Double Hue by Briana Lawrence with Interview

Hey everyone, today we are interviewing a newer author to the MM Genre Briana Lawrence! Double Hue is Briana’s first MM novel and I think she has enthralled our little Kitty Cat with this thriller, so I let Cat out of her cage to ask Briana a couple of questions and the little minx tied Briana up with her questions! So read Cat’s review and stick around to see how Briana handled her interview and if Cat finally let her go 😉 ~Pixie~ 

 

Briana Lawrence - Double Hue1Title:  Double Hue

Author:  Briana Lawrence

Genre:  Thriller

Length: Novel (214pgs) (80, 815 words)

Publisher: Eternal Press (November 15th 2013)

Heat: Moderate

Heart: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Reviewer: Cat

Blurb: When there’s red, close your eyes and try again.

“Maybe he’s right. Maybe I am the cause of this. Maybe you were normal before meeting me.”

When something tragic happens, you want nothing more than to close your eyes and make all of the pain go away. For Gable Peterson it’s a little more complicated than that. When detective Maurice Ashford shows up at his door with news that his boyfriend, Avery Blair, has been found dead, Gable is left devastated. Seeking some sort of comfort, Gable closes his eyes and imagines a world where none of this happened.

Only, when Gable wakes up, he’s surprised to see that Avery is still alive.

Purchase Link:  http://eternalpress.biz/book.php?isbn=9781629290775

Review: Wow! This was one heck of a wild ride. This story reminded me a little of the movie groundhog day but a mystery/ thriller.  Let’s see where shall I begin?

Gable and Avery have been lovers for four years. They are in their last year of college. They love each other very much and have such a fabulous relationship.  One day Gable wakes up to a knock on his door and a detective tells him his Avery is dead. As we read on this begins to repeat. No. I am not saying this story is repetitive since each time we read it something changes, at first just a little, then a lot, then when you think you have it all figured But…BAM the entire scene changes, view changes and things get even crazier.

There are so many twists and turns in this story it’s like an amusement park ride; you go slow and sweet (the love between the characters), then faster (the announcement Avery is dead), then round and round, the twists and then it slows down and you think it’s over …whoosh—another big twist, change of direction (character point of view) and we go twisting and turning again right up to the end. My fingers are sore where I chewed my nails to the quick.

I loved Gable. He is the perfect boyfriend and you could just feel his pain and panic throughout this story. I also adored Avery. He is fun and also brilliant.  As the story unravels you can just about picture his beauty and wit. The bad guy? Now he is just scary…one of those people you trust, then find out they are just sick. At times I did feel a bit sorry for him, just a little.

This is a unique, brilliant story and if you like time-travel, sweet loving relationships, a mystery with lots of twists and turns, a psychological thriller and nail-biting suspense this is for you. 

Cat’s interview with Briana Lawrence!

Hi everyone! *Cat waves as she enters the dungeon .., oops… Interview room* Our victim…oops… guest today is Briana Lawrence.

Cat: Hello Briana. How are you today?

Briana:  I… um… *looks around*  … is this a dungeon?  Nevermind, I already agreed to the interview… I’m doing fine!  *shaky smile*

 Cat: That’s fabulous. Would you like to tell our readers a little about yourself?

Briana:  Sure!  I’m a child cleverly disguised as an adult.  All right, all right, I suppose the correct term is “child at heart.”  Give me a bowl of cereal and a Netflix marathon of some 90s cartoons and I’m a happy girl.  That’s not to say that I don’t enjoy the occasional fancy restaurant or planning a dream vacation… or planning a movie day with friends.  I’m sort of a mixed bag?  Though, deep down, I’m a geeky girl who loves her video games and anime, but I also do crafts like woodburning and painting.  My partner and I go to conventions together with our art and, now, our books.  We also cosplay.  It’s a lot of fun!  Sometimes you just want to dress like Princess Tiana, you know?

Hey Cat… are you restraining my hands?  That’s not really necessary…

Cat: I just finished reading Double Hue. I absolutely loved it. How did you come up with the story?

Briana:  *forgets about restraints due to compliment* Thank you so much!  I’m glad you enjoyed it.  Let’s see, how did “Double Hue” come to pass…

I got the idea in my head a few years ago.  I imagined someone being told that his lover was dead, and how when we lose someone, we usual think about how we want them back in our lives.  Well… what if you could go back?  What if that person didn’t have to die?  That’s how it all started, then it took on a life of its own over time.   Thanks to some motivation via National Novel Writing Month I finished the book!

Cat: Was any of it based on actual people or events?

Briana:  Somewhat.  I mean the thought of wanting someone back who we lost is something I think about sometimes when I think about my older brother, who died when I was 13.  So little thoughts like that made it into the book. 

Also, Gable and Avery’s relationship kind of mirrors my relationship with my partner.  Not anything too huge, but the small things: me being a gamer and her watching me play (though she doesn’t make fun of me as much as Gable does Avery… sort of.)  Also, there’s the coming out theme.  The fact that Gable and Avery do it their senior year of college is definitely a page from my partner and I because that’s the year we came out to our parents (except for my mother, who I came out to prior to that).  Avery’s parents react horribly, and while my partner’s parents and my dad didn’t take it positively at first, they didn’t flat out disown us like Avery’s parents.  Also, our parents eventually came around.  We’re all a big, happy family now.     

Cat: What is the significance of the title?

Briana:  Originally it was called “Double H” after the murderer in the book.  But then while I was editing it I realized how many times colors played a part in the story, so I ended up thinking of “hue.”

Cat:  Colors play an important factor in this story.  What made you think of making a box of colors so important?

Briana:  Ha!  I just said that, huh?  Actually, it’s Avery’s fault!  While I was writing, he became more animated.  Gable is sort of more serious and is the “I need to study for the top grade” boyfriend.  Meanwhile, Avery is like, “Gonna play Kingdom Hearts then practice for my musical by singing all night.”  In the beginning of the story, Gable mockingly calls Avery a starving artist and comments on how he’ll “have to feed his ass” since he’s career focused and Avery’s all, “I wanna see my name in lights.”

This isn’t to say that Gable isn’t supportive of Avery, because he is, and he wants to see his boyfriend’s names in lights.  He knows that Avery’s acting is just as serious as his own career goals.  This is just an example of their banter.  Avery’s always talking about how boring Gable’s life would be without him while Gable comments about his Liberal Arts major.  By writing for the two of them, a thought came to me of Gable being one of those kids who didn’t play with the power of imagination.  His grandfather got him crayons and Gable was like, “Blah.”  He was the kid who needed the actual toy, you know?  No using your imagination, he straight up wanted the fire truck because it was, indeed, the fire truck – none of that “pretend that your shoebox is a truck” stuff.  That was the first time the crayons came up, and with colors playing such a huge part I thought, “What if those crayons are a recurring theme?”

Cat: Is this your first story? If not, how many other books do you have, and where would we find them?

Briana:  Does fanfiction count?  Don’t answer that.  Fanfiction is important but you don’t need to answer that because I have waaaaaaaay too many fanfics.

As far as published works, “Double Hue” isn’t my first.   This is my first novel length M/M tale, but I do have other books too.  I can include links and blurbs for you.  I think every single one has M/M content somehow.

  1. Briana Lawrence - Treat Me KindlyTreat Me Kindly (my first book)

I only ask that you treat me kindly, then I will do the same for you.

 

The words of the invitation whisper gently into your ear, speaking of rare and exotic animals unlike anything you’ve ever seen before. To detective Alex Sampson, however, that invitation speaks of something else. Death. Attendees at a prestigious animal auction are turning up dead, each murder more brutal than the last. The only clue to each crime points to a different animal, but when did birds and butterflies go from being aphrodisiacs for fairy tales to deadly mass murderers?

Amazon Link:  http://amzn.com/1615729887

  1. Briana Lawrence - Press Play to StartPress START to Play (a short story featured in an anthology through Dreamspinner Press)

Lukis Singleton’s once-popular sports column is fading fast, thanks to the terrible track record of the local football team. In an attempt to save the column, Lukis’s editor, John, decides he needs to go in a different direction. Video games are all the rage these days, so John insists that sending Lukis to a huge video-game tournament in Los Angeles will shake up his current readers and bring in new ones. Lukis isn’t thrilled about reporting on games with impossible powers or gamers who still live in Mom’s basement, but then he meets a tempting flaw in the gaming stereotypes of unwashed man-children. Aaron Sanders is a gorgeous breath of fresh air at the tournament who takes Lukis’s less-than-stellar view of gamers and turns it on its head, leaving Lukis to wonder if it might be worth being Aaron’s player two.

A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2013 Daily Dose package “Make a Play”.

 

Amazon Link:  http://amzn.com/B00D4KFVM0

  1. Seeking the Storyteller (adventure series with my partner)Briana Lawrence - Seeking the Storyteller

I know of the Storyteller, it whispers into the man’s ear, I’ve met him. If you promise not to kill me, I’ll take you to him. 

Alix Andre DeBenit and Randall Fagan are Hunters, part of a hidden network of humans who track and kill the monsters lurking in our world so everyone else can pretend they don’t exist. But when a living shadow mentions someone called the Storyteller, Alix hesitantly decides to learn more. 

They say the Storyteller lives in a massive library full of books that tell every being’s life story. He can read these books, rewrite them and change anything he wants, even if it’s already happened. That’s the power Alix wants, the power to bring his murdered family back and he’s determined to make the Storyteller do it. 

He just has to decide if working with the very creatures he’s supposed to kill is worth it.

 

Amazon Link:  http://amzn.com/B00HCJP0PM

Cat: What do you do in your spare time?

Briana:  I sort of mentioned it before, with my crafts and going to conventions and cosplay.  I can share links to those things!  I’ve even written an article about my cosplay for xoJane, so my spare time hobbies are becoming more of, well… a thing?  It’s pretty amazing when things work out that way.

  1. Etsy Shop:  https://www.etsy.com/shop/snowtigra?ref=si_shop
  2. Cosplay Page:  https://www.facebook.com/brichibicosplays

Cat: Are you currently working on anything new? Will it be in the same genre or is it something different?

Briana:  Currently we’re getting ready for conventions and I plan on having my books there.  With “Seeking the Storyteller” just coming out in December, my partner and I are both working on promoting it while I’m promoting “Double Hue” at the same time.  So, currently, I’m not working on too much.  I did just submit two stories into Dreamspinner though, so I hope to hear something back that’s positive.  One is a Christmas story with a fun twist and the other is about voyeurism.  So they’re not as heavy as “Double Hue,” but they are still in the realm of M/M romance.  I really like writing M/M work, so it usually makes it into my work somehow.

I do have a plan for an anthology I’d love to write.  It’s romance, but for geeks.  Just different, romantic tales in the geek community, from cosplay, to gaming, to going to conventions, and just… anything and everything I can think of.  And I want it to feature all sorts of diverse couples.  I have an outline written out at the moment, it’s just a matter of starting it.

Cat: Thanks for taking time out of your busy schedule. *unties restraints* is there anything else you would like to share with us?

Briana:  I thought my wrists would hurt, but wow, you tied me down with great care!  Thanks so much for the interview!  And thanks to everyone who read it, and who are keeping up with my works.  I hope you find enjoyment in them!

Cat: Just in case there are other stalkers…ooops .. I mean readers, where can we find you?

Briana:  Stalkers huh?  Are they the kind who support writers and artists?  Because if so…

My Website:  http://brichibi.wix.com/whisperedwords

My Facebook Author Page:  https://www.facebook.com/BrianaLawrencesPenAndPaper

My Writing Blog:  http://brichibiwritesthings.tumblr.com/

My Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7055998.Briana_Lawrence

My Amazon Author page:  http://www.amazon.com/Briana-Lawrence/e/B00D9ULZ70/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_pop_1

Memory's Prisoner by Jaime Lynn Miller

18753747Title: Memory’s Prisoner

Series: N/A

Author: Jaime Lynn Miller

Length: Novel (134 Pages)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (December 4th, 2013)

Heat Level: Mild to Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5 Hearts

Reviewer: Lisa

Blurb: Detectives Mitchell Reid and Joseph Valentino of the Chicago Police Department have finally moved from friends to lovers, partners on the job and off. Then an escaped bank robber with a thirst for vengeance shatters their world. The police tactical raid to recapture the convict goes horribly wrong, leaving Mitch severely wounded and Joey with a devastating head injury. They both survive, but Joey’s long-term coma and memory loss will change their lives—and love—forever.

 

Product Link:http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=4414

Review: I am truly amazed at Jaime’s gift of storytelling. The ability to give me two characters who make me just want to grab them both and love them. This story had danger, action, and excitement in it. I love the abilities they have to overcome all their problems and come out stronger for it. To have someone love you so much that they will stand by you and wait for you to come back to them no matter how long. She has given me an insight into a wonderful world. A perfect story that made me feel something that I hadn’t felt in quite a while.

 

Mitchell and Joseph were best friends, partners on the job and lovers. They love each other with their last breath. When Joey is injured and is a coma, Mitchell is so scared to lose the one man he loves more than anything in the world. He blames himself, but he knows that he will do whatever he needed to do when Joey comes out of the coma after two long years. Even if it meant to only be friends. To be so strong to survive something that should have killed a normal person shows his strengths. These men are so loving, caring, loyal, and tender to each other it would make you smile all day long.

 

This story made me cry, smile, and laugh. It was one of the best stories I have read in so long. It gave me so many feelings that I hadn’t felt in a long time by just reading a story. To overcome such pain and helplessness is amazing in itself. This story comes off so real that it makes me cry for those who go through something like this. To watch someone you love more than yourself struggle to survive and get stronger overcoming all odds is…I don’t even know the word for it. I wish that I had this in my life, but being able to read this story is better than any story I had read in a while. I hope that you would get this book, because it will bring it to your attention and make you feel something you haven’t felt in your life. I am proud to have read this story and glad to have it in my favorites. I definitely recommend this story.

The Experiment by Alicia Nordwell

61kkMbCW1pL._SL1350_Title: The Experiment

Series: Saving Caeorleia 01

Author: Alicia Nordwell

Genre: Science Fiction

Length: Novel (270pgs)

ISNB: 978-1-62798-354-9

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (27th January 2014)

Heat Level: Moderate – Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥4 ½ Hearts

Reviewer: Pixie

Blurb: In the distant future, humans wage war against the alien planet Caeorleia, with no tactic off-limits if it will help the humans get their hands on Caeorleia’s resources. Ask Ryker. He thought he volunteered for a simple experiment that would help his government in the war. He didn’t realize sadistic doctors would turn him into the experiment—by injecting him with blood from a captured Caeorleian, Seral Iorflas.

Nor did Ryker realize he’d be sent to sabotage a planet full of the very beings his world is battling, beings who kill humans on sight. But then, thanks to the experiment that irrevocably changed him, he isn’t exactly human any longer—and with each passing day, as his blood bond with Seral strengthens, he’s less and less sure as to whose side he’s on.

Purchase Link: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=4625

Review: Ryker thought he was signing up for a simple experiment, living for 5 years in a dome which mimic’s an M class planet’s environment to see if the planet was worth fighting for… instead he is abused and experimented on and then left on the planet to spy. Ryker is sacrificed so the scientists and the military can find a way to destroy the Caeorleiran’s and take the plant for the human’s. Now bonded to Seral Ryker has to learn to trust, as he falls for the Ceaorlerian but danger lurks as the human’s continue their war.

Well guys this is a true treat, cracking open this book was like being taken to the far reaches of space to witness a human man who has been used, abused and experimented on by his own government being taken in by an alien race and finding home. This is truly an incredible story that has a damaged hero, a determined lover, unseen danger, betrayal, a plan to end war and an unexpected rescue… I couldn’t put this book down till I’d read the last page in the wee hours with a grumpy hubby whining about having to get up for work soon.

Ryker was desperate when he spotted the ad for an ecological study, it sounded ideal but soon enough he found the truth… the scientist were sadists and his life would be changed forever. Seral was captured by the Nelhos, humans, and experimented on, the humans managed to link him to a male who is his tzui, (beloved), but Seral cannot blame his tzui for the circumstances as the male has been badly abused. These two make a wonderful couple but they have many hurdles in their relationship, the biggest being that Ryker is no longer human, but not quite Caeorleiran either. They face adversity and disbelief as they try to find a way to stop the war and the dangers don’t just come from the humans.

This is an incredibly written story, we are pulled in from the first page as we feel Ryker’s fear and pain, we follow along as Ryker learns to trust his isit, (beloved), and finds a home and family he never had. We see some brilliant surprise twists that really knock your socks off, we see some great action as Seral, and Ryker try to put an end to the human threat. There are many characters that we meet who play some great parts, the ones we love and trust, the ones who seem dodgy and sneaky and the ones who hide behind a mask until the last moment before showing their true colors. We also manage to meet two of Ryker’s fellow volunteers who will play their own parts in future stories *I can’t wait*.        

I have to recommend this to those who love science fiction, brilliant storylines, wonderful characters, danger, betrayal, great settings, a great relationship with its own problems and the promise of more to come. Oh and if you are like me and want the next great story now, then head over to Alicia Nordwell’s site and take a peek at Adverse Effects Dade’s story in serial… be quick I am sure it won’t be long before it’s snapped up and taken down 🙂 .

The Perfect Mistake by Vicktor Alexander

19231934Title: The Perfect Mistake

Series:   Mistakes

Author: Vicktor Alexander

Genre: Contemporary

Length:  Novella (49 pages)

Publisher: Totally Bound (January 3rd, 2014)

Heat Level:  Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥3Hearts

Reviewer: Eli/Mandingo

Blurb:  Stumbling into Xavier’s cabin in the middle of a snowstorm is the perfect mistake Russell’s life needs. 

Russell Heter takes his best friend Keith up on his offer to take a much-needed vacation up in the mountains of Wyoming. Having just obtained his degree in Child Psychology, Russell is due some rest and a big graduation present. After buying an SUV much too big for his small frame, Russell heads off to the mountains, only to have his new vehicle break down in the blinding snow. Trekking through the snow to the cabin, Russell collapses inside and finds himself staring down the barrel of a shotgun, held by Xavier Edmond. 

Xavier is the former mayor of Atlanta, released amid controversy when pictures were released of him having an affair…with another man. Xavier escaped to Wyoming in shame. He’s become bitter and closed off, spending his days missing his children and his nights wishing for someone to love. So when the snow prevents Russell from leaving his cabin, Xavier finds himself wondering if Russell might just be the man, he’s been waiting for.

Purchase Link:   https://www.totallybound.com/the-perfect-mistake

Review: There are a chock load of mistakes in this book.  Russell makes a mistake by buying too much car.  Xavier makes a series of mistakes in denying his sexuality, getting involved with the wrong man and then cheating on his wife.  Those are all basic mistakes.  But the perfect mistake is actually how Russell ends up in the wrong cabin with Xavier and these two men who have no way to logically make a future together realize that what they share trapped in the snow might be a route to happiness.

Xavier is a man tortured by his past and the mistakes he’s made so he’s retreated to the wilderness to lick his wounds and hide from the world. He is ashamed of who he is and what he’s done. Russell is a man just starting out in life and while he can see Xavier’s mistakes, he doesn’t judge the man for it. Instead, whenever he can help he does and that makes him a valuable part of what might begin Xavier’s healing process.

The reader cannot quite see the path that Xavier and Russell will travel, but that does not seem to be the author’s aim. The story ends with a plethora of possibilities that the men could explore which would mimic real life; and, as such, the ending makes the story even that more intriguing as the reader wonders… “Well, what now?” Even with its cliffhanger ending, the story does not disappoint. Good read.

The Forester by Blaine D. Arden

13107565Title: The Forester

Series: The Forester Trilogy #1

Author: Blaine D. Arden

Genre: Fantasy / Suspense-Mystery / Fae

ISBN: 9781937058418

Length: Novella (50 pages)

Publisher: Storm Moon Press (December 22nd, 2011)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥3.5~4 Hearts

Reviewer: Thommie

Blurb: Kelnaht, a cloud elf, is a truth seeker caught between love and faith. Worse, a murder committed ten days before Solstice reveals an illicit affair between two tree elves he desires more than he can admit: Kelnaht’s former lover Ianys, who once betrayed him, and the shunned forester named Taruif, who is not allowed to talk to anyone but The Guide, their spiritual pathfinder. When Taruif turns out to be the only witness for the crime, Kelnaht has to keep Ianys from sacrificing himself and losing his daughter, while at the same time realizing he’d gladly sacrifice himself to end Taruif’s loneliness.

Product Link: http://www.stormmoonpress.com/books/The-Forester.aspx

Review: Okay, so after reading Oren’s Right – book #2 in Tales of the Forest series – I had this feeling I’m going to like this world. No, scratch that, I already liked this world, now I simply love it.

So I went back and picked up book #1, because yeah I do that sometimes, start a series backwards that is. I felt like I just had to read the first book and wait for the last one to come, you know, there was this pull from this world I couldn’t resist, and the writing, well the writing is just so easy and smooth, flows like water and all you have to do is let it carry you along. And I let it, and I’m so glad I did.

Kelnaht is a Truth Seeker (aka a cop/investigator for the elves’ community) and he’s tasked with finding the elf responsible of a hideous act; murder. During his investigation, he discovers that his ex (who dumped him) is having an illicit relationship with the Forester (who he secretly desires but can’t have). Choices, choices… If he turns his ex to the Elders’ council, his ex will be shunned just like the Forester. His feeling for both men are stronger though and his call as a Truth Seeker is battling with his desires. Not to mention that there’s a killer there loose. So Kelnaht does what every man would do. Deals with one problem at a time, focusing on the killer at the moment. Problem is, the Forester is a witness that can help the investigation, and Kel is being granted permission to speak with him.

Okay so, the mystery-suspense parts were good, not too much, but not full of plot-holes, either. For such a short read, it was really good. The lows and highs were nicely balanced and made for a fun murder case to read. The romance was even better. We had a law officer (kind of), we had the ex who still haunts his wet-dreams, we have the new object of desire who just makes everything mouth-watering, and damned it all to Hell, this author needs to let go more, because this plot was so raw material for an all-out carnal erotica *sigh*. As it is, the intimate parts tend more toward romance and sensuality, leading you to thoughts that burn, but not blatantly saying it on the text. Sneaky.

As I felt with Oren’s Right, this book too ended on a satisfying note for such a short length. I mean it’s a 50 pages read and it has a very nice structure to it, makes a whole circle and the end leaves you wishing for no more. Well, no more from this story, because frankly it would be a shame to abandon this fascinating world. Fairies are plenty out there, but original, unique characters such as we encounter on this series? Let’s just say it is invigorating seeing authors take risks and make their fae unique.

So, overall I loved this story and totally recommend it for fans of the genre. As for me, I have The Forester II: Lost and Found waiting for me the moment I end this review. Enjoy!  

 

Paulie by John Inman

20440302Title: Paulie

Author: John Inman

Genre: Erotic Romance / Humor

ISBN: 978-1-62798-481-2

Length: Novel (200 pages)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (January 6th, 2014)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥3.5~4 Hearts

Reviewer: Thommie

Blurb: To the casual observer, Paulie Banks lives the perfect life. After all, he’s young, handsome, and rich. But Paulie has a secret. He’s madly in love with Ben, his old college roommate—and Ben is straight! Now Paulie has arranged a two-week reunion with his three closest friends to rehash their college years and get to know each other again. Jamie and Trevor are coming, along with their new lovers. And to Paulie’s amazement, even Ben has accepted his invitation.

Beautiful Ben. The one non-gay apple in the old college barrel. Paulie will soon find out if Ben has forgiven him for overstepping the bounds of friendship on the last drunken night they spent together.

With his La Jolla mansion spotless, a stunning new houseboy hired for the duration, and his heart pounding in both fear and anticipation, Paulie welcomes his old friends back into his life. Thanks to a whole lot of liquor and a clothing-optional dress code, boy, do the festivities begin!

Product Link: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=4546

Review: And it starts with a humor punch. Did I mention this is a John Inman novel? No? Well, this is a John Inman novel people. It’s hilarious! Period!

The main idea behind the story is one that has been told a lot. Four college friends inseparable, two already in a relationship, the other two can’t ever be because one of them is straight. Yes, this is a pinning for my straight friend story and while I dislike the drama sometimes this concept brings this is not the case.

Paulie has had a crush on his best friend/roommate for years. On the night before graduation, he and his friends get nearly shitfaced, making him lose all inhibitions. The result, an amazing intimate moment between he and Ben, a moment Paulie will never forget because it’s his dream come true, yet a moment that will turn this night of wonder into a night of misery in his memory from that point on. Because that was the last time his spoke with his best friend, the last time he saw him too for the rest of two years.

So Paulie isn’t sure Ben will accept his invitation for two weeks on his mansion two years later. A reunion with his best college friends, and a chance to clear things between him and Ben. A second chance to regaining their lost friendship.

What seems like a heavy idea, an emotional read that might drag you into tears even, is masterfully turned into one hilarious read that will make you laugh hard, gasp for breath, hurt your face with the permanent grin and shake your head to the surreal and overwhelming sexual antics of seven gay men in a wealthy mansion with free pass to booze. The emotional parts are balanced excellently with laughs and giggles, the sexual heat is turned on high, and the satirical vibes spice things up making you have one hell of a ride and thinking hell yeah, I needed this book by the time it’s over.

So here, you have it in a nutshell; you want a book to make you smile and laugh your head off while also being damned hot and sporting some stunningly gorgeous men? This is that book. My only hang up is the fact that the author has a special love about oral, and while that is described adequately, there is not much other action going on, and if there is it’s skipped with light descriptions. Yeah, it’d be nice to see something more on that area in future books.

Overall, this was yet another freaking hilarious book, one I strongly recommend and ensure it will put a smile on your face.

Chantilly Lace by E.M. Woods

81o7UKUQwBL._SL1500_Title: Chantilly Lace

Series:   N/A

Author: EM Woods

Genre: Contemporary

Length:  Short (46 pages)

Publisher: Totally Bound (January 2nd, 2014)

Heat Level:  Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥ 3 Hearts

Reviewer: Eli/Mandingo

Blurb:  When appearances aren’t everything… 

Shea Laporte is a twenty-four year-old professional twink. He gets his way with a bat of his eyelashes and a swish of his hips. Coffee bars, nightclubs, and late, lazy mornings in bed are routine for him. He’s never regretted being who he is—after all, his lovers know what they’re signing up for—but he’s keeping a secret. One he’s more than happy to keep to himself until he meets Murdock ‘Murk’ Rouse, the new tenant in his apartment building. 

Murk has been watching Shea flounce in and out of their shared complex for months. At first glance, he thought Shea was nothing better than the whores down on Eight Mile, but after one brief run-in with the spunky blond, he knows all Shea needs is a firm hand and a man who sees him for everything he is—smart, kinky and sexy as hell.

Purchase Link:  https://www.totallybound.com/chantilly-lace

Review: Murk has been watching Shea for some time and decides to make his move. Just like the operative he is, he picks the time to strike and always makes sure that his opponent will not get the upper hand.  Shea, however despite appearing to take on the trappings of a high-class long-term rent boy is a very deep and complex character with much to offer a partner who’s willing to take the time to get to really know him.

Murk has the time and Shea develops the inclination to want to be only Murk’s. As they explore what they both feel, Shea is able to be more himself with Murk that anyone else and can finally find his forever someone instead of his ‘let’s get together for six months’ someone. 

Murk and Shea are both very complex and intense characters and that shows well even in the short story. The weaving of their tale is done well and does not feel rushed despite the brevity of the book. The reader does feel that they both know and understand what motivates both Murk and Shea – the odd pairing makes perfect sense.  Often short stories that focus on such intense characters fall flat, but this one holds its own very well even without the epilogue which simply serves to tie a neat bow on the characters and ensure a happy ending for the readers.

Murk and Shea are interesting and colourful and their coming together is hot and consuming. Well worth the short read.

Admetus Gaea by N. J. Nielsen

8c932b7538ec41c62c1301096a4ea106.image.300x450Title: Admetus Gaea

Series: The Gaean Prophecies 01

Author: N.J. Nielsen

Genre: High Fantasy

Length: Novel (247pgs)

ISNB: 9781622321193

Publisher: Silver Publishing (25th January 2014)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating:  ♥♥♥♥♥4 ½ Hearts

Reviewer: Pixie

Blurb: When their world calls for a savior to come forth–they don’t always get what they ask for. Instead, they get someone better, who happens to save the world along the way. They get Grayson Gellespie–defender of Admetus Gaea.

Jarkebb Arindad: The banished son of Lord Jondalar Arindad, ruler of the Elven-kind, was sent to find the savior foretold by the prophecies. He came back with his foster-brother and best friend–Grayson.

Grayson Gellespie: Just a man who finds himself thrust into the role as the savior of a world he believed was nothing but an imaginative story. What does he do when he finds out it’s all real? How will he find the way to save them all?

Bailin Greer: Warrior of the Deepwoods Faerie, Bailin is tasked by the Lady to be the savior’s eyes behind enemy lines. What happens when the bad guy isn’t the enemy?

Alone they’ll fail. Together, their combined forces will have the power to forever change the world in which they live Three stories woven together to tell the beginning of the Gaean Prophecies. Apart from saving the world, our heroes have to fight for the right to be with their bond mates along the way.

CONTENT ADVISORY: As a serial novel, this story has a “to be continued” ending. Stay tuned for further adventures in BROKEN SERENITY, coming soon!

Purchase Link: https://spsilverpublishing.com/admetus-gaea-ebook-p-60461.html

Review: Jacob and Grayson have grown up together as foster brothers, with Jacob telling incredible tales to the younger Grayson. Now as adults, they live together and Grayson is still addicted to Jacob’s wonderful stories, but what happens when those stories seem to come to life? Jarkebb is Elven and was banished when he was young to find the one the prophesy spoke of, finally called back home he brings Grayson back with him hoping that Gray will be able to handle the truth. Grayson is human and awakes alone and thinks he is in an incredible dream and sets out to find the characters that Jacob spoke of, knowing that they will lead him back to his best friend, Grayson begins to unite the people of Gaea. Bailin is Faerie and finds himself with an important part to play in the prophesy; bring the leader of the enemy to Gray. Together they will bring together the people of Gaea and fight the evil who wishes to rule.

Oh what a brilliant fun story, I loved every second of it and can’t wait for the second installment! Grayson is a brilliant character who, for a long time, wished he was in a coma dreaming the world he finds himself in, when faced with reality he has already begun the journey that the prophesy speaks of. Jacob/Jarkebb loses his memory on the journey back to Gaea but luckily is found by his betrothed, unable to remember but knowing there is something he has to do. Bailin is reluctant in his task at first but finds something he didn’t think he ever would and embraces his task. All three of these characters are given their own little stories within this story, finding the ones they are meant to love.

I actually found this story to be the beginning of an epic adventure of the fantasy kind; it is filled with fantasy creatures that are arrogant, friendly, awkward, and brilliant. We meet many important characters who drag you into this wonderful story and take you away from reality. The storyline is actually a pretty simple one that is easy to follow, although we have different characters perspectives it is never confusing, it is very clear who we are following so we don’t get lost or dumped out of the story.

Grayson is a blast to follow, he has no qualms about riding roughshod over someone when it is needed, he couldn’t care less what race or species he is talking to, they all get treated the same. Jacob and Bailin both play their parts well and we see how they fit in but their parts aren’t as big as Gray’s, maybe we will see more of them in future books. While Gray is exceptional at getting people to work together he is terrible with his own love life, it takes a long time for him to accept who The Lady Gaea has bound him to, but he gets there in the end. Oh and a very special shout out for Misha, he was my favorite character and an absolute sweetheart.

So recommending this story is easy, especially if you love high fantasy, brilliant characters, an epic adventure, bringing people together, finding love and accepting it and an ending that lets you know there is plenty more adventure to come.

Symphony in Blue by Shira Anthony

18714352Title:  Symphony in Blue

Series:  Blue Notes, #4.5

Author:  Shira Anthony

Genre:   Contemporary Romance

Length:  Novella (73 pages)

Publisher:  Dreamspinner Press (December 25th 2013)

Heat Level:  Mild

Heart Rating:  ♥♥♥♥4Hearts

Blurb: A Blue Notes novella

Are you a fan of the Blue Notes series? Would you like to know where the couples from the first four books are now? This is your chance to catch up! Aiden and Sam are finally getting married. But when Cary and Antonio’s baby daughter makes her appearance a bit earlier than planned, the big reception is put on hold. David Somers normally conducts orchestras, but this time he devotes his energy to “conducting” his friends so that everyone can join him at his Milan villa for a reunion at an intimate Thanksgiving dinner.

Sam and Aiden, Jules and Jason, David and Alex, and Cary and Antonio are soon assembled, and each couple shares something they are thankful for. Played out in four movements, this symphony is a celebration of friendship and love, orchestrated by David.

NOTE: Although novels in the Blue Notes Series are standalone books and can be read in any order, this holiday novella is a sequel to the first four books in the series.

Product Link: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=4479&cPath=55_484

Reviewer:   Tams

Review:  In this novella in the Blue Notes series, readers and fans get a chance to spend Thanksgiving with their four favorite couples. Who was your favorite pairing from the first four books in this series? David and Alex; Antonio and Cary; Jason and Jules; or Sam and Aiden? I know, I know… it’s hard to choose just one!

David and Alex host the dinner at their villa in Milan with all the guys, David’s sister Rachel and a couple of kiddo’s. Each couple shares a story, something in their lives they are thankful for. Each of these stories gives a little more insight into that specific couples life and their story. David starts with the story of their arrival at the villa as Alex shimmied the wall to ‘break in’ since they hadn’t brought a key.

From there Cary and Antonio talk about their growing family, they just had their baby girl Graziella. And as much as their son Massi loves his little sister, there was a period of adjustment that tested Cary and made him question his ability to be a good father. Jason and Jules have a surprise for their friends, as well as Sam and Aiden. And at the end of the story, Alex has a little something up his sleeve for his man.

I love how Anthony pulled all these characters from this series together and showed a very basic, vulnerable, and human side to them all. And even these world-renowned artists and musicians have lumps in their gravy at Thanksgiving! 

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review for MM Good Book Reviews*

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Snow Job by E.M. Lynley

81N6RqfjlOL._SL1500_Title: Snow Job

Author: E.M. Lynley

Genre: New Adult

Length: Novella (102 pages)

ISNB: 9781623006570

Publisher: Loose ID (December 17th, 2013)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Reviewer: Eric

Blurb: Two weeks in a remote mountain cabin with his hunk of a jock college roommate Monty Jameson has Zack Gregory hot under the collar in all the wrong ways. Truth is, Zack would rather be almost anywhere else, but it’s his only option if he’s to finish a project he needs to graduate from the University of Washington. Even worse, the nearest town is a faux-Bavarian village that looks like someone poured a snowglobe out on the eastern Cascades. Late-night fantasies aside, Zack’s no fan of manslut Monty, preferring his men with virtues that are more than skin-deep.

A few days into their retreat, Monty’s raw sexuality and flirtatiousness has Zack questioning his resolve. The idyllic setting is Zack’s Christmas fantasy come true, and even the splashy village eventually works its charm on him. Then when the cabin’s power goes out and Monty lays himself bare–in every way imaginable and then some–Zack sees a whole new set of possibilities. But will falling for Monty make the best Christmas ever, or is Zack just getting snowed?

Purchase Link:  http://www.loose-id.com/snow-job.html

Review:  This novella was downright addicting. Fantastic and then some. Zack cannot get over the issues he was having. And all because of a paper that he had to do before the end of the semester. One paper that would prevent him from graduating if he didn’t get it done and turned in before a week’s time. He planned to stay at the dorm until Monty offers to let him stay at his family’s cabin.

When they get there, the paper isn’t the only studying Zack does.

I found this book to be downright fantastic. Addictive and then some. Trust me. It is worth the read.

Rush Around the Clock by Silvia Violet

19307919Title: Rush Around the Clock

Series:   N/A

Author: Silvia Violet

Genre: Contemporary

Length:  Short (46 pages)

Publisher: Totally Bound (January 3rd, 2014)

Heat Level:  Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥3Hearts

Reviewer: Eli/Mandingo

Blurb: Finn McMurphy convinces himself his spoiled dogs are all the company he needs. Then he meets Crawford, his sexy new neighbor, and everything changes. 

Patient soul Finn McMurphy teaches music and drama to middle schoolers. By the time he’s finished with after-school rehearsals and the private lessons he teaches to make ends meet, he’s too exhausted to think about dating or even hanging out with friends. He’s resigned to life with his music, his students, and his ludicrously spoiled Yorkies. 

Then he meets Crawford Bixby. Crawford may be the most perfect man Finn has ever met—kind, good with kids, gorgeous, and completely unconcerned with Finn’s lack of ability to be coherent around him. Finn falls hard for him, but he’s terrified of what he feels. Will he be able to step out of the controlled world he’s created for himself and take a chance on love, or will he keep making excuses—rehearsals, papers to grade, dogs to walk—and push Crawford away?

Purchase Link:   https://www.totallybound.com/rush-around-the-clock

Review: What happens when a man living with guilt and afraid to break free of the chains holding him to the past meets his future?  Finn and Crawford make a great couple, if Finn would allow himself to let go of his guilt and go after what he really wants without fear that the entire world he’s constructed for himself will suddenly implode.  Instead, what he does is lives in his cocoon even when life hands him everything he wants on a platter.  It will take a good patient man to wait for Finn and Crawford is that man.  So Crawford waits and Finn finally gets a clue and amidst singing demonic lap dogs and children performing show tunes – one man finds his way out of the unnecessary maze he lives in, and into the sunlight.

Finn is delightfully uptight and Crawford is steadfast and solid.  The reader will love both men even when Finn is acting like an ass and creating issues where none should be.  The two men find each other and the reader is happy.  A heart-warming short read.

Ride Me by Jambrea Jo Jones

19341534Title:Ride Me

Series: Dark Encounters, #3

Author:Jambrea Jo Jones 

Genre: BDSM/Contemporary

Length: Short (37 pages)

Publisher:Totally Bound (December 27th, 2014)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥ 3 Hearts

Reviewer: Cat

Blurb:Let the games begin…
Franco James is in for a night of self-discovery when the owner of Dark Encounters, Trevor Keaton, takes him on a tour of the naughty toys on display for the Sex Carnival. They start with a nice Farris Wheel spanking and explore just how far Trevor can push Franco’s limits, but at the end of the night—will Trevor be his forever Sir?

Purchase Link: https://www.totallybound.com/ride-me

Review: Franco works for Trevor at a sex club called Dark Encounters. He secretly longs  for Trevor to be his Sir, but knows it will never happen as long as he works at the club since Trevor has a strict no messing with the help rule, and Franco needs and likes his job to much to quit especially since Trevor has never even hinted at any interest in him. Franco jumped at the chance to volunteer for the clubs carnival for a charity.

This is book three of the Dark Encounters series and my first time reading in the series. It stands alone pretty well. If you want more on the characters we probably need to read from the beginning though.

I liked Franco. He knows what he wants; he is a hard worker and dedicated to his job and boss. Trevor seems to be a good person too. I am sure I would know a lot more about him if I read the first two books but I got a very good feel of him here.  The story is pretty much sex based with a bit of a romantic interlude added in. The sex is pretty- hot, especially if you like BDSM and sex machines. I found some of these machines and stuff quite intriguing.

If you like BDSM, sex toys, sex clubs, carousels birdcages, and lots of hot sex this is for you!

Kai for Christmas by E.T. Malinowski

19541884Title: Kai for Christmas

Series:   N/A

Author: E. T. Malinowski

Genre: Contemporary

Length:  Novella (56 pages)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (January 15th, 2014)

Heat Level:  Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥3Hearts

Reviewer: Eli/Mandingo

Blurb:  Kai O’Donnell hates Christmas. It’s not the blaring commercialism or the too-perky people. Being an interior designer, Kai can handle most people. But during Christmas, he has to deal with a man who gets under his skin like no other: Cade. Handsome—hand-me-a-towel-because-I’m-drooling-sexy—sarcastic Cade. 

Cade Randall has been in love with Kai O’Donnell since setting eyes on the auburn-haired Native American. Falling back on his teenage habits, Cade picks on Kai every time they’re together. He wants Kai under his Christmas tree in nothing but a big red bow, his to keep forever, but Cade’s shenanigans may ruin something beautiful in the making.

Purchase Link:   http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=4578

Review: Kai is a man with secrets from his family.  Afraid to disappoint, he has lived a lie for years.  Cade is a man who is running from a family who has disappointed him and runs into Kai whose secrets will probably keep them apart.  Fearing more rejection, Cade resorts to middle school antics to keep his feelings for Kai at bay.  Being in close quarters does not help the natural animosity between Kai and Cade. Instead, it will take a night of explosive sex to bring Cade and Kai’s relationship to an emotional head (so to speak)!

Once Kai is forced to confront his feelings for both Cade and his family, he will find that being true to himself will free him from his own fear and allow him to find his happiness with the one person he never thought would be in his corner or there for him.

This is a standard coming out tale with a twist of middle school antics thrown in.  Watching Kai and Cade interact as the story climaxes is well worth their angst.  Their characters are both sympathetic and the secondary characters within Kai’s family add a great foil to these two men as they find each other.

Readers will thoroughly enjoy.

Cross Checking by Stephani Hecht

20560008Title: Cross Checking

Series: Blue Line Hockey, #9

Author: Stephanie Hecht

Length: Novella (86 Pages)

Publisher: Extasy Books (January 15th, 2014)

Heat Level: Hot

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5 Hearts

Reviewer: Lisa

Blurb: Sometimes, your worst enemy can become the one you love the most.

Leo may be one of the best goaltenders in the minor hockey league, but he has one chink in his armor—Dern. A forward from Leo’s rival team, the two of them get along like fire and paper. Leo lives to stop Dern from scoring, and Dern relishes in getting a puck past Leo.
Then one night while Leo is out clubbing, he runs into Dern. Instead of squabbling, the two of them of end up heating up the sheets. But is it just a one-night stand? And if not, do the two of them have a chance of changing from enemies to lovers?

Product Link:http://www.extasybooks.com/cross-checking/

Review: I have always love Stephanie’s stories. She has such a gift of storytelling that leaves me wanting more. This series should be read in order to gather a bit more information on everything. I can guarantee you will love it though. I know I did.

Leo and Dern are hockey players who hated each other, or so it appeared. Leo is a goalie and Dern, a forward for a rival team. They fought each other. Basically, they were enemies. Well, until Dern shows up at a club. Leo is out and proud, but Dern is in the closet so deep, that Leo had always thought he was straight. Until one night at a gay club when Leo sees Dern. They are both strong, argumentative, edgy, with lots of charisma and sexual heat. They end up heating up the sheets. They made me laugh throughout the whole story.

I have never been interested in reading any sport romance, however this book made me rethink that idea. There is a lot of twist and turns to this story. It caught my attention from the first line and kept it all the way to the end. I love the way they fight and the way they love. It makes me smile to see how enemies turn to lovers. It is a definitely believable story. I loved how supportive some of the people they hang with and work with. I will definitely be checking the rest of this series out.

The Carousel by Eva Vicci

19357269Title: The Carousel

Author: Eva Vicci

Genre: Historical Romance

ISBN: 978-1-62798-639-7

Length: Novella (74 pages)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (January 8th, 2014)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥3 Hearts

Reviewer: Thommie

Blurb: Eighteen–year-old Jonathan Moore works as a garden hand on a lord’s estate in Victorian England. On a festive servants’ day off, he visits the Christmas fair, hoping to fulfill his childhood dream of riding the carousel. The trip turns out unexpectedly when he catches the eye of impudent footman Francis Johnson. Despite Jonathan’s reservations, the flirtatious Francis doesn’t give up, and after some hesitation, they share a ride on the glittering carousel. Before they say good-bye, Francis asks to meet again, and with a quickening heartbeat, Jonathan agrees.

Rarely having a day off from their duties, their yearning for one another cannot be quenched, while Jonathan’s fear of heartbreak makes him uncertain whether Francis is the right man for him. Meanwhile, Francis does everything in his power to make a next date happen. Will Jonathan’s naïve heart give in to the temptation of the seductive footman?

Product Link: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=4550

Review: Being poor do not allow for much and being the sixth kid of a poor family makes it even harder to get things as a kid. That is why Jonathan is hell-bent, now that he is eighteen and working, making his own money, to get on that carousel at the fair. It’s been his dream ever since he was a child. It doesn’t matter that he’s a man now, the magic of going round and round on those beautiful wooden horses has not dissipated. When he gets in the way of Francis however, a young cocky, arrogant, and highly flirtatious man, Jonathan feels like running away while simultaneously rooting in place. Francis is magic in his own way and together they share his childhood dream and joy on that carousel. When Francis asks him to meet him again though, Jonathan’s heart goes on a merry trip all by itself.

So I felt this satisfied feeling when I read this book that came from the characters’ station in life. It is so rare seeing both protagonist and antagonist being poor. Usually, in such historical reads we have one poor servant falling for the master’s son, or a gentleman or a Lord, you know the drill. Here we had two poor souls, alone and lonely, finding each other, feeling that pull and trying to overcome the obstacles that want them apart. And those obstacles are actually quite realistic, such as distance from one-another’s work, the fact that servants back then did not have days off, rather one per month, and people around them watching their every move, ready to jump at the slightest misgiving. This was such a pleasant surprise that I couldn’t believe it at first. Very invigorating!

Another feeling that overwhelmed me was the romantic notion of that era. This novella was like it was written from an author that lived back then, almost. And I was delighted to say that yes, it was awfully romantic to the point of making me roll my eyes, yet it would not be as good as it was if there was a lack of that romance in first place. It made me even laugh out loud at some point when unwillingly my mind compared this short read with those of Jane Austen, yet it was so similar.

What made me a bit weary though was the fact that I suffered such a long wait (along with the characters) for something to happen, and for 90% of the book the pair did not even see each other as they lived in two different estates. The communication was sparse, with a slight camouflaged note here and there, and the emotions bloomed mostly by themselves and from wistful thinking. What I’m trying to say is that this entire read was based in a relationship that had no roots, no solid ground beside the early flutters of the heart. That being said it was so much that love in first sight with the addition of the don’t touch mannerism of an era long gone. The end inevitably is a HFN, and as such, it gave me pause. I’m not sure I liked that so much, I’d loved it if this had a longer length that would at least allow for some physical intimacy and space for emotions to get stronger.

Overall though I found this book to be quite different from most I’ve read in the genre, and I liked the general outcome. Recommended for fans of the genre.