Review: Not safe for work by L.A. Witt

Not safe for work

Series: Standalone

Genre: LGBT (m/m), Erotica, Romance

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Cover: Yes. Come on, what’s not to like?

Buy: Amazon (publishing date is December 15th)

Trigger Warning: None

Description: They’re a match made in the dungeon…until their secret gets out.Bored senseless in a meeting, architectural modeler Jon McNeill amuses himself with a kinky dating app on his phone. Then the app matches him with another user…who’s six feet away. Suddenly Jon finds himself on the same page as someone way above his pay grade: millionaire property developer Rick Pierce. His firm’s biggest—and hottest—client.The app isn’t kidding either. They’re a perfect match. Jon’s a Dom, Rick’s a sub, andbondage is their thing. Both guys are well into their forties, know their way around the bedroom, and definitely appreciate a good suit. And the best part? They’re a match outside the bedroom too.But office relationships aren’t easy to keep a secret. When the truth comes out, Jon iscertain he’s about to get fired. Instead, his bosses throw him a curve ball—an ultimatum that puts both his job and his relationship in jeopardy.Warning: Contains literal and figurative sex machines, blindfolds, a sub being punished during a business meeting, enough rope to tangle up a millionaire, and a Golden Girls marathon.

Review: I was pulled right into this story, because the book’s voice is really captivating. Both main characters are middle-aged. This alone is a huge plus to me because always reading about young, sexy men in their twenties? ‘Older’ people have a (sex) life, too. I liked how their age plays a role. You can’t kneel for a long time without discomfort and sometimes your knees do complain. This made the characters very real and likeable.

There is some kind of Insta-lust, but in this case it does make sense. If you are kinky and you learn someone is compatible with you, you start to fantasize, right? I especially liked that they have a vanilla sex life and a kinky one. The kinks they engage in, are discussed before they start playing and they get to know each other, so trust is build before.

While there are some sex scenes (of course), the characters aren’t defined by their sexuality. They have a life outside of it too – mainly work – and that has a big part in this story. Bonus points for female characters with personality.

There were some repititions in this book, but since my copy is an arc I’m hoping this will be edited. If the ending or rather the part before the end, would have been not so rushed and easily solved, I’d have given 5 stars.

Disclaimer: I was provided via NetGalley with a free copy in exchange for an honest review. Thank you.

Review: Ecstasy Unbound by Setta Jay

51b9mhj7hul-_sx331_bo1204203200_ Series: Guardians of the Realms Series (Book 1)

Genre: Erotica (m/f/m), Paranormal

Rating: dnf at 60% chapter 19

Cover: Fitting

Buy: Amazon

Trigger warnings: rape, maybe more

 

Description: As one of the twelve Guardians, Urian has spent the last several centuries in a constant battle to keep the inhabitants of Earth’s Realms under control. Humanity has to evolve, hell beasts need to die, and Immortals need mates. But lately, Uri’s mind is overrun with thoughts of when his sexy voyeur will find him again, watching him from the shadows, continuing their wicked game. All Guardians are forbidden contact with the little goddess and her brothers, but his need for her escalating, he finds it increasingly difficult to keep from pinning her down on the nearest surface and making her his.

Alexandra has managed to evade the Guardians and being cast out from the human Realm for centuries, ever since the Creators sent the Gods to sleep for their sins against humanity and banished all Immortals. Always sensing that she was needed on Earth, only once has Alex gone against her instincts and the price she paid will forever haunt her. It is for that reason she forces herself to stay away from the only male who has ever truly enticed her. The only one who has ever made her long for what she knows is dangerous.

In a desperate need to help her beloved brother, she will have to go to the enthralling Guardian, her dark obsession, and even though he will surely attempt to exile her, she won’t go easily…

Review: Well… I really struggled with this novel. I dnf-ed at 48%, a few days later I gave it another try and dnf-ed at 60%. I wasn’t willing to give this novel a third chance.

The first thing I noticed was the writing. The male did this, the male did that. Female this, female that. I have never read the words male and female this often in my entire life. But those weren’t the only repetitions. There isn’t a lot happening and what did happen gets told again and again. So writing? Meh.

Let’s move along to the characters. I didn’t enjoy those either. They were just boring and they didn’t make a lot of sense to be honest.  As you can read in the description, Alex has to save her brother. Instead of saving him, she sleeps with Uri. Again and again. They can’t think of anything else beside sex. Upstairs brains? I don’t think they have those. Bond sex can be hot but I was always thinking about her dying brother. Unlike her. Apparently later she gets a second mate? I didn’t read that far.

Everyhing would have worked better as a sexy short story. No dying brother, no drama, just sex. Maybe some different words now and then.

Disclaimer: I was provided through NetGalley with a free copy in exchange for an honest review. Thank you.

Review: Clean by Mia Kerick

 Series: Standalone

Genre: LGBT (m/m)

Rating: 4/5 stars

Cover: I’m not sure if it fits?

Buy: Amazon

Trigger Warnings: (child) rape, neglect, drugs

Description: High school senior Lanny Keating has it all. A three-sport athlete at Lauserville High School looking at a college football scholarship, with a supportive family, stellar grades, boy band good looks… until the fateful day when it all falls apart.
Seventeen-year-old Trevor Ladd has always been a publicly declared zero and the high school badboy. Abandoned by his mother and sexually abused by his legal guardian, Trevor sets his sights on mere survival.
Lanny seeks out Trevor’s companionship to avoid his shattered home life. Unwilling to share their personal experiences of pain, the boys explore ways to escape, leading them into sexual experimentation, and the abuse of illegal drugs and alcohol. Their mutual suffering creates a lasting bond of friendship and love.
When the time finally comes to get clean and sober, or flunk out of high school, only one of the boys will graduate, while the other spirals downward into addiction.
Will Lanny and Trevor find the strength to battle their demons of mind-altering substances as well as emotional vulnerability?
Clean takes the reader on a gritty trip into the real and raw world of teenage substance abuse.

Review: After reading this novel’s foreword I was expecting much from Clean. Mia Kerick didn’t disappoint my expectations.

Just after a few pages I was very close to tears. Both characters take a hold of your heart and then rip it out without mercy. I really liked how different Lanny and Trevor are. So different in fact, that you can tell apart both POVs without problems (although Trevor’s rambling without any comma was at times a bit exhausting to read).

The story feels very real and right up until the end, you don’t know whether they will make it or not. Will they overcome their addiction? Will they become a couple? Speaking of couples… The main characters have a very unhealthy relationship with each other – mostly thanks to the drugs – but that relationship still feels somehow innocent and makes total sense.

Disclaimer: The author provided me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review. Thank you.

Review: Times of our Lives by Jane Waterton

cover_times-of-our-lives_500x8001  Series: Standalone

Genre: LGBT (f/f), Romance

Rating: 3/5 stars

Cover: I love it

Buy: Ylva shop, Amazon

Trigger warnings: cancer

Description: „Growing older is not for Sissies…“

Set against the backdrop of OWL Haven, Australia’s first exclusively lesbian retirement community, an irreverent cast of residents share their lives, hopes and dreams together.

At 65, Meg Sullivan is very clear about what and who she wants in life. Despite a string of lovers Meg’s first loyalty has always been to her best friend, Allie Richards. After reading about OWL Haven in a magazine, she knows the lesbian retirement village would be perfect for them both.

Allie Richards has shared the best part of her life with Meg. For over forty years they’ve traveled the world, and love and trust each other completely. Moving to OWL is perfect, as a new group of friends join their comfortable circle of two.

After her last relationship ended, Sparrow Hopkins was left with a broken heart. Quietly resigned to being alone for the rest of her life Sparrow discovers a feisty, vibrant group of women who are not afraid to take chances. Despite her promise to never fall in love again, life, as she is to find out, has other plans.

Pat and Bella have been together for nearly fifty years. To them OWL represents the secure and loving community they rarely experienced in the homophobic Sydney of the 60’s. But life is never simple, and safety is sometimes elusive as they face their own personal challenges.

Daphne Williams has always been a loner. Despite her preconceptions of retirement villages she discovers peace and happiness at OWL Haven. However, when her tightly controlled world goes into freefall, Daphne has to make a major decision. Does she keep control or open up a new world of joy and hope.

Through laughter, tears, and joy these woman prove that no matter what your age, you’re never too old to fall in love.

Review: This is the first novel I’ve read about ‘older’ lesbians. And I really liked how this part was handled. Every women has experienced different things due to her queerness and the reader gets to read a little about those experiences. Sadly only a little.

The main problem I had with Times of our Lives were too many characters. I couldn’t really say which characters were the main ones. Every character has her own story and every story is more or less equal to the others. So I had no chance to really invest myself in one relationship.

At first I had the feeling that Daphne and her partner were the ‘sex-couple’, because I read a lot about their sex life – although without a lot of details. Then suddenly the other couples started having sex, too. I’m not sure if that maybe was just too much for this story?

Anyway. I would have liked this book as a series more. You know, each book focusses on one pairing and the other relaionships are on the side? The characters were great, so I wouldn’t have minded reading more about them.

But it’s still a very funny book. I especially enjoyed the tupperware scene and I’m not sure if I can ever use tupperware products without thinking of it.

Disclaimer: I was provided with a free copy by Yvla-Verlag in exchange for an honest review. Thank you.

Top Eight Quotes I Loved From ‘How to be a normal person’

As always this meme is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. Go and take a look at their blog!

I’m not one of those readers, who bookmark or highlight quotes they like. But I was checking the top ten tuesday themes back when I was reading How to be a normal person by TJ Klune (review here), so I highlighted some quotes I liked.


 

Never, ever let anyone tell you that who you are is wrong. […] You are exactlyy the way you’re supposed to be.

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“What the hell does that mean?” Gus asked. “Lawl? Lole? I don’t speak youth!”

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With encyclopedias, it was easy. You knew the topic you wanted, you picked the volume that contained information on the topic, you researched the topic, and then you put the volume back.

The internet was vast and had men with disproportioanetly large testicles.

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You can’t change someone else to fit how you want them to be.

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Sex and romance don’t always have to go hand in hand, Gustavo.

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I didn’t know at first, but I asked and he explained. So yes. I know.

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“But why does it matter? Why do I need to be defined as anything? Why can’t I just be who I am without some asshole trying to make me into something I’m not?”

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Miscommunication is ridiculous and can be avoided if you just talk about it. Talk about your problems. Talk about your concerns.

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Review: Gatekeepers & Dreamweavers by Helena Maeve

Gatekeepers & DreamweaversSeries: Standalone

Genre: Fantasy, Romance, LGBTQIA+

Rating: 2.5/5 stars

Cover: I fell in love with it.

Buy: Less than three press

Trigger warnings: forced prostitution

Description: Condemned for witchcraft and about to swing for the abduction of half a dozen children, Irene is bewildered when her noose breaks. Her only hope lies in the forests that have protected the women of her family for generations. But when a young man fleeing abuse ventures into her safe haven, Irene’s plans are suddenly thrown into disarray.

Too pretty for his own good, Simon Bonnay has been on the receiving end of unwanted attention for years. And though she may be a witch, Simon would sooner earn his keep with Irene than any of the men in town.

As a night of passion gives way to brutal morning, leaving a man dead and a witch hunter wounded on their doorstep, Irene’s secluded home soon becomes a pressure cooker of volatile emotions and sweltering passion. Old enemies may have no choice but to work together to prevent a greater evil—or die trying.

Review: It was very hard for me to get into this novella, but when I finally did it, I was very interested in Simon’s story – rather his past. Sadly this wasn’t not a big part of this book, but the reader gets a little information at least. Just enough so the really, really fast developing relationship between him and Irene makes sense. And then suddenly there’s this big interest in Lucas and she sleeps with him. If you really want to read a LGBTQIA+ book this may not be the right one for you. There is so much heterosexual sex! One gay sex scene behind the scenes and one kiss between two males.

Now, I don’t need sex to accept someone as queer, don’t get me wrong, and there are a lot of bisexuals and pansexuals andandand out there but this whole book felt to me like a straight romance with a threesome which focusses on the woman. I was hugely disappointed, because I expected more. If this novella wouldn’t have been listed at Netgalley as LGBTQIA, I think I would have enjoyed it a little more.

The way Irene’s witchyness was shown, was very interesting. I would have like more of this, especially because she was a witch but provided the people with herbal medicine as well.

Overall this story might have worked better as a novel. While and after reading I had the feeling that something was missing. A lot of sex, but not enough story and the drama was more in the background than at the front.

Disclaimer: I was provided through NetGalley with a free copy in exchange for an honest review. Thank you.

Review: Rule of Three by Lore Graham

rule of threeSeries: Standalone

Genre: LGBT (m/m/gq), Erotica

Rating: 2/5 stars

Cover: It’s okay, I guess.

Buy: Less than three press (publishing date 18th November)

Trigger warning: none

Description: Provoked by yet another argument with his rival, Ian sets out to prove he’s capable of serious black magic by summoning a demon. Instead of a hulking, red-skinned brute, however, he winds up with the handsome incubus Alistair. Now, Ian must cope with a wily and seductive matchmaker who insists his rival may be more than just an adversary.

Review: I expected so much more from this book. Instead I got two sex scenes, which didn’t do it for me. But there still are a few great things about Rule of Three. First it’s about magic today. Our main character – who isn’t the most intelligent mage there is, I’d say – for example uses the internet to get the pronunciations right. Another main character is genderqueer (ze uses – obviously – ze/zir, but sadly there were a lot of mistakes where he/his was used). And the third main character? Alistair could have been so much more. I really liked his character and I would have loved to get to know more about him.

I can’t tell you much about the plot, because there isn’t much plot to begin with. The relationships seemed to me forced. In my eyes everything would have worked better, if this book would have been longer – more character introduction, more about this world, just… more.

Disclaimer: I was provided through NetGalley with a free copy in exchange for an honest review. Thank you.