Review: Her web master by Normandie Alleman

 Series: Web Master (book 1)

Genre: Erotica

Rating: 4/5 stars

Cover: It doesn’t stand out.

Buy: Amazon

Trigger warnings: none

Description: An online connection.
Masked by anonymity.
No cameras. No pictures.
Curiosity ignited to intrigue.

I thought I knew what I was getting into, but had no idea how far we would go…

My intention was to test the waters, dip my toe in the wading pool. Instead I surrendered to the world of seduction and submission as he submerged me–body, mind, and soul–into an ocean of eroticism.

Emails, texts, and hidden identities, were one thing. But now, coming face-to-face with the mystery man, the star of my fantasies, both terrifies and completely thrills me. If all goes according to plan, he will intensify the exquisite bond we share by transporting me to that glorious intersection between agony and ecstasy. If not, everything we’ve built will come crashing down around us, destroying my dreams in the process.

Either way, there is no going back. Because I want more. Much more.
He always says, “For every ounce of pleasure, a price must be paid.”

And I am going to pay…

Warning: If you’re not a fan of dirty talk or dominant alpha males, “Her Web Master” may not be for you, but if you’re looking for a filthy online boyfriend who will make your toes curl, meet Sophie’s mysterious Dom.

Review: It wasn’t exactly what I was hoping for, but I was surprised how not-light the bdsm part was. Usually there’s a little bit of spanking and that’s it. Here the reader gets for example fork-play.

I was hoping for more details about the online training, since most novels are about live ‘training’. Sadly most solo scenes are mere retellings and rather short, too. More about Sophie’s feelings would have been appreciated. Instead it felt a little bit rushed. It gets better when they move on to phone sessions at least.

I had some problems with the language (not the dirt talk, mind you). So much ‘clit humming’ (I never heard humming used that way before, too) and so much ‘that clit/pussy etc.’ as well. I was tempted to count how often it was used, to be honest.

The end was very predictable and unrealistic as well. So… romance? Not really. Erotica? Yes.

I still was interested in the story and I may read the next installments as well.

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

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Review: Yes, Chef by Alex Cohen

 Series: Standalone

Genre: LGBT (m/m), Romance

Rating: 4/5 stars

Cover: I wanna eat it.

Buy: Less Than Three Press

Trigger warnings: depression mention, abusing relationship mention, homophobia mention

Description: Nothing is more important to Diego than his kitchen. He’s dedicated to his job running one of the top restaurants in town and doesn’t have time for relationships. Then the boss, building on the restaurant’s success, brings in Ben. He’s young, hot, and not nearly as unlikeable as Diego wishes.

Review: This novella made me really hungry! So much tasty food… But not only the food is great. I really liked how harmonic Yes, Chef is, even though both main characters have their fair share of a depressing past. There is no competition in the kitchen, just friends having fun while working.

While it’s a short story, it manages not only to give Diego and Ben character, the side characters have their own pasts, too. Bonus points for Jesse. Why? You gotta read it.

Diego is a little bit of hot and cold, but considering his past, it makes sense. And sex under the influence of alcohol is not a great idea, especially if it’s a couple’s first time (consent issues, y’know?), so I was very happy, that their first time wasn’t then.

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

Review: Moment of Silence by Karen Stivali

 Series: Moments in Time (Book 4, but works as a standalone)

Genre: LGBT (m/m), Romance

Rating: 4.5/5

Cover: I really like it.

Buy: Amazon

Trigger warnings: Suicide mention, Eating Disorder mention

Description: Growing up, Jason Stern led a charmed life complete with devoted sisters, a father who was one of Brooklyn’s most respected rabbis, and a mother who made the world’s best babka. He headed to NYU ready for anything—except falling for the wrong guy, coming out, and getting disowned by his once-loving family. In spite of that, Jason managed to graduate with honors. He’s got friends who treat him like family, and he’s proudly running the largest LGBTQ teen shelter in Manhattan. Life is good, but he’s still falling for the wrong men.

When charming, sexy Quinn Fitzpatrick begins work at the shelter, Jason falls hard and fast. Quinn is tall, blond, funny—damn near perfect. Only if Quinn’s gay, even he doesn’t seem to know it. If he does, he’s not telling anyone. And he’s about one ceremony away from becoming a Catholic priest.

Long hours of work turn to long nights of talking and laughter, and Jason dares to hope this time he’s falling for the right guy. But Quinn’s got a past to deal with and major decisions to make about his future. When Quinn leaves for a silent retreat, Jason knows the silence may change everything.

Review: Usually I refrain from reading novels with religious undertones, because either they condemn said religion or they shove it down your throat how that religion is the only one and everyone has to follow it.

Luckily I made an exception in this case! Both Jason and Quinn deal with doubts about their religion and even though the one is jewish and the other  christian, there is no war of religion.

Thanks to little flashbacks the reader gets a very good knowledge about Jason and his past. The relationship to his father is heartbreaking and his interactions with his sister are just adorable.

I enjoyed reading about Jason and Quinn’s relationship, too. And yes, I liked the drama, because you never know if Quinn will become a priest or not. They talk about their future, which isn’t often done in novels (usually the mc is internally dying but is silent about their fears) and guess what? It isn’t solved quickly after one talk! Very realistic approach.

I just had a little problem with Jason’s offhand way of dealing with his (former) ED. I know a lot of people do, but it left a bad taste in my mouth. Apart from that Moments of Silence is a very captivating and emotional read.

Disclaimer:
Thanks to El, who won a copy of this novel but already owns it (read her review here), the author provided me with a free copy. Thanks to both of you!

Review: Stowe away by Blythe Rippon

 Series: Standalone

Genre: LGBT (f/f)

Rating: 2.5/5 stars

Cover: Nothing special, but okay.

Buy: Amazon

Trigger warnings: depression, suicide attempts, alcohol

Description: Samantha Latham is a little socially awkward and a lot brilliant. When she arrives at Yale, thrilled to finally escape her rural Vermont hometown called Stowe, the focused and driven Sam knows exactly what she wants: an illustrious career as a medical researcher and a relationship with her new best friend Natalie, a talented yet capricious girl who keeps Sam guessing. Everything changes when Sam must suddenly withdraw from school to care for her invalid mother back in Vermont. Moving back to Stowe means no more brilliant career in medicine, and definitely no more Natalie. As she finds herself alone, faced with a life she never wanted, Sam slowly learns to recalibrate what she considers success, discovering the artistic side of Stowe, a community of lesbians she never imagined existed there, and a new woman who inspires Sam to rethink everything she thought she knew-especially about love.

Review: This book makes it not easy to get a feeling for the characters. They are rather stereotypical and… well… If you introduce a character (Samantha by the way) as socially awkward, then show her that way? I don’t think of her as socially awkward. The big and many time jumps didn’t help either.

After finishing I still don’t know why Sam is in love with Natalie. Seriously, why? It didn’t make sense and there wasn’t any chemistry between them.

Part two contains the changes for Sam – I seriously thought the whole book would be about them and what’ll happen after dealing/learning to live with them, but the reader experiences Sam’s college life, too. Anyway, this part was better. The characters were interesting (I especially love Pauly) and Sam herself makes more sense in my eyes.

It still feels kinda unfinished. Not because of the open end, but because there were some things introduced but nothing really came out of it (Sam’s poetry for example).

If the description would have been different, maybe I wouldn’t have been as bored while reading. Because what you read there? That’s the book. It’s more of a summary than a description, I think.
Disclaimer: I was provided by Ylva Publishing with a free copy in exchange for an honest review. Thank you.

Top Ten Books I’ve Recently Added To My TBR

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

It’s been over a month since my last TTT post… how time flies!


 

 I’m Tyler Lindsey, and until recently, I had an okay apartment, an okay girlfriend, and an okay job as a bellboy at a respectable Boston hotel. Then rock star Chris Raiden died right before I brought his room service—stiffing me on the tip, by the way—and my life went to hell. My fifteen minutes of fame was more like five seconds, and my girlfriend left me in disgust.

But even worse—Chris is haunting me. Not the room where he died, like a normal ghost. No, somehow he’s stuck to me and is insisting on taking care of a bunch of unfinished business in California. So now I have to traipse across the country with the world’s most narcissistic ghost.

But . . . I keep having these weird thoughts. Thoughts about how much I like the way he makes me laugh. Thoughts where I kind of want to kiss the emo-narcissist, even though he’s a ghost and an asshole and I can’t touch him anyway. And even if I could, what will happen when he finishes his business and nothing’s keeping him here anymore?

 

 Growing up, Jason Stern led a charmed life complete with devoted sisters, a father who was one of Brooklyn’s most respected rabbis, and a mother who made the world’s best babka. He headed to NYU ready for anything—except falling for the wrong guy, coming out, and getting disowned by his once-loving family. In spite of that, Jason managed to graduate with honors. He’s got friends who treat him like family, and he’s proudly running the largest LGBTQ teen shelter in Manhattan. Life is good, but he’s still falling for the wrong men.

When charming, sexy Quinn Fitzpatrick begins work at the shelter, Jason falls hard and fast. Quinn is tall, blond, funny—damn near perfect. Only if Quinn’s gay, even he doesn’t seem to know it. If he does, he’s not telling anyone. And he’s about one ceremony away from becoming a Catholic priest.

Long hours of work turn to long nights of talking and laughter, and Jason dares to hope this time he’s falling for the right guy. But Quinn’s got a past to deal with and major decisions to make about his future. When Quinn leaves for a silent retreat, Jason knows the silence may change everything. (expect a review soon!)

 

 It was a Thursday. The day one eighteen-year-old gunman would change the lives of an entire town.

Principal Mark Kurtz loved his school. He worked hard to give his students every advantage in life, but he could have never predicted that on a warm day in May, a distraught senior would commit an unimaginable act of vengeance on his classmates.

In the aftermath of the shooting that left both students and faculty members dead, Mark must deal with his own guilt while trying to help those around him feel safe once again.

Mark’s problems are compounded when an old flame, Lane Warner, arrives in town to help treat the trauma victims. How can he possibly deal with his own guilt, be there for his seventeen-year-old son and confront the part of himself he’s always denied while trying to heal a broken community?

 

 

 Deacon Reid was born bad to the bone with no intention of changing. A lifetime of law-bending and living on the edge suited him just fine—until his baby sister died and he found himself raising her little girl.

Staring down a family history of bad decisions and reaped consequences, Deacon cashes in everything he owns, purchases an auto shop in Half Moon Bay, and takes his niece, Zig, far away from the drug dens and murderous streets they grew up on. Zig deserves a better life than what he had, and Deacon is determined to give it to her.

Lang Harris is stunned when Zig, a little girl in combat boots and a purple tutu blows into his bookstore, and then he’s left speechless when her uncle, Deacon Reid walks in, hot on her heels. Lang always played it safe but Deacon tempts him to step over the line… just a little bit.

More than a little bit. And Lang is willing to be tempted.

Unfortunately, Zig isn’t the only bit of chaos dropped into Half Moon Bay. Violence and death strikes leaving Deacon scrambling to fight off a killer before he loses not only Zig but Lang too.

 

 The New York Times bestselling author of Call on Me invites you to discover the thrill of control as one couple wrestles for power in and out of the bedroom…

Samantha Dunbar needs to forget Gibson Andrews. When he trained her to be a domme, she experienced just how hot things could get with the sexy executive. She was ready to hand him everything—including her heart. But Gibson backed away, declaring them incompatible. He’s a dominant, and Sam’s no submissive.

But after an attack shakes Sam to her core, Gibson tracks her down at her family’s rundown farmhouse and makes her an offer. He’ll stay the week and be hers in every way—a helping hand for the renovation and a willing lover in her bed. He swore he’d never give up control to anyone again, but he hasn’t been able to touch another woman since Sam. Maybe a week alone with her will cure him of his relentless craving.

But one taste only makes them want more, and Sam and Gibson are drawn in deeper than ever. The man who won’t give in has just met the girl who won’t give up…

 

 Jason Walker is a child star turned teen heartthrob turned reluctant B-movie regular who’s sick of his failing career. So he gives up Hollywood for northern Idaho, far away from the press, the drama of LA, and the best friend he’s secretly been in love with for years.

There’s only one problem with his new life: a strange young man only he can see is haunting his guesthouse. Except Benjamin Ward isn’t a ghost. He’s a man caught out of time, trapped since the Civil War in a magical prison where he can only watch the lives of those around him. He’s also sweet, funny, and cute as hell, with an affinity for cheesy ’80s TV shows. And he’s thrilled to finally have someone to talk to.

But Jason quickly discovers that spending all his time with a man nobody else can see or hear isn’t without its problems—especially when the tabloids find him again and make him front-page news. The local sheriff thinks he’s on drugs, and his best friend thinks he’s crazy. But Jason knows he hasn’t lost his mind. Too bad he can’t say the same thing about his heart.

 

 A year ago, my best friend Hal died at the hands of an incompetent “dom.” So I started the Subs Club, a private blog where submissives can review doms and call out the douche bags.

A perfect example of the kind of arrogant asshole I mean? The Disciplinarian. He has a pornstache. He loves meat, stoicism, America, and real discipline. And he thinks subs exist to serve him.

But . . . not everything about him is awful. His Davy Crockett act just seems like a cover for his fear of intimacy, and part of me wants to show him it’s okay to get close to people. And, I mean, sue me, but I have fantasized about real discipline. Not role-play, but like, Dave, you’re gonna be thirty in four years and you still work in a mall; get your ass in gear or I’ll spank it.

Not that I’d ever trust anyone with that kind of control.

I’m gonna redefine “battle of wills” for the Disciplinarian. Or I’m gonna bone him. It’s hard to say.

—Dave

 

 How does love begin?

A glance, a gesture, an unexpected offer of help from a stranger…or from a good friend. A smile across a counter at a coffee shop or video store. A secret revealed in a song from another place and time. Or in a love ballad crooned at a high school dance.

In this anthology of never-before-published sweet LGBTQ+ stories, six authors explore the beginnings of love between young and new adult couples.

 

 

 

 

 

 The Autobiography of James T. Kirk chronicles the greatest Starfleet captain’s life (2233–2371), in his own words. From his birth on the U.S.S. Kelvin, his youth spent on Tarsus IV, his time in the Starfleet Academy, his meteoric raise through the ranks of Starfleet, and his illustrious career at the helm of the Enterprise, this in-world memoir uncovers Captain Kirk in a way Star Trek fans have never seen. Kirk’s singular voice rings throughout the text, giving insight into his convictions, his bravery, and his commitment to the life—in all forms—throughout this Galaxy and beyond. Excerpts from his personal correspondence, captain’s logs, and more give Kirk’s personal narrative further depth.

 

 

 

 

 

 Some people spend their whole lives looking for the right partner. Nate Schaper found his in high school. In the eight months since their cautious flirting became a real, honest, tell-the-parents relationship, Nate and Adam have been inseparable. Even when local kids take their homophobia to brutal levels, Nate is undaunted. He and Adam are rock solid. Two parts of a whole. Yin and yang.

But when Adam graduates and takes an Off-Broadway job in New York—at Nate’s insistence—that certainty begins to flicker. Nate starts a blog to vent his frustrations and becomes the center of a school controversy, drawing ire and support in equal amounts. But it is the attention of a new boy who is looking for more than guidance that forces him to confront who and what he really wants.

J.H. Trumble’s debut, DON’T LET ME GO, is a witty, beautifully written novel that is both a sweet story of love and long-distance relationships, and a timely discourse about bullying, bigotry, and hate in high schools.

 


 

This is really awkward… but I think like 90% of these books I put on my tbr (well, to be bought because I make a difference between those), are on it because of El from Just love romance.

If you want a book on your tbr as well, just click the cover and it’ll take you to its goodreads page.

 

Review: Across the pond by Cheri Crystal

41tiu3tv2-l-_sx326_bo1204203200_ Series: Standalone

Genre: LGBT (f/f), Romance

Rating: 2/5 stars

Cover: Very fitting.

Buy: Amazon

Trigger warnings: lots of talk about weight and calories

Description: After having been betrayed by her partner of thirteen years, Janalyn isn’t looking for another relationship, especially not one separated by miles of ocean.
But when she travels to Devon, England, for a conference and meets a sporty Brit named Robyn, desires Janalyn thought were permanently lost are suddenly back and stronger than ever.
Despite cultural differences, poking fun at each other’s use of the English language, and Robyn coming off as a player, Janalyn can’t help the attraction she feels, no matter how hard she tries.
Can she and Robyn find a common ground upon which to make a life together? Will Janalyn throw caution to the wind and risk her heart again? If Janalyn does indeed venture across the pond, will love be her life preserver?

Review: First of all, I found the description to be a little bit misleading. There is not much loving across the pound. I was expecting a long-distance romance. I didn’t get one.

There are a few things that could have been left out, like working out at the gym for example and all that talk about food and how you have to watch your weight and wether you’re allowed to eat xyz or not because of calories.

But let’s get to the actual story, which consists of two parts. Janalyn and her first girlfriend and then Janalyn and Robyn. The relationship between her and the first girlfriend seemed strange (read: unhealthy). Luckily that one ends. And then after lots of hard work she is in England on a conference and she meets Robyn. And there is absolutely no chemistry between them at all. I didn’t get it. But they keep skipping out of important meetings (very professional by the way) to ‘date’ each other and/or have sex. Right now I can’t think of a relationship that left me as untouched as this one. And a quick question: I am german, so I don’t know much about british and american culture, but are they that different that one has to worry about language barriers and if the differences can be overcome? I was a little bit confused by that drama.

One reason for the nonexistent chemistry seems to be Janalyn. I often asked myself how old she is and how can one feel possessive over someone they know for a day. I didn’t really get a feeling for Robyn either to be honest.

Their whole romance happens in a few days, something I can never get behind.

All in all it sounded very promising but it ended up being disappointing.

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

Review: Horsefeathers by Caitlin Ricci

 Series: Standalone

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

Rating: 2.5/5 stars

Cover: I’m not sure if I’d say this horse is gray, but my eyesight isn’t the best.

Buy: LT3 Press
Trigger warnings: none

Description: Justin was sent to get a mare, and is helpless to explain to his unhappy boss why he came back with an untouchable gray stallion instead, but there’s just something about the horse that wouldn’t let him leave it behind.