Left in the Darkness by Stephani Hecht

Title:  Left in the Darkness

Series:  Haven Coffee House Boys #2

Author:  Stephani Hecht

Genre:   Young Adult

Length:  73 Pages

Publisher:  Devine Destinies (June 1st, 2012)

Heat Level:  Low

Heart Rating:  ♥♥♥♥4Hearts

Blurb:   While mostly physically healed from a gay bashing that almost left him dead, Taylor is still an emotional mess. Not only does he have to deal with the fact that his own brother was one of the attackers, but Taylor has been disowned by his father as well. The only bright spot in Taylor’s life is his small group of friends, but even they have their own issues. Christian is now angry all the time. James is having to deal with his own homophobic father. Devlin is wondering if he’ll ever be able to measure up to other’s expectations. Worst of all, Andy seems to be walking down a path that will only lead to his destruction. Can the Haven Coffee House Boys overcome all their obstacles? Or will the darkness overcome them?

Product Link:  http://www.extasybooks.com/left-in-the-darkness-5/

Reviewer:   John

Review:  Left in the Darkness is the second installment of Haven Coffee House Boys series by Stephani Hecht. The first novel, if you have not read it, focuses on Christian, Taylor, Devlin, Andy and James as they try their best to overcome the bullying that Taylor endures at home and school. At the end of the first novel, we see that Christian and Taylor suffered a brutal attack by Tommy, Taylor’s twin brother, and a group of jocks. Taylor got the worst of the attack and ends up pretty bad.

Left in the Darkness deals with the aftermath of the attack as the Haven Coffee House Boys try their best to piece their lives back together. Taylor moves in with Christian, Christian deals with his mixed emotions, James with his homophobic father, Devlin with his insecurities over his relationship with Christian, and Andy with the lack of attention. Each storyline develops as the book progresses and the cliffhanger at the end leaves you wanting more. That’s the only negative thing about the book, the dreaded cliffhanger.

Stephani Hecht did an impeccable job when piecing this story together since it is full of friendship, drama, love, and suspense. I cannot wait for the third book in this amazing series where we will find out what happened to Andy and what will happen to the Haven Coffee House Boys as their lives shift and turn for the better or worse.

Clean Living by Derek Adams

Title:  Clean Living

Author:  Derek Adams

Genre:   Erotica

Length:  16 pages (122 KB)

Publisher:   eXtasy books (December 1, 2011)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating:  ♥♥2Hearts

Blurb:   Joel’s new boss advocates celibacy for his employees. Joel is totally cool with it…until a friend tells him what it means.

Joel’s new boss founded the ‘Clean Living’ movement to promote healthy living through celibacy, which Joel thinks is totally cool until a friend tells him what it means. Mr. Jeffers is also a stickler for hygiene – especially Joel’s—and his approach always includes a hands-on demonstration. Still, the job is easy and the pay is good, so who…or what…is a guy to do?

Product Link:  http://www.extasybooks.com/clean-living-4/

Reviewer:   Artemis

Review:   Joel has started working for the ‘Clean Living’ movement and his new boss Mr. Jeffers is meticulous about cleanliness.  He insists on celibacy and frequent hands on inspections to make sure that Joel is keeping himself scrupulously clean.  Since Joel is a fairly clean sort of guy, this doesn’t really worry him too much until he starts getting excited about Mr. Jeffer’s inspections.    Turns out, Mr. Jeffer’s celibacy requirement only goes for intercourse with the opposite sex.  That means Joel is fair game for his bosses sexy advances.

This is a very short book…only 16 pages…so there isn’t a lot of time to really get to know the characters too well.  It is pretty obvious that Joel is not all that bright or experienced when it comes to sex.  Mr. Jeffers is definitely a clean-cut and very determined man who has his sights set on his young and very attractive employee.

The writing isn’t really my style….the author gets the point across in a very blunt way, leaving very little to the imagination.  I think the story could have been told just as well with a little bit more finesse.  There is a certain amount of buildup and exploration but the majority of the story is some fairly graphic sex.  If that is what you are looking for in a story, than this would be a good choice.

Light Outside the Closet by Stephani Hecht

Title:  Light Outside the Closet

Series:  Haven Coffee House Boys

Author:  Stephani Hecht

Genre:   YA LGBT, Contemporary

Length:  Novella

Publisher:  Extasy Books (March 1, 2012)

Heat Level:  Low

Heart Rating:  ♥♥♥♥♥5Hearts

Blurb:   Sometimes the dark feels safer than the light.

Being a gay teen is hard enough, but when Christian’s strict father is transferred to a different city and Christian has to go to a new school, he discovers how much worse things can get. Fortunately, before he sinks into depression, Christian finds a new group of friends, who are also gay. Christian soon learns that his friends have their own problems, from desperately seeking attention to abusive family members.

Product Link:  http://www.extasybooks.com/light-outside-the-closet-5-2/

Reviewer:   Portia

Review:  Christian is the new kid in school.  But, as a military brat, he’s used to that.  Luckily, even before school starts, he makes friends, other LGBT teens just trying to make it through senior year.

I hated this book.  Hate that in this day and age, teenagers are still having to deal with bigots and bullies at school.  My mama-heart spent much of this book pissed as hell.  Pissed because the issues and concerns of the characters were a bit too real for me.  Real in that they reminded me of my teenagers’ friends who are struggling with their sexuality, sometimes with little or no support at home.

No, Light Outside the Closet is not a maudlin survey of adolescent psychology.  Life Outside the Closet introduces, what I’m calling, the many faces of gay adolescence.  Taylor is effeminate and “out”.  Christian is out, but looks straight enough to pass.  James is so deep in the closet, he’s practically in Narnia.  One character is bi-racial and you might not know it, but RuPaul is the only acceptable gay man in the minds of many African-Americans.

This basically is Christian’s story.  Well, maybe not.  It is very much an ensemble cast.  Stephani did a good job introducing their world.  But, back to Christian, he has a crush on James, but James’ cousin, Devlin has a crush on Christian.  All very Pretty Liars.  But, when James makes a decision that affects other lives, well…let’s just say feelings change.  More than anyone, I think James learns about himself. And, honestly, I worried that he might not make it to the end of the book alive.

This is labeled YA romance, but don’t let that stop you from reading it.  The emotions are so well-written that anyone who enjoys romance will enjoy this story.

So, yeah, I hated Light Outside the Closet.  And I hope Stephani is cuddle up somewhere with her computer, writing book two.  I can’t wait to hate that one, too. 😉  Highly recommend.

The Vicar of Passmore by Mark Adlers

Title:  The Vicar of Passmore

Series:  N/A

Author:  Mark Adlers

Genre:   Contemporary Humor

Length:  Novella

Publisher:  eXtasy Books (February 15, 2012)

Heat Level:  Moderate

Heart Rating:  ♥♥♥♥♥4.5Hearts

Blurb:  The country gives you more than fresh air.

When the townsfolk of Passmore get wind of the fact their Vicar’s new verger, Wilson Rooney, is gay, a series of events spark the start of both his and the vicar’s adventures when it comes to keeping the rather interesting flock of Passmore within the fold. Not only that, they’ll have to gain the approval of the parish council before Wilson can be accepted. No small task when it’s headed by one of the most conservative parish council leaders ever to have walked the face of God’s green earth.

Can the vicar get Wilson accepted into the community? Or will his efforts result in a disaster that will divide the town they have been trying to keep together since the decline in population has hit them hard. Time will tell, but not before love blooms in the most unexpected way and the vicar uses some rather unorthodox methods to get his parishioners to see the light about Wilson and his lifestyle choice.

Product Link:  http://www.extasybooks.com/the-vicar-of-passmore-4/

Reviewer:   Portia

Review:  This book opens before Wilson even gets to town.  The mayor of Passmore is having fits at the very idea of hiring an openly gay man.  The poor vicar is caught in the middle of a debate that has the potential to rip the quiet little village apart.

Okay…confession time.  Once upon a time, when I first started reading M/M fiction, I read a free sci-fi piece off of Mark Adler’s website.  The main character had a detachable penis…I don’t think I ever finished reading that one.  Since then, Mark and I are friends across social media and I love his humor and slant on life.  But, sadly, I have never been tempted to purchase one of his books…until now.

I am a huge fan of the BBC sitcom, The Vicar of Dibley, which ran from 1994 – 2007.  From page one; I felt like I’d been dropped into the tight-knit world that is an English village.  And I giggled through till the end.  This is not your traditional romance. Wilson finds true love, sure.  But, the cast of characters that we meet and fall in love with are amazing.  Mrs. Clump, who misses her dearly departed submissive husband, Mr. Noel, her next door neighbor, who feels he has come to an age where clothing is optional…even to do yard work, and my personal favorite, Farmer Scott, a simple farmer who is very “fond” of his animals. As with all good parody, there is a subtle tread of social commentary, but if you aren’t looking for it…you’ll probably miss it.

I feel confident saying, if all clergy were like the Vicar of Passmore, Karl Edmondson, the world’s houses of worship would be filled to overflowing.  He takes his job as shepherd of his flock serious, but loves and respects each one individually.  I hope this is not a one-off.  I would love to revisit this village again.

Night Terrors by Stephani Hecht

Title:  Night Terrors

Series:  Night Wardens 01

Author:  Stephani Hecht 

Genre:   Paranormal/ Action Adventure

Length:  Novel

Publisher:  eXtasy Books (November 1, 2011)

Heat Level:  Explicit

Heart Rating:  ♥♥♥♥♥5Hearts

Blurb:  Since the beginning of time, an elite group of human warriors called Wardens protected mankind from all supernatural threats. Born into this destiny, a Warden’s duties passed from father to son…until the supernaturals made peace and the Wardens were no longer needed. Since then, knowledge of their existence has faded into myth and legend.

Recently, the peace has been broken as civil wars and infighting fragment the supernatural species and the Wardens are needed again. One Warden, Rev, could not be more unprepared for what lies ahead. In an instant, he goes from college student to literally fighting for his life as he’s forced to enter a dark world he wants no part of. To make matters worse, his stubborn, by-the-book mentor, Jess, has little patience for a Warden who’s inexperienced and bumbling at best.

Just as Rev thinks things couldn’t be worse, he realizes he’s falling for his hard-ass mentor. Will Jess return the feelings? Or will Rev be dealing with a broken heart while trying to save the world?

Product Link: http://www.extasybooks.com/night-terrors/

Reviewer:   Portia

Review:  Stephani Hecht has done it again.  She has created a series that is absolutely Chocolicious.  In this first book, she does quite a bit of world building.  The peace that allowed the warrior protectors, known as Night Wardens, to go into semi-retirement is broken.    Rick, a Warden, has been allowed to go off to college; an activity he thinks is a complete waste of time.

When evil shows up on campus, Rick’s calm little world disintegrates in a heartbeat.  He is thrust into a role he was literally born to fulfill.  Luckily, he has a sexy Guardian to watch his back.

I loved every aspect of this story.  Stephani Hecht took her time building up sexual tension between Rick and Jess.  But, damn…when she finally let them tangle in the sheets…damn!

One of the nice things I like most about Hecht series is how she introduces main characters from later books as secondary plays in the current book.  I’m dying to know if Ari and Adam are going to be a couple of if she has other plans for them.  And what kind of man could tame Brad?

All in all, Night Terror is a fabulous read.  It is gritty and nasty, funny and sexy and absolutely perfect.

 

Accepting His Animal by Charlie Richards

Title: Accepting His Animal

Series: Wolves of Stoneridge 03

Author: Charlie Richards

Genre: Paranormal, Shifters, Inter-mating

Length: Novella (107pgs)

Publisher: eXtasy Books (2nd September 2011)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating:  ♥♥♥♥4Hearts

Reviewer: Pixie

Blurb: Doctor Gordon Digby came to Stone Ridge to help rescued shifters heal from their time abused by poachers. Finding a mate wasn’t even a blip on his radar. Fate throws a wrench in his plans in the form of sexy tiger shifter Grady Stryker. The man sets Gordon’s blood on fire and scrambles his senses. But Grady’s a detective, and the good doctor has secrets he doesn’t want revealed, including his own animal’s transgressions.

Detective Grady Stryker believes finding your fated mate is the greatest gift a shifter can receive so he doesn’t understand Gordon’s reticence, until a friend gives him a little insight into Gordon’s past. His resolve set, Grady realizes the best way to win his mate just may be the most fun: seduction.

Grady’s plans get put on hold when more poachers appear in Stone Ridge. Except these humans aren’t really poachers. They know about shifters, and if they can’t capture them, they’ll eradicate them. Can Grady convince Gordon to accept him in time to stop the humans from harming more of their friends? Or will they be too distracted to see what’s right in front of them?

Purchase Link: http://www.extasybooks.com/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=3330

Review: Gordon has done his best to keep his animal on a short leash. He is scared of what it will do if he lets it out.  That’s why he is unhappy to have discovered his mate. Grady is overjoyed to find his mate, now if only he can convince his mate that Gordon won’t hurt him.

This book was quite creative in its shifter pairing; it’s not very often you come across this exotic a shifter. Gordon lives in fear of his animal getting loose and wreaking havoc or hurting someone, so he keeps it under tight control. When Grady realizes what Gordon has been doing he sets out to show Gordon that releasing his animal and accepting it is better for Gordon and his animal side.

I enjoyed this book because even though it was instant mates, Gordon did try to ignore it because of his fear.  The way that Grady helped Gordon with his fear was really good and showed that they are a good match. This is a really good story-line that has a slight twist. There seems to be a link to experiments carried out over 170 years before which I thought was great. Grady is determined to not only keep his mate but to also find the poachers who have been kidnapping shifters. I also really like the fact that each story in the series gives us more to chew on with the poacher/kidnapping theme.  And the ending to this one… talk about a teaser, *sheesh*. Another thing that I loved about this one is that Gordon isn’t a sculpted muscle-bound shifter, he has a bit of extra weight and the best thing is, is that it isn’t a huge big deal and Gordon is quite happy with himself as well.

I recommend this to those who love shifters, inter-species mating, hot sex, hot men, a brilliant story-line and a happy ever after that leaves us with a cliff-hanger ending.

 

The Phoenix Rises by Mark Alders

Title: The Phoenix Rises

Author: Mark Alders

Genre: Paranormal

Length: Short (35pgs)

Publisher: eXtasy Books (1st February 2011)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4Hearts

Reviewer: Pixie

Blurb: Struck by the sight of an exotic bird while tree climbing, Wesley is left with an experience that haunts his dreams.

But the bird is something far more than what Wesley could have ever imagined. In fact, the bird isn’t a bird at all.

It’s a phoenix, a rare and magical creature who has been bonded with Wesley and can take the form of a man.

After a while, Wesley falls in love for the phoenix named Shojuno. But with the world turning against the phoenix, can Wesley make the love he feels inside him grow? Or will the greed of man end Wesley’s relationship with Shojuno before it’s even begun?

Purchase Link: http://www.extasybooks.com/the-phoenix-rises-6/

Review: Wesley spots a magical creature in his favorite Ghost Gum tree and is haunted by its image as he visits the tree day after day to see it again. Shojuno is hunted and he requires the help of Wesley so the one who hunts him doesn’t find him.   Can he get Wesley to believe and help him before it’s too late?

This is a well written short story that at times is whimsical and enchanting. Wesley has to learn to believe and trust in Shojuno and to accept that magic can happen. While Shojuno has only to avoid the one who hunts him.

This is a beautifully written story that is both gently erotic and sweetly innocent; the descriptions of the phoenix are exquisitely painted and make you long that you could actually see it.   Wesley’s longing for this incredible creature is quite poignant and his confusion about Shojuno is described wonderfully.

So I recommend this to anyone who wishes to read a story that will take your breath away.

 

 

 

 

Covenation by Mark Adlers

Title: Covenation

Series: Adventures of the Magician’s Coven 02

Author: Mark Alders

Genre: Fantasy, M/M/M, M/M/M/M

Length: Novella (135pgs)

Publisher: eXtasy Books (15th October 2011)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4Hearts

Reviewer: Pixie

Blurb: Shane, Joel and Will are faced with a new threat. A weapon so powerful, so hard to resist that the lives of not only themselves, but all those they care about could be affected. What could the weapon be that could devastate them just as they have formed their coven?

His name is James Petrov, a devilishly handsome young man sent by Alistair and his coven to finish off what the dark magician couldn’t complete himself. Can Shane, Joel and Will see through Alistair’s plans before it’s too late? Or will James prove too much, seducing them to the dark coven and ending their own, leaving a wake of destruction in his path?

Purchase Link: http://www.extasybooks.com/covenation-5/

Review: Shane, Joel and Will are back and they face more than they ever realized. James Petrov is calling out to Shane trying to lead him to a trap; can Shane save his coven, James, Dr Obenweiser and Laurence before it’s too late?

This is a quite well written book with a great story-line and plot. This continuing story was great as we saw Shane discover new powers and become stronger with the love of his coven; embarking on an adventure that was fraught with danger and overcome obstacles with his coven’s love when it looked like all was lost.

Mark Alders definitely has a keen imagination and I love how he has his men undressed most of the time. The characters are still wonderful with the three young men still sex mad (thank god) and I love how even though there is a lot (and I mean a lot) of sex it is an integral part of the story and wouldn’t work without it… No I am not making it up or making excuses it really IS necessary to have that much sex… Honest. The adventure in this one is great and I think most people will like it. No, I won’t give you any hints but I will tell you that Dr Obenweiser joins them on this adventure but he won’t be quite as helpful as they had all hoped!

So great characters, great story-line and plot, fantastic magic, lots and lots of hot sex, a good adventure and a happy for now ending… really what more could you ask for?

 

 

 

The Demon Waiter by Laura Tolomei

Title: The Demon Waiter

Author: Laura Tolomei

Genre: Dark Fantasy, Paranormal, M/M, M/M/F, M/F

Length: Novella (127pgs)

Publisher: eXtasy Books (15th October 2011)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥3 ½ Hearts

Reviewer: Pixie

Blurb: Now he had the place. He had the lovers. He had the simultaneous come. And tonight was Halloween

He hadn’t expected it. Not at all. And yet there it was, Laurent De Berger’s heart wish was                a…impossible! And to think he had done it by the book, have sex in a dusty ghost town saloon with Anthony and Renée on Halloween night, only to find out…no, he still couldn’t believe it! But since there was no going around it, what to do now?

Purchase Link: http://www.extasybooks.com/the-demon-waiter/

Review: Laurent has one true wish and he decides that on Halloween, after searching long and hard for what he needed to perform the ritual, he can now perform it and get his heart’s wish.

I thought this book was okay.   The story-line was really good and so was the premise of the plot.  I liked that Laurent was starting to want more than just sex and he went about finding a solution in a paranormal way; which left him open to the Demon realm. There is plenty of hot sex with a multitude of partners but even when he meets his soul-mate it doesn’t end happily for him.

Now my problem with this book is that on the publisher’s website it says GAY romance. Yes, that’s right GAY.  Now to me GAY means that it is men having sex not m/f or m/f/m but just Gay men having man on man sex.  I knew from the blurb that there was a chance of m/f/m for the ritual but honest to god until half way through it was mainly m/f and m/f/m with a tantalizing bit of m/m thrown in.   This was a major let-down as I was expecting a gay story. Now that you all know that, it may hit your spot just right but at least you’ll know what to expect.  For me by the time it got to the best part I’d already lost interest.

Now that isn’t to say it isn’t a good book because it is.   It is interesting to find out why Laurent is so addicted to sex with Renée and Anthony and to see the paranormal world being woven into a great story-line.  I also liked the way the story ended leaving it open enough for a sequel, if the author wanted to.

So I will recommend this to those who love m/f/m, dark fantasy, paranormal, m/m, hot sex (and loads of it) and an ending that has you pulling your hair out.

 

 

Alpha by Ravon Silvius

Title: Alpha

Author: Ravon Silvius

Genre: Futuristic

Length: Novella (132pgs)

Publisher: eXtasy Books (15th September 2011)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4Hearts

Reviewer: Pixie

Blurb: A noble goal, and a stupid risk, but will it pay off?

The world of the future is starkly divided. Those with the money to afford it can become Alphas, people with superhuman IQ. The rest? Mundanes, unable to get a job beyond being a mechanic or working in food service, if they can get work at all.

But Nick, a mundane, disagrees with the system, and so does his dangerous friend Riki. Their dream is to build their own machine to raise IQ and give people the equal opportunity they deserve. The penalty for this, however, is death, and it must be done in secret.

Unfortunately, Nick is new to crime, and he meets a handsome man in a bar after a hard day at work. When he finds out Julian is an Alpha, he’s nervous, but continues with the flirtation, resulting in a hot couple of nights. When he finds out that Julian is an investigator, he realizes he has put his dream at risk.

A noble goal, and a stupid risk, but will it pay off?

Purchase Link: http://www.extasybooks.com/alpha-4/

Review: Nick is putting everything on the line to make his dream come true and when he meets Julian he thinks maybe he can have the best of both worlds, until that is…Riki finds out.

This is a really good story-line and plot that makes you wish it was longer. I thought the connection that Nick and Julian had was great and Julian seemed to be a really nice guy. Nick wants everyone to be on a more even setting rather than just the rich having the best of the world.  Nick’s fear of being discovered was really well done and I thought Julian’s story was really sad and gave us a point of view of an Alpha.

The characters are well portrayed and I quite liked Riki as he’s got quite a dangerous edge to him. I wish there was more interaction between Julian and Nick as they did make a great couple and I really hope that there will be a sequel as this was a really good story and it has so much potential to be so much more as this has only whetted my appetite to find out more about the Alpha’s and the Mundanes.

So who do I recommend this to?  Well those who love hot sex, hot men, futuristic and a story-line that makes you want more.

 

 

 

A Wizard in Waikiki by A. J. Llewellyn

Title: A Wizard in Waikiki

Series: A Wizard in Waikiki Book 01

Author: A.J. Llewellyn

Genre: Paranormal, Fantasy

Length: Novella (72pgs)

Publisher: eXtasy Books (15th January 2011)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4Hearts

Reviewer: Pixie

Blurb: Beachgoers on a hot day in Waikiki are stunned when a tall, handsome, island man rises from the ocean and strides, naked across the sand. He walks straight to the small, ringed enclosure containing four Wizard Stones. Positioned between the beach and the foot traffic of Kalakaua Avenue, most tourists never notice them. However, Konu, the naked man, becomes agitated at the sight of a young Asian girl draping her beach towel over the Wizard Stones. He flings her towel to the ground, inciting a near riot. Konu however, is oblivious. He’s come a long way from Tahiti and is one of the ancient wizards whose power was infused into the stones four hundred years ago. With the invisible battle between good and evil at its peak, Konu and the other wizards have been dispatched to help balance the power. He lands in modern-day Waikiki, stunned by the changes—and also, to find he is alone. Seeking the signs he’s supposed to look for, he’s surprised when a cop tries to arrest him for indecent exposure. Then the young girl’s grandfather tells the officer the strapping islander is with him. Konu has no choice but to go with him. Konu soon discovers the old man thinks the ancient sorcerer is a homeless lunatic. Will the ancient forces of evil beat him? Or can this Wizard in Waikiki find his power again, and perhaps…even love?

Purchase Link: http://www.extasybooks.com/a-wizard-in-waikiki-6/

Review: Konu is the Guardian of the Stones.  He has been sent back after five hundred years and told to follow the signs.  He also has to work out what to do as now he has returned to a new time to a world which has changed.

This is a fantastically woven tale which has taken the present, infused the past and combined it with myth to give us a new incredible series that takes us away to a time of myth and legend.  It reminds us of the time when people had more faith in their Gods and Goddesses and truly believed.

Konu is a brilliant character and his bewilderment at what we now take for granted is cute and the reactions of those around him to think he was crazy just because he didn’t know anything was very telling to what sort of world we live in.  the instant connection that he had with Jason was good and the chance he has at new love is sweet but his continued love for Loho and his devastation when he found out what happen to him is very touching.

So for those of you who love myths and legends, paranormal, hot sex, a great story-line and a great new series then I recommend that you give this one a try, I doubt that you will be disappointed.