2.5 Stars, Genre Romance, Reviewed by Rena, S.E. Connor, Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Urban Fantasy, Self-Published

Review: Pearls in the Darkness by S.E. Connor

Title: Pearls in the Darkness

Author: S.E. Connor

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages/Word Count: 39 Pages

Rating: 2.5 Stars

Blurb: Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction. When Tanner goes on vacation to get away from school and work, he learns this the hard way. Continue reading

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2.5 Stars, Dreamspinner Press, Genre Romance, Mari Evans, Reviewed by Taz

It’s A May/December Romance At The Heart of Mari Evans’ “Trusting Love”

Title: Trusting Love

Author: Mari Evans

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 200 Pages

Rating: 2.5 Stars

Blurb: Laurie Stallon isn’t like other high schoolers. After suffering years of abuse at his father’s hands, he now lives in a foster care facility and finds solace volunteering at the local animal shelter. Laurie’s had to grow up fast, and even though his eighteenth birthday is still weeks away, he’s more adult than most adults he knows. When he meets Dr. Sam Davies, the new shelter veterinarian, the attraction is instant. They become friends at work, but Laurie knows Sam will never go for someone like him. No matter how Laurie tries to prove his maturity to Sam, Sam continues to reject him as too young. Continue reading

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2.5 Stars, AKM Miles, Genre Romance, MLR Press, Reviewed by Lisa

Two Men Have Obstacles To Overcome In AKM Miles’ “Put Me in a Book”

Title: Put Me in a Book

Author: AKM Miles

Publisher: MLR Press

Pages/Word Count: 191 Pages

Rating: 2.5 Stars

Blurb: Brandon Reese thinks there are too many big reasons why he and Rhine Walken can’t have anything other than a friendship, but Rhine thinks differently.

Brandon Reese isn’t ugly, but he thinks he is. He knows he looks better now that he’s lost over 200 pounds, but he can’t get over feeling, well, less like the handsome men he writes about in his gay romances. Then he meets Rhine Walken. He’s intrigued. But the next time he sees Rhine there’s something really wrong with the young man. Like really. Brandon finds out that Rhine suffers from a traumatic brain injury that manifests in a strange manner, one that makes a relationship pretty much off the table. Damn that sucks. Because he could love this man.
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2.5 Stars, BDSM/Kink/Erotica, Drama, Dreamspinner Press, Genre Romance, Reviewed by Sammy, Ryan Loveless

Love Overcomes All Obstacles In Ryan Loveless’s “Last Chance Charlie”

“Sometimes a “mistake” can end up being the best decision you ever make.” – Mandy Hale


Title: Last Chance Charlie

Author: Ryan Loveless

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 198 Pages

Rating: 2.5 Stars

Blurb: Charlie Corcoran is the best thing about twenty-five-year old Zach Prentiss’s life. Sure, they’ve never met. Charlie’s never seen Zach from the neck up, but because of Charlie, for a few hours Zach can forget about his sick father, his falling grades, and his dwindling clientele who don’t like that he’s a rentboy who ages. With Charlie, he talks online about comics, cars, and movies. Then a new client arrives. It’s Charlie wanting sex tips… for a date with Zach. Zach goes through with the appointment, convinced it’s over if Charlie recognizes him. However, he doesn’t have long to nurse his broken heart or worry about Charlie’s before Charlie is back, wanting to take him out, introduce him to Mom, and treat him like he’s decent. Continue reading

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2.5 Stars, Drama, Dreamspinner Press, Jeff Erno, New Adult, Reviewed by Taz

Love Overcomes All Obstacles In Jeff Erno’s “Two Dumb Jocks”

Title: Two Dumb Jocks (Dumb Jock: Book Five)

Author: Jeff Erno

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 210 Pages

Rating: 2.5 Stars

Blurb: Rejected by his family for coming out, Bryan Helverson boards a plane for Tampa, Florida, where he plans to attend college. Brett and Jeff’s family embrace him when he arrives, and his new “brothers,” Adam and Trevor, help him assimilate into the community. Continue reading

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2.5 Stars, Drama, Dreamspinner Press, Genre Romance, Kate Pavelle, Reviewed by Tina

Kate Pavelle’s “Breakfall” Is A Story Of Survival And Recovery

“The true science of martial arts means practicing them in such a way that they will be useful at any time, and to teach them in such a way that they will be useful in all things.” ― Miyamoto Musashi


Title: Breakfall

Author: Kate Pavelle

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 270 Pages

Rating: 2.5 Stars

Blurb: Sexual assault doesn’t discriminate. Aikido instructor Sean Gallaway learns that when he falls prey to a violent stalker. Asbjorn Lund, a karate sensei on campus and a Navy vet, yearns to teach Sean how to survive. How to overcome. How to recover. Sean feels hunted and alone as the stalker escalates, testing his boundaries. With the entire dojo at his back, Sean resolves to play bait. He will catch the predator stalking him and reclaim his sense of self if it’s the last thing he does. Yet Sean’s hunger for justice clashes with Asbjorn’s protective streak, and their budding romance might not survive their war of wills. Continue reading

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2.5 Stars, Dreamspinner Press, Genre Romance, Grace R. Duncan, Reviewed by Sammy

Grace R. Duncan Takes On Homophobia And Coming Out In “No Sacrifice”

“Burst down those closet doors once and for all, and stand up and start to fight. – Harvey Milk


Title: No Scarifice

Author: Grace R. Duncan

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 400 Pages

Rating: 2.5 Stars

Blurb: Patrick has taken his acting talents from high school all the way to a role in a major television show.

But as the show progresses, his life of absolute certainties crumbles when he finds himself reacting to the kisses of his male costar. He refuses to accept it, reminding himself he’s married and a father—and thus, straight. Continue reading

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2.5 Stars, Ariel Tachna, Dreamspinner Press, Paranormal Romance, Reviewed by Sammy, Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Urban Fantasy

Ariel Tachna’s “Testament To Love” Affirms The Idea That Love Ascends All Boundaries


“For truly we are all angels temporarily hiding as humans.” – Brian L. Weiss


Title: Testament to Love (2nd Edition)

Author: Ariel Tachna

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 80

Rating: 2.5 Stars

Blurb: Another mission to rescue yet another lost soul—Emmanuel isn’t sure how much more of the same old routine he can withstand. Get the fallen’s attention, save them from themselves, usher them back to grace, and return, simply to receive another assignment. But there’s something different about the troubled painter, Cameron Anderson, that grabs Emmanuel and won’t let him go. Continue reading

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2.5 Stars, Dreamspinner Press, Kenzie Cade, Reviewed by Sammy

Kenzie Cade’s “Son Of A Fish” Is A Sweet Romance That Struggles To End Well


“Don’t rush into love. You’ll find the person meant for you when you least expect it.” – Franzie Gubatina


Title: Son of a Fish

Author: Kenzie Cade

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 32 Pages

Rating: 2.5 Stars

Blurb:Sam Crowe lives a quiet life. He’s a freelance journalist and sometimes fiction writer.

His world is turned upside down when love lands on his doorstep—literally, while cursing up a G-rated storm. Son of a fish, indeed. Casey Sanders doesn’t know whether it’s good luck or bad when he slips and falls on the icy steps of his apartment building, but the hero who comes to his rescue is worth the discomfort.
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2.5 Stars, Dreamspinner Press, Reviewed by Sammy, Susan Mac Nicol

Waiting For Rain by Susan Mac Nicol Teaches Us To Look Beyond Our Fears And Find Love.


”Love is everything it’s cracked up to be…It really is worth fighting for, being brave for, risking everything for.” – Erica Jong


Title: Waiting For Rain

Author: Susan Mac Nicol

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 280 Pages

Rating: 2.5 Stars

Blurb: The village of Stamford, the quintessential chocolate box English scene, seemed an impossible dream for foster kid Toby Prentiss.

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Ari McKay, Reviewed by Sammy, Torquere Press

“Dandy’s Little Girl” Explores How Difficult Finding Love Again Can Be


“Love hurts. There is nothing as painful as heartbreak. But in order to learn to love again you must learn to trust again.” -Nicholas Sparks


Title: Dandy’s Little Girl

Author: Ari McKay

Publisher: Torquere Press

Pages/Word Count: 103 Pages

Rating: 2.5 Stars

Blurb: Noah Coleman doesn’t do casual relationships.
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