Review: Two hearts by David Connor

 Series: Standalone

Genre: LGBT (m/m), Romance

Rating: 2/5 stars

Cover: Very pretty

Links: goodreads, publisher

Trigger warnings: none

Description: Following a lightning strike that causes his nervous system to go haywire, Frank is left unable to touch another living thing. Though resigned to being a lonely freak, he ever hopes that someone, somewhere, might love him.

But his life goes from bad to worse when someone does…

Review: It’s a sweet story (idea).

Sadly there aren’t enough details. To be honest it’s rather boring. So I started skimming at around 50%.

I think I won’t be reading anymore by David Connor. There are authors that just don’t do it for you.

I would like to tell you a little bit about the story, but I can’t do this without spoilering. So I won’t. Great review, I know. But sometimes you just don’t have a lot to say. It’s not like I could tell you about bad things in this book, because there aren’t really bad things. There just were no good things as well.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you.

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Review: Transformed: Paris by Suzanne Falter & Jack Harvey

 Series: Quirky Spy Novels/ Charley & Electra (book 2)

Genre: LGBT (trans*/poly/pan character, lesbian characters), Thriller

Rating: 3.5/5 stars

Cover: The new covers are way more fitting than the old ones.

Links: goodreads

Trigger warnings: none

Description: Transman spy Charley MacElroy travels to Paris to help French authorities break up a Neo Nazi plot to scatter dirty bombs throughout the city. His older lover Electra comes along to study French, but she soon discovers Dickie Borque, an sinister British aristocrat with lavender hair, may be behind the plot. Charley, however, is not so sure.

Meanwhile, she and Charley begin having love troubles when he suggests opening up their relationship to suit his pansexual desires. After discovering that he may have been fooling around with his attractive new male assistant, Electra moves out in a huff. Soon Charley is wandering the quays alone, trying to find the dirty bombs while wistfully longing for his love.

Electra enlists the help of Dickie’s feisty eighty-something milliner, Odile, to break up the plot. But then suddenly, Electra disappears. Now Charley must search frantically for both the bombs and Electra amidst the cafes, conversation, and the gleaming, rainy streets of Paris in winter.

Review: Nice continuation of an interesting series.

First I have to say that there have been some changes going on in this series: The covers have been redone (great decision) and the title has been changed. Although it seems to not be set in stone? Because the title varies on NetGalley and Goodreads. May cause confusion. But on to the book itself.

It reminded me a little of Transformed: San Francisco to be honest. You probably shouldn’t read those two without some time in between.

But the characters are way better, the main ones as well as the side characters. I especially like Odile and I wouldn’t say no to reading more about her.

But I gotta say, there was something which I didn’t like. At all. There is a scene in this book in which it is said, that Charley needs different lovers because of being pan. Being pansexual doesn’t mean you need more than one lover. It’s because he is poly. Just a small thing, but yeah.

Anyway, if you like light lecture and/or want to read more about LGBT characters without their queerness being the centre of the book, this is a series you should check out.

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

I’m back – with books

I had a great time and I’ve come back with books.  And because those three I bought weren’t enough, I bought even more back at home.

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I’ve already read those by Nora Sakavic (I bought some as ebooks and I HAD to have them as pbs as well, sue me) and Aristotle and Dante discover the secrets of the universe. You can expect reviews of those books soon.

I’m going on vacation

I won’t be blogging or answering comments starting today and lasting at least ’til thursday, maybe even until saturday.

But I’ve got a very good reason! Okay, the title gives it away, but I wanna share my happiness in detail with you.       I’ll be going on a short trip to visit my gf ❤ And because I don’t already have enough unread books, we’ll be going on a (book) shopping spree together. Well, I kinda hope it will not become a big spree, but knowing myself? It will. Especially because there is a stationary department as well and since I have no self control regarding stationary…

I’ll be sharing my book haul with you after I’m back. And then you’ll be getting more reviews, because I do have read books and I do have taken notes about them. I just didn’t write the reviews. But I will.

Review: Outsider by Olivia Cunning

 Series: Exodus End World Tour series (book 2) & Sinners on Tour series (Sequel to 5th book)

Genre: LGBT (m/m/f, m/m, bisexual characters, poly characters), Romance, Erotica

Rating: 5/5 stars

Cover: Really love it

Links: goodreads, author

Trigger warnings: none

Description: Reagan Elliot should be living her dream…

She’s touring with Exodus End as their new rhythm guitarist and gaining more notoriety and fame than she ever imagined possible.

She’s earned the devoted love of not only one, but two spectacular men. Her committed threesome with sexy guitarist Trey Mills and her hunky bodyguard Ethan Conner is stable, loving, deep, and satisfying for all involved.

But sometimes the world sees things differently and is determined to destroy what it doesn’t understand.

Can Reagan’s relationship with Trey and Ethan survive the cruel backlash of the media, her family, and a bigoted public? Or will the talented musician lose everything she holds dear in the face of her own burgeoning doubts?

Review: Yes!

If you remember, I reviewed the first Exodus End book last year and I gave it 4 stars (gosh, the way my reviews looked back then…). In that review I told you, how interested I was in this story. To continue this trend: Now I wanna read Aggie’s story! A domme? Count me in. To be honest… I think I have to read all of Olivia Cunning’s books and I think you should, too.

There was no female hating in Outsider. Do you know how refreshing this is? I need more books like this.

Outsider is a sequel to Double Time, in which Reagan, Trey and Ethan get together. You don’t need to read that book first and can start with this one. But after reading you’ll probably wanna read it.

I loved how each character had their own doubts and thoughts and how important the overall story was. Of course there are some sex scenes in it (which, yeah, very good and very different from each other), but they don’t dominate the novel.

There is some drama in it – both in the relationship(s) and in the outside world – but Outsider is still a feel good romantic novel.

And I just saw that Olivia Cunning made playlists for her books!

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

Review: Oneman Show: The Life of Bernard Perlin: The Life and Art of Bernard Perlin by Michael Schreiber

 Series: Standalone

Genre: LGBT (gay character), Nonfiction

Rating: 3.5/5 stars

Cover: Well…

Links: goodreads, publisher

Trigger warnings: none

Description: Bernard Perlin was an extraordinary figure in 20th Century American art and gay cultural history, an acclaimed artist and sexual renegade who reveled in pushing social, political, and artistic boundaries. His work regularly appeared in popular magazines of the 1940s, 50s, and 60s; was collected by Rockefellers, Whitneys, and Astors; and was acquired by major museums, including the Smithsonian, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Tate Modern. He moved in the upper echelons of New York gay society, counting among his most intimate companions George Platt Lynes, Lincoln Kirstein, Glenway Wescott, Paul Cadmus, Jared French, George Tooker. In “One-Man Show,” Michael Schreiber chronicles the storied life, illustrious friends and lovers, and astounding escapades of Bernard Perlin through no holds barred interviews with the artist, candid excerpts from Perlin’s unpublished memoirs, never-before-seen photos, and an extensive selection of Bernard Perlin’s incredible public and private art.

Review: I have never heard of Bernard Perlin before, so I was glad to get the chance to learn about his life.

First of all I know next to nothing about art. I can say whether I like it or not, but that’s it. I think that is why I couldn’t lose myself in this book – I lack the basics. So the beginning (which consists of different people telling facts about Bernard Perlin and his art were a little bit confusing and to be honest boring).

But then this biography really starts and I had fun reading it. I liked how it is rather a dialogue then some guy writing about another guy. It felt like I was really getting to Bernard Perlin. Especially because there are photographs ‘everywhere’. You know how you sometimes talk to your grandparents and while they’re telling you something they get out their old photo album? This book’s kinda the same.

(While reading I somehow tapped on a picture of his art and… did you know you can zoom in with your kindle?! Probably you did, but that was an eye opener to me, let me tell you.)

Sadly sometimes the sentences were all over the place. Now I don’t know if my kindle had trouble with the format, but it sure got confusing sometimes.

It is a great book – if you are interested in art. My uncle would have loved this, I’m sure.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy through the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you.

Review: Camp rewind by Meghan O’Brien

 Series: Standalone

Genre: LGBT (f/f, pansexual character), Romance

Rating: 3/5 stars

Cover: I love it.

Links: goodreads, publisher

Trigger warnings: rape threats, death threats, drugs

Description: Alice Wu is at Camp Rewind only because her therapist thinks it’ll help her overcome the social anxiety she’s battled since childhood. She’s not sure she believes that theory, but will try anything to make a real friend. A casual fling would also be nice, but she’s not holding her breath.

Rosa Salazar hopes camp will be an escape from a life permanently altered. Eviscerated online for her feminist critique of a popular video game, Rosa has endured months of anonymous threats over social media, doxxing, and, worst of all, the posting of graphic, sexually explicit material stolen from her cloud storage—including a dirty video she made for an ex. Using a fake name, she enrolls in camp craving a return to a simpler time, before the shame.

Alice and Rosa soon discover that at Camp Rewind, anything is possible. Even an unlikely friendship that swiftly becomes something more.

Review: Somehow I thought of this as YA before I actually read it. It’s not. Not that this is a bad thing.

Alice is suffering from social anxiety. There are a lot of socially anxious characters in books, but usually I am very disappointed by those descriptions. Not in this case. Which is great, because social anxiety is not a cute character trait, believe me. It affects you so much in your everyday life and you miss out on so much you would love to do but you’re so fucking afraid, so you don’t do it. Okay, stopping here, because this is not the time for personal rants.

Rosa is well-written as well and her story is so believable and heartbreaking. I could rant here as well, but I’ll keep quiet.

So you might be wondering why I “only” gave three stars. The answer is simple: not enough plot. Of course there are some things happening and I enjoyed the pair’s adventures at camp, but there is far too much sex in relation. It does get boring after a while and I’m never a fan of feelings developing in a second (okay, it’s not that bad, but you get my point). Plus important stuff (which I will not spoil here) is totally glossed over.

It’s always sad to see great characters not showing their full potential… Camp Rewind is still a nice (and hot) one time read.

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

Top Six Books To Read If Your Book Club Likes Kinky Books

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

I had to choose six books for wordplay reasons. The german word for six (sechs) kinda sounds like sex. Sue me.


Outsider by Olivia Cunning

Reagan Elliot should be living her dream…

She’s touring with Exodus End as their new rhythm guitarist and gaining more notoriety and fame than she ever imagined possible.

She’s earned the devoted love of not only one, but two spectacular men. Her committed threesome with sexy guitarist Trey Mills and her hunky bodyguard Ethan Conner is stable, loving, deep, and satisfying for all involved.

But sometimes the world sees things differently and is determined to destroy what it doesn’t understand.

Can Reagan’s relationship with Trey and Ethan survive the cruel backlash of the media, her family, and a bigoted public? Or will the talented musician lose everything she holds dear in the face of her own burgeoning doubts?

Outsider is the second book in the Exodus End World Tour series. It’s also the sequel to Double Time, the fifth book in the Sinners on Tour series.

 

The Subs Club by J.A. Rock

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

 

A Seditious Affair by K. J. Charles

Silas Mason has no illusions about himself. He’s not lovable, or even likable. He’s an overbearing idealist, a Radical bookseller and pamphleteer who lives for revolution . . . and for Wednesday nights. Every week he meets anonymously with the same man, in whom Silas has discovered the ideal meld of intellectual companionship and absolute obedience to his sexual commands. But unbeknownst to Silas, his closest friend is also his greatest enemy, with the power to see him hanged—or spare his life.

A loyal, well-born gentleman official, Dominic Frey is torn apart by his affair with Silas. By the light of day, he cannot fathom the intoxicating lust that drives him to meet with the Radical week after week. In the bedroom, everything else falls away. Their needs match, and they are united by sympathy for each other’s deepest vulnerabilities. But when Silas’s politics earn him a death sentence, desire clashes with duty, and Dominic finds himself doing everything he can to save the man who stole his heart.

 

Catalysts by Kris Ripper

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 don’t know what they’re looking for…until they find it in each other.

Her Webmaster by Normandie Alleman

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…

 

Clockwork Heart by Heidi Cullinan

As the French army leader’s bastard son, Cornelius Stevens enjoys a great deal of latitude. But when he saves an enemy soldier using clockwork parts, he’s well aware he risks hanging for treason. That doesn’t worry him half as much, however, as the realization he’s falling for his patient.

Johann Berger never expected to survive his regiment’s suicide attack on Calais, much less wake up with mechanical parts. To avoid discovery, he’s forced to hide in plain sight as Cornelius’s lover—a role Johann finds himself taking to surprisingly well.

When a threat is made on Cornelius’s life, Johann learns the secret of the device implanted in his chest—a mythical weapon both warring countries would kill to obtain. Caught up in a political frenzy, in league with pirates, dodging rogue spies, mobsters and princesses with deadly parasols, Cornelius and Johann have no time to contemplate how they ended up in this mess. All they know is, the only way out is together—or not at all.


Do you have kinky books to recommend?

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