Tuesday, July 20, 2021

S.E.X. Review~ Footsteps of the Past by Felice Stevens


It was like in the movies: their eyes met from across the room and they fell in love.

Nine years later, Chess and André are the envy of all their friends.
But this is real life….and things are never what they seem.

Still waters run deep—the better to hide Chess’s ugly past. He’s worked hard to bury the troubled teen he once was and is living a life he never imagined possible. André’s love is a gift that makes him believe in second chances, and Chess is grateful for it every day. The only thing he wants is what André finds impossible to give: his time. Six months apart might be the breaking point, even for Chess.

One horrible night changed André’s life forever. Formerly a party boy of the Hamptons social scene, André buries himself in work for years until he meets Chess and learns to enjoy the simple things. He’s tired of being away from home all the time and ready to step down from his role as CEO of the family business, no matter how they try and pull him back in. But old habits die hard…and so do memories.

Photos from the past and present surface, shocking Chess and André out of their carefully constructed dream life. They are forced to face the unthinkable: the love they thought would last a lifetime may be on the brink of falling apart. Secrets are exposed, opening a Pandora’s box both men hoped would stay locked forever. Now Chess and André face the hardest question: do you ever really know the person you’re living with?



Footsteps of the Past was a beautifully written book by author Felice Stevens. Chess and Andre were already a couple in book 1, The List, of the Second Chances series, and I looked forward to their story. While the book is a standalone, I recommend reading The List first as the college friends’ lives were intertwined.

Each man in Footsteps of the Past had their own secrets, of which potentially could destroy their relationship. Ms. Stevens did not take their issues lightly and allowed the characters to grow as their story unfolded. At times, I may have found a bit of whininess, but that may have been more my perception and not the reality. I thoroughly enjoyed the story, but for me there was something missing (although I can not put my finger on it). I loved the banter between the friend group and how they accepted new loves in their circle. I especially can not wait for Wolf and Spencer’s story.

As a fan of Ms. Stevens, I look forward to everything she writes.

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.

Thursday, July 1, 2021

S.E.X. Release Blitz & Review~ Family According to Liam by V.L. Locey

 



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Length: 52,000 words approx.

According To Liam Series


Blurb

The bonds of family aren’t regulated by blood. They’re defined by love and an open heart.

Bryn and Michael Mettler have lived a life that many can only dream about. The two men had a whirlwind romance and ended up happily married. Bryn played hockey for the Pittsburgh Ravens, and Michael worked at a job he loved in web design and writing a successful humor blog. They also doted on Mike’s nephew Liam as all good uncles should.

They’ve welcomed a new member into their small but loving clan. Made strides to heal a fractured past hurt. Traveled the world and settled into their new home and lives with great joy. The only thing missing was a child of their own. That absent piece is now here, and their lives are about to change in a million charming, unexpected ways.


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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Family According to Liam by V.L. Locey was a wonderfully funny addition to the series. As I read each book, am I able to better connect with the Mettler family and see Liam’s carefully crafted point of view. The story further continued with many changes on the horizon. Bryn and Michael hoped to adopt a little girl, Bridgette, Liam was expecting a new baby brother, and life of the Mettler men never eased.

Ms. Locey always does a great job of writing from the characters POV, whether it be adult or child- I loved the dynamics. Bridgette’s character was as precocious as her soon to be cousin, Liam, and the narration delivered by each child was spot on.

The author’s uncanny ability to allow the reader to connect was apparent because the problems of a world-famous goalie were the problems of everyday people attempting to get through life with friendship, love, and family.

Ms. Locey moved the storyline forward with each book, as people grew and matured and life changed. She allowed her characters to change as well, which made the story even more believable. Secondary characters with more books to come only added to the appeal. A wonderful series, that should be read from the start.

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.

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

S.E.X. Review~ Red Dirt Heart 3 by N.R. Walker

Life for Charlie Sutton has never been better, or busier. With Travis now a permanent fixture of Sutton Station, a permanent fixture at Charlie’s side, Charlie’s convinced he couldn’t do anything on his ever-growing to-do list without him.

He can run a multimillion dollar cattle business, finish his degree, try and further the local beef industry, deal with staff issues, Ma’s failing health, and an attention-demanding wombat. He can even deal with an unexpected visitor and some shattering news.

He can deal with it all, as long as he has Travis.

But what happens when he doesn’t?

Red Dirt Heart 3 is the story of Charlie Sutton finally realising he can be the man Travis Craig deserves, even if he doesn’t have Travis. It’s a story of love, family, holding on, letting go and coming home.


Red Dirt Heart 3 furthered continued the story of Sutton Station owner Charlie and his American lover Travis. N.R. Walker delivered a heart-wrenching story as many things that could go awry, did.

Charlie’s insecurities drove me a tad bit crazy, but I do not believe the story would have worked if his emotions did not come into play. As a man who always prided himself on the straight and narrow, being with Travis opened his eyes to so many possibilities. Ms. Walker allowed Charlie to grow as a man and lover.

Travis was probably my favorite character of the series. I loved his penchant for collecting strays- a wombat named Nugget- and I adored how he named all the cattle. His affinity for all things American and meshed with a dose of the Outback made the banter and dialogue witty and funny.

Travis’s heading back to Texas messed with Charlie’s mental state, but he learned to trust and believe. Although this book was more emotional than the previous, an HEA was still achieved, and everyone came out better in the end.

I never get tired of an N.R. Walker book and Charlie and Travis moved up the list of some of my favorite couples.

Definite S.E.X.

A five handcuff review


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Saturday, June 26, 2021

S.E.X. Review~ Red Dirt Heart 2 by N.R. Walker

Up until Travis arrived on his doorstep, Charlie had lived a very solitary life. He had surrounded himself with isolation; a couple million acres of red dirt, scorching sun and loneliness.

Six months on, winter has settled over the desert, and Charlie has the life he never dreamed possible. But living and working together, twenty four hours a day, seven days a week, for six months straight starts to take its toll.

Charlie is a stubborn, stubborn man, who tends to have more conversations in his head than what comes out his mouth, whereas Travis has no problem saying what’s on his mind. And even as they both struggle to communicate, struggle to make sense of need versus want, Charlie can see that he’s pushing Travis away - yet seems helpless to stop it.

When it all boils down to whether Travis should stay or go, maybe the decision won’t be theirs to make.




Red Dirt Heart 2 by N.R. Walker further told the story of Australian Charlie Sutton and American Travis Craig. In book one, Travis arrived as an agronomy student to study and learn about the practices of ranching in the Outback, only to stay and fall in love with Charlie. Charlie may be gay and out to a select few, but not to others, who could potentially hurt his ranch business.

Whether it was running the spread, admitting to “the world” that you are gay, a Visa that was about the expire~ RDH2 took the reader on an emotional roller coaster.

I adored Charlie and Travis and the yin to the yang was perfect. The men complemented each other both in pleasure and work. Life at Sutton Station was difficult, isolated, and lonely, yet Charlie attempted to make their home and place where friendship and family was abounded; first he needed to resolve plaguing demons, so that he could come out better on the other end.

Ms. Walker always draws her readers into the story and makes them feel a part of the surrounding areas, and a part of the characters lives, an extended family. A lesson in life in the Outback, the closest commerce town, and the conventions that were followed flowed through the book as a history lesson allowing the reader to immerse in the experience and total package.

Charlie’s stubbornness radiated through Ms. Walker’s hand, and she allowed him to drive her words. Travis’s large heart shined throughout from Charlie to strays. Uplifting moments made me chuckle and I knew all would end well.

I look forward to reading RHD 3 and the further enchanting story of Sutton Station.

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.

Friday, June 25, 2021

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

Acting on the attraction to his best friend’s brother has always been off the table for Xander until a passionate hookup with Mason at a beach resort begins a love affair that burns long after summer ends.

Mason specializes in assisting same-sex couples on their journey to becoming parents and fighting every rule that blocks his way in the stuck-in-the-past agency that hired him. Living in his brother’s pool house is rent-free, and every cent he earns he saves for his dream—that one day he’d have his own company helping others. The downside is that he has to see his annoying brother every day, the upside is that his brother’s teammates from the Boston Rebels make regular visits. The eye candy that passes Mason’s window is almost enough to make him consider dating a hockey player, but not just any player though. Ever since Xander—his brother’s childhood friend—came out as gay at a press conference, Mason’s puppy love has turned into a burning attraction he can no longer ignore.

Hockey has been one of Xander’s main focuses since he was old enough to balance on skates. Well, hockey and Mason Kingsley, but Mason was always unattainable. Now that he’s about to see thirty candles on his birthday cake and is no longer hiding the fact he’s gay, he’s ready to find a soul mate to make his life complete. A summer vacation is just what he needs to have time to think, but when the Boston Rebels arriving in paradise with Mason in tow, thinking is the last thing he needs. One torrid night under a balmy moon and rules about not messing with his best friend’s brother vanish on a warm, tropical breeze.

Summer romances don’t generally last past Labor Day, but with the new season about to begin Xander and Mason are going to have to face the world and decide if their love is real enough to withstand everything.



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Top Shelf was a wonderful start to authors RJ Scott & V.L. Locey’s newest hockey series, Boston Rebels. What I loved most about the collaboration of these two lovely ladies, was they never forget the crossing of other books in their series and always pay close attention to details.

Xander, a hockey player for the Rebels, finally came out as bi. Mason was brother to Eli, Xander’s best friend and teammate. Once the news came to light, Mason decided to take charge of his unrequited love for Xander and move things along.

I loved the banter between oh so serious Xander and his teammates. All a little bit quirky, each man added a nuance that enhanced the storyline. Finally able to be himself, Xander was unrepentant once he allowed his feelings for Mason to come forth. Together the men made a striking couple.

At first, I thought Mason would be whiny and needy, but I was so happy to find that I adored him from the start, as he truly loved Xander from afar, and when the opportunity arose to explore his feelings, he did so with maturity. Don’t get me wrong, there were very funny laugh out loud parts to the story, which kept this reader intrigued and amused.

In the end, the received their HEA and I look forward to more in the series.

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.

Thursday, June 24, 2021

S.E.X. Release Blitz & Giveaway~ Defiance by Annabelle Jacobs

 




Cover Design: Natasha Snow

Length: 72,000 words approx.

Rebellion Series

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Blurb

Returning to their pack was always going to be dangerous, but is the fight for freedom worth the cost?

Cole and Logan return to London, ready to execute their plan of connecting with the human resistance. But with both of them blamed for the deaths resulting from Cole’s escape attempt, they receive a less than warm welcome from the McKillan pack.

Cole gets a second chance, but it’s not without restrictions, and he must toe the line and do whatever it takes to fit in. But earning the trust of his alpha and fellow shifters comes at a price.

For Logan, being close to Cole and unable to touch him is a daily torment, but watching from the sidelines while Cole learns what it means to be a McKillan enforcer is pushing him to his limits.

Both men must play their parts to perfection if they want Cole to be accepted into the pack, and that means doing what’s asked of them, no matter the cost.

Defiance is an angsty MM paranormal romance, featuring established relationship, secrecy and intrigue, and all the pining.


Annabelle Jacobs lives in the South West of England with three rowdy children, and two cats. An avid reader of fantasy herself for many years, Annabelle now spends her days writing her own stories. They're usually either fantasy or paranormal fiction, because she loves building worlds filled with magical creatures, and creating stories full of action and adventure. Her characters may have a tough time of it—fighting enemies and adversity—but they always find love in the end.

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S.E.X. Review~ Code Red by N.R. Walker



 Maddox Kershaw is the main vocalist of the world’s biggest boy band. He’s at the top of every music chart, every award show, every social media platform, and every sexiest-man-alive list. He’s the bad boy, the enigma, the man everyone on the planet wants a piece of.

He’s also burned out and exhausted, isolated and lonely. Not in a good headspace at the start of a tour.

Roscoe Hall is Maddox’s personal manager. His job is high-flying, high-demand, high-profile, and he loves it. Maddox has consumed his entire life for the past four years. Roscoe knows him. He sees the real Maddox no one else gets to see.

He’s also in love with him.

When the tour and stress become too much, when the world begins to close in, Roscoe becomes Maddox’s lifeline. But as Maddox knows already, and as Roscoe is about to learn, the brighter the spotlight, the darker the shadow.

 

Tag Line: The brighter the spotlight, the darker the shadow

 

N.R. Walker Bio

 

N.R. Walker is an Australian author, who loves her genre of gay romance. She loves writing and spends far too much time doing it, but wouldn’t have it any other way.

She is many things: a mother, a wife, a sister, a writer. She has pretty, pretty boys who live in her head, who don’t let her sleep at night unless she gives them life with words.

She likes it when they do dirty, dirty things… but likes it even more when they fall in love.

She used to think having people in her head talking to her was weird, until one day she happened across other writers who told her it was normal.

 

She’s been writing ever since…

 

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Excerpt:

 

“Roscoe Hall,” I answered my phone, out of time and patience. It didn’t dawn on me that it was Ryan’s number until after I’d said my name. It was my twentieth call this morning already.

“Just confirming ETA for 9:00 am.”

I checked my watch. It was 7:30 now and I’d already been up for far too long. It was a big day, and I could take a moment to breathe once we were all together.

“Yeah, Ryan. Will be there, thanks.”

There was a brief pause. “Is Maddox with you?”

“On my way to get him now.”

“See you there.”

I pocketed my phone and did one last check. Phone, wallet, passport, tickets, keys. I grabbed my carry-on, locked my front door, and wheeled my suitcase down to the waiting car. I hadn’t even greeted the driver when my phone rang again, and it beeped again on my way to collect Maddox.

I was organized and efficient, aggressively so.

It’s what made me good at my job. Being the personal manager for one of the world’s biggest boy bands was every minute of my life.

These boys didn’t accept second best for anything, and neither did I.

And I should clarify that while they were classified as a boy band, they were men. They might have started out as boys—they were just kids in high school when they formed their first band. But they were twenty-three now. They’d done the small local gigs, needing their parents’ permission to play in bars and clubs around LA when they were underage.

The story of how the band called Atrous made it to the big time was well-known.

The five boys came from nothing. A garage band that crossed pop with rock and rap, playing small gigs wherever they could, when a well-known radio DJ saw them and uploaded footage to his social media. Platinum Entertainment, one of America’s biggest entertainment management companies, signed them, and they’d been on the top of the world music stage for the last four years.

To the outside world, these guys were the ultimate success story.

They had no idea what went on when the lights went out.

Saying I was the personal manager of the whole band wasn’t true either. Personal assistant, handler, manager. It was all the same. But it wasn’t just me. I was one of three. Ryan Morten, Amber Seratt, and I were the personal managers of Atrous, as a whole. While the three managers looked after the five band members, I was, however, the unstated personal manager of one of them in particular.

Lead vocalist and rapper, main dancer, bad boy, Maddox Kershaw.

Ryan and Amber took care of Jeremy, Wes, Luke, and Blake. But Maddox was mine.

Well, not mine. But mine.

God, how I wished he were mine . . .

Over the last four years, Maddox and I’d just gelled. He didn’t trust easily, and for some reason he’d put his trust in me. And the truth was, he needed his own personal manager more than the other four guys.

Maddox was the face of Atrous. Unwilling, but the face, nonetheless.

He carried the weight of their reputation, their brand. He was the one they hounded, the one they chased, the one they followed, the one that made headlines every other day.

He wore black, he had a full sleeve of tattoos, perfect skin, and he had attitude to spare. His motto was to burn down the institutions, to stand tall for those who had to kneel, and to speak for those who had been silenced.

He resonated with the youth around the world.

He was also incredibly good-looking.

When I say good-looking, I mean hot. Sexy, enigmatic, ethereal, even.

His heritage had been talked about a million times. So much of his life was public. His grandmother on his mother’s side was Japanese, and his grandparents on his father’s side were Dutch. He was a second generation American, a very talented musician, and he was incredibly smart.

He sang like an angel and danced like the devil.

And he answered the door looking like a mix of both. His hair was wet from the shower, he smelled warm and clean, he wore black cargo pants, a black T-shirt, and combat boots. It was his standard attire. Seeing him like that made my heart feel far too big for my chest. “Forget your key?” he asked. He even almost smiled.

It had been so long since I’d seen him smile . . .

Yes, I had a key to his house. But that was for emergencies only. I followed him inside. “You ready? The others are meeting us there.”

He grumbled something that sounded like assent. His house was still dark, open and vast, mind-bogglingly expensive, and it felt empty. It was in Beverly Hills, worth a reported twelve million with incredible views of the canyon and the city, but Maddox had the blinds drawn.

He plucked a black hoodie off the back of his sofa and pulled it on. I ignored how his T-shirt lifted a little, exposing a sliver of pale skin above his waistband. I’d seen him shirtless a thousand times. Hell, I’d even seen him in his underwear. It was nothing new, but it still managed to warm my blood.

I grabbed his two suitcases, wheeling them toward the door. He picked up his black backpack. “Got my passport?”

“Yep,” I replied. “We’re all good. Your mom’s got her key and security numbers?”

“Yeah,” he said with a shrug.

His mother was going to come look after his place while we were gone. We’d be gone for almost seven weeks. Seven long, grueling weeks.

“Come on, I have an iced coffee waiting for you in the car.”

He pulled up his hood, but I swear there was the beginning of a smile before the shadow stole it.

My phone buzzed again, and I pulled it out of my pocket and groaned at the screen. Another message that could wait until we were in the car. I pulled the door shut behind us, made sure it was locked, and wheeled the luggage to the waiting car. I opened the car door for him, I closed the door for him, I loaded the bags into the trunk—it was my job to do these things for him—and finally I got into the back of the car with Maddox.

My phone buzzed again, and I thumbed out a quick reply. We’d been driving for about ten minutes when I realized Maddox hadn’t said a word. He’d sipped his coffee but not much else. I looked at him then, really looked at him, and underneath the killer good looks was a tired man.

“You sleep okay?” I asked.

He scoffed as his answer, then glanced pointedly at my phone. “Did you? Has your phone stopped yet?”

I didn’t need to reply because we both knew the answer.

He nodded because he knew he was right and proving his point, I replied to some more emails and messages on the drive downtown. Yes, we all lived in LA, and yes, we were staying at a hotel in LA because when the tour began, the band and the whole crew would stay together. Mostly for logistical and security reasons, but also for bonding. We were one unit from day one, regardless of location.

As the car pulled into the hotel’s underground parking lot, Maddox’s eyes trained on the people rushing about. “The guys are already here?” he asked.

“Yep. Arrived five minutes ago.”

His shoulders relaxed a little, and for that I was glad. He and his bandmates were like brothers; they’d been through everything together. He was closer to Jeremy than the others, but the bond between the five of them was clear. I was relieved that he’d be with them again. I was pretty sure he’d spent the last few days by himself, holed up in his house. I’d spoken to him on the phone, even came to see him a few times, but getting ready for a tour was a busy time for me.

Before we came to a complete stop, he was quiet and chewed on his bottom lip. I wanted to ask him if he was okay, but there wasn’t time. I doubted he’d even answer that question, or answer it honestly, anyway.

“You excited?” I asked instead. “Sellout stadium tour, twenty-three concerts. You ready for that?”

He met my gaze and didn’t look away. His smile was as brief as it was beautiful. “Yeah. Of course.”

I didn’t believe him, and it was devastating how he could look right at me with those dark, dark eyes and speak so sincerely while he lied.

I spent almost every day with him. I knew him. I knew the real Maddox Kershaw, not the Maddox he showed the world. The private one, the quiet one, the intellectual one . . .

The miserable one.

The Maddox I’d been secretly in love with for years . . . the Maddox I could never have.

“Maddox,” I said, but his door opened from the outside, and people were getting luggage from our car and giving directions, and there was no time.

The commotion had begun. These seven weeks were going to be brutal.

He lowered his head, pulled up his hood to hide his face, and got out of the car.

 


 Code Red by N.R. Walker brought me to tears. There were so many emotional, sad, and emotionally draining parts, that I felt as if I went through a roller coaster/tilt a whirl.

Teenage, now adult, singing sensation Maddox had a secret that I’m not sure even he fully knew he had. Along with his four best buddies, the five guys were sensation group Atrous- working themselves to the ground to please the recording company, their fans, and sometimes even themselves.

Life as a super star was not easy. Managers, security, personal managers; all people that were always in your bubble whether you liked it or not. Roscoe Hall was one of those people, personal manager to Maddox, and the man who loved him from afar.

Ms. Walker has the uncanny ability to create a world where the reader became a part of the action. Good or bad, happy or sad, everything which occurred with the characters was felt through the reader.

At first, I thought Maddox was needy and somewhat spoiled, but very quickly I determined that he suffered in silence from anxiety, but held to the credo, the fans came first. Roscoe gave him peace and stability and eventually the two gave in to their feelings.

Ms. Walker wrote with delicacy and grace, wading through the stigma of mental anxiety, giving it life yet with controllability. The messaged delivered was one of self-acceptance in light of self-doubt. Her characters showed real life dilemmas, the pretty and the ugly, while allowing them to forge forward with help from others in friendship and love.

Code Red was life, not wrapped up in a neat package, but in the messiness that life usually can be.

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.