‘Mr. Naughty List (Home for the Holidays Book 2)’ by Leta Blake #Audio #Review #LGBTQ #MMRomance #Holidays #BDSM

Erryn reviews ‘Mr. Naughty List’ by Leta Blake.  The book was published November 11, 2019 and is 338 pages.  The audio was narrated by John Solo and released on October 14, 2020 and is 10 hours & 29 minutes.  A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.

Why I listened to this: I enjoyed Leta Blake’s Training Season and so wanted to try something else.

A cute teacher gets a spanking this Christmas. How hot can it get being on his former student’s Naughty List?

Is Aaron allowed to want a hot holiday fling with his young former student? Even more forbidden, is he allowed to want this student to spank him?

It’s another Christmas, and Aaron is still in the closet as a gay man and a natural submissive. With one youthful indiscretion blacking his ethics record, he can’t afford to indulge his desires no matter how pent up and needy that leaves him.

Until his former student comes home for the holidays.

Dominant and charming, RJ knows what Aaron needs – intense, steamy encounters and a firm hand. As Christmas nears, RJ helps Aaron unlock his true self. But family and fallout await, and all good things must end.

Or can their hot holiday affair turn them into lasting lovers?

Mr. Naughty List is a steamy Christmas MM romance set in the Home for the Holidays series that began with Mr. Frosty Pants, but can be listened to as a standalone. Featuring light D/s, spanking, an older sub with a younger Dom, former student/teacher dynamics, and, of course, warm, sweet holiday feels complete with a strong happy ending.

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My review:

Those who know me, know that I’m not a huge Christmas fan.  That being said, a good book centering around the holidays will bring me a bit of cheer and this was that book.  I’m a fan of Leta Blake and so was looking forward to this book and I wasn’t disappointed.

Aaron is lonely.  He does random hookups with guys passing through Knoxville, but he keeps those dalliances secret.  He’s a teacher who was caught with his pants down with the wrong person.  That man wasn’t censured, but Aaron was.  The only job he could get after that is one that brings him a measure of satisfaction, but he’s always watching his back.  He loves teaching, but he also yearns to be able to be honest about who he is.  But he can’t, so in the closet he stays.

R.J. finished high school and lit out of town.  He had a rough go of it and being part of rock bands and touring the world has brought him minor celebrity, a bit of cash, and a whole lot of loneliness.  When he spots his former composition teacher, he seizes the opportunity for some fun.  Mr. Aaron Danvers featured in some of his more intense fantasies as a young man and now he’s presented with the opportunity to act out some of those.  He’s also home for Christmas and has the opportunity to reconnect with his mother and her new family.  It hurts that she’s so much more present for his younger half-siblings, but he’s mature enough to understand she did the best she could when he was growing up.

So the two men hook up.  And man is it hot.  I always love a little BDSM with my romance and this book delivers.  BDSM lite.  I also love when the standard dynamics of older physically dominant man and younger submissive slighter man.  This book tosses out the old tropes and gives me something different and I loved that.

There are plenty of family dynamics on both sides so there’s lots to keep the story going.  The question was how could they continue their relationship after the holidays ended and RJ goes back on tour?  Well, that’s an answer for that question as well.

I also enjoyed the humor including the inappropriate cat and the general fun.  This was a light-hearted book that touched several dark topics including previous abuse and parental alienation.

So overall a great book.  I’m going to have to go back and read the first book in the series, even if it is unrelated.

Quick note on the narration of John Solo.  I think he suits the material and did a great job.  A great pairing just in time for the holidays.  Enjoy.

My rating:

9.5/10 Pots of Gold (95% Recommended) – Compares to 4.75/5 Stars


Leta Blake

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Author of the bestselling book Smoky Mountain Dreams and the fan favorite Training Season, Leta Blake’s educational and professional background is in psychology and finance, respectively. However, her passion has always been for writing. She enjoys crafting romance stories and exploring the psyches of made up people. At home in the Southern U.S., Leta works hard at achieving balance between her day job, her writing, and her family.

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