Author Review: A Private Gentleman by Heidi Cullinan

A Private Gentleman by Heidi Cullinan Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd. Genre: Gay, M/M, Historical Romance Length: Novel Summary: To seal their bond, they must break the ties that bind. Painfully introverted and rendered nearly mute by a heavy stammer, Lord George Albert Westin rarely ventures any farther than the club or his beloved gardens. When he hears rumors of an exotic new orchid sighted at a local hobbyist’s house, though, he girds himself with opiates and determination to attend a house party, hoping to sneak a peek. He finds the orchid, yes…but he finds something else even more rare and exquisite: Michael Vallant. Professional sodomite. Michael climbed out of an adolescent hell as a courtesan’s bastard to become successful and independent-minded, seeing men on his own terms, protected by a powerful friend. He is master of his own world—until Wes. Not only because, for once, the sex is for pleasure and not for profit. They are joined by tendrils of a shameful, unspoken history. The closer his shy, poppy-addicted lover lures him to the light of love, the harder his past works to drag him back into the dark. There’s only one way out of this tangle. Help Wes face the fears that cripple him—right after Michael finds the courage to reveal the devastating truth that binds them. Product Warnings Contains wounded heroes, bibliophilic tendencies, orchid obsessions, a right bastard of a marquis, and gay men who get happily-ever-afters. Barb Manning’s Review: A Private Gentleman by Heidi Cullinan is at its core the love story of Lord George Albert Westin and Michael Vallant. It’s a tale of failure and... Read more

Author Review: Jesse’s Christmas by RJ Scott

Jesse’s Christmas by RJ Scott Publisher: Silver Publishing Genre: GLBT, M/M, Contemporary, Erotic Romance, Holiday Length: 82 pages Summary: For Jesse Connor, Christmas is nothing but a series of bad memories. It takes a man imbued with the spirit of Christmas to help him realize that the Christmas spirit lies in everyone–if they only know where to look. Barb Manning’s Review: RJ Scott has a sweet little story in Jesse’s Christmas, a holiday treat about a talented photographer with the attitude of Grinch regarding all things Christmas. On assignment from his editor, Jesse is in charming, remote Eden Vale to take some Christmas photos for a client’s online magazine. Almost immediately, Jesse is knee-deep in Christmas with picture-perfect landscapes and the delightful young Gabriel McClurey, the son of Eden Vale’s innkeeper. RJ Scott paints a clear image of Jesse as a man packing a great deal of baggage from a broken relationship. Ms. Scott writes poetic descriptions of Eden Vale as the little hamlet goes through it’s annual celebrations of the holidays. It’s impossible not to smile while reading this tale of lost and found love, as Jesse and Gabriel struggle (all too briefly) to develop a relationship in a situation that could ultimately be temporary. After all, Jesse is on an assignment for Christmas. The only shortcoming in Jesse’s Christmas is the brevity of the story. For a small town boy, Gabriel is a little too quick to get involved with Jesse. Still, the writing is good; the flow of the story fine in Jesse’s Christmas by RJ Scott . Rated 3 Ravens by Barb Manning! Have Your... Read more

Author Review: Mirror Image by Cherie Crystal

Mirror Image by Cherie Crystal Publisher: Torquere Press Genre: F/F, LGBT, Contemporary, Erotic Romance Length: 41 pages Summary: Jaylyn Dayley, professional stuntwoman, isn’t afraid of anything. Except commitment. She can tuck and roll, crash and burn, and walk away unscathed, but can she survive the searing heat of her attraction for the lovely Monika Morning during her stint as the actress’ stunt double? Tarsilla’s Review: Mirror Image is not only an exciting read, but it is also one of the most unique stories I’ve read. I lost myself in its authentic British setting, and I thought Ms. Crystal did a wonderful job in creating idiosyncratic characters through a realistic and dynamic dialogue. The plot is exceptional in its own way, and I was primarily drawn by the story surrounding Jaylyn. I had some reservations about Jaylyn being attracted to Monika because, in order for the mechanics of the story to work, they have to be almost identical physically. The idea of someone getting romantically involved with another who looks almost exactly like them was bothering me. However, Ms. Crystal did a good job differentiating the two women, even on a physical level. Furthermore, I really liked that she kept subtly accentuating their differences and bringing their clashing personalities (and nationalities) to the forefront. Jaylyn, the main character, is very captivating. I love that this story is in first-person since it allowed me to be really attuned with this character. Mirror Image is very complex and emotional, and because of that I truly felt connected to Jaylyn and engaged with her emotions. Monika’s character was a little harder to get... Read more

Author Review: Under the Skin by Nicki Bennett & Ariel Tachna

Under the Skin by Nicki Bennett and Ariel Tachna Publisher: Dreamspinner Press Genre: M/M, GLBT, Erotic, Mystery/Suspense, Contemporary, Romance Length: 200 pages Summary: Police detective Patrick Flaherty has no illusions about Russian mobster Alexei Boczar, but that doesn’t stop his fascination with the bodyguard to one of the most ruthless families in Chicago’s growing Eastern European crime community. From the moment Patrick meets Alexei’s eyes over the body of another Russian mobster, Alexei is a thorn in Patrick’s side, refusing to cooperate with the police and turning all of Patrick’s questions back on him. Alexei’s hard-as-nails persona whets Patrick’s professional determination to get the information he’s sure the gangster is hiding, while personally Patrick just wants to get his hands on Alexei’s hard body. The tattoos marking Alexei’s skin tell the story of his criminal past, but the more Patrick learns about Alexei, the more he wants to know, until he finds himself over his head in a relationship that might cost him his job and could well cost Alexei his life. Alexei is equally fascinated by Patrick’s willingness to overlook his past and even his present associations, but he has secrets of his own that could drive a wedge between them forever. Layne’s Review: It took a minute to get used to the whiplash head hopping in Under The Skin, but once I did, I loved it. Authors Nicki Bennett and Ariel Tachna gives a great ‘Good guy cop, bad tattooed guy’ story, complete with intense love scenes and great chemistry. That’s just the first chapter. I loved Patrick first, because he’s the easiest to figure out, to... Read more

Author Review: Packing Leather by Kim Dare

Packing Leather by Kim Dare Sea, Sun and Submissions Series Book 1 Publisher: Resplendence Publishing Genre: M/M, BDSM, Erotic, Contemporary, Romance Length: Novella Summary: Sun, Sea and Submission Series, Book 1 When Darren wins a trip for two to an exclusive holiday resort and invites his work buddy Jamie to share it with him, they are the only two men in the office who know they won’t be enjoying a typical lads weekend away. Neither of them has any intention of chasing after girls—or even chasing after any guys other than each other. After months of subtle flirtation, Darren and Jamie are finally ready to do a hell of a lot more than stare longingly across the office. They both know they’re going to get laid, have a laugh and maybe even fall in lust. But neither realizes the weekend has other surprises in store for them—perhaps lust won’t be the only thing they fall in. Especially when one of them realizes that the other man doesn’t just have swimming trunks in his weekend bag—he’s packing leather. Lea’s Review: Packing Leather is, at its core, a story of longing and fulfillment. The plot is the journey from the one extreme to the other. In this first story of Kim Dare’s Sun, Sea and Submission Series, we are presented with two men, having worked together platonically for some length of time, deciding to take a holiday to a gay resort. Each has great hopes for what the other man might be interested in pursuing on this vacation, but neither is at all sure what will actually work out. Like most... Read more

Author Review: Switch by Claire Thompson

Switch by Claire Thompson Publisher: Romance Unbound Publishing Genre: M/M, BDSM, Erotica Length: 145 pages / 65400 words Summary: Two Doms, but only one Master: Dane Bishop is reigning king in the Austin BDSM scene. A chance meeting with a sexy local artist named Nathan Levi turns his world upside down. Nathan can see beyond Dane’s swaggering persona to the untapped submissive streak beneath the leather and chain. As each struggles to gain and maintain control, the sexual sparks fly. It’s only a matter of time before a spark catches and bursts into flame. Kalyko’s Review: Wow. Just WOW! Switch by Claire Thompson was amazing and I’m still going over the story in my head… and I finished it a week ago! The incredible connection as well as the outright and very immediate sizzle between Dane and Nathan was wonderful and definitely indicative of the excellent story laid out before me. And I am completely taken with both men. Following along as Dane had to make some radical—and they were radical—mental changes was compelling; at the same time, though, it was often quite painful. I got very caught up in the emotional and mental turmoil in which Dane was caught; the emotions were percolating and then roaring off the page as his relationship with Nathan progressed. But if you’re thinking that Nathan was forcing this on Dane, that couldn’t be further from the truth. Nathan is something else. He’s a little younger than Dane, but you’d never think that once you get to know him. He’s incredibly tuned in to people and it’s just utterly amazing at how quickly,... Read more

Author Review: Enticing Elliott by Amber Kell

Enticing Elliott (Moon Pack #5) by Amber Kell Publisher: Silver Publishing Genre: Erotica, BDSM, Gay, Paranormal/Alternate World, Shape-Shifter, Werewolves Length: 84 pages Summary: Elliott comes to the Moon pack bar to meet with Anthony. Little does he know Anthony’s plans include handing him off to Parker, the pack security officer. Parker takes one look at the slim accountant and knows he’s found the submissive mate of his dreams. Margaret’s Review: In the Moon Pack series Amber Kell has written a cycle of short stories about paranormal creatures that live and work among humans. Unlike some paranormal books, in these stories humans are aware of and generally unafraid of the non-human beings that inhabit their world. Another feature of Ms. Kell’s Moon Pack stories is that most of the characters are homosexual males who live their lives as gay men without apology. Like the other books in the series, Enticing Elliott is primarily about a pack of city-dwelling werewolves. The usual canon of shifters is preserved with the search for life-long pre-destined mates, and beings that can magically change form. Their enemies are appropriately creepy and there is a good deal of suspense and mystery surrounding them that makes it difficult to put the book down. While Enticing Elliott can be read as a stand-alone story, the reader may become briefly confused when individuals are not fully introduced or the exposition of a plot line occurred in a previous book and is not repeated here. However, as the fifth book in a series, the story is a well crafted continuation of the struggles and loves of an enjoyable set of... Read more

Author Review: Turn the Other Cheek by Chris Owen

Turn the Other Cheek by Chris Owen Publisher: Torquere Press Genre: M/M, GLBT, Contemporary, Erotic Romance Review Copy Received from Publisher Summary: In this sequel to the popular Cheek to Cheek, Mallory and Will have moved past dating, though it’s still a race to hit the sheets every time they look at each other. Trouble is brewing, however, since hitting the sheets is a no-no for firefighters who work together. Will is ready to move forward, to tell the world that they’re together, but Mallory is still trying to keep their private lives to themselves. With their careers on the line, Will’s brother pushing his own agenda and Mallory’s keen desire to live on his own terms, choices have to be made. Their work situation needs to change, and so does Mal’s attitude, or he’ll lose the one thing he wants more than anything in the world — Will. Can a change of schedule save Mallory and Will’s relationship and send them dancing into their future, or will tension and frustration tear them apart forever when Will’s had enough? Find out in Turn the Other Cheek! Pomme’s Review: At 233 pages, this follow-up to the popular Cheek to Cheek by Chris Owen delivers on its promise to give us more of the main characters and answer some of the issues raised by the first novella. If you’ve liked Cheek to Cheek then I definitely recommend picking up Turn The Other Cheek without even reading the rest of this review: Chris Owen‘s writing is so consistent that the transition between the two books is seamless. You won’t even realise you’ve... Read more

Author Review: The Dark Farewell by Josh Lanyon

The Dark Farewell by Josh Lanyon Publisher: Samhain Publishing Genre: Historical, Erotic Romance, GLBT, M/M Length: Category Review Copy Purchased by Review Site Summary: Don’t talk to strangers, young man—especially the dead ones. It’s the Roaring Twenties. Skirts are short, crime is rampant and booze is in short supply. Prohibition has hit Little Egypt, where newspaperman David Flynn has come to do a follow-up story on the Herren Massacre. The massacre isn’t the only news in town though. Spiritualist medium Julian Devereux claims to speak to the dead—and he charges a pretty penny for it. Flynn knows a phoney when he sees one, and he’s convinced Devereux is as fake as a cigar store Indian. But the reluctant attraction he feels for the deceptively soft, not-his-type Julian is as real as it gets. Suddenly Julian begins to have authentic, bloodstained visions of a serial killer, and the cynical Mr. Flynn finds himself willing to defend Julian with not only his life, but his body. Product Warnings: This novella contains phony spiritualists, cynical newspapermen, labor disputes, illicit love affairs, high-calorie southern cooking, and more than fifty-percent humidity! Taz’s Review: The Dark Farewell is the second book I have read by Josh Lanyon. Although I typically don’t choose to read historical fiction, I’ve been in a bit of a stint with them and have come to appreciate what I like and dislike about the genre. What I dislike are stories where the author has worked so hard to maintain the authenticity of the time period, that the story gets lost in that process. What I DO like about the genre is... Read more

Author Review: Wait Until Dawn by Bailey Bradford

Wait Until Dawn by Bailey Bradford Publisher: Total E-Bound Genre: Erotica, M/M, Paranormal Romance, GLBT Length: 97pagesl Summary: Book four in the Southern Spirits Series Beware of what follows you back from the dead… Detective Rich Montoya was attacked by Sheriff Stenley’s stalker in When the Dead Speak. A year later, Rich is having a rough time, haunted by a malevolent spirit that’s making his already fragile existence hellacious. Rich, who’s kept to himself for the past year, is scarred more than physically. The last thing he thinks he needs is a lover, little does he know…Chris Neeland is a big guy who drives a big rig, and all it takes is one look at the sexy, wounded man driving the cute little Miata and Chris is sunk. His mystical mother always told him love would hit Chris like a bolt of lightning, fast and hard and not without pain, but he kind of hadn’t believed her until he meets Rich. Reader Advisory: This book is part of a series but may be read as a stand alone title. Kathy’s Review: Wait Until Dawn is creepy scary and sexy all rolled into one engrossing book. Bailey Bradford takes the fourth book in the Southern Spirits to a much darker place as readers learn what has been happening to Rich Montoya in the year following his close brush with death. Completely isolated from his friends and loved ones, Rich has hit rock bottom. He is haunted and not just by the traumatic torture he suffered at the hands of a madman. No, Rich is haunted by a dark and evil... Read more

Author Review: Spring by Carol Lynne

Spring by Carol Lynne Publisher: Total E-Bound Genre: Erotic, M/M, Contemporary Romance Length: Novel Summary: Book one in the Seasons of Love Serial Seasons of Love follows forty years in the lives of two men, Sidney Wilks and Grady Nash, from the Spring of their relationship when love is new and shiny through to the Winter of their partnership when thirty years of being a couple has begun to lose its sheen. On the day of his mother’s funeral, ten-year old Sidney Wilks is silently comforted by the presence of one man, ranch hand Grady Nash. Little did Sidney know that Nash would become the only stable figure in his life for the next forty years. Years later, after an evening of typical college fun, Sidney is involved in a serious car wreck. It’s Nash who once again steps in to rescue Sidney and nurse him back to health. While trying to get close enough to Sidney to help him heal, Nash’s feelings begin to change towards the twenty-one year old. For him, loving Sidney was nothing new, but when his body begins to desire the small man, Nash is forced to re-evaluate his protective instincts. What kind of future could the two men possibly have? Nash’s life is centred on horses and cattle, while Sidney has dreams of escaping the small-town Kansas life to build skyscrapers. How can two men who want opposite lifestyles come to a compromise, or will Nash be forced to allow Sidney to spread his wings without him? Reader Advisory: This book is best read in sequence as part of a series as all... Read more

Author Review: Alpha Born by Stormy Glenn

Alpha Born by Stormy Glenn Publisher: Siren-Bookstrand, Inc Genre: Paranormal,  Erotic Romance, M/M, M/M/M, Menage a Trois/Quatre, Vampires/Werewolves Word Count: 64,404 Summary: [Ménage Amour ManLove: Erotic Alternative Paranormal Ménage a Trois Romance, M/M/M, werewolves, vampires] Alpha Caleb Redding has spent 20 years trying to bring his first love back into his life. When he finally devises a plan, the Council of Elders agrees to it, but they add their own stipulations. In order for the mate covenant to happen, Caleb has to agree to give up his clan and alpha status, submitting to Grayson. Alpha Grayson Cane has watched Caleb from afar, never able to touch him or speak to him due to clan conflict. It’s been a heartache that has stabbed at him for 20 years. When a peace treaty comes in the form of a mate covenant between their two clans, Grayson is all too eager to agree, especially when he learns that Caleb must submit to him. But when the vampire mediator sent to broker the peace agreement disappears, will their second chance at being together also vanish? And what happens when Grayson accidentally mates the vampire while trying to save his life? Will Caleb have to give up his clan, his alpha status, and his dream of being with Grayson? Or will being alpha born have its advantages? A Siren Erotic Romance Margaret’s Review: As we continue our journey into the new waters of Stormy Glenn’s True Blood Mate series, book 2, Alpha Born, introduces us to two new alpha werewolves, Grayson and Caleb and the enigmatic leader of a coven of vampires, Alejandro, aka... Read more

Author Review: Heart Song by Stormy Glenn

Heart Song by Stormy Glenn Publisher: Siren-Bookstrand, Inc Genre: Erotic Romance, M/M , Paranormal, Vampires/Werewolves Word Count: 52,101 Summary: [Siren Classic ManLove: Erotic Alternative Paranormal Romance, M/M, werewolves] Ten years ago, Darren Hart was rescued from a fall by a gorgeous man that tells him an outlandish tale. Once he returns to civilization, his memories blur and he begins to believe the voice in his head is a figment of his imagination. Now, Darren is a successful veterinarian who believes he is just a bit crazy. After years of therapy and medications, he has learned to live with the sexy voice in his head. He even carries on conversations and occasionally fantasizes about the voice. When he’s attacked, Darren doesn’t know what to think, but when the voice comes to rescue him in the form of the most gorgeous man he’s ever met, Darren is positive he’s lost his mind. On the run from a killer, Darren has to come to terms with the fact that the voice is real and has a name. Asher Stone is the alpha of a werewolf clan and claims that Darren is his alpha mate. Can Darren believe in Asher’s promise that they were meant to be together or will an unknown assailant kill him before he realizes that being the alpha mate is what he desires most in the world? A Siren Erotic Romance Margaret’s Review: First I must admit that this book had me at “Stormy Glenn”. I’ve enjoyed her other shifter series and was eager to read this new one. Interestingly, with Heart Song, Ms. Glenn changed the werewolf rules... Read more

Author Review: Snowball in Hell by Josh Lanyon

Snowball in Hell by Josh Lanyon Publisher: Carina Press Genre: Historical Romance, Male/Male, Mystery, Romance Word Count: 44,490 Review Copy Received from Publisher Through NetGalley Summary: Los Angeles, 1943 Reporter Nathan Doyle had his reasons to want Phil Arlen dead, but when he sees the man’s body pulled from the La Brea tar pit, he knows he’ll be the prime suspect. He also knows that his life won’t stand up to intense police scrutiny, so he sets out to crack the case himself. Lieutenant Matthew Spain’s official inquiries soon lead him to believe that Nathan knows more than he’s saying. But that’s not the only reason Matt takes notice of the handsome journalist. Matt’s been drawn to men before, but he must hide his true feelings—or risk his entire career. As Nathan digs deeper, it becomes increasingly difficult to stay one step ahead of Matt Spain—and to deny his intense attraction to him. Nathan’s secrets may not include murder, but has his hunt put him right in the path of the real killer? Previously published, newly revised by author. Kathy’s Review: Snowball in Hell by Josh Lanyon is an exceptional Noir murder mystery that is highly engaging and transports the reader back to a bygone era of glitz and glam. Nathan Doyle and Matt Spain are complex and multi-layered protagonists. In a time when homosexuality is considered a crime, both men are struggling to come to terms with their sexuality albeit in different ways. Matt’s solution is to simply ignore his attraction to other men. On the other hand, Nathan is driven to heedlessly give into his desires again... Read more

Author Review: By Your Side by Willa Okati

By Your Side by Willa Okati Publisher: Loose, Id Genre: LGBT, M/M, Contemporary, Erotic Romance Length: Novella Review Copy Received from Publisher Summary: Seven years ago, during a sultry summer by a lake, Matthieu fell in love with a man fifteen years his junior. Intelligent, passionate and talented, Roman swore he wanted nothing more than to settle down with Matthieu for the rest of his life. Matthieu couldn’t let that happen. The way he saw it, Roman had too much talent to waste with a small life and small dreams. He tried to do the right thing by severing all ties with the young man who commanded his passion, hoping that one day Roman would forgive and forget him. That was never going to happen. Roman has always known exactly who and what he wants — who he loves. Now that he’s found Matthieu again, Roman’s willing to do anything it takes to prove it. He’ll use his body, his music, and all his wiles to show the older man that their love is as real as their passion, and that they are meant to be together. Matthieu isn’t easily convinced, but Roman isn’t easily bested. He’s never been good at taking “no” for an answer — especially when he knows his partner well enough to be sure what he really wants to say is yes, yes, yes. Publisher’s Note: This book contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and situations that some readers may find objectionable: Male/male sexual practices. Sofi’s Review: “So that’s all right then.” Might be a bit of an understatement for this book, but it’s a... Read more

Author Review: Attracting Anthony by Amber Kell

Attracting Anthony by Amber Kell Publisher: Silver Publishing Genre: Paranormal, Erotic Romance, GLBT, M/M Length: 83 pages Summary: Anthony goes to the club to start dating again after the death of his lover. He didn’t plan on being anyone’s mate. The pack alpha had other ideas. MacKenzie’s Review: For those of you that think you have seen this book before, you may well have. Attracting Anthony is a reissue of a previously published story by the same title. I actually had the opportunity to read the original way back when, and I’m very happy to see the expanded version as well as the continuation of the series as a whole. Even though I’ve read the original, Attracting Anthony has a completely new feel to it. I remember the basic premise and how much fun the characters were, but other than that I have no preconceived notions of what should be happening. It’s like starting fresh, but familiar. While this story is much longer than the original (a good 30 pages longer), I felt it could have used just a bit more story building, especially in this first installment. The reader feels a bit like they’ve jumped into the middle of a series, rather than being drawn into another realm. I’m hoping that as the series moves forward, that feeling subsides and the story itself takes over to a greater extent. If you’re looking for a guilty-pleasure-read, this may well be it. It’s fun, quick and delightful. The sex scenes and sensual moments are an ooey, gooey pleasure that should be reserved for a time when you’re looking for a... Read more

Author Review: Red Light by Thom Lane

Red Light by Thom Lane Publisher: Loose Id, LLC Genre: M/M, Contemporary Romance, GLBT Length: Novella Summary: A “Moonlight, Wine & Roses” Story! Jeff is a deliberate loner: he’s had his heart broken once, and he won’t let it happen again. Ready to rebuild his life, he goes on holiday. Alone. Until he meets Benet — and finds that the human heart is not so easily controlled. Unable to resist the siren call of Benet’s sweet, beautiful nature, Jeff decides a fling can’t hurt, but all he wants is sex and company; anything more just leads inevitably to disappointment and betrayal. But Benet slithers under his guards and breaks all Jeff’s new-set rules. Will he obey his brain and stop for the Red Light or will he give in to the heart’s impulse and run it? Publisher’s Note: This book contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and situations that some readers may find objectionable: Male/male sexual practices. Eryka’s Review: Red Light was my first book by author Thom Lane and I will most certainly be looking for more. I really enjoyed Jeff and Benet’s story. Seeing Jeff struggling to keep his relationship with Benet strictly a fling after having his heart broken was simply heartwrenching. As a reader, I was hoping that Jeff’s broken heart would heal and he would have his HEA with Benet. Benet seemed to mature so much during the story, which at times I wondered if he was more grown-up than Jeff who was older. If you are expecting explicit sex scenes, you will not find them in this story. This is more of a... Read more

Author Review: A Rose Is A Rose by Jet Mykles

A Rose Is A Rose by Jet Mykles Publisher: Loose Id, LLC Genre: M/M, Contemporary, Erotic Romance, GLBT Length: Short Novel Summary: A “Moonlight, Wine & Roses” Story! When his latest sugar daddy drops him like yesterday’s news, Carson’s got more than a bruised ego to deal with. He’s broke! No designer clothes, no baubles, and while he loves his job with the burlesque show he needs to pay the bills. Should be no problem. Carson’s young and pretty, so it should be no trouble finding someone new to pick up his tab. Instead, he finds Eddie. The superintendent of Carson’s apartment building, Eddie couldn’t be further from Carson’s usual type, financially or physically, but his gift of a single red rose touches Carson’s heart. For the first time, Carson doesn’t want to be just a kept man. To live the life he always thought he wanted, he needs to find a new sugar daddy. But how can he part with the support of someone who seems to really love him? Publisher’s Note: This book contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and situations that some readers may find objectionable: Male/male sexual practices. Eryka’s Review: I’ll just start by saying that Jet Mykles is one of my favorite m/m authors. If the covers for her books don’t draw you in, the stories certainly will. A Rose is a Rose has both the awesome cover we associate with a Jet Mykles book and the great story to go with it. This story most definitely shows that opposites attract. Carson and Eddie could not be more different. Carson is a very selfish... Read more

Author Review: Too Soon For Love by Kimberly Gardner

Too Soon For Love by Kimberly Gardner Publisher: MLR Press Genre: M/M, Contemporary, Erotic Romance, GLBT Length: 328 pages Summary: Michael Stricker is still reeling from his partner’s sudden and untimely death when he meets someone new, someone he could really care about. But first he needs time, time to get his life back in order and time to get over is lost love. But learning to live alone again is nearly impossible with his well-meaning relatives treating him like a poor helpless blind guy. When Alan Stuart befriends Phillip DiMartino’s grieving partner, the last thing he expects is to discover hidden lies and infidelity. Guilty over his attraction to the still-grieving man, Alan resolves to stay silent. But the truth has a way of coming out, and soon a dead man’s secrets bring about more heartbreak than Alan could have imagined. Although both men vow to keep their distance, staying away is easier said than done, even when it’s Too Soon For Love. Kathy’s Review: Too Soon for Love by Kimberly Gardner is a compelling and emotion filled novel about overcoming grief and falling in love again. Following the death of Phillip, his lover of twelve years, Michael Stricker’s struggle to overcome his grief is compounded by his effort to regain his lost independence. His growing friendship with Alan Stuart allows him some much needed freedom from Phillip’s well-meaning but hovering family. Will Alan’s discovery of Phillip’s sordid secrets destroy his and Michael’s fragile new relationship? Alan and Michael are well-developed, vibrant protagonists. Michael is an author of gay romance novels, and although he is blind, he does... Read more

Author Review: Belonging by Pat Cunningham

Belonging by Pat Cunningham Publisher: Siren-Bookstrand, Inc Genre: M/M, Paranormal, Werewolves/Vampires, GLBT Length: 53,465 words Summary: [Siren Classic ManLove: Erotic Alternative Paranormal Romance, M/M, vampires] Raised by vampires, Jeremy Teach wants nothing more than to belong to a vampire. After a slayer destroys his family, Jeremy flees to southern California and finds work as a prostitute in a brothel that caters to paranormal creatures. Here he meets and falls in love with Wallace, one of his vampire clients. However, Wallace is harboring a deadly secret from his long-lost human past that threatens their future together. Can Jeremy learn to forgive, or is their relationship doomed? A Siren Erotic Romance Eryka’s Review: If you are looking for a different kind of vampire story, Belonging is the story for you. Ms. Cunningham put two very willful and flawed characters together with Jeremy and Wallace, which makes them very real. She also covers suspense, comedy, tragedy and especially love. I loved some of the nicknames Ms. Cunningham used, along with some unique jargon, throughout the story. Jeremy and Wallace have to work hard to keep their disparity of views from destroying their relationship. Wallace’s past is another problem that threatens the relationship. There are plenty of twist and turns in this story that will keep you intrigued. I really liked that while there pretty much is instant magnetism between Jeremy and Wallace, they do put great effort into finding a common ground before surrendering to their longing to be together. There is so much going on from both Jeremy’s and Wallace’s past that they are both stressed about, but I’m afraid to... Read more

Author Review: Burn: A Hammer Novel by Sean Michael

Burn: A Hammer Novel by Sean Michael Publisher: Torquere Press Genre: GLBT, M/M, BDSM, Contemporary, Erotic Romance Length: 210 pages Summary: Marshall and Dave grew up in the same neighborhood. They’ve mostly lost touch as they’ve gotten older, getting together just once a year with a bunch of other old friends for a game of football. This year, firefighter Marshall is late, and when he does show up Dave can tell the man has not had a good day. When Dave suggests they leave the gang and go back to Marshall’s place for some decompression time, Marshall jumps at the chance and, later, at Dave. Things don’t all go smoothly for the two men, though. Dave is into BDSM, a member of The Hammer Club, and he thinks he could use his skills to help Marshall relieve the stress and guilt the man carries over not being the perfect hero. Marshall thinks needing that kind of help is sick, though, and when he enjoys what Dave does to him, he’s convinced there must be something wrong with him. Can Dave figure out how to convince Marshall that kink is not sick at all, but a way to keep sane as well, or is their relationship doomed? Lea’s Review: Burn is the love story of two men, friends of long standing, who will need patience, persistence and an open mind if they are to make the long journey from friends to casual lovers to partners. This book is part of The Hammer Series, but it is not necessary to have read any other of the Hammer stories before reading Burn.... Read more

Author Review: Blind Passion by Penny Brandon

Blind Passion by Penny Brandon Publisher: Loose Id Genre: M/M, GLBT, Paranormal, Erotic Romance Length: Novel Plus Summary: Attraction for Adam was not a handsome face, a striking smile, or beautiful eyes, but a scent that would drive him to distraction or a voice that could make his heart beat faster. When the combination of the two walked into his life in Luke, Adam couldn’t help but want him. But how was he supposed to know if Luke felt the same attraction? He had no prior experience, no past encounters, nothing to help him. Not even his sight. One look at Adam and Luke wanted him. Sensual, gorgeous, kind, with a strength that Luke was drawn to, Adam was everything Luke desired. Being in Adam’s arms, showing him the pleasure of a man’s body, being touched, held, and desired in return, had Luke wanting more, had him wanting what he knew he couldn’t have. It didn’t matter to him that Adam was blind, but Adam deserved more than someone like him. Luke was a man with a broken past and falling in love with Adam was a foolish thing to do, especially because Adam would never love him back if he found out what Luke was hiding. Publisher’s Note: This book contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and situations that some readers may find objectionable: male/male sexual practices, voyeurism. Eryka’s Review: AWESOME READ! Blind Passion has characters with plenty of angst, but you know right from the first meeting that they belong together. Penny Brandon is a new author and she shows a lot of promise with Blind Passion.... Read more

Author Review: These Haunted Heights by Ally Blue

These Haunted Heights by Ally Blue Publisher: MLR Press Genre: M/M, Erotica, Contemporary, Paranormal Romance Length: 265 pages Summary: The tiny town of Sebastian’s Bluff is a photojournalist’s dream come true. But Ron Winters doesn’t expect the moody, mysterious man next door to get under his skin and stay there. When Drew LaSalle meets Ron, feelings he thought twenty years gone stir to life again. He wants what he could have with Ron. But does he want it enough to get past his own walls and grasp it? Secrets, spirits and tragedy converge as Ron peels back the layers of Drew’s past and Drew fights both Ron and his own ghosts on the haunted road to happily ever after. Kathy’s Review: Ally Blue’s latest novel, These Haunted Heights, is an engaging romance with a slight paranormal twist. Ron Winters’ stay in the beautiful seaside village of Sebastian’s Bluff is complicated by his growing feelings for his brooding neighbor Drew LaSalle. With a painful tragedy in his past, Drew finds himself mired in regrets and unable to commit to a serious or lasting relationship. With an infinite amount of patience, Ron pushes his way into Drew’s life, and the two men strike up a growing friendship. As the two men’s feelings for one another deepen into love, will Drew finally put the ghosts of his past to rest? Ron and Drew are superbly drawn three dimensional protagonists that are complete opposites. Ron is open, friendly, and empathetic to the pain that Drew exudes. Drew is closed off, withdrawn, and keeps everyone at arm’s length. Slowly but surely, Ron slips past... Read more

Author Review: The Heart of Texas by RJ Scott

The Heart of Texas by RJ Scott Publisher: Silver Publishing Genre: M/M, GLBT, Erotica, Contemporary Romance Length: 405 pages Summary: Riley Hayes, the playboy of the Hayes family, is a young man who seems to have it all: money, a career he loves, and his pick of beautiful women. His father, CEO of Hayes Oil, passes control of the corporation to his two sons; but a stipulation is attached to Riley’s portion. Concerned about Riley’s lack of maturity, his father requires that Riley marry and stay married for one year to someone he loves. Angered by the requirement, Riley seeks a means of vengeance on his family: blackmailing Jack Campbell into marrying him “for love” suits Riley’s purpose. There is no mention in his father’s documents that the marriage had to be with a woman. And Jack Campbell is the son of Riley Senior’s arch rival. Riley marries Jack. Abruptly, his entire world is turned inside out. Riley hadn’t counted on the fact that Jack Campbell, quiet and unassuming rancher, is a force of nature in his own right. This is a story of the struggle for power, murder and deceit, lust and love, the sprawling life of a rancher and the whirlwind existence of a playboy. But under and through it all, as Riley learns over the months, this is a tale about family and everything that that word means. Kathy’s Review: The Heart of Texas is a gripping love story and RJ Scott quickly ensnares the reader with this complex family saga. Riley Hayes and Jack Campbell’s marriage of convenience has far reaching consequences as long buried... Read more
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