Favorite quote: There was something different about having him inside me, more so that I’d ever experienced with anyone else. Part of it was the way he looked at me, like I was something to be treasured. He was attentive, watching making sure I was enjoying everything he was doing. One thing I loved was the way he came. The power and the way he totally lost himself in the moment, like everything else he did.(less)
“I want new appliances if I can hold out, no stainless steel.”
I had heard of this book many times, but had never picked up anything by the author, Sandrine Gasq-Dion. This book definitely makes me want to read more of her work.
Mateo is uber-hot. He’s definitely someone that attracts your attention. Thing is? He doesn’t do relationships. What is it about this other man, though? He makes Mateo feel things, do things he wouldn’t normally do.
That other man is Riley. Who is sexy in his own right. He’s also a target because of what he knows. Mateo swears he’ll keep Riley safe. He swears it. Unfortunately, the best laid plans of mice and men often go awry and Riley is taken.
What will Mateo do? Hell, I think the better question is, “What won’t Mateo do” to protect someone he might possibly, just kinda sorta, falling for.
This is the first book of the series and it’s a great starting point. Mateo may be an assassin, but he’s definitely on the side of the angels.
The sex is hot, and pretty damn inventive (anal beads…grin). I can’t wait to check out the rest of this series.(less)
“Okay, Zach.” The cop sighed. “We can do this one of two ways. It’s late , and it is the night before Christmas. I really want to go home to be with my family and you are kind of making this all very difficult. Now you can come with me, get a decent meal, a shower, and maybe some warmer clothes, and then you can sleep for the night in a warm bed. This can be all by your own choice, or I can make it official and arrest you, then force you to go.”
For most people a snowy Christmas Eve is the perfect time to gather around the tree with family and friends, enjoying the warmth of a fire and a cup of hot chocolate. For Zachary Weston, it means trying to sleep on a bench in a churchyard, with only a thin blanket to protect him from the snow. Beaten, and then thrown out by his abusive father for being gay, Zach ended up in a small town somewhere in Virginia after his money ran out. Ben Hamilton, a rookie cop in his small home town, finds a scared young man sleeping on a bench. He offers the cold and hungry man a warm meal, warm clothes, and a warm place to sleep for the night. Little did either one know that one night of compassion will lead to so much more.
The Christmas Throwaway by RJ Scott is a character driven story that highlights the all-too-common tragedy of kids being thrown out of their homes by their families for being gay. With a smooth plot flow, and a backstory that fills in the gaps, you can’t help but be pulled into this sad, yet ultimately hopeful tale. The author’s style is eloquent, insightful, and concise, and pulls back the curtain on a subject all too many people want to pretend doesn’t exist. This lovely Christmas tale has a HEA ending that I absolutely loved. So if you’re looking for a story that skillfully blends heartache and hope, then I definitely recommend this book to you.(less)
“Mark consults the logbook and discovers reports from two old friends, Morgan’s Farm and the neighboring Lewis Farm. Morgan’s Farm has reported a broken fence, while Rhodri Lewis has reported an obscenity spray-painted on one of his sheep. A crime wave!”
In Goosed, Sasha Payne gives us a very richly detailed character driven look at life in a small village deep in the Welsh countryside. Constable Mark Cordwell and Sergeant Bryn Powell spend their days delivering mail and groceries to various outlying farms, patrol the various lanes and backroads of their territory, escort the village children to school and back, and any other duties they need to perform. Everyone in the village does their best to show Mark just how welcome he is after his transfer from London, and just how accepting they are of his relationship with Bryn. He loves his life in the village, and Bryn’s surprise gift to Mark, given at the village’s Plygain service, make Mark’s first holiday with Bryn a very memorable one. The tale has a very smooth plot flow and a cast of secondary characters that are so quirky and vivid that they almost steal the show. The author’s writing is simple, elegant, and clean. I really like how the description of village life is so richly portrayed that I felt like I was actually there. If you want a lovely tale that is full of warmth, acceptance, and the Christmas spirit, then this is definitely one you need to check out.(less)
“Mary frowned. “You can’t carry your weakness for helpless strays and orphans into your love life. Get a dog. Find a cause. Volunteer at the hospital. Then maybe you can fall in love with an equal partner instead of a project that needs you to survive.”
It’s Christmas Eve, 1966, and Philip Potter is doing some last minute shopping while waiting for James Walker-his lover of six years-to return from a visit to his father. After dropping off gifts at the homeless shelter, Philip heads home to spend Christmas with his lover. When he arrives, he finds the police swarming outside his apartment, and asks what’s going on. An officer callously tells him that his faggot boyfriend had shot himself. As Philip trys to cope with his grief and pain, he finds himself considered the prime suspect in the death of a boy from the homeless shelter because he was the last one seen talking to the boy before he was killed. As the body count rises, and hidden secrets come to light, Philip realizes that he never really knew James at all, and that what he thought was love turns out to be anything but.
After Christmas Eve by Michael Rupured is a gripping character and plot driven story that starts out on a happy note, but rapidly descends into tragedy, mystery, and murder. With a smooth plot flow, and a solid backstory that fills in any gaps, this tale pulls you in from the beginning and doesn’t turn you loose until the very last page. The characters are complex, multi-layered, and live in a world where being homosexual can lead to being arrested, fired from your job, and the cops routinely hassle and even ignor crimes committed against you. The author’s writing style is brutally honest, concise, and eloquent. The author has done a superb job of researching what life was like for the LGBT community during the sixties, and the blatant predjudice, persecution, and disregard all too many people had for their rights. I really, REALLY like how the author skillfully, and deftly weaves together a murder mystery, personal tragedy, a blunt,no-holds-barred look at the attitudes of the time, and turns it into a taut psychological thrill ride. Just when you think you know who the killer is, the tale takes a left turn. The story has a HEA ending, but only after enough twists and turns to satisfy the most avid thrillseeker. If you want a story that pulls you in, takes you on a wild ride, and doesn’t turn you loose until the very last page, then I can DEFINITELY recommend this book to you.(less)
Walt-”Be nice.” Vance-”I’m always nice. Just a sweet ole pussycat, you know that.” “If by sweet ole pussycat you mean rabid tiger, then yeah, that’s you to a T,” Walt said with a sarcastic drawl.”
Vance Wolf is at the end of his rope. Six months ago he buried his father after he died of a massive heart attack brought on by the stress of being harssed by Andrew Blackwell, the new owner of Sweet Meadow Ranch, the spread next door to Wolf Creek. The barn had to be replaced after the first one burned to the ground under mysterious circumstances, and Vance’s cattle are disappearing faster than he can replace them. With Blackwell’s cash lining the pockets of the local law, Vance is on his own. His mother suggests that they open the ranch to business people as a cowboy camp. Adam Prentiss has come to Wolf Creek along with the four men in his department as a team-building exercise. Sent by his father to investigate the financial status of the ranch and report back to him, Adam finds himself attracted to Vance. Torn between hiding who he really is, and obeying his father’s orders, or telling Vance everything, and risk losing their relationship.
New York Cowboy by Lisa Worrall is a character driven tale that showcases what can happen when a ruthless businessman tries to drive a man off the ranch that has been in his family for generations. With a smooth plot flow, and characters who are vividly complex, and three dimensional, Lisa has given us a unique twist on the classic “good vs evil” storyline. The highly informative backstory fills in any gaps and answers any questions as to how the characters came to this time and place. The author’s writing style is simple, concise, and eloquent, displaying an intimate knowledge of how a ranch is run, and just how thin a margin so many ranchers face while trying to make a living. The land is wild, the cowboys are hot, and the sex is even hotter! I really enjoyed reading the story, and if you want a read that is anything but boring, then this is the book for you.(less)
“Is this what you wanted?” Larry asked, leaning close, his lips right near Joshua’s ear. “Because you wanted the lion, and unless you say so now, this lion is going to fuck you into oblivion.”
A Lion in Tails by Andrew Grey was a super sweet holiday novella. I’m sure you’re wondering how I can say sweet when my favorite quote is far from sweet, but I can assure you the scene around that quote was a favorite of mine. Larry Kincaid is now raising his nephew after Larry’s sister has died. He’s doing a pretty good job of it but it isn’t easy. Larry does seem a little awkward to me around Angus, his cute young nephew, but he is really trying to step in as a parent. Now it is the holidays and they are both struggling with the changes. For Larry he’s normally in full holiday swing getting ready for his large annual party, which is quite the formal affair. And poor Angus, no longer having his home, mom or any of his old traditions at the holidays. As they go to rent tuxes for the party, Larry meets Joshua. Angus takes an instant liking to Joshua who clearly has a way with kids. Eventually, Joshua is invited to Larry’s party and after the party ends sparks fly. The two of them are super hot and it turns into a quite the night. Unfortunately there are some hurt feelings from some unintentional actions. The story, while short, takes us through the initial stages of Larry and Joshua’s relationship. I love that Joshua compares Larry to a Lion and to me Joshua is the lion tamer. They make a really cute couple and the novella ends with a really satisfying HFN.(less)
“I had a vision of me perched on a platter with an apple stuck in my ass.”
Scanty Santa was a fun read. Neighbor one sees neighbor two having car trouble and stops to help. He knows who it is, although they have never met. Neighbor one is thrilled to see that neighbor two is dressed in a very scantly stripper costume, having admired his hot body when they crossed paths running. He offers to help by taking him to his ‘gig’ at a local medical center. Neighbor one watches and his hunky neighbor turns a bunch of screaming nurses on, giving them a nice treat for having to work Christmas Eve. Afterwards, an office administrator approaches the two and asks if they have time to do another show for a friend of his who is having a party that’s gone to the dogs. Now, neighbor two talks his rescuer into doing the show with him to spice things up a bit. The show gets rather racy, and the two have a lot of fun, and make quite a bit of money, that they both really need. They go back to neighbor number two’s house for hot cocoa. Now you will have noticed that I’ve used ‘neighbor one and two throughout. That is because now is the first time in this short story that we find out their names. Now, I know that most men will introduce themselves and shake hands almost immediately after meeting. This was a bit of a problem for me. Could be just me, but it bothered me that I didn’t know these characters names. For a short story to work for me, I want a good beginning, with a hook, a middle and an adequate ending. Short stories are hard to pull off for that very reason. I was on the fence with this one. The ending was okay, but that was it. Just okay. The rest of it kept me involved and laughing. I would have preferred a little more attention to the ending. Overall, I think the author, Mr. Storm, gave us a fun holiday story that was entertaining and worth the quick read before lights out. The one thing that I truly disliked, which has nothing to do with the author was the cover. It was cartoonish at best. If I were looking for a book to buy, I would have skipped right over it, not giving it a second look. Don’t let the cover fool you with this one, there are some little jewels in here ready to be discovered.(less)
“So she’s just like you. Don’t worry, cats love me. I know just where to scratch them.” “Oh, do you really?” “Yeah. Come ’ere.” He leaned over the gear shift and pulled me in for a kiss. With one hand, he held the back of my head, while with the other he rubbed the patch of skin on my arm where the rope marks had barely faded. If I were a cat, I would’ve purred. We parted at last, and he gave me a wink. “Trust me.”
Sometimes you pick up a book by an author you’ve never read before and you wonder where she’s been all your life. I feel like that with Secrets and Ink by Lou Harper, this book is just so good I want to go out and devour every other book she has written.
Jem ‘Jeremy’ Mitchell is a grocery clerk with a shameful past; he also thinks he’s cursed. Resigned to waiting out the end of the curse Jem lives a quiet life stacking groceries at Fred’s Trading Place. That is until he meets detective Nick Davies. For Jem Nick is lust at sight, and after a week flirting over the cash register Nick finally asks Jem out on a date. They hit it off like a house on fire until they end up in bed where a relic of Jem’s shady past makes an appearance. Jem has a spider tattoo on his lower back, a tattoo Nick recognizes (and have you seen the fabulous cover?) It turns out years before, when Jem was 17; Nick was the undercover cop who arrested Jem for hustling. Nick recognizes the tattoo, stiffens in shock causing Jem to flee in shame.
A few days later Jem finds a picture of himself from that time stuffed through his door. Thinking Nick is taunting him Jem rushes round to his apartment to confront the man only to find the photo wasn’t left by Nick. As Nick and Jem gradually get closer another picture arrives. Then an old friend of Jem’s, Riley, is murdered and Jem thinks he’s being followed. Can Nick and Jem solve the mystery before Jem suffers Riley’s fate? And what’s all this got to do with a hotshot Hollywood movie star that seems to feature in the second picture that turns up?
I couldn’t put this book down. I was enchanted by Jem, he was sweet, cute, scatty and just plain fun, and Nick wasn’t bad either. Nick came over as sensible and smart, what Jem mistakes for revulsion, when Nick first sees his tattoo, is quickly established as self-loathing, as Nick reveals he was turned on by Jem’s 17 year old self, something he has always been ashamed off. When I read this I felt like understood Nick so much more, those few words explaining so much about his integrity. Nick turned out to be very protective of Jem, and I adored the intimate scenes between them where Nick introduces Jem to Shibari, that added an element of trust between them that really worked. The character development was very good and I could see them working well as a couple. I loved both Jem and Nick and really hope we see more of them in the future, one book is just not enough I don’t normally read thrillers but I loved this. The plot was captivating, twisting and turning keeping me right on the edge. The writing flowed easily, the tension ramping up a lot towards the end. The story is told mainly from Jem’s POV and he was a great storyteller. From the moment I started Secrets and Ink I was hooked. I really couldn’t put it down. I can’t recommend this book highly enough.(less)
I love getting laid. Not the pale, wilted imitation of maybe getting laid sometime next week.
First off, if you haven’t read Like Coffee and Doughnuts or Like Pizza and Beer, start there so you know who these characters are. If you’ve already met them, dive into this short.
I make no bones about the fact that I do enjoy these stories. Dino and Seth are fun together. Dino is very old school. He’s had a lot of changes in his life, including the fact his best friend, Seth, has become his perpetually horny and witty boyfriend. And they fit somehow. Seth is protective and loving, despite the fact that he’s got some pain-in-the-butt (no comment) qualities.
In this story, which is part of the First Frost Anthology, you get to sneak a peek at them while they’re on vacation. Or at least what starts out as a vacation. Someone at the campgrounds seems determined to keep everyone away from their place. When they resort to violence and trickery, Dino is back on the job.
Who is it and what are they looking for? That’s part of the fun. Sadly, this story is a short and it’s put into an anthology instead of a free-standing novella, but it was fun to revisit these friends.(less)
S. Dora has yet another enticing entry into the “Calling the Shots” series.
Isaac has admitted he enjoys his Dominant side, while Tom continues to embrace his submissiveness. Isaac isn’t yet completely comfortable in his role, yet he’s willing to learn for Tom’s sake. They continue their journey, learning by doing.
Theirs is a life lived in secret. While they’re out and have no problems sharing affection outside of the house, what they’re building at home is something not to be shared with others. One small, seemingly insignificant event threatens to unravel the tenuous threads that are binding them together.
These stories aren’t long, but they’re quite erotic and well-written. Isaac is a good Sir, wanting his sub to explore the future they have plotted together, and I’m along for the ride every step of the way.(less)
”I look like a burglar, except you can see my face. But nobody looks at my face except to snarl in it, or shout in it, or, on particularly lively nights, to spit in it. And tonight was one of those nights.”
The Hardest Thing is a fantastic entry in James Lear’s series A Dan Stagg Mystery. Two years ago Dan Stagg had a career, a salary, respect, status, and a sense of purpose. But that was before DADT and a charge of inappropriate sexual conduct ended his stint as a Marine. Very recently fired from his job as a security guard at the Panther Club-a shitty dive in the East Village because of a fight with a patron, Dan finds himself wondering how he’s going to pay the rent on his one room apartment. After an article about the incident is carried by the local papers, a stranger shows up at Dan’s apartment offering him a lucrative proposition-being a bodyguard to the young male secretary of a powerful real estate broker. His orders-take Stirling McMahon to the White Mountains of New Hampshire, and stay under the radar until further notice. Easy job, right? WRONG! Almost from the very beginning, Dan finds out that there’s a lot more going on beneath the surface. There are so many lies, betrayals, conspiracies, false aliases, and danger that Dan wonders if he even has a chance of living long enough to get to the bottom of the mystery.
This is a plot driven story that has more twists and turns than a cross between a rollercoaster, and a mountain goat trail. It starts off as a simple body guard job that rapidly turns into anything but. It has characters who are complex, three dimensional, and have more layers to them than an extra large onion. Just when you think you know who’s who,and why, everything is turned upside down and inside out. With a smooth plot flow, and a fascinating backstory that leaves no doubt as to how and why the MCs are where they are at the present time, this is a mystery that leaves you guessing and rapidly turning the page to see what happens next. We get to read about men having hot, passionate, and wild sex in many different locations-from seedy motels to the great outdoors. The author’s writing style is brilliant, crisp, and concise, with a deft and masterful ability to weave mystery, conspiracies, hot sex, and suspense into a wild ride that will pull you in and won’t let you go until the very last page. This gripping tale has a surprise HEA ending that comes after a series of events that are shocking, depraved, and just plain crazy. If you want a terrific tale that offers you a hot, sexy mystery that is definitely a cut above the rest, then I can enthusiatically recommend this gripping book to you.(less)
That bastard! He couldn’t. He wouldn’t. He fucking did! Lucius was a goddamn chicken – a goddamn chicken with goddamn chicken feathers and goddamn chicken legs.
K-Lee Klein has had me hooked on her books since Lazy Valentines. If you haven’t read that one yet, please do!
This book is way different than that one. Shapeshifters. Witches. Mates. Love. She blends them beautifully, especially when Nicu, the mate to the prickly Lucius shows up and wants to solidify their bond, if you know what I mean. (Wink.)
This was my introduction to the family, so I suppose it’s only fitting that I tell you who is who. Lucius – Wolf shifter. The main character of the book. He’s moody and snarky and hates being turned into a goddamn chicken.
Manny – Mountain Lion shifter. He’s sweet and loving, even if he’s a bit naïve about life and love. What happens to him in this book broke my heart.
Kristof – Bear shifter (and my favorite in the household). Big, loveable, goofy. Fiercely loyal and dependable.
Ali – White witch. He’s the glue that binds this family of misfits. He also happens to be one of the most powerful witches in North America. (And the title character for book 2.)
Nicu – Ah, he’s the enigma. 100% human. Right? Yes and no.
This is what family is about. Coming together in times of need, holding each other in sorrow and pain, loving each other no matter what. And there are a lot of times that’s necessary in this story. Whether it’s Lucius being a pain (okay, that’s most of the time), Manny having his dreams crushed, Kristof being claimed by me (shhhh, I’m trying to sneak that one in), or Ali pining for his own soul mate, these men stick together.
I got Lucky (snicker) enough to snag this book from Becky Condit who was going to review it herself. I am SO glad I did. [Note from Becky: Grrr.]
Tom and Isaac are absolutely wonderful. Tom asks Isaac for an afternoon of erotic delights, wanting nothing more than to feel the thrill. Isaac, wanting to keep his young lover happy, agrees. What happens confuses them both, making the morning after awkward because it forces them to face the truth. They truly enjoyed it, but now wonder where to go from here.
This isn’t a story about an established Dom/sub relationship. This is two men who love each other and want to add a new angle to their lives. It works on so many levels. To see them building toward something together is sweet and awkward and so fulfilling.(less)
“Marina whirled. “Shut up! Both of you. We get it. Werewolves and fairies don’t mix. Must you two reenact this every time you see each other? Get a room already, and either kill each other or fuck, one or the other!”
Rising Frenzy is the second book in Brandon Witt’s gripping new series Men of Myth. It starts right after Brett Wright walks away from Finn de Morisco, leaving him hurting, angry, and heartbroken. Finn withdraws from his family and his former life, and spends his time visiting The Square-a secret place where the vampires, witches, werewolves, and other supernatural beings go to indulge their darker sides-Finn starts to hear a voice in his head, belittling him and leaving Finn wondering if he’s going insane. He becomes addicted to Spor-a drug made by the fairies-because it helps him cope with the pain of Brett’s rejection. He realizes that there’s a lot more to the voice than what he thinks, and that what he finds out will change the future for him and his family in ways yet unknown. Brett tries to find a place with his new family, but finds out that prejudice over his demon ancestry and homosexuality have followed him under the ocean. The obstacles that he overcomes to fit into his new exsistance may not matter, because his new family is facing possible extinction.
This is a complex character and plot driven tale that pulls you into a fascinatingly well built world where vampires, witches, werewolves, warlocks, and many other supernatural races exist unknown to the human world. The characters are vivid, three dimensional, and have the same hopes, dreams, faults, and foibles as anyone in the “real” world. The backstory fills in any gaps, and answers the question of how and why the characters are the way they are now. With a smooth plot flow, this tale pulls you in from the beginning and leaves you quickly turning the page to find out what happens next. The men are hot, the emotions hotter, and the sex is literally out of this world! The author’s writing style is eloquent, concise, and highly original. Brendan Witt takes the “good vs evil” concept and gives it a very unique and highly original twist. I loved how the author builds a world that is so vivid and complex that I actually wish that I could visit there. The story has a bittersweet ending, and you get the sense of even more heartache and danger down the road. If you want to read a wickedly entertaining book that is ANYTHING but ordinary, then definitely check this one out.(less)
Jason nodded. “Does that mean you’re ready to head off to Europe?” Blaze grinned. “I was born ready.” Jason laughed. “Wow, who has the cheesy lines now?”
Blaze Shinozuka has just received the chance of a lifetime. A major record company has flown him to San Antonio to audition for the job as a replacement guitarist for Cassie, a famous pop star. He plays for Jason Stockton-celebrity manager for Cassie and other major artists-who really likes what he hears and offers Blaze the job. Blaze and Jason also find themselves strongly attracted to each other, but both try to ignor it because it’s not a good idea to mix business with pleasure. Despite all the reasons why not, the two start a relationship that must survive lies, misunderstandings, and the jealousy and manipulations of others determined to pull them apart and ruin any chance they have for the future.
This is a character driven story with a plot that flows smoothly from beginning to end. The characters are convincing, believable, and three dimensional. The obstacles and roadblocks that Blaze and Jason fight through help both of them heal from their painful pasts, and give them hope for a happy future. The backstory fills in any gaps, and you don’t have any “huh?” moments. The sex is passionate, tender, and VERY hot without being over the top. The author’s writing style is clean, original, and concise. The author gives a very compelling look at what goes on behind the scenes of the rock ‘n’ roll world, and the personal drama that occurs there. The story has a HEA ending, and I really enjoyed reading it. If you’re looking for a rock ‘n’ roll tale that is anything but ordinary, check this book out for yourself.(less)
Reed leaned his chin against his hand, elbow on the table, and ran a finger across his lips. I love you. Their secret code. Trent had wanted something only they would understand and Reed never expected it would be necessary for actual communication.
Ok all my fellow book lovers, this review is going to be a long one! Just preparing you now because I have so many thoughts on this story. First, I absolutely loved Jaded by EM Lynley! The Precious Gems series has turned into a must read series for me. As with the past stories, Jaded is an excellent blend of romance and suspense written with amazing details of Japan and its art history. I feel like I close these books smarter than when I started plus with a joyful heart.
The book again features Trent and Reed as the main characters. I’ll admit I tend to stay away from series were it is the same MCs over and over because I read to escape and I love closing a book with an HEA or HFN. So when the characters continue, I know there will be trouble and I don’t want trouble. Sure in real life no relationship is perfect but I hate to see couples struggle. I gave up on the Sookie Stackhouse and Cat & Bones series for this reason. So I was a little nervous starting this story. Reed is back working undercover and Trent doesn’t always know where he is or what he is doing. It makes for bitter departures when Reed leaves but sweet and super sexy reunions when he returns safely. And I mean sexy, naked time reunions..whew..hot!
While Reed is on his latest assignment, Trent finds himself lonely especially since he’s just finished writing his latest book. Leah, his co-gallery owner, has a great opportunity for Trent to fly to Japan and inspect some art Leah wants to buy for the gallery. What an adventure for Trent and he gets to take his close friend Beth along to translate. I mean what could go wrong….well if there is danger, Trent seems to find it. I consider him the male version of Danger Prone Daphne from Scooby Doo. But Trent is actually must stronger now than in the first book when he was in trouble back in Thailand. He’s gone through FBI training and when push comes to shove he can be as bad ass as Reed just with a super soft heart.
Trent’s trip to Japan goes quickly awry when he finds himself accused of murder and the Japanese judicial system is nothing like the US one. Thankfully Reed is able to get to Japan to try to help. Ah Reed…can I say I love him more now after this book than in past. Before he was pretty hard and not ready to love so easily, but I think Trent has thrown him for a loop. He really is in love with Trent. The only problem is his job which he really loves. We learned after Italy (book 2) that being in the FBI is what he is; he can’t not work for them. When he goes to Japan, he ends up going undercover to try to help Trent. Unfortunately that means he goes undercover as a Japanese host. Almost like an escort. The person he is trying to catch loves men especially two men together and Reed has to play a role to catch his attention. This part was so hard…because how far do you go when you are undercover? Reed is put in a difficult situation and my heart ached. Damn…it was hard for me to read. Thankfully Trent and Reed really love each other and I love them together. We get to read some sweet moments like the one around my favorite quote listed above to some super hot sex.
The whole murder mystery was really interesting and I actually didn’t figure out “who done it” until the end. I think there is more to the story and there is definitely more to Trent and Reed’s relationship. I’m not sure what more adventures they can get themselves into but I hope there is more. As with past stories, all of the details about the country were amazing. From the landscape, to the foods, the transportation, Ms. Lynley does a great job describing everything. It makes me long to travel to those countries.
In closing….get Jaded. Read the whole Precious Gems series. Fall in love with Trent and Reed like I have! Go enjoy a great murder-mystery, romance story and learn a little something along the way!(less)
He glanced at Westley, inadvertently meeting his clear blue eyes. Westley sucked on his bottom lip and looked away. Christ he’s hot.
I really enjoyed this book. It was much more of a action read than romance. Jaylen is travelling the country slaying werewolves on first contact whilst trying to track down the ones that killed his family. He is able to sense them with the help of a drug made by a friend who is a witch. The nice realism here is that sometimes he has to stop and work and he doesn’t have unlimited funds, and also that he does have a conscience about those he has killed even as he rationalises that they were werewolves. What he has never done is sat down and talked with a werewolf. Wesley is a werewolf and although he was born one he doesn’t like changing each month and has found a combination of herbs that can stop his change. What no one realises if that these herbs will also mean Jaylen won’t know he is a wolf and for the first time ever Jaylen spends time with a wolf and finds that maybe they are not all bad. Both are trying to stop the other finding out wolves exist. Jaylen is used to being alone and Wesley is genetically programmed to care for people although he tries REALLY hard not to live up to expectations. All this against a back drop of the big bad wolf coming to town and you have a great read. There are also a few laughs especially when the i-pad comes into the picture. For me the problem was I didn’t really like the ending, yes I suppose it is a HEA but in a non-traditional sense, perhaps I am too much a flowers and bunnies kind of a girl, or maybe I should accept that this way is more real life and less fantasy.(less)
“You’re going to move in with him? Her? Whatever that Lindsey person is? You’re still with it?”
This is the second book by Ms. Nacht that I’ve had the pleasure to read and let me repeat that it has been a pleasure! “No Tea, No Shade” is a tale about two men who began their relationship years before as children who grew up as next door neighbors and best friends. Their connection was strong even while so young but parental disapproval brought their relationship to a devastating end. Both Lindsey, an effeminate boy, and Hank, a tough jock-to-be, suffered from the break and it affected them through the following years. Now adults, they have reconnected. Hank’s life has been filled with turmoil and he is consumed with self-loathing. It takes the fortuitous timing of an unexpected email to halt Hank’s attempt to bring an end to his suffering and prompt him to make some big changes that would bring him back to the only person he ever truly loved, Lindsey.
A quick recap of this book would be to say it is a story about a drag queen who meets up with a former classmate/best friend/bully and as they clear the air about past grievances, they quickly became important players in each other’s future. Conflict. Time. Resolution. Sounds simple enough but trust me, my words cannot do justice to the magic that I feel Ms. Nacht creates with her words. It’s not just the storyline, the characters, the emotions—it’s a sum total that far surpasses what these individual elements bring. She blends them together into something truly remarkable. And it’s that magical talent that allowed me to accept the reasons for Hank’s abhorrent behavior towards Lindsey and forgive him for it. It also helped me see that Lindsey actually liked some of Hank’s mistreatment. Her characters are not individuals I recognize in my own life but I can visualize them as real people. Lindsey and Hank are real to me because Ms. Nacht does her job so well. Not only did this story reach down and tug my heart, it captured my imagination and forced me to rethink what I thought I knew about gay relationships. I confess to being no expert as most of that knowledge comes from my two years of reading M/M romance and erotic fiction. It was enlightening and refreshing to see the roles that Lindsey and Hank play in their relationship. My interest was captured and sustained throughout the story.
As I already stated, this is my second read and review of a Clancy Nacht book. In the first review (“Celibacy NOW!”, another fantastic story), I mentioned that I am not a big fan of her cover art. But I have to say that it is her books that have taught me that the old saying “don’t judge a book by it’s cover” is true! Based on the cover art alone, I assumed that her writing would involve comic book type characters and storyline—not my choice of reading material. I have no idea what compelled me to look past the picture but I am so glad that I did. I’ve come to realize that the cover does not necessarily reflect the story within but can simply be a representation of the author’s personal style. Another small problem I had with this story is the title. I searched the book to find out what “No Tea, No Shade” is referring to because I was sure that I was missing something important but came up with no explanation. I was lucky enough to meet Clancy Nacht at the recent GRL retreat in Atlanta and had the opportunity to ask her what the title means. She shared that it is a phrase used in the drag show community. I would have never figured that out on my own, but in the big scheme of things it doesn’t matter. I can let this little hiccup pass. Reading this book was satisfying and rewarding. I look forward to reading more of her books and those she co-authors with frequent writing partner Thursday Euclid. I will no longer let cover art keep me from experiencing new and exciting things like a Clancy Nacht book. I recommend that you read “No Tea, No Shade” and discover for yourself what an amazing book this is.(less)
That time, it was Joel who’d held Claire while she cried and raged about “stupid bloody condoms that don’t f**king work,” and he had convinced her that having a baby wasn’t going to be the end of the world either, if a baby was what she wanted.
The Little Things is not all sweetness and light. Let me get that out of the way. Oh, it starts out that way. Sort of. Joel is a teacher. And a father. And has a boyfriend. We’ve got three couples, not all of them romantic, Joel and his three-year-old daughter Evie whom he dotes on, Joel and Claire, the mother of Joel’s daughter, who also dotes on Evie, and Joel and his boyfriend Dan. Of those three we can see that Joel and Dan are in trouble from the start. Joel is steady, job and family oriented while Dan is younger, living large in the single life. When a tragedy, I mean a REAL tragedy, occurs, leaving Evie entirely in Joel’s care, two of those three couplings are lost. This isn’t Joel’s first difficult loss, either. His mother died a painful death from breast cancer when he was young. He lost his carefree youth when an unsatisfactory sexual relationship resulted in a child. He never had his father’s unconditional love, so that was a complete miss. All of these events left Joel with choices to make and bless him, he makes the right choice every time. Not the easy choice, and not always the first one, but ultimately the right one. Is this a romantic novel? Perhaps not in the traditional erotic sense, but it is by God a romantic novel in the life isn’t fair but love may be just around the corner if you leave yourself open to it sense. Character driven? Oh, yes. Deeply so. I adore Joel. I care for him so much that every time he gets hit in the face with another thing to deal with I cried for him. Don’t pick up this book in the evening when you have to get up early and go to work because you are not going to be able to put it down. I loved Jay Northcote’s novella Nothing Serious, also reviewed here. Sweet and light. Then she hits me with something darker, more serious, more… worthy. And I loved it, too. What a versatile writer. I’m impressed and prepared to make her books an auto-buy after reading only the first two. A highly recommended book and author.(less)
“Is he your boyfriend?” one of them piped up boldly, addressing Jamie. “Yeah.” Jamie said, squeezing Mark’s hand more tightly. “Yeah, he is.” The boys seemed satisfied with this reply and lost interest in Mark and Jamie, running to fetch their football and disappearing back up to the level ground at the top of the slope.
What a lovely book! Jay Northcote is a new author to me and I am so delighted to have discovered her work. Nothing Serious is the story of two very nice men who meet as one of them is going through a bad patch as his marriage to a woman breaks up. Ms Northcote’s use of language is beautifully done and her plotting of the book is exquisite. There has been some debate of late about whether British authors should change their dialog and vocabulary to reflect American English. I am of the opinion that if the characters are British they should sound British, and so it is that Mark and Jamie do sound very British. I felt as if I were visiting them in London. There is very minor angst in this book, and that is what made it so delightful. Real people aren’t always evil or threatening, or even boring. And they aren’t always experienced with a variety of sexual acts, especially if one is just coming to terms with the fact that his life as a heterosexual man is a sham. There is humor here, too. When Mark’s box of “personal items” breaks open in the hands of one of his movers he is humiliated. However, Jamie, the mover, who is gay recognizes what is going on here and finds himself in the right place at the right time. Relocating belongings is a recurrent theme of the book and brings us full circle at a very satisfying ending. Or is it a beginning?(less)
Kiwi's review: One word would describe this story perfectly: Hilarious. Poor Gabby stumbles across what he thinks is a dead body in the foyer during t...moreKiwi's review: One word would describe this story perfectly: Hilarious. Poor Gabby stumbles across what he thinks is a dead body in the foyer during the Brac Pack’s annual Halloween bash. Hilarity ensues when he notifies the other inhabitants of the house which makes this one of THE MOST hilarious Brac Pack stories in the series. Somehow or another, Johnny fancies himself a detective and is determined to solve this ‘crime’. He assembles his team which consists of Keata, Gabby and Nero and together this Scooby Doo crack team (more like a Scooby Doo team on crack) begins to investigate and solve the crime. All I can say is: who in the hell put Johnny in charge of an investigation? Their interrogation of members of Christian’s Coven, Zeus’ Pack as well as members of their own pack in addition to their CSI-like efforts in collecting evidence had me damn near falling out of my chair laughing. Hagen was not only successful in suspending the storylines to bring these characters together, but do it in a way that will have you in stitches. Besides being funny as all get out, this story emphasizes the love between the packs and covens. Even though they are all different species, all of them have a great deal love and affection for one another. They are always there for each other, just like a family. Well played as always, Lynn Hagen. Well played indeed.(less)
Petra's review: First I want to grab the author and find out how much research she did for this book, and offer to help with book 2 lol This book was...morePetra's review: First I want to grab the author and find out how much research she did for this book, and offer to help with book 2 lol This book was great on so many levels. Levi does porn for money, yes he occasionally enjoys it but he doesn’t think about what or, more importantly, who he is doing. Until he is offered a large sum of money to deviate from his usual style at which point he meets Sonny. And Sonny makes him think about what he is doing, and why, and suddenly things aren’t as straightforward as he thought. What I like is that this book treats working in porn very simply, it’s just something they do, it doesn’t glorify it or rip into studios. These guys are consenting adults who do what they do. And both Sonny and Levi at least have other jobs. It just makes a refreshing change. And Levi isn’t a horrible person just one who is in a rut and doesn’t look around to see what’s there, well until Sonny gets under his skin anyway! Some of the other guys at the studio are great too, particularly Cam, Levi’s best friend, although I also loved Kai, I wanted to give him a hug and take him home with me lol I loved reading it and can’t wait for more!(less)
Lucky's review: Ross has made an incredible achievement. When people make the comment, “He’s not half the man he used to be”, Ross takes it as a compl...moreLucky's review: Ross has made an incredible achievement. When people make the comment, “He’s not half the man he used to be”, Ross takes it as a complete compliment. He’s lost a lot of weight, something he’s damned proud of. How does his ‘loving partner’ celebrate? By getting him a big, gooey cake. Ross’s favorite, in fact. When Ross refuses to eat it, the erstwhile ‘loving partner’ leaves, telling him to look up the word fetish and that he’d send an e-mail telling him of their future. Or lack thereof.
Ross leaves the place they’ve shared and is taken in by his best friend and weight loss buddy. She takes him to a club where he meets a man into Shibari (Bondage with ropes) who gives Ross the most incredible feelings ever. He’s smitten with the man, but when the scene is over, he’s nowhere to be found.
As luck would have it, they run into each other again and talk, forming a friendship. But the mysterious ‘Shaggy’ has something going on in his life that could ruin any chances he and Ross have to be together. Also, the reappearance of someone from Ross’s past throws yet another wrench into the works.
I had heard of Shibari before this, but this would be the first book I’ve read where one of the main characters practiced it. I have to admit, it’s rather intriguing. I look forward to finding out more about this technique and hope that Shaggy and Ross will make another appearance at some point in the future.(less)