4 Stars, Erotica, Genre Romance, Kink/Taboo, Liberty Lace, Reviewed by Lynn, Wilde City Press

Review: Islands in the Stream by Liberty Lace

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Title: Islands in the Stream

Author: Liberty Lace

Publisher: Wilde City Press

Pages/Word Count: 85 Pages

At a Glance: If I were to recommend a book to those thinking about getting their feet wet with father/son love, I would definitely choose this one.

Reviewed By: Lynn

Blurb: At only twenty-one years of age, Daniel Hastings is a young man headed for the top of his game. As Assistant Chief Acquisitions Assessor for a major property development firm, it’s Daniel’s job to assess the viability and investment potential of land opportunities, usually bringing in millions of dollars in profits for his firm. The key to his career is to convince the previous owners of the land to part with their precious properties, and Daniel has found that everything is for sale… at the right price.

That is until he arrives on Saint Etienne, a tiny Caribbean island that a major resort chain intends to develop into a billionaire’s playground. It’s up to Daniel to assess the situation and convince the villagers to sign over their island home… and if they refuse, Daniel and his colleague are under strict instructions to find any legal loophole they can to snatch the untouched piece of paradise out from under its owners.

But there’s one inhabitant on this island Daniel wasn’t expecting to find—his estranged father, Nick… a man who walked out of his son’s life just when the two of them where beginning to understand one another.

Will Daniel give his father a second chance? Will he discover there’s more to life than profits and acquisitions? Or will his career take priority over the life Daniel was destined to live?

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Review: Okay, we all know by now I like reading out of the norm stories. Those “taboo” reads where brothers fall in love, uncles/nephews, what have you, I’ll eat them up. This is my first father/son-to-lovers story, and I have to admit I wasn’t too sure. I worried it might take me out of my comfort zone—like, all the way out. But I’ve read this author before and love their writing style. I figured if I’m venturing into unknown territory, I had better stick with an author I’m familiar with. I think I made the right decision.

First off let me say, I loved the storyline. Daniel, a young professional, secures land titles for companies looking to build resorts on exotic beaches. I found it very interesting to read because it’s a subject I don’t know too much about, so there’s that. I also loved the people of this little island. They are colorful, eclectic and fun. The author really makes you feel like you’re right there with them, with detailed description of the beaches, homes, bugs and yes, even the humidity in the air. Really felt as though I was there.

So we have Daniel on this island, trying to make a deal and make his employers happy. The last person he ever expected to see was his estranged father, Nick, a father who left him and his mother five years prior and never came back. With all the anger Daniel had pent up inside, it’s no wonder their first meeting wasn’t a good one.

Being that it’s a short story, the author doesn’t go into minute details, but we get enough backstory to know what happened, why Nick left and how Daniel dealt with it all. To me, a story like this needs to have the believable factor. If you’re going to write in this sub-genre, I feel you have to state your case and make it stick. If not, I fear the story will come across as creepy and tasteless instead of creative. I feel this author nailed it.

As incest is the ultimate taboo in romance, the relationship needed to be handed well, and it definitely was. The mutual attraction between father and son was thought out very carefully by the author. The coupling was presented in such way that when all was said and done, we just have two men finding each other again, falling in love, and wanting to be together. The ick factor I worried about in the beginning never came, so kudos to the author for that. I don’t know if there are plans to revisit these characters because the story ended as a HEA, but I for one would love to see how they’re doing on their island of love.

I know this isn’t going to be everyone’s cup of tea, but if I were to recommend a book to those thinking about getting their feet wet with father/son love, I would definitely choose this one to start with.

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3.5 Stars, Erotica, Historical Romance, Pride Publishing, Reviewed by Lisa, Scarlet Blackwell

Review: Stand and Deliver by Scarlet Blackwell

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Title: Stand and Deliver

Author: Scarlet Blackwell

Publisher: Pride Publishing

Pages/Word Count: 102 Pages

At a Glance: A lusty and erotic guilty pleasure read.

Reviewed By: Lisa

Blurb: A tale of dark, dangerous highwaymen and the man they take captive.

When Lucien Mayer, 14th Earl of Ravensberry is taken hostage by a gang of highwaymen, he is drawn to the damaged, reclusive Ambrosius and the dangerous, brooding Dante. Torn between escaping and satisfying his body’s needs, his life will never be the same again.

Publisher’s Note: This book has previously been published under the same title. It has been expanded, revised and re-edited for re-release with Pride Publishing.

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Review: Scarlet Blackwell’s Stand and Deliver was originally published back in 2009 by Total-e-Bound, before they were Totally Bound, before they were Pride Publishing. I read the book in its original incarnation way back when, when I was still a relative newbie to the gay romance genre but was more than familiar by then with Blackwell’s work. And to that I’ll add that my experiences with this author’s work over the years have been both hit and miss. If you’re familiar, then you know she has a formula. She has a tendency to write at least one of her protagonists as a bit of…dare I say…I’ll whisper it…an arse? But, there’s usually a good enough reason for his behavior, and then, of course, she sets about making him fall in love—at which point he usually redeems himself, if not entirely endears himself, to readers by the end of the book.

I wanted to get my hands on this reworked version of Stand and Deliver because I remember liking it the first time around, and I wanted to see what had changed, or whether the book had changed enough, that I’d recommend it to readers who’d already read and liked it in its original format. More on that in a moment, though.

First off I’ll say this novella is Erotic Fantasy—no apologies, no denying it. Not fantasy in a supernatural way but fantasy of the sort where one imagines themselves as the hero/heroine of a story, being kidnapped and ravished by a handsome marauder who falls madly in love with us (see: my pirate fetish), helpless against his charms. This fantasy, in particular, involves a band of land-bound pirates–highwaymen, to be more precise–who travel under cover of darkness, chasing down horse-drawn carriages, preying upon the wealthy with demands of, “Stand and deliver! Your money or your life!” If one was lucky, one surrendered a few baubles and coins, then was set free, virtue intact.

Lucien Mayer, 14th Earl of Ravensberry, the robbery and kidnapping victim in the story, is hardly a damsel in distress, nor is he hardly concerned about his virtue, as he is instantly drawn to and insanely in lust with two of his captors—one he could potentially love, the other he despises in spite of the fact he shares his body with Dante time and time again—with Ambrosius in the bed and without.

Though there isn’t much plot woven in with the erotic content of Stand and Deliver, there is a certain poignancy to the story which plucks at our empathy and helps to perhaps soothe a few of our qualms about accepting that Lucien falls so quickly for Ambrosius, with little supporting reason behind it. Lucien lives a lonely and seemingly aimless existence, Ambrosius is in deep mourning, Dante’s hiding a rather explosive secret, and both Ambrosius and Dante are warring with their emotions—Ambrosius with grief and guilt, Dante with grief and anger and bitterness and regret. Lucien doesn’t make it easy on himself either, being drawn to these two men, one emotionally and the other in a purely physical way. But, that’s Lucien’s story and he’s sticking to it, come hell or highwaymen.

Now, back to the story’s revisions. Has Stand and Deliver changed enough to purchase and read it again, if you’ve already read it in its original format? No, I don’t think so. Other than perhaps some polishing of the prose, which I noticed as I skimmed through my original copy of the book, this story is the same. If you haven’t read the book, would I recommend it? Well, as always, that depends upon the individual: do you like a little plot with your sex, or a little sex with your plot? Do you fancy historical erotica? Do you like threesomes? And snarling and sexy, slightly difficult to like men, two of whom do get their happy ending, with the third looking as though he may get his own sequel? If you don’t mind a little plot with your sex, among all those other things, then Stand and Deliver is a guilty pleasure read that stands and delivers.

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Review: Solo by Carol Lynne

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Author: Carol Lynne

Publisher: Pride Publishing

Pages/Word Count: 103 Pages

At a Glance: This novella was worth the read despite the flaws.

Reviewed By: Sammy

Blurb: Sam “Solo” Braun lives by one truth, the Grave Diggers Motorcycle Club above all. The creed has served him well, giving him the only real family he’s ever known.He would die for his brothers and them for him, but they don’t know he prefers men over women. Coming out to a group of men who fear no one isn’t high on Solo’s priority list, especially because he’s never indulged in more than one night stands.

Everything changes after one night with Eric James. For the first time, Solo can’t stop thinking about a single night he’d spent with a man. When fate intervenes, Solo comes face to face with his blue-eyed obsession only to find out Eric is a cop. Solo hates cops, and so do his brothers in the club. However, Solo decides to gamble everything and spend more time with Eric under the guise of getting information.
Falling in love with a cop is a very dangerous proposition for a man in Solo’s position, so why can’t he walk away?

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Review: Carol Lynne’s book Solo has it all: insta-love, tough men skirting the law, bikers, cops who are tired of the system not always being just, and sex—lots of it!

Sam “Solo” Braun has lost much in his life. His father—who disappeared when he discovered his drunken wife was cheating on him—his youth—when he was bounce from place to lace and landed in juvie to do time, on an off—and his sister who, at the age of twelve, began using and died early. When he joined the hardcore biker club, the Grave Diggers, he was looking for a family of sorts, and found it—as long as he maintained his secret and appeared to be like all the other guys. Only his friend Rowdy knows that Solo is gay, and he intends on keeping it that way. So his life is a series of one-time hookups for rough sex, and that’s it. No love, no commitments, no playing nice. Until he meets Eric. Or, as he calls him, Blue.

Eric is a cop. With a similar background to Solo, Eric is looking for a better life; he just doesn’t realize it may be in the arms of a distant, unyielding biker who skirts the edge of the law most every day. With a common goal of keeping drugs away from the schools in their area, the two men decide to throw in together for the purposes of sharing info and getting the dealers off the street. Little do they know just what that will mean when they begin a dangerous relationship that threatens to be more than its original fuck buddy status.

Solo is a swift moving story that hinged a great deal of its development on the intimate moments that Blue and Solo shared, from the first chapter on. In fact, there were times when the plot depended more on the sex scenes than any storyline to keep it moving. This was hard for me to understand, as I felt the author had developed solid characters that I wanted to understand and get to know better. Solo, in particular, was more than met the eye; so love starved and affection deprived that the moment he began to even consider allowing Blue to get under the wall he’d built around his heart, it was lovely to read. Unfortunately, rather than develop that plot point, the author used sex to indicate the growing relationship and, I must admit, at times I just rolled my eyes and waited for it to be over. Also, the timing of their intimacy was sometimes really strange and unbelievable, like after Blue was released from the hospital after suffering a gunshot wound, and after Solo had crashed his bike and was really chewed up physically. These were times when the sex seemed rather contrived and ill timed.

Understanding that this was a novella, and therefore unable to plumb great depths, either character or plot wise, the story managed to hold together well and create two guys who were so darn likeable. You found yourself rooting for them despite the huge hurdles they would have to leap to even consider being together out in public. Solo was in a close-minded and rough biker club that did not brook its members playing nice with the cops, or being gay. Blue had to maintain the law but seemed to continually be stretching it when it came to Solo. Theirs was a relationship headed for disaster and yet, there was just enough character development to make you want to root for these guys to the very end. I do wish that there could have been more to the story itself because all the elements were present for a really solid novel.

All in all, this story simply lacked good development and relied way too much on sex to push it along to the rather obvious ending, but Carol Lynne is undeniably a gifted storyteller, and this novella was worth the read despite the flaws.

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2 Stars, Erotica, JMS Books LLC, Reviewed by Taz, Short Story, Wayne Mansfield

Review: An Island, Lost by Wayne Mansfield

Title: An Island, Lost

Author: Wayne Mansfield

Publisher: JMS Books

Pages/Word Count: 42 Pages

At a Glance: I feel this author tried to accomplish too much in the short amount of space he used for the story.

Reviewed By: Taz

Blurb: Clint is travelling on a small Cessna Citation over the Pacific. When the plane hits a pocket of turbulence, he is wrenched from his nap and plunged into a nightmare. The plane plummets into the ocean.

Clint and one other passenger, a man named Carlos, survive. The hulk of the plane sinks, leaving them adrift with no land in sight. They fight to stay alive, but thirst and exhaustion overtake them.

Purely by luck Clint finds himself washed ashore on a mysterious island. But where is Carlos? Did sharks get him? Did he drown? With survival foremost in his mind Clint finds clean water and fruit and a safe place to rest.

Then Clint discovers the island is inhabited by other castaways, men who have been washed ashore on this unknown island over the years. One of the men is Andy, with whom Clint falls in love.

Only much later does he discover Carlos’s fate, along with the fact that the island has more secrets to reveal. One that could cost him his life.

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Review: Every once in a while I choose a short story, somewhere between 10K – 20K words, mostly during the summer, as an enjoyable and quick read. An Island, Lost is one such book and was a first for me from author Wayne Mansfield.

This story opens with one of the best hooks you can imagine. A plane crash and the protagonist is one of only two survivors. I had high hopes for the story, but it quickly fell short of my expectations once it got going. The relationship with Alan was hot, and I enjoyed it, but when confessions of love were made, I had a hard time connecting to the strength of their emotions.

The lone woman on the island, who’d been banned from the male village because of her vampiric tendencies (although she’s never called a vampire) seemed a contrived conflict, placing Clint, our main character, in harm’s way. As quickly as the conflict arises, it is resolved (which makes sense in a story of just over 10,000 words).

In short, I feel this author tried to accomplish too much in the short amount of space he used for the story. Had this been about a man who crashed, landed on an island, and found love (with lots of smexy scenes woven in) I would have enjoyed it more. Or, if the conflict had been more about Clint struggling with his fate and then accepting it in the end, I might have found the story a bit easier to digest.

As it is, this story was not for me. Although I did have to cover myself when reading the sex scenes so as not to embarrass myself or anyone around me.

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4 Stars, Alex Pendragon, Erotica, Loose Id, New Adult, Reviewed by Lana, Young Adult

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, Audio Book, Erotica, JCP Books, Jordan Castillo Price, Reviewed by Lisa, Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Urban Fantasy

Multimedia Review: The Channeling Morpheus for Scary Mary/A Bitter Taste of Sweet Oblivion Box Sets, and Canine by Jordan Castillo Price – Audiobook Narration by Gomez Pugh

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Title: Channeling Morpheus for Scary Mary (Books 1-5), A Bitter Taste of Sweet Oblivion (Books 6-10), Channeling Morpheus for Scary Mary (Audiobook), and Canine (A Channeling Morpheus Short)

Author: Jordan Castillo Price

Narrator: Gomez Pugh

Publisher: JCP Books

Pages/Word Count: 193 Pages (Channeling Morpheus), 272 Pages (Sweet Oblivion), 7 Hours, 44 Minutes (Audio), and 28 Pages (Canine)

At a Glance: Wild Bill and Michael are my addiction and give me book hangover for days. I can’t recommend that hangover highly enough.

Reviewed By: Lisa

box-set-CMFSM200Blurb – Box Set 1-5 – And Audiobook: Michael is a waif in eyeliner who’s determined to wipe vampires off the face of the earth. Wild Bill’s got the hots for Michael, and will stop at nothing to go home with him.

Forget about moonlit castles and windswept moors. These bad boys haunt all-night diners and cheap motels, cut-rate department stores and long, lonely stretches of the Interstate. Ride along with Wild Bill and Michael as the twists and turns of Channeling Morpheus for Scary Mary unfold in America’s Heartland.

Ebook box set and audiobook contains the following novelettes: Payback, Vertigo, Manikin, Tainted, Rebirth

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box-sweeto-200Blurb – Box Set 6-10: Staking a vampire isn’t so easy now that Michael’s got a vampire of his very own. Although killing them is no longer an option, he’s as determined as ever to stop the spread of vampirism.

Wild Bill is a lover, not a fighter–so he’s tickled when Michael’s new agenda, to dispense condoms and sterile phlebotomy gear among vampires, replaces the old “heads will roll” approach.

It takes courage to track down vamps in their own territory and deliver a lecture on safe sex, and more importantly, safe bloodletting. Michael’s never been short on audacity…but he’s finding that he and Wild Bill aren’t the only ones with agendas.

Ebook box set contains the following novelettes: Brazen, Snare, Fluid, Swarm, Elixir

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canine-200Blurb – Canine: What’s the difference between a faithful companion and a feral animal? Wild Bill suspects the line separating the two is shaky at best. Supposedly, Michael has been tamed, and he swears he gave up hunting. But when he comes home covered in blood and reeking of adrenaline, Bill fears Michael has crossed paths with another bloodsucker, and the urge to exterminate the vamp was too powerful to resist.

Michael doesn’t need to hunt vampires to stir up trouble. His run-in with threatening neighbors has left him baffled, demoralized, and teetering on the brink of yet another episode of depression. It tears Bill up inside to see Michael suffer—unfortunately, the sorrow also trips his most primal vamp triggers. Before he knows it, his own inner beast rears up, ravenous, insatiable, and ready to tear into the next thing that crosses his path…making him wonder if it was wishful thinking to hope that either of them had been successfully domesticated.

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Review: “Michael had his sorrow, and I had my shame. Maybe that’s the reason we harmonized so well.”

If ever there were two sentences that so perfectly encompassed the relationship between Michael and Wild Bill, it would be these, straight out of Canine, the newest short story in the Channeling Morpheus/Sweet Oblivion series.

Reading these novellas is a full-immersion trip on Michael and Wild Bill’s journey to nowhere special, as they trek their way through the Midwest, eventually lighting in Vegas–for now. They meet while hunting the same vampire for their own personal reasons, they connect through something far more intangible and impossible to name than simple vengeance. Michael and Wild Bill live a vagabond life and exist on little more than blood, sex, and trying (when it’s possible) to do the right thing. Attempting to live by as moral a code as possible was Wild Bill’s goal even before he met Michael—trying to do what was right, though sometimes he had no choice but to be the vampire he is. After he met Michael, trying to be the best vampire he could be became Wild Bill’s raison d’etre, just to be the guy who deserves Michael’s love. The emotional underpinning Jordan Castillo Price layers into this series, through Wild Bill’s smirks and ennui, and Michael’s emotional highs and lows, is love laced with despair then woven into need. It’s a stunning complement to her vampire lore, which is original and also borrows just a tad from Stoker’s canon.

I said something in my first review of this series, and it still holds true, reading after reading: “Michael and Wild Bill are two halves of the same whole, in an entirely symbiotic relationship that survives, thrives, and has become a physical and emotional imperative. They are distinct yet entwined by something deeper than love. They’re bonded by blood and a metaphysical link that makes it impossible to think of one without the other. They’re yin/yang and it works perfectly. These stories are erotic in a fully meaningful way because where Michael leaves off, Wild Bill begins; where Wild Bill leaves off, Michael begins. They don’t rely on words as such to each let the other know how he feels; Wild Bill’s not much of a talker, truth be told, so they both speak in actions and body language, and are so attuned to each other they know what the other needs without insincere platitudes and oversimplified endearments. What this does, in effect, is makes the times they do feel the desire to express what’s in their hearts all the more touching, and it works beautifully within the framework of their relationship.

There is a scenario in Canine where this is especially evident. To put a metaphorical point on it, Michael and Wild Bill are each other’s abyss—they look into each other’s eyes and sometimes it’s the abyss that looks back. Wild Bill feeds on Michael’s misery, at least as much as his conscience will allow. Michael’s sorrow and depression (underlined and punctuated by the death of his friend Scary Mary) is Wild Bill’s aphrodisiac, but while Wild Bill could let Michael wallow in the muck of his depression to feed an innate sexual desire, his love for Michael compels him to pull the man back from the ledge before he slips and drowns in his black moods. These two men stare into the depths of each other’s souls, and are each the other’s salvation, time after time, before the literal and figurative monster takes hold. What Wild Bill does for Michael in Canine is such a wholly loving and unselfish gesture that while it might not be considered traditionally romantic—because, let’s face it, it ain’t wine and roses—it is one of the more touching scenes in the series simply because it’s significant to the two of them and highlights just how far Wild Bill will go to be Michael’s redeemer, even though he believes himself to be beyond redemption. They are survivors, these two, and they are each the other’s savior.

Just released on audiobook, the Channeling Morpheus for Scary Mary set has come to life under the vocal talents of Gomez Pugh (who also narrates JCP’s PsyCop series), and I have to confess, in as much as is demanded of Pugh in the wide range of characters and voices in the PsyCop books, I was worried how in the name of narration he was going to come up with new and distinct voices for Michael and Wild Bill. Those worries were unfounded, though, because again he proves his range is apparently limitless. Michael’s voice is outstanding, capturing his youth and innocence, his strength and tenacity, and his need and vulnerability in the face of Wild Bill’s natural magnetism.

Wild Bill, on the other hand, is portrayed to perfection in his jaded, world-weary way, with the husky, tobacco-whiskey drawl that alludes to his years of chain smoking and Jack drinking, and complements the lassitude and general tedium that go hand-in-hand with being decades more cynical than his twenty-three-year-old appearance should allow for.

The Channeling Morpheus for Scary Mary/Sweet Oblivion series is a fusion of spec fic, red-hot erotica, and a study of the human condition which exists for two men, one of whom isn’t technically human any longer. It’s sexy and original while staying true to the vampire mythos, the allure which makes the undead live on in fiction, century after century. Michael and Wild Bill have become iconic in the M/M lexicon and are at the top of my list of all-time favorite characters, human, non-human, or somewhere in between. Every time I read them I suffer, though—they’re my addiction and give me book hangover for days. I can’t recommend that hangover highly enough.

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3 Stars, Bold Strokes Books, Erotica, Reviewed by Rena, Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Urban Fantasy, Simon Hawk

Review: Blackthorn by Simon Hawk

Title: Blackthorn

Author: Simon Hawk

Publisher: Bold Strokes Books

Pages/Word Count: 240 Pages

At a Glance: While I hesitate to recommend this book to romance fans, I’ll gladly do so to fans of erotic gay fiction.

Reviewed By: Rena

Blurb: Rian Blackthorn’s Gypsy and Elven heritage have earned him the title Master of the Hall of Swords in the realm of Brystyn. There, eighteen-year-old Rian has been training boys in the Ways of the Blade. However, his most promising student, Prince Corin, has fallen deeply in love with him. Already pledged to an Elven Prince of the Vale of Seven Rivers, Rian has managed to keep Corey at bay for the past two years. But when the prince’s journal of erotic writings is delivered to Rian, he discovers a conspiracy that may result in Corey’s death. And when Corey is abducted by Will the Wizard of Winterwood, a sexual deviant, Rian’s love for Corey is slowly awakened. And if by life or death, he can save him, he most certainly will.

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Review: The premise of Simon Hawk’s fantasy novel certainly has a lot of promise – that it’s an erotic fantasy can be a plus, depending on the reader’s preferences. Once I started reading it, I quickly understood what kind of erotic fiction it is, i.e., that it’s more along the lines of a James Lear novel, for instance, than what gay erotic romance readers might be familiar with. That’s not a bad thing by any stretch. I’ve read a few erotic gay novels before and found some to be either cheeky or campy fun, depending on the writers. With Blackthorn, the fantasy setting caught my attention, and I wanted to see how plot and erotic elements worked together.

To an extent, they complement each other in that in a fantasy world, it’s quite liberating seeing different characters enjoy each other in scenes that run the gamut – from wildly erotic to bizarre (the mad prince’s sex romps) to touching, at least after the fact (Tannen’s erotic dream spell on Rian). The sexual traditions within certain races, and the open relationships everyone has with each other, make logical sense within the context of the world Hawk has created, even with certain groups harboring extreme prejudice against homosexuality.

Unfortunately, that’s really where the erotic elements end insofar as their effect on the overall story’s concerned. The difficulty I had with the book was the way the sex seemed to override the plot itself. I reckon the rate of sex scenes would be around 1-2 per chapter, and they tended to make the story come to a full stop every time, to the point where I ended up forgetting who’s who, what’s what, and where I was once the story picked up again at the beginning of the next chapter.

There’s certainly a great deal more attention placed on the sex scenes, as far as details go, from what I’ve seen. The setting and characters overall, both major and minor, are very vaguely drawn, and readers are left to depend on more generic physical descriptions (everyone has long hair) of people and places, which, to me, doesn’t work very well in grounding the story to its world and giving it its unique edge. The language used, particularly during sex, is inconsistent in that characters speak anachronistically modern phrases – I remember one character crying out, “Oh, my God!” – while in non-sexual scenes, the dialogue tends to be a little more fantasy-like with its slightly formal sentence structure.

And the plot is pretty complex, which could’ve benefitted from that extra attention. As it stands, I often found myself confused about different races or tribes coming together against a common enemy – and especially the reasons behind certain animosities. A number of the characters also go by nicknames, some of which are close enough for me to completely lose track of which name refers to whom (Shadow vs. Sparrow, for instance). And as noted, it doesn’t help that sex scenes cut off the action abruptly and go on for a number of pages, and I’m forced to skip forward in order to catch up.

It’s because of this generalized treatment of individual characters that relationships also don’t materialize as I’d hoped. There’s a romantic relationship between Tannen and Rian, for instance, but we don’t really see that because they spend most of the book apart from each other, and when they’re together, they have lots of sex that really echoes every other character’s sex scenes. If Rian realizes he’s in love with Corin (or Corey), it’s also not terribly convincing as he has lots of sex with Corin in addition to everyone else. As far as I could see, anyway, there’s really nothing setting any of those intimate moments (between Rian and Corin) apart from everyone else that indicates a deeper connection between them. I can say the same thing regarding any regular interaction between the two, besides Rian protecting or saving Corin from Will’s lusty clutches.

So anyone who hopes to enjoy some sense of romance might find him/herself disappointed in this regard.

There are quite a few shadows of Tolkien throughout the book that I found to be rather cheeky touches. Helm’s Deep comes to mind as well as Bilbo’s line about not seeing dragons during his birthday party. Whether or not they were intentional, I still found myself chuckling and nodding when I read those passages.

In the end, while I hesitate to recommend this book to romance fans, I’ll gladly do so to fans of erotic gay fiction. Even though the erotic elements don’t merge smoothly enough with the book’s plot, there’s still some fun to be had, seeing certain fantasy tropes – such as those mystical, dignified elves – turned on their heads with a great deal of winking and nudging.






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Review: (Watch Me) Unmask You by Avril Ashton

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Title: (Watch Me) Unmask You (Run This Town: Book Three)

Author: Avril Ashton

Publisher: Sinner’s Haven Publishing

Pages/Word Count: 254 Pages

At a Glance: An emotional and consuming read, and another win for the author and this series and, as a result, its readers.

Reviewed By: Lisa

Blurb: With one tug the thread unravels, and a world built on lies will come tumbling down

Too many bodies. Rivers of blood. Elias Kote sees them all in his sleep. Only the love of his husband and daughter keeps him alive and fighting. This contract killer is exhausted and weighed down with all the lies he tells every day. Who he is. What he does. How he came to have all he has. Elias can attest to nothing remaining hidden forever, but his secrets, when they do drop, shatters everything. Everyone. And leaves him scrambling to make his family whole again.

Ten years together. Three legally wed. One with their daughter. And in one night Lucky Mousasi’s world just…stops. What he thought was a random home invasion turns into way more. Masked men not only brutalize him, but they come armed with knowledge about Lucky, his husband, and the life he thought he knew. It seems nothing is coincidental, certainly not meeting and falling in love with Elias. Bruised, battered, heart ripped open, Lucky walks away.

An intimate rival will stop at nothing to neutralize the threat Elias poses, and the life he built out of guilt and desperation becomes collateral damage. When Lucky takes their daughter and disappears, Elias goes on a rampage. He will get his family back, but first he’s on an elimination mission. One bullet at a time.

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Review: Avril Ashton captures the danger of loving someone in (Watch Me) Unmask You, laying oneself bare and opening up to someone else, willingly becoming vulnerable and trusting another person not to destroy that trust. There is a danger for the men in the Run This Town series to fall in love because their secrets can kill and the lives they live are filled with things they can’t tell, for to confess some of those secrets would mean to risk losing everything.

Unmask You is a deeply moving and sometimes torturous love story between two men whose pasts tie them together in a profoundly unexpected way, in a way that, once revealed, obliterates the life they’d built together. The heartbreak and tension in this book is a thing of beauty as the author crafts the relationship between Lucky Mousasi and Elias Kote from a point in time when Lucky was a mere boy and Elias was already the man who killed people for a living. Theirs is a May/December romance that began well before it was a romance—back when it was simply a matter of Elias watching over Lucky from a distance, only surfacing on the occasions that Lucky needed Elias’s strength. Until one day the two of them could no longer deny or resist the bond that had been forged between them over the years, and Lucky then demanded what Elias was no longer able or willing to resist giving. Everything.

I love the way Avril Ashton tells a story. She doesn’t pull any punches on either the sex or the violence in her novels. Lucky and Elias, like all the men in this and her Brooklyn Sinners series, have an undeniable chemistry that’s evident from the moment they meet. It’s not always a sexual chemistry, but it is always a visceral response to each other that leaps off the page and draws the reader in. These books are honest, sometimes brutally so, and her characters hold to their own set of ethics that may be outside the law but are nonetheless the foundation upon which they build loyalty and love.

There are surprise alliances that, as these stories unfold, reveal the true measure of these men who are criminals, yes, but criminals who will give their lives willingly for the sake of those they hold dear. There should be a contrast in the way they deal in both death and intimacy, but there isn’t because they are both approached with a passion born in protecting the part of their lives that make them whole and better men.

Unmask You is easily the most sentimental of the three books so far in the Run This Town series, simply because of what Lucky and Elias had built together–a marriage, a home, a family–before their house of cards came crashing down around them. Lucky and Elias’s relationship is poignant, their longing for each other palpable, their love for each other tangible, and the pain that comes from the revelation of Elias’s secrets is bitter. It all blends together to make for an emotional and consuming read, and another win for the author and this series and, as a result, its readers.






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Review: (Watch Me) Break You by Avril Ashton

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Title: (Watch Me) Break You (Run This Town: Book One)

Author: Avril Ashton

Publisher: Silver Haven Publishing

Pages/Word Count: 278 Pages

At a Glance: If you love a bit of rough in your romance, Avril Ashton delivers.

Reviewed By: Lisa

Blurb: They’re in a war for control of the streets, but love will be the ultimate prize.

Here comes trouble…

Men. Women. Drugs. Dima Zhirkov’s favorite things. Add in the element of danger and he should be right as rain. But not today. It’s not working, hasn’t for a long time. He’s grasping at the flimsiest of straws to prove he’s indeed strong enough to run his streets. Until he sets eyes on him. In the midst of a room full of strangers, Dima is drawn to a man as cold and dangerous as he is beautiful. Captivated, Dima embarks on a ruthless campaign to get his new toy into bed.

Here comes the danger…

Xavier “X” Storm is content to pull the strings while someone else handles the day to day dealings of his gang, The Rude Boys. He’s after what Dima holds closest—the Coney Island streets. He contracts out the job of killing the Russian, except Dima isn’t that easy to kill. When he suddenly shows up in X’s path, tempting him to indulge in the dirtiest play, he finds Dima isn’t all that easy to shake, either. His cocky attitude and rough submission tempts X to go where he’d vowed to never return, and they plunge head first into an affair fueled by possessive obsession.

Run for cover…

Sex and pain Dima can handle, and X delivers the most depraved kind. Their connection is explosive, their games addictive, but Dima can end it whenever he wishes. He doesn’t see that X is breaking him down, giving Dima everything he wants and even more than he ever thought to need. By the time he realizes who X is and what he wants, Dima is raw and bullet riddled. It’s run or fight. And Dima doesn’t back down. Neither does X.

Warning: Includes strong BDSM elements.

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Review: There’s nothing quite like a good book to remind me I have a bit of a twisted streak. Avril Ashton’s (Watch Me) Break You reads like a steamy, sweat-soaked mindf*** that shouldn’t be as irresistible as it is. Dima Zhirkov and Xavier Storm are two sides of the same sadomasochistic coin, working on opposite sides of a corrupt landscape, each heading up their own faction of their crime families and heading toward an all-out turf war in the New York boroughs.

Ashton wastes no time setting the tone of this novel, which revolves around a strong BDSM element (if you’re looking for shiny-pretty sex, this isn’t the book for you). When Dima first spies Xavier in a club, dishing out a whipping to a bound woman, his obsession with X is born. Dima is a sexual submissive, an unapologetic masochist who homes in on Xavier, wanting what the sadistic Dom seems to find no pleasure in delivering. Dima wants to light a fire in X, to see the man throw some passion into his punishment, and Dima’s not averse to stalking X, nor submitting to his own deviant devices, to get what he wants. I loved Dima’s nonchalant attitude toward his proclivities, which could burn like fire at the blink of an eye. He’s nothing if not mercurial. And what Dima doesn’t realize, until he’s in too deep, is that Xavier is the man behind the gang he’s trying to destroy.

Xavier Storm knows exactly who Dima is—he’s the Russian, the man X has ordered a hit on. Dima’s also the man X is drawn to, his need to be dominated like a magnetic force Xavier is powerless to resist. They form a connection through pain and punishment and raw sex which becomes a metaphorical war for territory in and of itself, each marking and laying a physical and psychological claim on the other, though Dima tries (and fails) to keep a controlled barrier between his emotions and his obsession with Xavier. Their relationship is built upon desire and dysfunction—secrets and lies of omission, the danger that is the inherent nature of the lives they lead—and when it all comes to a head in an explosive revelation, the depth of Dima’s damaged innermost self is the catalyst for revenge, as well as an all out binge of self-destruction.

(Watch Me) Break You is a novel that begs the reader to question every motivation and action of its characters. These men are flawed, if not outright damaged and corrupted, and the way they act and interact and react toward each other is gorgeous in its deviance. Not to mention the author manages to capture the chemistry between them and weaves it so deliberately into the plot that it’s near impossible not to become invested in its kinky and fascinating expression.

This book, like any book, really, isn’t going to be for every reader, but if you love a bit of rough in your romance, Avril Ashton delivers it with a white-hot intesity.






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3 Stars, Erotica, Extasy Books, Ora Le Brocq, Reviewed by Rena, Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Urban Fantasy

Review: The Moonwar: The Beginning by Ora Le Brocq

Title: The Moonwar: The Beginning

Author: Ora Le Brocq

Publisher: eXtasy Books

Pages/Word Count: 56 Pages

At a Glance: It’d be interesting to see where the series takes us, for sure, though I hope the next installment offers us something more.

Reviewed By: Rena

Blurb: Can two young men find love against the horrific outbreak of the Moon War? Will they even survive the first attack by an unseen, unknown alien foe?

The landlord’s son of the Fox and Grapes welcomes everyone with a cheerful smile and good service, but when William meets Professor Ethan Wanstead, his service becomes far more intimate.

Unfortunately, William doesn’t know that Ethan has a hidden agenda. Ethan knows that the Earth is in danger, for this is the start of the Moon War. Ethan may be the planet’s only hope, so it is unfortunate that he is suddenly experiencing a whole new world of physical and emotional pleasure with William…

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Review: “The Moon War” is one of those stories that I wish I could talk about in more detail but really can’t because it’s not only very short in length, it’s also very short in plot and content. At around 12K words, most of that isn’t even spent in the establishing of the events noted in the blurb, but on two concurrent sex scenes.

And it’s a shame. When I read the blurb the first time around, I was absolutely intrigued by the concept of moon wars and Ethan’s mysterious role. I was hoping that the book took the time to lay out the foundation – however lightly – for future installments of the series, but unfortunately the instant attraction between William and Ethan turned into the book’s focal point, followed by Oz’s somewhat hilarious romp in the hay (literally).

By the time things begin to happen, we only get a glimpse of a catastrophe and Ethan’s frantic claims about someone trying to destroy the moon with a tachyon beam. On one hand, we’re left with a cliffhanger of sorts, but on the other hand, I found it difficult caring for the characters considering how little we’re given insofar as the context of danger is concerned. While Will and Ethan appear to be a lovely couple, and Oz is a humorous scoundrel-sidekick type of character, there’s still not much to hang anything on when it comes to characterization.

It’d be interesting to see where the series takes us, for sure, though I hope the next installment offers us something more. And as a final note, this book is Ora Le Brocq’s first attempt at writing M/M, having established herself as a writer of erotic het fiction. The sex scenes are well-written, for sure, and do her much credit for her first effort.






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Review: A Proper Lover by Darrah Glass

Title: A Proper Lover (Ganymede Quartet: Book Two)

Author: Darrah Glass

Publisher: 3H Press

Pages/Word Count: 393 Pages

At a Glance: Loving this universe and eagerly looking forward to the next installment

Reviewed By: Jules

Blurb: What does it mean to belong to someone?

Henry Blackwell is the happiest he’s ever been, and it’s all because of his companion slave Martin. Every experience, whether it be mundane or spectacular, is improved by having Martin at his side. The better Henry gets to know his slave, the deeper his feelings grow. Though the physical attraction between them is undeniable, Henry’s sure there’s more to their relationship than just sex. He can’t be certain, as it’s never happened before, but he believes he might be falling in love.

Henry’s friends are ready and willing to put their own slaves aside in favor of female companionship, and they’re beginning to wonder why Henry isn’t interested in girls. Henry only wants to be with Martin and doesn’t know how much longer he can use “late bloomer” as an excuse. The holiday season approaches, along with the promise of parties with friends and family. Henry doesn’t want to share Martin with his friends, but he doesn’t like being left out. Will he stand up for himself—and Martin—when it counts?

This is the second of four installments in the Ganymede Quartet, continuing Henry & Martin’s story from A Most Personal Property (Ganymede Quartet Book 1).

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Review: A Proper Lover, the second in Darrah Glass’s Ganymede Quartet series, picks up right where A Most Personal Property left us. Henry and his companion slave, Martin, are extremely happy with each other, and life is good. Their biggest problem remains keeping their true relationship from becoming public knowledge. The intimate things they do together are definitely forbidden as far as the Master/slave relationship goes, not to mention the feelings behind their actions. Their fondness goes beyond just Henry being happy with his slave, you see, or Martin being content in his service…It seems that Henry and Martin are falling in love.

The world that Glass has built is as fascinating and detailed as ever. In this book we get to learn quite a bit more about how the slaves live and what they enjoy doing. Henry takes lunch with the Blackwell slaves one afternoon, and has a chance to hear about Timothy’s background and how he came to be Henry’s father’s companion slave later than is the norm. Henry also learns some of the slaves’ customs and superstitions, and is truly fascinated by some of their beliefs, far-fetched though they may seem.

As Martin and Henry become closer, we see a bit more possessiveness between them, and jealousy even rears its head a few times. The ‘swap parties’ the other Masters engage in with their slaves continue to be a topic of discussion – and a sore spot for Henry – and Henry must find other ways to hang out with, and bond with, his friends, as he is still adamantly against sharing Martin.

I enjoyed so many things about this book. The relationship between the boys is still so lovely and sweet, I adore their interactions. I particularly enjoyed when they talked about their future together, and the fact that Henry’s family – since it is still a foregone conclusion that Henry will have to marry and have a family at some point – will be Martin’s family also. In one discussion, Martin even says that Henry’s children will also be his children, which was so sweet since Martin obviously enjoys children very much, and is so good with them, as evidenced by his relationship with Henry’s little sister, Cora, who we see quite a bit of in this book. I absolutely love, love, love both Henry and Martin. Henry remains as unaware, and bumbling as ever; still struggling with school, and figuring out how to get out of doing things with his friends, when all he wants to do is be with Martin. But, his complete conviction that Martin is making him a better person, and his utter adoration and devotion, is fantastic.

It was also nice to see Henry’s mother’s side of the family, when the Blackwells visit them for Christmas. Henry’s beloved Uncle Reggie has returned to New York, and the whole family is thrilled to have him home. Reggie is a wonderful character. I look forward to seeing more of him in future books; I think he will be a fantastic role model and sounding board for Henry.

For all its wonderful qualities, the book felt a bit long and repetitive at times. The number of sex scenes could have been scaled back a bit, in my opinion. I mean, we KNOW that teenage boys like sex, right? Perhaps we don’t need detailed descriptions of every encounter. ;) Other scenes, such as trips to the arcade with friends, and some of the tedium of their everyday activities, also could have been reduced simply to tighten things up a bit. My only other small beef, and I’m confident that the author will come back to it in the next book, is that poor Sam – one of the other slaves – was left hanging. His situation was, I thought, a significant part of the story that was left unresolved, and undiscussed really, for the latter part of the book.

Overall, I remain completely enamored of these characters and their story. As was the case with the first book, the companion novella here, A Master’s Fidelity, is also a must read. Getting into Martin’s head, even for a brief time, is fantastic! Loving this universe and eagerly looking forward to the next installment!!






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Review: Happy Holidays by Z. Allora

Title: Happy Holidays (The Dark Angels: Book Four)

Author: Z. Allora

Publisher: Rocky Ridge Books

Pages/Word Count: 125 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: What do erotic sex toys and Hanukkah have to do with each other?

Absolutely nothing unless you’re a member of the famous rock band The Dark Angels and the shy but kinky Robin gives gifts that guarantee to spice up the holidays!

Each couple makes the most of these unique gifts blending love and orgasmic fun to REALLY celebrate the holidays.

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Review: The holiday season is about family and friends, about building traditions and then sharing them with the people we love. For The Dark Angels boys, it’s also about having fun and sex and about having fun having sex. The eight days of Hanukkah means not only learning about why the holiday is celebrated in the Jewish faith but also gives Robin and Josh the chance to make the other guys’ observance of the Festival of Lights a bit more lighthearted, and without a doubt, a lot hotter.

As with the previous three books in this series, Z. Allora tempers the erotic elements with deeper issues about life, love and family. Dare is facing some doubts and asking some internal questions about his relationship with Angel, where it stands and how sturdy the foundation is upon which he’s planning a life with the man.

Guardian angel and patriarch of this band of brothers, Uncle Leo, and his prodigal son Sean, also figure into the storyline. Jack is another of the lost sheep Uncle Leo has shepherded, helping Jack find his way back to sobriety after years of drug addiction. The prodigal and the found sons have underlying issues that are brought to the fore in this installment of the series, issues which, of course, includes a heaping dose of sexual tension between them, and I hope means Jack and Sean will get their own book somewhere along the way. Or, if not, at least a deeper story treatment in another couple’s book.

All of the couples are visited briefly in this short novel, each given their own private moments to steam up our e-readers as virtual voyeurs. One of the storylines I’m looking forward to, that of Dusty’s and Justin’s brothers, Zack and Andrew, was again teased at in Happy Holidays, but only just enough to promise that when Z. Allora gets around to them, it’s going to be angsty and sexual tension will run high.

This series explores sexuality, challenges labels, and is a fast and flirty and, as always, erotic treat to get lost in for awhile. If you’re looking for a way to spice up the season, The Dark Angels deliver Happy Holidays with a lot of smiles, a few laughs, and a couple of tugs at the heartstrings just for good measure.








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Review: Finally Fallen by Z. Allora

Title: Finally Fallen (The Dark Angels: Book Three)

Author: Z. Allora

Publisher: Rocky Ridge Books

Pages/Word Count: 267 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: What’s the use of being a rock legend if you have no one to share the fame and fortune with? Not that Dusty Davis is looking. He’s content taking care of himself, his bandmates, and his rambunctious younger brothers. Continue reading

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Review: Arctic Absolution by Lynn Kelling

Title: Arctic Absolution

Author: Lynn Kelling

Publisher: Fantastic Fiction Publishing

Pages/Word Count: 240 Pages

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: In the frozen expanses of remote Alaska, Dixon Rowe is a good man and a good cop who keeps finding himself in bed with the enemy. After he picks up a young ex-con named Jaye Larson for stealing food, Dixon gets seduced by the possibility of helping someone truly in need. Though he tells himself he’s assisting young Jaye out of the goodness of his heart, not because of how sexy Jaye is under all of the tattoos and defiance, the temptations of sin entangle them as their hostile environment threatens. Both of their pasts are filled with malicious ghosts that haunt every step, and while Jaye’s demons are less tangible that Dixon’s, they are all powerful enough to put both of their lives in danger. Continue reading

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Review: Blue Moon II: This Is Reality by A.E. Via

Title: Blue Moon II: This Is Reality

Author: A.E. Via

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages/Word Count: 194 Pages

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: Pierce aka Strategic Intelligence Specialist, Backhander is back to flush out some of the DEA’s most notorious criminals, and he has one helluva’ team backing him up. The country’s most decorated Navy Seals…the Beastmasters. Continue reading

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Review: Tied Together by Z. Allora

Title: Tied Together (The Dark Angels: Book Two)

Author: Z. Allora

Publisher: Rocky Ridge Books

Pages/Word Count: 257 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: Josh has loved Robin since the day they met, although he never dared to follow his heart. After the two are kicked out of their house, a night of despair turns into a night of discovery, forever changing them both. One taste of his dream leaves Josh hungry for more, but Robin’s fear of abandonment forces him to pull back, denying them both. Continue reading

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Review: Just a Game by A.J. Ridges

Title: Just a Game

Author: A. J. Ridges

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages/Word Count: 34 pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: When Bryan reluctantly agrees to let his new neighbor, Ben come over to watch the hockey game, he has no idea that his gay roommate, Tim is home or that Tim has company – male company. While Ben and Bryan are forced to endure the telltale sounds of sex coming from Tim’s bedroom, desires they never knew existed come to the surface. Continue reading

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Review: Benjamin Pepperwhistle and the Fantabulous Circus of Wonders by Cornelia Grey

Title: Benjamin Pepperwhistle and the Fantabulous Circus of Wonders

Author: Cornelia Grey

Publisher: Storm Moon Press

Pages/Word Count: 65 Pages

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: Benjamin Pepperwhistle has one overriding desire: to handle the glorious machinery that is a gun. So when he decides to run away to join the circus, it’s only natural that he should seek out the legendary pistoleer, Cole Beauchamp, and beg to be his assistant. Life in the circus has definite ups and downs, but as Benjamin settles in to his role, he finds that some perks are even better than he’d anticipated. Continue reading

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Review: Bad Boy: Naughty at Night by Jamie Lake

Title: Bad Boy: Naughty at Night

Author: Jamie Lake

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages/Word Count: 64 Pages

Rating: 3 Stars

Blurb: Kindergarten teacher by day, sensual masseuse by night, Peter Davidson never thought things would get so tough that he’d need to give out sensual massages in secret in order to make ends meet. But when the school slashes his hours in half and with no other jobs available in town, he stumbles across the opportunity when fiddling around on an online dating site and a rather handsome older gentleman offers him money. Continue reading

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Review: Campus Cravings Anthology

Title: Campus Cravings

Author: Anthology

Publisher: C-Squared Publishing

Pages/Word Count: 392 Pages

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: Welcome to Cathia University, where school is in session! Nine of today’s hottest gay romance authors have crafted brand-new interrelated novellas celebrating everything wonderful about college, including sophisticated professors, sexy teaching assistants, ambitious grad students, and spirited undergraduates, all looking for the same thing: an A+ in true love. Continue reading

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Review: Consent (Power Exchange #3) by A.J. Rose

Title: Consent (Power Exchange #3)

Author: AJ Rose

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages/Word Count: 350 Pages

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: Former detective Gavin DeGrassi likes his new life and his job as a university professor, molding the minds of the next generation of law enforcement. It keeps him in the field he loves, but out of the media and out of the danger he seems to draw. He’s settled and happy with his partner and Dom, Ben Haverson. Continue reading

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Review: Half a Man by Scarlet Blackwell

Title: Half a Man

Author: Scarlet Blackwell

Publisher: Totally Bound

Pages/Word Count: 27000 Words

Rating: 2.5 Stars

Blurb: In a world torn apart by war, solace is hard to find…

It is 1919, less than a year after the end of the First World War and a recovering Britain is in the grip of the influenza pandemic. Times are hard. Victory came at a price for everyone left behind.

Crippled veteran of the Battle of the Somme, Robert Blake, is looking for someone to ease his nightmares of France. He carries never ending guilt over the fate of his commanding officer in the trenches. He turns to educated rent boy Jack Anderson for physical solace. Continue reading

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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.

How long can he keep up the charade? Continue reading

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Review: Sacrificed: Heart Beyond the Spires by Bey Deckard

Title: Sacrificed: Heart Beyond the Spires

Author: Bey Deckard

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages/Word Count: 380 Pages

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: Reunited once more, the crew of Baal’s Heart must make the long and treacherous journey south to the towering spires of the Devil’s Isles. The path through the mountain range is fraught with peril; mayhem and tragedy plague the pirate ship, but what the men find beyond the spires is the most shocking of all.

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