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5 Stars for Bad Idea by Lily Harlem #MM #Romance @lily_harlem

CoverTitle: Bad Idea
Author Name & Publisher: Lily Harlem (Pride Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: August 16, 2016 – 43 pgs

Synopsis

Bad ideas can sometimes be the best!

Roughneck Riders are not an MC club you mess with, least of all their rough and tough gang leader Heavy. But Heavy has a secret that has to be kept, no matter what—his heart belongs to a man. It shouldn’t. He’s supposed to be into women, like the other guys in the club. Junk is just too cute to resist, though. Add in his delectable body, his sweet submission and his willingness to accept Heavy’s sadism, and the couple are a perfect match.

Junk’s a probie, proving his worth to the club and demonstrating his mechanical know-how. He’s lived on the edge for a long time, flitting from one place to the next. But now that he’s settling in as a Roughneck, life is looking up. Not least because he’s in love—soul-eating, cock-thickening obsessive love. He can’t tell anyone about his desire for Heavy, but what he can do is push his lover’s buttons, all day, in full view of everyone, until he’s damned sure the night will bring a whole host of sinful delights and wicked punishments that will leave him marked, bruised and most of all, wholly satisfied.

Publisher’s Note: This book has previously been released as part of the His Rules anthology with Pride Publishing.

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FiveStars

This is a perfect example why I love Lily Harlem. She can write a story with characters that are compelling enough that you want to know more about them even though it’s a short story. At the end, all I could say was… I want more! We got to learn a bit about the life the two men live as part of a motorcycle gang and about their secret meetings and how blisteringly hot they are.
Lily Harlem writes so well that the story was capturing and the sex was HOT and even though all in all it was a short story, I wanted to find out what happens and more about each of the characters, which is a hard thing to do when the story didn’t have long to establish much at all.
Renee

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4 Stars for Lysistrate Cove by Dena Hankins #Bisexual #Trans @DenaWrites

CoverTitle: Lysistrata Cove
Author Name & Publisher: Dena Hankins (Bold Strokes Books)
Publication Date & Length: September 13, 2016 – 264 pgs

Synopsis

Jack Azevedo captains his charter sailboat in the Caribbean. Life can’t get any better, especially once he discovers a mysterious uncharted island with a sugar-sand cove for his passengers to enjoy and an intriguing, if angry, inhabitant.

Superstar Eve La Sirena has an illicit plan to restore creative freedom to musicians worldwide…if she can keep an ocean between her public and her secrets. Jack’s arrival exposes her island retreat and jeopardizes years of work, but his sweet generosity whets her cruel appetites.

As a transmasculine gender explorer and BDSM bottom, Jack’s used to flouting convention, not the law. When Eve’s clandestine project draws three kinds of cops, everything he has is endangered. Will the maelstrom of emotion strip the civilized veneer from his piratical heart?

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This was a very different book than what I thought I was going into.. Then again, it had been a long time since I’d read the synopsis for the book so I’d forgotten most of it.
I’ll start with one of my biggest issues being that Jack is transgendered, and everyone just automatically knew or assumed and that was a very weird thing for me since that’s not a normal thing. People don’t think that way, especially if they’ve never met the person they don’t assume that the person is transgendered.
However, beyond that, the story was actually really quite interesting. I liked the chemistry between Eva and Jack and the relationship with Harmonie. While there were some BDSM aspects, I really didn’t feel like the story was a BDSM story since it was more of a controlling lover than submission in my opinion.
There was some mystery and secrets going on, but they were in the background for the most part until toward the end. It almost felt unnecessary, except for that it gave Jack and Eva an excuse to try to run away together… whether they manage to or not, you’ll have to read to find out.
All in all it wasn’t a bad story, but there were aspects that just didn’t work for me.
Renee

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5 Stars for The Green’s Hill Novellas by Amy Lane #MM #Paranormal @AmyMacLane

CoverTitle: The Green’s Hill Novellas
Author Name & Publisher: Amy Lane (DSP)
Publication Date & Length: June 14, 2016 – 220 pgs

Synopsis

Welcome to Green’s Hill, a small, secret collective of the fey, furry, and undead, existing unnoticed in the California foothills for over a hundred and fifty years. Whether your passion is exotic were-animals, angels, elves, or vampires, you can find them here—although things are changing on the hill.

Bound by love and honor, Cory, Green, and Adrian work to give their followers a home—but they have no idea that the effects of their true love will spread like ripples in a pond.

Be prepared for the unexpected, and ready for enchantment—you never know who will be awakened to the romantic possibilities of a vampire, a sorceress, or a pansexual elf who finds power in the force of love.

This anthology includes:

Litha’s Constant Whim
It is on Litha that Whim meets Charlie, and their vows to return next Litha and finish what they started launch a thirteen-year tradition of celebration.
1st Edition published by Dreamspinner Press, June 2010.

I Love You Asshole!
It’s a good thing vampires live forever, because it might take Marcus that long to convince Phillip that gender lines are for the living.
1st Edition published by Dreamspinner Press, May 2011.

Guarding the Vampire’s Ghost
An accident of divine politics has put Adrian, a twice-dead vampire, in heaven and under the care of angels Shepherd and Jefischa.
1st Edition published by Dreamspinner Press, October 2010.

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 FiveStars

Litha’s Constant Whim – This was a sweet story about true love and how it can stand the test of time and what it is like to sacrifice love for life. There is a lot that goes on in this story for it being a short story, but I absolutely adored the two men and the way they came together to be there for each other as friends then lovers then friends once more.
I Love You Asshole! – I have to say that while I don’t particularly care for the name of this story, I did like the story. I liked that we got to see that sometimes when you think your feelings are so clear, they might not be. The only way to know for sure someone knows how you feel is to tell them with words.
Guarding the Vampire’s Ghost – I have to say that I think this was my favorite story of the set… well, maybe second to Litha’s Constant Whim, but it was close. I loved that we got to see Adrian and Green together again. I loved that we got to see what it like for Adrian while his lovers continue living, but I also like seeing the two angels come to realize that they meant more to each other than friends and that sometimes it is worth falling to experience love and pleasure.
Renee

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5 Stars for Darkness Eternal (Refuge Inc. #5) by Leslie Lee Sanders #MM #Romance @LeslieLSanders

CoverTitle: Darkness Eternal (Refuge Inc. #5)
Author Name & Publisher: Leslie Lee Sanders (LLS Books)
Publication Date & Length: March 1, 2016 – 165 pgs

Synopsis

As above, so below, except when referring to the underground Refuge Inc. compound.

A century after an asteroid impact and merely fifteen years after a second collision that turned the world into a noxious wasteland, Cadet Connor Nichols and other Refuge facility residents are making the most of their spherical underground utopia they call home.

But when a breach threatens to poison the occupants with toxic air, Connor is forced to make life-altering decisions in an attempt to save lives and his only home. With help from best friend and training partner, Vince Moore, he’s reminded that good leadership requires responsibility.

His struggle intensifies as everything he knows about the facility, the leaders, and himself becomes twisted, distorted, and turned into the unimaginable when his efforts exposes shocking secrets that threaten their future.

*A standalone in the Refuge Inc. series

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 FiveStars

I have to say I didn’t even realize this story was in a series until I sat down to write my review. It was a very good stand alone story that didn’t feel like anything was left out without having read the other books in the series.
This is a world that is after Earth as we know it has been destroyed. I absolutely loved the world that the author created. It was believable and intriguing.
The relationship between the two main characters was touching. They had a romance that was exploitative in their youth, but stopped however, their friendship was able to continue to thrive until Connor can’t hold it in anymore. While I normally don’t care for the tease of two characters never actually getting down to the dirty.. this actually worked and I liked that they were so tentative with each other and taking each step deeper into their relationship.
The drama that we get from the story come from the facility itself and the leadership within. While I wouldn’t have minded more information about how things came to be the way they were, it wasn’t hard to go with the story as it was written. I thought it was extremely creative the way the ‘bad guys’ were handled.
In the end I want to go back and start with the first book since this story was so well written.
Renee

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5 Stars for Shirt (Ryan & Scott #1) by Amy Lane #MM #Romance @amymaclane

CoverTitle: Shirt (Ryan & Scott #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Amy Lane (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: May 18, 2016 – 30 pgs

Synopsis

After a meet-cute in a bathroom and a whirlwind courtship, Ryan is ready to introduce Scotty to his parents. But a misunderstanding and some stubborn cuff buttons tangle Ryan up in an oxford shirt at a really inopportune time. Can Scotty take this opportunity to teach Ryan one or two more lessons about falling in love?

Previously published in the Curious: A Woman’s Introduction to Gay Romance anthology by Dreamspinner Press, 2010.

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 FiveStars

This was a quick little story by Amy Lane that was sweet and sexy and has a super hot scene that includes… a shirt.
I loved how the story starts where they are together and reflects back upon their early days and how they came to be together.
This is most definitely the light fluffy Amy Lane, not the dark, angsty one. But as usual even for as short as the story was and the fact that I’m not normally a fan of sweet romance, it was well written and sucked me in like only Amy Lane can do.
Renee

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5 Stars for Love in Retrograde by Charlie Cochet #MM #SciFi @CharlieCochet

CoverTitle: Love in Retrograde
Author Name & Publisher: Charlie Cochet (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: May 11, 2016 – 73 pgs

Synopsis

(Enthusiastic, play-it-safe Kelly Sutton is an American intern at the Photonic Royal Society in New London. He’s been working on Project Mars for over a year, a mission kept so secret by the Society even Kelly doesn’t know exactly what it is. What Kelly does know is his contribution to the task will benefit mankind, and that’s enough for him.

Kelly’s world turns upside down when concerns over his mentor’s behavior lead Kelly to investigate and stumble upon a wicked truth. What is supposed to be a project to advance human life turns out to be an endeavor capable of mass destruction. The terrifying reality forces Kelly to choose between looking the other way to keep his job, as he’s always done, or risking his career and even his life to do the right thing by saving the man who’s captured his heart.

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I have to say that I absolutely LOVED this story. The way the two men came together and how they don’t realize what it is they are feeling until they are forced to face it.
With there being a huge secret right at the beginning its hard to not give any spoilers for this story, but I’ll say that it was absolutely believable and that it’s another hit from Charlie Cochet. Once I picked up the story, I couldn’t put it down. I was sucked in and had to know what was going to come next for Kelly and the men that he worked with and the horrible situation they found themselves in.
While it is a bit of a fluffy romance, I still thoroughly enjoyed it simply because of the way that Charlie Cochet writes her stories.
Renee

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4.5 Star Review for Owned: A Ripples in the Status Quo Story (#4) by R. Phoenix #MM #Paranormal @RaissaPhoenix

CoverTitle: Owned: A Ripples in the Status Quo Story (#4)
Author Name & Publisher: R. Phoenix (Phoenix Publications)
Publication Date & Length: April 29, 2016 – 124 pgs

Synopsis

Revised & expanded edition as of 3/22/16. Please note that content, publisher, and other aspects of the work have changed.

For the past few years, Reese has hidden away in his home, refusing to venture out where he might have to face what reminds him of all that he’s lost. When Ashton, a human thief, breaks into his home one night, he doesn’t have a choice but to face the harsh truths of the world he’s turned his back on. He knows he supports the society monsters of myth and lore built upon the backs of humans through his silence, but the new leaders don’t tolerate sympathizers.

If a werewolf can’t act against the status quo without facing severe consequences, a human with Ashton’s cunning and experience circumventing supernatural predators certainly can’t risk drawing their attention. Their chance encounter leaves them both shaken and questioning whether they are living life as they were intended—or if surviving is really living at all.

Ravel is approximately 23,600 words (excluding front/back matter).

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The Ripples in the Status Quo works are set within a world where supernatural beings seized control from humans and relegated them to the bottom of the food chain. Used for food, entertainment, and worse, nothing protects them from the hands of those who claim them as slaves. But not everyone adheres to the status quo the world at large has accepted…

Please note that the RISQ world has little place for humanity–and the author’s idea of romance may not match yours. As such, there are no guarantees of happily ever afters, and content may be offensive to some readers.

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 FourandHalfStars

This is by far my favorite part of this series. I felt like the story finally wrapped back around and brought the first book into a little bit more light and gave it a bit more foundation. Although the story between the two main men was confusing for a good portion of the story, I also understand that the author was trying to keep part of it a secret, I just didn’t really care for the way it was done exactly.
The writer has grown by leaps and bounds from the first story to this one so I have to say that is a huge improvement, not that she wasn’t good at first, but I found the story to be much more captivating and interesting than the previous ones.
I can’t wait to find out where this series goes next.
Renee

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