All Romance Ebooks, Leta Blake, Self-Published

Leta Blake’s “Training Season” Is A Story Of Discipline And Sacrifice

“Every day we walk away from once-in-a-lifetime opportunities, chasing after other once-in-a-lifetime opportunities. We just have to hope we’re choosing the right thing to chase.” – Leta Blake

You know, sometimes this review business boils down to nothing more than read this book. But while that tells you what to do, it doesn’t say anything at all about why you should read it, which is really the most important part about sharing the love of the books we read.

Leta Blake’s Training Season is a just-read-it kind of book for me. First of all it’s a “ripped right out of the headlines” story, considering what gay athletes are facing in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia, and Matty Marcus is just that—a gay athlete—but not only is he a gay athlete, he’s a flamboyantly and unapologetically gay athlete, which, in the world of figure skating may not be unheard of but doesn’t seem to do him any favors when it comes down to win or lose on the ice.

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All Romance Ebooks, Eli Easton, Self-Published

Feeling A Little Confused This Holiday Season? “Blame it on the Mistletoe”

“The mouth is made for communication, and nothing is more articulate than a kiss.” ― Jarod Kintz

Summary: Mick has done a bang up job of turning his roommate, Fielding, child prodigy and Physics superstar, into a much more approachable and normal guy. Since moving in together at the start of the year, their friendship has blossomed into an uncharacteristically co-dependent bromance that neither of them expected. But Fielding’s past was not favorable to his romantic endeavors and with the department Christmas party looming, he finds himself terrified at the prospect of that promised kiss under the mistletoe with a girl who intends to rock his world. With the pressure mounting, and the terror of embarrassing himself in front of his peers looming, who better to turn to but the best kisser on campus; his best friend and roommate Mick?
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All Romance Ebooks, Jordan L. Hawk, Self-Published

There’s Something Sinister Brewing In The Bowels Of “Stormhaven”

“Who knows the end? What has risen may sink, and what has sunk may rise. Loathsomeness waits and dreams in the deep, and decay spreads over the tottering cities of men.” ― H.P. Lovecraft

One of the things I’ve come to love about Jordan L. Hawk’s books is that no matter what I expect going into them, by the time I’m finished I’ve learned to appreciate all the unexpected things that manage to come out of them, even if those things raise my blood pressure to dangerously high levels and/or make my hair stand on end.

Stormhaven, the third book in the Whyborne & Griffin series, takes you to all those unexpected places, and then some, because in Widdershins, Massachusetts, any- and everything is possible, especially when there always seems to be someone there who’s hell-bent on summoning something up from the great beyond, or from the unfathomable depths, to take over the world.
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All Romance Ebooks, Self-Published, Silvia Violet

If You Find Yourself “Needing a Little Christmas”, This Is Where You’ll Find It

“Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love.” ― Hamilton Wright Mabie

BLURB: Discovering his boyfriend’s affair with a co-worker wrecks Eli’s holiday plans. With his parents on a cruise and his brother and sister out of town, he’s on his own. His mother insists he escape to her friend’s mountain cabin. Eli reluctantly agrees, but he takes off unprepared and ends up driving into the worst snowstorm the area has seen in years.

He survives the trip, but he’s stuck with no logs for the woodstove and little food. Fortunately, he gets the number for Mac’s Wood Delivery. Mac doesn’t mind riding to the rescue, and his deep, sultry voice has Eli eagerly anticipating the delivery. Is Mac the little bit of Christmas cheer Eli has been needing?
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All Romance Ebooks, Brandon Shire, Self-Published

Brandon Shire’s “Heart of Timber” Brings You In From The “Cold”

“If only. Those were two very big, impossible words.” – Brandon Shire

Blurb: Two years after watching Anderson walk out of the prison gates, Lem has a visitor who informs him that Anderson desperately needs his help. He scoffs at the idea until he is given an offer that he cannot refuse. He doesn’t know if he is finally ready to make peace with himself outside prison, or if he is ready to face the pain he has caused, but he also understands that he will never get another chance like this.

Anderson has tried to push Lem to the back of his heart, but he cannot find anyone who can measure up to the man that Lem was. Letters he meant to send sit on the table, and the dreams he had about rebuilding his life go by the wayside as he pines for a man he cannot have. He doesn’t believe he will ever be happy again and finds it increasingly difficult to keep up the cheerful facade his family expects.

But unknown to Anderson, the women in his life have colluded to bring him and Lem back together again. Will he and Lem rekindle their love, or will they burn everyone around them by falling back to their past mistakes?
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All Romance Ebooks, Max Vos

What Are The Holidays Without “A Christmas Memory”?

“Reflect upon your present blessings–of which every man has many–not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.”–Charles Dickens

Max Vos has blogged about his creative process. He says he starts with the seed of a story, then looks for character inspiration. Next he fleshes out the characters and lets them pretty much tell him the story they want written. In this, Max gives all the credit for his great writing to the characters, while not acknowledging his own wonderful talent.

This method produces a much more free-flowing, stream of consciousness style of writing. It doesn’t seem to be forced into the pre-conceived outline many authors work with. The characters’ telling of the story is Max’s way of allowing his imagination to flow directly on to the page through his fingers. It makes for a comfortable feeling while reading his work. Max doesn’t take enough credit for his talent. Regardless of whether or not he feels the characters control the story, those characters and their stories come from his brain, his heart and his gut. He is just allowing them to get to our e-readers in the most direct way possible.
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All Romance Ebooks, Calandra Hunter, Cherry Dare, Dawn South, Isabel Dare, Lyla Luray, Self-Published

“His Prize Possession: Tales of Pleasure and Dominance” – It’s Prose With A Purpose

“If love and hate aren’t true opposites, perhaps neither are pleasure and pain—if you go far enough in one extreme, it resembles the other.” ― Daria Snadowsky

There’s nothing quite like reading for a good cause, and there’s nothing quite as gratifying as really liking what you read for that cause. Authors Cherry Dare, Isabel Dare, Calandra Hunter, Lyla Luray, and Dawn South have banded together to give us His Prize Possession: Tales of Pleasure and Dominance, a flash-fantasy collection that’s sexy as sin and sizzles with seduction.

These are five unique stories of gods and monsters, warriors and thieves, commoners and royalty each with a similar thread: they are lusty and erotic in all their unapologetic and provocative glory. They are stories of men who take and of men who are taken, some dubiously, some non-consensually, some in slavery, some in a bargain, and some who are prisoners of war, each who may not have given of his free will but who nevertheless finds his pleasure in the taking.
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All Romance Ebooks, Ethan Stone, Sara York

When Finding Love Means Living In A State Of “Transparency”

“And when at last you find someone to whom you feel you can pour out your soul, you stop in shock at the words you utter—they are so rusty … from being kept in the small cramped dark inside you so long.” ― Sylvia Plath

BLURB: Charlie is the quintessential bear. Big, muscular and hairy. But that isn’t the type of men he’s attracted to. He is drawn to men like Taylor—short, smooth, and sexy. Taylor is Charlie’s idea of the perfect twink. But there’s something about Taylor Charlie doesn’t know. Taylor is unsure about a lot of things, but when he sees Charlie, he instantly knows he wants him. The only issue standing in his way is how Taylor views his own masculinity. He’s afraid that Charlie will leave once he knows the secret Taylor wants to keep hidden. Can he be transparent with Charlie and allow him to look behind the image he’s so carefully constructed?
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All Romance Ebooks, Self-Published, Taylor Law

“My Lord’s Judgment” – In Which Taylor Law Takes That Falling In Love Thing Literally

“For then we certainly come under judgment, but that the redeemer and the judge are the same.” ― Søren Kierkegaard

Samael is an angel, and not just any angel but one of Heaven’s most feared and fated angels, who now stands accused of a crime he didn’t commit. He is awaiting his Father’s punishment, and when you have a Father like Samael’s, judgment is sure to be swift and the sentence severe.

I love stories of fallen angles for a lot of reasons, not the least of which is the idea that there is an unseen force which creates a universal balance between the angels above and the demons below, and that equalizer is the fallen, the in between, the ones stripped of their wings and their powers that now walk the Earth as they’ve been condemned to do for their transgressions, mortal yet something more. Samael’s punishment is exacted, and he comes crashing down from the heavens into a dirty back alley Dumpster, landing nearly on top of Brandon, a man who’s gotten himself into all kinds of trouble with the wrong kind of people.

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All Romance Ebooks, Sara Alva, Self-Published

Sara Alva Gives Voice To The “Silent” In This Story Of Young Love

“Secrets are what can ease or crush a soul, mend or destroy a heart, and rescue or murder a life.” ― Alexis Hurley

BLURB: Alex’s life as a teenager in South Central L.A. is far from perfect, but it’s his life, and he knows how to live it. He knows what role to play and what things to keep to himself. He’s got it all under control, until one lousy pair of shoes kicks him out of his world and lands him in a foster care group home.

Surrounded by strangers and trapped in a life where he could never belong, Alex turns to the only person lower on the social ladder than he is: a “special” mute boy. In Sebastian, Alex finds a safe place to store his secrets—those that sent him to foster care, and the deeper one that sets him apart from the other teenagers he knows. But Sebastian has secrets of his own, and when tragedy rips the two boys apart, Alex will stop at nothing to find the answers—even if it means dragging them both through a past full of wounds best left buried.

It might just be worth it, for the slim chance at love.

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All Romance Ebooks, Self-Published, Silvia Violet

Silvia Violet’s “Unexpected Rescue” Is Every Bit As Good As Expected

“Our deepest wounds surround our greatest gifts.” ― Ken Page

I’ve read Sylvia Violet before and always enjoyed her stories so I was really excited to read this story for review.

Jackson is a former Navy Seal who recently had to leave service because of extensive damage to his leg during a routine mission gone horribly wrong. So wrong in fact, it was a deliberate act by someone really close to his inner circle. Of course, no one believes Jackson when he tells his story about what happened, so he’s on his own. Now that person wants him dead, sending threatening letters that forces Jackson to run for his life.
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All Romance Ebooks, Chrissy Munder, Clare London, JL Merrow, Josephine Myles, Lou Harper, Pink Squirrel Press

Get Some “Summer Lovin'” To Warm Up Your Autumn Nights

In the immortal words from Grease, with a little tweak:

“Summer loving had me a blast
Summer loving happened so fast
I met a boy crazy for me
Met a boy cute as can be
Summer days drifting away
To, oh, oh, the summer nights”

This Summer Lovin’ is truly a blast! A hot and sweet confection good enough on a cold winter’s night! “Lovin’” is an anthology worth reading. The main theme is summer romances that turn into something more when the weather turns colder. The stories fell into two categories: vacation flings and summer jobs. Mostly they are told from one point of view, and in just a short amount of words, the stories drew you in and held you there. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I cared for these characters and wanted them to have their happy endings. And yes, the sex was pretty satisfying but that all depends on the caliber of the authors.

The quality of the writing was exceptional. All of the writers know how to weave words in such a manner to keep the reader, me, in the story. I didn’t want these stories to end. But as summer turns into fall, the book had to end too. :(

Summer Lovin’ is a must read on a cold night. It’ll warm your body and heart.

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All Romance Ebooks, T. Baggins

This Is What It Means To Be “Soulless”

“One love, one heart, one destiny.” ― Bob Marley

BLURB: Nicholas Robinson is a chemist decades ahead of his time. Crippled by a riding accident and embittered by his injuries, he shuns the world, focusing on his laboratory and experiments. But when the sale of his country estate, Grantley, leads to an encounter with a vampire, Nicholas realizes there is more in heaven and earth than he ever dreamed possible.

A Creature of Darkness

Although three hundred years old, Bancroft Ulwin is young by supernatural standards. Enslaved by his cruel, deformed maker, Ban is forbidden from relations with mortal men unless it ends in death. But his liaison with Nicholas, expressly against his master’s wishes, soon expands beyond mere lust to something more.

A Love Predestined

Long ago while still mortal, Ban met Serafino, the only true love of his life. When death separated them, Ban accepted his role as an enemy of human kind. But as he comes to suspect Nicholas is Serafino reincarnated, Ban begins to question everything he once believed. Including his own damnation.

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All Romance Ebooks, Max Vos, Self-Published

Max Vos’s “My Hero” Is A Friends To Lovers Romance

“[Heroes] rarely turn into heroes because they are super-humans, but because of circumstances. Heroes rarely think. Heroes just act.” – Aleksandr Voinov

BLURB: When he was sixteen years old, Rich Miller saved a young man from drowning at his local pool. Little did he know that years later, as a senior in college and Olympic diving hopeful, Rich would meet up once again with Johnny Milloway, now a big football player – and when Rich says big, he really means ‘bear’. The shy jock remembers his savior, and the two men become friends.

Johnny isn’t put off by the fact that Rich is gay. In fact, the more time he spends with Rich, the more curious he becomes. Johnny wants to know all kinds of things – what it’s like to kiss a guy, for instance. Only it doesn’t stop there…

Rich finds it difficult to believe that this relationship can go anywhere. Johnny is straight, and Rich isn’t prepared to deal with the heartache he knows will come his way in the future. He has enough on his plate as it is – the Worlds are just around the corner, his father would rather watch a football game than spend time watching his son dive… What he doesn’t count on is Johnny, who can be very determined. And having Johnny in his life proves to be a catalyst for some pretty earth-shattering changes.
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All Romance Ebooks, John Goode

Take A Spin With John Goode’s “Last Dance With Mary Jane”

If you follow my blog over at Insight Out! then you’ll be more than painfully aware of my deep and all encompassing respect for this author. If you’re a fan of the genre you’ll know him best from his Tales of Foster High series, or the fantasy frolics of his Lords of Arcadia series. You’ll probably have been, like me, so in awe of his exceptional penmanship during these critically-acclaimed collections that you might have missed a little something along the way. You might not have been looking when in August 2012, John Goode gave the world a glimpse into something inside himself that no one could have anticipated.


Peter thought Shane was done for when the virus ravaged his body. He had no hope that the drugs would take hold quite the way they did. But they worked, and before either of them could really realize the wonder of the pharmaceuticals, Shane was fighting fit, returned to his lover as he had been when they’d fallen in love back in College. But fate was never a friend of Peter’s, leaving him speechless when his now healthy lover is taken from him prematurely in a car wreck. The only thing Peter has left is the last voicemail message on his lover’s phone, listened to ad infinitum to seal off the huge hole in his chest left by his deceased lover. But one night, when lost in a haze of liquor and loneliness, Peter calls the voicemail of Shane’s phone, only to have the man pick up on the other end. What follows is a tale of fate, and the uncompromising bitch that wears its face.
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All Romance Ebooks, Kia Zi Shiru, Self-Published

There’s A Blend Of Vampire And Werewolf Lore In “Disturbed Connections”

“Ah, come now. I look like an angel, but I’m not. The old rules of nature encompass many creatures like me. We’re beautiful like the diamond-backed snake, or the striped tiger, yet we’re merciless killers” ― Anne Rice

I was really excited to read this book because it has my two favorite things in the world, vampires and werewolves. Separately they are hot, but together they are combustible. And that’s what I was expecting: a steamy story about a vamp and werewolf getting together in a major way. Imagine my surprise when I read the book and there was little to no combustibility. Can you say frustrating? Extremely!
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All Romance Ebooks, Kate Aaron

The Ball Is In Love’s Court In Kate Aaron’s “Ace”

“Points become games become sets become tournaments, and it’s all so tightly connected that any point can become the turning point. It reminds me of the way seconds become minutes become hours, and any hour can be our finest. Or darkest.” – Andre Agassi

Brian Scagill is Britain’s number one tennis player, groomed and driven hard not to settle for anything less than becoming the number one player in the world. Lexi Horvat is a Croatian expat who no one would’ve guessed would advance as far as he did in the tournament during which they met. Neither of the men are technically out players, but neither of them has ever denied who he is to protect himself from the scrutiny of being a gay athlete either, and Ace is their story, from their first meeting, through the wins and losses and on to a relationship that quickly becomes public after an on-court kiss makes it pretty obvious to the world that Brian and Lexi are more than competitors and so much more than friends.
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All Romance Ebooks, Sara York

Follow Sara York Into The “Colorado Wild”

“You can love someone so much…But you can never love people as much as you can miss them.” ― John Green

What is a service member to do when they feel the job they do just isn’t enough? They don’t want to quit, but there has to be a way to make a real difference. This thinking is what brought about the creations of Wild Bluff Ranch. You see, the cowboys that tend the herds and fix the fences on the Wild Bluff are more than they appear. They are prior servicemen that have “special skills”. When you work for the government you don’t get a choice of whether to neutralize a target. A lot of people that don’t deserve to live get a pass. Well, there are no “passes” issued on the Wild Bluff.
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All Romance Ebooks, Santino Hassell, Self-Published

“After Midnight” Is A Dangerously Good Time

“Hope, which whispered from Pandora’s box after all the other plagues and sorrows had escaped, is the best and last of all things. Without it, there is only time.” – Ian Caldwell

Ah, the fictional antihero. He isn’t the strongest or the handsomest or the smartest man, but there is something about him that makes the reader love him for (or in spite of?) all his faults. We root for him, question his judgment, cringe at his mistakes, feel his pain. We want him to find the silver lining around the cloud of his existence and when it happens, we cheer for him because maybe he deserves it just a little bit more simply because he’s suffered just a little bit more. Gordon Frost is the newly minted antihero in Santino Hassell’s pulp-fictionesque post-World War III novel After Midnight, and I love him.

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All Romance Ebooks, Lori Toland, Self-Published

“The Replacement Guitarist” Is A Slow Dance With Attraction

“It is the dim haze of mystery that adds enchantment to pursuit.” ― Antoine Rivarol

Blaze Shinozuka has recently graduated college and has an audition to play lead guitar for a famous pop star. Blaze is confident in his abilities and he is excited for the opportunity, that is until the man he is auditioning for walks in the room.

Jason Stockton is in a bind and has to replace the lead guitarist for Cassie’s tour since the last guy quit and the tour is set to start soon. When he walks in the room, he is struck in the gut by his attraction to Blaze. Jason tries to keep his face stoic, but he knows that the lust is shining from his eyes.

The two men seem to dance around their attraction until they both give in and start a tentative relationship. Blaze has never been in a relationship before, not with a man or a woman. He knows he has been attracted to men and women equally, but he has never acted on that attraction. Jason picks up on the vibes Blaze is putting out, so he proceeds slowly with Blaze.

It seems Blaze is going to learn the ugly side of the music industry quickly, though. Between being set up for Jason to overhear a comment taken out of context to an untrue announcement made out of spite, Blaze and Jason have to work through some issues if they want to stay together. Then to top all of that off when Blaze tells his parents about Jason, they believe this is only a phase and try setting him up with a woman.

Jason is going through his own learning experiences as well. He finds out that Blaze is still a little confused because he has found himself attracted to women as well. Jason also has some lingering issues with Blaze’s nonchalant attitude with alcohol and drug use.

Along the way the two men realize that they love each other and decide they can overcome any obstacles if they do it together.

This is one book that has left me torn. I absolutely love the premise of this book. I am totally in love with Blaze, but I wish I knew Jason better. I don’t know if this was intentional on the author’s part, but Jason kept pretty quiet about his past. I hope that Jason shares more about himself and his past in the next book because I am completely rooting for these two men.

The author did leave plenty of room for more stories. I am very interested to see if Cassie lets her issues with Blaze and Jason go, and I want to see if the two men will be able to make it work after Blaze goes on the European leg of the tour.

I am just going to have to read the next book to find out, and you can bet I will.

Reviewed by: Jackie

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All Romance Ebooks, Self-Published, Taylor V. Donovan

“Six Degrees of Separation” Heats Up This Series By Degrees

“Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet.” – Jean-Jacque Rousseau

It took six years to capture John Wayne Gacy, ten to catch Ted Bundy, and Gary Ridgway, two decades and a body-count numbering in the grotesque.

Leviticus’ murderous exploits haven’t lasted nearly as long or reached the Green River Killer’s numbers, but it has spanned several states and has targeted a very specific victim: all of them gay men, all of them fitting a very specific physical profile, all of them sacrificed for the greater good of the pure and the righteous. Lev is set to cleanse the world of their homosexual stain, one corpse at a time.

The psychopath who kills in the name of righteousness and virtue is still on the loose, but the FBI is very near to closing in on him. They know his motives, they know his profile, and they now know his name. The trick is going to be catching him before he has the chance to hurt anyone else and eliminates the one man he sees as the driving force behind his killing crusade. A kidnapping and case of mistaken identity came close to derailing the entire investigation, but Sam Shaughnessy and company didn’t become the best at what they do by giving up or by allowing the criminals to stay a step ahead of them for too long.

The Leviticus case hasn’t been resolved yet, but the case of the ever-evolving relationship between Sam and his not-boyfriend, Mac O’Bannon, moves toward a resolution that comes with some closure of past wounds and a revelation that Mac fears might send Sam away for good. One of the best things about this book for me was the evolution of Sam himself, (who can be the very definition of frustration at times!) and the way in which he and Mac finally make peace with exactly where they stand with each other.

As with the first book in the series, Six Degrees of Lust, Taylor V. Donavan has brought her ensemble cast of characters together for more intrigue, mystery, family drama, danger, romance, and some pretty steamy moments between the two men who play their relationship like a strategic game of chess, sometimes planning several moves ahead, sometimes taking a risk and sacrificing a piece of themselves for the sake of capturing the greater prize later in the game.

It’s easy enough to say I want everyone’s stories to be front and center in the next installment and will be happy with whoever comes next, but I would especially like to see what Ms. Donovan has cooked up for S.A. Logan Brandenburg and a certain someone. These characters are easy to like, and I even like the characters I don’t love so much for bringing a healthy dose of frustration into the lives of those they seem to live to torment.

Like a criminal investigation, the storyline in the By Degrees series is unfolding methodically, with twists and turns, false starts and careful plotting. I’ve become so invested in the solving of this case that I’m sorry (almost) that I read this book so quickly, knowing that there’ll be quite a wait for Book Three.

I’d definitely recommend giving this series a good seeing to in the meantime.

Reviewed by: Lisa

You can buy Six Degrees of Separation (By Degrees Book 2) here:

All Romance Ebooks, Lynn Kelling

“Bound by Lies” Is Bound To Please

“Surrender is a powerful force.” ― P.C. Cast

Brayden Clare is a very confused young man. He was bullied all throughout high school. First for the fact his father died and he was very emotional about it, also because he was slightly built and more pretty than handsome. Lastly, his mother just up and left him after his father died, leaving the town questioning her sanity.

After high school Brayden took off to Miami and started living his life on his terms; well, as much as he could. His roommate Andre starts to open his eyes to needs Brayden never knew he had. Just as the two are starting to explore this revelation, Brayden’s grandmother calls—she needs his help with raising his cousin. So, with Brayden on the cusp of finding out who he really is, he heads back to his hometown. He doesn’t know what’s in store for him in the place where he never seemed to fit in, but family comes first, so off he goes.

Next we meet Jenner Parrish. While at the gym with one of his very few friends, Jenner notices the most beautiful man he has ever seen. Lithe and tan are not the only words to enter Jenner’s mind. This moment is when Jenner’s stalking of Brayden starts. Jenner realizes that the object of his obsession lives on his street, and he spends way too much time thinking of Brayden.

Not long after seeing Brayden at the gym, Jenner believes all his prayers have been answered when Brayden walks into his bar looking for a job. Even though Jenner believes the man is straight, at least he can watch him up close every day. It doesn’t take long for the close contact between the two men to put Jenner on edge, so he goes to the BDSM club for the masquerade ball. He never expected to see Brayden there….in a KILT! Jenner quickly scoops Brayden up, thanking all that is holy that it is a masked party so his secret isn’t out once Brayden runs from the room after he and Jenner share a hot time together. Unfortunately for Jenner, his disguise is given away when Brayden sees him without his shirt at work.

Once Jenner and Brayden both admit to the feelings they are having for one another, they start to navigate a Master/slave relationship. Jenner has trained with one of the top Dominants in the city for five years and Brayden has had a total of three physical encounters with a man, none with a woman. Needless to say there are many roadblocks to overcome before these men get anywhere close to a HEA. Neither man is “out” in their small Pennsylvania town. Jenner’s friends, Maxine and Art, take a liking to Brayden very quickly. When they see marks on his body and overhear some… not so innocent conversations, they stick their noses in where they aren’t needed, and it causes some major tension and some bruises and cracked ribs for Jenner. Not only do they have to overcome Jenner’s friends, but Brayden has some friends from Miami that need some convincing that Brayden is safe.

Finally, they get on the right track and their relationship is progressing nicely. They decide together to come out soon, but on Halloween the decision is made for them. There are some wonderful surprises on who supports them and some bullies are put in their place. Brayden overcomes some inner demons that have plagued him since childhood and Jenner finally finds freedom in the control Brayden hands over to him.

I loved this book!!! It took me a couple days after I finished reading it to get my thoughts somewhat together. This story was so striking and romantic. The power dynamic played out so well that it just seemed natural, like these two men were made for each other. Jenner is a very powerful Dom and Brayden is a wonderful sub who just blossoms under Jenner’s guidance. Watching the two men grow and learn together was a beautiful thing.

I highly recommend this book to anyone that likes to read about strong men, especially when one of them gives all his power over to the other.

Reviewed by: Jackie

You can buy Bound by Lies here:

All Romance Ebooks, P.D. Singer

“Training Cats” Is Easy With The Right Bait

Happiness. It was the place where passion, with all its dazzle and drumbeat, met something softer: homecoming and safety and pure sunbeam comfort. – Laini Taylor

This was such a sweet story.

Brent is a pharmacist at a local grocery store and has a boyfriend named Tyler who isn’t a very nice person. In fact, he’s kind of a selfish, greedy jerk. He is rude to Brent’s friends, rearranges Brent’s life, and has returned every gift Brent has ever gotten him. No matter how much he wanted the original item, the exchange is always for something just a little bit better, bigger, or flashier and somehow makes Brent feel foolish. I never see what Brent saw in him.

Right away, I saw Brent was just an all around nice guy who deserved a more worthy partner than the one he had. Brent knows things aren’t going well with Tyler. He’s starting to realize his relationship with him is a mistake and something must be done. It was great to see him finally stand up and give Tyler the old heave ho, even if it means he’ll be alone.

Evan is Brent’s co-worker and is secretly crushing for him hard. He’s very sweet and always has a kind word for everyone he meets. He waits patiently for Brent to notice him, not knowing he had been Brent’s first choice until he was distracted by a flashy Tyler.

I loved seeing Brent getting on with his life after Tyler. He finally starts doing what he wants to do, putting his interests first. His first act as a single man was to get a cat. I almost squealed with delight when he invited Evan over to meet his new feline friend. Brent realizes Evan could be his second chance at finally getting it right, being happy.

For being such a short story, this one felt complete. You get the whole package. The story ends at the very beginning of their relationship but you know they’re going to make it without knowing all the day to day details. You never know when happiness is staring you right in the face.

Reviewed by: Lynn

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All Romance Ebooks, Dan Skinner, Self-Published

Dan Skinner’s “Memorizing You” Is An Unforgettable Read

“Where you used to be, there is a hole in the world.” – Edna St. Vincent Millay

Every once in a while you read a book that touches something inside of you. It makes your heart sing, it makes your heart break and then it puts it back together again. Memorizing You took my heart hostage from the moment David and Ryan met.

David was an awkward young man and that was before he realized he was “different”. You see David didn’t get that tingle in his belly when he looked at girls. No, that only happened when he was looking at the boys in his class. Once he got to high school, he believed he would have to hide this from everyone. So what was a boy to do? That’s right, time to get a girlfriend. Eventually this situation goes south, and David feels so guilty about it he swears it won’t happen ever again. He just can’t believe he hurt someone so bad by trying to cover up his own truth.

On the heels of his failed attempt to be “normal”, David happens to meet Ryan while drumming up new clients for his lawn care business. The two boys become fast friends and eventually much, much more. David helps Ryan with his school work, and Ryan helps David with his workouts. During this time, Ryan shares his big secret with David: he’s gay. David is awed by Ryan’s trust and soon he comes clean about his own truth with Ryan. The two boys fall in love and it has to be one of the most beautiful love stories I have ever read. There weren’t any grand gestures or huge declarations, just a beautiful slow process that we all dreamed of when we were young.

Unfortunately for the two, Ryan’s father seemed to be trying to relive his youth through his son. Ryan was going to play football, he was going to get a scholarship, and nothing and no one would stand in the way of that, including David. Ryan and David did everything they could to stay together and with the surprising support of David’s parents, Ryan’s mom, and most of the students at school, they made it work.

When the bomb went off, it was nothing like what I was expecting. After forbidding Ryan from seeing David, Ryan’s dad catches them together. What transpires from there changes the path of life for both boys in ways that ripped my heart from my chest and had me crying, and I do mean UGLY crying. We all know now, as adults, that life must go on. Imagine learning that at age 18. Your whole future is there in front of you, all opportunity there for the taking, but it all slips away in a matter of minutes.

The last few chapters of the book document the life of a man just going through the motions. A man barely existing. To see this vibrant, intelligent man living a half-life is heartbreaking. He has friends, he has family, he has a business, but he is missing his happiness. Thankfully the author gives us a glimmer of hope at the end of the book. Perhaps we could twist an arm or a leg to get another book to see the HEA I know I was hoping for.

I will say to you all, this is not your typical love story. There really is no HEA, but it also isn’t a sad ending. There is hope and at the end of the day, I think that is all any of us can wish for. I know I am being a little vague on the details, but I can’t give it all away now, can I?

In my opinion this is a must read book! If you miss this one, you are missing something special.

Reviewed by: Jackie

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