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Knave of Broken Hearts (Love in Laguna) by Tara Lain
Gay Contemporary Romance
Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (August 3, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1632169614
ISBN-13: 978-1632169617
Amazon: Knave of Broken Hearts (Love in Laguna)
Amazon Kindle: Knave of Broken Hearts (Love in Laguna)

A Love in Laguna Novel

Jim Carney has a full time job―running from himself. Since he walked out on his wealthy family at sixteen because he’d wrecked his best friend’s life over some yaoi graphic novels, Jim has lived a macho, blue-collar existence of too much booze and too little responsibility. Then Billy Ballew, the man Jim most admires, gives Jim a chance to come through as his construction supervisor. For once, Jim is determined to make someone proud. Then Jim goes in for a physical for his new job, and his yaoi dream comes to life in the form of cardiologist Ken Tanaka. Jim discovers he has two heart problems―a wonky mitral valve and a serious attraction to his doctor. But Ken is a major player, and Jim might be just a notch on the doc's stethoscope. To Ken, Jim is unforgettable―but the living embodiment of his traditional family’s worst nightmares. How come the minute Jim decides to be responsible, he finds himself taking care of his kid brother, getting a proposal from a wealthy woman, making a deal with the devil, and winding up in the hospital―when all he really wants is the Knave of Broken Hearts?

A story from the heart (or for the heart)  - pan intended. The main hero - a macho constriction worker with gentle yaoi soul finally find his manga idol to mend his literally broken heart. Lovely fun story.
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No Place That Far (The Distance Between Us) by L.A. Witt & Aleksandr Voinov
Gay Erotic Romance
Paperback: 210 pages
Publisher: Samhain Publishing (January 27, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 161922786X
ISBN-13: 978-1619227866
Amazon: No Place That Far (The Distance Between Us)
Amazon Kindle: No Place That Far (The Distance Between Us)

Sometimes you only get one chance at a second chance. The Distance Between Us, Book 5 Still finding his footing after a long-overdue divorce, Marcus is looking forward to some mind-numbing drinking while ogling the grooms at Chris and Julien's wedding. He never expected his attention to be diverted by the gorgeous best man. One of Julien's French Foreign Legion buddies, Timur doesn't speak much English, but language is no barrier to Marcus understanding exactly what the huge Tartar wants-a one-night stand. Except that one night turns into two, three, then more, which puts Marcus on edge. After Timur is done house-sitting for the honeymooning couple, he's headed back to the Legion for another five years. Like it or not, once Timur gets on that plane, the fling is over. Unfortunately, Marcus forgot to tell his heart not to fall in love. And this time, if history repeats and he makes another wrong decision, he may never see his tattooed Legionnaire lover again. Warning: Contains a soldier who makes up for his lack of English by using his hands to read his lover's body; a chef-turned-bartender who no longer believes in love; a length of paracord that probably wasn't meant to be used this way; and a couple of newlyweds who are game for some four-way play.

Spot on voice and characters, fantastic tension, loved everything about this story.
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Misplaced Affection by Wade Kelly
Gay Contemporary Romance
Paperback: 378 pages
Publisher: Wade Kelly Books; 1 edition (December 17, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0692350241
ISBN-13: 978-0692350249
Amazon: Misplaced Affection
Amazon Kindle: Misplaced Affection

Clichés are overrated and loving the boy next door may not be as genuine as the love Flynn sacrifices along the way. Knowing he’s gay and acting on it were two separate notions to Flynn Brewer until he’d met Keith, his first boyfriend, in high school. Before then, being gay wasn’t as real as the pain of living day-to-day. Flynn’s fear of coming out to his religious best friend Zach in their conservative community destroyed his relationship with Keith, but Flynn rationalized his avoidance and bottled up the truth until it was regrettably too late. Zachary Mitchell was the perfect son and role model as far as the outside world could tell. Active in his church while attending college, Zach had a personality that could sell anything, do anything, or be anything. Except, he couldn’t sell the truth to himself. Just when he was ready to reveal his internal conflict to Flynn and expose the darkness lurking in his heart, and in his “perfect” family, Zach met a girl and got sucked deeper into his chasm of deception. Caught in a living Newton’s Cradle of his own design, Flynn must choose between idealistic childhood fantasy, or a tempestuous passion that could ignite the very air he breathes.

Well written and quite a heart gripping story. Zach's parents are what LGBT kids who have them as parents, fear. Ms. Kelly could've been relating the story of any gay kid, in USA. Very touching and agonizing at times. There were parts of the story that made me want to smash Zach's head and scream at him, then other parts I wanted to hug him and keep him safe. Well done, Wade!

Coming of age journey with all it's bumps and twists. First kiss, first love, first friendship, and first jealousy. 
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Jerricho's Freedom by JC Wallace
Gay Paranormal Romance
Paperback: 324 pages
Publisher: Amber Allure (July 3, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1681759888
ISBN-13: 978-1681759883
Amazon: Jerricho's Freedom
Amazon Kindle: Jerricho's Freedom

Jerricho never expected to fall in love with Rex, the sexy, construction foreman, but he did. Too bad tradition forbids Jerry from marrying for love. Prince of the clandestine Anzuni demon clan, a Baelso (bearer of children), and a virgin at twenty-four, tradition dictates that Jerry marry a man chosen for him. Despite his soul-deep love for Rex, Jerry has no choice but to follow through with his obligation as prince and marry someone he doesn’t love.

But Jerry isn’t prepared for his dominant, aggressive fiancé who is interested in marrying him only for the future title of king. Facing the reality that he will lose his virginity to the cold man, Jerry flees to Rex for one night of passion. When Jerry finds himself pregnant with Rex’s baby, however, the actions of his enraged fiancé release Jerry from his marriage obligation.

But just when Jerry believes he will marry for love, he and Rex are ripped away from life as they know it. Betrayals, kidnappings, cruel experiments, pregnant men, and the reappearance of the Anzuni’s greatest enemy force Jerry and Rex to fight for their lives, their love, and their unborn child...

I enjoyed the story with all its twists and turns and great action. I did feel that it was too long though.
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Broken Gait by Kate Pavelle
Gay Contemporary Romance
Paperback: 236 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (September 22, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1632161516
ISBN-13: 978-1632161512
Amazon: Broken Gait
Amazon Kindle: Broken Gait

Sequel to Wild Horses

Steel City Stories: Book Three

Attila Keleman can find no flaw in Kai’s work at his stables. Three months later, toiling side by side, Attila is smitten. Proud of his new partner, Attila wants to introduce them as a couple at an upcoming horse show. First, however, he has to conquer his demon. Attila can’t stand crowds of people, and a horse shows means just that. Grandpa Keleman can’t help him with his crippling social anxiety from afar. Attila turns to his horse, Sen. His equine partner is trained to help him through the most difficult panic attacks. With Sen and Kai by his side, Attila knows he can risk everything and emerge out of his comfort zone.

Kai agrees to do the show only to help Attila out of his shell. Once there, the press are all over them. Kai’s personality and looks results in media buzz and modeling offers—while Attila falls apart when Sen goes lame. Unable to deal with the pressure, Attila is convinced Kai would be a fool not to flee for greener pastures. Meanwhile, Kai is hell-bent on showing Attila his weakness is also his greatest strength—even if it means resorting to deception.

An enjoyable follow up to Wild Horses giving further insight to the characters and their journey to find balance in their relationship.
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Travels Through The Scarlet Equinox by Toni Griffin, J. Scott Coatsworth, Angel Martinez, Freddy MacKay
Series: Mischief Corner Anthologies
Paperback: 430 pages
Publisher: Mischief Corner Books, LLC; First edition (November 18, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1519319207
ISBN-13: 978-1519319203
Amazon: Travels Through The Scarlet Equinox
Amazon Kindle: Travels Through The Scarlet Equinox

Look, it really did start out with demons. In space. Rescuing an angel from a deserted… Never mind. Brimstone has never been about just demons. The eponymous ship of the series, the Brimstone herself, and I have spent a prequel and four novellas building a little family of oddities, though that’s not what we started out doing.
The ship and I had a clear purpose – write some science fiction comedic pieces because, darn it, SF takes itself too seriously sometimes and needs to be reminded that the universe has a sense of humor. Ivana Cockatoo, all brash and sass, certainly confirms it. The ship’s AI doesn’t do serious for long. But she’s watched as we’ve added an angel, a cowboy from the Old West, an oversized pink hedgehog who can only speak in haiku, and so on to our ship family, and the Brimstone would like me to finally admit something. It’s not just about the funny, either.
Yes, the stories are humor, but they’re also about being who you are and holding up a single finger salute to a universe who says you have to be something else. It’s about being our quirky, strange, does-not-fit-in-pre-prepared-box, sometimes annoying, sometimes wonderful selves. It’s about following our passions, no matter the obstacles in the way. It’s about the family we gather around us, which may or may not include the family were born to. The new Brimstone story, Beside a Black Tarn? Well, you’ll just have to snag the Travels Through the Scarlet Equinox anthology and see for yourself.
Brimstone. Demons in space. How can you take that seriously?

BLURB: The Autumnal equinox—when the trees dress in their formal scarlet and gold and the crisp air whispers of chance and change, when bright days turn into sudden storms and the veil between reality and imagination thins. Join the Mischief Corner authors as they share stories evoking this often unpredictable time of year.

A Bear’s Bear by Toni Griffin
Matthew Warner's been a Chicago Bears fan as far back as he can remember. What other team was a young bear shifter from the Smokey Mountains supposed to root for? When his college friend gets tickets to the next home game, Matthew jumps at the chance for a holiday. It's his favorite time of year and Nic promises him pumpkin carving and a visit to the world's largest corn maze, what more could he want?
What Matthew doesn’t expect is finding out the defensive tackle for the Bears is his mate. Between fainting at the realization, meeting family, and dealing with the media fallout of his mate's coming out Matthew is in for a hell of a rocky Halloween.

The Autumn Lands by J. Scott Coatsworth
Jerrith is running. Kissed by an elf, he can't remain in his hometown of Althos anymore. Not that he wanted to stay.
Caspian still hasn't figured out why he kissed Jerrith, but he's running too. Since he was exiled from the Autumn Lands, his past has been hazy, and his future uncertain. But when a stray memory brings things into focus, the two decide to run toward something together. What they uncover will change how they see the world, and themselves, forever.

Beside a Black Tarn by Angel Martinez
When Shax stumbles across rumors of an experimental house that responds to the occupant’s brain functions, creating scenarios to please and delight, naturally he wants to steal it. But with the return of a troubled and hunted Julian Parallax and an overabundance of Poe references, even Shax’s scheming may not be enough to get the Brimstone crew out alive this time.

Eternity in the Tides by Freddy MacKay
Autumn has always been Zak's favorite season for hiking and camping. Not to mention breathing in all that crisp fall air and sitting around toasty bonfires. That all changed year and a half ago when a rich prick high on prescription pills sideswiped Zak while he was out biking.
Now his days are filled with pain and limited mobility. No more camping. No more trails. Zak's life as he knew it is gone forever.
Back at his beloved stomping grounds, Zak is ready to say hello and goodbye one last time. But when a cry from the frigid Lake Superior waters throws him into the role of a rescuer, more than just his life hangs in the balance. Little did Zak know how much one person giving a damn mattered to him.

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About Toni Griffin
Toni Griffin lives in Darwin, the smallest of Australia's capital cities. Born and raised in the state she's a Territorian through and through. Growing up Toni hated English with a passion (as her editors can probably attest to) and found her strength lies with numbers.
Now, though, she loves escaping to the worlds she creates and hopes to continue to do so for many years to come. She's a single mother of one and works full time. When she's not writing you can just about guarantee that she will be reading one of the many MM authors she loves.
For a complete list of books, go to:
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About J. Scott Coatsworth
Scott is the admin for the Queer Sci Fi site. He has been writing since ele- mentary school, when he and won a University of Arizona writing contest in 4th grade for his first sci fi story (with illustrations!). He finished his first novel in his mid twenties, but after seeing it rejected by ten publishers, he gave up on writing for a while.
Over the ensuing years, he came back to it periodically, but it never stuck. Then one day, he was complaining to Mark, his husband, about how he had been derailed yet again by the death of a family member, and Mark said to him "the only one stopping you from writing is you."
Since then, Scott has gone back to writing in a big way, finishing more than a dozen short stories—some new, some that he had started years be- fore—and seeing his first sale. He's embarking on a new trilogy, and also runs QSF, a support group for writers of gay sci fi, fantasy, and supernatu- ral fiction.
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About Freddy MacKay
Freddy grew up in the Midwest, playing sports and running around outside. And honestly, that much has not changed since Freddy was small and throwing worms at other kids, expect worm throwing has been replaced with a healthy geocaching addiction. Freddy enjoys traveling and holds the view a person should continually to learn about new things and people whenever possible.
Freddy's contemporary LGBTQ book, Incubation: Finding Peace 2, won 3rd Place - Best Gay Erotic Fiction in the 2012 Rainbow Awards. In 2013, Freddy's story, Internment, tied for 3rd Place - Best Gay Fantasy in the Rainbow Awards. Freddy's steampunk/SF story, Feel Me, was a finalist and honorable mention in the 2014 Rainbow Awards for SF. You can email Freddy at:
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About Angel Martinez
While Angel Martinez is the erotic fiction pen name of a writer of several genres, she writes both kinds of gay romance – Science Fiction and Fantasy. Currently living part time in the hectic sprawl of northern Delaware, (and full time inside the author's head) Angel has one husband, one son, two cats, a changing variety of other furred and scaled companions, a love of all things beautiful and a terrible addiction to the consumption of both knowledge and chocolate.
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Beneath the Stain by Amy Lane
Gay Contemporary Romance
Paperback: 350 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (October 17, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1632162326
ISBN-13: 978-1632162328
Amazon: Beneath the Stain
Amazon Kindle: Beneath the Stain

In a town as small as Tyson, CA, everybody knew the four brothers with the four different fathers—and their penchant for making good music when they weren't getting into trouble. For Mackey Sanders, playing in Outbreak Monkey with his brothers and their friends—especially Grant Adams—made Tyson bearable. But Grant has plans for getting Mackey and the Sanders boys out of Tyson, even if that means staying behind.

Between the heartbreak of leaving Grant and the terrifying, glamorous life of rock stardom, Mackey is adrift and sinking fast. When he's hit rock bottom, Trav Ford shows up, courtesy of their record company and a producer who wants to see what Mackey can do if he doesn't flame out first. But cleaning up his act means coming clean about Grant, and that's not easy to do or say. Mackey might make it with Trav's help—but Trav's not sure he's going to survive falling in love with Mackey.

Mackey James Sanders comes with a whole lot of messy, painful baggage, and law-and-order Trav doesn't do messy or painful. And just when Trav thinks they may have mastered every demon in Mackey's past, the biggest, baddest demon of all comes knocking.

No one does angst like Amy Lane. At times this book was almost too much--even for someone like me who adores angst--but it's impossible to put down. The characters are perfectly flawed, so loveable you feel every shred of their pain and hope and loss. A story that will stay with me forever, for sure. 

This book pulled me in from the very beginning, and I almost felt like I was there.

Intense long gripping story with a plot that continued to evolve throughout the story. Interesting characters. Looked at sad side of life as well as the good side.

Amy Lane's dark contemporary stories always gut me -- this one was no different, and it wasn't even one of the darker ones. Incredible characters, roiling emotions, and rock and roll! When you finish an Amy Lane book, you feel like you really know all her characters personally (and for some of the less pleasant ones, that's not entirely comfortable!).

Absolutely loved every word, Amy Lane at her finest!

Coming of age story. As expected from this author, very well written and interactive. A song of life, love and friendship.
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Blind Trust (The Above and Beyond Series Book 2) by Jody Klaire
Lesbian Mystery / Thriller
Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Bedazzled Ink Publishing Company (June 6, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1939562384
ISBN-13: 978-1939562388
Amazon: Blind Trust (The Above and Beyond Series Book 2)
Amazon Kindle: Blind Trust (The Above and Beyond Series Book 2)

After six grueling months in CIG's boot camp, Aeron Lorelei is looking forward to spending some vacation time with her friend Commander Renee Black in Colorado. When mother nature puts an avalanche in their path, they're stranded in a small mountain town. While walking downtown, Renee shoots a man for no apparent reason, and Aeron has until the roads are cleared to prove that Renee had justification for the shooting. During her investigation, Aeron is forced to use the burdens she loathes and hopes they're strong enough to vindicate Renee before the authorities arrive.

Though I've never read the first book in the Above and Beyond series, after reading Blind Trust, I dearly want to. This story was a wonderful mixture of heartwarming, chilling, spiritual, and relatable. Heroine Aeron Lorelei is the kind of "aw, shucks" down home woman it can grow tiring to read about in less skilled hands, but in Klaire's care, she's a paragon of many virtues, none of them cloying or unbelievable. I fell in love with her over the course of the novel, and when I finished, I wished I had my own Aeron. 

This story pleasantly surprised me. I'm glad that I took the time to read it twice. The story started off rather confusing and I was a bit lost, but this was probably due to the fact that it was the second book in a series, but the author does a rather good job clearing up a few of the plot holes throughout the course of the book, but in order to completely understand everything, one is going to have to read the books in order, I'm sure. While there were a few editing mistakes, there weren't enough to throw me out of the story. The story was exciting and thrilling, the characters were both sympathetic, strong, intelligent, passionate, with just the right about of angst to make you feel compassion for them without making you want to pull out a gun and want to shoot them at the same time. I cheered for Aeron when she proved so many people wrong at the end, I had been hoping for that throughout much of the book. The setting was was brilliantly described, to the point that I was so thoroughly engaged around 87% that I had to reheat my cup of coffee three times. Jody Klaire did an exceptional job writing this mystery/thriller, up until almost the very end I still wasn't sure if the good guys had been successful.
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Daydreamers by Jonathan Harper
Gay Anthology / Collection / Contemporary General Fiction
Paperback: 164 pages
Publisher: Lethe Press (March 15, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1590212967
ISBN-13: 978-1590212967
Amazon: Daydreamers
Amazon Kindle: Daydreamers

Ne'er-do-wells, prodigal sons, and young men without so much as a clue to their present state of mind let alone their futures are waiting to be met in the stories within Daydreamers, Jonathan Harper s debut collection. But these men are not Walter Mittys everyday life refuses to allow them languor. Whether it be the roll of the dice in a Dungeons & Dragons game played in a hostile, rural bar, the lure of body modification and being suspended in front of a crowd, or discovering a body on the beach, the rough edges of each young man cannot help but be noticed, even admired. And once a young man is admired, he needs to decide whether or not to awaken from his daydreams.

Extremely well-written contemporary general fiction with gritty eye for detail and solid reporting from the middle and lower classes. The characters have many problems and no easy answers. Stories themselves are not as memorable as the writing, which is terrific.
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Sail Away (Royal Navy Series Book 4) by Lee Rowan
Gay Historical Romance
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (March 29, 2015)
Amazon Kindle: Sail Away (Royal Navy Series Book 4)

Sequel to Home is the Sailor
Royal Navy Series: Book Four

Sail away once again with Will Marshall and Davy Archer in this collection of missing moments from their saga. Meet some of the background players from their story as they take center stage in tales of their own. Enjoy a journey through the family album of the Royal Navy series universe in the following stories:

Captain’s Courtship is the tale of Cynthia Lancaster and newly promoted Commander Paul Smith as they face revolution in both the Lancaster household and the colonies, unwilling to let anything stand in the way of their love.

While fleeing an angry mob who takes exception to a despised Aristo courting a French girl, David Archer's cousin Christopher St. John and his fiancee wind up on the HMS Calypso in See Paris and Live.

The relationship between Will Marshall and David Archer has moved beyond friendship into love worth risking death for—even though neither young man has spoken his feelings. But when a storm leaves them Castaway on a deserted island, their fantasy is within reach… if they dare to take the chance.

After the harrowing events in Ransom, David Archer is given the chance to take the test that will promote him to Lieutenant, and secure the first step in his career. But when Will Marshall realizes the vast difference between their social standing in their Voyage to London, he wonders whether there will be room in Davy's life for him, after all.

Finally, enjoy six short Royal Navy stories that show a glimpse of Will and Davy at the holidays—Halloween, Christmas, Valentine's day, shore leave… and a special nit-picking vignette from Charlie Cochrane.

Excellent historical details, fabulous attention to detail, top notch writing and confident author's voice. This is a collection of stories in the author's world and as such is a little disjointed but overall quite strong and I'm a new fan.
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When Skies Have Fallen by Debbie McGowan
Gay Historical Romance
Paperback: 296 pages
Publisher: Beaten Track Publishing (July 8, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1910635502
ISBN-13: 978-1910635506
Amazon: When Skies Have Fallen
Amazon Kindle: When Skies Have Fallen

For many in war-torn 1944, love blossoms in the dance hall, and airman Arty Clarke is no exception. He's a thinker and a dreamer; however, it's not the beautiful, talented dancer in his arms-his best friend Jean-who inspires his dreams. For when his gaze meets that of Technical Sergeant Jim Johnson, Arty dares to imagine a different dance. Their love is forbidden, by both the armed forces and the law, but with Jean's cunning and support, Arty and Jim try to bridge the distance between them and find true love despite the danger and a life-threatening disaster that could destroy Arty's dreams for good. Can the pair stand strong together, no matter how many skies have fallen?

Exceptional historical accuracy and sense of setting: the novel rings with authenticity. The characters are strong and the plot tension comes not just from the war but their own desires and the demand for secrecy. Pacing is sometimes a bit slow. Extremely strong historical romance overall.
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Heart on the Run (A Hearts of Parkerburg 2) by Lee Brazil & Havan Fellows
Publisher: Appleton Publishing Avenue (November 14, 2015)
Amazon Kindle: Heart on the Run (A Hearts of Parkerburg 2)

Blurb: Charles Darwin Millsworth, Chaz to one and all since infancy, has no wish to live up to the grandeur of his name. Fortunately, his Southern belle mama isn’t at all inclined to push her son into a career that won’t make him happy. She thinks he needs to loosen up and enjoy life. After all, that’s the whole point of being independently wealthy, isn’t it?

Chaz can see her point, but his father died in his forties as did his father before him. As far as Chaz is concerned, he has limited time on this earth to make his dreams come true. And he refuses to leave anyone weeping over a wasted life.

Sprocket Moretti is a simple guy. He loves his job, enjoys college, lives in his beloved childhood home—why worry about the little things when the big stuff looks so good. Unfortunately one of the little things he tries not to stress over is a broken friendship with a very hot and bewildering sous chef. They were pals, hung out and had fun. But one night they stepped over that invisible line, and the next morning Chaz kicked Sprocket out of his bed and his life.

Now, no matter how much Sprocket tries to charm Chaz, the guy has no desire to return to their pre-sex playful bantering ways. And if Sprocket stays true to his motto, this little thing—Chaz—should be written off and never worried about again.

If Sprocket had known one night of reality altering orgasms would endanger their easygoing friendship… How do you finish that sentence when all your mind wants is its friend back and all your body wants is another taste?

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Meet the authors:

Lee Brazil: Somewhere in a small town in up-state New York are a librarian and a second grade teacher to whom I owe my life. That might be a touch dramatic, but it’s nevertheless one hundred percent true.

Because they taught me the joy of reading, of escaping into worlds crafted of words.

Have you ever been nine years old and sure of nothing so much as that you don’t belong? Looked at the world from behind glasses, and wondered why you don’t fit?

Someone hands you a book, and then you turn the page and see… There you are, running from Injun Joe in a dark graveyard; there you are fencing with Athos; there you are…beneath the deep blue sea- marveling at exotic creatures with Captain Nemo.

I found myself between the pages of books, and that is why I write now. It’s why I taught English and literature for so many years, and it’s why my house contains more pounds of books than furniture.

If I’d had my way, I’d have been a fencer…or a starship captain, or a lawyer, or a detective solving crimes. But instead, I am a writer, and I’ve come to realize that’s the best thing in the world to be, because as a writer, I can be all those things and more.

If I hadn’t learned to value the stories between the pages, who knows what would have happened? Certainly not college…teaching…or writing.

Havan Fellows: I annoy, love, respect, scare, seduce, hurt, anger, infatuate, frustrate, flatter, envy, amuse and tolerate everyone. I just do it better in writing thanks to a little thing called…edits.

Okay no, seriously…I'm a simpleminded person who enjoys the escape from real life through a book. I write with the group Story Orgy and hope to continue doing so for a long time. I also am privileged to be with the Pulp Friction writers, creating intermingling books in a world all our own.

I recently took the drastic step of quitting my EDJ (evil day job) and am now living in the gorgeous desert in Arizona making a go at this writing stuff full time…and I can’t see me regretting this decision ever.

Just like every other red-blooded human—I get a little bouncy when I get mail (any kind too…email, comments, private messages…you wanna do it, do it with me *winks*). So feel free to drop me a line—whether it's on my blog, twitter, PInterest, or you track me down on FaceBook or Google +…it's easy to catch someone who wants to be caught.

Hey there *raises coffee cup in salute*. Thanks for having us over. (Us being Lee Brazil and Havan Fellows—the dynamic duo in *cough cough* charge of this quaint small town called Parkerburg)

We’re here to put our two main characters from Heart on the Run in the hot seat...give them a quickie for you, the readers.

The main men in Heart on the Run are Charles Darwin Millsworth (aka Chaz the hot ginger sous chef) and Sprocket Moretti (the not so bad boy with tats and piercings).

Now, Chaz and Sprocket, the rules are both have to answer. See easy. Oh, and don’t be afraid to poke the other one if you feel it necessary. *wink wink*

Let the quickie begin…

Most likely to eat in bed.
Chaz: Sprocket.
Sprocket: I’m not confined to the bed, it all depends on where Chaz is...

Name a place that is strictly off limits for nookie.
Chaz: The kitchen.
Sprocket: HA! Tell that to your kitchen...or mine. There are no off limit spots.

Name a food that works as an aphrodisiac for you.
Chaz: Food. All food. If Sprocket is eating it.
Sprocket: I can honestly say all food is sexier when Chaz makes it.

Most likely to be found barefoot.
Chaz: Sprocket
Sprocket: True, as soon as I enter my house the shoes come off.

Most likely to find a stray kitten and bring her home.
Chaz: Me. If Sprocket was going to bring a kitten home, he wouldn’t wait for one to cross his path.
Sprocket: He’s got a point there.

In a silly battle of wills...most likely to refrain from masturbating the longest.
Chaz: Uh…
Sprocket: I’m sorry, Chaz...what was that?

One word to describe each other.
Sprocket: Amazing
Chaz: Beloved

Name the song that best describes your story.
Chaz: Ugh.
Sprocket: Never heard of that song...sing it for me?

Color that best describes your personality.
Sprocket: Tie-dyed
Chaz: Blue

What would your Facebook status be right this very second?
Chaz: “If you could describe my love story in a song, what would it be?” What? I’m stumped. I need help.
Sprocket: And that’s all they wrote.

Thank you Elisa – My Reviews and Ramblings for having Chaz and Sprocket over. If you’d like to read more about the great people of Parkerburg check out their books Christmas in His Heart and Heart on the Run…with more to come too! Because the Hearts of Parkerburg are enough to make you go woo woo.

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Big warning before I start this post: I’m not preaching. This is my opinion, and I wanted to share it with you all. I hope to be able to discuss this, but this is not a lesson. After reading and discussing, I will still have my position and you will have yours, and both are good since it’s up to the single individual to choose their own stance.

People is complaining about authors in the M/M community impersonating a character, and they are saying, why is happening now, why is so common in this community, this is bringing bad attention to the community…

First of all, remember the wise words of Oscar Wilde: "There is only one thing in life worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about."

Second, I want to tell you a story: in 1962 a newbie author by the name of Rosalind Erskine published a novel, The Passion Flower Hotel. The story concerns a young girl going to an English girls' boarding school. In the dormitory, the girls discuss losing their virginity and decide that the best way is to set up a "service" for the local boys' school situated across the lake from them. It was adapted as a musical in 1965 and as a movie in 1978. It was a huge success and it became a “loosely” Lesbian classic. Loosely since the story wasn’t really targeting the Lesbian readers, but that was what happened and many young Lesbian girls around the world started to send fan mails to Ms Erskine (and I know for sure since one of those young lesbians told me she did), and she replied to them with advices and good words. She gave them sometime hope, sometime pleasure. But if various fans, from various genre of literature, checked carefully, they would have found an odd coincidence: Ms Erskine shared her mail address with Scottish historical novelist Laura Black, spy thriller novelist Ivor Drummond, mystery thriller novelist Frank Parrish, black comedy about dysfunctional families’ novelist Domini Taylor and even other two smaller authors, Megan Barker and Grania Beckford. Plus sport writer Roger Longrigg. Was this a sort of literary agent who was working for many authors? Was he collecting the fan mail for all his clients? When Mr Longrigg died, the truth came out: Mr Longrigg adopted different styles and pseudonyms to suit different audiences. But it wasn’t just a question of using pen-names, he replied to his fan mail as Ms Erskine, he accepted awards for emerging writers as Domini Taylor, he released interviews as Queen of Gothic Romance as Laura Black… was he deceiving his readers or was he giving them what they wanted?

Now I want, for once, take my position: if you are a man and want to write with a female pen-name since you think romance readers will trust you more (Roger Longrigg/Laura Black, Tom E. Huff/Jennifer Wilde, Nick Bienes & Rhea Gallaher/Judith Gould, William Maltese/Willa Lambert) or if you are a woman and want to write with a male pen-name since you think readers of Gay romance will trust you more, that is up to you. I sincerely do not care. I care for your books. I personally think Jennifer Wilde’s books were too much, I did not like the romance in it, the sex was good, but the romance was so and so… was that since Jennifer was in reality Tom? Maybe. Sure you are deceiving your fans, who believe what you say you are, but in the end, if you let “speak” your books, the stories in the books, and what you are only faking is the name of the author on the cover of the book, then, again, I do not care. I’m buying your book, not you; the story is good? The money I spent are well spent.

But if you are a thirty something female author, faking to be a male teen prostitute to be able to catch the interest of a notorious male gay novelist so that he will sponsor you with his publisher (J.T. Leroy anyone? Do you remember that story?) and when you manage to do so, you use the teenager sister of your husband to impersonate the supposed gay teen prostitute, and you sold his fake personal life other than your real fictional books… well, then maybe you went a little over. People is not only buying your books, you decided also to sell yourself, and sorry, but I want to obtain what I decided to buy: if I want to buy fake bijoux I go to Wallmart, if I want to buy diamond I go to Tiffany, if Tiffany sold me fake bijoux than they are deceiving me.

Personally I do not think the readers should associate too much their personal life with their fictional dreams, cause in doing so, they are, from my point of view, eradicating the reason of being reader. Let me explain: once they asked me why I read Gay Romance, and I told them, me, as a working woman, was not able to identify with the female heroine. That is partially true, but it doesn’t explain why I was reading heterosexual romances before gay romances. But there is an important detail: when I was reading heterosexual romances, my favorite genre was Historical Romance or Paranormal Romance; now that I’m reading gay romances, my favorite genre is Contemporary Romance. Do you see the connection? I like to read about dreams. I’m a romantic reader, I want the romance, I want the dream, I do not want the reality. Again please, be careful, this is ME and not for everyone. If I read contemporary romance with an heterosexual couple, that could be me, and I do not want to read about me, so I prefer historical romance, because I cannot live in the past. If I read contemporary romance with a male gay couple, I’m good, since I’m not male and I’m not gay, and I do not want to be male and/or gay. So to the previous question of why I read Gay Romance, my answer should not have been, “I’m not able to identify with the female heroine” but better “I do not want to identify with the female heroine”.

So, when I’m reading gay romance, I’m reading fiction, and in a way, I do not care if the author is a woman or a man, I care about the fiction. But if I’m a man, and gay, and I read a gay romance, I probably care about the author, cause I’m probably identifying with them. And if the author appropriates my identity, of gay man, he is hurting me: AIDS, rejection, fear, and many other scares, they didn’t live them, and therefore, they can write fiction about it, but they cannot pretend to have gone through them in real life.

Another point is when the reader, female or male, other than caring for the books, start to care for the author, pushed or not by the author themselves. Again I think the fault, if fault you want to find, lays on both side: as a reader you are buying the books, you should not “buy” the author. You want to help the community? Buy the books to help spreading the acknowledgment of the community, and then pick a shelter near to you and help there; there are plenty of LGBT young people needing your help, and they are probably living just a block from you, or worst, they are homeless and dying just a block from you. And if not youth shelters, there are organizations who help AIDS patients, old people, people with disability, veterans… change the world starting from your own home. You want a list? I have hundreds of links to LGBT organizations.

But let’s say you trusted that author, believing he needed your help since he was a runaway, homeless, a former prostitute, a veteran, living with AIDS or whatever, and in the end she was not… yes, she was wrong. But remember, she sold you the story you wanted to buy.
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Palace Dog by R.E. Nelson
Gay Historical Romance
Paperback: 206 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (February 27, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1632165376
ISBN-13: 978-1632165374
Amazon: Palace Dog
Amazon Kindle: Palace Dog

In April 1975, as the government in Saigon is falling, Michael Andrews prepares to make his way back to Vietnam to find the love he was forced to leave.

But Michael’s journey begins four years earlier. He joins the Air Force to keep out of the Army and out of Vietnam, but his first assignment is teaching English in Saigon to members of the Vietnamese military in an Army program called Palace Dog.

As an artist, and a man, before his time in Vietnam, Michael found life lonely and unsatisfying. In the midst of war, Michael searches for direction and meaning. He ultimately finds love and hope with Thao, a young Vietnamese art student, only to have their already uncertain future wrenched from them when he is pulled out of the country.

For Michael, his return in 1975 is inevitable and without question, though the outcome he hopes for is anything but assured.

This book was very well written. It put me right onto the streets of Vietnam: sights, sensations, smells, anxiety, and all.

This started out really slow for me. I'm a romance reader, and the romance didn't start until more than halfway through the novel. The subplot with Richard seemed like filler to me from a genre romance perspective. Once the romance plot really got going, I couldn't put it down. But it took a long time. This made Saigon feel like a real place, not just someplace you see in film clips on TV. All the characters felt real and unique, even the minor ones. Beautifully written literary style novel.

Excellent historical details and setting -- very well done throughout. Every part of it seems authentic and there's a real tension in the story regarding America's withdrawal from Vietnam and the collapse of the war efforts and the impact on the characters. Some pacing and flashback problems and abrupt ending but overall very strong and interesting.

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A Fashionable Indulgence: A Society of Gentlemen Novel by KJ Charles
Gay Historical Romance
Publisher: Loveswept (August 11, 2015)
Amazon Kindle: A Fashionable Indulgence: A Society of Gentlemen Novel

In the first novel of an explosive new series from K. J. Charles, a young gentleman and his elegant mentor fight for love in a world of wealth, power, and manipulation.

When he learns that he could be the heir to an unexpected fortune, Harry Vane rejects his past as a Radical fighting for government reform and sets about wooing his lovely cousin. But his heart is captured instead by the most beautiful, chic man he’s ever met: the dandy tasked with instructing him in the manners and style of the ton. Harry’s new station demands conformity—and yet the one thing he desires is a taste of the wrong pair of lips.

After witnessing firsthand the horrors of Waterloo, Julius Norreys sought refuge behind the luxurious facade of the upper crust. Now he concerns himself exclusively with the cut of his coat and the quality of his boots. And yet his protégé is so unblemished by cynicism that he inspires the first flare of genuine desire Julius has felt in years. He cannot protect Harry from the worst excesses of society. But together they can withstand the high price of passion.

Historical romance is often hit or miss, since the authors have a tendency to use only what they've encountered in other historicals, particularly Regencies. KJ Charles is so thorough with her research, you feel transported rather than merely plopped down in a setting. The feel of the streets, the pulse of London at that time, the mannerisms, the speech patterns, the smallest details of fashion are all so beautifully accurate, so painstakingly verified, I never once felt the need to look up a possible anachronism. Add to that the specific time placement around actual events, and the setting becomes so much more than window dressing. The characters are fully voiced and fully realized, always flawed as real people are, but with the growth one hopes to see in a romance. The despicable often becomes sympathetic as we're drawn farther and farther into the motives and machinations of a London in social turmoil. A beautifully paced and presented work, A Fashionable Indulgence hits all the right notes to render dry history a lovely, emotional tapestry.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book.  The intrigue behind the making or breaking of a gentleman in a very tumultuous time had me riveted to the read. KJ Charles takes the reader through the political unrest in both the government and the Ton as easily as silk slides through one's fingers--smoothly and luxuriously, and wanting more.  The characters were well rounded and their background stories added to the intrigue to move the plot along at the nice pace.

This historical romance manages to balance out a love story, a social commentary, and a young man's coming of age, and do it well. I loved Julius - his veneer of perfection was clearly hiding something deeper, and I was fascinated to watch it revealed. I also enjoyed Harry. He was in a tough spot, and it was easy to sympathize with his desire after all the hard years, to live a life of ease. Harry's dilemma, choosing between a happy life and the deep ideals of his parents, had no easy solution, and that gave just a touch of bitterness to the romantic resolution.

Very strong Regency with authentic details, solid writing, and steamy m/m relationship. Assured writing from beginning to end and many plot twists make it an entertaining read.

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Infected: Paris by Andrea Speed
Gay Mystery / Thriller
Publisher: DSP Publications; 1 edition (February 24, 2015)
Amazon Kindle: Infected: Paris

Prequel to Infected: Prey

In a world where a werecat virus has changed society, Roan McKichan, a born infected and ex-cop, works as a private detective trying to solve crimes involving other infecteds.

Roan is working a frustrating stalker case, with no shortage of suspects and little solid evidence, when he comes across a startling eyewitness living in his car across the street from the scene. A tiger-strain infected, the only one Roan’s ever met, Paris Lehane is a former Canadian golden boy who suffered a breakdown after becoming infected in college.

While Roan's ex, Diego “Dee” Cole, warns against falling for the infected Paris, a man doomed to die, Roan struggles with his attraction and the knowledge that no happily ever after is possible for them.

But is the knowledge enough to discourage him from following his heart? Roan helps Paris out of homelessness, and maybe a special hospital can help Paris with the infection, but Roan’s got his hands full with this case, and there’s no end in sight.

I found the world building and character development in Infected: Paris to be both interesting and completely absorbing. The writing style was solid, and the plot development strong.

Incredible characters. Strong plot. Overall amazing story.
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Redemption (Diversion 5) by Eden Winters
Gay Mystery / Thriller
Series: Diversion
Paperback: 258 pages
Publisher: Rocky Ridge Books (August 7, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1626220298
ISBN-13: 978-1626220294
Amazon: Redemption (Diversion 5)
Amazon Kindle: Redemption (Diversion 5)

Living is the easy part.

Agent Lucky Lucklighter and his partner escaped Mexico alive, only to plunge into bureaucratic fallout from their mission. Hell, maybe Lucky should have stayed south of the border. Especially when the Southeastern Narcotics Bureau places Bo into rehab, and Lucky’s facing both therapy and an inquiry into a fatal shooting. Watching over his shoulder for a vengeful drug lord or a cartel don calling in favors leaves his scarcely able to imagine a future for them as agents, or as lovers.

Bo Schollenberger once had a vision for their life together, but he’s bowed by the weight of his undercover work. Lucky’s hanging on by his deeply chewed fingernails, clinging to hope by making Bo’s dream of a home into reality. The last thing he needs is a phone call from a dangerous man who knows too much, summoning him back to Mexico for “An early Christmas present.”

Not when the SNB brass asks tough questions like “How well do you really know your partner?”

I loved the bond between the guys. Excellent character development.
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Laurel Heights 2 by Lisa Worrall
Gay Erotic Romance
Paperback: 214 pages
Publisher: White Stiletto Press (October 1, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1502597446
ISBN-13: 978-1502597441
Amazon: Laurel Heights 2
Amazon Kindle: Laurel Heights 2

Will and Scott are now out and proud and living together in Scott's tiny house. So everything is perfect, right? Wrong... Scott has a new partner, a new male partner, and Will is not happy about that at all. A sadistic serial killer is at large, torturing his way through the gay community, but Will and Scott have no leads. And one of the residents of Laurel Heights has been arrested for murder.

The story was fine. It seems cookie-cutter style, but everything that was necessary for the story to be told and entertaining was there.  It seems almost all the male characters were gay, so that was a little unrealistic. The climax to the ending was a satisfying surprise. 
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Love in Uniform by Editor: Paige Prince, Authors: Angora Shade, Kay C. Sulli, DC Juris, Jean Wolfe, Shannen Malone, Kassandra Lea, Dale Cameron Lowry, Louise Blaydon, and Aiden McKenna
Amazon Kindle: Love in Uniform

Blurb: There’s just something about a man in uniform…whether it’s the delivery man bringing a special package to your door, the airline attendant taking care of your every need, or the cop with a set of handcuffs on his belt and a gleam in his eye, Love in Uniform provides fodder for every fantasy.
The Encounter - Hoping to escape the hot dance floor at a crowded club, a pilot finds himself wandering a dark secluded hallway. He’s pleased to see a table, but he’s startled when a shadow moves. Suddenly face to face with his ideal man candy, the pilot discovers the beauty of strangers and the thrill of sex in public places.
Wishing on the Perseid - Zach Johnson went looking for an adventure in the Rocky Mountains before settling into grad school. Little did he know Park Ranger Ryan Jenkins was exactly what he was looking for.
Special Delivery - An unexpected phone call turns Camden's boring day off into a potential disaster when he ends up taking his cousin's delivery shift with Axel, the tattooed hunk he dreams about. But Axel's got a plan...and a special delivery that'll leave Camden wanting more.
Westward Avenue Matchmaker - EMT Peter is getting tired of being called to Westward Avenue again and again for Mrs McKinney’s kitchen fires, but the chance to flirt with an attractive fireman makes it all worthwhile.
On the Wing - Traveling the world for work doesn’t leave a lot of time to find love on the ground. But maybe on the wing.
Let it Hurt - All Leo Shelton wanted to do was patch things up with his boyfriend Caleb Hart. When an accident threatens to take it all away the two realize just how much they need one another.
Loggerhead - Soon after they fall in love, Jake makes Eric a promise inspired by an old track uniform. But demanding work schedules at Jake’s four-star restaurant and Eric’s newspaper keep them from following through. Six years later, they take the honeymoon they never had, heading to the Florida coast in search of sea turtles—and rekindling their passion for each other in the process.
The Night Shift - Jonas Kelshiker works the night shift in the Evidence Room at the police depot, where the crimes have become monotonous and the policemen unremarkable – until the night Dan Harris shows up at his window.
Roadside Assistance - When Robert sees flashing lights in his rear view mirror, he doesn't know just how wild a turn his night is going to take. With the threat of his first speeding ticket imminent, he tries to use his clever mouth to get him out of trouble. But this cop won't let him get off that easy.

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Angora Shade: Angora Shade is an American author living in what she lovingly refers to as "Sheep Shit Nowhere" Europe. In an attempt to add some spice to her small town life, Ms. Shade began writing explicit erotica as a form of self-entertainment. Exploring the boundaries of acceptable sexual literature, she often seeks to create stories that not only entertain others, but also expose and push against the negative stigma surrounding sex in modern day society. She believes that sex in literature, art, personal thought, and physical nature, should be celebrated and expressed openly and as easily as any God-given freedom. Her favorite themes in writing include revenge, self-discovery, alternative materials for love play/BDSM, as well as anything that produces a good tingle, sizzle, or laugh. When not writing, Ms. Shade enjoys red wine, travel, dancing, classic cartoons, baking, and creating fine art.
Kay C. Sulli: Kay C. Sulli is a queer asexual writer often found scribbling in the wilderness. She writes from the heart with a passion for history, nature, and the American West.
DC Juris: Romance author, sci-fi fan club Captain, cosplayer, reigning Queen of Monkeyland, and random menace. Yep, we're talking about DC Juris. She’s a cupcake making, football watching, rubber duck collecting, drag show loving, full of fabulous with a Capital F kinda gal. She's also an Ordained Minister and an amateur photographer. She lives in Upstate NY with her husband, three dogs, and two cats. When she's not writing, you can find her in her favorite chair watching "Star Trek" and "Supernatural" repeats on Netflix, or surfing the web for porn. Er...research. Surfing the web for research. She may speak softly but she lives and loves loudly. Just ask the neighbors.
Jean Wolfe: Jean Wolfe would really rather go hide under a rock somewhere than have to fill out author bios.
Dale Cameron Lowry: Dale Cameron Lowry is a writer and editor living in the Midwest with a partner and three irritable cats. This is Dale’s second story for Torquere Press.
Shannen Malone: Shannen Malone is an Irish student studying English, in the second year of her degree. When not scaling the monolith of her required reading list, Shannen can be found in her blanket nest, writing all things queer.
Kassandra Lea: Kassandra Lea has been writing for far longer than she cares to admit. She lies in southern Wisconsin with her mother, a gang of furry little monsters, and a ghost lovingly dubbed Bob.
Louise Blaydon: Louise is an academic, editor and writer. She primarily writes m/m and f/f fiction, and has published a number of novels and novellas and many short stories. She lives in England and has too many cats.
Aiden McKenna: Aiden McKenna is a writer and editor living in the dirty south. When not bent over the writing desk, she enjoys time spent with family on her farm and relaxing on the porch with a strong drink and a good novel.

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Orion's Circle by Victoria Sue
Gay Paranormal Romance
Paperback: 232 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 3, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1514800454
ISBN-13: 978-1514800454
Amazon: Orion's Circle
Amazon Kindle: Orion's Circle

According to legend, when humankind is at its most desperate, the goddess Sirius will send three of the most powerful werewolf shifters ever created to save mankind. However, because they are so powerful, they will need a fourth to complete them, to calm them and help them reach their full potential.

Aden, a young were, has been his pack's omega ever since, at the age of fifteen, he didn't shift like everyone else. Caught, reviled, and tortured because of his empathic abilities, he knew on the night he was told to run as sport for the pack hunters that it would end in his death. What he didn't know, however, was that on the same night he'd also meet the love of his life and a pathway to answers, because Aden is far more than just a pack omega.

What begins as a hunt soon becomes a new adventure as Aden discovers that he has not only one, but three destined mates, and his role as lover is far more than trivial. The fate of all humankind rests upon it.

This is exactly the type of book I really enjoy. A well thought out plot that is story driven rather than sex scenes with a weak plot filling the gap between them. The pacing was great and the characters were all well defined including the secondary characters. I really enjoyed this book and will definitely be reading more of this series.

I thought I was burned out on romance books about vampires and werewolves. This novel hit me like a shot of adrenaline. I'm definitely looking forward to the next installment in this series.

This is a well done shifter story that will pull you in from the beginning.  I liked the way the author brings all four men together, but be prepared for some angst.  There were a couple of times I found myself close to tears.  While the story ends well, it is obvious that there is more to tell.  I cannot wait for the second story to show up.

Overall, it was a good story.  I was a bit annoyed with it at times, but that is what made the story a good read.  Looking forward to reading the whole series.

I really enjoyed this book. The plot kept me engaged from beginning to end. There was just enough resolution to make me satisfied but also a cliff hanger to have me anticipate book 2. Very good job of bring the reader into the world created. I loved the varied personalities but how they worked as cohesive unit. I really became attached to Aden. However this continual doubt in his mates all the way up to the end got a little old.
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Restless Spirits by Jordan L. Hawk
Gay Paranormal Romance
Series: Spirits
Paperback: 202 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (January 5, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1505557100
ISBN-13: 978-1505557107
Amazon: Restless Spirits
Amazon Kindle: Restless Spirits

After losing the family fortune to a fraudulent psychic, inventor Henry Strauss is determined to bring the otherworld under control through the application of science. All he needs is a genuine haunting to prove his Electro-Séance will work. A letter from wealthy industrialist Dominic Gladfield seems the answer to his prayers. Gladfield’s proposition: a contest pitting science against spiritualism, with a hefty prize for the winner. The contest takes Henry to Reyhome Castle, the site of a series of brutal murders decades earlier. There he meets his rival for the prize, the dangerously appealing Vincent Night. Vincent is handsome, charming…and determined to get Henry into bed. Henry can’t afford to fall for a spirit medium, let alone the competition. But nothing in the haunted mansion is quite as it seems, and soon winning the contest is the least of Henry’s concerns. For the evil stalking the halls of Reyhome Castle wants to claim not just Henry and Vincent’s lives, but their very souls.

Jordan is one of my favorite authors because she writes incredibly gripping paranormal fiction with lovable main characters pitched up against scary foes and situations. This book is a standalone, and although initially unfamiliar with these characters, I soon grew to love them and want them to survive and get together in the end. They did, and I hope this is the start of a series. The secondary characters were well fleshed out too - not mere cardboard cutouts. The idea of combining a scientist with a medium is original to me and worked well.

Yet another new author for me and, WOW, now I know what I have been missing I will certainly be reading more of her work. This story gripped me from the beginning and wouldn't let me put it down until I'd finished. The plot was incredibly well thought out with lots of twists and turns. The writing style was very easy to read, the pace was good and the characters were well rounded. I loved this story.

One of the best stories in the group.  The rivalry between Henry & Vincent was amazing as well as their passion.  The racial issues were right on point and I appreciated having been able to read a story that was so inclusive of various characters and situations.  I do feel there was a plot hole left open, but the story was good and entertaining.  On the edge of your seat entertaining. Wish I could give it more points.  Absolutely great story.

I enjoyed this book. The plot was creative and original. It was well thought out and had a clear arc. My only negative is that that the romance wasn't nearly as developed as the rest of the rest of the story. Very well done. I felt a part of the story from beginning to end. Overall I liked the characters. Even the spectral ones. However the part about Elizabeth being transgender seemed like an after thought. More as if thrown in as a result of current events (ie Kaitlyn Jenner) rather than a true part of the story. I would have liked that to be explored more. Overall good. Appropriate language for the time period.

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Turkish Delights by Trina Lane
Gay Erotic Romance
Publisher: Totally Bound

Three very different men from three different countries look to build a love greater than any Wonder of the World.

Project manager Garrett Sloan builds majestic hotels for the rich and famous around the world, but when it comes to love, all his relationships seem to crumble. His latest project lands him in Istanbul, where the desire he’s held for a certain French architect heats up under the Middle Eastern sun, and his resolve never to mix business with pleasure melts beneath the added hot stare and skilled hands of a Turkish mason.

The three men discover they want to build a relationship to stand the test of time—much like Kyle LaFleure’s buildings and Emir Şahin’s stonework. As the bonds between Garrett and his partners grow stronger and more complex, they work to lay the perfect foundation on which to build a lasting relationship. Can the three men construct a relationship that will endure? Or will their love reach its zenith when their shared task of finishing the ultimate Ottoman luxury hotel reaches its completion?

An interracial ménage à trois relationship.  That was different and interesting to see how that played out. The blending was good but it was a bit difficult when one of the characters would speak in their native tongue without full explanation of what they were saying.  A minor thing for some, but I love the idea of different languages and cultures, but at times it threw me off.  Still, this was an interesting story.  It was nice that they had a happily ever after, for now.
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All I'll Ever Need by J.P. Bowie
Gay Erotic Romance
Paperback: 206 pages
Publisher: Totally Bound Publishing (March 13, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1784304794
ISBN-13: 978-1784304799
Amazon: All I'll Ever Need
Amazon Kindle: All I'll Ever Need

All Edward Conway needs is someone to love, and in sexy Puerto Rican Alex Martinez, he may have found that someone—until a wild party threatens to take everything from him. When Edward Conway came out to his family he never imagined their reaction would be to shut him out of their lives. Searching for acceptance he leaves his hometown hoping to find a new life in Los Angeles. Finally daring to enter a gay bar by himself, he meets Alex Martinez, a celebrities publicity agent, and the two men connect on all kinds of levels. Despite the pressure of Alex’s job, which takes him out of town soon after he and Edward connect, Edward feels he may just have met the man who can give him something to live for. Things look good until Edward’s wild roommate Troy, needs a lift to a party where ‘sex, drugs and rock’n’roll’ are the order of the day. Reluctantly Edward agrees to drive Troy to the party, but before he can leave he becomes the victim of a vicious incident that could shatter the hopes he had for the future. Alex is there to lend support but he is haunted by a tragic past, and in the present is torn between an old loyalty and the wish to make Edward a lasting part of his life.

The story was well written with great characters to follow.  One thing with these types of stories that I keep seeing is that in all the gay relationships, both guys are versatile, meaning no one is just top or bottom.  That is not so common in the circles that I grew up socializing in. I mentioned this specific question to one of my M4M author friends and was told that is how the majority of M4M readers like the stories to play out. Just saying.
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Breaking the Habit by J.P. Bowie
Gay Erotic Romance
Publisher: Wilde City Press (February 24, 2015)
Amazon Kindle: Breaking the Habit

Mike Peterson is determined to break the gambling habit that resulted in two failed marriages, no money, no job, plus almost getting himself and his brother killed when loan sharks came looking for their money. In addition, he’s recently been having some doubts about his own sexuality. When his gay brother suggests he get in touch with an old friend, recently out police officer Larry Bertoli, Mike is at first leery of the idea, and their first meeting isn’t exactly ideal.

They decide to meet again and this time more of what they are and what they could mean to one another is revealed during their time together. They begin a tentative friendship that graduates to a first, fumbling attempt at romance. Can they find the secure relationship they both want, or will Mike’s addiction and lack of self-esteem hinder what could possibly be salvation for both men?

The story moved forward enough to keep me invested and I liked the characters, flaws and all.  I can imagine that a lot of men who discover themselves later in life can relate to stories like this one.

Beautifully written story. The author touches all emotions.
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Then the Stars Fall by Brandon Witt
Gay Contemporary Romance
Paperback: 350 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (September 29, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 163216258X
ISBN-13: 978-1632162588
Amazon: Then the Stars Fall
Amazon Kindle: Then the Stars Fall

The death of his wife four years earlier left Travis Bennett a shell of the man he used to be. With his dog by his side, Travis raises his three children, manages his business, and works as a ranch hand. But every day, every minute, is an aching emptiness.

Wesley Ryan has fond memories of the small Ozark town of El Dorado Springs. Seeing it as a safe place to put his failed relationships behind him, Wesley moves into his grandparents’ old home and takes over the local veterinary clinic. An early morning visit from Travis and his dog stirs feelings that Wesley seeks to push away—the last thing he needs is to fall for a man with baggage and three kids as part of the package.

Life, it seems, has other plans.

Everything about this story is positive! What a pleasure to have read it. This story is set in modern day America with the believes of the olden years where the townspeople is concerned. Here you have a sort of newcomer to the town, Wesley, the vet. While his grandparents lived there their whole lives he only spent his childhood there, moving to the city and making his life there. Then you have Travis; a widower with three kids who've lived there for many years. We also meet Wendy, Travis' Inlaws, Wesley's parents, the kids, and Jason, whom are all very likable people, especially Wendy, or funny, like Jason. We also see the negative side of small town USA. The 'outsider' attitude and the homophobia. All of it is tied together to form a wonderful, unforgettable story that will stay with you for quite some time after you finish reading this awesome book! Loved it!
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The Love of Wicked Men (Episodes 1-6) by Brandon Shire
Gay Erotic Romance
Paperback: 428 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (May 14, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1512126926
ISBN-13: 978-1512126921
Amazon: The Love of Wicked Men: Season One

Power, lust, legal intrigue. This is where sex and injustice meet. Sid Rivers and Jack Brown are two sides of the same coin. One is a lawyer with his own firm and dreams of money and power; the other is a criminal with a lengthy record and a quest for vengeance. When they meet, sparks fly. But was their meeting an accident? Or, was it planned by the billionaires who want to control their destiny? The Love of Wicked Men is an erotic journey into the underbelly of the legal profession, the corporate culture of profit-at-any-cost, and the secret world of industrial espionage.

The Love of Wicked Men was a very intense and fascinating book. I really like Mr. Shire's writing style. The story is exciting from beginning to end. I always wanted to know what happens next and I can't wait to read more in this series.

This is only the first instalment of a longer saga, ending on something of a cliffhanger. The title is apt, as the main characters are difficult men with less than stellar lives. The writing is excellent, pulling me through the story and making me believe that, somehow, even Sid will be rehabilitated in my eyes as a plausible hero, despite his many flaws.

Action, Highly Entertaining, Fast Paced, Drama, Mystery! This one had it all and I loved every single word of it! This is the sort of story I'd love to see turned into a movie. And that is all thanks to Mr Shire's writing style. Phenomenal. This is the type of writing that keeps you turning the pages and wanting for it to never end. I was very pleased and am looking forward to reading the next season.
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Walk a Mile (The Sixth Sense Book 2) by Sarah Madison
Gay Paranormal Romance
Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (October 3, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1632161656
ISBN-13: 978-1632161659
Amazon: Walk a Mile (The Sixth Sense Book 2)
Amazon Kindle: Walk a Mile (The Sixth Sense Book 2)

Sequel to Unspeakable Words

The Sixth Sense: Book Two

Six months after starting their hunt for a serial killer who is still at large, FBI agents Jerry Lee Parker and John Flynn are partners in every sense. But Jerry has serious doubts about their relationship and whether they would even be together if not for the way Flynn changed after touching a mysterious artifact in a museum.

Flynn hates the extraordinary power bestowed on him by the artifact and wants nothing more than to have a normal life again. Jerry fears that without the unusual connection they forged, Flynn will no longer want or need him. Chasing after a similar artifact takes them back to Flynn's old stomping grounds in Washington D.C., where his newfound abilities uncover long-buried secrets, the kind people would kill to protect. But they aren't the only ones looking for these powerful relics, and what they discover will threaten their relationship—and their lives.

Flawless second book in a series that reads like stand-alone with superbly flawed and flesh-out characters and a surprise twist; highly recommended 

Despite not having not read the first book it only took a couple of chapters to get into the world of the 2 MCs. Both characters were really likeable - I shall be reading Book 1 - but, for me, their relationship suffered because we only ever get Jerry's POV. At the end, Flynn's declaration of feelings seemed to come from no-where and made me sit up and think "Huh? Where has that come from." That said, I was gripped and couldn't put the book down due to the author's page turning writing.
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Hidden Gem by Lissa Kasey
Gay Sci-Fi / Futuristic
Paperback: 246 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (September 26, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1632161982
ISBN-13: 978-1632161987
Amazon: Hidden Gem
Amazon Kindle: Hidden Gem

Misaki “Aki” Itou is a psi—a person with mutated DNA granting him psychic abilities. He’s also a contracted companion—a whore. It may not be the perfect profession, but having a roof over his head, food to eat, and not being subjected to torture is a dream come true. He is the top companion at the Hidden Gem, and it makes him enough money to buy the prettiest, most sparkly shoes he can find.

Shane McNaughton is an Irishman who survived the Third World War and works as a cop. Head of Missing Persons, he’s good at finding people, but after the plague of the Third mutated his DNA, he has a hard time letting anyone see the monster inside. He’s been paying for Aki’s services for two years, both the psi and the sexual kind, but he wants more from the companion.

Shane needs Aki’s ability to see into another person’s past to track down a serial killer murdering the children of rich and powerful men, but the more they work together, the clearer it becomes that they are linked through a darker past than either of them realizes.

I really enjoyed this book. Top read in several weeks. The plot was original,twisting, and moved at a pace that kept the refer engaged. My only negative was that it seemed as if the author tried to fit a little too much in because I got a little confused toward thee end when the back story and current events were being merged. Good job building the hidden gem world and describing a post WW3 world. Would have liked a bit more detail when it came to the cities. I loved all the characters. Great job with their personalities, back story,and growth. Some of the original terms weren't explained till late in the book. Would have enjoyed more if I hadn't head to guess.

Beautiful world building that sucks you in and doesn't let you go. Aki and Shane are compelling apart and together. I can't wait to read the next book in the series.
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Arctic Absolution by Lynn Kelling
Gay Contemporary Romance
Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Fantastic Fiction Publishing (December 16, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1622341996
ISBN-13: 978-1622341993
Amazon: Arctic Absolution
Amazon Kindle: Arctic Absolution

Dixon Rowe is a good man and a good cop who keeps finding himself in bed with the enemy. After he picks up a young ex-con named Jaye Larson for stealing food, Dixon is seduced by the possibility of helping someone truly in need. He tells himself he’s assisting young Jaye out of the goodness of his heart—not because of how sexy Jaye is under all of the tattoos and defiance. But temptation entangles them as the malicious ghosts of Jaye's past returns to haunt their every step. Jaye’s ghosts are bad enough, but the demon from Dixon's past is real enough to put both of their lives in danger.

The author had a way of pulling the reader in even though I had a hard time with the story.  However it is important to know this story will not be for everyone, and in fact is full of topics that could be considered triggers for some readers.  It is angst ridden and at times darker than what I like my stories to be, but I am glad I was given the chance to read this book.

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Love is Found (Only If Series #1) by R. Paone
Publisher: R. Paone (November 16, 2015)
Amazon Kindle: Love is Found (Only If Series Book 1)

“Love is Found” is the moving story about coming-of-age in suburban New York and discovering the broad concept of sexuality and love.

Based on true events of love, the story’s protagonist, Robert, finds himself thrown into the realization that upon entering graduate school he is beginning a new chapter in his adult life. Comfortable with being gay, he yearns for love but dwells on the ideal of being alone while being consumed by the world of academia. Upon starting a new job he meets a coworker, whom he begins an unlikely relationship with considering this man identifies as straight.
When sex is introduced and emotions run amok, the routine of Robert’s life is thrown into chaos with unexpected outcomes. Little does he know if his heart can survive the overwhelming desire and how this man will alter the course of his life just not now, but for the next decade.

The first novel in the debut “Only If…” series by R.Paone introduces the heartbreaking portrait of one young man finding love in all the wrong places while exploring themes of one’s sexual identity, passion, and nostalgia.

About the Author: R.Paone started on this writing journey in June, 2014. From events that were beyond his control, he decided to start this new path in his life before my 30th birthday. It has been quite the journey mapping out this story arc. He has learned so much writing a novel in that it has been therapeutic and also eye opening as it evolves. He hopes everyone will enjoy what is to come from the "ONLY IF" series as I want this to be something anyone could reach for and say "that could happen to me." Stay tuned! Three fun facts about him is: he live in NYC, has a vast horror movie collection and has a great appreciation for Enya.

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Semper Fi by Keira Andrews
Gay Historical Romance
Paperback: 324 pages
Publisher: KA Books (April 30, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0993859844
ISBN-13: 978-0993859847
Amazon: Semper Fi
Amazon Kindle: Semper Fi

The war is over. The battle for love has just begun.

As Marines, Cal and Jim depended on each other to survive bloodshed and despair in the Pacific. Relieved to put the horrors of war behind him, Jim went home to his apple orchard and a quiet life with his wife and children. Knowing Jim could never return his forbidden feelings, Cal hoped time and an ocean between them would dull the yearning for his best friend.

But when Jim's wife dies, Cal returns to help. He doesn't know a thing about apple farming--or children--but he's determined to be there for Jim, even as the painful torch he carries blazes back to life. Jim is grateful for his friend's support as he struggles with buried emotions and dark wartime memories. Then Jim begins to see Cal in a new light, and their relationship deepens in ways neither expected.

Can they build a life together as a family and find happiness in a world that would condemn them?

This is a historical that is very well done by Ms. Andrews.  The characters really pulled me in and I loved the way the author allows them to find their happily ever after.

Of the three historicals I’ve read this is by far my favorite. The author did an excellent job of writing an accurate historical piece and making the love story appealing to the reader. Normally I don’t like a lot of flashbacks, but this was written in a way that made the flashbacks keep the characters story moving forward. The plot itself was original and creative. Excellent job of taking the reader to both the South Pacific and Upstate New York. Both the main characters were written excellently. Their backstories were done well and their growth throughout the story realistic. Language was appropriate to the times. Good use of showing. Pace was enjoyable.

This was by far my favorite book this year.   The characterizations were fantastic; the plot moved along at a good pace.  I liked the way the chapters went back and forth between past and present as well.  

This was a gorgeously written book.  Usually, I don't enjoy books that flip between timelines, but in this case it worked very well - the arc of a young Cal and Jim surviving Okinawa and reaching the end of the war carefully mirroring the modern arc of Cal and Jim struggling to come to terms with their relationship and ultimately building a life together with their family.  The secondary characters were thoughtfully drawn and the storyline was treated in a lovely, understated and sensitive way.  Even the smallest throwaway line of Sergeant Tyrell smiling at Cal to tell him that he was now a Marine was perfectly meaningful, leading the reader to understand that Tyrell had not been abusing his power in treating Cal harshly but hoped to give him the skills to survive wartime and that Cal, to an independent observer, really appeared to be a promising but undisciplined young man.  I felt that Jim's agonizing over balancing what was best for his children against what was best for himself and Cal went on just a touch too long and dragged the pace of the plot a bit, but that's a pretty minor complaint.  One of my favorite reads this year. 

Wow! Two books in one: the story of the war years, then the recovery and journey of self discovery skillfully blended together. Bitter-sweet and utterly enthralling, I cannot recommend this book enough.

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The Inheritor, Book 6 of The Marketplace series, by Laura Antoniou
Transgender Erotica
Series: The Marketplace Series
Paperback: 692 pages
Publisher: Circlet Press (August 1, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1613901275
ISBN-13: 978-1613901274
Amazon: The Inheritor, Book 6 of The Marketplace series
Amazon Kindle: The Inheritor, Book 6 of The Marketplace series

The long-awaited sixth installment of Laura Antoniou's Marketplace series! A surprise hit when first published in the 1990s by Masquerade Books, THE MARKETPLACE launched a series that eventually grew to five books. The author, Laura Antoniou, wrote them slowly, while working a day job, and after Masquerade went under, moved to a small press. After that press's demise, the series faltered, but in 2010 Circlet Press began to re-issue the series in new ebook editions. The revitalization of the entire franchise in the face of "50 Shades" mania has been nothing short of incredible. Antoniou's work has been featured in Cosmopolitan, Life Story, and elsewhere as a safe, sane, and consensual alternative to "50" and now, at last, after a massively successful Kickstarter campaign, a brand new, never before published sixth installment is ready to foray into bookstores! When last we saw Chris Parker, he had been bought by master trainer Tetsuo Sakai and was blissfully ensconced in Japan under Tetsuo's wonderfully sadistic boot. And here we join Robin Cassidy, now contentedly serving a slave contract for a rich Chicago businessman. But the Marketplace is shaken when a new Trainer of Trainers must be anointed and the resulting machinations and clashing loyalties threaten to tear their world apart. Everyone has a stake in the outcome and Chris Parker is about to find out who is with him and who is against him. Richly told, interconnecting threads of Parker's previously unseen past with his complicated present, The Inheritor also weaves in the narratives of many favorite Marketplace characters, including Robin, Ken Mandarin, Ron Avidon, and features appearances by many more, including Jiro, Rachel, Michael, and Grendel. Laura Antoniou is the award-winning author of The Killer Wore Leather and the long-running series that began in 1993 with The Marketplace.

The Inheritor. Wow. That was all I could say when I finished this book. Intense. Gripping. Uncomfortably erotic and achingly real. The aspects of the book that closely mirrored and reflected aspects of the BDSM Lifestyle were so spot on that I couldn't help but nod, smile, or feel a thrum of satisfaction that they were there, explained with such grace, simplistic complication, and yet, blunt realism. Each character was awash in full 3-D development. And with each scene I felt as if I were standing there, a quiet, invisible observer. The only problem took place at the first half of the book and persisted throughout the book. There were so many various POVs that having one be in 1st person when the rest are in 3rd person, and then to only have that 1st person POV appear in less than 20 full chapters when the book is 80 chapters long, made each 1st person POV jarring when the rest of the book was seamless, with each new POV that appeared it was like being slapped as the reader tried to catch up with where the book was and who they were with. Other than that, the book was fantastic.
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Brick by Brick by Cate Ashwood & L.J. LaBarthe
Gay Contemporary Romance
Paperback: 200 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (June 29, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1634760964
ISBN-13: 978-1634760966
Amazon: Brick by Brick
Amazon Kindle: Brick by Brick

They say that time heals all wounds, but losing Parley, his one true love, left Zach with a hole in his heart that no one else can fill. After forty-eight blissful hours alone together as teens in an abandoned house, Parley disappeared. Parley is what he is, and the pray-away-the-gay camp his parents ship him to won’t change that. However, finding the balance between accepting his true nature and not losing his family means tough sacrifices.

Sixteen years later, Zach is thunderstruck when Parley stands on the front doorstep of his house―the house that had been their refuge, which Zach restored. But Parley isn’t alone, and Zach wonders if he’s found Parley only to lose him a second time. If they can overcome the terrors of the past and the situation of the present, maybe they can build a new relationship just as Zach rebuilt the house―brick by brick.

This story is like the most delicious dessert for the brain! How beautifully written it was and what a great romance between these two so likeable men! This is for sure a well deserved ten across the board. Nothing less will do for this beautiful story. It's such a delight when one comes across a story so well written, a story that wraps you up in the softest wool cotton keeping you warm way after 'The End'. More stories like this one need to come out. So, I suggest to these two wonderful Authors to Get Going! I Want More!!!
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Threads of the Heart by Jeannie Levig
Lesbian Contemporary General Fiction
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (July 14, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1626394105
ISBN-13: 978-1626394100
Amazon: Threads of the Heart
Amazon Kindle: Threads of the Heart

No one travels this life alone.

Maggie Rae-McInnis is happy in her twelve-year relationship with Addison and renting out the rooms in their large home in the Hollywood Hills. Her one nagging fear is that her partner is not as happy as she is—and she is right. Addison is a hot mess. Though she loves Maggie, she feels something is missing. When she meets Victoria Fontaine, a confident, sexy, and manipulative younger woman, she is swept into something new, exciting, and a little dangerous.

Tess Rossini and Dusty Gardner, the couple’s closest friends and long-term tenants, face their own fears as they navigate the uncharted waters of love, and Eve Jacobs, newest arrival, finds herself on a path of self-discovery.

The love and friendship these women share make up the threads that weave together to form the unbreakable bonds that last a lifetime.

-happy sigh- What a beautiful and moving story about five women learning invaluable lessons about love, self-awareness, cause and effect, consequences, betrayal, trust, truth, relationships, friendships, family... and life. I was nervous reading this. With the different POVs, I wasn't sure if maybe one character would be lost in the shuffle, their voice silenced in the cacophony of the others, but that did not happen. Each character was able to speak, to shine, to grow, form, be fleshed out, to endure hardship and then to find resolution to that hardship. Though it would seem as if there would be much confusion with five women speaking in one novel, all dealing with their own angst, all living together in one home (I shudder to think of it), the home they lived in was remarkably peaceful and was, in fact, the focal point. The touchstone for them all. The author did a remarkable job of making me feel as if I were an invisible, empathic observer in every scene. Not only seeing everything that took place, but experiencing every visceral emotion and reaction that each character had. I must admit that I wasn't surprised by some of the things that took place, but they worked well within the scope of the book. I WAS surprised that Dusty and Tess turned out to be my favorite couple, however. I couldn't wait for either of them to appear back on the pages. Rebecca, a secondary character, was even well fleshed out and a wonderfully rounded character. I found myself nodding at many of her wise insights. Finding out that this was the author's debut novel only served to further amaze me. I will definitely be looking forward to reading more by her, lesbian romance or not, and I hope there's another book about these five women or that each couple gets their own book. I want to read more about Dusty and Tess!
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24-Karat Conspiracy (Precious Gems #4)​ by EM Lynley
Gay Mystery / Thriller
Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (June 12, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1634760425
ISBN-13: 978-1634760423
Amazon: 24-Karat Conspiracy (Precious Gems #4)​
Amazon Kindle: 24-Karat Conspiracy (Precious Gems #4)​

Sequel to Jaded

Precious Gems: Book Four

Former Ranger turned FBI agent Reed Acton faces his biggest challenge yet: a Christmas visit from partner Trent Copeland’s parents. He’s less equipped to handle hugs and holidays than the Taliban or international art thieves. When he’s assigned to track down a set of gold Babylonian artifacts looted from the Iraqi National Museum after the fall of Baghdad, things start to look up.

This time, Trent’s part of the mission, which takes them to exotic Istanbul. The crowded streets and labyrinthine markets fascinate Trent, but soon murder is on their trail. The investigation continues as Reed goes undercover at a US Army base, with Trent masquerading as his spouse. Surprisingly, fastidious and ever-fashionable Trent fits into base life right away and soon takes one of the suspects’ wives under his wing when domestic abuse rears its head.

Their faux marriage leads Reed to appreciate Trent in ways he never expected, strengthening their bond―until Reed has to confront the worst demons from his past: his relationship with his estranged family.

Enjoyed this story, and couldn't put it down. I'd read book 1 a couple of years ago for Rainbow Awards so was great to catch up with Reed and Trent again, and see how far they'd come both in their relationship and as individuals. Easy writing style that sucked me into the storyline very quickly. Loved the descriptions of the settings - made it seem very real, and easy to imagine. 
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959 Brenton Street (Men of Falcon Pointe 1) by Thianna Durston
Paperback: 200 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (November 20, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1623807409
ISBN-13: 978-1623807405
Amazon: 959 Brenton Street (Men of Falcon Pointe 1)
Amazon Kindle: 959 Brenton Street (Men of Falcon Pointe 1)

Blurb: Trent Farnsworth moves to Falcon Pointe to get as far away from his controlling family and religion as he can. While his conservative upbringing makes it hard for Trent to admit he’s gay, he accidentally outs himself in front of his four new roommates. None of the men living at 959 Brenton Street are what the world would consider normal, but all four accept him for who he is. And when Trent falls for his much older landlord, Dr. Cory Venerin, he’s as surprised as anyone, but discovering Cory feels the same makes Trent realize he’s truly in the right place at the right time.

Until he tells his family he’s gay. His father uses any resource at his disposal to destroy him, including Trent’s love for Cory. As his father schemes to send Trent to a hospital whose sole purpose is to rip the gay out of him, Cory battles to save not only Trent—but also the possibility of a future together.

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Meet the author: Thianna likes to say she’s eclectic, fun, and just a bit naughty. She can also add, subtract, multiply, and divide in her head, but if people ask her to do it at parties, she isn’t impressed. While she would love to say there wasn’t a genre she had read that she didn’t enjoy, it would be a lie. For some reason, she keeps skipping to the ends of mystery books to find out who done it.

The creator and acquisition editor for the Corbin’s Bend Romance series, she wants to know: Who else wants to be safe, secure, and spanked in Colorado?

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Theory Unproven by Lillian Francis
Gay Contemporary Romance
Paperback: 396 pages
Publisher: Love Lane Books; First edition (July 22, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1515076873
ISBN-13: 978-1515076872
Amazon: Theory Unproven
Amazon Kindle: Theory Unproven

Working with elephants in their natural habitat has always been Eric Phillips dream. Getting what he’s always desired introduces him to Tyaan Bouwer, the bush pilot that flies in his supplies, and Eric discovers the allure of South Africa goes beyond the wildlife and the scenery. But in an area where bushveld prejudices and hatred bleed across the borders, realising their love will be a hard fought battle. Keeping hold of it might just kill them.

New to me author but I'll be reading more. I got sucked into this very quickly and spend several late nights reading as I couldn't put it down. Realistic characters, including side characters. Also loved the elephants - they were characters in their own right.  The settings were well drawn, and helped to bring the story to life, very easy to imagine.

Coming out can be very difficult for many in the LGBT.  So much is at risk, especially when you have lived your truth in private for so long, that it nearly kills you to face being out.  It was great to see Tyaan come to terms and give in to what he desperately needed in his relationship with Eric.  Great characters and setting.  
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Signs by Anna Martin
Gay Contemporary Romance
Paperback: 200 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (March 20, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1632168103
ISBN-13: 978-1632168108
Amazon: Signs
Amazon Kindle: Signs

After spending most of his life in special schools, Caleb Stone now faces public high school in his senior year, a prospect that both excites him and threatens to overwhelm his social anxiety. As a deaf teenager, he’s closed himself off to the world. He speaks a shorthand with his parents and even finds it hard to use American Sign Language with people in his local deaf community. But Caleb finds comfort in his love of photography. Everything he can’t express in real life, he posts on his Tumblr.

Struggling to reconcile his resentment for his father's cruelty with the grief of losing a parent, Luc Le Bautillier scrolls through Tumblr searching for someone who might understand his goth look and effeminate nature. When Luc reblogs a photo by Caleb, sparking a conversation, they both find it easier to make friends online than in person.

Luc and Caleb confront their fears about the opinions of the outside world to meet in New York City. Despite Caleb’s increasing confidence, his parents worry he’s not ready for the trials ahead. But communication comes in many forms—when you learn the signs.

Loved the story and its characters. I thought the characters were very realistic, and I got sucked into their story very quickly. New to me author but now I've read two I'll be definitely more.

This was a very nice story with a lot of interest in it, and I learned a lot. Two nice you g men trying to help each other as much as they could - a very equitable relationship. I didn't think the writing style translated into a good reading style at the beginning, but either I got used to it or it improved. I liked the way the author ex-plained how she had chosen to write the ASL.

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Les faits accomplis by Anna Martin
Gay Contemporary Romance
Paperback: 234 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (November 24, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 163216471X
ISBN-13: 978-1632164711
Amazon: Les faits accomplis
Amazon Kindle: Les faits accomplis

Adam Hemlock rules the elite New Harbor Academy. With his mother in Paris, he throws hedonistic, alcohol- and drug-fueled parties for his equally rich, desperately bored classmates. How’s a guy who lives life to the extreme to stay entertained? Take on a challenge, of course, and hope the exhilaration of the play-by-play fallout chases away the indifference. At the big pre-senior-year bash, Adam’s offered a dare—seduce the new kid. Adam initially laughs off the idea but changes his mind when he sees Jared.

Jared Rawell has spent the past two years at a Texas military school, where his father sent him to “pray away the gay.” He sees the academy in more liberal Washington as a chance to start over and achieve the grades he needs to get into an Ivy League school. When a beautiful but terrifying girl offers Jared a deal—don’t sleep with Adam Hemlock and she’ll help Jared get through senior year—he sees no reason to say no. But nothing is as simple as it seems.

With layers of hidden agendas, backstabbing, lying, cheating, drugs, and entitled teenage egos, Jared and Adam must navigate a high school minefield while waiting for the inevitable explosion.

I really enjoyed this story. While some of the characters weren't very likeable, they all grew over the course of the story. I enjoyed reading about the growing friendship and romance between the two main characters, but the rest of the cast were very three dimensional too. Easy to read writing style, and very descriptive. 
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Jade by Skylar Wood
Lesbian Erotic Romance
Publisher: Dark Hollows Press, LLC (October 6, 2014)
Amazon Kindle: Jade

Jade Tanner appears to have it all. To the world she is a self-made billionaire and business woman extraordinaire. However, it’s lonely sitting atop the corporate world, and more and more Jade can’t help but feel empty inside.

A secret sexual fantasy life begins as she starts chatting online with a beautiful young escort named Twylla Star. Becoming deeply immersed in this fantasy world, her desire to meet this woman soon becomes so overwhelming that Jade finds herself booking a date with her.

Meeting the delectable Twylla in Las Vegas, Jade is unprepared for the impact Twylla has on her the moment she holds the other woman in her arms. What started out as an unfettered sexual weekend with someone she’d never see again, suddenly turns into something more.

When lust turns to love, are they strong enough to let go of the past to build a future together? And what will happen when the real world comes crashing back in?

Very enjoyable book.


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