Review: Broken by Nicola Haken

Broken

 

When Theodore Davenport decides to switch his mundane job for a career, he walks into Holden House Publishing with enthusiasm and determination to succeed. As he settles into his new role, makes new friends, and dreams of making it to the top, everything is going to plan.

Until he meets James Holden, CEO of Holden House.

James Holden hasn’t been able to stop thinking about his encounter with the timid man he met in a club bathroom last week, and when he discovers the one haunting his dreams is an employee, he can’t seem to stop himself from pursuing him.

Just a little fun – that’s what James tells himself. He can’t afford to care for someone who can never reciprocate, not once they find out who he really is. James believes nobody deserves the burden of being attached to him. He’s a complicated man. Damaged. Difficult. Demanding.

Broken.

Is Theodore strong enough to confront James’ demons? More importantly, is James?

Please note:This book contains scenes of self harm, mental illness and suicidal ideation which may be uncomfortable for some readers.

 

REVIEW

 

This book was just great. I loved the fact that it didn’t give unrealistic expectations. It was easy to care for the characters and made an amazing job portraying mental illness.

This is the first book I read from the author. I was intrigued by the summary, but I’ll admit that I haven’t read the warning at the end of it, or if I did, I forgot about it. That made me unconscious to the mental illness subject when I started reading. Perhaps that made it better for me, not knowing and discover page by page what was going on, but I do think is important to other readers to acknowledge the warning because it had some parts that might be triggering for some readers.

The plot was a mazing, it was great how the reader get to know the characters before the darkest elements begin to control the situation. It is very easy, for most of the book, to connect with the emotions of both main characters. The dual point of view help to understand the life experience of a person dealing with mental illness and their beloved ones, which was very accurate.

Another thing I liked about it was the fact that it didn’t try to give the unrealistic expectation that love conquers mental illness. There was love, sure, but it was nice to see that even then there was struggle, there was ups and downs and a constant fight to get better. I loved how realistic all of this was. It might be my first book from the author, but it certainly won’t be the last, someone with the ability to create such an interesting story, needs to be read. I can’t recommend it enough, it was really great.

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Review: Performance Review (Daniel and Ryan #5) by Tamryn Eradani

Performance Review (Daniel and Ryan, #5)

 

After a day testing Daniel’s limits and then a day being spoiled, Daniel has some time to reflect on his and Ryan’s relationship. He thinks they’re ready for their next step; planning a weekend away.

 

REVIEW

 

This is the fifth book from the Daniel and Ryan’s series. I liked it as much as I did the other instalments of the series. One of the things I liked the most about this, is the little changes their relationship is showing.

This is the only book, so far, that steps out of the work scene. We only get to see their time together. It leaves the work anxieties out of the picture and we can see how the relationship is growing. The plot is the continuing story from the previous books, we don’t get any new conflicts here but it was still a likable read.

It is the lightest of the series on BDSM scenes, although not in heat level. I really loved how the emotions are slowly making them change the original idea of their arrangement. I think that makes the relationship more believable for me. A slow-burn development of a relationship is one of the things I liked the most. I’m certainly enjoying this series.

* ARC provided by publisher in exchange of an honest review.

Review: Punished (Cops ‘n’ Floggers Book 2) by H.C. Brown

Punished (Cops 'n' Floggers Book 2)

 

Bad boys, bad boys

When Vice Detective Del Hood receives a call out to investigate a muscular, tattooed man in black hanging around the entrance to a sex shop, he believes the smart-mouthed Danny Rose is trouble with a capital T. Problem is the moment he pats him down and runs his hands over his hard body, a connection between them sizzles.

Could Danny be the arrogant, wisecracking sub of his dreams?

Reader Advisory: This Gay Romance series contains scenes of BDSM and hot sexy undercover vice cops out to find their perfect subs.

PUBLISHER NOTE: M/M BDSM Romance, containing themes of flogging, and bondage. 14,919 words

 

REVIEW

 

This is the second book from Cops ‘n’ Floggers series. I haven’t read the first one yet and even though the stories have some connection, the main characters are different and it worked fine as a stand-alone.

The story begin with Detective Del Hood investigating a call for a suspicious looking man waiting outside a sex shop. Then we got to know Danny, whose arrogant attitude seemed to be what Del Hood has been looking for on a sub. The instant connection is clear, but will Del Hood fit Danny’s expectations?

This story got my attention from the first words. I think it’s the one I liked the most from the author so far. The plot was nice and had some unexpected family drama that I enjoyed a lot. It had a very pleasant steady pace. I read this before the first book from the series to see if it could be read as a stand-alone and it worked just fine, other than the mention of some characters and probable events, I don’t think there are too much spoilers from the previous book, at least not something too unexpected.

The main characters were nice; I especially liked Danny because of his arrogant attitude. I started thinking how much I would have enjoyed to see him giving away control. I wasn’t entirely convinced by his submission, but the scene was good. They had a great chemistry; I loved the time they shared together. I think it was a nice start to a great relationship. I guess I’ll know more about them in the next books on the series.

I had a great time with the book, definitely recommend it to readers who enjoy M/M BDSM stories.

 

The Romance Review

Review: Try by Ella Frank

 

Try (Temptation, #1)

Try – verb: to make an attempt or effort to do something or in this case…someone.

Sex. Logan Mitchell loves it, and ever since he realized his raw sexual appeal at a young age, he has had no problem using it to his advantage. Men and women alike fall into his bed—after all, Logan is not one to discriminate. He lives by one motto—if something interests you, why not just take a chance and try?

And he wants to try Tate Morrison.

Just coming out of a four-year marriage with an ex-wife from hell, a relationship is the last thing on Tate’s mind. He’s starting fresh and trying to get back on his feet with a new job at an upscale bar in downtown Chicago.

The only problem is, Tate has caught the unwavering and unwelcome attention of Mr. Logan Mitchell – a regular at the bar and a man who always gets what he wants.

Night after night Tate fends off the persistent advances of the undeniably charismatic man, but after an explosive moment in the bar, all bets are off as he finds his body stirring with a different desire than his mind.

As arrogance, stubbornness and sexual tension sizzles between the two, it threatens to change the very course of their lives.

Logan doesn’t do relationships. Tate doesn’t do men. But what would happen if they both just gave in and…tried?

 

REVIEW

 

I’m going to disagree with most readers, but I didn’t liked it as everybody else. I think it was ok, but just ok. I can’t say I liked it, there was a few things I enjoyed, but most of it, I didn’t.

I think what made it hard for me to liked it were the characters. I didn’t liked any of them, and without loving the main characters, I lost interest in the story very quickly. I got to car a little for Tate, but not as much as I would expect. I also had a lot of trouble with Logan persistence, I understand is fiction and because of it might be fine, but it was so annoying for me.

The other issue I had, and it might be something some reader would enjoy, was that there was too much sex. Sure, I know is an erotic book, it’s even written on the cover, but it was just too much for me, sometimes I wanted to skip that parts. It was very good, but, again, too much.

Anyway, I just didn’t liked it that much, but clearly most readers didn’t think the way I did, so If you are thinking about reading it, you should give it an opportunity, and prove me wrong.

Audiobook Review: Murphy (F.I.S.T.S #2) by Bey Deckard

Murphy (F.I.S.T.S. #2)

 

Novellette (17,853 words)
Genre(s): Science Fiction, Erotica, Military, BDSM, Gay

Sometimes when it seems like it’s too late, the right person comes along and opens your eyes…

Murphy is the continuing story of a D/s relationship between two Space Marines who found each other in the midst of hopelessness and misfortune.

Sarge and his newly minted squad travel across the galaxy on a top-secret mission that could help win the war. However, to Murphy something about the mission stinks, and it’s not just the planet they’ve landed on.

 

REVIEW

 

I read Sarge and Listen to Murphy. I think the narrator made an amazing job. I loved Murphy’s parts and I was kind of scared of his Sarge, I could definitely could see by his interpretation how the others could react to him. I loved the voices he gave to the characters, mostly to Murphy, maybe because I felt like a jumped every time Sarge started talking, but I did enjoyed both of them.

The pot was nice, I enjoyed the plot better than I did Sarge’s one. I have issues with military theme books and that might have alter my thoughts about the book. The part I enjoyed the most was Murphy and Sarge’s relationship, it wasn’t at all sweet, but I wasn’t looking for that kind of relationship here. It was great, and even though both men had a strong cover, there was definitely emotions there, it was really good.

Review: F.I.S.T.S. Handbook For Individual Survival in Hostile Environments by Bey Deckard

F.I.S.T.S. Handbook For Individual Survival in Hostile Environments

 

This is the special full colour edition that contains:

Sarge, F.I.S.T.S. #1
Sometimes it’s just about being in the right place at the right time… with the right person.
Sarge is the short story of a burgeoning D/s relationship between two Space Marines stationed on an alien planet where an endless war drags on.
Sergeant Wilkes is a hard man with a long, celebrated military career.
Brawny, tattooed, and utterly submissive, Murphy is just an interesting diversion… until Sarge realizes he has found something truly rare.

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Murphy, F.I.S.T.S. #2
Sometimes when it seems like it’s too late, the right person comes along and opens your eyes…
Murphy is the continuing story of a D/s relationship between two Space Marines who found each other in the midst of hopelessness and misfortune.
Sarge and his newly minted squad travel across the galaxy on a top-secret mission that could help win the war. However, to Murphy something about the mission stinks, and it’s not just the planet they’ve landed on.

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Bonus content:
The Missing Reel – Short deleted scene between Andrew Murphy and Sergeant Wilkes.

 

REVIEW

 

I liked it. It was ok for most of the book, but I think I fail to really love it as I did the other books from the author.

The main issue I didn’t enjoyed it so much it was more personal than the book itself. I’m really not into military stories, most of the times the personality of such characters has create a barrier for me and I rather not read those kind of book, but I just can’t reject a Bey Deckard book, so even with a military theme, I was going to read this book sooner or later.

The characters were nice, I liked Murphy the most, there was something about him that I loved. Sarge was also very nice, but his attitude towards the others held me from fully liked him as I did Murphy, I didn’t have the same problem when he was directing the same attitude to Murphy because it was sort of expected and it was appropriate for the kind of relationship they had.

The plot was ok, but I lost interest maybe because of what I mention previously. There were some events near the end that re-capture my interest and, at least for the end of the book, I was really interested on know what would happen.

Overall it was fine, not my favorite from the author, but I think anyone who liked military books can love it.

Audiobook Review: An Unlocked Heart (Collars and Cuffs #1) by K.C. Wells

An Unlocked Heart (Collars and Cuffs, #1)

 

Since the death of his submissive lover two years ago, Leo hasn’t been living—merely existing. He focuses on making Collars & Cuffs, a BDSM club in Manchester’s gay village, successful. That changes the night he and his business partner have their weekly meeting at Severinos. Leo can’t keep his eyes off the new server. The shy man seems determined to avoid Leo’s gaze, but that’s like a red rag to a bull. Leo loves a challenge.

Alex Daniels works at Severinos to scrape together the money to move out on his own. He struggles with coming out, but he’s drawn to Leo, the gorgeous guy with the icy-blue eyes who’s been eating in his area nearly every night.

Leo won’t let Alex’s hesitance get in the way. He even keeps him away from the club so as not to scare him. And as for telling Alex that Leo is a Dom? Not a good idea. One date becomes two, but date two leads to Leo’s bedroom… and Alex discovers things about himself he never realized—and never wanted anyone to see.

REVIEW

 

This was so different from what I expected. Being a BDSM story I had some expectations about it, but the book went far beyond them in the best possible way. It was certainly sweeter than I thought, which was great.

The characters were so nice, I liked Alex’s shyness and the family conflicts that were so interesting. I loved how the author take enough time to introduce the characters and slowly develop a realistic relationship. Leo was such a great character too, I loved how he had his own insecurities and it was good to see a dom portray in a more believable way, with real emotions and not all the time so self-confident. I think it made him more sympathetic and it was beautiful to see how interested he was in not pushing Alex to things he wasn’t ready yet. It was such a lovely relationship.

There was some nice secondary characters too. I don’t remember reading any characters that didn’t seem like he would have a story to tell. The only issue I had with the book was that I felt like it extended too much. I didn’t feel the last chapters were necessary to tell the story and it kind of bother me a little, I would prefer it to end sooner because I lost part of the emotion at the end.

I listen to the audio version for most of the book, I think the narration made me loved the story even more. I generally say I’m not a an audiobook person, but I’m second guessing myself, because I think is a matter of the narrator. On this occasion it was beautifully done. I loved the pace, the different voices given to the characters and the way he told the story. It was great.