Thursday, February 18, 2021

S.E.X. Review~ Mr. Uptight by Felice Stevens

Title: Mr. Uptight
Author: Felice Stevens
Genre: M/M Romance
Release Date: February 18, 2021






Jude:
What do you do when you wake up with a hangover and find yourself in bed with your best friend’s younger brother?
Who happens to be your new brother-in-law?
The man who drives you crazy.
The man who’s always skated by on fast-talk, good looks, and a bright smile.
The one who makes you want to break all the rules.
You hire him as your assistant, of course. And pray you can keep your sanity.
And your hands off him.

Mason:
How do you prove you’ve changed?
That you’re no longer the party-boy who always needed rescuing from his own mistakes—and boy you’ve made some big ones.
But no one needs to know your secrets.
You take a job with the one man who doesn’t trust you.
The man who’s waiting for you to screw up.
You try and forget that one explosive night together.
Except you can’t.
And to your shock...neither can he.

What do you do when the one man you can’t imagine living with is the one you can’t live without?


"I really did love this book. Loved Jude and Mason. And when conflict did arise, I loved the way they dealt with it. That's a lot of "loves!" ~Carol--Goodreads reviewer

"Their chemistry is amazing, and as usual with Felice's books, I didn't want to put my kindle down. I'm in a total book coma after reading this."~Lisa K. Goodreads reviewer








Felice Stevens has always been a romantic at heart. She believes that while life is tough, there is always a happy ending just around the corner. Her characters have to work for it, however. Like life in NYC, nothing comes easy, and that includes love.
She lives in New York City and has way too much black in her wardrobe yet can't stop buying "just one more pair" of black pants. Felice is a happily addicted Bravo and Say Yes to the Dress addict and proud of it. And let's not get started on House Hunters. Her dream day starts out with iced coffee and ends with Prosecco, because...why shouldn't it? You can find her procrastinating on FB in her reader group, Felice's Breakfast Club.
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Mr. Uptight by Felice Stevens was fantastic. Jude and Mason heated my e-reader and sizzled at every turn. Tossed together through marriage (Jude’s sister to Mason’s brother) the two men found themselves in a precarious situation in which Jude would have rather forget and Mason brought up at every turn. Now the two men must work together and somehow forget the sexual chemistry that permeated around them.

Mason’s character left me chuckling aloud and smiling at every turn. His sunny disposition even in the face of adversity and the feeling of needing to prove himself, always brought a sense of levity. Mason radiated sunshine.

Jude on the other hand was the epitome of a type A personality- a personality I can appreciate, but Mason tempered him and gave him the space to be himself, al l the while embracing a new outlook on life. Ms. Stevens wrote a yin and yang personality in this duo, which complimented each other synchronously.  Just when I think I have a new favorite duo; this author created another great partnership.

The ups and downs of the storyline, including the underlying one of the secondary characters was believable and added the simplest nuances which overall enhanced. Ms. Stevens is a most prolific write and everything she creates turns to gold. Well done!

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.

Monday, February 15, 2021

S.E.X. Review~ Forgiven by Garrett Leigh

High school sweethearts Mia and Luke get a second chance at love in this brand-new contemporary romance from award-winning author Garrett Leigh.

When Mia Amour returns to England to open a florist shop, all she wants to do is put her lousy ex behind her and never look back. But getting a fresh start is easier said than done when her first love, the boy who once broke her teenage heart, strolls back into her life. He’s every bit as sexy as she remembers, and the urge to melt back into his arms almost makes her forget how devastated she was when he took off without a word. Almost.

Left with no choice, Luke Daley did what he had to do, leaving town to earn enough money to save his broken family, though it just about broke him, too. But now he’s back, running his uncle’s business and trying desperately to forget about Mia, the girl he left behind all those years ago. When he runs into her in town, the shock of seeing her again brings an intense rush of emotions: love, guilt…and an overwhelming urge to find out if it’s still as amazing between them as it used to be.

It doesn’t take either of them long to give in to desire and discover the fiery passion they once shared burns hotter than ever. With each new touch, each moment of forgiveness, old hurts heal and the future they’d hoped for ten years ago becomes possible again. But their fragile connection is tested by a threat neither of them saw coming—a threat that could end their second chance before it even gets started.



This reader is an adoring fan of Garrett Leigh and all her works but Forgiven did not do it for me. The writing, as always, was well done and developed, but the premise and the characters were not there.

Sweethearts as teens, Mia and Luke were supposedly hot and heavy- right there the mere idea turned me off. You were teenagers and sure you can fall in love, but the kind of love they professed just didn’t work if it was to believe they were each other’s everything. The entire story was based on Mia’s anger for Luke leaving and joining the Navy and never saying goodbye. She knew he joined the Navy, and I would assume a leave date- you do not join the military from one day to the next without knowing weeks to months in advance when you are leaving. I guess I didn’t buy the story that he slinked off in the night.

Mia’s anger resonated throughout the story and by God woman, give it a rest! No, she chose to harp and never let it go. Additionally, I found Luke a sniveling personality.

Unfortunately, I never felt forgiveness in this story and as much as I love a Ms. Leigh tale, this one did not do it for this reader.

Frisky but Nothing too 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.

Sunday, February 14, 2021

S.E.X. Cover Reveal~ Tequila Sunset by L.M. Mountford





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Friday, February 12, 2021

S.E.X. Review~ Valentine's Hearts by Scott & Locey





Cover Design: Meredith Russell 

Length: 33,000 words approx.

Owatonna U Series 

Book #1- Ryker - Buy Links
Book #2 - Scott - Buy Links
Book #3 - Beniot - Buy Links
Book #4 - Christmas Lights - Buy Links

Blurb

Will broken hearts replace the wedding they dreamed of?

Ryker's heart has space for three things—his family, hockey, and Jacob. As their wedding grows closer, it seems that nothing can stand in the way of an idyllic celebration, surrounded by friends and loved ones. But things appear to be changing; Jacob is forging a future that might take him away from Ryker, and Ryker alternates between pride and fear when a new man comes into his fiancĂ©'s life. A hockey season from hell has him doubting his life choices, but worse, he's driving Jacob into another man's arms. How has their perfect life suddenly gone so wrong?

Life has certainly thrown many twists and turns in Jacob's path. Most of the goals he’d set for himself as a teenager had to change, but one has remained constant: finding his heart's desire and marrying him. That aspiration was reached when Ryker said, "I do". Planning their wedding was meant to be the best time of their lives, but Jacob unwittingly puts his trust in the wrong man and finds himself in danger. Is their love strong enough to survive the fallout?

USA Today bestselling author RJ Scott has written over one hundred romance books. Emotional stories of complicated characters, cowboys, single dads, hockey players, millionaires, princes, bodyguards, Navy SEALs, soldiers, doctors, paramedics, firefighters, cops, and the men who get mixed up in their lives, always with a happy ever after.

She lives just outside London and spends every waking minute she isn’t with family either reading or writing. The last time she had a week’s break from writing, she didn’t like it one little bit, and she has yet to meet a box of chocolates she couldn’t defeat.





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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Valentine’s Hearts by Scott and Locey was not what I expected in an otherwise feel-good series. Yes, angst always followed in the Owatonna U series, but this book was heavy. Jacob and Ryker embarked on probably their most important mission to date -their wedding- when trauma unfolded and attempted to derail their lives.

I very much enjoyed the book, and the authors took a profoundly serious occurrence and subject, writing with grace, clarity, and delicacy.  For a novella, the material weighed heavy on this reader.

I adored, as always Ryker and Jacob, as well as their family by blood and extension. The authors did a wonderful job of including those closest to them into the fold and helping ease the way to healing.

Not a typical valentine story, but one that still captured the spirit of true love, in good times and in bad. Scott and Locey, together have outdone themselves.

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, February 2, 2021

S.E.X. Review~ Imagoes by N.R. Walker


Imagoes, Imago Series #2.5
| NR Walker
Release date:January 18th, 2021
Amazon Universal: http://mybook.to/imagoseries

Adventure | Butterfly Hunter | Australia | Gay Romance

 

Synopsis:

An Imago Series short story

When Jack receives a phone call from a colleague in the southeast of Tasmania with news of a newfound butterfly habitat, he and Lawson head off on another adventure.

It’s not an easy trek to the location. The Franklin-Gordon National Park is famous for wild rivers, rainforests, and rocky cliff faces, and they’ll need to hike and abseil—in the dead of winter—to get to the site.

It’s no ordinary expedition because this is no ordinary butterfly, and Jack and Lawson aren’t an ordinary couple.

Join Jack and Lawson on another quest in this short story of extraordinary butterflies and extraordinary love.

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…

For more about N.R. Walker you can find her at:

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nrwalker@nrwalker.net


The final installment in the Imago series, Imagoes, was everything I’d hope for but had no idea what to expect. The adventures of Jack and Lawson told by N.R. Walker regaled readers with adventures, lessons, and love.

Onto a new adventure, Jack and Lawson headed to southwest Tasmania in search of a potential new species of butterfly. Of course, wherever the ranger and lepidopterist went things can go from zero to sixty in an instant.

Jack and Lawson were a wonderful couple, and now with the addition of their precocious son Brennan, the life lessons and love was tenfold.

Ms. Walker created a beautiful story of love and family from the first book to this short. All the books in the series are a must.

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~ Imagines by N.R. Walker

Jack Brighton and Lawson Gale have been together for six months and are very much in love. Lawson’s work ensuring the survival of the Tillman Copper is as demanding as ever, and Jack’s work with the regeneration of the bushfire-ravaged national park is just as hectic.

When Jack suggests they take a short trip, Lawson agrees. But then he is offered a two-week research position in tropical Queensland to help determine why the Ulysses butterfly is on the decline. Figuring they could combine work and pleasure, Jack and Lawson go on their first vacation together.

Working alongside renowned professor Piers Bonfils isn’t easy. But personal and professional differences aside, Lawson is offered a more permanent role in Queensland. Torn between his new life in Tasmania with Jack and a dying species of butterfly he feels compelled to save, Lawson has to decide where his fate lies.

But fate changes the rules. On a research expedition into the depths of the rainforest, suddenly it's not only the butterflies’ existence that hangs in the balance.

A butterfly’s life cycle never changes. From larvae to imago, their course is plotted by design. Jack and Lawson need to determine where they stand, if they live through it. Because the only thing more incredible than one imago is two.



Imagines was the second book in N.R. Walker’s Imago series. Jack and Lawson found each other in Imago and were stronger than ever in Imagines. I adore these two characters and the creative synergy they bring to the story. Opposite sides of the coin, Ms. Walker found a way to fit a square peg into a circle. Their complimentary personalities radiated throughout as the author allowed the characterization to flow.

Definite drama in this book which added depth to the overall storyline and arching theme. This book is an art in butterflies and love. Whether it is the main characters or the secondary, every nuance filled a spot to deliver a beautiful tale.

Who knew butterflies could be sexy?

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.

Monday, February 1, 2021

S.E.X. Review~ Second Chances in Cedarwood by Megan Slayer


Who knew love could be found at a small-town hot dog shop?

Jack Walters opened his hole-in-the-wall restaurant to serve hot dogs—being a chef is all he’s ever wanted out of life. Love hasn’t worked out for him, so the last thing he expects is to find romance at his shop. But Jack’s been hurt before and he’s leery of the sexy man who keeps visiting his restaurant.

Henry Lord has been all around the world. He’s visited gourmet foodie places and tiny restaurants, but he loves the ambience at Jack’s Hot Dog Shop. He’s also in lust with the sexy owner. Henry’s shy, but he’s determined to get Jack’s attention. There are people who want to use Jack and change him.

Not Henry. It’ll take a herculean effort to prove to Jack that he’s the one for Henry. Good thing Henry believes in love, second chances and finding his home…in Cedarwood.

Reader advisory: This book contains mentions of homophobia, and emotionally abusive exes.




Second Chances in Cedarwood by Megan Slayer was a quick, sweet read, albeit a bit over emotional. Jack and Henry were seasoned men with lifestyles not conducive for relationships- or so they thought.

First I would like to say that I appreciated the author using mature individuals in her story and not the traditional twenty something. Men in their forties are sexy and so much fun to read about. Having said that, while I enjoyed the story, the constant self-doubt and lamenting by both men, especially Jack, was slightly over the top for this reader.

I understood the premise of be cautious in a potential relationship and the need to make sure the other person desired you for you and not what they thought you could do for them, but….. having reservations about someone because you heard all the town gossip at your place of employment was a bit farfetched. The sentiment appeared to be the arching theme of the story.

Secondary characters were a nice addition. I believe I will invest more time into reading the series, because I would like to know where it all started and how it has evolved.

Frisky but Nothing too 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.