No Limits ( No Shame 2) by Nora Phoenix

Title: No Limits                         Word Count: 309 pgs

Genre: Contemporary Gay Romance

Blurb: This is NOT a stand alone novel. See end of this description for details) Josh is convinced he’ll never find someone who’ll love him the way he is. He’s not exactly a catch with his PTSD, which has transformed him into a homebody most of the times. Sweet, maybe, but also boring as hell. Plus, there’s that submissive tendency he recently discovered and is dying to explore. His complicated relationship with Noah and Indy doesn’t make it easy, either. When Connor shows interest in him, he can’t believe the sexy cop would look at him twice, let alone make an effort to get to know him. When he does, Josh discovers they have more in common than he’d ever thought possible.

Connor had survived the ordeal that left his best friend and fellow Marine dead, but that survival came at a price. He’s a robot, going through the motions, but barely alive. Until fate intervenes when he meets Josh. The vulnerable man triggers all kinds of protective and dominant urges in Connor, but what would a cute guy like Josh want with an inexperienced, closed-off, bossy steamroller like Connor?

When Connor discovers his past endangers Indy, all hope for a future between him and Josh seems lost. After all, there’s no way Josh will ever choose Connor over Indy’s safety and Noah’s lifelong friendship. When a crisis hits, can Connor prove he’s strong enough to deal with everything that’s thrown his way?

No Limits is a steamy M/M romance that ends with a HFN, but has a continuing storyline as well. It’s the second book in the No Shame Series, and IS NOT A STAND ALONE NOVEL, so make sure to read the first book (No Filter) first. It contains hot sex, a little BDSM kink for beginners, more hot sex, and a beautiful friendship that transcends labels. Also: trigger warning for mentions of sexual abuse and sexual violence, including rape.

My Review: Joshua doesn’t think that he will ever lead a normal life. Between his severe PTSD and the sexual trauma he experienced while in the army, he has constant flashbacks. His best friend/ fuck buddy Noah keeps him grounded. Watching Noah in his newfound relationship with his boyfriend Indy causes Josh to yearn for something more. He is not exactly sure what that is, but he knows he feels attracted to the sexy as sin cop O’ Connor.

Connor is confused at the relationship between Noah and Josh. However, it is Noah who has given him the green light to pursue Josh. Connor is in the closet, but he knows he’s never felt the way he does about Josh. When Josh finds out that Connor is interested he is elated, but definitely shocked that such a dominant macho man could be his. Connor has a few sexual hang-ups about his size that has held him back from being with a guy. Josh is only too happy to show him that there is nothing called ‘too big’. Josh likes a little pain with his pleasure, he thrives on rough sex. He is certainly coming to terms and willing to explore his submissive tendencies with the right person.

Things become explosive when they come together for the first time. Josh feels like he has truly found someone he can belong to. He feels safe in the comfort of Connor’s arms. Connor is still a bit perturbed about the dynamics amongst this trio involving Josh, Noah and Indy. When certain secrets are revealed, he admits to feeling left out and a bit jealous that Josh stands with Noah and Indy. Even though their relationship is new , he wonders if he will ever be a number one priority with Josh. Josh needs both Noah and Connor to learn how to be comfortable around each other, because he can’t live without one man or the other.

Josh schedules a fun filled day of paintball for all of them. Noah and Connor set aside their alpha posturing to work together and it pulls them all a bit closer. Their time together is soon ripped asunder when Noah has to be rushed to the hospital for an infection in his stump. Indy panics and vanishes. He can’t face losing Noah, it is clearly a dick move on his part, but understandable given his past. Josh is devastated, but he tries to keep it together since he has the medical power of attorney over Noah. The doctors decide to operate and cut off more of his stump to save Noah’s life.

Connor knows that he has to step up and take care of his man before Josh loses his mind. He takes Josh home and they delve further into the BDSM lifestyle. Connor gives him a spanking which sends Josh into subspace, one of the best releases he has ever had. They profess their love for each other shortly after. Connor makes the decision to get educated in being the proper Dom to his sub Josh. Josh has made up his mind that he already belongs to Connor and he is only too happy to engage in lessons. It is an exhilarating experience watching these men solidify their D/s relationship and learn their limits.

Indy finally shows up and explains to Noah that he needs to sort things out in his head before he could come back. When Noah is released from the hospital, he is happy to see that the dynamics have changed. He sees Connor taking control and realize that for the first time Josh’s needs are being met. Connor proves his love for Josh by providing a solution for their living situation that will work for all of them. They decide to buy a bigger ranch style home where each couple can have privacy while still maintaining their closeness. Finally , Indy comes back after taking care of some issues that would hurt his little family. I really enjoyed watching these two couples come into their own. The unhealthy sexually codependent relationship between Josh and Noah is broken. Now their respective relationships will have a fair chance of flourishing with some mutual exhibitionism and voyeurism on both couples part. I give this my ratings of 5- bring out the vibrators.

Jock Auction by Alex Pendragon

Title :  Jock Auction               Word Count : 87,359

Genre : Contemporary Gay Romance

Blurb : Sexy high-school footballer Kyle has two big blind-spots: first, he assumes he’s straight, and second, he doesn’t know quite how much his shy, geeky classmate Craig lusts after him. When the two are thrown together after a charity slave auction, however, how incredible the sex is turns out to be hard to miss. Problem is, Kyle’s awakened sexuality is on a collision course with his hot teammates, and not everyone in his conservative Midwestern town is quite so open-minded.

When Kyle unexpectedly gets up close and personal with another closeted jock, and realizes in the process that there’s more than just teenage hormones between himself and Craig, he’s faced with a choice: walk away, or fight for what until now he didn’t know he wanted. Meanwhile, Craig is learning that there’s more to his appetite for athletic guys than playing the meek submissive, and Kyle’s mea-culpa arrives right on time for him to explore some of the kinks he never knew he had.

Hard bodies meet even harder truths as two very different guys discover that, while you can buy someone’s time, you still have to win their heart.

My Review :  How far would you go for charity?  Kyle has just been bought in the Jock Auction for a worthy  cause. The only difference with him and his buddies is that they were bought by cheerleaders while he gets picked by the shy geeky gay guy Craig.  Kyle shows up at Craig’s house in old jeans expecting to do some cleaning. When he gets there, Craig takes him to his room where he immediately lands a scorching kiss on the unsuspecting Kyle. Kyle is stupefied before he pushes Craig away in anger. Craig is devastated and crumpled to the floor in tears, trying to protect himself from the beating he expects from a straight jock. Seeing his fear, Kyle pushes down his anger and let Craig know that he doesn’t swing that way and he won’t hurt him.

Craig apologizes and bares his soul to Kyle telling him how drawn he is to him. He has had a crush on him for a long time and he just wanted to get to know Kyle a little bit before they graduated. Kyle is flabbergasted and extremely flattered that someone male or female would go to such great lengths to be with him. There is something about Craig that makes Kyle want to comfort him and put a smile on his face. What starts out as a joke turns into an inferno. Kyle starts an impromptu lap dance to tease Craig.  Oh what a tease!! He teases Craig and himself into a rip roaring erection. One thing leads to another and before he knows it he is getting the ultimate blowjob from Craig.  He is definitely not passive either, he is reciprocating with a hand job for Craig. A part of Kyle revels on letting loose and engaging in this illicit foray with Craig. They both plan to make the most of the situation,  as it might be their one and only time together. 

As much as he would like to stay away, Kyle realized that there is something so primal that being with a man brings out in him. Craig is definitely not offended by Kyle’s rough treatment. He is exhilarated by their baser instincts coming to the fore. They have great chemistry together and they are so not afraid to push the boundaries into a bit of rough sex. Kyle becomes experimental and goes for broke by delivering a killer blowjob and delving into the world of anal sex. They get down and dirty and the aggression pouring off Kyle in waves totally escalates  Craig’s libido to the breaking point .  They have a whole lot of dirty fun.

Kyle’s attraction to Craig opens up his exploratory spirit and leads to certain revelations about himself. He gains an unlikely friend and ally in one of his teammates,  a big black guy. Louis makes it somehow easier to talk about his conflicted feelings and help him to put things in perspective. Louis has inside knowledge of the turmoil he is going through after witnessing his gay older brother go through the same. Things really heat up when Louis comes over to Kyle’s house to talk, bringing backup in the form of his older brother Ty. It soon becomes obvious that there is an underlying tension between the two brothers. It seems Ty has been trying to get his brother to admit his true nature.  He has an inkling that Louis is not as straight as he adamantly professes. Ty takes charge by making out with Kyle , revving  up Louis’ curiosity and jealousy . Its very hard for any red blooded male to resist their erotic play. Soon Louis takes over and Kyle is initiated in the receiving end of anal sex while the voyeuristic Ty watched.

Kyle’s conscience kicks in shortly after his tryst with Louis and he starts to worry about Craig finding out. He feels guilty and he  goes over the situation in his mind over and over since he has been hooking up with Craig exclusively for a few weeks. Kyle feels emotionally wrecked with all these thoughts floating in his mind. He works out his conflicted feelings on Craig by punishing him with his body. It is very intense and the truth comes out in the heat of the moment. Needless to say Craig is heartbroken and even though they hadn’t defined their relationship,  he feels betrayed. Kyle goes home feeling devastated,  realizing that he might have messed up his chance before it even began.

Kyle can’t stop thinking about Craig. When an egotistical jerk on the team constantly bullies Craig, it  makes Kyle want to come out and stand up proudly and protect his boyfriend. Kyle ends up at the nurse after an altercation with the bully. Although he has been choked, he feels great because the little incident showed him that he still had the support of his team and not everyone would hold his sexuality against him. His teammate Jake really made him feel comfortable. When Kyle’s parents have an unfavorable reaction to him being gay, Kyle opts to stay at Jakes house.

Kyle is upset by his parents reactions and Jake’s twin Jackson gives him a shoulder on which to cry. Jackson talks about his own experiences being gay and he is really supportive of Kyle. He suggests that Kyle invite over Craig. The camaraderie amongst the four boys is great and it just goes to show that not all jocks are close-minded.

I truly liked the feel of this book, not too angsty, really funny, very erotic and I loved the Jock falling for the geek. This was definitely a voyeuristic delight with Kyle and Craig being caught with their pants down on more than one occasion. This book gave me all that I wanted and then some. It really pushed all my hot buttons. I give this my ratings of 5 – bring out the vibrators. 

Favorite Quotes : 1. Tighter,” I told him, and felt him clench down on me. Slowly, holding his pelvis steady, I pulled back and dragged my dick out of his body. His hole gaped for a brief moment, then closed again until I pushed myself back through. He moaned then as I worked his ring over some, pulling myself free and then popping the broad head of my glans inside again, over and over. “Give me your arms,” I told him, and he did, folding them across his back. I pinned his wrists together against his spine, pushed down so that Craig’s torso dipped more, tilting his ass farther up and letting me drop my weight down onto it. Then my dick was buried in him again, and I was fucking him, hard, unrelenting—slamming my dick home as I trapped him underneath me. (Everyone loves a little bit of rough sex. Craig brought out Kyle’s dominant side.)

2. “Look at you,” I growled in his ear, lips close, nose buried in his sweat-damp hair. “Down on the floor like a fucking dog in heat, desperate to get filled.” He looked back at me with an expression of mixed lust and frustration, eyes trying to focus on my face. “Would it have mattered if it was me that came in through the door, you dirty little whore?” Craig glared at me. “You’d have just let anybody breed your little hole.” (Hot, hot, hot, love role-playing and dirty talk. … the fantasy of the unknown, a little stranger danger ☺.)

3. Then it was farther up, and I was licking his taint, the swollen saddle of flesh behind his nuts. I realized he was still going, and the taste on my tongue was myself. I tried to sit up, to twist my head, but he gripped me with thighs on either side of my face and, tilting his pelvis, ground his hole on it. I looked up at him, staring past his dick, as he bucked and writhed on me. I should’ve been disgusted, but I knew I was hard again, and that—straight or whatever, labels be damned—I was going to end up buried in this as far as my fledgling lusts would ask of me. The next time he bore down, I stuck out my tongue, letting it rasp across his glistening flesh. He purred with pleasure and rocked himself again on me, fucking his hole with the roughness of my mouth. I could smell his musk, the hot tang of sweat, and my own juice as it oozed out of him and across my face. Craig’s hands were gripping my head now, holding me still so that he could grind his ass onto my tongue, his balls tight and nudging against my nose, his breaths coming in short, staccato pants.( The best kinds of sex is messy, the messier the better 😉. This is truly raw and primal.)

4. He tensed on me. I felt his ass clench as he came across my nose, my eyes, my forehead. Long, heavy slaps of cum that slowly dripped down my cheeks. The feel of it, landing wetly, drove me to my own climax, a smaller puddle but no less satisfying. Craig slid his body down mine, brought our lips together, and kissed me, our faces sliding from the shared juices. ( Very erotic,  there is something so exhilarating to be marked by your lover.)