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Title: Phantom Touch
Author: Delilah Storm
Length: 7,300 words (25 pdf pages)
Publisher: Torquere Press
Genre: m/m/m (?) erotica contemporary paranormal
Rating: C+

Blurb:

Coerced by his friends, Chris enters the old Weyburn mansion on Halloween night.  The most haunted housed in Ashville, Weyburn mansion is supposed to be possessed by the spirits of Mrs. Weyburn and her many lovers. From the moment Chris enters, he’s plagued by touches which quickly turn into caresses and then more. How can Chris possibly escape all the pleasure those touches bring, and does he really want to?

Review:

This is weak on the romance side, but if you are interested in some hot paranormal erotica, this might be the choice for you. Chris is bullied by his friends into participating in a haunted house challenge. He’s terrified of all things horror-related, but after one bad experience, he tends to go along with things rather than risk the ridicule. He has to enter the house, go to the attic, ring a bell and come down. He finally makes it out of the basement, only to have his flashlight go out, and before long, he’s being molested by ghostly touches, however, that’s not such a bad thing.

The next period of time is the ghostly encounter with one (or more since there are more hands than two, or maybe that’s a ghost trick), and Chris is getting it from all sides and angles, and before long has even run out of spunk. Once it’s over, he finds the door and gets out, only to be criticized by his friends for making them wait.

Chris accuses their gay jock friend of being behind it. He denies it, however promises to give a better blow job, having learned from the best. He smirks at the house and given his comment about last year’s experience there, I’m presuming he had a run-in with the ghost as well.

To be honest, I didn’t much like Chris’s friends or the love interest. The friends, especially his friend Karen who was a real bully, were not very supportive.  Not liking scary movies or horror myself, I could relate to Chris, and was angry on his behalf for the pressure his friends exerted. I also thought Heath, the love interest was very smug and arrogant. Besides being a hot jock, he didn’t come across as very appealing.

I thought the author did a great job with Chris’s fear and anxiety during the story, and even his confusion over what was happening, but his inability to stop it during the sex. Or perhaps his desire NOT to stop it. I just found the characters surrounding that even rather obnoxious and off-putting. But that is my interpretation and others may not find them so. But if you enjoy some paranormal sex, you will probably enjoy this short spooky story.

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16481767Title: 100 Days to Christmas
Author: Delilah Storm
Length: 12,400 words (46 pdf pages)
Publisher: Torquere Press
Genre: m/m contemporary
Rating: B+

Blurb: 

After nearly a year of online video chatting and text messaging, Jackson and Steve are finally going to meet in person. Jackson is a successful New York City lawyer. Steve owns a popular bakery called Sweet Cheeks, in San Diego – and with that bakery comes a touch of a dough boy body. Steve is understandably nervous and desperate to make a good impression on the man he’s fallen in love with, who has only seen him through a computer screen. Steve has a hundred days to Christmas to become the perfect package he believes Jackson wants to unwrap, over and over again. But can a clumsy chocolate fanatic more interested in feeding his personal trainer chocolate éclairs than in doing push-ups manage to stay the course?

Review:

This was a fun little story that didn’t fall too far into the sugary sweet Christmas fare. As the blurb says, Steve owns/runs his own bakery in San Diego and Jackson is a lawyer in New York. They met playing an on-line game and clicked and Jackson initiated Skype conversations. Now nearly a year later, Jackson is coming to San Diego to meet in person. Steve suddenly realizes he’s “fat” and is determined to use those 100 days to Christmas to get fit, because Jackson is gorgeous and he doesn’t want the man to be disappointed.

A very amusing section entails short journal entries of Steve’s quest to join a gym and get fit. I loved this section. Steve is a bit flighty at times and very funny. His personal trainer’s insistence he jog and his reaction is amusing and ofttimes, he ended up bringing a plate of cookies and their “training” session ended up being sitting around dipping cookies in caramel sauce and chatting. Jackson found his stories hilarious as well.

Finally, Jackson is about to arrive and Steve realizes he’s only lost 10 lbs, not the 40 he had hoped for. He spends much time decided how to best camouflage his tummy and bum, however as with all great romances, Jackson loved him exactly how he is. It was very sweet and while the ending could have appeared rushed, the fact that they had been talking to each other on-line for over a year made it seem perfectly natural to me. I think the fact that the author let you see this happening over a period of time, the way Jackson teased Steve, rather than just saying “oh, they talked for a year” really made the ending fit well without feeling tacked on or hurried.

If you are looking for something a bit light and appreciate a character who does not have six-pack abs and frets about it some, Steve is an adorable character and I liked him a great deal. I was happy he found a guy who loved him the way he was, even if it was less than romance novel perfect.

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Title: Rim Job
Author: Delilah Storm
Length: 15,600 words (56 pdf pages)
Publisher: Torquere Press
Genre: m/m BDSM contemporary
Rating: C

Blurb:

Jesse is a well respected and highly sought after top who is frustrated with the same old thing night after night. What Jesse really yearns for is a cute little lover he can call his own, someone who wants him with the same fervor he knows he can show.

Sam is a young, innocent, and angelic-looking. He needs someone to take charge and show him what a real relationship can be. After a bad experience, Sam is understandably nervous about meeting someone new, but he really wants to meet Mr. Right.

When Jesse sees Sam across the dance floor, he knows Sam is the one for him. Now Jesse has to convince the skittish young Sam that the two of them together are much better than the two of them apart.

Review:

When I read the blurb I was expecting something a little different than I got. Yes, in theory it’s pretty much explained, however the entire story takes place over a period of about 5-6 hours and I was expecting somewhat of a longer route to their HEA. The story is all told from Jesse’s point of view, and while the blurb says Sam is looking for love, he never actually says that. He does however stumble into a leather bar and Jesse is instantly smitten and proceeds to sweep Sam off his feet before anyone else can get their hands on him.

Everyone in this story was just a little bit too stereotypical and too perfect. Jesse is gorgeous in every way and knows it. He doesn’t see any need to deny he’s the hottest thing on legs who can give the ultimate pleasure to his subs. He’s not in the SM side of it so much, but is all about driving his subs crazy with pleasure. Sam is a typical startled sub in the headlights. Perfectly twinky, sweet, shy, innocent and Jesse knows immediately upon seeing him that he is the one for him for ever and ever.

After spending some time dancing they go back to Jesse’s place where he drives Sam crazy and realizes he truly is innocent and only had one bad experience with someone which makes him hesitant to have anal sex. That’s where the title kicks in, although they do not have pentrative sex in this story.

Besides my issue with Jesse’s “perfectness”, I found he was rather arrogant and dismissive of everyone. All of the other subs at the club were “wannabes” (referred to as that repeatedly) who only wanted him because he was rich and popular. I started to feel sorry for all those poor little subs just trying to find a Dom to take care of them. I’m sure not all of them were jerks and users.

I kept hoping that Sam would suddenly put the brakes on and tell him to slow down. Jesse was already planning that Sam would move in with him and he’d just rim him until he gave in. He admits that despite saying he wouldn’t do anything Sam didn’t want to, he had a way of pushing until he got what he wanted. I hoped Sam would make him work for it, because it was all just too easy for hot, rich, sex-maestro Jesse to get what he wanted. Being a sub doesn’t mean being a pushover.

For those who are in the mood for a fantasy sex-fest it’s a good choice. A large part of the story is an extended sex scene between the two men which is graphic and hot, but I just found myself wanting Jesse taken down a peg or two too much to fully enjoy it.

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