4 Stars, Brigham Vaughn, Genre Romance, Reviewed by Tina, Self-Published

Brigham Vaughn’s “Equals” Adds Up To A Great Love Story

“One of the most sincere forms of respect is actually listening to what another has to say.” –Bryant H. McGill

Title: Equals

Author: Brigham Vaughn

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages/Word Count: 138 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: Too busy to date while he worked to put himself through school, Russell Bishop’s dedication finally pays off; he has a great job with Vantage Marketing. Stephen Parker, CFO of the marketing firm, has resigned himself to a life without a partner. For six months, they wanted each other but it isn’t until Russ slips on spilled coffee, and Stephen rushes to his rescue that they discover their attraction is mutual. However, the twenty year age gap between them proves difficult when they begin dating. Fiercely independent, Russ isn’t sure he’s ready for long-term commitment. Scarred from a previous relationship, Stephen is afraid history is repeating itself. Is there any way for them to meet in the middle and become equals? Continue reading

4 Stars, Charlie Cochrane, Historical Romance, MLR Press, Reviewed by Rena

Love Finds A Way In Charlie Cochrane’s “Sand”

Title: Sand

Author: Charlie Cochrane

Publisher: MLR Press

Pages/Word Count: 44 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: Andrew Parks has come to Syria to escape potential disgrace in Edwardian England, burying past heartache and scandal among the tombs. Charles Cusiter has travelled here more reluctantly, as chaperone to a friend whose fondness for the opposite sex gets him into too much trouble at home. Out in the desert there aren’t any women to turn Bernard’s head — just the ubiquitous sand. Continue reading

4 Stars, Anna Martin, Dreamspinner Press, Genre Romance, Reviewed by Sammy

Anna Martin’s “Summer Son ” Reminds Us What Family Really Means

“When everything goes to hell, the people who stand by you without flinching — they are your family.” – Jim Butcher

Title: Summer Son

Author: Anna Martin

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 200 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: Ellis Broad never imagined he would end up a single father before he turned twenty-nine.

Then again, most of his expectations for the future evaporated when his husband of three years filed for divorce, leaving Ellis as their six-month-old son Harrison’s only parent. After the divorce Ellis hides, working from home on his small graphic design business so he can be a full-time dad. He succeeds until Zane Hadlin stumbles into his life. Continue reading

4 Stars, Comedy, Marshall Thornton, Reviewed by Kim, Wilde City Press

A Boyfriend May Be The Answer To The Problem In Marshall Thornton’s “My Favorite Uncle”

Title: My Favorite Uncle

Author: Marshall Thornton

Publisher: Wilde City Press

Pages/Word Count: 220 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: Martin Dixon’s carefully constructed peaceful life is turned upside down.

When his super Christian eighteen year-old nephew Carter shows up unexpectedly on his doorstep and announces that he’s gay, Martin’s first impulse is to send him back to his parents. But when he discovers that Carter has been in a mental hospital to cure his gay-ness, he realizes he’s stuck with the boy. Unfortunately, the two get on each other’s nerves, each driving the other to distraction. Independently, they each arrive at the same conclusion. The other would be much less annoying if he only had…a boyfriend. Continue reading

4 Stars, A Bear On Books, Drama, Genre Romance, Reviewed by Tina, T.A. Webb

Where There’s Love, Trouble Follows In T.A. Webb’s “Brothers In Arms”

“Every gay man out there has at least one man-crush in his past that totally shriveled his nads into raisins and sent him screaming off into the night.” ― T.A. Webb

Title: Brothers In Arms (The Broken Road Cafe: Book Two)

Author: T.A. Webb

Publisher: A Bear On Books

Pages/Word Count: 171 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: Betrayed on every front, Dan O’Leary cashed in all his chips and moved from the big city life of Atlanta to small town Blue Ridge, Georgia. While licking his wounds, he never meant to start a new relationship, especially with closeted Chief of Police Nick Oliver. Continue reading

4 Stars, Julia Talbot, Paranormal Romance, Reviewed by Lana, Torquere Press

Shifters Need Love Too, In Julia Talbot’s “Full Moon Dating: Evgeny and Feng”

Title: Full Moon Dating: Evgeny and Feng

Author: Julia Talbot

Publisher: Torquere Press

Pages/Word Count: 82 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: Tiger shifter Evgeny worries that he’ll never find a lover who can stand up to his sheer size and strength. He’s scared off more than one man, which is why he turns to Harve and Stone at Full Moon Dating. He wants someone who can deal with his tiger self and not run away. Continue reading

4 Stars, Ashlyn Kane, Dreamspinner Press, Genre Romance, Morgan James, Reviewed by Tina

There Are Lots Of Good Feelings To Be Found In Ashlyn Kane and Morgan James’s “Hard Feelings:

“Design means how something works, not how it looks – the design should evolve from the function.” —James Dyson

Title: Hard Feelings

Author: Ashlyn Kane & Morgan James

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count:

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: Rylan Williams hates conferences: too many people, not enough routine, and way too much interaction with strangers. When he gets stuck in a broken elevator with Miller Jones, the kid who fell asleep in his lecture, he figures things can’t get worse. Then Rylan realizes he’s the same guy he just spent an hour perving over from afar. Continue reading

4 Stars, Dreamspinner Press, Genre Romance, Melanie Tushmore, Reviewed by Lisa

There’s A Case Of Punch Drunk Love In Melanie Tushmore’s “Love on the Rocks”

“He’d never felt such a strong urge to touch somebody before, to want to be with somebody.” — Melanie Tushmore

Title: Love on the Rocks (Another Bar Tender Tale)

Author: Melanie Tushmore

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 167 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: Twenty-six-year-old barman and cabaret entertainer Justin has recently moved to London for a fresh start. Charismatic and flirty, Justin is naturally the center of attention wherever he goes. There’s only one problem: the object of Justin’s affections, a handsome, enigmatic bartender named Yena, isn’t won over by Justin’s charm. In fact, he flat out turns Justin down. Continue reading

4 Stars, Brad Vance, Genre Romance, Paranormal Romance, Reviewed by Rena, Self-Published

Art And Romance Meet In Brad Vance’s “Apollo’s Curse”

Title: Apollo’s Curse

Author: Brad Vance

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages/Word Count: 282 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: All Dane Gale ever wanted was to be a successful writer. Then he and his friends Rose and Sherry decide to write romances, and join forces to become “Pamela Clarice,” self-published novelist. When they look for a cover model for their first book, Dane sees the photos that will change his life.

Dane soon finds himself obsessed with Paul Musegetes, a popular but secretive cover model. Then he meets Paul at the Romance Writers’ Ball on the Summer Solstice, and they connect for one night of passion. Continue reading

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

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

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

Title: Turning 17

Author: Perie Wolford

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages/Word Count: 110 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

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

4 Stars, Genre Romance, Kade Boehme, Reviewed by Jules, Self-Published

Two Men Work To Keep Their Head Above Water In Kade Boehme’s “Keep Swimming”

“Well that’s what my philosophy is in life. Life’s gonna give you shit. So you can either let it drown you, or you can keep swimming.” – Kade Boehme (Cary in Keep Swimming)

Title: Keep Swimming (Keep Swimming: Book One)

Author: Kade Boehme

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages/Word Count: 130 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: After his partner dumped him with a pregnant surrogate four years ago, Cary Whitmore was forced to play single parent while starting up a new business. With the dog bakery now semi-successful and his son healthy, Cary thinks he may be ready to date again. Continue reading

4 Stars, A.J. Marcus, Dreamspinner Press, Genre Romance, Reviewed by Jackie

Get A Bird’s Eye View Of Love In AJ Marcus’s “The Falconer’s Lure”

Title: The Falconer’s Lure (A Ren Faire Romance)

Author: AJ Marcus

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 204 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: Watching birds of prey soar gives Garret Nicholson a sense of peace. It’s exactly what he needs after his recent break-up. His ex never understood Garret’s work with the raptors, but the birds have been part of his life for years. Garret spends his time between The Sky’s the Limit Raptor Rehab Center and his dad’s falconry show at the Hawkwood Fantasy Faire, trying to prove to himself and his father he has what it takes to be a great falconer. Continue reading

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

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

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

Title: Favorite Son

Author: Will Freshwater

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 204 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

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

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

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

Title: Rainbow Blues

Author: K.C. Burn

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 204 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

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

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

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

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

Title: Get What You Need

Author: Jeanette Grey

Publisher: Samhain Publishing

Pages/Word Count: 247 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

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

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

4 Stars, Drama, Dreamspinner Press, Genre Romance, Mystery/Suspense/Action Thriller, Reviewed by Jules, Rick R. Reed

Love, Loss, And A Hate Crime Intertwine In Rick R. Reed’s “Bashed”

“Hate crimes are the scariest thing in the world because these people really believe what they’re doing is right.” – Cher

Title: Bashed

Author: Rick R. Reed

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count:

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: 2nd Edition

It should have been a perfect night out. Instead, Mark and Donald collide with tragedy when they leave their favorite night spot. That dark October night, three gay-bashers emerge from the gloom, armed with slurs, fists, and an aluminum baseball bat. Continue reading

4 Stars, AR Moler, Genre Romance, JMS Books LLC, Mystery/Suspense/Action Thriller, Reviewed by Jackie

First Love Gets A Second Chance In AR Moler’s “Does the Feeling Go Both Ways?”

Title: Does the Feeling Go Both Ways?

Author: AR Moler

Publisher: JMS Books

Pages/Word Count: 124 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: Deep cover DEA agent Landon Cross can’t seem to escape his past. First, his cover is blown by a guy he’d busted in another operation. Then, his rescuer is medic Trey Jernigan, his best childhood friend, first love, and a person Landon betrayed as teenager. Continue reading

4 Stars, Fairy Tale/Mythology/Folk Lore, Kay Berrisford, Less Than Three Press, Reviewed by Rena, Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Urban Fantasy

Kay Berrisford’s “The Merman and the Barbarian Pirate” Is A Fun And Highly Recommended Read

Title: The Merman and the Barbarian Pirate

Author: Kay Berrisford

Publisher: Less Than Three Press

Pages/Word Count: 268 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: Raef, a lonely merman, spends his days watching the dashing Lord Haverford from afar and dreaming of love. When Haverford is robbed by a pirate, Raef vows to reclaim the stolen goods, hoping his victory will buy him the happiness he yearns for with Haverford. But Jon Kemp does not match what Raef knows about pirates, and the simple quest Raef anticipated turns out to be an epic journey. For while Jon might be a nobler man than Raef believed, he’s still a pirate. Love and loyalty are not on Jon’s agenda, and he certainly has no plans to love someone not entirely human … Continue reading

4 Stars, Fairy Tale/Mythology/Folk Lore, Paranormal Romance, Ravenous Romance, Reviewed by Lisa, Rory Ni Coileain, Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Urban Fantasy

Romance And Danger Storm Along Through Rory Ni Coileain’s “Gale Force”

“Men only fell this hard in books, the kinds of books he never read.” – Rory Ni Coileain

Title: Gale Force (SoulShares #2)

Author: Rory Ni Coileain

Publisher: Ravenous Romance

Pages/Word Count: 230 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: Conall Dary is the most powerful mage born to the Fae race since the Realm was parted from the human world, over two thousand years ago. But that very power condemns him to a lifetime of celibacy, because sex calls to power, and he has power enough to drain a world. When he refuses to use his talents for a Noble lady’s petty revenge, he finds himself shanghaied to the human world, his soul torn in half and his magick blocked. Continue reading

4 Stars, Charlie Cochrane, Genre Romance, Reviewed by Lisa, Riptide Publishing

The Main Course Is Romance In Charlie Cochrane’s “Second Helpings”

“I’m not sure if it’s been too long a time or too short a time, but it’s the right time.” – Charlie Cochrane

Title: Second Helpings

Author: Charlie Cochrane

Publisher: Riptide Publishing

Pages/Word Count: 146 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: Stuart Collins’s life might as well have ended a year ago when his partner died in a car crash. Even Stuart’s widowed father has found new love with an old friend, Isabel Franklin, so why can’t Stuart be bothered to try? Continue reading

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

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

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

Title: Dance (West End #1)

Author: Teodora Kostova

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages/Word Count: 291 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: Jared Hartley is happy. He has a starring role in a popular West End musical, great friends, adoring fans and his own flat in Central London. A relationship is not something he has ever really wanted. Making big plans for the future is not in his nature – Jared is content with his single status and enjoying all the benefits of that lifestyle.
He doesn’t even realise something is missing in his life. Continue reading

4 Stars, Chris Quinton, Kouros Books, Paranormal Romance, Reviewed by Chris, Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Urban Fantasy

It’s Good vs. Evil In Chris Quinton’s “Greymalkin”

Title: Greymalkin (Melusine’s Cats: Book One)

Author: Chris Quinton

Publisher: Kouros Books

Pages/Word Count: 188 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: The mutual attraction between Jesse and Will is a bonus for Melusine when her enemies close in and she needs to rebuild her war band—starting with Jesse, Will, and Greymalkin. Continue reading

4 Stars, P.D. Singer, Paranormal Romance, Reviewed by Lisa, Rocky Ridge Books, Small Gems

Small Gem Sunday: P.D. Singer’s “Tail Slide”

Title: Tail Slide

Author: P.D. Singer

Publisher: Rocky Ridge Books

Pages/Word Count: 37 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: Fresh powder snow and running water in the Colorado back country call Lon like the moon calls the wolves. Belly-sliding to a good time on the weekends makes up for a workweek at a desk, and meeting Corey adds a whole new level of fun to snowboarding.

It’s easy to slip away for time alone in the woods without raising suspicion, but how’s Lon to entertain himself when bad snow and a worse spill force them off the mountain too early?

Never give an otter a box of Cheerios. Continue reading

4 Stars, Dreamspinner Press, Genre Romance, Jena Wade, Reviewed by Jules

Two Men Might Be In A Relationship In Jena Wade’s “Technically Dating”

“You’re better looking than Hugh Jackman. You’d make a better Wolverine too. You’re an animal in bed.” – Jena Wade

Title: Technically Dating

Author: Jena Wade

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 94 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: Meek and mild Bruce Collins decides to set aside his life in technical support for the evening and try a wild night on the town. Self-described nerd Bruce meets suave Westley Taylor at a club, but the night doesn’t go as planned. When they run into each other the next day, Bruce is determined to get the details right and finish what they started. Westley is impressed and invites Bruce on date after date. Bruce figures they’re technically dating and might even be in a relationship, until he accidentally overhears a phone message intended for Westley. Every aspect of their time together comes into question. Now, it’s time for Westley to set the facts straight. Continue reading