Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Livingston by J.M. Dabney - Blog Tour with Excerpt and Review

RELEASE DATE: 03.06.18

Cover Design:   RESSE DANTE


He was the Beast without the escape clause.

Francis “Liv” Livingston was a beast. No matter if he wore a perfectly tailored suit or if he was in his tactical gear, people avoided looking at him. He was always first to volunteer for the jobs only a person with a death wish wanted. Tomorrows weren’t guaranteed. His boss had come to him and told him he needed him for a job. Linus knew the jobs he liked, but when he opened the file, it all went to hell.

Beauty was only skin deep.

Fielding Haskell made his way in the world on his looks. He’d earned his first film role before he could read a script. He didn’t want the fame. He wanted to go to college. He wanted a man who didn’t look at him and see how pretty he was. Unfortunately, a so-called fan only cared how attractive he was, and it earned him a personal bodyguard and a vacation. He looked forward to the break until he met the man in charge of his safety and wondered if the danger he left was worth dealing with a sudden attraction to a man who was colder than ice.

4 out of 5 stars

Livingston is the first book in the Trenton Security series but is truly a spin off of the Twirled World Ink, Brawlers, and Executioners series. While you could read this as the start of a new series, there are many characters from the other series that are included in the story which may cause some confusion. I personally recommend reading all the series in order so you know the characters and the previous encounters with the MCs of each book in the previous books. 

I really won't go into the plot of Livingston, as with all the books in this world, too much will give away a lot of the story. I really think that readers should experience the story for themselves instead of reading a condensed, in my own words, version of the story. There is quite a bit that would spoil a lot of the story if I did that. 

So I was a little torn over Livingston but I did go with the higher 4 star rating in the end. It fits well with the other previous series books and gives lots of time with the previous couples. However I felt that there was a slight lack of depth for Fielding over all. Now that's not saying he's a bad character, not at all. I rather adored the bright glimpses he gave occasionally through the story. He was over shadowed by Livingston, both by his story and him as a character. However, sometimes books work out fine with a disparity like this between the characters. I think overall, that their story did work out well, and kept it as a good 1st book in the Trenton Security spin-off series. 

All that above being said, this author and their series are auto-buys for me at this point. The characters are consistent, usually one if not both have some trauma or issue they're working through. In some of the books the kink is a little more prominent than others, and some are more 'straight' romance than others might be. Overall though the stories are enjoyable reads, with very strong characters who aren't afraid to speak their minds, or act out accordingly based on their personality. 

I highly recommend reading all four current series, and any new spin offs out of this group that the author might create. If you enjoy characters that are a little rough around the edges, a little different, and have a strong bond with their created family or crews these are definitely the books for you. 


He disconnected the call and slipped his phone back into his pocket. “That for me?”

“Yes, sir, I didn't mean—” Fielding swallowed hard. “I wasn't listening.”

The boy closed the distance between them quickly and thrust the mug at him. He caught it before it made a trip to the ground.

“Black. I noticed you didn't, um, put anything in your coffee. Is it strong enough?”

He hesitated with the mug at his lips. He swore the boy was holding his breath waiting for his approval. Taking a sip, it was perfect, but he took his time to see how long Fielding would keep himself from breathing. Nothing much amused him anymore, but that was doing it for him.

During the time the boy was in his home he'd picked up on little things about him. Fielding's need for approval. The boy's natural submissiveness. Fielding was also downright domestic.
“Not bad.”

“I'll do better. Are you going somewhere?”

“No, not for a few more days. We’ll head to the office for a check-in, and see what Linus’ boy, Hunter, found out about your stalker.” Interesting, the stalker comment hadn’t earned a flinch, but the moment he said boy, the kid’s perfectly arched brows rose. “Make a list of anything you need. We’ll hit the store before we come back.”

“Can I get candy and chips?”

The question took him by surprise. Fielding didn’t look like anything fattening ever passed his pretty lips.

“Do you want candy and chips?”

“So much.”

He hid his smile behind his mug at the boy’s longing sigh. He’d noticed the boy didn’t eat very much, not enough in his opinion, but Fielding wasn’t big. Tiny compared to him, probably not for normal sized men.

“We’ll see then.”

“Yes, sir.”

One more submissive little yes, sir with averted eyes and the boy was going to find himself on his knees worshiping his cock. He was too old for the boy, but his dick didn’t seem to have a problem with it. What made it harder to resist Fielding was a natural submissive born to be someone's boy. He was inclined to dominate and to have the perfect boy in front of him was more temptation than he'd ever experienced.

He needed to get Fielding as far away from him as possible and soon.

J.M. Dabney is a multi-genre author who writes mainly LGBT romance and fiction. She lives with a constant diverse cast of characters in her head. No matter their size, shape, race, etc. she lives for one purpose alone, and that’s to make sure she does them justice and give them the happily ever after they deserve. J.M. is dysfunction at its finest and she makes sure her characters are a beautiful kaleidoscope of crazy. There is nothing more she wants from telling her stories than to show that no matter the package the characters come in or the damage their pasts have done, that love is love. That normal is never normal and sometimes the so-called broken can still be amazing.

No comments:

Post a Comment