Fade to Black by Scarlet Blackwell

Title: Fade To Black

Series: Clear Water Creek Chronicles 03

Author: Scarlet Blackwell

Genre: Contemporary, Crime

Length: Novel (185pgs)

Publisher: Silver Publishing (7th April 2012)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating:  ♥♥♥♥3 ½Hearts

Reviewer: Pixie

Blurb: Finn Austen is settled with Brandon Schofield, Sheriff of Clear Water Creek, and trying to move on. That’s not so easy when ghosts of the past are around every corner…

Sheriff Brandon Schofield and Finn Austen are still struggling to overcome the ghosts of the past and Finn’s torture at the hands of his abusive partner, Dominic Bateman. Meanwhile an adult movie company has moved operations to an abandoned warehouse in Clear Water Creek and its stars are vanishing. Soon Brandon’s investigation leads him to Iowa and he finds the men involved have ties to Finn’s past.

As Brandon battles to bring down the crew behind the films and fight the demons–both real and those haunting the halls of Finn’s mind–he hopes to slam the door on the past forever and claim the joy he and his lover deserve.

CONTENT ADVISORY: This title contains scenes of dubious consent, rape, and excessive violence.

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Review: Finn and Brandon are still finding their way in their relationship as Finn struggles with his demons. Brandon discovers an adult film set with dubious goings on and a ghost from Finn’s past emerges to haunt him.

This story continues six months after Smashed to Pieces and we see the struggle of Finn as he tries to shake long ingrained habits and as a new threat from his past emerges. Finn is desperate to move forward in his sexual relationship, but his fears and ingrained habits are making it difficult.  But, with Brandon’s love, he is getting there slowly. Brandon is walking on eggshells when it comes to sex with Finn.  He is terrified of suggesting something that might trigger a flashback for Finn, but he wants to move forward sexually with Finn. When he discovers an adult film company that is suspected of making snuff films it leads a man from Finn’s past to Finn.

There’s a good reason for the content advisory on this book and it is mainly for the disturbing videos of Finn that emerge and for the making of the snuff film.  The excessive violence is also for Finn’s flashbacks of his life with Dominic.  None of the scenes are done for titillation and there is nothing erotic in any of them.  It is to mainly show exactly how much Finn suffered at the hands of a man who said he loved Finn.

The storyline is quite good; as it shows the continued suffering of Finn and that he hasn’t been magically healed with the love of Brandon.  It also shows how he is beginning to heal and his revelation that he is still looking back over his shoulder instead of looking forward to his love for Brandon and the life he can now lead. Brandon’s patience with Finn is inspiring, but he is also just a little bit overwhelming in his need for Finn.  I must admit that there were one or two moments that his disregard of Finn’s feelings was a puzzle, i.e. when he brought a porn star who had been attacked home without even bothering to check with Finn first.

There are some slimy characters in this book and I hate to say one of them is the near victim of the snuff film, Zakes.  At first, I felt sorry for him, but then he showed his true colors and he was an intensely dislikeable man and I can’t say that I had much sympathy for him in the end either. Brandon understandably wants to know more of what happened to Finn so that he can help more, but his determination to watch the videos falters as he sees what Finn suffered. His dodging of Finn’s question was well done, because he never let anyone see the videos so he never actually had to lie to Finn.

I have to recommend this to those who love conflict, danger, mentally scarred men, strong partners who would do anything for the man they love and an ending that is happy for them.

Reviewer:   Cat

Heart Rating:  ♥♥♥♥♥5Hearts

Review:  I really liked this book. This was my first of this series and I was able to follow a long and enjoy it, even though there are two books ahead, which I must say, I will be going to get now. I am a hopeless romantic and the love between Brandon and Finn is sweet, sincere and passionate. Finn has a lot of issues and Brandon is a caring, respectful lover and is doing his best to help Finn work through his past.

Brandon is a sheriff.  He is alerted that there may be an illegal adult filmmaker in his town doing snuff films. He finds the warehouse and stops a film in progress. So he makes some enemies that know about his lover’s past and intend to take revenge on him.

So does Brandon find this filmmaker? Do the bad guys get their revenge? Does Finn survive? Does Brandon find out what he needs to further his relationship with Finn?  I’m not telling you… go read the book.  It’s worth it.

If you like hot sex, loving intense relationships and some mystery, maybe even some BDSM try this!



Neos Helios by Robin Anderson

Title: Neos Helios

Author: Robin Anderson

Genre: Thriller, Contemporary

Length: Super Novel (277pgs)

Publisher: Silver Publishing (7th April 2012)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating:  ♥♥♥♥♥4 ½ – 5Hearts

Reviewer: Pixie

Blurb: “Revenge is a dish best served cold.”  So says a modern-day Caligula (Neos Helios).  An “inverted, perverted” underwater palace, murder by roses–and that’s only the beginning! Soon the sinister overtones of Elagabalus (Sun God) become a terrifying reality.

Murder, mystery and unbridled mayhem, unparalleled since the time of Ancient Rome, return to the 21st Century with the reincarnation of two evil Emperors: the self-proclaimed NEOS HELIOS (The New Sun) and ELAGABALUS (The Sun God).

What is the ruse behind wealthy TIMOTHY TREMBLE’S underwater fantasy and his grim fascination with the dark world of designer, ROBERT BARTON?

CLASH OF THE TITANS pales into insignificance when the two–aided and abetted by their willing cohorts–cross phalluses.

Purchase Link: https://spsilverpublishing.com/product_book_info/products_id/836?zenid=8112142f5310e044687938cb415746a9

Review: Robert is riding high, his interior design company is in demand and he can have any man he wants. Timothy is a multi-millionaire and what he wants, he gets and he wants Robert to design him an underwater palace and he’s not taking no for an answer.

If you read the blurb, then I hope you understood it better than me, because until I read the book half of it went over my head. This book is the long game of revenge, intricate plotting and planning for years, bloodthirsty vengeance and power plays that draw you in and won’t let you put this book down until the conclusion. The opening of this book was disturbing and set the scene for the dark undertone that ran throughout the book. I really wasn’t sure how to feel about the prologue, but it set the scene for events later in the book.

The characters are a hodgepodge of people and at first you can’t see how some of them are relevant to the story, but you begin to suspect that they might just be important to what is happening. The interaction between the characters is bizarre; as insults and quips are traded and you really do wonder if they truly like or hate each other. As the plot begins to unfold, very slowly, the players begin to show themselves, but that doesn’t mean you have a chance of fitting it all together until the author wants you to know.  You might suspect the players and their part but you cannot be sure.

Characters are about to pay for what they have done over the years and revenge is elaborate and expensive, but will the players pay for their revenge. The last time that I read a book this involved in plotting and revenge was Jeffery Archers Not A penny More, Not A Penny Less but this is darker, but no less brilliant. The sexual aspects of this book are… well… kinda gross, let me just say poop fingers and coprophila (scat) and no more. There is no romance so to speak of and there is no happy ever after and do not expect detailed sex scenes you get the beginning or the end but not the middle.

This book is a thriller, murder, mystery and the characters just happen to be gay men, I know I haven’t given any detail about any of the characters but I can’t because if I start with one character then I will go into depth and end up giving the book away. Now the only thing that I was left unsatisfied with was the ending, I would have been happier with a detailed explanation as to what happened and how as I have been racking my brains and can’t work out how it happened without all the players involved.

So with this book I have to recommend it to those who love dark thrillers, murder, mayhem, revenge, intrigue, elaborate plots and powerful players.




Of Dark and Bright by Kate Sherwood

Title:  Of Dark and Bright

Series:   Dark Horse Series 03

Author:  Kate Sherwood

Genre:  M/M/M contemporary

Length:  617 KB (novel)

Publisher:  Dreamspinner Press (March 25, 2012)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating:  ♥♥♥♥4Hearts-loved it

Reviewer:   Artemis

Blurb:  Jeff, Evan, and Dan have been living happily together for the past two years. They still have problems, especially between Evan and Dan, but they’re mostly able to convert the interpersonal disagreements to sexual tension—and then resolve it—so nobody’s complaining.

Then Dan’s long-lost sister shows up seven months pregnant and on the run from the law, and the situation goes from complicated to overwhelming. Jeff and Evan want to help, but with Evan fearful for his own sister’s safety and Jeff struggling to keep his health issues under wraps, they’re a little distracted. As Dan’s sister struggles with her past, Evan’s seems intent on gambling with her future. With emotions and family ties pulling them in different directions, the threesome have to hold together—or the people they love may tear them apart.

Product Link:  http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=2840


Review:  Let me start out by saying that this is the first book of this series that I have read and I would really like to go back to the beginning of the relationship and see how it all started.  However, the story made perfect sense to me without having read their past history.

Dan has overcome the tragedy of lost love and found a wonderful relationship with Jeff and Evan.  He and Evan have a bit of an explosive relationship at times and it always falls to Jeff to be the peacemaker.  Evan comes from a background of extreme wealth and has a tendency to expect things to always go his way.  It make’s Jeff job as mediator difficult sometimes.  When Dan’s sister shows up after living a life of crime for years, it puts a lot of stress on this complicated relationship.

Throughout the story, there is a point of view shift between all three characters, which is nice because you get to take a peek inside all their heads to see what is really going on.  There are a lot of crises in this story and they seem to fall one right after another very quickly.  As a result, there isn’t too much time for the development of the guy’s relationship.  As soon as a crisis occurs, there is an argument or conflict between the characters, a distance forms between them, then finally comes resolution only to be followed by a new conflict.  Everything was very fast paced and I really just wanted these three guys to spend some time snuggled up in bed talking and holding each other in peace and quiet!

I really did love the story, though, and the author did a wonderful job of creating memorable secondary characters.  I am not sure I liked Dan’s sister all that much and I’m sure that was the author’s objective!  She was (at times) sweet and caring and then seemed to be manipulative and childish.  I loved Chris (the best friend) and his wit and humor really added lightheartedness to the story.

Jeff, Dan, and Evan really love each other…that much is very obvious throughout the story.  The conflicts they have to deal with at times push them apart and then draw them back to each other.  I would have like to see more relationship development throughout the story but think that overall this was a very good book!


What Torin Wants by Talon p.s.

Title: What Torin Wants

Series: Quantum Mates 01

Author: Talon ps

Genre: Science Fiction

Length: Novella (123pgs)

Publisher: Talon ps (Self Published) (17th March 2012)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥4 ½Hearts

Reviewer: Pixie

Blurb: A new life on the Quantum Transport Research Project is what Raffe Landau is hoping for, what he found was a lover with a rare and similar condition of mutation that makes everyone else untouchable. But there’s a reason the space station has laws that forbid anyone touching either of the TorinLee twins and when they’re attacked Raffe knows he’s to blame. And the only way to protect the young man he’d fallen in love with is to stop touching him.

Torin has never known human touch. That is until Raffe came along and it’s not just the touch. Raffe makes him feel things he never knew existed. So when Raffe pulls away, not only does he not understand, it’s not allowed.

Raffe’s about to find out that what Torin wants Torin gets.

Warning: This e-book contains sexually explicit homoerotic M/M sexual content, graphic language, and situations that may be considered offensive to some readers (attempted rape). For readers who are NOT offended may still experience some symptoms such as heavy breath, increased body temperature, extreme arousal and the uncontrollable need to pounce your partner.Should you feel yourself experiencing any of the mentioned, relax its natural and very healthy. Just go with the flow. Your partner will thank me later.

Purchase Link: U.K. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Quantum-Mates-Torin-Wants-ebook/dp/B007KM9Q9W

U.S.A. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007KM9Q9W

Review: Seriously, seriously some authors should not be allowed to have endings like this.  It’s just too stressful to refrain from the urge to throw the eReader on the floor and jump up and down on it in frustration. Raffe finally meets someone, after 27 years, that he can touch, but his joy is tampered with the knowledge that his relationship with Torin affects Torin’s twin Lee as well.  and that as a result of their relationship others think the twins are an easy target. Torin has finally found someone who can touch him and who he can touch, but when obstacles are thrown in their path he has no intention of giving Raffe up and anyone who stands in his way will pay.

This is a brilliant science fiction story that is set on a space station with various species that includes two Mantarian and one Thracian, who are mutated humans. TorinLee is unique and there is no way to get around the fact that although they have two separate bodies now, they are still one mind and what one feels so does the other. Raffe has a fierce attraction to Torin and is delighted when he realizes that they are so similar that they can touch and neither will hurt the other,  but things are thrown in the mix that make him feel like he is wrong to want Torin.

To be able to understand exactly what the situation is with TorinLee, you really need to read the book, because I can’t really explain it without sounding mad (and yes, I did try, and like I said…mad ravings), but it is fascinating.  The same for Raffe and it has something to do with the same ultraviolet nebula storm. There’s some scientific research to do with wormholes and there’s a really good spaceship chase and there’s interference from others on the space station and also an attack from visitors (who get what they deserve). Torin and Raffe’s relationship is very passionate, but they don’t go charging into full sex straight away.

I have to tell you that there is a cliff-hanger ending and that, for the first time in years, I will be reading an m/f when Catching Lee is released, because I have to know what happen. So I have to recommend this to those who love original science fiction, hot sex, passionate clinches, complex brother/sister relationships, valiant hopes and dreams and an ending that will have you pulling your hair out.


Sinders and Ash by Tara Lain

Title:  Sinders and Ash

Series:  N/A

Author:  Tara Lain

Genre:   Contemporary Fairy Tale

Length:  Novella

Publisher:  Amber Allure (04/01/12)

Heat Level:  Moderate-Explicit

Heart Rating:  ♥♥♥♥♥5Hearts
Blurb:   Work hard, stay anonymous and don’t expect much. That’s resort housekeeper Mark Sintorella’s philosophy of life. After being kicked out of his family home at sixteen for being gay, Mark knows what it takes to survive. But how is he going to stay anonymous when he wants to be recognized as a great fashion designer? And how can he control his expectations when he’s desperately attracted to Ashton Armitage, the son of the fifth richest man in America? If Ash doesn’t find a woman to marry, he’s going to lose his inheritance, but he can’t seem to resist the beautiful kid who cleans fireplaces while hiding behind a black cap and heavy glasses. And then this crazy elf of a man, Carstairs Pennymaker, has Mark running around looking like a fashion model wearing gorgeous women’s clothes. The clock strikes twelve and the wedding follows the ball. Two beautiful princesses line up for attention. But one isn’t interested, and one isn’t even a woman. Who will be the bride? And will the shoe fit? Only the fairy godmother knows for sure…
Product Link: http://amberquill.com/AmberAllure/SindersAndAsh.html

Reviewer:   Portia

Review:  Mark “Sinders” Sintorella is a throwaway kid who landed on his feet.  He might not have a glamorous life, working as a housekeeper in a ritzy resort, but he is saving money and one day he’ll be able to attend a fashion design school and really start living his dreams.

This is my favorite read this week…so far; a modern retelling of Cinderella…kinda.  There are no wicked stepmothers or evil step sisters, but there is a quirky fairy god father and a handsome prince, a bit of cross-dressing and mistaken identity and a lot of fun.

This is one of those books that would make a great made for TV movie.  Mark has been on his own since he was sixteen.  He learned the hard way that sometimes being invisible is a good thing.  He works hard, and is happy to stay in the background.  Falling in with Mr. Pennymaker’s mad schemes is fun and seemingly harmless.  In truth, the potential to meet high rollers in the fashion industry is an opportunity too tempting to pass up.  Falling in love with Ash is not in his five-year-plan.  Especially, given that Ash is deep in the closet and looking for a wife…of the female variety.

Ash has never had a reason to advertise his orientation.  On rare occasions, he pays discreet men to scratch that itch.  Not until Sinder did it occur to him that he could live a life other than the one laid out for him by his parents.  And the whole marriage clause in his grandfather’s will isn’t helping.  It’s hard to build a relationship, when you’re courting another woman.

The support cast of players are cute…especially Ash’s mom.  I can see her at a Pride Rally, as long as she has the right thing to wear.

Tara Lain is brilliant.  She writes love stories that feed my romantic soul.  Sinders and Ash is sweet and sexy and I highly recommend it.  I hope she is somewhere thinking of other poor charges that Mr. Pennymaker can work a little magic for.

Face Value by RJ Scott

Title: Face Value

Series: Sanctuary 03

Author: R.J. Scott

Genre: Contemporary, Action

Length: Novel (177pgs)

Publisher: Silver Publishing (7th April 2012)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4Hearts

Reviewer: Pixie

Blurb: Beckett Jamieson is temporarily blinded by his uncle’s and father’s harsh beating. Rushed to safety by a secretive organization, the one person he trusted leaves him in care of Kayden Summers. Can he trust the doctor to keep him safe?

Beckett Jamieson discovers he’s adopted when a lawyer hands him a letter from his mother on his twenty-first birthday. His real name is Robert Bullen, but the Bullen family is involved in criminal activity of the worst kind. He decides to bring them down but ends up badly beaten and temporarily blinded. A Sanctuary agent takes him to a safe house to heal.

Doctor Kayden Summers, Sanctuary operative, isn’t happy about being stuck in the middle of nowhere with an unconscious man. When Beckett wakes, the situation goes from bad to worse. Beckett doesn’t trust him, is as determined as ever to find the evidence his mother hid, and on top of all that, Kayden finds himself attracted to the determined young man.

Can they overcome their issues and eliminate the threat from the Bullen brothers?

Purchase Link: https://spsilverpublishing.com/product_book_info/products_id/737

Review: Beckett is in grave danger, after finding out that he was adopted and that his own mother died he goes to his biological father to carry out the instructions in the letter left to him by his mother but now he is beaten, temporarily blinded and stuck in a safe house with a man he doesn’t even know. Kayden is frustrated to be stuck in the middle of nowhere when he could be out on assignment doing something, but then Beckett wakes up and things just might get interesting.

A great continuation of the Sanctuary series.  This book starting where the last book finished so I have to advise that you read the series in order. Beckett is searching for something that his mother left behind in her favorite room in the Bullen household when he is caught by his uncle.  He gets rescued by Sanctuary, but his recovery is not easy. Kayden is a slight enigma, because even though we find out a lot about his background and his skills I still felt like there was more to discover about him. Beckett is quite straight forward, as all he wants is to find what his mother had hidden and get the truth over his friend’s death, get justice and then get as far away from his father and uncles as possible.

So the story is well written, the emotions that they all go through are well portrayed and the relationship is off to a good beginning, so thumbs up R.J. We have a good feel for the mystery, suspense and the twist and we get to enjoy a bit of angst from Beckett until Kayden shares his past with him. I can understand Beckett’s frustration over not being able to do what he wanted when he wanted and Kayden’s slight humor at thwarting him. The two men do have an attraction to each other and a budding relationship is in the works, the sex is extremely low-key there’s some kissing and right at the end we get the very beginning of some foreplay… so I warn you now you might wish violence on the author for her abrupt ending. *Grrr*

I liked all the secondary characters (except the Bullens) even the FBI guy (although I felt perverse pleasure at his frustration) and I felt so sorry for poor Austin (the family lawyer), we get to see Manny again and we meet Adam who is also with Sanctuary. So how many more stories can we look forward to? *Squee*

A great addition to the Sanctuary series so I recommend this to those who love mystery, suspense, a bit of action, some danger, a budding attraction/relationship and two stubborn men who strike sparks off each other.




Stolen Dreams by Sue Brown

Title:  Stolen Dreams

Series:  N/A

Author:  Sue Brown

Genre:   Contemporary

Length:  Novel

Publisher:  Silver Publishing

Heat Level:  Explicit

Heart Rating:  ♥♥♥♥4Hearts
Blurb:   In a moment of madness, Morgan cheated on his best friend and lover, and Shae walked out without looking back. Five years on, and Morgan has a new life. He is engaged to a tempestuous and passionate Hollywood actor, Jase, and his career as an assistant movie director is thriving.

The last thing Morgan expects is for Shae to walk back into his life. It is clear from the start that he is still deeply attracted to Shae, and that feeling is returned. What is also obvious is that everyone else can see it, including his fiancé.

As Morgan and Shae get to know each other again, they discover the extent that friends meddled in their lives to keep them apart five years previously. Morgan finds that he cannot deny the fact he is still in love with Shae, but he is engaged, and Shae has secrets that he is not prepared to share. Morgan has some hard decisions to make as he struggles not to hurt the men that he cares about.
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Reviewer:   Portia

Review:  Five years ago Morgan cheated on Shae.  Shae walked away and Morgan slowly climbed back out of the bottle to build a pretty good life.  He has a job he loves, owns a successful business and is planning his wedding.  Then Shae comes back.

I was hesitant to pick this book up.  Sue Brown’s The Night Porter kinda scarred me.  I think folks across two counties heard me scream with the ending of that book.  Luckily, earlier this year, Sue released The Light of Day and fixed her earlier lapse in literary judgment.

I began this book peeking behind every page waiting for Shae or Morgan to do something really stupid to mess up their second chance.  I didn’t have to wait long.  If this whole writing thing doesn’t work out for Sue Brown, she should have no problem writing for daytime TV.  There are more lies between these pages than would be allowed in an episode of Pretty Liars.  One by one, the lies are unearthed.  He said, she said, they did…it’s not-stop.

There was a slight lag in the middle where I almost gave up on these Shae and Morgan’s willingness to commit 100%.  And Shae’s HUGE lie of omission had definite unforgivable potential.  By the time that came out, I was fully invested and needed to know if Happy-ever-after was even an option for these two.

The ending was nice.  I liked the fact that both the main characters and their friends were multi-dimensional.  With few exceptions, you might not agree with their actions, but you could see their motives were not malicious.

So for now, Sue Brown can stay on my To Be Read Pile.  Especially, if she promises hard liquor with purchase the next time she tries one of those innovative -cardiac-arrest-inducing endings. J  Highly recommend.

Oscar by Bailey Bradford

Title: Oscar

Series: Leopard’s Spots 02

Author: Bailey Bradford

Genre: Shifter, Paranormal

Length: Novel (155pgs)

Publisher: Total E-Bound (26th March 2012)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4Hearts

Reviewer: Pixie

Blurb: One sexy wolf is determined to show a grouchy kitty just how perfect they are for each other.

Oscar Travis has always been different, and not just because he’s a snow leopard shifter. Petite and pretty in a family where even the women are bigger and stronger than he is, Oscar has been protected by them except the times when no one could keep him safe. When he had to take another shifter’s life to protect his own family, Oscar’s world became a scarier place, at least in his head, not that he’s going to let his family know that. He will, however, help his dad Henry hunt down the cougar shifter who is trying to destroy one of Oscar’s own, his brother-in-law, Lyndon.

Which is why Oscar finds himself in San Antonio. Curiosity-always Oscar’s potential downfall-is the reason he’s in one of the city’s biggest gay nightclubs. And it’s his bad luck that he is cornered by four obnoxious shifters who are out to ruin his night. Josiah Baker has other plans for Oscar, plans of mates and forever, but once he makes sure his kitten is safe, he’s ditched like a two dollar whore. Good thing he’s a shifter too, and a determined one who doesn’t shy away from Oscar’s attitude. He sees the hurting man behind the pretty façade, and no one is going to keep him and Oscar from the happy ending they deserve.

Unless the cougar shifter Oscar was hunting has anything to say about it. Then Oscar and Josiah’s ending will be painful and in the immediate future.

Reader Advisory: This book is part of a series and is best read in sequence.

Purchase Link: http://www.total-e-bound.com/product.asp?strParents=&CAT_ID=&P_ID=1591

Review: Oscar lands in a bit of trouble when he visits a nightclub and a bouncer who thinks he’s coming to Oscar’s rescue doesn’t help. Josiah finds his mate in the little kitty shifter, but he keeps getting brushed off.  Oscar has an attitude about large men who try to take control, but with Josiah he might have met his match.

A well written story that continues with the story-line from Leopard’s Spots 01- Levi. Oscar has forever been protected by his family because he is smaller.  He had a hard time at school with bullying and he just feels like he is a misfit and has developed a hard external shell. Josiah might be an Alpha, but even he knows that he doesn’t stand much of a chance against his mate unless he can convince Oscar that he doesn’t see him as a misfit and there is nothing wrong with him.

I really liked this one, because although Oscar felt the mating pull he refused to give into it straight away and he also feels unsure of how Josiah will feel about him killing someone. The dynamics of Oscar’s and Josiah’s relationship was more even balanced with both men treating each other as though they are equals, with Oscar being slightly more Alpha than Josiah.  The sex between them is really hot and erotic and again the dynamics are equal between them.

Oscar struggles to face what he did in the first book and he has a hard time believing that he won’t snap and do it again.  Believing that he is turning into a monster, we get a good feel for what he is going through and the support that Josiah offers him. They are great characters and fit well together and the supporting characters are good, I really enjoyed the banter that Lyndon’s brothers brought into the book and there are a few surprises from them as well.

So if you love shifters, hot men, hot sex, twists, semi betrayal, dominate men, twisted guilt and a happy ending then I recommend that this book is for you.


Chulito by Charles Rice-González

Title:  Chulito

Series:  N/A

Author:  Charles Rice Gonzalez

Genre:   YA Urban Romance, Coming of Age

Length:  Novel

Publisher:  Magnus Books (December 13, 2011)

Heat Level:  Low

Heart Rating:  ♥♥♥♥♥5Hearts
Blurb:   Set against a vibrant South Bronx neighborhood and the queer youth culture of Manhattan’s piers, Chulito is a coming-of-age, coming out love story of a sexy, tough, hip hop-loving, young Latino man and the colorful characters that populate his block. Chulito, which means “cutie,” is one of the boys, and everyone in his neighborhood has seen him grow up–the owner of the local bodega, the Lees from the Chinese restaurant, his buddies from the corner, and all of his neighbors and friends, including Carlos, who was Chulito’s best friend until they hit puberty and people started calling Carlos a pato…a faggot.
Chulito rejects Carlos, buries his feelings for him, and becomes best friends with Kamikaze, a local drug dealer. When Carlos comes home from his first year away from college and they share a secret kiss, Chulito’s worlds collide as his ideas of being a young man, being macho, and being in love are challenged. Vivid, sexy, funny, heartbreaking, and fearless, this knock out novel is destined to become a gay classic.

Product Link:  Chulito: A Novel *Note:  There was no buy link on publisher’s website for this title.*

Reviewer:   Portia

Review:  In a lot of ways, Chulito is like a lot of urban 15 year olds.   He shares an apartment with his single mother, he sells drugs and he’s a high school dropout.  But, Chulito has a secret…he’s gay.

Oshun be praised!!! I loved this book!!!  Okay, had to get that out of my system.  Now, let me tell you about my Reviewers’ Find of the Week.  According to his website, Charles Rice-González has a bunch of fancy degrees and is a very busy guy.  He is the director of BAAD, The Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance and is a community activist. I am just thankful that he didn’t let real life get in the way of his writing Chulito.  This is the most authentic YA novel, of its genre, I’ve ever had the privilege to read in a long time.

Chulito is a young man and as such, very much a victim of the pact mentality.  He’s lived in the same building forever, had the same friends and is comfortable in his little world.  But, when he sees his openly gay friend kiss another guy, something inside him clicks.  It takes him a minute to realize the feeling gnawing at his gut is jealousy.  And even after he comes to acknowledge his attraction, he is too immature to break free from the pack.

This is an amazing coming of age story.  Chulito is forced to examine what it means to be a man.  His environment is steeped in Latino machismo.  His picture of manhood has been shaped by his neighborhood.  A working poor ghetto filled with drug lords and gangs. I spent much of this book praying he didn’t get killed before he figured it out.  The language is raw and some readers might be offended by the liberal use of urban vernacular and racial epitaphs.  I could do an educational rant on the intracultural use of the word “nigga”, but I won’t.  Just know that the N-word can be used as a term of endearment.

Throughout the book, Chulito wears many masks.  Each is real at the moment.  One minute he’s 100% gangsta, getting his hustle on, the next he’s a slobbering love-sick fool, wanting only to be with Carlos.  Luckily,  Rice-González has crafted an amazing support team for him in the persons of Kamikaze, Julio and Brick.  Through them, Chulito learns that no one is all good or all bad.  And regardless of what path you choose, a real man will forge his own way and take responsibility for his choices.

The story is set in the Bronx and  Rice-González did an excellent job bringing that world to life.  It’s easy to imagine the author as a young man in this vibrant world; not just some generic Latin world, but Newyorican New York, a unique blend of Black speech, Latin passion and New York rawness.  Chulito made me homesick for the energy of the city.  I saw the young men that I grew up with and loved as a teenager.

I have no doubt that Chulito will appeal to a wide range of readers.  His message of self-acceptance will resonate with adults who have crossed over to a world outside the pack and young people still finding their way.

I wouldn’t be much of a reviewer if I gave away the ending, but know that I cried.  Cried for the thug who loved another dude, for the young man who dared to dream and for the community that loved them both.

Chulito is beautifully written, wonderfully crafted; an exquisite addition to LGBT YA fiction.  If this book doesn’t receive any awards, it won’t be because I didn’t nominate it.  I am the newest Charles Rice-González fan.  Hopefully, I’ll be able to track him down and do an interview with him, at some point.  In any event, I hope he finds the time to craft another wonderful story in Chulito’s world.  Highly recommend.

Decision We Make by R. J. Scott

Title:  Decisions We Make

Series:  N/A

Author:  RJ Scott

Genre:   YA Romance

Length:  Novel

Publisher:  Love Lane Books (January 22, 2012)

Heat Level:  Low

Heart Rating:  ♥♥♥♥♥5Hearts

Blurb:  Daniel Keyes is an orphan, fostered by the Walker’s. The product of a lonely childhood, he is thrown into the chaos of the Walker family and into the life of his new foster brother Jamie.

This story is the journey of Daniel and Jamie finding their place in the world. Through Jamie being a victim of hate crime to coming out to family and friends, there are many decisions the boys have to make before they become men.

Product Link:  http://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-thedecisionswemake-673763-145.html

Reviewer:   Portia

Review:  Daniel came to live with the Walker family after his mother’s suicide.  The quiet, shy musical prodigy is immediately taken under the wing of the family’s middle child, Jamie.  From the moment they meet, their bond is strong and unbreakable.  But, as the boys approach their high school graduation and Daniel comes out to the family, everything is about to change.

Not every adult fiction writer can transition well into the world of young adult romance.    RJ Scott is one that can.  Decisions We Make is a really well-written story.  Most of it is from Daniel’s POV.  It is heartbreaking to see how the decisions that he makes are painted with a brush dipped in the pain of loss and insecurity. *Note:  That was a really cool sentence, huh?* Jamie is his perfect compliment.  There are lots of flashbacks into the boys growing up years, but these are well-crafted and not at all distracting.

The Walkers are a tight-knit family that I wished every LGBT kid could have grown up in.  The parents are very upfront with both their concerns and their support.  Mark is the perfect big brother, ready to fight if anyone hassles the boys about their “new” relationship.  And their little sister never failed to make me smile with the stuff that came out of her mouth.

This book is not all flowers and kisses.  Some really bad things happen that bears evidence to the fact that some folks are filled with bigotry and hate; folks who become the victims of a scorned young woman, bent on revenge.  But, the “incident” did cause the boys secret out into the open.  I really felt for Daniel.  He would love to just love Jamie, but, he also worries that loving Jamie may bring rejection from the rest of the family.

The ending is great and I hope we get to see Jamie and Daniel as they head off to UCLA.  As a mom, I closed this book knowing most teenage romances don’t last, but hoping that this one does.  Highly recommend.

Brothers in Arms by Kendall McKenna

Title:  Brothers in Arms

Series:  N/A

Author:  Kendall McKenna

Genre:   Action/Adventure

Length:  Novel

Publisher:  Silver Publishing

Heat Level:  Moderate

Heart Rating:  ♥♥♥♥♥5Hearts

Blurb:   Jonah Carver is a Marine. He experiences a scorching night with former commander, Kellan Reynolds, but then they lose touch–to Jonah’s regret. When a V.I.P. is killed on Jonah’s watch, the FBI arrives; including Kellan! Once reunited, sparks fly.

Jonah Carver is a Marine and combat veteran. He and his former Captain, Kellan Reynolds, once shared a scorching night, but then lost touch; something Jonah has long regretted.

When an investigation into government corruption, and the murder of U.S. troops, ends in the killing of a V.I.P. on Jonah’s watch, the FBI arrives. With them is Kellan Reynolds. Together once more, Jonah begins to believe in second chances and sparks fly.

Nothing is that easy, though, as the suspects will stop at nothing to bring the investigation to an end. Jonah must keep everyone in his charge alive while helping the FBI and Kellan find the proof they need.

When Kellan is kidnapped, Jonah has to find and rescue him. If he doesn’t, not only will the investigation unravel, but he’ll lose Kellan for a second time–for good.

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Reviewer:   Portia

Review: Jonah is a career soldier.  He is a highly trained RECON Marine.  They are the baddest of the bad, the toughest of the tough.  They are not babysitters. This story begins with Jonah and his team baby-sitting a government investigator.  Unfortunately, knowing what he is investigating is above their pay grade.

In my fantasy world, where I am queen, I would love to believe that Brothers in Arms is the result of my mad rantings.  In the real world, I know Kendall McKenna’s debut novel was already “headed to the presses”, when I asked the M/M collective for something new.  Nonetheless, Brothers in Arms definitely fits the bill.

I cannot imagine how much research went into this book.  There is a mind-blowing amount of detail to military life, both before and after deployment. But, I can appreciate the skill with which McKenna draws pictures with words of a war zone.  Names that appear daily in my, became real places populated with real people as I turned page after page. The words and actions of the marines were sometimes horrifically realistic, at other times tender or silly.  While I read, I was transported to the unforgiving heat of the desert.  Heat that is so constant, it is almost a character.

Jonah has swag for days, a real man’s man.  But, he is also the true leader of his platoon.  Sometimes, he forgets that the new guys haven’t “been there and one that”.  Till his memories of Kellan’s words guide him. I love him.  And Jonah and Kellan together…smokin’ hot.  Set before the repeal of DADT, their lovin’ is mostly secretive touches and glances across the room.  But, on the few occasions when they actually get to do the nasty…they get raw and dirty with it.

But, this is so much more than a romance.  Actually, it is a war thriller with a very nice little suspense thread running through it.  Corrupt government officials, gun running and dodging insurrectionists make for some very nice action scenes.  Then there are enough unanswered questions, that even if Jonah and Kellan don’t make it back to the desert, the intrigue can continue.

My only complaint?  What the hell happened with Yarwood?

Highly recommending this title and looking forward to seeing what else the brilliant mind of Kendall McKenna will produce.


Artistic Pursuits by Andrew Grey

Title:  Artistic Pursuits

Series:  Bottled Up 07

Author:  Andrew Grey

Genre:  Contemporary Mystery/FBI Drama

Publisher:  Dreamspinner Press

Length:  Novel, 200 pages

Product Link:  http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=2774

Heat Level: Moderate to Explicit

Heart Rating:  ♥♥♥♥4.25 out of 5Hearts

Reviewer:  Tame

Blurb:  Frank Jennings is an FBI agent looking for redemption.  Leslie Carlton is an Interpol agent looking for a thief. Attraction flares from the moment they meet on a case searching for a stolen triptych of unique Tiffany windows, but after a single night of stunning passion, Leslie is called back to London to continue his search there.

When the case heats up again, Leslie returns to the States—and to Frank—but their investigation is complicated by their tumultuous feelings. Is it possible for two dedicated detectives to pursue each other while they’re tracking down stolen art and the unscrupulous man who steals it?

Review:  This is the first of the books in this Art Series that I’ve actually read, and it will not be the last.  Frank Jennings, an FBI agent who feels a bit of disgrace and need for justification and redemption amongst his peers, is forced to team up with Leslie Carlton, an Interpol agent who’s been hot on the trail of a particular art thief for over 10 years.  This thief works through others for the acquisition of unique Tiffany windows, and, until the theft in the United States, had been difficult on which to obtain tenable leads.  Through the (reluctant) pairing of Frank & Les, helped by some great secondary characters (namely Karl, an FBI agent and computer guru), they do end up capturing the thief, recovering the windows, and going on to recover other art work stolen over the past several years by that same thief.

At first, I wasn’t sure if I liked either man.  Frank had a major chip on his shoulder, helped along by a case going horribly wrong due to incorrect information he acted on without being able to check out the source first, and the ribbing inside the department.  He was not the closet about his sexuality, but never had any need before to voice it either.  At his core, he liked to make home-cooked meals, close to his family, and hid a surprisingly strong Dom personality.  Leslie was a British foreigner, who had 10 years on a man seemingly as difficult to capture as the wind in a glass atomizer, transplanted to the States with one goal in mind, and reticent about his background with Interpol or his family in the beginning.  It’s obvious,  however, these are 2 very good guys working on the right side of the law, and almost the very beginning, became caught up in an attraction with either other, and with justice, which spanned several continents.  The men grew on me as the story progressed, and as they came to learn more about each other (e.g. both men’s fear of failure, Frank’s fear of misplaced attraction and love, Leslie’s fear of loss of his identity), I saw their future path together, but with Les’ home & work overseas, and Frank’s in the States, how would it actually work out best for both men?  Or would they truly be forced to give the other up?  How the author worked the story plot, weaving the Tiffany windows theft and plan for recovery, in this love story was brilliant.  I deduced there were characters from his previous Art stories involved as secondary characters in this novel, and one didn’t necessarily have to have read the other stories to enjoy this one.  I enjoyed the snappy dialogue between the two main characters, especially the ‘dressing down’ Les gave Frank in the office, behind ‘closed doors’, showing that while Les is by nature quiet and a bit elusive, he isn’t a pushover.  Frank opening up to Karl, and their eventual friendship and partnership on & off the job, was one of the best parts of the book, because it showed Frank starting to visibly care for others, become a bit more vulnerable, put faith in his team and not solely in himself, thus allowing Karl to show himself as a great FBI agent, and Frank a great FBI leader.  (I do hope the author plans to write about Karl in a future novel).

I’m not one for BDSM or D/s novels much, because I always feel they’re unbalanced, and therefore think one person is at a disadvantage to the other.  This novel had a lot of D/s under (and perhaps over-) tones to me, but it seemed very balanced—both men strong, established in their careers of leadership & power, both with something to prove, both handsome, both vulnerable—and the sex between the two men was spicy, caring, and delicious.

I really enjoyed the novel, the intrigue of the Tiffany windows theft, and the fact that the series isn’t over—if you like a bit of D/s in the relationship, strong men with chips on their shoulders hiding a bit of vulnerability, witty dialogue, and a mystery to solve, this is the book for you.



Alex and Clayton by John Simpson

Title:  Alex and Clayton

Series:  N/A

Author:  John Simpson

Genre:   Contemporary

Length:  Novel

Publisher:  Dreamspinner Press

Heat Level:  Moderate

Heart Rating:  ♥♥♥♥♥5Hearts

Blurb:   After quiet, closeted years working as a librarian, Clayton decides to quit his job and use his inheritance to buy a small bookstore in the gay-friendly resort town of Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. It’s the beginning of what he hopes will be a new life free of his old repressions.

Alex, an ex-military man and former cop, decides to retire to Rehoboth and buys a house three blocks from the beach. Determined to fill his time with more than chasing hot guys, he visits the local bookstore, where he meets Clayton.

As winter sets in, the town is all but deserted, and Alex and Clayton find themselves together more than apart. Clayton would like a relationship, but his fear of coming out keeps getting in the way. Alex’s sex appeal might be enough to convince Clayton to take a chance in the open… but it will take something more to make it happen.

Product Link: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=2814

Reviewer:   J.

Review:  The m/m romance of Alex and Clayton by John Simpson is a tale set in 1953, which immediately puts the reader in the mindset of life in Belford, New Jersey; which is a great way to begin as life for m/m relationships were still kept hidden and in secret. The reader is then taken from the time of Clayton’s birth and leads to a journey of how similar they were from childhood not having met each other yet. They endured the same battles of bullying and self-acceptance; building self-confidence in them after years of running; and yet, still come from parallel backgrounds.

Without giving away too much, their first meeting was in passing, but when reintroduced once again, there was something in Clayton that seemed to soften the tough guy exterior that Alex had mastered so well.

What is special in this story and the romance between the two characters is their open honesty with each other, despite their differences in their behavior to sex and sexuality. It is refreshing to read their candid conversations that centered so deep and intimate and not the typical general questions two men would ask on a first date. There is no holding back there.

Simpson’s writing feels as if you are there with the two characters and his switching back and forth between the two flows smoothly as the sensual relationship they soon are developing. I never felt lost and became more interested in what they were sharing with each other as the chapters progressed.

All in all, Simpson wrote a wonderful tale of a romance between two men who were different in many ways and yet very similar; that brings them together in exploring a new world together. The characters of Alex and Clayton are ones that a reader would enjoy and if Simpson is creating this to be a series, many would be interested in seeing what other challenges and obstacles would come their way in their newfound relationship.

I’d give this a definite A for good clean storytelling, characters that I liked and appreciated without casting judgment on their pasts and for keeping it basically between the relationship of Alex and Clayton as the title suggests. I highly recommend this read as it gives hope that m/m romance is out there when the time is right.

Orion Rising by S. A. Meade

Title: Orion Rising

Author: S.A. Meade

Genre: Futuristic/Science Fiction

Length: Novella (130pgs)

Publisher: Total E-Bound (19th March 2012)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4Hearts

Reviewer: Pixie

Blurb: Michael and Paul fight to survive in a land frozen by endless winter. Will the ice between them thaw once and for all?

Michael Wright has given up thinking he’s anything more than a number-cruncher. When he’s summoned to verify the outcome of renowned meteorologist, Paul Clarkson’s latest research Michael is happy to escape the drudgery of a grey cubicle at the Met Office.

At Station 17 he finds himself working side by side with a brilliant scientist and charismatic man who stirs a lot more than respect. The attraction is mutual but, after a few snatched hours of passion, internal politics and a vengeful adversary tear them apart.

When Michael returns to Station 17 two years later he discovers that the world isn’t the only thing that’s changed. Paul is forbiddingly distant and the fire that once burned between them has turned to ice. The violence of deadly storm reignites their relationship – but will the disastrous aftermath of another destroy their love once and for all?

Purchase Link: http://www.total-e-bound.com/product.asp?strParents=&CAT_ID=&P_ID=1589

Review: Michael is asked to verify a meteorologist’s findings and as they work together become close, but work separates them.  When they meet again, two years later, Paul is cold and hard towards Michael. But, the thaw sets in and they begin again, then disaster strikes. Can Michael tame the storm that is Paul or is the ice to thick?

This is a really well written futuristic science-fiction story that shows a future that is bleak and cold. The climate is harsh, the rain is acid, and there are no plant life and little animal life.  There are Domes for protection and this is the world in the future. Michael is a weather statistician who is called to verify Paul’s work.  The results mean a bleaker future, but Michael and Paul come together with a kernel of hope.  which is dashed when Michael is called back to Met Office. Two years later Michael is back at Station 17, but Paul is like ice towards him.

This is one of those books that pulls you in two directions; the story-line was brilliant.  Earth of the future with harsh weather that just keeps getting worse and little hope for improvement and two men chancing upon love in those harsh conditions.  But, Paul is a bit of a prick and a control freak and I really found it hard to believe that Michael just took Paul back so easily the second time especially after the way he treated Michael and the way he abused his work position to punish Michael.

While Paul is a complete prick, in some circumstances, when he is thinking with his head and heart instead of his pride, he is a sweet considerate man and he is a great match for Michael.  Michael knows that Paul is the man for him, so he holds on to his hope. The sex is passionate and explosive between them and circumstances keep getting in their way every time they try to be together.

The detail and description are quite exquisite, Michael’s reaction to having fresh vegetables for the first time was fantastic.  The image, that we are given about our world, really was bleak; acid rain, snow so thick it covers buildings, just amazing imagery. The only thing that I was left with was a hope for an explanation of how the world had ended up like that… was it just global warming? was it the natural climate?… or was there a man-made disaster that triggered it?

With this one I will recommend it to those who love futuristic Earth plight, hot passionate men, intense sex, conflict, danger and a happy ending.


Tools of Justice by Jaime Samms and Sarah Masters

Title: Tools of Justice

Series: The Dreaming 01

Author: Jaime Samms & Sarah Masters

Genre: Paranormal, Thriller, Crime, Mystery

Length: Super Novel (264pgs)

Publisher: Total E-Bound (26th March 2012)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating:  ♥♥♥♥♥5Hearts

Reviewer: Pixie

Blurb: One cop. One killer. Both dreamwalkers. Not every dream should see the light of day…

Three very different people have one thing in common-a dreamscape steeped in horror. Barry has had dreams of violent death all his life, and as a cop, he now works to solve the crimes his dreams tell him about in hopes he can save at least one victim from suffering the fate he faces every time he lays his head on his pillow. His ex-lover, Tag—now his boss—has no idea how to help him cope other than to protect his job…and try to protect their hearts from the dreams that could end up killing them both.

Leyton welcomes the dream state that shows him his next victim. He’s been a killer for as long as he can remember, and the land where he walks in shadow beside the horn-headed man who guides him feels more like home than the waking world. Now, in addition to seeking out those who would kill the innocent and ending their lives in his own special reign of terror, Leyton is promised a bride—someone to love him forever. It seems everything he’s ever dreamed is about to come true.

Jessica just wants to get her life back after her boyfriend is murdered and she is abducted. Twice. Finding herself at Leyton’s mercy is a nightmare she soon finds is only the very beginning. When the horn-headed man visits her, she knows nothing will ever be the same again.

The four of them now have to find a way to navigate the real world while the dream state dictates their very lives and threatens everything they hold dear. If they manage to catch a few killers and save a few innocent lives along the way, that will have to be their compensation for the “gifts” given by The Dreaming.

Reader Advisory: This book contains several graphic and detailed scenes of torture, dismemberment and murder.

Purchase Link: http://www.total-e-bound.com/product.asp?P_ID=1590

Review: Freaking hell! I don’t know what I was expecting from this book, but it certainly wasn’t what I got. Barry has always had dreams where he is the victim, usually the victim of torture and murder.  He tries to use his dreams to solve the crimes, but the dreaming affects his work in other ways. Tag has tried to do what is best for Barry but now he realizes it was a mistake to leave him.  He has protected him at work, but now he can see that Barry is falling apart. Leyton welcomes his dreams with open arms, he enjoys going out and dishing out justice to the ones who deserve it and some he has directed Barry towards, to have Barry bring them to a different justice. Jessica gets drawn into the web of dreaming by being in the wrong place at the wrong time, but now it won’t let her go and her only hope is falling away.

This is a fantastically written story that will send shivers down your spine and make you want to sleep with one eye open or never sleep again. Barry struggles with normal life as the nightmares consumes him at night. But, it is worse than just bad dreams, he lives what victims are living through as they die.  His one safety net is no longer there to hold the dreams at bay and now someone is contacting him and threatening his beloved Tag. Tag sacrificed his relationship to help protect Barry, but now with a case getting out of control and a missing woman, he realizes that he needs Barry as much as Barry needs him. Leyton is as close to insane as you can get, but to him what he is doing is completely right, he draws Jessica into the Dreaming, because he was told wrong information.  Now, He has a team together to do His work.

This story is so different from what I expected and it was brilliant. This story draws you in as you read and doesn’t let you go.  You never know what will happen next and there are twists that you don’t see coming. Each character has a part to play and none of them have a real choice. They are dragged in by being able to dream true life.  Each person is manipulated and threatened into doing His work and you really don’t know whether to cheer Him or hide from Him. Your heart goes out to each character, even when you want to hate one of them.  But, their stories are compelling; it isn’t until near the end of the book that the main characters are all together in one room.

The relationship between Barry and Tag is complex and intense and has mistrust ingrained into it.  But, both men are willing to try to repair the relationship and take one day at a time.  The sex between them is hot and intense, even if you don’t see a lot of it. Some scenes in the book are gruesome and very well described and yes, you just might throw up a little bit in your mouth when you realize about the teeth. This book does not end how you want it to.  we might have Barry and Tag in love and sorting their relationship out and we might have Jessica still alive and free from Leyton in a way and we have a deeply disturbed Leyton accepting that he can’t have Jessica as his love… but they are all still in a place of manipulation, intrigue, murder, mystery and threats…. I so can’t wait for the next book!!

So, I have to recommend this book if you want a tense, intense, mystery, suspense, crime, thriller, paranormal, bloody, gruesome, hauntingly creepy, dark story that has hot sex, a good relationship and an ending that makes you want to find who He is.



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