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3.5 stars for A Shot of J&B by Lou Sylvre #MM #Crime #BDSM #Romance @sylvre

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Title: A Shot of J&B
Author Name: Lou Sylvre
Publication Date & Length: March 2015 – 194pgs

Synopsis

Six years ago, Brian Harrison helped save the life of Jackie Vasquez, and he’s never really forgotten him. After the rescue, Brian ended his employment with Jackie’s uncle Luki and left the US for England, aiming to distance himself from the confused feelings—not lust, but not brotherly—that then sixteen-year-old Jackie engendered. Now Jackie has become a man, and when they meet again by chance, lust with a dose of D/s rope kink is definitely on the list of possibilities. As they get to know each other, though, lust shows every sign of growing into love, deep and true.

When Jackie moves to London for graduate studies in criminal psychology, he and Brian hope they’ll be able to enjoy each other’s frequent company. But they haven’t factored in the claim Brian’s police job with Scotland Yard will make on his time, especially when the “Gaslighter crimes” sap investigative resources. An abandoned aide dog named Soldier leads to a breakthrough clue, and a chain of discoveries fall like dominoes. As Brian rushes to beat the criminal’s game before it escalates to true terror, he comes to an undeniable conclusion: Jackie Vasquez, the man he loves, is in mortal danger.

ReviewThreeandHalfStars

Jackson Vasquez “Jackie” and Brian Harrison have known each other for a while. Despite their age difference there was an immediate attraction. With a past trauma in Jackie’s life that Brian witnessed and with Brian fighting his feelings for the much younger Jackie, Brian leaves and finds himself living alone in London.
Brian’s job is one where he is to search out patterns in seemingly different assaults. Someone is scaring people almost to death.
I enjoyed the mystery in this story and that is perhaps what really captured my attention. I thought that the romance/love aspect of the story was somewhat weak. Also, there were times when it was very apparent that there needs to be another edit done.
I would have liked to know more about the relationship between Jackie and Brian. Both of their thoughts and feelings – it could have been so much more, but it almost seemed an afterthought for most of the story. In reality, this was a mystery book with some romance thrown in.
Also, in the end, I thought that it was wrapped up very quickly. There was all of this buildup and then it was just over. This was a good mystery book. It was just an OK romance book.
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“So, anyway, Brian,” he said, ending a not uncomfortable lull in the conversation. “I’m looking forward to the ride to airport. I want to hear more about your work, and London, and whatever. But,” he gestured toward the window, “here comes Sonny and Luki and Bear. I’ll get more coffee on.”

He rose, but before he turned toward the kitchen, he faced Brian and leaned forward, kissed his cheek swiftly and softly. He intended to step away, but Brian caught first one of his hands, and then the other, and held them both in one hand.

“Jackie, thank you for that. But what I’d like even more is if you were to kiss me—” Brian lifted the index finger of his free hand and touched his own lips. “—just here. Will you?”

“Yes,” Jackie whispered, and without any conscious decision to do so, added, “Yes, sir.” He leaned forward and touched his open lips to Brian’s, found them soft when he added a bit of pressure, and sent his tongue darting just inside for a taste. They broke the kiss together, but as it ended, Brian sucked and then nipped at Jackie’s bottom lip.

Brian smiled, and after he let go of Jackie’s hand, stroked once over Jackie’s shoulder and arm—a comforting touch, Jackie thought. “Thank you, Jackie,” Brian said, his eyes sparking with something like mischief. “That was lovely.”

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What motivated you to start writing? Or what made you start putting pen to paper so to speak?

I really can’t quite say what motivated me. I don’t really remember a time when I didn’t write or want to write. But the early trials really didn’t count, because I had those old recording playing in my mind, telling me writers a special class of people and I didn’t qualify. I finally started writing with an aim toward publication when I realized that just wasn’t true. And not long after that, I realized that all the writing help books, helpful hints, and instructional clichés wouldn’t turn me into a writer. Even hanging with writers, rubbing shoulders with the best wouldn’t do it. The only way I’d write the way I wanted to write was to write, learn from that, write some more, and so on. I did, and I’ve never regretted it.

 

Who or what is your biggest inspiration for writing?

I guess I have to answer that in two ways. In a broad sense, I’m fascinated with why, how, and what if, especially in the human arena of emotions, actions, social constructs, spirituality, etc. I’ve always thought, as a reader, that’s what good fiction explores, and I do the same, although I never think that’s what I’ve done until the story is written. The second answer is, characters. I don’t consciously invent important characters, but of course they come from my brain—it’s not a mystic thing. As I become aware of them, I observe traits and if they interest me, they eventually inspire stories.

 

What is your writing environment? (Where do you write, what do you do to prepare right before you start writing)

Usually, I write in a small bedroom I’ve turned into an office. Sometimes, however, I have been known to write in the café at B&N, in my car, at the park, or on my bed. J To prepare for writing I make a cup of tea, open the document, review the most recent scenes, and then dig in.

 

What is the hardest part of a book for you to write? Any particular scene(s)?

The hardest part to write is the end, hands down. I usually end up torturing myself with it for much longer than I should, and then return to something close to the first way I wrote it. As for difficult scenes, the scenes where people who love each other, romantically or otherwise, are seriously at odds are heartbreaking for me to write. That’s also true of any scene centering around the plight of an empathic character who has ended up psychologically broken, often from doing something brave or selfless.

 

If you only could write in one genre, what would it be? And if you couldn’t write in that genre what genre would you pick next?

I’m going to answer that for the immediate moment, because this has changed over time and certainly will again. Bear in mind that I don’t think M/M romance should be treated as a separate genre—the genre is romance. Same for mystery, paranormal, etc.

Right now, if I had to choose one genre it would be Romantic Suspense. My next choice at the moment would be fantasy.

 

If you could spend a day with one author, who would it be and why?

This is making me chuckle. Recently I was asked who I would choose if I could co-write with any author living or dead. That had a completely different answer. J At the moment, if I could spend a day with an author I would stay right within our community and choose Angel Martinez. Angel has pleasant, calm persona and great sense of humor online that comes through as very genuine. Her writing is inventive, entertaining, and intelligent—but not in highbrow way, and I fall in love with at least one of her MC’s in every book. J

 

Thank you for hosting me on my A Shot of J&B Blog Tour, and for asking some questions I haven’t been asked before. It’s been a fun interview.

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Lou Sylvre lives and writes on the rainy side of Washington State, penning mostly suspense/romance novels because she can’t resist giving her characters hard times but good love. Her personal assistant is Boudreau, a large cat who never outgrew his kitten meow, and he makes a point of letting her know when she’s taken a plot tangent too far. He (Boudreau) invites readers to give their feedback as well!

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5 Stars for Becoming His Master (Neighborly Affection #4) by M.Q. Barber – #MM #Erotic #BDSM @MQBarber

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Title: Becoming His Master (Neighborly Affection #4)
Author Name: M.Q. Barber
Publication Date: March 17, 2015

Synopsis

From rescue to romance…

Teach a wounded submissive the value of his service. The task ought to be an easy one for an experienced dominant like Henry Webb.

But novice Jay Kress challenges his teacher like no other. Still bearing the bruises of an encounter outside the bounds of safe consensual play, Jay is desperate to submit to the man who saved him—and shamed by his desires.

Henry recognizes the dangers of a relationship built on hero worship. He’ll teach Jay how to stay safe, that’s all. He won’t take advantage of the younger man’s trust. He won’t share his fantasies about his dark-haired, athletic student. He’ll never claim this submissive for his own…

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FiveStars

This book has descriptions of an abusive relationship with BDSM. If this bothers you, do not read.
Jay and Cal have a somewhat dangerous partnership. I wanted to yell and scream when I read how awful Cal was.
Henry was a calm, strong, loving Dom who wanted nothing more than to help Jay find his way in a world that can sometimes harbor posers.
Emma and Victor are great friends throughout the story. I would very much like to have read their story. They sound like they have quite the relationship.
This was a story of finding your true self – harnessing that power and trusting yourself. Both main characters, Henry and Jay have to find it in themselves to trust their true natures.
I love how devious Emma was throughout the story. She made me laugh and I found myself wanting to know what she and Jay would talk about. I really liked how protective she was over all Subs in the club – it didn’t matter than she was a sub herself – she was like a mama bear who would rip anyone apart if they mistreated them.
While I did like that Henry was patient and methodical in how he taught Jay to negotiate and essentially fend for himself, the book was slow at some times.
Overall, this book was very well written. I think it could have gone (or I wish) a little faster in pace, but in the end, it was very enjoyable.
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I am a former Midwestern gal who well knows the joy of flopping down in a field for an afternoon and composing stories about the shapes in the clouds. As it turns out, adulthood doesn’t have to be so different from childhood.

Sharing those stories is a new thing for me. I hope readers will love the characters as much as I do.

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4 stars for Early to Rise by V.L. Locey #MM #Humor

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Title: Early to Rise

Author: V.L. Locey

Publication date and length: April 1, 2015  87 Pages

Synopsis

   There are few things worse than being left at the altar by the man you thought loved you. Just ask Simon Wilder. He knows all about it. He also knows a thing or two about getting fired. It’s been a rotten week for Simon and making major life decisions during such turmoil may not be the wisest thing Simon has ever done. Or is it?

Packing up his clothes, his collection of Tony Orlando CDs, and his cat, Sambuca, Simon leaves the hustle and bustle of Philadelphia behind and heads out to live on his Uncle Tiberius’ farm in the mountains of Pennsylvania. Starting over on the farm where he vacationed once as a child is a going to be just what the doctor ordered, as long as that doctor is the good-looking large animal veterinarian, Gentry Martin. Is a sexy country vet the cure for a love-sick city boy?

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FourStars

Early to Rise was a very quick, humorous read.  It was written well as the story flowed seamlessly.  It was light hearted and a sweet love story. I found myself laughing a lot at the characters in the story. My favorite line that just stood out was “Maybe when it’s the right one you don’t need to spend years deciding.”  It was an instant love romance story but definitely very entertaining.

Simon was adorable, I loved how he exaggerated most comments he made. Gentry was perfect for Simon, they just clicked.  But I have to say Queenie the pig stole the whole story.

If your looking for a sweet easy read this is the one for you.  Enjoyed it very much

~Sherry

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V.L. Locey loves worn jeans, belly laughs, reading and writing lusty tales, Greek mythology, the New York Rangers, comic books, and coffee. (Not necessarily in that order.) She shares her life with her husband, her daughter, one dog, two cats, a steer named after a famous N.H.L. goalie, a pig named after a famous President, and a flock of assorted domestic fowl.

When not writing lusty tales, she can be found enjoying her day with her menagerie in the rolling hills of Pennsylvania with a cup of fresh java in hand. She can also be found online on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and GoodReads.

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4 & 5 Stars for Justice Prevails (Sin City Uniforms #3) by Morticia Knight #MM #Romance

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TitleJustice Prevails
Author Name: Morticia Knight
Length: 162pgs

Synopsis

Never judge a sexy man by his cover.

Detective Beau Williams is hardworking, dedicated and professional. He enjoys the finer things in life, but with his heavy caseload that includes what Beau suspects is a new serial killer, he has no time to enjoy much of anything. What the tall redhead needs is someone to shake him up a little.

Investigative Technician Austin Kent never met a snarky joke he didn’t like—or a set of stairs that couldn’t trip him up. One night after a devastating episode at work, Austin sees something else he likes—the handsome detective he’s seen around the station whom he’s always wondered about. But after he makes a drunken fool of himself in front of Detective Williams, he’s sure there’s no hope.

Beau and Austin’s worlds collide when Austin is sent to pick up some evidence at the station. Amidst a myriad of twists and turns in the troubling serial killer-style murders of Vegas conventioneers, Austin and Beau discover that there’s more to the other than they’d originally thought. There might even be more they’d like to give—unless the killer has the final say.
Publisher’s Note: This book is best read in sequence as part of a series but can be read as a standalone.

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FiveStars

Morticia Knight has taken us back to Las Vegas with her hot alpha males.  This book had an excellent thriller story to it about a serial killer.  Once I started I was hooked and didn’t put it down until I was done.  The story flowed very smoothly and even had a bit of humor added in.

Loved Beau he was confident, strong and a very good detective who was always in charge.  Austin had very low self esteem, liked to crack jokes to make himself feel comfortable, but was a sweet loving guy.  The two of them were complete opposites, but I thought they worked together really well as a couple.

Even though this is book 3 in the series, it could easily be read as a stand alone.  I have enjoyed this series so far and look forward to more.  They are quick reads that are very enjoyable.  Definitely a must read!!!

Sherry

fourstars

Another amazing book by Morticia. I love the way the characters came to be and the way they slowly opened up to each other through various events and encounters.
I did feel as though the crime side of things was heavy in the beginning and then became a back seat for most of the middle only to come back and be wrapped up. Or at least for Austin. Beau was always working and I felt for the man as he was under so much stress from work and handling a string of murders.
All in all, a great read by Morticia and I can’t wait for the next one.
Renee
fourstars

Austin’s life is messy and he isn’t very good at relationships. Working as an Investigative Technician at the DA’s office, he watches a childhood friend die. While drinking away his pain, he runs into beautiful, uptight homocide detective, Beau Williams.

 

Even though Beau is chasing a serial killer, he finds time to explore the attraction he feels for Austin. But soon both men become embroiled in the search for a deluded mass murderer.

 

This is a great murder mystery and a great romance. Beau and Austin wear against each other beautifully. As the relationship progresses, Beau starts to become a little less pretentious – and Austin starts to get himself together.

 

I love Vegas for the book’s setting. I love the characters, and I love the way Morticia Knight continues to give more depth to her characters as the story unravells.

 

I recommend this for those who enjoy a bit of murder with their romance.

Sarah

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M/M Erotic Romance author Morticia Knight enjoys hot stories of men loving men forever after. They can be men in uniform, Doms and subs, rock stars or bikers – but they’re all searching for the one (or two!) who was meant only for them.

When not indulging in her passion for books, she loves the outdoors, film and music. Once upon a time she was the singer in an indie rock band that toured the West Coast and charted on U.S. college radio. She is currently working on more installments of Sin City Uniforms and The Hampton Road Club, as well as the follow-up to Bryan and Aubrey’s story from Rockin’ the Alternative.

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4.5 stars for Jewel Cave (#3 in Circles) by Elizabeth Noble – #Mystery #Romance #MM @elizabethnoble1

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Title: Jewel Cave (Book #3 of Circles)
Author Name: Elizabeth Noble
Publication Date: April 2, 2015

Synopsis

Through ten wonderful years Griff Diamond and Clint Bishop weathered good times and bad together. Lately they haven’t spent as much time together as they’d like, and their physical relationship is suffering. Then Clint loses his job at the steel mill. Instead of worrying, he sees it as an opportunity to lean on his steady partner, start his writing career, and rekindle the passion they’ve lost.

But a friendly relationship with another author turns to obsession, putting Clint’s life in danger. Taken against his will to the Jewel Cave system in South Dakota, Clint must rely on the skills he’s learned from Griff to survive.

Fearing the worst, Griff tracks Clint across the country. As a US Marshall, Griff’s always been the man who keeps everyone safe, but he doesn’t know how he and Clint will survive this.

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FourandHalfStars

When Griffen’s partner Clint is kidnapped by a crazed stalker, Griff and his team of US Marshals must do everything they can to get him back home safely.  As a crime writer, Clint must use his extensive research to take care of himself and give Griff the best chance of finding him.

 

I love this book.  Noble drops just the right clues in just the right places to keep her audience spellbound and a little terrified.  Dylan is an incredibly creepy villain.  I love the way the perspective jumps between Griff and Clint as the marshals track Dylan.

 

The central relationship between the two long-term partners is sweet and genuinely complicated.  The subtle, domestic drama between Clint and Griff plays beautifully against the action, violence and suspense of the main story.

 

A wonderful, exciting read.

Sarah

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It was time to back away from Dylan, what had been a friendship had definitely shifted to territory uncomfortable to Clint. He didn’t want to hurt Dylan’s feelings. He’d tried sending a few emails telling Dylan some of his pictures weren’t appreciated, but it did no good. The guy was either dense or stubborn.

Unlike some of his other friends, Clint knew nothing about Dylan’s family or the people who lived near him. As far as Clint could tell, Dylan was alone in the world, and his sudden attachment to Clint was starting to feel creepy. So, lately, Clint had been taking longer and longer to answer emails and tried to keep subjects of conversation as neutral as possible or focused on writing projects.

The pictures Clint deleted. Griff would flip if he ever knew about those photos, not that Clint would blame him in the least. He would have loved to share some of his other concerns about Dylan’s wellbeing with Griff, but Clint knew the man would turn Dylan into one of America’s Most Wanted in under a minute.

Such was the hazard of sharing his life with a US Deputy Marshal.

He’d made a vow to himself long ago he’d never use Griff’s job or badge unless there was a solid, valid reason. Someone he’d known for a few years all of a sudden annoying him online was not solid or valid in Clint’s mind. Clint kept reminding himself Dylan was lonely and had no family. He was probably merely one of those people who didn’t get the concept of boundaries. That didn’t make him a criminal, just socially awkward.

Clint nearly jumped out of his skin when someone’s strong arm snaked around his waist and pulled him back against a firm body. Warm breath blew in his ear along with the words, “You left the door unlocked again. I could be the neighborhood whack job here to bludgeon you to death after defiling you.”

“You scared the crap out of me!” Clint yelped, trying to squirm away, but it was useless. “You’re the guy on this street with all the big guns.” Behind him Griff chuckled and used one finger to move Clint’s hair away from his neck. He pressed a soft kiss to the spot. Clint glared down at the dogs. “And you two! You need watchdog lessons.”

Griff gave a little jerk forward with his hips and snickered. “And those big guns are all yours.” He let go of Clint, turned him, and shook him by the shoulders for a second. “Lock the goddamn doors. Even if someone smashes through the storm door, you’ll at least hear them.” He raised his eyebrows and leaned away from Clint, letting him go. “For me. Please. ’Cause the only defiling that goes on in this house is done by me.”

Clint burst out laughing. Griff’s blue-gray eyes twinkled, and the corners crinkled in a way Clint loved when Griff smiled. “Sorry, I’m late,” Griff said. He used his free hand to pet the dogs.

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Elizabeth Noble started telling stories before she actually knew how to write, and her family was very happy when she learned to put words on a page. Those words turned into fan fiction that turned into a genuine love of M/M romance fiction. Being able to share her works with Dreamspinner is really a dream come true. She has a real love for a good mystery complete with murder and twisty plots as well as all things sci-fi, futuristic, and supernatural and a bit of an unnatural interest in a super-volcano in Wyoming. Elizabeth has three grown children and is now happily owned by an adorable mixed breed canine princess named Rosie, and two cats, Murphy and Yeti. She lives in her native northeast Ohio, the perfect place for gardening, winter and summer sports (go Tribe!). When she’s not writing she’s working as a veterinary nurse, so don’t be surprised to see her men with a pet or three who are a very big part of their lives. Two of Elizabeth’s books have received Honorable Mentions in the Rainbow Awards.

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Totally Bound Submission Call: Sweet Romance and World Wars @Totally_Bound

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Totally Bound is seeking New Submissions!!

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Sweet Romance

Totally Bound Publishing is now open to submissions of Sweet Romance. Do you have a story that is deep, emotional and romantic, filled with suspense and sexual tension? These stories will be as engaging as the other lines at Totally Bound, with the focus on the sweeter side of love and chance encounters. We want to follow your characters on a vivid and emotive journey as their very own love story unfolds. 10-100k word count. Any pairing and any sub-genre. Series and serials are also welcomed. Please send your submission, synopsis and series outline, if applicable, to submissions@totallybound.com.

 

World Wars

The world is at war, meaning that virtually every single person on the planet has had their lives touched in a way that they would never have previously thought possible. We want to know the stories of the soldiers, the nurses, the codebreakers, the wives left at home—anyone who you feel inspired to give a voice to in either the First or Second World War. Take a look at our submission image and see where your imagination is transported. Any pairing, 10-100k words. Series or serials are also welcomed. Please send your submission, synopsis and series outline, if applicable, tosubmissions@totallybound.com.

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3 Stars for Small Claims by Ethan Stone #MM @Totally_Bound

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Title: Small Claims
Author Name: Ethan Stone

Synopsis

Judge Shawn Rosen is about to take on the toughest case of his life.

Small claims judge Shawn Rosen is comfortable in his career, but his personal life is another story. His twenty year relationship ended two years ago, but while he accepts the end, he hasn’t even started to move on. He lives a generic life.

Everything changes when Jody Jacobsen walks into his courtroom and Shawn is attracted to him. Following the case, they have a chance meeting which leads to a wild night. Waking up to cold sheets should have been a sign, but instead Shawn keeps coming back for more and eventually falls fast and hard—so hard he might be missing the clues that the commitment isn’t mutual.

There’s trouble when the case that brought them together could also tear them apart. Will Jody give in to his tendency to run, or will he finally be the man that Shawn deserves?
Reader Advisory: This book contains references to paraphilic infantilism.

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ThreeStar

This is a sweet and funny romantic comedy.

When Jody’s neighbour brings him to court, attempting to sue him over his noisy and slightly kinky sex life, judge Shawn is both amused by
and smitten with the young man. When he finds Jody in a bar later, he
summons the courage to approach the younger man.

Shawn spent a lifetime raising a daughter with his ex. Since the split
he has been lonely and celibate. Jody has been anything but celibate,
but after being badly hurt once, he refuses to engage in a committed
relationship.

The relationships between Shawn, his daughter and his ex-husband are
convincingly bitter-sweet and uncomfortably awkward at times. Shawn’s loneliness will resonate with anyone who has ever found themselves emerging involuntarily from a long-term relationship.

This is a simple, quite formulaic rom-com. Barriers between the two  men are contrived and then torn down, exposing the characters enough for the men to become likeable. For me though, neither man was developed fully enough for me to become attachment.

By the end of the book, I still wasn’t sure that a much younger man
without a steady job or any direction in his life is the best fit for
Shawn. And I’m still not sure that the quiet, self-contained family man
has actually calmed the club kid in Jody.

This is a happy, funny story which readers will find charming.

Sarah

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