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Burning Boudaries – Elemental Evidence Book Two – by @SadieBermingham and @BelloraQ #BOOKREVIEW #MMROMANCE #PARANORMAL #BDSM

Burning Boundaries – Elemental Evidence Book Two,
by Bellora Quinn and Sadie Rose Bermingham

Rating: 5.0 stars

BLURB

Their passion isn’t the only thing creating flames.

Mari Gale’s life has been a whirlwind since meeting Jake Chivis. A new job prospect and his mother’s health preoccupy him, so when Jake invites him on a date he’s ready to cut loose. Their night out turns into a nightmare when a fire breaks out in the basement of the bar and they barely escape.

Soon Jake learns that the horrific accident is being investigated as a possible homicide, and it’s not the only case. Detective Inspector Cordiline of the London Met hints at spontaneous human combustion, but as far as Jake knows, SHC doesn’t exist.

When Mari looks into a group called Birthright, he finds a connection to the victims of the fires and Jake risks himself to go undercover at the shadowy organization. The race is on to determine the truth before Jake becomes the next target.

BURNING BOUNDARIES

I had been patiently awaiting this sequel to Breathing Betrayal and was so excited when it came out, my only regret is that because life happens it’s taken me a minute to write this long deserved review. This is an excellent series that I hope continues as I feel these characters have still a ways to go in their story.

THE CHARACTERS

Jake Chivis:

A smile twitched his lips again as he thought of Jake Chivis, part-Irish, part-Native American and a fellow Elemental. Jake had been a detective with the Detroit PD in a former life, before SEWN— the Six Elements Worldwide Network research program— had brought him to London, throwing him together with Mari as if that was their destiny.

Chivis was a trained inquisitor, even without his Elemental talents. His element was Fire and his gift was enabled through physical contact with material objects.

Ilmarinen (Mari) Gale:

While Jake couldn’t really remember a time when Mari wasn’t smartly dressed, he’d certainly put some extra effort in tonight. His nearly white blond locks were artfully messy and he wore a silvery, near-translucent tank top under a fitted, tan leather jacket and teal jeans that Jake already wanted to peel him out of.

THE STORY

The story picks up after Breathing Betrayal and we find Jake and Mari further along in their relationship, spending more time together and starting to finally enjoy each other, dating and going out and having fun when they are thrust into a series of incidents that start drawing them in.

As Mari and Jake become more entangled with investigating an obscure organization for MI5 as Jake is ‘drafted’ in to help, this dark organization for Elementals called Birthright turns out to have very sinister plans indeed. Not only do Jake and Mari discover the darker side of Elementals, they also discover new things about each other and their relationship.

Mari’s fascination with SM and his desire to be spanked is brought out by a Dom they meet in a bar during BDSM night. Colm Fleming not only has a keen interest in Mari, he also brings out the Dom in Jake and Jake’s willing, if hesitant, desire to satisfy Mari.

THE WRITING

The writing of these two authors is nothing if not absolutely superb. The story flows smoothly, at a good pace, allowing the characters to develop and grow naturally. The developing relationship between the two MC’s is like the every day progression we all experience in real life. Not progressing at blinding speeds, but at a more measured pace. There is the hesitancy and questioning and insecurities we all feel that are allowed to come out between Jake and Mari and we feel their angst and love grow.

I cannot wait for Elementals Book Three!

THE AUTHORS

Bellora Quinn

Originally hailing from Detroit Michigan, Bellora now resides on the sunny Gulf Coast of Florida where a herd of Dachshunds keeps her entertained. She got her start in writing at the dawn of the internet when she discovered PbEMs (Play by email) and found a passion for collaborative writing and steamy hot erotica. Soap Opera like blogs soon followed and eventually full novels. The majority of her stories are in the M/M genre with urban fantasy or paranormal settings and many with a strong BDSM flavour.
Email: bellora@berminghamquinn.com

Sadie Rose Bermingham

A storyteller since before she started school, Sadie also enjoys reading, photography,
live music and long walks on the beach. Sadie has worked as a bookseller, a pedigree editor for the racing industry and a local and family history researcher. Originally from the north of England, she has been working her way across the UK ever since. She currently resides on the south east coast with her long term partner, where she hopes to buy a mobile home and establish a whippet farm.
Email: sadie.rose.bermingham@gmail.com

THE DISCLAIMER

I would like to thank Bellora Quinn and Sadie Rose Bermingham and Pride Publishing for providing OJ He Say with a review copy in exchange for an honest review.

Burning Boundaries
ISBN # 978-1-78651-559-9
© Copyright Bellora Quinn and Sadie Rose Bermingham 2017
Cover Art by Posh Gosh © Copyright June 2017
Edited by Rebecca Scott
Pride Publishing

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Breathing Betrayal – Elemental Evidence Book One, by Bellora Quinn and Sadie Rose Bermingham – A Gay Guy/Straight Girl Review

Breathing Betrayal
Breathing Betrayal

Lisa’s Rating 4.0 stars
OJ’s Rating 4.0 stars
Lisa’s Review: attentionisarbitrary.com

Release date: 6/7/2016
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Murder Mystery 18+

BLURB

Jake Chivis is the descendant of Fire Elementals with a gift for psychometry, the ability to see memories from touching objects. After a bad breakup and trouble at work, Jake gave up his career as a detective in Detroit and moved to England to join a research program studying Elemental gifts at University College London. It seemed like the perfect way to escape his past and start over, and this time he’s vowed not to fall into the trap of dating a coworker. At least that’s the plan, until he meets Doctor Ilmarinen Gale.

Mari Gale is blond, sexy, relentlessly academic and comfortable in his own skin in a way Jake envies. After a handful of embarrassing encounters, Jake is ready to resign himself to staying under the radar, but when a colleague’s brother goes missing, he and Mari must work together to find him. As they dig into the inexplicable disappearance, Jake is impressed with Mari’s competence and unique skills, and even more impressed by his ability to wrap Jake around his finger. Together the unlikely pair discover murder, betrayal, secrets and just how high Mari can fan Jake’s flames.

CO-REVIEW

OJ

When my evil mastermind partner in crime and book hoarding enabler, Lisa Arbitrary, approached me about doing a Gay Guy/Straight Girl co-review for Breathing Betrayal I must admit I was somewhat hesitant about it. My TBR list is kilometers long and I’m trying to get with the deadlines… and then I read the blurb. Drats, foiled again because PNR !!! I am such a sucker for a good PNR story and the blurb read really good, so off I went. Man, am I glad I went! I am now hooked in for the remainder of this series as I want to see where it goes from here and also because good sex! Need I say more?

LISA

I think I’ve found a new series to follow. A character driven murder mystery that captivated me more with relationship development than plot, but it all fit well together.

THE CHARACTERS

OJ

Jake Chivis:

Lester in the print room said he was American, though Mari thought there was a slightly Hispanic look to his rough-cut, thick black hair and darkly handsome features. Maybe Romani, even? He couldn’t be sure. He was well built without looking chunky, except when he was bundled up in several layers of damp running gear, and almost as tall as Mari’s six-foot-two-inch frame, which was a plus. It got embarrassing trying to flirt with men who were forced to look up at him all the time. Not that he had any idea if Mr. Tall, Dark and Handsome was even that way inclined.

Ilmarinen (Mari) Gale:

Now during his morning runs, he was distracted by looking around to see if he’d catch sight of a particular slender figure whose long legs ate up the distance like the wind. Jake told himself that he was only looking so that he could avoid him, and thereby avoid having to make polite conversation. It definitely wasn’t because of the way the ridiculously tight Lycra leggings he wore outlined every muscle in his lean thighs or the way his perfect ass looked so tasty in them. No, not at all.

LISA

Both of these guys are surprisingly fresh. They are believable, unique and flawed. The romantic relationship surprised me over and over. It isn’t perfect and that made it special.

“We keep finding the most inappropriate places to make out, you know.”

Dr. Ilmarinen Gale (Mari)

What a name, right? And right from the start I liked him. He’s flamboyant, flirtatious, continental, mouthy, brilliant and secretly reserved. Fabulous contrasts in his character. His gift: Human-cyber Interface
And I just love Mari’s mom!

Sometimes it was a pain in the ass to be both a psychic and a skeptic.

Jake Chivas

Sturdy, solid, steady, stable, SEXY and quite un-confident. American. Not Mari’s typical pick. His gift: Psychometry, clairvoyance.

THE STORY

OJ

Ilmarinen (Mari) Gale and Jake Chivis find themselves at crossroads in their respective lives, both of them wanting to move on from previous, ill fitted, and ill fated, relationships and looking for new starts in their lives. Mari, one of the precious few pure human-cyber Interfaces—men and women able to engage their minds directly with telecommunications networks and the worldwide web and Jake, whose Elemental prowess is the psychic ability to relive past scenes by touching objects – experiencing the scenes through the eyes of the person who had held the object at the time in question, end up working at University College London as part of the Six Elements Worldwide Network (SEWN) universities program under Dr. Anthony Weston, whose brother, Phil, has mysteriously disappeared.

As Mari and Jake get drawn into finding the missing Phil Weston with their paranormal Elemental abilities, they are inexorably drawn together and caught in a web of deceit, mystery and espionage.

I must say, as story plots go, this is one of the better ones I have experience for a good PNR.

LISA

Dr. Ilmarinen Gale and former detective, Jake Chivas, are pressured to collaborate on a work related mystery. The two men have previously “noticed” each other running in the park and after a brief but flirty encounter they are both uncomfortable being put on such a task. But when the big boss makes the request it’s hard to say no. They’re just going to be professional, do the minimum, and get back to their normal routines. Yeah. Right.

As they delve deeper into a mysterious disappearance, they also delve deeper into each other’s pants. The mystery pales in the background for a good portion of the book while we get to explore these men and they explore each other. But it picks up eventually and it winds along with a couple of twists and turns. I can’t say it was this aspect of the book that riveted me, but that’s okay, because the relationship development held my interest. To be clear, the mystery was fine, fully fleshed,just not earth-shattering. The characters though, they rocked my world.

THE WRITING

OJ

The writing caught me totally flat footed. I truly did not expect such good storytelling craftsmanship as I found here. Right away, right from the Prologue into the story, it just flows smoothly making for a pleasant, well edited book. One gets to know the characters and what makes them tick, their desires and fears and hurdles they’ve experienced in the past. The writing is imbued with a good sense of humor and I could feel Mari’s pathos from his previous relationships and the performance hurdle he can’t seem to overcome. The sex scenes are smoking good and the role reversal between the two MC’s is delicious. All of the characters have a sufficient development to not leave us hanging and the exquisitely detailed descriptions of each character is so refreshing! The ending is perfect for a continuing series. I highly recommend this for a good, PNR read.

One suggestion, if I may be so bold, to these two talented authors: perhaps in future books the paranormal abilities can be involved in the MC’s sex scenes? I found myself craving this. It was kind of like a missing, tantalizing piece.

LISA

A straightforward and uncomplicated writing style made this a readable read. It wasn’t heady by any stretch. I particularly like the believable complexity the authors added to the sex scenes. I wasn’t expecting to find something surprising there. Well done.

No doubt about it, I’ll be looking for the next book in the series.

THE THREE QUESTIONS

For Lisa

1) Team Ilmari or Team Jake?
2) Talk to me about the sex scenes – whatcha think? Plusses/minuses?
3) Do you think Mari’s future will be interwoven in upcoming episodes?

For OJ

1) Did Mari’s “different” sexual needs work?
2) Cordiline? More of him? Yes? No? (Really, that’s one question.)
3) Believable PNR or hogwash?

THE AUTHORS

Bellora Quinn

Originally hailing from Detroit Michigan, Bellora now resides on the sunny Gulf Coast of Florida where a herd of Dachshunds keeps her entertained. She got her start in writing at the dawn of the internet when she discovered PbEMs (Play by email) and found a passion for collaborative writing and steamy hot erotica. Soap Opera like blogs soon followed and eventually full novels. The majority of her stories are in the M/M genre with urban fantasy or paranormal settings and many with a strong BDSM flavour.
Email: bellora@berminghamquinn.com

Sadie Rose Bermingham

A storyteller since before she started school, Sadie also enjoys reading, photography,
live music and long walks on the beach. Sadie has worked as a bookseller, a pedigree editor for the racing industry and a local and family history researcher. Originally from the north of England, she has been working her way across the UK ever since. She currently resides on the south east coast with her long term partner, where she hopes to buy a mobile home and establish a whippet farm.
Email: sadie.rose.bermingham@gmail.com

THE DISCLAIMER

I would like to thank Bellora Quinn and Sadie Rose Bermingham and Pride Publishing for providing OJ He Say with a review copy in exchange for an honest review.

Breathing Betrayal
ISBN # 978-1-78651-422-6
©Copyright Bellora Quinn and Sadie Rose Bermingham 2016
Cover Art by Posh Gosh ©Copyright May 2016
Edited by Rebecca Scott
Published in 2016 by Pride Publishing,
Newland House, The Point, Weaver Road, Lincoln, LN6 3QN
Pride Publishing is a subsidiary of Totally Entwined Group Limited.

In The Middle of Somewhere, by Roan Parrish

In The Middle of Somewhere

Rating: 4.75 stars

BLURB

Daniel Mulligan is tough, snarky, and tattooed, hiding his self-consciousness behind sarcasm. Daniel has never fit in―not at home in Philadelphia with his auto mechanic father and brothers, and not at school where his Ivy League classmates looked down on him. Now, Daniel’s relieved to have a job at a small college in Holiday, Northern Michigan, but he’s a city boy through and through, and it’s clear that this small town is one more place he won’t fit in.

Rex Vale clings to routine to keep loneliness at bay: honing his muscular body, perfecting his recipes, and making custom furniture. Rex has lived in Holiday for years, but his shyness and imposing size have kept him from connecting with people.

When the two men meet, their chemistry is explosive, but Rex fears Daniel will be another in a long line of people to leave him, and Daniel has learned that letting anyone in can be a fatal weakness. Just as they begin to break down the walls keeping them apart, Daniel is called home to Philadelphia, where he discovers a secret that changes the way he understands everything.

In The Middle of Somewhere

I kept hearing about this book on line, on Facebook, on Twitter and everyone kept saying the same thing – how great it is, so I decided to check it out and bought a copy. What a smart move that was! Turns out all the chatter about In The Middle of Somewhere doesn’t even begin to give it justice. This is one of those you can’t put down, you stay up late into the night reading and when it’s over? One heck of a book hangover! I want more! This is storytelling at its finest, characters so well developed you feel as if you know them, unexpected developments, one hell of a story twist (sorry, no spoilers!) and toe curling, shiver inducing, steamy, romantic, full of feels hot sex. Yowza!

THE CHARACTERS

Daniel Mulligan:

Handsome, fit, dark, tattooed, snarky Daniel. Son of an Irish Philadelphia family, brought up in the world of car mechanics and garages, youngest of four brothers and the only one to go to college and want a life beyond his blue collar background. Tormented by his brothers as the youngest, and even more tormented when they find out he’s gay, he wants to move on. Add a crushing experience with his first steady boyfriend in college and you get the final varnish on the emotional wall he’s built for himself and his inability to let himself be vulnerable enough to show love.

“You know,” he says, and he sounds a little shy. “You kind of look like you could be one of those old-time Hollywood leading men.” I look up at him, startled. He’s looking at me intently, leaning forward, but his eyes are sad, dark. “You’d be wasted on black and white, though. Your eyes.” He makes a vague gesture toward my face, then turns away.

Rex Vale:

Gentle, intelligent Rex. A towering man shaped and molded by growing up with his mother, a woman unlucky in love, moving from town to town, man to man in order to care for and give her son a decent life. Always shy, Rex is even further molded by a horrible incident in his youth with his first love (no spoilers!) and a deep secret about himself that he’s ashamed to share with anyone. Learning early on that life is cruel and that one way, or another, people will leave him he lives the life or a loner in the pristine forests of Michigan.

He has dark hair and eyes, and a sharp nose. That’s all I can see in the dark. But he is definitely much younger than I assumed. His low voice sounded older, but he looks like he’s in his midthirties. And up close, he is massive, with hugely broad shoulders, powerful arms, and broad hips—how much of that is flesh and how much is flannel remains to be seen. He’s nearly a head taller than me, and I’m not short.

THE STORY

What a great story this turns out to be. Daniel and Rex, such two different men yet so much alike in the walls they’ve built around themselves, unable to trust and love someone for fear of emotional and physical pain. Daniel scarred by his family, his ex-boyfriend and his rough and tumble upbringing in Philadelphia, and Rex. Rex terrified of losing anyone close to him, scarred by his loss of everyone close to him in his youth, he becomes determined to protect anyone the he can even remotely get close to, thus becoming a towering fortress of a man. It’s the interplay between these two characters, and those closest to them, that makes for this absolutely riveting read.

THE WRITING

Holy Cow, Batman! What writing! Such descriptive, smooth flowing, delectable prose is a beautiful thing to find, a true joy. Ms. Parrish weaves this story flawlessly, no hiccups, no having to go back because huh?! All of the characters, every single one of them, even the smallest characters, are so well developed you feel you know them – no nagging questions. Daniel and Rex come alive through Ms. Parrish as does an excellent supporting cast: Ginger, Daniel’s best friend and tattoo artist extraordinaire with her own story line; Will, Rex’s ex-boyfriend and current best friend; Leo, the young gay man that reminds Daniel of himself at a younger age; and a whole host of other characters that make this such a rich, satisfying read. Add in Rex’s deep secret, incredibly, impossibly hot sex and a grand story twist at the end and you have yourself a classic!

THE DISCLAIMER

I purchased my copy of In The Middle of Somewhere because the many positive comments made me curious so I thought it’d be a good personal read, instead I found I absolutely had to review it.

THE AUTHOR

ROAN PARRISH grew up in Michigan and lives in Philadelphia, but is always a few minutes away from deciding to move. A former academic, she’s used to writing things that no one reads. She still loves to geek out about books, movies, TV, and music—now, though, she’s excited to be writing the kind of romantic, angsty stories that she loves to escape into. When not writing, she can usually be found cutting her friends’ hair, wandering through whatever city she’s in while listening to torch songs and melodic death metal, or cooking overly elaborate meals. One time she might or might not have baked a six-layer chocolate cake and then thrown it out the window in a fit of pique. She loves bonfires, winter beaches, minor chord harmonies, and cheese. But mostly cheese. You can find her on her website or on twitter. Have questions/comments/ pictures of octopi? Want to recommend a strong cheese or express a strong opinion? Drop her a line on e-mail. She’d love to hear from you.

Website: http://www.roanparrish.com
Twitter: @RoanParrish
E-mail: roanparrish@gmail.com

In The Middle of Somewhere, by Roan Parrish
Published by DREAMSPINNER PRESS
5032 Capital Circle SW, Suite 2, PMB# 279
Tallahassee, FL 32305-7886 USA
http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/

In the Middle of Somewhere © 2015 Roan Parrish.
Cover Art © 201AngstyG.
www.angstyg.com

ISBN: 978-1-63476-212-0
Digital ISBN: 978-1-63476-213-7
Library of Congress Control Number: 2015906026
First Edition July 2015