Heat: Low (most of the sex scenes are faded to black)
Blurb: Give me a reason to let you live…”
Beached after losing his ship and crew, and with England finally at peace, Lt Christopher Penrose will take whatever work he can get. A valet? Why not? Escorting an elderly diplomat to the Leeward Islands seems like an easy job, but when their ship is boarded by pirates, Kit’s world is turned upside down. Forced aboard the pirate ship, Kit finds himself juggling his honor with his desire to stay alive among the crew, not to mention the alarming—yet enticing—captain, known as Le Griffe.
Kit has always obeyed the rules, but as the pirates plunder their way across the Caribbean, he finds much to admire in their freedom. He deplores their lawlessness but is drawn to their way of life, and begins to think he might just have found a purpose. Dare he dream of finding love too? Or would loving a pirate take him too far down the road to ruin?
Review: After being captured by pirates, Kit is forced into a dilemma in more ways than one. Not only does he have to go against his principles and his Navy service and help the pirates, but he has to face the part of him that he hides deep inside of him. The part that the captain, Griffin wakens inside of Kit. Will he escape and try to save face with his country yet again or will he choose to stay with the men he now finds as friends and the captain that has stolen his heart?
This story is so beautifully written. It pulls you into the life of the pirates and makes you feel as if you are sailing on the stormy seas with them. The characters are so interesting, some charming, some so mysterious, some filled with mixed emotions and need. I loved the way it focused on Kit and Griffin but also told the stories of many of the other pirates as well. There are many twists, lots of action and suspense, plenty of angst and a very slow unfolding romance that leaves you swooning. What more could you ask for?
Recommendation: If you love historical fiction, pirates, angst, action, suspense and sensual love with a very intriguing twist at the end this is for you!
Blurb: Shortlisted for the Harry Bowling Prize 2006 (for novels set in London) and the Royal Literary Fund Scheme, and longlisted for the Betty Bolingbroke-Kent Novel Award…
Paul Maloney, a small-time private investigator from London, reluctantly accepts a case from his married ex-lover, Dominic Allen. Before he knows it, Paul finds himself embroiled in the dark dealings of big business and the sordid world of international crime. The deeper he pushes, the closer he comes to losing everything he holds dear.
Can he solve the mystery and protect those he loves before it’s too late?
Review: Wow, just wow! The more I read Ms. Brooke’s books the more I’m coming to the conclusion that this author picks her characters right from the corner of the street. In this book too, she has made an extremely great job with her protagonists. But it’s not just them. Every single character here is unique. I couldn’t stop thinking while reading this story that each and every one of them pulses with life. They are true if not real and able to evoke too many emotions from the reader.
Paul Maloney is the leading character here. I’ll disregard his appearance description as it has nothing on his personality. There is nothing perfect on Paul, nothing polished to a box of stereotypes. He was for me, for the duration of the book, very much alive. As the story begins, you understand immediately the melancholy that surrounds him. The feeling of being lost in pain and things he can’t control. He is quite obsessive with time, memories and love. Born and raised in a family that let him go and would rather not have him, it feels as if he is constantly running after love, with love always eluding him. He might be a very smart character, but here he’s quite stupid with love for the wrong man. He knows it, he tries to change it and he fails. Only when everything is literally over is this character able to move on. He quite reminded me the saying “There is nowhere to go but up, once you reach bottom”.
Dominic Gregory Allen, Paul’s ex-lover, married with two children. He is Paul’s doom in more ways than one. It is incredible how much I hated this character from the start of the book. I despised him, loathed him with a passion. I was prepared to the classic stereotype when an author makes the misunderstood character “lovable”, gives it absolution and pairs the two men together. Thank you, just thank you for not going there dear author. Dominic is the rich guy who will do everything and anything no matter what for money. He will probably pick a 20 pound note over saving a life, he’s that much of a shark, and he admits it. He knows who he is, what he is and doesn’t shy away from it. Funny thing is that we witness clearly how much he loves Paul. He does, however when it counts he still pick he damn money. He is a sad, sad one, quite pathetic in the end, but oddly enough I felt no pity for him.
Jade, Paul’s assistant and best friend. She is NOT the classical fag-hag even if that’s what comes in mind when you first meet her. She is smart, sensitive and stupid in love with a man who not only can’t see it, but could never possibly reciprocate. She is Paul’s right hand in this job too and his conscience when it comes to his dealings with Dominic.
Blake Kenzie, the bad guy. I have no thoughts for him. He is perhaps the weak part of this story for me. Paul should have withdrawn instantly when he met him in Cairo, but as I said, he’s quite stupid with love here.
So in this book Dominic returns to Paul’s life with a job offer that looks shady the moment he opens his mouth. This case seems easy and clean yet underneath a whole different level of crime lies. I spent the entire book trying to understand why on earth Dominic employed Paul for this. The more Paul finds out the worse the danger. But, while everything he unearths are half-truths, things that make no sense the danger is real. Constant life threats that are promptly being ignored and I couldn’t understand why. Thing is that Paul himself did not make a show for smarts here. Way I saw him he was mostly lucky with the discovery and Jade made the rest happen. His detective work was a bit fragile. But the story was good and suspense held you a captive till the end. Right in the middle of the book the author drops THE bomb and kills a character I would never guess she would. It was so unexpected that literally takes you by surprise and changes the whole way you view this story. Everything, everything change from that moment on and the emotions are so strong you can feel them flowing off the book.
The end was very much to my satisfaction as well. I have questions about Dominic’s money and what happened to them, but I rather liked the turn it took. Although there was the note of optimism coming from Paul, that underlying melancholy that comes hand in hand with him was still there and it made me smile. And I wonder what happens next. No there is no cliffhanger here, just a promise for more.
I loved the book even if it’s a bit bittersweet, or perhaps because of it. Strongly recommended for fans of the genre.
Genre: MM / Science Fiction / Futuristic / The Arts
Publisher: Amber Allure (April 21st, 2013)
HeartRating: ♥♥♥♥4 Hearts
Blurb: Nothing has ever excited Tylen Merodine more than being invited by the Regent himself to celebrate the first solar eclipse in his planet’s recorded history. It’s the party of the millennium, and if he has to restrain his normal exuberant instincts to fit in, that’s what he’ll do to be a part of it. His good intentions vanish, however, the moment he’s presented to the Regent. Because there, in a gilded cage, playing music unlike anything Tylen’s ever heard, is the most beautiful alien he could imagine.
For more than twenty years, Dek has lived in captivity, performing at the whim of those who see him as an animal. The Regent is just the latest in a long line of owners, and while he’s kind, he’s still blind to Dek’s sentient nature. Only music gives Dek a voice, until Tylen breaks the rules and sneaks in to see and speak to him alone.
The time they have together is stolen and precious, the minutes ticking away until the eclipse is past and they have to go back to the way their lives were before. But when the Regent shows an unexpected interest in Tylen’s future, they begin to wonder if their worlds need to remain so separate…
Review: What a lovely, lovely book this was. I’m very fond of the sci-fi genre and the whole different species idea I admit, but this story was truly worth reading even if I was not partial to it.
As much as I crave my freedom, I’ve lived so much of my life
In a cage that I’m not sure what I’d do with it once it was mine.
This is how it starts and it comes from Dek’s point of view. Dek is a sentient species similar to humans, but also very different. Hunted down at age thirteen, he has spent nearly two decades in captivity. The first time he spoke to his “owner” it didn’t go well, hence his decision not to speak ever again to anyone that treats him like an animal. His only way of communication is through his music.
When the story begins I was fascinated. Not only by the new species introduced, but mostly from the melancholic tone as Dek narrated it. It was such a romantic way of writing I got lost in it from the first line and through it you get to understand Dek’s personality and admire the character Ms. Dean created here. He is melancholic due to captivity, yet not depressed. He has an understanding for his captors/owners, yet he hasn’t succumbed to his hopeless situation. Maintaining dreams, yet not getting overwhelmed by them or the fact that he might always be a slave. It is a beautiful character you instantly fall in love with.
And then Tylen comes in the scene and he has his own point of view. The writing while similar is also different, the voices between Tylen and Dek easily distinguishable and you can see how easily he falls for the “songbird” in the golden cage and feel his fury and emotions for said cage.
Being the first one to ever acknowledge Dek as a person, Tylen instantly earns the honor of being the first to hear his voice, too. The bond created between them is almost tangible for me as a reader, the emotions the come from the anguish of their fate easily traveled my way. When the pair came together it was almost magical and the writing once again took me within the dreamy intensity of their lovemaking.
In addition to the wonderful love story there was the romantic side of Dek’s owner, the Regent, who made things even more interesting with his behavior. A mysterious character in his doings, he had both characters and me wondering what on Earth is going on. Giving the plot that little something needed to raise it from a mere nice story to a great one. It was absolutely brilliant and I loved the conclusion. Expected, yet so very unique and romantic in its execution.
This is most definitely a read I’d recommend to those who love sci-fi and romantic stories. I loved it.
Review: Jason is a popular actor who suffered the loss of his younger brother. Nearing the anniversary, he flees to Ellery Mountain for the anonymity and peace he hopes to find. Hiding out in the cabins, he comes across sexy handyman Kieran, who disturbs him more than he should. taking a chance he acts on his attraction. But, he’s an actor from LA while Kieran is a carpenter from Ellery. Can he really hope for more than a fling? Kieran wants more than just a fling, but will take what he can get. Helping Jason deal with his past shows him Jason is more than just an actor, but can long distance work?
This third installment to Ellery Mountain is cute Kieran’s story, and what a little spitfire he is. Jason is an actor who lost his brother to a car crash. He feels guilty and blames himself, Jason is hounded by the press as secrets about his brother come out and now with the anniversary of his death looming, Jason flees to the one place where the press will never look, Ellery. Kieran is surprised to discover a guest in one of the cabins, but it isn’t long before he hits it off with Jason.
Kieran and Jason are a fantastic couple, even with them both knowing that Jason is only around for a short time. They embrace what they can in the short time they have together. Kieran has a slight complex. He’s short blond and his mouth runs away with itself. Jason is perfect for Kieran, although he makes a couple of mistakes. Kieran helps Jason through a hard time and they have to admit what they really want before they both make a mistake. The sex between them is really hot and Kieran really shows us his true self in those moments. Both men are incredible together. The storyline moves swiftly and smoothly, there’s no real angst except two men refusing to acknowledge what they want from each other and I thought it was really well written. I liked how they resolved their relationship and that they gave it a go even though they are both from different worlds.
I will recommend this to those who love stories of finding love in unexpected places, different worlds coming together, hot men having hot sex and a very happily ever after.
Blurb: After breaking up with his cheating boyfriend, Mark Smith keeps life simple: his nursing career and a place of his own, but no dating. He’s steering clear of romance and the heartbreak that goes with it. After losing both parents and having all his relationships fail, he figures happily ever after is a myth.
When Dr. Trevor Hayes crosses Mark’s path at the hospital, he falls hard for Mark. The attraction is clearly mutual, and Trevor is determined to parlay that attraction into a relationship. Mark is just as determined to avoid exactly that.
But Trevor chips away at Mark’s resistance, and facing hardship and sorrow together brings them closer. Still, Mark can’t shake his belief that their romance is temporary—until he’s unexpectedly faced with the danger that he might lose Trevor for good. Mark must choose between guarding his heart and giving it completely, the risk he swore never to take again.
Review: Mark is happy to concentrate on his nursing career. After having yet another boyfriend cheat on him, he has no plans to embark on a new relationship. So when he is pursued by cardiothoracic fellow, Trevor, Mark is wary of getting involved. Trevor falls hard for Mark from the first second he sets eyes on him. But, getting Mark to go out with him is harder than he thought. Cracking through Mark’s shell has Trevor hoping that they can have something special, but Mark is more stubborn, determined to only see them as temporary. Until Mark has to confront his feelings, when he nearly loses Trevor.
This is quite an easy flowing love story where the choice is protecting your heart or accepting love. Mark and Trevor are a very easy couple to like, even when you plainly see Mark acting like an idiot trying to deny what he is feeling. Trevor seems really cute and gentle, but he goes after what he wants. Mark is nice and stubborn and believes in protecting his heart. Put the two men together and you have a slight angsty relationship where they are perfect together until they begin to think of the future.
I liked the flow of this story and the way it played out. The storyline is quite simple, ‘man gets cheated on, man protects heart from future hurt’. The characters fit together well and their relationship progresses at a nice pace. They have some hot lovemaking and have some really nice dates and make some great friends. Trevor chips away slowly at Mark’s shell. Mark is there to support Trevor during a hard time and finally realizes what he could be losing by protecting his heart against love.
Although this is an enjoyable easy story to read, there were one or two moments that threw me, like one moment we were seeing things from Mark’s view point and the next second it would be Trevor’s and then jump back to Mark’s after a couple of sentences, not well done at all. I was impressed with the medical knowledge and medical descriptions, I’d like to applaud Ken Murphy for making it interesting and weaving it into the storyline so it blended well into the lives of Trevor and Mark and their progressing relationship. This story is very well done for a first published work.
I have to recommend this to those who like developing love stories, a touch of angst, learning to trust your heart, grabbing onto love while you can, sweet lovemaking and a very happy ending. Oh if you like the writing style of Étienne and Tinnean then you will enjoy this story.
Portia’s Two Cents: I agree with every thing that Pixie said in her review, I just wanted to add my two cents. Having worked SICU and ER, I loved the way Ken Murphy brought those nursing units to life. The characters are so realistic, as well as the dialogue. I can honestly say, this was the best medical romance I’ve read in a very long time. As a nurse, I thoroughly enjoyed the interplay between Mark and his colleagues and the positive portrayal of acute care nursing…Kudos Ken for a job very well done.
Blurb: One morning Padrig Kennedy comes home to find his partner, Nick Glenfielding, in bed with another man. Shocked, hurt, and vulnerable, Padrig flees and meets a stranger who seems to offer comfort—but he force-feeds Padrig a steady diet of drugs and prostitution instead. When he finally surfaces from his hell, it’s to another system shock: he’s now HIV positive.
Nick descends into darkness as well. Devastated by losing Padrig, he finds no consolation in the legal career he doesn’t love and tries to find solace in alcohol, spending his days in an ever-deepening haze.
Padrig and Nick find each other again, but their relationship can never be the same. If they’re to stand any chance of a future together, they must do the improbable: make sense of the past and learn to cope with new burdens they’ll bear for life.
A Bittersweet Dreams title: It’s an unfortunate truth: love doesn’t always conquer all. Regardless of its strength, sometimes fate intervenes, tragedy strikes, or forces conspire against it. These stories of romance do not offer a traditional happy ending, but the strong and enduring love will still touch your heart and maybe move you to tears.
Review: When Padrig returns home from holiday he never expected to find his lover, Nick, in bed with another man. Fleeing the house, he runs to the park and finds himself in a position he can’t get himself out of. Drugged and forced into prostitution, Padrig is rescued by a stranger. Coming to in a hospital bed, he believes the worst is behind him, until he is told he is HIV positive. When Padrig and Nick reconnect, they both have much to say, but their relationship can never be the same again. Rebuilding a relationship from scratch, they both have burdens to share. can they really have a relationship with the past weighing down on them?
This is a very interesting story that has a very bittersweet ending that will tug at your heart. We join Padrig as he tells his story. From the moment his life changes forever and through the intervening years where he builds a new life and rediscovers love. We are with him as he makes friends and loses them, reconnects with old friends, as he works through his shock and new circumstances and with Nick’s help puts the pieces together of what happened to both of them and why.
This is a really well written story that delves into the life of a man who had his whole life ripped away from him, and, as he picks up the pieces, discovers that it will never be the same again. There is a lot that we discover in this story about Padrig and his friends, both old and new, and how Padrig process’s what happened to him. We briefly get an idea of what happened to Nick and we see Nick and Padrig rediscovering the love they once had and rebuilding a new life together and coping with HIV and the fear they both have when the medication begins to fail.
Although I liked this story I found that it dragged in places. I know that it was all about Padrig, but, it would have been nice to see what happened to Nick rather than him briefly explain years later what he went through. We see a lot about Padrig’s recovery and him getting back on his feet, dealing with HIV and the support that he receives from new friends. This is a sad story that has its bright moment. But, when you finish this story, you are left with a lingering sadness and tears in your eyes at the hopelessness of the situation that was caused by another’s sins.
I will recommend this story to those that love bittersweet stories, losing love, rediscovering love, tragic circumstances, a strong will to live life and an ending that will have you nearly crying.
‘Flowers for Him’ by Marie Sexton and Rowan Speedwell
He wanted to learn about beauty. He never expected to learn about love.
Billionaire Chandler Harrison’s third marriage is now history, and he’s left with his ex-wife’s parting barb, “You have no appreciation of beauty.” Determined to prove her wrong, Chandler hires artist Neil Sweeney to add a mural to his office wall. He doesn’t even care what the picture is, as long as it’s beautiful.
Neil Sweeney is an ex-tagger, a free spirit, and a bit of a hippie. He’s never met anybody as uptight as Chandler, but when it comes to warming up Chandler’s cold, stark office, Neil has plans involving more than art.
Chandler begins to find himself strangely moved by the mural developing on his office wall. He’s especially moved by the artist himself. Chandler has denied his homosexual urges for most of his life, but it isn’t long before Neil begins introducing Chandler to all kinds of new things. As Neil’s masterpiece comes to life, so does Chandler’s appreciation for art, color, and the best kind of beauty of all—love.
Review: I thought this story was very beautiful. I loved the depth of both characters. I loved the way they just sort of meshed together and the storyline is just sweet and swoon-worthy, the sex super- hot! Wow great story!
‘Vital to Him’ by SL Majors
Hot sex in the back of a limo? Billionaire Brenton Marston is stunned when his street-wise chauffeur welcomes him home in a way he never expected, and Brenton wonders who is really in the driver’s seat.
Billionaire Brenton Marston has rules meant to keep the boundaries clear. He respects his employees and never wants anyone to feel as if they owe him anything.
Robert Silles, the reformed hoodlum, has desired his boss for years. Robert has fantasized about introducing Mr. Marston to the pleasures of man-on-man sex, fucking him and sucking him until he forgets his numerous stresses.
When his trusted chauffeur suggests a hook-up, Brenton is stunned, but he knows he shouldn’t be. No one knows him better than the man who’s seen him at his best as well as his worst.
It shouldn’t surprise him that Silles knows him and his innermost secrets. In fact, Silles recognized the truth before Brenton ever did.
Silles’ suggestive offer turns Brenton on. Damn if he isn’t attracted to this broad, handsome, sexy man, in a way he never wanted anyone else.
The question is, will Brenton push aside his inhibitions and reservations? Will he allow his chauffeur to give him what he craves? Will he willingly surrender to the orders of his servant?
Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of M/M, rimming, anal sex, spanking with leather belt and hand and sex outdoors
Review: I thought this story was so hot. I loved the way the roles were reversed and the driver took charge. I loved both characters. Hot sexy story Wow!
‘Fly to Him’ by J.P. Bowie
A young flight attendant gets a billionaire’s attention in a way that could have meant the end of his career, but instead could be the beginning of an unexpected romance.
When Kevin Tate takes over for a friend as flight attendant on billionaire Logan Maguire’s private jet, he is certain it will be his one and only time aboard when he accidentally dumps an ice-cold drink on his employer’s lap. Instead, an instant attraction flares between the two men and Kevin accepts Logan’s offer to stay with him at his villa in Puerta Vallarta.
Their fledging romance is abruptly brought to an end when Logan hurries back to the States on a desperate mission to save his company from a hostile takeover. Kevin is left wondering if success and wealth is more important to the billionaire than the chance of love and real happiness.
Review: This story was pretty hot. I did find it a bit odd that the billionaire just jumped the new attendant and they went straight for the bedroom. Having said this, I am like a love at first sight story I just think this should have been worked into a bit more gradually but it was a very hot sexy story. I loved it
‘Enough for Him’ by Em Woods
When secrets come to light, two men must realize that, despite their fears, the love they have really is enough.
When software mogul Shannon Murphy is requested to appear at an international convention to accept an innovation award, he’s honored. But when the invitation arrives and requires the attendance of his fictional partner, he needs a plan. There is only one man he wants, one man he trusts, to help him. He turns to personal assistant and best friend Noah Greene.
Noah isn’t sure if this is his most secret desire come true, or his worst nightmare. Once the media connects them in a relationship, no secret will be safe, and Noah is positive that Shannon won’t be comfortable in the reflected spotlight of a recovering gambling addict. Unable to turn away his friend, Noah decides to do this one favor for Shannon before sacrificing everything he’s worked so hard to build and walking away.
Review: Wow words can’t say how much I loved this one! Everything was fabulous. The both characters are so endearing with their plight for love of one another and why they haven’t pursued anything other than friendship. The story line intriguing and written with finesses and wit and charm, the sex is hot. I just can’t say enough! ‘Surrendered To Him’ by Sara York
When the storm hits, everything changes. Will shifting priorities lead to a shift in life, or will Storm Bennett abandon his heart’s desires?
Storm rules the Bennett Empire with an iron fist, never taking time to allow emotions into his life, leaving him looking like the bad guy in the media over and over again. When a typhoon hits the island where one of his hotels is located, he sees it as a chance to repair his damaged reputation.
On the island, nothing is as it should be. Storm meets Keoni, a native, who challenges everything Storm knows about relationships, family and love. Keoni is blown away by Storm but wants the man so badly he can taste it.
Can he risk his newfound peace, giving a part of himself to Storm, or will he stay detached, allowing love to slip away?
Review: This story is very heart warming. A big-shot finally learning that life is more than money but can he live without money can love be enough? You must read this and see. I am a huge, huge Sara York fan and she did not disappoint here! A great story and very hot mansex
‘Designs For Him’ by Noelle Keaton
Normally all business when it comes to his career, Jon finds the lines between the professional and the personal getting blurred after falling in love with billionaire CEO Warren
After months of unemployment, Jon Pritchard finds work with Cressen Furniture, the ‘American IKEA’, in a low-level job. A software program he creates in his free time attracts the interest of Warren Cressen, the interim CEO of Cressen Furniture, who quickly gives Jon a promotion.
The attraction between the two men is undeniable, and it isn’t long before they act on it, though they agree to be discreet until Warren’s position as CEO is made permanent.
Their relationship grows serious, but it is tested when evidence is discovered that seems to point to Jon being a corporate spy and Warren starts to wonder if he hasn’t been used all along.
With the highest professional stakes on the line, Jon and Warren have to decide whether the professional success they share in the boardroom is worth sacrificing the passion they share in the bedroom.
Review: Another great story in a very hot collection. This story had great characters and a great story. The attraction was mutual then the thought of betrayal and mistrust and boardroom scandal. Just when you thought things was going so well. This story will have you on your toes. It’s hot and sexy with a twist you don’t see coming.
Recommendation: If you like anthologies this is one to get. Everything about it is fabulous. An A list of fantastic authors, stories of scandal, boardroom sex, friends to lovers, mile high club, storms and devastation, art, and some great hot mansex. A must read!
Blurb: Ryan Betancourt has got it made: he’s reached the top tier of the tennis world thanks to a wild-card entry to the US Open. Ryan is meeting players he has idolized for years, including his teenage crush, Josh Andrews. But he isn’t ready for the politics and manipulation that come with life at the top.
Josh Andrews is closeted, private, and difficult to get to know. He’s been playing tennis since he could walk, won his first tournament at five, and was sent to Spain at thirteen to attend a tennis academy. Before a knee injury forced him into a year off, he was ranked the number one player in the world. Now he’s back—and intent on winning.
Josh and Ryan first meet at a tournament in Brisbane. Ryan excitedly greets Josh only to be ignored. Crushed, he realizes the golden boy of tennis isn’t all he seems. Only in the team-building environment of training for the Davis Cup does Josh open up enough for them to grow closer. Their developing relationship is everything Ryan ever wanted, and he is blissfully happy. But inevitably they have to play against each other, and everything changes.
Review: I liked this story quite a bit. Well, I’m known to love all stories that include athletes of any sport, but tennis, tennis, oh man I love it. There is something about that sport that drives me crazy and I’m not just referring to the wonderful way the shorts hang on those players body.
Anyhow, I was pleasantly surprised to read this book. It seemed so very in the game and while I’m not the manic fan type that would know all the peculiar names of every move, I did feel as if I was watching a game set out there on the court while reading it.
And the story itself was very interesting, sweet and with a healthy dose of revenge/blood to make me like it even more. Ryan here, who is the narrator of the story, is the “new” guy on the block. After many years of playing tennis, he finally made the top cut and joining the big players. One of those big players is his childhood crush and all-time favorite, Josh Andrews. It’s a dream come true when Ryan spots Josh coming in the field for training, and it’s a dream come crushing down when Josh moves on from Ryan’s meekly “hey Josh” without acknowledging him. So much so that it throws him completely out of balance.
After that first meek attempt and a couple more thrown in for good measure, Ryan makes up his mind that he will not feel bad that the guy he used to worship is not what he thought he is. Until he’s been invited to join the Davis Cup team (yes Josh is part of it) and the two of them not only get along, but become good friends and later… well, more.
It is not easy though maintaining a relationship when you play the top game as Ryan will soon find out. Sharks lurk in dark corners and they attack viciously with the first smell of weakness, distorting and ruining everything in their path.
The book is quite well written. The voice is beautifully naïve and suits Ryan’s youth perfectly. The way he views the game, the joy he finds in it and the way he slowly sees beyond the masks is brilliant. The pair’s relationship was gorgeous and I quite loved it. The fact that it wasn’t all sunshine was a nice addition. The plot had somehow the single-mindedness required in tennis and it easily transported you in the heart of the story. a story that grippes you unexpectedly with the intensity level slowly yet steadily growing and growing until it reached the final point where everything is on the table and all depends on the one final win.
But, what I liked more from this book was the fact that I knew how the story would go, it was transparent that way. Yet, I still got drifted with its flow and delighted with every word I read. A beautiful book, indeed. One I don’t hesitate to recommend to those of you who love athletes thrown in a need-to-work-it romance, where they have to join their forces to win against the bad guy.
Staff Sergeant Jasper “Ace” Atchison takes one look at Private Sonny Daye and knows that every word on paper about him is pure, unadulterated bullshit. But Sonny is desperate, and although Ace isn’t going to take him up on his offer of “anything,” that doesn’t mean he isn’t tempted.
Instead, Ace takes Sonny under his wing, protecting him when they’re in the service and making plans with him when they get out. Together, they’re going to own a garage and build race cars and make their fortune hurtling faster than light across the desert. Together, they’re going to rewrite the past, make Sonny Daye a whole and happy person, and put the ghosts in Ace’s heart to rest.
But not even Sonny can build a car fast enough to escape the ghosts of the past. When Sonny’s ghosts drive them down and run their plans off the road, Ace finds out exactly what he’s made of. Maybe Sonny was the one to promise Ace anything, but there is nothing under the sun Ace won’t do to keep Sonny safe from harm.
Review: “I’ll do anything.” Sonny says and from that moment on Ace will do anything to give Sonny his dreams.
Every time, every time I read one of Amy Lane’s books, I’m left shattered and an emotional wreck. Still…I wouldn’t want it any other way.
This book is a race from the first line till the very end. An emotional roller coaster and another study on broken characters that Ms. Lane seems so capable of giving life to in her work. Everything in this book, from the characters, to the story itself is so intense, so fast, and so all-encompassing that it’s nearly impossible to put this book down once you’ve picked it up.
Ace is a young man who saw his brother, his role model, lose his dreams and give up his life. That fact haunts him and when he meets Sonny, beside the fact that he is instantly taken with the man, he also sees his chance to give him the dream his brother never had. But, giving Sonny that is not an easy task, when the man is broken inside, so irreparably from things Ace can’t even begin to imagine. Sonny’s past life is literally tainted with the kind of stuff that makes the worst nightmares. And when they come down on them, Ace is left with not much option in order to keep his love safe.
I could talk about this book forever. I could go ahead and forget myself and start giving spoilers and get so engrossed in it, because this book was so very, very beautiful I can’t even find the words to describe. Sonny is so horrifically gorgeous as a character because his sufferings, his past, those kinds of people who are treated like no more than meat are real. Are out there and he makes you want to cry and scream and howl and really kill. He’s the kind of character that makes you want to hug him so tight that the illusion of nothing ever harming him again will rise and consume you. He is heart-breaking.
And Ace, dear darling Ace. He’s just a man, who in the eyes of another man is a God and for that man, for that love, he actually shoulders the heaviness off that feeling and tries his best to actually become that God. I loved Ace; I loved every part of this character. I loved his love for Sonny, his pain, his efforts and his desperation. This pair was so perfect in all this nightmare of a life, so good together in all the cruelty, so freaking fantastic I have no words for it and I feel bereft now that it’s over.
As for the story itself, well if you’ve ever read one of Amy Lane’s books you already know to expect a greatly written book with a solid plot and a great research behind it showing quality that everyone searches in a book. If you haven’t than all you need to know is that when you say the word “book” this is exactly what you mean. A work that is so wholesome from each and every side you cannot find anything lacking.
Words of recommendation? I don’t know, I think I’ve said enough. Just read it! You’ll love it!
Blurb: For ex-cop turned private investigator Cole McGinnis, each day brings a new challenge. Too bad most of them involve pain and death. Claudia, his office manager and surrogate mother, is still recovering from a gunshot, and Cole’s closeted boyfriend, Kim Jae-Min, suddenly finds his teenaged sister dumped in his lap. Meanwhile, Cole has his own sibling problems—most notably, a mysterious half-brother from Japan whom his older brother, Mike, is determined they welcome with open arms.
As if his own personal dramas weren’t enough, Cole is approached by Madame Sun, a fortune-teller whose clients have been dying at an alarming rate. Convinced someone is after her customers, she wants the matter investigated, but the police think she’s imagining things. Hoping to put Sun’s mind at ease, Cole takes the case and finds himself plunged into a Gordian knot of lies and betrayal where no one is who they are supposed to be and Death seems to be the only card in Madame Sun’s deck.
Review: Now here is a book that gave me conflicting feelings, but I think this is the case with Cole McGinnis Mysteries. There are things I love too much in the series and things that irritate the hell out of me. Let’s take a ride shall we?
So, main character Cole McGinnis and I seem to have developed some really special feelings for him. I adore this character, he is a man’s man, he is brass, he is coarse, he is grumpy and funny and he cusses a LOT, and I love that about him. He is also sensitive and loving and caring and I love the fact that he tries to hide it, but utterly fails to. What really cracks me up though is the crazy-magnet he seems to have attached to his person. I mean he literally stops somewhere and either crazy people show up or dead bodies flow all over his feet. He still insists on going around though and truly believes he does not have the crazy chasing him. You got to love that guy.
So in this book he once again gets in the middle of the crazy pot and tries to find out which way is North and which way is South, while some invisible hand is stirring said damned pot. I loved the start. It was to be expected that it would start with a nice, intense and brilliantly hilarious scene. The fact that it included a poodle and some serious ass chewing should give you a hint or two. And after this scene, which reminds us who Cole is and introduces him to those that haven’t met him yet, the serious stuff begins.
Now there is the mystery part and the romantic part of the story. The mystery part was all sorts of funny for me. Yes, I found dead bodies thrown at Cole’s feet extremely funny and I had to hold my belly from laughing every time it happened. I mean really, it was as if the murderer was stalking him and killing people a bit before, during or after a meeting with Cole. If I was cop I’d arrest him just because. But back in the story, the whole idea behind the killings made sense in a perverse kind of way. Truth be told I figured the guilty one when Cole wondered what his “laundry” would be since his façade was so nice. But it was quite enjoyable reading it through. The thread was perhaps a bit too tight and the investigation a bit too slow and the police work a bit… not there? I mean what the heck did the police do? But, all in all, it was fun and that’s what matters in the end. I do have a slight irritation at how the final scene with the murderer and Cole evolved, but it’s not that important.
What is important is the fact that the romantic part gave me too much frustration. I so didn’t like how the relationship with Jae went or started in this book. I’ve been patiently waiting through the action scenes to finally, finally see Jae again and have the couple solidify their relationship, because they had this dragged way to much in that damned veil of vagueness and uncertainty. so excuse me while I throw a fit at the whole family stuff that comes in and complicates things yet again. I’m bitchy but come on, it’s not funny seeing Cole go into a drunken stupor and drama yet again, hasn’t he had enough? I suppose though it was a nice way to bind them together and make them tight and inseparable in the end.
Another thing that I found frustrating was the fact that Cole’s brain jumps in too many thoughts when in the middle of something very important such as having intimate intercourse with Jae. You don’t have him thinking of irrelevant things when he’s spreading Jae in front of him, you just don’t. It seriously takes the focus from the main course and then you got to get in the mood again after the short break. I mean it’s hot, it’s too hot, don’t make us take a breath, let us burn there, let the intensity wash over us, because what you did instead was plain teasing. So not nice. *Sigh*
The surprise of this book though was Ichiro. I cannot describe how much I liked this character. He’s Cole’s brother by the way, and I cannot wait for more of him. He is simply fantastic and finally, finally some Japanese blood in the series. It seriously sucks that Cole is half Japanese yet he has no cultural treats of the country on him. So Ichi was a very nice addition and a great way to make the fans of the series start pacing around with impatience.
And lastly I have to mention the end of this book… I must, even if I don’t want to. What on Earth was up with that? I mean… Really? Dear Lord that was just plain sick. It makes me wonder with all the shitty things that are thrown at Cole, and especially from members of that particular family, how is he still mentally stable? And what is it with them? I haven’t got it yet, what is their problem with Cole for the love of God and everything sacred? Agrrr, the frustration of not knowing that one question is killing me.
So the conclusion of the above rant is, if you’re already a fan of the series I won’t bother, you’ve probably already preordered and knocked the book off. However if you are new to this series I strongly suggest you start reading them in order to get a better grasp of the storyline, even though you can read this as a standalone. It might be a bit overwhelming with the abundance of characters, but I think you’ll enjoy it nonetheless; it was a very enjoyable ride, yet again.
Blurb: Damian Learner and his grunge band, Firefly, are on a meteoric rise to success. If they get the right break, fame awaits. Seeking more professional management, Damian independently strikes a bargain with the best agent in the business, Stanley Krane. Unable to afford the penalty for breaking old contracts, Damian agrees when Stan’s best friend, country and Western megastar Vance Ashcroft, offers to buy him out of his old contract.
Overwhelmed by a crippling loan, secretive guilt, Stanley’s expectations, and a volatile relationship with Lenny, Firefly’s lead guitarist, Damian disintegrates. Bad habits of too much sex, booze, and drugs create a rift in the band. Finally Vance, with his understanding of Dominant/submissive behavior, sees that submissives Damian and Lenny are falling into chaos, clinging to each other to try to avoid the inevitable crash.
When the pressure to perform becomes too much and the unthinkable happens, Damian and Lenny have to decide: accept that they need something they can’t get from each other, or burn out and take Firefly with them. Vance is ready to claim Lenny, but even Stan’s hesitant agreement to give Damian the direction he needs might not be enough for Damian—or the band—if he loses Lenny.
Review: Damian (Trevor) is the singer for grunge band, Firefly. Being treated unfairly by their agent has Damian striking a deal with Stanley, the best agent in the business. But, getting out of his current contract is harder than Damian hoped and after paying the way out of his band mates’ contracts, he has to accept the offer of Stan’s friend, Vance, a country and western superstar, to help him buy out his own contract. Tensions are high in the band though and Damian’s volatile relationship with Lenny, Firefly’s lead guitarist, is heading for destruction. As pressure mounts, Damian turns to drink, drugs and anonymous sex and Stan takes the reins of control for Damian, and Vance steps in to take control of Lenny.
When a sub needs to give up control they need a strong hand to guide them, but what happens when the person you want to take control is also a sub? Damian and Lenny love each other, but they can never have what they truly want because neither is strong enough to take control. It affects them both in different ways and it takes interference from outside the band in the shape of agent Stan and his friend Vance for the destruction to break its cycle. Stan and Vance have had been on and off lovers for years, but Stan can’t be a sub for Vance, he has too much Dom in him for that. Vance has his eyes on Lenny and whisks him away when Lenny’s relationship with Damian goes too far. Stan takes Damian in hand and begins to give Damian some of what he needs.
Although Damian/Trevor, Lenny, Stan and Vance are the main couples in this story, the storyline focuses on Damian and Stan and in a smaller part Vance and Lenny. Stan is just what Damian needs. He isn’t a whips and flogger type of Dom, but he is more a control, structure and rules type of person. He also doesn’t take the relationship too far, giving Damian room to heal before embarking into a sexual relationship. Although we see a bit of what is going on between Vance and Lenny, we have no clue what is happening between them. I can only hope that Jaime Samms will give us their full story.
All the characters in this book are great. You have divided feelings as you read what is happening and the truth begins to unfold. There is hot scorching sex between Vance and Stan. a nice touch of D/s between Vance and Lenny and some spectacular loving between Stan and Damian. This storyline is really good and you become invested in Damian as he finds himself without the booze, drugs and sex. You want Stan to succeed as the strong guiding hand, although Stan himself has his own doubts. The things going on with Lenny are harder to see. Mainly because he has become so good at hiding and making himself the victim. I began to resent him for dumping everything on Damian’s shoulders and leaving him to pick up the pieces.
I recommend this story to those who love damaged young men, finding what you long for, a touch of D/s, a controlling Dom, a mess up sub, some really hot sex and a happy ending for Damian and Stan.
Blurb: Jacob Timber is hopelessly crushing on very private radio personality Ethan Moore—host of the most famous Indie music radio show on London’s 113.9, the Jukebox Hour—but being in love with a voice isn’t much different than being alone. Jacob’s not even sure the man is gay.
Jacob is so infatuated that all he wants for his birthday is to meet his crush in person—and he gets his wish. With Ethan and Jacob, it’s love at first sight.
But do dreams really come true? Despite how he feels in Ethan’s arms, Jacob doubts it. He knows he’ll never be happy with a man who pretends to love him, only to bring his true girlfriend to public events.
Review: Short, Sexy and Steamy… my three favorite colors! Jacob Timber wants nothing more for his birthday than to meet the person behind the sultry, sexy voice he listens to via Indie music radio, Ethan Moore. He gets his wish.
The attraction is undeniable and the chemistry is immediate. These two are obviously true believers in love at first sight. When Ethan comes dangerously close to making a very bad decision, Jacob pulls away from him, moves out of the apartment they share and cuts off all contact. Two months later both men are absolutely miserable, but Jacob is resigned to his decision to end the relationship. Did he make the right choice? Did he really see what he thinks he did?
Like I previously stated, the chemistry between Ethan and Jacob was undeniable and the author did an excellent job of conveying that to the reader. Everything was so condensed though. I would love to read a full length novel that delved deeper into this storyline and the characters. Overall this was a fast fun read with some steamy guy on guy action and the perfect HEA!
Blurb: When an ass in coveralls attracts him after a dry spell, Grant Carlton wants to know more about the new mechanic at his friend’s garage. Then he finds there is more going on with the garage, the decline of his old friend’s health, and the gorgeous man in those coveralls working on his favorite car, a ’65 Mustang.
Unable to walk away, Grant finds ways to help and be around his new mechanic. Morric Donahue struggles with being a parolee, not wanting to lose control after stepping outside the prison walls, especially knowing he never committed the crime. Wary of all commitments
Which don’t include engines; he keeps a close eye on the enticing rich boy who keeps coming around. While he admires the hot muscle car, he wants to know more about the man driving it, even if it means going outside his self-imposed cell.
Review: Grant pulls into his friend’s garage and the first thing he sees is the new mechanic bent over a car that’s got his interest. But, when he turns around, Grant is more than filled with lust. he will do anything to get this hot mechanic with an attitude to be his. Morric is trying to get his life back in order after being in prison for three years. He has no time for romance, and has too much baggage for relationships. He is attracted to Grant, but wants to keep him at a distance; since he is a rich boy he sure wouldn’t want more than a quick roll in the hay with someone like him.
I really liked this book. The characters were interesting and not the run of the mill kind of men you find in romances. I like the fact each man had some issues in his past. The storyline was romantic and sweet and interesting and easy to follow. I loved the sexual tension between Grant and Morric and the determination in Grant to prove to Morric he wanted more than sex from him. Great story
Recommendation:I recommend this to anyone that likes a story of a man determined to win another man’s heart, computer geeks, hot mechanics and sweet sexy sensual and hot mansex.
Blurb: Detective Nicola Dupree is back at work after a six-month sick leave, but he’s still haunted by his sister’s tragic death. When Captain Moore gives him an unofficial undercover assignment to befriend the sexy, charming Nero Thorn, the erotic writer Nicola idolizes, he quickly accepts. He thinks it’s an easy job until he gets to know the mysterious BDSM author. Overwhelming emotions he can’t explain draw him ever closer to Nero.
Nero Thorn’s a recluse and he likes it that way. When he literally bumps into his shy, handsome new neighbor, Nicola Dupré, sparks fly. He’s drawn to Nicola like a moth to a fire and he quickly falls in love. But he has a dark, dangerous secret he’s kept hidden from the world for years. If Nicola ever finds out who he really is, he’ll run away in fear.
There’s a serial killer out there, and the murder of his sixth victim was written in Nero’s last novel before it ever happened. There’s a connection between Nero, the sixth victim, and the killer, and Nicola has to figure it out before the killer strikes again.
Review: Nicola is asked to go on an unofficial undercover assignment as his first job back after taking a six-month leave following the brutal murder of his sister. All Nicola has to do is befriend erotic romance writer Nero Thorn and do a little digging to see if he has any connection to a series of killings. When Nero bumps into his new neighbor, Nicola, he feels an instant attraction, but he can also tell Nicola isn’t telling the whole truth. But, then Nero is also hiding a dark secret. Getting involved with charismatic Nero isn’t part of Nicola’s plan, but he can’t resist the sexy man. But, with the serial killer still loose, Nicola has to decide if his judgment has been compromised or if he can truly trust his instinct about the mysterious Nero.
This is quite a good mystery story that has an interesting paranormal twist. Nero has secrets in his past. It’s a door he closed many years before, but he knows that he will have to tell Nicola if they are going to stay together. But, first he has to deal with the shocking truth about Nicola. Nicola finds him in deep when he goes undercover. He begins to fall for the suspect, Nero, never realizing that the secret that Nero has is more shocking than anything he could have thought of. With the killer still on the loose and still hunting for victims, Nicola has to keep his head in the game. Is Nero just an author whose muse guided him to write a murder that came true or is he a psychopath who takes pleasure in murder?
I actually really enjoyed this story until near the end. I was really into the characters of Nicola and Nero, and I found them both really interesting. Nicola has suffered from both loss and guilt. Nero has suffered the same years before, and both men connect on a level which has sparks flying between them. Nero’s first secret was really interesting and fit perfectly into the story. Adding a touch of mystery and intriguing me. The storyline keeps you reading as you try to determine who the serial killer is. Nero and Nicola keep it spicy and yeah, while you have to suspend belief over the police investigation, it is still interesting.
Now I will be honest and say the ending was rushed, unbelievable and wasn’t needed. The second secret that Nero had wasn’t needed in the least and really it nearly ruined the book for me. the way that Nicola reacted was unbelievable and the story should have finished without the big revelation. The author should have just left it with Nero forgiving Nicola and them having hot sex, because the ending really was rubbish; that paranormal revelation wasn’t needed in the least and nearly ruined everything that had come before. Don’t get me wrong, I really did enjoy this story and I was going to give it a higher rating until I got to those last few pages, the ending revelation was just unneeded.
I will recommend this to those that love paranormal/psychic abilities, hot great characters, an interesting storyline and a happy ending.
Blurb: Brendon Marcus lives for his work. A boy genius who fast-tracked his way to college professor by his early twenties, he doesn’t know any other way to be. People confound him. So when Josh Horton, the assistant football coach, pursues him, Brendon isn’t sure what to make of him.
Josh has his own problems. His successful parents aren’t particularly happy with his career path, and some of the players don’t like having a gay assistant coach. He begins to have doubts, but Brendon makes the world look a little brighter.
But when Brendon’s department head starts to make trouble, Josh and Brendon discover that standing up for each other is the first step to standing up for themselves.
Review: Brendon Marcus is the shy, reserved and naïve science geek. He’s a genius, but he’s not very wise when it comes to love, or attraction. Josh Horton is the new assistant football coach, Tall, dark, handsome and much more comfortable in his own skin. Josh is openly gay, and it’s not the Brendon isn’t, he just doesn’t know how to be open about anything. Josh wastes no time asking Brendon out to dinner, and even less time kissing him.
This unlikely pair dives headfirst into a relationship that proves to be more challenging than either of them could have expected. Josh loves spending time with Brendon. He lights up the room when he’s in it, and the way he takes everything so literally makes Josh’s attraction to him even stronger. When Josh takes Brendon to meet his parents and they shower his young boyfriend with all the affection and praise Josh longs for, will it be the end of their budding romance just as it’s started?
I absolutely loved Brendon Marcus! He’s not very wise in the ways of the world and he takes everything so literally. The only thing that can pull him out of his on chaotic mind is Josh’s touch, his kiss. Josh is very patient with him, teaching him how to love and loving him in return, unconditionally. They learn to be stronger together and apart by standing up for themselves, and each other. Their attraction is basic and beautifully written.
Fast paced read with an engaging storyline and realistic characters. If you like a HEA love story with some pretty steamy guy/guy action worked into the mix seamlessly, then this is a must read! I would expect nothing less from Andrew Grey. This one will stay queued on my kindle so I can visit these characters again and again…….
Blurb: Micah “Pup” Slayde knows he wants Tackett Austin the moment he lays eyes on him in the Guards of Folsom. Micah wants to have purpose, to be taken care of, and to take care of his Dom—wants to trust him completely, live for him, and belong to him. To become his everything. Micah is sure Tackett is the one. The problem is, in order to be the perfect sub, he needs to stay focused, and that’s not easy for Micah, who suffers from what he refers to as a “broken brain.” Focus and adult attention deficit disorder rarely coexist.
Ever since Ty Callahan and Blake Henderson’s collaring ceremony, Tackett’s been thinking too much about his own loneliness. Even though Ty introduces Micah and urges Tackett to give him a try, Tackett isn’t so easily convinced. He’s spent his life pursuing a successful business career, and the subs he dominates almost never enjoy the kiss of his leather twice. Twenty years Micah’s senior, Tackett has no interest in taking on and taming such a young and naughty sub—but it’s difficult to resist such an adorable pup when he begs.
Warning: Some readers with experience of Mental Health Issues may find some scenes offensive and distressing.
Review: Micah has wanted Tackett from the first second that he set eyes on him. There’s something about the sexy older man who has Micah thinking that Tackett is the man to give him just what he needs. Tackett has been in a funk since his birthday. He isn’t sure what he wants anymore and even though he is tempted by sexy sub Micah, he really doesn’t think that they will be a good match. Being thrown together during a party leads Tackett to accept Micah’s offer and after a night of passion they agree to spend two weeks together to see if they are what the other needs; a disruptive pup and a strict Dom just watch the sparks fly.
S.J.D. Peterson has produced another punch packing, emotional wreaking book. Micah is an incredible character who needs help focusing to become the sub he wants to be. Tackett is a controlling Dom that Micah has chosen to master him. Both man need to find the perfect balance between them to make it work, but with only two weeks to find it and with Micah’s ADD it is a challenge for both men. will Micah be able to find his focus? And will Tackett be able to take on a demanding full-time sub?
This is a brilliantly written book and the sex is hot. The characters are wonderful and make a great couple. The relationship progresses well with some tender moments. Tackett really does try to be the Dom that Micah needs and Micah really does try to focus all his attention on Tackett and tries to become the sub that Tackett needs. The power exchange between them is wonderful, with Tackett turning to Micah when he has a need that he wants met. The sex between them is passionate and will make you burn. There is little angst and that is only when Micah has felt he has failed. There is no real conflict except conflicting feelings, but S.J.D. has still produced a story that many will love and adore.
I had some niggles that disturbed me though. Tackett tries his best to discover just what Micah needs from him and he turns to his friends for advice and while I find that admirable, what disturbed me was, he never asked Micah if he was currently on medication or if he had received any therapy in adulthood. He never guided Micah to talk to a professional or even talked to one himself before diving into using his control and BDSM as a way to get Micah to focus.
I have struggled at great length to keep my personal feelings aside, unfortunately I have failed. This book has received three stars for the characters and the strong feelings that this book invoked, for the attempt at bringing two people together for a loving power exchange and for the passionate sex. If this story hadn’t have touched such a tender subject that was close to my heart, then it would have been a much higher rating and I know that many people will disagree with my rating.
In my eyes this book has failed miserably since the second ADD/ADHD was mentioned, having years of experience with this MENTAL HEALTH ISSUE, reading this book was painful. I could see years of progress being shoved forcefully back into the middle ages. I was proud of myself for getting through this book, but my breaking point was page 171 and I threw up. Being punished for something that can’t be controlled without extensive help from a qualified medical professional was just too much for me to bear. I wanted to stop reading but I couldn’t. I needed to finish this book so I could write this review. While some people with ADD/ADHD do enjoy the lifestyle of BDSM and the structure and peace it can give them, they also, usually, have received medical help with medication and/or Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT); they do not use BDSM as Cognitive behavioral therapy.
Blurb: Danny is young, gay, and homeless. He lives in the park, preferring to avoid attention, but when thugs confront a stranger, Danny rushes to his rescue. He and the would-be victim, Harry, form a cautious friendship that deepens months later, when Harry persuades Danny to visit his home. Daring to believe he has found happiness, Danny finds his world turned upside down yet again when tragedy strikes.
Until he runs out of options, Danny won’t trust anyone. Finally he has to accept the offer of a home, and Danny becomes David, but adjusting to a new life isn’t easy. When he meets the mysterious Jack, it stirs up feelings he thought were long gone. Can David dare to allow himself to love? Or will the truth bring his new world tumbling down around him?
Review: The story starts off in present time, with David facing his fears of telling his long time partner the truth about his past. Having been thrown out by his parents at the startling age of 16 for being gay, life has been a hard road for David. Homeless, he was forced to subject himself to damaging abuse at the hands of other men. He was stabbed and his poor body has rattled with sickness brought on by his surroundings.
Everyone he’s ever loved has left him. First his parents, then Steve and now Harry. He’s understandably cautious when Mary and Sylvia offer him a flat, rent free. Having lost her son to a gay bashing, Mary has spent the last several years opening her heart and home to young gay/trans kids to give them options aside from living on the street or in shelters. Her daughter Sylvia introduces her to David, after his most recent hospital visit with yet another bought of pneumonia.
Mary insists that David pull his own weight, and that includes helping out at the homeless shelter he himself used to frequent. It’s here that he meets Jack. A force of nature is what Jack is. And David recognizes him immediately as someone from his past. After eight years together, David finally opens up to Jack. Once Jack has gotten over the shock of the secrets David has held locked inside these past eight years, will it make their bond stronger? Or will it tear them apart, Leaving David lost and alone, just as he’s always feared?
Brown has written an emotionally raw story of young, gay, homeless teen. The realism of this story drew me in from the start. I found myself tearing up a couple of times as I learned more about David’s journey, that started as Danny. How he was used and abused and tossed aside like garbage. Made to believe he was worthless and ugly. Then, how the love of two strangers and an inexperienced young man saved his life and taught him that he truly was worthy and loveable.
The ending was a bit abrupt, almost rushed. I wanted more resolution there, but I did get my HEA so I’m happy overall.
Blurb: Noah Lethem is 29 years old and raising his sister Hannah’s two small children. Resigned to a life of permanent chaos, he has given up on romantic relationships. Then, when his neighbor Marcy encourages him to visit the local rec center for a pick-up game of floor hockey, he meets Dillon Greer; and though they are both interested in starting a relationship, Noah remains wary of shaking up the kids’ lives. Of course, their lives might be shaken up anyway, if Hannah has her way and takes them away from the home they share with Noah to live with her new boyfriend. Now, Noah must learn to balance his new romance with his imperfect family or risk losing both.
Review: Noah is raising his sister’s kids and her most of the time. He has put his life on hold to do this. His best friend and babysitter is concerned for him and insists he take a night to himself, if it’s just to go play hockey There he meets Dillon and though he is very interested, he is sure that the man wouldn’t be interested in the baggage of his life.
This is such a lovely sweet story. Though it has some sadness and a bit of suspense it is still a sweet loving story. I couldn’t put it down. It’s one of those stories’s that makes you sigh and wish you could find a man like either Noah or Dillon or both! I highly recommend this one!
Recommendations: If you like men raising family’s children, sweet story with some angst, true love, hot sensual sex, not explicit sex, a great story, this one is for you!
Blurb: When Russ Peterson accepts an invitation to an all-expense-paid vacation at a castle in southern France, he doesn’t expect to learn he has the ability to travel through time. For a historian, it’s a dream come true, offering the chance to find answers to the mysteries of the past. But it’s not without risks—to Russ and to the world as he knows it.
After a few short supervised visits, Russ still hasn’t made up his mind about his newfound abilities. Then, on his first extended trip, he meets Quentus Maximus, second in command to the Legate of Nemausus. While learning firsthand about the realities of life in Roman Gaul, Russ is shocked by his reaction to Quentus’s dominant nature. After a week with Quentus, Russ’s vacation is up, and he realizes he wants a chance to see if their relationship can flourish.
Arranging a year-long sabbatical from work to give time to make the decision is easy. Figuring out if he can live with Quentus’s dominant nature long-term, and finding a way to establish a life for himself in Roman Gaul, is an entirely different matter.….
Chateau d’Eternité was previously available as a short story, published by Dreamspinner Press, June 2012.
Review: This story has time travel and a sexy, domineering Roman Centurion.
Firstly, this is not D/s story. Quentus is simply a man who expects to be obeyed. He expects be the alpha in the relationship, and in return provides everything for Russ. It’s both part of his nature and his culture. Secondly, when it comes to time travel, you have to accept rather than question. In a nutshell it’s a genetic gift. If you spend a day or a week in the past, you return after a day or a week in your own present. If you then remain in your present for a day or a week, then the same time has elapsed where you were in the past. Like so many things surrounding the chateau and time travel, it’s just how it is. And the usual “You must not change the past.” Warning is in place.
I liked the story, the characters, and reading about a historical period. The explanation of time travelling and the existence of the chateau starts us off. Then the developing relationship between the men, and finally situations that jeopardizes Russ’s life, and Quentus’s ownership of his estate.
Unfortunately a lot of how, what and why of time travel is simply answered by “it’s the way it is”. You may also wonder at someone accepting a two-week vacation to somewhere he doesn’t know, halfway around the world, paid for by people he doesn’t know, and just how the genetic mutation is identified. But, if you set those kinds of questions aside, it’s a good story.
We don’t see how their relationship continues once Russ returns to Quentus’s side, having set his affairs in order in the present. However, via a change in the chateau, it’s clearly intimated their relationship has lasted many years. The author has therefore left open an option to revisit the couple with a sequel.
I would recommend it to anyone who likes a touch of history, hot sex, time travel and an implied HEA.
Former foster child Gabriel Jacobs is determined to make something of his life. Easygoing and more comfortable in a pair of old sweats than the Brooks Brothers suits he will have to wear when he finishes his law degree, Gabriel is also a naïve romantic looking for love. That turns out to be a problem when the ghost of Adrien Beauchene, the son of a French plantation owner, makes an appearance in the house Gabriel just moved into. Adrien is convinced Gabriel is the reincarnation of his slave turned lover, a man he has spent 160 years waiting for.
Before long, Adrien gains control of Gabriel. He vows not to be parted from his love again, even if that means Gabriel must join him in the spirit world. But Gabriel’s best friend, Scott, won’t give up without a fight. He enlists the help of a gypsy witch and twin warlocks Jaivyn and Jaquan to keep Gabriel safe. As Adrien tightens his grip, Gabriel begins to fade, and Jaivyn grows desperate. He and Gabriel just met—Jaivyn can’t lose him now….
Review: This story has adventure, action, humor, and plot twists.
A ghost has haunted Gabriel’s new house in the name of lost love for over 160 years. Gabriel is the spitting image of the ghost’s lover, so the ghost starts to drain him dry, and is prepared to pull him into the afterlife so they can be together.
Gabriel’s friends: Scott, widower Mel, and gypsy Natosha all try to help. Then two powerful warlocks get involved. Prophecy is a recurring theme, and you aren’t sure who to give your attention to.
This story has got magic, intrigue, witches, ghosts, and lovers, to name just a few. Be warned, this is a HFN, but possibly the author is considering a sequel.
So if you want action and plot twists with your paranormal read, this is the one for you.