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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Omega Required – Dessa Lux

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“I’d like to meet someone, get to know them, get to know their life, their family. Fall in love. That kind of thing.”

 

In a word: Read the thing. Much healing and hurt/comfort here. Totally my jam. Beau is an alpha werewolf who needs a spouse in order to start his residency in a hospital that treats humans. Roland is an omega werewolf with a traumatic past who is slowly dying. A marriage of convenience turns out to be a solution to both those problems. This whole book is a very slow story about Beau and Roland accidentally falling in love with each other while also learning to let people into their worlds. They’ve both been traumatized – in different ways – so it’s difficult for them to get close to people, but they eventually manage it. Their union is meant to be temporary, but they eventually come to find that they’re both actually very fond of each other, and they become someone the other can rely on for safety and comfort and support. That eventually transforms to love, and it’s great to watch it happen in real time. Next to the romance (and ALL the hurt/comfort), the really great thing about this story is the worldbuilding and the focus on fleshing out werewolf culture. Beau and Roland being werewolves actually means something in this universe, it’s something very ingrained in the story and in who they are as people. It affects all aspects of their lives, especially when there are humans around. I don’t think it’s something I’ve really seen before (outside of fanfiction, I guess) so it was a really nice surprise and took everything to a whole other level. This story is kind of a slow burn, and mostly character-driven (not a lot of plot here), but it really is very good. There are a few things that I feel didn’t really get properly tied up by the end, but on the whole I really enjoyed the read and I hope that the author eventually comes back to these characters and this universe.

 

The Summary: (from Goodreads) An alpha werewolf chasing his dream meets an omega fighting for his life in a strictly temporary marriage of convenience…

Alpha werewolf Beau Jeffries has been going it alone ever since he was cast out of his pack as a teenager for trying to help a human and endangering the pack’s secrets during the tumultuous years when the wider world was learning the truth about werewolves. He hasn’t lost his drive to help others, and he’s about to begin a prestigious medical residency–only to learn that, as the first werewolf the program has knowingly accepted, he’ll have to follow special rules, including the one that requires him to be married when he begins his residency.

Omega werewolf Roland Lea is just trying to survive. After escaping the last and worst in a string of abusive relationships that left him scarred and unable to conceive, he’s found safety in a refuge for homeless omegas. But despite the help he’s getting at the refuge, he just keeps getting sicker instead of better, further and further from being able to make it on his own. When he’s offered the opportunity to sign up with a mate-matching agency, he figures he has nothing to lose. No alpha is ever going to want an omega like him.

When Beau sees Roland’s profile, he knows at once what’s making the omega sick, and he’s determined to help. If he can persuade Roland to marry him, he can save Roland’s life while Roland helps him get through his residency. But will their hasty partnership be enough to bring them both through what’s ahead–and can temporary necessity lead to a forever love?

 

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QR: Jackass! – Scarlet Beriko

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“Is there anything better than someone with nice legs wearing a pair of black stockings?”

 

In a word: Read the thing!

 

The Summary: (from Goodreads) Keisuke’s incredibly handsome best friend Masayuki has always rubbed him just a little bit the wrong way. Maybe it’s because Masayuki is rich, carefree, and so stunningly handsome that he can, and does, have any girl he wants? But one day, when Keisuke accidentally wears his older sister’s panty hose to gym class, it’s suddenly his hot friend who’s doing the rubbing…on Keisuke’s panty hose-clad legs! Has he unwittingly unleashed a secret fetish that will change their relationship forever?

 

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Omega’s Bond (Mated to the Alpha #4) – Wolf Specter & Rosa Swann

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“This connection between us two, this bond, it gets stronger and stronger.”

 

In a word: Read the thing. The only reason I didn’t put this as a ‘maybe’ is because this isn’t really a part people can skip if they want to continue reading the series. Although maybe it is, who knows, though I do think some significant background information comes out here. This is, in my opinion, the worst part of the Mated to the Alpha serial so far. For a number of reasons, though most of it can be put down to inconsistencies. I will say that there were also some things that redeemed this part somewhat. Ethan and Max have known each other for about a week now, meaning this takes place a few days after Part 3. This part already starts off on a sour note with Ethan pissy at Max for a poorly though-out doctor’s visit. It goes a bit downhill from there for a bit. Alexia is back, unfourtunately. I liked her when she was first introduced in Part 1, but she’s since fallen out of favour with me. She was especially aggravating in this part. I dread her next appearance. There was also a bit of a mess in the interactions between Max and Ethan. Mostly as the result of some misunderstanding it seems that Ethan is really not as okay with his new life as Max thought he was. I have to admit that it came as a surprise to me too because Ethan’s chapters (which are first-person POV, as are Max’s) never really made that clear. It is clear that Max has maybe been trying to control too many things, but to his credit he does rein that in a lot. I think the worst he’s done so far to control Ethan is to keep him in his house, which I saw as less about trying to control Ethan and more as trying to keep him away from the media vultures. But, whatever, they do eventually sort all that out and Max vows to do better (and from what we’ve seen of Max so far we know he’ll definitely try). There is even an ‘I love you’ from Max, which I think is moving way too fast (so much for natural progression). Though that does come up from a weird scene where Ethan seems to have some sort of psychological break or PTSD flashback or something. Apparently there’s been a reason we haven’t seen his mother so far in the series, though none of what we learn here has ever been alluded to before. We’ll see what comes of that. Another thing that got more focus in this part is the mating ceremony, which I am not really looking forward to. Hopefully Part 5 is better.

 

The Summary: (from Goodreads) Ethan and Max are settling into a pattern. It’s been a week since they met for the first time, and things seem to be going well… but are they really?

When Alexia comes over to discuss the mating ceremony she throws their whole dynamic off and uncovers that maybe the two men are not as settled as they think.
When Ethan gets a call from his mother, old wounds are reopened and the two men need to learn to trust each other quickly before everything goes wrong.

Then Max speaks the three words that Ethan fears the most…

Omega’s Bond is the fourth story in the Mated to the Alpha series. This series contains an innocent human, a sexy alpha, naughty scenes and Mpreg (male pregnancy).

 

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