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review 2017-03-30 06:36
Sweet daddy kink. It's a thing. ;D
Exposed - Bey Deckard

It's a Unicorn Bang Review! Chelsea, Sara and I get into the sweet daddy kink that is Exposed.

4.5 Hearts--Seduction by photo shoot.

A sweet love story with a side of daddy kink. Not what I expected prior to going in...

"It's like I want to crush him up into a little ball and tuck him directly into my heart..."

...but it works.

Exposed is foremost a romance between two damaged souls who happen to meet by chance one rainy night in London, of all places. Emyr is a Welsh twenty year old rising rock star. His innocent looks and provocative lyrics have a following. Greg, forty two year old Canadian web designer and photographer, couldn't imagine his luck bucking into the crying man. Emyr's face begs to be captured on camera, Greg's camera. But even more so Greg notices someone who is cracking at the seams, he's been there, is still there. So he invites a stranger to his hotel room, just to talk. And Emyr accepts.

Thus begins their connection and their path to more.

"I am, you know," he said after a moment.
"Are what?"
"Yours. Completely."
"Ha... When did I ask you that?"
"You didn't have to."

Greg is a dominant who is still reeling from his last sub and the aftermath of what he thought was a scene. It's been five years and his self imposed celibacy has never been tested as it is with Emyr. There's an innocence that is alluring. But once he sees how obedient Emyr is, well it just calls to him. From the moment these two men meet, their connection is palpable. I kept reading along, saying to myself, this couldn't really happen, could it? Meeting a rock star and tumbling into their world?

But it's Greg and Emyr's connection, their ease with one another, the way they exposed their inner workings to each other. (Not without hesitation from one of the men) That's what I bought. It's what sold me anytime I questioned an initial response.

Greg tries to back away from the celebrity. Emyr is too young, probably straight. The impromptu photo shoot/ session didn't break his celibacy. But Greg's subconscious and feelings won't be denied. The boy got under his skin.

You get sort of numb after a while when you cut off human contact, and you end up telling yourself all sorts of bullshit--like, that you don't actually need it, that it's not so bad going without--and then you carry on building a shell around yourself with these lies. But, what you don't realize is that shell is brittle and thin and made of denial, barely containing the visceral need growing in your guts like some formless, ravenous, single-minded creature.


Though the story is told from Greg's POV, we get a good sense of Emyr. He might be young and inexperienced, but he was mature in a lot aspects. He was persistent and willing to try new things. I loved that as the daddy kink was presented on the table, he researched! And discovered a part of himself he didn't knew existed. Greg is his first real relationship, and in a way, it's Greg's first real relationship too.

"Trust me, Daddy."
Daddy. I smiled, and he gave me a coy grin in return. "You're determined to wear me down."
"I am that."
"You're incorrigible."
"That too."

I'm a fan of age gaps, damaged protagonists with internal baggage, heroes who aren't the best at communicating their emotions. Exposed definitely has that. The angst is more internal struggles than external. Greg and Emyr have to trust, communicate. And I think it was my most favorite thing about this novel, (besides the daddy kink, duh). It was that the two communicated, even when it hurt. It was equal footing where it counted.

Now let's get to the daddy kink shall we?

Daddy kink is fairly tamer on the BDSM scale. And this story is not necessarily a formalized, contract bound pairing. It read more natural. And if you're a reader who clutches their pearl at the mention of daddy kink, this is a romance first. The daddy kink if I had to rate it on a 1 to 5 of extremes, 5 being the most hardcore, it's a 1. There was role playing, a few spankings, D/s. Bonus for the bare backing, (semi)public sex, size difference and big guy bottoming scene. I like it when daddies get breached too. ;D

If you're going in expecting hardcore scenes, you might not enjoy this as much. The sex is melting hot (hello it's a Deckard), there are definitely re-read worthy chapters. What I enjoyed about it is that it wasn't overly long drawn out scenes. Every sexual encounter read organic and fit the main characters. I did slowly grow to love the main characters, separately and as a pair. I think they're perfect for each other.

It's no surprise I enjoy this author's work and his back list varies in taste. This was the most romantic, most sweet I've ever read from him.

"You've nothing to worry about, silly--I'm yours... And you're mine, and I'll take care of that poor, neglected heart of yours just as well as I take care of that poor, neglected cock."
"Well, it's not so neglected anymore," I said, making as if to mull it over what he had said. "You do take good care of it--that bodes well for my heart, I suppose."

I'm not surprised he wrote it, the tell tale signs of his writing are all there. Vivid settings, it's a road trip for a large chunk of Exposed, I felt like I was there with the pair and the cast of side characters at each location, an interesting cast of characters (Owain, Barrie, Rose and the nain dominatrix!) that you can't help to enjoy. His side characters have a tendency to enrich his stories without overtaking the shine from the main characters. There was a little suspense-ful twist, that wasn't over dramatic. It ended a little tamer than introduced.

Overall, a great read that I'm happy to add to my favorites of 2017 list.

This is sweet for this author, not necessarily your run of the mill schmoop. So if you're looking to finally delve into this author's work, Exposed is a great place to start. (His Actor's Circle series is also on the tamer side of the Deckard spectrum)

I don't know if the author will ever return to this couple. I think their HEA is pretty solid. But maybe a possible dabble into one of their scenes? I think I'm going to miss Daddy and his boy.

Who knew photo shoots could be so seductive?

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text 2017-03-30 03:57
Just finished Ragtime in DC

Loved it. So topical.


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text 2017-03-29 17:49
Reading progress update: I've read 392 out of 527 pages.
Charles Darwin: A New Life - John Bowlby

Darwin's follow-up to Origin of Species, about variation in form through domestic selective breeding, was twice as long as his more famous and ground-breaking work! Anyone who's read OoS must surely be daunted by the prospect of reading something twice as long on a much narrower topic.

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text 2017-03-29 17:21
Die Chronik der Daheimgebliebenen


Umbau bei Moyas BuchgewimmelWährend sich in der letzten Woche der Rest der (Buch-)Welt auf der LBM amüsierte bin ich zuhause geblieben und habe versucht meinen Berg an To-Do’s abzuarbeiten. Es ist erstaunlich wie viele Kleinigkeiten sich so mir nichts dir nichts spontan auftürmen können. Das meiste davon war Arbeitskram, anderes eher ein Unfall – wie die Überarbeitung des Buchgewimmels. Zuerst wollte ich nur mal eben größere und schicker eingebundene Artikelgrafiken freischalten. Dafür musste ich dann bloß ca. 200 neue Bilder erstellen und austauschen, weil meine leichtfertige Idee selbstverständlich einen ganzen Rattenschwanz an mini-Problemen hinter sich herzog. Während ich da so machte und tat kamen immer wieder ein paar ärgerliche Sachen dazu, die mir an dem Theme schon seit einer ganzen Weile auf die Nerven gingen. Ich fand es zwar äußerlich schön, aber unter der Haube war von Anfang an eine Menge Murks drin der ständig irgendwelche Notlösungen und drumherum CSSen erforderte. Ganz schlecht, wenn man mal etwas grundsätzliches ändern will und dann auf einmal 400 Seiten einzeln anpassen muss. Als ich wieder einmal kurz davor war in die Tischkante zu beißen, habe ich dann beschlossen, dass ein neues Theme her muss. Gesagt getan …


Neues Theme hieß, auf einmal ist alles irgendwie anders und schicker. Da passt plötzlich das Logo auch nicht mehr und eigentlich war das ja damals eh nur ein Schnellschuss, weil ich den Blog recht kurzfristig in einer Nacht- und Nebelaktion aus dem Boden gestampft hatte. Mit dem neuen Logo bin ich mir jetzt aber auch noch nicht sicher, das muss vielleicht erst einmal ein paar Tage sacken. Gut möglich, dass sich das nochmal ändert.


Da ich sehr viele (fast nur) englischsprachige Bücher lese und rezensiere habe ich auch endlich ein Übersetzungstool auf der Seite eingebaut – sieht man unten rechts, das orangen Feld. So können Besucher, die der deutschen Sprache nicht mächtig sind, nun auch lesen was ich über das Buch zu sagen habe. Die Engine dahinter bedient sich Google Translate. Das ist nicht unbedingt perfekt, aber schon ziemlich gut in ihren Übersetzungsvorschlägen und auf jeden Fall empfehlenswert, wenn man auch internationalen Besuchern eine Chance geben möchte.


Die »Über Mich« Seite hat noch mal ein paar Ergänzungen bekommen und einen Absatz zum Thema Sterne-Wertung, und wer es noch nicht mitbekommen hat: Eine Seite zu meinen (Buch-)Veröffentlichungen gibt es nun auch. Im Moment steht da zwar nur BRÏN, aber die Liste wird in den nächsten Jahren sicher noch wachsen. Schließlich sitze ich schon am zweiten Roman und ich plane auch noch eine Sammlung von Kurzgeschichten zu veröffentlichen. Da weiß ich aber noch nicht genau ob es besser ist sie in einer Anthologie zusammenzufassen oder doch lieber als einzelne eBooks? Darüber muss ich mal gründlicher nachdenken, wenn ich wieder ein wenig mehr Luft habe.


Ach ja, seit Montag hat das Buchgewimmel auch einen eigenen Instagram Account, denn ich verspüre in letzter Zeit den Drang Bilder von Büchern zu machen. Mal schauen ob der irgendwann so schön und voll wird wie ein paar der Feeds denen ich folge, wie z.B. Books Are Alive oder Mystical Worlds. Im Moment ist mein Ziel erstmal jeden Tag ein Foto zu schaffen und dabei meine Gestaltungslinie finden.


Jetzt muss ich noch den Gastartikel zum Thema »Diversity in Science Fiction & Fantasy« fertigbekommen, zu dem ich von Booklikes eingeladen wurde. Wenn der geschafft ist bin ich wieder halbwegs auf Kurs. Zumindest solange bis die nächste Flutwelle eine Ladung To-Do’s anspült.


Bevor ich im nächsten Jahr wieder irgendwas zerschieße und in einen neuen Umbauwahn verfalle, fahre ich dann aber vielleicht doch lieber zur LBM. Ehem.

Source: moyasbuchgewimmel.de/die-chronik-der-daheimgebliebenen
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review 2017-03-29 02:49
The New Old Me: My Late-Life Reinvention... The New Old Me: My Late-Life Reinvention - Meredith Maran

I received this book through Goodreads in exchange for an honest review.

I really enjoyed this book. Maran's writing is very relatable even as she describes specific experience I have not personally had. She has a knack for describing the base emotion in a very relatable way. From grief to love, fear to joy, pain to acceptance, the experiences may not be the same, but the emotions felt certainly are. In this book, Maran recounts her divorce, breakup, losing her job, deaths and illnesses of friends and family, and other events. But mostly the book is about love, friendship, and independence.

Martin's writing is humorous and heart breaking, and everything in between, but most of all it is raw and real.

Great book.

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