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Taking my Leave

So... I've been inactive here for a few weeks and have decided to keep it that way.

I've basically been doing 'double maintenance' here and on GR for two years and I'm still not sure why. BL does not have anything that GR doesn't have, and GR is still faster and I don't have to create several books there myself.

So, yeah, caving to the corporate giant again, but I like GR. And as fun as this has been, one site is enough for me.

All the best to all of you :)

Double Full - Kindle Alexander

3rd time - still five stars. One of my absolute favorites....

Reading progress update: I've read 1%.

Double Full - Kindle Alexander

My 3rd time reading this. It is so so painful for such a long time for these two. And so absolutely worth it in the end. I just have to get to that....

Hudson's Luck - Lucy  Lennox, Michael Pauley

I have loved everything by Lucy Lennox so far, but this one has left me with the sappiest grin yet :)

 

 

Terms of Service - Marie Sexton

River's husband left him for someone else but River cannot get himself to sign those divorce papers; he still loves Terrence. And that is a bit painful to watch because Terrence is a manipulative SOB! But what can you do when the heart won't let go...
After several months River decides that a hookup app might be a first step towards not being alone in his condo all the time when he isn't working. After a first steamy encounter with Phil, River wants more and he finds he doesn't even mind handing over all control to Phil to the point where he is expected to drop to his knees in greeting when Phil gets home.
They start building  a relationship but River still loves Terrence and Phil is incapable of showing affection - something River desperately needs. Still, River loves belonging to Phil, wearing his collar and serving him. There is peace and contentment in handing over control and just following orders.
Things are good, until suddenly shit happens and River is left insecure and doubting pretty much everything. And there is no one to tell him what to do. The most important decision of his life is his alone. And the ending was just amazing. Loved it.

Reading progress update: I've read 54%.

Terms of Service - Marie Sexton

“I meant it when I said I have no idea how to camp. Or glamp. I’ve never built a campfire or slept in a tent or even roasted a marshmallow.”

“Are you serious? How could you go your whole life without roasting marshmallows?”

 

Ah, yes. The Americans and their marshmallows ;-)

Reading progress update: I've read 25%.

Promises Part 4 - A.E. Via

“If you see this going south, Brian. Let us know. We’ll suit up,” Quick told him. Brian nodded. “Yep,” Dana agreed. They both got up to leave Duke’s office and went to their own desks. Brian hoped it didn’t come to that, because when they all suited up, terrible things happened—to other people.

Reading progress update: I've read 14%.

Promises Part 4 - A.E. Via

Sway wasn’t sure if he should go for a hug, a kiss, a handshake or fist bump, he didn’t know what was typical for their situation. He wanted to wrap himself around one of Brian’s thighs and hump it until the pressure in his pants subsided, but he was sure that wasn’t the proper greeting protocol either.

Crooked Tree Ranch: Montana, Book 1 - Love Lane Books Limited, RJ Scott, Sean Crisden

I do love myself some Sean Crisden. And I enjoy Scott's writing. And then there are cowboys, so this was a good one. And we aren't even drowning in children (yet), so I'll continue with the series for now.

Reading progress update: I've read 32%.

Asylum - Robert Winter

He talked about things his father had said in their few conversations over the years so that he knew he’d never be able to come out to his parents.
And finally…
Finally he was ready. He reached out blindly to grab Colin’s hand, and he talked about being a little boy alone in his uncle’s store.

 

 

No, no, no - I don't think I need to read this in detail...

A Kind of Truth - Seth Clayton, Dreamspinner Press LLC, Lane Hayes

A sweet story about two lovable, down to earth guys falling in love and getting their priorities straight. Rand and Will both have people trying to push them in a certain direction because it suits their own agendas. Especially Will was suffering from a bad case of nasty parents.

Of course love wins in the end and the way Will took a stand for himself and his relationship with Rand was absolutely glorious.

Still, the most important conclusion for me from this book is that I now seem to have yet another favorite audiobook narrator. Awesome job by Seth Clayton.

The Master Will Appear - L.A. Witt, Michael Ferraiuolo

A wonderful age gap romance with a healthy dose of BDSM. What’s not to love?

Misha is a college professor, an experienced fencer and a dominant. He already has three divorces under his belt and has been single for a while, yet he is quite content and hasn’t lost his general optimism.

Unlike the much younger college student Ryan who has grown up with a family of people who resent him for existing and where relationships and marriages serve a purpose rather than being about love and connection. In other words, for all Ryan knows, love is Hollywood invention. One he has never no experience with in real life.

 

Ryan and Misha meet through fencing and Misha starts giving Ryan fencing lessons. They don’t like each other much in the beginning, and yet there is some kind of pull. Ryan doesn’t really understand his attraction to the older man, but he is ok with some no-strings-fun. Except, once Misha puts him on his knees it all turns in to so much more as Ryan discovers his submissive side.

 

The relationship grows and we get insanely hot scenes – with and without D/s – and we get heartbreaking, tender moments. I loved all of it.

And I think most of all I absolutely loved this example of how a good narrator can take a great book and make it even more amazing. Michael Ferraiuolo absolutely nailed it; both his Misha and Ryan voices were perfect.

Reading progress update: I've read 24%.

The Master Will Appear - L.A. Witt, Michael Ferraiuolo

“One Dom I know finds that if his usual punishments aren’t getting through, it’s effective to sprinkle some dry rice on the floor and make his sub kneel on them for a couple of minutes.”
Ryan’s eyes widened. “That sounds…”
“I know.” I nodded. “Not nearly harsh enough.”
He blinked. “What?”
“I prefer to use LEGO instead.”

Reading progress update: I've read 18%.

The Master Will Appear - L.A. Witt, Michael Ferraiuolo

I tried not to squirm as he kept looking at me. “Since when does sex include discipline?”
Mikhail’s stern expression changed to a sharky grin that made all the fine hairs on my body stand on end. “If I’m involved in it, then I assure you, sex involves discipline.”

The Fireman's Pole - Sue  Brown

This is what I would consider the perfect representative of the Dreamspun Desires line; small English town where everyone knows everyone (and their business!), a Lord and a hot fireman who both love dogs. Add some crimes that need solving and a manipulative business man and our guys have their hands full until their well-earned happy ending. Which could have been spelled out in a bit more - I would have liked an epilogue. Still I really enjoyed this light, fluffy story.

Captive Hearts - A E Ryecart

This was one of those books where I spent most of it feeling uneasy. Not because of the MCs – they where amazing – but they were in an impossible situation. With every moment they spent together I was just waiting for shit to happen.

 It’s not a feeling I generally enjoy, but it does make the ending that much sweeter. And I will definitely be going for the next book in the series.