Dreamspinner Press Year 9 Greatest Hits

Dreamspinner Press Year Nine Greatest Hits CoverTitle: Dreamspinner Press Year 9 Greatest Hits

Authors: Michael Murphy, Anna Martin, Grace R. Duncan, Kim Fielding and Sean Michael

Genre: Contemporary

Length: Collection (5 full length novels)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (5th May 2017)

Overall Heat Level: Explicit

Overall Heart Rating: 💖💖💖💖 4 Hearts

Blurb: Enjoy a selection of the greatest hits of gay romance published by Dreamspinner Press combined into one exclusive volume: by Anna Martin: Five Times My Best Friend Kissed Me, a story of a boy who he wanted to marry his best friend at age six, and the journey that finally gets them there; by Sean Michael: The New Boy, a romance between a shy photographer new to the scene and an experienced model and Dom; by Grace R. Duncan: Beautiful boy, about a Dom with a hurtful past and the sub who shows him love again; by Kim Fielding: Rattlesnake, where a drifter on a quest finds hope and a home; and by Michael Murphy: The President’s Husband, in which the first openly gay president and first husband of the United States must deal with the pressures of their demanding new jobs.

ISBN: 978-1-63533-565-1

Product Link: Dreamspinner | Amazon US | Amazon UK

Reviewer: Prime

Review: I always like to have a bit of look over of Dreamspinner’s Greatest Hits collection at the end of every year. For the most part, I am always satisfied by the novels featured. I’m going to change up the review format to include an individual heat and heart rating for each of the five books featured. I’m not going to go into too much detail either, just a quick summary on my thoughts of the book and an equally brief summary on the overall plot.

Anna Martin - Five Times My Best Friend Kissed Me Cover ssFive Times My Best Friend Kissed Me by Anna Martin
and One Time I Kissed Him First

Rating: Low

Heart Rating: 💖💖💖💖 3.5 Hearts

This is a friends to lovers type of story, between two besties who have been fighting an attraction between each other since they were children. I’m not entirely familiar with Anna Martin’s work, so this was an interesting one for me. This is a charming tale and quite cute. I love how we get to know the characters so deeply before they get their HEA. I understand that this is greatly due to the format of the novel, the five times Scott kissed Evan is presented to us out of chronological order. Despite liking the premise (usually a sucker for these types of novels), I personally didn’t mesh well with the format and thought that it prevented me from relating to the characters, though I’m sure others will enjoy this one.

Sean Michael - The New Boy Cover ssThe New Boy by Sean Michael

Heat Rating: Explicit

Heart Rating: 💖💖💖💖 4 Hearts

The New Boy is the first book in the Iron Eagle Gym series by Sean Michael. I was curious about this book because I love Sean Michael, although for me BDSM books are usually hit and miss for me. I think I enjoy books by authors that understand the lifestyle, rather than others that make the book seem like a flimsy porno. And so, long story short, I did enjoy The New Boy. Lance is a photographer just won a once in a lifetime contract to shoot photos of models in an exclusive BDSM club, the only problem he has is finding models. One model that he does meet is Tide, he is not only a model but he’s also a Dom. I loved the introduction to the host of characters and the careful way in which the relationship between Lance (the sub) and Tide (the Dom) is defined and how it works. They are contrasting characters, Lance is quiet and shy (almost naïve), while Tide is in your face, a little cocky and knows what he wants. In short they are the typical sub/Dom duo. The only issue I found was that there was not a lot of development of either main character.

Grace R. Duncan - Beautiful Boy Cover ssBeautiful Boy by Grace R. Duncan

Heat Rating: Explicit

Heart Rating: 💖💖💖 2.5 Hearts

You know how I was just talking about those hit and miss BDSM novels? Yep, this is one of the misses for me. In part I think it’s because of the couple of Grace R. Duncan books I’ve either heard the audio for or read, I’ve always found myself struggling with connecting to the characters I think it’s now safe to say that I find the author’s style not to my taste.

This is an insta-love BDSM romance, so I know that will turn off a number of people alone. Also, I know people that don’t like orgasm denial in BDSM, yet the BDSM itself is very basic, so there is not really a lot of balance in terms of the sex play. Mal is the Dom and after tragedy struck in an ill fated relationship, he decided to turn his back on the lifestyle. But Kyle, a sub he wins at a charity slave auction, is the young man that brings him back into the lifestyle. There is danger in the form of a serial and a heck of a lot of baggage from both men.

The other thing is, I swear I’ve read a book with a very similar storyline. I’m certain it’s a different book and one that I read sometime in the past couple years – I’ve definitely not read this book before. There are details that I remember from the other book that aren’t in this one. Regardless, I can’t remember what book it was, so maybe I’m wrong.

Kim Fielding - Rattlesnake Cover ssRattlesnake by Kim Fielding

Heat Rating: Low

Heart Rating: 💖💖💖💖💖 4.5 Hearts

This is a charming book. Although I missed it’s initial release earlier in the year I looked forward to it mostly because I love Kim Fielding’s writing. This story has a lot of heart and a sweet romance between drifter, Jimmy Dorsett and small town, average guy Shane Little. Jimmy’s encounter with a hitchhiker has him heading to Rattlesnake to deliver a letter that has come so many years too late. Shane helps Jimmy when he breaks down and the sparks light immediately between the guys. Jimmy first fights his drifter instincts, but later this turns into fighting to keep them when the prospect of settling down with Shane scares him. These guys are great together, they have a lot of chemistry but the romance is sweet.

Michael Murphy - The President's Husband Cover ssThe President’s Husband by Michael Murphy

Heat Rating: Low

Heart Rating: 💖💖💖💖💖 5 Hearts

By far my favorite book of the collection. This is a novel from the Dreamspun Desires line, which I fell in love with earlier in the year when I heard the audio for the book. My initial thoughts haven’t changed between hearing the audio and reading the novel. Essentially, this is a story of a relationship that becomes strained due to stress. Specifically, it’s the new POTUS and his husband who are struggling between the sudden inauguration from Vice President to POTUS within the space of an hour, and the President’s husband who wants to maintain his life as doctor and med school professor while battling the conservatives that believe that the very male President’s husband cannot be in the spot light.

For more info, please see my audio review: http://mmgoodbookreviews.com/the-presidents-husband-by-michael-murphy-audiobook/.

The Gentle Dom by Sean Michael

Title: The Gentle Dom

Series: Iron Eagle Gym 07

Author: Sean Michael

Genre: Contemporary

Length: Novel (200pgs)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (August 14, 2018)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Blurb: An Iron Eagle Gym Novel

When one of their own is threatened, the men of the Iron Eagle Gym will stand together and prove they are stronger as a family.

Stuntman Barclay Drambor suspects his fall from a roof was no accident. He believes his abusive ex was responsible, but he can’t prove it. Fortunately, a year has gone by with no word from Duncan, letting Barclay move on with his life—and that means dealing with the aftermath of his injuries. He finds personal trainer Reece “Rec” Gordon through a member of the gym, and it’s not long before their workouts together become much more intimate. Rec is gentle and goes out of his way to make Barclay comfortable, and in no time there’s talk of moving in together….

But just as Barclay is healing and finding a place to belong, Duncan returns to destroy his happiness. Though Duncan will learn he’s messing with the wrong group of men, in the end, Barclay must face him. Will Rec’s love and the friendship of the others at the gym give him the confidence to stand up for himself?.

ISBN-13: 978-1-64080-480-7

Product Link: Dreamspinner Press | Amazon US | Amazon UK | B&N | Kobo

Reviewer: Shorty

Review: Rec helps Barclay in so many ways. I liked the dynamics of these two characters. One trying to put his life back together while struggling with his physical limitations and self confidence. The other being there for him in every way. Rec was a gentle man with compassion and understanding that did wonders for Barclay.

Barclay struggles with everything he has been through so far. Which I understood. There was a lot of sex in this book which at times was too much because I would have preferred more story. But that’s me.

I did feel like this story was incomplete by the end. Too many unanswered questions that I assume will be addressed in the next book. I would have liked to see more interactions between the gym members in this story given the circumstances.

Other than those things it was a wonderful story that I enjoyed.

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The Gentle Dom

(Iron Eagle Gym 07)
by

Sean Michael

When one of their own is threatened, the men of the Iron Eagle Gym will stand together and prove they are stronger as a family.

Stuntman Barclay Drambor suspects his fall from a roof was no accident. He believes his abusive ex was responsible, but he can’t prove it. Fortunately, a year has gone by with no word from Duncan, letting Barclay move on with his life—and that means dealing with the aftermath of his injuries. He finds personal trainer Reece “Rec” Gordon through a member of the gym, and it’s not long before their workouts together become much more intimate. Rec is gentle and goes out of his way to make Barclay comfortable, and in no time there’s talk of moving in together….

But just as Barclay is healing and finding a place to belong, Duncan returns to destroy his happiness. Though Duncan will learn he’s messing with the wrong group of men, in the end, Barclay must face him. Will Rec’s love and the friendship of the others at the gym give him the confidence to stand up for himself?

Release date: 14th August 2018
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The Eager Boy by Sean Michael

Title: The Eager Boy

Series: Iron Eagle Gym 06

Author: Sean Michael

Genre: Contemporary, BDSM

Length: Novel (200pgs)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (April 24, 2018)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Blurb: Eight months ago Robin Secoya left his lover and master, Stack Lobond, because he didn’t believe Stack really cared about him. He was sure that for Stack, any warm body would do, and Robin wasn’t willing to be just a warm body anymore.

A chance meeting at the Iron Eagle Gym brings them back together, and old feelings aren’t far from the surface. They decide they can’t pass up a second chance at romance. But this time, it isn’t just Stack’s demanding career as a big-cat vet putting strain on their relationship. Robin also has a new job that takes up a lot of his time.

Will their kinky love affair crash and burn a second time, or can they find the balance that will allow the passion between them to flourish?

ISBN-13: 978-1-64080-233-9

Product Link: Dreamspinner Press | Amazon US | Amazon UK

Reviewer: Shorty

Review: Robin and Stack broke up several months ago. Since then they have both moved on with their lives. A chance meeting sets the flames of passion rising again. But can they learn to talk and communicate what they want and feel to each other or are they destined to repeat the same mistakes?

I enjoyed this story of these men and how they grew as the story progressed. Sometimes it’s harder to try than to let go. I think their trouble was not talking to each other. Sure it’s easy to talk about day to day things but much harder to express emotions.

Great addition to the series.

The New Boy by Sean Michael

Sean Michael - The New Boy CoverTitle: The New Boy

Series: Iron Eagle Gym 01

Author: Sean Michael

Genre: Contemporary, BDSM

Length: Novel (210 pages)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (December 4, 2015)

Heat Level: Moderate – Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 3.75 Hearts

Blurb: Lance Packet just got a contract to shoot an erotic BDSM deck of cards; the only problem is finding models. So far everyone he’s interviewed thinks he’s looking for sex for hire. Then in walk three perfect examples of men: Tide and his friends, Tyrone and Bran.

Tide Germaine is a model and a Dom. He and his best friend Tyrone opened The Iron Eagle Gym as a place for gay men in the lifestyle to work out, do scenes, and congregate with like-minded men. The modeling is just another job for Tide, but it soon turns into a grand seduction as Tide falls for the shy, self-conscious photographer. The problem is Lance doesn’t believe he’s in Tide’s league, and he’s not at all sure about the Dom and sub thing.

It’s not going to be easy, but Tide’s going to have to convince Lance he belongs at Tide’s side as both lover and sub.

ISBN: 978-1-62380-553-1

Product Link: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/the-new-boy-by-sean-michael-141-b

Reviewer: Shorty 

Review: This is the first book in the Iron Eagle Gym series. Lance is a shy up and coming photographer has low self-esteem. He meets Tide, a model and co-owner of the iron eagle gym, shows him he is worthy of love and so much more.

Tyrone is Tide’s best friend and co-owner of the iron eagle gym. I really liked the actual story of the book and the way Lance was introduced into the BDSM lifestyles by Tide. Tide thinks Lance is the one for him.

What I did not like is that there were so many sex scenes in it. I much prefer to have more story than sex in what I read. I usually only read the first sex scene and skip the rest. It seemed like I was skipping through a lot of this book.

A lot of sex with an emotional storyline made this an o.k. read for me.

The Dom's Way by Sean Michael

Sean Michael - The Dom's Way CoverTitle: The Dom’s Way 

Series:  Iron Eagle Gym 05

Author: Sean Michael

Genre: BDSM, Contemporary

Length: Novel (200 pages)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (June 23, 2017)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Blurb: Neal and Way from The Closet Boy are back, only now they’re Dom and sub, and exploring their relationship through the lifestyle. Way is eager to learn everything, and more in love with his master every day. For his part, Neal can’t believe how lucky he is to have found such an innocent but sensual boy.

As they learn what works best for them both, Way has trouble obeying some of the rules Neal imposes. Like the no touching himself rule. Neal wants Way to learn control, but Way, after so long holding back, has trouble not indulging. The two men must work together to find the balance that brings them each the most satisfaction and happiness.

ISBN-13: 978-1-63533-437-1

Product Link: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/the-doms-way-by-sean-michael-8588-b

Reviewer: Shorty 

Review: Neal and Way are back in this instalment of the Iron Eagle Gym series. They are happy together but still learning about one another. Way has trouble following some of Neal’s rules which at times causes tension between the two men.

Neal for his part understands Way’s reluctance and they both find common ground so to speak. I loved the characters. They seemed so different from one another yet meshed very well together.

This was a great addition to the series as it explores deeper into Neal and Way’s characters. I enjoyed the flow of the story, the tension and the sexy times. 

Great read.

The Dom's Way by Sean Michael Guest Post & Excerpt!

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The Dom’s Way

(Iron Eagle Gym 05)
by

Sean Michael

Neal and Way from The Closet Boy are back, only now they’re Dom and sub, and exploring their relationship through the lifestyle. Way is eager to learn everything, and more in love with his master every day. For his part, Neal can’t believe how lucky he is to have found such an innocent but sensual boy.

As they learn what works best for them both, Way has trouble obeying some of the rules Neal imposes. Like the no touching himself rule. Neal wants Way to learn control, but Way, after so long holding back, has trouble not indulging. The two men must work together to find the balance that brings them each the most satisfaction and happiness.

Release date: 23rd June 2017 

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The Closet Boy by Sean Michael

Sean Michael - The Closet Boy CoverTitle: The Closet Boy 

Series: Iron Eagle Gym 04

Author: Sean Michael

Genre: Contemporary, BDSM

Length: Novel (214 pages)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (November 25, 2016)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Blurb: Way’ra Bernard is only twenty years old when his parents kick him out of the house. He has been brought up to believe being gay is wrong and he is going to go to hell for it. He tried very hard not to be gay but couldn’t change the way he felt. Now he’s living furtively in a closet on the third floor of the place he’s working as a janitor—the Iron Eagle Gym.

Neal McPherson is an unattached Dom in his midtwenties and a member of the gym. One evening after working out, he notices Way’ra on the stairs and he’s immediately attracted and intrigued, so he asks Way’ra out. Unable to come up with a reason to refuse and also interested in Neal, Way’ra accepts.

There are a lot of obstacles to the relationship they attempt to build after their date, not least of which is Way’ra’s upbringing and his lingering doubts about the kinky sex Neal enjoys. But with patience and persistence, Neal might convince Way’ra not only to accept himself, but to loosen his inhibitions enough to explore and find a happy ending together.

ISBN-13: 978-1-63477-695-0

Product Link: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/the-closet-boy-by-sean-michael-7805-b

Reviewer: Shorty 

Review: Way’ra is a man struggling to make ends meet after his religious family so cruelly kicked him out for catching him with another man. Because of the way he was brought up he thinks being gay is wrong and so hides his sexuality. I thought Way was sweet and shy. He should not have been made to feel what he desired was anything to be ashamed of.

With no money and nowhere to go he gets a job at the Iron Eagle Gym. He stays in the supply closet at night and eats when he can. One day Master Neal introduces himself and invites to coffee. Despite being terrified he accepts. 

Neal was so strong and caring regarding Way. I loved that he took his time waiting for Way to come out of his shell. He felt a strong pull to the young man and wanted to help him anyway he could especially after seeing how he lived and what happened.

With Neal’s help Way begins to heal from the damage that was done to him and begins to live again without fear. I loved how caring Neal was with Way. This is an emotional yet hot book with plenty of steamy encounters.

The Closet Boy by Sean Michael Guest Post & Excerpt!

Hi peeps, we have Sean Michael popping in today with her upcoming release The Closet Boy, we have a fantastic guest post where Sean chats about titles and we have a great excerpt, so guys check out the post and enjoy! <3 ~Pixie~

The Closet Boy

(Iron Eagle Gym 04)
by

Sean Michael

Way’ra Bernard is only twenty years old when his parents kick him out of the house. He has been brought up to believe being gay is wrong and he is going to go to hell for it. He tried very hard not to be gay but couldn’t change the way he felt. Now he’s living furtively in a closet on the third floor of the place he’s working as a janitor—the Iron Eagle Gym.

Neal McPherson is an unattached Dom in his midtwenties and a member of the gym. One evening after working out, he notices Way’ra on the stairs and he’s immediately attracted and intrigued, so he asks Way’ra out. Unable to come up with a reason to refuse and also interested in Neal, Way’ra accepts.

There are a lot of obstacles to the relationship they attempt to build after their date, not least of which is Way’ra’s upbringing and his lingering doubts about the kinky sex Neal enjoys. But with patience and persistence, Neal might convince Way’ra not only to accept himself, but to loosen his inhibitions enough to explore and find a happy ending together.

Release date: 25th November 2016

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The Luckiest Master by Sean Michael

Sean Michael - The Luckiest Master Cover sTitle: The Luckiest Master

Series:  Iron Eagle Gym 03

Author: Sean Michael

Genre: BDSM, Contemporary

Length: Novel (210 pages)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (August 22, 2016)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 4 ½ Hearts

Blurb: When Master Damien Richardson (Day to his friends) takes over the front desk manager job at the Iron Eagle Gym, he knows he’s going to need an assistant. But finding the right person for the job is harder than he thought it would be. When he meets Saw, he thinks he’s found the solution to all his problems, and maybe something more.

Sawyer Whitehead lost his master to a tragic car accident some years ago, and since then one opportunity after another has gone sour on him. Thoroughly convinced he’s cursed and a jinx to everything and everyone he touches, he refuses to officially become Day’s assistant because he knows that as soon as he does, something terrible will happen. He’s even more determined not to get involved with Day, despite his attraction, because it would kill him to be responsible for tragedy befalling the lovely man.

Day must convince Saw that he’s not cursed and that together, they can face any challenge that comes their way—in both their professional and personal partnerships.

ISBN: 978-1-63477-318-8

Product Link: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/the-luckiest-master-by-sean-michael-7369-b

Reviewer: Shorty 

Review: Day takes over as manager for the Iron Eagle Gym. He needs help and so hires Saw. Saw lost his master to a terrible car accident and as a result thinks himself as bad luck. It will take a strong man to push through Saw’s barriers and make him see that accidents happen and Saw is not bad luck.

I really liked this story. Day’s persistence in pursuing Saw despite Saw’s reservations was awesome. The way Day was steadfast and determined was admirable. 

I really felt bad for Saw. The way he felt about himself was heartbreaking. I loved that slowly but surely with Day’s help Saw became the man I knew he was. 

These two characters were made for each other. Both were kind and caring toward the other as the story progressed. It showed that despite others reservation that good can come out of bad situations.

Loved it.

The Luckiest Master by Sean Michael Guest Post & Excerpt!

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Hi guys, we have Sean Michael popping in today with the upcoming release The Luckiest Master, we have a short guest post and a great excerpt, so check out the post and enjoy! <3 ~Pixie~

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The Luckiest Master

(Iron Eagle Gym 03)
by

Sean Michael

When Master Damien Richardson (Day to his friends) takes over the front desk manager job at the Iron Eagle Gym, he knows he’s going to need an assistant. But finding the right person for the job is harder than he thought it would be. When he meets Saw, he thinks he’s found the solution to all his problems, and maybe something more.

Sawyer Whitehead lost his master to a tragic car accident some years ago, and since then one opportunity after another has gone sour on him. Thoroughly convinced he’s cursed and a jinx to everything and everyone he touches, he refuses to officially become Day’s assistant because he knows that as soon as he does, something terrible will happen. He’s even more determined not to get involved with Day, despite his attraction, because it would kill him to be responsible for tragedy befalling the lovely man.

Day must convince Saw that he’s not cursed and that together, they can face any challenge that comes their way—in both their professional and personal partnerships.

Release date: 22nd August 2016

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The Perfect Sub by Sean Michael Guest Post!

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Hi guys, Sean Michael stops by today to show off his upcoming release The Perfect Sub, the second book in his Iron Eagle Gym series. Sean chats briefly about the couples in the books, so check out the post and get to know both couples a little more <3 ~Pixie~ 

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The Perfect Sub

(Iron Eagle Gym 02)
by

Sean Michael

While new couple Tide and Lance spend time deepening their relationship and further introducing Lance to the joys and vagaries of being a sub, established couple Tyrone and Bran discover that they still have a thing or two to learn as well.

A new job finds Bran run off his feet, and a visit to the eye doctor leads to the discovery of a brain tumor. Bran is terrified. He strives to be the perfect sub for his beautiful master and sees the tumor as a personal failing as he tries to handle every last phone call, e-mail, and text that comes in, no matter how early or late. When Tyrone finally finds out about the tumor Bran’s been keeping a secret, he realizes he’s been taking his sub for granted, and he works to rediscover his boy and their relationship. Of course, that’s easier said than done given that Bran’s job is taking up all his time and he would rather pretend the tumor just doesn’t exist than actually deal with it.

It’s going to take all of Tyrone’s prowess as a master to help guide Bran through these troubled waters.

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