A Free Dreamer Review: The Hot Floor by Josephine Myles

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Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5

The Hot FloorTwo plus one equals scorching hot fun. 

Dumped by his boyfriend and reduced to living in a grotty bedsit, Josh Carpenter has gotten used to expecting the worst. Now he lives only for his job as a glassblower…and occasional glimpses of his sexy downstairs neighbors, Rai Nakamura and Evan Truman.

Every time he overhears the diminutive academic and the hunky plumber having loud and obviously kinky sex, Josh is overwhelmed with lust…and a longing for a fraction of what they have.

To his amazement, Rai and Evan find his embarrassing tendency to blush utterly charming, and the three men grow closer over the course of the long, hot summer. Despite Rai’s charming flirtation and Evan’s smoldering gaze, Josh is determined never to break his new friends’ loving bonds.

On the night a naked Josh falls—quite literally—into the middle of one of Rai and Evan’s marathon sex sessions, the force of their mutual attraction takes control. But just as Josh dares to hope, he senses a change. Leaving him to wonder if the winds of love are about to blow his way at last…or if history is about to repeat itself.

Warning: Contains one well-endowed stud with a sexy accent, one improbably toppy bottom boy with an unfortunate owl obsession, and one blushing naïf who can’t believe his luck. Also, the occasional indulgence in mathematical spanking and some shameless armpit sex.

The book is all the blurb promises: A little silly, a few stereotypes and first and foremost tons of sex.

The sex was definitely interesting and unusual. I don’t think I’ve ever heard of an armpit kink and I really don’t think that’s my kind of kink, but hey, at least the author got creative. Other than that, it really wasn’t all that kinky. There was a bit of spanking and a hint of D/s, but mostly it’s just three guys having fun. So don’t worry if heavy kink isn’t your kind of thing.

Josh got annoying after a while, with his insecurities and his inability to talk about feelings. It felt like the whole plot solely revolved on him not being able to just come out and say how he feels. Instead he sulks and wallows in self-pity.

I loved that the author gave him such an unusual job, but unfortunately there weren’t many scenes with Josh really working. It’s a shame when an author makes the effort to come up with an unusual job and then only mentions it in passing, instead of writing some really interesting job-related scenes.

Rai and Evan didn’t get much of a characterisation. Rai was the nerdy twink and Evan the very well-hung top. The author did include a bit about their history, but it wasn’t enough to make them feel really alive to me, instead of like the stereotypes they represent at first glance.

What I missed the most about this book was the plot. Nothing much actually happened. There’s Josh pining after Rai and Evan, then he falls into their bathroom, they have sex, they have even more sex, Josh wallows in self-pity, they talk, they have sex, they live happily ever after. It got a little boring toward the end, to be honest.

To sum it up, “The Hot Floor” isn’t spectacularly good or spectacularly bad. It’s okay. More plot and characterisation would have really helped me enjoy this book more.

If you’re looking for a quick read with lots of steamy sex, then “The Hot Floor” is a great book. Just don’t expect too much of a real plot.

 The cover by Lou Harper fits the steamy mood of the book perfectly. These guys are absolutely drool-worthy!

Sales Links:  Samhain Publishing | All Romance (ARe) | Amazon | Buy It Here

Book details:

ebook, 233 pages
Published September 25th 2012 by Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
ISBN 1619212986 (ISBN13: 9781619212985)
Edition LanguageEnglish
URLhttp://josephinemyles.com/published-stories/the-hot-floor/

A BJ Review: Cinder: A CinderFella Story by Marie Sexton

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Rating:  5 stars out of 5       ★★★★★

CinderEldon Cinder would give anything to see Prince Xavier one last time, but only women are invited to the royal ball. When the local witch offers to make Eldon female for just one night, he agrees.

One spell.

One night.

One dance.

What could possibly go wrong?


I adored this short, well-written story based on the fairy tale, but with a M/M twist. This book drew me in and was an smooth and easy read. The way the couple fell in love was all I could have asked for. The prince (THE PRINCE! for heavens sake) was the one to treat Eldon like he mattered when his real family treated him like dirt. Xavier showed him what it felt like to simply have someone care what he thought and felt. . . and when you’ve lived a life where no one much cares what you feel or would ever think to notice and question your emotional state. . . . well, it was touching and insightful and perfect for me.  This book so cute I wanted to pinch it’s cheek.


This short novella is a gorgeous little GFY with just the right amount of angst and romance with the barest sprinkling of sex. There are a bit of girly bits since Eldon’s fairy godmother turns him into a girl to attend the ball, but the breasts/bits are just temporary and Eldon is very much a male. I enjoyed the ending (wasn’t sure that it would end well!), but YAY Prince Xavier saves the day! And the descriptions of how Eldon felt during the brief stints of being in a female body were done well (not over the top as could have been).

All the elements of the fairy tale were there, the magic, the slipper, the ball, the fairy godmother (well, witch in this case). But we were also given a fun, goofy dog (Milton), humor, fishing and two men in love who got their HEA. A perfect fairy tale that made me dream and smile and swoon.

The cover with its magical forest at night, the soft blues tones, the lovely topography, and the slipper/boot is all around awesome. But the slogan on front is kick-ass and made me smile. It says “It’s all fun and games until somebody loses a shoe.”

Sales Links:  All Romance (ARe) | Amazon | Buy It Here


Book Details:  

Kindle Edition, 86 pages
Published February 16th 2014 by Marie Sexton (first published February 4th 2012)
ASINB00IHQEYOW
Edition LanguageEnglish
CharactersEldon Cinder, Augustus Alexandre Kornelius Xavier Redmon

A Paul B Advent Story Review: Teddy Bear Christmas by C.C. Bridges

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Rating: 5 out of 5 stars   ★★★★★

Sleigh Ride Advent StoryIt is December 23rd, and Tyler Martin is waiting in the airport for his flight back home to New Jersey for the Christmas holiday.  Having missed returning home last year due to his then boyfriend wanting to spend it together, he is anxious to get his family celebration.  While waiting for his delayed flight due to a massive snowstorm out east, he sees a teddy bear sitting across from him.  When the occupants of the seats next to the teddy leave for their flights, Tyler realizes that someone who has already left must have forgotten the bear.  He takes the bear to the airline’s customer service area to turn it into lost and found.

Aaron Klein is busy working the counter of the airline he is employed by.  With numerous delays and cancellations, he is assisting people with their travel woes.  Having already celebrated Hanukah, Aaron does not mind working the Christmas holidays.  While on the phone with a mother asking about a lost teddy bear, Aaron notices a gorgeous man approach the counter with said bear.  After assuring the mother that the bear will be there when she returns from her trip, the man proposes to do something special for the child who is missing her bear.  Aaron agrees to go along with Tyler’s suggestion hoping to get to know this man whose plane has been delayed by weather.  Will this new relationship take off or be grounded just as Tyler’s flight has been?

I absolutely adored this story.  I have to say that I personally am a teddy bear enthusiast.  So when the list of Advent stories was made available, I jumped on this one.  I loved how the author used a child’s bear to bring two men who are neither related to the owner together.  What they do for the girl who owns the bear brings the two closer together.  And while there are questions by both men as to whether such a chance meeting could lead to anything, the reader knows that the two will get together at the end.  This is a delightful holiday read.

The cover art by Paul Richmond for this story is the standard cover for Dreamspinner’s Sleigh Ride Advent event.

Sales Links:  Dreamspinner Press | All Romance (ARe) | Amazon | Buy It Here

Book Details

Kindle Edition, 31 pages
Published November 30th 2015 by Dreamspinner Press
ASINB018RVBQ1K
Edition LanguageEnglish
SeriesSleigh Ride – 2015 Advent Calendar

A MelanieM Review: Part & Parcel (Sidewinder #3) by Abigail Roux

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Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5

Part&Parcel_600x900Nick O’Flaherty and Kelly Abbott had their happy ending in sight when a friend’s call for help almost ended with them losing it to the blade of a knife. Now, in the aftermath of near-disaster, both men are trying to heal and move on.

Moving on together, though, is harder than either of them realized it would be. Kelly struggles with simply being a lover instead of the Doc, while Nick is mired in his recovery. The distance between them inches along in stilted silence.

Desperately seeking solace, Nick finally gathers the courage to sort through the possessions his dear friend and fellow Sidewinder teammate Elias Sanchez left him when he died. Instead of comforting memories, Nick and Kelly find a stack of letters and strict instructions from Eli that prompt them to send out a call for assistance. With Eli’s letters in hand, Sidewinder sets out on one last mission together, seeking peace and absolution from beyond the grave—and from each other.

Part & Parcel is simply Abigail Roux’s finest Sidewinder story to date, and it ranks high among her other stories, even some of the beloved Cut & Run books.  In Part & Parcel, Abigail Roux employs one of my favorite story elements, that of letters delivering a voice from the past.

After the devastating events that saw Nick dying in the streets of Miami, everyone is left trying to move forward with their lives with varying degrees of success.  The ones having the most trouble?  Nick and Kelly.  Now with all the lies that Nick kept hidden from Kelly out in the open, the repercussions from those actions and necessary falsehoods are still disrupting their lives.  If they would only face it.  The author does a remarkable job of bringing forth the inner turmoil each man is undergoing, the heartache, the anger, and the confusion over how to end the stasis their lives has become.  I think too often the PTSD in other stories is tidied up into a neat little box. Not here but the issues Nick has extend not only to his service years but his abusive childhood, current father problems and more.  Add on to it Kelly “Doc” Abbott’s own personal crisis and you have not only a team in turmoil but a couple’s relationship floundering in the worst way.  Roux’s descriptions make each man’s torment immediate and raw.  We hurt for them both.

Then come the letters from Eli, a road trip cross country with the Sidewinders, Zane, and two kittens.  A journey I enjoyed stop by stop, conversation by conversation.  I loved the dialog.  Sometimes hilarious, often heartbreaking, even when snarky and sarcastic.  You could feel the long time camaraderie and brotherhood tightening up once more as the letters were read and memories were shared.

Yes, my tears flowed with theirs.

By the end of the journey, the healing process had set in, the brotherhood was back and I felt I really had gotten to know more about each man and their part in each other’s lives so throughly that past novels and plots clicked into place more, relationships become more cleanly defined and I “got” the Sidewinders…finally.

It was great seeing Ty and Zane again and getting a peek into their new lives.  Loved the kitties.  But the joy was Kelly and Nick, surrounded by family of brothers again.  Owen and Digger, each a new revelation to go with the newfound sense of family I felt at the end.  And Eli?  He was there too, in the letters, in the memories, maybe something more…

I thought Part & Parcel was a deeper, more layered story and I can’t wait to see where Abigail Roux goes next with this series and couple.

I love this story and series but wonder if its given the chance it deserves. The Sidewinder series has the unfortunate element of being Cut & Run’s (meaning Ty and Zane’s ) followup children.  I  know there are fans out there that anything less than Ty and Zane will provoke a frenzy of teeth gnashing if not polite disappointment.   Others expect a rehash of the Ty and Zane dynamic with Nick and Kelly in their shoes, and again this couple seems to take a beating when that doesn’t’ happen.  I love these men.  They are wonderful, powerful and yes, vulnerable characters and this is a terrific series.  I highly recommend it.  Grab it up today and start reading.

Cover art by L.C. Chase.  Love the style and graphic.  Perfect.

Sales Links:  Riptide Publishing |  All Romance (ARe) | Amazon | Buy It Here

Book Details:

ebook, 302 pages
Published December 19th 2015 by Riptide Publishing
Original TitlePart & Parcel
ISBN139781626493681
Edition LanguageEnglish

Series Sidewinder with links to our reviews:

The Sidewinders are Back with Part & Parcel by Abigail Roux (Riptide Tour/contest)

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Part & Parcel (Sidewinder #3)  by Abigail Roux
Published by Riptide Publishing
Cover Artist L.C. Chase

Release Date:  December 19, 2015
Buy the book here at Riptide’s Part & Parcel page

About Part & Parcel

Nick O’Flaherty and Kelly Abbott had their happy ending in sight when a friend’s call for help almost ended with them losing it to the blade of a knife. Now, in the aftermath of near-disaster, both men are trying to heal and move on.

Moving on together, though, is harder than either of them realized it would be. Kelly struggles with simply being a lover instead of the Doc, while Nick is mired in his recovery. The distance between them inches along in stilted silence.

Desperately seeking solace, Nick finally gathers the courage to sort through the possessions his dear friend and fellow Sidewinder teammate Elias Sanchez left him when he died. Instead of comforting memories, Nick and Kelly find a stack of letters and strict instructions from Eli that prompt them to send out a call for assistance. With Eli’s letters in hand, Sidewinder sets out on one last mission together, seeking peace and absolution from beyond the grave—and from each other.

About Abigail Roux

Abigail Roux was born and raised in North Carolina. A past volleyball star who specializes in sarcasm and painful historical accuracy, she currently spends her time coaching high school volleyball and investigating the mysteries of single motherhood. Any spare time is spent living and dying with every Atlanta Braves and Carolina Panthers game of the year.

Abigail has a daughter, Little Roux, who is the light of her life, a boxer, four rescued cats who play an ongoing live-action variation of Call of Duty throughout the house, a certifiable extended family down the road, and a cast of thousands in her head.

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Giveaway

To celebrate the release of Part & Parcel, we are selecting TWO giveaway winners! One will receive the last four Cut & Run books in audio, and the other will receive the full Sidewinder series in audio. Your first comment at each stop on this tour enters you in the drawing. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on December 26, 2015. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. Entries.  HYPERLINK Follow the tour for more opportunities to enter the giveaway, and don’t forget to leave your email or method of contact so Riptide can reach you if you win!

Sidewinder

This series is part of the Cut & Run universe.

– See more at: Riptide Publishing’s Sidewinder page.