Misunderstandings by Angel Rothamel

17973775Title: Misunderstandings

Series: SEALS of Cedar, Colorado Series 01

Author: Angel Rothamel

Genre: Contemporary

Length: Novel (192pgs)

Publisher: ManLoveRomance (25th May 2013)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating:  ♥♥♥2 – 2 ½ Hearts

Reviewer: Pixie

Blurb: What would you do if you got a call informing you that the family as you knew it, was a lie.

Dan Brock, retired SEAL turned mechanic in small town Cedar, Colorado, gets a call that changes his life. Dealing with the family he never knew about, Dan takes his frustrations out on the man, that because of his good looks, Dan refuses to have anything to do with. Dallas Bainbridge’s primary job is flying Dan’s former CO from place to place. Getting a request to fly Dan to his father’s funeral, Dallas tries to keep to himself, not knowing why Dan doesn’t like him. Can the two men get past their differences, or will a simple misunderstanding keep them apart?

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

Review: Dan settled down in small town, Cedar, with the rest of his SEAL team when they all retired. He opened his own garage and life is good, until he receives a phone call saying his dad has just died and he is required at the reading of the will… but, Dan’s dad died when he was ten. Dallas is asked by his boss to fly Dan to the will reading and Dallas knows it will be a trying time. he’s tired and dislikes Dan because of the other man’s attitude from the second they met. There is an attraction lingering between the two men, but Dan’s misconceptions keep them apart. And just as the two men begin to come to an understanding… misunderstanding. And Dan’s new found family causes trouble.

This story had a great premise and the plot wasn’t too bad. But, the execution of the romance was a let-down as were some of the unbelievable scenes that played out. The first second that Dan laid eyes on Dallas he made a judgment call and treats Dallas with contempt. Dallas ignores Dan as much as possible, but when Dan seems to want to get to know him, he decides to give the man a chance. Dan’s new found family is not pleased with the will, and one of them decides to take matters into their own hands, when Dan doesn’t do what they want. and now Dallas and Dan have someone gunning for them.

Dallas and Dan’s relationship is far from easy. with Dan’s mind set in a certain way, wanting what he wants when he wants it, it causes fiction between Dallas and Dan and they both overreact. They are a passionate couple, but some scenes between them were just over the top, with emotions running high and over exaggerated. The danger that they face was a great idea, but it never quite fit properly, always seeming just a bit off. I also found it off-putting when Dan’s SEAL friends seemed to take over the storyline for a bit, as though setting the foundations for their future stories.

Don’t get me wrong the idea of the story was good. Dan finding out his real father has just died leaving him in charge of his sibling’s trusts, one sibling deciding they want Dan out-of-the-way and plotting accordingly. You also have Dan admitting he made a bad judgment call about Dallas and the two men give into their attraction. Danger then follows and both men clash over misunderstandings, before admitting their love. But, my problem was it was just too much and with over the top reactions and unbelievable actions.

I will recommend this to those who adore ex-SEAL’s settling down and finding love, danger, hot sex, pulling together in friendship and family and a very happy ending.   

Risking It by Posy Roberts

RiskingItLGTitle: Risking It

Series: Daily Dose: Make a Play

Author:  Posy Roberts

Genre: Contemporary

Length: Short Story

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (June 1st, 2013)

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4Hearts

Heat Level: Moderate

Blurb: August Farrell doesn’t have a clue how to go about finding a boyfriend. He’s eighteen, a high school senior, has barely been kissed, and the thought of flirting with a boy terrifies him. What if he gets punched? Or worse? It would be easier if he at least knew the rules of the game. Then during the state basketball tournament, August meets Luca Knutson, who flirts with him shamelessly, but is this connection worth it? Will August play it safe by sitting on the sidelines or take a chance on Luca and the freedom to love he offers?

Product Link: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=3943

Reviewer: Cat

Review:  August is a senior in high school who recently discovered his sexuality.  He isn’t sure how to find a boyfriend, since he isn’t out. He also lacks self-confidence.

I found this a great story of a teenager becoming a man, finding his confidence and love.  I normally am not into sports, so I don’t read a whole lot of sports related stories. I found this one very interesting. The sport details were easy to follow and didn’t feel like one big lesson in basketball and the overall plot of a young man coming out and finding himself was inspirational.

Recommendation: If you like young adults finding their sexuality, confidence, self-esteem and love, along with basketball championships this one is for you.

Wishful Thinking by Pender Mackie

13069912Title: Wishful Thinking

Series: N/A

Author: Pender Mackie

Genre: Contemporary

Length: Short Story

Publisher: Silver Publishing (November 19th, 2011)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥3 Hearts

Reviewer: Thommie

Blurb: Quiet, reserved Derrick has never had a date. That doesn’t stop him from wishing and dreaming, especially when he’s working a boring shift at the coffee shop. On a cold, rainy evening, the shop is deserted, and Derrick daydreams about his fantasy boyfriend, Rory, a fellow university student. Derrick doesn’t know much about Rory. They’re not in the same classes. They’ve never even talked.

When Rory is his last customer of the night, Derrick comes face to face with the man of his dreams. The real Rory is even better than the fantasy and he wants more than coffee… he wants Derrick. By the end of his shift, Derrick will find out if all his fantasies can come true.

Product Link: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-wishfulthinking-1213368-145.html

Review: Ah, this little short was too sweet and adorable. It was all about this freshman college kid named Derrick who is extremely shy. He’s been having daydreams, night-dreams, and all sorts of fantasies about Rory, a very cute guy he keeps seeing on campus, but never had the courage to actually go and talk to. He’s wanted to ask him out forever, or would have asked him if he ever found it in him to overcome his shyness.

So, there he is trying to spend the time in a very slow shift in the coffee shop where he works, when a bit before closing time a last customer comes in. And who would that customer be, but the very man who haunts his dreams and literally every waking minute. Rory, making Derrick’s heartbeat go frenzy and tying his tongue up in the most embarrassing way. But, little did Derrick know Rory’s true cause for entering the shop this late rainy afternoon.

As I said, too sweet, too adorable and extremely frustrating. You see this story focuses only on the fact that all that wishful thinking Derrick has had comes true when Rory makes the move Derrick has been dying to. It’s all about how these two lovely characters make the first step toward a date. The end. And I’m left there hanging and wanting more because I liked the writing, I liked the approach. I loved the feeling I got from Derrick and the way his oh so adorable reactions were described. In the end, I wanted to damn well read Derrick’s and Rory’s story. So please, pretty, pretty please, dear author write it for us and give us the pleasure of actually experiencing this lovely couple.

As it is, with the above in mind, I’d recommend it to anyone who doesn’t mind the cliff-hanger

When Darkness Falls by K.C. Grim

17934246Title: When Darkness Falls

Author: K.C. Grim

Genre: Paranormal

Length: Short (27pgs)

Publisher: JMS Books (12th May 2013)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥2 – 2 ½ Hearts

Reviewer: Pixie

Blurb: Shadow Chasers are dark and mysterious creatures of the night, among the oldest supernatural beings walking the earth. Their strength and ability to manipulate the darkness makes them powerful, but everyone has a weakness.

Jet is no exception. He’s always used his good looks and sex appeal to his own advantage. Never being the settling down type of guy, Jet is content with loving both men and women and then leaving a trail of broken hearts in his wake.

After jilting one too many lovers, Jet suddenly finds himself banished to the farthest reaches of the world, the Arctic Circle. Can a creature who has existed for centuries locked in darkness survive in the land of the midnight sun?

Purchase Link: http://www.jms-books.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=29&products_id=811

Review: Jet is a Shadow Chaser who works with a group of Vampires in security. But, Jet’s bed habits land him in trouble when he takes one lover too many and he is betrayed by his best friend and sometime lover, Roderick, and a disgruntled Governor. Finding himself rescued by a human, Holton, in the Arctic Circle, Jet finds himself in a position he has never been in before, trapped by the endless sun and falling for a human.

This short story wasn’t too bad, but just too short and lacking in detail to be truly enjoyed. It would have been much more suitable as a novella. Giving us, the reader, and the chance to savor the storyline. Jet is a man who hops from bed to bed, and then one day he goes too far. His punishment is harsh, but with the care of a human he finds something he has never had before, love. Holton has been hurt in the past and begins to trust Jet, but Jet’s past comes back and Holton is forever changed because of jealousy.

I really liked what this story was about and would have really enjoyed it if there were much more details. Like more of Holton’s background and more of the interaction between Holton and Jet. I would have liked more depth to the story and a reason why Roderick suddenly popped up again. Why he snatched Holton and why Holton acted like he did and did what he did. We were given no explanations for why Roderick betrayed Jet other than jealousy, but that wouldn’t have explained why the rest of the team turned on Jet. There was so much potential with this story from the paranormal aspects to the relationship between Holton and Jet. And then the final betrayal by Roderick… there was just so much missing for it to be fully enjoyed.

I will recommend this to those who like short stories with huge potential, finding love in unexpected places, danger, a twist and a happy ending. 

 

The Easy Way Out by R.P. Andrews

17974096Title: The Easy Way Out

Series: N/A

Author: R.P. Andrews

Genre: Contemporary

Length: Novella

Publisher: Silver Publishing (May 25th, 2013)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4 Hearts

Reviewer: Thommie

Blurb: A Florida hustler goes through a rite of passage as his view of sex as a commodity is forever changed by the love of a bi-racial cripple, until their lives and everyone around them are turned upside down by 9/11.

At the turn of the millennium, Josh, a young, street-smart Florida drifter is snatched from his dead-end existence as a male hustler in a cheap Key Largo motel by Bishop, a Wall Street power broker. Set up as a trophy boy in Manhattan society, Josh leads a promiscuous lifestyle among New York City’s gay sub-culture until he meets Hylan, a young, bi-racial, down-on-his-luck, wheelchair bound musician. Hylan shows Josh what love can be between two men. But their chance at happiness and the lives of those around them are forever changed by the fateful day in September, 2001.

Product Link: https://spsilverpublishing.com/the-easy-way-out-ebook-p-1471.html

Review: Oh damn, where to start and how to begin.

Well, if I had only one word to describe this book then that would be (excuse the language) a mind-fuck. Yes, that’s what this book is for me. I mean here the author took this character, young, hot, “white-trash”, from a completely fucked-up family, who ran away and became a hustler and was in a dead-end life, and created a brilliant story that you can’t help but inhale whole non-stop till you reach the end.

The blurb says a lot and honestly I don’t want to say more about the plot. I’d rather stick in the feelings I got out of this book. and boy were they plenty. First of all I want to stretch the fact that while there is mention of love in the blurb between Hylan and Josh, that love was brilliantly worked in this book.

There are no declarations here, no big sappy dialogues. Hell, I don’t think there were many dialogues between the pair. It was all so very pragmatic, so freaking realistic and the only way you know Josh loves Hylan more than anything is from actual deeds. and that made it all the more beautiful to read. Even their sex scenes were Oh My God real. Not in erotic and sexy and gets-you-horny kind of way, but in a more profound and bah… There are no words. Bloody brilliant that’s what it was and excuse my repeating myself.

The entire story was told by Josh and the way it started you know something awful has happened. But, it isn’t until the end that you realize, you really get what it was that Josh was saying when he began this story. And it was at that point that the author – God I wanted to smash him, yes the author, at that moment- literally performed this huge mind fuck. Up until that point – somewhere about 85% of the book – the story was engaging, it was an I-can’t-put-it-down kind, while not overly intense. it simply did not let on what was about to happen. You simply read on and waited for that awful thing you know from the beginning it is about to happen.

So, it’s like listening to this guy (Josh) telling you of his past, laughing at times and shaking your head at others. You get to meet all this guys he shagged and some incidents were hilarious, others plain sad. Some characters made an impression and others simply gave me a heart-squeeze. You get to see Josh slowly driving himself into another dead-end. You get to see things are not looking so good for him and his days as a trophy boy are coming to an end with a dark future looming all over the place, and then, just then a little bright sunshine-like hope peek around the corner and the big events of take place and everything, everything changes. You know it will happen, you’ve been expecting it, yet it still hits you –I’ll use a line from the book – like a Mack truck. And no, it’s not only that one twist there, it’s not only one bloody hit you get. The author decides to simply keep on going, and no matter how satisfying the end result was, I still think it was very sadistic on his part (the author’s) to play us like that.

Bottom end, this is not your everyday romance, this is not your everyday fiction either. This story is like taking a peek out there in the lives of real people in the real world and I simply loved it. Give it a shot, well worth it.

 

Fear, Hope and Bread Pudding

FearHopeBreadPudding-1Title: Fear, Hope and Bread Pudding
Series: Coda, A to Z
Author:
Marie Sexton
Genre
: Contemporary
Length: Novel (140 pages)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (June 5th, 2013)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4Hearts
Blurb: Sequel to Strawberries for Dessert
Part of the Coda Series

Families should grow, not shrink. It’s been on Jon Kechter’s mind since before he tied the knot with his millionaire lover, Cole Fenton. Now hoping to adopt, Jon and Cole search for a mother-to-be willing to let them love her baby, but the interminable wait is wearing on them both.

Jon is close to his father, George, but until Cole, he didn’t have anyone else. Now George is pushing Cole to reconcile with his estranged mother. When the three of them spend Christmas with her in Munich, the results are disastrous. Jon and Cole resolve to stay positive, but no hope exists without a tinge of fear. Jon and Cole can’t help but wonder if their dream of being parents just wasn’t meant to be.

Product Link: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=3891

Reviewer:   Gigi

Review:  Marie wraps up this series beautifully; bringing the lessons and strengths we’ve gathered from each character together to literally bring this family together! If you’ve followed the series you know this one’s about Jon and Cole adopting, and boy do we feel the fear, hope, and over all stress that process takes on! We run the gambit of emotions with Cole and Jon as they deal with trying to adopt a child while also handling their own family dynamics. Especially enjoyable was Jon’s father, George’s, point of view during segments of the story. Marie pulled it all together with love, passion, pain, fear, forgiveness, and yes, even those sexy scenes she writes so well. For me this story was a great close to the series. Showing us the importance of family, love, commitment, and letting us imagine the wonderful journeys ahead. This book definitely gives us hope!

Bully for You by Catt Ford

BullyForYouLGTitle: Bully for You

Series: 2013 Daily Dose: Make a Play

Author: Catt Ford

Genre: Contemporary Western

Length: Novella

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (June 1st, 2013)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥3.5 Hearts

Reviewer: Thommie

Blurb: Who could be hunkier than a cowboy? Not much, according to Martin Du Bois. He convinces two friends that a visit to the rodeo is every gay man’s wet dream, and so the three of them gaily (and I do mean gaily) set off to watch cowboy asses in action.

A visit to a bar after the event gets Martin closer to the action than he ever thought possible, and he meets Jesse Cumberland, the man who caught his eye in the ring and made his rhinestones sparkle. Instant attraction leads to a one-night stand that gets under Martin’s insouciant skin and causes him to rethink his determination not to get involved emotionally. When Jesse invites Martin to his ranch, the visit is almost derailed by Martin’s realization that they lead very different lives. As a flaming city queer, he sees no way to fit with the solid, athletic Jesse. It’s up to Jesse to see if he can change Martin’s mind.

Product Link: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=3924

Review: What a lovely, lovely little story, so fun and funny and challenging. Yet, again with the difference of the characters. I loved it. I loved them.

Martin was O.M.Gee! Fabulous. The flamboyancy of that character was plain adorable and I don’t usually like the over-flaming characters. There’s this thing about them that is too much. But, God I loved mouthy, there-in-your-face Martin. I admit he scared me a bit there. I mean a sparkling, loud twink going to the rodeo, oh dear, surrounded by hot-headed men ready to bounce at the tip of the hat, yet still pushing and pushing. At some point I truly thought Marti must have had a death wish or something, but that was what made him so damn adorable and lovable.

And Jesse, now he was also quite charming and downright delicious. Ms. Ford has a real special way drawing cowboys in words. This entire world of bull-riders and bull-fighters is enthralling and I just can’t get enough of it. What a thrill it is reading about that all and how very fascinating descriptions yet again.

As for them both they really made quite a nice couple with a sparkling chemistry. It was absolutely gorgeous reading their “hookups”, hot and intense and sexy.

Yup, if you want a nice, fast, hot and sexy story with a cowboy and a city-twink this is definitely your read. I enjoyed it immensely. 

 

Opposites by T.M. Smith

Opposites_finalTitle: Opposites

Author: T.M. Smith

Genre: Futuristic, M/M, F/F, M/F

Length: Novella (153pgs)

Publisher: TamsTwoCentsPublishing (1st June 2013)

Heat: Explicit

Heart: ♥♥♥♥3 ½ – 4 Hearts

Reviewer: Pixie

Blurb: In the year 2081 our planet survived global warming of an apocalyptic scale. When the dust settled and the water receded Dr. Anthony Smith, one of only a few hundred survivors of GWI, started society anew. Having come to the conclusion that injudicious breeding played a huge role in the destruction of Earth as we knew it in the twenty-first century; he worked closely with other survivors to isolate the Dionysus gene. This gene has the ability to manipulate human DNA to ensure that all male children are born gay, and all female children are born lesbians. A new society is born.

In the year 2300 Dr. Smith’s descendants are ushering in the twenty-fourth century having maintained control of the government that still rules society. Twins Aiya and Aiyan are preparing to meet their matches and take control of House Gaeland, the current ruling House. But not everything is as it seems.

Love is Love… it knows no gender and doesn’t conform to restrictions and boundaries. Aiyan has found his soul mate in Kaden, the prince of House Devi that he is matched with and eventually marries. But when the person Aiya falls in love with tests the boundaries put in place after GWI, all hell breaks loose. And in the midst of one secret unraveling, another will emerge. There is a growing anomaly that threatens to destroy over two hundred years of progression. This anomaly is known as Opposites.

Purchase Link: US: http://www.amazon.com/Opposites-ebook/dp/B00D54PF6M

UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Opposites-ebook/dp/B00D54PF6M

Review: Aiyan and his twin sister, Aiya, are both nervous to be meeting their matches; strangers picked out for them by their parents to be their spouses. But, Aiyan has nothing to worry about from the second he sets eyes on Kaden. Aiya has a harder time when she meets Maeve, her intended, because her eyes keep straying to Sawyer, Kaden’s adopted brother. Living in a world where being gay or lesbian is the norm and being straight leads to you being Outkast, Aiya is caught between doing what is expected and what she longs for. 

This is quite an interesting story of a future society who goes back to basics and also makes homosexuality the norm. Aiyan, Kaden, Aiya and Maeve are the main couples in this story and while Aiyan and Kaden have a perfect match, Aiya and Maeve have to work at theirs. It doesn’t help that neither woman is attracted to the other or that Aiya’s eye keeps straying to a man. But, that is the least of their worries when a jealous servant causes trouble and a group of Outkasts seek revenge on the ruling Houses.   

There are many people who play a part in this story and whose relationships we follow; Aiyan, Aiya, Kaden, Maeve, Raven, Tanis, Sawyer and Autumn along with their parents. It does get confusing at times, as to who is doing what and who is speaking because the perspective changes very quickly with no warning. But, you get used to the writing style and manage to keep up. There are some beautiful details that explain the history and culture and we get a lot of background details as to how the world now works. The actual storyline is interesting and keeps you reading as you want to know how it is going to be resolved, but then bam something new happens and takes it in a new exciting direction. There is some explosive sex with an array of couples, ranging from erotic M/M to sensual F/F to tender M/F; there is definitely something for everyone in this book.

I will recommend this to those who love a futuristic Earth, same-sex societies, hot sex, great characters, a good storyline, danger, kidnapping, rescues and plenty of hot loving.  

 

Contact Sport by Anna Butler

ContactSportLGTitle: Contact Sport

Series: 2013 Daily Dose: Make a Play

Author: Anna Butler

Genre: M/M Contemporary

Length: Short Story

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (June 1st, 2013)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥3.5 Hearts

Reviewer: Thommie

Blurb: Jamie Connor is a charming and sexy star college hockey player. He’s not the sort of man to be dazzled by someone who speaks in long mathematical formulas and worries about strategic thinking. At least, he wasn’t that sort of man until the college dean agrees to a scrimmage match with the nerds of the Blaine Strategic Institute, and Matt Blaine, son of the founder, captains the other side. In a sport where full body checks are a legitimate play, Jamie’s taken by surprise at just how much the King of Cool wants the King of Geeks.

Product Link: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=3925

Review: Oh man, this was fun. This was lots and lots of fun.

 Imagine this college hockey player that has a Rock Star status being blown up by a geek. All that arrogance, all that self-assurance and self-importance and there comes a geek, not just any geek but the very King of them and SURPRISE! Not only is Jamie left with a slack jaw because the geek is simply beautiful, drop-dead gorgeous, but he actually can play hockey and nearly won the game from Jamie. Hell, if it wasn’t for the rest of the team, Jamie would be laying at Mr. Geek’s feet in pieces.

But, damn it if he cares. He’s got another kind of contact to make with beautiful geek guy after the game and he’s having quite a change of heart about math.

Lovely read, very fun, very fast, quite hilarious at parts and definitely hot there at the end. It did regenerate a question out of me though and that’d be: Will Ms. Butler make this a short length series or was this it?

As it is this Shorty is quite worth a read. Enjoyed it!

Love Lies Bleeding by Remmy Duchene

LoveLiesBleeding400x600Title: Love Lies Bleeding

Author: Remmy Duchene

Genre: Contemporary, Mystery, Suspense, Multiracial

Length: Novel (247pgs)

Publisher: Silver Publishing (8th June 2013)

Heat Level: Moderate – Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4 Hearts

Reviewer: Pixie

Blurb: Anderson’s life changes when he discovers his father murdered. Then solving a complicated serial murder case only gets worse with the intense, growing feelings.

Literature professor Anderson Williams has a date with his father but arrives to find him dead. When he meets NYPD officer, Leo Sung Kim, he doesn’t expect his body’s reaction and he tries to keep his hands off. But as a deranged killer gets closer, he’s forced into a tight space with the sexy cop.

Leo’s seen horrible things as a cop. But the latest serial killer is worse than anything he’s encountered. He’s instantly smitten with Anderson and tried to stay professional. But how does one avoid a brainy, sexy man with sad brown eyes?

Even as Leo fights his emotions, the killer gets bolder. When the smoke clears, Leo could not only lose his heart but his life.

CONTENT ADVISORY: This is a re-edited re-release of THE ORCHID MURDERS.

Purchase Link: https://spsilverpublishing.com/love-lies-bleeding-ebook-p-1480.html

Review: Literature professor Anderson has a standing Friday night date with his dad, Jazmon. This week though, he is running late and when he arrives he makes the devastating discovery of his father’s body. Homicide detective Leo is taking the case; Jazmon had been a friend of his. Finding the killer is his first priority, but he has a fierce attraction to the son, Anderson. Anderson and Leo are thrown together when the killer seems to be targeting both of them. They also have a mutual attraction to work out, as they become close the killer gets more daring and it ends up with both men fighting for their lives and their love.

This is a great mystery, suspense story that has loss, love and hope threaded throughout. Anderson is smart, sexy and suffering from a devastating loss. Leo is dedicated, hot and suffering the same loss. Both men come together in a time of need and while Leo is stumped in his investigation he becomes close to Anderson. Anderson finds it hard to believe the sexy detective is serious about him and tries to shield his heart. But, when Leo is in danger he realizes he has to take a chance. Leo just wants to find the killer of his friend. He doesn’t want it to overcast the relationship he wants to have with Anderson, but his own feelings might just drive them apart.

I really liked how this story was written and the mystery of who the killer was and why. I must admit to constantly thinking back to the opening scene and wondering what part it played in the story. Anderson and Leo are great characters who both deal with a lot as they tentatively embark on a relationship. Both of them unsure of what the other really wants from them. Then we have the hunt for the killer and the mystery of why he is killing his targets and why Leo and Anderson are in his sights. It has just the right amount of puzzle so you try to fit the pieces together and you end up with a strong idea of who the killer is. But, the reason has you scratching your head until it is fully revealed.

I recommend this to those who adore mystery, suspense, hot men fumbling with a relationship during trying times, high tempers and confused feelings, hot sex and sweet love and a very climatic ending.   

 

 

A Fighting Chance by Laylah Hunter

FightingChanceLGTitle: A Fighting Chance

Series: 2013 Daily Dose: Make a Play

Author: Laylah Hunter

Genre: Science Fiction/Post Apocalyptic

Length: Short Story

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (June 1st, 2013)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥2.5 Hearts

Reviewer: Thommie

Blurb: Luis Delgado, a boxer, and Davey Taylor, an artist, live in a future when Earth is home to the destitute and the only chance for a better life is found among the colonies that orbit the once-great planet. Davey has the opportunity to make a name for himself with an art sponsorship on the Luna Minor colony, but he needs to get there first. Luis may have the answer, but it means choosing between his career and his future together with Davey.

Product Link: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=3920

Review: Earth has become a place where only the ones out of luck are stuck behind. The entire future out there in the Colonies.

Luis is a boxer that barely makes his rent and his future doesn’t shine bright at the moment. Yes, he’s a winner and lately he’s been in a serious strike, but that still doesn’t afford the money to make the flight out of Earth. That escape is merely a dream he shares with his buddy/lover Davey.

When Davey’s chance to get out of Earth shows up when he wins a contest and a job in one of the Colonies, both men start to really give it a thought and make plans to go there together. But, even as Davey wins the job he still has to pay his journey there and there is simply not enough money even for one of them. Unless…

This Shorty could have been good, but somehow there were too many things lacking. First of all, the pair lacked chemistry and some kind of a bond. They seemed like fuck-buddies who just made a decision to leave the slums together and although there were hints of romance there it didn’t quite make a show.

And there was the boxing part that felt somehow detached. Here we had this guy who got high on winning. His entire life was just that and the intensity of the fight was a no-show. And there he was going against everything he knew, against every instinct he had, yet still there was a serious lack of blood-boiling tension that should be there. The entire thing was just… yeah, detached. Simply narrated, told with an almost boring voice. It just didn’t grip me the way I know boxing can.

In the end this story was yet another lukewarm one for me.

 

Everything We Shut Our Eyes To by Gene Gant

EverythingWeShutOurEyesToLGTitle: Everything We Shut Our Eyes To

Series: N/A

Author: Gene Gant

Genre: Contemporary/Young Adult

Length: Novella

Publisher: Harmony Ink Press (May 23rd, 2013)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4 Hearts

Reviewer: Thommie

Blurb: Crushing on your straight best friend will make any normally outgoing high school football player withdraw from his friends. Unrequited love can do that to you. But when Dwight Varley’s mom dies, he’s also left with a burden of guilt he finds difficult to shake. To make matters worse, Dwight must cope with his distant, grieving father, who spirals into depression.

Playing it straight helps Dwight save face temporarily, but living a lie tears his insides apart. Tell his dad…. Don’t tell his dad…. Some choices seem too hard to make. Besides, what if coming out sends his dad over the edge?

A Bittersweet Dreams title: It’s an unfortunate truth: love doesn’t always conquer all. Regardless of its strength, sometimes fate intervenes, tragedy strikes, or forces conspire against it. These stories of romance do not offer a traditional happy ending, but the strong and enduring love will still touch your heart and maybe move you to tears.

Product Link: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=3829

Review: Oh m., the emotional charge this book has is beyond words. This is the story of a fifteen year old boy who is realizing that the feelings he has for his best friend are more than brotherly… and they are not going away. We view this story entirely from his perspective. We are inside his mind and soul, and I can’t stop thinking how perfectly the puberty phase is captured and described. The way Dwight shuts his emotions deeply inside him, the way he tries not to even think about what’s going on with his sexuality, yet never able to truly escape it is incredible. And heartbreaking.

And as if his life isn’t already messed up in all those crazy emotions, he is burdened with the loss of his mother. with the guilt that he caused his mother’s death,( that is simply a distorted notion in his head), and with a father that dives head first into depression, Dwight’s entire world keeps sinking and the way his emotions are described can’t feel more real for me. It is almost unbearable witnessing how scared and powerless this kid is. It is gut wrenching when he eavesdrops on his father telling his best friend about his dead wife’s suspicions of Dwight being gay and how he would rather have no son. And it’s downright soul-shattering witnessing this young child feeling the guilt of letting down his father, thus trying to be straight for him.

I loved this book, really did, even though there were instances that it hurt too much reading it. Even though I got too attached to the character and thus too invested, experiencing many feelings on his behalf, or perhaps due to all these reasons, I found it brilliant. I think this book addressed so many issues and problems teenagers face nowadays and with a gorgeous writing skill. I even loved how things turned out in the near end. The fact that they went even worse, the fact that it had my jaw hanging there thinking that, come on, life can’t be crueler to this kid. It was just too damn realistic and I’m a sucker for all that. My one and only disappointment was the very way this book ended. I felt as if it was too abrupt, or as if there is a whole new story there to follow. I simply wish there is a sequel to this book, because damn I didn’t get a closure from this one.

So heads up, this is not a HEA or a HFN, this is downright life-sucks-reality and while a brilliant work, keep in mind you’ll get too emotional reading this book. If, however, you are like me and in need of some serious slap in the face story, with no happy endings there because life isn’t always fun and games, then I suggest you read this one. Totally worth it.

The Colt by Kalita Kasar

17876290Title: The Colt

Author: Kalita Kasar

Genre: Historical (1986), BDSM

Length: Novel (260pgs)

Publisher: Torquere Press (1st May 2013)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥3 ½ – 4 Hearts

Reviewer: Pixie

Blurb: Daytime soap star and part time rancher Marcus Bailey ought to know better than to take in a stray. But there’s something about the streetwise hustler he pulls out of a bar room brawl that makes him throw caution to the wind. Malcolm Quinn, half starved, wary, and bearing the physical and emotional scars of a tough upbringing in foster care, wants nothing to do with charity, nor will he brook anything that hints at pity.

When Marcus offers Malcolm a job and a place to stay, the kid turns him down flat, but all that changes when Marcus’ mare, Sylvie gives birth to a gangly, long eared colt that falls ill soon after birth. Malcolm agrees to stay and help with the foal, never realizing the chain of events that decision will unleash.

Marcus’ jealous and violent partner, Paul Wilson, escalates his abuse of Marcus under the guise of a BDSM arrangement and Malcolm and Marcus are caught up in a rollercoaster ride of violence and scandal. Marcus must find the strength to stand up to Paul and end their relationship, while Malcolm struggles to come to terms with the BDSM lifestyle and become the loving dominant that Marcus needs. Two men from very different worlds, can Malcolm and Marcus surmount the obstacles in their path and forge a future together?

Purchase Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=97&products_id=3874

Review: Marcus is a soap actor and part-time rancher. He knows better than to get involved, but one night he comes to the rescue of Malcolm in a bar. Malcolm has been abused in the foster homes he grew up in and when Marcus offers him a helping hand, he is suspicious of his motives. Marcus has problems of his own, when his convenient relationship begins to take a brutal turn, and he isn’t strong enough to walk away without help. Marcus and Malcolm support each other as they both try to weather the scandal and violent threats. Malcolm must come to terms with Marcus’ needs and understand the truth of BDSM.

This story of gay love in the eighties during a time when BDSM was misunderstood and fear of HIV/AIDS was rampant. Marcus is a sub who has fallen into an abusive ‘relationship’. He knows his Dom is going too far, but he doesn’t feel like he can stop him. Malcolm knows abuse when he sees it and the man who has offered him a job and a place to stay is being abused. He might not understand BDSM or why a person would want to be hit, but he offers his support to Marcus. When Marcus’ Dom reacts badly to Marcus walking away from him, it causes Marcus huge problems. But, Malcolm is by his side every step of the way. Now, Malcolm has to do something he never thought he would, he has to learn how to be a Dom.

I did enjoy this story and I thought that the setting was brilliant, but what I loved the most was the brief look at BDSM and AIDS in 1986. Malcolm has a lot to come to terms with when it comes to BDSM, because he has been beaten enough in his life. So for him to try to understand what BDSM was really about makes you love him. Also the fact that he stood by Marcus as his life went down the toilet was brilliant. Marcus was such a sweetheart who just wants someone to love him and give him what he needs. In Malcolm he finds someone who wants to try. There isn’t much sex because of the fears surrounding AIDS at that time. Marcus refuses to risk Malcolm until they are sure they are both clean, because back then they didn’t know how it was spread or how to protect against it. This is more of an emotionally supportive story, with love developing between Malcolm and Marcus. there are no real BDSM scenes, maybe just one or two D/s scenes.

I have to recommend this to those who love early eighties gay difficulties, finding support and love, fighting for the right thing against the odds and developing a love that will stand against time.

 

 

To See the Sky by L.M. Brown

toseethesky_400x640_zpsdebc2e1fTitle: To See the Sky

Series: N/A

Author: L.M. Brown

Genre: Post-Apocalyptic

Length: Novella

Publisher: Total E-Bound (May 24th, 2013)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥2.5 Hearts

Reviewer: Thommie

Blurb: Can a lab rat whore find love with the servant of his master, or will their different backgrounds and prejudices keep them apart?

In the distant future, where the devastation caused by war has driven the human race below the surface of the Earth, society is split in half. The rich scientists live in towers where they can monitor the surface and determine when the poisonous gasses have cleared and the world is safe for humans once more. Meanwhile the majority of the human race lives in crowded labyrinthine caves, where life is harsh and short. Uneducated and with no real prospects for the future, a ‘lab rat’ is lucky to live to see thirty years of age. Employment options are minimal and few can escape the fate of choking to death on the dust of the caves.

When AJ, one of the poorest members of society, needs credits for medicine for his sister he is in a desperate situation. With no other options available he risks alienation from his family by selling himself to the highest bidder. Love is the last thing on his mind, but while Blake, his new owner, might not be Mr. Right, Ryder, his servant, just might be. Unfortunately, their different backgrounds, prejudices, and AJ’s brutal owner seem destined to keep them apart, but true love can be theirs for the taking, if they can only find a way.

Product Link: http://www.total-e-bound.com/product.asp?strParents=&CAT_ID=&P_ID=2112

Review: I have mixed feelings about this book. Some parts I liked and some I didn’t.

The world this story lives in is Earth somewhere in the future and after one very destructive war people are forced to live underground in tunnels due to the poisonous air above ground. Supposedly there are many such compounds around the world, but there is no communication whatsoever between them. In the compound we are reading of, there are many levels of rich and status. AJ is one step from the lowest and his life along with that of his sister and brother are hardly managed. Now his sister has less than a week to live due to the dust levels underground and the choices are quickly dwindling. As a last resort AJ decides to sell himself and a very peculiar contract has him as a personal slave for Blake for one week.

Now here is where I start resenting some things. A whore in this world is so much frowned upon, that taking that route can cause alienation from even the lowest parts of society and the ruining of your entire family. That for me makes no sense, since through the centuries people’s desperation has driven them to do whatever it takes to survive. The survival instinct is simply too strong to ignore. So when AJ’s family, and especially his sister, that a few moments earlier was dying, turn him away in disgust, it was more than surreal to me.

Moving on, the way the servants in the house AJ was to live for a week treated him was again a bit odd. Firstly AJ’s Master didn’t even care to provide for him or give the orders for him to be taken care of; a room and clothes. It’s incomprehensible how he bought a virgin only to treat him like a seasoned whore. The same with the servant, Ryder, who while later (and way too fast to be credible) falls in love with AJ, treated him like common dirt at the beginning, justifying it as reaction of jealousy.

The plot itself was a bit underdeveloped too, with things not being properly introduced and decisions hastily made. The only part that made me cringe was the sexual treatment AJ received from his “Master”, while the entire angst life in that future was supposed to provide was totally lost. The blackmailing that followed was unthought-of and while the “evil” character had every opportunity to even kill them, he simply let them go. Albeit in an insecure future or rather past.

I don’t know. I still don’t know what to make of this book. The pair came together in a haze and I didn’t really get how or when they developed such strong feelings for each other. In the end, I was left with some kind of wistfulness that this read was a bit more, because I did like the idea behind the story a lot.

Past Tense by Ethan Stone

17996839Title: Past Tense

Author: Ethan Stone

Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal, Mystery

Length: Novella (162pgs)

Publisher: Wilde City Press (29th May 2013)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4 Hearts

Reviewer: Pixie

Blurb: Jason Holt was a young man when he lost everything; his family, his boyfriend, and his safety. He’s been on the run since, hiding from an evil man bent on revenge. Las Vegas was supposed to just be another pit stop in his travels but when he learns the very man he’s hiding from is in Sin City Jason decides it’s time to stop hiding.

Private detective Quinn Reynolds lost the man he loved several years ago and since then he has been hiding from life. He can’t move on and is obsessed with making the man responsible for his lover’s death pay for the crime.

When Jason comes to Quinn for help, Quinn finds a reason to move on. The dangerous situation around them quickly escalates and together they face an unimaginable evil. Can they survive the darkness and make it through to the light on the other side?

Purchase Link: http://www.wildecity.com/books/gay-mainstream/past-tense/#.UbM18_nVCAV

Review: Jason has been on the run for years, ever since he lost everything that ever meant anything to him. Having settled in Las Vegas for the last couple of months, he is surprised to learn that the very man (Damos) who wants him dead is in Vegas under another name. But, Jason is sick of running and decides that his running days are over. Quinn is a private detective who lost his lover the year before, now he hides from life taking pleasure in being a thorn in the side of the man responsible for his lover’s death. Quinn takes Jason’s case with no clear plans on what to do, but Damos forces them to act.

Paranormal meets private investigator and crime boss, a great combination that gives us an interesting story. Quinn is still not over the loss of his lover, Liam, so when his spitting image walks through his door, he knows that whatever the case is, he will take it. Jason just wants a peaceful life without having to look over his shoulder. He will do anything to have a fresh start. But, he makes new discoveries when Quinn takes him to the ranch. Quinn and Jason both have to discover just what it is they want from each other as they grow closer. They face dangers untold when someone betrays them. But, getting to the bottom of what they feel for each other is nearly as difficult.

I really enjoyed this story and as usual because I rarely read the blurbs or the genre assigned (what can I say, I love surprises). I got the delightful twist halfway through the book that added a dark thrill to the main storyline. The story is wonderfully written with the unsureness of both MC’s feelings. does Jason really want Quinn or does he want him because he feels he has to? With Quinn we have to wonder if he really and truly wants Jason for himself or because he looks so much like Liam? Both these questions are answered quite plainly late on and thankfully Quinn is much more sensible than Jason. He makes Jason wait before giving in to sex (hot passionate sex).

The paranormal twist is great. I really enjoyed discovering, along with Jason, the paranormal world and the evil that hides there. The way that the storyline twists the crime boss and the paranormal world together was really well done and the way that surprises came out was good. I can’t help but want more from Quinn and Jason now that everything has been revealed. Imagine the cases they could work together.

I have to recommend this to those that love difficult beginnings, finding new love, paranormal twists, hot sex, great characters and a great storyline.