The Beginning by Vicktor Alexander

1392603378Title: The Beginning

Series: Sons of Adam, #1

Author: Vicktor Alexander

Genre: Paranormal/ Shapeshifters/ Fantasy

Length: Novella (153 Pages)

ISBN: 978-0615964829

Publisher: The Rooster & The Pig Publishing (February 17th, 2014)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5Hearts

Reviewer: Lisa


Blurb:Ronny Parker has always been aware that there was more to life outside of his Harlem apartment. When he goes to work one morning at Starbucks, he finds himself coming face to face with a reality that he was not prepared for. He finds himself the eyewitness to a fight between two shifters, a wolf, and a lion, one of which bites Ronny and calls him “mate.” When Ronny wakes up the next morning, he finds himself thrust into a world neither his family, nor his teachers ever taught him about and he does the only thing he can do. He starts to investigate.

Cole Tronk has been taught from an early age that he is never to mate a human, never reveal his true nature to a human and that he cannot be gay. But when he gets into a fight with his oldest friend outside of a Starbucks and finds himself smelling the most intoxicating scent ever, he throws all of those rules out of the window. Before long, Cole and his mate, Ronny are on the run from the governing body of the paranormals, humans who have now discovered that paranormals, magicks and supernaturals exist, and someone from Ronny’s past who is determined to kill them both.

Along the way, Cole and Ronny meet up with a group of paranormals, magicks, and supernaturals who are also gay, and who are researching the true history of the world and creation. What they find will not only change their lives, but the entire world and the future. Will Ronny and Cole’s mating survive all of these obstacles and when a millennias old lie comes back to bite them in the ass, will Ronny and Cole be able to deal with the consequences?

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Review: Well this one is definitely new and quite enjoyable.


I loved the way that Cole and Ronny had found each other. Ronny had gone to work only to hear a fight in the back. Wasn’t he surprise to see his coworker and another man fighting, but that was not the only thing that shocked him. His friend and coworker had wolf paws and the man he was fighting had lion paws. Cole was a lion shifter fighting with his best friend, till the best scent came to him. He had found his mate. Biting Ronny and bonding them together in his mind was the best thing ever, till Benjamin points out that he has also cursed them. For in their world it is death to those who show any human what they are, to be gay and to mate a human.


Ronny, Cole and Benjamin are in danger from all the packs, prides, and other paranormal alpha’s. They are being hunted for being mated and for letting the humans know. However, the humans had let everyone else know, so now they were being hunted by humans and the government. They managed to find a group of shifters, witches, elves, fae, and many others who were being hunted also.


What really shocked them was that a book had appeared in Cole’s library before they left, telling them of their past. The original bible shows how paranormals and humans at one time had been expected until the great flood. They also find out that their mates, whether male or female can get pregnant so can you imagine Ronny’s expression when that happens to him.


This story is amazing. It shows what happens when people are full of hate. Hate for skin color, religion, sexual orientation, and now paranormals. They fear what they don’t know and there is a few that will help the fight that is about to come. I have never understood why people have to hate others for such stupid reasons and why they see the need to harm and kill them. I love the fact that Ronny is the one who will lead the war to rescue his new family. Or at least start the fight for freedom. Even though Cole is the alpha in their relationship, Ronny is the one that will do the fighting. It is pretty amazing twist to this story.


I would definitely be recommending this story to anyone who loves paranormal romance, shifters, sexy men, and hot sex. I also would recommend it because it has a war for freedom, one to help equality and love for one another. There is danger, excitement, adventure, and true love in this story.

Home Work by Kaje Harper

15706627Title: Home Work


Series: Life Lessons, 03


Author: Kaje Harper


Genre: Contemporary


Length: Super Novel (356 pages)


Publisher: MLR Press (5th October 2012)


Heat Level: Moderate


Heart Rating:♥♥♥♥♥4 ½ Hearts


Reviewer: Pixie


Blurb: Coming together as a family was supposed to make life happy-ever-after for Mac and Tony, but their two uprooted kids, demanding jobs, and a less than gay-friendly world don’t seem to have gotten the message.


Mac and Tony thought the hard part was over. They’re together openly as a couple, sharing a home, and building a life with their two children. It’s what they dreamed of. But daughter Anna struggles with the changes, Ben is haunted by old secrets, Mac’s job in Homicide still demands too much of his time, and Tony is caught in the middle. It’s going to take everything these men can give to create a viable balance between home and work. Especially when the outside world seems determined to throw obstacles in their way.


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Review: This book is part of a series and must be read in order. Mac and Tony are having their happily ever after, but happily ever after is harder than they thought, between Anna and Ben settling into their new lives with two parents, juggling work with parenthood for Tony and Mac and then Mac’s job interfering in their home life it’s a struggle to just be a couple. Can Tony and Mac cope with the stresses that life throws at them especially when Mac’s murder case comes too close to home?


This is a wonderful addition to the Life Lessons series. Showing the progression of Tony and Mac’s relationship and the difficulties, they face. But, with the added danger that is inherent, when you live with a policeman. Tony is starting to feel the strain of being a parent, especially when he begins to feel like a single parent when Mac’s job makes more demands on his time. Mac feels like he has to push himself more than ever now that everyone at work knows he is gay, and conveniently ignoring that he is leaving most of the parenting to Tony. But nothing will stop Mac from claiming Tony for his own and Tony will be there for Mac no matter what.


I have to say that Mac and Tony are one of my favorite M/M couples to ever grace the pages of a book. Simply because they haven’t had the most perfect of relationships and they have had to work at what they have. they have had the ups and downs, the struggles and arguments and they have now settled down as a couple with two small children. But, instead of Kaje Harper letting them settle down to the perfect family, she has written a story that still has them working on their relationship. showing the struggles that every parent has when combining two households and two families.


In this story, we see the strain that both men are under, the happiness they still have and the love they still feel. We see the juggling of time and the stress of coping with children as they settle and the strain of having a partner with a difficult job. There is also a great storyline with Mac’s job as he hunts for a killer and ties it in with a missing person report and the danger Mac faces because of the actions of a colleague, this is truly a great book that gives you slices of life that many books don’t show, it gives us characters that we love, dislike, sneer at, hate and also one or two that you wouldn’t mind taking into an alley to beat the crap out of.


I highly recommend this story to those who love crime, drama, mystery, danger, strong relationships, forging through difficulties and coming out stronger, family stories two men truly in love and an ending that will make you smile.                                      

Pukawiss the Outcast by Jay Jordan Hawke

PukawissLGTitle: Pukawiss the Outcast

Author: Jay Jordan Hawke

Genre: Contemporary/Young Adult

Length: Novel (204 pages)

ISBN: 9781627986472

Publisher: Harmony Ink Press, Dreamspinner Press (January 16th, 2014)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Reviewer: Eric

Blurb: When family complications take Joshua away from his fundamentalist Christian mother and leave him with his grandfather, he finds himself immersed in a mysterious and magical world. Joshua’s grandfather is a Wisconsin Ojibwe Indian who, along with an array of quirky characters, runs a recreated sixteenth-century village for the tourists who visit the reservation. Joshua’s mother kept him from his Ojibwe heritage, so living on the reservation is liberating for him. The more he learns about Ojibwe traditions, the more he feels at home.

One Ojibwe legend in particular captivates him. Pukawiss was a powerful Manitou known for introducing dance to his people, and his non-traditional lifestyle inspires Joshua to embrace both his burgeoning sexuality and his status as an outcast. Ultimately, Joshua summons the courage necessary to reject his strict upbringing and to accept the mysterious path set before him.

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Review: Overall, this book is a fresh take on the world and how someone’s heritage takes part in their life. And as I read it, I wanted to know more. But the book clearly took care of my questions.

I loved this novel from the start to the end. I’m not one for digging into a character’s heritage and learning about that character’s life but this was beautiful. Joshua is one of those characters that stand out in a crowd and for good reasons. He has to face his mother and her strict Christian values and at the same time, he has his grandfather thrusting Ojibwe beliefs on him.

Another thing is how the story flows. The storyline is solid and to the point. It makes for a strong read and then some. The kind of novel that keeps you interested and doesn’t preach at you. I found this novel to keep me interested. I never saw a dry point in my opinion.

When I read, I found myself curious about the Objbwe tribe the novel managed to answer every last one of them. In the end, I was highly satisfied with the novel. Jay clearly knew what he was getting into when he wrote this novel and knew how it was going to end. He had a clear mind on this the whole time.

I would highly recommend this novel. Not just for the characters but also the strong story that makes the reader want to know more.

Kiss Me by Scarlet Blackwell

20681144Title: Kiss Me


Author: Scarlet Blackwell


Genre: Contemporary/Erotic Romance


Length: Novel (237 pages)


ISBN: 978-1-77111-813-2


Publisher: eXtasy Books (February 1st, 2014)


Heat Level: Explicit


Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts


Reviewer: Cat


Blurb:  Dexter is a rent boy falling for his new client. Logan is a homicide cop falling for his rent boy. Now madly in love, Logan discovers Dexter is dangerously in thrall to a gangster whose clutches he can’t escape. When the gangster finds out about the two of them, he targets Dexter’s friend in revenge. The quickest answer is a safe house, but how long will it be safe?


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Review: For those of you that have never read anything by Scarlet Blackwell, most of her stories a quite dark and Angsty, deal with at least one broken character usually both the hero and  main Character are broken or have a dark past, and the story is very suspenseful, sometimes dealing with touchy subject. I absolutely love her books, because I do love Angsty stories and touchy subjects.


Kiss me is very dark and Angsty, and a real page-turner. Be sure you figure how long it will take you to read it and clear your schedule, because you won’t want to put it down. I was biting my nails until the last word. The story has lots of suspense and moves fast with several twists and turns, a couple I didn’t see coming. Wow! It is about a high-class rent boy (Dexter), a cop (Logan) that didn’t like being touched and had some issues from his past, and of course being a gay cop, and a mobster (Ivan) that becomes infatuated and possessive of the rent boy. The story is written in first person, which is one of my favourite styles, since to me it really delves deep into the character. This one was only in Dexter’s view and the unique thing I found was it was as if Dexter was actually telling us his story. Occasionally he would ask us a question, such as “You’re probably thinking at this point that I used someone else to make me feel better, that those nights spent in bars were spent picking up ass, spent taking money for cheap sex which would only make me feel worse. Well, you’d be wrong. Not this time.” I felt as if I were right there with Dexter through it all and trust me there was a lot to go through.


Speaking of characters, I found them all very well-developed. You could tell easily who was speaking, and doing what, since each has their own distinctive personality. I liked Dexter a lot, though I have to say he grew on me. Logan, I don’t think I ever really fell in love with him. There were so many times I wanted to slap the crap out of him, and Dexter both. Daron I did like and felt so sorry for him. Ivan the mob boss, now he was evil and I really disliked him (aren’t we supposed to dislike the villains though?)


I know I went on and on but I could keep going. It was an awesome story with lots of twists and turns, some real nail-biting moments, some very touching ones( be sure to have tissues handy) and some very hot sex.


I highly recommend this if you like Angsty stories, broken men, a love that doesn’t come easily,  good friends, twists and turns, suspense and hot mansex( did I mention a cop in uniform and his nightstick*swoon*.

Vivaldi in the Dark by Matthew Metzger

20653514Title: Vivaldi in the Dark

Series:  N/A

Author: Matthew Metzger

Genre: Coming of Age/Coming Out/Young Adult

Length: Novel (296 pages)

Publisher: Queerteen Press (December 8th, 2013)

Heat Level: Mild

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Blurb: Out-and-regretting-it comprehensive attendee Jayden Phillips turns his cast-iron plans for life upside-down by falling in love with private-school violinist Darren Peace, a sardonic boy with the craziest hair Jayden’s ever seen.

But all is not what it seems, and Jayden’s bullying problem becomes meaningless when he is confronted with what the music does to Darren. How do you stop a dangerous depression rooted in the same thing that makes someone what they are? Dark moods, blank apathy, and the undertow of self-loathing all simmer beneath Darren’s dry and beautiful veneer and Jayden feel powerless to stop them.

Then a mugging gone wrong takes the music forcibly away, and Jayden is finally given the chance to change Darren’s life — and, quite literally, his mind.

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Reviewer:   GiGi

Review: This is a great YA read, about coming of age, sexual discovery and coming out. There is also so much more, including the topics of bullying and depression.

Jayden and Darren come into their relationship with different obstacles. Jayden has a couple supportive friends and a family that does not necessarily know about him being gay. They are otherwise very supportive and loving. His school life is made hell by constant bullying and his confidence in the matter is very lacking. Darren has a couple of great friends who suspect he might be gay, seems outwardly confident, defends Jayden against his bullies, has oodles of talent but a family that is cold and distant with high expectations. Both these boys feel the pressure, but are powerfully drawn to each other and let a slowly burning relationship build without too much sexual pressure. Their bond keeps growing and Jayden is excited but Darren has to disclose his serious bouts of depression. Is it too much for a young boyfriend to handle?

This book deals with the very serious issues of bullying and depression which all by themselves can be debilitating, add to that the pressures of coming out and your first fumbling sexual relationships. These topics are handled so well, and the young love between the two main characters taken seriously and treated delicately. Depression, which is such a vague term in reality, is handled so very well in this story. The description of the depression, the results of the “bad days” are felt in such a way as to make them feel real, not just words on a page but a weight on my chest. I’m very impressed with this young adult story.

The sexual encounters are vague but honest, and the two different family reactions to their gay sons are a great illustration of the choices individuals have to accept, or lose their children’s trust. I loved this book. There are some harrowing times, but one is left hopeful and excited for both main characters as they face these hurdles and leap forward into the future.

The Unwanted by Jeffrey Ricker

BSB-Unwanted_2Title: The Unwanted


Author: Jeffrey Ricker


Genre: Fantasy, Contemporary, Young Adult


Length: Novel (312 pages)


ISBN: 9781626390485


Publisher: Bold Stroke Books (18th March 2014)


Heat Level: Low


Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5 Hearts


Reviewer: Pixie


Blurb: Jamie Thomas has enough trouble on his hands trying to get through junior year of high school without being pulverized by Billy Stratton, his bully and tormentor. But the mother he was always told was dead is actually alive—and she’s an Amazon! Sixteen years after she left him on his father’s doorstep, she’s back—and needs Jamie’s help. A curse has caused the ancient tribe of warrior women to give birth to nothing but boys, dooming them to extinction—until prophecy reveals that salvation lies with one of the offspring they abandoned. Putting his life on the line, Jamie must find the courage to confront the wrath of an angry god to save a society that rejected him. 


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Review: Jamie has enough on his plate with Billy, the jock, bullying him at every turn, but now he has to deal with the mother he thought was dead turning up claiming she needs his help. Jamie isn’t sure what to believe… that his father has lied to him for sixteen years, that his mother really is an Amazon, that a prophecy says he will save his mother’s people or that there really is a winged horse eating the grass in the back yard!!! With strange things happening at school Jamie, along with Billy, and his best friend Sarah band together to face the wrath of a God.


Oh my, this is an incredible story that follows a young adult who discovers the truth of his parentage and discovers he will be the savior of an ancient race. Jamie is a wonderful sixteen-year-old boy who is being harassed and bullied at school; his bully is Billy a boy in his year who ends up being an important part of Jamie’s life. Discovering the truth about his mother leads to many more discoveries that have Jamie and Billy becoming close. And they begin an adventure that is fraught with danger.


The characters in this story are all brilliantly written, from the teenagers to the parents and from the power-hungry adults to the standoffish Gods who try to help, we are treated to an incredible cast. The storyline has everything you could want, it’s a blend of contemporary and fantasy with young love and filled with confusion, danger, power-hunger schemes and forgiveness. The writing is wonderful and flows smoothly, never lagging always leading us to the next scene perfectly. The story itself keeps you gripped as you wonder what will come next and it is never quite, what you expect.


I have to say that I loved this story. Watching as Jamie came out of his shell, the friendship/romance that develops between Jamie and Billy, the discoveries and plans, the grabbing hold of life and accepting the fate. After the final battle, I was both sad but hopeful and then I came to the end, and I have never before come across an ending that is both heart breaking and heart-warming before… I wanted to both cry and grin as I read the final pages. It truly was a bittersweet ending.  


I recommend this to those who love young adult stories, fantasy blended with contemporary, a blossoming young love, forgiving the past, accepting the future and a bittersweet ending that will have tears in your eyes even as you smile.


Bear, Otter, and the Kid by T.J. Klune ~ Audiobook

BearOtter&KidAudLGTitle: Bear, Otter, and the Kid

Series: Bear, Otter, and the Kid, #1

Author: TJ Klune

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Length: 12 hours and 19 minutes

Narrated by: Sean Crisden

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (6-1-12)

Heat Level: Mild

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 (I’d give this book 10 stars if I could!)

Reviewer: Tams

Blurb: Three years ago, Bear McKenna’s mother took off for parts unknown with her new boyfriend, leaving Bear to raise his six-year-old brother Tyson, aka the Kid. Somehow they’ve muddled through, but since he’s totally devoted to the Kid, Bear isn’t actually doing much living—with a few exceptions, he’s retreated from the world, and he’s mostly okay with that. Until Otter comes home.

Otter is Bear’s best friend’s older brother, and as they’ve done for their whole lives, Bear and Otter crash and collide in ways neither expects. This time, though, there’s nowhere to run from the depth of emotion between them. Bear still believes his place is as the Kid’s guardian, but he can’t help thinking there could be something more for him in the world… something or someone.

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Review: Derek McKenna, Bear, has essentially raised his little brother Tyson, the kid, alone for the last seven years. So when his mother abandons them to take off with her new boyfriend, relatively speaking, not much changes. He is completely devoted to the kid and would do anything, give up everything, to ensure they make it and stay together. He is surrounded by a close-knit group of family and friends that, to spite Bear’s best efforts to push them all away, rally to support Bear and the kid.

Oliver, Otter, is Bear’s best friend’s big brother. From the first day that Bear showed up on their doorstep, in a nervous flutter couldn’t quite get Oliver out, and dubbed him Otter, he has been in love with Bear. As the story progress’s you, get the impression that the feeling was mutual, but Bear is so screwed up emotionally from everything he’s had to endure in his life, that he refused to recognize those feelings. Regardless Bear, Otter and the kid form a bond that will eventually become a family.

There is a LOT of drama in this book. Bear and the kid have a lot of emotional baggage. Bear refers to them as earthquakes, and the only place they can find solace is in the bathtub. And little Ty has some serious separation anxiety stemming from their mother abandoning them. If Bear is five seconds late picking him up, the kid goes into a full on nuclear scale melt down. Bear’s best friend, soon to be ex girlfriend and elderly neighbour along with Otter round out this unconventional family and make for some very colourful secondary characters within the story.

This book made me laugh, cry, scream, jump up and down and smile. Very emotional, I was seriously exhausted at times keeping up with everything that was happening. But in a good way. The story definitely revolves around Bear, Otter and the kid; but the three secondary characters that are closest to them truly make them shine. The kid stole the show though. The eight year old vegetarian, eco terrorist in training, genius, possibly autistic with separation and anxiety issues. And poor Bear is so screwed up, he doesn’t know whether he should scratch his watch, or wind his butt! The glue that holds these two together is Otter, so they are a hot mess while Otter is gone. Bottom line, they put the fun in dysfunctional.

Narrated by Sean Crisden who did a great job of changing up his voice tone when the characters changed. It’s sometimes difficult when you have a child as a major character in a story for the narrator to appropriately capture that tone. Crisden did it though, and did it well. I loved everything about this book. I was shocked to learn this was Klune’s debut novel. So well written with flawless character development of deeply flawed characters. And the storyline was not only gripping, but also intriguing.

This is a must read! If you are riding the fence not wanting to read a traditional M/M romance, this just might be the perfect book for you. Yes, this is a gay love story, but there aren’t any full on extremely descriptive sex scenes. Oh there is sex all right, but it’s conveyed cautiously with passion, love and minimally. Yes, I recommend this book. In fact, I think I might give this book to all my friends for Christmas presents this year!

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

Forever with My Werewolf by Bronwyn Heeley

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Series: Moonlit Wolves, #2

Author: Bronwyn Heeley

Genre: Paranormal/ Werewolves

Length: Novella (98 Pages)

ISBN: 978-1-77111-815-6

Publisher: Extasy Books (February 15th, 2014)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5Hearts

Reviewer: Lisa

Blurb: Love is never simple-especially when you find out your lover is a werewolf.

Running away from his lover after he changed into a werewolf, Tim ended up kidnapped by a group of Hunters. Now it’s up to Colin to bring him back and make it all up to him. But will Tim be able to forgive him when Colin finally gets him back into his arms.

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Review: What would I do if I found out my lover was a werewolf? Probably exactly what Tim did when he found out the man he loved was one. Except making sure, there were no hunters around before I did it. I laughed at parts of this story because there was something about it that just called for it. There were parts though that you would want to cry at. It felt like Tim was rejecting Colin, but he was just not sure how to react. He didn’t know that in werewolf form, he was still Colin’s mate.

Colin had commitment issues, he loved his mate but was scared out of his mind thinking that Tim would hate him or leave him. Taking him out in the woods and basically showing him was not the best way to let Tim know what he was, and he has to learn to get over the fear he had put into his mate by his actions. However, they were mates and Tim did love Colin with all of his heart. It comes from true faith that one trusts another with all their secrets.

This story is absolutely amazing. It is part of a series and should be read in order though to get the full story about some of the characters. Colin and Tim had met when Tim was eyeballing him like he was a full dinner and dessert, which ended up with Tim falling head over heels literally. Colin had helped him home that day, and they were slowly learning about each other. Now they just had more secrets out there and more time to understand their love.

I would recommend this story to anyone who loves paranormals, shapeshifters, sexy men, and hot sex. It left me hanging at the end, and I cannot wait for book two to come out.

Double Full by Kindle Alexander

2940148821502_p0_v1_s260x420Title:  Double Full

Series:  A Nice Guy Novel, book #1

Author:  Kindle Alexander

Genre:   Contemporary Romance

Length:  Novel (275 pages)

Publisher:  The Kindle Alexander Collection (October 8th, 2013)

Heat Level:  Explicit

Heart Rating:  ♥♥♥♥♥5Hearts

Blurb:   Up and coming football hero, Colton Michaels, makes a Hail Mary pass one night in the college locker room that results in the hottest, sexiest five days of his young life. However, interference after the play has him hiding his past and burying his future in the bottom of a bottle. While Colt seems to have it all, looks can be deceiving, especially when you’re trapped so far in a closet that you can’t see your way out. When ten years of living his expected fast-lane lifestyle lands him engaged to his manipulative Russian supermodel girlfriend, he decides it’s time to call a new play.

Jace Montgomery single-handily built the largest all-star cheerleading gym in the world, driven by a need to forget a life-altering encounter with a handsome quarterback a decade ago. His reputation as an excellent coach, hard-nosed businessman, and savvy entrepreneur earned him respect in the sometimes-catty world of competitive cheerleading. When Jace learns of his ex-lover’s plans to marry, his heart executes a barrel roll and his carefully placed resolve tumbles down without a mat to absorb the shock. Can his island escape help him to finally let go of the past and move his life forward?

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Reviewer:   Tams

Review:  This book was intense, emotional, and passionate. From the opening scene in the locker room to the Hawaiian Islands to an impromptu wedding, Alexander manages to keep you on the edge of your seat from start to finish!

Colt Michaels is a painfully closeted pro football player. He’s lived the last ten years of his life in a drunken stupor attempting to drown out everyone and everything around him. He seems to have it all; money, power, success and a beautiful supermodel fiancé, but looks can be deceiving. Ten years ago, he took a chance and took what he wanted, Jace Montgomery. The two fell hard and fast for each other and Colt was determined to have his career and his man. Then Colt’s homophobic father found out and all hell broke loose. He walked away from Jace in order to protect him, but he’s never forgotten him, or the five magical days they spent in Hawaii.

Jace Montgomery has always been open about his sexuality. He’s made an extremely successful career for himself as an award-winning cheer instructor, and even has his own state of the art facility for training. Another man who seems to have it all, again, looks can be deceiving. Ten years ago, he gave his heart away, and it was shattered. The memories of Colt, high school and Hawaii are still very fresh and very painful. Roaming the internet one day he sees the house in Hawaii for sale and on a whim, he buys it. With the announcement of Colt’s wedding, Jace feels his heart breaking all over again and heads off to Hawaii to make some new memories.

In a story full of love, loss, heartbreak, drama, and passion, Colt and Jace will have to find their way back to each other if either of them stands a chance at happiness. But old threats are still looming in the shadows. A life threatening accident forces their hand and decisions that could have negative ramifications have to be made. Can Colt and Jace push through all the bullshit and find their happy ever after?

I loved everything about this book! Soul mates torn apart by a power-hungry and vindictive father, suffering a decade of misery and then finally finding their way back to each other. Colt really transformed from the person he was at the start to the person he became at the end. In the beginning, he was young, uncertain, and scared. But by the end, he was strong, fierce, and loyal. He was never a unlikeable character though. And Jace was always the strong one throughout. He had his moments of weakness here and there, but this just added to his depth and reliability.

If you like strong alpha males, soul mates and some extremely passionate guy/guy reads then you have to get a copy of Double Full, you will not be disappointed!



Loving the Astrophysicist by T.N. Tarrant

9fd9a46ea129da2e998176ccada560d7.image.300x450Title: Loving the Astrophysicist

Series: Sequel to The Absent-Minded Astrophysicist

Author: TN Tarrant

Genre: Contemporary

Length: Novel (247 pages)

Publisher: Silver Publishing (Sept 14th, 2013)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Reviewer: Cat

Blurb: Liam and Jareth have been married for eight years and want a child. They attempt adopting through agencies but have troubles. After time to recover, they proceed with a private adoption, bringing home a beautiful little girl, Carinae. Then things get really ugly.

Liam and Jareth have been married for eight years and realize they want a child. Things do not go very well when they try to adopt through agencies, with terrible accusations thrown at Jareth. After taking time to recover, they proceed with a private adoption, bringing home a beautiful little girl, Carinae. Then things get really ugly, endangering not only Liam’s life, but also Carinae’s.

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Review: This is a sequel to the absent-minded astrophysicist.  You don’t have to read both books as this one tells the backstory quite well but you will want to anyhow.

In this one, Jareth and Liam have been married a round six years and Jamie, Jareth’s brother, and his wife is having a baby. This gets Liam to wondering if Jareth wants children and sets a very wild string of events in motion.  Liam is so smart and always thinking about his work and things, he doesn’t pay attention and is very accident-prone. This causes some serious problems for their relationship and their quest to adopt a child.

One of my favourite things about this author is the ability to pull off such an extremely sweet love story without it feeling over the top. There is enough suspense, mystery, and twists that this sweetness acts as a buffer. A perfect blend of emotion. I love the attention to detail with each character and I also love the interaction of the pets.  There is a sweet little bonus at the end for all you slaves of cats.

I highly recommend this if you like a sweet loving romance, twists, ex-military man, security guards, scientists, babies and cats.

The Tin Box by Kim Fielding

TinBoxTitle: The Tin Box

Series:  N/A

Author: Kim Fielding

Genre: Contemporary/Coming Out

Length: Novel (210 pages)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (September 20th, 2013)

Heat Level:  Mild

Heart Rating:

Blurb: William Lyon’s past forced him to become someone he isn’t. Conflicted and unable to maintain the charade, he separates from his wife and takes a job as caretaker at a former mental hospital. Jelley’s Valley State Insane Asylum was the largest mental hospital in California for well over a century, but it now stands empty. William thinks the decrepit institution is the perfect place to finish his dissertation and wait for his divorce to become final. In town, William meets Colby Anderson, who minds the local store and post office. Unlike William, Colby is cute, upbeat, and flamboyantly out. Although initially put off by Colby’s mannerisms, William comes to value their new friendship, and even accepts Colby’s offer to ease him into the world of gay sex.

William’s self-image begins to change when he discovers a tin box, hidden in an asylum wall since the 1940s. It contains letters secretly written by Bill, a patient who was sent to the asylum for being homosexual. The letters hit close to home, and William comes to care about Bill and his fate. With Colby’s help, he hopes the words written seventy years ago will give him courage to be his true self..

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Reviewer:   GiGi

Review: Where to begin with this book? Well first, it’s not a titillating, exotic romance, but it is one of the best books I’ve read in months! The sexual tension is definitely there, but secondary to the main storyline. This book gives me a look into the world of psychiatric “treatment” before the science and human rights evolved to what we now recognize. The days, and sometimes this is still happening, when modern medicine thought that gay could be and should be cured. To think of the traumatic and cruel things that the Bill from the tin box letters, experienced against his will, because society’s definitions of mental illness and scientific treatment of the time allowed it. It’s terrifying! I like to skip blurbs when possible, and when I began this story, I thought immediately it would include a ghost in the big vacant mental hospital, and in a way, it did. The ghost of medical practices past haunting us today. The stories that William uncovered about how many of the mental patients including Bill, held against his own will, endured horrifying acts, are tragic and a sad loss. This sacrifice, and loss by the Bill of the past, gives William the realization that even though his life has been hard, his family turned against him, his marriage failed, and he was exposed to “cure” treatments, he still has opportunities that Bill never had. Opportunities he was wasting, hiding away by himself.
When first introduced to the character of Cody I thought, oh, boy here we go, stereotypical twink. But the author did such a good job of digging deeper and exposing this very experienced, and even world-weary man’s deeper side. It was also touching to show his vulnerability in an otherwise strong and outgoing personality.

The book is well written, the plot moves along at a quick pace, the situations are believable, and there were moments of cringe-worthiness, heart pounding lust, tears, frustration, fear, repulsion, and at last a HEA that was warm and fuzzy but so well deserved. The ending was not just for the main characters but also for the ghost of Bill, comfort for the dead. A wonderful book and a highly recommended read. I’ll be searching for Kim Fielding’s entire backlist now!

Fighting for Hope by Serena Yates

16168329Title: Fighting for Hope (2nd edition), 

Series:  Modern Battles, Book #1

Author: Serena Yates

Genre: Contemporary

Length:  Novel (240 pages)

Publisher:Dreamspinner Press (August 2nd 2013) (first published March 3rd 2012)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Reviewer: Cat

Blurb:Eccentric Sir Malcolm Witherspoon has bequeathed a rare piece of land to the Oxford Hospital Trust with only one stipulation: it must become the site for a new medical center. Unfortunately, he left the details unwritten. Now, several hospital departments are fighting to get their visions approved by the Appropriations Committee. Head of Pediatrics Dr. Grayson Burrows believes the land should be used to build a new children’s hospital. Oncologist Dr. James Pearson is certain a cancer research center will do the most good. 

It’s a battle neither wants to lose.

Soon, their professional integrity is on the line, and they don’t see eye to eye on medical care: Grayson thinks a holistic approach is optimal, while James knows logical trial and error works best. But when they’re tasked with obtaining the hospital board’s approval for their respective proposals, their personal attraction threatens to take over, making them behave in an entirely unprofessional way. As the deadline looms on the committee’s decision, both Grayson and James must reevaluate their priorities or neither doctor will get what he wants.

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Review: James comes to Britain to help get a theoretic research facility. There is only one spot and several departments trying to get it. He meets Grayson, the head of the children’s department and feels a strong attraction for him immediately. He has been hurt before and stays busy so he isn’t hurt again. They have so much in common personally but James bases everything on logic and Grayson is full if heart and believes in holistic medicine. Can they keep their professional and personal lives separate?

Wow! Wow! Wow! This is absolutely beautiful. This story is heartfelt, deep, loving, sensual, sexy, and sweet. I think this is one of the most romantic stories I’ve read in a while. Both characters are very loving, caring, sweet men with deep convictions. The storyline is also poignant on both the romantic and professional fronts. It has a lesson in fighting for what you believe in and trust. The sex is so sensual, and sexy. The description in this story is over the top though down to telling which and is used to do what motion, and tiniest details are given, but I love that, for some it could be too much, but not for me. Oh, wow is there a shocking twist that is unbelievable, I bawled my eyes out!

I highly recommend this story to anyone that loves a good romance, a poignant story with great detail, lots of twists and turns, a tearjerker, and a sweet happy ending with yet another surprise.


The Unwanted series 1-4 by Westbrooke Jameson

Westbrooke UnwantedSeries: The Unwanted


Book 1 Shannon’s Solace. Length Short (38pgs)

Book 2, Derek’s Bliss. Length Short (30pgs)

Book 3, Joel’s Protection. Length Short (45pgs)

Book 4, Ambrosia’s Worth. Length Short (32pgs)

** Note that book 5 is due out in July and at that time Jameson is going to combine all 5 books into one, The Unwanted. **


Author:  Westbrooke Jameson

Genre:   M/M and Alien Romance, Kink, Transgender

Publisher:  Westbrooke Jameson (Various Dates)

Heat Level:  Explicit

Heart Rating:  ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb:   Three years ago, a race of aliens called Narsoreal made contact and gained asylum on Earth. In exchange for technology and medical advancements, the United States government allows the Narsoreal to collect and bond with the country’s “unwanted” citizens. In one city, a Narsoreal bond-matcher has set his sights on a small band of male and female prostitutes in desperate need of salvation. Each of the five has unique needs, but it just might be that there is a Narsoreal ready and willing to meet every one of them.

Shannon’s Solace: Every day is a struggle for survival, and Shannon often feels like everything is out of his control. He longs for someone to come into his life and offer him some peace, be the one he can lean on, and maybe someday forgive him his past and love him anyway.

Derek’s Bliss: His every breath a struggle, Derek attempts to live out the remainder of his life with some measure of dignity while also preparing his little family of misfits for a time when he won’t be there for them. Then the alien bond-matcher who swept Shannon off his feet has a proposal for Derek: Bonded Narsoreal have been known to cure their matches of just about everything. Is Derek willing to bond with an alien to save his own life?

Joel’s Protection: The baby of the family at just eighteen, Joel feels useless, adrift, and like everyone’s the boss of him. He jumps at the chance to match with his fairytale prince and live happily ever after. But though he’s matched just like Shannon and Derek, Joel is still treated like a directionless kid. An opportunity for a hot public display of affection during a party just might guarantee that no one will ever think Joel’s a kid from now on. He just has to step up and take one more chance.

Ambrosia’s Worth: Ambrosia is all woman despite being genetically male. She likes who she is, how she looks, and she’s not changing for any man. Not even for an alien who’s supposed to love her forever—if that’s even real. To save herself from being alone and sinking even farther down the poverty line, Ambrosia consents to a match…only to have him turn tail and run at the sight of her. Proven right again about love being the real fairytale here, she decides to live a great life one her own. But then he comes back, determined to make their connection work, and Ambrosia has to decide if her stubborn pride is more important than maybe—just maybe—falling in love.

AUTHOR’S NOTE: This is the first story in a 5-part series available individually and as a whole sold under the title “The Unwanted” which will be available by the end of 2013. Reading each story in order is recommended.

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Reviewer:   Tams

Review:  Living on the fringes of society, they are ‘The Unwanted’ and this is their story.

This series is centered around an unusual group of friends that consider themselves a family.  And an alien race, Nasoreal, that have taken solace on our planet. The aliens traveled light years from their planet to ours because they were gay and thus not allowed to bond on their planet. They are allowed to look for a bond mate among earths unwanted and forgotten members of society in exchange for their knowledge and medicines that can cure most human diseases.

Shannon aka Shots, is a gay male prostitute that sells himself in order to provide for himself and his family. One of his clients turns out to be not only a Narsoreal, but the one that is in charge of matching bond mates. Alimund is immediately taken with Shannon and knowing they are a match, he begins the bonding process. Will Shannon accept the bond, or reject Alimund and the prospect of a life where he doesn’t have to turn tricks to put food on the table?

Derek, the head of this family of misfits, is dying. He has VIS one of the few diseases that the Nasoreal were not able to provide a cure for. While attempting to secure a residence for his family he was raped by the previous owner, thus contracting the disease. When Alimund meets Derek he brings him back to his home with the hopes of finding him a Nasoreal mate that can possibly prolong his life through the bond. Enter Joss. The tall, dark and handsome alien that is the angel of Derek’s dreams.

Joel is the baby of the family. Everything that Shannon and Derek have done is to protect and shelter him, to ensure he would never have to endure the pain they have on the streets. The elder men can’t move forward with their bond mates unless they are assured that the rest of their family will be given the opportunity as well. Alimund has found Joel’s match, a gentle giant. Joel quickly learns that not only does he like to watch, but he likes to be watched as well.

Ambrosia is a full on diva bitch wrapped up in a man’s body! Derek, Shannon and Joel have to all but twist her arm, but she finally concedes and comes to Alimunds home so she can meet her match. Things don’t go quite so smoothly this time around when a gay alien that has traveled a long way to be able to mate with a man thinks he’s been mated with a woman. I really don’t recommend pissing off the diva, but that is exactly what Ambrosia’s mate does. Her fight or flight instinct kicks in and she is going to make a run for it. Unless her intended pulls his head out of his ass.

I love the concept of the world in these stories. It’s so commonplace in our society to put labels on people like ‘unwanted’ and assume they don’t deserve anything. It was such fun to read each installment and see the relationships unfold then grow. My favorite part was Alimunds key to knowing who was bonded, through the eyes. I’ve always said the eyes are the window to the soul, so I like Jameson’s twist on soul mates in this story. I also liked the transformations that a couple of the aliens took on to please their mate.

I highly recommend this series of short stories. Jameson is descriptive not only with the sex (which is hot, steamy, passionate and sometimes corny, but good) but with each character and their story. How they got where they are and how they are overcoming it. My personal favorite so far is Joel’s story, but I can’t wait for the final installment, Renzo’s Redemption in July!

Purpose by Andrew Q. Gordon

PurposeLGTitle: Purpose

Author: Andrew Q. Gordon

Genre: Science Fiction/Other Paranormal, Suspense

Length: Novel Plus (270pgs)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (21st June 2013)

Heat Level: Low

Heart: ♥♥♥♥♥4 ½ Hearts

Reviewer: Pixie

Blurb: Forty years ago the Spirit of Vengeance—a Purpose—took William Morgan as its host, demanding he avenge the innocent by killing the guilty. Since then, Will has retreated behind Gar, a façade he uses to avoid dealing with what he’s become. Cold, impassive, and devoid of emotion, Gar goes about his life alone—until his tidy, orderly world is upended when he meets Ryan, a broken young man cast out by his family. Spurred to action for reasons he can’t understand, Gar saves Ryan from death and finds himself confronted by his humanity.

Spending time with Ryan helps Will claw out from under Gar’s shadow. He recognizes Ryan is the key to his reclaiming his humanity and facing his past. As Will struggles to control the Purpose, Ryan challenges him to rethink everything he knew about himself and the spirit that possesses him. In the process, he pushes Will to do something he hasn’t done in decades: care.

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Review: Will/Gar has spent the last forty years exacting vengeance on the guilty for the innocents they have killed. His Purpose, Vengeance, demands it as payment for strength, youth, and mental powers. Vengeance: an entity that feeds on the souls of the guilty. When Gar meets Ryan, he begins to lose the cold shell he has encased himself in and Will begins to emerge, emotions and feelings he hasn’t felt in years shock him, so what is it about Ryan that has drawn Will out of his long sleep. Ryan has been cast out by his family and meets Gar, not quite sure what to make of the man, getting to know Gar and the real man behind the façade, Will, leads to Ryan discovering something about himself that he finds a hard time getting his head around. Ryan challenges Will to rethink what his Purpose wants, but when the FBI get involved Ryan might be in more danger than ever before.

This is a brilliant, unique, slightly dark, gritty story that you just can’t put down. Will was taken as a host by an entity nearly forty years ago, since then he has buried himself beneath a cold emotionless façade, Gar, to carry out the vengeance that he has been called to do. When Gar meets Ryan, there is something about the young man who calls to him and Will begins to re-emerge. Ryan is confused by Will but can’t help falling for the man who saved his life, but when he discovers what his Purpose requires he asks if there is another way to give it what it wants. Things get more complicated when Will tries to discover what it is about Ryan that ease’s him, and then Will discovers he is being tracked by an overzealous FBI agent who will stop at nothing to get Will.

I have to admit to being dragged into this story from the very first page; the opening scenes grip you as it leads you straight into meeting Gar and his Purpose Vengeance. As we progress through the book, we can see the changes in Gar/Will as Ryan breaks through his shell. We see Will, a man who buried his emotions to dull the pain of loss, still getting to grips with his Purpose and evolving his relationship with the entity and finally beginning to understand just what the entity needs and requires. With Ryan you see a man who still has a long way to go before he is confident and secure, but also someone who will sulk and act like a brat when he doesn’t get his own way, which causes problems for Will.

The police and FBI angle was really good and while Will is willing to bargain with Detective Griffin, he wants nothing to do with Agent Barrington, these are aspects of the story you do not want to miss. The characters bring this story alive giving us a darkish gritty story of vengeance and justice. There are entities from other planes, the innocent demanding vengeance, justice, and revenge, the guilty paying for their crimes and two men feeling an instant connection and finding more in common than they thought.

This isn’t a book to miss if you want a unique storyline, great characters, vengeance galore, confusion, love, and a brilliant ending. 




Between Good & Evil by L.M. Brown

BetweenGoodandEvil400x600Title: Between Good & Evil

Series: Heavenly Sins 02

Author: L.M. Brown

Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal

Length: Novel Plus (320pgs)

Publisher: Silver Publishing (13th July 2013)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥4 ½ Hearts

Reviewer: Pixie

Blurb: Tristan’s demonic bargain and the repercussions following his decision to enter into it could tear apart forever the ménage he and his angel and demon lovers have formed.

Tristan, Machidiel, and Alastor are bound together by love, but their lives are running far from smoothly thanks to Tristan’s demonic bargain with an incubus. Tristan has two choices, remain with the incubus as his trainee or find a mortal to take his place. Neither choice is appealing.

The three lovers struggle to release Tristan from his bargain, only to find bigger problems on the horizon when a human caught up in the mess is taken prisoner by the Demon King himself, with repercussions that could tear their ménage apart forever.

CONTENT ADVISORY: This title contains a cliffhanger ending and continues in book 3, Between Life & Death.

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Review: This story is part of a series and must be read in order. Tristan, Machidiel (Mac) and Alastor might love each other, but the repercussions from Tristan becoming an incubus is much more far-reaching than any of them thought. Trying to find a way out of Tristan’s bargain isn’t going well and when Tristan needs help during his training, he pulls an innocent into his problems and leads him to danger. With a dream demon playing games with their dreams and an innocent suffering because of Tristan’s choices, Tristan, Mac and Alastor have to face their past to move forward. But, it just might tear them apart.

“God damn you, L.M. Brown. You should be devising torture in Hell.” those were my first thoughts when I finished this book, and they were also my second and third thoughts as well…. My fourth thought was ‘where does she live?’, because I want that third book now! Tristan, Mac and Alastor are moving into a new home, but their happiness is tinged with the awareness of Tristan’s deal with Lawrence. Tristan’s first training session doesn’t go well and the repercussions are far-reaching with their repeated combined lives in the past being revealed and the truth of Alastor’s past being revealed.

This is a great story that will pull you every which way, as you follow the angel, demon and incubus as they try to sort out their problems. Tristan’s actions are what resound throughout this story. Everything he does seems to have devastating consequences. Mac has problems of his own, as Raphael tries to convince him Alastor isn’t worthy of his time. Alastor has his past shown to him, after being plagued by nightmares and the truth of his long forgotten actions affect his relationship. This is definitely a rollercoaster ride, as you cheer for their love and then doubt their actions. At one point, you want to smack the crap out of Tristan, as he walks away from the mess he makes and you pity Alastor, as he still doubts his place in the relationship. We are given insight into others actions and we are given a very surprising twist. We are also left with the big question of just what Tristan, Alastor and Mac are going to do now.

I have to recommend this to those who love angels, demons and incubus getting it on, if you adore conflict and arguments, if you love surprising twists at the last-minute and you love cliffhanger endings that leave you panting for more.   

Burning It Down by Christopher Koehler

BurningItDownLGTitle: Burning It Down

Series: CalPac Crew, #3  

Author: Christopher Koehler 


Genre: Contemporary

Length: Novel (284 pages)  


Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (December 7th, 2012)


Heat Level: Explicit 


Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5- OMG Hearts


Blurb: When newly promoted Fire Battalion Chief Owen Douglas skips out on physical therapy after an on-the-job injury, his one-time hookup, Brad Sundstrom, bullies him into joining the adaptive rowing program at the Capital City Rowing Club. There, Owen meets Adam Lennox, a veterinarian and former rower who also works as a volunteer. Adam is new in town and eager to make friends, but the chemistry between him and Owen is blistering.


Despite Owen’s commitment issues, he wants more this time. He makes a move, and the friendship he shares with Adam turns into more. But Adam hasn’t left his past as far behind as he thought. When his abusive ex-boyfriend, Jordan Sanders, returns, Adam and Owen find themselves in grave danger.


Jordan won’t let anything stop him from getting Adam back – not even a court order. Soon Adam has to choose between breaking up with Owen to save him from Jordan’s fury or risk both their lives to stay by Owen’s side.


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Reviewer: Patrick


Review: This story has a lot to say. There is a battered gay man, Adam the veterinarian, who finally has the courage to leave his boyfriend Jordan and start over in a new town in a new practice. Then there is Owen, the newly promoted Battalion Chief who is receiving shit for the promotion, not only because he is rather young for the job, but also because he is openly gay. Owen is on his way to a fire being driven by his driver in the Chief’s vehicle and are broadsided by a fire engine killing the driver and injuring Owen so much so to the point he requires surgery to put him back together. Driven by guilt over the death of his driver and his own injuries, physical therapy and self-pity he is finally bullied into joining a local rowing team that is focused on physical therapy. There he meets Adam and the sparks are instantaneous.

Adam meeting Owen is not just a miracle for him, but also a wake-up call. He doesn’t know how to love, not to mention, he doesn’t even know what love is. Can he fall for Owen and safely give him his heart without being taken advantage of? Owen and Adam help rebuild each other’s lives and being there for one another. In the end, Adam is just a little too weak and unable to trust in Owen completely to be by his side and work it out together, leaving him and going back to his abusive ex-boyfriend.


Owen is devastated until his friends give him a mental bitch slap and make him get back on track and fight for what he loves. That he does and in the end, not only do they put an end to the terror together, but also they finally are able to meld together as one couple with a soul-mates bond.


This story from beginning to end is just beautiful and frustrating all in one. I wanted to rail at Owen and Adam both and tell them to stop fucking around and just get one with life. However, I remembered that this is basically, what happens in real life. You have to work through the stupid in the beginning usually just to get to the juicy meat of real life and love underneath. I would LOVE to see a sequel to this story. Fantastic job!!

Destiny by Jamie Mayfield

WaitingForForever2DestinyLGTitle:  Destiny

Series:  Waiting on Forever, Book #2

Author:  Jamie Mayfield

Genre:   Young Adult

Length:  Novel (310 pages)

Publisher:  Dreamspinner Press (July 4th 2013)

Heat Level:  Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5Hearts

Blurb:   San Diego is so much more than Brian McAllister ever expected. He’s found friends, acceptance, encouragement, and an entire world of sexual adventure he never dared to imagine back in his little Alabama town. The only thing missing is Jamie. Encouraged by new friends Mike and Emilio, Brian builds a life for himself, haunted by a beaten and bruised boy no one seems to want to help.

Dumped into gay rehab, blond-haired fallen angel Jamie Mayfield has been shunned by his parents and forced to find his own way. When Brian McAllister, the other half of his ravaged heart, explodes back into his precarious life, Jamie is astonished and dismayed. In the two years they’ve been apart, not a day has gone by that he hasn’t longed for Brian. How can Jamie protect Brian from the pain and brutalization of his life when he can’t even protect himself?

Brian and Jamie put every bit of themselves into saving each other, but obstacles keep them apart. Jamie’s own self-hatred may prove to be their undoing.

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Reviewer:   Tams

Review:  This story is part of a series and is best-enjoyed if read in order.This book picks up right where Choices, book one, left off. This is not a series where you can just jump in, I strongly suggest that you read the first book before you read this book or you won’t understand the characters and see the beauty of their relationship prior to reading where they are right now.

Brian has left his home and traveled to San Diego to find Jamie. What each of them find in California is so vastly different, and yet, shockingly similar. Brian found a boarding house full of other young gay men. He got a job and made friends, he’s safe. The only thing missing is Jamie. When he’s lain off, he refuses to admit his failure and go back home, not to mention he still hasn’t found Jamie. A friend in the house suggests gay porn as an easy way to make money. Reluctant at first, Brian finally gives in and applies for the job. The last thing he expected to find on a porn set was the first thing he came to California for, Jamie.

Jamie wasn’t quite as lucky as Brian was when he escaped the gay rehab center his mother condemned him to. The first person he meets and becomes friends with is brutally murdered, and in his grief, Jamie lands right in the hands of a sadistic sexual predator. Steven is emotionally and physically abusive in addition to getting Jamie addicted to drugs and making him do porn to pay his drug debt. He tells Jamie he loves him and he will keep him safe, but his love and safety come with a very high price, one Jamie might not survive.

I have a love/hate relationship with this book. I LOVE the love story of Brian and Jamie! I love Mayfield’s style of writing and the way he conveys the emotional and physical connection these two share with the reader. They actually make love on a porn shoot, surrounded by people and cameras, and Mayfield maintains the connection that is just them. I HATE the abuse Jamie has to endure! First from the one person that is supposed to love him regardless, unconditionally, his own mother. Then at the gay rehab center by delusional morons, and finally from Steven.

To spite the heavy seriousness of this series, Mayfield has my attention. I am emotionally invested in these characters and their journey. He is just that good. I cannot wait for the final installment to this trilogy and I highly recommend these books. Again, they are intense and graphic, but you can feel the love there as well. Mayfield shows both sides of the coin that is being gay and either accepted or denied by the people you love and trust. Brian’s adopted parents love him completely and there is nothing he could do to change that. Even Porn, they express their disappointment but adamantly maintain their unconditional love. Jamie’s parents dumped him off at a gay rehab center like an unwanted animal at the pound. It’s heartbreaking.

Just a reminder, read book 1, Choices, first if you haven’t yet and I promise you’ll be hooked with Brian, Jamie, their story, their struggle to just be together, and the obstacles they face along the way. (

The Way You Say by Dar Mavison

TheWayYouSayLgTitle:  The Way You Say

Author:  Dar Mavison

Genre:  Contemporary

Length:  Novel (230 pages)

Publisher:  Dreamspinner Press (January 10, 2011)

Heat Level:  Explicit

Heart Rating:  ♥♥♥♥♥5 Hearts

Blurb:  Australian adventurer Adam Yager arrives in Athens for a conference and meets a colleague from the past: Dmitri Pryce, a brilliant archaeologist, a charming individual, and a beautiful man. Adam has never found a man beautiful before, not like this, and between remembrances of the dig in Tanzania four years ago and talk of more recent work, Adam does his best to keep his arousal hidden… until he blurts out his admiration for the way Dmitri says the word “ass.” And once Adam’s said it out loud, it’s too late to take it back.

Dmitri remembers lusting after Adam four years ago with painful clarity, but he made himself get over his crush and accept Adam’s friendship at face value. Now, as a documentary of the dig they both worked on is about to be released to the public, Adam clearly wants more, but Dmitri believes their opportunity to have passed. Except Adam is unwilling to miss this once in a lifetime chance to really get to know Dmitri and explore the passion they both feel.

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Reviewer:  Adrienne

Review:  I loved this book. Mavison has the perfect level of plot- and character-building to make Adam and Dmitri’s story both believable and captivating. Both men are actually interesting, their motivations are clear, their actions make sense, and they’re just fun to read about. Even the flashbacks to when they had worked together before were well-placed and made sense.

Given his personality, the early internal struggle Adam faces, being bewildered by his attraction to another man, is very well done, as is his reaction to that attraction. Dmitri is also a bit hesitant, because he is also convinced Adam is straight. His assertions that he wants to be close to Adam, like a brother, are cute, but a little bit over-played. The little surprise of bedroom roles, once they began acting on their mutual attraction, is fun and their reactions add a bit of depth to both men.

The second half of the book does have is a bit more emphasis on the actual sex, but I think that makes sense in the situation, and with their assertions that this relationship is merely burning off a mutual lust by the time their conference is over. Despite its relative prominence, the sex is balanced with Adam and Dmitri getting reacquainted, learning who they are now, and self-reflection.

I like that The Way You Say is not a total HEA, with everything wrapped up neatly and prettily, mainly because it adds to the over all feeling that these are real people, with real lives. It doesn’t hurt that it gives the option for Mavison to bring these characters back a bit later in their lives…


The only thing I’m a bit bummed about is this is Mavison’s most recent book, and the only book that is not part of an anthology. I want more.

Hell's End by Ally Blue

41439Title: Hell’s End

Series: Hellscape 01

Author: Ally Blue

Genre: Science Fiction

Length: Super Novel (292pgs)

Publisher: Samhain Publishing (21st May 2013)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5 Hearts

Reviewer: Pixie

Blurb: Rebellion, war and survival. Love’s a bitch.

Tuck’s a Gutter, one of a gang of violent orphans running level thirty-six of Hell’s End, the solar system’s outermost space station. There’s only one way out of this brotherhood of blood—grow up and be killed and eaten by other Gutters.

Tuck barely escapes his death sentence, only to fall prey to the powerful L’arisian family. Rescue from a L’arisian whorehouse never happens, but rescued he is, and by Gov soldiers no less. Alone among the enemy, Tuck trusts only one person—the man who risked everything to pluck him to safety.

Ivan’s a soldier. No more, no less. But the disquieting things he learns about the Government’s plans for the Gutter kid have him doing the one thing a soldier shouldn’t do. Think about doing what’s right instead of what he’s told. All for a guy he can’t get out of his head.

Getting involved in a rebellion that might get them killed is a problem. Falling in love? That’s a disaster in the making.

This book contains rebels, spies, soldiers, bad guys, love, sex, betrayal, fights to the death, and robot spiders. Really.

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Review: Hell’s End is a war field. Between the Gov and the families fighting for control, it’s a fight for survival every day. Tuck is a Gutter, one of the many children who band together to stay alive. But life expectancy is short. If you live past 18/19 years old and the Gov and families don’t get you, then the other Gutters will. Tuck’s time has run out and when he outruns the Gutters, his problems have only just begun. Ivan is a Gov soldier and when he is ordered to rescue a kid from one of the families’ whorehouses, his suspicions are aroused. Just what is so special about a Gutter kid that the Gov would pull off a daring rescue? Discovering the truth, Ivan sets out to do what is right. Getting involved with the rebellion may get them both killed, but falling in love gives them something to live for.

Oh. My. God. hold on to your seat because this ride is about to get bumpy. Tuck lives on level thirty-six of Hell’s End. That level belongs to the Gutters. Children abandoned throughout the station are taken in by older children and they survive by any means necessary and if you get older or slow down, then you make a tasty meal for the rest of the Gutters. Tuck’s time has come and when he manages to escape, he ends up being caught by one of the families. And being rescued isn’t something he even imagined. Being rescued by the Gov is a disaster and when Ivan comes to him with a warning; it draws both of them into Gov secrets that the Gov don’t want discovered. Ivan and Tuck are drawn together in hard times, developing feelings that could be used against them. But, their feelings won’t be ignored, and can they save each other while fighting against the Gov?

*Squeal* This book grips you by the throat from the first page, and as a warning if you have a delicate stomach there are times when it will churn. The setting in this book is brutal. It is a fight for survival. There aren’t many levels where the brutality doesn’t reach, and even the levels that should be safe have hidden dangers. The characters are varied, but each has the underlying need for survival. Ivan and Tuck may come from completely different levels, but there is a spark between them that is rough and needy and their love doesn’t come easy or wrapped in a pretty package. Their love develops during harsh times, while they are digging and delving in places better left alone.

The storyline is a twisting maelstrom. We discover the Gov’s dark secrets, and the lengths they will go to get their way. But, as we are drawn in further, the depths of the Gov’s duplicity are revealed. The background settings are brilliantly written. The backdrop stands out against the story that is being played out and the characters add the life and danger that lingers all over Hell’s End. Should I tell you about the spider robots? Nah, I think that is an experience you should discover for yourself. Should I describe the rolling street battles? Now, where would be the fun in that? Should I tell you more about the Gutters… the scariest group of all? I wouldn’t want to ruin your revulsion or the kindling seeds of pity.           

If you want a science fiction story that is brutal and gritty, that has danger and excitement, that will turn your stomach, that has love and hope, a brilliant storyline and the beginnings of a happily ever after, then this story is for you.

Love is Blindness by Sean Michael

loveisblindnessTitle:  Love is Blindness

Series:  N/A

Author:  Sean Michael

Genre:   Erotic Romance

Length:  Novella (60 pages)

Publisher:  All romance eBooks (February 13th, 2010)

Heat Level:  Explicit

Heart Rating:  ♥♥♥♥♥5Hearts

Blurb:   Love at first sight…

Young, cool, laid back professor Kieran is totally captivated by the blind and beautiful Lucien.

Lucien has been around a long time, but he is equally caught by Kieran’s sensuality. He believes Kieran might be the man he wishes to spend the rest of eternity with.

Lucien’s blindness doesn’t turn Kieran off, but will his secret?

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Reviewer:   Tams

Review:  It is a wonderful thing when an author is able to strip a character of one of their basic senses, and yet still completely convey a full array of emotions from that character. That is what Michael does with Lucien.

Lucien is a blind, gay vampire. Having lost his sight not long after he was turned, he’s had to learn to rely on his other senses. Kieran is a college professor that Lucien stumbles upon one night at a poetry reading. It’s obvious immediately that Lucien is gay, but it takes a little longer for Kieran to realize he’s blind. He quickly learns that it’s not a disability though…at least not for Lucien. What he lacks in vision, he makes up for in touch. He plays Kieran’s body like a violin, tweaking every sound, every emotion, and every tingle with the tips of his fingers.

After a couple of very intense nights of sensually passionate trysts, Lucien decides that Kieran is the one he wants to spend eternity with. But, eternity is very long time. If Kieran believes his story, believes what Lucien tells him he is, will he want to spend eternity with him?

This book should be sold with a fan! The sensuality and passion jump off the pages. I was a little disappointed that we got a glimpse into Lucien’s past, but nothing into Kieran’s. My major complaint was the story was way too short. I could take a full-length novel with these two characters. If you are looking for a short, sexy read with some guy on guy action that will make your toes curl…this is the book for you!