Review: Rent Me (Rent Me #1) by Brina Brady #MM #BDSM @BrinaBrady

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TITLE: Rent MeRent Me

SERIES:  Rent Me #1

AUTHOR:  Brina Brady

PUBLISHER: Self-Published

LENGTH: 436 pages

BLURB: 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.

REVIEW: Rent Me was one of those books where I found myself getting into the characters as much as the plot — and sometimes, I wanted to bang their heads together. I absolutely love flawed characters; it’s a common theme in all of the books I adore. Brennen is a bit of a brat, and Dmitri is a bit oblivious, and Nika… Ah, I wanted to send her packing right back to Russia. The character I loved the most was Mischa, Dmitri’s brother; ever dutiful, he goes to extremes to make sure that he does right by Dmitri, but he’s good at what he does.

This book definitely isn’t for people who expect everything to be perfect; this relationship is anything but. However, that’s the way life is, and that’s the way things need to be in order for there to be growth. The author’s style may not be for everyone, but I for one enjoyed the read and can’t wait to pick up the next one.

RATING: I really liked it.

DARK ARTS CATEGORIES:  

Angst, BDSM, Body Modifications, Bondage, Humiliation,

BUYING LINKS:

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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

 

 

 

 

Review: Evenfall: Director’s Cut Part I (In the Company of Shadows #1) by Santino Hassel & Ais

TITLE:  Evenfall: Director’s Cut Part IEvenfall: Volume 1: Director's Cut (In the Company of Shadows, #1 part #1)

SERIES:  In the Company of Shadows #1

AUTHOR:  Santino Hassell & Ais

PUBLISHER:  Unpublished

LENGTH:  334 Pages

BLURB:

In a post-apocalyptic future, the Agency works behind the scenes to take down opposition groups that threaten the current government. Their goals justify all means, even when it comes to their own agents.

In the newly revised Director’s Cut of Evenfall, the second volume follows Sin and Boyd through a long-term undercover mission in Mexico. They think the hardest part will be maintaining their covers and handling their attraction while living in close quarters, but that’s only the beginning of their newest trials.

When hard and fast decisions lead to catastrophic consequences, the two agents realize getting out of Mexico alive may be their biggest challenge yet.

Warnings: Explicit violence, sex, physical and psychological abuse.

REVIEW:

Boyd’s mother works for a secret agency and has decided to bring him on to be the partner of the highly dangerous, Sin. Though Sin tries everything possible to drive Boyd crazy, they end up falling for each other. They realize they want to be together, but they have to get past the agency and Boyd’s mother before that can happen.

Excellent action and romance. I love it! Both Boyd and Sin are damaged goods, but in this way, they are perfect for each other. Sin; the super sexy, extremely dangerous, and possibly psychotic secret agent is not so scary when paired with the timid, androgynous beauty Boyd. Although there’s a rocky start to their relationship; with almost every touch leading to an argument or misunderstanding, there is certainly love in the air and I’m hoping to see a lot of it in part II.

DARK ARTS ELEMENTS:

Abuse, Captive, Dark M/M Fantasy, Dark M/M Romance, Drugging, Graphic Violence, Hate Crime, Hurt/Comfort, Kidnapping, M/M Erotic Romance, M/M Fantasy, Psychological Trauma, Unpublished Book

BUYING LINKS: 

ICOS – Authors’ Website

 

 

 

Spotlight: Claimed by the Order (S-Gods #1) by J. Johanis

TITLE: Claimed by the OrderClaimed by the Order (S-Gods #1)

SERIES: S-Gods #1

AUTHOR: J. Johanis

PUBLISHER:   Self Published

LENGTH: 222 Pages

BLURB:

He failed to save himself. Is he strong enough to save his lover?

Young and eager to join the social playground of the gods, Marduk enters his first day of college at the exotic mountain retreat at the Temple of Power. But he swiftly falls into the clutches of a secret order. Confronted by the powerful gods who wish to claim him, Marduk is defenseless. His only way out: to lure another virgin god into the Order.

Advisory: Contains graphic violence, non-con, & abuse. Intended for mature readers.

DARK ARTS ELEMENTS:

Abuse, Captive, Castration, Dark M/M Fantasy, Dark M/M Romance, Dub-con, Forced Prostitution, Graphic Violence, Humiliation, Hurt/Comfort, m/m Dark erotica, M/M Erotic Romance, M/M Fantasy, Ménage, Non-con, Non-consensual BDSM, POV of Victim, Psychological Trauma, Rough Sex, Taboo, Torture

BUYING LINKS: 

Amazon

ARe

Barnes & Noble

 

 

 

 

Book Review: Finding Zach

TITLE:     Finding Zach finding zach

AUTHOR:     Rowan Speedwell

PUBLISHER:    Dreamspinner Press

LENGTH:     264

BLURB:

For five years, Zach Tyler, son of one of the world’s richest software moguls, was held hostage, tortured, and abused. When he is rescued at last from the Venezuelan jungle, he is physically and psychologically shattered, but he slowly begins to rebuild the life he should have had before an innocent kiss sent him into hell. His childhood best friend David has lived those years with overwhelming guilt and grief. Every relationship David has tried has fallen apart because of his feelings for a boy he thought dead. When Zach is rescued, David is overjoyed—and then crushed when Zach shuts him out. Two years later, David returns home, and he and Zach must come to terms with the rift between them, what they feel for each other, and what their future could hold. But Zach has secrets, and one of them might well destroy their fragile love.

REVIEW:

I loved this book. I wasn’t trying to read something addictive but I was drawn in right away. Finding Zach is so much more than your average m/m love story. Zach and David practically grew up together but right after discovering they their attraction for one another, Zach is kidnapped by a Central American warlord and is kept prisoner for five years. The story begins at Zach’s rescue and continues through his recovery. After all that happened, it’s truly heartbreaking and wonderful to see Zach and David come together. This is a couple that I’d like to see again. There was a happy ending, but I was sad when the book ended.

RATING: I loved it!

DARK ARTS ELEMENTS:

Abuse, Captive, Dark Erotica, Dark M/M Romance, Forced Prostitution, Graphic Violence, Hurt/Comfort, Kidnapping, M/M Erotic Romance, Non-con, POV of Victim, Psychological Trauma, Rape, Torture

BUY LINKS: 

Dreamspinner Press 

Amazon

ARe