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☊☊☊ Make Mine To Go by Dilo Keith ☊☊☊

Make Mine to GoMake Mine to Go by Dilo Keith

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Blurb…

Genre: A mix of gay erotica and contemporary erotic romance.

One key to the success of Justin and Toby’s marriage is plenty of sexual variety, sometimes with other men they meet at the local BDSM club. While Toby assumes the submissive role in their power exchanges, it’s more often Justin who generously caters to Toby’s erotic appetites. Toby’s interest in flirting with a salesman should be trivial in comparison to his other desires. Instead, it sends both men down uncomfortable paths.

Toby manages to assure Justin that it was harmless fun, or so it seems at first. More troubling than Justin being unconvinced is that Toby doesn’t entirely believe his own story. When Toby finally figures out he wants something only another man can give him, he knows it won’t be easy to tell Justin. More importantly, is realizing a fantasy– even an exceptionally compelling one — worth the risk?

So what did I think?

Make Mine To Go is a short story focused on the relationship between Justin and Toby, particularly focused on Toby’s desire to experience the ‘thrill of the chase’.

He and Justin have been married for four years and have a pretty full sexual relationship including playing at the local BDSM club and bringing other men into their bed. But Toby wants more. He wants the excitement of the new and unknown. It is really interesting to see how this delicate topic is broached and handled by the two men.

We learn a bit about Toby and Justin in the first half of the book, largely through their sexual exploits. The book starts with Toby being shared by Justin and their dominant friend Paul and later there is some light bondage as Justin looks to spice up their sex life. I liked the sex scenes, although I did find them fairly light in dominance and submission. Justin just didn’t seem overly dominant but that was also the reason this story worked for me – I liked the way Justin just wanted to make Toby happy and Toby obviously valued Justin too.

The little twist at the end was also the perfect ending for the story!

Now for something different. Try reading the book and then listening to the audio version excerpt on YouTube! It was recorded for the Goodreads BDSM Group Bedtime Stories.

I liked the narrator’s deep voice and tone. The narration was perhaps a little slow for my personal tastes but it’s only about 15 minutes long so well worth listening to!

Provided by the Author through BDSM group TPE BAR Read2Review

To find out more about Dilo Keith visit the website.

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✮✮✮✮ The Barman and the SEAL by R.J. Scott ✮✮✮✮

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) – click here for review
  • The Paramedic and the Writer (book 5) – click here for review
  • The Barman and the SEAL – in this review
  • The Agent and the Model – expected 1st November 2013

The Barman and the SEAL (Ellery Mountain, #6)The Barman and the SEAL by R.J. Scott

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Blurb…

A Navy SEAL with PTSD, a Barman starting a new life. Maybe they can find love in Ellery.

Travis Baranski, Navy SEAL, is the first veteran to attend the Ellery Mountain Veteran Center. He is having a hard time coming to terms with what he had seen and what he has done. When he has a very public meltdown in Ellery stores it is Avery Gideon who steps up to the plate and helps him.

Avery Gideon, a man cut off from his family for being gay, runs the only bar in town – The Alibi – and listens to many a person’s problems whilst trying to forget his own.

He sees something in the wounded warrior who needs a friend and very soon finds himself falling in love with Travis.

Nothing will deter him from helping Travis, or from making Travis see he’s still capable of loving Avery in return.

So what did I think?

The Ellery Mountain series is dear to my heart and this addition to the series didn’t let me down!

I was totally drawn into the story from the very first pages and found the beginning very emotional. It was so descriptive that I could feel the pain being experienced by Travis. This introduction to Travis provided insight into the experiences that had impacted Travis and resulted in him coming to Ellery Mountain to heal.

It was great to see the Veteran Center, that had been mentioned so much through the earlier books in the series, finally open it’s doors and once again, through this story we get to reacquaint ourselves with the wonderful men of Ellery Mountain.

It was interesting to see the character of Travis develop through the story, It isn’t a long book but there is enough depth and emotion to see the changes in Travis. The story doesn’t gloss over his mental condition and he does have some tense moments when he is not coping. It is not a ‘love will fix everything’ situation, rather a gradual opening up and realisation that love is still possible, even with all his issues.

Avery was a special man and so perfect for Travis. I loved that their love came before sex and the slow pace of the development of their romance reflected Travis’ slow recovery time.

Avery and Travis’ happy ending was wonderful! I am now eagerly waiting for Mikey’s story in The Agent and the Model.

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

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My Only Sunshine by Rowan McAllister

My Only SunshineMy Only Sunshine by Rowan McAllister

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

The blurb…

Tanner Wallis is nearly at the end of his rope the night Mason Seidel finds him lying next to the mangled body of a cow on the back pastures of the Seidel family’s Wyoming ranch. Recently out of the hospital after he and his boyfriend were brutally beaten, Tanner is jobless, homeless, and almost penniless. His desperate hope is that Mason will believe he’s innocent of the senseless crime and give him a place to heal, both physically and emotionally, until he can get on his feet again.

But Mason already has enough on his plate. He’s only been back on the ranch a few months, ten years after his father kicked him out for being gay, and only because his sister begged him to come help after the man’s disabling stroke. With all his responsibilities—running the struggling ranch and keeping his sister and father off his back—Mason can’t really afford the distraction Tanner represents. But he can’t just abandon the attractive young man either. There’s trouble in spades on the ranch, but if they face it together, Mason and Tanner might find a future with a little sunshine.

So what did I think?

I woke up this morning and searched my shelves for something to read and decided on this one because the cover really caught my eye – it has a sort of dreamy quality with two gorgeous men. It was hard to look past the sexy cowboy profile but it was the pensive expression on the other man that really drew me in.

I was looking for a story that would bring together two troubled men and give them their happy ending and liked the idea of the cowboy setting.

The story had the right elements. Troubled Tanner, homeless and running from a violent beating is found by Mason and given shelter. Mason has his own issues, returning to his father’s ranch ten years after being kicked out for being gay. His father’s illness means he has little choice but to accept Mason’s help in keeping the place going.

Mason and Tanner are drawn to each other and finally give in to the attraction they feel to one another but their relationship needs to be kept hidden. The story deals with Tanner’s emotional healing and Mason’s struggle to deal with his angry father and keep the ranch running. The secondary characters – the other ranch hands, neighbours, Mason’s sister – provide some additional interest and there is some drama as someone is killing stock all over the county.

I really liked the writing style and the development of the characters. I particularly liked the story Mason related about why he wears his cowboy hat. It is so easy to imagine how different his life may have been if his mother had still been around. Instead he had to deal with a homophobic father and a life away from the ranch that he loved. Although Tanner has more obviously been hurt, Mason still bears emotional scars.

It was gorgeous to see Tanner’s response to Mason “Sexy, gruff, cowboy -wet-dream Mason. Tall and lean, with dark eyes and hair under a fancy black felt cowboy hat. Every little gay farm boy’s fantasy..” but also Mason acknowledging Tanner’s beauty despite his scars.

So I liked the characters, I liked the story and the sex was pretty intense, but something was slightly missing. I think it was most likely the sense that I had read similar before.The story is not particularly unique which is why I am rating is slightly lower, but is still a very enjoyable book.

3.5 stars

To find out more about Rowan McAllister and her books visit her Goodreads Author Profile.

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