TM Smith-Fame and Fortune

I’ve read some of TM Smith’s book before, so I was really looking forward to Fame and Fortune. It is a MMM book, with an established couple adding a third into their relationship.

Our story starts with Andrew and Victor. They have been together for 10 years at this point, and pretty much fell in love at first sight. These days they manage a porn company called All Cocks, which features all the cocks ever. It’s a very profitable company and they shoot and sell a lot of porn. They have a fantastic relationship, they are very happy, and they love each other very, very much.

Then we have Matthew. He’s just barely over 18, and has been living on the streets for the past 2 years. He has some serious hurts in his background, but he’s a sweet and lovely young man. One day, he goes to pick up some hot dogs from his favorite hot dog stand and he finds a flyer for All Cocks, and he decides to go and get a job with them.

Andrew and Victor not only hire him, they also bring him into their home. They purposely bought a huge house so that they would have room for some of their models to stay if necessary, and it’s definitely necessary for Matthew. He needs to have somewhere safe, and they have the space.

This is actually a reasonably slow burn, and it works really well for this story. Andrew and Victor are older and already established and in a long term relationship, while Matthew is a young man and wasn’t in a stable place when he first met them. And he had a lot of issues that were eating him up. He had to do some maturing and growing before anything happened. I really like that Andrew and Victor didn’t just jump in and give Matthew a good dicking. They supported him and helped him get through stuff and grow as a person before anything else happened. And then they gave him a good dicking.

The book covers several years, so we get a good luck at the lives of our three guys and some of the stuff that they go through, not just the good, but also the bad. I really liked that.

OK, no spoilers today. Go check it out! Happy reading!

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Nora Phoenix-Slow Hand

Slow Hand is the first Nora Phoenix book I’ve reviewed here, I believe. She’s an MM author, and often writes a lot more than just 2 Ms. She writes Omegaverse as well as regular. She has contemporary and some post-apocalyptic stories too. This one is one of her contemporary stories. It’s the 4th book in a series, but it’s standalone enough that you aren’t going to miss anything if you haven’t read the others. This one is an Mmm, and it deals with some past abuse on the case of the subs. We don’t see any of the abuse, but they do talk about it. It’s also a Daddy book, in a couple of different ways.

So, Master Ford gets a call from his friend, who owns a club. He was contacted by a mutual friend, who is a cop and a Dom. He has rescued 2 young men who had been kept captive by a complete sadist and monster who claimed to be a master, but wasn’t any kind of Dom at all. He was just an abusive monster. Jathan and Thierry have gone through terrible, terrible things. They are fragile, both physically and emotionally. Ford doesn’t know what he’s going to do with them, but he already feels protective about them.

Thierry doesn’t speak. He is able to speak, physically, but it feels like the words get caught in his throat when he tries to talk. They are just trapped. Jathan, on the other hand, has no problem with speaking. He’s angry at the world, and especially Thierry. He has no problem telling everyone how unhappy he is.

I really like Ford. He is endlessly patient, in a situation that he was thrust into, without any kind of rule book. He made mistakes, because who isn’t in that situation, but he also admitted that he made mistakes, apologized and did what he could to make it better. Everyone had a lot of stuff they had to work through. Ford was trying to deal with his changing Dom tendencies and the way that his life is changing, and trying to handle the vastly different needs of Jathan and Thierry. They both have some needs that are the same, but they are also both traumatized by different things, and need different levels of D/s.

Thierry is a sweet, sweet boy. He was really just a light. I was so sad that he had gone through what he did. No one deserves to be treated that way, but when it is just someone who is as precious and innocent as Theirry is, it’s even worse, I think. I mean, don’t get me wrong, he’s a filthy little boy, but he’s also just sweet and innocent, if you know what I mean.

Jathan has such a tough shell. And it’s really no wonder why. I mean, the horrible stuff that has happened really just hurt him so much. But, he’s also got a really good heart, and a marshmallowy center. He has so much love to give, and it’s great to watch his healing journey.

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I love how J&T connect and reconnect.

OK, that’s all I have to say about this one. Go check it out! Happy reading!

 

Loki Renard-Pure Evil

Loki is once more taking us into the House of Vitali. The only family where the pre-requisite to join is the fact that you REALLY don’t want to join and where attempting to kill other members of the family is to be expected. The House of Vitali is so dysfunctional that it makes Norman Bates suggest that you might want to check yourself and Joan Crawford all of a sudden says that wire hangers aren’t all that bad.

In Pure Evil, Angelo is separated from his beloved boys. He has to go deal with stupid little legal challenges from the LEOs and he has to stay in the city so that he can keep going to court. Meanwhile, Mark and Bobby have to stay in a safe, hidden location. Mark because he is a disgraced FBI agent and Bobby because, well, he’s Bobby. Angelo left Mark in charge because if he left Bobby in charge, there probably wouldn’t be anything left to come back to. Bobby is smart, but he’s also impulsive and vicious. He really needs to not be unsupervised, ever. None of this would be an insurmountable problem except for the fact that one day, Angelo doesn’t contact Mark to let him know he’s done with court and he didn’t take his car home. Someone has grabbed Angelo.

Damien is a mercenary. He’s been hired to kill Angelo, but it’s obvious that he has a personal axe to grind. He keeps telling Angelo that he’s going to do terrible things to him, but Angelo, being Angelo, isn’t fazed at all.

OK, that’s all the synopsis I’m going to give you because A) it’s pretty short and 2) I don’t want to take any of the journey away from you. Angelo is so devious that he makes Machiavelli look like a piker. He makes Twizzlers jealous. Have you ever seen a double threaded screw? Yeah, that’s not as twisty and devious as Angelo is. He has plans, more plans, backup plans, backup backup plans, and then some really good ideas as to where he’s going to go next. This book has twists, turns, swerves, and corkscrews. Each of those twists has all its own twists and turns. I mean, seriously, it’s like those stairs by MC Escher. I was left with more questions than I started with. I have no clue who knew what and when, other than the fact that I’m pretty sure Angelo knew everything all the time, I mean, he’s Angelo. This book is dark. Each of the Vitali books have gotten darker and darker. This isn’t the darkest thing I’ve ever read, but it was dark enough that I looked at the husband and was like shit, damn, fuck. Just damn. I am going to reread it this weekend to see if I can answer some of my questions.

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Seriously, my biggest question is how much did Mark know and when did he know it? That’s all I really want to know. And of course, Loki isn’t going to tell us, which means I’m just going to have to guess.

I did like seeing a softer side of Bobby. It was really interesting to see.

That’s all I have to say on this one. Go read all of them. Seriously. Happy reading!

 

Loki Renard-Perfect Evil

Loki Renard is evil. That’s all there is to it. She is just pure evil, just ask Bobby and Mark. They will definitely tell you. Perfect Evil is the sequel to Taken Boy. You could read PE without having read TB, if you really wanted to, but you will not get near as much enjoyment from it. Knowing Angelo and Bobby’s story will help you to understand the changing dynamic when Mark gets added in.

So, here’s our story. It’s been some time since TB. Angelo and Bobby are still together. They don’t have the easiest relationship in the world, but they are making it work for them. The FBI is trying to put together a case against them, which means they are following our man and his boy around. They tried to bug everything, but Angelo is just a wee bit smarter and a helluva lot more paranoid than FBI are, so he has everything scanned for bugs constantly.

Agent Mark Locke was in the military and now he’s in the FBI. This is his first field mission. He’s gay and his teammates know it, but generally, no one is making a thing out of it. He also uses anti-anxiety medication, which he hides from his teammates, because he knows that they would rag on him about.

His team hears about a party that Bobby and Angelo will be at. The person throwing the party usually brings in some pretty boy escorts to act as man candy. So, his team figures since he’s the only gay member of the team and he’s very good looking, that Mark is going to be the one that is going in. Instead of anyone actually trying to figure out what the man candy would actually wear to such a party, they dress poor Mark up in ’80s leather boy style. That, of course, makes him stand out and not in a good way. Mark has everyone’s hands on him at some point.

Then, bullets start flying and Mark gets hit. Angelo decides that he’s going to grab him up and take Mark with him and Bobby. He’s not sure why he’s doing it, but he trusts his instincts, and his instincts say to grab this guy and take him, so he does. Angelo directs Bobby to drive them out to a house in the country.

They get there, and the fun and games get started. I’m not going to even say anything about the fun and games, except for the fact that Angelo is a right bastard with an incredibly inventive and sadistic mind. There isn’t a whole lot of safe, sane, or consensual about anything that Angelo does.

OK. You know the deal. Angelo has plans and schemes and more plans and schemes inside machinations and manipulations. I would never want to play chess with Angelo. I’m pretty sure he has already won the game we were playing and the next one and the one after that. I wondered how Bobby was going to handle having Mark around, and it was… interesting. I need more of Angelo, Bobby, and Mark so that I can watch their dynamic play out some more. Angelo may be evil, but he’s my kind of evil.

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Since it’s a short book, there isn’t a lot I want to say about spoilers. But, I just want to say that I’m pretty sure that electricity isn’t going to be someone’s friend for a while. Also, the last chapter was a very interesting chapter when it came to Angelo. Gave some me some insight into him. I need more of Angelo. All the Angelo.

So, go check it out, it’s only $2.99. Happy reading!

Loki Renard-Broken Boy

On Thursday, we had Loki Renard’s Shamefully Broken with Ellie and Mason. Today, we have Broken Boy with Aiden, Steve, and Rob.

BTW, I have bouncy box giveaways for both of these books going on right now. Click these links to try your luck. Broken Boy bouncy box Shamefully Broken bouncy box. May the odds be ever in your favor.

Before I get started on my review, it’s important that I point out that this is an MMm book. You have a Daddy, and Dom, and a very, very sorry boy. It is dark romance. Not as dark as some of the stuff that I’ve read, darker than others. So let’s get into it, shall we?

Aiden has never really had to grow up. His family is old money and his parents have been rather neglectful. Until he was 5, he wasn’t sure which of the women he saw around him was his mother. He’s never had anyone tell him no, so when he started getting into drugs, there wasn’t really anyone who could stop him. Eventually, his parents cut him off, but that didn’t stop him from his habit, so he tried other things, like dealing and pimping. Then he got into a jam with a local mob boss.

His little sister, Elliot, did what she could to get him out of trouble, and went to his old friend Mason. Mason runs a security company, and he made a deal with Ellie that he would make sure that Aiden was protected. To do that, he sent out two of his best operatives, Steve and Rob.

Steve and Rob found Aiden where he had run away from rehab and secured him in a safe house where they helped him detox. Steve is very Dom-ly and didn’t really want to care for Aiden. His idea of helping Aiden to eat was to tie him up and then force him to open his mouth. Rob, on the other hand, is much more paternal. He convinces rather than forces.

Eventually, Aiden gets clean and everyone is attracted to everyone else. Rob keeps reminding Steve that Aiden is a client and that nothing should happen, but that’s often easier said than done.

OK, it’s that time. I loved these guys. I love how Steve and Rob balance each other out and how they handle Aiden. I also liked seeing the interactions between Aiden and Elliot from his point of view. That’s always an interesting thing to see. Steve did annoy me once, but that’s because something he did hit a hot button on me, so that’s a me thing, and it might not bother someone else. BB can be read as a standalone, it isn’t really a direct sequel to SB. They are connected, but you get enough of the backstory to know what’s going on with no problems. The two books do take place at the same time so I would consider them adjacent to each other more than books 1&2 in a series.

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OK, the thing that really annoyed me about Steve is that he gave Aiden the silent treatment. Yeah, Aiden fucked up by trying to prank the guys, but really, that was where he was in his head at that point, a naughty tween trying to get authority figure’s attention, which is what he did. I hate the silent treatment, and the fact that he gave it to Aiden for so long and after he had Aiden had advanced their relationship just bothered me. And it set the stage for some of the next things to come.

Other than that one thing, I thought that Aiden deserved every damn thing he got, and then some. He really needs strict and he needs parental, so Steve and Rob are perfect for him. They both meet needs that Aiden has.

OK, that’s it for this one. Go check out Loki’s books and see why I love them so much.