New Release Review ~ Liam by Stella Shaw (Review + Excerpt)

Book Title* Liam, Love at the Haven book 4

Book Author* Stella Shaw

Publisher* self-published

Length* 55,000

Release date* 21 June 2021

Subgenres* Contemporary, MM, romance, BDSM-lite

Other* Available at Amazon and in KU



Book Blurb*

The brawny Dom and the beautiful Diva—and the secrets they keep.

A personal trainer and part-time escort, Liam is burly, bossy, and perfectly cast as the resident Dom at the Haven Hotel. And if anything falls outside that box—like the lacy lingerie he keeps hidden in his gym bag—that’s easily ignored, right?

Felix’s career as a successful model means being at the beck and call of anyone who requires him. He’s expected to be satisfied with glamour, money, and subservience. No one would ever believe his secret desire to take control.

When Liam agrees to show the outrageously pretty and delicate Felix around Liam’s infamous Room 8, neither one expects the disobedient desire that sparks between two such opposite men. 

Felix is looking for a lover who’ll let him call the shots, whereas Liam is fighting the desire to submit. Their passion and power could make for a kinky role reversal. 

They just have to surrender to their deepest needs.


Felix’s curiosity was fascinating. In many ways, he was so cool and so confident: he made me feel large and clumsy when he strolled past me to peer in the top drawer. And I was well aware of the looks he drew, both at the gym, and when we arrived at the Haven. But the longer he was in Room 8, just the two of us together, the more the surface glamour faded and he just seemed like… another guy.

He made an irritated noise and pushed back his hair. It had worked loose from its topknot, as I’d noticed it often did. A drop of sweat glimmered under his ear. I had an irresistible urge to lean forward, settle my hand at the base of his skull, and lick that up.

“Here. Let me.” I stepped behind him, swept his hair up in my hand, twisted it, and fastened it back into place.

“What did you use?” he asked.

“It’s just a leather tie.” There was a pile of them in the drawer, of various lengths. This one was dark red, glossy, and looked good against his blond hair. The tips were pale green today, and brought out a muted hint of the same colour in his irises.

I watched the pulse in his throat as he swallowed, my hand lingering, brushing my fingertips over the shorter hairs on his nape. I wanted to take hold of him; to stroke him all over.

“Did you ask me?” he said softly.

I paused, because there was a jarring, yet strangely familiar edge to his voice. “Ask you what?”

“If you could touch my hair.” His casual tone had faded, the laughter no longer behind his words. “If you could touch me.”

I’d just wanted to help. But something stopped me saying that aloud.

“I should have checked first,” I said, instead.

“Yes. Just remember that.” He turned until he faced me, his eyes unnaturally bright. There were spots of colour high on his cheeks as if he was already aroused. He cupped my jaw with his left hand, and brushed his thumb over my lower lip. “Though my answer would have been Green.”


~ * ~ Priscillas Review ~ * ~

4.25 Stars​

This book is the first one I’ve read by this author. The story is about Liam, who works at the Haven Hotel, and Felix, a model. Liam also works at a gym to help bring in more income for bills. He meets Felix at the hotel as a client. Yes, Liam gets paid for his services that range from very mild BDSM services to more involved services. Whatever the client asks for, Liam does. But Felix puts an interesting twist on things that makes the story a bit more intriguing. I think the author handled the lifestyle very respectfully. Although the sex was perfect, the story was still somewhat low angst. I’m not trying to say that as a bad thing.

Some things I wish would have been different is maybe a bit more explanation on some items. From a first-time ​BDSM ​reader​’s perspective​, ​​I think other readers​ like me​ may not know what some of the toys in the story mentioned are. Most of them sure, but one in particular, not so much. So, a bit of explanation would have been nice. On another note,​ I loved​ the other ways the author would talk about the lifestyle. I thought she took great care and respect in her wording.

Overall, I did enjoy Liam and Felix, so I’m giving the story a 4.25. I would like to eventually go back and read the first three books in the series. And if I see more by her come through, I’m going to put in for those happily.

*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure. A review wasn’t a requirement. ***


About Stella Shaw

Stella Shaw is a pen name of the best-selling author of MM romance, Clare London. Stella’s series of Rent Boy romances, Love at the Haven, launched in January 2021.

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