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Sunday, August 25, 2013

DOUBLE REVIEW: "If It Flies" and "If It Fornicates" by L.A. Witt and Aleksandr Voinov


If It Flies (Market Garden, #3)If It Flies by L.A. Witt and Aleksandr Voinov
(Market Garden #3)

Goodreads -- Amazon

For Ages 18+
Male/Male Romance -- Contemporary
Riptide Publishing -- March 11, 2013
Ebook, 140 pages
Received from Netgalley

THEMES
Alpha Hero, BDSM

SUMMARY
Spencer is in a rut. Long hours at the law firm are sucking the life out of him, and he doesn’t have time or energy for a relationship. He’s lonely, horny, and itching for something new, so he tries the Market Garden, an exclusive—and expensive—brothel. Spencer isn’t in the door five minutes before a cocky rentboy makes his move.

Nick isn’t just any rentboy, though. He’s a Dom, he’s a sadist, and he’s everything Spencer didn’t know he was missing. One night turns into more, and before long, Spencer is one of Nick’s regular clients.

Both men think they’re just scratching each other’s backs: Spencer’s exploring a submissive, masochistic side he never knew he had, and Nick is getting off and getting paid. But as time goes on, it’s clear their strictly professional arrangement . . . isn’t, and if Nick has one hard limit, it’s that he doesn’t get romantically entangled with his johns. The problem is, while Nick doesn't want to be owned, Spencer’s no longer content with just renting.

FIRST LINE
"Trust me, Spence," Percy said during a mostly liquid lunch.  "If it flies, drives, or fornicates, it's always cheaper to rent it."

MY THOUGHTS
I wasn't really sure what to expect from this installment in the Market Garden series.  I loved what Witt and Voinov did with Jared and Tristan so I was hoping for more time with them rather than moving on to another couple.  But, I was glad I read If It Flies even though it is a little outside my comfort zone (mainly the BDSM factor).

I had been intrigued by Nick's character since we met him earlier in the series and thought his approach to his "rentboy" status was interesting.  Spencer was just a nice guy kinda character that could have been boring, but rarely was so.  I loved the chemistry between Spencer and Nick and how the authors showed their relationship changing ever so slightly until everything came to a head.

This series is just getting better with each book and I am definitely looking forward to more!  Personally, I hope we get to see more of Spencer and Nick though I wouldn't say no to more Jared and Tristan as well.

Thanks to Netgalley and Riptide Publishing for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.


4 STARS

FAVORITE QUOTE
"Nick had never kissed him before.  Ever.  And it was amazing.  Spectacular.  Just like he did everything else, Nick assumed control of the kiss and guided Spencer's mouth into motion. His smooth chin grazed Spencer's and he knew just how to tease Spencer's lips apart.  Goose bumps covered Spencer's skin, his whole body tuning in to that kiss, focusing on it, surrendering to it completely."

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If It Fornicates (Market Garden #4)If It Fornicates by L.A. Witt and Aleksandr Voinov
(Market Garden #4)

Goodreads -- Amazon

For Ages 18+
Male/Male Romance -- Contemporary
Riptide Publishing -- June 10, 2013
Ebook, 155 pages
Received from Netgalley

THEMES
Alpha Hero, BDSM

SUMMARY
Nick is a top earner in the Market Garden, where rentboys fulfill their high-rolling clients’ every sexual fantasy. As a Dom and a sadist, he sets his own price and is experienced enough not to let any client get out of hand. He’s damn good at his job, and it’s easy money.

Or at least it used to be. But now he has a boyfriend. Spencer is a former client, a closeted corporate lawyer, and so beautifully submissive he’s perfect for Nick. He doesn’t even mind how Nick earns a living. He just wants to take care of Nick—something Nick isn’t quite sure how to handle.

In fact, Nick’s clearly off his game these days. Sure, he’s tired from his shift work and his studies, but mainly he’s bored by his clients and distracted by thoughts of Spencer—dangerous for everyone when he’s wielding a whip. Now Nick has to make a choice: give up his independence, or walk away from the only man he’s ever loved.

FIRST LINE
"Oh, ow, that stings, " Richard hissed.  His welt-covered back flinched away from Nick's touch.

MY THOUGHTS
I got my wish!  I wanted a continuation to Nick/Spencer's story which I got in If It Fornicates.  And the best part is that this book is told from rentboy Nick's point of view.  I continue to love what Aleksandr Voinov and L.A. Witt have done with the Market Garden series with the great character development and some hot moments.

Nick's point of view gives this book a different feel.  He is a very dominant person (both in and out of the bedroom), but is dealing with being in love with someone for the first time in awhile.  Spencer continues to be sweet and understanding even with the fact that his boyfriend is a rentboy.  I love the balance between these two and how well it works for them.

I thought it was really interesting how the authors depicted the sex scenes between Nick and his clients and Nick and Spencer.  While all of them are spicy, there is passion and caring in the Nick/Spencer scenes that made it easier to deal with Nick's profession.  I really liked watching Nick's feelings change over the course of the story as well.  It is obvious how much he adores Spencer and it was awesome seeing him try to figure out ways to solve the sticky situation of his job.  Like with If It Flies, the BDSM aspect in this book was very well-written and never overly dramatic.  I appreciate that especially since it isn't something I usually seek out in my reading.

Thanks to Netgalley and Riptide Publishing for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.


4 STARS

FAVORITE QUOTES
"The last thing I'd want is to sleep anywhere you aren't."  Nick reached up and gripped Spencer's tie right under the knot.  Just before he kissed Spencer again, he said, "And don't you forget it."

BOOKS IN THE SERIES
1. Quid Pro Quo
2. Take It Off
3. If It Flies
4. If It Fornicates
5. Capture & Surrender

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