Nov. 5th, 2015

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Tempted in Texas by Sara York
Series: In Texas
Paperback: 220 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 15, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1515371913
ISBN-13: 978-1515371915
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Rusty Briggs knows his chance of finding a man while living outside of Sweetwater, Texas are slim to none. Few know about his little secret, but his ranch hands have run out on him and the folks in town aren’t as hospitable as they were before the incident. He’s resigned himself to the fact that working his ranch will have to be enough or he will need to sell and move to the big city…that is until he meets Trent Anderson.
On the outside Trent appears to be a man with full access to silver spoons and caviar dreams, but his parents cut him off and tossed him out once they discovered he was gay. After living on the street, selling himself, then ending up in a destructive relationship, Trent pulled his life together and came out on top, all by using his compassion and intelligence—or so Trent thinks. Recently, Trent’s grandfather passed away and left him his ranch, as long as he meets a few conditions, like living in Texas for ninety days. But Trent’s secret benefactor, Reed, is dissatisfied that Trent isn’t living in Atlanta and wants him back. The only issue for Reed is that Trent is involved with Rusty.
Money, greed, lust, and power work to keep Rusty and Trent apart. They are forced to trust each other when life falls apart, but can they actually become close enough in ninety days to create a solid, trusting relationship, or will old relationships come between them?

About the Author: Writing is Sara's life. The stories fight to get out, often leaving her working on four or five books at once. She can't help but write. Along with her writing addiction she has a coffee addiction. Some nights, the only reason she stops writing and goes to sleep is for the fresh brewed coffee in the morning.
Sara enjoys writing twisted tales of passion, anger, and love with a good healthy dose of lust thrown in for fun. Almost a quarter of a century ago Sara met her lover, falling for him after knowing him for ten minutes. Sara's passion for him comes out in her stories, mixing with her passion for life, love, and good times, flowing onto the page and becoming tales from the heart.

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Playing House (Dropping Anchor Book 3) by Bru Baker
Gay Contemporary General Fiction
Paperback: 280 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (December 22, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 163216602X
ISBN-13: 978-1632166029
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Dropping Anchor: Book Three

College sweethearts Frank and Warner have been together for sixteen years, married for eleven. Having grown up in a freewheeling hippie environment, Frank thinks their structured life is great, although lately he and Warner have fallen into a rut. Frank isn't concerned; it's what happens to old marrieds. Frank’s blindsided, though, when he finds Warner looking into adopting, and Frank realizes just how not okay things really are.

Frank doesn’t want kids. They bring chaos and unpredictability. He had enough of that growing up. Trying to salvage their relationship, Frank and Warner reach out for help. In the process of marriage counseling and working through their differences, Frank discovers his rigid adherence to schedules, anxiety attacks, and host of personality quirks are actually markers for Asperger Syndrome. With the help of a psychologist, Frank’s life gets easier, and he realizes a future with children isn’t as unfathomable as he once thought.

Through it all, Frank is stunned by how much making a family with Warner has boosted the intimacy between them. It’s taken thirty-five years, but he’s finally got a handle on life, and the future looks even better.

I really appreciate the glimpse into what life is like for someone who has Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Great story! Strong characters and well developed. Ms Baker takes us into the world of Asperger Syndrome, or better yet, a person unknowingly suffering from the disease.and the reasons for his behavior. When Frank and Warner see their marriage heading for the rocks they seek the help of a marriage counselor where Frank is diagnosed with Asperger. Life becomes easier as the therapy progresses and finally Warner gets his wish of starting their own family. Great job on this story!

Wonderfully developed characters who are coming to the decision of whether or not to become parents, plus a couple of extra bumps in the road, made this an engrossing read. I particularly liked that this couple were an established pair, together for 16 years before the book even began. It was a refreshing change from the usual boy meets boy.
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The Paths of Marriage by Mala Kumar
Lesbian Contemporary General Fiction
Paperback: 334 pages
Publisher: Bedazzled Ink Publishing Company (September 24, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1939562589
ISBN-13: 978-1939562586
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Lakshmi, a bright student who grew up in poverty, marries and immigrates to the United States from India to provide a better life for herself and her family. Clinging to her cultural realities, she forces her American daughter, Pooja, into an arranged marriage, creating a rift of resentment. Pooja's daughter, Deepa, is an out lesbian to everyone but her family. The woman Deepa loves presents an ultimatum-come out to Pooja or break up-and Deepa is forced to confront her greatest fear. Three generations of Indian and Indian-American woman navigate the harsh slums of Chennai to the bustle of New York City, struggling through a cathartic generational collision to try to come together as a family.

Not a big fan of the writing style but I did enjoy this book.  Loved the characters and following them throughout the story and watching their growth and development.  I also enjoyed learning about the Indian cultural aspects.
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In the Stillness of Dawn by Laurie Salzler
Lesbian Contemporary General Fiction
Paperback: 226 pages
Publisher: Bedazzled Ink Publishing Company (May 2, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1939562295
ISBN-13: 978-1939562296
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In this sequel to A Kiss Before Dawn, Chris Martel has recovered from her near fatal assault and has built Went Farm into a top-notch foaling farm. Under pressure from her partner Mary Jo Cavanaugh and her Gram, Chris hires Mitch Jordan to help with the additional workload. In the meantime, Mary Jo takes over Doc Hall's equine veterinary practice. The extra responsibilities of running a business leaves Mary Jo exhausted and with too little time for Chris. Chris and Mary Jo are feeling the stress in their relationship because of their non-connecting, busy lives. It doesn't help that Mitch is single, cute, and exceptionally good with the horses. Mitch eases some of Chris's loneliness and they become fast friends. But does Mitch want more? Can Chris and Mary Jo's relationship survive this latest challenge to their life together?

I enjoyed the story, especially learning a bit about horses with a bit of romance thrown in.  I really liked MJ but am still not sure I liked Chris. May have liked the book more had I read the first one.
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Struck! A Titanic Love Story by Tonie Chacon
Lesbian Historical Romance
Paperback: 168 pages
Publisher: Yellow Rose by RCE (February 12, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1619292262
ISBN-13: 978-1619292260
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Their hearts were struck long before the ship hit the iceberg. Megan Mahoney, the apprentice ticket agent who stumbles across an unused ticket and takes a leap of faith to create a chance for a new life and love in America. Emily and Ethan Westbrooke, American shipping magnates, twins who were sent away from their home and family in order to hide the shame of their sexual desires. Frances Cheswick, the spoiled darling of the Cheswick family. She's too young for love, but she knows what she wants. And, Frances always gets what she wants. Alice Pearce, goddaughter to Frances's mother. Her ticket for a second-class berth makes her question her place in the family and in society at large, but what she finds there makes a permanent place in her heart. It was the adventure of a lifetime on the maiden voyage of the luxurious Titanic. Their hearts, like the ship, were on a collision course with destiny.

Delightful take on Titanic story but this time including the women who were left out of the story: the lesbians. And being one in that 1912 era could not have been easy; nonetheless, Chacon imbues her story and characters with charming freshness and unexpected complexities in what is most definitely very much a love story—and a special one, at that!
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Azimuth (Interscission Project: Book Two) by Arshad Ahsanuddin
Gay Sci-Fi / Futuristic
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
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Edward has one chance to save a man he forgot he ever loved.
All he has to do is destroy the world.

The disastrous events of the Zenith mission behind them, Marty and Edward lead very different lives at either end of time.

Martin has been tapped to lead an elite military operation designed to curtail and ultimately eliminate the threat of time travelers. But Henry Bradford has other ideas, and seeks to entice him into taking up the role of captain of the rechristened starship Azimuth.

Almost a quarter century in the future, Edward lives a life of wealth and influence as the adopted son of Starfire's CEO, Trevor Sutton. But the mystery of his birth father's murder still weighs heavily on his mind, eclipsed only by the baffling appearance of Martin's dogtags around his neck. The distance he will go for answers will determine the ultimate course of human history, as he is pitted head to head once more against the destructive agenda of the time traveler he knows only as Gifford.

Although the timeline is somewhat confusing at times, the book is wildly imaginative and feels technically correct. It held my attention from start to finish.


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