5 Stars, BA Tortuga, Drama, Dreamspinner Press, Genre Romance, Reviewed by Jackie

Review: Say Something by BA Tortuga

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Title: Say Something

Author: BA Tortuga

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 226 Pages

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: Jenson has loved Mike his whole life, but he has never known how to tell Mike how he feels. After high school Mike leaves for college and his Hollywood dream, while cowboy Jenson stays behind in their small East Texas hometown. Neither man knows what to say to go beyond friendship, even though they come together through all of the best and worst times of their lives. The most amazing moments keep bringing them back together, but through huge love and terrible loss, sickness and health, their timing never seems right to take their relationship to the next level. When the universe gives them one final chance, Jenson must overcome his fear and say the most important something before it’s too late. Continue reading

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4.5 Stars, Drama, Dreamspinner Press, Genre Romance, Reviewed by Kim, Rowan McAllister

Review: Lost in the Outcome by Rowan McAllister

Title: Lost in the Outcome

Author: Rowan McAllister

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 200 Pages

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Blurb: When Nathan Seward wakes up in a cheap hotel with a stranger, unable to remember the night before, unscrupulous plots and clandestine schemes are the furthest thing from his mind. True, he’s in Houston to bid on his biggest contract yet, one that will put his software development company on the map, but he’s the underdog at the table, not one of the big players. Unfortunately someone out there sees him as a threat and isn’t above drugging and blackmailing him to put him out of the running. Luckily for Nathan, the man in bed next to him couldn’t be further removed from the corporate world.
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4.5 Stars, Drama, Genre Romance, Kendall McKenna, MLR Press, Reviewed by Sammy

Review: Storming Love: Austin & Troy by Kendall McKenna

Title: Storming Love: Austin & Troy

Author: Kendall McKenna

Publisher: MLR Press

Pages/Word Count: 140 Pages

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Blurb: Hurricane Lauris tore through North Carolina, leaving devastation in her wake. When the Marines of Camp Lejeune respond with help and resources, Staff Sergeant Troy Matson immediately volunteers. His mission is to assist Sheriff’s Deputy Austin Delaney and his K9 partner, Decker, search for trapped survivors. Their mutual attraction is instant and intense, but all of the destruction leaves Troy conflicted. Austin proves to be a surprising source of comfort and understanding in Troy’s search for redemption, but returning to their daily lives might end what has only just started. Continue reading

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4 Stars, Drama, Genre Romance, MLR Press, Reviewed by Sammy, S.J. Frost

Review: Storming Love: Gage & Collin by S.J. Frost

Title: Storming Love: Gage & Collin

Author: S.J. Frost

Publisher: MLR Press

Pages/Word Count: 90 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: When Hurricane Lauris strikes, former lovers, Gage and Collin find themselves trapped together with old emotions and passion rising between them.

As a professional rider on the NRHA circuit, Gage Chapman has known success. He’s also known discrimination. Many people didn’t want an openly gay rider competing in the sport, much less winning again and again on his champion Paint stallion, The Shaman. Wanting to get away from it all, Gage had left Utah to set up a breeding farm in North Carolina and there, he found what he’d always hoped for, a man he could love. Continue reading

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5 Stars, Cheryl McIntyre, Drama, Genre Romance, Reviewed by Chris, Self-Published

Review: Let It Be by Cheryl McIntyre

Title: Let It Be

Author: Cheryl McIntyre

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages/Word Count: 134 Pages

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: I’m the happy one. The dependable one.

The shoulder. The anchor. The pillar. The rock. The matchmaker.

I’m the one you call when you’ve had a bad day. When you need to vent, or scream, or cry. I will always be there to comfort you. It’s a gift. A talent. A role I’ve happily played. I’ve helped my friends become who they were meant to be. I’ve watched them move away, find love, start their lives. Continue reading

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5 Stars, Drama, Genre Romance, Lynley Wayne, MLR Press, Mystery/Suspense/Action Thriller, Reviewed by Lynn

Review: Facing Demons by Lynley Wayne

Title: Facing Demons (Scars: Book Three)

Author: Lynley Wayne

Publisher: MLR Press

Pages/Word Count: 379 Pages

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: When demons from his past interfere with his present, Cam knows Seth is the only one he can trust to help him face them.

At the age of fifteen, Seth Dempsey gave his heart to Cameron Reyes. Three years later, Cam shattered it when he walked away. When Cam blows back into Seth’s life years later, Seth knows he will do whatever it takes to ensure Cam doesn’t slip away again. Even if it means going up against a corrupt DEA agent and a drug cartel.
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4 Stars, Drama, Genre Romance, Jaxx Steele, Reviewed by Taz, Totally Bound

Review: A Package Deal by Jaxx Steele

Title: A Package Deal

Author: Jaxx Steele

Publisher: Totally Bound

Pages/Word Count: 66 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: One drunken night turned Phillip’s life upside down. Could James be the man to turn it right side up?

A drunken decision in college during dare week changes Phillip Drake’s life forever. In less than two years, he becomes a nurse, a father, then a widower. For a young gay man, this was way past tilt on his shock meter. To his disappointment, the life he’d planned for himself with his lover James will never happen. A tragedy brings Phil home with his son. He learns James wants to be with him again, but Phil is hesitant. His focus is on what’s best for his son. Could James be what’s best for both the father and son? Continue reading

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5 Stars, Amy Lane, Drama, Dreamspinner Press, Genre Romance, Reviewed by Tina

Review: Beneath the Stain (Part Five) by Amy Lane

Title: Beneath the Stain (Part Five)

Author: Amy Lane

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 95 Pages

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: Mackey is great at taking a leap of faith into a crowd—but taking one into a relationship and a future is a totally different animal. When he and Trav decide to take a risk that Mackey’s healing can hold up to them together, they know it’s going to be a long, difficult road. Mackey proves he can handle the stress of performing on his own, but when it comes to the demons that broke him in the first place, that’s a whole other song.

The first time Mackey tries to go home, it sends him into a palm-sweating, stomach-heaving anxiety attack, and Trav has to concede that Mackey is still on loan from the things that almost wrecked him when he was still a kid. When news arrives that affects the entire band, Mackey can either go home and face his demons or let them haunt them forever. Continue reading

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5 Stars, Drama, Erotica, Kol Anderson, Reviewed by Lynn, Self-Published

Review: Sin by Kol Anderson

Title: Sin

Author: Kol Anderson

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages/Word Count: 85 Pages

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: Samuel “Sin” Taylor doesn’t know the difference between sex and intimacy, but maybe that’s not his fault. He grew up in a world where it was easier to get physical pleasure than to find love. But as a prostitute working the streets, Sin thinks he’s finally found his true calling. After all sex is the one thing he’s good at, right? But when Isaac enters his life through mere coincidence, Sin finds it a relief to be someone other than Sin.

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5 Stars, Drama, Eric Arvin, Literary Fiction, Reviewed by Lisa, Wilde City Press

Review: Wave Goodbye to Charlie by Eric Arvin

Title: Wave Goodbye to Charlie

Author: Eric Arvin

Publisher: Wilde City Press

Pages/Word Count: 196 Pages (.pdf)

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: My name’s Charlie. I’m many things, though none of them having to do with any real talent. I’m a runaway, a hustler when I need to be, a ghost when I have to scare hoodlums away from my home, and a loner who maybe reads too much. But most of all, I’m the keeper of the carnival. That’s how I see myself. I look after the place ’cause even dying things need to be cared for. Maybe it’s illegal. Maybe that rusty metal fence around the carnival is supposed to keep me out too. Or maybe me and this place were meant to find each other. Truth is, I never felt at home anywhere but here, not even in all the foster families and orphanages I was placed in as a young shit. They don’t look for me no more, those places. I suspect I ran away so much they finally just said, “Fuck! Let him go.” I am a hangnail on society’s manicured middle finger. I’m older. One year past the age anyone gives a shit.

And this is my adventure…
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5 Stars, Carter Quinn, Drama, Mystery/Suspense/Action Thriller, Reviewed by Lynn, Self-Published

Review: Vanished by Carter Quinn

Title: Vanished

Author: Carter Quinn

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages/Word Count: 98 Pages

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: Henry Cooley has good friends and a good life. He’s secure in his job and his relationship. He and Tom, the love of his life, are about to celebrate their twenty-first anniversary as a couple. Their son, CJ, is in his second year at Cal Arts. Henry’s only problems are his growing dissatisfaction with his job and the fact that Tom’s parents still hate him, even after all these years. At least those are his only problems until the morning he wakes up to discover Tom has vanished. Continue reading

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5 Stars, Brandon Shire, Drama, Genre Romance, Reviewed by Sammy, TPG Books

Review: Summer Symphony by Brandon Shire

Title: Summer Symphony

Author: Brandon Shire

Publisher: TPG Books

Pages/Word Count: 164 Pages

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: Martin Zoric had vivid dreams of fatherhood, of a small hand pressed to his, of pink dresses and girlish laughter. Then his wife had a stillbirth and his world fell apart. He listened to the unwanted apologies, stood by his wife as was expected of him, and kept his façade strong and firm for the entire world to see. Continue reading

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5 Stars, Carol Lynne, Drama, Genre Romance, Reviewed by Jackie, Totally Bound

Review: The Brick Yard by Carol Lynne

Title: The Brick Yard

Author: Carol Lynne

Publisher: Totally Bound

Pages/Word Count: 203 Pages

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: For Lucky Gunn, the hardest fight of his life happens outside the cage.

On the south side of Chicago sits an old gym called The Brick Yard.

Ten years ago, on a bitterly cold day, Lucky Gunn wandered into The Brick Yard dressed in a threadbare jacket, looking for refuge. He hadn’t expected the owner, Tony Brick, to welcome him with a job and a place to sleep when Lucky’s abusive and drug addict mother made it too dangerous to return home. Continue reading

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2 Stars, Drama, Erotica, K.A. Merikan, Reviewed by Lisa

Review: Guns n’ Boys by K.A. Merikan

Title: Guns n’ Boys

Author: K.A. Merikan

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages/Word Count: 323 Pages

Rating: 2 Stars

Blurb: — Love is sour like a Sicilian lemon. —

The Family is always right.
The Family doesn’t forget.
The Family pays for blood in blood.

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5 Stars, Amy Lane, Drama, Dreamspinner Press, Genre Romance, Reviewed by Tina

Review: Beneath the Stain: Parts Three and Four by Amy Lane

Title: Beneath the Stain: Parts 3 and 4

Author: Amy Lane

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: Serial Novel

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: In a town as small as Tyson, CA, everybody knew the four brothers with the four different fathers– and their penchant for making good music when they weren’t getting into trouble. For Mackey Sanders, playing in Outbreak Monkey with his brothers and their friends—especially Grant Adams–made Tyson bearable. But Grant has plans for getting Mackey and the Sanders boys out of Tyson, even if that means staying behind. Continue reading

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4 Stars, Drama, Historical Romance, Lisa Henry, Reviewed by Lynn, Riptide Publishing

Review: Sweetwater by Lisa Henry

Title: Sweetwater

Author: Lisa Henry

Publisher: Riptide Publishing

Pages/Word Count: 240 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: Wyoming Territory, 1870.

Elijah Carter is afflicted. Most of the townsfolk of South Pass City treat him as a simpleton because he’s deaf, but that’s not his only problem. Something in Elijah runs contrary to nature and to God. Something that Elijah desperately tries to keep hidden. Continue reading

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4 Stars, Drama, Genre Romance, Reviewed by Jackie, Teegan Loy

Review: Frozen Hearts by Teegan Loy

Title: Frozen Hearts

Author: Teegan Loy

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 200 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: The best college hockey player in the nation is hanging up his skates because he’s tired of living a lie. Five years ago, Erik Fox was forced by his father to change schools in the middle of the night when his father found out about his indiscretion. Erik had a boyfriend and hockey players do not date boys. Continue reading

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5 Stars, Cecilia Tan, Drama, Literary Fiction, Reviewed by Lisa, Self-Published

Series Review: Daron’s Guitar Chronicles by Cecilia Tan

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Title: Daron’s Guitar Chronicles: Volumes One-Five

Author: Cecilia Tan

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages/Word Count: 1000+ Pages

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: Sex, drugs, and rock and roll. Coming out and coming of age in the days of AIDS, MTV, Reaganomics, and Just Say No.

Daron Marks is a young guitar player with a dream, make it big like the guys he grew up idolizing in New Jersey–or at least escape his dysfunctional family. He makes it as far as music school in Rhode Island, and the stages of Boston beckon. But it’s hard to succeed from the closet. Continue reading

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3 Stars, Drama, Genre Romance, Loose Id, Michele M. Rakes, Reviewed by Jackie

Review: Saving Kane by Michele M. Rakes

Title: Saving Kane

Author: Michele M. Rakes

Publisher: Loose Id

Pages/Word Count: 260 Pages

Rating: 3 Stars

Blurb: Kane Abel can’t help falling for his caregiver, the handsome paramedic who saves his life, but he’s resistant. The one time Kane threw caution to the wind, he was left with a wired jaw and a tracheostomy. He can’t take much more hurt. But with his attacker’s promise to return, Kane lives in a constant state of fear, and with the ever-present paramedic, arousal. Continue reading

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4.5 Stars, Drama, Dreamspinner Press, Genre Romance, H.J. Brues, Mystery/Suspense/Action Thriller, Reviewed by Kim

Review: Yakuza Courage by H.J. Brues

Title: Yakuza Courage

Author: H.J. Brues

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count:

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Blurb: Sequel to Yakuza Pride

Ex-Navy SEAL Brendan O’Farrihy enrolls in kendo classes to investigate a Honolulu dojo acting as a front for a yakuza syndicate. Or at least that’s what Brendan’s client, Senator Harris, believes. Through his kendo instructor, the cocky, short-fused, gorgeous Kinosuke Yonekawa, Brendan learns the criminals who are supposedly using the senator’s son, Kenneth, to expand their activities into the US, seem to have severed any yakuza connections. The jaded, soul-scarred former soldier is captivated by the loyalty these gangsters show each other and the way they protect Ken like a tight military unit. Brendan wonders why the senator lied to him, and what the yakuza are shielding Ken from. Continue reading

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4 Stars, Drama, Genre Romance, Horror, Love Lane Books, Meredith Russell, Reviewed by Lisa, Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Urban Fantasy

Review: “Dead Things” by Meredith Russell

“Too often something was lurking around the corner ready to bite you in the ass. Literally.” – Meredith Russell


Title: Dead Things

Author: Meredith Russell

Publisher: Love Lane Books

Pages/Word Count: 182 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: Devin never thought he could find hope or love among the ruins of a broken world. Not until he found Noah.

When Devin Reid returned home from his final tour in Afghanistan he thought he’d seen the worst of what people could do to other people. It turned out he was wrong. Continue reading

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4 Stars, Audio Book, Drama, Dreamspinner Press, Genre Romance, K.C. Burn, Mystery/Suspense/Action Thriller, Reviewed by Kim

Sound Bite Sunday: Tristan James Narrates KC Burns’ “Cover Up”

Title: Cover Up (Toronto Tales: Book Two)

Author: KC Burn

Narrator:: Tristan James

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Run Time: 8 Hours, 14 Minutes

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: The Sequel to Cop Out

Detective Ivan Bekker has hit rock bottom. Not only is he recovering from a bad breakup with a cheating boyfriend, he’s also involved in a drug bust gone bad. Ivan had to kill a man, and his friend was shot and is now fighting for his life. Though Ivan is under investigation for his part in the shooting, his boss sends him on an off-the-books undercover operation to close the case. The timing is critical – this could be their chance to plug a leak in the department. Continue reading

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3.5 Stars, Drama, Genre Romance, Reviewed by Lisa, Self-Published

Stay Tuned For More Of Jake Biondi’s “Boystown”

Title: Boystown: Season Two

Author: Jake Biondi

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages/Word Count: 219 Pages

Rating: 3.5 Stars

Blurb: In the aftermath of the warehouse shootings, lives are forever changed and relationships are forever altered. As the families of the victims work to put the horrific event behind them, they find themselves at the center of an even larger plan for revenge.

Ciancio twins Marco and Gino are as handsome as they are powerful — and they arrive in Boystown with a scheme rooted in the bad history between the Ciancio and Mancini families. Continue reading

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5 Stars, Drama, Genre Romance, Keira Andrews, New Adult, Reviewed by Jules, Self-Published

Two Men Risk Everything For Love In Keira Andrews’ “A Forbidden Rumspringa”

Title: A Forbidden Rumspringa (Gay Amish Romance: Book One)

Author: Keira Andrews

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages/Word Count: 231 Pages

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: When two young Amish men find love, will they risk losing everything?

In a world where every detail of life—down to the width of a hat brim—is dictated by God and the all-powerful rules of the community, two men dare to imagine a different way. At 18, Isaac Byler knows little outside the strict Amish settlement of Zebulon, Minnesota, where there is no rumspringa for exploration beyond the boundaries of their insular world. Isaac knows he’ll have to officially join the church and find a wife before too long, but he yearns for something else—something he can’t name. Continue reading

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