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5 Stars for Slap and Tickle (With a Kick #3) by Clare London #MM #Romance @clare_london

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Title:  Slap and Tickle (With a Kick #3)
Author Name: Clare London
Publication Date & Length: October 29, 2014 – 102pgs

Synopsis

Bryan Harrison is a successful accountant and a man who admires order and self-discipline. It’s a startling break from his routine when he literally bumps into Phiz Bussman outside With A Kick. Phiz’s lifestyle and behaviour are in complete contrast to Bryan’s, and appear totally chaotic. But they each recognise something in the other that they need.

Bryan has been helping With A Kick with its financial difficulties, and is finding it difficult to balance his professional persona with friendship with the owners. But then he’s always found it tricky to expose his more vulnerable feelings. His cool facade hides loneliness: he believes he’ll never find a lover who accepts and welcomes his secret desire.

Whereas Phiz is all about exposure! He’s defined by his cheerful but clumsy liveliness, his open-hearted emotions, and his physical needs. Despite that, he’s lonely as well. He craves someone who will help him bring purpose and focus into his life, and admits freely he needs a firm hand – in every way.

If they can both accept a friendship that’s destined for more, Bryan may be just the man to provide it.

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FiveStars

This was far and away my favorite of the entire series. If I could give it more than 5 stars, I would.

Phiz is one of the most delightful characters in any book I’ve read. I would have gladly read lots more of him! Even though the story is told in Bryan’s POV, I felt like it was Phiz I got to know. He reminds me strongly of people I know in real life, which is probably why I adored him.

I don’t usually go for BDSM, but this was BDSM-lite, and it wasn’t terribly detailed or graphic. The interactions between Bryan and Phiz were true to their personalities, and it was great watching them both blossom. The end had me cheering for them.

5 stars and a glowing recommendation

Amy

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Clare took the pen name London from the city where she lives, loves, and writes. A lone, brave female in a frenetic, testosterone-fuelled family home, she juggles her writing with the weekly wash, waiting for the far distant day when she can afford to give up her day job as an accountant. She’s written in many genres and across many settings, with novels and short stories published both online and in print. She says she likes variety in her writing while friends say she’s just fickle, but as long as both theories spawn good fiction, she’s happy. Most of her work features male/male romance and drama with a healthy serving of physical passion, as she enjoys both reading and writing about strong, sympathetic and sexy characters.

Clare currently has several novels sulking at that tricky chapter 3 stage and plenty of other projects in mind . . . she just has to find out where she left them in that frenetic, testosterone-fuelled family home.

All the details and free fiction are available at her website. Visit her today and say hello

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4.5 Stars for Hissed as a Newt (With a Kick #2) by Sue Brown #MM #Romance

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Title: Hissed as a Newt (With a Kick #2)
Author Name: Sue Brown
Publication Date & Length: September 27, 2014 – 82pgs

Synopsis

“All guys do emotional just in different ways. I eat ice-cream, you get drunk in the gutter…”

A drunk clown rolling around in the gutter is not what David Wright expects to find as he walks to With A Kick, his favourite ice-cream shop. David has had a lousy day. A literary agent has crushed his dreams and all he wants is the consolation of alcoholic ice-cream. He’s about to walk away when he realises the clown has been dumped by his boyfriend. On a whim, David takes the clown into With A Kick before he gets arrested. Underneath the smeared make-up, he meets Stan, who has just found his boyfriend and best friend getting more than friendly. Over ice-cream, David and Stan discuss their problems and discover maybe they can help each other

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FourandHalfStars

I have to say, this was probably my least favorite of the series, even though I still loved it. Stan and David are likeable, but they didn’t feel quite as well-developed as some of the others.

It was a great story, but my one hesitation is that I found the same issues as in other books by Ms. Brown–men reminding us (in dialog or thoughts) that they are Real Men and awful stereotypes about bisexual men (from lying about orientation to cheating, as well as the gay men having negative reactions to them). It’s frustrating as a reader because Ms. Brown is such a wonderful writer that it’s always so jarring and disappointing, and it means I can’t recommend the books as strongly because bisexual men don’t like to read about themselves written this way.

Other than that, I enjoyed this one for the other parts of the story. It was nicely steamy, and I was very glad to see Stan stick up for himself at the end.

4.5 stars

Amy

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Sue Brown is owned by her dog and two children. When she isn’t following their orders, she can be found plotting at her laptop. In fact she hides so she can plot and has got expert at ignoring the orders.

Sue discovered M/M erotica at the time she woke up to find two men kissing on her favorite television series. The series was boring; the kissing was not. She may be late to the party, but she’s made up for it since, writing fan fiction until she was brave enough to venture out into the world of original fiction.

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5 Stars for A Twist and Two Balls (With a Kick #1) by Clare London #MM #Romance @clare_london

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Title:  A Twist and Two Balls (With a Kick #1)
Author Name: Clare London
Publication Date & Length: August 29, 2014 – 66pgs

Synopsis

Eduardo Mancini is going to be a star of the London stage and screen. Or that was the plan. His alter ego Eddy March hasn’t got further than the chorus and a bit part in a TV series. His parents aren’t supportive, his agent can’t place his particular skills, and he’s finding it hard to hang onto his young dreams. Things go from bad to worse when he’s late for an important audition, hasn’t got enough to money to pay the taxi fare, and is chased across the streets of Soho by the irate driver.
Eddy reaches what he believes is sanctuary – With A Kick, a store where ice creams are blended with alcohol and imagination, and where his friends can help him. But Nuri the taxi driver is persistent in his steady pursuit, above and beyond the money he’s owed. Despite their very different characters and background, Eddy and Nuri’s relationship goes from a complete unknown to a wary balancing act. There are still mistakes to be made, and hurdles to clear. And both of them have to admit that their life so far hasn’t gone the way they planned.

But maybe being caught by Nuri was just what Eddy’s career needed – both for his job and his heart

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FiveStars

I felt for down-on-his luck actor Eddy March right away, even though he didn’t exactly start out on the right foot. Of all the characters in this series, I think he’s the one who undergoes the most significant changes. I enjoyed seeing him blossom from someone lacking confidence and responsibility to a man who took pride in his work.

I absolutely adored Nuri from the first moment. The interactions with his family made me laugh because boy, could I relate to some of what he experienced. The banter between his brothers and among the children was charming and fun. This was a delightful story.

5 stars

Amy

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Clare took the pen name London from the city where she lives, loves, and writes. A lone, brave female in a frenetic, testosterone-fuelled family home, she juggles her writing with the weekly wash, waiting for the far distant day when she can afford to give up her day job as an accountant. She’s written in many genres and across many settings, with novels and short stories published both online and in print. She says she likes variety in her writing while friends say she’s just fickle, but as long as both theories spawn good fiction, she’s happy. Most of her work features male/male romance and drama with a healthy serving of physical passion, as she enjoys both reading and writing about strong, sympathetic and sexy characters.

Clare currently has several novels sulking at that tricky chapter 3 stage and plenty of other projects in mind . . . she just has to find out where she left them in that frenetic, testosterone-fuelled family home.

All the details and free fiction are available at her website. Visit her today and say hello

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5 and 4.5 Stars for Blue Suede Boi by Annie Anthony #FF #Erotic #Romance #androgynous

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Title: Blue Suede Boi
Author Name: Annie Anthony
Publication Date & Length: October 9, 2014 – 23pgs

Synopsis

Has Kaia’s hottest fantasy become a reality in her blue suede boi?

The unattainable object of Kaia’s fantasies is browsing in a store known for barely better than cheap shoes in the most bland strip mall in town. By the chemistry sparking between then, Kaia wonders whether Amanda may have come in looking for more than just the men’s shoe rack. Has Kaia’s hottest fantasy become a reality in her blue suede boi?

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FiveStars

This was a wonderful, quick read full of heat and heart. I was drawn in right away by the first-person narrator. Even in such a short story, there was plenty of detail to give a sense of who these people are and how they relate to each other, and the little bits of backstory sprinkled in round things out nicely.

The sex was hot, very sensual and romantic without being over-the-top. Again, I liked the little details. They made it fun and sexy. The writing style is just lovely, and I can’t wait to read more by this author.

5 stars

Amy

FourandHalfStars

This was a fantastic little short story. It’s hot and sexy and really fun to read. I rarely find books about boi’s or those who are a bit androgynous, and this one definitely doesn’t disappoint.

The two characters have definite chemistry, and they come together with a bang. There’s enough history to give them both rounded personalities, at least as rounded as one can expect for something that takes me (a slow reader) about thirty minutes to finish.
The premise behind the plot is short, quick, absolutely adorable and to the point. It’s smut with a fantastic background. Not quite PWP (if you’re familar with fanfic terminology, if not, Plot? What Plot?), but enough to get anyone’s motor going.
4.5 stars
AJ

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Spotlight: Some Other Freedom by Catheine L. Byrne #MM #Romance @catherinelbyrnes

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Title: Some Other Freedom
Author Name: Catherine L. Byrne
Publication Date & Length: February 15, 2015 – 178pgs

Synopsis

Ambitious teacher Anthony, who is firmly in the closet, works at a very conservative school, carefully living up to expectations in order to further his career.

After drinking too much at a wedding, however, he meets a gorgeous man and can’t resist having a passionate liaison with him.

Weeks later, Anthony is engaged to his girlfriend, but then his secret lover turns up at school as the new teacher in his department…

Note: This book contains my characters acting out scenes from ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ by Oscar Wilde and ‘Romeo and Juliet’ by William Shakespeare.

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“Here’s your drink, mate,” he said to Anthony, as if asking him a question. Anthony smiled at the Australian accent, and the waiter gave him a subtle wink, making him quickly look away as the man gave Francesca her Daiquiri.

“Shall we eat here too?” said Francesca. “Could we have a menu please?” She smiled, fluttering her eyelashes at the waiter, who smiled back, showing a gold tooth.

“Of course, I’ll get it.” He strode out, reminding Anthony of Blondie at the wedding. How would it feel if this Australian lay on top of him on the huge hotel office desk? He turned back again to his girlfriend. His proper, steady girlfriend.

Lunging to kiss her, his lips hit her cheek, and she twisted her head so their mouths could meet, but he moved the wrong way and kissed her hair. His hand slipped on the arm of her chair and he fell forwards onto her shoulder. A sudden gust of wind, carrying the rotting, fishy smell from the tide going out, forced him to stifle a cough.

“Here you go.” The Australian accent conveyed a hint of amusement as the couple untangled themselves and sat up.

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Catherine L Byrne amused herself writing as a hobby for some years until she had her daughter, but becoming a mum made her realise she now had a purpose and time was limited, so she must get on with writing seriously.

The winter of 2009 was severe and as she and her family live in a small village, they were house bound by unusually deep snow for southern England. So she settled down in her office (i.e. the corner of her bedroom) and began her first book, which was published in 2010.

She hasn’t stopped writing since, generally on the theme of forbidden or unrequited love, and often including erotic scenes.

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Author Interview with Sara Daniels @SSaraDaniel

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  • Can you describe in detail what your writing environment is like?

I also do a lot of writing on a big comfy chair looking out my front window. When the weather is nice, I love to write outside—on a not-so-comfy chair by my front door or in a lawn chair at a nearby forest preserve. If I can’t be outside, a seat in front of a window is a MUST. I do a lot of staring outside while my mind is churning!

  • Is there one of your characters that you relate to (from any of your works)? Why?

I can definitely relate to Sadie from The Briefcase. She wants to be a good, conscientious employee and do what’s expected of her, while she also needs to take care of her family. She worries that she’ll fail the expectations set for her and doesn’t want to disappoint anyone. Yep, that was me in my teens and twenties!

  • If you couldn’t be an author, what would you do instead?

Well, I got my degree in accounting, so I’d probably fall back on that, but it definitely wouldn’t fill the void. In fact, working such an analytical job would have my creative side desperate to burst out. If I couldn’t write, maybe I’d try something like website design. I could channel my creativity into the layout and design, and I could continue working from home on my own which I love!

  • Is there anything that you learned during the writing process that you wish you had known before hand?

The Briefcase was my first F/F story, and the most difficult change I found from writing M/F was the pronoun usage. I could no longer use he or she in place of names and be assured that the reader would instantly know which character I was referring to.

  • Is there anything that you wish you could change about your book now that it is out?

I may expand it to a longer novella in the future. I think the story has a lot of potential to become more fully developed with more conflict and Rhea’s point of view. But I’m really happy with this anthology version right now.

  • How do you come up with new ideas for your story?

I have always been drawn to relationships and happy endings. Many times a story inspiration comes to me when I hear a situation or read an article with an unsatisfying conclusion, and I want to give those people a better ending. I might not be able to in real life, but I certainly can in fiction.

  • What’s next for you as a writer?

I’m wrapping up my One Night with the Bridal Party series of M/F one-night stand stories. One Night with the Bride, One Night with the Bridesmaid, and One Night with the Groom are currently available. One Night with the Best Man, One Night with Her Husband, and One Night with His Wife will be release in April, May, and June respectively.

  • Where do you live? Do you think this influences how or what you write?

I’m from a small town in Illinois, so I don’t think it’s a surprise that a lot of my books end up being set in small towns in Illinois. Several more of my books are set in Chicago because that’s the urban area I live near, so it definitely influences my writing. I find it easier to write a setting that I have personal knowledge of, even if I create a fictional setting from that base of personal knowledge.

  • What is your favorite genre outside of the one you write in? Why?

Outside of romance, I’ve been enjoying middle grade fantasy series books—Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, and Fablehaven. This is definitely due to my daughter’s influence. Although she’s old enough to read these books on her own, I started reading them aloud to her at bedtime when she was first struggling to read, and we both love the routine too much to stop.

  • Do you have any vices? Shoes, coffee, shopping…etc?

Coffee, red wine, pasta, chocolate. I could come up with more, but that’s enough to incriminate me. J

 

Synopsis Sadie is on a mission to deliver an important briefcase for her boss, Rhea, whom she’s lusted after forever. But an emergency changes Sadie’s plans, and suddenly she is trying to keep a horde of well-meaning friends from prying the briefcase out of her hands. When the shocking contents spill out at the worst possible moment, much more than Sadie’s job is at stake.

Excerpt

“You’re the only person I trust to deliver this without peeking inside,” Rhea said.

Flushing both with desire and embarrassment—had Rhea noticed her gawking?—Sadie snapped her gaze back to the woman’s face. “Of course not. I would never—”

“Good. Because if you do, there will be consequences.” Her regal blue eyes held Sadie captive.

Consequences. The word sent a thrill shivering through her veins. She’d never push Rhea to make good on the threat. But what if those consequence were something other than a reprimand in her personnel file, something physical and, um, personal?

Of course they wouldn’t be. Rhea was a consummate professional and would never consider such a thing, even though the increasing sternness of her tone turned Sadie on more with every word.

Staring at Rhea’s black stilettos, she tried not to give herself away. “I’ll take the briefcase to Mr. Thacker right now.”

“Good girl.” The other woman placed her index finger under Sadie’s chin, raising it until Sadie met her gaze. “When you’re done, take the rest of the day off.”

She stumbled back a step, her chin tingling from the simple touch. “Excuse me?” She’d often been ordered to stay late but never to take off early.

Rhea raised a perfectly arched eyebrow. “You heard me. Today is your birthday, is it not?”

Shocked she remembered the detail, Sadie nodded. But she had no party plans. In fact, she would prefer to return to the office and watch the firm’s star lawyer crank out paperwork. How pathetic was that?

“Consider this your present.” Rhea plunked the briefcase into Sadie’s arms.

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AuthorBio Sara Daniel writes what she loves to read—irresistible romance, from sweet to erotic and everything in between. She battles a serious NASCAR addiction, was once a landlord of two uninvited squirrels, and loses her keys at least three times a day.

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