Review: Prince Lestat (The Vampire Chronicles #11) by Anne Rice

Prince Lestat (The Vampire Chronicles, #11)TITLE: Prince Lestat

SERIES:  The Vampire Chronicles #11

AUTHOR:  Anne Rice

PUBLISHER: Random House LLC

LENGTH: 458

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The vampire world is in crisis – their kind have been proliferating out of control and, thanks to technologies undreamed of in previous centuries, they can communicate as never before. Roused from their earth-bound slumber, ancient ones are in thrall to the Voice: which commands that they burn fledgling vampires in cities from Paris to Mumbai, Hong Kong to Kyoto and San Francisco. Immolation, huge massacres, have commenced all over the world.

Who – or what – is the Voice? What does it desire, and why?

There is only one vampire, only one blood drinker, truly known to the entire world of the Undead. Will the dazzling hero-wanderer, the dangerous rebel-outlaw Lestat heed the call to unite the Children of Darkness as they face this new twilight?

Anne Rice’s epic, luxuriant, fiercely ambitious new novel brings together all the worlds and beings of the legendary Vampire Chronicles, from present-day New York and Ancient Egypt to fourth-century Carthage and Renaissance Venice; from Louis de Pointe du Lac; Armand the eternally young; Mekare and Maharet; to Pandora and Flavius; David Talbot, vampire and ultimate fixer from the Secret Talamasca; and Marius, the true child of the Millennia. It also introduces many other seductive supernatural creatures, and heralds significant new blood.

REVIEW:

It’s been so long since I’ve read something from a mainstream author, but considering Anne Rice was my first experience with reading M/M, I’m always up for reading her books. However, it’s been so long since I read a book in her Vampire Chronicles that I felt a little bit lost at first. Despite not remembering everything from the previous books, there was enough recapping that I was able to follow the story completely. In fact, the first part of the book is mostly introducing a lot of vampires from earlier books as well as vampires new to this volume. I was quite fond of the story line with Lestat’s adoption of the mortal girl, Rose as well as some of the new vampire intros. Toward the middle of the book, they all come together to resolve the central issue, which is the voice and the strange mass killings of vampires happening all over the globe.

Overall, this book was great and would be a nice end to the series. Though it kept my interest and brought tears to my eyes more than once, it wasn’t spectacular and moving like some of the earlier chronicles. I guess this might be said of any book that is a wrap up type story, but another thing was that it was set in modern times which made it lack the romance of her earlier volumes. Overall, I think the biggest drawback was the slower pace, but with so many characters and so many converging story lines, it was to be expected. I guess reading this book was more of a nostalgia thing for me. I still love Anne Rice’s writing and see the appeal of the worlds she builds, but I’ve read so many awesome m/m authors since I first started this series that I think my tastes have changed. Her style of subtle sexuality was an excellent introduction to the world of m/m, but now I prefer more intense and erotically charged works. I guess I’ll have to go back and read some of my favorites from her in order to know for sure. For anyone who’s a fan of Anne Rice, I recommend reading this book. However, if you haven’t read her before, it’s best to start with the first few books in this series.

RATING: I liked it

DARK ARTS CATEGORIES: 

Blood & Gore, Captive, Kidnapping, M/M Fantasy, stalker

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Review: Endings and Beginnings by K.C. Wells and Parker Williams #MM #BDSM @K_C_Wells

TITLE: Endings and BeginningsEndings and Beginnings (Collars and Cuffs, #8)

SERIES:  Collars and Cuffs #8

AUTHOR:  K.C. Wells & Parker Williams

PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press

LENGTH: 387 Pages

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Collars and Cuffs: Book Eight

In all his relationships, Darren Fielding never found the level of intimacy he witnessed between Thomas Williams and his sub, Peter, the day of Peter’s “rebirth.” Not only that, he never realized such intimacy was possible. For two years, Thomas’s business card has been burning a hole in his wallet. When Darren’s lover moves on, maybe it’s finally time to see where that card takes him.

Collars & Cuffs’ new barman, JJ Taylor, is really conflicted right now. He went to the club with a very specific purpose, already convinced of what he’d find there. Except it’s not what he expected at all. He certainly didn’t anticipate finding himself drawn to the new wannabe Dom. Nor could he have guessed the direction that attraction would lead him.

Old love, new love, vows, pain, rage, moving in, moving on…. The members of Collars & Cuffs face an event that touches some of them deeply, but it will only reinforce what they already know: together they are stronger, and some bonds cannot be broken.

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REVIEW:

Endings and Beginnings starts off with an introduction to Darren and how he ends up in Collars and Cuffs as well as an introduction to JJ’s situation. At first JJ wasn’t very likeable. He’s full of bitterness and misdirected anger, but once he and Darren come together, it’s so easy to overlook JJ’s personality flaws. Darren adores him no matter who he is. As the story progresses, JJ’s past comes back to haunt him, which really made me sympathize for him. At the same time, some of the other characters are wrapping up unfinished business.

In short there are plenty of surprises in this book, and considering it is book eight in a series it wasn’t difficult in the least to read. It was great seeing all the characters pop in and out, and there are plenty of tie-ins to previous books that make things come together smoothly. Though it was nice visiting the previous characters, I was drawn mostly to the love affair between Darren and JJ as well as the drama related to JJ’s identity. I also loved the ending; especially the hint that there may be another tie in series to come. Overall, this book was a great way to end Collars and Cuffs.

RATING: Liked it!

DARK ARTS CATEGORIES: 

BDSM, M/M Erotic Romance, Psychological Trauma, stalker

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Review: The Runaway Gypsy Boy by Brina Brady #BDSM #MM @BrinaBrady

TITLE: The Runaway Gypsy BoyThe Runaway Gypsy Boy (Irish Runaway #1)

SERIES: Irish Runaway #1

AUTHOR: Brina Brady

PUBLISHER: Self Published

LENGTH: 418 Pages

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Twenty-year-old Daniel Serban loses his dancing job and threats of being outed to his family forces him to flee Limerick, Ireland. Daniel fears his father and the other gypsy men will force him to marry his betrothed, or bring bodily harm to him for being gay.

As chance would have it, he ends up in Cleary’s Pub, a gay leather bar in Galway where he meets the grouchy, ginger-bear Ronan O’Riley. Little did Daniel know meeting the ginger Dom would change his life style as he knew it.

Ronan O’Riley has been unable to move on to another sub since the death of his sub a year ago, that is until a troubled gypsy boy steps into Cleary’s. Ronan’s lonely life is about to change.

Can Ronan convince Daniel to trust him or will Daniel’s fears of his past ruin any chance of a relationship? Unexpected heated attraction in the barn ignites their relationship to move forward. Though, the two men have many of the same dreams, Daniel’s secrets and Ronan’s need to gain Daniel’s trust outlines some of the many challenges they face.

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REVIEW:

This book was a lot of fun to read. It begins with a glimpse of Daniel’s life as a gypsy. He wants to escape his family and the only way he knows how is to save money working as a dancer. When circumstances force him to finally take the leap and run away, he has the good luck of encountering the sexy ginger dom, Ronan. Ronan owns a ranch and has work and a place to stay for Daniel, so they are a perfect match. As the story progresses and things get heated between the two, Daniel’s family problems catch up with him and put them both in danger.

This book was probably the sweetest and most romantic thing I’ve read from Brina Brady. Although there are BDSM scenes, Daniel is pretty good so he doesn’t earn much in the way of punishment. Ronan is also a very kind person and never would hurt his boy. Though I loved the romance between the two, what I liked the most was the setting and atmosphere. I love traveling, and this book really made me feel like I was there in the Irish countryside. I also loved Daniel’s character and his conflict with his family. Seeing how he interacted with his gypsy family and the crazy things they do made this book really come alive. I recommend The Runaway Gypsy Boy to anyone who likes M/M BDSM and m/m romance.

RATING: I liked it!

DARK ARTS CATEGORIES:

BDSM, M/M Erotic Romance, M/M Erotica, Murder, Sex Worker, stalker

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: 

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Review: Don’t… (Don’t… #1) by Jack L. Pyke #MM #DarkErotica #BDSM

TITLE: Don’t… Don't... (Don't..., #1)

SERIES:  Don’t… #1

AUTHOR:  Jack L. Pyke

PUBLISHER: Fantastic Fiction Publishing

LENGTH: 354 Pages

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“Don’t… open me.”

Three simple words that tease Jack, taking him places from his dark past. For Jack, BDSM is a way to resist his worst impulses. Yet, the stranger calling himself The Unknown seeks to use that to seduce him.

As Jack slips further down into the abyss, two men hold the power to save him. Will it be Gray, the Master who knows Jack’s every secret? Or Jan, the first man to give Jack a reason to hope? With deadly ghosts coming out to play, Jack may lose everything, even his life.

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REVIEW:

I’ve had this book on my TBR list for quite some time, so I’m glad to finally have a chance to read it. Don’t… begins when Jack, a mechanic/martial arts instructor, who is a sub in a very exclusive group meets the beautiful and alluring Jan. Jack and Jan hit it off right away, but at the same time, Jack has a stalker messing with him. Jack is soon forced to reveal his BDSM lifestyle to Jan, including introducing Jan to his dom, Gray. Before either of them know what hit them, Jan gets thrown into Jack and Gray’s world. Jan is new to BDSM, but he’s willing to try for Jack. However, nothing is easy for them, and while things go downhill for the three men, an unknown danger lurks around the corner.

This book was extremely hot with some scary scenes mixed in. Jack’s toying with a stalker fantasy had a lot of potential to go wrong, and even though it was a fantasy, the group’s need for so much security was a testament to just how dangerous their games could be. Though a lot of the book revolved around a BDSM relationship, that bit of playing with dangerous concepts and the unknown actors kept me on edge. In addition to the suspense, I loved the switching and how Jan tried so hard to be what he thought Jack needed him to be. There was definitely a lot going on, but it all came together so nicely in the end. I look forward to reading more in this series. I recommend Don’t… to anyone who loves m/m dark erotica and dark BDSM.

RATING: I loved it!

DARK ARTS CATEGORIES: 

BDSM, Cutting, Dub-con, Kidnapping, M/M Dark Erotica, stalker, Underage (off page)

BUY LINKS: 

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