Wrenches, Regrets & Reality Checks (Wrench Wars, #3) by L.A. Witt

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Wrenches, Regrets & Reality Checks: by L.A. Witt
Series: Wrench Wars, #3 
Release Date: August 31, 2016
Pages: 67 • Format: eARC
Published By: Dreamspinner Press
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When Reggie’s garage became part of a popular reality show, business went through the roof. And he supposes having his shop in the black is a fair trade for jumping through the network’s hoops.

As the show’s lowest-ranking producer, Wes is tasked with proposing a new spin-off show to Reggie. The sexy mechanic makes him sweat on a normal day, but this time, Wes is holding cards he can’t show. With execs breathing down his neck, he’s expected to pitch a show Reggie will never agree to do, even if his rejection puts his existing show on the line.

The network is counting on Reggie refusing to sign. But they’re not counting on their messenger falling for the man they’re trying to fire.

First Edition published by Amber Quill Press, 2015.

two-stars

This was just bad. Nothing made sense in this story. After reading it, I’m still confused on why the network wanted Reggie out. These two didn’t mesh well for me. I didn’t like the plot, two male characters, or the ending. Everything seemed out of place. I couldn’t make sense of what was suppose to happen. The connection between the two characters were none existent. I didn’t like the execution of the story at all. I know it’s only 67 pages, but this was not good enough for me. It’s basically pulling teeth the entire time, sexual tension, unresolved plot, and then they get together. It left me unsatisfied. Sorry but nope.

About L.A. Witt

L.A. Witt is an abnormal M/M romance writer who has finally been released from the purgatorial corn maze of Omaha, Nebraska, and now spends her time on the southwestern coast of Spain. In between wondering how she didn’t lose her mind in Omaha, she explores the country with her husband, several clairvoyant hamsters, and an ever-growing herd of rabid plot bunnies.

She also has substantially more time on her hands these days, as she has recruited a small army of mercenaries to search South America for her nemesis, romance author Lauren Gallagher, but don’t tell Lauren. And definitely don’t tell Lori A. Witt or Ann Gallagher. Neither of those twits can keep their mouths shut…

Last Mechanic Standing by L.A. Witt

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last-mechanic-standingLast Mechanic Standing by L.A. Witt
Series: Wrench Wars, Book One
Release Date: July 6, 2016
Pages: 80 • Format: eARC
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Everyone at Jim Irving’s garage is gung ho about Wrench Wars, a new reality show featuring mechanics. Everyone, that is, except talented mechanic Chandler Scott, the sole employee who has refused to sign the contract. The rest of the mechanics are pressuring him too, because without Chandler—and his volatile interactions with his boss—no one’s getting on the show.

Chandler’s one ally is Jim’s son, Mark, who’s being forced to work for his dad until he pays down his student loans or finds a better job—and who’s been Chandler’s secret lover for a while.

Then a playful tryst in the garage blows up in their faces, giving the network ammo to blackmail Chandler by threatening to out Mark to his father. Now Chandler is backed into a corner, and Mark needs to decide how far he’s willing to go to protect the man who’s been sharing his bed… and may have stolen his heart.

four-half-stars

Good lord. This. Was. Good.

I am a huge sucker for boys in the closet and when the closeted boys find someone who will do just about anything for them, including snuggling in that closet… I am a goner who has melted into a big puddle of goo. And goo, if ya don’t know, is good.

This is a short story so I’ll keep the review a short as possible.

Chandler and Mark are childhood friends and recently friends with benefits. Chandler works at Mark’s dad’s shop as a mechanic and Mark also works there as he attempts to crawl out of his student loan debt. What dear old homophobic and assholish daddy doesn’t know is, his son is gay and doing the horizontal mambo with the dude he butts head with on a daily basis. That right there is angst enough for me to love a story but throw in a reality TV series that pins auto shop against auto shop with camera’s everywhere every second of the day and you gave a ginger who may be drooling.

The odd thing is, I cannot stand watching reality shows and yet I love it when romances include them. There is something about the forbidden romance that gets ramped up another level when you have the chance of camera’s catching that which should not be seen and this… yeah, it’s good.

So, Chandler and Mark have an understanding of casual sex but for Chandler, it has gone way beyond that for some time. Mark, he’s good with getting it on with his best friend and knows that Chandler will keep his secret, but Mark is fooling himself with his feelings. Only, he hasn’t figured that out yet.

This wasn’t about the physical anymore. Orgasms would happen or they wouldn’t. Mark didn’t care as long as Chandler didn’t let go.

When the shop signs up to be on Wrench Wars, Chandler is the only one holding back from  being on the show but the tension between Mark’s dad Jim and Chandler is the drama the producers want to air and they will do anything to get Chandler to sign on the dotted line. That anything comes from a beautiful, albeit risky move by Mark and Chandler that leads to blackmail and even more drama.

I hated what the producers did to Chandler and what the rest of the shop guys that they turned on the boys too. I hated that the drama was pushed and almost scripted but what comes out of the ugly was emotional and really tender. The moments of stress that give Mark and Chandler the intimate time together was so gooey I was sighing and hugging my Nook. It was lovely to see Mark work through his feelings and come to terms with them and do what’s needed. When he becomes oh so brave in front of the camera’s I gave a yelp and a fist pump for him. It was so damn good and I would have loved to watch that moment on TV. *sigh*

Yeah, so totes normal for me I have rambled but this was good. I loved seeing the boys all hot and bothered but seeing the smaller moments that became huge to their relationship was what really did me in.

Last Mechanic Standing was super sweet and sexy book about doing anything for the one you love and not accepting losing them. This was a fun start to the series and after the sneak into the next book? Bring. It. On.

About L.A. Witt

L.A. Witt is an abnormal M/M romance writer who has finally been released from the purgatorial corn maze of Omaha, Nebraska, and now spends her time on the southwestern coast of Spain. In between wondering how she didn’t lose her mind in Omaha, she explores the country with her husband, several clairvoyant hamsters, and an ever-growing herd of rabid plot bunnies.

She also has substantially more time on her hands these days, as she has recruited a small army of mercenaries to search South America for her nemesis, romance author Lauren Gallagher, but don’t tell Lauren. And definitely don’t tell Lori A. Witt or Ann Gallagher. Neither of those twits can keep their mouths shut…

Roped In by Marie Sexton and L.A. Witt

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RopedIn_600x900Roped In by Marie Sexton and L.A. Witt
Release Date: June 20, 2016
Pages: 155 • Format: eARC
Published By: Riptide Publishing
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Graham and his roping partner, Jackson, have been friends since they were boys. They’ve ruled the rodeo scene for ten years running, but lately, Graham’s heart isn’t in the game. He’s tired of the bruises, the cowboy mentality, and the animal rights activists who picket every event. He’s also tired of being in love with Jackson, and nothing’s been the same between them since their disastrous drunken encounter the year before.

Then Graham has a run-in with one of the rodeo protesters, and everything changes. Kaz is young, idealistic, and sexy as hell. But he’s also a know-it-all, animal-loving vegan, bent on saving the world one cow at a time. They have next to nothing in common, but Graham can’t stop thinking about what might happen if they can stop butting heads long enough to give it a try. Unfortunately, no matter how attracted Graham is to other men, he always panics and runs when the clothes start to come off. But Kaz has an idea for getting Graham past his nerves and into bed.

All they need is a bit of rope.

(Note: This is a re-edited second edition of a previously published title.)

 

three-half-stars

So I enjoyed this one more then I expected. My only conniption is that it isn’t longer!!! I wish it was because I was enjoying the relationship between Graham and Kaz. Loved the age-gap between the two, even though it’s not specified to much. In my mind it’s a gradual thing. LOL. I hadn’t read the first edition of this book, and the cover is what drew me in. I like the idea of a roper and a protester getting together. These two had to navigate their real life and beliefs outside of sex. Sex was a keystone for both. They fit just right for each other, but outside the bedroom it was them being on two sides of the street.

Graham was dealing with his feelings of being gay. Admitting and acting on it. His only experience seems to come from his best friend/roping partner Jackson. Graham has basically been in love with him for the last ten years and when they do finally do something it scares him off and they’ve been in a awkward place ever since. Meeting Kaz was such a scary but invigorating experience for him. I really liked seeing them go head to head against each other. I like seeing both guys explain what they do and why it’s passionate for them. The D/s relationship was unexpected but I enjoyed it. I loved seeing the chemistry between the two. I know it was fast, but I definitely can see why they enjoyed each other. Graham can finally be free and be himself, and Kaz can be with someone. I enjoyed this alot, and wish it was a full length novel. Happy with what I got as well.

About L.A. Witt

L.A. Witt is an abnormal M/M romance writer who has finally been released from the purgatorial corn maze of Omaha, Nebraska, and now spends her time on the southwestern coast of Spain. In between wondering how she didn’t lose her mind in Omaha, she explores the country with her husband, several clairvoyant hamsters, and an ever-growing herd of rabid plot bunnies.

She also has substantially more time on her hands these days, as she has recruited a small army of mercenaries to search South America for her nemesis, romance author Lauren Gallagher, but don’t tell Lauren. And definitely don’t tell Lori A. Witt or Ann Gallagher. Neither of those twits can keep their mouths shut…

About Marie Sexton

Marie Sexton lives in Colorado. She’s a fan of just about anything that involves muscular young men piling on top of each other. In particular, she loves the Denver Broncos and enjoys going to the games with her husband. Her imaginary friends often tag along. Marie has one daughter, two cats, and one dog, all of whom seem bent on destroying what remains of her sanity. She loves them anyway.

Rules of Engagement (Rules of Engagement, #1) by L.A. Witt

Rules of Engagement (Rules of Engagement, #1) by  L.A. WittSeries: Rules of Engagement #1
on November 28th 2015
Pages: 294
AmazonNarrator: Nick J. Russo
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Dustin Walker has no idea that avoiding the search for Mrs. Right could send him into the arms and bed of Mr. Right Now. According to Dustin's mother, he should be out looking for his next wife so he won't be the divorced black sheep of the family. Instead, he passes his free time at a local bar and pool hall, where he meets someone who's everything his ex-wife wasn't: funny, caring, faithful... and male. Is Brandon Stewart just Dustin’s way of getting over a bitter divorce? Can Dustin really care for him, or is it simply that Brandon is the complete opposite of his ex-wife? Dustin keeps their affair as quiet as possible, because if it continues, he knows he'll eventually have to come out to his homophobic family or walk out on the man he's trying not to love. Best Gay Erotica Contemporary - Honorable MentionThe journey the main characters go through in order to find their happily ever after is one that will hold the readers attention from beginning to end. 4.5 of 5 Nymphs Critter Nymph @ Literary Nymphs Reviews

Rules of Engagement (Rules of Engagement, #1)Rules of Engagement by L.A. Witt
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I enjoyed this story. I liked the friendship between Dustin Walker and Brandon Stewart which allowed both characters to grow as men.

Dustin had been married but it was to please his mother. So when Dustin walked in on his wife and one of her lovers, Dustin had to admit that this marriage wasn’t working at all. When Dustin goes to hustle pool, he meets another pool shark Brandon. A tentative friendship begins and soon they have a sexual encounter.
This new relationship is everything Dustin’s marriage wasn’t. But Dustin’s mother would never accept his sexuality and that affected how Dustin treated Brandon. The problem is that Brandon has already been someone’s dirty little secret and he swore he wouldn’t be that again.

Will Dustin choose to be open about his relationship with Brandon and his sexuality or will familial pressures lead him to let Brandon go?

I appreciate the emotional anguish it took Dustin to accept himself and stand up for himself. It takes a lot to go against one’s family and even societal expectations even if keeping up a facade is detrimental to one’s happiness. I love that Brandon was support but put his foot down when he needed to. He was forgiving but he was also very clear on his desires and expectations in a relationship.

I love that the author manages to balance very hot sex scenes with solid story telling. I didn’t feel like the sex overshadowed the characters journey. I was very pleased with the ending of this one.

Special Thanks to Dreamspinner Press for this audiobook given in exchange for an honest review.

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About L.A. Witt

L.A. Witt is an abnormal M/M romance writer who has finally been released from the purgatorial corn maze of Omaha, Nebraska, and now spends her time on the southwestern coast of Spain. In between wondering how she didn’t lose her mind in Omaha, she explores the country with her husband, several clairvoyant hamsters, and an ever-growing herd of rabid plot bunnies.

She also has substantially more time on her hands these days, as she has recruited a small army of mercenaries to search South America for her nemesis, romance author Lauren Gallagher, but don’t tell Lauren. And definitely don’t tell Lori A. Witt or Ann Gallagher. Neither of those twits can keep their mouths shut…

Werewolves of Chernobyl by K.A. Merikan and L.A. Witt

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WerewolvesofChernobyl-f-400Werewolves of Chernobyl by K.A. Merikan and L.A. Witt
Release Date: May 5, 2016
Pages: 214 • Format: eARC
Published By: Wing & Fang Press
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Being kidnapped by two werewolves is an adventure after all, right? Right?! —

Quinn

If Quinn wants to get the best photos for his travel blog, no gate is too tall, and no ‘do not enter’ sign actually means he won’t go in. What he finds in a hidden exclusion zone by Chernobyl blows his mind. Mutants? Monsters? He doesn’t know, but he is bound to find out when not one but two of them break into his hotel.
Too bad the rules and attitudes they have toward sex don’t match Quinn’s at all.

Dima

Born with a disabled hand, smaller than the other werewolves, Dima is the lowest of the low in his pack, but when he meets the loveliest human he’s ever seen, he knows his luck has changed.
The last thing he expects though is his beloved friend Nazar turning on him once Dima’s affection for Quinn deepens, and he refuses to be mounted by Nazar anymore.

Nazar

Nazar is a high ranking soldier in his pack, but in his powerful body hides a gentle soul, and all he wants is to escape the pack with Dima. But once Dima claims Quinn as his, secrets Nazar has so far kept hidden rear their ugly head.

The werewolf language doesn’t have words to describe what they crave, so Quinn might be the only one to help them solve the puzzle of the desires that go against the rules of their pack.

four-half-stars

I don’t know where to start with this or how to even say what I want to about this book. I mean, when I saw the book it looked good but then I saw the Pinterest board for it and I won’t lie, I drooled. I mean, the image inspiration for Quinn was enough to get me going – I’m a sucker for hipsters – and then you have Nazar and Dima? Yeah, sign me up for this ASAP.

But then… I started reading and I had to stop reading to google a few things and I learned about a new form of werewolf called a bodark and then I had to stop again and consider what I pretty much knew was going to happen. Well, I can tell you I decided to keep reading and holy mother effing cow, what I thought would happen, did happen and oh boy, was it hot. Like ridiculously hot to the point I should probably be ashamed that I found it so hot but screw it, I own all my kinks and this is just a new one I’ve found. Oh and yeah, there is KNOTTING in this book and be prepared, it’s pretty hot. Have I mentioned this was hot yet? Just making sure.

Now I have always said that any subject can be read as long as you have a good writer and I didn’t just have one in this story, I had three and I had three different POV’s that I adored.

We meet Quinn while on a tour of Chernobyl, the horrible nuclear power plant in Pripyat (then in Russia which is now Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic of the Soviet Union) that housed on of the worst nuclear accidents in history. The tour guides strongly insist that no one go to black zones on the map but Quinn, he is all about the anarchy and arrogance with being told what to do so… yup, he goes to that area. While there, he comes upon a creature, something he has never seen before as it appears to be a wolf, yet it’s also a biped though strangely, hunched over. But this creature is curious also so Quinn and it, well they have a moment. I am going to say how I really wanted the creature to shift when Quinn shared a treat with him but that’s just because I have seen too many commercials and my brain is a wacked place to be.

Anyway.

We get to meet the creature, aka Dima, and from the first line of his POV I fell hard for him. There is so much in Dima right away that draws you to him, makes you want to champion him, cuddle him and later on, yeah you want to beg him to do things to you. But Dima, he is this soft-hearted bodark who was born with a lame arm that makes him think he is inferior. He is at the bottom of the pack and would be treated worse than he is if not for his friend and protector, Nazar.

Good lord, Nazar. How is it that we get these bodarks, these werewolves who walk on two legs and have tall the characteristics and mannerisms of wolves and yet I fell in love with them? We know from early on that Nazar, he feels more than friendship for Dima, he wants him in every way he can… except the one way he truly wants him but I won’t give that bit away. Nazar is head over heels for Dima and has always wanted to take him out of the hierarchy of wolves and be free. Free to be whom they want to one another without shame and it’s just so heartbreaking to me.

But when Dima tells Nazar he found a human, a human who was nice to him, who wanted him and who Dima now wants of course Nazar will do anything for his friend and off they go to get themselves a hipster to play with.

Goodness. I just adored the hell out of this. It was much sweeter than I had anticipated with the longing between Dima and Nazar and the complications that come into their relationship once they add Quinn to the mix. It was also witty and funny and downright sexy AF but it was also and engaging read that had me doing many searches on wolves of Chernobyl and yeah, imaging that some of the pictures were possible on Quinn’s blog. Don’t look at me like that! I suspended belief that a hipster would take a chance and leave everything he knows to be real when two freaking werewolves – one who talks – come into his room and want to hang out. So yeah, I will imagine it but really, watching the Radioactive Wolves Of Chernobyl, documentary had a different meaning after reading this.

Once again, I have said nothing with a whole lot of words but I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I love how we learn the dynamics of the bodarks in this seemed forgotten place and how they teach and learn from Quinn. How the three males learn to be with one another, learn to respect one another in a new way and learn to um… get it on with each other.  I loved how this book made me take a moment out of a poly romance story to look up an actual horrific event and even after finishing the book, take time to watch and learn more about the effects of the Chernobyl accident. But what I love most, is this book took me out of my comfort zone and wrapped me in warm furred arms and told me to just relax, because it’d be worth it.

Werewolves of Chernobyl was a great read about two bodark wolves who don’t know how to move from being parallel in their emotions until a third shows them a triad is the way to go. It’s a romantic story with bits of realism and slight engagement of humanities and injustices that are carried out without regard. It’s a story about being free, being authentic to your wants and it’s about love.

About K.A. Merikan

K. A. Merikan is the pen name for Kat and Agnes Merikan, a team of writers, who are taken for sisters with surprising regularity. Kat’s the mean sergeant and survival specialist of the duo, never hesitating to kick Agnes’s ass when she’s slacking off. Her memory works like an easy-access catalogue, which allows her to keep up with both book details and social media. Also works as the emergency GPS. Agnes is the Merikan nitpicker, usually found busy with formatting and research. Her attention tends to be scattered, and despite pushing thirty, she needs to apply makeup to buy alcohol. Self-proclaimed queen of the roads.

They love the weird and wonderful, stepping out of the box, and bending stereotypes both in life and books. When you pick up a Merikan book, there’s one thing you can be sure of – it will be full of surprises.

About L.A. Witt

L.A. Witt is an abnormal M/M romance writer who has finally been released from the purgatorial corn maze of Omaha, Nebraska, and now spends her time on the southwestern coast of Spain. In between wondering how she didn’t lose her mind in Omaha, she explores the country with her husband, several clairvoyant hamsters, and an ever-growing herd of rabid plot bunnies.

She also has substantially more time on her hands these days, as she has recruited a small army of mercenaries to search South America for her nemesis, romance author Lauren Gallagher, but don’t tell Lauren. And definitely don’t tell Lori A. Witt or Ann Gallagher. Neither of those twits can keep their mouths shut…

On the Clock (Market Garden, #8) by L.A. Witt & Aleksandr Voinov

On the Clock (Market Garden, #8) by L.A. Witt & Aleksandr VoinovSeries: Market Garden #8
on 2015-07-13
Pages: 217
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When Blake Raleigh’s favorite rentboys retire from Market Garden, they’re sure their friend Jason will be a perfect replacement. Though Tristan and Jared are a tough act to follow, Blake returns to London to test out their recommendation.Jason is right on the money. Negotiations turn him on. Getting paid turns him on. The higher the stakes, the hotter things get. Each trip to London is more expensive than the last, and the webcam sessions don’t run cheap, but Jason is well worth the sticker shock.The more time they spend together, the more Blake wants, and not just sex and transactions. But Jason’s been burned before by men who thought they were in love with him, and he’s not making that mistake again. When the lines between personal and professional start to blur, it’s going to take more than money, jewelry, and sports cars to keep Jason from clocking out and walking away.
three-stars

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I didn’t know money could be a kink. I guess anything could be a kink but the constant mention of money was a distraction for me. I mean, I was constantly thinking of Make it Rain and Bandz will make her dance.

I liked Rolex with Tristan and Jared, but I didn’t enjoy him as much with Jason because I wasn’t sure it was truly genuine feelings for Blake or an enjoyment of the lifestyle Blake has.

There was a lot of sexy times in this book and plenty voyerism but I would have liked a little more “quiet time” and heart to heart. I really liked the talks that Brandon/Stefan and Frank had in Capture & Surrender, it was emotional and sincere. I was hoping for something a little more deep than what I got here. I wanted more than the rich guy ending up with a rent boy with a money fetish. Sounds cliche, eh? This book is on par with all the rest of the books in this series except “Capture & Surrender” which is one of the BEST books I’ve ever read.

Overall, it was a decent read. Unfortunately, I kept wanting to say “Shake that ass”.
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*Special Thanks to Riptide Publishing via Netgalley for the advance reading copy given in exchange for an honest review.

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About L.A. Witt

L.A. Witt is an abnormal M/M romance writer who has finally been released from the purgatorial corn maze of Omaha, Nebraska, and now spends her time on the southwestern coast of Spain. In between wondering how she didn’t lose her mind in Omaha, she explores the country with her husband, several clairvoyant hamsters, and an ever-growing herd of rabid plot bunnies.

She also has substantially more time on her hands these days, as she has recruited a small army of mercenaries to search South America for her nemesis, romance author Lauren Gallagher, but don’t tell Lauren. And definitely don’t tell Lori A. Witt or Ann Gallagher. Neither of those twits can keep their mouths shut…

Review: If It Drives (Market Garden, Book 7) by L.A. Witt & Aleksandr Voinov

Review: If It Drives (Market Garden, Book 7) by L.A. Witt & Aleksandr VoinovSeries: Market Garden #7
on March 31st, 2014
Pages: 222
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If it flies, drives, or fornicates, it's cheaper to rent it.

After driving James Harcourt, his wealthy banker boss, around for a year and a half, Cal isn’t surprised by much anymore. Not even James’s regular trips to Market Garden, London’s most elite gay brothel.

But when James leaves the Garden alone one night and turns to Cal instead, Cal’s floored. After crushing on his boss for ages, it’s his wet dream come true . . . until the awkward morning after. Cal still has a job to do, but he wants to offer more. Yet James doesn’t take him up on it; he keeps Cal at arm’s length and continues his chauffeured jaunts to Market Garden.

As Cal learns what James needs from the rentboys, he tries to fill that need himself. But there’s more to James’s penchant for rentboys than Cal realizes, and it may be one role that Cal can’t fill without overstepping his duty
four-stars

Initially I wanted to rate this book was around 3-3..5 stars because it felt kind of rough and unpolished. The two heroes were just bumbling their way through their interactions.
Upon further reflection, I realized that it was awkward because James and Callum had stumbles on their road to a relationship. The book really captured that feeling of roughing it through until they found their rhythm and became synchronized. That’s the difference between average writers and great writers, the great ones make you “feel” the mood and experience the emotions with the characters. So Bravo Witt & Voinov

James Harcourt was an executive in the financial sector and the last couple of years had been very stressful for him. He had work pressures as well as separation from his wife and child to increase his anxiety levels. In order to cope, he would have his driver Callum Bryant drive him to Market Garden to get a rent boy. James enjoyed being dominated, but at the same time, he had difficulty giving up the control. So he needed an experienced hand like Nick. If you remember in book 4, Nick decided to just teach seminars/class so he isn’t available as a rent boy any longer, so James no longer had that outlet. Callum has had a crush on his boss for the past 18 months that he worked for James, and so when James made a pass at him, Callum seized the opportunity. But now Callum has a dilemma, how will this relationship work with James being his boss, and what exactly do they expect from each other both now and in the future? Is this just sex or is it a relationship?

James and Callum’s relationship had some really awkward moments, and I blame James. Callum seemed to know what he wanted. He was gay and wanted something concrete with his boss James. James was more indecisive or maybe he wasn’t even sure what he wanted because he really gave mixed signals to Callum. I really liked Callum, and so I found James to be frustrating. If you love the writing in the series, expect the same. If you are wanting a lot of hot sex scenes, sorry for ya! This one was more plot driven and so it wasn’t like book 6, but I actually prefer these lengthier novels because it allows me to engage with characters more. It was nice to have cameos from old favorites like Nick & Spencer and Frank & Brandon. I look forward to catching up with James and Callum when they have spent more time together as an official couple. I am curious to see if James would be more expressive and communicative

**Thank you to Riptide Publishing via Netgalley for the e-arc**

About L.A. Witt

L.A. Witt is an abnormal M/M romance writer who has finally been released from the purgatorial corn maze of Omaha, Nebraska, and now spends her time on the southwestern coast of Spain. In between wondering how she didn’t lose her mind in Omaha, she explores the country with her husband, several clairvoyant hamsters, and an ever-growing herd of rabid plot bunnies.

She also has substantially more time on her hands these days, as she has recruited a small army of mercenaries to search South America for her nemesis, romance author Lauren Gallagher, but don’t tell Lauren. And definitely don’t tell Lori A. Witt or Ann Gallagher. Neither of those twits can keep their mouths shut…