4.5 Stars, Ari McKay, Paranormal Romance, Reviewed by Taz, Torquere Press

Review: The Demon’s Door by Ari McKay

Title: The Demon’s Door

Author: Ari McKay

Publisher: Torquere Press

Pages/Word Count: 42000 Words

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Blurb: When Thomas Carter discovers his grandfather’s hidden journals, detailing the old man’s fight against the supernatural, he knows he’s found his true calling at last. Yet when he sets out to stake a local vampire, he quickly learns that the difference between Good and Evil is very different than what he had believed. Continue reading

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4 Stars, Ari McKay, Genre Romance, Reviewed by Jackie, Torquere Press

Review: Line in the Sand (Herc’s Mercs: Book Two) by Ari McKay

Title: Line in the Sand (Herc’s Mercs: Book Two)

Author: Ari McKay

Publisher: Torquere Press

Pages/Word Count: 104 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: Alec “Red” Davis is Hercules Security’s director of operations, a man who is brave and honorable and yet also a stickler for following the rules. When Cade Thornton says that Alec is losing his touch, Alec takes a position as private bodyguard to Jonathan Baldwin, an up-and-coming actor starring in one of Hollywood’s hottest new franchises. Continue reading

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3.5 Stars, Ari McKay, Reviewed by Jackie, Torquere Press

Two Men Fall Hard In Ari McKay’s “The Bigger They Come – Reviewed by Jackie


“There is safety in the very heart of danger.” ― Vincent van Gogh


Title: The Bigger they Come (Herc’s Mercs #1)

Author: Ari McKay

Publisher: Torquere Press

Pages/Word Count: 158 Pages

Rating: 3.5 Stars

Blurb: Cade “Hercules” Thornton is an ex-Marine and soldier of fortune; now he’s the owner of Hercules Security, which provides the best bodyguards in the business. After his leg was crushed and reconstructed, Cade doesn’t do field work anymore – until a challenge is issued to him by wealthy Kate Morgan, who wants her “bookish” grandson protected from a stalker. She insists on having the very best bodyguard available, and that is Cade himself.
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4 Stars, Ari McKay, Reviewed by Kim, Torquere Press

Ari McKay’s “The Call of the Night Singers” Carries A Scary Tune – Reviewed by Kim


“There are moments when even to the sober eye of reason, the world of our sad humanity may assume the semblance of Hell. ” ― Edgar Allan Poe


Title: Call of the Night Singers

Author: Ari McKay

Publisher: Torquere Press

Pages/Word Count: 89 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: When Garland Heatherford is named heir to his uncle’s vast fortune, he isn’t pleased by the honor, and with good reason. The last five heirs all met with most untimely deaths. – four of them from drowning. Although loathe to accept his inheritance, Garland nevertheless travels to the “cursed” town of Bath, North Carolina, to meet his aged uncle, hoping to avoid the fate of his predecessors. But Garland has something in his favor the other heirs didn’t: his lover, Geoffrey Wainwright.
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Ari McKay, Reviewed by Sammy, Torquere Press

“Dandy’s Little Girl” Explores How Difficult Finding Love Again Can Be


“Love hurts. There is nothing as painful as heartbreak. But in order to learn to love again you must learn to trust again.” -Nicholas Sparks


Title: Dandy’s Little Girl

Author: Ari McKay

Publisher: Torquere Press

Pages/Word Count: 103 Pages

Rating: 2.5 Stars

Blurb: Noah Coleman doesn’t do casual relationships.
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Ari McKay, Torquere Press

It’s a “Holiday Hootenanny” With Ari McKay


“Family is everything. Family comes first. It’s not what I expected it to be, but nothing ever is.” ― Madonna



Title: Holiday Hootenanny

Author: Ari McKay

Publisher: Torquere Press

Pages/Word Count: 80

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Blurb: Clint Barker wants to take his relationship with boyfriend Joshua Cash to the next level, and that means meeting Josh’s family at Christmas. Clint is sure he can deal with anything, even though Josh has expressed reservations that his big, loud hillbilly family might be too overwhelming for an introvert like Clint to handle.

Josh loves his family, but the only other time he brought a boyfriend home to meet them, the guy didn’t last through dinner. Clint means everything to him, and though he knows his family means well, Josh is worried their nosiness and sheer overwhelming presence will drive Clint away.

Between having to fix an illegal still, getting treed by a wild hog, and barely avoiding a bar fight between rednecks and bikers, the holiday doesn’t get off to an auspicious start. Then at the traditional Christmas Eve Hootenanny, Josh and Clint argue, and Clint later turns up missing. Will this spell the end of their relationship, or will a newborn in a stable work a little Christmas miracle for them both?

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Ari McKay, Dreamspinner Press

Take A “Last Leap of the First Foot” To Hop Into The New Year



“…The Laird o’ Phelps spent Hogmany declaring he was sober. Counted his feet to prove the fact and found he had one foot over.”– Louis MacNeice


Last Leap of the First-Foot is another short story included in Dreamspinner Press’s Advent anthology. I have to admit that I had no clue what the title meant when I saw it but was feeling adventurous, so I went for it. I also didn’t realize this was a historical story, which I’m not usually a fan of. This one was great, though.

The tradition of First-Foot is a Scottish New Year’s Eve practice where a man steps over the threshold into someone’s home shortly after midnight. It is also referred to as Hogmanay. He becomes the first guest of the new year and brings a basket of gifts for the family he is visiting. In a country full of red-heads and blondes, Iain Donaldson was tall dark and handsome and a most desirable First-Foot guest on New Year‘s Eve 1899. He had yet to choose a wife, so all the families with single young lasses wanted him to come to their homes.

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Ari McKay, Torquere Press

“Cinnamon and Seduction” Is The Recipe For Romance



“The only real stumbling block is fear of failure. In cooking you’ve got to have a what-the-hell attitude.” ― Julia Child


BLURB: After the success of his two Gourmet Network specials, outspoken Executive Chef Stephen Pierce is offered a sweetheart deal for his own regular show. Everyone believes Stephen has a lot of self-confidence, but he is aware of his own shortcomings and refuses to sign on unless his loyal PA, Robert Logan, agrees to stay with him. Stephen knows Robert is the one person who can keep him in line, but Stephen has always hidden his more personal interest, fearing that if he knew, Robert would be disgusted and leave him.

Robert has been in love with his boss for almost six years, but he’s begun to believe Stephen will never see him as more than an efficient assistant. Resigning himself to never having the man he truly wants, Robert begins to date other men, hoping that one of them will strike the same sparks for him that Stephen does without even knowing it.

Can the efforts of their friends finally get Stephen and Robert together, or will Stephen’s hidden insecurities keep them apart forever?

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There’s More Than A “Ghost of a Chance” You’ll Like This Little Story



“Trust me, you see the dead walking around, you learn not to scream, laugh, or piss yourself pretty quickly.” ― Stacey Kade


Blurb: Dr. Mason Beaulieu thinks rival ghost hunter Haywood “Fort” Fortenberry is sexy but too credulous when it comes to the paranormal. Fort thinks Mason is attractive but too cynical. When they’re offered a chance to be locked up in reputedly haunted Wisteria Grove on Halloween night, however, both men jump at the chance.

Storms and mysterious sounds keep them busy during the night, and they discover a mutual respect for each other’s skills. As the investigation continues, Fort learns the truth behind Mason’s seemingly dismissive attitude, and Mason finds a new appreciation for Fort’s open-mindedness. But when an unexpected intruder derails the investigation, they learn that more than just hunting ghosts can offer them thrills and chills.
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