Azrael and the Light Bringer by Eric Arvin

18329717Title: Azrael and the Light Bringer

Series: Valley Book, 02

Author: Eric Arvin

Genre: Fantasy/Paranormal

Length: Novel (360 pages)

Publisher: August 14th 2013 by Wilde City Press

Heat Level: None

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥3 Hearts

Blurb: Welcome to the Valley, a liminal landscape that lies somewhere in the fringes of the world; a place with such secret magic that only the very observant can see it. Into this world comes the Lone family. To them, the magic of the Valley is not at first apparent, at least not to all. But the youngest son Lucifer is the most open to the river’s pulse. He converses with the trees and an angel named Azrael, all the while being taught by the midwife Mother True to hone his talents. Meanwhile, Lucifer’s older brother Uriel rejects the valley altogether and, with the help of his lover—a raft boy named Roman—flees the place only to be caught up in the corrupt big city world of a Madame named Ute Dragal.

And so begins a tale of wonder and danger, filled with a cast of characters ranging from the strong to the stoic to the sinister, in a place where a dark power awaits them all. Venture again to the Valley in this prequel to Eric Arvin’s acclaimed epic The Mingled Destinies of Crocodiles and Men.

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Reviewer: Lisa

Review: This was a difficult book to read. At first, it was of a child who had such a gift to talk to trees, but then to find out that he had been killed, by a demon sort. Azrael was there to help him cross over, but he refuses. He spends time with Azrael talking about the story his brother told him, the preacher, his mother, and father. Azrael is an angel like no other. If you like, angels then you will definitely like Azrael.

This story is not only about how Azrael and Lucifer decided to stop evil about the lives of so many other characters. So much evil and darkness throughout the book and one special angel and spirit of a young child to fight it. It has a wonderful story line and great characters, but I just couldn’t really get into it. 

Burning Now by A.R. Moler

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Series:  N/A

Author:  AR Moler

Genre: Paranormal

Length:  Novella (89 Pages)

Publisher:  Torquere Press Publishers

Heat Level:  Mild to Moderate

Heart Rating:  ♥♥♥♥4 Hearts

Blurb:  Fireman Gideon Sato stumbles over a man—oddly still alive and in remarkable health—in the ashes of a warehouse fire. A strange connection runs between Gideon and the man, Vanya Stravinsky, despite Vanya’s confusion and loss of memory.

Vanya, a chef, gets mugged after work one evening.  He wakes up, nude, in the ashes of a fire. He doesn’t remember much of what happened, but he can guess how he got there. He too feels that connection with his rescuer, but he’s got to decide how much to tell Gideon.  Not to mention, the cops think that Vanya was up to no good in that warehouse fire.

Somehow Vanya and Gideon have figure out what’s really going on and also prove Vanya’s innocence. Life just got complicated!

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Reviewer:  Becca

Review:  Vanya is a chef but not just any chef he has a secret.  He’s a shape shifter.  After work one night he gets mugged and injured when a bullet grazes the side of his head.  He proceeds to collapse to the ground only to wake up nude in the ashes of a warehouse fire in the morning.  Gideon is surprised when he discovers that the naked man he found in the ashes is alive. 

Gideon and Vanya have a connection.  They both felt it when they first met in the warehouse.  Vanya now needs to figure out how much he can tell Gideon about what he really is.  The cops know its arson and believe that he may have been the one to set the fire.

This book has it all.  Some romance, adventure, and a bit of mystery all rolled up into one.  I like the intimacy between Gideon and Vanya.  Their sex scenes are good but I would have liked to have some more detail.  All together it’s a well written book that I would recommend to fellow readers.

Trucker Fucker 2 by Barry Lowe

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Series:  Trucker Fucker Series #2

Author:  Barry Lowe

Genre:  Erotica/Ménage

Length:  Novella (12,000 Words)

Publisher:  Wilde City Press, July 31, 2013

Heat Level:  Mild to Moderate

Heart Rating:  ♥♥♥2½ – 3 Hearts

Blurb:  In this second installment in the TRUCKER FUCKER series, emotions and tensions are running high… And what better way to relieve the tension than with a gang bang or two. Multiple guys, multiple positions, multiple orgasms! But what happens when you’re so good at sex you attract the attention of someone powerful and sinister, who always gets what he wants?

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Reviewer:  Becca

Review:  This book reads a bit like short porn just without the details.  It started out good the story line grabbing my attention right off.  Jez is a straight trucker who doesn’t mind getting blow jobs from Atom his very gay apprentice.  At times he even wonders about having sex with a man or giving a blow job himself.  Nothing ever comes of this.  Found that a bit upsetting.

Atom’s sole purpose in the story seems to be sex.  He’s there for any guy who wants sex.  It wasn’t uncommon to find him with two men at once.  Unfortunately the sex scenes were very rushed and lacking detail. I will admit that I was expecting the sex scenes to be more detailed and steamier. 

The story slowed down a bit in the middle for me.  It started to lose my interest for a little bit, but then Barry did something that grabbed it brought it back in.  Just as he got me all excited wondering what he was talking about it ended.  I found this frustrating but would probably read the next book to see what happens. 

Cherished by Sara York

Cherished_cvr-2Title:  Cherished

Author: Sara York 

Genre:   Light BDSM, Contemporary Romance (warning, forced penetration, abuse)

Length:  Novel (157 pages)

Publisher:  Wilde City Press (September 18th, 2013)

Heat Level:  Explicit

Heart Rating:  ♥♥♥♥4Hearts

Blurb:   Scotty Fuller is a man who demands order. His job as a librarian gives him the solace he needs, and a BDSM club provides him with the kind of entertainment he craves. That is until a cute young college student threatens to unglue his carefully pieced-together life and rip open old wounds.

Wesley Reese is a shy college student with a problem: he’s crushing on the librarian. On a dare, he asks the handsome older man on a date, but dating Scotty requires more from Wesley than he can give. When the bondage restraints come out, Wesley knows he’s in too deep.

Will he change for love? Will he lose himself forever? Or will each man finally be… Cherished?

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Reviewer:   Tams

Review:  Scotty is an accidental dominant. He lives the lifestyle because he demands respect and control, and the only place he’s ever found it is within the BDSM lifestyle. He is not cruel though, he believes in protecting the integrity of the lifestyle as well as the submissives. Wesley is an Art student that is crushing big time on Scotty. He finally approaches him and asks him out on a dare. He’s not exactly a submissive, but he would do just about anything for Scotty.

Wesley quickly breaks through nearly every barrier Scotty has built, finding his way to his heart. Scotty wages an inner battles between his heart and mind, afraid to give up the control his dominate side provides and let Wesley into his heart. The last guy he trusted betrayed him. His life has been a misery of misplaced trust and betrayal. Can he truly give himself to Wesley and not be broken, again?

Scotty and Wesley are complete opposites who could have a chance at happiness if they can find a balance of love, trust, and compromise. Each one struggles with the possibility of a relationship at different times throughout the story, and for differing reasons. Sex is never really an issue, aside from Scotty trying his damnedest to exert his control as a Dom at the start, but learning somewhere along the way, he’s just as happy to submit.

This was a very powerful read, I know that is a strong word, but it’s the only one that comes to mind at the moment. York managed to find a balance between the pain and grief inflicted upon her characters, leveling out that content with love and passion. Scotty is assured in his role as a Dom, being the caring boyfriend is new and dangerous territory for him. Wesley isn’t a virgin, but his inexperience mixed with his strong personality make it difficult for him to completely be a sub. Where do they find their balance; can they?

The violence in the story is appalling, possibly because I can see the reality in it. If you are a fan of BDSM and stories with a struggle that finds a conclusion, then this would be a book for you. There is some nasty, steamy, passionate sex peppered throughout as well. Bonus!

The Deputy and the Rock Star by Karly Germain

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Series:  Romance on the Go

Author:  Karly Germain

Genre: Contemporary/Erotica

Length:  Short (37 Pages)

Publisher:  Evernight Publishing

Heat Level:  Moderate Headed Towards Explicit

Heart Rating:  ♥♥♥♥♥4½ Hearts

Blurb:  One thing that annoyed Deputy Sheriff Mitchell Bartlett were outsiders coming into his small corner of Wyoming and upsetting his routine. He didn’t count on a party-loving rock star to complicate his life.

After borrowing a luxury cabin from a fellow celebrity, Drago Denison dragged his partygoers into the wilds of Southwestern Wyoming for a debauched weekend. When Mitchell shows up at his door due to a complaint about the noise, Drago is stunned by the enticing vision of rugged, handsome male standing before him.

The men are attracted to each other, and they agree to one weekend of passion before returning to their own lives. How can two men from different lifestyles find common ground and accept how they feel? Or will the deputy and the rock star deny true love?

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Reviewer:  Becca

Review:  Mitchell Bartlett is a Deputy Sheriff in a small town located in Southwestern Wyoming. He didn’t expect to feel anything sexual for the rock star, when he knocked on his door, to tell him to turn the music down. 

Drago was attracted to the Deputy Sheriff the moment he saw the billboards around town with his picture on it. When he opened his door to see him, he’s surprised and can’t help but flirt with him a bit.

Mitch can’t get Drago off his mind. He stops by the next day and Drago recommends they spend the weekend together. Mitch takes him up on it and the chemistry they have is great. The sex scenes are some of the best M/M sex scenes I’ve read. This was a short sweet read, that I would recommend friends.

It's Good to be Home by Delilah Storm

18518351Title: It’s Good to be Home

Author: Delilah Storm

Genre: Romance

Length: Short Story (28 pages)

Publisher: Torquere Press (September 13th 2013)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥3 Hearts

Reviewer: Thommie

Blurb: During this last 14-month tour of duty, Jason has missed a lot, including the adoption of his and Ridley’s baby girl, Barbara. While Ridley is ecstatic to have his husband home again, Jason’s remark that he has something they need to discuss has Ridley’s insides all knotted up. How can he convince Jason to stay home with him and their baby and be a part of loving family, just the way they’ve always dreamed?

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Review: This is a sweet story about a Marine who comes home from his last deployment to his husband and little baby daughter.

Jason has never seen in person their little girl, as he was already gone when they got her. He has missed everything about her life thus far and his husband’s. As for Ridley, well there’s nothing worse than to have the man you love far away from you, missing out on your child’s life, and not knowing if he’s coming back this time. Thus, when Jason is finally home his emotions are overwhelming him, but a mere word has him dreading tomorrow. Jason wants to talk to him and Ridley hopes with every fiber of his body that Jason isn’t to leave again soon.

This story is indeed sweet. The plot is emotional and urges you into some sweet and sour feelings. The scene where Jason meets Ridley and their daughter at the airport though felt a bit lacking, I expected some more emotional charge there and didn’t quite feel it. However, the story in its entirety was quite decent with characters that demanded respect and attention even as I felt it had room for improvement.

If you’re in the mood for a romantic sweet read though this is quite the story for you.

A Bite of Fulfillment by Charlie Richards

18078177Title: A Bite of Fulfillment

Series: A Paranormal’s Love: Book Two

Author: Charlie Richards

Genre: Paranormal /Vampires

Length: Novella (99 pages)

Publisher: Extasy Books (June 15th, 2013)

Heat Level: Explicit

Blurb:  Into the paranormal world: It’s all fun and games until someone’s life is threatened.

Adalric Bachmeier is the leader of his vampire coven and not accustomed to being patient, but to win his beloved’s affection, he tries to be just that. Unfortunately, time runs out too soon. Adalric can’t put off returning to his coven, as well as his duties, any longer, and he plans to take Seth Goodwin with him, willingly or not.

Seth never would have believed that creatures of myth and legend existed. Coming face to face with a vindictive, bloodthirsty vampire opens his eye

Heart Rating:  ♥♥♥♥4 Hearts

Reviewer: Lisa

Review: This is a wonderful series to read and lose yourself in. The paranormal world is a dangerous world to live in, but it is worth it when there is someone who loves you so much, that he would give you the world. Seth’s introduction into Adalric’s world is not good, he is running scared, but there is this bond he feels for Adalric. The bond of a mate. Adalric has to have great patience waiting for Seth to give in and love him back. I wish this book had a few more chapters to read, but would read it more than once.

s real quick to a whole new set of evils in the world. He can’t figure out why Adalric continues with his overtures of friendship, especially when he’s been nothing but rude and cold to the guy. After all, Seth wants nothing to do with a vampire.

Adalric insists that Seth must go with him to his coven, and he uses the guise of marking him as taken—making him off-limits to other vampires—to finally sink his fangs into the human. Even though Seth finds great pleasure in Adalric’s arms, when the truth of their relationship comes out, will their fragile bond withstand the tension? Or will it snap, sending Seth running?

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Heart Rating: ♥♥2 Hearts

Reviewer: Thommie

Review: As much as I’m attracted to paranormal stories, and yes, the vampires do hold an exquisite appeal, I’m not fond of an unchallenging plot as was the case with this one. The shallowness here was almost boring.

A Vampire coven leader finds his beloved (mate). His mate has been introduced to the paranormal world through violence and is now utterly afraid of any creature non-human. The Vampire seduces and misleads the human to get him on his grounds. The human throws a fit, and before our eyes, everything magically changes as “the bond” does its thing. Of course, to heighten the intensity, there is the bad Vampire there as well who attacks his Master’s beloved in order to throttle the Old Master and take leadership for his own. But true love prevails and Happily Ever After occurs.

I was utterly put off from the magic changing of feeling on Seth’s part. So unchallenging for Adalric, the text implication that he was wondering how to woo his beloved went out of the window in a matter of a few pages. Why couldn’t there have been more depth between the lovers? Why couldn’t there have been something in their personality, the chemistry needed to make the declaration of love credible? Why Fate is implored all the time for a feeling that is supposed to grow, evolve, and overrule all other? Would it be so hard to put the pair through some work toward that goal?

I don’t know, everything about this plot – the romance and the action – was so blasé, so been-there-done-that and read-one-read-em-all, that I found no real enjoyment in this. I simply want more and this book was found lacking for my tastes.

Jury Duty by John Amory

18518351Title: Jury Duty

Author: John Amory

Genre: Action

Length: Short Story (13 pages)

Publisher: Torquere Press (September 18th 2013)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥3 Hearts

Reviewer: Thommie

Blurb: Steven is used to working from home and setting his own schedule, so fulfilling his civic duty by participating in jury duty is getting on his last nerve. But on the morning the trial is set to begin, Steven catches the eye of an adorable bailiff named Mike. A chance meeting at lunch gets the two men talking, and they realize they have more in common than they thought. Their half hour of bonding is interrupted, however, by an unspeakable act. Mike will prove to his fellow officers that being gay doesn’t make him any less of a man, and Steven will learn that there are far worse things to endure than jury duty.

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Review: Wow, this was a fast and furious read. Jury duty is something I’m not familiar with, but hell if I haven’t seen too many movies/TV-series with them featuring there.

I liked this story; Steven is called to jury duty and he’s so grumpy that he got the “honor” I couldn’t stop chuckling there for a while. Not only does he have to wake up and present himself at the courthouse at 9 a.m. but also he has to like it? Nah, not Steven!

But while he expects to be losing his time there for a week or so life has other plans for him. First comes Mike to rock his day and render him speechless. As his mind is consumes with fantasies about Mike, a most unexpected shocking thing happens that has Steven reeling.

I found this read a bit too short. It was only 13 pages, but the way the events followed backed with the nice writing I completely inhaled this story, reaching the end and looking at the bold letters for a while. It was good, it was very good, but it left me wanting more as there was no real romantic part except for a light flirt and the exchange of phone numbers. I made me wish for a bit more romance there.

However, it was a nice short and I’d recommend it to people who like the “don’t-make-plans-for-life’ll-throw-em-away” idea.

The Quiet Game by Willa Okati

2370005019580Title:  The Quiet Game

Author: Willa Okati

Genre:   Comedy/Humor/Contemporary

Length: Novella (59 pages)

Publisher: Total e-bound (September 12th, 2013)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥ 3 Hearts

Reviewer:   Mandingo

Blurb: Flirtatious Rhys loves nothing better than chatting up handsome strangers on the job—until quirky Jareth, a player with unique moves, captivates him with absolute silence.

Server and bartender at Rook’s, a restaurant rumoured to be lucky for lovers, Rhys enjoys his life to the fullest. A playful social butterfly, he revels in flirtation and flights of fancy. Though he’s never been one for settling down, after seeing so many happy couples in action he’s started to wonder if it’s about time.

Then Rhys meets Jareth. Or, more properly, Jareth meets Rhys, jumping the terrace fence at Rook’s when they’re closed and there’s no crowd to be lost in. Quirky and compelling, Jareth catches the loquacious Rhys’ attention with deliberate, absolute silence. No matter how Rhys may tempt him, Jareth refuses to speak a word—but there are other ways to get his point across, and Jareth has no problem making his intentions and desires for Rhys crystal clear.

Communicating with the captivating charmer is a challenge, but Rhys is having the time of his life playing the quiet game. He might even—much to his surprise—have started falling for Jareth, a man who makes his own luck when it comes to love

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Review:   I loved the premise of the story, hence why I chose to review it. But, I just couldn’t get into it for some reason.  Rhys is clearly the kind of guy that everyone man loves to love – literally. And Jareth is a quite mysterious sort, who every man would want to get to know. His air of mystery is appealing and you want to know he’s ‘chosen’ not to talk.  The reader must assume that the story will be revealed and that the jig will be up eventually.  And, since it’s a short story, it’s not going to take that long to get to the point. Spoiler alert:  In a noisy world, sometimes the best means to be noticed is to simply remain quiet – sort of the ‘pregnant pause’ notion.

The story progresses and the reader’s questions are answered, but the only missing piece is ‘why’ should we care about Rhys and Jareth? What is it about the two characters that should make the reader want to root for them?  A quirky, sexy, mysterious man is not enough to make me think that the pro and antagonist should end up together. I took solace in the notion that The Rook is meant for lovers and that this is the premise behind why Jareth and Rhys must get together.

The author’s use of non-verbal cues is nicely handled and so from a writing standpoint, that is very, very clever. Jareth leading Rhys along “the quiet game” is interesting to read even knowing what the end will eventually be. The men only know each other a few days and the end should seem contrived, but it doesn’t. The reader can assume that the capitulation has its precedent in the unusual progress of their relationship.

This is a fun short read for anyone not seeking a deep story, but instead a quick romp, maybe over a lunch of curry and dark beer (a feature at The Rook).

The Maze by Wayne Mansfield

9670105Title: The Maze

Author: Wayne Mansfield

Genre: Contemporary/Erotic/Horror

Length: Novella (80 pages)

Publisher: JMS books (September 16th, 2013)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥ 3 Hearts

Reviewer: Cat

Blurb:A camping trip in the mountains sounds like a great way to get away from it all. Digby and his partner Jason, along with Mark, his partner Rahim, and Duke, their mutual friend and stud muffin, soon find the perfect spot to pitch their tents.

The first evening is idyllic. But the following morning, Digby spots a massive wall that appeared somehow during the night. With his friends, they learn the wall is in fact part of a great maze that stretches out in every direction as far as the eye can see.

Will they be able to find their way out? As they explore, they find the maze is filled with dangers beyond imagining, nightmares from the darkest reaches of the imagination. Love conquers all, but will it save Digby and Jason? Will it keep Digby safe from the jaws of madness?

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Review: This is an awesome cover. Five friends two are couples go on a camping trip to get away. They get up the next morning and find they are in a huge stone maze. The worst part is yet to come.

This was a good story. The characters were all interesting and the plot intriguing. There are twists, turns, thrills, chills, and some pretty hot mansex.

If you like thrillers, creepy creatures, unexplained phenomenon, and hot mansex this is for you.

This Review Business by Eli L. Sanne

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September 26, 2013 at 1:08am

Okay so in the last few days I’ve chosen to become a book reviewer. Why? Well I read SO many books and I have than a more passing understanding of how to critique someone and something effectively that I thought I might lend my hand to this new endeavor. Additionally, I buy a crapload of books, so it may ease my pocket to read some for free and then buy the others. I won’t lie – financial self-preservation did figure into my foray into literary digestion. 

So why am I blogging? Answer:  Quite simply because I’ve seen a lot of commentary about how authors are being lambasted and stab2skewered by some reviewers. I’m sure this is the truth and that some criticism may not be well constructed and aimed at the author for all kinds of derogatory reasons, but hey, if you put your work out there, you should assume that someone isn’t going to like it. That’s how the cookie crumbles. You want somebody to take up their hard-earned cash and give to you then you have an obligation to create a product that is worthy of purchase. Don’t put out garbage and then get upset when someone proceeds to hand you the glad bag. I own over 800 titles and some authors SHOULD be lynched for even daring to put out the work they have and NOT expect someone to trash them royally. Some of them rank way below amateur and so I’m not impressed. And do I understand that there is a monetary factor involved and not necessarily a quality factor in some cases? Yes I do.

 Here’s what I can’t get behind. A review of a book WITHOUT talking about the author, their goal, aim, and intent is like complimenting or complaining about a meal without talking about the chef. How do you discuss artwork and not talk about the artist? It’s impossible… so to review anancy-pearl book without discussing the author is like half of the story. The author had a clear PURPOSE for writing and a reviewer’s job is to determine IF the author actually achieved said purpose. At the end of the day, a story MUST evoke a response from the reader … and it’s not always one of happiness. Sometimes an author means for us to be uncomfortable and ask questions. If a story leaves you feeling dissatisfied and uneasy… that’s not a bad thing – was that the author’s aim?

 a baby books053A story is a ‘product’ from someone, the author, and so if you are critiquing the product, then ergo you MUST also be discussing the author’s intent… note not author the person, but the intent of said author. A story is an author’s child – do we disown our children? How then can a review be devoid of the author’s intent? It can’t. And an attempt to separate the two is not really a review – what it ends up being is abaa description of the book. Well, the publisher already does that. Is that what we really want to do? Give away the plot lines and call it a review? I should hope not.

So let’s get back to the notion of Book and Author being inextricably linked – Here’s where I think the whole situation gets screwed up. When a reviewer, note I did not say critic – because ‘critic’ assumes that you have a background (degrees and education) in English, Literature, Rhetoric, Education, Creative Writing or something that denotes that you are QUALIFED to render a PROFESSIONAL opinion. Now a reviewer, well hey we are an average Joe or Jean and as such, no-one should really be THAT mired in literary angst over what we say. It can be taken under advisement, but no one should be slicing their wrists open and suffering from ennui because a ‘revieOccupy-Oakland-speakout-at-library-after-raid-before-march-Black-man-100-SPEECH-102511-by-Ray-Chavez-Contra-Costa-Timeswer’ didn’t like what you had to offer.

However, to ‘reviewers’ – our words will influence if someone opts to buy a story so we must be mindful of that and so offer a critique that is fair … but it can’t be impartial because at the end of the day it’s our opinion and we all know opinions are mired in personal feelings.

I’ve read tons of reviews (I read them to determine IF I should click buy – remember 800+ titles) and you know what I HATE? When the revieRejection_Pyramidw tells me, EXACTLY what the blurb said. Really? I can read. I saw that – what MORE do you have to offer? A review should delve deeper into the book. We need to know if the AUTHOR has created believable, likeable characters… or if they are evil tdsp-2x3o the bone, then that’s good as well. Are we rooting for the characters? Do we care about them and the situations they find themselves in? Is the plot line well-developed? Is the scenery and setting appropriate and does it helps to move the story along?

We live in a time of mediocrity and compromise and I for one don’t particularly like to pay for someone else’s attempt at mediocrity. And I have… MANY times over.  

handsome-african-american-man-reading-16568461Why after a very hectic workday do I now come home and opt to review? Well I spend a lot of my work life benefitting from constructive criticism and I’m hoping to show my appreciation to some authors for beautiful work and then to help others become better. Oh yeah, and to not single-handedly keep Dreamspinner and Loose ID and their counterparts in operation.

Till Mercy by Arvil Ashton

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Author: Avril Ashton

Genre: Paranormal/Multicultural

Length: Novella (94 pages)

Publisher: Total E Bound Publishing (September 27th 2013)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Reviewer: Cat

Blurb:A suicide mission to avenge the death of his family brings an outspoken professor face-to-face with his worst enemy, and a new chance at life and love.

He’d topped the Paranormal Security Council’s hit list at one time, but Professor Nathan Valte has been given a second chance. Instead of moving on, Nathan is pedaling backward. Consumed with guilt and grief, he sets out for revenge, hunting the leopards who brutally murdered his wife and child. Armed and ready to die, he heads into the Colorado Mountains.

In Nathan’s way, preventing him from achieving his goal is one of them. The enemy. In the arms of his worst nightmare, Nathan finds forgiveness and acceptance. In the arms of a leopard lies hope for a future, if only Nathan is brave enough to embrace mercy instead of retribution

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Review: This is book three of the Paranormal Security Council series, yet stands alone ok. You do know more about the past and why Nate is like he is if you read Till Surrender.

Nate is still suffering from his loss, even though he realizes not all paras are responsible for his wife and daughter and not all are bad. He feels he has no reason to live and just wants to get his own justice by killing the leopards that killed his wife and daughter and joining them. Yes, the poor man is on a suicide mission.

Pres has problems of his own, he is dealing with personal issues with is long-time lover Ian, One of the council leaders has come up missing and another is ill, and he has another secret that doing this mission with Nate will force him to look at some skeletons in his closet he doesn’t want to see.

I love, love, love this series. I like the diversity of genres. Some books are M/M, some are M/F, and all are amazing

I love the depth and connection of the story and characters. You can feel the pain, the need, the frustration. It’s amazing!

I’ve been waiting what seems forever for this story and was not disappointed! I will warn you these stories do end with cliffhangers!  Bites nails waiting for the next one!

I highly recommend this if you like paranormal series, shifters of all breeds, unique types of paranormal characters, suspense, some very hot mansex and cliffhangers!

Wild Magic by Poppy Dennison

WildMagicLGTitle: Wild Magic 

Series: Triad 04     

Author: Poppy Dennison     

Genre: Paranormal     

Length: Novella (108pgs)     

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (25th September 2013)   

Heat Level: Moderate     

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 3½ – 4 Hearts    

Reviewer: Pixie     

Blurb: Joseph Anderson was heartbroken when his childhood best friend Dominick Levent moved away. Years later, Joseph is a successful real estate broker with good friends, an easy smile, and a stunning house. When he finds a dying mountain lion who miraculously shifts into Dominick’s sister, Joseph must find Dominick and reunite him with the two young sons she left behind. 

When mountain lion shifter Dominick gets a call telling him his sister is dead, he rushes home to protect his nephews and avenge his sister. Seeing Joseph brings back the feelings Dominick tried to bury and he dares to hope Joseph’s newfound knowledge of shifters means they can finally be together.     

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Review: This book is part of a series and is best read in order. Joseph stumbles across a dying mountain lion and two young boys while hiking. He is surprised and disbelieving, when the lion changes into the sister of his childhood best friend, Dominick. She begs him to take the children and take them to Dominick. Dominick, a U.S. Marshal, is surprised when Joseph calls telling him his sister is dead and his nephews need him. He rushes home to protect his nephews and to discover what happened to his sister. But, he never forgot Joseph, the man he longed for. Now, Joseph knows the truth about shifters, Dominick can only hope that he now has a chance at happiness. 

While this story is directly linked to the previous books, it is more of an offshoot wrapping up the loose ends of Riley’s confession of his pack mates in Soul Magic. Joseph gets more than he bargained for, while taking a hike in the woods. His discovery helps to explain why his best friend cut him out of his life, but Joseph isn’t prepared to forgive so easily. Dominick left Joseph behind rather than admit his secret. Now, with Joseph discovering his secret and helping to care for his nephews, Dominick hopes he will have a chance to make Joseph his. But, first, he has to discover what happened to his old pack and protect his nephews. 

I quite enjoyed this story. It wasn’t as action packed or magic filled as the previous books, but it was still a very enjoyable story. Dominick left Joseph behind years ago, because his attraction to Joseph was causing his shift to become unstable. Dominick couldn’t tell Joseph his secret. Now, though, Joseph has discovered the truth and Dominick discovers the attraction is still as fierce as ever. Joseph still finds it hard to believe what he saw, but with Dominick confirming it, Joseph is overcome with hurt that Dominick never told him. While they dance around their feelings for each other, they have more important things to worry about. Like what happened to Dominick’s old pack and looking after two boys who have just lost their mother. 

The relationship between Dominick and Joseph is pretty good, with just a touch of hurt feelings keeping them from acting on their attraction. Dominick and Joseph work together to look after Blake and Avery. And when they discover what happened to the pack, they have to decide together what is best for the boys. I really liked the storyline and liked how everything connected together, giving us answers and wrapping up a loose end. The way the relationship played out was quite relaxed, with no real tension other than hurt feelings. But, it takes some time for those hurt feelings to fade. The dilemma of what was best for the boys was well thought out. With the adults tense, while the boys playing nicely, unaware of the tension floating around. We do get to see Gray and Simon, as Dominick goes to them with questions, and gets a lot more answers than he thought he would. 

I recommend this to those who love shifters, reuniting children, rekindling friendship and love, some smoking hot sex and two men finding their happily ever after. 


Iron and Ether by Augusta Li

IronandEtherLGTitle: Iron and Ether     

Series: Blessed Epoch 03 

Author: Augusta Li     

Genre: High Fantasy     

Length: Novel Plus (344pgs)     

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (25th September 2013)    

Heat Level: Moderate – Explicit     

Heart Rating:  ♥♥♥♥♥ 4½ Hearts   

Reviewer: Pixie     

Blurb: Sasha was born to, and has always defined himself by, the secret assassins’ Order of the Crimson Scythe. He chose the love of Yarrow L’Estrella and Duncan Purefroy over his duty to his clan, forfeiting his last mission and allowing Prince Garith to live. Now, the order—previously Sasha’s family—has branded him a traitor. He’s marked, and that means the brethren of the Crimson Scythe won’t stop until Sasha is dead. 

Garith’s twin kingdoms balance on the brink of war and all three men have reasons to help the King, whether loyalty, duty, or the interests of their own lands. Still, Yarrow and Duncan are willing to seek out and destroy the assassins’ order to keep Sasha safe. But Sasha isn’t sure that’s what he wants. None want to admit their energy would be better spent helping Garith keep the kingdom united, or in his war against foreign invaders. All plans and assumptions shatter when it becomes clear that the real warmonger isn’t a foreigner, but someone who lives in their midst. Their world teeters on the precipice of change, and Sasha, Duncan, and Yarrow can only hope the links they’ve forged will hold if Garith’s kingdom is torn apart.     

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Review: This story is part of a series and must be read in order. Sasha has always completed his orders from the Order of the Crimson Scythe, but when he choose the love of Yarrow and Duncan and let Prince Garith live he was marked and is now hunted by those he called family. Yarrow and Duncan are determined to put a stop to the Crimson Scythe in any way they can to make them leave Sasha alone but the outcome is not what they expected. As Sasha, Yarrow and Duncan plan against the Crimson Scythe Garith has far more worrying concerns as the Thirteen Goddesses priestess turn against him and foreign invaders make war on his kingdom shores. 

Holy crap! This series is really beginning to heat up and throw us curve balls all over the place and making us wonder what on Earth could be coming next. As I write this review, I wonder what I could tell you that wouldn’t ruin the fun of discovery and I have to admit that it is pretty little. If you have been following this epic journey with me then you will know that anything is possible in Yarrow, Duncan and Sasha’s world and if you haven’t then you really need to do yourself a favor and go get the previous books Ash and Echoes and Ice and Embers. 

The blurb really does describe this book pretty well but it leaves out a lot of surprises that leave you open-mouthed, and all I can say is I wonder what Augusta Li has in stock for Duncan because Sasha’s was a doozy. While I won’t go into the precise details (read the book) or really even the vague details (read the book) 🙂 I will just cover what is in the blurb. Sasha, Duncan and Yarrow make plans to get the Crimson Scythe to back off, they have Corbin (mage assassin) assisting to locate the leaders but it is much harder to locate them than originally thought. Garith is facing heavy opposition from the priestesses and when war comes to his shore he has to make harsh decisions, he also becomes much closer with his bodyguard Sander on a journey to slay a beast in the hopes of saving his queen and child. 

Hmmm what else can I tell you… well, we see Sai (Yarrow’s Emiri friend) who plays a pivotal role in this adventure, we have surprises and shocks, gauntlets being thrown down and stomped on. We see allegiances developing and friendships forged, we have love that is stronger than the will of the gods and we have a burning need for the truth that is festering. There are scenes of epic battle, epic bloodbaths, epic magic, and epic sex. But, with Yarrow, Duncan, and Sasha can you really say you are surprised? 

I have to recommend this story if you love high fantasy, epic storylines, fantastic characters, love and loss, hard times and lives lost, glimpses of happiness and hope and an ending that lets you know there is still more to come.


Drama on Skyline Drive by Avery Dawes

18518351Title: Drama on Skyline Drive

Author: Avery Dawes

Genre: Romance

Length: Short Story (22 pg)

Publisher: Torquere Press (September 18th, 2013)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥2 Hearts

Reviewer: Thommie

Blurb: As ranger Mason Lake settles into his new job at Shenandoah National Park, he is quickly tested with a morning crammed full of annoying calls for service and ominous weather. The only bright spot is a phone call from his boyfriend, Jax, wanting to meet for lunch…but a heated argument ensues when the pair finally catches up.

Before they can make amends, a frantic driver interrupts, reporting a badly injured hiker. The other rangers in the area are all occupied, but Mason needs assistance to rescue the wounded teen. Will Jax be willing to set aside their differences to help, before the storm breaks?

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Review: This story is a follow-up from Avery Dawes’ Mountain Memories, featuring ranger Mason Lake pianist/composer Jackson “Jax” Chamberlain.

The story itself is quite simple, easy flowing, and a rather unchallenging one despite the title wanting this to be a bit of a drama. At least I didn’t see anything dramatic happening, more like a couple having a little bump along the way, which they easily overcame.

From the blurb I also expected some sort of angst what with the couple running against time to save a teenager before the storm caught up to them, however that intensity was nowhere to be found in the text and as I already said everything flew out quite predictably.

What made me not get attached to this story though was mostly the lack of chemistry between the pair and the rather bland narration of their life together. I kept thinking that I needed something more, something to keep me pinned on my desk eager to read this. As it is, I never felt anything more than a slight detachment, even as the core of the story was interesting and should have held my attention.

The Sweetest Scent by Susan Laine

SweetestScent[The]LGTitle: TheSweetest Scent

Series: ASenses and Sensations Story, Book 4

Author: Susan Laine

Genre: Contemporary

Length: Novel (334 pages)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (September 23, 2013)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥3.5 Hearts

Blurb: Bro Sumner loves his girlfriend, Lacey Adair, who underneath her pretty dress is in fact a boy, and she loves him right back. They are an exclusive item in high school, but they face some dangerous opposition, including a bullying fellow jock on Bro’s football team and Lacey’s violent alcoholic father. Lacey gets some martial arts training from an ally, and both she and Bro end up having to use fists to defend themselves. Still, their high school years have been mostly happy. Their differing plans for the future after graduation, however, seem to separate them by thousands of miles.

A compromise with the help of relatives and friends means Bro and Lacey will go to school only an hour apart, but they still miss each other. It’s not long before they make new friendships and discover new romantic possibilities. Temptations, jealousies, distance, and expanding horizons could sever their relationship forever unless they can keep their dream of a life together alive in their hearts.

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Reviewer: Lisa

Review: This was a pretty good book. I felt that I would have appreciated it more if I was younger, however it was well written. I loved the fact that even though Lance/Lacy’s father was a mean drunk, that he got help and was trying to make up for everything he had done. Even though there were many who were homo-phobic there was even more acceptance. They went through many of the same problems others go through the only difference is they succeeded. 


The Price by Dominique Frost

18372700Title:   The Price

Author: Dominique Frost

Genre: Fantasy/Paranormal

Length: Novella (80 pages)

Publisher: Loose Id (September 10th, 2013)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥ 3 Hearts

Reviewer: Mandingo

Blurb: Cale is a serving-boy at a high-class brothel in the city of Havisham. He isn’t one of the courtesans, largely because he’s too clumsy to manage seducing anyone, but he does his best as a servant, keeping the wine-glasses filled and the guests happy.

Everything changes when the warlord Darren Kaine visits the establishment. Darren is the new ruler of Havisham and is a brusque, commanding man. Fresh from a war that’s lasted over six months, Darren is in no mood for frippery, and chooses Cale to accompany him for the night, rather than any of the courtesans on display.

Indeed, Darren so prefers Cale’s straightforwardness and simplicity that he decides to make Cale his concubine and to have Cale visit him at the palace, every night. Stunned by this new turn of events, Cale is further confused by his body’s reactions to Darren. Darren is darkly handsome, sexually demanding and absolutely committed to giving his partner pleasure – a fact that has Cale looking forward to his time with Darren, perhaps more than he ought to.

Darren, too, is in danger of forgetting that Cale is just a tool he uses to slake his lust. For a new ruler, every action comes with a price. Will this one be too steep to pay?

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Review: This is Cale and Darren’s story. It is told in the third person and so it takes some of the connective intimacy (note not sex) out of the story.  While the author jumped right into the plotline, which is good since this is a short story, use of first person might have allowed for a greater connection to the storyline.  The story moves from both Cale and Darren’s viewpoint – but in the 3rd person and so it’s harder to connect with either character.  Instead, the reader is always on the outside looking in. If that is the writer’s aim, then it was achieved.

It’s a great plotline complete with leader, concubine, and intrigue.  Think coup d’ etat. All formulas for a great and riveting story – and while something so short doesn’t allow for much development,  Ms. Frost does as well as she can in the 80 pages she uses.

It is unclear as to ‘when’ in time the story takes place. Based on the clothing and customs, it appears to be somewhere in the 17th century, since she references the use of ‘flagons.’ And this is where the reader will need to employ suspended disbelief, because while the story is set in what appears to be the 17th century, the language and ‘feel’ of the story is pure 21st century.  However, because this is the ‘fantasy’ genre, I will not hold the story to historical or fantastical accuracy since the author is free to create her own world. If this were the case, then it would help to develop that world more clearly, so that the reader is clear about this – for there is an acceptance of man on man love in this story that doesn’t jive with the historical period. Also, it’s hard for the reader to picture the setting since there’s very little description of the world which Cale and Darren inhabit.

Okay, so now let’s talk about the actual plot line.  Not bad! The relationship between Cale and Darren slowly grew on me until by the end of the book, I was rooting for them. What started out as a concubine and master relationship began to alter and within the short 80 pages, Ms Frost did a good job of allowing the reader to see how a sexual relationship eventually became an emotional one.  There is a HEA, albeit an untraditional one, but the reader is left feeling that the two men are happy with their life.

So even while I had some issues with the book due to lack of setting and tone, I did like the relationship between the men. Moreover, I liked reading how they both evolved.  This could be a great read if you are waiting for a plane in an airport and need a quick pick me up … BUT I would suggest to Ms. Frost that she go back and add some key factors and take the page count up by a few pages to add some elements and then it would be a solid short story.

Every Sunday at One by V.L. Locey

18518351Title: Every Sunday at One

Author: V. L. Locey

Genre: Romance

Length: Short Story (12 pg)

Publisher: Torquere Press (September 18th 2013)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥3 Hearts

Reviewer: Thommie

Blurb: Carter Johnson never had a clue that the simple act of volunteering to help pack goodies for our troops might lead him to a possible romance. The first time Carter sees PFC Andrew Fraser, he’s attracted to the Purple Heart recipient. Not just the man’s eyes or mouth draws Carter to Andrew. It’s his heart, courage, dedication, and valor as well. Imagine his surprise when he finds out the attraction seems to be mutual. Is love on the calendar for every Sunday at one?

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Review: A very sweet story albeit extremely short Every Sunday at One is a snippet of how Carter got to meet and start dating Andy.

While there is not much of a plot here, I think the emotions displayed the injured veteran and the kid that had to grow up and take life seriously, along with understanding what a relationship with Andy really means were quite nicely written.

Very short, quite sweet, and utterly engaging with an underlying sense of humor this story is perfect for a break read.


Chemistry with the Billionaire by Noelle Keaton

18480413Title: Chemistry with the Billionaire

Series: N/A

Author: Noelle Keaton

Genre:   Erotic Contemporary Romance

Length: Novella (37 pages)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥3.5 Hearts

Blurb: When Sam Yates meets Elliot at a Harwin Biotechnologies office party, he can hardly believe the tanned and muscular Adonis is interested in a nerdy scientist like himself. However, the attraction between the two men is immediate and it doesn’t take them long to act on it. It is only the next morning that Sam realizes that he’s just slept with Elliot Harwin—the company president.

The revelation leaves Sam uneasy and afraid it will look like he’s trying to sleep his way up the corporate ladder. But Elliot helps him to put aside these reservations, and it isn’t long before Sam achieves the professional success and personal fulfillment he has long sought. But this newfound happiness is threatened when a jealous co-worker tells Sam that he’s not the first employee with whom Elliot has been involved. With his career and love life at stake, Sam starts to wonder whether the foundation he and Elliot have constructed has been built on lies.

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Reviewer: Lisa

Review: This was a very good book with a great story line. Only a little writing mistake noticed, otherwise was an enjoyable read. I loved that Sam wanted to help others with cancer, all because of his father’s death when he was a young child. He has a hot encounter with his boss, Elliot, not realizing who he was. Jealous co-worker running her mouth gives him doubt and he almost loses the one chance at something wonderful. I wish that the story was just a little bit longer, but I would read it again.