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Review: Children of Noah by Neil Plakcy

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Title: Children of Noah (Mahu: Book Nine)

Author: Neil Plakcy

Publisher: MLR Press

Pages/Word Count: 250 Pages

At a Glance: A must read!

Reviewed By: Lana

Blurb: A few months after the birth of his twins, openly gay Honolulu homicide detective Kimo Kanapa’aka and begins a temporary assignment to the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force. Kimo and his HPD partner Ray Donne are quickly thrown into an investigation into threatening letters sent to a U.S. Senator. Are these screeds about racial purity related to an escalating series of attacks against mixed-race couples and families on Oahu?

When arson at a day care center on the Windward Coast brings Kimo’s partner, fire investigator Mike Riccardi, into the case, Kimo worries about the future of his and Mike’s newborn twins on an island falling prey to hate and a cult leader bent on death and destruction.

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Review: Kimo Kanapa’aka is back in Children of Noah, and I’m just beside myself! I can’t stress enough how much I loved this book. Fans of Neil Plakcy will not be disappointed. If you are new to the Mahu Investigation series, I highly recommend that you please read all the books before this one to get the breadth of Kimo’s world—because it’s big and colorful. You’ll probably guess from the above that I’m a huge fan. Reading Children of Noah just reinforced the fact that Mr. Plakcy can write a story that will totally draw you in and not let go.

I’m not going to go into the plot of the book, but I will say that all the strings get tied up nicely in the end. It’s a satisfying story that’s juicy and is in line with Kimo’s development as a character. We grow with him from the first book, where he’s kicked out of the closet, to this one, where he is in a committed relationship with Mike. And, by the way, I love Mike. Kimo is taking on a new assignment with the FBI, and most importantly, he is a father. It’s great to experience his expanding ohana, family. Reading this book felt like visiting with my favorite friends, seeing their success and feeling their insecurities. I just can’t say enough how much I loved this book.

I also have to mention that besides Kimo and Mike, another character is featured here, and that’s Hawai’i. The island just comes to life through the people, the landscape, the ocean and the spirit of the islands. In reading the Mahu books, I’m always surprised how diverse and multi-cultural Hawai’i’s population is. This diversity is always a major part of the plot, but there is always this dangerous undercurrent to the island. The contrast between the beautiful, pristine image and the ugly is striking.

Children of Noah is a great addition to the Mahu series. I hope it’s not the last because I want more Kimo adventures. A must read!

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5 Stars, Dreamspinner Press, Genre Romance, Neil Plakcy, Reviewed by Taz

Review: Love on the Web by Neil Plakcy

Title: Love on the Web

Author: Neil Plakcy

Publisher: Loose Id

Pages/Word Count:  211 Pages

At a Glance: Love on the Web is a very satisfying read!

Reviewed By: Taz

Blurb: Larry Leavis is too smart and geeky for his family, too gangly and awkward among other gay guys. He’s never felt like he fits anywhere until he meets handsome entrepreneur Julian Argento and agrees to help him build a website for his fledgling web translation company.

Julian isn’t the only guy with his eye on Larry, though. Sexy client Victor Kunin has plans for Larry that go way beyond developing an app for his modeling agency. All this attention has Larry confused. Is Julian using him for his awesome coding skills, or is there something more between them – something that could be destroyed if Julian finds out about some very kinky trysts at Victor’s place?

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Review: Whew! This was a book I couldn’t put down. In fact, I woke up this morning with my Kindle resting on my chest after having lost the battle to stay awake late into the wee hours. Of course, I simply picked the book right up and continued on the journey. What I enjoyed about the book was how all the elements I love about stories were present. The main character had a clear talent for coding of computer apps (well, anything techie really), and the pages were filled with descriptions of the work he needed to do and how his work made him the cream that rose to the top. Along with that, the author included a cadre of weird family members, co-workers and roommates who fleshed out the main character. And, of course, Larry had not one but two extremely hot men who were both pursuing him. One of those men was sweet as sugar, while the other was vile. Don’t you just love when there’s a villain you can hate?

Mostly, this was a story about a guy who didn’t see in himself what everyone else saw in him. He was tall, awkward, and geeky, with a poor self-image. When we first meet Victor and Julian (the two successful and handsome men who pursue Larry), he thinks they are way out of his league. And that was the storyline I loved the most. As the events unfold, we watch Larry learn to see himself the way others see him. As one man treats Larry like scum, he learns to stand up for himself and prioritize what’s important to him. While he’d been afraid to come out to his family at the beginning of the book, we watch him own himself unapologetically. And, best of all, we get to enjoy the slow and awkward romance of two sweet men who complement each other in wonderful ways.

All in all, Love on the Web is a very satisfying read!

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4.5 Stars, Genre Romance, MLR Press, Neil Plakcy, Reviewed by Lana

Review: Storming Love (Blizzard): Kimo & Mike by Neil Plakcy

Title: Storming Love: Kimo & Mike

Author: Neil Plakcy

Publisher: MLR Press

Pages/Word Count: 11000 Words

At a Glance: I loved it but it’s just too damn short.

Reviewed By: Lana

Blurb: Former competitive surfer and Honolulu homicide detective Kimo Kanapa’aka is in his element in his home state of Hawaii. But a ski trip with his partner, fire investigator Mike Riccardi, knocks him off balance. As a bitter storm rages outside the condo where they’re staying, one of Mike’s college buddies is feuding with his wife and the other is making sexy overtures to Kimo. Will these tensions ruin the vacation and perhaps even drive a wedge between Kimo and Mike?

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Review: Kimo and Mike are back, and this time they’ve traded Hawaiian surf for Colorado snow! They are one of my favorite couples, and it was great catching up with them, but this is a way too short story and is really more of an interlude in their lives. If you’re a fan, you will love this one anyway.

After a hot night of sex, Mike talks Kimo into a ski vacation with his friends from college. What can possibly go wrong??? LOL. They meet up with two other couples: a hetero couple who are having major marriage problems, which plays out in ugly detail. The other couple is two guys who want to play with Kimo and Mike.

That’s it to the story It’s short and sweet, and don’t forget HOT! Kimo and Mike make me all warm inside. Just when the story got going, it ended, and that’s the only negative. I loved it but it’s just too damn short.






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5 Stars, MLR Press, Mystery/Suspense/Action Thriller, Neil Plakcy, Reviewed by Lana

Review: Accidental Contact and Other Mahu Investigations by Neil Plakcy

Title: Accidental Contact and Other Mahu Investigations (Mahu #7.5)

Author: Neil Plakcy

Publisher: MLR Press

Pages/Word Count: 187 Pages

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: Sex, mayhem and justice in the Aloha State as openly gay Honolulu homicide detective tracks murderers, missing people & a dog with unusual appetites.

From murderers to missing babies to a shaggy dog with an unusual appetite, openly gay Honolulu homicide detective Kimo Kanapa’aka has his hands full in this selection of ten short investigations in the Aloha State. Sun-drenched streets hide bodies in their shadows and clues lurk in the most unusual places, from a hearse to flowering hedge to a psychic who provides Kimo with an unexpected revelation. Continue reading

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Review: Active Duty Anthology – Edited by Neil Plakcy

Title: Active Duty

Author: Anthology (Edited by Neil Plakcy)

Publisher: Cleis Press

Pages/Word Count: 224 Pages

Rating: 3 Stars

Blurb: These fierce stories of love on the front lines grab and hold readers’ attention as they travel the world with these soldier on Active Duty. In the wake of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and the Defense of Marriage Act getting repealed, Neil Plakcy brings the two issues together into heart-pounding vignettes of men in action who put their lives on the line to protect and serve. The heat of battle only amps up the level of excitement knowing that this tryst might be the last. These heroic hunks fight for love and honor and will have readers begging for their next debriefing! Continue reading

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How “Soaring” Took Off – A Guest Post And Giveaway From Michael Bracken And Cleis Press

268149_2261498423256_6153149_nI’m just old enough to have been born when there were only 48 United States, and the world I was born into is not the world I live in today. Society is changing—too fast for some of us, not fast enough for others—and things that were once taboo, hidden behind locked doors and spoken of only in hushed whispers, are now displayed in public and are part of our common discourse.

The repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell is one of those changes, and when editor Neil Plakcy asked me to write a story for Active Duty, an anthology of erotic stories about the repeal’s impact on the military, I knew I wanted to be a part of his project because of the subject. Continue reading

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A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week, Blake Santerre, Charlie Cochet, Coastal Magic Convention, Cover Reveal, Deanna Wadsworth, Ethan Stone, J.P. Barnaby, Jordan Castillo Price, Neil Plakcy, RJ Scott, T.A. Chase, Vaughn R. Demont

Here’s A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week

Hi, everyone, I hope you’ve all had another great week.

We’ve got some great blog tours, giveaways, and reviews coming up in the week ahead, and speaking of reviews, we’re welcoming a new reviewer to the TNA team this week (watch for more soon). Chris comes to us with lots of blogging and social media experience, and I’m looking forward to her first official review. In the meantime, here’s a little bit about Chris in her own words.
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