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Review: Beloved Unmasked by Brita Addams

beloved unmaskedTitle: Beloved Unmasked by Brita Addams
Cherished One Series Book One
A Tarnished Novel
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: Historical, M/M,Erotic, Romance,
Length: 274 pages
Book Rating: B

Complimentary Review Copy Provided by the Author


Cherished One: Book One
A Tarnished novel

Born to a spiteful prostitute in Storyville, the red-light district in New Orleans, David comes into the world as Picayune, meaning “of little value,” or, as his mother reminds him, “nothing.” In the early 20th century brothels and clubs, his love of music sustains young Pic until a life-changing meeting places him on the road to respectability, and Pic reinvents himself as David Reid.

As David realizes happiness for the first time, conscription forces his friend and first love, Spencer Webb, into the Great War. While he pursues a law degree, letters from Spence connect David to his hopes for the future. After staggering news at war’s end, David must find a way to move forward. Under the tutelage of his benefactor, David’s career prospers, but specters from Storyville threaten all he’s worked so hard to achieve.

The past holds both pain and love. Will facing it head-on destroy David or give him everything he’s ever dared dream?


No one writes better historical novels than Brita Addams so it comes as absolutely no surprise that her latest release, Beloved Unmasked, is another brilliantly written and well researched gay romance. Spanning several years, this first installment in the Cherished One series takes place in New Orleans and features David Reid’s journey from abused son of a prostitute to well-respected lawyer.

Despite his humble beginnings and the abuse at the hands of his mother, David Reid (aka Picayune) remains optimistic and determined to make a better life for himself. He is well respected by everyone he meets and he is not afraid of hard work. He has people looking out for him who encourage him to get an education so he can take a different career path. Once he makes it out of the district and realizes his dreams, David never forget those who helped him and he remains loyal to them long after everyone has moved on.

Growing up in the red light district, David is no stranger to sex, but he wants more than quick, meaningless sexual encounters. His relationship with rent boy Spencer Webb is full of laughter and although David’s feelings run deeper than friendship, Spence holds him at arms’ length. Spence’s own past is troubled yet he manages to remain light, carefree and accepting of his fate. When the US enters World War I, Spencer is conscripted into service then sent to France in the months leading up to the end of the war.

However, the person who has the most influence on David’s life is Emile Dauterive. A successful lawyer with political aspirations, Spence introduces the two men and when David strikes out on his own, Emile offers to help him achieve his goals. Emile has David’s best interests at heart and he provides him with a place to live, a job and the money to go college. He wants nothing in return except friendship and David graciously and eagerly accepts his conditions. Although he sometimes oversteps in an effort to protect David from getting hurt, Emile cares deeply for him and their friendship easily weathers a few storms.

Beloved Unmasked by Brita Addams is an engaging rags to riches story that is well-researched and stars a cast of memorable characters. The novel is impeccably researched and rife with historical details that bring the time period, characters and setting vibrantly to life. With unexpected plot twists and the tiniest hint of drama, this first installment in the Cherished One series is a captivating tale that readers of historical gay romances do not want to miss. An outstanding novel that I absolutely loved and highly recommend.

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Review: Thornhill’s Dilemma by Brita Addams

thornhill's dilemmaTitle: Thornhill’s Dilemma by Brita Addams
Sapphire Club Series Book Three
Publisher: Musa Publishing
Genre: Historical, Erotic, Romance, M/M, Menage M/F/M
Word Count: 82,250
Book Rating: B

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A love as intense as it is forbidden… 

Staid Phillip Allard, the Duke of Thornhill, has hidden his true nature behind his ducal mien since his earliest memory. An heir, mired in honor and duty from birth, he approaches every aspect of his life with unemotional logic. Alexander Chilton is a man of voracious sexual tastes, but more, he desires a relationship with someone who will fill the chasm in his life.

They meet at the Sapphire Club, and find in each other a balance neither had ever found before…until a young debutante inadvertently involves Phillip in her defiant quest.

Lady Hope is curious and accepting, but although Phillip cares for her, he can never love her as she wishes. When tragedy occurs, guilt leaves Phillip lost and numb.

Will he find his way back to Alex, or has he burned the one bridge that matters most?

This book contains a couple of menage scenes, M/F/M. It also contains spanking, voyeurism, and sexual activity between two men.

The Review:

Thornhill’s Dilemma is my favorite of the three novels in Brita Addams’ erotic historical Sapphire Club series. The longer length provides the opportunity for a better balance between the scorching hot love scenes and the development of the story’s romance. But it is the delightful cast of characters and surprising storyline that really makes this love story stand out from the others in the series.

Phillip Allard knows he must marry and produce an heir, but his attraction to men has made it easy to set aside this less than appealing duty. Introduced to Alex Chilton through the Sapphire Club, they have become more than occasional lovers, but both know a future together is risky. When Phillip is caught in a compromising situation and blackmailed into asking for Lady Hope Linden’s hand in marriage, he is very surprised by Hope’s easy acceptance of Alex in their lives. When the unthinkable occurs, Phillip’s guilt jeopardizes his chance at happiness.

Hope is young, but she has a strong personality and a very open mind. She is genuinely remorseful about her role in forcing Phillip into marriage, but she is determined to make theirs a successful match. She is eager to explore her sensual side and actively seeks to satisfy her curiosity. Hope goes after what she wants with little regard for the possible consequences but this is what makes her such a perfect match for Phillip and Alex.

Phillip is a proper noblemen which means he can be a little stuffy and too focused on duty. He has no intention of giving up his relationship with Alex after his marriage so it is very fortuitous that Hope is so open minded. Like Hope, he is resigned to their fate, but he truly cares for her and takes care to ensure her satisfaction in all areas of their life. Phillip is open to the three entering into a ménage relationship but only if Alex and Hope agree to the arrangement as well.

Alex has less experience with women than Phillip so he is a little less sure of joining Phillip and Hope in a ménage. But once he is certain that Hope is in full agreement, he becomes agreeable to the idea. He is initially less emotionally invested in Hope but as events unfold, he comes to deeply love her as well. Alex is more pragmatic and realistic once tragedy strikes and this common sense leads to the best solution to an increasingly untenable situation.

It is sometimes a bit tricky when adding a woman to an established m/m relationship, but Ms. Addams is definitely up to the task in Thornhill’s Dilemma. A ménage is truly the perfect solution to keep Alex and Phillip together, so this part of the storyline feels quite natural. It also helps that no one forces Hope to accept the idea. It instead occurs as a direct response to transpiring events. What is surprising is the eventual source of conflict in the novel, but again, the reactions are realistic and in keeping with the characters’ personalities and places in society.

Thornhill’s Dilemma is a marvelously written love story that is very emotional. The characters are quite appealing and superbly developed with believable flaws and imperfections. The sex scenes are exquisitely detailed and smoking hot. The storyline is brilliantly executed and Brita Addams throws in some twists and turns are very unexpected. Fans of erotic historical romances do not want to miss this third installment in the terrific Sapphire Club series.


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Review: Prentice and Desiree by Brita Addams

prenticeTitle: Prentice and Desiree by Brita Addams
Sapphire Club Series Book Two
Publisher: Musa Publishing
Genre: Historical, Erotic, BDSM, Romance
Length: 190 pages
Book Rating: B

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Guard your heart. Passion comes with a price.

Lost in grief, Prentice Hyde, the much sought after Marquess of Wycroft, salves his broken heart at the Sapphire Club. He wants love, but finding it presents problems of disloyalty to his dead wife.

Widow Desiree Huntington appears at the Sapphire Club, sees Prentice in action, and presents him with a request so seductive, he finds it difficult to refuse.

As their arrangement progresses, Prentice takes Desiree to the heights of sexual endurance and enjoyment, mires her in passion, and sees a way out of the loneliness that is his life.

But Desiree wants all Prentice has to offer—but his heart.

The Review:

Prentice and Desiree, the second installment in Brita Addams’ Sapphire Club series, is another blazing hot and highly sensual historical romance. This wonderful addition to the series is an emotional and engaging love story between Prentice Hyde (aka Lord Decadent) and widowed Desiree Huntington.

Prentice and Desiree opens with Desiree putting into motion a scheme that ultimately leaves her ruined and eventually married to a much older and oftentimes, cruel man. The story then quickly fast-forwards eleven years to the Sapphire Club, where Desiree is about to entice Lord Decadent into a very sexy and mutually satisfying arrangement where they can further explore their passion for certain elements of the BDSM lifestyle.

When the couple first begin their explorations, Desiree comes across as a strong, sexually confident woman. However, when her real motive for seeking out Prentice is revealed, she comes across as immature and spiteful. There is no denying that she truly enjoys the spankings she receives from Prentice and her passion for him is also genuine. While her marriage was truly horrific, Desiree does not accept her role in her downfall and holds on to her bitterness that her unrealistic fantasy of being rescued from her abusive husband was not fulfilled. Her acceptance for her own actions takes much of the story but much to my frustration, Desiree easily reverts to her old thought patterns.

Thankfully, Prentice is much easier to like. He is genuinely regretful for his past misdeeds and even more remorseful for the unintended consequences of his thoughtless actions. The love of a good woman truly reformed him into a loving and thoughtful husband who deeply mourns her death. While Prentice is once again an active participant at the Sapphire Club, he keeps his emotions out of his interactions with the club’s patrons. That is until he and Desiree enter into their arrangement and he unexpectedly finds his heart engaged by the captivating and intriguing widow.

While there is a bit of a BDSM aspect to Prentice and Desiree’s sex scenes, it is mostly limited to spankings. Desiree finds it difficult to fully submit to Prentice so their relationship never fully enters into the true D/s realm. Instead it is more of an equal partnership between two people who happen to share the same desires.

While it takes a while to fully warm up to Desiree, Prentice and Desiree is an enjoyable romance with a surprising amount of depth and substance. There is a strong emotional element to the storyline with both characters undergoing a great deal of growth as they not only confront, but overcome the baggage from their pasts. This beautiful love story is an outstanding addition to Brita Addams’ Sapphire Club series that fans of historical erotic romances do not want to miss.


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Review: Lucien and Serenity by Brita Addams

lucienTitle: Lucien and Serenity by Brita Addams
Sapphire Club Book One
Publisher: Musa Publishing, LLC
Genre: Historical, Romance, Erotic, BDSM
Word Count: 66,195
Book Rating: B

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Fulfill your wicked fantasies at the Sapphire Club

Serenity Damrill has returned to her husband, Lucien, after a ten-year absence. She carries with her a secret that could destroy her life and possibly all that Lucien has built. She needs Lucien’s protection, and she is determined to repair her marriage.

Quite happy running the Sapphire Club, where his clients live out their wildest fantasies, Lucien has no need for the frigid wife who deserted him the day after they were married. Though he still desires her, he doubts she’ll consent to the type of intimate relationship he craves.

But in the Sapphire Club, where rules don’t exist, anything is possible…

Contains elements of bondage, anal play, voyeurism, spanking, and lots of romance.

The Review:

Lucien and Serenity is the first installment in Brita Addams’ Sapphire Club series. This highly erotic historical romance takes place in a BDSM club where pain and pleasure are explored by Lucien, Serenity and the club members.

Serenity and Lucien’s whirlwind courtship culminated in a wedding a mere six months after their first meeting. Serenity fled from Lucien after their disastrous wedding night, and Lucien let his pride get in the way of going after her. Fast forward ten years and the couple finally reunites when Serenity seeks refuge with Lucien at his wildly successful BDSM club. Lucien is, at first, mistrustful of Serenity’s sudden desire to reconcile, but she slowly regains his trust. But when the reasons for her return become clear, will their fragile bond withstand Lucien’s doubts and suspicions?

Serenity and Lucien’s marriage is unusual because it was not an arranged marriage as was so common back in the early 1800s. However, the advice Serenity received from her mother regarding the marriage bed was, unfortunately, pretty much the norm for women. So when she took her mother’s words to heart, Serenity pretty much ruined any chance of enjoying the sensual side of marriage. Since it is very obvious that she is not as emotionally invested in their union as Lucien, the wedding night fiasco made it easy for Serenity to decide to flee from Lucien and enjoy her freedom. As the years pass, she meets a gentle man who introduces her to deliciously naught aspects of desire (much to Lucien’s surprised delight).

Lucien’s stubbornness and anger make it easy for him not to go after Serenity and by the time the two reconcile ten years down the road, he is hardened and rather jaded.  His close friend Prentice Hyde introduced him to BDSM side of his sexuality and together, the two men opened the scandalous but incredibly popular BDSM club. In the intervening years, Lucien has not pined after his wayward bride and after her sudden reappearance, he treats her like one of the club’s clientele. Lucien immediately sets about “disciplining” her but he quickly realizes that Serenity rather enjoys her “punishment”. They are soon exploring their mutual desire and his distrust fades away only to be rekindled when confronted by Serenity’s past.

The first few chapters of Lucien and Serenity are a little disjointed as the couple’s back story is presented in short vignettes. These quick glimpses are useful in showing where the characters’ lives have taken them but few details about their day to day lives are revealed. After their reconciliation, the story’s flow is much smoother and while past events are hinted at, little information is disclosed. Little by little, through day to day interactions and sexual intimacy, Lucien and Serenity regain one another’s trust, but they each make it clear any discussion of their pasts is strictly off limits. This, of course, sets the stage for the conflict that occurs later in the story and eventually leads to a shocking breach of trust.

Lucien and Serenity explore numerous facets of BDSM play including bondage, spanking, and submission. The various club members’ sexual exploits are also explicitly detailed as Serenity and Lucien indulge their voyeuristic impulses. There is plenty of hot sex in Lucien and Serenity but, at times, it overpowers the story.

There are a few of secondary characters on hand to spice up the story. Prentice is a very intriguing man and he is calm, confident and quite unflappable. I am very eager to read more about him in future installments. Lucien’s nephew Haynes is also fascinating and his story promises to be very interesting.

Delectably steamy and unapologetically carnal, Lucien and Serenity is a wonderful beginning to Brita Addams’ Sapphire Club series. Fans of erotic historical romances featuring BDSM are sure to enjoy this highly passionate love story.

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Blog Tour Stop, Guest Blog & Contest: Brita Addams’ Tarnished Gold

Welcome to my stop on Brita Addams’ Tarnished Gold Blog Tour.

To celebrate the release of my old Hollywood era novel, Tarnished Gold, I have embarked on a virtual book tour.


*Ebook giveaways at each stop. Random commenter’s choice from my backlist (Tarnished Gold excluded)
*Signed 8×10 glossies of Jack Abadie

Grand Prize is a Kindle, along with the winner’s choice of five (5) of my backlist titles, sent to them by email.


Easy. Leave a comment at one or all the stops. At each stop, a random commenter will be selected to win their choice of backlist book (Tarnished Gold excluded.) This selection will be made daily throughout the tour, except where blog owners wish to extend the eligibility. Be sure to leave an email address in your comment.

All names of commenters and their email addresses will be put into the drawing for the Kindle, even if they have won the daily drawing. The more comments you make the more chances you have to win.

Other prizes include five (5) 8×10 glossies of Jack Abadie, signed. The winners will be selected on April 10, from all the commenters at all the stops, and notified by email.

The Grand Prize winner will be selected on April 10th and notified by email. Once I have heard from the winner and obtained a shipping address, I will order the Kindle and have it shipped directly to the winner. They will also be eligible to select five (5) of my backlist titles and I will email them to the winner.

Contest valid in the United States.

Full schedule for the Tarnished Gold Virtual Book Tour

The Beginning of a New Book

Yes, I am in the middle of a huge blog tour, which required me to write a couple dozen blog posts and interviews, but I love every minute of it. As I settled in to the tour, a thought came to me about a new project, and voila, Tarnished Gold became the first book in the Tarnished series.

The reception TG has gotten has assured me that I selected a unique time period, something that historical romance writing doesn’t often do. Historical oftentimes evokes nobility, which it certainly has with me, and will likely do again. I love the elegance of nobility, as well as digging deeper to find the everyday man.

The new project, titled Tarnished Soul, is a look into what helped “the studio system” thrive for so many years. The studios operated, for years, with complete autonomy. They were almost a government unto themselves. They policed themselves, ruled with iron fists over the actors, padded the pockets of the police and newspapers, all in the name of keeping the illusion alive.

Many crumbled under the weight of the persona they were forced to carry. Many didn’t feel worthy of the quick rise in fame that nearly all experienced. Stars like Fatty Arbuckle, were plucked from obscurity and given vast amounts of money to play the fool, do his prat falls, and act the dupe for others.

Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle was a plumbers helper in 1913, when he went to Mack Sennett’s house to unclog a pesky drain.

Sennett, known for his famous Keystone Cops, thought the 266 pound Fatty would make a great foil in his rambling, scrambling silent farces and hired him on the spot. Fatty was willing to take pies in the face, fall down, and generally be the dupe.

From $3.00 a day in 1913, Fatty worked his way through the Keystone Cops and on to starring vehicles, such as Fatty’s Flirtations, with Mabel Normand, who would find some notoriety in 1923 when she was the last known person to see director William Desmond Taylor alive. In 1917, for Flirtations, Fatty pulled in $5000 a week.

Things for the Prince of Whales fell apart when fame went to his head. He threw himself a grand party and a young actress by the name of Virginia Rappe died as a result of an encounter with the rotund actor. After three trials, he was acquitted, mainly because MGM Studios publicity department had done a great job covering up the incriminating details.

However, the public had turned their back on Fatty and in a great many ways, on Hollywood itself. The decadence on film and off, had worn the movie goers thin, and they wanted Hollywood to clean up their act.

The studios had, for so many years, cleaned up after their players. Drinking, drugging, and rampant philandering characterized the Roaring ’20s. While the ’20s came in like a lion, by the end, Will Hays had instituted production codes, which dictated, in no uncertain terms, what could and couldn’t be in films. Morals clauses in contracts dictated the behavior of actors on and off the screen. The police force in Los Angeles got a police chief who was immune to the bribery that had corrupted the force to that point.

The days of carefree living, with little consequence were over. Hollywood was under scrutiny.

Tarnished Soul will have a romance at its core, but it will also be a rough and tumble story of how one character negotiates first the police force and then the studio, while his eventual lover is deeply immersed in the studio system.

I’m thinking of a third as well, Tarnished Heart. I want to take on the gossip columnists of the era and their strangle hold over actors and studios alike.

Title: Tarnished Gold by Brita Addams
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: Historical, Erotic, M/M, Romance
Length: 350 pages


In 1915, starstruck Jack Abadie strikes out for the gilded streets of the most sinful town in the country—Hollywood. With him, he takes a secret that his country hometown would never understand.

After years of hard work and a chance invitation to a gay gentlemen’s club, Jack is discovered. Soon, his talent, matinee idol good looks, and affable personality propel him to the height of stardom. But fame breeds distrust.

Meeting Wyatt Maitland turns Jack’s life upside down. He wants to be worthy of his good fortune, but old demons haunt him. Only through Wyatt’s strength can Jack face that which keeps him from being the man he wants to be. Love without trust is empty.

As the 1920s roar, scandals rock the movie industry. Public tolerance of Hollywood’s decadence has reached its limit. Under pressure to clean up its act, Jack’s studio issues an ultimatum. Either forsake the man he loves and remain a box office darling, or follow his heart and let his shining star fade to tarnished gold.

Read an excerpt and purchase the Tarnished Gold ebook or print, signed by the author (if one of the first twenty sold.)

Title: For Men Like Us by Brita Addams
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: Historical, M/M, Erotic, Romance
Length: 186 pages


After Preston Meacham’s lover dies trying to lend him aid at Salamanca, hopelessness becomes his only way of life. Despite his best efforts at starting again, he has no pride left, which leads him to sell himself for a pittance at a molly house. The mindless sex affords him his only respite from the horrors he witnessed.

The Napoleonic War left Benedict Wilmot haunted by the acts he was forced to commit and the torture he endured at the hands of a superior, a man who used the threat of a gruesome death to force Ben to do his bidding. Even sleep gives Ben no reprieve, for he can’t escape the destruction he caused.

When their paths cross, Ben feels an overwhelming need to protect Preston from his dangerous profession. As he explains, “The streets are dangerous for men like us.”

A Timeless Dreams title: While reaction to same-sex relationships throughout time and across cultures has not always been positive, these stories celebrate M/M love in a manner that may address, minimize, or ignore historical stigma.

About Brita Addams:

Born in Upstate New York, Brita Addams has made her home in the sultry south for many years. Brita’s home is a happy place, where she lives with her real-life hero, her husband, and a fat cat named Stormee.

She writes, for the most part, erotic historical romance, both het and m/m, which is an ideal fit, given her love of British and American history. Setting the tone for each historical is important. Research plays an indispensible part in the writing of any historical work, romance or otherwise. A great deal of reading and study goes into each work, to give the story the authenticity it deserves.

As a reader, Brita prefers historical works, romances and otherwise. She believes herself born in the wrong century, though she says she would find it difficult to live without air conditioning.

Brita and her husband love to travel, particularly cruises and long road trips. They completed a Civil War battlefield tour a couple of years ago, and have visited many places involved in the American Revolutionary War.

In May, 2013, they are going to England for two weeks, to visit the places Brita writes about in her books, including the estate that inspired the setting for her Sapphire Club series. Not the activities, just the floor plan. 🙂

A bit of trivia – Brita pronounces her name, Bree-ta, like the woman’s name, and oddly, not like the famous water filter.

Find Brita on the Web: Website * Blog * Twitter * Facebook * Facebook Fan Page * Goodreads * Bookshelf * Amazon Author Page * Pinterest

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