Review: Only the Lonely (Twin Ties) by Lynn Kelling #Taboo #MM

TITLE: Only the Lonely Only the Lonely

SERIES:  Twin Ties (Prequel)

AUTHOR:  Lynn Kelling

PUBLISHER: Fantastic Fiction Publishing

LENGTH: 55 Pages

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Evan Savage is a young teen desperately searching for something to hold on to and a way to be noticed. Living in rural Whippoorwill, Pennsylvania, his only family is an absentee father who leaves Evan alone for days at a time while away for work. Friendless and bullied at school, with only a nearby preacher named Jimmy to look out for him; Evan gratefully accepts attention wherever and however he gets it. Sometimes it feels like part of him is missing, and every day the void consumes more of Evan’s ability to fight back against his circumstances. While looking at himself in the mirror within a recurring dream, his reflection keeps reaching out to him with happiness he doesn’t feel, from a world different than his own, though much less tangible. Anonymous sexual encounters with strange men satisfy Evan’s need for company and reassurance that he’s someone worth wanting, as well as test his boundaries. But, faced with the growing temptation to slip away for good, it’s up to Jimmy, and Evan’s dream-world counterpart, to try to keep him there. (Prequel to the Twin Ties series, M/M)

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REVIEW:

Wow! I don’t even know where to begin. This book was a heart breaker and among the most taboo book I’ve ever read. The story begins with Evan seeking out companionship from older men. He’s only fourteen, but he has no friends and his father is always away. Evan realizes what he’s doing is risky, but he feels like it’s his only way of having some kind of connection with another human being. When he goes out on a date with a man who seems to show genuine interest in him, Evan feels like he can let his guard down. However happiness does not seem to be in the cards for him.

I’m so glad that this book is a prequel and several books in this series are already published. If they weren’t, the ending would be way too painful to accept. In addition to the tears and heartbreak, this book touched on taboo subjects that most authors wouldn’t dare touch with a ten foot pole. I commend the author for her daring, but also since it was so well written. Instead of being titillating, the erotic scenes make the danger and desperation of what he’s doing even more intense.  Evan is seeking out older men in order to have some kind of companionship, but at the same time he knows what they’ll expect and he’s clearly afraid. He tries to trust, but Evan knows at any moment a man could overpower him and take what he’s not willing to give. The fact that he doesn’t view them as predators, or at least he tries not to, makes his situation even more tragic. Though the ending is devastating, the story is so compelling that I have to read on. I really want Evan to find someone who will love him and not just take advantage of him. I look forward to reading the next book in this series. I highly recommend Only the Lonely to anyone who loves taboo m/m erotica  with a lot of angst.

RATING: Crazy about it!

DARK ARTS CATEGORIES: 

Dub-con, M/M Dark Erotica, POV of Victim, Taboo, Underage

BUY LINKS: 

ForbiddenFiction |  Amazon | ARe

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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: 

Amazon | ARe | ForbiddenFiction

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…

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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: Caged: Love and Treachery on the High Seas (Baal’s Heart #1) By Bey Deckard #MMErotica #BDSM

TITLE: Caged: Love and Treachery on the High Seas Caged: Love and Treachery on the High Seas (Baal's Heart, #1)

SERIES: Baal’s Heart #1

AUTHOR: Bey Deckard     

PUBLISHER: Self-Published

LENGTH: 317 Pages

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Sheltered and lonely, Jon’s life changes drastically when a strange ship sails into the harbour of his small port town one day. Trapped between the possessive pirate captain and his murderous first mate, he must learn to adapt or he will lose himself completely. An epic tale of love and jealousy, treachery and revelation, this first installment of the Baal’s Heart trilogy brings you into the lives of three men so bound together by jealousy and lies that they must sail to the very ends of the earth to find forgiveness.

RATING: Madly in love with it! I will read it again someday.

LEAD: Discovered author and series through readers recommendations on Goodreads

DARK ARTS ELEMENTS:

BDSM, Bondage, Captive, Dark M/M Fantasy, Kidnapping, Kink, M/M Dark Erotica, M/M/M Erotica,Ménage, Rough Sex, Slave

BUY LINKS: 

Amazon Kindle Unlimited | ARe   

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Artist, Writer, Dog Lover – http://www.beydeckard.com

Born and raised in a small coastal town in northern Québec, Bey spent his early summers on his uncle’s boat and running wild on the beaches of the surrounding islands, lighting fires and building huts out of driftwood and fishermen’s nets. As an adult, he eventually made his way to university and earned a degree in Art History with a strong focus on Anthropology. Primarily a portrait painter and graphic artist, Bey sat down one day and decided to start writing.

Bey currently lives in the wilds of Montréal with his best buddy, a ridiculous, spotty pit bull named Murphy.

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The less formal version goes a little like this:

Educated in Art, History, and Anthropology. Worked mostly in the software industry. Currently an author and freelance graphic designer. Painter. Proud pit bull owner. I’m told I’m one helluva cook.

Started to write in 2014. Love it. Will keep doing it until I stop.

I mainly read KGB/CIA thrillers, science fiction, fantasy, horror, graphic novels, medical texts, nautical history

 

Review: Deep Desire (The Deep Series #1) by Z.A. Maxfield #MMFantasy

TITLE: Deep DesireDeep Desire (Deep, #1)

SERIES: The Deep Series #1

AUTHOR: Z.A. Maxfield

PUBLISHER: Samhain Publishing, Ltd

LENGTH: 202 Pages

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There’s no leverage like seduction…until love takes a bite of his plans.

Deep, Book 1

As the Indiana Jones of historical erotica, there is no document existing—or just rumored to exist—Adin Tredeger can’t unearth. Why he would risk the biggest coup of his career to join the mile-high club is beyond him. But the disarming, dark-eyed man who somehow enters Adin’s locked airplane washroom has him completely nude and coming apart. All without a whimper of protest.

From that moment, Adin and Donte Fedelta engage in an international battle of wit and cunning. The prize—a priceless, 500-year-old journal with illustrations so erotic it could make the Marquis de Sade blush.

Yet Donte’s desire for the journal goes far beyond simple possession. The undead nobleman wrote it. And he’s not above using every trick in his otherworldly arsenal—including seduction—to get it back.

Chemistry draws them together even as fortune tugs them apart. But when a third party joins the chase, they must unite to fight an enemy with a deadly goal—to erase Donte from history.

This book is a rerelease of a previously published book, with substantial rewrites. This title was originally released as Notturno

Warning: This product contains one cocky college professor, one centuries-old vampire who is out to show him who’s at the top of the food chain, and red wine. Because it goes so well with humble pie.

REVIEW:

Adin is transporting a rare and valuable erotic book. When he boards an airplane he is accosted by a gorgeous man named Dante in the bathroom. Dante is very forward and after taking him in the small cramped space, bites him, and informs him of his intentions to take the book. Adin later learns that Dante is a vampire and also the author of the book. Despite the drama and danger Dante brings his way, Adin finds himself falling for his new vampire friend.

I enjoyed this book. I liked Adin’s character and I loved the idea of an immortal author coming to claim his property. Though I wasn’t particularly moved by the relationship between Adin and Dante, I was pleased with the emotional happy ending. This is the first book I’ve read by Z.A. Maxfield and I’ll certainly read more. I recommend this book to anyone who loves dark fantasy with vampires.

I received a copy of this book from Indigo Marketing in exchange for an honest review.

RATING: I liked it!

DARK ARTS CATEGORIES:

Bewitching, Biting, Blood & Gore, Dark M/M Fantasy, Dub-con, M/M Dark Erotica, Non-con, POV of Victim

BUYING LINKS: 

Amazon

 

 

 

 

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

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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: 

Anglerfish Press Amazon ARe

 

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

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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

BUYING LINKS: 

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Amazon

ARe