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5 Stars for Centerfold by Kris Norris – #Menage #Thriller @Totally_Bound

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Title: Centerfold
Author Name: Kris Norris
Publication Date & Length: January 30, 2015 – 154pgs

Synopsis

Lights. Camera…die.

Detective Scarlet Reid has spent the past three months trying to make her alter ego, Ms. December, a ghost of Christmas past. Forced to become the sexy centerfold in a high-stakes undercover assignment, she’s spent more time pulling copies of her naked butt off the bulletin boards at the precinct than she has collaring criminals—and it’s far from over.

A deadly agenda. A gruesome new case has revealed a disturbing trend—one that has placed Scarlet on a list of possible targets. With limited options, she’s going to have to resurrect Ms. December—and her old partnership—which means facing the one man who stole more than just a kiss.

A love worth fighting for. Federal Agent Roman Kinkaid has some explaining to do. His final assignment with Scarlet changed him, and he’s been running from her ever since. But he’s ready to make things right—only he’s not alone. His partner and lover, Special Agent Aiden Cross, is just as invested and determined as Roman is to claim Scarlet as theirs. And they aren’t taking no for an answer, especially when their souls—and Scarlet’s life—are on the line.

They have three weeks to catch the stalker before Scarlet’s time runs out and they lose their one chance at a happy ending.

Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of voyeurism and a scene including rough penetration.

Publisher’s Note: This book was previously released by Totally Bound under the same title. It has been considerably expanded, revised and re-edited for re-release.

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FiveStars

Scarlet, Roman and Aiden are a very HOT trio. I really enjoyed Scarlet’s sassy attitude – she was tough, but soft at the same time. She knew how to take care of herself and was able to play with the best of them.

This had great twists and turns – I loved the mystery within the story. It helped create more depth to each of the characters. While I didn’t really like Roman all that much, in the end, I forgave him.

I liked how Roman and Scarlet’s chemistry ebbed and flowed like a normal relationship. I wish I knew more about Aiden, but overall, these characters meshed well together.

This book combined what I love reading: Sex, Mystery and a happy ending.

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Kris sees herself as somewhat obsessive and feels she tends to push the boundaries of common sense sometimes. Her friends graciously see her as passionate and adventurous. After all, speed limits are only a guideline and shouting is just her way of rising above the chaos. Kris loves the outdoors. If she’s not on her computer— or chasing after her three kids— she’s out on a trail somewhere, either running with her dog or riding her mountain bike. Kris took up adventure racing a few years ago, and tries to enter one or two races every year. Kris started writing some years back, and it took her a while to realize she wasn’t destined for the padded room, and the voices chattering away in her head were really other characters trying to take shape. (And since they weren’t telling her to conquer the human race, she went with it.) Kris loves writing erotic novels. She loves heroines who kick butt, heroes who are larger than life, and sizzling sex scenes that make you squirm in your seat, and leave you feeling just a bit breathless.

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TWO 4 Star Ratings for No Denying Sin by BL Morticia (#3 in N’awlins Exotica Series) – #MM #Erotica #Menage #Romance @rawiyamikembl

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Title: No Denying Sin (#3 of N’awlins Exotica Series – StandAlone)
Author Name: BL Morticia
Publication Date & Length:  December 30, 2014 – 155pgs

Synopsis

Living in the Big Easy is downright deadly especially if you’re a stripper. When another exotic dancer is found dead in her apartment, the heat mounts on Frankie and his fellow detectives to find the killer. Due to the magnitude of this unsolved mystery along with the LaBoy murders, tension runs high at nineteen making it hard for all to breathe around the police station and sending everyone into a frenzy.

There’s no denying Frankie’s love for Kajika but in the back of his mind, hot thoughts of the mutual jerk off with Orrin Daugherty loom over his head. Though the feelings are mutual, Orrin wants nothing to do with this and pushes Frankie away. Add in to the mix his fascination with partner Vance Morain along with his severe case of blue balls and you got one hell of a predicament for these for complex and volatile men.

The men at nineteen are burning with desire for one another and pleasure is beginning to be almost as important as business.

Will the sinful disruptions stop them from finding the killer roaming the streets of the Big Easy?

This is book 3 of N’awlins Exotica Series. Doesn’t necessarily need to be read in order.

WARNING: Lots of lewd dialogue and smoldering sex between males.

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Vance and Orrin had great chemistry. I did find the names of this story hard to keep track of – Unfortunately, when I read, if the names are not common, like in this story, it’s harder for me to follow. This had a lot of characters too, so Morticia had to continually had to name who was speaking, which I appreciated, but it was also slightly choppy because of that.
I enjoyed the mystery of this story, but the characters kind of fell flat for me. I don’t know if it was because there were so many or if it was because the two main characters kind of danced around each other. The character of Kenina really was hard to relate to. I can’t stand racism, sexism, etc. and she embodies those things. Even though, I think she might have learned her lesson, she just rubbed me the wrong way and her partner, Frankie too, since he always stood up for her.
I think the biggest issue I had was that I had not read the previous books in this series and I think that might have helped me a lot. Even though it says that the books do not need to be read in order, I think it would have helped.
I definitely want to read what happens next, as the mysteries keep building.
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This book was a easy read, it flowed well, had a lot going on and kept me interested.
Loved that they were all hot cops and that it was very steamy between the crew.  I found Kenina a real pain, which I’m sure that was what the author was going for, it added a lot to the story dealing with her opinions of her co workers. I loved that Vance and Orrin tried there hardest not to become involved in each other. But the end result was even better.There was a lot of hot sex, but also a decent story about finding a killer.  This was book 3, it read well as a standalone but I think reading the other 2 first and in order would make more sense.

Sherry

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“Good morning, Officer Daugherty.” A young male clerk behind the desk in the fitness center called out to him.

“Mornin.” Orrin nodded and kept going. He wondered if the glow from getting some was still on his face from the night prior or if he’d really caught the man’s eye as he hoped.

Either way, he had to admit he hadn’t felt this good in days—no, make that weeks. He’d slept, had sex, and a good breakfast when he finally rolled out of bed at two p.m. With all that going on, he felt he could get through just about anything, including work. Despite this, he was grateful to have the full day off until his next shift at four a.m. tomorrow.

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In one word, crazy. Just crazy enough to have 3 4 different muses running around in her head, driving her to sheer exhaustion with new plot bunnies and complex characters.

In addition to being a computer geek and a metalhead, Sharita loves live music, reading, and perusing the net for sexy men to be her muses.  She’s also a founding member and contributor to the heavy metal ezine Fourteeng.net.

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5 Stars for Copping An Attitude by Morticia Knight – #MM #Thriller @MorticiaKnight @Totally_Bound

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Title: Copping an Attitude (Sin City Uniforms #2)
Author Name: Morticia Knight
Publication Date & Length: January 9, 2015 – 144pgs

Synopsis

Vegas is filled with human cast-offs, yet officer Parker McLean sees something special in hustler Slade Wolfgang. Unfortunately, so does Slade’s pimp who wants to sell him overseas in the sex trade.

Hustler Slade Wolfgang has little choice over his fate. At the age of twenty, he’s had to survive any way he can since being thrown out of his home for being gay. As soon as he hit Vegas, Slade was lured into the hopeless world of prostitution where he’s become a virtual prisoner to his pimp, the ruthless Julio Estevez. His evil keeper has even threatened to sell Slade overseas as a sex slave.

It’s another typical night on the Strip when Parker comes across Slade. His heart breaks every time he sees someone so young being exploited. Something in Slade’s eyes tells Parker the young man might be in real trouble though—especially after the recent spate of sex worker killings from a rival prostitution ring.

The two men’s lives become intertwined when Slade is almost beaten to death. The danger grows, but so does the relationship between Parker and Slade. Parker helps Slade to heal from the horrific attack and their bond deepens. But the human traffickers are still out there – and they’re still looking for Slade.

Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of violence and a brief scene of sexual abuse.

Publisher’s Note: This book is best read in sequence as part of a series but can be read as a standalone

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FiveStars

This book had an excellent story that actually makes you believe that there are good people who you can truly trust.  It was full of crime, mystery and of course romance.
There was plenty of anticipation towards the end to find out the outcome, it kept me interested throughout, along with a few twists you won’t expect.

Slade/Lonnie was a troubled man.  You had to really feel sorry for him, he didn’t have family that would accept him, so turning to prostitution was his only choice.  He didn’t have a lot of friends. He was afraid to believe anyone would actually want to help him.  I definitely didn’t like his lousy, no good pimp. He was portrayed as a criminal and lived up to every word.

I thought Parker was a dedicated patrolman for Last Vegas, who had a caring partner. The author did a great job when telling Parkers story, I liked that he had to actually weigh how much he cared for Brett and how to let him down. It wasn’t just about him and Slade/Lonnie, but a story about his previous boyfriend and events that occur in real life. I liked that he went out of his way to help Slade/Lonnie without knowing him, but feeling an attraction to him. They both had to work through trust issues.

This was an enjoyable book. I would read more by this author.

Sherry

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Erotic Romance author Morticia Knight enjoys a good saucy M/M or M/M/F tale, whether it is contemporary, paranormal, historical, Sci-fi or BDSM – she loves it all! One of her passions is bringing people’s fantasies to life on the page, because life is too short for even one boring moment. Her stories are volcanic in heat, deep in emotion, and sprinkled with doses of humor. When not indulging in her passion for books, she loves the outdoors, film and music. Once upon a time she was the singer in an indie rock band that toured the West Coast and charted on U.S. college radio. She is currently working on a seven-book series called Gin & Jazz set in 1920’s Hollywood, and Uniform Encounters 4.

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3 Stars for Third Eye by Rick R. Reed – #MM #Mystery @rickrreed

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Title: Third Eye
Author Name: Rick R. Reed
Publication Date & Length: November 11, 2014 – 264 pgs

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Who knew that a summer thunderstorm and his lost little boy would conspire to change single dad Cayce D’Amico’s life in an instant? With Luke missing, Cayce ventures into the woods near their house to find his son, only to have lightning strike a tree near him, sending a branch down on his head. When he awakens the next day in the hospital, he discovers he has been blessed or cursed—he isn’t sure which—with psychic ability. Along with unfathomable glimpses into the lives of those around him, he’s getting visions of a missing teenage girl.

When a second girl disappears soon after the first, Cayce realizes his visions are leading him to their grisly fates. Cayce wants to help, but no one believes him. The police are suspicious. The press wants to exploit him. And the girls’ parents have mixed feelings about the young man with the “third eye.”

Cayce turns to local reporter Dave Newton and, while searching for clues to the string of disappearances and possible murders, a spark ignites between the two. Little do they know that nearby, another couple—dark and murderous—are plotting more crimes and wondering how to silence the man who knows too much about them.

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Third Eye is a mystery/thriller by Rick Reed. Third Eye is a dark, gruesome book, and probably not for everyone. Typical for what you would find in the genre.
Cayce D’Amico is a single father struggling to live a good life in a small town. He’s likable enough, though I never did get used to his name. He’s joined in his reluctant crime-stopping by Dave Newton, the town reporter, who is a somewhat bland older man, if British, and JK Simmons, your typical worn-out female cop.
There’s only a tiny bit of romance in this book, but it matters. Family life, love, and settling down are offered up as the novel’s themes, and they permeate throughout the story in various forms, including via the villains, who are also interesting in their own ways.
The story starts out strong but lags in the middle. I found myself skimming. But at no point did I want to stop reading. I was compelled by the story to read to the end. The end is where the action is, and becomes quite a lot of fun.
Three stars
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Rick R. Reed is all about exploring the romantic entanglements of gay men in contemporary, realistic settings. While his stories often contain elements of suspense, mystery and the paranormal, his focus ultimately returns to the power of love. He is the author of dozens of published novels, novellas, and short stories. He is a three-time EPIC eBook Award winner (for Caregiver, Orientation and The Blue Moon Cafe). Lambda Literary Review has called him, “a writer that doesn’t disappoint.” Rick lives in Seattle with his partner and a very spoiled Boston terrier. He is forever “at work on another novel.”

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Third Eye by Rick R. Reed – #MM Romance #Thriller #Mystery #Horror @rickrreed

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Title: Third Eye
Author Name: Rick R. Reed
Publication Date & Length: November 11, 2014 – 264pgs

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Who knew that a summer thunderstorm and his lost little boy would conspire to change single dad Cayce D’Amico’s life in an instant? With Luke missing, Cayce ventures into the woods near their house to find his son, only to have lightning strike a tree near him, sending a branch down on his head. When he awakens the next day in the hospital, he discovers he has been blessed or cursed—he isn’t sure which—with psychic ability. Along with unfathomable glimpses into the lives of those around him, he’s getting visions of a missing teenage girl.

When a second girl disappears soon after the first, Cayce realizes his visions are leading him to their grisly fates. Cayce wants to help, but no one believes him. The police are suspicious. The press wants to exploit him. And the girls’ parents have mixed feelings about the young man with the “third eye.”

Cayce turns to local reporter Dave Newton and, while searching for clues to the string of disappearances and possible murders, a spark ignites between the two. Little do they know that nearby, another couple—dark and murderous—are plotting more crimes and wondering how to silence the man who knows too much about them.

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Cayce was just about to put the paper aside when another article—and a familiar name in the byline—caught his eye. “Teenager Reported Missing,” by Dave Newton. It wasn’t so much the headline that got his attention but the picture of the young girl beneath it. Pretty. Long blonde hair. And disturbingly familiar.

Even though Fawcettville was a small town, the girl’s name, Lucy Plant, didn’t ring any bells. Perhaps Cayce had waited on her at the Elite, the diner where he worked. But still, no specific recollection came back. Cayce couldn’t visualize the girl sitting at the counter, nor at one of the booths.

And yet she looked so familiar, as if she were someone Cayce was friends with, or even a relative.

Cayce scanned the story. The girl had been reported missing by her mother yesterday afternoon, just before the storm that had caused such a turn in Cayce’s own life.

There were no clues. The girl, at least according to her mother, could not possibly have been a runaway. “Lucy’s a good girl,” Amy Plant had told Fawcettville police detective JT Simmons. “She wouldn’t even go down the block to visit a friend without telling us first.”

The last time anyone had seen Lucy Plant was when her mother looked outside the living room window. Lucy had been playing with her Barbie dolls on the front lawn.

Cayce closed his eyes. He remembered, suddenly, the storm coming, and not knowing where Luke was. He sympathized with the girl’s mother and the panic she must have felt when she couldn’t locate her daughter.

A ceiling fan. Beneath his closed lids, Cayce saw a ceiling fan. He didn’t know why. He didn’t own one himself, and the one in his parents’ living room was an entirely different model from this one, which was white, with a plain globe. His parents’ fan had four frosted-glass light fixtures and faux wood blades.

Cayce kept his eyes closed, watching the ceiling fan whirl, its blades blurring and becoming singular. There was something wrong with the fan. It didn’t work quite right.

Cayce felt nauseated and opened his eyes. His face was glazed with sweat. His stomach churned, and he was afraid he would vomit. Why was seeing a ceiling fan so disturbing? Or was this some sort of aftershock, an effect of his accident?

Cayce didn’t think so.

He glanced down at the face of Lucy Plant and sucked in some air. “Oh my God,” he whispered, “she’s dead.”

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Rick R. Reed is all about exploring the romantic entanglements of gay men in contemporary, realistic settings. While his stories often contain elements of suspense, mystery and the paranormal, his focus ultimately returns to the power of love. He is the author of dozens of published novels, novellas, and short stories. He is a three-time EPIC eBook Award winner (for Caregiver, Orientation and The Blue Moon Cafe). Raining Men and Caregiver have both won the Rainbow Award for gay fiction.  Lambda Literary Review has called him, “a writer that doesn’t disappoint.” Rick lives in Seattle with his husband and a very spoiled Boston terrier. He is forever “at work on another novel.”

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Five Stars for Out of CTRL by SA Welsh – #MM #Thriller @Totally_Bound

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Title: Out of CTRL
Author Name: S.A. Welsh
Publication Date & Length: November 24, 2014 – 160 pgs

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Andrew had no intention of ever going back home. But circumstances force him to face his painful past and the friend who betrayed him.

Andrew Finley has no intention of going back to his hometown—ever. After he gets caught hacking the CIA, he builds himself a new life as a computer guy for the very government agency he tried to hack. But over the past few months something has been bothering him, and his boss is acting more paranoid than usual. Every time an operation failed, Andrew collected information that could prove someone was selling secrets and now he’s pretty sure his boss is trying to kill him, so he has no choice but to go back home to buy some time. Going home may be more dangerous than facing his boss, though, considering his former best friend and first crush Teddy had betrayed him and let his evil sister and her minions send him running nine years ago.

But he’s back now and not everything is as clear-cut as he thought. Teddy may not be a Judas but can Andrew catch his fireman without getting burned, or is coming home going to kill him?

One corrupt boss, one evil sister, enough family drama to fill a dozen daytime chat shows and an ex-best friend who he’s been in love with for half his life makes for one hell an interesting trip home.

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FiveStars

What can I say about Andrew’s family? Some love him like crazy, others are just plain crazy. Right away, I really liked Andrew. I loved that he was a geek who despite having a few missteps in his past – forged his own path. And, even though he was scarred beyond belief by his family, he was able to find some semblance of forgiveness – especially for his parents who were enablers to the nth degree to his sister, Angela. I can’t say anything nice about Angela – not that I am meant to, but man, what a hateful character! I loved that Andrew’s other sisters came to his defense, even when he was younger.

Andrew’s character also is awesome because despite his boss being a traitor, Andrew is trying his hardest to make sure that nobody else can be hurt by his boss’ actions. Andrew took his talent with computers and turned it in to a career.

Back at home, despite not wanting to be there, Andrew stands up and faces his past – the past that included Teddy. Teddy has become a firefighter who works with Andrew’s soon to be brother-in-law. Andrew has believed for so long that Teddy had betrayed his trust and love – but when truths are revealed, can Teddy and Andrew survive long enough to re-discover the connection they had so long ago?

I LOVED these characters. Andrew was my favorite, but his sisters were close behind. Although I hated the fact that his family put him in such a difficult position, I also really liked that Andrew was strong enough to re-evaluate his relationship with them, once his family (mostly his parents) saw the error of their own ways. Also, despite my initial dislike of Teddy, mainly because I was defending Andrew’s feelings, he grew on me. He was the force that Andrew needed at the time and I loved how protective Teddy still was of Andrew, despite all the time that had passed.

This was a great story. Welsh did a wonderful job with the supporting characters, as well as the charged story line. Despite it’s short length, this was a very complete story.

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There really is nothing better than a good book and a big mug of tea on a rainy day, which is often needed when considering the wet weather in Wales. She is rarely found without a book of some description on her person and a notebook, she can always be seen scribbling and doodling while lost in thought about sometimes random nonsense or day dreaming about alternate worlds of fiction. Real life may not be much fun but the imagination allows infinite possibilities to be explored and lots of naughty fun too if you’re up to the challenge. So in the words of a crazy scientist – I reject your reality and submit one of my own. Happy reading.

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4.5 stars for Cameron’s Code by Jenna Byrnes #MM #mystery #thriller @totally_bound

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Title: Cameron’s Code (Kansas City Heat #3)
Author Name: Jenna Byrnes
Publication Date & Length: Nov 7, 2014 — 100 pgs

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Interstate transportation of stolen property calls for FBI intervention. Can the KCPD detective and the bureau agent break up the crime ring before anyone else is killed?

Detective Dean Cameron with the KCPD Property Crimes Department is investigating a rash of local business thefts. When the cases cross state lines, the FBI is brought into action. Dean welcomes sexy agent Matt Anderson’s help on the job, and before he’s decided if it’s a good idea, they wind up in bed. Sharing a desire that’s too hard to resist, the men fall into an intense physical relationship that both of them know can never last.

Impossible Relationships. Matt’s life is in Chicago and Dean’s in Kansas City. Neither of them want a long distance love affair, but Dean can’t imagine not pursuing one. He’s head over heels, but Matt isn’t quite as convinced. When their most recent case takes a turn towards the deadly, what they want doesn’t seem to matter anymore. Racing against the clock, Dean is desperate to save Matt and see what can be salvaged of their relationship.

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I was given this book for an honest review by Inked Rainbow Reads
I really liked Dean. He was well spoken, thoughtful, showed emotions, but was still tough. Matt, while I imagine many like him, I was not his biggest fan. I felt he was almost mean towards Dean. I really dislike people who are dismissive of others. I understand that Matt was protecting both himself and Dean, but I just couldn’t get on board with how he decided to protect himself.
Matt was always pointing out to Dean how “clingy” or “crazy” he was being, but I thought that Matt was the more whiny of the two. Matt gave excuse after excuse, while Dean was trying to give solutions to the issues that they were having. While they were together, they were great. They were thorough lovers and the reader could see how much they cared for each other. But, once they were outside of the privacy of their bubble, Matt became this totally different character.
The crimes of this book, while not overtly bloody or gruesome did end up becoming much more dangerous.  I really enjoyed the story line – it was one that held my interest and made me think. I always enjoy a good mystery.
Overall, I have enjoyed the couple of Byrnes books that I have read.
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Jenna Byrnes could use more cabinet space and more hours in a day. She’d fill the kitchen with gadgets her husband purchases off TV and let him cook for her to his heart’s content. She’d breeze through the days adding hours of sleep, and more time for writing the hot, erotic romance she loves to read.

Jenna thinks everyone deserves a happy ending, and loves to provide as many of those as possible to her gay, lesbian and hetero characters. Her favorite quote, from a pro-gay billboard, is “Be careful who you hate. It may be someone you love.”

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4.5 and 5 Stars for All Fired Up by Morticia Knight – @MorticiaKnight #MM Romance #Thriller

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Title: All Fired Up (Sin City Uniforms #1)
Author Name: Morticia Knight
Publication Date & Length: September 5, 2014 – 160 pgs

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Officer Shawn Everly patrols the Strip. Fireman Trent Marshall saves him when danger strikes. But it’s uncertain whether Trent can save himself from getting his heart broken by Shawn.

The party never ends on the Las Vegas strip, but neither does the danger. Officer Everly is new to the beat, having recently relocated to Vegas from Los Angeles. Foot patrol on The Strip is a demanding assignment because he’s up close and personal with the public. But what he’d really like to do is get up close and personal with Station 32’s hunky fireman, Trent Marshall.

Trent has been a fireman for over ten years and is dedicated to his job. He’s built tough and is a no-nonsense man of few words. At a local blood drive, Trent meets the handsome new officer on foot patrol, but won’t let himself get too close. He’s lost love before when his policeman lover was killed in the line of fire.

During an emergency, Trent’s over-protective instincts kick in when he believes Shawn is in harm’s way. He ends up embarrassing and angering Shawn in front of their fellow officers, which seems as though it will end any hope of Trent having a chance with the young man he can’t push from his mind.

Shawn can’t decide whether he wants to punch or kiss Trent. Kissing wins. Once they spend some time together away from the stresses of their jobs, they find that they’re not just compatible—they’re combustible.

But Trent can’t seem to accept that there are hazards that come with working in law enforcement. Right as they’re discovering how much they mean to one another, the danger escalates on The Strip. The underground vigilante group, The Citizens Against Immorality, have raised the stakes. Will Shawn and Trent be their next targets?

Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of violence and the use of sex toys. It is best read in sequence as part of a series but can be read as a standalone

The deep growl of Trent’s voice is all it takes to get Shawn turned on.

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FourandHalfStars

I truly enjoyed this story. Both characters, Trent and Shawn are strong, but each in their own way. Trent is a more dominant character and Shawn, while the more submissive character, holds strength that Tent is unable to deny.

It was a fairly believable story which made reading it that much more enjoyable. While their attraction was immediate, Trent, having been hurt in the past was hesitant to allow his heart to make his decisions.Shawn wasn’t as hesitant, but was a little baffled as to why his attraction to Trent was so strong, so quickly.

Shawn was an observant, dedicated police officer who caught the eye of hunky Trent. During a routine night, Shawn becomes entangled and in need of some help, which Trent is all to willing to do. But, Trent is struggling with his desire for Shawn and runs away. It is no secret that each of these men are gay – they were unwilling to keep that from their co-workers, which I really liked. Knight was great at portraying the confusion that Shawn felt towards Trent, and Trent’s inner struggle with what had happened in his past relationship.

I thought it was great that she had Trent seek professional help. It is sometimes a taboo subject that a strong, dominant character seek help for PTSD or any other mental health issue, but this really enhanced the story. I enjoyed how the story became about their relationship and less about the “bad guy” they were all trying to catch. While the bad guy did get their time, I didn’t think that Knight over did that story line, which was good.

There were just a few editorial issues and formatting issues, but overall, a great story. I would love a story on Lee!

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My first book by Morticia Knight and I can safely say I REALLY hope it isn’t my last!!

Officer & Fireman.. Two of my favorite professions.. Hey, they look hot in uniform. That being said. There is SO much more to this story than that.

Shawn, our manly and sexy police officer, is a Las Vegas Police Officer that works foot patrol on the Strip.

Trent, the studly and HOT fireman, admires him from afar but always runs off leaving mixed signals behind.

After being on a few calls together then end up with Trent embarrassing Shawn, things end up taking a turn for the serious between the two.  Too bad Trent is carrying around nightmares from his past. Both men have a horrible relationship with their families who were homophobic and have no one else around them to rely upon, except one close friend each.

While the relationship is going on there is also another awesome plot going on as well that keeps the pages turning to find out where that is going as well as what is happening with the two men.

I was slightly disappointed in how fast the story wrapped up in a way. While I think the relationship part was nicely wrapped up and was amazing. The other part was great, until the rapid ending which was sad, but I loved the rest of the story so I’m still giving it five stars.

~Renee

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Shawn exhaled slowly, the talk of his brother forming a knot in his stomach the way it always did. It was a reminder that he really was all alone in the world.

Trent stood then moved to kneel beside his chair. He took one of Shawn’s hands and sandwiched it between his own.

“They obviously don’t realize what they’re missing by not having you in their lives.”

Trent caressed him, his strokes strong and assured. Comforting.

A surprising wave of emotion rose up in him and for a disconcerting moment, he thought he might tear up. He swallowed around the lump in his throat to tamp it down. He needed Trent to take him away from the ugly thoughts their conversation had brought up.

“Take me to bed?”

Without answering, Trent rose then gently tugged on Shawn’s hand, encouraging him to follow. The last thing Shawn needed was encouragement to go with Trent, but he liked the sensation of feeling wanted. Once they were inside his bedroom, Trent yanked Shawn to him, and any reserve they may have had left between each other was stripped away. They used their hands, lips and tongues frantically on one another. Even as they peeled off their minimal clothing, they remained in contact as much as possible.

Heavy breathing and urgent groans filled the air and Shawn remembered what Trent had asked him earlier – asked if he wanted to bottom for him. Even though he usually bottomed, the idea of Trent covering him with his strong, muscled body and driving into him with his generous length made him shudder. He whimpered.

The floor seemed to fall away and he realized he was in Trent’s arms again. It was crazy how much he liked it. After all that had happened between them, he’d been sure that he would have fought being carried. After being tossed on the bed, Trent loomed over him, staring down at him.

“Gonna make you feel so good.”

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M/M and M/M/F Erotic Romance author Morticia Knight enjoys a good saucy tale – after all, who doesn’t? Since she loves several genres, you may find your heroes in a contemporary, historical, paranormal or sci-fi setting. One of her passions is bringing people’s fantasies to life on the page, because life is too short for even one boring moment. Her stories are volcanic in heat, deep in emotion, and sprinkled with doses of humor.

When not indulging in her obsession for books, she loves the outdoors, film and music. The Pacific Northwest is the ideal spot to enjoy both hiking and beachcombing. Once upon a time she was the singer in an indie rock band that toured the West Coast and charted on U.S. college radio. She now resides on the northern coast of Oregon, where the constant rain and fog remind her of visits to family in England and Scotland when she was a child.

She is currently working on the Sin City Uniforms Series and a BDSM spin-off to the Gin & Jazz series entitled The Hampton Road Club. A follow-up to Bryan and Aubrey’s story in Rockin’ the Alternative will be available in 2015.

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  • What motivated you to start writing?

I think it had to do with me not having siblings close to my age when I was a kid. Plus, both of my parents worked long hours, so I spent a lot of time alone. I would entertain myself for hours making up stories that I drew pictures to. I don’t do any drawing any more – just the stories!

  • Who or what is your biggest inspiration for writing?

Hot men. (I’m only sort of joking) When I discovered erotic romance then discovered gay erotic romance? Yee gads. That’s pretty much all I want to do with my time anymore.

There’s nothing more exhilarating for me than having the opportunity to create worlds and characters. That in and of itself is an inspiration.

  • What is your writing environment? (Where do you write, what do you do to prepare right before you start writing)

The only thing I really need is a laptop of some sort and some music and headphones. I’ve had a lot of upheaval in my life this past year and I’ve had to learn to ‘write on the go’. I wrote a major sex scene for Rockin’ the Alternative on an airplane going cross country. I was on an aisle seat with a 17 inch screen and I imagine at least one person got an eyeful *ahem*.

Ideally, I’d like to redo my workspace in the coming year. I need to make it a bit more user friendly. Right now there are hundreds of scraps of papers with ideas on them strewn about. It’s rather ridiculous – but I’ll be writing full time in the New Year, so reorganizing has topped the resolution list already.

  • What is the hardest part of a book for you? Any particular scene(s)?

The beginning! Seriously – that empty page staring at you, mocking. It’s a killer. Once I hit 10K for a novel length, everything starts to flow together.

  • If you only could write in one genre, what would it be? And if you couldn’t write in that genre what genre would you pick next?

M/M Erotic romance in any genre. But if I had to pick only one, it would be Dystopian. Love it!

  • If you could spend a day with one author, who would it be and why?

Sean Michael. He’s one of the few authors I consistently read because the emotions in his books are so raw and intense. He’s also one of the few authors who can write insta-love – that doesn’t involve a shifter – where I buy into it one hundred percent. I love that.

  • What do you like to see in book reviews? What makes a review better than other ones to you?

A true understanding of the characters and the journey they go through during the course of the story. With that said, just as it’s true in real life – not every reader is going to fall in love with those characters, and that’s okay. I’ve had plenty of reviews where one reader was starry-eyed and obsessively in love with a character and another reader wished that same character would fall off a cliff and get run over by a bus. We all have different tastes.

To me, a good review is one where I can tell that the reader really put some thought into how they felt about a book – be that negative or positive.

  • If you could give one tip to new writers, what would it be?

I always say the same thing. Write, and write some more. Just keep going and whipping your craft into shape. The only way you can do that is to practice!

  • How do you make hard decisions with your books? Like the title of the book or some of the characters actions?

I hate coming up with titles. Every once in a while, the publisher will step in and say, ‘Uh, yeah. No. We won’t be using that title.’ They’re always right!

In terms of other things, I sometimes talk it out with friends to get their reaction. For instance, when I purposely wrote a ‘gay for you’ themed story, I proposed a scenario to a straight male friend to get his reaction. Perhaps it was the booze, but he pondered my idea and agreed that it was a plausible situation. Sometimes, I’ve used instances from my own life to lend credence to my character’s actions. My personal experiences are a never-ending source of fodder for my books!

  • If you could only use 4 words to describe yourself, what would they be?

Let’s see, exhausted comes to mind…

How about…driven, passionate, sarcastic and crazy 😉

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Bad Things

Title: Bad Things
Author Name: Varian Krylov
Publication Date & Length: September 15, 2014 – 410 pgs

Synopsis

Xavier makes a lot of people nervous. The rest, he flat-out scares. More than his hulking, tattooed body, it’s his predator’s gaze that makes people feel vulnerable, as if he had the power to read their thoughts and see their soul. For his lovers, it’s Xavier’s ravenous appetite for all things carnal—for the taste of flesh under his tongue and the feel of a trembling body under his control, for whispered pleas and muffled cries—that makes him dangerous.

But recently, driven by a festering rage against the men who attacked his sister a decade ago, Xavier has developed a taste for a different kind of hunt and conquest: stalking men who do truly bad things and punishing the predators he sniffs out. The problem with vigilante justice, though, is sometimes the man in your trap is innocent.

Carson suspects he’s playing a risky game with dangerous men. But the lies are convincing, especially when they’re slipped to him among hundred dollar bills. He never guessed how big and dark the secret hidden under all the lies and money could be. And he has no idea he’s not the predator, but the prey, until it’s too late.

And you can’t beg for mercy when there’s a gag in your mouth.

But when Carson escapes from Xavier’s trap, he’s forced to accept that Xavier is far from his most dangerous enemy. Xavier may even hold the key to overcoming the painful past that has kept Carson prisoner for almost two decades.

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First off, I’d like to say Thank you for taking the time to answer these questions so me and my readers can get to know a little bit more about you!

 

Thank you for inviting me!

 

Now for the hard part:

  • What motivated you to start writing?

I’ve been playing with words since my earliest memories—scribbling adventure stories that my mom would type up for me when I was five or six, filling dozens of notebooks with angsty poetry through my adolescence and early twenties.

Even so, I was shocked when I wrote my first novel, Abduction, and this massive story emerged from my imagination, because I’d never written anything longer than a few pages, and had always thought I was too fickle to stick with one narrative long enough to write a four hundred page novel. But the nucleus of Abduction was a fantasy I’d had for years, so it was already elaborately developed, and once I started putting it on the page, it just flowed out of me. And it was incredibly satisfying, making those characters and their encounters concrete with written words—it almost felt like enchanted alchemy, making the phantoms in my head ‘real.’

  • Who or what is your biggest inspiration for writing?

This is an agonizing issue. When I was in my early twenties, I actually stopped writing poetry because I thought my writing was terrible compared to the poets I admired. These days, I work pretty hard to be inspired by beautiful writing, without eroding my confidence by comparing myself too much to my favorite authors. That said, I was directly influenced by Roberto Bolaño’s novel The Savage Detectives, which is narrated by a series of first-person accounts, which inspired me to try writing something in first person. The result was Dangerously Happy. Dostoyevksy, Gogol and Bulkakov are all longstanding favorites, but these days I’m diving into a lot of Latin American literature. In addition to Bolaño, I love Julio Cortazar, Mario Vargas Llosa and Ricardo Piglia. I love novels that address serious societal issues via a fascinating story, rather than clubbing you over the head with a message. I’d love to get my writing to the point where I could manage to create a less literal story. Something a bit surreal.

  • What is your writing environment? (Where do you write, what do you do to prepare right before you start writing)

Where I write depends on my mood. Sometimes I thrive on a little bit of chaos, so I’ll take my laptop to a cafe so I can be out and around people. Other times, though, I need quiet to focus, so I’ll work at home. I don’t have a designated space for writing—sometimes I’ll work at the dining table, sometimes I curl up on the couch. I need a little variety—if I set up an office, I’d be sick of it after a week.

I don’t do much outlining or other formal preparation. Usually I sit or lie around with my eyes closed, and daydream the scene I’m about to write, playing with lines of dialog, choregraphy, and the feelings that will come out during the scene, etc. It’s a very intuitive process—when I feel threads from other parts of the story coming together, or get the rush of fear or arousal as I pit the characters against each other in my mind, I rush back to my laptop and try to get that intensity from my imagination down in words.

  • What is the hardest part of a book for you? Any particular scene(s)?

Writing the ending is always the most challenging. I struggle to get the balance between bringing the story to a satisfying conclusion, where the issues the characters have been struggling with are meaningfully resolved, and where they reach a place of safety within their lives and their relationships. But once the real conflicts in the story have been overcome, things lose steam quickly so I try not to dally forever, either, for fear of boring myself and everyone who’s reading.

  • If you only could write in one genre, what would it be? And if you couldn’t write in that genre what genre would you pick next?

I’m going to be rebellious, here, and say that I don’t think much about genre. I write the stories that I feel compelled to write, and then wedge them into a category for marketing purposes.

  • If you could spend a day with one author, who would it be and why?

Roberto Bolano, if we could resurrect him, because he was innovative and exciting in his approach to form and technique, but even more because his ideas about society and violence fascinate me, and because I get the feeling he was a delightfully odd and mischievous person.

  • What do you like to see in book reviews? What makes a review better than other ones to you?

I prefer reviews that offer a bit of analysis, as opposed to reviews that are mostly a synopsis of the story, Usually there’s already a blurb out there and we don’t need another plot re-hash, but it’s fascinating to see how differently the same story affects different people, and the unique interpretations different readers make.

  • If you could give one tip to new writers, what would it be?

Write what excites you, not what you think is going to be popular.

  • How do you make hard decisions with your books? Like the title of the book or some of the characters actions?

These creative choices are all down to intuition and gut instinct. I usually start ‘auditioning’ titles from the moment I begin the first draft, until I land on one that feels apt and hopefully a little provocative. Until I have the right one, the test titles always just rub me the wrong way when I see them, so I know I have to keep searching.

Character actions usually happen organically once the story is in progress—with every dialogue, every action, every internal monologue, I get to know the characters better, and their conflicts, reconciliations, and affinities develop almost outside of my control. At least it feels that way, when the writing is going well.

  • If you could only use 4 words to describe yourself, what would they be?
    1. Lost in my imagination.

 

Thank you for your time! I wish you much success as an author!!!

Thank you for welcoming me!

Review

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4.5 Stars

I was given this book for an honest review from Inked Rainbow Reads.
I felt that the blurb about this book is slightly misleading. I thought this book was about revenge and hate. This book is so much more than that. I feel that this story should come with a warning that there is some questionable consent given during some of the sex scenes.
The story begins on a path of revenge and then morphs in to a story about self discovery and love. I thoroughly enjoyed all of the characters that Krylov creates. Despite a few issues with the development of the characters and the fact that I was somewhat confused as to the relationship among all of them, I really liked each of the “good” characters and really hated the “bad” ones. Each character had their own quirks that added to the story. Even the danger that the bad characters portray in their personalities is very clear to the reader in how the author describes their actions and exressions.  I would have liked to see more background about Aidan and Dario’s relationship to Xavier, but overall, they definitely added to the story.
I felt that Krylov really was able to pull the emotional heart strings in this story. I was able to feel all of the emotions that each character was wading through. The author was able to truly capture past pain, current pain and eventually envelope the reader and characters in hope.
This book turned in to a wonderful read, if even at the beginning, it started out like a completely different story, with a completely different feel. The transition between the two “sections” – beginning and middle/end was a little choppy in terms of what I imagine the author was trying to convey versus what I thought was being portrayed in terms of what the story was supposed to be about and the overall tone, but in the end, even with the change in type of story I was reading, I really enjoyed it.
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Since her girlhood in a sunny coastal town in California, Varian Krylov has nurtured a love of words and a curiosity about the deep, dark forces at work in human nature, especially sexuality, and how they often paradoxically twine with our tenderest impulses. Her stories tend to explore the sometimes fine line between what arouses, and what frightens, what we’re driven to, and what we’re ashamed of.

As witty and seductive as I am sarcastic and self-deprecating, I spend as much time as possible thinking and writing about sex. No, not dense, inscrutable post-feminist texts on media representations of gender and the body–that was grad school. I write stories–short stories, novels, and starting a few weeks ago, screenplays–most of which poke and prod and the dark little corners of human sexuality. In a sense, nothing’s taboo, anymore. There’s no act, no fetish that hasn’t been made utterly banal in the proliferation of porn. What intrigues and excites me is the exploration of the conflicting impulses, the twisted psychology and turbulent emotions of people who find themselves unable to resist desires that lie beyond their own moral boundaries.

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