Title: Promoted by the Billionaire
Author: Marie Sexton and Rowan Speedwell, SL Majors, J.P. Bowie, Em Woods, Sara York, Noelle Keaton
Cover artist: n/a
Publisher: Total e-bound
Genre: mm erotic romance
Rating: 3 stars out of 5
A guest review by Sirius.
Summary: A mixed-bag anthology.
‘Flowers for Him’ by Marie Sexton and Rowan Speedwell
He wanted to learn about beauty. He never expected to learn about love.
Billionaire Chandler Harrison’s third marriage is now history, and he’s left with his ex-wife’s parting barb, “You have no appreciation of beauty.” Determined to prove her wrong, Chandler hires artist Neil Sweeney to add a mural to his office wall. He doesn’t even care what the picture is, as long as it’s beautiful.
Neil Sweeney is an ex-tagger, a free spirit, and a bit of a hippie. He’s never met anybody as uptight as Chandler, but when it comes to warming up Chandler’s cold, stark office, Neil has plans involving more than art.
Chandler begins to find himself strangely moved by the mural developing on his office wall. He’s especially moved by the artist himself. Chandler has denied his homosexual urges for most of his life, but it isn’t long before Neil begins introducing Chandler to all kinds of new things. As Neil’s masterpiece comes to life, so does Chandler’s appreciation for art, colour, and the best kind of beauty of all—love.
‘Vital To Him’ by SL Majors
Hot sex in the back of a limo? Billionaire Brenton Marston is stunned when his street-wise chauffeur welcomes him home in a way he never expected, and Brenton wonders who is really in the driver’s seat.
Billionaire Brenton Marston has rules meant to keep the boundaries clear. He respects his employees and never wants anyone to feel as if they owe him anything.
Robert Silles, the reformed hoodlum, has desired his boss for years. Robert has fantasised about introducing Mr Marston to the pleasures of man-on-man sex, fucking him and sucking him until he forgets his numerous stresses.
When his trusted chauffeur suggests a hook-up, Brenton is stunned, but he knows he shouldn’t be. No one knows him better than the man who’s seen him at his best as well as his worst.
It shouldn’t surprise him that Silles knows him and his innermost secrets. In fact, Silles recognised the truth before Brenton ever did.
Silles’ suggestive offer turns Brenton on. Damn if he isn’t attracted to this broad, handsome, sexy man, in a way he never wanted anyone else.
The question is, will Brenton push aside his inhibitions and reservations? Will he allow his chauffeur to give him what he craves? Will he willingly surrender to the orders of his servant?
Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of M/M, rimming, anal sex, spanking with leather belt and hand and sex outdoors
‘Fly to Him’ by J.P. Bowie
A young flight attendant gets a billionaire’s attention in a way that could have meant the end of his career, but instead could be the beginning of an unexpected romance.
When Kevin Tate takes over for a friend as flight attendant on billionaire Logan Maguire’s private jet, he is certain it will be his one and only time aboard when he accidentally dumps an ice-cold drink on his employer’s lap. Instead, an instant attraction flares between the two men and Kevin accepts Logan’s offer to stay with him at his villa in Puerta Vallarta.
Their fledging romance is abruptly brought to an end when Logan hurries back to the States on a desperate mission to save his company from a hostile takeover. Kevin is left wondering if success and wealth is more important to the billionaire than the chance of love and real happiness.
‘Enough For Him’ by Em Woods
When secrets come to light, two men must realise that, despite their fears, the love they have really is enough.
When software mogul Shannon Murphy is requested to appear at an international convention to accept an innovation award, he’s honoured. But when the invitation arrives and requires the attendance of his fictional partner, he needs a plan. There is only one man he wants, one man he trusts, to help him. He turns to personal assistant and best friend Noah Greene.
Noah isn’t sure if this is his most secret desire come true, or his worst nightmare. Once the media connects them in a relationship, no secret will be safe, and Noah is positive that Shannon won’t be comfortable in the reflected spotlight of a recovering gambling addict. Unable to turn away his friend, Noah decides to do this one favour for Shannon before sacrificing everything he’s worked so hard to build and walking away.
‘Surrendered To Him’ by Sara York
When the storm hits, everything changes. Will shifting priorities lead to a shift in life, or will Storm Bennett abandon his heart’s desires?
Storm rules the Bennett Empire with an iron fist, never taking time to allow emotions into his life, leaving him looking like the bad guy in the media over and over again. When a typhoon hits the island where one of his hotels is located, he sees it as a chance to repair his damaged reputation.
On the island, nothing is as it should be. Storm meets Keoni, a native, who challenges everything Storm knows about relationships, family and love. Keoni is blown away by Storm but wants the man so badly he can taste it.
Can he risk his newfound peace, giving a part of himself to Storm, or will he stay detached, allowing love to slip away?
‘Designs For Him’ by Noelle Keaton
Normally all business when it comes to his career, Jon finds the lines between the professional and the personal getting blurred after falling in love with billionaire CEO Warren
After months of unemployment, Jon Pritchard finds work with Cressen Furniture, the ‘American Ikea’, in a low-level job. A software program he creates in his free time attracts the interest of Warren Cressen, the interim CEO of Cressen Furniture, who quickly gives Jon a promotion.
The attraction between the two men is undeniable, and it isn’t long before they act on it, though they agree to be discreet until Warren’s position as CEO is made permanent.
Their relationship grows serious, but it is tested when evidence is discovered that seems to point to Jon being a corporate spy and Warren starts to wonder if he hasn’t been used all along.
With the highest professional stakes on the line, Jon and Warren have to decide whether the professional success they share in the boardroom is worth sacrificing the passion they share in the bedroom.
After you finished this very LONG blurb, I am sure you are asking yourself whether you really need to read the review. Heck, after I finished it, I was wondering whether I actually need to write a review. For me this was one of the most frustrating blurbs ever as iit pretty much tells you the gist of all the stories. Thanks for that 🙁
I knew I was taking a risk when I chose this anthology for review–not because most of the authors were new to me, but because from the blurb it seemed that I would be reading erotic romance novellas with very little or very thin plots and I was worried about characterizations too. But I wanted to read the story written by Marie Sexton and Rowan Speedwell badly and I was excited about trying new authors so I took it, reminded myself to judge the book strictly on how believable the emotional connection between the characters was and how hot the sex was and jumped in.
As you can also see from the blurb the theme that connects the stories is billionaires finding their love with people who are not billionaires :). You know, a very rich guy and a working class guy, artist, anybody who is not rich and famous. In some of them the guys have had crushes on each other for years, in some they have Insta!Love hitting them over the head so strongly that they cannot see anybody else. Of course also I urge you to prepare to suspend your disbelief – all of the stories needed that to a degree, but some more than others IMO.
“Flowers for Him” by Marie Sexton and Rowan Speedwell
This story did not disappoint me as an erotic novella. There was nothing in the theme of the story that I had not read before of course – a kind but uptight rich guy learns to appreciate what is really important in life – but it was written in such beautiful, sensual language. The two guys came alive on the page and I even bought that the fairy tale may end up in them having a future together, even despite the fact that Chandler was repressing his gay self pretty badly to say the least–three marriages, really? But good writing can sell me some pretty unbelievable fantasies 🙂 I really liked that art and color played such an important part in their love story. Just listen to this:
“And the colours!
The trees weren’t just brown and green, they were amber and emerald, gold and amethyst, midnight blue and brushed copper. Lush orchids clung to tree branches, roses on vines wrapped sensuously around trunks and flowers I didn’t know the names of carpeted the forest floor. A rabbit nibbled on an enormous red petal. Bees and hummingbirds hovered over others. It was all done in a mildly Impressionistic style that somehow seemed vividly real.
“You gave me chocolates”, Neil said softly, “so I gave you flowers”.
“Vital To Him” by SL Majors
This story just did not work for me. Despite the fact that in the first story the guys connect soon enough after they met for the first time and in this one they had known each other for several years as employer and employee, I just did not buy the jump from that to lovers–and apparently dominant and submissive lovers too. I mean, I actually often like dominance/submission in a story where one of the guys has too much power at work and wants to switch gears with his lover, but here it just did not work for me. I mean, I love BDSM but if you have not told your boss for years that you are in love with him and pretty much the next day (exaggerating but not much) you are using the belt on him, well I am unable to suspend my disbelief in this situation. It also did not help that some of the sexual descriptions made me laugh and not in a good way.
“I’m milking your prostate, sir. With my touch, I can control your orgasm”.
“Shall I drain your balls, sir?” He thought saying that wasn’t possible, but he was no longer sure.
“Fly to Him” by J.P. Bowie
I have to say that I really liked the connection between the guys in this one. The language was beautiful, the sex scenes were hot. Unfortunately despite this one being a short novella, I could not deal with the speed of Insta!Love in this one–it was just too much. They fell in love pretty much the moment they see each other–literally. Give me at least a few days to get used to the idea that you are the love of each other’s lives and you are moving in after a week of knowing each other, will you guys? It was especially not believable to me when, as the blurb tells you, the billionaire has to stop their unexpected getaway and go try to save their company from the takeover. The other guy was upset because the billionaire was acting cold and distant and at the end of the story Kevin complains that even though they only knew each other three days he expected Logan to confide in him, because he thought they had something special. Well, let’s see, the work of his life may fall apart in front of his eyes and here is a guy he is attracted to, but had been known for only three days, why the heck would he not get a pass for not confiding in him? Not like Logan was acting cruel IMO, he just became concentrated on the task. And he did not break up with Kevin or anything, he just did not pay as much attention to him.
‘Enough For Him’ by Em Woods
Oh I liked this one and I will check out whether this author has written anything else. In this story we have a billionaire and his assistant having years-long crushes on each other, the same as in the second story of this anthology, but I enjoyed this one much better. Maybe because the transition from years of not telling each other about their crush to actually becoming lovers felt smoother? Maybe because I actually bought the reasons why both men did not tell each other (I especially bought the reason Noah had). And I really liked them together.
“Surrendered To Him” by Sara York
I appreciated the attempt to talk about some societal issues in this story, but I did not feel that the length of the story was enough for that. Also, while it is incredibly subjective and other readers may feel the opposite, I did not feel any chemistry between the guys
“Designs For Him” by Noelle Keaton
I did not find this story to be very erotic either, but of course tastes differ. In fact, the sex left me pretty cold in this one. I was, however, quite entertained by the plot .