Chasing the King of the Mountains by T.A. Chase & Devon Rhodes

International Men of Sports series

Come with us around the world as the men who compete in their country’s most popular sports find that, although it’s not always easy to win in the game of love, it’s the only victory worth having.

  • A Sticky Wicket in Bollywood (book #1)
  • Chasing the King of the Mountains (book #2) 
  • At First Touch (book #3) – due for release in August 2013

Chasing the King of the MountainsChasing the King of the Mountains 

My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

The Blurb…

Pascal might be chasing the title of King of the Mountains, but will he realise in time that Laurent is chasing him?

Pascal Durant, one of the best mountain riders in the cycling world, was about to finally win his first polka dot jersey denoting him King of the Mountains in the Tour de France. Then he suffered a horrific accident that left him unable to complete the race. In his forties and fighting chronic injuries, he knows he only has one more shot at the top.

Laurent Desrochers, an internationally known reporter, hears about his dear friend’s crash and watches a moving viral video of Pascal, bloodied yet unbowed, congratulating the winner. When Pascal tells him he’s going to do the Tour one last time, Laurent decides to convince his network to let him follow Pascal on his quest.

Friends for a decade, they had never thought of the other as more. Pascal’s focus on his sport and poor taste in men has never produced a long-term relationship. And Laurent’s constant travel causes a rift between him and his fiancé Jan that proves insurmountable.

Laurent finally realises his ideal partner has been in front of him all along. Can he pull Pascal’s focus from his goal long enough for him to know he’s being chased…and let Laurent catch him?

So what did I think?

Chasing the King of the Mountains has everything needed for a spectacular story – friendship, love, passion, drama and triumph over adversity!

The story brings together two men who have been friends for ten years.

Pascal is a champion rider who is terribly injured in one of his last attempts to complete the Tour de France. His accident is very reminiscent of the horrific accident that happened to Hoogerland in 2011. The Hoogerland crash

Not only is he physically injured but he loses the opportunity to win the jersey he had been chasing, to win “King of the Mountain”. He bravely decides to compete one last time which will be a tremendous challenge given his age and injuries.

Laurent is not only his best friend but is a journalist. He believes that Pascal’s story is inspiring and will be of great interest to many and so he and his film crew join Pascal to follow his progress as he tries to win King of the Mountain.

Laurent has his own issues with a failing relationship. I loved the way both men handled themselves during this time and was very glad there was no cheating involved. “Laurent had never once cheated on a partner, even emotionally, much less physically.” Pascal acts as a true friend offering support “…Pascal had still tried to encourage him with no hint of anything self-serving, only the support of a caring friend.” But eventually the way is paved for the men to be together.

So, as Pascal pursues his dream of winning the jersey, Laurent chases his dream of winning Pascal. Drama, excitement, steamy sex as we follow the race to a happy ending.

“While the jersey and title were his career’s greatest achievement, his lifetime achievement was falling in love with Laurent, and being able to spend the rest of his retired life with the man.”

4.5 stars
5 Stars


To find out more about T.A Chase and her books, visit her website.

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Duck! (Avian Shifters #1) by Kim Dare

The Avian Shifters series:

  • Duck! (book #1)
  • Magpie (book #2)

Duck! (Avian Shifters, #1)Duck! by Kim Dare

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

The Blurb…

A modern day M/M, BDSM retelling of The Ugly Ducking Fairy Tale using avian shifters.

Raised among humans, Ori Jones only discovered he was an avian shifter six months ago. Unable to complete a full shift until he reaches his avian maturity, he still can’t be sure of his exact species.

But with species comes rank, and rank is everything to the avians. When a partial shift allows the elders to announce that they believe Ori to be a rather ugly little duckling, he drops straight to the bottom rung of their hierarchy.

Life isn’t easy for Ori until he comes to the attention of a high ranking hawk shifter. Then the only question is, is Ori really a duck—and what will his new master think when the truth eventually comes out?

So what did I think?

Based on the title alone, or even the blurb, I would not have chosen to read this book but I am glad that I ignored my initial thoughts and paid more attention to the glowing reviews instead. I bought this book months and months ago and it has been sitting on the Kindle unread (as has the second book in the series Magpie). I kept seeing it cropping up all over the place so finally decided to read it.

This book appears on over a dozen Goodreads lists with a lot of votes in each category (placement current as the time I write this review). For example: Best Gay Slave – 1st, Best Gay Shifter – 4th, Best Gay Book Based on Fairytales – 2nd, Best Gay BDSM – 7th, Best Gay Romance Published in 2010 – 7th, so it was definitely time for me to give it a try!

For a fairytale-based book about avian shifters (which sounded really strange to me!), I really enjoyed this book, much more than I thought I would. The characters were really well developed. The avian shifter element was relevant in terms of where each species fit in the avian ranks and therefore what behaviour was expected but it was largely irrelevant to Ori and Raynard – the development of the relationship between them seemed so effortless, built on their natural instincts and desires.

I enjoyed the way the master/submissive relationship was presented and the deep emotional tie each man felt towards the other and the turning point that came with the ‘blood in the dining room’ incident.
“The most valuable possession my master owns is his submissive. I will take great care that no harm comes to my master’s submissive whenever he is not there to watch over me himself.”

It was fascinating to see the turn of events once Ori had experienced his first full shift and his true species was identified and I loved the eventual outcome. I didn’t even mind the couple of times in the book when the characters shifted as it really fitted with the flow of the story (I was sort of expecting to be put off by the change from human form to a bird!).

So all-in-all, I am really pleased I tried something a different! 3.5 stars

4 Stars

To find out more about Kim Dare and her books, visit her website.

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