I'm normally a big GA Hauser fan, but I couldn't connect with this book. I didn't particularly like the heroes and had a hard time rooting for them. II'm normally a big GA Hauser fan, but I couldn't connect with this book. I didn't particularly like the heroes and had a hard time rooting for them. In the end, I ended up liking her secondary characters, Michael and the hairdresser (sorry can't remember the name) better than the heroes.
I do recommend many of Ms. Hauser's other books. The Wedding Planner is a particular favorite of mine that she's written. Maybe you will feel differently about this one and like the characters more, it just wasn't for me....more
This is the first book I've read by Mary Calmes. I normally don't like first person when it comes to reading my romances, but I think the author did aThis is the first book I've read by Mary Calmes. I normally don't like first person when it comes to reading my romances, but I think the author did a good job at making me feel as if I knew all of the characters, including the main hero.
For a May/December romance, this one is truly a gem. I liked the intensity between the two heroes, as well as the way they truly learned to connect and form a bond with each other. The sex is great, the storyline gripping and all in all it was a great read....more
Pulling Apart by Shawn Lane is a lot of story for just under 45 pages. As usual, Shawn’s amazing storytelling ability enables her to write a heartfeltPulling Apart by Shawn Lane is a lot of story for just under 45 pages. As usual, Shawn’s amazing storytelling ability enables her to write a heartfelt, somewhat bittersweet story and still wrap it up with a very sweet and happy ending.
Noah and Charlie have been with one another for some time now. Once, they were happy and excited to be around each other, but now things are starting to change. Even though both men still love each other desperately, Charlie has begun to become withdrawn and is closing himself off Noah. Even though Noah knows that Charlie is pulling away from him, he’s helpless to stop it. When Charlie suggests that they spend some time apart, Noah is not only hurt by Charlie’s suggestion, he starts to question the feelings they have for each other.
One reason I loved this book is because Noah and Charlie are one of my favorite couples. In Pulling Away, Noah fought for Charlie’s love and his determination to keep it in Pulling Apart makes him one of my favorite heroes. Also, Charlie’s state of mind throughout the book was written very well. I thought his behavior was portrayed very realistically. Another thing I LOVED about the book is that we got a few scenes with Kevin and Michael, and since most of you know that Kevin is one of my All Time Favorite heroes, it was a pleasure to see how well he and his partner Michael are doing.
Pulling Apart is the second book about Noah and Charlie. I really think to understand the dynamics between all of these amazing characters it is necessary to read Pulling Away first. I don’t know if Shawn will ever continue writing more of these wonderful characters. I can’t help but hope that she’ll continue to write more about them. She also introduced another sexy man named Carl, and I’m keeping my fingers crossed that he’ll get his own story, too. It’s always a pleasure to see how her characters are doing and where they are in their lives ...more
I absolutely love it when I come across a book that tickles my funny bone. I had no idea that Private Property by Audra Beagle and Chloe West was goinI absolutely love it when I come across a book that tickles my funny bone. I had no idea that Private Property by Audra Beagle and Chloe West was going to be as humorous as it was. I admit that both authors are new to me, so I didn’t really know what to expect, but when I started reading it I knew pretty much from the first page that I was in for a treat!
Sam Kostas is a mystery writer who is suffering from severe writer’s block. He thought that buying an old Victorian home off the coast of Rhode Island would be just what he needed to clear his head and start his creative juices flowing again. Unfortunately for Sam, his plan hasn’t worked. About the time Sam is starting to get frustrated enough to chunk his old typewriter out the window, a mysterious and very beautiful man rings his doorbell carrying an old suitcase and a big chocolate cake.
Will Adler will almost resort to anything to get his family home back. He had been hoping to pass the peace pipe with his ex-wife and buy the his ancestral home from her. But, to his utter shock and horror, she’s sold the house out from under him to some crazy, rude, somewhat eccentric writer. Will knows he must do what he can to convince Sam to sell him back his home. When Sam won’t listen to him, Will decides he must do whatever it takes to get back his home.
What happens next is an every-man-for-himself-all-out-battle between two stubborn individuals. Both men go to extreme and often hilarious lengths to get own way. They just never thought they would fall in love with each other in the process.
I loved this book! It was so much fun to read. I started it last night and before I knew it I was reading the last page. The intense connection between Sam and Will starts out with a bang and never lets up until the last word. I loved watching their relationship revolve from feuding enemies, to reluctant friends and then developing into a deep love that neither man can deny.
Sam is not your typical hero. Yes, he’s gorgeous, but he’s cranky, more than a little self centered (at first) and took glee in making Will’s life miserable at times. Even though he has some very un-hero-like ways, I adored him. His somewhat anal retentive behaviors was a perfect match for the quirky and very beautiful Will. These men were very well matched and watching them come to terms with their attraction and feelings for each other was a wild ride. Whether Will and Sam are arguing, making love or even just talking; the passion between them amazed me. I loved their rapport and I adored the creative ways they came up with to get under each other’s skin.
Another great thing I loved about this book was the range of emotions I felt when I read it. Yes, it’s very funny, but it also has some very heartfelt and tender moments in it, too. Not only did I like the main characters, but I thought the secondary characters were as interesting and delightful as Will and Sam were. My only gripe is that I hated for it to end. I’m hoping that one of the secondary characters, Grant, will get his story as well. ...more
My Summer of Wes by Missy Welch is a sweet and sexy romance that left me with a smile on my face when I finished the book. Even though this book is toMy Summer of Wes by Missy Welch is a sweet and sexy romance that left me with a smile on my face when I finished the book. Even though this book is told in first person with Mal’s point of view, I didn’t feel cheated by not knowing what was going on in the other characters minds. It’s a very well written and fun filled book, and I loved every minute of it.
Malcolm “Mal” believes he lives in a vanilla pudding world where everything is very sterile and has no personality. For the past four years, Mal has been terribly harassed and bullied by several jocks at school. He’s been beaten and called horrible names like ‘fag’ so he’s made efforts to be unnoticed by others. Mal’s parents have pretty much ignored the ongoing trauma that Mal has had to endure during his high school years. They just do their thing and let Mal do his. When new neighbors move across the street from Mal, it puts his parents in an uproar. The new neighbors obviously don’t live by the 'vanilla pudding' rules like having beige or colorless furniture when the red couch was taken off of the moving truck. But, it was the Wes, the new neighbor’s son that puts a much needed colorful sprinkle in Mal’s vanilla pudding world.
Wes is everything Mal thinks he’s not. He’s gorgeous, fun, athletic and gay. When Wes puts the bullies that has harassed Mal in their place, Mal is even more impressed by his courage to be himself and not take any slack from others. To Mal’s surprise, Wes approaches him and wants to hang out with him. Mal of course, is thrilled but worried once that Wes finds out what a geek he is, he won’t want to hang out with him anymore. But, to Mal’s confused delight, Wes seems to really enjoy hanging out with Mal. As a friendship develops, Mal starts to feel an attraction to Wes, and has to face that he’s been living in denial of being gay for his entire life. Will Mal be able to accept his sexuality and open himself up to the true love he could find with Wes?
I loved this coming of age story. I really appreciated how Mal was able to come to terms with his homosexuality and really evolve into his own man by the end of the book. Mal and Wes really brought out the best in one another, and they had a very sweet and endearing relationship that lived with me long after the book was over. Both Mal and Wes were amazingly well written characters that both endeared themselves within my heart.
There isn’t a lot of angst in this story. It’s just a sweet and feel good book that left me with a smile on my face when I finished reading the last word. I will happily put My Summer of Wes on my keeper shelf where I will enjoy it for many years to come. ...more
The Beach House by Shawn Lane was a deeply moving, sexy book about two men, who probably under normal circumstances would never find their way to eachThe Beach House by Shawn Lane was a deeply moving, sexy book about two men, who probably under normal circumstances would never find their way to each other.
Mason is a well sought out model that has just come out of rehab. Since the model industry has a reputation of being attached with drugs and booze, he is taken by his friend and agent to stay at a beach house in Morro Bay, so he can continue his recovery. Bored and alone, Mason fills his time running on the beach and exploring his new temporary home. One day, Mason spots a very handsome man at the grocery store. Just when Mason thinks he's going to approach him, the man is approached by a young woman, and Mason believes that the man is probably straight and taken.
John was once a firefighter who truly loved his job. Unfortunately, he was injured on the job site, and now is a best selling author. Even though he loves his house by the beach, he sometime misses his life before his injury. When he spots Mason walking on the beach he’s immediately captivated by the man’s beauty. As fate would have it, John’s dog intervenes and the two men meet and soon fall in love. But, when the summer is over, and Mason is asked to return to the limelight, will his feelings for John be enough to choose to stay with John, or will he return to the spotlight?
I loved this book, although I admit I love all of Shawn’s books. As usual, her characterization is amazing. Both Mason and John are broken heroes in their own way, and they must work through their own demons so they can have a loving and fulfilling relationship. I loved both heroes and both were easy to identify with. Even though Mason is uber gorgeous, he is still a likeable and wonderfully lifelike character. I thought both he and John brought out the best in one another and I was truly amazed at the love they found in each other’s arms. ...more
I read Precious Jade by Fyn Alexander several days ago. Normally I write my reviews pretty quickly after I’ve read the book I’m to review. After I reaI read Precious Jade by Fyn Alexander several days ago. Normally I write my reviews pretty quickly after I’ve read the book I’m to review. After I read Precious Jade, I admit I was conflicted about how I felt about the book, and how I’m going to rate it. Now as I write this review, I’m still slightly conflicted on how I’m going to review and rate it.
Precious Jade is a BDSM themed homoerotic romance set in England in 1885. Jade Swift is an eighteen year old man who has lived a very sheltered and somewhat spoiled life. His mother is a popular actress, and when Jade was a child and up until his voice changed, was a popular singer himself. His mother insists at eighteen that Jade must find a real job. Jade is able to read and write very well, so he is hired to be a secretary and soon finds himself living in the countryside and in a simpler world that Jade has never experienced before. Because of the more tolerant lifestyle he’s lived behind the curtain, Jade is totally unprepared for the real world.
When Jade meets the master of the estate, Marcus Wynterborne, he’s immediately infatuated with him. Marcus is all business and somewhat a cold fish, and he’s nothing like Jade has ever met before. As Marcus’ secretary, he soon finds himself wanting to please his new Master Marcus, and is very disheartened when Marcus is displeased with him in any way.
Soon, a D/s relationship starts to develop between Marcus and Jade. Jade is strictly a novice when it comes to this lifestyle. As Jade learns more about what kind of submissive and what Marcus expects of him, Jade realizes that submitting to Marcus is a very natural thing and although he’s often confused by what is expected of him, he embraces the lifestyle and quickly falls in love with Marcus.
When Marcus finds Jade in what looks like a compromising position, he kicks Jade out. Jade must somehow find a way to survive alone and somehow fight his way back into his Master’s life and be his ‘boy’ once more.
Precious Jade is written in first person. I’m personally not a fan of first person romance. I like to know what both my heroes are thinking, and I usually feel cheated when I’m just reading romance by a single point of view. Surprisingly, I didn’t mind the first person aspect of the book that much because I really liked Jade. I enjoyed watching him grow from a spoiled, sheltered man to a man who became more self assured (still spoiled) at the end of the book.
Jade’s story disturbed me at times. Jade is abused and used by many characters in this book. When Jade sells his body in the second half of the book, this bothered me a great deal. I was saddened by the lack of freedom Jade really has in his life, and the hard choices that he had to make. Once again, I normally do not like this type of storyline at all, but I guess because I was able to experience it all through Jade’s perspective, I enjoyed it and even understood it better than if the book was written in third person.
I did not think the BDSM scenes were that sexy, but I did think they were interesting. I liked the chemistry between Master Marcus and Jade. I understood why each man became enamored with each other and I enjoyed watching them become more attracted to one another as their relationship continued to develop.
Because of the violence that Jade endures I normally would rate this book lower than I have. But, I do think it was essential to the plot, so I’ve decided to rate it higher because I do think that this book was interesting and I loved Jade.
A word of warning to some readers: Jade is physically, emotionally and sexually abused. He’s used and treated very badly throughout this book. Because of this, Precious Jade will not be for everyone.
Duck! by Kim Dare is a sweet and sexy story that is a wonderfully written spin-off of the classic fairy tale, The ugly duckling. Not only is this bookDuck! by Kim Dare is a sweet and sexy story that is a wonderfully written spin-off of the classic fairy tale, The ugly duckling. Not only is this book a well balance of having a strong plot and well written characters; I was surprised by the intensity and the amazing love that the two heroes shared together. This is a book that lived with me long after I finished it. I absolutely loved it, and I highly recommend it.
Ori Jones feels like the rug has been pulled out from under him. Ori recently found out that he is an Avian shape-shifter. Because he hasn’t reached his ‘maturity’ for an Avian shifter; he was only able to do a partial shift. The elders have guessed that he will be a duck, which is considered an inferior, sub-servant breed of the avian species. Until then, he is to work and stay in an avian club called the “nest”. This is basically fine with Ori. He enjoys being submissive, but he doesn’t enjoy the taunts and teasing he receives by the other shifters, and is having some difficultly coming to terms with his new life.
After dealing with some vicious name calling and a mean prank, Ori literally stumbles in front of the gorgeous and powerful hawk-shifter, Raynard. Raynard is a very dominant shifter, but he is a very fair one as well. As soon as meets Ori, there is something about the small “ugly duckling” shifter that calls to Raynard’s dominant/protective side. Raynard feels a connection with the sweet sub servant Ori and he decides to take him home and under his wing.
As Raynard and Ori’s relationship begins to take shape, a strong bond forms between them. Raynard teaches Ori to be proud of his avian species and his natural submissive nature. But, just as they come to comfortable terms with the way they feel about each other, and the roles of their relationship; Ori is due to complete his first shift in front of the elders. But, as soon as Ori shifts; everything changes. The roles of their relationship, and the love they feel for one another is put to the ultimate test.
I loved this book! I adored both Ori and Raynard and I absolutely loved them together. They fit perfectly together. Even though there is quite an array of interesting secondary characters, I appreciated that Ori and Raynard’s relationship really dominated the book. The way their relationship evolves throughout the story is very well paced and is written in a way that I felt an easy connection with them. I quickly rallied behind them both as individual characters and as a couple and rooted for their happiness from the very beginning of the story. I would like to point out that there is a D/s relationship between Ori a Raynard. Even though there is a strong BDSM theme in this book, it is not written in an over the top manner that might offend some readers. If you haven’t read any homoerotic/BDSM themed books before, and have thought about trying out the genre, Duck! would be a great book to try out the genre with.
I’ve read several books by Kim Dare and I’ve enjoyed all of them. I can easily say that Duck! is my favorite book that has been written by her, and I’m looking forward to reading more creative, sweet and sexy stories from her.
I can't really add anything new to what's already been said about this book. Ivan wrote a great review that really says it all. I do want to add thatI can't really add anything new to what's already been said about this book. Ivan wrote a great review that really says it all. I do want to add that Jude is a definite top 3 of my favorite heroes that Shawn has written. Not only is he unique and very sexy, I thought he's a pretty complex character, too. His grief was portrayed very realistically. I also liked how the relationship between Jude and Rex developed throughout the novel. Not only did I feel the intense chemistry between them, I liked that they genuinely liked and respected one another.
I loved this book and I can't wait to read the next one in the series! ...more
Twenty-four year old Sean Allister is tired of living under his families thumb. Although he comes from a very rich, good intentioned family, their uppTwenty-four year old Sean Allister is tired of living under his families thumb. Although he comes from a very rich, good intentioned family, their upper class attitude and controlling ways has stifled Sean from having the freedom of living independently and out of the shadow of their sometimes narrow-minded influences. When he comes across an opportunity to be a research assistant in Green Lake, Alaska, Sean takes a chance and accepts the job, and leaves without telling his family his whereabouts. As soon as Sean gets off the plane, he is enamored with the beauty of Alaska. It’s vast beauty and untamed wilderness brings out his creative side, but it also kind of intimidates him as well. Sean’s not used to being impulsive or that adventurous, but he’s determined to make a positive change in his life and do something for himself.
When a handsome and wild young man named, Mark, practically runs over him while doing a daredevil stunt into a lake, Sean is stunned and a little afraid of Mark’s wildness and the intense attraction he has for him. When Mark is appointed as his guide to go into the mountains for some data, Sean has mixed feelings of being around the carefree and adrenaline junkie Mark for long periods of time. As the men get to know one another, an unlikely friendship develops and soon the attraction they feel for one another is undeniable. When Mark is injured because of Sean’s carelessness; Sean brings him back home to Texas to recuperate. Soon, they both realize that they truly do come from different worlds. Will they be able to find a way to be together even though they are so different?
I really liked Green Lake. I thought it was a very sweet love story with not too much angst. The story moves along pretty fast so it was a pretty quick read for me. I’ve never read anything by Anna Marie May before, and I liked her easy style of writing. I also liked both Sean and Mark. I thought both heroes were interesting and I did find myself rooting for them to somehow find a way to find a common ground and be together.
I do wish that there had been more conversation between heroes. Even though we know they spend a lot of time together and develop a friendship, their relationship never really resonated with me because it felt like it was glossed over. I felt like Mark and Maggie (Sean’s sister) talked more than he and Sean did. Don’t get me wrong there IS chemistry between Mark and Sean, but I would have liked to have seen it played up more. I also was left with the impression that this is more of a Happy for Now ending. Mark’s health is still up in the air and there are some things left unsettled, so it makes me wonder if there will be a sequel with this couple.
I would not category this book as an erotic romance. Even though there is a love scene, it’s not that graphic and I would personally label this book as being more sensual than erotic. Because of this, I think this book would be a good book to try if anyone is new to reading gay romances. But, I do admit I did have one issue with Mark while he and Sean were making love. Because Mark is a virgin and inexperienced Sean is taking things slow with him. As Sean is making love to him, Mark suddenly wonders what it would be like to make love to a woman. That bothered me a little. ...more
Binary 2: Perfect Strangers and Foreign Relations is a two story anthology written by the same author Jack Greene. It is a short novella that consistsBinary 2: Perfect Strangers and Foreign Relations is a two story anthology written by the same author Jack Greene. It is a short novella that consists of two very short stories. Both stories consist of pretty young men being attracted and slightly dominated by big masculine heroes.
Perfect Strangers Jordan must go to the mall and buy some dress pants. He ends up having a conflict with a big burly man over a parking spot. When a handsome man comes to Jordan’s rescue, he is immediately attracted to him, but because Jordan afraid of rejection he keeps his attraction to himself and both men part ways. Later, while Jordan is trying on pants, he runs into the handsome rescuer again in the dressing room. To Jordan’s delight, the man, Robert, seduces him in the dressing room where they have sex in the dressing room stall and then later at Roberts house.
Foreign Relations Jesse thought it was going to be another boring Geology Lab class until the teaching assistant and grad student, Eric, walked in the door. Not only was Eric masculine, muscled and sexy, his Swedish accent captivated Eric from his first spoken word. Although Eric is attentive to Jesse’s questions, he is with everyone else, too. Jesse soon starts to believe that Eric is straight, so he decides to keep his infatuation to himself. One late night, Jesse goes to a laundry mat and runs into the handsome Eric. The men soon start talking and realize that they are both gay and attracted to one another. They end up having sex at the laundry mat and end up deciding that they should continue their romance at Eric’s house.
I really liked both stories. Both stories had the pretty small man gets the big handsome hunk for heroes, which admittedly I thoroughly enjoy. All the heroes were likable and the sex scenes were pretty erotic. I liked that even though each story had a Happy For Now ending, there still was the promise of their relationships becoming something more serious in their future. They were both quick, erotic and fun filled reads, and I hated to see them both end.
WOW! Fugly by K.Z. Snow is AMAZING and took me by complete surprise! It’s hard to believe the book falls just under sixty pages, because it really pacWOW! Fugly by K.Z. Snow is AMAZING and took me by complete surprise! It’s hard to believe the book falls just under sixty pages, because it really packs an emotional punch. I thought the plot was creative and very thought provoking. It’s a story that stayed with me hours after I finished it.
The story is a combination first and third person. At the beginning of the story it’s told by David’s point of view, and then it changes to third person so we can follow the lives and strange happenings of David’s friends. You would think that this would be confusing, or would take away from the story, but it does not.
David and his three friends Fallon, Todd and Jake call themselves The Hunt Club. Now even though David is part of this group, he’s not as shallow as the other men, nor is he as judgmental or promiscuous as his three friends. He’s definitely appalled by some of his friends’ shallow behavior, but he hangs out with the three mainly because of an unrequited love he has for one of them.
All of the men in the Hunt Club are very successful, sexy, handsome gay men. One of the favorite things the men like to do is to talk about other peoples imperfections. They are sarcastic and say hurtful things about other gay men who they don’t feel measure up to their scale of attractiveness or standards of living. One night David and the three men are at their favorite night club, and as many times before, the three men are falling into the same pattern of snide comments and put downs of other patrons there.
When the men spot the most gorgeous man they’ve ever seen walk into the club, the three shallow men make their way over to him at the bar, and all three men make failed passes at the sexy man. David is embarrassed by their behavior and is more interested in watching another equally quiet and sexy man watch these friends make total fools of themselves over the gorgeous man.
David strikes up a conversation with the sexy man and he tells David that he had heard all of the hurtful and terrible things his three friends had said about others before the gorgeous man walked in. He then tells David that the gorgeous man his friends are making a pass at is his husband, and he thinks the men need to learn a lesson from their inappropriate behaviors.
Then the fun really begins.
That’s when the story switches off of the first person narrative. It’s a month later and we then follow the story of the three men Fallon, Todd and Jake. They now have an unusual skin condition on their faces. It looks to be in between a burn and a rash. The strange thing about their skin condition is not only do they see it, but the handsome men they usually go for it can see it as well, so they are now treated as badly as they treated others. But, to most other people, they either don’t see it at all or it’s very faint.
All three men must learn to look and within themselves and find their self worth. Since they are no longer considered beautiful, their perception of outer beauty changes and they start noticing the beauty that’s within other people.
I loved this book! I think we’ve all known shallow and superficial people who often say and do hurtful things to others. It was very interesting to read what would happen if everything they took for granted changed, and they saw things with a fresh set of eyes. It reminded me of what my mother used to tell me. As a child, she’d tell me a story and always at the end she’d say, “Now what is the moral to the story?” and it would make me think about what lesson I’d learned from the story she’d told. Just like my old bedtime stories, Fugly definitely has a ‘moral’ or lesson learned from the story, that I think everyone will appreciate.
I can’t recommend this book high enough. For those who has never read a gay romance before, but has been thinking of trying it out, this would be an awesome book to try it out. Even though there is drama and some angst, there are some light and funny moments in the book as well.
I can’t believe that this is the first book I’ve read that’s been written by K.Z. Snow! Believe me when I say, I’m about to change that as soon as I finish writing my review. I really enjoyed Ms. Snow’s style of writing. Its easy style and witty undertone made it flow smoothly throughout the book. I’m definitely looking forward to reading other works written by her!
I wasn’t able to find a website for Ms. Snow, but I did find her blog which looked to be very interesting. Here is the link if you want to check it out: http://kzsnow.blogspot.com/
Friction is a multi-authored homoerotic anthology. I was happily surprised that I really liked all of the stories in it. Many times in the past, I’veFriction is a multi-authored homoerotic anthology. I was happily surprised that I really liked all of the stories in it. Many times in the past, I’ve read other anthologies where there are usually at least two or more stories that I either disliked or it lost my interest. Admittedly, there are some stories I liked better than others, but all of them were interesting and very entertaining short stories.
Cruising by J.P. Bowie
At thirty-one, Adam Brenner is giving himself a fresh start. Since his relationship with his ex-boyfriend has gotten sour, he’s ready for a positive change in his life. When he takes a job to run the casino on a luxury cruise ship, he’s pretty excited about the new job; even if he knows it’s going to take some effort to keep the casino running in ship-shape. Unfortunately for Adam, the night before the ship leaves, his crew has too much fun and misses an important meet and greet with the other crew members and the ship’s captain. To Adam’s chagrin, the captain of the ship is not only the father of the man he just had a hot one nighter with, AND it’s obvious that he’s not impressed with Adam and his lazy “American” casino employees.
Adam soon realizes he’s made a mistake with the captain’s son as soon as he meets a handsome and talented young guitarist named Brett. Brett is sweet and thoughtful and everything that Adam wants in a man. As Adam and Brett start forming an emotional bond together, Brett finds out about Adam’s one night stand the night before they met, and wonders if Adam is just playing him for a fool.
Will Adam be able to convince Brett of his feelings of affection toward him?
Cruising is told in first person with Adam’s point of view. I admit I’m not a fan of first person romance. I like to know what the other main character is thinking, but I thought that Mr. Bowie did an excellent job at portraying at what the other characters were feeling. Adam has to put up with a lot of drama and backstabbing from other characters that work on the cruise ship. I though this made the short story interesting as well. Most importantly, the physical and emotional chemistry between Adam and Brett was delightful, and even though I wasn’t pleased with Adam and his one nighter at the beginning of the book, I ended up liking him and I was glad to see he got the happy ending he deserved.
Maximum Exposure by Jenna Byrnes and Jude Mason
Rob Jenkins has decided to take a chance at something naughty. He and his boyfriend, Max has been together for six years. Even though they are in love, their relationship has been suffering because of Rob’s fear of giving into a sexual fetish that Max has. Rob is determined to keep his relationship with Max healthy and happy…even if that means trying to be open about Max’s fetish of fooling around in public.
When Max is out of town for business, Rob decides that this opportunity to play out some of Max’s fantasies. He surprises Max, and sets out to seduce him and make his fantasies come true.
I thought Rob deciding to give into his more adventurous side of sexual play with Max, even though he felt initially out of his element, rang true to me. Sexual compatibly is important in all relationships, and Rob is smart enough to see that if something didn’t change between he and Max, their relationship would end up being doomed. Both Rob and Max were interesting characters and likeable people. Both men are forced to look at their relationship and make the decision if it is worth fighting for. For a short story, I thought both characters were pretty well rounded and I really enjoyed the love and intense physical chemistry between them.
Yes! By Kim Dare
When he’s offered a good time in bed by a handsome and sexy man, twenty-six year old Andrew Holt, definitely has a hard time saying NO. Andrew’s gained quite a reputation from his promiscuous behavior. He finds out that some men are not impressed by this slutty behavior when he meets the interesting nineteen year old Stephen Phillips. Even though Stephen is younger than Andrew, he has a strong and dominatingly assertive personality that Andrew finds very attractive.
The two men start a discussion/argument over Andrew’s lack of self control. Stephen bets Andrew that he won’t be able to say no to anything Stephen sets out to do to him. Thinking that this is an easy win, Andrew takes that bet and soon realizes his mistake when the more he’s around Stephen the more he desires him and connects with him on a more emotional level. But, when Andrew finally submits to Stephen’s dominate nature will it be enough for them to start a beautiful and loving relationship together?
I really liked the chemistry between Andrew and Stephen. Once again for a short story I really found it easy to like both heroes and root for them to somehow work through their differences of opinion and get together. The cat and mouse game the men played with each other was both very sexy and fun to read! (Stephen feeding Andrew that chocolate cake was just H-O-T!) One of the great things about Ms. Dare’s writing is her snappy dialog and the intense emotional pull the heroes have with one another. This makes her stories both addictive and very enjoyable to read.
Sorry Charlie by Ashley Ladd
Charlie Lang has had an estranged relationship with his father ever since Charlie came out of the closet to him seventeen years ago. Now, suddenly his father wants to mend the broken bridge between them and Charlie is confused but hopefully optimistic. But, Charlie’s partner of fifteen years, Jonathan, does not feel the same way. He’s afraid that Charlie is just setting himself up for a world of hurt again and he doesn’t know what he can do to prevent it.
On top of the stress that Charlie being reunited with is father, they also have to deal with the reality of our failing economy. Jonathan has a bookstore, and it hasn’t been doing so good, so the couple is experiencing some financial problems that is putting a slight strain on their relationship too. Will they be able to work through all the obstacles in their relationship and find the happiness they once had together?
This story was more angsty than I thought it would be. The conflict between Charlie and his family as well as the conflicts between him and Jonathan was very realistically written. I admit that Charlie’s father surprised me, but the rest of the family was horrible. My little gripe about this story is I thought the ending was too abrupt and suddenly way too cozy because of the heavy angst in the story itself. I also had some issues with Charlie, but I did like him. I thought he overlooked Jonathan and his needs and worries a lot. In some ways I thought their relationship was a little one sided, but I did like them and I enjoyed the story.
Heat of the Night by SL Majors
Stephan Powell is used to living life in the fast lane. He’s spoiled and used to living a very wealthy way of life. He’s also a womanizer that has a habit of getting himself into trouble. His Aunt and guardian commands him to spend two weeks in Wyoming with her friend Dakota Youngblood. Not wanting to disappoint his beloved Aunt anymore, he agrees to put up with living in the middle of nowhere so he can pacify her and then get back to living on the edge like he has done in the past.
He wasn’t expecting Dakota Youngblood to be as fascinatingly handsome as he is. Tough, strong, gruff and surprisingly patient, Dakota immediately attracts the younger Stephan. This is surprising to Stephan because he’s never desired being with a man before, but being around Dakota and being touched by Dakota is bringing out hidden desires and strong feelings for another that Stephan has never felt before. Stephan realizes that he wants to be a better man for himself and hopefully for Dakota. But, will the differences in their ages and ways of life breach a wall between them?
WHEW! The chemistry that Stephan and Dakota had together was amazing! I had to turn on my ceiling fan when I read the “lasso” scene and the scene by the lake. *Fans Self* Just thinking about how sexy those two men are together makes me break out in a sweat! Both Stephan and Dakota were interesting characters, and even with the story being a short one, both of their characters evolve into better men.
I love this story and I hated for it to end! I really wish it had been longer. I would have loved to read a full story about them and more of the life they now have together. This is the first book I’ve read by SL Majors and it won’t be the last!
One Night Stand by Cassandra Gold
When Tom Garner’s friends insisted he get out into the dating scene again, Tom wasn’t so sure he was doing the right thing. Since his partner’s death two years ago, Tom knows he’s become somewhat of a hermit by staying at home and running his photography studio. When his well meaning friends take him to a bar, Tom thinks his average looks won’t get him many offers. He’s surprised when a pretty, blonde man approaches him and starts up a conversation.
Ian Abernathy is not looking for love. Scorned by cheating lover months ago, Ian swears he’ll never be hurt or vulnerable to another again. He’s told himself that his love ‘em and leave ‘em attitude has been working for him so far. When he meets the older and handsome Tom at a bar, he hoped to have a night of pleasure with the bigger man. To his delight he and Tom spend a night of unbelievable tenderness and passion. This scares Ian, who can’t leave Tom’s house fast enough; even when he sees the sorrow in Tom’s eyes when he does it.
Now, Ian can’t get Tom off of his mind and unfortunately for both men they keep running into one another. Ian knows he’s made a mistake by allowing his fears take over and pushing Tom away. Will he overcome his fears by taking a chance on Tom and find the true love he’s always secretly wanted? Will Tom be able to forgive Ian and give him and true love a second chance?
Cassandra Gold is one of my favorite authors. I love the fast-paced and easy style of writing that she has. Her heroes are always sexy and intriguing men and there is a sense of realism about them that I really like. They are also people that make mistakes and are very far from perfect. I love them!
I really wish this story had been longer, too! I really loved Ian and Tom’s story. Even though this was a short story, it packed a lot of punch. I appreciated how both Ian and Tom was able to work through their fears and make efforts to change and become not only happier with themselves, but with one another.
Friction was a great anthology and I highly recommend it!
Aki’s Love Song is a novella written by Sedonia Guillone. I confess, I’ve never read a short story written by her before, so I admit I was curious ifAki’s Love Song is a novella written by Sedonia Guillone. I confess, I’ve never read a short story written by her before, so I admit I was curious if I would become as emotionally involved between her characters with such a short storyline like I normally do with her longer novels. After I read it, I decided that Ms. Guillone is not only fantastic at writing long novels, but short stories as well.
It was practically love at first sight when Tamotsu first laid eyes on Aki. They were both freshmen in high school and even though they became instant best friends, Tamotsu has always kept his love for his friend a secret. Throughout the years, Tamotsu has watched Aki change from a sweet and talented musician to a rebellious rock star, and thanks for Aki’s persistence, Tamotsu not only manages Aki’s band, but remains his best friend as well.
Tamotsu has watched Aki go through a score of lovers and even though this saddens him, he happily clings to the fact that Aki comes to him when he needs a friend, to relax or to feel safe. When Aki sings a new ballad about unrequited love at a concert, Tamotsu is concerned. Not only does he think that Aki has been hiding this great love from him, but he may somehow lose Aki, too.
Aki is tired of hiding his feelings for Tamotsu. Tamotsu is the one person who truly knows and appreciates the real Aki for who he is on the inside. He’s ready to tell his best friend he loves him and wants to be with him forever, but will Tamotsu be able to accept his true feelings for him?
I loved this book! BUT…UGH… I hated for it to end! Although Aki’s Love Song was wonderful, I really hate that this wasn’t one of Sedonia’s longer novels. Both Aki and Tamotsu were fabulous heroes and I loved the history and the deep bond they had between them. I thoroughly enjoyed the small glimpse I got to read in their amazing lives and I pine for more about them.