Higher Ground by T.A. Webb

81EECiNbzNL._SL1500_Title: Higher Ground


Series: Earthquake 01(Pulp Friction 2014)


Author:T.A. Webb


Genre: Contemporary


Length: Short (15K)


ISBN: 9781310527029


Publisher: A Bear on Books (March 1st, 2014)


Heat Level: Explicit


Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts


Reviewer: Cat


Blurb: Charlie Turner walked away from college, his boyfriend, and his dreams to step into his late father’s shoes. When you’re nineteen those shoes can be pretty damn big, but ten years later, he’s feeling the pinch.


Turner and Sons Construction is a success, but he hasn’t had a date since…he doesn’t want to remember. When he’s hired to do renovation work on an art gallery, he had no idea sparks would fly so quickly with the owner. Amos Greene—arrogant, pushy, and an all-around jerk—is one of the sexiest men Charlie can imagine. But it’s not a good idea to get your honey where you get your money.


Determined to make some changes, Charlie moves to Mountain Shadows in Flagstaff, but how will that impact the fragile relationship he has with his brother, Damon? Keeping the brat out of juvie is practically a full-time job, and the changes Charlie is making might just blow up in Damon’s face.



Purchase Link: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-highergroundearthquake1-1439731-149.html


Review: This year’s Pulp Friction series is off to one heck of a great start. Just in case you don’t know, what Pulp Friction is I’ll fill you in. Its four authors, each with a stand a-lone series but the stories are all based in one particular area (Flagstaff this year) and the characters from each series sort-of interact.  At the end of the year, they have one big explosive finale to sum up all the stories. You don’t have to read them all but to get the best effect I recommend you do. I think this is a cool concept.


Higher Ground is T.A. Webb’s first book of the Earthquake Series and the final book of the first round of the Pulp Friction 2014 debut. I have to say another job well done. This is going to be a very exciting year. 


Higher Ground is about Charlie who is running his dad’s construction company after he passed away. He has been helping his mom by running the company, living with them and helping to take care of his younger brother Damon. Damon has a few issues since his father passed away and Charlie has done his best to fill in, but now their mom has decided since Charlie is almost thirty he needs to move to and pick up his own life.  He meets an Amos Green a man who infuriates intrigues, turns him on all at once on his recent job, and gets a cabin at Mountain Shadows.


I love how each of these stories are so different yet fit together like pieces of a puzzle.  I found these stories very interesting and the characters extremely intriguing. I like Charlie he seems to be a good, considerate, always thinking of others kind of person. Amos, I have to say I don’t like him but am warming up to him.  That is the good thing about these stories these are the setups and now we get to watch the characters grow.


I recommend this to anyone that likes a fast-paced short story, interactive serials, construction workers, bi-racial men and some pretty hot mansex.

Wrong by S.J.D. Peterson

20940721Title: WRONG


Author: S.J.D. Peterson


Genre: Contemporary, Dubious Consent


Length: Short (59 pages)




Publisher: SJD Peterson (March 1st 2014)


Heat Level: Explicit


Heart Rating: ♥♥♥ 3 Hearts


Reviewer: Cat


Blurb: Lee thought he had a solid plan. His game stretched across an imaginary board, manipulating each object, location and person with no more thought than moving each piece into place to achieve his goal. He thought he was in control of his world…


He was wrong


Author’s Note

This story came about when a nasty internet troll made his presence known. That’s what you call inspiration. There is a saying, “Don’t piss off an author or you’ll end up in their next novel and they’ll kill you.” This is that type of story only death was too good for him. It’s dark, ugly, contains dubious-consent, a karmic bitch slap and in a word is just WRONG.


*This work was originally included in Crack the Darkest Sky Wide Open, which is no longer available in print.*


Purchase Link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00IQHSXUI


Review: Warning: contains dubious consent.  Wrong is about a man that thinks he has all the answers, very self-confident, cocky and a real ass. Lee is not a very likeable person, though he isn’t supposed to be, so the author did a great job making this man to be I guess I’ll say… Wrong.

). Both the main character and the I guessed would have been the antagonist or the bad guys were pretty much tough characters


I found this story very unusual in the fact I didn’t really see any good guys unless you count Lee’s brother, Kris (I would love to see his story).  The story is a real nail-biter and trust me you will wince a lot.  If you don’t like violence, this isn’t for you. 


If you like stories that are dark, dubious consent, violence, and karma bitch slaps this is for you!

Seduction of a King by David R. Metheny

20596436Title: Seduction of a King

Series: The Back Road to Wonderland, #1

Author: David R Metheny

Genre: Fantasy

Length: Novel (138 pages)

Publisher: David R. Metheny (September 17th, 2013)

Heat Level: Mild

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥3.5Hearts

Reviewer: Tams


There is a world…
Hidden beneath us…
Where Once Upon a Time…
Becomes corrupted with excess and control…
And when Kayden Daniels is thrown from being a New York City millionaire
into the world of Wonderland…
His destiny of becoming The Mad Hatter will begin…

In the first installment of The Back Road to Wonderland… Finding himself in a strange world, Kayden begins his exploration of Wonderland and his journey to becoming The Mad Hatter. Infatuated with the devilishly handsome King of Hearts, our sex crazed hero decides nothing will stand in his way when it comes to pursuing the luscious closeted King.

The Queen of Hearts always gets what she wants or it’s off to the gallows and right now, she wants Kayden. However, when she begins to question if the stranger is who he says he is; she decides to employ other tactics.

The King of Hearts has always had desires for men, but afraid to act upon them. That is until he meets Kayden. Will Kayden be the first to break down his fears and his closet door? Can Kayden escape the Queen’s clutches and desires long enough to achieve his goal and his seduction of a King?

Purchase Link: http://www.amazon.com/Seduction-King-Back-Road-Wonderland-ebook/dp/B00FI7JXD0

Review: A dark and dangerous take on the classic tale with a gay twist. When Kayden Daniels journeys through the looking-glass, chaos ensues. Openly gay, rich and promiscuous, he sets his sights on the King of Wonderland. James, the King of Hearts, has an open marriage of sorts with Queen Verde. After James acts on his growing attraction to Kayden, he becomes very possessive, much to Verde’s dismay. As the relationship progresses and James obsession with the sex-crazed visitor starts to show. It just may cost Kayden his head, in a manner of speaking. Obsession, lust, jealousy and anger have thrown things off-balance in Wonderland.

“You’ll find Wonderland is made up of beautiful things and offers many pleasures, but remember all things have a balance.”

As the story progresses, Kayden begins the slow descent into madness with his closeted lover, a psychotic queen and a white rabbit. Marcus, James stepson, adds a juicy twist to this story that is already beautifully bent. Gruesome deaths are plaguing the kingdom and James is doing his best to stay focused on his duties, while trying to keep an on his new lover. When Kayden catches the eye of another lover, James jealousy may cost him or her both their soul.

I’ve read this book twice and I’ll admit, I’m still a little bit confused. Not an easy story to follow told from the perspective of multiple characters, and there are a lot of characters! But, there is potential here for greatness. This first book in the series is laying the groundwork for things to come. I was a little disappointed that while the author is taking this daring risk by turning a beloved classic into a dark and sexy gay story, he fed into the sex crazed sleeping around can’t keep it in my pants misgiving that a lot of people associate with gay men. That being said, as I said, there is still potential. And I will concede, the sex was off the charts hot.

I’m excited to see where Metheny goes with this world he’s building. Kayden becoming Hatter; James learning to control his jealousy; Marcus evolving as the white rabbit; oh and Queen Verde, every story does need a raging bitch, right?

Yes, this is a hard one to follow, but if you stick it out to the end, I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised. And as anxious as I am for the next book in this dark new series.

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