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5 Star, 4.5 Star and 3 Star Review for More Than Love by Amelia Bishop #MM #Romance @Anotheramelia

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Title: More Than Love
Author Name: Amelia Bishop
Publication Date & Length: March 25, 2016 – 216 pgs

Synopsis

Dan watched the people in his life settle down, get married, and have kids, while he cycled through a seemingly endless string of break-ups and disappointing relationship fails. From time to time, he thought about the one that got away: Ian. The college boyfriend he’d never quite forgotten.

So when Ian comes back to town and wants to get together, Dan jumps at the chance to see his first real boyfriend again. And despite his track record, he holds out hope that he and Ian might make it work the second time around.

While Ian is still just as sweet and sexy as he was back in college, he’s also harder, slicker, and more secretive than Dan remembers. As much as Dan wants to fall head first into their new relationship, he fears those secrets, and worries what Ian might be hiding. Left unchecked, Dan’s doubt and mistrust could threaten his second chance at happiness with Ian.

Sometimes, what destroys us are not the things we fear, but our fears themselves.

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FiveStars

what can I say, other then More than Love was such a wonderful book.

There are two main characters in this book… Dan and Ian. They went to college together and had a short relationship before Ian moved three states away after finishing school. Dan went on to become a cop. After years apart and keeping touch through Facebook, Ian is moving back to town. Dan and Ian start to get to know one another again and both still have feelings for one another so they start a relationship.

Everything is good between them but Dan has concerns about Ian and the way Ian is making money and is not fully convinced that he is not a thief. All of the concerns come to head just after Christmas and that is when the world is shattered.

This was such a great book. I could completely relate with Dan on not trusting Ian completely because it seemed that Ian was always holding something back from Dan. But at the same time I could relate with Ian because he was trying to protect his heart in a way.

Amelia Bishop did a wonderful job at making this book realistic. The emotions both of these men felt and the worry and trying to decide whether they was willing to trust one another was so believable. You could feel the fear, love, heartache, happiness, sadness, and worry radiating off the pages of this book.

Amazing job…..

Tosha

FourandHalfStars

This book was amazing, but I expect nothing less from Amelia Bishop. She is an extremely talented writer that enables you to just read and you become so involved in the story that you just have to continue reading. In this book we meet Dan and Ian who in the beginning you just might think they don’t belong together. Then the story really kicks in and you realize that these two men are made for each other. Amelia Bishop just draws you in and you don’t want to stop reading until you finish but the ending just comes too soon. Most of all Ms. Bishop allows you to share the fear, love, and heartache that these characters experience.

Lynn

ThreeStar

This book was just ok for me, nothing exciting. Not much happens half way through the book and then it wasn’t even really much. While you could feel the connection between the two characters and they were both written really well, I just couldn’t get excited about the story. The jumping from past to present also wasn’t my cup of tea either.

Angie

Excerpt

“Yep. Unless you want to skip it and go right back to your place. I could definitely be persuaded.”

Ian raked his gaze over Dan slowly, then unlocked the car and ducked into the driver’s seat with a sexy grin.

“And how am I supposed to persuade you?” Dan buckled his seat belt as they pulled out of the lot.

“Use your imagination, it’s a half hour ride.” Ian shifted in his seat, pivoting his hips and drawing Dan’s attention to the bulge at his groin.

In the car, free from prying eyes and liberated by the cocktails he’d downed at dinner, Dan let his mouth do what it wanted. He licked Ian’s jaw, dragged his tongue down Ian’s neck, and sucked the hollow at his throat while running a hand over the front of Ian’s khakis.

“Careful, any more persuasive and I’ll run off the road.” Ian chuckled and leaned in to Dan’s mouth, a low rumble of approval vibrating in his throat.

“Mmm. I’m trained for that. We’ll be fine.”

Ian laughed and took one hand off the wheel, wrapping it around Dan’s head, holding him to his neck. “That feels great. God, I’ve missed you.”

Dan sucked up the skin under his mouth, not hard enough to leave a mark, but just until Ian moaned. He’d missed this, too. Somehow, no one had ever made him feel as sexy as Ian did, no one ever had given him the same thrill. For years after college, he’d tried to re-enact the frotting he’d enjoyed with Ian, but it never felt as fulfilling with anyone else. Most other guys expected penetration, which Dan was happy enough to partake in, yet somehow, even burying himself in someone else and pounding away wasn’t as satisfying as simply rubbing against Ian.

He was hard and Ian’s neck was damp when they finally reached his neighborhood. He managed to walk up the drive and into his house with some dignity, and even locked the door behind them. As soon as that was done, though, he went back to kissing Ian. Now he could freely take Ian’s mouth, which he did, and reached down to cup his ass for emphasis. Fuck, he felt good, all muscle and wiry strength.

Ian pulled back and pressed his forehead to Dan’s. “I want to be naked with you.”

Dan laughed at the blunt request, but he couldn’t deny he wanted the same thing. “This way.” He led Ian down the hall to his bedroom and undressed, throwing his clothes on the floor.

Ian did the same, and in moments they were both nude, standing by the bed. Dan was just drunk enough to not care about the slight padding around his middle, and Ian was sober enough to respond to Dan’s attention.

“Damn, you’re sexy.”

Dan burst out laughing. “Man, I’ve put on at least thirty pounds since college.”

“So fucking sexy.” Ian repeated, and punctuated his words with a two-handed caress down Dan’s torso.

A spike of lust shot through Dan at the words and the attention, and he urged Ian onto the mattress.

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3 Stars for A Love Like Blood by Victor Yates #MM #Romance

CoverTitle: A Love Like Blood
Author Name & Publisher: Victor Yates (HIllmont Press)
Publication Date & Length: February 12, 2016 – 202 pgs

Synopsis

Half Somali and Cuban, 17-year old Carsten Tynes, deals with the intricacies of race, Americanism, syncretism, migration, and sexuality under his dying father’s abusive hand in A Love Like Blood. Set in 1998, his family relocates to Beverly Hills, MI to expand their photography business. His father has lung disease and promises to give him the business if he marries his ex-girlfriend. Faced with an unwanted marriage and the slow death of his father, Carsten retreats behind his camera. His camera becomes the loose thread that slowly unravels his relationship with his father and reveals the unseen world of “men who move at night.” However, it is his infatuation with his neighbor, Brett that severs the symbolic umbilical cord between his father and him. When death pushes his father and Brett together, he makes a dangerous decision to protect them.

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 ThreeStar

I wanted to really like this story – I tried very hard to get in to the flow of reading, but Yates’ style and me – we just didn’t mix well.

That being said, the story was well written, but I found it somewhat strange in how it flowed.  It was incredibly descriptive and I liked how you were able to picture the scenes in your head as you were reading, however, it also became, at times, somewhat tedious.

Overall, this was a great story about a very taboo subject for Somali culture.  I loved how you were given a glimpse of the culture, and even though Casten’s dad is less than agreeable, you can really see how their family dynamic has shaped the family as a whole.

While I did enjoy the premise of this story, it just didn’t really work for me.  However, I will not give up on Yates – his writing intrigues me.

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3.5 Stars and 3 Stars for Canyon Creek Love Story by C.A. Blocke #MM #Bisexual

CoverTitle: Canyon Creek Love Story
Author Name & Publisher: C.A. Blocke (Less Than Three Press)
Publication Date & Length: June 22, 2016 – 107 pgs

Synopsis

Fifteen years ago Robert left Canyon Creek behind, and has made a life as a junior detective in Brooklyn. When he returns home to attend his mother’s funeral, however, circumstances make it difficult to leave again.

Stuck in the place he once tried to leave behind, helping his pregnant little sister, Robert meets Charlie, the sheriff’s son now turned sheriff. He’s kind and sweet, but also divorced with a young daughter to raise. But the more time passes, the more Robert wonders where he’s really meant to be, and if that place just might be the home he once left behind.

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ThreeandHalfStars This was my first book by this author and I really wanted to love it but sadly this book was only okay and I would really call it a love story. A part of it was but a lot of the story focused on Robert and his sister Maggie. There, to me, a lot of mistrust in this book. I also did not connect with Charlie or Robert and that makes it hard for me to give this book anything more than a 3.5 star review. I really have to have the connection with the MC’s to really enjoy a book. The author writing was good which made it a really easy read. I just think that there should be more character development to be able to bring up the star rating.
Lynn
ThreeStar

When Robert returns to his hometown for his mother’s funeral, he is a bit of a mess.  His professional life in the big city is tanking and he left too much baggage behind in his hometown.  
This is a slow, gentle story.  The pace drags at times but Robert’s developing character is

I enjoyed watching Robert begin to repair the relationship with his sister and reassess his feelings about both his career and his small town.  
I still can’t completely decide how I feel about the romance aspect of this story.  While Charlie is a great character and a great father, the closeted nature of the sheriff’s life makes it difficult for me to believe in the possibility of a true HEA.  Robert’s prejudice against bisexual people also makes it difficult for me to imagine him committing a lifetime to a bisexual man.   There are times in this book that I really don’t like Robert and I don’t trust Charlie.  Unreliable characters work in literary fiction, but the don’t  necessarily make for a convincing romance.  
Charlie’s daughter is cute, and Robert’s pregnant sister is sweet, but if, like me,  you read m/m to avoid conformative heteronormative family structures you might find this all a bit sickly sweet in parts.  At the same time, readers who enjoy sweet white picket fence stories with cute kids don’t usually want their leading men to enjoy sex with other partners during a story.  So I’m not entirely sure who the target audience for this story is.  
I enjoyed parts of this story, but I wasn’t completely sold on the central romance or the two leading men.

Sarah

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5 Star and 3 Star Reviews for Beach Night by Parker Avrile #MM #Romance

CoverTitle: Beach Night
Author Name & Publisher: Parker Avrile (Paris April Press)
Publication Date & Length: June 23, 2016 – 75 pgs

Synopsis

Three million dollars is up for grabs…

Nobody stumbles into this two-bit lakefront casino by accident. Chris knows there’s something hinky going on from the moment Dillon waltzes into the place wearing his form-fitting three-hundred-dollar jeans. Dillon’s blazing hot, but those magic fingers keep triggering the machines to spit out jackpots.

It’s Chris’s job to put guys like Dillon in prison. That’s the reason Chris needs to go undercover as a hookup who meets Dillon on a secluded beach.

Or at least Chris tells himself that’s the reason.

“Beach Night” is an 18,000-word male/male contemporary romantic suspense novella. It’s a complete standalone story with a happily ever after and NO cliffhanger.

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FiveStarsThis was a really intriguing short story.

From the moment Chris seen Dillion on the monitor overlooking the casino he worked security in, he knew that something was different about him. Not just different but possibly dangerous. Regardless Chris found himself seeking out Dillion and wanting to not only get to know him better but to also save him from the dangerous situation that Dillion was in. And so it began, Chris through himself full on into the situation to try and save Dillion. But what happens when the tables are turned and suddenly Chris finds himself in a situation that might take not only Dillion’s life but his own.

This book was full of mystery. I found myself questioning who Dillion was and whether he was in the situation he is in because of bad circumstances or because he is truly a bad guy. I also found myself concerned about Chris and Dillion’s safety. As I said this was a wonderful read and full of mystery and intrigue. I really enjoyed it!!!!

Tosha
ThreeStar
Beach Night wasn’t really for me, but you might like it if you’re looking for a light read with some romance and suspense.
This story is okay, but it seems rushed and awkward at times and lacking in depth. For me, character development is really important. When I feel the connection with the characters I become really invested in the story. Chris and Dillon didn’t really have enough depth or personality for me to feel that connection to them.
Overall, there were some interesting elements in the story, but it wasn’t very engaging. It was a bit of a struggle to get through. It might have been better if it was fleshed out more
Amanda

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3 Star and 4 Star Reviews for Reaction Shot by Parker Avrile #MM #BDSM

CoverTitle: Reaction Shot
Author Name & Publisher: Parker Avrile (Paris April Press)
Publication Date & Length: June 23, 2016 – 152 pgs

Synopsis

A BDSM Thriller

What happens in the dungeon doesn’t stay in the dungeon.

My sex stuff wouldn’t make my father happy, but the feds didn’t mind it at all. In fact, the official story was that I was the ex-boytoy of some now-disgraced Chinese billionaire. The gay wasn’t an issue. Even the BDSM wasn’t an issue. The issue was money-laundering. As long as they saw me as just another party boy, I was safe.

Or so I thought. Then somebody set me up for a kinky scene in Vegas with a guy who turned out to be Hollywood’s latest A-list action star. Lyndon’s gay and ready to play, with a strong taste for dominating younger men. I hate to admit it, but I was attracted to the arrogant son of a you-know-what almost immediately.

Of course, it’s all fun and games until we find out somebody’s got our whole twisted encounter on video…

Reaction Shot is a complete 150-page short novel including all four episodes of this gay male BDSM romantic suspense thriller– Audition, Camera, Action, and Cut.

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ThreeStar

Lyndon and Mr. Shelby were a strange couple.  I didn’t particularly like either of them throughout the story and I felt that their relationship was just as equally strange.  Not only was Lyndon somewhat entitled, but he was also a less than fantastic Dom.
Mr. Shelby…where to start with him?  I was very confused at the beginning of this story as to what his role was exactly.  Shale is kind of the “whomever you want me to be”, type, but in reality, he’s submissive…I think…
Overall, they had some decent sex, but their relationship is very truncated – we only see snippets of it and what we do see, there is not much development going on.
This was not your typical BDSM story, which was both good and bad.  While I understand what the author was trying to do, the execution, however, needed some work.  This was just an OK story for me and although it had immense potential, I just couldn’t get there.
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FourStars
This book was not what I was expecting in the least. If I had to name a category for this book I would call it BDSM but more on the dark side of things that is for sure.

Lyndon is an actor but he is also a Dom. Out of the blue he unexpectedly meets Shale Shelby. The two are far from a normal couple or any kind of couple at all in my opinion. What binds these two together is their mutual love for BDSM and the fact someone recorded them together to ruin both of them.

The more time together they spent the worse the videos got and if released it would ruin Lyndon’s career. So Shale does what he must to save Lyndon and it comes with a major cost that neither one of them may never recover from.

This book was in my opinion on the dark side of reading. It was interesting to see the twist and turns the plot of the story took and I did enjoy the read. I would only suggest this book to others that like BDSM for one but also one who does not mind the darker side of blackmail.

Tosha

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4 Star and 3 Star Reviews for Roadhouse Reds by Layla Dorine #MM #ScienceFiction

RoadhouseReds_600x940Title: Roadhouse Reds
Author Name & Publisher: Layla Dorine (Wayward Ink Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: June 17, 2016 – 342 pgs

Synopsis

Born moments before his parents crashed landed on Earth, Jason was raised in foster care. As soon as he was old enough, he packed his backpack and hit the road. Just him and his bike.
Now a jaded young man, living above a roadhouse diner and bar with several other misfits, he struggles to understand friendships, relationships, and the bonds of family.
Unbeknownst to Jason, other refugees from the planet Altiss also made it safely to Earth. After discovering Jason living as a human, they seek to safeguard him and his fledgling abilities.
As Jason’s powers begin to manifest, his mate arrives on earth looking to claim him. Ano ki stalks Jason, seeking to gain his trust, and his proximity only intensifies Jason’s burgeoning magic..
Fearing they will be dragged back to the planet they fled, the refugees prepare to do battle. In Jason, they believe they may have what is needed to tip the scales in their favor.
Left with no choice but to accept his heritage and learn to fight, Jason struggles with some harsh lessons about love and trust amidst a backdrop of battle and betrayal.

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FourStars

Roadhouse Reds is an enjoyable Sci-Fi adventure. I recommend this to anyone looking for a story with magic-weilding aliens, drama, and some romance.

This story has an interesting premise. It took some time to really draw me in, but at about the halfway point it became a story I couldn’t put down.

All in all, I feel there’s a good blend of drama and action. There is a good cast of characters. Jason in particular has great depth, personality, and history. Some of this is lacking in the other characters, but they have enough personality to make them lovable.

I think the description of how the magic works is really well done. And I love the magical fight scenes. I also really appreciate that the most badass leader and fighter is a woman.

I’m not sure if a second book is planned, but there’s a hint at possibly more to come. I would happily read more if this was made into a series.

There are a few steamy and explicit sex scenes, but I wouldn’t recommend this to someone looking for a highly romantic or erotic story.

Amanda

ThreeStar

Um…well…I really didn’t get into this book. Which was odd cause I really love sci romance. But this book, it wasn’t really romance. Sci was there though. Okay, the thing i was mostly disappointed about was that I felt like I was led around a bit. I wasn’t sure who Jason, the main character, was supposed to end up with til, well, the end. And even the ending was unexpected. He ended up with 2 guys instead of one. How that happened, I don’t know.
I was pretty much confused through most of the book. There were a lot of characters to keep up with, but that was okay. it made the story more interesting. Still, it was NOT what I expected and that’s why this story is 3 stars for me. I was excited to read it but after a few chapters, I became really confused as to which guy I was supposed to root for to be with Jason. At the end, I wasn’t rooting for anyone. I just had a big question mark on my forehead.
Cookie

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5 Star, 4 Star and 3 Star Reviews for Ice (Salisbury Stories #2) by R.J. Scott and Chris Quinton #MM #Romance

CoverTitle: Ice (Salisbury Stories #2)
Author Name & Publisher: R.J. Scott and Chris Quinton (Love Lane Books Limited)
Publication Date & Length: July 1, 2016 – 297 pgs

Synopsis

With millions in diamonds at stake, can Jon make Greg see that some things are not worth dying for?

Footloose adventurer Greg Drakowski used to live for the moment but these days shadows of grief and guilt cling to him. Recklessly following one lead to the next, Greg crosses oceans at the very hint of treasure, and doesn’t care that he rushes into danger.

This time his quarry is a cache of diamonds, hidden away decades ago. When the clues bring him to the ancient city of Salisbury, he knows he’s close to success.

Renovations expert Jonathan Ellis is part of Ageless Wood Restorations – three generations of knowledge and trade. Focused and hard-working, Jon finds value in recreating the elegance of the past with his own hands, and it will take something – or someone – extraordinary to break into his enclosed world.

When Greg drops into Jon’s lap he finds it impossible to refuse him. Even when the bad guy appears and Jon isn’t sure whom he can trust, he knows he has to stand by Greg, if only to save the idiot from himself.

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FiveStars

This is book two in this series and even though the main characters are different you will still read about familiar characters from the previous book and this book as does book one revolves around “The Laurels”.

Greg struck a me as one of those individuals that is looking for something but not quite sure exactly what it is. He is a today Indiana Jones. He searches out hidden or lost treasures and then turns them over to Mack for a pay out. But just like in real life, crap happens and the crap that happens affects Greg tremendously and makes him want out of the arrangement with Mack. So he takes on one last job. The thing is, life has a funny way of throwing you a curveball and that curveball comes in the form of Jon.

Jon is happy with the way his life is. He likes working at his own business and is happy with his occasional hookups. But once he meets Greg, everything changes.

I enjoyed reading this book. It was a book that had not only mystery, but action and adventure. It has murder and mayhem. And it also has love. What more can you want. RJ Scott wrote another fabulous book and I enjoyed reading every minute of it.

Tosha

FourStars

This was another great story in the Salisbury stories by two excellent authors. I really loved how the authors were able to bring together these two men. Greg was a really great character and I immediately fell in love with him. I loved the back story of Greg and thought the authors did an exceptional job in how they work it into the story. Jon was a another really exceptional character and loved how the authors were able to make the whole meeting and falling in love feel very real to me. This book had tender moments and some very suspenseful moments as well. But it was the trust and family issues that really had me hooked from the beginning. Although this is part of a series I feel it can be read as a standalone.

Lynn

ThreeStar

Although this book had a bit more information to it regarding our characters, I still felt like I was missing something from book 1. I still feel like parts of Lewis’ and Devon’s story is missing. The authors have given us quite a bit more background information this time when it comes to both MC’s. This allowed me to at least understand why the characters think and feel the way they do.

I did feel the story dragged a bit in some parts. I don’t think it needed to be as long as it was. I feel like parts of this story took off into a history lesson at times. The reader is taken on a journey from Moscow to England in the early 1900’s to England during WWII. As the journey unfolds we learn where the diamonds came from and how they ended up at their final destination.

As Greg and Jon finish the projects, they find themselves becoming more and more attracted to each other. But each of them has a hard time with trust making it difficult to believe a relationship between them could last.

When danger steps into the picture, and lives are threatened, both men realize it’s time to put the past behind them. And to start trusting the only person who has ever been completely honest with them.

Kris

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