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DEADLY DECEPTION by Kris Norris

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DEADLY DECEPTION by Kris NorrisDeadly Deception by Kris Norris
Series: Til Death #3
Published by Total-E-Bound Publishing on 2013-10
Genres: Erotica, Suspense
Pages: 242
Reviewed by Jo

Another dead body-another victim of convicted serial killer, John Davies. There's just one problem-Davies is dead. Special Agent Mallory Reeves knows there must be a logical explanation for the body uncovered in a back alley of Seattle's urban district. The markings, the pose, the evidence-it all points to one man-John Davies. But seeing as Davies was just executed for his crimes, the new case appears to be the work of a ghost. Unfortunately, Davies isn't the only invisible man in Mallory's life. Just her luck, the Bureau wants another agent added to the team, one who worked the original case. And it's no coincidence that it's Sawyer Kent-her estranged husband. Special Agent Sawyer Kent has a lot of questions and few answers, including if he's even got a shot at regaining the affection of the woman he loves. It seems a feat more impossible than the case they're working, especially since it doesn't look as if Mallory's in the mood to welcome him back home. But when the killer starts evolving, adding nuances to his crimes that are aimed directly at Mallory, Sawyer's left with only one course of action. Find the bastard before she becomes his next victim.

Special Agent Mallory Reeves believes she is just finishing a job as she prepares to watch the execution of a killer she helped capture.  Mallory is trying very hard to not remember just how much that arrest cost her.  She believes this is the ultimate end of the matter until she is pulled away from the execution and to a murder scene that earmarks the man she just watch being prepared for execution.  What the heck is going on? 

Special Agent Sawyer Kent left Seattle after the capture of John Davies, a murdering madman.  Sawyer left while his partner and lover, Mallory, was still recovering in the hospital believing it was the best option then.  However, now it appears that a dead man is on another murdering rampage and this time he seems to be trying to hurt Mallory by his actions.  Sawyer might not know what the situation is between him and Mallory, but he is not going to allow anyone to cause her such pain. 

Mallory is in a serious dilemma when Sawyer shows back up and is assigned to her and her new partner to solve this latest murder puzzle.  Sawyer is acting like she should know why he left like he did and Mallory’s body is all about them taking up where they left off but her mind is not so willing to forgive.  Both Sawyer and Mallory are experiencing the intense heat of their feelings while working to solve the mystery of how a man who was executed could be murdering people and know so much about Mallory and her past.  When the murders become close and personal to Mallory, it appears she might be on the hit list.  Sawyer and Mallory will put their skill and minds together in order to find out who is really behind these murders and why they are so targeted to Mallory.

Two special agents with a hot and heavy past must solve two things at the same time – the hurdles in front of their love and a murder mystery – before one of them runs out of time.  Deadly Deception brings Mallory and Sawyer back into contact after their explosive love affair.  I certainly felt that the air was explosive when Sawyer and Mallory were brought back together, but I wasn’t sure if that heat would lead to more anger or into bed.  I found out quickly enough that their passion was hotter than the misunderstandings that stood between them.  This would have been hard enough to get through, but when you throw on that they had to find a killer before he got to Mallory it made their journey so much harder and hotter.  I love how the clues were sprinkled throughout the story and seriously didn’t come up with the killer in my mind until it was revealed.  I love it when that happens.  I also loved how this time Mallory and Sawyer took the time to learn more about each other’s past instead of being rolled over by the passion.  Deadly Deception is intriguing in a couple of ways – a doozy of a murder mystery and a pair of lovers given a second chance to keep the love they found during their dangerous jobs.

TEASING JONATHAN by Amber Kell

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TEASING JONATHAN by Amber KellTeasing Jonathan by Amber Kell
Series: Mercenary Love #3
Published by Total-E-Bound Publishing Genres: Contemporary, Gay
Reviewed by Lisa

Employed by Sinclair Alverston’s top notch security firm, Jonathan Stevens is patently aware of his good fortune.  He is, however beginning to worry that his job is in jeopardy.  Jonathans’ past in the military has left him with a severe case of PTSD which even a year later is still giving him horrific nightmares.  It’s hard to be an effective bodyguard when he can’t stay alert because of lack of sleep.

With a great deal of hard work, late nights, and a constant dyslectic battle businessman Kai Stromwell is proud of the investment company he owns.  At the expense of a fulfilling personal life Kai is at the top of his game.

Running late for a meeting at the office Jonathan witnesses a hit and run accident while saving a stranger from a crazy driver.  Kai is grateful and he’s interested in seeing his savior again, for dinner.  Later, when bullets fly into Kai’s office it’s apparent someone is seriously after him and Jonathan is just the man for the job.  After the threat is neutralized maybe they can have that dinner and better yet, dessert.

Intense drama throughout, Teasing Jonathan never takes a breath.  Suffering from PTSD, Jonathan struggles daily and finds romance with an overworked, lonely businessman.  False leads keep the reader from guessing the guilty as the suspense builds.  Teasing Jonathan shines as a clever cat and mouse mystery.

STRAY by Erin Lark

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STRAY by Erin LarkStray by Erin Lark
Published by Total-E-Bound Publishing on 2013-04-22
Genres: Erotica, Paranormal
Pages: 228
Reviewed by Jo

Being human isn't easy, but being a wolf is even worse. For Alyssa, life as a stray has never been easy. And finding a shifter-friendly Dom is close to impossible, especially after the hell she went through with the last one. Beaten and scarred, she's determined to take her life back, one skin at a time. Even if it means falling for Dylan-one of the best alphas in the region-who'd much rather prepare her for another Dom than keep her for himself. The last time Dylan gave his heart to another, the bitch promptly threw it on the ground and stomped on it. Subs be damned if he's going to let it happen again. But when Alyssa-a redhead who's just as fiery in person as she is in bed-steps into his life, he'll do whatever he can to keep her safe. Even if that means falling in love with her. Can Alyssa learn to trust another Dom and accept her skin as a wolf? Or will Dylan lose her to the scars from her past?

Alyssa is a shapeshifter who knows that her happiness will be found in the bsdm world, but after a horrible experience with her last master, Alyssa has been trying to survive as a stray.  The challenges being a stray and a shapeshifter sub without a master have Alyssa turning to the one alpha dom who she believes can help her take back her life and maybe find what she is looking for in a lasting relationship.

Dylan doesn’t accept subs on a permanent basis anymore, but he is willing to help train a sub or to help a broken sub back into the world.  The last time that Dylan had a permanent sub in his life, she all but destroyed it and only the help of his sub slave, Marnie, allowed Dylan to find his footing again.  Dylan has agreed to meet with Alyssa. That meeting will determine if they can come to an agreement on the dom/sub relationship.

Alyssa and Dylan come to terms and, at first, it’s a touch and go situation, but after Alyssa has a very bad reaction, Dylan takes her home and their relationship begins a slow change into a much more intimate one.  Both Dylan and Alyssa have baggage from past relationships that they will have to be overcome before their passion can be allowed to reach the next level.  There is also the fact that anyone Dylan allows into his life will have to also know that their relationship will include Marnie, who Dylan has also accepted into his life.  When Alyssa moves into the house it begins the meshing of three very complex lives into one household – all with needs of their own that will have to be met to allow the relationship to go forward.  An attempt to help Alyssa to overcome a particularly bad part of her past with her previous master, has all three of them confronting the very man who tried to destroy Alyssa and what he is still doing.  Stopping her old master is just the ticket to healing and Alyssa knows that she can do it with the loving help of Dylan, but can they do it in time to save the sub who is now in danger? 

A dom who won’t keep a sub meets a sub who now fears parts of the bsdm lifestyle and together they learn that love can overcome any obstacle to love in Stray.  Alyssa has come to terms with what happened to her and now is fighting to regain the life she has always wanted.  Dylan accepted Alyssa to train but never expected the passion that came with her or how fast she would merge into his house and life.  I was amazed at how much strength that Alyssa showed while facing the very things that she feared with Dylan’s help.  Dylan showed me that this dom has a huge heart in his actions not only towards Alyssa, but also Marnie, and later with the new stray that comes into their lives.  By the time I turned the last page, I knew that everyone in Dylan’s household would have a loving future filled with the passions that will hold them together, but that they would also bring others in and allow them to heal and find the same type of future when the time comes.  Stray has strength and love mixed up with equal parts of determination and passion that when all combined produced a page turner.

KNIVES AND FEATHERS by Sage Marlowe

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KNIVES AND FEATHERS by Sage MarloweKnives and Feathers by Sage Marlowe
Published by Total-E-Bound Publishing on 2012-11
Genres: Contemporary, Erotica, Gay
Pages: 232
Reviewed by Lisa

They say that love can heal all wounds - even the ones that are self-inflicted? When best-selling author Chester Banning requires inside information on the life of a forensic pathologist, he comes across an enticing yet rather unwilling study subject in the shape of sinfully attractive Dr Nicolas Sheridan. After a hot and slightly unsettling one night stand, Sheridan turns out to be as inapproachable as he is intriguing but clearly not interested in intensifying the liaison. Chester however finds himself falling head over heels in love and doesn't rest until he succeeds in cracking Sheridan's icy shell. What he discovers underneath is a man who is well capable of love and affection but caught up in a web of lies spun by his abusive and possessive partner, Jake Simmons. Led to believe that he is responsible for the death of his past lover, Sheridan's sense of guilt makes him tolerate the mistreatment he receives from Jake and seek punishment in self-harm. Will the love and support Chester can give be enough to help Sheridan free himself from the demons that haunt him or is all Chester can do watch him go further down the road to self-destruction?

Best selling author Chester Banning enlists the help of a forensic pathologist while doing research for his latest book.  Travelling from his home in London up north to Yorkshire Chester arrives a day early and decides to check out the local action at a nearby bar.  His hookup with a hot stranger that night is electrifying and over too soon.

Ready the next day to delve into his research questions, Chester is stunned when he’s introduced to the specialist, Dr. Nicholas Sheridan, his nameless bed partner from last night.  It’s obvious from the start that Nick doesn’t want to be interviewed, that he wants to be left alone.  Chester however is absolutely fascinated with the taciturn doctor.  Finding ways to soothe and seduce Nick becomes Chester’s mission because the more he learns of the doctor’s sad past the more he wants to be a part of his future.  Getting rid of Nick’s overbearing, controlling boyfriend is the first order of business.

With a dark undercurrent, Knives and Feathers is nonetheless a sexy page turner.  Chester and Nick are forced to fight for their love, literally from the moment they meet.  The doctor’s past is littered with sadness and trauma, guilt and sorrow.  Knives and Feathers relies on Chester’s total faith in a positive future with his lover.  Beware, the subject matter touches on self mutilation and self destruction.  Ultimately they can triumph, but it’s a long, bumpy road.

QUARANTINE by Lisabet Sarai

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QUARANTINE by Lisabet SaraiQuarantine by Lisabet Sarai
Published by Total-E-Bound Publishing on 2012-09
Genres: Erotica, Paranormal
Pages: 274
Reviewed by Lisa

Love is contagious. But when love is forbidden, the whole world's a prison. Dylan Moor will do anything for freedom. Seven years ago, a gay plague spread to heterosexuals, killing millions and sparking brutal anti-gay riots. The guardians rounded up men who tested positive for the Homogene and imprisoned them in remote quarantine centres like desolate Camp Malheur. Since then, Dylan has hacked the camp's security systems and hoarded spare bits of electronics, seeking some way to escape. He has concluded the human guards are the only weakness in the facility's defences. Camp guard Rafe Cowell is H-Negative. He figures the lust he feels watching prisoner 3218 masturbate on the surveillance cameras must be due to his loneliness and isolation. When he finally meets the young queer, he discovers that Dylan is brilliant, brave, sexy as hell - and claims to be in love with Rafe. Despite his qualms, Rafe find he can't resist the other man's charm. By the time Dylan asks for his help in escaping, Rafe cares too much for Dylan to refuse. Dylan's plan goes awry and Rafe comes to his rescue. Soon they're both fugitives, fleeing from militant survivalists, murderous androids, homophobic ideologues and a powerful man who wants Dylan as his sexual toy. Hiding in the plague-ravaged city of Sanfran, Dylan and Rafe learn there's far more that their own safety at stake. Can they help prevent the deaths of millions more people? And can Rafe trust the love of a man who deliberately seduced him in order to escape from quarantine?

He would do practically anything to change the future that stretches before him.  A plague hit seven years ago where millions died and the gays were blamed as the cause of it all.  Any male who didn’t pass a simple blood screening was consigned to a desolate quarantine camp in the middle of nowhere where they are watched over by robot guards and a handful of heterosexual, human men.  This is the empty future of one Dylan Moor, captured and then forgotten at the tender age of seventeen, all those years ago.

Choosing guard duty at Camp Malheur rather than prison Rafe Cowell is counting down the months till he’s released from watching the ‘homos’.  Spying on the inmates each night, Rafe can’t stop checking on Dylan.  There’s something about the green eyed flirt that intrigues and frustrates the straight guard.

Using discarded, broken electronics to piecemeal a controller unit, Dylan causes enough trouble to get a face to face meeting with Rafe.  From there the young inmate begins a calculated seduction; his only goal is his escape.  With meticulous care Dylan manages to charm the guard into helping him.  But when the breakout turns deadly Rafe must also flee in order to keep Dylan alive.  Through fate or folly they land in Sanfran and unearth a devious plot to take care of the ‘fags’ once and for all.  The race is on to unmask the real enemy and set the innocent free.

Quarantine offers the ideal amount of tension, character development, and action packed plotline for readers everywhere.  Dylan is a clever mix of innocence and moxy while Rafe is a straight man trying to come to terms with his feelings and need for his lover.  There are several layers to this alternate reality, manipulative, immoral villains and decent, complex heroes that Dylan and Rafe come in contact with.  A thought provoking drama, Quarantine will keep the reader thoroughly engaged from the first page to the last.

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