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Review ~ From Top to Bottom

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Author: Kevin Klehr

Release Date: March 20, 2017

ISBN: 978-1-945952-74-6

Format: ePub, Mobi, PDF

Cover Artist: Natasha Snow

Category: Erotica

Genre: Contemporary

Theme: Menage

Word Count: 15100

Pages: 56

Sex Content: Explicit

Pairing: MMM

Orientation: Gay

Identity: Cisgender

Can a dedicated top really learn to bottom? Tony wants to find out but he’s scared another die-hard top will just plow through him, instead of taking it nice and slow on a newbie.

Enter Butch, a bear who’ll try anything, and Ford, a guy whose curiosity is tempting him to cheat on his boyfriend. Like Tony, both are dedicated tops wanting to try something new, and on this journey of physical self-discovery, all will find that being open means more than taking it doggie-style.

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From Top to Bottom
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On my various profiles, I wrote:

Top curious about being a bottom, wants to meet likeminded tops.

I thought I was straightforward enough, yet so many timewasters were happy to give but not receive. One loser argued that I ought to get my head examined. He said that it didn’t matter if the other top wanted to bottom, just as long as I got what I wanted.

I stressed that this would be a shared experience. Two or more tops learning from each other, discussing the intricate pleasures we would discover as a group.

Then he said we’d end up writing folk songs about exploring our inner regions and singing around a campfire. I thought to myself, yeah, maybe that’s exactly the direction I wanted to take. Was I getting soft, or was I just growing up? Perhaps there already was a group for closet-bottoms I could join.

But the truth was I wanted like-minded tops simply because we’d go easier on each other. We wouldn’t just ram it up there like a vandal bashing down the door. We wouldn’t be power-bottoms. We would ease in gradually; the runway lit for a relaxed landing before the passengers would embark.

Only two other tops sounded like they were on my wavelength. A bear called Butch and a secretive guy named Ford. So I set the date. The second Tuesday in June was the only night Ford could make it, and I knew better than to ask why.

I dusted and vacuumed frantically, as if I was expecting Prince Charming to knock on my door, take me in his arms, and deflower me. I lit candles to set the mood, and rolled out an old sheet on the lounge room floor. I didn’t want to bonk in the bedroom. I wanted space for us to explore, like they did in three-way porn flicks.

My front door buzzer sounded. I let in my first visitor.

“You brought cake,” I said. I tried not to let the look of horror show on my face.

“For afterward,” Butch replied. “I baked it myself. Is there room in the fridge?”

Hadn’t this guy heard of the definition of “eternity”? The time between when you cum and they leave. Who ever heard of cake after sex?

“It’s red velvet,” he said. He crouched in front of my fridge, rearranging its contents. “Do you know the weird shit that goes in this cake? Vinegar. And cocoa and vanilla.”

“Do you always bake before sex?”

“For special occasions, yes.”

“I hardly know you.”

“But you’re about to know me a hell of a lot better.”

 

This is a relatively short story, but a lot is packed into those fifty-six pages. In a way, the story is a series of vignettes of sex scenes linked together by the three main characters.

Tony is the main POV character and he is heading towards thirty. He is a sex obsessed and dedicated top who has not considered settling down just yet. In fact he wants to broaden his horizons and experience what all the fuss his sex partners have made about being on the bottom. Tony decides to hook-up with some like-minded tops (Butch and Ford) so they all have a chance to feel what it’s like to be on the receiving end.

Be warned: this is not a love story as such, although Tony does seem to develop a crush on one of his new f-buddies. The story follows the three new friends as they meet up for menage sex or have group sex at orgies. The scenes are hot and sometimes amusing. I don’t think I’ve read so many different names for a penis in one story and some of the imagery for body parts and the similes used to describe gay sex are sometimes entertaining, frequently explicit, and often humorous. No condoms are used (or not referred to anyway) and there’s no focus on safe sex at any point. There’s also drug use in the form of amyl/poppers and pot.

This is erotica. It’s hot, fun stuff rather than a serious or angsty romance. Sex is the focus of the story, but there is a story in here. I found the ending rather abrupt as if it had been rushed. The story didn’t finish how I was anticipating, but it’s sort of open and happy, and fits with the characters.

The frank telephone conversations between Tony and his father where they share TMI about their sex lives had me in stitches. Such fun!

 

*I received a copy of this book in return for an honest review*

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Kevin lives with his long-term partner, Warren, in their humble apartment (affectionately named Sabrina), in Australia’s own ‘Emerald City,’ Sydney.

From an early age, Kevin had a passion for writing, jotting down stories and plays until it came time to confront puberty. After dealing with pimple creams and facial hair, Kevin didn’t pick up a pen again until he was in his thirties. His handwritten manuscript was being committed to paper when his work commitments changed, giving him no time to write. Concerned, his partner, Warren, secretly passed the notebook to a friend who in turn came back and demanded Kevin finish his story. It wasn’t long before Kevin’s active imagination was let loose again.

His first novel spawned a secondary character named Guy, an insecure gay angel, but many readers argue that he is the star of the Actors and Angels book series. Guy’s popularity surprised the author.

So with his fictional guardian angel guiding him, Kevin hopes to bring more whimsical tales of love, life and friendship to his readers.

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Review ~ Ghost (Sanctuary #9)

Title: Ghost

Author: R.J. Scott

Cover: BiterGrace Art

Length: 45, 000 words

Sanctuary Series

Guarding Morgan (Book #1) Amazon US | Amazon UK
The Only Easy Day (Book #2) Amazon US | Amazon UK
Face Value (Book #3) Amazon US | Amazon UK
Still Waters (Book #4) Amazon US | Amazon UK
Full Circle (Book #5) Amazon US | Amazon UK
The Journal of Sanctuary One (Book #6) Amazon US | Amazon UK
Worlds Collide (Book #7) Amazon US | Amazon UK
Accidental Hero (Book #8) Amazon US | Amazon UK


Can you ever hold on to a ghost?

Elliot is tracking an elusive killer, codenamed Ghost, with ties to organized crime. Every time the Sanctuary team gets close, Ghost slips their grasp.

Cole has nowhere left to turn. With his father dying and his sister in danger, he turns for help to the very people trying to track him down. Sanctuaryís assistance is what he needs to punch another hole in Vargaís organization.

When Elliot and Cole meet, it isnít just passion that consumes them. When lust becomes something more, Elliot realizes that sometimes you canít hold on to a ghost, and that sacrifice is often the only way to make things right.

4*

Ghost follows directly on from Accidental Hero (#8) and the team have now tracked down Cole, the elusive Ghost who is believed to be a ruthless killer. But not all is as it seems.

Cole and Elliott reluctantly work together with plenty of snarky comments and mistrust at first, but gradually they fall for each other. And of course, they blow hot and cold. They kiss and make-out, and then take a step back for a time. By the end of the story they manage to sort themselves out.

There’s lots of action, chases, and excitement, as well as time when the characters are holed-up in a safe house. Cole and Elliott work well together professionally and also support each other emotionally when Cole reveals his past and his family’s personal connection to the criminals. They manage to snatch a couple of steamy moments together.

This is a James Bond type of story of tracking down a baddie called Varga with the support of the Sanctuary team, some super gadgets, and their topnotch tracking capabilities.

I started reading the series at book 8 and, although I caught on to this plot line and the new story arc, I felt I was missing out on some details about Sanctuary and some of the characters who featured in earlier stories. I’ll need to go back to the beginning of the series and catch up before Book 10 is released.

This story sets up the next romance and the final instalment with two of the guys featured here and with Varga still at large.

 

 

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RJ Scott is the bestselling romance author of over 100 romance books. She writes emotional stories of complicated characters, cowboys, millionaire, princes, and the men and women who get mixed up in their lives. RJ is known for writing books that always end with a happy ever after. She lives just outside London and spends every waking minute she isn’t with family either reading or writing.

The last time she had a weekís break from writing she didn’t like it one little bit, and she has yet to meet a bottle of wine she couldnít defeat.




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Cover Reveal ~ Separation by Louise Lyons

 

 

Title: Separation

Author: Louise Lyons

Release date: March 31, 2017

Length: 45,000 words

Cover design: Simon Searle

 

 

Matthew Langford is told on his twenty-first birthday that he has a twin. After the initial shock, he quickly realizes this is why he always felt part of him was missing. His search takes him 200 miles to Devon, UK, where he meets fraternal twin, Tremaine Wheal.

The pair discover many things in common, and quickly become as close as if they’d never been separated. But when they share a moment in a nightclub, each realizes there is more between them than having shared a womb. Panic sets in and they part. Once again their separation brings loneliness and pain.

Eventually, unable to stay away from each other, they tentatively move forward together as lovers. But secrets don’t stay secret for long, and discovery and questions threaten their happiness.

Note: This is a taboo story featuring twins.

 

 

Louise Lyons comes from a family of writers. Her mother has a number of poems published in poetry anthologies, her aunt wrote poems for the church, and her grandmother sparked her inspiration with tales of fantasy.

Louise first ventured into writing short stories at the grand old age of eight, mostly about little girls and ponies. She branched into romance in her teens, and MM romance a few years later, but none of her work saw the light of day until she discovered FanFiction in her late twenties. Posting stories based on some of her favourite movies, provoked a surprisingly positive response from readers. This gave Louise the confidence to submit some of her work to publishers, and made her take her writing “hobby” more seriously.

Louise lives in the UK, about an hour north of London, with a mad dog called Casper, and a collection of tropical fish and tarantulas. She works in the insurance industry by day, and spends every spare minute writing. She is a keen horse-rider, and loves to run long-distance. Some of her best writing inspiration comes to her, when her feet are pounding the open road. She often races home afterward, and grabs pen and paper to make notes.

Louise has always been a bit of a tomboy, and one of her other great loves is cars and motorcycles. Her car and bike are her pride and job, and she loves to exhibit the car at shows, and take off for long days out on the bike, with no one for company but herself.

 

 

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Review ~ Imago

 

Title: Imago

Author: N.R. Walker

Length: 45,000 words

Cover: Harper By Design

 

Nerdy, introverted genius lepidopterist, Lawson Gale, is an expert on butterflies. He finds himself in a small town in Tasmania on a quest from an old professor to find an elusive species that may or may not even exist.

Local Parks and Wildlife officer, Jack Brighton, is an ordinary guy who loves his life in the sleepy town of Scottsdale. Along with his Border collie dog, Rosemary, his job, and good friends, he has enough to keep from being lonely.

But then he meets Lawson, and he knows he’s met someone special. There’s more to catching butterflies, Jack realises. Sometimes the most elusive creatures wear bowties, and sometimes they can’t be caught at all.

Lawson soon learns there are butterflies he can’t learn about it in books. They exist only in a touch, in a kiss, in a smile. He just has to let go first, so these butterflies can fly.

Imago is the story of finding love, bowties, and butterflies.

 

This is a delightful and relatively angst-free story. NR Walker has created two distinct and very likeable main characters who are adorable together, along with a cute dog. The unusual setting of Tasmania makes a pleasant change as the two guys work together to track down an unrecorded butterfly. Jack takes Lawson on romantic dates each evening and they gradually fall head over heels for each other. These guys are just made for each other and there’s a gradual build up to some steamy sensual scenes. I also liked the excitement and increased pace towards the end of the story.

Nic produces easy-going and easy to read page-turners. This is a super sweet, feel-good story and the start of a new series. I’m looking forward to the next stage of Lawson and Jack’s relationship and hoping they work together again.

 

 

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She is many things; a mother, a wife, a sister, a writer. She has pretty, pretty boys who she gives them life with words.

She likes it when they do dirty, dirty things…but likes it even more when they fall in love. She used to think having people in her head talking to her was weird, until one day she happened across other writers who told her it was normal.

She’s been writing ever since…

 

 

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Review ~ As the Sun Sets

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Title:  As the Sun Sets

Author: R.J. Jones

Release Date: 24th February, 2017

Length: 152 pages

Genre: Contemporary Romance

 

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A sea change could be just what the doctor ordered.

Doctor Scott Penney used to be a Paediatric Oncologist—until he burned out. Watching children suffer and die took its toll on his mental health. To cope, he used anonymous sex as an emotional crutch, thinking it was better than hitting the bottle. But that inevitably destroyed his relationship with the man he loved.

With his tail between his legs and a year’s worth of celibacy under his belt, Scott accepts a position as an Accident and Emergency consultant, leaving his career in oncology and London behind.

Ben Jenkins is a paediatric nurse who loves his seaside city, his job, and his faithful old Labrador, Happy. When he meets the new doctor, Ben falls for Scott’s kind-yet-reserved personality—not to mention his good looks. Scott is great with the children who come through the hospital, but Ben senses there’s more to Scott than meets the eye.

Scott tries to resist Ben’s sunny charm—Scott’s not boyfriend material, after all—but it’s impossible not to fall in love with the sad looking old dog and his charming owner. As Scott and Ben get closer and the weather heats up, tragedy strikes and Ben is left wondering how much of Scott’s history he actually knows.

For them to move forward, Ben must show Scott that no matter what happened in the past, a beautiful day can always start after the sun sets.

**This can be read as a standalone**

 

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My old Labrador, Happy, followed me everywhere I went. We’d been inseparable since day one. So when I opened the front door after work, it was inevitable he’d be sitting in the front room, wagging his tail and waiting for me to get changed into my runners. Happy didn’t run as far anymore—twelve was old for a Lab—but he was content to lie on the shore and wait for me to come back from my jog up the beach. By the time I returned, Happy had regained his breath and we took a slower pace home.

“You ready to hit the beach, buddy? I’ll be back in a sec.” I ruffled his ears as I kicked the door closed behind me, then took the stairs two at a time to get changed. When I’d laced up my running shoes, we set off towards the sea.

I’d thought of leaving him at home when I ran, but the vet had given him a clean bill of health, saying Happy would probably live for a few years yet. Happy knew when he couldn’t go any further, so when he collapsed in his usual spot on our run, I gave him a quick glance to make sure he was okay, then set off at a faster pace towards the marina.

For the past few days, I’d seen someone patting and talking to Happy, but the guy had always walked away when he saw me coming. At first I thought he’d been planning on dognapping him, but after the first couple of days I saw him, I realised he was harmless. He was just saying hello to an old dog. It wouldn’t have been the first time someone had tried to take him, but when Happy didn’t want to go somewhere, there was no moving him. He’d plant his butt and not move. If anyone tried, he’d bite them. The last guy had to have stitches in his arm. This behavioural trait was the reason why Happy hadn’t made the cut with the guide dogs.

I never got a good look at Happy’s new friend; he always left before I got too close. I had a feeling he wasn’t the kind to chitchat, and to be honest, I was always sweaty and exhausted by the time I made it back to Happy anyway.

But today when the man walked away, I thought I recognised him. Tall and lean, he had his head down and hands stuffed into his jacket pockets as he strode towards the steps that would take him to the road. He looked familiar, at least his back did, but I had no idea where I’d seen him before.

 

 

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4.5*

Scott’s heartbreaking career in oncology burnt him out and went a long way to ruining his relationship with Noah (from Book #1 in the series). I struggled to understand why Scott had turned to anonymous hook-ups rather than the partner he loved. But it seems Noah wasn’t capable of providing the support and comfort Scott needed at the time. But that’s okay. Noah has moved on and it’s clear they were not meant to be. That might sound ruthless and, for a time, Scott suffered because of his actions.

Scott is alone and broken when he starts afresh in Brighton and meets Ben and his dog, Happy. A change of scenery, a new medical focus, and friendly colleagues are just what he needs. I adored Ben! He is such a lovely guy and although he falls for Scott, he is a friend first and foremost and gives Scott the time and space he needs. Their romance is a slow-build, but in the process they get to know each other better. I loved how the dog brings them together. But life is not all plain-sailing in Brighton. Scott has more decisions to make regarding his career and an unwelcoming family to deal with.

I’m really enjoying this series of stories set in the UK and reading how each set of couples fall in love. This one is my favourite so far. Scott and Ben are well-developed and caring characters and that shines through in this story. Their scenes together are a joy to read. I loved Ben’s rainbow accessories and the way he deals with the children at the hospital. His mum is also a fun and vibrant personality.

Kudos to RJ for tackling two sensitive issues in this story and producing an uplifting romance through them. RJ’s writing style is engaging and the storyline and compelling characters keep you turning the pages.

Trigger warning: some readers might find the references to child cancer disturbing. Scott’s cheating occurred before this story begins so that might be more acceptable to readers who avoid cheating storylines.

 

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RJ started as a reader and eventually made the progression to reviewing. It wasn’t until two men popped into her thoughts, insisting on telling her their story that she started to write. It started with one scene. A hot and dirty one in the shower.

RJ’s initial thought was if she could write their scene then they’d shut up and allow her to concentrate on other aspects of the day. That shower scene was 3000 words long and three hours of work.  But they didn’t shut up.  They told her their entire story and she didn’t sleep for days.  Sometimes she couldn’t keep up with what they were telling her and she had to keep a notebook by the bed.

Whilst RJ was writing their story a side character decided he needed his story told too. Then other characters followed suit.

You see the problem? If RJ ever wants to sleep again then she needs to write.

RJ is a wife and a mother to two boys. Even her dog is a boy.

She is surrounded by males.

RJ writes emotionally charged, character driven romances. Her guys will always get their HEA, but it will never be easy.

 

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