What I’ve been reading – The Silver Metal Lover by Tanith Lee

The Silver Metal Lover (Silver Metal Lover, #1)The Silver Metal Lover by Tanith Lee

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Ah, this is the best, it’s the best. It’s the deepest, the sweetest, it’s the saddest. What else can compare? Nuttin’, I’m tellin’ ya, nuttin’. No-one is ideal and perfect, here, not even the robot who was constructed to be that way. And that’s good, because beauty and love are incompatible with perfection.

If you don’t cry a little, you probably don’t have a soul. But your robot might.

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Not So Famous In Your Heart – Gay Celebrity Crush Romance!

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Danny’s a movie star, a huge star, he’s too important and glossy and ridiculously hot to still be hung up on a guy he left behind in college six years ago. Isn’t he?

 

Wolf Slave 21 – Alex Ankarr

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Wolf Slave 21 – Alex Ankarr

He’s seeing Ree without clothes rather a lot lately. Climbing out of the bath, dressing and undressing, in the locker-rooms at gyms and gentlemen’s clubs… It’s natural. The upper classes have little modesty. Why would they care about a slave seeing them naked? Ree has nothing to hide (and hides nothing, a lot of the time.)

He’s always naked. Always goddamn naked. Well, it’s starting to feel like always. Like he’s parading around, trying to get a reaction out of Penn, trying to get a rise out of him.

He’s had a rise out of Penn, a few times, a time or two now. But later, alone in his room: where he’s given in and let himself think about it.

Ree is very beautiful. He was a cute kid, the pair of them were: but as a wolf-kin male he’s gorgeous. Penn isn’t made of stone. He does wonder, if that’s where this is going: if he’s being softened up for services of a more personal and intimate nature than have been required of him thus far.

It may be wishful thinking. But it does occupy his mind a lot, as Ree’s wolf takes over his body, and he lifts his head to howl, to signal and lead his pack off into the woods, while the slaves pick up and prepare for their return, make hot toddies and a light supper. The little ones who are too young to run stay behind with them: he reads stories to Pinks and her brother Gerald, tries to herd the slightly older ones and prevent them from eating the supper that should be left for their elders. But the wolf-kids, both human-form and those without enough control not to keep reverting to furry, are taken off his hands by an old nursemaid, and she waves him off, to go join a handful of loiterers at the back of the cabin, grabbing the chance of a smoke while their betters run and howl in the woods.

© Copyright Alex Ankarr 2013  All rights reserved to the author. No inspirations for characters drawn from real-life individuals, no resemblance to real individuals intended.
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Zumba for the Soul, week 4

Week Four!  We’re back again!

Task One:

Eh.  Three instructions for this week, and the first is to catch fireflies or make snow angels.  Uhhhh…  I don’t know where I could catch fireflies.  I’m not sure it’s even the time of year for fireflies.  And no snow here, bud.35082682316_f7f9615c71_k

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I think this one’s a bust.

Task Two: wear all one colour, yellow or purple or blue.

Well, my sis gives me so many cloes that I could probs do this one.  Will go and poke about in my wardrobe and chest of drawers.

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Task Three: remember as many Christmas carols as possible.

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…timing much?  Ooookay.  Just remember ’em, though, right?  I don’t have to actually sing?  Because that would be cruel and unusual.  (For everyone around me.)

Jealousy Cuts Like A Whip – Gay Spanking Romance!

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Jealousy Cuts Like A Whip by Alex Ankarr

Philip and Adam are back together after breaking up for a while, and Adam’s still on top and wielding the whip hand. At least he thinks he is, anyway, when Philip lets him. But when Adam gets frisky with a sexy new client, there’s liable to be hell to pay, and a whole lot of spanking going on…

 

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Wolf Slave 20 – Alex Ankarr

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Wolf Slave 20 – Alex Ankarr

‘Don’t forget to bring extra towels,’ he admonishes, hand to his eyes as he stares across the green. He’s hit a blinder: sometimes to Penn sports seem a piece of ridiculousness in relation to wolves. They all excel, all the time: what’s the point of even competing against each other? And to compete against humans is still more ridiculous, for an unequal match is no fun for anyone.

Of course, sometimes humans can win out from a greater resource of guile and craftiness. If they’re black-hearted and ruthless enough.

Penn wonders about himself, sometimes. But he’s pretty sure he’s ruthless enough to do anything, to a wolf.

Ree rests his hand on Penn’s back, as they finish the round and head back to the golf-house. It’s warm and hard and comforting: it shouldn’t be, though, he reminds himself. It shouldn’t be.

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The pack run at full moon is busy, has a horde of visitors, and the pack itself is bigger than Penn had realised. There are aunts, uncles, cousins… Ree turns out to have little sisters Penn can’t remember at all from their childhood, perhaps still in the nursery or yet unborn. The visitors are from powerful packs, must be served and placated, though rather than directly serving them he has charge of organising and directing what are in practice lower slaves and servants. (Technically most of them are senior to him, especially a couple of freedwomen: he wonders if he’ll be made to pay for that later, however indirectly. Everyone knows his practical change in status, at this point. He’s pretty sure there are murmurs of what a pet and suck-up he’s become.)

Ree’s mother is there, the dowager of the pack, and is just recognizable as the hard-faced matriarch he remembers. She gives no sign of recognising him, but is civil, even in that she actually addresses and takes notice of him. Before the actual run, he notices she’s watching him, and wonders if she’s heard whispers. Word amongst the servants is that she’d like to see Ree mated, wants grand-pups already, yesterday. It wouldn’t do to aggravate her. He’d rather not end up drinking poisoned wine.

One senior wing-maid, with long service, has muttered to him before now that the woman gave up alpha status herself, with a clear understanding that Ree owed her grandchildren if she did so. That was five years back: and still no sign of any promise coming to fruition. Her eyes rest on Penn’s back, and he doesn’t turn around.

The servants and slaves hang back, before the steps of the hill cabin where the pack run usually begins from, while wolves of the Hotstaat pack disrobe, flinging down clothes, stretching with slightly grim looks before they throw themselves down to the ground too. (The change isn’t pleasant, but Penn at least knows what to expect. In some ways it’s not so bad to be human.) He tries not to watch Ree remove his clothes, stand nude foremost of the group and push his hands up over his head, before the change comes over him.

© Copyright Alex Ankarr 2013  All rights reserved to the author. No inspirations for characters drawn from real-life individuals, no resemblance to real individuals intended.

Read the sequel to Wolf Slave immediately, available on Amazon and free to read to members of Kindle Unlimited! Find out what’s next for Ree and Penn, and if love or freedom are in Penn’s future, in Wolf Runaway, 2nd in the Wolf Wars quintet!

What I’ve been reading – A Shattered Soul by T.T. Kove

A Shattered Soul (Scarred, #0.5)A Shattered Soul by T.T. Kove

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

2.75. Nice character development, needs a really stringent copy-edit. Professionally presented otherwise, surprising that some of the errors weren’t picked up.

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Wolves In Leather – Gay Werewolf Hooker Romance!

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Wolves In Leather by Alex Ankarr

Scott is a werewolf: a submissive wolf. A submissive werewolf escort and whore, to be accurate, paying his way through grad school via spankings and canings, turning tricks in a supernatural brothel. His client for the evening is John, a dom who certainly looks like he knows a trick or two…

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It’s Not A Prom! – Gay Prom Romance!

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It’s Not A Prom! by Alex Ankarr

William doesn’t want to attend the company social organised by his buddy, CEO’s PA Belle. Because he doesn’t have a date. Because she’s arranged for him to escort that same CEO, handsome disreputable charmer Jonathan Pokklin. Because he has a crush on Pokklin. Because it’s not a Prom, damn it!

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Wolf Slave 19 – Alex Ankarr

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Wolf Slave 19 – Alex Ankarr

Especially if he has. If all of this is as it seems to be, if he can push bounds and take liberties and get away with things, then he needs to work it. He needs to work it to his advantage, to ride it for all it’s worth. He must aim, at minimum, for safety and a secure unassailable position: at best for his papers stamped and signed off, for legal liberty and freed status, however long it takes, however much sweet-talk and currying favour it may require.

What he mustn’t do is to get carried away by it, to begin to feel that his old childhood friend is in fact his new adult friend, however covert. This could be his ticket: a slave gets few chances, few opportunities, and if one has come his way he must milk it to the dregs. Not allow sentimentality to blind him to facts.

The facts: his owner, Renally Hotstaat, could be very useful to him, if he plays his cards right. Renally Hotstaat has a fondness for him, it seems, that perhaps he can play upon to his advantage.

More facts: Renally is a wolf. And Penn hates wolves.

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Within a month he’s practically Ree’s constant companion. For everyday duties, boring business meetings, pack negotiations, he’s only now and then dragged along, halfway between secretary and valet. For anything more amusing he’s first choice, knows it and preens a little, though he’s careful not to give himself airs amongst the upper slaves and servants.

Within two, he’s taken along to his first Hotstaat pack meeting, under the November moon as the year wanes. It’s not his first werewolf meet and run experience: but his first with this pack, and his first as an alpha’s aide. Ree doesn’t exactly ask him, or even directly tell him: just begins, in the middle of a shot – they’re on a golf course, and Ree has never seen a werekin in knickerbockers before, and certainly never wished to wear them himself – to check that he has appropriate clothing, and knows enough of etiquette not to offend any visiting dignitaries running with the pack.

© Copyright Alex Ankarr 2013  All rights reserved to the author. No inspirations for characters drawn from real-life individuals, no resemblance to real individuals intended.

Read the sequel to Wolf Slave immediately, available on Amazon and free to read to members of Kindle Unlimited! Find out what’s next for Ree and Penn, and if love or freedom are in Penn’s future, in Wolf Runaway, 2nd in the Wolf Wars quintet!