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Hiatus by L.A. Witt

Hiatus by LA WittHiatus by L.A. Witt

Released on July 19, 2016

Published by Samhain Publishing, Ltd.

Word count/pages: 244 pages

Categories: Contemporary, LGBT, Romance, Mènage

Blurb:

Three’s a disaster when things come unraveled.

Rock star Nate Keller is on top of the world, but his headlining tour has one drawback. It keeps him away from his boyfriends, Theo and Cameron, for weeks at a time. Yet after four-and-a-half years—and a lot of hard work—the trio is still going strong.

But then Cam comes to visit with devastating news. After seventeen years together, he and Theo have agreed to a trial separation. Nate tries desperately to fix his lovers’ broken relationship, but there’s only so much he can do from the road.

At home, Cam tries to carry on, but feels like his whole life is spiraling out of control. Theo struggles to cope with the split as his depression worsens. They’re both spinning their wheels, quickly losing hope they can keep it together—and keep the man they both still love.

Desperate, Nate drops everything in a last-ditch attempt to pull their trio back together before they hit rock bottom. Except their love could already be shattered beyond repair.

Warning: Contains two men who must face how broken they are before they can fix their failing marriage, and the man who loves them both—but doesn’t know how to save them.

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Our Thoughts:

I’m not usually one to grab a book with mènage, but something about Hiatus‘ synopsis sang to me. I went for it and I’m glad I did! It’s one of the few mènage stories that actually felt real to me. I could believe these three as a unit whereas usually that’s not the case.

Hiatus was a difficult novel to read because it isn’t rainbows and cupcakes and joy, joy, joy. The content is laden with conflict, separation and imminent divorce. Cam and Theo have been together for 17 years, but they both have issues that have caused too much conflict. It weighs heavily and eventually drives them to a trial separation.

Another problem is that they have a lover, Nate, of 6 years and now he’s stuck in the middle. It really felt like he was the child of a divorced couple. Seeing each of them separately. Everyone trying not to be jealous. It was just sad and stressful. But Nate, no matter how torn apart by what has happened, is determined to work towards getting Cam and Theo back together.

That’s great in theory, but the task is more draining and difficult than Nate could have ever imagined. It takes Nate leaving, Cam reaching his breaking point, and Theo truly flying apart for them to gravitate back to each other.

Basically, Cam and Theo have real life debilitating issues that came to be unmanageable thanks to stressful jobs and the market crash. That huge event in their lives put them on a runaway train towards anxiety disorder and depression. Two issues left untreated and not shared. They became the biggest obstacles between them and now they not only have to accept their problems but overcome them in order to be together.

Hiatus is sad and draining at times but then again, so if real life. If you like a bit of realness in your books this is a perfect read. If you want only happiness and roses, this probably won’t satisfy you. The chemistry between the guys is really intense and totally off the charts so if you can get through the tough times to the hot ones, it’s worth it to see the passion and love they share.

RATING:  BAD ASS BOOTS!!

Training Complex (Training Season #2) by Leta Blake

training-complex-e-reader-copyReleased 11 May 2015

Published by Leta Blake

Cover art by Dar Albert at Wicked Smart Designs

Blurb:

Buckle up – Matty’s back!

Figure skater Matty Marcus didn’t capture Olympic gold, but he won rancher Rob Lovely’s heart.

After Rob sold his ranch and Matty hung up his skates, they started a new life together in New York City. Now Matty has taken on a fresh challenge as a figure skating coach, and Rob’s second career as a physical therapist should be everything he’s dreamed of. But in the brutal heat of their third summer in the city, Rob yearns for the wide-open country, and the intensity of city life awakens Matty’s demons.

Matty asks for increasingly intense BDSM scenes, and his disordered eating and erratic behavior ramp up the stakes. Rob struggles to stay in control, and after a well-intentioned anniversary gift goes awry, he still thinks he can handle the fallout. But the concrete jungle is closing in and his coping skills are unraveling.

Their love is deep, but Rob will have to admit the truth about what he really wants before they both tumble into chaos.

Buy links:  Amazon  •  ARe  •  Barnes & Noble  •  Smashwords 

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WARNING: Review may contain spoilers.

Our thoughts:

I’ll just get right to it, Leta Blake goes all out for the sequel to Training Season. Training Complex was just that, complex! Matty and Rob are faced with a plethora of problems they must work through and it isn’t always gracefully.

Matty is working as an assistant coach to Valentina. She belittles and threatens him just as much as she did while training him. Student to coach hasn’t changed their dynamic by much. Relegated to teaching the little kids, Matty again feels like he’s not measuring up to his full potential. That’s until Sabrina comes along. She doesn’t do well with the harsh treatment from Valentina so Matty manages to convince Valentina to let him try. Sabrina soars under Matty’s guidance. This should be a victory, but it’s not when the skating federation begins to suggest she find a jumping coach that can push her further. Failed again.

Now Matty is back to hearing the evil voices in his head telling him he’s a failure. That voice of self-hatred, self-loathing and extreme criticism. The voice that causes Matty to respond by controlling the one thing he can, food. Thus begins the terrible journey into an eating disorder.

All the while, Rob is going stir crazy in the city. Leaving the farm in Montana should have been his salvation a good job as a PT and Matty back in his life should be the new life he always wanted but his father kept him from. Now he’s depressed and stressed. Depressed about being away from the open spaces and fresh air of Montana. Suppressed by the noises, people and tight spaces of New York City. Stressed from his job, tight finances and Matty’s increasing need for more resets (strict BDSM scenes) due to his spiraling loss of control over his eating and other life issues.

Put that all together and we have one big complex disaster in the making. Both men are failing miserably. They’re not communicating well. This causes so much to get out of control. Rob the Dom is literally not in control. Matty is steam-rolling him to get his needs met and he’s definitely not being submissive. They’re just barreling ahead toward a cliff and it’s a dead heat, they’re both going to cruise right over the edge.

After overcoming so many obstacles to finally be together again, it was hard to see Matty and Rob struggling so much. Luckily, they had good friends to help offer sound advice. To get them to see reason and makes some changes necessary to better themselves and help their relationship.

As always, Leta Blake sets the pages on fire with her intense BDSM scenes for Rob and Matty. Their play was always intense and kinky but they seem to be escalating with each scene as Matty’s control lessens and he tries to gain it back through their reset scenes. Rob is the most unhappy Dom ever. They might be intense, erotic and pleasurable but they aren’t 100% enjoyable scenes for Rob; he’s giving but at what cost?

Once they both begin to fix their problems, get on the same page and start to heal, that’s when the beautiful scenes we know and love from these two come back. Their anniversary vacation is epic! Epic perfection. Their love and Dom/sub relationship emerge like a butterfly from its cocoon. They’re beautiful perfection in their control and giving once again.

Matty and Rob prove their love and devotion to each other in so many way in this sequel. I don’t think any fans of Training Season will be disappointed in their continued journey. What a treat to get so much more from them. Leta Blake is a story goddess!

RATING: BAD ASS BOOTS!!!

I Survived Seattle (Coming About #1) by J.K.Hogan

I Survived SeattlePublished 19 March 2014
Published by Wilde City Press
Copy obtained for review from publisher.

Justice Crawford is out of his comfort zone, way out.  He finds himself on a plane bound for Seattle for his best friends wedding. Easy enough? NO! Justice has severe panic disorder, situational Tourette’s, OCD and claustrophobia. What could go wrong while in a tin can flying through the sky with a beverage cart blocking the only way out of his seat and extra breathing space?? Well, panic. That is what Justice does very well, panic. Even with all the internal pep talks if he begins the process toward a full-blown panic attack there is no way to stop that attack with internal dialogue or prescription medication. After some pleading with a flight attendant Justice is finally free to run off to the bathroom to sit out his panic attack but on his way back to his seat he literally falls in the lap of hot, surfer type, Nic Valentine.

Surviving the flight and his utter embarrassment for falling in a hot guys lap, Justice is determined to survive his short stay in Seattle.  He just needs to make it through the wedding so he can go home and deal with his issues in peace. Unfortunately, the universe has a different plan for Justice. His path keeps crossing with Nic and soon they realize that their attraction is so much more.

I loved the snarky, quick, witty outbursts (and internal observations) from Justice. The smouldering, weathered sexiness of Nic. I even liked the token jerk friend, lesbian friend and do-good best friend/bridegroom because they were written so well. We all have those people present in our lives and this just made the story more rich and believable. The cast of characters really add elements to the story that made it move forward and also bring conflict.

Justice and Nic must navigate a bumpy road toward love. Nic has issues he needs to get over from his ex. He cannot be in another closeted relationship. He cannot be cheated on and discarded like an insignificant one-off. He needs monogamy and openness. Can Justice be that guy for Nic when he struggles with his laundry list of problems, worries and fears? Enjoy the bumpy road with Justice and Nic. It doesn’t follow the path you might expect and some of the obstacles are bigger than even they could imagine. Luckily they are willing to work toward change, for love.

RATING: BAD ASS BOOTS!