Hi guys! We have Queer Sci Fi stopping by today with their newest QSF Flash Fiction Anthology Migration, Migration has 120 300 word stories from 120 authors, we have one of the stories for you to enjoy, some tasty teasers from several stories and there’s an awesome $20 Amazon GC giveaway, so check out the post and enter the giveaway! ❤️ ~Pixie~
(QSF Flash Fiction Anthology 05)
1) Seasonal movement of animals from one region to another.
2) Movement of people to a new area or country in order to find work or better living conditions.
3) Movement from one part of something to another.
Three definitions to inspire writers around the world and an unlimited number of possible stories to tell. Here are 120 of our favorites.
Migration feaures 300 word speculative flash fiction stories from across the rainbow spectrum, from the minds of the writers of Queer Sci Fi.
Blurb: When Logan McRae wakes from cryogenic stasis to see two aliens, he wonders whether he has lost his mind. As he gets to know Halor and Kit, he realises his mind is intact, but he may just lose his heart.
Logan McRae expected to wake on the spacecraft Mercury, ready to pilot the ship to New Earth. Instead, he finds himself facing two aliens whose help he’ll need if he wants to find his people.
Kit doesn’t know what sort of creature he has accidentally purchased, but it’s definitely male and not completely different from him and his lover, Halor. The language barrier might be a problem, but Kit knows the language of love doesn’t always need words.
Halor has been reluctant to expand his nest, but he’ll do anything to give Kit the happiness he deserves, even invite another man into their bed.
Logan has no idea that Kit isn’t quite like other men until their passion results in unexpected consequences. Now he must choose between his mission and the two men who have given him everything he has ever wanted, as well as things he never dreamed of.
Review: I wanted to love this book but for all the needless sex scenes regarding Kit needing semen I would have. There were too many sex scenes for my tastes. But Logan and Halor were interesting in the grand scheme of things. I loved the way these men made plan and set them in motion to save Logan and the people he feels responsible for.
I wished there more about Kit besides his sexual needs. I would have loved to know more about him as the story progressed. I did however enjoy the actual story and how the rescue plans were made and set in motion.
This is a story I would have normally fell into and enjoyed but the overabundance of sex and the lack of details regarding Kit threw me out of the story. It made it difficult to reconnect with the characters near the end.
Hi guys, we have L.M. Brown popping in today with her new release Holographic Havoc, we have a great excerpt and a fantastic giveaway, so check out the post and click the link to enter the giveaway! <3 ~Pixie~
Hayden Knight’s job is simple. All he has to do is sell his father’s latest invention to Tate South, the Acquisitions Manager of the biggest supplier of the best in cutting-edge technology. The virtual assistant is designed to help the user in all aspects of their life, but Hayden views the holographic helper as nothing but a nuisance. Keeping his annoyance to himself is relatively easy until a major technical glitch causes Tate to see and hear Hayden’s assistant.
Hayden and Tate are thrown together while they try to figure out what has happened, and the chemistry between them is electric. Hayden soon finds that convincing Tate that he needs a Holo-Assistant isn’t as important to him as persuading him he needs Hayden in his life.
The attraction is mutual and the sparks fly. If only they could get rid of their holographic third wheel.
Blurb: Can a merman and an Atlantean, separated by centuries and prejudices, find love together?
Merman Delwyn is an Oracle of the past. He loves nothing better than observing the comings and goings of those who lived centuries before he was born. His favorite time period to visit is when both Atlantean and mer inhabited the sunken city of Atlantis, and his guilty pleasure is watching lovers come together in passion. Secure in the knowledge that no one can see him when he’s viewing the past, nothing can prepare Delwyn for the moment Fabian, an Atlantean living in the past, speaks to him.
Fabian is a man with divided loyalties. The demi-god son of the Goddess of Sea Creatures has sworn to serve the Goddess of Prophecy as her Oracle of the present. His unique status gives him the power to see anything in the present, including the mysterious merman voyeur from the distant future.
Despite the centuries that separate them, Delwyn and Fabian find they have a lot in common and quickly form a friendship that both hope one day will become something more. But before they can be together in the present, Delwyn and Fabian must unravel the mysteries of the past.
Only time will tell if truth about the long-since vanished Atlanteans will bring them together or tear them apart, as the battle for the sunken city of Atlantis begins.
Review: I loved this book. Definately proves that time and distance does not mean a thing when it comes to love. Delwyn, the oracle of the past, delves into the past and comes across an Atlantean, Fabian who is a Demigod, that intrigues him but shocks him when he actually sees him. He continues to go back to see him and the two form a bond.
What I liked most was the way the story unfolded. There were twist and turns and Delwyn tried to solve the mystery as to Fabian’s whereabouts in his time. Where he was came as a shock to me but I was thrilled at the same time.
I really despised Fabian’s mother, the goddess of sea creatures. I have my suspicions as to why she the mer people so much. I was curious as to why the Atlantean’s were banished as I don’t think it said unless I missed it somehow.
Intense, mysterious, suspenseful and plenty of action. That is how I would describe this story as it has many things unfolding as it progresses. I am very much so looking forward to the next book to see what else happens.
Blurb: Their love could save the soul of a fallen angel or damn an archangel to an eternity in Hell.
The realm of angels was created as a paradise where angels could watch over the earth as mankind took his first steps. For the archangel Michael, it is the only home he has ever known and he could never envisage another life. Michael’s life changes the day his path crosses that of the favored son of the morning. From the moment he sees him, Michael wants Lucifer for his own. When the two angels come together the passion surprises them both.
Their love is forged in Heaven, but is doomed the moment Lucifer falls from grace to become the leader of an army of demons.
Separated by war, the former lovers know the time will come when they must face each other in battle.
Their confrontation will set in motion events that neither could have foreseen. For Lucifer it is the chance to persuade Michael to stand at his side, as his partner as leader of the demons. For Michael, it is a mission to save his lover’s soul, while risking his own.
Torn between his love for Lucifer and his duties as an angel, Michael walks a fine line, where one wrong step could result in his own fall from Heaven, and an eternity in Hell.
Publisher’s Note: Although this book contains characters from the Heavenly Sins series, this can be read as a standalone story.
Review: An amazing journey into the lives of two powerful angels that spans centuries. Archangel Michael has been secretly enamoured of the morning star, Lucifer. When first they meet it seems as if Michael has lost his chance forever but Lucifer seeks him out, and so a hot and passionate relationship starts between the two.
It was a book about taking chances, heartbreak, tragedy, love and doing what you think is right for the one you love. A lot happens throughout this wonderfully written story. Though I’m not going to give anything away needless to say I was impressed by how each man was portrayed. Although I must admit I was a little put off by how Michael seemed so shy around Lucifer at first but it was to be expected.
There were a few questions left unanswered so maybe a sequel or follow up book? Who knows. Aside from that I loved the entire story. It states that this book can be read as a stand-alone yet is in fact connected to the series Heavenly Sins. I did not read that series so some characters that came into play were written as though I should know them already in certain situations. I wish I had read the series.
The whole story was a gripping epic tale that took me by the most delightful surprises. I never knew what decisions each person was going to make when it came to the difficult ones, which thrilled me. There is not always happy times but they eventually get there. I loved it.
Blurb: A blind merman fleeing the sunken city of Atlantis is torn between the family he left behind and the love he swims toward.
When Dax lost his family to a shark attack he swam away from everything he had ever known. Now he has come to Atlantis, hoping to reconnect with those he left behind. When he finds his birth clan torn apart, he realizes his journey is just beginning.
Kai is an Oracle, a blind merman, who only has sight when he has a vision. Atlantis, a sanctuary for so many merpeople, is his prison. Desperation drives him to beg the Atlantean Goddess of Love for help.
With the goddess’s promise of love to tempt him, Kai persuades Dax to take him along when he leaves the sunken city.
Although Dax has some reservations about traveling through the ocean with a blind merman in tow, he quickly discovers Kai isn’t as helpless as he appears. Attraction comes easy, but Kai doesn’t seem to feel the same way.
Kai knows he must seduce Dax if he hopes to win his heart, but his inexperience may be his downfall. With Dax’s former lover waiting at the end of their journey, he knows time is running out.
A goddess can only help so much, especially when another immortal would see them part. If the two stubborn mermen want a life together, they will have to learn to communicate and fight for their love.
Review: This is book three in the mermen and magic story. Kai and Dax are decreed to be together which I did not completely understand as I thought, from the previous books, that oracles were meant to be alone since they cannot go up on land.
However, I did find the struggles these two men faced head on almost as a set up for them to fail. But they conquered them and won out to a point. I truly felt sorry for them as the restrictions and rules in Atlantis seem out of date to me. But such is the law in Atlantis.
Dax and Kai faced many obstacles in their quest. A lot happens in this book that made it worth the read. It was a great addition to the series that enjoyed reading to the end.
Title: Tempestuous Tides Series: Mermen & Magic, # 2 Author: L.M. Brown Genre: Fantasy and Fairytales Length: Novel (235 pages) Publisher: Pride Publishing (September 1, 2015) Available for early download August 4th, 2015 Heat Level: Explicit Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4Hearts Blurb: Bound by a curse, two mermen find the greatest love of their lives, but can they keep it?
Justin is a merman who has been raised on land. He hates his fins and wants nothing to do with his heritage.
Lucas is an ambitious merman who has lived his whole life in Atlantis. He has spent his adulthood hiding his sexuality because homosexual relationships are forbidden in the underwater city. Now he has been sent on a mission by King Nereus to locate his oldest son and bring him back to Atlantis to take his place as the heir to the throne.
Although his mission seems impossible, Lucas finds help from the Atlantean Goddess of Love, little knowing that she has her own reasons for bringing Lucas and Justin together.
Justin is no stranger to immortals, having been raised by two of them, but he has no idea of the consequences of angering the Goddess of Love.
When he insults her, she curses him to find love only to lose it forever shortly after. As the love ‘em and leave ‘em type, Justin isn’t overly concerned, at least until Lucas enters his life and he sees how the curse will end.
Together they could have the greatest love of their lives, but only if they can appease the furious goddess before their time runs out.
Review: This is the second book in the Merman & Magic series. We are introduced to both Justin and Lucas. Both merman but from very different lives. Justin was raised on land by Caspian and his sister. He does not want anything to do with his heritage as a merman. He seemed like a stubborn yet smart man.
I liked the way he stuck to what he believed in throughout the story. His temper did tend to get in the way at times and land him in hot water especially with a goddess.
Lucas has lived in Atlantis his entire life and is in the running to become the senior advisor to the king. He is also gay which is strictly forbidden in Atlantis. The king sends him on a mission that will change his life forever in more ways than. I loved Lucas’ character. He was sweet yet determined. His feistiness at times made me chuckle. I did not like the way Otus, another merman, treated him.
This story is an adventure from land to sea with interesting details about the oracles and goddesses of the mermaid people. I loved how in spite of getting himself in trouble Justin was determined to set things right. There is a lot of drama throughout between different characters both new and old from the first book. I loved Lucas reactions to different things on land and when he was introduced to a sex toy.
A delightful read with some hot sex to add spice. Even though Justin and Lucas got off to a rocky start they seemed to care about each other deeply. I felt that Otus’ character was not finished and kept expecting at any moment for him to cause more mayhem than he did. Other than it was a great read.
* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review through http://mmgoodbookreviews.wordpress.com *
Publisher: Totally Bound (January 2nd 2015) Available for early download
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts
Blurb:Playing the part of another man’s husband to fulfill a wish is easy, but what happens at midnight when the magical day is over?
Scott Baxter is a workaholic with no time for love, until a djinn pulls him out of his life and deposits him into the bed of Cameron Kirk. Cut off from his life, Scott isn’t happy about the idea of being forced to help the djinn grant an unspecified wish, but he soon finds he has no real choice in the matter. The djinn, who has turned his life upside down, has powers that prevent Scott from leaving and ensure he does nothing to ruin Cameron’s day with his ‘husband’.
Reluctant at first, Scott finds that as the day progresses he starts to enjoy playing the role of Cameron’s husband. He connects with his unexpected lover in a way he never has with other men.
Scott searches for clues to help him track down Cameron after the day is over and he returns to his own life. He doesn’t want the day to end, but the wish is out of his control and when the magic is finished his time with Cameron may be over too.
Review: I have to say for a short story this packs a big punch. I was expecting a very sweet but predictable story. You know men meet, have sex, and fall in love, happy at least for now. Wow was I floored.
It started out pretty much that way. We met Scott just after he was magically taken from his motel bed and dropped in the bed of another man, Cameron. His instructions are very vague, but he can’t leave for 24 hours. After that he goes back to his old life, but retains the memory of this one day.
Cameron, Scott’s husband for the day believes they have dated for years, and been married for 6 months. Scott is there to fulfill the perfect day of wedded bliss.
What’s the catch? Where Cameron knows everything about Scott as if they had met years ago, Scott knows absolutely nothing about Cameron, not where they live, or his last name, nothing.
I loved how the Djinn would drop in occasionally with cute vague hints for Scott. The day they are together is the predictable part. I was sitting there with a contented sigh and BOOM! The twist start coming in. Oh, my Gosh I cried and cried!
I can’t think of a thing I didn’t like. I would love more of this Djinn and see what kind of romantic magic he could do.
If you like sweet romance, Magic, Djinn’s, believe in soul-mates, want a good cry and some loving , hot, fun, mansex, you MUST read this.
Title: Touch of a Ghost Series: N/A Author: L.M. Brown Genre: Paranormal/Ghost Length: Novella (74 pages) Publisher: Breathless Press (October 10th, 2014) Heat Level: Explicit Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥4 ½ Hearts Blurb: What if you could only touch your lover one night of the year? Halloween night is all you have when in a relationship with a ghost.
Drew Jessop wants a life without ghosts. He doesn’t want to see, hear, or talk to them. Ignoring them should be relatively simple. But Drew soon finds that Benji Richards, an eternally gorgeous ghost from the fifties, is not so easy to ignore.
Halloween night is approaching and both Drew and Benji know what it could mean for them. From sunset to sunrise, it is the one night of the year when a mortal can feel the touch of a ghost.
Review: Very sweet story of a psychic named Drew who can see ghosts and a ghost named Benji who fall in love. In the story, ghosts can be felt only on Halloween. After an accident and being dead for a minute causes Drew to be able to feel Benji all the time.
Loved this story. It was sweet, heartbreaking, and dramatic. Great sex scenes between Drew and Benji.
* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review through http://mmgoodbookreviews.wordpress.com*
Title: Forbidden Waters Series: Mermen & Magic, #1 Author: L.M. Brown Genre: Fantasy and Fairytales/ Ménage and Multiple Partners Length: Novel (266 pages) Publisher: Totally Bound Publishing (August 29th, 2014) Heat Level: Explicit Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4Hearts Blurb: For the dying race of mer people, homosexual relationships are prohibited. When Kyle falls for Prince Finn he knows he is navigating forbidden waters.
To save his clan from ever-increasing shark attacks, merman Kyle seeks sanctuary for his people in the sunken city of Atlantis, even though he knows that as a homosexual merman, he will be sacrificing his own chance for love. Love finds him anyway in the form of Prince Finn, the rebellious young heir to the Atlantean throne.
When their relationship is discovered, Kyle is the one to pay the price. Banished from the oceans, he seeks shelter in England and finds a new love with human, Jake Seabrook.
For Jake, Kyle is the chance to move on from the crush he has on his straight best friend. The strange man he found naked on the beach seems to fit into his life with ease. If only Kyle weren’t keeping secrets from him, Jake could see them having a future together.
Things are not what they seem for either of the men and when Kyle discovers the truth about Finn, he knows he must return to Atlantis.
Three men, a tangled relationship, and one chance for happiness—if they can trust enough to take it.
Review: When Kyle’s father is killed in a shark attack, it’s left up to him to lead his people to a safer place in Atlantis. The only problem is that there is no same-sex couples allowed there during the mating seasons. Despite this, they make the journey there and are welcomed. Kyle meets Prince Finn and is immediately attracted to him. But if they are caught together in compromising position the punishment will be banishment.
Prince Finn has always been attracted to other Mermen but due to the rules of Atlantis by his parents, he’s never been with one. He isn’t allowed to go to the mating grounds or the surface like everyone else because his mother the queen forbids. When he meets Kyle, he’s instantly attracted to him. To keep him close he makes Kyle one of his personal bodyguards.
Jake is a human who left town for a year due to having unrequited feelings for his best friend Alex. He comes back and meets Kyle after he washes up naked on a beach. Jake and Kyle begin a relationship until Kyle’s secret comes out as to what he is and that things are not what they seem.
Very interesting story about a young man who tries to do right by his people and ends up falling in love, being banished, meeting a new love then being reunited with the one he left behind and including his new love in ménage relationship. Intense scenes with the queen that are confusing at first until the shocking truth, which I figured out before it happened, unfolds and leaves several people astounded.
Amazing details of the mer people and what their daily lives are like. Hot sex between Kyle and Dax at the beginning then Kyle and Jake plus Finn at the end.
I can’t wait to see what happens in the next book.
Title: My Boyfriend’s An Alien Author: L.M. Brown Genre: Sci/Fi Romance Length: Novel (307 pages) Publisher: Totally Bound (December 27th 2013) Heat Level: Moderate Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 3.5Hearts Reviewer: Tams Blurb: Can an alien with no knowledge of humans or concept of sex find lasting love with a human man?
Zak, an alien from the planet Trimmeron, is a member of a race of beings who transform into other species during their years of puberty. It’s customary for the youngsters to be fostered to the world’s native to their new forms, to study and learn about the races that will play an important part in their lives.
When Zak turns into a human, it comes as a surprise to everyone, for only one other before him has ever done so. Nevertheless, he is sent to Earth, a world he views as primitive and barbaric. He arrives with a chip on his shoulder and attitude to spare. He does not believe anyone on Earth can have anything to teach him.
When Zak meets college student Sam he soon discovers he has a lot to learn, not only about humans, but also about himself.
Trapped on an unfamiliar world and in a strange body that seems to have a mind of its own, Zak has no idea what is happening to him, only which Sam seems to be the key to the strange afflictions he is suffering from.
But can an alien find love with a human being?
Purchase Link: https://www.totallybound.com/my-boyfriends-an-alien Review: Zak is an alien confined to earth while as he goes through puberty, as is customary for his people. He is fostered by the only other person of his race to have ever taken on the form of a human during puberty. He’s not at all happy about his circumstance and he’s not the nicest alien at the start. To spite his bad attitude, he makes fast friends with Lucy and Sam.
Sam is an openly gay college student and Lucy is his best friend. Sam is immediately attracted to Zak and all his idiocentricities, even if Zak is brash and standoffish most of the time. When Zak and his foster parents invite Sam to vacation with them, Sam takes a chance and makes his move. Only to be shot down by a completely clueless Zak. Sam goes into self-preservation mode and runs, and then ignores Zak’s attempts to apologize. Sam is hurt and mistakes Zak’s inexperience and naiveté’ for rejection. Zak works hard to convince Sam that he wants to understand the emotions he is feeling and for them to be together. But just when Zak begins to fully comprehend his feelings for Sam, he learns Sam’s secret, and learns the meaning of true love.
I loved the character development throughout this book. Zak is like a newborn baby. He doesn’t completely understand the human language, sarcasm or human emotions. And Sam didn’t think he would ever find someone to truly love him. Their relationship is more downs that ups at the start, there are a lot of twists and turns, but once they find a way to be together there is nothing they won’t do to stay together. Their love story is out of this world. Haha, yes, I made a funny!
I felt like there wasn’t enough time spent explaining or developing Zak’s world. That description of the story seemed rushed and underdeveloped. And Zak went from thinking kissing was ‘disgusting’ to not being able to keep his hands off Sam in a matter of a few pages, not really realistic. That being said, this entire story was unrealistic which was the beauty of it.
Overall, this was a fun sci-fi read taking the hilarity of teenage hormones turning them into an odd coming of age story, with a healthy dose of smexy. The shower scene cracked me up! And then the author gave new meaning to the term ‘Mile High Club’.
** I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review through MM Good Book Reviews ** http://www.mmgoodbookreviews.wordpress.com
Blurb:Simon’s open relationship with Jeremy takes an unexpected turn when Max, Jeremy’s American lover, shows up on his doorstep. The attraction is instant, but when Jeremy returns, can it become something more?
CONTENT ADVISORY: This title is a re-release. It originally appeared in the Silver Presents: Three’s a Party anthology.
Review:Simon and Jeremy have an open relationship. He knows Jeremy spends his three months with Max when he is in America; Jeremy is due home from Max’s in a week. Simon gets a big surprise one night when Max shows up needing a place to stay. But where is Jeremy? That is what Max and Simon both want to know.
I loved this story. I felt bad for both Simon and Max but as the story moves on I felt even worse for poor Max. The tension in this story is amazing and the sex is pretty hot. If you like a story that keeps you on the edge of your seat and some really hot sex this one is a must read.
I recommend this if you like short stories, open relationships, and threesomes.
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.
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.
Blurb: Can a lab rat whore find love with the servant of his master, or will their different backgrounds and prejudices keep them apart?
In the distant future, where the devastation caused by war has driven the human race below the surface of the Earth, society is split in half. The rich scientists live in towers where they can monitor the surface and determine when the poisonous gasses have cleared and the world is safe for humans once more. Meanwhile the majority of the human race lives in crowded labyrinthine caves, where life is harsh and short. Uneducated and with no real prospects for the future, a ‘lab rat’ is lucky to live to see thirty years of age. Employment options are minimal and few can escape the fate of choking to death on the dust of the caves.
When AJ, one of the poorest members of society, needs credits for medicine for his sister he is in a desperate situation. With no other options available he risks alienation from his family by selling himself to the highest bidder. Love is the last thing on his mind, but while Blake, his new owner, might not be Mr. Right, Ryder, his servant, just might be. Unfortunately, their different backgrounds, prejudices, and AJ’s brutal owner seem destined to keep them apart, but true love can be theirs for the taking, if they can only find a way.
Review: I have mixed feelings about this book. Some parts I liked and some I didn’t.
The world this story lives in is Earth somewhere in the future and after one very destructive war people are forced to live underground in tunnels due to the poisonous air above ground. Supposedly there are many such compounds around the world, but there is no communication whatsoever between them. In the compound we are reading of, there are many levels of rich and status. AJ is one step from the lowest and his life along with that of his sister and brother are hardly managed. Now his sister has less than a week to live due to the dust levels underground and the choices are quickly dwindling. As a last resort AJ decides to sell himself and a very peculiar contract has him as a personal slave for Blake for one week.
Now here is where I start resenting some things. A whore in this world is so much frowned upon, that taking that route can cause alienation from even the lowest parts of society and the ruining of your entire family. That for me makes no sense, since through the centuries people’s desperation has driven them to do whatever it takes to survive. The survival instinct is simply too strong to ignore. So when AJ’s family, and especially his sister, that a few moments earlier was dying, turn him away in disgust, it was more than surreal to me.
Moving on, the way the servants in the house AJ was to live for a week treated him was again a bit odd. Firstly AJ’s Master didn’t even care to provide for him or give the orders for him to be taken care of; a room and clothes. It’s incomprehensible how he bought a virgin only to treat him like a seasoned whore. The same with the servant, Ryder, who while later (and way too fast to be credible) falls in love with AJ, treated him like common dirt at the beginning, justifying it as reaction of jealousy.
The plot itself was a bit underdeveloped too, with things not being properly introduced and decisions hastily made. The only part that made me cringe was the sexual treatment AJ received from his “Master”, while the entire angst life in that future was supposed to provide was totally lost. The blackmailing that followed was unthought-of and while the “evil” character had every opportunity to even kill them, he simply let them go. Albeit in an insecure future or rather past.
I don’t know. I still don’t know what to make of this book. The pair came together in a haze and I didn’t really get how or when they developed such strong feelings for each other. In the end, I was left with some kind of wistfulness that this read was a bit more, because I did like the idea behind the story a lot.
Blurb: Jay Sommers has the power to control his dreams and travel into the dreaming minds of others. But can he make his dreams a reality before his nightmares come true?
Jay Sommers has always had the power to bend dreams to his will. When he reaches eighteen his powers grow and he discovers he can travel into the dreams of others. But his new ability doesn’t come without problems. Hiding his sexuality from his homophobic father during the day was hard enough, now not even the haven of his mind is safe, especially when he finds it increasingly difficult to resist the temptations of his dream lover, Cory Irwin.
Jay soon discovers that when you’re sleeping hours are as real as your waking ones; your nightmares can come true in both worlds. Can Jay make his dreams come true as well?
Review: Jay has always been able to dream whatever he wanted. Literally. If he had a nightmare, then he simply imagined his monsters gone and dreamed of happier things. But, when he became eighteen years old things changed for him and his life took a turn he never would have dreamed of.
First, he meets this very sexy guy named Randall in a pub’s toilets, of all places, has his first kiss with him and God knows what more if they hadn’t been interrupted by Randall’s phone. Yes, he didn’t get his phone number and probably never see him again. But, for Jay, that kiss was his perfect birthday gift.
Then Jay gets a visit by his father in his dream world. Shocked he learns that while he was sheltered by other dream-walkers while he was a minor, now anyone with the same ability as them could invade his dreams and if stronger could trap him in there. What’s more he learns that if you get hurt or if you die in your dream, you carry than on in your reality, aka you die in the dream your dead for good…
And lastly, Jay gets a visit from a young man, vaguely familiar, but one he definitely never met before and they became friends in his dream world. Ok, a bit more than friends. Problem is his new friend, Cory, has no recollection of his waking hours and keeps intentionally vague about his life. Who is he and why is he constantly stalking Jay in his safe place when the night falls?
Ok, so when I started reading this book every word I read gave me the impression that there would be some dream-action here and you know suspense and some bad guy chasing our Jay and… well you get the picture. It is safe to say that is not the case. This is more of a bittersweet story and I don’t know how I really feel about it. The story in itself is really good and quite a bit funny in a twisted way in the beginning. But, then the sadness starts growing and growing and at some point it’s simply unbearable reading it.
And I honestly don’t know how to feel about the fact that Jay finds himself in this strange triangle between Randall and Cory, one in the sphere of reality, the other in his dreams and all linked together in such way. It was weird. However I liked it, it was very interesting and quite unique somehow. Even if the romance level was pretty low and I didn’t quite figure out how on earth Jay fell in love in the end with all that mess around, or why for that matter. It still got to be an enjoyable read and if you’re fan of the genre I recommend you give it a try. It might surprise you.
Blurb:Todd Hunter knows Deacon Jones is the one for him, and despite pressure from his family he’s determined they’ll spend the Christmas holidays together. Can he convince Deacon that their different backgrounds shouldn’t keep them apart?
When Todd Hunter went to university he left behind his boyfriend, Deacon Jones. Todd knows Deacon is the one he wants to spend the rest of his life with, but for some reason Deacon has stopped returning his calls and is ignoring all his letters.
Now Todd is home for the holidays, and he wants to spend them with Deacon. It might not be so easy though. Neither Todd’s family nor Deacon’s are happy about their relationship and while Todd knows if they stand together they can make it work, convincing Deacon may be the greatest challenge of all.
Review: When Todd went to University he left behind his boyfriend of three years, Deacon, and he hasn’t heard from him since, with Deacon not returning his calls or answering his letters. With Christmas coming, Todd is determined to discover what is going on. Deacon only wants what is best for Todd and with Todd’s and his own family against them, Deacon thinks Todd is better off without him. But, when Todd returns home for the holidays, Deacon finds it hard to stick to his resolve, especially when Todd is determined to love him no matter what.
This is a wonderful story of high school sweethearts being pressured to spilt up, but with one of them determined to stay with the man he loves. Deacon has to start building a new life for himself, when his father throws him out for being gay. Having his boyfriend’s father putting pressure on him to keep away from his son doesn’t help and he begins to think he isn’t good enough for Todd. Todd has been hurt that his boyfriend seems to have cut all contact with him. Now, he is home for Christmas he will get to the bottom of it and get his man back. Together they have to face their parents and try to convince them that Deacon isn’t going to ruin Todd’s life and that their love will carry them through.
Someone like you is a lovely story of disapproving parents who try to do what is best for their son, Todd, for all the wrong reasons. While Deacon comes from the wrong side of the tracks, he is a sweet and loving man, who just wants the best for the man he loves. Todd knows what he wants out of life, but to him the most important one is Deacon, and as long as he has his love everything else is just a bonus. These are two young men who have to fight for their love, while one would rather suffer than cause future upset, the other wants love more than anything else.
I really enjoyed this story of a sweet love that battles against parental protection. With two young men both striving for the right thing. One who will face his parents down and refuse to find a man from the right social setting and the other only wanting to do the right thing for the man he loves. Both Todd and Deacon are great characters and make a brilliant couple; Deacon with his slightly skewered view of himself and Todd with his belief in their love. The storyline was good and I liked the surprise of Deacon’s father finally stepping up and acting like a father. Todd’s father disappointed me with his snobbish attitude, but it really added to the story. I have to admit to loving Billy and am just really happy that he was there for Deacon.
I will recommend this to those who love high school sweethearts, fighting for love, scheming fathers, some hot loving and a very happy ending.