Faking Perfection by Mia Watts


Title: Faking Perfection
Author: Mia Watts
Publisher: Totally Bound
Pages: 88
Characters: Eli, Garth
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance
Kisses: 4.5




Blurb:

Garth has never regretted his path into ministry…until one night an unexpected kiss has him questioning everything.

Father Garth is a priest with a problem. For years, he’s had a fascination with a particular congregant. Though he’s never actually acknowledged his sexuality, Garth’s definitely more attracted to men than women. Fortunately, he hasn’t had to deal with making a moral decision…until the night he is caught in the dark and kissed senseless. Now, he fantasizes that the kiss was from the one man he can’t forget—Eli Jennings. For Garth, the man of his fantasies could be his, but how does he reconcile human desire with his vow to God?

Publisher’s Note: This book was previously published elsewhere. It has been revised and re-edited for release with Totally Bound Publishing.

Review:

I’ve read several books by Mia Watts and I’ve enjoyed them all. She has a real knack of writing heroes that are both interesting and very sexy. Also, there is always an intense attraction that burns between them that really sizzles up the written page.

Forbidden romance is a favorite of mine. Give me two men who aren’t supposed to find love together and I’m there. Since one of these heroes, Garth, is a priest and Eli is the man he’s clearly not supposed to fall for, well I admit I was in reader’s paradise.

The story itself is a smoothly written one. There is some angst and sweet moments and they are very well-balance. I liked that both Garth really ended up getting to the heart of the matter without being bogged down with too much conflict and too much angst. I really liked these two men together and enjoyed the journey they had to achieve a happy ending together.

Faking Perfection is a well-written, sexy story that I couldn’t put down once I began reading it. Ms. Watts has once again wrote a thought-provoking and very sexy story that many readers will enjoy.

Highly Recommended!

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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Held Hostage by Morticia Knight


Title: Held Hostage
Author: Morticia Knight
Publisher: Totally Bound Books
Pages: 154
POV: 3rd
Kisses: 4







Blurb:

SWAT officer Cole can handle just about anything, until he rescues Brett—a man who makes him question all he’s ever believed about love.

As a member of the Las Vegas Police Department’s SWAT team, Cole has seen his fair share of danger, but he’s never taken a chance on love. He’s willing to have some fun when the mood strikes him, but he’s married to the job. Called in on a hostage situation, Cole is prepared for anything and everything… Except for the brave and beautiful Brett.

Brett has been burned before, most recently by Officer Parker McLean. He’s hoping to settle down in Vegas, perhaps find someone he can build a life with. The last thing Brett’s looking for is another man in uniform, but when he meets Cole, there’s an attraction that can’t be denied. He doesn’t expect to fall for the chiseled alpha, though.

What begins as nothing more than two people experiencing a great night together spirals into something far deeper. But will Brett be able to handle the stress that comes with having a lover who constantly puts his life in jeopardy? And can Cole risk his heart on an everyday hero, or will the job he knows so well remain his top priority?

Review:

Held Hostage is the fourth book in the Sin City Uniforms series. While part of a series, it is possible to read these stories as stand alones so don’t worry if you have missed one. Like the other books in this series there is a slight mystery in this one that starts off almost from the beginning.

Brett has stepped down as district manager of a men’s store with hopes that staying in one place will be beneficial to his social life. Now manager of the Las Vegas store he has a mess to clean up thanks to the last manager. His first week takes a turn for the worst, however, when he, as well as some of his employees and customers, are taken hostage by a mad man.

Cole is a member of the LVPD’s SWAT team. While on duty, he finds himself responding to a call that brings him together with the gorgeous man he previously saw in a club the night before. This is not a typical first meeting, and not one that you would think would lead to a more permanent relationship; however that is just what happens.

Don’t expect things to go smoothly for Cole and Brett however, as each man as issues that are not easily overcome. The chemistry between the men is intense though and with the strong attraction they feel for each other, they have no choice but to find a way to be together.

I like that several former characters, friends of both men, show up in Held Hostage to lend a hand and help Cole and Brett find their happily ever after. Fans of the other stories are sure to love this new addition as it is just as action packed, and intense as the previous books. This is also the type of story that those who have not yet tried this author could pick up and easily find themselves hooked. I have read several stories by this author and each new one makes me a bigger fan. I can’t wait to see what she has planned for this series and hope the next story is not too far behind.

Reviewed by: Lydia

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A Game of Chances by TC Blue


Title: The Farmingdale Gentleman’s Club series, Book 1: A Game of Chances
Author: T.C. Blue
Publisher: Total E-Bound
Kisses: 3
Reviewed by: Roxy



Blurb:

Book one in the Farmingdale Gentleman’s Club Series

Two men, too many secrets, and even more situations trying to keep them apart. Can love really conquer all?

A meeting brought on by seeming coincidence throws Marcus and Tanner together. After becoming friends, certain truths are revealed, leading to feelings of betrayal as well as a degree of danger.

Tanner has more secrets than one man ever should, not the least of which is that he’s an operative for a gray-ops organisation that’s something of a family business. Sharing even that much information could kill more than just his friendship with Marcus. When one misstep on Tanner’s part plants possible danger in Marcus’ lap, he does what he needs to do.

Marcus doesn’t know that Tanner is after the man Marcus used to date, but he for damned sure finds out, and that’s just the start of things. When a computer disc and men with guns come into play, Marcus has some decisions to make. Like whether he can forgive Tanner for making him love a lie… and how far Marcus is willing to go to secure his own happiness.

Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes involving weapons and violence, and some instances of drug/alcohol abuse. There are also references to paedophilia, non-consensual sex between an adult and a minor, prison gang-rape, and murder.

Review:

So, what we have here is the start of a series, the first of four, to date. It’s about people who belong to an organization funded by someone unknown, but they do work that the Feds, FBI, and the CIA won’t, don’t, or can’t. We’re looking at highly trained men and women who are assigned to play games. Games are also known as jobs.

In this particular story, we have two main characters, Marcus and Tanner. Marcus is the one we meet first and he’s on the mend from a relationship that went south. He meets Tanner, who oddly enough lives in the apartment which Marcus used to live in with his ex, Stephen, who ends up being the target in the Game that Tanner is playing.

Games- from what I can gather in the first story are dangerous sex missions. The organization uses sex as a ploy to get what they need or want. I don’t know much more than that, at this moment. So, we’ll move on to what the game is about.

Tanner is adorable. His description by Marcus, ‘Sex on a Stick.’ Lovely long silky hair, tall lean and has the full package. Marcus is more on the gruffy side, and the man Tanner really wants. However, as Tanner is on a job doing a game, and sets up house with Marcus’ ex, well, it’s a bit of a mess. Now, Marcus has no idea what Tanner is up to, all he knows is what he’s told, and he’s an out of work bartender when they meet. They meet over mail, develop a great friendship that ends up one with benefits, and then drama and action soon follow.

Stephen is the Asst. DA and is a sneaky little prick who needs to be taken down a few notches. Tanner dirties himself to attempt that but things got a little crazy.

On one side we’re working with the Mob, which ends up being Marcus’ side, (more on that in a moment as it was sorta just dropped on me as a last minute oh this looks like a GREAT idea lets write it in, type thing.) And then we have the other side that Tanner is on. So, Tanner is and has been working against the directors wishes, (his father is the director) to bring down a group of sick pigs who rape underage kids for a good time. YAY on Tanner. Sadly, Stephen was a part of that mix, but as things rarely work out for the good guys, Tanner really ends up doing all he did for nothing, as he was caught trying to be slick. He ends up running to Marcus, after a pretty bad night of sex, and blood, and threats.

One thing I wanted to point out here is that Tanner and Marcus do make a really cute couple. I truly adore them.

The story itself is a bit on the ah, okay, sorta boring, lots of info dumping, a bit of telling, needed more showing, like a lot more because it would have given more to the plot, but it is what it is.

Sadly, Tanner ends up in a psych ward, Marcus ends up without him, and the day is saved by Patrice, the only woman in the story and she’s Tanner’s sister and also the one who works right under the director, her father. She is referred to as a bitch oh too many times, and has the balls of steel. She’s actually the one who saves the day in this story in more ways than one. Though she’s a secondary character she’s well fleshed out, has her own personality, her own flaws, and I really like her.

I do not like that the other characters in the story kept going on about how bitchy she is. She has a huge responsibility with the organization and to get stubborn men to give what she’s saying any precedence. She’s damn good at what she does, or so we’re told.
Now, the action: The most action I read were the sex scenes. I don’t know really what these guys/gals do other than have sex. I did read about them being trained to shoot, and fight, but when one of the MC’s ended up kidnapped, there was no fighting going on. A team was called in to extract him, thanks to Patrice’s awesome skills, so twice she saved Tanner’s ass. I tell you, she wasn’t given near enough credit.

I was hoping to see some real hand on hand combat, or some really good special ops moves, but not in this story. There are three more to go, so here’s to hoping.

Onto what I discovered.

How did I feel about the plot? It needed more than just sex. Loved the main characters though Tanner seems to love adrenaline sex, and you’ll find out why. The characters? Were they relatable? Believable? I want to say yes and no. At times, if the author did not tell me who said what, I wouldn’t know who was responsible for an action or who said what. I could tell that the same person wrote both characters. And yes, that’s how it does go, but when a writer creates characters, they have to be different from each other in some ways. Looks alone won’t make them different. So, we hope to reply on how their speech varies, or their physical movements, or a flaw, or something that makes them feel different to the reader. To me, they could have been the same person. I loved them yes, but that’s because I didi enjoy who Tanner was at the start of the story, when he did seem to be different. As the story went on, the only thing he was responsible for being different on would be his usage of Honey. I needed more of a personality or something. But, again, as I say, this is my opinion. Take that for what it’s worth.

How was the pacing? Ah, I found myself bored with all the sex scenes. I wished there was more than just that and the telling of high adventure action. I’d rather be told at times that they had sex, and see some adventure. As far as moving things along for the movement of the story, the author did a good job.

Is the ending satisfying? Yes. The two main characters did get together, and teamed up as trainers. That was nice to see.

Recommend? If you like a lot of sex, and a bit of repetition (as shown below) then give it a shot.,

Okay, this is where I am going to show you some of the things I noticed while reading book one.

Overused words:
God- was used 120 times within 170 pages.
Jesus- was used 252 times
JFC- was used eight times
Fuck- (fucking) was used 252 times
Honey (as used by Tanner) was said sixty times.
Yeah: was said sixty-three times
Sentences which were incomplete and or ended with periods such as … a staggering 406 times. (This here kept pulling me out of the story. The characters would say or think something, or start to, and it would end with … and a new thought. I get it a few times but using it that much leads me to believe these specially trained individuals could not manage a complete thought.)
Em-dashes: – used a whopping 387 times
The word JUST was used an amazing 383 times.

Not trying to be hateful or disrespectful to the author, but I’m sure the editor could have helped to build the words a bit, and to suggest many replacements.
And finally, this: God. Just God. Help him. Help. Him. God. God,

Reviewed by: Roxy

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Justice Prevails by Morticia Knight


Title: Justice Prevails
Publisher: Totally Bound Books
Author: Morticia Knight
Pages: 161
Kisses: 4






Blurb:

Never judge a sexy man by his cover.

Detective Beau Williams is hardworking, dedicated and professional. He enjoys the finer things in life, but with his heavy caseload that includes what Beau suspects is a new serial killer, he has no time to enjoy much of anything. What the tall redhead needs is someone to shake him up a little.

Investigative Technician Austin Kent never met a snarky joke he didn’t like—or a set of stairs that couldn’t trip him up. One night after a devastating episode at work, Austin sees something else he likes—the handsome detective he’s seen around the station that he’s always wondered about. But after he makes a drunken fool of himself in front of Detective Williams, he’s sure there’s no hope.

Beau and Austin’s worlds collide when Austin is sent to pick up some evidence at the station. Amidst a myriad of twists and turns in the troubling serial killer-style murders of Vegas conventioneers, Austin and Beau discover that there’s more to the other than they’d originally thought. There might even be more they’d like to give—unless the killer has the final say.

Review:

Justice Prevails is the third book in Ms. Knight’s series Sin City Uniforms. The publishers website suggests reading the books in this series in order, and while I agree with that after reading this book, I had no problem reading just book three and at no time felt lost. A mystery, Justice Prevails has as its main characters Beau, a cop for the Vegas PD and Austin, an Investigative Technician for the DA’s office. These two have seen each other in passing, however their first actual meeting is a dozy and I could not help feeling bad for Austin after the day he had.

Their relationship from the beginning is full of issues and the fact that while they are trying to figure out what they feel for each other, they are also trying to solve a murder mystery, does not help things. While the romantic relationship in this story is well done, it is the mystery that really held my attention.

Someone has been killing convention goers, and while the victims do not seem to have anything in common other that being in Vegas for business, Beau can’t help thinking they are connected. There were many little twists that will leave you guessing in this mystery and at one point I even wondered if the killer would turn out to be a cop. As the mystery is coming to an end, things go badly for our main characters but the author makes sure they get their happily ever after.

I have read several other books by this author, but none in this series. However, after reading this book I plan on getting books one and two, and can’t wait to see what the future has to hold for the Sin City Uniforms series.

Reviewed by: Lydia

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Small Claims by Ethan Stone


Title: Small Claims
Author: Ethan Stone
Publisher: Totally Bound
Pages: 81
Characters: Shawn Rosen, Jody Jacobsen
POV: 1st
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance
Kisses: 3


Blurb:

Judge Shawn Rosen is about to take on the toughest case of his life.

Small claims judge Shawn Rosen is comfortable in his career, but his personal life is another story. His twenty year relationship ended two years ago, but while he accepts the end, he hasn’t even started to move on. He lives a generic life.

Everything changes when Jody Jacobsen walks into his courtroom and Shawn is attracted to him. Following the case, they have a chance meeting which leads to a wild night. Waking up to cold sheets should have been a sign, but instead Shawn keeps coming back for more and eventually falls fast and hard—so hard he might be missing the clues that the commitment isn’t mutual.

There’s trouble when the case that brought them together could also tear them apart. Will Jody give in to his tendency to run, or will he finally be the man that Shawn deserves?

Review:

I’ve been torn on what I’m going to rate this book. In the end, I decided on 3 kisses because as much as I loved the main hero, Shawn, I had trouble liking the other one, Jody, much at all.

The thing is…Mr. Stone knows how to write a story. I was immediately swept up into Shawn’s life. It’s easy to be intrigued by him. He’s a likeable, lonely, successful, middle-aged man who misses his life as a happy family man with his former partner. Even though he loved the family dynamic, he is no longer in love with his ex, but still loneliness and sadness creeps in causing him to go through his daily life…without really living.

When Shawn is Jody’s judge in small claims court, Shawn is surprised by the attraction he feels for the younger man (ten years). Jody awakens something deep inside of him, but Shawn is a professional and as soon Jody’s case is over, Shawn figures he’ll never see him again.

When they accidentally run into each other at a club, they are immediately swept into their attraction and intense desire for one another. Soon, they are having sex and to much of Shawn’s dismay, Jody leaves the next morning without a note or a goodbye. When they meet again, Jody gives a reasonable explanation and Shawn forgives him.

This seems to be a pattern for Jody. When the chips are down, Jody runs. Now, Jody doesn’t shy away from the truth. He is upfront about his tendency to run just when things get serious, so Shawn knows Jody is a little scared and flighty when it comes to matters of the heart.

In the end, I was okay with Jody being a little wishy-washy, but having said that, I was never truly convinced he will, in the end, stick it out with Shawn. He proves time and time again he can’t be reliable and hurts Shawn throughout the story. I didn’t like this. I thought Shawn could do better, but yet, I wanted Jody to get his crap together because I could see great potential with them being a great couple. Jody DOES come through in the end, but will he follow through and truly be the man Shawn thinks and hopes he could be?

Also, let me tell you, the sexual chemistry between these two men was HAWT. Whew! If they could live on sex alone, these guys would definitely get their happily ever after with no problem.

I also enjoyed the secondary characters in this book. They were interesting and obviously cared for Shawn. Shawn also goes a blind date that ends up being both embarrassing and funny…poor Shawn…he just needs a big hug!

I really hope Mr. Stone continues writing more about these two men. I’d love to see Jody really step it up, grow up and be the right man for Shawn, because Shawn really deserves it.

Small Claims is a smokin’ hot read with two characters whose sexual chemistry practically smoked up my computer screen. Mr. Stone definitely knows how to write an enjoyable, thought-provoking read and I’m looking forward to reading more books by him in the future.

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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Check out some new submission interests from Totally Bound!

Totally Bound has some new calls for submissions to check out!

Sweet Romance

Totally Bound Publishing is now open to submissions of Sweet Romance. Do you have a story that is deep, emotional and romantic, filled with suspense and sexual tension? These stories will be as engaging as the other lines at Totally Bound, with the focus on the sweeter side of love and chance encounters. We want to follow your characters on a vivid and emotive journey as their very own love story unfolds. 10-100k word count. Any pairing and any sub-genre. Series and serials are also welcomed. Please send your submission, synopsis and series outline, if applicable, to submissions@totallybound.com.


World Wars

The world is at war, meaning that virtually every single person on the planet has had their lives touched in a way that they would never have previously thought possible. We want to know the stories of the soldiers, the nurses, the codebreakers, the wives left at home—anyone who you feel inspired to give a voice to in either the First or Second World War. Take a look at our submission image and see where your imagination is transported. Any pairing, 10-100k words. Series or serials are also welcomed. Please send your submission, synopsis and series outline, if applicable, to submissions@totallybound.com.

Totally Bound Publishing has an update!

Our flagship publishing house, Totally Bound Publishing, has been offering Erotic Romance books for eight years, working with more than 400 authors, and releasing six – nine books per week. We are a leader of erotic romance fiction in Europe and intend to keep expanding on that. Totally Bound Publishing will always be the Home of Erotic Romance and continue to publish the best quality Erotic Romance Fiction. 2015 sees the birth of three new publishing houses: Finch Books, Pride Publishing and Evidence Press, diversifying and expanding the group.

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Our plan is to launch each house in fairly quick succession during the year, starting with Pride Publishing with a hopeful date of February/March. The main reason for this is to separate out our gay fiction from Totally Bound, leaving that to focus on hetero books and allow Pride Publishing to develop gay fiction more fully.

Finch Books will be our Young Adult division and we anticipate a launch late Spring of 2015. Evidence Press will be our Crime & Thriller publishing house and we anticipate a launch in the Autumn of 2015.

If you are interested in writing for these new and exciting publishing houses, please check out the submission calls on our website. For a taster, here’s our Pride Publishing submission call;

 

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Pride Publishing submission call

Guidelines:

• Pride Publishing is currently acquiring fabulous gay fiction from new and existing authors. All genres considered.

• There was, once upon a time, a notion that fiction more often than not had to include a hero and heroine at the center of it. Times have changed. This is the revolution, this is where we stand proud to say that gay fiction now has an independent place to call home, and this is your chance to become a part of it.

• 10 – 100k word count per story.

Please send your full manuscripts to submissions@totallyentwined.com with the header Pride Publishing Submission along with a synopsis in the first instance. We look forward to hearing from you.