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Review: Best Laid Trap by Rob Rosen

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Title: Best Laid Trap (Sleigh Ride: Advent Calendar 2015)

Author: Rob Rosen

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 24 Pages

At a Glance: Fans of Rob Rosen will immediately latch on to his wickedly humorous writing style and slightly crazed characters.

Reviewed By: Sammy

Blurb: Roy has a crush on Steve, so when a work-related ski weekend is offered, Roy jumps at the chance to finally lay a trap for his hunky coworker. An abandoned cabin nearby is perfect for his scheme, and Roy stocks it with champagne, rubbers, and lube. But fate intervenes, and it’s not Steve, but Ranger Josh, who ends up trapped in the cabin with Roy during an avalanche. Roy’s plan might be ruined, but there’s still a chance for a very happy New Year indeed.

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Review: It’s holiday time and Rob Rosen offers up Best Laid Trap, another offering form the Dreamspinner Advent Calendar: Sleigh Ride. I must admit I am a huge fan of Rosen’s acerbic wit and snarky repartee, and this little short starts out in typical Rosen style, replete with a near stream of consciousness from the narrator and star of the story, Roy.

The plot is a simple one: Roy has been crushing on a coworker and accidentally finds an abandoned cabin right off the bunny trail at the ski resort they are both staying. With seduction on his mind, Roy sets the trap for his amour and sits back to wait. Little did he know that Mother Nature, a randy forest ranger, and some karma would change his whole night–and perhaps his future as well.

Be forewarned, this short story is about as insta-lust as you can get, but with lots of humor and a fairly hot, lengthy sex scene to boot. This is a mere snippet, so if you are looking for a great deal of character development, or much past a short rendezvous with a hint of a happy-ever-after, then this might not be the selection for you. However, fans of Rob Rosen will immediately latch on to his wickedly humorous writing style and slightly crazed characters.

Roy is sweet and funny as he lays out his night of seduction for a coworker. When he finds that he is going to be left high and dry, he barely has time to be disappointed before the ranger of his dreams appears and he grabs opportunity with both hands! Barely a short story, Rosen still manages to pack this gem with soppy moments filled with inner dialogue from Roy’s head that will have you laughing. All in all, this was a fun romp that will leave you wanting just a little more!

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4 Stars, Dreamspinner Press, Genre Romance, Reviewed by Sammy, Rob Rosen, Short Story

Review: Twenty-Five Years by Rob Rosen

Title: Twenty-Five Years (A Daily Dose Story)

Author: Rob Rosen

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 19 Pages

At a Glance: Check out this delightful romp. It’s guaranteed to make you smile!

Reviewed By: Sammy

Blurb: Sometimes letting go of an obsession leads to something better instead.

A twenty-five-year high school reunion is Conrad’s chance to finally come face-to-face with his unrequited love, Todd. Instead, he discovers he himself was an unrequited love for Gary, his friend from the chess club. When the two return to their old gym locker room, long-lost friends at last become found loves. As for Todd, well, let’s just say that karma can be quite the bitch.

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Review: If you have never had the pleasure of reading author Rob Rosen before, this short story, Twenty-Five Years, would be a most delightful way to introduce yourself to his writing. Humorous, smart and risqué, this author does tongue-in-cheek like no other.

A high school crush is not an easy thing to let go of, particularly when the person you were hungering after seemed to disappear after graduation. For Conrad, this dilemma was magnified due to the fact that he had just one memory of mutual masturbation in the high school locker room to feed his twenty-five year old crush on the class president, Todd Smith. Now a class reunion looms and Todd will be there—will Conrad get a second chance?

Sweet, short and very funny, Twenty-Five Years hits us all where we live. Who didn’t have a crush on the most popular boy or girl in school? And who doesn’t remember to this day that one moment our said fixation spoke to us—or looked at us—or breathed in our direction? Mr. Rosen cleverly takes us back to a time we all remember and wraps it up in humor and a happy ending. No, Conrad does not get his crush on—he gets way better! Check out this delightful romp. It’s guaranteed to make you smile!

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Guest Post and Giveaway: Men of the Manor (An Anthology) Edited by Rob Rosen

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The Novel Approach is happy to have Rob Rosen here today on the Men of the Manor blog tour. I asked Rob to tell us what prompted him to put his own erotic twist on the historical romance genre, and this is what he had to say.

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As a fan of both Downton Abbey and Upstairs, Downstairs, I thought, hey, wouldn’t it be uniquely different to see what happens to the men of the manor when the lights go down and the ladies head to their beds for the night? Then I purposely chose stories from both viewpoints: from the perspective of the lords and the perspective of the staff. In truth, I enjoyed it the most when the staff took advantage of their employers, and gained something other than sex as a result, but the stories of the lords are just as intriguing, frequently showing a side of them you don’t normally get to see.

Erotica fans will enjoy the sex, romance fans will enjoy the tender moments, and historical fiction fans will get a kick out of the pre-World War One setting. In the end, I think I put together exactly what I was hoping for: something that appeals to a wide audience, and yet something that hasn’t been tried yet. I hope the readers feel the same.

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The Giveaway: THIS CONTEST IS CLOSED

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unnamedBlurb – Men of the Manor: The country estate, masters and servants, mystery and intrigue, sex and money—all go hand in hand in these turn-of-the-century tales of what goes on behind the manor’s closed doors. Does the master lure the butler to the phonograph room for a romp behind the sofa, or does the stable boy have a tryst with the footman while the lord longingly watches on? Does the aristocrat drop his foppish manners when the butler helps him undress? And do the classes exchange more than pleasantries when the lamps are dimmed and the ladies retire for the evening?

Rob Rosen has gathered the hottest stories of romance and sex between wealthy aristocrats and the hard-working estate staff, all with a pre-World War I backdrop, including the fashion and art and the latest inventions of the day. War is years way, the estates are huge and sprawling, the fashionably elite have too much time on their hands, while the toiling underclass are always on the lookout for a means to a brighter future — no matter whose bed they end up in. Think Downton Abbey and Upstairs, Downstairs, but with enough sex to make the town vicar blush.

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Rob Rosen BioAbout the Author/Editor:

Rob Rosen, author of the novels Sparkle: The Queerest Book You’ll Ever Love, Divas Las Vegas, Hot Lava, Southern Fried, Queerwolf, Vamp and Queens of the Apocalypse, and editor of the anthologies Lust in Time, Men of the Manor, and Best Gay Erotica 2015, has had short stories featured in more than two hundred anthologies.

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Review: The Virgin Miracle by Rob Rosen

Title: The Virgin Miracle

Author: Rob Rosen

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 22 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: Two strangers on a plane, one heading to Paris, the other Barcelona, both trying to get to their families in time for the holidays. It’s Christmas Eve, and all they have in common is a connection through London. When flights get delayed and cancelled, that connection goes beyond an airport, a terminal, and a secluded meeting room. And for Lance and Bruce, Christmas morning will hold even more joyous miracles. Continue reading

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5 Stars, Annabelle Jacobs, Anthology, Becky Black, Bette Browne, Chris Quinton, Genre Romance, Jay Northcote, Jules Jones, MA Ford, Megan Reddaway, Penny Hudson, Reviewed by Lana, Rhidian Brenig Jones, Rob Rosen, S.A. Garcia, Sam Evans, Sarah Madison, Theo Fenraven

It’s “Not Quite Shakespeare” But It Is Quite Lovely

Title: Not Quite Shakespeare

Author: Anthology

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 350 Pages

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: Take a ride to Northern Scotland on the famous train, the Jacobite, and rediscover desire. Get lost in the Peace Maze in Northern Ireland during a downpour and let a handsome young redhead come to the rescue. Take a tour of historical Blackpool on the English coast and set the stage for the perfect romance. From England to the outer isles, the UK holds treasure troves of romance, history, intrigue, and—naturally—quirky British humor. Not Quite Shakespeare samples it all in fifteen stories. Continue reading

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Give Thanks For Rob Rosen’s “The Wishbone”


“Nothing spices up one’s sex life like having a partner.” ― Jacob M. Appel



Title: The Wishbone

Author: Rob Rosen

Publisher: Torquere Press

Pages/Word Count: 13

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: A trip home for Thanksgiving goes from dreaded to weird to downright hot when Paul finds that his date for dinner is none other than his cousin (by marriage, of course), Roger. And there’s certainly a lot to be thankful for once the two discover that they’ll also be sharing Paul’s boyhood bedroom for the night. But just who gets the bigger half of the wishbone, and will the wish come true and make this holiday season one to remember?
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Rob Rosen’s “Vamp” Is A Snark-tastic Adventure

“War does not determine who is right – only who is left.”― Bertrand Russell


I have read “Southern Fried” by Rob Rosen so I felt like I knew what to expect going into “Vamp”. It turns out that I was right and I was wrong. Rob Rosen has a great sense of humor, add some Class A snark to that and it had me laughing out loud.

The book starts out with us meeting Jack Jackowski, one of the MCs of the story, and him finding out that he has just inherited a LARGE sum of money and a HUGE mansion. Funny thing is he has never heard of this relative of his. Cousin Boris Jackowski has left all of his worldly possessions to Jack and Jack is trying to figure out why. It seems Jack also inherited an Igor Bolinski, the humpbacked house servant that worked for Boris. Igor didn’t have any clues for Jack when he finds a note telling him about being the last remaining survivor of a great war. Oh, and just like all of the prior Jackowski men, Jack is a vampire.

After Jack goes through the transformation he goes outside to “play” with his new abilities. While outside Jack smells something he described as “unique, strange and intoxicating”. Jack follows the scent and meets Steven, a very naked Steven. Jack is shocked to find out that Steven is a werewolf. Not just any werewolf but the Alpha of his pack also. The two men hit it off VERY well and then almost immediately after they are attacked by an unknown assailant with spears. The same type of spears that his cousin Boris was killed with. This effectively brings Steven and his pack into the war with Jack.

It turns out that centuries ago Jack’s family turned another bloodline to vampires and that family is seeking a cure by killing off all of Jack’s family line. Steven rallies his troops, Mack and Ralph, to be Jack’s bodyguards. Jack also rallies his own troops by calling in some newly discovered family members to fight alongside him and Steven. After too many close calls while fending off attacks from the “bad” vampires, Jack and Steven decide to go on the offensive and they start taking the fight to them. With some work between the vampires and the pack they get to a point where they have almost won the war when there is a big twist that changes everything.

Throughout the book there are some great adventures while Jack and Steven not only get to know one another, but also learn more about Jack’s new abilities and how they can work hand in hand with Steven’s. There is a love story in this book, but it doesn’t take center stage at all. I found that I was happily entertained with the interaction between the vampires and the werewolves. Steven and Jack do fall in love, and the ending is a happy one. There are plenty of twists and turns and some great comedic moments. This book won’t be for everyone, and I believe it is a love it or hate it book. It is a unique take on the vampire genre and the ins and outs of their family situations. I did like the book and I am going to have to get “Queerwolf” now because I can only imagine the humor in that one. I recommend giving this one a read, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Reviewed by: Jackie

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Angel Propps, Ann Anderson, Anna Hedley, Erik Moore, Harper Bliss, John Amory, K. Lynn, K. Piet, L. Alonso Corona, Lor Rose, Piper Vaughn, Raven de Hart, Rob Rosen, Storm Moon Press

Gay and Lesbian Coffee Break Quickies Is Shorthand Sex That’s Long On Subtext

Quickie: Syllabification: (quick•ie)
Pronunciation: /ˈkwikē/
noun
a rapidly consumed alcoholic drink.
a brief act of sexual intercourse. – Source: Oxford American English Dictionary

And sometimes, quickies are had even in that order.

At any rate, we all know they’re that intense and spontaneous moment when foreplay is defined as the quickie: the sex is red-hot and is entirely about getting in, getting it on, and getting out before you get caught. Not to be confused with the nooner, the quickie’s less spontaneous cousin, these transactions of the hit-and-run variety, conducted online, in a cubicle, in the knee-space of a desk, or a locker room, are made all the more combustible by that element of danger in being caught with your pants down—quite literally—and ups the ante, turning the risks into a roleplayer in the game.

Storm Moon Press has gathered all that erotic potential and put it together in a compilation of short stories about sex in the workplace, which has nothing to do with harassment and everything to do with heating things up when the 9-to-5 gets altogether dull.

Thirteen authors have contributed their individual takes on workplace romance, and include:

Skype Wars by Rob Rosen (M/M)
Hands On by K. Piet (F/F)
One Week by L. Alonso Corona (M/M)
Working Lunch by Ann Anderson (F/F)
Personal Assistance by K. Lynn (M/M)
She’s the Boss by Angel Propps (F/F)
The New Guy by John Amory (M/M)
Stair Walking by Harper Bliss (F/F)
1-800-Boredom by Raven de Hart (M/M)
Fair Play by Anna Hedley (M/M)
His Non-Existent Coffee Break by Lor Rose (M/M)
Tele-Romance by Erik Moore (F/F)
Three Strikes by Piper Vaughn (M/M)

It’s extra tempting to tell you what my favorite stories in this erotic collection are; yes, I did have a few favorites, but rather than do that, I’ll say in all honestly that each of them was sexy—sometimes playful, sometimes all business—in its own way, not to mention a few of them having some very nice little twists in roleplaying and role reversal, making them just that little bit more enjoyable for the effort.

I can say with some confidence that if the idea of quickie shots of caffeinated sex are your…err…cup of tea, you ought to find this anthology every bit as much fun as I did.

And in case you missed it, check out K. Lynn’s interview HERE, in which she discusses her story “Personal Assistance.”

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