Saturday, August 16, 2014

Pride Promotions Present Bound For Trouble by EM Lynley and a Giveaway!

Book Name: Bound For Trouble

Author Name: EM Lynley


EM Lynley, a Rainbow Award winner and EPPIE finalist, has worked in high finance, high tech, and in the wine industry, though she'd rather be writing hot, romantic man-on-man action. She spent 10 years as an economist and financial analyst, including a year as a White House Staff Economist, but only because all the intern positions were filled. Tired of boring herself and others with dry business reports and articles, her creative muse is back and naughtier than ever. She has lived and worked in London, Tokyo and Washington, D.C., but the San Francisco Bay Area is home for now.

She is the author of Sex, Lies & Wedding Bells, the Precious Gems series from Dreamspinner Press, and the Rewriting History series starring a sexy jewel thief, among others.

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Cover Artist:  Paul Richmond

Ebook: 260 pages, published June 18th, 2014 

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Blurb(s): Daniel “Deke” Kane is a broken man, facing the end of his career in the FBI. He’s on desk duty after a botched drug raid left the suspects and two children dead. He’s got one chance to prove himself, or the only thing he’ll be investigating is the Help Wanted ads.

Ryan Griffiths has been on the run for ten years. Forced onto the streets when his father kicked him out, Ryan earns his living in other men’s beds. Finding his john dead in a hotel room drives him under the radar until a favorite client gives him a chance at a safe, clean life. But Ryan’s relatively stable new world shatters when Deke Kane catches up with him.

When Deke’s tasked to take down a drug dealer with terrorist ties and a taste for the dark side of BDSM, his only chance to get close is the suspect’s interest in Ryan, and he convinces Ryan to become a confidential informant. In return, Deke offers Ryan immunity from his past. As Ryan falls under the drug lord’s domination, Deke finds himself falling for Ryan.

“With Petrov training me, I’ll be at his place more. That’s what you wanted, right?” Ryan glanced at Deke.

“But not at this expense.”

“You should find a way to punish me.” Ryan grinned.

“I can’t exactly spank you now, can I?”

“How about a blowjob?”  
“How is that a punishment?”

Ryan shrugged. “It depends how big your dick is.” He reached a hand out, and Deke caught it, smiling.

“Do you ever stop?”

“Do you ever relax?”

Deke stared at Ryan. “Sure.”

“No, you don’t. I don’t think you can. You’re always planning something or analyzing the results of your plan, or worrying about when the plan will work. A blowjob is something you don’t have to plan. Something you can just enjoy. Not something you need to do, or something you think you’re supposed to do. And not for someone else. Just for you.”

Ryan knelt down between Deke’s knees.

Deke put his hands on Ryan’s shoulders, stopping him from moving. “Yes, I can do something just because I want to.” He pulled Ryan in close and pressed his mouth to Ryan’s.

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All Romance

BDSM is a huge topic! It’s tough to choose an aspect to focus on, but I’ll give it a shot.
Until about five years ago, I didn’t know much about BDSM. I wasn’t even sure what the letters stood for, and like most people who don’t know about a topic, what I thought about it was not at all accurate.
A fellow author friend invited me to write a story for a BDSM anthology. Sure! I’m up for anything. But that meant I had to learn about it fast. I wasn’t just going to make shit up. I hate reading stories that I know the author didn’t research or have any experience with the topic.
The first thing that really hit me was that I had considered a lot of this stuff totally outside of my experience and interest. But that didn’t last long. Not once I’d started taking a look at all the fun the kinky crowd was having.
So, I picked up a bunch of BDSM stories and some How-tos, and I asked another author in the anthology who lived near me for some help in research.
I had no idea how much fun I would find this topic!
As with many kinks or fetishes, the “outsiders” can demonize the practitioners, so I felt I was entering some deep dark and dangerous world. Okay, that was part of the attraction. I did want to explore some new aspects of sexuality, push my boundaries.
I read all the Deviations books by Chris Owen and Jodi Payne. I gobbled up Syd McGinley’s Dr. Fell series, and more stories by Kim Dare and Anah Crow. I got a taste of a lot of different aspects of BDSM, not all of which I enjoyed.
Of course book-learnin’ was not going to teach me the most important things: what does it feel like to be spanked? How do the different floggers feel against bare skin? What’s it like to be hit with a single tail or to flog someone else? I had to know, which meant I had to try all these activities for myself.

But the aspect that most fascinates me is the psychological one.
Just dipping a toe (or other body part) into this world requires an open mind and a lot of curiosity. It’s a little scary discovering that you’re turned on by things you never imagined could be sexy. There is a period of getting over that initial shock and letting yourself go, quieting all the judgmental thoughts and preconceived notions about what’s “bad” and what’s “oh-my-god downright wicked.” There’s the “I hope my mother never reads this!” and the “hey, I want to try this” phase too.
In that first BDSM story and in my new novel Bound for Trouble, I take a deeper look at the psychological aspects of kink. My FBI agent Deke Kane is a vanilla guy. He’s happy with that. When he gets plunged into the BDSM world at Dungeon 69 in order to track down a drug dealer, he’s confronted by so many new experiences he’s confused and a little scared. He can’t understand why he finds the activities such a turn on.
The other main character, the confidential informant Ryan Griffiths is a rent boy who becomes a sub-for-hire in this story. He’s never had a trick who was really into kink. But he’s open to anything. He also falls under the spell, and for a while he has trouble separating out his loyalty to the FBI job he’s doing and the powerful Dom who’s training him (the bad guy, drug dealer).
Both these men have powerful psychological reactions to getting involved in the world of BDSM and they both find they want to delve more deeply for reasons they can’t understand. And it is a powerful world. The whole process of giving yourself up to another person’s control even for a short period of time, putting absolute trust in someone, takes such a huge psychological leap of faith.
Why does pain feel good and get Ryan aroused?
Why does he want to please his Dom so badly? Why does he want to push his personal limits in order to help Deke take down the drug dealer?
Why does Deke, a straight-laced FBI agent, get so turned on when he has to spank the Ryan, the CI, to keep their cover? Will this change who he is and what he wants sexually? Deke’s as scared as he is intrigued by his attraction to D/s play and to Ryan, who’s the opposite of the kind of man he thinks he belongs with.
These are some of the same questions I have about my own fascination with the world of kink, and resolving those questions offers a lot of fun opportunities, for both me and my characters. I hope you’ll find the exploration to be fun, engaging and maybe even an inspiration.

The Manic Monday REVIEW

Bound for Trouble
3.75-4 Stars

Special Agent Deke Kane messed up. Big time. A drug raid he headed ends with the suspects and two children dead. Stuck on desk duty now, and haunted with nightmares, he’s given a chance to salvage his career. All he has to do take down a drug dealer named Petrov.
Ryan Griffiths is an ex-rent boy with a possible murder rap hanging over his head. He’s trying to straighten up his life, but the FBI has other plans. Ryan becomes a confidential informant and, in return, he’s granted immunity from his past. Ryan finds himself in the middle of their sting to trap Petrov, who just happens to be involved in BDSM. Even as Ryan falls for Petrov, he is also fighting his attraction to Deke.
This is a combination of arm/drug dealings, FBI investigations, and BDSM. There’s intrigue, murder, and suspense. Will the FBI trap Petrov? And at what cost to both Deke and Ryan? Ryan goes undercover to attract Petrov’s attention at this BDSM club. Deke is there also, undercover as an interested party who wants to learn about the lifestyle. As the story moves on, Ryan and Deke’s attraction blooms, but Ryan has done what was asked of him and attracted Petrov. Deke has to watch as Ryan serve as a sub to other men, then finally Petrov. Things get to be… intense.
I read this for the BDSM aspect, I admit, lol. I’m not so much into that FBI sting. Not my cup of tea, but it was well-written. I felt for both Ryan and Deke. Got annoyed with the stupid bureaucracy of our damn government. Much of the book is spent with Deke watching Ryan and Petrov in various sexual acts. There’s lot of BDSM action that goes on in the club. Deke learns how to be a Dom and Ryan leans what it means to be submissive.
The scenes are hot, very much so, and I really enjoyed them. Even the ones where Ryan served Petrov, but it did kind of bother me how Ryan was torn in his feelings. I mean, Petrov is a serious baddie. You just know no matter how sweet and loving he appears toward Ryan, things are blowing up. Serious baddie, remember? Ryan is playing a dangerous game. And through all this, the FBI investigation is on-going.
There were places that lagged, at least to me. But, there’s excellent plot twists and well… Baddies involved, lol. Blood will be shed. Terror unfolds. Shit hits the fan. I thought I had some things figured out, and I was wrong! Definitely a book that’s worth reading if you like FBI stories and murder mystery. BDSM factors heavily in this because so much takes place in the club, but the action is secondary. So if you’re looking for pure BDSM action, this isn’t it. I’m not sure I’d even call this a romance. Maybe… the beginning of a romance between Ryan and Deke?

I’d love to see a book about the D/s part of their relationship at some point. J