The Furry Matchmaker by Lori Toland

91kkOdRuNCL._SL1500_Title: The Furry Matchmaker
Series: N/A
Author: Lori Toland
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Novella (58 Pages)
Publisher: Lori Toland Books (October 6th, 2014)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4Hearts
Blurb: Dave Wallace is on his way to work when the sight of a tiny kitten stranded on an interstate overpass nearly breaks his heart. After he stops to save her, he goes to the nearest vet and meets Dr. Christian Prince. A gorgeous man David assumes is straight and completely uninterested in him. When Dave leaves, he knows he’ll never see the vet again… until Christian calls him about the kitten, and maybe more.

ISBN: 978-0-98870-883-9

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Reviewer: Lisa

Review: This was one of the best short stories I have read in a long time. It was so cute how Dave and Christian wanted each other but was afraid the other was straight as an arrow. How they were attempting to hide their attraction, but the little kitten Dave brought in was not letting that happen. It was like the kitten was their own little matchmaker.

It was so adorable that I had to read it more than once. I had a blast reading it and can’t wait to check out the rest of Lori’s books. It was so tender and had so much feeling put into such a dynamic story. I loved the way they were with each other and the fact that they just couldn’t resist the kitten. I would suggest reading this story.

Even though it isn’t a Christmas one, it just seems to go perfect with the season.

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review through *

Dangerous Submission by Lori Toland

17380645Title: Dangerous Submission

Series: Dangerous Affairs #2

Author: Lori Toland

Genre: Action / Mystery & Suspense / BDSM

Length: Novel (190 pages)

Publisher: Loose Id (April 22nd, 2013)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥2 Hearts

Reviewer: Thommie

Blurb: British Agent Drake Steele never thought when he was hired on at the Serious Organized Crime Agency that his job would involve spanking a co-worker. But when the colleague is Lord Robbie Covington, the sexy redheaded computer hacker for SOCA and MI-6, Drake can’t agree fast enough to pop Robbie’s cherry and pull him into the sensual world of BDSM.

Now they are caught up in a web of lies as they pose as members of the jet-setting crowd. Drake and Robbie have to race against the clock to stop a weapons haul that could threaten the safety of all Europe. As their covers begin to fade and danger is closing in, protecting Robbie is Drake’s most important task, but neither man is ready for the moment when their hearts are put on the line.

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Review: Well now, the second book on the Dangerous Affairs series was just the same as the first one, and maybe not as good.

I didn’t like it. The erotic scenes were still ok but this time the entire plot felt lacking. The characters were quite odd, we don’t get to know much about them in an entire novel expect from the fact that Drake is a Dom and Robbie, out of nowhere becomes a submissive. And to add insult to injury, Drake is a single tail master, single tail, as in pain dishing Dom and Robbie has never been into a leather club in his life…

Let’s just say that this time this story didn’t work for me. Two agents on a mission that comes from nowhere, no time to get ready, not time to prepare themselves they jump into the heart of a sex-party mansion. They come face to face with other Doms who are challenging Drake for a chance to his sub. They come face to face with mouthy subs who challenge Robbie for a chance to his master, public display and an out of nowhere single tail scene with an untrained sub and in the end they fall in love.

Oh, the reason they were at this sex party in first place, they had a mission, which in my opinion got screwed up the moment they saw each other at their headquarters. This was not an action/suspense story, this was I’m throwing a prop because I want to write hot sex scenes, and yeah, no matter how hot those scenes might be it got old.

The same dramatics as in book one didn’t help for the tiresome feeling that engulfed me this time, plus the frustration with the non-existent plot and oh my God, the end of this story, when the villain was a sadistic Dom who wanted to whip and take Robbie in the gallery? No!

It is safe to say that this book held no appeal to me whatsoever despite the luring single tail action.

The Replacement Guitarist by Lori Toland

18393807Title: The Replacement Guitarist

Author: Lori Toland

Genre: Contemporary

Length: Novel (220pgs) 

Publisher: Lori Toland (September 1st, 2013)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating:  ♥♥♥♥3 ½ – 4 Hearts

Reviewer: Pixie

Blurb: Blaze Shinozuka, a hot talent who auditions as a replacement guitarist for world famous pop star Cassie, is thrilled when he draws the attention of celebrity manager Jason Stockton—and not only because it could make his career. His instant attraction to Jason sends his world careening off its axis and drives him to make a move. But Jason reacts by trying to put distance between them, and Blaze finds himself thrust into the gritty world of rock ‘n’ roll while falling for a man he shouldn’t touch, let alone love.

Straight-laced Jason Stockton is always professional and never dips his pen in the company ink. But there’s something about Blaze that leaves him wanting what he shouldn’t, and the guitarist’s exotic beauty and compelling innocence turn out to be the temptation Jason can’t resist. But just one lie in the national media sets off a chain of events that pushes Jason and Blaze apart. Can they find a way to be together in the cutthroat, jealous world of rock ‘n’ roll even after the music stops?

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Review: Blaze is a great guitarist who is being given his shot to audition as the replacement guitarist for a pop singers band, but his first meeting with her manager, Jason, sets him ablaze with lust. His attraction to Jason throws him off balance, but he doesn’t let that stop him from pursuing the only man he has ever been attracted to. Jason has a very strong rule of not mixing business with pleasure, but the sexy new guitarist Blaze has him breaking his own rules, Blaze’s innocence and naivety has Jason panting for more. But, Jason’s pop starlet client is making waves for the two men trying to force them apart. Can the two men survive the cutthroat music business and family disapproval to love each other?

This is a pretty sweet story of two men discovering love in the jealous world of the music industry. This story starts off with the instant attraction between Blaze and Jason, an attraction that surprises Blaze and has Jason on his toes. Blaze has become slightly estranged from his family because of his college and career choices but he hopes that his success will have his parents changing their minds, but when Blaze falls for another man, he knows his parents would never accept it. Jason has always known that he is bisexual but he never mixes business with pleasure, but Blaze is a temptation that he can’t resist.

I did enjoy this story, but I must admit that there wasn’t as much on page interaction between Blaze and Jason just being them without sex or drama, as I would have liked. A lot of what we see is when they are both working or between rehearsals, there isn’t much of them together in their downtime just relaxing and getting to know each other. Their relationship moves very quickly and there are doubts and angst being thrown their way because of a jealous pop star, who just seems to love causing trouble. The connection between Blaze and Jason is blazing with lust and boy, are they hot together.

Blaze’s relationship with his parents is a strained one and it is interesting to see how Blaze tries to handle them and their constant disapproval, I did expect Blaze to be more affected by their disapproval at the end though it had to have been really hard to have them react that badly to his coming out. The situation where Jason offers Blaze a threesome was a little out of the left field, they had both declared their love and he was offering up a woman for their enjoyment when Blaze had never been with anyone but Jason, it was just a bit hard to believe. Jason and Blaze are a great couple when they get over the jealous mechanics of Cassie; they are really hot together and set fire to the pages.

I recommend this to those who love: love in the music industry, family angst, petty dealings, hot sex, an interesting start to a relationship and a great start to a life together.     

The Long Con by Lori Toland

13482583Title: The Long Con

Series: Dangerous Affairs, #1

Author: Lori Toland

Genre: Contemporary Romance / Action / Light Kink

Length: Novel

Publisher: Loose Id (April 17th, 2013)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥3 Hearts

Reviewer: Thommie

Blurb: British Agent Nathaniel Bradley is tasked with bringing home a stolen heirloom. After tracking the Faberge egg all the way to a group of criminals in New York, Bradley infiltrates a ring of con artists and gets sucked into the role of a high priced prostitute.

While hoping for a chance to take back what is rightfully his, Bradley’s sole mission becomes to seduce Tony Terranova, Jr., the heir to a notorious mafia dynasty. Though Tony is strikingly handsome, the usually dominant Bradley is hesitant to submit to the sexual whims of a dangerous Mafioso.

What Bradley doesn’t expect is for Tony to fall to his knees so eagerly for him, leaving him blindsided by how intensely their dark tastes complement each other. Now Bradley is caught up in a deadly game of lies and desire, where what he truly wants may not be what duty requires.

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Review: My impression on this book varies from loved it to oh my God kill me now.

The action plot here was quite interesting, the pace set was my favorite, the intensity the story managed to grip me with was breathtaking, and I managed to devour the book in only some short hours. The erotic factor was mouthwatering and the erotic scenes (which were plenty, and I mean plenty) were pretty brilliant. The author has a knack of making you jump into that eroticism along with the characters no matter what’s going on in the plot and all around you in real life. It’s safe to say that I completely left my outside world for the duration.

As gripping as it was though, the plot had some serious holes there that every fan of action/mystery/suspense would say a big NO to. On many occasions the undercover work was plain ludicrous, the characters gave themselves away and the incredulity of the events that followed was big enough to slow you down and think about what a shame it was. The way that egg (the stolen heirloom) moved in the end was just too easy. The way how an agent reacted when faced with a bully-criminal like Silvio was so not realistic and at some point some events were dragged a bit too much.

Speaking of too much here comes my favorite part. The insta-love thing. How fast can you fall utterly in love with a person you don’t know? Is a day enough? Add to that, you’re an agent and he is a Mafia kid and you have a completely non-realistic romance shaping right there. As much as I loved the entire sexual ordeal between Tony and Bradley, as much as it blew my mind with the hot and freaking awesome scenes, there was always the “love” in between them that put me off faster than an ice-cold shower. Add to that the desperation card that got overused there and the drama nearly suffocated me.

So in the end there were many, many things that would make me give this book not a favorable rating, but as I said in the beginning it still managed to drag me with it and not let me go till I reach THE END. Odd isn’t it? So when you consider that, that is the purpose of a book I can’t help but recommend it despite the cons.