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Against the Rules (Boundaries #2) by A.R. Barley

Against the RulesAgainst the Rules (Boundaries #2) by A.R. Barley

Released June 6, 2016

Publisher: Carina Press

Page count: 169 pages

Categories: MM Romance, Contemporary, BDSM

Sales link: Amazon


Kelly O’Connell’s out of control

An RA at Halston University, he spends his off nights at a club, hoping to find what he’s looking for in rough sex with strangers.

Until one night the play gets a little too rough. An isolated room, a dangerous situation…and an unexpected rescue.

Ian Rankin knows what Kelly wants—a true Dom, someone who will protect him instead of using him, someone who can take him to the edge without pushing him into unsafe territory.

Ian knows just what Kelly needs, and he’s the only man who can give it to him.

There’s only one problem: Kelly is a student, and Ian is a teacher.

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Our thoughts:

I’m thoroughly enjoying the world at Halston University that AR Barley has created for the Boundaries series. Nick and Jesse were a treat in the first book, now we have their friend and Nick’s ex boyfriend, Kelly.

Kelly O’Connor is a Resident Aid at the university. He’s the guy that sat with Jesse at the hospital after he was attacked by his roommate. Kelly stuck Jesse with Nick because he knew Jesse would be safe there. Kelly is damn good at his job. He upholds the rules (sometimes creatively), is a handyman, shoulder to cry on, and more. He’s always in control and is a take charge kind of guy. He’s a few months from graduation but he feels less in control of his personal life every day. He’s drifting about, still grieving over losing both parents within a few months of each other and not that long ago.

Kelly’s become a bit self-destructive and one such encounter brings him to the attention of Ian. At the time, Ian appears to be a leather daddy at the club with impeccable timing. He saves Kelly and gets him home safely. Neither one expected to feel any connections or desire to seek out more from each other, but that’s exactly what happens.

Ian’s an economics professor at Halston. He’s apprehensive to start a relationship with Kelly because Kelly is still a student, also because Ian has baggage from a past relationship gone bad. However, Kelly needs someone to deliver an escape from reality and Ian is sure he can make him fly. Kelly goes all in and decides to dabble in some light BDSM with Ian.

I liked these two together. Kelly was his snarky self from book one, but Ian was strong enough to take the zingers and throw back. He also was able to set Kelly straight without demeaning him or breaking him. Ian was there for him. A body to snuggle up to, someone to share and connect with. A protector. All the things Kelly needs and wants. Problem is, Kelly isn’t sure who he is or want he wants in his life. He’s approaching everything with a short-term attitude and his emotional state is still unbalanced. He needs parents to be his sounding board but all he has are overbearing aunts and a few friends that don’t understand how he’s fallen. It takes quite awhile for Kelly to see that it’s been all wrong and he really has to step up. In the interim, Ian and Kelly’s relationship is almost destroyed.

Don’t give up on this story. If Kelly’s choice to dabble in kink seems odd, it’s really not! He needs a break from being the one in control all the time. He needs to decompress and soar. He just does the typical ‘jump in full speed ahead’ like always and has to pick up the pieces after everything shatters. Against the Rules was a superb addition to the series and I look forward to the third book set to release in the near future.


Blog Tour: Mocha Kisses and Coffee By Rawiya

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Title: Mocha Kisses and Coffee

Author: Rawiya

Publisher: Thirteen Below Press

Release Date: April 1, 2016

Heat Level: 3

Pairing: Male/Male

Length: 165 pages

Genre/Tags: Interracial, contemporary, multicultural, mm, gay romance

Welcome to the blog tour for Mocha Kisses and Coffee! We’re pleased to host Rawiya and offer an exclusive excerpt from Smooth Like Latte for our tour stop. Enjoy!

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Simple delicacies like donuts and coffee can bring two people together no matter what their differences; it can make for a very satisfying experience. But deceit can turn those experiences sour.

In these two stories, Cupid shoots his arrows at four men, drawing them to one another through chance encounters that instantly grow into something more.

Time To Make The Donuts

Christopher Wettlon has inherited his grandfather’s Donuts to Go shop. He’s young, educated, and pretty well off, but still something is missing from his life.

Enter Andre Bentley, who seems to have everything going for him. Little does Christopher know Andre is out for more than his fresh, strawberry creams.

The two men are getting along well until Chris confronts Andre about his job. Can Andre ‘work’ himself back into Chris’s good graces?

Smooth Like Latte

Brendan Walsh is committed to working for his irrational, homophobic dad who has threatened to disown him if he comes out gay to the world. Pretending to be someone he isn’t weighs him down. This puts Brendan on edge and alert at all times, leaving little to no time for him to build a steady relationship with anyone.

Davori “Latte” Jenkins is a happy go lucky barista working in the Walsh building. Born and raised in North Carolina, Latte possesses extremely good looks and charms the pants off anyone in his path using his Southern boy attitude.

When Brendan visits the shop Latte works in, they’re immediately drawn to one another. Latte makes him a caramel latte with something extra.

Because Brendan isn’t out of the closet, they keep their thoughts and flirtations private. Once they start dating, Brendan gets the courage to come out publicly and the relationship goes into overdrive. Still, Latte desires something more to define their relationship.

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RAWIYA is the more sensual erotica writer in the BLRawiya duo. She loves multiracial characters who overcome obstacles other than race. Sweet, sassy, and spicy would be the best way to describe her work. Happily married mother of two, loves music, computers, and travel.

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Exclusive Excerpt from Smooth Like Latte

Latte pressed the disconnect button and grabbed his coat. He wrapped the scarf around his neck a couple of times, then grabbed his keys, wallet, and the fresh roses he’d picked up for Brendan. When he figured he’d gotten everything, he headed out the door and sprinted downstairs.
Once he made it, he eyed the black Mercedes limo and the well-dressed driver standing outside. He’d only seen cars like this on the Magnificent Mile in front of posh hotels and stores.
“Good evening, sir.” The chauffeur opened the door for him and smiled.
“Hello there.” Latte nodded and hopped inside, pulling the flowers from his side. “These are for you.”
Brendan appeared surprised by the bouquet. “Latte, these are lovely, thank you.”
“You’re welcome, Brendan. I wanted to give you flowers earlier, but I thought it better to do it tonight.”
“True.” Brendan set the flowers aside and took one of Latte’s hands. “Cold enough for you?”
Latte nodded. “I’d say it is, Brendan. We picked a doozy of a night to go out, didn’t we?”
“We did. If I didn’t want to see you so bad, I would’ve called this date off.”
“Same here, but we could warm each other up a little bit. Oh… wait…” Latte stopped quickly, forgetting the two of them weren’t exactly alone.
Brendan ran his index finger across Latte’s chin. “Yes, we can. No worries, Sidney knows all about me.”
Hearing that, Latte sighed in relief and melded into Brendan’s touch. The electricity from the touch of Brendan’s fingers caused discomfort in his groin. “Then, maybe…”
“No, no, no maybe. Come here.”
Latte moved close, feeling Brendan’s hot breath tickle his nostrils. He ran his hand on the side of Brendan’s face, tracing his strong features.
“You want—”
Latte couldn’t finish the sentence because Brendan grabbed his shoulders, bringing him close, crushing their lips together. The embrace was anything but sweet—rough, bruising, with Brendan nipping Latte’s bottom lip with his teeth.
Brendan’s lips tasted of minty mouthwash, not overpowering but just enough to taste and smell nice.
With the kiss, Latte’s body instantly warmed, and he found himself completely lost in Brendan.
“Mmph.” Latte sighed into the kiss, wrapping both arms around Brendan’s waist, binding them together. He thanked his lucky stars Brendan had the frame of mind to let someone else drive them on their first official date. “Jesus.”
“Hmm?” Brendan grabbed Latte’s head and ran his lips over the side, down to his cheek. He placed light pecks on every spot until he reached Latte’s earlobe.
Latte closed his eyes and inhaled deeply, willing himself not to get overly aroused. Lord knows he had the worst case of blue balls. “God. I don’t think I’m gonna make it the rest of the night without putting my hands on you.”

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