The Reluctant Rent Boy by C. R. Guiliano

Title: The Reluctant Rent Boy

Author: C.R. Guiliano

Genre: Contemporary

Length: Short (43pgs)

Publisher: Self-Published (23rd October 2010)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4Hearts

Reviewer: Pixie

Blurb: Sebastian St. Martin hates life…his life. Kicked out of his home at 17 by mortified and cruel parents, he hitched to California to make it big in Hollywood. He made it big in Hollywood, West Hollywood, as one of the most sought after rent boys the city has seen. No movies, no TV, no commercials.

Now, three years later, Bastian is cynical, jaded, uncompromising and believes the worst in everyone but his best friend, Hunter. Hunter taught Bastian everything he knows about pleasing a man. But Hunter broke his own number one rule. Never go bareback. Thinking he was in love, now Hunter is paying the price…with his life.

Between taking care of his sick friend, earning a living selling himself, giving up on his dreams, Bastian wonders why it’s even worth it. And love? Yeah, whatever. Love is for idiots. Hunter proved that. Love will hurt you and get you killed…slowly and painfully.

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Alistair is tired. Tired of one night stands. Tired of his friends hooking him up like it is their God-given mission to find him the man of his dreams. The One. Mr. Right. It just wasn’t going to happen.

And his 30th birthday was looming too fast. It was depressing. He was just thankful his practice kept him busy. Maybe he could pretend he wasn’t turning a year older. Ignore the date; maybe work the night shift at the hospital. Lose himself in his research. If his friends would let him, that is.

Then Alistair met Bastian. The exquisite young man with enough compassion to bring in a very sick friend in the middle of the night. And Alistair would suddenly do anything to save the life of this beautiful man’s friend. Would bend over backwards to bring a smile to Bastian’s face and take away the pain and anger from his deep blue eyes.

Can a doctor, scared of hitting mid-life without love convince a young, cynical rent boy that life can be fulfilling and worth every minute…with the right person?

Warning: This book contains content that might be offense to some readers. M/M intercourse, vague consent, prostitution

Purchase Link: http://www.amazon.com/The-Reluctant-Rent-Boy-ebook/sim/B0048ELKPS/2

Review: Wow was info on this book hard to find and believe me I searched everywhere, it was actually an accident that I found C.R. Guiliano’s blog and that was only because I was following Amber Kell’s birthday extravaganza (oh, shut up, like you haven’t been.) The link above is the only one that I found that actually sells her book, the other one said ‘Not currently available’. I have taken a guess that it is self-published as I could find no details for a publisher. So you’re asking ‘why didn’t you do a search of the author’s name?’ err well the problem being that my review copy didn’t come with an author’s name but hey-ho it’s sorted now.

So to the actually book… why the hell hasn’t this author been snatched up by a publishing firm I really don’t know but I will tell you that they are missing out.

I really can’t add much to the blurb because it says it all.  But these characters are people who you will come to care for a great deal.  you have Bastian who loves his best friend like a brother and will do anything for him, including making sure he gets all the medication he needs, even if that means he has to take on more clients to be able to afford it. You have Alistair who is sick of one night stands and short-term relationships and wants more but he is also a little depressed as his 30th birthday is coming up and he feels that he has achieved nothing. You have Hunter who made one mistake and now he is suffering with it, his lover deserted him after infecting him, Bastian has stuck by him but he just seems to be getting sicker but with Alistair’s help that will all change.

I thought this was a well written story and yes, it is love and lust at first sight.  But that doesn’t mean it is easy for Bastian and Alistair. In fact, Bastian runs the other way because he believes that Alistair will never want him when he realizes the truth of Bastian’s occupation. All the characters are good and realistic, there are quite a few sex scenes that relate to Bastian’s job but he does have a really hot kiss with Alistair. This story left me feeling good with a warm feeling that love can conquer all and I really liked the fact that Hunter found love as well.

So, I will recommend this book to those who love hot sex, a bit of angst, a really good story and a happy ending for everyone.

 

 

 

Artistic Appeal by Andrew Grey

Title: Artistic Appeal

Series: Bottled Up

Author: Andrew Grey

Genre: Contemporary

Length: Novel (192pgs)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (21st October 2011)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥4 ½Hearts

Reviewer: Pixie

Blurb: Brian Watson knows close friends Gerald Young and Dieter Krumpf have an ulterior motive when they invite him to their Christmas party. Brian has taken over the case to secure the return of the famous painting called The Woman in Blue to Dieter, but they don’t want Brian to be all work and no play. They intend to set him up with a friend, but he’s not who catches Brian’s eye. Instead, it’s Nicolai, the deaf art restorer caring for the works already returned to Dieter.

But pursuing Nicolai won’t be easy. A year ago Nicolai had to fight to regain his independence after a bad break-up, and he’s reluctant to give up his freedom a second time. Plus, Brian has competition in Justin, Nicolai’s ex, who wants him back badly.

Nicolai’s reluctance isn’t the only roadblock. Brian was married to a woman for almost ten years. Now he has to confess to his mother, his ex-wife, and his young daughter that he loves a man—all while conducting a potentially groundbreaking court case and trying to convince Nicolai that love isn’t about co-dependence, it’s about support.

Purchase Link: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=2581

Review: Brian is intrigued by Nicolai the first time he spots him.  He decides that he would like to know him better although he does have some fears to settle. Nicolai enjoys Brian’s company and gets along great with his daughter, but he has a fear of losing his independence.

I loved this book it was so nice and sweet and left me with a happy warm feeling. Brian has been single for a while, his ex-wife is still being difficult and he adores his daughter and now feels the time is right to explore his sexuality with a man who’s looking for a relationship. Nicolai broke up with his ex a year ago and struggled to get his feet back under him.  Even though he is happy to have a relationship he’s scared to become too dependent on another person.

This is a brilliant book that is written perfectly; with a great story-line and plot.  The story-line is based around the appeal of The Woman in Blue with Brian having taken over the case. He meets Nicolai at Dieter’s and Gerald’s and they pursue a friendship and relationship. The relationship moves smoothly along with Brian taking into account his daughter’s feelings and also not rushing Nicolai.  the way that both men treat Zoe is wonderful and I also thought it was really sweet for Brian and Zoe to both learn to sign after only a couple of dates. I thought the way that Brian handled everything that was thrown at him was wonderful and I could understand Nicolai’s fear of losing his independence and thought it was brave of him to face his fears. These two men are faced with problems caused by both their ex’s and they also face Brian’s mother when she learns about Brian. They make a great family and I would love to see more of them in the future.

I highly recommend this one to those who love family stories, hot loving, a great story-line and some slight conflict.

 

 

Caregiver by Rick R. Reed

Title: Caregiver

Author: Rick R. Reed

Genre: Contemporary

Length: Novel (210pgs)

Publisher: Dreamspinner (24th October 2011)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5Hearts

Reviewer: Pixie

Blurb: It’s 1991, and Dan Calzolaio has just moved to Florida with his lover, Mark, having fled Chicago and Mark’s addictions to begin a new life on the Gulf Coast. Volunteering for the Tampa AIDS Alliance is just one part of that new beginning, and that’s how Dan meets his new buddy, Adam.

Adam Schmidt is not at all what Dan expected. The guy is an original—witty, wry, and sarcastic with a fondness for a smart black dress, Barbra Streisand, and a good mai tai. Adam doesn’t let his imminent death get him down, even through a downward spiral that sees him thrown in jail.

Each step of Adam’s journey teaches Dan new lessons about strength and resilience, but it’s Adam’s lover, Sullivan, to whom Dan feels an almost irresistible pull. Dan knows the attraction isn’t right, even after he dumps his cheating, drug-abusing boyfriend. But then Adam passes away, and it leaves Sullivan and Dan both alone to see if they can turn their love for Adam into something whole and real for each other.

Purchase Link: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=2561

Review: Rick R. Reed, you do not get to do this to me.  You do not get to write a book that is caring, beautiful, touching and wonderful.  You do not get to write a book that even now has me trying to stifle the tears as I write this review… You’re supposed to write horror stories and if you change style it should be rubbish not this incredible piece of writing.

Dan Shoemaker is a writer who has written a story ‘Caregiver’. After it is rejected by his agent he rereads it and finally admits that maybe it is a bit of a memoir, ’Caregiver’ is about Dan Calzolaio who volunteers with the Tampa AIDS Alliance.  He meets Adam and through him, Adam’s lover, Sullivan, Dan’s having problems with his lover Mark and it’s with Adam’s help that he faces the reality of his relationship. Adam touched my heart and it made me incredibly sad to see what he was going through and how it affected him.  I got to admit if it was me I’d do my damndest to go out with a bang. Sullivan I felt for, I really did, and he loves Adam so much he will forgive him anything, but he’s too scared to physically love Adam.  so Adam ends up looking elsewhere for it, a never-ending cycle of love, hurt, guilt, betrayal and forgiveness. Dan has to find the courage within himself to stop hiding from his problems with Mark and Mark has to face up to his addictions and what it’s doing to him.

Watching the progression of this story was brilliant, following these men’s relationships as they progress and change as they lose a loved one and make changes was incredible. Rick R. Reed has written a story that any author would be proud of. These characters touch you, they make you feel for them and they make you wish that they would all get a happy ever after but you know it can’t happen that way. You know Dan’s choice towards the end is heart breaking for him and it breaks your heart as well.

This story gives you a range of emotions to experience, love, betrayal, sadness, happiness, guilt and hope, the love-making is wonderful, this is a true love story that is not to be missed so I recommend this to everyone and I hope you love it as much as I did.

Counterpunch by Aleksandr Voinov

Title: Counterpunch

Series: Belonging 03

Author: Aleksandr Voinov

Genre: Slavery, Speculative fiction, Violence, BDSM

Length: Novel (178pgs)

Publisher: Storm Moon Press (4th November 2011)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥4 ½Hearts

Reviewer: Pixie

Blurb: Fight like a man, or die like a slave.

Brooklyn Marshall used to be a policeman in London, with a wife and a promising future ahead of him. Then he accidentally killed a rioter whose father was a Member of Parliament and had him convicted of murder. To ease the burden on the overcrowded prison system, Brooklyn was sold into slavery rather than incarcerated. Now, he’s the “Mean Machine”, a boxer on the slave prizefighting circuit, pummelling other slaves for the entertainment of freemen and being rented out for the sexual service of his wealthier fans.

When Nathaniel Bishop purchases Brooklyn’s services for a night, it seems like any other assignation. But the pair form an unexpected bond that grows into something more. Brooklyn hesitates to call it “love”—such things do not exist between freemen and slaves—but when Nathaniel reveals that he wants to help get Brooklyn’s conviction overturned, he dares to hope. Then, an accident in the ring sends Brooklyn on the run, jeopardizing everything he has worked so hard to achieve and sending him into the most important fight of all—the fight for freedom.

Purchase Link: http://stormmoonpress.com/books/Counterpunch.aspx

Review: This book is part of a series but can be read as a stand-alone. Brooklyn was convicted of murder and he lost everything, even the potential of freedom in the future as he was made a slave with no hope of redemption. Nathaniel buys a few nights with Brooklyn and the two become close but after Brooklyn makes a mistake in the ring Nathaniel backs off and Brooklyn finds out the truth of who Nathaniel really is.

What a brilliant book, it’s based in the same universe as Rachel Haimowitz – Anchored where slavery is the norm and slaves have no basic rights. Brooklyn has had everything stripped away leaving him with rage, anger and regret.  He was done an injustice when he was convicted of murder and made into a slave, all to please the dead girl’s father who just happens to be an MP. Nathaniel somehow managers to get through Brooklyn’s shell and make an emotional connection with him but when the truth comes out, Brooklyn and Nathaniel have to come to an agreement as to what will happen next.

I love this story as it’s got boxing, slavery, controversy, love, rage, anger, slight BDSM and great characters. I loved that the story-line and plot was so solid and even though slavery is fiction, the way that the justice system jumps on the police is not… that is pure fact.  What was fiction was police protecting their own; ha they would sooner stab them in the back then help a fellow officer (sorry bugbear of mine). The entire book was detailed and you really ended up feeling just as angry and frustrated on Brooklyn’s behalf as Brooklyn was and I must admit I really wanted Brooklyn to smash Curtis’s face in just once.  God, that man enjoyed his work way too much.

I liked how the relationship progressed between Brooklyn and Nathaniel and I really could understand why Nathaniel backed off.  There was just too much to lose for both of them even if Brooklyn didn’t know why. I also loved that this book was written in English… err, I mean British English as it was a really smooth read as I didn’t keep thinking that there were spelling mistakes everywhere.

So there is a lot of stuff in this for everyone, I don’t think it really leaves anything out it’s got grit, violence, romance, hope, fear, rage, betrayal, slight BDSM, abuse, controversy, strong characters and love… it didn’t have revenge though (I do like a bit of revenge) so I recommend this to everyone… it’s a bloody good read… so read it.

Honored Vow by Mary Calmes

 Title: Honored Vow

Series: Change Of Heart 03

Author: Mary Calmes

Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, Shifters

Length: Novel (290pgs)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (21st November 2011)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥4 ½Hearts

Reviewer: Pixie

Blurb: Jin Rayne is still growing into his frightening new powers as a nekhene cat and his place as reah of Logan Church’s tribe when he learns that a sepat, an honor challenge, has been called. Logan, who has never wanted to do anything but lead his small-town tribe, must travel around the world to Mongolia and fight to become the most powerful leader in the were-panther world.

Logan won’t be the only one making the journey. As his mate, Jin must fight with him to honor his commitment to Logan, his culture, and his tribe. But the trial is long; involving a prolonged separation between the two men, and Logan’s humanity is at stake. In order to make it through the nightmarish sepat, Jin and Logan must accept their fates, trust each other, and honor the vows between them no matter the cost.

Purchase Link: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=2637

Review: By all that is holy, Mary Calmes you are one sick and twisted individual… and I love it. Jin is still struggling with his new powers, he has received devastating news about Crane, Russ goes missing and a challenge is called… can anything else go wrong.

By now I am sure you are all familiar with Jin, Logan and the gang and if not then why not? This is again from Jin’s first person POV.  In this installment, Jin is still struggling to get to grips with his Nekhene cat powers, which are all over the place and affecting people around him. Logan is still supportive, loving, strong and patient… really patient. I won’t go into any detail with this one because I’d just confuse myself… err, I mean you. Because it is involved and it does have a few different off shoots and seriously, Jin can ramble on like no one’s business when he gets lost in his head.

This book had me from the first few sentences and I thought my heart was going to stop.  I really thought that I was going to start this book by crying but ,thank god, Ms Calmes pulled me back from the brink only to shove me over the cliff a couple of pages later. This author is evil and will take you on a rollercoaster ride with your emotions. There is so much angst, violence, anger, rage, despair, guilt, hope, joy, happiness and love in this book that it’s hard to say which one you will experience the most.  All I can say is you will experience all of them.

Even though this has a happy ending, it’s still a sad ending as well.  Jin and Logan’s family and Tribe change. I don’t know if I will ever forgive Ms Calmes for what she put Crane through; I really do think she went too far with one of our favorite characters… now if it had been Koren that would have been understood. All the characters go through a lot in this book and I loved each and every one of them and as this is the last one I will miss them all.

I recommend this for those who love all of the above and I think you should get this book and lock yourself in a room with a pot of tea and some chocolates and enjoy.

 

 

Undefeated Love by John Simpson

Title: Undefeated Love

 Author: John Simpson

 Genre: Historical (1929-1938) European Pre-WWII

 Length: Novel (237pgs)

 Publisher: Total E-Bound (2nd May 2011)

 Heat Level: Moderate

 Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4Hearts

 Reviewer: Pixie

 Blurb: Can love survive the horrors of a dictatorship and a concentration camp?

Two young men fall in love just as the Nazi Party is coming into power in Germany. One man is talked into becoming involved with the S.A., and then the SS while his lover looks on horrified. When their love is discovered, both men become the victims of the institution that one of them helped protect.

Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of dubious consent, Violence and Torture.

Purchase Link: http://www.total-e-bound.com/product.asp?strParents=&CAT_ID=&P_ID=1196

Review: Kurt is a 22-year-old apprentice baker when he is approached and asked to join the SA.  He refuses only to be approached again 6 months later. Stefan is a 19-year-old trainee in a machine shop when he meets Kurt.  It isn’t long before both men’s lives are entwined and not always for the better.

I must admit that this isn’t the first gay concentration camp romance that I have read but it is the first from the SS point of view. Kurt is swept along by circumstance and before he knows it, he is in a situation that he can’t get out of.  and what’s worse is that he has dragged his lover into it. Stefan knows it is a mistake for Kurt to take a job with the SA but his lover won’t listen to reason and by the time he does it is too late.

I really enjoyed this story and while reading this book I was so glad for John Simpson’s writing style because even though it is detailed and quite graphic, because of the way he tells it as though standing from a slight distance I was able to stomach some of the scenes with only a grimace of distaste and was able to focus on the love story and not on the horrific treatment that they received.

Watching what these two men had to endure to survive is heart-breaking. Watching what both these men allowed to happen to themselves to protect the other is terrible and the treatment that they suffered just because they were gay made me want to vomit (it was really, really harrowing). The only thing that held these men together was the love that they had for each other and it was truly humbling to see a love like that. It is not quite historically accurate but its fiction and I read fiction, the time line is right and that’s all I care about.

I will recommend this to those who want a true enduring love story amidst a harrowing setting.

Himiko: Warrior by C. B. Conwy

Title: Warrior

Series: Himiko 02

Author: C.B. Conwy

Genre: Science Fiction, Aliens

Length: Novel (192pgs)

Publisher: Torquere Press (26th October 2011)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5Hearts

Reviewer: Pixie

Blurb: When the aliens arrived on Earth, it turned out that Plato was right. You really can find your other half – your soulmate, and Matt found his. Now he’s got an unbreakable mental bond to his mate and some intriguing telekinetic abilities to explore. Full of excitement, Matt returns to his old life, but he’s completely unprepared for the anger and rejection he encounters because of his bond with Pietr. Shunned and assaulted, Matt realizes the hard way that you can never go back. Especially not when you’re bonded with the enemy.

Giving up isn’t an option, though. Even though Matt’s pretty sure that Pietr’s the most annoying alien in history, he’s also sure that his mate is more important to him than anything else. But Matt’s mental strength is increasing, and Pietr can no longer hide the one secret he’s been desperate to keep. Matt’s world falls apart, and he’s not sure if he’s ever going to be able to put it back together.

He might not have a choice. The hostility between humans and Himika is increasing, and Matt is forced to face some unwelcome truths about his own nature in order to ensure not only his own survival, but that of his fellow human beings as well.

Purchase Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=97&products_id=3389

Himiko: Warrior is the sequel to Himiko: Bonding and must be read in order.

Review: Matt finally gets to go home, to his business, his friends and his own home but things are not the same.  He is shunned by his friends and his business has become difficult, but he always has his mate and that more than makes up for it… that is until the truth of Pietr’s job comes to light. Pietr kept a secret from his bond-mate and now its bit him on the ass, as his mate begins to understand the truth of the Himika it’s time to take a stand against the Assessor.

An absolutely incredibly written book with a solid story-line and plot which gives us more ground building about the Himiko (for world building read Himiko: Bonding). In this one we have the continuation of the story and we pick up with Matt heading home and eager to pick up his life where he left it, when he was ‘harvested’ by the aliens but now he has his alien mate Pietr and nobody is happy about how he has returned. Matt tries his best to get on with his life and you can understand his withdrawal when you see the way he was treated by his so-called friends and then his anger and fear when he realizes what Pietr’s job is. Pietr is brilliant as he supports Matt and the guilt and shame that he feels about his job is well portrayed and the fear and helplessness that he feels as well is brilliantly done.

The secondary characters are brilliant and we get to know all of them quite well with more background on them (Sam, Jerry, Robbie and Aki).  We met them all in the first book but they definitely shored this book up brilliantly and made it sparkle with that little bit extra. Their stories will touch your heart and make you love them. Well, I have to say I think this author is insane, completely and utterly insane if he thinks that we will be happy with the Himiko ending now.  just when it gets really gritty and good, there is so much potential for at least a couple of books and I would love a story that is all about Sam and Jerry.

This is definitely a satisfying story that flows smoothly from beginning to end.  so I recommend this to all who loves science fiction, hot sex, psychic powers, angst, conflict and a happy ever after.

The Tea Demon by Cornelia Grey

Title: The Tea Demon

Author: Cornelia Grey

Genre: Steampunk

Length: Short (52pgs)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (23rd November 2011)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4Hearts

Reviewer: Pixie

Blurb: Thief Eric Devon wishes one thing: for people to leave him bloody well alone. And maybe for more whiskey. Until a mysterious stranger offers him a job so dangerous that no one has ever attempted it and survived to tell the tale: recover a priceless object from the Turtle Merchants’ impregnable palace. Intrigued by the man and the challenge, Eric accepts—but the stranger is none other than the legendary airship captain known as the Tea Demon, terror of the Sea of Clouds. Eric must come up with the best plan in history if he wants to complete his job… and survive it too.

Purchase Link: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=2635

Review: Eric has retired from thieving as it has got boring and unadventurous for him; it isn’t until a stranger approaches with an intriguing job offer that sparks his interest and excitement that he begins to reconsider. Captain Jonathon Tea has lost a precious, priceless family heirloom and needs the help of a skilled thief to retrieve it, luckily for him he gets the best and more than he bargained for.

A great story with a good plot, great characters and a strong story-line. Eric is amazed at his reaction to Jonathon Tea; he doesn’t think has ever felt so possessive over someone before. The attraction is apparent between the two characters quite quickly and gets quite steamy. This has a few funny moments in it, like when Eric realizes who Jonathan is or when he realizes what the priceless heirloom is, I giggled like mad reading that bit.

I think with this one it has a lot to offer as you have adventure, excitement, hot steamy sex, explosions, a bar fight, air ships, a giant floating turtle and the promise of something more for Eric and Jonathon, so I reckon you give this one a go, it just might surprise you.

 

 

My Fair Vampire by S. L. Danielson and Julie Lynn Hayes

Title: My Fair Vampire

Author: S.L. Danielson & Julie Lynn Hayes

Genre: Historical (1904), Vampire

Length: Novel (186pgs)

Publisher: Silver Publishing (8th October 2011)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥3 ½Hearts

Reviewer: Pixie

Blurb: It’s 1904 and ‘Meet me in St. Louis.’ is the watchword of the day. William Deming is excited to be covering the event for his newspaper, the Utah Gazette. Arriving in St. Louis, he takes a room at a boarding house near to the big event. That’s where he meets Misha Rumiantseva, the nephew of the owner. William finds himself instantly drawn to the beautiful and very pale young man, but he has to be cautious–gay men cannot be forward about their attractions, society is not quite so open-minded about such things.

A spark has been struck between them which cannot be denied, and they meet in secret at the World’s Fair, losing themselves among the many fairgoers. But William begins to learn that all is not as it appears to be with Misha. He cannot find him during the day, and he can’t get answers from his aunt as to his whereabouts. William tries to control his jealousy when he learns that there have been others before him. But things get out of hand when one of Misha’s former lovers is found dead at the World’s Fair–and Misha is accused of his murder!

Can William prove the innocence of his lover? Or will this be an affair which lasts only as long as the World’s Fair itself? Is love strong enough to conquer prejudice and the jealousy of a lover spurned? Will William be sorry that he ever came to the World’s Fair?

CONTENT ADVISORY: This title includes scenes of rape/near rape.

Purchase Link: https://spsilverpublishing.com/product_book_info/glbt-paranormal-c-53_56/my-fair-vampire-ebook-p-640

Review: Misha lives his life as quietly as he can with the help of his aunt when a new boarder catches his eye. William has been sent to do a story on the first World Fair when his eye is caught by Misha and he decides that maybe he can do the story and still have some fun.

This is a well thought out story that has a good outline and plot. Misha has a somewhat lonely existence and he begins to long for something different. William is just covering the World Fair and falls into a dalliance with Misha. These two men seem to be a good fit for each other and fell for each other quickly and they were quite passionate towards each other.

I liked the slight mystery and the danger, but I thought that things fell into place too easily. The start of the book was a bit hard to get into but as it progressed it seemed less stiff.  It seemed contrived at times and there was one point that I really found hard to believe. I mean out of all those thousands of people they just decided it was Misha…for no reason at all.

I will recommend this to those who love historical, vampires, gentle sex and angst.

 

Dragon Hatching by J. B. McDonald

Title: Dragon Hatching

Series: Dragon Series 03

Author: J.B. McDonald

Genre: Fantasy

Length: Short (57pgs)

Publisher: Torquere Press (15th November 2011)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rawting: ♥♥♥♥4Hearts

Reviewer: Pixie

Blurb: Becoming a host for a parasitic dragon wasn’t part of the plan. Actually, there wasn’t really any plan to begin with, but when the dragon egg hatches, Ashe figures it’s time to come up with one.

Katsu’s plans are failing miserably. His vast medical knowledge isn’t helping Ashe’s dragon situation, he’s having problems staying detached, and the other mercenaries are concerned about their life-force being sucked dry and want Ashe to leave. Katsu is determined that if Ashe leaves, so will he. First, though, he has to make sure that his people aren’t killed in battle… something they seem determined to do.

Purchase Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=78_91&products_id=3412

Review: Ashe has a little problem, a baby dragon has become attached to him and it could kill him. Katsu is trying his best to help Ashe but his best isn’t enough.

Ashe and Katsu are back in this installment and they face even bigger difficulties than before.  Ashe has somehow managed to get himself in trouble again.  When the leader says he must leave to protect everyone else his lover, Katsu, declares he will leave too. There isn’t much world building in this book as it has been done in other books, but you get a very medieval feel from the book.

Ashe and Katsu’s relationship is very close but neither will say to the other that they love them.  Even though it is obvious that they do. I really like the way these two interact and they are just perfect for each other. The story-line is cool and it doesn’t miss a beat. I love how we keep getting installments about these two that just work perfectly. I have to admit because I have read the other two books in this Dragon series it was easy for me to fall back into their relationship and how they treat each other.  For someone who hasn’t read any of the previous books I think their relationship would confuse people.  So I suggest that the previous books are read first.

I will recommend this to those who love fantasy, gruff men, cute elves, troublesome dragons and a good story.

 

Catalyst by S. L. Armstrong and K. Piet

Title: Catalyst

Author: S.L. Armstrong & K. Piet

Genre: BDSM

Length: Novel (247pgs)

Publisher: Storm Moon Press (11th February 2011)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5Hearts

Reviewer: Pixie

Blurb: After a near-fatal accident, Logan Walker seeks help to control the compulsive blood fetish that almost cost his submissive’s life. Help happens to be in the form of an athletic, smart psychologist by the name of Dr. Kasper Bromley. Kasper, though, soon finds himself swept up in the fantasies Logan came to him to control. Reluctantly throwing his ethics to the wind, Kasper submits himself to Logan, gambling his career, his future, and his heart on this intriguing man and the lifestyle he offers. But when Kasper’s desires outpace Logan’s, the young doctor is swept down into a whirlpool of sex and sadism that even Logan’s love may not be enough to rescue him from.

Purchase Link: http://www.stormmoonpress.com/books/Catalyst.aspx

Warning: This book has violence, drug abuse and heavy BDSM. E.g. blood play.

Review: Logan needs help to control his blood fetish.  He knows it could have been so much worse and if he doesn’t get help then someone will end up dead.  Kasper is a psychologist and his new patient has a problem with blood.  As Kasper helps Logan he begins to fantasize about Logan and his desires.

This is a well written in-depth BDSM story. Logan is concerned that if he doesn’t get control of his fetish he will lose control and accidently kill someone; he’s had a close call and never wants it to happen again. Kasper begins to be pulled into Logan’s world of BDSM and once he gets past his embarrassment and shame he embraces it with open arms determined to be the best submissive ever… no matter what the cost.

Now this is a view of Doms and Subs that we don’t always see; the one where the Sub is calling the shots and is manipulating the Dom/Domme. Kasper has always strived to be the best and to impress his father.  Even though his father has been dead 4yrs he still tries.  Now he will impress Logan with how much he can take as a sub and become the best sub ever. Logan tries to rein Kasper in when he realizes that Kasper is manipulating him into causing him harm because Kasper refuses to have any limits no matter how much he is harmed.

This is definitely an in-depth psychological story.  We have Logan who needs help and asks for it.  We also have at one point Logan counseling Kasper over what he feels.  and then Kasper refusing to admit that he has a problem that could kill him. This is an absolute fantastic story of two men who try to balance their needs but who both fall into despair when it falls apart.  They then have to build up their trust and work out a compromise if they are going to live and love together.

A must read BDSM that will confuse, bemuse, have your heart ache and make you want to smack Kasper and knock sense into him. It is a bit controversial as well because Logan was Kasper’s client when they started their relationship and I am still in two minds about it as on the one hand Kasper knew better and Logan was a client but on the other Logan was a Dom who pushed the boundaries when he saw a spark of interest in Kasper’s eyes at the mention of submission, so to me they are both to blame. I don’t believe that Kasper meant to break Logan’s trust but it was ingrained in him to use everything to become the best.

I will recommend this to everyone who loves any type of BDSM, angst and a wonderfully written story that will have you feeling sorry for these two lovely confused men.

 

 

Love Turns the Page by Etienne

Title: Love Turns the Page

Series: Avondale 07

Author: Etienne

Genre: Contemporary

Length: Novel (342pgs)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (4th November 2011)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥3 ½Hearts

Reviewer: Pixie

Blurb: Tom Foster has his life planned out, and he’s systematically pursuing his goals. At twenty-two, he’s been organist and choirmaster at The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd for three years, he’s working on his doctoral thesis, and he’s beginning a secondary career performing in concert. There is no room in his schedule for romance… until Noah Webster, a gorgeous green-eyed blond, walks into the church one evening to audition for the choir.

What starts as an arrangement of convenience—Tom’s usual page turner is unavailable, and Noah agrees to do the job—soon turns into a fast friendship. Then Noah, who is saddled with an obnoxious roommate, rents the spare bedroom in Tom’s house, and ultimately the two men become lovers and partners in life. But before they can ride off into the sunset together, they must face one major obstacle: Noah’s violent, homophobic Southern Baptist father.

Purchase Link: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=2577

Review: Tom and Noah have been mentioned in many of Etienne’s books and not just in this series either, so I was happy to learn that we would finally get their story and Etienne doesn’t let us down.

Noah goes to the Good Shepherd to audition for the choir and ends up being Tom’s page turner and roommate; it’s not long before they fall in love. This story is about their meeting, their love, their life and also the problems they face. I must admit that for being only 22 and 19 years old at the beginning of this story they have old heads on their shoulders.

This is a nice gentle story that we have come to expect from Etienne. Tom has his life all planned out when he meets Noah. At first, he doesn’t think he has room in his life for anything serious, but soon changes his mind when he rapidly falls in love. Noah still isn’t sure of his sexuality until he meets Tom, everything seems to go fine until he admits to his family that he is gay and his father can’t cope.

In this we see Etienne’s knowledge of The Episcopal Church, the differences within the churches, choirs and organs. The details throughout the book are incredible and there are many places throughout the book that you could imagine going to visit. I must admit I haven’t a clue about religion and a lot of practices in churches or the music or anything else to do with religion really, but I must admit Etienne makes me want to learn more.

Of the overall book, I recommend this to those who want gentle love, a slight danger and a happy ever after.

 

 

Devil's Eyes by G. R. Richards

Title: Devil’s Eyes

Author: G.R. Richards

Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal, Dark

Length: Short (21pgs)

Publisher: JMS Books (17th October 2011)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥3Hearts

Reviewer: Pixie

Blurb: Synesthesia isn’t always a useful gift for a recording engineer, as Graham reveals during a film interview for Noah’s documentary on the topic. Synesthetics are people who see music. Some see colors or shapes in the notes they hear. Graham’s a little out of the ordinary — he sees images. Often, entire scenes play out before his eyes.

Graham’s come up against a stumbling block because of his synesthesia. In the bizarre death metal tracks he’s working on, the devil’s eyes appear at every turn. He’s scared stiff, and if he’s afraid to listen to them, how will he ever get the tracks edited?

As Noah and Graham discover, confronting the devil’s eyes is a job for two.

Purchase Link: http://www.jms-books.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=29&products_id=380

Review: Graham is being interviewed for a documentary on Synesthesia.  He finds the film-maker cute, but knows he won’t make a move unless he can overcome his inhibitions.

This is one weird little book and I still think it’s weird after reading it twice. Graham is synesthetic (ability to see colors/pictures when listening to music and sounds) and agrees to an interview.  After the interview is finished he invites the film-maker to hang around.  Graham has some intense visions while listening to death metal tracks.

This has got to be the weirdest story that I have ever come across. Even though I had never heard of Synesthesia before I read this, I did check up on it and think that the author took some license with it to give us the visions that Graham suffers from.

The visions produced by the death metal seem to be Graham’s own inner-self and it draws him out to do something he wouldn’t normally do… take what he wants. Luckily for Graham, Noah seems to want the same thing.

I will recommend this to those who like Dark temptation and a well written description of the hallucination that leads to intense, smutty, erotic and slightly kinky sex.

 

 

 

Apples and Regret and Wasted Time by Cornelia Grey

Title: Apples and Regret and Wasted Time

Author: Cornelia Grey

Genre: Dark, Bittersweet

Length: Short (13pgs)

Publisher: Storm Moon Press (27th May 2011)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥4 ½Hearts

Reviewer: Pixie

Blurb: He lives in the shadows of the law. Now, wounded and stranded in the city after a job only he could do, he has no qualms about climbing through the window his old lover left open—or stealing his shampoo, at that. He has, however, not taken into account the possibility of being surprised in the shower.

Three years is a long time to go between visits, especially if you’ve left so much anger and hurt and desire unresolved. They try to negotiate a truce for one night—over Chinese takeaway leftovers and apples, and between the sheets.

Purchase Link: http://stormmoonpress.com/books/Apples-and-Regrets-and-Wasted-Time.aspx

Review: I don’t believe that I have ever been as enthralled with a book as I was with this one. I don’t even know where to begin as this is a story with no names.

It’s been three years since he last saw his old lover and now here he is sneaking through his window, to get cleaned up before leaving again. Even though his old lover doesn’t seem happy to see him they put aside their hurts as their passion is re-ignited.

Even though this is a short story do not be fooled that it will not draw you in with its intense emotional longings and the devastatingly hopeless love. These two lovers have not seen each other in three years but neither has forgotten or stopped loving the other.  They remember everything about each other and they both do things ‘just in case’.  but they both know that it is hopeless between them, that it can never be.

Incredibly written, so full of detail, so full of emotion, so poignant, this is a masterpiece just waiting to be read. I have to recommend that you don’t miss this book, it is a ‘must be read’ and enjoyed.

 

Oneiros by S. L. Armstrong

Title: Oneiros

Series: Cast the Cards

Author: S.L. Armstrong

Genre: Paranormal, Myths

Length: Short (23pgs)

Publisher: Storm Moon Press (6th April 2011)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4Hearts

Reviewer: Pixie

Blurb: For over 250 years, the use of the tarot for divination has been a mainstay of mystical and occult practices. The themes and forces represented by the cards are said to govern our lives and our destinies. Whether you believe that or not, the story of the cards is nevertheless the story of our lives — the accomplishments and the pitfalls, the path from soaring joy to crushing defeat and back again.

Caleb is fleeing from the realities of his life, hiding in a dream of the Moon. The God of Dreams finds him there and draws Caleb deeper into the night with promises of passion and closeness otherwise denied to him. But in the waking world, a chance for something real forces Caleb to choose between love and immortality.

(This short story was originally published in the “Cast the Cards” anthology.)

Purchase Link: http://stormmoonpress.com/books/Oneiros.aspx

Review: Caleb has had a lot to deal with in his life.  When he is visited in his dreams one night by Morpheus he has the opportunity for a dream lover, he grabs at it with both hands; as he believes that he will never have a real one again.

This is quite a poignant little piece even though I am not sure if it was meant to be. How many times have we wished we could sleep away our troubles? To have a dream lover take all our worries away so we only have pleasure? To ignore the world around us, so we know only happiness? In this story that is exactly what Caleb does, he is seduced by Morpheus into only wanting to sleep so he can spend time loving Morpheus and knowing only pleasure, as he sleeps more and more he neglects his real life and the new friend he made in Scott.

Scott offered a relationship to Caleb and was rebuffed but he is determined to be his friend and be there when he needs him. As Caleb’s life spins out of control Scott is there to pick up the pieces but Morpheus is becoming unhappy. I really liked this story as it portrayed a dream-like mystical quality as Caleb’s mind became foggier as he lost touch with his real life. His escaping his fears, loneliness and unhappiness is completely understandable and Scott’s persistence and patience is laudable as he struggles to get through to Caleb.

This is a wonderful short with hot sex, longing and the realization that maybe just maybe dreams can happen in the real world too. I highly recommend this to everyone.