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Surviving by Edward Kendrick

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Series: NA
Author: Edward Kendrick
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Novel (171 pages)
Publisher: JMS Books (March 1st, 2015)
Heat Level: Mild
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts
Blurb: When Terry and Kel Coleman run from their abusive father, they end up in Denver. The day they arrive, they meet three street kids named Rudy, Snap, and Josie. The brothers move into the trio’s squat where Rudy and the others teach Terry and Kel the ins-and-outs of survival on the streets. While that happens, Terry and Rudy are drawn to each other and begin a tentative relationship.

Then Kel is almost kidnapped by a man sent by his father to bring him home. Forced to leave their squat to keep Kel safe, they turn to a local pastor for help. Thanks to the pastor, the five young people may find hope for their future — if they can survive the present. In the process, can the budding relationship between Terry and Rudy survive, or will it be torn apart by the life they’re forced to live

ISBN: 9781611527315

Product Link: http://www.jms-books.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=29_94&products_id=1377

Reviewer: Cat

Review: Terry and his younger brother Kelly have lived in fear and abuse by their father all their lives, Terry taking the beatings for Kelly. Once Kel turned 16, Terry had enough and they packed a bag and ran away to Colorado thinking it would be far enough away that their father couldn’t find them.

They had no idea what to do or where to go. They did know they didn’t want to sell their body or drugs, but that was as far as they had thought it out. At the Mall they meet a group of kids asking for change and decide to ask them how to survive the streets.

Snap, Josie and Rudy have been on the streets mostly since being teens. They are a close-knit group and haven’t wanted to take others in with them but after meeting these two boys they decide to make an exception and teach them how to survive.

This is a very well done story of street life. It isn’t the typical all kids on the streets are thugs, druggies or prostitutes. This shows that some are out there just to get away from a terrible life or have been tossed out like yesterday’s trash and are trying to survive without being one of the above statistics.

I love how Edward fills his story with several characters, all intriguing and integral to the story instead of focusing on one main character, has an interesting plot, tosses in some mystery and some mild sex.

If you like young adult, street life, a little mystery, mild sex and a satisfying ending this is for you.

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Wrong Side of the Law by Edward Kendrick

911-2yxIGzL._SL1500_Title: Wrong Side of the Law

Series: N/A

Author: Edward Kendrick

Genre: Contemporary

Length: Novel (206 Pages)

Publisher: JMS Books LLC (Jan 25th 2015)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Blurb: Undercover cop Dan Hudson is framed for blackmail and kicked off the NOPD force. Enraged about that, and the fact that his lover refuses to stand by him, Dan moves to Denver, where he becomes Dirk Steele. He finds a job working for the Powells, who are pawnbrokers … and fences.

When he proposes to them that he put together a team to steal on demand for the Powells’ less than legitimate clients, a deal is struck and the team is formed. The team consists of Maverick, a thief; Tripp, a street kid who shoplifts to survive; and Fey, another street kid who is an excellent pickpocket and petty thief.

Now the question becomes, will the team succeed? And, equally important, will the attraction between Dirk, who has sworn off love, and Maverick — whose credo is only down and dirty sex — grow into something more? Or will they remain just ‘friends with benefits’?

Time will tell as the team takes on increasingly difficult jobs and a man from Dirk’s past shows up who could possibly throw a monkey wrench into the works.

ISBN: 9781507545225

Purchase Link: http://www.jms-books.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=29_94&products_id=1348

Reviewer: Cat

Review: There are times in life that being on the right side of the law isn’t the best place to be. No matter how good you are things can blow up. Dirk Steele finds this out the hard way when after two years of busting his butt undercover to bring down a corrupt businessman he finds himself framed. When even betrayed by his lover of 5 years he disappears moving far from New Orleans. He makes new friends and not knowing what else to do for a living but use his undercover skills he finds himself on the wrong side of the law.

This is a very good book. Even though it teaches bad ethics it is still a feel-good sort of story. Dirk was wronged and though he is now a leader of a theft ring he has gotten two young kids off the streets, and even saved an abused dog. So there is a balance there.

The story is lighthearted, and sweet with some moderately hot love scenes. There are several characters involved in this story and all with interesting storylines. There is a touch of mystery and intrigue as well. I will say that for me there was a few details left hanging that I would have like to seen wrapped up and a few things were just too easy but this is fiction and all in all the story was good. I see a little potential here for another book and hope that I am right!

If you like good cops gone bad, thieves, Ocean’s Eleven, lots of characters, sweet romance, moderate sex scenes and a very feel-good story this is a must!

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For Rent or For Real by Terry O’Reilly

91rLrWf8t+L._SL1500_Title: For Rent or For Real
Series: N/A
Author: Terry O’Reilly
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Novel (184 pages)
Publisher: JMS Books (23 Nov 2014)
Heat Level: Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4Hearts
Blurb: College student Ted Davis is desperate for money. Without a source of income he’ll be forced to quit school and return home to his homophobic stepfather who cut him off when he was caught fooling around with his best friend.

While working as a waiter, Ted meets suave, handsome Trace Morrison, who offers Ted a job as an escort. Ted is reluctant at first, as he doesn’t believe himself to be gay. However, when Trace seduces him, Ted realizes his stepfather’s assessment of him was correct.

Ted quickly discovers that working as an escort is not as glamorous or satisfying as it appears on the surface. He becomes disillusioned with his life as a rent boy and seeks to find a way out of his situation — to escape the world of shallow, impersonal sex to find a relationship that has real depth and meaning.

Will Ted be trapped in this life of sex for hire until he’s too old to attract the attention of the parade of rich and needy clients that rent his body to fulfill their fantasies? Or will his own fantasies of a real, loving and monogamous relationship be realized when someone from Ted’s past re-enters the picture?

ISBN: 9781611527001

Product Link: http://www.jms-books.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=86&products_id=1342

Reviewer: Prime

Review: This is an enjoyable, drama filled coming of age story which centres on young man, Ted, who is discovering and exploring his sexuality. He gets caught fooling around by his homophobic step father, who kicks Ted out onto the streets, though not before Ted is forced by his stepfather to attend one of those camps which apparently cure gay men. It is through here that Ted’s journey of self discovery takes off as we are introduced to more and more characters until Ted finds “the one”.

Like many young men in these sorts of stories, Ted becomes an escort after an encounter leads to a job offer better than the job as a waiter which would never cover his bills to make it through college. This part of the story becomes a bit “so, so”, it’s similar to many other stories in the same area. However, I did like the addition of the characters/subplot which served to be the source of Ted’s disillusionment. Quickly, it’s clear that he is no longer innocent, but rather jaded.

There are also another two characters who are also potential suitors for Ted. Both of them have the feel of innocence compared to Ted because of his work as an escort. The threads of plot that feature these guys are good, both guys are very different and their own stories are contrasting. It is also about this point where you may find yourself thinking: “Who is he going to finally find love with?”

This is a charmingly jaded coming of age story. Overall, the book is well-paced and the story comes together nicely at the end.

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Hawaiian Wedding by J.M. Snyder

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Series: Remy and Lane, #2
Author: J.M. Snyder
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Novel (161 pages)
Publisher: JMS Books (14 Dec 2014)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4Hearts
Blurb: City planner Remy McIntosh and architect Lane Anders are back from the best-selling novel, “Just the Three of Us,” to plan their Christmas wedding! When Remy married Kate, he’d only done so because it was the right thing to do, as she was pregnant with Braden. This time around, he’s marrying for love, and he wants everything to be just right.

At the time of their engagement, Virginia didn’t allow same-sex couples to marry, so Lane suggests they splurge and plan the perfect wedding in Hawaii. Because the island is so far away, Remy hires someone local to plan everything for them. He hates giving up so much control, but the wedding planner is someone Lane knew in high school, so she can’t be all bad, can she?

Unfortunately, things go wrong right from the start. Remy hopes to spend a week alone at Christmas with his lover in Hawaii before their families arrive for the wedding. But his son is erroneously booked on the same flight as Remy and Lane, and they have to spend their romantic tropical holiday entertaining a nine-year-old boy. Then the wedding planner disappears for the weekend to participate in a surfing competition.

When Remy decides to obtain a marriage license on his own, he discovers he needs proof of his divorce, which he doesn’t have with him, and Kate’s stuck in Virginia in a freak snowstorm that may ground her plane until after the wedding is scheduled to take place.

As things continue to spiral out of his control, Remy doesn’t know whether to laugh at his troubles or cry with frustration. Will he and Lane get to say “I do” on an Hawaiian island beach? Or should they just throw in the towel and elope back in the courthouse in Virginia?

ISBN: 9781611526110

Product Link: http://www.jms-books.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=85&products_id=1329

Reviewer: Prime

Review: I’ll be upfront here – this is book 2 in the series Remy and Lane. However, I did not realize this straight away and when I did, well, I was just about finished. Therefore, I can tell you that it can be read as a standalone book.

It is about couple Remy and Lane, who have decided to take the plunge together. If anyone has planned a wedding or helped someone, everything will be familiar here. Needing to find a state that allows same-sex marriage, they finally decide on Hawaii. More than anything Remy is looking forward to some proper alone time with his partner and have a long needed holiday.

It is funny and light-hearted, and mostly because I found myself laughing at Remy’s reaction to the “wedding planner” Lane found to handle things for them in Hawaii. The rag-tag cast of minor characters really add to the depth and humor to the book and to what could have been a very boring story about planning a wedding, particularly Remy’s son and his ex-wife, as well as Lane’s “friend” and his sister. A few of minor characters were a little annoying, but meh, I’ll survive.

A couple of things annoyed me though. One, Lane’s friend who organized the wedding, she popped out of nowhere in his life, I personally found it odd. Secondly, all this drama leading up to the wedding and we not only don’t see the wedding, which means we didn’t get a hot wedding night ending which I kind of hoped for!

All in all a very entertaining book. As I said earlier, this will be recognizable to anyone who has planned or helped plan a wedding. I found it funny rather than anything else and the humor often took the edge off of irritated/mad characters.

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A Cowboy for Keeps by J.D. Walker

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Series: N/A
Author: JD Walker
Genre: Contemporary/Cowboys
Length: Short (34 pages)
Publisher: JMS Books (5 Feb 2015)
Heat Level: Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥3.5Hearts
Blurb: Slim Montagne is about to leave town and head home when he stumbles over a pair of long, lean legs on the sidewalk. Daniel “Danny” Crane, a battered, dusty and bruised cowboy, is world-weary and has stopped believing in humanity. A drifter, his last ride left him on the side of the road, and he just barely made it to town before collapsing against the nearest wall.
When Slim offers Danny a place to stay, he’s suspicious, but figures he has nothing left to lose. Back at the ranch, Slim introduces Danny to Ret and Roscoe, two other men who live and work on the property. Turns out, Ret, Roscoe and Slim have a very intimate relationship, and they’re more than willing to add Danny to their circle.

All Danny has to do is be their cowboy, for keeps.

ISBN: 9781611527179

Product Link: http://www.jms-books.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=29_94&products_id=1372

Reviewer: Prime

Review: This is one hot story if what you’re looking for is some very hot sex between four sexy cowboys. Slim Montagne seems to have a tendency to pick up strays like Danny off the side of the road, offer then work and a place to live. He works on a ranch he had brought some years before with intimate friends/workers/past strays Roscoe and Ret.

Honestly, there isn’t much else to the plot than what is outlined in the blurb. I am sure doing a ménage would be difficult for such a short story. If it were longer there could have been a lot of room to add more in terms of emotion because beyond the sex.

Nonetheless, for a quick read the sexiness and tone is more than satisfactory.

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Studs & Stallions: Reining in Rio by Terry O’Reilly

3a2aeb2ca4483e5533dd9ab464cb5547d0576f5cTitle: Studs & Stallions: Reining in Rio
Series: Studs and Stallions
Author: Terry O’Reilly
Genre: Contemporary/Cowboys
Length: Novella (71 pages)
Publisher: JMS Books (15 Mar 2015)
Heat Level: Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4Hearts
Blurb: The final installment in the Stallions and Studs series sees wrangler and riding instructor Rio Cody enjoying the single life. He can — and often does — have a different guest in his bedroll every night. Despite the urgings of fellow ranch hands, most of whom have found partners, Rio sticks to his motto of “monogamy is monotony.”

However, Rio’s resolve to stay foot-loose is severely tested when he locks horns with New York college student, Mark Wembley, at a local Quarter Horse show. Mark is not at all Rio’s type, and he’s a pain in the butt to boot. Rio returns to his job at the gay dude ranch and manages, mostly, to put Mark out of his mind.

What happens when Mark shows up at Stallions and Studs as a guest and Rio is forced to face the fact that despite all his efforts to the contrary, he finds himself having feelings for Mark? Will Rio dig in his boot heels and continue to ride life’s trails alone, or will Mark do what no other man has, rein in Rio?

ISBN: 9781611527506

Product Link: http://www.jms-books.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=29_94&products_id=1394

Reviewer: Prime

Review: I had to confirm this on All Romance eBooks, but this is book 4 in the Studs & Stallions series (the series does not come up properly on Goodreads, which would be why I hadn’t realised just how many books there are in the series). That being said, I had no problem reading Reining in Rio without reading the preceding books – I assure you, they are standalone.

Rio Cody, the titular character, is a rodeo man who is also the stable manager at Studs & Stallions in Idaho. He’s a rough and tough, carefree cowboy, often sleeping with any man he pleases without fear of commitment – but there is the soft teddy bear side of him that yearns for love and commitment.

Changing from rodeo and giving the Quarter Horse show a go, there he meets Mark Wembley. (I had to look up exactly what Quarter Horses are and they are said to be the oldest American breed of horse and are often compete in shows such as in this story). Mark seems a bit stuck up and snooty when it comes to the rough cowboy who really does not know his way around Quarter Horse shows, obviously, and Mark does not give Rio any help. The next they meet is at Studs & Stallions, where Rio works full-time and sparks continue to fly.

I sometimes found the writing a bit fiddly, especially when it came to the cowboys’ slang, but other than that the story and the writing work really well. Sparks fly and there is definite chemistry between Rio and Mark, however, when they first meet the attraction seemed a bit forced (I’m not sure if that was used as a plot device, but, meh). This is a relatively quick and enjoyable read.

Above all else, this is a hot MM cowboy hot and who doesn’t like – or love – that?

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Dick Dancer by Alex Morgan

91nyQmvWrHL._SL1500_Title: Dick Dancers
Series: N/A
Author: Alex Morgan
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short (47 pages)
Publisher: JMS Books (8 Mar 2015)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4Hearts
Blurb: Narcissistic and arrogant, Joel is on top of his world. His ginger features and perfectly sculpted body have made him one of the most popular male dancers in Manhattan. His partner Sam is also a favorite dancer but doesn’t have a following like Joel’s.

When Joel starts receiving text messages and pictures from a secret admirer, Sam becomes concerned because Joel enjoys the extra attention. But soon, the unknown admirer elevates his stalking to physical attacks.

Joel realizes Sam is right and he has to confront his stalker to end his attacks, but how far is his secret admirer willing to go?

ISBN: 9781611527353

Product Link: http://www.jms-books.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=29_94&products_id=1388

Reviewer: Prime

Review: I’m going to keep this one short, not just because this is a short story but because I don’t want to ruin the element of surprise of this book. We are introduced to Joel, who for the sake of brevity can be a selfish prick, as well as his sweet and caring boyfriend, Sam. Joel is a sought after dancer at the club where he works and ends up with a stalker.

This is a well written book and I got quickly engrossed with the story, despite the fact I did not like Joel particularly well from the beginning. All I’m going to say is that I did not see the end with this one and I hope that there could be another short giving a bit more…and that is all!


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A Light in the Dark by Thomas Grant Bruso

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Series: N/A
Author: Thomas Grant Bruso
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short (13 pages)
Publisher: JMS Books (October 12, 2014)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥3Hearts
Blurb: Christian Rivers has been single for a year and a half. Emotionally disconnected, he focuses on writing his next best seller. Unfortunately, his neighbor’s teenage son, Bret Hicks, causes trouble next door with his bad friends hanging out, smoking marijuana, drinking, and abusing Christian’s dog, Darth Vader.
Incensed, Christian phones Milestone County’s Sheriff Philip Erickson to lay an animal cruelty charge. When Sheriff Erickson arrives, the two men have coffee, and a spark of attraction that has been developing between them since they met, flickers to life. But Philip is on duty and has to leave.

Later that night Christian wakes up from the sounds of breaking glass as someone forces entry into his house. He calls Philip but before the sheriff arrives, Bret appears in the door of Christian’s bedroom, drunk and wearing a Halloween mask.

In the aftermath of the drama the suppressed attraction between the two men comes to a boil, leading to new hope and mutual satisfaction for Christian and the sheriff.

ISBN: 9781611526653

Product Link: http://www.jms-books.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=29_105&products_id=1251

Reviewer: Shorty

Review: Christian Rivers has finally had enough of his teenage neighbor Bret. He calls the sexy Sherriff Erickson. The two are attracted to each other.

Cute story of how two lonely men find comfort and love with each other. I didn’t care for the way Bret treated his dog at times. It was an o.k. read.

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Haunted Property by Peter Melillo

2e04b020d5661aefcb1291420a09d8b3fdfa3ff5Title: Haunted Property
Series: NA
Author: Peter Melillo
Genre: Paranormal
Length: Short (46 pages)
Publisher: JMS Books LLC (2 Nov 2014)
Heat Level: Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥3.5Hearts
Blurb: Jeremy Long didn’t mean to buy a property at the auction, but then he did. Now he’s the owner of a lonely mountain top farm reputed to be haunted by an old moonshiner. That’s okay though, because Jeremy doesn’t believe in ghosts.

Arrived at his new place, Jeremy is delighted to meet his neighbor’s son, the gorgeous Ephraim Flacket. Fraim stays over for the night, and the two young men cement their new friendship over a skinny dip in the river and a tough game of chess.

That night the ghost visits. Startled out of sleep, Jeremy has to face the possibility that there may be things that exist even though he doesn’t believe in them. As the night wears on, Fraim tells Jeremy the dramatic history of Elbert the ghost and his lover Blake, and Jeremy faces a more personal ghost — the deeply buried horror and regret caused by the death of his childhood friend Ralphy.

With the sunrise comes a fresh start for everybody. Ghosts are laid, flowers are planted, and the two young men’s relationship consummated.

ISBN: 9781611526318

Product Link: BookStrand: http://www.bookstrand.com/haunted-property-mm

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com.au/Haunted-Property-Peter-Melillo-ebook/dp/B00ORWJ1BG

Reviewer: Prime

Review: A quick read, this story leaves me torn in various directions as to how I should feel about. It’s the story of Jeremy, whose life changes because he is sent to an auction as a reward for work (odd, but I’ll bite), gets an old home whose owner has lapsed on taxes. But then he quickly also finds his job/position changing, all because he isn’t seen as a team player (okay, I’ll take that one). So Jeremy moves into the middle of nowhere, where he meets Ephraim. The only thing that Jeremy is continually told – your place is haunted.

First off, as the title implies there is a haunting. I thought it was cool the little bit of back story given and how it was tied up nicely at the end about the ghost Elbert and his lover Blake who had been killed. The one thing is that I was disturbed by “consecrating” gravesites by having sex, but you’ll have to read to the end to know why this happened.

Secondly, the storyline of why Jeremy finds it difficult to trust – heart breaking and interesting in how it is handled. It felt the ghost aspect of the story took away from the seriousness and made it a bit comical while at the same time tying loose ends up for Jeremy. As for Ephraim himself, well I feel that there was a lot of story missed about him, too, but all in all he is a likable character, as is Jeremy.

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Tertium Non Data by Francis Gideon

91vW-Xmto6L._SL1500_Title: Tertium Non Data
Series: NA
Author: Francis Gideon
Genre: Historical
Length: Short (23 pages)
Publisher: JMS Books LLC (10 Nov 2013)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥3.5 Hearts
Blurb: When Lord Louis Hector married his wife Beatrice, she was an invalid and he only had the clothing on his back. Now they are the lead investors of Rolls Royce and have two wonderful small children, Abigail and Eleanor.

By all appearances, they are a perfect couple, but Lord Hector also has a softer side, one which his wife may not fully comprehend. He loves poetry, Shakespeare, and the often repeated phrase of Latin alchemical wisdom, tertium non data. He longs to find out how base metals turn into gold, and he sees an opportunity to explore this when he meets William Bailey.

Captivated by William’s plight for independence and his love of a good story, Lord Hector sees past William’s legacy as the son of a thief and offers him a new chance at life. William is relieved by the lord’s sudden trust, but still struggles against other’s perceptions of him as the manor’s new footman. When he hears the maids say the word “invert” about one of the lord’s young daughters, he is compelled to close the gap in his knowledge and better himself.

He seeks out the lord’s large book collection to help him with this quest. He vows to practice speaking aloud more so he can recite poetry and not worry about mispronouncing the words — or letting Lord Hector down. As Lord Hector polishes away the rough spots in William’s character, both men soon discover nothing in their lives will be the same again.

ISBN: 9781611525045

Product Link: http://www.amazon.com/Tertium-Non-Data-Francis-Gideon-ebook/dp/B00GRYUIB4

Reviewer: Prime

Review: I don’t know what to think about this one. This is about young footman, William, who despite having the disadvantage of a thief for a father, his employer takes a keen interest in William’s education and thirst for knowledge.

I think my biggest problem was that some of the major information about Lord Hector was not really obvious in the actual story as it was in the blurb. I think that it is mostly to do with writing style, because for the most part it is written from William’s POV. I think also it bugs me because despite the era (we’re talking early 1900s here) and the part of society this is about (he’s a Lord, after all), it all boils down to Lord Hector’s marriage of convenience and the fact he takes lovers, the fact they are male is beside the point for us but obviously frowned upon back then.

I like that this book uses the then used word for gay, “invert”. I like it when things are historically accurate! There is also the niggling thought perhaps William is being taken advantage because he is a very naive character. Lord Hector is an interesting character and yes, this is a short story, but I felt that his intentions were not entirely clear if you haven’t read the blurb.

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