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.

Indiscreet 3: Cisco’s Boy by A.C.Katt

Title : Cisco’s Boy                           Word Count :55, 000

Genre : Contemporary Gay Romance

Blurb : Master Cisco de Loria wants everything from his new sub Greg Harris, that is everything but love, in fact his contract expressly forbids it.

Dr. Greg Harris finally has the money to buy a submissive membership at Indiscreet, a gay BDSM club. The only thing he wants is to have Dr. Cisco de Loria as his Master. Cisco wants Greg too, but the one thing Greg most wants to give, Cisco refuses to take, Greg’s love. Cisco is so sure he doesn’t need love that he puts it in as a clause in their contract. If Greg ever mentions love, the contract is terminated. Cisco finds out the hard way that things somehow don’t always work out the way you plan.

My Review : These two have been well liked secondary characters from the very beginning.  Dr. Greg Harris is the psychiatrist that has helped the sub Brian with his memories of child abuse and Reed the Dom who is bipolar. Dr. Harris has made it clear that he is in love with Dr. Francisco de Loria who has no clue. Greg has recently become a member of club Indiscrete where he is paying to be a sub. He only has one Dom in mind and that’s Cisco. Cisco is very surprised to see Greg being introduced as one of the new subs and he immediately puts in a bid to have him for six months.  Master Dom Bear negotiates the contract for them. The only stipulation that Cisco wants to add is that Greg should not expect love from him or fall in love with him. Cisco is adamant about this as he refuses to have his heart crushed again. Greg is willing to have Cisco in his life , however he can get him.

Cisco is very specific about how he wants to take care of his boy and his word is law. He puts Greg in charge of the maintenance of the home, but in everything else he is the Dom. Cisco wants all the financial burdens to fall to him and he has more than enough money to take care of him and his boy comfortably.  The only thing he requires of Greg is full obedience,  companionship,  great intellectual conversations and sex at his disposal. 

The relationship progressed really well between these two. Greg was really attentive to all of Cisco’s  needs and it soon became clear that it wouldn’t be easy for Cisco to stay detached. Cisco had issues concerning his money,   since his previous lover cheated on him and wiped him out financially. Cisco is lucky that after his parents died they left him over a hundred million dollars and he has guarded it ever since, making sure that his lovers have no clue about how wealthy he is. Cisco is able to see right off the bat that Greg would like to remain financially independent. This is the only contention in their relationship that earns Greg punishment.

Greg does everything in his power to please his Dom, but he doesn’t always feels as if it’s enough. He wants to be everything to Cisco , but he has to keep on reminding himself about the stipulation in their contract about not falling in love. The heart wants what the heart wants. His close friendship with Brian and Jim is what keeps his head above water, and his perseverance and faith in love that continues to guide him in his relationship with his Dom. His friends encourage him to watch Cisco’s actions rather than his words. It is obvious to all their friends that Cisco is so in love with his boy. It takes an almost tragedy where one of Greg’s psychiatric patients tries to hurt him for Cisco to confess his true feelings.

This was another enjoyable addition to this series. I didn’t feel as much connection with these two as I did with Jim and Reed,  but they were definitely a solid couple with a great sex life. I really like the fact that the author is drawing attention to mental health issues which has been the premise for all the stories that I have read so far. In our society today , I think it is really important that we not shy away from the ‘touchy’ subjects,  but rather highlight them as part of our everyday lifes. I give this my ratings of 4 – lose the underwear.