A Family Found by Nicole Dennis

Title: A Family Found

Series: Hamilton River 01

Author: Nicole Dennis

Genre: Contemporary, Family

Length: Novel (258pgs)

Publisher: Silver Publishing (21st January 2012)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4Hearts

Reviewer: Pixie

Blurb: A promising baseball star gives it all up to raise his sister’s son. A millionaire at odds with his family searches for his own son and finds more than he thought possible.

A promising baseball star, Dimitri Michelakakis, left it all behind when his troubled sister called, begging him to raise her baby boy. Now a chef and a single father, he runs the successful catering arm of local bistro, Terra Verde. Dimitri never suspected that one of his catering jobs would lead him to a new love.

Since receiving a note about his son’s birth, millionaire Mason Harrison has done everything he can to find the baby and the man who raised him as his own. Could finding his son mean finding the family Mason has always longed for?

Purchase Link: https://spsilverpublishing.com/product_book_info/a-family-found-ebook-p-707

Review: Dimitri gave everything up to help his sister out, even raising her child and adopting him. He makes a new life for himself and Theo in Hamilton River and they are both very happy. Mason has been looking for his son and the man who has raised him and has finally found them.   At first, he just wants to know them, but then he puts a proposition to Dimitri that he hopes won’t be turned down.

This is a lovely family story that has a lot of child interaction that adds to the story. Mason has finally found his son, he has had Dimitri investigated and can find nothing wrong so doesn’t want to take Theo away from him.  he tricks Dimitri into meeting him and bringing Theo along so he can meet him, he eventually explains and offers a proposition to Dimitri. Dimitri is shocked and scared; he can’t lose his beloved Theo he decides that he needs time to think but agrees that Mason has a right to get to know Theo.

These characters were brilliant and I absolutely loved Theo and Moru (his little bear). I really enjoyed this story even though it did have a Harlequin and Mills & Boon feel to it. Actually, if I am honest I loved the plot and story-line.  I loved that Dimitri made Mason wait and they got to know each other.  I loved how involved Theo and Moru were in the story.  I loved Sherlock and Watson as well.  what I didn’t love was that there was a bit too much in the way of descriptions and details sometimes and it took my attention away from the story.

The story was well written and the characters took their time with the relationship.  Yes, the attraction was there from the start, but Dimitri finding out the truth about Mason made him think long and hard about getting involved with him.  it was nice that they spent time together as a family before the relationship got off the ground. The sex between them is hot and sensual and they make a great couple.

So this one I will recommend to those who love family stories, cute little boys, a sexy chef, a handsome millionaire, hot sex and a great story line.

Raven's Mark by Jade Archer

Title: Raven’s Mark

Series: Sandpipers 02

Author: Jade Archer

Genre: Contemporary

Length: Novel (207pgs)

Publisher: Total E-Bound (16th January 2012)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥4 ½Hearts

Reviewer: Pixie

Blurb: Sometimes the strength to fight the past lies in the love and friendship of the present.

Mark Carter has taken care of himself and those around him since he was a teenager. But with his younger brother and sister now packed off to college, he finds himself suddenly alone. Throwing everything he has into his new position at Sandpipers Restaurant leaves little time for anything else. And that’s just fine by Mark. Then Raven stumbles into his life and everything changes. Mark can’t help wanting to know more about the mysterious man. Which is easier said than done. Raven is painfully shy, a single parent and stutters, especially when he’s nervous. But Mark is determined to get to know the warm, intelligent man he glimpses beneath the quiet exterior. The question is, will Raven let him?

Raven finally has a chance to start again. He’s determined to put the past behind him and do whatever it takes to create a normal life for his young son, Ryan. Unfortunately, it’s not as easy as it sounds. He doesn’t have much acquaintance with ‘normal’, and the past has a way on intruding on the present no matter how hard he tries to escape it. Can he trust Mark with his secrets? And more importantly, should he?

Purchase Link: http://www.total-e-bound.com/product.asp?strParents=&CAT_ID=&P_ID=1511

Review: Raven is running from the past.  With his son, Ryan he is starting a new life. Mark is intrigued by the quiet, shy, stuttering man and his son.  As he angles to get closer to them, he begins to understand that there is a dark mark in Raven’s past that haunts him and Mark wants to be the one to help him overcome the past.

A well written novel which will touch your heart and brings back characters that we loved from the first book. Raven has been through hell in his past and is starting afresh.  He understands that his past won’t leave him just because he moved, but he is determined that he will live his life. Mark has spotted Raven a few times and has been trying to talk to him, but the first time they do talk doesn’t work out too well.  As time goes by, they begin a slow courtship as Mark gains Raven’s and Ryan’s trust.

This is an excellent story-line and this author wrote it in such a way as to misdirect the reader. I really was surprised as to who Raven’s abuser was.  All along I was led to believe that it was someone else; brilliantly done. The psychological effect on Raven and Ryan was well portrayed and it was nice to see that it didn’t just disappear, but that Raven was still working towards a solution at the end of the book. Mark was trying his best with Raven, but Raven keeps things close to his chest. Despite this, Mark tries his best to gain Raven’s trust and there are hiccups along the way.

Both these characters are well written and they are well suited even when they both are fumbling to make it work. These two men can be frustrating, but they are wonderful.  Ryan is a little sweetheart with his protection of his daddy. The progression of the relationship is weeks and months of just dating, rather than just jumping into bed. But when they did get there, then whoa, was it hot. The relationship is far from easy and they both get hurt as they try to make it work. I thoroughly enjoyed watching as Mark, Raven and Ryan fit together and started to make a family. All the while trying to fight the demons of the past; as Raven fears that Mark will try to control him and Mark fears that Raven will shut him out.

This story is for those who love family, damaged vulnerable men, hot sex, adorable children and a happy ever after.

 

Dharma Cafe by Jessica Freely

Title: Dharma Cafe

Author: Jessica Freely

Genre: Paranormal, Multicultural

Length: Novel (232pgs)

Publisher: Loose Id (17th January 2012)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥4 ½Heats

Reviewer: Pixie

Blurb: Welcome to the Dharma Café, a restaurant like no other. There is no menu. The waiter, Samura, uses mystical powers to read what each customer needs, and the cook, Agatha, prepares the food with ingredients like love, hope, and courage.

The café is a refuge for the new busboy, Charlie, who was kicked out of home on his eighteenth birthday. Irresistibly drawn to Samura, Charlie soon discovers that the stern, formal waiter harbors a heartbreaking past and a dangerous secret.

Samura lives in fear that one day, the darkness inside him will burst forth to destroy all he loves. Now that includes brash, infuriating, delectable Charlie, who has broken through all Samura’s defenses and taught him to trust himself.

Just when Samura thinks it might be safe to reveal the truth, his worst nightmare walks back into his life: His father, Akio, the evil food sorcerer who runs the burger stand on the other side of town. Akio’s business is expanding and he wants his son to manage his new location, where the Dharma Café now stands.

It will take the combined resources of an ancient cook, a novice dishwasher, and a cursed waiter to fight Akio and protect the café. But when Samura succumbs to Akio’s magic, will it be enough?

Purchase Link: http://www.loose-id.com/Dharma-Cafe.aspx

Review: Samura was taken in by Chef Agatha when he was eight, after he ran away from his father Akio.   Now he is eighteen and although he tries his best, he can still feel the darkness inside sometimes. Charlie has been thrown out by his parents on his eighteenth birthday.  He’s roaming the streets when he comes across a dumpster full of gorgeous food, he can’t resist and dives in head first.

This is a… I have to say slightly whacky, but thoroughly enjoyable story. Samura is haunted by his past and although Chef Agatha has spent the last ten years working her magic on him, it still has the power to make him doubt himself. Charlie finds it hard to believe that his parents threw him out, but he starts to get back on his feet with the help of Chef Agatha.  Surprisingly, even though he has a fear of sorcerers, he doesn’t notice the magic at work in the café until he goes with Samura to collect ingredients and he makes a startling discovery about himself when he has to save Samura.

I have to admit that I was intrigued by the food magic and how there was good and evil.  The good working to give a customer what they truly need and the bad making customers starvelings who will do anything the Sorcerer wants for another burger (okay, so I am suspicious of McDonald’s now). The instant antagonistic reaction that Samura and Charlie adds a bit of spice , as you never know how they will react to each other because all the while you know that they are both hiding the fact that they are wildly attracted to each other.

The characters are brilliantly portrayed and I loved Chef Agatha.  The story-line was really good and I liked how both Samura and Charlie acted like eighteen year olds and not all grown up and adult.  their relationship progressed quickly once they admitted how they both felt and I will never look at bread dough in the same light again.

I will recommend this one to those who want a paranormal magic story with a twist, humor, great sex, food magic, a hunger demon battle, hordes of starvelings and a cheerful happy ever after.

Masters and Boyd by S. J. D Peterson

Title: Master’s And Boyd

Author: S.J.D. Peterson

Genre: Contemporary, Kink, D/s

Length: Novella (145pgs)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (23rd January 2012)

Heat Rating: Explicit

Heart Rating:  ♥♥♥♥♥4 ½ – 5Hearts

Reviewer: Pixie

Blurb: Carrick Masters and Edward Boyd have already found true love—it’s the happy ever after that’s eluding them. Between Carrick’s job as an orthopedic surgeon and Ed’s career as a defense attorney, they have hardly any time to spend together, and what time they do have seems to be poisoned by resentment. Carrick and Ed know they need to refocus to make their marriage work, but they seriously need more than a spicy once-a-week date night to get them back on track.

Purchase Link: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=2735

Review: Ed is sat in a restaurant waiting for his beloved husband on their 3rd anniversary when he realizes that he isn’t coming. Carrick doesn’t realize what he has been doing to his husband while he has been ignoring him in favor of studying… it’s the start of them realizing that they are putting their relationship second and they have to focus on their relationship, as much as they focus on work.

This is a fantastic story that will make you sit up and take a long hard look at your own relationship to ensure you haven’t fallen into the habit of taking your partner for granted. Ed and Carrick have somehow managed to take each other for granted.  Even when they try to change that, they fall back into old habits. Even though they love each other very much, they both feel that they are losing something special.  As they begin to work on their marriage they discover new kinks about themselves.  And although it’s new and exciting, they know it won’t fix their problems.

A well-written story that touches your heart.  It is beautiful to watch these two men trying to reconnect and get back what they have lost in their marriage. While they try to get the basics of their marriage on firm ground, Ed finds that he has a kink, and that kink is slight submission, he enjoys giving himself over to Carrick and trusting Carrick to give him what he needs. Carrick has always been slightly dominant and this new kink that they have discovered excites him, but he also recognizes that they have to cut back at work and just focus on them.

A beautiful story about rediscovering the simple things in a relationship, a kiss hello, a snuggle in front of the T.V., lazy mornings in bed, a quick phone call to say I love you and most importantly that nothing is as important as the one you love. I have to recommend this to everyone who believes in true love and that that love is worth fighting for. And some incredible hot scorching sex!! (There’s also a little twist at the end that looks like it could make a great sequel.)

 

 

Deadly Secrets by Savannah Hartley

Title: Deadly Secrets

Series: Dark Kings of Eternity 01

Author: Savannah Hartley

Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal/Alternate World, Shape-Shifter, Vampires, Werewolves

Length: Super Novel (354pgs)

Publisher: Silver Publishing (21st January 2012)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5Hearts

Reviewer: Pixie

Blurb: Jamie Dexson is like any other twenty year old boy–with one exception. He passes himself off as a girl. His ruse is necessary. Deadly secrets put him in danger, and life is about to get even more complicated.

Jamie Dexson is like any other twenty year old boy–with one exception. He’s been passing himself off as a girl for four years.

Fleeing from a dangerous situation, the ruse is necessary. Jamie and his mother have been on the run, but when Jamie’s disguise becomes more trouble than it’s worth, he has to decide if leaving it behind will free him from the arms of a predator seeking to make Jamie his.

From a life of deciding which heels to wear with what outfit, Jamie falls into a world of dragons, vampires, werewolves, and shapeshifters. And he discovers he’s one of them… but doesn’t know which one.

CONTENT ADVISORIES: This title contains scenes of rape or near rape and a “to be continued” ending.

Purchase Link: https://spsilverpublishing.com/product_book_info/deadly-secrets-ebook-p-708

Review: I sit here as I write this trying desperately not to run off to a corner and sulk. Why, you ask?  Well, it’s simple really… it’s all the ending’s fault;  I have to wait for the next book, Deadly Skies, to get answers, that I want now.   So, here I am desolate, needing to read the next book and I’ve got zip about when it will be out because Savannah Hartley is still writing it. (*pout*)

Jamie is a boy pretending to be a girl, because his mum asked him to because they were in danger.  So for the last four years he’s been a girl; he has had to act like a girl, talk like a girl, and walk like a girl and essentially be a girl. Now though his secret has been discovered by Asa, a quite boy from one of his classes.  As he and Asa become friends secrets come out on both sides.  To make matters worse, Jamie discovers the truth about why he’s in hiding. Jamie gets an admirer in the shape of Aidan the most popular and sexy boy in college and although Jamie puts him off because he’s not really a girl it doesn’t stop the attraction he feels for him.

This has got to be one of the most complex and utterly deceptive books that I have ever read.   The details are introduced slowly and slotted in here and there.   There are some things that sneak up on you and you end up having ‘oh duh’ moments. The story is mainly about Jamie and his everyday life living as a girl.  The author drops hints about why he’s in disguise slowly, teasing us and making us want more.  Then we discover other secrets and I will now never be able to look at tomato soup in the same light ever again. We get Jamie’s diary entries here and there which add a bit of insight into Jamie the boy and there is no sex but some scorching kisses. Even getting to the end of the book I don’t think we have discovered all the secrets and surprises that involve Jamie.

As other characters are introduced and as we find out the truth about them, the story becomes more complex.   You try to figure out just what is going on and who is behind what. Is everything as it seems or is Jamie being lied to again? What exactly is the truth? And just what the hell is Jamie? Now I know what you’re going to say, what about the ‘rape’ aspect… well that’s something that is referred to and then the rapist gets what he deserves… twice!! So although it is a disturbing aspect just remember payback is a bitch called Jamie.

My recommendation is this… you have got to read this book if you like the paranormal even a little bit.  because you have different shifter types, magic, other dimensions, a mystery of who and what Jamie is, it’s humorous and you know there will be a fantastic sequel… Oh, and in case you were wondering, Asa and Ethan get a story of their own, as well.   *squee* So a quick note to Savannah Hartley… write faster!!

 

 

Chalice by Amber Kell

Title: Chalice

Series: Planetary Submissives 01

Author: Amber Kell

Genre: Sci-fi, Futuristic, Paranormal

Length: Novella (71pgs)

Publisher: Total E-Bound (16th January 2012)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥3 ½Hearts

Reviewer: Pixie

Blurb: In order to stop his magic from eating him alive, Chalice seeks out a man strong enough to dominate and control him.

Chalice might be a prince on his planet but his submissive tendencies prevent him from dealing with the incredible energy coursing through his body. Magic users need a second to balance them out, but there has never been a case where the one with the power didn’t hold the dominant position. Chalice’s ability as a rare four elemental magic wielder already marks him as different, though. And with the king in denial of his son’s needs, he has no choice but to look off—planet to find a powerful partner.

He runs into a diplomat on a mission who leads Chalice to agree to be the pet of an emperor—one whose reputation for tossing aside subs is only balanced out by the fact that Chalice thinks he’s the sexiest creature he’s ever seen. Chalice takes the plunge, hoping the biggest gamble of his life won’t prove to be his biggest mistake.

Purchase Link: http://www.total-e-bound.com/product.asp?P_ID=1512

Review: Chalice needs a strong Dominant male to help balance out his magic.  Without a grounding force, he can only control his magic for minutes at a time, before he loses control. Chalice leaves his planet and takes a chance and hopes everything will work out. Terrin is an emperor, who has discarded many pets, but Chalice has caught his eye and Chalice’s demeanor intrigues him and he suspects he won’t get bored with him so easily.

Okay, I was really looking forward to this book, as I had been teased by Ms. Kell releasing little snippets on her blog for seems like forever.   The earliest post being way back when in 2010 (I have a long memory).   And I did enjoy the story…kinda. Chalice is looking for a Master to ground him and help him balance his magic.  He has come to terms with his needs, despite his family insisting that he should be the master and not the mastered, due to the level of his magic. Meanwhile, Terrin wants a pet/sub who can keep his attention. When these two meet it seems like a connection made in heaven, but Chalice has to tell Terrin his secrets and hope he reacts well.

This has a good story-line and plot, the characters are portrayed really well, the sex was hot and the story was humorous in places… but it wasn’t as well-developed as Ms Kell’s previous work; (which is really strange as she doesn’t usually miss a beat).  Because although we are told that Chalice is a four elemental magic wielder and that he needs a Master to balance it out the details were not there, you know… how does it balance it out? How does it work? Who was behind the attack? So Ms Kell has a slightly lower rating this time.

So my recommendation… although not up to the authors usually par this is still an enjoyable, cute novella.  There is definitely room for a series.  There is one traveler, in particular, who would make a great main character in a sequel.  *hint, hint* It has hot sex, great characters, a bit of danger, a bit of angst and a HEA so I’d say get the book, grab a cup of tea and enjoy.

Sins of the Father by Fyn Alexander

Title: Sins of the Father

Series: Angel and the Assassin 03

Author: Fyn Alexander          

Genre: BDSM, Contemporary

Length: Novel Plus (252pgs)

Publisher: Loose Id (16th January 2012)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥4 ½Hearts

Reviewer: Pixie

Blurb: MI6 assassin, Kael Saunders, is a larger than life, dominant master who finds himself becoming a Daddy to nineteen-year-old Angel Button. Over the last year and a half Kael and Angel have settled into a loving Dom/sub relationship. But no matter how comfortable the highly intelligent and ruthless assassin and his sweet, eager, loving boy become with each other, Kael is still the boss and Angel wants him to remain so, whether in the dungeon, the bedroom, or the kitchen. Naturally submissive, Angel has learned how to be a good Daddy’s boy and a good slave, but his childlike willfulness still makes itself known now and again.

Kael has always wondered why he is able to do the work he does. Why is he so ruthless, so intelligent, so serious and rigid? Could it be that he got those traits from the father he has never met? Who is Kael’s father and will he ever meet the man whose genes he carries?

Purchase Link: http://www.loose-id.com/Angel-and-the-Assassin-3-Sins-of-the-Father.aspx

Review: This story is part of a series and I recommend they are read in order. Kael and Angel have settled nicely into their life together , but sometimes Angel feels like he won’t be able to live up to Kael’s plans for the future and he acts out.  Kael only wants the best for his Angel and he wants Angel to live up to his full potential. Kael also sees a man from his past that he never wants to see again, a Russian politician gets on his nerves and his mum finally confesses the secrets of the past.

This has got to be one of the best series that I have read. Angel is growing up fast but sometimes he still acts like a kid.  He seems to have a wide-eyed innocence that completely disregards all that he has seen and done in the past. Kael is determined to control exactly how Angel’s life will turn out and he has it all planned out.  But, when he realizes that maybe he has been a bit hard on Angel (with the help of his mum) he has to decide what to do.

I love Kael and Angel they are just such an odd couple.  Angel with his innocence and wonder and Kael with his cynical and deaden emotions; but, when they are together they complement each other well. The only person before Angel that Kael even cared about was his mum Sharon and now Kael is realizing that Angel has opened his emotions up slightly and Kael isn’t sure he likes it. What we have in this story is a big development in Angel and Kael’s relationship and it’s interesting.  And when secrets come out how Kael held himself back from killing the man who hurt his mother, I don’t know because he adores his mum.

This story is for those who love Angel and the Assassin, hot BDSM, a man who is dominant in all aspects of his life, a sub who adores his Daddy, who love violence and danger, who love a slight mystery and more wonderful stories to come.

Transcend by West Thornhill

Title: Transcend

Series: Fillmore  Agency 01

Author: West Thornhill

Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal/Alternate World, Shape-Shifter

Length: Super Novel (392pgs)

Publisher: Silver Publishing (21st January 2012)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥4 ½Hearts

Reviewer: Pixie

Blurb: When Gael escapes life spent as a sadist’s sex slave, he finds a world he never knew existed. Jason, inexplicably drawn to this untrusting man, has secrets of his own. Will Gael overcome his insecurities or will his past return to destroy everything?

When Gael Astley escapes life spent as a sadist’s sex slave, his rescuer introduces him to a world he never knew existed. He quickly discovers he has the powers of telepathy and telekinesis, but is confused about what this means for this life. With the help of the one person he knows he can trust, Gael embarks on an intense training regime that ultimately leads to a new career as an agent for Fillmore, a top-secret paranormal group.

Jason Phillips, a member of the Fillmore team, has secrets of his own. Though he tries to keep his distance from Gael, the two men are drawn together like moths to flame. Will Gael overcome his own insecurities and see the possibilities offered or will his past come back to destroy him?

CONTENT ADVISORY: This title contains scenes of rape. Readers with a history of rape or sexual abuse may find this story disturbing.

Purchase Link: https://spsilverpublishing.com/product_book_info/transcend-ebook-p-719

Review: This book is West Thornhill’s first published work and it is brilliant. Gael is rescued by Rick who works for the Fillmore Agency.   After therapy and training, Gael joins the Fillmore Agency himself.  When he meets up with his new team-mates, Tink and Jason, he has an instant attraction to Jason. Unfortunately, Jason has been hurt in the past, causing him to doubt his initial reaction to Gael. When his beast gets too hard to control, he goes away for the weekend. Only then, does he finally come to terms with what his beast has been trying to telling him.

This is an incredible first published work.  There’s a lot that goes on, but you never lose focus of what is going on. I won’t go into too much detail, because, as I said, a lot goes on.  So I will try to keep this short. Gael has had a horrific time before he was rescued by Rick.  He has some psychological problems that he is still trying to work through.  although his relationship with Jason sets him back a bit at first, Jason has to get a tight grip of his beast as the beast doesn’t understand what Gael has gone through and because of that Gael now doubts how Jason really sees him.

This is quite a complex story, as in the various different characters that play a part and how they become involved (there will be another 4 books in the series with these characters) and they keep the story interesting. The opening of the book is really good as we get the foundations of the Fillmore Agency and its background straight away. This book is also unique in the aspect that the Agency isn’t the characters sole purpose in life and they all have outside jobs which they enjoy.

The relationship between Gael and Jason doesn’t run smoothly, but the sex is incredible between them.  They have a lot to work through as a couple, but they seem to be well suited. I must admit that at times it seemed as though when working on a Fillmore case they seemed to keep Gael out of the loop or not discuss what was going on but then I realized that they were just going over the same info and hadn’t got any further so that was why it seemed like that.

There are some aspects of this book, which will be disturbing for people.  I can tell you it doesn’t go into too much detail.  The psychological effects on some of the characters are not down played or over the top, the author has tastefully broached a terrible subject and shows all the characters in good light with how they handle it.

So who to recommend this one to??? Well, if you like paranormal, secret agency, great characters, an interesting story, fantastic sex, a good idea of what will happen in the next book and a happy ending for Jason and Gael then this is the book for you.

 

 

Divine Devine's Love Song by S. A. Garcia

Title: Divine Devine’s Love Song

Author: S.A. Garcia

Genre: Science Fiction, Futuristic, Post-Apocalyptic

Length: Novella (138pgs)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (9th November 2011)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥4 ½Hearts

Reviewer: Pixie

Blurb: In a world destroyed by nuclear mismanagement, a deformed young man named Trill finds an intact Netpad. Once he secures a working battery, he discovers a story penned by Sam Devine, a hacker who led a rebellion against the insane corporation BCM thirty years before.

Sam works for BCM out of necessity rather than choice. He despises the company for its lack of ethics and knows the best way to destroy it is from within. When a staff meeting opens with the torture of BCM’s captive enemies, Sam sees his chance: he lies to convince his bosses he wants to further degrade one of the warriors, a man named Pokatawer, and once Pokatawer is released to him, Sam finds they share common goals and lusts.

But Sam and Pokatawer are up against a hugely powerful corporation, and they’ll have to bring BCM to its knees to escape nuclear wrath and make a life for themselves somewhere outside the company’s grasp.

Purchase Link: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=2588

Review: This is one of those stories that send shivers up your spine as you realize that something like this could truly happen.  That a corporation could be running the Government and wipe out those who don’t agree.

Trill is one of those in the future who are living with the effects of a corporate takeover of a Government.  When he finds a Netpad; he hopes to read the words of a hero… one of the people who left for the south for a new beginning. Sam Devine had hoped to bring BCM down but was betrayed.  Now he is more like their dog; doing what they want so he can live.  When they bring in prisoners trying to get their secrets, he devises a plan to rescue one of them. Pokatawer was captured on his way home.  BCM want the drug that his people have developed, but he has other plans once he is given the chance by Devine.

A really great story that wasn’t lacking in detail or action.   It wove a very realistic view of a future that is on the brink of destruction; as a corporate America fights amongst itself vying for more land and using any means necessary to obtain it. Brilliant. The characters were well written and the story is very well told. The relationship that develops between Devine and Pokatawer is interesting and I really loved Devine’s character as he added a bit of humor to a decidedly unpleasant world. The chemistry between them was sparking and although we don’t get much detail they are still very hot and primal together.

So honestly,  this is for those who love Science Fiction, Futuristic and Post-Apocalyptic stories.  Divine Devine’s Love Song will blow your mind with detail, evil corporate types and a great love story with an ending that makes you long for a sequel.

 

 

Suffer the Little Children by Tracy Rowan

Title: Suffer the Little Children

Author: Tracy Rowan

Genre: Historical (1890), Sleuth, Private Detective

Length: Novel (175pgs)

Publisher: Torquere Press (26th January 2011)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥4 ½Hearts

Reviewer: Pixie

Blurb: When Victorian private investigator Nick Romney’s step-father, an Anglican bishop, is murdered, Nick refuses to get involved. At the urging of his family, though, Nick and his lover Davy step in to investigate. Together they uncover the truth of the bishop’s involvement in the dark and horrifying world of child prostitution, the reason why he was killed, and the shocking identity of the murderer.

Purchase Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=3033

Free Short Stories on author’s website: http://www.tracyrowan.org/

Review: Nick Romney (Rom) and David Malvern (Fitz or Fitzhugh or even sometimes Davy) have been partners in life and work for ten years.  They have worked a case and are enjoying some down time in Paris when a telegram arrives. It’s a blast from the past for Nick and it opens up a new investigation that delves into the seediest secrets of London.

When I first read the title and blurb I was really dreading reading it.  it’s about a Bishop (church), it’s about child prostitution and it’s a private detective, so I was expecting it to be dark and dour with horrifying details and a church cover up while they sang the dead man’s praises; all the while two upper-class men bumbled about interfering in police business and making a mess of things… what I got was a well-crafted story that reminds me a lot of Sherlock and Watson (the originals not that silly new T.V. program).  Taking you back in time to a simpler more exciting sleuthing experience.  And while child prostitution is in there it isn’t gone into in too much detail and the murder is the main focus, along with Nick and Davy’s relationship.

In this well written story, Davy is the Narrator so it’s all from his POV.  But it is so well done that we get a good feel for the characters and the descriptions are really detailed.  Davy also gives us a few flash backs as to how the two met, one of their first cases, secrets from Nick’s past and talks he had with his father. This story isn’t dark and dour; in fact in some places it is humorous. The investigation is the main reason I enjoyed this book, simple methods of solving a crime, lucking for clues and discovering secrets… there is nothing like a good sleuth to show people how it’s done.

Now let’s not forget about the relationship which, even though there are only a couple of slight sex scenes doesn’t take away from the fact that these two men love each other very much.  It’s there in the trust and intimacy, the way they act with each other and support each other.  It just shines through. Davy’s family surprised me in the way that they accepted Nick with open arms when they figured out their true relationship, but their support when secrets from Nick’s past come out is brilliant.

My recommendation? Wow, hmmm…being honest… if you love sleuths like Sherlock, Poirot and Miss Marple, if you want a relationship that has endured and is still romantic, if you want a true murder/mystery and a story that can delve into the worst without all the details then this is for you.  I, for one, will be hoping that Tracy Rowan will publish more stories about Nick and Davy’s sleuthing adventures.

 

 

Foundation of Love by Scotty Cade

Title:  Foundation of Love

Series: Love series 04

Author:  Scotty Cade and Z. B. Marshall

Genre:   Interracial, Contemporary

Length: Novel

Publisher:  Dreamspinner Press

Heat Level:  Explicit

Heart Rating:  ♥♥♥♥♥5Hearts

Blurb:  Years ago, Wes Stanhope fled his hometown of Charleston to escape the constraints of society and his controlling father, Colonel Robert Lee Stanhope IV. After completing medical school and building a successful practice in pediatric oncology in Seattle, Wes is called home for his mother’s funeral and presented with an opportunity to build and run a children’s hospital-his mother’s legacy-a choice he ultimately makes despite his misgivings about his father’s role as chairman of the hospital’s board of directors. When Wes begins to build his team, he is introduced to a young, handsome black architect named Tyler Williams. Sparks begin to fly between the two men, and although Wes doesn’t identify as gay, denying his attraction to Ty becomes impossible. But Ty won’t be a dirty secret: if Wes wants to build a relationship, he’ll have to come out, brave his father’s racism and homophobia, and risk his chance to continue as the hospital’s CEO and realize his mother’s dream.

Product Link:  http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=2662

Reviewer:   Portia

Review:   It probably seems like I sneak my little pet peeves into my reviews…*smile* cuz, I do.  One of my pet peeves are interracial romances, gay or straight, that show little or no respect for the cultural differences of the characters or resort to using cultural clichés.  Newsflash:  Not all black folk are on welfare and not all white folk are bigots. Neither do I believed that the average person chooses a lover only based on their race.

Foundation of Love doesn’t fall into either of those literary traps and I loved it.  For the most part, race is not even an issue, and in this day and age, I find that much more believable than the alternative.

Rant over…back to the review.  Wes spends most of this book torn.  He wants to honor his late mother’s legacy, but really doesn’t want to deal with the issues he has with his father.  (A man who, by the way, I think Cade crafted very well.  He’s not all bad, but he’s stuck in the time warp.  Allowing the norms of his own history to interfere with the relationship he desperately wants to foster with his adult son.)  I loved how Wes looked on his friends, mentor and lover for guidance and support.  Any yes, a few of the guys for the other Love series books to make guest appearances in Foundation of Love.  The affection and respect among the men is evident on every levels

The romance between Wes and Ty is very sweet.  Neither man was looking for anything long-term, but neither are they running from the possibilities. I felt like I was watching a romance unfold between grown-ass men.  And by that I mean, they were past the age where they felt the need to play head games.  They brought a level of maturity that is refreshing to see in a genre that too often churns out angst filled stories that seem contrived in their plot structure.  Secondary rant:  Every character does not have to be emotionally crippled.  Some people actually like the idea of being in a stable monogamous relationship.  End of secondary rant.

I would recommend Foundation of Love to anyone who is interested in an interracial romance that doesn’t dwell on race; main characters that actually communicate, rather than rely on guess-work and a happy ever after that involves letting go and moving on.  Highly recommended.

Noble Metals by L. A. Witt

Title: Noble Metals

Author: L.A. Witt

Genre: Steampunk, History, Suspense

Length: Novella (116pgs)

Publisher: Carnal Passions (2nd January 2012)

Heat Level: Explicit

 Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4Hearts

 Reviewer: Pixie

Blurb: Ever since he gambled away his chance to make it to Dawson City during the Klondike Gold Rush, Robert Belton has been stranded in Seattle working as a prostitute. When an attractive customer carrying a mysterious wooden box comes into the brothel in search of a bed for the night, Robert’s more than willing to oblige. When he learns his customer is also looking for a crew to help him haul provisions to the gold fields in the frozen north, Robert jumps at the chance and volunteers.

Dr. John Fauth is only looking for one thing in Dawson City, and it isn’t gold. He needs platinum for his semiconductor research, and if he doesn’t find it in the Klondike, the university that employs him will be more than happy to redirect their funds to more profitable scientists. Just getting to the gold fields is a grueling, dangerous journey, especially when a competitor will stop at nothing to get his hands on an invaluable device in John’s possession.

As they fall for each other out on the bitterly cold trail, John and Robert may just find themselves with more to lose than they could ever gain in the gold fields of the Yukon Territory.

Purchase Link: http://www.carnalpassions.com/store/product.php?id_product=103

Review: Robert is working as a whore after losing his money gambling.  When a handsome customer admits that he is looking for men to help him on his journey Robert jumps at the chance to get to Dawson City, even offering to take half-pay. John is desperate for his invention to come through for him.  But, first he has to slog through the trail to Dawson City, in the biting cold while avoiding the men who have been tailing him and letting no one know about his invention.

I enjoyed this story for its simplicity, for its combining of fact and fiction, for the hot sex and the gentle love. Robert has never known the touch of a man when he wasn’t paid for it, when John walks into the saloon and into his bed it’s the first time that he has genuinely wanted a man and would gladly have paid John for the pleasure. John just needs someone to help him with his equipment so when Robert offers for half the wages he jumps at the chance and on the journey fraught with danger he comes to trust and love the former whore.

This is a story that takes you on a journey.   It’s about trust, it’s about love, it’s about hopes and dreams as these two men struggle to survive against the elements and against those who want the invention. This story is from both POV while Robert’s is done in a normal prospective John’s is mainly through his journal, you can see how these men become closer and although there is some hot sex the circumstances don’t allow for it to be prolific.   A lot of the time they spend together is for warmth and talking is the main activity.

So in all truth… if you love hot sex, danger, mystery, a journey of natural danger, thieves, threats and a happy ever after with some great Steampunk then this is the book for you.