Finding Shelter by M.J. O’Shea

17790449Title:  Finding Shelter

Series:  Rock Bay book #3

Author:  M.J. O’Shea

Genre:   Contemporary Romance

Length:  Novel (204 pages)

Publisher:  Dreamspinner Press (April 29th 2013)

Heat Level:  Explicit and Erotic

Heart Rating:  ♥♥♥♥♥5Hearts

Blurb:   Justin Foster has nineteen years of nothing but trouble behind him. After escaping his abusive father, he finds himself in Rock Bay, Washington, with his cousin Travis. Justin is bruised and has a hard time trusting, but with the help of his family and the small town, he might be able to heal.

Logan O’Brien is also new in town, hoping he can finally get away from his past and the memories of the girlfriend who shattered his heart. It doesn’t take him long to realize Rock Bay can be more than safe harbor: it can also be home. And for the first time in his life, he finds himself captivated by a man—by Justin.

Justin is attracted to Logan too, but he’s also wary. Physically, Logan reminds him a bit too much of the closeted jerks who used to beat him up after school. But after one awkwardly amazing kiss, he’s smitten, despite how his past and insecurities continue to haunt him. Logan’s love, faith, and stubbornness are just what Justin needs to believe their love is worth fighting for.

Product Link:  http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=3791

Reviewer:   Tams

Review:  Justin Foster has been abused by his father since he was 12 years old, because of his obvious sexual orientation. Justin never had to come out as gay, as soon as he was old enough to develop a personality everyone just knew. He finally has the opportunity to escape the abuse, hopping the bus to Rock Bay where his cousin lives.

Logan O’Brien has escaped to Rock Bay as well, running from his past, but for an entirely different reason. Logan doesn’t even see Justin, just hears his voice for the first time and he’s a goner. This takes him completely by surprise, since he’s straight. He’s immediately and fiercely protective of Justin as well and the two slowly develop a friendship that eventually grows into an amazing love story. It takes some time though. Justin is skittish around Logan, at first, because he reminds him of the bullies that picked on him back home. Logan takes it one step at a time and earns Justin’s trust. then shows him how wonderful it feels to be loved and be in love.

The story flows well, as it shows the emotional journey both characters have to take in order to be together. They both struggle with a past that they can’t wash away and O’Shea conveyed every emotion flawlessly. Justin was standoffish and wary, but Logan was patient beyond belief. And when these two finally come together, oh my god, but it was hot as hell! Passionate and electric as they explored each other and their relationship.

I highly recommend this book to fans of the genre. Sexy and romantic with just a touch of suspense and that coveted HEA!!

Randall’s Romance by Lee Brazil in collaboration with Raven McAllen

17880856Title: Randall’s Romance

Series:  Behind Closed Doors Book 1

Author: Lee Brazil~ In Collaboration with Raven McAllan~

Genre: Historical

Length: Novella

Publisher: Evernight Publishing (May 2nd, 2013)

Heart: ♥♥♥♥♥5Hearts

Heat: Explicit

Blurb: Behind Closed Doors, 1

When Randall Gretton’s father leaves his family behind to seek out his lost love, Randall finds an unexpected sympathy in his father’s actions. The dashing soldier takes completely to heart his father’s advice to his children, “If you are fortunate enough to find love, and then seize it.”

Is a chance encounter at a masquerade Randall’s chance at lifetime love?

Be warned: m/m sex, sex toys

 Product Link: http://www.evernightpublishing.com/randalls-romance-by-lee-brazil/

Reviewer: Cat

Review: Be warned:  m/m sex, sex toys

After a tryst at a masquerade party, Randall finds himself intrigued by the man he thought was his lover, but found out, too late, was not.  He wants to see the mystery man again, but will he be able to handle the truth of who his mystery man is?

This was a beautifully written Regency romance full of hot sex, mystery intrigue and true love.   I loved this collaboration between two fantastic authors and can’t wait for the next one.  I thought the sex was graphic and hot, but well written into the mystery and intrigue. So well that it came off also loving and sensual. Very good story by two great Authors!

Recommendation: If you like Regency romance, mystery, intrigue, very hot graphic sex, Lee Brazil or Raven McAllen you won’t be disappointed.

Heaven by C.J. Anthony

CJA_HeavenTitle: Heaven

Series: An MLR Mixed Tape
  
Author: C.J. Anthony
 

Genre: Historical Romance(1980s)/Humor

Length: Novella (38,000 Words)

Publisher: MLR Press (June 2013)

Heat Level: Mild

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4Hearts

Blurb: Brian has climbed the high school social ladder, dating the pretty Popular girl—but he just wants to be with his best friend, Joey.

Your high school years will be some of the best years of your life—yeah right. Try some of the worst. Best friends since they were five, Joey Whitcomb–a Freak—and Brian Davis—a Brain—just want to survive the landmine of their 80’s high school years. Upheaval begins when Brian gets elevated unwittingly to boyfriend of the Queen of the Popular clique. But when Brian (with a little help from Bryan Adams) comes to an epiphany about his true feelings for his best friend does he risk ruining their friendship for a little piece of Heaven?

A “Gay” Wonder Years

Product Link:  http://www.mlrbooks.com/ShowBook.php?book=CJAHEAVN

Reviewer:   Gigi

Review: This is a sweet story that, if you were born in the 70’s and came of age in the 80’s, this will be like a trip down memory lane. To me this storyline is much like that TV series I loved as a young adult, The Wonder Years. Only instead of the MC falling in love with the girl next door, it’s the boy next door. Many of the songs and much of the language and social activity bring me right back to my youth. I’m thinking generation Y and beyond just won’t feel the references. But I loved it! It was sweet, funny, sentimental, and had an HEA that left me smiling for hours after. Note: because this deals with a coming of age romance, don’t expect hot kinky smex, but it does contain sweet lovin’.

Wouldn’t It Be Good by Logan Zachary

1219013Title: Wouldn’t It Be Good

Series: An MLR Mixed Tape
  

Author: Logan Zachary
 

Genre: Contemporary Romance/ Erotica

Length: Short Story (6,000 words)

Publisher: MLR Press (June 7th, 2013)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥2Hearts

Blurb: Jock jumps out of the closet.

Product Link:  http://www.mlrbooks.com/ShowBook.php?book=LZWDNBGD

Reviewer:   Gigi

Review: I think this theme of the football star coming out of the closet to rescue and admit his undying love for the beaten down gay geek, was too much for a short story. The sexual content seems to be off somehow. possibly is was meant to be imagined through the POV of an inexperienced young adult, but then one of the MCs comes off as a master of deep throat fellatio. It was a good try, but there was not enough length to the story to make all the pieces fit.

Torque by Chacelyn Pierce

17232387Title: Torque

Series: Drag and Drift

Author: Chacelyn Pierce

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Length: Short Story

Publisher: Evernight Publishing (May 10th, 2013)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥3 Hearts

Reviewer: Thommie

Blurb: Rance is thrilled to finally meet his friend’s roommate he’s been eyeing via social media. One problem, the feeling isn’t mutual. Hudson wants nothing to do with him and the street racing world. If Rance is anything, he’s tenacious, and soon realizes that Hudson’s attitude is nothing but a shield over his heart. Winning a race is easy but earning Hudson’s affection might prove to be the toughest challenge yet.

It’s no secret, Hudson Maas doesn’t trust easily, and over the years he’s created a thick armor over his heart to keep from getting hurt again. It shouldn’t matter, Rance isn’t his type and no guy in their right mind would want to date him with his disability. Situations soon demand Hudson must trust the one man he shouldn’t. However, depending on Rance seems to go a lot further than a ride home.

Product Link: http://www.evernightpublishing.com/torque-by-chacelyn-pierce/

Review: This was quite a sweet story with sexy, hot and gorgeous Rance trying to win over heartbroken and shell-locked Hudson. It was quite fun seeing that the persona Rance had adopted to get away from his weak-self – the multi-millionaire winning businessman – had no charm over Hudson. On the contrary, it had quite the opposite results.

Hudson has been hurt enough in his life, his disability making him a target of cruel men who wanted him only for his money. He is not going to let this playboy charm him and lose his heart yet again.

But this story is the “don’t judge a book from its cover type”. I liked it a lot. Although, it was too short and things happened too fast for me. The trusting issues Hudson had were dissolved in a matter of one night and that made the read lose some credibility in my eyes. Even if the insta-love was somehow avoided by making it insta-lust instead, it still held that longing of intimacy love gives.

Despite the things that didn’t sit well with me and some typographic errors that were to be found throughout the text, I liked this one and found it quite entertaining. And if you like a fast read, sweet and romantic, with insistent and gorgeous protagonists that don’t give up even in the face of cruel rejection, then this is the book for you.

 

Confessions of a Gay Rugby Player by Patrick Darcy

17934177Title: Confessions of a Gay Rugby Player

Series: N/A

Author: Patrick Darcy

Genre: Contemporary/Erotica

Length: Novelette (12K words)

Publisher: Wilde City Press (May 14th, 2013)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥3.5 Hearts

Reviewer: Thommie

Blurb: Star Irish rugby player, Conor Murphy, lives and breathes rugby. He spends his weekends playing rugby, drinking beer, and singing songs with his teammates. There is only one thing he loves more than rugby, and that is hot rugby players. But after the final whistle sounds, the real competition begins: the hunt for the hottest men.

Conor’s muscular body and roguish good looks ensure he can have his pick of the sexiest players. But what happens when this alpha male meets his match on and off the field?  Who will come out on top when he meets the horniest rugby players from the USA? Can two alpha males have the night of their lives?

Product Link: http://www.wildecity.com/books/gay-erotica/confessions-of-a-gay-rugby-player/#.UZpmhLU3Brq

Review: Heh. this was a fun read and erotic as it all gets. The blurb says it all people, we have rugby players out on man-hunt. Get the picture, big, tough, aggressive men high on testosterone and out on the prowl.

The read starts with Conor getting ready for the final night and the author gives us the pleasure of his lovely, but battered body. Nothing is left undetailed; we get the image live in our head of a sexy as hell Irish rugby player with cuts and bruises and gashes all over a mean muscled body. Damn it, but it was hot.

And right when he’s out of the door and into the club, we get a flashback of the game itself, and God but it’s just a prelude to what is about to happen once Conor starts hooking up and it’s going to be a big, nasty and dirty fight. The game’s description was a new one for me. I had an idea of what rugby was about, but involuntarily, I got dragged right in the heart of it from this slightly short read. It’s terrifying and has me wanting to see lots and lots of rugby games and wondering what the hell I’ve been doing all this time. Just as the game ends, we know who the protagonists are going to be.

Conor’s got his sight set on Tonio and they are mirror images of each other; the hardest you give, the hardest you take. It was like that on the field, and it is like that on the bed, too.

It’s porn. Its pure unadulterated, downright dirty, nasty, no holds barred sex. Coarse language and rough mannerisms. It’s what I love to call Man on Man sex. Yes, with a capital M. You don’t get to see flowers and satin sheets here. No soap smells and delicate handling. Forget all that. If you can stomach the eroticism of a sweaty man going on another man using his own saliva as lube and feeding from his body in the most primal and carnal way, then you will love this short story. Otherwise, I advise you stay well away from it.

For me it was one hot, passionate and utterly intense read. But, I’m known to love dirty fun, and rough and tough erotica.

 

Riley’s Vampire Prince by Jess Buffett

17669030Title: Riley’s Vampire Prince

Series: Hunter Clan 02

Author: Jess Buffett

Genre: Paranormal

Length: Novella (102pgs)

Publisher: Siren-BookStrand Publishing (22nd May 2013)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4 Hearts

Reviewer: Pixie

Blurb: Riley McLeod has never gotten over the loss of his family to murderous Vampires, and often hides behind his sarcasm and carefree attitude. So imagine his shock when he discovers he is not only mated to one, but his mate is the Prince of the Vaucluse Coven.

When Caleb Vaucluse arrived at the Hunter Clan, he never expected to meet his mate. His joy soon turns to devastation when he learns that Riley fears him. Caleb struggles to get past Riley’s defenses and prove that they are meant to be. Unfortunately just as they come together, pride and old wounds prove hard to overcome for the pair, and threaten to tear them apart for good.

As an enemy is revealed and more questions are raised, Caleb and Riley have a choice to make. Do they keep their pride and stand alone, or stand together and embrace the love fate gave to them?

Purchase Link: http://www.bookstrand.com/rileys-vampire-prince

Review: This story is part of a series and must be read in order. Witnessing the slaughter of his family by Vampires, has left Riley scarred and he hides behind sarcasm and a carefree attitude. Discovering his mate is a Vampire, Riley doesn’t know if he can ever get over the memories and his fear. Caleb never expected to meet his mate when visiting the Hunter Clan and he never expected that his mate would be terrified of him. Getting past his mate’s defenses is hard and they begin to make progress… but, then misunderstandings get in the way.

This is a great addition to the Hunter Clan series and continues along the storyline of the Potestas and their intention to wipe out Mages. Riley is confused by his conflicting emotions when it comes to his mate Caleb. He just wants to climb all over the sexy Vampire and lick him all over, but his fangs scare the hell out of him. Caleb isn’t sure how to approach his sexy little mate. He knows what happened to Riley’s family and doesn’t want the fact that he is a Vampire to keep them apart. Both characters have been through their own horrific trauma and while Riley shares his, Caleb keeps his hidden which causes problems.

I really enjoyed this addition to the series with both men having their ups and downs. struggling to fit together as a couple and then sharing their pain with each other. When The Kayan’s Mage ended, Riley and Caleb had just met. Now, it’s a couple of months later and Caleb has given Riley space to get used to him. I loved that. The fact that they were mates and they were able to take their time, it’s such a refreshing change from the ‘instant mates, must mate right now’ attitude that most paranormal books follow. The progression of the storyline is good and new questions arise about the Potestas when the Hunter Clan receives a mysterious e-mail. The way the story was left has me wanting the next book Dmitri’s Little Spitfire; this is proving to be a very intriguing series.

It isn’t all perfect though. Yes, I adore the characters, especially Riley. The sex scenes are hot. The storyline is great and the plot progressing along nicely. So what wasn’t perfect? Well, Riley reacts badly at one point and does a 180 in his attitude that I found surprising and a little disappointing. Then there was a scene later in the book where Riley and Caleb make up, but it was in an inappropriate setting. sorry, but that is a pet hate for me. Other that those two times though, I really enjoyed this story.

I will recommend this to those who love Vampires, Mages, hot sex, damaged characters, hot making up, misunderstandings, an excellent twist and a very happy ending for Riley and Caleb.

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Truth or Lie by Lynn Lorenz

generate_image.phpTitle: Truth or Lie

Series:  This title is part of the Immortals AmberPax™ Collection

Author: Lynn Lorenz

Genre: Contemporary, Fantasy

Length: Novella (133pgs)

Publisher: Amber Allure (19th May 2013)

Heat Level: ModerateImmortals_med1

Heart Rating:  ♥♥♥♥3 ½ – 4 Hearts

Reviewer: Pixie

Blurb: Travis Conners is a firefighter who barely made it through high school. Why would Anthony Pappas, an adorable second grade teacher, be interested in him? Travis is willing to find out, if Anthony will give him a chance.

Being descended from a goddess, Anthony Pappas possesses a unique gift—he can tell when people are lying. Sounds good, until your boyfriends all end up lying to you. Anthony’s tired of it. It’s easier not to get involved than to have your heart broken time and time again.

When a little redheaded boy brings the men together, these two heroes will have to find the courage to take a leap of faith and follow their hearts… 

Purchase Link: http://www.amberquill.com/AmberAllure/TruthOrLie.html

Review: Travis is a firefighter who thinks he is dumb. He barely made it through high school and doesn’t think he is smart enough for the cute teacher who teaches his nephew, Rusty. Anthony is a second grade teacher who knows when people are lying. When he meets Travis he is impressed with the man and asks him out for coffee. But, Travis is wary because everyone seems to lie. But, he discovers trust has to go both ways and now both men have to take a leap of faith.

This is a really sweet cute story that had some really touching sweet moments. Travis might be good looking and have street smarts, but he doesn’t have many book smarts. When he meets Anthony, he is instantly attracted, but thinks the teacher is out of his league. Anthony is sick of boyfriends lying to him and has just about sworn off men when he meets Travis, a man who is completely honest about himself. he takes a chance and asks Travis out and they instantly hit it off. But, honesty is demanded by both of them and when Anthony confesses his secret Travis reacts badly and if he wants to stay with Anthony he is going to have to believe it is the truth.

I found this story to be sweet and cute and a wonderful feel good light read. I loved Anthony and Travis, but Travis was my favorite character. He was just so completely honest and open and was so wonderful with his nephew, he about broke my heart with the scene in the classroom when he talked about Rusty’s dad. Anthony is great, as well. he never looks down at Travis and even offers him help when Travis admits the problems he had in school. Travis and Anthony were really hot together and other than the bump in the road when Anthony admits his secret, they were perfect for each other. While I really enjoyed this story I have to admit that it would have been even better if both characters hadn’t picked themselves apart constantly. it wasn’t needed other than the first time to explain their lack of confidence in themselves, and while I found the paranormal aspect to be interesting it didn’t really add anything to the story other than a bit of conflict and angst.

I will recommend this to those who love cute kids, great characters, hot sex, two men coming together in honesty and a very happy ending.  

The Exam by Ravon Silvius

17875845Title: The Exam

Series: Enforcer’s 02

Author: Ravon Silvius

Genre: Steampunk, Fantasy World

Length: Novella (113pgs)

Publisher: Extasy Books (1st May 2013)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥3 ½ – 4 Hearts

Reviewer: Pixie

Blurb: More than just magic.

Thorn and Kenneth begin their lives after college, and Thorn has his work cut out for him when he goes to meet Kenneth’s parents. The Victeni are nobility and have no problem putting Thorn in his place—or worse, simply ignoring him.

But Thorn quickly learns that winning over Kenneth’s parents is the least of his worries. Kenneth has been selected to become an Enforcer, and with Thorn as his lifemate, Thorn has as well. To become Enforcers, they have to pass a test, and their examiners are not always straightforward about what they need to pass. Thorn is uncertain about his chances, and even less certain about whether or not he wants to be an Enforcer at all. He loves Kenneth and wants to stay with him, but as the test goes on he becomes worried if being an Enforcer will really let him help his people, or if he will just be seen as a traitor.

Purchase Link: http://www.extasybooks.com/the-exam/

Review: This story is part of a series and must be read in order. Thorn and Kenneth are facing a new future together, but first they have to get through the Enforcer’s exam. Thorn also has to meet Kenneth’s parents, which is a daunting task. Kenneth and Thorn are thrown into their examination tests and have to prove their lifemate bond. With Kenneth’s parents disapproving of Thorn and Kenneth having to make a stand it isn’t easy for Thorn. Especially, when doubts assail him. Can Thorn get through the tests, and does he really want to become an Enforcer and be seen a traitor to his people?

The Exam continues one week after Noble Magic ended and continues with the story of Thorn and Kenneth. Even though Kenneth is filled with confidence about his relationship with Thorn, Thorn is filled with trepidation, especially when he meets Kenneth’s parents and faces other magi. Thorn has serious doubts about himself in the story, as he is confronted with the reality of his new situation. Kenneth does his best to convince Thorn of his love, but it isn’t Kenneth’s love that he doubts, it’s his own ability he questions.

I enjoyed this story with its exciting exam and Thorn’s soul searching, Kenneth’s show of support and the love they have developed. The storyline is focused on two points, the exam for the Enforcers and Thorn’s dilemma of what choice to make. Thorn faces scorn from Kenneth’s parents and his position is driven home by the talentless servants and his treatment by the Enforcer examination board. Kenneth does his best, but the doubts still pull Thorn down. Would he be a traitor if he works with the magi or could he really do some good for his people? These are the thoughts that plague him along with the question of what good would he be against a magic user other than a battery for Kenneth.

I loved how this story didn’t gloss over Thorn’s position or wave a magic wand making him equal to the magi instantly. How Thorn and Kenneth faced the other magi as a united front and didn’t choose the easy answers. Both refusing to be cowed by those older and more experienced than them and how they still managed to capture moments of bliss together. They truly make a wonderful couple. I am looking forward to the next installment when they are sent on their first assignment.

I recommend this to those who love Steampunk, magic, doubts and love, hot sex, confronting doubts and standing up for what is right, explosions, discovering strengths and a happy ending with more to come.      

 

Embracing Need by Silvia Violet

embracing-need-400x600Title: Embracing Need

Series: Wild R Farm 03

Author: Silvia Violet

Genre: Paranormal, Cowboy

Length: Novel (187pgs)

Publisher: Silvia Violet Books (10th June 2013)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4 Hearts

Reviewer: Pixie

Blurb: Horse shifter, Tristan Hayes, doesn’t believe in relationships. He believes in hot, sweaty one-night stands that leave him aching for days.

Private investigator, Wesley James, is looking for someone to settle down with, but it’s never occurred to him that someone could be a man.

Tristan loves a good game, so he flirts with Wes, never thinking anything serious will come of his attraction. Wes fends him off, but after three months of cat and mouse, both men are worn out from fighting what they feel.

When a young woman from Tristan’s herd goes missing, he asks for Wes’s help. Tristan keeps up his flirtatious façade until Wes calls his bluff, taking him out for dinner and dancing. As they search for the missing shifter, Tristan struggles to believe Wes could care for the man Tristan hides beneath his abrasive exterior.

Purchase Link: http://silviaviolet.com/book/embracing-need-mm/ (ARe, BN & Amazon links)

Review: This book is part of a series and is best read in order. After being hurt in the past, Tristan no longer believes in relationships. He believes in hot hook-ups and one-night stands to keep him satisfied and he can’t resist flirting with Wes and tempting the straight man. Wesley is looking for something serious. He never thought it would be with a man. A man he has tried to ignore for the last few months. When a member of Tristan’s herd goes missing, he calls Wes to investigate. Tristan keeps up his flirting nature until Wes calls his bluff. As they search for the missing woman, Tristan struggles with his feelings and Wes has to show Tristan he sees beneath the abrasive façade.

This is a great addition to the Wild R Farm series, bringing Tristan’s story to us and showing us the insecure man beneath the confident, flirtatious exterior. Tristan has been trying to tempt Wes with his constant flirting for months, but when Wes calls his bluff he doesn’t know what he wants to do because Wes just isn’t one-night stand material. Wes has never been tempted by a man before. He has always been attracted to women, but Tristan just pushes his buttons. Now, he just needs to convince Tristan of Tristan’s own worth.

I really enjoyed this story because of the turmoil that Tristan goes through as he tries to make sense of what he truly feels. Tristan was hurt deeply by his first love and it has molded how Tristan now acts towards men. When Wes calls his bluff he is left reeling. Wes can see the true Tristan and he wants that man. Convincing Tristan is hard though, especially when Tristan keeps running. The investigation that they both work on takes a harsh turn when they think they have found the location of the missing woman and they need the help of their friends to get back out alive.

This is a really well written story that combines danger and love really well. We see depths to Tristan that scares him and we see Wes accept his love for Tristan. I really liked how their relationship developed in this story and Tristan’s reaction to his newly discovered feelings for Wes. With Wes you see that he may have struggled at first with how he felt for Tristan, but he embraces it when he can no longer deny it to himself. They are brilliant together and Wes has to be patient as Tristan struggles with how he feels. Because of that painful struggle, you, at times, want to beat the crap out of the person who shattered Tristan so much.

I recommend this to those who love cowboys, private investigators, danger, discovering your own worth, accepting love, hot sex, difficult times and a very happy ending.