Wednesday, January 5, 2022

S.E.X. Release, Review & Giveaway~ The Viking & the Drag Queen by V.L. Locey




Cover Design: Meredith Russell


Who will emerge the victor on the battlefield of love?


Tyr Hemmingsen had his life mapped out at a young age. The only son of the late Danish hockey great, Elias Hemmingsen, Tyr has always done his best to follow the plans his father had laid out for him. Finish school, make it into the pros, become team captain, find a biddable young lady to marry, and win a championship so the Hemmingsen name lived on eternally on the side of a massive silver cup. Like the good son he is, Tyr has done as his father wished, no matter how it peeled away layers of his true self. Then, all the neatly placed supports that hold up his so-called life come crashing down during a night on the town. Tyr might be known as the “War God of Wilmington” on the ice, but there’s no battling the effect Gigi Patel LeBay has on him.

Elijah McBride lives for the spotlight. As Gigi, he bewitches and bedazzles the crowds at the Campo Royale Club. His vibrant stage persona is the face he presents to the world. Underneath the rouge, eyeliner, and lipstick is a young man who still feels the sting of his parents’ disapproval and rejection of the son who wears wigs and dates other men. With his drag family and older brother in his corner, he’s finally found peace in his life. Until the fateful night a massive hockey player shows up at the club. There’s a world of hurt in Tyr’s soft brown eyes, and Eli finds himself falling for the big man, despite all the barriers he’s built around his tender heart.

The Viking and the Drag Queen is an opposites attract gay romance with heavy checking, lipstick worship, an out and proud queen, a closeted athlete, family lost and found, twink/jock, a new beginning, and a well-cinched happy ending.


USA Today Bestselling Author V.L. Locey – Penning LGBT hockey romance that skates into sinful pleasures.

V.L. Locey loves worn jeans, yoga, belly laughs, walking, reading and writing lusty tales, Greek mythology, Torchwood and Dr. Who, the New York Rangers, comic books, and coffee. (Not necessarily in that order.) She shares her life with her husband, her daughter, one dog, two cats, a pair of geese, far too many chickens, and two steers.

When not writing spicy romances, she enjoys spending her day with her menagerie in the rolling hills of Pennsylvania with a cup of fresh java in one hand and a steamy romance novel in the other.



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The Viking and the Drag Queen was awesome. I laughed and at times shed a tear. Ms. Locey delivered a beautiful story of acceptance in the face of adversity. As a sports fan, the toxic masculinity can run rampant, yet she allowed Tyr to break the mold with grace and on his own terms. Elijah, on the other hand was pure male in a drag queen persona. Never did the author allow us to forget his fortitude and dignity in a world that can be cruel. I loved all the drag queens, especially Mother. And I especially loved Elijah’s brother and his girlfriend- everyone, heterosexual, homosexual…..needs some in their corner like them.

I can not wait for the second book in Campo Royale, as I need to find out Mother’s story and what made him the club owning fierce drag queen.

I loved everything about this book. From the typical hockey mold to the man who finally became free on his own terms.

Another hit by V. L. Locey

Definite S.E.X.

A five handcuff review

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2022 ©Evelise Archer All rights reserved. This is a work of fiction. All names, characters, locations, and incidents are products of the author’s imagination, or have been used fictionally. Any resemblance to actual persons living or dead, locales, or events is entirely coincidental. No portion of this work may be transmitted or reproduced in any form, or by any means, without permission in writing from the author.

Tuesday, December 21, 2021

S.E.X. Review~ The Wishing Tree by RJ Scott

It takes an impossible Christmas wish for Bailey to find forever love with his brother’s best friend.

Turning twenty-five and still a virgin, Bailey has barely dated, let alone acted on the private fantasies featuring his brother’s best friend, newly retired hockey star, Kai. All he wants is for Kai to love him, but after a summer when Kai’s anger drove them apart, love doesn’t seem possible at all.

When Kai goes home to Wishing Tree, he knows he owes everyone an apology, not least of all to the man he loves. He’s convinced he can be the man Bailey deserves, and he needs to show Bailey how much he’s changed.

The only problem? Bailey has secrets he’s scared will drive Kai away, and Kai is running out of time to convince Bailey that falling in love starts with a wish, and can end up in forever.

The Wishing Tree is a standalone small-town Christmas MM romance with perfect snow, twinkling lights, a first real kiss, a shy virgin with a silken kink, a retired hockey player, and all the Christmas feels.



This reader is an RJ Scott junkie, and read everything she puts out, but The Wishing Tree was not my favorite book. While I enjoyed the premise of the storyline- make a wish and hope it comes true- lots of characters who meddle, and mean well, a town full of cheer that would bring a smile to anyone’s face. Yes, just my cup of coffee. Unfortunately, Kai and Bailey were not the men for me.

I did not understand Bailey’s pining for Kai after a painful rejection nor Kai coming to his senses some time later. I thought there were a lot of excuses on both their parts which led le to not like them. In fact, I liked the secondary characters more. Bailey and Kai had an air of immaturity which never grew.

Now, having said that…..a testament to Ms. Scott and her ability to write characters that get me so riled up, I’m writing a review praising her. Ms. Scott is a wonderful writer who sucks you in, good, bad, or indifferent-exactly what happened as I read the book.

Never will I not read an RJ Scott, because whether you like the book or not, there is always an emotional response.

Frisky but Nothing too Kinky

A three and a half handcuff review


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2021 ©Evelise Archer All rights reserved. This is a work of fiction. All names, characters, locations, and incidents are products of the author’s imagination, or have been used fictionally. Any resemblance to actual persons living or dead, locales, or events is entirely coincidental. No portion of this work may be transmitted or reproduced in any form, or by any means, without permission in writing from the author.

S.E.X. Review~ Death Tells a Tale by Felice Stevens as A.P. Eisen

Cliff Baxter is approached with a dream job, but it means time away from the man he loves and the family he’s only just reconciled with. When opportunity knocks twice and another unexpected offer comes his way, he and Paul make a decision neither dreamed possible, changing their lives forever.

Paul Monroe has everything he’s ever wanted—the man he loves, the respect of his coworkers…everything except the answer to his first murder investigation, the only case he’s never been able to solve.

Who killed Ginny Sweeten?

Follow along with Paul and his partner, Rob, as they wade through years-old evidence and piece together Thornwood Park’s most notorious cold case, leading to its startling and unexpected conclusion.



Death Tells a Tale by Felice Stevens writing as A.P.Eisen was the final chronicle in the Paul Monroe Mysteries. I could not wait to get my hands on this book, as I was enamored with the others in the series. Death Tells a Tale did not disappoint and Ms. Stevens’ world building came full circle in the mystery series.

Paul and Cliff were seasoned characters, which I appreciated. Sometimes reading about a twenty something can get old, but a seasoned man can be very energizing. The dynamics of Paul and Cliff got better through each book, culminating in a life well- deserved; I was sorry to see it end.

The infusion of the mystery which came full circle in the final book held my interest throughout each story and only got better under Ms. Stevens’ careful hand. Her uncanny ability to create large characters resonated with not only Paul and Cliff, but Rob, Paul’s work partner, and the other people in the book.

The series is best read in order as the blossoming relationship simmered from the start until the men found their way to each other.

This series ranks as one of my top five reads and in intrigue. To this reader, anyone can pick this series up and read it because the books were so much more than M/M characters- they were a mystery series whose main characters happen to be gay men.

A keeper!

Definite S.E.X.

A five handcuff review


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2021 ©Evelise Archer All rights reserved. This is a work of fiction. All names, characters, locations, and incidents are products of the author’s imagination, or have been used fictionally. Any resemblance to actual persons living or dead, locales, or events is entirely coincidental. No portion of this work may be transmitted or reproduced in any form, or by any means, without permission in writing from the author.

S.E.X. Review~ A No- Strings Noel by Annabelle Jacobs

A week of no-strings fun in a winter wonderland setting. No consequences, no expectations, no hurt feelings. Right?

Henry:
Finding his boyfriend in a compromising position leaves him with a week off work and no holiday to go on. A night of vodka, ice cream, and his sister’s sympathetic ear is the only way to deal with it. It’s also how he finds himself on holiday alone a few weeks later, at an English holiday village in the countryside, surrounded by Christmas cheer and happy families.

He’s expecting a week of relaxing days and early nights, doing his own thing, and taking some time for himself. And hopefully finding some festive spirit along the way, because it’s sorely lacking at the moment.

What he’s not expecting is Dom.


Dom:
Coming to somewhere so familiar soothes his broken heart after yet another failed attempt at finding someone to settle down with. He’s ready. They never are.

Seeing a lost-looking stranger on the first day of his holiday triggers his protective instincts, so he steps in to give him some helpful advice. Who knew that advice would mean they end up spending the day and then the whole week together? But he figures a holiday fling is exactly what he needs to get through this slump: no expectations, no misunderstandings, no heartbreak.
Or that was the plan.
He knows Henry wants more, but he doesn’t trust himself where his heart’s concerned. He doesn’t trust Henry not to break it.

A Christmas MM romance featuring a meet-cute, a sexy holiday fling, a meddling but awesome sister, a teeny bit of angst, and a festive HEA.





A No- Strings Noel by Annabelle Jacobs was a nice read. A little slow to start, the book turned out to be sappy with just enough sweet. Dom and Henry met at a Christmas wonderland park and started a week of sexy activities, as the two men were stag -recently broke up with boyfriends.

The upstart of the relationship formation was slow and methodical, and at times a bit confusing. As a fan of Ms. Jacobs, I wanted to love this book, but I only liked it. More times than not, I was not sure what was the point while also feeling the miscommunication between the two men was forced.

I liked the fierceness of Henry’s sister and would have liked more of Dom’s family. The ending made me smile and came full circle.

A Christmas trope to add to your list.

Frisky but Nothing to Kinky

A three handcuff review

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2021 ©Evelise Archer All rights reserved. This is a work of fiction. All names, characters, locations, and incidents are products of the author’s imagination, or have been used fictionally. Any resemblance to actual persons living or dead, locales, or events is entirely coincidental. No portion of this work may be transmitted or reproduced in any form, or by any means, without permission in writing from the author.

Saturday, December 11, 2021

S.E.X. Review~ Snowed by RJ Scott & V.L. Locey

Snowed

A second chance at love is all Kyle wants for Christmas, but a dark menace from his past wants him dead, and love is second to staying alive.

Kyle Lourenco has carved out a comfortable life and career for himself in Boston. With the holidays quickly approaching, he’s heading home for the first time in several years. Home to his loving parents and the small Canadian town where he was raised. And home to Christian, his best friend and the first man to steal his heart.

Just as a winter storm begins to blow in, it forces Kyle off the road only miles from home and a dark and sinister force from his past creeps ever closer. His only hope is getting to Christian’s cabin before the evil that has haunted him for years finally catches up to him.

Best friends since they were three, Christian Gauthier grew up next door to Kyle, in a remote mountain town with one stoplight and a forty-mile round trip to the nearest school. When Kyle left town for a shot at a professional hockey career, he took Christian’s heart with him. Even though he knew Kyle was always destined for bigger things, it hadn’t stopped Christian from falling for him as soon as he knew what love was.

With Christmas coming soon and a major snowstorm heading their way, Christian shuts the doors to the family store and heads to his cabin, where he will be on standby as an official volunteer for Search and Rescue. He has never regretted staying in Eagle Ridge, but a near miss on a simple rescue leads him to reevaluate everything, and when Kyle ends up at his door, he knows that guarding his heart might not be the best solution after all.



I must admit that when I read a Scott & Locey book about hockey, I’m hoping for more hockey. Snowed, Boston Rebels 3 did not give a lot of hockey but delivered drama. Kyle, goalie for the Rebels was hurt in an unfortunate accident- sidelined- he headed back to Canada to the small town he grew up in and the man he left behind. Christian loved Kyle and hockey, but his life kept him in Canada until Kyle showed up on doorstep in the middle of a snowstorm.

Snowed was an interesting read and kept me on the edge of my seat. I enjoyed the drama and intrigue, but I think I would have like the book even more if it wasn’t part of a hockey series. It was more of a drama.

After reading the past books in the series I hoped Kyle would get his tory as I was intrigued by his behavior. Kudos to the authors for not filling in the gaps and hitting us with a whammy in Snowed.

Did I love the book? Yes!

Did I want more hockey? Yes, if it is in a hockey trope.

But again, did I love the drama? Yes!

A five handcuff review

Definite S.E.X.


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2021 ©Evelise Archer All rights reserved. This is a work of fiction. All names, characters, locations, and incidents are products of the author’s imagination, or have been used fictionally. Any resemblance to actual persons living or dead, locales, or events is entirely coincidental. No portion of this work may be transmitted or reproduced in any form, or by any means, without permission in writing from the author.

Friday, December 10, 2021

S.E.X. Review~ Christmas Wish List by N.R. Walker



In need of work and a change of scenery, Aussie ex-pat Jayden Turner agrees to a short-term chef position at a Bed and Breakfast over the Christmas holidays. After all, how hard could it be in a small town in the mountains of Montana? What he finds is a grand old house in a beautiful town, and his new boss is gorgeous, gay, and single.

After his divorce, Carter “Cass” Campion bought his great-aunt’s rundown country manor in his home town, and he’s determined to get it ready for the busy holiday period. Recently out as gay, he’s been focused solely on his business and hasn’t had time for a man. Not that many gay men come through Hartbridge . . .

As his new clients arrive, and being away from his two kids, celebrating Christmas is the last thing on Cass’s mind, but his new chef has other ideas. And if there’s one thing on his Christmas Wish List this year, Jayden can make it come true.


Just when I thought author N.R. Walker could not make me love her work anymore, she wrote a lovely and sweet Christmas trope set in an idyllic little town. Christmas Wish List was as quaint as the town it was set in.

Divorced and subsequently now true to himself, Cass’s dream of running his seasonal B & B came to fruition. The only think lacking was a loving partner and a temporary chef. Good thing the chef- Jayden- turned out to be so much more.

I loved the premise that everything had to do with lists. As a list person myself, I found the humor the author instilled in each character and their take on a pro/con.

Jayden was funny and fun loving. His matter-of-fact attitude and carefree spirit allowed the storyline to be light and airy even when the topic was serious. On the other hand, Cass’s serious fa├žade was tempered by his desire to love and be loved, which in turn called to Jayden’s soul.

The secondary characters, especially Cass’s children added a festive air to the book. Ms. Walker’s ability to set the scene transported me to the festively decorated small town and I fell in love with place and people.

Definite S.E.X.

A five handcuff review

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2021 ©Evelise Archer All rights reserved. This is a work of fiction. All names, characters, locations, and incidents are products of the author’s imagination, or have been used fictionally. Any resemblance to actual persons living or dead, locales, or events is entirely coincidental. No portion of this work may be transmitted or reproduced in any form, or by any means, without permission in writing from the author.

Wednesday, December 1, 2021

S.E.X. Review~ The Gift of Forever by Felice Stevens

ACT ONE:
Frisco has no idea what to get Torre for Christmas, but he knows it needs to be something special. He's never cared about the holidays before. But now he has something to celebrate and he wants to get it right.

What do you get the man who has everything? Torre goes to the one person who knows Frisco best for help, but discovers the answer has been with him all along. But who's surprising who?
Two men, one question.

ACT TWO
One special night sets off a chain reaction that no one saw coming.
One couple will have their lives changed forever.
One dream becomes reality.

This has been expanded with over 9,000 additional words.






The Gift of Forever by Felice Stevens was a quick and sweet Christmas read. Characters Torre and Frisco have come along way and are about to embark on the next step in their lives. Ms. Stevens gave us a fresh read with a definite HEA.

Cameos from the men of the Breakfast Club and Second Chances series added to the overall appeal of the Christmas spirit.

The surprise ending regarding Zach and Sam was a nice touch- no spoilers, but you will love it!

I smiled throughout the read!

Sexy & Sizzling

A four handcuff review

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2021 ©Evelise Archer All rights reserved. This is a work of fiction. All names, characters, locations, and incidents are products of the author’s imagination, or have been used fictionally. Any resemblance to actual persons living or dead, locales, or events is entirely coincidental. No portion of this work may be transmitted or reproduced in any form, or by any means, without permission in writing from the author.