Like It or Not by Angelia Sparrow, Naomi Brooks, Sean Michael, Gryvon, Stella Harris, TC Mill, Heidi Belleau and Violetta Vane


Title: Like It Or Not
Author: Multi-Authored Anthology
Publisher: Storm Moon Press
Pages: 161
Characters: Multi-Characters
Sub-Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal, Fantasy, BDSM, Erotic Romance
Kisses: 4.5


Blurb: Be it forced seduction/dubious consent, non-violent intimidation, or pre-negotiated fantasy, there is something wickedly taboo about non-consensual sex, where consent is muddled. While rape is a crime of power, focusing on exerting physical control over another person, non-con is all about the gray area where verbal consent is either never given (not a ‘yes’, but not a ‘no’ either) or doesn’t match the arousal and passion both parties share during the act. In Like It or Not, we push the boundaries of consent without fully breaking them.

When Connor’s rent money is due and not even hooking can make up the shortfall, he really is Out of Options. So when playboy Jarrett makes him a very generous offer, he doesn’t look too closely at the terms—and lives to regret it. Then, werewolf Trevor is subjected to Obedience Classes when his pack alpha becomes fed up with his rebellion. Dirk, the wolf charged with this task, though, seems more interested in claiming Trevor for himself, by any means necessary. Writer Ian Richards has to decide What It’s Worth to get his story when his contact meets him in a private club. In fact, Vincenzo has no intention of letting his information go easily, if at all.

In Blindside, freshman Matt is tired of enduring the hazing by (admittedly gorgeous) upperclassman Dylan, when Dylan ups the ante significantly. And as much as Matt wants Dylan, he can’t be sure the whole thing isn’t one more bizarre prank. Confessor Isak must resort to Unnatural Means when he is charged with the task of forcing Sain to confess his sins of murder and witchcraft before inevitable execution. Torturing in the name of the Divine is difficult enough, but when Sain’s seductive magic takes hold of him, he isn’t sure it will be Sain who breaks under pressure to find release. Finally, Salting the Earth becomes Ronan’s only choice when he suspects his sister has been taken by the fairies. However, this only draws the interest of ruthless King Finnbheara, who extracts a price for his cooperation that may be too high for Ronan to pay.

Review:

Out of Options by Angelia Sparrow & Naomi Brooks

Connor has no rent money, no real job, no family or friends to turn to. His only option is hitting the streets. His hook-up, Jarrett, seems like a nice guy, a great kisser and gentle to boot. Connor is left feeling good. When he’s low on money once more, he hooks up with Jarrett again, signing a contract for sex in return for money. When he wakes up the next morning, he’s trussed up good, with Jarrett going all out kinky.

From the get-go, this anthology is about forced seduction and non-consensual sex. This first story has that in spades. Tied up, ball-gagged, flogged. All well and good. Morning and evening beatings for no reason at all and not allowed any kind of safe words? Yeah, that threw me. This one leans heavily into sadism of the BDSM mix, so be forewarned. Worst of all, Jarrett gave the wrong impression of himself, seemingly on purpose, to Connor, luring him in and then holding him prisoner. Connor does have an answering quirk, so I suppose that makes up for violence present here. Personally, I wasn’t all that taken with this story.

Obedience Classes by Sean Michael

Trevor is a young werewolf pup who is now in college and is rebelling against the established, time-honored hierarchy of the pack. The alpha sends Dirk, a powerful werewolf, to teach the wayward puppy how to behave. From a little stalking to outright rattling of Trevor’s chain, Dirk knows all the ways to make the young man submit.

I adored this story. Trevor and Dirk are well suited to each other. Where Trevor has a sharp tongue and a razor wit, Dirk has physical strength and seductive prowess to match that. Their arguments and fights, the whole chase, is hotter than hot. A great story that makes forced seduction seem this sexy is easy to recommend.

What It’s Worth by Gryvon

Ian is a writer who is trying to get a story from a mafia family about immigration. When an old don sends him to his nephew, Vincenzo, the information gathering takes place at a dark club where Ian is forced to decide just how badly he wants the story.

In the beginning, this short story is bogged down by useless rhetoric about how much Ian hates everything. In his words, how everything sucks. That was boring. Once he gets to the club, however, he is literally brought down to his knees and then on his back to experience the humiliation of strangers watching him be hurt and pleasured. Being a virgin, Ian experiences things for the first time. Vincenzo seems to have a handle on him, and what could have been a horrible experience, transcends into a new beginning. The life-affirming attitude of Vincenzo is well balanced with Ian’s more cantankerous nature. Not a bad story in the end.

Blindside by Stella Harris

Matt attends college for his first year, and he’s hazed constantly by a fellow rugby player, Dylan. Matt doesn’t know how to make it stop without incurring the wrath of everyone else, but he’s also afraid of being discovered as gay. Then an unexpected visit to a health center brings Matt and Dylan suddenly into a new kind of game field, and we get to enjoy them playing doctor.

This was my favorite story of the bunch, realistic and heartwarming. What we see, isn’t always what we get. Dylan knows what he wants, and he goes after it. Matt, however, thinks Dylan wants something else entirely, humiliation and power play, and this creates delicious tension. Both so young, at the start of their lives, there’s much pleasure, sex, and love to be had here—if they only dare to step out of their predetermined roles. Great short story, and I would have loved to see more of Matt and Dylan.

Unnatural Means by T.C. Mill

Witch-Confessor Isak is facing his biggest challenge yet, a beautiful witch named Sain who is accused of murder by sorcery and unnatural congress. Isak is a devout priest who wishes for these performers of the dark arts to confess their sins of sorcery and avoid the fires of Hell. But Sain is a gay witch. It’s who he is, and saying it to be wrong would betray himself more. Neither can yield, so the torturer’s rack and hangman’s noose are ahead for Sain—unless Isak can find a way to help him, even though Isak is certain the lovely young witch has put an enchantment over him.

For such a short story, this has surprising amount of depth. It’s not just the characters who are three-dimensional and relatable, but the world around them is vivid and realistic, and the philosophical talks the two men have about being true to one’s self and the nature of faith and desire feel like skimming the surface of much larger oceans of knowledge. At first Sain may appear unlikeable, but it’s Isak’s own preconceptions that color the impression. In essence, Sain is true to himself throughout the story while Isak is the one still trying to find his path. Torturing witches is clearly not it. I liked this story a lot. Recommended.

Salting the Earth by Heidi Belleau & Violetta Vane

Ronan’s sister, Rose, is a wild child who keeps disappearing at night. Living in a small town in Ireland, there aren’t that many happening places, so when a man at a bar tells Ronan that Rose has been taken by the fairy folk, it seems plausible to Ronan who has always believed in these things. So, armed with salt and liquid courage, Ronan digs a path into the fairy realm. But getting Rose back isn’t going to be easy, and Ronan has to acquiesce to the cruel pleasures of the sidhe court and King Finnbheara. But perhaps there’s more to the fairy folk, to the king, and even to Rose than Ronan was prepared for. And Ronan has his own shameful secrets to face.

This story has mixed writing, in the sense that thoughts and actions get a little jumbled at time. And the story takes a bit too long before getting into the fairy realm. There, however, these fairies who can change sexes at will are sadistic and cruel if not treated with the proper respect. The king is an enigmatic man who’s perhaps more multifaceted than the legends tell. There’s definitely forced seduction here and a few magical toys to boot, and the ability of the fairies to read minds adds a new twisted dimension to the whole thing. An intriguing fantastical conclusion to a good anthology.

Reviewed By: Susan

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Carved in Flesh by Angelia Sparrow, Blaine D. Arden, Kaje Harper, Logan Zachary, MA Church, Naomi Brooks and TC Mill


Title: Carved in Flesh
Author: Multi-Authored Anthology
Publisher: Storm Moon Press
Pages: 193
Characters: Multiple
Sub-Genre: M/M, Contemporary
Kisses: 4


Blurb:

People often say that the true perfection in the human form is in its imperfections. Scars are visceral reminders of a person’s past, a sign of an event that can never fade. Whether it was gained in combat, a traumatic experience, or part of a ritual with a lover, scars are the ultimate labels. They leave a permanent mark on the body and spirit that, one way or another, change a person forever.

Veld is an Elf who has known for years that his mute friend Oren is spoken for; the design of scars spanning Oren’s torso reminds him with every look. When Oren’s vowed, Haram, is killed, Veld must not only help to prove his own innocence, but also tread carefully as he discovers Oren’s Right and Haram’s last request. Next, Tiocfaidh Ár Lá—”our day will come”—was the cry in Joe Colson’s heart, even as he fled his beloved Ireland to hide from his sins in the States. He’d assumed his chances for love were long past when a much younger man rekindles something in him he’d thought long dead.

A near-fatal car accident leaves superstar model Ashley’s face permanently scarred and his career into a tailspin. Only his lover, Will, can pull him out of his depression, provided his affection hasn’t turned to Faded Love. Young Timothy has come to Larry for Scar Therapy. But Tim is seeking healing of a different kind, and Larry finds that he has his own wounds that need tending. Garvin’s scars are a Gift of the Goddess, seared into his skin as a beacon to find his kidnapped love, Nyle. Rescuing him, though, may entail a deeper wound than even the Goddess would bestow. Finally, when Kanovan returns from his off-world tour, his lover Mirin finds a lover’s mark he hadn’t expected. Mirin must re-evaluate how much Kanovan means to him, and what he must do to make Kanovan always Sojourn Home to him.

Review:

I found this Anthology to be very well written. I really liked every story and thought each story brought something special to the anthology. Every couple dealt with the scars they had in a different way, but all with love. I thought there was a lot of creativity and uniqueness to these storied and each one was emotionally driven. I found myself quickly interested with every character and the story they had to tell. I would recommend Carved in Flesh because it is a good, solid read and I believe your heart will be touched as was mine.

Reviewed by: Cheryl

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Four Play by Angelia Sparrow and Naomi Brooks


Title: Four-Play
Author: Angelina Sparrow and Naomi Brooks
Publisher: Amber Quill Press
Pages: 193
Setting: Contemporary
Sub-Genre: Anthology/BDSM/Menage/Kink
Book Cover Rating: 4
Kisses: 5




Blurb:

Beatings in manacles and sleeping in cages. Paddles and chain-mail and kink for the ages. Well-tied-up subs who yelp when it stings. These are a few of our favorite things. And we hope they are some of your favorites as well. Previously available only in electronic format, these four stories of Gay BDSM and Erotic Romance have now been combined for a paperback edition! Included are the tales……

Master Bear (In a retelling of the classic animal bridegroom fairytale, set among the leather community, the dying William searches for a new top for his beloved boy. But as top after top fails, all signs seem to point to Chris falling into the clutches of the dreaded Master Bear.)

Long-Term (Teague Albright, small-town university president by day, sub rescue agency by night. At least that’s what it feels like when he takes in yet another abandoned submissive. But Ian McClean is more than just another kid to help. He gets under Teague’s skin like no other.)

Thigh To Thigh (William has two young lovers: Sam, who works, and Billy, who is making up for lost time by taking community college classes. When Billy does poorly on a paper, however, William punishes both him and Sam, Billy’s tutor, in order to clear the air. But soon, the boys get their delicious revenge on the older man.)

Chain-Male (Librarian Chad quietly crushes on the cute guy in his history class. But when Jace turns up looking for help in the library, Chad is about to get a living history lesson he’ll never forget.)

Review:

As an overall read this is a hell of a group of stories that’s sure to wake your inside right up and take notice. Each of them take you on a journey of heavy D/s and how their relationships come to be and work. All of the stories measured up and gave the reader an interesting look into the lives of the men who are either Dom’s or subs. Kink plays a big factor here and it is just awesome for the BDSM lover/reader.

Master Bear to me was the deepest of the set with the retelling of the story about a sub who is losing his Dom to cancer. It was heart wrenching to read this story, yet I’m glad I did. We are mostly in the head of the sub who really is truly in love with the man he’s losing. His Dom, William invites man after man to their home to see if they are able to correctly top his boy, and those scenes are hard for not only the sub but for the reader as well. Just knowing the man will be leaving his love behind. It’s an amazing story with an amazing ending. These characters as they are created will jump off the pages and into your hearts.

Long Term is a good story, about a Dom, who sees himself as the rescuer of any sub in need; he doesn’t care if they are male or female. He comes across Ian, a sub who has no one, nothing, and in dire need of a man like Teague. Teague is a Dom who doesn’t allow himself to fall for his rescued subs, he just gets them on their feet and sets them free but Ian is there to change all that. I liked the way the story flowed, the interesting situations, and the way Teague handled this boy who not only had nothing but thought he was nothing.

I encourage anyone who likes the writing style of Sparrow and Brooks along with M/M BDSM to pick up their copy of this book. You’ll love it.

Reviewer: Michele

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For Love of Etarin by Naomi Brooks and Angelia Sparrow

For Love of Etarin

Author: Naomi Brooks & Angelia Sparrow
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Pages: 68
Characters: Ruvane Delkroy, Etarin
POV: 3rd person
Scene Setting:
Genre: Sci-Fi Romance
Book Cover Rating: 3

3 KISSES

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Blurb:

Ruvane Delkroy had an honest streak a parsec wide, unusual in a spacer. But all it took to make him turn thief were the big, dark eyes, the long black curls and the lithe, sexy body of Etarin, his boss’s prize eunuch dancer. Stealing Etarin was the least of his problems. Their path dogged by bounty hunters, their ship damaged by transit authorities and their integrity challenged by local manhood customs, the men come together. Can they manage to rise above all the stresses?

Review:

Ruvane Delkroy is a cargo runner for hire, transporting goods for a directionally challenged Flistikkan lizard called Skrit. Ruvane is, above all, honorable and is good at his job; his ship is one of the fastest in the galaxy.

In appreciation of Ruvane’s efficiency, Skrit offers the spacer a bonus to the credits he’s already been paid for a recent run—that bonus comes in the form of Etarin, a eunuch slave and dancer. Etarin is nulled: impotent, both physically and personally. Without testicles to produce testosterone, Etarin has been preserved as the eternal boy, androgynous in appearance and unable to make the transition into manhood. He’s a twenty-four year old man trapped in the limbo of a perpetually adolescent appearance.

Ruvane falls in love with Etarin at first sight and begins working double-time to try to earn enough money to buy the boy from Skrit. When Ruvane’s very generous offer is refused, he leaves the going rate on a bedside table and spirits Etarin away from Flistik on his ship.

Bounty hunters pursue, Ruvane handily thwarts their efforts, medical options are pursued to allow Etarin to feel sexual pleasure, and the two must each prove their manhood before they can bond on Ruvane’s home-world, Cythor.

For Love of Etarin is the perfect book for the reader who is looking for an uncomplicated love story. The relationship between Ruvane and Etarin requires unconditional acceptance on the part of the reader that the feelings between the characters go beyond more than a physical infatuation. There isn’t quite enough exposition of the relationship to do otherwise, which might not appeal to those who require more depth and detail in a plot.

The protagonists are each consistent in their roles: while Ruvane is the more static of the two men in his “daddy” role, not changing much from beginning to end, Etarin is the developing character, evolving from dependent slave to a more self assured individual in the end and providing balance to their relationship.

The facile resolutions to the conflict of the story robbed it of some of its potential suspense and of any truly climactic events to overcome. No angst in the relationship, no suspense involved in the adversity of their situation, and no palpable threat from the antagonist, gently eases the reader along to the denouement. The one moment of what could have been a truly perilous event unfolded and concluded so quickly that it was nearly a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it-moment. I will say, however, that the escape plan was executed in a quite unforeseen way.

The strength of For Love of Etarin lies in the authors’ attention to world-building. The sci-fi elements are written in descriptive language, evoking some fairly striking images of talking lizards, amphibious bounty hunters, and sentient cats. Their enthusiasm for creating the imaginary creatures in their imaginary worlds was evident and reinforced an otherwise sweet and simple romance.

Reviewer: Lisa

Alive on the Inside by Angelia Sparrow and Naomi Brooks

Alive on the Inside

Angelia Sparrow, Naomi Brooks
Amber Allure
220 Pages
POV: 3rd
Scene Setting: alternative universe, past, present and future, paralleling our own
Sub Genre: Gay / Erotic Horror / Dark Fantasy / BDSM
Book Cover Rating: 5
5 KISSES
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Blurb:

Nick Harper has a nice life, a nice job, and a nice girl. Until Labor Day Weekend, when the Phantasmagoria Traveling Wonder Show comes to town.  Seduced by the dark and wickedly erotic charms of both the Phantasmagoria and Torturo, a man known in the freak sideshow as The Pain King, Nick embarks on a journey of self-discovery, love, and pain. But the show is not what it seems. It changes those who come with it in ways they can never imagine, not even in their worst nightmares. And Nick’s changes are just beginning

Review:

I’m trying to figure out where to start so I think I’ll start here…

First on here, where it lists the genres:

Genres: Gay / Erotic Horror / Dark Fantasy / BDSM / Contains Some Secondary Heterosexual (M/F) And Lesbian (F/F) Content

My note: I wouldn’t say it contained ‘Some Secondary Het’ I found there to be more of that than my comfort level allowed. There’s also Ménage.

The advisory on this book:

Advisory: This book contains graphic violence, hardcore bondage and punishment, torture and blood play. May not be suitable for the more sensitive reader.

I would tell you to take this advisory pretty damn seriously. I’ve read books where I do read the advisory in advance and it didn’t hold weight but this one after reading the book you better damn well believe it. Take this advisory more as a WARNING and under strict advisement. You need a strong mind, not the faint of heart and a strong stomach. I found quite a few scenes to be quite unsettling.

This story had other books, films and authors come to mind as I read it. There was a touch of Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury with the carnival setup, Stephen King I could see some of his in it and the gore, Saw came to mind. A true horror fiction is my classification of this, but one that has it’s morbid XXX rated depiction. This is a tragic love story and not your typical run of the mill every day one.

The Phantasmagoria… every one who became a part of the circus had met a brutal end to their life, they all changed into something other than what they were as a mortal and once you boarded that train there was no turning back. It was painful to read, heartbreaking and I went through so many conflicting emotions that at times I had realized I had been holding my breath.

Now I’ll get into the meat of the story. You have Nick with his God fearing ways and how this is his punishment for being gay and it’s such a sin and he’s getting what is deserving to him. Well, yeah I get that especially if you’re reading the bible because it’s you life, you’re on some bible belt, but come on! I think it’s a little overboard that Tuturo who is the King of Pain, the wicked seducer and sadist of receiving and giving pain, and the man that’s supposed to love Nick will do everything painful to Nick as punishment. Nick allows it all and he gets off on it. You might all be thinking Aaah it’s BDSM right? Wrong. It’s not BDSM when Tuturo gets jealous because Nick looked upon another handsome young man and using a silver spoon scooped his eyeballs while he had Nick tied and chained to the bed just so he wouldn’t look at another! There are many more scenes that take you well out of any comfort zones and read this book… If you dare.

The reason I rated this book as a 4 for me was based on the Quality in which it was written and the Imagination and creativity it took to come up with the scenes, descriptions and the events that take place in this book.

There’s sooo much more I could say with regards to this book, but at this point I need to move on to the next to return my brain and thinking to a better place, a happier one. This story disturbed me on many levels. But I won’t deny that I wouldn’t read another one on a similar level and I can’t wrong the authors of this book because I’ve read quite a few of theirs and they’ve all proved very interesting and pleasant to sit back and read. This book is a single exception and there’s not enough words I could say on it that you would justify my thoughts. I’d say read it yourself, judge the book yourself and should you It’d be great to hear your feedback and your thoughts on it.

Review by Sidney