Your Money or Your LIfe by Marie Medina

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Series:  Tales of the Highwaymen #02

Author: Marie Medina

Genre:  Fantasy, Historical Fiction

Length:  Short (43 Pages)

Publisher:  Evernight Publishing (January 15, 2013)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥ 3 Hearts

BlurbWhen Jacob fell moving a portrait in the museum where he worked, he was worried about damaging it. He never imagined he would fall into it and wake up in another dimension. Though his day does start to improve when a sexy masked man rides to his rescue…

Gerard thought his friends Adam and Eloise would be the enchanted portrait’s only victims, but when he finds a gorgeous but bewildered young man wandering in the woods, he realizes how wrong he was. Now he has to enlist the help of a man he can’t stand to put a stop to the magic, even though he’d much rather be spending that time in the arms of the sexy man now sharing his home.

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Reviewer:  Leary

Review:  A very sweet short story about a magic painting that links different dimensions. Sounds lovely, but once you fall through, you’re stuck, so you’d better hope there’s someone you want to spend the rest of your life with on the other side. Jacob’s first reality in this new dimension was the sight of a masked fantasy coming towards him on a horse, complete with a cape; a highwayman who proceeded to steal his heart, his very own Robin Hood.

I really liked this other reality. When Jacob was telling Gerard about his life in our real world, and about being a closeted gay man, he had to explain the concept to Gerard. Gerard couldn’t understand the world Jacob had come from. To live in a world where your sexuality or orientation was nothing more spectacular than the sun rising every day, well, that seems like a right fantasy, a civilized country that uses horses for transport and has running water and equal rights. I want to know where to sign up! What museum is that painting in, again?

Sunshine's Kiss by Stormy Glenn

clip_image002[4]Title:  Sunshine’s Kiss

Series:  McCaffrey Men (Book #01)

Author: Stormy Glenn

Genre:  M/M Paranormal Shape-Shifter Romance

Length:  Novel (188 Pages, 56,541 words)

Publisher:  Siren Publishing (May 5, 2012)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4 Hearts

Blurb: Sam Bishop is on the run, and the safest place he can think of to hide is the ranch where he grew up. He just doesn’t expect Jesse McCaffrey, the ranch owner, to be waiting for his return. The man is both angry that Sam left him five years ago and determined to make sure that Sam never leaves again. But the danger that Sam is fleeing is right on his tail, and Jesse will have to reveal his darkest secret in order to save Sam. Getting Sam to stay after that will take more determination than Jesse might have. A little luck wouldn’t hurt either. And if that doesn’t work, Jesse will just claim Sam as his Lycan mate and keep him anyway.

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Reviewer: Leary

Review:  Sam’s running to the ranch he grew up on for a few moments of normality. Now he has a mate, there are Lycans and fairies, and he’s a half-breed Prince caught up as an unwilling pawn in the middle of an ages old war between courts. Oh, and just when you think he’s done for the day, there’s just one more thing.

Personally, I adore anything by Stormy Glenn. She is always an enjoyable read. Her male pregnancy themes always skeeve me out a bit, but I like the idea that somehow nature will always find a way. Sunshine’s Kiss is just another great story about mates by fate that learn to love each other like no other.

William by Anyta Sunday

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Series:  Enemies to Lovers #03

Author: Anyta Sunday

Genre:  M/M Romance

Length:  Novel (223 Pages)

Publisher:  Self-Published  (May 26, 2012)

Heat Level:  Explicit

Heart Rating:  ♥♥♥♥4Hearts

Blurb:  William needs to learn to think before he speaks. He accidentally outed his last boyfriend to his bigoted family. Looking to make a new start, he escapes to the most distant place he can think of: New Zealand. There he boards with a substitute mom and her too-hot-to-be-real son, Heath, but Heath and his homophobic friend Rory want William to leave before things “crash and burn,” whatever that means.

Unfortunately, traveling to the end of the world isn’t far enough for William to lose his runaway mouth.
But is it far enough to lose his loneliness?

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Reviewer:   Leary

Review:  This story delves into the heartache and heartbreak of losing a younger family member, and lies people tell themselves in order to keep going. It illustrates the tangled webs we weave, and how the reactions of one person can bring our card houses tumbling down. I was sucked in from the beginning, and stayed up all night to read it. William became my hero. An enjoyable read with a believable cast, it is full of hilarious one-liners that had me rolling my eyes. Definitely worth your time.

The F Words by Anyta Sunday

16057880Title:  The F Words

Series:  Enemies to Lovers #04

Author:  Anyta Sunday

Genre:  Contemporary

Length:  Novel (227 Pages)

Publisher:  Self-Published (October, 2012)

Heat Level:  Explicit

Heart Rating:  ♥♥♥♥4Hearts

Blurb:  Rory A. Phillips is sick of being haunted. Sick of hurting. Sick of being so fucking lost. Whenever he ‘sees’ his best friend William, he’s packing up his motorbike and on the move. But is there a place he can run to that will ever be free of William? A place where he could ever learn to love? A place he can call home?
After losing his last living relative, Eric Graham moves to Wellington to start a new job and a new life. Alone—save for his grandpa’s ashes he can’t bring himself to scatter in the sea. The only guy in the city he knows is a homophobic prick that he’d rather have nothing to do with—but he just can’t stop running into him.

Rory and Eric, both grieving and alone, are searching for a way to move on.

And maybe the best way to do that is together.

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Reviewer:  Leary

Review:  Another poignant story from Anyta Sunday, this delves more into the grief and loss of losing people who are close to you. We met Rory and Eric in William’s story, and Rory is plagued by that same loss. Hiding in the closet, from everyone, especially himself, Rory has a difficult path to follow. He can choose to deny himself and his memories, and live in constant misery, or he can choose to face himself and his fears, and embrace life. An ally from an unexpected quarter got me teary-eyed. Uninhibited acceptance is something we all seek, no matter the orientation. Now if only Rory can trust his instincts.

Eric is William’s best friend, and an out gay man. Having just lost his last relative, his grandfather, he is having trouble letting go, and carries his grandfather’s ashes around in an urn, contrary to what was requested. He has so much guilt for one so young, but that allows him to see what is going on with Rory. Despite Rory having been a right homophobic jerk to him in the past, something makes him want to help him. Now, if only he can let go of the past and trust Rory.

Cardio Conditioning by Andrew Grey

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Series:   A Workout Story

Author: Andrew Grey

Genre:   Contemporary

Length:  Novella (110 Pages)

Publisher:  Dreamspinner Press (January 2nd, 2013)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating:  ♥♥♥♥4Hearts ~ loved it

Blurb:   In the battle to regulate his blood sugar, Jerry March joins a new gym, but while working out his insecurity, he overdoes it on the treadmill. His insulin drops and so does Jerry. Fellow gym member Gianni Lappatura rushes to his rescue with a glass of juice and a helping hand.

A few days later, Jerry gets to return the favor. After watching Gianni’s opera-singing strip act, Jerry finds him stuck in the rain with a dead battery and saves the day. As thanks and because he thinks Jerry is cute, Gianni asks him on a date. It’s too good to be true, and Jerry soon learns his Mr. Perfect needs a bit of help of own. But Gianni’s imperfections open Jerry’s eyes to the beauty of limitations.

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Reviewer:   Leary

Review:  Enjoyable short story about the value of imperfections. With so many other harsh diseases out there, like cancers of all types and HIV, just to name a few, we often forget that blood sugar disorders can be as limiting and as life-threatening as many others. The hero of the story, Jerry, has lived with the limitations of this disease from childhood, and can’t see himself as attractive to anyone because of those limitations. It’s Gianni’s job to show him all of his weaknesses as well, and to teach Jerry that it’s not the perfections or imperfections of our bodies that make us special, but the places we meet each other in happiness and love that make life worth living with someone. Really well written. Another plus for Andrew