Title: A Collar For Christmas
Author: A.E. Lawless
Publisher: Loose ID
Publication Date: 24th December 2013
Genre: M/M BDSM
Hosted By:Luscious Laylah Release Day
For actor Liam, anxiety and panic attacks are old friends, but they only get worse the more famous he gets. Nothing has ever worked to help him control the anxiety until his costar, Aaron, introduces him to bondage. Too bad Liam develops feelings for Aaron and ruins the only solution he’s ever found for his neuroses.
Aaron only wants to keep history from repeating itself. He’s already had one costar spin out of control, resulting in her tragic death, he can’t just sit idly by and watch another friend and colleague destroy himself from the inside out. He’ll do anything to keep that from happening–even enter into a non-sexual BDSM arrangement with him.What starts out as a way to control Liam’s anxiety becomes so much more. At least for Liam. So, tired of pretending he doesn’t want Aaron in his life for good, Liam decides to give him the perfect Christmas gift. The kind that will show Aaron exactly what Liam wants from their relationship: the collar he’s been dreaming of Aaron putting on him for months.
I liked this book a lot more than I thought I would, from the blurb the book came across as stereotypical. However, after reading the book it was not that in the least. Liam struggles with panic attacks, anxiety not from his job as an actor but it seems the fame, and the expectations that come with the fame drive it. Liam is an extremely likeable character. He is well aware of his issues and tries his best to work on them. It also seems that Liam has issues one type or another most of his life.
Aaron is Liam’s costar seems to be the only one able to help Liam when his panic attacks and anxiety spin out of control. Aaron seems to be helping Liam not just to help Liam but also to help him deal with his past. Aaron comes across as a hardheaded likable guy that can bury his head in the sand and not face what is in front of him.
The chemistry between Aaron and Liam is blistering. I am surprised they were involved in a non-sexual BDSM relationship for as long as they were. I loved the sex scenes at the end. It was perfect way for their relationship to progress. I admire the strength and courage it took for Liam to tell Aaron his needs even if it meant that Aaron would walk away. Not many people can do that even on their best days.
I found this book extremely interesting. I had a hard time putting this book down. I found it to be well written. The main and secondary characters were interesting and realistic. Overall, this was a great book one that I can see rereading in the future (and to me that is the best complement a writer can get). I have not read anything by this author before but I will be keeping my eyes out for more.
Liam is a young star on a hit TV show, but he has a problem. He is shy and has had a serious problem with anxiety for his entire life. Just when he thinks that he can’t hack it anymore, in comes Aaron, his friend and co-star on the show.
Aaron wants to help his friend get though his issues, partly out of friendship and partly to make amends for a skeleton in his past. Liam and Aaron figure out a solution to help with Liam’s problems, one that really blurs the lines between friendship and something more.
As these things tend to do , the relationship gets more complicated by the fact that Liam is developing stronger feelings for Aaron. Liam desperately needs to know if the feelings are mutual so on a whim he buys Aaron a leather collar for Christmas, knowing that one way or another he will get his answer…
I was a little skeptical going into this book as it is not my norm, but I was pleasantly surprised by the authors ability to pull me in and really make me feel for the characters. You really can’t help but feel the angst of the main characters and to understand what they are going through. The story moved along at a slow pace at first but picked up as you read on and ended up turning into a good read. I especially liked the secondary characters because instead of just fodder to fill the background with they were well thought out and real, had depth and added to the overall telling of the story. The main characters also developed and changed, which as we know is what happens in real life. All in all a good read, and I definitely will read more books by this author.
A.E. lives in south Louisiana where everything is bigger, covered in camo and made with more butter. She sweats her way through the summers because she loves the people, the food and the culture found only there.
She couldn’t manage any writing at all without copious amounts of coffee and her writing partner: her cat Bacon
Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/aelawlessauthor
Also by A.E. Lawless
A Perfect Solution
Genre: BDSM & Fetish, Contemporary; LGBT
Life isn’t a fairy tale… except when it is.
There’s nothing wrong with Ella Gibson’s life— it just isn’t very exciting, despite being surrounded by lingerie. Working for Cardiff’s top modelling agency should have been glamorous, but most of the time Ella is running around with memos and cups of coffee. It’s a far cry from living the dream, but skirting the edge of her fantasy life is enough.
Then comes the day when her cat starts to talk, claiming to be Ella’s fairy godmother. As if that weren’t crazy enough, the pesky puss becomes a fashion advisor and behavioral expert, too. Add an evil ex-stepmother, a hunk called Charming, plus a looming party-cum-ball, and you have all the elements of a classical fairy tale. There’s even a couple of ugly sisters—the fact that they are two gorgeous gay men being neither here nor there.
Ella’s not your typical fairy-tale princess though, and it will take more than a discarded glass slipper to get her man. It’s quite possible she may have to curb her enthusiasm for cursing a wee bit, not to mention her love of vodka. And can Muse, her surprisingly straight-laced feline friend, overcome her prudishness long enough for Ella to sneak a kiss or three with her intended beau?
This was such a fun take on a fairy tale story! Ella is your typical Girl Friday, just trying to make her way in life. With the help of her two male best friends, she succeeds but there is still something missing. Enter Muse, her talking fairy godmother cat. Muse is determined to help Ella attract the attention of her new boss. Unfortunately after meeting Max Charming, Ella turns into the world’s biggest klutz. Throw in a trip to Gretna Green, hot men in kilts and a drunk lady in a wedding dress and it’s a party not to miss!
Fun times ensue when bare bottoms and trips to the ER abound! I can’t wait to read more from amazingly awesome author!
Rated 4 Bookworms
Amber T. Smith lives in Cardiff, the bustling capital city of Wales. When she isn’t busy keeping her kids, her cats, and her lizards from fighting, she can generally be found dreaming up new plots for alternative fairy tales. Find out more at: http://cardiffellanews.blogspot.co.uk/. You can also find her on Twitter, and at her Facebook author page.
Forbidden to cross the Elvin barrier into human lands, Brock cannot sate his curiosity. Cursed by a vampyre bite that forces him to feed on the life-essence of others, he is unable to touch another without taking their life. Chained by prophesy, he must find a witch, pierce her heart, and draw her blood for his cure.
Celeste must escape the monks who have held her prisoner for years. Her magic has been kept dormant by her captors. An ancient powerful Warloc craves her powers. If he succeeds in devouring her magic, she and the world will die.
When Brock falls in love with Celeste before realizing her demise is his cure, will love triumph over his desire to be healed? Will he risk everything to save her from a Warloc, an oath breaker, who also wants her dead?
I was given a copy of this book in return for my honest review.
This was a wonderfully written story. I am still new to the fantasy world but I am impressed with how well developed this debut author has made this world. I like to read stories that I can visualize in my head and this one allowed it.
I am not a huge Elvin fan, but I am anxious to see where she takes Brock and Celeste. I recommend everyone check out this new author if you are a Fantasy lover!
Rated 4 Kisses
Oh, let the good times roll, Kittens! Vivien has new reads for us and I am stoked! Here is what she has to say!
I am very excited to announce a new collection of stories that I am about to release on Amazon.
The ‘Unleashed Collection’ is a group of 5 stories that feature sizzling, adults only sexual encounters! They are very definitely NOT my usual erotic romance style, and they are very different to what you might expect when you pick up a Vivien Sparx title!
The new ‘Unleashed Collection’ is something I have been working on for some time and I have been thrilled by the advance reader reviews.
Starting this Friday I am going to release a new title in the Vivien Sparx ‘Unleashed Collection’ on Amazon every single day for 5 days.
Each title will be released at the special launch price of $0.99 cents for a limited time.
* On Friday March 15th I will release ‘Alicia’
* On Saturday March 16th I will release ‘Becky’
* On Sunday March 17th I will release ‘Claire’
* On Monday March 18th I will release ‘Debbie’
* On Tuesday March 19th I will release a secret fifth title called ‘Eve – Training Her Husband to be Her Master.’
The content of these stories is strictly adults only and contain graphic and explicit language of sexual encounters.
The man character in my ‘Unleashed Collection’ is a woman named Julia… and what a woman!
I found her a really interesting character to write. She has a lot of dominant personality about her when dealing with the women who come to her – but when she is around men, she’s more than happy to hand over the reins of a sexual encounter and go along for the ride!
Julia has a wicked, wicked sexual streak and loves nothing more than a hot sweaty encounter.
What do I mean exactly?
Well, you are just going to have to read the stories!
My favourite character to create for the ‘Unleashed Collection’ was the subtle support character of Alistair – Julia’s able and discreet elderly manservant.
I love his wry humour and his gentle role within each story, and the way he acts as a counter for Julia’s outrageous sexual encounters.
Nothing shocks or surprises Alistair!
He only has a small role in each of the ‘Unleashed’ stories, but he was always a joy to write.
DISCLAIMER: These are not your typical “mommy porn” ladies. This is full throttle, smoking hot and explicit. Not for the faint of heart! That being said, here is my review of Alicia.
I am so easy to please. Write a good story and I am a fan for life. As a member of Vivien’s Street Team, I was offered Claire (releases on Sunday) for review. I loved it! I emailed Nev, who I am thinking is Vivien’s right hand, and told her I would like to review it for this post. She rocked out and sent me Alicia for today’s review.
Julia is a strong and independent woman. She has forged her own path through life and if you don’t like it, oh well. She runs a home that women come to when they need a place to stay or something a little more…satisfying.
Alicia is a dancer that can’t make her rent so she shows up at Julia’s. The rules are simple. Julia gives you five sexy challenges to complete in five days. You cannot refuse or you are out of the house. If you succeed, you can stay as long as you like. These challenges are not for the faint of heart, kittens. They involve toys, multiple partners, BDSM and anything else Julia’s kinky little mind can come up with!
They are sizzling hot and erotic scenarios that Julia likes to watch or take part in. I am not going to ruin this story for you because it is soooo worth the time to read. Just know this, I am awed by the characters Vivien has created and will have the whole set on my kindle by Tuesday!
Vivien’s Amazon Page“>Vivien’s Amazon Page!
Wow! Do you ever put down a book and just sit there for a moment and wonder how in the world you were going to make it till the release of the next story? That is how I felt when I finished reading 10 Nights. (Click here for my review of 10 Nights!) Let me tell you that Beyond 10 Nights was everything I expected and then some!
Leah is in love with Rhett and has accepted his proposal of marriage. Even though Janie and David don’t understand the relationship that she has with Rhett, Leah is hopeful that she will be able to fix things with her friends. She is devastated when she realizes that Janie has no desire to support her relationship with Rhett and explodes on her. Furious and in tears, Leah returns to Rhett’s house where he makes it clear that he wants her to stay with him anyway and that he wants to take care of her. The submissive side of her wants to take him up on that offer but she knows that she still needs to find a job to take care of herself.
Leah is very nervous when Rhett tells her that he is opening the dungeon back up and she will be doing a scene that night. She is not sure how she will react but wants to please her Master. Later that night, while folks are arriving a surprise guest arrives. A lifelong friend of Rhett’s who also is a Master and lives the lifestyle, Alex. I have to stop here and say that there is not a single thing about Alex that I don’t find sexy as hell. The man is yummy with a capital Y and it makes me want to find the nearest dungeon and convince him to join me! That being said, back to the story. Alex is intrigued when he meets Leah for the first time and can’t seem to figure out what has happened to his friend. He has never treated a sub like he does Leah and Alex decides to take Rhett up on his offer to stay at the house so they can catch up. Running into Leah in the kitchen the next morning, Alex joins her for breakfast and after talking to her for a bit, he begins to understand Rhett’s obsession. When he realizes that she is job hunting he offers to give her a shot at his advertising agency and convinces her to go with him to check it out.
When Rhett finds that Leah has spent the day with Alex, he explodes with pent up rage and emotion. Leah doesn’t feel like she should have to deal with that so she leaves with Alex to take a break. I have to tell you that I don’t think I would have been able to handle myself around Alex, cause when sex walks like sin, you have to take advantage. Leah and Alex develop a wonderful friendship and it eventually leads to more. I love where this story goes and the intricate relationships. Go Beyond 10 Nights and into a world of desire.
I don’t want to ruin the story for anyone so I will stop there. If you haven’t read the first book in the series, 10 Nights, then you need to hop over to Amazon or click the link below to get started. This book picks up where it leaves off so you might be a little lost! 🙂 I was invited to be a stop on this blog tour and excited doesn’t even begin to describe it! The genius behind this fabulous tour decided we should do a little This or That with our two amazing authors. I have to admit that I was a little curious about their answers to my questions.
This or That with our Authors!
Michelle Hughes Karl Jones
I was curious about what our authors’ choices would be and I was surprised at a few!
Satin or Silk? Silk Satin or Silk? Silk
Whips or Feathers? Feathers Whips or Feathers? Feathers
Dom or Sub? Sub Dom or Sub? Dom
Kittens or Puppies? Puppies Kittens or Puppies? Kittens
Piercings or Tattoos? Piercings Piercings or Tattoos? Tattoos
Beer or Liquor? Liquor Beer or Liquor? Liquor
Santa Claus or Easter Bunny? Santa Claus Santa/Easter Bunny? Santa Claus
Open Scene or Private Show? Private Show Open/Private Show? Private Show
Print or E-book? Ebook Print or Ebook? Ebook
Cross or Bench? Cross Cross or Bench? Bench
Click Here for my review of Shattered!
Michelle Hughes Bio
Michelle Hughes is the international bestselling author of the book 10 Nights. She currently resides in Alabama with her husband and her five children. Hughes began her career in entertainment as a singer and host for a nationally televised satellite talent program and continued to perform across the United States until she decided to move home and start her family.
Hughes and her co-author, Karl Jones, own Tears of Crimson. The website began as role-play and fan fiction base and has since become the home of Tears of Crimson Books and promotions. Hughes states her love of writing comes from her muse Rafe, who has given her dreams of fantasy worlds since she was a young girl.
Hughes started reading Harlequin romance books at eight years old, sneaking them from her grandmother. It instilled in her a love of romance that is still with her today. Her grandmother was raised on a cotton farm and only completed a sixth grade education, it was through watching her struggles with reading that Hughes states gave her the love of the written word.
Amazon/Michelle Hughes http://www.amazon.com/Michelle-Hughes/e/B00605O89I/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1354383782&sr=1-2-ent
Karl Jones Bio
Author Bio, Karl Jones:
In the dark of the night and the still of the evening you’ll find Karl Jones writing furiously to exercise his dark muse to the delight of his fans.
Specializing in Crime and Horror thrillers, he refers to himself as a loner, haunted by the stories he pens and driven to push the boundaries until all lovers of the genres have no choice but to sleep with one eye open.
Karl explores the dark side of humanity and turns the stories of some of the most depraved into literature you’ll have no choice but to read with one eye on the door and every light in the house on.
Grab a sample if you dare…
**I was given a copy of B10N in return for my honest review.**
Rated 5 Bookworms
Follow the rest of the tour!
January 1st – The O’Raven Chronicles -Loush O’Raven
January 2nd – Tam’s Two Cents-Tammy Middleton
January 3rd – Kindle Hooked -Kim Box Pearson
January 4th – Into the Night book reviews -Heather Gunter
January 4th – Romancebookworm’s Reviews-Brandy Dorsch
January 5th – Mad Sheep reading-Jenny Needham
January 6th – Don’t Feed the Mimsey – Jay Mims
January 7th – The Indie Shop -Tamara Beard
January 8th – The Page Turners -Keelie Bennett Howard
January 9th –Author Belinda Boring aka The Bookish Snob
January 10th – BookEnd 2 BookEnd -Jessica Johnson
I am so excited for the release of the second book in The Forbidden Desire Series! Beyond 10 Nights is the continuing story of Leah and Rhett’s relationship. I fell in love with this series and I have recommended it to everyone I know!
Beyond 10 Nights with Rhett, Leah discovers that her journey into submission has a new temptation awaiting her awakening mind. The depths of Rhett’s depravity come full circle and force her to make a decision on the path she’ll choose to walk in his dark world of sensual indulgence.
When an old friend of Rhett’s returns to Chicago, the ultimate alpha male competition ensues to win the heart, mind, and body of our heroine. Two worlds of enticement collide, and emotions are overwhelmed as the true game begins.
Beyond 10 Nights will Leah discover that desire and the heart can be the hardest checkmate of all? Passion, love, and heartbreak in the end it all takes you Beyond 10 Nights!
Check out my review of 10 Nights and see how far temptation will take you!
This is the first book by J.S. Scott that I have read and I will be hunting down more! It was nice to read about a full-figured woman as the main love interest and not your traditional type of woman. Molly knows that she has self-esteem issues thanks to her mom’s thoughts on her weight all her life. Devon Richards is a sexy, archetict who thinks Molly is a sensual, beautiful woman and he would love to spend more time with her. He is devestated when he believes that she is dating his little brother. When he finds out that they are not together, he realizes that nothing is going to stand in his way of making Molly his. Their story is a nice case of the full-figure girl getting the hot man in the end.
I was not a fan of the manipulation that he used to get her to go on a date with him. However, I am a full-figured woman and I know how hard headed and stubborn we can get. My husband tells me that he would have probably pulled the same kind of stunt to get me to go out with him!
This is a short story but well worth the read.
Rated 4 stars