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The Beta's Test: M/M & M/M/M/M/M Werewolf Pack Alpha/Beta/Omega Romance (The Protection of the Pack Book 3)
The Beta's Test: M/M & M/M/M/M/M Werewolf Pack Alpha/Beta/Omega Romance (The Protection of the Pack Book 3)
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Very Best Werewolves, 31 May 2016
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If you like werewolf romances with Alpha/Beta/Omega dynamics but know you have to tread cautiously between things which squick you out, good news! Dessa Lux writes all the fun of the trope whilst intelligently and sensitively avoiding any of the elements that can make it cringeworthy or upsetting. If you've not read the first two books in the series, start at the beginning, you're in for a treat, this deliciously indulgent story of pack bonding, mutual healing and happy snuggles/gay orgies is entirely delightful.


Hexbreaker: Volume 1 (Hexworld)
Hexbreaker: Volume 1 (Hexworld)
by Jordan L. Hawk
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Witches and Familiars and Policemen (Oh My) (Oh Yes), 31 May 2016
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The ever-reliable Jordan L. Hawk delivers another excellent supernatural-themed historical M/M, this time set amidst witches, familiars and ordinary police in old New York. The scene is set well in the novella 'The 13th Hex' and in some senses this story repeats a theme of fraught attraction and ultimate 'bonding' between shifting familiar and magic user, which I found very readable. Hawk's series deserve a wider publication run and would stand on their feet in the genre shelves of the crime section, besides being charming romances with a good dose of heat. Looking forward to more in the series.


The Omega's Bodyguard: First Time Gay Werewolf Alpha/Omega Romance (The Protection of the Pack Book 1)
The Omega's Bodyguard: First Time Gay Werewolf Alpha/Omega Romance (The Protection of the Pack Book 1)
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you buy one book with 'Omega' in the tile this year, make it this one, 30 Oct. 2015
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Lots of M/M books floating around at the moment with 'Omega' in the title. This is definitely one of the best - if not THE BEST - written of the pack. All the boxes are ticked - animal attraction between the werewolf alpha and his as-yet-human omega, intense sensory connection, mating fevers, bonding bites, intriguing physiology and anatomy - and it's with heat and a great pace for the plot alongside, AND there is basically no dub con or the kind of misogyny-by-another-name creepiness that can pervade in this genre. A very worthwhile and pleasing read, and more to come in the series, I'm glad to see.


Restless Spirits: Volume 1
Restless Spirits: Volume 1
by Jordan L. Hawk
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.68

5.0 out of 5 stars My Favourite from this Author, 4 July 2015
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Quirky and very enjoyable story of two very different ghost hunters in nineteenth America. One favours his 'scientific' apparatus, the other the traditional medium methods, and sparks fly in all kinds of way between them. Great slow burn attraction, great mystery/thriller qualities and excellent supporting characters. Very much hoping for more of this series and these characters, I like this the best of the author's several excellent series.


For Real
For Real
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Real Quality Read, 4 July 2015
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Very good quality writing with real depth and insight, an engaging story of mutual need between two interesting, unique and unusual characters that manages to tug at the heartstrings while also sizzling with heat. Hope the author has many more in this series to come.


Taught to Take It: St. Sebastian's College: Erotic Education #1
Taught to Take It: St. Sebastian's College: Erotic Education #1
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enthusiastically Consensual Kink, 8 Jun. 2015
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An adult pupil at a school for training (very) willing students in the erotic arts wants to learn to 'take' more than is on his curriculum, and his teacher accepts his request to help him out. If you like more extreme elements in your M/M, but definitely want everything enthusiastically consensual and non-creepy, this is ideal.


A Little Too Broken
A Little Too Broken
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5.0 out of 5 stars Intense, 17 Nov. 2014
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Upfront, I'll say I love romances where the MCs need each other, not just in a generic 'I would like a relationship with someone' way but in a 'there must have been an angel with a smile on her face when she thought up that I should be with you' kind of way (excuse the James Blunt, but it does put it well). This book is that, in spades. Reading the blurb, I did wonder if a story about an HIV positive man and a closeted double amputee veteran might be too difficult or too depressing, or possibly (even worse) the reverse and too willing to sweep medical and disability issues aside. But I'm pleased to say this book walks that balance beautifully. The chemistry between Tom and Jamie sizzled from the first meeting, and the intensity of their issues translated into an intensity of need for each other which kept me hooked. Their relationship succeeds both despite and because of who they are and the problems they have. Their story has stuck with me, and will do for a long time. A great read.


Two Steps Back
Two Steps Back
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sub-For-Hire, 17 Nov. 2014
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'Sex worker falls for client' is a tricky subgenre, and this book pulls it off very well. Dallin, whose financial troubles draw him back into being a sub-for-hire, has had some dark times in his past but walks into his job with a clear head, determined to stay independent the only way he can. Yes, he's a sexual submissive but he's a strong-willed individual and not afraid to lay down rules of his own. His client, William, is a Dom and a sadist, but very moral and generous - his problem is that he's got poor social skills and struggles to interact with others, combined with a hefty touch of OCD. Of course, the relationship sparks well and both men start to want more than they have, but figuring out how to interact outside the bedroom (where, incidentally, they combine with steaming-hot effectiveness) is a struggle.

Both men are well-meaning and likeable in their different ways (I loved the awkward, socially-tone-deaf William), and the problems between them are not at all the 'if only they'd have one quick conversation all this would be cleared up' type, which can be so frustrating in romances. Altogether a very enjoyable read, with plenty of BDSM content.


Takeover
Takeover
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4.0 out of 5 stars Boardroom and Bedroom Intensity, 18 Oct. 2014
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Two men meet on holiday, have the night of their lives and go their separate ways. Then, on the first day back at work, guess who the new boss is? It's a familiar enough story but Zabo really gets into the heads of our protagonists and makes us care about them, as well as giving them both the intense chemistry off the bat (and I do mean steaming-hot intense) AND the all-important reasons to actually care about each other in the long term. It's not insta-love, in fact they clash badly professionally at first, but they learn to understand and appreciate each other's roles and priorities. A subplot of corporate undercover shenanigans at an IT firm didn't make the most excitement for me in some ways, but it forms a very decent structure for the protagonists to move through as they Figure It Out. Oh, and have some more intense encounters along the way as they explore their affinity for playing with power dynamics in the bedroom (but only in the bedroom - if you like your sub characters powerful and assertive in the 'real world', this is definitely for you). A great read, and I look forward to her next work, apparently along next year.


Games Boys Play
Games Boys Play
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4.0 out of 5 stars Consensual Kidnapping, 18 Oct. 2014
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3.5 Stars for a book that wasn't quite right for me. Goodness knows I've enjoyed a BDSM read, including painplay, but this was too much and too intense and I found myself skimming sections with a feeling of exhaustion. IF you like to read about (fully, enthusiastically consensual) simulated-kidnapping, simulated-assualt, bondage etc this will I dare say be the perfect book for you and the good news is it's well-written and has two engagingly confused protagonists who agree to a 'convenient' arrangement to act out their fantasies, only to find they're developing feelings for each other. I'd read this author again, for sure; what didn't work for me here was the scenario.


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