Release Day Review-5Stars! Bare by Lynn Kelling #MM #DarkErotica @LynnKelling

TITLE: Barebare

AUTHOR:  Lynn Kelling

PUBLISHER: Fantastic Fiction Publishing

LENGTH: 97K words

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Ev Myers is a former high school football star and Republican State Senator’s son, raised in a strict Southern Baptist household where his only option was to be silent, behave and, no matter how he might be feeling, to put on a happy smile. Desperate to escape the pressure to be the man his family insists he become, Ev has fled Kansas to attend college and is working to find out who he really is beneath the lies and carefully composed public image. But when he applies for a job as a nude model for a life drawing class out of a desire to be seen in a way that shatters all of his family’s taboos, it’s just the first step on a path that leads him away from everything he’s ever known. Handsome and headstrong adjunct arts professor, Adam Buchanan, is the first person to recognize Ev’s potential, and his determination to have Ev realize the importance of truth and stark honesty, as well as the beauty of flawed vulnerability provides the hope Ev needs to escape a world rife with kidnapping, brainwashing and deadly determination cure homosexuality, using whatever means necessary.

[M/M – See publisher’s website for content labels.]
Word count: 97,000

REVIEW:

I devoured this book from beginning to end, and loved every moment. Bare was definitely on the lighter side compared to what I’ve read from Lynn Kelling , but it still had a lot of the dark eroticism I love. The book begins when Ev, the son of a conservative senator, decides to take a job as a nude model at his college. On his first day on the job he meets an instructor, Adam, who offers him a job working as a nude model in his own private studio. Though Ev considers himself straight, he can’t completely deny his attraction to the alluring man who little by little breaks him down and allows him to see and accept who he really is. Ev wants to accept himself and his desire for men, but the idea of his family finding out makes him fear for his safety.

This really was a fantastic read. There were dark parts in this book, but what drew me in the most was Ev’s vulnerability as Adam pushes him to see and accept his desires for men. Though the way Adam does this felt slightly sadistic in nature, Adam never does anything against Ev’s will, and their relationship ends up being amazing and beautiful. Lynn Kelling did an excellent job with this one, and like always with her books, I was left wanting more. I highly recommend Bare to anyone who loves MM Dark Erotica, D&S Relationships, and MM Romance.

RATING:

I loved it!

DARK ARTS CATEGORIES: 

Angst, Bondage, Captive, CBT, Dark M/M Romance, Drugging, Dub-con, Hate Crime, Humiliation, Kidnapping, M/M Dark Erotica, Non-consensual BDSM, POV of Victim, Psychological Trauma, Torture

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?

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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.

 

Spotlight: His Favorite Color is Blood: Coffin in Nails MC by K.A. Merikan #MM #Erotica

TITLE:  His Favorite Color is Blood: Coffin in Nails MC His Favorite Color Is Blood: Coffin Nails MC (Sex & Mayhem, #8)

SERIES:    Sex and Mayhem #8

AUTHOR:     K.A. Merikan

PUBLISHER:     Self Published

LENGTH:     329 Pages

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Grim. Assassin. Leather-clad sex god. Has the most unusual taste in men.
Misha. Mutilated. Afraid. Will never trust again.

Grim is a bloodthirsty killer, and he owns it. Gay in a world of outlaw bikers, he firmly stands his ground if anyone dares to cross him. He takes pleasure in showing homophobes their place and fucking his way through a life of carnage.

But there is a part of him always aching for something he cannot get. When by chance he saves the most perfect guy he’s ever met, he is not about to let him go. Even if it means he needs tosmother his broken bird.

When a masked, bloodstained man rescues Misha from captivity, he doesn’t know if he should thank the menacing stranger or stab him and run. Grim is not the kind of man who takes no for an answer, and Misha might now be in more danger than when he was trapped as a sex slave.

Misha cannot deny though that Grim is as alluring as he is frightening, and once Misha realizes what power his body holds over Grim, he understands that taming the beast of a man could be within his reach.

But any possibility of a future together is like a house of cards when Zero, the sadistic crime lord who destroyed Misha’s life, sets out to get him back.

Will the ruthless biker assassin at Misha’s side be enough to conquer the monsters from his past?

POSSIBLE SPOILERS:

Themes: Outlaw motorcycle club, organized crime, assassin, chase, disability (amputee), devotee, revenge, redemption, kidnapping, road trip, fear, hurt/comfort, past abuse

Genre: M/M dark romance, thriller
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WARNING: This book contains adult content that might be considered taboo. Strong language, violence and torture. Reader discretion advised.

RATING:  I loved it!

DARK ARTS ELEMENTS:

Abuse, Blood & Gore, Body Modifications, Captive, Cutting, Dark M/M Romance, Fetish, Forced Prostitution, Graphic Violence, Kidnapping, M/M Dark Erotica, M/M Erotica, Murder, Psychological Trauma, Psychopathic Character, Sex Trafficking, Taboo, Torture

BUY LINKS: 

Amazon KU

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

K. A. Merikan is the pen name for Kat and Agnes Merikan, a team of writers, who are taken for sisters with surprising regularity. Kat’s the mean sergeant and survival specialist of the duo, never hesitating to kick Agnes’s ass when she’s slacking off. Her memory works like an easy-access catalogue, which allows her to keep up with both book details and social media. Also works as the emergency GPS. Agnes is the Merikan nitpicker, usually found busy with formatting and research. Her attention tends to be scattered, and despite pushing thirty, she needs to apply makeup to buy alcohol. Self-proclaimed queen of the roads.

They love the weird and wonderful, stepping out of the box, and bending stereotypes both in life and books. When you pick up a Merikan book, there’s one thing you can be sure of – it will be full of surprises.

Inspiration never failed them so far, but they are ready to hunt down the exotic and unique. Kat and Agnes are pursuing their dream of becoming full fledged virtual nomads. Having gotten rid of their apartment and with most of their belongings put in storage, they are choosing their own path in life, ready to experience all the world has to offer while working on their books.

 

 

 

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?

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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

 

Review: Guns n’ Boys (Guns n’ Boys #1.1) by K. A. Merikan #Erotica #MM

TITLE: Guns n’ Boys Guns n' Boys: Book 1, Part 1 (Guns n' Boys, #1.1)

SERIES:  Guns n’ Boys #1.1

AUTHOR:  K. A. Merikan

PUBLISHER: Self Published

LENGTH: 323 Pages

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— Love is sour like a Sicilian lemon. —

The Family is always right.
The Family doesn’t forget.
The Family pays for blood in blood.

Domenico Acerbi grew up in the shade of Sicilian lemon trees ready to give his life for the Family. Ready to follow orders and exceed expectations. A proud man of honor.
When Seth, the younger son of the Don is kidnapped, it’s Domenico who is sent to get him back. The man he finds though, is not the boy he knew all those years ago. Lazy, annoying, spoiled, and as hot as a Sicilian summer.

Seth Villani wants nothing to do with the mafia. Unfortunately, he doesn’t get a say when the Family pulls him right back into its fold after his mother’s death. Thrown into a den of serpents otherwise known as the Villani Family, Seth has to find a way to navigate in the maze of lies. But when Domenico Acerbi, the most vicious snake of them all, sinks his fangs into Seth, the venom changes into an aphrodisiac that courses through Seth’s veins.

Domenico knows his life is about to change when he gets the order to train Seth up to the role of future Don. Seth isn’t made for it. He isn’t even made. But a man Domenico knows he would never have to fear might just be someone he’s always needed.

If Seth is doomed to follow in his father’s footsteps, he might as well enjoy himself—with the most intoxicating man he’s ever met. Maybe he can even fool himself into believing that Domenico isn’t a handsome sociopath who kills for a living.

POSSIBLE SPOILERS:

Themes: Enemies to lovers, mafia, homophobia, assassin, organized crime

Genre: Dark, twisted erotic romance / crime thriller

Erotic content: Explicit gay sex, coercion

WARNING: Adult content. If you are easily offended, this book is not for you. 
‘Guns n’ Boys’ is a gritty story of extreme violence, offensive language, abuse, and morally ambiguous protagonists. Behind the morbid facade, there is a splash of inappropriate dark humor, and a love story that will crawl under your skin.

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REVIEW:

This book started out when Seth, the son of a Sicilian mafia don, is kidnapped, held prisoner and mutilated. When he’s rescued by the handsome Dominico, he instantly falls under the beautiful Sicilian’s spell. Seth leaves his boyfriend in the States and follows Dominico to meet Seth’s father, but on the way, things between the two become heated. When Seth discovers his father has named him to be his successor, Seth doesn’t know what to do. However, with Dominico by his side, he might just make it.

This book threw me for a loop. I was intrigued with how the story began. Then I was reading with a crinkled nose, but by the end I liked it again. My main objection was with Seth. I was interested in Seth up until the point when he came into contact with Dominico. At that point, Seth, the self-proclaimed top, became the biggest baby ever. He seemed like the furthest thing possible from what I’d imagine for a future mafia don. I was sure he was going to annoy the crap out of me for the entire book, but instead, his sexual encounters with Dominico just got better and better. Seth turned out to be the hottest reluctant virgin bottom I could imagine. No matter how much he protested, he couldn’t deny how much he loved it. Then he was all sulky about liking it afterword. In addition to finding it hot, I also found a bit of humor to it as well. This book was part 1 of 3, so I expected a cliffhanger. Even though the first part of the book was mostly sex and banter between the two, I was entertained by Dominco’s gradual breakdown of Seth which turned into something sweet by the end. I look forward to seeing how their relationship progresses in the next parts of this book.

RATING:  I liked it!

DARK ARTS CATEGORIES: 

Blood & Gore, Body Modifications, Bondage, Captive, Dark M/M Romance, Dub-con, Enemies to Lovers, Humiliation, Incest, M/M Dark Erotica, M/M Erotic Romance, M/M/M Erotica,Murder, POV of Victim, Rough Sex, Taboo, Torture

BUY LINKS: 

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Review: Arctic Absolution (Arctic Absolution #1) by Lynn Kelling #DarkErotica #MM

TITLE: Arctic Absolution Arctic Absolution (Arctic Absolution, #1)

SERIES:  Arctic Absolution #1

AUTHOR:  Lynn Kelling

PUBLISHER: Fantastic Fiction Publishing

LENGTH: 240 Pages

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Dixon Rowe is a good man and a good cop who keeps finding himself in bed with the enemy. After he picks up a young ex-con named Jaye Larson for stealing food, Dixon is seduced by the possibility of helping someone truly in need. He tells himself he’s assisting young Jaye out of the goodness of his heart—not because of how sexy Jaye is under all of the tattoos and defiance. But temptation entangles them as the malicious ghosts of Jaye’s past returns to haunt their every step. Jaye’s ghosts are bad enough, but the demon from Dixon’s past is real enough to put both of their lives in danger. (M/M)

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REVIEW:

Absolutely beautiful! Arctic Absolution begins when the Alaskan cop, Dixon, responds to a robbery at a convenience store. However, when he arrives on the scene, he finds the slim, beautiful Jaye who looks like a teen. Jaye is an x-con with a gang tattoo on his face. Though he looks like trouble, Dixon is drawn to him and also wants to help him. As their lives become entwined, Jaye learns about Dixon’s abusive x-boyfriend, Marcus, and Dixon’s fear of Marcus alights something in Jaye. He can’t stand that someone hurt Dixon in the same way Jaye had been hurt.

This book was unbelievably hot and just so damn beautiful! The first time Jaye and Dixon were together was breathtaking and heartbreaking all at once. Having read Caged Jay prior to reading this book, I could really sympathize with Jaye and all that he’d gone through in prison. It broke my heart that he escaped that hell just to freeze and starve all alone in his cabin, where he was still being haunted by his ghosts. That Dixon came into his life and extended a hand to help him was just perfect and made me love Dixon right away. After reading Caged Jay and seeing how badly they broke Jaye in prison, I really enjoyed how Jaye is built up in this book. It was also perfect that Jaye found someone who is just as broken as him. Jaye is so protective of Dixon even though Dixon is older and a cop. I love everything about this series. I look forward to reading the next book. I recommend Arctic Absolution to anyone who loves m/m romance with violence and dark themes.

RATING: In love with it!

DARK ARTS CATEGORIES: 

Abuse, Androgyny, BDSM, Brain Washing, Dark M/M Romance, Dub-con, Graphic Violence, Humiliation, M/M Dark Erotica, Non-con, Non-consensual BDSM, POV of Victim, Psychological Trauma, Rape, Rough Sex, stalker

BUY LINKS: 

ForbiddenFiction | Amazon | ARe

 

Review: Bend Over (Bend Over #1) by Brina Brady #BDSM #MM

TITLE:  Bend Over Bend Over (Bend Over Series #1)

SERIES:   Bend Over #1

AUTHOR:   Brina Brady

PUBLISHER:   Self-Published

LENGTH:     350 Pages

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Runaway 18-year-old Shane O’Rourke is living under the Huntington Beach Pier.
He carries many secrets from his past. Shane wasn’t allowed to explore his sexuality when he lived home with his father, The Reverend. His submissive nature and desires had to remain fantasies.

Shane meets a dark stranger on the beach. Julien Callier is a Dom from Martinique and is sixteen years older than Shane. Bad boy Shane wants to win the heart of Julien Callier and become his sub. But does he really understand what Julien expects from his boy?

Julien’s heart goes out to this gorgeous boy and he takes him under his wing, grooming him to be his sub. Julien is determined to let Shane experience the good life, even financing his education, but he’s challenged at every turn by Shane’s rebellious nature.

When Shane’s defiant behavior threatens to come between them for good, Julien has to act fast to teach Shane the meaning of real submission.

Can Julien tame the bad boy? Can Shane give up his old ways of stealing, lying, and using drugs? The playroom is open.

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REVIEW: 

Fantastic read! Bend Over starts out with the eighteen-year-old, Shane, who has run away from home to escape his intolerant reverend father. Shane isn’t entirely sure about his sexuality, but when he has a sexual encounter in a beach shower with an older French speaking man, Shane’s only thought is that he wants that guy again. Although he doesn’t’ know it at first, Shane has made an impression on the man. Julien is the owner of a BDSM club and after his encounter with Shane, he has to have him as his boy. He makes all the arrangements to assure Shane ends up in his hands.

This book was extremely sexy. I loved how submissive Shane is and how at the same time he’s bratty and rebellious. Shane was missing a loving father figure in his life and Julien quickly fills that role. Since Shane messes up a lot, he earns a lot of punishment, but his punishments are always sexy and far from being harsh. Shane loves being spanked, which makes his discipline even hotter. Bend Over has a happy ending, and the only thing I’m wondering is if Julien will ever get his boy to behave. I recommend this book to anyone who loves M/M BDSM.

RATING:  Loved it!

DARK ARTS ELEMENTS:

Barely Legal, BDSM, Dark M/M Romance, Drug Addiction, Dub-con,Rough Sex

BUY LINKS: 

Amazon KU

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: The Autumn Lands by J. Scott Coatsworth #GayScifi #MMRomance

TITLE:  The Autumn LandsThe Autumn Lands

AUTHOR:  J. Scott Coatsworth

PUBLISHER:  Mischief Corner Books

LENGTH:  121 Pages

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Jerrith is running. Kissed by an elf, he can’t remain in his hometown of Althos anymore. Not that he wanted to stay.

Caspian still hasn’t figured out why he kissed Jerrith, but he’s running too. Since he was exiled from the Autumn Lands, his past has been hazy, and his future uncertain.

But when a stray memory brings things into focus, the two decide to run toward something together. What they uncover will change how they see the world, and themselves, forever.

REVIEW:

The Autumn Lands begins with a kiss—one that leads to serious consequences for both Jerrith and Caspian. Jerrith is an average guy, but Caspian is and elf who has lost his wings. As Caspian’s memories start to come back, he realizes that Jerrith is his destiny and kissing him was what led to his downfall. Jerrith and Caspian set off to the Autumn lands to set things straight, but when they arrive there is a surprise waiting for them.

Though there was no sex in this book I loved the relationship between Jerrith and Caspian. They were meant to be together so everything just felt right for them. Though their journey was dangerous, they were both cast out by their people, so they had nothing to lose and everything to gain. I especially liked it when Caspian’s former lover comes into play, since Jerrith’s jealousy seemed to strengthen their relationship. Though the romance aspect was sweet, I think the most notable part of this book was the world building. In the beginning, the world appeared almost like a Middle Ages setting, but as they learn more about their circumstances, it becomes clear that they are on another planet. So the effect was that it started out seeming like fantasy, but by the end it was definitely Sci-fi. Though I loved the world the author created, I at times became a little overwhelmed. This may have been due to the fact that Caspian is remembering everything little by little and sharing it with Jerrith along the way. So the reader is learning about the universe along with the main characters. Despite having to back paddle a little to keep up, I understood enough about their situation that I thoroughly enjoyed the ending.

This is the first thing I’ve read from J. Scott Coatsworth, but I look forward to reading more. I recommend this book to anyone who likes M/M Sci-fi, Adventure, Dark Fantasy, and Sweet M/M Romance.

RATING: I liked it!

DARK ARTS CATEGORIES:

Dark M/M Fantasy, Dark M/M Romance, Hate Crime

BUY LINKS: 

Mischief Corner Books | Amazon | ARe

Bookstrand | iBooks | Kobo

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Scott has been writing since elementary school, when he and won a University of Arizona writing contest in 4th grade for his first sci fi story (with illustrations!). He finished his first novel in his mid twenties, but after seeing it rejected by ten publishers, he gave up on writing for a while.

Over the ensuing years, he came back to it periodically, but it never stuck. Then one day, he was complaining to Mark, his husband, early last year about how he had been derailed yet again by the death of a family member, and Mark said to him “the only one stopping you from writing is you.”

Since then, Scott has gone back to writing in a big way, finishing more than a dozen short stories – some new, some that he had started years before – and seeing his first sale. He’s embarking on a new trilogy, and also runs the Queer Sci Fi (http://www.queerscifi.com) site, a support group for writers of gay sci fi, fantasy, and supernatural fiction.

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Review: Fidelity by Lia Black

TITLE:     FidelityFidelity

AUTHOR:     Lia Black

PUBLISHER:     Vinedark/ BlackHouse Press

LENGTH:     213 Pages

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How far would a man go in the name of faith?

Fydelis was once worshiped as the Angel of Fidelity, but his love for Gareth, a mortal knight, caused him to fall from the heavens. He has now become the demonic aspect of Regret, and the unwilling plaything of the Sunderer, the darkest of all dark gods. His only hope is for death, but first, he must find someone to take his place as the Sunderer’s favorite toy.

Father Gareth De’Aubyn is a man tormented by his past and ready to sell his future to save the souls of his flock. Questioning the wisdom of war, he’s traded his Crusader’s armor for a cassock, and now ministers to the very people his army sent fleeing for their lives. When his church is attacked by unknown assassins, Gareth is mortally wounded, and with his dying breath, he calls out to the Creator for help.

But his god does not answer.

Instead, the demon, Fydelis, heeds his call, cajoling him to promise his soul to the god of the underworld for a chance to tap into the powers of dark magic, and set everything right.

A stranger to Gareth, the man who once swore to him his honor and his love, Fydelis is forced to make the dying priest an offer he can’t refuse: in return for sparing the lives of those under his care, Gareth must collect several very stubborn souls.

Together, they’ll begin a journey that will test everything they thought they knew about faith, love, and fidelity.

Content warnings: Graphic violence, fantasy-based theosophical overtones, dub-con, rape, heavy on the dark at times, snarky banter, hot and sweet m/m sex.

REVIEW:

As a knight, Gareth swore himself to his guardian angel, Fidelity, who he thought of as a spouse he would never be allowed to touch. However, when Gareth becomes disenchanted with the corruption in the crusades, he leaves the knighthood to become a priest.

The book starts when Gareth is dying following the massacre of his congregation. He calls to the heavens for help, but he receives help instead from the underworld. The demon, Fydelis, assists Gareth in exchange for his soul and the souls of twenty others, which he is tasked with collecting. When all is set to right in his church, Fydelis is still hanging around, and it becomes clear that he wants more than Gareth’s soul. Despite the demon’s temptation, Gareth sticks to his vows of chastity and remains true to his beloved angel, Fidelity. Along their journey to collect souls, Gareth continues to resist Fydelis, but grows fond of him and starts to care for him. The book ends in a twist, with love that is truly heartbreaking.

I don’t generally read books with theological undertones, but I took a chance on Fidelity due to the promise of dark things to come. Though the main characters are a priest and a demon, I never once felt like a line was crossed. However, I did a lot of crying throughout the book, and I can’t even write my review without getting choked up. Although Gareth and Fydelis seemed to be traveling down a path that was sure to lead to tragedy and heartbreak, I was very pleased with how the story ended.

RATING: Loved it!

DARK ARTS ELEMENTS:

Abuse, Creature/ Monster Sex, Dark M/M Fantasy, Dark M/M Romance, Dub-con, Graphic Violence, M/M Dark Erotica, Non-con, POV of Victim, Rape, Taboo, Torture

BUYING LINKS: 

Amazon (Available on KU)

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Lia Black tends to do everything the hard way; beginning with being born backwards into the world and now raising a teenage daughter by herself in conservative Upstate NY. Her career choices are no less extreme, including occupations of fine artist, computer geek, firefighter, and mortician’s assistant— just to name a few.

A fellow Author describes Black’s mind as “a glorious kaleidoscope of f*ckeduppery”; she loves the challenge of writing about people who probably have no business being together on the same planet, and who occasionally deal with questionable sanity/morality. It’s fun to glue broken things together and try to make something interesting and new.
–She especially loves broken boys who have lots of fascinating pieces.

Her characters often suffer through the worlds she creates for them, which leaves them a little cranky and sometimes less lovable than others in a romance genre. Yet Black swears that someday, “there will be comedy.”

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