Tail Slide is the cutest, most adorable, most fun, sexiest shifter short story I've ever read! OMG, when an otter shifter just has to shift and the on...moreTail Slide is the cutest, most adorable, most fun, sexiest shifter short story I've ever read! OMG, when an otter shifter just has to shift and the only place available is his unknowing boyfriend's bathroom, a messy chaos ensues that will have you laughing out loud at the otter's hijinks. Cheerios will never look the same. Or fish. This little story has the BEST last line of any book ever. Do NOT skip to the end before you get there because you really don't want to spoil the fun. The only problem I have with Tail Spin is heavy book hangover. I am definitely not too proud to beg for more! Please, please, please, PD Singer. MORE!(less)
Becky’s Review: KC Wells’ Collars and Cuffs is one of my very favorite series and A Dance With Domination is my very favorite book in the series. I love the characters, the plot, the flow of the story, the beginning, middle, and end. In other words, this book hit every tick mark I have for an outstanding book that I will read over and over.
Andrew is a very busy man, working a fulltime job plus stripping at a club, and that isn’t enough to keep his mind and body busy so he can forget what he has lost and the memory he is running from. After a visit to Collars and Cuffs he realizes that what is missing is his life as a Dom, and he begins working with the subs at the club. While he is able to satisfy the submissives he works with he keeps himself from becoming involved with them.
Gareth is a submissive who at one time regularly visited Collars and Cuffs with his Dom until he realized that being mistreated is not the same as being dominated. When he finally is able to return to C&C he is shocked to see the very man who abused him is still a member and what’s more, he wants Gareth back.
Two men who have lost something important in their lives and are trying to work through their emotional pain in a BDSM club. The main aspect of their ability to work together is the fact that both are very experienced as Dom and sub. However, there are barriers to knock down on both sides.
As usual, Ms Wells gives us a way out of tragedy and a happy ending, but the road there is fraught with danger and need. It takes more than just each other to find bliss. It takes a community of friends and club members to guide and support each other, and this is what Collars and Cuffs is all about. A delightful book, highly recommended.(less)
REVIEW: Loving Jay was artfully crafted and perfectly executed from start to finish. The character development and plot line movement was amazing. Ms. Kaye carried through with her themes and it was so entertaining to watch Liam grow and accept that he loves a man. His internal debate was entertaining and realistic. I connected with and fell in love with Liam and Jay. Ms. Kaye’s writing style is superb, leaving me wanting more with each word I read. She easily portrayed the characters emotions and struggles. I fell into the pages of the book and could see what was happening.
I LOVED this book. There are not enough ways to say how much I enjoyed reading Loving Jay by Renae Kaye. I tend to shy away from first time authors as their work is not usually well developed or well executed. I am glad I made an exception for Ms. Kaye and Loving Jay was wonderful. I highly recommend this to everyone and cannot wait to see what she will produce next.(less)
The protagonists of the Morning Report are Pastor Jackson and his wife .We learn right away the new the new Pastor and his wife are peddling their muck in the name of Christian values,” preaching to the local people that they will be dammed if they associate with the sodomites at the Lost Cow Ranch”. What worries Luke the most is this man is not the normal bigot. He has authority and influence and can sway the local business to stop doing business with them. And that he does! The first time Luke and Simon go to town they are faced with picking up their usual feed order form the Benson’s Feed Store, Luke finds out very quickly that they are happy to take his money but , “we can’t be seen doing business with you or Simon “. Not a good thing to say to Luke. One other encounter later in the book I really enjoyed reading was when Lisa, Luke’s sister, got ahold of the Benson’s; “One piss-ignorant pastor waltzes into town and suddenly they’re worse than the fuckin’ devil. Are you fuckin stupid? Why didn’t you tell them to fuck off? “The answer they gave just made me spit and sputter “Pastor Jackson is a man of God. It’s God’s word.” The arrival of the Pastor starts a whole series of events for the Lost Cow Ranch; vandalism of fences, poisoning of cows, false accusations against Simon that landed him in jail and just all the treats made trying to break the ranch. Simon and Luke remain strong throughout the whole mess and that’s the best part of the story. Intertwined throughout the story is amazing sex, all kinds of sex; dominance and submission, some kink and talk of ” playing with others.” It’s all good especially when Luke and Simon are involved it keeps you engage in the story “What are they going to do next?” Their trip to Austin for a couple of vacation days is very entertaining to read and gives us all a break from the craziness and provides us with some laughter and of course some hot sex to read about. Towards the end of the first book, we are introduced Pastor Noah Taylor, he is the pastor of a small church, St Marks. Pastor Noah is quick to point out to Luke that everyone is welcome regardless of who they are. Pastor Noah also shares that he is gay, I chuckled over Luke’s’ response to learning that piece of information. Not going to tell what Luke said; just know it involves the Easter Bunny, Santa and Unicorns. I love epilogues! It’s like learning the rest of the story. Luke and Simon both know that all it not perfect for the Lost Cow Ranch. With the acceptance of some of the townspeople of Parsons and the introduction of a new Pastor and a community that accepts them, Luke and Simon are hopeful to have it all behind them. We also get a hint of the next book in the series, Complete Faith , Pastor Noah and Tommy story. I love Cowboy stories especially gay Western romance and this series is one of the best I have read to date.
A Review of the Audio- This series is one of my favorite, I have re-read them many times, when the audio version came out I was really excited. Mr. Pickering had a very nice voice, but to keep a listener engaged he could have added more tension to his voice, changed up the tempo or just used more variety of voices for the characters. I wondered if I hadn’t already read the book would I have liked the audio more. No, don’t think so, an audio for me is best when the narrator uses very distinct voices and paints a scene with their voice. I want to escape in to the world of Sue Brown’s Lost Cow Ranch . If an audio is published of the other books in the series and they have the same narrator will I listen to them? Of course, why, because they are just good books and can even mediocre narration is acceptable when the writing is so specular.(less)
REVIEW: Bloodline by Barbara Elsborg is one hell of a ride. It’s hot, sexy, funny and quirky, a mix of fantasy and paranormal with a dash of contemporary thrown in. I loved it, and it’s one I know I’ll reach for whenever I want a pick me up.
Inigo is a 200 year old vampire. Bored with an eternity of nothing to do Inigo has made a name for himself as a tattoo artist, he’s considered the best and that brings him to the attention of Oberon the Seventh, the newly ascended king of Faerieland. Oberon needs a tattoo done on his back to fulfil his ascension right so his henchman kidnap Inigo and transport him to Faerieland to ink the required tattoo. Only problem is Oberon isn’t exactly what he claims to be so the ink won’t stay on him. Oberon also has other problems as well in the shape of Micah Norwood and his sister Ellie. The Norwood’s were exiled years before in the reign of Oberon’s grandfather after being suspected of stealing the ‘Kewen’, jewels which form the faire queen’s dowry. Micah and his family have been searching for the Kewen so they can clear their name and return from exile. After finding it in the human world Micah and Ellie try to return it to Oberon but unfortunately Ellie tries a little blackmail that turns out badly for Micah as he ends up staying in Faerieland as Oberon’s prisoner.
What’s starts as a mutual ‘how the hell do we get out of here’ ends up as so much more when Micah and Inigo can’t keep their hands of each other, plus to Inigo Micah’s faire blood is an aphrodisiac that Inigo craves more than he really should. Also what is that strange blood Oberon wants added to the tattoo ink and why does Inigo feel differently after drinking it. Can Inigo really walk in sunlight, breathe and feel hungry now, and will it last? As Inigo and Micah try to escape Oberon’s clutches, and clear Micah’s family name at the same time, they end up in a quest to find the truth behind how the Kewen went missing in the first place. A truth that holds the key to saving Faerieland from Oberon. Can they save Faireland, and also save each other?
What a romp this turned out to be. I loved every minute of it. It has a true pantomime feel with Inigo as Prince Charming, Micah as Cinderella and Oberon and Cavan as the ugly sisters we all love to hate. Oberon is wonderful as the monstrously sadistic faire king who revels in torturing, humiliating and sexually abusing his captives, he is truly evil and is partnered perfectly with his lead henchman Cavan. The true heroes of course are Inigo and Micah. I don’t usually have favorites but I have a soft spot for Inigo. Inigo, with his permanent dark eye liner, is a loveable rogue always ready with a dry and witty remark and I loved how peppered throughout the book we have his thoughts in italics, right after his speech, so we get to know exactly what he is thinking all the time, which isn’t what he often says! Inigo is a vampire that’s true, but he’s also a bit of a softie, he doesn’t kill for blood just takes what he needs and tries to give his ‘donors’ a good time into the bargain. Finding his ‘donors’ via a mobile app called Grindr was priceless, an inspired touch.
And Micah, poor sweet Micah, all he wanted to do was protect his family (and maybe strangle Ellie) but instead he finds himself helpless and at the mercy of a sadistic brute, suffering even more because the ink won’t stay on Oberon’s back, after all Oberon has to have someone to take his rage out on and Micah fits the bill perfectly. Once our two heroes hitch up the story becomes a roller coaster of twists and turns, from missing werewolves to secret princes the pace never slackens, we even have the obligatory zombie appearing to even the status quo of species. As the story moves from Faireland to London and back again Inigo and Micah gradually fall in love, their initial lust and ‘omg I need you right now’ developing into something much deeper. The passion between the two men is sexy and scorching hot, the chemistry that binds them obvious on every page.
Bloodline actually follows Barbara Elsborg’s earlier book Jumping in Puddles, which I haven’t read, but I didn’t feel I was missing anything as Bloodline works perfectly as a standalone story. I really hope we see more from this universe as I’m not yet ready to leave Inigo, Micah and all the others. I adored this book and can’t recommend it highly enough. If you want a pick me up don’t go anywhere else, pick up Bloodline and settle in for a great read.(less)
REVIEW: The Tucker Springs series is always a delight, great characters, great authors that work well to keep the flow consistent. It’s Complicated is no exception and is it ever complicated!
After many breakups and do overs—too many to count—Brad and Jeff are ready to try again. After a great “first date” the shoes begin to drop. First Jeff’s ex-wife drops the bombshell that she is pregnant with Jeff’s baby, that she really doesn’t want to live in Tucker Springs, and wants to move home to Denver.
Jeff and Christine’s business is taking up more and more of their time, and Christine will have less time than ever. Jeff is a workaholic and Christine is right there with him, while Brad seems to get the leftover time. Should Jeff buy Christine out of the business, move it to Denver, or sell it altogether and stay in Tucker Springs with Bra?
Through thick and thin they argue and make-up, agree they want to be together and then think they should split forever and at the point where Jeff is ready to give up on his business and success. Brad suggests that he start working with Jeff at the shop part time and then full time, they work together and work hard ending the struggles they have been facing.
An arrangement between Jeff and Christine and ultimately with Brad, paves the road to success for their little family or four.
One thing I enjoy about reviewing (and the curse is the other side), is you find gems of books from authors you never heard of before. You go along, and expect one thing, and here the author takes you right back around a different route, challenging your mind and or heart towards another path. I truly enjoy that most about reading. It is how I discovered some of my most treasured books. Reading in this genre, you expect hot sex, or bad prose, or weird situations with fumbling teens. But you don’t expect a true sci fi fantasy about gay magic users that is quite interesting, very well written, and has the depth plus the adventure of an Indiana Jones adventure. Once the story got going, it was like the Dresden Files with pure gay/bi magic casters involved, and not just centered on humping their way through alleyways or clients, but the reader gets a very thought out story arch that satisfied any great sci fi buff, like myself. I enjoyed this immensely. They just happen to be gay. I love that. The story was more important than making that statement, and that left me with a better feeling in my literary heart. Brought me back to my Wells/Verne childhood days, and left me with a smile. This was a good book. Plain and simple.(less)
LEATHERSKATER’S OPINION: Could the Godfather’s world be infused with m/m sexual and sensual erotic feelings and scenes and still feel honest and pure criminally pure? Reading this, I discovered that operatic spell once more that drew me to their world. Not the seedy grimy side, but the honor and caste side that demands respect from decades of layers of their rites of killing passages. This just added gayness to it, and I was loving every second of it. The moment crazy Spadaro shows up in a tight leather bodysuit riding a motorcycle to a mafia meeting where a Don is dying, and main guy Stefano’s life is shaken up forever, I was hooked. Sure there could have been more sex scenes in it. But I was just excited to be in this world. And enjoyed how well it was written, and happy it said Vol. 1. The characters came alive for me, and the book flew very quickly.
Review: Elizabeth Noble writes stories I love, with characters I can’t forget, and in a style that hits me on the bookshelf I like. In Run for the Roses, set around the Kentucky Derby, we run into a murder mystery as well as a story about horses and what it takes to get a horse into the most famous race of all.
While female jockeys are still relatively rare, Janelle is a very believable character. Wyatt and Val are a May December couple who are also very believable. The only thing that was slightly on the this-is-a-stretch side of things is the overly complicated backstory for Wyatt and Janelle, but even that didn’t diminish my enjoyment of this wonderful book.
This is the first of a new series so you can bet I’ll be watching for the next thriller from Elizabeth Noble.(less)
REVIEW: I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again. NR Walker Rocks! She knows how to suck you into a story with the emotions. They’re just words on paper, but the way this author writes you can feel everything! In this final installment of the Turning Point series Matt is still in therapy after the dramatic events of book two, but he’s doing okay. He’s turned the Fight Club around and is now helping at-risk kids with the help of a local community college and the scholarship program through the FC. Kira is his rock. When two street kids show up at the FC it ends up turning everybody’s life upside down. Even Sal and Yumi’s. Claudia and Rueben have no family and no place to go and Ruby starts getting involved with the wrong crowd. He loves his younger sister dearly and is just trying to keep her safe but he sees the easy cash as a drug runner as the best way to do it. These kids will break your heart, and in turn they break Matt and Kira’s as well. The emotion involved with Claude and Ruby will rip your heart out. Matt and KIra’s relationship goes from strength to strength in this final novel and it was nice to see them as a loving couple without the stresses that came with Matt’s job previously. Any drama here was centered around the kids and Matt and Kira dealt with it so well. Book two finished off with a marriage proposition and I’m so glad we got the wedding here, although it’s not what you would expect, but it was absolutely perfect for the happy couple. Although Yumi wasn’t terribly impressed with the proceedings, Sal was thrilled! I spoke to the author just before this final book was released and asked about the possibility of a forth. Who wouldn’t want more from Matt and Kira? Sadly there isn’t going to be a forth and you’ll see why at the end of this book. This was wrapped up so completely, bringing in all the elements from the first two reads, that the only place for Matt and Kira to go was straight to their HEA.
I’ll say it again – Ms Walker rocks my socks!(less)
REVIEW: Jackson Tybalt is a Warder-one of an elite group of warriors who patrol the night protecting humans from the demons that attack them. Feeling bitter,and betrayed after finding the man he loves in the arms of another man, he ignores the pleas of the other warders to be careful, throwing himself into dangerous and deadly situations. Kyrie Raphael has wanted to claim Jackson as his own for months, but Jackson doesn’t want a hearth or a lover-he just wants down and dirty,because he feels he doesn’t deserve any better. Raphael is willing to give Jackson whatever he needs until the time he’s ready to accept the tender feelings that Raphael has for him.
Sinnerman is the fourth book in Mary Calmes’ fascinating Warder series. This taut, plot driven tale takes place in a world where Warders-warriors who hunt demons, and Hearths-the ones who anchor the Warders and keep them from going insane, secretly protect an unsuspecting humanity from things that go bump in the night. The story pulls you in from the very beginning, taking you on a wild ride, then finally turns you loose. The sex is raw, dirty, and gritty, but there is some tenderness hidden underneath. The author’s writing style is simple, stark, but strangely appealing, and the world she builds is complex and richly detailed. This fantastic story has a HEA ending, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. If you want an action-packed walk on the dark side that is DEFINITELY not boring, then this is the book for you.(less)
REVIEW: Domestic Relations is the story of two gay lawyers who are in a relationship but one of them withholds deep, dark secrets from the other. This is about what happens when trust and courage are one-sided instead of shared. When Riley has no choice but to either share his past and his secrets with Josh or lose Josh he continues to make the wrong decision until he realizes how much he really has to lose. The plot moves along at a good pace but there are a few places where it seems rushed to complete a sub-arc. This didn’t make me enjoy the book any less but it does reveal how much K-lee Klein has grown as a writer since then. I loved the true HEA at the end of the story, but the thing I loved most was the telling off of a bully earlier. That was a very satisfying moment in a book that up until then was full of tension and angst. Good story, great characters.(less)
REVIEW: Jason desperate to see what he wants and needs in life the trip to Paris is just the beginning of a change that was nothing he could ever have dreamt of. Stopping for a drink at a “Loup Garou” and listening to music was very fortuitous. He met the man with the “Blue Note” tattoo who would infuriate him, encourage him and love him to test him to find what is important in life.
Jules works at the Loup Garou where he washes dishes, serves food, and whenever needed his trio plays in the bar. Jules has a captivating musical style that goes right to Jason’s heart. While younger than Jason, Jules captivates his heart, and puts their love to music.
But before that love can really grow, they must share some of their greatest fears, Jason not being a professional pianist, and Jules horrific upbringing with a dysfunctional mother, sexual abuse and a younger brother to care for. As they face their demons they encounter Diane the woman Jason was to marry as well as the countdown of their time together.
Jason’s designer sister Rosalie hears Jules music and immediately wants his group to play for her upcoming fashion show in Milan, due to an illness Jason must fill in as the pianist. Jason placed an agent in the audience of the fashion show. This agent starts to line up gigs around Europe.
On a final trip to the states Jason takes Jules to the “Blue Note” jazz club for an evening of fun where decisions are ultimately made Jules has a greater opportunity to play in Paris and Jason would just just return to his practices as before.
A beautiful love story by Shira Anthony, I hope to see more of Jason and Jules in upcoming books in the series.(less)
REVIEW: I have no idea how to write a review of Wolf Bound without unfortunate spoilers, and it is extremely important that there be no spoilers. This is a book of suspense, plot twists, unexpected love, murders, and revelations that sometimes it’s best to go with the pretend evil rather than the lurking real one. There is also spirited humor, as when people continue with their everyday lives despite the nightmares that are no longer part of dreams. One thing that made me giggle is Theo Fenraven has built a world in which werewolves are very real and (small spoiler here) we learn they have reunions like any other extended family. I am not a speed reader but this book was such a pleasure to read I couldn’t put it down and finished it in record (for me) time. Whether you have read Mr. Fenraven’s other books or not, you really should pick this one up and savor it. It cements his reputation as a writer of great talent who can take on a variety of topics and make the stories his own.(less)
REVIEW: Will Astin is a dungeon master at a Buffalo, NY BDSM club who just happens to be available to answer questions when a lovely young college student, Vanessa comes in seeking answers to questions for a college paper she is writing. Vanessa is quite inexperienced in sex itself, much less kink of any kind but the research that she has completed on the Internet has her fascinated with this topic of BDSM and she’s determined to explore it to its very fullest. It turns out that the man she’s scheduled to meet, Rod, the owner of the club, has come down with a horrible migraine and has asked his buddy Will, another Dom to fill in and answer her questions.
The pair are instantly attracted to each other and Vanessa tries her level best to keep everything quite casual until she simply can’t resists Will and ends up being bound and edged for over an hour and after multiple orgasms she finally relieves him by giving him a blowjob. They go out on a second ‘date’ and he tells her a little bit about what he does for the government – he is a hostage negotiator. After they finally go all the way, with Vanessa once again bound and at her Master’s mercy, they’ve moved from a friendly mentor/student relationship and into a relationship headed for love.
Suddenly, Will is called away on an assignment out of the country and of course Vanessa and his best friend Rod, have no idea what’s going on until they hear the dreaded news from Will’s parents… Will has been involved in a suicide bombing and severely injured overseas. Will eventually heads home but not until he confesses to Vanessa over the phone that he is in love with her. The balance of the story involves Will coming home, his initial need to push Vanessa away and her fighting to stay involved in his life.
The story is a good one, quite well written. It is obvious that the author is a skilled story teller. I took off one sweet pea due to the fact that in places this book dragged on a bit and some of the back and forth dynamic between the couple was predictable and nothing that I haven’t seen before. It was very much like a boy meets girl, falls for her, he’s injured, she tries to help, his Dom nature won’t let him, she needs to break down the barriers until he lets him in.
Overall, I really liked the book though as I said, it could have been shortened a lot and had perhaps more impact. The sex was well written, though a little bit timid for what I would expect a BDSM book to be but if you are new to the BDSM genre, this book is right up your alley. You can learn about the lifestyle right along with Vanessa.(less)
REVIEW: Disappear With Me is an historical novel set in England at the turn of the 20th century. Mr. Pace-Frech has chosen a difficult writing style, telling a story in flashbacks, and pulled it off beautifully. This is the story of an Anglican priest who is accused of sodomy, which is not only believed to be wickedly sinful but is also against civil laws and punishable in the court system with jail time. The story begins in 1910 as the accusations fly and the trial is about to begin. There are flashbacks that describe Leander’s life as an orphan in the care of a priest and continues through his childhood and his calling as a priest himself. The main characters are well developed and their backstories in evidence. There is also a strong cast of secondary characters. I wanted this to turn out to be a romance and have a happy ending but that would not be true to the era or the society in which it takes place. This is a heartbreaking story but it is also a story of love, albeit forbidden love, and the adults who raise children who have no one else to care for them. I first heard of this story at Rainbow Con 2014 when Mr. Pace-Frech read an excerpt from the book. I couldn’t tell you now exactly which excerpt he chose but I can tell you it grabbed my attention and my heart. The story is strongly based on organized religion and Bible texts but that should not dissuade anyone from reading it. This is part of the historical background that is important to the story and should be accepted as such.(less)
REVIEW: Thus begins Theo’s journey, out on the streets at 15, looking for Mr Right, but with only a few dollars to his name, he meets up with “Fast Franky” who woos Theo into his trap. Franky treats him right at first feeds, clothes, and provides a place to sleep. Franky nicknames Theo “Sweetcheeks”. Theo thinks that Franky is his boyfriend, until Franky brings “Jaybird” home and wants to them make videos and to hustle. Franky pawns everything and moves to SC to hustle.
Theo is kicked out again, and has enough money to eat at a truck stop where he runs into a truck driver named Shane who takes him to DC. In DC he meets “Pretty Boy” and saves him from being beaten up, by a gang of bashers. Tim, the boss of the operation thanks Sweetcheeks for saving Pretty Boy and invites Sweetcheeks to stay with them for a while.
Sweetcheeks immediately pitches in making breakfast for the other guys in the stable. Tim is very appreciative, buy him new clothes and a new haircut. Tim also insists on taking Sweetchecks to the doctor to make sure that his health is good; as their business is only conducted in posh hotels, where they are paid not only in cash but it stock tips as well.
Tim is looking to retire at 21 and open a club in Atlanta along with his boyfriend Cris. Tim wants Theo to run the business, encourages them to buy a home, a friendly realtor also a client helps Theo find a home, get a mortgage and begin renovations. To create multiple rooms and bathrooms, the studio is rented to a mysterious man Mark Vincent who gets the guys out of several bad situations.
As profits increase, their stable grows and thins, Tom and Mike move to LA, and the “kid” went with them. Paul (Prettyboy) and Spike become a couple Mr Vincent recommends Pretty Boy to Michael Shaw and wants a meet up at a hotel and Sweetcheeks goes along, when The thinks it has taken too long, gets the manager and they go into the room, Paul is bleeding badly and has been beaten up. Mr Vincent to the rescue, gets Paul to hospital and arranges a private room. Mr Vincent returns with an assistant, William Matheson. Sweetcheeks and Wills are attracted right away. After Paul is released from the hospital the decision is made to dissolve the business.
As Mr Vincent moves back in and Theo and Wills become closer, Wills takes Theo to meet his parents and family, but all is not happy as Wills is called to work and is gone for lengthy amounts of time with no communication to Theo. All Theo knows is that Wills is a trouble-shooter. During this time Paul and Spike move out to start a new life and Wills moves in.
Theo’s sister Acacia calls to say that she made the honor roll and is in DC. Theo invites Casey to dinner, when Casey shows up she has Poppa in tow. A tense situation is resolved quickly and they all get along. Poppa invites Theo and Wills to Florida to see Momma.
There is much more to this story, why is Wills given a gift wrapped bullet by Mr Vincent, and what exactly does Wills do and why is he away so often with minimal communication.
Hopefully we will learn theses and more in the next installment.
Tinnean has turned a horrible situation for Theo and the guys into a loving family and provides a loving boyfriend. The story pulls you through so that you would like to get to know these guys better (vertically), well written.
REVIEW: Want a fun and enjoyable read? That’s what you will get with Anne Tenino’s newest release in the Theta Alpha Gamma series, Poster Boy. For those of you not familiar with the series, this is the fifth book, in the line-up. I don’t think it is mandatory that you read every book, in the series, to get the full enjoyment of this one. However, there is an incredible back story that leads up to this one, with lots of details and events that you would be missing out on. There are past characters that make an appearance, more than once, in Poster Boy, which IMO, add much enjoyment to this story. The author done an amazing job with the timeline, merging this release into the ongoing plot, never missing a beat, giving you a smooth transition.
The story opens up with the guys at a party, which is very appropriate considering these are college boys in a fraternity, with Toby and Sebastian, in the kitchen, mainly observing. Toby is supposed to be working on his thesis, but he can’t seem to get in the groove to get anything accomplished. He feels a little left out since it seems all of his friends are now in relationships, even Collin, who he had a “friends with benefits” relationship. Things are about to change though since Tank’s little brother, Jock, has now joined the fraternity. Everyone knows Jock is gay since he was kicked off his college hockey team, for that very reason, and came to TAG.
Toby, sex extraordinaire, needs to get his life together. He has no motivation to finish his thesis for his Master’s, he’s going to have to ask his parents for more money in order to stay and finish, if he doesn’t get kicked out first. An opportunity opens up for him to supervise some of the TAG boys on a trip to France. This will be perfect for him as it gives him a roof over his head, food, and some extra time to complete his school project. After a one-night stand with Jock, he feels even worse, when Jock pays him no attention. This trip could not come at a better time. What will happen when he finds out Jock is coming also? The one person he was trying to put some distance between, will be in close surroundings with him, for three months.
Poor Jock, he’s had a rough time lately. He got kicked off his hockey team after he was ousted by a video on-line showing him in an awkward situation with another guy, on his knees. If that wasn’t bad enough, his brother Tank, has broken confidentiality, and told all of the TAG members. Just when things were starting to quiet down, the video reappears and everyone at his new fraternity, has now seen, as well. Sounds like the perfect time to take a school trip to France for a few months, hopefully, when he gets back, everyone will have forgotten or, at least, moved to a new topic. There is just one problem – Toby. Jock knows that Toby has experience when it comes to sex. Something that Jock has very little of, and quite frankly, he is scared to death that Toby will want him to bottom. So to avoid the issue, he avoids Toby. Once the trip gets underway, Toby and Jock, can’t stay away from each other. They are good together as long as Jock can keep taking the lead. The rest of the group, on the trip, adds much excitement, as well. They are a great bunch of guys who get into a little mischief, pulling Toby in with them. What will happen if Toby gets kicked out of school? What about the other guys in the group? It is a very entertaining three months, with lots of hanky-panky, a few surprises that you will not expect, new friendships and close bonds are formed
This is a long story, with many different situations and new developments, always occurring. The author moved the plot forward showing much character growth and maturity. The story never felt weighed down, due to the length. I prefer the longer books as they allow you time to get to know your cast of characters, become part of them, without skipping relevant pieces, and continues to move ahead. Ms. Tenino has done all of those things and more. You will find yourself very invested with the guys and the shenanigans they get themselves into, and before you know it, you are approaching the end. This story has many amazing side characters that kept the story very interesting and funny. There will be surprises that you don’t expect and I think the author has left the storyline open enough that if more books were to follow, there will be many different and interesting characters to pick from. If you have not read the TAG series, I would recommend it to anyone who likes to laugh, loves humor, likes a little mystery and suspense, and loves college age boys getting into mischief. Above all, there are some amazing relationships built with the Theta Alpha Gamma boys.(less)
REVIEW: This was a character driven cute short by Vivien Dean. Fess is an aspiring actor and pays the bills by stripping. He listens to a local gay radio show each night just to hear Joe speak. Joe has a voice made for radio and they meet one night at a bachelorette party. Fess immediately asks him out but Joe refuses because why would a beautiful male specimen such as Fess be interested in dorky Joe? Fess refuses to give up and they start having quick phone calls during the 5 minute news breaks during the late night radio show. They eventually meet for a breakfast date after the show ended and things slowly progressed from there. Joe can’t believe that Fess would be interested in him and his lack of self confidence was prominent. Their relationship developed over a nice timeframe and the smexy times were real and hot. My only gripes were that it ended fairly abruptly and I would’ve liked more time with them as a couple. If you’ve just read something dark and need something short, sweet and light to bring you out of your funk, then this would be perfect for you.(less)
REVIEW: Reading an Andrew Grey story is always heartwarming, educational, and a true pleasure. Love Means… Patience is the story of two men who are trying to overcome PTSD and rejoin their formerly happy lives. Cody is a Marine hero who was dishonorably discharged when he and his gay lover were outed. To make matters worse, his Marine lover was killed in action. When he was booted out of the family he loved, his Marine Corps, he had no support system to help him with the effects of PTSD and he spent several years wandering, thinking he was on missions of war. Also dishonorably discharged under DADT, Marine veteran Brick has worked his own way through PTSD and the resulting alcoholism to living a quiet life on his farm in Michigan. When Cody breaks into Brick’s neighbor’s home to steal food because he is starving, he is caught by the most loving people anyone could hope to find in their lives: Eli and Geoff. They turn to Brick to find a place where Cody can try to put his life back together. Much of the book is repetitive, but that is where the “patience” in the title comes from. Recovering from PTSD is not a quick fix. It can take years to learn to cope with the flashbacks and fear. Brick works to keep Cody grounded in the present and in doing so continues his own work to overcome PTSD. Gradually the two men find hope together. During his time of wandering on his “missions” in Michigan Cody may have witnessed a murder. The true horror of this for Cody is trying to sort reality from his PTSD induced fantasy. It takes a community to discover the truth and protect Cody from terrors that have nothing to do with his service or the aftereffects of PTSD. I learned a great deal in reading this book about the trauma of PTSD, the effects of DADT on heroic men, and even how a farm operates in the frigid winters of Michigan. Andrew Grey always does his research and prepares a story that is spell-binding as well as affirming. This is why he is an auto-buy for me and will continue to be so until he decides to stop writing. He will publish his 100th book in 2015 so luckily for all of his fans, he isn’t even slowing down in his writing. I can hardly wait to see what comes next from his imagination and story-telling skills.(less)
REVIEW: Zombies are anything BUT the stereotypical undead corpses looking for brains to eat. They’re just guys needing a certain protein-semen-to survive. Club Zombie gives them a safe haven to get all the ejaculate they need from the patrons, and also the opportunity to find their destined mate.
Alex Waterman’s life is a desolate place of suffering. For as long as he can remember, his mother has labeled him as vile, and that he should be ashamed of his “unnatural desires”. When he’s swept away to Club Zombie, he discovers that what he’s been told his whole life was a lie, and that his desires are the mark of the dominant that he’s destined to be. Instead of fear and loathing, he gets appreciative stares, and aggressive flirting. Alex has no time for casual sex, because he’s looking for the male destined to be “the one”. Alex finds himself torn between his roommate Ulrich, Cutter the self-destructive man who needs grounding, and bad boy Storm who has an irresistible air of danger around him. Unable to choose between the three, Alex decides to keep all three.
Zombies Suck is the second book in Z Allora’s fascinating Club Zombies series. This character driven story has a smooth plot flow, and takes the usual concept of zombies, shakes it up, then turns it on its head. Ms. Allora does a fantastic job of building a world where zombies are not scary undead creatures, just misunderstood guys who need a special protein to survive. The sex starts out simmering, then steamy, then straight through to scorching!! Her style of writing is fresh, original, and crisp, taking you on a wild ride from start to finish. The book has a very unusual HEA ending that I really enjoyed, and all I can say is, if you’re looking for something unique and different to help pass a few hours, then this is definitely the tale for you!(less)
REVIEW: : I had high expectations for this story, being that its creators are two of my all-time favourites, and I really wasn’t disappointed. It didn’t go exactly the way I had thought it would, but it didn’t diminish my enjoyment of the story. Graham is a cowboy, and he’s been doing it a long time. He knows all the ins and outs of the rodeo life and he’s damn good at it. He’s also tired of living that life and is thinking about retiring from the show scene. He still loves being a cowboy, and it was what he was born to do, but he’s thinking about moving in another direction with his life. Jackson is Graham’s best friend, and the man he’s been in love with since forever. The only problem is that Jackson refuses to admit he has feelings for Graham, despite them nearly sleeping together the year before. Oddly enough, it was Graham that turned tail and ran, panicking when it came time to go through with it. Then Graham meets Kaz, the principled protester who shows up at the rodeo. He and Kaz have an instant attraction, that absolutely combusts when they are alone together. Kaz realizes exactly what Graham needs and is more than happy to give it to him. I loved the switch in power in this story. You read about a young, idealistic guy, and an older, seasoned cowboy and you think you know who is going to hold all the control. But I loved the way Kaz took the lead and was dominant over Graham. It was what he needed, and the authors did it in a way that was completely realistic for me. This story really did have it all. It was sweet, sexy, kinky, and tugged at my emotions in all the right places. I really do with this story had been longer. It was definitely over too soon, and all I have to say is please, please tell me there is going to be a story for Jackson!(less)
REVIEW: Everyone is looking for that perfect place, that perfect relationship, and as many of us know or find out, sometimes the past can cloud the present and the future. Kol Anderson’s books need to come with a warning label “Objects are not what they first appear to be”. Kinda like that warning on mirrors. I always read his books with a buffer around me, because I know that I will be horny, happy, sad, stunned, decimated, and questioning everything I ever believed in by the end of the book. As I have said in past reviews of Kol’s work as Madam Aus or just Mary, he is NOT for the faint hearted. If reading light fluffy pieces or formulaic stories where the end is a forgone conclusion (and believe me I read both of those types of stories as well because I am a firm believer in choice and sometimes we need lots of light and fluffy in our life, but getting back to my point) then DO NOT read this. If you do, then remember what I have told you. Lee and Jax have a happy place in reality. They went there to be together. Now meeting up after a while apart things seem to be slipping back into old patterns. The tension is slowly built by the alternation between the past and the present and the connection between the two. The back story and the current story is told beautifully combined, pushing towards the end whilst also shedding light and showing unseen or un-thought of sides to a problem that is too often hidden in the dark. The twists and turns in this character based story take you through the emotional wringer AND back again, even though you don’t always realize it until the end, making reading the Perfect Place a journey unto itself. It is so beautifully written, a love story like few can write. Kol’s stories, at least for this little black duck, stay with me like memories indelibly inked onto my brain. They wring out emotions and feelings and make me reflect long and hard about things that I have never given any thought to. I love anyone or any book that can do that for, to, or with me. I just highly recommend Kol Anderson’s work, he has yet to disappoint me in any way (not that that is his job at all) and The Perfect Place is yet another book that I just adore and another reason that I am in awe of his talent. He makes the unfathomable recesses of the mind and the behaviours that we find morally reprehensible, just that little bit more understandable… Just experience it…(less)
REVIEW: Stuff is a companion piece to Junk, the first story in Josephine Myles’ ‘Bristol Collection’, and while it’s not entirely necessary to have read Junk first, I was glad I did. Stuff could absolutely be read as a stand alone, but having been introduced to Mas in the first book was nice; and, since Jasper and Lewis – the MCs in Junk – appear several times in this book, it was good to know them as well.
Mas is down on his luck when he meets Perry Cavendish-Fiennes. While running away from a department store security guard from his previous place of employment, he ducks into a little shop down the block from his apartment. Not his finest hour to be sure. Mas is immediately enamored with both the shop, which turns out to be a vintage clothing store, and its owner, Perry.
By all appearances, Perry is a stuffy, quirky introvert, who knows next to nothing about running a successful clothing store. We learn, however, that Perry is hiding a considerable artistic talent, and passion for steampunk. We also learn that Perry isn’t quite as straight as he always thought he was, as he quickly develops feelings – both physical AND emotional – for our loveable Mas.
I loved the way Josephine Myles handles both the GFY angle of the story with regards to Perry’s attraction to Mas, as well as sort of redeeming Mas from his slutty past, and allowing his intelligence, and his more domestic, nurturing qualities to shine through. Sometimes GFY is a really tough sell, but I think the author did a great job here…and often another tough sell is an MC with a promiscuous past…but, again, she completely pulled it off as far as I’m concerned. Mas showed vulnerability, as well as regret for his choices; and watching he and Perry fall in love with each other while Mas saves Perry’s shop from the brink of failure, was very entertaining, and really lovely.
I thoroughly enjoyed this charming story. Once again packed with humor, emotion, and tons of Britishisms, I loved every minute of it. Myles’s writing style is so easygoing and witty, I will absolutely be reading more of her work! I definitely recommend the Bristol Collection, and Stuff in particular. (less)
REVIEW: NOTE: In order to fully understand who the characters are and all of the plot elements, you need to have read the previous assassin/shifter/12 Olympian books.
Dirty Ross by Sandrine Gasq-Dion has great concept continuation from previous installments and rich characterization. There is angst, hot sex, cage fighting, and the promise of so many more characters to explore. The sarcasm is abundant and humorous. The relationship between these men is anything but predictable and deviates from the established pattern of the previous book in this series. The story is well written and elicited an emotional response from me. I felt connected to the characters and was invested in the outcome. The author did a great job detailing the origin of the nickname “Dirty Ross” and left me needing to cool down several times in the book. Man this one was HOT! It was also tender when it needed to be and had another wonderful HEA.
Ms. Gasq-Dion has a great voice and knows how to spin a romantic yet manly tale. I am always impressed with how easily she can continue this long standing series without needing to force a plot and without allowing things to get stale. If you are a fan of the assassin/shifters series, this is another worthwhile read. I can’t wait for what comes next!(less)
REVIEW: : I must admit, I have a thing for beautiful writing. Give me fine prose (not the flowery, saccharine kind though, thank you very much), and I’ll wink at a weak plot or flat characters. But give me beautiful prose, rounded characters, a story with some depth and a well-paced plot with a dash of humor? I’m in reading heaven. That’s the case with this book, Stories Beneath Our Skin. First, the characters. There is Liam, hiding past and present pain behind defensive walls built of reserve and crenelated with words—quotes, mostly. After all, he’s an English major. And then there’s Ace who also struggled with issues, mostly present ones but also some from his past, but whose weapons of choice are kindness and empathy. I loved watching these two engage in their dance: how Ace subtly, bit by bit, broke through Liam’s walls, broke them down one quote at a time until he’d wedged himself firmly under Liam’s skin—and how Liam, at first almost against his will and later with unshakeable determination wormed his way into Ace’s heart. Then there are the side characters, Deb and Goose; Ace’s family—his hippie mother, his sister and first and foremost, his nephew; there’s Liam’s uncle; and sweet barkeeper Frankie—each a person in their own right, rounded and well drawn. Even the bad guys in the story had some grey among their black… souls, for lack of a better word, because what they did condemned them, they weren’t born bad. This is a gentle tale of family, of loyalty and love in all its various shades and forms. If there was ever a book I felt hugged by, this was it. Highly recommended.(less)
REVIEW: Mark of Cain is another beautifully written, thought-provoking story by Kate Sherwood. I’m sure I’m a little biased because I seem to love all of her books but this one encompasses all what I love most about her writing. First the story line is very different from what I’ve read before. It’s not just a romance about two very different people coming together but it’s more about anger and forgiveness and what is totally screwed up with our penal system. Second, the book is long and I love long books. It takes time for Mark and Lucas to come close to forming a sexual relationship. This kind of story you can’t rush and still make it effective. There isn’t sex for the sake of sex. Finally and best of all, long after the book ended I still think about these characters and feel good about how it ended.
Lucas is fresh out of jail after early release from a murder conviction. I could tell from the beginning he was a good guy on the inside and really had a crappy life. He’s out of prison, but right back to the same group of people that helped land him in jail the first time. He doesn’t want to go back but has very few resources to help him. My heart aches for him. He manages to land himself in a half-way house run by Mark the brother to the man Lucas killed. Mark is a priest and it was so intriguing to me how he wasn’t perfect. He had impure thoughts; he was filled with anger and resentment. I didn’t actually like him in the beginning because of his anger and obsession. I loved the portrayal of how much prayer helped him. No matter how angry Mark is and tries to find the bad in Lucas, he can’t. Lucas is truly a good person on the inside who made a really bad choice one night out drinking.
Overall I was really questioning how in the world Ms. Sherwood would bring these two together. Lucas and Mark are two fairly broken men who find each other and somehow fall in love. It’s a lovely yet bumpy road to an HEA.(less)
REVIEW: This is one of Silvia Violet’s masterpieces. The plot flows smoothly, the characters are beautifully developed and have backstories (even the secondary characters), and it left me wanting more.
Ken and Andy are both damaged but beautiful men. They each have needs and when they find each other is The One to turn their crank it is a romance reader’s dream. Things do not go smoothly and there are challenges to overcome but the men have a support system in the secondary characters that enables them to follow their dreams. This is a crime drama and the nature of the crime and investigation costs Andy his hard won sanity and Ken his ability to trust his own instincts.
I can’t recommend Silvia Violet’s books enough, and this one epecially. Yes, there is a contest to win a copy but I recommend you go ahead and buy it now so you can begin enjoying this book right away.(less)
REVIEW: Josh Lanyon is considered one of the best writers in the MM genre and Stranger on the Shore clearly shows why. It was beautifully written, an intelligent mystery yet subtle in its execution, a brooding Agatha Christie style story that reminded me very much of Miss Marple, I couldn’t put it down; I was hooked from the first page.
Griffin ‘Griff’ Hadley, a young reporter, is fascinated by the disappearance of 4 year old Brian Arlington, heir to the Arlington fortune, 20 years before. Griff wants to write a book about the case and has managed to be invited by Brian’s grandfather, Jarrett, to spend a week at the Arlington estate researching his book. Griff already knows the Arlington family lawyer, Pierce Mather, wants to let sleeping dogs lie, Pierce has already tried to buy Griff off, but he hasn’t counted on someone else being just as determined to silence his book before it’s written. As he begins his research he isn’t sure what to make of a family that seems indifferent to Brian’s fate, and the equally enigmatic Pierce Mather. Griff soon realizes that it’s more what’s not being said than what is, and even Mrs. Truscott, Jarrett’s closed lipped Housekeeper seems to know more than she is willing to reveal.
What do the Arlington’s have to hide? Why does no one except Jarret seem to care about what happened to Brian? Griff has a resemblance to Brian’s dead father Matthew, is this why he, a reporter without a published book, has been allowed into the Arlington inner sanctum, does he remind Jarrett of Matthew and the man Brian could have become?
From day one Griff is intimidated by Pierce Mather but he is also hyper aware of him, and after a chance meeting at a club Pierce and Griff get closer. All is not what it seems though. As accidents and threats start to pile up Griff is unnerved by repressed memories and feelings, it’s like he’s walking in Brian’s footsteps. When the story take an astonishing turn and Griff faces leaving the Arlington estate everything comes to a head.
I adored this book, totally and completely. From its perfect evocative cover showing two beautiful ornate columns which detail the grandeur of the Arlington estate, to the subtle hints spread throughout its pages Stranger on the Shore was intense and sublime. It’s a perfect who done it with pacing that is slow, but never boring, it’s gentle and designed to lure the reader along. It’s full of plenty of twists and turns, most noticeably when the stranger turns up. I loved how we were drip fed clues throughout the story, but never enough to give the game away. I kept thinking I knew the answers but I couldn’t work out how it was done and the ending, when all is revealed, is stunningly simple in its effect and reasoning.
I grew to love Pierce. Initially arrogant and cold, Pierce opens up gradually to show us a man scared to trust and a man also haunted by his own perceived failure to protect Brian. But it’s Griff, so thoughtful and honest, that captivated me. Griff with his troubled background and unsettled past who felt touched by Brian’s disappearance but not really understanding why.
I didn’t think much of the Arlington family, not even Jarrett who thought money could buy everything, even Griff, but then I guess I wasn’t supposed to, they came across as a bunch of unlikable selfish people, a dysfunctional family proving that too much money can sometimes often be the route of all things bad. I highly recommend Stranger on the Shore; it’s a timeless classic that I will reread time and time again. Like all of Josh Lanyon’s books I’m sure I’ll see something new each time I read it, it’s that kind of story.(less)
REVIEW: Blown Kisses is round two of the Whispering winds portion of the 2014 pulp friction series. Each round represents only a portion of the whole, and you need to have read round one for this story to be meaningful. It is well worth the read and I highly recommend this series to everyone.
Blown Kisses is the continuation of Rowen and Mick’s story. This is very much a character driven tale with intriguing plot elements that enhance the strong character development. Rowe and Mick’s story is written so well that I could easily “see” both men as if the action took place before me. I feel the connection growing between these very different men. This is only another small segment in the journey of these two men and it is still unfinished. But the author has done such a phenomenal job of connecting to the reader that I am waiting on pins and needles for the next section. The author moved the tale forward just enough to let the me into the minds of the men. I was able to see the promise of what is to come, and that promise cannot come fast enough.
Of all the portions of the 2014 pulp friction series, Whispering Winds is by far the one that has left the greatest impression on me. The rest of the series is outstanding as well, but Havan Fellows has captured my interest in a most spectacular way. Rowe and Mick are exceptional men and there story is one worthy of great acclaim. Bravo Havan, I am in awe of your talent.(less)