Release: Take: A Dark Taboo Tale: The Need Trilogy #2 by R. Phoenix

Take: A Dark Taboo Tale: The Need Trilogy #2

 

Changes in the Mirza family have left both Tavi and Rex struggling to learn their new roles — and there’s no room for error. Pretending to be his twin brother is more difficult than Tavi could have imagined, and family secrets threaten to tear him apart. Rex, protected and cared for in every way, has a far from peaceful life.

Both have gained knowledge they didn’t necessarily want to have, and now that it’s been learned, they can’t simply forget it again. As their lives continue to change, will they change for the better… or will the price for the twins’ actions be too high?

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*This is NOT a standalone and should be read after Want (The Need Trilogy #1). This is dark taboo tale contains several kinks that may offend or trigger some readers, including (but not limited to) age play, ABDL, spanking, and humiliation. Not every dynamic or element is 100% consensual.

Though The Need Trilogy is set in The Fate of the Fallen world, the trilogy can be read separately from the series. The main characters do not appear in the FotF/SQ books, and there are minimal spoilers for the series or other books set in the universe.

 

 

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Release Blitz: Galaxies and Oceans by N.R. Walker (Excerpt and Giveaway)

Galaxies and Oceans
N.R. Walker
Publication date: June 25th 2018
Genres: Adult, LGBTQ+, Romance

Seizing his one chance to escape, Ethan Hosking leaves his violent ex-boyfriend, leaves his entire life, and walks into the path of a raging bushfire. Desperate to start over, a new man named Aubrey Hobbs walks out of the fire-ravaged forest, alive and alone. With no ID and no money, nothing but his grandfather’s telescope, he goes where the Southern Cross leads him.

Patrick Carney is the resident lighthouse keeper in Hadley Cove, a small town on the remote Kangaroo Island off the coast of South Australia. After the tragic death of his lover four years ago, he lives a solitary life; just him, a tabby cat, the Indian and Southern Oceans, and a whole lot of loneliness. He’s content with his life until a stranger shows up in town and turns Patrick’s head.

Patrick never expected to be interested in anyone else.

Aubrey never expected to be happy.

Between Aubrey’s love of the stars and Patrick’s love of the ocean, these two fragile hearts must navigate new waters. If they can weather the storm of their pasts, they could very well have a love that eclipses everything.

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Patrick

I stopped, looked toward the lonely figure still watching the ocean below, and with a deep breath and nothing to lose, I crossed the street and walked toward him.

“Hi,” I said, still a few metres away so as not to scare him.

He spun regardless, his eyes wide. He had dark eyes, pale skin, and I could see short brown hair poking out from under his hood. He looked three days unshaven, and the bump on the bridge of his nose gave his handsome face a rugged edge. “Oh, hi.”

“Didn’t mean to scare ya.” I nodded toward the tumultuous, tumbling ocean. “She’s upset today.”

He looked back out to the rough seas and gave me a quick smile. “It’s actually kinda pretty.”

I scratched at my beard. “I’ve heard it been called cruel, cold, rugged, hellish. The only people who call it pretty are the ones who end up staying.”

He looked back out to sea and smiled. The wind caught his hood and tousled his hair. His cheeks were pink from the cold as was the tip of his nose. He was handsome, no two ways about it. And possibly fifteen years younger than me.

I made myself look away. “What brings you here?”

“Looking,” he answered without turning to me.

“For?” I stared out across the stormy waves with him. “Work? A new beginning?”

He shot me a look. “Something like that.”

I sipped my coffee. “There’s not much work here. Well, that’s not true. There’s a tonne of work; this whole town is weather-beaten and old. Just not much work that pays.”

His lips twitched.

“But you can try the caravan park.” I didn’t let on that I knew that was where he was staying. “Old Frank Hill who runs the place would never say no to help. Maintenance, that kind of thing.”

He turned back to the water, to the wind. “I’ve asked him already.”

“Frank’s just a grumpy old man who thinks anyone under thirty’s a hooligan. I’ll have a word with him if you like.”

“Why would you do that?”

I smiled and gave pause. Why was I offering to help this guy? I didn’t know him from Adam. Sure, he was good-looking, but there was something in his eyes. Something deep, hidden, and burning. Something horrendously painful. Something I recognised.

I faced the angry sea alongside him. “Because you called this ocean pretty.”

Neither of us spoke for a while. I drank my coffee and he turned his empty cup in his hands.

“Anyway,” I said, realising I couldn’t stand around all day. “My name’s Patrick. I live at the lighthouse.”

That made him look at me. “In the lighthouse?”

“No. Not in it. In the residence.”

“Oh. Cool.”

“Well, it’s almost two hundred years old, made from sandstone, and it’s tiny. But yes, it’s cool.” I smiled as the wind whipped around us. “I should go. I have work to do, but I’ll call around and see Frank after lunch.” I pulled the newspaper out from under my arm, and his eyes darted to the front page.

He stared so long I turned it around so he could read it, but he shot me a look that I couldn’t place, and it was gone so fast I’d wondered if I’d seen it. He stepped back. “Yeah, um, thanks. That’d be great.”

It wasn’t until I got home that I realised what the look on his face was. It was fear. And I realised I didn’t know his name.


Author Bio:

N.R. Walker is an Australian author, who loves her genre of gay romance. She loves writing and spends far too much time doing it, but wouldn’t have it any other way.

She is many things; a mother, a wife, a sister, a writer. She has pretty, pretty boys who live in her head, who don’t let her sleep at night unless she gives them life with words.

She likes it when they do dirty, dirty things…but likes it even more when they fall in love.

She used to think having people in her head talking to her was weird, until one day she happened across other writers who told her it was normal.

She’s been writing ever since…

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Review: Slide (Roads #1) by Garrett Leigh

 

Slide (Roads, #1)

 

Don’t look back. Don’t you ever look back…

 

Shy tattoo artist Ash has a troubled past. Years of neglect, drug abuse, and life on the streets have taken their toll, and sometimes it seems the deep, unspoken bond with his lover is the only balm for wounds he doesn’t quite understand.

 

Chicago paramedic Pete is warmth, love, and strength—things Ash never knew he could have, and never even knew he wanted until Pete showed him. But fate is a cruel, cruel mistress, and when nightmares collide with the present, their tentatively built world comes crashing down.

 

Traumatic events in Pete’s work life distance him from home, and he doesn’t realize until it’s too late that Ash has slipped away. Betrayal, secrets, and lies unfold, and when a devastating coincidence takes hold, Pete must fight with all he has to save the love of his life.

 

 

REVIEW

 

I really liked it a lot, I had very few issues with it but overall it was a very good book.

 

One of the things I liked the most about it was that both main characters were so far from perfect. That is something I love to read, characters who make mistakes, who struggle with self-confidence, who find it hard to trust in others. That’s one of the things I look in a book and both were really good, but it was Ash who got my heart.  I loved how silence was so important and said a lot without even saying it, how every gesture, every sight and every little movement they did had an important meaning and how well they knew it.

 

It was very slow paced, but I didn’t really found it bothersome, it seem appropriate to the overall feeling of the book, a little bit depressive but it provide an emotion to the reader and that is always something that I appreciate.

 

I loved Ash and Pete’s relationship, the struggles they had, the mistakes and, most of all, how much love there was between them. Overall it was a great book. I’m really glad I’d read it.
 

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Review: Cash Plays (Seven of Spades, #3) by Cordelia Kingsbridge

Cash Plays by Cordelia Kingsbridge

 

The Seven of Spades is back with a vengeance—the vigilante serial killer has resumed their murderous crusade, eluding the police at every turn. But a bloodthirsty killer isn’t the only threat facing Sin City. A devious saboteur is wreaking havoc in Las Vegas’s criminal underworld, and the entire city seems to be barreling toward an all-out gang war.

As Detective Levi Abrams is pushed ever closer to his breaking point, his control over his dangerous rage slips further every day. His relationship with PI Dominic Russo should be a source of comfort, but Dominic is secretly locked in his own downward spiral, confronting a nightmare he can’t bear to reveal.

Las Vegas is floundering. Levi and Dominic’s bond is cracking along the seams. And the Seven of Spades is still playing to win. How many bad hands can Levi and Dominic survive before it’s game over?

 

REVIEW

 

CASH PLAYS is an outstanding third installment of a series that is delivering a great mystery plot, keeping the reader guessing and on the edge most of the time. It was a perfect mix of action, love and a serial killer who is taking justice in his hands.

Levi is trying to keep his rage under control but the constant inability to stop the Seven of Spades and the increasing disputes between the bigger names in the underworld crime scene keeps giving him more frustrations than he can handle. The comfort he could find in Dominic has been taken away from him as Dominic starts becoming more and more secretive and the distance between them begins to risk their relationship.

I had an amazing time reading this book. I just couldn’t stop reading. It was thrilling. I loved every bit of it. One of the things that I found more interesting was getting to know little details about The Seven of Spades, not enough that the mystery is gone but also not too little that we are in the shades about him. I was surprised although pleased to see a little weakness in him.

The mystery is again the strongest part of the story and even though it didn’t lack romance, this has been, sadly, the less romantic of the installments, but the relationship between Dominic and Levi keep being an important part of the plot and I enjoyed so much the moments they share. As much as I loved their moments together, I also loved the struggles they had. I love their flaws, they’re so far from being perfect, that makes them the kind of character I like to read about, one that can make mistakes and learn from them.

Overall this was a magnificent book. The more I get myself into this series, the more in love I fall with it. The author’s writing is amazing and I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending the book to any reader who enjoys reading mystery.

 

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Audiobook Review: GhosTV (PsyCop #6) by Jordan Castillo Price

 

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For the past dozen years, Victor Bayne has solved numerous murders by interrogating witnesses only he can see – dead witnesses. But when his best friend Lisa goes missing from the sunny California campus of PsyTrain, the last thing he wants to find there is her spirit.

Disappearing without a trace in a school full of psychics? That’s some trick. But somehow both Lisa and her roommate have vanished into thin air. A group of fanatics called Five Faith has been sniffing around, and Lisa’s email is compromised.

Time is running out, and with no ghosts to cross-examine, Vic can’t afford to turn down any offers of help. An old enemy can provide an innovative way to track Vic’s missing friend, and he enters into an uneasy alliance – even though its ultimate cost will ensnare him in a debt he may never manage to settle.

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REVIEW

This book was unsurprisingly good. I had such a great time listening to Victor and the mysteries he had to solve in this instalment. He’s such a charismatic character. I loved everything about him.

 

The mystery is the most important part of the story. I did miss a little bit of the romance I love between Jacob and Victor but I love the way their relationship is going. They seem so comfortable with each other. I also enjoy the secondary characters who are always very entertaining. One of the things I like the most, not just about this book but every book in the series, is the humorous tone it take at times.

 

The narration is great. I’m not really a person who likes audiobooks that much, but I start the series in audio and now I don’t want to switch to ebook because I feel so captivated by the way the narrator tells the story. It is so easy to understand the change of characters. I do have an issue listening to it because English is not my main language and there are times when I missed some important things but that’s on me, the story is really well narrated and overall very enjoyable.

 

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Release Blitz: Nights Without Night by Marina Vivancos (Excerpt and Giveaway)

Title:  Nights Without Night

Series: Fox Lake Series #2

Author: Marina Vivancos

Publisher:  Self-published

Release Date: 18th June 2018

Heat Level: 3 – Some Sex

Pairing: Male/Male

Length: 60,000 words

Genre: Romance, Contemporary, Childhood Friends, Mental Health

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Synopsis

Isadoro and Iván have known each other since before memories were memories, when they were just the imprint of shape and sound pressed inside your head. They were raised together in La Portera, between the orange trees and water reservoirs, under an endless blue sky. Where they grew up is where Iván’s love for Isadoro grew, too. There, from the earth and the water, organic and helpless.

Iván had grown used to this love. He’d grown used to absence, too.
Isadoro left for the military when they were both eighteen and took a piece of Iván with him. It was as inevitable as the baking sun and sandy winds of those lands. Iván didn’t know how to fight it.

A thread between them remained. Phone calls, Skype sessions, rests between tours. But it was never quite enough.

After eight years, Isadoro comes back. At his core, he is the same man Iván has always known. But life has transformed them both from the malleable shapes of childhood and into the stiffer skin of adults. The situation is complicated further when they rekindle the ‘benefits’ portion of their friendship. The heat between them has always been undeniable, and now it scorches through them.

In the beginning, all seems well. But there are creatures under calm water. When they breach the surface, both Isadoro and Iván must learn how to help each other, but also to save themselves.

Please note: This story contains themes of affected mental health following the return from military combat. However, the ultimate focus of the story is on hope and recovery.
This story also contains very explicit scenes of a sexual nature.

Excerpt

The summer before Isadoro was finally deployed had run on borrowed time. I hadn’t applied to college but had gotten a summer job in La Portera while I figured out what to do with my life. After work, I would go to the beach with Isadoro, pretending this was any other summer and that adulthood wasn’t looming in September for both of us.

One night, we went down to the beach when it was late and dark. The sea was a pool of ink, the sound of it washing in and out a secret call. On Isadoro’s dare, we’d stripped our clothes and ran into the water, the coolness a relief from the thick summer air.

The half-moon had been a bowl of rice perched on the black. We’d swam around, free in the salt and the waves, pulling each other under in a familiar game. We’d been our child selves, free of the ties that tugged at us beyond the water.

When we tired and let ourselves drift, I remember Isadoro swimming close to me. Remember the moon in his eyes. The way his wet skin had felt against mine. It had almost been a kiss. Almost. But I couldn’t do that to myself. Not again. Not when he was leaving and he wasn’t in love with me back.

Who would have thought that I would be able to resist the pull of the moon at eighteen, and cave so many years later, caught completely in its tide.

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When Marina was a child she couldn’t sleep. Night after dissolving night she just couldn’t sleep. Nothing much worked – until she started making up stories in her head. Suddenly, the transition into unconsciousness was a smooth dive into calm waters.

Marina is currently in a period of sleepless upheaval, and she hopes writing down the stories in her head will cast the same spell it did decades ago.

Marina hopes to write in a variety of romance sub-genres, from contemporary to supernatural to sci-fi. Her style, however, tends to focus on character-centred stories that explore different facets of the human experience, such as mental health. She also enjoys writing explicit, drawn-out sex scenes, so expect those to be a prominent feature of her stories.

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Review: Lost in the Echo by Jack L. Pyke

 

Lost in the Echo

 

Three days. Three questions. Three answers.

Kidnapped, blindfolded, and bound to a bed, running away isn’t an option any more for Will Chambers. Despite being a linguistic tutor and having every conversational tool at his disposal, all Will wanted to do was fade into the background, become lost in the echo of wild heath and harbour. But now someone wants to put his body and mind on full display, force Will to find his voice—answer three questions, over three days. All Will has to do is provide three… simple… answers. (M/M)

 

REVIEW

 

I remember reading the first edition and didn’t really liked it. This time, in an expanded version, I change so much my mind. It was so interesting. It was very emotional. I really liked it.

There were a few moments when I felt a bit confused. There are lot of changes between the past and the present and, at the beginning, I really felt liked I couldn’t keep track of what was going on. But the more I read, I started realizing what was happening and I start getting more interested and a bit more in love with the story. I blame translation in my confusion because looking back I think the story was totally understandable and the constant changes in the time make it better.

My favorite part of it were the relationships, I can’t say which one because it was all of them, every interaction and emotion between all the characters was so beautiful. Even if it was a bittersweet book, it was also so full of love. I really liked it.

 

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