Friday, 24 October 2008

Bent - Sean Michaels

bent When Marcus took a simple stroll into a book shop, little did he know that the first annoying, irritating and absolutely rudest man that he would meet that day – would make him want to hold him and not let go.

Marcus a leather worker by trade and heavily into the BDSM lifestyle is comfortable in his skin. He knows what he wants, when he wants it and how to go about getting it. When he meets jittery Jim at his local book shop he is not only caught up in the whole essence of the man, but also the need to claim this man as his own.

An ex-professor, Jim, has not had an easily life these past few years. Accused of a crime he did not commit, he is still paying for it. Trying to compensate, he hides away and brings the worst of his personality out to play when he’s out in public. When he meets the most domineering man who tells him what he thinks he want, and show him what he knows he needs, with enough steel in his voice to have him bending to his wishes, he wonders if he’s just met his match.

Can two men wanting so much, one denying it and the other determine to give the other what he wants; find a way to be together without killing each other first?

Sean Michaels is a master at writing BDSM scenes. Jim and his master Marcus are two of his best creation to date. Jim has been hurt, trampled on and disillusioned by all that he believed in and those who he held dear, so much so, to have loss all faith in his own judgment and literally erode his confidence. When Marcus comes along brimming with confidence and seems to know it all – he realizes that there is another way, another option to being downtrodden and taking the easy way out.

The relationship is not without it’s up and down, as Jim is introduced into the BDSM lifestyle and although he protest that it’s not right for a grown man to be spanked and follow blindly he is secretly thrilled to have is master control him.

BENT is a wonderful collection to any true fan of Sean Michaels work, for first timers – be warned this will definitely not be your last Sean Michaels book.

 

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Thursday, 23 October 2008

No Longer His - Carol Lynne

Kelly Mullins has come to San Diego for a rare visit with her husband and two kids to see his family. She is trying to make sure everything goes perfect, as her life is not the fairy tale that she pretends it is. Her husband’s short temper is unpredictable at the best of times and at his worst it is something she only just mange to live with.

When she meets Sam during the visit, the attraction is instantaneous. Sam has lusted after Kelly from the moment he saw her photo in her brother-in-law’s office. When he finally meets her in person she takes his breathe away. Although she feels the attraction she immediately lets him know that she is married and cannot cross that line.

Kelly finds herself not only thinking about life without her husband and a different father for her kids – after all her husband has never lifted a finger against her girls.

When faith takes the matter out of her hands she must decide if she is prepared to accept that there is life after all she has been through, and is Sam still waiting after all this time.

With every book I read by Carol Lynne, I am constantly amazed at the depth of her characters, the level of emotions she draws with her stories and fact that she keeps us hanging on wanting and waiting for more.

Kelly’s story is heart breaking, she has been through so much and her future prospect looks dim – that is until she meets Sam and realizes that there is another life that she could have, if she wants it badly enough.

When she is literally thrust into a situation that Sam not only deals with, but becomes that shoulder to cry on and a rock she can lean on. They are willing to risk everything to make a life for themselves after the heartache.

NO LONGER HIS, is not only a book of emotional and physical trauma, but also of hope and forgiveness. An absolutely brilliant read.

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Friday, 10 October 2008

Die Slowly For Me - T.L. Gray

Marshall Eastwood is a Sniper for the Special Forces team, and a pain to the only female recruit of the team. Not content with giving her hell during training, he becomes wary when her concentration seems a bit off and decides to do something about it. He makes a surprise visit to her home, only to come face to a face with a woman with a loaded gun.

Nikki Jones has the rare opportunity to be the first and only woman in the Special Forces team. She has done and will do anything to keep her position on the team. However she has a secret and that secret has come home, before she’s even realised it.

With a high pressured job, a code of silence regarding what and who they can say things to, plus a no fraternisation rule, can Marshall and Nikki find a way to create their own Special Forces?

If you want a read with fast pace, twists and turns that keeps you at the edge of your seat, DIE SLOWLY FOR ME is a must. The plot is a pleasure to follow, with the issues of women in a male dominated job, parental abuse and the foster care system all being dealt with beautifully by Ms. Gray.

There are some very hilarious moments in this book and you can only have a healthy respect for Nikki’s inventiveness in standing up for herself. You will most certainly enjoy the teams’ reaction to her and the lengths they go through to stay out of her way.

T.L. Gray has produced an absolutely stunning read.

 

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Excerpt – The Courtland Chronicles - Triad – Cat Grant

 

 

 

 

From the Desk of CAT GRANT

This is the opening scene of my new Courtland Chronicles book, Triad. I just started it this week! Hope you all enjoy it. - Best, Cat

 

Eric Courtland poured his husband and his wife ice-cold flutes of Veuve Cliquot, then raised his own for a toast. "A decade together, with every year happier than the last. Here's to ten more, and beyond."

"Hear, hear," Nick and Ally both murmured, draining their glasses before tugging Eric down to lie between them on the plum silk duvet embroidered with the emblem of the Plaza-Athénée Hotel. They'd just returned from a celebratory five-star feast downstairs in the hotel's luxurious dining room, and now, wrapped in plush terrycloth robes, they curled up together, basking in contentment. New rings glittered on their left hands, elegant platinum bands sporting a flawless two-carat diamond for each year of their union. Eric had presented them to Nick and Ally that afternoon at the Paris registry office, when they had become legally husband, husband and wife, on the same date he and Ally had tied the knot in New York eleven years ago. The European Union had legalized gay and multiple-partner marriage ten months earlier, but to Eric, it had seemed only apropos to celebrate an existing anniversary while at the same time creating a new one.

So here they lay, on the same king-sized bed in the same lavish art-deco presidential suite where he and Ally had spent their first honeymoon. At last Eric pressed soft kisses to both his spouses' foreheads and remarked, "I can't remember the last time I've experienced such peace and quiet. Is everything all right?"

Ally favored him with a drowsy smile. There were tiny, crinkly laugh lines around her eyes now, and Eric cherished each and every one of them. Had they still been living in the States, she probably would've had them botoxed out of existence, but fortunately, European women didn't share their American counterparts' fear of natural aging. She rarely wore makeup anymore, but she hardly needed it; her skin and pale blond hair glowed with health from ten years of living in the Tuscan countryside. Eric didn't care if she never put on lipstick or blush again. To him, she looked beautiful exactly the way she was—all five feet and three inches of her. "I'm enjoying my alone time with my two favorite men. Anything wrong with that?"

"And I think I'm still a little stunned," Nick replied, propping himself up on one elbow, running his other hand through his gorgeous, unruly curls, flecked with new gray at the temples. He'd turned forty-five a couple of months earlier, but, thanks to the Olympic-sized pool and private gym they'd installed at their villa outside Florence, he'd managed to remain fit. Granted, he wasn't a twenty-year-old football player anymore, but the years had been exceptionally kind to him, slowly chipping away at his former lush male beauty to reveal the calmness, integrity and inner strength that lay beneath. Nick was the rock of their relationship, the one who held Eric steady when doubts and fears assailed him. "We've all wanted this for so long. Hard to believe it's finally happened."

"I've considered all three of us married for the past decade," Eric said. "The ceremony was a mere formality."

"I know, but…now I can all myself Nick Thompson-Courtland, and no one can say it's not true."

"No one in Europe, anyway," Ally interjected a touch bitterly.

Eric stretched, rolling the stiffness out of his neck while scooting up on his fluffy pile of pillows. "The US will come around eventually. Half the states have already legalized gay civil unions. Once the Supreme Court rules on that bisexual rights case in a few months, the question of multiple-partner marriage will be moot."

"I hope you're right," Nick murmured. "It'd be nice to be able to go home and visit my mom this Christmas as a legally married man."

"Speaking of which…" Ally purred with a grin, "Isn't it high time we consummated this marriage?"

"I couldn't agree more," Eric replied, dropping his hands to the belt of his robe, but two other pairs of hands beat him to it, quickly stripping him, then themselves, bare of the thick terrycloth. Fingertips swept over his skin, stroking softly, followed by warm, wet kisses from two beloved mouths. Eric let his eyes drift shut, savoring the ticklish sensation of one tongue swirling tiny, playful circles around his navel while another moved downward, then came the unmistakable feel of Ally's teasing lips nibbling at the crown of his cock. Eric let his legs fall open, hoping Nick would take the hint—and as usual, he did, sliding down between his new husband's thighs to lave his balls, sucking one, then the other, all the way into the warm, wet heaven of his mouth.

They took their time torturing him, bringing Eric to the brink of orgasm time and again before easing off, giggling at his frustrated cries and moans, obviously enjoying every delicious, excruciating moment of it. At last, when he knew he was mere seconds from spilling into Ally's mouth, she gripped him hard at the base of his cock and lifted her head, licking his pre-come off her lips as if it were the world's finest wine and she couldn't bear to waste a drop.

"I think the bride's ready to be entertained now," she said, rolling onto her back, fingers sliding between her own thighs, revealing how moist their foreplay had made her. "This is my wedding night, too, remember?"

Nick bit his lip, barely stifling a groan, but Eric was too far gone to show such restraint. All he could do was stare at his own cock, now purplish-red with arousal, waving in the air like an unadorned flagpole. "Y-You bitch. You could at least give me a little relief first."

"Wouldn't want the evening to end too quickly. Besides, you know this is my favorite part." She grinned. "C'mon, boys…your wife wants a show."

"You heard the lady," Nick growled, swooping down to capture Eric's lips in a brain-melting kiss. Fortunately, he knew better than put his huge paws on Eric's cock, or it would've been all over. After a couple of minutes with no direct stimulation, his erection subsided a bit, only to rise again when Nick rolled on top of him, his own thick, meaty cock now standing at attention, painting sticky streaks across Eric's torso.

Eric squirmed, moving his hips, desperate for release, but when Nick's hands closed over his wrists and one muscular thigh slid in between both of Eric's, pinning him to the mattress, Eric heaved a grateful sigh and gave himself over to it. Nick didn't take the dominant role too often, although he knew Eric loved it when he did. There was nothing he enjoyed more than lying beneath Nick's powerful body while his lover fucked him into oblivion. Many's the time Eric had shown up for the monthly board meeting at Courtland Industries' corporate headquarters in Rome sporting a grin that quickly became the office's number one topic of gossip.

But tonight he was apparently in for a ride of another sort. Lining their cocks up beside each other, Nick took them both in one hand and began stroking hard, while at the same time licking and biting Eric's throat. It was like being attacked by a porno-movie version of Dracula. A chortle bubbled to Eric's lips, until Nick's sea-green eyes locked on his, deep and intense. His laughter quickly fizzled.

Nick kissed him deeply, raping Eric's mouth with his tongue, gripping and stroking him harder, until he couldn't hold on a second longer. Letting go with a ragged cry, he spurted warm ribbons all over Nick's hand and his own belly. Then Nick sat back on his heels, jerking himself to an explosive climax before collapsing in a spent, sated heap at Eric's side.

For a minute, Ally looked as if she was about to burst out in applause, but she settled for a delighted grin instead. "That was quite a performance. You're both panting like you've just run a marathon."

"Th-that was my cardio for the whole week," Nick puffed, sweeping a handful of damp curls off his forehead.

"Make that two weeks for me." Eric reached for the box of tissues on the bedside table and quickly cleaned himself and Nick up, then slumped back on his pillows, dragging in deep, cleansing breaths. Several years ago, before the heart attack that had helped drive the last nail in his senatorial career's coffin, such strenuous sexual activity would've left him dizzy and on the verge of fainting. But according to his last medical checkup, his heart was stronger now than it had been since his twenties. Apparently a decade of daily gym workouts and Luciana's healthy home-cooked cuisine was paying off in spades.

Once his and Nick's pulses had returned to normal, they favored Ally with twin predatory grins. "On your back, wife," Eric growled, both of them swarming over her while she dissolved in giggles, "and prepare to be ravished."

They kissed, bit, licked and sucked every last millimeter of Ally's exposed skin until her laughter faded into broken moans and she melted into a puddle of arousal, arching her back and clutching at both of them, whimpering if their hands and mouths left her for even a split-second. At last they deigned to show some mercy, and give her what they knew she wanted.

Parting her thighs wide, they lifted her up and slid a pillow under her hips to grant them both a better angle of access. Then they fell to their respective tasks with abandon, worshipping  her like a pair of horny altar boys, Nick diddling and sucking her clit while Eric fucked her with his fingers and tongue. She came within seconds—and then again, and again, until her cries of released turned into hoarse, husky sobs, begging for mercy.

She lay cradled between them for several long minutes until her eyes finally opened, and she flashed them both the world's dreamiest, well-fucked smile. "Anybody up for round two?"

Eric's glance flicked to Nick, then to Ally, then they all burst out laughing. "We've got all weekend," he pointed out. "Don't you think we should pace ourselves?"

"Where's the fun in that?" Nick interjected, leaning in to kiss Ally, and then Eric, in turn. Eric could still taste his own essence mingled with Ally's on his lover's lips.

No, scratch that—his husband's lips.

"My husband," Eric whispered, kissing Nick again, softly and deeply, winding his fingers in Nick's curls, as if he'd dissolve like morning fog if Eric ever let go.

"Hey." Nick drew back at last, clasping Eric's hand in both his own. Their rings glinted in the pale city light streaking through their suite's wispy white curtains. "You don't need to hold on so tight. I'm not going anywhere."

"I-I know, but… I still can't believe we actually got here."

"I can," Ally said softly.

Well, that was no surprise. Ally had always been the most optimistic of the three of them. She was the one who lifted their spirits, made them all laugh when the going got bleak. It was the reason he and Nick loved her so much.

"My husband," Eric repeated, lying back down next to Ally, then reaching across to clasp Nick's hand. "My wife."

They were a unit—inseparable, indivisible. And, Eric vowed silently as they slipped into an exhausted, blissful doze, he'd do everything in his power to protect them and keep them safe.

Triad © Cat Grant

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