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review 2018-06-17 17:37
Review: “The Flesh Cartel #7: Homecoming (The Flesh Cartel Season 3: Transformation)” (The Flesh Cartel, #7) by Rachel Haimowitz & Heidi Belleau
The Flesh Cartel #7: Homecoming (The Flesh Cartel Season 3: Transformation) - Heidi Belleau,Rachel Haimowitz

  

Please note that this is my rating for the entire series!

 

This 19-book novella series felt more like a long book that's been divided into 19 chapters, and it feels kinda weird to rate each chapter of a book individually (and it also couldn't possibly do the whole story justice this way).

 

But if I HAD to rate this instalment on its own, my rating would be:

 

 

 

~ 4 stars ~

 

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review 2018-06-16 16:13
Review: “The Flesh Cartel #6: Brotherhood (The Flesh Cartel Season 2: Fragmentation)” (The Flesh Cartel, #6) by Rachel Haimowitz & Heidi Belleau
The Flesh Cartel #6: Brotherhood (The Flesh Cartel Season 2: Fragmentation) - Heidi Belleau, 'Rachel Haimowitz'

 

Please note that this is my rating for the entire series!

 

This 19-book novella series felt more like a long book that's been divided into 19 chapters, and it feels kinda weird to rate each chapter of a book individually (and it also couldn't possibly do the whole story justice this way).

 

But if I HAD to rate this instalment on its own, my rating would be:

 

 

~ 4.5 stars ~

 

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review 2018-06-15 17:16
Review: “The Flesh Cartel #5: Wins and Losses (The Flesh Cartel Season 2: Fragmentation)” (The Flesh Cartel, #5) by Rachel Haimowitz & Heidi Belleau
The Flesh Cartel #5: Wins and Losses (The Flesh Cartel Season 2: Fragmentation) - Heidi Belleau,Rachel Haimowitz

  

Please note that this is my rating for the entire series!

 

This 19-book novella series felt more like a long book that's been divided into 19 chapters, and it feels kinda weird to rate each chapter of a book individually (and it also couldn't possibly do the whole story justice this way).

 

But if I HAD to rate this instalment on its own, my rating would be:

 

 

 

~ 4 stars ~

 

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review 2016-09-12 18:15
Review: "Training Complex" (Training Season, #2) by Leta Blake
Training Complex - Leta Blake

"Rob never broke down. He never needed help. He was the rock, and Matty was the bird who flew. It was the way it worked. But as it turned out, Matty was the bird that broke the rock's back."

 

This book exhausted me, and I so wanted to like it.

 

I loved the first book in this series, Training Season, so very much. In fact, I even rated it 5 stars and added it to my "favorites" shelf.

 

For me, it was the perfect mixture of funny and light-hearted in the first half and heartbreaking and moving in the second. Throw in some BDSM light elements for an amazing hurt/comfort and I was perfectly happy. Looking back, I should have been satisfied that it ended on such a perfect note and left it at that.

 

 

This book though? Well, let's just say that it's never a good sign when the best part of a book for me are the secondary characters because they bring a much needed comic relief.

 

This book was angst-fest galore! Everything that was going on between Matty and Rob was so dark and painful to read. Basically, it was hurt/hurt/hurt/hurt/a little comfort/hurt/hurt/hurt.

 

The story takes place 5 years after the first book, and Matty's eating disorder (or disordered eating) has become worse than ever. Gone is the bratty and flamboyant twink from the first book. Now, all that's left of Matty are his insecureness and his self-loathing. He's insecure about his job, his talent, his relationship, even about his looks.

 

And this went on and on and on ALL THE TIME. It was so stressful to be in his head that at around the 30% mark, I was just SO OVER IT! I was over his constant self-loathing and selfishness and his endless needs and demands from Rob. The worst thing for me was that he took Rob along with him in his downward spiral.

 

"Matty, when it came to sex, was the very definition of greedy - more, more, more, and me, me, me was pretty much his chant."

 

Yeah, that's Matty, the annoying bird, in a nutshell.

 

 

I was also this close to be over Rob too, who should have kicked Matty's selfish and demanding ass to therapy, no matter the money. But instead, he tried to help Matty and his illness with sex. Lots and lots of sex. Because the cure to an eating disorder lies in BDSM, obviously. Lovesick doormat is lovesick.

 

 

The BDSM scenes that worked so well in the first book became much more extreme and disturbing here. In the first book, they were a means to an end to establish and strengthen the relationship between Matty and Rob, and to give them both what they needed from each other.

 

Here, the BDSM went from light to very extreme and it was a cry for help on Matty's part and an expression of helplessness on Rob's. Which made for some VERY uncomfortable scenes that I had to skip over most of the parts.

 

The end made up for most of the frustration, but I was past the point where I cared anymore.

 

 

It's not that this is a bad book. Far from it. It's just that I hardly recognized the characters from the first book anymore which I so fell in love with.

 

And it's also one of those cases where I wished I would have stopped at a certain point in a series and let the MCs just have their HEA. Because I couldn't care less what happens after that. I know that real life is about physical and emotional struggles and financial problems and juggling work with free time. But I just don't want to read about it.

 

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review 2016-08-24 19:11
Review: "Not Safe For Work" by L.A. Witt
Not Safe for Work - L.A. Witt

"In the office, he was miles above me. In the bedroom, he was on his knees below me. And afterward, when the work day was over and the dust had settled, we landed on level ground."

 

 

First of all, I want to say how AWESOME it was to have a book about two guys in their 40s. Nothing hotter than two mature hunks with a lot of life experience getting down and dirty with each other.

 

And as hot as the cover is, that guy doesn't exactly strike me as being in his 40s. So I'm more than happy with the cast that Julie and I decided on for our MCs the very moment we've read the blurb (which was months ago!).

 

Jon...

 

 

...and Rick.

 

 

Now having said that, this was probably the most vanilla BDSM book that I've read so far.

 

In fact, I wouldn't call this a BDSM book at all, since the sex between Jon and Rick was more vanilla than anything and only marginally touched the subject of a D/s relationship.

 

Sure, they talked A LOT about BDSM and what they want to do with each other. But nothing really came of it. There was no spanking, no flogging, no subspace, no aftercare etc. All there was was a little wax play, a fuck machine (yeah, baby!), a Wartenberg pinwheel, a little rope play and a cock cage. That's it. Practically sex with some toys involved, but no real power exchange. Hell, even I have done more kinky stuff in my bedroom than these two.

 

 

So the BDSM theme was a fairly light one. Personally, I have no problem with that, but if you pick up this book expecting a dark and heavy BDSM fuckfest, you'll probably end up disappointed.

 

What you CAN expect though is a lot of kissing. So much kissing. And then some more kissing. And guess who's not complaining about that either?

 

 

The story is told in Jon's first-person POV. Unfortunately, we don't get Rick's POV too, which is a shame. The first-person POV is the most intimate one for me, because I'm directly in the head of the character, witnessing all his thoughts and feelings. So if I only get to see those things from one MC, the other one automatically remains superficial and shallow. Rick came across as the perfect boyfriend with no edges or faults. Which I'm pretty sure he wasn't but I'll never know.

 

Authors, if possible, please only decide on the first-person POV when it's also dual POV!

 

 

As for the rest of the story, I really liked it. Thanks to their maturity, Jon and Rick were pros in the communication department (yay!) and they made a really nice and sweet couple. A couple that loved Golden Girls marathons and frozen pizzas! What's not to love?

 

Fucker!

 

There was a little (unnecessary) drama at the end which pretty annoyed me at first. But it was resolved quite quickly in the course of a day, and the glorious epilogue also made up for it.

 

Would recommend this, though more for its sweetness factor than for its kink factor.

 

Thanks to Julie for another great BR!

 

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