3 Stars, Genre Romance, Reviewed by Tina, T.A. Chase, Totally Bound

Review: Mountains to Climb by T.A. Chase

Title: Mountains to Climb

Author: T.A. Chase

Publisher: Totally Bound

Pages/Word Count: 60 Pages

Rating: 3 Stars

Blurb: Sometimes the past can be the biggest mountain to climb.

Toby Schwartzel has never forgot Jensen Brockhoff, the man he loved and the one who disappeared six years ago. He thinks he’s moved on, but when Jensen appears again and wants to explain what happened, Toby realises he never got over Jensen. He’d only built up walls to keep from being hurt again. Continue reading

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3 Stars, Laura Baumbach, MLR Press, Paranormal Romance, Reviewed by Sammy

Review: Addicted by Laura Baumbach

Title: Addicted

Author: Laura Baumbach

Publisher: MLR Press

Pages/Word Count: 27 Pages

Rating: 3 Stars

Blurb: Vampires are impervious to human ailments and blood-borne disease. But what happens when one gets a taste of a new, powerful designer drug made from an element vampires have never encountered before? Continue reading

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3 Stars, Genre Romance, Reviewed by Jules, Self-Published

Review: Going Under by Kade Boehme

Title: Going Under (Keep Swimming: Book Two)

Author: Kade Boehme

Publisher: Self Published

Pages/Word Count: 106 Pages

Rating: 3 Stars

Blurb: Ex Coast Guardian Kyle Bevins is a joker, a friend, and unlucky in love. His friends know he’s a good guy to turn to if for nothing other than a much needed laugh, but he rarely heeds his own advice. He’s content as the new co-owner of his friend’s charter fishing company in Pensacola Beach, Florida, but he’s missing the companionship of having a significant other and tired of the old hookups. 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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3 Stars, Audio Book, Dreamspinner Press, Genre Romance, M.J. O'Shea, Reviewed by Kathie

Sound Bite Saturday: Finding Shelter by M.J. O’Shea – Narrated by Tom Vilot

Title: Finding Shelter (Rock Bay: Book Three)

Author: M.J. O’Shea

Narrator:: Tom Vilot

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Run Time: 6 Hours, 15 Minutes

Rating: 3 Stars

Blurb: Justin Foster has 19 years of nothing but trouble behind him. After escaping his abusive father, he finds himself in Rock Bay, Washington, with his cousin Travis. Justin is bruised and has a hard time trusting, but with the help of his family and the small town, he might be able to heal. Continue reading

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3 Stars, Anthology, BDSM/Kink/Erotica, Cleis Press, Neil Plakcy, Reviewed by Jordan

Review: Active Duty Anthology – Edited by Neil Plakcy

Title: Active Duty

Author: Anthology (Edited by Neil Plakcy)

Publisher: Cleis Press

Pages/Word Count: 224 Pages

Rating: 3 Stars

Blurb: These fierce stories of love on the front lines grab and hold readers’ attention as they travel the world with these soldier on Active Duty. In the wake of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and the Defense of Marriage Act getting repealed, Neil Plakcy brings the two issues together into heart-pounding vignettes of men in action who put their lives on the line to protect and serve. The heat of battle only amps up the level of excitement knowing that this tryst might be the last. These heroic hunks fight for love and honor and will have readers begging for their next debriefing! Continue reading

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3 Stars, Andrea Speed, Comedy, Reviewed by Rena, Riptide Publishing, Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Urban Fantasy

Andrea Speed’s “City of Monsters” Is A Fun Paranormal Romp

Title: City of Monsters

Author: Andrea Speed

Publisher: Riptide Publishing

Pages/Word Count: 72 Pages

Rating: 3 Stars

Blurb: Hunter is a human turned animal shifter in Nightshade, a literal city of monsters in a near-Earth dimension called Dev. All sorts of beasts reside here, unable to return to Earth, yet still plagued by the same jealousies, rivalries, and needs of any human. Resolving them is Hunter’s job. Continue reading

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3 Stars, Erotica, Less Than Three Press, Michael War, Reviewed by Taz

Michael War’s “Roommate Adventures” Is A Light And Sexy Read

Title: Roommate Adventures

Author: Michael War

Publisher: Less Than Three Press

Pages/Word Count: 41 Pages

Rating: 3 Stars

Blurb: Danny has decided it’s time to make his life drama free, and he’s going to start with his living arrangements. The strife caused by a previous roommate is not something he aims to repeat. His plans are neatly shattered, however, when the new roommate arrives. Javier is exactly the kind of temptation he was hoping to avoid—and with him comes a whole new set of problems that leave Danny helpless as to who he really wants. Continue reading

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3 Stars, Drama, Erotica, K.A. Merikan, Reviewed by Lisa, Self-Published

There’s Sex & Mayhem, Indeed, In K.A. Merikan’s “Road of No Return”

“Stitch had never felt such desperate love for anyone but Zak.” — K.A. Merikan


Title: Road of No Return (Sex & Mayhem #1)

Author: K.A. Merikan

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages/Word Count: 238 Pages

Rating: 3 Stars

Blurb: — Don’t talk to strangers. —

Zak. Tattoo artist. Independent. Doesn’t do relationships.
Stitch. Outlaw biker. Deep in the closet. Doesn’t share his property.

On the day of Stitch’s divorce, lust personified enters the biker bar he’s celebrating at. Tattooed all over, pierced, confident, and hot as hellfire, Zak is the bone Stitch has waited for life to throw him. All Stitch wants is a sniff, a taste, a lick. What follows instead is gluttony of the most carnal sort, and nothing will ever be the same. Forced to hide his new love affair from the whole world, Stitch juggles family, club life, and crime, but it’s only a matter of time until it becomes too hard. Continue reading

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3 Stars, Drama, Historical Romance, Reviewed by Rena, Self-Published

Nazi Germany Is The Setting Of Ruby Lis’s “Paragraph 175”

Title: Paragraph 175

Author: Ruby Lis

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages/Word Count: 276 Pages

Rating: 3 Stars

Blurb: Berlin, 1936. The carefree, hedonistic days of the Weimar Republic have ended, replaced by the conservatism of the Nazi Party. Stricter interpretations of laws such as Paragraph 175 criminalize homosexual activity. For gays, falling in love is punishable by prison or death. Continue reading

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3 Stars, AAS Publishing, BDSM/Kink/Erotica, Genre Romance, Rain Carrington, Reviewed by Jackie

A Man Discovers A Few Things About Himself On The Road To Love In Rain Carrington’s “Penny’s Lane”

Title: Penny’s Lane (Apishipa Creek Chronicles: Book Two)

Author: Rain Carrington

Publisher: AAS Publishing

Pages/Word Count: 391 Pages

Rating: 3 Stars

Blurb: Brokenhearted and lost, Lonnie begins to search for something to replace the long held love of a man who is in love with another. His search takes him on a dangerous slope with alcohol once more but there to pick him up and dust him off if an unlikely hero. Continue reading

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

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

Title: Forty-Two Stairs

Author: A.F. Henley

Publisher: Less Than Three Press

Pages/Word Count: 174 Pages

Rating: 3 Stars

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

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3 Stars, Genre Romance, M.E. Sanford, Reviewed by Tina, Self-Published

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

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


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

Author: M.E. Sanford

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages/Word Count: 183 Pages

Rating: 3 Stars

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

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3 Stars, Dreamspinner Press, Genre Romance, Phoenix Emrys, Reviewed by Jackie

A Man Discovers His Own Hero Status In Phoenix Emrys’s “Hero Worship”

Title: Hero Worship

Author: Phoenix Emrys

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 224 Pages

Rating: 3 Stars

Blurb: In 1975 Douglas “King” Fisher is a teenage crusader who, with the help of his three friends, keeps the environs of Warden High bully-free. On the last day of school he is about to leave, thinking his job is done, when he answers one last call for help, never dreaming this particular intervention will make much more of a difference than he can possibly imagine. Continue reading

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3 Stars, Caitlin Ricci, Dreamspinner Press, Reviewed by Jackie

A Horse Brings Two Men Together In Caitlin Ricci’s “Country Strong”


Title: Country Strong

Author: Caitlin Ricci

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 112 Pages

Rating: 3 Stars

Blurb: With only three months left on a lease-to-own agreement on a quarter horse Wyatt’s worked hard to own, a thunderstorm spooks General and he throws Wyatt, changing both their lives forever. Luckily, Kellen, a friend of the stable owner, calls for emergency medical attention, and Wyatt comes out of the hospital with a broken wrist and a concussion.
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3 Stars, Dawn Douglas, Dreamspinner Press, Reviewed by Jackie

Dawn Douglas’s “Fire Inside” Burns Bright Until The End


Title: Fire Inside

Author: Dawn Douglas

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 114 Pages

Rating: 3 Stars

Blurb: After ten years as an active duty Marine, Captain Eric Ramos is rejoining civilian life. His first job is chauffeuring, assisting, and generally keeping track of NBA young gun Tyler Haley. Tyler’s had a rough few months, and his team owner is convinced he needs some hand-holding if he’s going to keep delivering wins for the St. Louis Fire Foxes.
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3 Stars, Amber Allure, Reviewed by Traci, Shawn Lane

A Man Can’t Outrun His Past In Shawn Lane’s “Beyond the Norm”


“Truth is hard-hearted and unrelenting, too clear, precise.” ― Dejan Stojanovic


Title: Beyond the Norm

Author: Shawn Lane

Publisher: Amber Allure

Pages/Word Count: 99 Pages

Rating: 3 Stars

**Warning: This Review Contains Spoilers**

Blurb: Dave Johnson is closing up his bar in the early hours of the morning when he rescues a young Goth who identifies himself only as Kyle. When Dave realizes Kyle has nowhere to go, he offers to let the young man stay at his place.
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3 Stars, Harmony Ink Press, Reviewed by Tina, Russell J. Sanders

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


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


Title: Special Effect

Author: Russell J. Sanders

Publisher: Harmony Ink Press

Pages/Word Count: 180 Pages

Rating: 3 Stars

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

Two Men Get A Second Chance To Start Again In N.R. Walker’s “Starting Point”


“The best thing about endings is knowing that just ahead is the daunting task to start over.” ― Jodi Picoult


Title: Starting Point (Turning Point: Book Three)

Author: N.R. Walker

Publisher: Totally Bound

Pages/Word Count: 355 Pages

Rating: 3 Stars

Blurb: After going past the point of no return and finally reaching breaking point, the only thing Matthew Elliott can do now is start over.
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3 Stars, Loose Id, Reviewed by Jackie, Sloan Parker

Promises And Healing Give Love A Second Chance In Sloan Parker’s “Missed Connections: I Swear to You” – Reviewed by Jackie


We can’t run out of second chances…only time.” ― Robin Jones Gunn


Title: Missed Connections: I Swear to You

Author: Sloan Parker

Publisher: Loose Id

Pages/Word Count: 120 Pages

Rating: 3 Stars

Blurb: When roommates Grady and Mateo give in to their growing lust, it’s the best sexual experience of their lives. But are they really gay? Is this just sex or something more? It takes time for confused Grady to figure that out, but once he does, he’s determined to have all of Mateo. Too bad tracking down brokenhearted Mateo proves impossible.
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3 Stars, Marc Harshbarger, Reviewed by Tina, Wilde City Press

Marc Harshbarger’s “Deep Dish” Is A Colorful Soap Opera With A Quirky Cast – Reviewed by Tina


“[T]he family is a school of compassion because it is here that we learn to live with other people.” ― Karen Armstrong


Title: Deep Dish

Author: Marc Harshbarger

Publisher: Wilde City Press

Pages/Word Count: 318 Pages

Rating: 3 Stars

Blurb: When teenager Cary Davenport agrees to take his mother’s poodle for a walk late one summer night, he never expects to end up gazing upon the gorgeous Chandler Haze (the star quarterback of the Winnetka Wildcats, homecoming king and an object of desire for many), who suddenly appears from Lake Michigan to stand glistening in all his naked glory on the beach.
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3 Stars, JJ Black, Reviewed by Lisa, Totally Bound

JJ Black Takes The Action To The Underworld In “Ask the Oracle (Revelations: Book One)”


“The path to paradise begins in hell.” ― Dante Alighieri


Title: Ask the Oracle (Revelations: Book One)

Author: JJ Black

Publisher: Totally Bound

Pages/Word Count: 130 Pages

Rating: 3 Stars

Blurb: When you absolutely have to know…

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3 Stars, D.P. Denman, North Shore Press, Reviewed by Tina

D.P. Denman’s “Saving Liam” Is An Emotional Roller Coaster Read – Reviewed by Tina


“Love does strange things to you sometimes. It can twist you into saying and doing things that you know you’ll regret and still, you do them.” — C.K. Kelly Martin


Title: Saving Liam

Author: D.P. Denman

Publisher: North Shore Press

Pages/Word Count: 240 Pages

Rating: 3 Stars

Blurb: You do what you have to do to survive. For eighteen-year-old Liam Newman that means living the life of a gay porn star, a job he loathes. He isn’t a star. He’s a prisoner and his warden is the man who saved him from the cold Vancouver streets.
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3 Stars, Reviewed by Kim, Samhain Publishing, Scarlet Blackwell

Two Men Fall In Love “Against Reason” – Reviewed by Kim


“The heart has its reasons which reason knows not.” ― Blaise Pascal


Title: Against Reason

Author: Scarlet Blackwell

Publisher: Samhain Publishing

Pages/Word Count: 109 Pages

Rating: 3 Stars

Blurb: He lost his heart once. Is it too damaged for love to find it again?

In the five years since the love of his life abandoned him at the altar, Jake Morgan hasn’t left his house. The locals in this small, English town have dubbed him “Mr. Havisham”, but he’s too preoccupied wrestling his demons to care about Dickensian comparisons.
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