Hi guys! We have Tere Michaels popping in today with her upcoming release Forever & Ever, A Collection of Stories, we have a guest post from Tere and exclusive excerpt so check out the post and enjpoy! ❤ ~Pixie~
Forever & Ever
(A Collection of Stories)
(Faith, Love, & Devotion 07)
A Faith, Love & Devotion Anthology
What happens after the story ends?
Join Matt, Evan, Jim, Griffin, and their friends and families for a glimpse of what happens after happily ever after. Between growing up and growing pains, weddings and retirement, changing careers and changing diapers, life is never boring. Changes, decisions, tears, and joy await as the years march on.
Blurb: A year after deciding to share their lives, Matt and Evan are working on their happily ever after—which isn’t as easy as it looks. As life settles down into a routine, Matt finds happiness in his role as the ideal househusband of Queens, New York, but he worries about Evan’s continued workaholic—and emotionally avoidant—ways. Trying to juggle his evolving relationship with Evan and his children, Matt turns to his friend, former Seattle Homicide Detective Jim Shea.
The continued friendship between Matt and Jim is a thorn in Evan’s side. Jealous and uncomfortable with imagining their brief affair, Evan struggles to come to terms with what being in a committed relationship with a man means, and the implications about his love for his deceased wife, the impact on his children, and how other people will view him. His turmoil threatens his relationship with Matt, who worries that Evan will once again chose a life without him. But now, the stakes are much higher.
Review: This is part of the Faith, Love, and Devotion series. They need to be read in order, so that you learn about Evan and Matt. To see how they come together when it was needed the most, how they fell in love, went through some difficult times together and get what they deserved in the end.
It is a tender heart book that will draw you in and keep you captivated. There are some wonderful memories that these two men will carry with them for a long time. I am not very good with my words but there is something about this book that makes your heart beat faster and your breath quicken, your desires are met and the rest of the time you just want to smack someone upside the head.
Evan had spent twenty of his years married to a beautiful woman whom he loved with his entire heart. Then she died suddenly leaving him in a spiral downward. Then Matt made him love once more. Now here he is with the man he loves and still finding a way to screw it all up. He wants what Matt wants but is afraid of the out come. Matt wants to be out and live life to the fullest, yet here he is like a scared rabbit. Then his in-laws are threatening to take the kids away, the chief wants him to be promoted to head of his department and he is about to meet the one man that Matt had slept with in a one night stand. Talk about pressures of his life.
Matt had not been in any serious relationships till Evan and Evan was all he wanted. His one night stand was a good friend who just wanted to help, but it seems Evan just couldn’t get past it. That is until someone makes a move and places Jim in danger. Then Evan realizes that Jim is so deeply in love with his man, that he really needs to get over his crap. Matt just wants to be able to go out in the world holding his man’s hand. Was that too much to ask for. I mean Evan didn’t even like labels. There are a lot of fears between them, but their love proves to be stronger than all of them.
Matt needs Evan to realize that they are worth the chance, worth the troubles and worth the effort to be something more than just roommates with benefits. Even though most every one knew that they were together there seems to be a bit of tension still surrounding it all. I must admit that even though it actually comes off as a very real in the life story, there are parts that drive me crazy. It is a wonderful story that gave me almost everything I could want in a story. I loved it and would love to hear more about these two men in the future. It is an amazing story and I had a blast reading it.
I would definitely recommend reading this story. It will have you smiling at parts and crying with others. There is so much feeling that was put into this story and it gave me so much joy reading it. It gives you gorgeous men, quirky kids, pain in the ass in-laws, a bit of angst and pain, entertaining thoughts, some very hot sex and a love so strong that you would be powerless against it.
Hi guys! We have Tere Michaels stopping by today with her new re-release The Heir Apparent, we have a brilliant guest post, a great exclusive excerpt and a fantastic comment giveaway. So check out the post and leave a comment to enter the giveaway! <3 ~Pixie~
The Heir Apparent
The heir apparent to a vast international company, Henry Walker has focused his entire life on pleasing his cold and distant father, a futile effort that’s left him no time for life, love, or making his own decisions. He has just one friend—one dirty little secret—Archie Banks. Raised on the Walker estate alongside Henry, Archie is now Henry’s driver, bodyguard… and occasional lover. Archie is loyal, but he’s about to graduate from college and has plans for his life that don’t include living every moment at the beck and call of Henry’s father. Not even for Henry.
With no warning, a shocking kidnapping leads to tragedy and chaos, thrusting Henry and Archie into a dramatic struggle that threatens them individually and as a couple. Can they find a way to heal the hurt of the past, save the company that is Henry’s birthright, and find a future together?
Second Edition, First Edition Published by Loose Id, February 2013.
Title: Groomzilla Series: N/A Author: Tere Michaels Genre: Contemporary Length: Novel (160 pages) Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (10 Aug 2015) Heat Level: Moderate Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5Hearts Blurb: When drama threatens to ruin a romance on a reality show, only a true friend can save a groomzilla’s wedding.
Daniel Green, an event planner with a neat, quiet, orderly life, reluctantly agrees to plan the wedding of his childhood friend Ander, an outrageous fashion designer soon to marry a wealthy entertainment lawyer named Rafe. To complicate matters, the happy couple have agreed to have their wedding made into a reality show—something that practical Daniel isn’t sold on.
Daniel is neither a romantic nor a wedding planner, but he’s the only person in the world who can manage Ander. Distracting him from his mission is Owen Grainger, a too-handsome-to-be-true producer whose quiet charm pulls Daniel into his orbit.
When the stress of the show triggers bad behavior from Ander, co-producer Victor Pierce decides it’s the key to a ratings bonanza, and he begins to undermine Ander and Rafe’s relationship to create more drama. Daniel is determined to protect his friend and his own reputation, but when he finds himself falling hard for Owen, there’s much more at stake than ratings.
Review: For me, Tere Michaels is always a joy to read and Groomzilla is no exception. It a whole heap of fun, some stunning attraction and a couple of hot (albeit level-headed) men combined with the melodrama of reality TV. For someone who was drawn in by the melodramatic title “Groomzilla” this did not let me down at all.
Daniel is the level-headed BFF of Ander, a flamboyant designer who was head over heels and set to marry his boyfriend, entertainment lawyer Rafe. Daniel is an event planner and Ander, the type who always wheedles to get his way, wants his best friend and only real family to plan his big day. The catch is it’s all going to play out on reality TV. This is where producers, the perfectly horrible Victor and the perfectly handsome Owen, come into play.
When Daniel and Owen meet the relationship that starts between them is very subtle, but escalates quickly. The addition the horrid Victor, the wonderfully quirky Ander and the down-to-earth Rafe really does make for a lot of fun as Daniel tries to plan his BFF’s wedding so that it might be the most perfect celebration of his friends’ love.
As the two continue planning the wedding, we find out a lot more about Owen and his business partnership with Victor. The best bit, I found, was just the interaction between Daniel and Ander. The story is just as much about Ander and Rafe’s love, but ultimately it is all Daniel’s story – love, friendship, loyalty and support.
This is everything that is cute, sweet and dramatic. But I think anyone involved in a wedding will be able to relate too much of it, particularly if you’re perceived as the straight-laced, organised, quiet type who suddenly starts surprising people when it comes to falling in love and defending their best friend.
There is a lot of love and loyalty involved here, and with a wonderful dose of happily-ever-afters. A lot of laugh out loud moments top this off as a great book to read.
* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review through http://mmgoodbookreviews.wordpress.com *
After several years of happy coupledom, Matt and Evan can relax in the knowledge that their little family has survived the worst of it. The two older girls are away at college, the twins have yet to fully hit teen angst, Matt is doing well with his part-time security consulting, and Evan is about to be promoted to captain—it seems like things are calm and bright.
Until they aren’t.
As the holidays approach, Evan and Matt get a shock no parent is ever prepared for: feisty Miranda, Evan’s eldest, has a new boyfriend, Kent, and they are talking marriage after just three months together. In fact, Miranda wants to bring him to Thanksgiving dinner—along with his parents, Blake and Cornelia.
Lives are in transition as everyone gathers at the stunning Hamptons beach home of Daisy and Bennett to celebrate the christening of their new baby. Griffin and Jim—secretly growing tired of their rootless lifestyle—are in a rocky spot in their relationship. And as the godfather, Griffin finds himself yearning for something he’s sure Jim won’t be interested in.
Matt and Evan are looking to reconnect during the long weekend, as their respective careers pull them in separate directions. With less time spent together, Evan grows concerned about what will happen when the last two kids leave the nest.
Review:This is the second edition for both of these stories. This is part of the Faith, Love, & Devotion series and I would suggest reading book one first. It tells you about what happened in their lives to bring them to where they are now.
In this book, you have two separate stories to enjoy.
I have always loved Tere’s stories. They are what a true life would go through. I quite enjoyed it, although parts of the story make me wonder if they will be together for life. It is the way they still seem to have fears even after years are gone by. Then there is the oldest girl, she makes me want to just smack her upside the head.
It is the time for joy and love, what with the holidays coming up. With many mistakes, what with family and friends they have things to overcome. Evan’s oldest daughter still has trouble with the fact that her mother is dead and is treating Matt like shit for it. She has a boyfriend that she wants to introduce but she has failed to tell her boyfriend and his family about the fact that her dad is with Matt. It, of course, backfires on him, but there are many issues still to deal with.
They are basically on vacation and are enjoying their friends and having fun. A friend is due to have her baby, another set are trying to figure out what they want in live and what they want to do. Matt and Evan are being pulled apart by their jobs, but somehow have to let it slide by them. They just need to focus on their love and family. Things are changing for them all and they just need to flow with it.
Overall, this is a wonderful book that makes you smile and laugh at parts and at others tear your hair out. The way it was told did leave me with a bit of questions, but in the end it did not turn me from the book.
It gave me almost everything I could want in a story and I would definitely recommend reading it. However start with book one because otherwise their lives and how they got to where they are at now is a bit confusing without it. I had a blast with it and look forward to reading the next book.
* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review through http://mmgoodbookreviews.wordpress.com *
Title: Love & Loyalty, 2nd edition Series: Faith, Love, & Devotion, #2 Author: Tere Michaels Genre: Contemporary Length: Novel (200 Pages) Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (November 14, 2014) Heat Level: Moderate to Explicit Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5 Blurb: Seattle Homicide Detective Jim Shea never takes work home with him—until now. A judge banged his gavel, declared a defendant not guilty, and laid waste to a family. The emotional fallout of the trial leaves Jim vulnerable and duty-bound to the victim’s dying father.
It’s that man’s story that screenwriter Griffin Drake and his best friend, actress Daisy Baylor, see as their ticket out of action blockbusters and into more serious fare. But to get the juicy details, Griffin needs to win over the stoic and protective Detective Shea.
Their attraction is immediate, and Daisy encourages Griffin to use it to their advantage: secure the man, secure the story. Neither man has had much luck when it comes to love, and when their one night together evolves into a long weekend of rapidly intensifying feelings, both Griffin’s fierce loyalty to Daisy and his very career is put to the test.
Because the more Griffin is drawn into a new life with Jim, the more his Hollywood life falls apart. Secrets and broken trust threaten Griffin’s relationships, and he’ll have to choose between telling the truth or writing a Hollywood ending.
Review: This is book two in this amazing series and I would suggest reading them in order. Each story focuses on a new romantic couple and gives you an insight into their amazing worlds. I had such a blast reading this book and look forward to reading the next story. Jim is a sexy detective that see’s pretty much the bad in the world. He rarely ever see’s the good, that is until he meets Griffin.
Jim had arrested an evil killer and had looked forward to seeing him get what he is do. However that had not happened and the killer went free. The family of the deceased was grieving and then the next worst step happened. The husband’s wife had a fatal heart attack right after the verdict was given. Jim felt that he had failed that family. However he kept in contact with Ed.
So when Ed called him to let him know that there were people coming over to talk about making a movie about it. He just wanted to protect Ed, because the man had went through enough and also because he knew Ed was dying of cancer. He just wanted to keep this old man safe. However when he meets Griffin, he is turned the hell on.
Griffin had known from the moment he met Jim that he wanted more from him. However there were things in Griffin’s life that might just be destroyed if he pursues the story with the best intention and pursues Jim. He is afraid that his life back home will be lost. Things are heating up with Jim however and he is falling in love. However he finds out that his best friend had lied to him, and Ed’s movie might not go as planned. He is afraid of what will happen to the movie, to Ed and to the man he is falling in love with.
This is an amazing story that I fell in love with. I love how Jim and Griffin just seem to mingle well, in fact they make a wonderful couple. I loved them and wished to hear more about them. There is nothing better than a man with a gun, a sexy screen writer, excitement, suspense and some amazing sex.
I would recommend reading this, trust me you won’t regret it. It caught my attention from the moment I started reading and kept it all the way to the end. It gave me everything I could want in a story and in fact much more. I loved it and look forward to reading the next story.
* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review through http://mmgoodbookreviews.wordpress.com *
Blurb: Reeling from the recent death of his wife, police officer Evan Cerelli looks at his four children and can only see how he fails them. His loving wife was the caretaker and nurturer, and now the single father feels himself being crushed by the pain of loss and the heavy responsibility of raising his kids.
At the urging of his partner, Evan celebrates a coworker’s retirement and meets disgraced former cop turned security consultant Matt Haight. A friendship born out of loneliness and the solace of the bottle turns out to be exactly what they both need.
The past year has been a slow death for Matt Haight. Ostracized from his beloved police force, facing middle age and perpetual loneliness, Matt sees only a black hole where his future should be. When he discovers another lost soul in Evan, some of the pieces he thought he lost start to fall back in place. Their friendship turns into something deeper, but love is the last thing either man expected, and both of them struggle to reconcile their new and overwhelming feelings for one another.
Review: This is the first book to this series and should be read in order.
I loved this story more than I can say. You can usually tell when someone puts their hearts into their stories and this was one of them. I can’t tell you how much pain I felt coming from both of these men and the confusion they had when they realized that they were falling for each other. Both men were straight, never thinking about being with a man and now they are coming to terms that they are in fact attracted to each other.
Evan had been in love with his wife. She had been his first in every way and she had given him four beautiful children. Then she was killed in a car accident over a year ago. He was not surviving to well without her. His heart was breaking every day since her death. On a night with friends, he had met Matt. They had become best friends, sharing everything about their lives. Then during a blizzard, Matt had stayed over and their friendship took a turn.
Everything was going good, if not a bit scary then Evan had been shot. His in-laws were causing problems. They wanted the children and blamed him for their daughter’s death. Things were getting to tense and he decides he can’t continue with Matt.
Matt had never been with a man before and in fact had never had a true relationship. He was scared that maybe he couldn’t love someone like he was supposed to. He hadn’t meant to make a move on Evan and then it just started happening. Then after Evan got shot, Matt got booted to the door. He didn’t know how long he could take with his heart being ripped out. It was up to them both to decide what they truly wanted.
This was the perfect story to me. It is as if you are right there with them going through it all. The pain Evan felt loosing his wife, then the happiness he got with Matt, then the despair of loosing it all is powerful, and you just want to help him through it all. Whereas Matt falls in love with a man, is confused through it all and then to have his heart handed to him on a platter because Evan gets scared tore me up. To give someone your heart is a dangerous but wonderful thing.
I would recommend reading this story if you love two gorgeous men, their first sexual experience, angst, pain, anger, fear and true love. It gave me all of that and so much more. I loved it and cannot wait to get my hands on the next book. Tere has an amazing gift at giving you a story so real that it makes you seem like you are going through every bit right there with them. It caught my attention from the moment I started reading and kept it all the way to the end. It has every feeling imaginable in this and so much more.
* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review through http://mmgoodbookreviews.wordpress.com *
Blurb: Nate Brandywine is an actor without prospects in need of an emergency roommate for the month of December. In the middle of a humiliating gig as a Christmas elf at a NYC department store, he meets Sean Callahan – his producer – a man struggling under the weight of a loan coming due and desperate for a place in the city for a few weeks. One month of sharing a workplace and an apartment with someone you can’t stop flirting with? Maybe this isn’t going to be a terrible holiday after all.
Review: Nate is in desperate need of cash, his roommate has disappeared and stiffed him for the rent, he has had to take an acting job as a Christmas elf in a new department store as acting gigs are scarce and he needs a new roommate if he is going to keep the roof over his head and eat. Meeting his new boss, Sean, has him getting some of his prayers answered, now if only he can stop flirting with the sexy man. Sean needs the production in the department store to be a success, he is trying to keep his head above water but the pressure is starting to wear him down, he has a loan coming due and he does not want to pay the strings that are attached. When Sean meets Nate he jumps at the chance to have a decent place to live and to save some money, living and working together proves to be easy, now if only the sexual tension would stop flaring up between them.
This is a great Christmas story which has strong sense of friendship and paying it forward, helping out and repaying kindness. Nate and Sean are both great characters, they are both in similar situations with both of them facing homelessness and failure if something doesn’t come along right now. They end up helping each other out and developing a friendship while trying to ignore their attraction to each other, but it isn’t long before the spark ignites and they fall into a relationship that surprises them both.
I loved how this story has taken what was two stressful circumstances and brought them together to ease the strain, while adding in a romance and a solution from unexpected quarters. Both Nate and Sean had worries that could have seen them both back under their parents roofs, as they embark on their new relationship Nate helps Sean to get out from under his father’s heel, Sean helps Nate keep his apartment and when the roommate reappears Nate gives Sean the security he needs.
The story switches between both Nate and Sean so we get a good feel for both men, we also understand exactly what is going on with each man’s troubles so we can easily envisage their stress as they try to get back on an even keel. The secondary characters are great, they really bring out the best in the MC’s and add to the storyline perfectly. This story really is a delightful Christmas read, with Christmas hope and a perfect Christmas ending.
I recommend this to those who love struggling men finding a way forward, discovering love and happiness, escaping parental expectations and a very happy ending.
Spring struggles against winter in the mountains of Montana as Aiden Cermak and Daniel Schrock settle into their new life together. Aiden, a journalist from the East Coast, wants to make a rustic home for them and their adopted dog, though he continues his reporter’s quest for the truth. Daniel’s roots are traditional Amish, and though he’s become a successful carpenter with his own shop, the modern world still baffles him.
When Aiden’s former boyfriend, Conrad Barringer, ill and alone, asks Aiden and Daniel for help, they agree and welcome him, but with misgivings that persist and grow. Aiden finds fulfillment in nursing Conrad, yet worries that the closeness he shares with Daniel will be lost, as Daniel isolates more and more. Then Daniel learns of an ugly revelation that could change everything, and he grapples with whether to tell Aiden the truth, or carry it with him to his grave.
Giovanni Boca was destined to go down in history as an opera legend until a vocal chord injury abruptly ended his career. Now he teaches voice lessons at a prestigious New York City music school. During auditions for his summer opera workshop, he finds his protégé in fourteen-year-old Emma McPhee. Just as intriguing to Gio is Emma’s father Mike, a blue-collar guy who runs a business renovating the kitchens and bathrooms of New York’s elite to finance his daughter’s dream.
Mike’s partner was killed when Emma was a toddler, and Gio mourns the beautiful voice he will never have again, so coping with loss is something they have in common. Their initial physical attraction quickly grows to something more as each hopes to fill the gap that loss and grief has left in his life. Although Mike wonders if he can truly fit into Gio’s upperclass world, their bond grows stronger. Then, trouble strikes from outside when the machinations of an unscrupulous stage mother threaten to tear Gio and Mike apart—and ruin Emma’s bright future.
One Night Ever After by Elizah J. Davis, Elle Brownlee, Tere Michaels
Just a Drive by Tere Michaels
After weeks of flirting, “One Night” Wyatt Walsh spends a fabulous night with his shy coworker, Benji Trammell. As Wyatt tries to sneak out the next morning, he receives a call from his frantic, very pregnant best friend Raven—she needs him immediately. With no other way to get from New York City to the Pennsylvania town where Raven and her husband live, Wyatt accepts Benji’s offer to drive him there. Wary and unsure of each other, they start the trip at odds, but as time goes on, the barriers that usually keep people at a distance fail. And what started out as “just a drive” becomes a step toward romance.
Just a Stranger by Elle Brownlee
The excitement of meeting a stranger in a club can’t be beat. Loud bass sets the rhythm to Michael Wiercinski’s primal urges as he flirts with Andrew, a cute guy offering the promise of a hot night with no strings, no complications. Still, when their night is done, Michael admits there was something about Andrew that left him wanting more. Months go by with no sign of Andrew until Michael moves back home to help after his father’s heart attack. Once there, Michael is completely amazed to find Andrew Lucas living in his hometown. Despite surprising “complications” in Andrew’s life, Michael vows to take advantage of this second chance to make Andrew more than just a stranger.
Just a Weekend by Elizah J. Davis
James is a homebody in a predictable, if not altogether comfortable, rut. He’d rather stay in with a book than brave the Seattle bar scene. One night, after allowing his friend Kara to coax him out for drinks, he meets Devin—charming, gorgeous, and way out of his league.
With a little bit of help from Kara, James leaves with Devin to indulge in a night together, which is as much time as he’s bound to get with a guy as hot as Devin. He doesn’t expect the easy rapport that quickly develops between them, and when the weather conspires to keep them together, James wonders if this could be more than just a weekend fling.
Jilted at the altar when his best man ran off with his fiancée, Craydon “Cray” Wright trades in his Mexico honeymoon for a vacation in Aruba. When godlike Stone Ferris walks onto the plane, sits next to Cray, and makes his interest known, Cray decides to act on desires he’s felt since high school but ignored.
He agrees to let Stone show him the island, but what starts as fun-filled and casual turns earth-shattering for Cray. When his time in Aruba ends, Cray realizes his feelings for Stone have grown beyond fun, but he worries that it might not translate to real life in LA. Can he convince himself and Stone their love can be paradise at home?
Length: Novella (128p.) | Genre:Contemporary | Release Date: October 2, 2013 |Buy as eBook ($4.99 ISBN: 978-1-62798-163-7)
Puzzle Me This by Eli Easton
Luke Schumaker designs computer games, working from his home. Every day he walks his dog in the woods nearby, never suspecting that someone who is completely smitten is watching. The watcher is Alex Shaw, and he too works from home, designing logic and crossword puzzles. Alex’s options are limited: he’s too shy to approach Luke and his wheelchair won’t let him follow into the woods. His solution? Secret messages for Luke in the crosswords he writes for the local paper. When Luke decodes them, romance begins, but then they face greater puzzles, like Alex’s interfering sister and what commitment to a man in a wheelchair really takes. And, most puzzling of all, how do you know if love is real?
Length: Novella (88p.) | Genre: Mystery/Suspense, Humor | Release Date: October 2, 2013 |Buy as eBook ($3.99 ISBN: 978-1-62798-162-0)
My Only Sunshine by Rowan McAllister
Tanner Wallis is nearly at the end of his rope the night Mason Seidel finds him lying next to the mangled body of a cow on the back pastures of the Seidel family’s Wyoming ranch. Recently out of the hospital after he and his boyfriend were brutally beaten, Tanner is jobless, homeless, and almost penniless. His desperate hope is that Mason will believe he’s innocent of the senseless crime and give him a place to heal, both physically and emotionally, until he can get on his feet again.
But Mason already has enough on his plate. He’s only been back on the ranch a few months, ten years after his father kicked him out for being gay, and only because his sister begged him to come help after the man’s disabling stroke. With all his responsibilities—running the struggling ranch and keeping his sister and father off his back—Mason can’t really afford the distraction Tanner represents. But he can’t just abandon the attractive young man either. There’s trouble in spades on the ranch, but if they face it together, Mason and Tanner might find a future with a little sunshine.
Evan Costa learned from a very early age that there was no such thing as unconditional love and that it was better to settle for what you could get instead of expecting the world to give you what you need. As Ethan, porn model for Johnnies, he gets exactly what he wants—comradeship and physical contact on trade—and he is perfectly satisfied with that. He’s sure of it.
Jonah Stevens has spent most of his adult life helping to care for his sister and trying to keep his beleaguered family from fraying at the edges. He’s had very little time to work on his confidence or his body for that matter. When Jonah meets Ethan, he doesn’t see the hurt child or the shamelessly slutty porn star. He sees a funny, sexy, confident man who—against the odds—seems to like Jonah in spite of his very ordinary, but difficult, life.
Sensing a kindred spirit and a common interest, Ethan thinks a platonic friendship with Jonah won’t violate his fair trade rules of sex and touch, but Jonah has different ideas. Ethan’s pretty sure his choice of jobs has stripped away all hope of a real relationship, but Jonah wants the whole package—the sexy man, the vulnerable boy, the charming companion who works so hard to make other people happy. Jonah wants to prove that underneath the damage Ethan has lived with all his life, he’s still gold with promise and the ability to love.
Length: Novel (350p.) | Genre:Contemporary| Release Date: October 4, 2013
Following the death of their sub, the former owners of the Guards of Folsom, Robert “Bobby” Alcott and Rig Beckworth, were left to pick up the pieces as best they could. After seven years, these two Doms are ready to move on and find the boy who will complete them. Their painful past comes crashing back when they meet Mason Howard, a submissive who just weeks ago lost his Doms in a car accident.
Reeling from overwhelming grief that’s complicated by a severe social anxiety disorder, Mason can barely leave his home. When Rig and Bobby find him, he’s hit rock bottom, believing life is no longer worth living. Bobby and Rig set out to prove the younger man wrong. Fate has brought the three men together, but they’ll have to face the pain of fear and loss head-on before they can all truly live again.
Length: Novel (220p.) | Genre:BDSM/Kink, M/M/M or More | Release Date: October 4, 2013
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The Sacrifices We Make by Sophie Bonaste
Adam Jameson has always felt like an outsider in his own home, where his parents’ constant efforts to instill religious fervor have instead filled him with fear. Most of the time, he just wants to stay out of everybody’s way. But when Adam is forced to volunteer at a homeless shelter his senior year in high school, everything changes. He’s introduced to people who care about more than religion and, as a result, he starts to come out of his shell. For the first time in his life, Adam finds people who he wants to be around.
Mickey Stafford lives on the streets, a teen kicked out by his parents for being gay. He comes to the shelter for food and medical care, and after they literally run into each other, the two boys strike up a friendship. As Mickey introduces his new friend to the world he lives in, Adam starts to question everything: his parents, their religion, even his own beliefs. Once Mickey kisses him, Adam starts soul-searching and finds his heart, which is full of love for Mickey. But these two young men will have their love put to the test as they face a future of uncertainty and fear.
Length: Novel (190p.) | Genre:Contemporary, Gay, YA | Release Date: October 3, 2013
Blurb: Henry Walker is the only son of a wealthy businessman – and heir to a vast company. It is his birthright and destiny. But Henry only truly desires the one thing he cannot have…time to spend with his lover, Archie Banks. Archie is his childhood friend turned driver, bodyguard and dirty little secret. Circumstances make it difficult for them to sneak moments together – something that will become impossible once Archie moves on after he graduates from college.
They fear the uncertain future, and what will become of their blossoming feelings – but nothing prepares them for the danger and disaster about to overwhelm their lives. A shocking kidnapping leads to tragedy and suddenly Henry and Archie are thrust into a dramatic fight against an unknown enemy. They must fight not only be together, but to also save the company Henry has been groomed to run his entire life.
Review: This book hit the ground running! Henry Walker, only child and heir to his father’s multimillion dollar company is secretly in love with his best friend. Archie Banks grew up at the Walker estate. He is Henry’s chauffer, bodyguard and lover. A kidnapping leaves both men seriously injured, and the FBI are convinced Archie is behind it. Left to their own devices in an all too tiny apartment, the relationship between these two secret lovers blooms into something more. When the smoke clears will Henry finally admit he’s in love with Archie? Or will he keep his bodyguard in the closet, along with the truth about his sexuality.
If this book had wavered from the initial chapter, even slightly, I might not have finished it. The childhood friends turned lovers aspect is starting to wear me thin in the M/M genre. But Michael’s managed to find the right balance by starting the story on a cliff, and riding the consistency of the plot from there. Yes, I saw the bad guy coming a mile away, but that’s not what the whole of this story was about. I really enjoyed reading Henry and Archie’s relationship as it evolved from just sex to love. The secondary characters were vital to the story as well, even though I figured out who the bad guy was early on, everyone had a part to play and I was intrigued by each and every one of them.
This is the first of Tere Michaels books that I’ve read, but I will definitely be on the lookout for more. The story was engaging and the characters grabbed me, especially Henry and Archie. Their sex scenes were not extremely explicit, but neither were they overall. Michaels still managed to convey the want, need and electricity between them regardless.
If you like M/M romance with that element of mystery and just a teensy bit of intrigue, then this is the book for you.