Author Review: Cereus: Building by Sean Michael, Julia Talbot, and BA Tortuga

Cereus: Building by Sean Michael, Julia Talbot, and BA Tortuga Publisher: Torquere Press Genre: GLBT, M/M, Paranormal, Erotic Romance Length: 195 pages Summary: What happens when a besieged and rather small dragon comes to a vampire and says, “I need your help.” Or when that vampire comes to a werewolf and says, “I have a job for you.” The vampire goes and builds a resort for things that go bump in the night, of course. Riding the wave of Julia Talbot’s Bloodrose series, the multi-author Cereus: Building features paranormal romance from three of Torquere Press’ most-loved authors. The stories move from vampire Jonny’s city club to a new luxury getaway in the woods of the Pacific Northwest, where pleasure and pain are the name of the game. Julia Talbot’s It’s Elemental features construction contractor Chayton, a werewolf who thinks demon decorator Kenny is a little fussy, and a lot hot. They argue about everything from feng shui to sex. Will they be able to resolve their differences? The Third Course, by BA Tortuga tells the story of Marco and Stephan, werecats, brothers, and chefs who meet their match in head-bartender Faelan, who just happens to be a growly, sexy Top. Finally, Sean Michael’s Smoke and Gold follows the head dominant of the club, Zee, who’s dealing with trying to get his playrooms just so, and trying to figure out maddening dragon Daniel at the same time. Who can resist loving a dragon? Lea’s Review: Cereus: Building is the work of three extraordinary writers, Julia Talbot, BA Tortuga, and Sean Michael. The book’s central premise is that of the building... Read more

Author Review: Crate Trained by Julia Talbot

Crate Trained by Julia Talbot Publisher: Torquere Press Genre: Contemporary, Erotic Romance, GLBT, M/M Length: 14 pages Summary: Gary knows that anonymous cruising is dangerous, but he never expects for a night out to end in a painful bite that won’t seem to heal. His cop roommate Chey knows that bite is even more dangerous than Gary imagines. Can he convince Gary that he needs to take some precautions before it’s too late? Barb Manning’s Review: Crate Trained by Julia Talbot is part of Torquere Press’ short story series, A Sip. The characters are likable and the story is interesting. I hope this is going to be the beginning of a new, longer story, since much of the back-story is missing. Crate Trained is a brief look into the possible relationship between Gary and Chey, two roommates. It leaves some key questions unanswered in revealing just what happens to Gary when he ventures out to a gay bar alone looking for a hook-up. The pace of the short story is frenetic and the writing is strong. Ms. Talbot is a good teller of tales. The scenes between Chey and Gary are passionate and fun. Crate Trained is a nice tease. Rated 3.5 Ravens by Barb Manning! Have Your Book Reviewed Become A... Read more

Author Review: Just a Cowboy by Julia Talbot

Just a Cowboy by Julia Talbot Publisher: Torquere Press Genre: M/M Erotic Romance, Contemporary, GLBT Length: 141 pages / 22300 words Review Copy Received from Publisher Summary: Dalton is a young cowboy running from a secret, one he doesn’t think he can be forgiven for. Herschel is just a thirty-something cowboy who thinks everyone deserves a second chance. Herschel hires Dalton to work on his ranch, knowing the kid needs all the confidence and TLC Hersch can give. Herschel might just be the best thing that has ever happened to Dalton. He’s worried about his past, but finally decides to trust in the future. Just when he’s about to tell Herschel everything, all hell breaks loose. Will Herschel be able to help Dalton face his past, or will they both end up alone? Kathy’s Review: Just a Cowboy by Julia Talbot captures the qualities and values that lie at the heart of a cowboy. Herschel gave up rodeoing to work the family ranch when his sister breaks her leg. His latest hire, Dalton Crealy quickly catches his eye, and their easy friendship slowly evolves into a more serious relationship. Dalton’s hope that he has finally outrun his past comes crashing down when his sister, Shayanne, shows up Herschel’s ranch. But is he ready to reveal his secrets to Herschel? Just a Cowboy is a startlingly accurate depiction of the cowboy world. Herschel’s and Dalton’s dialogue resonates with such authenticity the reader is quickly transported into life on the ranch. Herschel and Dalton are well developed three dimensional characters that Ms. Talbot brings vividly to life. Herschel and Dalton’s relationship... Read more
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