted on his feelings, unsure of where he stood. Plus, there was the complication of his boyfriend. But when his boyfriend’s abuse gets too much for Charlie, it’s Brad who helps him escape and recover.

Miles ends up severely wounded in the line of duty as an FBI agent. He’s floored when the man he was protecting, Indy, opens his home to him so he can recover. Indy also sets him up with Brad, who turns out to be a perfect solution for Miles’ sexual issues…until Miles wants more than sex from him, and a developing friendship between Miles and Charlie complicates things even more.

Bit by bit Charlie and Miles break through Brad’s defenses, until they come crumbling down. Miles will have to prove he can provide what Brad needs, and Charlie’s sweet love will be put to the test. But when Brad finally finds the courage to break free of his shame, will the fragile love that has blossomed between the three of them survive?

No Shame is a steamy M/M/M romance that ends with a happy ever after for all characters, including those from the previous books in the series. It’s the fourth book in the No Shame Series, and is NOT a stand alone novel, so make sure to read the first three books first (No Filter, No Limits, and No Fear). It contains hot sex, a ménage, a little daddy kink, more hot sex, and a poly-amorous relationship that transcends labels. Also: trigger warning for mentions of domestic abuse, sexual abuse, and rape.

My Review: Three different men, with three vastly different personalities. They all come with baggage, but they mesh seemlessly. We’ve been introduced to all three before, we have Miles the FBI agent who was a part of Indy’s protective detail. Indy saved his life when he got shot, he also offered him a place to recover since he has no family. We have Brad, Blake’s younger brother, a mild mannered math teacher who comes off a little bit abrasive in social situations. The only person who brings out Brad’s gentler side is Charlie, his best friend. Charlie is also recovering after his cop boyfriend Zack beat the living daylights out of him. Indy, Josh, Connor and Noah has opened up a section of their ranch style home to these three.

Miles has a tiny little problem, he has an overly hyper sex drive which leaves him tenting his trousers throughout most of the day. So far he hasn’t met anyone who can handle him. That is, until he meets Brad; Brad has a nasty reputation around town of being a ‘cum slut’ , he craves being used. Indy requests Brad’s help with Mile’s little problem which can become quite painful if tensions aren’t released. Brad is only too happy to help. Miles is still in the hospital the first time he experiences Brad’s oral prowess. He is very impressed and looks forward to Brad’s visits. Miles is curious to know more about his mystery man when he finds out they are cohabiting the same house . When he tries to spark up a conversation with Brad, he is immediately shot down. Brad lays down the law, letting Miles know it is just sex, nothing more. Miles is very disappointed as he feels a connection with Brad.

Miles come to realize that there are underlying problems that causes Brad to be so prickly. It is his slow friendship with Charlie that allows him to see things more clearly. Right away , he recognizes how in love Charlie and Brad are , but they can’t see it for themselves. Even though they have been friends for awhile, Brad dares not cross the line of friendship. He fears he is not good enough to be with Charlie. Brad has issues with psychological erectile dysfunction after a former bout of testicular cancer. This holds him back and he is very insecure about being worthy. Brad also suffers from abandonment issues when it comes to having a family. He believes that everyone he loves will leave him or trade him in.

It is a long road for Brad and the struggle is real as he continues to fight his identity. It is Miles who pinpoints what he really needs. He implements a Daddy/boy dynamic when he factors in all the issues Brad’s endured in the past. Miles is spot on and ‘Daddy’ lures his ‘boy’ in. Brad feels a sense of peace the first time he gives up control to his ‘Daddy’. There are two aspects to their kink however, Charlie realizes that Brad also craves being his little slut. It is Charlie who pulls this element of kink out of Brad through his dirty talk and bossiness. Brad lives to service his men and this is where he thrives. The status quo is definitely thrown out with these three. The strong macho Marine Miles loves to bottom for the ‘twinky cross-dressing’ Charlie who is more a defined top. Then we have Brad who has always been in control and takes care of everyone, he yearns and relishes being a ‘boy’ to his daddy.It is amazing watching the dynamics between these three unfold. Although, Charlie and Miles develop more slowly, it is no less intense.

When Connor gets some devastating news, it is wonderful to see how this makeshift family rallied around taking care of each other. Noah goes with Connor to be his strength. It was gut wrenching watching this strong man crumbling, but Noah was there to pick up the pieces. Miles was left as the ‘Dom’ in charge and between him and Indy, they were able to get Josh into ‘subspace’. The house and family have definitely expanded as Indy, Josh, Noah and Connor has offered this new trio a place in their lives , hearts and family. This kinky lot have all been blessed with the greatest treasure of all, LOVE. A wonderful end to a series that embraces all types of kink. It closes out with Indy and Josh proposing to Noah and Connor respectively. I give this my ratings of 4- lose the underwear.

Lucky Seven by E. L. Esch

Title: Lucky Seven               Word Count : 56,352

Genre : Contemporary Gay Romance

Blurb : Dante Mathers, college student, fifth year, has a track record for being dishonest with himself, and is about to undergo the biggest, scariest change of his life.

Dante’s forced himself to go out with girls in the past and he does it again when he’s approached by the beautiful Serena one day on campus, desperate to prove to himself that he’s “normal.” But when he loses a drinking contest and is dared to go to the next campus GLBT meeting by his best friend, he’s not sure how to handle it. Sure, he could blow it off and say he went, but something nagging at the back of his mind compels him to go anyway. After all, he’s had problems with intimacy in the past and his first crush was a boy in high school. But is he really forcing himself to go, or is he finally starting to be honest with himself? No need to overthink this, Dante tells himself. It’ll be get in, get out. No need to talk to anyone. Easy, right?

But then he meets Sven. Sexy, toned, wearing a leather jacket with spiked up bleach-blond hair, Sven’s bad-boy flare sticks out on campus and catches Dante’s eye. But there’s more to Sven than his punkish looks, and Dante’s about to find out all the sultry little details.

My Review : This was a sweet romance.  It is always refreshing to indulge in young love, watching them bumbling about is a joy. Dante has always questioned his sexuality in the deep recesses of his mind. He is a virgin who finds girls pretty, but  has never really been attracted to them. The first time he sees Serena,  he is spellbound by her ethereal beauty. They go on one date and even though he is shy , he finds her easy to talk to. His best friend Greg dares him to go to a LGBTQ  meeting after losing a bet. He is a little surprised to see how chilled the group is and he feels a bit guilty for going under false pretenses or is he? He leaves the meeting feeling even more confused than when he went in.

 Dante  is wandering around in the cafeteria one night when one of the LGBTQ members James , introduces him to Sven. Sven  is painfully shy and not very good at meeting new people. Dante doesn’t think anymore about Sven until he sees him one morning all beaten up and bruised on his front lawn. He helps Sven inside and tends to his wounds. They talk for a bit and Dante realize how easygoing Sven seems.  

When his best friend Greg  questions his sexuality after seeing him with Sven and reveals that Sven is a known cross dresser, Dante is shocked. He sees it for himself when he finds Serena all beaten up behind the bleachers at the track. It is obvious that Sven and Serena is one and the same. Sven is extremely embarrassed and explains that because of his shyness,  cross dressing is the only way he feels comfortable meeting new people. 

Dante admits to himself and Sven that he is attracted to him. Their relationship develops beautifully and they have lots of fun hanging out and exploring with each other. It soon becomes clear that Sven is very important to Dante. They share their lives and issues together and continue to encourage each other to be better men. Dante  has to come out to his family and it was a happily ever after all around as they accepted him with open arms. The sexual chemistry between these two was sensual, lighthearted and fun. I give this my ratings of 4 – lose the underwear. 

Billie Jean by Claire Davis

Title : Billie Jean                                Word Count :18,430

Genre: Gay Romance/ Erotica

Blurb :Niall has a boyfriend. Dan. His hot, beefy, bad-ass cop boyfriend, with protective instincts galore and an inexplicable weakness for a certain flighty – and flexible – dance major. Things are getting hot and heavy and Niall is realizing exactly how cherished and wanted and safe he is in Dan’s hands. And he thinks he just may have met the one man he can trust with his secret. But he hesitates, and the decision is taken out of his hands. Dan knows. Will he run? Or will Niall have the nerve to stick around long enough to find out?

My Review : This was a very sexy short read and  the two main characters are juxtaposed nicely. You have Dan who is a big bad-ass cop and his boyfriend who is a dancer. Niall likes to surprise Dan by waiting in his car and he has lots of fantasies of Dan fucking him in public. I think most people have had one or two fantasies about public exhibitions.  It’s a thrill, a panty wetter if I say so myself😉. Speaking of panties, Niall has a little secret that he keeps to himself. He loves to wear sexy lacy panties around the house when he does the dishes, watches movies and when he is dancing. Dan comes home unexpectedly and catches Niall dancing around in his sexy little number. He is definitely turned on and he doesn’t waste time in showing Niall how hot he is for his bod. He pounds  Niall into the matress, taking him to heaven.

Dan the gentle giant treats Niall so precious, but Niall doubts that he deserves Dan’s affection, because he’s never been special to anyone before. I really love Dan’s and Niall’s chemistry and they definitely balance each other out. Then Niall gets kidnapped by criminals who are out to exact revenge on Dan for sending their brother to prison. Dan’s goes out of his mind when he is sent a picture message showing Niall all tied up. Niall is let go and disoriented, but in his confusion he finds his way to Dan’s precinct. Dan could care less about what his fellow officers think about his relationship . He was just so happy to see Niall unharmed. He takes Niall home and pampers him while the shock wears off and the tears flow.This incident solidifies in their minds how much they mean to each other and Niall sees how proud Dan is to be with him when he takes him to the police man’s ball. This was really hot and sexy with all the outdoors and kinky sex. I really loved how free and open they were to trying new things. It was way too short , I would have loved to read more. I give this my ratings of 4 – lose the underwear. 

My Favorite Quotes :

1. Then he just stared at my arse hole. Now, that doesn’t sound like much, but fuck me backwards with a spoon— it was hot as hell. I felt dirty, cheap and hot, as he spread my butt cheeks and just… looked, then circled my hole with his thumbs— so arousing I tried to grab my own cock, but he stopped me by putting my hands behind my back and holding them together. ( Niall remembering what Dan had done to him.) This got me hotter than a damn volcano😁.