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New Eyes by T.K. Paige (2nd Edition)

T.K. Paige - New Eyes CoverTitle: New Eyes

Author: TK Paige

Genre: Contemporary

Length: Short (52pgs)

Publisher: Pride Publishing (27th December 2016)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 3.5 Hearts

Blurb: Sometimes, all it takes to find what you need is to look closely at what has been there all along.

Roommates Jed and Doyle have been best friends since meeting in college. They have supported each other through all their ups and downs. Now that they’ve graduated and are starting new jobs, they have no intentions of letting that change anything. Doyle is everything Jed isn’t—smart, cute and active at the LGTB center. Jed has always looked out for his friend and been there for him. They have plans and an amazing friendship, everything planned out to the smallest degree.

Any changes could make it all go off the rails. So why can’t Jed get over how annoying he finds Doyle’s ex turned friend, who seems to be around way too often? Why can’t he stop noticing Doyle in new ways?

If Jed doesn’t take a risk, he could miss what’s been there all along.

ISBN: 9781786515100

Product Link: https://www.pride-publishing.com/book/new-eyes

Reviewer: Veronica

Review: This is a first for me reading from this author, and I’ll be looking for more stories from this author. I love reading Friends to Lovers stories, and I also love the interaction that’s going on between the two characters. This story reads from Jed’s point of view about his feelings towards his best friend, as a friend, and his everyday life.

Jed and Doyle have been best friends since College, and into adulthood, they’ve not let anything or anyone come between their friendships. Doyle, has been in love with Jed for years, but haven’t told him anything, and Jed doesn’t see or know it. I love when he starts to realize the enormity of his developing feelings towards Doyle, and the jealousy when he thought Doyle was hooking back up with this ex that hurt him. I love the flow of the story line when they both realize that they love each other, but I hated that as soon as the relationship between them starts to show promise. The author ended it.

I would recommend this story to anyone asking for a quick read as a Friends to Lovers story.

Bringing Nicky Home by Sean Michael

Sean Michael - Bringing Nicky Home CoverTitle: Bringing Nicky Home

Series: The Biker’s Pup #3

Author: Sean Michael

Genre: Contemporary, BDSM

Length: Novel (190 Pages)

Publisher: Pride Publishing (3rd January 2017)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Blurb: Can the magic Whip and Nicky found at the Gay Riders’ Carnivale continue when they return to their regular lives?

With the Gay Riders’ Carnivale over, Whip brings Nicky home with him to his converted warehouse condo in Ottawa with the hopes that what they started at the Carnivale will grow into something they can both live with forever.

All is going well, the two of them learning more about each other and playing hard between Whip’s returning to work as an EMT and Nicky finding a job at a coffee shop.

When Nicky’s former master, the abusive Dirk, steps back into Nicky’s life, it threatens their very lives. Can Whip and Nicky survive both real life and Dirk?

ISBN: 978-1-78651-521-6

Product Link: https://www.pride-publishing.com/book/bringing-nicky-home

Reviewer: Veronica

Review: I’m not too familiar with this author’s work, and I didn’t read the previous two books in this series to know the circumstances about Whip and Nicky and how they met. From this story, it seems that the last Master that Nicky had, was very abusive and when he met Whip, he decides to go live with him. Although Nicky is living with Whip he wants a job, to help make a contribution in the relationship.

He still wakes with nightmares from when he was being abused and treated badly from his previous master. Whip tries to convince him that he’s safe and no-one will hurt him, once he’s there. Whip and Nicky’s relationship is going smoothly, yes they’re getting to know more about each other. The sex scenes are super hot, and I love the way that Whip keeps reassuring Nicky that he’s doing a good job of taking care of him and their home. Whip is an EMT who loves his job, but during the day when he’s at work, he misses Nicky like crazy.

Things come to a hit when Nicky gets a job working in a Café close to home, and a few days later, Nicky sees his old master Dirk, and messages Whip to let him know. His old master wants him back and will hurt Nicky as much as he can to get him back. Days later, Whip and Nicky are attacked by Dirk and his buddies. Hopefully the Police are called and Dirk and his friends are arrested for assault, and Whip and Nicky won’t have to keep looking out for him.  Granted this book can be read as a stand-alone, but I would recommend anyone reading it, to read the previous ones in this series before they read this one.

New Lease by B.G. Thomas (2nd Edition)

B.G. Thomas - New Lease CoverTitle: New Lease

Author: B.G. Thomas

Genre: Contemporary

Length: Short (39pgs)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (12th April 2017)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 3.5 Hearts

Blurb: Wade Porter spent his whole life in the shadow of a lover who doled out snippets of love and time as he saw fit—and who insisted that love stay deep in the closet. But now that man is gone, and Wade finds the oceanside cottage where they spent so many weekends together in the Florida Keys cold and empty. He has come one last time, not even sure he wants to keep living.

To his surprise, the house next door is occupied by another bereaved and lonely man. Kent Walker is an artist of romantic gay paintings who is open to the future—and determinedly interested in Wade. Kent wants to show Wade the beauty in being an openly gay man and the possibilities for a real relationship.

Maybe Kent can help Wade let go of the past and discover a better way to live—and love.

First Edition published in Two Tickets to Paradise by Dreamspinner Press, 2012.

ISBN: 978-1-63533-428-9

Product Link: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/new-lease-by-bg-thomas-8357-b

Reviewer: Veronica

Review: In Wade’s younger life, he had never encountered any other gay men, and when he was on vacation, he met this guy that completely rocked his world, both in and out of the bedroom, but also kept him as a dirty little secret, and I mean dirty, because, it was as if he was locked in and living in a dungeon. As per his ex’s orders, he couldn’t have any friends, he was told where to go, and who he couldn’t talk to, and worst of all, where he should live.

Now, Wade is back in the same cottage, where he met his ex, and he’s contemplating suicide, because he can’t live without his lover. Even though, he found out that his ex was married and to a woman.  The cottage next door is now occupied by Kent, who is also mourning the loss of his lover. He’s also interested in Wade, and wants to draw him out of his depression, and to show him that there’s a lot more in life to live for. Like a relationship with him. Will Wade allow Kent into his life, and despite the age difference, allow his to show him what the world, and him have to offer?

A first for me reading from this author, and he did a good job on this story. However, if I was there, I would’ve given Wade a slap on the side of his face and tell him to “snap the heck out of this funk” and start living your life.

This is a well written story, and I would recommend to anyone that is interested in reading it.

Harvest Heat by Carol Lynne (2nd Edition)

Carol Lynne - Harvest Heat CoverTitle: Harvest Heat (2nd Edition)

Series: Australian #1

Author: Carol Lynne

Genre: Contemporary

Length: Novella (106 Pages)

Publisher: Pride Publishing (14th March 2017)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Blurb: Love blossoms in the heat and dust of the Outback.

Touring Australia before starting his life as a lawyer back in Kansas seemed like the perfect escape for James. A trip to the Mandarra Horticultural Show has him itching to work on an authentic Australian farm. What he doesn’t expect to find in the bush is a field of sunflowers and a man who makes him tremble with need.

Lachlan has resigned himself to living alone in the Australian bush. Since returning from Sydney to run the family property, he’s put his sexual desires on hold, knowing his mates would never understand. When he takes a chance and hires a good-looking young tourist to help him on the homestead, Lochie begins to wonder just how heated this year’s harvest will be. Will he be able to put his worries aside and take a chance on love?

Publisher’s Note: This book is a prequal to Sunshine, Sex & Sunflowers. This book has perviously been released elsewhere. It has been revised and re-edited for re-release with Pride Publishing.

ISBN: 978-1-78651-542-1

Product Link: https://www.pride-publishing.com/book/harvest-heat

Reviewer: Veronica

Review: While I can say that this is not the first story that I’ve read from this author, I can say that it’s one of her best ones yet. I love her stories and will definitely be reading more of them. James’ father wants him to continue in his footsteps and become a Lawyer, but that’s just not James wants. He did everything that his dad wanted him to do, even attend Law school.  From the time that he was small, and visited his grandfather on his farm. That’s what he wanted to do. Work with his hands in the soil.

James is in Australia visiting and he wants to experience as much of the beautiful country as he can, but he’s running low on funds and have to find someplace where he can find some cheap labor working on a farm for cash. He’s given a heads up about a farmer, but is told that he might or might not be hired. Lachlan is a farmer, who took over the family business when his dad died. He’s trying to make ends meet and knows that it will be another difficult time harvesting alone.

From their first meeting, Jamie and Lachlan don’t seem to have much in common other than their love of the land.  But as they get to know each other, the attraction between them is strong, and the lust between them begins to grow both in and out of the bedroom. Lachlan however is in the closet and none of his friends knows that he is gay, and Jamie isn’t going back in for no-one. He’s proud of who he is. At a get together, with friends, Jamie is attacked and beaten very badly. Lachlan has to decide if he will lose the man he loves because of hateful men, or because of his stubbornness, and Jamie needs to figure things out and decide if he can commit his future to be with a man that isn’t willing to fight for what he wants.

This is a story that I would gladly recommend to anyone interested.

Trust and Control by Remmy Duchene (2nd Edition)

Remmy Duchene - Trust and Control CoverTitle: Trust and Control

Author: Remmy Duchene

Genre: Contemporary

Length: Novel (162pgs)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (14th November 2016)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥ 3 Hearts

Blurb: Wealthy real estate mogul Christophe Lafavre has everything—except any love life to speak of. Though he has a brilliant head for business, when it comes to relationships, he’s often left fumbling in the dark.

To put a stop to the whispers about his pitiful social life, Christophe takes a suggestion from a friend and goes to a club on masquerade night. There, he meets an elusive hottie who calls himself Raj, and though Christophe cannot see Raj’s face, there’s definitely a connection. Over the phone and online, Christophe and Raj get to know each other. Their conversation is easy and arousing. It’s hard for Christophe to believe the strength of the feelings he’s developing toward a man who is still essentially a stranger, but he can’t get Raj out of his head. They eventually give in to their physical longing—but still Raj refuses to show his face or divulge his identity.

When it comes, the revelation will rock Christophe’s world and redefine more than one relationship in his life.

First Edition published as If I was Your Man by Breathless Press, 2013.

ISBN: 978-1-63477-911-1

Product Link: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/trust-and-control-by-remmy-duchene-7790-b

Reviewer: Veronica

Review: I absolutely love Friends to Lovers stories, and after reading the excerpt for this story, I was so hyped up to read this, but the first half of the book is all hot and steamy, and I was breezing through this, until it started to drag on for me. Christophe and his business partner, have been best friends for years, they also co-own a thriving company together. The idea behind the Masquerade piece injected into the story is brilliant. Christophe has everything that he can want in life, except for a significant other. His past lovers are nothing to speak about, because they don’t stay around long enough.

A friend told Christophe that the club they frequent will have a Masquerade night and that he should check it out. He’s free that night, and he goes. There he meets Raj, but Christophe thinks that he’s egotistical. They dance together, and then Christophe reluctantly leaves the bar, but not before they exchange information on how to contact each other. Couple days past and they started messaging each other. Now Raj knows everything there is about Christophe and he wants him, but Chris is the cautious type and doesn’t want to be hurt again by another man. Further into the story, the sex scene in the restaurant is so steamy and hot, but the moment froze over fast when Raj reveals himself to Christophe and that he’s in love with him. Christophe freaks out now, and says some pretty hateful things to Raj and then runs out of the restaurant.

At the office, things are very strained with Christophe and Raj/Jas. Chris doesn’t want to see or talk to Jas, so he hides out in his office, Jas decides that he can no longer work at the company with the way that Chris feels about him with the deception. He works from at home, and then he leaves the country without letting anyone knowing. So after talking with an employee and family members, Chris decides that he can’t live without Jas, and the way that he makes his body sing in bed. So he goes looking for Jas to beg for forgiveness. It then drags out for me, but hopefully for Christophe, he can convince Jas to give him another chance.

Do Not Disturb by Chris Scully

Chris Scully - Do Not Disturb CoverTitle: Do Not Disturb

Author: Chris Scully

Genre: Gay Erotic Romance, Contemporary

Length: Novella (99pgs)

Publisher: Chris Scully

Heat level: Moderate

Heart Level: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Blurb: Check-in for a night at the boutique Benton Hotel, where the motto is “we’re not satisfied until you are”, with this collection of three sweet and sexy short stories.

In Watch Me, a hotel clerk makes a surprising discovery about his colleague’s personal life, and an even more unexpected discovery about himself when he borrows a uniform, while a married man looking to spice things up finds a night of passion when he meets a stranger in a hotel pub in Wedded. Finally, in Wanted, a young man exploring his sexuality gets more than he bargained for from his hook-up.

ASIN: B01NCROTM5

Product Link: https://www.amazon.com/Do-Not-Disturb-Stories-Romance-ebook/dp/B01NCROTM5

Reviewer: Veronica

Review: First time reading from this author, and I gotta say. I love these three short stories. The Hotel setting description is beautiful and it makes you think that you are there watching everything. With these short stories, there isn’t much romance, but the sex scenes are hot and steamy.

In Watch Me, you have two hotel clerks, Win, works the late-night shift and is a CPA, and Lucas the flirt, works the shift before him and is always a popular with the staff and guest. Win is dealing with a stressful matter at home and doesn’t know how to handle the situation and it’s stressing him out.  Win’s jacket has a coffee stain on it and Lucas is nice enough to loan him his. He finds a note in the pocket which leads to a website and he’s shocked at what he sees. In this story, Win is attracted to Lucas but doesn’t want to do anything about it, he is a jealous twit and can’t get past all the rumors that he hears about Lucas.

In Wedded, there is Dave, who was told to be there for 8 o’clock, is sitting in the hotel’s bar having a drink. He’s been married for 25 years, but doesn’t want to think about that or his husband. He’ll suffer the consequences of this night tomorrow, he says. He takes off his married ring and feels that by taking it off, he doesn’t appreciate the years that he had while the ring was on. He loves his husband, but can’t discount that their married life lately has been boring, and he doesn’t know what to do. He sees this handsome man in the hotel’s bar, tall and broad shouldered. Dave is about to go on a clandestine meeting in one of the hotel’s room. I was hoping for and got the twist that this story took. I loved it.

In Wanted: Evan is under a table hiding from a shootout in the Mall, where he literally saw his life flash before his eyes. Months later, he wants to tick some things off his bucket list, the biggest one is having sweaty sex with a man, and he makes sure that his anxiety attacks won’t stop him. He puts up a notice on Craig’s list for a hook-up, but the person that he meets is a shock for him. Graham, was expecting to meet his sister, not knowing that his sister set him up on a blind date. I love the interaction between Evan and Graham. I loved the way they talked with each other.  They’re open and honest with each other. Graham tell his about his cancer, and having one of his testicles removed. Oh wow, I absolutely love the connection that these two have and was sorry that their story ended. This author did not disappoint and I would gladly recommend this story.

Power Bottom? by Rowan McAllister

Rowan McAllister - Power Bottom? CoverTitle: Power Bottom?

Author: Rowan McAllister

Genre: Contemporary

Length: Novel (236 Pages)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (19th September 2016)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 3.5 Hearts

Blurb: Can a pickup line from a stranger completely change the way an ordinary man sees himself?

Adrian wouldn’t have thought so, but after an ugly breakup where his self-esteem took a serious beating, he’s willing to try just about anything to repair the damage… even return to a secluded bar in rural Maryland and the intriguing stranger whose words have been on his mind since they met.

Biker, bouncer, bartender, and tattoo artist, Wyatt is a rolling stone. After fifteen years, he is tired of a life on the run, but he isn’t sure he knows how to do anything else or if he has anything besides a physical relationship to offer.

What’s supposed to be a one-off turns into another and another, and the relationship looks promising until the mob and the FBI come knocking on Adrian’s door.

ISBN: 978-1-63477-686-8

Product Link: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/power-bottom-by-rowan-mcallister-7538-b

Reviewer: Veronica

Review: This story started off great, and I was getting into the story and then it gets very confusing. It starts out with Adrian and his then boyfriend, who are out in the mountains trying to reconnect their relationship and having a picnic. Their car breaks down and they’re stranded in the mountains. They set out to find help or someone with a telephone, when they get a Bar and Adrian elects to go inside. While talking to the bartender, Adrian is hit on by a patron, but lets him know that he has a boyfriend.

Days later, Adrian boyfriend returns home from hanging out with friends. Adrian sees a hickie on his neck and calls him on it. Oh boy, he offloads on Adrian and tears him apart. He tells Adrian that he’s cheap, and that he’s extremely boring in bed. He criticizes his home and his clothes. Adrian puts him out. Days later, he goes back to the bar, where the guy hit on him to find out if he can prove to himself that he’s nothing his ex said he was.

He gets together with Wyatt and he’s amazed that someone as big and handsome as Wyatt is interested and wants to spend time with him. They meet up every other weekend and have steamy sex in a Motel. Now Wyatt is keeping things about himself from Adrian. He’s on the run and hiding from his past. But when he thinks that people are following him, and thinks his past has put Adrian’s life in danger, he comes out of hiding. With whatever is going on at Adrian’s workplace and Wyatt’s friend showing up at Adrian’s place telling him about the reason why Wyatt is running, have Adrian feeling as if he’s in a twilight zone.

I like the thriller and all the drama in this story, and if you are interested in that I gladly recommend this story is for you. 

One Night With You by Megan Slayer

Megan Slayer - One Night With You CoverTitle: One Night with You

Author: Megan Slayer

Genre: Contemporary

Length: 54 Pages (short story)

Publisher: Pride Publishing (21st February 2017)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 3.5 Stars

Blurb: One night to find the man of his dreams in the least likely place…

Airman Tate Gibson thought going to a party at the local college with his friends would take his mind off of his troubles. He’ll head back to Korea in two days time—after the funeral of his baby sister. He’s always taken responsibility for her and he’s not ready to deal with her being gone. He wants a man to help him deal with his sadness and give him a reason to get through his deployment.

Raine crushed on his neighbor across the hallway, but once he spots the hunky airman his thoughts center on Tate. He wants to strip the handsome blue-eyed man down and lick him everywhere, but geeky guys like Raine never get the man. He’s stuck playing the perpetual wallflower.

Will one night tear them apart before things get hot or will it be enough to bring these two wounded souls together for a long-term engagement?

ISBN: 9781786515254

Product Link: https://www.pride-publishing.com/book/one-night-with-you

Reviewer: Veronica

Review: The day before the funeral, he decided to go visit his best friend, who is still in college. He needs a friendly shoulder to cry on. Someone that he can talk o about his loss, and the way his family is treating him. When he reaches his friend’s dorm, he’s hosting a very loud and boisterous party. He doesn’t stay, and decides to leave. He meets Raine in the hallway.

Raine considers himself a geek, and not someone that other guys want to have a relationship with. He was on the way to the party, when he meets the handsome Tate. They started talking and ends up in  Raine’s dorm room drinking beer. They start making out and have sex. Raine just can’t believe that someone as hot as Tate wants him. Tate spends the next couple days with Raine, and the he have to report back to work in Tokyo. Will the time that they spent together show Raine that yes, he’s worthy of Tate’s love, and although they keep in touch with each other. Will the distance bring them closer together?

This author did a good job on this story; it told the pain of losing a sister and the heartache of a parent blaming him for his sister’s death. A parent should never put that blame on anyone. Tate is on leave from the Air Force for a week for his sister’s funeral. She died in a vehicular accident, and his mom and family members blame him for her death. His mom had asked him to take care of his little sister, and he also blames himself, although he wasn’t the cause and wasn’t in the country.

Resuscitating Love by Devon Rhodes

Devon Rhodes - Resuscitating Love CoverTitle: Resuscitating Love

Author: Devon Rhodes

Genre: Contemporary

Length: Short (40 Pages)

Publisher: Pride Publishing (31st January 2017)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥ 3 Hearts

Blurb: If Hill keeps putting cowboys ahead of his marriage, even being a cardiologist won’t help David fix their broken hearts.

Hillard ‘Hill’ Pearson, the new events director of the American Royal, has worked hard to get to where he is. This is his first year as director, and the huge responsibility of the more visible position has taken over his life. Yes, he could be considered a workaholic, but he’s put fifteen years into the event he’s loved since he was a kid, and now is his chance to shine.

When David Weinstein finally convinced his long-time partner, Hill, to marry him, he thought it would bring them closer together. Instead, they’re not even to their first anniversary and their relationship is suffering. David’s finally at a stage in his medical career where he has regular hours, but he can’t seem to connect with his husband when he’s free. Now, with the event that he’s sick of hearing about underway, he feels like he’s making all the effort with no return.

Can Hill and David resuscitate their love before David gives up on the promise of forever?

ISBN: 9781786515056

Product Link: https://www.pride-publishing.com/book/resuscitating-love

Reviewer: Veronica

Review: Who doesn’t to read about Cowboys? The Boots, the snug jeans and the swagger in their walk. David and Hillard, ‘Hill’ has been together for about fifteen years, but married only one year. As much as they love each other, they’re drifting apart, and David wants to do anything that he can to stop that. Hill was promoted in his job and he is now the Events Director, and the job is so time consuming, that he misses lots of important dates with his husband David. On this particular day, David is waiting for Hill, way past the time that they had agreed upon. David wants to celebrate the anniversary of their first date, but Hill forgets, and therein lies the distance that David feels is growing between them.

 Yes, Hill loves his job, and has worked very hard for his position in the company, and he doesn’t want to do anything that can jeopardize it, but he have to compromise or he will lose the best thing in his life and it isn’t his job. Will a talk from his Boss convince him to pull up his boots, and find his priorities where his husband is concerned, or will he lose his husband to his work?

I love this author’s work, and I would recommend this story to anyone that wants a quick read about a couple and the heartfelt emotions the author showed in this story.

By My Side by Jennifer Wright

Jennifer Wright - By My Side CoverTitle: By My Side

Author: Jennifer Wright

Genre: Contemporary

Length: 55 Pages (short story)

Publisher: Pride Publishing (12 January 2016)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 3.5 Hearts

Blurb: Noah has suppressed his urges for other men for years, but when a sexy bartender comes crashing into his life, all bets are off.

Due to his career as a lawyer and his father’s strict ways, Noah has always ignored the side of him that craves the touch of another man, not wanting to upset the calm waters of his life. But when he’s out one night celebrating his friend’s first win in a courtroom, Noah is taken aback by the raw lust that consumes him when he meets Shea. He wants to ignore what he feels for the man, but when Shea introduces a tantalizing side of sex that Noah has been dreaming of, he finds it impossible to keep Shea out of his life.

Shea’s been heartbroken before by a man who wouldn’t come out of the closet for him, and he doesn’t think he can go through that again. Can Noah let go of his fears of coming out to the world? Will the pleasures Shea gives him in the bedroom have Noah seeing what really matters in the long run?

ISBN: 9781784309428

Product Link: https://www.pride-publishing.com/book/by-my-side

Reviewer: Veronica

Review: The author did a good job on this story, and I like it, but was somewhat puzzled, at the way the part of the BDSM section was just injected into the storyline, without it even being talked among them as it being a part of their sexual preference. Noah is attracted to men, and have been for years, but he doesn’t want anyone to know, so he hides behind the women that he hook up with, so his secret won’t be revealed. He was in a relationship with a guy in college, and when his dad found out about it, he was read the riot act, that with his family name and prestige, he shouldn’t be carrying on like that to sully the family’s name.

Noah and his best friend are out one night at a bar celebrating his friend’ first courtroom case, he’s at the bar waiting to order his drinks, when he sees the bartender, and has an instant attraction for the guy, but he tries to shrug it off. It doesn’t happen, as he secretly spies on him all during the night that he’s at the bar. Shea is an out and gay man, and he refuses to go back into the closet for anyone. He was in love with a guy years ago, and was hurt badly, when the guy denied they relationship.

Days go by, and Noah is still thinking about Shea, debating with himself, if he should go ahead and approach Shea, and what would happen when his family and best friend find out. Noah and Shea finally hook up, and the sex is steamy hot, and everything that Noah has been missing in his life. Will his feelings for Shea finally convince him to live his life without worrying about others opinions, or will he forever continue to live the rest of his life hiding who he is.

I would recommend this short story for anyone looking for a quick read with a little BDSM.

Bunkhouse Boys by Marie Piper

Marie Piper - Bunkhouse Boys CoverTitle: Bunkhouse Boys

Author: Marie Piper

Genre: Historical

Length: 18 Pages (short story)

Publisher: NineStar Press (4th April 2016)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Ratings: ♥♥♥ 3 Hearts

Blurb: Kenny and Blue, two hands at the Tate Ranch, find distraction in each other from sleepless nights and days filled with hard work. Keeping their relationship a secret might be essential, but with their growing need for each other, it sure won’t be easy.

ISBN: 9781911153412

Product Link: https://ninestarpress.com/product/bunkhouse-boys/

Reviewer: Veronica

Review: The author did a good job on this story. There’s not much too this story as I read it in thirty minutes. Kenny and Blue are ranch hands sharing close sleeping quarters in a bunkhouse on the ranch where they live. Kenny has always been a terrible sleeper, you can even say that he’s an insomniac. On this particular night, he’s thinking about the guy that sleeps in the bunk beside him, Blue, when he walks in, returning from the saloon that he was at in town.

Blue gets comfortable in his bed, and starts to indulge in a bit of ‘self love’ while Kenny watches.  Blue isn’t a shy guy and doesn’t care who watches him. One thing leads to another and they both end up outside behind the Bunkhouse having sex. After, they both agree to keep it between them. However, as the days and nights go by, Kenny can’t forget the night that he and Blue were together, and wants a repeat performance.

He watches Blue during the day when he’s working and is feeling jealous when he sees him interacting with the other guys on the ranch. When working in an isolated area on the ranch, Kenny is cornered by Blue and he gets exactly what he’s been thinking of from Blue.

I’m sorry that that this story wasn’t a bit longer, but it is a good read. Anyone looking for a quick short cowboy story, I would surely recommend this one.

Beyond the Grill by Tracey Michael

Tracey Michael - Beyond the Grill CoverTitle: Beyond the Grill

Author: Tracey Michael

Genre: Contemporary, New Adult

Length: 96 Pages (Novella)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥ 3 Hearts

Blurb: Justin Walker is used to being the hookup but never the boyfriend, and that’s okay. Justin has goals—he might sling burgers by night and work on his car by day, but he has plans to go to school and make a life for himself. He also has a few friends and loving parents. 

What more could a guy ask for?

Hot, muscular, manly Shane Steel is a walking wet dream. Justin fantasizes about having Shane as more than a casual acquaintance, and one night he works up the courage to flirt with Shane. To his surprise—and terror—Shane is interested. Very interested.

As they bond over their love of cars and drag racing, Justin begins to believe he can be more to Shane than a side guy. Too bad Shane’s manipulative and dangerous ex is dead set against letting that happen. 

ISBN: 978-1-63477-753-7

Product Link: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/beyond-the-grill-by-tracey-michael-7596-b

Reviewer: Veronica

Review: Justin just wants someone to love and for someone to love him, and not only for one night stands. With the insecurities and lots of uncertainties in his life, it’s hard to put himself out there without getting hurt. That doesn’t only mean in relationships, he’s been abuse by guys that he thought he had something good with. Justin and Shane have been friends for a while now, and they usually hang together enjoying each other’s company. Shane is a Mechanic, who has his own business which he loves. Justin is a Supervisor in a fast food joint slinging Burgers. His job is a means to an end, because it helps to pay the bills, and he wants to go back to College to pursue his dream.

Hanging out at the Arcade and playing games. Justin realizes that he’s developing feeling for his friend and starts to panic, because he thinks that Shane is straight because he only ever sees him with women, and he doesn’t want to risk putting himself forward only to be shot down like a couple other times with other guys. Shane likes Justin as well and wants things to go further with him than just friends. Things are developing for both of them and it all takes a bad turn, when Shane comes across an old school friend that wants to insinuate himself between him and Justin. Once again, Justin ends up getting hurt, but will Shane figure out that not all the screws are connected in his old-school mate’s head, before he loses Justin for good.

Looking at the cover of this book and reading the blurb is what got me reading this book. Bald head mechanic, and shy younger guy that is looking for someone to love, or as he said it, ‘Cuddle’. But the blurb is lots more exciting than the book. Yes, I love friends to lovers’ stories, but this short story really didn’t do much for me. With who the dedication in this book is for. This story in no way compares, the only racing in this story is when they go to the track.

After the Romance Novel by Susan Laine

Susan Laine - After the Romance Novel CoverTitle: After the Romance Novel

Author: Susan Laine

Genre: Contemporary, New Adult, Friends to Lovers

Length: 63 Pages (short story)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (22nd February 2017)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: Romance novels always end with a happy ever after. Right?

Evan and Adam are best friends, but they don’t know everything about each other. For one thing, Adam doesn’t know Evan writes and publishes gay romance novels until he discovers one while snooping on Evan’s laptop.

This revelation changes their relationship in ways neither could’ve imagined. Adam’s reaction to reading Evan’s stories is not what he expected, nor is the new way he’s looking at his lifelong pal. After all, Adam is straight, or so he’s always thought, and that is what Evan believes about Adam as well.

When Evan admits he might be bisexual, Adam suggests he try dating girls to find out for sure, but when Evan follows his advice, Adam is caught off guard by his feelings of jealousy. And when the date proves Evan isn’t bisexual, but gay, Evan’s request that Adam find him a guy might be the last straw.

How can Adam admit he wants that guy to be him? His epiphany will either end their relationship—or change it into something wonderful in their very own friends-to-lovers romance. 

ISBN: 978-1-63533-275-9

Product Link: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/after-the-romance-novel-by-susan-laine-8177-b

Reviewer: Veronica

Review: Oh WOW. I absolutely love Friends to Lovers stories and this author nailed it for me. I’ve never read from this author before, but if all of her books are like this. I’ll be reading more of her works. From beginning to end, she was consistent with her story line and it didn’t veer off into anything else, but the two main characters. The title however threw me for a loop, and was looking for something else entirely, but she kept me hooked from the beginning, and that’s a plus for her and me.

Evan and Adam have been friends like forever it seems and they’ve always had each other’s back. They live next door to each other and enter through each bedroom from a branch on a tree between the two houses. One morning as usual, Adam climbs through Evan’s bedroom and got the shock of his life when he snooped, and saw the contents on his best friend’s laptop. Evan writes gay romance stories.

In some parts of this story, I was really wondering if these two friends would end up together with all the obstacles that they went through when Evan decided that it was time that he started dating. He always thought of himself as being bi-sexual, but after his first date, he knew without a doubt that he was gay. That is when everything changed between him and Adam. I was so rooting for the two of them to hook up, but what Adam did left Evan feeling very hurt, and it seems as if he had lost his best friend for life.

I would definitely recommend this light short story for anyone that is looking for friends to lover’s stories.

A Sound Beginning by Jeff Adams

Jeff Adams - A Sound Beginning CoverTitle: A Sound Beginning

Author: Jeff Adams

Genre: Contemporary

Length: Short (36 Pages)

Publisher: Pride Publishing (8th March 2016)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts 

Blurb: Voice-over artist Harry Moore has decided to take his business to the next level by hiring contractor Diego Ramos to renovate his San Francisco loft into a state-of-the-art home office and recording studio.

They hit it off immediately and Harry is soon hoping to make their business relationship a little more personal, but Diego has responsibilities to consider before he can date anyone, especially a client.

Can Harry and Diego design a sound future for themselves?

ISBN: 9781786513830

Product Link: https://www.pride-publishing.com/book/a-sound-beginning

Reviewer: Veronica

Review: This is a very nice short story and I really enjoyed reading it. It was well written and I’ll be looking for this author’s work again. Everyone wants to find that one person that completes them. It’s been a year since Harry became single again and he’s lonely. Yes, he has a thriving business that keeps him busy, but he wants to start fresh again, and he has a strong attraction towards his contractor.

Harry wants to do some improvement and renovations to part of his home, and he has hired Diego and his team for the job. Diego feels the same attraction to Harry, but doesn’t want to start anything until he’s finished the job that he was hired to do. Plus, he’s raising a teenage son, and doesn’t want any fallout because of it. The relationship growing between them is great and I love the flow of it. No drama or interference. I was sorry there wasn’t more of it. I would definitely recommend this light read.

Beautiful Liar by Lexie Davis

Lexie Davis - Beautiful Liar CoverTitle: Beautiful Liar

Author: Lexie Davis

Genre: Gay Erotic Romance, Contemporary

Length: Short (55 Pages)

Publisher: Evernight Publishing (25th November 2015)

Heat Level: Hot

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 4 ½ Hearts

Blurb: Noah Reese is used to attending to the needs of the rich and famous gay bachelors of New York City. When he’s paid to attend a charity gala with a rich businessman, the client doesn’t show. It isn’t normal for escorts to get stood up, but before he can really complain, Tanner Lachlan catches his eye. 

Tanner Lachlan is a billionaire that doesn’t need a relationship to complicate his already full life. However, when he sees Noah admiring an erotic painting, he can’t help but wonder about him. The beautiful man is exactly his type and they share an intense passion unlike any other. 

With scandal surrounding Noah, the deeper he gets involved with Tanner the more lies he needs to tell to keep his secrets at bay. Neither are prepared for the flood of explosive emotions that can tear them apart for good. 

ASIN: B018CVQZWK

Product Link: http://www.evernightpublishing.com/beautiful-liar-by-lexie-davis/

Reviewer: Veronica

Review: Noah is a paid Escort and he have a clientele with the rich gay men of NY. The agency that he works for had booked him for the evening and he had a dinner engagement with a client at an Art exhibition, but the client stood him up and Noah felt like a fish out of water mingling among the wealthiest patrons of NY. He’s thinking of finishing off his drink and then leaving. His mindset isn’t with the job like when he first started. While looking at a painting, he is approached by a very handsome gentleman.

Tanner is a billionaire and hasn’t been interested in a relationship in a long time, but while talking to Noah, he realizes that he’s different and he convinces Noah to stay a little longer and join him for a meal. After dinner, they end up at Tanner’s apartment where they have a very passionate night together and they both can’t stop thinking about each other after that night. Noah tells Tanner that he’s a Model but doesn’t say what he does for a living. Days later Tanner seeks Noah out and offers him a job, at his company for an Ad promotion as a Model. They continue the steaming relationship. Noah is enjoying himself very much with Tanner, but it doesn’t look good for Noah when Tanner finds out exactly what type of job Noah has and the lies that he told him.

I can’t remember if I’ve ever read a book from this Author before and I’m very sorry about that, because I absolutely love this story and I’ll definitely be reading their work again. If you’re interested in a short fairy tale story about meeting prince charming, then this is it.