Review: Permanent Ink by Avon Gale and Piper Vaughn

Permanent Ink by Avon Gale

 

At twenty-three, Poe Montgomery is going nowhere. He still lives in his father’s basement and spends most of his time tagging with his friends. When an arrest lands him in debt, Poe accepts the front desk job at Permanent Ink, the tattoo shop owned by his father’s best friend, Jericho McAslan. Jericho is nearly twice Poe’s age, but with his ink and prematurely graying hair, he quickly takes the starring role in Poe’s hottest fantasies.

Jericho is known for his ability to transform poorly designed tattoos into works of art, but he was once as aimless and misdirected as Poe. Wanting to pay it forward the way someone once did for him, Jericho makes Poe his apprentice and is determined to keep things strictly professional. Easier said than done when Poe makes his interest—and his daddy kink—abundantly clear.

Jericho can’t resist Poe or their intense chemistry for long. But between the age gap, tension with Poe’s father, and Poe’s best friend calling him a sellout, they’ll need to ensure they’re both on the same page before they can rewrite their rocky start into something permanent.

 

REVIEW

 

There’s something about daddy kink that’s just doesn’t sound that good to me, but the authors showed me I was right trying to push my boundaries a little more. PERMANENT INK was an amazing first collaboration of two truly talented authors.

Jericho is trying to help his best friend’s son to get out of a path of self-destruction by offering him a job in his tattoo shop. The attraction between them is something they can’t keep hiding for much longer and what started as only a job might end up being so more than it was supposed to, heating up the rooms of the renowned shop.

Jericho was a great character, his reaction to the events that were developing felt very realistic, not only about his relationship with Poe but towards any issue that came his way. He wasn’t perfect, he had some flaws that made him a more believable character. That is definitely something that I look for when I read a book. Poe was very different than Jericho, he was a nice character too, but he had a great ability to make me mad all the time. He was just so frustrating. He seemed way younger than he really was, but maybe that’s what made him a fantastic character because it was easier to see the personal growth, without leaving out of the picture what made him who he is. The way their relationship developed was okay, though there was too much lust for my taste at the beginning, which worked fine for the story, but I did believe they care for each other in the end. Something I enjoyed a lot was the passion both main characters had for what they do, the time spent sharing some of the stories behind the tattoos was very great.

The plot was good; it had a hopeful message and the writing was very good too. The book is low in angst, it doesn’t lack it completely but I guess it was tolerable.

Overall it was a great book. I think anyone who likes M/M books might like it. It does have Daddy kink, which might not be okay for every reader, but I wasn’t fond of it either and I enjoyed the book so much.

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Review: Kissing Lessons by Susan Laine

Kissing Lessons (Before...and After, #2)

 

A kiss is just a kiss. It doesn’t have to mean anything. Does it?

At seventeen, Merry’s never been kissed. Since he doesn’t want to disappoint his prom date, he asks his more experienced best friend, Boone, for some pointers. Surprisingly, Boone agrees to give him a hands-on lesson.

But they have no idea what they’re getting into.

They explore hundreds of ways to make out, but somehow it isn’t enough. A week later, they’re back together for another session. This time things go further than either of them planned, and their relationship becomes awkward and uncomfortable.

Have they learned enough to salvage their friendship and help it evolve? Their lessons have come to an end. They can either part ways forever… or share a true love’s kiss.

 

REVIEW

 

KISSING LESSONS is a great book that combines beautifully sweetness and steam.

Merry has been worried about his lack of knowledge about kissing and the expectations his prom date might have. He wants someone to teach him to kiss, but he can’t think of anyone he can trust but his best friend Boone. Boone decides to help Merry but both guys ended up wanting more than they expected.

I really loved this book. It had a simple plot, but very enjoyable. I thought I knew what I was getting myself into when I start reading, but I certainly wasn’t prepared for such a steamy read. It was really good. I loved the way the heat was slowly increasing. It definitely didn’t feel forced. It was so much believable and between the hotness there was also so much sweetness. It was a perfect combination.

The characters were nice, Merry was very cute. His shyness was adorable and I loved how much it contrasts Boone’s self-confidence. I would say I loved the moments they shared, but there wasn’t a moment in the book where they weren’t together, which I really appreciate because they made a great couple.

Overall this was a great book that explores beautifully how a sensual experience kissing could be. I would recommend it to anyone who likes M/M pairing.

 

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Review: Till Death by Kol Anderson

Till Death

Trent Arlington has a terminal illness and due to the recent downfall of his personal and professional life, he takes that as a sign that he shouldn’t be alive.  But when a chance encounter with a rent boy gives him something to live for, it also means that he will have to face his demons, both present and past.

 

REVIEW

 

I’m feeling very ambivalent about this book. For one side it had some amazing scenes that gave me just what I look for in a book and hardly ever find, but for the other I feel it lack some important elements in the plot that just that made it hard to be really involved in the story.

The things that I didn’t liked were quite a few. First it was the plot, I think it just felt weak, there were some bog holes and I felt confused several times. I’m not quite sure if it was only because the story was confusing by itself or if it was me who was distracted, either way I had issues trying to understand what was going on at times. Second, I really dislike insta love books, and it wasn’t that I didn’t believe they care for each other, but it was all too fast and they even trust the other so quickly telling their darkest secrets when they really didn’t know who they were. Trent’s diagnosis seemed, at times, irrelevant. I don’t think much would change in the book if he didn’t had it. I also had issues with the reasons Trent and Justin had to justify their actions and their sexual fantasies. I had other issues but I guess all the other may be too little to matter that much.

Now, what I liked about it was the darkest moments of it. There are some consensual BDSM scenes but I think some readers might have to consider the book have also some abuse and non-con scenes that aren’t mentions as warnings in the blurb so beware before reading. Those scenes I mention were great. I really have some learning to do about it because I don’t really know if it’s correct to say spanking when a belt is used. I’ll admit that that belt scenes was one of the best I’d ever read, and there was something about it that just made me forget every problem I had before with the book and got my total attention since it happened. But, again, I do like to read dark books and I don’t think this might be for every reader so be cautious about it.

Overall it was some good and some bad things, I did enjoyed most of it. It wasn’t my favorite book from the author but I do love his books and I’ll keep reading them.

Review: Imagines by N.R. Walker

Imagines (Imago, #2)

 

Jack Brighton and Lawson Gale have been together for six months and are very much in love. Lawson’s work ensuring the survival of the Tillman Copper is as demanding as ever, and Jack’s work with the regeneration of the bushfire-ravaged national park is just as hectic.

When Jack suggests they take a short trip, Lawson agrees. But then he is offered a two-week research position in tropical Queensland to help determine why the Ulysses butterfly is on the decline. Figuring they could combine work and pleasure, Jack and Lawson go on their first vacation together.

Working alongside renowned professor Piers Bonfils isn’t easy. But personal and professional differences aside, Lawson is offered a more permanent role in Queensland. Torn between his new life in Tasmania with Jack and a dying species of butterfly he feels compelled to save, Lawson has to decide where his fate lies.

But fate changes the rules. On a research expedition into the depths of the rainforest, suddenly it’s not only the butterflies’ existence that hangs in the balance.

A butterfly’s life cycle never changes. From larvae to imago, their course is plotted by design. Jack and Lawson need to determine where they stand, if they live through it. Because the only thing more incredible than one imago is two.

 

REVIEW

 

It was a lovely book. I really liked it a lot. I have bad memory and I didn’t remember much about Jack and Lawson’s relationship and it was great to rediscover them.

I liked the plot, but I think what I enjoyed the most about it was how great Jack and Lawson were together, they just were perfect for each other and it was so easy to see it. I loved every minute they shared. I didn’t remember much about how steamy Imago was but this one was really hot and I loved Lawson’s impatience and how much Jack knew him.

Another thing I enjoyed a lot was how passionate both main characters were about their work and how much I got to learn about things that otherwise I wouldn’t knew. It was a great book. I does have some angsty moments but I think they are bearable and just made their relationship stronger. We still got a happy ending and some fun moments. I especially enjoyed Lawson’s family, I wish they would be on page a little longer. Really recommended book, I had a great time reading it.

Review: Matt Powers Lives! by K.A. Merikan

Matt Powers Lives!

 

— Matt Powers lives to tell his story —

Matthew dreams of becoming a porn star. All he lacks is a proper porn name, but it becomes the least of his problems when his first professional shoot gets interrupted by a series of freak accidents. With the crew desperate to get away, no one notices Matt’s absence, and he is left behind in an abandoned asylum in the woods, at the mercy of a spirit that has been bound to its cool walls for too long.

POSSIBLE SPOILERS:

Genre: erotic horror

Themes: mental hospital, ghosts, supernatural, conversion therapy, straitjacket, porn shoot, abandoned building

Erotic content: explicit m/m sexual scenes

Length: ~8,100 words

 

REVIEW

 

This author surely know how to write horror. This was amazing. It was very short but it manage so easily to make a creepy story, that not only had some really hot ghost or ghoul or whatever he was, but it also had the ability to create such a strong emotions that it was impossible not to care for him.

It was scary and it was lovely. I really wasn’t expecting to love so much so short story but it was somehow sweet. The more I keep reading from the author, the more I fell in love with their books. It was a great book.

Review: Crazy Kinky Dirty Stud by K.A. Merikan

Crazy Kinky Dirty Stud (Crazy Kinky Dirty Love, #2)

 

— This is no puppy play. —

Since Kyle was a teenager, he had a dirty fantasy about being ravished by a beast. This year, Kyle is taking the plunge and letting his new boyfriend, Dan, meet his parents for Christmas. It might be time to share one of his most secret fantasies with Dan and see if he doesn’t freak out. They’ve been going out for a few months and explored their sexuality together, but Kyle knows this particular fantasy is a bit different.

Will Dan turn out to be a stud dog or a puppy?

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POSSIBLE SPOILERS:

Themes: breeder, dog, puppy, pet play, doggie play, established couple

Genre: erotica, contemporary

Erotic content: pet play, stud dog, sexual role play, mock-bestiality, breeding, bareback, rough sex, anal sex, mock-dubious consent

Length: ~5,000 words

 

REVIEW

 

This is no puppy play???????? Really?????? Well, what did I just read? Sure, he wasn’t a sweet and adorable little puppy, he was a big and strong stud but, come on, not puppy play???? …Ok, I’m just kidding, I did read the tags and I knew what I was getting myself into. I do not like pet play at all but I did choose reading this book. Did I like it? No, I didn’t but I’m the only one to blame.

I do have some good things about it. The writing was great. I also love the main characters relationship. It is amazing to see a relationship where they trust each other so much to share and to participated in the more twisted fantasies they have. I loved that but I guess I enjoyed the previous instalment better because it also give some time for the reader to know the characters and to interact with each other a little more than just in the scene. They do share a moment after the scene but it was way too short. I am getting to love this couple so much.

Again, I didn’t like this book so much, but It is only because I don’t like pet play. I did liked the other elements of the book and I’m really loving the author’s book. I definitely plan on keeping reading, not only the next parts of this series but also the other books from the authors. Read the tags before reading.

Review: Choices (The Flesh Cartel #3) by Rachel Haimowitz and Heidi Belleau

Choices (The Flesh Cartel #3)

 

The Flesh Cartel returns for a compelling second season with “Choices.” Brothers Mat and Dougie Carmichael thought nothing could be worse than being snatched from their home and brutally dehumanized in preparation for sale as sex slaves. But they learn their suffering has only just begun when they’re shipped to their new master’s home.

Professional trainer Nikolai Petrovic is a master of his trade. His ultra-rich clientele pay him to create perfectly tailored playthings, and Mat and Dougie are the latest in a long line of men who have walked into his remote mountain home as terrified victims and left it permanently altered: subdued and obedient, ready and even eager for a life of service.

To achieve this, Nikolai must take a drastically different tack with each brother. Dougie, manipulated with affection and denial. Mat, controlled by pain and fear. The one thread in common for both men is choice. Nikolai prides himself on never forcing, but will Mat and Dougie submit willingly to his vision, or will they first need to learn the price of disobedience?

This title is part of the The Flesh Cartel, Season 2: Fragmentation serial.

 

REVIEW

 

This part was a little bit disappointing to me. It wasn’t bad at all, but I had a lot of trouble connecting emotions with the main characters, which wasn’t the case in the previous instalments of the series.

I liked Nikolai a lot, I loved how he manage the brothers in different ways, but I felt like there was something missing in him. I can’t really name what’s what I need from him. He is a great character, cold, precise and merciless as a good villain, but for some strange reason I can’t care much for him as I generally do for other villains.

I do liked the plot, and I’m really interested on seeing where the story will go. I think it might be a thing of only a part of the whole series I didn’t like and not all of it, because as a whole thing I’m really enjoying the twisted story the authors have created.