Double Dose by Gene Taylor

DoubleDoseLGTitle: Double Dose
Author: Gene Taylor
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: Novella (82 pages)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (April 30th 2014)
Heat Level: not quite mild, more of a hint
Blurb: Everyone Blayne Carter knows has lost his or her mind. He doesn’t have a twin, so why do people keep swearing they’ve seen him in places he hasn’t been? Blayne finally spots the look-alike at a gay bar and becomes intrigued, but his longtime friend and former lover, Doug Adams, distracts him, and Blayne loses track of his supposed twin. Some friend Doug is. Thanks, dude.

But Doug vows to make it up to Blayne and discovers the name of this doppelganger: Cary Fontaine. Doug sets up a meeting for Blayne and Cary, hoping Blayne will share all the details—down to the bare facts. Seriously, Doug is as curious as Blayne to find out exactly how much these two look alike, clothes on and off.
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Lisa’s Review: ♥♥♥2.5Hearts

This was a bizarre story, but kind of cute. It gives you twins that are not actually twins. I mean, they are not brothers, they just looked alike. Everywhere one went the other had been and people would make comments that led them to wondering what was going on. Every time Blayne went somewhere someone would comment, he would tell them that they are either completely lost their minds or he was beginning to.

Blayne finally spots his look alike in a gay bar. However, his best friend Doug distracted him so much that he lost him in the crowd. Doug vows to make it up to him, and the fact that he wants to know the answer to. He also wants to know if Cary looked identical to Blayne naked as well as when he is dressed.

Cary had been involved with Landon. However, he wanted something that Landon had not been able to give. He wanted something that would last. He wanted a partner for life. What he does not expect was to find the one man that looks just like him. Enough to find out if they were alike in other ways.

It was a cute story but strange as all get out. I am not really sure what to say about it. I did actually like it but not enough to want to read it again. It gives you something to think about though. I mean to hot and sexy men getting all bothered when they are together makes for a hot affair. It did leave me hanging at the end though and that I cannot get into. I want a story that has an actual story line that goes further into details. However if you want a story that will give you a humorous side to it. It will keep you laughing at the antic’s to find out who the other is.


Tams Review: ♥ 1 Heart

Blayne Carter goes to pick up his morning coffee and is slightly dumbfounded with the server makes a comment about him just being there. Again, when he takes an empty seat next to another customer, she questions why he’s back so soon. All over town it keeps happening, he’s baffled. Then at the bar, he quite literally runs into a man who could be his twin. It takes several days but then a phone call and an agreement to meet up at a local coffee shop, Blayne and Cary finally come face to face.

It’s like looking into a mirror for them and since they are both gay they decide to find out if the similarities are from head… to toe.
This story had a lot of potential at the start. Two men who look so much alike everyone that meets them thinks they are twins, or in fact the same person. But it was so choppy and mismanaged that the idea never quite took hold. The dialogue between Blayne and Cary was that of two teenage boys about to experience their first sexual encounter. Not that of two grown, successful and always gay men that are not virgins. It just wasn’t cohesive, believable or engaging.

I really wanted to like this book, I have an indecent fascination with twin stories, and this one did not hit the mark though.

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

Take a Look by Gene Taylor

TakeaLookLGTitle: Take a Look
Series: N/A
Author: Gene Taylor
Genre: Mystery/Suspense, Humor
Length: Novella (84 Pages)
ISBN: 978-1-62798-567-3
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (March 26, 2014)
Heat Level: Low
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4Hearts
Reviewer: Lisa

Blurb: Jordan Baldwin has a job at a popular coffee shop, a cool apartment downtown, and a charming hunk of a new neighbor who doesn’t mind taking a chance on him. Jordan’s also got a smartass mouth on him, just like his new boyfriend, Grant Heathman. Compatibility is definitely a plus.

Grant writes a review column called “Take a Look” for the local newspaper, which intrigues Jordan even more since Grant is blind. But Grant takes Jordan to a new Italian restaurant and shows him how it’s done, leaving the place with only a modest 4-star review. Just when Jordan doesn’t think Grant can impress him any further, the surprises keep on coming.

After a bad review, Jordan finds himself kidnapped, roughed up, and mistaken for Grant. Now Grant and Jordan must hide out before the next “look” they take is from a coffin.
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Review: Now this is a story one will fall in love with. It talks about two very special men that meet and fall in love. It was told with such humor that will make you smile when you read it.

Jordan is from a wealthy family working at a popular coffee shop. He has this cool apartment and comes to find out a very sexy new neighbor. It will catch your attention from the start and will keep it all the way to the end. I love the way Jordan and Grant meet. With sly innuendoes and sleek smiles. It is laced with so much humor from the guys that you can’t help but love them.

Grant lost his eyesight awhile back in a car accident and has gotten use to it, well the only way one can sometimes. He has taken an apartment that is right across from Jordan. They meet one morning and what caught his attention was the humor from Jordan. He knew that he wanted this man. He takes him to a new Italian restaurant on their first date and shows him what he does for a living. He writes reviews for a newspaper and mixes pleasure with work. What he had not expected was the danger that catches up to Jordan for his review.

This story has everything one asks for in a book two hot and sexy men, great sex, danger, and excitement. I just wished that it were longer going more into their lives. It also tells about such a wonderful parents and their absolute love for their son. I love the little twist that this story gives you.

You're the One by Gene Taylor

YouretheOneLGTitle: You’re the One

Author: Gene Taylor

Genre: Contemporary Fantasy

Length: Novel (210 pages)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (July 19, 2013)

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4Hearts

Heat Level: Explicit

Blurb: Intimidated by the clubs and cabarets of 1970s Chicago, shy English teacher Graham Thomas needs a miracle just to be able to talk to a man. When help arrives from a Robert Redford look-alike wizard, Graham brushes him off—he’s obviously certifiable. Or so Graham thinks until he tries out a popular song title as a come-on line and everything changes.

Given the power to make others fall in love with him, Graham begins to enjoy the nightlife. But when he misuses his gift, he finds himself with accidental and unwanted suitors, including the senior dean at his school, a ticket-mad cop, and a rich young banker. Then Graham meets Mark Matthews and finally faces the moral issue of whether it’s fair to use magic to make someone fall in love. It would be so easy…

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Reviewer: Cat

Review: Graham is a gay English teacher that is looking for true love. After some pretty tough experiences, he meets a strange man who gives him a power to make others fall in love with him.
After a couple accidents and a couple mistakes, he realizes he doesn’t want this power. If he is going to have a lover, he wants it to be real and not magic. Does he find real love? You should read it and see.

I was pleasantly surprised by this story. It’s really cute, yet funny, and the paranormal twist was unique and interesting. All the characters were interesting, charming, or outright funny, but I can’t say much else without giving the story away. The story got a bit cheesy at times with some of the clichés and puns, but that added to the humor of it. I loved how Graham knew what he wanted and how each relationship unfolded. This is such a fun, sweet, funny, and pretty hot story.

Recommendations: if you like stories of searching for Mr. Right, coming out, old music, hot sex, and oh yeah… Magic… this is definitely for you.