M. Corvidae – My Brother’s Keeper (Review, Excerpt, Interview, & Giveaway)

My Brother’s Keeper by M. Corvidae

Series: Stand-Alone
Source: Review by Request
Copy provided by the Author
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

Foster brothers Josh and Morgan aren’t related by blood, but they are each others only family. When sharp-tongued Morgan gets thrown out of their latest foster home, protective ‘big brother’ Josh runs after him. At eighteen, they’re utterly alone, penniless and hungry. Morgan is quick to turn to sex work, and despite his hesitation, Josh agrees to act as his bodyguard. Lusty and shameless, Morgan revels in getting paid to do what he likes best – having as much sex as possible with as many men as possible. Meanwhile, Josh is tortured with jealousy, because he’s been secretly in love with Morgan for years.

It’s not long before the two find trouble with the law. They flee across the country, Morgan plying his trade and Josh struggling with his complicated feelings, until they find work at an expensive sex club. As security, Josh has to use all his strength to protect Morgan from the people who want to use and abuse him – but when a wealthy and sadistic client takes a special liking to Morgan, Josh will be forced to admit his true feelings are anything but brotherly.

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Spotlight on The Nightlife: Moscow – An exclusive casting session with author Travis Luedke

There’s been a lot of buzz recently about our favorite steamy reads getting movie deals – It seems Hollywood finally got the hint that turning Best Sellers into Box Office Hits isn’t exclusive to YA Fiction – Scripts for several Romantic series are being passed around to film and television producers.

This got us thinking about our favorite series and which ones deserve their time on the silver screen…

One of the first series to come to mind was The Nightlife Series by Travis Luedke. This series is full of badass Vampires, blood, gore, action, and deliciously hot sex – PERFECT for the big screen, so we cornered Travis and asked him an important question: 

If The Nightlife Moscow was turned into a movie – how would you cast your characters?

So grab a bowl of popcorn and get comfortable as Travis Luedke puts faces to all the characters we’ve come to love (or love to hate). You’re about to find out why we’re completely enamored with this blood-soaked and sinfully sexy series!

The following is Travis Luedke’s response, in his own words.
You can see all the cast members on Travis Luedke’s Pinterest board!

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Sophie Peele – Orchid House 1: Satisfaction (Review, Excerpt, Interview, & Giveaway)

Orchid House 1: Satisfaction by Sophie Peele

Series: Orchid House #1
Source: Review by Request
Copy Provided by Author
My Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

In Amsterdam’s infamous Red Light District, behind the crimson glow of a small window that shows an orchid perpetually in bloom, is a brothel unlike any other. Catering to an urban clientele with unusual sexual appetites, Orchid House has been around a long, long, long, time. Operated by the mysterious Alonna, clients and courtesans alike are not your average fare. And satisfaction is always guaranteed.

In this first tale, shy college grad Emma has been having dreams of a tentacular nature. Addicted to hentai, Emma is tired of never really feeling fulfilled, so she seeks out Orchid House to realize her fantasy and quench the dark desires she keeps secret. When she meets Stefano, a courtesan with an unusual, shapeshifting gift, she finds her match in erotic delight. Teased by his tentacles, Emma reaches pleasures she never thought possible.

This 5k short is the first in the Orchid House series of stand-alone short stories, each featuring a different, deeply erotic, often wicked, always supernatural, frequently monstrous, tale of lust.

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Travis Luedke – The Nightlife New York (Review & Excerpt)

The Nightlife: New York by Travis Luedke

Series: The Nightlife #1
Source: Personal Library
My Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

The Nightlife Series is violent, sexy, and occasionally violently sexy.

Vampires, strippers, escorts, night clubs, pimps and dirty cops – the Nightlife New York is never boring.

Aaron Pilan’s life is forever changed when he’s shot trying to rescue a drop-dead gorgeous woman on the streets of New York. Aaron is thrust into the shocking world of vampiric slavery when Michelle shares her blood to save his life.

Michelle’s existence as a solitary vampire is also altered when she accepts this naive young man into her life. Bound by her blood, Aaron is subject to her authority. He walks a tightrope of strictly controlled feeding regiments and intense sexual adventures while catering to the neurotic control-freak tendencies of his new master. She vows to eliminate him if he proves too difficult to control.

This story is bold and evocative, infusing blood, sex, love and turmoil in an urban drama about two vampires battling evil outside and within themselves.

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L.A. Witt & Aleksandr Voinov – If It Drives

If It Drives (Market Garden, #7)If It Drives by L.A. Witt & Aleksandr Voinov

Series: Market Garden # 7
Source: Review By Request
ARC Provided by Publisher
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

If it flies, drives, or fornicates, it’s cheaper to rent it.

After driving James Harcourt, his wealthy banker boss, around for a year and a half, Cal isn’t surprised by much anymore. Not even James’s regular trips to Market Garden, London’s most elite gay brothel.

But when James leaves the Garden alone one night and turns to Cal instead, Cal’s floored. After crushing on his boss for ages, it’s his wet dream come true . . . until the awkward morning after. Cal still has a job to do, but he wants to offer more. Yet James doesn’t take him up on it; he keeps Cal at arm’s length and continues his chauffeured jaunts to Market Garden.

As Cal learns what James needs from the rentboys, he tries to fill that need himself. But there’s more to James’s penchant for rentboys than Cal realizes, and it may be one role that Cal can’t fill without overstepping his duty.

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L.A. Witt & Aleksandr Voinov – Payoff

Payoff (Market Garden, #6)Payoff by L.A. Witt Aleksandr Voinov
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Series: Market Garden #6
Source: Review By Request
Copy Received from Publisher
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Tristan and Jared have got it made. When they aren’t raking in the cash together at Market Garden, they’re burning up their own sheets and getting closer by the day. But something isn’t right. Tristan’s on edge, and Jared doesn’t understand why.

Before they can hash things out, their services are requested by none other than Rolex. And Rolex doesn’t just want to be a bystander this time. He wants Jared while Tristan watches, and he’s more than willing to pay for it.

But Tristan’s reached a breaking point, and even that huge wad of cash might not be enough to keep tonight’s arrangement from crashing and burning.

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My favorite Rent Boys are back!

The thought of sitting back and watching Rolex fuck Jared was simultaneously the hottest thing Tristan could imagine, and the most frustrating. He wanted to be the one moving inside Jared while Rolex watched. Or to hell with Rolex. He wanted Jared.
Jared and no one else.

By the end of Take It Off, Tristan & Jared were at the beginning of a beautiful relationship. They cared for each other, worked together, and got paid absurd amounts of money to entertain as a couple.

Important Announcement:
My birthday is in July… Do you know what I want?
I want to be in the middle of a Tristan and Jared Sandwich…
For days… Weeks, even…
Can I make a Kickstarter to contract the services of fictional Rent Boys?
Is the fact that I have a vagina a deal breaker?
I’m forming an exploratory committee…

Tristan & Jared are my favorite Rent Boys (so far) in the Market Garden Series… Their story is told over three short stories: Quid Pro Quo, Take It Off, & Payoff

I was thrilled to have the opportunity to read more of their journey. And quite frankly, I needed this boost of good ol’ fashion sex and sweetness after the emotional powerhouse that was Capture & Surrender.

Despite all the good things happening in the world of Tristan & Jared (both inside & outside Market Garden) Tristan is acting strange… And Jared can’t figure out why…

If Tristan was upset or unhappy, the least he could do was fucking say something.

Except if he said something, it might be “this isn’t working” or “we shouldn’t see each other anymore,” and Jared couldn’t stomach either option. He wanted more, not less.

So Tristan is brooding, Jared is fuming, and the silence is building. Just when Jared thinks he has the balls to confront his partner on his odd behavior, the universe throws them a curve ball… In the form of their old client Rolex. The mysterious American john (who is responsible for Tristan and Jared working together) has a new request. One which might break the pair…

L.A. Witt & Aleksandr Voinov – Capture & Surrender

Payoff (Market Garden, #6)Capture & Surrender by L.A. WittAleksandr Voinov
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Series: Market Garden #5
Source: Review By Request
Copy Received from Publisher
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Ever since his partner died, Frank has resigned himself to staying single. He wards off the loneliness by spending time with friends on the paintball field and running his high-end brothel, the Market Garden.

After one of his most lucrative rentboys quits, Frank is thrilled when a gorgeous replacement walks through the door. A former US soldier, Stefan is hot, bold, and perfect for the Market Garden’s clientele, especially those with a thing for camouflage and drill sergeants. He’s perfect for Frank, too, except Frank has a rule about not getting involved with his own rentboys.

During a frisky game of paintball, Stefan makes it clear that he doesn’t care about the rules. Not the rules of the game, and definitely not Frank’s refusal to get involved. He captures Frank on the field using stealth and cunning, and makes it clear that he’ll do anything to keep a hold of him off the field too.

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Market Garden gets serious with the fifth installment.

(BEWARE OF SPOILERS)

…everything about this seemed like a recipe for disaster.

But even if he was headed for the mother of all car crashes, he couldn’t bring himself to hit the brake with everything he had, not for his sake, not for Brandon’s sake, or Market Garden’s, or sanity, or morality, or because it wasn’t fair or even very balanced.

Seemed all he could do was grip the steering wheel and keep going until something stopped him.

We’re talking about heavy emotion and serious subjects with this one…

There’s still plenty of kinky fun going on in Capture & Surrender (more on that later) but this one packs on content and emotion unseen in the previous titles in this series… And I ate up every page.

As a side note – this book was nominated for a Lambda Literary Award, and it is well deserved.

FRANK

That silent companionship was as important as the scorching sex, maybe more important in the long run. He could relax with Brandon in his life, and that gratitude was so deep it nearly brought tears to his eyes.

Frank is the owner of Market Garden. He is surrounded by London’s top-shelf Rent Boys, yet he goes home alone each night…

BRANDON

Brandon grinned at him, and every time he did that, something shifted inside Frank, some weight, or maybe his heart, or his whole damn collection of organs swapped places.

Brandon (aka Stefan) is an American who came to London to escape his past. As an ex-military man with a cocky personality, he pushes all of franks buttons…

But Frank doesn’t get involved with Rent Boys…

He has his reasons:
The main issue being addressed here is that Frank, is HIV positive. He watched his partner die from the disease, and his accounts of that are tragic beyond belief. Completely heart-wrenching.

Frank didn’t want Brandon to suffer so much that the final drawn-out tone on Frank’s ECG monitor would be welcomed.

With that in mind, the courtship of Frank & Brandon goes beyond the standard taboos they would have faced:

Employer / Employee
Older / Younger
John / Rentboy

…because status had to be disclosed.
Decisions had to be made.

How much were they willing to risk?

This was a level of intense emotion which took me by surprise at first. Market Garden hadn’t really addressed any potential relationship drama outside the john / Rent Boy dynamic… But I’m so glad L.A. Witt & Aleksandr Voinov took a chance and addressed some rough issues. It was emotional, beautiful, and completely worth reading.

*clears throat*

In lighter news…

The Kinky paint-ball games were wonderfully sexy and inventive!

“It’s essentially capture kink.”

Stefan’s eyes were bright.

Frank went on. “Basically, you capture someone on the field, he’s yours. Capture a team’s flag? Your team gets the spoils.”

“Spoils of war.” Stefan beamed. “I like it.”

“Figured you might.”

That’s right, to the victor goes the kinky sex!

There’s the requisite safe-words, etc, and Frank and his buddies referee the players… But it made for some seriously hot interactions between players hooped up on adrenaline and testosterone.

They should really sell spectator tickets…
Just sayin’

In addition, I loved the boisterous friendship between Frank, Emily, Geoff, & Mike.

Emily pointed a finely manicured nail at Brandon. “You, sir, are encouraging them.”

“Me?” Brandon showed his palms. “I was merely suggesting we pay homage to God and thank Him for all the food and wine and company. And stuff.”

“Uh-uh.” She shook her head once. “I paid for this stuff and turned it into something presentable and edible. You say grace to anyone, it’s Saint Emily O’Malley of the Sisters of Infinite Patience with Obnoxious Men.”

“That’s a bit of a mouthful, darling.” Mike straightened his napkin.

“That’s what she said,” Brandon muttered, and Mike burst out laughing.

How do I get invited to that dinner party? I’d love to see more of that group…

L.A. Witt & Aleksandr Voinov – If It Fornicates

Payoff (Market Garden, #6)If It Fornicates by L.A. Witt Aleksandr Voinov
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Series: Market Garden #4
Source: Personal Library
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

If it flies, drives, or fornicates, it’s cheaper to rent it.

Nick is a top earner in the Market Garden, where rentboys fulfill their high-rolling clients’ every sexual fantasy. As a Dom and a sadist, he sets his own price and is experienced enough not to let any client get out of hand. He’s damn good at his job, and it’s easy money.

Or at least it used to be. But now he has a boyfriend. Spencer is a former client, a closeted corporate lawyer, and so beautifully submissive he’s perfect for Nick. He doesn’t even mind how Nick earns a living. He just wants to take care of Nick—something Nick isn’t quite sure how to handle.

In fact, Nick’s clearly off his game these days. Sure, he’s tired from his shift work and his studies, but mainly he’s bored by his clients and distracted by thoughts of Spencer—dangerous for everyone when he’s wielding a whip. Now Nick has to make a choice: give up his independence, or walk away from the only man he’s ever loved.

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The conclusion of Nick & Spencer’s story blurs the line between warm/fuzzy and steamy/sexy!

“When you invited me over tonight,” he said, deliberately whispering so Spencer had to strain to hear, “was it just for dinner? Or did you want… something more?”

“I want everything you give me, Nick. Anything at all.”

Oh God, talk about sparks flying. Almost four months in, it still felt like they’d barely scratched the surface.

If It Flies and If It Fornicates are a duet within the Market Garden Series which follow the relationship of Nick and Spencer. In the last book our D/s couple decided to go all-in and cultivate a relationship beyond their professional arrangement. Their feelings had grown too deep to continue on the Rent Boy/john path.

SPENCER

Spencer never seemed remotely tempted to back away. He reminded Nick of a kid trying out a theme park ride for the first time: he knew it was inherently safe, and wasn’t actually afraid, but had no idea what twists and turns and feelings awaited him once the ride began.

Spencer has found a bright spot in his dreary day-to-day life: Nick, the Rent Boy who whipped his way into Spencer’s heart. Together they are exploring how far they can blur the lines of pleasure and pain, but they are also finding warmth and easy companionship in the arms of each other.

NICK

He was one of the in-demand rentboys; like Jared and Tristan, he had his own little fan club. Regular customers, some who’d paid enough over time that they could’ve bought themselves luxury cars in cash instead of blowing their wads on, well, blowing their wads.

Nick is having a hard time trying to create a balance between his personal and professional lives. Spencer seems perfectly fine with Nick continuing his work at Market Garden, but Nick’s dick heart is no longer in the game. He can’t get Spencer off his mind, and his work is suffering for it… And when you wield a whip for a living, your clients could suffer for it as well…

Nick finds himself at a crossroads…

I can be Spencer’s boyfriend. I can be a rent boy.
I can’t be both.

I loved this installment of the Market Garden Series…

I loved that If It Flies was exclusively Spencer’s POV, while If It Fornicates was exclusively Nick’s…

I loved the struggle which came from trying to balance Nick’s job with his growing feelings for Spencer…

I loved how beautifully the two interacted together – from casual dates to whips and chains…

I loved the parallel of their jobs: both demanding and soul-crushing at times, but one infinitely more “acceptable” than the other…

There was so much warmth and affection in this story.
*sigh*
Another winner from the Market Garden Series…

L.A. Witt & Aleksandr Voinov – If It Flies

Payoff (Market Garden, #6)If It Flies by L.A. WittAleksandr Voinov
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Series: Market Garden #3
Source: Personal Librabry
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

If it flies, drives, or fornicates, it’s cheaper to rent it.

Spencer is in a rut. Long hours at the law firm are sucking the life out of him, and he doesn’t have time or energy for a relationship. He’s lonely, horny, and itching for something new, so he tries the Market Garden, an exclusive—and expensive—brothel. Spencer isn’t in the door five minutes before a cocky rentboy makes his move.

Nick isn’t just any rentboy, though. He’s a Dom, he’s a sadist, and he’s everything Spencer didn’t know he was missing. One night turns into more, and before long, Spencer is one of Nick’s regular clients.

Both men think they’re just scratching each other’s backs: Spencer’s exploring a submissive, masochistic side he never knew he had, and Nick is getting off and getting paid. But as time goes on, it’s clear their strictly professional arrangement . . . isn’t, and if Nick has one hard limit, it’s that he doesn’t get romantically entangled with his johns. The problem is, while Nick doesn’t want to be owned, Spencer’s no longer content with just renting.

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Market Garden takes a turn toward the sadistic side of lust…

It was odd that he felt his strongest while Nick hurt him. Not hurt hurt, but that moment when the pain came in and receded, like a rolling wave that bared treasure on the way back—that moment felt always like he’d tapped into an inner strength he’d never before touched or been aware of.

I couldn’t stay away from the Market Garden series.
1 – I adore L.A. Witt & Aleksandr Voinov
2 – I have a thing for Rent Boys
3 – I loved the first two books

While Quid Pro Quo & Take It Off were all about the blossoming lust-to-love romance of Jared and Tristan, this book focuses on the whip-wielding rent boy Nick…

He wasn’t just a prostitute. He wasn’t even just a top. He was, quite literally, during the scenes, the centre of Spencer’s world.

It seems like business as usual when a skiddish new john walks in to Market Garden. Nick wastes no time in sizing him up as a submissive, and quickly makes a move for the new client.

What the hell? Spencer could make juniors stammer and bend clients to his will. But this blond kid who’d wrapped himself in leather and arrogance turned him into a stuttering, stumbling idiot.

Spencer is a Corporate Attorney who is on the fast-track to a heart attack if he doesn’t learn to leave his desk and blow off some steam. As a closeted lawyer, he can’t seem to use the usual avenues to find willing bed-mates… At the recommendation of a friend, he finds himself at Market Garden and face to face with Nick.

A whirlwind relationship in the form of a business transaction ensues. As Spencer and Nick explore the pleasure that can be gained from combining their sadistic & masochistic tendencies, the trust and familiarity grows into something far more intimate…

Both men think they’re just scratching each other’s backs: Spencer’s exploring a submissive, masochistic side he never knew he had, and Nick is getting off and getting paid. But as time goes on, it’s clear their strictly professional arrangement . . . isn’t, and if Nick has one hard limit, it’s that he doesn’t get romantically entangled with his johns. The problem is, while Nick doesn’t want to be owned, Spencer’s no longer content with just renting.

I’m diving right into If It Fornicates to find out what happens with this kinky pair. I’m not sure if I liked this book quite as much as the first two in the series… I think that the dual POV with Jared and Tristan made those books stronger. This story is told solely from Spencer’s perspective, but I happen to know that the next book is Nick’s POV, so this type of split seems interesting.

L.A. Witt & Aleksandr Voinov – Take It Off

Payoff (Market Garden, #6)Take It Off by L.A. WittAleksandr Voinov
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Series: Market Garden #2
Source: Personal Library
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Turnabout is foreplay.

High-end Market Garden rentboys Tristan and Jared have found their niche. Men are willing to pay good money to watch Tristan tease Jared, and the two of them seduce London’s elite with sex and power games.

Except Tristan is less and less interested in getting money out of the johns these days. He wants his partner in crime, and he wants the seduction to be real. But is Jared just in this for the pay?

When Rolex, the john who started it all, returns to Market Garden, the boys jump on the opportunity to service him—and each other—for a fresh pile of cash. Rolex isn’t the only one itching for a rematch, though. Jared’s been waiting for a chance to get back at Tristan for teasing him so mercilessly the first time.

And for a former stripper, revenge is a dish best served extra hot.

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The second book in the Market Garden series features a particularly brilliant bit of steamy revenge…

…Tristan hadn’t forgotten his own favourite thing about stripping: the sadistic joy of grinding and undulating on a man who had no choice but to sit still and take it.
Sit still and take it, which was exactly what he had to do this time. Oh. Shit.

Rolex is back for more voyeurism – and who can blame him? In book one Tristan teased Jared to within an inch of his sanity… In this installment of the Market Garden Series, Jared has the opportunity to turn the tables…

Tristan has been growing closer and closer to Jared since their first performance together, and feelings are growing deeper. He’s starting to loose control and blurring the lines between performance and pleasure. His particular brand of Dominance and control is being put to the test by Rolex’s new rule: No touching the dancer…

Tristan didn’t have a submissive bone in his body, but if Jared was like this when he was on top, there wasn’t much Tristan wouldn’t do if Jared snapped his fingers and demanded it.

I loved every single minute of this book – watching Tristan go crazy, Jared show his confident side, and the pair of them work over Rolex for an absurd amount of money. I’m absolutely loving this series and can’t wait to read the next installment!