Review: Ravel (Ripples in the Status Quo #2) by R.Phoenix #Dystopia #MM

TITLE: Ravel: A Ripples in the Status Quo StoryRavel: A Ripples in the Status Quo Story

SERIES:  Ripples in the Status Quo #2

AUTHOR:  R. Phoenix

PUBLISHER: Phoenix Publications

LENGTH: 81 Pages


Revised & expanded edition as of 3/22/16. Please note that content, publisher, and other aspects of the work have changed.

For the past few years, Reese has hidden away in his home, refusing to venture out where he might have to face what reminds him of all that he’s lost. When Ashton, a human thief, breaks into his home one night, he doesn’t have a choice but to face the harsh truths of the world he’s turned his back on. He knows he supports the society monsters of myth and lore built upon the backs of humans through his silence, but the new leaders don’t tolerate sympathizers.

If a werewolf can’t act against the status quo without facing severe consequences, a human with Ashton’s cunning and experience circumventing supernatural predators certainly can’t risk drawing their attention. Their chance encounter leaves them both shaken and questioning whether they are living life as they were intended—or if surviving is really living at all.

Ravel is approximately 23,600 words (excluding front/back matter).


The Ripples in the Status Quo works are set within a world where supernatural beings seized control from humans and relegated them to the bottom of the food chain. Used for food, entertainment, and worse, nothing protects them from the hands of those who claim them as slaves. But not everyone adheres to the status quo the world at large has accepted…

Please note that the RISQ world has little place for humanity–and the author’s idea of romance may not match yours. As such, there are no guarantees of happily ever afters, and content may be offensive to some readers.

The suggested reading order is below, though these works can be read as standalones.

1. Bought. [Dark Erotica]
2. Ravel. [Romance]
3. Recoil. [Dark Erotic Romance]
4. Owned. [Dark Erotic Romance. Follows events in Bought and Recoil.]

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Supernatural beings have taken over, and by virtue of being human, Ashton is forced to live in the slums where he has to steal for food. The book begins when Ashton goes into a supernatural neighborhood and enters a house with the intention of steeling something so he could get enough money to help his sick friend. However, before he can make it out of the house, he’s caught by a werewolf named Reece. Ashton knows he’s in grave danger, and though it’s wrong, he cannot help but be drawn to the sexy werewolf. When Reece shows Ashton kindness instead of striking him down or enslaving him, Ashton is drawn to him even more. Though loving one another is breaking every law in their world where humans are lower than dirt, it doesn’t stop them from falling into each other’s arms.

This book was a fantastic shifter romance. I especially loved the torturous world they exist in. Everything has crumbled for humans—their rights are taken and many are forced into slavery. I like how Ashton’s desperation feels so real, and how despite loosing everything, he still has not lost his will to fight. Even when faced with a being that could crush him, he is still courageous. He has the strength to realize he doesn’t have to hate Reece due to what other supernaterals did to him and the human race. Ashton and Reece should be enemies with no compassion for one another, but Reece’s kindness wins Ashton over. Overall, this book was dark, but also extremely moving and romantic. I recommend Ravel to anyone who loves dystopia, m/m romance, and m/m shifter fantasy.

RATING: I loved it!


Dark M/M Fantasy, M/M Erotic Romance




Spotlight: Strength of the Pack (The Tameness of the Wolf #1) by Kendall McKenna #Erotica #MMRomance

TITLE:     Strength of the Pack Strength of the Pack (The Tameness of the Wolf #1)

SERIES:     The Tameness of the Wolf #1

AUTHOR:     Kendall McKenna


LENGTH:     336 Pages


A Marine werewolf and his commander bring legends to life while surviving combat deployment in Afghanistan.

Lieutenant Lucas Young doesn’t know much about shifters. When Sergeant Noah Hammond is assigned to Lucas’ platoon, the Marine Corps’ True Alpha werewolf challenges the Lieutenant’s authority and his self-control. As Lucas learns to dominate and command Noah, he struggles against a strong attraction and deepening emotional bond. During their combat deployment to Afghanistan, Lucas and Noah begin mirroring legendary partnerships. Their bond and their power grow as they survive dangerous combat and ambushes. When one of them is wounded in battle, they both must embrace the strength of their bond before they lose each other forever.

RATING:  I loved it!


Biting, Humiliation, M/M Erotica, M/M Fantasy


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Kendall McKenna is an author of M/M erotic romance novels featuring well-developed characters, complex stories, and realistic action sequences.

Kendall McKenna is the MLR Press 2013 Author of the Year. Her first work of fiction was written at the worldly age of nine, and was a transformative work that expanded on the story told in a popular song of the time.

She tried her hand at vampire and cowboy fiction, winning high school poetry and short story contests along the way. It wasn’t until she discovered the world of m/m erotic fiction and found her stride with cops, Marines and muscle cars, that she felt inspired to share her stories with readers who enjoy the same things.

Putting herself through college by working in a newly-created HIV testing clinic in her local Department of Health, introduced Kendall to the gay and lesbian community. Understanding and empathy has made her a lifetime advocate of GLBT issues.

A brief bout of unemployment gave Kendall the time and focus she needed to finally produce a novel worth submitting for publication. Her first novel, Brothers In Arms , introduced the world to her authentic military stories and characters. Kendall’s second novel, Strength of the Pack, was nominated for a 2013 Bookie Award, by Author’s After Dark.

Kendall was born and raised in Southern California, where she still lives and works. A non-conventional relationship has kept her happy for the last decade. Her four dogs enjoy it when she writes, as she sits still long enough for them to curl up around her.


Review: Ezekiah by Lisa Henry #DarkErotica #Fantasy #MM @LisaHenryOnline

TITLE: Ezekiah 

AUTHOR:  Lisa Henry

PUBLISHER: Goodreads BDSM Group’s “Bound by Ink” 

LENGTH: 98 Pages


In the shifter world, submission means something different than it does to humans.
Ezekiah Sadler is an omega who doesn’t want to be claimed.
Parker Ellis is an alpha who needs to make the omega his.
Ezekiah’s wolf might submit to the first alpha who claims him, but Ezekiah wants more than that. If Parker can see past old prejudices, he might find his omega is more than he expected, and exactly what he needs.

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This book was both thrilling and hot. The story begins when Ezekiah is out in the world on his own and not bound to any pack. Since he’s an omega, things are a little dangerous for him, but he keeps out of trouble by avoiding wolf territory.  However, when circumstances lead him into danger, Ezekiah must run for his life or be claimed against his will by an alpha. Ezekiah is rescued by another alpha named Parker, but Parker’s reputation would be on the line if he let a stray omega go without marking and claiming him.

I really loved this book. I’ve read some other wolf shifter books, but this was by far the best. I loved how Ezekiah struggles to be independent even though his wolf wants to be dominated and knotted by an alpha. The struggle makes the relationship between Parker and Ezekiah extremely tense and erotic. When Ezekiah’s desires finally agrees with his wolf’s, the union between him and his alpha is amazing. I recommend this book to anyone who loves m/m dark erotica, m/m shifter fantasy, and m/m romance.

RATING: Loved it!


Biting, Captive, Dark M/M Fantasy, Dub-con, Enemies to Lovers, M/M Dark Erotica, Non-con


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Spotlight: Tame a Wild Human by Kari Gregg #DarkErotica #MMFantasy

TITLE:  Tame a Wild Human Tame a Wild Human

AUTHOR:   Kari Gregg


LENGTH:  71 Pages


Drugged, bound, and left as bait on the cusp of the lunar cycle, Wyatt Redding is faced with a terrifying set of no-win scenarios. Best case: he survives the coming days as a werewolf pack’s plaything and returns to the city as a second-class citizen with the mark — and protection — of the pack. Worst case: the wolves sate their lusts with Wyatt’s body, then send him home without their protection, condemning him to live out the rest of his short life as a slave to the worst of humanity’s scorn and abuse.

Wyatt’s only chance is to swallow every ounce of pride, bury his fear, and meekly comply with every wicked desire and carnal demand the wolf pack makes of him. He expects three days of sex and humiliation. What he doesn’t expect is to start enjoying it. Or to grow attached to his captor and pack Alpha, Cole.

As the lunar cycle ends, Wyatt begins to realize that the only thing to fear more than being sent home without the pack’s protection is being sent home at all.


RATING:  I really liked it!


Abuse, Biting, Bondage, Captive, Dark M/M Fantasy, Drugging, Dub-con, Enemies to Lovers, Forced Seduction,Kidnapping, M/M Dark Erotica, Non-con, Non-consensual BDSM, POV of Victim, Rough Sex, Stockholm Syndrome


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Kari Gregg lives in the mountains of Wild and Wonderful West Virginia with her Wonderful husband and three very Wild children. When Kari’s not writing, she enjoys reading, coffee, zombie flicks, coffee, naked mud-wrestling (not really), and . . . coffee!

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