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Grif's Toy: Tease and Denial Book One
Grif's Toy: Tease and Denial Book One
Price: £2.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Unusual subject matter...., 2 Mar. 2015
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Another story that's been festering away for 3 months in my mountainous TBR pile. An unexpectedly good read, not your usual BDSM story, that's for sure, no 'boys' or 'Masters' in this one, AND the subject matter is unusual in itself...microphallus, and it's effect both physically and mentally upon a sufferer. 4.5 stars from me.

Not going to rehash the story, the blurb gives you a good idea of what to expect, and in view of the kink element (humiliation and degradation...which are definitely not my fave kinks) although there are warnings, I honestly wasn't expecting to like the story anywhere near as much as I did, and to be truthful the kink aspect was not overwhelming by any means. What we mainly have is a man's (Grif's) journey, from boyhood when he discovers that all is not as it should be 'down below' compared to other boys his age, to finding someone (straight boy and regular horn dog Tate) willing to indulge Grif's need to be humiliated, ridiculed and attain sexual release without penetration whilst enjoying the benefits of being regularly 'serviced', to eventually finding that special someone (Wes, who hopefully has his own story to tell)) who understood his preferred kinks and the need for them whilst gently depriving Grif of his virginity at 28 (and never been kissed either) and subtly trying to change the way Grif feels about himself and his 'Stubby' friend.

Grif's Toy is NOT what you think it is either hehe, heads out of the gutter people...but I'll leave you to discover what it actually is.


Brothers LaFon, Part One: Crucial Lessons
Brothers LaFon, Part One: Crucial Lessons
Price: £1.99

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5.0 out of 5 stars Blew me away...., 2 Mar. 2015
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The author's warnings are there for a reason. This is NOT a sweet and fluffy romance read...so if that's what you're after, step away from that one-click button and your kindle, do NOT pass go, do NOT collect £200. 5 dark and disturbed stars from me.

Well Mr Tonlet, what can I say?? It was everything that I was expecting..and more, so much more. Like some of the darkest things I've read...may be on speed, hehe. I'm not going into the dynamics of the story; it's covered fairly well in the blurb at the top, but there are a whole load of adjectives I can and WILL use, just to describe ONE of the brothers, Jeremiah or Miah, who is a complete and utter psychopath..so if you are wavering about reading this one, these should make your mind up for you...cold, calculating, detached, depraved, perverted, horrific, degenerate, twisted, sick and thoroughly immoral, which by my definition is transgressing accepted moral rules....I think you get the picture of the lovely Miah.

A `person' like Miah, well they should lock him up and throw away the key for good shouldn't they BUT is Alex really any better?? Someone who sort of accepts that being tortured, beaten and sexually abused..all in the name of brotherly love is normal..or as near to normal as these two can get?? Yes, there's certainly an element of Stockholm syndrome about it, but Alex keeps coming back for more, he ought to be able to escape before his brother finally kills him..so you have to wonder if he's actually more into the mental and physical abuse that's being heaped on him than he lets on cos it shows his brother loves him, which I know sounds weird but could it be true??

Anyhoo, back to that ending in 'real time' (just like 24!!). Talk about a cliffy!! Alex MUST have something on Miah surely cos he would know that Miah would do anything, yes ANYTHING to get him back even after all this time, he's so desperate to regain possession of his brother. Will that little freak Rod help Alex to bring about his brother's downfall (and hopefully death) or will there be yet another twist in the tail?? I can't wait to find out. Thanks JLT!!


Blowing It
Blowing It
Price: £2.59

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5.0 out of 5 stars What a great read....., 2 Mar. 2015
This review is from: Blowing It (Kindle Edition)
Goodreads review dated 28th February 2015

This was a real feel-good, funny and I suspect intensely personal story from Kate, beautifully written and edited (thanks Fen). ALL the characters were wonderfully warm and believable...well, everyone except that workaholic Max, but we can't all be perfect, can we?? 4.5 stars, and a big smile from me.

Owen Barnes, or to give him his literary nom-de-plume Owen Black, is wasting his time away writing stories and waiting tables in a coffee shop until the day he strikes lucky with his YA story. That day arrives, and his agent (Max) advises him to change his surname AND keep his sexuality a secret...after all, being gay COULD potentially affect his sales and neither Max nor his publisher Squire wants that...tough if Owen doesn't like it, every aspect of Owen's life is taken over by the agency, and he feels almost like a whore, selling himself to promote his first book, even though all he wants to do is concentrate on writing the second.

Owen has not been lucky in his relationships; in fact his last serious lover Carl gave Owen a very nasty infection indeed, so for the last 2 years it's just been Owen and his right hand. One evening at a book reading/signing of his latest book, Owen is approached by a young girl Abigail and her very handsome escort Magnus, who turns out to be Abi's uncle. One thing leads to another, and Owen and Magnus agree to meet for coffee after the signing, and start a tentative friendship starts which could hopefully lead to something more.

Owen's bestie Ryan and his hubby Sameer are thrilled to bits for Owen; the only spanner in the works is that Owen is not to be seen in public with a boyfriend, heaven forbid that he should have an actual relationship with someone of the same sex!! The social media gossip would be working overtime; there would a frenzy of activity...surely?? WHAT. EVER. Owen is not allowed to even contemplate that, he's been out of that closet since the age of 14, but he has to go back INTO the bloody thing for the sake of his writing career. Owen is not a happy bunny, not a happy bunny AT ALL, but what can he do, the agency has him by the balls...or do they?? Magnus has introduced him to his family but is getting unhappy at the lack of action on Owen's part, and when Max expects Owen to mentor a new female writer, Becky, that the agency is trying to hook, things go seriously off the rails. I'll leave you to discover what happens by reading this seriously good book yourselves, enjoy...oh and a few pairs of frilly pants may feature in the story somewhere, hehe.


The Love of Wicked Men (Part One)
The Love of Wicked Men (Part One)
Price: £2.28

4.0 out of 5 stars Go get him Jack!!...., 22 Feb. 2015
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Goodreads review dated 22/2/15

God help me and these reading queues. Something else that has been on the kindle for 2 months!!

Wicked serialisation from Brandon featuring one of the most repulsive and sleazy pieces of lowlife it's ever been my misfortune to encounter - step forward Sid Rivers, an immoral, corrupt (s'pose that goes hand in hand with being a lawyer sometimes...), vile predator who delights in ridiculing his partners (read hook ups, and poor Jason), thinks nothing of destroying people he considers 'white trash'...although that's exactly what HE is, and who may yet be brought down by the very person he is hungering to get a taste of...Jack Brown. And Jack?? Well, he is DEFINITELY more than he seems....Episodes 2 & 3 already loaded. Go get him Jack!! 4 stars.


Strictly Personal
Strictly Personal
Price: £1.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Ed and Colin, sighs......, 22 Feb. 2015
This review is from: Strictly Personal (Kindle Edition)
Goodreads review dated 16th February 2015

Thanks KC for this Valentine's ARC. Lovely catching up with Ed and Colin, oh and Blake and Will. Watching Colin's plans for a very romantic weekend go slowly down the toilet not so much BUT all's well that ends well, hehe. Even bears need love folks!! 4 stars from me.


The Brokenhearted Necklace: Brokenhearted Boy (Bk 1)
The Brokenhearted Necklace: Brokenhearted Boy (Bk 1)
Price: £0.99

5.0 out of 5 stars The start of another super series...., 21 Feb. 2015
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Goodreads review dated 20th January 2015

Another series to look forward to. Lonny is seriously bullied at school, and nothing seems to get done about it until one day in English, the new boy called Paul stands up for him against the Jocks and the cheerleaders. Paul suspects that the ringleader, a little s**t named Jack is secretly gay but prefers to do the bullying rather than be bullied himself.

Lonny also has to cope with a mother who doesn't exactly blame him for his father leaving home, but can't seem to give her son the support he needs. Lonny's father left home because as an Athletics coach, he feels undermined and betrayed by his own son being gay, and is on a mission to get his son's gayness changed by the church....yeah, good luck with that!!

Lonny, in the meantime, knows that there is nothing his dad can do to 'change' or fix him...he's not broken, and is also aware that he's been gay since he fell in love with a young boy he met whilst visiting his grandfather in hospital some years ago. They shared a heart-shaped necklace, broken in two and Lonny never takes his half off, but is unaware what happened to the other boy. As his feelings grow for Paul, his saviour, he is understandably nervous that Paul is just playing with him cos it's happened before (Jack), but Paul proves to him that he is serious and as this story ends, Paul is really worried about Lonny's father and what he will do to Lonny once he discovers that Paul and Lonny are 'an item'.

I have a teeny weeny suspicion that I'll need more tissues for the next story. 5 stars from me.


The Brokenhearted Necklace: Brokenhearted Memories (Bk 2)
The Brokenhearted Necklace: Brokenhearted Memories (Bk 2)
Price: £1.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Well, well, well...., 21 Feb. 2015
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Goodreads review dated 30/1/15

Well, well, well who'd a thought it.....it looks as though Jack the quarterback could well have feelings of a sexual nature for his sidekick Travis, and that those feelings are returned. The really nasty piece of work in this story is the 'evil bitch cheerleader from hell' Ashley, and she surely deserves something exceptionally 'nice' to happen to her. I sincerely hope things go belly up for her in the last of the trilogy, yay!!

As far as Lonny and Paul are concerned, things are on track and doing nicely. No full on stuff yet but they're getting there...and no-one can doubt they're in love. For Lonny's stupid *pray the gay away* father Richard however, things are going from bad to worse. Lonny starts to ignore what he's ordered to do and carries on meeting up with Paul, and Richard's estranged wife Donna begins to see her first love for what he truly is, a bigoted religious nutter with a temper that's now coming to the fore and may do someone harm before this trilogy is finished. 4 stars.


Always Have, Always Will
Always Have, Always Will
Price: £2.30

5.0 out of 5 stars A Xmas cracker from Barney...., 21 Feb. 2015
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Goodreads review dated 16/12/14

I'm writing this review minutes after finishing this story. My heart is so full, the tears streaming down my face, I can't tell you just how good this is. Chock full of emotion, overwhelming love, anger, pain, bitterness, grief. Poignant, heart breaking but so beautifully written it's been both my pleasure and privilege to read it. Barney my friend, I salute you. 5 stars.


Passing Through
Passing Through
Price: £2.62

5.0 out of 5 stars Carpe diem....., 21 Feb. 2015
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This review is from: Passing Through (Kindle Edition)
Goodreads review dated 21st February 2015

Wow. Read it straight through, couldn't stop. Just a wonderfully gentle read, full of emotion, love and sadness. Discovering secrets and someone's lost love...finding love yourself when you least expect it, when you thought you'd never be able to cos you didn't have the time or the energy to devote to someone else...but you can!! Not sure this would have worked anywhere else but Cornwall, but it's a beautiful read Jay, and that ending for Leo and Tris was perfection. Many congrats, and I can and will give it 6 stars!!


Not Just Friends
Not Just Friends
Price: £4.55

5.0 out of 5 stars So glad I took a chance on this......, 18 Feb. 2015
This review is from: Not Just Friends (Kindle Edition)
**Goodreads review dated 26/2/14**

Well I liked the sound of this one from the blurb on DsP's website so I pre-ordered, and am so glad I did. 5 stars from me for this sweet, fluffy and sexy read from Jay Northcote.

The story is told from the POV of Lewis, who has just arrived at University in Bristol to start his English Lit degree and is meeting up with his flatmates for the first time. Dean, Andreas and Rob more or less arrive at the same time as Lewis and they end up waiting for the 5th flatmate, who turns up 2 hours later thanks to his mum's car breaking down. The new arrival is named Max, and Lewis is immediately drawn to him which comes as a bit a of a shocker as Lewis has always considered himself straight...probably, and Max is DEFINITELY out and proud. Alcohol always helps awkward situations and loosens tongues, and the guys end up getting pissed and getting to know each other.

None of them seem to have a problem with Max, and as the days go by, Lewis and Max seem to gel as 'real' friends and to Lewis's increasing discomfort he seems to spend a lot of time sneaking furtive glances at Max...SOME of which are returned, throwing Lewis into even more confusion. To try and counteract his confusing feelings for Max, Lewis gets talking to one of the girls on his course Amanda who starts chatting him up, and they decide to have some study sessions together and see where things go. In the meantime Max has started hooking up with Bruno, one of the organisers of the LBGT group at uni, and Lewis comes across them making out one morning in the kitchen and yes, he gets turned on AND is a tad jealous.

After a disastrous date with Amanda she gets him to talk, and all of his uncertainty and disbelief at the feelings he has for Max come pouring out and he admits that he COULD be gay, but as he's never been in this situation before he's not certain, and despite the fact that Amanda made a fool of herself over him, she's extremely generous with her time and advice and they decide to remain friends. Max meanwhile is having problems of his own with Bruno, who is not as exclusive as Max would wish, and after a nasty shock with a photo that gets posted on Facebook, Max gets pissed and starts coming on to Lewis after Lewis is just being a good friend and a shoulder to cry on. I'll leave this one here and hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

There were long, lingering looks, smouldering ST and let's not forget the angst AND the perennial lack of communication problem. There were lots of other things going on in the background, oh and typical student behaviour...lots of drinking, partying and messing about.


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