The Only One Who Knows by L.A. Witt and Cat Grant

18400295Title: The Only One Who Knows
Series: The Only One, #1
Author: L. A. Witt & Cat Grant
Genre: Men in Uniform, Gay Contemporary
Length: Novel (220 Pages)
ISBN: 978-1-61921-925-0
Publisher: Samhain Publishing (January 7th, 2014)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5Hearts
Reviewer: Lisa

Blurb: When Navy SEAL training pushed Lieutenant Josh Walker to his limit, Chief David Flint’s stern heart-to-heart—more like boot-to-ass—helped Josh realize his potential. When the holidays found them alone together and sharing a mutual attraction, they couldn’t help breaking a few regulations. And nearly breaking some furniture in the process.

Years after their short-lived fling, Senior Chief Flint returns to SEAL duty and finds himself under the command of the man he’s never been able to forget: Lieutenant Commander Walker. And Josh hasn’t forgotten David, either. Rules be damned, they can’t keep their hands off each other.

Despite their discretion, another SEAL catches on and threatens to expose their relationship, forcing Josh to bend to a blackmailer’s demands to avoid strife within the team just before a dangerous mission. David is the last man he can confide in…and the first to pick up on Josh’s tightly screwed-down stress.

When a life-or-death decision calls Josh’s leadership into question, coming clean could cost him what he values most. His coveted trident…and the man he loves.
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Review: This is book one in this new series. I can guarantee that you will love it. The moment you open the book up you will be caught with the first paragraph. You will fall in love with Josh and David. You can’t help it. They are the strongest men you will ever meet. Josh is just trying to survive Navy Seal training, but Chief David Flint pushes him to be the best. He sees the potential in Josh and can tell that this man is going to go far. The only problem that they seem to be having is their attraction to each other.

They had one night of hot passionate sex, but David puts a stop to any further action even though he wants this man more than anything he has ever wanted. Although Josh keeps pushing him for more. He keeps his mind on the goal, wanting to get his twenty years in and retire. He wants to do more than what he is doing now.

A few years later, David comes back to do what he was trained to do. The only thing he see’s in his sight is the man he left behind after one hot night. One Lieutenant Commander Josh Walker, who just happens to be his Commanding Officer. The heat is still there between them, and they decide that this time there is no calling quits. Even though they can’t be out, they plan on being with each other.

They had been doing really good at keeping it secret, but had made one fatal mistake one night. One of his men had seen them and taken a picture so that he could blackmail Josh into making his papers look real good. He wanted promoted and the only way he could do it was to black mail for it. Knowing that they could all lose their jobs, Josh decides to handle it after their tour is over. However when David gets injured, Josh helps to keep him alive. The truth comes out.

I can guarantee that you will love this book. It comes with everything you will ever love. Hot, sexy men in uniform, Navy Seals, danger coming from all directions, tours of duty showing their strengths, and hot sex. I definitely recommend this wonderful story to anyone who loves men in uniform. I cannot wait to read the next book in this series.

Brokeback Mountain ~ Movie Review

brokebackMovie Title: Brokeback Mountain
Release Date: 13 January 2006
Director: Ang Lee
Writers: Annie Proulx (Short Story), Larry McMurtry & Diana Ossana (Screenplay)
Principal Actor(s): Jake Gyllenhaal, Heath Ledger
Genre: Drama/Romance
Running Time: 134 Minutes
Format: Blue Ray/DVD
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Reviewer: Roger Howell

In full retrospect, Brokeback Mountain is a very raw & powerful story. Two men, both cowboys, meet while shepherding. In turn they form an unorthodox but enduring life-long bond. In the vast wild countryside of 1963 Wyoming, these two men come to love each other and the story follows them through their lives.
The entire plotline is riddled with angst and in turns guilt. On the one hand, Ennis has always had to be responsible for his own survival. On the other, Jack has had a family his entire life. But still the love is not there for Jack from his family. It’s the catalyst that ignites the love and romance for both Ennis and Jack. Each man searching for love and acceptance and find it in each other. These are two men, as the story progresses, that can be seen to be fully in love with each other. Jack is the more self-assured man knowing that he likes to have sex with men. Ennis is conflicted most of the time in the movie. He’s done the right thing by society’s standards, married, and had kids.
But as I watched the movie, I could see that he yearned for true freedom and really wanted to be with Jack for life. Brokeback Mountain with powerful acting from Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal took me on a full emotional rollercoaster and I deeply recommend it as a movie to watch. The ensemble cast in the form of Michelle Williams as Alma Del Mar and Anne Hathaway rounded out a fantastic movie that should have won Best Picture.

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My Brother’s Keeper 02: Rule Four and Five by Adrienne Wilder

91SpHPScfkL._SL1500_Title: My Brother’s Keeper 02: Rule Four and Five

Series: My Brother’s Keeper 02

Author: Adrienne Wilder

Genre: Paranormal, Horror Romance

Length: Novel (214pgs)

ISBN: DRNWLD0000009 & B00J90NPBS

Publisher: Adrienne Wilder (26th March 2014)

Heat Level: Moderate – Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥4 ½ Hearts

Reviewer: Pixie

Blurb: My Brother’s Keeper Trilogy

The town of Gilford has a Big and Terrible secret hidden in the ground.
Infecting those it touches.
Exploiting their darkness.
Consuming their souls.
It’s hungry. It’s vile. It’s evil.
And it wants out.

Book Two: Rule Four and Five

A new chance at life comes in many forms: For Jon it’s a family made with Ellis and his brother Rudy. For Ellis, its Jon, who has brought the outside world into the protective life he’s built for his mentally disabled brother.

Together they have discovered true happiness and what it means to be loved.

Then one perfect disaster after the other pushes Jon’s resolve to its limit and Ellis over the edge. If they have any chance of saving what they’ve built both men must face their deepest fears.

It’s a test Jon thought he’d already passed and one Ellis never imagined he’d have to face. The journey will forever change who they are and redefine who they were meant to be.

It has to happen.
And all things happen for a reason.

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Review: This book is part of a series and must be read in order. Jon is accepting his new life with Ellis and Rudy as a new chance at life, throwing off the guilt that lingers and embracing the love he has found. Ellis has accepted Jon’s love and the beginning of a new life where he can share his frustrations and has someone to confide in, but he knows their troubles aren’t over yet. With the town bully, Lenny, gunning for them they face a long road ahead, and when tragedy strikes its Jon’s turn to be a rock as Ellis faces a despair that threatens to drag them under.

This story continues several months after The First Three Rules; we re-join Ellis, Jon, and Rudy as Jon moves in with the brothers and they are secure in the knowledge that Lenny is in jail awaiting trial. But, in a town like Gilford you never know what is just around the corner, and as Jon, Ellis and Rudy are about to find out sometimes justice doesn’t have a leg to stand on. Just in case you are reading this review and you haven’t read the first book let me give you a brief rundown of the characters: Jon, an ex-Marshal who has suffered more guilt and pain than any man can carry, and is visited by his dead brother when tragedy is about to strike. Ellis, who gave up his life at the age of twelve to look after his older mentally disabled brother and has been isolated and sheltered from the outside world, and then there is Rudy, Ellis’ brother, who is a child in a man’s body, but brings sunshine to Ellis and Jon’s lives and knows things he shouldn’t.

Oh my god! Oh my God! Adrienne Wilder what did you do! This section of My Brother’s Keeper is about to rip your heart out, stomp on it, rip it into tiny shred’s and then hand it back to you on a tarnished platter. Adrienne Wilder takes Ellis to the dark side as anger, devastation and pure dark rage begin to consume him and tempts him to tarnish his soul forever. Jon is left feeling hopeless as he tries to pull Ellis back from the edge and struggling to protect them, Jon also has to fight his own dark urgings as he is tempted by the dark side of the town. And Rudy, poor Rudy *bawls like a baby*, Rudy tries so hard but the Big and Terrible is coming and he has done all he can.

We are dragged into the darker side of the story as the evil that hovered begins to strike, we watch as despair begins to drag the characters down and we feel it. This really is a beautifully written story that lets you feel every emotion that the characters are going through, it hurts your heart as we watch the circumstances unfold and you rage at the events that let an evil man continue with his reign of terror. I’d like to say that there is a light at the end of the tunnel but I can’t, I can only hope that with the last installment of My Brother’s Keeper Jon and Ellis get the happy ending they deserve and that the evil pays for its crimes. Now I am going to discover in The Final Rule if my hopes are true, and also thank God that this trilogy was published all at the same time.

I recommend this to those who love stories where the going is never easy, where love is stretched to the limit, where the fight for justice is hard, and your emotions are beaten to death by the author.

Deceptions – Palm Springs by Alex Ironrod

21487585Title: Deception – Palm Springs

Series: Palm Springs PI Stories

Author: Alex Ironrod

Genre: Contemporary/Shifter/Werewolves

Length: Novel (272 Pages)

Publisher: MLR Publishing (March 7th, 2014)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥1Heart

Blurb: Deception can be sexual, wonderful, strange, and dangerous. A US Marine creates tensions by coming back into his gay father’s life in Palm Springs, only to disappear again. Is he for real? Can PI Mark find the man behind the name?
Deception takes many forms, especially when man-sex is involved, as young Palm Springs PIs, Mark and Dan, find out. And not just in their own Leather relationship. Mark is hired to locate a US Marine who comes back into his gay father’s life, before disappearing again. Just who is the real Donald Bates and what’s his game? From gay Palm Springs mansions to Kansas City leather bars Mark uncovers surprising and wonderful answers. Meanwhile Dan’s following a husband who’s unfaithful – with a woman or a man? Deception can lead you into sexual, wonderful, strange, and dangerous places.

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Reviewer: GiGi

Review: Aside from a plot about as deep as a puddle of lube, Deception is full of very poorly written erotic scenes that are a non-humorous parody of the BDSM lifestyle. Characters dialogue includes the main characters constantly referring to each other by first name, and then boss, and then sir, then master, then sir yes sir, it’s enough to make one’s head spin.

The erotic scenes are totally ruined by adolescent use of adjectives, I believe there is a contest to use as many for penis as possible. There are so many bad one-liners spewed back and forth during sex scenes I actually cringed. For example, “I’m going to come in you, boy. I’m going to blast you to kingdom come, motherfucker.” Boys response: “I’m ready for you, Sir. I need you to skewer me, to fill me with your seed, so I can worship you with my cream.”

Yeah, for those of you who enjoy the psychological aspects of BDSM, this book is not for you. For those who enjoy a good mystery/suspense with lots of clues, layering and foreshadowing, this book is not for you. And even if you just like straightforward literary porn to get the blood pumping, this book is not for you. Better luck next time.

Screwups by Jamie Fessenden

ScrewupsLGTitle: Screwups
Author: Jamie Fessenden
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: Novel (204 pages)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (March 7th, 2014)
Heat Level: Mild to Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥3.5Hearts
Reviewer: Tams

Blurb: In 1996, Jake Stewart is starting his third year at the University of New Hampshire. Even as a successful business major, he is absolutely miserable. Not only is Jake pursuing a field he hates when he’d rather study art, he is utterly terrified of what will happen if his father finds out he’s gay. When he finally gets up the courage to move into the creative arts dorm on campus, his new roommate, Danny, is openly gay—and there’s no denying the attraction between them.

Danny Sullivan has been out since high school, and he appears comfortable with his sexuality. But something happened in Danny’s past—something that gives him nightmares he refuses to talk about. Unknown to Jake, the way he mistreated his friend, Tom Langois, when Tom came out to him in high school, is mild compared to the way someone very much like Jake treated Danny.

It may be too late to fix the mess Jake made with Tom, but if Jake wants to be with Danny, he’s going to have to fix the mess made by another closeted jock he’s never even met.

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Review: Jake Stewart is a third year university business major. While he excels at his courses, he would rather be studying the arts. He chose business to impress his father, but he is never far from his sketchbook. When there is an opening in the creative arts dorm, he jumps at the chance to be accepted and get the room. He worries briefly, what his father will say about this decision, but he’s determined to do something he wants to do.

Danny Sullivan is out and proud and Jake’s new roommate. The attraction is evident between them, but both young men have a dark past they try to hide from themselves as well as each other. Whereas Jake’s father would disown him when/if Jake ever admits he’s gay, Danny’s family openly accepts his sexuality. Jake still carries the guilt of denying his first love, Tom, because of his father’s hatred and anger. Danny’s secret is far darker and deeper, the stuff of nightmares.

The story starts when Jake applies for the dorm room and progresses from there. Fessenden slowly gives more details of each guy’s past as they get closer in the present. The question is, will the past bleed over enough to hinder any possibility of them having a future?

I liked the way Fessenden slowly told the story of each character in flashbacks and memories. I also liked that he made each character realistic to their past and their flaws, it wasn’t insta love, and they didn’t get over their issues immediately upon meeting and coming together. They had to work at it. The story was a little disconnected at times, and I didn’t always feel a connection to the characters. But overall I enjoyed to base story of two imperfect characters that struggle with their past, their sexuality and their relationship, and how the aforemention affect their relationship. It’s not all sugary sweet, hearts, and flowers.
If you’re a fan of coming of age stories with a bit of grit and reality, then this is the story for you.

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

Swordmaster Dasan by S. Hart

15719517Title: Swordmaster Dasan
Author: S. Hart
Genre: Yaoi/Hentai / Paranormal/ BDSM
Length: Short Story (65 pages)
ISBN: 9781476300115
Publisher: S. Hart (June 1st, 2012)
Heat Level: Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥ 3 Hearts
Reviewer: Thommie
Blurb: Swordmaster Kyo Dasan is known for both his abilities and bitterness regarding visitors throughout the territory, seemingly comfortable only when alone.
Localem Arada, nicknamed Loki for his tendency to find trouble wherever he goes, finds himself at the mercy of the man he needs to train him. Despite his reluctance, he agrees to the Swordmaster’s offer regarding alternative means of payment.

This is a gay bondage fantasy erotica short, and is not intended, or in any way suitable for underage readers.
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Review: Coming across this short story – which by the way is free on Amazon – I had a feeling that I’d come across something good. Thankfully, I was not disappointed.

This short is a Yaoi/Paranormal in genre and that means one thing to those who are familiar with it. Seme-Uke/Forced Seduction. So the general characteristics are the old-time dubious consent kind. In this story, Kyo Dasan is a famous Swordmaster (elf) and he’s known to taking no students. Actually, he’s well known for his intolerance of people. Yet he strikes a deal with Loki, who in order to escape his fate to be forever the lowly partner of a female of his species goes after Swordsmanship. But Loki has nothing to offer for the privilege of being Dasan’s apprentice… except his body.

As I said, a typical Yaoi forced relationship where the Uke originally hates the attention of the Seme and is deeply mortified when his body reacts pleasantly, and then later on Seme’s forceful love is not only accepted, but also wanted and even explained/reasoned. To be honest I liked the entire read except the ending itself as it was rushed and hastily thrown in there. It left me cold and literally didn’t see the point of such hastiness as it ruined it all for me. In addition, the story was definitely in need of more editing and polishing, but bottom end I quite liked it, so much so that I wouldn’t mind more of Kyo and Loki. The entire world where this story is set is actually very fascinating and enticing me to go after the main series (Playing with Tigers) in order to get more of it.

Recommend to those who like Yaoi and BDSM mixed into a paranormal world.


Dirty Deeds by Rhys Ford

20345930Title: Dirty Deeds
Series: Cole McGinnis #4
Author: Rhys Ford
Genre: Mystery/Suspense
Length: Novel (228 pages)
ISBN: 978-1-62798-740-0
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (March 28th, 2014)
Heat Level: Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4Hearts
Reviewer: Thommie
Blurb: Sheila Pinelli needed to be taken out.

Former cop turned private investigator Cole McGinnis never considered committing murder. But six months ago, when Jae-Min’s blood filled his hands and death came knocking at his lover’s door, killing Sheila Pinelli became a definite possibility.

While Sheila lurks in some hidden corner of Los Angeles, Jae and Cole share a bed, a home, and most of all, happiness. They’d survived Jae’s traditional Korean family disowning him and plan on building a new life—preferably one without the threat of Sheila’s return hanging over them.

Thanks to the Santa Monica police mistakenly releasing Sheila following a loitering arrest, Cole finally gets a lead on Sheila’s whereabouts. That is, until the trail goes crazy and he’s thrown into a tangle of drugs, exotic women, and more death. Regardless of the case going sideways, Cole is determined to find the woman he once loved as a sister and get her out of their lives once and for all.
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Review: Ichi-kun!!!! Excuse me while I go fanning myself over Ichiro, Cole’s half-brother. As much as I love Cole, as much as I adore Jae, Ichiro has definitely grabbed my attention. And oh, my freaking God, this book, and this installment was so, so good.
Okay, time to get serious and make some sense. So, this is book #4 in Cole McGinnis Series and frankly, for me it was the best of them all. I absolutely loved it, every single part of it and I can’t wait for the next one seeing as our dear Author saw fit to leave us with the Mother of cliffhangers.

In this installment Cole, our main character, has become so freaking entrancing, I was literally daydreaming about his wonderful changes. Each book in the series sports them, subtly woven in the lines, but here we have an explosion in maturity in Cole’s personality. It’s like witnessing a caterpillar transforming into a butterfly and it’s gorgeous. Yes, the string of dead bodies and bullets flying over his head are still chasing him making the read hilarious, but this book contained so much more than all the previous for me, leaving me deeply satisfied, so much so that I didn’t even mind that above-mentioned Mother of all cliffhangers.
The Cole-Jae relationship follows right on the steps of Cole himself. The change, the transformation, the way it’s grown and become rock hard solid is fascinating. And when you add in there the sensual, erotic, and absolutely steaming hot smexy our author gifts us with, then you have that kind of relationship and intercourse that makes you melt, swoon, and drool all over the place. I have been quite pissed at the fact that we didn’t get enough of Jae in previous installments and practically said so in previous reviews, but this time I have nothing more to say except “it was about fucking time” and praise the pant-worthy wonderful time we got with this stunningly beautiful couple.

The rest of the cast that surrounds Cole and Jae have gained weight in my eyes too. Mike becoming a pillar that Cole actually wants. Maddy bringing even more string that tether Cole more into the family he never had, even as she’s practically absent this time. Nuna Scarlet always hovering around the edges with her elegance enhancing the story. Bobby, oh Bobby… Did I mention I can’t wait for the next book? Let me say that again: “I can’t wait for the next book!” Bobby is changing, I think. It seems. I hope. And Ichiro… Yeah! I’m in love with that character. When you put them all together I think I’m in love with this entire odd kind of family.
And that brings me to the new characters that made an appearance in this book. Characters that while new, have strings in the past and make for an interesting mystery when everything this book throws at us is connected to the one and only Sheila Pinelli. We can’t forget about her, since she makes Cole’s world rock yet again, digging up way too many ghosts from the past, and adding some new ones in the pile. I loved how the mystery was woven, the reasoning behind it. Everything was enthralling keeping you glued to the story and frankly holding your breath on what’s next. Seeing of course that I’m not such a forgiving person, as our Author appears to be, I was a bit disappointed with the end, even as it brought up a new light on Cole and his psyche. Still, as healing as it might be for him I’d have preferred a more bloody closure and be done with it once and for all.

Bottom end though, this book was more than I expected and I was so freaking lost in it. Time didn’t matter and I kept losing it while reading, fascinated by the many changes, captivated by the suspense, and utterly lost in the sensuality of Cole and Jae’s intimate scenes. I simply loved it and I strongly recommend it to readers that are not yet familiar with the series. Pick up Dirty Kiss (for this series must read in order) and dive into Cole’s world, you’re bound to love him as much as I do.