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5+ Stars for Jack of Hearts by A.M. Snead – #M/M Romance #Erotic

Jack of Hearts

Title: Jack of Hearts (Boys of Porn #1)
Author Name: A.M. Snead
Publication Date & Length: September 8, 2014 – 179 pgs

Synopsis

In a taboo industry that thrives on raw, emotionless sex, Gideon Dodd is a visionary who views gay sex as a thing of beauty and something to be celebrated rather than exploited. Gideon’s boys are the best in the business, not merely for their exquisite talents but for the bonds they share with one another as their mutual love for each other thrives on and off the camera. But as within all families, tension – and even jealousies – arise and threaten their ‘harmony’ at both home and work.

Jack Heart – 21, cute and with just enough “cockiness” to be a natural in front of the camera – has a passion for sex, but not for love. Believing that the porn industry poses no threat to his heart, Jack is surprised to discover a new home and a close-knit family among Gideon Dodd’s boys. With Parents who disapprove of his “lifestyle”, and the one person he was closest to now gone, Jack is drawn into the family atmosphere that Gideon has created. Yet when co-star Garrett North begins to test his resistance to falling in love, Jack’s heart suddenly becomes the prize to win. But is Garrett playing for keeps…or is Jack simply another conquest for popular porn star, Garrett North?

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FiveStars

5++++ Stars

I absolutely could not put this book down. I had to have MORE.. I had to know what was going on.. While the book does have quite a few intense (and SUPER hot) sex scenes, there is a crazy, on the edge of your seat, What on Earth, who is it situation going on as well.
Jack is the new boy in Gideon’s team of boys that make porns. He is an instant hit with everyone, but one man in particular draws him in like no other ever has.
While trying to deny these growing feelings, Jack is also getting over the quick and painful death of his twin sister. I absolutely loved this part of the story. I felt like even though she wasn’t really there, we got to know her from her notes and comments throughout the story.
The twins.. LOVED.. They were so fun and sexy and awesome all around.
Garrett and Lucas… Loved and hated them for different reason and I’m not giving them away!
I can’t rave enough about this book, really. It’s everything a book should be. It’s sexy. It’s thrilling. It’s exciting. The characters are relatable and flawed and real. I’ll even go as far as saying that A.M. Snead is now my favorite M/M author (and that’s not an easy thing to do)
~Renee
FourandHalfStars
4.5 Stars
First off, this book had some strange formatting issues. I am unsure if the “changes” between sections were meant to be big black rectangles, but that is what it looks like on the Kindle version. Also, there were some significant spacing issues – where some words were broken up incorrectly or no space was inserted between words. It detracted from the story somewhat, but as long as someone goes back through and fixes those bugs, I think it will be in overall good shape.  One thing that can kind of be distracting for me as a reader is when I want to skip back to a chapter for whatever reason. This type of format does not allow for that, so that was slightly disappointing, especially when I wanted to go back to clarify something I had read.

I really enjoyed the characters in this story. While they are all somewhat of “lost boys”, when they come together, they really are very family oriented. I think my favorite character was Jill. She was spunky and snarky, but so full of love for Jack.

Gideon is the father figure for these “lost boys” and I really enjoyed how he took pride in his children. We are given a sneak peek at what might haunt him, but not enough that it really adds to the story, so I was somewhat curious about his back story. I hope we get to learn more in the upcoming books.

Garrett, Scotty and Jack are kind of the main characters in this story, but “The Twins” are also major players. Each of the dynamics that Snead wrote between these characters was fantastic. You can truly feel the love, angst, hate and uncertainty that each character has amongst the group or in himself.

The sex scenes were hot and wonderful, sad and grotesque, depending on who you were reading about.

I can’t wait for the next book! I want to tease out why things ended the way they did and if Jack really did hear what he heard.

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A.M. Snead was born and raised on the Pacific West Coast, and continues to live in scenic rural Coos County. Having started writing seriously just two years ago, she began with suspense/thrillers and erotic romance, but soon discovered her true passion in M/M romance and passing on the message that ‘all love is beautiful’ and should be cherished and respected and accepted. Being raised in a conservative Christian home, she grew up with the belief that being gay was a sin. But upon reflection of the bible and what she knew of God, she couldn’t help but believe that this was a grave misinterpretation of scripture and God’s view of the matter. Above all, she hopes to weave the message of God’s love for ‘all’ throughout her novels and help others understand the anguish and torment that gays often suffer simply because of who they love. “No one,” she says, “has the right to tell another human being who to love, or that the love they feel is wrong. That is a very intimate, personal matter between that person, the one they love, and God. It is no one else’s place to persecute them for following their heart.”

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Cover Reveal: Lower Education by A.M. Leibowitz – #M/M @amyunchained

Lower Education Cover

Title: Lower Education
Author Name: A.M. Leibowitz
Publication Date & Length: November 1, 2014
Publisher: Supposed Crimes, LLC

Synopsis

Phin Patterson is an educational consultant dissatisfied with his job and his life. On a mission to complete one last assignment before escaping his unfulfilling career and figure out what he wants, he accepts a commission from Donald Murdock at the New York State Education Department. Suddenly, he finds himself on his way to evaluate a tiny school in New York’s Southern Tier, not far from the town where he grew up. Now his only goal is to get in, do his job, and get out before anyone from his past remembers him.

That turns out to be easier said than done. Dani Sloane, the sharp-witted administrative assistant to the principal, learns the truth about why Phin is really there. With the help of her friends, she sets out to unmask him and force the local board of education to stop the plans that could ruin their school. Discovering that her sometime-lover is an old business associate of Phin’s only complicates both the situation and their relationship.

Meanwhile, Phin, who has committed himself to keeping his emotional distance, can’t resist the charm of the town and its residents—especially the school psychologist, who turns out to be an old friend he hasn’t seen in over twenty years. While Dani works to take him down and save her school, Phin wrestles with learning how to do the right thing, including telling the truth to the man with whom he’s already falling in love.

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Phin closed the gap and kissed him

Elegant and sensual dance

Excerpt

He pulled out his phone and glanced at it. “Listen, I need to go. Dani, what time do you want me to come over to help Jake draw his display board?”

“Is nine okay? We need to be at the school by eleven to set up, and the fair starts at noon.”

“Sure thing.” He grinned at the group. “Good night, ladies. Alex.” Once again, his face colored just a little when his eyes flicked to Alex. With that, he was off.

Dani watched him go, shaking her head. “Pied piper,” she muttered.

“What?” Eunice asked.

“You know—the pied piper. He got everyone to follow after him, thinking he was solving the town’s rat problem, only then he stole the children.” She laughed. “I’m just being paranoid. Where are the kids? We should get going—long day tomorrow.”

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A. M. Leibowitz is a spouse, parent, feminist, and book-lover falling somewhere on the Geek-Nerd Spectrum. She keeps warm through the long, cold western New York winters by writing romantic plot twists and happy-for-now endings. In between noveling and editing, she blogs coffee-fueled, quirky commentary on faith, culture, writing, and her family.

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3.5-4 Stars for Georgia Knights by Julia Talbot – #M/M/F #menage @JulieTalbot

Heads or Tails

Title: Georgia Knights
Author Name: Julia Talbot
Publication Date & Length: September 17, 2013 – 147pgs

Synopsis

AMMF ménage story.When anthropologist Georgia Cortez heads to rural Georgia from New Mexico, she’s on the trail of a juicy old legend. Haley Falls seems like just the place for old-time ghost stories and spooky hauntings, but she’s on the hunt for something far rarer, a survival of an old sect of medieval knights.Caid and Alton are Haley Fall natives, and they used to be best friends. A falling out years ago ended in them not speaking, even after Alt left town and returned older, if not wiser. They unite when it comes to a nosy scholar like Georgia picking apart their heritage, and putting their whole town in danger. When boys meet girl, though, they decide wooing is far better than scaring the lady off, and they set about distracting Georgia in the best way.

While their three way romance heats up, so does the intrigue in Haley Falls, until the three of them are facing a danger far worse than falling in love with each other.

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FourStars

3.5-4 Stars

This was an interesting tale. It wrapped a love story, history, and some myth all in to one.

I really enjoyed the dynamic between Cain and Alt. I thought they were a dynamic pair and despite their years of fighting their attraction, once the spark was lit, they held nothing back.

Georgia was refreshing in that she was not the helpless damsel of the story. I was really glad about that. She was a strong, independent woman who wasn’t afraid to take a chance.

Despite the big secret everyone is protecting, Georgia is bound and determined to learn all about the sleepy town.

I wish that John had played a more in depth role, but he served his purpose in the end. I also enjoyed Pappy and the Father who did not seem to bat an eye at the strange, evolved relationship that Georgia, Alt and Cain began.

Overall it was a great story. I think it would have been stronger had the twist of John been more thought out and less rushed.

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ThreeandHalfStars

Georgia Knights was  a quick short read and started out slowly but did get more interesting as the story went on.
I would have liked a little more back story to start, I had no idea what the plot of the story was and more about the characters to start would have helped in understanding what the book was about.
The characters were great, the writing made you feel as if you were right there. I especially liked that every time someone called Georgia, ” honey” she replied, “Georgia”. It was amusing how she didn’t liked being called honey and everyone there did it.  The sex scenes were well written, which was great since that was most of the book.
Overall I liked the book and would read more by this author.
~Sherry

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“Boys…” She felt all flushed and tipsy, like her skin was too hot. It was amazing.

“Alt…” Caid stared at Alton over her head. “You. Damn it.” There was no anger there. Just a strangled heat.

Alton lifted one eyebrow. “Whut? We’re all adults here. There’s no reason not to enjoy ourselves.”

Well, that was true enough. She sure was enjoying them. A lot.

Georgia took a bit of pizza and offered it to Caid, holding it up to his lips. “Want some?”

“Mmmhmm.” Caid nipped it out of her fingers, licking at a little sauce that slid down to her knuckle.

She watched as he licked her finger clean, then offered a bite to Alton, going from sweet smile to wicked grin.

“Tasty.” Alton was more blatant, nibbling her fingers along with the pizza, loving on her.

Her nipples were hard as rocks, her belly taut and tense.

“Lord, Caid. She smells good, huh?” Alton leaned on her, smiling across at Caid, hand pushing Caid’s against her under the table.

“You both do.” Caid said it on a moan, Adam’s apple bobbing.

“Y’all are enough to make me breathless.” Talk about mating rituals. Jesus. She could write a bestselling erotic thesis about them.

“You’re the hottest thing I’ve seen since I laid eyes on Caid, and he’s been resisting me for years.”

Oh. Oh, God. Alton obviously had no filters. She took a moment to visualize that — fine bodies moving, rubbing. Kissing. Oh. Pretty.

Caid made another one of those noises, sounding almost pained. “Y’all.”

“I. Is there somewhere… The cook’s watching us.” And she wasn’t putting on a show for the sixteen-year-old, acne-ridden mouth breather.

“My place.” Alton threw a bunch of bills on the table, waving to the little teenagers who watched them avidly. “I need a box, kids.”

“Alton has a place almost up to the falls,” Caid whispered, breath hot on her neck.

“Okay.” She sounded like a phone sex worker, all breathy and husky.

They packed up the pizza and headed out, Alton hustling them back to her little rental SUV. He didn’t give either one of them time to think, either, just groped them both impartially.

“Alton, you’re dangerous. Sit in the back seat.”

“What? Why?” He pouted at her, but Caid punched his shoulder.

“Because no one can drive with you all over them, Alt. Get.”

She gave in to her baser instincts and went up on tiptoe to kiss the corner of Alton’s mouth. “I have to focus, huh?”

“Oh.” Alton blinked, those pretty gray eyes bright. “Got it. I’ll just sit in the back and…” He made an unmistakable motion with his hand.

She swatted him, chuckling. “Now, now. Don’t pop too soon.” She winked at Caid, offering him a quick kiss, too.

Caid surprised her with a kiss that curled her toes, capturing her mouth for a long moment before moving away. He went and sat in the passenger seat, staring, focused.

“Oh.” Wow. Okay. Driving.

Driving would be good.

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Julia Talbot lives in the great Southwest, where there is hot and cold running rodeo, cowboys, and everything from meat and potatoes to the best Tex-Mex. A full time author, Julia has been published by Torquere Press, Ellora’s Cave, Dreamspinner Press, Resplendence (as Minerva Howe) and Changeling Press. She believes that everyone deserves a happy ending, so she writes about love without limits, where boys love boys, girls love girls, and boys and girls get together to get wild, especially when her crazy paranormal characters are involved. 

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3.5 Stars for Forbidden Fruit Anthology – #F/F #Erotica @LadyLitPub

Forbidden Fruit

Title: Forbidden Fruit Anthology
Edited by: Cheyenne Blue
Publication Date & Length: September 13, 2014 – 250 pgs

Synopsis

She’s off limits but the attraction burns so bright it’s impossible to resist.

This collection of seventeen stories charts the spectrum of unwise lesbian desire, gathering tales of women you should resist—but can’t. In Jean Roberta’s Shelter the bad girl’s back from prison. An upper-class lady seduces her maid in Laila Blake’s poignant story set in Regency England, while a Catholic nun is beguiled by a hooker in Lisabet Sarai’s powerful The First Stone.

These women are cops, slave owners, doctors, Dommes, and horse thieves, and you’ll find them at the pool, being seduced by older women, putting their job on the line for lust, or seducing the salt-and-pepper butch.

With stories from writers at the top of their game, including Sacchi Green, Erzabet Bishop, Beth Wylde, Harper Bliss, and Allison Wonderland, this collection is sure to thrill.

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ThreeandHalfStars

Our Woman by Rebecca Lynne Fullan
I enjoyed segments of this story, but overall I had no idea what the heck it was talking about so I was sad that it ended without further clarification.

Hands Off by Ava-Ann Holland
SUPER hot.. I wish we could’ve gone up in that room with them…with no hands.

Shelter by Jean Roberta
an interesting story. I was a bit confused at times as to their past and how they came to the present, but still interesting enough to make me flip pages quickly to try to figure it out. Sad to see it over too.

Ungodly Yours by Allison Wonderland
I didn’t like the HEAVY bible references. But then we got little kicks like ‘I’m bored with the Lord’ and ‘do you accept God the Father as your Lord and Master’ shortly there after, which was very contradictory to me. Over all though I will say I greatly appreciated the under lying message in the story that was overshadowed, ‘we don’t get to decide how we’re designed.’ or even better ‘Just because I’ve fallen for a woman doesn’t make me a fallen woman.’ which is exactly what I personally believe, but would’ve like to have seen that been not hidden behind so much Lord, God and sinning references.

Secondly, the character is 18 and still talking like she is much younger, even if she is extremely religious. ‘Before long, we’re… you know, we’re–‘ when talking about being naked. ‘And now, with our… loins leafless, we can begin our genesis.’ is another example of how the bible is referenced to heavily for me and not entirely like an 18 year old would think to me.The Rules by Rachel O. Esplanade
I absolutely loved this story except for the confusing timeline in the beginning, which threw me for a bit as to when things were happening for the characters. I can’t say that I particularly care for the ‘you’ and ‘I’ tense used, but other than that it was a great story about forbidden love!

The Further Adventures of Miss Scarlet by Emily L. Byrne
Cop and thief have SUPER hot meeting on a subway.. with possible future run ins. I will be searching for the (hopeful) sequel to this hot, fierce liaison.

Sunset, Sunrise by Sacchi Green
Oooh.. Watch out.. Hot. Forbidden. And over all too quickly for me. Darn that sun for rising and this couple separating.

The Clinton County Horse Theif Society by Axa Lee
Aw! I was sad at the way this story turned out. I didn’t want Belle to be bad! I wanted her to love Katie the way Katie loved her! I don’t want to say what happens but in the end I’m glad Katie gets the closure she needs and hope that she one day finds a woman who loves her more than Belle.

Freedom by Harper Bliss
MILF story.. yes please! Loved it. Another great piece of work from Harper! Sexy, well written short story.

Ascending Amelia by Erzabet Bishop
Yes! Yes! And YES! A little BDSM for the first time, some spanking and steamy. Very sexy little story and one I wouldn’t mind seeing expanded into a whole novel or novella. Relateable characters that have real life emotions and reactions. Well done.

Bachelorette Party by Beth Wylde
Beautiful. Discovering there is more than friendship behind all those lingering touches and hate for the fiancee. Another steamy read, but also about finding that Linda was willing to stand by and let Jenny do what Jenny needed to do to be happy even though she wanted so much more. At Jenny’s Bachelorette Party, real feeling and emotions are discovered.

Thanks to Irene by Nicole Wolfe
Luanna is married to Dina, but for reasons we don’t know (or I missed) they are apart when Hurricane Irene comes. Seeking refuge, Luanna goes to Amy, the masseuse. Hm, what I wonder is if Dina will be joining the pair when she finds out or if she will be upset she wasn’t included. Great story!

Ash by Niki Crow
Seduced by the new lady.. I loved the little scenes (like stopping by Jennie’s for a skinny dip and a little finger bang outside).. I wish we could’ve gotten a longer, more drawn out story with longer scenes in general but I loved the characters and their interactions..

The Law of Reciprocity by Laila Blake
I have to admit that my least favorite romances to read are historical, but this story was excellent. I truly enjoyed it. I loved both women and the way they came together.. I do wish we would’ve gotten a bit more of the story, but still excellent.

Shallow End by L.C. Spoering
At first the story was a bit slow for me, building the background and I didn’t see where it was going really. Once it got going and I figured out where things were going, it seemed to wrap up all too quick for me, but I still think it was a good, short little story.

The First Stone by Lisabet Sarai
I can’t say that I cared for this one as it is a taboo topic for me.. A nun breaking her vows. I also didn’t care for the fact that she called the people she was supposed to be helping inmates, which isn’t how a nun would think in my mind.

Out For The Count by Cheyenne Blue
I loved this story.The card counter vs casino security. The backstory was excellently filled in enough that we knew what was going on. The sensual parts were great. I loved the way Cheyenne wrote it and the characters, I will most definitely be picking up her work in the future.

~Renee

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4 Stars for Long Snows Moon by Stacey Darlington – #F/F #Paranormal

Long Snowns Moon

Title: Long Snows Moon
Author Name: Stacey Darlington
Publication Date & Length: June 1, 2013 – 198 pgs

Synopsis

A young socialite finds herself hurled from her comfort zone of luxury and self-denial into the esoteric world of animal magic. When her pet wolf/husky hybrid, Long Snows Moon, plummets from her car window to the forest below, Devon Danforth must explore the haunted woods to find her. During her drunken stumble through the forest, Devon finds love in the arms of Jameson Jordan, the Native American girl she met as a teen during a family skiing vacation. During her sexual awakening, Devon discovers her own animal nature and her wild family lineage.

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I’m struggling with what to rate this book and how to explain my rating without spoiling the ending for anyone who wishes to read it. This book is fantastic until the last 15% of it. That’s when it gets weird, and honestly, it stops making a lot of sense.

First, I couldn’t put this book down. Even snuck it in at work to read when I shouldn’t have. The two main characters are beautifully written, and their love story is epic. There’s a secondary love story going on between Claire and Analise that becomes far more prominent at the end. For a story where the two love interested characters don’t meet until 40% of the way through the book, I felt completely compelled to keep reading.

Both Jameson and Devon (the main characters) have special gifts that allow them to commune with the spirits of animals. Jameson has known about hers for the majority of her life, but Devon is just discovering hers. The discovery and relationship these two women have together is beautifully written. This is the part that kept me reading.

If this is what the book was, it would have rated 5 stars. If they Indian aspects of this story had remained as they were, it would have hit my top favorite books of all time. Right up there with Scott O’Dell. I love Indian stories. They’re something I’ve always read throughout middle school, high school and into college. I wish I had known more about where specifically this story takes place in concerns to the Indian aspect of it.

There’s language that doesn’t make sense to me, calling Indians First Nations instead of Native Americans, for example. Where I’m from, neither of those names is acceptable. It is Indian, and if Jameson is part Lakota like claimed, then it would still follow this line of thought. I grew up around Lakota and many other tribes—so this bothered me some.

The second thing that really bothered me was Devon’s staunch veganism that was not veganism. For someone who won’t eat anything that screams or bleeds or could potentially scream or bleed, she makes a lot of mistakes in what she eats. Pancakes, for instance, are made with eggs, and she agrees to eat them just after stating she won’t eat eggs in general.

The reason this book is not at the top of the list in my overall reading and does not rate a 5 star is because of the ending. Almost none of it is foreshadowed. The only part foreshadowed is the part about Devon—the rest was a complete shock, and honestly, ruined the book for me. The epilogue makes no sense at all and doesn’t fit with the rest of the storyline (none of the animals were violent until then). Without the foreshadowing, it leaves the reader reeling in a part where the story should be concluding not blowing up.

There are aspects of the story that aren’t wrapped up…like why on earth Devon was forced to marry Trevor. There are aspects that needed to be put into the novel far before the ending; yes, it might have ruined some of the mystery surrounding Devon, but the emotional journey she took would have been compelling enough. The added story about Claire and Analise was unnecessary to the plot of Devon and Jameson. It could have been cut down and shown only from Devon’s point of view and still made a strong point.

This ending shoved an urban fantasy world into a paranormal romance plot, and it did not work well.

Due to the ending, I would rate this book a 3.5. It’s hard to see the two worlds created meshing without a lot more significant transition between them. There needed to be far more foreshadowing in order to make it comprehensible. I honestly loved this book until the last 15%. Before that, it was one of the best books I had ever read. Now…now I’m just not so sure how to feel about it. I feel duped by an inserted plot that makes no sense.

This book could have used one more edit. The grammatical errors with commas were prevalent throughout it, and the rest of the errors became more abundant as the novel went on. I was going to knock down my 5 star rating .5 because of this.

Averaging the two ratings, I still give this book 4 stars. It is well-written, the story for most of the book is compelling and fascinating. It is the ending that dropped the rating—not because it wasn’t good or interesting, but because it didn’t make sense to the rest of the plot already set up (the Devon part made sense). I really wanted it to be in my top ten books of all time.

~AJ

FourStars

I loved curling up into this book and its woods and its dark nights and sunny days. Jameson Jordan, half-Native American, lives alone and communes with the animals. But not in a hokey way. It’s a serious, thoughtful, yet incredibly fun book.

Devon Danforth has issues and she’s running away from home. Straight into the forest that calls her.

Between them is Long Snows Moon, a half-wolf doing the best she can with a mess of a master. All three characters are beautiful and likeable, despite their struggles and pain. The book is very readable. Excelling writing.

However, I knocked off a star for a weird screed against vegetarianism–oddly strident in a book about forgiveness and being nonjudgemental. Also, the ending is just…weird. But the journey to get there is incredible.

C.E. Case

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I first began inventing stories when I was a child to keep from having to go to bed. The better the story, the more inclined my mother was to let me stay up. My interest in the occult, magic, myths and monsters inspired me to make up some wild tales.

I spent a number of  years as the writer/guitar player in my band, Jerusalem Cherry. We enjoyed some local fame.

I love writing for young people and getting them excited about books and knowledge.

I revere my elders. My best job was working at an upscale assisted living facilty where I could protect them, learn from them and help guide them through physical, emotional and spiritual transitions. It was the hardest job I ever loved.

I am an upholstery artist. I live in Florida. I study Native American spiritual beliefs, I have studied craft.  I believe in totem animal magic and do guided meditations. I love aninals and see the world as a place of constant wonder, filled with messages from our Creator.

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4 Stars for Hidden Gem by Lissa Kasey – #M/M Romance @parisbvamp

HIdden Gem

Title: Hidden Gem
Author Name: Lissa Kasey
Publication Date & Length: September 26, 2014 – 246pgs

Synopsis

Misaki “Aki” Itou is a psi—a person with mutated DNA granting him psychic abilities. He’s also a contracted companion—a whore. It may not be the perfect profession, but having a roof over his head, food to eat, and not being subjected to torture is a dream come true. He is the top companion at the Hidden Gem, and it makes him enough money to buy the prettiest, most sparkly shoes he can find.

Shane McNaughton is an Irishman who survived the Third World War and works as a cop. Head of Missing Persons, he’s good at finding people, but after the plague of the Third mutated his DNA, he has a hard time letting anyone see the monster inside. He’s been paying for Aki’s services for two years, both the psi and the sexual kind, but he wants more from the companion.

Shane needs Aki’s ability to see into another person’s past to track down a serial killer murdering the children of rich and powerful men, but the more they work together, the clearer it becomes that they are linked through a darker past than either of them realizes.

Warning: Contains mild BDSM elements.

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FourStars

Lissa Kasey did a great job at twisting and turning this story. I enjoyed it from the very beginning. Kasey kept the reader guessing as to what the big reveal was going to be. She was masterful at giving hints, but I thought she did a great job when the reveal happened and how she chose to disclose it’s secrets.

This story reminded me somewhat of another series of books by James Patterson – the Maximum Ride series. I enjoyed them as well. The sci-FY nature of the story, the love component and the general feel of each character helped to guide the reader towards the conclusion – one that, with Kasey’s hints, was something I expected, but still enjoyed.

I really enjoyed the main “companion”, Aki and thoroughly enjoyed Shane. Each character fights their own demons, but ultimately, they strive for the same things – a life without pain, a life with someone to love.

Kasey’s story was one of science gone wrong, hope for redemption and ultimately, finding your true self. I wonder if there will be more to be told…I hope so.

The only issues I had with the book were that there were formatting issues for the Kindle and that the book is not easily navigated – meaning you cannot skip between chapters easily.

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Lissa Kasey lives in St. Paul, MN, has a Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing, and collects Asian Ball Joint Dolls who look like her characters. She has three cats who enjoy waking her up an hour before her alarm every morning and sitting on her lap to help her write. She can often be found at Anime Conventions masquerading as random characters when she’s not writing about boy romance.

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4 Stars for Rescued by Felice Stevens – #M/M Romance

Rescued

Title: Rescued
Author Name: Felice Stevens
Publication Date & Length: August 19, 2012 – 212pgs

Synopsis

Ryder Daniels has spent the last year recovering from rejection: his parents couldn’t accept his sexuality and his lover chose drugs over his love. The only bright lights in his life are his younger brother and his rescued pit bull. But now his mother’s punishment for his lifestyle has cut him off from his brother he loves so deeply. Devastated, he throws himself into the work of the Pit Bull Foundation he and his friends started.

Jason Mallory can no longer hide the dissatisfaction of his relationship with his longtime girlfriend. When her marriage ultimatum pushes him to break things off, he’s determined not to jump into the dating scene. But when a group of injured pit bulls are found on his construction site, he can’t forget the guy who shows up to help.

After Jason adopts one of the dogs, he and Ryder become fast friends—until one night, Ryder lets down his guard and Jason recognizes his desire. Soon, they can’t deny the passion between them but will family differences and ugly prejudices keep them apart, or can they fight to prove that love is precious, no matter the flavor?

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FourStars

I picked up this book because what could be better than men and dogs? I’m glad I took a chance on this one!

The two main characters, Ryder and Jason, are the perfect combination of sexy and sensitive in their own ways. They have incredible chemistry, and I love how the author didn’t just rush into an emotional connection between them. They were dealing with their own issues, and I thought that was very nicely done, for the most part.

I also like the juxtaposition of both men having very different families, and I loved reading their interactions with the people in their lives. I did end up feeling like Ryder’s mom was a bit over-the-top. Obviously, there are people like her in real life, but she came across as more of a caricature. But I loved the realism of Ryder being cut off from his family; that happens all too often.

The one thing that really put me off (and made me give this fewer stars than I think it actually should have) was how the author treated Jason’s coming out. She used nearly every tired theme possible to avoid having him be bisexual: The college “experiment”; the nasty ex-girlfriend; the not-gay-til-I-met-you; and the absolutely never, ever noticing any other men except Ryder (and going on and on about his hotness and how everyone else wanted him too). In fact, another character even remarks on it, and Jason completely denies the possibility that he’s bisexual–as though it makes him “better” somehow to be gay. It bothers me at a deep level because having genuinely bisexual men in m/m romance is rare, and writers go to great lengths to avoid it. It may not have been intentional on this author’s part, but I’m saddened that such a fantastic story was spoiled by not allowing a more natural scenario.

The other thing I noticed, but didn’t really feel was too much of an issue, since the romance/hot sex were kind of the point of the story, was that there wasn’t all that much conflict and it was wrapped up neatly at the end. That doesn’t bother me at all, but anyone looking for more complex drama and conflict might not like it.

That aside, I loved the story, loved the characters, and look forward to reading more from Ms. Stevens.

I give it 4 stars.

Amy

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AuthorBio

I have always been a romantic at heart. I believe that while life is tough, there is always a happy ending just around the corner. I started reading traditional historical romances when I was a teenager, then life and law school got in the way. It wasn’t until I picked up a copy of Bertrice Small and became swept away to Queen Elizabeth’s court that my interest in romance novels became renewed.

But somewhere along the way, my tastes shifted. While I still enjoys a juicy Historical romance, I began experimenting with newer, more cutting edge genres and discovered the world of Male/Male romance. Once I picked up her first, I became so enamored of the authors, the character-driven stories and the overwhelming emotion of the books, I knew I wanted to write my own.

I live in New York City with my husband and two children and hopefully soon a cat of my own. My day begins with a lot of caffeine and ends with a glass or two of red wine. I practice law but daydream of a time when I can sit by a beach somewhere and write beautiful stories of men falling in love. Although there is bound to be angst along the way, a Happily Ever After is always guaranteed.

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