5 Stars, Dreamspinner Press, Jamie Fessenden, Literary Fiction, Reviewed by Taz

Review: Violated by Jamie Fessenden

Title: Violated

Author: Jamie Fessenden

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count:  256 Pages

At a Glance: I had no idea how Mr. Fessenden would handle this sensitive topic, and was impressed by the testimony he portrays through this story.

Reviewed By: Taz

Blurb: Derek Sawyer thinks he has it all—a high-salaried position, a boyfriend, a dog, even a new cabin on the lake—until a business trip with his manager and best friend, Victor, shatters his world.

One night of drunken horsing around in their hotel room leads to the most intensely personal violation Derek has ever endured. As if the humiliation of working under his attacker every day isn’t enough, Victor reports Derek for sexual harassment. Now he’s without a job, without a boyfriend, and the mortgage on the cabin is due.

Officer Russ Thomas has worked with rape victims before, and it doesn’t take him long to sort out the truth in Derek’s tale. With his support, Derek finally reports the crime, months after it happened. But restraining orders and lawyers further Victor’s anger toward him, and even though a relationship develops between Derek and the policeman, Russ can’t be there to protect him all the time.

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Review: WARNING: This book deals with rape, both the experience and the aftermath. This review may serve as a trigger for some people, so please proceed with caution. ~ TAZ

Violated is a sensitive and vivid portrayal of the impact a rape has on a person, with a particular focus on a male being raped. When I read the description of this book, I felt immediately compelled to read it. On the one hand, rape is one of those topics that is usually banned as part of submission guidelines. Of course, that is rape depicted gratuitously (whatever that means). The subject matter itself is permissible, but still taboo.

I had no idea how Mr. Fessenden would handle this sensitive topic, and was impressed by the testimony he portrays through this story. The first chunk of the book established the main characters and their relationships to one another. I had wondered whether the author would’ve chosen to begin the story where the rape had already occurred. This was not the case. Once we meet the characters, we experience the rape, rather graphically, from the point of view of our protagonist victim, Derek. While highly disturbing and difficult to read, it was clear Mr. Fessenden had researched the experiences of men who had been raped. The honesty of the physical experience was described, but moving forward, the book focused on the emotional damage as the protagonist struggles to regain his shattered sense of self-control and power.

And that was what made this story a brave and important read. I don’t know of anyone who has admitted being raped to me, and therefore I have no first-hand knowledge of what the experience is like after the fact. In reading Violated, I feel like I have a better understanding of the multi-faceted and deeply rooted injuries (both physical and emotional) that impact the victim, making recovery an uphill battle.

The author also chose not to over-dramatize the events following the rape, in terms of dealing with filing charges, giving testimony, facing the possibility of plea bargains, and the continued threat of physical violence. Derek had a very real set of concerns for his own safety and how others would view him, and the author provides a believable portrayal of the inner thoughts and worries. But the most disturbing and beautifully portrayed element of Derek’s suffering is the betrayals he endured from people who were supposed to be there for him, no matter what. I can’t even imagine how a victim of rape can heal when even the people they are supposed to trust the most aren’t able to provide appropriate support.

The other protagonist, Russ, was an amazing man. I appreciated that there was a preface that explained that the author had spoken to officers to learn about procedure, and then took some liberties to suit the love interest in the story. While there was clearly a conflict of interest with Russ having any involvement in the activities surrounding the investigation into Derek’s rape, I was prepared for this when it happened.

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5 Stars, Anthology, Reviewed by Lana, Torquere Press

Review: Plaid Nights Anthology from Torquere Press

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Title: Plaid Nights Anthology

Author: Various (see blurb)

Publisher: Torquere Press

Pages/Word Count: 186 Pages

At a Glance: This book has a little of everything: sexy bad boys, a little mystery, a little paranormal, and a lot of entertainment. It’s a must read.

Reviewed By: Lana

Blurb: In Plaid Nights, men in kilts are as varied as they are hot. Whether they’re caber tossers, rugby players, Highland warriors, country dancers, or time-traveling vampires, they’re up for surprises and sexy good times.

Rob Rosen starts us off with humor in “Tossing It.” Contemporary men discover love in unexpected places in “Whiskey and Want” by Megan McFerren, “Some Like It Scot” by Julia Talbot, “Perfect Working Order” by Elizabeth Coldwell, and “Off-Kilter” by Racheline Maltese & Erin McRae. We get a taste of the paranormal in “Sir WW” by Angelique Voisen, “Feumaidh Mi Ruith (I Have to Run)” by Missouri Dalton, and “Kilt in the Closet” by Logan Zachary. And we’re treated to forbidden love in historicals “Hunting for a Highlander” by Lila Mathews, “A Time to Heal” by Anna Mansel, and “As Fair Art Thou, My Bonny Lad” by McKay.

In these stories, some tartan-clad men wear their kilts in the “traditional manner,” while others are less daring. But all find love, and of course, a happy ending—especially at night, when the plaid comes off.

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Review: The Plaid Nights Anthology is a collection of stories about men in kilts. Yes, I said men in kilts! What else do you need? If your kink is men in kilts, like mine, then this book is for you. If it’s not, then it’s going to be if you read this book. I have three words to describe this anthology: Men. In. Kilts! All the stories were ridiculously hot and very well written, but really, all you need to know is that they were hot.

There’s a good assortment of styles and genres. While most of the stories were contemporary, two were historical: One about William Wallace, which I guarantee you’ve never read anything about him like it before. The other story was a fantasy about a witch and a highlander giving in to their desires despite being enemies. Both stories were very entertaining and in a short amount of time, totally sucked me into their worlds. I wish they were longer!

But, the story that was just up my alley was Feumaidh Mi Ruith (I Have to Run) by Missouri Dalton. Cary meets a sexy kilt wearing bad boy, Marcus, in a bar, and hooks up with him. Cary is a thief, so when the opportunity presents itself, he steals something from Marcus. Marcus just happens to be a cop and makes a deal with Cary: if Cary helps him retrieve a piece of jewelry, Marcus will let him go. Well, as you can imagine, it’s not that simple. They get tangled up with bad guys and have hot sex in between. I wanted more sex. Marcus is a typical Alpha, which I love, and he’s also part of a paranormal family. Cary is a twink thief with a heart of gold and some persuasion powers up his sleeve. This element of the story wasn’t really developed, but I wish it was because from the little tease, it sounds like fun! He’s the perfect foil for Marcus. The title is in reference to Cary wanting to run from Marcus, but in the end, he lets Marcus catch him. This was a sexy and romantic story that I didn’t want to end.

Any book that has gorgeous kilted men in it, who love sex and sin, is one I can get behind. This book has a little of everything: sexy bad boys, a little mystery, a little paranormal, and a lot of entertainment. It’s a must read.

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5 Stars, Drama, Dreamspinner Press, Genre Romance, John Goode, Reviewed by Sammy

Review: When I Grow Up by John Goode

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Title: When I Grow Up (Tales from Foster High: Book Eight)

Author: John Goode

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 284 Pages

At a Glance: John Goode makes it laughably easy to say, “I highly recommend this novel to you.”

Reviewed By: Sammy

Blurb: After graduation, Kyle Stilleno and Brad Graymark move to California to pursue their dreams. But high school sweethearts are called that for a reason, and their love rarely stands up to the test of time. As money, school, sex, and jealousy test their relationship to the breaking point, Kyle and Brad fight to hold on to the love that brought them together.

But when a frantic phone call sends them back to Texas, they discover love and understanding might not be enough this time.

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Review: Holy expletive, Batman, what just happened? Okay, I had to, sorry, but to start a review for this one any other way would just feel wrong! Let me try again. First, if you are a Tales from Foster High series fan, get ready, because, in the immortal words of Bette Davis, “Fasten your seatbelts, it’s going to be a bumpy ride!” Oh dear. All right, before any credibility I have as a reviewer dissolves into some other applicable quote, let me begin to discuss with you When I Grow Up by author John Goode.

I am afraid I must begin by stating that if you have not read this series, this novel will lose quite a bit of its impact without the background story those previous seven novels will provide. I should also mention here that I highly recommend you read Robert Halliwell’s book A Way Back to Then prior to diving into this one so that you are up to speed on what has happened to the character of Robbie, and have met his new boyfriend Sebastian. Finally, if you are looking for a lengthy synopsis on Mr. Goode’s latest gem, you will not find it here, for to give you that would mean giving away too much of a story that you must read and savor.

So, what can I tell you about When I Grow Up? I can relate that the novel picks up with Kyle and Brad as they arrive in California and begin life after high school in a tiny apartment above a family run Chinese restaurant. Kyle is convinced of three things: One, that he will do anything to be successful in his pursuit of a degree from Berkeley. Two, that he is so far out of his league in almost every aspect of his new life that he is doomed to fail. And three, Brad will most assuredly be dumping him for someone else before the week is out. In other words, welcome to Kyle and his ongoing insecurities.

Brad, on the other hand, remains clueless as to why his love for Kyle and his ever impossibly positive outlook about his and Kyle’s future will never be near enough to weather the storm that is about to hit the pair of them. Growing up is one mother of a disturbance for most, but for these boys it will be the near undoing of everything they hope for and love. You will watch as their lives spiral out of control, and just want to leap into the story and shake them both in the hopes they wake up before they destroy each other.

John Goode has this uncanny ability to create stories that have that gloriously scary yet exhilarating feel of being on a runaway roller coaster. You love the ride but pray you survive the end of it. This latest Foster High installment nearly did me in. Every character you love, and some you hate, is in this story. They converge in a town that is still able to destroy a person with its inability to move forward, to see all the dark and nasty secrets that are covered in that sweet home town persona it gives off. Each character has their part to play in supporting Kyle during one of the toughest chapters in his life, and all of them will do whatever it takes to protect one of their own. The problem is that Kyle is nearly beaten by none other than himself. He has used up every get out of jail free card he has with Brad, and there really may be no way to salvage what he has come so very close to destroying on the path to growing up.

So, I offer this advice to you. Read every single word and chapter of this novel; trust me, it is vital you do so. Revel in how this author creates such an imperfect world, peopled with very flawed characters, and reveals through their interactions with each other how much those who society marginalizes can love and support one another. Delight in the idea being offered that while life can be so very hard, it can also contain such impossibly perfect moments that it gives a person the strength to carry on despite the odds being stacked against them. Finally, enjoy every single second that you can visit with these amazing characters once again.

When I Grow Up is told in multiple parts, narrated from the perspective of several characters, and is such a gripping story that you will not be able to put this one aside before hitting the very last page. This author, his writing, his stunning ability to weave a story just gets better each time, never fails to leave me shaking my head at the truth and compassion his novels impart. John Goode makes it laughably easy to say, “I highly recommend this novel to you.”

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4.5 Stars, Audio Book, JCP Books, Jordan Castillo Price, Mystery/Suspense/Action Thriller, Narration Rating - 5 Stars, Reviewed by Lisa

E-book and Audio Review: Body Art by Jordan Castillo Price – Narrated by Gomez Pugh

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Title: Body Art

Author: Jordan Castillo Price

Publisher: JCP Books

Pages/Run Time: 108 Pages/ 3 Hours and 24 Minutes

At a Glance: A little murder and another stellar performance by Gomez Pugh make perfect companions of this e- and audiobook.

Reviewed By: Lisa

Blurb: Does everyone have a certain “type” they end up with…whether they want to or not? If Ray Carlucci’s ex is anything to go by, Ray likes his men gorgeous, rebellious, and chock-full of issues. But now that Ray is single again, he has a shot at a fresh start—a very fresh start, since his tattoo shop was gutted by repo men and he can fit all his belongings in the trunk of a taxi.

Ray’s shiny new chauffeur’s license lands him a job as a driver for an elderly couple on Red Wing Island. It’s a cold fall, and since the Michigan island is the summer home to snowbirds who fly south for the winter, it’s practically deserted—save for Ray’s new household and a sculptor named Anton Kopec, who works day and night twisting brambles and twine into the distorted shapes of macabre creatures. Compelling, bizarre, and somewhat disturbing…not just the sculptures, but the artist, too. Ray has a feeling Anton is just his “type.”

Despite their scorching chemistry, when a dead body is unearthed by some workers and a freak ice storm traps them all on the island, Ray can’t say for certain that his new flame isn’t capable of murder.

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Review: One of the things I love about Jordan Castillo Price’s work is that you never quite know what you’re going to get between the covers of her books. Sure, you have the blurb, but that’s just the bait to lure you in. What hooks me, without fail, every time, is her characters. Anton Kopec embodies the flawed men this author makes us fall for. Ray Carlucci embodies the flawed men this author makes us relate to. Sometimes her characters are challenged by a psychological affliction, and sometimes they’re just regular guys who get kicked in the teeth when it’s not quite bad enough that life already has their privates twisted firmly in a vice.

This short novel, Body Art, is billed as a thriller, and that it is. The setting evolves with the change of seasons on a Michigan island, just as summer has turned to autumn, and autumn is quickly swept aside by the unforgiving nature of a winter ice storm, which adds a terrible beauty to the island’s isolation and the eerie desolation of a dark forest thick with the unknown.

When immolated animals begin showing up on Ray’s doorstep, there is a clear and present bizarreness that sneaks up on readers—at first seeming innocuous enough as we’re empathizing with Ray’s “every man” troubles, but at the same time, we also know nothing good is bound to happen with this sort of foreshadowing. The atmosphere and anticipation in this novella is built slowly and begins to escalate not long after Ray meets fellow island resident Anton in the woods one night. Their initial meeting only adds to the strange and unusual, as Anton works exhaustively at being little more than enigmatic—something that just so happens to draw Ray to the beautiful, eccentric artist like steel to a magnet.

Anton’s behavior is symptomatic of his psychological chemistry, at once agitated, then almost childlike in the intensity of his enthusiasm, much more than mere artistic temperament allows for. Ray’s reactions to Anton are symptomatic of an arsebite of an ex-boyfriend, the loss of his tattoo shop, and his undeniable attraction to men who may not necessarily be good for him. Everything in this story comes to a head, however, when a dead body is discovered buried beneath his new employers’ lawn, the body of a man who was known to be a friend of the one man whose moods and behavior are known to be erratic at best. The mystery unfolds under a cloud of suspicion, where we readers are left to wonder whether or not the identity of a killer might be locked inside the Alzheimer’s-riddled mind of an old man.

Jealousy and greed go hand-in-hand with murder in Body Art, and JCP gives plausible enough reason to substantiate a killer’s motives in a story that had just enough twists to keep me guessing all the way up to the Big Reveal. As a standalone novella, we get just enough depth to the storyline and characterizations, not as much as I always appreciate in this author’s work, but more than enough for those times I love a little instant-gratification in a shorter novel. Not to mention when I want some chills and a good mystery; this book fit those needs perfectly.

I read this e-book first, then I let Gomez Pugh read it to me a second time because I may or may not be addicted to his voice—it’s a close call. Not only that, but I wanted to test Pugh’s range on yet another Jordan Castillo Price offering. Unsurprisingly he delivers a great performance, emoting to perfection each nuance of Anton’s high-tension-wire personality, then delivering on the next breath Ray’s regular Joe, good guy patience and kindness. From the elderly couple, who are Ray’s employers, to the rest of the staff left on the island, to the least significant bit-part role player, Pugh seems incapable of turning in anything resembling a mediocre or lackluster narration. In fact, if hard pressed, I might even say his delivery elevates Body Art a notch simply because of his smooth and sexy voice.

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5 Stars, Dreamspinner Press, John Goode, Short Story

Review: Save Yourself by John Goode

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SaveYourselfTitle: Save Yourself (A Tales From Foster High Story)

Author: John Goode

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 35 Pages

At a Glance: Along with emotionally charged storylines that often have more than their fair share of pathos and grit, a John Goode title is nearly always guaranteed to make you think.

Reviewed By: Sammy

Blurb: Matt Wallace returns to Foster to be with his high school crush, Tyler. They’re finally together, but Tyler’s past is still a mystery to Matt. When the truth comes out, Matt is forced to decide if he can handle learning about what Tyler did, or if he’d be better off to cut ties and run.

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Review: Save Yourself is a sweet snippet for those who follow author John Goode’s Foster High Series. Veering away from the main characters of Kyle and Brad, Mr. Goode focuses this short story on two minor characters in that series, who have been further developed in a former novel, Taking Chances. One of them, Matt Wallace, played a rather significant role in the boys’ life over the course of the series.

A small town is a family in many ways. Some of those ways are life affirming, as when a community rallies around to protect one of its own, but some can be quite negative, especially when it includes grudges long held and secrets that carry such guilt that they threaten to destroy private lives. Matt Wallace carries such a burden and before long, his long-time crush turned new boyfriend will have to see the weight Matt carries and the very real fear that it will destroy their relationship before it ever has a chance to grow.

I have remarked time and again about the strength this author has when it comes to characterization and making his creations leap off the page with such clarity and realism that one could swear they have met those who people his novels in real life. Along with emotionally charged storylines that often have more than their fair share of pathos and grit, a John Goode title is nearly always guaranteed to make you think. His created world is one that pushes you to see just how messed up the real world is, but he also allows for it to be peopled with amazing characters. In allowing for both, this author gives us compelling stories that simply take our breath away and that always extend the hope that we, as a people, can be better than we truly may be.

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5 Stars, Drama, Erotica, Kol Anderson, Reviewed by Lynn, Self-Published

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.

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4.5 Stars, Audio Book, Dreamspinner Press, Reviewed by Kathie, Rick R. Reed

Audio Review: Chaser by Rick R. Reed – Narrated by John Solo

Title: Chaser

Author: Rick R. Reed

Narrator:: John Solo

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Run Time: 7 Hours, 8 Minutes

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Blurb: Caden DeSarro is what they call a chubby chaser. He likes his guys with a few extra pounds on them. So when he meets Kevin Dodge in a bar bathroom, he can’t help but stare, even if he does make an ass of himself. As far as Caden is concerned, Kevin is physically perfect: a stocky bearded blond with a dick that’s just right. (They met in the bathroom – of course he looked!) But Caden gets tongue-tied and misses his chance. Continue reading

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3.5 Stars, Drama, Genre Romance, Reviewed by Lisa, Self-Published

Stay Tuned For More Of Jake Biondi’s “Boystown”

Title: Boystown: Season Two

Author: Jake Biondi

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages/Word Count: 219 Pages

Rating: 3.5 Stars

Blurb: In the aftermath of the warehouse shootings, lives are forever changed and relationships are forever altered. As the families of the victims work to put the horrific event behind them, they find themselves at the center of an even larger plan for revenge.

Ciancio twins Marco and Gino are as handsome as they are powerful — and they arrive in Boystown with a scheme rooted in the bad history between the Ciancio and Mancini families. Continue reading

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Angel Martinez, MLR Press

Welcome Angel Martinez, Diego, Finn, And A Giveaway



TNA: Hi, Angel, thanks so much for stopping by to visit us today. Let’s talk a bit about your writing. Do you prefer to write fantasy or contemporary genre romance? Do you find you like the challenge of stretching your imagination when writing fantasy, or are they equally challenging but in different ways?
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Liam Livings, Wilde City Press

Welcome Liam Livings On The “Best Friends Perfect” Blog Tour


WildeCityPress_logoTNA: Hi, Liam, thanks so much for being here with us today. Why don’t we start off by having you tell us a little bit about yourself: hobbies, interests, things we don’t know about you that you’d like to share with readers?

Liam: I am into cars; I have a subscription to a weekly car magazine and I go to the classic car shows. I’m a member of the Mazda MX 5 Owners Club and the Gay Classic Car Group (GCCG) – a club for gay people who like classic cars. I like to buck the trend for gay guys in this way. I went to the GCCG stand at a big classic car show and they said people were walking onto the stand, then reading the banner with the club’s name, then asking questions like, ‘Is it the cars that are gay?’ or just leaving the stand *head desk*. I love cooking, baking and spending time with friends. I love cats and give a monthly donation to the local cat sanctuary where we adopted our cats from. I also like the normal things people always say are their hobbies: films, music, watching good absorbing TV dramas. I’ve managed to wean myself off I’m A Celebrity Dancing On Ice Get Me Out Of Here Britain Has Talent shows. I would much rather watch The Good Wife, Nashville, Breaking Bad, or on my own – the BF doesn’t come to Stars Hollow with me – a bit of Gilmore girls.
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Jordan L. Hawk Joins Us Today To Celebrate The Countdown To GRL, The Release Of “Necropolis”, And There’s A Giveaway!


2014GRL_BlogTour_sq200x200TNA: Hi, Jordan, welcome back! It’s always great to have you here with us. For readers who may not have had the chance to be introduced to you before, why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself to get things started?

Jordan: I live in NC, not terribly far from where I spent the majority of my childhood. My ancestors brewed moonshine, so I keep up some of the family tradition brewing beer and mead in my spare time. I live with my wonderful husband (and beta reader) David and our three very cute cats.
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1 Star, Jon De'Lisle, Reviewed by Tina, Self-Published

Jon De’Lisle’s “The Dantone Project” Doesn’t Hit Its Stride


“You’re the one who has to live with your choice, everyone else will get over it, move on, no matter what you decide. But you never will.” – Veronica Roth


Title: The Dantone Project

Author: Jon De’Lisle

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages/Word Count: 332 Pages

Rating: 1 Star

Blurb: James Warner is on the verge of a breakdown. He’s a 27-year old private investigator working at a mom and pop diner just to make ends meet. He’s also gay, and with the exception of his out of town high school friend Shawn, he doesn’t have a friend in the world. All that is about to change, however. A biological weapon project has fallen into the hands of the wrong people, and the project director, Damen Brussell, has gone missing. His brother, Clint, has hired James to find his brother, and the reason behind his disappearance. In one week’s time, James will resuscitate his private eye skills, as well as face his inner demons about what, and who, he truly is. James will encounter true love, as well as pure evil, in this missing persons’ investigation that will take him through Colorado, and into the canyons of Bandelier National Monument in New Mexico. James and Clint will both learn so much more than just what exactly is so dangerous about The Dantone Project.
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Heidi Cullinan, Reviewed by Tina, Samhain Publishing

Heidi Cullinan Delivers In “Tough Love (Special Delivery: Book Three) – Reviewed by Tina


“Ride, authors. Write a ride. Figure out what yours is and then pimp the ever-living shit out of it.” – Heidi Cullinan


Title: Tough Love (Special Deliver: Book Three)

Author: Heidi Cullinan

Publisher: Samhain Publishing

Pages/Word Count: 408 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: It takes a strong man to be this fabulous.
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It Comes Down To Choices In Patrick Darcy’s “Confessions of a Gay Rugby Player #4” – Reviewed by Lynn


“Choose your love. Love your choice.” ― Thomas S. Monson


Title: Confessions of a Gay Rugby Player #4

Author: Patrick Darcy

Publisher: Wilde City Press

Pages/Word Count: 54 Pages

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: Things could not be better for star rugby player Conor Murphy. He has a hot boyfriend that worships him and he is back in his rightful place, leader of the Dublin Chiefs Rugby team.
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Kol Anderson’s “The Escape” Will Keep You Guessing Until The Very End – Reviewed by Lynn


“Desperation is the raw material of drastic change. Only those who can leave behind everything they have ever believed in can hope to escape.” ― William S. Burroughs


Title: The Prisoner: Broken Series Complete Collection

Author: Kol Anderson

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages/Word Count: 209 Pages

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: Aaron Taylor is a rent-boy.
The Dream everyone wants to come true.
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Kingett reads Basketball Jones Chapter 6



In chapter six of Basketball Jones, I live up to my faults but watch Dray like a hawk and feel very sad that I can’t hug AJ to death. Intrigued? It’s time for Kingett to read Basketball Jones.

I’m jumping right into this because this chapter is really short but there’s a lot of content. It may not seem like it, but it’s there, and it’s definitely showing me that AJ isn’t happy. Oh god, so many feelings for AJ are racing through my heart. I want to jump through the pages and hug him forever!
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Johnny Williams, Self-Published

Johnny Williams Would Like To Introduce You To The “Klub Kids”


“In this world, it is too common for people to search for someone to lose themselves in. But I am already lost. I will look for someone to find myself in.” – C. Joy Bell C.


Title: Klub Kids

Author: Johnny Williams

Publisher: Punks Publishing

Pages/Word Count: 262 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: In one fall/winter season in the clubs of NYC, a lost soul parties with friends while looking for gay love. “Do you think that punk’s dick hair is blue too?” Packed with humor, candor and sex, Klub Kids takes readers on a ride as they join Johnny Williams and his friends on their clubbing quests to find love and the music to dance and dance and dance their butts off in this fictionalized fun read.
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Lia Cooper, Self-Published

Lia Cooper’s “The Duality Paradigm” Is A Great New Addition To M/M Urban Fantasy


“The real world is where the monsters are.” ― Rick Riordan


Title: The Duality Paradigm (Blood and Bone: Book One)

Author: Lia Cooper

Publisher: The Spec Press

Pages/Word Count: 261 Pages

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Blurb: Everyone knows magic users and werewolves are intrinsically diametrically opposed…
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Mathew Ortiz Makes “Eli’s Three Wishes” Come True


“Sane is boring.” ― R.A. Salvatore


Title: Love and Salvage: Eli’s Three Wishes

Author: Mathew Ortiz

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages/Word Count: 142

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: Eli Gaither was a big, rough, mean sumabitch of a man. Solitary by choice, he only attended Gaither family events when he was made to. Still hurting from a painful divorce, he was like an angry bear licking his wounds. Most people, save for his family, avoided him until Oscar Hernandez came into his life, yelling at him and turning his world upside down.
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Antonio, Dreamspinner Press

“Dead Men Tell Tales” That Didn’t Quite Hit The Mark


“Nobody owns life, but anyone who can pick up a frying pan owns death.” ― William S. Burroughs


Title: Dead Men Tell Tales

Author: Antonio

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 210 Pages

Rating: 2 Stars

Blurb: Mason Kincaid’s life is about to change. He’s adjusting to being alone a year after the death of his lover when a call from his wayward sister sends him out west to New Eden to bring not only her, but her twin sons and a stepson home.
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A. Lusch’s “Seeing DOUBLE” Really Makes You Want To See The Whole Picture


“The course of true love never did run smooth.” ― William Shakespeare


Title: Seeing DOUBLE (52 First Dates, #3)

Author: A. Lusch

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages/Word Count: 37 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: The man-hunt is under way, and David’s keen to a snag a husband without having to complete every date of his 52 First Dates challenge. With several successful meets behind him, there’s a growing feeling of confidence that his search could actually work. But now that the novelty’s worn off, finding the motivation to keep going is about to become harder.
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Mark Zubro, MLR Press

Mark Zubro’s “Safe” Is A Moving Story Of An All-Too Common Problem


“A lot of you cared, just not enough.” ― Jay Asher


Title: Safe

Author: Mark Zubro

Publisher: MLR Press

Pages/Word Count: 208 Pages

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: In an unsafe world, death and danger stalk gay teens, Roger Cook and Steve Koemer.
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Geoffrey Knight, Wilde City Press

Geoffrey Knight’s “Be My Valentine, Bobby Bryson” Is A Perfect Kind Of Sweet


“Most people are slow to champion love because they fear the transformation it brings into their lives.” – Aberjhani



Title: Be My Valentine, Bobby Bryson

Author: Geoffrey Knight

Publisher: Wilde City Press

Pages/Word Count: 27 Pages

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: When seven-year-old Mikey Madsen makes a Valentine’s Day card for someone named Bobby Bryson, it would seem to those around him that the very cornerstone of society might crumble. His teacher has a melt-down, his school principal goes into damage control and his single mother Kate isn’t quite sure how to handle the fact that her young son has just declared his love for another boy.
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Christopher Lord, Harrison Thurman Books

“The Edwin Drood Murders” Puts A New Spin On The Familiar


“A murderer is seldom content with one crime.” ― Agatha Christie


Title: The Edwin Drood Murders

Author: Christopher Lord

Publisher: Harrison Thurman Books

Pages/Word Count: 304

Rating: 3 Stars

Blurb: The Droodists have arrived in Dickens Junction. Local bookstore owner Simon Alastair has his hands full in his role as co-chair for the latest convention honoring Charles Dickens’s uncompleted novel, The Mystery of Edwin Drood. A movie star, a pesky blogger, dueling scholars, a stage hypnotist, and an old family friend (among others) all have claims on Simon’s time. In addition, some Droodists are clearly more-or less-than they appear, including a mysterious young man by the improbable name of Edwin Drood. When a priceless ring and a rare Dickensian artifact go missing, Simon and his reporter-partner Zach Benjamin learn that someone will do anything-including murder-to obtain an object of desire. The Edwin Drood Murders is the new entry in the Dickens Junction mystery series that began with The Christmas Carol Murders, a book that New York Times thriller writer Chelsea Cain called “a love letter to both Dickens and to the small town amateur detectives who’ve kept the peace in hamlets from River Heights to Cabot Cove.
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