Blurb: When it comes to choosing between advancing his career in the army or being truthful with the man he loves, Patrick learns everything ultimately boils down to trust.
Ambitious army captain, Patrick Bosworth, is eager to advance in his career so that he can live up to his family’s distinguished legacy. But having been passed over for promotion to major twice already, Patrick fears his career has stalled. He worries he’ll never match the accomplishments of other family members, especially his brother, a Bronze Star recipient recently promoted to lieutenant colonel.
When a superior office suggests a way to get the promotion that involves gathering information on a fellow army captain in the Medical Corps, Patrick reluctantly agrees to participate. He regrets the assignment almost immediately, especially when he falls for Craig, the guy he’s supposed to be investigating.
When he forms a passionate and intense bond with Craig, Patrick finds it difficult to separate where his professional obligations end and his personal feelings begin. After working for so long to prove himself a worthy member of his accomplished military family, Patrick has to decide if finally finding the love of his life is worth sacrificing advancement in the army, or even giving up his career itself.
Review: This story has been previously released as part of the Stand to Attention anthology by Totally Bound Publishing. It is a wonderful story about two men who find love together. It shows me some of the bad that the military does to not only their soldiers but to the officers. They had a leak in the Medical Corps that had to be found out. Whether it was needed or not, there are other ways to get help for people.
Patrick was a Captain in the army but he had been turned down for promotion to Major several times over. So when his superior officer tells him that there might be away around it he took the chance. He was to gather information on a Captain in the Medical Corp. However when he meets Craig he senses that this is not the man who the army thought he was. He was honest, sincere and would follow all rules and regulations no matter what.
Craig fell for Patrick after the first weekend together. He wanted to see more of Patrick but when his ex comes to him with information on him, he freaks out. His ex tells him that Patrick is not there because he wants him but wants to know if he was the one leaking information. He confronts Patrick and then ends all ties to the man.
Patrick didn’t know how to prove to Craig that he did indeed want him and that it was for life. It tears your heart up to know that these two men are in pain but you feel for Patrick because he was doing his job but in truth he was trying to show that Craig was not the traitor. This story does have an ending that made me smile. I do wish that they had shown more story with the ending of it. However, I did love it. It is amazing the love you can feel that each man can have if given the time. It also shows the vengeful exes do everything to get back at someone. If you love men in uniform than this book, you will want to read. It has sexy men that will draw you in and make you fall in love with.
Blurb: When Sam Yates meets Elliot at a Harwin Biotechnologies office party, he can hardly believe the tanned and muscular Adonis is interested in a nerdy scientist like himself. However, the attraction between the two men is immediate and it doesn’t take them long to act on it. It is only the next morning that Sam realizes that he’s just slept with Elliot Harwin—the company president.
The revelation leaves Sam uneasy and afraid it will look like he’s trying to sleep his way up the corporate ladder. But Elliot helps him to put aside these reservations, and it isn’t long before Sam achieves the professional success and personal fulfillment he has long sought. But this newfound happiness is threatened when a jealous co-worker tells Sam that he’s not the first employee with whom Elliot has been involved. With his career and love life at stake, Sam starts to wonder whether the foundation he and Elliot have constructed has been built on lies.
Review: This was a very good book with a great story line. Only a little writing mistake noticed, otherwise was an enjoyable read. I loved that Sam wanted to help others with cancer, all because of his father’s death when he was a young child. He has a hot encounter with his boss, Elliot, not realizing who he was. Jealous co-worker running her mouth gives him doubt and he almost loses the one chance at something wonderful. I wish that the story was just a little bit longer, but I would read it again.
Blurb: Strength. Power. Experience. There’s nothing like a man who knows how to get what he wants, both in and out of the bedroom. And these dominant alphas want nothing more than to please and possess the men they love. No kink is too risqué as these men ensure their lovers never want to be anywhere but under their command.
Review: These stories focus more on the Silver Fox/Daddy fetish. They are not all about kink and BDSM though, mostly about the age difference and emotions between two people with such a great chasm in their ages. If you’re expecting only D/s relationship with the ultimate submission as a goal, don’t, you won’t find them here. Here goes my review for each of them.
In His Name by Nicola Cameron ♥♥♥2.5 Hearts
This story was about a priest who was compromised, found himself suddenly in lust with his superior, and put on sabbatical for six months to re-evaluate his life.
Searching for work Sean crosses paths with Matt, the general manager of the shelter he’s applying for. Matt is older than him, silver fox type, a strong man managing this hell of a world where people suffer and suffer and then suffer some more, and he is HOT. For six months, Sean battles with his demons and his guilt. God and a life he thought he wanted since he was nine years old, or Matt and a life serving God’s best interests without the title of “Padre” and a chance to live like everybody else?
Mostly this was a read on struggling with your inner thoughts, guilt, and wishes. A book on forcing oneself to see reality, make life-changing choices, and having a strong man by your side help you do just that. The romance part was not so much my thing as the instant love theme doesn’t really inspire me. It didn’t help that declarations of love were out in the open before the pair had even come together, with one of them being literally a virgin. Somehow, that juts puts me off. The rest of the read though was quite good.
Garden of Eden by Lucy Felthouse ♥1Heart
No! No! A huge screaming no! This is exactly the type of insta/sappy/cheesy love I totally dislike. I had my fears when Dale was introduced as being a virgin, submissive, and gay at twenty-one years old, waiting to make up his mind of what he wanted, visiting a BDSM club for the first time, meeting a posh Dom and wanting more than just sex/domination, wanting real love. But when after one date at a posh restaurant where Dale and Lee mostly had disagreements between them, (while the rest of the date and their “bonding” were thrown to the wind by skipping them and going directly to the end of the nigh) Lee confesses that he has “feelings” for Dale… Well, right there I draw the line. A no-go for me, because it’s so utterly unrealistic I can’t even begin to comment. Of course, it went totally out of hand when by the end of the story, the undying, unconditional love was declared by both of them.
As for the Dom/sub dynamics, everything there was amiss. The Dom lost me the moment he opened his mouth (the dialogue was horrible), so not the confident, strong and silent guy he was supposed to be, and the sub, well let’s just say that he did not feel the twenty-one year old inexperienced kid at all. Actually, Leander felt more the inexperienced guy than Dale there. During the entire read Leander was in a way begging Dale and he only took on a transformation when Dale chose to submit to him. There we had Lee taking a deep breath and going in Dom mode, yet what followed was so cliché I couldn’t stomach it. It didn’t help that there was no sense of chemistry, no sensuality at all and the sexual act itself was yet again skipped.
A very disappointing read!
This Stage of Life by Giselle Renarde ♥♥♥3 Hearts
The story starts nicely with Andrew returning to his high school after thirteen years to watch a dress rehearsal for a show the kids were going to play. He had forgotten however, the crush with his former dancing teacher, but all came back in a rush as soon as he laid eyes on Mr. Czarneki again. After the rehearsal was over his high school friend (who was the reason he was there in the first place) and the rest of the teachers gathered up at Mr. Czarneki’s house, and a fake excuse has Andrew staying back when everyone else leaves. Up until that moment Andrew thought he had things figured out, that Mr. Czarneki wanted him to stay, but he began to have his doubts as his former teacher disappeared in his bedroom, leaving Andrew to finish his dinner all alone.
That is until the door opened and his former teacher greeted him again in a completely different outfit and attitude. In front of Andrew stood a Dom.
Unbelievable! One moment they are talking about his teacher’s deceased wife, the next the story jumps into hardcore BDSM. What on Earth? And just how did Czarneki know that Andrew was a kinkster, when not even we knew anything about it? I mean we are reading this story from Andrew’s point of view; it would be only fair to know such a thing, right? And that damned huge leap, from zero to hundred in a fragment of a second. We’re talking about giving consent to unknown element unthinkingly and without even a small talk for boundaries. Nothing, zero, zip! A master/dog scene blasts right in front of our eyes, taking us unaware into a smacking, slashing, whipping, humiliating session; Just. Like. That!
But that doesn’t mean it was not good. I might have found some of it hilarious and even ludicrous, but I also found it damned HOT! This read certainly managed to get the personal feel into it, the chemistry between the characters, and the hotness that accompanies good scenes. Master & pup kink might not be my favorite, but I surely enjoyed this one.
Campaigning for the Billionaire by Noelle Keaton ♥♥♥♥3.5Hearts
Politics and politicians is the theme of this story, with the leading character, Dylan, being a campaign staffer, and the second lead being Charles, a self-made billionaire running for Senator.
I liked this story, it was quick and to the point, with a good narration, and a chemistry between the two men that made it to the surface and reached me as a reader. Add in that the little bit of suspense and tension, a third provoking element with a nicely placed blackmail leading the story to an unseen turn of events, and you have a very nice and enjoyable politician’s hotbed story.
The intimate part was also well thought and written. The lust Charles and Dylan shared was most delicious, and their lovemaking quite sensuous and sexy.
This was definitely a read that I enjoyed, without having the final declaration of “never let you go” spoiling it for me. I found it mostly appropriate thinking this happily ever after should definitely end Just. Like. That.
Date with a Stranger by Pelaam ♥♥♥♥♥4.5Hearts
There was no way I would have thought the turn this little story took, but I’m so glad I kept on reading it.
So there I am reading about Cassidy who at first sight seemed like a pretentious, rich jerk. Sorry, but he did. I goes into this high-class club were the patrons are all rich and show it. He takes his place at the bar and starts searching for someone to take home when a twink makes his appearance. Admittedly, the twink is hot, and has all heads turning. While some other pretentious rich jerk send him a pink cocktail and gets rebuffed unceremoniously, Cassidy orders champagne, and what do you think, the twink falls head over heels with the older rich man.
At this point, I’m wondering how someone can be so shallow and slutty. I mean gold-differ doesn’t even come close, Jeff was so not appealing, not to mention that as hard to get as he played it, he went down way easily. And just as I’m about to let this one go, boom, the plot takes a huge U-turn and I’m left with my jaw hanging in the air. Damn, what a great change and what a surprise in such a little story. In hindsight, you understand that this story is one hell of a role-playing fantasy, so hot, sexy, and so I-want-to-do-that-too kind of idea.
‘Flowers for Him’ by Marie Sexton and Rowan Speedwell
He wanted to learn about beauty. He never expected to learn about love.
Billionaire Chandler Harrison’s third marriage is now history, and he’s left with his ex-wife’s parting barb, “You have no appreciation of beauty.” Determined to prove her wrong, Chandler hires artist Neil Sweeney to add a mural to his office wall. He doesn’t even care what the picture is, as long as it’s beautiful.
Neil Sweeney is an ex-tagger, a free spirit, and a bit of a hippie. He’s never met anybody as uptight as Chandler, but when it comes to warming up Chandler’s cold, stark office, Neil has plans involving more than art.
Chandler begins to find himself strangely moved by the mural developing on his office wall. He’s especially moved by the artist himself. Chandler has denied his homosexual urges for most of his life, but it isn’t long before Neil begins introducing Chandler to all kinds of new things. As Neil’s masterpiece comes to life, so does Chandler’s appreciation for art, color, and the best kind of beauty of all—love.
Review: I thought this story was very beautiful. I loved the depth of both characters. I loved the way they just sort of meshed together and the storyline is just sweet and swoon-worthy, the sex super- hot! Wow great story!
‘Vital to Him’ by SL Majors
Hot sex in the back of a limo? Billionaire Brenton Marston is stunned when his street-wise chauffeur welcomes him home in a way he never expected, and Brenton wonders who is really in the driver’s seat.
Billionaire Brenton Marston has rules meant to keep the boundaries clear. He respects his employees and never wants anyone to feel as if they owe him anything.
Robert Silles, the reformed hoodlum, has desired his boss for years. Robert has fantasized about introducing Mr. Marston to the pleasures of man-on-man sex, fucking him and sucking him until he forgets his numerous stresses.
When his trusted chauffeur suggests a hook-up, Brenton is stunned, but he knows he shouldn’t be. No one knows him better than the man who’s seen him at his best as well as his worst.
It shouldn’t surprise him that Silles knows him and his innermost secrets. In fact, Silles recognized the truth before Brenton ever did.
Silles’ suggestive offer turns Brenton on. Damn if he isn’t attracted to this broad, handsome, sexy man, in a way he never wanted anyone else.
The question is, will Brenton push aside his inhibitions and reservations? Will he allow his chauffeur to give him what he craves? Will he willingly surrender to the orders of his servant?
Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of M/M, rimming, anal sex, spanking with leather belt and hand and sex outdoors
Review: I thought this story was so hot. I loved the way the roles were reversed and the driver took charge. I loved both characters. Hot sexy story Wow!
‘Fly to Him’ by J.P. Bowie
A young flight attendant gets a billionaire’s attention in a way that could have meant the end of his career, but instead could be the beginning of an unexpected romance.
When Kevin Tate takes over for a friend as flight attendant on billionaire Logan Maguire’s private jet, he is certain it will be his one and only time aboard when he accidentally dumps an ice-cold drink on his employer’s lap. Instead, an instant attraction flares between the two men and Kevin accepts Logan’s offer to stay with him at his villa in Puerta Vallarta.
Their fledging romance is abruptly brought to an end when Logan hurries back to the States on a desperate mission to save his company from a hostile takeover. Kevin is left wondering if success and wealth is more important to the billionaire than the chance of love and real happiness.
Review: This story was pretty hot. I did find it a bit odd that the billionaire just jumped the new attendant and they went straight for the bedroom. Having said this, I am like a love at first sight story I just think this should have been worked into a bit more gradually but it was a very hot sexy story. I loved it
‘Enough for Him’ by Em Woods
When secrets come to light, two men must realize that, despite their fears, the love they have really is enough.
When software mogul Shannon Murphy is requested to appear at an international convention to accept an innovation award, he’s honored. But when the invitation arrives and requires the attendance of his fictional partner, he needs a plan. There is only one man he wants, one man he trusts, to help him. He turns to personal assistant and best friend Noah Greene.
Noah isn’t sure if this is his most secret desire come true, or his worst nightmare. Once the media connects them in a relationship, no secret will be safe, and Noah is positive that Shannon won’t be comfortable in the reflected spotlight of a recovering gambling addict. Unable to turn away his friend, Noah decides to do this one favor for Shannon before sacrificing everything he’s worked so hard to build and walking away.
Review: Wow words can’t say how much I loved this one! Everything was fabulous. The both characters are so endearing with their plight for love of one another and why they haven’t pursued anything other than friendship. The story line intriguing and written with finesses and wit and charm, the sex is hot. I just can’t say enough! ‘Surrendered To Him’ by Sara York
When the storm hits, everything changes. Will shifting priorities lead to a shift in life, or will Storm Bennett abandon his heart’s desires?
Storm rules the Bennett Empire with an iron fist, never taking time to allow emotions into his life, leaving him looking like the bad guy in the media over and over again. When a typhoon hits the island where one of his hotels is located, he sees it as a chance to repair his damaged reputation.
On the island, nothing is as it should be. Storm meets Keoni, a native, who challenges everything Storm knows about relationships, family and love. Keoni is blown away by Storm but wants the man so badly he can taste it.
Can he risk his newfound peace, giving a part of himself to Storm, or will he stay detached, allowing love to slip away?
Review: This story is very heart warming. A big-shot finally learning that life is more than money but can he live without money can love be enough? You must read this and see. I am a huge, huge Sara York fan and she did not disappoint here! A great story and very hot mansex
‘Designs For Him’ by Noelle Keaton
Normally all business when it comes to his career, Jon finds the lines between the professional and the personal getting blurred after falling in love with billionaire CEO Warren
After months of unemployment, Jon Pritchard finds work with Cressen Furniture, the ‘American IKEA’, in a low-level job. A software program he creates in his free time attracts the interest of Warren Cressen, the interim CEO of Cressen Furniture, who quickly gives Jon a promotion.
The attraction between the two men is undeniable, and it isn’t long before they act on it, though they agree to be discreet until Warren’s position as CEO is made permanent.
Their relationship grows serious, but it is tested when evidence is discovered that seems to point to Jon being a corporate spy and Warren starts to wonder if he hasn’t been used all along.
With the highest professional stakes on the line, Jon and Warren have to decide whether the professional success they share in the boardroom is worth sacrificing the passion they share in the bedroom.
Review: Another great story in a very hot collection. This story had great characters and a great story. The attraction was mutual then the thought of betrayal and mistrust and boardroom scandal. Just when you thought things was going so well. This story will have you on your toes. It’s hot and sexy with a twist you don’t see coming.
Recommendation: If you like anthologies this is one to get. Everything about it is fabulous. An A list of fantastic authors, stories of scandal, boardroom sex, friends to lovers, mile high club, storms and devastation, art, and some great hot mansex. A must read!