Tarnished Gold by Brita Addams

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Author: Brita Addams

Genre: Historical (early 1900’s), BDSM kink

Length: Novel (350 pages)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (March 25th, 2013)

Heart Rating:  ♥♥♥♥4Hearts

Heat Level: Explicit

Blurb: n 1915, star-struck Jack Abadie strikes out for the gilded streets of the most sinful town in the country—Hollywood. With him, he takes a secret that his country hometown would never understand.

After years of hard work and a chance invitation to a gay gentlemen’s club, Jack is discovered. Soon, his talent, matinee idol good looks, and affable personality propel him to the height of stardom. But fame breeds distrust.

Meeting Wyatt Maitland turns Jack’s life upside down. He wants to be worthy of his good fortune, but old demons haunt him. Only through Wyatt’s strength can Jack face that which keeps him from being the man he wants to be. Love without trust is empty.

As the 1920s roar, scandals rock the movie industry. Public tolerance of Hollywood’s decadence has reached its limit. Under pressure to clean up its act, Jack’s studio issues an ultimatum. Either forsake the man he loves and remain a box office darling, or follow his heart and let his shining star fade to tarnished gold.

Product Link:  http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=3667

Reviewer:   Pammie

Review:  This story revolves around the lives of Jack and the man he loves, Wyatt.

It’s hard to believe that this story starts almost a century ago. It’s bright and vibrant, and I was happy to lose myself in the 1920s. In this era, the stars were the “property” of the studios, and no one would be seen unless fully made-up, not a hair out of place, and immaculately dressed.

Jack is no different on the outside, but behind closed doors he lives a very different life. Then he meets Wyatt. Their relationship starts off well, but Jack initially tries to abide by his mentor Eric’s advice of ‘not being touched’. He soon realizes he can’t live that way, and soon he and Wyatt are as married a couple as you can envision.

When his studio finally insists that he has to marry, and tuck Wyatt away where no one can see him, Jack takes a stance. He refuses to deny his life or the man he loves.

There is a D/s aspect to Jack and Wyatt’s relationship, but that isn’t the main part of it. Instead it’s about two people with a deep love for one another.

I loved reading the mix of historical events with fictional romance, although it is loosely based on an actual real-life romance of the time. I also liked the way the author concluded the story with a 25 year anniversary. It’s a shame that some actors, even today, don’t feel able to be publically ‘out’.

I recommend this to anyone who likes history, romance, adversity overcome, a dash or two of hot sex (some lightly kinky) and a HEA.

Reviewer: Cat (♥♥♥3Hearts)

Review: leans with dreams to make it big and to go to California with his lover from home and be a star.  His first disappointment happened on the way to the ferry to leave, when he finds that Emory, his lover isn’t going. He goes alone and finds a room and makes some friends. Then, the story moves a bit quickly from then to five years later when he is working, still as a server in a restaurant and meets Eric.  He falls quickly for the man who tells him to leave the restaurant and trust him. Eric promises to make him a star.

The story really begins here.

Jack would do absolutely anything for Eric, but Eric makes it know right away that he will never, ever be anything more than a friend to Jack.  There are lots of twists and turns as we go through Jacks life in his career and personal life.

I took to this story right away, loving it. Once we got to the part with Eric, I was OMG it’s awesome. It had angst, love, and hate.  I couldn’t put the book down. I had one problem; however, the dialogue was so hard to follow at time. I couldn’t always tell who was talking, even with just two people talking.  It was really rough when there were more, but I was hooked so I went on.   I read for hours and I am sure I ran through an entire box of tissue when I thought the story was almost over.  I was shocked to see I was at only 60 percent in. I just knew there was a big bad twist coming and practically chewed my nails. I was a bit disappointed, however, when the twist didn’t really materialize.  At least, not how I expected and then it was rather soft and the rest of the story got a bit repetitive and slow. However, I still really liked the story and the relationship of Jack and Wyatt. I am a sucker for a love that can endure all these hardships. The story line was good, the characters every last one AMAZING, and the sexy pretty hot.

Recommendation:   If you like men searching for a dream, heartbreak, broken hearts, finding a dream, Actors, Directors, historical fiction set in the early 1900’s, Scandal, difficult choices, spanking and a HEA this one is for you.

I, Omega by Kari Gregg

Title: I, Omega

Author: Kari Gregg

Genre: BDSM LGBT Shape-shifter Paranormal

Length: Short Novel (138pgs)

Publisher: Loose Id (6th September 2011)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating:  ♥♥♥3Hearts

Reviewer: Pixie

Blurb: After one mind-shattering night with a stranger at a local leather bar leaves him forever changed, Gabriel lives on the streets as a vagrant to elude the master who hunts him, but the were shifter is a fierce, stubborn predator who reclaims him soon enough. Gabriel is carried away to the pack’s home territory where his instruction on what it means to be the pet of an alpha begins. Gabriel isn’t just any pet, though. He is the rarest among their kind: a human omega.

Treasured? Or cursed?

As Gabriel’s father, the Distinguished Gentleman from Pennsylvania and stalwart of the conservative party, pushes the considerable resources at his disposal to locate his missing son, Gabriel explores who and what he is under his master’s careful protection. Gabriel falls for the shifter who is both lover and destroyer, owner and…friend?

Caution: This book may contain scenes that offend. Humiliation, dubious consent etc.

Review: Gabriel the man has run and hid, he doesn’t want the shifter that ruined his life to find him, but the submissive in him and the thing that he is changing into wants his master to find him, when his master finds him his human side retreats; overwhelmed by the scent of his master the submissive breaks through willing to do anything for the shifter who owns him. The man in him is fighting to understand what is happening to him, he doesn’t want to be owned completely, yes he loves to play hard but when he wants to, not at someone else’s command. He likes his life, likes his work and doesn’t want to give it up to be a full-time slave.

This book is intense as Gabriel is given no real guidance, he is left to struggle between his human side and his newly emerging Omega side trying to find a balance between the two and he has to find it himself, it’s a painful struggle for him as he doesn’t understand what is wanted of him besides the sex and the submission. Cal his master is the Alpha, you don’t really find out much about him and he does come across as cruel as he forces his pet to accept things with no explanation. It’s only later as Gabriel thinks back on his time with Cal that we see the more caring side of Cal.

The sex is hot, explicit and intense and if you are into BDSM and like angst then this book is for you.




Riden Hard by Elizabeth Coldwell

Title: Ridden Hard
Author: Elizabeth Coldwell
Genre: BDSM/Contemporary
Length: Novella (65pgs)
Publisher: Accent Press Ltd & Xcite Press Ltd (12th March 2011)
Heat Level: Explicit
Heart Rating:  ♥♥♥3 1/2Hearts
Reviewer: Pixie
Caution: This book may contain scenes that offend readers Voyeurism and slight humiliation.
Blurb: Jamie Desmond has lied about his ability to ride to land a film role, and now his lack of horsemanship has been exposed he’s scared he’ll be kicked off the set. Luckily, riding instructor Andrej is on hand to give him tuition – but dominant Andrej recognises Jamie’s latent need to submit, and his lessons are about to show Jamie what it means to be ridden hard …
Review: I actually quite liked this book there were a few things that niggled but otherwise it was a good story.
Jamie Desmond lied on his resume and now he’s landed a role where he will have to ride, Andrej is the handler for the horses and he discovers the truth and decides that Jamie will just have to learn. Andrej takes Jamie in hand and shows him exactly what he can do.
The story is interesting and it could have been longer as the two main characters didn’t interact that much besides the riding lessons and sex, so I was a bit disappointed when they declared their love for each other as they didn’t know anything about each other. Again I was not impressed with someone being thrown into BDSM without a safety net and again with the unsafe sex.
But saying that, I would recommend this book for those who like BDSM, D/s, hot sex and a happy ever after.

Sam, the Man by Jude Mason

Title:  Sam, the Man

Author:  Jude Mason

Genre:  GLBT Contemporary BSDM

Length:  Novella

Publisher: Total-E Bound

Heat Level:  Explicit

Heart Rating:  ♥♥♥3Hearts

Reviewer:  Pixie/Portia

When Gregg Jackson’s wife passes away after a prolonged illness, can the care giving, flamboyantly gay, Sam Nicholson, convince him that being a bad boy is a good thing?
Blurb: (From Total-E Bound Blogspot)
Sammy Nicholson’s day job done, he heads home. Sammy’s a flaming gay man who goes out of his way to show off his swishy walk and his penchant for wildly flamboyant clothing. In his free time, what there is of it, he volunteers for the local hospice foundation, which is where he meets Jean and Greg Jackson. Sparks fly between the two men, and while Sammy is reluctant to allow things to go too far, Greg needs comforting.Guilt and remorse may crush the love growing between them. Will Sammy be able to discover a way to win the luscious Greg over?We’ve never done this, but our opinions were so different, I thought it would be interesting to include both reviews.  Would love some feedback on either the dual review format and/or the individual reviews.  What’s your opinion. 

Pixie’s Review:   This is a lovely short story, Jean is dying from cancer and extract’s a promise from her hospice carer Sam to look after her husband when she is gone, she is happy in giving her blessing to Sam and Greg.

Greg struggles with his grief and guilt after she is gone and Sam has to help him break through so he can love again. Sam takes Greg through his own version of Sex Therapy hoping that Greg really does love him as much as he loves Greg.
I really thought I was going to cry during the first few pages as Jean asks Sam to look after Greg and as the book progressed I thought I was going to burn up… wow it’s hot. This isn’t a book about betrayal, Jean knows what’s going to happen and she approves. Its Greg’s own guilt and grief that hold them back and they have to work through it together.
This is a really good short, with D/s that’s hot and I heartily recommend it.

Portia’s Review:  Maybe I read the blurb wrong, but this book really disturbed me.  It was totally not what I was expecting.  There is more bondage…humiliation, than I would classify as mild.  But, that wasn’t the part that disturbed me.  I had a hard time with the fact that the men begin an affair before this woman’s body is even cold.  Regardless of the nature of their relationship, I would have expected more time after her death for Greg to grieve before moving on.

The writing is excellent and I wish that I could have enjoyed it more, but every time Sammy popped into a scene I kept thinking, what a sleaze.  It would have been a lot more enjoyable for me, if Greg had found healthy ways to deal with his grief before moving on.  Or maybe to been privy to more of his thoughts, the way we were able to eavesdrop on Sammy.

Loved the non-traditional pairing, and I guess I would recommend this book.  If for no other reason, to find out someone else’s opinion.