The Chocolatier by Elizabeth Jewell (62 pages)
First comment - the cover ugh. Not good using the dripping blood font to try and replicate chocolate and it's hard to read. Okay, now that I'm done with the negative I can move on.
Perry just turned 40 and lives in a small town in Colorado running the local chocolate shop. It's not really explained how but he imbues some of the chocolate with magic which will make you find your true love but it's never worked for him. One day Foster walks in. He's doing some marketing for a ski company and will be promoting the town. On impulse Perry gives him an extra chocolate penis he had made up for a bachelor party and it's "magical". They make a date and have a smexy time. Let's just say I've found yet another food lube. Guess what it is? The next day he finds out that a couple who got married thanks to his chocolate have split and he starts to get freaked and thinks that the only reason Foster is only with him is because he ate the magic chocolate, so he tries to break it of with him. Thing is, Foster never ate the chocolate. After he tells Perry (following some angstiness), they confess their love and hot chocolate smexin' ensues in the kitchen. I should have hated the insta-love and Foster is way out and proud and Perry has been more or less closeted but he's not anymore thanks to Foster which might have annoyed me, but both of them didn't bother me much. The chocolate smexin' was VERY appealing, however for those who dislike chocolate (and who should be banished from my life - heathens) it might not appeal but it was hot. So a cute little story.
An Uncommon Whore by Belinda McBride (122 pages)
Pasha is a whore/slave who has no memory before 5 years ago when he started his "career". He finds out he's actually a king (Helios) of a people who were attacked and now trying to start over and Griffin has been searching for him as they had a relationship before as well. I'm not going to go into details because I'm lazy and Jen did a perfect review of it which more or less echoes what I said so read that. I REALLY enjoyed this and the only thing was the ending was left hanging but it's been confirmed that there will be a sequel so I'm looking forward to that. I would recommend it, it's not all dark and depressing despite the subject matter. Actually, I thought this was rather amusing
I pressed my hips forward, catching our shafts in my fist. My light to his dark, my circumcision to his natural.I guess it also shows he's removed from things that happened to him before, kind of a detached from his own body. I really enjoyed this one.
“That's new.” His gaze was hot and fierce.
“My cock? I'm fairly certain it's always been there.”
His grin flashed briefly. “No Lio, you've been cut. Circumcised.”
“Oh.” I stared at the smooth column of my shaft. “That must have hurt.”
Endicott Rex by Lee Benoit (65 pages)
This is a continuation of the story found in Another Fine Mess which I read way back in Sept. The story about dog walker Endicott who discovers all o the town's dogs are dragons and he's some kind of wrangler continues here. Endi and Chief are getting to know each other when a reporter comes to town and stirs up trouble at the same time the dogs start disappearing. Seems the dogs were part of a secret experiment who they want to turn into weapons and David, Endi's "friend" is part of it and that causes stress with his relationship with Chief. In the end, Endi goes off more or less on his own to rescue the dogs. Okay, I seem to have forgotten that Endi's IQ is about 20 points below normal. They called him naive and innocent, I called him stupid. He was so slow to grasp what was going on, although I give him props for doing something about it when he did. I also found his relationship with his Dad's friend Chief who is 25 years older kind of odd. All of a sudden there was this whole D/s thing going on which I thought really added nothing much to the story since Endi was all on board with the plan. Eh. I cared more about the dogs and what was up with them than the two main characters. Not a good sign perhaps but I bought it because I liked the premise of the first one.
These guys are for Erotic Horizon. Unfortunately they aren't maybe as mature as she would prefer but they aren't twinks and they definitely have some big artillery.