Review: Calling the Shots by Christine d’Abo


Calling The Shots (Long Shots #4)

He’s had a wild ride, and now sex club owner Josh Scott is looking for a change of scene. But first, he’s determined to bring two friends together, and he’s willing to be a third wheel to move things along…

Beth Norris is eager to be set up with hot bartender Oliver Stephenson, but she’s equally attracted to matchmaker Josh. Soon she’s fantasizing about both men at once—and about being the one to call the shots in the encounter…

Ready to move on with his life post-divorce, Oliver is conflicted by the realization that he’s attracted to women and men. Or more specifically, to Beth and Josh. He tries to keep his distance, but it’s not long before the chemistry between the trio combusts in a night of mind-blowing sex.

In the light of day, it’s clear something deeper than desire is growing between Josh, Beth and Oliver. But though Josh has helped others find love in unconventional relationships, is he willing to take a chance on one himself?Photobucket

Title: Calling the Shots
Author:  Christine d’Abo
Series: Long Shot
Publisher:  Carina Press
Format: ebook
ISBN: 9781426894473
Genre: Erotica
Release date: October 8th 2012
Number of pages: 180

We first met Josh on Double Shot and discovered a bit more about him during the series while all the other couples visited Mavericks, his club for erotica and BDSM members. I loved him with Sadie and Paul and it was clear that he needed more than just one partner to be happy, but at the same time we can see it’s tormenting him what people could say about this strange arrangement.
So he suffered for awhile and it took a lot of convincing from Beth and Oliver to actually make things happen. I can totally understand because he was worried about who work would be after everyone noticed he’s two employs were very happy on his bed.
There’s was also a little bit of suspense while Josh investigate who broke into the club and sprayed the walls with nasty words. So upon all this he was dealing with his feelings and trying to understand how things could work on the future.
I loved Josh, but I think he was too hung up on what people would think, while he was so sure about his partners and decided to worry ahead off time, didn’t actually match him.


#1 – Double Shot 
#2 – A Shot in The Dark
#3 – Pulled Long
#4 – Calling the Shots


I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

Review: Pulled Long by Christine d’Abo

Format Read: e-ARC provided by NetGalley courtesy of the publisher

Series: Long Shots #3
Publisher: Carina Press
Genre: Romance > M M Romance
Release date:  December 12th 2011
Formats Available: e-Book, kindl, nook
Number of pages: 91 pages

Purchase information: Author Website, Goodreads, kindle, nook

Book Blurb:

For months, coffee shop owner Ian Long has fantasized about a customer he knows only as “Blue Eyes.” Until he learns Blue Eyes is in the midst of a divorce—the last thing Ian wants is to be the rebound experiment of a straight guy. Giving in to lust, he invites the man into the cafe after hours and they indulge in a little exhibitionist play, but Ian is unwilling to get involved.

But when he’s forced to see Jeff again to return his briefcase, Ian finally agrees to go out on a date. Dinner quickly becomes an erotic encounter in a special room at the sex club Mavericks, and Ian realizes Jeff satisfies desires he didn’t even know he had. The more he gets to know Jeff as a person, the harder it is to resist falling for him.

Jeff makes it clear he’s interested in more than just sex. He wants to go public with their relationship in more ways than one. But can Ian open his heart, when he fears it will be broken?

My Thoughts:

I was cheering for Ian since the first book on this trilogy and loved the way the author handled the growing relationship between these two. I read the first two books on this series and by my reviews; everybody could see that I was really expecting something good for Ian’s book.

Interesting enough is that we only discovered the name of the guy on this book, and in the others we keep calling him Blue Eyes and Ian tried to bet any chance he got. So when in this third book I discovered that his name is Jeff, and the way he introduced himself, like starting over was really sweet.

Ian has a past. And despise what he thinks it does affect him, and it takes him a moment to realize what really his missing in live. So when he discovered that to have Jeff he needed to overcome some guilt, thinks started to find the right way.

Ian’s father didn’t accepted his sexual preferences when he was young and it still affect the way some of his relationships are handled.

Loved how Jeff handled the situation, despise having a crazy ex-wife and some experiences during college, this is really his first thing in a gay relationship and he has to dealt with the way people think and overcome some off Ian’s fears.

What I most love about this series is the fact that is about three brothers and sisters, and all of them are characters that appear on the books, and we can see how they help each other.


Others on this series:


Double ShotA Shot In The DarkPulled Long

Review: A shot in the dark by Christine d’Abo

A Shot In The DarkA Shot in The Dark by Christine d’Abo
Genre: erotica, menage
Format: ebook, 94 pages
Read: October 31, 2011
Release Date: November 7th 2011
Carina Press

Christine d’Abo – website
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Why I Started This Book:

I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review.  


Carter is one of the hottest men ever to walk into Paige Long’s coffee shop. The attraction is mutual, and when Carter reveals himself to be a Dom, the submissive in Paige is aroused. Yet she brushes him off—her last relationship was abusive and she’s unwilling to get involved with another Dom.

But when Carter returns the next day—in his firefighter uniform—Paige’s fantasies really heat up. She can’t resist his offer to get to know him over a drink at Mavericks, a local sex club. Their conversation quickly escalates to a session in one of the private rooms, and Paige is both thoroughly satisfied by Carter’s skills in domination, and impressed with his selflessness as a lover.

Paige is ready to move on with her life. But can she trust in herself and submit to happiness?


  • Paige
  • Carter 
  • Rick

My Thoughts:

The book start hot with Paige discovering two employes having sex on kitchen of the coffee shop, but that was somewhat good since she had to be barista that night after firing the couple and had her first encounter with Carter. But she thinks nothing about him, and cut his lame attempts off flirting right at start. When Carter comes back the next day and Paige discover he’s a firefighter, her mind can’t stop the fantasies from poping up. Carter is a Dom and likes to visit Mavericks with his friends, but when one night they stop for a coffee in Pulled Long and he first see Paige, things start to get steamy. 

Carter is sweet in a very Dom way, knowing what to say so Paige can trust him and don’t pushing to know about the past and and why she stopped the scene altogether. 

Rick is a ghost from the past, and showing up changes everything especially after the way he treated Paige on the coffee shop, someone needs to tell him that treatning people will get him nowhere. But there’s always Carter, Paige knight in shining armor to save her from the bad Rick, who finnaly take a hint.

The sex scenes are very hot, who would thought about peas on the first place? Only Carter, that guy has a very good imagination. 

I gave it three starts because I don’t really agreed with the time on their relationship, especially considering how much Paige has suffered previosly. 

Also I know the series is only about the three brothers, but I wish Cristine could make a book about Josh, cause he really is a sweet pea. He deserves a nice submissive girl for him to call it mine. 

Next book is about Ian and Blue Eyes, can’t wait for it.

Other Reviews:



  1. Double Shot
  2. A shot in the dark
  3. Pulled Long


Double ShotA Shot In The DarkPulled Long