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4 Stars for Highly Strung (Food of Love #1) by Justine Elyot #MMF #Musicians @JustineElyot @PridePublishing

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Title: Highly Strung (Food of Love #1)
Author Name: Justine Elyot (Pride Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: June 11, 2012 – 208 pgs

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ook one in the Food of Love Series If music be the food of love, no wonder orchestral life is so passionate. The new violinist with the Westminster Symphony Orchestra knows she shouldn’t have a crush on its glamorous leader, Milan Kaspar, but Lydia just can’t help wanting a piece of the arrogant Czech virtuoso. Capturing his attention by refusing to play along with his plans for the orchestra, she soon finds herself drawn into his bed – a bed he shares with lovers of both sexes. But Lydia wants more than wild and inventive sex – she wants to get behind Milan’s sophisticated veneer, to find the man inside the performer. She seems doomed to failure, until a trip to his home country changes everything… Reader Advisory: This book contains menage relationships, bisexual characters and exhibitionism/voyeurism, plus some scenes of angst.

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I really liked this book and the inclusion of the world of being a concert violinist.
The plot is fun and a bit twisted. I did feel at times like I didn’t full understand or get the connection or reason behind Milan’s actions. However, I did get part of the attraction and desire between the main characters.
I don’t know at the end of the book that I would particularily want to know more about the characters as I was just at a meh point since it all seemed a bit rushed and disconnected from the build up to that point.
There are certainly some decent naughty scenes in the book, but not as hot as some others I’ve read.
Renee

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4.5 Stars for Burning Up (Fitting In #3) by Silvia Violet

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Title: Burning Up (Fitting In #3)
Author Name: Silvia Violet
Publication Date & Length: February 18, 2015

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Bryce has been a firefighter for ten years, but when a horrific house fire leaves him reeling, he moves to a new city, hoping to shove those memories behind him. As he adjusts to his new station, Bryce keeps to himself until Matt and Toby, two hot young men in his unit, throw temptation in his path. Bryce knows better than to mess around with men he works with, especially two newbies who are in the closet. But after a difficult day, Matt and Toby offer him compassion and friendship, which slips so easily into sex Bryce finds the combination irresistible.

Matt and Toby want to expand their relationship to include a third, and they’ve set their sights on their sexy bear of a lieutenant. Their first night together is a scorcher, and, more than that, it feels right, to all of them. But since Bryce refuses to hide who he is, and dating men on his shift is against the rules, all three men are going to have to make some tough choices if they want to stay together.

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4.5 Stars

This is the third book in this series, but the first one I read. It truly was a stand alone, but we got to meet one of the couples from one of the other books (I assume since they were a 3-way male couple).
Bryce is openly gay, when outside of work that is. He doesn’t want to be judged at the firehouse so he keeps it to himself. He is attracted to two of the younger guys who are always messing around with each other. Although he is suspicious that there is more than friendship going on between them, he isn’t sure and doesn’t want to get involved with people he works with anyway.
Matt and Toby make it hard for Bryce to resist and one night after too many beers Bryce opens up and shares a story he’s never told anyone and things spin out of control from there. Although Bryce doesn’t want to admit it, he’s fallen for them.
This story was a great way to write an insta-love story. I normally don’t care for them, but this was perfect because they had enough background and situations to make it believable for me even if it was only a month that had passed.
I really enjoyed the drama and torment the characters went through while trying to make the decisions that they felt were right versus what was easy. The naughty scenes were pretty hot too, which is always a good thing.
The only thing I found wrong with the story is that the speech and tone from the characters became almost repetitive and all three men ended up not having any personality or difference in their dialogues.
Other than that, great job. I can’t wait to read more from this author.
Renee

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“They’re watching you again,” Mason spoke in a low voice as he whizzed past Bryce, carrying drinks to the opposite end of the bar.

“You’re imagining things again.” Ever since Mason swore that Toby and Matt, who’d become regulars at the bar after Bryce started working there, were gay and interested in Bryce, he’d been teasing Bryce about their interest.

Bryce told himself not to look, but he couldn’t help glancing toward the corner booth where they always preferred to sit before going back to wiping down the bar. Did they sit there because it gave them a good view of the bar? Bryce scowled. No way in hell were his hands shaking. No way in hell was he letting himself get his hopes up. Even if they were gay, even if they were interested in him, starting something with two guys from work would be the pinnacle of idiocy. Hell, getting involved with more than one guy was insane from the start. Just because Mason and his boyfriends had made a threesome work didn’t make it realistic for Bryce. There was an exception to every rule.

“You’re wrong,” Bryce said as he passed Mason on his way to take a customer’s order.

Mason snorted in reply.

Bryce was glad to see the bar was filling up. He did not need to spend the next hour telling himself not to look at Toby and Matt. He did plenty of that at the firehouse. Toby’s smile could heat up and entire room and Bryce never wanted to look away from it, unless it was to contemplate running his hands through Matt’s wavy brown hair while staring into his dark eyes.

But if Mason was right and they were gay, maybe they really were lovers. If so, he had no business approaching them, whether they were watching him or not. Just because they liked to look didn’t mean they wanted to play. They didn’t need him fucking up whatever they had going.

Plus, they worked together. They were a team, with people’s lives on the line.

The line at the bar grew long, and Bryce got busy taking orders, making drinks, and ringing people up at the register. When things finally slowed down, he needed a bathroom break. As he headed to the back, he noticed Matt and Toby playing pool with a couple of guys he recognized as regulars. Toby waved and he waved back, hating the way his pulse accelerated. What the hell was wrong with him?

He pushed open the door of the restroom but failed to check his instinct to glance back over his shoulder. Toby’s eyes were glued to his ass. There was no doubt about it this time. He whirled back around before their gazes had a chance to meet.

So Toby wasn’t straight. Bryce had to admit that now. He was gay or at least bi, but he was just appreciating the scenery. That didn’t mean anything. Bryce appreciated guys’ asses all the time.

When Bryce left the bathroom, Toby and Matt were leaning in close, talking, arguing actually based on the angry expressions on their faces. Bryce hurried back to work, glad he didn’t have to decide whether to speak to them or not. Several minutes later, Toby appeared at the bar. Mason, the little bastard, wasn’t busy, but he made no move to take Toby’s order.

“What can I get you?” Bryce asked.

“Just cashing out our tab.” Our? Maybe Toby was just buying that night.

“Sure.” Bryce looked Toby’s name up in the register, ran his card, and handed him the receipt to sign.

“Thanks,” Toby said, flashing a smile that made his eyes twinkle. How was it that he made that single word sound flirtatious? Bryce was supposed to be the one who flirted, the one in control of a situation, but despite Toby being so much younger, Bryce ended up flustered every time they spoke.

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Silvia Violet writes erotic romance in a variety of genres including paranormal, contemporary, sci fi, and historical. She can be found haunting coffee shops looking for the darkest, strongest cup of coffee she can find. Once equipped with the needed fuel, she can happily sit for hours pounding away at her laptop. Silvia typically leaves home disguised as a suburban stay-at-home-mom, and other coffee shop patrons tend to ask her hilarious questions like “Do you write children’s books?” She loves watching the looks on their faces when they learn what she’s actually up to. When not writing, Silvia enjoys baking sinfully delicious treats, exploring new styles of cooking, and reading to her incorrigible offspring.

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4.5 Stars for Proven Guilty (Boys in Blue #5) by Mia Watts #MM #Cops #Erotic #Totally_Bound

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Title: Proven Guilty (Boys in Blue #5)
Author Name: Mia Watts
Publication Date & Length: April 1, 2013 – 72pgs

Synopsis

James is positive he’s not gay—almost, but when his new roommate and District Attorney liaison calls his bluff, another boy in blue might just be proven guilty.

Detective James Runyon is rough around the edges with a reputation for causing trouble. So when a fellow officer accuses him of being gay, he knows the guy is full of shit.

But his new roommate, Shawn Janis, is slim, sexy, gorgeous and setting off way too many alarms for his comfort. And trying not to look at him has James in a tailspin of avoidance…until Shawn calls his bluff with an office kiss.

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FourandHalfStars

This was the last part of the Boys in Blue series and it was about James. He knows he is gay but doesn’t want to admit it to anyone, not even himself. That is until he gets a new roommate, who he didn’t know was gay until he is fighting unwanted emotions.
I actually liked James. He was a bit harder than the men in the other books, but he also didn’t want to admit he was gay so I understood it. The only part I didn’t like is it seemed like everyone was so against admitting they were gay, I’d have liked to have them admit that they were bi or admit that they were maybe into men but also women instead of it always being one way or the other at least for curiosity sake before they go from always loving women to not only loving men.
All in all another good story from Mia and I can’t wait to read more of her work!
Renee

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5 Stars for Knights Fall (Boys in Blue #4) by Mia Watts #MM #Cops #Erotic #Totally_Bound

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Title: Knight’s Fall (Boys in Blue #4)
Author Name: Mia Watts
Publication Date & Length: December 20, 2010 – 51pgs

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Book four in the Boys in Blue Series Andy s cavalier attitude about sex keeps his emotions safe, but when Knight moves Andy s heart, it s a game of trust Andy isn t sure he ll win.The Senator has decided that interdepartmental tension can be alleviated by a week of team building camp exercises. No one is immune as the first group arrives comprising multiple government departments. Among them are FBI agent Andy Power and Detective Liam Knight.Having met six months ago was challenging enough. After all, Andy made an idiot of himself. He s used to being the confident Fed who casually uses sex as he chooses. Some think he s too free, but Andy knows they’re only seeing his persona. But Liam Knight is different. He s actually someone Andy wants a relationship with.Liam thinks the klutz he met is kind of cute, if dorky. Yet the guy he has to partner with at camp is a bit on the cheesy side with slick come-ons and preformed ideas about Liam. Just when he thinks he can t stand the guy, Andy s mask slips away and leaves Liam breathless.When the week is up, will Liam have cut through the bullshit or has Andy decided that trusting Liam with his heart isn t worth the risk?”

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This was a more challenging installment of this series for me. Our two men are both openly gay, although it doesn’t seem that way. One appears gay while the other is more macho making people not think of him in that light.
There were times when I wanted to grab and shake each character for their hardheadedness because they both wanted the same things, only had a much harder time getting there because of appearances and prejudices within the gay community.
In the end, things were beautiful just like all the other Boys in Blue book even though at times I really wondered if they could make it there…. And we got a bit of insight into who the next story is very likely going to be about.
Renee

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5 Stars for Dangerous Distraction (Boys in Blue #3) by Mia Watts #MM #Cops #Erotic #Totally_Bound

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Title: Dangerous Distraction (Boys in Blue #3)
Author Name: Mia Watts
Publication Date & Length: March 29, 2010 – 49pgs

Synopsis

Book three in the Boys in Blue Series Will a dare and amazing sex get Rook out of the closet, or will he lose the love of his life to fear or even murder? An afterhours dare has Detective David Rook kissing the sexiest pair of lips he’s seen in a long time. He doesn’t expect it will shake his closeted lifestyle to the core. Now ATF Agent Nate Giamanti is working with him on a case, Rook can’t avoid his forbidden desires. Nate challenges Rook with every encounter, but when Rook backs off, Nate doesn’t want the drama that goes with hiding his sexuality, even if it means he could have a lot more of the detective in his bed. When their suspect trains his sights on Nate, will Rook finally get queened or lose the game to a killer?

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This was my favorite couple so far in the Boys in Blue series. Two cops, one that is out and one that is still in the closet.
There is a murder case going on that keeps pulling the two together.
The dynamics of the couple was intriguing. The battle of one to ignore his attraction because he simply can’t go back to hiding who he is after the difficulty of coming out while the other faces the impossible decision of coming out to be with someone when there is no certainty it will last.
Another hot story from Mia with characters that you connect quickly with and want to see things work out for.
Renee

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5 Stars for Reasonable Doubt (Boys in Blue #2) by Mia Watts #MM #Cops #Erotic #Totally_Bound

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Title: Reasonable Doubt (Boys in Blue #2)
Author Name: Mia Watts
Publication Date & Length: June 21, 2010 – 63pgs

Synopsis

Book two in the Boys in Blue Series Geo and Mack have faced a lot of problems, but when the problem is within their relationship, will Mack come clean and claim his man, or lose him to an old flame? Geo Wilson’s feelings for his partner Mack Sullivan run deep. But formerly straight Mack grows distant when Geo’s old flame, a former female detective gone FBI, comes to town to take over the lead on their case. Geo makes no effort to discourage the woman, and Mack wonders if he missed the break up memo. Geo’s apparent rejection hurts and Mack begins to have reasonable doubts about where they stand. For Mack, taking the next step is a huge risk and one Geo has never taken before. Geo’s friendliness with the former girlfriend could be a sign of changing affection. It wouldn’t be the first time Geo has left a broken heart in his wake and Mack’s beginning to wonder if he’s just become another notch in Geo’s belt. All that’s left now is the case and as it comes to a close, will Mack and Geo catch the killer only to lose each other? Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of M/M intimacy, and is best read in sequence after Bad Boys, Bad Boys.

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This was a continuation of Mack and Geo’s relationship from Book 1 in the series.
We get to see what happens when Geo’s ex fiancee comes back into town and takes over the big case they’ve been working on. Can Mack handle the amount of jealousy he encounters? Does their relationship stand up against an old flame?
Once again Mia Watts just amazes me. It was really great seeing how their relationship grew and the men themselves learned new things not only about their partner, but themselves.
The sex was hotter, the frustration was palpable and the conclusion was exciting. I can’t wait to see where the next couple leads to!
Renee

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4.5 Stars for Bad Boys, Bad Boys (Boys in Blue #1) by Mia Watts – #MM #Erotic #Romance @Totally_Bound

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Title: Bad Boys, Bad Boys (Boys in Blue #1)
Author Name: Mia Watts
Publication Date & Length: March 16, 2009 – 42pgs

Synopsis

Book one in the Boys in Blue Series What you gonna do when they cum for you? A police force partner submits to his desire while under the influence of alcohol. But since neither of the men are gay, what do they do with their lurking lust? Geo Wilson has been partnered to Mack for three years. Sharing the same muscular build, dark hair, and olive complexion, they’ve been dubbed ‘the twins’ by the department. But lately Geo’s dreams have taken an erotic twist to centre around Mack. Mack values his friendship with Geo, would give his life for the man. Then one night Geo has a few too many beers and plants a kiss on him, he can’t forget. He might have been able to pass it off as beer-haze except in helping Geo get back to his apartment, Mack is taken off guard by Geo’s tackle and a mind-numbing blow job. Now the partnership has to redefine itself while the criminal world continues around them. They could lose their badges, or lose each other.

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FourandHalfStars

This was a story about two straight cops that discover they might not be as straight as they once thought after a few too many beers are consumed.
It’s a quick, sexy read that I found hard to put down.
Geo has a hard time not thinking sexual thoughts about his partner after a week filled with naughty dreams featuring the two of them together. Mack can’t believe Geo had the guts to kiss him when he’s trying to get Geo home after drinking too much. What he is really surprised about is his own reaction to the kiss and his inability to stop thinking about it.
Both are surprised by their unexpected attraction to their partner and the reactions they have after their first kiss… and more.
The only problem I really had was that neither of them wanted to admit they were gay, which is fine, but they never once considered they could be bisexual since they were both not only attracted to each other, but women as well.
Renee

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