Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Master Cleary's Boys (Irish Runaway #2) by Brina Brady

Book #2 - Master Cleary's Boys - Amazon US | Amazon UK


Desperate to escape the clutches of an increasingly sadistic and abusive Dom, Kevin and Jack seize their opportunity to escape and runaway to Galway. They shave their heads and do their best to avoid being detected while searching for a new Dom who is prepared to take them on as package deal. Their running leads them to Cleary's Pub—a bar full of leather-clad Doms and subs, owned and run by Master Cleary...
Master Cameron Cleary was in need of a new sub—it had been far too long since he'd had a boy in his life. Each night as he ran his pub filled with leather-clad Doms, accompanied by their Subs, he became more aware of how solitary his life had become. That is, until two young cousins turned up one night looking for work, a place to stay, and more intriguingly a Dom who would take them both. Something about their recently shaved heads and skittish demeanor stirred his interest and protective nature. But did he want two subs, and was he prepared to deal with whatever trouble these boys were hiding?

My Rating - 4 Stars!

Master Cleary's Boys is the second book in Brina Brady's Irish Runaway series, but it can definitely be read as a standalone.

Kevin and Jack are two subs who've escaped from their abusive Dom. When they meet Master Cleary, the demand to be kept together. Thus, we get a unique and interesting twist of a Dom having two equally important subs. To make things better, Master Cleary is unsure of having two subs and has to decide what to do.  

There's some great BDSM behavior and disciplines explored in this novel. It is interesting to see how a true sub can also rise to the occasion of being a Dom when need be. We also get to see the difference between having a horrific Dom versus having a caring and loving Dom. 

Their story isn't easy or quick. They have to deal with insecurities, doubts and jealousy, in addition to a lot of manipulation. The abuse is difficult to read. 

Master Cleary's Boys is well developed and completely riveting. Brina Brady does a fantastic job with these two young men, taking them from an abusive situation, and ultimately placing them in a loving relationship.

The Runaway Gypsy Boy (Irish Runaway Series Book 1) by Brina Brady

Book #1 - The Runaway Gypsy Boy - Amazon US | Amazon UK


Twenty-year-old Daniel Serban loses his dancing job and threats of being outed to his family force him to flee Limerick, Ireland. Daniel fears his father and the other gypsy men will force him to marry his betrothed, or bring bodily harm to him for being gay.

As chance would have it, he ends up in Cleary’s Pub, a gay leather bar in Galway where he meets the grouchy, ginger-bear Ronan O’Riley. Daniel had no idea how much meeting the Dom would transform his life.

Ronan O’Riley has been unable to move on since the death of his sub a year ago, that is until a troubled gypsy boy steps into Cleary’s. Ronan’s lonely existence is about to change.

Can Ronan convince Daniel to trust him or will Daniel’s fears of his past ruin any chance of a relationship? Unexpected heated attraction in the barn ignites their relationship to move forward. Though the two men have many of the same dreams, Daniel’s secrets and Ronan’s need to gain Daniel’s trust are just a few of the many challenges they must overcome if they are to be together.

My Rating - 4 Stars!

The Runaway Gypsy is a unique, fun romance by Brina Brady.

How often do we get to read about a romance with a gypsy? This is definitely a first for me. Daniel's a gypsy boy, who's run away from his gypsy family, fearing their reaction when they discover that he's gay. I find all of the gypsy scenes, and people's reaction to a gypsy to be well written.

What follows is an entertaining romance when Daniel tries to find a job and meets Ronan.

There's a lot to appreciate in this book. Daniel's character get a fresh and interesting look at the real world, as there's so much for him to learn. The most fun, of course, is Daniel's education of the BDSM leather scene. 

Ronan's a complete control freak, and Daniel just left a insanely controlled environment, making for some interesting situations. Living under Ronan's control takes some getting used to. Eventually trust becomes the key to their relationship. Of course, the author does a wonderful job of explaining the differences between the gypsy's need to control and Ronan's need to control.

Their romance isn't easy, as they have to survive betrayal, violence, pain and grief. Some of the scenes are heart-wrenching to read about. Luckily, we also see healing and trust.

The Runaway Gypsy Boy definitely makes for a good, emotional read. I am impressed with Brina Brady's vision for this story.

Harm's Way by Geoffrey Knight


Zach Taylor is a successful businessman, but his ascension up the corporate ladder has not been without its fair share of losses, including his five-year-old daughter Isabelle, with whom he has all but lost contact.

But his cold world, his frozen existence, is about to melt into a fiery hell.

For Zach is about to discover that his father was a serial killer.

Can the craving for killing be passed down from parent to child? Does murder flow in his veins? What kind of legacy has been lurking in the shadows of his past, waiting to step out of the darkness and reveal his true nature? And who is the handsome, mysterious stranger Zach now finds himself falling for?

In the abandoned home of his childhood, the haunted visions of his past will once again become terrifyingly real.

And Zach will be forced to meet his fate—whoever he may be.

My Rating -  5 Stars!

Damn! I am not usually one to read mysteries and gruesome books, but Geoffrey Knight's Harm's Way is fantastic.

Geoffrey Knight takes us on a twisted and suspenseful rollercoaster ride as we follow Zach through the crazy things that are happening around him.

As usual, I love and appreciate the author' writing. Not only does he create an intriguing story, he is a master of painting a scene. From the very beginning, I was drawn in just based on his descriptions. 

What follows is a suspenseful and haunting tale, as Zach has no clue what is happening. People are dying and he's waking up with no memories. The questions surrounding Zach and his sanity are wonderfully done. Not only does the reader not know what is going on, Zach also has no clue. 

The story includes so many twists and turns, ultimately tying everything together, but what fun during those twists and turns. 

I really can't praise the writing enough. Everything is so expertly written, adding a superb sense of drama and intrigue. The tone is creepy throughout, leaving me horrified and yet also fascinated. 

Harm's Way is definitely a recommended read for anyone who enjoys a good who-done-it mystery. I am so happy I took a chance on this book, which I did based solely on the fact that I enjoy Geoffrey Knight's writing. And he certainly didn't disappoint. Just know though, that it is not a romance in anyway.

BOOK BLITZ - Master Braden's Houseboy (Irish Runaway Series #3) by Brina Brady

Buy Links: Amazon US
Amazon UK - Available Exclusive to Amazon and in Kindle Unlimited

Length: 275 pages

Cover: Brina Brady

Irish Runaway Series

Book #1 - The Runaway Gypsy Boy - Amazon US | Amazon UK
Book #2 - Master Cleary's Boys - Amazon US | Amazon UK


Reece was a guitar player and a singer at his grandfather’s pub in Dublin until someone betrays his secret. Once he was a happy and carefree young man, who finds himself on the streets and homeless.

He meets a handsome stranger, who gives him hope that the world still has people with compassion, until he discovers the man may have compassion, but he is no softie. Conner hires Reece as his houseboy.

Much to his shock, Conner Braden isn’t only a garda (Irish police officer), but he is also a Dom! The two men are complete opposites, but that doesn’t stop Reece from wanting to win his heart.

What happens when Master Braden blurs the lines between employer and Dom when Reece is his employee?

AUTHOR’S NOTE: This book contains mild BDSM elements including restraints, blindfolds, and spanking. While the story uses characters from The Irish Runaway Series, you can read this book as a standalone.

About Brina

I am from Huntington Beach, Ca. I taught various subjects at a Continuation High School in Los Angeles, California for 27 years. I obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in history, Secondary Social Science Credential and a Master's Degree in Secondary Reading and Secondary Education from California State University, Long Beach. I also enrolled in some creative writing classes at UCLA. You can contact me at

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Beard Wanted (Rent A Dom #4) by Susi Hawke and Piper Scott


Omega looking for alpha for... unusual request. Must be physically impressive. Please inquire for further details.

Christian Kelley is down on his luck--big time. After moving to Las Vegas in the hopes of becoming an entertainer, he's been met with nothing but rejection, so when a friend suggests he sign up with Rent-a-Dom as a service provider, he's eager to give it a shot. While more naturally submissive than dominant, Christian is sure he can pull off the act well enough... at least, until the founder of Rent-a-Dom himself contacts him with an unusual proposal, and his world turns upside down.

Monty Mills, the mysterious founder of Rent-a-Dom, has a problem he can't fix. With Rent-a-Dom's fifth year anniversary on the horizon, he sees potential for exposure like never before. The problem? He'll risk Rent-a-Dom's credibility if he shows his face in public. What he needs is a beard--someone who can make the world think he's someone he's not.

Someone like Christian Kelley.

Sparks fly when Monty and Christian meet, but with Monty's business riding on their success, and Christian's future hinged on this performance, love isn't on the agenda. Is it?

This final installment in the Rent-a-Dom series contains mpreg, D/s elements, and is intended for 18+ readers. Warning: Don't read unless you like fun books with mysterious and powerful omega Doms, bubble bath disasters, rugged alphas with secret piercings who long to submit, and scenes that'll make Vegas temperatures cool in comparison. But then again, this is a Susi Hawke and Piper Scott collaboration--you already knew to expect that, didn't you?

My Rating - 5 Stars!

Beard Wanted is the fourth book in the Rent A Dom series by Susi Hawke and Piper Scott.

This time we get to read about Monty, the owner of Rent A Dom, as he himself needs to hire a Dom. When Monty hires Christian, he never expects to mix business with pleasure, let alone fall for the man. 

A major theme in this story is confidence. One can't really fake confidence. And sometimes it takes love to finally find your confidence. 

Monty's spent his life keeping others at a distance. He struggles to drop his walls and let his heart feel anything again.  

Monty and Christian's story involves a whole lot of sexual tension, seduction, and a irrepressible need.
They have to deal with denial, submission, and restarting Monty's dead heart, which will require a whole lot of strength. 

Don't miss out on Beard Wanted if you enjoy hot stories, as this one has sparks and passion in spades! The writers treat us to the couple's insatiable need for one another, as well as their strong emotional attachment.
It also has a lot of hot piercings, and a large, tough bottom. 

The Story Of Us by Barbara Elsborg


Two boys. One love. Ten summers.

Are you okay?

The first words Zed says to Caspian, and the first time someone has cared about the answer. On a hot summer’s day, the lives of two boys are changed forever. A rebel and a risk taker, Caspian doesn’t give a damn for the consequences. Studious and obedient, Zed is the good boy who is never good enough.

The two couldn’t be more different, but there’s one thing they share, a need to belong to someone who understands them, someone who cares. Their friendship goes deeper than either can possibly imagine. They’re young, in love, and planning their future when an act of betrayal tears them apart.

Fate deals its hand. Seasons pass. Zed’s words follow Caspian through pain, fear and into the darkest of places. Friendships can last a lifetime, even when the world conspires to crush them. But this is more than friendship. This is love and they’re not going to let it slip through their fingers.

The Story of Us is a tale of love and survival, and the triumph of good over evil against the odds.

The Story of Us is a new adult contemporary romance. It deals with family and social issues, violence and cruelty to children but not sexual assault, sexual situations, and has dark elements and suspense. The events and locations are a mixture of real and fictional. The characters are fictional.

My Rating - 5 Stars!

The Story Of Us, by Barbara Elsborg is a wonderful, long and complicated story that spans many years. 

When we first meet Zed and Caspian, they are young teenagers. Their lives are awful, as they are both dealing with abuse from their families. 

What follows is a
story of first love,  true love. It's beautiful and it's complicated. It's a heart-warming example of learning what it means to fully care for someone. 

It is definitely a tough read at times. Included in the tale are some extremely horrific moments and events that made me have to pause for a bit.

It's well written, extremely descriptive and has characters who are detailed and well developed. And what an emotional rollercoaster! I definitely felt every emotion along with the boys/men. I laughed, I cried, and everything in between.

Please do yourself a favor and check out The Story Of Us when you're in the mood for a gutsy, complicated, and long story. Barbara Elsborg has gifted us with a gem yet again.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Distant Replay (Living Legends #4) by Declan Rhodes


The third time’s a charm. It has to be when you get a second try at a second chance.

Baseball brought Andy and Zane together for the first time eight years ago in San Antonio, Texas. Neither played the game, but instead, they cheered for the big league RoadRunners dancing on top of the dugout and shooting T-Shirts into the crowd. After two summers of dating and dancing ended in an ugly breakup, neither expected to see the other again.

Spurred on by the encouragement of a golden moment with a big league pitcher, Andy attended an open tryout, and, against all odds, he was signed to play big league baseball. While he struggled in his third season, the Charlotte Yellowjackets made a leap of faith signing him to plug a gap in their outfield.

Zane left San Antonio to pursue a career in sports journalism. After one of his local pieces went viral, Charlotte’s legendary sportswriter Medford Post invited him to the city as a protege. Although the odds were slim, Zane also saw it as an unexpected opportunity for a second chance.

With the backdrop of a Charlotte Yellowjackets run for the World Series, Andy and Zane try to heal their past scars while building a relationship for the future. It’s not smooth sailing, and they need the support of friends and professional colleagues to search for their happily ever after.

Distant Replay is a 55,000-word second-chance baseball romance. It is book 4 in the Living Legends series and includes characters from all of the earlier books, but it can be read as a standalone story. The book includes steamy scenes and a guaranteed happy ending.

My Rating - 5 Stars!

If you follow my reviews, you'll know I am a huge fan of sports romances, including Declan Rhodes' Living Legends series. 

Former lovers, Andy and Zane, are reunited when Zane is brought to review Andy's baseball team. As they parted with some bad feelings between them, it takes them a while to warm up enough to talk to each other about the past.  

Their story involves some confusion, some pain, and a whole lot of concern over how they could ever make a relationship work. We also get the joy of seeing other players from the previous books in this series, which is always a lot of fun. 

One part I really enjoyed is the twist that is brought to Andy as he learns some new information about his family and his youth. It's unique and yet so very realistic. 

Distant Replay is a great book for anyone who loves reading about athletes falling in love. As is typical for Declan Rhodes, the pace is fast, the characters are well written, and there's some great sexy moments included. Well done! I can't wait to read the next book.

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