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The Doctor and the Bad Boy by R.J. Scott

Sorry for the re-post but this review was accidentally deleted!

The Ellery Mountain Series

  • The Fireman and the Cop (book 1)
  • The Teacher and the Soldier (book 2)
  • The Carpenter and the Actor (book 3) – click here for review
  • The Doctor and the Bad Boy (book 4) – in this review
  • The Paramedic and the Writer (book 5) – click here for review
  • The Barman and the SEAL (book 6)
  • The Agent and the Model – due for release 1st November 2013

The Doctor and the Bad Boy (Ellery Mountain, #4)

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The blurb…

Mitchell Ryan, the recovering alcoholic bad boy, meets Doctor Liam Wolfe, the man who shows him it’s okay to love…

No one has every understood Mitchell Askett. The bad boy. The alcoholic. The loser. Buying into the Ellery Mountain resort and placing down roots in the community for himself, his sister and his niece puts him on the radar of the Fridays and Dr. Liam Wolfe.

He realises he has friends in his new home that don’t judge him for what happened before and finally begins to escape his past. When he falls hard and fast for the Doctor he even sees a future for him in Ellery.

When his new happiness is threatened by family and by disaster he begins to lose faith, until Liam shows him it’s okay to ask for help.

So what did I think?

There is something about this whole series that gives me the warm and fuzzies!

Mitchell arrives in town, niece in tow, and is immediately thrown into drama as they make an emergency dash to the hospital. Here he meets the gorgeous Liam.

Mitch also meets the group of Ellery friends that we have come to know through the previous books “Jeez. Was anyone in this town ugly?” but even when faced with all these wonderful men, it is Liam who sparks something in him.

Mitch is a man with a past, plagued by rumour due to his alcoholism. But in reality is a strong man, taking responsibility for his actions and also taking huge responsibility for his sister and her child. I enjoyed that the story had the group of friends accepting Mitch, not judging or making him prove himself.

Liam is looking for love, wanting what is friends have. “He had to be content with what they had now. Not everyone was like Max and Finn, Daniel and Luke or Kieran and Jason. Some men came together when circumstances were right. Didn’t mean there was a happy ever after for every gay man in Ellery.” But us readers know better and of course Liam will find love!

There are some misunderstandings, there is some drama and heroics, there are confrontations. But there is also romance, sexy sex and a happy ending!

“It turned out that even an alcoholic bad boy like him deserved to love and be loved.”

4 Stars

To find out more about R.J. Scott and her books, visit her website.

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A Daring Ride by Andrew Grey

The Bullriders series:

A Daring Ride  (The Bullriders, #2)A Daring Ride by Andrew Grey

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

The Blurb…

Simon “Frizz” Frizzell sneaks away to the rodeo on weekends, and it’s not until after he wins a buckle that he tells his parents about his bull-riding. He knows they won’t approve of his choice of sport, but his parents own a Christian bookstore, and he couldn’t possibly tell them the whole truth: he’s gay. And so are some of his rodeo friends, like Dante and Ryan, and Jacky—a young man he wishes could have been more than a one-night stand. When Simon sets his sights on his dreams, he finds work with Dante and Ryan, and bumps into Jacky on the job.

Jacky Douglas is a rodeo fanatic, plain and simple. He loves the ride, and he loves the cowboys. He fell hard for Frizz when they met, and theirs was a one-night stand made in heaven. When they meet again, Jacky thinks it’s a stroke of luck. Frizz takes some convincing, but once he’s on board, they begin a relationship. The fledgling romance faces a challenge when news of it travels all the way to the one place Frizz doesn’t want it to go: his parents’ bookstore.

So what did I think?

This was a nice follow on story from A Wild Ride, introducing Simon (Frizz) and his relationship with Jacky, but also providing a glimpse into the life of Dante and Ryan.

The plot is fairly simple as Jacky, rodeo fan-boy, has a one-night stand with Frizz who has secretly entered the rodeo. Of course the one night becomes more as they meet up again when Frizz takes a job with Dante and Ryan. Together they face Simon’s coming out and acceptance of his own sexuality.

Frizz’s parents are not accepting of his desire to ride in the rodeo and it takes a lot of convincing for them to agree to him completing and moving away to train under Dante. As the owner’s of a large Christian bookstore they are even less accepting of his sexuality.

The story mixes rodeo action with the developing relationship between Frizz and Jacky. As a couple they are very sweet and supportive with lots of feelings being expressed. There’s lots of sex/’making love’ with quite a romantic and poetic quality to it.“They made love to the rhythm of the storm….”… “Nature seemed to be echoing their passion, and as Jacky reached his peak, thunder cracked and rolled, carrying their cries of passion towards the heavens.”

I liked the sweet and mushy stuff (I’m usually in the mood for this when I pick up an Andrew Grey) and I enjoyed the happy ending. I was a bit over Simon agonizing about his situation and was glad when Simon himself realised he needed to get on with this life. “I know everyone must be getting tired of me running on about this all the time.” Simon turned to Jacky. “Frankly, I’m tired of it too….” Thank goodness!

The only other feedback is in relation to the use of Simon/Frizz’s name. Frizz is Simon’s nickname and his rodeo persona. At the beginning of the story (chapters 1 and 2) he is referred to as Simon although the nickname Frizz is used sometimes in conversation. In chapter 3, Simon isn’t used at all and he is only referred to as Frizz in both narration and conversation. In chapter four, he’d gone back to being referred to as Simon, chapter five back to Frizz. I found it a bit confusing, even when he finally asked Jacky to call him “Simon”, not using his Frizz bull-rider name. Anyway, maybe it was just me but I found this to-and-froing quite noticeable.

All-in-all, this story was exactly as I expected and a pleasant way to spend an afternoon!

To find out more about Andrew Grey and his books visit his website.

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Good Boy by Anne Tenino

The Theta Alpha Gamma series:

  • Frat Boy and Toppy (book #1) – 4 stars
  • Love Hyperthetically (book #2) – 3 stars
  • Sweet Young Thang (book #3) – 3.5 stars – click here for review
  • Good Boy (book #4) – in this review

Good Boy (Theta Alpha Gamma, #4)Good Boy by Anne Tenino

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

The Blurb…

Brad “Frat Boy” Feller and Sebastian “Toppy” DeWitt have been together for nine months, and their relationship is as hot as ever. The only cloud Brad sees on their horizon is Sebastian’s stress over his thesis. And their uncertain future together after graduation. And how Sebastian sometimes takes Brad for granted. And Sebastian’s unwillingness to introduce Brad to his father.

Other than that, everything’s awesome.

All of Sebastian’s energy is currently devoted to his thesis, and getting into a top-notch PhD program. Fortunately, his boyfriend takes care of all the domestic stuff and Sebastian’s needs. Any minor strain between them will disappear and they’ll return to the status quo after Sebastian graduates. As long as nothing upsets their delicate balance in the meantime.

Then a friend Brad once had a small fling with is forced to take refuge with them, and Frat Boy and Toppy’s delicate balance topples like an elephant on a waterski. Now Sebastian has to face some truths about how he’s been treating Brad, what he wants for their future, and what he has to do to get it.

So what did I think?

I enjoy a book that allows us to revisit a couple we grew to love in earlier books in a series and that’s exactly what happens here with a quick look at Brad and Sebastian’s (Frat Boy and Toppy) relationship 9 months down the road.

It’s an interesting look at the dynamics between Brad, with his submissive nature, and Sebastian who has been largely focused on his thesis until a surge of jealousy hits.

I liked that the relationship had hit a rocky patch and they were forced to confront each other, admitting what they wanted, setting clear expectations and confirming what they meant to each other. “Maybe it was because Brad trusted him so completely or because Sebastian knew he could push things further now, but he thought it was more likely to be those words they’d said to each other. They’d said vows, regardless of whether anyone had heard them or they’d had a ceremony to aggrandize them.” Should I admit I actually had to look up ‘aggrandize’ to find out what it meant? 🙂

This is only a short book but packs in quite a bit however I still felt slightly let down. Things were resolved between Brad and Sebastian but I still felt something was missing. I’m not even sure what it was but somehow there was a lingering sense of incompleteness. But I guess wanting more is a good thing?!

To find out more about Anne Tenino and her books visit her website.

Buy Good Boy from Riptide.

 

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☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ At Piper’s Point by Ethan Day ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

At Piper's PointAt Piper’s Point by Ethan Day

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Blurb…

Ten years and many boyfriends later, Cassidy Winters finally returns to the ancestral home of his late grandmother, Sadie Hart, despite the best efforts of his father to prevent it. Cassidy’s plans of a quiet, seaside ceremony to wish a final farewell to Sadie quickly unravel. Interruptions run roughshod, beginning with Neil, who walks out of the ocean and straight into Cassidy’s bed. The dominos topple one by one when the little dog he rescues from the hounds of hell brings him to Ben, the hunky vet who rescues Cassidy right back. News of his arrival spreads faster than Cassidy’s legs, bringing his boyhood friend and first love Nate Sommers to his doorstep — leaving Cassidy spiraling into a multi-layered love snafu. As if the island wasn’t getting crowded enough for Cassidy’s good taste and bad decisions, best friends Ollie and Spencer arrive in time to witness the uninvited return of Cassidy’s most recent ex, Teddy, who’s refusing to stay dumped.

Fists fly and all hell breaks loose amid mojitos and martinis while Cassidy finds himself planning a huge party to celebrate Sadie’s life. Accusations are aimed as arguments and libidos boil over, but even through the chaos Cassidy knows exactly who he wants. While he’s certainly willing, he isn’t sure if he’s ready or able for love and life at Pipers Point.

So what did I think?

Perfection!

From the description in the blurb, I was looking forward to reading this book but what was delivered was so much more than I was expecting. This was a story about family and friends and fighting for love.

At Piper’s Point is the story of Cassidy, a man returning to his grandmother’s home for the first time in many years. Sadie had passed away years previously but it is only now that Cassidy is in a position to return. The first chapter is so evocative, filled with Cassidy’s reminiscences of his summer’s spent with Sadie. I almost felt like I was walking around the house with Cassidy as the sights and smells brought back his memories. From this moment I knew this wasn’t just a book about a summer of friends and fun but a book dealing with much deeper emotions.

Sadie, Cassidy’s grandmother, plays a large role in this book, as she did in Cassidy’s life and the lives of everyone she touched. Through memory, we get to know Sadie and the impact she had on Cassidy, how important she was to the young boy with uncaring parents. She gave him love and a home and was a huge influence on Cassidy and his actions.

The book explores Cassidy’s emotions, his feelings toward his parents and about the events of his childhood and most importantly how he finally makes the decision about his future. But through all of this there is a light-heartedness brought by the wonderful friends he has surrounded himself with and the very special love he gets from his grandmother’s friend and housekeeper, Natalie.

Cassidy seems to draw men to him and is surrounded by admirers from his first day at Piper’s Point! Between his newest conquest, his first boyfriend Nate, an ex-boyfriend who unexpectedly arrives, the local vet and his ex-lover best friends, this was not going to be a quiet summer. The tension between Cassidy and Nate is palpable as they cautiously deal with their simmering feelings while surrounded by a houseful of ex-lovers. The secondary characters are totally fabulous, particularly Ollie and Spencer. Between this group of men there is drinking, humour, flirting, fighting, sex and friendship.

Mixed in with all the partying is the emotional turmoil as Cassidy comes to terms with his true feelings and what he really wants out of life, leading to a beautiful conclusion that Sadie would have been happy to see.

A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in return for my honest review.

5 Stars

To find out more about Ethan Day and his books, visit his website.

Buy At Piper’s Point from Amazon.

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The Texas Soul series by Sara York

The Texas Soul series:

This review is for the series and as such, does not contain a lot of detail about the plot because it would be way too spoilerish! If you want to know more about the specifics of each book, check out the blurbs.

  • Texas Rough – (book #1)
  • Texas Hard – (book #2)
  • Texas Twist – (book #3)
  • Texas Branded – (book #4)
  • Texas Desire – (book #5)
  • Texas Legacy – (book #6)

Texas Rough (Texas Soul, #1) Texas Hard (Texas Soul, #2) Texas Twist (Texas Soul, #3) Texas Branded (Texas Soul, #4) Texas Legacy (Texas Soul #6)Texas Desire (Texas Soul, #5)

The Texas Soul series consists of six books which I pretty much read back to back.

The series starts with Texas Rough which focuses on one couple, Lane and Gresham, and is largely set on Gresh’s family ranch where Lane is the foreman. It also introduces another main character, Riley, who falls hard and fast for Lane. This first book is fast moving with lots of multiple story lines. There are themes of coming out and comfort/hurt with large amounts of drama and even larger amounts of sex!

The second book, Texas Hard,  focuses more on Riley as he deals with his feelings for Lane but meets and falls for Connor who is a Texas Ranger. This story brings in some elements of bondage as Riley takes a more dominant role in his relationship with Connor. Falling in love happens so quickly, as in the first book, that it is hard to believe that Riley really knows his own heart and it is amazing how open these men are in discussing their feelings! Once again, lots of drama, largely driven by insane amounts of jealousy as the story and relationships get complicated. I liked the story but did find the edition of the book I was reading had some annoying editing/spelling issues. There was also reference to speaking “Brazilian” in Brazil. I thought they spoke Portuguese.

Texas Twist sees things get even more complicated. We are introduced to a new romance as Connor’s Texas Ranger partner moves to the ranch to recover from the trauma of his abduction. He falls for Sterling, one of the ranch hands. Sterling finally acknowledges he may be gay as he has such as strong reaction to Erick. The believability is a bit lacking as his actions don’t seem those of a reluctantly gay man. He is pretty physical with Erick, demonstrative and once again discussing feelings. This new relationship is not the primary focus of the book. The Lane/Gresh/Riley/Connor relationship plays a really key role in this book.

The soap opera feel continues as Jung-Hwa “Jump” joins the story in Texas Branded.  Jump comes to the ranch in search of his father. He not only finds family but finds love with the local deputy. The love in the story is sweet and gushy with poetic language and once again this couple are very open with their emotions, articulating their feelings for each other. The relationship development also continues the theme of fast, fast, fast – love and proposals all happening really quickly. The relationships of all the previous couples continue to weave in and out of the book and things really ramp up with a cliffhanger ending! Luckily I didn’t have to wait and could launch into the next book straight away. If I’d read this book when it was first released and had to wait for the next book I would have been really annoyed as I don’t have the patience for this kind of thing!

Texas Desire is the fifth book in the series and the drama hit new heights. Lots of heartbreak and angst, hospitals and deathbeds, emotional declarations, rejection, pain and loss. The new couple, Kip and Jamie, play a role but largely take a backseat to the more emotional story line being played out between the original four characters.

And finally, Texas Legacy concludes the story. Once again, there is very much a soap opera feel to the story with the overlapping stories of each of the characters. There is lots of heartbreak but also happiness as new love is found and families started. It was nice to see the final conclusion and know what happens to each of the couples. The epilogue jumps ahead ten years and provides closure. My main issue with this final book was the resolution of the story line introduced in the prologue. The prologue deals with the previously unknown and unrelated Wild Bluff Ranch and then the character from the prologue turns up later in the book in a relatively stand alone fashion with a story line that is unresolved. I now understand from the author’s blog that this will be a spin off series but when I first ended the book the inclusion of the story line seemed a complete mystery to me.

So overall I actually enjoyed the series. It was pure escapism and really over the top at times. I have mentioned a soap opera feel but I think I must have been in the mood for reading something like this and I quite enjoyed the drama, the romance and the complications. Probably my main complaint (not that it is really a complaint as such) was that it was too full of sex. There seemed to be sex on every second page! The guys just seemed to alternate between sharing deep emotions and then doing each other.

I was also totally impressed with the price point, each book in the series only being $0.99 from Amazon.

3.5 stars for the series

To find out more about Sara York and her books visit her website.

Buy the Texas Soul Series from Amazon.

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Sub-Culture by Sage Marlowe

The Sub-Mission Series reading order:

Sub-CultureSub-Culture by Sage Marlowe

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Blurb…

When life gets on top, delving into a sub-culture may be just what it takes to keep a sinking relationship afloat

Five years after the bumpy start to their relationship, Noah and Pierce have settled well into their lives as a happy couple. The arrival of a new child should have made their matrimonial bliss complete, but the strain of raising a baby and a teenager, combined with a lot of pressure in their jobs, is beginning to take its toll.

In the midst of what already is a potentially explosive situation, Noah’s younger brother Jonah comes to stay with them, forcing Noah to face the issues he still has regarding his homophobic parents and adding to the emotional pressure he is under.

When Noah starts behaving oddly and Pierce just can’t seem to put his jealousy to rest, the cracks in their relationship become too severe to ignore any longer. They struggle to keep their sinking love afloat but as Noah craves the comfort a certain sub-culture can offer, Pierce finds himself wondering just how far he is willing to step out of his own comfort zone to save their love.

So what did I think?

I enjoy to read a story that revisits a couple and allows us to see how the relationship has developed over time. And this book is no exception. It was great to see Noah and Pierce after five years.

I was a bit doubtful when the story started with so much domesticity but I needn’t have worried – pretty quickly sex in the kitchen was on the agenda! Although I must admit surprise that they were up for kitchen sex with a teenage daughter in the house as I haven’t heard to too many kitchens with locks!

Noah and Pierce reach a turning point in their relationship. Doubts and insecurities creep in. There are secrets and lack of communication.

Once again I was surprised at Pierce’s brother Francis’ involvement and the information he keeps from his brother. “Of course he knew. It all made perfect sense. Noah could have relied on Francis to keep his secret. Pierce had never figured out whether it was the Dom or the psychologist in Francis who protected what was confided to him so fiercely. Whichever part of him it was, he would never betray the trust put into him. Not ever for the sake of saving a failing relationship.” And when it came to Noah’s submission, I wanted Francis to back right off and let Pierce take the reins!

My only slight criticism (and it is minor) was the repeated use of “nn-nn” in conversation. For some reason it annoyed me. Maybe because I’ve never actually seen it written before?

This was an excellent addition to the series.

To find out more about Sage Marlowe and his books visit his website.

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✺✺✺ Chase the Sun by R.J. Scott & Meredith Russell ✺✺✺

This is the third book in a sweet, gentle and romantic series set on a tropical island.

Stories from Sapphire Cay:

  1. Follow the Sun (book #1) – click here for review
  2. Under the Sun (book #2) – click here for review
  3. Chase the Sun (book #3) – in this review

Chase The Sun (Stories from Sapphire Cay, #3)Chase The Sun by R.J. Scott & Meredith Russell

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

The Blurb…

Six years ago, Adam broke Scott’s heart, but now he’s back in Scott’s life and Scott is rightly suspicious.

Adam says he wants closure, and that he wants to say sorry. Can Scott trust the man who had spent three of the last six years in prison?

Is it a case of second chances? Or will history repeat itself?

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In Chase the Sun, Scott Antonelli is about to get the shock of his life. Six years ago, Adam Ross broke his heart and it was the trigger that set Scott off travelling around the world. For the last few years he has worked at Sapphire Cay with Dylan. On a simple supply run to Marsh Harbour, he is left reeling, as he comes face to face with his first love. Can he trust Adam this time round?

Adam Ross was an idiot. Looking for quick and easy cash, he got himself mixed up in the wrong crowd and paid the price – three years in prison and he lost the one person who had ever meant anything to him – Scott. Adam has done his best, tried to turn his life around and is in the Bahamas looking for a second chance. Finding Scott was the easy part. Getting him to trust him again, could be harder than he ever imagined.

So what did I think?

This book was sweet and a nice addition to the series. I think there is something appealing about the characters, the setting and the nice glimpse of the characters from the past books. Although I would have actually liked to have seen a bit more of the other characters!

This is a story about two men who had broken up years ago as a result of some really bad life choices. I liked Adam, who had got himself caught up in trouble and served his time. It was easy to feel a lot of sympathy for him as he seemed so hard on himself. Scott was also easy to like as he learnt to trust again.

However this book seemed too short and over too quickly. It was a bit like skimming the surface of the relationship with not enough depth. Forgiveness came too quickly and easily although it was still believable.

Some nice sweet ending…“What are you thinking about?” Adam teased. Scott smiled. “You,” he began quietly. “Always you.”

3.5 stars

To find out more about R.J. Scott and her books visit her website.

To find out more about Meredith Russell and her books visit her website.

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F.A.S.T. Balls by Tara Lain

The Balls to the Wall Series by Tara Lain

  • Volley Balls (book #1)
  • Fire Balls (book #2)
  • Beach Balls (book #3)
  • Snow Balls (book #4)
  • F.A.S.T. Balls (book #5) – in this review

See the link below for review of the first four books in the series.

F.A.S.T. Balls (Balls To The Wall, #5)F.A.S.T. Balls by Tara Lain

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Blurb…

Firefighter and surfing champion, Jerry Wallender, looks like a hero to the world, but he can’t see it. He keeps falling for these intellectual guys who end up making him feel dumb and unneeded. On top of that, Mick Cassidy, super-gorgeous firefighter and total homophobe, makes Jerry’s life miserable with his slurs. Then one day Mick’s nice to Jerry and, at the Firefighter’s Ball, Jerry offers a helping hand and ends up with a hand-job. What the hell is going on?

Mick Cassidy is great with fighting fires and solving math problems but rotten with people. Raised by a gay-hating preacher, Mick’s carefully constructed world of gay bashing starts to crumble when he meets Jerry, the nicest, kindest man he’s ever known. Mick’s never wanted a woman and can’t stop thinking about sex with Jerry. In fact, he can’t stop doing it. Does that make him gay? And if he’s gay, what happens to his whole life? A hook-up between sweet Jerry and mean Mick might be total disaster — or the smartest idea Jerry ever had.

So what did I think?

A little bit of mixed feelings about this one. While I enjoyed the continuation of the series I did find there were a couple of things that slightly dampened my enthusiasm.

The plot seemed slightly familiar, centreing around around a guy (Mick) who has been raised with an extreme preacher for a father. His father is leading his ‘community’ in the ways of hate, encouraging intolerance to the point of violence. “And they’re armed, Jerry. They’ve got guns in trucks and closets and under beds.” Due to his upbringing, Mick needs to overcome his own prejudices and gain a better understanding of what being gay means before he can accept his own nature.

My issue with this story line was the resolution – there was strong conflict with Mick’s father but nothing like I would have expected given his beliefs and Mick seemed to deal with it a bit too easily. After a life-time of listening to his father’s sermons and rantings, I would have thought some heavy counselling would have been needed before he could accept his own sexuality.

I also found some of Mick’s dialogue uncomfortable. The words he used when talking about sex and body parts just seemed too childlike…“Then there was the thing. Turns out it was pretty big. He smiled. He knew from the shower at the station. That was supposed to be a good thing. Guys always bragged about how big their things were.” I know he was virginal but this just seemed too extreme, particularly for someone living in a world surrounded by masculine firemen!

What I did like was Jerry, who had been unlucky in love, getting his happy ending! I thought he accepted Mick and gave him another chance way too readily but it all worked out in the end.

This makes a nice addition to the series.

3 Stars

To find out more about Tara Lain and her books visit her website.

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☞ Charlie, Rentboy by J.P. Barnaby

This is the first book in the Working Boys series.

Charlie, Rentboy (Working Boys, #1)Charlie, Rentboy by J.P. Barnaby

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Blurb…

Got two hundred and fifty dollars for an hour of fun? Then say hello to Charlie, a hot little rentboy working his way through an engineering degree on his back. He’s got shaggy blond hair that’s great to hang on to while you fuck him from behind, and sweet innocent blue eyes that look very enticing when he gazes up at you with your cock in his mouth. That is, until he’s hired by innocent rich boy John Middleton, head of Middleton Communication. John is so far in the closet he could find Narnia. But when John and Charlie get together for an explosive weekend of sex, everything goes to hell

So what did I think?

“Sure, sounded like an easy weekend and definitely worth my time. At least, that’s what I thought – until he f***ed up my life.”

Okay, it’s pretty obvious from the title that this book is about “Charlie” who is a rentboy. And yes, the plot does sound a little familiar as the struggling student/rentboy Charlie takes on a weekend engagement with John, corporate millionaire. But the story has a uniqueness all it’s own. This story has a lovely focus on the emotions of the two men and a surprising ending. From the first pages I thought I would know the outcome of the story but it wasn’t what I expected.

The highlight of the story was the unique insight provided into each character and the way their true nature was revealed as the story progressed. I particularly liked the wonderful portrayal of Charlie and the way he is brought to life. At the start of the book he is a focused and confident young man, not letting his circumstances put an education and career out of his reach. He is a smooth talking rentboy, out to play the ‘game’ and to secure return business. At the same time we meet the corporate rich boy, John, who even though he heads up a large company, is inexperienced, sexually shy and emotional.

However, when the ‘event’ happens, suddenly we see an almost role reversal as “Charlie” reveals his true self. We see the young student not the rentboy, and his real desires in life. He just wants a solid career and to make his mother happy. John however steps up to the plate, taking responsibility and making decisions to manage the situation.

I thoroughly enjoyed the characters, the sex, the plot and the ending!

Make sure you check out the video below for an audio excerpt from the beginning of the book and a look at some cute boys!

To find out more about J.P. Barnaby and her books visit her website.

Buy Charlie, Rentboy from Amazon.

Buy Charlie, Rentboy from Wilde City Press.

Thank you to the author and publisher who provided a copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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☆☆☆☆ Grey’s Hidden Fire by Draven St James ☆☆☆☆

Grey's Hidden FireGrey’s Hidden Fire by Draven St. James

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Blurb…

Grey’s entire life is wrapped around his job as a firefighter. It is all he has ever wanted. That is until his new coworker Mica Cruz saunters through the door with his smoldering dark looks and dimpled grin. Suddenly he finds himself wanting to get to know what Mica looks like out of his gear and between the sheets.

Mica has one rule…keep his work life and his personal life separate. It was easy enough to follow until he meets Grey and finds that his rule can’t stand up to the fire that Grey ignites. There’s one big thing standing in the way of all of his lust filled musings. Grey is straight.

In a profession where being gay is often kept quiet Grey must come to terms with his growing attraction to Mica. How much is he willing to sacrifice? Can they come together before someone’s hatred threatens to destroy them both?

So what did I think?

One fireman in a book is fantastic, two is even better!

I think I was always going to enjoy this book just because it was a story about fireman. There is something so sexy about firefighters and their stories that blend smoldering hotness and heroic drama.

This is the story of Grey and Mica who meet when Mica, who is rumoured to be gay, joins the fire house. I LOVED that Mica has a heroic moment right at the start of the book – total hero rescuing a little girl while one of his colleagues let’s his homophobia and other things put life at risk! Oh, I so love a hero!

The kindle of the romance between these two was quite unique. There is an attraction which Mica flames by sharing the details of a fantasy he had about Grey with the man himself. It was a strange level of detail to provide to a straight, well supposedly straight man, but so so hot – no wonder Grey couldn’t help but be turned on! “Mica moved off Grey. What exactly was the etiquette after coming on your new co-worker?”

An excellent mix of sexual discovery and romance with some co-worker intolerance and some fireman drama thrown in!

I was hoping we get Simon’s story next and just took a peak at Draven St James’ website. It looks like I’ll get my wish! Make sure you visit because there’s a photo that inspired Simon – gorgeous!

4 Stars

Find out more about Draven St James’  books visit the website.

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