Slippery When Wet by Daryl Banner

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000026_00088]Synopsis: Uptight and perpetually-single Scott can’t wait to embark on a seven day cruise with his straight best friend. Trouble is, stressed-out Scott doesn’t know how to “vacation”. When he stumbles into the unapologetically carefree and stunning boy named Hendry, Scott’s dry heart gets an overdue drenching. With only seven days on the luxury cruise ship, things between the boys are about to get slippery.

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4 stars

Vindication for the last book in the series!  Oh man, I was worried about this one.  But it delivered.  First off, what a saucy title huh?  I loved it from gate.  I feel like he ended the series on a high note.  I think he tapped into more of his psychological background in this book. It was an awesome story. I like the cruise stories. Poor Scott is similar to me in his anal-retentiveness.  I tend to plan things to death, just ask my husband. 🙂 He is looking for an excuse to let go and just live in the moment.  And that excuse comes in come great packaging.  Hendry is a sweet kind guy who seems to know exactly what Scott needs to unwind.

I felt the ending might have been a little bit rushed because the previous pacing of the book was a bit on the slow side, they took their sweet time getting to know each other.  It was a good story and I’m sad to see the Brazen Boys go but I know that there will be many other books by Mr. Banner that I will like so I will look forward to those.

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Houseboy Rules by Daryl Banner

Houseboy rulesSynopsis: Liam Hightower has a lot of money and seven different houseboys he can play sexy games with at his leisure. But when he hires eighteen-year-old Evan fresh out of high school, Liam discovers what his life was missing. The smart forbidden fruit called Evan is not like the other boys. When Liam’s sexual appetite crosses a line, Evan flips the rules on his boss, teaching him a hard lesson on what it means to obey the houseboy rules.

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2 stars

Seventh book in the Brazen Boys series and I gotta say that I was pretty disappointed with this one. The others had a different theme than this one did.  This one wasn’t nearly as erotic and/or romantical, not that that is mandatory for me but these books started out that way.  This last one didn’t seem to have any kind of romance in it at all.  It was more about control and loyalty.  But it just didn’t make much sense the way the author went about it.  The ending didn’t give me that much closure so I didn’t really understand where it was going.  This is the only one that I can honestly say that I didn’t like.

Sorry guys. I feel kinda bad because I am HUGE fan of Daryl Banner and I really wanted to like it.   For some reason I couldn’t get into Liam’s mind I guess.   I couldn’t identify with his character. He seemed like an ass and maybe that’s why I couldn’t get into the story. I feel like that could be a cop-out because there’s lots of books where I couldn’t stand the MC but I liked the book.  (see Bully review) I’m sorry, this one wasn’t for me.

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Eighteen by J.A. Huss

Synopsis:
27838211Eighteen is hard.
And so is Mateo Alesci.
He’s hard to read, hard to predict, hard in every way that counts. He wants things from me.
Dirty things, nasty things, forbidden things.
And I have to give in.
His attention is completely inappropriate, but I can’t say no. The way he looks at me… the way he watches me through my bedroom window… the way he drags me deeper and deeper into his completely forbidden fantasy world just… turns me on.
He knows it turns me on.
He holds all the power. He holds all the cards.
He holds my entire future in his hands.
And I have to give in.
Because Mr. Alesci is my teacher.
And I need everything he’s offering.

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My Review:
2.5 stars — Hmmmm….  Well, I’m not opposed to student/teacher taboo stories…but there was just something about this one that didn’t work for me.  And that something would be Mateo.  He creeped me out.  I guess I wasn’t expecting that level of dysfunction in the relationship, which is probably my own fault…I mean, it is a student/teacher relationship.  But I guess I’m a hearts and flowers kind of girl, and I just can’t get behind a relationship that is so….well, dysfunctional.  How do you fall in love with a guy who (to me) was basically a stalker?  Their entire first sexual encounter left me feeling wrong…so how do you come back from that?  I guess I just couldn’t empathize, b/c no amount of hot sex is worth the way Mateo initially treated her…it just felt like choice was taken away.  And yeah, I know there’s a lot of internal thoughts from Shannon about all of this, but I guess I just couldn’t vibe with her, so I only saw it from my perspective, not hers.  Again, probably more a me problem than a book problem.

Truthfully, the story kept me on my toes.  I knew a lot was going to go on, and not everything was at it seems, but in the end I had some designs on where I wanted the story to go, and that’s not where it went.  Which is not the authors fault, the story just did not meet my expectations.  I ended up falling more so for Sunday/Danny, and was hoping that she would realize the dysfunction in her relationship with Mateo and seek out something healthier.  I almost DNF’d the book, and maybe I should have since it just wasn’t a good match.  But there were a lot of the other things that were happening in Shannon’s life that were compelling to me (mainly her home life), and I wanted to see how that all worked out.  So there were good moments…enough of them to round up instead of down, but just not enough to save it for me.  *shrugs*

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Curious by R.G. Alexander

Synopsis:
25034778Are you Curious?

Jeremy Porter is. Though the bisexual comic book artist has known Owen Finn for most of his life—long enough to know that he is terminally straight—he can’t help but imagine what things would be like if he weren’t.

Owen is far from vanilla—as a dominant in the local fetish community, he sees as much action as Jeremy does. Lately even more.

Since Jeremy isn’t into collars and Owen isn’t into men, it seems like his fantasies will remain just that forever…until one night when Owen gets curious.

Warning: Contains explicit m/m nookie. A lot of it. Very detailed. Two men getting kinky, talking dirty and doing the horizontal mambo. Are you reading this? Do you see them on the cover? Guy parts will touch. You have been warned.

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My Review:
4 stars — This was a solid m/m erotica for me….  Great chemistry between Jeremy and Owen, seriously fantastic steamy scenes….and we get into the action almost immediately.  And it wasn’t just straight sex, there’s a lot of heart in this little read too.  You could really feel the struggle Jeremy was going through with his heart’s desire being presented to him but without knowing how it will end up.  And not only that, you get just a brief glimpse into his past, so you feel how much he loves the Finn family and how important they and their approval are to him.  Gives just that little bit more dimension than in some eroticas.  And of course we got to know just enough about the secondary characters and the glimpses of their stories that it makes you curious about their books as well.

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