4 Stars, Ariel Tachna, Dreamspinner Press, Paranormal Romance, Reviewed by Angel

Review: The Partnership in Blood Bundle by Ariel Tachna

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Title: Partnership in Blood Bundle: Volume One

Author: Ariel Tachna

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count:  1285 Pages

At a GlanceA massive and interesting take on wizards and vampires.

Reviewed By: Angel

Blurb: Book One: Alliance in Blood. Can a desperate wizard and a bitter, disillusioned vampire find a way to build the partnership that could save their world? In a world rocked by magical war, vampires are seen by many as less than human, as the stereotypical creatures of the night who prey on others. But as the war intensifies, the wizards and the vampires forge an alliance based on blood and magic, hoping to turn the tide of the war against the dark wizards. As the war rages on and heartbreaking casualties mount on both sides, the dark wizards keep searching for clues to understand and counter the strength of the Alliance, while the blood-bound Alliance partners hunt through ancient prejudices and forgotten lore to find an edge that can turn the tide of the war once and for all.

Book Two: Covenant In Blood. The wizards and the vampires have forged an alliance based on blood and magic, hoping to turn the tide of the war against the dark wizards. A few wizard-vampire bonds are as successful as Alain Magnier’s and Orlando St. Clair’s, but some are much less so, leading to arguments, resentment, and outright fights between the allies despite their mutual goals. Following his best friend Alain’s example, Thierry Dumont determinedly forms a partnership with vampire Sebastien Noyer, despite the wizard’s discomfort with being so close to a vampire a man so soon after his wife’s death. But they find that desperation may be the key to forming a covenant that works: Thierry and Sebastien are almost immediately devoted to one another’s safety. With new strength behind it, the Alliance’s leaders move to announce its existence to the whole world, hoping to rally support against the dark wizards who threaten to destroy life as they know it. Struggling to find its way in the expanding war, the Alliance discovers that despite its advantages, the partnerships are affecting the balance of magical power in the world, which may be an even bigger threat than the war itself.

Book Three: Conflict in Blood. As the Alliance wizard-vampire partnerships grow stronger, the dark wizards feel the effects and become increasingly desperate to find enough information to counter them, unaware of the growing strain of the blood-magic bonds on the wizards and vampires alike.

The conflict is spreading. The strife of uncomfortable relationships, both personal and professional, is threatening to tear up the Alliance from the inside, despite the efforts of Alain Magnier and Orlando St. Clair, Thierry Dumont and Sebastien Noyer, and even Raymond Payet and Jean Bellaiche, leader of the Paris vampires, who is fighting to establish a stable covenant with his own partner so he might lead by example.

As the war rages on and heartbreaking casualties mount on both sides, the dark wizards keep searching for clues to understand and counter the strength of the Alliance, while the blood-bound Alliance partners hunt through ancient prejudices and forgotten lore to find an edge that can turn the tide of the war once and for all.

Book Four: Reparation in Blood. The war is at a fever pitch with both sides stretched to the limit, when the dark wizards score a shocking victory and capture Orlando St. Clair. Haggard with worry and grief at the separation from his lover, Alain fears that even if they find Orlando, the vampire’s heart and mind may be far too broken to save.

Knowing the Alliance teeters on the brink, Christophe Lombard, the oldest, most powerful vampire in Paris leaves his self-imposed seclusion to join the fight. Alain’s lost friend Eric Simonet, who betrayed him to join the dark wizards, is faced with a choice between revenge and redemption. And Jean, enraged by Orlando’s capture, faces the most agonizing decision in his unlife as the final battle looms: Will their actions lead to the shattering of the Alliance or the salvation of the world?

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Review: Partnership in Blood is an omnibus edition of four novels: Alliance in Blood, Covenant in Blood, Conflict in Blood and Reparation in Blood. In it, Ariel Tachna has created a massive world involving magic and the paranormal. The books are each rich in detail, and the world building is vastly impressive. There is also a fair bit of angst involved, and tolerance, acceptance, prejudices, sexual consent, and romance are themes throughout the series as well.

I enjoyed this take on the paranormal, and I like Tachna’s writing; however, there were so many characters introduced that I nearly got lost trying to keep all the relationships straight. Then I had a difficult time trying to remember the details of the war going on, too. I think if the author would have focused on one or two pairing per book, I wouldn’t have been so confused much of the time.

There are many pairings in this verse, not just the M/M, but also M/F and F/F couples. Each story adds more and more characters as the war progresses—this is one long story broken into very large and long chapters. If you enjoy detailed stories with a huge number of central characters, and you don’t mind f/f and m/f storylines and a good cry, you’ll find this series highly satisfying.

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4 Stars, Anthology, Harmony Ink Press, Reviewed by Lana, Young Adult

Review: First Time for Everything – A Harmony Ink Press Anthology

Title: First Time for Everything

Author: Anthology

Publisher: Harmony Ink Press

Pages/Word Count: 350 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: There’s nothing like the first time. Whether it’s a first crush, first date, first kiss, or finding tolerance and approval for the first time, for gay, lesbian, bi, and trans teens—or those still exploring and discovering their sexuality and identity—these important firsts can shape the rest of their lives. Gathering the courage to come out to their families, admit their feelings to a friend, or go to school presenting as the people they really are can be a struggle. But with the support of their allies and their own inner strength, the brave young people in these stories take the first steps toward happiness and living on their own terms. From sweet stories of newly discovered love, humorous accounts of awkward dinners and dances, to fights for acceptance and even survival, the teens in this anthology must face new challenges and rise to meet them. These are the first times they’ll never forget. Continue reading

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Angel Propps, Ann Anderson, Anna Hedley, Erik Moore, Harper Bliss, John Amory, K. Lynn, K. Piet, L. Alonso Corona, Lor Rose, Piper Vaughn, Raven de Hart, Rob Rosen, Storm Moon Press

Gay and Lesbian Coffee Break Quickies Is Shorthand Sex That’s Long On Subtext

Quickie: Syllabification: (quick•ie)
Pronunciation: /ˈkwikē/
noun
a rapidly consumed alcoholic drink.
a brief act of sexual intercourse. – Source: Oxford American English Dictionary

And sometimes, quickies are had even in that order.

At any rate, we all know they’re that intense and spontaneous moment when foreplay is defined as the quickie: the sex is red-hot and is entirely about getting in, getting it on, and getting out before you get caught. Not to be confused with the nooner, the quickie’s less spontaneous cousin, these transactions of the hit-and-run variety, conducted online, in a cubicle, in the knee-space of a desk, or a locker room, are made all the more combustible by that element of danger in being caught with your pants down—quite literally—and ups the ante, turning the risks into a roleplayer in the game.

Storm Moon Press has gathered all that erotic potential and put it together in a compilation of short stories about sex in the workplace, which has nothing to do with harassment and everything to do with heating things up when the 9-to-5 gets altogether dull.

Thirteen authors have contributed their individual takes on workplace romance, and include:

Skype Wars by Rob Rosen (M/M)
Hands On by K. Piet (F/F)
One Week by L. Alonso Corona (M/M)
Working Lunch by Ann Anderson (F/F)
Personal Assistance by K. Lynn (M/M)
She’s the Boss by Angel Propps (F/F)
The New Guy by John Amory (M/M)
Stair Walking by Harper Bliss (F/F)
1-800-Boredom by Raven de Hart (M/M)
Fair Play by Anna Hedley (M/M)
His Non-Existent Coffee Break by Lor Rose (M/M)
Tele-Romance by Erik Moore (F/F)
Three Strikes by Piper Vaughn (M/M)

It’s extra tempting to tell you what my favorite stories in this erotic collection are; yes, I did have a few favorites, but rather than do that, I’ll say in all honestly that each of them was sexy—sometimes playful, sometimes all business—in its own way, not to mention a few of them having some very nice little twists in roleplaying and role reversal, making them just that little bit more enjoyable for the effort.

I can say with some confidence that if the idea of quickie shots of caffeinated sex are your…err…cup of tea, you ought to find this anthology every bit as much fun as I did.

And in case you missed it, check out K. Lynn’s interview HERE, in which she discusses her story “Personal Assistance.”

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