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When Nex blows all his money on drugs and gambling, Kane offers to pay off his debts. But his generosity comes at a price: Nex has to become his lab rat. Kane’s company has developed a sex chip, and Nex is the only eligible test candidate.Nex doesn’t mind having kinky sex with a drop-dead gorgeous CEO for testing purposes. Even less so when Kane turns out to be all Nex eveWhen Nex blows all his money on drugs and gambling, Kane offers to pay off his debts. But his generosity comes at a price: Nex has to become his lab rat. Kane’s company has developed a sex chip, and Nex is the only eligible test candidate.Nex doesn’t mind having kinky sex with a drop-dead gorgeous CEO for testing purposes. Even less so when Kane turns out to be all Nex ever wanted in a Dom and in a boyfriend. There’s only one problem. Kane used to live with Nex’s deceased twin, someone who Kane may still be hung up on, even if he denies it.Still, Nex wants Kane, and he knows there’s only one way to get him: kick the drugs and stay clean — before his addiction ruins the experiment and their budding relationship....

Title : Lab Rat's Love
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Lab Rat's Love Reviews

  • ⚣❣☙ Michaelle ❧❣⚣
    2019-05-26 22:59

    4.1 StarsThis book is seriously underrated.Sure, that part where the "pleasure" chip turned out to be voice-controlled & programmed to respond to someone else's commands was a bit horrific to consider the consequences of if available in the it's a good thing I was already invested in the story by the time that's revealed.I loved how these damaged guys, both suffering from emotional trauma and the loss of Styx (Nex's brother and Kane's slightly more than best friend), worked through their issues to find and be there for each other so that each of them could heal. Could move on. Could find love.This isn't a fluffy story though. What Styx battled with was heart-breaking & what he orchestrated was inconceivably selfish - while also being completely self-sacrificing as well. Gawd. And Nex's drug addiction is handled really well here. I mentioned in an update I wasn't sure about the whole D/s + bondage scene being conducive to helping him fight the cravings, but it makes sense and totally works in this story. And these guys are far from perfect, but their rough edges fit together. Thankfully, Kane isn't one of those All-Knowing/Powerful Doms either. (I HATE that trope.)Seriously, if it weren't for the real world implications of that chip (besides the potential for sexual abuse) - especially given that Kane decided to auction off the schematics, the research and the experiment data - and how it made me feel I'd have probably liked the book even more. I know it shouldn't affect the rating, but I still have the willies thinking about what would happen if a delusional dictator bent on world domination got a hold of it and managed to make scientists adapt it to create an army that would do his bidding, against their will. Or if a religious fanatic re-programmed it to change sexual orientation? Or parents installed it in their children to make them biddable and obedient. Or a government required their citizens to have them to control dissidents or revoluntionaries? *shudder x 100000*If you decide to read the book, I hope my revealing that doesn't put you in a negative mindset, because the rest of the book is really damned good. And the sex is smoking hot. I'm not usually into reading pain-play but this was done really well, too.Yet another book from a previously un-read author sneaking up on me and turning out to be better than I ever expected. I picked this randomly, from a BDSM list for a challenge (and it's got the letters I need for Spell)...I hope to TFSM this trend keeps happening all year. I'm LOVING these unexpected gems.

  • Andrea
    2019-06-17 20:08

    Pardon me if this comes off as one big rant which doesn't make a whole lot of sense. I wrote it quickly and simply want to move on.I didn’t like this book at all. The plot was flimsy. I had a problem with a chip being implanted in someone’s brain from the very beginning. I love a good medical thriller, but this wasn’t even believable. The fact that Kane was willing to experiment on Nex’s brain without giving him any explanation of how it worked or how it would affect him was just plain stupid, irresponsible, and dangerous. Don’t even get me started on the doctor…The romance was just as bad. There was never anything which made me think better of Kane. He took advantage of a desperate man. Nex was a drug addict, in debt, and was willing to do anything to save himself. Even at the very end, I still had no idea what on Earth Nex saw in Kane that he could possibly love. Most of the time I was thinking to myself that the best thing for Nex would have been for him to get as far away from Kane as possible. I wanted them to part ways at the end of the book.

  • Bookjunkie12
    2019-06-06 23:04

    I was provided with a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review by the author.Lab Rat's Love is so much more than I thought it would be. I was expecting something along the lines of hot and smexy with a little sci-fi tech thrown in. Don't get me wrong it is that but dang it's so much more. Ms. Phoenix gave us a nice complex storyline to follow. She takes on childhood tragedy, gambling, substance abuse, death, a little mental illness, and love. Kane has just lost his best-friend, business partner, and guinea pig, Styx, to a tragic car accident. Kane and Styx are business partners in adult "toys" and have come up with a new product for the BDSM community. It's a computer chip to enhance the sexual experience but it has to be implanted in the brain. On his deathbed Kane learns that Styx has an identical twin brother, Nex, that gets Kane to thinking he may just have a new guinea pig. Nex and Styx weren't very close because of Nex' self-destructive behavior. The brothers were seperated from each other at the age of 10. Styx grows up to be a successful entrepreneur and Nex grows up to be an addict. Nex has a gambling problem, a drug problem, and money problems and a best friend that enables him. When Kane offers him an opportunity to turn his money problems around, he jumps at the chance. The death of Styx,the one person that brought them together could very well be the one person that drives them apart.Both Kane and Nex have to overcome their own demons and deal with the loss of someone they both loved and come to terms with feelings of betrayal. It was a long road but there is a HEA at the end, so YAY!The only downside I saw from the story was it really didn't talk about the chip. I mean they spoke of the chip but not in detail, how does it work, where does it go in brain, how did they come up with the idea for it. Just some details I think would have added to the story more. Overall this was a very good story.

  • Lisa
    2019-05-28 03:20

    I was given this book free by the author in exchange for an unbiased review.I really liked this book.Nex meets Kane, his twin brother's business partner and lover as his brother lies dying.They were involved in designing a microchip for use during BDSM. Nex agrees to carry on the research with Kane and has the chip put into his head.What follows is a good, well thought out story, which deals with Nex's drug addiction and the growth of feelings between the 2 men.When the chip malfunctions, Kane decides that he has to stay away from Nex, as the chip I'd voice activated by his voice alone.I found their break up and Nex's struggle very sad.I would recommend this book.

  • Beth
    2019-06-15 22:24

    First let me say I received a free copy of this book for an honest review. This is the first time I have ever done something like this and I hit a jackpot the first time. I liked the honesty that Nex gave Kane. When talking about addiction Nex was very upfront and open. When getting into the BDSM there was both give and take before submission was achieved. All of the sex scenes were realistic and well written. The story line had more than one focus to keep you involved. It kept me involved enough that I read it in one day! The author presents the story in a way that you want everyone to succeed. You are pulling for Nex to beat his addiction and you are pulling for Kane to really see what he has right in front of him.I liked how the author laid the story out, there are several twists and turns that end up all wrapper together. I would have bought this book if it had not been given to me as a comp for a review.

  • Katherine
    2019-05-30 00:11

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. First let me say that I liked this book because it was different from anything I've read recently. I was intrigued by the human experimentation aspect of the book. However, I wanted to know more about the chip. it wasn't really mentioned that much considering the book is about a lab rat's love. This book felt like it was about the twins' relationship with Kane and each other. And Styx was a manipulate bastard. Also the BDSM was very mild. I was expecting more from a Dom who owned a sex toy company and had a sub implanted with a chip. But even with the mild BDSM and the lack of information about the chip, I still give it 4 stars. Nex and Kane captivated me on their own. They had to overcome a lot of obstacles, physical and mental to be together and to get to their HEA.I will look for more from this author.

  • Adrianamae, Marco's fan
    2019-06-05 20:08

    I didn't enjoy this story. I never warmed up to the characters nor was I able to buy into a relationship between these heroes because I considered their relationship more like a dependency or a case of using each other until it supposedly their feelings deepened into something else. I think Nex was too vulnerable, too broken to be able to have a real relationship. He was battling drug and alcohol addictions. He used gambling and sex to enable him to cope with life and dull the pain. Kane, our other hero, had been in love with his twin brother, and I never warmed to him because I felt that he was using Nex more than loving him. There was some BDSM thrown into the mix, but I found the scenes uninspiring. I'm disappointed. I wanted a romance, and I didn't get it.

  • Ali
    2019-06-02 21:16

    I was provided with a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review by the author.This book was much more than I thought it would be. The journey Kane goes through losing his best friend and business partner. He has to work out his unresolved emotions while at the same time having building emotions for his best friend's brother. Nex essentially lost his brother when he was 10 due to their mother's murder. Kane needs him to help test something that Kane and his brother had developed. Their relationship has a gradual build up which is nice.

  • Cindra
    2019-06-15 01:01

    This one was okay by me. Maybe not the greatest premise; I mean who lets someone they hardly know do an experimental surgical procedure on them, simply because they were friends with your twin-- who is dead? But I liked the attitude of the MCs, and the chemistry between them .

  • DL
    2019-05-31 00:29

    Awkward names, unbelievable plot, unethical doctor.

  • K
    2019-06-16 20:28

    4.5 Stars...Ana J Phoenix is a new author to me, but that seldom factors in when I see a book of interest. When I saw Lab Rat’s Love and read the blurb it appealed to me and the story sounded very interesting. It didn’t hurt either that the cover is HOT. I turned back to it several times during the story.In the beginning, it started out a little slow and I was concerned it wasn’t going to hold my interest. I stayed with it and the more I read the more it started coming together. The blurb refers to BDSM and it is present, but it’s mild. If you are one that is leery, or turns a book away for that reason, I think you would be more than fine here. The story starts out with more questions than answers.The author puts the confusion into perspective pretty quickly giving you, the reader, a more in-depth look into the characters’ lives. You won’t be left for long wondering what just happened.We meet Kane in the hospital saying good-bye to his best friend and co-owner/partner. We also meet Nex here saying good-bye to his twin brother. Neither one knew of the other so you can imagine what type of confusion they both must have been feeling. Especially since Styx, the brother and friend, had a close relationship with each. He had his reasons for keeping the two apart, at least in his own mind they were good reasons.Unfortunately, Styx has been in an accident and doesn’t make it. This is in the blurb so hopefully this does not count as a spoiler. It’s important to mention him because even deceased he still manages to plot from the grave or get the last word. He’s also responsible in a roundabout way of bringing Kane and Nex together.Nex doesn’t know what his brother is trying to prove but he has always been a mess with handling his life and nothing about that has changed. Before Styx passed away, he and Kane had been working on a sex chip. Since Nex has the same genes as his twin brother, Kane needs him now to run the experiment.Needless to say, Nex is concerned about the proposal Kane has presented him. But, he is being given a chance to get his debts paid off and maybe get clean from drugs. He realizes he needs to take the offer. It’s the best one he has ever had. He would be stupid not to at least see what it’s all about. It doesn’t hurt that Kane is sexy and gorgeous and the experiment requires them to have sex together. Nex may not always make the best decisions but this one just seems like a no-brainer.Kane was raised in the foster system the same as Nex. He doesn’t know what love is and if he is even capable of having it. He’s confused about his feelings he had with Styx. They were business partners and best friends. They never took it further other than friend’s w/benefits because they both were afraid they would mess each other up and lose their friendship.Now, Kane is looking at Nex and trying to see him for himself and not his twin brother. The more time together the easier that becomes. Kane is a natural dominant and Nex is a natural sub. Kane likes to have control and pushing Nex in that direction seems to work for both of them. Their sex life is one thing they actually agree on and both feel good about. Trying to figure out how to love each other for themselves, not who they try to be, is taking some patience and time. Will Kane finally realize Nex is not his twin brother? Will Nex learn to trust Kane not only with his body but also with his heart? It’s definitely worth the read to find out.Ana J Phoenix has written a story that is original and refreshing. She puts her characters through their paces, makes them work for what they want, it’s not all fun and games, and they have a stronger relationship for it. Kane and Nex are very interesting people, both lost out on a loving childhood, but they are not going to let that interfere with their wants and needs. The guys have a great sense of humour and you will find yourself laughing throughout the story. This author is definitely one that I would read again.I would also recommend it to others who love this genre and love to see the good guys win.

  • Penumbra
    2019-06-03 03:12

    I received Lab Rat’s Love from the author through the Goodreads M/M Romance Group’s Don’t Buy My Love review program. This story is told through the eyes of Nex, the ‘lab rat,’ and Kane, the man who's in charge of the company that came up for the experiment that Nex is a part of. We also have a ghost character in the story, Styx, Nex's twin brother, who pops up every once in a while through letters written to Nex and Kane.(view spoiler)[The story sucked me in right away. Nex and Kane meet under unfortunate circumstances but I liked the interaction between them immediately. The tension is created by their snarky banter and their physical attraction to each other. We learn that Nex is the twin brother of Styx, who happened to be the partner, of Kane in business and in love. Nex is pulled into the world of Kane and Styx because Kane needs something from him. He needs Nex to be the lab rat for an experimental chip that is to be implanted in the brain. It was designed for his and Styx’s DNA, by Styx, only Styx died. Nex refuses at first until Kane agrees to pay off all of Nex’s debts. See Nex has a problem, he’s a drug addict and a gambler. Also motivation for Nex is that Kane is a Dom and Nex a sub and they have great sex. Styx and Kane didn’t mesh well in the sexual area since both were Doms.Here’s were the problems come in. Nex thinks Kane wants him only because he reminds Kane of Styx. Kane is confused and keeps seeing Styx, but Nex is pulling at his heart. We learn that Nex has PTSD and Styx was a manic/depressive, and a very manipulative s.o.b. at that. The illnesses the twins had, had a large impact on what goes on in the story, as does their traumatic childhood background.Nex has always thought he was stupid because Styx was such a genius and their dad always compared Nex to Styx. Nex wasn't stupid however. He may not have been a genius, but he had people smarts and he could figure out connections that other people didn't notice. Styx had his issues also, through back the story and talking with Kane and the letters, we find that Styx couldn't let anyone too close. He couldn't handle letting go and he hated drugs so he wouldn’t even take his anti-depressants. He was just as messed up as Nex, but in a different way. We find that even though Nex was an addict, he was the stronger one of the twins, he just needed someone to support and care for him. As for Kane, he needed someone to care for. The relationship with Styx worked for a while, but Styx was too much of a control freak like Kane, to give himself over, and Styx was a suicide victim ready to go off at any moment. In the end, Styx was manipulating Nex and Kane from beyond the grave. By the end of the story both Nex and Kane have changed and grown.There are a few secondary characters, like Nex’s ex-roommate who supplies Nex with drugs. It appears to outsiders that Ty doesn’t care about Nex, but I think he does and not because they were occasionally f*** buddies. One part of the story I wished to have seen explained more, is what happened to Ty after Nex moves in permanently with Kane. The one thing I had trouble with was the idea of the chip. If the chip had been successful, I can easily see an unscrupulous person kidnapping someone, implanting it into someone’s brain they wish to ‘keep,’ and then conditioning that person to become dependent on them. Not a good invention. Besides, I think it’s an easy shortcut instead of having the sub learn self-control or the sub learning to tolerate more pain. It takes training. I didn’t care for the chip idea much, but it gave the romance part of the story a focal point to revolve around.There is BDSM in this story, but it’s mild. I would say the story is more about D/s than kink, even though kink is a part of Kane and Nex’s sex scenes. This was an entertaining read for someone who wants to read light kink. The pacing was good, not to slow or too fast and the editing was good. I only saw a few missed words. I enjoyed this book and would recommend it to others. I give Lab Rat’s Love, 4 Stars. (hide spoiler)]

  • ♆ BookAddict✒ La Crimson Femme
    2019-06-18 21:07

    A chip inserted into a person's brain as the next big thing for sex toy evolution is an alluring concept. Will the person controlling the chip use their power for good or for evil?Nex is the bad twin. His twin brother, Styx, fixes it so that Nex can have the life Styx wants him to have. Styx is the successful twin who's always been smarter, at least book smarter. Styx's dying wish is to have his business partner and best friend, Kane, find Nex. When the two meet, sparks fly in both a good and bad way.This story is a romance between a dysfunctional drug addict and a guy who is mourning the passing of his best friend and sometimes lover. Ms. Phoenix mixes several hot buttons with drug addiction, gambling, bipolar disorder, abuse and replacement lover. The conflicts in this story are hectic. There are so many things going wrong in this story between the characters that it's a bit too over-dramatic for me.Basically, Nex is a character who, given a choice, will make the choice which hurts himself. This type of character is not one I enjoy reading, which is why this book didn't work for me.From a character perspective, Nex is a hot mess. He's traumatized by his childhood past. At a young age he's separated from the twin brother he's completely dependent upon. Because of his experiences, he does drugs and he gambles everything away. Basically, he can't get his shit together. He has an excuse for everything. There is no accountability. He literally needs a keeper and even when he does have one, he does everything he can to screw himself over. To top this off, he is offered a chance to straighten out his life and it's a questionable one because he is basically a physical stand-in for his brother.The dynamics between Kane and Nex are rough. Other than the fact that Kane is a dominant and Nex is an out of control masochist, there isn't any chemistry. Kane is disgusted with Nex's choices. Nex feels he's being used like replacement lover, and to top it off, he's paid for it. Sex plus money equals whore. Newsflash, no matter how it's spun, Nex is whoring out his body for money.Whoring out a body is not the issue for the story. It's actually the hawt part. If this went non-con or dub-con, the story would have been sizzling. Seriously, a chip which controls a person's orgasm or makes them obedient? How can this not be abused? I can think of so many delicious depraved things to do to sexy Nex. Unfortunately only a couple of unmemorable sex scenes occur between the two lovers before this experiment goes sideways. Now the story is suddenly a romance and Styx's real motives come out through letters.This story leaves me feeling ill at ease with Kane's well intentions in a domineering manner and Nex's constant self-sabotage. Even the sex scenes are a bit off because of Nex's psychological issues, it always feels as if Kane is taking advantage of him. Plus, the isolation of Nex done with good intentions comes across as classic domestic abuse warning signs. Yet this is all rolled up in a package labeled as romance. This didn't work for me. The mix of mental instability with BDSM is something which just takes away from the overall sexiness of this book. If Ms. Phoenix would use this more as a healing growth for Nex, I could see the romance. But Nex didn't seem to grow at all from his experience. If Ms. Phoenix wrote this as a depraved mind control piece with Nex guiltily getting off as a 24/7 sex slave with humiliation and taboo BDSM scenes, it would have been fine, too.This book is for m/m lovers who enjoy angst-ridden characters who create train wrecks.

  • Serena Yates
    2019-05-28 19:00

    This is a fascinating story, but not really for the main reason I assumed when I first read the blurb. Two words: sex chip. I mean, really? Someone is going to have a chip put in their brain to increase their pleasure, except someone else (with the help of said chip) will be in control. Sounds like science fiction, and I guess that part is. But, unlike in true science fiction, the focus is not on the chip and how it works. Instead the story is really about the relationship between Nex, the guy with the chip in his head, and Kane, the CEO of the company that developed the chip. Just add some extraordinary complications in the interpersonal area, as well as issues of the individual characters and what you end up with is a psychological drama of the suspenseful/nail-biting kind.Nex is a complicated man who is psychologically deeply scarred from age ten (when his father shot his mother in Nex’s presence), and probably not exactly living a happy childhood even before then. He uses drugs to forget the pain, and is a compulsive gambler. He was separated from Styx, his genius-level twin brother, because “the system” thought he’d open up to others if they took away the one person he was able to relate to after the trauma of losing their parents. And if that isn’t enough, Styx dies in a car accident and Nex is now the only person able to test the chip since it is genetically coded. Forced to accept Kane’s money so he can pay off his gambling debts, Nex begins a journey of self-discovery that is not easy, and not always very pretty. The things he finds out about Styx are horrendous, but what really gets to him is his growing need for Kane—a man who used to be friends with occasional benefits with Nex’s twin and, so Nex suspects, only sees Styx in him. Kane is just as complex a character as Nex. Yes, he is initially attracted to Nex because he looks exactly like Styx and Kane loved his business partner, even if he isn’t rally sure what type of love it was. They never crossed the line to becoming lovers, but with Nex the sub Kane has always dreamed of and looking exactly like Styx? The temptation is enormous, the ensuing mess predictable, and Kane’s way of dealing with it (denial, mostly) is bound to significantly worsen the impeding catastrophe.With messed-up motivations and emotions all over the place as both Nex and Kane try to deal with Styx’s death while becoming involved in increasingly hot BDSM scenes in the bedroom, this story truly deserves the title “drama”. One revelation follows after another, feelings are hurt, and Nex’s condition worsens y the page. And all of that is before the real disaster even happens. What a ride!If you like stories about wounded characters trying to deal with the messes that are their lives only to make a bigger mess of them, if you enjoy reading stories where the psychology will either totally fascinate or completely repulse you, and if you’re looking for a read about a developing relationship that is as volatile as it is hot, then you will probably like this novel. I wasn’t able to stop reading!NOTE: This book was provided by Loose Id for the purpose of a review on Rainbow Book Reviews.

  • Tsubaki
    2019-05-26 02:17

    I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.-Before I get around to actually writing anything really relevant to the story, I just want to start off by saying that I loved the way the author dealt with the dark subject matter presented in the book. And the characters' honesty in dealing with those problems and each other as well. Writing about the fallout and lingering trauma after a PTSD inducing event can be very difficult and to be able to do it in a way that is intense, but not overbearing is just brilliant. All that drama, sadness, and tentative hope, perfectly laid out. I loved the complexity of the characters, especially how Nex and Kane try to deal with the past while coping with their present predicament. Nex in particular, I adored so, so, much. Not to go too deep into spoiler territory, but the segment when he went through drug withdrawal and his PTSD symptoms hit full force was amazing dramatic. And the way Kane helped him through the first night, I cried through that. I cried through most of the story actually… It was almost too easy to fall in love and empathize with Nex. And Kane was just the perfect match for him, even if they spent a good chunk of the book denying their mutual attraction. He's arguably the only person who could help Nex cope and come to terms with his tragic past. Admittedly, I had some mixed feelings about Styx's role in the story. For nearly the entire story, he's this overarching presence in their life. The proverbial thundercloud hanging over their heads. In the end, instead of driving them apart, he turned out to be the final push they needed to make things work between them. Still doesn't mean I have to like him though.It's funny, but the summary really doesn't do the book any justice. While it sums up the major plot elements, it doesn't hint at the background context and deep emotional scars. Those points for me at least, was what made this book as amazing as it was. The whole thing was a big emotional roller coaster. There's also a good collection of twists and turns nestled away in a seemingly straight forward story. The book took me a while to get through because of all the breaks I had to take to compose myself. Lest I drown my laptop in tears. If ever there's a time to be too emotionally vested in a character, Nex would be it.As for the upside of this emotional death trap, the book was really hot. Usually, I don't care much for the erotic scenes since I prefer plot and good storytelling to all that. But with all my favourite BDSM kinks lined up neatly in a single book… we've got a spirited sub, a merciless dom, cuffs, chains, whips, pleasure/pain, and orgasm denial… O.m.g. yes. Just one thing though, seeing as the ending was left tentatively open, I'm really hoping for a sequel. I'm sure Kane could come up with some interesting new toys to torment Nex with. I don't think I'm ready to part ways with them just yet. Maybe a revisit five years down the road? Pretty please? Anyways, that's pretty much it. Words don't do perfection much justice, so give it a chance and see for yourself.

  • Caroline Brand
    2019-06-15 23:09

    REVIEWED FOR PRISM BOOK ALLIANCE4.25 StarsNew author, intriguing blurb and hot cover....did the story match up? Hell Yeah!!Styx and Nex are twins separated at a young age after years of abuse that ultimately killed their mother. Styx is clever to the point of genius and takes on the roll of looking after Nex, until the authorities feel that Nex needs to stop relying on his brother and they end up living without each other. Styx goes on to have a fairly successful life building his own sex toys business with partner and occasional fuck buddy Kane. Nex doesn’t fare so well ending up using drugs and gambling away any money he has from working a dead end job.When Styx is left dead after a car accident Kane meets his twin for the first time and is stunned and confused as to how his best friend kept this part of his life from him for so many years. Before Styx died he and Kane were working on a ‘sex chip’ that when implanted into your brain increases everything about sexual experiences. As the prototype was set up with Styx in mind who better to take his place than a man who shares his DNA. Kane offers Nex a deal he can’t refuse and Nex has no problem having kinky sex with the sexy man for a few weeks and embracing his submissive side with someone who is strong enough to handle him.Although we never get to meet Styx he plays a huge part in this story. Nothing is quite as it seems and he would have to be labelled the master manipulator. Letters from the grave will haunt the two men and further complicate a new relationship that starts out as a business deal but rapidly leads to more. One of these messages will tip Nex overboard and send him spiralling back to his old life with dire circumstances for both he and Kane.

  • Simply Just Jen
    2019-05-25 21:08

    I really enjoyed reading this story. The story was well written and the characters were HOT!! This was the first book of Ana J. Phoenix's that I have had the pleasure of reading and I wil be reading more. This book definitely had everything you want and need in a story. It will leave you panting after the sex scenes, you will be angry at times, you will wanna give big hugs, you will wanna weep. Yep like I said you get a little of everything in the awesome read.I loved the characters of Nex and Kane. Kane was for sure all hot and sexy as can be. I was instantly swooning and connecting with his character. He personifies this strength but yet is still a little mysterious with his emotions. Nex was just this young man who had witnessed a horrific ordeal and sorta left to survive the best he could. I seriously wanted to be his teddy bear so I could cuddle him everynight. Now could he be a bit of a brat...absolutely and I wanted to strangle him at times. What can I say he managed to win a big place in my heart!!I won't go into a lot of details because I don't want to spoil it for you. I can tell you this book has some serious angst in it also from addiction to suicide. Ana J. Phoenix manages to entwine all of this in an amazing read and wonderful love story. I enjoyed this ride immensely and you will too so go ONE-CLICK now. I know you will enjoy it.

  • TayaJay
    2019-06-02 20:16

    I've received this book for free in exchange for an honest reviewI have to say that I loved this book a hell of alot more than I thought I would. I'm not a big fan of BDSM theme books and tend to overlook a lot of those book. The cover and blurb just called to me that I need to get over myself and read this book. I'm glad that I did. This book give me more interaction between the two MCs with their clothes on than off; that I was just been craving in books for awhile. Don't get me wrong there is plenty of "good times" in this book that I surprisingly enjoyed even though that not my cup of tea. I do have to say the actually "Lab Rat" aspect of the book was over before it even began but to be honest I'm glad it ended the way it did. This is new author to me that I need to start recommending people to.

  • Donna
    2019-06-05 19:06

    I wanted to read this book as soon as I read the blurb but to be honest, at the same time, I don’t think I was expecting it to be all that well done. A sex chip that requires Nex to be at Kane’s sexual disposal in order to complete a testing phase? Sounds a little cringe worthy but sign me up cause that’s just the sort of messed up story I somehow always find myself compelled to dive into. And I’ll admit I don’t have the best strike rate with these books whose blurbs leave me asking WTF? Luckily for me, this book had a decent story to back up its crazy premise.My review of Lab Rat's Love can be found at Love Bytes

  • Keri
    2019-06-18 19:26

    Though a dark read, in my opinion, it still has a heartwarming undertow. Though Styxx was never a character in the book, his presence was the glue to bind our MCs. A very good book to read.

  • Skye Blue ☆*~゚ლ(´ڡ`ლ)~*☆
    2019-06-19 23:14

    I thought the chip in the head was a very interesting concept.Nex as an addict, idk how I feel. His pausing and stopping the drug use didn't feel realistic.The worry over being a replacement for his brother did feel very real though.I was warming up to them being a couple, when the chip malfunctioned. I couldn't see either of them being able to heal if they had to stay separated. Nex dealing with his past, the loss of his brother, and his drug have to deal with the loss of Kane on top of that, seemed like it would be the straw that broke the camels back.I liked them as couple.

  • Crystal Marie
    2019-06-25 01:18

    I was taken by surprise with this book. I am not into sci fi but when I read the description of this book I was drawn in. I am glad I took the chance on it because there is so much more to this story than a chip to be placed in the brain and a scientific experiment. This is a story of love, loss, grief and destroying your own life with drugs. The author did a wonderful job at giving us shattered characters who carry baggage from their past into their future. I was drawn in by the men looking for love, acceptance and healing after the death of a person who holds a piece of their hearts. Kane is a successful business man whose partner in both life and business was Styx. They had come up with a chip to be placed in the brain that is supposed to enhance the sexual experience for the person. The primary goal is to be used during a BDSM scene and was created using the DNA of Styx. When Styx was killed the plan for the chip appeared to be over, until Kane finds out about Nex, the twin brother. Styx and Nex had endured a horrible childhood and while one became focused on business the other tried to numb the pain with drugs. After their mother’s death when they were 10, events separated the twins and they never grew up to be as close as they were meant to be. When Nex was confronted with a solution to his financial and personal issues, he jumps at the chance to become the recipient of the chip. As we continue to read we find that Nex begins to doubt the feelings that Kane is having and wonders if he is just a replacement for Styx in more ways than having the chip implanted. While we don’t hear a lot about how the chip works, I appreciated that because I was more interested in the dynamics between Nex, Styx and Kane. Even though Styx was deceased the author kept him present in the story through letters and memories which I found to be a great bonus from the author. You must read the story to see how Nex and Kane develop into a relationship that is independent from Styx memory and follow along with the secondary characters that appear to create more twists to an already twisted story. The author gave us some hot scenes between characters with a BDSM theme and some kink which I would expect since the chip was created for this. I found over all that the author did a wonderful job at creating a story that brings the reader many emotions and intense drama. I had times I wondered about characters motivations and agendas and was surprised at how some secondary characters played a bigger part in the story than I expected. As with most stories the path for Nex and Kane was not a smooth ride, the author created scenes that made me sit on the edge of my seat and couldn’t put the book down. It is really a book that you need to read and experience to fully enjoy. The author surprised me and I will be looking into more of her work because she was able to not only entertain me but give my mind a great work out along with my emotions. When I am kept in suspense and not able to stop reading then I know it is a great book. Reviewed by Tbird for Crystal’s Many Reviewers*Copy provided for review*

  • Marie
    2019-06-16 23:26

    I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review."Lab Rat's Love" by Ana J. Phoenix is a book with many twists and turns. The main characters, Nex and Kane, had great chemistry and compatibility. Set in the near future, the story begins with the death of Nex's twin brother, Styx, who was working with Kane on a brain chip for their company. The chip is meant to enhance sexual experiences, but the prototype was designed for Styx's genetic code, and after Styx died, Nex is the only viable candidate for testing the product. Nex and Kane both struggle with their complicated feelings about Styx and what it means for their future as working partners or perhaps something more. One of the things that pushed me to keep reading the story was a wish to learn more about how and why Styx had set up the elaborate scenario for Kane and Nex to meet. Styx's presence in the minds and hearts of the characters lent a spooky feel to the story, and I was relieved when Nex and Kane each found ways to move forward with their lives and break free of Styx's manipulations.I was somewhat confused by the secondary character of Melinda. Melinda was Kane's housekeeper, and Nex didn't fully trust her, which seemed important because one of Nex's character traits is his ability to read people and figure out their intentions. As the reader, I agreed with Nex that Melinda seemed untrustworthy, but there was never a resolution to the instinct that something wasn't quite right there. The character called for the doctor when Kane asked her to, and then disappeared from the story without an explanation. Given Nex's distrust of her, part of me hopes that she is no longer the housekeeper, since that seems like her presence could impede Nex's recuperation and sense of safety and well-being. The elements of Nex's and Kane's relationship in the story were compelling and believable. Kane's desire to care for Nex and help him through both the enjoyable times and the difficult times meshed well with Nex's need for someone to believe in him enough to help him succeed. As Kane says to Nex, in life you need to make good things happen, and both men take that advice to heart, making important steps to improve their lives. Both men grow during the course of the story, and the epilogue shows a well-earned HEA. I look forward to reading more by Ana J. Phoenix. I recommend "Lab Rat's Love."

  • Biscuits
    2019-06-09 00:28

    I am not buying it, sorry... the story was unreal and the characters stupids. Also adding that I don't like at all the Dom/Sub topic is equal a disaster reading for me. Sorry..

  • Angela Goodrich
    2019-06-05 23:01

    I was really looking forward to this book and it started off great. But I will admit that for a just a bit of it (probably less than 10%), I thought it had lost its way. Thankfully the story came together so well that I can no longer remember what put me off for a bit and ultimately what matters is that I enjoyed the book. Lab Rat’s Love has a just a touch of sci-fi in it as Nex agrees to help Kane finish the experiment Kane and Styx (Nex’s twin brother) started – specifically, implanting a microchip in Nex’s brain that is voice-activated by Kane and designed for use during sexual activities, especially those of a BDSM-nature. The concept is really intriguing and product-testing between Nex and Kane was HOT! It was so freaking hot I’m surprised the chip didn’t short circuit during the first round of tests. The emotional aspects of the book rounded out the story very well. Although it was never stated explicitly, Nex suffers from PTSD from an event that occurred during childhood that was exacerbated by being separated from his twin within a year’s time of the event. Unfortunately, his decision to self-medicate caused further estrangement from his twin, so he never met Kane until Styx was hospitalized due to a car accident. Although drawn to Kane, Nex cannot act on it because he doesn’t want to serve as a replacement for his brother. But, when Kane approaches him about completing testing on the chip Nex sees it as an opportunity to have a taste of what he wants. Nex learns quickly that Styx and Kane were both Doms, so their relationship was friends with an occasional benefit as two Doms don’t make for a lasting D/s relationship. I enjoyed watching the relationship develop between Nex and Kane, especially when Kane was forced to admit to himself that Nex was coming to mean more to him than he anticipated. This was a really good read for me. I enjoyed the romance between Nex and Kane and the author included just enough BDSM and sci-fi into the storyline to spice it up a bit. I connected for the characters and my heart nearly broke for both men when they had to deal with the chip’s malfunctioning issue. I look forward to reading more of Ms. Phoenix’s work in the future. I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. Reviewed by Angela at Crystal's Many Reviewers!

  • Michelle Rae
    2019-06-15 00:02

    I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.I really enjoyed Lab Rat's Love and it's flawed characters brought together by tragedy and the held together by need, by want, by desire.The story introduces us to the always-in-control Kane and the careening-out-of-control Nex. Kane is barely coping after the death of his business partner and best friend, Styx. Nex, Styx's estranged twin brother, quiets his demons with drugs, sex and gambling. When Kane needs Nex to test his company's prototype sex chip, and Nex needs money to support his drug habit, the two come to a business arrangement. We watch as these two very different men struggle to come to terms with the real feelings that begin to emerge.I thought this was going to be a slightly kinky sci fi story, what with the sex chip and all. But at its center, this is a character- driven love story. But not a "pretty hearts and flowers" one. This is a story about the messy side of love: guilt, trust, fear, mistrust, passion, shame, hope, uncertainty and strength. There were times my heart broke a little for Nex, so damaged by his past, held hostage by an addicted present and abandoned by so many. And for Kane, who was so afraid of love, he couldn't admit to himself how he felt about the most important person in his life. And Styx... (view spoiler)[his manipulations were the only sour note for me. I couldn't find him the tragic figure I think he was supposed to be, although I did feel sorry for him. (hide spoiler)]This was a good story, one that took an unexpected direction and offered up in-depth characters and a nuanced story. I will be looking for more stories to read by this author.

  • Melissa
    2019-05-30 00:19

    This is a hard book to review because I really liked the characters but was frustrated by their inability to communicate and the misunderstandings it caused. Nex and Kane are two very complex characters who are recovering from the sudden passing of Nex’s twin brother. I loved how Kane was able to differentiate between Nex and his twin and did not try to use him to replace his lost lover. Overall this was a short read with some dark themes but still had a wonderful love story. One of the themes of the book is drug addiction and mental illness so be aware if this bothers you. While I was frustrated with the characters the end was a fulfilling end to the story so overall a sweet, dark and kinky romance.

  • Poppy
    2019-06-08 21:24

    This came up as a recommendation on another book I bought so gave it a shot.Likes it, both males have dealing with Demons of their own. It starts off as you thinking about the expirement but then the chip is rarely mentioned again.My only qualm is that think it's over priced for a e-book

  • Nicole
    2019-06-15 23:05

    I was disappointed that I didn't enjoy the actual book as much as I did the blurb. I was for sure it was going to be angsty and a favorite. Yes to angsty but I didn't feel a connection to either character, and Nex was a bit too much for me.

  • Love Bytes Reviews
    2019-06-06 21:59

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