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When Love Takes Over

Have you read When Love Takes Over?

When love takes over

If so, you might be interested in visiting the author, Jacob Z. Flores’ blog to find out more about the Provincetown location. It’s fascinating to get an insider’s peak directly from Jacob’s perspective including pics and a video!

If you haven’t read the book yet, check out my review here.

 

 

 

 

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Serving Simon by Caitlin Ricci

Serving Simon is book one in the “Serving Simon” series.

Serving SimonServing Simon by Caitlin Ricci

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

The Blurb…

Simon has an offer for his stressed out roommate, but is this stubborn sub already too far gone for Simon’s methods?

Max’s high pressure job as a surgeon is getting to him and he’s starting to suffer for it. His roommate Simon has a solution for him, but is Max ready to give up control or will this Dom have to work for it?

Simon’s not used to dealing with such stubborn subs, but he can’t sit back and let Max’s health and sanity continue to decline in the name of his work. Enough is enough already and if Max doesn’t accept what he’s offering, then Simon might just have to come up with something even more drastic.

But when a night of passion between these two strong willed men exposes Simon’s secrets, it might be he who has to learn to trust and let go of the control he so desperately seeks.

So what did I think?

“As I was saying,” Simon said, his voice soft in the near darkness, “I want control.”
Max gulped, watching him in the moonlight streaming in from his open curtains. “Of what?”
His mouth turned up into a smile and Max froze, both dreading and needing the answer all at once. “Why, Max, that’s simple.” He took a breath. “I want to control…..you.”

Okay, I had some questions. Why was the head of surgery needing a roommate? Why did the roommate need to be there? But really, none of this mattered too much as the story just focused on the here and now as Simon helps Max deal with his stress levels using his unique methods.

The two men share quite an interesting dynamic and it is fascinating to watch Max respond to Simon, his physical response versus his thought process. Yes, there is some light bondage and sex but the focus is on Max trusting Simon and the emotional side of giving up control NOT on whips and pain.

Just when things were starting to heat up there’s a bit of twist near the end of this story. I don’t want to say what it is but if you peak at my Goodreads bookshelves  or tagging it will give you a clue! 🙂

I felt Max’s reaction to the revelations and easy acceptance was a bit unrealistic particularly given his medical background and felt the ending was somewhat rushed. I was left wondering – what does this mean? what happens next? Tell me more…..

This is the first book in a series so I guess I will need to read the next one to find out more (although I’m not 100% sure what the next one is about!)

Overall, I was drawn into this story but felt a little let down at the end as things wrapped up too quickly, hopefully something that the second book will remedy. 🙂

3.5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the author. Thank you Caitlin for the opportunity to read and provide my honest review.

To find out more about Caitlin Ricci and her books check out her website.

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★★★★ Waiting for a Prince by K.C. Wells ★★★★

Island Tales

  • Waiting for a Prince (book #1) – in this review
  • September’s Tide (book #2) – expected publication Sept 2013

Waiting for a Prince (Island Tales #1)Waiting for a Prince by K.C. Wells

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Blurb…

When trainee hairdresser Mark sees Sam for the first time in the salon, it’s lust at first sight. Sam is Mark’s living, breathing fantasy guy. He couldn’t be more perfect. Of course, there’s the tiny, insignificant detail that Sam has a girlfriend. Hell….. A chance meeting on Mark’s favourite beach brings the two men together, and Mark finds himself with a new friend. As they spend more time together, Mark grows to see Sam less as an object for his lust and more as someone who just… fits. But falling in love with your new best friend—especially when he’s straight—is bound to bring heartache in the end.

Sam likes Mark. As in, he really likes him. And he’d like to get to know him even better. But Sam has secrets. There are things going on in his life that he can’t bring himself to tell Mark about, because the shame Sam feels is too much to bear, and not something he ever wants to share with another living soul. And if Mark ever finds out how Sam really feels about him, and the fact that he’s lied to him…. Sam can’t take that chance.

Then one drunken night in the pub changes everything…

So what did I think?

This is a lovely story. It is emotional and touches on some serious issues but also with some fabulous sex scenes between the wonderful leading men! There were a couple of elements to this story that made this book stand out from other friends-to-lovers stories.

Mark is a trainee hairdresser and not totally satisfied with his life. He lives in a small town without much chance of meeting his ‘Mr. Right’ and so far has only experienced casual hook ups when he travels to seek these out. When he sees Sam, who is accompanying his girlfriend to a salon appointment, he feels immediate attraction. When they later meet by chance at the beach, the two men start up a friendship.

What I loved was the way Mark’s attraction was handled and how he responded to Sam. Yes, he thought Sam was gorgeous but it was actually Sam’s personality that was most attractive to Mark. “He liked Sam. During their time together, he’d come to see him less as on object of lust and more as a warm, personable young man who was easy to get along with.” Mark wasn’t portrayed as a shallow man, just after sex. Rather he had strong morals which he would not sacrifice just for a quickie even when the opportunity was presented to him.

Mark struggles with his attraction to Sam, knowing they can’t be more than friends. But Sam has his own secrets and there is a lot more behind his relationship with his girlfriend than meets the eye. At first I was wary of the typical bitch girlfriend but this story isn’t quite what you expect.

Oh, and one thing I did question was Sam’s tattoo placement, nipple piercings and Prince Albert. For some reason they seemed unexpected for someone so sexually inexperienced and they immediately screamed gay to me (surprise!). Guess I am just stereo-typing! 🙂

4 Stars

To find out more about K.C. Wells and her books visit her website.

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