Texas Heat by R. J. Scott

65251_438481376234950_1150403078_nTitle: Texas Heat

Series: The Heart of Texas 03

Author: R.J. Scott

Genre: Contemporary, Cowboy

Length: Novel (237pgs)

Publisher:

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4Hearts

Reviewer: Pixie

Blurb: Riley and Jack Campbell-Hayes are doing well, and Hayley is a happy nine-year-old. Then twenty models arrive for a cowboy-themed photo shoot, the oil establishment interferes with Riley’s plans, and the scene is set for one very hot Texas Summer!

Riley and Jack Campbell-Hayes are doing well. Jack is expanding the Double D, Riley is close to his first ethical based contract, and Hayley is nearly ten and happy as all get out.

Jack hires Robbie, who is recovering from a loss, as his right-hand man. Riley’s photographer friend, Eli, decides the Double D is perfect for a cowboy-themed model shoot and falls in lust with Robbie. Everyone except Robbie sees how perfect Eli is for him.

Against the backdrop of twenty half-naked male models on Double D land, Texas Heat is the story of one hot summer with a Gay Rodeo, a bar fight at the Rusty Nail, and a love between two men that grows stronger every day.

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Review: Riley and Jack have a great life. Jack is going into horse training, Riley’s business, CH, is getting off the ground and everything is going great in their relationship. Robbie comes to work for Jack and Eli convinces Jack to let him use the Double D for a photo shoot and becomes smitten with Robbie. Can Eli convince Robbie that they can have something special? And how do Riley and Jack handle the problems thrown at them?

This is a wonderful story, where we can see the continuation of Jack and Riley’s relationship and see a new one developing on the Double D Ranch. Riley and Jack have their own individual worries in this book, with Riley having to deal with an underhanded investor, and Jack worries about the horse training expansion. We see them both leaning on each other and being there for each other, as well as dealing with ghosts from the past, but above all else we see their abiding love for each other.

The addition of Eli and Robbie is brilliant. The development of their relationship is awkward, but Eli refuses to give up over his mistake. Both Eli and Robbie have had tragedies in the past and while Eli embraces life and welcomes love, Robbie is more gun-shy over loving again. Both these characters fit in seamlessly with Riley and Jack, complementing the other couple while being an individual couple in their own right. don’t make the mistake of thinking they are just background filler because they aren’t, they are a couple with their own story that gets told.

The writing is smooth and so is the storyline, it does jump forward in time by a few months, but it is smoothly done so it doesn’t throw you. Riley and Jack are still as passionate about each other as ever, and Eli and Robbie scorch the pages as well.

I will recommend this to those who love sexy cowboys, hunky businessmen, horny photographers, cute kids, supportive family and a happy ending.

Poison by Megan Derr

Title: Poison

Series: The Lost Gods 04

Author: Megan Derr

Genre: High Fantasy

Length: Novel Plus (236pgs)

Publisher: Less Than Three Press (25th July 2012)

Heat Level: Low – Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5Hearts

Reviewer: Pixie

Blurb: Nine gods ruled the world, until the ultimate betrayal resulted in their destruction. Now, the world is dying and only by restoring the Lost Gods can it be saved.

Verde is ruled by the mortal reincarnations of their Lost Gods: the Faerie Queen, the Pegasus, and the Unicorn, slain nine centuries ago at the base of their Sacred Oak. Every one hundred years, the tragedy repeats itself, plunging Verde ever deeper into despair.

Now, the Tragedy of the Oak draws near and Gael, the Unicorn, grows increasingly afraid because of a dark secret kept by the Three: If he cannot find a way to break the tragic cycle, the Twelve White Beasts and his secret lover are cursed to die right alongside him.

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Review: Gael, the Unicorn is praying and hoping that this time around they will break the curse that has befallen Verde time and time again. He knows that if they fail not only himself and his sister Gods, but also his secret lover and the Twelve Beasts are cursed to die. Ailill is the White Panther asked to undertake the investigation. when the White beasts start to fall, can he discover who is behind the poisonings and why?

Okay. if you have read the previous blog story, then you want to rip it up, chuck it over your shoulder and dance in joy over this much darker and angstier Poison. Gael has been keeping a secret from his sister Gods, Freddie and Etain; he has a lover who he wants to be with more than anything else. Gael no longer loves his sister Gods in any way other than as family, but knows that he cannot reveal his secret until after the Ceremony. Now the White Beasts are being poisoned and the people of Verde are out of control. Ailill is asked to discover the culprit, but the answer is always just out of reach.

This is a wonderful continuation of The Lost Gods series. Ailill is a character that we have seen many times before in previous books; the most memorable being in Burning Bright with Vanya (Ivan). In this one, Ailill is missing Ivan enormously, even though it has been nearly two years since he last saw him. When Ivan comes to visit, he is delighted, but he is embarking on an investigation into the poisoning of the White Eagle. So Ivan helps him out. Gael and his lover are both being pulled apart with keeping their secret and are hoping that the Ceremony will be a success so they can be together. But, as more White Beasts fall they begin to despair as Verde falls apart.

This is a very intricate storyline and although you are given subtle hints along the way, it is still a shock to discover the depths that someone will go to out of jealousy and the refusal to let go. If you have read the original blog story, well here’s a warning because this one is a lot darker and more violence, and with much more bitterness and vindictiveness with no remorse in sight. If you haven’t read the blog story then be prepared for violence, angst, bitterness and vindictiveness with no remorse in sight. In this one we again get a visit from the Gods from the previous books and more clues fall into place as to why Licht turned on his brother and sister Gods.

If you love high fantasy, fantasy, hot sex, brilliant storylines, incredible characters, twists, betrayal, secrets kept for hundreds of years, two great couples fighting their way to be together and a happy ending, then this is the story for you.

 

 

Star Search by J. S. Morbius

Title: Star Search

Author: J.S. Morbius

Genre: Transgender/Transsexuals, Suspense

Length: Novel (165pgs)

Publisher: Naughty Nights Press (30th November 2012)

Heat Level: Explicit/Scorching

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥3 ½Hearts

Reviewer: Pixie

Blurb: Joe is a gay man who prefers to date Transsexuals. He begins a journey to find the one he just knows he could love – The one woman who has captured his desires in only one night. Do you believe in love at first sight? Joe does, and he is determined to find her against all odds. Explore this suspenseful, dangerous and unusual adventure with Joe as he travels to find love with the third sex…

Joe is a gay man who prefers to date Transsexuals.

Never attending work parties before, Joe decides to attend one after receiving an invitation from his boss but becomes a bit worried, as he is required to bring a partner.

His best friend Angel suggests he hire an escort. Joe goes through the pages on the Internet and finds Star, a stunning, petite transsexual, and books the evening of the party with her.

After spending the most glorious evening and all night with Star, Joe decides he will continue to book Star every weekend. When he gets in touch with the agency he finds out that Star has quit escorting and they can’t give him any more information on how to get in touch with her. Joe becomes obsessed with finding Star.

Star Search is full of hot, sensuous, tender sex, with underlying currents of crime, intrigue and suspense. Lots of twists and turns, with the ultimate question being…

Does Joe find Star, the woman of his dreams?

Warning: Some scenes may cause distress. Unsafe sex and forced sex/dubious consent.

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Review: Joe only dates transsexuals and finding one on short notice to take to a company party is difficult, until his best friend suggests he use an escort agency. He has the time of his life with Star and is desperate to see her again but she leaves the agency. So Joe begins in his quest to track her down and uncovers a viper’s nest of abuse, crime and murder.

This is a pretty good story that is extremely erotic with multiple partners. Joe is gay and his preferred partners are transsexuals, when he needs a date for a party he ends up hiring someone from an agency and ends up wanting to spend more time with Star. But she vanishes and he tries to find her, but he gets threatened to stop looking for her. With the help of his best friend, Angel, Joe goes undercover to find Star and the danger she might be in, and discovers that it goes much further than a disgruntled agency boss.

This story isn’t the most well written book and there are a few inconsistencies that throw you a bit (this is the author’s first published book), but it had something that kept my attention, and no, it wasn’t the hot sex so get your minds out of the gutter (although there is a lot of it and it was well played out). It was the way that Joe became so entranced with Star after just one night and would do anything to find her again, and I do mean ANYTHING. it was the way that it surprised you with its escalation from being a, lust at first site/have to see her again, to the minefield of a slimy sexual underbelly of the transsexual escort business with the danger and abuse involved.

The story is written from Joe’s POV ,so you do get to know him a little bit, but I wanted to know a little bit more about him and Star. I liked the comradely friendships that developed between all the transsexuals and Joe and his friends.  The way they supported each other, even when hateful jibes were thrown their way, and the way that they came together and acted to rescue themselves and each other. I did think Joe was slightly insane at first, when he began his undercover plan and the danger he put himself in… no sorry I still think he was insane *nods head*.

So I have to recommend this to those who love transsexual/transgender stories, danger, slight suspense, twists, a plethora of erotic, hot, steamy sex (and a huge group sex scene), love in awkward circumstances and a happy ever after.

 

 

 

 

 

Diversion by Eden Winters

Title: Diversion

Series: N/A

Author: Eden Winters

Genre: Contemporary, Romantic Suspense

Length: Novel

Publisher: Amber Allure (March 18th, 2012)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5+Hearts

Blurb:  Drug dealers aren’t always on the streets; sometimes they sit in offices and boardrooms, selling merchandise in official-looking bottles instead of little cellophane bags…

When given a choice between eight more years in prison or using his “expertise” to assist the Southeastern Narcotics Bureau’s Department of Diversion Prevention and Control, convicted drug trafficker Richmond “Lucky” Lucklighter takes the sentence with the illusion of freedom. Cynical and unwilling to admit he’s begun to care about his job, he counts the days until his debt is paid. His sole obstacle to getting his life back is the rookie he’s assigned to train before he leaves—a rookie, who quotes pharmacy texts, hasn’t paid his dues, and has the obnoxious tendency of seeing the good in everyone, including the target of their investigation.

Former Marine Bo Schollenberger dreamed of becoming a pharmacist, but watched the dream turn into a nightmare of PTSD-fueled prescription drug abuse. Battling his demons daily, he wakes up every morning, wondering, “Will this be the day I give in?” To keep his license, he must now put his skills to use for a diversion control task force, deal with a crude partner with too much attitude and no brain-to-mouth filter, and take down a drug lord who reminds him of his favorite cooking show hostess.

The bad guys don’t stand a chance—if Lucky and Bo don’t strangle each other first…

Product Link: http://www.amberquill.com/AmberAllure/Diversion.html

Reviewer: Thommie

Review: Lucky Lucklighter, what a name, is an accomplished thief. He is the best in his field. Law enforcement agencies teach classed on his techniques, and his case files are in textbooks, but his serving time is nearly over and he’s tired of the life. Yes, he might not be serving time in jail anymore, he might be somewhat free. He might have a job that gives him money, but he’s still not a free man. In two months he’s not going to be obligated to wake up and go in a job he hates (or so he says), he will have full access to his accounts, his name will be on his car and house and his head will be once again out there for every drug-dealer once associated with his past to try to take it off his shoulders. They have a long memory after all. But before all that happen, he must train his replacement.

Bo Schollenberger seems in some very strange ways to be Lucky’s younger self. Past mistakes haunt him, too, and he’s not willing to stand down when Lucky’s being the usual prick. Like Lucky, this is Bo’s second chance to life with the difference that Bo actually likes his job and takes it seriously.

From day one he and Lucky don’t hit it well. So what if Bo is stunning. So what if his backside has Lucky ogling like he hasn’t done in years, they seem hell-bent in knocking each other off. Who would have guessed that a good argument was an aphrodisiac for Lucky? Things don’t stay that way though. As they’re assigned together, living in the same house while trying to get the Intel they need to get the job done, things change. They get to know each other, they get intimate, and even if the arrangement is that this intimacy will last for only as much as the job’s on, Lucky’s finding himself drawn to his partner more and more. His past collides with his present and confusion leaves Lucky faltering for his future plans for the first time in 8 years.

I don’t know what I loved more about this book. Lucky is a brilliantly written character, snarky, arrogant, witty and so damn the “man” it was like the author had him in front of her and did a damned good job portraying him. His demons were so realistic and his acts wonderful. I’m not even mentioning his sense of humor that had me laughing time and again. I felt happy for him, sad and proud, as if he were my brother. And Bo, wow what a character he was, sweet, caring, and loyal. I adored their flaws, their weaknesses. It made them even more real in my eyes. Their “fraternizing” was fantastic; the evolution from a simple hook up to “God, I love you” was perhaps the best I’ve read so far.

But, that’s not just it. I liked all characters, they were all so well written. And the plot, oh my, this story is one of those, you know deep in your heart, should hit the Hollywood screens, but at the same time you know they’ll just screw it up and never be able to convey it properly. Not the least tiresome, it slowly reveals the reasons behind Lucky’s sentence, the demons that haunt him, Bo’s own mistakes, all this while having incredible action, as they try to solve their narcotics case.

I loved, loved, LOVED this book. It’s one of those that I’ll definitely re-read again, and if you’re the least interested in action/crime you will be thrilled to read this one.

Wholeheartedly recommended!

Cordially Invited by Kim Dare

Title: Cordially Invited

Series: Pushing the Envelope #5

Author: Kim Dare

Genre: BDSM, Contemporary

Length: Short Story

Publisher: Amber Allure (January 8th, 2012)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥3Hearts

Blurb: Having been given a sneak peek into Joe’s world, Scott feels it’s only right that he should return the favor.

Perhaps Scott didn’t do so many interesting and kinky things in the past, but he did have a life before he met Joe. When he was in university, Scott worked in a department store and spent many hours fantasizing about the delivery men he saw from the store window. Now, Scott invites Joe to the same store, after it has closed for the night, and Joe decides to show Scott what he would have done if he had found him back then.

For once, Scott’s going to be the one surrounded by the familiar, not Joe. But, does that mean the power balance is about to shift?

Product Link: http://www.amberquill.com/AmberAllure/PTE5_CordiallyInvited.html

Reviewer: Thommie

Review: This time Scott has invited Joe in a part of his past life and his fantasy. He wants to be taken by an unknown, strong delivery man, that will not take no for answer. He wants to feel completely helpless and unable to do anything. Joe is more than happy to oblige, all the time coming closer and closer, not to what a Dom should feel for his sub, rather what a man would feel for his lover. While Joe slips more and more into the delights of being with and wanting only one man, Scott finds it difficult to do or think anything other than what Joe orders him, what Joe wants from him. More and more it seems that his fears and desires, his entire world turns around Joe.

I liked this book, too.  Maybe not as hot as the previous, but now we see a connection forming between the two characters, things falling into place and a relation blooming. What’s even greater is that while all these start happening, both Joe and Scott seem to not really realize it, and that intrigues me even more. This book was clearly about Scott’s fantasy, however, while Joe was the very Dom I expected him to be, the fantasy of having a delivery stranger taking you didn’t work so well for me. Nonetheless an enjoyable read again, I’d recommend this to anyone who’s into being helpless and forced fantasies 😉

Orders Enclosed by Kim Dare

Title: Orders Enclosed

Series: Pushing the Envelope #4

Author: Kim Dare

Genre: BDSM

Length: Short Story

Publisher: Amber Allure (December 11th, 2011)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥3.5Hearts

Blurb: Joe doesn’t make requests, he gives orders.

Having decided it’s time to expand Scott’s horizons and show him a few parts of the gay circuit he’s never visited before, Joe chooses which club needs to be their first port of call. He doesn’t even hesitate before he orders Scott to present himself in the club’s back room, ready for their next date.

Joe expects obedience, but can Scott live up to the dominant’s expectations?

Product Link: http://www.amberquill.com/AmberAllure/PTE4_OrdersEnclosed.html

Reviewer: Thommie

Review: Scott has been given his orders, he is expected to follow them, and he does. As difficult as it is for him to enter a world he doesn’t belong in, as many doubts that trouble his thought, he manages to go through with it. Not knowing who is on the other side of the partition doesn’t matter anymore. Joe wouldn’t hurt him, would he?

As much as Joe loved his submissive following his orders it is clear to him that the trip at the glory hole has truly unfazed Scott. Understanding hit home when Scott admits that he was trying to figure out if the man behind the hole was really Joe or if he’d been playing a “joke” on him having a stranger. Someone has hurt his sub in the past and that makes Joe’s fury rise. The possessiveness that controls him, and the need to protect his submissive catch him off guard. Never before has Joe felt like this. Scott finally understands that Joe will not lie to him, especially after what his Dom decides to gift him.

This series continues as hot as ever slowly revealing the character’s feelings. Reasons of why Scott is so shy and closed come to light. His desire to do anything Joe asks from him, even if that goes against his survival instincts, show his blossoming submissive nature, and I loved the display of jealousy and fury from Joe. He slowly is putting both his feet into the “caring” pit and I love it how he doesn’t seem to realize it or even how to handle it. This was definitely another enjoyable read and if you’re into the series keep reading.

 

End Game by Jennifer Brooks

Title: End Game

Author: Jennifer Brooks

Genre: Futuristic (2017) Science-Fiction, Zombie

Length: Novel (171pgs)

Publisher: Musa Publishing (10th August 2012)

Heat Level: Low – Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4Hearts

Reviewer: Pixie

Blurb: After his cousin is murdered, journalist Jessie Canning reunites with his estranged lover to investigate it.

Jessie was on the phone when his cousin, Ben, was attacked. Fifteen minutes later, when Jessie arrived at Ben’s condo, his cousin was dead. With life and death as close as a minute away, Jessie must work with his estranged lover, Mathew, to learn why anyone would’ve wanted to kill Ben.

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Review: Jessie receives a phone call from his cousin Ben, but as Ben is asking him to come around as soon as possible the line goes dead after a series of thumps. Now with his cousin dead and his estranged husband/lover by his side they have to discover the truth and just what Senergine is trying to hide.

This is quite a unique nanotechnology, zombie suspense story that is quite gruesome, violent and bloody… whoop! Jessie has been dwelling on the separation between himself and his husband. Hoping that Mathew will phone him and they can make things right between them. When he receives a call from his cousin Ben, and Ben seems to be in trouble he drops everything to go help him. But, when he arrives his cousin is dead, the police are there and men in haz-mat suits… could it have anything to do with the company Ben works for? With the help of his estranged husband, he begins to delve into what has happened and discovers what Senergine is trying desperately to hide.

The two main characters in this are Jessie and Mathew, who are married, but have been estranged for a couple of weeks. Their relationship seems a bit stilted and although they do have a wonderful reconciliation scene and incredible make up sex, you still feel like you are missing something in the relationship. The nanotechnology mutating and going wrong was brilliant and scary; something that could be a medical breakthrough turning into something out of a horror story and the developers trying to hide it was really well done.

Combining both story lines into one was well done, as was the emotional turmoil that Jessie goes through throughout the book. We don’t really get a real feel from the other characters like Mathew, Gabriel and Nathen, as the story is all from Jessie’s POV, but we get to know them enough to make us care what happens. This story is violent and bloody and near the end it gets a bit horrific, as you realize the lengths that some scientists will go to, to cover things up and also to discover answers.

I will recommend this to those who love futuristic, nanotechnology, zombie/infected thrillers, with blood, gore and danger and a reconciliation of two stubborn men in love.

 

 

Finding Home by Cameron Dane

Title: Finding Home

Author: Cameron Dane

Genre: M/M Romance

Length: 97 Pages

Publisher:  Loose Id (May 13, 2008)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4Hearts

Blurb: Picking pockets and stealing cars, Adam Reyes does what he must to survive. Working Chicago’s O’Hare airport, he feels pretty confident when he spots his next mark.

Security expert Rhone Quinn can’t believe the wiry kid who grabs his cell phone almost gets away with it. Logic says turn the teen over to the cops, but Rhone is a man who trusts his instincts, and his gut tells him to offer the young man a job and a chance to begin a new life. Little does Rhone know that when he makes this choice it will forever change his life, too.

Over the years that follow, a mentor relationship turns into a unique, abiding friendship. It eventually leads to true equality between Rhone and Adam when Adam becomes a full partner in Quinn Security. Unbeknownst to Rhone, as time passes by, Adam is also falling deeply in love. With Rhone. Who isn’t gay. And who doesn’t know that Adam is.

Then, one day, Rhone discovers the truth. Will Rhone’s new awareness of Adam’s feelings bind the men together even more intimately, or tear them apart for good?

Product Linkhttp://www.camerondane.com/findinghome.php

Reviewer:  Madison

Review:  Adam lives on the streets after being kicked out of his house by an abusive, homophobic father. Rhone catches him trying to pick his pocket. Instead of turning him over to the authorities, Rhone offers him a job at his firm, Quinn Securities. The two eventually become roommates and over the course of the next ten years become best friends. Rhone has no idea his friend of so many years is gay until he walks in on a rather startling scene. What follows is an intense encounter between the two.

I enjoyed watching the relationship slowly build. Rhone and Adam cared deeply for one another. Even though the relationship was platonic, I still had the sense that they were in love. Rhone’s cluelessness wasn’t really plausible (didn’t he wonder why Adam hadn’t been on a date in the ten years he’d known him?). It takes these two a frustratingly long time to get together, but it is very satisfying once they do. The erotic scenes are very detailed and drawn out, even if they’re not realistic (neither of them had ever been with a man, yet they had mad lovemaking skills). If you’re in the mood for a hot and steamy read, Cameron Dane does not disappoint.