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Sometimes you fly. Sometimes you fall.
A dream at Olympic gold in ski jumping. It’s a dream that’s been the exclusive property of male Olympic athletes.
For seventeen-year-old Ellie Engebretsen, the 2011 decision to include women’s ski jumping in the Olympics is a game changer. She’d love to bring home the gold for her father, a former Olympic hopeful whose dreams were blown along with his knees on an ill-timed landing. But can she defy the pull of gravity that draws her to Kate Moreau, her biggest competition and the girl of her dreams?
How can Ellie soar through the air when all she feels like doing is falling hard?
Blurb: The Saints’ victory in the Super Bowl just prior to the start of Carnival season has everyone in New Orleans floating on Cloud Nine. But for Scotty Bradley, Carnival looks like it’s going to be grim yet again when his estranged cousin Jared—who plays for the Saints—becomes the number one suspect in the murder of his girlfriend, dethroned former Miss Louisiana Tara Bourgeouis. Scotty’s not entirely convinced his cousin isn’t the killer, but when he starts digging around into the homophobic beauty queen’s sordid life, he finds that any number of people wanted her dead. With the help of his friends and family, he plunges deeper and deeper into Tara’s tawdry world of sex tapes, fundamentalist fascists, and mind-boggling secrets—secrets some are willing to kill to keep!
Review: Greg Herren’s mysteries are always fun to read; I am finding that out first hand. I am happy to say that this time Colin stuck around even in the end. Although this time it was Frank who was gone most of the time, but then again he was becoming a damn good wrestler. The amazing Ninja Lesbian’s make another wonderful appearance to save our sexy Scotty. I would definitely recommend reading these books in order.
Well at least it is not Mardi Gras time in this book, but football time. I have to admit that I just don’t get the fascination of football, but at least the guys asses are nice to look at. However for New Orleans the Saints are looking like they are heading to the Superbowl. So Scotty’s family is throwing the party of a lifetime. That is until Jared brought in the nasty Miss Louisiana Tara Bourgeouis, or should I say the ex and dethroned Miss Louisiana. A homophobic bitch who deserved what she got. However it makes Jared the perfect patsy.
Too bad shortly before that another woman, just as homophobic as Tara is shot and killed. However there is a twist to that which might just surprise those of us. It would seem she is not who she says she is or what she is. The gun used just happens to belong to Scotty’s mom and Jared is his cousin so of course he is going to get to the end of this. That is if he lives long enough. Oh I do love some amazing twists.
However I have to admit that when you think about a church that is filled with hate and bigotry, you can guess who the killer is pretty fast, or can you? Now the story rated a five, but the drug use brought it down once more. I mean really a priest using drugs with our characters is not a good add. I would wish for one book that doesn’t have our sexy men using drugs.
Other than that it was pretty damn good and I would definitely recommend it.
Blurb: Kieran Quinn is a bit telepathic, a little psychokinetic, and very gay—three things that have gotten him through life perfectly well so far—but when self-styled prophet Wyatt Jackson arrives during Pride Week, things take a violent turn.
Kieran’s powers are somewhat underwhelming but do have a habit of refracting light into spectacular rainbows for him to hide behind. Even so, it’s not long before Kieran is struggling to maintain his own anonymity while battling wits with a handsome cop, getting some flirting in with a hunky leather man, saving some drag queens, and escaping the worst blind date in history. It’s enough to make a fledgling hero want to give up before he even begins.
One thing’s for sure: saving the day has never been so fabulous.
Review: ‘Nathan Burgoine is a brand new author for me and let me tell you that this story rocked. At first I wasn’t too sure if I wanted to even try it, the title is a bit off until I realized what it meant. Then I found out that it was fantasy and paranormal, well let’s just say I grabbed it up. The cover was a bit freaky but then again it was perfect for this story.
I have always loved telepathy and telekinesis stories. I mean who wouldn’t want those types of gifts. To hear people’s thoughts and to move things around would be so much damn fun. Then again I am old and would love to have been able to just grab a soda from the fridge without getting off the couch. Nathan gave me a story that is entertaining and full of depth, not to mention the details. It felt like I was right there with them during it all.
This story kept me on the edge of my seat throughout the whole story. Kieran had been ten years old when his mother was dying from cancer and he was given his gifts. He had just watched a man who had telekinesis, get killed on television. There was music and bam he was out like a light. When he woke up, he found himself with a few little gifts that he used to help those around him.
He was looking forward to Pride weekend that is until he found out that Wyatt Jackson was going to be there. Wyatt was a so called prophet who heard voices telling him violence was the answer to getting rid of the sinners. Talk about delusional. However he managed to save a very sexy leather man and things were looking up for them both. Sebastian was about to find out he had some secrets of his own, secrets that he didn’t know he had. Now all they had to do is to stop the crazy man causing trouble.
This was an amazing story that had me reading it more than once. I had a lot of fun with it and would definitely recommend it.
Title: Play it Forward Series: N/A Author: Frederick Smith Genre: Contemporary Length: Novel (240 pages) Publisher: Bold Strokes Book (20 Jan 2015) Heat Level: Explicit Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4Hearts Blurb: Dirty little secrets can lead to public scandals and unexpected love affairs…
Malcolm Campbell is the director of a south Los Angeles organization focused on mentoring gay youth, and his nineteen-year-old nephew, Blake, is being sent to stay with him for the summer. Malcolm has always been a community and family role model everyone looks up to. But he also has a secret he never knew he had… until it pops up on the Internet.
Across town, in the closed and closeted world of Black Hollywood celebrity, pro-basketball player Tyrell Kincaid and R&B singer Tommie Jordan are public heroes in a very private relationship. After a series of indiscretions and slipups, the relationship becomes fodder for speculation and outing by the paparazzi and nationally-known gossip reporter Livonia Birmingham.
Despite living in two different worlds in L.A., Malcolm, Blake, Tommie, and Tyrell find themselves in the same arena, where they’ll have to risk it all to protect their hearts and their destiny.
Review: This is the first book I’ve read by Frederick Smith and since I enjoyed this wild ride into the world of celebrity, I really do want to read more from the author!
The story is about Malcolm, some years ago he changed his career from banker to become the director of an organisation that focuses on helping the young gay men of LA, called LADs (well, his little part of LA anyway).
It is through LADs that he meets pro-basket baller Tyrell who probably isn’t as closeted as we’d expect. Tyrell is with the deeply closeted rapper Tommie Jordan because not only is it a no-no for a rapper to be gay, it is especially a big no-no for a black rapper to be gay. Meeting Tyrell linked with a totally unrelated personal disaster snowballs into a very complicated life for Malcolm which puts his career in jeopardy.
Add into the mix that his 19-year-old nephew has been sent down to LA to live with him because Malcolm’s sister has deemed Blake too unruly (she’s a bit of a drama queen).
The fact that Tyrell is a pro-basketball player and there is also Tommie, a rapper, really makes you – well, it made me wonder anyway, just how many celebrities feel that they need to hide their sexuality from the public. I’m not sure if this was the intention of the author but this book more so than others really made me think about it, especially when you see Tommie’s manager pulling the strings in the background on more than one occasion. I think this was more a random thought on my part.
I love the culture of Black Hollywood and I love the melodrama surrounding everything that seems to be happening in Malcolm’s life. Malcolm’s attraction to Tyrell sometimes seemed forbidden and understated but at the same time it was both sweet and hot (sounds like I’m describing food, lol).
The pace is quite quick so you’ll not get a chance to get bored at all. The characters are complex and there are a number of them that play a major role in Malcolm’s life. To me this is the type of book that appeals to everyone, though I think it would particularly go down well with those who like the world of celebrity and LA.
* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review through http://mmgoodbookreviews.wordpress.com *
Title: Hollywood Gothic Author: Sawyer Caine Genre: Contemporary Romance Length: Novel (199 pages) Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (November 16th 2014) Heat Level: Moderate/ Explicit Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4 Hearts Blurb: Ash Langdon, a jaded, thirty-four-year-old porn star, falls in love with Gavin Dimitrije, the younger brother of his best friend, Oliver, a famous movie star, to whom Ash is mysteriously bound. Despite the misgivings of Oliver, Ash and Gavin embark on a whirlwind of sex, drugs, alcohol, and decadence in the Big Easy, that threatens to destroy the protective bubble of lies they live in.
Review: They say you never forget your first love, especially if that love still holds an uneasy sway over you. Ah but then there is that one true love you find, not necessarily always your first love. Aging gay porn star Ash Langdon has found both in the Armenian born brothers, Oliver and Gavin Dimitrije. Best friends for what seems like a lifetime, Oliver and Ash are joined at the hip.
But there is something off about their relationship, something most people don’t pick up on. Oliver is very protective of the people in his life, but none more so than his little brother Gavin. Oliver was Ash’s first love, while Gavin is the one Ash is meant to spend his life with, if the secrets of the past don’t tear them all apart and destroy what is left of Ash’s soul.
Oliver is touring Europe for his latest film, he leaves his dear little brother in the care of his best friend, not realizing how events will unfold that will change all their lives irrevocably. Ash has always been aware of Gavin in erotic way, but he’s never acted on the attraction for fear of how it would affect his friendship with Oliver. Thrown into close quarters with the sexy young man while on vacation in New Orleans proves to be more of a temptation than either man can resist, but the true nature of Oliver and Ash’s relationship is a huge roadblock for Gavin and any hope he has of a long term relationship with Ash.
There was a dark and mysterious undertone to this story as I tried to figure out why Oliver made me so uneasy. Then there was the romance aspect as Gavin set his sights on Ash as the two made their way around the French Quarter filling their nights with lots of hot, steamy, sweaty sex while their days were compiled of actual tourist attractions. But the core of this story is about Ash figuring out who he is when Oliver has no hold over him anymore.
I wouldn’t say I had unanswered questions when I finished this book like some of the other reviews have stated, for me it was more of a which of these things is not like the other overall issue with certain twists or aspects of the story. Why, if Oliver were so over the top protective of his little brother, would he send him off to New Orleans with his gay porn star best friend? Why does the initial meet cute of the story between Ash and Gavin come across as basic strangers meeting for the first time, but the story unfolds as they have both been enamored with each other for years and just never acted on it.
Overall, though I loved the no holds barred passion of the affair between Ash and Gavin and how they truly loved each other faults and strengths and sort of saved each other. I always had an uneasy feeling about the truth behind Oliver and Ash’s history, but I thought that was written just the right way, dangling that morsel and planting the seed that slowly grew throughout the story and then presented itself at just the right time. It added a bit of intrigue and suspense to the story in my opinion.
I’d recommend this read for anyone that likes something just a little dark, just a little intriguing, and a whole lot sex and passion. It does read like an insta-love story, so be warned about that.
* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review through http://mmgoodbookreviews.wordpress.com *
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Love & Punishment
Susan Mac Nicol
On the search for a serial killer, Detective Anthony Parglietto and Flynn Parker learn that every man must make a choice: to kill, to live, to love.
FROM DARKNESS AND LIGHT
Someone is leaving a trail of bodies throughout London, and Detective Anthony Parglietto is determined to end the violence. Then he’ll return to the man he loves.
Tough, street-savvy, and used to dealing with lowlifes, Flynn Parker is the last person Anthony thinks he has to protect. Then the Bow-Tie Killer strikes close to home and the world turns upside down. Right is wrong, black is white, and a policeman might become a monster. But in the name of love, justice must be served. In the name of love, pain can be endured. In the name of love, a man can taste the very essence that defines him.
Blurb: Jamie Thomas has enough trouble on his hands trying to get through junior year of high school without being pulverized by Billy Stratton, his bully and tormentor. But the mother he was always told was dead is actually alive—and she’s an Amazon! Sixteen years after she left him on his father’s doorstep, she’s back—and needs Jamie’s help. A curse has caused the ancient tribe of warrior women to give birth to nothing but boys, dooming them to extinction—until prophecy reveals that salvation lies with one of the offspring they abandoned. Putting his life on the line, Jamie must find the courage to confront the wrath of an angry god to save a society that rejected him.
Review: Jamie has enough on his plate with Billy, the jock, bullying him at every turn, but now he has to deal with the mother he thought was dead turning up claiming she needs his help. Jamie isn’t sure what to believe… that his father has lied to him for sixteen years, that his mother really is an Amazon, that a prophecy says he will save his mother’s people or that there really is a winged horse eating the grass in the back yard!!! With strange things happening at school Jamie, along with Billy, and his best friend Sarah band together to face the wrath of a God.
Oh my, this is an incredible story that follows a young adult who discovers the truth of his parentage and discovers he will be the savior of an ancient race. Jamie is a wonderful sixteen-year-old boy who is being harassed and bullied at school; his bully is Billy a boy in his year who ends up being an important part of Jamie’s life. Discovering the truth about his mother leads to many more discoveries that have Jamie and Billy becoming close. And they begin an adventure that is fraught with danger.
The characters in this story are all brilliantly written, from the teenagers to the parents and from the power-hungry adults to the standoffish Gods who try to help, we are treated to an incredible cast. The storyline has everything you could want, it’s a blend of contemporary and fantasy with young love and filled with confusion, danger, power-hunger schemes and forgiveness. The writing is wonderful and flows smoothly, never lagging always leading us to the next scene perfectly. The story itself keeps you gripped as you wonder what will come next and it is never quite, what you expect.
I have to say that I loved this story. Watching as Jamie came out of his shell, the friendship/romance that develops between Jamie and Billy, the discoveries and plans, the grabbing hold of life and accepting the fate. After the final battle, I was both sad but hopeful and then I came to the end, and I have never before come across an ending that is both heart breaking and heart-warming before… I wanted to both cry and grin as I read the final pages. It truly was a bittersweet ending.
I recommend this to those who love young adult stories, fantasy blended with contemporary, a blossoming young love, forgiving the past, accepting the future and a bittersweet ending that will have tears in your eyes even as you smile.
Blurb: In 1724, Thomas Newton is cast out of his home by his aristocratic father. Desperate to make a new life for himself, he heads to London. Through a string of intimate encounters, he enters the underground world of male-male desire.
Soon enough, Thomas meets Margaret Clap, who runs one of the male brothels. Without a child of her own, “Mother Clap” finds herself drawn to Thomas. She offers him a place in her house, but also a place in her heart.
Thomas’s homecoming is too brief. The Society for the Reformation of Manners, a group of Christian zealots, begins raiding the Molly houses. They plan to force the arrest, conviction, and execution of any man guilty of “crimes against nature.”
When Margaret Clap’s house is raided and Margaret herself is arrested, Thomas has to make the most difficult decision of his still young life, one that could destroy everyone around him in a desperate effort to save them.
Review: This book really does define historical erotica. The more I read about it, the more I wished the book would remain strong. There were a few select moments the story did start to flop but the author managed to bring it right back on track. I couldn’t get enough of the history around it. As an avid historical reader, I found myself interested in the story behind it. The plot is solid and the characters have their moments of flatness. But I found the book overall to be pretty smooth despite the few bumps.
I would recommend this to anyone that wants to read the way erotica should be written every now and then.
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (17th September 2013)
Heat Level: Low
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts
Blurb:Honey Agency: If we can’t solve your problem, we’re sorry.
Greg Honey has bigger issues than a sketchy tagline for his one-man detective agency. To start with, his mother is pressuring him to date debutantes, his stalker keeps leaving threatening messages, his new boyfriend is at least four levels higher up on the gay boy food chain, and his best friend, Willa, has lost her panties. To top it all off, things keep pointing toward trouble at the family estate. Will Greg figure out what’s going on in time to help Willa find her panties? Lord knows he wants to because Greg is more than a detective… he’s also a Honey.
Review: Greg Honey is a private investigator. He lives in the gatehouse at his family estate and tries to dodge his mothers matchmaking as much as possible. Taking the few cases he drums up, he tries his best to complete them and if he can’t then, oh well, he tried. He has other problems cropping up like his best friend, Willa and her missing panties and another friend’s, maybe, straying spouse. Greg discovers he has a stalker and there are some strange goings on up at his mother’s house. Greg also has a new boyfriend who he adores and is the one bright spark in Greg’s jumbled world.
This is a great story with a twisting mystery and some very colorful characters. Greg Honey is the very put upon son, his mother is determined that he will lose his gay and marry a suitable female producing little Honey’s, Greg is very much sure he won’t lose his gay and avoids his mother as much as possible. Greg’s passion is private investigating and he is pretty good at it, his best friend Willa is a constant chatterbox who has just a little bit of a screw lose, and his new boyfriend Matt is so much higher than him on the gay boy food chain. When a ‘friend’ Ross hires him first to find his long lost brother and then to find out what his partner is up to every night, Greg is dragged into a mystery that seems to lead to home and it is up to Greg and his friends to foil the plot.
When I started reading this story, it was like being tossed into a whirlwind, and god what a ride! Following Greg as he embarks on some desperately needed cases hangs with his best friend and starts a new relationship with the man of his dreams was just amazing, in some places, I didn’t know if I wanted to laugh or cry! The characters are bloody amazing who in turns have you laughing and cringing, Willa, Russ, and Lucille are the ones to watch out for because you just don’t know what they will say next. Even the bad guys are tame compared to those three, but the bad guys add some great distraction and manage to keep Greg slightly off balance while he works his cases, which seem to interconnect in some rather strange settings.
This really is a great story to read if you want lighthearted private investigations, great characters that can shock, a love that might be in the background but never lacks, an interesting mystery, and a delightful ending.
Every summer three families take a trip together—this year it’s to a remote resort in the mountains of upstate New York. Scotty, a teenager who’s just come out, is nervous about how his friends will react to him. A late night visit to an old nearby cemetery seems like a great idea to the bored teens, but the old cemetery holds dark secrets hidden for almost a century—secrets that might have been better left undisturbed.
And what originally seemed like a boring week in the mountains gradually becomes a nightmare of terror for the teens and their families…
Review: Scotty and his family are heading to a remote resort for the annual holiday with two other families, a tradition that has happened every year since the adults were in college. This year Scotty came out to his friends via e-mail and he doesn’t know how they will react. During a late night visit to an old cemetery something happens, and Scotty and his friends find themselves unraveling a secret that has been hidden for nearly a century.
This is a wonderful young adult story that has that great touch of horror and paranormal. Scotty has recently come out and he has a boyfriend, Marc, but right now he has to face his friends that he only sees once a year during the joint vacation and he is nervous about their reaction. When the friends, Carson, Lynda, Logan, Teresa and Scotty start to explore they all get more than they bargained for when their ghost hunting leads to an old mystery. Scotty seems to be directly affected and there is a connection to his boyfriend Marc, each of them discovers that they can’t just explain away what is happening and that they have to come up with a plan to get to the bottom of the mystery.
I loved this story, it was just the right mix of angsting teenagers and paranormal with a touch of mystery thrown in. Scotty is a typical teenager and that reflects throughout the book, especially when he becomes distracted with thoughts of his boyfriend or angsting over what his friends will think of him being gay. When the guys all start on the hunt for paranormal activity it becomes nicely creepy, but it is Scotty that connects to the ghosts of long past. Is it because he is gay or is there another reason? Although we never meet Marc we get a lot of information about him and his situation, and Scotty discovers that he has to do something to stop the past from repeating itself.
I recommend this to those who love young adult that are spooky and slightly scary, with an absent romantic interest, a mystery to solve and a great ending.
Blurb:A young and famous movie star is receiving death threats, and Derrick is on the case. Without warning, Warren O’Malley, Derrick’s long-forgotten half-brother, arrives in Los Angeles, bringing with him his two formidable younger brothers. The trio is determined to claim their rightful place in the Steele family, or destroy them in the process. With Warren’s arrival comes a dark secret from Daniel McAllister’s past, one that Daniel is unwilling to reveal. As the tension between Derrick and Daniel begins to unravel their relationship, it also begins to threaten the detective agency itself. When Derrick realizes he is falling in love with the young movie star, he faces a heartbreaking decision. Will Derrick be able to save the young star in time? Can the Steeles pull together as a family to stave off this new series of threats? Will this be the end of the famous Steele Detective Agency?
Review:This book is part of a series and is best read in order. Derrick Steele is a private eye in his family agency, taking cases and solving problems. When a movie star that Derrick idolizes walks through the door after receiving death threats Derrick jumps on the case. Derrick’s family has other problems though when his half-brother turns up expecting his share of the family business. But, it doesn’t end there for Derrick. Because Daniel’s past accompanies the brother, Daniel, and Derrick begin to fall apart. But, Derrick can’t really be sorry when he has a movie star waiting in the wings.
This is a very interesting detective story with a randy PI who can’t seem to keep it in his pants. I won’t go into too much detail about the storyline other than to say it isn’t really complicated, we have the odd case here and there, but the majority of the story is about Derrick getting as much sex as possible from any available male. The investigation side of the storyline was pretty interesting with its cases but the follow through was weak and the bullying half-brother was not impressive. There was much reference to happenings in the previous story The Case of the Hollywood Hustlers and although we are given a little detail, it would still be best to read the previous book first so you get the full flavor of Derrick and his wicked ways.
Derrick isn’t a very likable man if you want faithfulness in your story; he takes pleasure in having an uncontrollable dick and sees no reason not to act on it. Now don’t get me wrong, he isn’t cheating because he has an agreement with Daniel that they can have sex with who they like, but still in a time with no condoms and casual sex, you would have expected him to tone it down a little if he has a partner. Oh yeah Derrick’s parents are very understanding for the time as well. Derrick’s relationship with Daniel becomes rocky because Daniel is hiding something from his past, but Derrick didn’t really give him a chance because Derrick was too busy panting over the movie star and envisioning himself in love after a couple of tumbles with the man.
I recommend these if you like old-fashioned private eyes, drinking and screwing around, some token investigations, plenty of sex and bed hopping, a disintegrating relationship and a good lead off to the next story.