An Ashlez Review: Master of No One (Masters of Their Domain #1) by Tricia Owens

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Rating : 2 stars out of 5

Aleksander is short-tempered, antisocial and though he’s unaware of it, wildly sexy. He’s also a naturally dominant shape-shifting monster who’s sliding into madness. He needs a human ‘grounder’ to submit to him and draw forth his protective human side. Instead he is given two humans: Constance, a fledgling sub with a reckless streak whose intense desire to serve has brought her nothing but heartache, and Kirk, a former NYPD cop who’s trying to subdue his own alpha instincts and play submissive in order to fulfill a family debt.

But once these grounders meet their new master, they quickly discover that in order to save Aleksander from himself, they must alter their assigned roles and form a unique triad of domination and submission that goes against Aleksander’s very nature. Constance needs to convince Aleksander he can be gentle and protective, while Kirk wants to show him there is freedom in surrendering to another dominant. The task isn’t easy, though: Aleksander fights them every step of the way, and a conspiracy surfaces which not even a creature as powerful as Aleksander may be able to overcome

Honestly I was thoroughly disappointed with this book – it was VERY slow, I mean the first 1/4 of the book didn’t need to be that long it could have been condensed into a very short chapter – I struggled impossibly to get into this book.  I’m a little upset i love a good shifter book, I adore a 3some book.. this book should have had all my gears gone but it failed me a little bit.

This is 100% a personal choice – this book has amazing ratings and reviews but it just wasn’t my cup of tea.

I found Kirk truly annoying, I kept thinking of him as a bigot against the “monsters”.

I found Constance actually quite a joy to read although a bit sad  and Alex well, I honestly could have broke me off a piece of that for myself!  His job was pretty awesome and interesting to read about, the whole existence of shifters, etc. and everything was actually quite fascinating.

It’s definitely worth a read if you like a ridiculously slow burn book and some info dumping (paced out so you don’t realize you’re being dumped on) but I understand that was for the good of the book it just frustrated me personally.

Cover – Sexy, relatable though also not – I preferred the blue cover to the red cover, there was more detail, though the red cover was almost ominous in a way more “shifter like” to me

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Book Details:
Kindle Edition, 263 pages
Published May 30th 2019 by Tricia Owens (first published February 24th 2015)
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Edition LanguageEnglish

A MelanieM Review :Seeing Red (Trowchester Series #4) by Alex Beecroft

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Rating: 5 stars out of 5

Bad boys don’t tame easy.

Victor is a bad man. Is there anything he won’t do for power and money?

Destroy a local business so he can buy it cheap? Kick out its owners and turn it into a cash cow? He relishes the chance.

Idris is a good man in possession of a renowned tea-house. He’s put his heart and soul into the place. It’s everything he has and wants…

Except for Victor.

He wants Victor too.

Can the love of a compassionate man soften a predator’s heart before it’s too late? Or is Idris doomed to lose his life’s work, and his heart with it?

A contemporary mm romance, Seeing Red is a long-awaited new installment of the critically acclaimed Trowchester Series.

Each book in the series is a standalone, and can be read in any order.

I have been an enthusiastic fan of Alex Beecroft’s Trowchester series since the release of the first story, Trowchester Blues.  There we met Finn Hulme, a retired criminal, now proud owner of a bookshop in Trowchester and Michael May, ex cop come to the village and his childhood home full of bad memories.  Everything about that story has staying power.  Vivid complicated characters, a powerful romance with a troubled and rocky path, realistic given the men, and a complex plot that included Finn’s past returning to haunt him.  All that while introducing us to the village of Trowchester.  The canals, the canal boats, the shops, the people, and overall atmosphere of ancient and waning, new and struggling.  So remarkable and vivid that the place just felt as though you could go visit and walk the streets, but stay in the lights in certain areas.

This first novel set the format for the characters and plots really for the stories that followed in the series.  Contemporary romance yes, but the main characters?  Unlike really any I’d met.  They felt raw, real, sweet and naive, solemn and severe, gritty and savvy, broken and internally twisted.Even sociopathic in some cases, their upbringing warm or a horror, or even , here where several of the characters and their culture is so far removed from the British norm.

Seeing Red is another spectacular novel and romance which further elevates this series.  It starts with Victor and his very different perspective.  It’s that of a man who is going to destroy someone we have come to love through the previous stories, Idris and his quirky tea shop.  However, Beecroft turns this into a psychological study of a man who’s entire life has been a struggle of fear and survival, stemming from abandonment and pain, and constant abuse.    Victor has used the items of wealth as barriers against all that in his life, watches, clothes, condos, and a job he hates. All a wall against the existence he had growing up and the voice that beats against his brain and heart constantly when he lets it.  It’s a fierce and scary thing.

On the other end of the spectrum is sweet, and somewhat naive Idris, running his shop with  his cousin from Bangladesh, where being gay is a crime.  But even in Trowchester, things are uncertain.  Brexit and the rise of hate crimes in England against Muslims are making Lalima  uneasy and she is thinking of returning.  But this is his home and his special place, his friends, and his sanctuary. His and others.  Something we have come to understand through the stories.  His gentle kind and loving nature shines like a welcoming beam through the pages ….to us and to Victor.

The thing is that Victor is unformed in so many ways.  He’s broken and stuck as a fearful almost child/man who has never seen the consequences of his actions or wanted something other than things.  All that will change now.

Seeing Red is shattering, heartbreaking, raw, beautiful, and incredible.  It’s about love and redemption.

And as Alex Beecroft does, enlarging one’s universe again and again.

There are things here that as an American I will never quite get.  The obsession and deep pain that gets inflicted on those with red hair in the UK or England.  Yes, people in the US get their share of getting called “carrot head” and other names, but basically its kid stuff.  Not the culturally deep seated derision and worse that seems to be reserved for “Gingers” over there.  That too comes through loud and clear though Victor .

Not familiar with this series?  Each is a standalone so start anywhere.  Including here.  Then go and get each one.  They are perfection and absorbing.  I highly recommend them all.

Cover art is gorgeous.

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Book Details:

Kindle Edition, 298 pages
Published May 12th 2019
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An Alisa Review: Come Play: An MM Erotica Charity Anthology

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Rating:  4.5 stars out of 5

Watch and Learn if the Coach’s Little Kitten can be Tamed. Follow the Doctor’s Orders and read all about Brotherly Love. Understand Abstract Love and then take a peek at A Kink Chronicles Short. It’s all about Pretty Boys, The Kiss, and Particular Tastes bundled up in this must-have erotic anthology.

Come, play with us.

Abstract Love by Sara Dobie Bauer

A Kink Chronicles Short by Luna David

Brotherly Love by Lynn Van Dorn

Coach’s Little Kitten by Quin Perin

Doctor’s Orders by Emma Jaye

Particular Tastes by T.S. McKinney

Pretty Boy by E.M. Denning

Tamed by T.M. Chris

The Kiss by A.G. Carothers

Watch and Learn by K.C. Wells

** All proceeds from this anthology will be donated to The Trevor Project. https://www.thetrevorproject.org **

This anthology features a collection of erotic MM short stories.

I love collections like this, it gives such a great variety to read and exposes me to new authors.  I really enjoyed the interactions with these characters for the most part and what I didn’t were mostly just items I would stay away from in my usual reading.  I love that this collection of stories is benefiting The Trevor Project tool, it always makes me appreciate authors a bit more when I know they care.

In Coach’s Little Kitten Baxter is out satisfying his sexual urges when Caleb catches his eye.  I liked the connection that Caleb and Baxter had, even if they more than likely won’t see each other again.  Donovan is Abstract Love fights his attraction to Sam with all his might.  But we get to see that he is deeper than what he shows on the surface and it may just take him a little bit to come to terms with how he is feeling.

In The Kiss we see Liam search out his desires and finds much more than he ever bargained for with Gavin.  Some of the definitions within this story confused me, especially primal, but I liked reading about BDSM with a slightly different angle.  I loved Paul in Pretty Boy, even when he was sure that no one would want his in his women’s clothes and makeup, he still wears them even in secret.  Once Mark realizes what’s going on though he quickly shows Paul how much it doesn’t bother him, I will point out for some this story had the most taboo to it, not that it bothered me ;).

In Particular Tastes Christian is still trying to come to terms with what happened months ago but Hudson doesn’t want that to happen.  It was funny seeing neither of them knowing how to actually approach the other but finally get a chance to figure it out. Doctor’s Orders pulled at your heart strings before it got to the kinky part, Alex has been through so much.  I was glad that Nate was able to show Alex that he can be whatever he needs to be and there is nothing Alex could do that would make Nate back away, even trying his kink he has never told anyone about.

I love Jay and Jamie in Brotherly Love, though I have to say I really hated the relationship their parents had with the other with Jay’s mom and also Jamie’s dad showing contempt or not love towards their step-sons.  I hated seeing that these two have been battling with their feelings for so long but finally get the chance to figure it out, even if Jay pushes a bit.  I loved how accepting Jay’s father was of their relationship and Jamie was able to gain that family when his father turned his back on them and the back and forth snippets helped to see how their relationship has evolved over the years.  In A Kink Chronicles Short we see Knox, Zach, Ronan and Jamie exploring some of their fantasies.  I love the closeness of these characters and how they are willing to do almost anything to make their fantasies come true knowing that Zach is true to Knox while Jamie is true to Ronan.

I hated seeing that Jake in Tamed has been shamed and hurt by so many Doms that while he longs to let go and for that connection he feels he has to fight for it.  I loved that Eduardo could see right through it and made it known that he would stand by Jake for however long it would take him to earn his trust before they go any farther.  Zac in Watch and Learn has never had good sex but Chris longs to show him what he’s been missing.  These two go to some weird parties that have somethings going on far beyond my comfort zone but it helps Zac learn what really turns him on.  I had the hardest time with their insistence that they didn’t want a relationship but ten months later they are having dinner together multiple times a week and doing special things for each other’s birthdays, I don’t know about you but it sounds like a relationship to me.

Cover art by Morningstar Ashley is great and gives just the right amount of these for this book.

Sales Links: Amazon

Book Details:

ebook, 680 pages

Published: June 11, 2019

Edition Language: English

B.A. Tortuga on Her Playlist for ner new release Ammo and Enchiladas (Border Crossing #2)

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Ammo and Enchiladas (Border Crossing #2) by B.A. Tortuga

Dreamspinner Press
Publication: June 11th 2019

Cover Artist: Alexandria Corza
Sales Links: Dreamspinner Press | Amazon

 

 

Ammo and Enchiladas Playlist

Hey, y’all! I’m BA Tortuga, resident redneck and playlist junkie.

My boys do love a good playlist.

Writing Lex and Brant was fabulous – Lex loves everything from old school rock to Tejano while Brant loves him some old school country. Together they made a lot of music. 😉

Much Too Young to Feel This Damn Old by Garth Brooks

Low by Flo Rida

Find Out Who Your Friends Are by Tracy Lawrence

Hotel California by The Eagles

The Truth by Trent Willmon

Si Te Vas by Marc Anthony

La Tortura by Shakira and Alejandro Sanz

Dame Lo Que Quiero by RKM & Ken-Y

La Pistola y el Corzon by Los Lobos

Modern Love by David Bowie

Faith by George Michael

Life in the Fast Lane by The Eagles

Amarillo by Morning by George Strait

The Sad Café by The Eagles

Lord, I Hope This Day is Good by Don Williams

Monday Morning Church by Alan Jackson

The Good Die Young by Tracy Lawrence

Much love, y’all.

BA

Ammo and Enchiladas  blurb:

After a night at the movies in Albuquerque, NM, Brantley’s best friend, Matt, is shot right in front him during a robbery. Stunned and devastated, Brant tries to help Matt’s husband, Travis, deal with the funeral details even as he struggles with his own grief and Travis’s blame. When Travis’s best friend arrives, Brant is both annoyed and grateful, because he is so darn tired and can use the help.

Lex Espana is ashamed to admit he hasn’t seen his childhood best friend since Travis’s wedding. He’s even more amazed that he barely remembers Brant from that wedding, because he’s sure interested now. While it’s weird to fall for someone at a funeral, his feelings for Brant are real and make him long for a life he didn’t realize he was missing.

Neither Lex nor Brant knows how to be part of an us, though, and they both have a lot to work through before they can settle in. To become a real couple, Brant and Lex will have to dig deep to get past the roadblocks in their relationship.

Available June 11: 

About BA Tortuga

Texan to the bone and an unrepentant Daddy’s Girl, BA Tortuga spends her days with her basset hounds and her beloved wife, knitting, and eating Mexican food. When she’s not doing that, she’s writing. She spends her days off watching rodeo, knitting and surfing Pinterest in the name of research. BA’s personal saviors include her wife, Julia Talbot, her best friends, and coffee. Lots of coffee. Really good coffee.

Having written everything from fist-fighting rednecks to hard-core cowboys to werewolves, BA does her damnedest to tell the stories of her heart, which was raised in Northeast Texas, but has heard the call of the  high desert and lives in the Sandias. With books ranging from hard-hitting GLBT romance, to fiery menages, to the most traditional of love stories, BA refuses to be pigeon-holed by anyone but the voices in her head. Find her on the web at www.batortuga.com

 

 

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Release Blitz for Come Play: An MM Erotica Charity Anthology

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Book Title: Come Play – An MM Erotica Charity Anthology

Authors: Quin Perin, A.G. Carothers, E.M. Denning, Emma Jaye, K.C. Wells,

Lynn Van Dorn, Luna David, Sara Dobie Bauer, T.M. Chris, T.S. McKinney

Cover Artist: Morningstar Ashley

Release Date: June 11, 2019

Genre/s: M/M Erotica, M/M BDSM

Trope/s: Including hurt/comfort, first time, forbidden and others

Themes: Anthology includes BDSM and erotica. It has a wide variety of tastes/themes

Heat Rating:  A mix of 4 and 5 flames. This anthology features a collection of erotic MM short stories.     

Blurb

Watch and Learn if the Coach’s Little Kitten can be Tamed.

Follow the Doctor’s Orders and read all about Brotherly Love.

Understand Abstract Love and then take a peek at A Kink Chronicles Short.

It’s all about Pretty Boys, The Kiss, and Particular Tastes bundled up in this must-have erotic anthology.

Come, play with us.

Abstract Love by Sara Dobie Bauer

A Kink Chronicles Short by Luna David

Brotherly Love by Lynn Van Dorn

Coach’s Little Kitten by Quin Perin

Doctor’s Orders by Emma Jaye

Particular Tastes by T.S. McKinney

Pretty Boy by E.M. Denning

Tamed by T.M. Chris

The Kiss by A.G. Carothers

Watch and Learn by K.C. Wells

** All proceeds from this anthology will be donated to

💜💙💚💙 𝘍𝘰𝘳 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘛𝘳𝘦𝘷𝘰𝘳 𝘗𝘳𝘰𝘫𝘦𝘤𝘵 💙💚💙💜

 https://www.thetrevorproject.org **

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Luna David

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Love Fantasy? Check Out the Release Blitz for Treacherous Seas (Mermen and Magic #6) by L.M. Brown (excerpt)

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Book Title: Treacherous Seas (Mermen and Magic, Book 6)

Author: L.M. Brown

Publisher: Pride Publishing

Release Date: June 11, 2019

Genre/s: Paranormal, Fantasy, M/M Romance

Themes: Reincarnation, Second Chance at Love

Heat Rating: 4 flames

Length: 85 815 words/348 pages

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Caspian, the Atlantean God of Justice, has devoted his eternal life to protecting the merfolk. He has no time for romance, not even when the merman he now watches over is his former lover reincarnated.

Phoebus, a merman living in the sunken city of Atlantis before the Atlanteans were banished, never intended to fall for Caspian, the most promiscuous of all the gods. Yet, when Caspian offers him immortality, Phoebus doesn’t know if he can pay the price, even if refusing means breaking the heart of a god.

Back in the present, Marin remembers the love he once had for Caspian, but he’s not the same merman now. Caspian might have loved him as Phoebus, but he knows the god cannot give him what he needs.

Marin doesn’t want Caspian’s protection. He wants revenge, and he is prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice to get it, even if it means breaking Caspian’s heart a second time.

 

Excerpt

“Caspian, there you are.” Cari breezed into the room and settled herself onto the chaise. “I’ve been searching everywhere for you.”

Caspian sipped his wine before answering his sister. “Well, now you’ve found me.”

Cari helped herself to a glass of her own. “Since when do you travel to this part of the world?”

“I needed some time alone,” Caspian replied. Rafe’s jealousies had pushed him to his limit today, so he had escaped to a small province in Italia for a little peace and quiet. Hiding from his priest wasn’t difficult, but avoiding his sister was another matter entirely.

“Rafe?” Cari asked.

“You know I don’t like it when you poke into my head.” He managed to block most of the immortals from his mind, but his sister appeared to have the ability to bypass all his defenses. He supposed it came from being the Goddess of Prophecy.

“I didn’t,” Cari replied. “But when I checked your palace, he was ranting about some merman you’d fucked. I simply drew my own conclusions.”

“I didn’t fuck him.”

“Rafe seems to think otherwise.”

Caspian rolled his eyes. “Rafe was present in the room the entire time. He is well aware of what we did.”

Cari huffed. “Did you ever think that your priest might not get quite so jealous if you didn’t make him watch you with other men?”

“The merman was having trouble breaking his mating fever. He came to me for help, we broke his fever and he returned to the ocean. That was it.”

“What was his name?”

“Who? The merman?”

“Yes, him.”

“Phoebus. Why do you want to know?”

“Just curious. I spoke to Mother this morning.”

“And what did she have to say for herself?”

“She told me Medina had slipped you a love potion.”

“Apparently. She added something to my wine, but I don’t know what. She was probably bluffing.”

Cari laughed briefly. “Don’t you know by now that Medina never bluffs?”

“Well, it doesn’t seem to have had much of an impact on me. Probably she isn’t as good at brewing up mischief as she likes to think.”

Cari sipped her wine. “You never did figure out the difference between a love potion and one that simply inspires lust.”

“What do you mean?”

“I mean that if she’d given you the latter, which is what she hands out to most who seek her services, you’d be fucking that young merman right now. A true love potion, on the other hand, takes time to work, just like real love takes time to grow.”

“What are you saying? You think I’m going to fall in love with someone? The merman?”

“Like it or not, you are about to discover what falling in love is like.”

“I think I’ll let that particular experience pass me by, thank you all the same.”

“You seem to be laboring under the mistaken belief you have a choice in the matter.”

“I do.”

Cari finished her glass of wine and poured herself another. “I took a peek into your future after I spoke to Mother.”

“I suppose telling you I don’t want to know about my future would be pointless?”

“It would.”

“Very well. Tell me what you saw, and if I don’t like it, I’ll do what I need to so I can change it.”

“You can’t alter course mid-stream.”

“Says who?”

“Fate.”

“I don’t believe in fate.”

“It doesn’t matter what you believe in. You’ve met Phoebus, and been intimate with him, just hours after drinking Medina’s concoction.”

“He only sucked me.”

“That’s more than enough to trigger the potion. Chances are, if it’s one of Medina’s brews, the touch of your hand to his would have been enough.”

“I’m probably never going to see him again,” Caspian said, even though the thought of a second encounter with the merman made his heart race.

“I assure you, you’ll be seeing him very soon. He’s a nice man and I think he’ll be very good for you.”

“Why are you and Mother so eager to see me settled down with just one man? I’m perfectly happy as I am.”

“Are you?”

“Yes.”

Cari shook her head. “When you’ve fallen for him, when you’re head over heels, desperately in love with him, you’ll know what perfect happiness is.”

“Oh, please.” Caspian rolled his eyes.

“You’ll see.”

 

About the Author 

L.M. Brown is an English writer of gay romances. She believes mermen live in the undiscovered areas of the ocean. She believes life exists on other planets. She believes in fairy tales, magic, and dreams. Most of all, she believes in love.

When L.M. Brown isn’t bribing her fur babies for control of the laptop, she can usually be found with her nose in a book.

 

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