Silent Strength (Strength #1) – M.A. Innes

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“I want there to be no doubt I’m sincere and it isn’t something I saw online last week and decided to play with.”

 

In a word: Read the thing. I loved this! I read this after reading Secrets in the Dark by the same author and I have to say that I liked this one so much better. Eric has wanted a Daddy since he was a teenager, but a traumatic experience in high school has made him wary of his desires and of sharing them with others. It’s on a disastrous date, and first visit to a BDSM club, that Eric meets the man that will forever change his life. Marcus is a Daddy Dom and he’s looking for a special little boy to share his life and home with. Their first meeting is a bit awkward, but they both decide to take a chance on each other and it turns into something beautiful. Probably my favourite aspect of this book is the loving relationship between Eric and Marcus. They’re both pretty different, considering their ages and their levels of confidence with their wants and needs, but they still fit together perfectly. Past experience has left Eric shy and skittish and he needs someone like Marcus, who is more confident and sure of things, to show him how to live authentically. The whole book is basically about Eric and Marcus falling in love while exploring their age play dynamic. Age play for these two means that Eric gets to be Marcus’ little boy and be taken care of. There’s a mild sexual component to it, although their sex life is mostly separate, but for the most part it’s Marcus looking after Eric’s needs and helping him be comfortable with the things that make him feel good. Seriously, there is so much caring in this story. Marcus was so loving and tender with Eric, and Eric just soaked everything up (when he was able to get over his fear and embarrassment enough to relax). There’s no major plot happening, though it’s not exactly a slow-burn, so the story just kind of slowly goes along with Marcus and Eric growing closer and falling in love with each other. It’s pretty great, and I’m excited for the second part.

 

The Summary: (from Goodreads) M/M Age Play Romance 

Eric knows what he needs…he just doesn’t think anyone else will want it too.

He’s finally reached his breaking point. There’s only so many times he can put himself out there and get shot down. After a disastrous first date at a BDSM club, Eric is ready to walk away and push his desires to the furthest reaches of his mind—but then up walks Marcus. But just because the sexy older man is looking for a submissive doesn’t mean he’s looking to be someone’s daddy.

Marcus knows what he wants, and he’s spent months getting everything perfect for his boy…now he just needs to find him.

When Marcus sees Eric at Bound & Controlled, he’s immediately drawn to the sweet submissive who’s desperately trying to hide his devastation. Marcus steps in when he sees the sub’s evening going wrong, but he’s not sure what the shy submissive is looking for. Just because he wants the boy to need a daddy doesn’t mean he’s going to get what he hopes for.

As they discover their mutual desires, Marcus is sure that Eric has the strength to go after what he yearns for; he just needs his daddy’s help and love to see it.

67k+ words
Story Contains: M/m Sexual Content, mild BDSM, Age Play, Mild ABDL

*Authors Note* This is not a standalone book. This is book one of a two-part series. The first part of their story ends in a HFN because there was too much to their story to put in one book. Their journey will continue in Quiet Strength, which will be released in January 2018.

 

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Secrets in the Dark – M.A. Innes

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“Mason’s sexy, perfect man wouldn’t just take charge. No, he would be kinky too. Because Mason wanted a daddy, not just a boyfriend.”

 

In a word: Read the thing. I’m not a complete stranger to age play stories, but this is the first time I read one that was so sexual. Non-sexual age play seems to be more my bag, especially the kind that focuses on a person being taken care of since it reminds me a lot of hurt/comfort (which is my jam). Mason and Edward’s relationship is very much sexual, almost absurdly so it seemed at times. I was optimistic in the beginning when Mason was saying that what he really wanted most in a partner was someone that would take care of him, but then there ended up being less ‘taking care of’ than I was expecting. Though that may be because my and Mason’s idea of being taken care of differ somewhat. Even so, I did enjoy the story. The writing is a bit stilted in parts, especially in the parts that focus on Edward learning about the age play lifestyle, but the story and the emotions were really good. The whole story covers Mason and Edward’s (slightly weird) first meeting to their first official age play date/scene. The whole thing was a lot more sexual than I was expecting (like, even outside the sex scenes, of which there were very few), but I still enjoyed the dynamic between Mason and Edward. One thing that really did make me uncomfortable, though, was how Edward would call Mason ‘Boy’ as a nickname. It felt really out of place and didn’t really work for me. Other than that, I thought it was a decent read.

 

The Summary: (from Goodreads) Edward has never met anyone quite like Mason.
Mason isn’t looking for Mr. Right…he isn’t even looking for Mr. Right-Now. What he wants in a man isn’t going to be found on a blind date or at a singles mixer. Because he’s looking for someone a little more unique…a little more take charge…a little more loving.
Edward is straightforward, logical, and thinks of himself as traditional…not vanilla, just traditional. When he meets Mason, sparks fly. When whispered confessions reveal secret desires, will Edward embrace Mason’s needs or will his secret prove to be too much?

59k+ words
Story Contains: M/m sexual content, age play, diapers, and ABDL themes

 

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Lights! Camera! Cupid!: No Easy Way (Bluewater Bay #6.3) – S.E. Jakes

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He’d never wanted Dylan to see that he still mourned their old relationship, thought about him all the goddamned time.

 

In a word: Read the thing. This is novella-length so it was a fairly quick read, which was both good and bad, I suppose. Good because it was a fast read for the little space of time I had to read it in; bad because I felt like there could’ve been more to the whole story and some things felt a bit rushed. Cary and Dylan knew and loved each other as teenagers, but their romance was over before it quite began due to the toxic environment they were forced to live in (they both had horrible parents, and at the time Dylan was nineteen to Cary’s fifteen, which complicated things even further). Dylan enlisted in the army and Cary went off the rails a bit. Six years later they’re both in a more stable place in life and Dylan is ready and willing to give their love a second chance. Cary is a bit more reluctant. Dylan really hurt him when he left, and he still hasn’t quite gotten over it. Dylan had his reasons for leaving, but he does show up back in Bluewater Bay and acts as if Cary will welcome him back with open arms. That’s one of the things I didn’t really like about this story: Dylan’s attitude. Considering what was going on six years ago, Dylan leaving was probably for the best, although he definitely could’ve gone about the whole thing in a better way. The fact that he expected that Cary wouldn’t hold any of that against him was fairly annoying and didn’t really speak well to his character. The two of them do get there in the end, but with the speed it happened in it didn’t really sit right with me. Cary spends a lot of the story angry with Dylan, as well he should, but he’s also still in love with him and that makes it hard to stay angry. That whole situation with his current ‘boyfriend’ also made me side-eye him. Really I think the whole thing was a bit too short for everything that was happening. Dylan is trying to win Cary back in the present day, but for the most part it seems to be only with sex, and I don’t think we ever really get a complete picture of all that went down before Dylan joined the army. I really could’ve used a lot more establishing information, and a lot more groveling on Dylan’s part.

 

The Summary: (from Goodreads) Cupid is visiting Bluewater Bay, and he’s leaving chaos in his wake.

Nothing’s been the same in this sleepy little logging town since Hollywood came to shoot the hit TV show Wolf’s Landing—especially Valentine’s Day.

In L.A. Witt’s Just Another Day, beloved actors Levi Pritchard and Carter Samuels have an announcement for their fans, while in Z.A. Maxfield’s I’ll Be There, actor Spencer Kepler and his boyfriend Nash Holly brave a blizzard and a fan convention to spend their first February the 14th together.

Of course, it’s not just TV stars celebrating the day. In Anne Tenino’s Helping Hand, an aspiring artist eager to escape Bluewater Bay decides he just might have a reason to stay: lust-inspiring logger Gabriel Savage. In S.E. Jakes’s No Easy Way, a local teacher reconnects with an old lover working security on the film set. And in Amy Lane’s Nascha, a Bluewater Bay elder recalls how his own unconventional family used to celebrate the holiday.

Real life may be nothing like TV, but when Cupid comes to town, there’s plenty of romance and drama to go around.

 

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Lights! Camera! Cupid!: Nascha (Bluewater Bay #6.2) – Amy Lane

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“It was his heart, his soul, bonded with two people who loved him as he loved them.”

 

In a word: Read the thing. Oh, this one hurt. This one basically came in, beat the shit out of my emotions, and then left. It’s probably good that this was so short because I’m not sure if I would’ve been able to get through it had it been a full-length novel (it’s only about 30 pages long). Lights! Camera! Cupid! is meant to be an anthology of Valentine’s Day stories, and this one doesn’t mention the holiday at all. Though it is about love, which is probably the main point. This story has quite a bit going on for being so short, and on top of that it takes place both in the present day and in flashbacks. The main character is Nascha, who we learn is elderly and suffers from Alzheimer’s. He’s currently living with his two great-nephews, and has been for years, but the situation is becoming desperate and something needs to change if everyone is to make it out in one piece. This all comes to a head on one particular day while Nascha is taking after his sick great-nephew Cal. The present story takes place over the course of a few hours while Nascha is watching over a sleeping Cal, but the main bulk of the story – and where all the actual feels are – are told through Nascha’s flashbacks. Nascha is alone now, but when he was younger he was in a relationship with Rawlins and Kitty, who were basically the loves of his life. Their love for each other was a beautiful thing, but things happened that got in the way of everything and eventually there was a spectacular breakdown. There’s a hopeful note for Nascha at the end, but the road to get there was full of both happiness and sadness and good and awful things. Nascha’s story is a very emotional one, and very much worth the read. We don’t find out how Nascha plans to save himself and his family at the end, but we might find out later because Cal is actually one of the leads of the eighth book in the series (The Deep of the Sound, by the same author) and that means that there’s a chance for both him and Nascha to get their happy endings.

 

The Summary: (from Goodreads) Cupid is visiting Bluewater Bay, and he’s leaving chaos in his wake.

Nothing’s been the same in this sleepy little logging town since Hollywood came to shoot the hit TV show Wolf’s Landing—especially Valentine’s Day.

In L.A. Witt’s Just Another Day, beloved actors Levi Pritchard and Carter Samuels have an announcement for their fans, while in Z.A. Maxfield’s I’ll Be There, actor Spencer Kepler and his boyfriend Nash Holly brave a blizzard and a fan convention to spend their first February the 14th together.

Of course, it’s not just TV stars celebrating the day. In Anne Tenino’s Helping Hand, an aspiring artist eager to escape Bluewater Bay decides he just might have a reason to stay: lust-inspiring logger Gabriel Savage. In S.E. Jakes’s No Easy Way, a local teacher reconnects with an old lover working security on the film set. And in Amy Lane’s Nascha, a Bluewater Bay elder recalls how his own unconventional family used to celebrate the holiday.

Real life may be nothing like TV, but when Cupid comes to town, there’s plenty of romance and drama to go around.

 

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Meeting the Wolf (The Sheriff and the Shifter #3) – Dessa Lux

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“He wanted somebody to take care of, somebody who wanted more than a night or two being pushed around. He wanted something real.”

 

In a word: Read the thing. This is the end of The Sheriff and the Shifter and, while I liked this part and the series as a whole (though maybe not so much Part 1), I can say that this wasn’t really my thing. It wasn’t so much about the daddy kink (I’m not usually a fan of that anyway, though the comforting/caring aspects of some of the scenes were definitely something I could get behind), it was more that this was mostly a series of much porn, little plot. Part 3 opens not long after Part 2 ends (maybe a few days later?) with Sheriff Ray Prescott heading over to his werewolf lover (they aren’t exactly boyfriends) Tom London’s home for the first time. They seem to be growing serious about their relationship and Tom has agreed to show Ray his shifted wolf form. The first bit of this book is about Ray seeing Tom in his wolf form and them interacting together. After they have A Moment, though, the rest of the book is just one very long sex scene. I was expecting the sex scene, but I also expected a bit more plot and relationship development. It’s clear that Ray and Tom are close now, and they both seem interested in having a serious relationship with each other, but there wasn’t much focus on that. There was more time devoted to the sex than I’d like; it really started to run long after a while. And then when the scene was over I was expecting another epilogue sort of scene to tie everything together, but it just ends abruptly. So while this part (and every other part, really) dropped background info and possible plot hints throughout, the main focus was obviously on the sex/kink. So anyone who enjoys reading basically porn with very minimal plot will enjoy this series. I was more interested in the hints of plot we got and how Ray and Tom’s relationship would play out outside of bed. Also I’m still much disappointed by the ending.

 

The Summary: (from Goodreads) Sheriff Ray Prescott has a date for his day off–he and twenty-year-old Tom London are turning their chance encounters into a real relationship, and since Tom is a shifter, that means Ray finally gets to meet his other side: the wolf. Ray’s determined to make this relationship something real, but that doesn’t mean he’s going to stop treating Tom the same; he still needs the dominant sheriff to take good care of him, and Ray is up to the challenge.

Excerpt:

“You’re a little bit of a mess, baby,” Ray observed, brushing at a wet smear of dirt streaking Tom’s hip.

Tom looked over his shoulder and said, with obvious daring, “Whose fault is that, Daddy?”

Ray laughed and tugged Tom into a kiss right there in the middle of the driveway. “Mine, baby, a hundred percent. Guess that means it’s my job to wash you up, doesn’t it?”

Tom’s eyes widened slightly and he was straight back to his usual shyness as he said, “If you want to, Daddy.”

“Oh, sweetheart,” Ray said, and kissed him again, just a light press of lips on his soft pink mouth. “It would be my very great pleasure. Come on.”

 

[available for purchase from Amazon.ca as part of The Sheriff & the Shifter: Complete Story Collection]

 

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You Get What You Need (The Sheriff and the Shifter #2) – Dessa Lux

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“He did need to be under somebody’s authority, at least once in a while.”

 

In a word: Read the thing. I thought this was an improvement on Part 1. Though I’m sure that’s still down to personal taste over anything else. I didn’t think that Part 1 (The Sheriff and the Shifter) gave enough set-up and background information before jumping right into the intense kinky one-night-stand (with the promise of more) between two near-strangers. This part continues the story of Sheriff Ray Prescott and orphaned shifter (who turns out is a werewolf) Tom London and picks up immediately where Part 1 left off. This part has Tom going back to the private sex club (that’s definitely what it is) to find Ray for another night together. We still don’t really get much on why Ray approached Tom in the first place, but at least with this next night together we get what happened in Part 1 as enough set-up. We’re in Tom’s point of view this time, so we get a bit of background on him and his situation. I’m actually really curious about Tom’s story; we get enough to be intrigued by his situation, but not enough for anything close to a full picture. I’m not sure how much we’ll actually learn about him, but I’m interested to find out. We don’t learn anything else about Ray, but he seems nice and he treats Tom well, so that’s alright. This part seems like it goes a lot deeper into the daddy kink than the first part, probably because it’s in Tom’s point of view and he mostly only refers to Ray as ‘Daddy’ for most of it. This part had quite a bit of sexual content in it (also: multiple orgasms, that’s apparently a thing for male shifters), but there was also a lot of tender stuff and feelings. Ray and Tom haven’t really mentioned anything about romance, but they do both express a desire to further their relationship. This was sweet, and I enjoyed how Ray took care of Tom and was affectionate with him, even though I still feel like I could do with a bit more relationship set up.

 

The Summary: (from Goodreads) Tom London is a twenty-year-old orphan, the only survivor of his family. Since he’s also a werewolf, and his family was his pack, that makes him an alpha by default, leader of pack of one. He just spent a night with Sheriff Ray Prescott, who is perfectly human but strong and dominant enough to make Tom feel like he’s not alone anymore.

What happens after a single night? Now that he knows what he needs (and who he needs it from), will Tom be able to ask for it again?

 

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The Sheriff and the Shifter (The Sheriff and the Shifter #1) – Dessa Lux

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“Whether it was the animal in him or the human or all of him together, he was doing his best to show his throat to Ray.”

 

In a word: Maybe read the thing. One major thing that made this one a ‘maybe’ read for me is that it’s very short and jumps straight into a long sex scene without properly establishing the characters. Porn without plot isn’t usually my thing, especially when there’s little to no set up beforehand. Sheriff Ray Prescott comes across Tom London and his broken-down car on the side of the road one night, and then immediately takes him to a private sex club (? Or something) where they spend a while having kinky sex. Eventually we do learn that Ray and Tom have met before, somewhat, but that they don’t actually know each other all that well. Really I think their only previous contact was when Ray would visit Tom in the hospital, where he was laid up for a while after the death of his entire family. Ray also seems to know that Tom is some sort of shapeshifter, but it doesn’t really go much into how he knows. It also doesn’t go into much about the shape shifting at all, we don’t even know what Tom can even shift into. Another thing that put me off this story a bit is the whole situation. Ray is over 40, Tom is 20; normally I probably wouldn’t bat an eye much over that, but in this story Ray seems to find Tom in a vulnerable moment (totally alone and stranded in the rain) and the whole thing has an air of Tom being taken advantage of? I probably wouldn’t feel this way if there was more set up into their relationship, but Ray literally picks Tom up off the side of the road and brings him to a sex club. The sex is centered very much around some daddy kink role playing, adding that to the age difference and Tom’s vulnerability and how fast everything moved made me a bit uncomfortable. There’s some hope that we’ll get some relationship development going forward, which I hope happens because that’s really more my thing. If you’re just looking for a quick smutty read with some kink in it, though, you’ll enjoy this one.

 

The Summary: (from Goodreads) Sheriff Ray Prescott was looking forward to a quiet drink at the end of his shift, but then he spotted Tom London, caught on the side of the road in the rain when his car broke down. Twenty-year-old Tom isn’t just an orphan. He’s the last survivor of a family of shapeshifters who used to be a big help to the sheriff in keeping order in their small town. Now it’s young Tom who needs some help, and the sheriff is more than happy to give him a ride — and some TLC once they’re in private.

Excerpt:

“Did you want to call me something else?”

Tom bit down on his lower lip again, and Ray brushed his thumb gently over the pulse point at the back of his jaw, waiting to see what he would ask for.

“Daddy?” Tom whispered, in a tiny voice. “Please?”

Ray smiled, and then had to curl down to kiss Tom’s forehead, and then his softly opened mouth when he tilted up for a real kiss.

“Of course, baby,” Ray murmured. “As long as that means that you know you’re safe with me, and that I’ll take good care of you. You know that, don’t you?”

 

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