Tuesday, September 24, 2013

A Little Too Broken by Brad Vance

As always my dears, there be SPOILERS ahead, sorry channeling my inner pirate. LOL


When Jamie walks through the door of the Humane Society, it’s not just an animal who needs rescuing that day. Tom is there to adopt another service dog into the Canine Comrade Corps, but it’s Jamie his heart goes out to. But each man turns away, walks away, from the potential pain, the rejection, the knowledge that it’ll all end in tears…

Jamie knows damn well that the HIV he contracted from an unfaithful lover has put him out of the dating game forever in the small town of Santa Vera. Tom lost his legs in Afghanistan, and got new ones, yeah, but with a side order of PTSD to go, he thought grimly. The real problem is that only now does he realize he’s gay, now that the revelation would be just one too many things to put his family through, after everything else they’ve had to deal with. 

So both men grin and bear the loneliness, put their feelings on a shelf, even as Jamie’s volunteer stint at CCC turns into friendship and, despite their resolve, something more…
Tom saw Jamie’s smile. He’s totally relaxed about this. You’re getting there. This is going to work out, this is going to be a friendship. I need this. To be with normals again, people who aren’t…

Well, the fact was that Jamie wasn’t normal, was he? The fact that he had been through what he’d been through, in Tom’s mind put him on Tom’s side of the world, on the island of broken toys. Someone who could understand, who wasn’t one of them, the ones living a life oblivious to suffering, illness, pain. 

It’s too bad, Jamie thought calmly. If only I didn’t have the bug, I could do this, I could…well, at least fantasize realistically about this becoming something. People liked it when you were just a little broken, he knew from experience. It lets them think that you’re not so unattainable, gives them the confidence to make a move. Then, they can fix you, be the one to un-break you, so they get to have it all, get the perfect lover in the end by coming to it through the side door.

Yeah, he smirked. But they don’t want you when you’re just a little too broken, just a little bit beyond where you can be repaired back into perfection, their reward for accepting those lesser flaws for a while. Some things stay broken, and nobody wants that.


This is a story not of just about two people coming together, but of these two men coming to terms with aspects of their own lives. They consider themselves “broken”, unable to have what they want most; someone to share their lives with.  Tom and Jamie find out that others do not see us the way we see ourselves, they help each other cope and move forward. There were parts of this story that broke my heart, I won’t say more than that I don’t want to give too much away. My favorite part is near the end, and Mr. Vance I believe you know the part, I actually cried. Well done.

You can find this book Here at Amazon and Here at Barnes and Noble

Monday, September 23, 2013

Prince of Silk and Thorns by Cherry Dare

As always please remember the following contains SPOILES read at your own risk!

Blurb from book:

Prince Alar is notorious... and tormented.

The prince's decadence is as famous as his extraordinary beauty. Rumor holds that he murdered his own brother to get one step closer to the throne. Some believe him to be the son of a fallen angel. But beneath his icy exterior, the prince burns with secret guilt... and untapped passion.

Farm boy Garin is innocent... and reckless.

Garin is shocked when Prince Alar rides into his village and demands that the young men strip for his inspection... so he can select one as his new slave! To protect his brother, Garin volunteers, leaving his peaceful village-- and his innocence-- behind. But even naked and chained, he is no helpless victim.

At the palace, Garin discovers a new world of decadent sex, dangerous intrigue, and devastating passion. But from the moment the arrogant prince puts a collar around Garin's throat and claims him as his own, the men are bound together in more ways than one.

From sadistic sex games to tender caretaking, from erotic awakenings to a deadly gladiatorial match, their journey together pushes both men to their physical and emotional limits... and beyond.

             This is the first book I have read by Cherry Dare, when I started I was a little worried. I have read and enjoyed BDSM, gay erotica, M/M, M/F, erotic, romance many times. The only time I tend to have a problem with any story (including books, movies and TV) are scenes when someone forces themselves on another. That is just a personal issue.  Yes this book contains a few of those scenes, I pushed through them wanting to see what the true story was about.  As I continued reading I really began to enjoy the journey of the Prince and Garin. Not only of their relationship but of how they worked together against those who look to who sought to destroy them and the kingdom.  There are a few twists which I always love in any book. Over all a well written book.

You can find this and other books by Cherry Dare here on Amazon or here on Barnes and Noble