4 Stars, Amber Allure, Genre Romance, Kris T. Bethke, Reviewed by Taz

Review: Something Like Hope by Kris T. Bethke

Title: Something Like Hope

Author: Kris T. Bethke

Publisher: Amber Allure

Pages/Word Count: 35,000 Words

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Reviewed By: Taz

Blurb: Television actor Aaron Zeller is thrilled when the character he plays on a popular primetime crime drama begins a gay relationship with one of the main characters on the show. While the cast and crew are mostly supportive, lead actor, Lucas Logan, is not. Aaron feels nothing but inexplicable coldness from the man.

Lucas admits his attraction for Aaron, but he is reluctant to act on his desires because of the potential detriment to his career should his sexuality become public. What they have between them could be sizzling hot. But is it worth the risks?

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Review: I loved the premise of this book. Closeted superstar actor falls for another actor, but can’t express that love publicly for fear of damage to his career. Whenever I read stories about guys who want their cake but are too afraid to make the personal sacrifices to deserve it, I tend to get frustrated, but this story was handled in a way that I really appreciated the conflict between love and career. I think the reason this element didn’t bother me was because it was addressed by both characters in a direct and honest way. Each knew what they could tolerate, and made sure the other was okay with the limits their circumstances created on how public they could be about their relationship.

On top of the love interest, the sex was smokin’ hot. The passion and heat between the two protagonists was undeniable, as was the passion of their desire for one another. As I read, I could feel the intensity of Lucas’s possessiveness and jealousy. At the same time, my heart beat a bit faster at the strength of Aaron’s desire for Lucas.

One thing that I would have liked to witness was some form of a pitfall threatening the development of the central relationship. The way the book progressed was natural and believable, but if there had been a dramatic moment or set of events that forced Lucas to face his decision to remain in the closet, or perhaps to push him to make the decision to go public, there would have been a bit more of a dramatic flair and a greater sense of overcoming obstacles by the end.

That said, this story was highly satisfying and very believable. The honesty, emotions, and flow made for an engaging read and a hot love story.

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4 Stars, Dreamspinner Press, Genre Romance, Kris T. Bethke, Reviewed by Janet

Review: Pumpkin Rolls and Porn Sounds by Kris T. Bethke

Title: Pumpkin Rolls and Porn Sounds

Author: Kris T. Bethke

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 52 Pages

At a Glance: Although I am not at all a fan of anything pumpkin in real life, I am definitely a fan of this story.

Reviewed By: Janet

Blurb: Will Grant only attends the PFLAG meeting because his mother guilts him into it. But the instant he hears the night’s speaker, Will is glad he showed up. Joshua Rhinehardt is dynamic and engaging. Although Joshua isn’t physically Will’s type, Will can’t get the man out of his head.

Joshua may be comfortable in his own skin, but it isn’t often men like Will are attracted to him, and he’s not comfortable changing for someone else. He wants to make a life with Will, but his own insecurities keep getting in the way.

Will’s unwavering acceptance helps Joshua see that when two people connect, physical appearance just might not matter at all.

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Review: What a great title! This is a debut novella so I really had no idea what to expect when I opened this book, but the title grabbed my attention, so I was intrigued right away.

The first pages hooked me; great contrast between the characters – a bear and a twink – but both very confident gay men, with strong family support. Will’s parents are delightfully meddlesome and maneuver an introduction between them. What follows is a humorous and sweet story of building a relationship. Jason is reluctant to trust Will’s desire for him, and Will is almost as surprised to feel the attraction. There is conflict here, but it is not nasty or angry; it is the conflict of opposites and learning to appreciate the differences between each other, and trusting in the feelings of the other person.

I was pleased with the pace of the story – Jason’s insecurities are not instantly appeased – and the timeline of attraction, lust and love felt appropriate to the characters’ development. This story is told from Will’s point-of-view, and the author used this effectively to show the differences between Jason’s laid back style and Will’s much more fussy behavior without creating unnecessary drama, which I appreciated greatly. Bethke shows great world building skills, especially for a new author; each step of the story is housed in a realistic background that resonated well and was an easy part of the narrative that flowed smoothly throughout the book.

Although I am not at all a fan of anything pumpkin in real life, I am definitely a fan of this story. Kris T. Bethke’s voice is solid, and I am looking forward to reading more from her. If you are looking for a fun, spicy and slightly sweet story, with vibrant, real characters, then Pumpkin Rolls and Porn Sounds is definitely for you. It was a real pleasure to read.






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Sacrifice Makes Waiting For Love “Worth It”



“You can have anything in life if you will sacrifice everything else for it.” ― J.M. Barrie


BLURB: Jackson Bennett and Ryan Hennigan met and fell in love while Ryan worked on Jack’s family’s Christmas tree farm. Back then, Jack broke his own heart by convincing Ryan to leave and pursue his future. Ryan went, but only after they made a pact to reunite after Ryan graduated from college. Now, five years later, it’s time, but Jack is convinced Ryan won’t show—and when he does, Jack is certain Ryan can’t possibly want to stay. Ryan, however, has no intention of being anywhere other than in Jack’s arms. But he faces a hurdle he never expected: proving to Jack they can have each other without having to sacrifice their dreams.

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