“Mask” by James Buchanan
When lovers Martin and Don Hector Luz Aritza meet Hector’s
French betrothed, an arrangement set in place by Hector’s
father before he died, both men are resigned to the future
Martin knows he can stay single, but in Colonial Mexico,
someone of Hector’s station in life has obligations and
social restrictions and Hector must honor the marriage
everyone becomes acquainted with the bride-to-be, Lolita
Moreau, it becomes readily apparent that she is haughty,
demanding, and overbearing.
As the wedding date approaches, Hector withdraws from
uncovers Lolita’s true wickedness and must find a way to
save both Hector’s life and their love.
The story opens with an intimate moment between Hector and
Martin, and the passion and love that exists between these
two men is intense.
James Buchanan once again writes with descriptive
imagery that pulls you into the story and makes you feel
like a participant rather than a bystander.
“Mask” has lovely men, wicked women, magic, and an
“Devotion” by Jade Falconer
Prince Wilhelm purchases Marcus from a slave auction
to be Wilhelm’s personal slave.
Wilhelm and Marcus quickly fall into a pattern of
nightly sexual interludes.
When the prince invites a third man into their bed
play, Marcus is hesitant at first, but then quickly gives
into what he thinks Wilhelm desires.
The introduction of Frederic in their love life rocks
Wilhelm and Marcus’ relationship and has the potential of
tearing them apart forever.
Plenty of hot sexual tension and bed sport,
“Devotion” is a fun interlude with a spoiled prince who
unknowingly falls in love with his slave and almost loses
him when he actually tries to think of other people, and
gives Marcus his freedom.
“Dragon's Fate” by Eliza Gayle
Garon, a very dominant Fae, is forced to accept Kian
of Levanti, an Unseelie Dragon, to train in the art of
Dominance and submission.
Kian has always believed because he was a male
warrior that he was a Dominant.
His attraction to Garon during their contest of wills
has Kian playing a new role and questioning his role in
life. Garon has
his own inner battles to fight during the training sessions
with Kian as he strives to overcome his own bitter
experiences and memories with the last Dragon he was
involved with in a D/s role.
“Dragon’s Fate” kept my interest not only with the D/s play,
but also with the shapeshifting capabilities of the Dragons
and the love story that unfolds between Garon and Kian.
And what a lovely little tidbit at the end, hinting
Kian’s journey is incomplete.
“Heads Or Tails” by Jenna Byrnes
Jeff Roberts has a successful job and his life planned out.
Currently engaged to his boss’ daughter, Lana
Birdwell, Jeff is in line for the CFO position.
Jeff has convinced himself he is “straight” and that
his past gay experiences in high school and college were
encounters best left in the past.
Until he sees and meets new employee Kurt Lacey.
Kurt is openly gay and very attracted to Jeff.
One night together, and they begin a hot and illicit
must choose between a life with Lana and no control, or a
life with Kurt that promises to be filled with all of Jeff’s
hidden and repressed desires.
Will flipping a coin help Jeff make a decision?
In “Heads Or Tails,” I felt no sympathy for Lana.
She was very much business driven and oriented, with
no compassion for her fellow workers or employees.
When Kurt and Jeff first start secretly seeing each
other, their encounters are explicit and sometimes just raw
sex. At one
point, Kurt is adamant that Lana is all wrong for Jeff but
immediately backs down when he notices the rocky turmoil
Jeff is experiencing.
Jeff’s life-altering story was emotional and the ride
Kurt takes Jeff on is wild and crazy!
“Hardcore” by Selah March
Jesse Bonham, ex-convict and ex-cop, is out for
revenge against Paco, the man responsible for ruining
Jesse’s life and putting him behind bars.
His plan is to kidnap Paco’s current boy toy and use
him as bait to kill Paco.
Jesse’s plan didn’t involve getting involved with or
falling for Sean, a college student and bartender.
There’s just something hot about cops, even ex-cops.
Jesse lives up to the silent and moody reputation,
and the banter between Jesse and Sean makes this story so
My favorite quote from Jesse is “…he needed a better filter
between his mouth and his brain” (who doesn’t?) after
admitting he was watching Sean and not the scenery.
“Hardcore” is fast paced, exciting, and filled with
edge-of-seat adventures one after another.
“Behind the Beard” by Yeva Wiest
Set in historical England, Byron Jones is a
twenty-five year old counselor with secret desires for Lord
Richard Kincade, a highly placed and successful barrister.
Lord Kincade’s fiancée, Felicity Turner, is quickly
proving “quarrelsome and spiteful” and Kincade is afraid his
dream of a life partner with whom to share his life, love,
and bed is unattainable.
Felicity is a perfect “beard,” or society cover, and
would meet society’s demands for wife and heirs.
Young Byron, on the other hand, is handsome, “supple
and fresh,” and enjoys the company of older men.
Meddlesome servants and a life-long friend of Lord
Kincade’s hatch a plan to bring Byron and Kincade together
during a society function that ends in laughter and love.
“Behind the Beard” is a touching romance and
emotional read around the hardships men in love endure
around society’s demands in an historical setting.
I enjoyed the humorous and colorful characters from
Kincade’s best friend Hugh, to interfering servants, and
even the incidents with the “six”-legged creatures!
Fantasies Volume III
has it all, from western settings to princes,
kingdoms, and castles; to Seelie and Unseelie; cops, mafia,
corporate business types, and historical England. This
volume is sure to please and satisfy manlove romance readers
all over. So
many of my favorite romance scenarios were hit and that is
why I Joyfully Recommend
Fantasies Volume III.