Ok, I admit I totally judged this cover and thought this was going to be a hot, steamy read Evangeline Anderson style. I should have known better. ThiOk, I admit I totally judged this cover and thought this was going to be a hot, steamy read Evangeline Anderson style. I should have known better. This is the author that wrote Keeping Promise Rock (one of my all time fav m/m books) and had me on an emotional roller coaster the entire time.
I love the 'we met in high school and have secret crush on one another' theme - I'll never get tired of this. Throw in that they both get to play in the NBA and you've got a win win. Amy Lane takes us on another emotional journey with a boy who had nothing but Basketball to keep his demons away until he met Chris Edwards. The only thing that matters is Chris and Basket.
KC and K-Khan must have done something right this year, cause Santa came a little early, and what did ol’ Saint Nick bring, but an awesome bookie for KC and me. We here at Smokinhotbooks think LB Gregg is the shiznit and when we found out that one of our fav authors had a happy holidays book, it felt as if a Christmas miracle had happened.
So give yourself or a lucky friend the gift of a little Christmas tingle. Nothing says Joy to the World, like boys kissing boys.
Owen McKenzie has traveled to Vermont to spend an old-fashioned Christmas with his family. Little does he know that his meddling, match-making family has invited another guest to their little holiday soirée. Who is this mystery guest? None other than Caleb Black, his first love and first heartbreak. Add a winter storm that traps them in a cabin and you’ll have to read more to find out what happens between Owen and Caleb.
My gaze was drawn back to the pianist as a clump of hair fell across his forehead and he absently shove it back. I should know him. He had trim, light sideburns and long graceful fingers.
He raised his chin, turning to speak with the red-haired woman, and we both froze as his casual glance collided with my curious one.
No. Fucking. Way.
In fifteen years and hundreds– thousands –of miles , those distinctively pale, lichen- green irises could only belong to one man.
Mistletoe at Midnight is just what I needed to get my ass in gear for Christmas. Cute love story about second chances and is in a fabulous anthology His for the Holidays.
I did read the other short stories
His for Holidays Anthology
Nine Lights Over Edinburgh By Harper Fox
Great story about a struggling detective whose life is just not turning out the way he wants. As he struggles with his job, borderline addiction problem to alcohol and his daughter’s kidnapping Harper Fox does it again by pulling you in and keeping you on your toes until the end. I liked how James met his romance interest and this was my third favorite out of all the stories.
I Heard Him Exclaim By Z.A. Maxfield
I can’t believe I’m going to say this but this was my least favorite. I think it mainly had to do with the love interest- I’m not sure if I was having an off reading night but I never really got into the whole Santa parallel. I loved the main hero and I liked that he had the responsibility of taking care of his niece. All in all I liked this one just not as much as the author’s full length novels I’ve read. Still, this author could write a Wikipedia article on duck migration and I’d still love it.
Icecapade By Josh Lanyon
My #1 pick! When I read the blurb I thought, ‘Oh m/m Thomas Crown Affair’. I admit the jewel thief plot line wasn’t screaming out at me but I really liked how Josh Lanyon wrote this one. Most of the prologue is where Noel and FBI agent Robert Cuffe meet when Noel was a jewel thief. After spending one night together the rest of the story takes place 10 years after when Noel has retried and gone straight (legally people). He hasn’t forgotten the sexy agent and can’t help but leave him a message every Christmas. Their paths cross again when FBI agent shows up at his door and accuses him of thieving again.
Bottom line you need to read His for the Holidays otherwise your Christmas will not be complete!
Wow, finally we get another With or Without book --> woo to the hoo. This one was worth waiting for. The romance between Aubrey and Matt was superWow, finally we get another With or Without book --> woo to the hoo. This one was worth waiting for. The romance between Aubrey and Matt was super cute - secretly gay, Aubrey can't believe that Matt is his mate. Not only is he too young to drink, but due to his family wanting an heir he must marry a woman. There are some scenes that caused a lump in my throat especially when Matt finds out that Aubrey is unable to be with him. Break my heart why don't you.
If you liked the previous With/With Out books - With Abandon met all my expectations and if my newborn son would just allow me a re-read all would be right with the world ;) ...more
bald pirate guy + hairy chest + manlove = a happy Smokinhotbooks
When KT Grant asked me to review her debut m/m book, Prince’s Groom I did my best Gollum impression and said GIVES IT TO ME! MY PRECIOUS. It’s been too long since my last KT Grant fix, and with this one being m/m, I was ‘in hearts’ with the story before I even started to read it. Prince’s Groom is the 2nd book in her, (what I fondly refer to as sexy pirate man) series.
The sexy pirate man series began with former prince, Thom, falling deep into to lust with a rakish older pirate, Martin. I can’t help but reminisce about my favorite scene where Martin pushes Thom up against a wall and had his nasty, barbarian way with him. Delish! Unfortunately, things cannot stay forever in sweet carnal bliss and Thom’s real life responsibilities get start to get in the way. So, Thom is forced to return back to his homeland with a leaving Martin and himself a broken-hearted. Both are devastated with this turn of events, however, being that we are dealing with two Y chromosomes here, neither is willing to show their true feelings. Typical male. A year goes by and both have not gotten over one another, Thom wishes to return to his tropical paradise with his hairy pirate, despite starting a friends with benefits relationship with his assistant Will. Just as Martin decides to give up his pirating ways and win Thom back, a dangerous highwayman, and a seriously deranged female stalker might keep them apart….
Hands down people, this is my favorite KT Grant book I’ve read so far. We all know how the girls at SHB are a might obsessed with the pirate genre, *cough. cough Black Wade*, so when I saw that Martin was a bald pirate with a lusty appetite I was in manlove heaven. Usually I feel a little left out when I come into a story and the characters have already met, but I didn’t mind that so much in Prince’s Groom. Anyhoo, my only regret is not being able to see how these characters originally met as it is usually my favorite part of a romance. Sooooo this means I’ll need to buy the first one (wink wink).
Thomas turned to slap Martin across the face, when Martin took hold of his hair and roughly
slanted his mouth against his. Thomas was stunned for a moment, and when Martin slipped his tongue
into his mouth, he pounded his fists over Martin’s shoulders. He tried to keep his mouth shut, but as
Martin dug his fingers into his backside, he gasped. Martin groaned and slipped his tongue inside the
warm cavern of Thomas’s mouth and stumbled back with him in his arms until Thomas hit the wall
“Damn you,” Thomas said against Martin’s mouth and wrapped his arms around tighter,
pushing his knee in between Martin’s legs and circling his crotch.
“Thom . . . yes . . . give me this.” Martin panted and without any warning ripped open Thomas’s
coat, vest, and shirt.
“Oh!” Thomas yelped as his buttons went flying. Martin placed his mouth over his nipple and
I highly recommend Prince’s Groom for those of you wanting a little break from all the contemporary manlvoe out there and want something that scratches your pirate itch....more
They’re baaaaaaaaaack. I thought the warning blurb said it best in capturing what Trust Me If You Dare was all about. I wasn’t s Read Full Review Here
They’re baaaaaaaaaack. I thought the warning blurb said it best in capturing what Trust Me If You Dare was all about. I wasn’t sure if I was going to be massively “in hearts (my mother’s term)” with this sequel… usually the first in the series tends to be my fav – I should have known better! Shame on me.
Trust Me if You Dare’s beginning in classic LB Gregg style pulls you right in. It had me chuckling so loud I got glares from Mr. KC. I was also crossing my fingers that baby KC didn’t kick my bladder whilst I was reading; otherwise there probably would have been ‘clean up on the SHB reclining couch.
Caesar is at a used car dealership ‘helping’ his sexy PI boyfriend, Dan, do some investigating. In classic Caesar style he ends up hitting the gas too hard and crashing the lovely BMW he’s test -driving into a parked car. After the embarrassing ‘driving fiasco’ he learns that Poppy (his pregnant BFF and catering business partner) has ‘accepted’ to host a party for his ex (that bastard) Shep. Not only must he work with his ex (again), Shep has a popular German soap actor who can’t seem to help himself by flirting with everything with a y chromosome, including new boyfriend Dan. Working with his ex, fending off a flirting German bad boy, public sexy time in a dark alley and putting off meeting Dan’s parents make or break a relationship…
I laughed, I snorted, and ignored my husband until I finished reading Trust Me If You Dare. What I liked most about it was LB Gregg’s ability to keep me interested in Dan and Ceaar’s relationship. Usually once ‘the boy’s have gotten together I tend to loose interest and want to read about new characters. If it was even possible I fell more ‘in hearts’ with these two characters. TMIYD is another great read from one of my favorite m/m authors and if you’ve read other works by this author you will not be disappointed. SHB pinky swears!
GCowboy man love stories make me want to take my faux leather boots and tell Mr. Smokin’ to get on all fours and take me around Read Full Review Here
GCowboy man love stories make me want to take my faux leather boots and tell Mr. Smokin’ to get on all fours and take me around the living room like a good steed should. Riding crop, is non-negotiable. Here at Smokinhotbooks, there's nothing more that we love than a studs and spurs love story that involves two beautiful rugged men discovering the joys of raw, how animal sex. Chocolate and booze can't even compare to the joy a cowboy romance brings to this little greenhorn's eye.
Cowboy Crush is a short read, only around 60+ pages that mostly takes place on the road with two men from the rodeo circuit. Eli has just lost his fiancé, his house, and a little bit of his dignity. His best friend and fellow bull rider, Vinn has always been attracted to Eli, but has never dared to act on his feelings, for fear of ruining a good friendship and Eli's little problem of liking women instead of men. As Eli drowns his sorrows, he realizes that maybe his no good fiancé might have done him a favor, maybe beneath his feelings of friendship lay something else, something only naughty, bad cowboys would ever think of doing. (Puns and blatant lack of subtly intended- tips invisible fuscia-colored cowgirl hat)
My favorite scene had to be the first kiss between Eli and Vinn:
Throwing caution to the wind, Eli brushed his lips across Vinn's neck. His friend froze in place for a few seconds before turning to meet his gaze. Those amber eyes turned dark and hooded in an instant, and Eli instinctively knew they were both thinking the same thing.
"You're my best friend." His voice was hoarse, Eli tried to swallow past the lump in his throat.
Cowboy Crush is a great teaser that makes me want to read a more lengthier work from this author. Two gay cowboys making whoopie, no need to twist my arm, I'm sold! ...more
I have to say Z.A. Maxfield's stand alones are my favs. Crossing Borders is my second favorite book this author has written so far (Family Unit is myI have to say Z.A. Maxfield's stand alones are my favs. Crossing Borders is my second favorite book this author has written so far (Family Unit is my first)!
My favorite scene has to be when Tristan realizes he is gay and so after overhearing his female classmates pick up guys at Borders he decides to come up with 'a plan.' After carefully selecting books from the Gay section and turning them 'just so' at the table he sees his arch nemesis....Officer Helmet (the cop who gave him a ticket for not wearing a helmet while skateboarding). I died laughing the texts that Officer Helmet would send to Tristan sitting at the next table over.
"What are you doing here?" asked Officer Helmet. "Really?" Well, shit. "I'm here, Michael, to get laid, no that it's any of your damn business, because I checked. Unless I'm selling it which I'm not. I'm of age, and I'm free, white, and single, so butt out," Tristan said in a rush.
Michael sighed. "In that case, Officer Michael Truax says, 'safety first,' Sparky. Try to remember that, okay?"
Crossing Borders is a heartfelt story about a younger man's sexual identity and starting a relationship with an older man (he's 28, not that old). This one hit all my manlove buttons. ...more
It's not every day you read an anthology with all your fav m/m authors, so of course I had to get this one. Usually the anthologies I've read have beeIt's not every day you read an anthology with all your fav m/m authors, so of course I had to get this one. Usually the anthologies I've read have been separate short stories written by various authors, for Shifting Sands it is one continuous story with each author writing about a different character - kind of like an HBO mini series.
Daniel the owner of Shifting Sands has recently married crazy Yi, a high maintenance Chinese native who ends up cursing him and his ranch hands to turn into animals every full moon. Each one turns into one of the animals from the Chinese Zodiac and are cursed to stay on the ranch until they can find someone who will love them.
My favorites stories are
All the Moon Long by Kimberly Gardner (Cy and Bobby Lee's story)
Lost and Found by JL Langley (Ben's story)
Pulling the Dragon's Tale by Jet Mykles (Daniel's story)
Shifting Sands is one anthology that is actually worth shelling out your dinero for. ...more
This one really missed the mark for me. I was expecting a bit more humor and emotional connection between the main heros, which I didn't get. The authThis one really missed the mark for me. I was expecting a bit more humor and emotional connection between the main heros, which I didn't get. The author, I thought, did a better job showing us how a gay, single father raises a young girl.
Although Her Two Dad's did nothing for me in the romance department, it is still a worth-while read for those looking for a cute story about a single father raising a young baby girl and finds love with his roommate. ...more
I adored Jordan Castillo Price psy-cop series so of course I had to buy Sleepwalker.
Web works as a night as a dead-end security job. In the beginningI adored Jordan Castillo Price psy-cop series so of course I had to buy Sleepwalker.
Web works as a night as a dead-end security job. In the beginning you'll often be wondering who is George? Is Web crazy? George is Web's nickname for his brain tumor, once a promising grad student he now has to write things down and can't even remember his sister in-laws name. He meets Jesse Ray Jones a taxidermist who is there to help Faris Natural Sciences Center secure the MAHPS Grant. Web can't seem to take his eyes off Jesse and offers to have his stay at his apartment while he is working. Lust gets put on hold after Web's supervisor is found dead, Web has 3 hours unaccounted for, and all fingers point to Jesse.
I keep having to remind myself that Jordan Castillo Price's books have more of a HFN(I just learned this today Happy For Now) ending. I struggle with this at time because I really want my HEA darn it. Sleepwalker is a well-written suspenseful read - filled with interesting characterization.
My only ho-hum: I didn't feel Jesse and Web had enough time to really grow or start a relationship. Most of the story is spent with both of them just getting to know one another at work, which makes sense since all of this takes place in a matter of a few days. Also, there didn't seem to be any light shed on Web's condition, will he get surgery? Will he regress etc? I can only hope a second book will come out so we can read more about Jesse and the fascinating Mr. Web. ...more
This was a really cute m/m story and just what I needed after eating too much birthday cake. I was at first a little turned off about reading a love sThis was a really cute m/m story and just what I needed after eating too much birthday cake. I was at first a little turned off about reading a love story involving a grandfather but he is actually only 45. Not that it should matter...
Richard has sole custody of his grandson Nick when on Halloween he spies the cute but crazy neighbor Logan. Logan a retired marine is instantly attracted to Rick and has been trying to get up the courage to ask him out.
My favorite scene has to be when Logan decides to approach Rick while out jogging, when he leans in to ask him out, Rick hits a metal pole and has to be taken to the hospital. Both men are embarrassed, awkward, and just plain cute.
If you are looking for a light m/m story about family and second chances with love, Family Unit is a funny, emotional read that had me smiling on my birthday. ...more
Sweet coming of age m/m story. Had some trouble initially with the beginning writing style, not that it was poorly written, just a different style. AlSweet coming of age m/m story. Had some trouble initially with the beginning writing style, not that it was poorly written, just a different style. Also, thought some of the back and forth/ past and present flash backs sometimes hindered the flow of the story. All in all a cute love story about two boys who started off as friends and became something more.
I'd also recommend Enlightened Little Boy Lost by JP Barnaby if you are looking for more coming of age m/m stories written for adults. ...more
Not often I like the second book out of a series. We first met Jordan in St. Nacho's - he wasn't pretty. After a drunk and driving accident where he mNot often I like the second book out of a series. We first met Jordan in St. Nacho's - he wasn't pretty. After a drunk and driving accident where he murdered a little boy, Jordie has come a long way from the pathetic addict we saw in the first book. Thank god.
Jordan wants to start over...in St. Nancho. He finds a job at a gym as a physical trainer, only to be struck by a fate of irony in the name of Ken Ashton. Ken had a lot going for him as a budding all start athlete until he was hit by a drunk driver and can barely walk. This is a story about second chances.
You would think from the plot that this would be a depressing read, which it is not. The focus is more on Jordan and Ken's relationship and not on how much Ken hates drunk drivers. Physical Therapy is my favorite out of the 2 books so far. ...more
This is another author that is like Baked Lays, I can't read just one. i was surprised on the length of Maxfields stories and character depth. This isThis is another author that is like Baked Lays, I can't read just one. i was surprised on the length of Maxfields stories and character depth. This is not a light gay for you type of read. Cooper is a drifter running away from a past that still haunts him. He ends up in St. Nacho's where he meats, deaf bus boy Shawn.
All you need to know is that I liked it, I want more, and darn if I didn't run out and buy the next book in this series.
I also bought Drawn Together which was fabulous. This author writes great contemporary manlove with real life issues. ...more
At first glance reading the blurb I said 'no thanks, moving on'. A drug addict turned state witness from the Mexican mob is not my usual cup of man loAt first glance reading the blurb I said 'no thanks, moving on'. A drug addict turned state witness from the Mexican mob is not my usual cup of man love tea. But, after reading so many great reviews I decided to 'man up' and buy Shades of Gray.
I love when I am proved wrong - in my book life, not real life.
Shades of Gray is just plain awesome. The author did a wonderful job of writing Danny who is not your run of the mill squeaky clean hero. It takes a lot of skill to endear me to such a shady character.
If you are looking for a meatier (yes, I said that), character driven male/male fiction book, you can't miss this one. ...more
You really can't go wrong with a Josh Lanyon book. That being said I had mix feelings about A Vintage Affair - on one hand I liked it, on the other thYou really can't go wrong with a Josh Lanyon book. That being said I had mix feelings about A Vintage Affair - on one hand I liked it, on the other there were some aspects I didn't care for.
I think my main problem and always is with any Lanyon book is that I fall hard for the main heroes. So when Austin gets his heart broken by in the closet Jeff Brady my reading heart gets broken. Vicious cycle. There was one scene in particular I think as readers we needed more time to forgive Jeff Brady. I won't go into it because I pinky swore to myself that I would quite spoiling ya'll.
If you are in the mood for a good mystery that involves a wine expert and a way-in-the-closet southerner, Vintage Affair is a quick and solid good read. ...more
I had some ups and downs with Simple Men. I wanted it to be a romance but it wasn't. I often felt it read more like fiction, which is not a bad thing,I had some ups and downs with Simple Men. I wanted it to be a romance but it wasn't. I often felt it read more like fiction, which is not a bad thing, and if I had payed more attention I might have had a different outlook on this book. I was also disappointed the author didn't go into detail with the side romance between the two college best friends. I often felt cut off and wished the author extended some of the scenes between Foster and Chip as well as the side characters. Overall this is a really cute story and enjoyable to read (despite KC's little ho-hums). ...more
I found out about this new to me author lurking at my favorite m/m author site, LB Gregg. So, of course I had to read it. I did have a little bit of trouble initially getting into Life After Joe, I think it was due more with the sentence structure. This is probably more of a style issue, but I often lost track of where the sentences were going, which made it difficult for me to find my pace up until Matthew meets Aaron. Once the book shifted more with dialogue it was easier for me to find my reading pace.
Matthew is in a world of hurt and numbness, his long time partner Joe left him for a woman who he plans to marry. We glimpse the world Matthew chooses to live by, meaningless sex, fights, all night drinking; until he sees Araon at a local gay bar/club. After almost being beaten on his way home, Aaron saves him and takes Matthew back to his place to recuperate. Where he starts to see maybe there is life after Joe…
For all my misadventures, I was here and well, my blood clean,, with nothing worse than a fading hangover to mar Christmas. I didn’t know what I was to Aaron, but to me, he was – oh God, so much –warmth and life, proof I could, despite all post-Joe expectations, find it in my heart to fall in love again.
Life After Joe is an emotional read that leaves you thinking about it long after you’ve read the last page. If you are looking for a story about redemption and picking up the pieces after a broken heart, this is a great debut novel from Harper Fox.