4 Stars, Amber Allure, Genre Romance, J.D. Walker, Reviewed by Lana, Short Story

Review: Romancing the Bouncer by J.D. Walker

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Title: Romancing the Bouncer

Author: J.D. Walker

Publisher: Amber Allure

Pages/Word Count: 13k Words

At a Glance: I really enjoyed Romancing the Bouncer but would have liked it to be just a bit longer.

Reviewed By: Lana

Blurb: Bennett “Ben” Pachowski has been a bouncer at Throwbacks for years. He likes his job, though he gets tired of being thought of as more brawn than brain simply because of his size. He also prefers to be romanced before sleeping with a man.

Ben’s favorite band, Rebel’s Ultimatum, occasionally plays at the club, which gives him an eyeful of the sexy bass player, Monty Mabuse. They’ve been eyeing each other for months, though Ben is content to flirt and nothing more, since “commitment” seems a foreign concept to the selfish, arrogant and flirtatious bass player.

But Monty wants Ben to become the next notch on his bedpost, and a devious trick to get what he wants blows up in his face.

Will Ben be able to forgive Monty for his deception? Perhaps, but if Monty wants to have a relationship with Ben, he needs to make some changes, and it remains to be seen whether he can become the kind of man Ben will respect, let alone love.

Sometimes, a little romance goes a long way…

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Review: Romancing the Bouncer is a short and sweet romance that’s long on the sweet and very short on content, or rather, length. But, as they say, size doesn’t always matter; it’s how you use it. Well, the author used a small amount of space to create two characters that I really liked and felt for but wanted to see more of.

The story centers on Ben, a tough but sweet bouncer who’s looking for his forever man. Because of the way he looks and what he does for a living, people make assumptions about him, and they are always wrong. He’s a thinker and likes to read to the elderly at an assisted living home. And then, you have your typical sexy musician, Monty, who’s looking for his next hookup and sets his sites on Ben. Both are attracted to each other, and Monty gets the upper hand through some subterfuge. Ben’s not so thrilled and basically dumps Monty without even dating him. It was cute how Ben wanted something more meaningful, and Monty just wanted to get in his pants. After some time apart, and then a reconnection, Ben and Monty developed an actual relationship and it was very believable. Both characters for me felt like real people and not a caricature. Both evolved and grew, and I really enjoyed their progress.

And, I really enjoyed Romancing the Bouncer but would have liked it to be just a bit longer, something to get my teeth into. It’s sweet, sexy and just right for a very small snack.

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5 Stars, Genre Romance, Loose Id, Meg Amor, Reviewed by Lana

Review: Hawaiian Orchid by Meg Amor

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Title: Hawaiian Orchid (The Hawaiians: Book Two)

Author: Meg Amor

Publisher: Loose Id

Pages/Word Count: 302 Pages

At a Glance: Love does conquer all, and Hawaiian Orchid will tug at your heart and make you believe.

Reviewed By: Lana

Blurb: Kulani Mahikoa is “The Orchid,” a young, insecure, pro surfer from a rough background on the Big Island of Hawai’i. He’s Beau Toyama’s cousin from Hawaiian Lei and a healer with a heart as deep as the ocean he’s part of. Like many of the great Hawaiians, Kulani epitomizes the spirit of aloha and love. Kulani’s healing his own wounds, and “The Lost Boys”–young, homeless abandoned and abused gay boys he cares for.

He meets the lone and lonely New Zealand widower, Rob Masterson–a wounded psychologist who’s trying to come to terms with his husband’s death. When he died, they were separated but still living together. Rob needs to reconcile all the pieces of guilt and love to heal before he can fall in love again.

The age difference raises one barrier, and besides that, Kulani has more layers than Rob–with his own New Zealand heritage and tangled knot of emotion–ever bargained for. Traveling between the South Sea Islands of beautiful New Zealand and the exotic Hawaiian Islands, they forge a bond–two wounded men find a home for their shrapnel-laced souls.

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Review: Hawaiian Orchid is the follow-up book to Hawaiian Lei, and for me, it hit all the marks! It has complex characters, a solid storyline, and Hawaii, an island that I have to visit. And, like its predecessor, it was all about the feels.

Hawaiian Orchid is not exactly a sequel, but it follows Kulani, who is Beau’s cousin from the first book, and Rob, another Kiwi. Rob is in Hawaii to recover from personal tragedy. He is a fifty-something who’s finally ready to move on with his life after the death of his husband.

Kulani is a troubled young man, with a tragic past. Because of his difficult childhood he has taken it upon himself to take in homeless gay youth. In his own way, he’s trying to erase his past wounds. He also happens to be a famous pro surfer, who is known as “The Orchid”.

Rob is not interested in an unstable man, but there’s something about Kulani that he just can’t resist. It’s not all about the sex, they connect on a very emotional level, and it just pours off the page! Rob and Kulani’s relationship has a rocky start, but their connection keeps them coming back for more. Their chemistry is off the charts! There is also a whole bunch of secondary characters that were just great, and added another level to the story.

Again, the island of Hawaii and its people play a major role in this book. There is so much rich multi-layering to Hawaii this book brings out that I just don’t have the words to describe it. As with the first book, Hawaiian Orchid is a very emotional story, so keep the tissues handy. There was a couple times where I teared up.

Hawaiian Orchid is a story about two men who overcome emotional obstacles to be together. Love does conquer all, and Hawaiian Orchid will tug at your heart and make you believe. A story full of emotions that will stay with you long after you are finished.

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

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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4 Stars, Genre Romance, Lexxie Couper, Reviewed by Lana, Samhain Publishing

Review: Bare for You by Lexxie Couper

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Title: Bare for You (Outback Skies: Book Three)

Author: Lexxie Couper

Publisher: Samhain Publishing

Pages/Word Count: 111 Pages

At a Glance: Bare for You is an entertaining story of love in the outback.

Reviewed By: Lana

Blurb: Not all cowboys ride horses.

Jeremy Craig is on the cusp of being named the deputy prime minister of Australia. Which means he’s got to play his cards right and stay deep in the closet. Australia is a lot of things, but there’s no way the country is ready for a gay prime minister. So far, it’s been an easy ruse to maintain. Until he meets Ryan Taylor. Then all bets are off.

Ryan is sick of the Brokeback Mountain jokes. For starters, he’s an Australian stockman, not an American cowboy. For another, he spends most of his working days alone in a helicopter, not on the back of a horse. As Wallaby Ridge’s only contract heli-musterer, he gets to escape any small-town scorn high in the sky. He’s happy up there. Lonely, but happy. Who needs passion and wild sexual pleasure in their life when they have the boundless skies of the Outback, right?

Then Jeremy Craig climbs into his chopper…

Warning: This book may change your opinion of politicians. It also contains scorching, no-holds-barred passion between two alpha men, one with a Ryan Gosling fetish and the other with a secret deeper than the ocean. Yes, it’s that complicated.

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Review: Bare for You is a hot tale of a rough-around-the-edges outback pilot and a prim-and-proper government official who clash in the best of ways. You just know that innuendos will fly and feathers ruffle.

I really enjoyed this book! Even with the subject matter of a closeted politician wanting to keep his sexuality under wraps, the book stayed light and airy—maybe because all of the hot sex and a really sappy HEA, and that’s all right with me!

Ryan Taylor is a pilot in the Australian outback. He is out but lonely. Jeremy Craigh is the closeted politician with dreams of one day being the Prime Minister of Australia. He’s spending a week in the outback doing public relations for his post. When Jeremy steps off that plane, Ryan’s world is turned upside down. To Jeremy, Ryan is his walking wet dream, and he’s not sure how he is going to survive the week.

The storyline follows the usual guidelines, but it was very well written. The lust-to-love scenario, even though it’s a fantasy, was very sweet and I was totally hooked. I loved Ryan and Jeremy together. Ryan took charge of every situation he was in. I loved his cocky attitude. Jeremy on the other hand was very reserved, but he had to be in his line of work, and showed his adventurous side when the clothes were off! In the end he followed his heart, and it was the perfect HEA!

Bare for You is an entertaining story of love in the outback. If you have a need for a sexy Aussie cowboy hooking up with a “straight” laced politician, with hot sex and witty banter thrown in, then this story will hit the spot.

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4 Stars, Dreamspinner Press, Grace R. Duncan, Paranormal Romance, Reviewed by Lana

Review: Devotion by Grace R. Duncan

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Title: Devotion (Forbes Mates: Book One

Author: Grace R. Duncan

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 220 Pages

At a Glance: Devotion is a solid story that shows us the connection between destined mates, not just the lust but also the love.

Reviewed By: Lana

Blurb: Finley Cooper is tired of waiting for his destined mate to be ready to claim him. In deference to human laws, he’s already agreed to wait until he’s eighteen. But now his birthday has come and gone—and his mate has a new set of excuses. Finley doesn’t understand it any more than his wolf does, and he’s beginning to wonder if fate made a mistake.

Tanner Pearce wants nothing more than to claim his mate, but he worries that Finley is too young. Tanner will never forget what happened when his best friend mated at Finley’s age, only to have that mate end up feeling trapped and breaking their bond. While rare, it can happen, and the fallout Tanner witnessed as his best friend tried to deal with the break has haunted him for years.

When Finley finally has enough, he threatens to find someone who will claim him if Tanner doesn’t, and Tanner realizes he needs to come to terms with his fears or risk losing his mate forever.

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Review: Devotion is an entertaining shifter story that follows two destined mates who must overcome some obstacles to be together. I enjoyed it but thought it was a little bit longwinded and needed a better edit.

I love my shifter stories, and I have read enough to know from the first couple of pages whether I’m going to like a book. Tanner and Finley are destined mates. They have known this from the first moment they met. There’s an age difference, with Tanner being older and wanting to wait to mate until Finley turns twenty-one. Tanner wants to give Finley some time to grow up and to grow into his own man. Well, Finley is not happy and he’ll do anything in his power to provoke Tanner, including going out dancing, which drives his mate crazy. Tanner has his reasons for waiting, and they are cute and funny. As a couple, Tanner and Finley meshed! As the future alpha, Tanner was a little dominating, and Finley was much more carefree. They had a few funny scenes that I enjoyed and, overall, when they were both on the page, that’s when the story got interesting and flowed. And to throw some tension into the mix, they butt heads about their mating, and Finley takes off to his grandparents to think and get some space from Tanner.

Here is where it gets longwinded—the constant repetition of why they can’t mate, and the unending inner monologues of both Tanner and Finley. I just felt like the same points were repeated over and over, and it got tedious to read. I wanted the story to move a little bit faster.

Another love interest is introduced, Jamie, who is instantly attracted to Finley, and they even try to fool around, but Finley’s wolf will have nothing to do with Jamie because Jamie is not his mate. The scenes between Jamie and Finley were pretty good, and I can’t wait to read Jamie’s story. The break leads both boys to think more on why they are apart, and finally, events come to a head, and Finley gets a reaction from Tanner. Tanner races across country to get to Finley, and their reunion is very sweet. They do resolve their issues and the truth comes out about why Tanner wanted to wait. They finally have their claiming ceremony. The sex scenes were really good, and numerous! There was definitely good chemistry between the two.

Devotion is a solid story that shows us the connection between destined mates, not just the lust but also the love, a fulfilling ending and a setup for the next installment, which I can’t wait to read.

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4 Stars, Delilah Devlin, Genre Romance, Reviewed by Lana, Samhain Publishing

Review: Hotter With a Pole by Delilah Devlin

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Title: Hotter With a Pole (Firehouse 69: Book Two)

Author: Delilah Devlin

Publisher: Samhain Publishing

Pages/Word Count: 77 Pages

At a Glance: Hotter With a Pole is a sexy story that hits the spot and will surely make you beg for more.

Reviewed By: Lana

Blurb: When your heart is stuck in the wrong gear, a quick fix isn’t going to cut it.

When Noah buys a classic ’68 Camaro from a fellow firefighter’s widow, he hopes it will ease some of the grief crushing his heart. But the grinding noise under the car’s hood sends him straight to a mechanic. Something about the burly, imposing Hoyt sparks Noah’s interest, and it’s not just Hoyt’s ice-blue eyes and bad-boy biker looks. It’s the mutual interest they have–Club LaForge.

After losing his partner to cancer a year ago, Hoyt never thought he’d feel the same kind of rush with another man. But his reaction to Noah throbs deep in his body like the rumble of his Harley.

LaForge seems like the perfect place to meet and work off some sorrow, to feel alive again. But the flood of desire quickly gets hot enough to melt their emotional barriers into unexpected connections.

Connections Hoyt isn’t sure he’s ready for…especially since history has a scary way of repeating itself.

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Review: Hotter With a Pole is pretty hot novella regardless of the pole! Honestly, I don’t know what a pole had to do with it, except maybe one of the leads was a fireman. LOL. This is a short and sexy read that left me needing a fireman to hose me down.

The two leads meet because of a car, and they go on a wild ride that will change their lives forever. Noah, a firefighter, buys his dead friend’s car to keep his memory alive. Hoyt is the mechanic that fixes the car and brings out a side of Noah that Noah wanted to explore. Noah wants to explore his submissive side, and Hoyt, being a Dom, is more than happy to help. They begin a torrid relationship and it just gets hotter from there.

This story is basically about relationships, how they start and develop. I really enjoyed Noah and Hoyt because each complemented the other. Hoyt was the alpha who took control but was not overbearing. And Noah presented this alpha exterior, but underneath it all, he wanted to be taken care of. There is mild BDSM in the book. If this is not your thing, then you should skip it. For me it wasn’t over the top and it was very well done.

Hotter With a Pole is a sexy story that hits the spot and will surely make you beg for more.

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2 Stars, Extasy Books, Melody Lane, Paranormal Romance, Reviewed by Lana

Review: Midnight Passion by Melody Lane

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Title: Midnight Passion (City Shifters: Book One)

Author: Melody Lane

Publisher: eXtasy Books

Pages/Word Count: 98 Pages

At a Glance: Midnight Passion left me disappointed beyond belief.

Reviewed By: Lana

Blurb: Dr. Ryan Collen detests being a vampire although there is hope on the horizon in the form of a monthly infusion. Not only does Ryan hunger for the light of day but the touch of the man who might save him from his demons.

Eric Beck is a shapeshifting recovery agent by day and Muay Thai kickboxer by night. While assisting at the aftermath of a vampire convention attack, he meets his old high school flame Ryan who ignites a craving inside him like he’s never known. Can Eric help crush the evil that threatens to destroy many lives and lose his heart at the same time?

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Review: My love of vampires knows no bounds, but Midnight Passion left me disappointed beyond belief. The story did have an interesting plot, but the author did not develop it at all. I’m guessing here, but I think humans turned into vampires through some DNA mutation. There are shifters and other paranormals, too, but there’s no info or backstory on them, so we are left in the dark.

Ryan, the vamp, runs into his high school crush, Eric, who happens to be a shifter. There is nothing I love more than a hot vamp and shifter getting it on, but here the characters were just mediocre. I think the biggest issue I had was the dialogue. I can only describe it as amateurish and cringe-worthy. It didn’t convey passion or sadness, so I was not interested in the leads or in what they were doing.

The writing can also be described as only so-so. The descriptive language should paint a three dimensional picture, but here it was one dimensional, boring, and not interesting.

At the end of the day, Midnight Passion left me cold and unsatisfied.

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4 Stars, Dreamspinner Press, Genre Romance, Reviewed by Lana, Serena Yates

Review: The Carpenter by Serena Yates

Title: The Carpenter (2nd Edition)

Author: Serena Yates

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 120 Pages

At a Glance: The Carpenter is a well written story about relationships, a quick and enjoyable read for a weekend afternoon.

Reviewed By: Lana

Blurb: Tom Halderson is a carpenter in desperate need of a big project to save the financially troubled construction company he inherited from his father. Tom is a better carpenter than a businessman, and worse yet, Tom’s estranged brother suddenly demands his share of the inheritance. When Matt Langford hires Tom to renovate his house, things begin to look up. A safari guide, Matt plans to restore and sell the home his grandfather left him and return to his exciting life in Africa. He is not about to let his sudden—and powerful—attraction to Tom persuade him to settle down—not after infidelity destroyed his own family. But adventurous Matt is exactly what Tom’s life is lacking, and Tom is determined to show Matt what could be between them.

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Review: The Carpenter is a sweet, workplace romance between two men who find love where they least expect it.

The story follows the usual formula of a carpenter, Tom, who gets a remodeling job that he needs in order to keep his business running. His client, Matt, needs the house he’s inherited renovated so he can sell it and move on. I’ve read countless stories with this plot line, but I still like it, and this one delivered. I like the dynamic between a blue collar, rough around the edges guy, being with a polished professional.

At their first meeting sparks fly, but neither wants to overstep. Tom doesn’t want to screw up his chance at a contract, and Matt isn’t looking for a commitment. Throw in a homophobic brother who is determined to sabotage Tom’s business, and hot and steamy sex, and you have an entertaining story.

As I said earlier, The Carpenter is a bit formulaic, but I really enjoyed Tom and Matt’s developing relationship. They complemented each other, and I was rooting for them to have their HEA.

The Carpenter is a well written story about relationships, a quick and enjoyable read for a weekend afternoon.

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2.5 Stars, Ali Atwood, Extasy Books, Paranormal Romance, Reviewed by Lana

Review: Bound to Brody by Ali Atwood

Title: Bound to Brody (Shifters and Lovers: Book One)

Author: Ali Atwood

Publisher: eXtasy Books

Pages/Word Count: 78 Pages

At a Glance: This is a mystery with a paranormal twist that, though the storyline was interesting enough, never got off the ground.

Reviewed By: Lana

Blurb: Does a second chance at love have a price?

Zac McQuade is a former marine living two lives. On the surface, he’s a special agent for the FBI but undercover, he’s an assassin for the Secret Intelligence Service. When Zac returns to his childhood home for his niece’s christening, the last person he expects to see is Brody Maitland, his former college crush. Though Zac’s attraction to Brody has gone unfulfilled, he still thinks of him as the one who got away.

Dr. Brody Maitland is a practicing psychologist with a few secrets of his own. Though he has always admired Zac, he thinks he is terminally straight. Currently, Brody is conducting an off-the-record investigation, in search of a young male patient who’s gone missing. Believing Zac’s cover story, Brody enlists his help to solve the intricate case, plunging them both into a deadly game of intrigue and deception. As the attraction between the two very different men heats up, they are faced with the ultimate test of love and loyalty.

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Review: Zac McQuade is a government assassin who comes home for his niece’s christening. He reconnects with his college crush, Brody Maitland, who’s now a doctor. Brody’s investigating the disappearance of one of his patients, and he ropes Zac into helping him; albeit, the whole setup was not plausible at all because they haven’t seen each other in a number of years, then all of a sudden they are “working” together, and the police are okay with their help. Then, add to that that Brody turns out to be a shifter. To me, this plot development felt as though it was just thrown in without any thought to it. It wasn’t developed at all, and felt that way.

There’s also a crazed, yet typical, madman who is abducting gay men. He was a bit over-the-top, and I felt that at any minute he was going to do a maniacal laugh and twirl his mustache.

The two leads were likeable enough, and they embodied the type of characters I enjoy, but in a mediocre story, they became mediocre too. The plot also had a number of continuity issues which were distracting. I wish that it’d had a better editor to clean up these, and other, plot issues. I love reading shifter stories, but Bound to Brody was a disappointment. This is a mystery with a paranormal twist that, though the storyline was interesting enough, never got off the ground.

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Review: An Unforgettable Bite by Charlie Richards

Title: An Unforgettable Bite (A Loving Nip: Book Three)

Author: Charlie Richards

Publisher: eXtasy Books

Pages/Word Count: 83 Pages

At a Glance: An Unforgettable Bite is a vampire story that left me underwhelmed and a bit disappointed.

Reviewed By: Lana

Blurb: Nathan Hanson is still working through the recent changes to his life. When he walks away from Diana, his long-time girlfriend, he comes out to his father, Owen. To his surprise, he learns that Owen is gay, too. Unfortunately, Diana doesn’t want to move on. When she continues to call him, Nathan changes his phone number. Next, she starts dropping by his work, so he gives her description to his work’s lot security, asking them to keep her out. Nathan even moves into an apartment on the far side of town, near to where his father now lives, but sometimes he still feels like he’s being watched.

When Nathan finally gets up the courage and accompanies a few friends to a gay bar, he just wants to have a little mindless fun to take his mind off his problems…and maybe, finally act on his desires for another man. There, he meets Lexington Paistro, who is handsome, sexy, and into Nathan. He’s also a vampire. Having learned of paranormals when his father bonded with one, it’s not the biting that Nathan fears. It’s the possessiveness. He’s still trying to extricate himself from a woman who thinks she owns him. Will Lexington behave the same way?

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Review: An Unforgettable Bite is a vampire story that left me underwhelmed and a bit disappointed. This wasn’t a horrible story, but it could have been much better.

The plot was the usual vampire storyline: A vampire finds his true mate in a club and proceeds to bite him, thus binding them. His human mate knows about the existence of vamps because he’s part of the paranormal clique. He just got out of a controlling relationship with a woman, and is gun shy, but wants to explore his feelings for men. They meet in the club, sparks fly, pants come off, and the vamp can’t help but bite him. This formula should produce a pretty hot read, but here it never takes off. The characters were a bit one dimensional, and though Nathan, the human, was likeable, he wasn’t fully developed. We got very little of his backstory, and some of his interactions with the secondary characters, and Lex, the vamp, were just awkward.

Lex is an enforcer for the vampire council, and the storyline about why he was in town was just hard to understand. I found it to be amateurishly written. As a couple they could have worked, and they did in some scenes, but their dialogue at times was just cheesy, and I was turned off.

Then the crazy girlfriend plotline was just that—crazy—and the resolution was ridiculous, not believable at all. Yes, this is a fantasy, but I wanted to be engrossed in that fantasy and I wasn’t.

An Unforgettable Bite was a subpar effort that could have done more with its characters, storyline, and in the writing department. It could have been more memorable, but it wasn’t.

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Review: Plaid Nights Anthology from Torquere Press

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Title: Plaid Nights Anthology

Author: Various (see blurb)

Publisher: Torquere Press

Pages/Word Count: 186 Pages

At a Glance: This book has a little of everything: sexy bad boys, a little mystery, a little paranormal, and a lot of entertainment. It’s a must read.

Reviewed By: Lana

Blurb: In Plaid Nights, men in kilts are as varied as they are hot. Whether they’re caber tossers, rugby players, Highland warriors, country dancers, or time-traveling vampires, they’re up for surprises and sexy good times.

Rob Rosen starts us off with humor in “Tossing It.” Contemporary men discover love in unexpected places in “Whiskey and Want” by Megan McFerren, “Some Like It Scot” by Julia Talbot, “Perfect Working Order” by Elizabeth Coldwell, and “Off-Kilter” by Racheline Maltese & Erin McRae. We get a taste of the paranormal in “Sir WW” by Angelique Voisen, “Feumaidh Mi Ruith (I Have to Run)” by Missouri Dalton, and “Kilt in the Closet” by Logan Zachary. And we’re treated to forbidden love in historicals “Hunting for a Highlander” by Lila Mathews, “A Time to Heal” by Anna Mansel, and “As Fair Art Thou, My Bonny Lad” by McKay.

In these stories, some tartan-clad men wear their kilts in the “traditional manner,” while others are less daring. But all find love, and of course, a happy ending—especially at night, when the plaid comes off.

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Review: The Plaid Nights Anthology is a collection of stories about men in kilts. Yes, I said men in kilts! What else do you need? If your kink is men in kilts, like mine, then this book is for you. If it’s not, then it’s going to be if you read this book. I have three words to describe this anthology: Men. In. Kilts! All the stories were ridiculously hot and very well written, but really, all you need to know is that they were hot.

There’s a good assortment of styles and genres. While most of the stories were contemporary, two were historical: One about William Wallace, which I guarantee you’ve never read anything about him like it before. The other story was a fantasy about a witch and a highlander giving in to their desires despite being enemies. Both stories were very entertaining and in a short amount of time, totally sucked me into their worlds. I wish they were longer!

But, the story that was just up my alley was Feumaidh Mi Ruith (I Have to Run) by Missouri Dalton. Cary meets a sexy kilt wearing bad boy, Marcus, in a bar, and hooks up with him. Cary is a thief, so when the opportunity presents itself, he steals something from Marcus. Marcus just happens to be a cop and makes a deal with Cary: if Cary helps him retrieve a piece of jewelry, Marcus will let him go. Well, as you can imagine, it’s not that simple. They get tangled up with bad guys and have hot sex in between. I wanted more sex. Marcus is a typical Alpha, which I love, and he’s also part of a paranormal family. Cary is a twink thief with a heart of gold and some persuasion powers up his sleeve. This element of the story wasn’t really developed, but I wish it was because from the little tease, it sounds like fun! He’s the perfect foil for Marcus. The title is in reference to Cary wanting to run from Marcus, but in the end, he lets Marcus catch him. This was a sexy and romantic story that I didn’t want to end.

Any book that has gorgeous kilted men in it, who love sex and sin, is one I can get behind. This book has a little of everything: sexy bad boys, a little mystery, a little paranormal, and a lot of entertainment. It’s a must read.

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Review: Shifting Gears by Petra Lynn

Title: Shifting Gears

Author: Petra Lynn

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 98 Pages

At a Glance: Shifting Gears is a shifter story that missed the mark for me.

Reviewed By: Lana

Blurb: One rainy night, bike-shop owner Kenton Palmer finds an injured dog on the road and takes him to the nearest vet clinic, only to discover he’s actually a wolf. Undeterred, he wants to nurse the injured animal following a necessary surgery. The handsome Dr. Will Barclay’s interest and his own brand of animal attraction overwhelm Kenton, who’s been doubting himself after a failed romance.

Gray Fowler is a wolf-shifter and pack alpha. After Kenton rescues him and takes him home to heal, he’s forced to remain in wolf form. But that doesn’t prevent him from falling hard for Kenton. It begins as jealousy, but Gray soon discovers Will, Kenton’s new admirer, is caught up in something sinister. However, he’s forced to wait until he’s healthy before he can shift and enter Kenton’s life as a man. Then Gray must discover how Will’s shady activities are linked to the men who ran him down and expose the scheme before Kenton gets too involved with Will.

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Review: Shifting Gears is a formulaic paranormal romance. This story was mildly entertaining. It wasn’t bad, but it didn’t have that extra something to make it great.

I’ve read this plot type before, and I do find it interesting because I love shifter stories, but this one wasn’t fleshed out properly. A man rescues a wolf that’s hit by a car, thinking it’s a dog but it’s really a shifter, and the human takes him home to heal. Because he’s hurt, the shifter can’t change and must stay as a wolf. The shifter, Gray, falls in lust with the human, Kenton. Kenton loves having his new pet wolf around, but then develops feeling for Gray in human form. There is also a crooked vet involved with selling animals on the black market, who Kenton falls for too. It was convoluted and confusing

What didn’t work for me was the storytelling. To me it was a bit amateurish. The whole relationship between Kenton and Will, the villain veterinarian, was blah. The vet’s shady dealings were just that—shady—there was no suspense or emotion. Even in the resolution, there wasn’t any tension. Gray was the alpha of his pack and two of his pack mates went missing, but their whereabouts was never resolved, and Gray just didn’t seem to care.

The whole pack interaction didn’t get me interested in the pack. I liked Kenton and Gray together. They were entertaining but still, something was missing for me. I also felt the scenes did not flow together. There needed to be more continuity and explanation of what was happening.

Shifting Gears is a shifter story that missed the mark for me.

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5 Stars, Genre Romance, J.D. Walker, JMS Books LLC, Reviewed by Lana, Short Story

Review: Heavy Metal Cowboy Blues by J.D. Walker

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Title: Heavy Metal Cowboy Blues

Author: J.D. Walker

Publisher: JMS Books

Pages/Word Count: 25 Pages

At a Glance: I absolutely loved Heavy Metal Cowboy Blues!

Reviewed By: Lana

Blurb: Lester “Les” McCoy is a retired cowboy who now lives in the city, working days at the Ranch and Feed. He loves his country music. Not so his tenant, Damien Ridley, who lives downstairs in his duplex and works evenings at the gym.

”Metal boy,” as Les likes to call him, prefers to listen to all things rock and metal at decibels that make his ears bleed. Damien is attracted to Les, which he makes abundantly clear with those translucent gray eyes and his hot, kissable mouth. Problem is, although Les is in lust with Damien, he’s an old prairie bachelor and sees his metal boy as too young for a roll in the hay. He’d rather be put out to pasture.

Enter a friend who’s gay-bashed and a co-worker who kicks his head out of his ass, and Les reconsiders whether a heavy metal dude can help an old cowboy with the blues.

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Review: I absolutely loved Heavy Metal Cowboy Blues! It had just the right amount of cuteness, snark and hotness, a perfect mix that entertained and satisfied. But, as always, when I get into a story and it’s too short I get mad! LOL. This is my only negative here. The story was just too short and should have been a part an anthology or a full length novel.

The story is about Les, a thirty-something cowboy who likes country music. He’s sort of content in his life but lusts after his tenant, Damien. Damien works at the local gym, is also in lust with his landlord, Les, and likes to play heavy metal music at top volume. They bond over their hatred of each other’s music and a need to help out a friend. Les finally gives in to Damien’s relentless pursuit of him, and the result is perfect! I loved them together because they were total opposites that complemented each other. Okay, the opposites attract storylines tend to me my favorites. Their initial lust gives way to genuine feelings, and I wanted to know what happened after the story ended. It’s told from Les’ POV, and it was fun being in his funny, sarcastic head. This story needed to be longer!!

Heavy Metal Cowboy Blues is a sweet little tale that shows opposites do attract and can make beautiful music together!

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Review: Speak No Evil by Alexa Snow

Title: Speak No Evil

Author: Alexa Snow

Publisher: Loose Id

Pages/Word Count: 266 Pages

At a Glance: Speak No Evil is a different ghost/mystery story. If you’re in the mood for a moody ghost story, pick this one up.

Reviewed By: Lana

Blurb: Jamie Kincade’s world is turned upside down when Sebastian, a young man who doesn’t speak and who shares the ability to see ghosts that Jamie’s had since childhood, enters his life. Jamie finds Sebastian fascinating on multiple levels, and is determined to help him learn to speak again. He can barely keep his thoughts–or hands–off Sebastian, who wants him and makes no attempt to hide it.

The age difference between them–Sebastian is almost 15 years Jamie’s junior–is a problem for Jamie, but Jamie’s reluctance isn’t the only thing keeping them from focusing on the potential they might have as a couple; the collection of ghosts Jamie has been living with in relative harmony for more than a decade has no intention of leaving Sebastian alone now that he’s here. Their desperate attempts to get Sebastian’s attention are a distraction Jamie would be grateful for if they didn’t upset Sebastian so much. Jamie is torn between wanting to send Sebastian away for his own good and wanting to drag him off to bed, and with Sebastian tempting him both deliberately and subconsciously, it can’t be long before Jamie’s self-control snaps…

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Review: Speak No Evil is a very entraining ghost story that kept me engaged. The “I see dead people” story line has been done to death, but this book had a little twist which I think makes it stand out among the crowd.

We first meet Jamie, who’s a bit of a recluse. He lives alone in the country, he works as a writing editor with no human interaction, and he’s not close to his sister, his only remaining family. His last relationship was so long ago that it’s collecting dust. And, he also sees ghosts. He’s seen them as long as he can remember. After realizing that he’s not crazy, he accepts what he can’t change and deals with it in his own way, keeping away from the living. But, more importantly, the ghosts don’t see him.

As with most ghost stories, on a cold, rainy and windswept night, Jamie’s solitude is broken. Sebastian takes refuge in his shed and turns his world upside down. Sebastian is running from his tragic past. Because of it, he’s stopped talking. He can also see ghosts, but he can also hear them and they him in return. Sebastian sticks around, and together they try to figure out the mystery of their own interactions with the ghost. And there’s some loving on the side.

The subplot with Jamie’s sister was a bit slow, and I wasn’t sure why it was part of the story, but eventually it was cleared up. There’s a twist in the siblings’ relationship, and Jamie realizes that his sister is not that different from him, and their relationship grows stronger. There is also a mystery involving a strange ghost that both see, another ghost threatens Jamie, and Sebastian finds out that he can affect the ghost and help them move on.

While I liked the book, I did think it was slow in some parts, but it did pick up when Jamie and Sebastian played against each other. Their mutual attraction and interactions were very well written, and I really liked it. Jamie was a bit hung up on their age difference, but he got over it eventually. This was a very emotional story with not much humor. I wish it were a little lighter.

Speak No Evil is a different ghost/mystery story. If you’re in the mood for a moody ghost story, pick this one up.

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5 Stars, Genre Romance, Mathew Ortiz, Reviewed by Lana, Self-Published

Review: The Butcher, the Baker, and the Custom Bike Maker by Mathew Ortiz

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Title: The Butcher, the Baker, and the Custom Bike Maker: The Myer Triplets (The Butcher)

Author: Mathew Ortiz

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages/Word Count: 116 Pages

At a Glance: I really loved this book. I had a smile plastered on my face throughout.

Reviewed By: Lana

Blurb: What does a horny, bisexual, triplet, father of one do to blow off some steam? Go to the most infamous sex club in Atlanta, that’s what! Avery Myer was the responsible, dependable, reliable… too many ‘bles’ in his opinion. So when his little boy Peg decided to spend the night at a friend’s house, Avery decided it was time to have a night of nasty, dirty anonymous man sex and lord knows he needed it!

Martin Gaither knew if his sister Nan found out where he was going, she would disapprove. She would say he was looking for love in all the wrong places and he’d reminded her that he hadn’t had any luck finding love in the right places. So why not forgo love and jump on lust instead? Not like he was going to find love at Hobbins Gym and Sauna!

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Review: The Butcher is a sweet story filled with hot men, hot sex, and lots of delicious food. I’d suggest you eat first before you read this book because it will leave you hungry in more ways than one!

The story opens up with a sex scene, and this usually can go either way. Either it’s good, setting a sexy playful tone, or it’s like bad porn with no feelings, and goes downhill from there. It definitely worked here, though, because it was hysterical!

Martin Gaither, one of the Gaither cousins from the Love and Salvage series, visits a bath house, and is regretting his decision because the men don’t catch his eye one bit—but the lack of cleanliness does. The story is told from his POV, and his sarcastic inner monologue will have you laughing out loud. He finally meets Avery Meyer, and the first words out of Avery’s mouth are, “I’m horny.” Well you can just guess what happens next. They have a very hot interlude, and after the high, Avery realizes what he’s done and hightails it out of there. Martin’s disappointed but resigned that that’s how things are.

Weeks later, both still can’t forget that night. They bump into each other on the first day of school. Each one has a child, and on the first day of first grade, they have a very awkward and funny encounter at school! Their reactions are priceless. They make a date and go from there, and that’s the story; them getting to know each other, starting a relationship and, yes, always eating. Seriously, you need to eat before you read this because who knows what you’ll do on an empty stomach!

Mr. Ortiz knows how to write hot Southern men. They have sex appeal, charm, some are more alpha than others, they are secure in who they are, yet they are always looking for their true love. They love their families and friends, some are real mama’s boys, but they are all good men who just want love and companionship. These are my favorite type of characters to read about. All his characters are sarcastic and funny, and always find the bright side to life. This story is a love affair between two men who are meant to be together. They get their happy ending and eat more food!

The ending is a set up for Boone’s story, and it looks like it’ll be loads of fun too. I really loved this book. I had a smile plastered on my face throughout. If you love sex and food you’ll love this book. Can’t wait for Boone’s story next!

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Review: Naming His Mate by M. Limoges

Title: Naming His Mate

Author: M. Limoges

Publisher: Decadent Publishing

Pages/Word Count: 67 Pages

At a Glance: Naming His Mate is a perfect, quick read for anyone in need of some werewolf infusion.

Reviewed By: Lana

Blurb: Small-town sheriff, Mike Hadley, would love to experience a headache-free day for once in his life. Unfortunately, that’s not going to happen anytime soon. While investigating a rash of disappearances and dealing with his ornery lover, he’s thrown into a whole new world he never imagined existed.

Damien Marks has finally found a place to call home in Los Lobos, South Dakota, with the Black Hills Pack. He also stumbles across something he never thought he would—his mate. Falling hard, he decides he needs to come clean and tell the truth. But will his sexy lover accept what he is?

Embroiled in a potentially dangerous situation, both men have to decide where their loyalties lie—with duty or love?

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Review: I finally got my hands on a shifter story, and I have to say this short werewolf tale is hot and to the point! Hot alpha werewolf and a human sheriff make for an explosive combination.

Mike Hadley is the sheriff of a small South Dakota town. He’s investigating the disappearance of some men, and it leads him to a remote town that’s populated by shifters. But, he doesn’t know it. They are none too friendly. His life is complicated more by his mysterious boyfriend Damien Marks. Why, you ask? Because he’s also a shifter and Mike’s mate. But, Mike doesn’t know that either. Mike gets tangled up with a shady businessman and gets nearly killed, but his wolf swoops in to rescue him.

The story is not complicated and is predictable, but I didn’t care because I fell in love with Mike and Damien. Damien is a sexy, possessive shifter who will do anything for his mate, and Mike is your typical good ole boy who’s also alpha but will roll over for his man. Their connection jumps off the page, even in this short story. This is the perfect fantasy, and I wish it were longer.

Naming His Mate hit all my shifter buttons. It’s a perfect, quick read for anyone in need of some werewolf infusion, but will leave you wanting more.

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Review: Testing Lysander by L.M. Somerton

Title: Testing Lysander

Author: L.M. Somerton

Publisher: Totally Bound

Pages/Word Count: 191 Pages

At a Glance: Testing Lysander is a solid adventure story that I enjoyed and recommend for a fun read at the pool.

Reviewed By: Lana

Blurb: Feel the fear and do it anyway.

Extreme photographer Lysander Brock is accustomed to challenging places and situations but nothing can prepare him for the journey that his dominant lover, Kyle Dawson, takes him on.

A commission to photograph the cloud forests of the Colombian Andes becomes the cover for a dangerous mission to expose a terrorist group. Kyle and Lysander must negotiate treacherous terrain, a hazardous climb and unexplored caves to achieve their goal.

When Lysander is captured and tortured, he has no expectations of rescue. He understands that his life comes second to the mission but Kyle has no intention of leaving his beautiful, submissive lover in the hands of a madman. Kyle can deal with the intense pressure of fighting lethal enemies but the guilt of pushing Lysander into a life he never asked for is much harder to accept.

Lysander and Kyle journey together into a life of adventure, Dominance and submission, and an uncertain future.

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Review: Testing Lysander is a follow up to the short story Picturing Lysander, and while this is a good second story, it wasn’t as fun and exciting as the first for me. It was definitely enjoyable and worth the read, and I was not disappointed, but I was not as wowed as I was by the first book.

This story picks up where Picturing Lysander left off. Brock and Kyle are getting ready for their photography expedition to South America, but it’s really a covert mission to gather intel on local terrorists. Brock is an adventure photographer, and Kyle is an undercover spy. I highly recommend reading the first story to get a feel for their history together, and why they are together in the first place. It’s pretty good. In this book, they get to know each other better, Brock needing to submit to Kyle and Kyle needing to take care of Brock. I like them as a couple and they are very believable.

The actual mission is a bit farfetched, so you have to lower your reality meter, but it was still fun to read. Kyle and Brock have their HEA, and it’s just what you’d expect. Testing Lysander is a solid adventure story that I enjoyed and recommend for a fun read at the pool.

I hope Kyle and Brock are back for more.

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Review: Truth & Tenderness by Tere Michaels

Title: Truth & Tenderness (Faith, Love & Devotion: Book Six)

Author: Tere Michaels

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 200 Pages

At a Glance: This story is filled with emotion and real life struggles. I was totally wrapped up in it.

Reviewed By: Lana

Blurb: Newly promoted police captain Evan Cerelli takes command of his own precinct as Matt Haight’s security business begins to expand at a rapid rate. Both of their careers require more and more of their time—away from home and each other. When his most famous clients, Daisy and Bennett Ames, suffer a traumatic breakup, Matt is drawn into a dangerous and dramatic situation. With attentions diverted, Evan and Matt’s tight-knit home life begins to unravel.

As Griffin Drake’s movie nears final edit, his thoughts turn toward building a home with his new fiancé, Jim Shea—and maybe even starting a family. Before he can think of a new family, Jim is caught up in his past. The possibility of putting Tripp Ingersoll in jail once and for all beckons, and Jim wants the closure that has long eluded him. As a new lead spurs him on, Jim begins to lose sight of the future by chasing an old ghost.

Both couples struggle to remember that “happily ever after” requires hard work, trust, and tender, open hearts.

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Review: Evan, Matt, and the gang are back for more adventures in the city! I am sooooo in love with Evan and Matt, I just can’t explain how much, but if I have one pet peeve about Trust & Tenderness, it is that there was too much focus on the supporting characters and not enough of Evan and Matt. Yes, I know I always say that I wanted more of the supporting characters, but here, less would have been more. But, I loved this peek into their lives nonetheless.

Evan and Matt have settled into a routine. Matt’s security business has taken off. Evan is now a captain and has his own precinct, albeit a trophy one and he still feels that he got the job because he is gay rather than on his merits. Jim and Griffin have moved to the East Coast. Jim is in business with Matt and Griffin, and is finishing his first major movie production. Both are restless and are wondering what the next step is. Is a baby the answer? And…you’ll need to read the book to find out. Jim’s past also catches up with him, and there is some excitement. Let’s just say that loose ends are neatly tied up!

Daisy and Bennett have hit a rough patch in their marriage. Bennett has an affair with an old boyfriend. I thought this was a very interesting situation since Bennett was always perceived as gay, but he winds up with a woman. It sort of mirrors Evan and Matt’s experiences with the opposite sex, and I really liked how it was played out. Love and life are not always black and white—there are a lot of gray areas. I thought Bennett’s confusion and reactions were very real, and it was good to see that Daisy was not a pushover and finally realized her worth.

Now, back to Matt and Evan! These two just burn up the pages! Matt has a “rival” for Evan’s affection. But Evan is so unaffected by other guys that he’s oblivious. It was pretty funny watching Matt go all caveman and “he’s mine,” because it seemed that Matt hasn’t had those feelings about anyone before! A little bit of jealousy can be really hot. Just a little. And, more Matt and Evan.

In the end there’s a public wedding, a baby, and a secret wedding. This story is filled with emotion and real life struggles. I was totally wrapped up in it. Ms. Michaels, please don’t leave us hanging, and tell us when Evan and Matt’s honeymoon story is coming out? If you are a fan of the Faith, Love & Devotion series like me, you’ll be plenty satisfied but will be left wanting more, more, and more, but in a good way!

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Review: Hawaiian Lei by Meg Amor

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Title: Hawaiian Lei

Author: Meg Amor

Publisher: Loose Id

Pages/Word Count: 231 Pages

At a Glance: Don’t miss this one!

Reviewed By: Lana

Blurb: Beau Toyama, a “mixed plate” Hawaiian/Japanese/Tahitian man, is a flight instructor on the Big Island of Hawai’i. He’s a lovely, gentle, shy soul from a dysfunctional island. One day his wife Mikey said, “I love you, babe, but this isn’t working. I need a good man…” She’d paused. “And so do you.”

Matt Quintal, a New Zealand painter with a Norfolk Island and Maori background, has been living the “gay scene” in LA and knows it’s a crock. Needing to escape, his Polynesian soul is drawn back to the Pacific. He visits his sister Rach in Kona on the Big Island, where his spirit connects.

When Matt’s heart is drawn to the sound of a biplane’s radial engines flying overhead, his life is about to change. There’s an instant soul connection and heat between Beau and Matt. Unbeknownst to them, the spirit of Beau’s mom, Tehani, has guided Matt home to Beau.

Beau and Matt need to work together to overcome family dysfunction and abuse. Can they reveal their deep emotional vulnerabilities to find redemption and healing? What they both want is a loving relationship. But they must allow their hearts and souls to open before they can love and trust again.

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Review: How do I describe Hawaiian Lei? The only way I can is to say that it’s all about the feels! I suggest having a box of tissues and a pint of ice cream handy, because this is a very emotional story that you will not soon forget. I had goose bumps while reading it, and kept thinking about it long after I was done. Yes, I loved it.

The story is set in Hawaii, and after reading another Hawaii story, I think I have to plan a trip there soon! Hawaii itself is such a character.

Two men, Matt and Beau, are brought together through fate, destiny, or whatever you want to call it, but nevertheless, they were meant to be together. I do believe that sometimes there are forces at play that just cannot be explained. If you are not as open minded, though, this book might seem hokey. But, if you are open to the unexplained, you’ll be left with goose bumps as I was.

Matt is a Kiwi living in LA. He is an artist who’s fed up with the whole LA scene and after many one night stands, he escapes to Hawaii to stay with his sister. One day at the beach, they see a plane flying, and he needs to know who’s flying it. Something calls to him, and Matt is pulled toward it. The pilot is Beau, a Polynesian god who instantly feels the same connection to Matt, and they begin a tenuous relationship. Beau is newly out of the closet and has insecurities that he’s trying to overcome. Both have complicated histories, with lots of emotional baggage, extended family issues, and exes. This is a very emotional story, and the emotions leap off the page and stay with you.

I loved Beau and Matt. They are definitely going on my favorite couples list. Both men completed each other perfectly, and they were perfectly scorching together. Those parts of the book will make you a little bit hot and bothered.
The story deals with dreams and omens, and I really found it interesting the way all were woven together. The story is very mystical and symbolic. I don’t want to give anything away, but it’s worth the read.

One more thing, I would like to think that the author wanted to be a little cheeky by naming the book Hawaiian Lei because I can definitely agree that this is a perfect “Lei” in more ways than one. Don’t miss this one!

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Review: A Prince for a Kingdom by Meg Harding

Title: A Prince for a Kingdom

Author: Meg Harding

Publisher: MLR Press

Pages/Word Count: 286 Pages

At a Glance: A Price for a Kingdom held my attention thoroughly. It was fast paced and highly entertaining.

Reviewed By: Lana

Blurb: Ripped from his homeland, Adrian must fight to adjust to an entirely new way of life.

Once a prince, now a slave, Adrian must struggle to readjust and survive in a world unknown to him. He’s got escape on the mind, but his new Master is proving to be a bit of a distraction. What happens when you find yourself falling for the elf who took everything from you?

Magnus is over being overlooked and Prince Adrian is the key to all of his problems. He’s just a bit more than Magnus was expecting. Well, a lot more. Adrian is turning his entire world upside down and he might be more than just a means to an end.

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Review: A Prince for a Kingdom is my second fantasy in a row, and I was blown away how good it is. For me, fantasy is either a hit or a miss, but this one was definitely a hit.

The story is set in a world of Elves. And what do I love besides werewolves, vampires, witches and mermen? Elves! The plot revolves around two warring kingdoms and their respective princes. Adrian is the youngest son of Merish’s king. He’s described as being not the fighter but the thinker in his family. Merish is invaded and he’s captured and will be the gift for Prince Magnus of Kitar. Magnus is a king’s son but for some reason, the king and the court despise him. We are not told why, but I would liked to have known. I’m sure it would have made an interesting back story. Magnus takes possession of Adrian, who is not his type at all but for some reason, he falls for him. His general also has a hand in pushing Magnus into a relationship with Adrian, but I’m not going to say more.

We get to see court intrigue and activities, which Magnus wants no part of but must participate in and use Adrian. Mostly, Magnus wants out from under his father, and he sees Adrian as his ticket. But, he gets much more in Adrian.

This book has overtones of Dom/sub but it’s pretty mild. The relationship between Adrian and Magnus was fun to read. Magnus was the Alpha male and always got his way. Adrian, on the other hand, is not the typical twink who just rolls over. He’s very independent and assertive and is in a constant battle of wills with Magnus. The outcome was always explosive in a good way.

A Price for a Kingdom held my attention thoroughly. It was fast paced and highly entertaining. Any fan of fantasy will greatly enjoy it. I did, and more would be greatly appreciated.

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Review: Jock Auction by Alex Pendragon

Title: Jock Auction

Author: Alex Pendragon

Publisher: Loose Id

Pages/Word Count: 264Pages

At a Glance: There were some things in Jock Auction that rubbed me the wrong way, but the writing and character development is good.

Reviewed By: Lana

Blurb: Sexy high-school footballer Kyle has two big blind-spots: first, he assumes he’s straight, and second, he doesn’t know quite how much his shy, geeky classmate Craig lusts after him. When the two are thrown together after a charity slave auction, however, how incredible the sex is turns out to be hard to miss. Problem is, Kyle’s awakened sexuality is on a collision course with his hot teammates, and not everyone in his conservative Midwestern town is quite so open-minded.

When Kyle unexpectedly gets up close and personal with another closeted jock, and realizes in the process that there’s more than just teenage hormones between himself and Craig, he’s faced with a choice: walk away, or fight for what until now he didn’t know he wanted. Meanwhile, Craig is learning that there’s more to his appetite for athletic guys than playing the meek submissive, and Kyle’s mea-culpa arrives right on time for him to explore some of the kinks he never knew he had.

Hard bodies meet even harder truths as two very different guys discover that, while you can buy someone’s time, you still have to win their heart.

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Review: Jock Auction is a hot and dirty tale of awakening teenage sexuality, and discovering who you are and what you want. This is just the type of story that I love to read. I enjoyed it, but one little thing kept me from total immersion.

The action takes place in high school. A jock and a twink get thrown together at a charity event. The twink, Craig, buys Kyle, the jock, and you can probably guess the rest. Craig confesses his attraction to straight boy Kyle, and Kyle, just for fun, decides to play a little with Craig. Kyle doesn’t do it maliciously, just for a laugh, but the tables get turned and he realizes that he likes what he and Craig are doing.

The scene started out with the boys talking, and then Craig kissing Kyle. Kyle is not averse to it, even taking it further because he gets turned on by Craig being turned on. Their interactions from the beginning are hot and steamy, as you can just imagine what two horny eighteen-year-olds can get up to. This was all good for me, but then it went a bit south. Now, here’s the big BUT—there was not once any mention of condoms or any talk about using them or not using them. I get that this is fiction and there shouldn’t be any preaching or downers, i.e., stopping and putting on a condom, but for me this just didn’t work. These boys were not a couple, it was their first time, and to me, there was absolutely no reality in no condoms. To top it off, later on Kyle has sex with another boy and again, no condoms and no mention of them. This just rubbed me the wrong way, and I was cringing throughout the story. This totally broke the fantasy for me.

Apart from that, the writing was very good, good character development and good supporting cast. The sex is hot and borders on some Dom/sub stuff. But again, the whole condom thing was a big distraction for me.

Jock Auction is not a typical coming-out story. It’s worth a try if you’re in the mood for something different.

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5 Stars, Fairy Tale/Mythology/Folk Lore, Loose Id, Nessa Vincent, Reviewed by Lana, Romantic Comedy, Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Urban Fantasy

Review: The Chase by Nessa Vincent

Title: The Chase

Author: Nessa Vincent

Publisher: Loose Id

Pages/Word Count: 136 Pages

At a Glance: This story is a gem and I highly recommend it.

Reviewed By: Lana

Blurb: Halym knows better than to trust humans. Even though he’s a dragon at the top of the magical food chain, he just can’t get any respect from humans—particularly not from a magician like Merrick Leigh, who has the audacity to steal Halym’s soul.

Merrick has good reasons for taking the dragon captive, though it leaves him holding the proverbial wolf by the ear. He wants to use Halym’s powerful magical abilities to work an important spell, but Halym has other plans. Something about this magician piques Halym’s curiosity and whets his sexual appetite. Once Halym gives chase, Merrick finds he doesn’t have the will or the wiles to fend off the dragon’s advances. Although the dragon is under Merrick’s control, Merrick realizes he’s not the one in charge…and he likes it that way.

But everything changes when Halym steals back his soul. Now that Halym is free to leave, he isn’t sure he wants to. Yet staying with Merrick means not only learning to trust humans, but becoming one.

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Review: What do you get when you put together an uptight magician and a sexy sarcastic dragon? You get a fun and amusing story that will make you laugh out loud and fall in love with the MCs. I simply loved it and wanted more.

The Chase is a fantasy story set in modern day England. Merrick is a magician who tricks a dragon, Halym, and steals his soul then enslaves him. Merrick is trying to bring back to life his lover, who was killed in WWII, and thinks that the dragon will help him. Halym is your typical dragon, sexy in human form, sarcastic, an all around wise-ass. He’s not on board to help Merrick with his scheme, but he’s completely into a tussle in the sheets with Merrick.

There’s much more to the plot, which I’m not going to give away, but I will say that the ending was everything and more. I loved Merrick and Halym as a couple. I totally see them verbally sparring, Merrick rolling his eyes, and then Halym grabbing him for a kiss. Yes, I’m writing a new story in my head, but I think Ms. Vincent would do a better job than me.

This story is a gem and I highly recommend it. The writing was very good. The story flowed without any snags. It’s fun, fast, sexy and hot. So pick up a copy. And I hope there will be more.

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4 Stars, Anthology, Genre Romance, Reviewed by Lana, Writer Marketing

Review: Brit Boys: On Boys – An Anthology

Title: Brit Boys: On Boys

Authors: Ashe Barker, Clare London, Josephine Myles, KD Grace, Lily Harlem, Lucy Felthouse, M.K. Elliott, Sarah Masters

Publisher: Writer Marketing

Pages/Word Count: 470 Pages

At a Glance: Brit Boys: On Boys is the perfect weekend diversion for the Anglophile.

Reviewed By: Lana

Blurb: From east to west and north to south, these British boys are having a blast in and out of the bedroom with the men of their dreams. They’re topping and bottoming from London to Cardiff, living out fantasies in the wildest fells and hooking up while serving HRH Queen Elizabeth II.

With passion and lust the name of the game, nothing is off limits. Throw in honed muscles, high-strength testosterone and an accent to die for and there is nothing they can’t do and no one they can’t get in this world or another.

Don’t miss Brit Boys: On Boys—a smokin’ hot box set, containing 147,000 words/440 pages of unforgettable M/M erotic romance from eight popular British authors.

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Review: Brit Boys: On Boys is a collection about, what else? British boys in all their glory. Since my first trip to England in my early 20s, I’ve been in love with British boys. Their accents and warped sense of humor make them stand out against American boys any day. They can be cheeky and sexy at the same time. Add to that two hot British boys together, and that’s the cherry on the cake.

This anthology has a good variety of stories to choose from. You have military boys, working class blokes, and some posh boys thrown in. My favorite story in the anthology was Breaking the Marine by MK Elliott. As you can tell by the title, it’s about Royal Marines, very hot Royal Marines, though the plot isn’t new and I’ve read a variation on this story before. A marine recruit has a one-night-stand the night before he’s due for training, and his hook up is his drill instructor! But, it doesn’t matter to me because I love these types of stories. They begin a torrid affair amidst the training, and develop true feelings for each other. The characters were very well written and likeable, very hot and very British. There are no surprises but like a frothy concoction, satisfying. I enjoyed this story and I would definitely read a longer novella.

Brit Boys is a good mix of stories and styles. It’s a perfect weekend diversion for the Anglophile.

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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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