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Can a little town actually be “Starstruck” by L.A. Witt

Title: Starstruck 

Author: L.A. WittSeries: Bluewater Bay #1  

Length: 252 pages

Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance 

Release Date: November 3,2014

Publisher:  Riptide Publishing

Available At: Riptide ,Amazon , B&N, All Romance. Com 

 

*This book was given freely by Riptide Publishing for a fair and honest review.

 

Blurb:

Hollywood is full of dirty secrets, but Carter refuses to be Levi’s. 

Retired action star Levi Pritchard has made a quiet life for himself in the sleepy logging town of Bluewater Bay, Washington. But then Hollywood comes to film the wildly popular television series Wolf’s Landing, and Bluewater Bay isn’t so sleepy anymore. His retirement doesn’t stick, either, because he’s offered a part on the show—exactly the kind of complex role he’d always wanted, one that would prove him more than a glorified stuntman. The only catch? He has to stay in the closet—no matter how attractive he finds his co-star. 

Carter Samuels is the critically-acclaimed male lead on Wolf’s Landing. And now, the man who inspired him to take up acting—and made him realize he’s gay—is joining the cast, and sparks fly between them instantly. But Carter is out and proud and determined to stay true to himself. 

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Bliss by Lisa Henry

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** I want to take this second and let you know this review is on ONLY 50% of the book. Due to the subject matter I could not finish it in its entirety.  The only reason I am posting this is I feel there are not sufficient warnings on the book, and could be a trigger for many people.  So without further ado. ..

Bliss by Lisa Henry

Bliss by Lisa Henry

*This book was given freely by Riptide Publishing for a fair and honest review.

This book is the story of two separate men’s journey into the paradise known as Beulah and how the two unlikely men come together in a world unlike they have never known.

In the midst of a almost savage country, where basic survival depends on corruption, poverty, violence, and some of the most deplorable conditions known to man, there is a fabled place known as Beulah.

Beulah is the paradise where there is no crime, no prisons, no aggression, no drugs; only lush greenery, a blue, smogless sky and just never ending happiness. Can a place like this really exist? Is it all a fairytale to keep hope alive in outlying cities?

Honestly it doesn’t matter. The list’s of people vying for a chance to enter it’s gates is astounding and very few ever make it inside the walls. The vetting process to become an immigrant in Beulah, few ever make the grade. The temptation of the dreamlike city though is enough.

One man (Rory); accepted into the community as the personal assistant of an esteemed judge in the city. The judge deems him a perfect candidate for citizenship because even in Tophet, Rory rose above. He worked hard, followed orders and was honestly alittle naive about alot of things. A perfect specimen for Beulah to mold into one of it’s fine upstanding citizens.

The other man (Tate); an illegal immigrant, whose desperate to escape the debt collectors, the basic savagery of the outside world; who will resort to stealing and aggression if it means making ends meet. Tophet’s lifestyle and circumstances will for sure will put him into an early grave.

They both make it into the fabled City of Beulah in very different ways. Unfortunately Tate’s introduction into paradise was abruptly stunted when he committed something that is unheard of… a crime: assault.

As a punishment for his crime he reluctantly agrees to enroll in Beulah’s Rehabilitation for Retribution Program. Shockingly, his rehabilitation means he’s forced into seven years of servitude as his sentence for retribution to the man he assaulted. It’s either that or take a chance at a trial, where he is almost certain only a 99.9% chance at life. It really is a no brainer.

Beluah holds many dark secrets.One is how the criminals or “Rezzy’s” are rehabilitated. They are all employed with a behaviour modifying micro-chipped which renders them unable to say no, while being greatful and needy for whatever task they are asked to do.

There may be no actual prisons visable to the citizens of Beulah, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t. The prison is being trapped inside of your own head for your time of servitude.

Both men, anxious about what the next seven years of their lives together will be like. Neither knowing what to expect. No matter what it couldn’t be worse then the town of Tophet, where they both came from, right?

As Rory is getting acclimated to his new house and all of the amenities and beauty that come with it. He is led around personally by Mr.Lowells (his boss) intern Aaron, a personable young man who seems eager to please and learn while being overly happy and gracious for his opportunity as being picked for his internship.

Rory finds himself uneasy with the fact he will be involved with the man in his mind, who violently assaulted him for no reason. He doesn’t understand why he was picked out to be the one assaulted.

He tries to see the reason behind behind the program and he appreciates the system Beulah has in place; because obviously if what he’s seen so far is for real, then the justice system must be getting something right. He just needs to reconcile within himself if he will always remain an “outsider” or will he embrace his new life and become a true citizen of Beulah.

Tate on the other hand isn’t having the same happy transition. As soon as he signs his name on the dotted line and his lawyer leaves he begins to doubt his choice.

Men not in regular police uniforms, come to take him into the program reveal the news of his implant. They begin making it clear he will be nothing more then a “slave” for the next seven years. Meaning WHATEVER his “Master” wants he will happily do. There is no saying “NO“. It is a physical impossibility.

At this point there’s nothing he can do but he wont go willingly. He was not meant to be anyone’s slave. He was told he would be getting a “sponsor” and living like he had a “family“. What the men described is not how is lawyer laid it out.

He fights the procedure till the end and having to be sedated. When he wakes up after being implanted feeling no different, he can almost see the light. His adolescent bout of seizures must have rendered the implant worthless, but he’ll play along just to be left alone.

Fate is once again, not on his side when the doctor informs him he’ll be activating the chip now. With no way to stop what’s comming, Tate begins to feel himself succumbing to the chip. His true personality and self had been lock away inside his head. Still there, but to far out of reach to grasp onto. He had become exactly what they said “a slave“.

As the doctor starts to preform tests, these are meant to see how the chip is working. Only personally it seems like the doctors and staff get-off on just how degrading and do whatever they please to the “rezzy” Tate’s inner voice screams at him this is all wrong; this is humiliating and degrading, but the personality the chip created just wants to please. With every correct step the warmth inside him grows, while any misstep or fighting of the chip causes him immense pain and makes him feel ill.

He begins to feel so confused, the voice inside his head makes some sense but as every minute passes, it’s meaning is fading fast as well as the causing him of physical pain lessens.

Once all the test are complete, the doctor calmly explains “He must never tell anyone what went on inside the building and what the chip is really for. People of the city must believe the chips are only used to prevent escape and to stop violence”. Fighting against his old self’s inner screams behind the locked door in his consciousness, the warmth of pleasing the doctor overrides his normal nature and he wont disobey and make the doctor upset at him. He now only wants to please the doctor.

He knows now deep inside his quick fix to get out of debt he thought he had was never worth what is happening. He never should have come to Beulah.

I wonder what other dark secrets the paradise City of Beulah holds.

As Tate and Rory meet for the first time Rory is perplexed by the man in front of him. His mind splits into Tate is stunning but he is also this meek, groveling, teary eyed, pleading for forgiveness man infront of him really the one who knocked Rory out?

Not knowing fully about the chip and it’s true nature, Rory doesn’t understand what Tate needs and gets angry with his constant apologies. There both from the same town outside, so Rory finds it hard to believe Tate in such a short time could transform into the man beore him now.

Throughout dinner your heart aches for Tate. He is so confused.  His inner self is screaming at him to tell Rory the truth, what they did to him. At the same time he keeps remembering events from home and someone named Emmy, his locked up inner self tells him, but he can’t place what and who they are.

He truly is lost. He feels the need to please Rory and make him happy but deep inside his head he know something is very wrong. Unfortunately his inner musings are physically making him ill, but he physically can’t say what’s wrong. Even when directly asked by Rory.

All this makes Rory more uncomfortable and angry because not knowing what the chip actually does, he believes Tate to be putting up an act and playing him.

Rory’s anger actually tortures Tate because he can’t seem to please him, and he can’t tell him the truth, he’s stuck.

Fed up with the whole dinner exchange Rory erupts telling Tate he’s lost his appetite and to clean up the mess, to make him lunch for tomorrow because he was going to bed.

Having orders relieves some of Tates pain but not much because he’s not making his master happy. He wishes whatever is in his head that is fighting inside would just stop.

Tate needs to find a way to sort out what is going on inside and Rory needs to start paying closer attention to the world and people around him and realize things are not as perfect as they seem. He just needs to think logically instead of letting the lure Beulah provides suck him in before it is to late.

After a rocky start things seem to start to go smoother. Having a conversation with Mr. lowell puts Rorys mind at ease and tries to placate Rory by agreeing Tate must be playing him. The only way to stop that and make the program work is to become “The Master of his home”.

Rory begins to be open to the program; trying to get to know Tate on a personal level, trying to build a friendship, and even letting Tate “service” him. Only it means something different to the two boys.

The doctors have had to be called in on Tate two times because Tate wasn’t acclimating well to the program or so it seemed but really it is Rory not doing his job of becoming Tate’s “Master“.

Rory wants to be friends, make love, get to know one another but the chip inside Tate tells him this is wrong. Tate doesn’t deserve that. He needs someone to show him his place and make him do things that will please his master.

Tate get’s a showing of what a true “Master” is when Rory holds a dinner party for Mr. Lowell and some coworkers. Everyone is impressed with Tates work but become uncomfortable when Mr. Lowell get handsy with his intern Aaron.

Later that night Rory in his mind takes his relationship with Tate to the next level and tries to make love to him, only that’s not what Tate needs. He needs to be used, hurt. All the confusion in his brain with Rory being concerned and caring because he hurt him causes Tate to pass out.

Rory only knowing one person, calls Mr. Lowell for help. When he get’s there, Mr. Lowell takes over and has Tate put Rory to bed and they wait for the doctors to arrive.

It’s then determined it’s not Tate but Rory who is not giving Tate what he needs, and maybe Tate would do better placed somewhere eles. Mr. Lowell dissagrees and believes in time Rory will acclimate to Beulah’s ways and be the perfect. “Master

So in order to sooth Tate’s troubled mind both Mr. Lowell and the good doctor “show” Tate what a true “Master” would do, teach him how to prepare gimself and make him repeatedly do these steps until he can show no pain in his demeanor only happiness and tell Tate he must teach Rory how to be a better “Master”  through seduction and what he’s been taught tonight.

As morning appears, Tate starts his journey to show Rory. Rory is receptive not understanding how different they are both interpreting the situation. Rory also enters work to find out Aaron has been accused of stealing Lowell’s credit card and now will be put into the program as Lowell’s “rezzy“.

Rory has a hard time reconciling Aarons actions and begins to feel maybe somethings not right. Mr. Lowell assures Rory, Aaron will be taken care of and he can even visit him to make sure.

***So I am going to stop there for a minute because so far I am deeply disturbed by this book and where I feel its going. This is going way beyond kink, or bdsm (which I have no problem with) These people are basically creating a society of people if you don’t toe-the-line you basically become a sex slave for someone.

My heart aches for Tate and now for Aaron. Noone deserves this kind of treatment and the type of man Lowell is Aaron is in for much worse then Tate. It’s saddening because these “rezzys” due to the chip feel they need to submit to this degradation and humiliation to feel happy.

The City of Beulah is like a town full of Stepford Wives on steroids, and noone does anything about it but think its ok. I honestly am having a hard time getting through this book and really don’t want to finish it. Plus i’d like to take a scalpel and cut Lowell’s dick and balls off and shove them down his throat. He is obviously one of the main people incharge of this sick program.

****Unfortunately at this time at 50% conpleted, I do not think I can continue to read this book. I am a very open minded person, I respect an author and the time and creativity they use to right their work, but this subject matter is pushing my boundaries. I personally have  known victims of rape so to read it in the context where the characters have no wrong feelings I just can’t.

This review is in no ways a knock on the author. I would love to read other works by Lisa just on different subject matter.

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“Let it Ride” by L.C. Chase

Title: Let it Ride

Author: L.C. Chase

Series: Pickup Men#2

Genre: M/M Contemporary Cowboy Romance

Length: 172 pages

Release Date: May 25,2014

Publisher: Riptide Publishing

Available at: Riptide Publishing, Amazon , B&N

 

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*This book was given freely by Riptide Publishing for a fair and honest review.*

 

 

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Pickup man Bridge Sullivan is the kind of cowboy everyone wants—as a brother, a friend, a lover. People think he’s straight, but Bridge isn’t one for labels, and when a sexy male paramedic jumpstarts his heart, he charges in with all guns blazing. 

New York City transplant Eric Palmer grew up in foster care. While he always had a roof over his head, he never felt love or a sense of belonging . . . until he joined the California rodeo circuit as a paramedic and found a band of brothers who took him in as one of their own. Now, one in particular is making Eric’s pulse race. 

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A #1hit for Kindle Alexander “Always”

 

TitleAlways

Author Kindle Alexander

Length 287 pages

Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance 

Publisher: Kindle Alexander L.L.C.,

Release Date: March 11,2014

 

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Born to a prestigious political family, Avery Adams plays as hard as he works. The gorgeous, charismatic attorney is used to getting what he wants, even the frequent one-night stands that earn him his well-deserved playboy reputation. When some of the most prominent men in politics suggest he run for senate, Avery decides the time has come to follow in his grandfather’s footsteps. With a strategy in place and the campaign wheels rolling, Avery is ready to jump on the legislative fast track, full steam ahead. But no amount of planning prepares him for the handsome, uptight restaurateur who might derail his political future.
Easy isn’t even in the top thousand words to describe Kane Dalton’s life after his father, a devout Southern Baptist minister, kicks him out of the family home for questioning his sexual orientation. Despite all the rotten tomatoes life throws his way, Kane makes something of himself. Between owning a thriving upscale Italian restaurant in the heart of downtown Minneapolis and managing his long-term boyfriend, his plate is full. He struggles to get past the teachings of his childhood to fully accept his sexuality and rid himself of the doubts brought on by his religious upbringing. The last thing he needs is the yummy, sophisticated, blond-haired distraction sitting at table thirty-four.

 

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Review of A.M. Sneads “Lost in Love”

 

Title“Lost in Love”

Author A.M. Snead

Pages414

Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance 

 

 

synopsis

This is the story of Nate and Kyle (MC). They have been best friends since childhood when Kyle saved Nate from some bullies.

Nate is gay and has always been in love with Kyle but knowing Kyle is straight he suffers along just being happy to be in his life. Nates home life is horrible, so he basically grows up as part of Kyle’s family. Little does Nate know Kyle is harboring some serious secrets.

The story starts as the boys go on one of there many adventures, both with different agendas on their plates. Nevertheless alittle Jack Daniels, rustic run down cabin, snow and a fireplace and Nate gets what he’s always dreamed of. A night of love with the love of his life, only in the morning Nate finds something, and things go terribly wrong. Read the rest of this entry »

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