Redeemed by Lynn Tyler

15853253Title:  Redeemed

Series:  N/A

Author:  Lynn Tyler

Genre:   Paranormal

Length:  Novel (102 pages)

Publisher:  Liquid Silver Books (August 26th, 2012)

Heat Level:  Explicit

Heart Rating:  ♥♥♥♥4Hearts

Blurb:   The angel Gabriel has been expelled from Heaven due to pride and a lack of compassion for the humans he has been tasked with guiding. The only way to be re-instated into Heaven is to get a human to fall in love with him and give up their life for him. Gabe resigns himself to a long, mortal life since he has no desire to become intimate, either physically or emotionally, with a human, whom he thinks are below him.

Josh is a brilliant, young cardiothoracic surgeon who has been hurt by a boyfriend before. When he meets Gabe, the man with the name of an angel and the face to match, he is convinced to give a relationship another chance.

Will Gabe be able to overcome his pride and let himself fall for the surgeon or will Josh be hurt all over again?

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Reviewer:   Tams

Review:  Short, Sexy, and Steamy… my three favorite colors! Blend that with an Archangel guilty of the sin of Vanity and that makes this a must read story!

God and Archangel have come to the conclusion that fellow AA Gabriel needs to be taught a lesson. Although successful on his missions with the humans, he is quite vain and taken on the attitude that humans are worthless and beneath him. Having been expelled from Heaven until he learns the error of his ways and makes a human fall in love with him, he has concluded that he will be stuck on earth forever. Enter Dr. Josh. Gabriel is instantly attracted to the charismatic doctor and decides he has found his target. He’ll make this eager young man fall in love with him, give up his life, and earn his way back into heaven.

Becoming emotionally and physically attached to Josh wasn’t in the game plan. Even if I did see the ending of this book coming a mile away, the ride there was such fun! As the story progresses and Gabriel grows a conscious you are drawn into this unconventional love story. Tyler wraps it in down to earth issues and struggles and conveys Gabriel’s inexperience with actual feelings magnificently.

Gabriel is presented as perfection, but it is only skin deep. His struggle with the absolutely foreign concept of feelings was the best part of this book for me. Jealously, love, anger, attraction and pure need are not feelings he’s used to, and to see him progress through these different stages of his relationship with Josh are liken to watching a newborn growing up in fast forward.

So, when we come toward the end and Gabriel finally gets what he thinks he wanted all along, is it truly what he wants?

Be warned… there is some extremely hot and definitely steamy M/M… Angel/Human sex gracing the pages of this short story. I give this one 4/5.

Friends or Lovers by Sara York

Young businessmanTitle:  Friends or Lovers

Series:  Love Has No Boundaries

Author:  Sarah York

Genre:   Contemporary

Length:  Short (14 pages)

Publisher:  Goodreads MM Romance Group

Heat Level:  Moderate

Heart Rating:  ♥♥♥♥4Hearts

Blurb:   Dear Author,

It was supposed to be my dream honeymoon with my partner of five years. Yeah, I knew that he was reluctant to make our partnership legal but I thought that he would eventually be as happy to be my husband as I was going to be his. Nick tried to warn me, though I didn’t listen. It’s funny how my best friend Nick seems to be right about a lot of things lately… like how I should go on the honeymoon that I spent forever planning even though Mark and I aren’t together anymore. Taking Nick with me so that the extra ticket wouldn’t go to waste was another great idea. Just wish I knew how we ended up in bed like this…

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Two men are in bed with an empty champagne bottle and two glasses.champagneduo2

This story was written as a part of the M/M Romance Group’s “Love Has No Boundaries” event.

Group members were asked to write a story prompt inspired by a photo of their choice. Authors of the group selected a photo and prompt that spoke to them and wrote a short story.

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Reviewer:   Tams

Review:  Shane has been left standing at the altar, so to speak, by his boyfriend Mark. His best friend Nick who was already by his side is there to pick up the pieces. When Shane wakes up in his “honeymoon” suite wrapped up in the sexy giant that is Nick, all he can think is that he’s ruined their friendship for one drunken night of passion.

It’s been three days and he hasn’t heard a word from Mark, until now. Will Shane allow the man that he practically had to force to agree to marry him, that left him alone the day of back into his life? Or will he realize that the previous night of passion with Nick, a night like he never had with Mark, might not have been a mistake after all.

More of a synopsis than a book at only 14 pages, but I liked it. If you are looking for something really quick and fun to lift your spirits, grab a copy, it’s free right now through Smashwords. I’m hopeful that York will continue this story, the sneak peek I got was well written and I’m intrigued.

Boy Crucified by Jerome Wilde

BoyCrucifiedLG Title: Boy Crucified

Series: Thomas Noel Mystery 01

Author: Jerome Wilde

Genre: Mystery

Length: Novel (233pgs)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (12th June 2013)

Heat Level: Low – Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 3 – 3 ½ Hearts

Reviewer: Pixie

Blurb: When the body of a crucified boy is found by the river in Kansas City, Lieutenant Thomas Noel, a priest turned homicide detective, is assigned the case. In their search for the boy’s killer, Noel and his new partner, Daniel Qo, follow the clues to a secretive traditional Catholic group located in the Missouri countryside.

Then another body turns up, and the hunt intensifies. But Noel’s investigation hits too close to home and attracts the attention of the killer….

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Warning: Mentions of physical and sexual abuse against children.

Review: This story is set in 1997. Thomas Noel is a priest turned homicide detective with the Kansas City police. When the body of a boy is found crucified, Thomas is assigned the case. With his new partner, Daniel Qo, he investigates and the clues all point to a secretive traditional Catholic group. A group whose leader will do anything to keep his secrets. Thomas also has his fierce attraction to Daniel to deal with and the unexpected return of his mentally ill mother.

This is a great little mystery story that is steeped in Catholic history and murder. Thomas is a character that is a mystery himself. After an abusive childhood, he turned to the Catholic Church (Franciscan) for comfort and becoming a priest. However, he never quite found what he was looking for and he explored other religions before settling on Buddhism. Now, he is a homicide detective. Daniel is his new partner who is pretty blunt and to the point. He likes what he sees in the older Thomas and makes no apologies for it. The murder investigation is quite involved with Thomas and Daniel both slogging their way through trying to find even the smallest of clues. This leads them to a secretive Catholic group, where they have to tread carefully.

The murder investigation is very interesting and you are pulled in by the mystery of Thomas’s past. Thomas’s relationship with Daniel is just in the beginning stages, but looks like it has huge potential. We are treated to a large amount of Catholic history while they investigate the murder and it is more informative rather than religious. Surprisingly, with Thomas we don’t get treated with guilt because he is gay, he accepts his sexuality easily. What we do get from him is confusing emotions concerning his mother and we get blatant facts and hints as to why. I have to tell you that I admired Thomas’s powers of deduction because I didn’t have much of a clue as to who the murderer was other than an idea that it was someone involved high up in the Church group. How Thomas put it together was impressive.

I can’t say this story was perfect though, because throughout it felt like something was missing. That small something that would give it an edge. It was kind of bland, even in some of the descriptions they never quite came alive for me. reminded me more of a medical textbook instead of a description of torture and murder. Even though there is potential between Daniel and Thomas, and Thomas seems to be really into Daniel, I found their sexual couplings lacking because it felt more like a quick hook-up rather than a build-up to something more meaningful.    

I recommend this to those who love murder mysteries, danger, attempted cover-ups, Catholic Church history, pretty good characters and interesting storyline.