Thank you for inviting us, the authors of Brit Boys: WithToys, to your blog today, it’s great to be here. This boxed set of M/M stories is very special to us and is the follow on from last year’s Brit Boys: On Boys.
Brit Boys boxed sets feature British characters in British locations and are written by British based authors. Each story is unique, fun and seriously hot!
From coast to coast and city to country Brit boys enjoy playing with each other and their toys. Not any old toys, though; guitars, rope, plugs and Moleskine journals all prove to be enormous fun. Throw in a shop that’s wall to wall with kinky ideas, a journalist on the lookout for the next big thing, and Dominants who insist on obedience and there’s sure to be something to cater for everyone’s taste.
Whether it’s a quickie or a slow indulgence, Brit boys know how to hit the spot and they aim to please every time. So take a ride, fly high, come enjoy these sexy boys and their toys.
Today the authors are answering this question… What inspired your story in the Brit Boys: With Toys Anthology?
Right from the beginning I knew I wanted my Boys to be bikers. The bridge where they first meet, the Devil’s Bridge as it is known, was built in the 13th century and crosses the river Lune in Kirkby Lonsdale. Bikers congregate there every Sunday without fail and I pass there most weekends so it didn’t take much to get my imaginative juices flowing.
M K Elliott
I like to write my male characters in my m/m stories in the same way I write my characters in my regular books. They tend to be alpha males, who will often clash, and what could be more alpha than a bare-knuckle boxer? But I also don’t like everything to be black and white, which is why this alpha male, Conner, also has a softer, more artistic side.
I’m quite the fan of a man in uniform, and I suddenly realised that although I’ve written about quite a few different uniforms and professions, I’d never written about a doctor before. I thought it was time for a sexy doctor and his porter boyfriend to get down and dirty in a supply cupboard.
K D Grace
I like the idea that toys can be anything you have the imagination to use for fun, and I couldn’t think of a better way of demonstrating that than what two blokes walking across England might find along their way with which to … erm … entertain each other.
I adore a show over here in the UK called Dinner Date. It’s set in a restaurant in London, St Paul’s, and is solely for singles to hook up with a potential romance partner, in the blind date restaurant only the staff have ever met before. I decided after watching this with Mr H one evening that a blind date would be a good place for Mile High Kink Club to start.
I’d set myself a challenge. I wanted to write a romance but I wanted to set it in an environment where poetry was important. As writing challenges go it was pretty substantial. The characters in a romance are supposed to be brought together through circumstances where one of them is needed by the other: and under what circumstances would anyone ever need a poet? Answering that question was a real challenge.
It was just a case of sitting down and starting to write. Whatever came out was from my subconscious and not a plotted story. I prefer writing that way because when the characters arrive in the page, they’re as new to me as they will be for readers.
A few things inspired the story – I absolutely love music of any sort, but there’s something about being packed in tight among sweaty bodies at a rock concert that really thrills me. The connection you have to the music and everyone who is there can be a very powerful thing – I wanted to add the sexual element of two lovers enjoying music together in this way.
Overall rating - 4 stars
This is a fantastic collection of short, sexy m/m stories, I can honestly say that I enjoyed all of them. All of the stories are about hot men, and their even hotter encounters with some naughty toys. They have varying degrees of heat and kink, but they are all guaranteed to raise your body temperature and get your heart racing.
Hard Riders by Ashe Barker - 4.5 stars
All Roped Up by M.K Elliott - 4.5 stars
Set in the testosterone fuelled world of underground bare knuckle boxing, All Roped up is one of my favourite stories in this boxed set. Journalist Alex arranges an interview with champion fighter Connor in the hope of using him to get an exclusive about illegal betting at his fights. Things don't exactly go to plan when Alex actually likes Connor and they discover that they have compatible kinks, but how will Connor react when he discovers what Alex had planned to achieve with his interview?
I really liked Connor, he had a lot of layers to his character. It took me a little longer to like Alex, but in the end I realised he was perfect for Connor. These two were hot together! This is a great quick read - four and a half stars.
Doctor's Orders by Lucy Felthouse - 4 stars
Toys for Boys by K.D Grace - 4.5 stars
KD Grace is struggling to think of a story that she needs to write for the anthology Brit Boys: With Toys when she meets two guys with the idea for a perfect story - their story! Will and Doc are hiking across the country in awful weather so they can test out gadgets for the magazine they write for. They get off to a bumpy start as they really don't get on - but despite the freezing cold weather things soon start to heat up between them.
This author has one heck of an imagination - if there was an award for the most creative sex toys KD Grace would be sure to win it! Toys for Boys is a very entertaining story so it gets four and a half stars.
Mile High Kink Club by Lily Harlem - 4.5 stars
Open Mike by Ashley Lister - 4 stars
I Get You by Sarah Masters - 4 stars
The Guitar by Tabitha Rayne - 4 stars
The Guitar is a sweet story that I thoroughly enjoyed. Kel is shy and kind of awkward, he only feels comfortable in his own skin when he's on stage playing his guitar. He is surprised when he catches of the eye of Damien, he just can't understand what he sees in him. Will Kel's insecurities ruin what could become a special relationship?
I really liked both Kel and Damien and wanted things to work out for them as they were so good together. This is nice short story that receives four out of five stars.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.
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