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Review: Ripples in Cedarwood by Megan Slayer

Title: Ripples in Cedarwood (Single Father Society: Book Two)

Author: Megan Slayer

Publisher: Loose Id

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At a Glance: A return story to Cedarwood that is entirely enjoyable.

Reviewed By: Angel

Blurb: Steve Moore wasn’t planning on being a dad. He envisioned a life of teaching and professional swimming. Fast forward a year and he’s the guardian of his ten-year-old sister. He wants love and passion, but who wants to date a guy with a family?

Farin Baker believed love wasn’t in his cards—until he takes his nephew to swimming lessons. One glance at the water-slicked hunk teaching the class has him thinking about jumping into the dating pool again. He’s ready for a fresh start with a hot guy for his bed.

Will they find heat between the sheets or will the guardianship situations cool their ardor?

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Review: An enjoyable go-round with Megan Slayer and the gay dads of Cedarwood! I really enjoyed my return to both Cedarwood and Slayer’s work. There is still a bit of telling going on in the series, but the story doesn’t disappoint. I don’t think this is a standalone, though, because characters from the previous book factor in heavily in this installment.

I loved seeing the return of Farin and getting his story. Though I was a bit disappointed by not seeing a character introduced in the last book, Steve and his sister Imogene, were a welcome addition to Cedarwood. Once again, Slayer introduces real world problems for her characters, and deals delicately with these same issues. I love the realism in the books. All the problems the characters face are ones that have been in the headlines, and it is easy to see that the fanaticism is there, but it isn’t overdone.

Steve steps up and takes on his young sister after a tragedy and shows a maturity that rings true with the character writing. Megan Slayer’s characters react like real people and respond with real emotions. The insta-love is heavy handed, but it fits with this author’s writing style that I am coming to enjoy.

Looking forward to the next installment of Cedarwood!

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4 Stars, Genre Romance, Loose Id, Megan Slayer, Reviewed by Angel

Review: Home to Cedarwood by Megan Slayer

Title: Home to Cedarwood (Single Father Society: Book One)

Author: Megan Slayer

Publisher: Loose Id

Pages/Word Count: 80 Pages

At a Glance: A sweet and interesting look at life and love in a small town.

Reviewed By: Angel

Blurb: Colin Baker owns a book store and he’s back in Cedarwood with his son. He’s looking for a new start after a bad breakup, but he never expected that start to include his old crush, Officer Jordan Hargrove. Jordan hasn’t come out, but if he can score with Colin, then he’s all in. He’s dreamed of hot nights with the quiet man.

After a speeding ticket and some hurt feelings, sparks fly between the bookstore owner and the police officer, but Cedarwood is a small town with small town values, and a gay couple isn’t what the town expects. Colin’s created a support group for single gay fathers and he feels he’s making some difference in Cedarwood. Some folks in Cedarwood are fine with these two men reconnecting, but some aren’t.

Will the naysayers be enough to drive Colin and Jordan apart, or will they make their way together in this small town.

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Review: Megan Slayer is a new to me author, and I enjoyed my first go round with her. I love stories with kids in them, especially if they have some impact on the relationship and aren’t just cardboard characters. Slayer doesn’t disappoint in her characters or her capture of small town life, even if there was much more telling of the story than showing.

While I had other issues with the book, Slayer’s characters felt real and reacted humanly, if that makes any sort of sense. And it was this aspect that had me from the get-go. I was fully engrossed, within minutes of opening the book, in Colin and Gage’s life. There are real issues addressed in this story: homophobia, acceptance, relationships and sexuality, and they are well handled and developed.

There were a few gaps in the storytelling, but it all fell into place and was resolved somewhat realistically with a happy ending for all. I loved the support Jordan and Colin received from both their families and the outside community, barring a few homophobic townsfolk. The insta-love happens so quickly between Jordan and Colin, but care is taken when introducing the relationship to Gage. I really enjoyed this aspect as well as some of the other characters introduced in the book. I am looking forward to more from Megan Slayer and Cedarwood’s townsfolk.

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3 Stars, BDSM/Kink/Erotica, Megan Slayer, Pride Publishing, Reviewed by Sammy

Review: Constant by Megan Slayer

ConstantTitle: Constant

Author: Megan Slayer

Publisher: Pride Publishing

Pages/Word Count: 90 Pages

At a Glance: Constant suffered from just a bit too much action in the bedroom, and not enough interaction between the two men outside that venue.

Reviewed By: Sammy

Blurb: He demands his submissive’s body and soul…but can he accept his sub’s heart?

Roddy Green never planned to fall in love and certainly not with his Dom, but every time he goes into Darkness, a fetish club, he falls for Vegas all over again. Being in love isn’t the same as being loved in return. Vegas is there to do a job—not to build a romance. But what if the main constant in Roddy’s life is also the one person he can’t live without?

Andrew Vegas knows his job. He’s a Dom. But there is more than one side to him and he’s tired of keeping the other parts of him hidden. One man makes him feel safe and comfortable enough to open up—his pet, Roddy. But will Roddy, the producer of a local news broadcast, want to be with a man with secrets?

Reader Advisory: This book contains references to light knifeplay.

Publisher’s Note: This book contains characters who also appear in Permanent.

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Review: Roddy has been going to the BDSM club Darkness for two years. During that time he has been submissive to only one Dom, Master Vegas. However, recently the television network Roddy works for has undergone a transition in staff, making Roddy’s job much harder. His cub reporters and anchors are slow, unpolished and make Roddy’s job a stress-filled living-hell. When he finally gets an opportunity to return to Darkness and Vegas, he finds his Dom pursuing him for more than just play. In fact, Roddy has secretly been attracted to Vegas for quite a while, and now that the man seems to be returning his interest, the only question that remains is can the two men make a go of it beyond the BDSM scene? Can they both trust the other with their private lives in the real world?

Constant, by Megan Slayer, delves into the BDSM lifestyle that lives both in the club scene and in private. While this author writes a rather realistic portrayal of two men tentatively making their way from scene playing to love and partnership, the path taken was laced with an incredible amount of sex, given this was a novella and under 100 pages of text. I truly appreciated the moments where we saw both Roddy and Andrew Vegas grapple with being right for each other—good enough for each other. For Andrew, it was his dual role of community center coach/counselor warring with his paid status as a Dom for hire at a local club. His worries stemmed from the idea that were his darker side to come to the light, it may, in some way, affect Roddy’s position in the news arena.

Roddy, on the other hand, had little worries regarding his job, but dwelled more heavily on the idea that he was too nerdy, too common to attract the likes of such a handsome and well liked Dominant such as Vegas. When we caught glimpses of both characters’ inner turmoil, they seemed more real and more vulnerable. The story moved along and the plot developed. I felt like I was getting to really understand what motivated the actions of each man.

However, interspersed with these moments was way too much sex that did little more than make the storyline stutter and sometimes halt altogether. I understood the need to establish their D/s relationship, but one or two scenes would have been enough. I needed to see this love develop—perhaps read more of the backstory of how these two got to where they were. Instead, there was a lot of sex interspersed with some really thought provoking inner dialogue. I really wished for more substance and less sex.

Constant suffered from just a bit too much action in the bedroom, and not enough interaction between the two men outside that venue. However, it is apparent that Megan Slayer can write realistic and interesting characters, and that alone will bring me back to check out more of this author’s writing.

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