5 Stars, Nash Summers, Reviewed by Jules, Self-Published, Young Adult

Review: Diamonds by Nash Summers

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Title: Diamonds (Life According to Maps: Book Two)

Author: Nash Summers

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages/Word Count: 70 Pages (approx.)

At a Glance: Maps is truly special; I’ll take any glimpse into his world I can get!

Reviewed By: Jules

Blurb: Maps’ kingdom is crumbling before his eyes.

His parents are forcing him to get a job, there’s a new kid at school who won’t stop staring at him, and his best friend is too busy thinking about girls to help Maps deal with his real problems.

Worst of all,

Maps is lost.

And none of the roads on his map are leading to Lane.

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Review: Maps is back!! I was full on laughing out loud on the first page, and thought I was quite possibly going to highlight the entire book. Seriously, though, Nash Summers has done it again. Diamonds, the second book in what I hope will be a very lonnnnnnng series, will run you through all of the emotions, as did Maps. Mattie ‘Maps’ Wilson is my hero; I sincerely think I could read books about him for the rest of forever. And, the title of the series is perfection. Even though the books are each only around seventy pages in length, you truly do feel like you’re getting a crash course in ‘Life According to Maps’.

This story begins as Lane is away at baseball camp, and Maps feels very unsure as to where they left things. He’s biding his time, driving his parents and his best friend Benji crazy, as per usual, but he honestly feels unbalanced with Lane gone. As hysterical as this book is in so many places, there are also some very real emotions here…some very growing-up type things that both boys are going through. Insecurities, some thoughtless self-centeredness that is typical teenage stuff, and the all-consuming power of young love, all brilliantly showcased with the perfect combination of heart and humor.

I have to mention that we also meet a couple of new players – one in particular, Perry, who I LOVED – which makes me wonder if there really is more to come for these guys, and possibly the secondary characters. A girl can dream, right?

I’ve read quite a bit of this author’s work now, and I marvel at how well she writes such incredibly different types of books. I am absolutely a fan. All of her stuff is great – but, Maps is truly special; I’ll take any glimpse into his world I can get! Diamonds was a wonderful follow-up to the first book – I can’t recommend this series enough.

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4 Stars, Alex Pendragon, Erotica, Loose Id, New Adult, Reviewed by Lana, Young Adult

Review: Jock Auction by Alex Pendragon

Title: Jock Auction

Author: Alex Pendragon

Publisher: Loose Id

Pages/Word Count: 264Pages

At a Glance: There were some things in Jock Auction that rubbed me the wrong way, but the writing and character development is good.

Reviewed By: Lana

Blurb: Sexy high-school footballer Kyle has two big blind-spots: first, he assumes he’s straight, and second, he doesn’t know quite how much his shy, geeky classmate Craig lusts after him. When the two are thrown together after a charity slave auction, however, how incredible the sex is turns out to be hard to miss. Problem is, Kyle’s awakened sexuality is on a collision course with his hot teammates, and not everyone in his conservative Midwestern town is quite so open-minded.

When Kyle unexpectedly gets up close and personal with another closeted jock, and realizes in the process that there’s more than just teenage hormones between himself and Craig, he’s faced with a choice: walk away, or fight for what until now he didn’t know he wanted. Meanwhile, Craig is learning that there’s more to his appetite for athletic guys than playing the meek submissive, and Kyle’s mea-culpa arrives right on time for him to explore some of the kinks he never knew he had.

Hard bodies meet even harder truths as two very different guys discover that, while you can buy someone’s time, you still have to win their heart.

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Review: Jock Auction is a hot and dirty tale of awakening teenage sexuality, and discovering who you are and what you want. This is just the type of story that I love to read. I enjoyed it, but one little thing kept me from total immersion.

The action takes place in high school. A jock and a twink get thrown together at a charity event. The twink, Craig, buys Kyle, the jock, and you can probably guess the rest. Craig confesses his attraction to straight boy Kyle, and Kyle, just for fun, decides to play a little with Craig. Kyle doesn’t do it maliciously, just for a laugh, but the tables get turned and he realizes that he likes what he and Craig are doing.

The scene started out with the boys talking, and then Craig kissing Kyle. Kyle is not averse to it, even taking it further because he gets turned on by Craig being turned on. Their interactions from the beginning are hot and steamy, as you can just imagine what two horny eighteen-year-olds can get up to. This was all good for me, but then it went a bit south. Now, here’s the big BUT—there was not once any mention of condoms or any talk about using them or not using them. I get that this is fiction and there shouldn’t be any preaching or downers, i.e., stopping and putting on a condom, but for me this just didn’t work. These boys were not a couple, it was their first time, and to me, there was absolutely no reality in no condoms. To top it off, later on Kyle has sex with another boy and again, no condoms and no mention of them. This just rubbed me the wrong way, and I was cringing throughout the story. This totally broke the fantasy for me.

Apart from that, the writing was very good, good character development and good supporting cast. The sex is hot and borders on some Dom/sub stuff. But again, the whole condom thing was a big distraction for me.

Jock Auction is not a typical coming-out story. It’s worth a try if you’re in the mood for something different.

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