Amelia Faulkner – All the Arts of Hurting (Review & Excerpt)

All the Arts of Hurting by Amelia Faulkner

Source: Review by Request
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My Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars

As far as Lord Duncan Aldham is concerned, war is a thing which affects other people. He’s quite content to sit in the ancestral pile, ride his horses, and defend himself against his mother’s attempts to marry him off. So when Duncan meets the Manor’s new stable hand he’s thoroughly unprepared for the desire which the man ignites within him.

William Fossett is handsome, muscular, and utterly forbidden. A kind and gentle soul, William is a pacifist in a country which is about to force every man to test the strength of their convictions.

Confused by his yearning for Fossett, Duncan will soon be forced to work out whether he dare act upon this illicit attraction to another man – and to a Commoner, no less. But Fossett has bigger problems: the Military Service Act has been passed into law, and even absolutists are at risk of conscription…

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Bey Deckard – Fated: Blood and Redemption (Review & Excerpt)

Fated: Blood and Redemption by Bey Deckard

Series: Baal’s Heart #3
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My Rating: 5 of 5 Stars

With the captain’s mind in shambles, Jon and Tom set out to find the passage home through the black mountain range, hoping to find a cure for Baltsaros’s madness. However, when the men are forced to part ways, darkness takes root in the schism created; fate, lust, and vengeance become obsessions threatening to tear apart the fragile bonds holding the three together.

Following on the heels of Sacrificed, Fated takes the pirates on a quest to find those responsible for the captain’s bloody beginnings. But can they survive what awaits them where past and present meet?

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Bey Deckard – Sacrificed: Heart Beyond the Spires (Review & Excerpt)

Sacrificed: Heart Beyond the Spires by Bey Deckard

Series: Baal’s Heart #2
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My Rating: 5 of 5 Stars

Reunited once more, the crew of Baal’s Heart must make the long and treacherous journey south to the towering spires of the Devil’s Isles. The path through the mountain range is fraught with peril; mayhem and tragedy plague the pirate ship, but what the men find beyond the spires is the most shocking of all.

In this sequel to the acclaimed Caged, the pirates are dragged into a dangerous new world by Captain Baltsaros’s all-consuming obsession. In the midst of terror and chaos, Jon learns that the captain and first mate have been keeping secrets from him. But will the truth tear them apart?

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Christa Kelley – Noble Heart: Salvation (Review, Excerpt, & Giveaway)

Noble Heart: Salvation by Christa Kelley

Series: Noble Hearts #1
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My Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Noble Hearts is a Gay Romance series. This is not a standalone novella.

Lord Bryce Callaway is desperate. Abandoned and betrayed by those who vowed to support him, he’s forced to search outside the law to bring justice to his late wife and peace to his heart.

Ferren Bardin will do just about anything if the price is right. He’s reckless, but charming. Infuriating, but devastatingly handsome. He’s exactly the sort of distraction Bryce doesn’t need, but exactly the sort of mercenary he does.

Brought together by circumstance, two broken souls must save one another from a political plot that threatens to rip the country apart, and from the darkness in their own hearts.

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Bey Deckard – Caged: Love and Treachery on the High Seas (Review & Excerpt)

Caged: Love and Treachery on the High Seas by Bey Deckard

Series: Baal’s Heart #1
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My Rating: 5 of 5 Stars

Sheltered and lonely, Jon’s life changes drastically when a strange ship sails into the harbour of his small port town one day. Trapped between the possessive pirate captain and his murderous first mate, he must learn to adapt or he will lose himself completely. An epic tale of love, treachery and revelation, this first installment of the Baal’s Heart trilogy brings you into the lives of three men so bound together by jealousy and lies that they must sail to the very ends of the earth to find forgiveness.

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J. Dunatos – Bed Mates (Review, Excerpt, Interview, & Giveaway)

Bed MatesBed Mates by J. Dunatos

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My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

Slade is a slave, who has spent years doing manual labor and sleeping on a dirty cot in a crowded barracks. When he is chosen by the Mistress of the castle to be a pleasure slave, he thinks his prayers have been answered. But there is another slave chosen to serve at his side, and Slade’s new bed-mate might jeopardize his cushy new job.

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Elise Artez – The Minotaur’s Mate: Claimed (Review, Excerpt, Interview, & Giveaway)

The Minotaur’s Mate: Claimed by Elise Artez

Series: The Minotaur’s Mate #1
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My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

When Kiryn is caught stealing, she’s forced to work off her debt by servicing half-man, half-bull monsters: Minotaur. But when she meets the quiet and honorable minotaur Rogan, she’s inexplicably drawn to him–and drawn to the idea of being taken by him.

Will her desire for Rogan overcome her fear of becoming a beastman’s mate?

Warning: This 18,000 word erotic novella contains graphic depictions of self-pleasure, manual stimulation, a massive size difference and rough sex with a mythical creature. Adults only!

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Tami Veldura – Blood In The Water (Review & Excerpt)

Blood In The Water by Tami Veldura

Series: An Act of Piracy #1
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My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

Kyros Vindex, treasure-hunter, has a problem. He’s carrying a torch for a fellow pirate with the sexual awareness of a teaspoon. Rumors say the man has killed hundreds. He’s determined to knock some sense into the work-a-holic that captains the Midnight Sun, but damned if he knows how.

Eric Deumont has more pressing concerns than the treasure-obsessed Kyros. There’s a creature inked into his chest that no witch in the seas will lay hands on for all the gold in the world. He knows it gives the Midnight Sun a cursed reputation and that doesn’t make living any easier. He has heard stories of spirits trapped for lifetimes inside spelled puzzle jars. Eric tracked down three of the pieces for such a jar with a lead number four. The fifth is still out there.

Even then, the spirit of vengeance that lives in Eric’s skin has no intention of giving up such easy access to the mortal realm. It craves blood and the light of the moon allows it to wreak unchecked havoc. Cursed is an insult. This is madness.

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Lyn Gala – Shepherd, Slave, and Vow

Shepherd, Slave, and Vow by Lyn Gala

Source: Personal Library
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

Bored with the privileges and duties of a member of the first family, Ferro finds himself in the slave tents as a consequence of his antics, knowing he’ll be rescued before long. At least, that’s the way it’s always worked before. This time, though, Ferro finds himself sold as a sheep-tender along with an intriguingly mysterious slave called Lisias. For the first time, Ferro’s met someone who seems immune to his wiles, and he’ll soon learn that Lisias has more to teach him than just shepherding.

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A fabulous little MM Historical Romance!

“I don’t want easy sex here.”
“That’s amusing because I have a reputation for being fairly easy.”

I had a great time with this, and it flew by. There was not a single wasted scene in this novella!

There’s a great buildup between the characters. Their banter was delightful and really drew me in. There’s a fair amount of heat as well, even if it takes a while for them to come together physically.

There’s a fair amount of bondage and power-play, but this book sits on the sweeter side of the erotic…

It leaves you feeling lighthearted and absolutely satisfied.

If this is an accurate representation of the quality of writing I can expect from Lyn Gala, you can be sure I’ll be reading more of her work in the future!

FYI: You can read the first chapter of this book on Lyn Gala’s website!

Shay Savage – Transcendence

Transcendence by Shay Savage

Source: Personal Library
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It’s said that women and men are from two different planets when it comes to communication, but how can they overcome the obstacles of prehistoric times when one of them simply doesn’t have the ability to comprehend language?

Ehd’s a caveman living on his own in a harsh wilderness. He’s strong and intelligent, but completely alone. When he finds a beautiful young woman in his pit trap, it’s obvious to him that she is meant to be his mate. He doesn’t know where she came from; she’s wearing some pretty odd clothing, and she makes a lot of noises with her mouth that give him a headache. Still, he’s determined to fulfill his purpose in life – provide for her, protect her, and put a baby in her.

Elizabeth doesn’t know where she is or exactly how she got there. She’s confused and distressed by her predicament, and there’s a caveman hauling her back to his cavehome. She’s not at all interested in Ehd’s primitive advances, and she just can’t seem to get him to listen. No matter what she tries, getting her point across to this primitive, but beautiful, man is a constant – and often hilarious – struggle.

With only each other for company, they must rely on one another to fight the dangers of the wild and prepare for the winter months. As they struggle to coexist, theirs becomes a love story that transcends language and time.

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