4 Stars, Amber Allure, Genre Romance, KC Kendricks, Reviewed by Jackie

Review: Hot August Comes by KC Kendricks

Title: Hot August Comes

Author: KC Kendricks

Publisher: Amber Allure

Pages/Word Count: 24000 Words

At a Glance: One thing the author does well is give us a HFN ending that hinted at a HEA.

Reviewed By: Jackie

Blurb: Leo Corbin shook the dust of Westfall off his shoes to pursue opportunities among the bright city lights. When his mother suddenly dies, Leo returns home to settle her estate. His grief at her passing quickly turns to shock at what she left behind and rekindles old questions about the identity of his father.

Harrison Wade stuck by his father to help run the family farm. Life for a gay man in Westfall has limitations, but Harrison knows how to make the best of them. When Leo Corbin returns to town, Harrison’s quiet existence tilts. Leo is the guy who put an end to the high school bullying Harrison endured so many years ago. Harrison quickly discovers his old boyhood crush on Leo has matured into an adult attraction.

As the mercury rises, Harrison and Leo’s friendly buddy arrangement heats up. When hot August comes to Westfall, they discover home is more than where a man hangs his hat. It’s where he gives his heart.

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Review: I hadn’t read a KC Kendricks book in a while, so when I saw Hot August Comes up for review, I snatched it up. I have always loved this author’s characters, and I wasn’t let down this time.

The story begins with Leo Corbin returning to his hometown to bury his mother and settle her estate. Not only was her death sudden, but Leo realizes, too late, that he may not have been the most attentive son in her final years. When he left Westfall, he never planned to stay away forever. It just kind of seemed to happen.

On his first day in town, he sees that not much has changed since he left, except for the fact there is now a bar downtown that wasn’t there before. When he ventures in to have a cold one, he runs into Harrison Wade. He doesn’t remember Harrison, but the man sure does remember him.

Harrison Wade was picked on in school, and there wasn’t much he could do about it. He suffered through it until the day Leo saved his bacon at the bus stop. Leo had no idea he’d changed a guy’s life that day, but it was something Harrison would always remember.

When these two meet up again in Westfall, there is an instant spark of attraction, and they can’t do anything but act on it. With everything that is going on in both of their lives, it isn’t an easy road to love, though, that’s for sure. While Leo’s sorting through all his mother’s possessions, he comes across an item that could very well answer the question of who his father is. Add that to the surprise Leo got when going over his mother’s accounts, and the mystery just seems to get bigger and bigger.

Harrison has his very own demons to contend with. After his mother passed away, his father took to the bottle to take the pain away, and Harrison has taken over the parenting role in their relationship. He is working a job he doesn’t love, and feels like he will never get out of Westfall.

Over the course of the story, Leo and Harrison seem to take two steps back for every step forward, until they both come clean about the issues in their lives. This story was definitely a tale of overcoming your fears, facing your past, and living in the now.

I loved both of these characters and thought they fit together very well. One thing the author does well is give us a HFN ending that hinted at a HEA. The story was just too short to make the HEA believable, and I like that it wasn’t forced. Leo and Harrison are on their way to happiness, and I loved being there with them for the beginning of their journey. These guys are a wonderful couple, and I hope we get to see them continue their journey sometime soon.

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4 Stars, Amber Allure, Historical Romance, Reviewed by Maryann, T.A. Chase

Review: Shuffle of Angel’s Feet by T.A. Chase

Title: Shuffle of Angel’s Feet

Author: T.A. Chase

Publisher: Amber Allure

Pages/Word Count: 45000 Words

At a Glance: If you like stories about Indians, cowhands, and Englishmen , then you’ll enjoy Shuffle of Angel’s Feet.

Reviewed By: Maryann

Blurb: When Ansel Woolstem arrives in Gideon’s Crossing from England via New York, he doesn’t know whether the lung disease from which he suffers will get better or whether he will die on the American frontier. The townsfolk aren’t about to accept a greenhorn like Ansel, but he doesn’t let it stop him from doing his best to live what’s left of his life. It’s not until he’s saved from a misunderstanding by a mysterious cowboy that he starts hoping for a miracle.

Job Ramsey comes to Gideon’s Crossing to help out a family member in a blossoming range war between cattlemen and sheepherders. He doesn’t usually take on these types of missions, but when his cousin Travis can’t help, Job agrees to head out. As he spends time in the town, he begins to think the situation isn’t quite as it had been described. Then he meets Ansel and all bets are off.

Being from two different worlds might seem a smaller obstacle than Ansel’s consumption, but Job isn’t willing to give up on the man with whom he’s falling in love.

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Review: When I saw this book was out, I immediately ordered it, then I was disappointed because I couldn’t find anything on the first book. After checking out Shuffle of Angels Feet a little more, I checked my collections on Kindle, and there it was—the first book is Bitter Creek Redemption, a book I read back in 2012, so to refresh my memory I read it again, and it was just as good as the first time!

Shuffle of Angels Feet is Job Ramsey’s story. He is a cousin to the Ramsey clan and has what they called the site back in the old western times. He’s an all-around good guy and is easy going. Job has stopped in to see his cousins Travis and Eagle, to let them know he is on his way to Santa Fe to look into a family issue.

Ansel Woolstem is an Englishman who has come out West because he suffers from what was called consumption at the time, and was told the western climate may be healthier for him. His father bought land and Ansel is overseeing it, but he feels he’s an embarrassment to his family.

Gideon’s Crossing is where Job and Ansel meet, and where they become fast friends—and more. Job discovers that Ansel has an investment in sheepherding, and this is where the Ramsey family issue comes in. The ranch next to Ansel’s belongs to relatives of the Ramseys, and they are out to make trouble for Ansel and Job.

I really love Old West stories, and T.A. Chase does such a great job of creating that atmosphere, bringing the characters to life with energy and lots of love. If you like stories about Indians, cowhands, and Englishmen—and let’s not forget sheep, cattle and land grabs—then you will enjoy Shuffle of Angel’s Feet. I would highly suggest reading Bitter Creek Redemption first, though, where you’ll learn more about Eagle, Travis, Job and the rest of the Ramsey clan.

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5 Stars, Amber Allure, Paranormal Romance, Reviewed by Pia, T.A. Chase

Review: Trailing Air by T.A. Chase

Title: Trailing Air

Author: T.A. Chase

Publisher: Amber Allure

Pages/Word Count: 31000 Words

At a Glance: This is a great book and awesome series.

Reviewed By: Pia

Blurb: What are the Preternaturals supposed to do when the book holding the destruction of their kind within its pages is stolen from them? Not panic and hope that the situation changes before the humans get their own hands on it.

The werewolf Rover Canis can’t believe he’s escorting the very creature that stole the book holding spells that could kill every Preternatural in the world. Yet here he is doing so, and admiring his extremely attractive companion probably isn’t the smartest thing he’s ever done either. But if he is to save himself along with all his kind, Rover needs to keep his mind on the mission.

Elwin Ice Cloud, a shapeshifting dragon, swipes the powerful book in order to save his kidnapped sister, but he never plans on handing it over to the humans. Yet when dangers grow too difficult for him to handle on his own, he returns to the lycan on whom he’d been spying. Meeting the sexy Rover gives him something else to think about, yet falling in love isn’t in his plans either.

Together, these two very different shapeshifters must find a way to trust each other in order to save all the Preternaturals from certain death. If they somehow manage to do so, will love be their ultimate reward?

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Review: Trailing Air is the fourth book in T.A Chase’s Preternaturals series. It’s a little dark, a little dangerous, and has some sexy times too, which, if done right, is always a winner. And, folks, I think we have a winner!

Elwin Ice Cloud, a dragon shifter, steals a powerful spell book from werewolf Rover Canis and his friends in order to save his sister who has been kidnapped by the enemy, though he doesn’t plan on handing the book over. Rover can’t help but feel a pull to the sexy dragon, especially when they have to work together in order to try to save the day.

This is a great book and awesome series. There are characters/beings I haven’t heard of before, but don’t worry if you want to read Trailing Air and haven’t read any other books in the series—you won’t feel too lost. I also think T.A. Chase does a good job of balancing everything that’s going on; you never get the feeling it’s too much drama or it’s too dark. There is a good flow between all of the different elements. Trailing Air also manages to be a fast paced paranormal romance that doesn’t have undying love professed by our MCs on page one.

I hope we get another book soon!

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1.5 Stars, Amber Allure, Genre Romance, Reviewed by Jackie, Shawn Bailey

Review: Silence by Shawn Bailey

Title: Silence

Author: Shawn Bailey

Publisher: Amber Allure

Pages/Word Count: 22000 Words

At a Glance: This book just doesn’t tick any of the boxes of a great read.

Reviewed By: Jackie

Blurb: When Andrew Lansky, a mild-mannered erotic romance writer, receives a phone call from his mother, his life suddenly changes. His old friend Richard Julian has been killed in a car accident in Mississippi, and the news devastates Andrew. He hasn’t seen Richard in more than nine years. He had always planned to call him, but never did, and now he would never see him again.

With Richard gone, deaf twenty-four-year-old Brett Julian has lost the last member of his family, leaving him all alone in his world of silence. As another wicked twist of fate, Richard’s old friend Andrew shows up for the funeral and repast, awakening long-dormant feelings within Brett.

After reconnecting with Andrew and confessing his hidden desires for the man, will Brett finally have a chance at happiness? Or will his life get messed up again because his deafness keeps him from hearing what Andrew’s love has to say?

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Review: After reading the blurb for this book I was intrigued and just had to read it. I liked the idea of Brett crushing on his brother’s friend and then being reunited years later. I also like that there was a pretty good age difference between them.

Andrew and Richard were great friends but had fallen out of touch. When Andrew finds out that Richard died in a car accident, he goes home for the funeral. While he’s there, he’s reunited with Richard’s younger brother Brett, and he is instantly attracted to him.

Brett is deaf and very self-sufficient, but without Richard, he doesn’t need the large house they shared, so Andrew offers for Brett to move in after he sells his house. Their mutual attraction doesn’t take long to catch fire, and before they know it they’re in a relationship…or are they?

Richard’s ex-boyfriend Troy is trying to get close to Andrew, and Brett’s friend James is putting the moves on him. Right about here is where the story lost me. Andrew and Brett have said they are in a relationship, and Andrew is clear that he isn’t interested in anything but friendship from Troy. On the other hand, Brett is giving the green light to James while being “in a relationship” with Andrew.

Silence just all around didn’t do it for me. I never felt like Andrew and Brett were on the same page in what they wanted or expected from one another, and I didn’t feel the romance in any of it. I would be interested in reading more from this author in the future, but this book just doesn’t tick any of the boxes of a great read.

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3 Stars, Amber Allure, Genre Romance, Reviewed by Sadonna, Shawn Lane

Review: Impossibly His by Shawn Lane

Title: Impossibly His

Author: Shawn Lane

Publisher: Amber Allure

Pages/Word Count: 34 Pages

At a Glance: A nice addition to this series, with a friends to lovers theme that manages to be believable in a short story.

Reviewed By: Sadonna

Blurb: Sexy nurse, Micah Florentine, is not Dr. Linus Montgomery’s type. Micah just wants to have fun. Linus, however, is the serious type. When Micah suggests they’d make excellent BFFs, Linus is willing to indulge him, since he’s interested in a fellow doctor anyway and figures nothing more will come of their friendship.
Yet as impossible as it seems, their friendship works, and soon, Linus actually finds himself interested in Micah as more than just a friend.
Can Linus convince the flirty nurse to give romance a chance? Or is it impossible for Micah to truly become his?

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Review: This story is the latest installment in a long running series by prolific author Shawn Lane. I’ve read five of the others, so this was my sixth story in this series and 27th overall by Shawn. Some of these have been hit or miss for me in this series, but I definitely enjoyed this one.

Linus has moved to a new city and a new hospital in order to do a residency in cardiology. He’s very focused on his work and has experienced some tragedy in his past that definitely influences his behavior and attitude.

Linus jumps to some conclusions when he sees Micah, a very cute out nurse, flirting with one of the other doctors. When they begin to work together, however, Micah sets the record straight (so to speak) on some things, and they agree to just be friends. Their friendship evolves and they really begin to enjoy spending time together outside of work.

Since they have agreed to just be friends, Linus agrees to a date with the doctor he’d previously seen flirting with Micah. He’s aware of their history, but he decides to go anyway. This leads to some interesting reactions – both from Micah and from Linus himself.

Although short, it’s easy to see why Micah and Linus make very good friends and possibly more. While they definitely are coming from different perspectives, they are able to forge a relationship that is definitely solid. I definitely recommend Impossibly His to anyone looking for a quick read with a happy ending.

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4 Stars, Amber Allure, Genre Romance, Reviewed by Janet, Toni Griffin

Review: Bryce’s Cop by Toni Griffin

Title: Bryce’s Cop (Hot Encounters: Book Two)

Author: Toni Griffin

Publisher: Amber Allure

Pages/Word Count: 92 Pages

At a Glance: This was a quick, fun read that was over all too soon.

Reviewed By: Janet

Blurb: NOTE: This is a previously published work. The title, author, and/or publisher may have changed.

The last thing centuries-old vampire Bryce Denahli expects during a routine night at Hot Encounters is to get arrested. He’s even more surprised when the sexy, straight police detective turns out to be his mate. Bryce has been alone for a long time, and he doesn’t care what the law says about stalking…the man is his!

In all his life, Lucas Ford has never had romantic feelings towards a man. But after one meeting with a certain vampire, he can’t get the man out of his head. It doesn’t help that Bryce keeps showing up everywhere Lucas goes. Unable to fight the feelings, Lucas tracks down Bryce and puts the man’s life in danger with his actions.

With bodies piling up around the city due to rogue vampires moving in, the last thing Lucas needs is a complicated love life. Can Lucas reconcile his thoughts and feelings towards another man before it’s too late?

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Review: This was a relatively short novella that I wished were longer. I really enjoy this author’s voice and find it easy to suspend disbelief and drop into the vibrant worlds she creates.

This story is set in an alternate earth, where vampires and all sorts of creatures exist side by side with humans; although this is a recent development, as the paranormal were only exposed to the humans five years previously. Lucas is a cop who is investigating a series of attacks and murders involving rogue vampires. He is a straight man and not a relationship sort. He meets Bryce in the course of his investigations, and things do not get off on a good footing.

Toni Griffin writes with colorful language; we can easily picture the environment that a story is being told in. She also has an awesome sense of humor that comes through the book so well. One of my very favorite lines is at the end of Chapter One, when we have met all the characters and are getting a sense of where the story is going –“Bryce just groaned as he was walked outside and placed in the backseat of an unmarked police car. He was having a little trouble reconciling the fact that his mate had just arrested him.” Mates are still something relatively secret within the vampire community, and Luc doesn’t know what being a mate entails. Even though Luc is straight, he is very attracted to Bryce, so the learning curve as Luc adjusts to the idea of mates and the feeding process that is required is pretty huge. The entire situation is amusing and also kind of touching as a real relationship evolves between them. The sex is hot too.

This was a quick, fun read that was over all too soon. I am glad to see there are plans for two more books in this series, as I really want to spend more time in this world Toni Griffin has created and spend more time with the characters we met. It was great to get a glimpse of Freddie and Merrick again, and to see them from another POV. Overall, I am very impressed with the author’s world building skills and can’t wait to see more of it. Her characters are fully formed, solid people who I had a great time getting to know. I did find the ending very abrupt, though, as I was not ready for the book to be finished yet.






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5 Stars, Amber Allure, Reviewed by Lana, Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Urban Fantasy, Vivien Dean

Review: A Soul Remembered by Vivien Dean

Title: A Soul Remembered

Author: Vivien Dean

Publisher: Amber Allure

Pages/Word Count: 126 Pages

At a Glance: I loved it and want more!

Reviewed By: Lana

Blurb: The Reborn project began out of the desperate need to keep a dying man alive. It turned into a century-long hunt for his soul.

Until everything changes one fateful night in a Bayside alley.

Bleeding out from an unexpected attack, prostitute Adam Silver is convinced he’s going to die again without finding the man he’s been looking for since his very first death over a hundred years ago. He gets lucky. Rescue comes in the form of Dr. David Bogart and his friends who happen to be in the area, but it’s in the ambulance on the way to the hospital that Adam sees the birthmark he created to designate the reincarnation of his long lost love. For the first time in years, he feels hope.

But it turns out, finding Bogart was the easy part. Staying alive as he fights to help the man the media has dubbed “Dr. Death” is a hell of a lot harder.

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Review: A Soul Remembered isn’t what I expected. It’s a gritty sci-fi gem, in the same vein as Blade Runner, that I didn’t want to put down. I was very pleasantly surprise.

The story’s plot and premise is a little bit complicated, so take your time reading. In the future, everyone has implanted chips that store information and memories. This all came about because one scientist didn’t want to lose the love of his life. Adam Silver started the Reborn project because his husband was dying; its goal being to save memories and transfer them to random fresh bodies. The people who hold those memories do not have access to them. Adam spent countless Reborn-lifetimes looking for him to be Reborn. The way he looks for his lost love is to work as a prostitute, because he’ll see his clients naked and will see the genetic mark, Alpha Letter, to let him know if he’s found his husband’s memories. There’s also a twist I can’t reveal, but it’s a good one.

Adam finds his memories on a man named David Bogard. Adam was attacked and bleeding out, and David was there to save him. David’s a doctor and has no idea who Adam is to him, or what Reborn is. They begin an affair, but there are obstacles, such as the fact that all David’s past boyfriends/girlfriends have ended up dead. There are twists and turns in the story. I kind of figured out what was going to happen, but the writing and storytelling just pulled me in nonetheless. The emotions just jumped off the page and I was totally drawn in. You could just tell how much Adam hurt at his loss, and how much he’d move heaven and earth to have his love back.

A Soul Remembered is an entertaining sci-fi read, and I’m so happy I found it. It’s a must read for anyone who likes gritty noir/Sci-Fi. I loved it and want more!






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1.5 Stars, Amber Allure, Christiane France, Paranormal Romance, Reviewed by Jules

Review: Rising Damp by Christiane France

Title: Rising Damp

Author: Christiane France

Publisher: Amber Allure

Pages/Word Count: 55 Pages

At a Glance: Aside from a couple of hopeful moments, this short definitely fell flat.

Reviewed By: Jules

Blurb: When Matt Jones takes a temporary job as a housekeeper/housesitter in an old and imposing three-story Queen Anne Victorian estate, he’s worried about patching up a misunderstanding with his new boyfriend. But he has no idea he’ll be sharing the premises with a ghost and, within the month, his life will drastically change.

Never in Matt’s wildest dreams would he have imagined that living with a sexy ghost could be so exciting and rewarding.

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Review: I liked the idea of this story, and was intrigued by the blurb – surprisingly, I haven’t read any romances with ghosts, so was curious how it would play out – but I have to admit, Rising Damp just fell short. There were moments where I was sort of digging it…I liked Matt in the beginning, and I loved the idea of the haunted Victorian mansion in modern times. The writing style was light and fun, for the most part, and there were a couple of funny moments; unfortunately, there simply wasn’t enough substance.

Matt is in between gigs, and has taken this position as a housesitter through his temp agency. Immediately after arriving, the current housekeeper leaves for vacation, and gives Matt a very cursory rundown of the household and his duties. He is left more or less to fend for himself, including finding out about and dealing with Toby, the resident ghost. Toby has ended up at the Lawson’s house by mistake, and needs Matt’s help to get him back to the house where he died so he can get the closure he needs.

As the blurb suggests, Matt is also dealing with boyfriend problems. This part of the book, quite honestly, is ridiculous. We are given so little to go on, regarding any of the characters, really, but particularly regarding Matt and his relationship with Denis, that I found myself moving quickly from not caring about them at all to becoming annoyed with how gullible and whiny Matt was in dealing with him. Frankly, that whole part of the story could have been removed, the space better spent building up the sections with Toby, and turning them into more than a bizarre way to introduce some sexual content into the story.

I’m sad to say Rising Damp quickly took a turn from promising to silly. The book wasn’t long enough for the author to get across the story she was trying to tell. The storyline was so contrived, much of it completely unnecessary or making no sense. Aside from a couple of hopeful moments, this short definitely fell flat.






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3 Stars, Amber Allure, Historical Romance, K-lee Klein, Reviewed by Jennifer

Review: Tender Is the Knight by K-lee Klein

Title: Tender Is the Knight

Author: K-lee Klein

Publisher: Amber Allure

Pages/Word Count: 93 Pages

At a Glance: While different for having such a tender-hearted knight as the lead, the story didn’t have enough risk to be believable.

Reviewed By: Jennifer

Blurb:Tristan is a skilled knight, sworn to defend the Kingdom of Leadon. He’s devoted his life to being the best he can be, and he’s as steadfast and loyal as his knighted father was before him. But when the king of Leadon informs Tristan he’s arranged a marriage for him in order to unite Leadon with a neighboring kingdom, Tristan, for the first time, balks at an order. He cannot and will not marry the princess because his heart already belongs to another.

Clayne is the poor assistant to the village blacksmith, and content with his station in life. Especially since he has the love and support of a very special man…his very own tender knight. He and Tristan grew up together, forging a bond first of friendship, and then of love, and even when Tristan became a knight of the kingdom, nothing could shake them apart. But the king’s command that Tristan marry a princess just might.

When the king threatens Clayne’s life to get his way, Tristan is forced to choose between following the dictate to save the man he loves, or a riskier plan that will endanger them both and challenge everything in which they believe…

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Review: The story of Tristan and Clayne is intriguing because of their unique relationship. Not that they’re gay in a time where this is not accepted, but because usually knights are depicted as strong, tough characters. Tristant is much softer than standard knights, however, and Clayne appears to be the stronger of the two in their relationship. I thought that was interesting, and it’s what drew me to the story. And while I did like Tristan and Clayne, and cared about their safety, I had issues with the rest of the story.

There are many plot devices thrown into this story left either unresolved or answered in too neat a fashion, and the villains of the story were over the top and then backed off way too fast. Why exactly does the king want Tristan, of all people, to marry Princess Tessa? What will he gain from that? Why not someone else who is more game to following him? None of this is explained. Granted it is intended to be a short story, but even at the climax I felt no sense of urgency, and too many questions are left unanswered.

My first issue is with the king. He’s supposed to be this terrible guy, but Tristan doesn’t seem to do anything about him even after all is revealed about his father. He just backs off and lets what happens to him…happen. He kind of wants others to solve the problem for him. Don’t get me wrong, he does fight and argue and try to find a way out of the situation, but it didn’t feel real. And just when I’m thinking he’s not going to get the situation resolved, in walks Princess Tessa and Alfred with a plan to save the day. It was just too perfect. And then Clayne’s father’s identity…

In the end, the king let things go too easily. I expected more. I expected trouble to get in the way. This was, sadly, not the case. No one challenged Alfred as he left the city. For a king who was so set on Tristan following his plans, that entire scene was just anti-climactic for me.

I did, however, like the references to Camelot. I wish more of that had been explored, even if I didn’t care for Mr. Thomas and his explanations. They, like the rest, just seemed too perfectly fitting to make everything neat and tidy in the end.

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4 Stars, Amber Allure, BDSM/Kink/Erotica, Hurri Cosmo, Reviewed by Lana

Review: Chase and Capture by Hurri Cosmo

Title: Chase and Capture

Author: Hurri Cosmo

Publisher: Amber Allure

Pages/Word Count: 123 Pages

At a Glance: This is a piece of fun escapism, and I enjoyed it.

Reviewed By: Lana

Blurb: It’s only a game, an adult twist on “Capture the Flag.” Very adult, actually, especially when it comes to the “Flag” and where it is hidden. In fact, the only similarity between the kid version and the adult version is each hunter must capture his opponent’s flag to win.

So how the hell did Camden end up here? Tanner, his good buddy from college, refused to let him waste another birthday, was determined to score him some exciting adult time with a group of sexy men, and had set up the entire weekend party on a remote island.

Now, Camden finds himself crashing through the woods while playing the wonderfully lascivious chase-and-capture game, trying to stay ahead of his pursuer. But Camden can’t help but wonder…why is he the prey and that dark-haired, muscle-bound, relentless god of a man named Gunner his hunter? After all, it’s his birthday, so he should be the one in pursuit of the sexy stud, right? And what exactly is the downside of having his hidden flag confiscated by the man of his dreams?

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Review: Chase and Capture is a fun and hot little story about an adult version of Capture the Flag, which has a pretty interesting twist! I really enjoyed this story and could have read more.

The two main characters are fairly typical to these types of stories, but they were written in the right way and for me, made the story. Camden gets invited by his friend to an island getaway. The island’s resort is for men only, and Camden’s friend hopes this little vacation will get Camden over his painful breakup. Two others join their little group: Steven, an annoying twink, and Gunner, a former military man who’s a total alpha. Sparks fly between Camden and Gunner, and both hope that the weekend’s games will get them together. Boy, do they ever!

The island resort is secluded for a very good reason. There is a lot of kink going on! The weekend’s activities are for adults only and the game of Capture the Flag is pretty raunchy. The flag is not a flag, and I will leave it at that. You’ll just have to read the book. It’s pretty good.

The usual hijinks ensue, Gunner and Camden get their freak on, and the sex is hot and well written. There’s a totally weird plot twist but in the context, it works. This is a piece of fun escapism, and I enjoyed it. I like to think of it as bubble gum for your brain.

Chase and Capture is a good read for a slow afternoon, and if it’s a cold one, this one will warm you right up.






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3.5 Stars, Amber Allure, Genre Romance, K.M. Mahoney, Reviewed by Sammy

Review: Learning to Love Cats by K.M. Mahoney

Title: Learning to Love Cats

Author: K.M. Mahoney

Publisher: Amber Allure

Pages/Word Count: 61 Pages

At a Glance: Simple, sweet, and quick

Blurb: Mike isn’t much of an animal lover. His sister, however, insists that every little boy needs a pet, which is how he finds himself sitting in a veterinary office, trying to explain the facts of life to his six-year-old nephew while holding a dead hamster in a shoebox. It’s not one of his finer moments. So of course, it’s just his luck that in walks the cute, shy, and utterly lust-worthy Riley Laytham. But Mike has never been one to let an opportunity pass him by, no matter how awkward the situation might be.

Riley isn’t used to guys flirting with him, and he definitely didn’t expect it to happen at the local vet office. In the kennels, no less, surrounded by dogs and cats, and under the close scrutiny of one overly inquisitive little boy. Riley’s first instinct is to make his excuses and run, but Mike is persistent.

Their first date is a disaster. They have nothing in common, and Riley’s cats seem determined to end the budding relationship before it can get started. For some reason, though, Mike isn’t running. Now Riley just has to decide if he can make it work with a guy who staunchly declares that he doesn’t like cats.

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Review: Mike doesn’t like cats…but he does like the man who breeds them very much. But between his allergic reactions, Riley the cat breeder’s considerable skepticism, and Mike’s determination, somehow Riley Laytham is going to be Mike’s—come hell or high water.

A cute, flirtatious short story, Learning To Love Cats by K.M. Mahoney absolutely demands you check your disbelief at the door. Insta-love, crazy funny and so very sweet, Mahoney weaves a magical short tale about falling in love despite one’s own disbelief that they could ever be the object of someone else’s desire. Riley is so hesitant to believe that Mike could really love him after only a few dates. But Mike is certain that Riley must be his, and he will even learn to like those darn cats to prove it.

This is not a long, involved or angsty love story; rather, it is simple, sweet, and quick. But in a short span of time, the author manages to create two lovely characters, a sweet side cast of brothers and nephews, and spin a story that is fun and witty. This is just a kindhearted story to fall into and enjoy—looking for much else will disappoint you, be forewarned. While there may be flaws in the telling, Learning To Love Cats is a lovely tale of love and happy ever after.






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4.5 Stars, Amber Allure, Genre Romance, Marie Sexton, Reviewed by Jules

Review: Between Sinners and Saints by Marie Sexton

“The only difference between saints and sinners is that every saint has a past while every sinner has a future.” – Oscar Wilde


Title: Between Sinners and Saints

Author: Marie Sexton

Publisher: Amber Allure

Pages/Word Count: 282 Pages

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Blurb: Levi Binder is a Miami bartender who cares about only two things: sex and surfing. Ostracized by his Mormon family for his homosexuality, Levi is determined to live his life his own way, but everything changes when he meets massage therapist Jaime Marshall.

Jaime is used to being alone. Haunted by the horrors of his past, his only friend is his faithful dog, Dolly. He has no idea how to handle somebody as gorgeous and vibrant as Levi. Continue reading

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4 Stars, Amber Allure, BDSM/Kink/Erotica, Genre Romance, Reviewed by Lana, Sean Michael

Review: Blue Collar by Sean Michael

Title: Blue Collar

Author: Sean Michael

Publisher: Amber Quill Press

Pages/Word Count: 156 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: Kendall Webber is deep in the closet. Between working as a mechanic in a garage, having served in the army during the era of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, and being raised by a fundamentalist-preacher stepfather who sent him to summer camps to make him straight, he’s learned to hide his sexuality from absolutely everyone. Continue reading

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5 Stars, Amber Allure, JC Wallace, Paranormal Romance, Reviewed by Sammy

Review: Diventando: The Vessel by JC Wallace

Title: Diventando: The Vessel

Author: JC Wallace

Publisher: Amber Allure

Pages/Word Count: 214 Pages

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: Owen McIntyre is no stranger to the Grim Reaper. Diagnosed with leukemia at the age of fifteen, he’s spent the last ten years slowly dying. With only two weeks until his next checkup, Owen’s body is already warning him that he is no longer in remission. Tired of the countless meds and chemo, not to mention the way his family coddles him, he decides to live and die on his own terms and forgo treatment. When he meets a lively college professor named Turk, conquering the man becomes part of Owen’s bucket list. But as Owen gets to know Turk, he starts to see him as more than a fling, a luxury that a dying man doesn’t have. Continue reading

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4 Stars, Amber Allure, Genre Romance, Paranormal Romance, Reviewed by Lana

Review: The Paranormal Detection Agency by Anne Brooke

Title: The Paranormal Detection Agency

Author: Anne Brooke

Publisher: Amber Allure

Pages/Word Count: 57 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: When paranormal investigator Jack Atkinson meets new client Aaron Riley, he doesn’t expect the level of attraction he instantly feels for the man. Neither does he expect the kind of haunting Aaron describes, which Jack is determined to solve.
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Amber Allure, JC Wallace

Guest Post and Giveaway: Diventando: The Vessel by JC Wallace

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Hi, everyone! Welcome to the Diventando: The Vessel Blog Tour. I want to thank The Novel Approach for having me as a guest for another blog tour! Here as some fun questions I’ve answered. In addition, I’ve included an excerpt as well as a link to enter the blog tour giveaway!

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5 Stars, Amber Allure, Drama, Genre Romance, K-lee Klein, Reviewed by Sammy

Love Can’t Be Denied In K-lee Klein’s “Never the Perfect Moment”

“I realized I’m in love. It’s always been right in front of me.” – Richelle Mead


Title: Never the Perfect Moment

Author: K-lee Klein

Publisher: Amber Quill Press

Pages/Word Count: 84 Pages

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: Bryan Monroe has always catalogued his life in terms of moments—right moments, wrong moments, perfect moments. But when his best friend and partner on the police force, Chrys Delos, is shot in a raid gone bad, it’s one of the worst moments of Bryan’s life. Continue reading

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Amber Allure, Clare London

Clare London May Be “No Angel”, But She’s Here With A Giveaway



TNA: Hi, Clare, I’m so glad you could join us today. Why don’t we start out by having you tell all of us a little bit about yourself, a few things we readers may not know about you?

Clare: Hi everyone, and thanks to TNA for inviting me over! I’m an author of gay romance, usually contemporary, often erotic, and sometimes with gentle humour. Just like life, really! I do actually live in London, England – it’s not just a pen name *g* – and I’ve been publishing since 2008. I haven’t been the most prolific writer on the planet recently, but I’ve just started working from home so I’m hopeful of more time and productivity.

I’ve also been on the organising committee for the UK Meet since 2011 and I love the way it’s grown in numbers and reputation, yet remains so welcoming. And I’ll be at GRL in October, with the hope of meeting lots of old and new friends.
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2 Stars, Amber Allure, Reviewed by Jordan, Shawn Bailey

Shawn Bailey’s “Conquering Kameron” Misses The Mark


“Everything in the world is about sex except sex. Sex is about power.” ― Oscar Wilde


Title: Conquering Kameron

Author: Shawn Bailey

Publisher: Amber Allure

Pages/Word Count: 31,000 Words

Rating: 2 Stars

Blurb: Boston University graduate Kameron Santella lands a job with a prestigious publishing house, but instead of getting the job of his dreams, he ends up at the bottom of the corporate ladder, working his butt off in the mail room. One afternoon, he meets a handsome older man named Vern, whom Kameron thinks is a senior editor. Vern takes a liking to Kameron and invites him on a weekend trip to the museum and dinner. Before the outing ends, romance ensues, and Kameron finds himself falling for the silver-tongued devil. But on Monday morning, Kameron gets the shock of his life when he learns that Vern is actually Vernon Henderson, the no-nonsense CEO and publisher of Henderson’s Publishing Company whom everyone seems to fear.
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5 Stars, Amber Allure, Erin O'Quinn, Reviewed by Lana

Nothing Comes Between A Man And His Kilt In Erin O’Quinn’s “Cowboys and Kilts”


“I didn’t find you. I just tripped into your destiny.” ― Rim Rafei


Title: Cowboys and Kilts

Author: Erin O’Quinn

Publisher: Amber Allure

Pages/Word Count: 51 Pages

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: Lanky Hugh MacPherson wears his tattoo and his cowboy boots all the way from Nevada to his ancestral home in Scotland, only to find a clansman named Graeme Guthrie has a subtle way of claiming the boots, the tattoo, and the man who wears them.
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4.5 Stars, Amber Allure, JC Wallace, Reviewed by Sammy

JC Wallace Breathes New Life Into A Formulaic Genre With His New Novel, “Dare to Love Forever”


“Love isn’t an act, it’s a whole life.” – Brian Moore


Title: Dare to Love Forever

Author: JC Wallace

Publisher: Amber Quill Press

Pages/Word Count: 206 Pages

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Blurb: Carson Locke is a Tabula Rosa vampire—a dangerous rarity in the world of vampires.
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4 Stars, Amber Allure, L.A. Witt, Reviewed by Tina

Love Is The Reality In L.A. Witt’s “Wrenches, Regrets, and Reality Checks”


“There are worse addictions than reality TV, chocolate and coffee.” ― Sarah Dessen


Title: Wrenches, Regrets, and Reality Checks

Author: L.A. Witt

Publisher: Amber Allure

Pages/Word Count: 73 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: Ever since Reggie’s garage became part of a popular reality show, business has been booming. As much as he hates playing games with the network, at least he doesn’t have to worry about his bottom line anymore.
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4 Stars, Amber Allure, K-lee Klein, Reviewed by Jackie

The Truth Sets A Man Free In K-lee Klein’s “Tabby’s Pride”


There’s no problem so awful, that you can’t add some guilt to it and make it even worse.” ― Bill Watterson


Title: Tabby’s Pride

Author: K-lee Klein

Publisher: Amber Allure

Pages/Word Count: 115 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: Levi Tabberton has dreamed of being a rock star ever since his brother’s best friend, Alexander Morrison, showed him his guitar when he was young. But becoming a member of his boyhood crush’s band, Lion’s Pride, is even more important.
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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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