Review: Islands by Richard V. Raiment

islands raimentReviewed by Sandra Scholes

Synopsis: When two men find themselves shipwrecked on a deserted island they find that they must find a connection as they are the only two men who are left there for years. Of course there is only one way for them to quell the boredom of isolation, but Peter Lightfoot is a gay man while Thomas Carton is straight. That doesn’t stop them having intimacy though but when a woman is shipwrecked with them, anything could happen.

Review: The book starts out from Tom Carton’s perspective, from his time on the ship when turbulent seas meant the two of them had to make do on a desert island with no other company. Glad that he is not alone, he is also shocked that they would be involved in such an awful time sailing. Richard uses the language of the day and has Tom referring to Peter as a “Molly,” a man who has what he calls unnatural relations with another man, so the writing is very convincing – that you are transported to that particular time and place. You could be there, an observer of what two men’s lives would be like. There is the tension, the misery of them maybe never seeing anyone else ever again. it isn’t just the isolation that causes both men grief, it is the change in the way Tom feels about his new-found friend and bed partner, Peter. At first he sees him as a gay man, someone to avoid, feel hatred toward and even great unease, but as the story progresses, he has to change his mind about him and even grow to like him having been on the island with him so long. This is not just a menage story, it is more about acceptance than anything else.

Good Bits:

  • There are some humorous moments in the story.
  • The story is well written and you can actually feel you are there observing the action and the feelings of others purely as an observer.
  • Peter and Tom’s relationship – from unease and loathing to love, it couldn’t get any better than that.

Summary: This is a story to enjoy, and unlike many other novels that are at two-hundred or more pages long, this one is a lot less and more compact and cut back so that readers aren’t troubled by too many words of description or narrative. I love to read period dramas and menage ones are pretty rare, or so this reviewer thinks and I must admit to looking forward to seeing more from this writer in the near future.

Rating: ★★★★★

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Review: Two Friends and a Bartender by Harley Baker

two friends a bartenderReviewed by Sandra Scholes

Synopsis: Sarah Ford thinks Norman Tuttle loves her, but it seems she doesn’t love him in return. He comes from a good background, and her parents like him so there should be no problems, but little by little she finds that she wants more from her life than settling down to marry someone who doesn’t gel with her sexually. Along with her friend, Rita they set out to lure hunky Latino bartender, Miguel Barrientos into their lives for some sexual satisfaction – something Sarah has never felt.

Review: As Norm is boring in the bedroom, she forgoes her planned dinner with him to instead go to Buddy’s Bar & Grill with Rita, her best friend, hoping it will liven up their night. She instead gets more than she thinks with the naughty and desirable Miguel. The story is split up into six chapters plus a biography on the writer. As it was a short story, I thought Harley split it up well by using the chapters. This is a steamy read about a woman who wants more from her life than a boring man who is soon to be her husband – if she wants it. It seems she doesn’t as he is too perfect for her, and in her desperation, she feels she might need a rough man who can show her a good time. Miguel is certainly that. Even when she is having thoughts about Miguel, she has to consider why she wants to throw away a perfectly good life for a fling she might soon regret.

Good bits:

  • Raise Your Glass by Pink is playing in the bar!
  • Sarah is finally having some fun with her friend
  • It’s a very short but steamy read – the sort of thing you’d read while you’re in a waiting room or a queue!

Bad bits:

  • Sarah’s family likes Norm too much so leaving him might not be such an easy task
  • Norm has made Sarah into a boring person she finds she doesn’t like.

Final Thoughts: After their night with Miguel, Sarah finds he has done things for her that Norm would never have contemplated, but was she so love and sex starved from the beginning? The way the story is set out would have you believe it, but it depends on what you think. It’s a nice read by an upcoming erotic author and to be honest I would read more from the same author.

Rating: ★★★☆☆

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Review: Kiss Across Chains (Kiss Across Time, Book 3) by Tracy Cooper-Posey

kiss across chainsSexy Synopsis: Four years doesn’t sound like a long time, but for Taylor and Brody their time living around humans has been fraught with trouble, and they have had to mingle with the ones who could hurt them the most, despite them being vampires and time jumpers. During the First Crusade, they nearly lost Veris, and had to control their time jumping in order to have what they can see as a normal life among the humans bringing up their daughter, Marit.

Queen Tira was her usual self in paying Brody back for defying her; it is almost as though she had in fact taken her wrath out on all three of them in turn. The result of her meddling makes them have to jump back to a time where they could get evidence that she had set Brody up previously, but even that comes with a price as this awakens Brody’s inner turmoil as they have jumped back to Fifth Century Constantinople. As this is all done to save their daughter, Marit, they endure the bitterness and torment that comes with living in a cruel and dangerous age. Brody ends up being a wretched slave, while Taylor plays the wife of a wealthy aristocrat, and searches to save him.

Sizzling bits:

  • The sensual scenes between the three of them is a real heart stopper!
  • Queen Tira’s demanding and dangerous nature.
  • The sensual build up with the three characters.
  • The relationship between Taylor, Brody and Veris.
  • Good character development and good storyline make this a great read.

Bad bits:

  • None at all – it’s an impressive third instalment of the series.

Review: While the first two novels seemed to set the scene for the third one, everything that has followed since has built up to these precious moments between Taylor, Brody and Veris. Book one focussed on Brody and Veris being together, while book two concentrated on Veris and his awful past.

One of the interesting parts of this novel is that Brody has once died in the Hippodrome, and thinks he might die again as he has become human, so as far as the plot is concerned, anything can happen to Veris. Starting to read this one book isn’t the best idea as there is a lot of past story that surrounds the three of them that you have to take in and bear in mind before you even get to this one, and plus which, you’ll miss out on all that burning sensuality between two bisexual men, and their female lover and you wouldn’t want to do that, would you.

This novel can be seen as being more about how Brody feels, and what happened to him in a previous Constantinople. Brody is a genuinely nice man who only wants the best for the four of them – and, as the book shows, he will go to any lengths to show his love for their daughter, and how far he and his partners would go to protect her. I liked the characters and thought they were well developed, especially Brody, as he seems to be the most emotional of the three, and you can’t blame him as he had suffered so much from his abusers in the past, and could do again. This isn’t the sort of novel series you would read to enjoy a normal menage romance novel, there is a lot of pain, and suffering in it that would make it not for the feint hearted. Then again, if you are familiar with Tracy Cooper Posey’s earlier novels, then you will relish this as one of the trio of novels and relish it just as much as I did.

Rating: ★★★★★

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Review: The Hot Floor by Josephine Myles

 The Hot Floor by Josephine MylesReviewed by Sandra Scholes

The Hot Synopsis: Josh Carpenter is fed up with his ordinary everyday life as a glassblower and tires of living in his bedsit. As he has been dumped by his boyfriend, he wonders what life has in store for him next, not realizing that two other guys will want to have their wicked way with him – if he’ll let them.

The Smouldering Guy 1: Josh Carpenter has only seen glimpses of his two neighbours, Rai and Evan, but from what he has seen they are pretty hot looking. As his life is so boring and routine, he is looking for a distraction to take his mind of it. His friend Denise gives the impression Josh isn’t fussy about who he wants to get with as far as male interest goes, and as he’s been alone for a while, he decides to take his chance with them.

The Smouldering Guy 2: Rai Nakamura is studying for his PHD in Economics, so he’s the brains of the threesome. He is also a terrible flirt who has a sexy accent Josh can’t resist. He also could either be the bottom or the top according to Josh.

The Smouldering Guy 3: Evan Truman is a horny plumber who is a really big guy who looks like he works out and has plenty of time to get all hot and sweaty for Rai, and later Josh. Rai is his perfect mate as it turns out, and he wouldn’t want to be without him.

Any funny parts?

  • Josh keeps hearing Rai and Evan having sex next door, and wishes he was with them, so this novel turns out to be wish fulfilment gone real.
  • Josh’s friend Denise is the perfect Fag Hag who knows what she wants and continues to tease Josh terribly about his taste in men.

Is it Hot Enough? Well, it has plenty of sex in it, which is very descriptive and at times fun, so yes, it’s as hot as three guys rocking a bedpost.

Rating: ★★★★☆

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