A lovely 4.5 * review of my m/m contemporary romance, Between the Frescoes.
Title: Between the Frescoes
Author: Kay Berrisford
Length: 149 pages
Publisher: Loose Id (September 9th, 2014)
Heat Level: Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥4.5 Hearts
Blurb: UK grad student Mark is taking a huge step in his life. After years of suffering from anxiety and depression, he’s summoned the courage to travel to Florence and give his first public lecture. Distraction from his nerves comes in the unexpected form of Doug, an American guy who sweeps him up into a whirlwind romance on the journey to Italy. But after a scorching one-night stand, Mark discovers Doug is not just a fellow student, but a fierce rival, and everything falls apart.
Doug is studying in Europe, but his commitments are back on the other side of the Atlantic. He’s attracted to Mark yet soon decides Mark’s hang-ups and competitiveness are…
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The first two books of my Landlocked Heart series are available to pre-order now from Less Than Three Press. Yay! Excitingly, this afternoon, I am planning the big denouement to book four (which is proving a horror to write, but I’m hoping it will pay off and that somebody somewhere will enjoy reading this saga as much as I’ve loved writing it.)
I’ve been working on Landlocked Heart for the best part of a year, and I know I’m going to miss Ben and Lyle once I’ve finally finished their tale. So, if anybody enjoys book one and wants something to tide them over ’til the second book comes out, I’ll happily take prompts for ficlets and drabbles to post here over the summer :))
To celebrate, here’s the pretty cover and blurb for book 2, which is out September 27th!
Blurb: Lyle, a merman, and Ben, his human, work together in a seaside ice-cream parlour and their life together is bliss. Or would be, if not for Ben’s constant worries about career and money, and Lyle’s dark past—a myriad of secrets, lies, wild magic, and foul deeds, which now threaten to catch up with him.
When Lyle’s merfolk family accuse him of murder, Ben and Lyle’s bond is stretched to the limit. Not only does Lyle seem unsuited to Ben’s dreams of domestic happiness, his magical powers are spinning dangerously out of control. Even Lyle isn’t entirely sure he’s innocent.
With Ben dragged deep into the enchanted processes of merfolk justice, escaping with his life—and getting home to an important job interview—is just the start of the challenge. Uncovering Lyle’s inner truths without destroying their love could be a step too far…
The first two books in my new series, Landlocked Heart, are coming out on 8th July and 27th September respectively. Book 3 is finished and contracted with Less Than Three Press, and I am currently working on Book 4, the last in the series (for now!) My aim is to have Book 4 finished and ready for submission before the first book comes out in July.
The series tells the saga of Ben, a mild-mannered council employee, and Lyle, a flamboyant merman with a tragic past. Its got magic, shapeshifting, tentacle-like fins (!), cute romance, a ton of pain and angst, and a light sprinkling of lovemaking. In latter books, it’s also got the odd dragon hanging around…
Anyway, behold the lovely covers and blurbs for Landlocked Heart (Book 1): The Lonely Merman.
Blurb: It’s Friday afternoon, and the last thing Ben wants to be doing is trudging through a wet forest in search of a public hazard. But duty calls, and turns out more exciting than Ben imagined when he encounters a magical ruin, an enchanted pool, and Lyle—a merman who’s cursed to be landlocked many miles from the sea.
Lyle is flamboyant and exciting—he’s got tentacles, for goodness sake!—and Ben falls hard. But Lyle’s been hurt before and finds trust difficult, refusing even to reveal how to break the curse that imprisons him. Ben’s just an ordinary guy, and can’t help wondering if he can ever be the hero Lyle needs, let alone endure the endless camping trip in the woods…
Genre: Contemporary paranormal m/m romance.
More info on book 2 coming soon…
Blurb: Raef, a lonely merman, spends his days watching the dashing Lord Haverford from afar and dreaming of love. When Haverford is robbed by a pirate, Raef vows to reclaim the stolen goods, hoping his victory will buy him the happiness he yearns for with Haverford.
But Jon Kemp does not match what Raef knows about pirates, and the simple quest Raef anticipated turns out to be an epic journey. For while Jon might be a nobler man than Raef believed, he’s still a pirate. Love and loyalty are not on Jon’s agenda, and he certainly has no plans to love someone not entirely human …
Pairings: M/M Content: Contains some explicit content.
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Artwork by April Martinez.
Blurb: When the king commands former war hero Captain Jay Ghair to find him the perfect royal sex slave, Jay’s quiet new life as a librarian is shattered. Jay discovers the boy he’s looking for in Alix, a lowly miner and wannabe court scientist, whom Jay can’t help but secretly adore. However, teaching the rebellious Alix to be a docile slave is difficult. Alix will behave for just one man, and it isn’t the king. It’s Jay.
Standing by while the king’s treatment of Alix becomes cruel is torturous for Jay. He longs to return to his library, yet he can’t bear to leave Alix, or his people, unprotected. To rescue Alix—and save the realm from the increasingly tyrannical king—Jay must confront the demons of his military past and take up the sword again. But his most important battle must be won through returning Alix’s love and learning to master this bad slave who submits only for him. LGBTTQ, BDSM & Fetish, Fantasy & Paranormal
Reviews for Bad Slave:
Pixie at MM Good Book Reviews wrote: “Perfectly written, nicely timed, and paced with some angst and danger but with some beautiful D/s moments… I recommend this to those who love medieval type fantasy, delicious D/s, brutal BDSM, a great storyline, a hot hero and an ex-miner finding love… oh and rescuing a kingdom!” Read more.
Hearts on Fire gave the book a solid four star review, though it seems to have conjured some strong emotions in the reviewer. I’ll take that as a good thing given her decent rating for the read. At least she’ll remember my book, and it seems I created a hiss-worthy villain and a truly heartbreaking hero! Read more.
Leatherskater at Mrs Condit and Friends says: “I loved Alix’s strengths, and Jay’s compassion, and realized, even if it was set in the dungeon world of slaves and kings and BDSM, it was a good love story of two souls just meant to be together, by their own needs and wants alone. In the end, that’s what a good story is. Something that makes you think afterwards on it.” Read more.
Annette Gisby at Zipper Rippers says: “Bad Slave is very well written, it almost has a poetic or lyrical feel to it and the style of the language used steeps it in the realm of fantasy rather than the mundane world. … It is above all things a love story and you will be rooting for Jay and Alix to get their happy ending, despite the angst to get there”. Read more.
Crystal from Crystal’s Many Reviews says: “I do think that the author did an amazing job with the characters, all of them. No matter how minor of a role the character had, the author thought to describe them in a way that they stood out from each other. This was a really good read for me and I will be sure to see what other books the author has released!” Read more.