Marc reviews ‘Released’ by A.J. Ridges. This book was published by the author on February 20th, 2015 and is 70 pages long.
RGR received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Why I read this book:
We received a review request for this short story. Since I love Sci-Fi and don’t mind erotica stories, I was curious to check it out 😉
Some laws are made to be broken…
On the small, male-dominated planet of Noval gay sex is forbidden. Unfortunately for Krial, his size and strength make him a prime candidate for Noval’s breeding selection training. Krial is angry and resentful when he’s forced to spend three months on the backward, archaic planet. However, he never anticipates falling hard for his gruff and demanding trainer – Dax.
Dax is a professional. He won’t break the law, but he’s not above blurring a few lines for the benefit of his trainee.
Sometimes when the planets align the impossible becomes possible…
When the unthinkable happens and Krial is selected as the next breeder, he lashes out at the only one who can handle him – Dax. During the physical battle that follows, Krial expects to be put in his place by his massive and controlled trainer. Never in his wildest dreams does Krial imagine that Dax will touch him, kiss him or invite him back to his bed.
Released is a complete, smutty, erotic m/m romance featuring two futuristic, gay, alpha-males who’ll leave you breathless. This story contains explicit m/m sexual situations, content and language and is intended for adult readers.
“You sure you don’t need help?” Dax asked again, interrupting my thoughts.
I nodded, assuming he’d leave once I refused.
I assumed wrong.
I felt him step closer behind me. “Your cock doesn’t seem as confident in your abilities.”
Fuck. He was right. I still wasn’t nearly hard enough to orgasm despite my cock’s reaction to Dax’s nearness. Failing to cum at The Release could bring Dax a shit load of trouble as my trainer. I didn’t want that. I also didn’t know how to respond to his observation. I kept quiet and began stroking my cock, mentally pleading with it to perform.
It was no use.
Dax sighed again and I knew he was displeased. “Don’t fight me,” his gravelly voice ordered cryptically against my ear.
His statement confused me. We weren’t in competition or training, so there would be no reason why I would fight with him at The Release. I wanted to ask what he meant by his command, but the words died in my throat when I felt the pressure of his large calloused hand at the small of my back.
My spine stiffened, and my eyes darted frantically around the room.
“What are you doing?” I hissed nervously, thankful that the others were too engrossed in their own ministrations to notice Dax touching me.
“Don’t speak,” he ordered, aggressively. His hand continued to drift downward.
I knew better than to argue with him. He was my trainer and it was my duty to follow his orders, even if he was only a few years older than me. I stood stone-still, barely breathing as one of his beefy fingers trailed down my crack and located the puckered ring of my ass.
I hissed involuntarily, lost in the feel of him touching me in a way I’d only dreamed of.
“Ssshhhh,” he ordered again, sounding agitated.
It was easier said than done. I tried my best, moaning deep in my throat when my cock began to leak. I could feel my orgasm building.
“More?” his gravelly voice asked breathlessly and I knew immediately what he meant.
I bit my lip and nodded, not caring how selfish it was of me to accept his offer or the trouble it could bring both of us.
Dax cursed behind me. His hand stilled, but remained on my ass.
Silence hung heavily between us for several heartbeats. Just when I thought he’d leave me to my own devices, he roughly tapped his large booted foot against my calf. “Open,” he demanded.
With that one simple command I was rock hard and my balls had drawn up tightly in anticipation of his touch.
I followed his bidding without hesitation, shifting my legs as far as they could go while still remaining balanced. I watched the two Collectors as I bent my knees slightly, giving Dax more room to play. Thankfully, they were so busy with the other males shooting off every few minutes that they had no time to focus on me.
“Fuuuuck,” Dax hissed at the feel of me pressing back against his probing digit. He traced the rippled skin surrounding my hole several times, before finally testing its resistance with the wide tip of his middle finger.
My fist tightened painfully around my shaft. My strokes became more frantic. It was damn hard to keep quiet while Dax slowly finger fucked me in a room filled with naked males. I bit my bottom lip hard, whimpering silently, while pushing further back against Dax’s finger.
Trained at recognizing the signs of pleasure, a Collector immediately appeared at my feet, getting his cup ready for my sample. He seemed oblivious to Dax’s proximity; either that or he was too run-ragged to care.
“Now,” Dax leaned in and ordered, low enough that only I could hear his command. He forced his finger the rest of the way home, filling me completely, unconcerned that I’d had no warning or lube to ease his entry.
The slight pain only added to my arousal. The moment he began gliding in and out of me rhythmically, I lost it…
Cover: The cover of this book does not really look professional and polished to me, due to the font and background. However, the cover model is seriously hot and for an erotica short story that might be the most important thing.
Title: ‘Released’ seems to refer to Sexual Release. There are a lot of moments of sexual release in the story and using the moment of highest pleasure and freedom as title is very eye-catching – even if I’m not a big fan of the font used for the title.
Story: The sex in this short story is really hot and if you don’t mind the plot taking a back-seat for that, I really think this might be a great story for you. I’d give this story a high heat rating and thought the sex scenes were interesting, kinky and well-written. It is the reason why I am able to give the story a 65% recommendation, even though I found significant plot holes in the story and the timeline felt a biit confusing at times.
It is important to note that this is an erotica short story, so I have given the explicit part of this story more weight in my review than I would in a romance. It is much more kinky than I’m used to from most M/M romances with sex in public, voyeurism, etc and the two very hot, dominant males as main protagonists worked like a charm for me.
The setting of a different planet that forbids M/M sexual practices makes it all a bit more dangerous and it is a nice visual to imagine these sexy macho-men fight each other and prove their sexual prowess in the challenges. Even if Kriall isn’t really in it to win, as he doesn’t want to have to stay on the planet and take on a female partner to produce many heirs for the male-dominated planet, he and Dax (his trainer) were sizzling as a team. Whether Kriall had to prove the potency of his sperm in a big circle jerk with the other participants and a little help of Dax, fight his opponents on the mat or give his trainer one-on-one sessions to show him just how capable he is in every way, the sex scenes are fun, dirty and sexy and the chemistry between the characters works well.
However, I can’t ignore the plot and my problems with it either. I love sci-fi, world-building and plot just as much as I love hot sex, and plot holes or awkward dialog can really take me out of a story, even if the main focus is sex. I don’t mind if there is little world-building. The story is short and like I said before, the focus is somewhere else. I expect the few details we do get to make sense however.
I was seriously confused when the high percentage of males on the planet Noval was explained with a climate event that killed 98% of the planet’s female population (and lead to strikt breeding rules and forbidding gay relationships). It doesn’t make sense to me that women (who are actually more able to adapt to changes in climate) would be affected in such an over-proportional way, while the men on the planet are barely affected by it at all, able to adapt. It would have been so easy to use a virus targeting only females or something similar to get the same effect, but even though it was only a one-sentence throwaway explanation – it bothered me and took me out of the story and made me enjoy it less.
There were several small and big plot holes that piled up for me in the end, such as no one noticing what Dax is doing during the public circle jerk challenge or the unlikely way the story concludes. They do not change that the sex is seriously hot and different, but I can only recommend this story if you are able not to look too closely at the plot or can ignore the plot altogehter in favor of the sex.
Rating: 6.5/10 Pots of Gold (65% Recommended). Compares to 3.25/5 stars.
I can’t read anything that will tug at my heartstrings, leave me hanging on for the next installment or gloss over the sexy bits (they’re the best part). I love me some tasteful dirty talk and a book that can make me laugh will get 5*!
Though it’s only been a year since I fell in love with the MM romance genre and it’s become my next new addiction. Paranormal and Taboo reads are my favorites.
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