Shay Savage – Worth

Worth by Shay Savage

Source: Personal Library
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

An injured Roman Tribunus finds comfort in the touch of the slave commanded to tend to his wounds. As a slave, her value is measured as a couple of coins, but as Tribunus Faustus learns more about her, he begins to understand her true worth. Still, a man of his station can never acknowledge feelings for a slave, and she is already owned by another man.

 

 

 

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Jae T. Jaggart – Objects Of His Obsession

Objects Of His ObsessionObjects Of His Obsession by Jae T. Jaggart
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Source: Review by Request
Copy provided by Author
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

London, 1898

Lord Benedict Yeats has two obsessions.

One of which has a definite pulse – the seductive and beautiful Evander St John, Duke of Casterwell. A man he has a certain history with.

A man who tells Benedict that he has spent too long amongst sand and dead things. He might not be wrong. Casterwell’s world is one of sexual sophistication and games that Benedict cannot hope to match.

But when Benedict returns from working on a famous dig in Cairo, Casterwell invites him to a country house party that will change his life. An Egyptologist of growing renown, Benedict will also catalogue the famous Casterwell collection of antiquities.

And almost certainly, will become one of Casterwell’s string of lovers. But will he be the one to break through that glittering façade? Or will the scars of Casterwell’s dark, bloody past and his complex and fiercely deceptive private life tear them apart?

Warning: Contains two men wildly obsessed, a lust too long denied, hot m/m sex between a naive Egyptologist and one very determined duke, and absolutely no cursed tombs. Approx. 56000 words.

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Heidi Belleau & Violetta Vane – Mark of the Gladiator

Mark of the Gladiator (Warriors of Rome, #4)Mark of the Gladiator by Heidi Belleau & Violetta Vane

Series: Warriors of Rome #4
Source: Personal Library
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

After an inconvenient display of mercy in the arena, the gladiator Anazâr is pulled from the sands and contracted to nobleman Lucius Marianus to train his new stable of female gladiators. His new charges are demoralized and untested, and they bear the marks of slavery and abuse. Anazâr has a scant four months to prepare them for the arena, and his new master demands perfection.

Anazâr’s surprised by how eager he is to achieve it—far more eager than a man motivated by only self-preservation. Perhaps it’s because Marianus is truly remarkable: handsome, dignified, honorable, and seemingly as attracted to Anazâr as Anazâr is to him.

But the rivalry between Marianus and his brother, Felix, sparks a murder conspiracy, with Anazâr and his gladiatrices caught in the middle. One brother might offer salvation . . . but which? And in a world where life is worth less than the pleasures of the crowd or the whims of a master, can there be any room for love? As a gladiator, Anazâr’s defenses are near impenetrable. But as a man, he learns to his cost that no armor or shield can truly protect his heart.

This title is part of the Warriors of Rome collection

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A brilliant MM Romance with a Gladiator Twist – Complete with all the debauchery and backstabbing you expect from ancient Rome.

Death made love all the more urgent.

This book absolutely blew me away.

Why did I pick it up?
* It’s MM March, so I’m reading MM Romances all month. This Historical themed book was the perfect addition to the line up.
* The Authors are also working on The Flesh Cartel Series which is wonderfully written.
* This book is part of a larger series but can be read as a stand-alone. Which is a good thing, because I’ve not read any of the other books in the series…
* It was a free e-book found on Amazon.

ANAZAR

He was tired of worrying about later. He’d live like he did in the arena, one passionate horrible glorious moment at a time.

Taken form the battlefield and given the slave name Cyrenaicus, Anazâr has become a formidable Gladiator in Rome. After refusing to slaughter helpless opponents, he is traded to a wealthy Roman household with a new mission – training a ragtag troupe of female slaves to fight as Gladiatrices.

In the arena, his enemies are obvious, but in the corrupt and wealthy circles of Rome, Anazâr discovers that danger lurks around every corner…

The cast of characters in this story would give any Epic a run for its money. The fact that the author was able to pack so much emotion, intrigue, and action into 238 pages is nothing short of astounding.

MARIANUS & AELIA

Marianus’s Power: the ability to command without threat, to have his expectations fulfilled without voicing them.
That same touch guided Anazâr to his knees.

The wealthy Lucius Marianus and his wife Aelia have acquired Anazâr to train their female fighters. The former trainer for the gladiatrices was far more concerned with availing himself of their feminine charms (sometimes against their will) than he was with training the women to fight. Anazâr, however, has no such desire. It’s why he was specifically chosen for this task.

Marianus appears to be an honorable man and a fair master. He is both powerful and attractive and uses his these traits to his advantage to gain the respect and loyalty of Anazâr…

FELIX

“We are all the same. Bags of bones and blood and brilliance.”

Felix is the black-sheep little brother of Lucius Marianus. Openly disdainful of both his brother and the elite of Rome with which he surrounds himself. Felix prefers to enjoy the pleasures of life: poetry, wine, and sex. This lust for life – and lust in general – does not go unnoticed by Anazâr.

As the attraction builds between Felix and Anazâr, their forbidden romance could quite possibly turn deadly. When Anazâr saves Felix from an assassin, he finds himself enveloped in a murderous plot on the house of Marianus – and everyone is a suspect.

THE GLADIATRICES

Even though these women weren’t necessarily the main characters in this story, the female warriors were incredibly badass. I tip my hat to them.

This story keeps you on the edge of your seat as you attempt to unravel the murderous plots surrounding the Marianus household. It seems that everyone has the means and motive to kill each other, and Anazâr is trapped in the middle of it all. Seems aristocratic Romans are just as bloodthirsty as any Gladiator Anazâr has ever challenged in the arena.

Anazâr’s loyalty is split.
As a Gladiator, he has only himself…
As a Slave, he must protect the house of Marianus…
As a trainer, he must protect the fate of his fighters…
As a man, his heart is bound to Felix…

The emotional forbidden romance between Felix and Anazâr was both beautiful and erotic. I feel that this book would be enjoyed by all lovers of Romance – even if you don’t usually go for Historical Romances, even if you don’t necessarily read MM Romance, this book transcends those genres to create a moving and lasting love story – I highly recommend it! I absolutely loved it.


Book Lovers: Sexy Stories from Under the Covers

Book Lovers: Sexy Stories from Under the Covers

Edited by Shawna Kenney
Featuring Multiple Authors
Source: Review by Request
ARC Provided by the Publisher
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Forget poorly written prose and clichéd love scenes: Book Lovers answers the call for sexy literature with substance. This collection of toe-curling tales written by and for word-worshippers offers well-crafted fiction and creative nonfiction that connects literature to libido. From a Vonnegut-inspired tryst to an imaginary ménage à trois with Henry Miller and Anaïs Nin, the book encompasses a veritable buffet of literary fantasies.

Whether they’re conjuring Junot Díaz between the sheets or dreaming of a modern-day enactment of Wuthering Heights—this time refusing Edgar in favor of lusty, bodice-ripping nights with Heathcliff—the stories in Book Lovers are designed for readers’ brains and bodies.

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Michele Hauf – Dark Rapture

Dark Rapture by Michele Hauf

Source: Personal Library
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Sebastian DelaCourte has lived centuries, always seeking, wondering about the woman who made him vampire. He desires love. He needs blood.
Scarlet Rose captures his heart, and promises love—but not without forcing the two to face the twisted fate of time and undying passion.

A macabre paranormal romance featuring vampires, time-travel, an angry ghost, and rock ‘n roll. Set in contemporary Los Angeles and 18th century Paris.

 

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A fun & Captivating story!

Sebastian’s name grated across his mind like a dull blade…

The story spans hundreds of years… It includes:
Vampires,
Ghosts,
Time Travel,
Romance,
Great Characters,
Fun Settings,
and Rock & Roll…

Oh My! I can see this turning into a very enjoyable series should the author continue following the captivating characters he has created.

I’m still tickled about Sebastian’s obsession with Jello…

Suddenly his smile disappeared and he was all seriousness. “You dropped the sacred food of the gods, woman. You are aware of what happens to those who blaspheme the Jell-O gods?” He reached back and produced his own handful of dessert.

It was too hard to keep a straight face. Scarlet let loose her laughter as she tried to fend off Sebastian’s approach. His jaw was set, his hand full of Jell-O, and his mouth desperately trying to hold a straight line.
“Torture to those who would desanctify this most holy substance!”

Seth Grahame-Smith – Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, #1)Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith

Series: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies #1
Source: Personal Library
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains.”

So begins Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, an expanded edition of the beloved Jane Austen novel featuring all-new scenes of bone-crunching zombie mayhem. As our story opens, a mysterious plague has fallen upon the quiet English village of Meryton—and the dead are returning to life! Feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet is determined to wipe out the zombie menace, but she’s soon distracted by the arrival of the haughty and arrogant Mr. Darcy. What ensues is a delightful comedy of manners with plenty of civilized sparring between the two young lovers—and even more violent sparring on the blood-soaked battlefield. Can Elizabeth vanquish the spawn of Satan? And overcome the social prejudices of the class-conscious landed gentry? Complete with romance, heartbreak, swordfights, cannibalism, and thousands of rotting corpses, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies transforms a masterpiece of world literature into something you’d actually want to read.

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This is one of a handful of non-erotic books featured on this site, but it is so entertaining, I couldn’t help but post a review!

“IT IS A TRUTH universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains. Never was this truth more plain than during the recent attacks at Netherfield Park, in which a household of eighteen was slaughtered and consumed by a horde of the living dead.”

You should know that my enjoyment of this book was GREATLY enhanced by the fact that I re-read Jane Austin’s Pride and Prejudice before I read this, and I fervently hope you’ll do the same. The reader get’s a much better appreciation of the humor when the original is fresh in their brain…
LOL
Brains… you see what I did there?

To be clear, I’m not much of a Jane Austen fan… I appreciate her iconic work for what it is, but I was in no danger of being offended by reading a parody of her work.

This is a line for line retelling of Pride and Prejudice with Elizabeth and her sisters appearing as highly trained zombie hunters. The whole of the plot remains the same, but it so much more enjoyable with the addition of hoards of flesh-eating undead.

I adored 3/4 Zombie Mrs. Collins. Her character was the best in the book by far.

“What remained of Charlotte would liked to have believed this change the effect of love, and the object of that love her friend Eliza. She watched him whenever they were at Rosings, and whenever he came to Hunsford; but without much success, for her thoughts often wandered to other subjects, such as the warm, succulent sensation of biting into a fresh brain. Mr. Darcy certainly looked at her friend a great deal, but the expression of that look was disputable. It was an earnest, steadfast gaze, but she often doubted whether there were much admiration in it, and sometimes it seemed nothing but absence of mind. And upon imagining Mr. Darcy’s mind, her thoughts would again turn to the subject of chewing on his salty, cauliflower-like brain.”

“In her kind schemes for Elizabeth, she sometimes planned her marrying Colonel Fitzwilliam. He was beyond comparison the most pleasant man; he certainly admired her, and his situation in life was most eligible; but, to counterbalance these advantages, Mr. Darcy had a considerably larger head, and thus, more brains to feast upon.”

I laughed and giggled my way through this book. Well done!