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COLD WAR by Kiera Andrews

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COLD WAR by Kiera AndrewsCold War by Kiera Andrews
Published by Loose Id Genres: Contemporary, MM
Reviewed by Lisa

Years and years of sometimes tortuous repetition, burning muscles, and bruises lead to pairs ice skaters Bailey Robinson and Dev Avira, at the top of their game.  Their closest competition is the Russian pair Kisa Kostina and Mikhail Reznikov who always seem to come in first.  As they finish second at the Grand Prix Final in Japan, Dev and Bailey promise each other the Gold at the coming Olympics.  In a dark mood for coming so close in the Final yet not winning, Dev begins to talk trash to Mikhail in the restroom.  Passions of another kind unexpectedly explodes between them the moment their eyes meet, and the real Mikhail, aka Misha to those close to him, is revealed.  Both know that encounter can never happen again.

 

The Olympic Games is everything the skaters have worked towards.  Dev wishes he could totally concentrate on winning but another incendiary encounter with Misha scrambles his brain.  He can’t stop thinking of Misha, his taste, his touch.

 

That moment of weakness in Dev’s mind could ruin everything – all the years of sacrifice would go up in smoke.  And what about Bailey, it certainly isn’t fair to her that he can’t get his head in the game. Passion climaxes between Dev and Misha as the Gold slips away.  But from whom?

 

Heightened emotional drama draws readers right into Cold War.  The passionate tug of war between career and chemistry defines the pairs figure skaters in this deeply intensive story.  A fascinating peek into their world is balanced with a volatile love story spinning out of control.  Exciting characters breathe life into their sport and plotline.  Cold War will have you rooting for Dev and Misha to find happiness.

A COLLAR FOR CHRISTMAS by A. E. Lawless

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A COLLAR FOR CHRISTMAS by A. E. LawlessA Collar For Christmas by A. E. Lawless
Published by Loose Id Genres: BDSM, Contemporary, Gay
Reviewed by Lisa

Panic attacks and severe anxiety have always been a part of Liam Halden’s life.  Choosing a career in acting probably wasn’t the smartest move considering his neuroses, but it’s what he’s good at, except when he’s having a meltdown.

 

Filming the hit series ‘Caught’ in Toronto, the actor is extremely embarrassed when a fellow cast mate witnesses a panic attack in progress.  Aaron already lost a friend in the past to her demons and vows to help Liam anyway he can.

 

Their relationship evolves and the bondage scenes they enact help Liam immensely.  It’s supposed to be a non-sexual thing, but by the time the cast is wrapping for Christmas break Liam knows that he wants more, he’s fallen in love with Aaron.  The gift Liam gives to Aaron also proves a disastrous choice.  Heartbroken the actor heads home for the holidays.  Liam isn’t sure he can face Aaron in the New Year as a cast mate or a submissive.  Ever.

 

Tender and passionate A Collar for Christmas zeroes in on the difficulty of emotional bonds, platonic and erotic.  Liam has a basket load of issues.  Aaron is working with his own mental scars.  A very enjoyable writing style and engaging characterization make A Collar for Christmas an intensely pleasant read.  Liam and Aaron’s rocky romance is honest and sweet.  Also, the BDSM aspect of the plotline is light rather than fierce.  A Collar for Christmas is poignant and digs deep for love.

HIDING IN PLAIN SIGHT by Cassandra Carr

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HIDING IN PLAIN SIGHT by Cassandra CarrHiding in Plain Sight by Cassandra Carr
Series: Safe Harbor #2
Published by Loose Id on 2014-02-11
Genres: Contemporary, Gay
Pages: 134
Reviewed by Lisa

Vladimir Gusev exists in a living hell. A year ago in the Olympics he was forced to use a homophobic slur during a game, and guilt is eating him from the inside out. Not only is Vladimir not a homophobe, but in the aftermath of the Olympics, he was finally able to admit his true nature to himself. Yet he's been taught homosexuality is a sin, so he tries to push away his feelings, but to no avail. Joe Bufford is an out gay man and an ex-Delta Force member who was medically discharged after an injury to his hand leaves him no longer able to perform his duties. His job as a mechanic at the airport is hardly a long-term career choice, but Joe has no idea where he can utilize the skills he learned in the Army. Vladimir and Joe meet, and Joe instantly recognizes Vladimir as a terrified closet case. Before he knows it, Joe is offering to help Vladimir figure out what he is and what he wants. As time goes on, Joe begins to hope more and more that the answers to those questions lie with him.

A serious injury during a mission sidelines Joe Bufford from continuing his career as a Delta Force operative.  With his military life over Joe takes a civilian job while he considers his future options.  Joe managed to keep his orientation a secret in the military.  These days he doesn’t make a big deal about it though he refuses to hide in the closet any longer.

 

Hockey player Vladimir Gusev was literally forced to say a homophobic slur at the Olympic Games which booted him off the team.  Luckily, it didn’t stop the Pittsburgh Phantoms from signing Vlad to play for them.

 

Ironically, the young Russian has been grappling with his sexuality for years. Attempting to accept what he is Vlad goes into a gay bar where his welcome is decidedly frosty.  Sitting at the bar Joe takes pity on the guy and strikes up a conversation.  One thing leads to another, one day together leads to another, and there’s no more doubt as to where Vlad belongs.  Trouble is Joey is out and the hockey player is afraid to leave the closet for fear of his career.  And apparently the Russians want Vlad, again.

 

The second installment in the Safe Harbor series features a powerful theme and an unlikely romance.  Professional and personal lives are examined in Hiding in Plain Sight as passions are awakened and accepted.  Joe could’ve been bitter, likewise Vlad, yet both deal and move on.  Hiding in Plain Sight focuses on a realistic attraction and the ensuing chaos when sexuality and careers collide.  Genuine and intense, cheer for Vlad and Joey, they deserve it.

UNCOLLARED by Nona Raines

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UNCOLLARED by Nona RainesUncollared by Nona Raines
Published by Loose Id Genres: BDSM, Contemporary
Reviewed by Nikita Steele

In the blink of an eye, Mia Manetti’s world takes a tumble for the worst when out of the blue her Master uncollars her.  Devastated beyond belief, as a submissive, Mia is at a loss after losing her very first Master without an explanation.  After weeks of wallowing in self-pity, hesitantly Mia agrees to play with another Dom – Master Chess.

 

Since the first moment he laid eyes on her at Club Restraint, Chess Ryan has secretly lusted after Mia Manetti.  But, due to his friendship with her Master; Chess only admires her from afar.  That is until his friend uncollars Mia and then proceeds to deviously manipulate Chess into exploring his sexual fantasies with Mia.

 

Neither is expecting their lust for one another to quickly turn into something more meaningful; will Mia and Chess take their relationship into the next permanent level or will each allow hurtful secrets from their past to tear them apart?

 

Uncollared is a heartfelt storyline filled with lots of unearthing happenings that will have you reaching for a few tissues.  I really liked how author Nora Raines allows the reader to feel the true pains and pleasures of Mia as she deals with the numerous curveballs that life has thrown her way.  Under the masterful control of Chess, Mia is able to blossom into the submissive that she is meant to be. And, let’s not forget about the BDSM play action within the novella.  Wow!  Talk about mega hot, fanning face sexual interaction!  After her first night with Master Chess, it becomes apparent to Mia that her previous Master had not really introduced her to the full blown joys of BDSM foreplay.  It is no wonder Mia has a hard time keeping her feelings for Chess in check. Uncollared is truly an enjoyable read.

OUTTAKES by Tibby Armstrong

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OUTTAKES by Tibby ArmstrongOuttakes by Tibby Armstrong
Series: Hollywood #4
Published by Loose Id Genres: Contemporary, Gay
Reviewed by Lisa

Once a successful child star, actor Kit Harris managed to parley his skills into an award winning adult career. Lately however he is floundering and doesn’t have a clue how to deal with the emotional combustion.  Ever since he came out things haven’t been right.  Sure he knew there would be repercussions but with his lover Jeremy Ash by his side Kit figured he could handle the backlash.

 

Who would bet that Jeremy’s career as an action star would’ve take off so strongly and leave time with Kit in the dust.  The only thing that Kit has to call his own these days is his love of baking.  Trying to make Kit happy backfires in a big way and brings them even closer to calling it quits.  A last chance to rekindle their feelings may see Kit and Jeremy walking away for good.

 

Turn the drama level to high in Outtakes the fourth book in the Hollywood series which revisits Kit and Jeremy’s relationship.  At first golden and secure, Kit has spiraled into a raw, open wound lashing out at the people who love him most.  Outtakes is an intense character study packed with angst and a hit of eroticism.  This series continues to highlight compelling characters and realistic emotional turmoil.

SPOILS OF WAR by Kari Gregg

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THE CARE AND FEEDING OF SEX DEMONS by Angela Fiddler

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VOLUNTEERED TO THE FUTURE by H. B. Kurtzwilde

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THE PEACOCK PRINCE by John Tristan

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SCENT OF A WOLF by Draven St. James

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