Bend Over by Brina Brady

91tvweGUwWL._SL1500_Title: Bend Over
Author: Brina Brady
Genre: Contemporary / BDSM
Length: Novel (211 pages)
Publisher: October 31st 2014 by Brina Brady
Heat Level: Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥1 Heart
Blurb: Can Julien tame bad boy Shane?

Runaway 18-year-old Shane O’Rourke is living under the Huntington Beach Pier. He carries many secrets from his past. Shane wasn’t allowed to explore his sexuality when he lived home with his father, The Reverend. His submissive nature and desires had to remain fantasies.

Shane meets a dark stranger on the beach. Julien Callier is a Dom from Martinique and is sixteen years older than Shane. Bad boy Shane wants to win the heart of Julien Callier and become his sub. But does he really understand what Julien expects from his boy?

Julien’s heart goes out to this gorgeous boy and he takes him under his wing, grooming him to be his sub. Julien is determined to let Shane experience the good life, even financing his education, but he’s challenged at every turn by Shane’s rebellious nature.

When Shane’s defiant behavior threatens to come between them for good, Julien has to act fast to teach Shane the meaning of real submission.

Can Julien tame the bad boy? Can Shane give up his old ways of stealing, lying, and using drugs? The playroom is open.

ISBN: B00P2XO5YM

Product Link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00P2XO5YM

Reviewer: Thommie

Review: This review might contain spoilers, but they are necessary to make my points come through.

Unfortunately I did not like this story, thus I will simply go directly into enumerating what went wrong with this for me.

Shane, MC; Son of a Reverend working for a drug dealer whom he actually loves as a friend for being always there by his side, listening to his troubles, smoking weed together, and using him as a mule…

The fact that he expects to be acknowledged, picked up, helped and God knows what else from a complete stranger made me dislike him with a passion. But when in the next paragraph, he seems to be a naïve and sheltered young man with complete lack of sexual experience with men I was baffled. There is no way around it.

This character’s personality seems to be all over the place, not settling one way or another. He is a virgin in “gay sex” yet he wants to submit to a strong, big, black man. I didn’t know what to feel after one point beside complete lack of interest and strongest belief of a totally non-plausible character profile.

Onward; I really disliked from the start how everything the “stranger” aka Julien, MC #2 did or didn’t got compared with Gus, and while at the beginning, I had the impression Gus. The comparison got so frequent and annoying that I reached a point where I was screaming “If I read “the stranger reminded him of Gus” one more time I’ll delete this damn book from my drive” and while it made sense later on, it still was too much to handle. Repeating something over and over again does not make it appealing.

Further, down my review I will mention the infamous line of this book “he was not allowed to be gay.” It was yet another thing that got repeated so much it caused frustration. As for Julien himself, I found a very cliché type. Rich black guy, leather daddy having a thing for twink longhaired blond…

The plot in general got me a headache from the start. If I thought, the MC’s profile was unrealistic and all over the place, it went double with the backstory.

Revision time: the stranger picked him up and asked him “Do you want to come with me boy” at which point Shane replied “yes” and the stranger picked up both their c#%$ and started stroking. A few minutes later the stranger shot in Shane’s face… which ignited his orgasm making him come at said stranger’s suit jacket…

Now, either this stranger has some seriously supernatural jumping sperm, or someone forgot the setting of this scene. Or… ah, I don’t know, it simply didn’t make sense to me. Likewise, many more things were out-of-place and continued to cause my incredulity, and all this during the first few chapters.

Moving on things like: “he wasn’t allowed to be gay by the Reverend,” yet his hair was long like a girls continued with the ambiguity. Wouldn’t the Reverend had Shane cut his hair in the first place? Shane is supposed to be brilliant (hence the need to continue through his education) yet in his brilliant mode the kid becomes a drinker, drug addict, smoker, and a mule for a drug dealer whom he loves like a father yet has had some sexual related thing with as well. Not to mention the rundown with a complete stranger.
Ah, the frustration!

There are so many, so many details that just drag this entire read down, making it unbearable to read through, tiresome to the point you want to skip 70% of the book. The need for a polishing up and cutting down the pages/details is needed like water to fish for this title to be worth the time, let alone the money.

And there is the whole white skin-black skin fetish. If one can call it a fetish, I don’t know what the PC terms are in this case. What I know is I’ve felt the thing myself. It’s quite a thrill seeing the contrast between two people’s skin in this scale. Somehow it makes you go all yin/yang, black &white, opposite attract, meant to freak be etc. The brain goes under strange chemical reactions when you see your white skin right next to a black one. Honestly, there is a huge psychological thrill going on the background of an interracial relationship.

Here however you don’t get to feel all that. Without wanting to be rude, the way it was portrayed it made me feel somewhat sick, because it was related strongly with the idea “big black guy going to punish slim innocent white boy with his big black c@#$.” It might have worked in a porn-like scenario in an erotic short story or even novelette, but when you see the big picture here and the amount of things going for these characters and their profiles… Whoa! And I mean Whoa! It is too much!

Anyway, I can go on and on about how much work this book needs. I’m repeating myself yet I can’t stress enough how much cutting is needed here. As it is I didn’t like the book, didn’t like the setting, didn’t like the characters, didn’t like the plot, didn’t like the fact that secondary characters took so much space, didn’t like the continuous sexual innuendos from females who by the way were NOT attracted to boys, it was rather obnoxious.

I also didn’t like the inner-thoughts. Keep them hidden and show them to us through actions of the characters. Too many dialogues over everything and nothing. An over the top attempt into trying to be mysterious and enticing with hints at key players and secrets of the past that ended up burdening the story, making the lines flow slower and slower with every passing page.

I could go on… but I’ll stop here and wish this book withdrawn, re-envisioned, edited and re-edited, but mostly cut in half (at least) and out in shelves again.

You will notice how I don’t mention anything about the sexual scenes and anything related to how they were written. It will suffice to say that everything related on that department did not in fact appeal. I’m known to like titles BDSM related, and anything to do with corporal punishment, explicit sexual torture, and/or forced seduction.

This book, while it falls under some of these sub-genres, is badly written in my opinion. so much so, that the writer needs serious research on this area, the lifestyle in general, and the way certain events create patterns into someone’s life and psych. Being half assed and trawling through these genres without proper research or experience makes the book fall flat. I’m pretty sure too many kinksters and people who live in D/s relationships would feel offended by the manner their erotic lifestyle is depicted here.

Shorty’s Review: ♥♥ 1.5Heart

Shane used to work for Gus, a drug dealer, before he decided to leave. But not before stealing some drugs and a motorcycle. The Reverend, who is Shane’s father, is a bigoted jerk and one nasty piece of work who were constantly telling him he’d go to hell for his wrongdoings and for being gay. I found this book confusing at times, because the author would jump from one thing to the next without an explanation.

The bathroom scene between Shane and the stranger seemed highly unbelievable in the fact that no one is going to let someone they don’t even know their name tell them what to do in a sexual situation. Especially when the so-called stranger completely ignores Shane and gives snide comments when Shane tries to talk to them. While asleep on the beach, he is attacked and beaten by thugs for no reason in my opinion. There is a lot of talking about sex in this story and Julien is into BDSM.

The sex scenes in this book seem more like forced or coerced sex than anything consensual. Unfortunately, when I read a book that starts off confusing or jumps from topic to topic with no warning then I lose interest immediately and usually have to force myself to finish it if it’s a review book. This book has some violent scenes in it in my opinion. I normally wouldn’t have chosen this author’s book to review, as I’ve never read her books before. After this one I probably won’t read another one, but was asked for a second opinion on it. This story just didn’t appeal to me at all, nor could I finish it.

* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review through http://mmgoodbookreviews.wordpress.com *

Lifting Techniques by Charlie Richards

4635LiftingTechniques510w-430x645Title: Lifting Techniques
Series: Carry Me, #4
Author: Charlie Richards
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Novel (160 Pages)
Publisher: Extasy Books (November 1, 2014)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5Hearts
Blurb: When life gives you lemons, sometimes it’s not enough to make lemonade…instead, make margaritas.

Detective Ryan Straton is known as the happy-go-lucky playboy of the precinct, the consummate bachelor of the department. At a Halloween party, he enjoys admiring the eye-candy, including a lovely lady—who he learns is Doctor Morgan Pruitt—dressed as Marilyn Monroe. When Ryan stumbles across Morgan getting backed into a corner by a trio of men, he plays hero and rescues her. He’s shocked to be offered a blowjob in thanks, but quickly gets on board when the woman proves just how adept she is with her hands…and her mouth.

When the deed is done, Ryan discovers that Morgan isn’t a woman, and he’s just received the best blowjob of his life from a man. As he’s done with every woman he’s bedded for over a decade, he plans to move on and forget about Morgan. Except, Ryan finds himself dreaming about his red lips and slender, agile hands. Getting advice from his friends—treat him like any woman who’d caught his eye—love ’em and leave ’em—Ryan wonders if it would be that easy.

Once he’s had Morgan, would that end his obsession? Or would it only feed it?

ISBN: 978-1-4874-0114-6

Product Link: http://www.extasybooks.com/Lifting-Techniques/

Reviewer: Lisa

Review: This is the fourth book in the Carry Me series and they don’t need be read in order.

I have got to tell you that these two men were sex on a stick. I am talking gorgeous men who are so hot together. I loved this book and cannot wait to get my hands on another one of Charlie’s. She has a gift at giving you a story that will have you on the edge of your seat, biting your nails, and panting as if you are in heat. You add in the fact that one of them carries a gun and my world explodes. I can’t tell you how many cold showers I take when I read these books. This one was even hotter than the last.

I love it when a straight man realizes that he has the hots for another man. Ryan was used to gay men seeing as his partner is with another man, but he himself was as straight as can be. That all changes one night at a costume party when he saves a woman and that woman turns out to be a man. He could not get Morgan out of his head. Must have been one hell of a shock for him.

Morgan had been having a bit of difficulties with a fireman that he had thought wanted him. Things had gone very bad and they were just getting worse. So when he was saved by Ryan he knew the detective thought he was a woman, but hadn’t really meant to offer himself. Things didn’t go as planned. However, Ryan couldn’t get him out of his head, and decided to find out.

Things get hot and heavy with them and when danger strikes, it is up to Ryan to keep his man safe. I found myself in love with these two sexy men. They were beautifully written and the story just flowed of the pages for me. If you love sexy men, men with guns, sexy doctors, excitement, surprises, danger and hot sex then this is the one for you.

I would recommend reading this book if you love all of that and so much more. It caught my attention from the moment I started reading and kept it all the way to the end. This story gave me everything I could want in a story. I loved this book and cannot wait to read the next story.

* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review through http://mmgoodbookreviews.wordpress.com *

Blood Sacrifice by Stormy Glenn

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Author: Stormy Glenn
Genre: Paranormal
Length: Novella (85 pages)
Publisher: Torquere Press (January 28th, 2014)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥3.5Hearts
Blurb: Being a demon isn’t always fun. Being a demon summoned to a satanic ritual is downright miserable. Isaac Braden spends most of his time being a rich recluse but every so often, he’s introduced to someone new when he’s summoned… a blood sacrifice. And tonight Jory Daniels has been chosen to be that sacrifice.

In a satanic ritual summoning gone bad, Isaac finds himself eternally bound to Jory. He has to have the man’s blood in order to survive. But when Jory wants something in return, can Isaac submit enough to allow it or will his demon nature take over and cause him to lose the best thing that ever happened to him?

ISBN: 978-1-61040-642-0

Product Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=4113

Reviewer: Prime

Review: It’s hard not to be a fan of Stormy Glenn. This is one of her darker offerings compared to her other works. In fact, a couple of chapters are downright brutal. However, after that it becomes a very hot, sensual ride for the demon Isaac and his blood sacrifice, Jory.

I read this when it first came out some years ago (some may remember it as part of the Bite Here, Too anthology), and still it took me some time to think of the appropriate words for this review.

The story provides an interesting angle on a demon story. There are elements of the more traditional horror based demon stories – as I said, the opening chapters which involve rituals are brutal. There is also the underlying moral, for lack of a better word, about free-will which makes it interesting and could have provided more drama if given the time or words.

In addition to this, the actual characters themselves didn’t grab me, although Isaac really did have the beginnings of really getting my attention with his not being the run of the mill demon – good, bad, or otherwise.

The twist at the end was cool, but I felt that more was needed and so in the end it felt like it was no big deal. I don’t like to be left hanging! One final thing that bugged me, there were two characters in the beginning, which are Jory’s friends and really took up a lot of thought in Jory’s mind. They just disappeared! And I was not placated by the throwaway line of Jory asking Isaac about their well-being and Isaac’s assurances.

The closest I could pin point in my mind, was that almost everything was limited by the word count and so could not evolve as much as it had the potential to. That being said, perhaps the plot was too complicated for the word count (particularly the final twist). I’m not sure.

I enjoyed it but at the same time, I was left feeling a little disappointed, but since this is, the only Stormy Glenn story that has left me like this, I’m glad to say this isn’t a general look on her wonderful body of work.

* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review through http://mmgoodbookreviews.wordpress.com *

Beyond the Norm by Shawn Lane, 2nd edition

71O63T3a1LL._SL1500_Title: Beyond the Norm. 2nd edition
Series: N/A
Author: Shawn Lane
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Length: Novella (102 Pages)
Publisher: Amber Allure, Amber Quill Press (April 9th, 2013)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4Hearts
Blurb: After closing his bar one night, Dave Johnson rescues Kyle, who is on the run after witnessing the murder of a federal agent in San Francisco. Dave knows Kyle is trouble but can’t help falling in love; Kyle loses his heart but fears he’s bringing danger to Dave’s doorstep. When Kyle’s pursuers close in, the two men are at an impasse.

They can either separate and live in safety and loneliness, or find a way to stay alive and together.

NOTE: This book was previously published under the ISBN: 978-1-61581-050-5. This reissued version of the book has been reedited.

ISBN: 978-1-61124-565-3

Product Link: http://www.amberquill.com/store/p/1928-Beyond-The-Norm.aspx

Reviewer: Lisa

Review: This was an amazing story and I was glad to have been able to read it.

It had a bit of humor to the story but mainly it was told with such a serious tone. I loved the guys in the story. They just come off as someone you would want to meet. If I was in a dangerous situation then these are the two that I would definitely want. Although more David than Kyle. Kyle is strong in his own way but you can tell that there is a hint of innocence there although there is probably no way he could have kept his innocence after a life like his.

Kyle had been kicked out of his home at the age of fifteen and he did what he could to survive. At one time, that had even meant selling his body for a place to stay or food in his belly. However, after a night with a rough john he had been saved by a man named Dex. Dex had been working for a drug king, but one night Dex had come to him and told him to run. Told him that he was a DEA agent and he wanted Kyle to live. Kyle had seen him gunned down and now he was on the run. He had been on the run when two men jumped him. If it hadn’t been for a gorgeous man saving his ass, again he would probably be dead.

David owned a bar in town and had just closed down when he saw two men attacking a third. He knew he had to help, but what he had not expected was the gorgeous man in front of him. Deciding to take him home and care for him, or at least that was his intent was the only way to get the kid fixed. He knew in his heart that something was up with Kyle. Now all he had to do was to get his man to trust him enough to let him know what is going on. He will do everything he can do to protect the man he had fallen in love with.

I loved this story and can’t wait to check out more by this amazing author. It was told in such a way that it flowed off the pages. I would definitely recommend this book especially if you love gorgeous men, dangerous situations, excitement, surprise, a bit of suspense and a hint of kink. The sex was so hot that I just had to turn on the air conditioner in the middle of winter. It caught my attention from the moment I started reading and kept it all the way to the end. It gave me everything I could want in a story. You have got to check out this book.

* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review through http://mmgoodbookreviews.wordpress.com *

Crank Me Up by J.D. Walker

71U9KsnISoL._SL1500_Title: Crank Me Up
Author: JD Walker
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short (39 pages)
Publisher: Amber Allure, Amber Quill Press (April 9th, 2013)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥3.5Hearts
Blurb: Marius Rabineaux tolerates his neighbor across the hall—computer tech Xavier McDay—only because his daughter Sherie is best friends with Xavier’s niece, Tonya. But taciturn, clueless nerds have never been Marius’s thing, despite their attractiveness. So, no matter how hot he may find “Uncle Cranky,” Marius leaves well enough alone.

One evening, Marius picks up Sherie from her play date with Tonya, and Xavier opens his mouth long enough to insult Marius about his parenting skills. Then later, Xavier turns up at Marius’ workplace and, instead of apologizing, further offends Marius by disparaging his work ethic.

When Xavier finally apologizes and invites Marius and Sherie to dinner, Marius, on the advice of friends and family, decides to give his nerdy neighbor another chance. Thankfully, dinner becomes a fun affair as both men get to know each other better.

But when Marius challenges Xavier to a night away from computers by going to a nightclub, both men get a whole lot more than they bargained for…and perhaps a chance at something even better…

ISBN: 978-1-61124-581-3

Product Link: http://www.amberquill.com/store/p/1944-Crank-Me-Up.aspx

Reviewer: Prime

Review: This is a nice, sweet story narrated by Marius, who lives with daughter and doesn’t have much more human company in his life. Marius’s daughter and her BFF, Tonya from across the way, make the story even cuter. Tonya is being raised by her uncle, Xavier, who lacks enough human contact that he’s become the stereotypical hermit IT sort.

Marius and Xavier don’t get along, but when they finally do, the fireworks fairly much explode. There is one particularly long sex scene (for a story of this length) which should make most readers happy, despite the fact that there is no definite conclusion at the end of the story. It felt to me as if we were cut off right before the beginning. To me this was an excellent start to a grand or whirlwind romance.

I’m a fairly new reader to JD Walker’s work and I have to say none of it disappoints.

* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review through http://mmgoodbookreviews.wordpress.com *

Splintered by Sjd Peterson

71UNjwVLCpL._SL1350_Title: Splintered
Author: SJD Peterson
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Length: Novel (220 pages)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (October 6th 2014)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5 Hearts
Blurb: A string of murders targeting effeminate gay men has the GLBTQ community of Chicago on alert, but budget cuts have left many precincts understaffed and overworked. Not to mention, homophobia is alive and well within the law enforcement community and little has been done to solve the mystery.

When the FBI calls in Special Agent Todd Hutchinson and his team, the locals are glad to hand the case off. But Hutch finds a bigger mystery than anyone originally realized—seventeen linked murders committed in several different jurisdictions. Hutch’s clues lead him to Noah Walker.

Working on his PhD in forensic psychology, Noah has been obsessed with serial murders since he was a child. But coming to Hutch’s attention as a suspect isn’t a good way to start a relationship. Noah finds himself hunted, striking him off Hutch’s suspect list, but not off his radar. To catch the killer before anyone else falls victim, they’ll have to work together, and quickly, to bring him to justice.

ISBN: 1632164531 (ISBN13: 9781632164537)

Product Link: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=5507

Reviewer: Tams

Review: Todd Hutchinson is one of the best profilers the FBI has, and he heads up a small team of men just as good at their job as he is. Hutch along with super tech Granite and hacker Byte are known for getting results. Their current case takes them to the heart of the gay community in Chicago, and one step behind a serial killer targeting ‘twinks’. Hutch is an excellent profiler because he has a keen second sight, an ability to put himself inside the mind of a killer.

While at their most recent crime scene, Hutch goes into sensory overload when he spots someone slightly familiar in the crowd.
Noah Walker has a keen eye for details, and serial killers. After finding the bodies of his mother and sister when he was just a child, he transformed his morbid curiosity into a lifelong passion for murder.

So it comes as no surprise that Noah sort of idolizes Hutch, he has followed his cases for years, and he has a teensy crush on the brooding FBI agent. Hutch and his team are a little baffled by Noah in the beginning and his unnatural interest in the case. It doesn’t take long for Noah’s interest in the case to draw a target on his back.

Hutch has to navigate the sickening feelings he is picking up on from the killer, keep a professional persona when he is surrounded by incompetent and homophobic cops, and give a valiant attempt at ignoring his growing attraction to Noah. A few harsh words from Hutch, aimed at the killer at a press conference prove to push the man over the edge.

One of my favorite movies is Manhunter with William Peterson as the FBI profiler that captured Hannibal Lecter. This book reminded me so much of that movie. Hutch is so good at his job partly because of his ability to see through the eyes of a killer, anticipate the killer’s motives and moves. I was on pins and needles throughout this book with the twists and turns, full of suspense and intrigue, definitely a well-woven murder mystery.

And I don’t think I’ve ever read a character quite like Noah, the super smart groupie that is working on his PHD. His romance with Hutch was hard won. As I said, Hutch tried very hard to avoid the attraction. But Noah is an intelligent man who knows what he wants, he’s lusted Hutch on paper and in the media for years, he is not about to let the chance to make that a reality slip through his fingers. Psycho serial killer be damned!

If you love an intricate and imaginative with a macabre twist, and a veritable cast of gay characters, then this book must go on your must read list.

* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review through http://mmgoodbookreviews.wordpress.com *

Familiar of Not by Pelaam

81H953P9ytL._SL1425_Title: Familiar or Not
Series: Scare This!, #1
Author: Pelaam
Genre: Paranormal
Length: Novella (54 pages)
Publisher: MLR Press (October 31st, 2014)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4Hearts
Blurb: When Julen sees Aleck, he knows the man is hot. The real question is, whether he’s a Familiar or not.

Julen might be a witch, but Halloween is too commercial for his tastes these days. When his Aunt Cassandra learns that Julen likes their new neighbour Aleck, she can’t resist trying to bring them together, and invites Aleck to a Halloween soiree. But she interferes a little too much. To Julen’s delight, he and Aleck seem made for one another. Until he discovers his Aunt’s involvement. Heartbroken to think what he shared with Aleck isn’t real, Julen runs away to a mountain cabin to get over the hurt.

But when the truth comes out, can Cassandra and her Familiar Wiley get Julen and Aleck back together before it’s too late.

ISBN: MLR-1-02014-0319

Product Link: http://www.mlrbooks.com/ShowBook.php?book=PFAMORNT

Reviewer: Prime

Review: The blurb of this is interesting – it seems to centre less on the romantic couple and more on the meddling witch and her Familiar. So for me that likes different and loves a good holiday short or novella this is already giving indications of awesomeness. Interestingly, though, the aunt (Cassandra) plays a big role but a majority of the story is Julen’s perspective.

This is a standalone book in the Scare This series. I read Queen of Bats, Four of Skulls story in the series first (and reviewed it), without realising that it was in fact a series! My bad.

Julen is a grumpy witch when we first meet him, and that is nothing short of funny for me, mostly because I can relate, though not the exact situation. Probably part of his grumpiness stems from his both mischievous and hilarious, Aunty Cassandra, and her Familiar is just as funny and full of mischief. Julen is instantly suspicious of the witch after she starts talking about the new neighbour to him. Aleck is a sweetie and often hangs out with his high maintenance best friend. From the moment we’re introduced to Aleck it’s pretty clear he is more than a little fascinated with Julen.

This is a fun, lighthearted read. There is some not so light-hearted meddling and drama, but that just makes it a more enjoyable read.

* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review through http://mmgoodbookreviews.wordpress.com *

Letters to a War Zone by Lucy Felthouse

91RkIRoc8yL._SL1500_Title: Letters to a War Zone
Author: Lucy Felthouse
Genre: Contemporary/Military
Length: Short (47 pages)
Publisher: Totally Bound (March 27th, 2014)
Heat Level: Low
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥3.5Hearts
Blurb: When lonely insurance broker, Bailey, gets himself a new hobby, he ends up exchanging letters with a war zone. But he’s not expecting what happens next…

Bailey Hodgkiss is lonely and dissatisfied with his boring life as an insurance broker. In an attempt to insert some variety, he signs up to a website to write to serving soldiers. He’s put in touch with Corporal Nick Rock, and over the course of a couple of letters, the two of them strike up a friendship. They begin to divulge their secrets, including their preference for men.

Nick encourages Bailey to add more interests to his life. As a result, Bailey picks up his forgotten hobby, photography, and quickly decides to team it up with his other preferred interest, travel.
Booking a holiday to Rome is his biggest gesture toward a more exciting existence, and he eagerly looks forward to the trip. That is, until Nick says he’s coming home on leave, and it looks as though their respective trips will prevent them from meeting in person.

Is there enough of a spark between them to push them to meet, or will their relationship remain on paper only?

Reader Advisory: This story has been previously released as part of the Stand to Attention anthology by Totally Bound Publishing.

ISBN: 978-1-78184-995-8

Product Link: https://www.totallybound.com/letters-to-a-war-zone

Reviewer: Prime

Review: I can never resist a book that involves military men, so I naturally gravitated towards this one. This is an excellent story, particularly those into the brooding loners and solider type books.

The loneliness that Bailey exhibits, that drives him to sign up to become pen pal to a random soldier serving overseas, is something that everyone can sympathise with and most likely felt at one time or another in life. Bailey is intelligent, quiet and introverted, making the loneliness somewhat easier to accept on my behalf and certainly feels realistic.

We find out the facts from Nick in the letters to Nick, which are used to tell the story but don’t actually “meet” him until halfway through. He a tough army guy but a total teddy bear – I found myself falling for him just a little too!

The story isn’t big on action. It’s a more intimate look at an evolving relationship, albeit a rapid one. I only wish that it could be longer because I really, really, really want to know more about Bailey and Nick!

* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review through http://mmgoodbookreviews.wordpress.com *

Truth by Maggie Walsh

truthTitle: Truth
Series: The Angel Pack, #3
Author: Maggie Walsh
Genre: Paranormal / Ménage a Trois
Length: Novella (176 pages)
Publisher: Siren-BookStrand, Inc (November 12th 2014)
Heat Level: Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 4.5 Hearts
Blurb: When Sebastian Angel moves to Napa to be with his mate Storm Winthrope, he never expects to find his third mate so soon. But their blue-haired fae mate, Noah, is being held captive by an evil master. When Sebastian searches a nearby vineyard for Noah, he senses great evil all around. The more Sebastian visits the vineyard the more he changes. He starts to see things that aren’t real.

An experience from Storm’s past makes him want things he doesn’t think he should want as leader of his pride. In lying to Sebastian and denying his true desires, he may push Sebastian away for good.
Noah is afraid of being with his mates because of the things he experienced at the hands of his master, but he wants to trust his mates with his heart and body.

Can these three learn to trust each other and give each what the others need? Or are they doomed from the start?

ISBN: 978-1-63258-559-2

Purchase Link: http://www.bookstrand.com/truth

Reviewer: Leigh

Review: This book is part of a series and should be read in order.

Sebastian returns to Napa when he finds out that his mate Storm goes into heat as soon as he meets his mate, not after he has been claimed like Storm told him. Things are going moving along for a little bit when one night they are visited by their third mate Noah. Well sort of visited. As a Fae Noah has the ability to astral project. He does this into Sebastian and Simon’s bedroom. Since Noah has never really learned the English language it is hard for communicate, but he does his best. This leads Simon and Sebastian to start the hunt to find Noah.

But more is going on then they first realize. Noah is a prisoner of several sadists men who abuse him in the worst ways. They also use his him for experiments. The door starts to crack open as to what is going on within the bigger picture of the overall story arch. With the help of Noah and other prisoners, more secrets and clues are learned. The area where Noah was kept has done something to those that are “sensitive.” They are not acting like themselves and seeing things that are not real. This includes Sebastian, whose gift can see into people’s innermost thoughts. Because of this, the mating between him and Simon is almost destroyed.

This book starts with a bang. And they keep coming. The sex scenes were hot and descriptive. However, there were times I wanted to smack both Simon and Sebastian upside their heads. They both made mistakes that at the time seemed like overreactions. Noah I just wanted to huge. He so needed two strong men to help him and protect him. He is just adorable and has been so hurt for years. The three men together are so perfect for each other once two of them pull their heads out of their asses.

The character developments and interpersonal relationships are great. I love how the different pack, pride, and clan members are starting to pull together to face the threats that are coming. I cannot wait to see what the author has next in this series.

* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review through http://mmgoodbookreviews.wordpress.com *

Red Lettering by Barbara Geiger

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Series: Scare This!, #3
Author: Barbara Geiger
Genre: Paranormal
Length: Novella (89 pages)
Publisher: MLR Press (October 31st, 2014)
Heat Level: Low
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥3.5Hearts
Blurb: What was supposed to be a one-night stand for Colin, with a bit of strange, shouldn’t have been on Halloween when his departed lover still has something to say.

Colin’s boyfriend Ren was flamboyant and fabulous, in-or-out of drag. Colin has been mourning him for seven years. When Colin walks into the local diner, he doesn’t expect to see Peter the flirty waiter dressed as a waitress. Colin wants to let Peter go, but somehow he just can’t do it. It’s Halloween, the veil between the living and the dead is at its thinnest, and Ren still has a lot to say. Peter’s been hurt before, and Colin has truths of his own to face, but with Ren’s help, maybe they’ll have a hot at more than a one-night stand.

ISBN: MLR02014-0318

Product Link: http://www.mlrbooks.com/ShowBook.php?book=BGREDLTR

Reviewer: Prime

Review: Red Lettering is a standalone book in the Scare This series. So far, this is the third story I’ve read in this Halloween theme series. The premise is intriguing, although I’ve come across it before in other books. Ren, the long dead lover of Colin is playing matchmaker between Colin and Peter, showing them exactly what they need.

It’s good that this story features drag queens – Ren had been one and Peter is dressed as a waitress when Colin meets him. Colin sure knows his make up too. I say it’s good because many stories that I’ve read with drag queens are all light-hearted romps, but Red Lettering is more heartfelt and serious. Don’t be surprised if you feel the urge to shed a couple of tears!

This is a rather heartfelt and poignant story, in both the present and the flashbacks. It certainly isn’t one of those Ren literally haunting and pushing the two together, although his tragic life is certainly something entirely different from Colin’s version of Ren. Then Peter is just a kind soul, very patient, despite his own past experience. That being said I can’t say it was fun. However, it was thoroughly enjoyable, albeit intense. Even Halloween is the holiday for healing, it seems.

And the teaser, we get a “to be continued”! According to Barbara Geiger’s website, the sequel, “Black Shades”, is a Christmas novella that will feature Peter’s point of view. One thing I had thought was that there wasn’t enough Peter, so I’m relieved to see that there will be the opportunity for more!

* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review through http://mmgoodbookreviews.wordpress.com *

Unexpected Spirits by Nicole Dennis

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Series: Scare This!, #5
Author: Nicole Dennis
Genre: Paranormal
Length: Short (43 pages)
Publisher: MLR Press (October 31st, 2014)
Heat Level: Low
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4Hearts
Blurb: Can ex-lovers find their way back to one another while Samhain allows a desperate person to do about anything to connect?

A reluctant medium turned writer, Dmitri Terron, hates Samhain and the spirits invading his life. He follows the Druid path, creating wards and barriers to keep out the ghosts. Even with the barriers in place, an unexpected spirit enters his home. It’s his ex-boyfriend, Zackary Kendrick, who is scared and relieved to find Dmitri.

Needing to learn what happened, Dmitri pushes past his personal barriers to help. Zack’s physical body rests in a coma. A piece of Zack’s soul needs to reunite with his body or all is lost.

ISBN: MLR-1-02014-0320

Product Link: http://www.mlrbooks.com/ShowBook.php?book=NDUNXSPT

Reviewer: Prime

Review: Another story from the Scare This! collection, this is another standalone book. I’m going to have to admit, the blurb left me both confused and intrigued. After reading Red Lettering in this series directly before, I was left wondering if I am reading about a dead ex-boyfriend playing matchmaker. The truth of the matter is it’s actually more complicated than that.

Immediately, though worldly Dmitri seems so innocent as well, perhaps because he has a severe agoraphobia because of the spirits that haunt him. He’s been using druidic techniques to protect himself. However, that doesn’t stop the strong “spirit” of Dmitri’s ex, Zack, to come through. The twist here is that from the outset they need to figure out exactly what happened to Zack to know if he is dead or alive.

I was often not sure what to think of Zack, mostly because I couldn’t decide if he was a dick or if he was just misunderstood. Or, if he was just too dense when he had been in a relationship with Dmitri. Truthfully, the reason that Dmitri and Zack broke up ten years earlier, and the effect it had on Zack really did hit me emotionally and I was upset for Dmitri. In the end, I love both Dmitri and Zack.

I find it hard to write down what I think about this story. The character stories really got to me, particularly Dmitri’s when he thinks of his past with Zack and how they broke up. My heart also breaks for him in the beginning when we are shown his agoraphobia. This story is good, enjoyable and emotional. I love the mysticism and magic.

For anyone wanting a good horror/paranormal/Halloween story, I recommend this one. That is probably all I can say without going into too many details.

* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review through http://mmgoodbookreviews.wordpress.com *

Strange Addiction by Sandrine Gasq-Dion

19297505Title: Strange Addiction
Author: Sandrine Gasq-Dion
Series: The Twelve Olympians book #4 (this is a companion series to the Assassin/Shifter series by the same Author)
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Length: Novel (185 pages)
Publisher: Skull Blaster Publishing (November 15th 2014)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts
Reviewer: Tams
Blurb: Brock Holloway has it all — money, friends, a bitchin’ car and a promising football career. At least, that’s what people see. Inside, though, Brock is fighting for something he knows he can never have: Unconditional love. As the child of Aphrodite, he is worshipped, admired, wanted – but never loved.

Zack Duran is a wolverine shifter — and not a nice guy. Zack’s shifter side is always in control, often making him heartless and unfeeling. When Zack is assigned to guard Brock Holloway, his tactless wolverine tendencies become even more prevalent and Zack has to fight his shifter personality AND his genuine feelings for the beautiful football player.

A near tragedy shakes him to his core, and Zack can no longer fight the feelings he has for Brock. But giving in to his emotions may come at too high a price. A startling secret charges Brock with the nearly impossible task of taming Zack’s beast. Is he up to the challenge? Can Zack give him what he needs? And with danger working overtime, can they finally be together as they were intended?

Purchase Link:  http://www.amazon.com/Strange-Addiction-The-12-Olympians-ebook/dp/B00PHQJ5BC

Review: Brock Holloway is great at keeping up appearances. From the outside looking in, you would see a successful football player with money, friends and the ability to get any guy he wants into his bed. The view from the inside is completely different though. Brock is lonely and vulnerable, he is abandoned by his adoptive parents and while he can get any guy he wants, they only want sex, they can’t give him the one thing he craves more than anything else…can Love.

Zack Duran has been tasked with protecting Brock, much to his dismay. Brock is beautiful, smart and funny. But he sleeps with anyone that smiles in his direction, and it infuriates Zack. The wolverine shifter already struggles with keeping his beast at bay, and when he sees Brock lowering himself and allowing men to just use him and then toss him aside, it makes Zack even angrier. He refuses to admit or accept that he is falling in love with the sexy, blonde Olympian.

Forced to work together by the bosses, James and Wayne, Brock and Zack slowly become more comfortable with each other. As they get to know each other, they learn that they aren’t so different after all. Both have lost their parents, both are alone and vulnerable, and soon the mutual attraction takes the lead.

They will have to learn how to express their feelings and not keep things bottled up if they stand a chance at a future together though. One wrong word from Zack could send Brock spiralling back to his old ways. And Zack still doesn’t know how to control the beast that fights him for control every day. What if he lost that control and hurt Brock? Could he live with himself?

I’ve been waiting for what seems like forever for Brock’s story. He has been a secondary character for several books now, starting with his relationship with Nik and his friendship with the shifters. I had no idea just how wounded and fragile he was, which is a testament to Gasq-Dion’s writing.

Brock is portrayed as the man whore, beautiful, confident and oozing sex appeal. When you get a look inside him though, you see a completely different picture. One of loss, hope, and disappointment, to the point of suicide. It added a depth and reality to the story that wouldn’t have been there otherwise.

Then there is Zack, the loner wolverine shifter that was taken and abused because of his genes. His very DNA is so unstable that the team fears Zack won’t be able to control himself. There is one thing that can bring him back from the brink of insanity though, Brock. Their connection is complicated, strange and endearing, and it’s the only thing that will save them.

I have to say that this is some of Sandy’s best work to date. While her books are always amazing and she has this ability to weave multiple characters and storylines and not leave the reader confused, this book was reminiscent of the early days in the Assassin/Shifter series. While all her books are a love story at heart, sometimes you get a glimpse into the raw actuality of what some people have to survive in order to find that love.

My favourite stories from this group of characters are Wyatt and Preston (An Ignited Passion) and Scott and Tristan (Pleading the Fifth). What these three books, stories have in common is the way the characters fight with everything they have and risk it all for the love that they share. So, thank you Sandy for going back to the basics with this story and giving us a gritty love story in the end.

This is a must read for fans of Assassin, Shifter, Paranormal and that hard-earned Happy for now. If you are new to the Skull Blasters world I suggest starting at the beginning, at the very least, start with the first Olympians book.

* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review through http://mmgoodbookreviews.wordpress.com *

Love's Distance by Flynn Eire

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Series: Warrior Camp, #7
Author: Flynn Eire
Genre: Erotic Romance/Paranormal
Length: Novella (134 Pages)
Publisher: Supernatural Script Inc. (November 6, 2014)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4
Blurb: Camp medic, Sam Gatewood, had feelings for a blond-haired pre-trans, even though he knew better. Inexplicably drawn to Bowie Shade, Sam helped him years ago, in his time of need, but when Bowie attempted to take things further, he told him they should wait until after Bowie’s transition to warrior, that some distance will put the line they almost crossed into perspective.

But the feelings never went away.

Bowie took his hurt heart and devoted his energies to his warrior training, giving himself some distance from thoughts of Sam. Unfortunately, one of his first assignments outside the camp puts him directly in Sam’s path—the only man he has ever wanted. But maybe during a mission isn’t the best time to have the discussion about how they feel… What could possibly go wrong?

Even though absence is said to make the heart grow fonder, it doesn’t for Sam and Bowie. Will they learn to get on the same wavelength and look beyond hurt feelings, or will the distance between them grow past where they can reach for each other?

Product Link: http://www.amazon.com.au/Loves-Distance-Warrior-Camp-Book-ebook/dp/B00OXAOU3G

Reviewer: Lisa

Review: This is book seven of the Warrior Camp series and they need to be read in order. It kept me from getting totally lost while reading and gave me an insight into the characters. It also helped me figure out what the hell they were up to. I must admit that through most of this story I laughed my ass off. I have seen some clueless men and women, what happens when communication is definitely not there. These two take the cake though.

Sam was a medic and doctor for his many of his coven. He also does physicals for the pre-trans. Those that will turn fully into vampires. However, in his many years he had never been affected by them. That all changed when a gorgeous little blond came in. He had even forgotten for a moment that he was doing a physical. He had told the little guy that he would not do anything with him till after he went through his transformation. However, he wanted Bowie from the moment he saw him. Time went by and things kept getting in the way, so when they were brought back together things kept getting mixed up for them.

Bowie had thought that he was not wanted. His feelings had not changed in any way, but with his lack of knowledge, he kept thinking that Sam didn’t want him. Even after their one night of hot sex, he thought the same thing. He wanted Sam but didn’t know what to do. Things just kept getting in the way and they just were not communicating their needs. Things had to change.

I know that it is hard to communicate with the one you love, but these two just seemed to make it harder. Also, Bowie, in my opinion kept running away at the sign of trouble. He came off as a child, but I suppose to a two hundred year old vamp he would be. I did love this book though. It gave me almost everything I could want in a story. The only problem I had was it seemed to just bounce around quite a bit.

I loved the two sexy men, the paranormal world, excitement, surprises, angst, hot sex, and just a hint of craziness. I loved the innocence in Bowie just not the running away part. It was a blast to read though and I would hope to hear more about them. I can’t wait to get my hands on the next book. Did I mention the ménage in this story was very hot? I would recommend reading this book.

* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review through http://mmgoodbookreviews.wordpress.com *

The Valjevo Encounter by Jay Vaughn

FinalCover8_Lighter-1066x1600Title: The Valjevo Encounter
Series: Encounters with Evil
Author: Jay Vaughn
Genre: Paranormal
Length: Novel (271 pages)
Publisher: Divergent Publishing
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥4 1/2Hearts
Blurb: When an imposing man dressed in black leather, riding a Harley, and sporting a mysterious eye patch charges into an alley and saves college senior Melvin “Tigger” Jacobsen from a creature with soulless, solid black eyes and glistening fangs, sparks begin to fly. Too bad they may not live long enough to explore their irresistible attraction.

Guy Salluci is a vampire hunter who works for a highly covert organization called EERIE. He is Mel’s dream man come-to-life. His bulging muscles and stern countenance are a sharp contrast to the gentle care he gives the injured Mel.

Until now, Mel’s biggest challenge was finding a studly boyfriend who will put up with his terminal geekiness. When he finds himself on the run from the vampire, Valjevo, who has targeted him for his next meal, Guy puts him into protective custody at his hidden Mercer Island residence. Mel finds himself falling head-over-heels for the enigmatic vampire hunter—a man torn between his ravenous desires and the horrors of his twisted past. But is Guy even capable of returning Mel’s affection?

When Valjevo hunts Mel down, intent on torture, mayhem, and satisfying his vampire lust, Mel’s only hope is to be rescued by Guy. But the vampire hunter turns out to be not entirely human and unexpectedly vulnerable.

Publisher’s note: Contains scenes of graphic violence, male/male sex, brief non-con, and mild BDSM.

Product Link: http://www.divergentpublishing.com/?product=the-valjevo-encounter

Reviewer: Shorty

Review: Melvin “Tigger” Jacobsen is attacked one night while walking home from a bar by a vampire. A mysterious man saves him from certain death at the vampires hands. When that same evil, sadistic vampire, Valjevo, targets Mel, Guy takes it upon himself to keep him safe at all costs.

Guy is a vampire hunter, who is part vampire, works for EERIE (Encounters with Evil: Research, Investigations, and Exterminations). When he rescues Mel from the vampire, he is instantly attracted to him but fights it. He has a job to do as he hunts down a sadistic killer vampire before he kills again.

The scenes with Valjevo, a vampire, were sadistic in their nature. This vampire loved to torture and toy with his prey by any means necessary before draining them of blood. It broke my heart what he did to Guy while Mel was made to watch. I was intensely happy when the tide turned and this evil, sadistic vampire was killed.

Intense scenes, a lot of drama between Guy and Mel, suspense and action are all throughout this wonderfully written book. Guy’s past was given in bits and pieces as the story unfolded. I was actually getting mad that instead of talking to one another about how they felt Guy and Mel just assumed things that weren’t true. There were a couple of hot scenes between Mel and Guy.

Great read.

Guardians by A.M. Burns

GuardiansLGTitle: Guardians
Series: The Woodmen Chronicles, #2
Author: A. M. Burns
Genre: Young Adult/ Paranormal
Length: Novel (180 Pages)
Publisher: Harmony Ink Press, Dreamspinner Press (October 2014)
Heat Level: None
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4Hearts
Blurb: Thom Woodman is a Bigfoot, although he prefers to be called an Oh Mah. When it comes time for the Oh Mah biannual gathering, he’s excited to go with Ben Steele, the human he bonded with.
To Thom’s surprise, he is offered a place among the Guardians, the leaders of the Oh Mah. But since he grew up half in the human world, he can’t make a decision before he finds out more about these Guardians.

When an Oh Mah is killed by a human, the growing antihuman sentiment runs rampant through the gathering. Thom’s family swears to help protect Ben, but when some of the Guardians join the anti-human faction, they aren’t sure they can live up to their promise. Even when Ben is kidnapped, Thom doesn’t know what to say when the Guardians demand his answer. Thom feels like he’s not only being forced to choose between the Oh Mah and the human world, but also between a life with or without Ben.

ISBN: 978-1-63216-391-2

Product Link: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=5568

Reviewer: Lisa

Review: This is the second book to this series and they need to be read in order.

You will learn more about Oh Mah’s and their lives. It is also when you first meet Ben and Thom. These are two of the best young men I have ever met. They are so protective of each other and so very loving. Thom is the Oh Mah, which is basically big foot and Ben is his bond mate. Ben is human. The main problem I had with it was the fact that they were still children and it was a no sex book. It has a serious tone and very little humor to it. I found myself not as captivated by it as I should have. It is a wonderful book but for me it was missing something for me to truly love it.

Thom and Ben were going with Thom’s family to a gathering. The gathering was for Oh Mah’s to prove their strength, to find mates and a basic party situation. The Oh Mah’s are a very aggressive bunch and they use their strength to get many things. In fact, they have to fight to get the approval of their potential mates and for the bond to start. Now Thom and Ben had not had to do that. Thom had saved Ben’s life and it had started the bond for them. They were the lucky ones it would seem.

The gathering was in Texas this time and there are many surprises that lay in stride for all of them. Including the danger that comes for them. Many Oh Mahs are prejudice against humans and whites, so Thom doesn’t want Ben to leave his sight. He will do everything in his power to keep him safe. The guardians want Ben to join but there a many factors standing in the way and one of the major ones is the fact that there is something dark going on. Fear, anger, betrayal, and fighting are happening around the camp. Now it is up to Thom to not only protect his mate but also find out the truth.

This story was a fascinating one but like I said for me, it was too out there for me to love. I do love Ben and Thom though. There is so much strength in them both, but they still have quite a bit to grow into. Ben is in danger from the bigots and Thom is being asked to join the guardians. Many changes are coming and it doesn’t seem to be for the better. If you love a sci-fi feeling with a bit of darkness then this is for you. It will give you gorgeous mates, strength, and power, pure love, lots of danger and betrayal.

I would recommend reading this story. It did catch my attention from the moment I started reading and kept it all the way to the end.