4 Stars, Genre Romance, New Adult, Perie Wolford, Reviewed by Tina, Self-Published, Young Adult

Perie Wolford Dances His Way Through Teenage Romance In “Turning 17 (Turning 16: Book Two)”

“Our reputations weren’t who we really were, they were who people told us we were. Some of us fell into that trap, while others fought their entire lives to break free of them.” ― Nicole Williams


Title: Turning 17

Author: Perie Wolford

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages/Word Count: 110 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: Sam is turning 17 this year and he is being pushed towards adulthood too fast. He has a whole bunch of grown-up problems on his hands now. Like how to make a distant relationship with your boyfriend work? Or how to stop yourself from cheating on your boyfriend with a hot friend who wants to be more than friends? Or how to disattach yourself from your parents and follow your dreams independently? But all that is just too much for a seventeen-year-old to handle. So Sam finds himself gravitating towards Eric, a little daredevil who introduces him to fun things, like stealing, lying, drinking, smoking, and having sex. Continue reading

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4 Stars, Drama, Dreamspinner Press, Genre Romance, Reviewed by Tina

A Man Must Choose Between Two Very Different Lives In Will Freshwater’s “Favorite Son”

“On the death of a friend, we should consider that the fates through confidence have devolved on us the task of a double living, that we have henceforth to fulfill the promise of our friend’s life also, in our own, to the world.” ― Henry David Thoreau


Title: Favorite Son

Author: Will Freshwater

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 204 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: Born into a blue-collar family, John Wells beat the odds and came out a winner. As chief of staff to Patrick Donovan, a US senator and aspiring presidential candidate, he enjoys all the power and privilege of a DC insider. But while riding high on a wave of success, he’s blindsided by a series of betrayals from the people he trusts the most. In the space of a single day, John’s perfect life unexpectedly unravels when his career falters and his marriage implodes. Following a final, devastating blow, John assumes a new identity as “Peter” and flees to Provincetown, where a tight-knit community of eclectic characters slowly transforms him.
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4 Stars, Dreamspinner Press, Genre Romance, K.C. Burn, Reviewed by Tina

Falling In Love Is Easy, Staying In Love Is The Challenge In K.C. Burn’s “Rainbow Blues”

“Out of the blue, I was thinking of you.” — K.C. Burn


Title: Rainbow Blues

Author: K.C. Burn

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 204 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: Having come out late in life, forty-three-year-old Luke Jordan is at a loss about how to conduct himself as a gay man. As a construction manager, he’s not interested in being out at work, but he’d like to find a boyfriend or at least some gay friends. Two years after his wife got all their friends in the divorce, he’s no closer to the life he wants. Continue reading

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4 Stars, Genre Romance, Jeanette Grey, Reviewed by Tina, Samhain Publishing

Two Men Get What They Want In Jeanette Grey’s “Get What You Need”

“I don’t want to graduate and be sitting around on some random porch ten years from now, regretting. You have to live in the moment. You can’t let experiences pass you by without doing anything about it.” — Susane Colasanti


Title: Get What You Need

Author: Jeanette Grey

Publisher: Samhain Publishing

Pages/Word Count: 247 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: Love isn’t rocket science. It’s much, much harder.

Determination and elbow grease propelled Greg London from blue-collar background to Ph.D. candidate. His single-mindedness doesn’t leave a lot of room for a personal life, but that’s the price of success. Besides, it’s not like the boring nerd ever ends up with the hot guy. Continue reading

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3 Stars, A.F. Henley, Genre Romance, Less Than Three Press, Reviewed by Tina

A Man Begins The Climb Up From Rock Bottom In A.F. Henley’s “Forty-Two Stairs”

Title: Forty-Two Stairs

Author: A.F. Henley

Publisher: Less Than Three Press

Pages/Word Count: 174 Pages

Rating: 3 Stars

Blurb: Owen has been struggling with addiction since he was a teenager, but it takes a DUI involving another vehicle for him to finally face his issues. The road to recovery is a rough one, and for Owen it’s a journey made harder by bankruptcy, loneliness, and repressed memories. Continue reading

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4 Stars, Reviewed by Tina, Self-Published, Teodora Kostova

Learning The Steps To A Happy Ending Isn’t Easy In Teodora Kostova’s “Dance”

“When there’s something or someone, when there’s anything that makes you happy, you don’t let a continent or an ocean or an empty pocket keep you apart.” —Dana Reinhard


Title: Dance (West End #1)

Author: Teodora Kostova

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages/Word Count: 291 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: Jared Hartley is happy. He has a starring role in a popular West End musical, great friends, adoring fans and his own flat in Central London. A relationship is not something he has ever really wanted. Making big plans for the future is not in his nature – Jared is content with his single status and enjoying all the benefits of that lifestyle.
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3 Stars, Genre Romance, M.E. Sanford, Reviewed by Tina, Self-Published

M.E. Sanford’s “The Wind Your Voice, the Rain Your Tears” Is A Story With Potential

“So, which is it? Birds of a feather, or opposites attract? I guess that’s the mystery of love.” ― Candice Snow


Title: The Wind Your Voice, the Rain Your Tears (Golden Nettle #1)

Author: M.E. Sanford

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages/Word Count: 183 Pages

Rating: 3 Stars

Blurb: Small town mechanic Vinny Shields doesn’t have much going for him. He has a girlfriend that seems to chase every man that crosses her path. His father and mother are consistently unimpressed with his lifestyle. And his younger brother just dropped a bombshell that will change the dynamic of his family. Continue reading

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5 Stars, Genre Romance, Reviewed by Tina, Self-Published, Thorny Sterling

A Cowboy And An Actor Find Love In Thorny Sterling’s “Splinters”


“He gets it. Oh, my God, he understands me. I tremble in his arms, dropping my head onto his shoulder. Men have accepted it – some grudgingly – but never on this level. I won’t care that I’m falling for him. I want to fall.” – Thorny Sterling


Title: Splinters

Author: Thorny Sterling

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages/Word Count: 144 Pages

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: Waking up in a strange place isn’t a first for model and actor Allan Seville, but discovering himself alone and bound to a rough plank in the middle of an open Texas range certainly is. With no memory of who did this to him or why, panic sets in, until rescue comes riding up on a big, brown horse. Continue reading

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5 Stars, Dan Skinner, New Adult, Reviewed by Tina, Self-Published, Young Adult

Dan Skinner Paints A Perfect Picture With “The Art of the Heart”


“I tried to turn my mind off. Shut down the thoughts that were with me every second. Everything in me ached to be with him. It was worse than an obsession. It was a need.” ― Dan Skinner


Title: The Art of the Heart

Author: Dan Skinner

Publisher: Cerberus Inc.

Pages/Word Count: 61 Pages

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: The heartland of America in 1965 feels like the end of the road for seventeen-year-old Zac Weston. After all, there’s nowhere to go when you’re shy, gay, and a virgin. A natural artist, inspiration strikes in the form of neighbor boy Rory, and Zac’s fantasies spill onto the pages of his notebook. When Zac’s secret is discovered, it might take more than wishes to magically make his world right.
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4 Stars, Dreamspinner Press, Jayden Brooks, Reviewed by Tina

Jayden Brooks’ “That’s Who I Am” – A Mended Daily Dose Anthology Story


“Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one’s definition of your life; define yourself.” ― Robert Frost


Title: That’s Who I Am

Author: Jayden Brooks

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 66 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: Jared Winters’s life has been little more than a collection of moments where he didn’t think before opening his mouth. Always a bit different, he’s learned to accept an existence on the outside looking in. But one day, his mouth lands him in a position that nearly costs him his life. Only the timely intervention of Sophie, his twin Conner’s ex-girlfriend, saves him.
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4 Stars, Dreamspinner Press, EM Lynley, Reviewed by Tina

Things Get Complicated In EM Lynley’s “Bound for Trouble”


Title: Bound for Trouble

Author: EM Lynley

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 260 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: Daniel “Deke” Kane is a broken man, facing the end of his career in the FBI. He’s on desk duty after a botched drug raid left the suspects and two children dead. He’s got one chance to prove himself, or the only thing he’ll be investigating is the Help Wanted ads.
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3.5 Stars, LC Chase, Reviewed by Tina, Riptide Publishing

Love Heats Up The Rodeo In L.C. Chase’s “Let It Ride”


“Life had its own plan; folks just had to learn how to ride it or get bucked off.” — L.C. Chase


Title: Let It Ride (Pickup Men #2)

Author: L.C. Chase

Publisher: Riptide Publishing

Pages/Word Count: 195 Pages

Rating: 3.5 Stars

Blurb: Pickup man Bridge Sullivan is the kind of cowboy everyone wants—as a brother, a friend, a lover. People think he’s straight, but Bridge isn’t one for labels, and when a sexy male paramedic jumpstarts his heart, he charges in with all guns blazing.
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3.5 Stars, Dreamspinner Press, Kate McMurray, Reviewed by Tina

Opposites Attract in Kate McMurray’s “The Silence of the Stars”


“You can’t patch a wounded soul with a Band-Aid.” ― Michael Connelly


Title: The Silence of the Stars

Author: Kate McMurray

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 200 Pages

Rating: 3.5 Stars

Blurb: Sandy Sullivan has gotten so good at covering up his emotions, he’s waiting for someone to hand him an Oscar. On the outside, he’s a cheerful, funny guy, but his good humor is the only thing keeping awful memories from his army tours in Afghanistan at bay. Worse, Sandy is now adrift after breaking up with the only man who ever understood him, but who also wanted to fix him the way Sandy’s been fixing up his new house in Brooklyn.
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4 Stars, Boroughs Publishing Group, Reviewed by Tina, Susan Mac Nicol

Susan Mac Nicol’s “Double Alchemy: Climax” Is A Great End To A Great Beginning


“Well. I think it’s safe to say that, in my absence, the power grabbing and backstabbing and political intrigue has officially reached an all-time Otherworld high.”― Lesley Livingston


Title: Double Alchemy: Climax

Author: Susan Mac Nicol

Publisher: Boroughs Publishing Group

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Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: Powerful modern warlock Quinn Fairmont found ecstasy with the silver-eyed and not-quite-human Cade Mairston, but to know true happiness the pair must best both the shadow of a long-ago lover and an ancient enemy who seeks to destroy love, light and all they hold dear.
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5 Stars, Dreamspinner Press, K.C. Wells, Reviewed by Tina

The Steps To Love Begin With “A Dance with Domination” – by K.C. Wells


“Men play harder than women, they play more intensely, they can take more, and they don’t require long periods of coddling afterwards.”—K.C. Wells


Title: A Dance with Domination (Collars and Cuffs: Book Four)

Author: K.C. Wells

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 220 Pages

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: Recently returned to the UK after living in the States since he was eleven, Andrew Barrett is determined to keep busy and make a new life for himself. He works full time as a copywriter and strips at a club on Canal Street on weekends. But it still leaves him too much time to think. Then he finds the BDSM club, Collars & Cuffs, where at twenty-nine, he is their youngest Dom. Young doesn’t mean inexperienced, however. All this activity keeps him focused with no time to dwell on the past. But the past has a way of intruding on the present.
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4 Stars, Amber Allure, L.A. Witt, Reviewed by Tina

Love Is The Reality In L.A. Witt’s “Wrenches, Regrets, and Reality Checks”


“There are worse addictions than reality TV, chocolate and coffee.” ― Sarah Dessen


Title: Wrenches, Regrets, and Reality Checks

Author: L.A. Witt

Publisher: Amber Allure

Pages/Word Count: 73 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: Ever since Reggie’s garage became part of a popular reality show, business has been booming. As much as he hates playing games with the network, at least he doesn’t have to worry about his bottom line anymore.
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5 Stars, Dreamspinner Press, Jaime Samms, Reviewed by Tina

A Man Must Overcome Abuse In Jaime Samms’ “Off Stage: In the Wings


“There is no better place to heal a broken heart than on the back of a horse.” ― Missy Lyons


Title: Off Stage: In the Wings

Author: Jaime Samms

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 326 Pages

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: Lenny Stevens was the lead guitarist of the up-and-coming grunge band Firefly until he crossed the line with the band’s lead singer. Now he’s faced with the impossible task of rebuilding his life without the music that had kept him together. Struggling with his fear and rage, he creates the same damaging patterns in his relationship with his lover, Vance Ashcroft.
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3 Stars, Harmony Ink Press, Reviewed by Tina, Russell J. Sanders

A Mystery Is At The Heart Of Russell J. Sanders’ “Special Effect”


“Reality makes a crappy special effects crew.” ― Adam Savage


Title: Special Effect

Author: Russell J. Sanders

Publisher: Harmony Ink Press

Pages/Word Count: 180 Pages

Rating: 3 Stars

Blurb: Graduating senior, theater lighting wunderkind, and closeted gay, Nick Fortunati volunteers with The Streetwise Players in the dark corners of The Laughton, a creepy old movie palace decorated in Grand Guignol style. But his father wishes Nick would use his intellect and his scholarship to become a biotech engineer and earn a prosperous living for his future family. Nick loves his dad and wants to please him, but he dreams of a career in theater. And he wants a male lover. Unfortunately, his homophobic father won’t approve of either.
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4 Stars, Dreamspinner Press, Reviewed by Tina, Rick R. Reed

Nothing Says Love Quite Like Rick R. Reed’s “Dinner at Home” – Reviewed by Tina


“When you make a recipe, it’s like bringing a poem to life.”—Rick R. Reed


Title: Dinner at Home

Author: Rick R. Reed

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 206 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: It only takes a few days for Ollie D’Angelo to lose his boyfriend, his job, and his home. Instead of mourning what he doesn’t have, Ollie celebrates what he does: the freedom to pursue his real passion—cooking. He begins Dinner at Home, a home-catering business, and it takes off.
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2 Stars, Derrick Knight, Reviewed by Tina, Self-Published

Derrick Knight’s “The Rekindling of Love” Is A Second Chance At Love Story – Reviewed by Tina


“Love never dies. It fizzles out maybe but it stays there in your heart buried by emotions controlling you. Once the fire is rekindled, love resurfaces again, breathes a new life.” – Elizabeth E. Castillo


Title: The Rekindling of Love

Author: Derrick Knight

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages/Word Count: 354 Pages

Rating: 2 Stars

Blurb: Dwyer Von Strohm thought his life was perfect. He had a great job as a pharmaceutical sales representative; he lived in Chicago’s premiere gay community, drove an expensive car, and had an unlimited number of hot gay men to pursue. Dwyer thought his was living the life he had always dreamed. Then one day he becomes a causality of a poor economy. In a very short time, Dwyer loses his job, loses his status in the gay community and is reduced to living a lonely existence.
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Amelia C. Gormley, Marie Sexton, Reviewed by Tina, Riptide Publishing

Amelia C. Gormley And Marie Sexton Are Our Guests Today On The “Saugatuck Summer” Blog Tour


Hi, and welcome to the Saugatuck Summer blog tour! First off, I want to thank Lisa and The Novel Approach for inviting me, and Marie Sexton for sitting down and chatting with me for this post.

For those of you who have seen me talking about it on social media for the last nearly year and a half, you know that Saugatuck Summer was a labor of love far beyond what I would normally claim for one of my books. Of course I love them all, but Saugatuck Summer came from my very soul. Actually, I’m not certain it came from me at all.
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3.5 Stars, Love Lane Books, Reviewed by Tina, RJ Scott

Love Is The Answer In R.J. Scotts “A Reason to Stay” – Reviewed by Tina


“I’m sorry I couldn’t be more for you.”
Ian frowned, then dismissed the words with a huff. “Months of sex with a whole lot of laughing and beer? Nothing wrong with that.” — R.J. Scott


Title: A Reason to Stay (Heroes #1)

Author: R.J. Scott

Publisher: Love Lane Books

Pages/Word Count: 290 Pages

Rating: 3.5 Stars

Blurb: When SEAL, Viktor Zavodny, left small town America for the Navy he made sure he never had a reason to return for anything other than visiting family. He wanted to see the world and fight for his country and nothing, or no one, was getting in his way. He fights hard, and plays harder, and a succession of men and women share his bed.
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4 Stars, Reviewed by Tina, Sandrine Gasq-Dion, Wilde City Press

Sandrine Gasq-Dion’s “A Fighting Man” Is Funny, Sexy, And Smart – Reviewed by Tina


“I suspect the most we can hope for, and it’s no small hope, is that we never give up, that we never stop giving ourselves permission to try to love and receive love.” ― Elizabeth Strout


Title: A Fighting Man (Men of Manhattan: Book Three)

Author: Sandrine Gasq-Dion

Publisher: Wilde City Press

Pages/Word Count: 103 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: Army Ranger Slater Cassidy has a very special – very sexy – target in his sights. Meeting gorgeous, smart, uber-snarky Casper Kennedy was the highlight of Slater’s last trip home to New York. The soldier in him carefully plans his conquest. Unfortunately, Casper’s wearing some seriously strong armor and Slater’s charm offensives bounce right off. Casper’s refusal to fall for him is puzzling – not to mention incredibly annoying. When Slater gets leave again after grueling back-to-back tours in Afghanistan, all he wants is another shot at wooing Casper. He jumps right into the battle for the other man’s heart, but Casper does not intend to entertain the troops. A heartbreaking revelation changes the rules of romantic warfare, and Slater suddenly realizes he doesn’t just want Casper. He wants to capture his heart, too.
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5 Stars, Julie Bozza, Manifold Press, Reviewed by Tina

Julie Bozza’s “A Threefold Cord” Is Threefold Brilliant – Reviewed by Tina


“And someone may overpower one alone, but two together can take a stand against him. And a threefold cord cannot quickly be torn apart.”—Ecclesiastes 4:12


Title: A Threefold Cord

Author: Julie Bozza

Publisher: Manifold Press

Pages/Word Count: 57000 Words

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: Grae Edwards and his co–stars Chris Willoughby and Ben Clyde work together well. Maybe they even have a chemistry. Certainly they are friends and Grae is tempted to ask for more … After the beautiful tart Chris has the temerity to turn him down, Grae settles into a comfortable loving relationship with the more chivalrous Ben. But the idea of Chris never quite goes away – and when Chris finally suggests the three of them spend a night together, Grae glimpses a solution he hardly dares hope for.
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