At His Throat, A Promise by Lilith Grey

med_AtHisThroatTitle: At His Throat, A Promise

Series: N/A

Author: Lilith Grey

Genre: MMM / BDSM

Length: Extended Novel

Publisher: Amber Allure

Reviewer: Thommie

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥4.5Hearts

Blurb: In the slave city of Spire, Ellis has been discarded. His former master, a man who was supposed to teach him and take care of him, passed away, leaving Ellis alone and in danger of being taken to the Facility. Ellis is desperate to avoid that fate. He seeks a master to take him on, guiding him into adulthood as well as a profession. Ellis has had desire stolen from him—he’s been trained to blush, to submit, to give in. He doesn’t know how to cope with William, a man who wants the real Ellis.

William is a Master, a man born in a neighbour city that does not deal in slavery. He has had bad experiences with slaves in the past, but all that changes when he rescues Harte, a young slave whose abusive master had all but destroyed him. Together, they are content in their mutual roles, not looking for anything more. But when Ellis catches the eye of Harte, and by extension, William, their relationship changes in ways for which they are unprepared.

Harte is a born submissive, a young man who lives for his role. He’s bratty but genuine. William, his master, is his entire life. Harte never expected to have room in his heart for another, but Ellis is beautiful and different and fills a place in his life that he hadn’t known was empty.

If only Ellis could learn to ask for what he desired, what he needed, then maybe William and Harte could help him. But Ellis is trapped inside himself, insecure and afraid. To stay with William, he only has to ask…but that’s the one thing Ellis cannot do…

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Review: The most intense thought that burned my head the moment I reached the end of this book was “I must read this again… Now!” The very next one was of how horrific this read was. There is this constant feel of fear all through the book that doesn’t let go, even when I reached the end and there was no more, I still had this fear in me that the next page is going to bring a greater devastating event that would literally kill me reading it. How very fascinating that this author maintained that level of intensity throughout the book. Terrific!

This book is narrated entirely by Ellis point of view. Ellis is unfortunate enough to be smart. In the city of Spire that means that when he reaches the age of 16 years old he must be put for servitude until he’s twenty. And that means that his body, mind and soul no longer belong to his but his master. He is to be trained his master’s profession, he is to serve that master in any sexual way and obey his every whim. He is his property. The unfortunate event of his master’s death leaves Ellis facing the Facility, a place where slaves without a Master to claim them go. A place to avoid at all cost.

In his desperation to find an owner Ellis comes across Harte and his Master, William. Not a very conventional Master/slave relationship one might say. It seems that Harte has his Master wrapped in his little finger. It seems that Harte is a spoilt slave. But those two are perfect and content in their relationship, for that is what it looks like to Ellis, who is dumbfounded to witness how Master William truly cares for his slave. That is almost unbelievable and causes great jealousy to Ellis who wants nothing more than a master to claim him, to own him and care for him like William does.

In an attempt to help a fellow slave from facing the Facility, Harte begs his Master to sponsor Ellis and so Ellis is taken into their home. However, the wonderful environment and care he experience there has Ellis scared. Scared that he will want to be a part of that, and if he’s honest the three of them seem perfect together. But Ellis is the kind of submissive that will never ask. He is not Harte, he will not want or if he does he will never show it.

And this is how a very painful emotionally story begins. A story that follows the horrors a slave endures in the hands of cruel masters, a story that follows the attempt and often failures of those kind Masters to change the law, a story that shows that cruelty is more acceptable than love in this peculiar world.

This is a love story first and foremost. A non-conventional love story between three people who literally go through hell, pain and horrors, a love story that goes against the world itself in order to survive and bloom. I loved all three main characters here. I adored Harte, a seemingly weak person who had an incredible strong will to live and love. I loved William, an amazing Master with an iron personality that bend enough to reach the sweetest feeling and conveyed a strong desire to love and respect him. Most of all I loved Ellis. That character was supreme in his beauty. Insecure most of the time he reached an amazing level of power in the end, when he finally sorted in him what was it that he wanted and that he must take it upon himself to make those wants reality for him.

And as you probably figured out, this book being about slavery, the sexual content was a bit more than explicit. The entire plot revolves around the sexual exploit of people, people being forced for years and years to endure horrible sexual tortures. The scenes are horrible and do not shy away from the gruesomeness or the pain. Many of those scenes may make your stomach churn and cause bile rising in your throat. However there is the threesome relationship of William-Ellis-Harte that will make up for it with a beauty and a balance that might leave you panting. I found them amazingly hot. The scenes were gorgeous and the writing was perfect even if it was seen in only one POV. The dramatic flavor of finality and the loss that was feared at every corner made for some very intense scenes as well. It was a feeling that will keep you constantly on your toes and won’t let you relax at all unless you reach the end line. I loved it, every single bit of this book.

And if you are so inclined and enjoy the hard-core BDSM read you will too love this book. As I said in the beginning of this review, my very first thought when I was done was that I must re-read this book… Now!

Just in Time by E. E. Montgomery

JustinTimeLGTitle:  Just In Time

Series: Just Life #3

Author:  E.E Montgomery

Genre:   Contemporary

Length:  108 pages (Novella)

Publisher:  Dreamspinner Press (February 6th)

Heat Level:  Low

Heart Rating:  ♥♥♥3Hearts

Blurb:  Sequel to Just Like a Date

Mark Mendelson’s life is close to perfect: he has good friends, a successful business, and a solid reputation in the jewelry industry. He fought hard to get what he has after nearly losing it all fifteen years ago, when his then boyfriend, Cole Porter, stole his designs.

When a handsome man enters Mark’s store to request a commitment ring—a design Mark made specifically for Cole—Mark wants nothing to do with him. All he can think about is his rage at Cole’s betrayal, something he thought he’d dealt with long ago. But Mark’s would-be customer, Dr. Liam Watson, returns to the shop, thinking Mark might provide some answers. For years Liam has tried to convince his cousin Jon to leave Cole, who abuses him. As the relationship between Jon and Cole disintegrates, a fragile new one forms between Liam and Mark—but Mark can’t move on until he confronts Cole once and for all.

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Review:  A fast read.

Very fast, actually. I ate up the whole book in one enjoyable sitting and, for the most part, I was satisfied.

What really worked for me in this novella were the mystery elements and the very clear story goal that pushes the reader through to the end. It didn’t lag. The writing was sparse on description and to-the-point. For a novella, it worked.

Mark is an interesting character, and I liked learning more about his past relationship bit by bit. The deliberate suspense the author employed to keep us interested and involved in the story worked just nicely.

That being said, I feel there was so much more potential for this story—particularly in the romance department. I found Liam was difficult for me to grow attached to. He wasn’t often in scenes, and when he was, it was hard for me to like him. I just couldn’t get a good feel for him. There were also a couple of points where I wanted to shake him for just leaving after having sex without a word to Mark. Ah, no, you don’t just do that without a reason.

Also, the book ended with no clear HEA, only the hope that there might be one.

Still, I have to say I really liked that there was a lot of action in the story. I’m a fan of unanswered questions that are over-and-above the ‘will they get together or won’t they?’ It felt like there was a solid plot here. Though I would have liked if the ‘love’ had been amped up a bit for an even more satisfying ending.

Lynx in the Blood by S. A. Welsh

1f8110776666fc8b9c61a05c4dbdc907.image.200x300Title: Lynx in the Blood

Series: Pack Valley 02

Author: S.A. Welsh

Genre: Paranormal, Shifters

Length: Novel Plus (300pgs)

Publisher: Silver Publishing (9th February 2013)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥3Hearts

Reviewer: Pixie

Blurb: Jay and Kyle have been mated a week. A happy, love–and lust–filled week but now everything is starting to fall apart. Jay’s abusive step-father, hunters, and kidnapped shifters complicate things. Jay needs to stop his dreams becoming reality.

Jay and Kyle have been mated a week. Jay has the man and family of his dreams, but now things are going wrong. He has to face his abusive step-father, survive attacks by hunters and keep his sanity.

Are his dreams just fiction or is he coming into his destiny, becoming what he was always meant to be? With no time to figure it out, Jay and Kyle have to find and rescue kidnapped shifters and navigate their way through Alpha politics, all while doing damage control for Jay’s uncle.

Can Jay keep control of his own mind or will he let the powers that be take over and cost him the person he loves more than anything?

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Review: This story is part of a series and is best read in order. Jay and Kyle are still settling into their mating when Jay starts having nightmares.  But, are they just nightmares? Both Kyle and Jay face the future together, with Kyle supporting Jay when Jay goes to confront his step-father.  They then discover there are hunters, missing shifters and traitors, and they also discover Jay is far more than he seems.

This is an interesting story with a couple of twists, danger and unexpected answers. Jay is still struggling with his past and although he knows that Kyle loves him, he still thinks he isn’t a true equal to the young Alpha. Kyle adores Jay and just wants to protect him.  He tries to make Jay see that Jay is perfect for him, but Jay’s insecurities are riding him hard. When they begin to piece together everything that is happening, Jay begins to come into his own.  But, both their lives are in danger when they discover hunters on pack land.

I have to admit that this story intrigued me with the twist of Jay’s family.  Throughout the book new pieces are discovered adding to the mystery that is Jay. We are given mysterious hints as to what is happening or going to happen and we see as Jay develops and grows as a character. Both Jay and Kyle are really good characters. They are perfect together, playing off each other and complimenting each other.  They are also hot together. I loved seeing Kyle and Jay becoming stronger as a couple and seeing Jay start to come into his own.  But, Jay does get on your nerves a bit at times with his lack of self-worth, especially when you can see how strong he really is by his actions.

The writing isn’t as smooth as it could have been and at times it felt disjointed, but the storyline is great and all the characters are great and with some of them you wish you could have learned more about them. There are clear indications that we can look forward to more stories in this series, and I for one can’t wait to see Jay as he hits his potential, with his Alpha standing beside him loving him the way that he deserves.

I will recommend this to those who love shifters, danger, mysteries, a great storyline, hot sex, deep love and a happy for now ending.

Spirit Bear by R. J. Scott

12436527Title: Spirit Bear

Author: R.J. Scott

Genre: Contemporary

Length: Novella (80pgs)

Publisher: Love Lane Books (9th February 2013)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: 4Hearts

Reviewer: Pixie

Blurb: Dominic Novak left more than a legacy for conservation and an instinctive love for animals behind when he died.

He left a son, Aiden, who craved the instinct for animals that his father had… and a pupil, Mitchell, whose life changed after hearing Dominic Novak speak in a lecture.

Aiden is hiding, scared of people finding the real him, hiding his identity from the world.

Could working together at a placement in Khutzeymateen, a grizzly bear sanctuary in British Columbia be the making of them, or will it end up destroying Aiden?

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Review: Aiden has spent most of his life in the public eye, but after the tragic death of his father he has become a mass of insecurities.  Now, about to step into his father’s shoes, he wants a couple of weeks in anonymity at a bear sanctuary to have a hands on experience. Mitchell was inspired by Dominic Novak to work in the field of animal conservation, he usually teaches, but a last-minute spot has opened up at Khutzeymateen, and it is an opportunity that just might bring him love.

R.J. Scott has written a wonderful story that draws you into the world of an insecure young man, who feels like he is living in the shadow of a great man, who was also his father. Aiden had an incredible emotional trauma when he was younger; it still lingers and was then compounded by a further emotional betrayal when he was nineteen. It has left him with extreme self-esteem issues and had him building an invisible shield around himself, and isolating him from real contact. Going on the bear census is a way for him to find the man he wants to be. Mitchell loves conservation and teaching, meeting Aiden is a nice surprise.  Getting to know the young man is an experience and beginning a relationship with him could be the best thing that ever happened.

The characters in this story are incredibly written.  Both Aiden and Mitchell are well-developed, bringing this story to life. We join them on a journey that takes us into the heart of a bear sanctuary with beautiful details and a burgeoning love. There is much to say about this story, but no way to really explain the incredible relationship that evolves between Mitchell and Aiden, or the emotional pressure that still plagues Aiden, or the ghosts that haunt him.  It’s a story that you have to read for yourself.

I recommend that everyone who loves a great story, brilliant characters, emotional pressure, low self-esteem, finding the man who can bring out the best in you and an ending that makes you smile, read this story and enjoy.