5 Stars, Cecilia Tan, Drama, Literary Fiction, Reviewed by Lisa, Self-Published

Series Review: Daron’s Guitar Chronicles by Cecilia Tan

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Title: Daron’s Guitar Chronicles: Volumes One-Five

Author: Cecilia Tan

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages/Word Count: 1000+ Pages

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: Sex, drugs, and rock and roll. Coming out and coming of age in the days of AIDS, MTV, Reaganomics, and Just Say No.

Daron Marks is a young guitar player with a dream, make it big like the guys he grew up idolizing in New Jersey–or at least escape his dysfunctional family. He makes it as far as music school in Rhode Island, and the stages of Boston beckon. But it’s hard to succeed from the closet. Continue reading

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4 Stars, Clare London, Jocular Press, Reviewed by Lisa, Romantic Comedy

Review: A Twist and Two Balls by Clare London

Title: A Twist and Two Balls (With a Kick #1)

Author: Clare London

Publisher: Jocular Press

Pages/Word Count: 66 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: Eduardo Mancini is going to be a star of the London stage and screen. Or that was the plan. His alter ego Eddy March hasn’t got further than the chorus and a bit part in a TV series. His parents aren’t supportive, his agent can’t place his particular skills, and he’s finding it hard to hang onto his young dreams. Things go from bad to worse when he’s late for an important audition, hasn’t got enough to money to pay the taxi fare, and is chased across the streets of Soho by the irate driver. Continue reading

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4 Stars, Erotica, Genre Romance, Reviewed by Lisa, Rocky Ridge Books, Z. Allora

Review: With Wings (The Dark Angels: Book One) by Z. Allora

Title: With Wings (The Dark Angels: Book One)

Author: Z. Allora

Publisher: Rocky Ridge Books

Pages/Word Count: 251 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: The lights go down and stage lights up. The Dark Angels have arrived. With his come-hither voice and body made for sin, lead singer Angel Luv draws lovers like a magnet. And when he caresses and taunts shy guitarist Darius Stone on stage, well…it’s an act, right? But every touch lights a fire, and every flirtatious glance chips away at Dare’s certainty that he’s straight. No one else has so captured his imagination. Continue reading

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4 Stars, Drama, Genre Romance, Horror, Love Lane Books, Meredith Russell, Reviewed by Lisa, Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Urban Fantasy

Review: “Dead Things” by Meredith Russell

“Too often something was lurking around the corner ready to bite you in the ass. Literally.” – Meredith Russell


Title: Dead Things

Author: Meredith Russell

Publisher: Love Lane Books

Pages/Word Count: 182 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: Devin never thought he could find hope or love among the ruins of a broken world. Not until he found Noah.

When Devin Reid returned home from his final tour in Afghanistan he thought he’d seen the worst of what people could do to other people. It turned out he was wrong. Continue reading

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4.5 Stars, Charlie Cochet, Dreamspinner Press, Historical Romance, Reviewed by Lisa

Review: A Rose by Any Other Name by Charlie Cochet

“The Green-eyed Monster causes much woe, but the absence of this ugly serpent argues the presence of a corpse whose name is Eros.” – Minna Thomas Antrim


Title: A Rose by Any Other Name

Author: Charlie Cochet

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count:

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Blurb: Nights in the roaring city remind bright young things that life’s too short to take for granted. Tucked away in Times Square hides the Pantheon: a secret cabaret for wealthy gay men. Pretty young men in elaborate costumes and rouged lips are eager to please, and the champagne flows all night long. It’s a world of frivolity, fantasy, and debauchery. As Eros, the most sought after performer at the Pantheon, Julius uses his beauty and charm on enthusiastic patrons, but growing weary of superficial love, he longs to make a better life for himself. Continue reading

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2.5 Stars, AKM Miles, Genre Romance, MLR Press, Reviewed by Lisa

Two Men Have Obstacles To Overcome In AKM Miles’ “Put Me in a Book”

Title: Put Me in a Book

Author: AKM Miles

Publisher: MLR Press

Pages/Word Count: 191 Pages

Rating: 2.5 Stars

Blurb: Brandon Reese thinks there are too many big reasons why he and Rhine Walken can’t have anything other than a friendship, but Rhine thinks differently.

Brandon Reese isn’t ugly, but he thinks he is. He knows he looks better now that he’s lost over 200 pounds, but he can’t get over feeling, well, less like the handsome men he writes about in his gay romances. Then he meets Rhine Walken. He’s intrigued. But the next time he sees Rhine there’s something really wrong with the young man. Like really. Brandon finds out that Rhine suffers from a traumatic brain injury that manifests in a strange manner, one that makes a relationship pretty much off the table. Damn that sucks. Because he could love this man.
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4 Stars, Kay Berrisford, Love Lane Books, Reviewed by Lisa, Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Urban Fantasy

Kay Berrisford’s “Catching Kit” Is Urban Fantasy, Elf Style

“I’ve searched centuries for someone like you.” – Kay Berrisford


Title: Catching Kit (Underground Elves #1)

Author: Kay Berrisford

Publisher: Love Lane Books

Pages/Word Count: 110 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: Please note: This is a revised version of a previously released title.

Denny is a top secret agent on a mission to protect London from Ethereal Beings – elves – who are seen as dangerous mind-reading parasites who prey on human emotions. Continue reading

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

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

Title: Boystown: Season Two

Author: Jake Biondi

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages/Word Count: 219 Pages

Rating: 3.5 Stars

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

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

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5 Stars, Hank Edwards, Historical Romance, Horror, Mystery/Suspense/Action Thriller, Reviewed by Lisa, Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Urban Fantasy, Wilde City Press

Hank Edwards’ “Blood & Stone” Kicks Things Up A Notch In Venom Valley

Title: Blood & Stone (Venom Valley: Book Three)

Author: Hank Edwards

Publisher: Wilde City Press

Pages/Word Count: 229 Pages

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: Josh Stanton’s mother has been held prisoner by the vampire Balthazar for fifteen years. As Balthazar has turned the residents of Belkin’s Pass into vampires under his control, Josh, his lover Dex, former saloon girl Glory, and US Army Sergeant Walker Maxwell fight to contain the undead uprising.

As Josh struggles to control his power to raise the dead, the group is pursued to the abandoned Fort Emmerick. There they make plans to take the battle to Balthazar’s cave, uncertain if all of them will live to see the light of day once again. Continue reading

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4 Stars, Fairy Tale/Mythology/Folk Lore, Nikki Woolfolk, Reviewed by Lisa, Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Urban Fantasy, Small Gems, Word Nerd Press

Small Gems Sunday: “The Men of Summerly” by Nikki Woolfolk

“You were supposed to go to the Ball for a few hours and have some fun, not find a husband!” – Nikki Woolfolk


Title: The Men of Summerly (Sweet and Steamy Series: Book Two)

Author: Nikki Woolfolk

Publisher: Word Nerd Press

Pages/Word Count: 61 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: Tradition is as quaint tradition does.

So thinks British trade envoy Simon Leatherby as he settles into his temporary home in the mountains of Stubborn, West Virginia, to negotiate an equitable export trade agreement. As the guest of honor at the annual Midsummer Night’s Dream Costume Ball, Simon is charmed by the beauty of this rugged country and matchmaking townsfolk, but only business is on his mind. Continue reading

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4 Stars, BDSM/Kink/Erotica, Cleis Press, John Preston, Reviewed by Lisa

Saturday Classic: “Mr. Benson (A Novel)” by John Preston

“I’ll expect unquestioning service from you. I’ll expect you to be mine—not a trick, not a lover, not a person—just a piece of ass who happens to be my personal servant.” – Mr. Benson


Title: Mr. Benson: A Novel

Author: John Preston

Publisher: Cleis Press

Pages/Word Count: 230 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: Mr. Benson is the compelling story of a young man’s quest for the perfect master. In a West Village leather bar, he finds wealthy, sophisticated, exacting Aristotle Benson, who leads him down the path of erotic enlightenment, teaching him to accept cruelty as love, anguish as affection, and ultimately, Mr. Benson as his master. Continue reading

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3.5 Stars, Drama, Erotica, Jake Biondi, Reviewed by Lisa, Self-Published

Prepare For A Drama Fix In Jake Biondi’s “Boystown: Season One”

Title: Boystown: Season One

Author: Jake Biondi

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages/Word Count: 303 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: One of the most diverse and lively neighborhoods in the country, Chicago’s BOYSTOWN has something for everyone. So it’s no wonder that Jesse Morgan and Cole O’Brien chose to live there upon graduating from college. Ready go begin the next phase of their lives in an exciting new city, Jesse and Cole quickly find themselves at the center of a new group of friends.
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5 Stars, Hayden Thorne, Historical Romance, Queerteen Press, Reviewed by Lisa, Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Urban Fantasy, Small Gems, Young Adult

Small Gems Sunday: “Grave’s End” by Hayden Thorne

“He now knew what that ache was: empathy. And it wasn’t just any kind of empathy, but one involving loneliness.” – Hayden Thorne


Title: Grave’s End

Author: Hayden Thorne

Publisher: Queerteen Press

Pages/Word Count: 66 Pages

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Blurb: It isn’t business as usual for Maelwine when a new family moves into Grave’s End House. With the old, great house standing untenanted for quite some time, being a house shade attached to it has turned the hours dull for Maelwine. He has no family to entertain him, no variations in his daily duty, which involves the rousing of shadows in every room when the sun goes down. Continue reading

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4 Stars, Dreamspinner Press, Genre Romance, Melanie Tushmore, Reviewed by Lisa

There’s A Case Of Punch Drunk Love In Melanie Tushmore’s “Love on the Rocks”

“He’d never felt such a strong urge to touch somebody before, to want to be with somebody.” — Melanie Tushmore


Title: Love on the Rocks (Another Bar Tender Tale)

Author: Melanie Tushmore

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 167 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: Twenty-six-year-old barman and cabaret entertainer Justin has recently moved to London for a fresh start. Charismatic and flirty, Justin is naturally the center of attention wherever he goes. There’s only one problem: the object of Justin’s affections, a handsome, enigmatic bartender named Yena, isn’t won over by Justin’s charm. In fact, he flat out turns Justin down. Continue reading

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5 Stars, Drama, Dreamspinner Press, Genre Romance, K.Z. Snow, Reviewed by Lisa

A Man Rises From The Ashes Of His Own Life In K.Z. Snow’s “Resurrection Man”

“What form does the haint of a ruined life take?” — K.Z. Snow


Title: Resurrection Man

Author: K.Z. Snow

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 210 Pages

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: Bad enough Elijah Colter’s life of comfort comes to an abrupt end when he’s 17 and his family discovers he’s gay. Bad enough he must live out of his car and turn tricks. But when his perfect boyfriend, Alonzo, becomes the victim of a drive-by shooting, Elijah plummets into suicidal depression. The concepts of trust and hope become more alien to him than ever.

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5 Stars, Chelsea Station Editions, David Pratt, Literary Fiction, Reviewed by Lisa

Read David Pratt’s “Bob the Book” And You May Never Look At Books The Same Way Again

Title: Bob the Book

Author: David Pratt

Publisher: Chelsea Station Editions

Pages/Word Count: 202 Pages

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: Just what is a ‘gay book’? – A book attracted to books of the same gender! Meet ‘Bob the Book,’ a gay book for sale in a Greenwich Village bookstore, where he falls in love with another book, Moishe. But a freak accident separates the young lovers. As Bob wends his way through used book bins, paper bags, knapsacks, and lecture halls, hoping to be reunited with Moishe, he meets a variety of characters, both book and human, including Angela, a widowed copy of Jane Austen’s ‘Mansfield Park’ and two other separated lovers, Neil and Jerry, near victims of a book burning. Among their owners and readers are Alfred and Duane, whose on-again, off-again relationship unites and separates our book friends. Will Bob find Moishe? Will Jerry and Neil be reunited? Will Alfred and Duane make it work? Read ‘Bob the Book’ to find all the answers. Continue reading

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4.5 Stars, Charlie Cochet, Dreamspinner Press, Genre Romance, Paranormal Romance, Reviewed by Lisa, Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Urban Fantasy

Falling In Love Could Be The Greatest Of All Dangers In Charlie Cochet’s “Blood & Thunder”

“When it seems like the world’s burning down around you, a little sense of normality can go a long way.” – Charlie Cochet


Title: Blood & Thunder (THIRDS: Book Two)

Author: Charlie Cochet

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 240 Pages

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Blurb: When a series of bombs go off in a Therian youth center, injuring members of THIRDS Team Destructive Delta, and causing a rift between agents Dexter J. Daley and Sloane Brodie, peace seems unattainable. Especially when a new and frightening group, the Order of Adrasteia, appears to always be a step ahead. With panic and intolerance spreading and streets becoming littered with the Order’s propaganda, hostility between Humans and Therians grows daily. Dex and Sloane, along with the rest of the team, are determined to take down the Order and restore peace, not to mention settle a personal score. But the deeper the team investigates the bombings, the more they believe there’s a more sinister motive than a desire to shed blood and spread chaos. Continue reading

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3 Stars, Drama, Erotica, K.A. Merikan, Reviewed by Lisa, Self-Published

There’s Sex & Mayhem, Indeed, In K.A. Merikan’s “Road of No Return”

“Stitch had never felt such desperate love for anyone but Zak.” — K.A. Merikan


Title: Road of No Return (Sex & Mayhem #1)

Author: K.A. Merikan

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages/Word Count: 238 Pages

Rating: 3 Stars

Blurb: — Don’t talk to strangers. —

Zak. Tattoo artist. Independent. Doesn’t do relationships.
Stitch. Outlaw biker. Deep in the closet. Doesn’t share his property.

On the day of Stitch’s divorce, lust personified enters the biker bar he’s celebrating at. Tattooed all over, pierced, confident, and hot as hellfire, Zak is the bone Stitch has waited for life to throw him. All Stitch wants is a sniff, a taste, a lick. What follows instead is gluttony of the most carnal sort, and nothing will ever be the same. Forced to hide his new love affair from the whole world, Stitch juggles family, club life, and crime, but it’s only a matter of time until it becomes too hard. Continue reading

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5 Stars, Drama, Genre Romance, Harper Fox, Mystery/Suspense/Action Thriller, Reviewed by Lisa, Samhain Publishing

Harper Fox’s “Scrap Metal” Is Filled With a Solemn Beauty

“This was how it would feel, then, to want a whole future with someone. To see it unspooling in front of me, a wide Highland track, swept with sun and infinite possibilities.” – Harper Fox


Title: Scrap Metal

Author: Harper Fox

Publisher: Samhain Publishing

Pages/Word Count: 258 Pages

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: Is there room for love in a heart full of secrets?

One year ago, before Fate took a wrecking ball to his life, Nichol was happily working on his doctorate in linguistics. Now he’s hip deep in sheep, mud and collies. His late brother and mother had been well suited to life on Seacliff Farm. Nichol? Not so much. Continue reading

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5 Stars, Genre Romance, Mystery/Suspense/Action Thriller, Reviewed by Lisa, S.A. McAuley, Self-Published

Corporate Crime And Stolen Hearts Round Out S.A. McAuley’s “Damaged Package”

“Trust, huh? Deacon didn’t know what that word meant to Trevor. On one hand, it was a word he no longer believed in and, on the other hand, trust meant more to him than he could verbally express.” – S.A. McAuley


Title: Damaged Package

Author: S.A. McAuley

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages/Word Count: 215 Pages

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: Forced into early retirement from his career as a SWAT officer for the city of Detroit, James Deacon knew that when he failed it would be a fall of epic proportions. He’s been living life by the tips of his fingers for over twenty years, and his new gig organizing a group of misfit military types into a functioning team—including his reluctant ex-fiancée—won’t return him to stable ground anytime soon. Continue reading

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5 Stars, Eden Winters, Genre Romance, Reviewed by Lisa, Rocky Ridge Books, Small Gems

Small Gems Sunday: Eden Winters’ “Highway Man”

“He didn’t sing. No, he cut his heart open and bled his soul onto the stage.” – Eden Winters


Title: Highway Man (2nd Edition)

Author: Eden Winters

Publisher: Rocky Ridge Books

Pages/Word Count: 45 Pages

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: Killian Desmond’s dreams died in a flash of pain and the scream of twisted metal. He lost it all the night a tour bus sailed off a mountainside, sending his band—with his brother—to their deaths.

Killian is dead too, if the papers are to be believed, and living a half-life of odd jobs, rodeo rides and pick up gigs. The road that once meant freedom is now Killy’s exile. No strings, no ties, no names for the one-night stands. Continue reading

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5 Stars, Hayden Thorne, Queerteen Press, Reviewed by Lisa, Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Urban Fantasy, Young Adult

Hayden Thorne’s “Masks: Evolution” Delivers More Action And Adventure To Vintage City

“Sometimes giving up control could very well be the cure to one’s spiritual sickness. Or whatever.” – Hayden Thorne


Title: Masks: Evolution

Author: Hayden Thorne

Publisher: Queerteen Press

Pages/Word Count:

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: While his friends continue to develop their newfound powers, Eric begins to feel the effects of being the odd man out. Around him, things go from bad to worse for Vintage City as the Shadow Puppet, a new supervillain, steps into the Devil’s Trill’s shoes and wreaks havoc with his army of killer mannequins. Continue reading

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4 Stars, Fairy Tale/Mythology/Folk Lore, Paranormal Romance, Ravenous Romance, Reviewed by Lisa, Rory Ni Coileain, Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Urban Fantasy

Romance And Danger Storm Along Through Rory Ni Coileain’s “Gale Force”


“Men only fell this hard in books, the kinds of books he never read.” – Rory Ni Coileain


Title: Gale Force (SoulShares #2)

Author: Rory Ni Coileain

Publisher: Ravenous Romance

Pages/Word Count: 230 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: Conall Dary is the most powerful mage born to the Fae race since the Realm was parted from the human world, over two thousand years ago. But that very power condemns him to a lifetime of celibacy, because sex calls to power, and he has power enough to drain a world. When he refuses to use his talents for a Noble lady’s petty revenge, he finds himself shanghaied to the human world, his soul torn in half and his magick blocked. Continue reading

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4 Stars, Charlie Cochrane, Genre Romance, Reviewed by Lisa, Riptide Publishing

The Main Course Is Romance In Charlie Cochrane’s “Second Helpings”


“I’m not sure if it’s been too long a time or too short a time, but it’s the right time.” – Charlie Cochrane


Title: Second Helpings

Author: Charlie Cochrane

Publisher: Riptide Publishing

Pages/Word Count: 146 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: Stuart Collins’s life might as well have ended a year ago when his partner died in a car crash. Even Stuart’s widowed father has found new love with an old friend, Isabel Franklin, so why can’t Stuart be bothered to try? Continue reading

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