★★★★ An Unlocked Heart by K.C. Wells ★★★★

An Unlocked Heart is the first of the Collars and Cuffs stories and is a fabulous start to the series. I can’t wait for number two – definitely looking forward to seeing some more of Thomas!


An Unlocked Heart (Collars and Cuffs, #1)An Unlocked Heart by K.C. Wells

4 out of 5 stars

The Blurb…

Since the death of his submissive lover two years ago, Leo hasn’t been living—merely existing. He focuses on making Collars & Cuffs, a BDSM club in Manchester’s gay village, successful. That changes the night he and his business partner have their weekly meeting at Severinos. Leo can’t keep his eyes off the new server. The shy man seems determined to avoid Leo’s gaze, but that’s like a red rag to a bull. Leo loves a challenge.

Alex Daniels works at Severinos to scrape together the money to move out on his own. He struggles with coming out, but he’s drawn to Leo, the gorgeous guy with the icy-blue eyes who’s been eating in his area nearly every night.

Leo won’t let Alex’s hesitance get in the way. He even keeps him away from the club so as not to scare him. And as for telling Alex that Leo is a Dom? Not a good idea. One date becomes two, but date two leads to Leo’s bedroom… and Alex discovers things about himself he never realized—and never wanted anyone to see.

So what did I think?

This was a beautiful story of two men fulfilling an emotional need in the other.

Alex is extraordinarily shy and his character is portrayed brilliantly. His mannerisms, actions and dialogue show him to be a naturally submissive person in all aspects of his life. His submissiveness does not feel forced, rather a part of his inner nature.

Leo is also portrayed very naturally. He is a dominant but also a man with a broken heart, grieving for lost love.

The way the two men come together is gentle. There are doubts on both sides but they are drawn together and compliment each other wonderfully. I enjoyed the building of the relationship and thought the use of Alex’s diary entries was a unique and cute way of seeing the relationship evolve over time and move the story along.

There are dramas caused by an interfering jealous submissive, a bit of blackmail, unloving parents and a great cast of secondary characters. I am very much looking forward to book 2 in the series!

It is so very interesting to read a book that provides lists of other authors and books. It must be a real tribute to those authors to be called out by this author in her own book! My own To-Be-Read pile got a few additions! Although one certain book did get pulled up for its inaccurate portrayal of the D/s lifestyle but I won’t go there…..

4 Stars

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★★★★★ Guarded Desires by Lexxie Couper

This is the third book in the Heart of Fame series and is the first m/m romance. I loved the book, even more so than the first book in the series, but I think I am probably a bit impartial as I have a definite preference for m/m! 🙂

Guarded Desires (Heart of Fame, #3)Guarded Desires by Lexxie Couper

My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

The Blurb…

“Desire like this wasn’t in the script…”

Small-screen sex symbol Chris Huntley is on the fast track to becoming the next big action-blockbuster movie star. When his latest movie takes him to Australia for a red-carpet premiere, he thinks he’s ready for anything.

But nothing could have prepared him for his raw, carnal response to his Aussie bodyguard. Sexual attraction to a man is a first for Chris. Now he realizes why his relationships with women have never felt quite…complete.

Liev Reynolds is comfortable with his bisexuality, but his attraction to Chris is an inconvenience he must ignore. For starters, there’s his professional ethics. Then there’s the long trail of female broken hearts in Chris’s wake.

Hard as they both try to keep their minds on their jobs, desire and a little matchmaking tip them over the edge. But Hollywood endings aren’t real life. And when the truth leaks out, their careers aren’t the only collateral damage.

Warning: A hunky Hollywood sex symbol. A smoldering, stubborn Australian. A desire so powerful it cannot be denied. A kiss. And a photograph. This “isn’t” your normal boy-meets-boy story.

So what did I think?

“A desire and need and hunger that changed everything. Everything.”

I absolutely loved this book – it pressed all the right buttons and was just what I was in the mood for!

For some reason (probably wanting to believe in fairytales), I adore stories where a famous person falls for an ordinary guy. Ok, so Liev wasn’t exactly your run-of-the-mill guy, at least not where I hang out “…a six foot three bi-sexual firefighting bodyguard…” but I’m sure you get the gist.

Chris is an actor with a high rating TV show and a new blockbuster action movie about to be released. He is in Australia for the premiere. Chris has a reputation as a real ladies man and has never been attracted to another man. That all changes when he meets Liev, the bodyguard assigned to watch over him for the week in Sydney.

Liev was a gorgeous character – sexy, protective, caring. He wanted to do the right thing by Chris and I just wanted him to get his so well deserved happy ending.

What I most liked about this story was Chris’ reaction to his attraction to Liev. He is wildly turned on but it isn’t purely a physical attraction. “It had little to do with Liev’s sexy Australian accent and everything to do with the way Chris felt…complete when the man was near him. Not just safe, complete. Which only confused Chris more. He hadn’t realised he wasn’t whole until then.”
But there is no doubting their chemistry and the sex is hot – it is raw, hard and passionate – and there is no holding Chris back, even if he’s never had this type of sex before.

The direction the story took was pleasantly surprising, NOT falling into the standard plot line of the celebrity running from being found out to be gay. Of course things don’t go smoothly. Firstly there are all the problems associated with the men acknowledging they should be together and finally the problems trying to sort out the future.

My only concern with the story was the role Chris’ PA Bethany played in bringing the men together. I really liked her character but never fully understood her true motivation for bringing Chris and Liev together. I’m glad she did but the tactics she used just didn’t seem to fit with the professional assistant she appeared as – she didn’t even call Chris by his first name so her actions were very surprising.

Actor, bodyguard, action, drama, sexual chemistry….4.5 stars!

5 Stars

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