New Release Review: Knight of Flames by Amelia Faulkner #MM #Paranormal @_AmeliaFaulkner

REVIEWED BY LARK

 

TITLE: Knight of Flames Knight of Flames (Inheritance, #2)

SERIES:  Inheritance # 2

AUTHOR:  Amelia Faulkner

PUBLISHER: Lovelight Press

LENGTH: 388 Pages

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Headstrong. Telekinetic. Pariah.

Quentin d’Arcy is in trouble: he might be pyrokinetic; Laurence wants their relationship to go further; and he’s running out of money. When he meets a psychic whose powers of mind control are used to mug hapless innocents in order to provide for others, a dilemma arises. Should Quentin stop him, or help?

Demigod. Oracle. Hunter.

Laurence Riley almost died killing one god only to discover that he’s descended from another. Life gets even more complicated when Frederick d’Arcy walks into his life. Quentin’s twin brother has tracked them down, and now he wants Laurence’s aid in speaking to Quentin.

With great power comes great irresponsibility.

Kane Wilson wants to make a better world. A world in which psychics are open about who and what they are without fear of reprisal or hatred. With the power to control people’s minds, he might be able to pull it off.

Quentin is the only one immune to Kane’s power, and so it falls to him to figure out whether there’s more to Wilson’s plan than meets the eye, before Kane outs the existence of psychics not only to San Diego but to the world…

Goodreads Link

REVIEW:

Yet again, Amelia Faulkner has delivered a captivating journey from start to finish. Knight of Flames takes us back into the lives of Laurence and Quentin and introduces more characters from their past into the book — some for better, some for worse. Though many loose ends from the first book were neatly tidied up in Jack of Thorns, enough was left up in the air to draw me back to reading this particular book.

Not only that, but the antagonists of the book were decidedly memorable. Anything that might have been ‘done before’ is offered with a brand new, shiny coat of paint, offering a new perspective and an interesting journey from start to finish. We see Laurence and Quentin’s relationship develop, and it’s every bit as painfully slow as I imagine Laurence feels it is. It works, though; it occasionally gets frustrating, but that’s mostly on behalf of poor Laurence. Quentin’s dominance continues to work through the pages, along with Laurence’s submission and desire for more, and this starts to come to the forefront. I’m probably a little too excited about this dynamic.

But as what seems to be her practice, the second book delivers an epic ending that leaves me yearning — already — for the third book in the series.

RATING: I’m crazy about it!

DARK ARTS CATEGORIES: 

Angst, Biting, Child Abuse (off page), Dark M/M Fantasy, Dark M/M Romance, Drug Addiction, Murder

BUY LINKS:

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Spotlight: Own Me (Rent Me #2) by Brina Brady #BDSM #MM

TITLE:  Own Me Own Me (Rent Me Series, #2)

SERIES:   Rent Me #2

AUTHOR:   Brina Brady

PUBLISHER:   Self-Published

LENGTH:     344 Pages

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Russian mobster Dmitri Dubrovsky weds former rent boy Brennen Brady.

Two husbands, deeply in love and lust, continue to doubt each other’s commitment and believe the worst. Dmitri’s possessiveness collides with Brennen’s jealousy and insecurity.

Brennen desires to fully submit and satisfy his husband’s every need, if only Dmitri would let him.

Everything is upended for the steamy couple when Dmitri’s ex-lover reveals a dangerous plot within the powerful Russian family’s organization. A series of events is set in motion that forces the pair to examine the depth of their devotion.

Dmitri’s secrets and lies, an effort to protect Brennen; lead to misunderstandings and conflicts. Through it all, the couple’s lust remains strong as they have blisteringly hot kinky sex at every opportunity.

Two husbands, still deeply in love and lust. Will that be enough when the family’s enemies bring the fight to their door?

Goodreads Link 

RATING:  Loved it!

DARK ARTS ELEMENTS:

Abuse, BDSM, Bondage, Child Abuse (off page), Dark M/M Romance, Dub-con, Incest (off page), M/M Erotica,Rough Sex, Sex Worker,

BUY LINKS: 

Amazon KU

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

I read and write M/M Gay Erotica/Romance novels.

I am a retired high school teacher with a Master’s Degree from California State University of Long Beach and UCLA.

I taught various high school subjects including the following:world history, math, Algebra, Careers, CAHSEE prep, Independent Studies,science, Adult School, Orientation, and even middle school for three years. Let’s not talk about the middle school experience. I prefer teaching high school seniors.

During the day, I read and write. I enjoy taking writing classes in my spare time.

 

Review: Kings Rising (Captive Prince #3) by C. S. Pacat #MM

TITLE: Kings RisingKings Rising (Captive Prince, #3)

SERIES:  Captive Prince #3

AUTHOR:  C. S. Pacat

PUBLISHER: Penguin Group Australia

LENGTH: 385 Pages

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Damianos of Akielos has returned.

His identity now revealed, Damen must face his master Prince Laurent as Damianos of Akielos, the man Laurent has sworn to kill.

On the brink of a momentous battle, the future of both their countries hangs in the balance. In the south, Kastor’s forces are massing. In the north, the Regent’s armies are mobilising for war. Damen’s only hope of reclaiming his throne is to fight together with Laurent against their usurpers.

Forced into an uneasy alliance the two princes journey deep into Akielos, where they face their most dangerous opposition yet. But even if the fragile trust they have built survives the revelation of Damen’s identity – can it stand against the Regent’s final, deadly play for the throne?

Goodreads Link

REVIEW:

Epic! I loved every word. I’m so sad that this series is over, but it’s definitely one I’ll be rereading from the beginning. Kings Rising begins exactly where book #2 left off with Damen revealed as Damianos before his men. I thought for sure the tensest part of this book would be when Laurent and Damen faced each other for the first time after Damen’s identity was revealed. That meeting was something completely unexpected, but things got even better afterward. Laurent was back to being untouchable, and I loved seeing the two back together. I also loved the interactions between Damen and his men after they learned he was a slave to Laurent. Though Damen’s character is great, I love Laurent more than everything. He’s still the unbreakable ice queen, and his confidence in the face of everything stacked up against him makes him shine so bright. Just as in book #2 I held my breath through every love scene, and in the end I was all choked up. I couldn’t think of a more spectacular or perfect way to end the series. I highly recommend Captive Prince to anyone who loves m/m fantasy with dark themes, and m/m romance.

RATING: Crazy about it!

DARK ARTS CATEGORIES: 

Captive, Child Abuse (off page), Dark M/M Fantasy, Dark M/M Romance, Enemies to Lovers, Incest (off page),Slave, Underage (off page)

BUY LINKS: 

Amazon | ARe

 

Spotlight: Rent Me (Rent Me #1) by Brina Brady #BDSM #MM

TITLE:   Rent Me Rent Me (Rent Me Series, #1)

SERIES:    Rent Me #1

AUTHOR:   Brina Brady

PUBLISHER:   Brina Brady

LENGTH:   437 Pages

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Russian mobster spanks his rent boy. Ouch!

Rent Boy Brennen wants to belong to his lover Dmitri Dubrovsky. The Russian mobster controls every inch of his life in and out of bed. Brennen works for Dmitri’s escort service. His only desire is to please his lover. When Dmitri marries Nika, his lover moves him out of their home to an apartment in Beverly Hills and tells him nothing has changed.

What is Brennen going to do now?

Brennen does not understand his lover’s Russian culture not allowing homosexuality. Two different cultures and age difference clash.

Warning:
This is a Gay adult consensual story focused on themes of corporal discipline punishment and explicit sex with light elements of BDSM between adult men over the age of eighteen.

RATING:  Loved it!

DARK ARTS ELEMENTS:

Abuse, BDSM, Bondage, Child Abuse (off page), Dub-con, Kink, M/M Dark Erotica, M/M Erotica, Rough Sex, Sex Worker, Incest (off page)

BUY LINKS: 

Amazon KU

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

I read and write M/M Gay Erotica/Romance novels.

I am a retired high school teacher with a Master’s Degree from California State University of Long Beach and UCLA.

I taught various high school subjects including the following:world history, math, Algebra, Careers, CAHSEE prep, Independent Studies,science, Adult School, Orientation, and even middle school for three years. Let’s not talk about the middle school experience. I prefer teaching high school seniors.

During the day, I read and write. I enjoy taking writing classes in my spare time.

 

Review: Prince’s Gambit: Captive Prince Book Two by C.S. Pacat #DarkFantasy #MM

TITLE: Prince’s Gambit: Captive Prince Book Two Prince's Gambit (Captive Prince, #2)

SERIES:  Captive Prince #2

AUTHOR:  C.S. Pacat

PUBLISHER:  Berkley

LENGTH:  216 Pages

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“This was Vere’s most powerful lords unfurling their banners for war.”

With their countries on the brink of war, Damen and his new master Prince Laurent must exchange the intrigues of the palace for the sweeping might of the battlefield as they travel to the border to avert a lethal plot.

Forced to hide his identity, Damen finds himself drawn to the dangerous, charismatic Laurent. But as the fledgeling trust between the two men deepens, the truth of secrets from both their pasts is poised to deal them the crowning death blow…

Goodreads Link

REVIEW:

Oh my god, this book is truly amazing! My heart is so intertwined with this series. When I read book one I was so frustrated; dying for just one touch, but by the end of this book I was crying. I’m still crying with happiness. Prince’s Gambit picks up where Captive Prince drops off, with Damen accompanying Laurent into battle. Everywhere they turn they are dodging swords and they don’t know exactly who to trust.

I can’t say much without spoilers, so I’ll just say that the ending is breathtaking and spectacular. One note; I think that Laurent is just too smart to not know Damen’s true identity. It just does not seem possible that he doesn’t know. I hope so much that I’m right.  I can’t wait to read book three. It is eating a hole in my Kindle as I type.

RATING: Absolutely crazy about it!

DARK ARTS CATEGORIES: 

Abuse, Androgyny, Barely Legal, Captive, Child Abuse (off page), Dark M/M Fantasy, Enemies to Lovers, M/M Erotica,Slave

BUYING LINKS: 

Amazon | ARe

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

C.S. Pacat is a Melbourne writer. Her first series the Captive Prince trilogy began its life as an original web serial. Self-published in 2013 to critical and commercial success and acclaim, the Captive Prince trilogy was acquired by Penguin, and will be published worldwide in 2015.

Spotlight: Mute Witness by Rick R. Reed #MM

TITLE:   Mute WitnessMute Witness

AUTHOR:   Rick R. Reed

PUBLISHER:   DSP Publications

LENGTH:    290 Pages

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2nd Edition

The abuse of a little boy turns a community against a loving gay couple, and nobody comes out of it unscathed.

Sean and Austin have the perfect life: new love, a riverfront home, security. Their love for one another is only multiplied when Sean’s eight-year-old son, Jason, visits on the weekends.

And then their perfect world shatters.

Jason goes missing.

When the boy turns up days later, he’s been so horribly abused he’s lost the power to speak. Immediately small town minds turn to the boy’s gay father and his lover as the likely culprits. What was a warm, welcoming community becomes a lynching party out for blood.

As Sean and Austin struggle to stay together amidst innuendo, the very real threat of Sean losing the son he loves emerges. Yet the true villain is much closer to home, intent on ensuring the boy’s muteness is permanent.

1st Edition published by ManLove Romance Press, 2009.

RATING:  Absolutely loved it!

DARK ARTS ELEMENTS:

Abuse, Blood & Gore, Child Abuse, Child Abuse (off page), Graphic Violence, Kidnapping, Murder, POV of Aggressor,POV of Victim, Psychological Trauma, Rape, Underage

BUY LINKS: 

DSP Publications  | Amazon  

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Rick R. Reed is all about exploring the romantic entanglements of gay men in contemporary, realistic settings. While his stories often contain elements of suspense, mystery and the paranormal, his focus ultimately returns to the power of love. He is the author of dozens of published novels, novellas, and short stories. He is a three-time EPIC eBook Award winner (for Caregiver, Orientation and The Blue Moon Cafe). His novel, Raining Men, won the Rainbow Award for Best Contemporary General Fiction. Lambda Literary Review has called him, “a writer that doesn’t disappoint.” Rick lives in Seattle with his husband and a very spoiled Boston terrier. He is forever “at work on another novel.”

Visit him on the web at http://www.rickrreed.com or athttp://rickrreedreality.blogspot.com/

Review: Bonds of Blood (The Invisible Chains #3) by Andrew Ashling #Erotica #MMFantasy

TITLE: Bonds of BloodThe Invisible Chains - Part 3: Bonds of Blood (Dark Tales of Randamor the Recluse, #3)

SERIES: The Invisible Chains #3

AUTHOR: Andrew Ashling

PUBLISHER: Omidon Publishing

LENGTH: 515 Pages

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Anaxantis, prince of Ximerion.

Not certain who he can trust, Anaxantis keeps recruiting and training troops, with dogged tenacity, to face the barbarian invasion.

Who is the spy, leaking information to his father, the high king? What to do about the new arrival who tries to free his brother? Was the barbarian prince really captured or does he have a hidden agenda?

Amid all the preparations for war, Lorcko of Iramid is looking for love. True love, this time. However, his reputation is working against him.

Anaxantis has his own troubles in the love department.

Soon he will be forced to make some hard decisions. Is he up to it, or will he finally buckle down under the strain?

REVIEW:

Oh, my god, this book is so good. There are so many twists and turns. Although I can’t say much without spoilers, everything was orchestrated perfectly. I was crying at the end and I’m still so happy about how this trilogy concluded. As a side note, Anaxantis reminds me of Alexander the Great in many ways. Anaxanis is a leader who is young and cunning, but also flawed who knows how to make his troops love him. It will be interesting to see how his character progresses. I’ll certainly be reading on because I have to know what comes next. The wrap up was awesome, and the intrigue for the books to come are set. I recommend this series to anyone who loves M/M dark erotica and M/M fantasy with a Middle Ages feel to it. I’m truly in love with this series.

RATING: Absolutely crazy about it! I will read it again someday!

DARK ARTS ELEMENTS:

Abuse, Barely Legal, Bondage, Brain Washing, Captive, Child Abuse (off page), Dark M/M Fantasy, Dub-con, Enemies to Lovers, Forced Seduction, Graphic Violence, Humiliation, Incest, Kidnapping, M/M Dark Erotica, Non-consensual

BUY LINKS:

Amazon

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Spotlight: Stygian by Santino Hassell #Paranormal #MMRomance

TITLE:     StygianStygian

AUTHOR:     Santino Hassell

PUBLISHER:     Dreamspinner Press

LENGTH:     217 Pages

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Jeremy has been isolated and adrift since the death of his brother. Most people just see him as the skinny emo kid who wears eyeliner and plays drums. No one gets him. Nobody tries. He thought the indie rock band Stygian would become his anchor, but—lost in their own problems—they’re far from the family he sought.

Still, hoping to get close to Kennedy, the band’s enigmatic guitarist, he follows Stygian to northern Louisiana for a summer retreat. They had planned to spend six weeks focusing on new music, but things go awry as soon as they arrive at the long-deserted Caroway mansion. Tempers flare, sexual tension boils over into frustration, and Jeremy turns away from the band to find a friend in his eerily beautiful landlord Hunter Caroway.

Kennedy suspects there’s something off about the creepy mansion and its mysterious owners, but Jeremy thinks he’s finally found somewhere he fits. It isn’t until Kennedy forces the Caroways’ secrets into the light that Jeremy realizes belonging sometimes comes with a price.

RATING: I loved it!

DARK ARTS ELEMENTS:

Abuse, Bewitching, Biting, Brain Washing, Captive, Child Abuse (off page), Cutting, Dark M/M Fantasy, Dark M/M Romance, Drug Addiction, Dub-con, Forced Seduction, M/M Dark Erotica, M/M Horror, Ménage, Murder, POV of Victim, Psychological Trauma, Rough Sex, Sex Ritual

BUY LINKS:

Dreamspinner Press | Amazon

 

 ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Santino Hassell was raised by a conservative family, but he was anything but traditional. He grew up to be a smart-mouthed, school cutting grunge kid, then a transient twenty-something, and eventually transformed into an unlikely romance author.

Santino writes queer romance that is heavily influenced by the gritty, urban landscape of New York City, his belief that human relationships are complex and flawed, and his own life experiences.

To learn more about Santino you can follow him on:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/author/santino…
Twitter: @santinohassell
Facebook: theonlysonnyhassell | santinohassellbooks
Instagram: santinohassell
Newsletter:http://santinohassell.com/newsletter/

And at his official website: http://bit.ly/16sgcSu

Review: Of Gods and Monsters: Menoetius (Of Gods and Monsters #1) by Wulf Francu Godgluck

TITLE: Of Gods and Monsters: MenoetiusOf Gods and Monsters: Menoetius

SERIES: Of Gods and Monsters #1

AUTHOR: Wulf Francu Godgluck

PUBLISHER: Self Published

LENGTH: 232 Pages

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Go ahead…hate me.
Slaughter me against the wall.
I never introduced myself as the goddamn hero. Even labeling me a pussy bad boy.

I’m an imperious villain! A tyrant cut from the bone of the worst kind of monster.

This is my story and I won’t change it for anyone in the world, but…

For him? The one who calls me Master… This is no forever fairy tale romance. This is RAW. This is ripping your heart out and trampling it till there’s nothing left but an angry bloody mess RAW.
He was the one who saw through my cracks, who would suffer my pain, blood and tears, working to mend those still bleeding wounds on my soul.
He stood through my violent storm, hiding the battle raging inside him, one I was too stupid to see, that was tearing apart the only man I would ever love.
It took almost losing him to see that, to understand, to comprehend what he truly was to me.

Mine.

My precious boy.

My beautiful Beo.

REVIEW:

Wow! This book blew me away. The story begins with an introduction to Master Colt and his messed up world. He is a big time drug dealer and also a dom who cares nothing for the boys he fux. He’s had a messed up childhood and because of it, he is always angry, and somewhat insecure about ever being seen or treated as weak. Then he meets a young man who steals his heart. Beo is a hippy and not at all his type, but he immediately draws something soft from him. Master Colt falls hard for Beo and when forces that he can’t control threaten to take Beo away, Colt’s world is on the verge of unraveling.

Really, I don’t even know where to start with this book. I guess the best thing is to start with the beginning and my initial impressions. So, though I ended up loving the book, at first I was a bit irritated. I hate super toppy men that are hyped up on testosterone; however Master Colt was just that. He was angry all the time, had to be in control of everything and everyone, and insecure about appearing weak. I really found nothing sexy about him and was going ‘bla bla bla’ in my head when it was his view point, because I thought he was a prick. However, I remembered in the blurb that this was supposed to be a book about bad guys, so I sucked it up and kept reading.

When Beo came into the picture, he brought out a whole new side of Master Colt. His heart shown threw the cold exterior, and the first time the two were together was mind blowing. I was attached to the book at that point and thereafter. I can’t say I’ve read something so erotic and intense for some time, but this book certainly is at the top for me. Despite being spectacular, there were some strange things going on with viewpoint switches along the way, but I chalked it up to foreshadowing for future installments in this series. Overall, the book was so erotic and full of raw emotion that I was either short of breath or choked up with tears. I was so sure that this story was going to devastate me, but after finishing it, I’m relieved to say that my heart is still intact. I already have the next book in this series and I can’t wait to read it. Though I still hate big toppy men, Wulf Francu Godgluck’s writing is just too good that I have to read more. I recommend this book to anyone who loves m/m dark erotica, BDSM, and bad asses.

RATING: Madly in love with it!

DARK ARTS ELEMENTS:

BDSM, Child Abuse, Child Abuse (off page), Dark Erotica, Dub-con, m/m erotica, Rough Sex, Sexual Exhibitionism

BUYING LINKS: 

Amazon

 

 

Book Review: Sinner’s Gin (Sinners #1) by Rhys Ford

TITLE: Sinner’s GinSinner's Gin (Sinners, #1)

SERIES: Sinners #1

AUTHOR: Rhys Ford

PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press

LENGTH: 260 Pages

BLURB:

There’s a dead man in Miki St. John’s vintage Pontiac GTO, and he has no idea how it got there.

After Miki survives the tragic accident that killed his best friend and the other members of their band, Sinner’s Gin, all he wants is to hide from the world in the refurbished warehouse he bought before their last tour. But when the man who sexually abused him as a boy is killed and his remains are dumped in Miki’s car, Miki fears Death isn’t done with him yet.

Kane Morgan, the SFPD inspector renting space in the art co-op next door, initially suspects Miki had a hand in the man’s murder, but Kane soon realizes Miki is as much a victim as the man splattered inside the GTO. As the murderer’s body count rises, the attraction between Miki and Kane heats up. Neither man knows if they can make a relationship work, but despite Miki’s emotional damage, Kane is determined to teach him how to love and be loved — provided, of course, Kane can catch the killer before Miki becomes the murderer’s final victim.

REVIEW:

Sinner’s Gin starts out with a mystery after a body is dumped in Miki’s car. Though Kane is a police officer on the case, he takes on the role of protector for Miki. Later, Kane learns that the man found dead in Miki’s car was one of Miki’s foster parents, a man who sexually abused Miki. As the case unravels Miki finds himself in danger once again.

I really loved the relationship between Miki and Kane. Miki was a little sassy but wounded and somewhat broken. Kane is instantly drawn to Miki, but precedes with caution due to the things that happened to Miki in the past. I had high expectations for this book, so I guess I was disappointed that I wasn’t as drawn to it as I imagined I would be. I loved the romantic ending, but was confused about the last scene that seemed to be some kind of lead in to the next book. Though the story was enjoyable, I can’t say when I’ll continue this series.

RATING: I liked it 🙂

DARK ARTS ELEMENTS:

Abuse, Captive, Child Abuse (off page), Hurt/Comfort

BUY LINKS: 

Amazon