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

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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: 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,

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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.

 

Review: The Necromancer’s Dance (The Beacon Hill Sorcerer #1) by S.J. Himes #MM @WriterSJHimes

TITLE: The Necromancer’s DanceThe Necromancer's Dance (The Beacon Hill Sorcerer, #1)

SERIES:  The Beacon Hill Sorcerer #1

AUTHOR:  SJ Himes

PUBLISHER: Self Published

LENGTH: 212 Pages

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In a world where magic is real and evil walks amongst humanity, a young sorcerer is beset upon by enemies, both old and new. Angelus Salvatore is the only necromancer in all of Boston, and his name is whispered warily by the undead and fellow sorcerers alike. He and his brother Isaac are the lone survivors of an attack by an army of the undead, in which Angel used a spell so powerful it forever marked his place in history. Now, years later, Angel struggles to balance his career as a teacher of the higher magical arts, his role as big brother, and a tenuous relationship with an Elder vampire from the local clan. When his brother’s boyfriend is used as a pawn in a mysterious plot to draw Angel out, Angel is once again pulled back into the old hostilities that fueled the Blood Wars and led to his family’s death.

Leaning on others for help is something Angel cannot do, and while he searches for clues into who may be targeting him and his brother, Angel finds his heart steadily growing occupied with Simeon, Elder and vampire. Dealing with death magic and vampires on a daily basis may leave Angel jaded when it comes to life and staying that way, but the more time he spends fending off the ancient vampire’s attention and affections, the more he realizes he wants to give in.

Can Angel find out who wants him dead, and keep his heart safe in the process? How can he fall for a vampire, when his whole family was torn apart by an army of the undead?

Death stalks the streets of Boston’s historic Beacon Hill….and there is no one more suited to battle against death than a necromancer.

MATURE CONTENT Contains graphic violence, male/male sexual contact, a cranky necromancer, a sexy Irish vampire, and a pesky demon.

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REVIEW:

The Necromancer’s Dance begins when the powerful necromancer, Angel, is attacked by several vampires in a bar. Angel’s slight build makes him seem at first glance like someone who can be dominated, but his magic is so strong that he can easily bring the vampires to their knees as well as take out everyone in the bar. However, before it gets to that point, the vampire elder, Simeon, comes forward to negotiate. Even though Angel doesn’t trust him entirely, Angel cannot hide his attraction to the vampire. When it becomes clear that someone with a grudge is out to kill Angel, they end up working together to uncover the mystery and confront the creature that wants Angel dead.

I really enjoyed this book. I found the writing engaging and I immediately loved the characters. I’m not usually fond of reading mysteries and detective books, but all the magic in this world drew me in from the start. I loved how Angel, a slight figured beauty, is so feared by all the vampires and how he’s confident in his ability to call the shots. At the same time, Simeon’s character is an extremely hot and debonair vampire. Considering their natures, they should be enemies, but instead they have sizzling chemistry and are perfect together. Overall, this book is great. This was the first thing I’ve read from SJ Himes, but I’ll definitely be reading more. I recommend this book to anyone who likes m/m romance and dark m/m fantasy with vampires, demons and necromancers.

RATING: I liked it!

DARK ARTS CATEGORIES: 

Dark M/M Fantasy, MurderGraphic Violence

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MM Dark Erotica + BDSM Authors on Kindle Unlimited #MM #Erotica #LPRTG

Since Kindle Unlimited first came into being, a lot of m/m authors have joined. However, it’s recently come to my attention that it’s not always easy to find authors who write m/m dark erotica and dark BDSM on KU.  This is my first stab at putting together a list and by no means comprehensive. So, if you know of other m/m dark erotica authors, please feel free to comment. Thanks and enjoy! ~JJ

Adrienne Wilder (Dark Erotica/BDSM ~ Everything on KU)

Bey Deckard  (Dark Themes/BDSM ~ 10 Books on KU – FOR A LIMITED TIME!)

K.A. Merikan (Dark Themes/Kink ~ 39 Books on KU)

 

Brina Brady (BDSM ~ Everything on KU)

Kora Knight (BDSM ~ Everything on KU)

Brad Vance (Some Dark Themes ~ Everything on KU-FOR A LIMITED TIME!)

Kol Anderson (Dark Erotica ~ Everything on KU)

Lia Black (Dark Erotica ~ 2 Books on KU)

Nicholas Bella (Dark Erotica ~ Everything on KU)

 

 

Review: The Last Nights of the Frangipani Hotel by Bey Deckard #Erotica #MM @BeyDeckard

TITLE: The Last Nights of the Frangipani HotelThe Last Nights of The Frangipani Hotel (The Actor's Circle #2)

SERIES:  The Actor’s Circle #2

AUTHOR:  Bey Deckard

PUBLISHER: Self-Published

LENGTH: 79 Pages

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Novella (23 000 words)
Genre(s): Out for you, Contemporary, Romance, Erotica

All James wanted was a little solitude at his favourite resort: bright sunshine overhead, soft, white sand underfoot, and a hammock to read in while the warm breeze rustles through the coconut palms and almond trees. However, when an old acquaintance shows up, and James is obliged to share “his” beach, a profound exchange over a bottle of rum leads to a lust-fuelled encounter in the dark.

Reeling from the intensity of the drunken tryst, James decides to cut his vacation short rather than face what he’s kept hidden under mountains of denial.

However, his escape is thwarted when Rudie, handsome and plainspoken, calls him out on his behaviour and makes him see that life needn’t be spent running away from his desires.

Set at a rundown old resort on a small Caribbean island, The Last Nights of The Frangipani Hotel is a story about letting go of fear and learning that passion and love can be found in the most unexpected of places.

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REVIEW:

This book really pulled on my heart strings. It was hot, but also so very romantic. The story begins when James realizes he’s sharing his secluded beach with another guy, Rudie, who happens to be an actor like himself. He’s irritated at first but after drinking and reminiscing, they end up in bed together. James feels bad about it afterward. He’s had encounters with men before, but he’s far from being out and still feels guilty. Rudie puts him at ease and helps James to feel more comfortable about himself and his sexuality. Their vacation is highly erotic, but also changes something fundamental in James.

This is the type of book that when you put it down, you just can’t read anything else for a while. It gave me such a warm feeling that I wanted the story not to end. I loved how James grew and how he learned to accept himself, and I especially loved the ending. I really was worried for a while about how things would turn out, but with how it ended, I couldn’t ask for anything better. This book was a standalone, but there was a nice little tie in with the first book in this series that made me smile. Though I started reading Bey Deckard’s books for the dark fantasy aspects, I admit to being equally enthralled with his romantic works. I look forward to reading future installments of The Actor’s Circle. I recommend this book to anyone who loves coming out/self-discovery themes and m/m romance.

RATING: Crazy about it!

DARK ARTS CATEGORIES: 

Erotica (Not Dark), M/M Erotica

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