3.5 Stars, BDSM/Kink/Erotica, Dreamspinner Press, Genre Romance, Jaime Samms, Reviewed by Jules

Review: Bound to Fall by Jaime Samms

Title: Bound to Fall

Author: Jaime Samms

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 350 Pages

At a Glance: But Bound to Fall wasn’t the smooth glide that Jaime’s books typically are for me.

Reviewed By: Jules

Blurb: With so many fences between them and happily ever after, two men wonder if it’s worth opening the gate.

Ten years ago Eddie Crane, an actor on the rise, loved his costar and dreamed of the day they could be together. But his love, with his submissive nature, couldn’t handle fame, and before Eddie could help him, he died in a car accident—with Eddie at the wheel.

Now, guilt-ridden, Eddie buries himself in bad decisions and prays that a stunt—on or off camera—will go wrong.

Teenaged fantasies about the actor on his wall distracted Arthur Pike from real life—his dead father, runaway mother, gruff grandparents, and his unrequited love for his cousin’s straight husband. Now grown and off the farm, Pike is a horse stuntman hired to teach a reluctant Eddie to ride.

Pike is drawn to Eddie’s dominant nature despite the sadness clinging to the actor. Eddie let one lover down, but in Pike’s submissiveness, he sees the possibility for redemption.


Review: Eddie Crane’s career is teetering on the edge of disaster. His manager – the spitfire that is Margaret – has pulled some strings to get him a gig that could revive things for him if it goes well, but he hasn’t even bothered to read the script. Not a great way to start things off. Right off the bat, we see that Margaret has her hands full with Eddie (whose given name is completely fabulous, by the way: Angus Edwin McCrea – friends call him Annie, which I love), who has basically been on a ten year bender. Unable to get over the grief of losing his costar, best friend, and first love, it’s been a rough go for Eddie – but, it’s time for him to end the pity party and get his life back on track.

The new film calls for Eddie to be comfortable on a horse, so Mags takes him to a ranch in Canada to meet up with his stunt double, Arthur Pike, who is going to teach Eddie how to ride. I liked Pike very much. He has a lot of fire in him but is also very caring and gentle, which you can especially see in the way he interacts with the horses. The storyline involving Pike’s misplaced feelings for his cousin’s husband didn’t really add to the story for me. Pike was an extremely strong and likeable character, and his having such a hard time for so long over dealing with the reality of his relationship with Ryan didn’t feel entirely realistic.

I’m a fan of Jaime Samms’ work, and I liked many parts of this story…Passages like this one for instance:

“Pike had always loved that exact moment when the flowers were open before the petals snowed down on the grass. In the sparse light, the trees were globed shadows and the lawn stretched out, a sheet of lighter gray, like the color had been stripped from the world for a few hours.”

Beautiful, right?? She writes so many lovely words. And, I loved the little shout-outs she gave to Patchwork Heaven, both the boys from the band and the guys from The Detail. But Bound to Fall wasn’t the smooth glide that Jaime’s books typically are for me. I stumbled with this one quite a bit. The BDSM part of the book just never really came together. Things weren’t clearly defined, and the roles didn’t seem to fit or be true to the characters on either side. For the most part, Pike didn’t seem to have a submissive bone in his body – though I get that he craved dominance in the bedroom – and for the majority of the book, Eddie seemed to need Pike to take the lead almost as much as he wanted to dominate him.

I loved the nod to Brokeback Mountain, and the acknowledgement of the rough ride stardom can be for some of our brightest shining stars, and the care Jaime took in telling Annie’s story…I get all of that and love what her intention was…I just wish the story, overall, would have meshed better for me.



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Review: Patchwork Heaven by Jaime Samms

Title: Patchwork Heaven

Author: Jaime Samms

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 344 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: Singer Coby Kennedy and his drummer twin, Bruce, have a band called Patchwork Heaven. They have been rising steadily up the country music charts, but unfortunately, that rise has attracted unwanted attention. Faced with anonymous letters, sinister gifts, and the wanton destruction of their personal space, they hire The Detail, a specialized security firm. Coby never anticipated Gregor, The Detail’s owner and his personal guard, would be quite so intriguing. Continue reading

5 Stars, Dreamspinner Press, Jaime Samms, Reviewed by Tina

A Man Must Overcome Abuse In Jaime Samms’ “Off Stage: In the Wings

“There is no better place to heal a broken heart than on the back of a horse.” ― Missy Lyons

Title: Off Stage: In the Wings

Author: Jaime Samms

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 326 Pages

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: Lenny Stevens was the lead guitarist of the up-and-coming grunge band Firefly until he crossed the line with the band’s lead singer. Now he’s faced with the impossible task of rebuilding his life without the music that had kept him together. Struggling with his fear and rage, he creates the same damaging patterns in his relationship with his lover, Vance Ashcroft.
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Our HAHAT 2014 Blog Tour Concludes Today With Jaime Samms And A Giveaway

8f412-hahat2b2014The Novel Approach would like to extend a final thank you to everyone who has followed along, commented, and participated in any way in the Hop Against Homophobia and Transphobia.

A very special thank you goes to B. Addler, Kade Boehme, and to Jaime Samms for allowing us to share their stories with all of you.

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Here’s A Sneak Peek At A Busy Week!

Hi, everyone, I hope you’ve all had a great week. We’ve got loads of good stuff coming up in the week ahead, including a couple more guest posts to celebrate the Hop Against Homophobia and Transphobia and another Countdown to GayRomLit guest visit. Watch for some great articles, interviews, giveaways, and reviews.

But first, I have an introduction to make. As all of you know by now, the LGBT reviewing community is about to lose one of its staunchest supporters, Becky Condit. Mrs. Condit Reads Books will be closing its virtual doors on May 31, 2014, and though it will be a great loss, The Novel Approach is making an equally great gain. Jules Lovestoread will be joining our crew, and I couldn’t be more thrilled to have her with us, so, without further ado, here’s a little intro to our very own Jules:

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Jaime Samms Is Joining In The Countdown To GRL Fun With A Giveaway!


Usually when one thinks of writers, one thinks of those quietly brilliant people alone in a cluttered office churning out inscrutable prose.

Or, you know, something like that. Quiet people who don’t get out much. I bet eight out of ten writers will tell you they are introverted and prefer their own company to trying to figure out how small talk works.

It’s stage fright is all it is, really. For me, it’s knowing I can, with relative ease, string together thousands and thousands of words, on the page, and they all make sense and are entertaining, at least to a few other people, while also being convinced there is no way I could possibly do the same in front of a real, live person. Never mind many people.
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Here’s A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week

Hi, everyone, I hope you’ve all had a great week! As you can see, we’ve got another busy seven days ahead, filled with more GRL Countdown visitors, giveaways, interviews, and, of course, more reviews from the team for you.

Here’s what’s on tap for the week ahead.

MondayKatey Hawthorne kicks the week right off with a GRL Celebration visit and giveaway

TuesdayCon Riley is our guest today on the Recovery Blog Tour, and there will also be a giveaway

We also have author D.T. Peterson visiting with an interview and the chance for TEN lucky readers to win a copy of his novel The Cove

WednesdayKimber Vale drops by on her Double Takes Blog Tour, and she’s also got a giveaway for you

Jaime Reese is with us today as well, to talk a little bit about her new book A Hunted Man, and she’ll be offering a giveaway

A.J. Corza also joins us today with another installment of Got You Covered

ThursdaySusan Mac Nicol pops in to work a little Double Alchemy for us, and there’s a giveaway

FridayKrissy Bells kicks off the day with a guest article about her book Fag, why she chose such a jarring and provocative title, and there’s a giveaway

Kol Anderson also drops in with a giveaway of his new novel The Perfect Place, and Lynn reviews the book

SaturdayJaime Samms is our guest today with another Countdown to GRL visit

Sunday – And finally, to round out the week, I had the opportunity to interview author Vaughn R. Demont, and he’s giving away all three books in the Broken Mirrors series to one lucky reader

And that rounds out the week ahead. Until next week, happy reading!

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Mary Calmes Is Owning Up To A Not So Secret Secret, And There’s A Giveaway

I used to protest and say, oh no, I don’t write that many policemen. It didn’t seem like a lot, not really. But as I was counting the other day, I realized how ridiculous that I’m sounding lately. Sam Kage, Duncan Stiel, Pete Lomax, Dante Cerreto, Jerrit Troy and Frost Ramsey, Raza Bashandi, Frank Corrigan, Kevin Chaney, and the two marshals I just finished writing. It has moved past a one-off and become a thing. I feel like I should go to a support group or something.

“Hello, my name is Mary Calmes, I write law enforcement type guys.”

And why is that?

I’ve tried to sit and think, what is it about lawmen that does it for me? First, I decided to ask my friends:


Amy Lane: I love lawmen in books because they are an opposable force. Their world view locks down the possibilities of the world around them. They’re order imposed on chaos. But since their lovers are often chaos, they are forced to change as characters and so are their mates. Also, since much of the chaos is bad, they’re forced to keep their mates safe. They’re like a walking bank safe strolling through a tornado. If they don’t learn some flexibility, they will hurt their mates against their adamantium walls. If they don’t maintain their strength, the forces of evil will hurt them and their beloveds. And at the center of the safe is a very delicate eggshell, holding a live beating heart.

Jaime Samms: Well, I’ll tell you what does it for me about cops, marshals, private investigators and bodyguards: it’s that they are very “me Tarzan, you mine.” They truly believe themselves to be invincible, and that makes them heroic.

Poppy Dennison: For me, law enforcement romance heroes represent the American dream. I love a good Good Guy, one who will keep you safe and make sure no one messes with what’s his. They’re really swoon worthy!

Rhys Ford: Because there’s nothing sexier than a bad boy on the right side of the law.

Ellis Carrington: Law enforcement professionals are taught to carry themselves with a commanding presence, and that added air of authority and confidence is sexy as well as magnetic. Plus, the uniforms are damn hot.


I think about the all the amazing lawmen I’ve read; Tere Michaels’ Evan Cerelli and Matt Haight, as well as Jim Shea; Rhys Ford’s Kane Morgan and his brother Conner, the SWAT commander; Dani Alexander’s Austin Glass; or Brooke McKinley’s Miller Sutton. I definitely have a thing for policemen, and I think more than anything it’s about the weight of the job. Day after day, they have to make life and death decisions. Sometimes big, sometime small, but all of those have to try and be made taking into consideration what’s best for everyone. Since a true alpha takes care of the whole and the many and not the one and the few, it’s a heavy responsibility to bear. So perhaps the similarity to an alpha is where the lure lies.

My new book Floodgates was released March 3rd, and of course, there’s a lawman.

Here’s the blurb:

Tracy Brandt considers himself a lucky man. He has a wonderful family, good friends, and a dependable job. His love life, however, features a cheating ex who, though out of the house, is not yet out of the picture—with a past that just might get Tracy killed.

Homicide inspector Cord Nolan wants nothing more than to show his best friend’s little brother that he’s a reliable man, but to do that he’ll have to get Tracy to look past the player he used to be. It’ll be a tough sell; reputation is everything, and Cord’s is tarnished by his past indiscretions.

Tracy and Cord have spent five years trying to suffocate their fiery attraction under a blanket of grudging antagonism. When Tracy finds himself with a target on his back, Cord finally has the chance to ride to the rescue and break through the dam of Tracy’s reserve. But he’d better be careful: if Cord is breaking the floodgates to wash away the past, he’s going to have to hold tight to Tracy to make sure they’re still standing when the tumult recedes.