Finding Master Right by L.A. Witt

Finding Master RightFinding Master Right by L.A. Witt

My rating: 4.5of 5 stars

The Blurb…

It’s all fun and games until somebody falls in love.

Chase has just arrived at a much anticipated leather convention, and he’s about to lose his mind. Not only is his ex attending, but Chase is also rooming with Derek, a submissive he’s been dying to top. Although Derek is in search of a Dom, he made it painfully clear when the two of them hooked up for a very hot—but very vanilla—night just before the convention that he wasn’t interested in submitting to Chase.

Derek isn’t stupid. No matter how desperate he is to submit to Chase, he wants no part of a rebound relationship. As long as Chase is still pining after the sub who broke his heart a few months ago, Derek’s keeping him at arm’s length. Besides, there’s another Dom at this convention, the gorgeous Master Raul, who Derek is determined to attract.

But when Chase and Derek are confronted with all their kinks, from ropes to leather, bondage to flogging—not to mention each other—they can only ignore their mutual attraction for so long.

So what did I think?

“A friend of mine once said he knew he’d found the right Dom when he got down on his knees for him, and as soon as he was on his knees, he never wanted to get back up.”

This is the story of Chase, who has not fully recovered from the break up of his previous relationship, and Derek, who is desperate to fall to his knees for him.

What a perfect setting for this book! It has it all – loads of hot men in a heated environment with leather, ropes, whips, sex toys, bondage – and gorgeous characters who obviously madly desire each other! There are complexities due to inability to express feelings and past lovers on the scene to cause some dramas.

The characters are wonderful. Firstly Chase (I always love a character named Chase!) who wants Derek to submit to him but needs closure on his relationship with his past submissive first. And Derek, who finds he can’t get Chase out of his mind.

I loved the way the characters were able to have sexual encounters with other people so long as the other was involved, even if the other was only observing. This seemed to really fit the plot and characters, rather than a forced scenario where they suddenly became monogomous to show their love. And this really seemed to fit with what Derek was looking for in a master, someone he’d be prepared to be collared for. “I just can’t find the Master Right who knows damn well that when he lets me off the leash, I’ll come back, but who will still clip me to it enough to make me feel like I’m still his, you know?”

Great story with an interesting plot and emotional element balanced with some very, hot and well written scenes of dominance and submission.

Now I just need to find out where the nearest and next Leather Convention is being held and make plans to attend……

4.5 stars

5 Stars

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Short stories from the DSP 2013 Daily Dose: Make a Play (PART 3)

The Daily Dose from Dreamspinner Press is a collection of themed short stories  released every day in June. The 2013 theme is sport.

Nothing fires the blood like a little friendly competition. Anything from a meeting of the minds to full-body contact, these men are making a play. There are no losers in the game of love.

The stories in this review include:

  • Audible by Dawn Kimberly Johnson
  • Running Away from Sunshine by Gwynn Marssen
  • Risking It by Posy Roberts
  • A Fighting Chance by Laylah Hunter
  • Contact Sport by Anna Butler
  • Hard D by Elinor Gray

Audible (2013 Daily Dose: Make a Play)Audible by Dawn Kimberly Johnson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Blurb…

Three years ago, cameraman Powell Perdue and quarterback Talbot Wojewódka called it quits, citing irreconcilable differences. Powell wanted to live honestly, while Talbot felt he couldn’t and still succeed in professional football. One knee surgery and a trade later, Talbot finds himself back in town and quarterbacking for the Raptors, a struggling expansion team. Powell’s also back, working as a cameraman for KJOC-TV, following two years in Amsterdam and a second failed relationship.

When an interview meant as a publicity play throws them into each other’s path, they’re forced to face a love that never quite died and wounds that never fully healed. For any hope at a win, they’ll have to change up the game. Talbot must brave walking through his closet door and into Powell’s arms, and Powell must risk his heart one more time by standing his ground and giving Talbot a second chance.

So what did I think?

Slightly predictable but highly enjoyable story about a closed professional quarterback and a TV cameraman.

Talbot still loves Powell and wants him back but his career means he can’t fully declare their love to the world. Powell won’t live in the closet and is trying to protect his heart at all costs.

I think I gave it an extra star just for the very public kiss the men finally share when they realise they are meant to be together no matter what.

4 Stars

Running Away From Sunshine (2013 Daily Dose: Make a Play)Running Away From Sunshine by Gwynn Marssen

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Blurb…

Nobody knows why ER resident Jake Nichols left California to move to cold and dark Calgary, Canada. Nobody knows Jake hasn’t always been a silent loner. Nobody in his new home knows he is gay, and nobody needs to know, since he doesn’t plan to let anyone in… until he meets Gabriel Montgomery, the carefree hockey player with the big blue eyes who just won’t take no for an answer when it comes to opening up and accepting the possibility of love.

So what did I think?

Overall I enjoyed this story of Jake who had been living in a world of grief for six years. It was lovely to see Gabriel start to break down his barriers and make him see that he needed to get on with living.

What I really wanted in this story story was a nice happy ending, not the outstanding issues with Gabriel where his ice hockey career determines his ability to come out.

The last paragraph was also disappointing – I could accept the HFN scenario but hated that Jake was going to visit his family without Gabriel because “But as they had agreed every time before, as long as it felt wrong, a betrayal to the memory of Sean, a betrayal to Sean’s family, who Jake would spend some time with, Gabriel should stay put, and Jake should go and conquer his demons on his own.” It had been years, surely it wouldn’t have been betrayal, particularly if his love for Gabriel was strong enough!

3 Stars

Risking It (2013 Daily Dose: Make a Play)Risking It by Posy Roberts

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Blurb…

August Farrell doesn’t have a clue how to go about finding a boyfriend. He’s eighteen, a high school senior, has barely been kissed, and the thought of flirting with a boy terrifies him. What if he gets punched? Or worse? It would be easier if he at least knew the rules of the game. Then during the state basketball tournament, August meets Luca Knutson, who flirts with him shamelessly, but is this connection worth it? Will August play it safe by sitting on the sidelines or take a chance on Luca and the freedom to love he offers?

So what did I think?

Not one of my favourites in the series but alright for a short read. The story tells of inexperienced August. He is very unsure of how he should be handling himself as a gay man. His high school sport and fear of being bullied keeps him in the closet and his lack of knowledge and shyness prevents him approaching anyone. How does he know if someone is gay or not? Should be flirt and risk being punched? Finally he takes the plunge with a good outcome.

3 Stars

A Fighting Chance (2013 Daily Dose: Make a Play)A Fighting Chance by Laylah Hunter

My rating: 2.5 of 5 stars

The Blurb…

Luis Delgado, a boxer, and Davey Taylor, an artist, live in a future when Earth is home to the destitute and the only chance for a better life is found among the colonies that orbit the once-great planet. Davey has the opportunity to make a name for himself with an art sponsorship on the Luna Minor colony, but he needs to get there first. Luis may have the answer, but it means choosing between his career and his future together with Davey.

So what did I think?

I didn’t mind reading this book because it was so short, any longer and I think I would have been disappointed. Two things let it down for me. The first was purely my own thoughts on the sci-fi theme as I’m not really a great fan – I need a strong story and brilliant characters to really enjoy the genre and I didn’t get that here. However the main disappointment for me was the relationship between the main characters. I just didn’t feel their connection. 2.5 stars

3 Stars

Contact Sport (2013 Daily Dose: Make a Play)Contact Sport by Anna Butler

My rating: 2.5 of 5 stars

The Blurb…

Jamie Connor is a charming and sexy star college hockey player. He’s not the sort of man to be dazzled by someone who speaks in long mathematical formulas and worries about strategic thinking. At least, he wasn’t that sort of man until the college dean agrees to a scrimmage match with the nerds of the Blaine Strategic Institute, and Matt Blaine, son of the founder, captains the other side. In a sport where full body checks are a legitimate play, Jamie’s taken by surprise at just how much the King of Cool wants the King of Geeks.

So what did I think?

This story had potential but just didn’t quite get there. This is the story of Jamie, sports star and all-round person extraordinaire (at least according to himself!) whose hockey team faces off with an unknown team from the ‘geeks’ college, Blaine Strategic Institute.

The story starts with lots of humour as we learn how great Jamie is – star of the hockey team, great student and popular with the girls and guys. Jamie then starts whinging about the upcoming game against the ‘nerds’. “They’re nerds. Nerds don’t do sports.” It’s quite hysterical how he stereotypes them but at the same time he is spouting off mathematical knowledge that obviously indicates that he knows his stuff too!

As per the blurb, Jamie is put off his game by his wild attraction to the captain of the ‘geek’ team “Maybe love at first sight wasn’t a myth after all.” and in his mind calls him “The Pretty One” which was quite endearing.

From here the book lost its way a bit – a quick 5 minute hook up in the supply closet and exchange of names and it was the end. There were some plot elements that weren’t fully explored such as Matt Blaine (The Pretty One) being the son of the founder of the ‘geeks’ college and Jamie and his friend applying for jobs at Blaine Enterprises. Setting up for a sequel or full length story maybe otherwise there didn’t seem much significance to me.

2.5 stars

3 Stars

Hard D (2013 Daily Dose: Make a Play)Hard D by Elinor Gray

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

The Blurb…

Ben Meyers has played Ultimate Frisbee since his first week at college, and at every tournament he comes face to face with Darius O’Neill, his favorite rival. This time, though, their good-natured competition goes off the field to the after-party and beyond, when three years of tension finally breaks open on the sheets of Darius’s dorm-issue twin bed.

So what did I think?

I started reading this story and found myself very confused. I couldn’t even work out what sport was being played and had to check the blurb to find out it was Ultimate Frisbee. The first 25% of the story is pretty much taken up with descriptions of game play (even then I still couldn’t work it out!) which I found a bit boring. Yes Make a Play is sports themed but I just wanted to get to the romance. When it did, I felt disappointed – a quick sexual encounter and an exchange of phone numbers with a promise of a date. I am not quite sure what I was expecting but I wanted to see more emotional connection between Ben and Darius. This story was only ok for me and maybe would be better suited to a fan of the game.

2 Stars

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The Men of Holsum College: Books 2 & 3 by Daisy Harris

From the author: Holsum College is your average liberal arts school nestled in the scenic hills of Vermont. Well—except that it has more than it’s fair share of gay and gay-curious students. Handsome and horny, Holsum College boys get into all kinds of hijinks as they text, party, make out, pretend to study, and basically act like your average university students.If you remember the days when every conversation eventually turned to sex, the walls were thin enough to hear your neighbor breath, “massage” was code for “hook-up” and every Friday night meant a new party, then Holsum College is the series for you!

This review is for books 2 and 3 in the  The Men of Holsum College series. Book 1, College Boys, was reviewed previously.

  • College Boys (Book #1)
  • Diva and the Frat Boy (Book #2)
  • Townie and the Twink (Book #3)
  • Player and the Prude (Book #4)
  • Bossy and the Brat (Book #5)
  • Pride and Politics (Book #6)
  • Genius and the Jock (Book #7)
  • My Fair Dork (Book #8)

Diva and the Frat Boy (Men of Holsum College, #2)Diva and the Frat Boy by Daisy Harris

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Blurb…

Nathaniel Reece is savvy and fierce and wouldn’t give boring-ass Greg Sanders the time of day, except Greg is the president of a fraternity Nathaniel wants to join. But once Nathaniel gets a taste of the ferocity under Greg’s cool exterior, he can’t stop himself from trying to lure the uptight frat brother out of his shell.

The face of gay life on campus and a crusader heading off to law school, Greg doesn’t see any problem with seducing the flamboyant and exciting Nathaniel. But that’s before he finds out his fraternity brothers are refusing Nathaniel’s pledge bid. Greg’s athletic and masculine and has never had to deal with the censure of his friends or the odd looks of strangers, but if he’s going to be what Nathaniel needs, he’ll have to be comfortable not just being out, but also standing out.

So what did I think?

“Nathaniel wasn’t just gay, he was a raging, bright pride parade with a rainbow-colored cherry on top.”

This is the story of the very flamboyant Nathaniel. Usually I am not so much into the flaming characters “Oh come on, Nathaniel would be the first to admit he’s flaming!” but there was something really endearing about Nathaniel.

Nathaniel and Greg made a nice couple, and although I didn’t really like their first get together, I did want them to end up together. This doesn’t happen easily though as Greg needs to battle his worry that Nathaniel is too ‘obvious’ (his frat mates judge him poorly) plus is worried about starting a relationship as he is president of the fraternity that Nathaniel wants to join. And Nathaniel tries to keep a distance from Greg, fearful that “Any time they spent together might give Greg a chance to get uncomfortable and act like an asshole. Nathaniel liked to think that Greg was too nice for that, but he knew all too well how even nice guys could be dicks.”

A nice continuation of the series.

3 Stars

Townie and the Twink (Men of Holsum College, #3)Townie and the Twink by Daisy Harris

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

The Blurb…

Insightful to a fault, Gabe Ashton knows Nick Flynn’s gay even if Nick doesn’t. And after seeing how the townie looks at his “buddy,” Gabe knows Nick is in love with a guy who’ll never love him back. So Gabe invites Nick to campus parties and to hang out with new people. But soon their friendship turns physical, and Gabe wonders if he’s in just as much denial as Nick is.

Nick’s straight—or so he’s always assumed. But he can’t deny that the things he’s doing with Gabe are hot. More than that, he likes Gabe in a way he’s never liked anyone else. Well, anyone else except his high school friend, John.

The hardest thing to give up is a fantasy, and the hardest thing to face is the truth. But if Nick wants the man standing in front of him, he’ll have to give up the one he never had.

So what did I think?

I like this one just for the title – cute and fun, just like the story!

This series is pretty easy reading including this book which has a gay-for-you theme. Gabe befriends Nick. Gabe supposedly has a finely turned gaydar and recognises that Nick is gay although Nick doesn’t think so himself.

Nick has always been a bit obsessed with his best friend John, something even his mother picks up on, but he denies his feelings are actually attraction. He continues to deny he can be attracted to men and may be gay, even when he and Gabe start a sexual relationship – it’s just guys mucking around together, isn’t it?

I liked the way Gabe was careful with Nick, letting him lead the way but I also like the way Nick was so into everything and accepting. He didn’t have doubts that being physical with Gabe was something that he wanted. It was very cute the way they are relaxed and joking during sex, making it a fun experience. “Yeah, it’s different for me, too.”..(..)..”Y’know, with you having a dick and all.” Although these are new experiences for Nick, it is also very new for Gabe as his experience of sex with Nick is like nothing he has experienced before.

A bit frustrating as Nick continues to deny his feelings but they get their in the end.

4 Stars

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