An Alisa Review: Grand Opening (Kiss of Leather #4) by Morticia Knight

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Rating:  5 stars out of 5

 

Grand OpeningThe men of Kiss of Leather celebrate a beginning, but will the price be another ending?

 

The grand opening of Kiss of Leather draws near and the pressure is on to make sure everything is completed for the big night. Master Josh is a perfectionist, so no detail is too small in order to enhance the quality of the prestigious club they’ve all worked so tirelessly on. Unfortunately, the endless demands on Josh’s time have caused him to forget the more important things in life.

 

David’s love for Master Josh is strong, but lately, that love has been constantly tested. How can a sub in a full-time D/s relationship serve a Master who’s never there? As things continue to deteriorate between him and Josh, David wonders if maybe his Master has tired of having to care for a sub 24/7.

 

By the time the grand opening arrives, Josh and David seem to have worked out their differences and David is hopeful for their future. The emotional collaring ceremony between Gavin and Kyle is a beautiful testament to the power of love. But when an unexpected party crasher intrudes on the evening’s festivities, the men are reminded that there are still too many unanswered questions related to Corey’s kidnapping.

 

More than ever, the men of Kiss of Leather need to stand united. Will Josh and David be able to do the same?

 

I really enjoyed this book; it gave us a look at the couples from the previous books but also a chance to look into Josh and David’s relationship.  Josh and David have been together for years and got to watch their friends fall in love around them.  However, their relationship seems to be going backward as the club gets closer to opening.  All this while still trying to find out everything in regards to Corey’s abuse and kidnapping makes it hard for the characters to work on their personal lives.

 

We got to see this story from many points of view, the previous couples and also Josh and David’s which helps to give the reader a chance to see how an existing relationship can look from all sides.  I could feel how David thought his life was falling apart and how devastated Josh was when he finally had a reality check for the state of his relationship.  I look forward to more books in this series while they work to find more information on Corey’s abuse.

 

The cover art is very nice and follows the pattern for the series.

 

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Book Details:

ebook, 144 pages
Published: August 23, 2016 by Pride Publishing
ISBN: 9781786514752
Edition Language: English

Series: Kiss of Leather #4

A Paul B Review: Bear In Mind (The Bears of Falcon’s Ridge #2) by Susan E. Scott

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Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Bear In MindGabe Falcon has been seeing Blake whenever his art work took him into Atlanta.  He first met Blake five months ago.  Shortly before their first date, Gabe found out that a woman he had been seeing in Savannah was pregnant with his child.  As Gabe has been a love them and leave them type of guy, this changed the equation for Gabe.  Karen, the woman from Savannah, would not agree to marry him, nor did she want to keep the baby.  Gabe hoped he could convince Karen to give him the baby to raise.  But this possibly puts an end to any future for his relationship with Blake as he states that he did not want to have kids someday.

Blake works at an art gallery in Atlanta.  Through his job, he meets Gabe, a sexy Native American artist.  While he agrees to become friends with benefits with Gabe for whenever he was in town on business, lately Blake has wanted to take the relationship to the next level.  He fears that if informs Gabe of his decision that he will lose Gabe.  When he doesn’t hear from Gabe in a while, Blake figures that the relationship, such as it is, is dying a natural death.  After being laid off at his art gallery, Blake decides to pay his friend Connor and Conner’s new boyfriend Falcon a visit.

When Blake arrives at Connor’s place for his visit, he can’t help but notice the resemblance Falcon bares to his Gabe.  When he learns that Falcon is actually his last name, it confirms that the two are brothers and in fact twins.  Blake then learns that Gabe is in Savannah for the birth of his own twins.  Blake is sure he does not want to be a home wrecker and wonders where he fits into Gabe’s new life.  He will certainly be busy with the new additions along with possibly their mother, leaving him alone.  Is there any hope for a life with Gabe and his kids?

This is the second book in the Bears of Falcon’s Ridge series.  I missed out on the first one but that did not detract much from the story.  (The first book was the story of Connor and Falcon.)  In this book, Gabe and Falcon being bear shifters is treated almost like they had brown eyes or were Native American, just another part of their being.  The only shifting that took place happened off page. 

Both men seem to want their relationship to develop further but are both afraid but telling the other of their desire that they will lose them.  Only after the subtle help of Connor after Gabe brings the babies home do the men come to realize that they both want the same thing.  I plan on catching up with the first book and look forward to others in the series.

The cover by Eden Connor fits the character of Gabe well.  A shirtless Native American male with long dark hair is standing in front of a forest scene.  It is just how I would picture Gabe as he was described.

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Book Details

EBook, 130 pages
Edition Language:  English
Published:  August 1, 2016 by Dark Hollows Press
ISBN:  978-1-044054-74-8

Series:  The Bears of Falcon’s Ridge

  • Bear With Me (The Bears of Falcon’s Ridge #1)
  • Bear In Mind (The Bears of Falcon’s Ridge #2)

A Barb Release Day Review: Empty Net (Scoring Chances #4) by Avon Gale

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Rating: 5 stars out of 5

Empty Net by Avon GaleSpartanburg Spitfires’ goalie and captain Isaac Drake ended last season with an unexpected trip to the playoffs. He’s found a home and family with his coach and mentor, Misha Samarin, and he’s looking forward to making a serious run for the Kelly Cup. But things take an interesting turn when Isaac’s archnemesis, Laurent St. Savoy, is traded to the Spitfires. After Laurent’s despicable behavior in the playoffs last year, Isaac wants nothing to do with him – no matter how gorgeous he is. But that changes when Isaac discovers the reason for Laurent’s attitude.

Laurent St. Savoy grew up the only son of a legendary NHL goalie in a household rife with abuse, constantly treated like a disappointment on and off the ice. When a desperate attempt to escape his father’s tyranny sends him to the Spitfires, the last thing Laurent wants is to make friends. But there’s something about Isaac Drake that he can’t resist, and Laurent has an opportunity to explore his sexuality for the first time, but he’s cracking under end-of-the season pressures. When facing the playoffs and a rivalry turned personal vendetta, Isaac’s not sure he’s enough to hold Laurent—or their relationship—together.

Please be advised: This book does contain some non-graphic references to past childhood physical/emotional abuse as well as issues relating to ED (bulimia and restricted eating, disordered thoughts about eating).

From the beginning, Laurent St. Savoy, the character I thought for sure I would hate, burrowed into my heart and found his home.  Oh, that poor young man! My heart just bled for him.  The author did an excellent job sketching his character immediately and then filling it in with details of his history of physical and emotional abuse at the hands of his father, famous hockey player and now coach of the Asheville team, Denis St. Savoy. 

Laurent developed strong defense mechanisms in his early years and learned never to show his true feelings. We didn’t know last year, when he spit on Isaac in the playoffs, he was really dying about it on the inside. When he’s traded to the Spitfires as Isaac Drake’s backup goalie, the rivalry should be intense, but instead, after an early flare-up, Isaac discovers one of Laurent’s secrets.  Laurent has scars—on his back and in his mind—scars that are not so easy to explain.  But Isaac feels an innate need to comfort Laurent, and together they begin to explore what Laurent needs. 

Along the way, his eating disorder is discovered, his emotional abuse at the hands of his father, and his hatred for hockey—all unexpected and all difficult to overcome, but not impossible to work through.  With Isaac by his side, Laurent begins to make baby steps toward recovery. 

This story has so much going for it, including a lot of air time for Misha and Matt, Isaac’s coaches and the men he boards with. We see new sides to Misha and to their relationship as well as being present for Laurent’s discovery of sex and that what was missing all along was an emotional bond with another person.  The author explores disordered eating and provides information on therapeutic treatment, both in the story, and in the Afterword. 

The road to emotional health is long for Laurent, and it’s a huge struggle to make the strides he makes over the course of this story. The author gives us a very easy-to-hate character in Denis St. Savoy, but she also gives us an opportunity for revenge as Laurent takes his final step to break his relationship with the man who treated him so despicably during his life. 

To be honest, the whole series is amazing. Each book has brought unique characters in unique situations and a warm and satisfying ending. This one is no different in that way, but it is just so much more.  It’s more intense, more emotional, and more memorable, IMHO.  It’s certainly one I can easily recommend without any hesitation at all.

The cover by Aaron Anderson is also one of the most attractive I’ve seen all year.  Blue-tinted, it depicts an empty hockey net surrounded by ice and with lightning strikes in the background.  When I squint my eyes, I can see ghostlike outlines of players in the lines formed by the lightning—whether intentional or just my imagination, I’m not sure, but the overall effect is very impressive. 

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Book Details:

ebook, 200 pages
Published September 2nd 2016 by Dreamspinner Press
ISBN 1634775856 (ISBN13: 9781634775854)
Edition LanguageEnglish

SeriesScoring Chances #4