Review: Manikin (Channeling Morpheus/Sweet Oblivion #3) by Jordan Castillo Price

Manikin (Channeling Morpheus, #3)

 

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Marushka loves pretty things: lace and velvet, porcelain and pearls. She sews elaborate costumes for all of her dolls, and she spends hours arranging their hair just so. Her collection is growing; she’s added a very pretty trinket, and his name is Michael. She can’t wait to dress him up.

Michael always suspected mentally ill vampires grew worse and worse as the years went by. He’d never realized how unhinged they could get.

Now Michael is in way over his head. Will Wild Bill save him? Or was it only wishful thinking on Michael’s part that their connection ran deeper than sex or blood?

First edition was published as Channeling Morpheus: Manikin in 2008. Appears in the print collection Channeling Morpheus for Scary Mary.

 

 

REVIEW

I’m not sure about this books, I do liked them since I keep coming back to the next in the series, but there’s something about them that just isn’t completely right for me. I think it might be the fact that I don’t feel any real emotion from either of the main characters, I feel like the only thing that got them together is lust, and other than that, I don’t think they really care for each other.

 

This, the third in the series, had something that I liked more than the other. I felt very intrigued by Marushka, I think she could have been such a greater characters than she was, I wished I could know more of her, I liked her very much and I hope I will find characters as interesting as her in the next parts of the series.

 

It was interesting, It was a fun book to read, and I will keep reading the next but I’m not expecting a deep connection between Wild Bill and Michael, I don’t think that’s where the story is going, but it was surely a nice story to read.

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Review: Sutphin Boulevard (Five Boroughs #1) by Santino Hassell

Sutphin Boulevard (Five Boroughs, #1)

 

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Michael Rodriguez and Nunzio Medici have been friends for two decades. From escaping their dysfunctional families in the working-class neighborhood of South Jamaica, Queens to teaching in one of the city’s most queer friendly schools in Brooklyn, the two men have shared everything. Or so they thought until a sweltering night of dancing leads to an unexpected encounter that forever changes their friendship.

Now, casual touches and lingering looks are packed with sexual tension, and Michael can’t forget the feel of his best friend’s hands on him. Once problems rear up at work and home, Michael finds himself seeking constant escape in the effortless intimacy and mind-blowing sex he has with Nunzio. But things don’t stay easy for long.

When Michael’s world begins to crumble in a sea of tragedy and complications, he knows he has to make a choice: find solace in a path of self-destruction or accept the love of the man who has been by his side for twenty years.

 

REVIEW

This was such a beautiful book, I loved it.  Michael and Nunzio’s friendship was so great, I was very impressed by how the story was created with everyday life problems. Is great to see that an amazing book can be created without the need of some crazy and confusing plot, I loved it.

 

The characters were amazing, they felt so real and the way the relationship developed was so nice. The part of the book I loved the most were the interactions between the characters, how natural they felt and how easy was to get in touch with Michael’s emotions, it was a fantastic job done there. I felt his despair and it concerns so easily. I also love the spanish words, it make me smile to read spanish when I’m reading a book written in english, and sometimes it feels wrong, but here it was very well done, very natural as their interacions.

 

Another thing I liked were the secondary characters, it was easy to care for each of them, no matter how small their part was in the book. I had a soft spot for the students, I liked them very much, but I wish I would get to know more of them, I know it might not being convenient or too important for the plot, but I just felt that way.

 

Joseph was an interesting character, and everything that happen around him was something that always had my attention.  Same as Raymond, I can’t wait to see where his story is going.

 

The self-destruction path mention in the summary was one of the reason I felt attracted by this story, and It was beautifully done, I loved how accurate it felt. In general a great book, I think I’ll be starting book 2 today.

Review: Temper: A Ripples in the Status Quo Story: Season One (Episode Five) by R. Phoenix

Temper: A Ripples in the Status Quo Story: Season One (Episode Five)

 

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Only one thing can keep Ashton safe from the supernatural predators who made the world into their depraved, twisted playground after the Takeover–but it’s the one thing that would steal the last remnants of his freedom. At every turn, society confronts Reese and Ashton with the way humans are treated as mere playthings to be used and discarded. When they realize their own desires and pride have no place in the status quo, Ashton and his werewolf lover understand they’ll have to engage in the deadly games played by those in charge if they want to make a difference.

But Reese isn’t a diplomat, and Ash is only human. Together, they must decide if they’re willing to work with the devil they know in what might change everything or rely on their consciences in a world that has no place for kindness or honor… and if they’re ready to sacrifice everything along the way.

Temper contains depictions of especially graphic sexual violence.

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From light to grey to dark, follow those who test and defy the status quo’s subjugation of humans. In a world where the supernatural reign supreme, only love can set off the ripples that could change this depraved world for the better. But will the cost be too high?

‘Bought,’ ‘Ravel,’ and ‘Recoil’ feature different characters whose lives begin to come together in ‘Owned’ and ‘Temper.’

1. Bought – Jace & Elias.
2. Ravel – Ashton & Reese.
3. Recoil – Khaz & Noah.
4. Owned – Khaz & Noah, Jace & Elias.
5. Temper – Ashton & Reese, Jace & Elias.

*Please note that the RISQ world has little place for humanity, and as a result, content in these works may contain graphic scenes of depravity, cruelty, and violence–sexual or otherwise–that could be offensive and potentially triggering to some readers.*

 

REVIEW

The more I keep reading from this series, the more I keep falling in love with it. I just loved it. This book was one of my favorites, perhaps my number two, being the number one the first one because it captivated me enough to keep me reading the next in the series and because it put on the spotlight the amazing character Elias.

 

This book was really great, I liked it from the beginning. It was great to see where Ash and Resse’s relationship stand at this point, I loved the interactions between them. The discussions and the romantic moments they shared were beautiful. It was bittersweet to see the things they had to struggle with, but I had a great time reading about it. I think some reader might not enjoyed as much as I did because it had some very violent moments that might be  consider before reading.

 

The plot was nice, I didn’t like too much where the story went, especially in the last pages, maybe because of what it might meant in the future, but it was definitely interesting and probably most readers will be ok with it.

 

I really had a good time reading this book, I did missed Khaz but this time around I got to care so much more about Resse and Ashton that I did in the previous books. The only issue I have about the book was that I would like more Elias on it. I was very happy with what I got, but I feel like I can never have enough of that character, there is something about him that just make me smile each time he’s on page. I hope I get more of him in the next one, but I still loved this one very much.

Review: When Fate Falls Short by Brooke Edwards

When Fate Falls Short

 

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Childhood sweethearts Nathan Maxwell and Sean Adams took ten years to realize they belonged together, followed by ten years of bliss. When it is snatched away, Sean is left alone with the aftermath. Lost and grieving in a world that doesn’t make sense without Nathan by his side, he struggles to keep himself afloat… until he meets Jesse Lawrence.

The shadow of a congenital heart defect has hung over Jesse like a dark cloud all his life. Nathan’s death saves Jesse’s life by providing the heart Jesse needs to survive, and a chance encounter between their best friends plants Jesse in Sean’s orbit. But how well can a love triangle between a dead man, his grieving lover, and the one with his heart beating in his chest possibly turn out? Real feelings and pure intentions might not be enough.

A Bittersweet Dreams title: It’s an unfortunate truth: love doesn’t always conquer all. Regardless of its strength, sometimes fate intervenes, tragedy strikes, or forces conspire against it. These stories of romance do not offer a traditional happy ending, but the strong and enduring love will still touch your heart and maybe move you to tears.

 

REVIEW

This was a story with a lot of emotions, it was truly a heartbreaking book and yet with such beautiful moments.

Sean and Nathan have known each other since childhood and their friendship begin to grow into a beautiful love story. But tragedy strikes their life and Sean, now alone, has to learn how to cope with loss. Jesse has lived all his life with a heart defect, and Nathan’s death has given him a new opportunity to live. When Sean met Jesse, he wasn’t expecting to care much for him, but Jesse’s good heart soon begin to gain a spot into Sean’s mind. Will this new relationship be enough to heal a grieving heart?

From the summary it’s easy to see this is not a typical love story, I was intrigued to see how this sort of relationship would work. I wasn’t too convinced by it at the beginning because it felt like the story was being told with such a fast pace that I wasn’t able to feel anything for any of the characters, but it had some moments when it slows down and strong emotions start to make their way into the heart of the reader.

The things I like the most were the ability to transmit emotions, especially the grieving moments were amazing. It was so easy to get in touch with the character’s feelings. I also like how realistic some moments were; the author does a nice job of not trying to force some aspects of the relationship.

What I didn’t like was that it felt too rushed at some points and also that in Jesse’s case, it was very hard to know him. I felt like he was a little underdeveloped and could have been such an amazing character. It was different for Sean; he was easy to know and to feel empathy for him.

As the summary said, this book doesn’t have a traditional happy ending, but I was pleased by how it went. It felt like a realistic ending and I appreciate it but I’m aware not all readers might feel the same.

 
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Review: Better the Devil You Know by Bey Deckard

Better the Devil You Know

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Novel (40 000 words)
Genre(s): Horror, torture, paranormal, serial killer

Tags: graphic torture, murder, forced incest, rape

Byron is tall, handsome, well spoken, wealthy, and has outstanding taste in wine and food. You’ll be impressed by his impeccable attire and eloquence in conversation, ranging from Baroque art to the newest advances in pharmacology. With his charming smile and elegant manners, Byron truly is the perfect date… and who doesn’t love a man who appreciates opera?

What’s the catch, you ask?

Just this: if Byron finds you suitable, he will subject you to utterly depraved forms of torture.

No, I’m not talking about S&M.

Byron will mutilate, rape, and then kill you. Don’t think that you will survive the encounter, because you won’t. He has a perfect record.

Intrigued? Would you like me to arrange a rendezvous? It has to be in the next few days because he’s leaving on a trip south to much warmer climes, and his calendar will be completely full.

Yes? Very good. I will make a reservation for two under the name of Smith.

Who am I? I’m Gloria, his personal assistant.

 

 

REVIEW

 
This was amazing. For a moment I thought it was going to be a little too much for me, after reading that first scene, but I’m glad I pushed myself trough it because I really enjoyed it.

The different points of view were an interesting touch, I loved each of the characters that were presented. It was a very dark and twisted story, something that I generally like. This wasn’t different, I liked it very much, but there was something about Byron that wasn’t right for me. The reason I didn’t liked him was that I had a really hard time having any empathy for him, It might be a good thing since he was such a sociopath, but I love when I have strong feelings for the MC, and I couldn’t either love or hate Byron. The other characters, sure, I did care and felt sympathy for them, all of them. There was one that I liked the most, the one who accompanies him for most of the book, but I don’t want to give spoilers away so I won’t say anything about him.

There were some redeeming elements in Byron, I really loved the calm he kept through most of the book, and how calculated he was, the way he liked everything just perfect. It reminded me a villain I loved in an Argentine the mini-series who shared some of his sadistic tendencies. Any character who makes me think of that was will always have a spot in my heart.

The story was fantastic, It had some amazing twists, so interesting and so unexpected, completely different from what I thought it would be. It’s clearly not for any reader, I would recommend to read and take very seriously the tags, but if after reading them, you are ok with keep reading the book, then this one is a great one.

Review: Brothers LaFon, Part One: Crucial Lessons by Joseph Lance Tonlet

Brothers LaFon, Part One: Crucial Lessons (Brothers LaFon, #1)

 

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Please see and take seriously the tags below.

Alexander LaFon lives a nightmare, but he deals with it. Deals with the fact that his mother abandoned him as an infant, deals with the fact that his father is never home, and deals with the fact that his older brother, Jeremiah, tortures him.

He dreams of escaping his mobile-home prison and finding a normal life. Of breaking free of his agony, finding a woman to love, becoming a teacher.

But some horrors you can never outrun. There’s nowhere to hide. Some nightmares chase you in your sleep and steal your freedom like a brutal thief. Some brothers never give up and never answer why.

Note: This book contains graphic violence, non-consensual sex, child abuse, and animal cruelty.

Tags: GAY, EROTICA, FORCED SUBMISSION, THRILLER, NON-CON, INCEST, KIDNAPPING, CHILD ABUSE, ANIMAL CRUELTY

 

REVIEW

 

This was amazing, it was such a twisted story, I loved it. It was fantastic to get inside Jeremiah’s sick mind and to feel Alex’s fear and pain.

It was a great reading, very exciting. It was so easy to feel Alex’s emotions, I was so scared all the time, I’m very impressed by the author’s ability to create such feelings and such great and twisted character as Jeremiah.

The story begins very in a very intriguing moment and, later, takes the reader into important moments in the brother’s life. It was scary to see those moments in their childhood, such an early age and such conduct, but it felt realistic. I truly believed I was meeting a sociopath at every act, thought or move Jeremiah made, it was great. It might be only me, but I felt mostly intrigued my him, he wasn’t a likable character but he was a very attractive and captivating one, another input on his sociopathic personality. I was always trying to guess what he might do next.

Alex was very nice character too and I think most reader will like him, I did like him too, but for a totally different reason I liked his brother. In Alex’s case, I felt like he got a great ability to reach a protective feeling out of the reader, and probably most people would care for him so much more.

The plot was great, and it had some interesting twist. The only problem I had is that I want more. I noticed the tittle say book one, so I’ll keep waiting in the hopes there will be more of these pair.

I would recommend reader to read the tags before reading this because it might be not appropriate to all readers.

 

Review: Hurt by Sam Tepes

Hurt

 

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Eighteen year old Micah has lost everything. His parents are going through a nasty divorce and the world seems to have abandoned him. He might as well not exist. Some trouble with loan sharks lead him to a man they call Wacko Rey who cuts a deal with Micah to keep him alive. But Rey isn’t called “Wacko” for nothing and Micah is about to find that out for himself when the night takes an unexpected turn.

(2 shorts)

 

REVIEW

This was a very intense reading, I really liked it. There’s two short story here, very different from one another but the two of them are really good. I knew about this book after reading a review from an author I like, I’m very glad I give it a try because it’s great

 

Hurt is the first one. It had Micah, who is struggling to survive in a world very different than where he comes from. That makes him take some difficult choices that puts him where he is now. This was a great story, so unexpected, I enjoyed it so much. It was very interesting to see Micah’s reactions and the decisions he take. It was very dark and with some strong emotions, very good story.

 

Circular is the second story, It doesn’t say much about it in the summary, but I won’t say too much either because I think most comments about it might bring come possible spoilers. The only thing I have to say about it is that is very different from Hurt, but is just as good, the characters, especially Rex, had some interesting way to think.

 

Both stories were amazing, I enjoyed both just as much. It was interesting to see the dark side of human beings and, at some points, try to understand the way they think. A very nicely done book. But It might not be appropriate to everyone, I strongly recommend to read the tags before reading, it contain some elements that might be offensive to some readers, so beware before reading it.