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.

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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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Guest Post and Giveaway: Bound to Fall by Jaime Samms

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The Novel Approach welcomes author Jaime Samms this morning to chat a bit about her upcoming novel Bound to Fall, releasing on June 26, 2015 from Dreamspinner Press.

Jaime’s offering the chance for one lucky reader to win an e-copy of the book on release day, to be delivered right to your Dreamspinner Bookshelf.

THIS CONTEST IS CLOSED

Good luck!

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I’m so very pleased that Lisa and Mary managed to squash me onto the blog today. Lisa for putting up with my last-minute-ness, you are a star. And Mary, you know, thanks for sharing your day with me. You so didn’t have to do that, and I love you for it.

I’m too tired to be funny. I’m too tired to be profound. I’m out of time to rest up so I can write something intelligent. I’ve decided I’m going to make a list instead. So this post doesn’t end up being a woe-is-me-fest of all the things I wish for every day (like time and energy and inspiration and the chance to sit In my garden and not see all the grass that needs cutting and weeds that need pulling….you see how fast that goes downhill?)

So my list is going to this: The things that make me happy right now.

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  • The mug Mary gave me at GRL last year with art by someone whose name I don’t know right now, about a show I don’t even watch (The Young Avengers). But it’s two boys kissing and there is a constant battle between my teenage girl and me to see who gets to use the mug for the day. Today I win, but I don’t even mind that the mug disappeared into her school bag and then her locker where she used it for tea at school every day for months, because it tickles me that we both love the idea of pretty art depicting two boys kissing like they’re in love. One small mug, many great discussions with my daughter about why it matters.
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  • The fact that as I type this, said daughter is sitting across from me at the table wearing Amy Lane’s Outbreak Monkey shirt, and the fact I haven’t seen that shirt other than in the laundry or on her back, since the day I wore it home from Orlando. I’m sad I don’t get to wear the shirt. But happy about the books we’ll get to talk about when she’s old enough to read them. (Or after she sneaks my paper back copies off the shelf and reads them because she thinks I don’t know she’s thought about doing that.)
  • The wild-flower meadow that is my thirty-by-thirty front yard. Because bumble bees. And song birds. And I don’t’ have to nag anyone to mow it. Or mow it myself, or waste water on grass that doesn’t like the desert-like conditions.
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  • The sound of Canadian Geese flying by outside. Despite their greasy poop and the fact they will be flying by in the other direction in a couple of months, there is something about the sound that reminds me of good summer things.

In the midst of deadlines and work and spring recitals, it’s easy to lose track of the things that make me happy. The more overwhelmed by the stresses in life, the harder it is to remember the little things.

Maybe a bit of that came out in Pike and Eddie. They got so caught up in the dark memories, for Eddie, and the failing friendships for Pike, they forgot to remember the things that made them happy in the now.

Eddie forgot that acting was his bliss. He let the shadow of past memories take that away from him. Pike stopped seeing the horses and his joy of them without looking at them through the filter of losing his best friend by slow increments.

It took the mirror of each other to see what they had begun to overlook in their own lives. Even when Pike got so caught up in that dying friendship he lost track of what he liked until Eddie accidentally showed him what he didn’t.

Alone in the afternoon sunshine pouring through the new sheer living room curtains, Eddie stared around, satisfied with his work. The walls were still builder’s white and the hardwood still needed refinishing, but a thick area carpet lay under the brown suede-covered couch and chest coffee table. The new television stood on a low stand made from reclaimed barn boards flanked by a pair of tall wrought iron candle stands that had been wired to make lamps.

As he stood there, admiring the culmination of his plans, his phone buzzed.

He pulled it out and glanced at the screen, ready to tell Caspiri off once and for all. The text splashed across his screen pleasantly surprised him and he chuckled aloud.

Pike: You okay???!!! O.o

Eddie smiled and nodded as he texted back.

AEM: Fine why all the drama?

Pike: Some kids just passed me on the highway with my couch in the back of their truck!!

“Shit.” What were the odds?

AEM: Don’t panic. I got them to help me get rid of it.

Pike: WHY??!!

AEM: So dramatic. Calm down. Because you don’t need it anymore.

Pike: Where the hell do you expect me to sit?!?

AEM: Are you texting and driving?

Pike: Red light.

AEM: Put your phone down. Drive safe. I’ll see you soon.

Pike: Not done, dude!

AEM: Phone down!!!!!!

Pike:—\/—

AEM: LOL! What is that?

Pike: *angryface*

AEM: Stop. Drive. Talk when you get here.

There were no more texts, so Eddie assumed Pike’s red light had changed. He sat on the new couch and waited for his lover to return, sucking on his soul patch and hoping he’d done something good.

He heard the echoing clomp of heavy foot treads on the stairs long before Pike came banging into the apartment.

“Why are people stealing my couch?” he thundered, slapping his gloves onto the kitchen table, then doing a double take. “Where’s my table?”

Eddie eyed him. “That table would never have held your weight.”

“My weight? What?” He looked around the place. “Where is my stuff?”

“Most of it is all still here.” Eddie got up and went to the TV stand. He pulled out the antique wooden box from underneath and lifted the lid to show Pike that all his CDs and DVDs were safe inside. “The other ones have your game console and controllers and headphones and everything. You didn’t have a turntable, so we put your records inside the chest, but they don’t have to stay there.” He gave the couch a good, solid shake. “See? No wobbles.”

Pike turned to him. “Where. Is. All. My. Stuff?”

“Pike?” Eddie took a step back. “I—”

“Who told you to get rid of all my things?”

“Well, I—” …thought I was doing something nice.

Pike wandered the apartment, running his hands over the new furniture, opening drawers, and feeling the fabrics. “You did all this in one day?”

“Anthony and Derrek and Tiffany did most of it.”

“Anthony? Marconi?”

Eddie nodded. “From the antiques shop, yeah.”

“They did all this.”

Eddie nodded. “And his friend and his friend’s girlfriend.”

Pike scratched at the back of his neck, gazed around, and rubbed his fingers over his mouth. “I—I have to shower.” He left the room, entered the bathroom, and shut the door. Eddie moved to follow him, but the lock snicked into place and he stopped.

“Well, shit.”

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BoundtoFall_postcard_front_DSPBlurb: 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.

Pre-Order Link: Dreamspinner Press

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Author BioAbout the Author: Jaime has been writing for various publishers since the fall of 2008, although she’s been writing for herself far longer. Often asked why men; what’s so fascinating about writing stories about men falling in love, she’s never come up with a clear answer.  Just that these are the stories that she loves to read, so it seemed to make sense if she was going to write, they would also be the stories she wrote.

These days, you can find plenty of free reading on her website. She also writes for Freya’s Bower, Jupiter Gardens, and Total E-Bound.

Spare time, when it can be found rolled into a ball at the back of the dryer or cavorting with the dust bunnies in the corners, she’s probably spending crocheting, drawing, gardening (weather permitting, of course, since she is Canadian!) or watching movies. She has a day job, as well, which she loves, and two kids, but thankfully, also a wonderful husband who shoulders more than his fair share of household and child care responsibilities.

She graduated some time ago from college with a Fine Arts diploma, and a major in textile arts, which basically qualifies her to draw pictures and create things with string and fabric. One always needs an official slip of paper to fall back on after all….

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A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week

Here’s A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week

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Hi, everyone, and thanks for stopping by for a peek at what we have coming up for you in the week ahead. Fortunately there’s lots of activity to report, and we’re also gearing up to kick off the GayRomLit Featured Blogger tour in our countdown to October in San Diego.

Here’s what’s on tap!

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Monday – Kicking off our week, we first welcome Mary Calmes, who’s stopping by with a guest post and giveaway of her upcoming novel Forging the Future, Jin and Logan’s final chapter in the Change of Heart series

We’ll also have author Jaime Samms with us today, as she drops in with a giveaway and to chat a bit about her newest novel from Dreamspinner Press, Bound to Fall

Tuesday – We’ll have author L.A. Witt stopping in today on the Tide of War book tour with Riptide Publishing

Brita Addams is also here today with a guest blog about Caitlyn Jenner and her transition

Wednesday – Author Lissa Kasey will be dropping by today with a guest post about her upcoming novel Model Citizen

We’ll also be here to welcome author EM Lynley and the 24-Karat Conspiracy blog tour

Thursday – We’ve got a busy day today, starting off with the cover reveal of Piper Vaughn & Kenzie Cade’s new collaboration, Prickly Business

Next up will be author Annabelle Jacobs, who’ll be here to chat about her contribution to Blanket Fort Press’s Secrets Collection, Toy with Me

And we’ll also be kicking off the GayRomLit Featured Blogger tour today with our first guest, Devon Rhodes

Friday – Dropping by today on the Charlie’s Hero blog tour, we’ll have author Nic Starr with us

Saturday – And to close out the week, we’ll have a few of the participating authors in the Indigent charity anthology with us to talk about their participation in this special project

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And that’s that for this week. Until next time, happy reading!

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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

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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!


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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:


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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.


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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.

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