The Combat Zone by Vincent Wilde

 

970589_10200413642078504_332815821_nTitle: The Combat Zone

Series:  N/A
  
Author: Vincent Wilde
 
Genre: Contemporary/Murder Mystery/Suspense (not romance)

Length: Novel

Publisher: Silver Publishing (June 22nd, 2013)
Heat Level:  Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥3Hearts

Blurb:
From the underbelly of Boston’s officially sanctioned red-light district–The Combat Zone–to a neo-Nazi compound in the secluded mountains of New Hampshire, gay cross-dressing sleuth Cody Harper hunts a murderer. Cody is a man who enjoys wielding a whip as much as slipping into a silk chemise. When unrequited love interest Stephen Cross tells Cody about the death threats he’s received, Cody resorts to all the tricks in his make-up bag, including his drag persona, Desdemona, to protect his friend. A pious presidential candidate and members of an underground group called “My America” stand in Cody’s way in this thrill ride of suspense and mystery.

CONTENT ADVISORY: This title is not a romance title. It has a bittersweet ending. This title contains a scene of violent rape and a fairly brief remembered scene of animal abuse.

Product Link: https://spsilverpublishing.com/blog/2013/06/15/the-combat-zone-by-vincent-wilde/

Reviewer:   GiGi

Review: This is a dark, edgy, and often times uncomfortable murder/mystery. The author takes you on the dark and seedy side of the city known as the Combat Zone to locals. You’ll walk along side prostitutes, murderers, sociopaths, cults, cops, and political activists. See this world through the eyes of a Dom/Domme drag queen and the murderer himself. I like a good thriller, especially if I’m kept guessing whodunit, and the puzzle pieces were fed to us one at a time throughout this dark and dangerous story. If you like, dark and edgy suspense…this book is for you! There are a few hot sexual scenes, but this is not a romance, it’s a murder mystery thriller, and a good one.

Painting In the Rain by Dev Bentham

PaintingRainTitle: Painting In the Rain
Series:  N/A  
Author: Dev Bentham
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Extended Novella (34K)
Publisher: Amber Quill Press, LLC (June 16th, 2013)
Heat Level:  Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4Hearts
Blurb:
Helping teenagers is tough. They face so many dangers—peer pressure, drugs, pregnancy, STDs. As a trained social worker, Mike knows all about it. He’s taken a temporary job on the Oregon coast working with at-risk kids. But when he meets Gabe, the father of one of his charges, he finds himself in another type of danger—that of falling in love and getting stuck in a small, conservative town, not to mention living with an angry teenager. And yet, he’s drawn to Gabe in a way he never imagined possible.

Gabe, whose own father left before he was born, stays in a town where he no longer feels welcome. He’s living the life of a lonely artist so that he can be a father to his son, a bond that’s been threatened by divorce and Gabe’s public coming out. When he meets Mike, Gabe is bowled over with a longing so deep that he finds himself willing to risk everything.

But there are plenty of dangers in a small town, and when a gay kid gets hurt and they refuse to leave him to his fate, Mike and Gabe may be risking more than their hearts.

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

Reviewer:   GiGi
Review: I’m an artist, so I have soft spots for other artists and was immediately attracted to the MC, Gabe. This is a risky and fast-paced romance between a single father with a surly and confused teenage son, and a young social worker who juggles teen on a daily basis. The sex was hot, the romance seemed a bit quick, and I must admit to being pleasantly surprised by the twists and turns in the plot! This is a great rainy day read!

Attachment Strings by Chris T. Kat

18038265Title: Attachment Strings

Series:  A Jeff Woods Mystery, #1  

Author: Chris T. Kat

Genre: Contemporary/Romantic Suspense

Length: Novel

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (June 17th, 2013)

Heat Level:  Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 4 1/2 Hearts

ReviewerGiGi & Thommie

Blurb: Detective Jeff Woods and his partner have a new case. Someone has been making threatening phone calls to the mayor’s daughter, vowing to kill her disabled child. Though there have been accidents at the girl’s school—enough to take the threats seriously—the facts are few, and leads are sparse.

Needing a breather from the burden of the case, Jeff heads to a bar, where he meets Alex Fisher. Alex isn’t his type, but he’s young and cocky and perfect for a one-night stand. Or two. Soon Jeff starts thinking about how difficult and lonely it is being a cop, and that maybe Alex could fill a void in his life. But Alex has his own obligations: a disabled brother who is the target of threatening letters.

Jeff isn’t sure he’s ready to play house or overcome his prejudices, but he begins to think Alex might be worth it. Caught between his growing affection and his inner demons, Jeff struggles to focus on the case and protect Alex and his brother as the danger builds.

Product Link: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=3951

Gigi’s Review: Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5 Hearts

This book will make you look at those living with special needs or caring for them in a new light. Life is hard enough, so imagine combining that with being a single, gay, caretaker for your disabled and misunderstood younger brother…life can be breathtaking and scary.

This story is about overcoming one’s own prejudices, taking down those walls protecting the heart, and allowing one’s self to become vulnerable and sacrifice for love and family. The author’s writing is powerful and I felt the sting in my own heart as I read on through the nail-biting plot. The whole range of emotions from humor, arousal, anger and hurt, to fear and fulfillment hit me while reading this highly recommended book! That, to me, shows the true skill of the author.

Thommie’s Review:  Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4 Hearts

Now this was a book, which at first sight had me thinking I wouldn’t like it. The Homicide Detective Jeff Woods started his introduction in a not very appealing way for me, what with him being closeted, his preferences were butch/macho/buff men like himself and his counterpart was the not his type, who he didn’t want to hook up with at all, etc. etc. etc. However fairly quick in the introduction of the story it became apparent that it was an excellent one.

As I said, Jeff is closeted and adamant that he will not come out, especially in his line of job, for anyone. He doesn’t need the trouble that comes from homophobic colleagues and in the end there is no one in his life worth coming out for. Jeff has long stopped believing in that special someone with whom he’ll form that special relationship and those unicorns are right there side by side with love in the dream realm. He has no expectations for something like that, even if his house is starting to feel quite empty and his life quite hollow. But that’s how it is and that Friday night at the club, he’s not trying to find his better half, simply someone to get off with. So when tall, blonde and sexy Alex hits on him, Jeff still has no intention of even hooking up with Alex. He is so NOT his type at all. And Jeff has no intention of staying cuddled in bed after the deed either. He especially has no intention searching for him at the same club two weeks later. And definitely, he has no freaking intention falling in love with a guy who has the care of a child, a disabled one at that. Yeah, things didn’t really go as planned for Jeff.

And I think that this book was simply great. It had it all. Lovable characters, both Jeff and Alex were exiting, appealing, flawed, and real. I had a blast with Alex; he was quite funny despite his life or because of it. He was also extremely sexy and hot. His and Jeff’s encounters were sinful and sensual and aroused feelings from you that were from sweet to downright carnal. It was a great chemistry, a pair I loved reading about. Jeff was also the hilarious type making you smile even when you wanted to give him a good shake.

So all right, I had a thing with the insta-love again, especially since there wasn’t just the leap from single to a relationship, but from single to a family involved here. And there was the mystery part where it wasn’t such a mystery at all, but rather a matter of time till the detectives saw what was in front of their damn eyes, making me wonder what the hell were they waiting for and why couldn’t they see what I was seeing all along and getting me frustrated a bit there because I felt it dragged a bit too long. And really, the end was a bit too much; I mean come on, no matter how much of a lunatic that end was a bit stretched.

As for the story’s ending and the guy’s relationship, well I’m left with a “what the heck?” roaming my head. Is it just me or was that a tad abrupt?

But anyway, I loved the entirety of this book, it was funny, it was fast, it was a bit dramatic and emotional, it had a variety of things and evoked many emotions from the reader and I had fun reading it. I’m also very much interested in Parker’s relationship with David; I mean who can resist a “pup” right?

So totally recommended guys, it is a heck of a ride.

 

 

 

 

Faraway by Piper Whitney

18109205Title: Faraway
Series:  A Fairy Tale Escape
Author: Piper Whitney
Genre: Anthology/Fantasy/Fairy Tale
Length: Short Stories/Anthology
Publisher: Sil
ver Publishing (June 22nd, 2013)
Heat Level:  Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4Hearts
Blurb: A prince asleep for a century, a young chef traded to a beast for his father’s life, a step-son gets a chance at a better life, and a lost man meets seven snow boarders as he runs for his life from the people he should trust. Sleeping Beauty, Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella, and Snow White–Welcome to the twenty-first century.

Fairy tales can come true, right? Join Sleeping Beauty, Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella, and Snow White as they are rewritten for a modern era

Product Link: https://spsilverpublishing.com/blog/2013/06/15/faraway-by-piper-whitney

Reviewer: Pixie

Review: Sleep, Beauty, Glass, Snow are the titles of the four fairy-tales that have been re-written with a unique modern day twist. In Sleep, we have Prince Tristen cursed to sleep for a hundred years until his true love (Jae, a photographer/journalist in a sports car) re-awakens him and his kingdom. In Beauty, we find Finn who loves to cook, traded to a beast for his father’s life who discovers the heart beneath the beast, Prince Samuel. In Glass, we have Payne who is sick of being treated like a slave and wishes for a better life and meets his very own prince, Hayden. In Snow, we have Mason who loves to snowboard, his stepmother tries to be rid of him, Mason discovers seven snowboarders, and one of them is his knight in shining armor.

Each story we read gives us a unique modern twist, each story is changed slightly to fit more into modern times but sticks to the fairy-tale love. With Sleep it begins in the traditional setting with the birth of the much longed for child and the curse that was uttered at his birth celebration, fast forward and we have Jae who is sent to discover the truth about a sleeping kingdom. It’s a very sweet story, although you have to question the stupidity of someone trusting a stranger who promises to make you ‘feel good’. The sweetness of the story comes from Jae and Prince Tristen getting to know each other before getting their happily ever after.

In Beauty, it really stays with the traditional story with the generous youngest sibling Finn, the more selfish older brothers and sisters and the slightly bumbling father, and the horrific beast. So not much to add to it other than it was sweet.

 

In Glass, we have a thoroughly modern update including mouthy fairy godfather, foul-mouthed CinderFella, Payne, hunky Prince Hayden and very selfish stepmother and stepsisters. Very fast moving storyline in this one with Payne and Hayden discovering an instant attraction and connection.

In Snow, the story is twisted with Mason’s prince charming being one of the snowboarders, the evil stepmother not giving a damn about anything but herself and Mason’s father, James, just wanting the pair of them to get along. It’s a good story that has its bones in the original but swerves away from the original enough to give it a fresh twist.

Each story has sweet lovemaking in it, happy endings and perfect couples, so this is one you want to read if you want modern twists to your fairy-tales but some originality laced through them, with loads of hot men and sigh worthy endings.

Reviewer:   GiGi
Review: A fun and unique twist on classic fairy tales. The author not only successfully turned the main characters in to m/m romances, but did an interesting and sometimes humorous, sometimes edgy job of weaving contemporary settings and scenarios into our favorite classic childhood stories. You’ll never think of Snow White the same way again!