Review: Making It Pay by J.L. Merrow

Making It Pay

 

Sometimes you can’t see the silver lining for the clouds.

Abandoned as a baby and now working as a rent boy, Daniel finds it hard to let people get close to him. But nightclub bouncer Rob has a kind face and he’s helped Daniel out once already, so when he catches Daniel on a bad night, Daniel accepts his offer of money and goes home with him.

Even though it breaks his heart.

Letting Rob pay him for sex may have wrecked their friendship just when Daniel needs all the friends he can get. But there are more reasons why he hasn’t seen Rob since that night — and one in particular that makes building a relationship seem almost too much to hope for.

 

REVIEW

 

This was such a bittersweet short story. I loved it. It might be a little bit too short, but I felt like I was able to care enough for Daniel. He seemed like a lovely guy and there’s a few moments when I could feel his heart breaking, it was very beautiful. I didn’t like Rob that much, but I don’t think he wasn’t likable, I just liked Daniel better. The plot was nice, and there are few things I didn’t see coming. It was very interesting.

Review: Secrets (Darwin’s Theory #2) by Adrienne Wilder

Secrets (Darwin's Theory, #2)

 

After years of watching and never touching, Darwin Degroi finally has the love of his life. And Darwin would do anything for Peter Forbes, including sitting by while Georgia Tech’s metaphysical review board strips him of his scholarship. But it doesn’t take the genius of a metaphysical scientist to figure out that something else is going on when Peter is handed his pink-slip and kicked out of the program.

What Darwin discovers is that Peter has a secret. Sweet Peter, gentle Peter, the love of his life Peter isn’t going to be Human anymore.

And if that doesn’t take the cake, the Lesser-Bred who knows Peter’s secret and put himself in charge of helping him Become has decided that in order to keep people safe, to keep Darwin safe, he needs to lock Peter away.

In the words of Darwin, “Over my mutilated, maggot-ridden body.”

 

REVIEW

 

I like so much were this is going. It was a very short story. It’s the second part of the series and I recommend to read it in the correct order to understand it better.

I didn’t liked Darwin in the first part, and the feeling is the same here. He seemed to me like he is way too immature. I could understand his attitude on a teenager, but he isn’t, so he has no redeeming elements. What I did liked about him was how truly he love Peter and how much he is willing to sacrifice for him. They were great together.

The first part of the story was what I liked the most about it. The plot was much better than the first part, and even though I’m not really into paranormal stories, It was very easy to care for the paranormal part of it. I really liked where the story is going. I already have the next instalment and will be reading as soon as possible.

Review: Give me your heart by Lisa Henry

Give me your heart

 

In a post-apocalyptic world, Dante is a star. He kills for the entertainment of an audience of millions. When his path crosses that of Seto, another hunter, their encounter is violent and blood-soaked. Seto is something new, something unexpected, and for the first time in as long as he can remember, Dante doesn’t know how the game will end.

Tags: m/m, serial killers, post-apocalyptic, dark, bondage, blood play

 

REVIEW

 

I should have seen this coming…Lisa Henry never disappoints. I loved it, it was great.

I can’t think anything about it I didn’t liked. The characters were so interesting, so intriguing and a delight to read. The plot so good and, obviously I didn’t see anything coming. I didn’t understood what was happening at the beginning and when I did, it was amazing.

I wasn’t expecting a happy fairytale here, which is why I said the author never disappoints when it comes to explore the darkest pieces human nature. I really recommend anyone thinking about reading it to beware the warning tags.

The only issue I had about the book, but I already knew it was going to be that way, is the length. I wish so much to get to know better this characters. It was a great short story.

* This was written as part of the BDSM Group’s “Bound By Ink” event at goodreads. It can also be found in the the author’s web

Review: Pain (Darwin’s Theory #1) by Adrienne Wilder

Pain (Darwin's Theory, #1)

 

My name is Darwin De Groi, and I’m in love with Peter Forbes. But Pete has this dream of becoming a metaphysical scientist and that means all his time—his attention—is taken up by college and studying. So in order to deal with the pain of watching Peter and never having him I spend most of my time in the Gray Zone, the no-man’s-land between the city of Atlanta and the Dens. There I’m free to drown myself; with drugs, with booze…

With the inhuman.

Lesser-Breds. Kin hybrids. The offspring of Humans and Dragons.

But then an act of revenge led to a stupid college prank, which put Peter right into my arms.

A better man would make the right decision and tell Pete no.

I am so not that man.

 

REVIEW

 

This was so good, I really wasn’t expecting to like it too much. I’ve been intrigued by the author for quite a long time and I’ve never made the time to read something until now. I choose this one because of it was short but I wasn’t too much attracted by the blurb, that’s why I wasn’t expecting to like it. How wrong I was, this was very good.

One of the things I liked the most was the contrast between the main characters personalities. We only get to know Peter from Darwin’s eyes, but he seemed such a nice guy, maybe a little bit too perfect, which isn’t always ok with me, but he was sweet and against all odds I did liked him. Darwin on the other hand, was such an unpleasant character, which would make me hate him from the beginning, but I really didn’t. It is very interesting to see such character, not the usual hero of a story, a little more like a villain, and yet he had some great appealing that had me hooked to the story and guessing his next action. I’m still trying to figure him out.

The plot was good, and it was a great introduction to the main characters, and it left the reader wanting more. I definitely will be reading the next instalments on the series. As the experiment reading this book was for me, I have to say it was a great first impression on the author’s writing. If I was intrigued before, this book prove me I was on the right track.

Review: Rainbow Sprinkles by Anna Martin

Rainbow Sprinkles (States of Love)

 

Cooper Reed has a fairly relaxed life for someone who lives in LA. He’s no celebrity—just the guy who makes sundaes at the Dreamy Creamery, and that’s the way he likes it. The highlight of every week is the beautiful guy who turns up and orders a sundae with rainbow sprinkles. Cooper still isn’t sure if that’s a code, because he has a huge crush and the hot guy is terrible at flirting.

Drew Tanner, it turns out, is an original California dreamer. He’s as wholesome as apple pie and twice as sweet, a real-life Disney Prince at Disneyland. But while Drew’s head is in the clouds, Cooper’s feet are firmly on the ground, and their different outlooks might be more than their new relationship can take.

 

REVIEW

 

This was such an adorable book, I liked it so much. The cover made a great job showing the overall feeling of the book. Recommend it to anyone looking for sweet and free of angst stories.

Both main characters were so sweet, they might be a little too perfect for what I generally like, but it was uplifting to have such nice characters. It is very low in angst, which might be prefer for most readers or for someone looking for a light reading.

The plot was nice, but I think the magic here were Cooper and Drew, they were such a perfect match. It was great to see them together. The secondary characters were also very interesting, mostly Alana who, among them, have the most scenes.

This was the second book I’d read from the author, but for what I got so far, I will keep my eyes on her, both books have been very good ones.

Review: Fight the Tide (Kick at the Darkness #2) by Keira Andrews

Fight the Tide (Kick at the Darkness, #2)

 

Adrift in a post-apocalyptic world, they only have each other. Is it enough?

A virus that turns the infected into zombie-like killers spreads through a burning world thrown into lawless chaos. Lovers Parker and Adam have escaped to the open sea when they hear a message over the airwaves from a place called Salvation Island—a supposed safe haven.

Orphaned as a child, werewolf Adam has always longed for a pack. He’s eager to investigate the island, but Parker doesn’t think for a nanosecond that the voice on the radio can be believed. He doesn’t trust anyone but Adam and is determined to keep it that way. They don’t need anyone else complicating their struggle to survive. Or do they?

Danger on the high seas can surface in a heartbeat, and if Parker and Adam aren’t careful, the current will drag them under.

This gay romance is a dystopian adventure featuring a werewolf, his boyfriend, and their struggle to find a place to call home.

 

REVIEW

 

I liked this a lot but, I wish it would have been just as exciting as book 1. I felt like some of the original motion about the story was missing. I did liked it, the characters are so great. I really love Parker’s sense of humor. It wouldn’t work as a stand-alone, the first book it must be read before this one.

The plot was nice, I loved the new characters and what they brought to the table. I liked Jacob the most, but Adam and Parker are still my favorite characters. I also felt liked the heat level was a little bit lower than the first book, but it have some great scenes. I also noticed it was less violent which might be a good thing for most readers, not entirely lacking violence, but it so much less aggressive than the first part of the series.

I liked where the story went and how many possibilities are left open at the end of the story. I can’t wait to know what will happen with this whole situation and if there would be a solution out of all this terrible world they are living in. Really a recommend it read.

Review: Sticky Fingers by Nic Starr

Sticky Fingers

 

One weekend away will change everything.

At twenty-five, Jeff Wilder is dissatisfied with city life and unsure of his future direction. The only thing he really cares about is his monthly visit to his grandfather in the country.

His exact opposite, Danny Amaro is an artist and a free spirit. He believes in taking chances and living life to the full. Over one weekend, Danny gives Jeff a glimpse of what life could be like if he opens himself to change.

Can a new friend, shared passion, and marmalade, be the ingredients to set Jeff in a new direction?

Note: This is a short story of approximately 8k words and is available free to Nic Starr’s newsletter subscribers.

 

REVIEW

 

This was such a fun short story, I had great time reading it. I was looking for something short to read and this was just what I needed.

What I liked about it were the characters, they were both kind of sweet. The story is nice, I guess there wasn’t enough time for a more complex plot or getting a little more into the main characters mind, because of the length, but I really enjoyed what I read. I would love to know more about this characters. I can see this as the start of something great and would love to see the author exploring more of their relationship.