A Selfless Man by Sandrine Gasq-Dion

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Title: A Selfless Man by Sandrine Gasq-Dion
Series: Men of Manhattan, #6
Release Date: September 07, 2016
Pages: 132 • Format: eARC
Published By:Wilde City Press
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Ryan Carter always hoped his life would turn around for the better. He has a job that he loves, and another one that he hates. Becoming a rent boy was never his life plan, but circumstances forced his hand. When his life falls apart, hunky firefighter Michael Callahan comes to his rescue. Ryan knows better than to believe someone as wonderful as Michael would ever want to be with someone who sells his body. But spending time with Michael gives Ryan something he’s never had before.

Hope.

For months, New York firefighter Michael Callahan has been thinking about the hot guy he rescued while working crowd control during a robbery standoff. His brother is very happy dating a man, and Michael wonders if he’s finally ready for a relationship of his own. An apartment fire brings him face to face with the young man who’s been haunting him for months. Their friendship starts strong, but will Ryan’s alternate life put out the flicker before it has a chance to flame?
Can Michael convince Ryan that he wants him no matter who he is? Or will the relationship turn to ash before it even begins?

three-stars

When I see that Sandrine Gasq-Dion has a new book out, that’s exactly how I feel. I feel in love with her Assassins/Shifter series. I mean I brought every book in that series. She is one of book crack addictions. I love her cheesy, over the top, fluffy, stories. They bring me all the feelings in the worlds! I love the laughter, the banter, and gosh they are hot. I suspend reality when I read her book, that’s totally fine with me. Her books generally have the same formula, but the woman has produced about 60 something books she’s doing something right!

I didn’t even know it was going to be more in this series. I hadn’t seen a shifter book in two years I think, and I never got through the spend off series. With this one, because I hadn’t read the series since book #5, I was more trying to remember the story line. I do know that book 1 & 2 were my favs out the series. Alot of characters in this book so I wouldn’t read it as a standalone just yet.

Dare, I say that Sandrine went angsty on me? Yeah, that’s totally what it feels like. Listen, the guys in these stories are usually bumping bottoms and having insta-love thoughts by 30%. This was different, and I think because of it; it took the feelings and emotions that I generally have with this series. It was kinda a letdown. I liked Michael and everything, but he was a little to passive for me. I never really warmed up to Ryan. I felt like he was a rent-boy only by name. Seriously, what rent-boy has a damn job and willing will sell their body? He never asked for more hours, or legitimately tried to get another part-time job. I went to school and worked, it’s very doable. I didn’t like this trope for him. I am not even sure if I liked them together. Sure once they got over the drama, they were cool, but besides physical attraction I didn’t feel anything between the two. It was an okay read for me, not what I’m used to by her, but I can’t have them all. I am looking forward to the next in the series though! I can never really pass up a SGD book obviously.

About Sandrine Gasq-Dion

I have been blessed in this life to not only have parents that support me, but kids that do as well. I grew up in a loving but “Old School” French household. My parents worked for the airlines (TWA) so I was able to see a lot of Europe as a kid. I moved to Seattle Washington at the age of 22 and stayed there for twelve years before moving to Alaska for a little over two. Fairbanks, AK was one hell of an experience and I wouldn’t hesitate to go back! I spent a little over a year in South Carolina before moving back to Arizona. I then left for Kansas for five years and now reside in Arizona. I’ve been connected to the military in one way or another for over half my life and wouldn’t change a thing about it. Writing has become my full time job and I’ve never been so happy doing a job I love and being able to do it in my jammies. I plan on writing until I dry up and die. Hopefully, that won’t happen soon!

Bender by Gene Gant

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BenderLGBender by Gene Gant
Release Date: June 16, 2016
Pages: 86 • Format: eARC
Published By: Harmony Ink Press
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A Harmony Ink Press New Adult title appropriate for ages 16+

Nineteen-year-old Mace Danner is a college freshman—and a male prostitute. He specializes as a submissive-for-hire to dominant clients. Mace has never experienced any erotic longings, but his profession satisfies much darker needs. He believes he deserves the abuse because he was responsible for the death of his brother. When ill-treatment at the hands of customers isn’t penance enough, Mace turns to the bottle, hoping to drink away the demons still plaguing him.

RA Dex Hammel doesn’t like the road he sees Mace going down, and he offers his help before it’s too late. There’s no denying the chemistry between the two young men, but a lingering lack of physical desire continues to confuse and upset Mace. He seems set on destroying himself, and Dex might not be able to save him.

three-stars

Trigger warning:Physical Assault

So I’ve read a previous book by this author and loved it. I’m okay with the no sex on page and I love the cover. This was a little heavier then I thought it would be. Mace is a 19 year old who decided to sale his body for money. I’m almost certain he didn’t need to do it. Yeah he’s a college student and they have bills, and his parents had to move to Springfield, but he could have gotten another job. His reasoning for selling his body all was internally. He didn’t get sexual gratification from sex. He doesn’t even get an erection during these times. No with his clients he gets the humiliation and degradation that he needs to live on. He is suffering from an enormous about of guilt surrounding his brother’s death. Mace hasn’t dealt with it. It’s as if he’s just floating by in the world. He has no friends, he keeps communication between his parents to a minimum. He’s an empty vessel in fact.

Along the way he meets Dex one of his resident advisers. I like Dex, but certain actions of his or his words confounded me. I mean, Mace explained some things, and went through some thing and you get frustrated about his performance. I was perturbed by that big time. He turned me off, and yeah I was able to forgive him. Mace went through a brutal attack that seriously pissed me off since one of his attackers was their at every corner he turned. I was so mad. It made me emotional because he couldn’t escape and I’m so happy that he sought out help before his harmed himself. Not only is he dealing with this guilt, but he’s dealing with his sexuality. He’s never been attracted to people sexually. It fact he doesn’t get an erection ever outside of his normal facilities. I do like the fact that he was able to get help and talk to someone. I’m not okay with the physical violence in the story, but it’s life things happened. I swear I wish he would have reported it, but I know where he was coming from. I do like the author’s style of story telling, and can’t wait for more from him.

About Gene Gant

‘m Tennessean by birth, a resident of Memphis for most of my life. I tried living in a few northern cities after graduating from college, but I couldn’t take the brutal winters, and I missed good ol’ southern barbecue. Now I make my home on a country lane outside of Memphis. When I’m not reading, working out, watching movies or spending time with family and friends, you can find me tapping away at my computer.