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The book was really short, maybe in a way even too short. The plot was nice and catching right from the beginning, high school student new in town from an loving and adjusted family meets the school paria, the anorexic, self-imposed mute kid who everyone avoids. Jayden is a romantic at heart, believing in true and forever love, but he is in a way more immature than Liam, above all from an emotional point of view: he doesn't understand that what he feels for Liam is love, and that is funny, cause his parents not only understand it, but are also so good people that aren't against those feelings. Liam too probably understand that he is in love, but he also understand his troubled past can harm Jayden.

As I said, I loved the plot, above all cause, while dramatic, I never felt as it was impossible for these boys to find happiness, probably thank to Jayden's parents who were really perfect. And maybe that was another common feeling throughtout all the book, everything moved really fast and sometime usually overwhelming obstacles were in this case almost null. Instead of a whole story it felt like an appetizer, and I strongly suggest to the author to cultivate these two boys, not only giving them more time together after these current events (college perhaps?) but also maybe revisiting this story and make it a little longer.

And, by the way, catching cover too.

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This is only a novella, and if I have to find a flaw, it felt a little rushed in the end, like the author was forced on a specific length. But aside from that, I really enjoyed it, above all for the realistic devolopment of Luke's approach to a relationship with a disabled boyfriend, Alex. At first Luke was pushed towards the relationship by his attraction, both physical than mental, for Alex: Alex is clever, cute, sexy, and the fact he is in a wheelchair doesn't seem a big issue. But when the relationship develops in something serious, Luke has to consider the logistic of living with a disabled man, what he will have and what he will give up; the fact the author didn't downplay this side of the story was the main point why I recommend this novella.

This is the second story I read by Eli Easton featuring a relationship with a disabled person, the other being the Mating of Michael, and in both stories I felt there was respect for the characters, not pity. It's likely the author is experienced with this situation or that she did a good job in her prep researches for the story.

Also, and this add to not pitying Alex, even the kink aspect of the sex life between Alex and Luke contributed in my liking the story and, yes, feeling like the author had respect for Alex, not pity.

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press; 1 edition (October 1, 2013)
Amazon Kindle: Puzzle Me This

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I think I remember the author posting about the search about the sex surrogate they were doing for this book, or maybe it was about a documentary on the Italian television about a Swiss clinic offering this type of service, in any case, at the time I thought it had to be difficult for the one providing the service to not become emotionally attached to their patients, and indeed, the character of Michael starts his path from the principle he is a very caring person, someone who feels obliged to take care not only with expert and trained hands, but also with an emotional push that, in certain case, can be dangerous cause it borders towards love.

I liked the decision of the author to not have James being one of Michael's patients. James is disabled, on a wheelchair after a bad case of polio when he was still a child, but he has found his own path in the world, albeith a lonely one. James is single, and gay, but he has never had a serious relationship in his life, to the level he is a virgin to sex, if not to feelings. When Michael expresses his interest in James, James is not able to understand how a good looking boy like Michael can be interested in an average man like James. Probably Michael's work allows him to see beyond James's disability, not denying the fact that, in ordinary circumstances, another guy would have taken into consideration the trouble of being in a relationship with James, but to Michael makes no difference. Never once he weighted the odds with the goods, for Michael it was always plain good.

Despite the matter, this novel was always more romance than drama, it was sweet, sexy and very romantic, a joy to read.

Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (June 30, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1632160153
ISBN-13: 978-1632160157
Amazon: The Mating of Michael (Sex in Seattle Book 3)
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I loved Kevin and Cedric's story probably for the same reason someone didn't: it was over the top, it wasn't everyday ordinary life and it was very much like a Cinderfella fairy tale. I haven't read all the books by this author, actually I think I read only one, her first novel, and this one, but both stories dealt with the high life not many of us have the chance to experiment.

True, in Disasterology 101 Kevin is a construction worker, divorced and with three kids, struggling to reach end of the month with only his salary, but on the other end Cedric is so rich one can only start to imagine it. To compensate his lack of money, and to not make the relationship unbalanced, Kevin is indeed the perfect man, attentive, caring, loving, exactly the one who will be able to understand Cedric's needs.

Cedric has a badly case of OCD, and he will never be 100% well, but with the right man beside him, he can have some sort of stability and Kevin is the one who can give him that. Always talking of balancing the characters, I liked that the author didn't make a whimpering queen out of Cedric; it would be easy, giving his psicological weakness, to translate it in physical weakness as well, to have him someone who needed also the body strenght of Kevin other than his psicological support. But Cedric is a strong man, if not for his OCD, he would be probably the one in charge in the relationship, and with his extreme wealth, that wasn't a good recipe for happiness with Kevin. Like this, Kevin and Cedric match, Kevin's stability helps Cedric's OCD, Cedric's strenght, and yes, domineering attitude in bed, matches Kevin's inexperience in gay relationship.

I was also quite invested in supporting characters, would love to read a story about Evan.

Paperback: 398 pages
Publisher: MLR Press (July 17, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1608208818
ISBN-13: 978-1608208814
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This was quick and nice, actually I think I missed the book where Braxton was introduced, but I managed nevertheless to "know" his character: truth be told, I think he wasn't really a positive one before, sure he loves his brothers, but he has a lot of improve in the trusting field; Braxton is "defective" and in a shapeshifters world where defective means death, he thinks he will never be part of a pack. But then he meets Wright, a wolf shifter on the run, and Wright doesn't care about Braxton's defects, cause to the eyes of a mate he is perfect. Through Wright's eyes, Braxton sees himself and their world in a different way and will be finally able to accept himself: that is, it wasn't their world not accepting him, it was the same Braxton who hated who he was.

As I said, quick but nice, the sex wasn't really the main theme of this one, I felt like Braxton and Wright were "young", maybe not of age, but for sure to an emotional development level. They are just learning how to love, and through it, how to grow in better men.

Publisher: eXtasy Books (January 1, 2013)
Amazon Kindle: Braxton's Salvation (Wayne County Wolves 4)

Series: Wayne County Wolves
1) Ervin's Dilemma
2) Run, Alger, Run
3) The Odds Maker
4) Braxton's Salvation

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I was puzzled by this book, reading the blurb I had the wrond impression this was a paranormal story, but indeed the paranormal elements are so feeble, that, in a way, even if they weren't there the story was working good as well. Considering this is book 1 of a series of 3, all with the same release date, is it possible those elements will acquire importance in a later book, maybe.

Anyway, the relationship between Jon, a former US marshall with PTS disorder, and Ellis, a kind man who is devoting his life to taking care of his mentally disabled brother, was not easy, but masterfully managed. I think the author didn't underestimate the issue, Ellis's brother, Rudy, felt realistic, a 5 years child in the body of a 42 years old man. The love story between Jon and Ellis, while sudden, wasn't easy; sure they fell in few days, and maybe the reason why they fell is more dependency than love, but nevertheless, it was strong. Strange enough, it's not Ellis who needs Jon, but viceversa: Jon needs a reason to live, and Ellis and Rudy represent it.

I'm true, this lately I cannot read three books of the same author one after the other, but well, if there is an author who enticed me in doing so, it's Adrienne Wilder with this series.

Publisher: Adrienne Wilder (March 25, 2014)
Amazon Kindle: My Brother's Keeper (Book One): The First Three Rules

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It's always interesting to see how an author deals with a love story involving a character with disability, you can belittle it or overdo. In this case I think the author found the right balance, for most of the novel, she highlighted the obvious fact that Isaac was blind, but that wasn't the reason why Carter fell for him, and at the same time it wasn't neither a reason for Carter to double think his feelings. Actually the only time it felt a little awkward, like the author highlighted in bright yellow a sentence, was when Mark, Carter's best friend, was involved, but in a way I think the author did it to prove that others could feel discomfort, but not Carter.

The love story is really sweet, for half the novel they barely kiss, and that was right considering Carter is claiming to be old fashioned, and for his sex involves commitment, and Isaac is almost a virgin, his only previous experience being with a schoolmate. I had the feeling the author wanted to highlight how the love story was ordinary, almost "average", but not in a negative way, on the contrary, to prove that nothing changes even if Isaac is a blind man. Sure, Carter has to be more careful, but Isaac is not fragile, he has temper, and his moods are actually, part of the trouble Carter is facing when deepening their knowledge.

The cast of supporting characters are good, but of course the more important one is Isaac's dog, Brady. Not to idolize him, or his breed, but he comes out like a well-tempered, good to the bones dog, probably the best match for someone like Isaac. Brady is a silent and unobtrusive pet, but he is the glue between Isaac and Carter.

Amazon: Blind Faith: Blind Faith 1 (Volume 1)
Amazon Kindle: Blind Faith: Blind Faith 1 (Volume 1)
Series: Blind Faith
Paperback: 216 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 2 edition (April 14, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1484119002
ISBN-13: 978-1484119006

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When you read a romance you have this expectation the main characters will be perfect; if they are ex-con , they were wrongly accused, framed by some villain. In this novel the author decided to be true to their characters, and Logan, out on parole and recovering alcoholic, is indeed guilty of the crime for which he ended in prison, and still on the path to be completely free of his addiction.

For reasons that have nothing to do with his skills but more with his good looks, he is picked as delivery guy for Caleb, his boss’s housebound agoraphobic nephew. Logan’s boss think that, if the picked guy to care for his nephew is hot enough to be the boy’s type, it will be a stimulus for him to go out. He doesn’t understand that Caleb’s problem is deeper than that, and by the way, he doesn’t know that Logan is gay and that also Caleb is Logan’s type.

As soon as the two meet, they bond over their respective, if different, disability: they both want to try help the other overcome them, and helping each other they will build something together. There is no surprising revelation that will “free” them from their past, there is instead the understanding that, only accepting that past, they can be able to build a future together.

Maybe since Logan is as troubled as him, with him Caleb is able to open himself, and doing so, to have a support to face his fears. On the other hand, Logan doesn’t consider Caleb’s disability so bad to level him to his own situation, Logan sees Caleb as something precious, too good to dirty him with his past; but Logan also realizes that he is doing good to Caleb, that for whatever reason he doesn’t understand, Caleb wants him in his life and not someone else.

With a supporting cast of characters one better than the other, in which I include the huge tabby orange cut Tiny (that of course is not tiny at all), When One Door Opens is a well-done contemporary romance with unlikely romance heroes that in the end are better than the by-the-romance-rules ones.

Amazon: When One Door Opens
Amazon Kindle: When One Door Opens
Paperback: 210 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (December 28, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1623802520
ISBN-13: 978-1623802523

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I shouldn’t have been surprised, but well, I was: Afflicted is one of the most romantic novels of this year, meanwhile maintaining the slightly ironic and dry style that I had the chance to experience with this author in the past. A classic hustler themed novel, with the addition of the disability, both of them theme that could have made this a sugary story, and instead are dealt in a way that clicked them perfectly in balance.

Hunter is a blind; not particularly wealthy, he has his own business that allows him to comfortably live, but nevertheless he sometime feels alone; a chance encounter with an escort leads to a night of paid sex, but well, it was good and Hunter enjoyed it, pity he has not enough money for a repeat.

Dillon has long stopped to work the street, and he is actually well-off enough to stop even the escort services, but when he meets Hunter, it’s like an epiphany; Dillon’s best friend, and probably first love interest, was his blind cousin, and Dillon has never forget him. In a time in his life when he feels the need for a change, looking at the past makes some things more beautiful and nostalgic than expected. Hunter brings back good memories and Dillon wants to relive them.

Another unexpected side of the novel was the good sex, so much that this is probably more an erotic romance than a contemporary romance; Hunter and Dillon enjoy sex, Hunter almost considers it a way to feel Dillon even more, and having sex with Hunter is for Dillon a way to feel something at all, sex for him wasn’t pleasure for a long time. As expected, removing the sight from the equation, Hunter gives a lot of importance to the other senses, and I liked that Hunter is frank and open, the fact that Dillon has an hot body is important, cause Hunter feels him with his hands, enjoys Dillon’s body with all his body.

Afflicted is first in a series regarding Dillon and Hunter, so I’m still not sure of what the final ending the whole plot will have, but for now, Dillon and Hunter are leading towards a quite traditional happily ever after, and that was good, I enjoyed a lot the combination of erotic plot with romantic (happily for now) ending.

Amazon: Afflicted (Volume 1)
Amazon Kindle: Afflicted (Volume 1)
Paperback: 214 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 28, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1480289817
ISBN-13: 978-1480289819

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Again, I didn’t behave… I read a book in a series without respecting the order! Now, aside from my misbehaving, this is a good way to understand if the book can be a standalone, and this one passed the test. Sure, you will probably be intrigued by El and Paul good enough to go back and read their story, and probably there is one about Jase too, but that is an added bonus not a demerit point. Denver and Adam’s story is all here, nice and sexy as you like.

And yes, there is a LOT of sex here, but the kind that is good and healthy, sexy and yes, even funny sometime. Derek and Adam got hooked up in a Laundromat, for what both think to be no strings attached sex, but their minds (and hearts) have other plans than their bodies. Or maybe they are perfectly in line and since the sex is so good, the bodies sent the message to the hearts to not let this good chance to happiness to go away. It starts as physical but it soon turns into emotional, and emotion that is in both men. Denver can have this aura of macho man, but he is actually someone who is missing not having a family, and not that almost all his friends are paired, and happy, Denver wants a piece of that happiness also for himself. And then there is Adam, whose OCD makes almost impossible for him to have an ordinary life, and then suddenly Denver is there, and instead of kicking him out, his OCD seems to talk with him. Denver doesn’t know that he is taking all the right move, instead of trying to make Adam forget his obsessions, he tries to go around them, find a solution to live with them. Not denying the OCD, Denver is accepting Adam, something that few did in the past.

I like that nor Denver or Adam are these hot as hell guys everyone is drooling for. Sure Denver has got a good body, and he is strong, but Adam is the first one to say he is not exactly handsome; and Denver can call Adam a twink, but Adam is actually 26 years old, a grad student, and more on the geek side than the twink one. Both of them are not perfect, in many way other than looks, but they are perfect together.

Good, kinky, light story, to sit down, enjoy and relax.

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Amazon: Dirty Laundry: A Tucker Springs Novel
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Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: Riptide Publishing; First edition (January 20, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1937551792
ISBN-13: 978-1937551797

Series: Tucker Springs
1) Where Nerves End by L.A. Witt
2) Second Hand by Marie Sexton & Heidi Cullinan
3) Dirty Laundry by Heidi Cullinan



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When I read the blurb of this book I had to buy it: young devilish rock star in love? shy computer geek who is mesmerized by the lure of the show business? hot sex from night one? yes, it seemed another of that "show business" novel I like so much, full of scandal and spoiled naughty young artist in love... and I was wrong! No, not since I didn't like it, I'm up at 2 at night since I can't give up the book till I reached the last page... I was wrong since this is not a glittering love story for paparazzi.

Right, Jordan is a bit of a geek, he is a 28 years old software gay engineering and his target in life is to build a comfy nest for another lovebird... there is the little problem that Jordan's expectation in a partner are quite high and till now no one has measured up to them. But Jordan is willing to wait, he is in no hurry. Have you started to realize that Jordan is not an easily impressionable man? And so he is less than happy when his sister forces him to be her chaperon on the hottest rock concert of the season, a live performance of Tyler Curtis; from what Jordan knows, Tyler is a spoiled badmouthed rock star with a rotten attitude and the habit to sleep with a different groupie every night.

On the scene Tyler is good, but all the circus around him is so tiring that on the following party, Jordan is only searching a way to escape. And far from the crowd he meets Tyler... actually no, he meets Alec, the real "Curtis". Alec is a barely 20 years old man with the behavior of a teen and the innocence of a baby. Due to an health problem, Alec was abandoned by his mother and sheltered by his father; when the father suddenly passed away, Alec felt almost captive of a selfish manager who treats him like a puppet. The real talented Alec was hidden to allow the birth of Tyler, a man Alec himself despise.

Alec is all Jordan's dreamed off: sincere and trustful, naivee till embarrassment, all blushing and sweetness... he is so innocent that "virgin" is not quite enough to describe him. Suddenly Jordan is fiercely protective for the man who seems to be the lovebird missing to his nest. The author manages to turn the tables in all I was expecting: it's not Jordan who is swept away in a world that he didn't know and let him helpless, it's Alec who is the "damsel in distress"; it's not an erotic and naught love story, on the contrary, the sex is almost chaste and always behind closed doors if not for only once time; it's not a funny romp, sometime it's almost a drama.

I was well aware in some part of the story that the author was pushing on the moving button, while reading some scene, I was really thinking, here he is, now he pushes the right button and he is sure to have the reader in tears... and I was in tears! I couldn't help myself. All right, it was only a moment, and after all the story is more sweet and tender than dramatic, but nevertheless I poured one tear or two.

So if you want to read a very unusual gay romance, with a very fresh and young style, The Curtis Reincarnation by Zathyn Priest is on my recommendation list; I don't know how old Zathyn Priest is, but I would bet that he is young, since his novel has a very young feeling.

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Amazon: The Curtis Reincarnation
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Paperback: 300 pages
Publisher: MLR Press (February 16, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 160820779X
ISBN-13: 978-1608207794

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When I read the blurb of this book I had to buy it: young devilish rock star in love? shy computer geek who is mesmerized by the lure of the show business? hot sex from night one? yes, it seemed another of that "show business" novel I like so much, full of scandal and spoiled naughty young artist in love... and I was wrong! No, not since I didn't like it, I'm up at 2 at night since I can't give up the book till I reached the last page... I was wrong since this is not a glittering love story for paparazzi.

Right, Jordan is a bit of a geek, he is a 28 years old software gay engineering and his target in life is to build a comfy nest for another lovebird... there is the little problem that Jordan's expectation in a partner are quite high and till now no one has measured up to them. But Jordan is willing to wait, he is in no hurry. Have you started to realize that Jordan is not an easily impressionable man? And so he is less than happy when his sister forces him to be her chaperon on the hottest rock concert of the season, a live performance of Tyler Curtis; from what Jordan knows, Tyler is a spoiled badmouthed rock star with a rotten attitude and the habit to sleep with a different groupie every night.

On the scene Tyler is good, but all the circus around him is so tiring that on the following party, Jordan is only searching a way to escape. And far from the crowd he meets Tyler... actually no, he meets Alec, the real "Curtis". Alec is a barely 20 years old man with the behavior of a teen and the innocence of a baby. Due to an health problem, Alec was abandoned by his mother and sheltered by his father; when the father suddenly passed away, Alec felt almost captive of a selfish manager who treats him like a puppet. The real talented Alec was hidden to allow the birth of Tyler, a man Alec himself despise.

Alec is all Jordan's dreamed off: sincere and trustful, naivee till embarrassment, all blushing and sweetness... he is so innocent that "virgin" is not quite enough to describe him. Suddenly Jordan is fiercely protective for the man who seems to be the lovebird missing to his nest. The author manages to turn the tables in all I was expecting: it's not Jordan who is swept away in a world that he didn't know and let him helpless, it's Alec who is the "damsel in distress"; it's not an erotic and naught love story, on the contrary, the sex is almost chaste and always behind closed doors if not for only once time; it's not a funny romp, sometime it's almost a drama.

I was well aware in some part of the story that the author was pushing on the moving button, while reading some scene, I was really thinking, here he is, now he pushes the right button and he is sure to have the reader in tears... and I was in tears! I couldn't help myself. All right, it was only a moment, and after all the story is more sweet and tender than dramatic, but nevertheless I poured one tear or two.

So if you want to read a very unusual gay romance, with a very fresh and young style, The Curtis Reincarnation by Zathyn Priest is on my recommendation list; I don't know how old Zathyn Priest is, but I would bet that he is young, since his novel has a very young feeling.

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Amazon: The Curtis Reincarnation
Amazon Kindle: The Curtis Reincarnation
Paperback: 300 pages
Publisher: MLR Press (February 16, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 160820779X
ISBN-13: 978-1608207794

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I was very pleasantly surprised by this book; while I enjoy Torquere Press’s production, I’m used to consider it an Erotic Romance publisher and consequently I’m expecting all the novel to be more about the sex (not that this is bad, on the contrary). The Sound of Your Voice is a romance, no doubt about that, but it’s leaning more on the Contemporary General Fiction than the Erotic Romance, and there are various reasons to lead me to this idea.

First of all the period: it’s set during the ‘90s, when the LGBT community is more heavily impacted by the AIDS plague, and the young gay men are starting to realize they need to fight back since no one will fight for them. John is one of those men, always ready to go to a meeting against, pro, it really doesn’t matter, the important thing is that John is proving who he is… also since he didn’t have the chance to do that inside his family. I had the feeling that John is searching in the community the sense of being part of something he has lost in his own family.

Through a community service, he meets Steve, a deaf man who graduated at the University where John and Steve’s mother are volunteering. Steve is even more committed to being a useful social being that John, but Steve is devoting his fighting to the deaf community; being gay is maybe another obstacle for Steve, but truth be told he feels more ostracized for being deaf than being gay. And so the struggling Steve and John will face to build their relationship is not in them being gays, but for being different, Steve is deaf and John is not.

If I have to be sincere, I didn’t like so much John, and maybe he saved his character for me in the end, but it was a last call. I had the feeling that John is a little bit self-centered, and even a little spoiled brat. From big to little signs during all the novel, I really wanted for him to receive a close call to wake him up to reality: when he kicked a puppy who hadn’t done anything to him if not showing love, I really wanted to be there and kick him instead. Now if you know me, you will understand that I’m making a compliment to the author, since I prefer my characters to not being ordinary, and if they make me feel real emotions, good or bad, it means they are good.

I highly recommend this novel both for being a very good example of romance dealing with disability, and also for the reason that, despite the important matter, the story itself is managed with a light hand that makes the novel developing smoothly.

Amazon Kindle: The Sound of Your Voice
Publisher: Torquere Press (March 4, 2011)

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I have to say I’m a little envious of Ryan Loveless because if I have ever to write a novel (and no, I’m not saying I will), it would have been similar to this one. My plot bunny is about a love story involving a character with a brain injury, which basically altered his perception of reality.

But Ryan Loveless goes beyond that and this is a really sensitive matter to deal with, because both character are living with a disability, the other main character has the Tourette’s Syndrome, that, if you want to simplify it (how can you? Really you should read the book to better understand) causes Carter to have an endless succession of tics.

Living in a big city, with few friends and a lot of insensitive people, forced Carter to run away; he moves to a little California coastal town, Santa Josephina, and he immediately makes friends with his neighborhoods, a former hippy couple with two sons, teenager Elliot and Ethan, 27 years old but with a brain injury that basically turned him back to a preadolescent child. It’s important to highlight the origins of Ethan’s family to understand their attitude with their son: Ethan’s parents are not having him living in a crystal ball, Ethan has the working brain of a child but he has the body of a man, and the desires of a man, and so basically, they taught him to be careful, but they are not forbidding him to have a sexual life. Ethan has no barriers, and he doesn’t understand the concept of modesty. In a very nice paragraph, the author explains how probably Ethan sees his penis, and his sexuality, as the only thing that didn’t escape him, it’s basic, it’s simple, it’s instinct and it’s something that the new Ethan can have and understand, on some level. All the other things are complicated, but love and sex is not, to his eyes.

So Carter, while at the very first has some remorse to have a sexual relationship with Ethan, once he has the go on from Ethan’s parents, has to deal only with his own reticence towards relationships in general. Carter’s disability made him shy and scared of people, it’s not easy for him to trust, and in a way, he loves Ethan since he knows that Ethan is not able to be fake. There is no chance that Ethan will ever lie to him, as there is no chance that he will hide something. True, like Carter’s friend John, someone could question is Carter is having a relationship with Ethan since he doesn’t believe possible to have the same with someone who has not a disability, but I don’t think that is the case. There is no pity between them, maybe more a common background that makes them more sensitive to each other tunes.

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Amazon: Ethan, Who Loved Carter
Amazon Kindle: Ethan, Who Loved Carter
Paperback: 210 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (September 17, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1613727348
ISBN-13: 978-1613727348



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A quite “classical” paranormal romance, even if this is book 7 in a series, I decided to read this one since I was fascinated by the character of Dagus, an African-American blind man who is the mate of Brad, a polar bear shifter.

There were many of the themes I usually like, multicultural pair, a main character dealing with disability, a big and strong man but with a caring attitude (and almost housekeeping tendencies, he likes to cook and to take care of Dagus in a “motherly” way). I think the author wanted to move some of the cute characteristic we usually link to a teddy bear to the “human” version of the same, Brad. Even if strong and bigger than Dagus, Brad is not an alpha, he is more an enforcer, someone who can for sure take care of his mate, but who doesn’t really have the strike to be an Alpha pack leader.

Dagus on the other side has a strong willing, but it’s clear that his disability is limiting him. The author doesn’t underestimate these issues, and even if it felt a little forced that Brad is browsing the net to search advice on how to go out on a date with a blind man (I’m not really sure what type of help you can find like that), I appreciated that Dagus’s blindness was not yet another label to make up Dagus’s character, and instead it influenced him and his actions.

This is not a long novel, and it has a medium-high level of erotic scenes, but I have to pay my homage to the author since I quite enjoyed the sex scenes, they read nice and good.

For sure reading book 7 not having read all previous ones is a little difficult, there are a lot of supporting characters and their background is only slightly hinted, but truth be told it was not really a problem, if you want, you can go back and read about them, but Brad and Dagus’s story, even if not long, is nicely wrapped up and complete in its own.

http://www.extasybooks.com/through-daguss-eyes-5/

Amazon Kindle: Through Dagus's Eyes (Wolves of Stone Ridge)
Publisher: eXtasy Books (March 1, 2012)

Series: Wolves of Stone Ridge
1) Werewolf at the Zoo
2) Alpha's Prerogative
3) Accepting His Animal
4) Accepting His Human
5) Finding Balance
6) Goading the Enforcer
7) Through Dagus's Eyesy Charlie Richards

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This is the second chapter in the very common life of Colin and Martin, two ordinary gay men living in northern UK. I remember their story was very, very romantic, about a blind gay man, Martin, who was setting out to spend yet one another Christmas alone with his guide dog and that fell in love just days before Christmas with the delivery guy, Colin.

Nor Colin or Martin are “special” men, and aside for Martin having a disability, they are pretty much not “hero” material… what is heroic in being a delivery guy? But nevertheless the story was romantic, the love between Colin and Martin sweet, and Colin, despite his boring job, was a wonderful romance hero, sweeping Martin away in a brisky December night and giving him the most perfect date of his life.

Now 5 year later Colin and Martin are living together, but they reached almost a breaking point: Colin inadvertently caused the death of Martin’s dog, and Martin is not able to forgive him. That is what made so special to me this novella; sorry if I’m rude, but when there is a character with disability in a romance novel, they are almost always saints… they are never wrong, they are always so polite that sometime I’d like to knock them off to see if I would have a reaction. I loved that Martin was not perfect, I loved that he was angry, and bitter towards Colin, even if, truth be told, Colin didn’t deserve it. Why I loved it? Since they were realistic. Can you imagine Martin’s feeling of loss when he is deprived of his guide dog? True, Colin is there, loving him, but to Martin is like someone was emasculating him.

Don’t worry though, this is a seasonal romance, a Christmas tale, and as such, our common heroes will find a way towards happiness.

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As the title suggests, Eric Arvin takes a spin on A Midsummer Night’s Dream and weaves a contemporary tale with a fantasy flavour. I say flavour since, after all, nothing that will happen in this novel is magical, if not the magic of love.

Doug is friend of Jerry and Jerry is friend of Tony and so Doug is friend of Tony too; they all met at Verona College (a place that often appears in Eric Arvin’s novels) and their friendship survives still now, when they are at the verge of thirty. Actually Doug and Jerry had something more than friendship happening between them, but Doug was, and still is, a flirt, and he doesn’t notice that Jerry is nursing a deeper feeling for him. Sometime Doug let it out that in 10 years or so maybe he will be ready to settle down with only one man and that, if he meets the right man, Mr Right will be willing to wait for him. I think Jerry applied for the role, and is now in the waiting phase, even if Doug didn’t notice.

Tony noticed though, but he has his own trouble to deal with and so is not really able, or willing, to help Jerry. On the contrary he would like for his friends to let him alone, but they don’t listen: they practically kidnap Tony to bring him with them on an isolated B&B in a beach village when outside is still too cold for the summer season. They will have a manor house all for them and the nice surprise will be the wonderful garden outside the house and the even more wonderful gardener. Where Doug is all looks and friendly attitude, and Jerry a plain joe type with a nice heart, Tony is bitter and aloof but he is the one to catch the eyes of the handsome Sal, the master of the gardener.

No one of the three men will find in Beechwood and in its enchanting gardens what they were looking for, but in the end all of them will go away with what they really needed.

The feel of the novel is of fresh air and blossoming season, i.e. a moment in time when everything could happen. Even the sex is a little absurd, very much like in a comedy of errors, when people fall in bed with the wrong partner to then wake up searching for the one they really want. But even if sex happens, and often, it’s not explicit, on the contrary is almost fake, and the author describes it in detail only when it’s happening between the wrong ones, and instead, when the sex is between the soul mates, then it happens behind closed courtains.

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Amazon Kindle: Another Enchanted April
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (January 12, 2011)

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It was a long run reading this novel, but one that I strongly recommend everyone to take. And with everyone I don’t mean only the fans of Gay Romance, but also the history lovers, and those who are, like me, fascinated by vintage “threads”.

At almost 600 pages length, it tells the story of 4 brothers, from the end of the XIX century to the beginning of the XX century. There is a narrative voice, a fictional character who stumbles into the hand-written 8 journals of a former cowboy, Nick. Reading the journals the voice learns how Nick “fell in love with a cripple and lived happily ever after”; the nice coincidence is that the voice was used to live in the same town where most of the events happened and he didn’t know that most of the town landmarks’ name derived by the 4 brothers. Calvin, Calhoun, Caleb and Caliban owned an equal share of a ranch in Montana; in years the equal balance shifted, above all for the greediness of Calvin and the foul mood of Calhoun; among the brothers, the ones who were able to maintain a good relationship almost until the end were Caleb and Caliban, mostly since Caliban was a nice and friendly man who was unable to believe any of his brothers could really do bad.

Caliban is the “cripple”; handsome and educated (as often happened at that time when you were no able to do manual work), he was the town teacher. Since he was part of the most prominent family of the village, Caliban was able to openly live with Nick without anyone questioning it. Of course they were no “open” about their relationship, Nick and Caliban were apparently best friends, and Nick was living with Caliban to help him due to his disability. For all his life Caliban was homosexual but he had never lived outside his home as an homosexual; when he started his relationship with Nick, he was so clueless about the possibility someone else could share his feelings, that Nick had to practically have him naked before he clued into the fact Nick was homosexual too. But once started, and once they were living together, they were everything for each other until death brought them apart. As much as Caliban and Nick were discreet outside their home, they were exactly the opposite inside, and everyone entering that house, and having the chance to spend a day with them, understood immediately their living arrangement.

I like the approach the author had, a mix of historic record and romance novel; for this reason there is part of the novel that is more “detached”, like list of dates of birth, death, marriage, and part that is instead more personal, the love story between Nick and Caliban. I like to think the narrative voice is real, and that for this reason, when the story is more detached is due to the fact the voice is simply listing the info he found in some public source, and instead when it gets personal is since we are reading the novelization of Nick’s journals.

The love story was wonderful, passionate and long, but I have one little complaint: considering Caliban’s disability, and the ordinary lifespan of the time, him living until almost 60 years old was a great achievement, and again, considering he met Nick when they were barely 20, it means they had almost 40 years to live together and happily (remember Nick’s word, “I fell in love with a cripple and lived happily ever after”), but at the end of the novel, the author let the reader knowing Nick died 32 years after Caliban, at the old age of 86… how was his life after Caliban’s death? How was he able to survive so long without his companion life and without any family he could call that? My heart is still grieving for him, even if I’m happy Caliban and him could have such a beautiful love story.

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Paperback: 580 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace (February 20, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1456395289
ISBN-13: 978-1456395285

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Maverick’s Mate (Brac Pack 1) by Lynn Hagen

I decided to start this series from the first book even if the author has already published more than 10 books in the same series. And I’m glad I did that since I was able to understand the settings Lynn Hagen has outlined, more or less a pack of shapeshifter timber wolf made of 1 Alpha, 1 Beta, 1 Commander and 12 warriors, 15 men in total, and I think the author is heading out to write a story for each of them.

The first book is pretty classic, big Alpha man who is waiting for his mate and once he finds him, he doesn’t let it pass one minute to claim him. True, I was a little bit taken aback from the fact that Maverick claims Cecil while the other man is sleeping, hypnotizing him and basically, according to me, not giving him much choice. Again, true to the author, Maverick said it’s only sex, the true mating will happen later, and if Cecil doesn’t agree, nothing is definitive, but still, while the other man is sleeping?

In the end Cecil will come out like a funny and overactive young man (20 years old) and so maybe Maverick “wall” attitude (nothing seems to move him) will be a good balance to the other man; of course, like the more classic Alpha/omega relationship, nothing can touch Maverick if not his little mate, and he will do everything, even killing if necessary, to protect the other man. This is another point that probably is worthy highlighting: there is violence in this novel, but it’s in the background. Maverick and his men have to do bad things, but that doesn’t touch their little men (we will find later in the series that the timber wolf, big wolf in animal form, big man in human form, tend to mate with diminutive human male).

The sex tends to be light more than erotic, the author doesn’t put weight in any of the “differences” between Maverick and Cecil (Maverick is a shapeshifter timber wolf, he is way stronger and bigger than Cecil, and so on) and prefers to have good, but quite ordinary sex scenes between them. Probably the main point of them is for Cecil to be a little (only a little) “easy”, sex for him is like yet another game, something he likes much doing. Again, after the first sex scene, with Cecil sleeping, he becomes the one in “control”: he is the initiator, the one who wraps his big man around his little finger.

All in all, this first story was good, some really minor editing issues (like when Maverick is complaining he doesn’t know his mate name, and then suddenly he comes out with a thought “He would send him to befriend his mate and have the two become friends. Next, the Sentry will invite Cecil over”, and “my” thought was, well, they have just had sex in Cecil’s home, maybe he read the name on the postbox… but right on the next page, Maverick thinks “What was his mate’s name? Maverick was dying to find out.”) that sincerely I wouldn’t have noticed if the author didn’t use that as an element of the story (Cecil’s name).

http://www.bookstrand.com/mavericks-mate

Amazon Kindle: Maverick's Mate [Brac Pack 1]
Publisher: Siren Publishing (March 29, 2011)

Hawk’s Pretty Baby (Brac Pack 2) by Lynn Hagen

Lynn Hagen managed something that very few authors did in these past years, to convince me to read second book in a series as soon as I finished the first one. How did she manage to? Simply she introduced the character of Johnny in book 1 and I was fascinated by him, so much that I had the temptation to drop book 1 and go directly to read book 2.

I was always interested in reading a love story between a very protective man and someone who has a different perception of the reality… yes, this is a way to describe a simpleton, someone who is not totally retarded, but that is not even completely aware of everything around him. Sincerely I don’t like the word “retarded”, since it’s not like I see this character, it’s more something related to the perception of reality. Johnny knows what is good and what is bad, he knows the right and wrong (usually that is the way to understand if a man is emancipated), but he is bereaved of any protective layer, of that hardness deriving from experience. Johnny is completely exposed to the big bad world, and like that, I think it’s plenty right that his perfect match is a uber-protective man, someone who wants to shield Johnny from most of the ugly things of life, not since Johnny doesn’t have to know they exist, but since Johnny would not be able to react and protect himself.

Aside from this, second book in the series is pretty much similar to book 1. Actually, since I was more involved in the story, I didn’t notice any major editing issue this time, maybe they were not there, or maybe they were not so noticeable.

Sex was again good but light, and in a way, it was even more right to Johnny’s character: how he doesn’t have protective layers, he also doesn’t have inhibitions; for Johnny sex is something good, normal and joyful. Sex is again like a game, but it’s also something Johnny can do without being worried if he is doing it right or wrong. Sex for Johnny is freedom, and a playing field where he is at the same level of Hawk, of course being again the little omega man who is wrapping his big Alpha man around his pinkie finger.

http://www.bookstrand.com/hawks-pretty-baby

Amazon Kindle: Hawk's Pretty Baby [Brac Pack 2]
Publisher: Siren Publishing (April 5, 2011)

Amazon: Brac Pack, Volume 1
Paperback: 180 pages
Publisher: Siren Publishing, Inc. (June 28, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1610344936
ISBN-13: 978-1610344937

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All right, I'm sincere, I don't know if I personally like how the series evolved in the last chapter. Please take a good look to that "personally" word, this is an opinion of mine, and it's totally based on my personal taste, it's not a judgment on the value of the writer or the story.

The two cops in this series, Gary and Dan, both evolves in reverse flow. Gary starts like a very troubled man, who is not sure of his sexuality or his life at all. He was a molested child, he denied his homosexuality for a long time, and when he finally admitted his love interested to Dan, he found out that he probably was bisexual, not homosexual. At first both Gary than Dan probably thought that it was a remainder of that denial period, or maybe an hint that Gary was not ready or willing to seriously commit to only one person... but more the time passes, and more Gary realizes that he is not complete with both Dan than Kim by his side. If he is forced to choose, his love for Dan is stronger, and in book 3 he tried to commit to that love only, giving up his relationship with Kim.

On the other side Dan started like a very strong and self-conscious man. He was gay and proud, he was a cop by the book, he knew what it was right and wrong. He was the steady man that Gary needed to heal and flourish... or not? Being Dan so "straight" (no pun inteded), so convinced of his own idea, makes him quite inflexible. To live with Gary you have to comprimise. In the last three book Dan went through all the rollercoast that is a relationship, the happiness, the sadness, the denial of love and the realization that you can't live without. Now it's time for Dan to decide if he is willing to accept Gary as a faulty man, or if he wants to be alone with the icon of a dream man that is not real.

So, this is a menages... no way to avoid the definition. At least the author wrote it as I like it, with the male/male pair stronger, but nevertheless it's a menages. Kim is also a nice character, and in a way, the fact that she really is in love with only one of the two men, Gary, make all the story more real... Kim is in love with Gary, there is no competition inside her, like Dan is in love only with Gary. There is no relationship between Kim and Dan is not friendship... giving that, it's still a menages? Nice point of discussion.

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Series: Moment of Truth
1) To Serve and Protect: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/560100.html
2) Choosing the Light: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/675731.html
3) Missing the Ocean: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/709828.html
4) Learning to Love

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With the third chapter in the Moment of Truth series, the author almost made me think that I didn't understand anything of the story... the second book ended with Gary who confessed a betrayal to Dan, he said that there were someone else. Dan stomped out of their home to drawn his sorrow in the alcohol, but he receives the advice to not let it go. Meanwhile Gary was again thinking to suicide, but this time he is stronger and he is able to weight the good and bad side of life. When Dan comes back to him, Gary is also able to let Dan understand that it's not only his fault if their relationship is having trouble, and that Dan has to take upon himself his responsibility.

Now if you haven't read the story and don't like to be spoiled, stop to read NOW.

If not, please continue... at the beginning of the relationship Gary was straight; he was a former abused child, and he denied his homosexuality. In fact he acted as and more than a normal straight man, he had girlfriends and he was quite popular. Then he met Dan and thanks to his love for him, he was able to consider a gay relationship. As often in a "gay for you" themed book, Gary has no interest for other men, he is in love with Dan, and only due to that love, he can have also a sexual relationship with a man. But basically Gary never stopped to like women. And Dan had this fantasy to see him with a woman... it was like putting the straw near the fire! Now Gary has feeling for a woman, and Dan has to decide if he loves enough Gary to share him with another person, a woman... or maybe he has to decide if he loves Gary so much that he can't even consider to share him. According to you, what Gary wants? For someone who doubts to be a good partner choice for anyone, he would prefer that Dan accepts to share him, or he, instead, would like to hear from Dan that he can't share his love? Dan is facing a test, and the more romantic readers just know the answer to the previous question.

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Series: Moment of Truth
1) To Serve and Protect: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/560100.html
2) Choosing the Light: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/675731.html
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Starting this book I was expecting a quite dark and gothic story, and instead the overall mood of this one is light and almost funny.

Ryzelmei, Ryzel, is an incubus. He is not a lesser demon like all the incubi, he is the son of Asmodai, and so he has some powers more than usual. In his life out of hell, this turns into him being a very wealthy man, with some thriving nighclubs and poshy hotels, that allow him to live in a comfortable way with only one pursue, find a good meal twice a day. Obviously a meal for an incubus means sex, but Ryzel, in his human form, is a very handsome man, a bit on the pale side, with waist long black hair, so it's not a problem to find willing partners. And lately Ryzel has also stopped to feed to death from his partners, and so his meal leaves him with only a faint recollection of a nice experience.

Then Quinlin, Quin, stumbles upon one of those nice experiences; Quin is blind but he has a gift, he can see auras, and so what he "sees" his a stronger aura that is encompassing a weaker one. He obviously interferes, and knocks out Ryzel with his cane. He doesn't do serious damage to the incubus, but enough to get notice. To Ryzel, Quin appears like a succulent meal and something more; to the incubus eyes, Quin is stunning and beautiful, to everyone else eyes he is quite average... what is between Ryzel and Quin that pulls them together and bonded them in a way Ryzel has never felt before?

I like Quin's character since, even if blind, he is not at all a weak or dependent man. Usually when you have a disability, you develop some other skill, and Quin develops his strong will. He is a pissy bastard! He is not friendly, he is quite brisk and he likes things done as he wants. He is not one to indulge or mourning, and he is also open enough to recognize his body desires; after meeting Ryzel, he can't deny that his body wants the man, and this doesn't change not even when he discovers that Ryzel is an incubus. It's not quite a problem for Quin, his grandmother, a seer, foretold everything and took the right measures to ensure an happily ever after for her grandson.

I believe there are some yaoi influence in the story, but they are not so strong or strict... Quin is obviously a top from the bottom, he is always feisty and talkative during sex, always giving orders even when he is on the receiving end. He doesn't like to be ordered around probably since he developed an independent core to make up to his blindness, and that attitude is brought on also during sex. Quin is also an hyperactive man, he is always in motion, or doing something, laziness is not a word in his vocabulary... for example, everytime they have sex, Quin is always the first to wake up, and more time than not, Ryzel doesn't find him in bed afterward.

On the other hand, Ryzel, as a demon and powerful man, should be the top in the relationship, but he never fulfils the general expectation. In life he is caught in the middle between feisty Quin on one side, and his powerful father on the other; during sex he always plans great things in his mind, things to do to Quin, and always ends following Quin's wishes... poor Ryzel would be a really frustrated demon, if not for the simple reason that he is a "sex" demon... sex is joyful and playful, and so Ryzel is like that, a man who enjoys the moment, who is able to savor the little things of life, who is willing to try and compromise if the prize of all of that is being good.

All in all Blind Desire showed to be a very nice, light and enjoyable story, with some a real funny core... and I believe the author has something in mind for Haskell, Quin's friend with benefits, and an horse... something I wouldn't mind to read.

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Cooper is a man in flight from himself, or maybe from a man he doesn't like and doesn't want to be no more. From a good family, a little genius of the music, Cooper had all the chances to be someone good and successful; instead he was a trouble kid and later an even more trouble man. Drugs and alcohol didn't help, but even when he was wasted he still had something good in him, something that prevented him to drunken drive; unfortunately the same thing wasn't in his lover and Cooper was in the car when they had an accident and killed a little kid. From that moment on Cooper is a runaway, trying to be as far as possible from his past. Then he arrives to Santo Ignacio, California; the places is like a little heaven in the hell that is the world for Cooper; and in this little heaven Cooper finds an ever more little paradise in St. Nacho's cantina, a gay club along the beach with a crew that is almost a family. A family that welcome Cooper inside their home and arms. They are so overwhelming and open that Cooperf finds himself delaying day by day his departure, above all since one member of the family, Shawn, has a personal interest in Cooper, even if they are a very unlikely pair.

First of all the obvious: Cooper is unable to express his feelings, above all with his body, the only time when he lets go something is when he is playing his violin; Shawn is deaf and he needs the physical touch, sometime he is even forceful when people physically avoid him, since for him is like shutting the only communication channel. Then Cooper is the classical bad boy, leather, tattoo, piercings and bike, he is not at all the reassuring type. Shawn has the face of an angel and his disability leads people to try to protect him, to always pair him with the good boy next door.

But the appearance could lead to big mistake, since nor Cooper or Shawn are what they seem. Cooper is a submissive for nature, he loves to be gentle manhandled and almost to be coaxed to do the right thing; he really needs someone that for once, doesn't let him go since it is the best thing for him to forget, but instead forces him to face his biggest nightmares. On the other hand Shawn is not the docile and sweet man everyone thinks he is; he has a strong streak and he likes to lead and to be a little forceful, but in bed than in life. Between Cooper and Shawn it's not a classical D/s relationship, but for sure it's a power game, a fragile balance of allow and forbid.

The story has a very involving development, with some nice and unexpected turn of event; it has also a various and interesting bunch of side characters, like all the St. Nacho's family member, and Stan, the apparently good priest: watch out as the author turns the man from steady and strong supporter to spoiled baby to whom someone has stolen his latest shiny toy. I like also that the author, in the three books I read by her, has never replayed the same character, always managing to have a different story with its own original heroes, even if they all live in sunny California.

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Usually I don't like to give up a story, but in this case I'm allowed... First time I heard of latino man Antonio and his blind lover Gabriel was perhaps two years ago. I read a short story by Laura Baumbach, South of Border, no more than a scene in an hot tube, but really hot (as most of Laura Baumbach's books). I don't know, probably it's a fetish, but I always am fascinated by love stories involving a blind partner... there must be a lot of trust on one side to allow someone near you when you are blind, but if you find the right partner, I believe the resulting feeling are much more intense. And so I was waiting for the longer novel the author was writing with the same pair.

The story actually starts at the beginning, when Gabriel is still a sighted San Francisco Police Department undercover agent. During his two years as undercover agent, but really even before, Gabriel, alias Giovanni, only allows himself one night stands and possibly well far from the circle he gravitates in: even if in San Francisco, mafia is not a word which match well with gay. And so when one of his one night stand, Miguel, reveals to be the lieutenant of the Mexican drug lord Gabriel's boss is dealing with, Gabriel is a bit disconcerted. How can he be so attracted by a villain? He should be the good guy and not mixing with the evil guys... But maybe Miguel is not so bad boy as he appears.

The first part of the book is good, I really like the way how Giovanni and Miguel met in a club and that first raw sex scene is almost an housemark for Laura Baumbach's books, but truth be told, I like much the second part; it's all over all pure hot romance, but also mushy feeling, and in some part it almost made me cry. How Antonio deals with a wounded Gabriel, how he manages to pull out all the protective layers of the man, to bare his soul... and how Gabriel leans on Antonio, without for this being weak or dependent: it takes a real man to understand when it's the case to call for help.

So sorry to the thriller lover, but I read this book more like a very good romance. Oh, don't worry, there are also the car racing scene, the shootings in the night, and also the classical scene in the warehouse, but I manage to read them in a bit to hurry to my romance scenes... instead, you, thriller lover, could linger on them as you want, you will have plenty.

As for the characters, Laura Baumbach confirms her love for a good Alpha male, Antonio is the classical type: it reminds me one of that chocolate with the dark and hard exterior but with a sweet and molten inside. Perhaps a bit different from the other Alpha males' mates I was used, is Gabriel, but not too much: it's true that Gabriel, as an agent, is independent and strong, but in his private life he prefers not to be the dominant side of the couple; he prefers to be dominate, he fights against his mate, but then, if the mate is worth of it, he surrenders with joy.

The book is the first in a new series with the same characters; good thing since they are both really worth of some more books. And then I still have to read about Christmas at Antonio's family.

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