Set in the world of rednecks, moonshine stills, and ridge runners (mountain farmers), this is a very entertaining, very hot story about two men who arSet in the world of rednecks, moonshine stills, and ridge runners (mountain farmers), this is a very entertaining, very hot story about two men who are the victims of a “bite-and-run”. Both are intent on finding the guy who turned them – until they meet and become focused on entirely different matters.
Jenson is happy to run the still he inherited, and likes his life in the mountains of Tennessee. But then, about a year ago, a one-night stand turned into a disaster. Jenson is now a werewolf, and while he has learned to adapt, he is still intent on revenge.
David is an expert tracker, but he hates hunting. He, too, has an unexpected encounter ending in him being turned into a werewolf. It has only been two weeks, he doesn’t even know what’s wrong with him, but he keeps itching and he has a need to find Jensen.
When David tracks down Jensen, he believes he has found the guy who turned him. But something is clearly wrong with that assumption because Jenson does not like the bast*rd at all. The way these two guys figure out what’s what and end up enjoying running around the woods as wolves is hilarious. And once they give in to their attraction? Hold on to your hats!
If you like werewolf stories that are all about adjusting to a new situation, if the woods of eastern Tennessee sound like a good setting for two werewolves who need to find their feet, and if you’re looking for a read that is as funny as it is hot, then you might like this short story.
Prejudice is a terrible thing because, among other problems, it prevents people from seeing the person beneath the stereotype. Eric faces a particularPrejudice is a terrible thing because, among other problems, it prevents people from seeing the person beneath the stereotype. Eric faces a particularly nasty form of it in this story: he is not even aware that his distrust of his best friend’s cousin, Dwayne, is based in a racial perception Eric doesn’t believe to be part of his world view. This is the story of Eric waking up to the truth of his mistaken perceptions, and his journey toward a more honest, accurate view of Dwayne.
Eric may resent the restrictions his family put on him regarding what college courses he has to take and what kind of woman he is supposed to date, but deep down, he is a product of his white privileged environment. His “rebellion” is mostly internal, limited to him playing basketball with his black best friend, Angel, and chasing men rather than building real relationships. When Angel’s cousin, Dwayne, comes to live with Angel, Eric is attracted to him but won’t let anything come of it because he doesn’t trust him. Dwayne is black, tattooed, pierced, and an ex-con. Eric thinks that is all he needs to know about the man.
Rather than trying to understand who Dwayne is and seeing that he is trying to rebuild his life by working very hard, Eric only perceives the badass exterior and the fact that Dwayne never seems to sleep with the same guy more than once. He rebuffs all of Dwayne’s advances, thinking he is a thug who is taking advantage of Angel, and generally makes an a* of himself. Until, that is, Angel confronts him with the truth, and makes Eric begin to use his brain and start to ask questions to find out who Dwayne is underneath the rough exterior.
The process of Eric’s change is written really well, and as Eric and Dwayne finally open up to each other, Eric discovers a few very surprising details about Dwayne, his life and what he had to do to survive, and how he and Angel see the world as black men versus what Eric has experienced and always assumed to be the case for everyone. It’s a truly eye-opening experience for him.
If you like stories about characters who challenge the status quo of their beliefs, if you want to know more about two men who come from opposite ends of the social spectrum and have to learn how to create their own reality, and if you’re looking for a thought-provoking read about friendship, love, and redemption, then you will probably like this novella.
The first sentence of the blurb - This is not your average love story. – is one way of accurately describing this book. But while this statement is trThe first sentence of the blurb - This is not your average love story. – is one way of accurately describing this book. But while this statement is true, it also far undersells the quality of this novel; as far as I am concerned this tale is very far above average. One reason is the fantastic characters: they are true to life and yet extraordinary in the way they relate and react to each other. Each main character has particular idiosyncrasies and demons, but all the secondary characters are also really well fleshed out. Another reason is the sheer beauty of Stan and Ben falling in love, struggling with their issues, and dealing with life in general. Then there is the fact that all the dramatic tension comes from Stan and Ben dealing with building a relationship, just the two of them, rather than some external force trying to tear them apart, And finally there is the setting of present-day London which is a great background and very well done without being intrusive.
Stan is twenty-two, works in fashion, has just started a new job as a creative director in London, and is gender-fluid. This does by no means define him, but it is a factor that has played a role in his life and previous relationships. Stan goes to great lengths to explain that he is not transgender, he has no wish to have a female body. He is a man who likes to wear his hair long, his makeup is always perfect, and he dresses impeccably – preferably wearing high heels. Stan’s deeper issues are around anorexia and while he thinks he has conquered the disease, as the story unfolds, it becomes very clear that there are battles still left to fight.
Ben is a tough guy, a wannabe rock star, tattooed, and not someone you’d suspect of being the “sensitive type”. Except he has a heart of gold and not in the least fazed by the fact that the beautiful woman he sees walking into the bar where he works as a bartender – turns out to b a man. For Ben it’s all about the person underneath the surface, and Stan is exactly who he has been looking for.
Their love blossoms slowly, as they take their time to get to know each other. Between their jobs, Ben’s somewhat hectic schedule once the band becomes more popular, and Stan’s issues with anorexia, there is plenty of upheaval in their lives. They deal with it as best they can, and I loved watching them get closer, become more intimate, and fall in love. None of the issues are sugarcoated, and they have some real zingers to deal with, but through it all, there is Ben’s steadfast love and Stan’s growing trust that someone other than himself has his best interests at heart, believes in him, and will be there for him through whatever life throws at them.
If you like stories abut extraordinary characters who are so real they might be your neighbors, if you want to find out more about what life might be like for someone who does not fit the standard binary gender stereotype, and if you’re looking for a read with great character growth, a very sweet romance, some serious issues, and a beautiful happy ending, then you will probably love this novel as much as I do. I think this is an exceptional story you should not miss.
All the stories in the ‘Carlisle Cops’ series so far have been very moving, suspenseful, and ultimately heartwarming, and I am happy to report that thAll the stories in the ‘Carlisle Cops’ series so far have been very moving, suspenseful, and ultimately heartwarming, and I am happy to report that this fifth book is no exception. It starts off with a surprise for rookie cop Brock, when he encounters one of his exes, Vinny, while on traffic duty. But then the real shock happens when he finds two kids in the trunk of a car – put there by their mother who wanted to have some fun with a friend’s new car. Can you imagine? I just about strangled her right then and there. But as events unfold, it gets worse, and all I could do was hang on for the ride and hope that Andrew Grey would manage things so that those kids get the safe home every child deserves.
Brock is a police officer in Carlisle, and he is the newest hire, so he gets traffic duty. It leads to him reconnecting with Vinny, a man he used to love, finding two children in distress, and more changes in his life than he would have thought possible. Brock is a very caring guy, and he wonders if being a cop is the right choice for him more than once. As he helps the kids adjust to a new environment, since they trust the “hero” who rescued them from a very scary situation, Brock begins to admit that he wants a family – but he has no idea how to go about it. I was shaking my head: the solution seemed so obvious, but Brock doesn’t want to “intrude” in Vinny’s life and thinks the children need Vinny more than him. Humph!
Vinny is a CPA, a man who likes rules and order in his life, and hasn’t spoken to his selfish sister in many years. From the moment he finds out what she’s done, he is determined to take care of the children, no matter what kind of upheaval that means in his life. I loved that about him. The kids may not know him, but that can easily be fixed. Vinny also wants to fix things with Brock, but he still feels guilty about his refusal to come out and the resulting breakup. For a quiet accountant he sure has his hands full managing everyone’s needs and emotions – including his own!
Determination and courage are a continuing theme in this series, and in this installment both men have to face their joint pasts, the people who used to be in their lives, and the question of what’s most important to them. As much as they may argue about the details, through it all the one thing they agree on is that the well-being of Vinny’s niece and nephew is at the top of their priority list. And what cute kids they are – also very realistically depicted regarding their fears, hopes, and dreams. But it takes a good long while for “the system” to decide who will end up with custody, and the suspense was almost killing me. Except then the next disaster happens, and things turn out to be very different – and much more dangerous – than everyone believed.
If you like stories about men who want a second chance at love and are prepared to face major changes to get what they want, if you enjoy reading about families that originate in disaster only to come together in love, and if you’re looking for a read that combines drama, suspense, emotion, and determination to do the right thing, then you will probably like this novel as much as I do. It’s a great and very worthy addition to this beautiful series.
Different from the previous books in the ‘Dreamspun Desires’ series, there is a strong psychic element in this story – pretty much exactly what the tiDifferent from the previous books in the ‘Dreamspun Desires’ series, there is a strong psychic element in this story – pretty much exactly what the title promises. I was a little surprised by that, but in the end, it fit the storyline and I was “warned”, so I’m not going to complain. More importantly, it is a great “second chance at love” tale about two men who change from somewhat hostile to very much in love. And to top it all off they face a mystery - think creepy encounters, stalker, threats, and deadly attacks. As a result, there is a lot going on in this action-packed novel, and I’d suggest you get ready to read it in one sitting because it definitely is not easy to put this one down once you start.
Chris, after losing his job and having to take care of his psychic mother after she had a stroke, is just desperate enough for a job to accept the slightly crazy offer his friend, Angelica, makes him. She needs a psychic for her new club, he can play that role and needs the money, so they strike a deal. There are only a few problems with this: Chris really is a psychic and has been having visions around water, his mother believes Angelica is in real danger – and water is involved, and Angelica’s brother, Jack, is adamantly opposed to having a pretend-psychic in the club he owns with her. Chris has got his work cut out for him!
Jack does not believe in psychics. He can’t believe his sister hired one without telling him, and he is determined to prove the man is a charlatan so he can get rid of him. They may have met briefly about five years before, but Jack is not going to accept a fraud ruining his company’s image. But his sister, who is in charge of the club part of their joint hotel/club venture, refuses to fire Chris. Then Chris manages to “pass” all the tests Jack can come up with, the old attraction comes back to life, and Jack begins to change his mind.
What makes them work together is the threat Chris’s mother has sensed and Chris has nightmares about. As the violence escalates, Chris and Jack become closer, and the increasing danger only makes them realize how well suited they are not only to work together, but to be partners in every sense of the word. If, that is, they can survive the attacks and the mayhem caused by a homicidal maniac who gets crazier by the day.
If you like your romance with a dose of danger and suspense, if you think two men who connected years ago but lost sight of each other deserve a second chance at love, and if you’re looking for an action-packed, suspenseful read with an intriguing mystery at its heart, then you will probably like this novel.
What was hinted at in the first book of the series, that the crew of The Prayer may have finally come to accept that they will not make it home to EarWhat was hinted at in the first book of the series, that the crew of The Prayer may have finally come to accept that they will not make it home to Earth, comes to pass in ‘The Captain’s Encounter’. Many reasons speak for them finding an inhabitable planet: they still don’t know where they are so even if they had the technology, they wouldn’t be able to get back; the ship is beginning to fall apart; they have finally found a habitable planet with no life forms that might threaten them. Or so they think…
The captain is as happy as the members of his crew to be walking under an open sky again, breathing fresh air, and having the prospect of a tryst or two in the protection of trees. But before he can indulge in any of that he is snatched by an alien – one he immediately finds attractive. It made me laugh when the alien reveals his secret, after many questions from the somewhat shocked captain.
The other members of the captain’s lover-quintet, as well as the rest of the crew, are left to their own devices. Rick, the youngest of the crew at twenty-one, is too cute for words, turns out to be a closet romantic, and on the lookout for a boyfriend. He gets varying responses from Thomas and Zachery. Zachery continues to be a selfish a**hole, and Echo remains somewhat aloof and separate. The first officer really comes into his own, and I am looking forward to finding out more about him. Of course, the enigmatic alien will probably be good for a few more surprises as well.
If you like stories about men who decide exploring a new planet is more interesting than being adrift in space, if you’re a fan of polyamorous human and budding human-alien relationships, and if you’re looking for an entertaining read with lots of varied sex, then you will probably like this novella.
With a spaceship named The Prayer, I guess you’re asking Fate for trouble. It certainly seems to have worked this way for the hapless crew that was stWith a spaceship named The Prayer, I guess you’re asking Fate for trouble. It certainly seems to have worked this way for the hapless crew that was stranded in space four years ago, when hostile aliens teleported them into the void. So far, the captain has maintained law and order, everyone is still pretending they will find their way back to Earth at some point, and each crew member has developed particular hobbies to pass the time.
The captain is strict, self-disciplined, and not inclined to wallow. But after more than four years without a hint of where they are, never mind how to get back home, he is beginning to wonder if what they are doing is right. Four of the crew members are especially susceptible to his magnetism, and I loved watching them fall for the captain’s hidden charms one by one. Thomas, Rick, and Echo (within certain limits), and Zachery each have their own contribution to make. By the end of this first volume, nothing much was resolved and my curiosity as to what’s next is definitely piqued.
If you like stories about men lost in space with nothing much to do and only their own company, if you’re a fan of somewhat humorous science fiction that focuses more on human relationships than science or technology, and if you’re in the mood for an entertaining romp in space with four very willing men as partners, then you will probably like this novella.
‘Service with a Smirk’ continues the theme of waiters and the men they love just like ‘At Your Service’, the first book in this series, but it is set‘Service with a Smirk’ continues the theme of waiters and the men they love just like ‘At Your Service’, the first book in this series, but it is set in Montréal, Canada, not Paris, France, and is a standalone story. Actually this time both main characters are waiters and both of them have another job “on the side”. This added an interesting flavor to the proceedings, and I enjoyed learning about Pascal and Mathias, their friends, and the things that motivate and drive them.
Pascal is fascinating. At first glance, and that is what all of his friends see, he seems to be rather boring. He is in his forties, buried the man he thought he would grow old with years ago, is stuck in a rut, and tells himself he likes his life. He has a job as senior waiter at a high-end restaurant, and he writes mysteries on the side. See what I mean about interesting once you start digging? He does not expect to fall in love again, but when he meets a young waiter in his favorite bar, and then runs into him again a little later, he is intrigued.
Mathias is at the beginning of his professional life and works at a bank. He has a second job as a waiter in a gay bar to help make ends meet, but he intends that to be temporary. When he meets Pascal, he knows they belong together, but Pascal seems to have a different opinion. Mathias is not one to give up easily, and as far as he is concerned, the chase is on. I liked that he also has a few issues to work out and obstacles to deal with, but they are less fundamental than Pascal’s.
As the men begin to get to know each other, despite Pascal’s resistance and only thanks to Mathias’s determination, it becomes clear there is a lot more potential between them than Pascal is willing to admit. He is so certain that he is too old for Mathias that, like one of his friends puts it “You’ve already written him off in your head. You’re so convinced this can’t work that you aren’t even willing to fight for it.” And that’s really the core issue of this book: how can Pascal change his attitude – because that is really all that stands in the way of a wonderful relationship between these guys. They sure don’t make it easy for themselves!
If you like complicated characters with issues only they themselves can overcome, if a May/December romance is your thing, and if you’re looking for a read that is emotional, has great character growth, and is set in beautiful Montréal, then you will probably like this novel.
Hot Tin Roof, the bar where shifters and nonshifters alike go to have fun, is again the location for the next story in the series, and what a hot oneHot Tin Roof, the bar where shifters and nonshifters alike go to have fun, is again the location for the next story in the series, and what a hot one it turned out to be. With a broke, lonely werebear, a sub-by fire elemental, and a very Dom-my werecat the lineup is perfect for an entertaining and heartwarming tale – which is precisely what ‘Bouncer Bear’ is all about.
Trey is at the end of his rope (and way beyond the end of his money), when he goes to apply as a bouncer at Hot Tin Roof. The reason why he is running and very shy become clear later on, but I felt for him right from the start. Due to his stature as a werebear, everyone thinks he is a Dom, but they could not be more wrong. He likes honey and naps (duh – what bear wouldn’t?) but he also enjoys being told what to do, at least in the bedroom.
Sammy, the dancer and a fire elemental with his own issues, and Jordan, the bartender who is a werecat and a “master Dom”, have been together for a while. They also like to play with a third man on occasion, and right from the start they are both interested in Trey. Making it work, what with Trey so hesitant, is not as easy as it looks, but there is lots of scorching activity as they try to “make their case” as it were.
If you like hot threesomes between a variety of paranormals, if you think every lonely man deserves a loving home, and if you’re looking for a sweet story with some lovingly kinky scenes, then you will probably like this novella.
There are many reasons for time travel, or so fiction tells us, but the one in this novella is pretty unique and very romantic. Not that I can say anyThere are many reasons for time travel, or so fiction tells us, but the one in this novella is pretty unique and very romantic. Not that I can say any more about it without spoiling the story, but what is at the heat of the characters’ motivation in ‘The Applicant’ is very sweet. There is plenty of action and fun to be had as well, what with a robot teddy bear on a rampage, various people coming for job interviews, and more than one surprise for Forbes, who needs a research assistant, and Oliver, the time traveler who gets very involved in the selection.
Forbes is a brilliant roboticist. He has developed a robot teddy bear, except one small change has thrown it out of kilter and now he can’t stop its destructive rampage. On top of that he has a stranger on his doorstep who knows way more than he should about Forbes and his projects. Forbes is extremely attracted to the man who goes by the name of Oliver but he quickly figures out there is more to him than he first suspected.
Oliver has a very clear agenda – and yes, he took some time to have a quickie when the opportunity presented itself, but he is in love with the older Forbes and can’t resist the younger version. Once Oliver accomplished what he set out to do, he finds it surprisingly difficult to return to his own time. It doesn’t become clear until the last few pages of the book what the reasons are, but I could see where he was coming from.
Both versions of Forbes have their own charm, and turning his back on the younger one, knowing what they are both going to face when he does, is not easy for Oliver. It’s a love story that spans two separate points in time, weaves them both together, and produces some interesting results. Not your traditional interpretation of time travel and its potential pitfalls, but one I liked nevertheless. And really, who is to say this one isn’t “right”? It’s all fiction for us so far…
If you like experiments in time travel, if a genius roboticist lacking a sense of reality is your thing, and if you’re looking for an interesting love story of the futuristic kind with an unexpected twist at the end, then you will probably like this novella.