Butt Riders on the Range Anthology Blog Tour, Guest Post, Review & Giveaway!

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Hi guys, we have Wilde City Press’ Butt Riders on the Range visiting us today with one of its authors T.C. Blue, T.C. has a fantastic guest post and she lets us have a peek at an excerpt of her story And the Horse He Rode In On, there’s also a brilliant giveaway where you could win one of the previous Butt-thologies! So enjoy the post and click that Rafflecopter link <3 ~Pixie~ 

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Butt Riders on the Range


Ally Blue, Eden Winters, Jevocas Green, J.P. Barnaby, Kage Alan, Kiernan Kelly, Shea Connor, T.C. Blue

Do you imagine blazing gun battles, bandits, and saloons with watered-down drinks when you think of cowboys and the West? We don’t. Our minds go right to horse shifters, bull shifters, were-leopards, urban wannabes, an interrupted journey along Route 66, a man of mystery named Dr. Feel-Good, and high noon at the edge of the galaxy! The fourth time’s the charm as the Butt-Thology authors saddle up, ride their men hard, and put ‘em away wet.

Butt Riders on the Range…the bulls aren’t the only ones being grabbed by the horns!

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Poison Heart by Trina Solet

81OOTwl2kjL._SL1500_Title: Poison Heart
Series: N/A
Author: Trina Solet
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Novel (308 pages)
Publisher: Trina Solet (6 May 2014)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4Hearts
Blurb: Is there anything Vince and Cal won’t do for each other? The two of them grew up together and fell deeply in love. They were poor but happy until Cal made a big mistake and ended up in jail.

He did it for Vince.

To get him out, Vince is willing to do anything. Roland Granger has the power and influence to make Cal a free man. All he wants in return is Vince. Even if Cal never forgives him, Vince is willing to sacrifice himself. Now he has to make sure that Cal accepts this unwanted help.

And while Vince is trying to set things right in his own life, can he reunite Roland with a self-destructive young man who loves him?


Product Link: Amazon: http://www.amazon.com.au/Poison-Heart-Fiction-Trina-Solet-ebook/dp/B00K5QOA0K

Reviewer: Prime

Review: Two best friends that became lovers, together until one goes to gaol… it is unlike anything I’ve read and that was the reason that pulled me in after reading the blurb. Also, this is the first Trina Solet book I’ve read that does not involve the formula of a man with a child dependent finding his HEA.

Cal and Vince are sweethearts in more than one sense of the word. With Cal in gaol because he wanted to make a better life for him and Vince, it’s now Vince’s turn to try to get Cal out. Lawyers are expensive but stumbling into people and telling his plight gets Vince the connection he needs to help the love of his life. That is how he meets Roland, something of a noble entrepreneur and came across to me as something like a mafia boss. I will admit that

I normally do not like books that feature cheating, but somehow, because Vince is just too damn nice, it was easier for me to take.
This is really more than just the love story between Vince and Cal, which also features flashbacks of their high school years together.

There are the people who Vince meets along the way to save Cal. Vince is something of a bleeding heart and manages to save one other man and helps Roland regain the love of his life he was too scared to love completely. So in the second half there are really two love stories going on here.

It’s a simple story with complicated characters. In the end it was just so easy to enjoy this one.

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

Rock Solid by Riley Hart

81zaNH3zJVL._SL1500_Title: Rock Solid
Series: Rock Solid Construction, #1
Author: Riley Hart
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Novel (282 Pages)
Publisher: Riley Hart
Heat Level: Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5 Hearts
Blurb: Trevor Dixon has made too many mistakes to count. Sober for thirteen months, he’s determined to do the right thing: rebuild his relationship with his family, and help his brother get Rock Solid Construction off the ground. Failing them again isn’t an option. Too bad the first estimate Trevor goes on alone is for an uptight doctor with a superiority complex.

A hand injury took away the only important thing in Dr. Simon Malone’s life—performing heart surgery. He doesn’t do well with people and has no family, but being a damn good surgeon? He always had that. Now, he doesn’t know who he is. The last thing he wants to deal with is the young construction worker who blows his shot at remodeling Simon’s home.

Trevor and Simon form an unlikely friendship. The more time they spend together, the more Trevor starts wondering if maybe Simon’s not as straight—or uptight—as he thought…and maybe Trevor’s new attraction for Simon runs both ways.

There are too many reasons they shouldn’t be together: they have little in common, their age difference, Trevor needing to focus on his sobriety…yet there’s something about each other that they just can’t shake. They don’t feel so lost when they’re together. But with their footing so unsteady, forming a relationship that’s rock solid seems impossible. There’s blow after blow, and the last one just might be powerful enough to crack their foundation for good.

ISBN-13: 1230000360661

Product Link: http://www.amazon.com/Rock-Solid-Construction-Book-ebook/dp/B00W421QB4

Reviewer: KathyMac

Review: Riley Hart is an auto-buy author for me so I was thrilled when I found out a new release was coming. Rock Solid  is another example of Riley’s incredible writing skills and bringing characters to life.

When we meet Trevor he is well beyond his way of fighting an everyday battle of sobriety. Even though he has been clean for over a year it is a struggle to keep it that way. Blake is Trevor’s twin brother and his best friend. It was very hard on Blake watching his brother spiral out of control. It’s still hard for him as he always has that little doubt niggling in his mind that he could fall again. And, THAT, crushes Trevor more than he lets on. To see the fear and disappointment in his brother’s eyes is a constant reminder of his failure.

Trying to get his life back and stay on the straight and narrow path, Trevor joined Blake in the construction business. Together, they formed Rock Solid Construction and while the business is doing well, they still have a way to go before it is stable.

When Trevor learns of a new re-model he talks Blake into allowing him to go alone in order to get the job. Blake is hesitant fearing Trevor will mess it up but he relents giving Trevor the opportunity to succeed.

Battling everyday with his past sins and fearing a relapse is something that never leaves Trevor. It’s killing him knowing how much he put his twin and mom through being absent when partying was his priority. Knowing and seeing the way people talk and look at him when they see him is something he hopes to never face again. To get this job would mean everything to Trevor and would go a long way in proving his sincerity for staying clean and being a responsible human being.

Knocking on the homeowner’s door has Trevor’s nerves ramped up in overdrive. When Simon answers the door, let’s just say they didn’t exactly hit it off too well. Simon Malone was/is a heart surgeon who left behind everything he loved and moved to a small town. He was injured in a home robbery gone badly and now he has nerve damage in his hand. Unable to hold the tools to perform his job means he can no longer do his one and only passion…surgery.

Animosity so thick you could cut it with a knife leaves Trevor wanting to punch Simon and Simon thinking a different contractor is needed for the job. However, Trevor is determined not to lose this bid. He has something to prove, not only to himself but his brother, as well.

Simon was surprised to see Trevor come back after he already declined their offer. Even though it wasn’t very professional, he respects Trevor fighting for the chance to prove they are right for the job. Now, Trevor just has to follow through on his promises and show Blake and Simon he can do it.

Simon and Trevor are the complete opposites. On the exterior, they are night and day. Yet Simon can’t help but notice how much alike they really are when they let down the wall they each have built around them. Simon may not understand Trevor’s struggle with alcohol and drugs but he does understand losing yourself and fighting to get your life back.

During the re-model Simon and Trevor begin to form a friendship. They have a connection that continues to build each day giving them a different outlook on what was a dark desolate life.

Maybe it was the biggest mifanart rock solid riley hartstake he could make.

Maybe he was rushing it.

Maybe Simon would kick him out.

All Trevor knew was he wanted to live. He grabbed the front of Simon’s shirt, pulled the man toward him, and took his mouth.
This was what he’d been waiting for.

Trevor and Simon are good together and good for each other. Simon only sees Trevor now and how hard he is trying to turn his life around. He doesn’t judge him on past mistakes like his brother and the rest of the town seem to do. He doesn’t worry if he will relapse because he didn’t see any of those times like his twin. He believes in Trevor which is something he needs desperately.

They each have issues they are trying to get through so it’s easy to see why they have become each other’s salvation. But, unfortunately, they can’t hide out in Simon’s house escaping reality forever. When they are out in public, all eyes upon them, their world they created behind closed doors where they have sex wherever they want, whenever they want, all of a sudden seems a million miles away. Their different lifestyles become more prevalent leaving Trevor uncertain of his place in Simon’s life.

When you read a story from Riley Hart you know you are going to feel strong emotions. She brings all of those emotions to the forefront of her characters and she has a way of pulling the reader in so we are also experiencing the same. I love the way she allows her characters to make mistakes, learn from those mistakes, and get back up. She also writes very supporting secondary characters who are strong and add realism into the storyline.

Just as everything finally seems to be running smooth, Riley throws her characters into a tailspin. You will be holding your breath in anticipation begging someone to throw a lifeline. Everything Trevor has worked for and against just may end up swirling down a toilet bowl, literally.

Through the author’s creativity and her descriptive narrative, she has the ability to keep the focus on what is important. Trevor and Simon are from two different worlds but Riley was able to take their differences and use them to balance their relationship. Even though Trevor feels weak, at times, he really is very strong. Simon sees that in Trevor and with his help and encouragement Trevor starts to believe that maybe he can do this thing called life. Of course, he’s hoping Simon will be by his side allowing their relationship to grow.

Simon only wanted to get his hand fixed and return to the love of his life. Being a surgeon and creating miracles with someone’s heart was all he ever dreamed of. When Simon is faced with possibly losing Trevor, he realizes that maybe being a surgeon is no longer is true love. Admitting it will take courage but he knows Trevor needs that now, more than ever.

If he has any hope of not losing Trevor he needs to man up and tell him how he feels. Dealing with hearts has always been Simon’s expertise. When it comes to dealing with his own, he doesn’t have the first clue what to do.

Riley is an incredible author who has the ability of taking damaged characters and giving them strength and perseverance. If you want to feel passion and love and see resilience at its best, then read Riley Hart. I highly recommend Rock Solid and all of her other books in her catalog.
* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review through https://mmgoodbookreviews.wordpress.com *

Cooper’s Condition by Jacey Holbrand

cooperscondition__40719.1427310402.300.450Title: Cooper’s Condition
Series: The Agency, #3
Author: Jacey Holbrand
Genre: Science Fiction
Length: Novella (71 pages)
Publisher: Evernight Publishing (March 26th 2015)
Heat Level: Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥1 Heart
Blurb: Cooper Hanes has met the love of his life, Doctor Micha Levi, and the chemistry between them is instant and hot. Yet life takes a turn when they go on a fateful trip.

Alien abduction. Experimentation.

Cooper’s left to deal with the greatest challenge of the ordeal.

Being pregnant.

Can their lives and love survive the aftermath of the encounter and the changes that come with Cooper’s condition?


Product Link: http://www.evernightpublishing.com/coopers-condition-by-jacey-holbrand/

Reviewer: Tams

Review: Seth and Evan are getting used to life with a newborn in addition to their responsibilities to the Agency. Seth even goes so far as to set up a support group for other abductees so they will have a safe environment to tell their stories. It’s at one of these meetings he meets Cooper, a man in a situation eerily similar to Seth’s.

Cooper met his partner Dr. Micah Levi at the hospital they both worked out. After a year of dating the decided to take a trip and stopped off at a campsite to… let’s just say have a little fun. Sound familiar? Cooper and Micah’s outing is very reminiscent to Seth and Evan’s, when they were abducted.

And now months later, Cooper has taken ill and continues to gain weight, even when he doesn’t eat. What’s worse is his lover has become emotionally and verbally abusive. Can Seth and Even help this couple figure out what has happened to them? To find their way back to each other?

This book as with the other books in the series is very descriptive about exactly what is taking place when the people are abducted. It’s horrific and a bit gruesome. My issue is the stories are disjointed, they don’t flow well.

And I am all for a conspiracy theory but I found it very hard to suspend belief while I was reading, the author didn’t sell me on the abduction and M-preg aspect of the story. The addition of Cooper and Micah while probably meant to collaborate what happened with Seth and Evan felt forced and I was having enough trouble staying interested in the original characters story.

I just didn’t care much for this book and I probably won’t read anymore in this series.

Sorry guys.

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Proberia by H.B. Kurtzwilde, 2nd edition

24675282Title: Phoberia (2nd Edition)
Series: N/A
Author: HB Kurtzwilde
Genre: Science Fiction
Length: Novel (204 pages)
Publisher: Loose Id (3 Sept 2014)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥3.5Hearts
Blurb: The corporate colony of Cadose HQ has a technological disaster brewing in its data pillars. The only man who can save them is Dixon Sinonyx, nanotech operator. But Dix himself is in need of help, both to solve the puzzle of Cadose’s reckless violations of safety protocols, and his own loneliness. Athen Dendrophile seems the perfect solution to both problems, but his youth and enthusiastic passion are as attractive as they are a dangerous distraction.

Though Dix is going crazy with the need for human contact, he fears doing damage to a seemingly innocent youth. Athen soon proves himself anything but innocent, and yet Dix can’t shake the fear that he is in more danger than he can understand. With the data pillars nearing meltdown and their mutual desire at the boiling point, they must find a way to put their differences aside to survive the hostile, brutal world that is crumbling all around them.

NOTE: This book was previously released by another publisher but has been substantially edited and revised.

ISBN: 9781623003708

Product Link: http://www.loose-id.com/phoberia.html

Reviewer: Prime

Review: I’m not going to lie, this is a difficult book to read, but the payoff is a fun Cyberpunk type of future. You need to keep paying attention, which I think is what sometimes takes away from my personal enjoyment. I’m all for mindless, simple plots after a long day.

Perhaps I’ve been watching too much Doctor Who reruns recently (well, that’s a lie, one can never have too much David Tennant!), but the story gives a strong Doctor Who vibe to me. If you’re not a Whovian, perhaps think of something like Tron or the character of Mr Universe in the movie Serenity.

Okay, that’s all my pop culture references out the way. Onto more important things.

Our two main characters are Dix and Athen. They are both tech-heads, so there is all matter of jargon including “defragging”, “system integration” and all other words that remind me of Star Trek. There are also some rather mind-boggling descriptions of computer processes that have been created purely for this story.

I’m going to say that this is what makes this a difficult read because this isn’t just a simple out of this world adventure. Dix has been hired to repair the core computing/internet network of the Cadrose Corporation on the planet Cadrose. The colony is also called Cadrose. Think of that what you will.

Dix is human, a rarity and this touches on a feature common of science fiction which essentially points out the pointlessness of being racist or xenophobic or whatever. Everyone is different but the minorities are always picked on. Partly because when Dix seeks to hire a helper, he wants a fellow human, who turns out to be Athen.

The players in place, now the Cadrose Corporation’s computer systems need to be dug through and repaired. This leads me to point out another important feature of science fiction: there is the talk of governments/ major companies overreaching their powers with the everyday folk. Both Dix and Athen are complex characters, especially Athen who had a difficult upbringing. For that reason the slow unfolding of their intimacy feels right as the guys really get to know each other and their respective quirks.

Forgive me while real life intrudes for a moment: if you’re someone dealing with bioinformatics (as well as a sci-fi fan), this may actually also make a lot of sense to you, especially if you’re dealing with network analyses. I know, that’s a really niche group, but hey, that’s what I think from personal experience.

After that spiel, it should be clear if science-fiction and geek romances are your thing, then you’ll enjoy this. However, the romance side of things is rather subtle, so I describe this first and foremost as a sci-fi adventure.

This is a great, great book but I fear it sometimes lost me when the pace dropped off at point to deliver long explanations and the jargon. I advise not to read this one tired.

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The Right Guy by Trina Solet

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Series: N/A
Author: Trina Solet
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Novella (49 pages)
Publisher: Trina Solet (28 Mar 2015)
Heat Level: Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4Hearts
Blurb: On the surface, Nathan and Paul never liked each other. Nathan felt like Paul was always looking down on him. But things aren’t the way they seem. While watching Nathan pine for his friend, Paul has wanted him all to himself. Nathan could never return his feelings. He doesn’t even like him. After spending time with Paul, Nathan wonders if he misjudged this man.

Could Paul be the right man for him?


Product Link: Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/The-Right-Guy-Gay-Romance-ebook/dp/B00VCLLB5E

Reviewer: Prime

Review: A nice quick read but scorching hot and full of emotion. This is the story of Nathan and Paul. They know each other from a distance, sharing the same friends but not quite. We meet Nathan as the man that he thought that he had feelings for, Turner, was getting married. Paul is also a friend of Turner’s and has his own yearning for someone who seems unavailable.

The chemistry between Nathan and Paul is hot, especially when they argue. It is really easy to like both men and root for their HEA.

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

Piece by Piece by Teodora Kostova Blog Tour, Character Interview, Review & Giveaway!

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Hi peeps, we have the brilliant Teodora Kostova and her newest release Piece by Piece, Tams interviews Riley, we have a great comment giveaway and Tams review so enjoy the post and leave a comment for the giveaway!

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Piece by Piece

(West End book 03)

Teodora Kostova

Sometimes to reach the surface you have to fall to the bottom first…

For the past ten years, Riley Davis’ life has been overshadowed by the tragic death of his partner. Fluctuating between alcohol induced daze, clinical depression and throwing all his time and effort into his business, Riley doesn’t believe, or even hope, that his life will ever be worth living again.

Until Sonnie Frye drops by his haberdashery shop, changing his life forever.

Sonnie is a man who likes getting what he wants, when he wants it. He’s worked hard to establish himself as Queen Victoria theatre’s chief costume designer, collecting multiple awards – and high-profile clients – along the way. Sonnie is used to putting his needs, goals and desires first, unwilling to compromise his own happiness for anybody else.
Until he meets a handsome shop owner whose eyes are so sad that they immediately tug at Sonnie’s heartstrings.

Seeing something he wants, Sonnie is determined to get under Riley’s skin and, preferably, into his bed. But he soon discovers the task is not that easy. For the first time in his life, Sonnie may need to put someone else’s needs before his own, and re-evaluate what really matters in life.

Will the two men stand side by side to overcome their differences, and everything else life throws at them? Or will it all become too much to bear, shaking them to their very core, destroying everything they’ve worked so hard to achieve?

***Sexual content, 18+ only***
***Piece by Piece is a standalone novel. It’s the full story of Sonnie and Riley***

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Family Jewels by M.J. O’Shea Blog Tour, Excerpt, Guest Post & Giveaway!

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Hi guys, we have M.J. O’Shea stopping by today with the blog tour for her newest release Family Jewels, we have a great guest post where M.J. tells us of 5 plot genre’s she’d like to write, we have a brilliant excerpt to pique your interest and we have a brilliant giveaway! So guys enjoy the post and click that Rafflecopter link <3 ~Pixie~ 

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Family Jewels


M.J. O’Shea

Corbin Ford, aka the Nightwatchman, named for the antique pocket watches he leaves behind at jobs, has been in the cat-burgling business for years. His father was. His grandfather was. His mother is still one of the most renowned thieves. Corbin likes his high-profile heists, priceless paintings from private collections, artifacts from museums, but his favorite? Jewels. Sparkly, beautiful jewels. If they’re famous, better yet.

 Interpol agent Luke Eldridge has one goal and one goal only: to catch the Nightwatchman. Luke’s been after him for months, but getting the slip time and again is getting embarrassing. Luke has never even laid eyes on the bastard, but he’d happily strangle him. And then arrest him.

When Luke meets Corbin, the man of his dreams, he falls hard and fast… only to catch Corbin red-handed with his hand in a jewelry case at the scene of the highest-profile murder that’s rocked the international world in years.

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Ryde the Lightening by Sandrine Gasq-Dion

Sandrine-72dpi-1500x2000 2Title: Ryde the Lightening
Series: The Twelve Olympians, #5 (this is a companion series to the Assassin/Shifter series by the same author)
Author: Sandrine Gasq-Dion
Genre: Paranormal/Shifter Romance
Length: Novel (165 pages)
Publisher: Skull Blaster Publishing (April 30th 2015)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5 Hearts
Blurb: Siberian pack alpha Dane Durov endured a lot in his young life and managed to survive, so he always assumed that he had a special purpose in life. If he’d had to guess, though, ‘bodyguard to the child of an Olympian god’ wouldn’t have been his first guess.

Frankly, he still thought it sounded like something out of a romance writer’s imagination. Romance. The mere word reminds Dane that love brings nothing but exploding pain. A man had ripped his heart out and left him hollow, but spending time with Ryder Winters is weakening Dane’s defenses. The young demigod is sweet, caring, beautiful — and dangerous. Dane finds himself daring to laugh again — but love?

Ryder Winters is shocked — no, stunned beyond reason — when he finds out that Zeus is his biological father. Zeus. The god of the sky and ruler of all Olympian gods. As a demigod under constant threat, Ryder needs around-the-clock protection. He struggles to deal with his newfound superpowers, but he also battles his growing feelings for his guardian, Dane Durov.

A trip to Siberia with Dane intensifies the confusion and adds lust and love to the mix for Ryder as he comes face to face with the past Dane has been trying to forget.

Things spiral out of control as Ryder’s powers are unleashed and Dane struggles to come to terms with his growing love for the man he’s willing to protect at any cost.

Product Link: http://www.amazon.com/Ryde-Lightning-12-Olympians-Book-ebook/dp/B00WW1I250

Reviewer: Tams

Review: Dane Durov is a transplant Skull Blaster, having joined the team when he was rescued from the Rogue’s in Siberia, sadly only after they’d killed most of his pack members. He is a big, brooding, bad ass werewolf that doesn’t trust easily. He loved once, had a mate, but that love was broken when Markus learned he was a shifter.

Then it was shattered when Markus died.

Part of the reason he keeps Ryder at arm’s length is because Ryder is so young and beautiful, and has an opportunity to live such a full life, without all the baggage Dane would bring into a relationship. Mostly it’s because Dane has locked his heart and thrown away the key.

Ryder has been to hell and back in his young life, literally, just to survive. When he came out to his parents they tried to drown him, and since then his love of the water has turned into a guttural fear. A fear he is working hard to overcome. Ryder makes great progress with the help of his protector, one sexy shifter with a bad attitude.

The writing is on the wall for these two, but Dane is nothing if not stubborn. And even after he succumbs to his feelings for the young, delicious Olympian, Dane manages to piss off the young man who has control over the lightning. Dane will have to say goodbye to the pain of his past if he stands a chance at a future with Ryder.

This book was just so much fun. I absolutely love Gasq-Dion’s dry, witty sense of humor that bleeds over into her characters. One of my favorite lines in the story, “what if lightening shoots out my dick?” and that is just one of many one liners that had me rolling while I was reading this book. It’s not all fun and games though.

There is the constant threat of attack from the army of Rogues, and they surely have a knack for popping up at the wrong time. And then we learn that Ryder’s parents are coming up for parole, so on top of everything else he has going on in his life, he has to consider whether or not he wants to testify at the hearing.

The perfect balance of drama, angst, humor and action all circulate to complete this latest addition to the Olympians series. Just a couple of side notes… a missing Olympian is found in this book and I’m intrigued. There is something mentioned about Thor, or a distant relative. It looks like Nate might be getting him a little sum sumthin!

And close to thirty books into this world (between the Assassin/Shifter books and the Twelve Olympians books) I am still completely engaged, engrossed and enamored with this world and these characters Gasq-Dion has created.

A MUST read for any shifter fans out there. But if you like paranormal romance, some kick ass characters and intricately plotted storylines, then you are going to love this series. You really have to start at the beginning though. At the very least, start with the first Olympian story, if not the first Assassin/Shifter story.

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

Batty Bwoy by Max-Arthur Mantle

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Series: N/A
Author: Max-Arthur Mantle
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Novella (85 pages)
Publisher: Max-Arthur Mantle (14 April 2015)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4Hearts
Blurb: The coming of age story of Mark Palmer, a black, gay, Jamaican where “Boom bye bye inna batty bwoy head” (meaning, gunshot to gay men) has replaced the island’s motto “Out of many one people.” The son of an overbearing, absentee, neglectful mother, he is thrust in an environment that requires a thick skin from torments and socio-economic disparities. Suppressing his “gay tendencies” to detract being bashed or murdered, he migrates to America and breaks free from the closet to a world where he is disenfranchised and arrested. As his life spirals from bad choices, he clings to desperate measures and finds hope.

ISBN: 9780578160160

Product Link: http://www.amazon.com/Batty-Bwoy-Max-Arthur-Mantle-ebook/dp/B00WAI9QUA/

Reviewer: Prime

Review: When I first received this book for review, I wasn’t entirely sure what to make of it. I have to admit the title had me a little reluctant because when I see the word “batty” I think of it as the slang for “crazy”, as in “the lady’s gone completely batty”. Instead, batty bwoy (and other variations), I found out with a quick bit of research, is a Jamaican phrase for gay, bisexual or simply an effeminate man. At this point I was now intrigued.

Batty Bwoy is the first book published by Max-Arthur Mantle and is an interesting and riveting read. The writing style is more like a memoir rather than a traditional third person narrative but it was still engaging. The best way I can describe it is that the story links up a number of events in the life of a character making a very cohesive and pleasing narrative. It follows the life of the main character Mark.

Literally, from conception where we are introduced to his parents’ way back in 1969 a couple of years (I think) before Mark was even born. The moment that Rick Astley’s ‘Never Gonna Give you Up’ is mentioned, for those familiar, not only will you instantly get the song in your head (and now you have it in your head too! Ha!) But you will also know that we are towards the end of the eighties by now. But as soon as I made that realisation, we were going through the nineties too.

This is culturally very interesting as well. Mark, the ‘batty bwoy’ of the title, was born in Jamaica – lived in Jamaica too – though it gets rather complicated when I start thinking of his home life. Being that the author is Jamaican, who am I to argue with his reflection of Jamaican society. I also like how Jamaican characters spoke “in Jamaican”, for lack of a better word. I, for someone whose only knowledge of Jamaica is from some reggae and watching the movie Cool Runnings as a child, this was a learning experience.

This is an interesting and gritty read; this is basically a quick tour of gay rights, etc. through the eyes of one person. Really, all I can say that this is a story about a life, a man who just happens to be Jamaican and gay, and it’s a real interesting life that has been woven for him.

I particularly like the ending; it gives hope without giving too much away. It’s interesting to see how Mark as a character has changed through the years of self-discovery from a child to ending up as a 29-year-old man who hasn’t quite finished growing up. But as I said, there is always hope.

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