5 Stars, BDSM/Kink/Erotica, Genre Romance, Jane Davitt, Reviewed by Jennifer, Totally Bound

Review: Life Under New Management by Jane Davitt

Title: Life Under New Management

Author: Jane Davitt

Publisher: Totally Bound

Pages/Word Count: 270 Pages

At a Glance: Not for everyone, but I could not put this book down!

Reviewed By: Jennifer

Blurb: Working for a perfectionist like strict, sexy-as-hell Ethan isn’t easy. Falling in love with him? No problem at all.

Taking a bar job in an exclusive hotel is a stopgap for Andy. He’s an actor and his big break is coming soon—he knows it. His hot new boss Ethan is strict, demanding and totally off-limits but Andy can’t stop thinking about him.

When Andy learns of Ethan’s need to be in control of his partner—in bed and out of it—he’s stunned by the intensity of his reaction. He wants Ethan guiding him, bringing order to his chaotic life. And he sees that Ethan needs him too, though they can’t be open about their feelings.

Ethan deals out deliciously perverse consequences for misbehaving, but when it comes to incentives, he knows just what to offer to have Andy on his knees begging for more.

But some secrets can’t stay that way for long. And when difficult choices arise, for once Andy can’t turn to Ethan for guidance. This time, he’s on his own.

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Review: This book is not for everyone, but I adored it. In fact, once I started reading, I couldn’t stop, and I’m so glad I didn’t have to work the next day because I stayed up until nearly four in the morning in order to finish it.

This novel centers on a five star hotel, a floundering actor, and his new boss. Andy is an actor in Vancouver. and he can’t get a job. In order to pay the bills, he finds an opening at a hotel and tries out for the job. He pretty much fails at it, but Ethan is desperate to fill the position, and so he hires Andy anyway. Of course he’ll be on trial, but to Andy that’s all he needs to prove himself.

What follows is a tumultuous ride as they dance around their attraction for each other, their kinks, and then work out a relationship that will fit both of them.

As a fan of BDSM books of all flavors, this one was refreshingly different. Ethan doesn’t consider himself a Dom in the traditional sense. He doesn’t want leather, he doesn’t want a slave or a sub in the sense most people would. Instead, he wants to help a partner make sense of his life and organize it for him. He wants to tell him what to do and have his directions followed. It was interesting to see a man who is such a perfectionist also need that in his personal life. So many BDSM novels are twisted so that the perfectionist boss at work craves submission at home.

Then there’s Andy. He doesn’t even know he wants to submit to someone, or that he likes pain, but he discovers that with Ethan, and he thrives on it. His life is a mess and he wants someone to control every aspect so that he can find his footing and succeed. Really, it’s a match made in heaven. Except Andy does love to fight and push back sometimes, which Ethan hates.

This book had more of a domestic discipline flavor to it than actual BDSM, but there are elements of that as well. Thinking about it, I’m not really sure which category I would put it under, but I think that’s good. The book goes beyond the bounds of other BDSM fiction and shows a relationship that really could exist that blurs lines between categories. Both partners are consenting adults, and they crave what the other offers. What they do and how they act might make some readers uncomfortable, but I think that’s part of the book’s beauty.

I highly recommend this book to readers who are fans of BDSM, domestic discipline, boss/employee relationships, or anyone looking for something that pushes boundaries. I think, like me, you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

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3 Stars, Alexa Snow, Genre Romance, Jane Davitt, Loose Id, Reviewed by Sadonna

Review: The Empty Box by Jane Davitt and Alexa Snow

Title: The Empty Box (The Square Peg: Book Three)

Author: Jane Davitt & Alexa Snow

Publisher: Loose Id

Pages/Word Count: 273 Pages

At a Glance: This is a pleasant, if not groundbreaking, story.

Reviewed By: Sadonna

Blurb: Dave’s taking life day by day after leaving Travis, his emotionally abusive partner of fifteen years. Working as the cook at the Square Peg is all the social life he has and he’s content with that.

When a swerving car leaves him sprawled on the snowy sidewalk with a broken ankle, being rescued by his new neighbor, young, sinfully pretty Jeremy, seems like the start of something good, even if twenty years separate the two men. But Travis isn’t content to let Dave slip away and Dave’s his own worst enemy, holding Jeremy at arms’ length when Jeremy wants to get as close as possible.

With decisions about his future complicated by his tangled past, can Dave accept the second chance Jeremy offers or will his heart stay empty of love?

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Review: Note: I have to say I didn’t really realize that this was part of a series when I asked for this for review. I believe the first two books are about two other couples from the bar The Square Peg, but it seems like this can be read as a standalone, and I didn’t feel like I was missing any vital information to this story.

Dave is the chef at a local gay bar. One night, as he’s coming home after closing, he is walking to his condo when he is nearly hit by a rather reckless driver. He manages to get onto the sidewalk, but because of the snow and ice, he takes a pretty bad fall. He knows he’s hurt, but just not how badly. His new neighbor, Jeremy, finds him and takes him to hospital, where he learns it’s in fact a broken ankle and he’s going to be down for the count for a while. Of course Dave is cold and tired and cranky, so he’s possibly not putting his best foot forward with the new neighbor, but Jeremy seems to be somewhat socially awkward and a bit clueless, so they sort of balance each other out.

Dave is in his forties and has finally gotten out of a long term and very toxic relationship with his ex, Travis. Travis is a cheating, lying, addicted, manipulative asshole, and has taken Dave for a ride so many times he’d finally had enough and cut things off for good. Jeremy is only 29 and he is self-employed as a specialty computer builder and works from his condo. He also has a cat. :) Jeremy volunteers to help Dave around the house while he is convalescing. Dave doesn’t really want anybody’s help (he’s kind of stubborn that way), but Jeremy doesn’t want to give up on Dave either – since he confesses that he’s attracted to Dave.

While poor Dave is trying to heal, Jeremy manages to insinuate himself into Dave’s life. Jeremy is an interesting character. He seems to always be trying to figure out what the rules are and what he should say/not say. The authors don’t spell it out, but it’s almost like he’s got a spectrum disorder where he’s not sure what the “normal” thing is that he should do or say in any given situation. I liked Jeremy a lot though – his filter was kinda off, but he’s got a really good heart.

Of course, you know when there is a jerky ex around, he’s gotta cause trouble, so no exception here. Travis is also possessive, jealous and a vindictive user who always belittled Dave and everything he wanted to accomplish, on top of everything else in his lovely personality arsenal. When he figures out that Dave and Jeremy might be more than friends, he starts trouble. Jeremy and Dave do not agree on how to handle things with Travis, and this causes quite a bit of friction in their budding relationship. On top of that, Dave has a slight issue with the fact that Jeremy has never actually been with another man before, and has only dated women in the past. Jeremy is pretty convincing though. ;)
For those who read the first two books, the Square Peg, the owners, and other employees play a large part in this story. Ben and Shane support Dave while he is working to get back on his feet. Patrick and Vin are also there to lend moral support. There is also a lovely side story with a gentleman from the Farmer’s Market, whom Dave is friendly with. He is a gem of a character, and I’d love to read more about him sometime.

Of course, just as Jeremy and Dave finally get to a place where they are both happy, and they are supporting each other and doing exactly what they want to do, the other shoe has to drop. This puts a huge strain on their relationship and could unravel everything they have built together. With two guys who have spent so much time in their own heads, it’s definitely an uphill battle for them to find a way to communicate.

I really liked the characters and found Jeremy especially to be an interesting guy, with all his quirks. He refused to take Dave’s moods at face value and pushed him to stop perceiving himself through the Travis-colored lenses he’s worn for so long. I really loved the beekeeper, Locke, and his nephew. I also really liked the other characters from the Square Peg (and I’ll have to go back and read their stories). There wasn’t anything terribly new or different in this story, but I enjoyed the journey Dave and Jeremy take together.







 

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5 Stars, Jane Davitt, Reviewed by Taz, Riptide Publishing, Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Urban Fantasy

Review: Lucky Strike by Jane Davitt

Title: Lucky Strike

Author: Jane Davitt

Publisher: Riptide Publishing

Pages/Word Count: 202 Pages

At a Glance: Lucky Strike was a book I’ll probably go back to read again and again.

Reviewed By: Taz

Blurb: Death’s a heartbeat away, but love is even closer.

Flying a traveler to Leap celebrations on the luxury planet Crestal is no problem for intrepid partners Jake and Rill, even if they have to navigate a deadly meteor shower to get there. But their fresh-faced, privileged passenger is carrying more than Leap gifts: Lian has a message to deliver, treachery and murder to avenge, and a killer close on his heels.

Lian thought he was ready for independence from his overbearing extended family, but his first solo trip off-planet has landed him in a nightmare of deadly intrigue. Though he’s devastated by betrayal, and no longer able to tell friend from foe, he’s fascinated by the gruff pilot and scorchingly handsome first mate who’ve become his reluctant rescuers.

With a dazzling fortune at stake and the fate of the United Protectorate of Planets in their hands, there’s no time for the three men to fall in love. But with their future measured in hours, crew and passenger may have just enough time to discover that three can become one, and that together they are strong enough to beat any odds.

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Review: What a fantastic book. From the opening scene to the end, the action remained riveting. This is the first book I’ve read by Jane Davitt, and it certainly won’t be the last.

The ingredients for success were woven together beautifully in this sci-fi romance. The world was so vivid and detailed that I didn’t feel like I had to spend a chapter or two getting to learn the lay of the land. Nope. Immediately immersed and kept there throughout the duration of the journey. Language was used with purpose and finesse. Each emotion and thought portrayed through action. Each comment tagged with behaviors revealing how the characters feel, and deepening their richness. The relationship between the characters evolved throughout…steady, believable, and sexy. And the plot just kept on going. Intense, but not in a shortness of breath sort of way, but more of a nail-biting experience where you just have to keep reading to see how they get themselves out of trouble. And once they do, they land in more trouble and once again, you can’t stop reading.

I find that I’m a critical reader of sci-fi. I love it so much that I’m easily disappointed if the author doesn’t craft a story that attends to the world with fastidious care. No disappointments here. I also find ménage stories are hit or miss for me, always feeling like one of the triad are less part of the whole, but in this story the author has created three distinct protagonists, each with his own personality (strengths admirable and flaws endearing). They work together and I couldn’t imagine them apart.

Ms. Davitt is truly a joy to read and Lucky Strike was a book I’ll probably go back to read again and again for the story, and to improve my own craft.

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Guest Post and Giveaway: The Closing the Loop Blog Tour With Jane Davitt

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The Novel Approach welcomes author Jane Davitt today on the Closing the Loop blog tour. Enjoy Jane’s guest post, then be sure to leave a comment below for the tour wide giveaway of a signed copy of Jane’s book Lucky Strike. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on May 30, 2015. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Don’t forget to add your email so we can contact you if you win!

Good luck!

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Closing the Loop is set on a gay cruise ship. I have never been on a cruise of any description since I get seasick promptly and comprehensively. On a huge liner probably less so than a rowing boat but I’m not inclined to take the risk of ruining a vacation.

The idea of a cruise fascinates me though. Most stories I’ve read featuring one are murder mysteries, with dead bodies in staterooms or going overboard every few chapters, but the setting is so intriguing.

True, the ship docks and the passengers leave to explore, but they can’t get very far or do much in a day or two layover. The ship’s where it’s at. A mini-town, with crew and passengers linked, yet apart, one serving the other and yet in some ways the first loyalty of the crew is to the ship and captain, again linked.

Shipboard romances, burning hot, fading fast, instant friendships, soon forgotten, and a routine quickly established, as quickly dismissed on disembarking. It’s a temporary experience for the passengers and it’s why I chose to have Lee and Cole meet before the cruise, if briefly, and to come from the same area to give their romance a fighting chance.

The research for the story left me staring out of the window at snow and ice wishing for sand, surf, and sun. I visited gay cruise webpages sighing enviously at luxurious cabins, stunning restaurants, and good-looking people all with smiles, a drink, and a friend beside them. Followed the dotted line of the map to see where their voyage would take them, and drooled over the menus. I chose a stateroom (top of the line, naturally) and pictured myself enjoying the complimentary afternoon tea on my private balcony, served by my personal butler (really. They do that.) I read trip diaries by people who’d been on one and got an idea of what was on offer in the way of entertainment. Plus, the usual detail-checking, like how the doors lock on a cabin these days, and what’s included in the ticket and what’s extra.

It’s not a cheap vacation, but it looks like fun.

Maybe a bit too much fun. A whole week of drinking too much, eating too much, and partying like it’s 1999 (dating myself!) and, as the saying goes, I’d need a vacation to get over it. But I like the idea of a cruise with a gay-friendly crew and passengers free to express themselves without dodging disapproving looks and muttered criticism.

And I loved sending Lee and Cole off on one. They’re onboard for very different reasons, but by the end of the story their destination is a happy ending, and where better to disembark?

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1814953Blurb: A week on a tropical gay cruise is just what Lee needs after a bad breakup and a Canadian winter. It’s a shame his ex is on board, but Lee is sharing a cabin with Cole, a hot lawyer who—as luck would have it—is actually from Lee’s city. So when Cole unexpectedly awakens Lee’s kinky side, Lee begins to dream that they can actually take their shipboard romance home with them.

But Cole is keeping secrets involving a troubled young man on board the ship. And Lee, after his recent brush with betrayal, finds it difficult to trust Cole when he says Justin isn’t a rival.

Then he learns the truth and is also drawn into the tragic story. His dream vacation is in danger of turning dark, but he’s determined to navigate Cole and himself to a safe harbor before their blisteringly hot romance is lost at sea.

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About the Author: Jane Davitt is English, and has been living in Canada with her husband, two children, and two cats, since 1997. Writing and reading are her main occupations but if she ever had any spare time she might spend it gardening, walking, or doing cross stitch. She’s recently taken up yoga and loves discovering her ability to bend.

Jane has been writing since 2002 and wishes she’d started earlier. She is a huge fan of SF, fantasy, erotica, and mystery novels and has a tendency to get addicted to TV shows that get cancelled all too soon.

She owns over 4,000 books, rarely gives any away, but is happy to loan them, and is of the firm opinion that there is no such thing as “too many books.”

Connect with Jane:Website | •Twitter: @janedavitt | •Goodreads

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A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week

Here’s a Sneak Peek at the Coming Week

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Cheers, everyone, and welcome back to a quick look at what (or should I say who?) we have coming up for you in the week ahead. Thank you for stopping by!

Now, along with great giveaways and more reviews, here’s who we have on tap.

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Monday – Author Mickie B. Ashling helps us kick off our week with a visit on the Enforcing Emory blog tour

TuesdayMia Kerick joins us today on the Love Spell blog tour

And we’ll also have author Jessie G. in attendance on the Tricking Chase blog tour

WednesdayJane Davitt is our guest today on the Closing the Loop tour

Thursday – And today, we’ll welcome Silvia Violet on the Coming Clean blog tour

As well as author B.R. Sanders to discuss their new book Ariah

Friday Joy Lynn Field drops in today on the Blowing Off Steam blog tour

Also joining us is author Annabelle Jacobs on the Altered 2 blog tour

Saturday – Closing out the week, we have RJ Scott with us today on her Summer House tour

And we’ll also welcome author Megan Linden on the Serve & Protect blog tour

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And that does it for the week ahead. Enjoy! And until next time, happy reading!

 

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3 Stars, Genre Romance, Jane Davitt, Reviewed by Jules, Torquere Press

Review: House Call by Jane Davitt

Title: House Call

Author: Jane Davitt

Publisher: Torquere Press

Pages/Word Count: 74 Pages

At a Glance: There is lots of promise here, but just not enough steam to really make it great.

Reviewed By: Jules

Blurb: Country doctor Paul Jackson is passionate about his work, but he can’t stop thinking about the chance he took on a one-night stand when he lived in the city. Steve never called, but Paul can’t forget him. Discovering Steve is the grandson of one of his dying patients brings them together again, but Paul’s worried about the town’s reaction. In the midst of tragedy, misunderstandings, and manipulative exes, their love will need plenty of TLC to survive.

Previously appeared in the ‘Bedside Manners’ anthology, published by Torquere Press.

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Review: I love the idea of this story. The small town, country doctor. Young… handsome… making house calls…*sighs and stares into space* Hahaha. Kidding aside, it is a great premise for a romance. Lots to play with. You have quaint settings, the townsfolk, handsome stranger from the city…which is where Jane Davitt goes with things in her novella, House Call
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When cutbacks cost him his position at a hospital in the city,Paul takes a job as a country doctor in a small town outside of Chicago. He’s trying to get into the swing of things, sort of butting heads with his boss, Dr. Raines, and definitely doesn’t want anyone in town to know he is gay. So, when he runs into Steve, a one-night stand from two years ago, things get a little uncomfortable.

Steve is a great guy. Taking care of his ailing grandfather and making sure his end-of-life wishes are carried out, we get to see a little bit of the kind of man he is. It’s also obvious that he was very taken with Paul during the one night they spent together, so when Paul basically rebuffs him, it stings.

There is lots of promise here, but just not enough steam to really make it great. Paul and Steve have good chemistry – there are a couple of verrrrrry steamy bits, one moment in particular at the end – but, we’re not given enough to become truly invested in them, or form much of a connection. Individually there were some things I really liked: Steve’s job is different and interesting; there was a good moment between Paul and his boss which showed some redeeming qualities; Steve himself is a strong character and had lots of sex appeal. But, Paul’s character was a bit flat to be honest, and collectively, it wasn’t enough.






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Blog Tour and Giveaway: Lucky Strike by Jane Davitt

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Each year, Riptide Publishing releases a holiday collection in support of an LGBTQ charity. Royalties from Riptide’s 2013 Home for the Holidays charity collection have raised over $14,000 in nine months for the Ali Forney Center, and continue to yield several hundred dollars per month in royalties donations.

Our 2014 Share the Love collection will be raising money for the It Gets Better Project, and we hope to report even better results than in 2013. Continue reading

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Here’s A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week

TNA BadgeCheers, everyone, and many thanks for stopping by to see what we have coming up this week at The Novel Approach. 

As we head into this holiday week here in the states, I want to take a moment to say thank you so much for your support of what we do here each day. Without the encouragement of readers, authors, and publishers, we wouldn’t be here.

I also want to extend a special word of gratitude to my team of reviewers: Tina, Jackie, Lynn, Lana, Kim, Sammy, Jules, Kathie, Chris, Rena, and Taz. They are the foundation upon which I’ve been able to build TNA into what it is today, and I’m humbled and honored to work with each and every one of them, so thank you!

And now, here’s what’s on tap in the week ahead.

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MondayCharlie Cochrane kicks off the week today on the Best Corpse for the Job blog tour.

Susan Mac Nicol’s Love You Senseless review blog tour also hits TNA today, with a giveaway

TuesdayGregory Jonathan Scott’s Take to the Sky blog tour stops in with a steamy little excerpt and a giveaway

Talia Carmichael is also here with a guest post on the Best Laid Intentions blog tour

WednesdayRhys Ford is with us today with “State of the Rhys” and a cover reveal of the upcoming DSP Publications release Black Dog Blues

Jane Davitt also makes us a stop on the Lucky Strike blog tour

ThursdayIt’s Thanksgiving Day here in the US, so we’ll give thanks to John Goode for stopping by on his Going the Distance blog tour, with a giveaway

FridayRJ Scott joins us today on her Texas Fall blog tour, with a giveaway

Saturday Renae Kaye is our closing guest this week on her Safe in His Arms blog tour and giveaway

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Every Drop Of Your Love Might Go Into “Every Drop of My Love”



“Not all vampires are created equal, you know.” — Melika Dannese Lux



After reading a couple of duds, my faith in vampire stories has been restored! Every Drop of My Love is the book that made my week! I can’t begin to explain how much I loved this little book. Every Drop of My Love is what a vampire story should be, fast paced, sexy and hot as hell! Because if the vampire isn’t hot, what’s the point?

The story is told from Stephen’s point of view. He’s a blood donor and North is the vampire that he services. Their relationship is complicated. Stephen can’t get involved with his client and North holds himself back. But from North’s first bite, he becomes much more to him and Stephen reveals his deepest fantasies to North. Then North makes him an offer that he can’t refuse, which Stephen has been waiting for.
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O Come All Ye Kinky Edited by Sarah Frantz

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Let’s be naughty and save Santa a trip. – Gary Allan

Well, happy hot, hot holidays, everyone. Seems ‘tis the season to be bound and gagged and spanked and sexed up to the nines, when gifts aren’t tied up in ribbons and bows as much as folks are tied up in leather and ropes and are begging for the gifts of pain and pleasure, and all that glitters is duct tape, and everyone is giving the gifts of dominance and submission, those gifts that just keep on giving all year long.

O Come All Ye Kinky is a collection of eight BDSM themed stories:

Tree Topper by Jane Davitt
’Twas the Night by Ava March
Fireworks by Katie Porter
Candy Caning by L.A. Witt
Submissive Angel by Joey W. Hill
Open Return by Elyan Smith
Ring Out the Old and In the New by Alexa Snow
His Very Last Chance by Kim Dare

And each individual story in this anthology makes reading them all more than worth it. From a couple trying to figure out their roles in a relationship; to a woman struggling so hard to believe that she could ever come first in anyone’s life; to a transgendered man who’s coming home after a fifteen year absence, unsure of whether he still has a place there; to a man trying desperately to recover from the aftereffects of a violent crime, these stories all seem to have one underlying similarity, regardless of the author—they each center around a couple (or a threesome) who find that love is the one gift you can give away and will be more than glad when it’s returned.

Honestly, O Come All Ye Kinky has a little bit of something for everyone. Before I picked it up, I was one-hundred percent certain that four of the eight authors were going to deliver because I was already a fan of their work. After reading it, now I can say with one-hundred percent certainty that I count myself a budding fan of those new-to-me authors as well.

Whether you’re looking for historical erotica, something with an ethereal magic to it, something that will tug at your heartstrings, or something that’s just flat-out dead sexy, you’ll find it in this well written and complementary collection of short fiction. I can guarantee you there are more than noses being nipped at here, so go ahead and be naughty; add a little fetish to your holidays. You may never look at candy canes and wrapping paper and Christmas lights quite the same way again.

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