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Blog Tour: Endings and Beginnings (Collars & Cuffs #8) by K.C. Wells and Parker Williams

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Endings and Beginnings by K.C. Wells & Parker Williams
Series: Collars & Cuffs book eight
This is the final book in the series, which should be read from Beginning to End. ;) (See what we did there?)
Release Date: July 18, 2016
Pages or Words: 121,429 words
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Paul Richmond
Categories: Contemporary, BDSM, Fiction, M/M Romance

We cannot contain how excited we are to be part of the final blog tour for the Collars & Cuffs series. KC Wells and Parker Williams have brought such diverse characters of depth that it’s sad to see this series come to an end. We celebrate this final book and bring a character interview from Jeff, whom we originally met in his and Damian’s book Damian’s Discipline (book five in the series).

An Interview with Jeff, Damian’s Discipline book 5.

What is your biggest fear?

Losing Damian’s love. You can NOT repeat this to anyone, okay? Damian’s…I don’t know how to describe it. I’ve gone to the club a few times with him, and I see how some of the other Doms are, all larger than life. Damian isn’t like that. Damian has a quiet strength. Even though the relationship we have isn’t a D/s one, the man has still given me the guidance I needed to become a better person than I am. Which, let’s be honest, really wasn’t difficult. I was kind of a shit. Still am, I suppose. But he loves me anyway.

What is your most prized possession?

I bet most people will say something big and extravagant, but not me. My most prized possession is a bronze colored sweater that Damian bought for me when I first moved in with him. I love it because it’s soft and warm, but what really makes it something I can’t bear to be apart from is despite my behavior and the numerous mistakes I made, Damian still bought it for me.

What do you enjoy doing on your day off?

I’m still working with Ron on woodworking. I’ve gotten to be pretty good, too, or so he says. I like making little things for Damian, but what I really want to do is make him a chest of drawers for his clothes. Something elegant and classy, like he is. Yeah, I know I sound like a sap in love, but maybe that’s because I am. :)

Your best childhood memory?

I don’t have a best childhood memory. Can we move on to the next question please?

Where do you hope to be in five years?

You know, I’m going to be honest…I never thought I’d have a future. I figured one day they’d find my body in the gutter, and I’d be buried in a plot with all the other people no one wanted to claim. But now? In five years I can see myself actually becoming someone. Ron says I’ve got the potential to be a woodworker, and I think to myself that maybe I can do this. I dream…it sounds stupid when I say it out loud…but I thought about opening a shop where people could come in and look at what I’ve made. The prices would be exorbitant, but they would know the quality was worth every penny.

When I first told Damian, I thought he’d laugh, but he got this look on his face, and started asking me what kind of shop I’d look at. He had a friend of his draw up some designs, and show them to me. A big picture window display would show off some of the things I’d worked on, and we’d constantly have to be cleaning the nose and fingerprints off the windows. The store would have natural lighting, and everything would gleam. There’d be so many sales, I’d have to hire someone to take care of the till, while I was in the back creating new things.

It’s years away, if it ever happens, but now that I can see that dream, I want it more than anything. And I think Damian wants it for me.

I love him.

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Blurb:

In all his relationships, Darren Fielding never found the level of intimacy he witnessed between Thomas Williams and his sub, Peter, the day of Peter’s “rebirth.” Not only that, he never realized such intimacy was possible. For two years, Thomas’s business card has been burning a hole in his wallet. When Darren’s lover moves on, maybe it’s finally time to see where that card takes him.

Collars & Cuffs’s new barman, JJ Taylor, is really conflicted right now. He went to the club with a very specific purpose, already convinced of what he’d find there. Except it’s not what he expected at all. He certainly didn’t anticipate finding himself drawn to the new wannabe Dom. Nor could he have guessed the direction that attraction would lead him.

Old love, new love, vows, pain, rage, moving in, moving on…. The members of Collars & Cuffs face an event that touches some of them deeply, but it will only reinforce what they already know: together they are stronger, and some bonds cannot be broken.

Excerpt:

“Honey, I’m home.”

Alex laughed and came out of the kitchen to greet his husband. “We’ve talked about this, right? You do not walk into this apartment and talk to me like I’m the little wife.”

Leo kissed him soundly on the cheek. “Aw, but you’d look great in an apron, holding a glass of beer out for your weary, hard-working hubby.” He smirked. “And besides, no one in their right mind would call you little.”

Alex quirked his eyebrows. “One, you don’t drink beer, which is why there’s a glass of chilled chardonnay on the living room table, waiting for you. Two, excuse me—weary? Hard-working? You’ve been standing around in leather chaps and a harness, watching while guys do all manner of things to each other, which probably included a lot of fucking, because, hey, it’s Saturday night, right?”

Leo sighed happily. “What can I say? I love my job.”

Meet K.C. Wells:

Born and raised in the north-west of England, K.C. WELLS always loved writing. Words were important. Full stop. However, when childhood gave way to adulthood, the writing ceased, as life got in the way. K.C. discovered erotic fiction in 2009, when the purchase of a ménage storyline led to the startling discovery that reading about men in love was damn hot. In 2012, arriving at a really low point in life led to the desperate need to do something creative. An even bigger discovery waited in the wings—writing about men in love was even hotter….

K.C. now writes full-time and is loving every minute of her new career. The laptop still has no idea of what hit it… it only knows that it wants a rest, please. And it now has to get used to the idea that where K.C goes, it goes.

And as for those men in love that she writes about? The list of stories just waiting to be written is getting longer… and longer….

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Meet Parker Williams (or at least his voices):

Good day! We are the voices that live inside Will’s head. The ones who whisper to him constantly, beckoning him to speak of our adventures, to tell of our love, and perhaps, if we’re in a mood, kill a person or two.

We guide his hand as he tells our tales where love is the most powerful force, but must be worked for, molded, and finally, embraced. There can be no shortcuts or substitutions on the path to a happily ever after.

We hope you will join with us as Will fulfills his obligation to ensure our stories are told and, we hope, enjoyed.

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Our thoughts:

This is a hard review to write. I have very much enjoyed the Collars and Cuffs series from the beginning. I enjoyed meeting a new couple with each new release, yet having the opportunity to revisit a few of the’old’ couples again in that same release. They felt like family. They stole my heart. They brought happiness, tears, laughs, and emotions so worth feeling.

Endings and Beginnings is the last book in the Collars and Cuffs series. It’s the end for Leo, Thomas, and their boys. But, it’s the beginning of a new club. adventure and potential. Eli and Jared are off to start their own club under the mastery of Thomas and together they will spread the good that has come from Collars and Cuffs.

This novel was really about all the couples and, of course, one new relationship with Darren and JJ. They’re all coping with a big development. Something that impacted so many of their lives and impacted the club as a whole. We know Darren from when Thomas took Peter for his shaving prior to his rebirth. JJ is a new barman at the club but he’s got a secret that could be a game charger, impacting those he knows. Of course with this fantastic and caring group, he’s nothing to worry himself over.

Darren was passionate and takes to learning to master quite well. I liked how JJ and Darren learn together and really connect. JJ finally finds himself and that good; because, he was so twisted and confused. He realizes how much he ran from everything and how wrong that was, and unfair.

Peter has to stand up and remember his training and his progress. That big piece of news almost shatters him and pulls him away from Thomas and all he’s done to help him. Of course, Thomas will always provide and take care of his boy. Peter has grown the most of all the guys and I felt he deserved to be a big part of this story. We can leave this series knowing he’s alright and so much stronger.

I look forward to the next chapter. I grudgingly leave this series behind but I leave knowing it will be one I recommend to everyone and would read over and over again. Thank you KC Wells and Parker Williams. You wrote your hearts out and it shows on the pages of these eight books.

RATING: STILETTOS!!

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BLOG TOUR with EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT: Make Me Soar by K.C. Wells

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Make Me Soar by KC Wells
Collars & Cuffs Book 6
Released June 22, 2015
Published by Dreamspinner Press
Cover Art by Cover by Paul Richmond, Picture by Terry Cyr
Page and word count: 290 pages, 100,000 words
Categories: BDSM, Erotica, Fiction, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, Hurt/Comfort

Blurb:

Anyone who frequents Collars & Cuffs knows Dorian Forrester is built for pain, including Dorian himself. But everyone has it wrong. For six years, Dorian’s chased a feeling that remains tantalizingly out of his reach. Unteachable, Dorian can take anything and everything a Dom can throw at him. Still, it’s not enough. Dorian needs… something more. Something he won’t find at Collars & Cuffs.

Dorian’s search takes him out of the safe environment he’s known for years, out of his depth, and into a realm of deep, dark trouble.

Alan Marchant has been watching Dorian with interest for a while and knows there’s more to Dorian than his label of “pain slut” suggests. When Dorian disappears, Alan and his friend Leo set out to find him. But the disoriented young man discovered cowering in a hotel room is not the Dorian they know and love. That Dorian is shattered. It’s up to Alan to pick up the pieces and show Dorian there are better ways to fly.

They may be off on a new journey together, but their destination will rock them both to the core.

Make Me Soar

Exclusive Excerpt:

Alan smiled. “Sleep well, lad.”

“Please!”

The sudden entreaty stopped him as he turned to leave. Dorian stared at him, eyes wide, his face pale.

“What is it?” Alan moved closer. Dorian was shivering. Alan perched on the side of the bed. “What’s the matter?” He laid his hand on the duvet.

Dorian let go of the pillow and fastened his hand around Alan’s wrist. “Don’t… don’t leave me, please.” He swallowed. “I-I don’t want to be alone, all right?”

One look at that tortured expression was all Alan could stand.

“Do you want me to sleep in here tonight?”

The relief that swept across Dorian’s face had Alan’s throat tightening in seconds.

“Yes, please.”

Alan stood up and unbuttoned the heavy brushed cotton shirt, slipping it off his shoulders. He undressed down to his boxers and then lifted the duvet, noting that Dorian was similarly attired. Dorian didn’t say a word but watched him, eyes still wide and haunted. Alan climbed into the double bed and lay down beside Dorian. The urge to pull the young man into his arms was tremendous, but he waited, letting Dorian lead the way.

Dorian gave a shudder and then exhaled, his breath shaky. “Thank you.” His eyes shone in the lamplight. “I couldn’t face….”

Alan nodded. “It’s okay. I understand. Now try to sleep, eh?”

Dorian gave him a weak smile, then reached across and switched off the lamp, plunging the room into near darkness.

Alan lay still, listening to the by now familiar sound of Dorian’s breathing as he drifted off. The speed with which he fell asleep gave Alan some comfort—and something else.

He needed me.

The thought stopped him cold.

When was the last time someone needed me like that?

And swift on the heels of that thought came another.

Damn, it feels so good to be needed.

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Meet the author:

Born and raised in the north-west of England, K.C. WELLS always loved writing. Words were important. Full stop. However, when childhood gave way to adulthood, the writing ceased, as life got in the way. K.C. discovered erotic fiction in 2009, when the purchase of a ménage storyline led to the startling discovery that reading about men in love was damn hot. In 2012, arriving at a really low point in life led to the desperate need to do something creative. An even bigger discovery waited in the wings—writing about men in love was even hotter….

K.C. now writes full-time and is loving every minute of her new career. The laptop still has no idea of what hit it… it only knows that it wants a rest, please. And it now has to get used to the idea that where K.C goes, it goes.

And as for those men in love that she writes about? The list of stories just waiting to be written is getting longer… and longer….

Connect with the author:

K.C. loves to hear from readers.
E-mail: k.c.wells@btinternet.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KCWellsWorld
Twitter: @K_C_Wells
Website: http://www.kcwellsworld.com

 

Our Thoughts:

I feel like I should write a disclaimer at the beginning of this review. You see, I’m a huge fan of this series. I’ve devoured every book as it has released and enjoyed each one for their differences. Some have clicked with me more than others, but Make Me Soar is up there for me, right beside An Unlocked Heart, the first in the Collars and Cuffs series. It doesn’t surprise me because An Unlocked Heart is when we first meet Dorian. Let’s just say that Dorian has some history with Alex and Leo. Despite that history, Leo is actually one of Dorian’s saviors in Make Me Soar.

If you’ve read the first book in this series, then you know that Dorian does something to compromise Leo and Alex’s relationship. After that, I didn’t exactly hate Dorian. I felt more sorry for him. It was obvious, even back at the beginning, that Dorian didn’t really fit in. That feeling of being on the outside and trying for something he wasn’t getting in his scenes at Collars and Cuffs weighed on him immensely. All Dorian wants to do is feel and soar. He thinks that to fly in subspace requires more pain. Now he’s dubbed a pain slut and yet subspace has remained out of reach.

As a last-ditch effort to feel and experience what he has longed for, he goes to Berlin. Alone. Not knowing the language and the scope of the BDSM clubs there, it’s a dangerous move on his part. Dorian becomes the victim of a terrible breach of trust. He is taken to an apartment, his power is taken from him and he is violated in numerous ways. It isn’t until his friend at Collars and Cuffs, Pietro, becomes nervous after not hearing from Dorian that his saviors come.

Leo and Dom Alan fly to Berlin and find Dorian in a terrible state. Alan kicks into protective mode. He’s desired working with Dorian for some time. For six months he’s been watching him, trying to figure out what Dorian needs. Now, his main focus is getting Dorian through his stages of grief and healed.

Alan is the most calm and patient Dom! Most of the Dom’s in this series are, but Alan was laid back and gentle from the beginning. His rules were short and simple but when broken, he was firm. His background in counseling helped get Dorian through those dark days. The biggest thing he did was take Dorian in and not let him lock the world out. He also gave Dorian what he needed most, love and affection.

This BDSM story is so different because the real work over came in the form of touches, strokes and words of affection. Heping Dorian know he was cherished, desired and loved was key to helping him feel and eventually fly. By far, this book was over the top (in a good way) sensual. The tenderness with a touch of sadism was the perfect mix for Dorian’s and Alan’s story.

Witnessing Dorian grow and be cherished was long overdue. Getting to know Alan was also a treat. His style was quite different and interesting to experience. I also enjoyed that he was a mm romance writer! That was a fun plot point that enriched the story.

Overall, I cannot stress enough how great this whole series, Collars and Cuffs, is. If you haven’t read them, treat yourself and do so! Enter the giveaway and try to win them for free, whatever you do, you cannot deny yourself the pleasure of this series. As for Make Me Soar, it’s another five-star addition to the series and one that is definitely on my favorites list.

RATING: STILETTOS!!

 

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Book Blast and Review: Confetti, Cake and Confessions by K.C. Wells

We are excited to have K.C. Wells back on our blog today. She’s sharing an excerpt from her latest release, Confetti, Cake and Confessions and also offering a copy of the book as a giveaway!

Confetti, Cake and ConfessionsConfetti, Cake, and Confessions by K.C. Wells

Published 29 September 2014

Published by Island Tales Press

Cover Artist: Meredith Russell

Synopsis:

Tony Porter and Marc Powell had lived in the same house for the past eight years, since their single parents moved in together. When Tony’s mother Marie and Marc’s father Dennis decide to tie the knot at last, it should be an occasion of great joy for everyone. Except all Marc can think about is having to spend the next two weeks with the young man he’s been in love with since he was sixteen.

Tony feels so torn about Marc coming home from college. He keeps telling himself that it’s wrong to feel this way about him. After all, in two weeks’ time they’ll be related. So when the two young men are thrown together to prepare for the wedding, tensions rise and discoveries are made.

It’s going to be a very long two weeks, and a wedding that no one will ever forget.

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Excerpt:

Marc silently pushed back his duvet and stood on his bed to stretch up to the window. He concentrated on the horizon as he’d done so many times in the past, trying to catch a glimpse of the meteor shower that he knew might be visible this time of year. He’d only seen a shooting star once, when he was about fourteen, and it had been an amazing sight. Dad had taken him outside after midnight and made him wait patiently until at last he’d spotted the streak of light across the night sky, so fast he’d almost missed it. Every year after that he’d watched for them, but the weather was usually against him.

Marc pressed his forehead against the bottom of the window pane and focused on the sky. Light pollution made it difficult, but he did his best to block out the orange street lights with his hands. He gazed at the stars, awed by the vastness of the display before him. It was moments like this that made it easy to believe in God, albeit a God who didn’t condemn two people of the same sex for being in love. Marc didn’t think that the God he believed in would turn his back on people who loved each other.

God is love, isn’t that what we’re taught?

He raised his eyes heavenward. .

God, please, take away this ache in my heart. Make it easier to be around Tony, just while I’m here. He paused, unsure of whether or not to give voice to his innermost desires. Then he reasoned that God probably knew what he was thinking anyway, so what harm could it do?

God, if it’s possible, let Tony love me, the way I love him.

He wanted a sign, some clue that God had heard him. Except he knew God didn’t work like that.

And then he caught his breath as a shooting star flashed across the sky, followed by another.

Marc stared, his throat tight. My God, the timing. Then he shook himself.

I can’t afford to think like that. I need to stop torturing myself.

He got back into bed and curled up on his side, letting the gentle sound of Tony’s breathing lull him into a warm, comforting sleep.

Meet the author:

Born and raised in the north-west of England, K.C.Wells always loved writing. Words were important. Full stop. However, when childhood gave way to adulthood, the writing ceased, as life got in the way.

K.C. discovered erotic fiction in 2009, where the purchase of a ménage storyline led to the startling discovery that reading about men in love was damn hot. In 2012, arriving at a really low point in life led to the desperate need to do something creative. An even bigger discovery waited in the wings – writing about men in love was even hotter…

K.C. now writes full-time and is loving every minute of her new career.
The laptop still has no idea of what hit it… it only knows that it wants a rest, please. And it now has to get used to the idea that where K.C goes, it goes.

Connect with the author:

K.C. can be reached via email (k.c.wells@btinternet.com), on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/KCWellsWorld), on Twitter (@IslandTalesPres) or through comments at the K.C.Wells website (www.kcwellsworld.com ) K.C. loves to hear from readers.

 

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Review:

Step aside and make room for all the angst happening in this book. Lovers of the push and pull type of emotional roller coaster and waffling exploits of youth will rejoice. :)

Confetti, Cake and Confessions is a new adult book.  Marc is 19 and a year into Uni. His mother passed we he and his twin sister, Hannah were around age 10. His father was a rock and eventually met and fell in love with Claire. She has three kids of her own, the oldest being Tony. Marc and Tony shared a room up in the converted attic. At about age 16 Marc realized he was staring to like Tony, and not in a platonic step-brother kind of way. He knew that he had to tamp down those feelings. Unfortunately, the feelings grew stronger over time so moving father away for Uni was self-preservation more than anything else. Only Hannah knows Marc is gay and right now, he’s okay with that.  He’s out at school and can be himself but he’s not ready for the scrutiny at home.

Tony is in a state. He’s 18, finished his exams and is awaiting his scores. He’s been in love with Marc for a while now and is desperate to see him again. It’s been six months since he was home last and then he failed to come back for their planned camping trip. The cancellation hurt, not having Marc call Tony personally hurt even more. Now Tony’s mom and Dennis are getting married and he and Marc will be step-brothers. Tony wants more, he wants Marc and only wishes he could tell him. Instead he has a girlfriend he’s feeling the pressure to ‘seal the deal’ with and he’s pretty sure he can’t go through with it. How did his life get this messy?!

The wedding is putting a lot of pressure on everyone and with Marc blatantly trying to keep distance from Tony, tensions rise. Then Marc witnesses Tony masturbating and calling out Marc’s name. Total game changer! A series of events have Tony and Marc in situations that turn them both on when together. A small fitting room with their bodies bumping into each other. Getting caught in the pouring rain and stripping out of wet clothes. Marc thinks one encounter will get their desire out of their systems. It just makes things worse.

For Marc being the oldest, more mature one, he fails miserably with Tony. He leads him on then pushes him away several times. He is afraid to come out. He’s afraid to say his true feelings for Tony. His actions are actually quite hurtful and immature. I understand he just wants to get through the wedding and not ruin the big day. His actions actually do cause more harm than good so that attempt falls flat. I don’t blame Tony for being miserable because of Marc.

Even after everything gets turned around and goes wrong, Marc is still silent and won’t stand strong. It’s at the very end that he realizes that if he really loves Tony, Marc must stand up and proclaim his love or Tony will be gone. The pain he’s causing Tony is far from what he intended yet he’d done just that multiple times. Now it must stop. Finally!

All this time Tony is hurt, unsure, coming out, and trying to keep him and Marc together. He has his big moment of epic fail that is sad to watch but also a bit hilarious. Poor Marc is mortified but Tony is just angry, as he should be. Again, a lot of angst and emotional turmoil. It takes a lot of work and time for these two to get on the same page but they finally do get their HEA.

RATING: SNEAKERS (3.75 Stars)

 

 

BLOG TOUR: Learning to Love: Final Exam by K.C. Wells

I became a huge fan of KC Wells’ writing after reading An Unlocked Heart. The Collars and Cuffs Series quickly became a favorite so it was a natural progression to read more. KC Wells’ books always pack an emotional punch and even a bit of suspense or drama. Today we are happy to host KC Wells on our blog for her newest release, Final Exam. It is part of the Learning to Love series and she has graciously answered a few questions I’ve been burning to ask her!

Welcome to 3 Chicks After Dark, KC!

How were you drawn into writing BDSM books?

Being honest? I read a few that were really, REALLY good. Then came the day when I read one that made me think, ‘I can write better than this!’ So I sat down to plan out a novel. Then I met a submissive author who helped me to get inside the head of a submissive. His input was that valuable, I dedicated An Unlocked Heart to him!

Do you prefer to write BDSM novels? I’m a HUGE fan of your Collars and Cuffs series and noticed that BDSM slips into the Learning to Love series as well. 

LOL. BDSM slips in a few places. There’s an Island Tale just waiting for me to write it all about a guy who’s gone blind – and who happens to be a Dom. Then there’s Will’s leather shackles in Making it Personal, Jay and Dean in Switching it Up

It’s not that I prefer to write BDSM novels – it’s just that some of my characters lean that way. ;)  I write mainly in two sub-genres – BDSM and Contemporary – and if a character wants to go down a certain path, well, I’m gonna follow.

If you could pick one favorite couple out of all of your books, who would it be and why? 

Ohhhh. I HATE it when someone asks this, ‘cause it’s so freakin’ hard to choose! But I’m gonna say Michael & Sean, with Alex & Leo a close second. Michael & Sean are my first babies, and Sean, well, what can I say? Love that boy.

Along that same line of thinking, do you have a favorite scene (explicit, vanilla, emotional…any scene any book) that just resonated with you and felt the most meaningful or profound?

I loved the shaving scene in Trusting Thomas. It still brings tears to my eyes when I read it. A close second is the scene at the end of the book where Thomas and Peter finally make love. There was a lot of emotion in that scene.

Can you share what your fans can expect from you in the near future?

Having just met with my publisher, yes, I can share a few things. Right now I’m writing Collars & Cuffs#6, Make me Soar, which is Dorian’s story. And that young man is in a mess…

After that, I have two projects: a stand alone novel about a young man who fixates on a hunky barman, and then asks said barman to be his first…. And then I have to choose whether I write the next Island Tale, Submitting to The Darkness, or my first thriller, Fatal Designs. Right now it’s anyone’s guess which one will pull out in front!

We have so much to look forward to in the near future from you, how exciting!! Thank you so much for answering my questions and having 3 Chicks After Dark on your blog tour!

Thank you for having me!

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Learning to Love: Final Exam by K.C. Wells

Cover Artist: Paul Richmond

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Released: 25 August 2014

Synopsis:

One house, three couples, and one year left until their final exams….

Evan and Daniel want to take their D/s relationship to the next level. When Daniel suggests conducting a little research at a BDSM club, Evan is more than up for it. Trouble is, one of their housemates isn’t happy about this.

Finances tighten for new couple Josh and Chris. Wanting to ease some of the pressure on Chris, Josh starts as an agency nurse. But tackling a heavy workload at medical school and working late-shifts leaves little time for the couple. Something’s gotta give.

In Spain, Sean was diagnosed as suffering from migraines. But after the medications have no effect and he starts suffering from other complaints, he decides to get a second opinion without telling Michael. When Michael finds out, Sean’s usually laid-back husband’s reaction shocks everyone. But Michael needs to get his head sorted fast, because Sean needs his strength.

As their school career comes to a close and the one person who holds them all together starts to fall apart, the final exam is a true test of friendship.

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Excerpt:

SEAN WAS getting really fed up with his housemates.

Ever since he and Michael had got back from Spain, the four men had turned into mother hens. Sean was constantly aware of them watching him. At least, it felt like they were. When he’d brought it up, Michael had said he was imagining things, but then again, Michael was guilty of the same thing in Sean’s book. He knew Michael was keeping a close eye on him. Sean hadn’t said a word. These days, he didn’t trust himself to do so without biting Michael’s head off, and that was the last thing he wanted to do.

Okay, so I’ve had a few migraines. Why the scrutiny all the time?

He loved his housemates to bits, but recently he’d found himself snapping at them on occasion, and that just wasn’t like him. He could see the same thought in Michael’s eyes and that hurt. He hated it when Michael worried, especially if he was the cause.

He wanted to scream at them all.

Look, I’m fine! It’s just a few fucking HEADACHES, that’s all!

He wouldn’t, of course, tempting though the idea was. And besides, there was that tiny voice in his head that wouldn’t go away.

What if it’s more than just headaches? What if there’s something else wrong?

At first he’d pushed the thought aside. He’d been to the doctors in Spain, hadn’t he? The doc had been perfectly happy with his diagnosis of migraines only now the headaches were occurring more regularly, which was worrisome. The fact that his bloody pills were useless wasn’t helping either.

Then DO something. Get another opinion.

Now that made sense.

Sean picked up his phone and scrolled through his contacts to the clinic where he and Michael got tested every few months.

The sooner he got this sorted, the happier he’d be. And maybe then his housemates would stop mothering him.

He listened for a moment. Michael was downstairs in the kitchen with Chris, Evan, and Daniel. Josh was at the hospital. If Michael knew he was making an appointment, he’d only worry even more.

So that meant only one course of action—Sean wasn’t going to tell him. He’d go see another doctor, see if there were any tests they could run, and maybe get some medication that actually worked. He glanced at the notice board where his and Michael’s timetables were pinned. Being on the same course had its drawbacks, especially if he wanted to book an appointment when Michael wouldn’t be around. The only time available was when Michael saw his personal tutor. At least the clinic was on campus, but he might have to book it a week or two in advance to be sure of getting the slot he wanted.

And if he were completely honest, Sean was starting to get concerned. He rarely got sick, he ate healthily—Michael made sure of that—he didn’t smoke, and his alcohol intake amounted to a couple of glasses of wine per week. So putting up with headaches was pissing him off.

Make the call, Sean. While Michael’s not in earshot.

Sighing, he pressed Connect.

Our thoughts:

Final Exam. Book four in the Learning to Love series. When the prior three books are titled with the couples names and this one was not, it was hard not to suspect this is it for the men on Derby Street. On KC Wells’s blog she mentioned that although the series is complete, their will most likely be a few novellas! Something to look forward to and give us hope!

Evan and Daniel. My have they grown up as a couple. They’ve really settled into their roles as a married couple and their final year at University. Daniel seems to be over the emotional state he was in from his years of abuse. His relationship with his mother and brother, Miles seems to be thriving. Evan’s family is still supportive and his brother is coming into his own. It was great to see that Daniel and Evan seemed to take on the role as the go to couple to share thoughts, feelings and worries with. They also took on another aspect in their relationship. They decided that Dominate and submissive roles left them more grounded. Evan was left feeling more at peace, powerful and in control after submitting to Daniel, who is just a natural dominate person. They are not into receiving pain or inflicting pain.  The little visit to Collars and Cuffs was a definite highlight for me! I’m a huge fan of theat series and I felt that it was a fun cameo but also a great wealth of knowledge for Evan and Daniel. A place they could see BDSM in action, ask questions without judgement or sanction. Maybe one of those novellas will be Evan and Daniel having some dominate and submissive fun. Maybe at home being extremely intimate or at Collars and Cuffs!

Josh and Chris. These two guys struggled the most. Makes sense that they would because they’ve been together the least amount of time and are still nurturing their new relationship. Josh is over committing himself, burning the candle at both ends. He is working nursing shifts, a full-time med student, taking care of his dad and making time for friends and Chris. That’s a lot to juggle. Being the oldest member of the house, I get the feeling Josh thinks he needs to be strong and invincible. He also tends to be the most judgemental. He’s hard on every guy in the house at some point in the book. It is only a matter of time before he was bound to lose his grip and need to be set straight. Of course when that happen, everyone rallies around him, but most of all, Chris. Chris has really come a long way. He’s more self-assured. He still doesn’t have his families backing but his grandmother is still there for him. He’s almost done with his probation period but most of all he is the rock that Josh needs. He really is the only one that can bring Josh down, grounding him.

Now for Sean and Michael. I left them for last because their story is an emotional one. They face something totally devastating as a couple and manage to make it out with the other side with such grace and strength. We knew something was wrong with Sean in book three. The migraines were increasing and his demeanor had changed. Gone was the happy, giddy, sex on legs guy that we knew from the first two books. Sean is more subdued, tired all the time and quick to temper. After seeking help twice, he still has a diagnosis or migraines. One day all that changes as they are in the kitchen and life for Sean and Michael will be forever changed. Michael is a total rock! He is the strength and love that Sean needs through it all. He takes on so much and is so graceful as he manuevers through the hell that they are enduring. Sean is scared and broken but at the same time he is also strong. The words he tells Michael in the hospital brought me to tears. Their crisis is so real and really hits home emotionally. Their strength, love and devotion was pure perfection.

As this book obviously embraced the growth of these couples, we see a big difference on the pages. They aren’t engaging in sex at every turn. The angst is manageable and they are not  being excessive in their displays of affection. The pet names were almost non-existent. the focus was more on the turmoil and struggles and nothing was overshadowing the journey they were all on. It really was a perfect ending for Sean, Michael, Daniel, Evan, Josh and Chris.

RATING: BAD ASS BOOTS!!

Meet the author:

Born and raised in the north-west of England, K.C.Wells always loved writing.
Words were important. Full stop. However, when childhood gave way to adulthood, the writing ceased, as life got in the way.

K.C. discovered erotic fiction in 2009, where the purchase of a ménage storyline led to the startling discovery that reading about men in love was damn hot. In 2012, arriving at a really low point in life led to the desperate need to do something creative. An even bigger discovery waited in the wings – writing about men in love was even hotter…

K.C. now writes full-time and is loving every minute of her new career. The laptop still has no idea of what hit it… it only knows that it wants a rest, please. And it now has to get used to the idea that where K.C goes, it goes.

To see more of K.C.’s titles, click here: Dreamspinner Press

Connect with the author:

K.C. can be reached via email (k.c.wells@btinternet.com), on Facebook or through comments at the K.C.Wells website
(www.kcwellsworld.com ) K.C. loves to hear from readers.

Tour Dates/Stops:
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8/26: Wake Up Your Wild Side
8/27: Prism Book Alliance
8/28: Hearts on Fire
8/29: Parker Williams
9/1: Jade Crystal
9/2: Angel Martinez
9/3: Amanda C. Stone
9/4: Scattered Thoughts & Rogue Words
9/5: Love Bytes
9/8: Regular Guys, Hot Romance
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9/10: LeAnn’s Book Reviews
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9/12: Velvet Panic
9/15: My Fiction Nook
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9/17: Fallen Angel Reviews
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