Review: Maelstrom by Kass Barrow

When Kylor Knightley, a multi-millionaire nightclub owner, is out talent-spotting at an open mic event in London’s Limehouse district, the last thing the stiff-lipped Brit expects is to fall head-over-heels for a devastatingly handsome singer ten years his junior.

Born in New York, twenty-two-year-old Eden McFadden now calls London home and has ambitions of making it big in the capital’s music scene. In the meantime, the feisty free spirit is secretly rocking it as a stripper at a gay club in Soho. But when fate brings him and Kylor together in Limehouse, it starts a chain of events that tears both of their worlds apart.

It’s going to take some serious attitude adjustment for the smart-mouthed stripper and the arrogant British gent to find common ground, but the attraction is too strong to ignore. Sometimes you have to trust in fate and see where it takes you.


Okay that was…. that. Such a shame as well, as I was really enjoying the first 50%. We start off by meeting Kylor, an upper class English businessman. He is in the midst of being blown away by the beautiful voice of the singer at the local pub’s amautur night. But the singer, Eden, slips away before Kylor can get his number so he hunts his singer down to a gay strip club. There’s no denying their chemistry, but Kylor wants Eden to become a proper singer and headline his new nightclub and he doesn’t date employees, so that's that. And that is where the 50% mark is, from here on out things got weird and rather ridiculous.


Eden is the most juvenile character, (who adamantly denies it) I have ever read. I don’t even know if teenagers are this stupid and melodramatic. Eden had been working at the nightclub for one month, there had been no clue’s from Kylor that he was interested in anything more. However, Eden was sure they were meant for something more, so much so that after a kiss (that was dared by friends?!) which was mutual but Kylor pulled away from due to their audience, caused Eden to cry himself to sleep and then think this:

If his future didn’t lie with Kylor Knightley, the status quo simply wasn’t an option. He had no choice. He had to take drastic steps to save himself from being dragged over the edge of the black abyss he was staring into.



This was after not one conversation about possibly being anything more than employee and employer…. they weren’t even close to being friends!!! Oh and spoiler, he then decides to move to a different country because ‘he is so done with Kylor’. Whatever! There was absolutely nothing there to begin with!!

I won’t go into what happened for the next 50%, because it doesn’t get any better. The only thing I did like was Kylor, he was actually reasonable, except for the fact that he liked Eden.

Also if Eden wasn’t bad enough, there was only one sex scene and it was fade to black before the foreplay and the end drama (if it ever stopped) made the entire story redundant. Which is stupid!

I can’t recommend this story, but you know, I don’t like saying that as it could work for some. So read other reviews and make an informed choice yadda yadda ya…. I’m out.




Blog Tour: Who We Truly Are (Enhanced, #2) by Victoria Sue


Victoria Sue's here today with an excerpt of her latest, Who We Truly Are, the second in her Enhanced series!


     Talon brushed a kiss on his lips as Finn snuggled into his side. “I hated being gone. I always loathed Washington. I also hate you going back into the home. I told Gregory I didn’t like it.”
     Finn stilled and then raised himself up on one elbow. He frowned slightly. “It’s my job.”
     “I can’t see you being there long, though. The case isn’t going anywhere, and if Swann gets his way, he’ll break ground on the school soon.”
     Finn blinked. “When did you last speak to Gregory?”
     “First thing this morning.” Talon heaved a sigh. They had been upstairs too long. He got up reluctantly and passed Finn his clothes, then started getting dressed himself. “I had a conference call with Assistant Director Manning and Gregory at eight.” He looked up when Finn didn’t answer. “Why?” He didn’t like the way Finn’s gaze was lowered.
     Finn fastened his jeans and let out a long breath, then looked up. “Alan Swann came to visit me at the home this morning.”
       “What?” Talon’s heart crashed against his ribs.
     “He has a friend who owns a boarding school near Jacksonville. He’s converted a new eight-bed unit, and he’s got the go-ahead to take enhanced. He offered me a place.”
     “No fucking way.” Talon took a step and grabbed Finn’s arms.
     Finn’s gaze was steady. “He told me he already has four kids going.” He hesitated and looked beseechingly at Talon. “T—”
     “No.” Talon cut him off. “No way. You’re not ready for this.”
     “Not ready?” Finn echoed hollowly. “You mean, not capable?”
     “No, that’s not what I said. I meant not ready.”
     “So when, Talon? When do you think I would be ready?”
     Never. Talon thought hard. “Agents don’t get sent undercover when they haven’t even completed basic training.” There, that was reasonable. “This isn’t some James Bond shit, Finn. This is real life.” As soon as the words were out of Talon’s mouth, he knew they were a mistake.
     The deep green eyes he loved narrowed. “James Bond? You think I’m treating this as some sort of joke? Like I’m doing this just for ego?” Finn sounded appalled, and Talon tried to backtrack. He took a step toward Finn, but Finn took a step backward.
      “No. I get you’re trying to help—”
     “Trying to help?” Finn interrupted. “I’m doing as I’m told. Did you forget A-SAC Gregory instructed me to do this?”
     “No, I know,” Talon said quickly. “But that was a mistake—”
     “Because I’m not enhanced?” Finn said incredulously. “Because I’m not as perfect as you? Because an ordinary human can’t match up to your exacting standards, or because I can’t kill people just by thinking about it?”
     Talon hissed in a breath. “I didn’t mean—” Shit, he just wanted Finn safe. “Finn,” he took hold of his arms. “Babe, please.”
     Finn tried to pull away, but Talon had him in a viselike grip. Finn stilled. “Let me go,” he said woodenly.
     Talon ignored him. “Finn—”
     “I said, let me the fuck go!” Finn snapped. “This isn’t gonna work, Talon. All those weeks ago, I told you I would leave if you couldn’t work with me. Things have changed now. The team needs me, and the kids need me even more, and I’m not giving that up—”
     “What are you saying?” Talon interrupted. “That the team is more important than our relationship?”
       “No—”
     “Maybe you’re right,” Talon said bluntly, ignoring the quick indrawn breath from Finn. “Maybe I should just be your work partner. It’s not like I need any more problems in my life.” The words were spilling from Talon’s lips as if it wasn’t him saying them, as if he had no control. He was being an ass, but he couldn’t stop.
     “Is that what I am… a problem?” Finn’s voice was so hurt and raw, the words almost bled from his mouth.
     “No,” Talon ground out. He hadn’t meant that. It was just…. He let go of Finn’s arms.
     Finn took a step backward. “I’ll see you downstairs.”
     Talon hesitated. He didn’t know what to say. How had it gone so badly wrong in the space of a few seconds? He gazed at Finn but was almost relieved Finn had his head lowered. The catch in Finn’s voice told him what the hurt would look like in those eyes. He didn’t need to see for himself what he had put there.
     “Finn?” He reached out for Finn’s hand, but Finn snatched it away. “I’ll see you downstairs,” Talon echoed, then unlocked the door and walked through. He didn’t look back.

Blurb:

Talon’s deadly abilities are spiraling out of control. Desperate to keep Finn safe, Talon struggles to protect the man he loves with all his heart, and not become the greatest risk to Finn’s life.

Finn has no choice but to offer himself as bait for the evil forces kidnapping enhanced children, facing danger he is untrained and unprepared for, and he is having to do it alone.

Does Talon have one last fight in him? Will he slay everyone who wants to destroy Finn and the team, or will he finally discover that to defeat their enemy and the ultimate threat, the biggest battle he has to face is one with himself?





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Wrote her first book on a dare from her hubby two years ago and he says he has regretted it every day since. Loves writing about gorgeous boys loving each other the best, and especially with either a paranormal or a historical twist. Had a try at writing contemporary but failed spectacularly when it grew four legs and a tail.

Is an English northern lass but is currently serving twenty to life in Florida – unfortunately, she spends more time chained at her computer than on a beach.

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Guest Review: Jordan's Pryde (Pryde Shifter Series, #1) by Giovanna Reaves

All he did was apply for a job and then his world was turned upside down.

Thrust into the world he had no idea about, Jordan Sutton’s only goal was to get a job working for Duncan Pryde of Pryde Industries. He thought werewolves, vampires, and Fey’s belonged in fairy tales, not in the real world. What will he do when he finds out that there’s more than meets the eye to his boss and his family?

Duncan Pryde had too much going on in his life. He became the sole guardian of his twin niece and nephew along with the addition of his pack and company. He had no time to think about a mate when trouble comes to his front door. What happens when the man he hired for one job turns out to be his destined mate? Does he deny what he feels or embrace it?

Disclaimer: Contains Mpreg but not the focus of the story. This book contains explicit language and is intended for adult readers over the age of 18+



Reviewer: Lost in a Book

I love shifters. Like straight up heart eyes. I also love, paranormal, fantasy, magic, etc... When I stumble upon a good book in any of these genres, it usually sets off a binge reading marathon of epic proportions. I say all that because I love the reality suspension, the hot growly claiming, and I welcome the crazy and OTT situations I find in said books. But, this was a whole new brand of OTT. The author threw everything including the kitchen sink into this first book of what I’m assuming will be a subsequent series.

This was like alphabet soup paranormal style.

Vampires (sanguines)
Nyxians (fae)
Elves
Draconem (dragons)
Witches and Warlocks
Crown princes
Lykosian (werewolves)
Portals
Controlling the elements
Sect hunters
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S├Żntrofos (vampire mate)
Sodalis amans (werewolf mate)
Knotting
Transporting

It. Was. A. Lot!

It kinda sorta worked though. In all its weird, OTT, ridiculously juvenile glory, I didn’t hate it. When I wasn’t distracted by all the craziness going on, there was a story there. It had the typical elements you want in a shifter book. The mine, claiming, biting, steamy sex, growls, dominance by Alpha, the you’re-not-really-human revelation, the OMG-I’m-Pregnant, and in this one we also had a small dose dominating and pain kink from naturally self-lubricating-Jordan. Yep, Self. Lubricating. #winning

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With his "human" red eyes and white hair, Jordan is a college graduate looking for a job. He is hired by Duncan Pryde of Pryde Industries. After a mix-up at HR, Jordan becomes a manny to Duncan’s twin niece and nephew. Jordan is attracted and drawn to his new boss. What he doesn’t know is that Duncan is a werewolf shifter and Alpha of the pack. And his mate. Duncan has been a well publicized playboy who loves beautiful women. He knows there is something different about Jordan and it takes him a while to come to terms with having a male mate. It’s shifter gay mate for you. Interestingly enough, insta-love didn’t take over once they met. The typical MINE, MATE caveman act in other shifters was replaced by smells, sparks of electricity and a connection that took place over a little time. Until they kiss. Ruh Roh! This kiss sets off a series of events that forces Jordan to learn the truth about Duncan, himself, and all of the people around him.

While they are coming to terms with being mates, the pack is also dealing with a threat to their safety. Young pack members are being killed and other sects are being targeted as well. This danger brings a united front between the lykosians and the vampire sect. Much of the book was laying the foundation for future books in this series. The MCs have a HFN but the story line isn’t anywhere near being settled and ends on a non-MC based cliffhanger.

I had a few problems with this book. But, around 70% I had a wtf moment and had to walk away. I understand the author’s need to set up the next book. I really do. I just don’t understand why it had to be done in such a random, thrown in, willy nilly sort of way? Straight up cray cray! I also had an issue with the writing and dialogue throughout. It was so juvenile and cheesy.

“I can’t stay here,” Jordan said, walking over to his bed, stuffing more things inside.

“Not after what I’ve done to you.”

“What the hell are you talking about?”

“I turned you gay!” Jordan yelled.

errrrmmmm… Huh?

There was word choice errors throughout such as “business adventures” instead of business ventures or unmanageable strength instead of unimaginable strength. Contradictory statements from sentence to sentence took place as well. On a picky note, there was weird white highlighting through about 99% of the book

I didn’t hate it. Honest. It kept my attention for the most part and had some steam. I just don’t think I would read the next one in the series. *shrug* If you like crazy, OTT shifter stories, maybe you’ll love it?




Audiobook Review: Breaking Bonds (The Walker Boys, #2) by Ari McKay

From the frying pan into the fire.

After a critic’s review attacks both Chef Liam Walker’s culinary skills and his personal life, Liam can no longer take the heat of the cutthroat New York City restaurant scene. He needs to get out of the kitchen—at least long enough to cool down and regroup.

At the Overlook Resort in North Carolina, Liam meets owner Carter Galloway. Carter has a passion for the hospitality business to rival Liam’s own, and it’s not hard to see where their shared interests—and attraction—could lead. But Carter has no interest in a fling, and Liam has no intention of walking away from the career he fought so hard for. If they want a taste of happiness together, they’ll have to find the courage to break the bonds threatening to pull them apart.

Narrated by: Dorian Bane
Listening Length: 5 hours and 26 minutes



I LOVE chefs, cooking, cooking shows, the whole nine yards. One of my favorite movies is Chef with Jon Favreau because of that scene. You know the one.


That shit cracks me up every single time!

Anywhat, I mention all this because this book is very chefy and Liam had a Chef moment that landed him at an upstart resort in North Carolina on a sort of forced vacation. The resort is owned and operated by Carter Galloway. In short order, Liam takes over the kitchen because they're serving "swill" *cackle break* and things start to turn around for the resort quickly. If you're not big on the food biz this may not be your cuppa. Obviously, I thoroughly enjoyed that part and could talk your face off about the whole celebrity chef/NYC thing versus making a name for oneself outside of the Big Apple, but I'll be good and refrain. However, the romance kind of took a backseat, in my opinion

At one point I actually thought Rocky was going to be Liam's love interest rather than Carter. However, I did really like both of Liam and Carter and Rocky, for that matter. Carter and Liam become friends mostly because Carter isn't the hook up kind and he can't envision being happy in a long distance relationship since Liam in New York and Carter in North Carolina which I respected. He knows his limitations and was upfront about them, didn't play games but was also honest about his attraction to Liam.

This is definitely a slow burn, so slow I think I missed the burn part but somewhere in there they became attached. There's only one sex sect at the end that, honestly, I could've done without but I'm glad they got their HEA and I wouldn't be averse to continuing on with this series.

With regard to Bane's narration, I really like it! His Liam was great and I kept thinking he sounded like someone I know and then it clicked: Fred Thompson. Loved that guy's voice! All the characters were distinct and he brought enthusiasm to his narration. He's got kind of a rumbly thing happening that I dig.

Lastly, I'm not really sure how to word this but there were parts of it that felt patched(?) in, like, it wasn't all recorded continuously? The volume would vary during these times as though these passages were recorded elsewhere. IDK maybe somebody else who's listened to it can articulate it better than I, but it was kind of... odd and usually took me out of the story.

Nevertheless I still enjoyed this audiobook and would recommend it to foodies.




A review copy was provided.




Giveaway + Blog Tour: House of Cards (A Porthkennack novel) by Garrett Leigh


Garrett Leigh's here today for the House of Cards tour! Be sure to leave a comment to be entered to win a $25 Riptide credit below. Good luck!


About House of Cards


Calum Hardy’s life has unravelled. Reeling from the betrayal of a man he once loved, he boards a train heading south, with no real idea where he’s going except a world away from London.

Brix Lusmoore can hardly believe his eyes when he spots one of his oldest friends outside Truro station. He hasn’t seen Calum since he fled the capital himself four years ago, harbouring a life-changing secret. But despite the years of silence, their old bond remains, warm and true—and layered with simmering heat they’ve never forgotten.

Calum takes refuge with Brix and a job at his Porthkennack tattoo shop. Bit by bit, he rebuilds his life, but both men carry the ghosts of the past, and it will take more than a rekindled friendship and the magic of the Cornish coast to chase them away.

Available now from Riptide Publishing. http://www.riptidepublishing.com/titles/house-of-cards


About Porthkennack


Welcome to Porthkennack, a charming Cornish seaside town with a long and sometimes sinister history. Legend says King Arthur's Black Knight built the fort on the headland here, and it’s a certainty that the town was founded on the proceeds of smuggling, piracy on the high seas, and the deliberate wrecking of cargo ships on the rocky shore. Nowadays it draws in the tourists with sunshine and surfing, but locals know that the ghosts of its Gothic past are never far below the surface.

This collaborative story world is brought to you by five award-winning, best-selling British LGBTQ romance authors: Alex Beecroft, Joanna Chambers, Charlie Cochrane, Garrett Leigh, and JL Merrow. Follow Porthkennack and its inhabitants through the centuries and through the full rainbow spectrum with historical and contemporary stand-alone titles.



About Garrett Leigh

Garrett Leigh is an award-winning British writer and book designer, currently working for Dreamspinner Press, Loose Id, Riptide Publishing, and Fox Love Press.

Garrett's debut novel, Slide, won Best Bisexual Debut at the 2014 Rainbow Book Awards, and her polyamorous novel, Misfits was a finalist in the 2016 LAMBDA awards.

When not writing, Garrett can generally be found procrastinating on Twitter, cooking up a storm, or sitting on her behind doing as little as possible, all the while shouting at her menagerie of children and animals and attempting to tame her unruly and wonderful FOX.

Garrett is also an award winning cover artist, taking the silver medal at the Benjamin Franklin Book Awards in 2016. She designs for various publishing houses and independent authors at blackjazzdesign.com, and co-owns the specialist stock site moonstockphotography.com with renowned LGBTQA+ photographer Dan Burgess.

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To celebrate the release of House of Cards, one lucky winner will receive a $25 Riptide credit! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on July 22, 2017. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!


Review: Submissive Secrets (Crashing Hearts, #3) by Zane Menzy

Sex taught him how to destroy others. Love will teach him how to heal himself. 

Keegan Andrews and his father's best mate should never have gone away together for his eighteenth birthday. The birthday Keegan lost his virginity after tricking the handsome womanizer into being his first-time. Still, Keegan can't deny he enjoyed it--that he got a sadistic kick out of having his way with the arrogant, Damon Harris. Keegan now knows he has the power to turn his dark fantasies into reality... and he intends to use it.

Damon is nervous about visiting Keegan and his mother for Christmas. It will be the first time he has seen the seductive lad since that night in the cabin. A night where lines were crossed that never should have been. However, Damon is adamant he won't succumb again to the young guy's twisted desires. But after a tender moment between them, Damon crumbles and finds himself committing more submissive secrets.

Matt Andrews feels empty and lonely. It has been six months since his wife left him and moved back to London. The shy accountant worries if he will ever experience love again. His heartache is momentarily distracted when his estranged son, Keegan, turns up at his door and asks to stay. Matt relishes the opportunity to reconnect. But why has Keegan turned up unexpectedly and why has Matt's best mate, Damon, suddenly stopped visiting? Matt doesn't know it but Keegan and Damon have unleashed a chain of events that will send hearts crashing while long-forgotten feelings erupt back to life.

Submissive Secrets can be read as a standalone romance novel and has a HEA. It is the final book in the Crashing Hearts Series. The story contains explicit language, sex scenes, a wedding, and a life-sized My Little Pony.

It took me weeks to get through this book. I kept holding out hope that it would get better. Aside from wondering how all these shenanigans could possibly lead to an HEA, it did not.

First and foremost, it could've used a thorough edit. There were continuity errors, things could've been streamlined and I think the narrative would've been better served had it stuck to one couple rather than diverting attention four ways. I'm not one to harp on multiple POVs but they need to make sense, to have a purpose where the plot is concerned.

But mainly it came down to writing style. And we did not mix well. Menzy does a lot of things that I personally don't like with his prose. So in no particular order: telling rather than showing, using slang like "cum n go" but avoiding contractions, random conversations that don't add to the narrative or push the plot forward and an excessive use of superficial metaphors.

Secondly, I didn't like any of these characters. They're all vain, vapid, juvenile, and fickle. I couldn't connect with any of them and if I can't connect with at least one character, it makes it nearly impossible for me to get into a book. Characters needn't be likable and they can even be diabolical, but they have to have some metaphorical meat on their bones and none of these did; they all have the same voice and are one-dimensional. However, Menzy did do a great job of making them shallow and anemic.

The plot as ridiculous as it is did hold my interest in a car crash sort of way, but still.

What drew me to this book were the age gap romance and the kink, but Keegan and Damon aren't ever really together. Damon is kind of pathetic actually and I felt sorry for him. He's a lonely and shallow thirtysomething relying solely on his looks to attract attention from anyone. Keegan is a stereotypical 18 y/o boy who would fuck a tree if it appealed enough. There's nothing wrong with that but there's nothing compelling or engaging about it either, to me at least. I crave depth and emotionality in my reads both of which were thin on the ground.

Keegan and Damon have sex twice and Keegan is essentially hate fucking Damon. He calls it dominating and needing "control" but to call what they do BDSM is reductive. What most of the sex reminded me of is dirty pig fucking (thanks tumblr!) which is mostly about tops annihilating bottoms, fucking holes, filling them with cum or piss or... other things, licking/sniffing armpits and kind of humiliating the bottom which isn't what I would deem romantic. I'm sure in the right hands it can be and I'm not passing judgment against those who enjoy it. I've watched it and sometimes it's hot. Not so much here, but still. I can see the appeal for those whose kink is humiliation, but humiliation with no emotional connection I find unappetizing. Moreover, if you're trying to sell me a romance narrative I need more of an emotional connection and chemistry between the MCs and neither of these couples have chemistry. There was definitely an attempt made towards the end at romance but it felt oddly tacked on, manufactured and hollow.

After the proverbial shit hits the fan Garth and Keegan head to Auckland to stay with Matt, Keegan's father and they fall in love in a week during which Keegan coerces Garth into losing his virginity. Meanwhile Damon engineers a rekindling of his past sexual relationship with Matt so he can have some leverage then decides he's been in love with Matt all along. These melodramas are but the tip of the iceburg. The sheer volume of manipulation utilized by both Damon and Keegan in an effort to keep their paramours turned my stomach a little bit because that isn't love nor is it romantic. Matt at one point punches Damon in the face then kicks him in the head yet I'm to believe it's ok because he was upset. Yeah, no.

I wouldn't recommend this and it's highly unlikely I'll read anything else by Menzy but there are others who have sung its praises and if you enjoy Dick Lit wherein errrrrryyyyone wants the D because Damon and Keegan and their monster cocks are so irresistible even to the straight boys (yes, I'm making up this "genre") then you'll likely love it too.




A review copy was provided.


Giveaway + Blog Tour: Escaping Indigo (Escaping Indigo, #1) by Eli Lang


Welcome Eli Lang who's making her clubhouse debut today to promote her first Escaping Indigo book.

Be sure to enter to win a $10 Riptide credit below! Good Luck!



About Escaping Indigo

Micah thought he’d always be in a band. All he ever wanted was to play drums and make great music, but when his best friend and bandmate passes away, Micah is left adrift. The thing that’s always lifted him up is now a reminder of everything he’s lost.

In an attempt to put his life back together, Micah takes a job as roadie for his favorite band, Escaping Indigo. He’s always admired the lead singer, Bellamy. On stage, Bellamy is confident, glittery, and radiant. But as the two grow closer, Micah realizes that in person, Bellamy is quiet, introspective, and a little uncertain. And that’s the person Micah is falling for.

Micah is determined to know all of Bellamy, both the rock star side and the side hidden from the audience, the side that creates music that touches Micah’s heart. Bellamy has secrets of his own, though, things he doesn’t want to share with anyone. And trying to uncover Bellamy’s truths might be the thing that ends up pushing him away.

Now available from Riptide Publishing. http://www.riptidepublishing.com/titles/escaping-indigo


About Eli Lang

Eli Lang is a writer and drummer. She has played in rock bands, worked on horse farms, and has had jobs in libraries, where she spent most of her time reading every book she could get her hands on. She can fold a nearly perfect paper crane and knows how to tune a snare drum. She still buys stuffed animals because she feels bad if they’re left alone in the store, believes cinnamon buns should always be eaten warm, can tell you more than you ever wanted to know about the tardigrade, and has a book collection that’s reaching frightening proportions. She lives in Arizona with far too many pets.

Connect with Eli:
     Website: www.leftoversushi.com
     Blog: www.leftoversushi.com/blog/
     Facebook: facebook.com/EliLangAuthor
     Twitter: @eli__lang
     Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/eli_lang





To celebrate the release of Escaping Indigo, one lucky winner will receive a $10 Riptide credit! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on July 22, 2017. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info! 

Review: Three New Wishes (Rainbow Island #3) by Sean Michael

Come to Rainbow Island, where all your sexual fantasies will come true. 

James, Guard and Damien continue to grant the sexual fantasies of their clients, but so far have been unable to make Rainbow Island work for their own relationship. Damien misses being home more often with his lovers, though, and Guard has been working on breaking down James’ defences. As the men move from one week to three week stays for their guests, can they finally make their own fantasies come true, too?

As always, three different fantasies are granted through Rainbow Island.

Tim is rich and bored now that he’s sold all his companies. A sometimes sub for the occasional evening, he’s searching for something more. He’s seen ‘lifestyle’ subs who indulge 24/7 and he’s curious to see if it really works. Full time Dom Rainier is brought in to give Tim the experience he’s been looking for. But Rainier has a secret – he’s been watching Tim in the club for years, just waiting for Tim to get serious before making his move. Can these two men find what they need in each other?

Mike has been hired to be a submissive for three weeks. He doesn’t know that much about the lifestyle, but has been assured that he won’t be damaged and that he can stop the proceedings at any time. He figures he can handle it, besides, the payday is too good to give up and will keep him off the street and fed for a long time. Dom Brendan is handsome and confident and the things he shows Mike have Mike more than a little turned on; in fact, they speak to something deep inside him. Could he have found something more than just another job in Brendan?

Angus and Robbie are a committed Dom/sub pair who want to spice things up a little and see if Puppy Play is for them. They're excited and nervous to learn this new aspect from Sam, the puppy master that Rainbow Island has brought in to show them the ropes. They discover there’s more to puppy play than they’d imagined and not all of it is for them. Can they separate what they need from what they want and come out stronger than ever in the end? Don’t miss out on these three new fantasies come true.

Reader Advisory: This book contains fisting, scenes of puppy play and the use of urethral sounds.




If you haven’t yet visited Rainbow Island, I do recommend it. The setting is an island so instead of taking the fuck truck to pound town, you’re taking a boat, but whatever, it’s a nonstop bone-a-palooza and everyone gets a happy ending in every sense of the word.

Three New Wishes is book three set in the luxury hedonistic resort that is Rainbow Island. The setups are essentially the same throughout and the only constant characters are James, Damian and Guard, the islands owners. The three have been in a menage relationship for years and have been having a rough go of it lately. Three New Wishes gives these guys their resolution which was nice (and dirty) to read.

As far as the guests who come to fulfill their fanstasies, there are always three guests and then J, D and G make sure their needs are met with the perfect match and, don’t be shocked now, but these guys all end up with their own HEA’s. It’s Sean Michael so the road to the HEA is paved with dildos, butt plugs, penis plugs and in Three New Wishes, all the accoutrements that come with puppy play, plus lots and lots of jizz.

Lots. Of. Jizz.

Stories one and two are all about D/s dynamics. Both have characters that are learning the ropes so the D/s isn’t too intense and because it’s Sean Michael it’s heavy on the insta-love and heavy on the romance. The love and romance balances out the spankings and urethral sounds quite nicely. I liked the sub, Mike, who was hired for fantasy #2, he may not have been the one who paid to be there, but the fantasy he didn’t even know he had was fulfilled. I totally got the connection between Mike and Brendan.

Story three is about an established couple looking to expand their kink repertoire with some puppy play. They already live a D/s lifestyle so these two dudes are totally in sync and fully in love, this trip is just a chance to get away, reconnect and try out some new shenanigans. It was all about pushing boundaries and figuring out what aspects of a new flavor of play works for them and what doesn’t. That came with a lot of sweet talk and communication which is paramount to experimentation.

And while I jest a bit about the sheer amount of boners, voluminous levels of jizz and OTT romance, an important thing I think Sean Michael accomplishes is normalizing the kink. By wrapping penis plugs and butt plug tails in cotton candy, the once intimidating becomes more approachable. The pretty package is more apt to open up some minds to consensual experimentation and how is that not an awesome byproduct of some sugar kink?

 Who wants to go shopping?



**a copy of this story was provided for an honest review**