Graphic Intentions by Randi Harmon

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Author: Randi Harmon
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Novella (65 pages)
ISBN: 9781925180190
Publisher: Wilde City Press (October 22, 2014)
Heat Level: Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts
Reviewer: Zane
Blurb: Scarred by past events, Scott and Derek find each other when neither is looking for a partner. Can they discover a way to battle their inner demons together rather than alone?

Scott Delaney, a graphic novelist suffering from writer’s block, discovers his elusive inspiration in Derek Reinhart, but he finds himself interested in him for more than just breaking down the wall of his writer’s block.

Derek isn’t looking for a relationship, but is intrigued by something beyond Scott’s graphic artwork.
While each is thinking the other is straight, neither acts on the attraction until a loudmouth bigot confronts them.

Sparks fly as they begin exploring this new side of their relationship, but can their new passion overcome each of their haunting pasts?

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Review:  I love my broody broken men; that’s my reader’s kink and absolutely the reason I liked this story from the start. I’m not crazy about insta-love, but insta-lust? Bring it on! Scott and Derek were hot for each other from first glance, and that had me all kinds of hot for them. Although

I shook my head at their astonishing lack of gaydar, once that issue was resolved the two were sizzling. That heated sexual tension that overrides everything else in life was ever present, and it put me in a state of anticipation (along with them, of course) almost immediately.

This is not what one would call an easy read. There is angst, self-doubt and self-recrimination deep within both Scott and Derek that pervades the whole story. There is also a glimmer of hope that comes from each of them finding their outlet in creativity, and ultimately each other.

The depths of their inner turmoil allowed for empathy. I wanted them to face their demons, to find absolution and solace together. It also paved the bumpy road to their HEA. I was so glad for that HEA, though. And the sex. Of course the sex. Did I mention it was hot??

At book’s end, I was struck with the thought that I would have loved more of Derek and Scott. A bit of a longer story with some more detail would have definitely amped things up. That being said, for a short read the emotion, depth of character and story was impressive.

If you are like me, and broody, broken, sexy men are your thing, grab this one up and introduce yourself to Scott and Derek. I hope you like them as much as I do!

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Pumpkin Rolls and Porn Sounds by Kris T. Bethke

PumpkinRollsAndPornSoundsLGTitle: Pumpkin Rolls and Porn Sounds
Author: Kris T. Bethke
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short (52 pages)
ISBN: 9781632164056
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (February 11, 2015)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 3.5 Hearts
Reviewer: Zane
Blurb: Will Grant only attends the PFLAG meeting because his mother guilts him into it. But the instant he hears the night’s speaker, Will is glad he showed up. Joshua Rhinehardt is dynamic and engaging. Although Joshua isn’t physically Will’s type, Will can’t get the man out of his head.

Joshua may be comfortable in his own skin, but it isn’t often men like Will are attracted to him, and he’s not comfortable changing for someone else. He wants to make a life with Will, but his own insecurities keep getting in the way.

Will’s unwavering acceptance helps Joshua see that when two people connect, physical appearance just might not matter at all.

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Review: Who doesn’t enjoy a heart warming, feel-good novella? I’ll read adorable MCs who fall happily in love like Will and Josh any day. It’s so refreshing to see characters (both main and supporting) that are just overall good people. There’s no angst here, no meanness, no major brokenness, just reality with a dose here and there of ‘stuff happens’.

Like Will, sometimes in life we do fall for the person that is not our type. Like Josh, there are moments in life where we must confront personal issues in order to find and/or keep our own happiness.

I loved their honesty, how Will and Josh don’t hide from who they are individually or how they feel about each other. There is no game-playing here, no miscommunication, and no angsty drama. What we are dealing with here is just real life and real people, who sometimes react based on their own hang-ups.

For such a short read there is a great depth of character here and tremendous growth on the part of the MCs. Even so, there is lightness to this story, a fluffy sweetness that just makes you smile.

‘Pumpkin Rolls and Porn Sounds’ – The title definitely captured my attention. You’ll have to read it see why it was named (very appropriately, I might add), but this book is way more than the wacky yet enticing title. If you’re looking for a quick read that puts a smile on your face and a little skip in your heart, this is one I definitely recommend.

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Dear Alex by Clare London

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Author: Clare London
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short (39 pages)
Publisher: Jocular Press (November 26, 2014)
Heat Level: Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 hearts
Reviewer: Zane
Blurb: Alex Palmer writes the “Dear Alex” Agony Uncle column for Meant for Men – a magazine aimed at gay men’s life and issues. What started as a genuine and ground-breaking feature has become a snark fest, due to Alex’s boredom and personal cynicism. His respect for the correspondents has dwindled away in direct relation to his own self-respect as a journalist. He no longer believes in his readers’ search for a soulmate, or in his own column’s headline: “Is He Really the One?”

In the early days, Robbie Cooke was Alex’s co-presenter on the magazine. They’d been lovers, too. But unlike Alex, Robbie still sees the anguish and need behind the letters they receive. He wants to help the writers, rather than turn their situations into journalistic entertainment. He and Alex may still have to work together, but their fundamental disagreement on how to run the column tore them apart as romantic partners.

Excess drinking and a succession of casual lovers are wearing Alex out, yet he’s in denial. He’s convinced he doesn’t need “Dear Alex” to set him straight about what’s wrong with his life. But when he’s alerted to the fact that Robbie may be in danger, he realises that what he’s really missing is his ex-lover’s care, compassion and love. The problem is, by the time Alex is desperate to make amends, Robbie may have already moved on.

This was originally published in the Dreamspinner Press anthology “Make Me a Match”.

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Review: Alex wasn’t what one would call likeable, but I am easily amused by a good unapologetic slut, so that drew me right in. Apparently Alex has managed to drink and screw himself stupid because he doesn’t remember throwing the best thing in his life away. I’ll have to urge you to suspend a little belief on that one (who forgets a bad breakup?) because it’s worth it.

As Alex muddles through his mess of an existence, a funny thing starts to happen. He slowly realizes what he’s done to his life and what he’s lost, and begins to feel again. This is where Clare London shines. It’s her writing that does this character justice, redeems him and makes us feel for him. The path he takes to this redemption of both himself and his previously doomed relationship is what makes this story a stand-out.

There was quite a bit of emotional depth for a quick read, and even though I thought Robbie was pretty much insane for holding a torch for Alex, I was happy to see it all work out. I’ve always liked reading Clare London, and this is no different.

Set to the backdrop of numerous ‘Dear Alex’ letters, this was a short and enjoyable (though not necessarily easy) read that I’d recommend in a heartbeat.

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No Big Deal by Danni Keane

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Series:  No Letting Go
Author: Danni Keane
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Length: Novella (159 pages)
ISBN: 9781632167255
Publisher: Harmony Ink Press, Dreamspinner Press (February 5, 2015)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 4.5 Hearts
Reviewer: Zane
Blurb: Still reeling from his father’s death and stuck in a job he hates, the only moments of happiness in Josh Roberts’ life are those he spends with his boyfriend, Bradley. The boys are inseparable, and when they lose their virginity together, Josh feels closer to Bradley than he ever imagined.

But Josh’s mum, proud of her son and his biggest supporter, expects Josh to go to university after his year off. He doesn’t want to disappoint her by telling her he’s changed his mind, and he struggles to find a solution.

When Bradley moves in with Josh and his mum, Josh truly believes life can be perfect again. But before long, their still-fragile feelings of connection and intimacy are tested when Bradley becomes secretive and distant. Anxious and confused, Josh is desperate to find out why Bradley is rejecting his affections. Bradley finally opens up, but what he reveals will change every aspect of their young love and quite possibly the rest of their lives.

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Review:No Big Deal” is the latest in the series “Not Letting Go”. Though you don’t need to read the first two short stories (Sunshine and Buttercups, Not Letting Go), I’d suggest you do so in order to get a better understanding of Joshua and Bradley, whom I don’t always like, but I absolutely adore.

Author Danni Keane has given a true portrayal of young love, not hesitating to show the flaws of selfishness and self-centeredness, which we know, is so prevalent in those years. The very same characters that come across as cocky and know-it-all still manage to show innocence and vulnerability, often in the same scene.

Though the things these young lovers have to deal with are gravely serious and would be hardships at any age, to say they don’t handle them well would be somewhat of an understatement. While there were quite a few moments that I wanted to wring their necks, I never stopped rooting for them. One of the things that I love and don’t always find in a young adult novella – Joshy and Bradley are painfully and honestly written. Kudos to Ms. Keane for this accomplishment and for having written what is one of the most realistic ‘first time sex’ scenes I have ever read.

Whether it’s the sweet mush of Right Hand Red or the wacky British humor of The Lord of Twink’s Bottom, I absolutely love reading this author. She writes sadness and pain in such a way that it brings tears to your eyes but not horrible angst to your heart. Her refreshing portrayal of young adults hits me in all the ‘feels’ every time.

Danni Keane has become an auto buy for me; I happily recommend this (as well as the other two reads I mentioned) in the hopes that she becomes an auto-buy for you as well.

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An Infatuation by Joe Cosentino

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Title: An Infatuation
Author: Joe Cosentino
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Novella (106 pages)
ISBN: 9781632164834
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (February 4, 2015)
Heat Level: Low
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts
Reviewer: Zane
Blurb: With his ten-year high school reunion approaching, Harold wonders whether Mario will be as muscular, sexy, and tantalizing as he remembers. As a teenager, it was love at first sight for Harold while tutoring football star Mario, until homophobia and bullying drove Mario deep into the closet.

Now they’re both married men. Mario, a model, is miserable with his producer wife, while Harold, a teacher, is perfectly content with his businessman husband, Stuart. When the two meet again, will the old flame reignite, setting Harold’s comfortable life ablaze? How can Harold be happy with Stuart when he is still infatuated with his Adonis, his first love, Mario?

Harold faces this seemingly impossible situation with inimitable wit, tenderness, and humor as he attempts to reconcile the past and the future.

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Review: I enjoyed this novella, even though it seemed to put my head into a bit of a tailspin – Who doesn’t have “the one that got away”? What would we do if we had a chance to correct that? Would we risk all that is good in life? Is Harold truly satisfied? Can his previous infatuation with Mario become something real? Will he choose tried and true Stuart (who is so detailed that he has probably pencilled in his every move for the next 19 years)? All the questions! So many questions!

Can the today’s reality measure up to the memories and history of yesteryear? Is 19 years of true (although quite predictable) love strong enough to combat the yearnings of long ago? High School reunions are a chance to revisit youth, and in this case, for Harold to face down some demons, be it in the form of tormentors and bullies past, or an infatuation that once ruled his teen years.

A journey via words from past to present, this read is a walk in Harold’s shoes. Easy to empathize with, Harold was always painfully honest with his husband Stuey and with himself. This put me in the surprising position of rooting for all three men! I wanted Harold find his happiness, Mario to not be so screwed up, and, well, Stuey didn’t deserve to be kicked to the curb just for being faithful and boring, did he?.

Though Harold did find his happy ending, it was not tied up in a neat little bow, nor was it without a bittersweet moment or two. I easily recommend this story to anyone in search of a light(ish) read complete with misty eyes and some “aww” moments. Author Joe Cosentino brought just the right amount of humor, angst and honesty to make this short but sweet coming of age story a success. Four hearts for romance, sentimentality, love and for the grass sometimes being greener on your own side.

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Friends with Benefits by Cheyenne Meadows

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Author: Cheyenne Meadows
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Novella (123 pages)
ISBN: 9781632164810
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (January 28, 2015)
Heat Level: Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥ 3 Hearts
Reviewer: Zane
Blurb: Playboy wolf shifter Wiley can’t duck out of his pack’s biggest annual event, despite knowing his grandmother has possible suitors lined up and waiting. Wiley has no intention of settling down, and the situation dangles just above disaster. Thankfully, Wiley’s best friend, lion shifter Ram, agrees to pose as Wiley’s boyfriend for the weekend.

They find out fate has other plans when they kiss on a dare, and the passion erupts, so hot and intense they fear the couch may spontaneously combust beneath them. Neither man is able to push the small act of affection from his mind, but both struggle with uncertainty and the ramifications of following where their libidos lead.

If they can’t outrun their feelings, they’ll have to muster the courage to face their fears before they lose everything, including their friendship.

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Review: I’m a Cheyenne Meadows newbie, but I do like my friends to lovers trope, and I am always up for a good shifter read, so I was looking forward to this. While I was expecting sexiness (shifter love, hottt!), I was pleasantly surprised at how much time I spent laughing.

In this case, the supporting cast was hilarious; it was the folks around Wiley and Ram that stole the proverbial show. The matchmaking grandmother was not just any matriarch. She was an unapologetic, horny, slutty love-em-and-leave-em grandma with a libido mirroring that of the Energizer bunny. Impressive for someone hundreds of years old, really. You kind of see where Wiley (the self-admitted player) got it from… only he was perhaps more discreet.

Giving Grandma a run for her money in tickling my funny bone was Wiley’s younger brother. If there was an inappropriate question to be asked, he would ask away – especially if it involved what people do in bed. This read was a delightful exposition of cringe humor done well. Loved these two – and everyone’s reactions to them.

Wiley and Ram themselves were sexy, even if they did take forever to get their groove on. Once they finally did – Hot – hot – hot with some ridiculously funny moments. I really liked these two, even if they were a little bit much at times. There was the usual back and forth, the will-they-won’t-they, and the what-the-hell-did-I-do drama. I was glad they eventually got back to sexing each other up, and gave us a nice little HEA.

I enjoyed this foray into the world of Wiley and Ram, and would definitely read more of this author. So – sit down. Suspend belief – definitely be prepared to suspend belief. And get ready to laugh. Because this was as silly as it was sexy. Recommended for anyone who wants a break from reality, some good chuckles and sexy over the top shifters.

A departure from my recent crumpled tissue ugly cry reading, this walk on the lighter side of things was exactly what the doctor ordered.

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Always Have, Always Will by B.J. Sheppard

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Author: BJ Sheppard

Genre:  Contemporary
Length: Novella (64 pages)
ISBN: 9781925180657
Publisher: Wilde City Press (November 26th, 2014)
Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 4.5 Hearts

Reviewer: Zane

Blurb: Imagine losing everything you ever loved in the blink of an eye. For Clayton Palmer, that terrible fate has just become a reality as he buries his lover, Gregg, after a brief and futile battle with cancer. Now, in the house in which they shared their love for all those years, Clay’s own life is slowly fading. In a war with his ailing body, Clay reminisces over the life they shared.

Knowing time is running out, memories of their joy and sadness comes to him; vignettes forming a road map back to the man he always loved; always has and always will.

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Review: Always Have, Always Will is the heart breaking and agonizing experience of what many of us imagine to be the worst horror – to be the one left behind. More prose than dialogue, the emotion and angst are high, and your only smiles will be through tears. Make no mistake. You WILL need tissues for this read.

Regret, sadness and fear are so strong in Clay. He is overcome with so much pain, loneliness and anger, but even the worst sorrow or regret cannot hide his love and loss. I am amazed by the intensity this author was able to create in such a short read. Carefully and delicately woven between past and present from Clay’s point of view, this story is haunting, frustrating and somehow loving at the same time.

My emotions truly ran the gamut as I read through my tears, my heart breaking for Clay and Gregg.

“There’s something I forgot to say…” –

I’ll never look at that phrase the same again. What beautiful prose. What a tragically beautiful story. This is my first read from author BJ Sheppard, and I know it won’t be my last.

I hope you’ll break out the tissues and read through your tears with me, because this short but amazing read is very worth your while.

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Fire Up My Heart by Zach Morgan

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Author: Zach Morgan
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Novella (63 pages)
Publisher: Zach Morgan (December 14th, 2014)
Heat Level: Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 3.5 Hearts
Reviewer: Zane
Blurb: Paul trained hard to get where he is, and now he’s the sous-chef in one of the city’s best restaurants. Everything’s great. Well, almost everything.

Paul’s boss, Ethan, is tightly wound, outspoken in his views on homosexuality, and incredibly hot. As Paul falls for Ethan, everything he’s worked so hard for could go out the window in a flash.

When a local gay couple book out the entire restaurant for their wedding reception, Ethan is forced to confront his own feelings before he makes the biggest mistake of his life.

Can Paul possibly persuade his own boss to overcome his personal demons, or will he be forced to keep his professional distance lest he lose his job?

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Review: Ethan is your basic temperamental, in the closet (even in his own head) chef. Paul is his besotted sous chef, who, of course cannot fathom why said chef is exceptionally cranky that particular week. Add to that a high profile last minute event, an entertaining supporting cast of one (‘prep stud’ Jamal) and you’ve got a cute little read with a sexy hot payoff in the end.

This is my first book from author Zach Morgan, and I’m definitely in the market for more. Who doesn’t love a little kitchen romance? I sure do. Low on the angst, but not without its drama, I recommend for those who like a light sexy romance in a restaurant setting. Dig in!

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Hunter or Hunted? by Lily Velden

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Series: Also part of the Love, Loss, Laughter and Lust Anthology
Author: Lily Velden
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short (35 pages)
ISBN: 9781783014453
Publisher: Wayward Ink Publishing (November 25, 2014)
Heat Level: Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts
Reviewer: Zane
Blurb: Any hunter worth his salt will tell you that in order to capture your prey, there are few simple rules you must follow…

Buy Hunter or Hunted? and receive a bonus short story in PDF format: Life According to Buddy

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Review: A quick (albeit very intriguing) short story, Hunter or Hunted? is the tale of the chase between William and David, from the perspective of each of their minds. Each thinking himself the hunter, David and William were basically stalking their prey. With every word, the tension continued to build, leading up to the payoff – their ultimate encounter, which was worth the well-written wait.
William and David. Hunting each other.

Which one is the hunter? Which is the hunted? Take a few minutes and see if you can make that determination – I couldn’t. I am not usually a fan of the back and forth of head hopping, but it really worked here. I found this to be captivating, sexy and entertaining from the first word to the very last.

Kudos, Lily Velden, for this well orchestrated cat and mouse game. I really enjoyed myself, and recommend this to anyone looking for a quick, sexy read.

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First Class Package by Jay Northcote

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Title: First Class Package
Author: Jay Northcote
Genre: Contemporary/Holiday
Length: Short (30 pages)
Publisher: Jay Northcote (December 12, 2015)
Heat Level: Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts
Reviewer: Zane
Blurb: Working from home suits introvert Jim until he gets a special delivery—an extremely cute, temporary postman called Patrick. Jim’s drawn to his wide smile and sexy legs, while Patrick can’t keep his eyes off Jim’s package.

Their doorstep attraction seems mutual, so asking Patrick out on a date should be easy. There’s just one problem—Jim could fit all the pick-up lines he knows on the back of a postage stamp.

As Christmas approaches, Jim knows the end of Patrick’s postal-delivery contract is looming. Taking a chance might be worth it if it keeps Patrick coming to his door.

ISBN: 9781310758744

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Review: What happens when Guy #1 and Guy #2 both like each other and are BOTH a bit on the shy introverted side?

Some blushing, some mild flirting, perhaps some extra ordering of items to bring said deliveryman to the house yet again. A bit over the top, maybe, but it works. Jim and Patrick are absolutely adorable, and when they do come together, they are definitely sexy.

A short and sweet, low angst read for when you need that feel-good, ‘will-they-won’t-they-get-it-together’ feeling, that easy ride to the sexy parts and the HEA.

This holiday gift from Jay Northcote to her readers, is a cute little freebie, and I would definitely recommend for some warm fuzzies and a smile.

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More Than a Superstar by Nic Starr

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Author: Nic Starr
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Novella (106 pages)
ISBN: 1632162970
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (December 17, 2014)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥ 3 Hearts
Reviewer: Zane
Blurb: Sam Miller’s dreams are simple—to give back to the aunt who supported him since his mother’s death and to have a family of his own. He focuses on making a success of their catering business Poppy’s Pantry, and his close group of friends. However, when Aunt Poppy ends up in the hospital, it’s a stranger Sam meets in the corridor who gives him the support he needs.

Rob Taylor is a man with secrets. His life in the public eye has taken its toll, and now he lives with the repercussions. When he finds himself falling for Sam, he knows things are finally going his way.

But just as Sam and Rob find their happiness, another secret threatens to tear them apart.

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Review: My first Nic Starr story was “Waiting, Hoping, Wishing”, part of the Love’s Landscapes anthology. After reading the blurb, I found myself really looking forward to “More Than a Superstar”.

I immediately liked Sam. I respected his devotion to his Aunt and their business and I absolutely LOVED that title – Poppy’s Pantry!!! I liked Rob as well, even though I knew (from the blurb) he was the one harboring secrets, which of course, NEVER bodes well for any relationship.

The attraction and build up of the two MCs was enjoyable. The initial attraction was evident. I enjoyed the way they got to know one another, though I think I’d have bonded with them more if there was more heat to their courtship.
After awhile Sam and Rob began to frustrate me. Not learning from his mistakes, even after almost losing Sam once, Rob continued to jeopardize his newfound happiness.

He remained secretive, telling overt lies and lies of omission, allowing others (and more importantly, Sam) to think the worst of him.

Though I did feel for Sam, he really could have handled all of this a bit better. He seemed to deliver verdicts without giving any benefit of doubt, often yelling and berating, not stopping to wonder if there was a larger issue at hand. I had doubts Sam (with his own personal issues) was strong enough to be the man Rob needed. I had doubts they were even good for each other.

Sam and Rob got their HEA – thanks to the help of a (large) supporting cast of characters that helped them find their way. Now we could all be happy after the angst and drama – Sam, Rob, and the reader!!! Three hearts, a good effort, good writing, and I am looking forward to reading more of author Nic Starr.

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Thunder Snow by Owen Keehnen

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Author: Owen Keehnen
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Novella (15K words)
Publisher: Wilde City Press (October 29th 2014)
Heat Level: Mild
Blurb: Thunder Snow is a gay love story set in academia during the 1980s. When Jim Franklin goes away to Windsor College, he is hoping to leave his former life, and lifestyle, behind. Jim has had enough of feeling like an outsider. By all practical purposes, he is succeeding at Windsor, at least until his third year. Jim has joined a fraternity and is dating a nice sorority girl.

Love blindsides him when Jim meets Glenn who has relocated to the town of Windsor from New York City. Glenn has come to town as the kept lover of wealthy Windsor resident Raymond Channing. Bored by the lack of stimulation in small town, Glenn soon enrolls in college at the university and meets Jim in a Romantic Literature class. When Jim asks for assistance with an assignment, Glenn agrees.

Sparks soon ignite and passion ensues. Despite their respective situations, both men fall madly in love, but will it be enough to sustain them in the long run.

ISBN: 978-1-925180-58-9

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Tams Review: ♥♥ Hearts

Jim has always felt at odds with his own feelings, refusing to admit he could possibly be attracted to other men. He’s had a string of girlfriends, but nothing ever connected, especially sexually. Then he and Glenn are assigned to work together in a class they share and soon those feelings that Jim has tried so hard to bury, begin to surface. Glenn is a romantic at heart, at least that is the way he talks. In actuality, he is just a few shakes shy of a rent boy who lives off of his sugar daddy. When he and Jim meet, sparks fly but Jim is hesitant.

Eventually, Jim can no longer hide his feelings, even from himself and the two spend a romantic week together snowed in and sharing more of themselves with each other than either of them have ever shared with anyone else. Reality sets in when Raymond, sugar daddy, returns home. Will Glenn give up the cushy life style of a kept man for love? Or will Jim find himself exactly where he thought he would be where he ever to act on his feelings, alone.

I wanted to like this story so much more than I did. The concept was crafty, but the execution needed more glue. What was billed as a romantic gay for you story left me cold in the end. The romance between Jim and Glenn felt forced, the storyline was too clinical, and the ending really left a sour taste in my mouth. It was kind of depressing, for me at least. Sorry, I can’t recommend this one, but to each his own, right?

Zane’s Review:  ♥♥♥2.5 Hearts

Though this tale takes place in the 1980’s, the direct manner of storytelling is not unlike the Romantic Literature the two MCs are reading in their class. Unfortunately, we are not in those olden days, and I need more than just curt narrative in my love stories. There was a lack of dialogue and romance, missing emotion. I read about them falling in love, but I didn’t FEEL it until it exploded in a dramatic scene that seemed to appear out of nowhere.

Thunder Snow is a short read with a distinctive and unembellished writing style. What you get is what you see. This is a straightforward story of what happens when two people living life unfulfilled find truth and love in each other, and decide to run with it. There is an honesty here that many books lack, and a directness that was at times refreshing and other times uncomfortable. The story seems to give the message that love may conquer the moment, but reality wins out in the end.

If you’re looking for a short story with smiles and good feels and a hearts and flowers ending, this is not the book for you. Furthermore, I would be remiss if I didn’t give warning of two potential red flags (not for me, but for many MM romance readers); there is cheating, and there is no HEA. However, if you want a direct honest approach at a love story with realism, and don’t mind the fact that life gets in the way of love, give this one a go.


Dante Alfonso: Italian God of the Silent Screen by David Bret

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Author: David Bret
Genre: Historical (1920s)
Length: Novel (200 pages)
ISBN: 9781627989664
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (October 20th, 2014)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥ 3 Hearts
Reviewer: Zane
Blurb: Dante Alfonso lives with his family in a small village in southern Italy until they learn of his affair with Roberto, the nephew of the local priest, and send him to live with relatives in New York City. Onboard the ship to America, Dante meets Jean-Paul, a French entrepreneur, and upon his arrival in New York City, they begin a relationship based on mutual benefits.

Dante gets a job as a waiter at Harry’s Place, a popular dance hall, and when Jean-Paul is arrested and deported, Dante moves in with Martin, a co-worker, who soon becomes a lover. By way of a wealthy client, Dante gets an audition that earns him a bit part in a film from a major studio.

In Hollywood of the early 1920s, Dante’s star is rising, and he and his handsome publicist, Bob, who reminds him of Roberto, soon become lovers. As a movie star and heartthrob, Dante steadfastly refuses to submit to the pressure and dictates of the studio bosses who want him to marry to stop the rumors about his sexuality. Can a prejudiced Hollywood make him change who he is, or will he find a way to stay true to himself?

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Review: Oh my goodness. How do you solve a problem like Dante Alfonso? Set in the 1920’s, Dante is a rare breed – he is brash; he is forthright; he is honest. What you get is what you see. And quite simply, no one knows what to do with him. The people in his life seem to equally like, hate and admire him.

This book is pretty true to the blurb, and is basically the story of Dante from his younger days in Italy to his almost-homelessness in New York, to silver screen stardom, and all his friendships and relationships throughout. Though there are ups and downs in Dante’s life, there is no angst to be had here. The story does move a bit slowly at times (it reads kind of like a biography), but it is entertaining, in large part because of its main character.

Dante knows what he wants. He wants to live his life as he sees fit, following his rules and no one else’s. Silver screen stardom does nothing to change this. So they want him to be a star? Sure. They want him to be nice? Only if they’re nice to him. They want him to have sex with his director to get a role? Only if he wants to. Have sex with a reporter to get a positive article? See previous response. Dante is quite the trailblazer in a time where those who were gay not only hid in the proverbial closet. They masked their affairs with public dates and marriages. Dante, of course, refused to do this. They slept with women to promote themselves as straight, which Dante did, but let’s be clear… ONLY because he wanted to.

I love Dante Alfonso. He is a breath of fresh air. He speaks plainly, bungling the English language in the funniest of ways, but always managing to get his point across. He’s a bit of a slut, but that’s okay because, well, he’s likeable. At times, his antics and responses to situations were over the top, but that to me was part of his charm.

If you have a bit of time, and you would like to read something different… Introduce yourself to Dante Alfonso… Italian God of the Silent Screen. You just might be glad you did.

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Comfort and Joy ~ Holiday Anthology

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Author(s): Joanna Chambers , Josh Lanyon, Harper Fox, L.B. Gregg
Genre: Holiday Anthology
Length: 231 pages
Publisher: JustJoshin Publishing, Inc. (December 6th, 2014)
Heat Level: Moderate
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Two stormy hearts find peace when feuding neighbors in the Scottish Highlands are trapped by a blizzard.

Things haven’t been going well for Cam McMorrow since he moved to Inverbechie. His business is failing, his cottage is falling apart, and following his very public argument with café owner Rob Armstrong, he’s become a social outcast.

Cam needs to get away from his troubles and when his sister buys him a ticket to the biggest Hogmanay party in Glasgow. He can’t leave Inverbechie quick enough. But when events conspire to strand him in the middle of nowhere in a snowstorm, not only is he liable to miss the party, he’ll also have to ask his nemesis, Rob, for help.

Zane’s Review: Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts
Written by Joanna Chambers, “Rest and Be Thankful” introduces Rob and Cam, two lonely men, an argument/slight misunderstanding with overreactions on both parts, a friendship (possibly more) cut short by said misunderstanding… the approaching New Year… a broken down vehicle… and the chance to kindle what burned out before it really started.

A short read, this could have been rushed or lacking in substance, but it wasn’t. Well written with plenty of character back-story and detail, this story certainly fulfilled its premise. Who doesn’t want a second chance at a rich and full life? At love? I was rooting for these two from the get-go.

I really liked Cam and Rob – both individually and as a couple. Bring on the hot, broody men who find first friendship, then sexiness, happiness and a future in each other, and just in time to ring in the New Year.

Short and sweet with a bit of sexy, just the way I like my holiday stories, this one is a keeper.

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Can a stranger unlock the courage and passion in a young man’s captive heart?

It’s Christmas at Edinburgh’s magnificent Barlinney Hotel, and chief housekeeper Cosmo Grant is in charge of the festivities. He’s already got his hands full when handsome Ren Vaudrey checks in.

It soon turns out that Ren is an undercover cop. Cosmo wants to help him, but unless he can do it within the Barlinney’s walls, Cosmo is stuck. A victim of crippling agoraphobia, he’s been a prisoner in this gilded cage for over a year. Cosmo gathers all his courage to do the right thing by Ren and Sam—and as a glittering Christmas Eve descends on the city, finds himself confronting his very darkest fears.

Cat’s Review:  ♥♥♥♥♥5 Hearts (more if I can steal a few)

Cosmo loves his job working at a plush high-end hotel. He has worked up to management but his supervisor George brace is a real meany.  All of the staff fear Brace.  Brace is taking advantage of Cosmo but when he wants Cosmo to be an extra service to some of the guests, he tries to put his foot down.

A new guest arrives and Cosmo finds himself very attracted but when Brace send him to Ren’s room Cosmo tells Ren he won’t be one of the conveniences of the hotel. Ren lets him know right away that he wasn’t expecting that, he needed information.  This is where even more twists start unraveling.

Wow this story is awesome. It was like reading a full novella in a short story. It is perfectly executed.  The characters are all interesting the storyline is intriguing the romance is hot, everything is amazing.

If you like romance with a bit of mystery and intrigue, fancy hotels, cops, lots of twists and turns, sweet romance, and a good holiday story I highly, highly recommend this one!

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Some mistakes are worth repeating.

Luke always thought he and Winter were the perfect couple—until the day Winter announced he was taking a new job and they were uprooting and headed for Germany. No discussion. No debate. For the first time in his life, Winter miscalculated. Badly. Now Luke is trying his best to move on with his life, but Winter is back in town and he’s set on digging their relationship out of the deep freeze.

Tams’ Review: ♥♥♥♥4 Hearts
Six months ago Luke’s boyfriend, Winter, walked out on him, their life and their home for a job in Germany. Now he’s back and he has one goal in mind, to reclaim what is his. Luke gives being angry and complacent a valiant effort, but Winter knows how to make him squirm, and it doesn’t take long until they are in very familiar territory, the bedroom. The sex is mind-blowing and reminds Luke of when they first met. He’s not going to wait around to be hurt again though, and this time he walks out on Win.

When Christmas rolls around Winter is back and once again trying to prove to Luke that he loves him and that they belong together. Luke is convinced that what happened over the summer was a mistake, the question is, was it one worth repeating?

A fast, fun read about the importance of communication and compromise. Luke and Winter have lost a year they could have spent together all because Luke wanted Winter to ask. But the blame doesn’t lie solely on Win’s shoulders, since Luke was too stubborn to be honest with him about how he felt. Now it’s Christmas, it’s snowing, they are trapped in a beautiful cabin with a glistening tree and two hearts that belong together.

Definitely worth the read and appropriate for the season!

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Or maybe it’s the flu. Breaking up is hard to do — especially around the holidays.

Talk about Kitchen Nightmares! TV Chef Rocky and Foodie blogger Jesse have been pals forever, so it should have been the most natural thing in the world to move their relationship to the next level. Instead, it turned out to be a disaster. But Christmas is the season of love, and someone’s cooking up a sweet surprise…

Leigh’s Review: Heart Rating: ♥♥♥ 3 Hearts
Rocky and Jess had three months together and two months broken up. They have been friends for years prior to that. So they decided to give it a go as boyfriends. Only their own insecurities got in the way and destroyed what they were trying to have. Jesse in a last-ditch effort decides to put together a surprise dinner for Rocky. Only things to not go the way he plans. Both MCs know they made mistakes and the reason they didn’t work. It takes them finally opening up to each other to see what they should have from the start.

This was a well-written piece. However, I was not really drawn into the story. There was just something missing, maybe an emotional pull that I didn’t feel.

* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review through *

A Walk Through Fire by Felice Stevens Blog Tour, Excerpt & Review!

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Hi guys, we have Felice Stevens stopping by on her A Walk Through Fire blog tour, there’s a great excerpt and Zane’s review for you to enjoy, so check out the post <3 ~Pixie~

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A Walk Through Fire


Felice Stevens

Years after running away from an abusive foster family, Asher Davis still inwardly struggles with the guilt of leaving his foster brothers behind. He’s climbed to unimaginable heights as a ruthless, high-powered attorney, creating a life of power and control. He takes whatever and whoever he wants.

Blaming himself for the death of his parents, Dr. Drew Klein retreats into a shell of loneliness, merely going through the motions of life.  After a disastrous, short-lived marriage, Drew decides to leave his lucrative medical practice to set up a clinic for abused young men and women. The decision has more repercussions than Drew could ever imagine when the dark and sensual Ash Davis volunteers to help.

Although Drew isn’t gay, Ash is inexplicably drawn to him. He vows to simply bed him and forget him like he’s done with every other man.  However, Drew’s sweet and caring nature and unexpected passion stun and frighten Ash, who questions his right to any happiness at all.  And when Ash befriends an abused young man who unwittingly draws the clinic into danger, threatening Drew’s safety and that of his beloved grandmother, Ash discovers that there is nothing he won’t sacrifice to protect the love he never thought he’d find.

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His Beautiful Samurai by Sedonia Guillone Blog Tour, Excerpt, Review & Giveaway!

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Hey peeps, we have Sedonia Guillone popping in with her His Beautiful Samurai blog tour, Sedonia is letting us have a peek at an excerpt and there’s a great giveaway. So enjoy the post and check out Zane’s review <3 ~Pixie~

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His Beautiful Samurai

(Genjin/Holmes Mysteries 01)

Sedonia Guillone

Sex and murder don’t mix but Detective Toshiro Genjin and psychic John Holmes do…

John Holmes comes to Tokyo to help stop a killer. Through the use of his psychic abilities, he can help find out things that no one else sees. Toshi is a policeman who reluctantly accepts John’s help, but from their first touch, John knows he wants more than that. He wants all Toshi can give him, and the heat between them surprises, and delights him.

The modern killer, a historical murder of two samurai, and Toshi’s need to honor other commitments combine to make the blooming love between John and Toshi difficult. And dangerous. The more deeply they delve into the past, the more unsure the future looks. Could the heat between them be the only thing that can solve the mystery, despite all of the difficulties that stand in their way? Can they find a way to keep what is most precious to them? Haunting and powerful, His Beautiful Samurai is a murder mystery, a romance, and a study in the supernatural. Get your hands on it today!

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Teaching Professor Grayson by Kade Boehme and Allison Cassatta

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Author: Kade Boehme and Allison Cassatta
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Novel (224 pages)
ISBN: 9781632165039
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (November 21st, 2014)
Heat Level: Medium
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts
Reviewer: Zane
Blurb: Christian Grayson is a professor of sociology who comes from a close-knit Southern family steeped in values and tradition. He left Tennessee using education as his excuse for escape, when he truthfully only wanted the freedom to be who he truly was. But at age forty, he’s still in the closet and still adheres to the morals his father, a Southern Baptist minister, raised him with. This includes saving himself for Mr. Right.

CJ Hata has been under Christian’s wing since his freshman year. A genius, pure and simple, he’s a senior now and no longer needs to report to Professor G, but he still seeks his teacher out occasionally for a friendly chat.

When Christian accidentally outs himself to CJ while pouring his heart out about his dying father, CJ feels totally out of his element. He convinces himself to put forth his best effort because the man he’s been crushing on for four years needs a friend. In the meantime, everyone around CJ is stumbling out of the closet, but the one person he really wants to come out has barricaded himself in with the bible and his family’s expectations.

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Review: This was an extremely captivating read, in large part because both characters were not what one would expect them to be. Christian, the 40-year-old teacher is the virginal, closeted one, while CJ (the college student) is the more worldly and experienced of the two. I found this role reversal very refreshing. It’s not very often we see the younger MC learning patience and understanding, having to slow down and educate (of all people) his teacher. On the flip side, seeing the older MC struggle with who he knows himself to be versus his religious/family upbringing and responsibilities was absolutely intriguing.

While CJ did come across as snarky, I understood that. If you feel like in your 20’s you have it together, and yet the guy you’re falling for who is twice your age can’t seem to put one foot in front of the other without stumbling – well, how frustrating would that be? And Christian often seemed like too much of an innocent – but to be that 40-year-old feeling inept in his attempts to be what his young would-be lover wants, while trying to be true to himself – or who he thinks he should be… the amount of self-doubt that could generate would be of epic proportions.

Family and religion intersect to generate even more issues, and CJ and Christian have their hands full. The two repeatedly stumble and get back up again; they love, leave and return to fight for their relationship. Through their trials and errors, they do reach that middle ground and manage to be true to themselves and their beliefs.

Those of us who don’t see sexuality in limitations and constraints often forget that there are people and places that are not quite so liberal, and individuals who do have to deal with these conservative and antiquated values. This story so effectively portrays these circumstances and deeply resonated with me on many levels. I only hope that for every struggling ‘Christian’ in real life there is a ‘CJ’ waiting in the wings.

Christian and CJ teach us that where there is a will, there is, in fact, a way. I loved that they turned what was originally viewed as ‘black and white’ to ‘gray’. They showed that faith is what YOU believe, and how YOU work it into your life, and not what others want you to believe. It is because of this that I found myself rooting for them, wanting them to find their way to a future, their future.

Collaborative writing of a single work is not easy. Such endeavours are often apparent to the reader; the writing can seem disjointed and lack cohesion. This most assuredly did not occur here. Teaching Professor Grayson is a seamless effort, well written, and had I not known in advance this was co-authored, I’d never have guessed. Kudos to Allison Cassatta and Kade Boehme for this accomplishment. I truly hope there is more to come from these two in the future!

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Teach Me by Sloan Johnson

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Author: Sloan Johnson
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Novel (192 pages)
Publisher: Sloan Johnson (November 22nd, 2014)
Heat Level: Medium
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥3 Hearts
Reviewer: Zane
Blurb: Two words stripped Austin Pritchard of the privileged life he’s used to. The moment he uttered the words, “I’m gay,” he realized there is no such thing as unconditional love. Now, he’s gone from traveling the world with his family to living on the streets trying to figure out how he’s going to stay in school.

A chance opportunity changes everything. Austin impresses the foreman and lands a job, but even more, he catches the eye of David Becker, who is determined to teach him that true love doesn’t come with strings.

The only thing David had, as a child was love. His family struggled to keep food on the table and a roof over their heads. That has driven him to stay focused on his goals; become a tenured professor at a university and save enough money to build a home of his own. It’s not until he sees an insecure college student working on his new house that he realizes that he hasn’t planned on someone to share his life with.

He’s about to learn that everything he’s already accomplished is nothing compared to the task of making Austin see that he is worthy of love.

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Review: From the start, my heart just ached for young Austin. Twenty years old, fresh out of the closet and forced to re-evaluate everything he was taught in his short lifetime, how could I not feel for him? David, coming from his own dire straits in his past must have sensed a kindred spirit of sorts, even though he was unaware of Austin’s exact situation. I immediately understood his desire protect and care for Austin.

I enjoyed the slow build of first their friendship and then their relationship. It was refreshing to see David take his time to earn Austin’s trust, to see them grow together as they matured in what was actually the first serious relationship for each of them. I really liked the way their first kisses were written – as moments of wonder, from Austin’s point of view as a true innocent opening his eyes to love with another man for the first time.

There was definite angst and moments of frustration (and a lot of ups and downs) with both characters – somebody needed to tell these guys to COMMUNICATE!!!! Ultimately, all’s well that ends well, and it was great to see an epilogue where both Austin and David have matured and grown together in a way that is real and believable.

This is not a sexy, smutty read; it is a poignant and sweet love story with flawed and real characters who ultimately find their happiness together. If you don’t mind a few bumps along that road, then Sloan Johnson’s latest book (and first foray into MM genre) just might be the book for you.

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Flibbertigibbet by Willa Okati

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Author: Willa Okati
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Novella (96 pages)
ISBN: 9781784300555
Publisher: Totally Bound (June 20th, 2014)
Heat Level: Medium
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥ 3 Hearts
Reviewer: Zane
Blurb: Is Donovan ready to leave routine behind and take a chance on a flirtatious flibbertigibbet?

Donovan thought he had his life all planned out. He knew where he was headed, and how he’d get there. Might not have been the most exciting life, but it was safe. Sensible. Practical. Just what he wanted.

That was before his house burned down in a freak accident. Now, Donovan’s life is all about crash space on a friend’s houseboat and entertaining the antics of his new neighbour and marina maintenance man Leaf. If Leaf ever took anything seriously in his life, he shows no signs of it. He’s loquacious, outrageous, and not even a little shy. Absolutely not the kind of man Donovan had thought he’d fall for before he tipped head over heels for the flibbertigibbet’s offbeat charm.

When it comes down to a choice between sensible and scandalous, is Donovan really ready to leave routine behind and take the plunge into deep water?

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Review: I am sure it comes as no surprise that I read this book because of the instant mental connection to The Sound of Music. As soon as I saw the title, I heard it in my head – “A flibbertigibbet, a will – o – the wisp, a clown…” and was immediately transported to the singing dilemma of solving the problem called Maria.

That joyous playful feeling is exactly what you get from the character of Leaf. No compunctions about anything, his charm and levity are quite the breath of fresh air. Much like the above-mentioned song, he has a lightness of being that makes me wonder he will do and say next. Sexy, fun, and laid back, it was easy to be captivated by the unrepentant ‘take me as I am’ Leaf and to enjoy his flirty and tenacious pursuit of Donovan.

On the other hand, Donovan is a bit of a downer. While it is understandable that he would be devastated to a certain degree, Donovan doesn’t seem to see the bright side of anything. Even though we do see good things in his life, there is quite a bit of negativity on his part. It isn’t until he gives in to the chase and starts to fall for everything wonderful that is Leaf, that he emanates any kind of hope at all.

While the two balance each other out with their dance of light versus dark, the pace was quick and I wanted more depth, more back-story. In Donovan’s case, it would have given me reason to be more invested. If I had more history, more emotion I’d have connected better with him. The opposite was true of Leaf – I just liked him so much I wanted to know everything about him! It was as though I was chanting “More Leaf! More Leaf!” in my head.

Overall, a very cute novella scattered with humorous sexy moments, the prerequisite bit of angst and then the ‘happy ever after’. Bonus: a sweet and ebullient flibbertigibbet of a character that will steal your heart away.

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A Walk Through Fire by Felice Stevens Release Day Blitz, Review & Giveaway!

Hi guys, we have Felice Stevens stopping by with her brand new release A Walk Through Fire, we have a great giveaway and Zane’s review. So enjoy the post and click that Rafflecopter link <3 ~Pixie~
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A Walk Through Fire


Felice Stevens

Years after running away from an abusive foster family, Asher Davis still inwardly struggles with the guilt of leaving his foster brothers behind. He’s climbed to unimaginable heights as a ruthless, high-powered attorney, creating a life of power and control. He takes whatever and whoever he wants.
Blaming himself for the death of his parents, Dr. Drew Klein retreats into a shell of loneliness, merely going through the motions of life. After a disastrous, short-lived marriage, Drew decides to leave his lucrative medical practice to set up a clinic for abused young men and women. The decision has more repercussions than Drew could ever imagine when the dark and sensual Ash Davis volunteers to help.
Although Drew isn’t gay, Ash is inexplicably drawn to him. He vows to simply bed him and forget him like he’s done with every other man. However, Drew’s sweet and caring nature and unexpected passion stun and frighten Ash, who questions his right to any happiness at all. And when Ash befriends an abused young man who unwittingly draws the clinic into danger, threatening Drew’s safety and that of his beloved grandmother, Ash discovers that there is nothing he won’t sacrifice to protect the love he never thought he’d find.

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