5 Stars, Amber Allure, JC Wallace, Reviewed by Sammy, Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Urban Fantasy

Review: Jerricho’s Freedom by JC Wallace

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Title: Jerricho’s Freedom

Author: JC Wallace

Publisher: Amber Allure

Pages/Word Count: 360 Pages

At a Glance: Jerricho’s Freedom is a taut, psychological thriller that leaves you breathless by story’s end.

Reviewed By: Sammy

Blurb: Jerricho never expected to fall in love with Rex, the sexy, construction foreman, but he did. Too bad tradition forbids Jerry from marrying for love. Prince of the clandestine Anzuni demon clan, a Baelso (bearer of children), and a virgin at twenty-four, tradition dictates that Jerry marry a man chosen for him. Despite his soul-deep love for Rex, Jerry has no choice but to follow through with his obligation as prince and marry someone he doesn’t love.

But Jerry isn’t prepared for his dominant, aggressive fiancé who is interested in marrying him only for the future title of king. Facing the reality that he will lose his virginity to the cold man, Jerry flees to Rex for one night of passion. When Jerry finds himself pregnant with Rex’s baby, however, the actions of his enraged fiancé release Jerry from his marriage obligation.

But just when Jerry believes he will marry for love, he and Rex are ripped away from life as they know it. Betrayals, kidnappings, cruel experiments, pregnant men, and the reappearance of the Anzuni’s greatest enemy force Jerry and Rex to fight for their lives, their love, and their unborn child…


Review: Well, let’s all take a deep breath, shall we? I mean, political intrigue, betrayal, kidnapping, dubious consent, slave trafficking, pregnant males, new races of paranormals with horns and tails, and a group of characters that I personally wanted to save…again…and again…and again. Yes, a big gulp of air is needed for sure when discussing author JC Wallace’s new novel Jerricho’s Freedom.

Where-oh-where to begin? A synopsis is nigh on impossible, for there are so many layers to this novel, numerous horrible and outrageous acts, and so much betrayal by trusted advisors that I hardly know what to cover first. So, instead I am going to tell you why you should read this incredible tome—and make no mistake about it, clocking in at 360 pages does not make this a book for the faint of heart. But, dear reader, if you decide to take a chance on this one, well, I can tell you that your heart will be in your throat most of the time and that you will simply shake your head in disbelief at what our main character, Jerricho, can withstand in order to free himself and those he loves.

  1. A demon falls in love with a human. Yes, Jerry is a demon complete with horns and tail and the ability to freeze time. Admittedly his power is faulty and unreliable at best, but he can do it…sorta. His love interest, Rex, is the foreman of the construction company. Rex is everything you want in a hero: big, handsome, caring, smart and loyal to a fault. Most importantly he loves Jerry back, and that is going to be the key to bringing these men back from the brink of death on more than one occasion. They have one night together and while protection is used, the author invokes that fatalistic warning—a condom can break—and sure enough, somehow Jerry becomes pregnant. Here is the first occasion the author takes to establish a sweetly romantic vein into the story. This plot point will serve to keep you, the reader, sane when all is falling apart around you. Never mushy, but hot and sensual, their relationship allows for hope when all else seems so very hopeless in this long novel.
  1. A friend and a dad to delight in. Keith is the much-needed comic relief in this story. Jerry’s best friend and also a demon, Keith keeps it real throughout this novel. He grounds Jerry when he needs it, and gives good advice. This is a guy who is solidly in Jerry’s court and will, in the end, be with Jerry when all the chips are down. Jerry’s father is perhaps the most accepting and loving of parental figures I have ever seen in an m/m novel. Admittedly it helps that this alien race they are part of accepts m/m relationships, but Jerry is a rebellious and seemingly ungrateful son, and the way in which his dad continually wraps him up in love and support is really wonderful.
  1. The bad guys. I hated them. Do I need to say more? They tortured, raped, abused and nearly destroyed every person they stole. They used their own alien race to begin growing an army by feeding them growth hormones and using Jerry’s blood to change their loving partners into ravenous rapists. They fed those they created more drugs to make them submissive slaves whose only thought was to satisfy a raging sexual need they had no control over. The bad guys were despicable, numerous, disgusting and diabolical. Time and again they captured and recaptured Jerry and Rex and degraded them, knowingly and with glee. Be forewarned, there is most assuredly non-consensual and dubious consent going in this story, and while most of it is off the page, there are moments when you just want to scream at the horrors inflicted on these men.

Jerricho’s Freedom is a taut, psychological thriller that leaves you breathless by story’s end. It is a story of triumph and of love. I sincerely hope we will see more of this new race of paranormals. I highly recommend this novel to you!



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5 Stars, Joseph Lance Tonlet, Literary Fiction, Reviewed by Lynn, Self-Published

Review: Brothers LaFon by Joseph Lance Tonlet

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Title: Brothers LaFon (Part One)

Author: Joseph Lance Tonlet

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages/Word Count: 56 Pages

At a Glance: This is a strong beginning of a series.

Reviewed By: Lynn

Blurb: Alexander LaFon lives a nightmare, but he deals with it. Deals with the fact that his mother abandoned him as an infant, deals with the fact that his father is never home, and deals with the fact that his older brother, Jeremiah, tortures him.

He dreams of escaping his mobile-home prison and finding a normal life. Of breaking free of his agony, finding a woman to love, becoming a teacher.

But some horrors you can never outrun. There’s nowhere to hide. Some nightmares chase you in your sleep and steal your freedom like a brutal thief. Some brothers never give up and never answer why.


Review: Wow, just wow. This is my first time reading this author and he’s got me hooked. I’m definitely going to be reading more from him in the future. This brotherly bond has to be, hands down, the most warped, heinous and blood curdling relationship I’ve ever read, and I loved every minute of it. I know, I’m warped, it’s okay.

In the stories I’ve read that have a twisted brother relationship, there has always been a reason to the question of ‘why?’ Why are they behaving this way? Why do they do the things they’re doing? With this one, however, there is no complex backstory or sympathetic yet unjustifiable reason offered for Miah’s sickening behavior towards his younger brother, Alex. At least in this first installment, anyway. Oh yeah, “I don’t like you” is the only response we get. Chilling.

The author makes you totally empathize with Alex by putting us in his shoes and his head while these traumatizing events are going on, feeling the emotions right along with him, the pain, the hurt and most of all the immense fear he feels around his brother. I just wanted to yank him out of the book to stop him from being hurt. He’s a gentle person who only wants to be loved and doesn’t understand his brother’s hatred towards him. But this is where my head goes while reading stories like this: what happened to make Miah into this monster? Was he born psychotic? Was he abused in some way early in life? Why does he need this control over Alex? We are privy to Miah’s thoughts too, and his lack of feelings for his brother is frightening. He gets pleasure from causing his brother pain, that much we know. What we don’t know are the whys. This leads me to think the author purposely left out any explanation to Miah’s behavior, and I’m okay with that. It’s a serial, there’s more to this story.

With this being such a short read, the author makes it seem like a novel. There’s so much story here. It starts out with them as adults and transports us back to when they were kids. I can tell you, it got my heart beating with fear for Alex because I knew it wasn’t going to be pretty; what it was is downright disturbing. We then come full circle to present day. Alex has severed ties with his brother, leaving for college right after high school, and never looking back. But Miah has set in motion a series of events that brings Alex to him. With an ending that had me screaming for Alex to run, I can only imagine what the author has planned for these two. I await anxiously for part two.

Now, as I read in the acknowledgements, I see the author lists Kol Anderson as one of his inspirations. I’ve read all of Mr. Anderson’s books and can see his influence in this story. The similarities I’ve picked up on are how both authors make you have a love/hate relationship with the bad guy. For me, there is always a reason as to why a person becomes who they are. My hope is that Mr. Tonlet give us some kind of resolution behind Miah’s actions towards his brother. Will it condone his behavior, absolutely not. But I believe it’ll make us understand the why of it.

This is a strong beginning of a series. The author does a great job of whetting the reader’s appetite and left me wanting more. I know this isn’t going to be for everyone, but for those like me who love a dark, gritty read, don’t miss out. Read. This. Now.

I will give a warning here, this isn’t for the faint of heart or those with triggers. There’s physical abuse, animal abuse/killing, incest and dub-con sex.

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2.5 Stars, Drama, Dreamspinner Press, Genre Romance, Kate Pavelle, Reviewed by Tina

Kate Pavelle’s “Breakfall” Is A Story Of Survival And Recovery

“The true science of martial arts means practicing them in such a way that they will be useful at any time, and to teach them in such a way that they will be useful in all things.” ― Miyamoto Musashi

Title: Breakfall

Author: Kate Pavelle

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 270 Pages

Rating: 2.5 Stars

Blurb: Sexual assault doesn’t discriminate. Aikido instructor Sean Gallaway learns that when he falls prey to a violent stalker. Asbjorn Lund, a karate sensei on campus and a Navy vet, yearns to teach Sean how to survive. How to overcome. How to recover. Sean feels hunted and alone as the stalker escalates, testing his boundaries. With the entire dojo at his back, Sean resolves to play bait. He will catch the predator stalking him and reclaim his sense of self if it’s the last thing he does. Yet Sean’s hunger for justice clashes with Asbjorn’s protective streak, and their budding romance might not survive their war of wills. Continue reading

4 Stars, A.M. Sexton, Reviewed by Jules, Self-Published

A.M. Sexton’s “Release” Is A Can’t-Put-It-Down Novel

“Infinity yawned both above and below, and in between there was only me. If Donato released me, I would cease to exist. I’d be swallowed by the sky. But he held me fast, and I breathed deep. I drank the night. I tasted the stars. I made love to the sea. The enormity of it brought tears to my eyes. I felt wondrously alive – wild and pure and achingly free.” – A.M. Sexton

Title: Release (Davlova: Book One)

Author: A.M. Sexton

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages/Word Count: 244 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: Davlova: a poverty-ridden city-state ruled by a tyrannical upper class. Resources are scarce and technology is illegal. But in the slums, revolution is brewing.
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Heidi Belleau, Lisa Henry, Reviewed by Lynn, Riptide Publishing

It’s A Dark And Brutal Future In Lisa Henry And Heidi Belleau’s “King of Dublin” – Reviewed by Lynn

“If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face – forever.” ― George Orwell, 1984

Title: King of Dublin

Author: Lisa Henry and Heidi Belleau

Publisher: Riptide Publishing

Pages/Word Count: 382 Pages

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: Twenty years after a deadly pandemic ravaged the world, Darragh Fergus Anluan and the people of his village have carved out a hard but simple life in the Irish countryside. But with winter comes sickness, and Darragh must travel to Dublin in search of medicine. What he finds there is a ruined city ruled by a madman, where scavenging is punishable by death . . . or conscription.
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Storm Moon Press

This Anthology Is A Little Taboo, “Like It or Not”

“I like pushing boundaries.” – Lady Gaga

Title: Like It or Not

Author: Anthology

Publisher: Storm Moon Press

Pages/Word Count: 168

Rating: 3.5 Stars

Blurb: Be it forced seduction/dubious consent, non-violent intimidation, or pre-negotiated fantasy, there is something wickedly taboo about non-consensual sex, where consent is muddled. While rape is a crime of power, focusing on exerting physical control over another person, non-con is all about the gray area where verbal consent is either never given (not a ‘yes’, but not a ‘no’ either) or doesn’t match the arousal and passion both parties share during the act. In Like It or Not, we push the boundaries of consent without fully breaking them.
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Cleis Press, Mitzi Szereto

“The Wilde Passions of Dorian Gray” Takes Oscar Wilde’s Creation To New Levels Of Sin

“The sin we had done once, and with loathing, we would do many times, and with joy.” ― Oscar Wilde

First off, let me say I feel obligated to start this review by warning readers this is not an LGBT novel. It’s neither gay nor bi fiction that aims to satisfy your romantic itch on any level, so if you elect to read it, don’t venture into it anticipating a story that portrays Dorian Gray as a man who searches the world over to find his soulmate, falls in love with him and then lives happily-ever-after. That’s not this book. The Wilde Passions of Dorian Gray is not M/M fiction as much as it is a book which portrays men occasionally having sex with each other, and doing it violently: there are trigger tropes in this novel that might cross your personal reading boundaries, including non-consensual and dubiously consensual sex, so consider yourself forewarned.

This book also contains copious M/F content, so if that’s not your cuppa, don’t bother reading the rest of this review because this definitely isn’t the book for you.
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All Romance Ebooks, Calandra Hunter, Cherry Dare, Dawn South, Isabel Dare, Lyla Luray, Self-Published

“His Prize Possession: Tales of Pleasure and Dominance” – It’s Prose With A Purpose

“If love and hate aren’t true opposites, perhaps neither are pleasure and pain—if you go far enough in one extreme, it resembles the other.” ― Daria Snadowsky

There’s nothing quite like reading for a good cause, and there’s nothing quite as gratifying as really liking what you read for that cause. Authors Cherry Dare, Isabel Dare, Calandra Hunter, Lyla Luray, and Dawn South have banded together to give us His Prize Possession: Tales of Pleasure and Dominance, a flash-fantasy collection that’s sexy as sin and sizzles with seduction.

These are five unique stories of gods and monsters, warriors and thieves, commoners and royalty each with a similar thread: they are lusty and erotic in all their unapologetic and provocative glory. They are stories of men who take and of men who are taken, some dubiously, some non-consensually, some in slavery, some in a bargain, and some who are prisoners of war, each who may not have given of his free will but who nevertheless finds his pleasure in the taking.
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Phaze Books, Shawn Bailey

Being “Adored” Comes With A Heavy Price To Pay

“I won’t be a rock star. I will be a legend.” — Freddie Mercury

Desi and Charlie were inseparable as kids. Desi got teased often for his “girlish” looks and Charlie was always there to protect him. Desi’s cousin, Trinity, was a famous rock star. Charlie and Desi dreamed of being just as famous. While in high school, they started a band called Desire. Charlie had realized by this time that he was gay, and he also knew without a doubt that he was in love with his best friend Desi. He decided to tell Desi. What followed was borderline nonconsensual sex.

Desi couldn’t handle the change in his and Charlie’s relationship, and the manner in which it manifested, and had a nervous breakdown. He spent two years in a mental facility working to accept his own sexuality and how it affected his feelings for Charlie and their plans for the future, both their own future and that of Desire. Desire had been unable to find a suitable lead singer in the two years Desi was away.
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