Review: Catalysts: The Scientific Method by Kris Ripper

 Series: The Scientific Method Universe (book 1)

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

Rating: 4.5/5 stars

Cover: I really like it.

Buy: Amazon

Trigger warnings: rape fanatsy

Description: Sometimes all it takes is meeting one person to turn your world upside down. Will Derrie likes girls but he isn’t honest with them; he wants kinky sex and lots of it. When Hugh offers to dominate him, no sex required, Will realizes it might not be so easy to separate the two.

Sometimes all it takes is a new angle on an old idea to change everything you thought you wanted. Hugh Reynolds holds the world at arm’s length. He lives alone, works alone, and he thinks he’s as happy as he’ll ever be. But Will gets under his skin and once he’s gone, Hugh realizes he doesn’t want to go it alone forever.

Sometimes all it takes is a random encounter to open your mind (and your heart). Truman Jennings hits on a cute guy at a conference and he’s smitten by the end of their first date. Hugh’s not the kindest or the easiest boyfriend Truman’s ever had, but he brings one thing to their relationship that no one else could: kinky, adventurous, sweetly submissive Will.

Sometimes you can’t find the right man till you find the wrong one. Three men. Three sides to love, and intimacy, and laughter. Three people who didn’t know what they were looking for…until they found it in each other.

Review: Oh wow. Nearly perfect. Haven’t read anything like this before. End of review. No, seriously. This book took a hold of me and it still hasn’t let go. I don’t think it ever will.

The first part is about Hugh and Will. I really felt their relationship developing and I loved it so much. They have chemistry, they have personality and they have banter. But that’s not the only reason why I love Catalysts as much as I do.

It isn’t often that kink is written without sex. Well, later on there is sex in this novel, but it still focusses heavily on the psychological part of it. Everything’s just really, really erotic and you get to experience everything.

The second part introduces Truman, who brings a new dynamic to the relationship. Sadly Hugh and Truman’s relationship doesn’t get the same great developement (it’s like ‘bamm, love!’). They still fit very well together, even though Will has doubts where he fits in this relationship now.

And the wonderfully written kinkiness goes on.

I felt really safe reading this novel, which is a strange concept to me. Losing myself in a book? This happens often. But feeling safe doing so? That’s the first time to me. I want more of it.

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Double Review: Cappuccino-Küsse und Damenwahl by Celia Martin

 Series: Lesbisch für Anfängerinnen (Book 2)

Genre: LGBT (f/f), Romance

Rating: 2/5 stars

Cover: well…

Buy: Amazon

Trigger warnings: Homophobia

Description: Für das frisch verliebte Paar Tina und Astrid hängt der Himmel voller Geigen. Besonders Tina befindet sich nach ihrer Kehrtwende von der Hetera zur Lesbe im romantischen Ausnahmezustand. Als Chiara, die Ex-Geliebte von Astrid auftaucht, löst sie einige folgenschwere Missverständnisse aus, die Tinas heile Welt aus den Angeln hebt.

Liebt Astrid Tina nicht mehr? War alles nur ein Strohfeuer? Eine befreundete Privatdetektivin bietet Ihre Hilfe an und überrascht mit verwirrenden Erkenntnissen. Dann taucht auch noch unerwartet Tinas Mutter auf, die noch gar nichts von der momentanen Lebenssituation Ihrer Tochter ahnt.

Die Ereignisse überschlagen sich, als Henriette von Lojewski, Inhaberin eines Cateringservice, Tina in mehrfacher Hinsicht ein verlockendes Angebot macht. Denn das hat nicht nur mit Tinas beliebtem Kleingebäck, den Cappuccino-Küssen zu tun …

Review: As much as I loved Willkommen in der WG (review here)… I couldn’t enjoy this book. I really had to struggle through it.

There was far too much drama for me and then it was too easily solved. To be honest, it felt kinda unrealistic, because… if they would have spoken with each other… there was a reason why they didn’t, but that seemed unreal as well.

I missed the humour of the first part, too. Instead we’ve got unnecessary scenes with Tina’s parents (especially her mum). Unneccessary for me of course. Other people may think different.
Overall very disappointing.
Disclaimer: I was provided by Butze Verlag with a free copy in exchange for an honest review. Thank you.


 

 Series: Lesbisch für Anfängerinnen (Book 3)

Genre: LGBT (f/f), Romance

Rating: 4/5 stars

Cover: I have to repeat myself: well…

Buy: Amazon

Trigger warnings: none

Description: Die Clique um Tina, Astrid und die WG-Frauen wird vom Leben mal wieder heftig durchgeschüttelt. Nicht genug damit, dass Käthe ihre Wohnung verlieren soll. Sie bangt auch um ihren Job, weil das Frauenkulturhaus von der Schließung bedroht ist.

Als sie und ihre Freundinnen herausfinden, wer hinter dem Ganzen steckt, erleben sie eine böse Überraschung … Nebst Irrungen und Wirrungen spielt auch so manches Frauenherz verrückt: Während Martha die toughe und widerspenstige Anwältin Ayshe anbaggert, kann Julia die Augen nicht von der hübschen, aber mürrischen Journalistin Charlotte lassen.

Tina, unsere vielseitig begabte Erzählerin, schreibt beruflich an einem Artikel über aphrodisierende Speisen, die sie hemmungslos an ihren Freundinnen testet. Mit teils ungeahnten Folgen.

Review: I’m happy I got Damenwahl and Cappuccino-Küsse at the same time. Otherwise I wouldn’t have read the third part. This one I could enjoy again. I don’t know why the second book is so different?

It was interesting to read, but it, too, lacks the first book’s humour. Luckily I didn’t miss it this time. This may have to with the fact, that this one’s really thrilling. I can’t tell you much without spoiling you, but be prepared to feel a little or maybe a little bit more rage.

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

Review: Milady’s Command by JD Carabella

 Series: Another Dream come true (book 2, but can be read as standalone)

Genre: Erotica

Rating: 3.5/5 stars

Cover: I don’t like those two-part covers, but the pictures fit

Buy: Amazon

Trigger warnings: sliiight slut shaming

Description: Juliet surrendered fifteen years of her life for safety, security, and a McMansion in the coastal suburbs. Today is the first day of her new life. Today, the papers are signed. Today, she is free. Free to find the woman she locked away with the words, ‘I do’.

Now she can start over and demand the things she was too afraid to admit she wanted in her twenties.

Juliet is still a beautiful, sexual woman, but she fears that her secret dreams of power and control will scare away any man worthy of her attention.

In order to achieve her secret desires, Juliet must find the confidence to face her fears, the strength to throw off the shackles of years of prudish submission, and the will to seize the dominant sexual power within herself.

All she needs to do is to find a man who will surrender to her lust and control.

If only she could find the man of her dreams…

Review: I see this short story in two parts. First the ‘plot’ which reminded me a lot of a badly done adult film. There is this newly divorced woman and she hates her ex’s new girlfriend and how young she is. And then she goes and ogles a man who is like the exact age as said girlfriend. Hypocrite much? And why is the girlfriend a slut if the man was the one who cheated? I was really prepared to hate this book.

Luckily then the sexy scenes came and everything got better. The writing style, too, which kinda surprised me. Ignore the plot and settle in for some hot sex with a dominant woman. There was quite a lot of blushing going on and one position made me think “how?!” but I still really enjoyed it.

There even is a plot twist in this short story. And let me tell you, I didn’t see this one coming, but I liked it very much.

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

Review: The Light of the World by Ellen Simpson

 Series: Standalone

Genre: LGBT (f/f), Fantasy, Romance

Rating: 3/5 stars

Cover: I really like it.

Buy: Ylva, Amazon

Trigger warnings: depression, suicide attempt

Description: At the back of her grandmother’s closet lies a mystery.

After her grandmother’s death, Eva finds a series of diaries detailing the life of a girl caught up in the magic of the Roaring Twenties. She cannot reconcile the young woman in these diaries with the miserable old woman she loved so fiercely. What happened to change her grandmother so drastically? Eva is desperate to know more about this period in her grandmother’s life. What is the light of the world, and who is the mysterious girl that her grandmother fell in love with?

Eva starts to investigate the puzzle her grandmother left behind. With the help of a local historian and his enigmatic assistant Olivia, they find a forgotten labyrinth under the city streets. But they are not the only ones down there. Someone else is searching for the light of the world.

Review: I really liked the atmosphere of this book. Scary at first and then just charming, really. Especially when the reader gets to read Eva’s grandmother’s diary.

The characters weren’t as captivating as the atmosphere, sadly, although I liked grandmother Mary. There are some serious parallels between Eva’s story and her grandmother’s, which felt a little bit forced. But maybe that is because I didn’t get Eva. The way her depression was shown/dealt with felt too nonchalantly in my eyes.

This is a fascinating story in theory. But sadly there were absolutely no surprises for me, so I was a little bit bored. It still makes a nice afternoon read. Don’t expect any great insights and you’ll be fine.

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

Review: The Sum of These Things by Emily O’Beirne

 Series: A story of now (book 2)

Genre: LGBT (f/f), NA, Romance

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Cover: I really like how it continues the first book’s cover.

Buy: Amazon (pub. Date 16th december)

Trigger warnings: alcohol consumption

Description: Claire Pearson has already learned a few things this summer. Like falling for a girl is easy. Well, it is if that girl is Mia.

What Claire hasn’t learned yet is that now comes the hard part: learning to trust in this new relationship. And that isn’t easy when no one has ever given you a reason to trust before.
Then there’s the pressing question of what to do with her life. Claire’s new volunteer job working with kids offers a glimpse of a potential future, but it definitely isn’t something her pushy mother is going to like.

Still, everything feels hopeful as she embarks on the next chapter of her life, armed with new friends and the warm and funny Mia. But Claire quickly discovers that negotiating this new terrain of adulthood isn’t easy. Over the rest of this momentous summer, the biggest lesson Claire must learn is how not to let anything get in the way of her happiness. Especially herself.

Review: After reading A Story of Now (review here) I was really excited for the next part. Well and a little bit wary, because a lot of the time second parts aren’t as good as the first one. Luckily not in this case!

The Sum of These Things picks up where the story ended, which I really liked. No big time gasps that get explained in a few words, the reader gets to experience everything along with Claire and Mia. And you really experience everything. I’ve felt the happiness, the anger and the sadness myself (heart-break warning).

The beginning is a little bit slow, because there is lots of kissing and being in a new relationship going on, but I still liked reading about those few steps, because both women are just so cute together.

While the problems the pair has to face are not new, they are realistic and very believable. Everything makes sense and it doesn’t seem to be too much. Bonus points for no clichés by the way. I was prepared for some, but I prepared in vain.
Disclaimer: I was provided by Emily O’Beirne and Ylva Verlag with a free copy in exchange for an honest review. Thank you.

Review: Long time gone by SE Jakes

 Series: Hell or High Water (Book 2)

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

Rating: 5/5 stars

Cover: Same as the first book’s cover: love

Buy: Amazon

Trigger warnings: child abuse, suicide, rape, alcoholism

Description: When a tornado meets a volcano, nothing is safe.

Soldier of fortune Prophet Drews always worked alone—until Tom Boudreaux became his partner. But when Tom walked away three months ago, ostensibly to keep Prophet safe, Prophet learned the true meaning of being alone. Everyone knows that Prophet, a Navy SEAL turned CIA spook turned mercenary, can look after himself. Which means he must’ve driven his lover away.

Even with half a world between them, Prophet can’t get the man out of his head. Maybe that’s why he’s in New Orleans in the middle of a hurricane, protecting Tom’s aunt. But the only looter around is Tom, bursting back into Prophet’s life. It turns out that Prophet’s been stuck in Tom’s head—and heart—too.

Their explosive reunion gets even hotter when Tom is arrested for murder. As they fight to clear his name, they delve deep into his past, finding enemies among everyone they meet. Staying alive in such a dangerous world is hard enough, but they soon discover that fighting to stay together is the most difficult thing they’ve ever done.

Review: Usually follow-up books are not as good as the first, if the first was very good. You’re used to a certain standard and it can be hard to meet said standard. Not here. I wouldn’t be able to say, if I love Catch a ghost (review here) or Long time gone more.

Tom and Prophet’s characters and relationship get more depth and I really felt like I knew them in real life. You don’t have to forgo the sexy scenes between them, but do prepare for heartache. Oh my god, the heartache and overall feels! Luckily you’ll get Aunt Della and her housemates, so there’s still enough humour in this one. I’m really hoping we’ll see them again.

Review: Falling from the sky by Nikki Godwin

 Series: Standalone

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

Rating: 2.5/5 stars

Cover: Don’t know about the letters, but the picture is beautiful

Buy: Amazon

Trigger warnings: suicide mentioning, underage drinking, homophobia

Description: All stability in sixteen-year-old Ridge McCoy’s life crashed and burned in the plane crash that killed his dad. This summer-long basketball camp is his chance to improve his skills and escape his problems back home. But his summer plans take a turn in an unexpected direction when he meets Micah Youngblood, the guy who runs the carousel at the local mall and has a reputation for devouring straight boys’ heterosexuality for breakfast, alongside his chocolate chip pancakes.

Ridge needs a way to avoid the guys at camp, whose only quest for the summer is to drown in beer and hook up with girls. So when Micah offers to explain how the ten unique horses on the carousel are significant to his tribe, Ridge takes him up on it. Still, Ridge can’t decide if this is a bad thing or not. All he knows is that he hasn’t felt this alive since his dad fell from the sky, and as the horse adventures come to an end, Ridge finds himself falling as well – for Micah.

Review: Where to start… I liked the writing itself, the plot? Not so much. Mostly because there isn’t much plot in my eyes. Xbox, zombies, some date-ish scenes.

I didn’t really care for the characters to be honest. Ridge made me feel rather bad, because he is a little bit of a cheating a-hole. I get it that he grieves his dad, but still. Micah identifies as loving girls and boys for a very short time and then he is gay? And I would have liked it if there would have been more about Micah’s tribe. Ridge’s girlfriend gets the part of the ‘annoying, stupid girl who is in the way of the gay relationship’. So, really not my type of characterization.

Their relationship is suddenly… there. It developes really fast and I don’t really get why. But that my have to do with me not liking the characters.

If you ignore the first half and concentrate on the second, it gets better. At least then I can kinda like Ridge and Micah’s relationship and Micah’s nieces are just adorable.

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