Tagged: Keira Andrews

a tie! The two winning titles are If Only in My Dreams by Keira Andrews and Master Charming by Jennifer Leeland

If Only In My Dreams by Keira Andrews ifonlycover

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Story Rating: 5 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 5 out of 5

Blurb:

Charlie Yates is desperate. It’s almost Christmas and his flight home from college has been delayed. For days. Charlie promised his little sister Ava he’d be home for her first holiday season since going into remission from leukemia. Now he’s stuck on the opposite coast and someone else grabbed the last rental car. Someone he hasn’t even spoken to in four years. Someone who broke his heart.

Gavin Bloomberg’s childhood friendship with Charlie ended overnight after a day of stolen kisses. With years of resentment between them, they don’t want to be in the same room together, let alone a car. But for Ava’s sake, Gavin agrees to share the rental and drive across the country together.

As they face unexpected bumps along the road, can Charlie and Gavin pave the way to a future together?

Review:

This is a wonderful holiday m/m Christmas love story. Both characters are incredibly likeable and have very distinct voices. I found myself rooting for Charlie and Gavin to get together. And boy do they! The sex is way hot and once they start fucking I found myself hoping they would end up with a HEA. They are such a great couple. If you like m/m or are looking to dip your toes into the m/m genre I highly recommend this.

Reviewed by Elizabeth

Master Charming by Jennifer Leeland master1

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Story Rating: 4.5 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 4.5 out of 5

Blurb:

For her birthday, Beth Jones was given a Newbie Package from the local BDSM club, The Iron Bar. Her so-called friends had spotted her submissive side and decided it was time she quit hiding it. But when the night comes that she finally gets to play her first scene, she is no longer sure who she is. Is she the sweet submissive in the borrowed Jimmy Choo shoes? Or is she the Goth chick with the black eyeliner and spiked hair?

No one could pin down Master Chris’s taste in submissives. He liked them in all shapes and sizes, but his favorite subs were newbies. The Iron Bar trusted him to introduce the Lifestyle to newcomers and he loved the chance to do it. No commitment necessary. But the newbie he knows as “Miss Jones” gets under his skin. When a crisis causes an interruption, Chris has to track down the elusive Miss Jones with only a Jimmy Choo shoe to guide him.

Review:

This is a relatively quick read that has a Cinderella vibe to it. One thing that stuck out to me was the “voice” of the main character, Beth. Smart and funny, I found myself really liking her and hoping she gets the happily ever after she deserves. If you are looking for something with BDSM and a lighter tone to it, then this is for you.

Reviewed by Elizabeth

If Only In My Dreams by Keira Andrews ifonlycover

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Story Rating: 5 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 5 out of 5

Blurb:

Charlie Yates is desperate. It’s almost Christmas and his flight home from college has been delayed. For days. Charlie promised his little sister Ava he’d be home for her first holiday season since going into remission from leukemia. Now he’s stuck on the opposite coast and someone else grabbed the last rental car. Someone he hasn’t even spoken to in four years. Someone who broke his heart.

Gavin Bloomberg’s childhood friendship with Charlie ended overnight after a day of stolen kisses. With years of resentment between them, they don’t want to be in the same room together, let alone a car. But for Ava’s sake, Gavin agrees to share the rental and drive across the country together.

As they face unexpected bumps along the road, can Charlie and Gavin pave the way to a future together?

Review:

This is a wonderful holiday m/m Christmas love story. Both characters are incredibly likeable and have very distinct voices. I found myself rooting for Charlie and Gavin to get together. And boy do they! The sex is way hot and once they start fucking I found myself hoping they would end up with a HEA. They are such a great couple. If you like m/m or are looking to dip your toes into the m/m genre I highly recommend this.

Reviewed by Elizabeth

ifonlycoverIf Only In My Dreams by Keira Andrews

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Story Rating: 5 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 5 out of 5

Blurb:

Charlie Yates is desperate. It’s almost Christmas and his flight home from college has been delayed. For days. Charlie promised his little sister Ava he’d be home for her first holiday season since going into remission from leukemia. Now he’s stuck on the opposite coast and someone else grabbed the last rental car. Someone he hasn’t even spoken to in four years. Someone who broke his heart.

Gavin Bloomberg’s childhood friendship with Charlie ended overnight after a day of stolen kisses. With years of resentment between them, they don’t want to be in the same room together, let alone a car. But for Ava’s sake, Gavin agrees to share the rental and drive across the country together.

As they face unexpected bumps along the road, can Charlie and Gavin pave the way to a future together?

Review:

This is a wonderful holiday m/m Christmas love story. Both characters are incredibly likeable and have very distinct voices. I found myself rooting for Charlie and Gavin to get together. And boy do they! The sex is way hot and once they start fucking I found myself hoping they would end up with a HEA. They are such a great couple. If you like m/m or are looking to dip your toes into the m/m genre I highly recommend this.

Reviewed by Elizabeth

Valor on the Move by Keira Andrews valorcover

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Story Rating: 4 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 0 out of 5

Blurb:

Growing up gay in the White House hasn’t been easy for Rafael Castillo. Codenamed “Valor” by the Secret Service, Rafa feels anything but brave as he hides in the closet and tries to stay below the radar in his last year of college. His father’s presidency is almost over, and he just needs to stick to his carefully crafted plan. Once his family’s out of the spotlight, he can be honest with his conservative parents about his sexuality and his dream of being a chef.

It’s definitely not part of Rafa’s plan to get a new Secret Service agent who’s a walking wet dream, but he’s made it this long keeping his desires to himself. Besides, it’s not like Shane Kendrick would even look at him twice if it wasn’t his job.

Shane’s worked his way up through the Secret Service ranks, and while protecting the president’s shy, boring son isn’t his dream White House assignment, it’s an easy enough task since no one pays Rafa much attention. He discovers there’s a vibrant young man beneath the timid public shell, and while he knows Rafa has a crush on him, he assures himself it’s harmless. Shane’s never had room for romance in his life, and he’d certainly never cross that line with a protectee. Keeping Rafa safe at any cost is Shane’s mission.

But as Rafa gets under his skin, will they both put their hearts on the line?

Review:

“Valor on the Move” paints a quite believable story about what it might be like to be a closeted member of the first family. Set in the near future, when a conservative Republican Hispanic-American is president, it’s quite easy to understand why Rafa would decide to keep his orientation a secret, at least until his lame-duck father is out of the White House.

Things do get quite “complicated” when Shane is rotated into Rafa’s protection detail. The possibility of a relationship between the two men is wrong on so many levels. Emotional entanglements would make it almost impossible for Shane to do his job, not to mention getting him fired. Then there’s the age difference, which would make things difficult in even the best of circumstances. For Rafa, it puts everything he has worked for in jeopardy. He runs the risk of becoming the center of public attention, which is exactly what he has been avoiding for almost eight years.

For a while, at least, this book seems to be one of those stories that’s going to simmer along to a slow boil until one of the characters’ has their hand forced. In large part, that is what happens, but the fallout from the pivotal scene sends the plot in an entirely unexpected direction, and turns the latter half of the book into a real page turner. It’s quite a surprise and very deftly handled.

Story-wise, “Valor on the Move” is a very well-crafted romance. However, when it comes to kink, well, there isn’t any. This is, by no stretch of the imagination, a BDSM story. The few scenes between the characters, which come very late in the story, are basic vanilla sex. You’ll want to read this one for the story, which is quite a good one.

Reviewed by Michael Joseph

Kick at the Darkness by Keira Andrews kick

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Story Rating: 5 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 4.5 out of 5

Review:

This book was engaging and original. The voice the author gives the characters was funny and it made you care for them when they started to care for each other. Although this is a stand alone I did get information in a newsletter that there is a sequel in the works *fingers crossed*

Parker Osborne is a freshman at university. He receives a C- on a paper and is sure that the TA has made a mistake. Adam, 23, is the TA Parker confronts. They exchange words and in the middle of their argument all hell breaks loose on campus.

It is pretty obvious the infected people resemble zombies but it is established later they are not actually undead. Parker notices some strange habits from Adam as they travel along the road together, surviving. Like how he sniffs at the air, and listens and seems to hears things from an impossibly long distance. He can also see in near darkness. Parker’s immediate concern is for his family. Once he and Adam escape the campus they see the zombie infection is widespread.

The story unfolds with Parker and Adam heading out towards the East coast. Along the way their relationship develops mainly due to proximity. Adam has a motorcycle and being that up close all the time certainly had to add to the feelings sparking between Parker and Adam. They couldn’t help but be close together all the time in other ways too. They did not want to be apart from each other when they slept because of safety reasons. Various run-ins with the infected puts Adam in the role of protector. One instance Adam “poses” as Parker’s “boyfriend”. They pretend to cuddle and of course this produces mixed desire for Parker, who is admittedly gay. Adam never confirms nor denies Parker’s assumptions about him having a girlfriend, until after they share a particularly steamy shower scene. It put a smile on my face when Adam puts Parker’s fears to rest about any doubts Parker may have had.

When it is revealed that Adam is a werewolf Parker’s reaction is favorable. He freaks out a bit but overall it is like “dude, you’re mine. Get over it.” I suppose Adam was so used to hiding his true nature that he was prepared for Parker’s ultimate rejection when he saw him “wolf out”. It fit in nicely that Adam’s immunity, strength, and werewolf abilities kept them safe while they travelled, on motorcycle, across country.

The ebb and flow of the story from beginning to end had me staying up late to try and finish “just one more chapter”. Sometimes the build up to the characters hooking up, in any erotic romance, can be a let down. There are very formulaic and predictable plots in romance and each author has their own way of making the plot devices their own. Keira Andrews had a way of making both characters very likable. Parker had a bit more introspective detail but Adam’s role was detailed in his actions as the protector. If there is ever a sequel or short story about these two. I would like to know more about Adam. This definitely felt like Parker’s story. With them going on that journey to see if his family was OK. I would highly recommend this book to fans of MM, and/or zombie themed fiction.

Reviewed by Black Hippie Chick