This is Not a Love Story: the Hacker and His Hero by A.E. Lawless

hackerandhishero2Title: This is Not a Love Story: the Hacker and His Hero
Series: NA
Author: A.E. Lawless
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Length: Novel (350 pages)
Publisher: Loose Id (September 30th, 2014)
Heat Level: Moderately Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts
Blurb: Ever since Gran’s death, Zander’s been using his skills as an elite computer hacker to help put criminals behind bars. Surprisingly enough, there’s also another vigilante running around his city helping folks out in the more traditional way. The press likes to pretend they’re rivals, but Zander likes to think that he and the Night Angel are working together; they want the same things at least.

When a tough case forces the two vigilantes to actually work together, Zander’s insistent fascination with the Night Angel becomes powerful attraction. It wouldn’t be a problem, except Zander’s also fooling around with his boss at the day job, Reese. They both give him something the other can’t, but both of them are also holding something he needs back from him. Zander knows he has to choose, but he just doesn’t see any way to make a good choice.

A break in the case reveals not only the master plot, but also more about Zander’s true nature than he ever expected to learn. Afterwards, Zander is seeing the world in a new light and realizes he may not have to sacrifice anything he needs; he may not have to make a choice after all.

ISBN: 978-1-62300-538-2

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Reviewer: York

Review: I enjoyed this story. It’s a bit of a superhero concept with the hero having no real “super powers” other than pure intelligence and genius tech savvy. I love long stories and this is definitely a long story, however, I do think it would have been an even better tale if it were about 50 pages shorter. There is a lot of Zander’s inner monologue weighing in on whether he’s being too obvious about his genius that could have been shortened.

There is a plot twist that really is not that much of a twist. I was able to see it coming almost immediately but it didn’t take away from the story. For me, it was even more intriguing to see just when the characters would figure it out as opposed to whether or not my guess was right.

I definitely enjoyed the extremely well written banter/flirting between Zander and Reese, not always something easy to convey. The sex is definitely hot but just like Zander’s genius inner monologue, his thoughts during sex could have been lessened and made the scenes even hotter, especially their first encounter in Zander’s office.

A Collar for Christmas by A.E. Lawless

ael_acollarforchristmasTitle: A Collar for Christmas

Series:  N/A

Author: A.E. Lawless

Genre: Contemporary/BDSM

Length: Novel (147 pages)

Publisher: Loose Id (December 23rd, 2013)

Heat Level: Explicit

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Blurb: For actor Liam, anxiety and panic attacks are old friends, but they only get worse the more famous he gets. Nothing has ever worked to help him control the anxiety until his costar, Aaron, introduces him to bondage. Too bad Liam develops feelings for Aaron and ruins the only solution he’s ever found for his neuroses.

Aaron only wants to keep history from repeating itself. He’s already had one costar spin out of control, resulting in her tragic death, he can’t just sit idly by and watch another friend and colleague destroy himself from the inside out. He’ll do anything to keep that from happening–even enter into a non-sexual BDSM arrangement with him.

What starts out as a way to control Liam’s anxiety becomes so much more. At least for Liam. So, tired of pretending he doesn’t want Aaron in his life for good, Liam decides to give him the perfect Christmas gift. The kind that will show Aaron exactly what Liam wants from their relationship: the collar he’s been dreaming of Aaron putting on him for months.

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Reviewer:   GiGi

Review: A very refreshing take on BDSM!

I really enjoyed the fact that Liam’s introduction to BDSM wasn’t really sexual, and wasn’t really defined as such at the start of this sexy story. The light bondage and slight pain was meant to be a distraction Aaron used to help his friend come down from his anxiety attacks, but as the occurrence goes on, and Aaron does research to develop new sessions to help Liam, lines get blurry and everyone gets confused, even at times me!

Liam tries to deny these sessions are something deeper, but he’s ignoring his own feelings, and letting Aaron ignore them too. Scene after scene gets hotter, and eventually we know it’s going to blow up in their faces, the question is can they acknowledge what is going on? Is this really more than a non-sexual method to help a friend, or are they both in total denial?

When Liam flees home to hide from his troubles and celebrate Christmas, he’s reminded that no matter how this turns out, his family has his back and the comforts of home still exist. Hearts will be broken, but can they be mended?

Such a great story for those who enjoy the BDSM genre, a very fresh view!

A Perfect Solution by A.E. Lawless

18453599Title: A Perfect Solution

Series:  N/A
Author: AE Lawless

Genre: Contemporary/BDSM (Mainly D/s)

Length: Novella (82 pages)

Publisher: Loose Id (September 3rd, 2013)
Heat Level:  Explicit

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Blurb: River is the charismatic lead singer of Caged Hearts and it’s an open secret that the vibrant energy he displays on stage doesn’t bleed away as soon as he’s out from under the lights. That sometimes causes considerable friction with his band mates.

Jeff is the guitarist for Caged Hearts, but he’s not your typical party-hard rockstar. He’s far more focused on taking care of everyone in his band–especially River.

An offhand comment from Jeff inadvertently helps River discover his submissive side, and he asks Jeff to help him continue to explore those desires. While Jeff is turned on by the idea, he’s also reluctant. There’s no telling what it could do to the band and his friendship with River. Especially when Jeff wants so much more than just sex.

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Reviewer:   GiGi

Review: I’m a big fan of BDSM, and what I truly like about it are the psychological D/s aspects, not necessarily the s/m. This book hits those hot points for me! I like how the author played up that natural instinct River has to submit and please Jeff. I also like the idea that it’s the most enjoyable way to calm that talented hyperactive lead singers soul after a performance. The thrill River gets from performing sexually in front of Jeff also seems to parallel his performance and exhibitionist persona on stage. Jeff’s sexual dominance just sneaks up and bites you, and the parallel between his Dom nature and his need to care for his band members is a great psychological link too.

As is typical in most BDSM tales, Jeff walks River through rules and safeguards of the D/s lifestyle, has negotiations and safeword set, and is cautious and conscious of bringing River on as his sub. It’s a fun, steamy read, and has a sweet HEA and a Perfect Solution for River and Jeff, as well as the rest of the band now that River is under control of his careful Dom! Definitely a recommended read.