The Vicar of Passmore by Mark Adlers

Title:  The Vicar of Passmore

Series:  N/A

Author:  Mark Adlers

Genre:   Contemporary Humor

Length:  Novella

Publisher:  eXtasy Books (February 15, 2012)

Heat Level:  Moderate

Heart Rating:  ♥♥♥♥♥4.5Hearts

Blurb:  The country gives you more than fresh air.

When the townsfolk of Passmore get wind of the fact their Vicar’s new verger, Wilson Rooney, is gay, a series of events spark the start of both his and the vicar’s adventures when it comes to keeping the rather interesting flock of Passmore within the fold. Not only that, they’ll have to gain the approval of the parish council before Wilson can be accepted. No small task when it’s headed by one of the most conservative parish council leaders ever to have walked the face of God’s green earth.

Can the vicar get Wilson accepted into the community? Or will his efforts result in a disaster that will divide the town they have been trying to keep together since the decline in population has hit them hard. Time will tell, but not before love blooms in the most unexpected way and the vicar uses some rather unorthodox methods to get his parishioners to see the light about Wilson and his lifestyle choice.

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Reviewer:   Portia

Review:  This book opens before Wilson even gets to town.  The mayor of Passmore is having fits at the very idea of hiring an openly gay man.  The poor vicar is caught in the middle of a debate that has the potential to rip the quiet little village apart.

Okay…confession time.  Once upon a time, when I first started reading M/M fiction, I read a free sci-fi piece off of Mark Adler’s website.  The main character had a detachable penis…I don’t think I ever finished reading that one.  Since then, Mark and I are friends across social media and I love his humor and slant on life.  But, sadly, I have never been tempted to purchase one of his books…until now.

I am a huge fan of the BBC sitcom, The Vicar of Dibley, which ran from 1994 – 2007.  From page one; I felt like I’d been dropped into the tight-knit world that is an English village.  And I giggled through till the end.  This is not your traditional romance. Wilson finds true love, sure.  But, the cast of characters that we meet and fall in love with are amazing.  Mrs. Clump, who misses her dearly departed submissive husband, Mr. Noel, her next door neighbor, who feels he has come to an age where clothing is optional…even to do yard work, and my personal favorite, Farmer Scott, a simple farmer who is very “fond” of his animals. As with all good parody, there is a subtle tread of social commentary, but if you aren’t looking for it…you’ll probably miss it.

I feel confident saying, if all clergy were like the Vicar of Passmore, Karl Edmondson, the world’s houses of worship would be filled to overflowing.  He takes his job as shepherd of his flock serious, but loves and respects each one individually.  I hope this is not a one-off.  I would love to revisit this village again.

Spirit by P. A. Friday

Title: Spirit

Author: P.A. Friday

Genre: Contemporary, Slight BDSM/Kink

Length: Novella (70pgs)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (7th March 2012)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥3 ½Hearts

Reviewer: Pixie

Blurb: It’s hate at first sight when Grant McDowell meets co-worker Tristan Wetherby-Hyde. Working-class Grant fought his way up in the world and into a position at Spirit Advertising, and he can’t help but think that Tristan, son of the agency’s homophobic CEO, had everything handed to him on a silver platter.

But their differences aren’t enough to keep their mutual lust in check, despite Tristan’s fear of exposure and his father’s reaction. Both Grant and Tristan know exactly what they have to lose—what they don’t know is that their hearts are also at stake.

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Review: Grant thinks that Tristan is the stuck-up spoiled son, who has been given an easy ride in life and hates him on principle. Tristan thinks that Grant is an uncouth prat and hates him, because Grant hates him. The sparks fly and passion ignites, but are these two just too different.

A very hot novella where opposites are more than attracted. Grant is a man who has fought to get where he is today.  He has stood on his own two feet and made it, as far as he has, on his own merit.  He hates people who look down on him because of his accent or his schooling. When he meets Tristan for the first time, he thinks he has him pegged and is surprised by how things turn out. Tristan knows that he will always be a disappointment to his father and when he embarks on an affair with Grant, he knows that if his father ever found out that he was gay, then he would be sacked, chucked out and disinherited, but he can’t fight the draw that Grant has over him.

This is a hot story with a lot of sparks and passion between the two MCs. Tristan is a bit of a submissive and Grant a Dom and there is some mutual enjoyable violence between them. We get a slight feel for the characters and they are both seen dwelling on what has happened between them and what might happen yet.  And although they come from completely different backgrounds they seem to mash well together. The sex is explosive and a little bit violent at times, but it is very hot.

I will recommend this to those who like opposites attracts, enemies to lovers, a bit of sub/Dom and an ending that is satisfying to both Grant and Tristan.




Take Me Home by Sloan Parker

Title:  Take me Home

Series:  N/A

Author:  Sloan Parker

Genre:   Romantic Suspense

Length:  Novel

Publisher:  Loose Id (December 13, 2011)

Heat Level:  Explicit

Heart Rating:  ♥♥♥♥♥5Hearts

Blurb:   Aspiring television writer Evan Walker has been in love with his best friend since high school, but Kyle doesn’t do boyfriends. Never has. Never will. Evan knows it’s a bad idea to give in to desire when he wants more than a friend with benefits. He has a new dream job. Now all he needs is the dream partner.

Kyle Bennett is a mystery novelist with a severe case of writer’s block. He needs a change. He has three days on their cross-country train trip home for the holidays to figure out how to tell Evan he’s staying there for good. He also has to write the overdue pages for his editor. Only, he’s a little too distracted by the close quarters in their sleeper compartment—and Evan’s ass—to get much done.

The sparks that fly between them are hotter than ever. Good thing they have a real-life mystery to focus on: why people all around them, including Evan’s new boss, want to get their hands on a journal that once belonged to Kyle’s grandfather.

When a blizzard traps them in the mountains, Kyle and Evan steam up the train’s windows and must finally face their true desires.

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Reviewer:   Portia

Review:  It’s not often that I anticipate a book.  When you read for a living, it’s hard to get excited about every book that lands on your desk.  But, I’ve been waiting for a new Sloan Parker, for what seems like forever.  Breathe has been one of my favorite books since the beginning.

So, when I started Take Me Home, I was a little let down…for a minute.  I had to pause and tell myself, Lincoln and Jay weren’t coming back; this was Kyle and Evan’s story.  When I stopped comparing, my interest level rose and I could enjoy Take Me Home as the standalone it is.

The romantic build up was really gradual.  Knowing Sloan is a romantic, I was pretty sure Kyle and Evan would end up together, but there are several moments when I couldn’t be sure either would let down his guard enough to risk falling in love.

But, to be honest, it’s the sub-plot concerning Kyle’s grandfather’s journal that really had me turning pages.  This is listed as a contemporary romance, but could easily have been dubbed a romantic suspense.  (Now listed as LGBT Suspense)

The mystery unfolds brilliantly, as Kyle and Evan take their romance to the next level.  There were enough plot twist and turns to keep me guessing and as I am a card-carrying mysteryholic…that’s saying a lot.

Breathe is still my favorite Sloan Parker novel, but Take Me Home is already on my list of books to read again.  There’s something hot about the instant love of paranormal mates.  Love at first sight can be so sweet.  But, nothing beats a Friends-to-lovers romance for me.  And Sloan Parker mixed just the right amount of angst and sensuality to make this a very entertaining read.  Highly recommend.