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5 Star review for Go Your Own Way by Zane Riley M/M Romance @ZaneNebula

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Title : Go Your Own Way

Author: Zane Riley

Publication Date and Length: 5-5-2015 326 pages

Synopsis

Will Osborne couldn’t wait to put the roller coaster ride of his public education behind him. Having suffered bullying and harassment since grade school, he planned a senior year that would be simple and quiet before going away to college and starting fresh. But when a reform school transfer student struts into his first class, Will realizes that the thrill ride has only just begun.

Lennox McAvoy is an avalanche. He’s crude, flirtatious, and the most insufferable, beautiful person Will’s ever met. From his ankle monitor to his dull smile, Lennox appears irredeemable. But when Will’s father falls seriously ill, Will discovers that there is more to Lennox than meets the eye.

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FiveStars

Zane Riley’s first book contains beguiling characters, complex relationships and a healthy dose of teen angst. It is one of the best young/new adult books I’ve read in quite a while.

Lennox is that mythical fantasy creature – the tortured bad boy with a heart of gold.  He is a perfect match for the preppy Will.  Both boys are beautiful and clever.  Their banter is witty and their chemistry is hot.

I love the complexity of Go Your Own Way.  Zane Riley manages to weave several subplots across each other with the dexterity of a much more experienced writer.  Lennox and Will struggle with much more than attraction.  The boys learn an awful lot about family, loss and love.  ~Sarah

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TWO 5 Stars for Love Starved by Kate Fierro #MM @kate_Fierro

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Title: Love Starved

Author: Kate Fierro

Publication date and length: April 21,2015 304 pages

Synopsis

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Micah Geller considers himself lucky: at 27, he has more money than he needs, a job he loves, a debut book coming out, and a brilliant career in information security before him. What he doesn’t have is a partner to share it with—a fact that’s never bothered him much. But the romantic in him isn’t entirely dead. When a moment of weakness finds him with a contact to a high-class escort specializing in fulfilling fantasies, Micah asks for only one thing: Show me what it’s like to feel loved.

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FiveStars

This was a beautiful story.  Micah takes a chance on a escort service to fulfill his fantasy of feeling loved.  You would think that you would wonder is the escort giving you what you paid for or is it for real.  This is Micah and Angel’s story.  A very well put together story that has you hoping for the HEA.

Micah was a lonely and scared man, but I thought that he didn’t let himself go to enjoy himself.  Angel had tons of secrets, but treated Micah with respect and love.  The relationship that develops between the two is beautiful.  I felt Aiden taught Micah so much about relationships and love, and brought out the best in him.

There was one secondary character I thought added so much to the book.  Daphne, Micah’s friend, she was loud, bubbly and very nosey.  She was always there for Micah.

I enjoyed reading this book very much.  It is a perfect book if your looking for HEA.

Sherry

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This is a sweet, romantic story that made me laugh, cry, and believe in true love all over again. I couldn’t put it down.

At first, I wasn’t sure how I felt. I liked Micah right away, but I didn’t care at all for Daphne. However, her obnoxious behavior set the stage for one of the most fun, heartbreaking, wonderful love stories I’ve read in ages. The whole thing felt a lot like some of my favorite date movies—neither a tragic, overwrought drama nor an over-the-top comedy, this had a nice blend of emotions, action, and humor.

I absolutely fell in love with Angel right along with Micah. Even though being an escort wasn’t his dream in life, he was not ashamed of who he was. I liked the dynamic with Micah, too. He was worried his family would think less of him, but he himself was also never ashamed of Angel. No wonder, because even though we never see inside Angel’s head, I think he’s one of the most complex and interesting characters I’ve read in a long time. Plus, I always love when bisexual men are well-represented, and Ms. Fierro does an excellent job.

The only negative thing I have to say is that I think it was a chapter too long. There was nothing in the last chapter that really added to the story, and it kind of cheapened the resolution of Micah and Angel’s relationship for me.

Other than that, this was fantastic. Anyone who needs a dose of optimism is sure to feel all warm and fuzzy inside after reading.

5 stars

Amy

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Kate Fierro spent ten years translating, editing, and reviewing other people’s words before making an impulsive decision to write down some of her own. She hasn’t been able to stop ever since.

Kate is bilingual, with more love for her adopted language than her native one. She lives in Europe.

With nearly a million words under her belt, Love Starved is Kate’s first original novel.

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4.5 & 5 Star review for Sex,Lies and Wedding Bells by EM Lynley @emlynley #MM #romance

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Title: Sex, Lies and Wedding Bells

Author: EM Linley

Publication Date and Length: March 23, 2015 —  230 pages

Synopsis

Of all the tiny towns, in all the world, he walks into mine.

Texas native Kieran Quinn has hit the big time, working in Manhattan as a columnist for Gloss, a national literary magazine. He’s well-known for his snarky, sardonic columns, but deep down he’s more interested in exploring what makes people tick than his editor would like. He keeps his desire to find his own Mr. Right hidden under a sexy, carefree persona that favors champagne and underwear models of the male variety.

Jaxon Lang loves being the high school principal in tiny Buckwheat Springs, Texas after relocating from Austin to pursue his relationship with Danetta Archer, despite her reputation for leaving grooms at the altar. So far, he’s avoided examining the questions he has about himself, certain that marriage will put them to rest. Then Kieran arrives in town. Kieran’s charm and unique attitudes about sex and attraction soon challenge Jaxon’s concept of what—and who—he wants.

While covering the latest wedding of a real-life “runaway bride,” Kieran falls hard for the gorgeous—and supposedly straight—groom, Jaxon Lang, despite that ridiculous X. Then Kieran discovers the bride’s hiding a shocking secret.

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FiveStars

I laughed, I cried and I forgot to cook dinner.  This is a fantastic romantic comedy I found impossible to put down.

New York playboy journalist Kieran Quinn travels to Texas, following a story about real-life runaway bride, Danetta Archer.  Jaxon Lang is Danetta’s most recent fiance.  Kieran plans a mocking literary send-up of the deluded groom-to-be until he meets the most beautiful man he’s ever seen.

Beyond the initial attraction, urbane Kieran and high school principal Jaxon strike up an immediate rapport and an unlikely friendship.  Problematically, Kieran only has a week to uncover the secrets surrounding Jaxon’s upcoming nuptials and he can’t seem to control his attachment to the groom.

I won’t say any more about the plot because I don’t want to give anything away.  Both Buckwheat Springs, Texas  and New York City are infused with character.  The characters themselves are vividly drawn.

I fell in love with the lonely, slightly affected Kieran when he first forgot his model lover’s name.  I fell in love with Jaxon as Kieran slowly revealed the beautiful, benevolent and slightly misued man.

This story is one of self-discovery and carefully placed trust.  While the romance is sweet and gentle, the chemistry between Jaxon and Kieran is scorching hot.

~Sarah

FourandHalfStarsThis book had a little of everything, deception, secrets, heartbreak, lots of lies, and a very sweet romance.

Kieran was a player, but you couldn’t help but like him. He wasn’t happy in his work but was trying to make it right.  I thought the author did a fantastic job with his character.

Jaxon was a great guy, he had no clue what he wanted in a relationship, I thought he was kinda weak in waiting to explore his feelings just before his wedding.   The relationship that developed between Jaxon and Kieran seemed pretty realistic.  The heartbreak Jason felt was shattering.

This was a good story, it had a weird twist with the bride and her  issues, but still a good read.

~Sherry

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EM Lynley writes gay erotic romance. She loves books where the hero gets the guy and the loving is 11 on a scale of 10. Her Precious Gems series is best described as “Indiana Jones meets Romancing the Stone”—only gayer. The Delectable series is Gay Romance with Taste.

A Rainbow Award winner and EPPIE finalist, EM has worked in high finance, high tech, and in the wine industry, though she’d rather be writing hot, romantic man-on-man action. She spent 10 years as an economist and financial analyst, including a year as a White House Staff Economist, but only because all the intern positions were filled. Tired of boring herself and others with dry business reports and articles, her creative muse is back and naughtier than ever. She has lived and worked in London, Tokyo and Washington, D.C., but the San Francisco Bay Area is home for now.

She is the author of Sex, Lies & Wedding Bells, the Precious Gems series from Dreamspinner Press, and the Rewriting History series starring a sexy jewel thief, among others. Her books are available in print and e-book from Amazon & other book distributors.

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4 Star Review for Mistress on Her Knees by Anastasia Vitsky @AnastasiaVitsky #FF #BDSM #spanking

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Title : Mistress on Her Knees

Author : Anastasia Vitsky

Publication Date and Length: March 1, 2015  95 pages

Synopsis

Thou shalt not covet thy host’s submissive

When a Domme loves a Domme, strange things can happen. When a Domme loves a Domme who is her former submissive and cheated with her best friend, all of the usual fun with handcuffs turns into something darker.

Graciela struggles to control her attraction to the headstrong, beautiful woman who broke her heart ten years ago. She offers temporary shelter to a fellow human in crisis, nothing more. But when Trinity buckles under Graciela’s righteous anger and begs for forgiveness, Graciela’s resolve wavers. Can she ever trust again? Does Trinity deserve a second chance, or is this yet another manipulation?goodreads add to

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       I really enjoyed reading about the relationship between Graciela and Trinity.  I didn’t know alot about what was going on with Mira and Hana in relation to Graciela and Trinity because I have only read desire in any language. The flashback chapters showing the start of their relationship showed the love and trust with BDSM.  I did feel that the punishment at the end of the book dealt by Graciela to Trinity was a little rough. I enjoyed the writing of the book and liked the flashback chapters that give you a timeline and history of the characters first meeting and some background Information.

~Tracy

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I am a multi-published author of F/F DD fiction, an active blogger, and a coordinator of various events to bring together writing, reading, and kink communities. Look for events such as Christmas in July, Advent Calendar, and Spankee Doodle Dandy.

My current releases include The Vengeance of Mrs. Claus (12/8/12), Desire in Any Language (1/18/13), and Editorial Board (3/2/13) from Blushing Books.

My newest release, The Way Home (Kat and Natalie, Volume One), came out 3/6/2013 and reached #31 on Amazon’s Top 100 list for F/F fiction.

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5 Star Review for Living in Sin by Anastasia Vitsky #F/F #Family #Coming out @AnastasiaVitsky

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Title: Living in Sin

Author: Anastasia Vitsky

Publication Date: March 25th 2015

Synopsis

Come out to your family, or we’re through!

Sick of playing “roommate” for the sake of her girlfriend’s religious, tight-knit family, Audra issues an ultimatum: Tell your family, or I move out. After all, Audra’s family supports her and loves Ciara as a second daughter. Why would Ciara’s family be any different? Audra’s tired of hiding the reality of their lives. She puts Ciara first, so why can’t Ciara do the same?

Caught between her family and her girlfriend, Ciara resents being forced to choose. She tries to keep the peace by accepting her aunt’s endless blind dates and comforting her mother who care for Ciara’s dying grandmother. How can Ciara shatter her family by forcing the truth on them? How can she face life without Audra if she does not?

Agonized and at her wit’s end, Ciara receives an unexpected spirit visit that asks her hard questions. Does love require self-sacrifice? How much can she give up without losing herself?

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I’ve read a number of Ms. Vitsky’s books, and each time, I think I couldn’t possibly love it more than the last one, only to be proven wrong.

This is a gentle, tender story about the ways our own raw places can unintentionally wound the people we love most. Ciara’s fear of rejection by her family is palpable. Even though the story is in first person from her POV, Audra’s emotions are also tangible. What I liked, though, was that it never dipped into emotional drama just for the sake of forcing a reaction. The feelings were realistic.

One of my favorite things Ms. Vitsky does in her work is examining the interplay of repentance, forgiveness, and reconciliation. These are deeply human and deeply spiritual themes, and she’s excellent at viewing different angles. In this story, part of what makes it so good is when the characters’ hidden reasons for their actions rise to the surface and they have the chance to understand each other. I was actually surprised by the ending, but I thought it was a perfect fit.

If you want a very quick read that will warm your heart while making you think, this is perfect.

~Amy

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I am a multi-published author of F/F DD fiction, an active blogger, and a coordinator of various events to bring together writing, reading, and kink communities. Look for events such as Christmas in July, Advent Calendar, and Spankee Doodle Dandy.

My current releases include The Vengeance of Mrs. Claus (12/8/12), Desire in Any Language (1/18/13), and Editorial Board (3/2/13) from Blushing Books.

My newest release, The Way Home (Kat and Natalie, Volume One), came out 3/6/2013 and reached #31 on Amazon’s Top 100 list for F/F fiction.

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3 Star review for The Sum of Everything by April Kelley @Ott1My #MM #Romance

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Title: The Sum of Everthing (Pickleville Series II)

Author: April Kelley

Production Date and Length: March 15th, 2015  139 pages

Synopsis

They say opposites attract but can they make love last?

Greg Mitchell’s entire childhood was filled with violence and abuse. That was until he came to work on the Heath Farm. His life was forever changed for the better, including meeting Brian Stockwell. From the first moment Greg met Brian he’s been in love. But a threat his father made four years ago has always held him back from pursuing any real relationship with Brian. That was until he learns his father is on his death bed and of no further harm to himself or Brian.

Greg finds out his family ties are stronger than he thought and they hold Greg back from really getting to know Brian the way he truly wants too. Both men discover that they have more differences than they originally thought

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Gage Mitchell only manages to escape an abusive childhood when he is offered a job at Heath Farm on the day both his parents are taken to jail. He spends years working hard on the farm and studying hard to become a veterinarian.

 

Brian Stockwell grew up as a well loved only child.  As a young adult he has had a string of short, meaningless relationships with several men.

 

When they meet, Gage needs to learn to trust and Brian has to learn how to be in a relationship.

 

Kelley introduces a bewildering series of characters that form Gage and Brian’s family, some by birth and most through friendships.  A few characters are well drawn, but most remain one dimensional.

 

I kept feeling that I should feel more for Gage as he suffers and grieves, but he never became real for me.  I also find it difficult to believe in the relationship between the two young men.  Possibly because they are so young.  Can a HEA at twenty ever be fully plausible?

 

Finally, this book needs a thorough edit.  There are technical errors and a few awkward plot jumps, which make the story difficult to get into.  A good Beta reader could really help this become a great story.

~Sarah

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Living in Southwest Michigan, April lives with her husband and two kids. She has been an avid reader for several years. Writing her first story at the age of ten, the characters in her head still won’t stop telling their stories. If April isn’t reading or writing she can be found outside playing with the animals or taking a long walk in the woods.

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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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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.

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