5 Stars, Audio Book, Dreamspinner Press, M.A. Church, M/M/M and More, Narration Rating - 1 Star, Paranormal Romance, Reviewed by Karen

Audio Review: Trouble Comes in Threes by M.A. Church – Narrated by Ronald Ray Strickland



Title: Trouble Comes in Threes

Author:  M.A. Church

Narrator: Ronald Ray Strickland

Publisher:  Dreamspinner Press

Run Time:  8 hours and 26 minutes

At a Glance: If you’re thinking about getting Trouble Comes in Threes—and I think you should—buy the book and read it. I would bypass the audio on this one.

Reviewed By:  Karen

Blurb: A snowstorm in the South – on New Year’s Eve – is a perfect recipe for a catastrophe. After two soul-crushing bad breaks, Kirk’s waiting for disaster number three to strike when, naturally, two stray cats arrive on his doorstep during the storm and decide to make themselves at home. Tenderhearted Kirk lets them stay, even though there’s something decidedly odd about his overly friendly felines.

Out of the punishing weather and full of tuna, Dolf and Tal are happy to be snug in Kirk’s house. But then their human goes outside for firewood and suffers a nasty fall that leaves him unconscious. Now the two cats have no choice but to reveal themselves.

Kirk wakes up to find the two kitties are actually Dolf and Tal. They’re cat shifters – and his destined mates. Being part of a feline threesome is enough for Kirk to grapple with, but soon he learns they come from a clowder that doesn’t believe humans and shifters should mix. Kirk knew those two cats would be trouble. Little does he know the real trouble lies ahead.


Review: I absolutely loved Trouble Comes in Threes when I read the book.  It’s sweet, funny and sexy, and I was so excited for the audiobook. Unfortunately, however, it doesn’t even come close to doing this story justice.

Throughout the narration there’s no real difference in the character voicing. There were actually a couple of points where, in the middle of a sentence, it sounded as if the audio had been edited and although the same character was speaking, the voice changed, so it was hard to follow. Parts of the narration really were not enunciated very well at all, and then others parts were the exact opposite–way over-enunciated. During a lot of the narration, there were awkward pauses, as if Mr. Strickland was reading individual words instead of reading a story that flows. I did listen to the entire audiobook because I really do like the story that much, but honestly, at that point it was actually more amusing to listen to the narration than enjoy the story.

So, if you are thinking about getting Trouble Comes in Threes—and I think you should—buy the book and read it. I would bypass the audio on this one.

For a review of the e-book, see Janet’s full review HERE






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4 Stars, Amber Allure, Angelia Sparrow, BDSM/Kink/Erotica, M/M/M and More, Naomi Brooks, Reviewed By Carrie, Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Urban Fantasy

Review: Terror of the Frozen North by Angelia Sparrow and Naomi Brooks

Title: Terror of the Frozen North

Author: Angelia Sparrow and Naomi Brooks

Publisher: Amber Allure

Pages/Word Count: 202 Pages

At a Glance: Check your reality at the door and immerse yourself in a really good book – this one!

Reviewed By: Carrie

Blurb: War is hell, but coming home is even harder. Edward Kilsby, Lord Withycombe, flying ace and noted adventurer, has grown increasingly restless with civilian life. He seeks refuge from his depression and nightmares in adrenaline, and when that fails, in painful sex. Until his erstwhile fiancé blackmails him into making an arctic expedition.

In the frozen wastes, Edward and his secretary, Charlie, work hard, facing the rigors of the climate and the lethal war machines they are testing. But no-one is prepared for what lies under the ice.

Back in London, as Edward’s pistol looks friendlier and friendlier, Charlie must deal with kidnapping, cultists and secret societies, all the while keeping his much-loved lord sane and healthy.


Review: Terror of the Frozen North is the second book in this series, which starts with The Curse of the Pharaoh’s Manicurists. Reading that book first is not necessary but may be preferable, as there are overlapping characters and themes from the first book.

Strange monsters, broken souls, and a poor secretary stuck in the middle of it all, this is a book of pure fantasy, a romance with a mythical bent. Set in the 1920s, Lord Withycombe has come home from the war a broken man. He is a penniless lord with a reputation as a daring and renowned hero to uphold.

Charlie is his secretary and an absolute saint. He keeps his lord going and provides for all his needs. Charlie has to accomplish this task while dealing with jealous ex-boyfriends, sadistic fiancés, and a mad scientist. At the core, this is a love story between Edward and Charlie. Lord Withycombe, or Edward, is forced to take adventures to make money to live on and support his staff. This particular adventure involves a mad scientist and the frozen wastes of the arctic, where they are charged to test war machines. But, unbeknownst to them, they are the test subjects for an even more insidious war machine that just might make them all mad – and something is alive under all that ice…..

This is a rollicking adventure and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys fantasy. The relationship between Edward and Charlie is not an easy one, rather complicated, but it works. The adventures they set out on are well written and believable in the world Angelia Sparrow and Naomi Brooks have created.

Check your reality at the door and immerse yourself in a really good book – this one!





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Join us in welcoming author T.M. Smith today, on the Fame and Fortune blog tour. Enjoy her guest post, then be sure to click on the Rafflecopter widget below for the chance to win a signed copy of Gay for Pay (**US Residents Only**) or a $10 Amazon Gift Card.

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The Straight Girl Is Writing Gay Fiction

I see posts about this issue a lot these days… “You are a woman, what do you know about gay sex and/or relatinoships?” My answer would have been absolutely nothing, until about five years ago. Right about the time I decided to write a Dystopian series that featured M/M M/F and F/F relationships, I thought I might need to do some research on the things that are foreign to me. While I read books, watch movies and TV shows (including bios), and have my coveted membership to Cockyboys, I also have gay friends that are more than willing to critique my stories and tell me when I have it way wrong. You don’t even want to know about the conversation I had with my best friend about lube and gay sex. It started something like… “Ow, Ow, fuck me, Ow!”

I write romance for the most part, and while I know what I like from a man and what I like to watch two (or more) men doing with each other, there is still that level of unawaredness that I possess. I want to be able to portray the couples and throuples in my stories with at least a modicum of reality, even if I do insist on HEA. I chose to write MM romance partly because I love to read it, but I’m also fascinated by the mechanics of the love story of two men. Gay relationships are beautiful, sexy and rugged, and I hope that is what people that read my stories take away with them when they turn that last page.

So while I haven’t been called out personally, as of yet, as some of my peers have (knock on wood), I would probably respond to the hater with a similar diatribe as this, with a few colorful metaphors for good measure.

Thank you, Lisa and the gang here at Then Novel Approach, for hosting me today! Everybody be sure to head over to Amazon, ARe or Smashwords and grab your copies of Fame and Fortune today. And if you’re headed to GRL in October, be sure to come find me and say hi! Remember, Love is Love. Or in this case… Love is Love is Love!!!


Fameandfortune-smallpreviewBlurb: Victor Dimir moved to America with his traditional Romanian parents when he was just a child. His Romani parents taught him their traditions and how to be a shrewd business man, but it was the attention of a classmate at school that taught teenage Victor about his sexuality. When he came out to his parents he knew it would be difficult for them to understand, but he never expected them to disown him.

Andrew Jones grew up with a single mom and his grandmother teaching him about life, he had an absentee father at best. The only thing the man ever did for Andy that stuck was buy him a camera for his thirteenth birthday. When Andrew went off to college on a scholarship to study photo journalism, he wound up falling in love with his Romanian roommate.

They became inseparable and wound up starting their own business together: a gay porn website where people could go and watch romantic gay porn instead of the rough and tough, or wham bam thank you man crap that was flooding the internet at that time. After ten years together they were still perfectly happy, notrealizing something was missing, until they met a broken young man that needed a family.

Matthew Carlson was homeless, jobless and broken. At sixteen he ran away from home after being brutally assaulted by several young men that he thought were his friends, and then being told he brought it on himself for being gay by his parents. Matthew has done a lot of things these last few years just to get by. When he finds the flyer for All Cocks, he decides to call and see where it leads. What has he got to lose?

Matthew has deep rooted scars that aren’t visible on the outside to most. But when he walks into All Cocks, both Victor and Andrew can see the darkness in his eyes; they also see him. Can three men that did not know they needed each other get past the stigma of society to find a place of happiness, together?

*Advisory warning: This story contains a scene of sexual assault.*

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T.M. SmithAbout the Author: A military brat born and raised at Ft. Benning Georgia; Smith is an avid reader, reviewer and writer. She now calls Texas home from her small town on the outskirts of the DFW Metroplex. Most days you can find her curled up with her kindle and a good book alongside a glass of something aged and red or a steaming cup of coffee!

At 44 years young, she’s decided to enter the next phase of her life by adding the title of “author” to her list of accomplishments. Smith is a single mom of three disturbingly outspoken and decidedly different kids, one of which is Autistic. Besides her writing, Smith is passionate about Autism advocacy and LGBT rights.

Her series Opposites goes beyond the norm of society, exploring what society would be like were it the norm to be gay/lesbian. To be straight labels you the outkast. Her latest series, the All Cocks Stories, is set within the world of online gay porn.

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Gay for PayGay For Pay Blurb: Christopher Allan Roberts thought he had a promising future; Captain of the football team with the promise of a scholarship to play for Alabama. His high school sweetheart and best friend for as long as he could remember, Amanda, by his side, and the love and support of his family. One night, one mistake changed everything. Chris moves to New York, adrift and alone. A walk one night brings him to the flashing lights, loud music and thrumming bodies at club Berlin. A flyer in the men’s room promises fame and fortune for anyone willing to go on camera and have sex, with another man. Money is money, and how hard could it be, right?

Christopher Allan Roberts becomes Kris Alen, All Cocks newest addition, a gay for pay porn star.

Lincoln Carter is honest with everyone in his life, including his family, about who he is and about his sexual preferences. Linc Larson, the openly bi-sexual gay porn star will do anything with anyone, which pretty much writes his ticket in a versatility charged industry. It’s not his sexuality that interferes with his personal life; it’s his inability to trust.

What Linc wants right now, more than anything, is the chance to do a scene with All Cocks newest acquisition, Kris Alen. Six foot two with Auburn hair, an exquisitely toned and inked up body, Kris Alen is sex personified. Linc doesn’t know if it’s the “I want the shiny new toy” aspect that calls to him, or the distant and wounded expression that haunts Kris’s eyes.

Linc figures out early on that Kris is only working the gay for pay angle that All Cocks brings to his bank account. Can a bi-sexual man with trust issues break down the barriers that Kris has built around himself and help Christopher overcome the painful past he is running from.

Gay for Pay is a gay for you story about two men that will have to come to terms with the mistakes they made in their past, if they want to stick around and have a chance at a future.

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Fame and Fortune blog tour schedule:

September 1st

*I Read Selfies | Spotlight only, Excerpt

*Foxylutely Books! | Excerpt, Playlist, Dream Cast

*The O’Raven Chronicles | Spotlight, Excerpt

September 2nd

*SiK Reviews | Spotlight only

*Two Chicks obsessed with books and eye candy | Dream Cast, This or That, Guest Post

*Divine Magazine | Excerpt, Dream Cast, This or That, Guest Post

*For The Love of Men | Spotlight only, Excerpt

September 3rd

*MM Good Book Reviews | Excerpt, This or That

*Sinful Reviews | Excerpt

*Morticia Knight | Excerpt, Character Q&A

*Iyanna Jenna | Spotlight only, Dream Cast

September 4th

*Gay Media Reviews | Excerpt, Playlist, Dream Cast, Guest Post

*LaQuette Romance Author | Spotlight only, Excerpt, Guest Post

*KathyMack Reviews | Excerpt, Playlist, Dream Cast, Guest Post

September 5th

*Bike Book Reviews | Excerpt, Dream Cast

*Bayou Book Junkie | Excerpt, Dream Cast, Character Q&A

*The Purple Rose Teahouse | Spotlight only, This or That

*Love Bytes | Excerpt, Guest Post

*Eyes on Books | Excerpt, Guest Post

September 6th

*Gay Guy Reading and Friends | Playlist

*Molly Lolly | Playlist, Character Q&A

*The Novel Approach | Excerpt, Guest Post

*Jessi G Books  | Excerpt, This or That, Guest Post

September 7th

*3 Chicks After Dark | Excerpt, Playlist, This or That

*Cathy Writes Romance | Dream Cast

*MultitaskingMommas Book Reviews | Excerpt, This or That, Guest Post

*Smut Hut Books | Dream Cast, Character Q&A

5 Stars, Genre Romance, M/M/M and More, N.R. Walker, Pride Publishing, Reviewed By Carrie

Review: Three’s Company by N.R. Walker

Title: Three’s Company (2nd Edition)

Author: N.R. Walker

Publisher: Pride Publishing

Pages/Word Count: 200 Pages

At a Glance: Three’s Company is a successful re-release of what was already great book.

Reviewed By: Carrie

Blurb: When he started looking for someone to help heal his broken heart, Wilson Curtis never dreamed he’d find two someones. Love isn’t always conventional.

After being publicly outed leaves his restaurant business in tatters, and being dumped by his closeted boyfriend, Wilson Curtis goes to Key West alone where he meets Simon and Adam. Fascinated by this couple, he strikes up conversation and is soon invited into their bed for some holiday fun.

But once isn’t enough, and the offer is extended for the remainder of his stay. As they get to know each other, in and out of the bedroom, sparks fly and ten days is all it takes to change their lives.

When it comes time for Wil to leave, with outside tensions closing in and time running out, tempers flare and emotions fray. Beneath the misunderstandings and lack of communication is the realization these three men aren’t ready to say goodbye.


Review: Simon and Adam like to play. Alike as night and day, personality wise, they both do have unconventional ideas about their relationship, and they occasionally like to bring a third into their tightly knit cocoon. But, you only get the invite once; they may like to play, but they are committed to one another and their relationship stays first and solid.

Simon is the serious one, the manager of a hotel in Key West. Adam is the laughing half of the relationship, but he’s the fragile one too, with an abusive past. Adam needs Simon to be the one in charge, and it is a roll Simon loves. Simon is fiercely protective of Adam. Then Wilson Curtis comes to stay at the hotel, and for the first time, a one night deal becomes two, then ten. Wil is from a small town in Alabama, and he has never been open about his sexuality for a reason. Meeting Simon and Adam is just as overwhelming for him as walking down the street holding the hand of man for the first time.

These characters are so well written, they come off the page as real men with real interactions: the way Wil must come to terms with coming out, and not just that but accepting a polyamorous relationship; the way Simon has to relinquish a little control and lean on the two strong men around him; the way Adam becomes the glue that holds all three men together. It will tug at your heart as it gets you hot and bothered because the sex scenes are VERY well written.

“I bucked at the sensation. So powerful, so perfect. Underneath me, on top of me, inside me, inside him. It was a pleasure like I’d never known. So….. complete. There was no other word for it. Complete. Always.”

Be aware this is a rework of a book that came out originally about three years ago. It’s been revised, given it a new cover, and the story has been expanded somewhat from the original. I really liked the expanded parts of the story, as we get to see into the lives of these men a little more clearly, and it makes the book into more of a romance HEA than just a ménage storyline. I would recommend getting the expanded version. This is just one of those books that once you start reading you become invested in these characters and don’t want to put it down until the very end. That N.R. Walker has gone back and given us more of these men and their lives – BONUS!





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2 Stars, Elaine White, Encompass Ink, Genre Romance, Reviewed by Lisa

Review: The Cellist by Elaine White

Title: The Cellist

Author: Elaine White

Publisher: Encompass Ink

Pages/Word Count: 260 Pages

At a Glance: The Cellist is a loosely plotted novel, lacking a clear objective and offering pat resolutions.

Reviewed By: Lisa

Blurb: After six years, cellist Roman returns home with boyfriend Ben, in search of more than just international fame. There’s one complication he didn’t count on. His high school crush, the straight, untouchable, Jaxton is there when he arrives.

One performance at local club Crimson 8, stirs emotions that were better left forgotten.

With prior warning that the club is a gay man’s fantasy come true, where anything and everything can happen, Jaxton is dragged along with a group of his friends, to see Roman play.

What happens next, will change the course of all their lives forever.


Review: The review business is a game of chance—the author takes a chance on the unknown reviewer as much as the reviewer takes a chance on the unknown author. Sometimes it pays off, while at other times book and reader don’t click. Sadly, Elaine White’s The Cellist is a book I didn’t click with in spite of the fact the blurb intrigued me enough to give it a go.

The cellist in question is Roman, a young man who has made a successful career of his music. He’s introduced as having been a nerd in high school, but it isn’t long before we discover that he has transformed into a sexually provocative swan since those ugly duckling days, his transformation owed in whole to a group of men he meets online in a chat room for the club Crimson 8.

The club in question, which I anticipated would be more a focal point of the story, isn’t delineated much beyond the fact that it’s something like a show/voyeur club where men can go to have public sex without consequence. When Roman meets this group of men at the age of sixteen, he has just experienced the blow of unrequited first love and is suffering the woes of a broken heart. As we learn more about Roman, we see he’s bearing the burden of poor parenting as well, through what we are able to perceive as an emotionally abusive and controlling father, though we’re only offered enough detail about their relationship to allow for this to become a device used to remove Roman from his home and throw him into the arms of Ben, a man five years Roman’s senior, who becomes Roman’s lover.

The club Crimson 8 itself is also an ill-used device within the storyline, which really serves no greater purpose than to highlight how comfortably Roman has grown into his sexuality. There are a few scenes set there, but only one that proves significant to the storyline, when Jaxton witnesses Roman’s sexualized cello performance and subsequent interlude with Ben, which is a catalyst to Jaxton’s own transformation.

The Cellist is a loosely plotted novel, lacking a clear objective for a good portion of it, and offering pat resolutions at times, which, with a melodramatic build up to Roman’s relationship waffling, finally exposes its true aim as a ménage story. The narrative itself is riddled with editing issues, both in the content and copy department, and while I can often overlook those things, there were so many in this novel that they soon became burdensome, to the point where I had a hard time finishing this book. I also had difficulty suspending belief some of the time, while at others laboring to get beyond head hopping, unclear pronouns that made it hard to keep track of which he/him was being referred to, and the somewhat erratic behavior of the characters, particularly, as I’ve mentioned, with respect to Roman and his relationship with Ben.

We are reminded, quite frequently, theirs is a happy six year relationship, which made all the sudden conflict with Roman’s still-overwhelming feelings for Jaxton difficult to buy into when they hadn’t seen or spoken to each other at all in that six year time span. I feel a healthy portion of my disinterest in their relationship originated in the fact that we’re told how in love these two men are rather than shown what, in six years, should be a connection based on more than the fact they still like having sex with each other. Their meeting, and Ben’s help in gaining Roman his emancipation, did include some sweet and tender moments, but overall, they lacked that all important chemistry that might have drawn me into investing in them and their story.

When Jaxton and Roman’s storyline is introduced, we’re led to believe he and Roman had known each other since high school, where Jaxton was Roman’s closeted sometimes love interest, while at the same time being Roman’s public tormentor; though much later we discover they’ve actually known each other much longer, leading to another of my issues with the content and continuity problems which cropped up on several occasions—facts and tidbits are thrown into the plot at random times without prior support for their inclusion, down to even the smallest but no less niggling discovery at the 82% mark that Jaxton smokes. Things of this nature are thrown in, in a deliberate way though with seemingly no forethought, with this scenario becoming little more than an afterthought for the purpose of allowing Roman to further explore an oral fixation for the reader. On a number of occasions, I found myself asking, how, why? because the narrative had lacked a solid foundation for those additions to the story.

Pared down to its barest bones, The Cellist is somewhat of an overwrought ménage story that I had difficulty engaging with. Jaxton’s eventual acknowledgment of his bisexuality came at the expense of another character being asked to settle for what amounted to an insulting consolation-boyfriend status, while Ben’s invitation for Jaxton to enter into his and Roman’s relationship as a third partner again was not introduced in a way I felt was organic or realistic; certainly not in such a way that one would assume something of this magnitude would be handled. Again, Ben and Roman’s relationship has been pointedly established as a loving, committed and happy one, after all, with no prior hint that either man had been considering veering into the realms of a threesome. One would presume a relationship changer such as this would be precluded by at least a little deliberation and the weighing out of potential pros and cons through conversation rather than it coming out of what felt like left field as a convenient means to introduce the polyamory storyline.

Once a happy throuple, The Cellist doesn’t then delve into an exploration of the dynamics of the relationship between Ben, Roman, and now, Jaxton; seemingly there are no life-altering adjustments or obstacles one might assume would be inherent to their new partnership. Rather, the story becomes a sexploration of who gets to top and/or bottom at any given point, and little else happens of consequence beyond that. There is a certain lack of finesse to this narrative, nor does it appear there was much foresight given to certain tangents that bogged down the flow and pace of the reading and failed to further build upon or layer the plot or characters with depth and substance. In the end, I felt the cast were all rather flat in their portrayals, which led to a lack of emotional investment in them and their story on my part.

As much as I wanted and expected to enjoy The Cellist more than I did, I simply couldn’t get past all the things that stood out as glaring issues for me. I don’t believe this is all due to the author’s lack of talent or storytelling ability, though. Some of it does owe a great deal to the lack of solid editorial support on the part of the publisher.

As the job of a review is to give you, the reader, the information you need to help you decide whether or not you might decide to spend your book-buying dollars on any given novel, I’ll leave you with the wish that if you decide to take a chance on The Cellist, it works better for you than it did for me.





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4 Stars, Dark Hollows Press, M/M/M and More, Paranormal Romance, Reviewed by Jennifer, Victoria Sue

Review: Orion’s Circle by Victoria Sue

Title: Orion’s Circle (Sirius Wolves: Part One)

Author: Victoria Sue

Publisher: Dark Hollows Press

Pages/Word Count: 156 pages

At a Glance: A shifter story with ménage and unique mythology.

Reviewed By: Jennifer

Blurb: According to legend, when humankind is at its most desperate, the goddess Sirius will send three of the most powerful werewolf shifters ever created to save mankind. However, because they are so powerful, they will need a fourth to complete them, to calm them and help them reach their full potential.

Aden, a young were, has been his pack’s omega ever since, at the age of fifteen, he didn’t shift like everyone else. Caught, reviled, and tortured because of his empathic abilities, he knew on the night he was told to run as sport for the pack hunters that it would end in his death. What he didn’t know, however, was that on the same night he’d also meet the love of his life and a pathway to answers, because Aden is far more than just a pack omega.

What begins as a hunt soon becomes a new adventure as Aden discovers that he has not only one, but three destined mates, and his role as lover is far more than trivial. The fate of all humankind rests upon it.


Review: There is something incredibly sexy about two alpha wolves together. Maybe it’s the fight for dominance, but I enjoy seeing the interplay between them. This book, however, takes it a step further. There are three alpha wolves in a relationship when Aden, a lowly omega, joins the group and completes their—for lack of a better word—family.

Shifter group dynamics have always fascinated me as well. The various roles and jobs that the different leveled wolves are responsible for. And because I’m a sucker for the underdog, I always loved reading stories about the omega. It’s rare, though. Most books seem to focus on the alpha wolves. However, Victoria Sue incorporates the omega in her novel, and turns his role into a rather powerful one.

Aden is an omega in his pack. He is used as an outlet for the alpha’s frustration, and after being locked up, he’s let out for sport as the other wolves hunt him down. He’s rescued, however, when a mysterious stranger shows up with two wolves and rescues him from the hunt. These three strangers are the alphas Blaze, Connor, and Darric, and soon Aden discovers he has a very large role in their lives. He is the “release valve” that allows them to function. His presence calms Darric’s sensual nature and eases Connor’s strong empathy, which allows Blaze to focus on being a leader. And even though Aden is submissive and cautious, unsure of his role in the Alphas’ lives, he slowly starts to gain a little confidence. There were times I wanted to shake him for being so stubborn, and my heart broke for him, but considering his last pack, you can’t really blame him for being the way he is.

Not only is the ménage aspect fairly unique, but the author includes mythology for her world that carries throughout the book. What is Orion’s Circle? What is its purpose? All of these questions are answered throughout the novel.

While the story is great and I love the characters, I did have some issues with consistency in the book. There were some areas that I felt needed a strong editor. For example, there seems to be a case of the magical pants in one place. You know, where they’re off on one page and then being removed again on the next. It slowed me down sometimes because I had to backtrack and reread to make sure I had my information correct, and that was frustrating, but I feel the characters and story were strong enough to overlook these things.

I absolutely look forward to the next book in the series. This one leaves off on a bit of a cliffhanger, which I normally wouldn’t include, but since some readers may not like this type of thing, I will mention it. In this author’s world, omega wolves—male omegas—can get pregnant. So, mpreg awaits!



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5 Stars, Chris Owen, M/M/M and More, Reviewed by Kim, Torquere Press, Tory Temple

Review: Never too Early: Finding Their Way by Chris Owen and Tory Temple

Title: Finding Their Way

Author: Chris Owen and Tory Temple

Publisher: Torquere Press

Pages/Word Count: 153 Pages

At a Glance: Chris Owen and Tory Temple are making the relationships between these four men work.

Reviewed By: Kim

Blurb: Continuing from the first book in the series (Never Too Early: The Beginning), Chance and Tucker and Jake and Tor find themselves involved in a friendship that goes much deeper than any of them initially suspected.

Jake has been released from the hospital following his fall from the roof, and Chance and Tucker agree to stay in Arkansas for several days to help Tor with Jake’s care. Chance, however, spends much of his time trying to resist the growing attraction he has for Jake. The confusion between the love he has for Tucker and the new feelings for Jake play tricks with Chance’s mind. Is any of this a good idea, or are all of them headed for disaster?

For his part, Jake has to reconcile not only his growing feelings and physical attraction to Chance, but also the promises he and Tor made to each other. They rebuilt their own relationship in the wake of mistakes neither one of them wishes to repeat. How much communication and longing can one — or two — relationships take?


Review: Oh, my poor Jake! He really hurt himself when he fell off the roof of his place. His head and ribs are a big hurting mess, but luckily he has not only Tor to look out for him, but Chance and Tucker as well.

Jake, as he’s recovering, realizes he’s becoming more and more attracted to Chance. Now, I know in Bareback both Jake and Tor agreed to “no more playing” around, especially after the trouble they went through during the second half of that book. But, this is different from what happened then. Both he and Tor are finding that there’s enough love to share with Chance and Tucker without risking their own relationship.

How did I feel about all this?

I loved it!

I fell in love with all four characters way back when I first read about them, especially Jake! And now I got the added bonus of finding out a bit more about his youth and time in prison.

Chris Owen and Tory Temple are making the relationships between these four men work without worrying that there could be problems ahead. They’ve stepped out of the box, broke with traditional relationships, and have made it a foursome that works for me.

Being that it’s the first time Chance and Tucker have ventured into this unknown territory, I’m curious to see how they’ll handle the shift in their relationship. But, I can tell that Jake and Chance are the mature ones who will handle anything that may lead to a problem, and there were a few moments that I held my breath while reading Finding Their Way, as everything was worked through when something did came up.

I will warn you that if you’re not into an established couple swapping with another established couple, then Finding Their Way is a book to avoid. There is a third installment in this series which I’m eager to read when it comes out. What can I say? I’m hooked on the outcome!



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5 Stars, Angel Martinez, Bellora Quinn, Pride Publishing, Reviewed by Jennifer, Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Urban Fantasy

Review: Flax’s Pursuit by Angel Martinez and Bellora Quinn

Title: Flax’s Pursuit (AURA: Book Two)

Author: Angel Martinez and Bellora Quinn

Publisher: Pride Publishing

Pages/Word Count: 294 Pages

At a Glance: Fantastic second book in the series with returning favorites and new characters.

Reviewed By: Jennifer

Blurb: A murderer haunts the city, turning the unwary to stone. Between hunting this evil and corralling new arrivals, Flax struggles to guard both his life and his heart.

Quinn and Valerian have come through the trials of facing an undead lich queen and the perils of falling in love. Now they work to restore AURA to its previous strength and efficiency while navigating their new life with each other. Fortunately, they’re not in this alone.

Kai Hiltas has taken over as the head of the research department at AURA and has become everyone’s favourite workaholic, everyone except his lover Tenzin, who has had enough of his late nights and broken promises. As Kai tries to salvage his relationship, he finds a teacher for Quinn, who also happens to be one of Valerian’s new officers, Flax Wolfheart, a sexy elf with trouble written all over him.

Flax has motives beyond simply teaching Quinn to control his magic. He’s trying to recover from his own losses and failures, but he has a plan. The two newest elvish crossovers, Ash and Sage, are sizzling hot and might even like him. With them as backup as he tracks a deadly stone mage and figures out how to teach Quinn, Flax sees his chance to impress Val and snag a place by his captain’s side. On the hunt for both danger and redemption, Flax’s pursuit leads him ultimately down trails he never expected.


Review: If you haven’t read Quinn’s Gambit, the first book in the AURA series, you need to. The events from the first book are referred to, and the characters present, for the most part, are established in the first book. There are a few new additions which are great, but the book focuses just as much on Quinn, Val, and Kai as it does on Flax and the new crossovers.

Set after the incident with the Lich queen, Quinn and Val are settling into their new lives with each other and at AURA. Val is the new captain and Quinn works for them. Kai wants him trained, though, and he sets him up with Flax, a talented elf fairly fresh from the academy. Quinn and Flax don’t like each other at first for many reasons, and their relationship starts off rocky. Flax wants the captain, and he doesn’t think Quinn is worthy enough of him. He needs a relationship, and it becomes clear that what happens to Val in the first book is starting to happen to him. But will he find someone to bond with before it’s too late? And what about Kai and Tenzin? Kai stays at work late and breaks promises, and it pushes Tenzin to his limit.

My heart broke for half the book. The authors are really good at portraying characters that make me feel for their situation. I felt as if I was there with Flax as he realized the fading was starting, and when Kai watched Tenzin walk out the door.

As far as new characters go, Flax, Sage, and Ash are great. Their bond with each other grows throughout the book, and they plot to get both Val AND Quinn in their beds to form a senrist with them, because of Val’s heritage. I won’t lie, I really, REALLY wanted it to happen the more the book went on. I was with Quinn thinking about it, and while at first I was put off by it like he was, the more he thought, the more I did, and then the more I wanted it. It just seemed like a really good idea, and I wanted Flax to be happy. I love Quinn and Val alone, but Flax needed someone to love him. Thankfully, he does find that.

I look forward to the next book in this series. I have no idea what will happen, but I know I’ll love it just as much as the first two books.



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Guest Post and Giveaway: The Loyal Steed: Part One (The Pleasure Hound Series) by Ines Johnson

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The Novel Approach welcomes author Ines Johnson today to introduce her newest novel The Loyal Steed: Part One and to talk about Men of Devotion. Ines is also giving the chance for one reader to win an e-copy of the book, so be sure to click on the Rafflecopter widget below to enter for the chance to win.

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Men of Devotion
If you read my books, you may have noticed a theme. Between the covers of many of my stories you’ll find a man of the cloth, who struggles with his feelings for a woman, and ultimately succumbs to the glories of romantic love.

An Old Testament
My fascination with priests began with the television movie, The Thornbirds. Richard Chamberlain in robes -nuff said. It’s not just priests I’m fascinated with. It was an illuminating experience for me watching the Jedi of Star Wars. I even found Yoda hot! And then there was that string of movies about fallen angels where Christopher Walken was a badass angel and Elias Koteas was a former priest. Yummy. But the priest to end all priests? Matthew McConaughey in Contact!

Why am I attracted to priests, monks, angels, and even cone-headed, Buddha-like aliens? Because these men of devotion have a lot of qualities that women look for in their partners. They’re disciplined, full of grace, devoted, and they understand sacrifice.

A Beautiful Mind
Spiritual men are smart. Monks spend their lives studying ancient texts. Priests have to get a degree from college or seminary school, which can take anywhere from four to eight years. Jedi are taken as children, younglings, into the order. Other than Luke Skywalker, we know they spend all of their formative years training in the mental and physical art of the force.

Hopelessly Devoted
Speaking of Skywalkers, Padme didn’t fall for cute and cuddly Anakin. No, she fell for the grown Jedi who began to tug at the rules of his order as he pursued her affections. We all like a rebel, a bad boy, to some degree. The man of cloth might not be the bad boy, but their situation is definitely a naughty and forbidden one. He’s pledged his loyalty and devotion to another: namely god, a goddess, or some higher power.

The Sexy Priest trope is the perfect love triangle. You have the sexy priest, the first leg of the triangle. The priest is devoted to his vows, the second leg of the triangle. And then in walks another set of legs, the heroine. Admit it: we all want to be the chosen one in a love triangle. And if you can emerge the victor over a god-figure…

I already recognize that I’m going to hell. But that’s okay, because that’s where all of the sexy, fallen priests will be!


91gwceJNgkL._SL1500_Blurb: Jaspir has been in love with Lady Merlyn since they were children, but she has always been out of his reach. Trained as a Pleasure Hound and now surviving by selling his body to rich women, his heart has always remained loyal to his true love.

Liam was promised to Merlyn in their youth, but he’s always known that he’s not the man in her heart. With their betrothal approaching, Liam seeks out Jaspir for help. Eager to ensure the happiness of the woman they both love, Jaspir agrees to train Liam in the pleasure arts.

What starts as rivals in an uneasy truce, soon turns carnal when Merlyn learns of their secret lessons. In a society where men are second class citizens, Merlyn is torn between the attentions of two men who would do anything to rule her heart.

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Excerpt: Lesson One: Jaspir regarded his longtime foe. Set in Liam’s pale face was green eyes with thick lashes, a strong jaw and a mouth with a thin upper lip, but full lower lip. Jaspir had hated this pale face for many years. He blocked out Liam’s face and focused on the man’s lips. As he did with his more unattractive clients, Jaspir pictured Merlyn in his head, narrowing his world to what these lips would do for her.

Jaspir grazed his fingers along the lips before him. They were thinner than his own. His lessons would have to account for that. “Lesson number one,” he said. “The bedroom is the only place where a man can truly rule a woman.”

Jaspir clasped the chin that belonged to the lips, eliciting another gasp.

“You need to take charge,” he said. “Be in control.”

Jaspir’s fingers curled about the neck and the lips parted as he did so.

“Merlyn thinks too much. Her head rules her entire body. If you have control of her head…”

His fingers went into the red hairs at the nape of the neck that belonged to the lips. With a firm tug, the head went back exposing the neck. “…you have control of her.”

Jaspir let his focus extend from the lips to the exposed neck. His tongue struck out and he licked. He felt the body trembling in his grasp.

“Lesson number two, never do what’s expected.” Jaspir bit lightly at the chin. “Merlyn will anticipate your every move. She can’t help it. She remembers the sequence of things. If you are repetitive, you will lose her. Do you understand?”

Jaspir watched as the lips tried to form words, but the trembling thwarted them. In the end, Jaspir was given a nod of acquiescence.


Jaspir focused on the lips once more. He nipped at them. He nipped at the bottom lip, which was plumper than the top. He nipped at the corner, flicking his tongue out. He continued this random pattern as the lips tried to anticipate his next move, each time failing to predict it.

“Lesson three, make her chase you. Once you—”

The lips cut him off. The lips Jaspir had thought so small covered his own and tried to devour him. For unpracticed lips they were warm and wanton. Perhaps Liam could please Merlyn after all. But first, he had to pay attention.

Jaspir used the hand still at the nape of Liam’s neck to yank him away. Liam groaned at the loss, his chest panting, his eyes hooded.

“Are you listening, Liam?”

Liam blinked once, twice. By the third blink, he’d recovered himself and yanked away from Jaspir’s hold, embarrassment clear on his face. “All right,” Liam said. “You’ve made your point.”

“I don’t think I have.”

Liam clenched his jaw.

“Show me what you’ve learned.”

Liam’s eyes whipped to Jaspir’s. Jaspir placed his hands in his lap and waited.

Slowly Liam raised his hands. They grazed Jaspir’s chin. The soft, un-callused fingers reminding Jaspir of a woman’s gentle touch. Before Jaspir could process the softness, Liam’s fingers tangled in his hair and wrenched Jaspir’s head back.

Jaspir barely held back his moan of pleasure. He liked it rough from time to time, but that would not do for Lady Merlyn. “Not that firm. She’s more delicate than I am. Just enough to let her know that you’re in control.”

Liam loosened his grip a fraction. He looked to Jaspir for approval. Jaspir recognized the spark of need in the other male’s eyes. How this man lived ten years under Merlyn’s roof and never stole a single kiss was a true mystery to Jaspir.

“Good,” Jaspir nodded.

The spark in Liam’s eyes ignited into the smallest of flames before he dipped his head and put his mouth to Jaspir’s throat. Liam’s movements were unpracticed and hesitant, but the heat of his mouth sent a message to Jaspir’s dick. Jaspir focused on his breaths instead of the heat climbing across his hips.

There was no way he’d be turned on by this soft-hand, unpracticed, First, virgin.

Liam nibbled at Jaspir’s lip now, his hunger making up for his lack of skill. Jaspir knew desire. He understood wanting something that he thought was off limits to him. Jaspir softened and turned his head into the kiss.

For a moment, Jaspir allowed Liam to claim him. Allowed him to taste that thing that he could never possess. To pretend for just a moment that it could be this way; that they could be together always. That they could live on a land away from society and everything tearing them apart. To live in a small cottage surrounded by impossible flowers of red, purple and green.

The kiss turned brutal as both men fought to stake their claim. Until finally, Jaspir gave a tug of Liam’s hair, pulling them apart. Both men stared at the other, panting, eyes clear, realization dawning that neither held the object of their desire.

“That’ll be all for today’s lessons.”

It took a moment, but finally Liam rose. “When do I—” He stopped and cleared his throat.

“When do I come back for our second appointment?”

Jaspir turned to him, his face a mask of unconcern. “Pick any day you’d like. I’ve cleared my entire schedule just for you.”


Ines JohnsonAbout the Author: Ines writes books for strong women who suck at love. If you rocked out to the twisted triangle of Jem, Jericha, and Rio as a girl; if you were slayed by vampires with souls alongside Buffy; if you need your scandalous fix from Olivia Pope each week, then you’ll love her books!

Aside from being a writer, professional reader, and teacher, Ines is a very bad Buddhist. She sits in sangha each week, and while others are meditating and getting their zen on, she’s contemplating how to use the teachings to strengthen her plots and character motivations.
Ines lives outside Washington, DC with her two little sidekicks who are growing up way too fast.

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Review: Wayward Son by Shae Connor

Title: Wayward Son (Sons: Book Two)

Author: Shae Connor

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 200 Pages

At a Glance: The story was good and it is definitely a series I will recommend. I was just left a little disappointed.

Reviewed By: Karen

Blurb: After his move to Atlanta and away from the influence of his conservative parents, Mikey O’Malley finally feels free to be himself: art student, aspiring animator, and out gay man. He has friends, a new job, and not one, but two men interested in him. Cory Lassiter and Jimmy Black have been a happy couple for years, occasionally bringing a twink into their bed, but only for a brief roll in the hay. When Mikey meets the pair, the attraction is immediate, and it runs three ways. Mikey just can’t believe they’d have room in their lives for a permanent addition.

When Mikey’s newfound life is shattered by a lawsuit that accuses him of molesting a child years earlier, he’s determined to face his troubles on his own, but Cory and Jimmy are just as determined that he not have to go it alone. To reconcile his need for independence and his desire for love, Mikey has to learn that being a man isn’t just about standing on your own two feet. It’s about letting yourself lean on the ones who love you.


Review: The first book in this series, Unfortunate Son, had been hanging out on my wish list for awhile when I saw that Wayward Son was going to be coming out, so I figured it was the perfect time to get it and not have to wait for the book two. Unfortunate Son was better than I had expected, and I stayed up way past my bedtime since I couldn’t force myself to put it down. I finished it and couldn’t wait for Mikey, Cory and Jimmy’s story. We get a glimpse of them in Unfortunate Son, and since I have been on a ménage reading spree lately, I couldn’t wait for this one. Again, with Wayward Son, I couldn’t put this book down and read into the night, way later than I should have. The relationship that developed between the three of them was beautiful. As Mikey learned that it was alright not to take everything on himself, and to lean on those around him who care about him, Cory and Jimmy showed him that he didn’t have to stand on his own two feet alone. There were multiple obstacles Mikey had to go through throughout the story, and we get to see Cory and Jimmy care for him, and each other, with unwavering support.

Although I enjoyed the book, I was hoping for more. Going in I was expecting Mikey, Cory, and Jimmy’s story, and it is there, but it is really just Mikey’s story. It ended, and I sat and thought about how I felt about the book in preparation for the review. I just felt like I had missed out on a lot of them actually building their relationship. I felt like I just didn’t get enough of Cory and Jimmy, but it could be that I’m just greedy and loved the guys so much I wanted more. The story was good, and it is definitely a series I will recommend. I was just left a little disappointed.


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Review: Veil of Scars by J.R. Gray

Title: Veil of Scars

Author: J.R. Gray

Publisher: Evernight Publishing

Pages/Word Count: 100 Pages

At a Glance: Veil of Scars is a single sitting read, compelling and well told.

Reviewed By: Lisa

Blurb: Steven is tall, dark, and damaged. He doesn’t let anyone close, comfortable on the outside of normal life where he can hide his scars behind a wall so high that nothing gets through…except them. Despite a childhood marred with black and blue, he’s survived and moved in with his two best friends, Sam and Charlie.

Life should get better, but it was Sam who held him when the dark threatened to swallow him whole, Sam who gave him a place that felt like home, and Sam who knew every scar and every broken place.

And it’s all been taken away with Charlie sharing Sam’s bed.

Without his former comfort, Steven realizes what’s been hiding in the deep corners of his heart, and the truth sinks him like a weight. He’s in love with one or maybe both of his roommates. Navigating unrequited love tears Steven apart and brings him to the precipice, and he has to choose: his feelings or Sam’s…and Charlie’s?


Review: Eighteen-year-old Harvard freshman, Steven, is a character who reads like a man standing on the outside always looking in on life. And it seems, sometimes, he prefers it that way. Surviving a childhood marred by a physically abusive father has left him with not only trust issues but an inability to allow anyone, save for his roommates and best friends, Sam and Charlie, close to him in any sort of meaningful way.

Veil of Scars, as it turns out, is the perfect title for this short novel, as it’s the psychological scars Steven brought forward into adulthood that served not only to construct and solidify his close bond with Sam but prevented him from understanding what it is about himself that feels wrong and keeps him on the fringes of a deeper connection with anyone, a connection such as the one Sam and Charlie have with each other. Steven is searching for an elusive sense of “normalcy”, and is trying, with a sense of both desperation and defeat, to find a label that fits his lack of physical desire as aptly as “introvert” describes his personality.

The emotional connection J.R. Gray constructs for readers throughout this story is in Steven’s struggle to understand and then accept he’s in love with Sam, even when he knows Sam’s very much in love with Charlie and can never be more than a friend. The greater design in the construct, however, is Steven’s certainty he’s in some way wired wrong because within his id, the emotional concepts of love and physical desire don’t go hand-in-hand. He works to come to terms with his love for Sam, but it’s the sexual part of the equation that leaves him confused and combing the internet in search of a label that fits him, one which also shows him that somewhere he fits in.

Gray layers Steven’s pain and sadness in a pattern of horrific childhood memories, confusion, guilt, and ultimately, the realization his love for Sam may come at an awful price. He could lose Sam or Charlie, more likely both, and no matter his feelings, those are outcomes he isn’t willing to risk. The substance of this story exists in the understanding that sexuality and gender aren’t a black and white binary, that love and sex are sometimes mutually exclusive, and that as abnormal as Steven believes he is, he isn’t. In the end, and perhaps most importantly, there is the realization that love and relationships of all shapes and sizes take patience and work, and there are no clear cut answers to the myriad opaque questions raised within this story nor in life.

Veil of Scars is a single sitting read, compelling and well told, which delves into the complex and complicated realms of sexuality in an honest and touching way.


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Guest Post and Giveaway: The Wayward Son Blog Tour With Shae Connor

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The Novel Approach welcomes author Shae Connor today on the Wayward Son blog tour. Enjoy Shae’s article on Finding the Balance: Writing a Threesome Relationship, then be sure to click on the Rafflecopter widget below to enter for the chance to win a $25 Dreamspinner Press Gift Card and your choice of an e-book from Shae’s backlist.

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First, a big thanks to Lisa for having me back again! Has it already been four months since the last time I did this? Time flies when you’re busy as heck!

Today I’m kicking off the blog tour for Wayward Son, book two in the Sons series. This is my first series, so it’s the first time I’ve worked with same characters from one book to the next. And Cory and Jimmy in particular made it very clear when I was writing Unfortunate Son that yes, I would be writing their story next. They’re demanding that way!

Cory, Jimmy, and Mikey are each loosely based on men I know. Cory matches up closely physically and personality wise with the inspiration, who also provided the name of Cory’s drag persona, Coco Lame. Jimmy’s similarities to my friend are primarily in his personality and sense of silly humor. For Mikey, it’s mostly his interest in art that’s drawn from real life.

(I won’t name the specific people here, in part because the comparisons are VERY loose, but they’re among those thanked in the acknowledgments.)

When it came to writing a three-way relationship, I also drew some inspiration from real-life and a number of polyamorous people I know. One couple I’m acquainted with falls into the category of two people very much in love who like to bring others into their bed now and then. Cory and Jimmy lived that way for years, until they met Mikey and decided to make things more permanent.

And that’s a challenge, both for Mikey and for me as the author. In writing a plausible polyamorous relationship, it’s important to make sure everyone gets equal time—or, at least, the amount of time they want. It’s particularly difficult when two of the characters are larger-than-life like Cory and Jimmy. They have a tendency to command attention in every scene, even when the focus is on someone else.

In Wayward Son, one big obstacle Mikey has to overcome is not feeling like a third wheel. Cory and Jimmy have been a couple for years, and though they’re as clear as they can be about Mikey not being an afterthought to them, it takes Mikey a while to believe it.

In this excerpt, Cory, Jimmy, and Mikey have just had sex, but the natural closeness between Cory and Jimmy leaves Mikey feeling unneeded (again). Cory does his best to reassure him:


Cory tucked him under the covers and curled up behind him while Jimmy ordered room service. When Jimmy was done, he crossed to the bed and gave each of them a kiss with a side of groping. Cory made silly, sexy sounds the whole time, which hit Mikey like a punch to the gut. What did they need him for when they were clearly so in love with each other?

Mikey didn’t know if he’d stiffened up or what, but after Jimmy disappeared into the bathroom for a shower, Cory shifted away and pulled at Mikey’s shoulder until he rolled onto his back. Pinning Mikey with a gaze that saw too much, Cory asked, “Are you okay?”

Mikey tried to shrug. “It’s just with everything….” He tried to drop his gaze, but Cory reached out to lift his chin and force him to look at him again.

“You’re thinking you’re unnecessary again, aren’t you?”

Mikey blushed. He couldn’t deny it. It was the truth, wasn’t it? “You and Jimmy, you’re just so….” In love, he thought, but couldn’t say it. “You’ve been together so long,” he tried instead. “How can you…?”

“Want you too?” Cory finished the question. He smiled a little. “Well, you might not have noticed, but we’re not exactly small personalities.” Mikey could not hold back a grin at that. “And sometimes big personalities need a little bit more than the usual.”

Mikey jerked away at that. “So, what, I’m just a fill-in?”

Cory sighed. “You know it’s not that,” he chided. “It’s like… like a few minutes ago, when he kissed us before he went to shower. When he touches me like that, it’s not just groping. It’s like he strips away all the surface stuff, the blather and the bullshit life forces on us, and touches me. It’s just him, and just me, and it’s a feeling I never want to lose.”

“But then—”

“But nothing, honey. What I’m saying is, what he does for me, he does for you too. What he feels for me, he feels for you. And it’s the same for me, and it doesn’t take a thing away from what’s between him and me.”


81lXQeF6EXL._SL1350_Blurb: Sequel to Unfortunate Son

After his move to Atlanta and away from the influence of his conservative parents, Mikey O’Malley finally feels free to be himself: art student, aspiring animator, and out gay man. He has friends, a new job, and not one, but two men interested in him. Cory Lassiter and Jimmy Black have been a happy couple for years, occasionally bringing a twink into their bed, but only for a brief roll in the hay. When Mikey meets the pair, the attraction is immediate, and it runs three ways. Mikey just can’t believe they’d have room in their lives for a permanent addition.

When Mikey’s newfound life is shattered by a lawsuit that accuses him of molesting a child years earlier, he’s determined to face his troubles on his own, but Cory and Jimmy are just as determined that he not have to go it alone. To reconcile his need for independence and his desire for love, Mikey has to learn that being a man isn’t just about standing on your own two feet. It’s about letting yourself lean on the ones who love you.

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Shae ConnorAbout the Author: Shae Connor lives in Atlanta, where she’s a lackadaisical government worker for a living and writes sweet-hot romance under the cover of night. She’s been making things up for as long as she can remember, but it took her a long time to figure out that maybe she should try writing them down. She’s conned several companies into publishing her work and adds a new notch on her bedpost each time another story is unleashed onto an unsuspecting universe.

A member of the Romance Writers of America and the Rainbow Writers chapter, Shae was first published in 2010 and has a lineup of short stories, novellas, and novels available from Dreamspinner Press, Wilde City Press, MLR Press, and Amber Allure.

Shae is part Jersey, part Irish, and all Southern, which explains why she never shuts up. When she’s not chained to her laptop, she enjoys cooking, traveling, watching baseball, and reading voraciously, and she’s an annual volunteer for the Dragon Con on-site publication, the Daily Dragon. You can find her hanging out on Twitter most any time @shaeconnor, but for the more direct route, you can email her at shaeconnorwrites@gmail.com or visit her website at shaeconnorwrites.com.



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4 Stars, Dreamspinner Press, Genre Romance, Ki Brightly, Reviewed by Karen

Review: Threefold Love by Ki Brightly

Title:  Threefold Love

Author:  Ki Brightly

Publisher:  Dreamspinner Press

Page/Word Count:  230 Pages

At a Glance:  I love reading. It’s all the feelings and emotions you can get from a book that take you out of your head for that time, where you can just relax and enjoy, and this book did that for me.

Reviewed By:  Karen

Blurb:  Captain Xavier Hobbs, a decommissioned combat engineer, was chronically lonely in the Army. But once he is back to being a civilian, with no family and nothing to ground him, he drifts. All he wants is a real home, a real life, and love—but that is easy to wish for and hard to make happen.

When he meets Andrew Landry, a high school English teacher, Xavier thinks he has found everything he has ever wanted, maybe even someone he can trust with his scars—the ones on his mind and body. Andrew’s quick wit and outgoing personality reel Xavier in slowly but surely. But he isn’t certain which way Andrew swings, and doesn’t dare to do more than hope the friendly man is actually flirting.

Then, on what Xavier idly wishes were their first date, disaster strikes in the form of Duncan McNeil, a fellow Wiccan and Andrew’s fiancé. Xavier’s hope is smashed to pieces, but Duncan and Andrew may have a different point of view. All they need is a little magic, some hope, and a lot of love to put everything back together.


Review: Oh…the feels. :)  I have read quite a few ménage books lately, and this one ranks right up there with some of my favorites.  Xavier, throughout the book, seems so lost, sad and broken.  All he wants is to fit somewhere and be loved, and that is what Andrew and Duncan give him.  I have to be honest, when Andrew and Xavier are at the coffee shop the first time and the ring is mentioned, I was pretty sure he was going to be a cheating douche, but happily (for me) he wasn’t.

I think Duncan may have been my favorite of the main characters.  He was their rock, whom they went to for assurance; he was the levelheaded one in the group, but so sweet and caring.  The three of them together were so hot, or just two of them…whew!

The Wiccan and magical parts of the story were a little lost on me. For me, it didn’t seem to really add anything to the story or the relationship between the guys.  Also, for as big of a jerk as Andrew’s brother was, I kind of liked him. His whining and ranting and bickering made me laugh, and that is one of the reasons I love reading:  it’s all the feelings and emotions you can get from a book which take you out of your head for that time, where you can just relax and enjoy. This book did that for me.


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Guest Post, Excerpt, and Giveaway: Veil of Scars by J.R. Gray

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The Novel Approach welcomes author J.R. Gray today, with a shared excerpt and giveaway of their latest novel, Veil of Scars, just released by Evernight Publishing. Enjoy the tease, then be sure to click on the Rafflecopter widget below to enter for a chance to win an e-copy of the book.

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Thank you so much for having me on The Novel Approach to talk about my new release Veil Of Scars.

This one was an emotional roller coaster for me to write. I brought a lot of personal experience to it, and I wrote it as an intermix of current scenes and flashbacks to give the readers an in-depth connection to Steve. This isn’t a typical type of romance novel, and I was reluctant to publish it at first because I was worried there wasn’t a market for alternative love stories. I’m so glad my beta pushed me to finish Steve’s book because everyone deserves to be loved for who they are.

There was so much emotion that went into this scene because Steve feels he’s not good enough for Sam, who he’s just realizing he’s been in love with for years. I was going through a rough patch myself at the time, and I really channeled my emotions into the piece, which has made it not only an emotional book for me, but also a piece that holds a special place in my heart.

He loved them both, but he was too damaged to make either of them happy.

Here is a sneak peek from Veil of Scars:

I paced the living room, making rounds around the worn coffee table. It had been three days since the yard. My books were strewn about the room, but I couldn’t focus on anything. My mind couldn’t—no, wouldn’t—hold any more information. The scene with Sam kept playing over and over in my head. My feelings bottled inside me were like a dam about to burst. He was going to be home in the next five minutes. I either had to gather my things and make a run for the library as I had been doing for days, or suck it up and confront him.

I owed it to Sam to be honest. I pressed a hand into my chest, steadying myself as the handle of the door turned and it swung open. Sam walked in, and his shoulders dropped. He tossed his bag down before he looked up and saw me. The shock was written on his face.

“I told Char this morning I thought you had moved out on us. You’ve been a ghost.”

I took a hard seat on the sofa, which sent stacks of papers flying in every direction. “Been a little stressed.”

He shrugged out of his coat and hung it up on the hook, closing the door behind him. “School or…” He trailed off.

“I need to tell you something.” I balled and un-balled my fists to stop my hands from shaking.

“Okay.” He took a seat next to me and looked over expectantly. Wednesdays he got home an hour before Charlie, and we had taken to using that time to watch his favorite reality shows. It usually ended up with his arms around me or my head in his lap.

But not today. I held my ground. I knew I’d lose my edge if he touched me.

“You’re acting like you’ve killed someone.” His brow creased in the center, and he scooted towards me.

I shrank back and didn’t speak. My throat was dry.

“Spill already,” he growled. “You’re scaring me.” I could see the truth in his words in his gaze.

I blew a breath. “I love you, Sam.”

I waited. He didn’t react.

“Well duh.” He reached up to grab me by the shirt pulling me closer, but I held back.

“No.” I pushed him back so I could look at him. “I’m in love with you.”

His eyes went a little wider, and he didn’t say anything. The air between us was thick, and bile rose in my throat. His mouth opened as if he was going to speak, but he closed it again as he knit his brow.

I could see it written all over him. The pity. I hated that look. It wasn’t often I saw it from Sam, which might have been half the reason I let him in. Everyone kept their distance because of the protective walls I had built around myself. He’d ignored them from day one. Not even when I showed up on his doorstep with two black eyes and a swollen lip did he look at me like he was now, but it was there, written clearly across his face. Pain lanced out across my chest, and I dropped my gaze to the floor.

“How can you know that, Steven?” He rubbed his hand over the back of his neck. “You’ve never even been with anyone.”


JR Gray CoverBlurb: Steven is tall, dark and damaged. He doesn’t let anyone close, comfortable on the outside of normal life where he can hide his scars behind a wall so high that nothing gets through…except them. Despite a childhood marred with black and blue, he’s survived and moved in with his two best friends, Sam and Charlie.

Life should get better, but it was Sam who held him when the dark threatened to swallow him whole, Sam who gave him a place that felt like home, and Sam who knew every scar and every broken place.

And it’s all been taken away with Charlie sharing Sam’s bed.

Without his former comfort, Steven realizes what’s been hiding in the deep corners of his heart, and the truth sinks him like a weight. He’s in love with one or maybe both of his roommates. Navigating unrequited love tears Steven apart and brings him to the precipice, and he has to choose: his feelings or Sam’s…and Charlie’s?

Categories: Menage, M/F/M, New Adult, Gay Romance

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Author Bio: When not staying up all night writing, J.R Gray can be found basking in the warm glow of the Miami sun, or at the gym where it’s half assumed Gray is a permanent resident. A dominant, pilot, and sword fighting enthusiast, Gray finds it hard to be in the passenger seat of any car. Gray frequently interrupts real life, including normal sleep patterns, to jot down nonsense. The bane of Gray’s existence are commas, and even though it’s been fully acknowledged they are necessary, they continue to baffle and bewilder.

If Gray wasn’t writing…well, that’s not possible. The build up of untold stories would haunt Gray into an early grave or possibly a mental institution where the tales would end up on the walls in crayon and finger paint.

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4 Stars, Dreamspinner Press, Genre Romance, Mia Kerick, Reviewed by Karen

Review: Here Without You by Mia Kerick

Title:  Here Without You

Author:  Mia Kerick

Publisher:  Dreamspinner Press

Page/Word Count:  216 Pages

At a Glance:  While I did struggle a little with how I felt about Here Without You, I would also absolutely recommend the series to anyone. I’m looking forward with hope to more of my favorite throuple.

Reviewed By:  Karen

Blurb:  One Voice: Book Two

With all of his scratched and dented heart, Nate DeMarco wants to be two places at once, but he’s been forced to make an unbearable choice. Having barely survived high school, Nate and his boyfriends, Casey Minton and Zander Zane, are ready to move forward. Casey and Zander have left home to attend Boston City College. Nate remains in New Hampshire to protect his volatile younger sister from their increasingly violent, alcoholic uncle. Nate suffers with anger, resentment, and loneliness as what he wants battles against what he feels he must do.

Separated, the young men fight to stay in contact. But they are faced with separate issues. Casey copes with residual fear from having been bullied in high school. Zander obsesses over the establishment of One Voice, the gay-straight alliance at Boston City College. And Nate fights for his sister’s survival. Meanwhile, the intensity of the boys’ relationship increases, both sexually and emotionally.

Nate’s effort to live two lives leads to tragedy, which threatens to blast their relationship apart before they can adjust to the changes in their lives. They must find their way back to a united path before it’s too late.

Review:  I am not sure exactly where to start with my review.  I read this book in less than a day and now have spent just about as much time going around and around in my head about what I was going to write, and how I was going to rate this.  I’m not exactly sure why I am struggling so much. I really liked the book…I did.  And once I got to the end, well, I was sad it ended, which happens with most books I really like, but it just felt like something was off for me in Here Without You.

This book is set about two years or so after Us Three. Casey and Zander are off to college, while Nate stays home to keep his sister safe.  Where Us Three seems to have a focus on Casey, this book leans more towards Nate.  I love Nate, I love all the guys, but I think the reason I’m struggling a little is because as much as love the guys, and watching their relationship continue and evolve, it seemed slightly repetitive to me.  This wasn’t because of the three points of view, which I think is awesome. I’m always wondering what the other character is thinking, with this series there is no reason to wonder, and I think that’s great.  So, while I did struggle a little with how I felt about Here Without You, I would also absolutely recommend the series to anyone. I’m looking forward with hope to more of my favorite throuple.





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5 Stars, Bey Deckard, Reviewed by Lisa, Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Urban Fantasy, Self-Published

Release Day Review: Fated: Blood and Redemption by Bey Deckard

Title: Fated: Blood and Redemption

Author: Bey Deckard

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages/Word Count: 350 Pages

At a Glance: If it’s a measure of how well I loved this series to say it’s one I’ll read again once its end has had a chance to settle, then consider Fated, and the entire series, well loved.

Reviewed By: Lisa

Blurb: With the captain’s mind in shambles, Jon and Tom set out to find the passage home through the black mountain range, hoping to find a cure for Baltsaros’s madness. However, when the men are forced to part ways, darkness takes root in the schism created; fate, lust, and vengeance become obsessions threatening to tear apart the fragile bonds holding the three together.

Following on the heels of Sacrificed, Fated takes the pirates on a quest to find those responsible for the captain’s bloody beginnings. But can they survive what awaits them where past and present meet?


Review: Sometimes starting a review is not only hard but pretty damned intimidating, especially when you harbor such a fondness for a series you’re afraid you can’t do it the justice it deserves…other than telling people just to read the books. I guess a reviewer’s job is the “why” of it, though, so here it goes:

The characters—Captain Baltsaros, Tom, and Jon: One a charming, ruthless and deadly pirate; one a former slave born into nobility, cheeky and irresistible; one an innocent young man kidnapped to be used as a tool of the Captain’s bidding, strong and at the same time, vulnerable. What makes these characters special is their individual charisma. Apart, they are a trichotomy—three individual pieces of a puzzle that perhaps shouldn’t fit together; together, however, they are a troika, an interworking of want and need that works as the completion of a relationship which must have Jon at its center for balance. He is the hinge for Baltsaros, for Tom, and at the intersection he plays the important role of not only loving both men but helping them learn how to love each other, to overcome their own insecurity and jealousy.

The journey these men take isn’t always measured in nautical miles but in milestones which draw them closer together and sometimes threaten to tear them apart. Fated: Blood and Redemption is the completion of the trilogy and marks the turning point where the Captain must freely offer of himself in order to bring deliverance to Jon, Tom, and, ultimately, to himself. Fated has an almost dreamlike quality to it, alternating between the past and the present, and steering readers through the psychological stigmata which threatens Baltsaros’s sanity, not to mention affecting both Jon and Tom in myriad ways. Is Fate at play in this story, are these men simply ghosts in the machine? Is every action, reaction, and decision—regardless of how well planned or impulsive—destined to bring these men through hell and spit them out on the other side as if they had no real choice at all? It would seem so. And through it all, they fuck and fight with intensity, as they have from the beginning, part of what makes these books so fantastic, that visceral tension that runs between the three of them.

The Adventure—This series is cleverly crafted Alt U/Fantasy, a bit of swashbuckling, a bit of mysticism, and so captivating because it’s not only original but draws one in emotionally as well. Each time Baal’s Heart sets sail, these men are affected by that journey, and, on the flip-side, these men affect each journey they undertake. It’s impossible not to become invested in the relationship these men have built, to grin madly at Tom and to sympathize with all three of them, and while the books aren’t necessarily romances, there is a romanticism to them: the idea of each loving two men for different but no less powerful reasons, living by their own rules and answering to no one but themselves and those they’ve chosen to keep close.

Fated brings the trilogy full-circle, the end is the beginning, and one can only assume the cycle will continue for these passionate men until the end of their days together. If it’s a measure of how well I loved this series to say it’s one I’ll read again once its end has had a chance to settle, then consider Fated, and the entire series, well loved.

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5 Stars, Garrett Leigh, Genre Romance, Reviewed by Jules, Riptide Publishing

Review: Misfits by Garrett Leigh

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Title: Misfits

Author: Garrett Leigh

Publisher: Riptide Publishing

Pages/Word Count: 277 Pages

At a Glance: Misfits is another one that is not to be missed.

Reviewed By: Jules

Blurb: Restaurant owner Tom Fearnes has loved his partner Cass for as long as he can remember, but their work often keeps them apart. When he meets a striking young man named Jake on the vibrant streets of Camden Town, their heady first encounter takes an unexpected turn.

Jake Thompson can hardly believe his luck when he wakes up in Tom’s bed. Tom is gorgeous, kind, and . . . taken. Tom’s explanation of his open relationship leaves Jake cold, but Tom is too tempting, and when hard times force Jake to accept Tom’s helping hand, he finds himself between two men who’ve lost their way.

Cass Pearson is a troubled soul. He loves Tom with all he has, but some days it feels like he hasn’t much to give. Jake seems like the perfect solution. Cass risks everything to push Jake and Tom together, but Jake resists, wary, until the darkness of Cass’s past comes to call. Then Jake finds himself the last man standing, and it’s time to dig deep and shine a light for the men he’s grown to love.


Review: This book was incredible; moving, gripping, sexy, romantic, and honest are just a handful of the words I would use to characterize it. Misfits is simply a gorgeous story about finding love where you least expect it, being accepting of others and allowing them to nurture you, and letting go of the past. Even those readers who have been unsure about whether to try a ménage story, or who haven’t like them in the past, should give this one a shot.

I myself don’t have much experience with ménage, so it might be difficult for me to articulate why I can’t imagine it being done any better than this, but I definitely can’t imagine it. The relationship between Tom, Jake, and Cass happened so organically, and there was nothing forced or contrived about how these guys came together. The wonderment they each felt at what was happening between them, and each questioning the wisdom of pursuing it, even though it felt perfect, made it so realistic and equally as beautiful to see come to life.

And what about Jake? Didn’t he deserve better than being the third wheel of an unconventional relationship? Didn’t he deserve someone who loved him, and only him? Didn’t they all deserve that? Before Jake, Tom would’ve been sure of his answer, but now, with Jake kissing him good-bye every night and sending him home to Cass, he wasn’t sure of anything. All he knew was that his heart ached for both of them.

Each of the characters had his own special draw and unique qualities, but they also had many attributes in common and complemented each other perfectly. They were all caretakers in their own way, each wanting to see the others safe and happy, but this was especially true of Tom. And the fact that Cass knew this about him, and accepted Tom’s need to see to Jake’s well-being from the beginning, was just a tiny glimpse at the depth of their love. Tom and Cass’s love for each other is fierce. You can absolutely feel it coming off the page. In fact, one of the main reasons this story worked so well is that the core relationship between Tom and Cass is never in question.

Tom was strong, kind, and loyal, and the fact he really saw Jake, and realized how gifted and special he was, made him even more appealing. And Tom’s unwavering, immeasurable love for Cass also made him sexy as hell. Jake was sweet and vulnerable, yet also incredibly tough. I loved that even though it was Tom he first connected with, it was actually Cass who needed him even more. The way the love story between Jake and Cass was written was perfection. I absolutely adored all three guys, but if I had to pick a favorite, it would be Cass. So broken, so beautiful, and yet felt unworthy of Tom’s love. He was definitely the centerpiece of it all.

Another thing about the book that worked so well for me was everything revolving around Tom and Cass’s businesses, and the opening of the new restaurant. I loved every detail about their business model, and their different ventures. It was so interesting to see what made them all tick, which parts of the process they each wanted to take on, and how it affected their dynamic. Also, the amount of detail was just right, whether about the different properties, or the business in general, enough to give a wonderfully vivid picture, but not so much that you got bogged down in it.

Finally, I would be remiss if I didn’t talk about the Tourette’s…Jake’s TS obviously made him standout, but the way both Tom and Cass took it in stride – though, each handle it in slightly different ways – was incredible. Leigh is no stranger to writing characters who are unique, or have disabilities, and once again, the care that she takes in writing about something that, for many, is a very sensitive issue, is exemplary. Jake is a wonderful, fascinating character. I’m so glad she decided to share him with us.

Garrett Leigh is such a solid, consistent writer. I can’t say enough about how much I love her style and her way with language. Her books always have great flow and energy; it really is almost impossible to start one and not devour the whole thing in one sitting. After reading so many of her books, I’m amazed there is absolutely no ‘sameness’ about them. I don’t know how she keeps creating these original, beautiful, damaged souls – and truly, no two are alike – but I hope she never stops. Misfits is another one that is not to be missed.

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Guest Post: The Mediator Blog Tour With A.J. Llewellyn


The Mediator was one of my very first books with Totally Bound, and for me, it was an agonizing love song to the sport. I was a boxing writer, moving into the world of erotic romance writing, and I knew, with each word I wrote of this book that I was leaving pieces of me in it.

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Guest Post and Giveaway: Unexpected Moments by Bailey Bradford


Hello there. My name is Bailey Bradford. I write gay erotic romances, and I’d like to borrow you for a few minutes. Will you do me a favor and read these paragraphs below and check for typos?

Boy, that’s asking for it! It’s a good thing I’m just joking about the typo search. Although, I’m sure some will get by me. They always do despite my best intentions. Continue reading

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Excerpt and Giveaway: The Pleasure Hound (Part One) by Ines Johnson

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5 Stars, AJ Rose, BDSM/Kink/Erotica, Erotica, Reviewed by Sammy, Self-Published

Review: Consent (Power Exchange #3) by A.J. Rose

Title: Consent (Power Exchange #3)

Author: AJ Rose

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages/Word Count: 350 Pages

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: Former detective Gavin DeGrassi likes his new life and his job as a university professor, molding the minds of the next generation of law enforcement. It keeps him in the field he loves, but out of the media and out of the danger he seems to draw. He’s settled and happy with his partner and Dom, Ben Haverson. Continue reading

3.5 Stars, Anthology, Cleis Press, Erotica, Reviewed by Taz, Shane Allison

Anthology Review: Men on the Make: True Gay Sex Confessions — Edited by Shane Allison

Title: Men on the Make: True Gay Sex Confessions

Author: Anthology – Edited by Shane Allison

Publisher: Cleis Press

Pages/Word Count: 232 Pages

Rating: 3.5 Stars

Blurb: Gay award-winning editor Shane Allison brings together a staggeringly sexy set of true stories reflecting gay life today. Men on the Make is as incredibly diverse as the culture itself, with true confessions that are revelatory, sometimes shocking, and always extremely personal. Allison’s book is a one-of-a-kind nonfiction compilation where gay men share peak experiences that are compelling and telling. As with the lauded editor’s fiction, Men on the Make features the absolute hottest, kinkiest, and most unexpected sex: sex in public, sex with a stranger, threesomes, foursomes, or moresomes. Continue reading

4 Stars, Cheyenne Meadows, Dreamspinner Press, Paranormal Romance, Reviewed by Chris

Review: Feline Persuasion by Cheyenne Meadows

Title: Feline Persuasion

Author: Cheyenne Meadows

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 192 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: When tiger shifter Cade turns an oily owner of a consultation firm over to the FBI, he finds himself with a hit man on his heels. Chester was in possession of security-breaching national secrets, and even more concerning, evidence that shifters exist, and if it got out, trouble would follow for all shifters. So now Cade is on the run. He holes up in an isolated hideout where he doesn’t expect anyone to find him–least of all a former one-night stand. Continue reading

4.5 Stars, Bailey Bradford, BDSM/Kink/Erotica, Reviewed by Traci, Totally Bound

A Man Acts Out His Fantasies In Bailey Bradford’s “Unexpected Places”

Title: Unexpected Places

Author: Bailey Bradford

Publisher: Totally Bound

Pages/Word Count: 28 Pages

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Blurb: Love finds you in the most unexpected places.

Carter Hausemann loves his adventures in the great outdoors. He never feels as free and happy as he does when he’s hiking up a mountain or over a desert trail. After a childhood spent locked indoors, he craves the sunlight on his face and the blanket of moonlight.
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