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An Ace in the Tiebreak by T.A. Chase and Devon Rhodes

91QDMQ2mQDL._SL1500_Title: An Ace in the Tiebreak
Series: International Men of Sport #8
Author: TA Chase, Devon Rhodes
Genre: Contemporary/Sports
Length: Novel (183 pages)
Publisher: Totally Bound (October 9, 2014)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5Hearts
Blurb: When Robin has to save his career and choose between two very different men, he has to try not to double-fault… while hoping for an ace.

Professional tennis player Robin Keller has a love/hate relationship with most everything in his life – his game, his tennis rival and sometimes hook-up Danie Coetzee, the pills and alcohol he uses to get through his days. Nothing seems to be going right anymore, and when he hits rock bottom after the French Open, drastic changes are the only option.

Quinn Damaris has a well-earned reputation for turning around the careers of the athletes he acts as chef for, and he can tell from the first meeting that Robin is going to be a challenge. As a double amputee, he’s not a man to back down just because the road is rough.

He didn’t count on anything starting between them, especially when the way he realises Robin is gay is when he sees him with Danie. Robin will have to make a choice. Is Quinn kidding himself to think that a tennis star could fall for a man who isn’t whole?

ISBN: 9781784302306

Product Link: https://www.totallybound.com/an-ace-in-the-tiebreak

Reviewer: Prime

5 of hearts logo red on black smallReview: Okay, I will admit it now. Sport themed books are my guilty pleasure. An odd choice for someone who only follows basketball and knows vague enough rules to get along with a handful of other sports. An Ace in the Tiebreaker is a standalone book in TA Chase and Devon Rhode’s series, International Men of Sports. I absolutely adored this book. I was barely a third of the way through this book when I knew that I have to read the previous seven titles.

Robin Keller is close to becoming a washed out tennis player because he has taken his health and his career for granted. His coach and manager are two very likable gentlemen, who decide to take steps to prevent this before anything else could have besides having a disastrous tournament.

Their solution is in the form of Quinn Damaris (in my head I got this amusing Irish-Greek thing going on whenever I read the name). Quinn is an absolute sweetheart, though he is a very determined realist who has the best intentions in mind for his client. His life experiences have certainly shaped him, made him stronger, and this shows in everything except his love life before meeting Robin.

As stated in the blurb, Quinn is also an amputee. I hope people do not misinterpret what I mean when I say this: a story where at least one main character has a disability intrigues me. However, it’s not on a sick level or me thinking, “Ha, ha, I’m better off than some fictional character that can’t see”. It’s actually, because I find these characters are heroes and I find it empowering to read such stories.

The story itself has a gentle touch to it as well as the thrill to want Robin to succeed. It’s kind of like the same rush you get when you watch your team on TV or watch a fictional team win in a movie. I also thoroughly enjoyed the writing style used by the authors, it was so easy to read and follow that it felt like I devoured all 166 pages all too quickly.

The setting of the book is amazing and this is where the writing style plays a big part. I really loved the idea of Quinn’s mountaintop home in Colorado, US; and Robin’s home in Lucerne, Switzerland. Then there are the various tournaments and arenas, including France, England, US and Australia. It’s basically a tour of the pro tennis circuit, but we’re given enough detail that the plot doesn’t feel rushed because these tournaments are, for the most part, between major scenes with our main characters.

But it’s not only the story I love. The cast of supporting characters were also wonderful. There was no evil plot or evil nemesis to overcome, which was nice for a change. Robin’s one real rival and bed-buddy, to put it politely, is a realist in terms of their roles in each other’s lives and is generally supportive of Robin. Jerome is another tennis player and provides a bit of comic relief, although he enables some of Robin’s issues and so there are a number of serious moment featuring him.

As I said earlier, too, I liked Robin’s coach and manager; they had a very stern fatherly-favourite teacher feel of their relationship with Robin. However, my absolute favourite minor character is Quinn’s big brother Morgan. I could gush for many, many words about how much I adore his character, but I won’t. All I will say is that Morgan Damaris is awesome.

* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review through http://mmgoodbookreviews.wordpress.com *

Fallen Lights by Grace Lynn

23503576Title: Fallen Lights
Series: Bright Beginnings, #1
Author: Grace Lynn
Genre: Science Fiction
Length: Novella (75 pages)
Publisher: Siren Publishing
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥3.5Hearts
Blurb: Prince Azri Iriart is stranded far from home, trapped on a planet with only the few things his crew had managed to drag off their crashed ship. If there is one thing Azri hates, it’s being trapped planet side. When Fate throws his mate at him, he must do whatever he can to keep his crew and mate safe from harm. Even if it means that Azri has to hide for the rest of his existence from his mate’s own government.

Eric lives a lonely existence working as a cashier for a local grocery store. Stashing every dime he possible can, Eric is building for a future for himself. Until he meets Azri, a lonely stranded Alien that needs a kind touch. Can Eric tame Azri’s wandering nature?

Can Eric and Azri build a new life together, away from his childhood home, and the government that is looking for Azri and his crew?

ISBN: 9781632585370

Product Link: http://www.bookstrand.com/fallen-lights

Reviewer: Prime

Review: I’m not entirely sure what to make of this book. I liked the story, it was interesting and enjoyable and a little different from the usual crash landing alien ship on earth and one of those aliens happening across his mate. Azri is the alien in the book, and he and his crew are stuck on earth – I may have missed it, but there was no real discussion of “stuck on the bloody planet, need to make the best of it” or “we need to blend in with the population until we find a way off this rock”.

That aside, Azri meets the human, Eric, who has an average job and a pretty crumby home life. As soon as Azri and Eric meet, Eric goes out of his way to start a new life.

As I said, I like the story. One thing that bothered me, though, was just how quickly Eric fell into step with Azri and his crew. Sure, this was required to move the novel

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Sunset Ridge by Carol Lynne, 2nd edition

81HGvLijgvL._SL1500_Title: Sunset Ridge, 2nd edition
Author: Carol Lynne
Genre: Contemporary/Cowboys/Western
Length: Novella (99 pages)
Publisher: Resplendence Publishing (August 12, 2014)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥3.5Hearts
Blurb: After the death of his father, Grayson Conner finds himself running Sunset Ridge Stables, a prosperous horse breeding operation just outside of Wellington, Arkansas. Since riding a horse for the first time, Gray known running the ranch would be his destiny. Years spent watching his father negotiate and build the ranch into a highly respected operation have prepared him well.

In need of a manager to oversee the ranch hands, Gray hires Jack “Ram” Ramsdale, a sexy temptation that could spell nothing but trouble. For years, Gray has managed to keep his sexual preferences away from the ranch, but the introduction of Ram into his life changes everything.

Ram falls in love with Sunset Ridge Stables the first time he steps foot on the ranch with its rolling green hills and views to take a person’s breath away. The handsome ranch owner is definitely a bonus, but more than anything, Ram is searching for a place to belong.

With temptation at his fingertips, Gray gives in to his feelings and begins an intense affair with his new manager. For a few blissful months, he believes he can have it all, the ranch and a man he loves by his side. But when local gossip threatens the reputation of the Sunset Ridge, Gray and Ram are forced to make an important decision. Give up their relationship or lose everything they’ve worked for.

** Publisher’s Note: this title has been previously published by another publisher. **

ISBN: 978-1-30735-798-8
Product Link: http://www.resplendencepublishing.com/m8/687-978-1-60735-798-8–sunset-ridge-by-carol-lynne.html
Reviewer: Prime
Review: I feel rather torn when it comes to this story. I read it a few years ago when it was first published with Totally Bound, which I remembered later. Generally, I love Carol Lynne’s books, particularly the Campus Cravings and Cattle Valley series. However, Sunset Ridge leaves me feeling confused.

After much thought, I figured it out: there is one particularly annoying (bitchy, spoiled) character that quite frankly, ruins the story and makes the first half particularly difficult to get through. It’s Gray’s niece Raleigh, so she is quite a central character throughout. But please, just keep going, because not only does this character mature and do a complete 180, her antics aren’t particularly central to the book. However, I can’t work out why Raleigh had a sudden change in heart and quickly grew up and matured, it would have been better if she started to mature slowly from the beginning.

Otherwise, this is a very enjoyable story. We have two cowboys have hot sex, always a winner. The cowboys in question, Gray and Ram, also have a sweet relationship that forms. Like all cowboys, they start out in the closet, but soon discover that there is a good reason to come out if they need to. There is also the background story between Jesse and Ben, which completely makes up for the Raleigh debacle. I think it would be awesome if Jesse Ben had their own story.

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Of Paws and Pet Rocks by J.D. Walker

OfPawsPetRocksTitle: Of Paws and Pet Rocks
Author: JD Walker
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Novella (12K words)
Publisher: Amber Allure Press, Amber Quill Press (November 17th, 2014)
Heat Level: Low
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5Hearts
Blurb: Barry Dunning is a gifted yet lonely pet groomer, fierce animal lover, and the painter of pet rocks, thanks to the lease on his tiny apartment that does not allow for actual pets. He’s been burned badly by an ex-boyfriend who left him with tons of debt, which will take years to pay off, and has built a wall around his wounded heart.

Sheldon Svenson, the handsome owner of the animal shelter where Barry volunteers on weekends, asks him out on a date. Barry—for once taking his sister’s advice—accepts. Dinner starts out well, but when the discussion turns to Barry’s past relationships, he panics and runs away.

Undaunted, Sheldon pursues Barry. But can Sheldon convince the man to risk losing his heart and to give their budding relationship a chance, despite his fears?

ISBN: 978-1-61124-703-9

Product Link: http://www.amberquill.com/store/p/2072-Of-Paws-And-Pet-Rocks.aspx

Reviewer: Prime
5 of hearts logo red on black smallReview: This is a very sweet and very cute story about the start of a relationship. I also felt that it was realistic. Barry has some major baggage from a past relationship that kept him broken-hearted and in a great deal of debt. He is the unassuming and probably very naive, he’s works as a pet groomer, taking great pride in his work, and he also volunteers at his local animal shelter every Saturday. Isn’t that sweet?? Barry is completely adorable!

Sheldon is the owner of the animal shelter. He’s had a career change and has always loved animals. He is mostly opposite to Barry. He is quiet but he knows when he must take control. He’s probably also more than a little stubborn. Sheldon has been attracted to Barry for a while now, but the timing is now right for him to make a move. Despite all of Barry’s baggage, he now works through things in his mind. Sheldon is also a sweetheart, taking the lead but going at Barry’s speed.

There are a couple minor characters too. In particular, Barry’s little sister, Trixie, is a whirlwind of energy and has only the best intentions when it comes to her big brother. The interaction between her and her husband and her and Barry is amusing to read. Again, the sibling relationship feels so natural.

If only this could be long, I absolutely adored this story!

* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review through http://mmgoodbookreviews.wordpress.com *

A Thing for Cops by Roland Graeme

81Vn-0C2R-L._SL1500_Title: A Thing for Cops
Series: N/A
Author: Roland Graeme
Genre: Contemporary/CopKink
Length: Novel (219 pages)
Publisher: eXtasy Books (August 7th, 2014)
Heat Level: Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥2Hearts
Blurb: Jim Melton has had “a thing for cops” ever since he can remember. So it is only natural that be becomes a police officer himself. As a gay cop, Jim soon realizes that he belongs to a subculture within the law enforcement subculture. His many erotic adventures with both civilians and his fellow cops give new meaning to the phrase, “to protect and serve.”

ISBN: 9781771118576
Product Link: http://www.extasybooks.com/roland-graeme/a-thing-for-cops/
Reviewer: Gigi
Review: So Jim likes cops so much he becomes one. He quickly finds a gay cop sub culture and becomes initiated through many tiring repetitive erotic adventures.

The plot is not as thick as all the phallic references I read, but I think this is what most expect for jerk-off material. In that sense, rating it as masturbatory reading, I would still only rate this a 2. The scenes had some fun kink, but the relentless sexual thesaurus became tiring.

Within the opening gambit of one scene, I read the phallic descriptions, fuck stick, prick, cock, aching tool, pouting piss slit, glistening tool, and fuck piston, drooling piss slit, on and on…. The dialogue was amazing, “Your cock really feels good in me. Are you feeling as good as I am?” …..” Hell, yeah.” Add new names, multiple partners and repeat.

Eventually, Jim pairs up, and he and his partner have frequent sex parties, threesomes, and foursomes with other cops to celebrate their anniversary, monthly. Like I said, it’s jerk-off material with a few mildly erotic scenes, without a plot, and meant for the porn industry.

* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review through http://mmgoodbookreviews.wordpress.com *

Noble by Jet Mykles

jm_ik4_noble_1Title: Noble

Series: Indigo Knights 4

Author: Jet Mykles

Genre: Contemporary/YAOI

Length: Novel (203 Pages)

Publisher: Loose Id (September 16th, 2014)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥3.5Hearts

Blurb: Donny “Foxy” Foxley is hot. Noble knows it. All those screaming teen girls know it. And so does the production company with their millions staked on the teen idol’s dreamy good looks.

So when the supposedly straight movie star comes onto him, Noble is floored. Never one to ignore the allure of a pretty young man, Noble can’t resist and doesn’t even try. Why should he? Even if it has to be a secret, he’d be crazy to pass up a night of sexy times with the one man everyone wants.

But one night turns into two, and then blossoms into a friendship with the potential for so much more. If that’s what Noble was after, which he’s not. But Foxy gets under Noble’s skin until he cares way too much. Because there can never be anything but sex between them. To the world, Foxy is straight and Noble is anything but.

ISBN # 9781623005160

Product Link: http://www.loose-id.com/indigo-knights-4-noble.html

Reviewer: GiGi

Review: For fans of YAOI and Jet Mykles in general, Noble fits the bill. We get another healthy sexy dose of glamorous rock stars and beautiful movie star men, and of course a coming out of the closet situation. Noble is right in line with the previous Indigo Knights books as well as fitting the mold of Heaven Sent, that’ what her readers want, and that’s how I critiqued this book.

Foxy and Noble are both glamorous, figures, each with their own sexual appeal. Foxy, the shy but gorgeous up and coming film star with heavenly locks and a buff bod, Noble the ideal rock star image, dyed purple/indigo Mohawk hair, lots of silver rings and piercings, and a bad boy tattoo of a horny toad, both collide to form a steamy hot love affair. The problem is Foxy is a closeted movie star caught up in a morality clause contract and Noble is as out and proud as it gets, with a wild boy sex fiend reputation.

The tension of this plot is how Noble can keep true to himself, have some self-respect, and allow his love for the closeted star to grow. Will Foxy tuck tail and hide away from himself and Noble, or will he let their love shine in the light of day no matter the consequences. I’m sure you can guess the ending, but Noble is still a fun, feel good YAOI novel in the spirit of Heaven Sent and the previous Indigo Knights series with out as much angst or drama.

Something Like Lightening by Jay Bell

81Ic7oc4ghL._SL1500_Title: Something Like Lightening

Series: Storms, #1

Author: Jay Bell

Genre: Contemporary/Young Adult

Length: Novel (333 Pages)

Publisher: Jay Bell (October 2014)

Heat Level: Mild

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4Hearts

Blurb: Never stop running. No matter how often life trips you up, or how many times your enemies knock you down, just get up and keep on moving until you find where you belong.

Kelly Phillips has been out of the closet since he was a young teenager, and thanks to the gay youth group he frequents, he has never been short on friends or lovers. But when you have almost everything, it’s hard not to focus on what’s just out of reach: A best friend, who would be Mr. Right if he weren’t already Mr. Straight. Or that handsome guy at school, who would be easier to wrangle if not for his angel wings.

And then there’s the one who might be a perfect fit, maybe even a soulmate… if only he wasn’t convinced he didn’t need anyone at all. Kelly has always been good at running. Now he must learn to chase, which will not only test his endurance, but the durability of his heart as well.

Something Like Lighting is a new beginning in the Something Like… saga, shifting the focus to a fresh set of characters while also revisiting a familiar face or two.

ISBN #: 9781310109133
Product Link: http://www.amazon.com/Something-Like-Lightning-Storms-Book-ebook/dp/B00N7OR36U

Reviewer: GiGi

Review: I really enjoyed Something Like Lightening for its moments of self-realization. Kelly seems to have it all, confidence, speed, talent, looks, and plenty of attitude!!! But he really needs to take a closer look at himself…and it takes a huge tragic moment to do that. It’s the sadness, loss, aching awareness of flaws in ourselves and those we love, it’s those things that Jay Bell magically worked into …Lightening. Those are the themes that stung my heart and kept me glued to the pages.

Something Like Lightning is a coming of age, finding one’s true self kind of read. I’m not sure but I think this fits into the Young Adult genre…I’m not as familiar with that.

Now, I know I would have an even greater appreciation for this book if I had read the previous Something Like series…there are repeat characters, overlapping and intersecting plots, and a ton of character building for Kelly that I missed and thus lost a big chunk of the impact this book makes for those readers. So I really need to go back and do some more reading.

The writing is smooth, the characters rich, and the plot painful, somewhat predictable, and poignant at the same time. The big moment I had to read carefully, think about and reread comes before the big accident, it comes in the subtle details of a relationship in decline, the pain in recognizing that, and letting go for the sake of both people involved….such a big life lesson, a huge thing for an author to tackle.

I must also add, I really like the cover art for all of Jay Bell’s books! Yes, beat the stereotype baby!

Glitter by Jeff Erno

81wq-aBKwKL._SL1350_Title: Glitter
Series: Full Nelson #2
Author: Jeff Erno
Genre: Mystery/Suspense
Length: Novella (148 pages)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (November 19, 2014)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥4 1/2Hearts
Blurb: Full Nelson: Book Two
When Detective Chris Nelson catches a police call at a gay bar, he finds a murdered drag queen in the alley behind the building. Andrew Brooks, the victim’s co-worker at Bambi’s, claims he found her. Because she is sprinkled in the same red glitter Andrew uses in his act, Nelson takes him in for questioning.

Forensics clear Andrew but reveal the victim was into hardcore kink. Following a trail of evidence, Nelson arrives at his next suspect: Andrew’s brother. Todd Brooks is an avowed neo-Nazi racist homophobe, but Andrew is still devastated. After the near-mistake with Andrew, Nelson isn’t ready to rush to judgment again. Taking his time, he digs deeper, intent on apprehending the actual murderer.

ISBN-13: 978-1-63216-185-7

Product Link: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=5699&cPath=55_326

Reviewer: Shorty

Review: Well-written mystery about Detective Nelson looking into the murder of a drag Queen named Roxie. I could not stop reading until the very end. Of course, I was wrong about who the killer actually turned out to be but I really enjoyed reading it. Though some things had me cringing.

Andrew, Glitter, is a drag queen performer and is the one who found Ramon’s, Roxie, body and call the police. He also ends up telling his mom he’s a drag queen and showing her which did not turn out well. Andrew seemed like a sweet young man.

Loved this story. Amazing details in the case as well as some hot sex.

All in all, it was a great read.

* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review through http://mmgoodbookreviews.wordpress.com*

Flight Made Easy by Helena Maeve

flightmadeeasy_PNG-210x336Title: Flight Made Easy
Author: Helena Maeve
Genre: Alternate Reality
Length: Novella (136 pages)
Publisher: Totally Bound Publishing (July 3, 2014)
Heat Level: Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥3Hearts
Blurb: In rescuing an innocent from unlawful arrest, Reed Caraway becomes the unwitting recipient of one man’s gratitude—and of his talents between the sheets.

Reed Caraway is a brawler, gambler, and all-round persona non grata in the mountainous village of Alliance. Enlisted by force into the much-detested Order, he is accustomed to being despised. Yet when an act of kindness is repaid with an invitation to a stranger’s house, Reed thinks his luck may be changing.

Valentine Waters knows how men like Reed operate. He also knows that compassion doesn’t come without cost. He intends to repay Reed’s with his body, the only way he knows how, not anticipating that the soldier will prove a generous lover or that Valentine may want to see him again. As their carnal relationship turns into an intricate tangle of deep longing and scorching hot trysts, the most powerful man in the land recalls Valentine to the capital.

A more honorable position at court is well within Valentine’s reach, if only he can turn his back on Alliance and Reed. Faced with impossible odds, the foundation of their clandestine affair begins to quake, imperiling not only Valentine’s future but also his life.

Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of violence.

ISBN: 9781784300678

Product Link: https://www.totallybound.com/flight-made-easy

Reviewer: Shorty

Review: An interesting story of two men drawn together in a world split into two sides. There is the Corhall’s who have everything they could possibly want and take things for granted. Then there are the soldiers who are supposed to keep the peace and take out those they believe to be not trustful.

Valentine is a handsome man who used to be in the courts favor. Now he is reduced to serving the richest of Corhall’s. I was never sure how he had fallen out of court. But I was disgusted that the Corhall’s thought nothing of using him at their leisure.

Reed is a soldier who rescues Valentine’s sister from being arrested and thus begins his affair with Valentine. It was hot and passionate.

Though I did wish Valentine would’ve explained why he was the way, he was.

All in all, it was a good read.

* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review through http://mmgoodbookreviews.wordpress.com*

Coming Out Wolf by Julia Talbot

comingoutwolf185Title: Coming Out Wolf
Series: Getting Better
Author: Julia Talbot
Genre: Paranormal
Length: Short (13 pages)
Publisher: Torquere Press (November 18th, 2014)
Heat Level: Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥3Hearts
Blurb: The worst thing in the world isn’t being gay. Not even close. It’s not even being a werewolf. The worst thing in the world is being in love with your roommate and having that love be unrequited. No matter what Steve does, Rick just isn’t responding. Will he give up too soon on making Rick his mate?
Product Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=195&products_id=4319
Reviewer: Shorty
Review: Steve has done just about everything to get his hot roommate Rick’s attention. Finally, he takes Rick up on his offer of them going out on the town. But they end up staying at home.

Very cute short story about two roommates who like each other but don’t do anything about until now. Hot sex between Rick and Steve.

Good read.

* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review through http://mmgoodbookreviews.wordpress.com*