Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Bringing you something different to the House...

Hey Ladies and Gents...
I am going to do something different this month...
I have been reading this one author's work and they are short stories.
But the drama and suspense are awesome...
Now before I go to far, I have to say these are m/m books...
Believe me, you will not hurt my feelings by just stopping by to say hi and give your wishes to Hawk and Elaine...
But I am the risky one...
So here goes my reviews... They are five stories
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"Dark Soul #1" (2011, Riptide Publishing)

Stefano Marino is a made man, a happily married west coast mafia boss who travels east to await the death of a family patriarch. All the old hands have gathered—of course sharks will circle when there’s blood in the water—but it’s a new hand that draws Stefano’s eye.

Silvio “the Barracuda” Spadaro is protetto and heir to retired consigliere Gianbattista Falchi, and a made man in his own right. Among his underworld family, being gay is a capital crime, but the hypersexual—and pansexual—young killer has never much cared for rules. The only orders he follows are Battista’s, whether on the killing field or on his knees, eagerly submissive at Battista’s feet.
Stefano Marino is a made man, a happily married west coast mafia boss who travels east to await the death of a family patriarch. All the old hands have gathered—of course sharks will circle when there’s blood in the water—but it’s a new hand that draws Stefano’s eye.

Silvio “the Barracuda” Spadaro is protetto and heir to retired consigliere Gianbattista Falchi, and a made man in his own right. Among his underworld family, being gay is a capital crime, but the hypersexual—and pansexual—young killer has never much cared for rules. The only orders he follows are Battista’s, whether on the killing field or on his knees, eagerly submissive at Battista’s feet.

But Silvio has needs Battista can’t fill, and he’s cast his black-eyed gaze on Stefano. A fake break-in, an even faker attack, and Silvio is exactly where he wants to be: strung up at Stefano’s mercy, driving the older Mafioso toward urges he’s spent his whole life repressing. Stefano resists, but when the Russian mob invades his territory and forces him to seek aid, Gianbattista’s price brings Stefano face to face once more with Silvio—and his darkest desires.

I obtained the above information from Aleksandr's website!

For those of you that know me... and those that don't this is my little statement about short books.... I do not judge short stories on the rush of their relationships, because they are just that - short stories. So, yes the relationships always could have been drawn out more, yea it seems like they fall in love to fast and of course the story could have been made longer... but it is a short story. So with that said.... here is my review... I was given this book for my honest thoughts... So let's go..

***Also, I will leave you with the warning that this is a m/m book/review. If m/m is not your cup of tea... or if you are not sure this fits in your comfort zone, you will not offend me if you if you just stop by to say Hi and maybe say Hi to Aleksandr! Now... let's get started!****

Aleksandr Voinov is a new author to me and I was quite shocked at how much this book intrigued me. I will be looking for the next book... If you were here for the interview done at my place, then you know it is coming! Oh, before I get going here... This is a m/m book. I think your know the drill for those genre's... No feelings hurt if this is not your cup of loving. Just say hi! But if you enjoy the m/m world of loving, let's continue...

Stefano Marino is a man on a mission... A man needing help to fight a war he is not sure he will win. And the one man that can help him has his own private war he is fighting. Silvio is one man you want on your side... but it may be a dark one.

Stefano is a married man with a hidden desire. A desire that has stayed buried for so long and so deep that Stefano was not sure he still had those desires... Until one man with eyes as black the darkest soul tempted him.... Or at least try to tempt him.

This is the beginning of a tale that has all the right ingredients of being a very explosive story. Two men with their own war brewing will be forced together and the way this ends... Well, let's just say that Aleksandr wrote a story that will leave you hanging till the last word. This truly is an intriguing story, one that has many twist and turns. A story that will keep you in suspense of what will come next. ((I do have one little issue with one scene... If you are a m/m fan, then you know what happens in the sex scenes. I'm good with that but in this one scene it was done with an object that didn't quite sit well with me. I understood the underlying meaning of the why's and how's, but it doesn't mean I had enjoy it but I got it and moved on. Please let me say that it didn't compromise the story at all!!! It brought a level of guilt and drama to the story.)) Put that aside and this is one book that will fire you up, get you asking questions and wanting to see what will happen next! I believe Aleksandr has built this up so that I am begging for he next one!! And I can't wait for the next one!

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The second volume in the Dark Soul series features the stories "Dark Whisper" and "Dark Night."

In "Dark Whisper," Gianbattista may have broken Silvio's heart and sent him off to the States, but he's still just a phone call away. When Silvio returns from a sex shop with a bag full of goodies, Gianbattista can't resist topping his boy one more time, even if they are 4,000 miles apart.

In "Dark Night," the Russian problem comes back to haunt Stefano, and when a dark encounter leaves him bloody and broken, Silvio knows just the right way to ease his pain.

I obtained the above information from Riptide website.

This is Volume 2 and Aleksandr has not disappointed me. I quickly became a fan of Alek's writing style. Although one scene sticks out in my mind the most from book one and I get reminded about it in book two, this is a great series. Alek's voice is strong and not to be messed with. There is no mincing at the words that flow on the paper... The characters are strong, the men are even stronger, the action gets more intense, the drama get thicker and the emotions... well... let's just say that things get really hot. Alek is an author that when I read... I devour the story. My only problem.... I can't get enough of this story.

The first part of this story is about Silvio and a lover from the past.... Or one that wants to stay in the past. And I do have to say that phone sex has never sounded hotter.... You will want to get in on that phone conversation! But this story tore at my heart because Silvio is still in love with his old lover... and knows that there a job to do and a man that needs him just a little more. He is good at what he does and has been hired to do what he does....

Then the second part kicked some freaking ass. Well, actually... Stefano got his ass kicked. But I can't tell you to much because I really want you to read this book. But I will say the leading up that moment and the after effects will make you wonder what is to come next! And believe me........... I want to know what happens next! This series just keeps getting better and better... Hotter and hotter.... Dirtier and darker... I WANT MORE!!!!!

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Dark Soul
Volume 3

In "Dark Lady I," as Silvio Spadaro plans to take on the Russian hit squad that kidnapped his boss, he decides the best way to deal with four extremely dangerous men is to become an even more dangerous woman.

In “Dark Lady II,” Stefano discovers yet another disturbing—and arousing—truth about Silvio and how easily Silvio can use a man’s weakness to his own ends.

“Dark Brother” brings another player to Stefano Marino’s household. Franco Spadaro has just been released from the French Foreign Legion and is catching up with his little brother. In the middle of a war, a skilled sniper comes in right on time—but two Spadaros might be more than Stefano can handle.

I obtained the above information from... Riptide Publishing

This may be Dark Soul Vol 3 but there are three short stories within in this volumes.... Now let's get started.

Dark Lady I
The cover leads you into the story... Thigh highs, tight skin, rounded flesh...
This story starts in a bar... With five Russian and one hooker. If you are following my review and these stories then you know the importance of finding the Russians in A bar. I can't say that I was surprised how the story started but I was surprised by the ending... Almost a... Well you will see.
Now onto Dark Lady II

Dark Lady II
This one is super short, but leads off where Dark Lady I leaves... Sometimes playing pretend isn't always what it seems to be. But for Stefano, playing pretend might be the safe way to get what he wants... All the while the war is still brewing...

Dark Brother
Well, let's just say that I am anxious to see the war that I know is bound to come to an end.... I'm just not sure what war Stefano will win... Or will he lose everything he holds dear. This story sets up the war to come. Is there more than one war, well... In this one, there are a few internal wars going on.

Now, I do have to say that in the last story, the name does mean something. I know Silvio had a pretty hard childhood.... But I'm not sure that those boundaries had to be pushed in the story to show any relevance to that period in Silvio's life. I actually kinda thought it was going to go in another direction. But hey, that's just me.

This truly is a great storyline and it is very intriguing. The author names knows how to draw the reader into the dark soul of those in this series. And believe me....it is dark! But I challenge you to walk on the dark side with me.... If you dare.

Damnit Aleksandr.... You know I want Volume 4!!!!! Damn you Damn you Damn you!!!!

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Dark Soul Vol 4
Aleksandra Voninov

In “Dark Rival I,” the noose tightens around Stefano Marino’s neck. While Silvio and Franco are off taking care of the Russian problem, mutiny brews in Stefano’s crime family. It soon becomes clear he can trust only one man in his life, but whether he can hold on to Silvio—and what it might cost his marriage—are questions for which he has no answers.

In “Dark Rival II,” Silvio returns from his mission. Job done, threat gone, Stefano knows Silvio has no reason to stay. Or so he thought, anyway, until Silvio makes his move. It seems Silvio wants only sex, but Stefano is well aware there’s much, much more on the line. Including Donata, whose suspicions of a mistress in Stefano’s life are uncomfortably close to an even more uncomfortable truth.

Hopeless and helpless as his life crumbles down around his head, Stefano gives in to his desires in “Dark Temptation.” He isn’t any closer to understanding Silvio—and he’s farther from Donata than he’s ever been—but at least he’s come to understand his own needs. Now if only he could figure out how to be himself without hurting the ones he loves the most.

I obtained the above information from Riptide Publishing!

Dark Rival I ~ Stefano is starting to feel the heat. But this time, instead of the heat coming from the enemy... It is coming from his own "family." That is never a good sign when your family starts to doubt you or your actions. Threads start to unravel and things start to slip... All the while, Stefano is learning a few hard lessons about himself but those lessons might come with a price he's not willing to pay. Or is he? The drama, the intense suspense, and the affairs keep getting darker and darker. Aleksandr, you are a wicked person! The story just keeps getting better. And damn you for making me stay up late reading it! Now off to read...

Dark Rival II ~ The war may be over but Stefano is still fighting a battle... But is it a losing battle? Is it going to be one where he gains all that is needed to win or is he going to lose everything and have nothing and no one to run to when it's over? Stefano is playing a dangerous game, one where someone is bound to get hurt... Lives have been lost, trust is slowly bleeding away, and love is giving way to lust. One wrong word could crumble his life.... Will Stefano stand up and be the man he needs to be, the boss he declares himself, the leader of the family... Or will he succumb to the ways of a coward and run? Damn this story is getting better and better!

Dark Temptation ~ Oh damn, it looks like the dam has broke and Stefano has just about lost his control when it comes to Silvio. The story is not over... Nope... There is more to come with book five. Of course there is more... Why because we have to find out if Stafano can have his cake and eat it too, I mean just because the Russians are put out of their misery doesn't mean there will not be retaliation from someone... Or hell, who knows if his own "family" won't try to turn over his position. There is always mutiny brewing up... Or is that the affairs... Hummmm... Who knows???

Join author Aleksandr Voinov for exclusive excerpts, interviews, behind-the-scenes peeks, and—of course—prizes at the Dark Soul Virtual Book Tour, March 19 through 28, 2012!
Of course they are stopping at my place!!! I would beat some people up if they didn't!!! =)

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Now, to see the review for the final story...
You will have to come to my place!!!!
You know where to find me!!!

Hope to see you guys there!!!

If you want to find more amazing authors... please go to Riptide Publishing's place!

To see more of Aleksandr Voinov, please go check out the website!

And remember... Always keep it Dirty, Smutty & Hussy!Photobucket

2 comments:

A man called Valance said...

Well, it ain't my thing but nothing's gonna stop me stopping by and saying howdy to my favorite Prez. Tipping my hat your way, Cecile.

Houston A.W. Knight said...

Wow What an awesome post!!! I'm on me way!

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Hawk