End of the Innocence by John Goode

EndoftheInnocenceLGTitle:  End of the Innocence

Series:  Tales from Foster High #4

Author:  John Goode

Genre:   Young Adult

Length:  Novel (300 Pages)

Publisher:  Harmony Ink (November 15th, 2012)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating:  ♥♥♥♥♥5Hearts

Blurb:   Kyle Stilleno is no longer the invisible boy, and he doesn’t quite know how he feels about it. On one hand, he now has a great boyfriend, Brad Greymark, and a handful of new friends, and even a new job. On the other hand, no one screamed obscenities at him in public when he was invisible.

No one expected him to become a poster boy for gay rights, either—at least not until Kyle stepped out of the closet and into the limelight. But there are only a few months of high school left, and Kyle doubts he can make a difference.

With Christmas break drawing closer, Kyle and Brad are changing their lives to include each other. While the trials are far from over, they have their relationship to lean on. Others are not so lucky. One of their classmates needs their help—but Kyle and Brad’s relationship may be too new to survive the strain.

Product Link:  http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=3715&cPath=54_538

Reviewer:   John

Review:  I loved this novel and the previous ones as well. End of the Innocence is the continuation to Brad and Kyle’s love story at Foster High. Now, if you have not read the previous ones, you have to read them because they are so thrilling and exciting. These kids have been through hell and survived, but all of that was just the beginning.

Now, this novel, however, basically revolves around The Party. Every year, Kelly throws the party of the century and the last one promises to be the best one yet. There are several new characters introduced in this novel. For example, Sammy and Jennifer. They are so freaking awesome and I absolutely loved them! Now, at The Party, Kelly confesses to Kyle that he’s gay and he’s in love with Brad. But, unbeknown to them, someone records their conversation and all hell breaks loose.

This novel is very sad since it deals with cyber bullying. An issue that is affecting our youths these days and sometimes forcing them to choose between life and death. Sadly, many are making the wrong decisions. John Goode did an excellent job portraying this disease with his novel and I simply can’t wait to see what will happen next.

All in all, you have to read this novel. Its twist and turns will leave you wanting more.       

Distant Rumblings by John Goode

DistantRumblingsLGTitle:  Distant Rumblings

Series:  (Lords of Arcadia #1)

Author:  John Goode

Genre:   Young Adult

Length:  Novel (200 Pages)

Publisher:  Harmony Ink (March 15th, 2012)

Heat Level:  Low

Heart Rating:  ♥♥♥♥4Hearts

Blurb:   Lords of Arcadia: Act One Kane Vess may be gay, but he is also extraordinarily ordinary a crushing weight in Athens, Iowa, where a person s worth is measured by his uniqueness. But when he meets the school s newest student, Kane s ordinariness seems to evaporate. He is desperate to get to know the mysterious stranger and that leads him into danger. Hawk is an exile from his homeland, an otherworldly traveler with impossible abilities and a changeling bodyguard. He s generally disappointed in Earth, which seems common except for Kane. But while Hawk and Kane explore their mutual interest, the forces that made Hawk an exile are busy tracking him down. Kane s newfound feelings pull him into Hawk s shadowy fantasy world, where he learns he needs to grow up fast. Kane s life may now be extraordinary, but if he isn’t t careful it could cost him everyone he holds dear including Hawk.

Product Link:  http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=3740&cPath=816_817

Reviewer:   John

Review:  I absolutely loved this novel, but the one thing that turned me off was the damn cliff-hanger at the end. UGH!

After getting that off my chest, I can tell you that this story stars Kane Vess. He lives in Athens, Iowa, where being unique is ten times more important than wearing a damn label on your forehead. I loved Kane so much. He was unique and funny. Hawk, on the other hand, was the bomb. He was so mysterious that he immediately caught Kane’s attention. But as I said before, being unique was ten times more important in Athens. And Hawk was very unique.

Kane slowly begins to see that only he can see the mysterious and handsome boy. After being stabbed by Hawk without receiving any damage, Kane slowly finds himself between two worlds or…nine. For you see, Hawk, is the next king of Arcadia and ruler of all nine worlds. He, along with his Changeling protector, Spike, was sent to Athens to hide from the Dark assassins who want to see him dead so that they can take over his kingdom. Pretty cool, huh?

From the moment he made his appearance, I hated Spike. He betrays Hawk and tries to kill Kane because Hawk fell in love with him. He pissed me off so much! With that off my chest, this novel was awesome! It reminded me so much of I am Number Four and Thor. The way Hawk acted was exactly the way Thor acted in the film. Boastful and proud, but sweet and caring. I honestly want to read more. You have to read this novel. It is new, refreshing, funny and fun.


 

See by Jackie Nacht

3783SEE510-220x330Title:  See

Series:  Ripples in the Water, #1

Author:  Jackie Nacht

Genre:   Young Adult

Length:  Novella (86 Pages)

Publisher:  Devine Destinies

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating:  ♥♥♥♥4Hearts

Blurb:   When love allows you to see in your darkest hour.

Drew has had a tough couple of months. Coming out to his parents wasn’t too bad except it hasn’t been brought up since. However, coming out to his friends his freshman year in high school is a whole different story. His friends turn their backs on him and have become leaders in the daily tortures he has since had to endure. When a humiliation page pops up on the internet showing pictures of Drew being bullied, he decides to end it all.

Just before he takes his life, the fourteen-year-old Mason appears telling him that he will be Drew’s husband in the future and spirits are guiding him to help stop Drew from making an irreversible mistake. Mason will be advised to take Drew on a journey to see what his future would be like if he didn’t end his life. When Drew is still unconvinced, Mason will show Drew the impact his life will have on the others around him if he does end it all. Will Mason be able to show him that Drew has a future to live for and give him the guidance to help him get through his darkest hour?

Product Link:  http://www.extasybooks.com/see-2/

Reviewer:   John

Review:  Oh. My. God! I loved this novel. This novel stars Drew, who has had a very hard couple of months. Why? He was brave enough to come out to his family and friends as a gay guy. That bravery was short-lived because his parents are completely ignoring the fact that he’s gay and his schoolmates are not very gay friendly. They bullied him to the point that he decides to end his life. And that’s where the story takes off.

I loved Drew. He was so sweet and loving. He was simply trying to find his way in life and be happy. As he is about to end his life, a mysterious boy appears before him and shows him what his life would be like in the future. Yeah, pretty awesome. I don’t want to give the story away, but what I can tell you is that this novel was very surprising and thrilling. It left me wanting more. I really hope there is a part two because Drew’s life seemed so interesting and fun.        


 

Kale’s Spirit by Jackie Nacht

400000000000000858542_s4Title:  Kale’s Spirit

Series:  Fork in the Road #1

Author:  Jackie Nacht

Genre:   Young Adult

Length:  Novella (80 Pages)

Publisher:  eXtasy Books, Inc. (September 15th, 2012)

Heat Level:  Low

Heart Rating:  ♥♥♥♥4Hearts

Blurb:   When Kale comes to the fork in the road, who will you choose for his happily ever after?

Kale has just a few more weeks of school and can’t wait to graduate and get on with his life. At home, he has amazing supportive parents but at school, he has habitual run-ins with the popular kids, who want to make everyone’s life miserable. After catching the group in the woods doing drugs, Kale has an encounter fighting for his life.

The road to recovery is long and Kale has the help from his rescuers Hunt and Volk. Hunt is the strong; take everyone under his wing kind of guy while Volk is the sweet, caring guy. Kale finds himself falling for both of them. Who would you choose for Kale to have his happily ever after?

Product Link:  http://www.extasybooks.com/kales-spirit/

Reviewer: John

Review: I absolutely loved this novel! Kale’s Spirit stars Kale, a high school senior who has been bullied in school for four long years by the popular kids. Their reason? They suspect him to be gay. A very shitty reason if you ask me. One day, Kale runs into the popular kids in the middle of the woods and pretty soon, he finds himself fighting for his life, but two persons save him that day, Hunt and Volk.

I love Kale. He was smart, awkward and sweet. He was a closet gay guy who did not have the courage to tell his family and friends about his sexual orientation. I loved Hunt. He was strong, caring and sexy. I also loved Volk. He was caring, sweet, sensitive and loving. I had a hard time deciding who to pick for Kale, but at the end, everyone wins. Yes. Everyone. What is so great about this novel is that you can pick the ending. You get to choose with who Kale stays with, Hunt or Volk.

To put it briefly, this was a short and amazing little read with a surprising little twist. If you like wolves, mystery and love, this novel maybe the one for you.   


 

Play Me, I’m Yours by Madison Parker

PlayMeImYoursLGTitle:  Play Me, I’m Yours

Series:  None

Author:  Madison Parker

Genre:   Young Adult

Length: Novel (244 Pages)

Publisher:  Dreamspinner Press (April 1st, 2013)

Heat Level: Low 

Heart Rating:  ♥♥♥♥♥5Hearts

Blurb:  Fairy Tate. Twinklefingers. Lucy Liu. Will the taunting ever end? Lucas Tate suffers ridicule because of his appearance and sensitive nature. When he’s not teased, he’s ignored, and he doesn’t know which is worse. He feels unloved by everyone, but the one comfort in life is his music. What he wants more than anything is to find a friend.

Much to his dismay, both his mom and a schoolmate are determined to find him a boyfriend, despite the fact Lucas hasn’t come out to them. His mom chooses a football player who redefines the term “heartthrob,” while Trish pushes him toward the only openly gay boy at Providence High. But Lucas is harboring a crush on another boy, one who writes such romantic poetry to his girlfriend that hearing it melts Lucas into a puddle of goo. All three prospects seem so far out of his league. Lucas is sure he doesn’t stand a chance with any of them—until sharing his gift for music brings him the courage to let people into his heart.

Product Link:  http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=3700

Reviewer:   John

Review:  What can I tell you about this lovely little piece of literature that has not been said before? Nothing. This book was awesome and I absolutely loved it!

Play Me, I’m Yours is the story of Lucas and Zach as they slowly grow together and become one. Lucas was introvert and unique; therefore, he never quite fitted in at school. Add that to the fact that he’s gay and you got an awesome story with clever little twists. Lucas, overall, was so sweet and innocent. There were several times that I wanted to hug and squeeze him to death. That way I could protect him from anyone who would want to hurt him, but that was impossible. I felt his emotions and the pain he went through every day as an outcast of life. Now, Zach was the opposite of Lucas, yet the same. He was gay, but he had to hide it from everyone because his mom did not approve of his sexual orientation. He and Lucas went perfectly together like a delicious peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

The one thing that I love about this story is the fact that the secondary characters were awesome and they did not overshadow the main ones. I absolutely loved Mason, Lucas’ brother. He was so overprotected of Lucas even though he came across as a jackass most of the time. He completely won me over with his attitude. Alex was another surprising character and I completely fell for him. However, I did not like Donovan. There was something about him that I found repulsive and annoying. He still has to prove himself to me, if there ever is a part two.

All in all, I loved the story from beginning to end and I cannot recommend it enough.


The Wrong Side of Right by Nya Rawlyns

97deb51034036f54d4ab54492b36a75ce66f24abTitle: The Wrong Side of Right

Series: N/A

Author: Nya Rawlyns

Genre: MM / Erotic Romance

Length: Novel

Publisher: Nya Rawlyns (May 27th, 2013)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥4 Hearts

Reviewer: Thommie

BlurbTony Mitchell is a loner who spends most of his life staying low, denying who and what he is until Aiden Caldwell walks into the shop and changes everything. Tony thinks his new supervisor hates his guts, but that doesn’t keep Tony from dreaming and yearning. His fantasies drive him to follow the older man, revealing a secret that only confounds Tony’s obsession.

Conflicted and confused, Tony falls under the spell of a man called Tank who leads Tony down a dark path of seduction and dangerous cravings. Under Tank’s guidance, Tony learns to suspend reality, to succumb. The one thing he doesn’t learn is how to say no.

Aiden Caldwell pulls Tony from the precipice but not from the addiction that threatens to consume the young man.

In the matter of love and trust, can two men intent on hiding their most secret selves find common ground as fate and their own tumultuous pasts conspire to tear them apart?

Product Link:  http://www.amazon.com/The-Wrong-Side-Right-ebook/dp/B00D1FYDCW

Review: Yeah, I’m a sucker for abused characters and this story had a whole lot of them. Too many in my opinion, but that didn’t deter me from enjoying it.

So, there were many things I loved about this book starting with how the main character, Tony, literally drags you into his weird life from the very start. His character, his personality is the kind you almost can’t shut your eyes on. His being a twenty-seven years old virgin, not having had a single relationship, never having felt wanted by his own family or anyone since and always, always feeling unworthy of love or intimacy, a pervert good for nothing and pathetic he surrounds you in his veil of depression and desperation. And you simply can’t escape. It is almost surreal following him around in his efforts to find a fleeting feeling for which he has no name. A special place where he can escape his constantly overworking brain, even if it’s for a few minutes every time.

As this story is Tony’s we experience everything from his perspective, so it’s a given that his personality and his emotions are everywhere. Often distorting reality and events the way he understands them. Sometimes it’s frustrating, as I said; his view of self-worth is quite low. He is naïve in so many ways you don’t expect a man his age to be. While he has a secret crush for his boss, Aiden, he also dislikes the man. What he understands about him is that his boss hates him, is always hanging over his shoulder waiting for Tony to fuck up. Could he be more wrong? I don’t think so.

Yes, we – the readers- do understand how wrong Tony is, but he simply can’t get out of his own head for a second, to be objective about his surroundings. He strongly believes that he is not worth of love, or even friendship. It’s how he allows Jorge to completely take advantage of him and use him as is proven toward the end in the most horrible way in Tony’s head. His once a week encounters with the bisexual man leaves him drained and each time it feels as if he’s missing another small piece of his soul.

But, then into the picture comes Tank, a man full of anger and dangerous vibrations that should cause Tony running the hell away from him. Instead we witness Tony not being able to say no. craving those dark fantasies too much. Even when things turn ugly and the ecstasy turns to sheer horror and the pleasure to a death-wish, their poisonous allure is too strong for Tony to resist. And if it weren’t for Aiden Caldwell, the white knight in stilettos as Tony refers to him, if it weren’t for Aiden’s blind and unreasonable love for his unworthy self, Tony would never want to escape those dark sensations, the despair, the agony, the shame and disgust for himself that he got out of his encounters with Tank and his ilk.

I will have to admit here that some scenes regarding this pair (Tony/Tank and the gang) were from cruel to downright gritty. It also made an impression to me how Tony escalated from a virgin to a complete slut in a matter of days, some scenes making no sense in the health department and how a body reacts after severe wounds and acts such as being raped viciously by three sadistic bears. I turned a blind eye here.

It is a strange book in so many ways. I’m afraid not everything was ok with me, such was Aiden’s love. He took one look at Tony and fell in love with him and that is not explained throughout the story. I suppose I could understand why he fell for Tony. Tony’s character is quite smart when it comes to numbers. he is an honest man, one you can rely on to do his job in a kind of purity you don’t often see, and he has many other attributes that unfortunately were not rightly shown to his advantage. I suppose it’s that that makes Aiden’s love seem so ludicrous, his possessiveness standing no grounds and his all-I-have-you-have attitude making no sense. While the author gave some serious pair-time for Tank and Tony and even for Tony and Jorge, the relationship of Tony and Aiden was left a bit vague and hasty. It suddenly escalated seemingly from one heart-beat to another and before we had time to figure out their chemistry they had jumped into fighting – and boy did they fight- for money and gifts (Tony kept feeling a kept boy-toy) and trying to understand and compromise and make a real partnership work. In the end there were so many things I simply didn’t get about this pair and their reactions toward each other. especially Tony who was a real study in weird behavior.

But, and this is a big but, I still stand by the fact that I loved this book. It was too intense for me not to and I got really invested from the beginning. Add that this is also a book containing some very interesting fetishes (sounding [good God, sounding finally in a damn book] and cross-dressing) and yeah, I’m totally lost. If in any way you gain a guilty pleasure out of cruelty, harsh and vicious sex, fetishes and kinks, well then you might want to take a look at this book. It certainly had me on my toes. 😉

The Holy Trinity by Jane Wallace-Knight

383555_489411314460870_444788281_nTitle: The Holy Trinity

Series: The Wolves of Gardwich 01

Author: Jane Wallace-Knight

Genre: Paranormal, M/M/M

Length: Novella (139pgs)

Publisher: Siren-BookStrand (4th June 2013)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Reviewer: Pixie

Blurb: Sam Reed was born different. It’s a fact he has always known and tried to hide. Abandoned as a baby, he has always felt out of place, never really knowing where he came from or why he can do the things he can.

Jackson Harcourt has long feared the day he will meet his mate. Banished from his birth pack, Jackson soon found himself in charge of a pack of outcasts and misfits, all looking for somewhere to belong. Fifty years ago, Jackson met and fell in love with a seven-hundred-year-old vampire named Alek, and together they have not only built themselves a pack, but a family.

When fate throws Sam, Jackson’s true mate, into Jackson’s path, Alek’s ancient heart feels as though it will finally break into too many pieces to ever again be whole. As Alek prepares for the worst though, he begins to wonder if perhaps fate doesn’t, truly, move in mysterious ways.

Purchase Link: http://www.bookstrand.com/the-holy-trinity

Review: Jackson is a wolf shifter and he has been with his vampire lover, Alek, for fifty years. Both men know that one day Jackson will find his mate, but they are enjoying their relationship to the fullest until that time. Sam has always had the feeling that he is different. He never knew who his parents were and has grown up in foster care. when he meets Jackson and Alek he begins to discover just how different he really is. Alek is prepared for the worst when Jackson discovers his mate, Sam, but Sam isn’t a normal human and Alek finds that maybe fate has blessed him as well as Jackson.

This is a great new paranormal series that loves to surprise. Sam has always known that he is different. he knows things about people that he shouldn’t and can sense how a person feels, but he keeps it hidden. Sam is close to only a few people, his foster-mother Rita, his foster-brother Kieran and his cat Al, so when Sam meets Jackson and Alek he isn’t sure why he is so drawn to them. Jackson and Alek have had fifty years together, but that doesn’t stop Alek from great sadness when Sam enters their lives. Jackson might be overjoyed at finding his mate, but Alek doesn’t really want to lose the vampire he loves. All three together must work through what they could have together and Alek also might just have answers to Sam’s unasked questions. Sam also comes to the rescue of a pack member which leads to a huge surprise.

I really enjoyed this story with its compassionate characters, intriguing storyline and exciting discoveries. Sam’s parents are a mystery and we slowly discover the truth of who they were. We discover that Jackson’s pack is more like a family and that Alek is well-loved by all. Sam is an amazing character and his compassionate nature is wonderful. Jackson and Alek are hard to separate, but both men are protective and loving. The storyline digs into Sam’s beginnings and his true nature. we also see Sam come to the rescue of one of the pack, risking his own life to protect a loved one. Alek, Jackson and Sam are really hot together, they just burn up the sheets (and the office) and their love is sweet and passionate.

I recommend this to those who love shifters, vampires, a human who doesn’t know who he really is, a touch of mystery, hot explosive sex, danger and a shocking surprise.      


The King’s Mate by Ashavan Doyon

KingsMateLGTitle: The King’s Mate 

Series:  Daily Dose 2013: Make a Play

Author:  Ashavan Doyon

Genre:   M/M contemporary romance

Length:  Novella (64 pages)

Publisher:  Dreamspinner Press (June 1st, 2013)

Heat Level:  Moderate

Heart Rating:  ♥♥2Hearts

Blurb:   Russell Pine goes to the café every morning to enjoy his time chatting with Sam Tesh, the café owner, a friend made over the past twenty years. So when Sam asks a favor, Russ reluctantly agrees to play in a chess tournament. But the contest isn’t the real challenge: Russ finds himself the focus of a secret courtship in words and pictures left for him to discover each morning, leading him to the question: In a café full of young and beautiful minds, who is looking at the graying chessmaster?

Product Link:  http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=3947

Reviewer:   Tams

Review:  A sweet story about two obviously different men that have to overcome trouble in their past, as well as the present, to move forward together.

This is a hard one to review. I don’t want to give away the identity of Russ’s secret admirer and ruin the read for you guys. I will say it was quite a journey for both men as they fought to overcome the issues in their pasts, and an age difference that would make some people question the validity of their relationship.

The story was off to a good start with the mystery of the notes, a bit of intrigue. Then in the end the dialogue become almost cheesy, like reading the diary entries of a teenager. I love yous came entirely too quickly and didn’t gel within the story for me, either. This one was just good for me, not great. 

Audible by Dawn Kimberly Johnson

AudibleLGTitle:  Audible

Series:  Daily Dose 2013: Make a Play

Author:  Dawn Kimberly Johnson

Genre:   Contemporary

Length:  Novella (85 pages)

Publisher:  Dreamspinner Press (June 1st, 2013)

Heat Level:  Moderate

Heart Rating:  ♥♥♥3Hearts

Blurb:   Three years ago, cameraman Powell Perdue and quarterback Talbot Wojewódka called it quits, citing irreconcilable differences. Powell wanted to live honestly, while Talbot felt he couldn’t and still succeed in professional football. One knee surgery and a trade later, Talbot finds himself back in town and quarterbacking for the Raptors, a struggling expansion team. Powell’s also back, working as a cameraman for KJOC-TV, following two years in Amsterdam and a second failed relationship.

When an interview meant as a publicity play throws them into each other’s path, they’re forced to face a love that never quite died and wounds that never fully healed. For any hope at a win, they’ll have to change up the game. Talbot must brave walking through his closet door and into Powell’s arms, and Powell must risk his heart one more time by standing his ground and giving Talbot a second chance.

Product Link:  http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=3922

Reviewer:   Tams

Review:  Cute little story about finding your first love, then losing that love because you weren’t comfortable in your own skin, being given a second chance at love and being who you are.

Dawn Kimberly Johnson… I need MORE! I loved this storyline. Talbot Wojewodka, or Bot, is a quarterback in a sport that is not gay friendly. Therefore he not only hides who he is, but the man he loves for fear of the backlash of coming out. Powell Purdue, or Po, can only hide for so long. When push comes to shove, Bot’s feet stay firmly planted in his closet.

When Bot takes a spot on a team in another state, Po does him one better and leaves the country. Several years later, life and circumstance bring these two back together and fate gives them a second chance. Can Bot be honest about who he is and who he chooses to love, regardless of the outcome? Or will Po have his heart broken by the quarterback, again?

Heat level is promising; there are no naughty bits in this book. Heart rate is a 3; again there are no naughty bits. I would love to see this storyline and these characters with some sexiness thrown in the mix. Well written and emotional, I just wish it was longer, and steamier!

 

Let’s Hear if for the Boy by T.A. Webb

17665914Title:  Let’s Hear it for the Boy

Series:  N/A

Author:  T.A. Webb

Genre:  Contemporary

Length: Novelette (30 pages)

Publisher:  A Bear on Books (March 20th, 2013)

Heat Level:  None

Heart Rating:  ♥♥2Hearts

Blurb:   Auntie Social is the biggest, baddest drag queen in Atlanta—she knows what she wants and she gets it. She’s tough, merciless, and top dog. That’s what Paul Stewart, reporter for the Journal, had heard, and all he expects when he’s assigned to interview the legend… But nobody really knows the person behind the make-up.

What if…what if the person behind the sarcasm and music was more than just a man in a dress? What happened in his life that, thirty years later, made him a successful CEO, a philanthropist, and a legend in the gay community? Thirty years and almost a million dollars raised for people living with HIV/AIDs, yet still no one knows the real story.

Until one night, one man breaks through the shell, and Matthew Trammell—Auntie Social—opens the door he closed many years ago and lets his secrets spill out.

Pain is like rain, it covers your skin and soaks in bone-deep, but it eventually recedes and allows fresh things to grow

Product Link:  http://www.amazon.com/Lets-Hear-Boy-ebook/dp/B00BXVLPJA

Reviewer:   Tams

Review:  A story about a man who fell in love with his best friend when he was a young adult, only to find out his best friend was HIV positive. This book is slightly depressing. It’s very short and well written as far as the storyline though. I loved the way Matt stood by his friend through everything, because he loved him. Paul is almost a set decoration of sorts, but in the end he makes a move for Matt and the story hints that the two of them may make a connection.

I know I may sound like a broken record here, but I’d love to see a full length novel with Matt and Paul. I keep reading short stories that intrigue me with solid characters and possible sexiness; I really need one of these stories to be longer! I’d say this is worth the read but be warned, it’s sad and there is no sex, but the moral is solid as is the writing.

On the Other Side by S.J. Frost

17876092Title: To the Other Side

Series: Terra 01

Author: S.J. Frost

Genre: Fantasy, Parallel World

Length: Novel (257pgs)

Publisher: ManLoveRomance Press (31st May 2013)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥4 ½ Hearts

Reviewer: Pixie

Blurb: When Garrett Evergard is rescued by the witch, Bryson Summers, he discovers an alternate world unlike anything he’s ever imagined, and when that world is threatened, he’ll do anything to save it and the man he’s grown to love.

Garrett Evergard is a finder of secrets. As a biologist and environmentalist, it’s his job to go into wild lands and uncover their mysteries in order to save them. In the Pacific Northwest, he races against logging lobbyists to save a section of temperate rainforest, but the forest seems reluctant to give up her secrets. Until a fateful meeting with a rare spirit bear opens the door to wonders beyond anything he’s ever imagine, the greatest of those being the beautiful man who comes to his rescue. As a witch and Gatekeeper, Bryson Summers is used to living a solitary life. He lives between two worlds, Earth and Terra, feeling not fully part of either, and dreams of meeting someone who understands him. From the moment he sees Garrett, he believes — and hopes — he’s looking upon a twin soul. Dragons, unicorns, and a witch with enchanting brown eyes, Garrett tries to make sense of a world so different from anything he’s ever known. But his mind and heart are open, and he finds himself drawn more to Bryson with each day they spend together. When Bryson and the gate that links the two worlds fall under threat, Garrett is willing to do all he can to protect them, even if it means facing down dark magic.

Purchase Link: http://www.mlrbooks.com/ShowBook.php?book=SJF_OTHR

Review: Garrett takes his job with the EarthQuest Foundation seriously. As a biologist and environmentalist it’s his job to discover secrets of the wild lands to help to save them from destruction. Looking for anything to save a temperate rainforest in Washington brings him to a startling discovery, a Kermode spirit bear making its home in the forest. and that is just the beginning of the discoveries. Bryson is a witch and the Gatekeeper between the two worlds of Terra and Earth. He is part of both worlds and as such is torn between the two. Rescuing a man from the bottom of a ravine begins to give Bryson hope that he has met a man who could understand him.

This is a wonderful fantasy that brings two worlds together while keeping them strictly separate. Garrett is thrown into a world he never knew of when he is rescued from the bottom of a ravine. Discovering a fantasy world with Dragons, Brownies, and Unicorns and so much more, but the most important thing he discovers is love. Bryson has been torn between two worlds for several years, he loves Earth but he also loves Terra and the destruction of the forest on Earth would destroy the Gate. Bryson and Garrett are attracted to each other and it’s an attraction neither man can ignore. Working together they come up with a plan to save the Gate, but someone from Terra wants the Gate for themselves and while Garrett is on Earth trying to save the forest, Bryson has a fight of his own on his hands.

I absolutely loved this story and the way it was written. The descriptions of Terra were wonderful and I loved that it was a medieval setting with mythical and mystical creatures. Earth is just portrayed as Earth with the typical political money grabbers and the environmentalists trying to thwart them. Although the Earth side has an important part to play, the Terra side is where nearly everything plays out and we are introduced to some very interesting Terra characters and their animal friends. I loved how even the animals were something special. I mean a dragon who loved to read romance books and loves Oreo cookies, how can you not fall in love with them?  

The relationship between Garrett and Bryson is stretched out over the course of the book and they both realize quickly that they want to be together. they just have to decide the details and make the commitment and admit it to each other. Although the saving of the forest on Earth is interesting, it was what was going on in Terra that really held my attention; a duke who has his eyes on power and immortality and a dark witch who just wants immortality and the lengths both of them will go to get it. There’s excitement and danger, a wild ride on a unicorn, tiny dragons spewing fire, magic and a grouchy brownie, this is an absolutely brilliant story.

I have to recommend this to those who love fantasy, parallel worlds, brilliant characters, finding love in amazing places, evil intentions, facing death for love and a wonderful ending… oh and some very hot sex. 

Mulligan by Nora Roth

MulliganLGTitle:  Mulligan

Series:  Daily Dose 2013: Make a Play

Author:  Nora Roth

Genre:   Contemporary

Length:  Novella (66 pages)

Publisher:  Dreamspinner Press (June 1st, 2013)

Heat Level:  Moderate

Heart Rating:  ♥♥♥♥4Hearts

Blurb:   The only thing between Jesse Yates and the top of the air hockey leaderboard is Cameron Greene. When Cameron returns home from college unannounced and knocks the win out of Jesse’s reach, the last thing Jesse plans to do is strike up a friendship with the guy he dislikes on principle. But Cameron charms Jesse without even seeming to try, and the attraction and friendly rivalry between them soon leads to something more.

Everything is perfect until the world as Jesse knows it comes crashing down when Cameron’s secrets are revealed. Before Jesse can find his balance, Cameron is gone without a word, leaving Jesse alone with anger and grief—hoping against hope for a second chance.

Product Link:  http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=3936

Reviewer:   Tams

Review:  Short, kinda sexy and slightly steamy. Jesse Yates is your typical high school kid that spends most nights at the local arcade racking up the points. The only things standing between him and that perfect score is Cameron Greene. Jesse isn’t too keen on Cameron in the beginning, but Cameron’s charm and charisma quickly grown on him. The fact that the guy is gorgeous is a definite plus.

These two are barely an item before Cameron’s suffers a terrible loss and he retreats, leaving Jesse alone and slightly broken. He makes a lot of bad decisions in his quest to think about anything but Cameron, yet still, the guy that left him broken-hearted is the only one Jesse wants.

I really enjoyed these two characters and hope to see more of them. The bathroom scene alone gets extra points on the rating for me. It was such a perfectly awkward first for Jesse, but it wasn’t done negatively. And the trying to clean up the evidence, but only making it worse cracked me up and just made the scene even more realistic and fun for me.

The Alpha’s Ardor by Rebecca Brochu

51Of5behWNLTitle: The Alpha’s Ardor

Series: Wolves of Flathead 01

Author: Rebecca Brochu

Genre: Paranormal

Length: Novelette (62pgs)

Publisher: Evernight Publishing (21st May 2013)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥3 Hearts

Reviewer: Pixie

Blurb: Declan Adair and his twin brother Lachlan are wolf shifters with no home or pack and a dark past that makes them hated by other Weres. Hunted and forced to separate, Declan finds himself chased north and straight into Flathead, a large sprawling territory that is home to a single massive pack.

Unsure and more afraid than he wants to admit, Declan’s situation is only made worse by his undeniable attraction to the Flathead pack’s alpha, Law.

Law is everything an alpha should be: powerful, controlled, and surprisingly enough to Declan—kind. And when Law seems to want Declan just as much as Declan wants Law, it’s unbelievable. With a past full of hurt and the knowledge that the only one he can trust is his twin, Declan is torn between the way he knows the world works and the possibility that the alpha’s ardor might just be real.

Purchase Link: http://www.evernightpublishing.com/the-alphas-ardor-by-rebecca-brochu/

Review: Declan and his twin Lachlan are wolf shifters on the run from other shifters and from human hunters. managing to stay one step ahead of both groups until the day they are separated and Declan runs on to Flathead land. Flathead Alpha, Law, is intrigued by the sexy shifter that is chased onto his land. He offers sanctuary for the persecuted shifter, but trust is hard for Declan and he wonders what payment is expected of him. Their attraction to each other blurs the lines and Declan doesn’t know what to do and there is no way he will lead his brother to danger.

This is quite a good shifter story where alphas control their land with an iron fist and a young shifter is persecuted for something he had no control over. Declan and his brother Lachlan have not had a peaceful life, so when Declan stumbles across an Alpha who seems to sympathize, he doesn’t know if he can really trust him and his attraction to Law distracts him. But, he won’t chance his brother’s safety in case it is a trap. Law is attracted to the young shifter who is chased onto his land. He understands that Declan had no control over what happened when he was younger and would like nothing better than to have Declan and his brother settle down in his pack.

I really liked how this story was written, with Declan being suspicious and expecting the worst. the way that Law is patient and gentle with Declan and the way that they both take their time getting to know each other before they commit to a relationship. The story is quite simple. Two brothers all alone in the world persecuted for something they had no control over and now unwilling to trust and an Alpha who desperately wants that trust. The story is well written and the characters are good. We seem to be getting the basics in ready for the next book as well for Trace (Law’s brother and beta) and Lachlan. I do wish that there had been more detailed background of Declan and Lachlan’s time in captivity rather than the broad overview we got, I would have also liked to discover more about Law and the type of man he is, rather than just Declan’s view of him. We know that he was nice to Declan and that people seemed to respect him, but that was really it.

I will recommend this to those who love paranormal, shifters, some sweet hot sex, an interesting storyline and a happy ending that paves the way for the next story.       

Running Away From Sunshine by Gwynn Marssen

RunningAwayFromSunshineLGTitle: Running Away From Sunshine

Series: 2013 Daily Dose: Make a Play

Author: Gwynn Marssen

Genre: Contemporary

Length: Novelette

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (June 1st, 2013)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥3 Hearts

Reviewer: Thommie

Blurb: Nobody knows why ER resident Jake Nichols left California to move to cold and dark Calgary, Canada. Nobody knows Jake hasn’t always been a silent loner. Nobody in his new home knows he is gay, and nobody needs to know, since he doesn’t plan to let anyone in… until he meets Gabriel Montgomery, the carefree hockey player with the big blue eyes who just won’t take no for an answer when it comes to opening up and accepting the possibility of love.

Product Link: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=3944

Review: This story was a bit overflowing with events and things happening in there that the short length didn’t quite support for proper development, however I did like it. It was sweet and the hockey character, Gabriel, was charming.

An adrenaline junky and a devil-may-care attitude has Gabriel almost too frequently in the ER, where his doctor, Jake, is having a difficult time maintaining a solely professional face. But Jake isn’t out and nobody here knows anything about him. not that if he was there would be a chance with young Gabriel, for all he knows Gabriel is straight albeit with a body to die and drool for. However a friendship starts growing between the two men and Gabriel takes it upon himself to teach the good doctor the fun one could have watching/playing hockey. After all, no one lives in Canada and hasn’t even seen a hockey game before. A torture for Jake being so close to this perfect specimen of a man, but he simply can’t resist Gabriel’s puppy-eyes and that lovely one dimple in his face.

It looks simple enough, romantic even as the two men get to know each other and appreciate one another’s company, until Jake’s past catches up and thing he doesn’t want to reveal and relive and share simply drop by. As I said, the details in the plot get a bit too much and while it would be ok in a longer story, here it simply didn’t have the space to develop feelings and events happening between the characters.

In the end it was a sweet story, quite romantic and even a bit fun.

Prize Package by Kyle Adams

PrizePackageLGTitle: Prize Package

Series: 2013 Daily Dose: Make a play

Author: Kyle Adams

Genre: MM Contemporary

Length: Novelette

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (June 1st, 2013)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4 Hearts

Reviewer: Thommie

Blurb: When Jason Smith wins a contest he doesn’t remember entering, he earns a visit with The MeatGrinder, aka Trent Peterson. Trent expected a rabid fan; instead, he gets Jason, who knows nothing about wrestling, doesn’t care about the prizes, and would prefer to skip the official wrestling demo, please. Trent should be annoyed, but by the end of the day, Trent knows he wants more than one day with Jason. Now he just has to convince Jason that Trent is more than his alter ego.

Product Link: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=3940

Review: Honestly, this short story was too damn hilarious and the best prelude to a real novel starring Jason and Trent. If there ever was one, I’d sure root for it.

So, here we have Jason. A guy that enters any contest he finds in his field of view out of pure compulsion and he’s never won anything. But this time he did. He is the winner of a contest that he has absolutely no idea what the heck it’s for. But, that doesn’t matter. No sir. What matters is that he won. Ah and it gets better. He gets to meet The MeatGrinder, a wrestling persona quite famous, although the wrestling part Jason couldn’t care less. What he cares about is the person behind the persona, Trent, who was his all-time college crush back when he was a very, very insecure person. Leading to regrets for never even attempting to talk with Trent. So now is his chance not only to dispel that longing, but to actually spend some time with his old crush, since part of the prize package is to hand out with him the entire day.

Hilarious, did I say that already? Well I don’t care. I’m going to repeat myself as often as I feel necessary, because it was too damn funny. Jason’s character made me laugh and laugh and like him even at his worse. Even when he got really laughable at some point and whiney at some others. He still was a fantastic character and damn it if he didn’t deserve some love there. And Trent, well, besides being hawt and gorgeous and incredibly sweet and adorable, that guy had the patience of a saint for putting up with Jason’s antics. I suppose it was refreshing for him to be with a person that didn’t suck up to him all the time; still in the context he came as quite lovable there.

And as for the wrestling part of the story, damn the entire plot from the moment Jason shows up at Trent’s place ‘til they reached the pool felt like this giant build up, with sexual innuendos and rubbing each other to the point of madness. Very sexy with some wrestling “training” scenes that made you think of anything but the actual sport.

In the end you were left with a very wholesome feeling that is hard to get when reading stories of such short length. Strongly recommended.