Two Silent Cries by TN Tarrant

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Series:  N/A

Author:  T N Tarrant

Genre:   Contemporary

Length: Novel (178 pages)

Publisher: Silver Publishing (April 6th, 2013)

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Heat Level:  Moderate

Heart Rating:  ♥♥♥♥4Hearts

Blurb:  Micah Valery and Dr Santiago Curtis meet over Micah’s unconscious golden retriever. Santiago tranquilized her. That’s a good way to start a relationship, right?

Micah Valery is hearing impaired and unable to speak. As if that didn’t make life interesting enough, he also suffers from a panic disorder that regularly disrupts his life. With a wonderful assistance dog named Goldie, however, he manages to live independently, and comfortably.

When something goes wrong with Goldie, he meets Dr Santiago Curtis, a veteran veterinarian with issues of his own to cope with. Still, the attraction is strong enough to explore, and a new romance blooms.

Enter Micah’s estranged family, attempting to deprive him of his inheritance.

Reviewer:   Pammie

Review:  This story has two well-matched, sexy men and a supporting cast of adorable furry friends.

Micah and Santiago make a great couple. Both men have disabilities and problems, yet find ways to overcome them together. I have deaf/hearing impaired friends, so it was good to see such a couple so well presented. Their romance wasn’t rushed, and they overcame their obstacles wonderfully. Micah is actually far stronger than he thinks.

Situations come thick and fast for the couple, and while this is enjoyable and keeps a reader on their toes, I would have loved to see more of the couple just enjoying one another.

Micah’s human family has no redeeming qualities, but his and Santiago’s furry family is just adorable.

I would recommend it to anyone who likes hot, sexy guys, a dash of hurt/comfort, cute furry friends, and a HEA.

Take a Gamble by N. Wood

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Series:  N/A

Author:  N. Wood

Genre:   Contemporary

Length: Novel (183 pages)

Publisher: Silver Publishing (March 30th, 2013)

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Heat Level:  Moderate

Heart Rating:  ♥♥♥♥3.5Hearts

Blurb:  When Isaac finally decides to take a chance and make a move on the handsome guy who’s been coming to the bar where he regularly works, will his gamble pay off or will he lose big time?

Working the bar at Blackjack’s has its advantages for Isaac Anderson: free music, decent tips, and all the ogling of customers his eyes can devour. When his sights lock onto a regular Friday night patron, Isaac likes what he sees, but there’s just something not quite right about the mysterious Caleb Miller. If he wants to discover what that is, Isaac must take a gamble, but will it pay off or will he lose big time?

Reviewer:   Pammie

Review:  This story revolves around Isaac (Neo) and the mysterious Caleb.

Isaac thinks he’s blown his chances with the mystery man he’s eyed at the bar for months. The man doesn’t even finish a free drink before he’s running away after Isaac mentions ‘gay erotica’. However, he returns, and Isaac persuades him to go on a date. It’s not long before Caleb runs again, but this time, Isaac catches him, and discovers Caleb’s secret is epilepsy, as his new friends suffers a seizure.

Isaac reads up on the condition, and still wants to pursue a relationship, despite Caleb’s worries and initial resistance.

It’s a sweet story. Although the epilepsy is very debilitating for Caleb, he’s still quite dominant once he gets past his initial shyness. A lot of the story is the lead up to the revelation of Caleb’s condition, and then a cautious courtship. I would have liked to have seen more development of their physical relationship.

I recommend this to anyone who likes to see hurdles overcome, sexy guys, a dash of hurt/comfort, and a HEA.

Angel Baby by Cherie Noel

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Series:  N/A

Author:  Cherie Noel

Genre:   Paranormal vampire

Length: Novel (42,000 words)

Publisher: MLR Press (March 21st, 2013)

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Heat Level:  Moderate

Heart Rating:  ♥♥♥♥4Hearts

Blurb:  Sent undercover in New Orleans’ steamy French Quarter in hopes of cracking a suspected case of rampaging Moneli demons, Gem and his partner find the case harder to crack than they ever imagined. Between the disappearance of Gem’s partner and a growing fear that Taskforce I.D.I.O.T. has a dangerous information leak Gem is desperate. He finds himself forced to team up with an intriguing “gifted” human named Angel. If Angel’s gifts can keep Gem from literally losing his head and Gem can get Angel to see past his initial misconceptions, the two may find more than the missing Vampire… they may find a love powerful enough to take on all the demons in hell.

Reviewer:   Pammie

Review:  This story has magic, witches, vampires, demons, and feisty humans.

In this world, the best a human can be to a vampire is a pet. Unless said vampire wants to be shunned. But, when his partner Don is kidnapped, and Gem is in danger, his instincts are to take the intriguing human, Angel, as a mate. And Angel is as protective of the big vampire as any true-mate would be.

To rescue Don, Gem and Angel have to be bound. Once bound, Angel can be Gem’s anchor in the human world, while Gem goes into the hellmouth to bring back Don.

Years have passed in that world while only just over a day in the mortal world. Gem succeeds in the rescue, but Don is literally a shadow of his former self, and he, too has a human mate, Carter.

When their boss, the witch Saskie, arrives, Gem is stunned to find that Don, Carter and Saskie are mates. Don then reveals that the rise in gifted humans is due to so many being vampire true-mates, but that vampire ‘purists’ are selling them to be fodder for the demon realm.

Saskie immediately advises Gem and Don they are in charge of the New Orleans branch of the taskforce, and new agents will be sent as they’re deemed cleared.

Let the Revolution begin.

This was an interesting twist on vampires, and a world where preternaturals walk openly. Gem and Angel make a great pair. The time difference in human world and demon world is one I’ve read in other stories, but hours in the one to years in the other felt extreme. That aside, it’s a great story.

If you like all things paranormal, and a hot couple, this is for you.

Tarnished Gold by Brita Addams

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Author: Brita Addams

Genre: Historical (early 1900’s), BDSM kink

Length: Novel (350 pages)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (March 25th, 2013)

Heart Rating:  ♥♥♥♥4Hearts

Heat Level: Explicit

Blurb: n 1915, star-struck Jack Abadie strikes out for the gilded streets of the most sinful town in the country—Hollywood. With him, he takes a secret that his country hometown would never understand.

After years of hard work and a chance invitation to a gay gentlemen’s club, Jack is discovered. Soon, his talent, matinee idol good looks, and affable personality propel him to the height of stardom. But fame breeds distrust.

Meeting Wyatt Maitland turns Jack’s life upside down. He wants to be worthy of his good fortune, but old demons haunt him. Only through Wyatt’s strength can Jack face that which keeps him from being the man he wants to be. Love without trust is empty.

As the 1920s roar, scandals rock the movie industry. Public tolerance of Hollywood’s decadence has reached its limit. Under pressure to clean up its act, Jack’s studio issues an ultimatum. Either forsake the man he loves and remain a box office darling, or follow his heart and let his shining star fade to tarnished gold.

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Reviewer:   Pammie

Review:  This story revolves around the lives of Jack and the man he loves, Wyatt.

It’s hard to believe that this story starts almost a century ago. It’s bright and vibrant, and I was happy to lose myself in the 1920s. In this era, the stars were the “property” of the studios, and no one would be seen unless fully made-up, not a hair out of place, and immaculately dressed.

Jack is no different on the outside, but behind closed doors he lives a very different life. Then he meets Wyatt. Their relationship starts off well, but Jack initially tries to abide by his mentor Eric’s advice of ‘not being touched’. He soon realizes he can’t live that way, and soon he and Wyatt are as married a couple as you can envision.

When his studio finally insists that he has to marry, and tuck Wyatt away where no one can see him, Jack takes a stance. He refuses to deny his life or the man he loves.

There is a D/s aspect to Jack and Wyatt’s relationship, but that isn’t the main part of it. Instead it’s about two people with a deep love for one another.

I loved reading the mix of historical events with fictional romance, although it is loosely based on an actual real-life romance of the time. I also liked the way the author concluded the story with a 25 year anniversary. It’s a shame that some actors, even today, don’t feel able to be publically ‘out’.

I recommend this to anyone who likes history, romance, adversity overcome, a dash or two of hot sex (some lightly kinky) and a HEA.

Reviewer: Cat (♥♥♥3Hearts)

Review: leans with dreams to make it big and to go to California with his lover from home and be a star.  His first disappointment happened on the way to the ferry to leave, when he finds that Emory, his lover isn’t going. He goes alone and finds a room and makes some friends. Then, the story moves a bit quickly from then to five years later when he is working, still as a server in a restaurant and meets Eric.  He falls quickly for the man who tells him to leave the restaurant and trust him. Eric promises to make him a star.

The story really begins here.

Jack would do absolutely anything for Eric, but Eric makes it know right away that he will never, ever be anything more than a friend to Jack.  There are lots of twists and turns as we go through Jacks life in his career and personal life.

I took to this story right away, loving it. Once we got to the part with Eric, I was OMG it’s awesome. It had angst, love, and hate.  I couldn’t put the book down. I had one problem; however, the dialogue was so hard to follow at time. I couldn’t always tell who was talking, even with just two people talking.  It was really rough when there were more, but I was hooked so I went on.   I read for hours and I am sure I ran through an entire box of tissue when I thought the story was almost over.  I was shocked to see I was at only 60 percent in. I just knew there was a big bad twist coming and practically chewed my nails. I was a bit disappointed, however, when the twist didn’t really materialize.  At least, not how I expected and then it was rather soft and the rest of the story got a bit repetitive and slow. However, I still really liked the story and the relationship of Jack and Wyatt. I am a sucker for a love that can endure all these hardships. The story line was good, the characters every last one AMAZING, and the sexy pretty hot.

Recommendation:   If you like men searching for a dream, heartbreak, broken hearts, finding a dream, Actors, Directors, historical fiction set in the early 1900’s, Scandal, difficult choices, spanking and a HEA this one is for you.

A Highlander in L.A. by J.P. Bowie

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Series:  N/A

Author:  J. P. Bowie

Genre:   Gay MM/Time travel/Paranormal

Length:  Novella (80 pages)

Publisher: Total-E Bound

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Heat Level:  Explicit

Heart Rating:  ♥♥♥♥4Hearts

Blurb:  An 18th century time travelling Scot finds the man of his dreams in present day Los Angeles.

When on duty LAPD officer, Darren Holden, is told to check out a possible dead body lying in an alleyway, he finds a man who is unconscious but very much alive. Not only alive, but gorgeous—and wearing a kilt. Darren is sure he knows the man, he just can’t remember where or when they might have met. It isn’t until that night, unable to sleep, that he realises the stranger is a man he’d been dreaming of for some time—a man who had made love to him night after night.

The Last thing Duncan MacGregor remembers is that he was home in Glen Ardor, Scotland, betrothed to Margaret Macallister as a bond between their two feuding clans.

Darren isn’t sure if Duncan is playing a game, suffering from amnesia of just plain nuts, but his attraction to Duncan outweighs his scepticism and he takes him home, determined to find the truth.

Duncan believes he was enchanted by a witch who told him his destiny was not in Scotland, nor to be married to Margaret but to have a life of love and adventure with a man—the man he had dreamt of night after night—Darren.

As much as Darren wants to believe him, his common sense warns him of the sheer impossibility of Duncan’s story. Nevertheless, the overwhelming sexual attraction both men feel for one another leads to a night of passionate lovemaking.

Even then, Darren’s logical mind refuses to accept that such a thing is possible, but when a dangerous event threatens to tear them apart, Darren must be a believer or lose Duncan forever.

Reviewer:   Pammie

Review:  This story has magic, time travel, and a sexy Scot.

As a chieftain’s son Duncan is being forced to marry a woman he doesn’t love. His friend, Fiona, regarded as a witch, creates a potion so that Duncan may fulfill his destiny. After unknowingly drinking the potion, Duncan wakes up in modern LA where he meets Darren who gets the Scot out of hospital.

Darren has been having sexy dreams for several weeks, and wishes he could meet the mysterious man of his dreams. To his shock, the John Doe he finds and takes to hospital, dressed in full Scottish costume, may just be that man.

He takes Duncan home, wanting to find out who the Highlander really is, not believing Duncan’s story about coming from 18th century Scotland. He’s stunned to hear that Duncan has dreamed of him, just as he dreamed of Duncan.

The attraction between them is irresistible, and they quickly end up in bed. The love-making is hot and sexy, just like the men themselves.

Unfortunately, Duncan isn’t the only time traveler, having inadvertently drunk from Duncan’s cup containing the potion, another man from Duncan’s time is also in LA.

Despite the love they share, Duncan’s honor demands he take Hector home, even though it will break both his and Darren’s hearts.

When Duncan awakes this time, he’s stuck up a tree, no Hector to be seen, just the pain of loss and regret in his chest for company. He spends the night where he is, determining to walk home the next day. When he does, he sees not the mountains of his Highlands’ home, but the skyscrapers of LA. The power to take him home had done just that, and Darren is his home.

I loved this time-travel, love story with a mix of magic. Darren and Duncan are hot and sexy, just like the love-making, and the ending is perfect.

I would recommend it to anyone who likes hot sex, hot guys, magic, time travel and a HEA.