Definitely a gentle, heartwarming, and feel-good story with only one tiny moment of crisis. I loved the idea of a professor and an ex-student reunitin...moreDefinitely a gentle, heartwarming, and feel-good story with only one tiny moment of crisis. I loved the idea of a professor and an ex-student reuniting years after the student has graduated.
Lane as the slightly cowardly professor who was afraid he was too old and would hold Alex back has some quick thinking to do when Alex turns up at his reclusive cabin in the woods - two years after Lane ran just before Alex's graduation - totally unannounced and right before a storm. Lane isn't really fast on the uptake and almost loses it all, but once he makes up his mind - smoking hot man-on-man activity follows.
Alex is determined to get to the truth this time. He may be the younger man, but he is far more honest with himself than Lane, and figures two years is long enough to try t get over the professor.
If you like short, sweet reunions with lots of "kissing to make it all better" (and then some!), you will probably like this free short story.(less)
This is a fascinating story, but not really for the main reason I assumed when I first read the blurb. Two words: sex chip. I mean, really? Someone is...moreThis is a fascinating story, but not really for the main reason I assumed when I first read the blurb. Two words: sex chip. I mean, really? Someone is going to have a chip put in their brain to increase their pleasure, except someone else (with the help of said chip) will be in control. Sounds like science fiction, and I guess that part is. But, unlike in true science fiction, the focus is not on the chip and how it works. Instead the story is really about the relationship between Nex, the guy with the chip in his head, and Kane, the CEO of the company that developed the chip. Just add some extraordinary complications in the interpersonal area, as well as issues of the individual characters and what you end up with is a psychological drama of the suspenseful/nail-biting kind.
Nex is a complicated man who is psychologically deeply scarred from age ten (when his father shot his mother in Nex’s presence), and probably not exactly living a happy childhood even before then. He uses drugs to forget the pain, and is a compulsive gambler. He was separated from Styx, his genius-level twin brother, because “the system” thought he’d open up to others if they took away the one person he was able to relate to after the trauma of losing their parents. And if that isn’t enough, Styx dies in a car accident and Nex is now the only person able to test the chip since it is genetically coded. Forced to accept Kane’s money so he can pay off his gambling debts, Nex begins a journey of self-discovery that is not easy, and not always very pretty. The things he finds out about Styx are horrendous, but what really gets to him is his growing need for Kane—a man who used to be friends with occasional benefits with Nex’s twin and, so Nex suspects, only sees Styx in him.
Kane is just as complex a character as Nex. Yes, he is initially attracted to Nex because he looks exactly like Styx and Kane loved his business partner, even if he isn’t rally sure what type of love it was. They never crossed the line to becoming lovers, but with Nex the sub Kane has always dreamed of and looking exactly like Styx? The temptation is enormous, the ensuing mess predictable, and Kane’s way of dealing with it (denial, mostly) is bound to significantly worsen the impeding catastrophe.
With messed-up motivations and emotions all over the place as both Nex and Kane try to deal with Styx’s death while becoming involved in increasingly hot BDSM scenes in the bedroom, this story truly deserves the title “drama”. One revelation follows after another, feelings are hurt, and Nex’s condition worsens y the page. And all of that is before the real disaster even happens. What a ride!
If you like stories about wounded characters trying to deal with the messes that are their lives only to make a bigger mess of them, if you enjoy reading stories where the psychology will either totally fascinate or completely repulse you, and if you’re looking for a read about a developing relationship that is as volatile as it is hot, then you will probably like this novel. I wasn’t able to stop reading!
Cops, detectives, and anyone else involved in law enforcement have to be on guard all the time. Personal lives take a back burner and what they can ha...moreCops, detectives, and anyone else involved in law enforcement have to be on guard all the time. Personal lives take a back burner and what they can have is somewhere between difficult and impossible. In this series, four men have taken a unique approach to these problems, not to mention they are gay, which makes everything even more complicated. They have secret get-togethers once a quarter, where they can relax and catch up with themselves and each other. One of the four gets to submit each time, having the other three's focus on him for an entire weekend. Since none of them submit easily (or would do so voluntarily, I suspect) they draw straws.
At the end of my review for the first book in this super hot series I mentioned my hope for a novel about the four men since I was curious about their unique relationship and wanted to find out more. Instead it looks as though there will be a mini-series, with one man the focus of each novella. In this second installment, it is Joe’s turn. He’s had it particularly rough lately, so he makes sure he draws the short straw—and they are off.
When the unexpected hits and Damon (their resident “geek”) has to reveal a secret he has kept, tempers flare and the guys’ emotions are all over the place. It becomes obvious pretty quickly that they are truly in love with each other as they pull together to help Damon as much as they can. I loved to see that side of them as it made them all a lot more real.
If you're looking for tough cops finding ways to decompress, if you enjoy stories with lots of man-on-man-on-man-on-man action, and if you're looking for a read that is hot and deeply touching as the men deal with a catastrophe of the personal kind, then you will probably like this novella. It promises much for the next volume in this series!
When I read the “blurb”, really the dating profile designed by a seven-year-old girl for her guardian because she figures he is lonely, I knew I had t...moreWhen I read the “blurb”, really the dating profile designed by a seven-year-old girl for her guardian because she figures he is lonely, I knew I had to read this story. The whole idea of a Melissa, who is just a young kid, wanting to find a “friend” for Danny is just too cute. It sounded sweet, and funny, and with a kid’s perspective added to a possibly developing relationship, how could I resist? I am glad I didn’t try because this novella turned out to be everything I expected – and then some.
Melissa, and yes, she is an important character in this story, has been rescued by Danny from a mother who wanted to sell her for drugs. She doesn’t know this, Danny having told her she was going to be sold for a reality TV show (only slightly less awful), but to her, that seems unimportant. She has Danny now, and his dog Bunny, and nothing is wrong in her world. With the astute logic of a precocious child though, she notices that Danny doesn’t have a girlfriend. So she sets out to get him a date.
What she doesn’t know is that Danny, who is a cop, has begun dating the school librarian, Milo. Milo is shy, has never dated, and is scared to death Melissa will reject him. Even though he insists Danny keep quit about their dates, Danny doesn’t want to keep secrets from Melissa. He is ready to come out, never mind the consequences. One thing leads to another and Melissa finds out what’s been going on, doesn’t blink an eye, and includes Milo in their little family circle. Danny couldn’t be happier.
Milo is shy and withdrawn, but he comes out of his shell with Danny and Melissa. He has no idea what to expect and when Danny gets stressed at work and doesn’t reply to a text message for a whole week, poor Milo thinks they have broken up. Needless to say, it’s Melissa to the rescue…
If you like stories about men with kids trying to find a partner, if you enjoy reading about children taking an active role in a developing romance, and if you’re looking for an utterly sweet and very touching love story, then you will probably like this free novella. It definitely made me smile!(less)
Set in a version of the far future that is as imaginative as it is unusual, this story mixes elements of fantasy (magic) and science fiction (the sett...moreSet in a version of the far future that is as imaginative as it is unusual, this story mixes elements of fantasy (magic) and science fiction (the setting is Aletta, an abandoned human colony rediscovered a thousand years later) with a touch of Steampunk (the ex-colonists use body enhancements and technology reminiscent of the Victorian era). The characters are engaging, and the situation is challenging: humans have found and interbred with aliens called Colviri and are approaching the still purely human ex-colony to offer their help - only to be presented with a few surprises.
Max, the appointed diplomat for the Alettans, and Rezzu, the captain of the Colviri-Human spaceship, are in charge of trying to figure out each party's motivations and intentions. Of course, they end up being so busy with purely interpersonal, ahem, issues, that the entire situation almost gets out of hand.
If you like creative settings for futuristic stories, if you enjoy reading about two men who try to keep their own secrets while revealing those of the opponent, and if you're looking for an entertaining read with lots of fun technological and magical details, then you will probably enjoy this free novella.(less)
Even though office romances are quite the cliche, the author definitely made this one work. It is funny, warm, and Eric, the narrator, is too cute for...moreEven though office romances are quite the cliche, the author definitely made this one work. It is funny, warm, and Eric, the narrator, is too cute for his own good. Of course Beau, his boss, is an amazing guy as well, and the two of them together made me grin. Not to mention some of the secondary characters who also did their bit to make this story come alive.
Eric is - well. I wasn't sure whether I should admire his principles or laugh about the determination with which he insisted on being Eric-the-personal-assistant-who-refuses-to-be-a-cliche. He is clearly in love, but denies it to the point where he asks a friend of his to go on the date with Beau when he has dinner with his parents. All the hints Beau had given pointed to the fact he wanted Eric there - and everyone could see it except the stubborn man himself.
Beau is not just a "silver fox", he is also strong, determined, capable... the list goes on. Best of all is that he returns Eric's affections, but is just as principled in that he refuses to ask Eric, who is his subordinate, out on a date. If Fate hadn't reached out and gotten these two men together, I'm sure they'd still be insisting on keeping things professional. And the really scary thought is - they'd have succeeded!
If you like men with principles they stick to even if it (almost) kills them, if you think you'd enjoy reading an office romance that isn't really an office romance, and if you're looking for a funny, sweet and very hot read, then you will probably like this free short story. (less)
These two stories are short, fun, and all about setting off sparks of various kinds between each of the two main characters. Both of them are full of...moreThese two stories are short, fun, and all about setting off sparks of various kinds between each of the two main characters. Both of them are full of humor, teasing, and I liked how each of the couples seamlessly segued into some even hotter man-on-man activities once they’d decided their issues were solved – at least for now.
Sparks Fly Sometimes guys look for the “perfect boyfriend”, or just any man they can stay with longer than one night, actually, in all the wrong places. Riley is a perfect example of that, and this is the story of how he finds out that the man he’s always thought of as a friend was actually “the one who got away”. Not that either of them would have been able to admit this before Rocket left, and even now that he is back, the guys still butt heads in a spectacular way before realizing what is very obvious to everyone else – they are pretty much made for each other.
If you’re looking for fireworks of the interpersonal kind, if you enjoy a good fight before the men who are so obviously right for each other take their “discussion” to bed, and if you enjoy hot make-up sex, then give this story a try.
Hurricane Season This is a fun, quick read about an interesting way to get revenge in a totally unexpected way. Aiden may have thought he lost it all, but he finds a way of getting his own back, all after meeting and rescuing David.
Like the storm brewing over Key West, Aiden's emotions are all over the place after leaving his abusive boyfriend. I thought it was hilarious that he decides to wait out the second half of the storm in his ex's apartment. Even though he has still got the right to live there, having paid the rent until the end of the month, the idea of going back there after walking out is a good one. I cheered him on as he stands up to the idiot ex. Well done Aiden!
David is a bit of an enigma, since the story is told from Aiden's point of view. He didn't exactly strike me as very clever, rushing off into the waves with a hurricane approaching. He turns out to be far less stupid than that first impression made me believe, though, and seems to be a good match for Aiden. Luckily, he is open-minded and willing to experiment.
I can only hope to see more of these two in a sequel. I think they would be fun to watch as they settle into a life together. I suspect sparks will be flying!(less)
DNF at 20% due to unsafe BDSM practices ("we don't need a safeword", the sub just got into the Dom's car without even knowing his last name or where t...moreDNF at 20% due to unsafe BDSM practices ("we don't need a safeword", the sub just got into the Dom's car without even knowing his last name or where they were going) and a lack of consent (in my mind) as to what was about to happen. Yes, the sub indicates he likes it, but this is too volatile for me to continue and like the book. Others may love it, but it is not for me.(less)
This is an enemy-to-lovers story in the best tradition. Two princes of kingdoms not yet at war but with one of them wanting to get there are forced to...moreThis is an enemy-to-lovers story in the best tradition. Two princes of kingdoms not yet at war but with one of them wanting to get there are forced to get married to avoid war. As they begin to live together, the one who intended to betray his husband starts to see he may not be in the right. The cultural differences between the two kingdoms are clear, and it was fun to learn about both of them.
The big confrontation I expected at the end did not happen though, and left everything between the countries up in the air. Maybe it will be solved in a sequel? I am not sure, but without that final resolution I felt that an essential part of the story was missing.
If you like fantasy with a touch of magic, if you enjoy watching two enemies having to learn to live together, and if you're looking for a fun read in an exotic setting, then you will probably like this novella.(less)
As I have said before, I love m-preg stories and this is definitely a cute one. The focus is split between the two mates meeting and getting to know e...moreAs I have said before, I love m-preg stories and this is definitely a cute one. The focus is split between the two mates meeting and getting to know each other and the pregnancy with all its effects on them.
Adam is a vampire who has been around for a while, almost two thousand years to be exact. He is overjoyed when he meets his mate, literally walking into him and knocking him over, but Ben has a few issues. Luckily, Adam's experience gives him the patience to deal with those - once he knows what is going on.
Ben has no idea the gorgeous vampire is his mate, and, based on past experience with an abusive vampire, he is not exactly overjoyed at having another one stalking him. He is a witch using his healing powers to work as a nurse and his friends at the hospital have to intervene and support him, and once Ben gets used to the idea (and Adam's thoughtful attentions) it is easy for him to fall for his perfect vampire match.
If you like stories with supernatural heroes and male witches who can get pregnant,and if you're looking for a read that moves from sweet to sweeter and very hot, then you will probably like this free short story.(less)
After the first story in this world of post-catastrophic-war in a distant future was all about Aine and Kyer finding freedom from the oppression they...moreAfter the first story in this world of post-catastrophic-war in a distant future was all about Aine and Kyer finding freedom from the oppression they faced in the Colony, this second book focuses on them realizing that life outside its overprotective walls isn’t easy either. Even though there is life outside the overly regulated Colony, despite what they have been taught all their lives, they find it is not worth living. So what now? They both have some growing to do, but the one thing they agree on is that if they go back, it will have to be on their terms.
Aine is happy to be with Kyer, but he cannot stand the primitive conditions the remainder of humanity outside the Colony is living in. Suddenly the comforts of home, things like a comfortable bed and good food, become important. He misses the things he never appreciated about “home”, but is equally sure he cannot go back to taking the pills and denying he loves Kyer. So he will have to come up with a plan and since he is the next Overseer, as per the genetic coding done before his birth, he doesn’t see how he can fail. It’s his job, right?
In fairly typical teenager-manner he ends up going back before he has really thought things through, intent on making a revolution of some sort happen. It increases the suspense in the story, and it also kept confirming to me that, no matter how grown-up his ideas may be, he is still only sixteen years old. I specifically like how Kyer comes into his own, fighting at Aine’s side. I would love to find out more about him in another sequel (but I am not sure one is planned). In fact the whole situation of a “civilized” Colony and a completely dilapidated rest of the planet would make for very interesting reading!
If you like futuristic worlds in which one young man goes up against accepted wisdom to try to regain freedom for all, if you enjoy reading coming of age stories where the hero realizes he has to grow up a lot faster than he’d expected, and if you’re looking for a sequel to the fascinating, intense, and breathtaking “Rebellion” so you can find out what happens to Aine and Kyer when they return to the Colony, then you will probably like this novel. I absolutely adored this stunning story!(less)
Nice story about the issues and joys when adding a baby to an established relationship. Austin (the tattoo artist) and Micah (a college student gettin...moreNice story about the issues and joys when adding a baby to an established relationship. Austin (the tattoo artist) and Micah (a college student getting his arts degree) are very cute together and I'd love to find out more about them. Neither of them expected to have to take care of River, Austin's son through sperm donation to his best friend, but when she dies in a fire, there is no question in their minds about accepting the responsibility. While the reason for having him with them is very sad, the way they work together to give the sixteen-month-old a new home is amazing.
If you like loving couples who find a way to deal with a new baby in their relationship, and if you want to see how they make time for some "grown-up activities", then you will probably like this free short story.(less)
There are quite a few visions of the future in which humans are totally controlled by one method or another. Just think Brave New World by Aldous Huxl...moreThere are quite a few visions of the future in which humans are totally controlled by one method or another. Just think Brave New World by Aldous Huxley (genetic manipulation), 1984 by George Orwell (brainwashing techniques), or Logan’s Run by William F. Nolan and George Clayton Johnson (population and resource management). What J. Tomas has done in this amazing novel is combine all three, and added a few more, to create a post-future-war society in which people take pills to relax them and manage their emotions, children are created via genetic manipulation and born in test tubes before being assigned a family, and everything from their careers to whom they will marry is predetermined. Yes, it may all be very safe and maximize the scarce resources left over after global devastation killed off everything outside “The Colony”, but to anyone into self-determination and free will, this is a pretty horrific scenario.
Aine is sixteen and only just beginning to think for himself. At first, it is just an accident caused by him dropping one of the four pills he has to take every evening; the blue one which suppresses dreams. His fear of being discovered and what horrible consequences that might have is balanced out by the revelation he has in his first-ever dream: he feels the hand of his best friend Kyer on his knee and it excites him more than any touch from his “Other”, the girl he is supposed to marry when he is eighteen, ever has. Despite, or maybe because of, his fear he begins to discover some very disturbing facts about how the Colony is managed, what his career is going to be, but above all, he finds out that Kyer feels the same way.
The rest of the book is a dizzying journey of discovery, emotional upheaval, and decisions Aine makes that will change his and Kyer’s future. I was spellbound by the development of his thoughts as well as the details he unveils about this author’s world. In a breathtaking coming of age story, Aine begins to make his own decisions and his only goal is to attain freedom. A freedom which he is sure can only be found outside the Colony.
If you like futuristic worlds in which humans no longer control their own destinies until one of them wakes up, if you enjoy reading coming of age stories where the stakes are no less than the personal freedom to choose your own destiny, and if you’re looking for a fascinating, intense, and breathtaking read set in a frighteningly peaceful future, then you will probably like this novel. I cannot wait to read the sequel to find out what happens to Aine and Kyer next!