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Book Blast and Review: Elemental Love by L.M. Somerton

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Elemental Love by LM Somerton
Release Date: March 29, 2016
Pages or Words: 59,472 words
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Cover Artist: Emmy Ellis
Categories: BDSM, Contemporary, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy

Blurb:

An untrained warlock is a dangerous man to love.

On his twenty-first birthday, Evrain Brookes discovers he is an elemental warlock. The spell suppressing his talent lifts and he has to get used to a whole new existence. The protection that kept him safe during his childhood is gone, his skills are wild and uncontrolled and there are those that seek to use him for their own gain.

Evrain’s grandmother is a witch, his godfather another warlock. Between them they do their best to keep Evrain on the right path. He learns that in order to gain control of his formidable powers, he will need to ‘channel’ through a life partner, a process that happens only with consent and through love. But how will he ever find a man prepared to put up with a Dominant warlock for a boyfriend?

Dominic Castine has no idea that Evrain’s grandmother sees him as a prospective partner for Evrain. He tends her garden and she teaches him about herbs—a trade-off they both enjoy. He is drawn to Evrain’s charismatic presence but doesn’t understand why he wants to drop to his knees and submit to him.

When Agatha is murdered, Evrain and Dominic are thrown together as she manipulates them from beyond the grave. Dominic becomes the pawn in a terrifying game between warlocks whose powers he barely comprehends.

In the end, lives will depend on his courage, his willingness to grant Evrain control and the power of love.

Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of kidnap and a reference to attempted sexual assault.

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Excerpt:

Twenty-one years ago…

“Closed doors, I hate closed doors. Why don’t I have the power to see through them? That, at least, would be a useful ability.” Three-hundred-year-old floorboards creaked as Gregory Thanet paced the galleried landing of Wenlock House. He walked up and down past three doors, each fashioned from heavy oak and furnished with black iron hinges and handles. Two stood ajar, revealing hints of unoccupied bedrooms, but the third was firmly closed, a solid barrier to unwanted intrusion and the cause of Gregory’s current frustration.

“For goodness’ sake, Gregory, you’re wearing out the carpet. Be still.” Gregory’s companion leaned against the gallery rail and gave him an exasperated look.

Gregory paused his march briefly, shot a glare at the woman but then resumed his pacing with a grunt. “Leave me be, woman, I’ll be still when we know that everything is as it should be.”

“Nature moves at her own pace, you know that. There’s no changing it—nor should we. What will be will be.”

“Stop trying to sound like some wise and ancient soothsayer, Agatha. You’re not helping and it doesn’t suit you. The kid is a week late already—you’d think he would be keen to greet the world by now. When he’s grown I’ll remember that he kept me up half the night. I’m sure I’ll get plenty of opportunities for revenge when he’s older.” Gregory stopped and folded his arms across his chest.

“I might not be able to see the future, Gregory Thanet, but even a complete idiot could have predicted that my grandson would arrive today.”

Gregory examined his companion. Agatha looked tired. Her skin was quite smooth, marred only by a few laughter lines around her hazel eyes, eyes that still sparkled with warmth and intelligence. Her silver hair was swept smoothly back and fastened with a comb, intricately fashioned from beaten copper. She remained an attractive woman, who must have possessed great beauty in her youth, but she looked paler than usual and she rested her weight against the banister rather than standing in her usual ramrod-straight stance.

Gregory experienced a rare pang of guilt that he might be adding to his friend’s worries. “All Hallows’ Eve. There’s a lot of power in the air right now.”

Agatha cocked her head to one side and closed her eyes as if listening to sounds that only she could hear. “My grandson will be with us soon and there is little that you or I can do to change the course of his destiny.” For a moment, a worried frown creased her forehead. “It is not certain that he will inherit the gift.”

Gregory sighed. “In this, you deceive yourself, Agatha. The calling has skipped a generation. History dictates that the next born will be unusually powerful and that power will be magnified even further in a male child.”

“There has been no warlock in my family line for over five hundred years, only witches. Why are you so convinced that it will change now? We know of only three others living, Gregory. You, Symeon Malus and Constantine De Vries. It would be a chance in a billion.”

Gregory scratched the tip of his long nose. “I should have bought a lottery ticket then. All the portents point to it, the date alone… It is time. Time the triangle became a square.”

“I’m not sure Symeon Malus will ever be part of that square,” Agatha said. “I don’t see him as the cornerstone of anything with value or integrity.”

“True, and if the child is born with the power, you and I will need to ensure that Symeon’s gaze remains elsewhere.” Gregory shivered. “I swear to the goddess, this country is the dampest place on earth. It’s all right for you, Agatha, you live in the second dampest place on the planet. You’re used to groping through fog. I want to get back to Florida. I need to—before I develop trench foot.”

“Pah. What you really want is to get back to Coryn. You’re a ship without an anchor when the two of you are apart. He could have come to see the child too, you know.” Agatha grabbed a stray hair and pushed it back into a restraining grip.

“Coryn hates airplanes, you know that. I would never ask him to fly across the pond unless it was a life or death situation.”

“If it were, you wouldn’t have to ask him.”

“He reckons that if men were designed to fly through the air, then human cannonball would be a much more popular career choice.”

Agatha snorted. “I think his phobia is a myth. He just uses it as an excuse to get a few days’ break from your—” She whistled and twiddled her fingers in the air.

Gregory rolled his eyes. “Twiddling your fingers that way will get you turned into an aardvark. It takes practice to bend your digits into shapes imbued with power. After thirty-two years together, Coryn is more than capable of dealing with my—” He whistled. “As you so delicately put it.”

Agatha snorted. “Men with magic! Whoever the hell thought that would be a good idea was seriously damaged.” She shook her head slowly.

Gregory grinned and waggled a silver eyebrow.

The mewling cry of a newborn sounded from behind the closed bedroom door, and Agatha allowed her lips to curve into a smile.

“Well, it seems the waiting is over. I have a grandchild—and, from the sound of that bellowing, he’s a fine, healthy boy.”

“About damned time.” Gregory grouched. He still smiled right along with Agatha.

Agatha crossed the landing and knocked softly on the door, which soon swung open to admit her. Gregory followed her inside, pushing down his excitement.

The bedroom was bathed in the cool light of a new dawn. The soft green of the walls seemed to shimmer and the wooden floor was burnished with gold. Gregory looked around in wonder, then dragged his gaze back to the bed.

“Lyssa, James—congratulations, my dears!” Agatha clapped her hands together in delight as she walked over to the bed.

Gregory hung back a little, giving her the privilege of first viewing.

Agatha’s daughter, Lyssa, sat up in bed propped against a mound of pillows. She was pale, her eyes shadowed in the purple of exhaustion, but still she glowed with radiant happiness. A small bundle wrapped in a pale blue blanket rested in her arms. Her husband, James, sat nervously on the edge of the mattress, looking utterly shell-shocked but delighted as the midwife fussed around them.

Lyssa held the baby out to her mother with a smile. “His name is Evrain. Evrain James Brookes. Hold him, Mum, isn’t he beautiful?”

Gregory held his breath as Agatha reached for the small bundle and cradled the child in her arms. She pushed the blanket back from the baby’s head, and a mop of thick black hair was revealed, sticking out in all directions.

“He is absolutely gorgeous, darling. Didn’t you both do well!” Agatha stroked the child’s hair.

Gregory moved in closer. Tiny fists punched at the air, so Gregory offered the boy his own hand. Immediately, the baby grabbed hold, wrapping his fingers around Gregory’s offering with surprising strength. Gregory grinned at Agatha in delight, then looked back to the baby. His eyes were the dark blue of every newborn but, as Gregory focused his senses on the child, he could see that they would become dark green. Just a shade deeper than his own.

Cooing softly, Agatha muttered a lilting incantation and rocked the baby gently. To Lyssa and James, the song probably sounded like a lullaby, but Gregory knew a spell when he heard one. Tiny eyelids closed and the baby slept. Gregory’s finger was released. After a few more minutes of cuddling, Agatha reluctantly returned the baby to his parents.

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Meet the author:

L M lives in a small village in the English countryside, surrounded by rolling hills, cows and sheep. She started writing to fill time between jobs and is now firmly and unashamedly addicted.

She loves the English weather, especially the rain, and adores a thunderstorm. She loves good food, warm company and a crackling fire. She’s fascinated by the psychology of relationships, especially between men, and her stories contain some subtle (and not so subtle) leanings towards BDSM.

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Our thoughts:

Elemental Love is a very different novel from LM Somerton than I’m used to. The difference is that the novels I’ve read previously were mostly BDSM contemporary. Elemental Love has the same Dominant/submissive tones that are prominent in most of her novels, just in a paranormal/fantasy setting.

Paranormal/fantasy novels are usually hit or miss for me but if I’m going with a known author, than I will take the chance. I always enjoy LM Somerton’s writing. Her world-building manages to pull me in, hold my interest, and keep me turning the page.

For me, this novel was different and therefore took some adjusting. It could have been the fact that I was expecting a little bit more BDSM for the couple. It could be the fact that I’m not sure if I even liked Evrain. I understood that he is a powerful warlock with a lot of potential.  He hasn’t controlled his power or fully come into the strength of his powers. That will come through channeling with a lover. Evrain kind of comes off as a pompous jerk at times. Arrogance is important for someone  who holds a lot of power and has the potential to do  great things. Within the relationship aspect of this story, I wasn’t real sold on the way he was toward Dominic. Dominic was a gentle soul and I thought that Evrain took advantage of that a little bit.

I think in a Dominant/submissive relationship the trust needs to be there before boundaries are tested. Evrain tested those boundaries before that trust was established, however; Dominic seemed to flourish from that extra push from Evrain. He’s pretty introverted and at a loss as to how to go about asking for what he desires. Evrain was good at reading Dominic’s desires and had no issue pushing him out of his comfort zone. Again, arrogant but in this case it totally worked. So, even if Evrain was hard to like sometimes, he always cared about Dominic and was protective of him.

Elemental Love was a fun and very different story from what I normally read. An interesting world has been established and can be built upon by LM Somerton and I think that the relationship between Dominic and Evrain can only grow and become stronger. The potential for some more intense scenes between the two has been set in motion. The small issues that I had with this book did not keep me from enjoying reading the book nor does it prevent me from recommending this book to fans of paranormal or fantasy works. You can’t go wrong with an LM Somerton book!

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Rattrap (The Wyverns #3) by L.M. Somerton

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Series: The Wyverns #3

Pre-Order: 29th December 2015

Early Download: 12th January 2016 (available exclusively to Pride Publishing)

General Release: 9 February 2016

Word Count: 21,254

Published by: Pride Publishing

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Blurb:

Sometimes the only way to spring a trap is to use live bait.

Teddy Austin has had more than his share of run-ins with local law enforcement. The Wyverns have a reputation to maintain, and Teddy feels it’s his duty to cause havoc whenever possible. Of course, getting arrested means time in the company of Sheriff Adrian Hayder—always a bonus—though Teddy would far prefer to have the sheriff wearing the cuffs.

When The Knights of War MC arrives in Phoenix, Trap orders The Wyverns to get inside information. In order to infiltrate the gang, Teddy must appear to betray his friends and switch his allegiance. Working undercover, however, he confirms what they have all suspected—The Knights of War are a cover for something much more sinister than a hell-raising bunch of bikers, and they fully intend to turn Phoenix into a battleground.

With Sheriff Hayder getting far too close to the truth, Teddy is left with a few problems—how to stop a war, keep his balls intact and ensure the man he loves keeps breathing.

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Our Thoughts:

In the third book of the Wyverns MC series, Teddy is finally going to win his man over. The sheriff that’s been arresting him over and over again for months.

Adrian is attracted to Teddy, but his career side won’t give in to his desire. The sheriff sees the Wyverns as a biker gang that causes trouble. He’s in for a big surprise when he discovers they’re involved in helping out organizations that do good work.

Adrian and Teddy are extremely explosive. More so than Orlando and Rogue. They’re rough and forceful. Adrian isn’t one to back down or give in without putting up a fight. Their first time together is bruise inducing and very loud! Just the way it should be and they both enjoy the chase immensely.

This series is so different from what I’ve come to expect and love from LM Somerton. It’s not British and the voice is different because of it but it works and she does a great job writing these tough-as-nails bikers. I find these shorts to be delectable little morsels of anarchy and chaos.

RATING: BAD ASS BOOTS!!

Scorched Edges (Tales from The Edge #6) By L.M. Somerton

ScorchedReleased 8 September 2015

Cover art by Posh Gosh

Published by Pride Publishing

Categories: Gay Romance, BDSM, Erotic Romance, Contemporary

Blurb:

Love forged in fire is unassailable.

Fireman Salter Beauman, Beau to his friends, has had his eye on cute Marty Standish ever since he helped rescue Marty and his boss from the bombed out rubble of Temple Church. An analyst for the security services, Marty is cute, geeky and submissive through and through—even if he doesn’t know it yet.

With a serial fire starter making inroads into Beau’s life expectancy, he decides that there is no time to waste and introduces Marty to the D/s lifestyle. Marty responds with wide eyes, an insatiable desire to learn and the ability to turn Beau on with nothing more than a wiggle of his slim hips.

But Beau has a second, far more malevolent admirer. ‘See me dance’ is the message left at a series of increasingly dangerous fires. Beau and Marty must work together to catch a psychotic arsonist before their love goes up in flames. Literally.

Reader Advisory: This book contains a scene that includes sexual abuse.

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Our thoughts:

Crazy sexy and suspense filled, Scorched will satisfy LM Somerton fans.

Beau is set-up with Marty through Marty’s boss Becket. Marty has never been in the BDSM scene but he’s definitely interested. One date and Marty is not only smitten with Beau, he’s extremely interested in the BDSM lifestyle, submission in particular. Marty’s intelligent and eager to learn and please even if it’s submission. Of course, Beau’s more than happy to be the one to show Marty how beautiful and pleasurable submission can be. Not to mention, how fun and pleasing a BDSM lifestyle can be.

I enjoyed that Marty was curious and confident. He wasn’t broken or healing from any prior incident. He went into the situation with knowledge and desire. I felt this was a good match for Beau’s personality. He’s a firefighter, away multiple days at a time at the firehouse so it wouldn’t be practical to commit to a submissive in need of more time than he could give. The two are just perfectly matched. As their relationship develops, Marty discovers a more kinky side as well as a need to push his Dom. Sassy subs for the win!

Don’t forget about the suspense! Someone is setting fires and it becomes clear that Beau is the arsonists target. The arsonist will stop at nothing to get Beau’s attention and Marty just might get scorched by the fallout.

I always enjoy the cameos sprinkled throughout The Tale From The Edge books and this story had some fun ones. A little teaser of a party being thrown by Olly that I hope we get to read about at some point in the future. The most pleasing was Aiden and Heath. They’re just as feisty and brutal as the first time we meet them. Their defiance and power struggle are a force!

LM Somerton, always a favorite. Always a satisfying series.

RATING: BAD ASS BOOTS!!

Mantrap (The Wyverns #1) by L.M. Somerton

MantrapReleased 9 January 2015

Published by Totally Bound

Copy purchased by reviewer.

Blurb:

Not all cages have bars.

The Wyverns Motorcycle Club has a reputation as fierce as its dragon emblem. Its enigmatic leader, Rogue Hellaby, has a police file so thick you could prop up a table with it. The qualifications for membership are a reckless disregard for authority and the attitude of a spitting cobra. But The Wyverns MC is not quite what it seems. All the riders have dubious histories in the military or the police—now they just serve and protect their own interests and those of Horatio Trap, the manipulative bastard who recruited them.

When Rogue receives an instruction to kidnap and hold hostage the son of a powerful drug lord, he doesn’t bat an eyelid. But Rogue has never had to deal with a captive like Orlando de la Pena. Orlando is furious—not because he’s being held prisoner, but because he’s prevented from partying at his favorite BDSM club. Rogue discovers that the only way to deal with Orlando is to become the Dom he so obviously needs. But Orlando’s father wants him back, and The Wyverns must face a battle that could cost them their lives.

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Our thoughts:

The start of a new series from LM Somerton! I’m so excited to see where this goes. As is to be expected, we have action, suspense and some awesome BDSM play.

Rogue is part of the Wyverns, a motorcycle club under the instructions of Trap. They get their assignments, do the mission and reap the rewards. The guys in the MC avoided prosecution of some form, whether military or civilian justice system. Now they use their bad ass skills for Trap and his higher influence’s desires.

We get a feel for the men in the MC and their personalities. Crow and Shelton are definitely cooking up something between them. A dom/sub relationship but both members, it seems to be working okay for them. Hatchet, Bull, and the others all seem fierce and very dom. I’m hoping we eventually get all their stories in this series.

Mantrap is all about Rogue. He receives the mission from Trap to kidnap the son of a prominent cartel boss, Orlando de la Pena. Orlando likes to play at The Scourge, a BDSM club and he’s a very willing submissive. Rogue uses his membership and dominant nature to use the scene as a way to grab Orlando.

Neither man expected the intense and hot as Hades scene that would unfold in a private room at The Scourge. Orlando is so wanting of a dom to take him in, offer protection and attention. Orlando covers his needs with sarcasm and brattish behavior. Rogue is just the man to take him as his submissive and teach him the pleasures and fulfillment being a real sub, his sub, could give Orlando.

One hot BDSM read! Definitely on my radar for more in this series.

RATING: BAD ASS (MOTORCYCLE) BOOTS!