A Barb the Zany Old Lady Review : Broken News by Sara Dobie Bauer


Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5

This book features a crime boss, Eric West, and the prostitute he falls in love with: Will, aka Simon Gladby, freelance reporter working undercover to get the goods on Eric. Neither are the sort of heroes I’d expect to meet in the pages of a romance, yet this story shows that even these men can find love.

I enjoy this author’s work, primarily because of her writing style and ability to build interesting characters and tell a complex story. This was indeed a complex story but there were quite a few situations and actions that were difficult for me to believe and embrace, hence the lower rating. The characters, including secondary, were many and varied. Among those, I disliked Melanie, Eric’s wife, but I believe that was the author’s intention. I thoroughly disliked Selena, editor-and-chief of the large newspaper Simon aspires to work for as a featured reporter. Her stereotypical badass boss role fell flat for me. I couldn’t accept her reasoning behind Simon’s actions in getting the story, nor her threats to destroy him if he didn’t keep doing the undercover work. On the other hand, I liked the other principal female character, Will’s friend and owner of the brothel, Catherine. That woman had a many-faceted personality and meshed well with others in all her roles. Rob, Eric’s second in command, was an interesting character with a strong personality.

The main character, Simon, aka Will, was okay, but unfortunately, I didn’t warm to him, especially when his real personality as Simon was on page, front and center. I couldn’t get behind his love for Eric at all. Having sex with Eric was a job. At least, that’s what he said and repeated when asked. And even when he finally expressed his love, he didn’t feel three dimensional to me. But Eric, the crime boss? My favorite character of all. And I didn’t want to like him, never mind love him. From his background to his present role as head of the organization, he had so many flaws, but he was honest in how much he cared about Will right from the beginning. The oddities in the circumstances of how the final stages of the story worked out were overlooked as I worked my way to the HEA because, after all, Eric needed his redemption. 

I recommend this to those who love a bad guy turned good, age gap, and lots of shooting and underhanded action.

The cover by Sara Dobie Bauer features a cute young man in a suit against a background representing a big city—perfect for the story.

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Book Details:

Kindle Edition, 1st edition
Expected publication: August 22nd 2019
Edition Language English

Release Blitz – Lost and Found by Quin Perin (excerpt and giveaway)



Book Title: Lost and Found – A May/December Gay Romance

Author: Quin Perin

Publisher: Self-Published

Cover Artist: X Potion Designs

Genre/s: Second Chance Gay Romance

Length: 21 500 words/80 pages

It is a standalone story.

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He is…

half my age,

my son’s friend,

and he calls me Daddy.

I brought him to his knees until he did the same to me.


“He was like a greedy little puppy, trying to please me. And goddamn, I needed him to need me.”


A May/December Second Chance Romance with a sprinkle of Daddy Kink. After their first encounter in “Take it All”, Lost and Found explores how Dave and Carter’s relationship took root and blossomed.


As a standalone novella, Lost and Found features explicit adult m/m content, Daddy Kink, age gap as well as romantic elements. The book ends…well, let’s see how it ends, shall we?




“Please,” Carter begged, tears in his eyes. Desperate, that’s what he was. The schedules I’d given him worked most of the time. But he needed the physical contact.

I released his hair and cupped his jaw, fingers digging into his cheeks. “You crossed a line, boy. Now go sit on the couch and think about what you’ve done before I do something I’ll regret.”

There it was again, that daring glimmer in his eyes. His hands almost touched the thick bulge I sported, but he knew better. He receded, never breaking eye contact while I nodded and praised him, “Good boy.”

It took another fifteen minutes to clean up the kitchen and cool down. I felt sick thinking about what had just happened. Our kinky connection almost exposed because Carter loved to play with fire. He wasn’t an ordinary submissive. Not like the ones I’d read about online. He was cheeky as fuck. But there he sat, with his head bent and his hands resting on his thighs, waiting for me to come over.

“I am sorry, Daddy,” he whispered when I rounded the couch and stood in front of him.

“Look at me.”

Staring up at me from the couch, he worried his bottom lip, chewing the right side of it until it was raw and swollen. I hated that habit.

“Stop biting your lip,” I ordered and brushed my thumb over it. The moment we connected, Carter’s eyes slid closed, and the tension seemed to flow from him. It’s what he needed, my touch, my affection.

“I’m sorry,” he murmured when I dipped my thumb into his mouth, pulling his lower lip down.

“You gonna make it up to Daddy?” Arousal was beating rage into submission, shutting off my brain. I needed to punish him as much as he needed me to do it. He’d won.

I made him undo my jeans. Which he did with such enthusiasm, I almost forgot the way he’d behaved. Next, he pulled down my briefs, letting my pulsing erection jut free. He tried to catch it with his mouth, but first it slid over his cheek, a string of precum landing there. I’d never seen anything sexier.

I moaned at the way he worked me into his mouth. That tight and warm heat. That goddamn tongue teasing me. I placed my hands on the back of his head, helping him to take in more. I’d never had someone suck my cock like they fucking loved it. Until Carter did exactly that. He slurped and moaned, his hands at the back of my thighs pulling me in deeper. He was going wild, bobbing and pumping and making my knees shake. I freed my balls while he went at it, blinking up with those big brown eyes, glazed with lust.

“You’re doing so good,” I rasped, “make it up to Daddy.”

His nose nuzzled my pubes, and my balls drew up tight, the tension spiking to new heights, ready to burst. But I didn’t let him finish me. Instead, I yanked him off, eliciting a surprised cry when I spun him around on the couch so his body splayed out on top of it. Carter scrambled, waving his ass at me as though it were my prize. Which it was. But he had to learn he couldn’t risk what we had. Not like that.

Without even undoing his loose-hanging jeans, I tore them down his legs. Another yelp. His underwear and pants pooled around his knees. Gazing over his shoulder with his bare ass on display, I straddled him, my wet cock bouncing with the movement, hanging out of my undone jeans. Carter tried to prop up onto his elbows, but I pinned him down, one hand slamming between his shoulder blades.

“Stay, boy!” I hissed and rubbed my free hand over the globes of his perfect ass. I’d never seen an ass like that, so round and taut and just…yeah, perfect.

Then, the spanking began.


About the Authors

This is Quin&Perin. We are a team of Sultry Gay Romance writers who focus on detailed, toe-curling, and realistic smut scenes with a fair share of dirty talking (Oh, boy). Unlike other authors, we write without the goal of publishing anything. Publishing is just the cherry on top of a cream-covered bubble butt.


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