5 Stars, Dreamspinner Press, Mystery/Suspense/Action Thriller, Reviewed by Maryann, Scotty Cade

Review: Veiled Loyalties by Scotty Cade

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Title: Veiled Loyalties (Bissonet & Cruz Investigations: Book Two)

Author: Scotty Cade

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 148 Pages

At a Glance: Veiled Loyalties is a great sequel to The Royal Street Heist!

Reviewed By: Maryann

Blurb: Halloween is Beau Bissonet’s favorite holiday, from carving pumpkins to decorating his yard to donning a costume and scaring the neighborhood kids. But this year his Halloween is about to take a different turn, one that will challenge his skills as a detective and his commitment to his partner in work and love.

A year since Beau and Tollison solved The Royal Street Heist, found love, and formed Bissonet & Cruz Investigations, they are thriving personally and professionally. That is until Tollison’s ex, Bastien Andros, shows up out of the blue. Naturally, Beau’s suspicious, but two days after Bastien’s arrival, he goes missing, and Tollison worries his past may catch up to him.

A mysterious package makes clear who has Bastien and what’s at stake. With both Bastien and Beau’s lives now at risk, Tollison has only one option: travel to Zurich, Switzerland, secure and deliver the ransom, keep both men safe, and stay true to himself at the same time.

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Review: Montgomery Beaumont Bissonet, former Detective of the New Orleans PD, and Tollison Eduardo Braga Cruz, former art thief and Lloyds of London insurance investigator, have now opened their business—Bissonet & Cruz Investigations in New Orleans. Tollison’s thieving past comes back to haunt him when his ex, Bastien, shows up, and Heinrich Fussli DeMatteo contacts Tollison.  DeMatteo has threatened Beau’s life and is holding Bastien hostage for the return of a historical painting. Tollison feels a heavy responsibility to protect Beau and save his ex. Along with Tollison and Beau, Auggie and Bruce are off to Zurich with a plan to steal the Titania erwacht, von aufwartenden Fairies.

Scotty Cade takes us on a whirlwind adventure to Zurich, and into the intricate planning of the theft of the artwork.  Cade provides us with historical facts about the painting, and we see Tollison’s brilliance and expertise as a former thief, along with the support he gets from Beau, Auggie and Bruce. There are some very emotional moments from Beau and Tollison as their views of trust, lies, and past decisions threaten their relationship. Cade also gave Beau a “big kid” persona, as it’s his favorite time of year, and Tollison is just confused and amazed at Beau’s excitement. Iona Ball is back too, as assistant to Beau and Tollison. She is quite the character!

Veiled Loyalties is a great sequel to The Royal Street Heist!

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4 Stars, Dreamspinner Press, Genre Romance, Reviewed by Sammy, Scotty Cade

Review: Forever for Now by Scotty Cade

Title: Forever for Now

Author: Scotty Cade

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 79 Pages

At a Glance: A sweet read for those looking to escape for just a little while.

Reviewed By: Sammy

Blurb: Leeland Jeffers is a contented single man with a thriving career in Atlanta. He’s had a few unsuccessful relationships over the years, but no one has even come close to his first love, Harrison Rhinehart. They met in college when a mutual friend, Suzie Garrison, introduced Harry into their close-knit group. When the supposedly “straight” Harry made a move on Lee, the two men entered into a tumultuous secret love affair. In their senior year, the relationship finally ended when Harry informed Lee he was marrying Suzie.

Since graduation, the college friends have drifted apart. However, an unexpected invitation to a destination wedding seems set to reunite them all. Lee’s speculation on whether Harry and Suzie will make an appearance threatens to derail his attendance. But Lee decides the hell with it and makes plans to go, Harry Rhinehart or no Harry Rhinehart.

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Review: The title of Scotty Cade’s new novella rather sums up this story perfectly, Forever for Now. Having lost the man he loved to a deeper closet than he’d already been in, Lee has moved on with his life. While on the surface he appears content, he has never really had another lasting relationship since his torrid affair with Harry back in college. But when Harry ran from Lee for the last time, and into the arms of a mutual friend, Lee took his broken heart and tried to move on.

Harry lived a sham of a marriage despite the fact that his wife knew of his many indiscretions with the opposite sex. Now their union is over, and two members of the close-knit group Lee and Harry were a part of in college are getting hitched. They will all meet up at a palatial resort, but the real question is will Harry finally be able to admit the feelings he has long kept buried for Lee, and will Lee, in turn, be able to forgive Harry. Will Harry stay just “for now,” or will it be a forever romance this time?

The strength of Mr. Cade’s writing lay in the interpersonal relationships he creates within this group of friends. Because they are still very much a part of each other’s lives, there is no judging one another’s mistakes but rather, there is forgiveness and acceptance. Their time together was so easy, as if years had not passed since their halcyon days in school. The fun banter, Lee’s corny one-liners when seducing a steward, and the camaraderie between all of them made this a delightful story to read.

Perhaps the only glitch I found hard to handle was the rapid tie up at the end. I would have liked to see a bit more of Harry and Lee together before any commitments were made. The epilogue threw us a year into the future and sewed the story up so neatly that I felt it detracted from the angst earlier in the story ,and Lee’s concern that Harry would bolt again.

All in all, Forever for Now was a sweet romantic story that showcased this writer’s ability to create vivid characters and moments of tension and angst that only added to the story. A sweet read for those looking to escape for just a little while.

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4 Stars, Audio Book, Dreamspinner Press, Genre Romance, Narration Rating - 4 Stars, Reviewed by Amy, Scotty Cade

Audio Review: Acting Out by Scotty Cade – Narrated by Randy Fuller

Title: Acting Out

Author: Scotty Cade

Narrator: Randy Fuller

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Run Time: 6 Hours and 49 Minutes

At a glance: I look forward to Randy Fuller’s next narration.

Reviewed By: Amy

Blurb: After one very long tour of duty in Afghanistan and an honorable discharge from the USMC, Elijah Preston comes home to nothing. He barely scrapes up enough money for a cheap motel in Quantico, Virginia, with no money-making opportunities in sight. A chance encounter in a local Walmart finally gives Eli hope for employment. Elijah is ready to sign on with Royce Mackey’s proposition… until he hears what’s required. Royce operates a gay military porn site and wants Eli as his next star, never mind that Eli isn’t gay. Desperate and broke, Eli grudgingly accepts Royce’s offer and soon finds himself immersed in a strange new world.

Hamish Turner’s been there before. Taking Eli under his wing, he teaches him everything he can about Royce’s operation. The two quickly become friends, easing the way for their first scene together. Awkward at first, they both ease into it and find there is more of a connection between them than either expected. Curious to see where their mutual attraction takes them, they begin a relationship off-screen. But life gets complicated when a crazed fan of Hamish’s starts sending threatening letters demanding the scenes between the two men stop. Or else….

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Review: I was so excited to read this story. Porn and military…I mean, how can you go wrong? Elijah comes home from service, but this was a bit confusing to me as I believe his family took all his money, but I felt this was never sufficiently addressed in the story. I would like to have had some closure with that situation.

In walks Royce and from that point, I fell in love with this story. I love the almost family-like environment that Royce creates at the abode. I also like that this is simply guys being guys. The sex scenes were HOT! The mystery as to who was stalking Hamish was a great mystery. Hamish and Elijah’s relationship was satisfying all the way up until the end of the book. I felt like it took the whole book to get to the climax…and then it was over before you knew it. I was left wanting more at the end. The book was over and I was in my car going, that’s it? Overall I loved this story, I just wanted a bit more of a wrap up.

Narration: Randy Fuller was new to me as a narrator. He did a wonderful job of narration. He has such a sexy voice, and it really translated well to the multiple sex scenes throughout the story. Characters distinguished themselves well, and I really enjoyed listening to him weave the story together. I look forward to Fuller’s next narration.

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4 Stars, Dreamspinner Press, Genre Romance, Reviewed by Janet, Scotty Cade

Review: Acting Out by Scotty Cade

Title: Acting Out

Author: Scotty Cade

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 200 Pages

At a Glance: I can recommend this book as a great glimpse into the world of porn and the lives of two men behind the cameras.

Reviewed By: Janet

Blurb: After one very long tour of duty in Afghanistan and an honorable discharge from the USMC, Elijah Preston comes home to nothing. He barely scrapes up enough money for a cheap motel in Quantico, Virginia, with no money-making opportunities in sight. A chance encounter in a local Walmart finally gives Eli hope for employment. Elijah is ready to sign on with Royce Mackey’s proposition… until he hears what’s required. Royce operates a gay military porn site and wants Eli as his next star, never mind that Eli isn’t gay. Desperate and broke, Eli grudgingly accepts Royce’s offer and soon finds himself immersed in a strange new world.

Hamish Turner’s been there before. Taking Eli under his wing, he teaches him everything he can about Royce’s operation. The two quickly become friends, easing the way for their first scene together. Awkward at first, they both ease into it and find there is more of a connection between them than either expected. Curious to see where their mutual attraction takes them, they begin a relationship off-screen. But life gets complicated when a crazed fan of Hamish’s starts sending threatening letters demanding the scenes between the two men stop. Or else….

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Review: I think this is the best book that I have read by Scotty Cade thus far. It is the first of his books that fully engaged me with the characters throughout the whole story. There have been several of his books that I have liked a lot – An Unconventional Courtship and An Unconventional Union come to mind – but they each left me wanting a bit more, either in plot or character development. Acting Out is complete. The characters are fully explored; they grow and develop throughout the story. They are totally believable, their words and actions are apt in regards to whom and what they are at each place in the story, and I loved the sense of comradery that they shared. This book felt like a real and accurate portrayal of actors working in porn.

Of course, porn is a fascinating subject to start with, but Cade let fly with this story and created a fully fleshed out romance with a bit of a mystery against this backdrop. Eli is a former marine whom we meet after his discharge. He is in near desperate straits, looking for work and quickly running out of options. He runs into Blake in a Walmart whilst shopping for clothes, and is given an invitation to come and work for him in his porn production company. Work in gay porn even as a straight man. When Eli succumbs to the lure of a paycheck, it is Hamish who befriends him. Hamish is one of the more successful actors and he offers to teach Eli the ropes, and guide him in the new job. Their friendship is formed over many conversations, and Eli and Hamish hash out the concerns that Eli has about labels, gay sex, identity and team work, and how it all comes together to produce good gay porn. Hamish is very accepting of Eli’s fears and doubts, and displays his own surety of his identity for Eli to consider. The sex that occurs both between themselves and with others is well written and hot, of course, but also helps to define their characters and the industry they are in. The relationship that develops between them is clearly one of discovery, and their falling in love with each other is not so much inevitable but feels kind of sweet. Even though there is a lot of gritty sex occurring all over the place, the men carve out time for each other and bond together quite deeply. The reader has a sense of hope for them, and we feel their connection is strong and able to be built upon for a future together.

I only had one problem with the book; I did not like the conclusion to the stalking mystery that is one of the plot lines in the book. The way that this played out was not believable for me, and I didn’t think it fit the tone of the rest of the story. With this exception noted, I can recommend this book as a great glimpse into the world of porn and the lives of two men behind the cameras, all encompassed within a steamy love story.






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5 Stars, Dreamspinner Press, Genre Romance, Reviewed by Jackie, Scotty Cade

Two Men Weather The Storm In Scotty Cade’s “Chasing the Horizon”

Title: Chasing the Horizon

Author: Scotty Cade

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 200 Pages

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: Needing a lifestyle change, Garner Holt, an uptight workaholic psychologist, buys a sailboat and trades in his prestigious job in New York City for a life on the water. After engine failure and six weeks in Savannah, Georgia for repair, he arrives in Key West, Florida early one morning and encounters a half-dressed hooligan walking along the docks of the marina. Garner immediately thinks this barefoot and shirtless man with a shaved head, multiple tattoos, and piercings in every orifice is going to rob him. He prepares for the worst. Instead, the stranger passes Garner by and climbs on a boat two slips down. With the threat of danger gone, Garner is surprisingly intrigued. Continue reading

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Scotty Cade Sails In With A Couple Of Excerpts And A Giveaway



aaGood Morning Everyone,

Scotty Cade here and I’m so pleased to be a guest on The Novel Approach. When Lisa asked me to stop by and chat with you, I was so thrilled because the two books I’d like to talk about today are very special to me. The first is Sunrise Over Savannah, which released in February and the sequel, Chasing The Horizon, is scheduled to release in June. The inspiration for these two books is such a unique story I am so happy to have an opportunity to share it with you.

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Here’s A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week


novel-approach-facebook-iconHi, everyone, I hope you all had a great week. Thanks for dropping by to see what we’ve got coming up. The most exciting thing going on this coming week for me is that Jackie and I will be heading to RainbowCon in Tampa to represent The Novel Approach, but mostly we’re going to have fun, meet with readers and authors, and get up to general shenanigans with friends.

We’ve also added two new authors to the Countdown to GayRomLit Celebration—Jacob Flores and Sherrie Henry. Jacob’s visit is coming up on April 21st, so be sure to stay tuned for that.

In the meantime, here’s what we have on tap this week:

MondayK-lee Klein comes calling for the RainbowCon Countdown Celebration, and she’s got a giveaway to go with it

TuesdayElizabeth Noble is our guest on her Electric Candle blog tour, and there’s a tour-wide giveaway

WednesdayJR Loveless joins us as our final guest in the Countdown to RainbowCon Celebration, and she’ll have little swag to give away

We also have Laura Harner with us today, as Pride Promotions presents a Book Blast and a tour-wide giveaway

ThursdayJP Barnaby is here today with a Backlist Book Bump of her Little Boy Lost series, and there’ll be a giveaway

FridayK.A. Mitchell joins us with a little Bad Influence interview and a giveaway

Remember that little peek you got at Mary Calmes’s Ears, Eggs and Bunnies? Well, today’s the day you’ll get to see the story in its entirety. It’s only a little taste of Sam and Jory, but it’s nothing less than solid proof Sam Kage still has his hands full :)

Saturday – Woohoo! The Butt Ninjas From Hell are here today. Well, not all of them, but TC Blue is here with a guest post and a tour-wide giveaway

Annabelle Jacobs is also with us to talk about her newest book in the Torsere series, Union, and there’s a giveaway

Sunday – Wrapping up the week is Scotty Cade, who’s here to talk a little bit about his latest release, Sunrise Over Savannah, and the upcoming sequel, Chasing the Horizon, and there’ll be a giveaway too

And that does it for this coming week. Until next time, happy reading!

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Emotion Runs High In Scotty Cade’s “Sunrise Over Savannah” – Reviewed by Jackie


“Love can only be found through the act of loving.” ― Paulo Coelho


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Author: Scotty Cade

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 204 Pages

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: Thompson and Caroline Gray were living their dream until Caroline’s untimely death just two years after they’d bought the Thundercloud Marina. When Caroline died, she left Thompson alone and emotionally disconnected—until Thompson’s longtime friend and towboat owner Hank Charming tows Garner Holt, a recently retired psychiatrist, and his boat into the marina for repair. Thompson and Hank are both drawn to the sailboat captain, but for very different reasons.
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