Sex, Ties and Videotape by Eva Lefoy

712q3CxjzFL._SL1425_Title:Sex, Ties and Videotape

 

Author:Eva Lefoy

 

Genre: BDSM

 

Length: Novella (50 pages)

 

ISBN:MLR-1-02014-0207

 

Publisher: MLR Press (February 14th 2014)

 

Heat Level: Explicit

 

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

 

Reviewer: Cat

 

Blurb:A missed trip to Paris results in two long-time casual friends finding BDSM heaven instead.

 

Geoffrey begged his ex-boyfriend, Brian, for some bondage, not public humiliation on YouTube. On Valentine’s Day, he runs into Brian’s best friend Paul, who seems intent on righting Brian’s wrongs. But trusting Paul means Geoffrey has to come clean with his needs … and his feelings.

 

Paul sees Geoffrey in the bar and knows this is his chance to convince him he’s nothing like Brian. He starts slow and safe, setting strict ground rules. But when Geoffrey insists on a reenactment of the same Dom-play Brain used to hurt him, is a safeword enough to protect their fledgling love?

 

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

 

Review: This is a good little story.  I liked the characters and the premise of the story.

Geoffrey finds himself alone on Valentine’s day after  a breakup from his longtime boyfriend, He finally had asked for what he wanted thinking he could trust his lover to find himself humiliated, and now unable to trust another man. Paul was Brian’s best friend but had known Geoffrey for a very long time also. He is unsure if he should divulge his secret to Geoffrey especially after what Brian had done.

 

I liked the story and the characters. It’s well written and complete. I like that in a short story. It didn’t feel rushed, but I did think it repeated the hints of what had happened to Geoffrey a bit much. Otherwise, I really liked the story a lot. It’s very hot and sexy and I found it easy to follow and to believe.

 

I recommend this if you like a little bondage, friends to lovers, and some hot mansex.

Slow Dance by A.J. Llewellyn and D.J. Manly

81xZ5tZJBpL._SL1350_Title: Slow Dance

 

Series: Orgasmic Texas Dawn 03

 

Author: A.J. Llewellyn & D.J. Manly

 

Genre: Contemporary, Crime, Cops, Action

 

Length: Novel (239pgs)

 

Publisher: Silver Publishing (24th November 2012)

 

Heat Level: Moderate

 

Heart Rating:♥♥♥♥4Hearts

 

Reviewer: Pixie

 

Blurb: Canadian detective Kieran Fox goes undercover to infiltrate a violent drug ring. US Marshal Jubilee Mason is worried about him, but has his hands full hunting one of the most wanted men, recently spotted in a Lone Trail brothel…

 

US Marshal Jubilee Mason is separated from his lover, Canadian detective Kieran Fox, who goes undercover infiltrating a violent drug ring. Jubilee worries about Kieran throwing himself into his undercover assignments, and this one almost destroys him. Meanwhile back in Lone Trail, Jubilee is on the hunt for one of the US Marshals’ most wanted men; a former detective who murdered his wife and has been seen in an unlikely place–a brothel–by an even more an unlikely witness: Dillon DePriest, the newly reinstated, happily married Sheriff of Lone Trail…

 

Purchase Link: https://spsilverpublishing.com/product_book_info/products_id/1231

 

Review: This story is part of a series and must be read in order. Jubilee and Kieran are on the trail of Reggie Jones, both men knowing that when the case is over they have to go their separate ways. Kieran throws himself into the undercover world to bring down another drug cartel, a case that nearly kills Kieran and ends up taking him back to Jubilee. Jubilee goes back to life in Lone Trail and getting his office sorted but he is soon on the trail of a man who is one of the Marshal’s most wanted, the tip coming from Dillon DePriest and the sighting was in Eva’s brothel.

 

This story continues where Longing ended, Jubilee and Kieran both admitting their love but unable to compromise, separating when the case of Reggie Jones ends and eventually crossing paths again as Kieran shuts down another drug cartel. The path to love is never easy but when you throw in living in two different countries, high stress jobs and undercover assignments it gets to be a sticky mess where it begins to look worse than hopeless… especially when Jubilee discovers just what lengths Kieran goes to, to get to the top boss.

 

Ah, D.J. Manly and A.J. Llewellyn have brought us an exciting, dangerous, tension filled story that draws you in and as you progress through the book, you see actions and reactions and wonder if our two hot law enforcement officers will ever get their happy ending. We find out more about Kieran’s father and we also see a hell of a lot of just what Kieran has to go through when he goes undercover, we see Jubilee struggling to accept Kieran’s role and we see both men in their elements as they work their cases. Will Kieran and Jubilee ever find a way to be together or will they continue to torture themselves on the love that slipped away and hope that the pain will ease with time.

 

This story isn’t one to miss if you love involved cop stories, although the first two books focused on Reggie and his drugs, this one branches out so we see more of what the Marshal’s and the Canadian Narc’s do so we see more cases, and, I can see that there will be a lot of cross over between the American and Canadian law enforcement before Kieran and Jubilee finally get a bliss filled happy ending. We do get the beginning of a happy ending but it gets interrupted in a most shocking fashion, damn and blasts those authors.

 

So in all honesty if you love crime, hot Marshal’s, sexy detectives, interesting cases, finding and losing love, struggling for understanding, danger and an ending that will leave you muttering about evil authors and their torture methods then this is the book for you.   

Freed by Garrett Leigh

FreedLGTitle:  Freed

Series:  Roads, #2.5

Author:  Garrett Leigh

Genre:   Contemporary Romance

Length:  Novella (22 pages)

Publisher:  Dreamspinner Press (January 17th 2014)

Heat Level:  Explicit

Heart Rating:  ♥♥♥♥4Hearts

Blurb: Missing Moment from Rare

Crazy events in the recent past have convinced Ash to take yet another step forward with Pete. He picks a special moment and a special place: the roof garden of their new home. Ash sees it as the final piece of their puzzle, but he’s not prepared for the feelings it invokes. Peace, belonging, and for the first time in his life, freedom.

Product Link: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=4592

Reviewer:   Tams

Review:  Short, Sexy and Steamy… Why yes, yes those are my three favorite colors!

Ash and Pete are consistently moving forward in their ever-evolving relationship. Ash has never been willing to use the term “gay” when describing his sexuality. But everything that has happened with him and Pete this last year coupled with the love he feels for him and some deep self-exploration, he finally admits that gay is exactly what he is. And he couldn’t be happier. To prove to Pete just how content he is with their relationship he offers his lover a piece of himself he’s kept guarded, until now.

Pete realizes the depth of what Ash is giving him and he doesn’t take it lightly, in fact, it takes a couple of weeks before Pete agrees. The result is some wickedly fantastic, toe curling, spine tingling sex on their roof top garden.

This novella is the perfect ending for this series. It brings the rough, sometimes ragged, and sometimes beautiful journey of Ash and Pete full circle, as Ash finally fully gives himself to Pete. With just a few words, Leigh was able to convey so much emotion from these characters. The descriptive of sight, sound, and touch were splendid.

These books read similar to the relationship of the main characters. Started out rocky and grew more solid with time and energy. Definitely worth the read! If you feel like you’re missing something after the first book, keep going, it comes full circle and makes complete sense in the end.

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Scourge by Etienne

ScourgeLGTitle: Scourge

 

Series: The Ivory Solution 01 – The Chronicles of the Old Town

 

Author: Etienne

 

Genre: Contemporary, Mystery, Suspense

 

Length: Super Novel (340 pages)

 

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (16th November 2012)

 

Heat Level: Moderate

 

Heart Rating:♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

 

Reviewer: Pixie

 

Blurb: When two young men set up an amateur sting to expose a pastor’s pedophilia, they gather plenty of evidence not just of the pastor’s predilections but of something even more sinister. Out of their depth, they call in FBI experts to investigate.

 

Meanwhile, Clint Buchalla, investigative reporter for the Washington Ledger, is sent to Atlanta to interview a man about his top-secret study. Clint is so angry at his editor for cutting his vacation short that he gets drunk and winds up in bed with the man he was supposed to interview, Dr. Rodney Poucher. But it’s exuberant grad student Lucien Cormier, Rod’s houseboy with benefits, who really captures Clint’s attention… when he isn’t busy investigating the sharp drop in birth rates in metropolitan Black and Hispanic communities.

 

Rodney’s findings lead him, Clint, and Lucien to a meeting with the deputy director of operations of the FBI. But they only have so much time to figure out what’s going on and arrest those involved—and for Clint and Lucien to work out whether the spark between them can span the distance between Atlanta and DC.

 

Purchase Link: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=3351

 

Review: WARNING: Some scenes in this book may offend or be disturbing to victims of sexual abuse (An adult pretending to be a much younger boy).

 

Two young men set out to bring down a pedophile preacher when they discover the man preys on pre-teen boys and girls, they discover more than they bargained for and have to call in help. Clint is an investigative reporter who is sent to interview Rodney, who works at the Centers for Disease Control, concerning some findings Rodney has discovered. As the two cases collide the FBI are consulted and Clint has the story of a lifetime. While the investigation proceeds Clint begins to fall for Lucien, Rodney’s houseboy, and they try to make a long distance relationship work.

 

This is a very interesting story that has plenty of mystery that keeps you piqued. Bringing down a pedophile is Trent and Aiden’s goal but discovering a more sinister plot has Trent and Aiden reaching out for help. Clint is given the story of a lifetime even before he realizes the full impact of what Rodney has to offer him, being in the right place at the right time gives this reporter an exposé that has long reaches and terrible impacts. Lucien begins to fall for the successful journalist Clint but living in two different States is a struggle but they soon find a way to be together.

 

I have to say that the storyline to this book is very interesting, starting out with two young men setting up a pedophile to expose him to his congregation which leads to a much more complex thread as his connections to a white supremacy group are discovered… we then discover, through Rodney, a plot that would have a devastating effect on the non-white population and the weaving investigation as the FBI are brought in to discover the masterminds. Through all this, we have Clint who does his job with compassion and determination, and we have Lucien who is still studying but who Clint feels drawn to and the pair of them begin a relationship.

 

There are some sex scenes in this with various characters, now, some of those scenes are with an adult pretending to be a much younger boy so if you are disturbed by the image of pedophilia. Please be cautious through the earlier scenes in this book. Etienne has used great compassion when writing about the effect that sexual abuse has on the victims and how the victims reacted and coped, the storyline hasn’t been done for shock value, and it has been well woven and fits in well with the various other plot lines.

 

I will recommend this to those who love gritty mysteries, well-woven stories, complex plots, finding love unexpectedly and a very good happy ever after, with lingering questions for the next book.   

 

Mon Amour, Forever More by Michael Mandrake

18086259Title: Mon Amour, Forever More

Series: N’awlins Exotica Romance Series, #2

Author: Michael Mandrake

Genre: Gay Erotica Romance/Vampires/Paranormal/Twincest

Length: Short Story (47 Pages)

ISBN: 978-1-3018-5609-1

Publisher: Smashwords (Triad Literary) June 18, 2013

Heat Level: Mild

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4Hearts

Reviewer: Lisa

 

Blurb:Identical twins, Ryland and Ryder Durand have consummated their relationship but jealousy and concern about their personality clashes have brought problems to their seemingly perfect union.

Will the brothers stay together despite the challenges?

Purchase Link: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/327388

Review: This is book two in this wonderful series and needs to be read in order.

 

Ryland and Ryder had always been together, and when Ryland was near death, Ryder made the choice to have them both change into vampires. A choice that had at the time made Ryland upset with Ryder and their maker, Gren Dumont. Gren had been murdered and both Ryland and Ryder made the choice of staying in their home and going after those responsible for Gren’s death.

Ryland had told Ryder that he would be the only one he would love and be with, however it looks like a human might just change his mind. Although Dale never really makes an appearance and Ryland only thinks about him. It still brings out the jealousy in Ryder. Ryder seems to be more in love with Ryland then Ryland is love with Ryder. Confusing I know but they just come off that away. They seem to be a bit lost, but you can feel the desires from each other.

 

I love this series, however I do wish it was longer in length. I have never really cared for short stories, because when I want to lose myself into another world I would prefer to be there for a while, however this series is an amazing one. It changes my mind most of the time. I would recommend this story to anyone who loves the paranormal world, vampires, two hot sexy twins who love one another and hot sex. I cannot wait to read more about these two hot men and to see where Ryland goes with Dale.

 

I hope for Ryder’s sake that Ryland makes the right choice, or maybe Ryder will bring Dale into their twosome. Makes for a hot read.

Who We Are by T.J. Klune ~ Audiobook

WhoWeAreAUD-LGTitle: Who We Are

Series: Bear, Otter and the Kid, #2

Author: TJ Klune

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Length: 12 hours and 42 minutes

Narrated by: Charlie David

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (10-1-13)

Heat Level: Mild

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 (NO 10!) Hearts

Reviewer: Tams

Blurb: Sequel to Bear, Otter, and the Kid Bear, Otter, and the Kid survived last summer with their hearts and souls intact. They’ve moved into the Green Monstrosity, and Bear is finally able to admit his love for the man who saved him from himself. But that’s not the end of their story. How could it be? The boys find that life doesn’t stop just because they got their happily ever after. There’s still the custody battle for the Kid. The return of Otter’s parents. A first trip to a gay bar. The Kid goes to therapy, and Mrs. Paquinn decides that Bigfoot is real. Anna and Creed do… well, whatever it is Anna and Creed do. There are newfound jealousies, the return of old enemies, bad poetry, and misanthropic seagulls. And through it all, Bear struggles to understand his mother’s abandonment of him and his brother, only to delve deeper into their shared past. What he finds there will alter their lives forever and help him realize what it’ll take to become who they’re supposed to be. Family is not always defined by blood. It’s defined by those who make us whole-those who make us who we are.

Purchase Link: http://www.audible.com/pd/Fiction/Who-We-Are-Audiobook/B00FJJFCUU/ref=a_search_c4_1_1_srTtl?qid=1393901869&sr=1-1

Review: Bear, Otter, the kid, Creed, Anna and Mrs. Pauinn are back in this explosive sequel that just may be better than its predecessor. Bear, Otter and the Kid have moved into the house that Otter bought for them. Otherwise known as ‘The Green Monstrosity’ and are building a strong foundation for their new family.

The kid is getting ready to start school and has a new friend, Dominick. Bear as well is going back to school and still struggling with everything that has happened in his life over the past few years. He is now basically a father, fighting the mother that abandoned him and the kid for custody of the kid. Juggling his home life, school, work and jealousy. One of Otter’s exs is now the Kid’s new teacher, and a stranger at college shows an uncontrollable interest in Bear.

And then a series of unfortunate events brings Bears life to a screeching halt. Let’s just say, when it rains it pours! Faced with losing everything while finally gaining something he’s been fighting so hard for, Bear has to do some serious soul-searching. What we do, the lives we lead, and the decisions we make really do define, Who We Are.

This book, hell this series, has really been a roller coaster ride of emotions for me. I think at one time or another throughout I have experienced every spectrum of emotion on the scale. I’ve laughed, cried, screamed, jumped for joy, clapped my hands and that was just in the first hour! Klune has written one of the best coming of age, the most amazing finely tuned love story I’ve ever read. This wasn’t insta love or even a slow burning love. It is an ever-growing, constantly evolving story of love and family.

The kid completely stole the show in the first book, but in this book, Bear really comes into his own. His inner monologues left me laughing hysterically. He completely works out every scenario in his head, in other words, he over thinks EVERYTHING. And the reader gets a front row seat inside his chaotic mind. And Otter is right there, holding his hand and helping him escape the earthquakes through it all. Their love as well continues to morph into so much more; very passionate and intense. Where Bear is enthusiastic and slightly psychotic, Otter grounds him and brings him back to reality. He makes Bear and the kid feel safe, loved and at home. He is their home, and he is theirs, everything else is just gravy.

Narrated by Charlie David and he is just absolutely amazing. As I’ve said before I think, the fact that he is a gay man gives him an edge for M/M books. He can completely relate to the characters, their struggles and the stories when he reads them. There is always this almost uncontrollable emotion underlying as he reads, like he’s just so excited just to be reading for us. He changes nuances for characters and he really conveys every moan and groan expertly.

If you don’t read anything else ever, you should read these books. Intense, dramatic, passionate, endearing and realistic… they will pull you in and you’ll get completely lost in the world of Bear, Otter and the Kid.

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Blind Beauty by Elyzabeth M. Valey

20721623Title: Blind Beauty

Series:  The Witchs’ Mischief, #2

Author: Elyzabeth M. Valey

Genre: Historical/Fantasy/Naughty Fairy Tales

Length: Novella (57 pages)

ISBN: 9781771307178

Publisher: Evernight Publishing

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥ 3 Hearts

Reviewer: Eric

Blurb: James Macintosh is hours away from his new home. He’s ready to live a secluded life away from all the rumors, insults, and disgusted faces concerning his appearance. However, a meeting with a mysterious woman and her child, mingled with a sudden harsh snowstorm, will set him down a very different path than the one he had originally envisioned.

Richard Randywine is an accidental fugitive living with a band of rowdy thieves. A good man at heart, he has gotten used to hiding his emotions behind his strapping muscles and brute strength. Yet, when the thieves ambush an unsuspecting rider, Richard is forced to drop his mask and step forward.

Will both men be able to see what lies before them or will they be blind to the possibility of happiness?

Purchase Link: http://www.evernightpublishing.com/blind-beauty-by-elyzabeth-m-valey/

Review: I found this book to be beautiful. To me, James and Richard are good people motivated by their own means. The storyline is solid and interesting for sure.

James Macintosh is a curious guy that is ready to find himself living away from the tough life, the drama of the big city. He is done with it. Richard is running from a group of people who wants him to do bad when he wants to be good. Both of them stood out in their own manner and that is clear to the reader.

The more I read into the book, the more I loved the storyline. It stands solid and then some. I found myself wanting to read more of Elyzabeth’s story but overall I felt it was a bit too short. I hoped it would have been longer but it wasn’t. So for that, I was disappointed.

But I would recommend this book overall. It is pretty good and knows how to keep interest from the start.

The Red Sheet by Mia Kerick

20619717Title: The Red Sheet

Author: Mia Kerick

Genre: Contemporary YA Romance

Length: Novel (190 pages)

Publisher: Harmony Ink, Dreamspinner Press (February 21st, 2014)

Heat Level: Low (Hinted)

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Reviewer: Tams

Blurb: One October morning, high school junior Bryan Dennison wakes up a different person—helpful, generous, and chivalrous—a person whose new admirable qualities he doesn’t recognize. Stranger still is the urge to tie a red sheet around his neck like a cape.

Bryan soon realizes this compulsion to wear a red cape is accompanied by more unusual behavior. He can’t hold back from retrieving kittens from tall trees, helping little old ladies cross busy streets, and defending innocence anywhere he finds it.

Shockingly, at school, he realizes he used to be a bully. He’s attracted to the former victim of his bullying, Scott Beckett, though he has no memory of Scott from before “the change.” Where he’d been lazy in academics, overly aggressive in sports, and socially insecure, he’s a new person. And although he can recall behaving egotistically, he cannot remember his motivations.

Everyone, from his mother to his teachers to his “superjock” former pals, is shocked by his dramatic transformation. However, Scott Beckett is not impressed by Bryan’s newfound virtue. And convincing Scott he’s genuinely changed and improved, hopefully gaining Scott’s trust and maybe even his love, becomes Bryan’s obsession.

With a foreword by C. Kennedy

Purchase Link: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=4725

Review: The Red Sheet is a gay YA story that allows the reader a glimpse into the mind of the both the bully and his target. Then you get to watch as the bully becomes the protector and falls in love with said target, but he’s going to have to work for it!

Bryan Dennison’s life is a memory of a dream. He cannot reconcile the person he used to be, and only vaguely remembers, with the person he is now. The most important person to him now is Scott, but Scott is not so easily convinced of Bryan’s motivations. So Bryan sets out to prove to Scott that he has changed, he loves him and he is worthy of Scott’s love in return.

Scott Beckett doesn’t trust Bryan any further than he could throw him! He doesn’t believe Bryan can’t remember. The superjock or superjerk, either fits, that made his life hell, now wants to protect him and be his friend. Whatever. As the story unfolds Bryan learns more about the person he was; mean, cruel and almost vindictive. And slowly but surely how he becomes more than who he was, and earns Scott’s love in return.

Kerick really conveyed a different side of the bullying in high school aspect than I’ve ever read, and she did it well. The reality of this story was shocking and made my skin crawl. This is a reality that young LGBT YA teens have to deal with from their peers on a daily basis, to the point some believe that dying is better than living. It saddens and sickens me. If just one of these teens could see things from the perspective of Bryan and Scott, I think this book should be required reading in school. Can we turn it into an after school special?

Loved it, if my previous statement wasn’t a given, this is a must read! The topic is dark yes, but the execution is wonderful, taking a different road to explore the highly debated issue of bullying.

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Santuario by G.B. Gordon

Santuario600x900Title: Santuario

 

Series: Santuario 01

 

Author: G.B. Gordon

 

Genre: Science Fiction, Futuristic

 

Length: Novel (258 pages)

 

Publisher: Riptide Publishing (8th October 2012)

 

Heat Level: Low

 

Heart Rating:♥♥♥♥4 Hearts

 

Reviewer: Pixie

 

Blurb: Police teniente Alex Rukow has spent his life trapped on Santuario, his people’s isolated home-slash-prison-island. They’ve been living in poverty under the tyrannical regime of their own elite familias for the last two-hundred years, ever since their generation ship landed on the planet and found it already populated by earlier Earth settlers, the Skanians, who banished them to the inhospitable south.

 

Increasingly shamed by the decisions of their ancestors, the Skanians seek to open their borders. But dissent exists on both sides, and in the midst of this explosive political situation, a dead body appears on the island.

 

Bengt, a Skanian investigator, is shipped to Santuario to lead the murder investigation—which, he quickly realizes, the local teniente wants nothing to do with. As far as Bengt is concerned, things can’t get worse than the brutal climate, his own memories, and a growing attraction to a partner who will barely say two words to him. But then he and Alex run afoul of the local familias, and the problems with their investigation and their budding relationship seem like nothing compared to just getting out of this whole mess alive.

 

Purchase Link: http://www.riptidepublishing.com/titles/santuario

 

Review: Alex is a police teniente on the Island of Santuario, an Island where his ancestors were banished when they crash-landed on the Skanians planet two-hundred years before. Now the Island is run by the familias, their justice is for their own profit and people who displease them ‘disappear’. When a dead body turns up Alex has to contact ICE, the Skanian authority, and they send Bengt to investigate. Bengt is shocked by the investigation and what he uncovers, but is determined to do the right thing, and he has to hope that Alex can survive to the end.

 

This is an absolutely brilliant science fiction, futuristic storyline of humans who had crash landed on a planet and discovered humans already inhabiting the planet and the new comers being banished to an Island where they carved out their own little world. Alex has had a really crappy life, but then so has most of the population of Santuario, but Alex has an extra treat; his father is a coronel who has made his life a living hell. Bengt has had a pretty decent life and is shocked by what he sees on Santuario, but he quickly comes to admire Alex, between the two of them they have a series of murders to solve, the familias to avoid and an unsettling attraction between them.

 

I have to say that I thought this book was brilliant, the way that the Island is run reminded me a lot of the different mobs around the world, but here on Santuario there is no one to stop the familias from their rule or justice. Alex and Bengt are two quite different people and the way that Alex can’t understand his feelings for Bengt is understandable, the way he has been brought up and according to all those on Santuario being gay is a perversion, but to Bengt it is as natural as breathing so he accepts his feelings for Alex. I found the sex between them to be quite sensual and although there wasn’t very much, it was surprising how those short scenes spoke a lot.

 

This book isn’t for those who expect page after page of romance, sex, this book is about an annexed country where tyranny reigns, and the struggle of those people trapped on an Island with no way out. It’s about finding love and hope in desperate situations. This book is a gritty read, there are questions and backgrounds of both races that I wanted to know more about, but for the first book in the series, it did give us a lot of background about the current situation.

 

I will recommend this to those who love science-fiction, futuristic planet type books, murder/mystery, mob control type stories, an awkward relationship and an ending that you just want more of.       

The Auld Lang Syne of Banaby Sloan by Jenna Jones

20494984Title: The Auld Lang Syne of Barnaby Sloan

Author: Jenna Jones

Genre: Contemporary Romance / Holiday

Length: Short Story / Novelette (45 pages)

ISBN: 9781610406321

Publisher: Torquere Press (January 8th 2014)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥3Hearts

Reviewer: Thommie

Blurb: Barnaby Sloan and his boyfriend, Liam, are trying to be more open and communicative, and tell each other everything. With New Year’s Eve approaching, Liam invites Barnaby to join him at the museum’s New Year’s Eve party. At first, Barnaby is hesitant because he knows his ex-boyfriend, Xander, will probably be there, but his desire to please Liam overrules his worry about the temptation Xander may present.

At the party, all seems to be going well until Barnaby meets Jared, Liam’s cute, new secretary, and Jared’s date: Xander. Xander makes no secret that he still wants Barnaby. Shaken by the encounter with Xander, Barnaby lashes out at Liam and seeks comfort elsewhere in the museum. New Year’s Eve is a time for new beginnings. Can Barnaby resist the temptation to return to old habits?

Purchase Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=78_85&products_id=4104

Review: Barnaby Sloan comes back with a much better story this time, one I have to admit I actually liked better.

Last time we checked Barnaby overcame his knee-jerk reaction at committing a bit more to his boyfriend and their relationship, turning a really bad situation into a near-miracle, with his Christmas change of heart. Now it’s New Year and the days in between have been quite intimate for Bay and Liam, so much so that Bay is actually taking a 180-degree turn in behavior with every line. However there are still bumps down the road, the biggest being his on again off again relationship with his ex, Xander.

The author finally enlightens us and answers the big question “why does Bay behave this way” when she reveals Bay’s past and the effect Xander has upon him. While 80% of the read is sweet and tender, soothing us in a lovemaking trance, it picks up in intensity during the end of the story and it captivates with the growing anticipation.

Liam becomes a stronger character, layers of him are revealed, and he moves from a flat, docile personality to a charming possessive and demanding (in the good sense) lover, not giving an inch of his expectations, forcing Bay to stand up and make one hell of a big decision, a decision that with perhaps mark his future. Bay is no longer the “floating with the wind” character that at times even repulsed me, he rather becomes quite respectable, admirable even in the way he faces his past.

To sum it up, this short story is lovely, sweet and passionate, everything a New Year’s Eve themed story should be. Recommended!