Straight Guys 1: Just a Bit Twisted by Alessandra Hazard

Title : Just a Bit Twisted       Word Count : 31,000

Genre : Contemporary Gay Romance

Blurb : Just a Bit Twisted (Straight Guys) by Alessandra Hazard – Romance>Contemporary

Professor Derek Rutledge is hated and feared by all of his students. Strict, reserved and ruthless, he doesn’t tolerate mistakes and has little patience for his students.

Shawn Wyatt is a twenty-year-old struggling to provide for his younger sisters after the death of their parents. On the verge of losing his scholarship, Shawn becomes desperate enough to go to Professor Rutledge.

Everyone says Rutledge doesn’t have a heart. Everyone says he’s a ruthless bastard. Shawn finds out that everyone is right. He strikes a deal with Rutledge, but unexpectedly, the deal turns into something so much more.

Something all-consuming and addictive. Something neither of them wants.

My Review : The “hot for teacher” trope has been so overdone and oftentimes in a very tawdry way without any substance. I have put this novel off for so long , because of those preconceived notions. To my surprise, this one was very different, it was definitely intriguing.  

Shawn is a student who has a lot of familial burdens on his shoulders.  He is taking care of his 4 yr old twin sisters, after they have all been left orphaned by his parents deaths. He is struggling and failing to meet the academic requirements of maintaining his scholarship. This is due to the fact that he is working two jobs and is still hardly able to make ends meet, pay the babysitter and put food in their bellies. Things are looking quite dismal and almost hopeless. Shawn is extremely shocked when his friend Christian tells him he can butter up one of the professors by flirting with him. Shawn dismisses the idea since he is totally straight.  However,  the tides start changing when he goes to talk to Professor Derek Rutledge. 

Professor Rutledge is young but he is seen as a very hard taskmaster.  He comes off as very austere and doesn’t suffer fools in his class. When Shawn approaches him about his grades, he is very uncompromising about changing them. Rutledge doesn’t believe that Shawn deserves a second chance. Shawn is desperate so he takes Christian’s advice and offers himself on a platter. However,  Shawn is definitely not a  sacrificial lamb, he comes off as cocky even though he is  not sure what to do as he has never been with a man. Although it goes against everything he believes in, Rutledge takes what is being offered because he is attracted to Shawn. Their first time together is unforgettable and this leaves Professor  Rutledge wanting more.

Their chemistry undoubtedly changes their relationship.  They are very antagonistic towards each other with undertones of lust seeping through. Rutledge offers Shawn $3000 to be at his disposal and although he is resistant Shawn has a hard time passing up an opportunity that will surely help his family. Shawn realizes that he is not totally averse to Rutledge advances, even though he is not willing to admit that outright. 

There is a turning point in their relationship when a family emergency forces Rutledge to go home to his estranged family after 15 years. He sweetens the deal further by adding another $3000 for having Shawn accompany him to his father’s estate.  Shawn agrees to go with him, only on the condition that his siblings will get to tag along. Shawn embraces the beauty of his little poor family, when compared to the atrocious way Rutledge is treated by his family. Shawn finds himself understanding why Rutledge is the way he is and decides to show a supportive front and comes to the defense of his ‘lover’. Their intimacy doesn’t last for long after Rutledge tries to pay Shawn after a night of passion leads him to taking his virginity.

Shawn is very disappointed that Rutledge views their night together so inconsequential and breaks off their arrangement  .Things go from bad to worse when they get back to their normal lives. Rutledge treats Shawn with veiled contempt and rumours are starting about their association.  Things come to a head, when Rutledge sees Shawn with his cousin Sage’s boyfriend. He mistakenly thinks that Xavier is Shawn’s new lover and gets incredibly jealous. These cracks in his normally inscrutable facade leads Shawn to giving him another chance. They fall into a pattern which could be deemed as combative rather than antagonistic.  It is fun to watch these two strong willed men navigate the quagmire of their undefined relationship. Rutledge becomes a  stable fixture in Shawn’s life and it soon becomes clear that Shawn is very much in love with his arrogant lover. Rutledge is certainly not immune to Shawn’s  charms and finally asked him to move in with him.I really enjoyed this installment of this series and I give this my ratings of 4 – lose the underwear. 

Favorite Quotes : 1. Rutledge’s tongue pressed forward, tracing around his hole before giving it a long lick, and Shawn moaned, his thighs spreading wider of their own volition. Christ, nothing should feel this good.  Soft, and slick, he felt Rutledge’s tongue licking him, lapping at his hole with abandon. Then Rutledge’s thumbs held him open to the assault.  Fuck. Rutledge’s tongue worked into him slowly, pointing and giving soft jabs at his center, parting the muscle, coaxing it to relax, sliding inside. Eating him out. So filthy, so wrong, but Shawn made a noise that sounded suspiciously like a sob, rutting against the mattress, his cock rock hard and throbbing.  “More,” he gasped, shifting his body until he was on his knees, legs spread and head hung low.  The stubble on Rutledge’s face scratched the soft flesh of his buttocks, intensifying the sensations and reminding him once again that it was a man licking his hole. It was his professor eating him out. ( This was so raw and so illicit. I loved it 😆. )

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The Firsts & Forever 7: Against the Wall by Alexa Land

Title : Against the Wall            Word Count : 448 pgs

Genre : Contemporary Gay Romance

Blurb : Don’t start something you can’t finish.

It’s a cliché, but 22-year-old graffiti artist Christian lives by those words. He’s going away when he graduates from art school in just six short months. With so little time left, getting involved with gorgeous Shea Nolan has to be a mistake. If only he could make himself stay away from the sweet, sexy police officer.

Christian has a decision to make. Are a few months of happiness worth the inevitable heartbreak when it’s time to walk away?

My Review : From the very first moment we meet Christian,  the graffiti artist and Skye’s best friend, there has always been an air of mystique surrounding him. All the areas of Christian’s life is cloaked in secrecy that not even Skye is privy to. He comes off as a playboy who doesn’t really care about much but his craft.We’ve always known that he is hugely talented as a graffiti artist and is making a stamp on the world through his spray paint. He seems to be this thrill junkie who loves living life on the edge and always being chased by cops from building to building. It is after one of these escapades that he meets Chance, a prostitute who is also trying to hide his activities from the cops. Chance concocts a huge cover story of them being boyfriends in order to get Christian from under the suspicion of the cops looking for the graffiti artist Zane. The two become fast friends and end up at a club where Chance can pick up some tricks.

It is here that Chance points out the sexy guy who is staring at Christian.  That sexy guy happens to be Shea Nolan, the sexy Irish cop who we’ve come across in previous books. Shea is very shy and a little  bit of a klutz,  but Christian finds him to be very endearing.  Christian takes Shea home with the intention of having a one night stand. Their night together turns out to be magical and leaves them both wanting for more. It soon becomes clear that they will be seeing a lot more of each other since they have a lot of the same friends and run in the same circles.

Nana is up to her usual shenanigans and she definitely sets the stage for their romance to blossom albeit quite unintentional. Nana plans a wedding for her grandson Vincent and the love of his life Trevor on a cruise ship where all our favorite boys are invited. It was great to catch up with  all these characters. We also got a glimpse of Hunter and Brian whose wedding was also planned by Nana on the cruise ship. Vincent and Trevor have adopted a son since we last saw them and Christopher and Kieran has a baby on the way through a surrogate. Throughout this week long cruise,  Shea and Christian were able to foster their relationship and build a bond that neither expected.

Some of Christian’s secrets start leaking out the closer he gets to Shea. We are introduced to Finn, Shea’s brother who definitely doesn’t approve of their relationship because he thinks Christian is just a two timing user. When Finn corners Christian,  he has a huge panic attack fueled by flashbacks from a horrible experience in his life. It is after this, Christian shares his secret with Shea about being raped in his first weeks at college. He has tried to take back his sexuality in some small way by only topping his lovers and only being intimate with his clothes on. Shea doesn’t push him and he tries to take care of this beautiful vulnerable man. 

We’ve always suspected that Christian is a rich kid and this is proven when the secret comes out that his father is a famous rock star named Alexander Tillane. Another facet of Christian’s personality comes out when we see him taking care of his dad who is a bipolar OCD recluse who experiences lots of highs and debilitating lows. Although  Christian holds so much in , he is a great person who loves hard and tries to shield the ones he loves from heartache.

Christian soon reveals his biggest secret ever to Shea. He is dying from a malignant brain tumor. This was really gut wrenching and I cried buckets right alongside these characters.

As Christian’s illness becomes more pronounced, he learns the true meaning of love from all his friends and especially Shea who stays by his side throughout clinical trials. Christian has to learn to set his pride aside so that his friends and soon to be husband can help him through this devastating period in his life. The book ends on a high note with Christian experiencing some improvement from the clinical trial  drugs. Shea is positive and has hopes that Christian will make a full recovery and that they can enjoy a long and healthy life. I give this my ratings of 4 – lose the underwear. 

Favorite Quotes : 1. As his cock started rubbing that spot deep inside me, pleasure took over. My body relaxed and I exhaled slowly. I began to stroke my cock, rocking my hips in time with his thrusts, and begged, “Harder , baby. Please.” Shea got up on his knees , his hands grasping my waist, and watched as his cock slid in and out of me. He moaned and began thrusting harder and faster, his orgasm building. When we were both close I sat up and hugged him to me, bouncing on his thick shaft as I cried out. As soon as I felt his cock twitch and the first blast of cum fill me, I began cumming, too, my cock pressed between us. He held on to me, thrusting wildly, yelling as he came. ( I really enjoyed the passion between these two. They took the greatest pleasure in each day through hot lovemaking and lots of public  sex😉.)

Collars & Cuffs 3: Someone to Keep Me by K. C. Wells and Parker Williams

Title : Someone to Keep Me          Word Count :83,608

Genre : Contemporary Gay Romance

Blurb : Eighteen-year-old Scott Keating knows a whole world exists beyond his parents’ strict control, but until he gains access to the World Wide Web, he really has no idea what’s out there. In a chat room, Scott meets “JeffUK.” Jeff loves and understands him, and when he offers to bring Scott to the UK, Scott seizes his chance to escape his humdrum life and see the world. But when his plane touches down and Jeff isn’t there, panic sets in.

Collars & Cuffs favorite barman and Dom-in-training, Ben Winters, drops his sister off at the airport and finds a lost, anxious Scott. Hearing Scott’s story sets off alarm bells, along with his protective instincts. Taking pity on the naïve boy, Ben offers him a place to crash and invites him to Collars & Cuffs, hoping his bosses will know how to help. Scott dreams of belonging to someone, heart and soul. Ben longs for a sub of his own. And neither man sees what’s right under his nose.

My Review : Scott is a lonely teenager who is constantly put down by his parents. They look at him as a disappointment and deny his sexuality.  Scott feels so alone and cut off from the world, he meets Jeff online and he fills a void in Scott’s life for companionship.  Scott is easily susceptible to Jeff ‘s charms and quickly falls head over heels for him.  Shortly after , Jeff sends Scott a plane ticket to come live with him in Manchester.  Scott is a little naive, gullible and desperate enough to accept this offer of ‘freedom’. 

When Scott arrives at the airport on the other side of the pond, he waits anxiously for Jeff for a few hours. Pretty soon it becomes clear that Jeff has stood up Scott. A handsome passersby Ben sees the lost look on Scott’s face. He intervenes and all his protective instincts are brought out by Scott. Ben takes Scott to a hotel room after speaking on the phone with his boss Leo who has charged the room in his name. They are able to give Scott a peaceful night’s rest. The next day they go to the BDSM club Collars & Cuffs where Ben is a bartender. Ben’s two bosses Leo and Thomas try to help Scott out of his current situation which they suspect might have been orchestrated by an Internet predator.

They all come to the decision to place Scott with Ben for the time being until they can figure out other living arrangements.  There is  only one problem, Ben is not as affluent as Leo and Thomas, and he is too proud to accept financial help from them. This is an issue from the very beginning and poses a problem for Scott’s and Ben’s relationship.  It is clear to see that Scott is submissive and he longs to be owned by a master who can take care of him.

 Scott takes care of Ben by taking care of his home and cooking delicious vegetarian meals.  When Scott is introduced to the other subs Alex and Peter,  he immediately forms a bond with them. He is intrigued by the relationship that they have with their Doms Leo and Thomas. Scott becomes really interested in the lifestyle and his interest is piqued.  His interest skyrockets when he stumbles upon some homemade sex tapes of Ben dominating a young man in a harness. Ben’s dirty talk about fucking his sub in public really turns him on. Scott realizes that he wants Ben to be his Dom. He petitions Leo to help in finding him a Dom. 

Ben is interested but he keeps waffling with indecision, due to all his other financial burdens. He knows that as much as he wants Scott, he doesn’t feel it’s fair if he can’t take care of  all his ‘ boy’s’  financial needs. Although he is constantly shown the error of his ways when he allows his boy to slip through his fingers twice, Ben remains too stubborn and proud to take Leo’s money.

Scott is happy for a time and gifts his virginity publicly to his master Ben on his birthday. They are extremely happy after leaving their scene of public exhibition.  However,  that bliss is torn to shreds when Ben gets run over by a drunk driver.  Scott is beside himself with grief and he is desperately hopes that Ben will pull through unscathed. Ben pulls through but his legs are broken and he is bruised. This results in him taking time off of work, and seeing as how he doesn’t have any disposable income, this pushes him to the decision to give Scott up yet again. 

Poor Scott is constantly left broken hearted by Ben , and his love for his master never wavers. As much as I like Ben  I think he is way too fickle snd buckles under financial pressure. Ben needs to learn a sense of family that is provided by Leo and Thomas at the club and he needs to learn how to accept help graciously.  Ben was a little bit too rigid in his pride to the detriment of Scott’s feelings of self worth. Overall , I really enjoyed this and I look forward to reading the next in the series. I give this my ratings of 4 – lose the underwear. 

Assassin Shifter 5: Best Laid Plans by Sandrine Gasq-Dion

Title : Best Laid Plans                     Word Count :46,199

Genre : Paranormal Gay Romance

Blurb : The men of the super-secret Skull Blaster unit have put down their weapons long enough to find love – and even husbands – from Arizona to Alaska and the Olympic Peninsula. Now their new families and friends are hoping to find their own happily-ever-afters. Werewolf Sawyer Quinton’s brothers have finally found their mates in the Drake brothers, Dakota’s former packmates. Things get off to a rocky start but love conquers all. Or does it? Can the Drakes overcome the gay bashing they suffered at their father’s hands and be true to themselves and the men they love? Or are some lessons just too hard to unlearn?

My Review : The two Drake brothers are in hot water when they first meet their mates while in flagrante delicto. The brothers from the Queets pack are not amused. Xander catches his mate getting a lunch time blowjob from his girlfriend. Grayson catches his mate with a woman draped all over him coming from lunch. The boys are exceedingly dissapointed and hurt, seeing as how they’ve been dreaming about finding their mates for a long time.

Jagger and Taylor know that they have truly messed up and they need to fix things with Zander and Grayson. They take their mates out to dinner and shortly thereafter they go to Vegas for a business trip and a bit of pleasure. Oh what a pleasure it was 😊! These two sets of brothers were definitely hot with their respective partners. Jagger was overjoyed to find out that Zander was a virgin and he couldn’t keep his hands to himself. Grayson was hot to trot for Taylor, and they couldn’t seem to get enough of each other.

Things are settling in nicely for the couples when a can of worms open up. The Drake brothers come from a homophobic father who drilled into them how wrong it was to be gay. As much as they are happy to have their mates , they are still in the closet. This creates a minefield and a lot of hurt when Taylor denies that Grayson is his boyfriend at a business dinner. Same goes for Zander, when  Jagger refuses to come out and own their relationship.  The Quinton brothers leave in tears and they end up on a friend’s jet on their way to Arizona to visit with Riley and Mateo. 

Not wanting to lose their mates for good, Jagger and Taylor wrap up their business dealings and head out to get their mates back. They realize how much they miss  Zander and Grayson . They are welcomed with open arms and tears are shed by all. It all ends in a happily ever after for both couples.  We also get a chance to celebrate in the weddings of Sam & Dakota and Troy & Sawyer. This book was all about family and embracing the ones who love us unconditionally.  I give this my ratings of 4 – lose the underwear. 

 

Sex & Mayhem 2:The Devil’s Ride by K. A. Merikan

Title :  The Devil ‘s Ride              Word Count :125,000

Genre : Contemporary Dark Romance

Blurb : — You don’t fuck with the club president’s son. —

Tooth. Vice President of the Coffin Nails Motorcycle Club. On a neverending quest for vengeance. The last thing he needs is becoming a permanent babysitter for a male hooker.

Lucifer. Fallen. Lost. Alone.

After a childhood filled with neglect and abuse, followed by his mother’s suicide, Lucifer set out into the world alone. There was nothing for him out there other than taking it one day at a time. As the bastard son of the Coffin Nails club president, Lucifer never got much fatherly love. So when the Nails show up at the strip joint Lucifer works in, the last thing he expects is to be put in the custody of Tooth, the Nails Vice President famous for his gruesome interrogation techniques. The man proves to be the sexiest beast Lucifer has ever met. He’s also older, straight, and an itch Luci can’t ever scratch.

Tooth’s life came to a halt twelve years ago. His lover got brutally murdered, police never found the perpetrators, and all leads were dead ends. To find peace and his own justice, Tooth joined the Coffin Nails, but years on, he’s gotten nowhere with the case, yet still lives on with the burning fire for revenge.

Babysitting a deeply scarred teenager with a talent for disappearing is the last thing on his bucket list. He promised himself to never get attached to someone like him again. To make sure the openly gay boy is safe in the clubhouse, Tooth is stuck keeping an eye on him. The big, blue, attention seeking gaze is drawing Tooth in, but fucking the president’s son is a complete no-go, even when both their feelings go beyond lust.

What Tooth doesn’t know is that Lucifer might hold the key to the closure Tooth so desperately needs.

WARNING Contains adult content: a gritty storyline, sex, explicit language, violence and abuse. Inappropriate use of dental tools and milk.

My Review : It’s glaringly obvious that Luci is just a scared little boy. He tries to act tough, like he can take care of himself but it’s just a facade. Luci is found by Tooth the scary tough as nails vice president of the Coffin Nail biker club. Luci is hiding in the back of the club where he works as a stripper, when he meets the handsome, dangerously sexy biker. Luci is taken outside for questioning,  when the president of the club realizes that the male stripper Luci is in fact his illegitimate son. My heart goes out for poor Luci when his father just pawns him off to Tooth telling him to deal with him and keep him a secret so that his wife won’t find out.

Luci has been on his own for quite some time and he uses his sexuality as an armour to shield him from all the ugliness in the world. He is surrounded by a bunch of bikers for whom his sexuality might be a problem. He knows that the only thing stopping them from kicking his ass is because he is the president’s son and because he is under the protection of Tooth, a  man who is  known for  his  tooth taking abilities as a means of torture.  Luci tries to weasel his way out of his situation by offering Tooth his body. Tooth shows him right there and then , who is in charge giving him a spanking that was not geared for sexual pleasure. This awakens a certain longing in Luci and as much as he is embarrassed , he is also smitten by Tooth’s rough handling. Tooth does nothing to encourage Luci’s crush and he treats him more like a friend than anyone else at the compound.  

Tooth and Luci builds a friendship based on trust and rules   which enabled Tooth’s protection and Luci’s promise to not run away. This relationship builds slowly and borders on domesticity without being sexual, but there is an undercurrent of sensuality and an undefined instinctual deep-seated emotion between the two. Tooth is inherently violent because of circumstances that has shaped his life and worldview, but he is not cruel. Luci brings out a softness and a level of care that Tooth has never shown anyone else. Tooth realizes that he is having feelings for the much younger Luci, but he tries hard to suppress it even though Luci flirts at every given opportunity. Tooth becomes a disciplinarian, spanking Luci as punishment when he is bad. He doesn’t realize that Luci is almost in love with him and feels connected through this discipline, until he pushes Luci so far away that he is emotionally hurting. Tooth really hates that he hurt Luci emotionally and he sees that he can no longer deny his sexual feelings for the sexy little  submissive twink who is definitely his type. 

They both give in to their attraction and they start having sex, really hot sex 😉. Tooth is warm,  loving and playful with Luci,   they just need to keep their relationship a secret from everyone. This becomes really hard for Luci who is exuberant in his joy at finally getting the man who he is so in love with. Luci tells his brother that they are having a relationship and it almost causes a fight between the two club members.

When Tooth gets shot and Luci’s brother dies during club business, Luci’s stepmother blames him for her son’s death and convinces him to run away. Tooth is out of his mind when he wakes up in the hospital to news that Luci has run away. Luckily,  he had given Luci a necklace armed with a tracker. They traced Luci to a bus station where Tooth being overcome with emotion kissed Luci passionately in front of all the club members. Needless to say,  everyone is shocked and appalled.  Surprisingly, it goes not too bad since Tooth is a bad ass and can take on any member of the club in a fight. Luci and Tooth are able to show their love and affections openly and it is certainly a beautiful sight to see. I’m really in love with this series, the characters and plot are developed beautifully.  It is crude, raw and it creates a visceral reaction within me . I give this my ratings of 5 – bring out the vibrators. 

The Firsts & Forever 5: Salvation by Alexa Land

Title : Salvation             Word Count : 461 pgs

Genre : Contemporary Gay Romance

Blurb : Can two men from wildly different worlds prove to be each other’s salvation?

Trevor isn’t surprised that he’s a twenty-year-old virgin. He sees himself as skinny, clumsy, and shy, and is sure no one could possibly want him. Vincent Dombruso is about to prove him wrong.

Mysterious and troubled, Vincent masks a lot of secrets behind his handsome exterior. As the spark between them ignites, both men are surprised to find a kindred spirit in such an unexpected place. But Vincent’s Mafia ties and whatever he’s not telling Trevor could destroy their chances of a happily ever after.

Salvation is the fifth book in Alexa Land’s best-selling Firsts and Forever series, but each book is written to stand alone, so jump in anywhere. PLEASE NOTE: This erotic male/male romance is for ADULT READERS ONLY. It includes explicit language and graphic sex between two hot men.

My Review : Vincent is a tortured soul who has a brooding air surrounding him. Trevor is just what he needs , he is the kindest, sweetest person that tries to help and fix all the problems of his friends. He has only a few friends but he jumps into these friendships wholeheartedly.  He is very shy, but he is a staunch defender of his friends. Vincent is a total bad ass, but he is oh so sweet when it pertains to Trevor. The sex was exceptionally hot, you just have to love a virgin who knows what he wants and knows how to take control. This book was the fifth in the series and I’m going to have to go back and read the previous four, because I feel like I’ve connected with all these secondary characters. OMG, Nana is a hoot, she had me cracking up through the whole book. Gotta love a ‘gangsta’ grandma who is so out there.

    Trevor’s vulnerability really seeps out near the end of the story and I must say , I cried buckets at that point. Vincent was right there to catch him when he fell and I think that really solidified their relationship. This had all the trappings of a great romance. There was hot sex, laugh out loud moments, sad moments and the romance was off the chain. Who knew that a silent mafia hunk could do romance so well. I guess that’s why bad boys are so well loved. I want me one of those ;). I’m a sucker for a happy ending even with the twist at the end. Look out for more of my reviews on this author, I’m definitely gonna buy the previous books. This book gets my ratings of 4- lose the underwear.