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4 Star and 3 Star Review for Threesome: Him, Him, and Me by N.S. Beranek, Steve Berman, Evey Brett, Lawrence Jackson, Dale Chase, Chris Colby, Shane Allison, Jeff Mann, Nathan Burgoine, Rob Rosen, Renardin, Jerry L. Wheeler, Redfern Jon Barrett #MMM #Anthology

CoverTitle: Threesome: Him, Him, and Me
Author Name & Publisher: N.S. Beranek, Steve Berman, Evey Brett, Lawrence Jackson, Dale Chase, Chris Colby, Shane Allison, Jeff Mann, Nathan Burgoine, Rob Rosen, Renardin, Jerry L. Wheeler, Redfern Jon Barrett (Lethe Press)
Publication Date & Length: March 1, 2016 – 210 pgs

Synopsis

Few sexual fantasies are as potent or lasting as “the threesome” – as an adolescent, the first time you saw a hot couple walking hand in hand and you wanted to follow them back home and into their bed, as an adult when you discover that your partner has been fantasizing also about the bartender at your favorite club.

1+1+1 = sensual delight!

Editor Matthew Bright, no stranger to threesomes himself, has invited twelve authors to write stories that range from the sweet and romantic to erotic and playful and even a bit depraved.

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FourStars

If you enjoy reading about thresomes with men this this is the book for you.

I set down today and read this book and I have to tell you that even though they are all short stories there is something in this book for everyone.

This book to say the least is hot in some spots and not so much in others but if you keep reason you will find a short story in genre that you like.

There is stories in here about love found, love lost, paranormal encounters, way out there hook ups, hook ups that wanted to happen but did not and so much more.

I suggest reading this book of you are looking for a hot, steamy read.

Tosha

ThreeStar

This is a collection of twelve short stories all about threesomes. As the editor says just like any sex it’s not always simple. You get a little bit of everything with this anthology. Each section seemed to stick to a vague theme. I slipped easily into the first section of stories as they were your more successful contemporary stories. All rather energetic but relatable stories that when done I still wanted more. These were the easiest for me to enjoy.

The second section of stories were more about things being less simple or outside the box. One or two left me feeling a bit irritated or upset but seeing as those were sometimes the feelings of the person telling that specific tale I consider that well done. If an author can get you to feel something that strong in that short of a time, that is very good story telling. These weren’t all awkward or difficult but they were less simple and to the point.

The third section all had an outside additional element. Either whimsical, sci-fi or paranormal. These I myself had the hardest time with but that’s more on me as I read less of this type of genre. All really well written and detailed and were more involved than the previous two sections. All still enjoyable and keeping with the theme. Out of all the stories I enjoyed The Big Match the most and was slightly sad when I got to the end and was wanting to see where the story would lead.

Jessica W.

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NEW RELEASE: TWO 5 Star and 4 Star Reviews for Big Love by Rick R. Reed #MM #Romance @RickRReed

CoverTitle: Big Love
Author Name & Publisher: Rick R. Reed (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: April 4, 2016 – 200 pgs

Synopsis

Teacher Dane Bernard is a gentle giant, loved by all at Summitville High School. He has a beautiful wife, two kids, and an easy rapport with staff and students alike. But Dane has a secret, one he expects to keep hidden for the rest of his life—he’s gay.

But when he loses his wife, Dane finally confronts his attraction to men. And a new teacher, Seth Wolcott, immediately catches his eye. Seth himself is starting over, licking his wounds from a breakup. The last thing Seth wants is another relationship—but when he spies Dane on his first day at Summitville High, his attraction is immediate and electric.

As the two men enter into a dance of discovery and new love, they’re called upon to come to the aid of bullied gay student Truman Reid. Truman is out and proud, which not everyone at his small town high school approves of. As the two men work to help Truman ignore the bullies and love himself without reservation, they all learn life-changing lessons about coming out, coming to terms, acceptance, heartbreak, and falling in love.

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FiveStars

Get out your box of tissues because you are definitely going to need it for this book. I was blown away by how good this book was and how it truly wound its way around my heart.

This book has three main characters in it…..Dane, Seth, and Truman.

Dane is an English teacher who is married with two children. Dane is not comfortable in his own skin. See he has a secret. He has lied to himself for so long that when his wife passes away unexpectedly he finally admits to himself the secret he has kept from everyone including himself….he is gay.

Through your this book I was actually able to feel the emotions that Dane was going through as he admitted to himself and then later on to his family and then the school that he is gay. I could feel the heartache he felt and then the acceptance from himself and his family and the relief to finally be the man he was supposed to be all along.

Then there is Seth. Seth moved to twin to be the new English/ theatre teacher. I believe that Seth is an out in the open gay man that in my opinion brought Dane out of his shell. He is comfortable in his own skin and even though he has some negative things happen in his life, he has not let that get him down. To me, Seth is a good example for Dane and he supports him which is what he needs.

Finally, last but not least, Truman. He is my favorite in the whole book and by far the most inspirational of all of them. Truman is a 16 year boy that is just starting high school. He is different from the other students from the way he looks to the way he dresses. He is gay and does not try to hide that fact but he is also terribly bullied by just about every student in the school. Truman broke my heart more then once through out the book and I found myself wanting to cry for him and wanting to wrap him in my arms and tell him that it does not matter what other people think of him. That he would grow up to be someone wonderful and all the bad stuff would be behind him.

This book really hit me in the heart and I am sure that I will not be able to forget it any time soon. This is one of those books you remember years to come. I highly recommend this book to everyone.

Congrats to Rick R Reed. You def did an awesome job on this book. Def worth being proud of.

Tosha

FourStars

With a title like Big Love and a synopsis that mentions a relationship between two men who are teachers at the high school and a high school age guy I wasn’t sure what to think but rest assured this is a heart warming story and not a whiff of anything seemingly inappropriate. Some Spoilers ahead.

At the start of the story we are introduced to Dane a High school English teacher who is a deeply closeted man with a wife and kids. And Truman an effeminate and “out”  freshman at the high school Dane teaches at. Needles to say the first day doesn’t go so well for either of them as Truman is ridiculed for being different and gay. While Dane’s life is changed forever when he loses his wife. You can’t help but want to hug both of them to soothe the pain they each try to deal with over the coming months when in walks Seth. At a turning point in his life as well, he comes into Dane and Truman’s lives when things seems the most hopeless. Seth is a balm to each of their souls when they are struggling with how to overcome the pain of loss and resentment. Seth is the steady force of the story offering guidance to each of the two guys. Truman is a troubled teenager at the most vulnerable and unsteady. Dane is still trying to come to grips with being an openly gay man. As Seth helps Truman he also helps Dane. It just goes to show that at any age we sometimes need help accepting who we are and learning to own it.

They each play very different roles through the rest of the story. Truman the troubled grows into how he really sees himself. This helps Dane who is the compassionate one of the three accept who is he and who he wants. Meanwhile Seth is the supportive one who ties the three together in friendship. And later in love between Seth and Dane.

If you are new to the M/M genre and are looking to get your feet wet this is a good book to start with.This story really allows you to get a glimpse from three different perspectives of gay men. Three very real life scenarios that this book did really well without being overly dramatic and keeping it very real. The author alludes to the intimate relationships without much graphic detail. If you are interested in reading M/M and aren’t really sure, this is the book I would recommend to give it a try.
Jessica W.
FiveStars
What an absolutely beautiful book. Right from the first page, I was hooked. I loved everything about this story.

Many of the touchpoints in the novel–death and grief, coming out, bullying, new love–are familiar themes. But the way the threads of these characters’ lives intersect are fresh. In this book, it’s not so much the big picture as the small details which kept me turning pages.

It would be hard to pick a favorite character. What I loved was these three very different people finding each other and finding themselves. They’re on three completely different paths when we first meet them, but life throws them together.

I found myself relating most to Dane’s experiences of being true to himself later in his life. His story should feel familiar to anyone who has spent a lifetime suppressing important parts of themselves. My favorite moment is when he realizes that even Truman is farther along in his self-discovery than Dane is. Such an honest, real moment.

Seth, fresh from a breakup and licking his wounds, is a delightful and refreshing character. He lightens the tension of the much more serious issues the others are facing. Without him, or if his story had been equally tragic, the novel would have felt bogged down in sadness and pain. Instead, we have Seth’s warm openness to draw out the best of the other two. My favorite moment is when he shows the courage to do what’s best for himself even when tempted to do what he shouldn’t.

Truman is simply wonderful. His pain at the beginning had me in tears, and I was afraid that at some point, his story would have an unhappy ending. Instead, we get to see the butterfly in him emerge. My favorite moment with him is when he says it doesn’t matter if he’s like a girl because there’s nothing wrong with girls. I actually cheered out loud.

I did notice the ongoing use of the word “sissy” and wondered why the author chose it. It’s not a word I hear kids use too often these days, but it might be a matter of local culture regarding which words are flung at kids who don’t conform. It didn’t affect my enjoyment at all, merely made me curious.

This is not a traditional love story. There’s a romance between Dane and Seth, yes, but it isn’t the focus. The whole story is centered on the characters’ growth and ownership of who they are. It’s gentle and sensitive and absolutely wonderful. Even the fairly non-explicit intimacy fits seamlessly into the narrative.

Although there are many aspects of a sensitive nature (coming out late, death of a spouse, attempted suicide, bullying, hints of disordered eating), these are all handled with so much grace. Though the main characters are all gay, I believe this is a novel everyone should read. Absolutely beautiful.

~Amy

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5 Star Review for Ben (Survivor Stories #2) by J.P. Barnaby #MM #BDSM @JPBarnaby

CoverTitle: Ben (Survivor Stories #2)
Author Name & Publisher: J.P. Barnaby (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: March 16, 2016 – 200 pgs

Synopsis

A Survivor Story

From her perch on a shelf above my bed, the doll accuses me with lifeless eyes of failing Juliette in the most heinous way imaginable, forcing me to crave the bite of his whip and the steel in his voice to drown out the ache in my chest.

For his entire life, Benjamin Martin’s parents drilled into his head that he must watch out for his little sister, but one horrific night, he failed. Now, the bite of a whip, cuffs digging into his wrists, his arms and legs stretched beyond endurance, these things give him what he needs to forget his sister’s violent death, at least for a while.

When Ben’s latest Dom casts him aside like a broken toy, he manipulates his best friend, Jude Archer, into picking up the pieces. Jude has been in love with Ben for years, but his fantasies about his friend never included whipping him. He doesn’t understand why Ben needs BDSM and he worries about Ben’s addiction. Most of all, he fears losing his humanity because he’s already lost himself in Ben. When he’s forced to trade the marks upon his soul for the pain that ravages Ben, Jude learns the real definition of submission.

1st Edition published as Painting Fire on the Air by Dreamspinner Press, September 2013.

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FiveStars

Ben is a man who lives on self hatred and personal destruction. Ben lost his sister 4 years ago to brutality and cruelty of others and he has never forgiven himself for not being there to protect her from her violent death. So he punishes himself and has only found one way to ease his self hatred and self destruction…. He is a submissive in the BDSM lifestyle who craves the pain as much as he pleasure and he has a Dom who provides that…Kage.

Jude is Ben’s best friend and and roommate but he has no idea how many secrets and how much pain that Ben carries around each day. Nor does he know that Ben is a submissive or that he loves the pain that is recieved from being a submissive.

All of Bens secrets come to light with Jude and Ben is scared he is going to lose Jude. On the night of a particularly intense sence Ben is on his way home and an accident occurs.

From that point forward things will never be the same between Ben and Jude.

This book is the perfect example of how destructive one can be from his on personal hell and how someone’s love will do whatever is necessary to save he one they love. Jude in my opinion is an amazing individual because of the lengths he will go to bring peace to Ben and to help him escape his personal hell to realize that he is worthy of Jude’s love. That is what love is all about, putting the one you love ahead of yourself.

J.P. Barnaby did an exquisite job of portraying all of the feelings that both Ben and Jude are feeling. It made this book that much better of a read.

Tosha

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PRE-RELEASE REVIEW: 4.5 Star Review for High Contrast (Evolution Ink #1) by Tess Bowery #MM #NewAdult @TessBowery

CoverTitle: High Contrast (Evolution Ink #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Tess Bowery (Samhain Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: May 3, 2016 – 226 pgs

Synopsis

The deepest scars aren’t the ones that show.

Jacob Shain is your average member of Generation Screwed. He has a boring internship, no cash flow, and a tiny NYC apartment he has to share with Ethan, his much-cooler, tattoo-artist twin brother. Not to mention his love life is DOA. At least, until his brother’s shop hires on a new piercer, and Jacob’s humdrum life takes a turn for the weird.

Cody Turner is gorgeous, funny and kind—everything Jacob wants in a boyfriend. Except for the way he refuses to talk about his past, or where he lives, or anything about his personal life.

When Ethan is arrested while on a mission of mercy, the reason Cody is so tight lipped comes to light. And while Jacob and Cody fight to understand the depth of their feelings for one another, the police dogs catch their scent. So does the local mob.

Now Jacob has to make the hardest choice of his life: stay safe like a good boy, or dive headfirst into a world he barely understands…and hope Cody is there to break his fall.

Warning: Contains a good boy who wants to be bad, a bad boy who longs to be good, bodies that are canvases for living art and high-speed chases with police dogs.

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FourandHalfStars

I just love Tattoo shop stories so this one was right up my alley. With a whole cast of crazy characters from the start this was a lively story. Jacob and Cody are your main characters and love interests. These two seem to be opposites when the story starts but you see they really do have a lot of the same issues.

This is a bit of a social struggle story with some major crime drama tossed in. The author did a great job of writing all of these characters in a way that they all show their inner strengths and work so well together as a team. The story of Jacob and Cody is engaging and you really start to pull for them to get together. There are some really laugh worthy moments along the way and by the end of the story you just love Jacob and Cody. I really enjoyed this book and I hope there are more stories for this great group of characters.

Jessica W.

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ONE 5 Star and THREE 4 Star Reviews for Stay with Me (The PI Guys #1) by S.E. Harmon (AuDIOBOOK REVIEW) #MM #Romance

CoverTitle: Stay with me (The PI Guys #1)
Author Name & Publisher: S.E. Harmon (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: April 28, 2014 – 290 pgs

Synopsis

Private investigator Mackenzie Williams’s newest client is everything he’s looking for in a guy—charming, beautiful, intelligent, and successful. There’s only one itty bitty problem—the guy’s not exactly gay. In fact, Jordan Channing is looking for a PI to follow his fiancée. The smart thing would be to thank Jordan for his time, turn Mr. Perfect away (don’t let the door hit you on the rump, thank you very much), and forget he exists.

Of course, Mackenzie has never been accused of doing the smart thing. Being smart aleck is more his MO. Relationships aren’t up his alley, never have been. So why’s he so inexplicably drawn to his new client?

Jordan has always been the high achiever, a man who lives in a focused, controlled, and carefully constructed manner. But for the first time in his life, he has to admit the impossible—another man is getting his engine running on all cylinders. Despite Jordan’s denial, it’s not long before he can no longer resist the strong undercurrents pulling them together. Now Jordan must decide if he can go against everything he’s ever known to have the only love he’s ever wanted.

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FiveStars

Such a great book. Stay with me by SE Harmon is about Mac and Jordan.

Jordan is a straight man who ends up hiring Mac who is a PI to investigate his fiancée and see if she is cheating. But from the get go Mac and Jordan’s attraction to one another is too strong to ignore.

The more time that the two men spend together the harder it is for them to deny that they have feelings for one another.

It was wonderful being able to picture it from the beginning when they was fighting their attraction to each other to being able to picture the two of them giving in and exploring the chemistry they have with each other.

Macs emotional problems was so realistic. He has a problem with not trusting anyone to stay for the long haul so he pushes people away when they get too close to him. His mom destroyed their family when he was young and he has carried that fear and pain with him through the years and applies it to his relationships. It was hard to see how that past pain unfolded and how he had to over come it.

I found myself being completely amazed with Jordan and how it was was easier then I figured it would be to embrace his new sexuality. He did it with grace and dignity and that made me love him that much more.

I found that this was not a hard book to fall in love with the characters. Mac is this out going man that makes jokes at every turn. I found myself laughing out loud at him several times throughout the book as if he was standing in front of me.

I definitely recommend that others read this book, it was truly heart felt and loved it greatly.

Tosha

FourStars

 If you’re looking to get a good dose of laughter and snark with your happily ever after, look no further that Stay With Me. Mackenzie is the sweet and sassy that you expect from the South. He has the most adorable chip on his shoulder from years of struggle with abandonment and sometimes self worth. His job as a PI has only cemented his belief that love only hurts and can’t be trusted. You will laugh out loud at some of the things that he thinks and then comes flying out of his mouth. Your inner snarky boy/girl will wallow along with him because who doesn’t sometimes feel justified at being angry for no good reason. Mackenzie meets his match with Jordan though when Jordan hires him to follow his fiance Rachel. Despite that fact that Jordan is engaged and straight there is an unique chemistry to Mackenzie and Jordan that draws you in.

             Mackenzie has done the unavailable guy thing before and still struggles with his past. Jordan doesn’t make it easy to root for him either. His whole life he has been straight so he has some struggles of his own. So along their journey you will definitely want to kick him a few times. They have more to overcome before it is all said and done. You will see each of their sweet sides and the rough edges of trying to find a way to meld two lives together. They stumble along quite a bit and sometimes it makes you want to knock their heads together but you won’t be disappointed when you have reached the end of this book. You will want these amazing men to make it and along the way you will laugh, yell and maybe a few tears will be shed. But it makes you want to pick up the next book just to see if they can make it  for the long haul and to see how Mackenzie’s PI partner deals with it when love comes knocking on his door.

Jessica W.
FourStars
**AUDIOBOOK REVIEW**
I thought the main character was hilarious with his snarky comments and attitude throughout the book.
However, there were times when I got a bit tired of Mack and I really hated Jordan for his wishy washy behavior. Not to mention the fact that Jordan hadn’t been with another man but sure jumped in feet first.. or maybe that’s head first and made it seem like he was such a pro.
However, overall I felt like it was a very well written book with unique and fun characters and plot line. The plot line was fun because we got to see some silly things that come along with being a PI, which I found down right hilarious.
The narrator did a good job with the book and I enjoyed listening to his voice. However, I can’t say there was anything that made it particularly stick out from any of the other narrators I’ve listened to.
Renee
FourStars

Mackenzie is hilarious! I can’t remember the last time I laughed this much. His never ending internal dialog is fantastic. However, it would have been nice if he had had a supportive confidant for him to talk to. Someone he could share all his internal angst with. Instead, he starts believing the worst is going to happen. He’s always waiting for the other shoe to drop. And instead of talking things through with the person he’s in a relationship with, he runs.

When Jordan came into the picture I was excited to hear his story. The description of the book made him sound so interesting. I was expecting some sort of internal angst of his own. But the reader never gets to hear it because the story is written in Mac’s POV only. Not hearing Jordan’s POV makes believing his story difficult. Is it possible for Jordan to suddenly want another man when he’s never been with one? Or even had feelings for another man? I don’t know.

Despite all this, the book is well written and I look forward to reading the sequel.

Kris

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3.5 Star Review for Law (Scandals #3) by Jess Buffett #MM #NewAdult @JessBuffett

law-evernightpublishing-JayAheer2015-finalimageTitle: Law (Scandals #3)
Author Name & Publisher: Jess Buffett (Evernight Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: February 29, 2016 – 63 pgs

Synopsis

Law

Being in the internationally successful boy-band Right Time had been everything I had ever wanted and more. Well, except for one thing, or should I say one person? But I had long ago acknowledged that I couldn’t have both the life and the person and I should be happy with what I had. That worked until he showed up in my life again. And then nothing made sense.

Byron

For years I had pretended I didn’t care. Ignoring my feelings had become second nature to me. That was until my niece begged me to take her to see her favorite boy-band, Right Time, for her birthday, and I came face to face with him. In all fairness, she had no idea the can of worms she’d be opening. And to tell the truth, neither did I.

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ThreeandHalfStars

This is a great afternoon read as a Novella. I don’t usually read a lot of the Rock Star stories but this was an enjoyable love story. This is the third book with these characters and while the story was good and is written as a stand alone and does have a HEA, I would suggest reading the other stories first as those stories are mentioned in this book.

I really liked Law and Byron’s story and you get a look back at where this story really starts before you are brought up to current events. It does move quickly and is rather playful. They do have some obstacles to overcome. Things don’t always go the way you want to and I got a little frustrated at both characters for not manning up and talking like should but it served the story well. Once they can admit to each other how they really feel you can do a little happy dance. The author did a good job of writing this story realistically which can sometimes be not the case with Rock Star stories but I enjoyed this one. The story wraps up nicely and overall when the story was over I was happy to see where they ended up.

Jessica W.

Excerpt

“OMG. He knows your name, Uncle Byron?”

Byron flushed, glancing down at his niece before he flicked his gaze back to mine. “Ah … yeah, Emma, I do.”

The girl began to ramble while her friends stared on in awe. “How? Why? When did you become so cool?”

“Hey, I’ve always been cool.” I chuckled at Byron’s offended expression, grateful that he was momentarily distracted. The man’s gaze had always left him feeling open and exposed.

“Well, I mean sure, you are the cool Uncle Byron who bought my friends and me these really awesome tickets, but this…”

“But this is like a whole new hemisphere of awesomeness,” another one of the young girls finished, almost breathless in her shock.

I had honestly never felt so self-conscious before that moment. Not because of the girls.

As shallow as it sounded, I was used to the lust filled expressions on women’s faces of varying age groups. Byron was another story. I wondered what he must be thinking, of me, of the situation. Even after all these years the man still had it in him to make me second guess myself.

A nervous tension I felt only in his presence. It was ridiculous. I was ridiculous.

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New Release: TWO 4 Star and ONE 3.5 Star Reviews for Stuck on Rewind by Dianne Hartsock (CHARACTER INTERVIEW) #MM #Erotic @diannehartsock

stuckonrewind_800Title: Stuck on Rewind
Author Name & Publisher: Dianne Hartsock (Pride Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: March 15, 2016 – 10,308 pgs

Synopsis

Ashton has been in love with his best friend for years, watching him grow from a pretty high school boy to the gorgeous erotic dancer at the club where they both work. The problem is that Lance enjoys the attention of a variety of men while Ashton wants him for his very own.

After a day spent denying his attraction for Lance, standing by while their friend Trey openly flirts with him, Ashton decides it’s time to make his move or risk losing his man forever. Once Lance knows how he feels, he’ll realize they should be together. Or is it already too late?

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FourStars

Stuck on rewind is about two best friends Ashton and Lance. Ashton to me seems like he is the type of person who is very serious. He is a student who also does a work study program for a professor durning the day and works at a strip club at night as a bartender. Lance is a carefree individual who is Ashton’s best friend and an exotic dancer at the Sam club.

Ashton is in love with Lance but worries about not being able to keep Lance satisfied.This book is a perfect example of how someone can be in love with someone else but let them slip through their fingers because of their insecurities. I love that Ashton and Lance are very related to real life. Dianne Hartstock was able to make this short story almost realistic.

The only thing that would have made it better is if it was a little longer and did not come to such an abbrut end.

Tosha
FourStars
This is a cute little story about best friends becoming more.
I really enjoyed the story. There were some quite sexy scenes and promises that could’ve been super sexy had those thoughts come to fruition. The story was written in such a way that it felt realistic and touching.
I did have an issue with both of them loving each other and doing things that could easily have gone farther, but just didn’t until the dance partner stepped in to help the jealousy come out.
Overall, it was a good story and I would gladly pick up another story by this author.
Renee
ThreeandHalfStars
This is a quick and witty read. Ashton is in love with his best friend and Lance loves Ashton as well. If these two could get out of their own way they could be happy. And this is story you get.

Friends since High School now living together making ends meet by working in the same club Ashton still pines for his best friends who loves to be the center of attention. But little does Ashton really know, Lance just wants to be the center of Ashton’s attention. Lance dazzles in this story, figuratively and literally. He is the high spirited one who pushes the envelope to get Ashton to finally admit how he feels but is he too late.
This story is hot from word one so be prepared for a very quick and dirty fun read. This author did a good job of showing fleshed out characters in this accelerated story and you want these two to have a HEA. The background characters are less fleshed out but the story doesn’t suffer from that as you want to get to the meat of Ashton and Lance’s story and that is exactly what you get. This is a great lunch/break time read that will leave you smiling.

Jessica W

Excerpt

“Fuck!” Ashton shouted in a mixture of anger and ecstasy as Lance swallowed again, then let Ashton’s softening cock slip from between his perfect lips. Ashton leaned on his elbows, his chest heaving while he caught his breath.

With a last kiss on his thigh, Lance climbed off the bed, sleek-limbed and graceful, and walked to the dresser with a sassy sway of his hips.

Ashton stared after him and groaned, not sure if he wanted to pull his friend’s ass back into his arms or punch him in the face. It would be incredible to wake up with Lance every morning and make love to him. But he sternly reminded himself that they were only friends and Lance needed to stop climbing into his bed at night uninvited.

“You do remember you have a bed of your own?” he asked, more sharply than he’d intended.

Lance gave him a smirk over his shoulder, making a show of licking the last of Ashton’s spunk off his swollen lips.

“You told me to wake you at seven.”

“I didn’t mean… Oh hell.” Ashton fell back on the pillows and threw an arm over his eyes. He swore in exasperation when the mattress dipped and Lance’s familiar scent surrounded him. “Damn it—”

Soft fingers touched his mouth. “Don’t be mad, baby. I didn’t mean anything.”

Ashton peered at him through the dark curls that had flopped into his eyes. The guy looked positively forlorn, and Ashton sat up, giving him a one-armed hug. “I’m not mad. But you don’t need to keep doing that, either. You’re my friend!” He kissed Lance’s cheek, the velvet skin warm with a blush. “You make a terrific roommate, and I like the company.”

“And I like you.” Lance walked his fingers up Ashton’s leg.

Ashton laughed and shooed the hand away, but couldn’t help staring at the enticing evidence of his friend’s arousal between his legs.

“Can I take care of that for you?”

“Not at all.” Lance stood up, waving off Ashton’s offer. “I’ll deal with it in the shower. You have to save your attentions for Mister Man.”

“Who are you talking about…? Wait!” Ashton rolled off the bed and trotted after Lance as he crossed the apartment.

Lance giggled, slipping behind the bathroom door but holding it cracked open an inch. He smiled at Ashton with his pouty, kissable lips. “You know, the boss. Mister Kent.”

“I’m not saving myself for—”

Ashton blinked at the closed door. Why in the world would Lance think he was interested in his boss? Sure, the man was handsome as sin, but he was also an egomaniac and tyrant. Why only yesterday, he’d…

Hot blood scorched Ashton’s neck and face, his arm tingling where Morgan Kent had gripped it, towering over him.

The man had bent to his ear, swamping Ashton’s senses with subtle cologne and a hint of sweat as he’d whispered, “If you can’t type a simple letter without mistakes, I’ll find a secretary who can.” He’d tightened his hand almost painfully on Ashton’s arm. “Or maybe I should just bend you over this desk and smack your ass for each mistake?”

Ashton’s dick jumped at the memory. He told it sternly to behave. “We’re not falling for that bastard. We’ll stick with the sweet boys at the club and call it good.”

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3.5 stars for The Butcher, the Baker, the Candlestick Maker by Rob Rosen #MM #Humor

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Title: The Butcher, The Baker, The Candlestick Maker
Author Name & Publisher: Rob Rosen (Torquere Press)
Publication Date & Length: March 9, 2016 — 29 pages

Synopsis

A photography student gets more than he bargains for when he photographs a blond Polish butcher, who he has sex with in the back of the butcher shop; a ginger-haired Irish baker, who he has sex with in the back of the bakery; and a brunette British candlestick maker, who he has sex with in the back of the candle shop. All of the men photographed are in period costume and all have tricks up their sleeves—and, of course, down their pants. In the end, a budding romance evolves between the student and the butcher.

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ThreeandHalfStars

This is quick and fun story of Aaron and his photo adventures with the aforementioned Butcher, Baker and Candlestick Maker. The premise is quite cute and serves the story well. While you get to the thick of it pretty quickly and it doesn’t pull any punches in the steamy department. You get amusing interludes with each regarding their specialties and the story is rather inventive in this department.

This is a good lunch time or waiting room read as the story isn’t very long. If you enjoy the insta-like/love story lines you will enjoy this. I liked this book because it doesn’t try to be ultra involved but you like the characters and you can giggle at the antics of each of the craftsman. Makes you think twice about what exactly goes on behind the counter at your favorite shops!

~Jessica

Excerpt

I’d always enjoyed photography. Even as a kid, I’d borrow my dad’s Polaroid and take off to shoot the neighborhood. Now in art school, nothing had changed much. If anything, the passion burned brighter. And so it wasn’t by chance that I enrolled in the photography class that semester, but perhaps fate did play a role in what eventually transpired.

My homework assignment that particular day was called, very simply, “trios.” We could use our fertile imaginations to interpret this any way we wanted to. Me, I wanted to go all out—balls to the wall, as it were. In other words, I wanted an A. And so over the weekend, I biked around town, looking for anything that stood out, anything iconic but unusual just the same.

A pizza parlor, perhaps? Mushroom, pepperoni, and anchovy? Too easy, I figured. Street lights, maybe? Red lights, green lights, yellow lights? Too, uh, pedestrian. How about kids, parents, and grandparents, I thought? Well, they said never to work with children or animals. I couldn’t have agreed more. In other words, nix on that idea, as well. Besides, approaching children and asking to take their picture was never a wise idea.

No, I had to dig deeper, find something unexpected but fun to photograph, something no one else in my class was going to come up with. And so I ended up at Old Times, a local mall dedicated to days gone by. Which, to be quite frank, was generally just another way for the stores to charge extra for crap no one needed. Still, I reasoned, my inevitable photographs would be out of the ordinary.

I looked around, my high-end digital camera at the ready. Luckily, I spotted my prey right off the bat, their storefronts side by side by side. The butcher was on the left, the candlestick maker on the right, the baker in the middle.

Iconic—check. Trio—check. It seemed like I was good to go.

“Whoa,” I whispered as I entered the butcher shop, mainly because the butcher was one mighty fine slab of meat. Grade A prime, in fact—and with one hell of a rump roast to boot. He was dressed in 1930s garb, the uniform tight and white, hugging him in all the right places¬. Then again, by the looks of him, he had no wrong ones to begin with. He had on a fancy straw hat, a white bow tie, a white apron, and heavy black shoes. The sleeves of his white button-down were rolled up to reveal meaty forearms covered in a thick blond down.

In truth, we couldn’t have looked more different. He had three inches and a good thirty pounds on me. He was blond to my brunette, blue eyes to my brown. Plus, he was easily seven or eight years older. Still, in my randy imagination, we made a picture-perfect couple. And since I took perfect pictures, I knew of what I spoke. Cart before horse? Fine, so sue me.

Anyway, he smiled when I approached, his teeth as white as his clothes, gleaming and perfect, eyes a dazzling blue. And when he spoke, “Welcome,” it was with a beautiful, trilling Eastern European accent of some kind. Polish, maybe? Slovakian? Fuck if I cared; it was sexy either way. “Can I help you?” he asked, the smile so bright I very nearly put my sunglasses on.

Hell yeah, I thought, but told him instead the reason for my visit: that I wished to film him for my class. He smiled when I was done and said I could take some pictures when the shop closed at six. Then we wouldn’t be interrupted. I gulped when he said it, mainly because those stunning orbs of blue were locked in on me like a meat hook to a side of beef. I thanked him and told him I’d be back at six.

All the above I repeated at shop number two—the same spiel, the inner monologue only slightly different.

The baker was thin and dreamy, with a white chef’s hat and a white button-down shirt, which was opened at the collar to reveal just the slightest hint of ginger chest hair. Over this, he wore a pristine white apron. His eyes sparkled like green emeralds as he nodded my way, his crisp white uniform showing off his physique as he dexterously stocked the shelves with a beautiful array of fresh pastries and cookies. When he spoke, it was with a lilting Irish brogue that made my cock throb in my jeans. In the end, he invited me back first thing in the morning, before he started baking.

All the above I then repeated at shop number three. By then I had my story down pat.

The candlestick maker’s outfit was the most unusual of the three. He wore not a stitch of white. His shirt was a blousy blue, his vest a clover green, his slacks a muddy brown, and his shoes, heels and all, were a midnight black. His smock, which was covered in wax, was also black, to perfectly match his beret. He wasn’t stocky like the butcher nor thin like the baker, but dreamily average in both height and weight. He had brown hair and brown eyes, and spoke—be still my heart, and hard-on—in a posh British accent. I was thankful that he immediately locked up shop, agreeing to pose for me once he finished his work in the back, leaving me in the front to ponder my good fortune.

 

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