Like It or Not
Title : Like It or Not
Authors : S.L. Armstrong (Editor), April L’Orange (Editor), Angelia Sparrow, Naomi Brooks, Sean Michael, Gryvon, Stella Harris, T.C. Mill , Heidi Belleau, Violetta Vane.
Publisher : Storm Moon Press (BUY HERE)
Genre : M/M, BDSM/kink
Length : 168 pages (e-book)
Published : June 1, 2012
Rating : ★★★★
Be it forced seduction/dubious consent, non-violent intimidation, or pre-negotiated fantasy, there is something wickedly taboo about non-consensual sex, where consent is muddled. While rape is a crime of power, focusing on exerting physical control over another person, non-con is all about the gray area where verbal consent is either never given (not a ‘yes’, but not a ‘no’ either) or doesn’t match the arousal and passion both parties share during the act. In Like It or Not, we push the boundaries of consent without fully breaking them.
When Connor’s rent money is due and not even hooking can make up the shortfall, he really is Out of Options. So when playboy Jarrett makes him a very generous offer, he doesn’t look too closely at the terms—and lives to regret it.
Then, werewolf Trevor is subjected to Obedience Classes when his pack alpha becomes fed up with his rebellion. Dirk, the wolf charged with this task, though, seems more interested in claiming Trevor for himself, by any means necessary.
Writer Ian Richards has to decide What It’s Worth to get his story when his contact meets him in a private club. In fact, Vincenzo has no intention of letting his information go easily, if at all.
In Blindside, freshman Matt is tired of enduring the hazing by (admittedly gorgeous) upperclassman Dylan, when Dylan ups the ante significantly. And as much as Matt wants Dylan, he can’t be sure the whole thing isn’t one more bizarre prank.
Confessor Isak must resort to Unnatural Means when he is charged with the task of forcing Sain to confess his sins of murder and witchcraft before inevitable execution. Torturing in the name of the Divine is difficult enough, but when Sain’s seductive magic takes hold of him, he isn’t sure it will be Sain who breaks under pressure to find release.
Finally, Salting the Earth becomes Ronan’s only choice when he suspects his sister has been taken by the fairies. However, this only draws the interest of ruthless King Finnbheara, who extracts a price for his cooperation that may be too high for Ronan to pay.
“Obedience Classes”, by Sean Michael – Trevor is sick of being part of a pack. All the bowing and scraping is just too much. He wants to go to school, go to his job, and just get on with his life without having to put up with a pack telling him what to do. The pack Alpha does not appreciate this. At all. He asks Dirk, his brother-in-law, and lone wolf to teach Trevor some lessons in Obedience. Being gay few wolves were interested in showing Trevor the realities of wolf society. He was able to get away with a lot of bad behavior simply because no one wanted to deal with him. Dirk really likes the idea of forcing Trevor to submit. He begins to stalk Trevor. Trevor is terrified. He leaves his apartment and prepares to leave town completely. Dirk takes him to his cabin. Dirk knows Trevor is his mate. Trevor is confused. He’s terrified and doesn’t want to be with Dirk. Trevor’s wolf is on board with the situation completely.
This is one of those books I’m okay with a rape fantasy type of storyline. Being two natured a significant aspect of Trevor wanted desperately to submit to Dirk. The human parts of Trevor were scared as he was kidnapped and held hostage. Were he human it would have been something I wouldn’t have enjoyed yet I absolutely enjoyed it. I enjoy reading D/s books and this is essentially that. Trevor’s wolf had no problems with submitting, and Dirk almost fell in love with Trevor at first sight. Possibly I like instalove on occasion, too. ~ Rated 4 stars by Faye
“What it’s Worth”, by Gryvon – I really enjoyed this short story. It had enough in its 25 pages to both surprise me, engage me and leave me wanting me more!!
Ian Richards is an absolute misery – yet everyone seems to like him, they all want to talk to him, and they all call him “darling” or “honey” – it sucks! Everything sucks! He doesn’t understand why people read his stories – because he thinks they suck. He has seriously low self esteem. He is just plain miserable!
His current assignment is to write a piece on Immigration and the effects on the families, so when his agent asks him to go to Chicago on a book signing gig it seems the perfect opportunity to interview Lorenzo Guillermo De Bello while he is there. Lorenzo, however, suggests that Ian go and chat to his grandson Vincenzo rather, at a club. It turns out to be a BDSM club and this is where things get interesting.
We learn just how far this world is from Ian’s comfort zone, and yet how quickly and easily he complies to the directions of Vincenzo, albeit with a little “chemical coercion”. I guess the whole book is geared up for this scene and it doesn’t disappoint. Gryvon certainly knows how to write really good, hard core sex. This is my first, but definitely not my last, story of hers!
The aftermath of the scene wraps the book up pretty quickly – Ian has come out the other side a nicer guy. Maybe not nicer, but definitely more approachable. I would love more of these guys – I need to know how/if/when Ian and Vincenzo meet up again. Highly recommended. Go. Buy the Book! ~ Rated 4 stars by Barb
“Unnatural Means”, by T.C. Mill – Isak works to save people’s souls by getting them to confess their sins. His current assignment is a young man charged with witchcraft and murder. The young man, Sain, is already scheduled to be executed for committing murder but Isak has been taught if he gets a confession that will somehow clear the evil of practicing witchcraft on his former boss and lover. Isak’s order has been taught torturing confessions out of prisoners is worth clearing the taint off their souls. When Isak starts to feel lust for Sain he thinks the young man must be using it on him. He acts on his lust thinking if he gets it out of his system he’ll be able to do his job properly but the few days spent with the prisoner make him start to rethink everything he’s ever been told.
This was a pretty good little read. To me it seemed more like an intriguing beginning to a story. I’d like to read more about the characters and what becomes of them and the order. This touched on thecaptor/prisoner sex kink but Sain was definitely willing. I liked this story enough that I’ll be checking out more from this author. ~ Rated 3 stars by Whit
Rated 4 stars by the Posse