Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Stuck on Christmas by iamsiriuslyriddikulus

Stuck on Christmas by iamsiriuslyriddikulus

Oliver and Connor are each on their way back to Philadelphia on Christmas, but a problem with their plane causes a delay and now they're stuck in the airport overnight. As they strike up a conversation in the airport coffee shop, sparks begin to fly. Will they take their newfound relationship to the next step once they're in Philly or will they remain the proverbial two ships in the night?

This is a really cute one-shot that brought a smile to my face.  iamsiriuslyriddikulus effectively mixed humor, steamy chemistry and romance, making this story an enjoyable read. If you're a Coliver fan, you'll definitely want to check out this adorable Christmas-themed one-shot.

~ M



Monday, December 29, 2014

Letters to Santa by Gaia_bing

Letters to Santa by Gaia_bing

Agron's letters to Santa throughout the years...

I thought this was just the sweetest little one-shot ever! It shows Agron throughout the years as he writes letters to Santa. Your heart will melt as you read his wishes and hopes each year, complete will spelling mistakes all children make from time to time. :)

Definitely give this heartwarming story a try! You won't be disappointed.

~ M

artwork credit: furi1

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Happy Holidays from Slashessed!

I want to thank everyone for a great year here at Slashsessed! My little blog has grown quite a bit over the past year and I hope I can continue to provide readers with great fanfiction, m/m romance and yaoi recommendations! I've been truly blessed this year and I can't wait to see what 2015 has in store! 

Have a wonderful day with your loved ones! 

~ M

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Nolo Contendere by wayfarer

Nolo Contendere by wayfarer

After a passionate moment leads to an accident, Oliver is wracked with guilt and Connor ends up with stitches and a concussion. However, one particular word spoken by Connor in the hospital completely throws Oliver for a loop.

I thought this story was really cute! It has a great mix of romance, humor, heat and scary tension. I thought the author stayed very true to the characters' canon personalities (even though I'm not opposed to OOC as well), which made the ending that much sweeter. Definitely check it out!

~ M

Monday, December 22, 2014

Wish You Were Here by winterwonderland

Wish You Were Here by winterwonderland

It's the holidays and Nasir is missing the person who means the most to him. Agron is thousands of miles away being the ever-vigilant soldier, but all Nasir wants is to hold him in his arms and never let him go.

This new fanfic chronicles Agron and Nasir's loves story. It's is told in present day as well as flashbacks that will give readers insight into how Nasir and Agron ended up where they are. There are plenty of sweet, fluffy moments, but there is raw, emotional angst mixed in as well. Highly recommended.

~ M

photo edit credit: 8thwonder2014

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Book Review: Stardust by Andrew Grey

Duncan finds himself in Germany while overseeing an important project for work. As loneliness sets in, he befriends a kind co-worker, Georg, who not only becomes a tour guide to Duncan, but also captures his heart. As Duncan's time in Germany comes to a close, he tries to soak in as much of this wonderful man as possible before they go their separate ways.

Overall, I thought this was a pleasant and enjoyable read. The blossoming romance between Duncan and Georg was sweet and both MCs were very likable.

I wish a little more focus could have been given to Duncan's past relationship. Every once in a while bad thoughts and memories would pop up, but he never really addressed them. It would have been nice to see him discuss his feelings of inadequacy with Georg.

My only real complaint was the abrupt ending of the book. I was shocked to see that I was only 85% of the way through the book (according to my Kindle), when I turned the page and saw an ad for the publisher. Hopefully Andrew Grey is planning a sequel so that readers can see what happens with Duncan and Georg's relationship in the future.

Buy links
Dreamspinner Press | Amazon

~ M

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

He Sleeps (Love Theme) by howl-to-the-wind

He Sleeps (Love Theme) by howl-to-the-wind (greenleaf)

Connor is awakened hearing Oliver playing the piano in his apartment. Sparks fly has the men share a passionate and intense musical moment.

Wow! This one shot is awesome. It's short, but packs quite a punch. The electricity between Connor and Oliver is palpable and you'll find yourself on the edge of your seat waiting to see what happens next. I don't want to give too much away, but if you've seen the movie Pretty Woman, you'll notice that the author pays homage to one particularly steamy scene. Highly recommended.

~ M

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

I ❤ Yaoi: Harapeko Usagi to Koisuru Ookami by Kanda Neko

Hello everyone! Today's yaoi selection is  
Harapeko Usagi to Koisuru Ookami by Kanda Neko.

Shirou wants nothing more than to pet a fluffy rabbit, but his cold and stern expression betrays him and he's never had the chance. When he finally gets his chance to hold one such fluffy rabbit, you think he'd finally be content, but now it seems his attention has been caught by the young struggling uni-student Kou. He's cute just like a rabbit, but he's not a rabbit, so then what is this feeling?

This is a really sweet and adorable manga. Even though they are opposites, Shirou and Kou work well together, and you can't go wrong with a cute little rabbit thrown into the mix! This is definitely a story filled with fluff that will make you smile.

~ M

Monday, December 15, 2014

How to Dress for a First Date by MissDorktastic

How to Dress for a First Date by MissDorktastic

Agron scored a date with his niece's incredibly hot doctor, Nasir. Now the nerves set in and Agron worries he'll make the biggest fool of himself in front of the man who could be his forever.

Fluff, fluff, and more fluff! This is the absolutely adorable sequel to Mira and the Doctor in which Agron first meets the hottest pediatrician in all the world in his opinion. You will chuckle as Agron fumbles through the preparations for his date, but your heart will also be warmed by how silly and cute the whole situation truly is. If you're in the mood for something warm and fluffy, this one shot is the right choice!

~ M

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Book Review: Vixen's Valor (North Pole City Tales #3) by Charlie Cochet

As one of the famed Rein Dear who help Mayor Kringle deliver joy to children on Christmas Eve, Vixen has quite a reputation...but not the reputation one would expect. He's known to being quite the flirt and has broken more than a few hearts in his time. His best friend and fellow Rein Dear, Rudy, wishes Vixen would slow down and possibly find someone special. That's all fine and good for Rudy who is not only is Captain, but also won the heart of the Jack, the Prince of Frost.

Even though Vixen loves Rudy like a brother, he is also very jealous of his status and boyfriend. Vixen believes he deserves a prince as well. When Jack's cousin, Vale, shows interest in Vixen, he casually accepts his affections. However, he runs the risk of missing what may be the greatest thing in his life.

The third book in North Pole City Tales series certainly lives up to other two books! It is filled with excitement, humor, tension and plenty of swoon-worthy moments. Vixen is feisty, silly and covetous, and Vale is romantic, sweet and all around wonderful! As always, it was nice to see glimpses of other characters from the series, particularly Rudy and Jack.

All in all, this is a sweet Christmas story that will have you holding your breath half of the time and swooning the other. Highly recommended!

4.5 stars
Buy links
Dreamspinner Press | Amazon

~ M

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Advice Connor Never Thought He'd Get by Jaydeemz


When Connor accepts and seemingly brushes off Oliver canceling their date, Laurel, Wes and Michaela try to knock some sense into their classmate.

This is really an adorable one shot. You will roll your eyes at how absolutely clueless Connor is, but your heart will be warmed by the sweet gestures he bestows upon his boyfriend. If you're looking for a short, cute read, definitely give this one a try!

~ M

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

I ❤ Yaoi: Koi no Iro (The Color of Love) by Ueda Kiyo

Hello yaoi lovers! Today's manga recommendation is Koi no Iro (The Color of Love) by Ueda Kiyo.

Nao is a high-school student with a secret he carefully hides from everybody: He's fallen in love with his close friend, Hira. One day, Hira tells Nao that he looks different lately. Now Nao is terrified that Hira might have noticed his feelings! Or could it be that he's just over-reacting and his friend hasn't noticed anything at all?

After discovering an entire yaoi section in a local used book store, I was in heaven! There was a wealth of yaoi manga for me to choose from, but I settled on just a few (one of which was a pristine copy of Hybrid Child...YES!). One of my purchases was Koi no Iro (The Color of Love).

I really enjoyed this manga. It's filled with one-shot stories that show how romantic relationships develop, grow and flourish. I liked that not all of the stories were all roses and puppies and perfection. The characters had to work, and sometimes suffer a little, for love. Not only did I enjoy the stories, but I also liked the artwork; the ukes are adorable and the semes were handsome.

If you have the opportunity to read this collection of stories, definitely give them a try!

~ M

Monday, December 8, 2014

Dancing Lessons by Adsagsona

Dancing Lessons by Adsagsona

Duro sends Agron to dancing lessons with Nasir in preparation for his upcoming wedding. Things initially go well for Agron until past demons creep to the surface.

I am thoroughly enjoying this story so far. Imagining Nasir and Agron doing such sensual dances definitely gets the blood pumping, and I'm intrigued by Agron's seemingly turbulent past. As always, Nasir is a doll who not only does his job extremely well, but also knows how to handle Agron's skittishness.

~ M

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Book Review: The Heart of Frost (North Pole City Tales #2) by Charlie Cochet

In this sequel to Mending Noel, The Prince of Frost, Jack, and the love of his life, Rudy, are trying to live their lives in peace. Even though many in the kingdom, including the King of Frost himself, have been skeptical about their relationship, Jack and Rudy don't care. They're in love and nothing can change that. When an accident occurs during Rudy's test run for The Big Flight on Christmas Eve, Jack is beside himself with worry and anger. Known for being a formidable force on a good day, Rudy and his friends worry that the stress and rage coursing through Jack may change him forever.

I loved Mending Noel, so I was extremely anxious to read this sequel that delves into the lives of Rudy the Rein Dear and Jack Frost. The world that Charlie Cochet has created in this series never fails to bring a smile to my face because all of the characters of Christmas and winter lore are represented in new and creative ways. Even though Rudy, with his fiery red hair, Jack are the main focus of the story, I enjoyed seeing the MCs from the last book, Tim and Noel, make an appearance. (Tiny) Tim continues to steal the show in my opinion with his unwavering kindness and positivity.

The book started out a little slow for me, but definitely picked up speed about a quarter of the way through. I only wish that Jack could have had some inkling of the terror he caused during his blackout. I understand such information could have sent him into a tailspin again, but he was so hateful towards his friends and the elf he loves. An apology would have been nice, but I understand why the author went this route.

The third book in the series, Vixen's Valor, was just released and I cannot wait to read it and continue my stay in this lovely world where everything is Christmasy and fun.
Buy links
Dreamspinner Press | Amazon

~ M

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Pay Back by Ggeri_Sminth

Pay Back Series by Ggeri_Sminth

After discovering that Connor cheated on him, Oliver tried to kick the man out of his life. Much to his surprise, Connor kept coming back, kept apologizing. Oliver gives in, his heart won't allow him to say no, but now that he has Connor back where he wants him, the thought of giving him a taste of his own medicine is all too tempting. Little does Oliver know that Connor is much more fragile than he ever anticipated.

This series of one shots is great! I love How to Get Away with Murder and the Connor/Oliver storyline ended up becoming much more engrossing than I ever thought it would.

In this series, Oliver is adorkable (as always) as he tries to have a real relationship with a commitment-phobe, and Connor demonstrates just how fearful and insecure he is. He may project the confident law student who doesn't let anything get to him, but deep down he has issues that need to be addressed. Fortunately Oliver is there to help him through it.

~ M

p.s. The gif above is my favorite moment between Connor and Oliver in the tv show so far because it shows that Connor really does care about Oliver, despite all his postulating about how he doesn't do relationships. :)

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

I ❤ Yaoi: Benkyou Shinasai by Takanaga Hinako

Hello yaoi lovers! Today's review is Benkyou Shinasai by Takanaga Hinako.

Kouta wanted to attend the same university as his childhood friend, Akira, but he was the only who passed. Will he be able to make Akira pass the exam?

When I first read the synopsis for this manga, I thought it was going to be a cute story about lifelong friends who help each other through their struggles and, in the process, fall in love. The reality was much different.

Neither of the main characters is all that likeable. Akira is disrespectful, a liar and uses charm, guilt and sex to manipulate people. Throughout the manga I wondered why Kouta felt so strongly towards Akira, and my heart broke for him on more than one occasion. Kouta was a doormat who allowed his so-called friend walk all over him for just a small scrap of affection.

It really saddens me that I didn't like this manga at all because I've enjoyed others from Takanaga Hinako, but this one just misses the mark for me. There is no romance, no love and no real friendship.

~ M

Monday, December 1, 2014

The Unfortunate Courier by piratevirgin

The Unfortunate Courier by piratevirgin

When he's almost run off the road while making a delivery, Nasir (Nathan) makes it a point to confront the driver. There have been way too many accidents involving couriers and this rich jerk needs to understand that everyone's life matters on the road. Agron (Adam) has been trying to heal from the recent death of his brother. He's a banker and in such a cutthroat business, he has to stand his ground. When a gorgeous courier barrels into his life, he never wants to let him go. If only he could keep his foot out of his mouth long enough to win the young man's heart.

This is a sweet story that will take readers through a roller coaster of emotions. The slow burn of the relationship between Agron and Nasir doesn't seem long and drawn out and I really enjoyed how the overall story developed. Definitely check out this great AU!

~ M