Friday, January 16, 2015

Blog Tour, eARC Review, Excerpt & #Giveaway: Breaker Zone (Olympic Cove #2) by Nicola Cameron

Nicola Cameron is a married woman of a certain age who really likes writing about sex. When not writing about sex, she likes to knit. And she may be rather fond of absinthe. Well, it’s true!
Okay, the full version: Nicola Cameron has had a healthy interest in sex since puberty, but it wasn’t until 2012 that she decided to write about it. Turns out that the skills picked up during her SF writing career transfer rather nicely to erotic romance and erotica — who knew? She's currently working on Book Three in her Olympic Cove series and hopes to turn it in by mid-January. When not writing, she’s usually making Stuff™, kissing her husband, or entertaining her cats.


Title: Breaker Zone

Series: Olympic Cove #2

Author: Nicola Cameron

Genre: Adult, Paranormal Erotica

Release Date: December 21, 2014

    When Dr. Nick Gardiner goes on the run from a psychotic ex and ends up at Olympic Cove, the last thing he expects to find is his friend Ian living with two redheaded demigods and learning how to be a storm god. Adding to the confusion is a wounded merman named Aidan who washes up in the cove, requiring Nick’s professional help. As it turns out, the handsome mer and his partner Liam have other plans for the ER doctor — to claim him as their agapetos, their destined mate, and fulfill his need to submit. 

    Breaker Zone Excerpt © Nicola Cameron

    Nick headed into the master bedroom. The bed looked insanely  soft and comfortable, and he felt an intense urge to do a faceplant into the  coverlet and let sleep take him away.

    Someone cleared their throat, and he turned to see Aidan  and Liam in the bedroom doorway. “Where should we sleep, Nick?” Aidan asked.

    That was a good question. He scrubbed at his face, trying  to think. “Do you need to go back into the water?”

    “No, we’re good for a day or two at least.”

    “Okay. I guess there’s always the guest rooms.”

    A flicker of disappointment ran through those green eyes,  but Aidan nodded. “We’ll let you get some sleep.” He turned to leave.


    Nick’s eyebrows went up. “Excuse me?”

    “No,” Liam repeated, calm but unmovable. “We’re supposed  to be your bodyguards, according to Lord Chiron. That won’t be easy if we’re  sleeping in separate rooms. We need to sleep in here with you.”

    Annoyance bubbled to the surface, tempered by the allure  of curling up between his mers. “Look, no offense, but I don’t think that’s a  good idea,” he said, trying to sound firm. “I’m really tired, and I don’t think  I’m up for anything tonight.”

    Liam stepped even closer. “We’re not supposed to leave you  alone,” he said, hazel blue eyes shadowed in the twilit room. “Listen to me, chuisle.  You’re exhausted, and understandably so. You were threatened by your former  lover, and then you had to deal with one of the most powerful gods on the  planet, followed immediately by a long study session. You’ve done enough for  the day. Let us help you relax.”

    That low voice, like a cello with its rich intonation, was  impossible to resist. “Just relax?”

    Liam smiled. “More if you’re in the mood. But it’s up to  you.”

    He didn’t want to admit it, but he was already getting  aroused at the thought of both of them touching him. “I … okay. Yes.”

    The tall mer took his hands, lifting each one to his mouth  in turn and kissing it. “Yes, Maighstir,” he said with a smile.

    It sounded like ‘master’ with a Gaelic lilt making it into  ‘maister’. Nick’s last bit of resistance disappeared, and he felt boneless with  pleasure at the anticipation of what was to come. “Yes, Maighstir.”

    “Mm. Good boy.”


    Liam let Nick’s hands go. They dropped to the human’s  sides and Nick’s dark head tilted, exposing the long line of muscle and tendon  just waiting to be decorated with bite marks and sucking kisses. Oh, their chuisle knew  how to lure attention.

    But Liam knew how to wait. Instead of putting his mouth to  Nick’s offered throat, he whispered, “Now, we’re going to take off your  clothes.”

    A shiver ran through Nick at that. Liam paused, trying to  judge if it had been caused by lust or fear. The reality of the situation came  back to him—the last time Nick had played with anyone, his trust had been  shattered and his body damaged. They were swimming through shark-infested  waters here, and one wrong move could drive their mate even further away from  them.

    He bent close to Nick’s ear again. “If something upsets  you, you will tell us immediately, do you understand? We’ll sit down tomorrow  and have a long talk about what you can and cannot do, and I swear to you that  Aidan and I will respect your limits. But tonight is purely for your pleasure  and comfort.”

    He heard Nick swallow, and the shivering died down. “Good.  Now, take a deep breath.”

    Their mate’s ribcage expanded, filling with the air all  his kind needed. “Another.” Liam ran his hands over Nick’s shoulders, enjoying  the feel of the curved muscle there. “Good. I’m going to take off your shirt.”

    Moving with deliberation, he slid all the buttons through  their holes, tugging the smooth fabric off and tossing it to the side. He took  in a soft breath, admiring Nick’s body. His muscles weren’t as pronounced as a  mer’s, but his back and shoulders had beautifully delineated hollows and rises  that implied strength and agility. Liam’s mouth watered with the sudden urge to  bite into one firm shoulder.

    Instead, he ran just the pads of his fingertips across  Nick’s skin, tracing the outline of his upper body. On the other side Aidan had  stepped closer, running his own fingers along Nick’s chest and abs. Their mate  made a soft, hungry noise deep in his throat, and Aidan flashed that irresistible  smile. “I think you like this, chuisle.”


    Liam leaned close, nipping Nick’s earlobe again. “Use your  words,” he ordered gently.

    “Yes, I like this, Maighstir.” The response  was soft, almost dreamy.

    Liam caught Aidan’s eye, then glanced down meaningfully.  At the same time he slid his hands down Nick’s arms, gently ringing his wrists  and drawing them behind his back. “You’re still wearing too much.”

    “Far too much,” Aidan agreed, sinking to his knees. Liam  watched over Nick’s shoulder as the other mer started undoing Nick’s belt,  teasingly drawing the leather through the loops, before easing down his zipper.  Nick made another noise, deeper this time.

    He likes being restrained and  controlled. Liam felt his own desire rise, and firmly corralled  it. Tonight is for him, to show him he belongs with us.

    Nick gasped suddenly, twitching in his grip. Glancing  down, Liam saw his other mate planting an open-mouthed kiss at the base of  Nick’s hardening cock through his underwear.

    “Did I say you could do that, boy?” he asked Aidan,  putting a growl into his voice.

    The green-eyed mer leaned back, face shadowed in the  room’s dim light. “I’m sorry, Maighstir. I couldn’t resist a  taste.”

    Liam was tempted to correct him, but their focus had to  remain on Nick. “I’ll deal with you later,” he rumbled, and saw goosebumps rise  on Nick’s skin. The idea obviously appealed. “Hm. Would you like that, chuisle?  I could tie you to the headboard and make you watch me punish Aidan. I’d bend  him over the end of the bed and turn his ass a lovely red as you watched. Then  I’d put him on his hands and knees and fuck him while he looked at you.”

    This time both his mates groaned at the image he’d  created. “I wouldn’t let him come for a long time,” Liam murmured, enjoyed the  sensation of his own cock plumping out and pressing against the fabric of his  shorts. “And every time I thrust into him, his mouth would come closer and  closer to your cock, almost close enough to suck it. But never quite close  enough. And all the time I was fucking him, all you could do is sit there, hard  and aching so badly, and watch us.”

    Nick’s head dropped back onto his shoulder. “Please, Maighstir,”  he whispered.

    “Mm. Such a good boy.” He nodded at Aidan, and the other  mer finished taking Nick’s trousers down, then his briefs. “If you’re very good  and earn it, I may let you come tonight. No promises, though.

    Review by multitaskingmomma
    My Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

    I read Breaker Zone as a standalone and it totally worked for me. Now, all I have to do is get a hold of the first book, Storm Season, and read for myself the story that started it all. As I love the Greek gods' stories, I was happily satisfied with how this arc worked. I was not in the least disappointed as I expected to be... and usually am.

    This is the story of Nick Gardiner, a submissive by nature but a fantastic ER doctor. His lover had not only hurt him but as they practiced BDSM, it was a total surprise, a painful one, to find out that his supposed lover and master not only broke their boundaries, but was out to get him. Turning to the friend he knew best to be supportive and non-judgemental, he reaches out to Ian West and stumbles into a world so different and confusing from that which he knew was normal. To top it off, a talking snake speaks with the voice of Judi Dench. Oi!

    Aidan is a merman or mer and was out searching for his and mate, Liam's, fated third. He woke up to pain and the caring touch of a doctor who he discovers is his other mate. Of course, fate is kind of a tease as Nick refuses to get into bed with him because he is a patient. Another thing, Aidan knows Nick knows nothing about Liam. What to do?

    Liam was searching for his mate, Aidan, when he stumbles into a cabin and finds him in flagrante delicto with a human. In anger, Liam strikes out but is subdued by the presence of twin sea gods, Bythos and Aphros, mates to Ian, who just happened to be a storm god now. His anger causes problems as Nick is wary of his presence but could not deny their pull toward each other. Nick's behavior is only understandable once Liam finds out the reason why. Now all he has to do is convince his fated mate that he is not a master to break the rules.

    There is also the question of Nick's ex-master...

    Although this is categorized as BDSM, it is too light to be really considered as one, but that is not an issue at all. The plot moves fast, the character developments were really done well and the overall impact was: surprising.

    Surprising because this is a shape shifter/paranormal M/M story so there is a stigma of "another one" attached to it. Also, this is Greek mythology based so I am quite skeptical for I have read many that attempted and failed dismally. Happily, not only does this story work, it takes a great twist of mythology and made it paranormal and that is new for me.

    Overall, I am happy and I am very satisfied. I will be happier once I read the first installment. So a hunting I will go and I think you should as well.



    1. Thanks so much for hosting me today! I'm really happy to know that the Greek mythology element works for you. I've loved mythology since I was a kid, so being able to bring all these gods and goddesses into the modern world has been a blast. I'm working on Book Three right now, which will be all about Poseidon -- whee!

    2. Oh, I look forward to that! Thanks for dropping by! :D