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review 2016-12-27 00:00
Hostile Ground
Hostile Ground - L.A. Witt,Aleksandr Voinov 3.5 stars

It's cool how this story incorporates so much diversity. I loved the high action from the beginning. The family aspects are interesting. I did have some issues with the plot. Things did quite appear right for me, and it bothered me for the nephew to become a part of the plan. Anyone who likes suspense, action and sexy should check this one out for sure.
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review 2016-10-17 07:29
Review: If It Fornicates (Market Garden #4)
If It Fornicates - Aleksandr Voinov,L.A. Witt

Re-read October 16 2016

God, I love these two.

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This is a sequel to Market Garden #3 - If It Flies.
Market Garden #3 is from Spencer's POV and Market Garden #4 is from Nick's POV. These two books can be read without having read 1&2, but you can't read this one without having read #3.

This was absolutely beautiful. I never thought a story about a rentboy Dom and his submissive could be this touching.

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This one picks up right where If It Flies ended. If It Flies ended with Spencer and Nick together, but Nick still as a rentboy. I was curious to see where that would leave their relationship.

If It Fornicates is entirely from Nicks POV. I thought I loved Nick in If It Flies, but boy did I love him even more in this one! He was such a beautiful character. He was the perfect Dom for Spencer. He got off on controlling Spencer, but never wanted to make Spencer uncomfortable or do something Spencer wouldn't enjoy.

And Spencer. He was absolutely the sweetest. I loved how he was a great lawyer with a great mind and yet also a wonderful submissive. He was totally devoted to Nick and gave him every part of himself.

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This book is beautifully written. Any book that can hold my attention once the two MC’s get together deserves a lot of praise. I am easily bored once the unresolved sexual tension is over. But I was so intrigued by the struggle Nick had while trying to balance everything out in his new life with Spencer. How he was trying to make peace with his feelings for his boyfriend while still being a good Dom at Market Garden. I loved every second of it.

I never felt as if Nick's job as a rentboy was anything like cheating (and I don't say this lightly, because I HATE cheating in books), because he was so obviously going through the motions. He was not happy with his job at all.

This was written with so much feeling I felt every single word. The moment where Nick tells Spencer he loves him…. SO beautiful.

(view spoiler) “I love you.”
They both stilled. Nick had barely whispered, but the words seemed to echo in the silence of the room to the backbeat of his pounding heart. Spencer’s fingers drifted down the side of Nick’s face. “I love you, too.” He said it like it was so easy. So simple.

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I absolutely loved this.

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review 2016-10-17 07:24
Review: If It Flies (Market Garden #3)
If It Flies - Aleksandr Voinov,L.A. Witt

Re-read Oktober 16 2016

Still the best rentboy story there is.

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Market Garden 3&4 features Spencer and Nick and can be read without having read 1&2

Best rentboy story there is!! The writing in this is just AMAZING.

This one is about Spencer, a hotshot lawyer, though a shy one. Spencer feels so stressed, he needs something to relieve the pressure. When his colleague and friend Percy takes him to Market Garden, he simply goes along with it. He is not expecting much of this place where one can find rentboys for hire.

But when Spencer spots Nick he is instantly attracted to him. He just doesn’t know why. When he hires Nick for an hour or two, Spencer finds out what attracted him to Nick. Nick is a Dom, and just what Spencer needs, even though Spencer didn’t realize it at the time.

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After an incredibly hot encounter Spencer wants to hire Nick more often, and the two form an agreement. Nick will train Spencer and will help him relieve some stress on a regular basis.

They meet up every Friday and Spencer is enjoying every second. But after several months it is not just sex anymore..

A rentboy falling in love with a client….. happy sigh…. I loved it. Nick was a perfect Dom. Very strict with Spencer when necessary, yet very sweet underneath that controlling exterior.

I loved that Spencer was older, taller and more muscular than Nick, but young Nick was so dominant that there was never any doubt who was in charge.

Hot sex, tender moments… I loved it all.

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Just go read it.

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review 2016-10-16 00:00
Risk Return
Risk Return - Aleksandr Voinov Risk Return - Aleksandr Voinov Should I wait for an audio book? Hm....
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review SPOILER ALERT! 2016-09-25 03:14
Really liked but please forgive the clunkiness of the review, it was giving me hell.
Witches of London - Lars - Aleksandr Voinov
Some problems you can’t solve with magick—and some you can.

After a homophobic pagan group rejected him, Lars Kendall is a solitary heathen on the Northern Path, loyal to the gods of the Norse pantheon. But being on his own sucks. So when he finally meets a mixed group of other queer witches and magick-users, it’s like finding family. If family involved exploring past lives and casting spells.

Rhys Turner quit a stressful job in the City after his high-strung boyfriend of six years walked out. He sold the expensive flat in central London and bought a run-down house out in the suburbs. Never mind that it needs walls knocked down, its garden landscaped, and what the hell is up with that carpet?

With his health failing, Rhys is desperate for a clean slate and a new start. He isn’t ready to fall in love with anybody, least of all the hunky builder who looks like he’s stepped out of a TV show about Vikings—tattoos, long hair, and all. But as strong and loyal as Lars is, he also has a very soft heart, which might be the hardest thing for Rhys to resist.
 
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Dear Aleksandr Voinov,
 
There are not that many m/m romances which feature modern pagans in fact while I know I read a couple of the them,  nevertheless  off the top of my head I could not remember any, so when I read the blurb of this book I could not click fast enough so curious I was. And I was curious not only because I was eager to read and learn about something new,  I was curious because while I do not practice paganism and don’t know much about it, what I do know, some general principles so to speak, resonate with me very much.
 
I wanted to get to know Lars better from the moment I “met” him, when he is giving the gifts and having conversation with the Gods he worships in his garden.
 
"He closed his eyes and took several deep breaths, reached out in his mind to the trees before him, the ground underneath him, solid, alive, and the night wind on his face. The smell of the torches.  The vastness of the sky above him, with the stars and full moon beyond.  He emptied his mind until just those things remained. Only then did he speak the names of the gods in his mind: Odin, Freya, Thor, and all the others”
 
As blurb tells you Lars follows the Northern Path and worships the Gods of Norse Pantheon.  After giving gifts to Gods he is asking them for guidance and runes he draws from the bag show new beginning and other positive things.
 
And then almost right after that Lars gets a phone call from Amanda “The organizer of Queer Witches Group” – Lars somehow tried to connect with them on the Internet a while ago, but she was travelling before and only now got his message. It turns out that Amanda and her girlfriend Sue live close by to Lars and group meets at their house. Lars is invited to their meet up.
 
Lars is renovating houses for a living. I got an impression that he does all kinds of building jobs, he is in charge of building crew and also seems to know plenty of subcontractors who could do jobs Lars or his men could not do.
 
So before Lars gets to the meet – up he meets a potential client who bought an old house and wants it if not completely redone, then very substantially redone and it does needs very substantial repairs. The client’s name is Rhys Turner, their meeting ends up with Lars giving Rhys the names of his past clients so Rhys could check out his work and if Rhys likes it, he would call Lars and confirm.
 
Meet up with “Queer witches group” goes very well; Lars hits it off with all five regulars who come to almost every meeting - Amanda, her girlfriend Sue, Julian who is professional astrologer and two other guys. 
 
Rhys also calls Lars back and basically wants him to work on the house.
 
The story spent a lot of page space showing to the readers some of Pagan spiritual practices and I guess since the blurb uses the word magics I would use this word as well. I simply do not want to use a wrong descriptor here. It is all very well incorporated in the story and felt very real to me, but beware – in my opinion the story belongs to the fantasy genre just as much as it belongs to the contemporary one.   I am not saying this just because some facets of Paganism are described in a lot of detail – no, it is just some very specific things which took place in the narrative to me seemed like Fantasy elements.
 
And of course we have Lars’ and Rhys developing relationship, which I really liked. It is set amongst Lars renovating the house and complicated by Rhys’ illness.  I was very pleased how the author chose to handle the illness – I have read some reviews before I bought the book and comment from one of the reviews stuck with me. The reviewer said something along the lines that Rhys was ill in every scene in the story and I agree with that and I say it as a compliment. To me this means that the storyline was handled consistently. The author did not forget about Rhys’ being sick in one scene and made him not well again when it would suit the needs of the plot again. Anyway, it was depressing to me, but I also really liked it.
 
I was also a little worried when  Lars and his friends tried to help Rhys with their faith, their energy, their magics – I do not want to spoil the story, so I am going to be vague about it. But basically I was afraid that Rhys’ will get cured magically and it would not have sat well with me.  I was glad when the story went in a little bit different direction, which was also very satisfying to me.
 
I really liked Lars – kind, loyal soul who knows really well who he is spiritually, but always seemed interested in learning more what other people were doing and who was just very  kind to everybody around him. I liked Rhys too and his doubts made perfect sense to me considering how sick he was. The conflict was perfectly understandable and them getting back together  somehow felt right too.
 
The ending is a nice HFN, which to me made perfect sense and if Julian (the astrologer from the group) is the next one to get his story, I would love to read it. I thought the “I love you” moment was really beautiful.
 
"I don’t want to make excuses, but it was a spectacularly low point in my life.” “I understand.” Lars looked up into his eyes, and saw Rhys vulnerable and clearly freaking out a little. He ran his hand along Rhys’ face. “It’s okay.” “I wasn’t ready to commit to anything or anybody. I was determined to wait until the rest of my life was more in control, until I knew whether I’d live or die, you know.” Rhys blinked a few times. “But the truth is, I never really had that choice. Maybe it wasn’t even my damn decision to make, I don’t know. You just came into my life and from that moment on, I was just lost in that feeling, and it was terrifying.” “What feeling?” Lars’ throat felt tight. “I love you.” Rhys’ widened eyes hinted at terror, though tempered with something more, something so much bigger. Hope. Lars drew him into a tight hug, and Rhys  clung to him immediately. He ran his fingers through Rhys’ hair and held him, so glad they could be like this, skin on skin, as lovers, as friends, as partners. No more hospitals for a while, instead freedom to travel, freedom to work out where they were going to take things. “I love you, too.” Rhys relaxed into the embrace. “Oh thank god.” Lars chuckled. “Yeah, I think they have something to do with it.” They kissed lazily until the fire had almost burned down, and rested on the bed."
 
Grade : B+
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