This is a quick, hot read, basically consisting of introducing a very willing man into kinky sex and his "new role" as submissive. There is some hesitThis is a quick, hot read, basically consisting of introducing a very willing man into kinky sex and his "new role" as submissive. There is some hesitancy on his part, but all of that is mostly because he doesn’t know what is going to happen. His new Dom, on the other hand, knows precisely what he wants to achieve, and goes about getting it with typical determination.
Brody has no idea what he's in for when he follows Wallace to his home. His curiosity won’t let him back down at first, and the pleasurable, if somewhat confusing, feelings he is soon experiencing leave him with no other choice but to go all the way. He may not like the rules he is expected to follow, but it is easy for him to do as he's told, and he has no real intention to say no. Everything that happens next is new to him, and he finds he likes it all.
Wallace has been watching Brody for six months, and he's more than ready to find out if he is right about Brody. While he tells himself that their first encounter is all about teaching Brody, he has an amazingly good time himself. Giving out orders comes as naturally to him as following them is for Brody, and by the end of their first evening together, both agree on the fact they want more.
If you like short, hot reads that focus on two men being physically intimate for the first time, if you like your action between the sheets (or on the mattress in the yet-to-be-renovated home) to be a little spicy, and if you're looking for an entertaining "quickie", then you will probably like this short story. ...more
There are quite a few mpreg (male pregnancy) books out there, and I enjoy reading them a lot, but they usually involve aliens, paranormal creatures, oThere are quite a few mpreg (male pregnancy) books out there, and I enjoy reading them a lot, but they usually involve aliens, paranormal creatures, or some sort of magic. ‘In the Months That Follow’ takes a different approach – set in the far future, here it is genetic manipulation on a human colony planet that had a 90 percent male population, and was therefore in need of more people being able to carry babies. This was all before translight drive was invented, so isolation drove the decision. But since the ability is hereditary, even in the story’s present, some men from Gaddo can get pregnant.
I found this version of the future intriguing. While there is some galactic war against a reptile species raging in the background, which is not all that unusual in science fiction, the main characters are both Terran Alliance Marines and the last thing you’d expect is for one of them to get pregnant – what with all the hormones he takes to avoid it. But it seems that birth control isn’t infallible even in the far future – and voilà, there is a baby on the way.
Ben, the Marines pilot who finds himself “with child”, is shocked when he finds out. Birth control failed him due to antibiotics, and while he knew there might be a baby in his future at some point, once he settled down, right in the middle of a war and enjoying his job as a fighter pilot is NOT the time to procreate. He knows Caden must be the father, since they have been exclusive for a while, but while he feels there might be potential for a relationship with Caden, they haven’t even talked about the longer term yet.
Caden is a Marines medic and while he likes Ben and is beginning to think they might have more than a fling, the last thing he expects is to be a father. It takes him quite a while to adapt to the idea, but he is never unsupportive, which was great to see. Their families have very different reactions, but once Caden and Ben decide to stick together, everything becomes a lot more manageable – except the war and that throws them a curveball neither of them expected.
If you like mpreg stories, if you want to see how two tough Marines deal with unexpected fatherhood, and if you’re looking for a read with intriguing characters, a few surprises, and some very loving interactions, then you will probably like this novella.
An easygoing artist/cowboy from Texas and a detail-oriented manager of an art gallery from Canada may not sound like the most natural fit, but Dakin aAn easygoing artist/cowboy from Texas and a detail-oriented manager of an art gallery from Canada may not sound like the most natural fit, but Dakin and Jeff hit it off from the get-go. Watching them meet when Dakin comes to Ottawa for an exhibition of his leather art was fun, entertaining, and soon turned very hot. These two men may come from very different worlds, but they have one thing in common: their attraction to each other.
Dakin is a little unsure about the exhibition of his work so far away from home, not at all confident that anything will sell. He is also nervous about being abroad and in a strange place, but meeting Jeff makes everything easier. Jeff is super organized and manages several exhibitions a year with great success. He enjoys working with different artists and figuring out how to best display their work, but meeting Dakin makes him realize there is potential for more than a professional relationship between them.
Despite their different backgrounds, there are a few things Dakin and Jeff have in common. Both have a big family who loves them, and they enjoy spending time together doing simple things like going out to eat or taking a walk. Not to mention the chemistry in the bedroom – it is off the charts. As for living several thousands of miles apart? Luckily where there is a will there is a way.
If you like stories that prove that opposites can not just attract but stick together, if an artistic cowboy and an organizationally talented art gallery manager sound like an interesting couple, and if you’re looking for a read that is as fun and entertaining as it is hot, then you will probably like this novella.
Whenever I see a new ‘Roughstock’ book on the coming soon pages, I can’t help but smile. These men and their stories are very close to my heart, and IWhenever I see a new ‘Roughstock’ book on the coming soon pages, I can’t help but smile. These men and their stories are very close to my heart, and I am having a ball reading all of them in their newest incarnation. BA Tortuga has built a great world in this series focused on cowboys, bull riders, rodeo clowns, and the ranches that provide the horses and bulls needed for any rodeo event. And while the group of Brazilian cowboys has been there, along with their American cousins, all along, this is the first novel that focuses entirely on three of them. BA Tortuga’s hallmark cowboy language is mixed with some Portuguese words in this volume, and that gives everything an extra touch of “special”. I loved watching Balta, Joa, and Raul get to know each other, fall into bed together, and have to figure out not just how their three-way relationship works, but also how they all fit into this very competitive rodeo world of theirs.
Balta, like the blurb says, is “all fire and fury”, and Joa calls him a “demon” only half in fun. Balta is the oldest of the three, has seen a lot in his many years on the rodeo circuit, made it to champion level more than once. He has had his eye on Joa for a while, and when he finally goes after him, the result is one hot union. But then there is Raul as well, and Balta always knows what he wants.
Joa lives between two worlds. He grew up in Texas, but he is also half Brazilian. He is a bridge between the two cultures, but only Balta’s support f him makes him come out of his shell. He falls for the older bull rider in no time flat, and even though he has been raised to believe that two men together are a sin, he can’t resist Balta – not even when the older man suggests Joa give in to his increasing interest in Raul. Joa has rarely been this confused – but who can resist temptation like that?
Raul is the new kid on the block. It is his first rodeo season in America, his English needs a lot of work, and sometimes he believes he may have made a mistake to come to a new country. But he wants to make a lot more money than he could earn in Brazil, and he needs to get away from his family pushing for him to settle down with a wife - he has absolutely no interest in women. But when first Joa and then even Balta show an interest in him that goes beyond friendship, he is not sure what to do.
If you like cowboys and rodeos, if you enjoy reading about three men who seem to be too different to ever have a chance for a loving relationship - never mind the professional issues that raises, and if you're looking for an entertaining read with lots and lots of hot action between two, then three men, then you will probably like this novel.
A lot happens in this final book of the ‘New Luna Werewolves’ series and Marcy Jacks managed to keep the suspense high until the very end. There is aA lot happens in this final book of the ‘New Luna Werewolves’ series and Marcy Jacks managed to keep the suspense high until the very end. There is a final confrontation with the evil hunters to deal with, James and Rick have to decide between staying in the present with their mates and traveling back to the future where they belong, and Cooper and Austin need to figure out whether they want to go with their mates if James and Rick decide to return to their own time. It is quite the heartbreaking decision for all of them! Austin and James are the main characters, but to my great joy there were several others from previous books who made appearances as well. All the loose ends are tied up nicely, and I loved the few extra details Marcy provided on top of what I had hoped for.
James is relieved that Austin is finally safe and on the mend from his injuries, but their respite is brief. The hunters are still a major threat, even though they are much weaker than in James’s original timeline, and James and the other alphas are pretty sure there is still a confrontation to come. James also has to decide between going back to the future with Rick, who is determined not to mess up anything by staying in the present, or staying with Austin. He can’t bear the thought of leaving his mate behind, but Rick’s arguments are powerful. The biggest issue James has is that nobody knows if either of them can take their mates with them anyway.
Austin is extremely happy with James as his mate, even if his father still has questions about James being a werewolf. He is determined to help protect his mate and the entire pack when the hunters do turn up to destroy the pack, and his courage almost gets him killed. The idea of James leaving makes Austin sick to his stomach, but he can’t see himself leaving his parents behind either. What a conundrum!
If you want to find out the fate of everyone in the ‘New Luna Werewolves’ series, and if a grand finale to an entire series is your thing, don’t miss this final volume. It’s suspenseful, intense, very hot, and has a beautiful ending. Thanks, Marcy, for another great series!
In a world that is much like one to be found in a Steampunk universe, it may be 1914 and some of the politics and the fact that there is a world war aIn a world that is much like one to be found in a Steampunk universe, it may be 1914 and some of the politics and the fact that there is a world war are familiar, but it is a very different version of reality than the one we know from our past. Clockwork machinery rules the day, but steam does not drive it, rather it is powered by magic (technomancy), diesel (hence the author has dubbed this Dieselpunk), or the highly illegal energy of souls (necromancy). The Austro-Hungarian and the German empire under the leadership of the Prussians are fighting the Tsar and the Russian Empire, while France and other nations have not yet joined the war. Zeppelins and giant soldiers in the form of human-powered exoskeletons are supporting the fight, and numerous other fascinating little details make this alternate reality come to life. The result is an imaginative action/adventure that is suspenseful and very entertaining.
Konstantin is an archmage from Vienna on loan to Prussia so he can help figure out the superior Russian clockwork war machines. He is dedicated to the work in his lab and not very sociable, and his preference for men will get him killed if he is discovered since sodomy is illegal. But there is a certain zeppelin captain who is hard to resist, and when they are sent on a “diplomatic” mission – read: they are supposed to spy for the Austro-Hungarian/German alliance – to St. Petersburg, Konstantin and Theodore give in to temptation. Of course this has disastrous consequences, and added to Konstantin’s attempts to stop the Russians from using illegal means to win the war, things get a lot worse for both of them before they have a chance to improve the situation.
If you like imaginative worlds that are only vaguely related to our own, if two men who fight almost insurmountable odds to be together are your thing, and if you’re looking for a suspenseful adventure with lots of mishaps, funny moments, and some fantastical technology, then you will probably like this novella.
What a cute story! It has two somewhat weary cat shifters (each for his own reasons), who also happen to be fascinating characters, a lot of emotions,What a cute story! It has two somewhat weary cat shifters (each for his own reasons), who also happen to be fascinating characters, a lot of emotions, and some very hot action when the two men make it to the bedroom. The underlying message of needing trust before you can open up, and what happens if one partner is ahead of the other, gave this short story an additional level that really appealed to me.
Aleksy is a stripper, but what he really likes is to dance. When Rafe books him for a private encounter, Aleksy is tempted to want more, and that unsettles him deep down. He never mixes business with pleasure, and doesn’t date other shifters based on bad experiences in the past, but Rafe makes him want to break all his rules. This unsettles him enough to run when things become too intense for him and he thinks Rafe doesn’t feel the same way he does.
Rafe is a successful, powerful jaguar shifter, and very interested in Aleksy. Rafe goes after him all guns blazing, so to speak, and he usually gets what he wants. He can feel the other shifter’s need to submit, his longing to have more. But Rafe is unsure about being the Master Aleksy so clearly desires, so he pulls back. Something he soon regrets, and I liked the way he goes about trying to make amends.
If you like shifter stories where both partners are slightly hesitant to give in to their urges, if you enjoy reading a romance where the heat sparks off every word and action even before the men get to the “main event”, and if you’re looking for a hot read with quickly evolving emotions, then you will probably like this short story. ...more
The legend of Bigfoot has been around for so long that it almost seems as if something about it has to be true for it to be so persistent. But, just lThe legend of Bigfoot has been around for so long that it almost seems as if something about it has to be true for it to be so persistent. But, just like the monster of Loch Ness, the creature has, so far, managed to escape definite proof of its existence. Of course that does not stop humans from continuing to look, and in this story, there is a whole club of people who all claim to have had some sort of encounter with Bigfoot. But while the main character, a librarian called John, is aware of their tales, he himself is a skeptic – in line with his focus on reality and facts rather than theories and suppositions.
When John accepts a dare to go on a Bigfoot hunt himself, it sets in motion an adventure he won’t soon forget. He travels to the same location where one of the Bigfoot club members has just had a sighting, figuring he’ll find out what actually happened to Martin. It must be some kind of hoax, right?
Earl Eli is the local guide who makes a lot of money off tourists who want to go camping in the woods of Maine around where he lives while they hunt for Bigfoot. Earl Eli himself is not a believer, but John gets under his skin enough that Earl Eli decides to present him with a scare. Only things don’t quite work out the way Earl Eli had planned…
If you like stories with a touch of the impossible, if you think that two men who don’t start off as the best of friends can become lovers under the right circumstances, and if you’re looking for a read with a few twists, a bit of a scare, and some very hot loving in the wilds of Maine, then you might like this fun novella.
There are a few shifter books I have read where the character’s animal side is quite brutal and either equal to or stronger than the human part. ThisThere are a few shifter books I have read where the character’s animal side is quite brutal and either equal to or stronger than the human part. This is one of those stories, only the dragon shifter’s secret is far worse than I expected. It put me in the same kind of dilemma as Matthew, the human waiter-hoping-to-be-a-student who falls for Drakon, the dragon shifter who is destined to be his mate. My problem is the conflict between understanding the concept of the food chain - meaning that some animals are meant to be eaten – and seeing the consequences applied to human beings. The whole thing seems entirely logical when I look at it from a distance, but at the same time I can’t help but be involved much more closely exactly because I am a human.
Matt is working as a waiter, intending to go to college once he has sown his wild oats. He likes to dance, is good at flirting, and is entirely unprepared for his life to change when he meets Drakon. After Drakon saves him from a beating, Matt is tempted to stay with him in the grand mansion he calls a home, and gradually gets lured in by Drakon’s spell. Don’t get me wrong: Matt is a willing participant in what they get up to – and they get up to a LOT of hot action. But Matt has no idea what the consequences will be if he stays – or that he never really had any choice but to stay.
As Drakon’s true nature slowly emerges, Matt has a tough time dealing with some of it. Yes, he feels loved and accepted, and is taken care of in every way. He loves Drakon deeply. But Matt also has to give up a lot – and that is much harder to accept. Making a choice is not really possible anyway, but it goes against the grain to have to accept things the way they are. The concept of free choice is something most humans believe in, and this story shows what it is like when that is taken away. Physically perfectly well off, Matthew’s emotional and mental state become his focus when trying to come to terms with his fate.
Even after considering what this story did to me, attempting to gain some distance and deciding whether I like it or not, I still don’t know what to think. I like the fact that Sean Michael wrote it this way: compelling, pulling me into accepting that Drakon is who he is, and not answering the question whether he is a good or a bad guy. I guess, like Matthew in the story, I have to just accept things the way they are. After all, “good” and “bad” are in the eye of the beholder. One thing is certain: this story is as scary as it is powerful!
If you like the tougher, more brutal side of shifters, if you’re ready to have your morality challenged, and if you’re looking for a read that will show you a very different world from what you assume is normal and right, yet make you think it might just be okay anyway then you will probably like this story. I still don’t know what to think – other than maybe “disturbing” - and that is an impressive result in its own right.
Growing up is not easy at the best of times, and the main character of this book, David, faces a few extra hurdles. He has to move to a new place andGrowing up is not easy at the best of times, and the main character of this book, David, faces a few extra hurdles. He has to move to a new place and go to a new school because his mothers have a great assignment abroad and don’t want to drag him with them. David will suddenly live with his biological father, a man he likes well enough but has only seen for the occasional family event so far. Not to mention that David is gay and has not yet told anyone. The resulting story is full of teenage angst and a few initial tantrums, new discoveries David makes about himself and what he wants out of life, and a new and different relationship with not just his father, but his father’s future husband as well.
David is a typical teenager. There are things he takes in stride and is very grown up about, like the fact that he doesn’t want to stand in his mothers’ way when their chance for a great career move comes. But there are things he is not so okay with and gets pretty bratty about, like his father’s initial hesitance to become a fully present parent. But David isn’t stupid, and he is excellent at taking a step back and thinking about things once they have happened. It’s all a learning process, and David learns a lot about assuming responsibility for his actions.
As David begins to get to know some of the people in his school and makes new friends, and as he finds out that he likes Kevin, the captain of the track team David joins, he begins to build his social circle from scratch and surprises himself with how well that goes. Coming out to his father is not an issue, but some of the guys David and Kevin meet during inter-high school competitions are far less understanding. While nothing outright brutal happens, the encounter they have with a few bigoted bullies is enough to shake up David and Kevin – if in somewhat different ways. The relationship with Kevin progresses slowly, but I thought it was just the right pace, considering it is David’s first time dating someone.
If you like young adult romances that focus on the inner growth of the main character, if you want to see a slightly lost teenager grow into a self-confident young man who knows what direction he wants his life to take, and if you’re looking for a young adult read that is realistic as well as encouraging, then you will probably like this novel.
In what looks to be the final volume of the ‘Wild Lands’ series, about forty-five years have passed since Colin Abbey moved into the cabin in the woodIn what looks to be the final volume of the ‘Wild Lands’ series, about forty-five years have passed since Colin Abbey moved into the cabin in the woods to be with his wolfshifter partner, Thoma, and it is now the early twenty-first century. Much has changed for the wolves, and even the withdrawn Pike Peak pack has begun the unavoidable integration of its members into human society. So much so that one of them, Ricky, has moved to Maine to go to school and college – though he did join another pack with his father. Zack has remained on the ranch, but all of his family died over the years and he is incredibly lonely.
Ricky is looking forward to a fun summer break, finally returning to his birth pack in Colorado for the first time in fourteen years. But what he finds shocks him to the core. All the members of the Abbey family, who own the land and the ranch have died – except Zack. The ranch is run down, the well almost dry, and Zack has a boyfriend who is aggressive and abusive. Ricky is determined to do something about the entire mess.
Zack has been incredibly lonely, his self-esteem is almost nonexistent, and he has accepted a man as his boyfriend who has nothing but disdain for him. But because Zack is so desperate for company and isn’t sure that what he feels is valid, he has accepted the idiot into his life. When Ricky returns, Zack is reminded of a happier part of his life, but he knows Ricky will leave again, so what is the point? He still feels he has to sell the ranch and moving in with the boyfriend is his best option.
Ricky sure has his work cut out for him with Zack resisting most of his ideas. But he is tenacious, and bit by bit, he finds out what’s been going on at the ranch. Winning back Zack’s trust is his first goal, then he wants to work on a way to keep Wild Lands intact and available to the wolves as well as Zack, who is the last of the Abbey line. What follows is a great final adventure in this series!
If you want to find out what happens to the Wild Lands Ranch in this century, if an up-to-date wolfshifter and a lonely human sound like an unusual pairing, and if you’re looking for a read that is full of suspense, discoveries, and a beautiful love story, then you will probably like this novella.
As long as it all happens in fiction, I do like the occasional alien invasion with unexpected consequences. And while this story has a few elements thAs long as it all happens in fiction, I do like the occasional alien invasion with unexpected consequences. And while this story has a few elements that can be found in many of this subgenre – such as physically overpowering aliens, their desire to take humans as sex slaves, and a disdain for the much weaker and “emotionally challenged” humans – there are also some very intriguing differences. Some of them are only hinted at, but it looks as though they will become fundamental for the series’ development. That makes this first book not just entertaining and intriguing in its own right, but a very promising first volume, with hopefully many more to come.
Chris is a human, and he has had a very hard time of it ever since the aliens invaded Earth, flattened all resistance, and seem to be capturing humans for some nefarious purposes that Chris would rather not think about. He is trying to protect his mother and two younger sisters, as well as his cousin, Morgan, but all is in vain when the two of them get captured while on a supply run. Much to Chris’s shock, the two aliens who end up rescuing him from a slave master are nothing like what he expected.
Nary and Lasar are a soul-matched warrior pair in perfect sub/Dom balance, until Nary brings home Chris and everything changes. Chris is nothing like what they were told humans are like (aggressive and incapable of compassion), and they feel pulled toward him in ways that shock all three of them. Nary is usually the perfect sub, but with Chris he suddenly wants to dominate. Lasar feels bad because he wants to protect Chris as much as Nary – and that is just not supposed to happen since he and Nary are soul-matched.
As the three men get to know each other, it becomes apparent that something more is going on. Lasar discovers information about the invasion that shocks him to his core, but he can’t let anyone in on his secret without endangering his, Nary, and Chris’s lives. What a ride!
If you like your science fiction with a healthy dose of overpowering aliens, if significant mystery and slowly unraveling secrets are your thing, and if you’re looking for a read that is entertaining, suspenseful, intriguing, and scalding hot, then you will probably like this novel as much as I do. I am sure much more is yet to come, and am looking forward to the next installment.
This story was as much fun to read as the first time. The two men, Greg and Keith, each have their own personal rationale for not wanting to fall in lThis story was as much fun to read as the first time. The two men, Greg and Keith, each have their own personal rationale for not wanting to fall in love - ever, and especially not with their roommate. Their reasons are very different but both men have a valid position. I thought the battle they fight against themselves, their preconceived ideas, and their pasts were valiant, if totally misplaced. Thank God love is stronger than all that, or nobody would ever find a partner.
Greg has done it all and lost the plot in terms of sex, alcohol, and drugs. Determined to turn a new leaf, he will NOT be swayed by his sexy roommate. The guy is out every weekend anyway, and probably not interested in a boring guy like Greg. Except Keith is too sexy for words, and when he starts being nice as well – how is Greg supposed to fight that? He does his best, but…
Keith is the quintessential party boy, and believes sex is best when it’s casual. Relationships are for when he’s older. He fell in love once when he was a teenager and couldn’t deal with the pain when the other boy’s family moved away, so he decided not to make that mistake again. Except – there is something about Greg that speaks to him. He decides to start a “campaign” to lure Greg into his bed, but as he gets to know him better and realizes that Greg is a really nice guy, Keith is no longer sure his plan is fair… to Greg or to himself.
Not all the issues get solved by the end of the story. There are some real problems remaining, mainly for Greg, who is scared of returning to old habits. But I liked the way they decide to face whatever comes their way together –that is the whole point about a relationship. If you’re looking for a story about real guys with real issues, if you like them to have a past that influences current behavior, and if a slowly growing sexual and emotional tension that grips you and doesn’t let you go are your thing, then you will probably like this novella.
After the revelations and numerous warnings that the future of Dakota’s pack still does not look too favorable despite all the changes made, Rick, theAfter the revelations and numerous warnings that the future of Dakota’s pack still does not look too favorable despite all the changes made, Rick, the first of two time travelers, got to tell his story in the previous volume. ‘Safe and Sound’, pretty much as expected, turned out to be yet another action-packed and anxiety-ridden installment in the ‘New Luna Werewolves’ series. This time it’s the second time traveler’s turn to face reality, and Jason makes a very different decision from the one Rick made. This only serves to increase the tension and my need to find out what is going to happen – but it looks as if things won’t be resolved until book twelve.
James has come to the past to try to save his father’s pack from annihilation. Since he and his best friend, Rick, know what caused the disaster in their own timeline, they figure they can prevent it from happening again. So far, so good. The hunters have been weakened, but apparently not enough to be sure the pack will survive their combined attack. In fact, they kidnapped Austin, James’s mate, and almost beat him to death. Now that Austin is safe, and James realizes there is no point in trying to fight the mating, he will do anything to keep Austin safe. But that is a lot easier said than done!
Austin was sure he was about to die when the hunters had him in their clutches, and his only thoughts were focused on James. When James saves him only to vanish yet again – other than the daily gifts he leaves behind in the hospital – Austin is losing hope they will ever be together the way he has dreamed. So he is ecstatic when James comes around and they get closer than ever before, but not everyone is as happy as he is. These hunters just will not go away!
If you like stories where a knight in shining armor saves his partner from a powerful enemy, if you want to see Austin and James fight for their happiness and right to become a couple, and if you’re looking for a read that moves the series plot toward a hopefully happy conclusion, is suspenseful, has a few twists and turns, and has some very hot man-on-man action, then you will probably like this novella.
Philadelphia’s 77th Precinct, in this world where paranormal abilities can be defective – a mixture of not controllable, entirely useless, or just plaPhiladelphia’s 77th Precinct, in this world where paranormal abilities can be defective – a mixture of not controllable, entirely useless, or just plain strange – is the setting for a second hilarious action/adventure in the lives of police officers Kyle and Kash. Both of them are cops, partners in fact, and between Kyle’s uncontrollable talent for absorbing anyone’s ability if they get too close to him and Kash’s problem of making bad things happen when he gets angry, they are a pretty capable team. Except when the newest threat turns out to go from a confrontation with a stick-throwing tumbleweed to bizarre consequences involving pill bugs, statues, and time travel.
Kash is the focus of this story, and it was interesting to spend so much time in his head. His need to stay calm at all times is understandable, since he wants to avoid bad luck following him around every time he can’t control his temper. But it does make him a bit of an enigma. As it turns out, he is severely repressed, scared of coming out as bi because nobody in his past has ever understood or accepted it, and even though he has fallen in love with Kyle, he can’t seem to say it out loud. Or even behave in such a way that Kyle doesn’t have to keep wondering if he isn’t good enough for Kash.
The threat from the newest bizarre creatures they uncover brings quite a few things into perspective for Kash. It takes some hair-raising trips into various time periods not his own and a major scare when Kyle almost dies for him to discover what’s critical. Not that he has time to fix things with Kyle for a while yet – the paranormal weirdness just keeps coming.
If you like the paranormal world of the 77th Precinct, if you want to know how Kyle and Kash deal with their attraction and relationship issues, and if you’re looking for a mystery that bends the rules of linear time and is as hilarious as it is entertaining, then you will probably like this novella.
‘Buchanan House’, a fictional B&B/guest house on the Oregon coast set up for the LGTBQ+ crowd, is a great place and I always look forward to every‘Buchanan House’, a fictional B&B/guest house on the Oregon coast set up for the LGTBQ+ crowd, is a great place and I always look forward to every story set there. Best friends Eric, a former line cook, and his best friend Nathan, a very talented host, set it all up, and both men have found happiness in previous books. Eric is in love with Tim, a local handyman, and Nathan finally managed to get together with his lifelong best friend, Paulie. What I found especially fascinating about this fourth book is that two of the secondary characters from previous volumes now move into the limelight, not least because Paulie has decided to set them up, hoping they will finally see sense and get together already. Of course that is not as easy as it looks, and the trials and errors as they struggle through their various issues had me sighing in exasperation more than once.
Kyle has a very strict Japanese father, and even though he has more than one artistic talent, he ended up as an engineer – just to please his dad. He has already had one change of career and is currently a chef, which makes him much happier. But it is a stressful job, there are issues with his boss, and he has no time to find “that special someone” he has been looking for to settle down with. So far he has had no luck with any of the men he has dated, and even though he trusts his friends at Buchanan House, when he finds out they set him up with a cop, no matter how darned attractive Brandon is, Kyle is not happy. Kyle has issues with cops to start with, and Brandon’s initial behavior is less than ideal.
Brandon is a great guy, but he has more than one issue himself. He always wanted to be a teacher, but being a cop was easier, and he is good at his job. When he has to get tested for cancer, he fears the worst, but when the doctor declares him free of all issues he decides to celebrate life by getting as much “action” as he possibly can – just in case the next test will be different. So no matter how attracted he is to Kyle, Brandon will not let himself explore the possibilities and runs.
Since both Kyle and Brandon have friends at Buchanan House, they keep running into each other. Each encounter only confirms they should give it a go, but there is a lot of back and forth before they get their act together. Theirs is not an easy relationship at all. Even once they begin to see and admit the truth their situation is not as straightforward as it might be, but at least they stand a chance. And with Paulie and the rest of the crew at Buchanan House determined to help them as much as they can, I was soon hoping for the best.
If you like stories about men who are at cross-purposes for much longer than they should be, if you want to see how facing the truth about what you want in life can set you free, and if you’re looking for a read that is full of complicated characters, denial followed by gradual personal growth, and touching moments, then you will probably like this novel. Its initial despair is more than made up for by the ultimate warmth of Kyle and Brandon’s romance, and all the charming details along the way made it a journey well worth taking for me.