Category Archives: LGBT YA Fiction

Ethan by Ryan Loveless Guest Post & Excerpt!

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Hi guys, we have Ryan Loveless popping in today with her upcoming YA release Ethan, we have a brilliant guest post from Ryan and a great excerpt, so check out the post and enjoy!❤ ~Pixie~

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Ethan

by

Ryan Loveless

Carter Stevenson is looking forward to a fresh start in a new high school on the other side of the country. It’ll give him a chance to escape his reputation for twitching and stuttering. He’ll have the summer to himself in his new home in California, and in the fall, he won’t get involved in any activity that puts his Tourette’s center stage. He won’t stand out as different.

But his new neighbor, Ethan, isn’t just going to change his plans. He’s going to change Carter’s life.

Ethan Hart is recovering from a traumatic brain injury, but it doesn’t dampen his enthusiasm or love for life. As soon as he sees Carter, who moves like the music Ethan sees between the clouds and the grass, he’s determined to become his friend, and then his boyfriend. And even if his parents say their romance can’t get physical, Ethan won’t let it stand in the way of falling in love.

Stepping into the spotlight was the last thing Carter ever wanted, but Ethan, along with a group of friends who like him just the way he is—tics and all—starts to change his mind. 

Adapted as a YA edition of the award-winning novel Ethan, Who Loved Carter by Ryan Loveless.

Release date: 20th October 2016

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Assassins: Discord by Erica Cameron Blog Tour, Moodboard, Excerpt & Giveaway!

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Hi guys, we have Erica Cameron with her new F/F release Assassins: Discord, we have a Erica showing us her Moodboards for Assassins: Discord, we have a great excerpt and a brilliant giveaway, so check out the post and leave a comment to enter the giveaway!❤ ~Pixie~

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Assassins: Discord

(Assassins 01)
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Erica Cameron

Kindra’s moral compass has never pointed north, but that’s what happens when you’re raised as an assassin and a thief. At sixteen, she’s fantastic with a blade, an expert at slipping through the world unnoticed, and trapped in a life she didn’t chose. But nothing in her training prepares her for what happens when her father misses a target.

In the week-long aftermath, Kindra breaks ranks for the first time in her life. She steals documents, starts questioning who their client is and why the target needs to die, botches a second hit on her father’s target, and is nearly killed. And that’s before she’s kidnapped by a green-eyed stranger connected to a part of her childhood she’d almost forgotten.

Kindra has to decide who to trust and which side of the battle to fight for. She has to do it fast and she has to be right, because the wrong choice will kill her just when she’s finally found something worth living for.

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Love, Joy, Heartache & Pain by John H. Ames Cover Reveal, Exclusive Teaser & Giveaway!

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Hi peeps, we have John H. Ames popping in with the cover to his upcoming release Love, Joy, Heartache & Pain, we have a tasty exclusive teaser and a fantastic giveaway so enjoy the post and click that giveaway link❤ ~Pixie~

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Love, Joy, Heartache & Pain

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John H. Ames

A collection of new entwined stories by best-selling Young Adult author, John H. Ames. Love that reaches beyond the boundaries of the physical realm…

Swapatize!

The not so unrealistic detailed account of how my best friend and I swapped bodies for a short period of time. -High school is one of the most excruciating and painful periods of any teenager’s life. To Kyle, it’s hell on earth. Being the target of the jocks made him hate high school more than anything in the world. All he has is his best friend and the center of the jock’s interest, the beautiful Kylie Bursnell. But Kylie is not your typical beauty. She hates the jocks even more than Kyle, especially Lucas Edward Johnson, a jock who is madly in love with her and Kyle’s forbidden dream. After a bizarre and freaky night, they swap bodies and are force to live each other’s live. Can this actually be true? Has Kyle’s dream come true? Will he be able to love Lucas Edward Johnson unconditionally until the end of time? Or is their love nothing but a beautiful dream enveloped in heartache and pain?

The Spirit Indestructible

Brandon Angelo William has it all. He’s hot, popular, shy, humble, and one of the typical and regular guys in high school. But, unbeknownst to everyone, he’s a closeted gay teen who came out to his parents the previous year. They loved and accepted him with open arms so what more could Brandon want? Love. The one thing that his soul and body need. After a late night out with his best friend, Kevin, Brad sees one of the most beautiful guys he has ever laid eyes on. But could the teen in front of him be real? Or is he the legendary hitching ghost that everyone talks about? Brad needs to find out and what he discovers shocks him and changes his young life forever…

The Lake View Psychopath

Jocks beware, he’s here and he’s not scared. Ashton Hall hates his existence at Lake View High. The jocks have made his life a living hell and his friends have completely turned their backs on him. Why? For being gay and dating the love of his life, Austin Young. Almost overnight, they became the center of every joke and every bully’s paradise. To make matters worse, even the school’s coach allows his ‘jock superstars’ to make fun of them.

But everything the night Austin Young is brutally murdered by the jocks and they walk free. Something snaps inside Ashton’s head and the only think he can think of is revenge. Will Ashton come to his sense and let Austin go? Or will he become one of the greatest serial killers of all time?

Release date 31st March 2016
Pre- order: Amazon

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As Autumn Leaves by Kate Sands Book Blast, Excerpt & Giveaway!!

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Hi guys, we have Kate Sands stopping by to show off her upcoming F/F release As Autumn Leaves, we have a great excerpt so you can check out the book yourself and there’s a fantastic giveaway! So enjoy out the post and click that giveaway link❤ ~Pixie~

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As Autumn Leaves

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Kate Sands

Sixteen-year-old Kayla Caruso, once a well-liked cheerleader, knows that something sets her apart from her classmates. Her reluctance to have sex with a boy she was seeing earned her both the title of “Ice Queen” and the disdain of the other students. Bullied and alone, Kayla finds solace in one of her dwindling group of friends. Althea Ritter is a volleyball star and rumoured to be a lesbian. As Kayla’s interest in Althea grows, so does her confusion. Is she attracted to men or women? Both? Neither? Why does sex even have to matter?  Kayla explores her muddled feelings, trying to discover where she fits in, and soon realizes her identity might not be as simple as gay or straight.

Release date: 24th March 2016

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The Art of Hero Worship by Mia Kerick Release Blast, Excerpt, Review & Giveaway!

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Hiya guys, Mia Kerick pops in today with her new release The Art of Hero Worship, we have a great excerpt, a fantastic giveaway and Lisa’s review, so check out the post and then click that giveaway link❤ ~Pixie~

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The Art of Hero Worship

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Mia Kerick

Trembling on the floor, pressed beneath a row of seats in a dark theater, college freshman Jason Tripp listens to the terrifying sound of gunshots, as an unknown shooter moves methodically through the theater, randomly murdering men, women, and children attending a student performance of Hamlet. Junior Liam Norcross drapes his massive body on top of Jason, sheltering the younger man from the deathly hail of bullets, risking his life willingly and maybe even eagerly.

As a result of the shared horror, an extraordinary bond forms between the two young men, which causes discomfort for family and friends, as well as for Jason and Liam, themselves. And added to the challenge of two previously “straight” men falling into a same-sex love, are the complications that arise from the abundance of secrets Liam holds with regard to a past family tragedy. The fledgling passion between the men seems bound to fade away into the darkness from which it emerged.

Jason, however, is inexplicably called to rescue his hero in return, by delving into Liam’s shady past and uncovering the mystery that compels the older man to act as the college town’s selfless savior.

The Art of Hero Worship takes the reader on a voyage from the dark and chilling chaos that accompanies a mass shooting to the thrill of an unexpected and sensual romance.

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Work Boots and Tees by Jo Ramsey

WorkBootsandTeesLGTitle: Work Boots and Tees
Series: Deep Secrets and Hope, #5
Author: Jo Ramsey
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Length: Novel (180 Pages)
Publisher: Harmony Ink, Dreamspinner Press (August 15, 2015)
Heat Level: Low
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4 Hearts
Blurb: Sixteen-year-old Jim Frankel has become the thing he loathes, and he can’t stand thinking about what he has done.

After being accused of sexual assault by two girls, Jim serves out his sentence in a juvenile detention facility. He’s shocked by the arrest for what he thought was consensual sex, and terrified his own childhood sexual abuse has twisted him into a predator—just like the man who molested him.

Upon release, Jim is no longer welcome at his family home, and with nowhere else to turn, he travels from Massachusetts to Michigan to live with his father’s cousin, Delia. Keeping his head down, Jim works hard at Delia’s art supply shop and prays no one will find out about the awful crime he committed. It’s his chance for a new beginning, but when he makes his first friend in Man-Shik Park, Jim is afraid to let him get too close.

But by walling himself off from the support Manny’s offering, Jim might sabotage the opportunities in front of him.

ISBN: 978-1-61372-911-3

Product Link: https://www.harmonyinkpress.com/books/work-boots-and-tees-by-jo-ramsey-330-b

Reviewer: Lisa

Review: I didn’t have the chance to read the first previous books in this series but from what I can tell they can be read as a standalone. Now this is the first book that I have read by this author so I wasn’t sure what to expect. What caught me was the title, I had assumed that it was going to be humorous but that was not so. It is a story that actually comes close to what many have gone through on both sides.

When teenagers start having sex, they are run by their hormones and feelings. They don’t see the bigger picture at all, but Jim was convicted of a sexual crime by two girls he had been with. It blew him out of the water and made him afraid. After his release, he was abandoned by his family. The only place to go was to a family a few states over. He just didn’t know what to expect there.

Then he meets Manny and is afraid of how he would see him if he knew of his past. He got lucky that Delia and some others were willing to help him recover. You see he had been abused also. However the problem is Jim did commit the crime. He did his time and is looking for a new chance. I am not really sure what to think about it to be honest.

I actually felt more for Jim then I did anyone else. Maybe in a way that is not what one is supposed to do, but the fact that he was a teenager and they do make stupid mistakes makes it easier to do so. It has a strong message I suppose which actually did the opposite of what it should have I suppose.

I wanted a love story not some story about rape and consequences so it dropped it down in points for me. It was actually a disappointment for me. I was expecting a love story and got what this book represented. After realizing that all of the books have this type of story, I realized that this book was not for me. It was well written but I didn’t much care for it.

I gave it a higher rating because of how well it was but in truth it didn’t do much for me.

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Onwaachige the Dreamer by Jay Jordan Hawke Blog Tour, Excerpt, Review & Giveaway!

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Hi guys, we have Jay Jordan Hawke popping in today with his new young adult release Onwaachige the Dreamer, we have great excerpts from all three books in The Two-spirit Chronicles, there’s a fantastic giveaway and Cat’s review, so enjoy the post and click that rafflecopter link❤ ~Pixie~

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Onwaachige the Dreamer

(The Two-spirit Chronicles 03)
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Jay Jordan Hawke

What would you do for the boy you loved? What if to save him you had to abandon him forever?

Fourteen-year-old Joshua Ishkoday faces an impossible decision as a terrifying dream sets him upon a thrilling and treacherous journey of self-exploration through the dangerous vastness of the Wisconsin northwoods. There, along with his best friends, Mokwa and Little Deer, Joshua summons the power to confront his greatest fears. To do so, all he has to do is trust in his dreams. Unfortunately, Joshua discovers that his dreams have been deceiving him thanks to the intrusion of strange creatures. For out in the middle of the forest dwell the enigmatic Memegwesi, bizarre manitous who have a special plan for Joshua. Joshua soon realizes that he has three monsters to battle: the extraordinary creatures haunting his dreams, the dangerous torrential storm brewing in the northwoods, and finally, the greatest demon of all—his homophobic mother.

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Seven Tears at High Tide by C.B. Lee

Seven-Tears-900px-COVER-FrontTitle: Seven Tears at High Tide
Series: N/A
Author: C.B. Lee
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Length: Novel (234 pages)
Publisher: Interlude Press (October 15th 2015)
Heat Level: Mild
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5 Hearts
Blurb: The sea holds many secrets…

Kevin Luong walks to the ocean’s edge with a broken heart. Remembering a legend his mother told him, he lets seven tears fall into the sea. “I just want one summer—one summer to be happy and in love.”

Instead, he finds himself saving a mysterious boy from the Pacific—a boy who later shows up on his doorstep professing his love. What he doesn’t know is that Morgan is a selkie, drawn to answer Kevin’s wish.

As they grow close, Morgan is caught between the dangers of the human world and his legacy in the selkie community to which he must return at summer’s end.

ISBN: 9781941530474

Product Link Print: http://store.interludepress.com/collections/frontpage/products/seven-tears-at-high-tide

Product Link E-book: http://store.interludepress.com/products/copy-of-seven-tears-at-high-tide-by-c-b-lee-ebook

Reviewer: Tams

Review: When you are young, everything seems so much more intense. A sixteen year old boy loves with all his heart, not yet realizing how to tell when that love is not returned. This is how Kevin Luong finds himself wandering the pier, crying and wishing for something so simple, someone to love.

Morgan is a half-breed, half human and half Selkie, on the cusp of manhood as well. His soul is drawn to the pain and emotion of Kevin’s tears, his wish, and Morgan is tasked with helping Kevin fulfill that wish. Over the summer the two form a bond of friendship and love that is doomed by tradition and fate.

Selkie stories have always fascinated me as they are rooted in Gaelic culture. I really enjoyed how Lee kept the roots of the stories and legends, while giving it her own unique and modern twist for this tale. There was an innocence and youthfulness to this book that was evident not only in the characters and the storyline, but in the writing itself.

I found it endearing that Kevin and Morgan fumbled their way around each other as they got to know one another and grew closer. It was a learning experience for them both and, as the reader, Lee wrote the story in a way that I could travel the journey with Kevin and Morgan, see what they saw, feel their love and their pain.

The story had so much depth and color, I was completely engrossed throughout. The character growth and development was pretty amazing as well. Kevin went from this shy, awkward, bullied teen in the beginning to a confident, self-assured young man by the end. Morgan had to learn how to be human, that being charged with “loving” someone is not the same as “loving” someone.

While this is a YA story, I think there is something here for readers of all ages. Emotional, in-depth, fun and well written, and the balance between reality and fantasy is a fine line that blended well. This was my first read from CB Lee, but it definitely won’t be my last. I believe she just became an auto buy for me.

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Hostage by Cheryl Headford Blog Tour, Excerpt, Review & Giveaway!

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Hi peeps, we have Cheryl Headford visiting us today with her new release Hostage, we have a great excerpt, a fantastic giveaway and Shorty’s review so enjoy the post and click that rafflecopter link❤ ~Pixie~

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Hostage

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Cheryl Headford

Astrin Raphael wakes up in a strange place, frightened and confused. He is told to trust someone who seems to hate him, and he tries—he really tries. However, things change rapidly when he discovers his friend is actually his archenemy, Rowan Gabriel, whose abusive behavior stems from a deeply ingrained, if unwarranted, hatred over something that happened many years before, and simply wasn’t Astrin’s fault.

When Rowan’s uncle and Astrin’s father are kidnapped by Strebo Michael, the two crown princes are catapulted into an adventure that forces them to work together, and along the way their feelings for each other grow. Rowan is quick to let his hate go, but Astrin can’t release his inhibitions. It takes Astrin almost dying from a poisoned dagger before he finally accepts Rowan’s love.

When they return home, their problems continue as their Houses try to negotiate a way for the young men to be together. It soon becomes clear at least one of them will need to relinquish his throne.

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Trust the Focus by Megan Erickson

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Series: In Focus, #1
Author: Megan Erickson
Genre: Young Adult Romance
Length: Novel (222 pages)
Publisher: Intermix Books, Penguin Random House (17 March 2015)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5Hearts
Blurb: With his college graduation gown expertly pitched into the trash, Justin Akron is ready for the road trip he planned with his best friend Landry— and ready for one last summer of escape from his mother’s controlling grip. Climbing into the Winnebago his father left him, they set out across America in search of the sites his father had captured through the lens of his Nikon.

As an aspiring photographer, Justin can think of no better way to honor his father’s memory than to scatter his ashes at the sites he held sacred. And there’s no one Justin would rather share the experience with more than Landry.

But Justin knows he can’t escape forever. Eventually he’ll have to return home and join his mother’s Senate campaign. Nor can he escape the truth of who he is, and the fact that he’s in love with his out-and-proud travel companion.

Admitting what he wants could hurt his mother’s conservative political career. But with every click of his shutter and every sprinkle of ash, Justin can’t resist Landry’s pull. And when the truth comes into focus, neither is prepared for the secrets the other is hiding.

ISBN: 978-0-698-19462-5

Product Link: http://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/318170/trust-the-focus-by-megan-erickson/

Reviewer: Prime

Review: This is a charming and poignant book. I loved it so much that I almost did a happy dance in my seat when I realized that there is a second book! Of course, I didn’t do that, as I am expertly making it look as though I am doing work when I am reading a book and writing the review… which almost wasn’t convincing when I started to tear up right at the end of this book!

Justin and Landry have been friends for years. However, they are two very different people. Justin, who tells the story, has just completed a degree that he hated and is set to work for his politician mother, in a job that he already hates before he has even started. He is busy trying to be the perfect son, which includes being straight and pushing aside his feelings for his best friend. (For anyone who knows The Book of Mormon, think of the song Turn it Off).

On the other hand, Landry is out and pretty much proud and has spent his high school and college years thinking he has been crushing on his straight best friend.

The story of these guys is a poignant road trip and is the journey of Justin finally facing the death of his father a couple of years earlier. Justin’s father was a photographer and Justin wants to scatter his ashes in places his father loved and photographed (and a great man for a “ghostly” character – though seriously, there is no ghost action! I just can’t think of a better explanation).

Landry is there to support his best friend every step of the way, as well as recording it via blogging. In between all this, Justin not only comes to terms with his father’s death but also comes to terms as who he is as an adult and starts to reclaim control of his life.

As I said, this is a poignant story, but it also fun and filled with drama. I love that Megan Erickson added the “blog posts” every now and again. It really helped to get a real handle on Landry as a character. It also really brought the emotion out when we read the contrast in what Landry writes compared to the drama of really happened between the guys.

So, in short, I really, really, loved Trust the Focus. Come on, bring on 21 July and book 2 (Focus on Me)!

* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review through https://mmgoodbookreviews.wordpress.com *

Slaying Isidore’s Dragons by C. Kennedy, Excerpt & Review!

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Hi guys, we have C. Kennedy visiting today with Cody’s newest release Slaying Isidore’s Dragons an edgy young adult story. We have a tasty except and my review, so check out the post and enjoy!❤ ~Pixie~

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Slaying Isidore’s Dragons

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C. Kennedy

5 Best friends
4 Vicious brothers
3 STD tests
2 Guys in love
1 Car bombing
Nowhere to run

Follow the burgeoning love of two teens during the worst year of their lives. Irish-born Declan David de Quirke II is the son of two ambassadors, one Irish and one American. He is ‘out’ to his parents but to no one else. French-born Jean Isidore de Sauveterre is also the son of two ambassadors, one Catalan and one Parisian. His four half brothers have been told to cure him of his homosexuality. Both teens have lost a parent in a London car bombing.

5 Weeks of hell
4 Attempts on their lives
3 Law enforcement agencies
2 Dead high school seniors
1 Jealous friend
A love that won’t be denied

Declan and Isidore meet at the beginning of their senior year at a private academy in the United States. Declan is immediately smitten with Isidore and becomes his knight in shining armor. Isidore wants to keep what is left of his sanity and needs Declan’s love to do it. One is beaten, one is drugged, one is nearly raped, one has been raped. They are harassed by professors and police, and have fights at school, but none of it compares to running for their lives. When the headmaster’s popular son attempts suicide and someone tries to assassinate Declan’s mother, they are thrown headlong into chaos, betrayal, conspiracy, allegations of sexual coercion, even murder. And one of them carries a secret that may get them killed.

5 New family members
4 BFF’s
3 Countries
2 Extraordinary Psychologists
1 Courageous Mother

A new beginning for two young men in love

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Becoming Andy Hunsinger by Jere’ M. Fishback

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Series: N/A
Author: Jere’ M. Fishback
Genre: Historical/ Edgy Young Adult
Length: Novel (283 pages)
Publisher: Prizm Books, Torquere Press (December 30th, 2014)
Heat Level: Low
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4 Hearts
Blurb: It’s 1976, and Anita Bryant’s homophobic “Save Our Children” crusade rages through Florida.

When Andy Hunsinger, a closeted gay college student, joins in a demonstration protesting Bryant’s appearance in Tallahassee, his straight boy image is shattered when he’s “outed” by a TV news reporter. In the months following, Andy discovers just what it means to be openly gay in a society that condemns love between two men.

Can Andy’s friendship with Travis, a devout Christian who’s fighting his own sexual urges, develop into something deeper?

ISBN: 978-1-61040-858-5

Product Link: http://www.prizmbooks.com/zencart/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=92

Reviewer: Tina

Review: This book was a little different than I was expecting…it read very much like an autobiography or a memoir of Andy, although I believe it is a work of fiction.

The writing was good although at times the author was very verbose, giving a lot of detail that I found myself skipping over. It wasn’t bad but it just seemed like too much. There were several really great characters in the story and some not so great characters (I especially loved Biff and Jake).

Andy was pretty sure of his sexuality from an early age but it was confirmed over with a summer fling. When he got to school, he found a place to fit in with a few friends and really came into himself. He continued to gain experience, both sexual and emotional, with men and became pretty promiscuous for a bit. He ran through the gamut of emotions and experiences before he finally figured out not only who he was but what he wanted to do with his life. I loved his relationship with his parents and brother, they were very close and his family was very accepting of his sexual orientation.

Travis suffered a traumatic experience a few years before he met Andy which shaped his desire to just be, not actually live. His family was extremely religious and frowned upon his sexuality, going so far as to threaten to send him to therapy to make him straight. He was not being true to himself in life…he was doing everything his parents wanted of him. By the end of the story, he was closer to being true to himself but I think he still had a way to go…

Overall a very good read that I would definitely recommend.

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Weathering the Storm by Caitlin Ricci

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Series: N/A
Author: Caitlin Ricci
Genre: Contemporary Young Adult/ Interracial Romance
Length: Novel (180 Pages)
Publisher: Harmony Ink Press, Dreamspinner Press (April 2, 2015)
Heat Level: Low
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥3 Hearts
Blurb: Robbie’s dad has always been hard on Robbie and his brothers, but when their mom dies on Robbie’s sixteenth birthday, he becomes downright abusive. Robbie doesn’t understand why his dad is so mean to him or why his brothers resent him for their mom’s accident, but he desperately tries to hide the bruises. On top of that, after his dad’s horse training jobs run out, he moves them to Colorado to their uncle’s ranch in the mountains.

At Uncle Caleb’s cabin, Robbie meets Sam, a boy whose family also lives on the property. Finally he has a real friend who shares his love of horses, but Sam is black and openly gay. Both traits incur Robbie’s father’s rage. When his dad attacks Robbie in front of Uncle Caleb for standing up for Sam and himself, all of their secrets are thrown out into the open, and Robbie’s life is changed forever.

ISBN: 978-1-63476-000-3

Product Link: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=6227

Reviewer: Lisa

Review: There are certain types of stories that will capture your attention and have you feeling more than you have ever felt before. Half the time I was pissed when I read this story and the other half I was just numb. It is definitely not my type of story. I don’t even really know how to truly put it into words.

It was well written and had an amazing account of what life is truly like with an ass for a father. Then when Robbie finds out the secrets that his parents had been hiding will have you in tears.

Robbie and his brothers had been raised showing horses. His mother was terrific but his father not so. His father was harsh, cold and downright cruel. It isn’t till his mother was killed in a car accident that his father started the physical abuse. Knowing the times were changing, they had moved in with an uncle.

The truth starts to come out after a beating his father was intending to give him for being friends with a gay black boy. But more truths than just what his father was giving was about to come out.

Sam knew that Robbie was straight and he also knew that things were not peachy with their father. Sam also knew that he was falling for Robbie at a fast pace. Because of him, he knows that he has pissed Robbie’s father off. He just had not known the true pain that the boy he was falling for was going through. Nor had he realized that Robbie’s brothers blamed Robbie for their mother’s death. There are many secrets that this family has and it might just tear them apart.

If you love stories about the coming out stage for a young teen then this book is for you. I can honestly say that it is well told and Caitlin put her heart into it. However this book was not for me. I felt like it was missing something for me to truly get into. That and the fact that it is about a young man finding himself and the truths that were about to be realized.

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Ray of Sunlight by Brynn Stein

o-ray-of-sunlightTitle: Ray of Sunlight
Author: Brynn Stein
Series: 2015 Freshman Class
Genre: Young Adult/ Contemporary
Length: Novel (180 Pages)
ISBN: 9781632168740
Publisher: Harmony Ink Press, Dreamspinner Press (March 19th, 2015)
Heat Level: Low
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts
Reviewer: Zane
Blurb: Russ Michaels has his whole life ahead of him but no plans beyond dropping out of school as soon as he turns eighteen. He’s been in and out of juvenile detention for the last four years and thoroughly expects to end up in an adult penitentiary at some point. He hates life and everyone in it, especially this latest community service that he earned in lieu of juvie yet again.

CJ Calhoun has big plans. He wants to bring joy and happiness to sick and injured children for as long as he can by performing as a clown. The problem is, he has stage-four cancer and a horrible prognosis.

When circumstances throw these two polar opposites together, they find they have more in common than they imagined. CJ discovers Russ’s talent for art and arranges for Russ to create a mural in the hospital foyer, which leads to a tentative scholarship to the Art Institute. As life changes in ways neither of them could have expected, Russ must work harder than ever to better himself as CJ struggles with his deteriorating health.

Purchase Link: http://www.harmonyinkpress.com/books/ray-of-sunlight-by-brynn-stein-261-b

Review: Snarky teenager with an attitude headed down the wrong path gets community service. Kicking and screaming (practically) he goes – meets the boy of his dreams and turns his life around. Yep, we’ve read that one before. Except, we haven’t, not quite like this.

Author Brynn Stein tells this story from the point of view of Russ (Mr. Snark himself), and manages to bring a unique perspective to this trope. Through his eyes we see how one person (and lots of little people) can slowly worm their way into a bitter and hardened (though young) heart and not so slowly effect that change for the better.

And of course, love, the great equalizer and the great catalyst of life is the biggest force at work. CJ (we’ll call him Mr. Catalyst) really seems too good to be true… but of course he isn’t. He’s got flaws like everyone else, but he’s a sweetheart, more positive, loving and giving than anyone in his circumstance should be. He’s a clown performing for and helping sick kids when he’s so sick himself – it’s no wonder Russ fell, and fell hard.

Their story is one of love and courage, of strength and growth. Of course, logically, I knew this wouldn’t end well, and as I watched Russ mature and grow, as I watched their love blossom, my heart began to ache for the sadness that overshadowed everything. Still, I smiled and laughed at the funny, poignant and tender moments. I was angry when things went wrong. Happy when they went right.

And when the inevitable occurred, well, sad as it was, it was just so beautifully written. I don’t cry easily, but the tears, they did fall. Angst doesn’t get me there – sadness does. Is this an HEA? Not exactly. But Russ does find his own way, and his love for CJ, that never dies. True to the title, CJ really was and is his Ray of Sunlight.

Usually when I think of epic love I think of love that transcends all, through years and hardships and just about everything two can stand. I think of lovers starting young and ending old. It was actually this author’s first book “Through the Years” that last gave me that ‘epic’ feeling. But… what if the lovers were young, didn’t transcend, didn’t last ages and beyond, but the love did? Who says young adults can’t have an epic love?

Brynn Stein has found her niche; she pens that epic love that grabs you by the heart and makes you feel ever so deeply. I find myself wanting to read more, much more of her work. I absolutely loved Russ and CJ, and I highly recommend them and this book. I also highly recommend you have some tissues next to you when you read; you’ll need ‘em.

** I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review through http://www.mmgoodbookreviews.wordpress.com **

The Grim Life by K.D. Worth

o-the-grim-lifeTitle: The Grim Life

Series:  2015 Freshman Class
Author: K.D. Worth
Length: Novel (186 pages)

Genre:  Paranormal
Publisher: Harmony Ink (March 12th, 2015)
Heat Level: Mild
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5 Hearts
Blurb: Max Shaw is dead.

Well, sort of.

After dying on prom night, Max was recruited by a mysterious tattooed angel named Slade to join a group of teenage reapers. Cocky and sarcastic, Max thinks he has his afterlife together, but the moment Slade assigns him to his first suicide case, everything changes.

Christian college student Kody Michaels is struggling to make sense of his life and his faith. After a failed suicide attempt at an antigay camp, Kody is determined not to fail again. Tired of disappointing his family and God, he is going to end his life once and for all.

But in a split-second decision, Max saves Kody—defying the rules of a reaper.

Max believes his only concern is convincing Kody that God loves him just the way he is, so he can save him from a hellish afterlife as a shade. Little does Max know, some shades have found a way to walk among the living as wraiths. These evil wraiths know Kody has been slated for death, and they have another, darker purpose for him.

Max has only one night to save Kody before one of Slade’s team finishes the job Max lacked the courage to complete.

Purchase Link: http://www.harmonyinkpress.com/books/the-grim-life-by-kd-worth-259-b

Reviewer: Tams

Review: Max Shaw is frozen in time having died at the age of sixteen, on prom night of all nights. He now lives his afterlife as a reaper, collecting souls at the time of their death. The job has always been simple enough and Max has never broken any of the rules, but his latest charge changes everything. When Max finds a guy, not a boy but not quite yet a man, about to jump off a bridge, something inside him shifts. Instead of leading Kody into his afterlife, Max saves his life and puts them both in danger.

After coming out to his ultra conservative parent’s, Kody was sent to a “camp” that was supposed to get his head on “straight”. All it did was screw his mind up and make him think there was something wrong with him, that he is bad because he is gay. This was not his first suicide attempt, but Max is determined to make sure it is his last. That is if he can keep Kody safe from his boss, the Grim Reaper Slade, and the evil Shades that possess bodies at the time of their death to elongate their own miserable existence.

This book deals with a few dark and dangerous aspects of young, gay life. Parents that fail at their number one job, to love their child unconditionally. Suicide, dying before your time, the darker side of the spirit and coming to terms with who you are. Worth did an amazing job of balancing every negative in the story with something positive though, which gave the story as well as the characters depth. While Max’s life was far different from Kody’s, Max kept the truth about his sexuality to himself. Now he will stop at nothing to protect Kody, keep him alive, and convince him that it is okay to be attracted to someone of the same-sex.

I was very intrigued with this story, there was a huge spiritual aspect to it, sometimes fanatical, but it was ever-present throughout the story. Yet, I only felt like I was being preached at once, with Kody’s neighbor who I wanted to “fix” Kody. And then there was the life, death and afterlife trifecta of the story. Who is the mysterious Slade that governs over the Reapers? And why is he so hell bent on delivering Kody to his afterlife when Max feels that him saving Kody was the right thing to do. Is Slade really on God’s side, or are his machinations starting to run darker?

Well written, intriguing and while this is a YA story, I never lost interest or felt the content was immature or lacking. The characters are young and face real problems other teenagers their age and in their similar situations face. They just don’t usually face their death by being offered a job as a Reaper.

If you are a fan of stories that are raw with a fantastical kind of reality behind them, then I think you’ll enjoy this light read.