3.5 Stars, Gene Gant, Harmony Ink Press, Reviewed by Jackie

A Young Man Learns That Life Is Rarely Simple In Gene Gant’s “If You Really Love Me” – Reviewed by Jackie


“Never tie your happiness to the tail of someone else’s kite.” ― Beth Hoffman


Title: If You Really Love Me

Author: Gene Gant

Publisher: Harmony Ink Press

Pages/Word Count: 172 Pages

Rating: 3.5 Stars

Blurb: With time ticking until graduation, Ellis Carter doesn’t have a plan for after high school. Since his best friend Cary dropped out, he has no one to talk to. All he knows is he doesn’t want to continue being a burden to his mother. Adding to his daily torture is the school’s new resident bad boy, Saul Brooks. So to say he’s amazed when the mysterious Saul invites him to the gym for a workout is an understatement. Soon, they go from workout buddies to boyfriends, and Ellis couldn’t be happier. But happiness is fleeting. His mother begins a new relationship he thinks will lead to pain, and Cary makes a decision that could take him out of Ellis’s life for good. Just when he needs to lean on his boyfriend the most, Ellis discovers Saul has a secret that could break them apart.
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5 Stars, Mathew Ortiz, Reviewed by Lana, Self-Published

All Bets Are Off When It Comes To “Skin Tight Levi’s” – Reviewed by Lana


“Our doubts are traitors,
and make us lose the good we oft might win,
by fearing to attempt.” ― William Shakespeare


Title: Love and Salvage: Skin Tight Levi’s

Author: Mathew Ortiz

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages/Word Count: 157 Pages

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: When most guys looked at Seth Okuda all they saw was pretty and girly. He hated the fact that guys wouldn’t look past his exterior and look further. After ending his last relationship, in which he let the guy change so much about him for the guy, Seth swore he would only date men who wanted him just the way he was, even if that came with a household of quirky, protective roommates, a hideously overbearing mother and a ghost. Yeah like that wasn’t instant birth control!
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2 Stars, Derrick Knight, Reviewed by Tina, Self-Published

Derrick Knight’s “The Rekindling of Love” Is A Second Chance At Love Story – Reviewed by Tina


“Love never dies. It fizzles out maybe but it stays there in your heart buried by emotions controlling you. Once the fire is rekindled, love resurfaces again, breathes a new life.” – Elizabeth E. Castillo


Title: The Rekindling of Love

Author: Derrick Knight

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages/Word Count: 354 Pages

Rating: 2 Stars

Blurb: Dwyer Von Strohm thought his life was perfect. He had a great job as a pharmaceutical sales representative; he lived in Chicago’s premiere gay community, drove an expensive car, and had an unlimited number of hot gay men to pursue. Dwyer thought his was living the life he had always dreamed. Then one day he becomes a causality of a poor economy. In a very short time, Dwyer loses his job, loses his status in the gay community and is reduced to living a lonely existence.
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Josephine Myles, Samhain Publishing

Cabbages and Kinks: My Love Affair With Vintage Clothes Shops – A Guest Post And Giveaway by Josephine Myles



Hi. My name’s Jo, and I’m addicted to window shopping in vintage clothes shops. And I really do mean window shopping as I rarely ever buy anything, but still they lure me in every time. It makes it difficult getting down into town when I have to walk past at least five different vintage boutiques!
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4 Stars, Lex Valentine, Reviewed by Jackie, VJ Summers, Winterheart Books

Two Men Fight Attraction And Prejudice In Lex Valentine And VJ Summers’ “Partners” – Reviewed by Jackie


“If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner.” – Nelson Mandela


Title: Partners (Shadows & Kink #1)

Author: Lex Valentine and VJ Summers

Publisher: Winterheart Books

Pages/Word Count: 100 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: TDA agents Travis Wilder and Ian Hawke are fuck ups. As members of a covert organization that battles terrorism in a world that’s lost its political, economic and social infrastructure, their job is to find and neutralize dangerous terrorists. But neither Travis nor Ian have been able to complete a mission successfully in recent months. Travis kills his targets while Ian beds his. In an effort to save his two best agents, their handler makes them partners.
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4 Stars, Dreamspinner Press, S.E. Harmon

Put S.E. Harmon’s “Stay With Me” On Your Summer Reading List – Reviewed by Tina


“Love is for suckers. Jump in a wrapper, darlin’, and call yourself a lollipop.” — S.E. Harmon


Title: Stay With Me

Author: S.E. Harmon

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

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Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: Private investigator Mackenzie Williams’s newest client is everything he’s looking for in a guy—charming, beautiful, intelligent, and successful. There’s only one itty bitty problem—the guy’s not exactly gay. In fact, Jordan Channing is looking for a PI to follow his fiancée. The smart thing would be to thank Jordan for his time, turn Mr. Perfect away (don’t let the door hit you on the rump, thank you very much), and forget he exists.
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Dan Skinner, Self-Published

Wanna Know “The Price of Dick”? Dan Skinner’s Here Today With An Interview And Giveaway


“Remember, kindness should be an instinct… not a decision… Spread the joy!” — Dan Skinner



The Novel Approach welcomes Dan Skinner on his The Price of Dick Blog Tour, both a book and tour our very own Tina Marie played an integral part in. Tina had the opportunity to sit down and chat with Dan, ask him a few questions, and she also managed to get us an exclusive excerpt from the book. Read on to see what Dan has to say, then leave a comment below for your chance to win goodies!

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Dan Skinner
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GayRomLit, Love Lane Books, RJ Scott

The Fragile Writer Ego – GRL Countdown 5 months To Go! – A Guest Post And Giveaway From RJ Scott


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This article ended up in my inbox. In it the author said:

As writers, we have complicated egos. We can feel confident in other areas of our lives: maybe we know we’re parenting well, or we have other jobs we get kudos for, or we can make a mean mac and cheese or are the Grillmaster of the neighborhood. But when it comes to our writing, we’re just.not.that.sure.

I would love to write here that I do not have a fragile author ego, but I would be lying.
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3 Stars, N.R. Walker, Reviewed by Lisa, Totally Bound

Two Men Get A Second Chance To Start Again In N.R. Walker’s “Starting Point”


“The best thing about endings is knowing that just ahead is the daunting task to start over.” ― Jodi Picoult


Title: Starting Point (Turning Point: Book Three)

Author: N.R. Walker

Publisher: Totally Bound

Pages/Word Count: 355 Pages

Rating: 3 Stars

Blurb: After going past the point of no return and finally reaching breaking point, the only thing Matthew Elliott can do now is start over.
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4.5 Stars, Boroughs Publishing Group, Reviewed by Sammy, Susan Mac Nicol

Susan Mac Nicols’ “Double Alchemy” Is Witches, and Warlocks and Sprites–OH MY! – Reviewed by Sammy


“We do not need magic to transform our world. We carry all of the power we need inside ourselves already.” – J.K. Rowling


Title: Double Alchemy

Author: Susan Mac Nicol

Publisher: Burroughs Publishing Group

Pages/Word Count: 353 Pages

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Blurb: Powerful yet tormented modern warlock Quinn Fairmont must initiate the silver-eyed Cade Mairston into the world of witchfinders, Withinners, and what can happen when two men fall truly, madly, deeply in love.
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GayRomLit, Rafe Haze, Wilde City Press

Hot Guys Don’t Eat Pasta – by Rafe Haze



2014GRL_BlogTour_sq200x200There was a tornado warning last Thursday in Denver after Travis and I asked the waiter for the check. Travis and I despised each other from day one, but we both adored our 67-year-old friend Bob. Bob made us promise to play nice for the entire country western dance convention. We couldn’t fucking stand each other, but for Bob’s sake, we agreed to a truce via text prior to arriving in Colorado.

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Dreamspinner Press, Kate McMurray

Throwback Thursday And “The Silence of the Stars” – A Guest Post And Giveaway By Kate McMurray


Since it’s Thursday, I thought it might be fun to revisit the past. So let’s take a trip in the Wayback Machine to the late-1980s, when a cute 9-year-old picked up a violin for the first time.

I was blessed to grow up in a lower-middle class New Jersey suburb that somehow had one of the best arts programs in the state. I started taking violin lessons when they were offered to all fourth-grade students. I actually wanted to play clarinet, but the school didn’t have any loaner clarinets available. They did have violins. I figured I’d play for a year and then switch. But then a funny thing happened: I was good enough at the violin that my teacher talked me out of switching to clarinet. And so a young violinist was born.
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3 Stars, Loose Id, Reviewed by Jackie, Sloan Parker

Promises And Healing Give Love A Second Chance In Sloan Parker’s “Missed Connections: I Swear to You” – Reviewed by Jackie


We can’t run out of second chances…only time.” ― Robin Jones Gunn


Title: Missed Connections: I Swear to You

Author: Sloan Parker

Publisher: Loose Id

Pages/Word Count: 120 Pages

Rating: 3 Stars

Blurb: When roommates Grady and Mateo give in to their growing lust, it’s the best sexual experience of their lives. But are they really gay? Is this just sex or something more? It takes time for confused Grady to figure that out, but once he does, he’s determined to have all of Mateo. Too bad tracking down brokenhearted Mateo proves impossible.
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A.J. Corza, GotYouCovrd, Guest Contributor

A.J. Corza’s Got You Covered This Week With Some Gorgeous Steampunk Covers


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You know, when Lisa, the wonderful owner of The Novel Approach Reviews said, “Hey, cover reviews are cool. Go right ahead,” I got really lucky. Not only does she let me rattle on in my dubious wisdom, but she allows me freedom to write about things outside just the covers that I fall in love with; which, in turn, lets me write about covers that are outside the M/M genre we all know and love.
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Amy Lane, Audio Book, Dreamspinner Press, Reviewed by Traci

Sean Crisden’s Narration Is Perfection In Amy Lane’s “Dex in Blue” – Reviewed by Traci


“Love is not pain. Love is goodness. And real love–it’s less shiny than solid and simple.” ― Deb Caletti


Title: Dex in Blue (Johnnies: Book Two)

Author: Amy Lane

Narrator:: Sean Crisden

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Run Time: 10 Hours, 28 Minutes

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: Ten years ago David Worral had plans to go to college and the potential for a beautiful future in front of him. One tragic accident later, he fled to California and reinvented himself as Dex, top porn model of Johnnies.
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Poppy Dennison, Wilde City Press

Poppy Dennison Is Here Today On the “Belligerent Beta” Blog Tour, And There’s A Giveaway!



THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED

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4 Stars, Dreamspinner Press, EM Lynley, Reviewed by Lynn

The Race To Love Holds Secrets and Choices In EM Lynley’s “Out of the Gate” – Reviewed by Lynn


“There are two types of secrets: the kind you want to keep in, and the kind you don’t dare to let out.” ― Ally Carter


Title: Out of the Gate

Author: EM Lynley

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 270 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: British actor Wesley Tremayne thinks he’s close to hitting the big time—a film career—with his role as a hunky explorer on a popular American TV show. Success should be just around the corner, as long as he keeps his sexual orientation a secret. Wes’s best friend and beard, Julia Compton, forms the other half of a glamorous Hollywood couple that’s merely a façade.
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4 Stars, Dreamspinner Press, Reviewed by Sammy

Mickie B. Ashling’s “Fractured” Reminds Us That No One Can Keep Us Down But Ourselves – Reviewed by Sammy


“We are not rich by what we possess but by what we can do without.” – Immanuel Kant


Title: Fractured

Author: Mickie B. Ashling

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 216 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: Roque “Ro” Celdran dreams of a better life, far away from the hand-to-mouth existence of his migrant worker family.
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Dreamspinner Press, EM Lynley

Cover Reveal And Giveaway: EM Lynley’s “Bound for Trouble”


I’m so thrilled to share the cover and blurb of my upcoming release BOUND FOR TROUBLE. The ultra-talented Paul Richmond did this cover and it conveys the theme of the book so well.

Release date is set for June 18, but you can pre-order from Dreamspinner Press. Buy Here


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Here’s more about BOUND FOR TROUBLE:

Daniel “Deke” Kane is a broken man, facing the end of his career in the FBI. He’s on desk duty after a botched drug raid left the suspects and two children dead. He’s got one chance to prove himself, or the only thing he’ll be investigating is the Help Wanted ads.

Ryan Griffiths has been on the run for ten years. Forced onto the streets when his father kicked him out, Ryan earns his living in other men’s beds. Finding his john dead in a hotel room drives him under the radar until a favorite clients gives him a chance at a safe, clean life. But Ryan’s relatively stable new world shatters when Deke Kane catches up with him.

When Deke’s tasked to take down a drug dealer with terrorist ties and a taste for the dark side of BDSM, his only chance to get close is the suspect’s interest in Ryan, and he convinces Ryan to become a confidential informant. In return, Deke offers Ryan immunity from his past. As Ryan falls under the drug lord’s domination, Deke finds himself falling for Ryan.

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ABOUT EM LYNLEY: EM Lynley, a Rainbow Award winner and EPPIE finalist, has worked in high finance, high tech, and in the wine industry, though she’d rather be writing hot, romantic man-on-man action. She spent 10 years as an economist and financial analyst, including a year as a White House Staff Economist, but only because all the intern positions were filled. Tired of boring herself and others with dry business reports and articles, her creative muse is back and naughtier than ever. She has lived and worked in London, Tokyo and Washington, D.C., but the San Francisco Bay Area is home for now.

She is the author of Sex, Lies & Wedding Bells, the Precious Gems series from Dreamspinner Press, and the Rewriting History series starring a sexy jewel thief, among others.

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Rain Carrington

Anatomy Of A Sex Scene – A Guest Post And Giveaway By Rain Carrington


Rain Carrington is our guest today on her Honky Tonk 3: Wedding Bells and Bullets Blog Tour. She’s giving a couple of lucky readers a chance to win some e-books, so read on to see what you can win and how to enter the giveaway.

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Starting a sex scene. Preparation! Coffee is key, a cigarette at the ready (yes, I smoke), working lighter, and something in the background to focus me. I prefer music or The Waltons. Yes, the old 70’s TV show. I’ve found that particular show gives me the best background for my writing, especially the sex scenes, don’t ask me why!

Sitting in front of the blank white screen is never so intimidating as when a sex scene is coming up in the story. For sure there is excitement! There is nothing like a good sex scene. However, there are also nerves. I’ve written quite a few sex scenes. In the same book there may be over a dozen so to come up with something new is like climbing a the same mountain over and over trying to see a different view each time.
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5 Stars, Josephine Myles, Reviewed by Jackie, Samhain Publishing

Opposites Attract In Josephine Myles’ “Stuff (The Bristol Collection: Book Two)” – Reviewed by Jackie


“In art as in love, instinct is enough. ” ― Anatole France


Title: Stuff (The Bristol Collection: Book Two)

Author: Josephine Myles

Publisher: Samhain Publishing

Pages/Word Count: 292 Pages

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: Tobias “Mas” Maslin doesn’t need much. A place of his own, weekends of clubbing, a rich boyfriend for love and support. Too bad his latest sugar daddy candidate turns out to be married with kids. Mas wants to be special, not someone’s dirty little secret.
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4.5 Stars, Amazon Digital Services, JP Kenwood, Reviewed by Lisa, Self-Published

JP Kenwood’s “Dominus” Is Sex And Slavery And A Scintillating Mystery


“I fear that when it comes to you, cățel, I may have inadvertently opened Pandora’s box.” – JP Kenwood


Title: Dominus

Author: JP Kenwood

Publisher: JPK Publishing

Pages/Word Count: 285 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: In AD 107, after a grueling campaign against Rome’s fierce enemy, the kingdom of Dacia, Gaius Fabius returns home in triumph. With the bloody battles over, the commander of the Lucky IV Legion now craves life’s simple pleasures: leisurely soaks in fragrant baths, over-flowing cups of wine, and a long holiday at his seaside villa to savor his pleasure slaves. On a whim, he purchases a spirited young Dacian captive and unwittingly sparks a fresh outbreak of the Dacian war; an intimate struggle between two sworn enemies with love and honor at stake.

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Amelia C. Gormley, Marie Sexton, Reviewed by Tina, Riptide Publishing

Amelia C. Gormley And Marie Sexton Are Our Guests Today On The “Saugatuck Summer” Blog Tour


Hi, and welcome to the Saugatuck Summer blog tour! First off, I want to thank Lisa and The Novel Approach for inviting me, and Marie Sexton for sitting down and chatting with me for this post.

For those of you who have seen me talking about it on social media for the last nearly year and a half, you know that Saugatuck Summer was a labor of love far beyond what I would normally claim for one of my books. Of course I love them all, but Saugatuck Summer came from my very soul. Actually, I’m not certain it came from me at all.
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Dreamspinner Press, Skylar M. Cates

When Attraction Isn’t Instant – A Guest Post And Giveaway By Skylar M. Cates



We all know that attraction is an odd thing. In real life, I can remember being “just friends” with somebody for many years, not finding them particularly attractive at all, and then KAPOW—sudden chemistry. Why? He was making me laugh really hard, and the attraction took me over.
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