Review: Untouchable Beauty (The Cubi #1) by Meraki P. Lyhne #DarkErotica #MM

TITLE: Untouchable Beauty Untouchable Beauty (The Cubi, #1)

SERIES: The Cubi #1

AUTHOR:  Meraki P. Lyhne

PUBLISHER: Independent

LENGTH: 299 Pages

BLURB:

Business school is not for Daniel. Not after making the cover of Teen Model. The only problem is that his parents don’t agree, and Daniel skips school to set his plans for fortune and fame in motion. Meeting the award-winning photographer Heimli will change his life, but not in the ways the nineteen-year-old young man expects.

At the age of four hundred thirty-six, Seldon has fed on more beautiful men than he can remember. Living in seclusion from the human world, humans are brought to the Incubi and Succubi as slaves to feed on. Amongst these slaves are the rare Untouchables. When Seldon is entrusted with the safekeeping of one, he has his work cut out for him—especially since this Untouchable gets on his nerves. And under his skin.

REVIEW:

First of all, I just have to say that I am quite fond of incubus story-lines, so this book started out on the right track for me. The story begins when the young model, Daniel, decides he’s going to go get discovered. He’s fed up with his parents talking about him going to college since he’s sure his looks can get him everything including fame. However, instead of landing a modeling job, Daniel is captured by a group of incubi. He quickly discovers that he is considered an untouchable, which means he doesn’t get worked over like some of the other less fortunate young captives. Even so, the fear of what could happen to him almost puts him over the edge.

Though this is the first book I’ve read from Meraki P. Lyhne, I had the pleasure of meeting the author this summer in Berlin, so I had a good idea about what to expect. All of the wonderful dark themes that I love so much were present in this book as well as a good healthy dose m/m/m erotica. I think the thing I loved the most was the sexual denial. Daniel, is deliberately excluded from all the incubus feeding going on in front of him. He considers himself straight, but after a while, he can’t deny being turned on by everything his captor does with other men. I wasn’t sure how things would play out for Daniel, so I was a bit shocked by the twist in the end. I can’t wait to read the next book in this series.

RATING: I loved it!

DARK ARTS CATEGORIES: 

Bondage, Captive, Chastity, Drugging, Dub-con, Enemies to Lovers, Humiliation, Kidnapping, M/M Dark Erotica, M/M/M Erotica, Non-con, Psychological Trauma, Rough Sex, Sex Trafficking, Sexual Exhibitionism, Torture

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

REVIEWED BY LARK

 

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,

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Review ~ Until I Fade: A Kol Anderson Anthology #Taboo #MM @AndersonKol

REVIEWED BY LARK

 

TITLE: Until I Fade: A Kol Anderson AnthologyUntil I Fade

AUTHOR: Kol Anderson

PUBLISHER: Self-Published

LENGTH: 330 pages

BLURB:

A collection of taboo, dark shorts.

(New Edited Version)

(A collection of brand new and previously published Kol Anderson taboo shorts. Newly edited and never before seen stories.)

Release Date: July 04, 2016

Don’t be Afraid of the Dark 

Destiny is a strange thing. It can be fickle at times, and it can make you miss out on incredible connections that would set you on the journey of your lifetime. But the thing is, you’ll never know what you missed out on.

Sometimes Destiny takes pity on you and lets you meet the person you are supposed to, at just the right time. When Jensen first saw Liam, he lost his heart. Even if it took him a while to realize that. It’s okay, though. He had to grow and learn some more before he was the man Liam needed to save him from a life he was trapped in.

Supernatural forces collide to give Jensen the strength he needs to evolve into the man Liam waited his whole life for, and when their souls finally slam into each other, neither will be the same again.

WARNINGS: VIOLENCE, DUB-CON, NON-CON, ABUSE, VIOLENCE

Slave 

It’s the worst feeling in the world, seeing him with someone else. There’s nothing I wouldn’t do, no limits I won’t go to get him back. But he won’t give me a chance. He won’t so much as look at me because he thinks I don’t belong to him anymore.
But that’s the whole thing.
I don’t belong anywhere.
Doesn’t matter where I go or who I am with I am always alone. There is something wrong with me, there has to be because no one else seems quite as miserable at being without a master.
But don’t we all owe our freedom to something?
People are slaves, aren’t they? To their jobs, to their partners, to their children, even to their lifestyles?
We all have those little kinks that we don’t tell anyone about, because we think we’re going to be judged for them, and because we’re slaves to society’s rules.
In a world where slavery is the norm I’m a slave to my needs.
To him.
And I need to get him back.

WARNINGS: HARDCORE BDSM, DUB-CON, NON-CON

Sin 

Samuel “Sin” Taylor doesn’t know the difference between sex and intimacy, but maybe that’s not his fault. He grew up in a world where it was easier to get physical pleasure than to find love. But as a prostitute working the streets, Sin thinks he’s finally found his true calling. After all sex is the one thing he’s good at, right? But when Isaac enters his life through mere coincidence, Sin finds it a relief to be someone other than Sin.

How long can he keep up the charade?

WARNINGS: DUB-CON, NON-CON, ABUSE, VIOLENCE, DRUG USE

Fugue 

Ever felt like the world thinks you’re crazy? Welcome to my world. I tried normal, but eventually the truth catches up to you. Thank God for Evan, he believes me. But no man is a saint, and eventually the stories of aliens and tentacles and kidnappings just become too much for anyone to believe anymore.

But I know what happened. I know what they did to me. The voices are calling me back now. They’re calling me to be with her, my daughter. And I can’t resist it anymore.

WARNINGS: ABUSE, SELF HARM, OFF PAGE NON-CON AND KIDNAPPING, VIOLENCE

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REVIEW:

Kol starts out gently, his voice like a lover’s tempting whisper in the dark. His poetry sets the stage for what will be four very different stories within an extremely well-written anthology, and the tone carries on throughout. There’s desperation and hope, desolation and solace; there’s pain and relief, peace and terror. It all goes on through these pages. There are similarities in the four stories, but overall, they couldn’t be more different.

There’s an almost dreamlike quality to these stories, something that lures you in and refuses to let you go until the end. I found myself highlighting line after line of beautiful words that appealed to me and I wanted to remember.

In Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, we get a taste of the paranormal set against the backdrop of a world that seems grim for the characters involved. I want to know more about the characters and the world; my only complaint is that I’m not a huge fan of insta-love angles. But this line: “I don’t need you to feel sorry for me, that’s not what I want. I want you to love me” more than made up for it.

Slave follows the path of a broken-hearted sub whose master turned his back on him, and he tries to find solace anywhere and everywhere he can. There’s a surreal feeling to the entire peace, as though I’m in a dream that I can’t fully awake from. I’m not sure what I like better — the opening poem or the story itself. I loved Jesse, and everything he did felt real throughout the entire piece.

And then there was Sin. Sin isn’t for the faint of heart — and while I don’t consider myself particularly faint of heart, I think mine broke all the same. Those with issues involving incest and rape should steer clear of this one completely. There’s just enough hope to keep my heart from being completely crushed, but I noted at this point that the anthology is steadily darkening.

Finally, there’s Fugue. Fugue isn’t my type of story, but it’s an interesting one all the same. It follows a young man who believes he’s been tortured by aliens and his doctor, who’s desperate to help someone he feels has been failed by others. There are points where you can’t be sure if it’s a sci-fi short or a short on the effects of mental illness, but either way, the effect is profound.

Overall, the taboos mentioned in the tags and above are very much a present part of the stories, but they aren’t dwelled upon for too long. There’s just enough detail to let you know what’s going on, and then Anderson continues with the story: because this is all about the story, not the taboos.

Beautiful writing.

RATING: I loved it! (Even if it is going to haunt me for a while)

DARK ARTS CATEGORIES:  

Abuse, Angst, BDSM, Captive, Drug Addiction, Drugging, Dub-con, Dub-con BDSM, Forced Incest, Incest, Kidnapping, M/M Horror, Non-con, Non-consensual BDSM, POV of Victim, Psychological Trauma, Rape, Rough Sex, Sex Trafficking, Sex Worker, Slave, Taboo, Underage

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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

BLURB:

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: 

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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: The Angel of 13th Street by Eden Winters #MM @EdenWinters1

TITLE: The Angel of 13th Street The Angel of 13th Street (The Angel of 13th Street 1)

AUTHOR:  Eden Winters

PUBLISHER: Rocky Ridge Books

LENGTH: 202 Pages

BLURB:

Noah Everett shed his rent boy existence for a bar and helping young men get a second chance at life. Haunted by those he couldn’t save, he keeps others at bay until his self-imposed loneliness is shattered by ambitious but homeless Jeremy Kincaid.

Aged out of the foster system, Jeremy’s the perfect target for a ruthless pimp like Willie Carnell. He wants no part of any future that includes working for Willie, but without a strong ally, he may not have a choice.

Noah knows exactly what Willie’s capable of, and if he’ll fight for strangers, he’ll fight harder for Jeremy.

Even if it takes confronting his own past.

2010 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention

Goodreads Link

REVIEW:

Such a beautiful book! The story begins when Jeremy, an eighteen year old who’s living on the streets, is saved from a gang of ruffians intent on assaulting him. Jeremy’s savior, Noah, takes him in and protects him from a pimp who’s trying to turn him. Jeremy falls for Noah, but since Jeremy is twelve years younger than him, he doesn’t want to think of Jeremy in that way. Noah also has a past that he doesn’t want to share with Jeremy. Noah used to be a rent boy, but when he broke away, he decided to dedicate his life to helping rent boys escape the sex industry and start over. Noah want’s to shelter Jeremy from that existence, but Noah’s feelings for Jeremy as well as their cohabitation ends up putting Jeremy in danger.

This is the first time I’ve read Eden Winters, so I picked this book up out of curiosity, but I’m so glad that I did. The story-line was fantastic, and the characters were so honest and good. I loved Noah’s mission as well as the twist of his relationship with his former pimp. The sex scenes were extremely hot, but what I loved the most was the tragic beauty of Noah’s situation and the deep emotions involved.  He is truly a hero and I was in tears by the end of the book. If you love a book that can make you feel, this is definitely it. I recommend The Angel of 13th Street to anyone who loves m/m romance, drama, and YA.

RATING: Absolutely loved it!

DARK ARTS CATEGORIES: 

Barely Legal, Rape Attempt, Sex Trafficking, Sex Worker

BUY LINKS: 

Rocky Ridge Books

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Spotlight: Stealing Innocents by Lisa Henry as Cari Waites

TITLE:    Stealing InnocentsStealing Innocents

AUTHOR:     Lisa Henry as Cari Waites

PUBLISHER:     Anglerfish Press

LENGTH:     273 Pages

BLURB:

Those who dare to scratch the surface of ordinary, everyday life may be horrified to find a sick underbelly beneath—a nightmare world populated by villains and victims, predators and prey, where the rules of society no longer apply.

Where you’ll find people like Danny, the boy who sells himself to pay for his father’s gambling debts and ends up in a situation more twisted than he ever imagined. Or Troy, the cop whose obsession with saving a brutalized human trafficking victim turns deadly. Or Drew, the mental patient who begins to suspect his nightly delusions of abuse by his doctor are actually real. Or David, the cuckolded husband who decides the best way to get revenge is to seduce his wife’s barely legal son.

Stealing Innocents is an exploration of our darkest human impulses, where sex is power, love is horror, and there’s no such thing as a happy ending.

READER DISCRETION ADVISED.

This collection contains three edited second editions stories that were previously individually published, plus one all-new story, by Lisa Henry writing as Cari Waites.

RATING: Some stories I liked, and some I loved!

DARK ARTS ELEMENTS:

Abuse, Barely Legal, BDSM, Captive, Castration, Child Abuse, Drugging, Dub-con, Forced Prostitution, Forced Seduction, Graphic Violence, Incest, Kidnapping, M/M Dark Erotica, M/M Erotica, Murder, Non-con, Non-consensual BDSM, porn industry, POV of Aggressor, POV of Victim, Psychological Trauma, Rape, Rough Sex, Sadism, Sex Trafficking, Sex Worker, Slave, Taboo, Torture, Underage

BUYING LINKS: 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

I like to tell stories. Mostly with hot guys and happily ever afters. They gotta work for it though. No free lunches on my watch.

Spotlight: Without a Net by Lyn Gala

TITLE:      Without a NetWithout a Net

AUTHOR:     Lyn Gala

PUBLISHER:     Loose ID LLC

LENGTH:     366 Pages

BLURB:

Oliver Robertson has been assigned to go undercover in one of the shade clubs that litter the seedier parts of town. He has never engaged in the sort of edge play found in those places, preferring the BDSM in the more mainstream control clubs. However, to find the criminals behind a series of kidnappings, he must go in undercover as a shade sub. The mission becomes more complicated when his captain asks him to collect evidence against a lieutenant who might be a dirty cop.

The case quickly gets out of hand, and Ollie finds himself caught between wanting to do his job and not knowing who to trust. That confusion grows worse when a number of sexy and dominant men challenge his assumption that he prefers safe, contractually negotiated sex. It turns out he has more of a wild side than he expected, and given that he’s surrounded by dangerous men, and he can’t distinguish the good guys from the bad, that’s terrifying.

When Ollie gives his trust to Travis Goode, a dominant who appears to be a federal agent, he might be making the connection of a lifetime or dooming himself forever.

RATING: I liked it 🙂

DARK ARTS ELEMENTS:

Abuse, BDSM, Body Modifications, Brain Washing, Captive, Dark M/M Romance, Dub-con, Humiliation, Kidnapping, M/M Dark Erotica, M/M Erotica, Non-consensual BDSM, POV of Victim, Psychological Trauma, Rough Sex, Sex Trafficking, Sexual Exhibitionism

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Book Review: The Prisoner (Broken #1) by Kol Anderson

TITLE: The Prisoner The Prisoner (Broken: Season One, #1)

SERIES: Broken #1

AUTHOR: Kol Anderson

PUBLISHER: Self Published

LENGTH: 80 Pages

BLURB:

Aaron Taylor is a rent-boy.
The Dream everyone wants to come true.

Vincent Greene is the client from hell.
The man who wants to make sure that dream ends up BROKEN.

Just when Aaron thinks his life is beginning to make sense, his handler sends him to a new client. Vincent Greene looks like he might just be Aaron’s best client yet, but what Aaron doesn’t know, is that under Vincent’s alluring facade, lurks a heart capable of extreme cruelty.

REVIEW:

This book starts out with a glimpse of Aaron’s life as a rent boy. He’s in love with a man who is promising to leave his lover in order to be with him. Though Aaron wants to believe it, he has to keep working. He hooks up with his next client, Vincent, and discovers too late that Vincent is bad news. Aaron is taken captive and his only hope for escape is the client who told him he loved him.

This book was enjoyable, but not entirely what I expected. So far there seems to be three viewpoints. One is Aaron’s viewpoint, one is the client who professed his love to Aaron, and the last is Vincent, the client responsible for kidnapping Aaron. Everything seems in place except for Vincent’s viewpoint. Even if Vincent ends up falling for Aaron, I can’t see myself liking him. He’s a kidnapper and after everything he’s done to Aaron, there’s no way I’m going to warm to the jerk. I’m interested in figuring out where things are going, but from the way the book began, I imagined it would be a lot longer and have more of a story arc. I’m guessing now that the story arc will be split up between the three books in the trilogy. As it is, the book ended in a cliffhanger of sorts with nothing concluded. I guess I’ll have more to say about this series once I read book #2.

RATING: Liked it 🙂

DARK ARTS ELEMENTS:

Abuse, Captive, Dark Erotica, Drugging, Forced Prostitution, Humiliation, Kidnapping, Non-con, Non-consensual BDSM, POV of Agressor, POV of Victim, Psychological Trauma, Rape, Sex Trafficking, Slave, Taboo

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Book Review: That’s What Brothers Do by Derikica Snake

TITLE:     That’s What Brothers DoTWBD

AUTHOR:     Derikica Snake

PUBLISHER:     Lulu

LENGTH:     151

BLURB:

The road to hell is paved with good intentions. In order to save his sister, he sold his body. To save his family, he sold his future and finally to save his love, he sold his soul.

REVIEW:

Extremely emotional. As a young boy of fourteen, Brant saves his sisters from prostitution by offering himself up in their place. Though he is used daily for years to pay off his father’s debt, Brant falls in love with his master and pimp, Wilber. At the end of his contract, Wilber offers another deal, but nothing is as it appears. Wilber had been his protector for all these years, but Brant finds that Wilber cannot protect him from everything. His sacrifice to his family has led him down a violent road of abuse and there’s no coming back. Though this book has a happy ending, I was dismayed by the lack of justice for those who hurt and used Brant.

RATING: Really liked it!

THE DARK ARTS ELEMENTS:

Abuse, Barely Legal, BDSM, Dark Erotica, Dub-con, Forced Prostitution, Humiliation, Kidnapping, Non-con, POV of Victim, Sex Trafficking, Slave

BUY LINKS: 

Lulu  

Amazon