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Review: Positive by Tia Fielding

Positive by Tia Fielding
Title: Positive
Author: Tia Fielding
Cover Artist: Brooke Albrecht
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Reviewer: Jay
Buy Links: Publisher | Amazon | ARe
Genre: Contemporary
Type: Romance
Pairing: Gay
Length: Novel
Heat Rating: ♨♨♨♨
Rating★★★★☆

Blurb:

Even after a decade, the life that journalist Brent Walsh and Milwaukee homicide detective Shawn Mackey have made together is far from boring. But when a new case cuts a weekend getaway short, they aren’t quite prepared for how it will impact their personal lives. Suddenly there’s too much to juggle: Shawn will be working the case of the sharpshooter who is trying to infect random people with HIV, Brent needs to cover the story but fears a conflict of interest, one of Shawn’s colleagues is attracted to him, and Brent sincerely needs to mend the painful break with his childhood best friend, Ollie, and heal their broken hearts.

Though the case comes to a close, it’s not the end of their troubles. Shawn and Brent still face a past of old white lies, a present possibility of inviting another man to their bed, and a future with children, not to mention health issues and national fallout from the case. It’s enough to make them want to run away—until they realize they have to face those challenges head-on so they can get on with the life of love they’re hoping for.

Review:

Tia Fielding has written an engaging story about Love, the choices we make along with the ramifications, and the feeling of being wronged in some way.

Milwaukee Detective Shawn Mackey and his husband journalist Brent Walsh, have been together for years with the expectation of a short breakup that changed their lives forever. Ben Sutherland has lived his life with a prostitute for a mother and the resentment of being wronged.

The plot is really two fold. The lives of Shawn and Brent are intertwined with the despair that causes Ben to use blood tainted with the AIDS virus as a weapon.  Ben takes his frustration out by shooting individuals, that don’t see what they have, with darts filled with the tainted blood.  This hits home to Brent and Shawn who have been living theirs lives with the apprehension of spreading the virus that Brent contracted one drunken night during their breakup.

While there was definitely some holes in the plot I enjoyed this story along with the development of the characters.  The ups and downs shared by this guys led credibility to the story and it was engaging to see them work through them and come out stronger.  All of the characters were well developed including their sisters, Brent’s long time best friend Ollie, Shawn’s partner Ashley, narcotics officer Malik and shooter Ben. The wrapping up of Ben’s story by comparing it to Brent’s was very well done.  In the end the book gave the reader closure in an elegant manner.

All in all I would recommend this book.  It is not your typical love story, but the elements are there and these guys are an adorable couple who deal with the challenges of their lives quite well.

Review: Gilded Lily by Pauline Allan

Gilded Lily by Pauline Allan
Title: Gilded Lily
Author: Pauline Allan
Cover Artist: Mina Carter
Publisher: Loose Id
Reviewer: Lynn
Buy Links: Publisher | Amazon | ARe
Genre: Contemporary
Type: Romance
Pairing: Ménage
Length: Novel
Heat Rating: ♨♨♨♨
Rating★★★½

Blurb:

Adam’s ferocious sexual appetite for submission has left him frustrated and alone. He turns to the photo in his wallet. The woman’s full lips smile with laughter. The yellow sundress hugs her soft curves. The beautiful muse. His elusive flower.

Lily has a dark secret. A submissive without a Dominant, her life had derailed with grief, solitude, and rejection. Until a mysterious stranger’s erotic education led to unfathomable pleasure.

Tony knew Lily’s training would be his last attempt to escape the void in his life. An experienced Dom with the very nature of his control shaken, he has to run. There’s one last responsibility to take care of before he can leave. Lily, his once timid sub, is testing her boundaries and craves more. A love he can never give.

Tragedy leads Adam to Lily’s plantation in Louisiana. While packing his brother’s belongings, Tony offers the one precious thing Adam could never deny. The submission of his elusive flower. The clock is ticking. Tony wants freedom. Adam demands total submission. Lily must choose. Does she cling to the safety of Tony’s commands or risk the rejection of Adam’s love?

Either way, a submissive’s trust is a fragile thing. Once broken…it’s lost forever.

Review:

There was so much going on in this book, it makes it hard to write a good review.

Waiting in line to pay her respects, Lily’s body can’t help but react to the gorgeous man standing by the casket. After her formal fiancé left her broken and unsure of herself, Lily is ashamed of her reaction and longs for her Dom, Tony.

Adam takes one look at Lily and knows without a doubt, this is the woman his brother described. His lily flower. When Lily offers his the house, his brother rented from her for the summer, he can’t pass up the opportunity to see more of Lily and enjoy for time alone.

Adam has been rejected by several women who found his sexual needs disgusting. When he learns of Lily’s needs, his desire for her rises. Adam learns of Tony’s role in Lily’s life and wants to be the man feeding his desires.

Lily invites Adam to her annual masquerade ball. Only certain guests are invited, they all have high sexual appetites. Adam can’t contain himself when he sees his Lily working another man. Lily finally feels safe enough to allow Adam into her world.

Gilded Lily by Pauline Allan, grabbed my attention from the first word. I was so excited to see a new take on the BDSM community and lifestyle. I loved the connection between Tony and Lily.

The sex scenes were so well written, I had to put the book down and fan myself. Super sexy! I can’t wait to read more of these types of books from Ms. Allan!

I give Gilded Lily, three and a half stars. As much as I loved the book in the beginning, there was a missing piece for me towards the end. Tony’s time was limited with his work, girlfriend, and Dom duties. I felt like Lily was just sort of handed off between Adam and Tony. I think there should have been a scene between Tony and Lily alone, not a BDSM scene, but a thank you for putting me back together again discussion. I felt like Lily needed more closure than the scene that was offered.

I think Gilded Lily would be a great introduction for those who want to try a BDSM type story. Allan shows why each scene is needed when Tony is with Lily. She also shows a beautiful Dom/sub connection.

 

Review: Highland Trinity by Catelyn Cash

Highland Trinity by Catelyn Cash
Title: Highland Trinity
Author: Catelyn Cash
Cover Artist: Dar Albert
Publisher: Loose Id
Reviewer: Sean
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Genre: Contemporary
Type: Romance
Pairing: Ménage and Bisexual
Length: Novella
Heat Rating: ♨♨♨♨♨
Rating★★★★☆

Blurb:

Arriving in Edinburgh from her home on a remote Scottish island, Mhairi McLeod is looking for a job rather than adventure. She finds both with bisexual American businessmen Cameron Lindsay and Roberto Alossi. Although lovers, for a while now Cam and Rob have felt there was something missing in their lives. Mhairi’s sweet smile and luscious curves, instantly light a fire in both men. Rob is keen to persuade her into their bed straight away but Cam is more cautious. After all, Mhairi’s conventional upbringing in a close knit community is unlikely to have prepared her for the kind of relationship they have in mind.

Although the hot Americans are up front about their relationship, Mhairi isn’t one hundred percent sure what ‘bi,’ actually means. She begins to obsess about what the two men do in bed and when she gets the chance to secretly watch them make love, she cannot resist. It is unbelievably hot and once they eventually coax her into their bed, the sex is spectacular.

When they tell her how they feel about her she is faced with a dilemma. A husband and family have always been her dream but can she cope with her dream in duplicate? And will she ever be able to introduce her grooms to her community or will marriage to the men she loves, leave her ostracized?

Review:

I wasn’t sure if I’d enjoy the book, but I ended up loving the book. It was my first book that talked about being in a polyamory relationship and the author did it really well. It was fun to read the scene where she got to watch two men doing it together in their bed from the distance. It turned me on, surprisingly. I guess I liked voyeur. It also didn’t happen in America but on an island small enough to know everyone in the town. The men were rich as hell. I didn’t feel that the author ruined the bisexuality in the story since the men showed the balance attraction toward both women and men. That was the other reason why I enjoyed the book very much. The only thing I wished there was more to it was the result. I wanted to know what would be the result when they got marry and how her parents reacted. The people in the town’s reactions too. That was why I gave it four stars. Still a great read! Book cover, on other hand, the artist chose the wrong models since it wasn’t even that close to what I’d pictured in my mind when the authors described what the characters looked like. That didn’t affect the rating, though. I still highly recommended you to check this out.

Review: Coal to Diamonds by Augusta Li

Coal to Diamonds by Augusta Li
Title: Coal to Diamonds
Author: Augusta Li
Cover Artist: Paul Richmond
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Reviewer: Lynn
Buy Links: Publisher | Amazon | ARe
Genre: Fantasy
Type: Romance
Pairing: Ménage
Length: Novella
Heat Rating: ♨♨♨♨
Rating★★★☆☆

Blurb:

2nd Edition

In order to survive high school, Cole, Cam, and Bobby came together as friends and lovers to form a coven to practice magic. Then after graduation, Cam and Bobby escaped the small, backward town where they grew up and went on to success, leaving Cole behind.

Ten years later, a series of tragedies brings Cam and Bobby back to Cole, and leads them to a powerful man named Darius Thorn, who wants to hone—and control—their magical skills. But after being apart so long, the trust and devotion they once felt isn’t as strong as it used to be, and they’ll need to reforge their bond and combine their energies to survive.

1st Edition published by Tease Publishing, March 2009

Review:

Cole, Cam and Bobby have been best friends since high school. Cole’s grandmother was a part of a coven, that’s where Cole has learned some of his skills in sorcery. When the trio begins to discover their own magic, they come across Darius Thorn.

In the beginning, each of them grows to love Darius. He teaches them about magic and how to develop in their areas. When Darius starts to turn cold and controlling things get out of hand and they leave Darius. They knew they couldn’t escape him forever.

After going their separate ways, Cam and Bobby make their way back to Cole, when dangerous events point the finger at Darius’ involvement.

I give Coals to Diamonds, 3 stars. I would have rated it higher, but as a reader, I felt left behind. Several times while reading, I wish I had more information. It was like everyone else knew what was going on, but the reader had to just keep reading and hope they were clued in.

Overall I enjoyed Coal to Diamonds. The sex scenes were steamy and well written. The DP was one of my favorite scenes. I would recommend this story to any fan of fantasy work. Augusta Li is a remarkable writer in this genre.