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5 stars for Darkness Entwined (Of Blood and Spirit #2) by Nikki McCoy #MM #ParanormalRomance #Romance @PridePublishing

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Title: Darkness Entwined (Of Blood and Spirit #2)
Author Name & Publisher: Nikki McCoy (Pride Publishing/Totally Bound)
Publication Date & Length: September 8, 2015 — 224 pages

Synopsis

As the powers of darkness and light collide, a soul with no redemption must rely on love to restore the balance.

Keenan was a mistake. An abomination feared by the very being who had sired him for the potent powers of light and dark in his soul. He was tortured for years until he managed to escape the God of Destruction, his father, Roh Se Kahn, only to be imprisoned again and held captive in a war he had no ties to.

King of the Vam’kir, an ancient race who survives on the life-giving blood of humans, Rowan is struggling to enforce the peace treaty signed by his kind and their twin race, the shapeshifting Ba’Kal. After two millennia, their war has finally come to an end, though their alliance is tentative.

Trapped in a loveless marriage, Rowan yearns for happiness he fears may never come. On an expedition to rescue the last of the prisoners held over from the war, he finds Keenan, the mate he’d been searching for his entire life. But their path is lined with impossible obstacles.

Rowan’s people would never accept the bastard son of the dark God at his side, and the threat of Roh Se Kahn brings a new war into their midst.

Will their love for each other be enough to conquer the hatred of Rowan’s people and destroy the dark forces of the God of Destruction?

Reader Advisory: This books contains scenes of violence and references to rape.

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FiveStars

I really liked this book a lot!  It had the perfect amount of Alpha protectiveness that I love in a shifter romance and the perfect amount of angst.  Once I started this book I could not put it down, so I ended up staying up all night reading this.  Rowan he was so protective of Keenan, that is one of the reasons I love shifter romance books. Keenan so sweet he would do anything to protect Rowan.   The story moved at this perfect pace and kept me drawn in through the whole book.   I won’t go into much more detail because I hate to give away any spoilers.   I will leave this review with I would definitely recommend this book and I can not wait for the next one in this series!
~Kara

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New Release: Buttermilk Ranch by Patricia Logan (AUTHOR INTERVIEW) #MM #Cowboy @PatriciaLogan1

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Title: Buttermilk Ranch
Author Name & Publisher: Patricia Logan (Westburg Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: August 29, 2015 – 62,000 Words

Synopsis

Wendell Blackowl has spent all his life in the working cow horse show ring where toiling with sweaty cowboys all day is the fodder for wet dreams. Though privately he’s come to terms with his sexuality, publicly Dell’s had to build a façade. When his beloved horse Buttermilk dies, Dell finds himself at loose ends so he decides to pick himself up by his boot straps and do what he’s always wanted to do… open an environmentally friendly organic vegetarian café.

Pace Avila, well known music critic, has been drawn to Austin by the live music scene. When friends invite him to check out a fresh new dinner experience, Pace reluctantly agrees to push the deadline on his national column. He isn’t interested in vegetarian food or a restaurant with the cheesy name of Buttermilk Ranch Café, but the moment Pace lays eyes on the stunning cowboy chef, things begin looking up.

When openly gay Pace walks into his cafe and his life, Dell realizes he’s tired of living a lie and tired of being alone. When Mother Nature throws an unprecedented storm at Austin, the muddy waters threaten to wipe out everything Dell’s worked so hard to build. He soon realizes that with a man like Pace by his side, love really can conquer all.

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“Yoo Hoo! Dell, ya up there, ya sidewinder! Get outa bed or I’m gonna drag that lazy ass out!”

“What?” Pace said, startled awake as he lifted his head from Dell’s chest where he’d fallen asleep in the wee hours of the morning. He wiped his face of drool and stared across the muscled chest he loved, finding Dell’s face. He had one eye peeled open and he didn’t look all too happy by what sounded like Branch’s bellowing from downstairs.

“Fuckin’ ass poor timin’,” Dell grumbled as they both sat upright in bed. Pace knew it would be pretty awful if Branch came bursting into the room with them, lying buck naked in bed. “Guess I’d better find out just what the hell he’s doin’ here.” Pace watched as Dell threw his legs over the side of the bed. He watched his ass from behind, noting the muscled expanse of his back and the thick thighs he loved so much, as the man stood.

“What the hell is he doing here? He and the boys had a show,” Pace grumbled.

“Ya rattlesnake! Ya need me to come up there and put my boot up yer ass?” Branch howled.

Pace couldn’t help but chuckle. He loved his brother but he loved the disgusted look on Dell’s face more. Dell walked to the doorway and stuck his head out.

“I’ll be down in a minute, ya jackass… unless ya want to see me in all my nekkid glory!” Dell yelled back.

Pace heard a chuckle coming from downstairs. “Hell naw! Get some clothes on there, scarecrow! Yer movin’ slower than a snake’s belly in a wagon rut.”

“Oh for Christ’s sake, here we go,” Dell said, glancing over at him. Pace just buried his face in the pillow and laughed.

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4 stars for Crimson Mate (Of Blood and Spirit #1) by Nikki McCoy #MM #ParanormalRomance #Shifter #GayforYou @PridePublishing

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Title: Crimson Mate (Of Blood and Spirit #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Nikki McCoy (Pride Publishing/Totally Bound)
Publication Date & Length: September 4, 2014 — 240 pages

Synopsis

A war is brewing, and a man born of two worlds holds the key to its prevention. Will Quinn allow Manning to convince him that love can exist between enemies before the coming battle consumes them both?

A centuries-old feud has pitted Ba’Kal–shifters—against Vam’kir–vampires. Quinn has suffered the pain of the ongoing contention in ways no man ever should. Once the respected son of the Vam’kir king, his life was forever altered the day his father realized a truth of which even Quinn was unaware.

As the Ba’Kal ruler, it is up to Manning to seek justice for the vicious attacks the Vam’kir have perpetrated against his kind, but his very beliefs are called into question when he discovers his mate is also his enemy. To keep Quinn safe, he must learn to trust in the impossible–that love might exist beyond boundaries, for failure means the end of his future and the rest of his race.

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FourStarsI really liked this book!  My favorite part of a shifter book is when the two mates meet.  The instant attraction and need to protect that they feel.  I have always been a fan of shifter books for those reasons.  You get that with this book along with the one who fights it and the perfect amount of angst.  Once I started this book I could not put it down.  Manning and Quin clicked to me, they fit together. Now I wish had gotten to see them as a couple a little more then I did but otherwise this was a good book!    I would definitely recommend this book!
~Kara

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NEW REVIEW! 3 Stars for Reclamation (Dominion #2) by Lissa Kasey #MM #Paranormal @parisbvamp

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Title: Reclamation (Dominion #2)
Author Name: Lissa Kasey
Publication Date & Length: May 27, 2015 – 183 pgs

Synopsis

Seiran Rou did the unthinkable to save his own life—he killed someone with magic. Now he’s haunted by the deed, and his internal troubles are ripping apart his newly strengthened relationship with Gabe. And the Dominion still wants him to toe the line and produce an heir.

After receiving threatening e-mails, phone calls, and vandalism that all seem to stem from another dead man from Sei’s tormented youth, Matthew Pierson, Sei thinks he’s going crazy and realizes he needs help. He turns to a Dominion-recommended psychiatrist.

But the past has already dug its claws in deep and someone is helping Sei’s old abuser lead him into a trap. Sei knows Gabe will come for him, and he’s ready to accept his love now. Only he doesn’t know if either of them will survive long enough to find a future together.

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ThreeStar

I started this book less than an hour after finishing book one in the series and found the beginning easy to pick up and follow. However, within several chapters I found myself rolling my eyes and putting it down to go do other things. The maturing and growth the main character showed in the first book, as small of a step as it was, seemed to have vanished completely and several of the first few chapters seemed to be a rehash of his own self doubting and confusion with minor mentions of plot moving content. The severity of his neurosis was so distracting and over the top that I found it hard to really care what happened to him or the characters around him. I actually spent a good part of the first half of the book wishing he would stop whining like a middle school kid and deal with his issues. While some of the issues dealt with were severe and seemed to need the hangups, I feel the author may have gone a little overboard on his specific issues without giving him any true movement toward overcoming them for too long.
I managed to force my way through the first half of the book and was happy to find the second half much better than the first. Thankfully, some of the hangups were finally dealt with and worked through and progress was made which made him less irritating and made me want to connect with him again. With any luck, these growth points and progressions will hold through the rest of the series and he won’t be back-sliding too severely. Thankfully the minor spelling issues and grammatical mistakes found in the first seemed to be dealt with more intently in this book and it flowed better, despite the whining of the main character. If you can push through the rampant self-loathing of the first half of the book, the second half is well worth it. If book three continues the forward progress, I could see recommending this simply to allow for the rest of the series to be read.
~Rhayne

 

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5 stars for Beware of Geeks Bearing Gifts by Charlie Cochet #MM #Romance @CharlieCochet @Dreamspinners

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Title: Beware of Geeks Bearing Gifts
Author Name & Publisher: Charlie Cochet (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: August 19th, 2015 — 68 pages

Synopsis

Julian “Quinn” Quinetro, a gruff, tough Miami SWAT officer, has been injured on the job, and all he’s looking for is a little peace and quiet to recover—difficult to achieve with his large Cuban family. An adventure in picking up his prescriptions puts him in the path of his geeky, brownie-baking neighbor, Spencer Morgan. Spencer sweeps into Quinn’s life like a tropical storm of sunshine and rainbows. Not surprisingly, it’s chaos at first sight. Quinn’s in need of a little tender loving care, and Spencer decides he’s just the man for the job. Their very different lives might clash, but they might also find some common ground—and maybe more.

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FiveStars

  This was such a funny/ sweet novella. It was a fast read where we get to meet  Spencer who was such a sweet guy, I loved his character. Then we meet Quinn who was the perfect alpha swat man.   When Quinn goes to Spencer’s apartment and finds him in his kitchen for there first scene together.  That scene was hilarious,  I was laughing so hard I was crying. There is not much angst in this but the humor more than makes up for that.  The only complaint I  have is I wished this had been longer and I had been able to see more of them together.  I would definitely recommend this book! 

~Kara

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4.5 Stars for Bad Alpha: Manlove Edition by Doris O’Cornnor, Nicola Cameron, Angelique Voisen, Gale Stanley, L.D. Blakeley, James Cox, Elizabeth Monvoy #MM #Shifter

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Title: Bad Alpha: Manlove Edition
Author Name & Publisher: Doris O’Connor, Nicola Cameron, Angelique Voisen, Gale Stanley, L.D. Blakeley, James Cox, Elizabeth Monvoy (Evernight Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: August 21, 2015 – 213 pgs

Synopsis

“Bully Boys” by Nicola Cameron

When Victorian solicitor Arthur Finter is forced to cut down dangerous London alley after work, he stumbles upon pit bull shifter Alpha Gunner Jones in the middle of a dogfight with a rival shifter pack. The hardnosed bully boy scents Arthur and recognizes him as his mate, but will events orchestrated by the other pack separate them before Gunner can lay final claim?

“The Alpha’s Assassin” by Doris O’Connor

Bear shifter Zayden Reid makes his living doing what he does best—killing people. The sought after assassin doesn’t have to think twice when he’s offered a lot of money to kill the Alpha of a wolf pack, until he scents his mate.

As the Alpha of his pack Quinton Thorn is used to giving orders. He may be gay, but that doesn’t mean he’s weak, and he’ll squash any challenge to his leadership with ruthless efficiency. When the threat comes from a source he trusts, however, can he afford to give into his feelings for his mate, knowing that he’ll endanger everyone under his protection?

The mating bond cannot be denied, no matter what the consequences, and they might well kill.

“Discarded Pup” by Angelique Voisen

Betrayed by his beta and abandoned by his pack, Cole Reyes wasted the last ten years of his life rotting behind bars. A cage is no place for a wolf, and wounds left open, fester. Cole has zero tolerance for mercy. The time Cole spent in prison didn’t just bleed out all the decency he once possessed. It broke him. Made him hard and unforgiving. Cole’s vengeance starts now, beginning with his beta’s new toy.

“Yellow Eyes” by Gale Stanley

The brutal war between shifters and humans is over, but each side still sees the other as a threat. The only thing they can agree on, is that they can’t agree. Humans live east of the bridge, shifters live west. Camden is a halfbreed, the product of a rape that happened during the war. Neither side wants him, but he lives with his human mother. The night she dies, Camden goes west looking for revenge. He knows he won’t find his father, and he’ll probably get himself killed, but he doesn’t care. As long as he takes a shifter with him, he’ll die happy.

Wyat is alpha of the pack living in the west. He’s a warrior who believes in separation of the races. Then on the night of the full moon, he discovers a half- breed hiding in the alley. The man’s scent makes him burn with lust, and against his better judgement, he takes him home—and discovers that sleeping with the enemy might just lead to a better future.

“Destined” by L.D. Blakeley

Caleb Stokes has had a shit night. Too bad catching his boyfriend in flagrante delicto with the club DJ isn’t the worst thing he’ll witness before the night is through. Marick Gevrees has no time for romance. He has even less time for a tipsy twink looking for a man to fill some Daddy fetish. But what the hell is he supposed to do when said twink wanders headlong into the middle of a bloody vendetta that could result in the exposure of his clan?

“Trouble” by James Cox

Tremarc is sleeping his way through the entire Bear Shifter Clan. He’s sent to the moon, under the colonized dome to stay out of trouble. When he meets sexy alpha Lyon and his mated human, Quinn his life takes a sharp turn that may just find him his happy ending or get him kicked out of yet another bear shifter clan.

“Outlaw Wolf” by Elizabeth Monvey

Dekker ran away from his pack in an order to protect his lover and Alpha, Grey, when he overheard two higher ranked wolves talk about killing him. When Grey finds him six months later, Dekker tries to convince the man he loves to go away. But Grey won’t take no and as the two talk it out, their mutual attraction overwhelms them.

In desperation, Dekker renounces Grey as his Alpha. But when another force tries to punish Dekker by silencing him forever, Grey must choose which stand he’ll take…being the alpha for all his pack, or being the man Dekker needs, even if it means breaking the rules.

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FourandHalfStars

Bully Boys by Nicola Cameron – 3.5 stars
I felt but line I was thrown into the middle of a story with this one. While we got to know a bit about one main character, we didn’t really know much about the history of the shifters. It took me a good bit to realize that the story was indeed in the past, not present.
While the plot was actually good, I wish we’d gotten to know more about the pack. Then there was the whole being gay side of things. Had the characters been with other people or had they been gay before each other?
At the end of the story I felt like a lot was left unanswered and it could’ve been expanded out to a much longer story that was much more captivating as we got to learn about such a protective and amazing alpha.
The Alpha’s Assassin by Doris O’Connor – 4.5 Stars
I really enjoyed this story. It was a bit scary at times, but super sexy and amazingly written at the same time. I couldn’t get through it fast enough. I wanted to know what was going to happen with Quinton since he was supposed to be the one who took him out.
Discarded Pup by Angelique Voisen – 5 Stars
I think this was my favorite of the anthology or at least one of them. I loved the danger Cole radiated and the fear we felt from River as we waited to find out what Cole was going to do with him. It was hot, fast and I read it as quick as I could wanting to know how things turned out!
Yellow Eyes by Gale Stanley – 4 Stars
This was in a different time than the others and there were times where I didn’t understand what had happened or that the shifters lived in a different part of the town than the others. However, I did like the beginning as we learned about this big strong man, however, as the book moved on, he turned into more of a weakling. However, other than that it was a good story.
Destined by L.D. Blakeley – 5 Stars
I found this story to have some funny bits (hello bar scene), but it was all so well written and had me wishing I could have a car to hide under (and yes, I was thinking it was Marick that had done the killing.
Great story that I wished was longer!
Trouble by James Cox – 5 Stars
Oh yes, yes, yes… A male threesome! And some humor thrown in too. I loved the opening scene even if our main character is a bit of a slut (or a lot of one), but I liked the way the other two men wrangled him in and came together as a hot as sin threesome. Very well written that it didn’t even seem odd to be off planet.
Outlaw Wolf by Elizabeth Monvey – 5 Stars
This was probably one of the more painful stories to read for me. It was sad to see that these two men had loved each other but couldn’t be together due to prejudice. There was hate and anger that they had to deal with but in the end it was an excellent story that I LOVED the ending of.
Renee

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5 Stars for Rusty Knob (Rusty Knob #1) by Erica Chilson #MM #NewAdult

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Title: Rusty Knob (Rusty Knob #1)
Author Name: Erica Chilson
Publication Date: August 25, 2015

Synopsis

The townsfolk of Rusty Knob, West Virginia, see the Gillettes as ignorant wastes of space– worthless drunk sponges. As the youngest, Wynn may be a Gillette, but he doesn’t act, nor think like one. At only seventeen, he studies hard, plays basketball harder, and works the hardest.

Wynn is numb to his core, no longer feeling the hits that keep knocking him down to the ground. He’s unable to see the bright future laid out before him. Royce Kennedy, a distant relative, tries all he can do to save the youngest generation of Gillettes from the dark shroud of bitter ignorance infecting them via their neglectful upbringing.

Wynn’s studying is to the backdrop of drunken chaos, his relationship with friends and family are tainted by a narrow world view, and his life is filled with more questions than answers. His every dollar earned is bled dry come payday, only to have his parents piss it down the toilet or blow caustic smoke to billow in the air.

A warped sense of loyalty forces Wynn to be his family’s enabler, and he’s paying the ultimate price. With the support system of Royce, the mentor of the school district’s LGBTQ online community, and Wynn’s friends, they try to prove to Wynn he deserves anything he needs, whether he earns it or not. Growing up in an ignorant wasteland, he never learned love, friendship, and respect are unconditional, can never be purchased, and should never be abused.

Wynn Gillette is at a crossroads. One thing’s for sure, he cannot continue on this destructive path. Wynn has to end the only life he’s ever known, breaking the bitter legacy passed down from one generation to the next. One way or the other. Permanently.

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FiveStars

Okay to start this review I will say the prologue it started a little creepy for me and I was not sure if I wanted to keep going. Let me tell you keep going!! It all makes sense once you start reading this book and let me tell you this author pulled me in and I could not put this book down.  Omg this book!!! It pulled at my heart so much.  There were so many times I just wanted to hug Wynn for everything he had to go through and Kane for the same reason.  Two such broken men with everything they went through growing up.  The way the author portrayed all the struggles Wynn had to go through.  There was one part I don’t want to give any spoilers away but when Wynn was in his truck and he did something I was so unprepared for, I just started crying my eyes out. I will leave this review with I still have tears in my eyes writing this review and there may be some parts that might be hard for some to read.  I would definitely recommended this book!

Kara

Excerpt

“Any women and children in my yard better git their asses in this house for breakfast!” Royce shouts as he steps onto the porch. “Sorry, Wynn. You’re a grown man today,” my boss says with a huge grin as he tosses me a lunch sack.

Before I catch my breakfast, the kids are shrieking, “Uncle Royce! Uncle Royce!” and crawling up the steps to the front porch to attack the short, burly man.

“What the hell is wrong with Willa?” Penny whispers in my ear while Royce herds the children into the house. “Why didn’t she drop these kids off here years ago?”

“Ignorance,” I grunt bluntly. “Willa was a year older than you when she was beaten and raped. She went back to the only life she knew how to live. Loyalty, most certainly. Fear, most definitely. Thought she didn’t deserve the best house in all of Rusty Knob, probably.”

Penny twists up her freckled face, confused as all get out. “How do you figure that?”

I just narrow my eyes and shake my head as I walk back to my truck, feeling Penny’s eyes burning into my backside. I whisper to myself when I settle into my seat. “Because that’s how I would feel. That’s how I’ve always felt when Royce offered me a different sort of life. It’s how I felt when I was awarded a scholarship. Like I was being disloyal for leaving them all behind. That’s how I know.”

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NEW REVIEW! 4 stars for Inheritance (Dominion #1) by Lissa Kasey #MM #Mystery #Paranormal #UrbanFantasy @parisbvamp

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Title: Inheritance (Dominion #1)
Author Name: Lissa Kasey
Publication Date & Length: March 3, 2015 – 176 pgs

Synopsis

As the only male studying magic in a female-dominant society, Seiran Rou’s life is already on a precarious perch. Then he finds a dead co-worker on his doorstep, and Sei realizes someone is trying to set him up for the fall. It could be anyone—including his own mother, a powerful witch and leader of the Dominion, the ruling body of elemental magic.

Sei’s only saving graces are his on-again, off-again vampire boyfriend, Gabe, and the mysterious Jamie, who wants to help him for reasons Sei doesn’t understand. They may be all that stand between Sei and the Dominion’s demands to control his magic. One man’s devotion could be the key to save Sei’s life and pull him back from the brink of losing his humanity to the magic he possesses.

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FourStars

This book had a lot of the things I look for when choosing my reading material. A nice plot and well developed world with twists and turns you don’t always expect as well as characters which carry some depth. The relationships between the characters are well plotted and played out and each holds true to their individual personalities while showing growth through their interactions and the scenarios they make it through.
The main character, Sairan, initially seemed a bit flaky and broken but since that seemed to be part of his particular development, it didn’t cause too much of an issue. He seemed to really mature into himself a bit by the end of the book though some of the issues he dealt with at the beginning of the book remained. Some minor issues with spelling and flow were the only things of note to keep this from being 5 Stars as far as the formatting and grammatical portions of the book. For characters and plot, the tendency of the main character to be a bit self loathing and self pitying did get a tad bit annoying near the end but wasn’t bad enough to cause me to put it down and read something else. Overall I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys and more paranormal or fantasy type story.
~Rhayne

 

Excerpt

Professor Wrig gestured to the stump. “Seiran, if you will demonstrate, please?”

Rose looked like she’d swallowed a lemon. “I can show them how it’s done, Professor,” she said.

“I’m sure you can, Miss Pewette. However, I already asked Mr. Rou.”

I took a deep breath and stepped up to the stump, wondering if I was allowed to actually focus with the earth this time. “Can I kneel?” I asked Wrig quietly.

“Whatever you feel is necessary.”

I knelt and waited for instructions.

Professor Wrig explained, “As Mr. Rou is showing you, he is putting himself in close contact with his element. He will be pulling power from the earth. Should he accidentally pull too much, he can give it back without causing damage to us or the surrounding area. He will take the time he needs to focus his power, and then he will place his hands to the stump. All witches with a measurable level will make something grow. A level one will produce moss or ivy. A level two will create flowers or even a small bud of a new tree. His level is set by what grows. Whenever you’re ready, Seiran.”

“Try not to kill any of us,” Rose sneered from behind me.

I sighed, closed my eyes, and left all their scattered whispering behind. It didn’t matter that Rose didn’t shut up or that Blond Hair looked at me like he was imagining what sex with me would be like. The earth and I knew each other well. I let it flow through me, like I was nothing more than a pebble in a lake to be shaped and guided by it. Each breath brought renewed life. I set my hands to the stump, remembering the last time, when I’d made wildflowers burst forth from the dead tree. This time I didn’t even look. The earth would grow what it wanted to with me as its conduit.

The power flowed through me in natural peaks and waves. The crowd gasped. The wood shifted and moved beneath my hands. I let the earth move as it wanted until the final wave subsided. Letting go, I opened my eyes and stared at a giant oak tree, leaves growing to a rich, vibrant green. No wildflowers this time. I smiled at the tree and patted its strong, new trunk, which split the old stump in half.

“Very good, Mr. Rou,” Professor Wrig told me. She offered me a hand up. I stood, dusted off my pants, and went to the back of the line. “Next,” she said.

And so began the testing.

AuthorBio

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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3 stars for Healed Hearts by Logan Meredith #MM #Romance @Dreamspinners

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Title: Healed Hearts
Author Name & Publisher: Logan Meredith (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: August 24, 2015 — 200 pages

Synopsis

Even men afraid of donuts deserve a happy ending.

Second-grade teacher Seth Ray has experienced more than his fair share of heartbreak. On his own since his mother’s death, Seth remains burdened by frequent anxiety, which he manages by steadfastly avoiding anything that might set it off—including men whose names start with the letter J and donuts. Unfortunately, after a night with Jude Murphy, he encounters both and flees into the street.

Jude’s not your typical twenty-something-year-old gay man. The youngest of six boys, he desperately wants to start a family of his own. The puzzling morning-after with Seth reminds him why he doesn’t sleep around.

When Seth discovers the man he brushed off is the uncle of one his students, he’s compelled to smooth things over to save face, but Jude lays it on the line—he wants Seth, but he doesn’t do casual. The allure of the sexy redhead compels Seth to face an entire family of J names for a chance at happiness.

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ThreeStar

Okay I love sweet romances where a couple will help each other with everything they are going through.  So as much as I hate to say it this one was just not for me.  It honestly felt like there was some kind of drama with every chapter.  It just felt way like way to much after awhile.  Seth all I can say about him is I was not a fan of him at all.  The way he acted, the things he did just made me not like him for Jude at all.  Jude was sweet and caring, sometimes over the top but I felt like he did not deserve to be treated like he was by Seth. I just did not see them as a couple at all.  This book was just not for me.

~Kara

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3 stars for Coffee Date by K. Lynn #Trans #MF #Contemporary @LT3Press @WriterKLynn

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Title: Coffee Date
Author Name & Publisher: K. Lynn (Less Than Three Press)
Publication Date & Length: July 1, 2015 — 44 pages

Synopsis

Alice is finally happy with her body and her life—except for the part where revealing she’s trans winds up leaving her hurt and abandoned over and over again. She’s decided she’s done making herself miserable by looking for love.

Love finds her anyway, in the form of Hank, the new guy at her local coffee shop. He’s sweet, friendly, charming… and will probably turn out like all the rest. Determined not to shatter the fantasy and lose him before she has to, Alice holds fast to her secrets.

But if the truth doesn’t ruin everything, the lies will, and it seems no matter which choice she makes Alice is set for just one more heartache.

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ThreeStar

This is a quick read with some fun moments and some parts that made me think. I like the author’s writing style, but I have to admit, I have really mixed feelings about the story.

What I loved was the friendship and easy banter between Mary and Alice. I would have enjoyed seeing more of their friendship, including some resolution to the whole class reunion thing. I also enjoyed the way at first, Alice’s relationship with Hank slowly blossomed. But those things were a bit overshadowed by some of the other issues with the story.

First of all, in the blurb, it says Alice is happy with her body and her life. However, almost right away, it becomes clear she isn’t–she’s disappointed with her love life and she still wants gender confirmation surgery. That’s fine; trans people have all different feelings about those things, and representing one perspective is all right. However, it’s not what the blurb says, so for some readers, that could be distressing.

Second, the plot (trans woman doesn’t reveal she hasn’t had bottom surgery) is really tired. Hank’s reaction was predictable, but what really annoyed me was how fast Alice took him back and how he kept saying that being angry made him say things he didn’t mean. His reason for being upset was also a little iffy. It was all a bit too tidy.

Third, I was very confused about her figuring out she was trans because she liked straight guys. That conflates gender and sexuality. Trans people have all different orientations, and there is so much more to figuring out one’s gender identity than who one develops crushes on. It also plays heavily into gender and sexuality stereotypes.

I was expecting that the conflict between Alice and Hank might be something other than her identity or her body or that the story might stick to the light, sweet tone it had at first.

This is the second gender-themed story I’ve read by this author, and I really do feel she has potential to explore these things better and more deeply. I think she’s doing a good thing and simply needs to focus on developing more skill with writing trans characters. Despite my reservations about this story, I’m looking forward to seeing her take her trans characters to the next level.

~Amy

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