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When the story started with best friends Asher and Oliver discussing Asher's passion for BDSM, to an almost hard core level, I thought, uhmm, not sure this is my cup of tea (not really a fan of BDSM stories...); but I'm used to Cardeno C.'s stories, and I know this author is very romantic, sometime to a level of being sweet, just bordering on too sweet... so how was it possible to concile these two side of the story? that kept me reading, and I was glad I did, cause, and yes, this is maybe a spoiler, the story is far from being BDSM, the most kinky these two men arrive to be is a good spanking session.

Daniel is at the opposite of the twinks Asher is used to trick with, and that is the reason why he stands out; while he looks barely legal, Daniel is 33 years old, he has a past, and his own secrets; he may be easily distracted, to a level someone can consider him light-headed, but that is far from being true. Daniel has hidden talents, some of them so hidden even him isn't able to see. He isn't a "plain" character, and while I caught there was something behind the looks of a drifter, the sudden revelation at the end of the story left me sort of disoriented, maybe I would have liked some more story span between the two of them, to be able to adapt to the new evolution.

But one thing was confirmed, this author knows how to write a full romance; someone might consider it unrealistic, but that is, indeed, the basis of romance, giving people the bread, a basic reality, BUT also the butter, the plush romance dreams.

Series: Family
Paperback: 220 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (February 25, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 162380535X
ISBN-13: 978-1623805357
Amazon: Something in the Way He Needs (Family)
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The title, Crazy from the Heat, is quite right for the story, cause, more or less, no one in this story is "normal", but they are all out of the ordinary, with a more than troubled past. The story of undercover cop, Paul, passing as a teenager student at the high school where Grey is a teacher is maybe a little far-stretched (32 years old passing for 17), but at least is original, probably more than having a really young cop in the same role. In this way, Paul is even older than Grey, that at 28 years old is a very young teacher, but not impossible. I think the author chose to have Paul older than Grey to avoid the usually pet/teacher scheme, and even if Paul and Grey "play" that game, it's only a game.

There is even another reason, even if it's something the author only hints and doesn't develop much, the submissive nature of Grey. It's downplayed cause Paul isn't your ordinary dominant, and in a way he is more interested in enjoying his time with Grey more than domineering him around, but in any way, the Dom/sub relationship is there.

There is a huge turnaround just at the end, even if, thinking back, the author was giving hint here and there on the final turn. To me it was unexpected, but it was also the logical solution, a big change was needed in Paul and Grey's life to be able for them to find a common path.

Publisher: MJC Press (April 17, 2014)
Amazon Kindle: Crazy from the Heat

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The strength of this series lies on its main characters, Ben and Gavin, but also, odd considering they are the villains, the bad ones, the ones the good-boys, like Gavin, are supposed to oppose, but that, in the end, have their reasons, for how much twisted they are, to behave in that way. Like in Power Exchange, also in Safeword, I didn’t feel “happy” the bad one was “stopped”, or at least, it wasn’t a feeling of complete satisfaction, but more like an unavoidable event.

Going back to the main characters, they were beautifully drawn and deep, but there is a big warning, this is not a BDSM novel playing the theme, this is a full immersion in the life, and Ben and Gavin have probably what a real Dom/sub relationship is in reality; Ben, who is not playing to be a Dom, and so he has not the typical physique du role, not only is a Dom, he is a counselor for other Doms, and he has a difficult case in Gavin, who has a PTS syndrome due to their past experience, told in the first novel; Ben, of course, isn’t Gavin’s therapist, Gavin is a sub and he is a patient of Ben’s business partner, a submissive. But Ben will have to work with Gavin in reestablishing their relationship and dynamics.

Aside from some small typos, mostly due, probably, to the fact this is a self-published work, the writing is as beautiful as the characters, dry but, again, deep, able to involve the reader even without the WOW effects sometime mystery/thriller novels are used to display.

Series: Power Exchange
Paperback: 268 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (August 26, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1492119237
ISBN-13: 978-1492119234
Amazon: Safeword
Amazon Kindle: Safeword

Series: Power Exchange
1) Power Exchange: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3712029.html
2) Safeword



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This one reminded me one of those serial romances I read when I was a teenager, in particular there was a series about people and travels, always visiting exotic locations, like this time, the Fiji Islands, a private island resort, Bendura.

Jordan is a Manhattan shark who inherits half the island from his uncle Blake. Now Blake wasn’t old, actually he was only two years older than Jordan, and the only thing I missed of this story is actually Blake, and that is strange, considering we will never “meet” him, already dead at the beginning of the story. But Blake is really a nice character, and we will feel his loss like he was an old friend.

The other partner in the resort is Ryan, Blake’s old friend and a widower. Like Jordan, Ryan arrived to the island to overcome the loss of a beloved one, his husband, and from what we gathered, Blake asked him to help Jordan overcome his loss as well. Jordan isn’t gay, and yes, maybe he likes to be dominated during sex, but by a woman, Sam, who is also Jordan’s best friend with benefits. And actually, even if he likes to bottom with Ryan, I didn’t read their relationship like a D/s one; basically Jordan likes to give up the power during sex, he finds his release like that, and he is very generous in his giving. Ryan understands that and will treasure the gift.

Paperback: 200 pages
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press, Inc. (Scarlet Rosebud) (September 28, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1628301295
ISBN-13: 978-1628301298
Amazon: Just Ask
Amazon Kindle: Just Ask

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I admit, I was ready to dislike this novella as soon as I started it: a young man in prison for a nefarious crime (killing children) has to pay his debt becoming a whore, first raped by the prison guards, and then sold to the relatives of the children he killed. I wasn’t sure what was worst, the crime he committed or the punishment he was enduring. Because the young man was basically stupid, used by others as a mean for the crime, a crime he committed not understanding the implications.

But one of those relatives, a young lord whose brother was one of the children, the older of the children to be killed, the one who was trying to save them all and died in doing so, decides to “buy” the prisoner’s debt: now the young man is living on the lord’s estate, not understanding what the lord wants from him, how he is supposed to repay him. Living on the estate, the young man has the chance to see the true from the other side, to recollect who was the young lord’s brother, how unselfish and kind he was, what great crime he committed in killing him, basically killing the whole joy of the estate and its inhabitants. For a simple boy like him, a commoner, worse than a commoner now, a slave, it seems impossible to be able to replace such loss.

I arrive to deeply care for both the young man and the young lord; towards the end, it seemed almost a fairy tale, a tragedy turned in romance… but that wasn’t surprising, cause, for what I remember, the best fairy tales are indeed tragic love stories.

Publisher: Love in Dark Settings Press (June 21, 2012)
Amazon Kindle: Debt Price (Master/Other)

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Slightly different in comparison to other serials I read by the same authors due to the sci-fi/futuristic setting instead of an historical one, there is in any case a common thread. The primitive and passionate nature of human beings is tamed by the force of intellect or by the ability to dominate their own emotions. From this perspective, even a violent act as rape becomes a teaching tool. That is probably the most difficult point for me to understand, I always avoided the gratuitous violence, and maybe, I can accept it here cause, as I said, this time there is a plan behind, a purpose, that in this futuristic society, is working. Now, take out it from this environment, and my prejudices remain the same.

Another point that let me accept it is that, while difficult, and particular in its own way, the bond between Egon and Halvar is there, and it was real, I arrived even to see it turned from captive to protector, with Egon caring for an aging Halvar, and dreading the time when Halvar will die, cause it will deprive Egon of his mainstay, the reason why he managed to find a balance in his own existence as a slave.

Publisher: Love in Dark Settings Press; 2nd edition (January 17, 2014)
Amazon Kindle: Pleasure (Slaves of the Northern Corporate Dominion)

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More than one year ago, a friend of mine told me to check out an online series cause it was really good. At the time I did read an episode, but I have so little time to read that following a serial online was almost impossible. I did like it though. Then I forgot about it. When I saw this series on Amazon, Captive Prince, the first thing that caught my eyes was the simplicity of the cover, it reminded me of, I think, Coco Chanel’s motto: there is something you can remove, the less, the better. These two volumes of a Fantasy series were climbing the bestsellers list, and it was even more amazing considering they were self-published by the author. But again, I wasn’t so convinced, Fantasy is not really my cup of tea, and moreover, I’m not really a big fan of Master/slave plots. But, oh boy, was that cover so good, and the response from the readers so widely positive, that I decided to try test the first volume (bless Kindle and the easiness to buy a book, but I have to warn you, I have three devices, Kindle, Ipad and Laptop, and the Kindle app for Laptop doesn’t work for this file, I had to read it on my Ipad).

Anyway, I was immediately reminded of that online series, and I checked with my friend, and indeed it was the same. The author published it in two volumes and the third will come soon. I was really glad cause, where personally I wouldn’t have read it online, I’m more than willing to buy it as a three volumes series.

I was also immediately contradicted on my preconceptions on Master/slave plot: sure Damen is a former prince and warrior, who for the betrayal of his own brother, is now a slave in an enemy kingdom; not only, he is supposed to serve the prince, heir to the throne, who is, to Damen, a lazy and cruel man, not worthy of his respect. Damen wants only to find a way to escape, but in a few days he will realize that there are better way than running, and that an uneasy alliance can be the solution.

I appreciate a lot that violence, non-consensual sex, and all the similar “titillations” of a common Master/slave plot weren’t part of the deal here. So much that, at the end of the first volume, I’m not even sure there will be a relationship at all between Damen and Laurent, actually I think Damen doesn’t like much Laurent, and Laurent is probably interested to someone else and not Damen. Or maybe I’m wrong, and I would be glad of that, cause Damen and Laurent together would be a powerful pairing.

Also the care for details, good but not overwhelming was of my taste. I don’t really like those heave fantasy setting, where the reader is too much distracted from the characters due to all those lengthy descriptions. Here there was the essential, and then you had the plot, that was the center piece of the story.

Series: Captive Prince
Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: Gatto; 2 edition (February 4, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0987507397
ISBN-13: 978-0987507396
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What most surprised me of this historical romance was the “unromantic” perception of the main characters, and bear in mind I’m saying it in a positive way and I will explain why: this is a western romance set in 1864 in the then wild territory of Montana; while one of the men had the chance to live in the city, the other grew up in a sheep ranch where he still is and probably will ever be, and has never once left his home. Red knows he is an inverted, he has always known, but to him, that means he loves sex with men; at the time it was already difficult for a man to understand what love means towards a woman, most of the time marriage was a convenience and completed with the first available woman, loves towards a man is not a possible concept. On the other side Henry was raised by missionary parents, he knows he doesn’t want to marry a woman, but again, the concept of a family with another man is not something he is considering. So no, there aren’t romantic feelings between Red and Henry, and till the end, love is something that maybe is becoming tangible between them, in their own way to approach it, but it’s not what drives them together. Sex, passion, that is the protruding force, and what they both understand, being experienced like Red or naïve like Henry. I found this approach believable and very much in line with the time.

And now, the second “unromantic” element: Red and Henry are not exclusive. Actually Henry is, more or less, but basically cause he hasn’t the same sexual drive as Red, while on the other side, Red is willing to renounce to have sex with other men, but only if Henry is able to fulfill his needs, and Henry isn’t. Again, not a romantic concept, but probably a very true approach to the matter.

Is it believable that not only two men like Red and Henry meet and fall in love, but also that they are living in a place where Red is able to go and find willing recreational partners? I think so, cause, it’s pretty much similar to what happened in real life with George Merrill and Edward Carpenter: this is one of my favorite real life romances, Carpenter, English socialist poet, philosopher, anthologist, and early gay activist met and fall in love for Merrill, a working class man. It was England, not Montana, but again it was the meeting of two very different souls, who mated for life, 37 years, and the two died little more than one year apart from each other. That was love, not question, but historic records attest Merrill and Carpenter weren’t sexually exclusive; nevertheless, no one is possibly questioning their love for each other.

Publisher: Manifold Press (September 27, 2013)
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I had completely the wrong assumptions on this novel, I was expecting for it to be more a mystery/thriller, lot of actions and well, not so romantic, but I was completely wrong. Not only this is an hot and sexy romance, it has even a comedy undertone that I loved, romantic comedy are my favorites, and when the main characters are able to make me smile, that is a big bonus for me.

Now, I don’t think the purpose of Bradley and Tony was to be cute, and funny, but that is how they arrived to me. Bradley is a British special agent for an agency specialized in locating and retrieving stolen arts; his last case has a personal core, someone has taken a family heirloom, a Faberge egg. Due to the personal connection, Bradley allowed to go abroad, tracing the egg till New York City and a group of people who is trying to place the egg with a Mafia boss’s son, believing the egg to be fake. Mistaken for a high-paid hustler due to his good looks, Bradley is hired as a bait for the Mafia kid, who apparently is gay.

At this point, you have already imagined in your mind Bradley in the role of the cute submissive character who will fall for the Mafia man, a dark handsome Dom… and you are wrong! The Dom here, but sincerely without taking himself too seriously, is fair-looking Bradley, who is btw taller and broader than Tony; Tony is a submissive by nature, someone who likes to be ordered around, even if he has way more money and power than Bradley. It’s an easy bait the one they put in front of Tony, and Bradley will follow his cover all the way around, arriving to “sacrifice” his body to the altar of the mission (but sincerely, it wasn’t a big sacrifice for him…)

Forget the tension, forget the worries, the story of Bradley and Tony, even with the turn of events they will have, is basically hot and fun, and I have never had a worry that they were really in danger.

Paperback: 234 pages
Publisher: Loose Id, LLC (September 10, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1611189659
ISBN-13: 978-1611189650
Amazon: The Long Con
Amazon Kindle: The Long Con

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I have often said sci-fi or fantasy is not my strength, but now I’m also wondering if I haven’t missed some basic knowledge: is there some sci-fi tradition about feline-like aliens abducting men/women? That is cause Wishes is at least the fourth series I read with the same theme from different authors, and while two could have been a coincidence, 4 is really becoming a tradition.

Auri is the lieutenant of a terrain spaceshift who is basically sold into slavery without him being aware of that. Kanar, the king of Felinians, recognizes in Auri one of his mates (he has already three and was told by an oracle he will have a fourth) and agrees to a commercial agreement with Earth only if their ambassadors give him Auri. Yes, you have it right, not only Auri is not willing, he is also basically abducted, and the first mating with Kanar is not consensual. It was quite difficult for me to accept this development of the story, even if, indeed, it was more coherent with the mood of the story of, let’s say, a fake courtship with Auri arriving to understand how lucky he was.

The author was very true to her story and development, the Felinians have a polyamory society, Kanar has, with Auri, four mates and he basically divides his time among them, with nights where they have one-to-one meetings, and other where they have ménages a trois; when I arrive to this point of the story, I understood the comment of one of the mates that 4 was a good number, it basically meant no one feels excluded when it’s his night “off”.

I felt like the same issues I had in accepting this society were reflected in Auri: he had to adapt to it, overcoming his beliefs of what a “normal” relationship should be. At the end of the story, I cannot really say if Auri’s, and mine’s, ideas are right or wrong, it’s all a matter of perspective, in Kanar’s society, what they are doing is the common behavior, and the merit of the author is to make it plausible.

Paperback: 190 pages
Publisher: Etopia Press (November 19, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1939194237
ISBN-13: 978-1939194237
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Considering I’m not a really big fan of BDSM novels, it’s with a little surprise that I must admit I liked this one; maybe cause the authors didn’t go into much details during the “scenes” and while I knew those mustn’t be without consequences for Brandon, it wasn’t like the authors were gloating on displaying his hurt. And that is strange cause Jonathan, the Dom, is a self-proclaimed sadist, and so he should enjoying it. But, maybe due to his physical presence, not at all intimidating, or maybe cause I could tell he really cared for Brandon, I had always had the feeling he was doing more for Brandon than for himself.

I didn’t read the first book in this series, pretty obvious it was about how Brandon met Jonathan and how they ended up knowing each other; from what I gathered it didn’t span a lot on a time perspective, Brandon ran away from his Master/slave contract with Jonathan almost at the beginning, save coming back asking Jonathan to take him back and that is where the second book start. But even if basically this is one story divided into two books, I didn’t miss the first one; I’m pretty sure it wouldn’t be the same if you stop to the first book.

This is Brandon’s education to the BDSM world, everything is pretty much evolving around him, or inside his mind, that is the reason why we really don’t know Jonathan and his reason. Truth be told, to me was pretty clear he was deeply attached to Brandon, and it sounded strange he was willing to let him go at the end of their six-months contract. So maybe we didn’t need any more insight on Jonathan, cause Jonathan was open to the reader with his desires and expectation, while instead the troubled character was Brandon. What Brandon wants is no clear, does he want money or love, temporary or commitment?

I appreciated that Jonathan was able to push Brandon to his limits while at the same time respecting his fears. If I have to find a reason to go back to the first book is to find out how the authors managed to introduce Jonathan and his role as a Dom, when from an outside point of view he is totally at the opposite: very small, smaller than Brandon, younger even (only few months) and with elflike feature… the only thing making him bigger than Brandon is money. I loved this contrast, and it was a confirmation that appearances don’t matter, the attitude is what counts.

Paperback: 262 pages
Publisher: Riptide Publishing (June 11, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 193755144X
ISBN-13: 978-1937551445
Amazon: Power Play: Awakening (Volume 2)
Amazon Kindle: Power Play: Awakening (Volume 2)

Series: Power Play
1) Power Play: Resistance
2) Power Play: Awakening



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Sometime you need serious, sometime you need playful… Poppy’s Pleasure is a pretty little story. Poppy is a cuteness overloaded character who is completely unaware of the danger he is for other men… not cause “he” is dangerous, but cause he can provoke an overdose of prettiness to the chosen companion. And I’m totally saying this with a positive perspective, it’s not easy to write a character like this one without falling into ridiculousness, but Stormy Glenn managed it without any stumble (maybe that is due to her experience with this character type).

Poppy is naïve cause he has always lived as a slave; he doesn’t have any memories of a previous different life, he doesn’t know there is any different life. Poppy truly believes the world is divided into Masters and slaves and that he is born slave and destined to be one. He is not a broken man, he still has a backbone, but he doesn’t know stubbornness, he doesn’t know rebellion, and so, most of the time, his attempts to escape that life always end with him being beaten and left half dead. The only lucky event in his life, for a reason that we will understand only later in the story, Poppy has passed from Master to Master with a contract that states he isn’t a sexual slave, and that he cannot be used for that purpose. So other than being naïve of life, Poppy is also naïve of sex.

Dean is on a rescue mission for one of his fellow Government Agency assassin, but instead of finding Marcus, he stumbles into Poppy and from that moment on, Poppy recognizes him as his Master, like a little duck with its mother hen, imprinting, and Dean cannot really leave him otherwise Poppy will have a mental breakdown. Dean becomes Poppy’s protector, lover, companion, and every other words you can imagine to describe a relationship that is more than love, it’s death or life.

As I said, sometime I need my overdose of cuteness.

Publisher: Silver Publishing (November 24, 2012)
Amazon Kindle: Poppy's Pleasure (Assassin's Pride)

Series: Assassin's Pride
1) The Cat's Meow
2) Poppy's Pleasure

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I don’t particularly care for BDSM, especially when it’s done more for show than love, and so I wasn’t particularly liking Glenn, the man Luke falls in love with; I read the blurb, and I knew there was a moment in the story where Luke was finally meeting his real love, but still, with the “bad” introduction he had to D/s, I wasn’t really sure it was possible for him to still enjoy it.

Sawyer is a completely different man from Glenn, not only he is sweet, and caring, he is also open with his feeling; it’s not weakness to admit you are in love, on the contrary it’s proving that you are confident and a well-balanced man. That is a man that can really understand the meaning of BDSM and how it can enhance a relationship.

It’s strange but the story doesn’t span much in the lives of its characters, on the contrary from the moment Luke meets Glenn to the last page, it’s probably little more than one month, but nevertheless, while the reader is sure Glenn is the wrong man, you are also sure Sawyer and Luke’s relationship is destined to last; it’s in their ability to trust each other, despite past misadventures.

Claire Thompson is probably the first author I read with a BDSM theme, Golden Boy, and years later, she is still among the few that is able to deliver a full BDSM novel that rings true to my ears, and not some fake stage act.

Amazon: Heart Thief
Amazon Kindle: Heart Thief
Paperback: 230 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 4, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1463687230
ISBN-13: 978-1463687236

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Due to the fact that I’m reading Acceleration weeks after I read Inertia, I’m not really sure if my perception is completely right, but I had the feeling this book was all about Derrick. Gavin is there, and he is a strong character, but what we got this time is Derrick’s side of the story, his worries about falling in love with Gavin so much that, in the even the HIV positive status comes true, he will not be able to survive another loss.

In a way, the ghost of death is, for how much twisted it could sound, probably one of the reasons why Derrick let Gavin into his life; Derrick is a protector, someone who wants to care for everyone. A totally healthy and independent Gavin is not someone who Derrick would let behind his protective barriers; a faulty Gavin, someone who Derrick sees as in needs of being nurtured, that is someone Derrick will consider to include in his circle. Has Derrick a Florence Nightingale’s syndrome? Probably. But most of all, he is scared.

Reading book 1, I had this feeling of Derrick as a good guy, maybe even too good, sure a little strange, but nothing serious. Now instead I understand that, probably comparing the two, Gavin and Derrick, who is needing more help is Derrick; Gavin’s trouble is even too much clear, Derrick’s issues are deeper, and stronger to eradicate.

As for the other installment, while it seemed longer, it actually doesn’t span much in the life of this couple, and when we leave them, they are just preparing to spend their first Christmas together. Christmas means family, and while Gavin and Derrick have introduced us to their adopted family of friends, I wouldn’t mind to see Derrick interact with Gavin’s wealthy and conservative blood relatives.

Amazon: Acceleration: Impulse, Book Two (Volume 2)
Amazon Kindle: Acceleration: Impulse, Book Two (Volume 2)
Paperback: 190 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (December 7, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 148022166X
ISBN-13: 978-1480221666

Series: Impulse
1) Inertia: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/1961661.html
2) Acceleration

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This was a new author for me, and sincerely I didn’t know what to expect, and as usually, when you take a chance, good surprises can be right there for you to grab. The Nine-Inch Cure for the Blues is pure p**n, but the best one, that is, with an happily ever after, or at least, an happily for now. The Nine-Inch cure is not a metaphor, it’s actually what the title suggest, the “tool” of country boy Beau and the one he will use to let Jeremy completely forget the other smaller, and less skillful, tool of Scott. Jeremy is still very young, in college, and still much in love with his high school buddy. Both of them in the closet, Scott decided to take the easy way of finding a dumb fiancé and probably get soon married with 2.5 kids, while Jeremy is still bringing a torch for him, hoping he will see the light. But one night, it will be Jeremy that will see the light, in a deserted highway, with the only gas station open that of Beau.

The story is crude, sometime even vulgar, and full of licks, man pussies, big tools, stretchings, and co… sound not my cup of tea, right? Right, if not that the author chose to give a spark of hope, a possible relationship to these two strangers meeting on a dark night, and to the reader the hope that Jeremy will finally have his love story. And if it will not be Beau, at least Beau has proven him what a jerk Scott is, and that it’s time for Jeremy to move over, that better tools are waiting him!

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Considering I’m not a huge fan of heavy fantasy setting, I have to admit with a little surprise that I enjoyed this story, probably since it has something that I really love, an evil character that will you will end to cheer for, hoping not that he will redeem, but that he will be able to find love.

The setting is pure steampunk, a Victorian London society (reference to the Rose theatre and to other London landmarks), the addition of mechanical machines and some other fantasy details are the only thing that bring this novel out from the historical borders. From what I understood, a good steampunk has to be, first of all, a good historical novel, and so Mars on the Rise completely centers the target.

As I said, Erus Veetu, the dark and dangerous war lord, is my favorite character, even if I really hate as he treats Cedo; the easiest way would be for the author to let Erus be the bad villain and Cedo finding love with the more likable and friendly Billy, but Erus is a tortured soul, and of course there is a little of “nurse” syndrome in Cedo, who believes he is the one who can understand Erus and love him despite everything and everyone.

You can see sparks of goodness in Erus, like for example when he allows Cedo to take his cat Misty; he clearly says that he is doing so since it will make Cedo happy, and he wants for Cedo to be happy. And then, after all, he is not taking him captive, he more than once has given him the chance to run away, but Cedo has always came back, willingly, like willingly he followed Erus the first time.

Amazon: Mars on the Rise
Amazon Kindle: Mars on the Rise
Paperback: 340 pages
Publisher: Torquere Press (April 25, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1610403053
ISBN-13: 978-1610403054



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Considering I’m not a huge fan of heavy fantasy setting, I have to admit with a little surprise that I enjoyed this story, probably since it has something that I really love, an evil character that will you will end to cheer for, hoping not that he will redeem, but that he will be able to find love.

The setting is pure steampunk, a Victorian London society (reference to the Rose theatre and to other London landmarks), the addition of mechanical machines and some other fantasy details are the only thing that bring this novel out from the historical borders. From what I understood, a good steampunk has to be, first of all, a good historical novel, and so Mars on the Rise completely centers the target.

As I said, Erus Veetu, the dark and dangerous war lord, is my favorite character, even if I really hate as he treats Cedo; the easiest way would be for the author to let Erus be the bad villain and Cedo finding love with the more likable and friendly Billy, but Erus is a tortured soul, and of course there is a little of “nurse” syndrome in Cedo, who believes he is the one who can understand Erus and love him despite everything and everyone.

You can see sparks of goodness in Erus, like for example when he allows Cedo to take his cat Misty; he clearly says that he is doing so since it will make Cedo happy, and he wants for Cedo to be happy. And then, after all, he is not taking him captive, he more than once has given him the chance to run away, but Cedo has always came back, willingly, like willingly he followed Erus the first time.

Amazon: Mars on the Rise
Amazon Kindle: Mars on the Rise
Paperback: 340 pages
Publisher: Torquere Press (April 25, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1610403053
ISBN-13: 978-1610403054



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The BDSM fantasy novel with an Angels/Demons setting is quite common, I think there is probably some fandom out there I’m not aware of, but it’s producing quite a few of these romances. Here the author tried to be more original, and instead of reusing the ordinary characters of Lucifer and his companions, she basically created a parallel universe, mixing I believe Christian myths with those of the Ancient Greece, Zeus and co.

So here we have Legion, the Dark Prince, who reigns over 9 realms, he occupied after fighting over the evil ruler Magda (they seem to be linked to the Hell or the realm of Hade); he is second son of Dante, the Celestial King, who upon dying left the real to Adoni, Legion’s older brother who is now reigning over 20 realms. Legion and Adoni don’t really go well along but they barely tolerate each other for the love of their mother Inanna. Dante’s former, and true love, was Nico, who was banished to the realm of the human beings, even if he is immortal, and he is now living as a sexual slave to a warlock. Nico summons Legion, not knowing he is the son of his former lover.

Another nice aspect of the story was the dark humor, the author managed a mood in the story that was a mix of dark fantasy and comedy, not easy to balance together, but I think she did a good job. Even if most of the events were quite dramatic and bloody, there was always the light mood that dissolved the whole.

What was probably a little too much for me, but that is my personal taste, is when the BDSM play bordered almost into torture, I still don’t understand the appeal of pain mixed with pleasure, especially when it’s detached from love, like in the case of Nico with his master.

Amazon Kindle: Legion
Publisher: MLR Press

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While the impromptu of the story is not new, two men meeting by chance willing to have a one night stand experience without strings attached, the author decided to play with the theme adding a mysterious woman, Madame Eve, that like the best match-makers of the past is able to see what is that you really want, beyond the words you expressed, and the men who she handpicked are more long-term relationship material than flirts.

Actually Garrett had already the chance to see the output of such matchmaking, and so, when he realizes Madame Eve has perfectly understood his unspoken desires, he is already planning the perfect Dom/sub relationship he will have with cute Martin. The fact that Martin is older than Garrett, a world-travelling executive, doesn’t matter, those are all details he can easily fit in his plans. Garrett will not let Martin go, but first of all he has to sweep the guy of his feet for one night and give him a taste of what their life could be.

Martin has always underestimated himself, having the wrong assumption that if you are not a gym-rat/jock-strap type of boy, you are not really a man; that was his father’s expectation and he didn’t match it. But he is instead the perfect match for Garrett, that is always ready to tell him he is beautiful, to care for him and to satisfy all his secret urgings, even when he is not aware to have them. Martin is not entering this adventure with the preparation that Garrett has, he is totally unaware and as such, more vulnerable, but that is a bonus, since he is more open to totally give on to Garrett, arising Garrett’s protective streak and making Martin irresistible to Garrett’s eyes.

Amazon Kindle: Accidentally Beautiful (1 Night Stand Series)
Publisher: Decadent Publishing Company, LLC (March 4, 2012)

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At first I was not sure what to “do” with this book; the historical setting was very appealing, but this poor boy, Edmund, was always ending in a trouble, one worse than the other. Sure, more or less he was enjoying the experience, but well, for the third son of an English earl to end, more or less, on the meat market as sexual slave… but then I had like a lightning of understanding, what I was reading was like one of those feuilleton, only with a LOT of sex on it. Basically the plot was a frame to the sex, and in this context, it was a nice addition, but it wasn’t supposed to be accurate or consistent. Buccaneer Island is the retelling of the sexual adventures of Edmund, something that he is doing in his old age, adventures no one believes are real, and maybe neither Edmund, maybe he is enriching them a little.

There is even the hint of a transgender story, Edmund is so willing to please his master of the moment that he changes his looks to appear as a woman, and maybe he would have even considered a sex change (rudimental and quite dangerous). Sure, at that point the reader is questioning how much is Edmund’s sexual fantasy and how much can be considered real (I propend for the first hypothesis).

In any case, even when he is in the most dangerous situation, Edmund approached everything like he was taking a sexy escapade from reality, always sure his noble parents will rescue him sooner or later, and when that happens, well, it’s almost a bummer to Edmund, who was enjoying the freedom of the Buccaneer Island, especially the sexual freedom.

Amazon: Buccaneer Island
Amazon Kindle: Buccaneer Island
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (April 17, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602826587
ISBN-13: 978-1602826588



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What I admired most of this story is how the author managed to mix mystery/thriller with erotic romance, having both side strong in equal measure. When we are not reading about the relationship between Gavin and Ben, the tone is dry and clean, and the plot developed in a smooth way; when the story starts, Gavin is married, and sincerely I wasn’t able to see how the author could make his interest for Ben legit without falling in a cheating husband situation. I will not give out the story, but enough to say that my worries were not only completely dispelled, she also managed to have Gavin out as a winner with flaming colors.

Second strong impression is how all characters have their positive and negative side; sincerely there is no full good or bad people, even the villain had their reason, how much twisted they could be, but nevertheless they were there. Maybe that is the reason why it was not so difficult to understand who he was.

The relationship between Gavin and Ben is a classic of BDSM, so much that you can read this as good example of this type of stories. I may be wrong, but I don’t have the impression that Gavin is gay, or better, he is gay cause he wants to be in a relationship with Ben, who is a man, but more than that, he wants to be with Ben since he is a Dom. Gavin needs a Dom, and it’s easier for a man to find him in another man. Not impossible that, if Gavin found a good Dom in a woman, he was willing to go that way too, Gavin needs more the D/s relationship than the same-sex one. In any case, he feels attraction to Ben also as a man, not only as a Dom, and indeed, even before knowing the other man is a Dom, that attraction is evident. Gavin has an high stress job, with plenty of responsibility, a job he likes and wants to do in the best way, but when he comes home, he wants to be able to give up the control to someone else, he wants someone who gives him structures and rules, the strong support that enables him to let it go. Ben is that one for Gavin.

I’m not really an expert of D/s relationships, but I found this one to be clean cut, with clear basis, clear understanding, and no black zones. Gavin enters in the relationship with a full understanding of what he will have to give and take.

Amazon Kindle: Power Exchange
Publisher: Voodoo Lily Press; First Edition edition (September 15, 2012)

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Purgatory was the dark horse of last year Rainbow Awards, winning in a competitive category like the Historical Fiction, competitive since it draws the best pieces of fiction out there. Dark horse because, sincerely, not many had heard about this book, or at least not in the “usual” circles. I read something by Mann, mostly short stories in collective anthologies, and I have always found his pieces to be lovely, because he manages to deliver hot and sexy with classy, even the more dirty situation, presented with his lyrical style, become poems.

Jeff Mann is also a poet, or maybe he is mainly a poet borrowed to fiction; he is also a bear, something that you often found reflected in his own characters. He also writes of places he knows, or times he researched, and Purgatory is a summa of both. It’s not an easy novel, it’s about torture, and a time that was not pretty; I was also scared to read this novel because I like my happily ever after, and I was fearing there was no chance for these two to have one. But I think that, deep down, or maybe not even so deep, Mann is a romantic man (pun intended and citation of Mann’s poetry book, A Romantic Mann), and so, even if he was writing of torture, and pain, there was his lyrical language alleviating the whole, and the feeling that he loved his characters and wanted for them to have that impossible chance.

For what I can tell, not being an expert of the Civil War, this is also a wonderful piece of historical fiction, the time and the custom, the men at war and the places they visit, are beautifully rendered; sure it’s hard to think that war prisoners maybe went through what Drew did, I hope that is where the literary freedom enters the picture, but again, as I said, I’m not an expert of that period and maybe that was even possible in reality, unfortunately it’s not the first time I read of tortures inflicted in war time that rival with the worst medieval Inquisition.

There is romance, historical fiction, erotica and BDSM, all wrapped up with a writing style that is a pure form of poetry. Purgatory by Jeff Mann is destined to become a classic of the Gay literature.

http://lethepressbooks.com/gaybear.htm#mann-purgatory

Amazon: Purgatory: A Novel of the Civil War
Amazon Kindle: Purgatory: A Novel of the Civil War
Publisher Bear Bones Books (March 5, 2012)
Language English
ISBN-10 1590213750
ISBN-13 978-1590213759



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I have contrasting feeling on this novel, basically I liked the idea, and the setting, but it’s clear the authors are newbie and their skills are not yet refined. Often the same detail is repeated in different sentences, like when Jax was “telling” why he decided to move to Salem, the same theme “I don’t know why I liked Salem, but I did” was developed in different ways. I thought about it and I found two explanations: one maybe that this is a co-authored book, and probably the two authors, instead of parting the scenes, each one developing a different scene, “shared” the same scene, joining their sentences; the second motivation could be that they are newbie authors, and maybe they didn’t cut the plot after the first drafting… I tend to think/prefer more the first explanation, but maybe it’s a mix of the two.

In any case the incipit is good, a 3000 years old nephilim living in the basement of a church under the protection of the priest; for the last 300 years Faelon has never left the protection of the church, after having experienced captivity at the hand of a demon. Faelon is a submissive, he was born a slave and raised to be a submissive by another angel, Delgorio. But, from what I understood, Delgorio doesn’t consider Faelon as his exclusive propriety, and so he basically dumped him in the hand of the church to be guarded by the dangers that are outside. The current priest, fearing is aging will prevent him to continue the task, decides Faelon needs a partner, and he handpicks Jax, a history researcher recently moved to Salem.

Jax is a strange character, not your usually “Master”. He is not at all strong or self-assured, on the contrary, he is often tentative and in need or reassurance; Jax is interested in BDSM, but he has never tried it, and Faelon is basically guiding him through the rope. While Faelon considers BDSM his way of life, for Jax is more a play, his own words, he doesn’t want a 24/7 slave, but he wouldn’t mind to try something different here and there. This and some other events gave me the idea that Jax has still a lot of growing to do, and that he has basically to decide what he wants in life, and what is really important: for example, when he finds out Faelon is a nephilim, he is not really worried that Faelon is an immortal creature, or that he has lived 3000 years, he is worried that Faelon has wings! Well, yes, that can be odd, but really, is it the most disconcerting thing?

In the end there is a great potential in these authors, and I’m sure they will develop into a great pair; Faelon was a nice debut novel, not perfect, but good.

http://www.mlrbooks.com/ShowBook.php?book=AJKFAELN

Amazon: Faelon
Amazon Kindle: Faelon
Paperback: 250 pages
Publisher: MLR Press (April 5, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1608208605
ISBN-13: 978-1608208609

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I didn’t expect this novella to be so sweet and light, probably I’m not used to that side of romance from Aleksandr Voinov, but I have to say that I greatly enjoyed this one and my only regret is that it was too short.

Owen is a US citizen visiting Europe with his former girlfriend Jenny; bisexual and ready to experiment, as his mother advised him to do, and he is a good mommy boy and so he has all the intention to follow her suggestion, Owen is in a pub, gathering a mixed crowd, but the only gay guy there is Malcolm. Trader by day and Dom by night, Malcolm is more than willing to teach some lessons to the young boy, only that the evening doesn’t turn as expected. Owen is young, true, but he is not some innocent boy, and, well, he is “grounded”. Thanks to his hippie mother upbringing, Owen is well aware of his chances in life and love, and he has no problem to grab them when they arrive; on the other side instead, Malcolm is always trying to prove something, that he is the best, that is the baddest, that he can achieve what his colleagues are not able to. Being a Dom is yet another game, another field where he can prove himself. In the span of two days, Owen will destroy all Malcolm’s shielded life, and when he will be ready to take that train out of London, Malcolm will have only one option left.

Nice, nice story, well written, well plotted, very romantic and also sexy. This is a 100% romance, appealing the most romantic readers but also those who have a wittier core.

http://riptidepublishing.com/titles/country-mouse

Amazon Kindle: Country Mouse
Publisher: Riptide Publishing (April 21, 2012)



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A sci-fi version of the Pygmalion story, Alarin is a late teen pickpocketing guy and sometime street hustler; one night he accepts the wrong deal and he would be probably dead on a dark alley if not for Maleus, a wealthy businessman passing by.

The society where Alarin and Maleus are living is a futuristic city divided in social levels that are reflected in the floor you are allowed in: poor people stay in the bottomside part of the city, where the sun cannot reach them, where vitamins and proteins are the new drugs; wealthy people live above, without never going below.

Maleus’s intervention in helping Alarin is not casual, he was looking after the guy, and that same night he was perusing the bottomside to find the guy; his proposal is simple: he will give Alarin, food, clothes, shelter and everything in exchange of the absolute possession of Alarin’s body and soul. Despite the premises, indeed Maleus is more like a teacher than a lover, and most of their sexual encounters are like a lesson, Maleus is teaching to Alarin to behave in a bedroom like he is teaching him to behave in a room full of people. Little by little the reader will understand Maleus has an hidden agenda and Alarin is the missing piece to his puzzle.

This is not a classical romance, and as it’s, there is not you classical happily ever after; probably the main reason is due to the fact that this is born like book 1 in a series, and so the story is not complete with this novel, but it has a follow up in book 2, Rysykk's Remedy.

Even if both Maleus and Alarin have venial reason to enter in this relationship, their bond will move from interest to love, and there will be an exchange of love words between them, but despite this, Maleus will not renounce to his agenda, and Alarin will remain more a pawn than a partner, at least for this first instalment of their story.

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A futuristic approach to the old fashioned Cinderfella story, Redemption is the story of Jason, a young man who has an immediate need for money and the fastest way to find it is to sold himself into a bondmate contract for 20 years. Even if the term “bondmate” can suggest something more romantic, the bondmate contract is basically the modern way to be a slave: accepting the contract Jason accepts to become a property of someone else, man or woman is the same, if they have the money to buy his contract.

In a way, Jason is lucky since the one to buy the contract is Devin, an handsome man in his thirties who is basically a workaholic without time for a private life. Buying a bondmate is a perfect solution, during the day Jason will be Devin’s personal assistant, during the night he will share his bed, if Devin is in the mood, or otherwise he will stay in his room, without risk to hear recrimination. Devin’s former wife was a society butterfly and she left when she realized Devin was not her personal escort, but he had actually a job he had to do.

I liked the contrast between Jason’s expected role and his physical appearance: Jason is strong and young, not at all weak, and if not for the urgent need of money, he had also perspective on the future, he was a post-graduate student with excellent credentials. When Devin takes him home, I had the feeling Jason felt like an elephant in a glass shop, and I think also Devin was questioning if he had done the right choice.

Another interesting point is how homosexuality in this futuristic society is no more a taboo, basically everyone is bisexual, and indeed Jason had only one previous homosexual experience, but he has no issue at all at being bought by a man, while instead Devin, from what I understood, had his same share of women and men in the past, and I think he has picked a man now since he is still burned by the bad experience with his ex-wife.

Amazon Kindle: Redemption
Publisher: ODC Press (April 1, 2012)

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Very short and sexy story about yet another Rawlings man, an English family whose men seem to have two characteristic in common: being constable and gay with a penchant for BDSM kinky sex. But this time there is a difference, this Rawlings man, Dane, is petite and almost feminine; only that you have not to mistaken him for weak, he is also a boxing champion. This time the constable is Ross, one of Dane’s cousins colleague and to return the favour to the family he babysits Dane one night when the man is involved in an arson accident. From babysit to dinner to hot sex the time is short and the passion burning brighter and brighter. But with Dane is not possible to have a casual fling, first of all since Ross needs to gain Dane’s trust, and it’s not simple, and second since, once he goes beyond Dane’s barrier, he meets the strong wall that is Dane’s family, with them it’s full commitment or nothing.

To fully appreciate the series it’s probably better to read 2 or 3 of them together.

Amazon Kindle: Handcuffs and Pretty Things (Rawlings Men Series, Book Eight)
Publisher: Resplendence Publishing, LLC (June 23, 2011)

Series: A Handcuffs & Lace Tale
1) She's Got Balls by Mia Watts: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/901006.html
2) Handcuffs & Leather by Kim Dare: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/1348704.html
3) Handcuffs & Glory Holes by Kim Dare: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/1229667.html
4) Handcuffs & Headlocks by Kim Dare: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/1249728.html
5) Handcuffs & Trouble: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/1218548.html
6) Handcuffs &Spreader Bars by Kim Dare: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/1257715.html
7) Handcuffs & Ball Gags
8) Handcuffs & Megabytes
9) Handcuffs & Pretty Things

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Again I had the feeling that G.A. Hauser “matured” with this novel, or maybe she decided that she doesn’t care of what people think romance should be and she wrote what she likes. Jean is a modern Alice in the Wonderland who falls into a hole, figuratively speaking but also for real; when he enters D&D’s tattoo shop, what he thinks he wants is a small tattoo in a place no one will see, especially now that Jean is single and without prospect partners around; what he finds are two hot men plus one to spare who are more than ready to show Jean a completely different world.

Harry, the shop owner, is 29 years old, very handsome and a little brooding; he had a very bad experience in the past and now he is very careful to give his heart. Clyde, Harry’s adoptive brother, his 39 years old, wanna-be porn star, and as open as Harry is closed; Clyde is very possessive of Harry and not in a brotherly way, and where I know I shouldn’t like his character, he is yes possessive but also obsessive, I think he is the more fragile of the two. Clyde helped Harry when he was down, but at the time Harry was only a teenager, now instead he is a grown man, and he grew stronger and steadier than Clyde. The spare guy is Sam, who joins Clyde and Harry when they want to play, and the new play thing is Jean.

There is a lot of sex, down and dirty sex, a little on the BDSM side, but mostly for the fun not as life choice. Jean at first has this idea of romance, made of courtship and bed of roses, and instead he finds immediate sex and satisfaction and a dungeon to play… the guy is fast to change is idea and to understand that this is his chance and he hasn’t to let it go. Champagne and roses can wait, in the meantime he will enjoy the immediate gratification.

The story is more complex than the sex, the one between Harry and Jean is the easier relationship, what gives complexity to the plot is the bond between Harry and Clyde, made of love and hate, tenderness and irritation. It’s strange since it’s Clyde that pushes Harry to let it go with Jean, but then he is the first to try to stop him when things get serious, like he wasn’t expecting for Harry to follow his push.

G.A. Hauser are not romance for all, but if you manage to enter her world made of real gay men, every novel is a discovery.

Amazon: Down and Dirty
Amazon Kindle: Down and Dirty
Paperback: 258 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace (August 18, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 146351073X
ISBN-13: 978-1463510732

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I knew Kari Gregg as an author before reading this book and I knew she likes her submissive to be VERY submissive and her Dominant to have a protective streak. In a near future, a genetic mutation whose purpose was to inhibit aggression had instead highlighted the Dominant side of most, men and women alike. But among them there are some anomalies, 1 out of 1000, who instead have become more submissive, wanting the touch of a Dominant lover, better craving it. Connor is one of them, and IT director who already before the mutation was a kind and nice guy, but now he is like honey for the bears. When the change happened, Connor was in a relationship, but his partner became aggressive, so aggressive that he had to me forcedly removed from Connor and not the poor guy is without a Master, i.e. prey to everyone who is daring enough to claim him. David, Connor’s CEO on the firm, understands that he is in danger and decides to temporarily claim him, until he will be able to find a suitable Master. David is straight, soon to be married to Hannah, and even if he is attracted to Connor, he cannot be what Connor’s need. Problem is that, to David’s eyes, Emmett, the right Master, is not good enough for his precious Connor, not until the time Emmett will not prove to David to be worth of Connor, and to do that he has to court Connor, to cherish and protect him like David is doing. Between them Connor is not able to think straight (no pun intended), David is a safe shelter, warm and comfort, but Emmett is like a volcano, hot and sexy. If only he could have both their qualities in one package…

To the more skittish readers, I have to give a warning, Connor is not playing to be a submissive, he is a submissive; after the mutation Connor has feeble memories of the independent man he was before, he knows he was someone different, and that is the reason why I approve of David’s attempts to recreate a safe haven where Connor can thrive, but Connor cannot live alone; Connor needs a Master to live, he needs to be said what to do, how to do and when to do everything, from the simple shower to eating to working. Approaching this story, readers have to try to think like Connor, to live in the body of a “prey” since to the 1000 Dominants out there he is the only 1 submissive available, and so he is a coveted prize.

There is some sex, not as much as you could imagine, and to some level, there is some non-con sex, or at least, sex that at the beginning needed a little convincement. Plus David and Emmett, with their bartering and fighting sometime forget that Connor is there and maybe he needs them; sure none of them want to hurt Connor, but sometime they don’t realize it.

http://riptidepublishing.com/titles/collared

Amazon Kindle: Collared
Publisher: Riptide Publishing (November 26, 2011)

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In a way, The Prince’s Boy by Cecilia Tan is an old fashioned novel… now people are thinking what the hack I’m saying, a BDSM fantasy gay romance couldn’t be “old fashioned”. Yes, you are right, but I was more referring to the plot development than the theme of the story; I still remember my literature classes, when I read about the Charles Dickens or Alexander Dumas’s novels, this books were serialized in weekly magazines, and readers were eagerly waiting for the next instalment since the author always left them hanging on some edge, often with the life of the main characters in danger. That was the main rule, maintaining the attention of the reader very high, and that is the reason why, to a today reader, who reads the story from beginning to the end, sometime it results in a rollercoast reading, from low to high every chapter, with your heart that is bumping up and down with the misadventures of the heroes.

Also the theme doesn’t help, the story of prince Kenet and his whipping boy Jorin; a whipping boy is basically the shadow of a child prince, chosen to take the punishment on behalf of the prince since no one can touch him. To Kenet, who at the beginning considers Jorin like his own property, like a dear puppy, seeing the young boy being punished is worse than taking the punishment himself. Kenet and Jorin will grew in a symbiotic way, sharing everything, including their bodies when they reach puberty. I like their relationship, but I feel like something has to change for them to be a real couple. I haven’t yet read the second part of this saga, so I actually don’t know what the epilogue will be, but at this moment, while I love both of them, Kenet and Jorin, I feel like they need a stronger hand, so, or one of the two will take this role, or they need someone else outside they tight bond.

Kenet and Jorin don’t have an easy development on their story, they will be separated, they will have various sexual partners, willingly and unwillingly, but I think that this is all part of their development, they are learning from each of these partners. Be aware, there is non-con sex, heavy BDSM not in a safe context and even if it serves them to grow up in a better man, not always I felt like Kenet, and above all Jorin, enjoyed their submissive role. So no, this is not a pretty story, even if the small solace was that I have never felt like there was no hope for Kenet and Jorin.

http://www.circlet.com/?p=2760

Amazon: The Prince's Boy
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Paperback: 324 pages
Publisher: Circlet Press, Inc. (April 15, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1613900090
ISBN-13: 978-1613900093

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In Spinning Jaime Samms introduced her two heroes, Mikko and Kenny. The world in which they are living is 100 years in the future, and it’s a dark and new gothic environment, the waste of energy today world did caused for our descendants to live in almost total obscurity, especially when natural light is down. The obscurity is reflected also in their approach to life, news and research tools are hard to find, and people is slowly going back to a way of life that is mostly conduct to real connections more than through the online net.

Mikko and Kenny’s relationship is strange, Mikko himself is coming from a Dom and sub relationship where he was the sub, but Kenny needs grounding and so Mikko is posing as a Dom for Kenny. I didn’t really feel that is what Mikko wants, but that is what Kenny needs and Mikko is in love with him. So much in love that when Kenny asks, at the end of the previous book, to be free to go back to his former boyfriend to understand if there are chances for them, Mikko let him go. That is what you do if you love someone, letting them go and if the love is strong, they will come back to you.

Again Grounded is not a final chapter, but a step more into Mikko and Kenny’s love story. Kenny is discovering himself, and Mikko is helping him. Both Mikko and Kenny have particular powers, but from what I understood, Kenny is more powerful than Mikko, and that is a nice contrast, since Kenny is the sub in their relationship. As the title suggested, Mikko is giving the chance to Kenny to be grounded, to be enough steady and strong to enter in his own powers and be able to manage them. But the Grounded in the title I think is referring also to their relationship, to the fact that Mikko and Kenny want to set down, to be grounded to a place, the place that will become their safe shelter.

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Amazon Kindle: Grounded (The Ageless)
Publisher: Pink Petal Books (October 7, 2010)

Series: The Ageless
1) Spinning: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/1223704.html
2) Grounded

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There are various level of comfort for me on regard of BDSM and maybe Enslaved reached almost the upper limit. I’m saying almost since indeed it’s tempered, sweetened by the romance, and by the “Hollywood” allure that makes everything easier, but still, be aware that the BDSM component is quite heavy.

The story starts almost like a dream, Jeremy is a unsatisfied man trapped in an unhappy marriage; almost like an escape from reality, Jeremy first fell in love with a television actor, a man he saw only on the screen once a week, and then poured that love in a novel, a novel that was accepted from a publisher and then whose right were acquired for a movie… a movie that of course will have as main actor that same man who since the beginning inspired it. Jeremy is walking on clouds, he is sure that, once he will meet the man of his dreams everything will be perfect, doesn’t matter that he is married (to a woman), doesn’t matter that he has never had any gay lover, doesn’t matter that actually, the other man is engaged to a woman and doesn’t even know him from nobody.

Of course it will go wrong, and of course Jeremy will not be able to manage it; we soon learn that Jeremy has big behavioural issue, he has no self-confidence at all and he is prone to get angry. The coldness he sees in Andre is actually shyness and even maybe a little distrust in strangers, but Jeremy is ready to judge him. As soon as he gets angry with Andre, he is also ready to play the supine puppet for to his wife recriminations and then to that of the director of the movie. Andre sees that and offer to Jeremy to help… teaching him the real submission of a slave, and in that way empowering him in everyday life.

While I can have some reticence to accept this theory, what is probably the most difficult thing for me to accept is that it seems almost like everything is a play for Andre. He said he tried this D/s thing in the past, but he said that like “passing”, like it was not important for him. Now, I would expect someone more expert than him to be the Master in a relationship, especially with a fragile man like Jeremy; and indeed things could have gone very wrong if not for an ultimate turn of events. Anyway most of Jeremy’s discipline is given through spanking or similar, so it’s not that they are in danger to really hurt him, if not on an emotional level (that actually can be even worst).

Andre and Jeremy are good together, their main issue is probably that they are not yet fully convinced they want an homosexual relationship; they both profess to be bisexual, but like if they are leaving a door open, Andre especially more than Jeremy.

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Amazon: Shameful Desires 1: Enslaved
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Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Fanny Press (March 29, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1603814930
ISBN-13: 978-1603814935

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Considering this book was first released in 1969, I was quite surprise to find a very good romance in the middle of a Gay Erotica novel (almost to the level of porn) in which there is rape (actually that is the very first scene, and it will be not the last), free use of drugs and extreme BDSM.

Warren is not an hero, but even for him it’s no acceptable to torture a man for the only fault of being gay; so when he sees that his best friend Bill and another bunch of men are planning to castrate a man who dared to propose Bill in the backroom of the local bar, he intervenes proposing an “alternative” solution: to rape the man, all of them. Well, that is not exactly an heroic decision, but it’s probably the only way to escape from that situation with both of them alive, if not in good condition. The man’s name is Brad, and as soon as he cleans up a bit, Warren has the feeling to look into a mirror: Brad could be is lost twin, and I think there is a metaphor right here, Warren and Brad are the same man, only that Brad was brought up in liberal California, and he grew up accepting to be gay; Warren instead repressed it, and only the traumatic experience of seeing Brad, his imagine, being almost killed by the same men he called friends, brought it out.

The following scene, Warren and Brad in a motel trying to overcome the fear of what has just happened, is the most romantic and sweet scene of all the novel, and the reason why I considered this one to be a romance; Brad will leave Warren the morning after, but Warren is not ready to renounce to love and he will set in a quest to find the man again. He will end up in late ’60 San Francisco, hustling and bustling to make the ends meet, and exploring the gay life, that life that Brad advised is not “gay” at all.

Now if you are a romance lover, you will find difficult to go through this part of the novel, Warren will see and do a lot, not always in the name of love, but mainly for the sake of pleasure. I wondered on this part of the story, as I wondered on its ending, and I arrived to the conclusion it was right; that was an era where free sex and multiple partners were not a “kink” but more or less ordinary events. By the way, if you read through Dirk Vanden’s bio, you will find that even him had a similar experience with one of his partners, and that relationship lasted for a long, long time.

I Want It All is for sure extreme, but truth be told, not more than other today BDSM/Erotic Romance novels I read; as I said, it was a nice surprise to find a bit of romance and above all an happily ever after (or at least that is at the end of this book, I have still to read the other 2, so I don’t know what it will be of Warren and Brad, but I have hope).

Amazon: All Together
Amazon Kindle: All Together
Paperback: 532 pages
Publisher: loveyoudivine Alterotica (August 11, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1600546307
ISBN-13: 978-1600546303

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"EMBRACE" by Dirk Vanden - oil on canvas - 24x30 - 1970. This paint hung briefly at THE STUD (a private club owned by the same people of DAVE'S BATHS) in San Francisco & sold quickly for $75
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It’s very clear this author is used to write erotic historical romances, and I’d like to highlight the word “erotic”, since in this case it weights a little more than the “historical” one. Nobleman Nathan has done his due to the dukedom, 2 sons and 1 daughter, and now he has no patience left for his demanding wife, a wife that, by the way, has already found a replacement for the role of bedmate. There is no love between Nathan and his wife, and from what I understand, never there was. Even if it’s not detailed, I think their was an arranged marriage of some sort. Sure, to my opinion, Nathan could have found someone nicer to be the mother of his children, but then the children seem to not have taken from their mother.

Lately a new addition to the household has helped with raising the kids: Henry, Nathan’s steward, spends as many time as he can with the children, and they seem to care for him as much as they care for their father. Nathan is not against the idea, but he himself would like to have a deeper bond with the young man, only that Henry has never expressed any interest or given him any signs he would be willing. Aside from that, Henry’s devotion to Nathan is exclusive, and when he learns about a possible threat to the man’s good name, he is ready to risk his cover for him: Henry is a former whore and he escaped a molly house; the man who is blackmailing Nathan is the same man Henry was running away from; of course Henry’s plot will not go as smoothly as he hoped and Nathan will have to help him. That is no surprising at all, what will be a nice surprise for the reader is the changing in powership that will happen between Nathan and Henry.

At the beginning I found Henry to be a little too submissive, too weak; I was already thinking to tag this story as a “classical” breeches rippers, with the poor young man falling in love for the dashing aristocrat; but even if this is a breeches rippers, you will have a surprise on whom will have his breeches ripped. I think this is due to two major factor: Henry’s bad past experience preventing him to fully trust another man, with his body but above all with his freedom, and Nathan’s need for once to not be the one in command, his need to let it go, and exactly at the opposite of Henry, to be able to trust someone with his body and his freedom.

This is book 1 in a series, and it’s clear who will be the pair of book 2. What remained an open point is if maybe this is not a spin off of some other series by the same author, mainly since some of the supporting characters, having only a cameo role, gave me the idea to have a some sort of shared past with both Henry than Nathan, and so there was a little bit the feeling to be plunged in the middle of the action with little preparation. But in a way, it was no bad, since the reader was soon at the main course, without wasting much time with the appetizers.

Amazon Kindle: Almost an Equal (The Hunt Club Chronicles - Book 1)
Publisher: Night Shift Publishing (June 15, 2011)

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Spoils of War is 100% what not so long ago people defined a savage romance, or, a bodice ripper. But actually to Micah it goes even worst than the heroines of those old fashioned romances, since if they were raped, it was only at the hands of who will become their chosen hero; unfortunately here Micah, the kidnapped son of a king is continuously raped by his captors for almost a year before Eli, his rescuer, can free him.

Micah, kidnapped at 8 years old and traumatized by the death of his own mother, has for sure suffered from a trauma that blocked his mental growth, he is more a boy than an adult man; and being deprived of food and care, also his body didn’t grow as expected, and he is small and fragile.

Since he has never known anything else, Micah consider sex like an ordinary way to prove attachment; when Eli freed him, Micah identifies in the man his new master, and of course he has to prove to his master that he is worthy. On the contrary of what most reader will expect, Eli is more than willing to have sex with Micah, but for the first time, it’s Micah receiving pleasure. Eli dotes on Micah like he is a precious treasure, bathing him, feeding him, and giving him pleasure. Micah is “allowed” to receive such pleasure, but Eli stubbornly refuses to let Micah do any sexual act that would bring sexual relief to Eli without it being shared between them.

While I really felt uncomfortable with the first part of the story, when Micah is a sex slave for his captor, I started to enjoy the story reading of the bond that was slowly but steadily growing between Micah and Eli, above all, even if Eli is for sure stronger than Micah, he never once imposes himself on the boy, letting Micah grows confident of his sexuality at his own pace. I don’t think Micah will ever overcome his trauma, and I think he will always be more a boy than a man, but at least now he knows there are people who care for him, and that he is safe and cared for.

https://www.nobleromance.com/Books/192/Spoils-of-War

Amazon: Spoils of War
Amazon Kindle: Spoils of War
Paperback: 146 pages
Publisher: Noble Romance Publishing, LLC (January 2, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 160592184X
ISBN-13: 978-1605921846

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In Service is not a “pretty” or “cute” M/M romance, on the contrary it’s dark and dirty (Dark Roast Press is specialized in this type of stories); I’m sure it’s not the cup of tea for the average reader, but in more than 300 pages it is for sure an alternative reality plot that will find its fans among those readers who like almost epic novels. The alternative society described in the book is something that, in various degrees, I have already found in other novels: in a not so far future, the difference between high and low society increased so much that it almost went back to feudalism, when life servants were common practice. A man or a woman can choose to go into life service to pay their debts or to take care of their family, but if you are born from a servant you are a servant yourself, even if you didn’t choose that life. Plus, there is no age restriction, and so even underage children can go into service. In this modern and progressive society (yes, I’m sarcastic) it’s common practice when you reach your 25th birthday to receive a servant who will take care or your sexual needs.

Elias is nobility and he is also a spoiled brat; when he sees Jared, the 20 years old servant of another man, he doesn’t care what damage he will care, he pretends his gift to be that servant and no one else. Problem is that Jared was sold into service to pay for the damage he caused to a noble man and now the same noble man is going after Jared’s younger brother, since he couldn’t have his toy.

As I said, even if there is a blossoming romance between Elias and Jared, it is also peppered with obstacles and events that will involve violence, deaths and non consensual sex. The non con sex doesn’t happen between Elias and Jared, and when it happens, it’s not described, only related, but still I need to warn the most sensitive readers. Of course the first sex scenes between Elias and Jared are not out of love, but a service Jared is paying to Elias. It also serves to the author to highlight how much, sex scene by sex scene, the relationship is changing between Jared and Elias, and when we arrive to hear love words between them, they seem truer due to that.

Jared is not an easy character to like if you want for your heroes to be strong willed and independent, even if he will get better, at the beginning I had the feelings he was permanently mentally damaged; it’s like his mind stopped to evolve when he was 12 years old and sold into service. Love will help him, but indeed he lost 8 years and he needs time to recover those.

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As many told me, the second books in the Deviations series tends to be a little more “public” than the previous one, but that is not necessarily a bad point. True, I don’t like very much public sex scene, but the ones in Deviations: Domination are tempered by the fact that they are, in a way, a commitment: allowing Tobias to stake his claims on Noah in front of their friend is a way for Tobias to fully commit to Noah and for Noah to fully acknowledge his relationship with Tobias. If I remember well, Noah was “scarred” by a bad experience with his previous Dominant, bad not since he didn’t love the man (that is still his friend) but since he couldn’t completely trust him with his safety. So allowing to Tobias to be so clearly in power is at the same time admitting that he trusts Tobias; trusting to Noah doesn’t come easily, not only for his past experiences, but also since, as a cop, he has to be really careful.

For Tobias, committing so fully to Noah, is also a way of healing from his past; again the previous partner, Phan, is part of the story, and his relationship with Tobias is still on, only moved to a friendship stage. Tobias doesn’t hate Phan, on the contrary, I have the feeling that he is still in love with him, but now, in book 2, Tobias realizes his future is with Noah. Taking their relationship in front of people is like taking vows, a some sort of marriage, a proof that Tobias is over Phan and ready to fully love Noah; and so of course, worthy of the trust Noah wants to give him.

I’m true, as always, BDSM is not my cup of tea, and more it’s intense, more I’m not so comfortable. But as I told to a friend, about the previous book, I can understand the concept behind, and I fully understand that, to some point of view, BDSM is really romantic: it’s giving yourself completely to someone else, trusting that he will want only the better for you, that his love is so strong that your own good is the most important thing… if that is not unconditional love, I don’t know what else could be.

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Amazon: Deviations: Domination
Amazon Kindle: Deviations: Domination
Paperback: 300 pages
Publisher: Torquere Press (June 30, 2008)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1934166006
ISBN-13: 978-1934166000

Series: Deviations
1) Submission: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/1282305.html
2) Domination

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First of all my compliments to Cardeno C., she managed to acquire for her Home series one cover better than the other. That is a huge point of advantage if you want to entice new readers to your books.

I decided to start this series from the beginning, the extended novella Home Again. It’s a good plot that maybe slips a bit on the sugary slide towards the end, but all in all I enjoyed it quite a lot. The story plans out on a parallel temporal line, one point of view is from Clark, who remember how he met Noah when they were only 17 and 13 years old, and the other one is from Noah, 14 years later, on an hospital bedroom after an accident, trying to understand why everyone seems older than what he remembers.

Even if Noah is the younger of the two, it’s not for that reason that Clark assumes a protective role on his regard; actually Noah is (now) and was (then) way stronger than Clark, and even more experienced, but he has some behavioural issues, that at 13 years old he was not able to manage, if not rebelling against his parents, and that now, at 27 years old, he needs Clark’s help to help him. I can relate to Clark’s character, having lived his same experience, assisting a parent during a terminal illness, and seeing that parent die when you were in that moment when everything changes, on the edge between young and adult. Clark can be naïve, and innocent, but he is not stupid, and he immediately understands that he needs to help Noah, otherwise the other kid will not arrive to that edge, let alone go through it.

This part of the novel can be a little optimistic, but it’s also really romantic; I can believe that 13 and 17 years allow you to believe in forever love and all, and that falling in love at first sight is not impossible. I can even believe that Clark was unaware of his homosexuality until Noah didn’t put him in front of it; Clark had other bigger problems to occupy his mind.

Even the other parallel story, the one about adult Clark and Noah, the hospital experience and the coming back home, even that was good. Again there is a lot of sugar, a lot of bared emotions, maybe a little too much optimism, but that is the stuff of romance.

The only point that I really didn’t catch, is the reason why Clark and Noah had a break-up and lived apart for 3 years. And even the afterward explanation, with Noah’s brother’s involvement was too rushed, at least for me. It seemed stupid that two men who love each other so much were willing to live apart for 3 years for a stupid mistake no one of them was willing to admit. But again, love can be unpredictable, and nor Clark or Noah are really expert about it, being more or less the first for each other. So maybe this was only a step in their relationship they needed to reach and overcome sooner or later, to test it and make it stronger for the future.

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Amazon Kindle: Home Again (Home Series)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (February 16, 2011)

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Deviations: Submission is like the 101 course about Gay BDSM Romance; when you are a newbie in the genre, and you are like testing the water, it’s very likely that you will stumble upon this series, or at least it was like that for me. I admit, I was not ready; I remember that I started to read the first book, this one, but I was not able to continue. Pain/pleasure games, 24/7 D/s relationships, flogging, gagging, and on and on, was really too much for me at the time. I realize now, more or less 5 years later, that indeed this series is way more “mild” than other novels I read after that.

Both men involved in this relationship, the Dom Tobias and the sub Noah, come along with different needs clicking together. Tobias invested a lot in a relationship with another sub, Phan, but he was not the right man for that job; basically Tobias is a caretaker, he is a vet and he has the need to take care for other people embedded in his behaviour, he cannot really dish out extreme pain, not even if the other man is asking for it. Something that apparently I didn’t catch the first time I read this novel is that Tobias is not searching for a pain s**t, and that, if Noah was one, the relationship between them was never fated to start.

Noah is another character that has his job in his own blood, but in a different way than Tobias; I think that Noah, a police officer, is always so focused in helping other people, in being good and in control, that in his private life he needs to let it go. But for various reasons he has trusting issues, and so he cannot really fully depend on another man, something that is unbearable from most Doms out there. So Noah is going through Doms like someone would go through boyfriends, testing each of them but finding them lacking. Probably the matching between Tobias and Noah is perfect right since both of them actually don’t want to go to the extreme of a D/s relationship, and that is exactly the level of BDSM that I can take.

Another think that I can now appreciate in this series, is that, in the end, the sex between them is more intimate and less “scene”; I really don’t like very much all the public display that most of the BDSM novels imply as ordinary. It’s true that Noah and Tobias met in a private club, and use its facilities, but the sex is mostly between the two of them, so much that they talk about being exclusive almost from the beginning. The story maybe started like a convenient matching of two people searching a good night, but then it soon moves to love and long-term commitment, even if the commitment was enshrined by a D/s contract. But I can see (and I know since this is only the first in a 4 books series) that this relationship is fated to moved beyond this contract and into a partnership looking for more than sex.

http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=97&products_id=450

Amazon: Deviations: Submission
Amazon Kindle: Deviations: Submission
Paperback: 316 pages
Publisher: Torquere Press (June 26, 2008)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1933389850
ISBN-13: 978-1933389851

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Sean Michael is an author that I have already the chance to appreciate more than once and I clearly remember that I liked the first story in this series, but for a reason or the other (maybe since all books in this series are medium-long length) I didn’t read them as soon as they were out. And after picking up the second one, I have to say that was probably a mistake.

I’m true, another reason why I was not so ready to read them is that BDSM is not my cup of tea; but the story of intellectual Billy who “rescues” found artist Montana (Tanny) was more romantic than erotic, even if, don’t get me wrong, sex is an important share of the story.

Billy is a very nice character, even if he gave us few hints to understand his past (foster kid, self-made man), you can understand that he is the type of man that instead of closing his heart to the world in a way to protect it, he decides to wide open it and he is ready and willing to share the little love he received multiple to the nth. So when Tanny approaches him on a street, Billy looks beyond the scruffy exterior, beyond the junky drifter asking for a smoke, he sees a potential neither Tanny is able to see.

Billy takes Tanny in, he gives him shelter and food, but not right at that time sex; sure, Billy is open in his interest for Tanny, but he makes also clear that sex is not barter for what he is giving to Tanny. In a way Billy is repaying who was good with him being good with another, so Tanny has to not give anything back. When, and if, Tanny will be interested in a love relationship, than it will be only since he is really attracted to Billy.

I like the similitude the author chooses for the word “Found”: of course Billy found Tanny and helped him; but Tanny is also a found artist, he makes trinkets from the trash, objects that he is not able to recognize as artistic pieces (a point Billy will help him to understand). In this found art I see another similitude: like for the objects Tanny creates and that he is not able to see as art, Tanny is also not able to see himself with Billy’s eyes; Tanny doesn’t understand why Billy loves him, since Tanny doesn’t see in himself anything to love, and like for his art, he judges himself something of little value. Again Billy, like for his art, will help him to understand what great gift he is to Billy.

The BDSM side of the story enters late in the plot and even if Billy shares this interest with other friends (all the members of the Hammer’s nightclub), it’s something that Billy and Tanny share only between them; their relationship is not really of the Dom/sub type, at least not at this moment, Billy is more like a therapist, using their bond to help Tanny to focus on what their future can be.

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Amazon: Found
Amazon Kindle: Found
Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Torquere Press (June 24, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1603707468
ISBN-13: 978-1603707466

Series: A Hammer Novel
1) Bent: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/350305.html
2) Found

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