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SALE – Brit Boys: On Boys Anthology Only $0.99 – #MM #Anthology


Title: Brit Boys: On Boys
Author Name: Ashe Barker, M.K. Elliott, Lucy Felthouse, K.D. Grace, Lily Harlem, Clare London, Sarah Masters, Josephine Myles
Publication Date & Length: December 30, 2014 – 440 pgs



From east to west and north to south, these British boys are having a blast in and out of the bedroom with the men of their dreams. They’re topping and bottoming from London to Cardiff, living out fantasies in the wildest fells and hooking up while serving HRH Queen Elizabeth II.

With passion and lust the name of the game, nothing is off limits. Throw in honed muscles, high-strength testosterone and an accent to die for and there is nothing they can’t do and no one they can’t get in this world or another.

Don’t miss Brit Boys: On Boys—a smokin’ hot box set, containing 147,000 words/440 pages of unforgettable M/M erotic romance from eight popular British authors.

By Ashe Barker

Alex is doing okay. His body repair shop makes enough to live on, he has a decent apartment, life is fine. That all changes when he runs into Graham in a supermarket car park – literally. He offers to fix the damage to Graham’s car free of charge. The sparks soon fly, and the heat between them has nothing to do with welding equipment.

Breaking the Marine
By M.K. Elliott

Brandon Rosen hadn’t planned for his final night before enrolling in the Royal Marines to involve a hot stranger and a pub car park. And he certainly hadn’t planned for that same hot stranger to turn up at the barracks in the form of his Drill Instructor, Corporal Will Stewart. In the testosterone fuelled environment of the training camp, can Brandon and Will overcome past pains and face up to what they really want? Or will the Royal Marine Commando School break their relationship before it even gets started?

Love on Location
By Lucy Felthouse

When Theo Samuels heads off to film on location in the village of Stoneydale, he’s expecting drama to take place on camera, not off. But when he meets gorgeous local lad, Eddie Henderson, he struggles to ignore his attraction. A relationship between the two of them would be utterly impractical, yet they’re drawn together nonetheless. Can they overcome the seemingly endless hurdles between them? Or is their fling destined to remain as just that?

By K D Grace

Alonso Darlington has a disturbing method of keeping landscaper, Reese Chambers, both safe from and oblivious to his dangerous lust for the man. But Reese isn’t easy to keep secrets from, and Alonso wants way more than to admire the man from afar. Can he risk a real relationship without risking Reese’s life?

The Chase
By Lily Harlem

Steve’s killing time working in a comedy club. Why not? It makes him laugh and both the clientele and the comedians are not just fit but also great company. One stand up joker decides to create a wild goose chase for Steve and his ex Robert. Cavorting around Cardiff on a frosty night, however, does more than just show them the way to a threesome, it also reveals the reasons why they should give each other one more shot.

Dish of the Day
By Clare London

Richie’s sunk all his hopes and savings into a new restaurant in south London promoting British ingredients and recipes. His best friends Craig and Ben should be around to help him celebrate the grand opening, but it looks like it’s all heading for disaster – until his friends step in to tell him some home truths. Then they’ll help him relax and enjoy their loving, intimate menu instead.

By Sarah Masters

When Archie meets Dan after The Change, he realises there is no such thing as a random meeting of soul mates, it’s all mapped out in the stars. Now all he’s got to do is hope those orbiting planets stay in alignment and true love finds him again.

Locked Out
By Josephine Myles

Getting accidentally locked out of his hotel room on Valentine’s Day night is embarrassing enough for teacher Martin Cooper, but the fact he’s stark naked makes it even worse. It doesn’t help that the one person he runs into is Rod, the gorgeous man he’d been checking out earlier in the hotel pool. But when Rod offers Martin a refuge, the night heats up. Now if only Martin could get the hang of this seduction business…

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3 stars for Mythologically Torqued Volume 2 by Adrik Kemp, Alex Cohen, B.A. Tortuga, Corrine A. Silver, Darren Endymion, Drea Silvertooth, John Amory, Lazuli Jones, Logan Zachary, Lynn Townsend, Madeline Moore, Moxie Marcus, Natasja Hellenthal, Rhidian Brenig Jones, R.R. Jones, Veronica Sloane, and Yolande Kleinn


Title: Mythologically Torqued, Volume 2
Author Name & Publisher: Editor Deelylah Mullin. Authors: Adrik Kemp, Alex Cohen, B.A. Tortuga, Corrine A. Silver, Darren Endymion, Drea Silvertooth, John Amory, Lazuli Jones, Logan Zachary, Lynn Townsend, Madeline Moore, Moxie Marcus, Natasja Hellenthal, Rhidian Brenig Jones, R.R. Jones, Veronica Sloane, and Yolande Kleinn (Torquere Books)
Publication Date & Length: August 19, 2015 – 102, 185 pgs


Mythology, whether classic or modern, has always taken readers on a magical ride.

Mythologically Torqured, volume 2, takes those tales from days of old, or more recent history, and places a unique spin on the beloved lore.

The gods of Olympus make appearances, as do deities from Japanese, Native American, and other belief systems. With rampant sexual desires, these gods manage to slake their thirst for passions of the flesh in a rather untraditional manner… if the oral traditions passed down from generation-to-generation were at all accurate.

These eighteen stories are penned by both seasoned scribes and new authors; the anthology provides readers with the perfect opportunity to explore offerings from their favorite storytellers as well as find a new favorite or two. And, a unique perspective on the stories we enjoyed—or were forced down our throats at the hands of a sadistic English teacher or two—in our youth.

Containing M/M and F/F as well as Trans stories from authors Adrik Kemp, Alex Cohen, B.A. Tortuga, Corrine A. Silver, Darren Endymion, Drea Silvertooth, John Amory, Lazuli Jones, Logan Zachary, Lynn Townsend, Madeline Moore, Moxie Marcus, Natasja Hellenthal, Rhidian Brenig Jones, R.R. Jones, Veronica Sloane, and Yolande Kleinn, Mythologically Torqued, volume 2 is sure to have something for every penchant.

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That night Luis dreams for the first time in years.

His surroundings are a surreal clash between pub and coffee shop. The bar is one he frequents only when he craves the noise and companionship of a crowd instead of an empty studio. The coffee shop is where he sat only days ago, agreeing to take on his first commission in ages. The mix of locales is strangely chaotic, too many details going awry between them. Gray windows hang opposite the bar itself, reflected by a wide mirror along the back wall. Yellow light glints from the ceiling, painting the pub brighter than Luis has ever actually seen it.

The booth he occupies is plush, empty but for himself, and the cushions beneath and behind him are cracked with wear.

“Can I join you?” a coffee-smooth voice asks, and Luis raises his eyes to find absolute perfection smiling down at him.

He can’t answer. His voice has frozen in his throat.

“I’ll take that as a yes,” the man says, dropping into the booth across from Luis. Mischief glints in dark eyes, and Luis stares in helpless silence, taking in everything he’s been searching for in a thousand unsuccessful sketches. Sharp cheekbones cut across a narrow face, perfectly symmetrical and softened by a widening smile. The face is narrow, but the jaw is strong, the nose straight and broad and fitted perfectly to deceptively delicate features. There’s an uncanny smoothness to the brow where it slopes beneath dark curls, but the smoothness creases when sharp eyebrows rise in pointed amusement.

Generous lips quirk into an even wider smile, and the man asks, “See something you like?”

Luis tries to reply, but he’s still too floored. Even knowing this is a dream, he’s mortified with himself for gawping. It’s embarrassingly difficult to summon his voice and answer.

“You’re perfect.” He means to say more, but a grating alarm sounds, jarring him. When he blinks he’s not at the bar any longer, but at home in his own bed, early sunlight piercing between window curtains and the alarm clock a cacophony in his ears.

The grogginess of sleep vanishes in a rush of adrenaline, and Luis reaches for the sketchbook on his nightstand

from By Hand and Heart by Yolande Kleinn


This anthology runs hot and cold. It’s good there’s a mix of m/m and f/f, but there too many stories included, some of them poor attempts. Some of them, though, are gems. I’ve plucked a few diamonds to review.
The Altar of the Fox, Em Anthony
This was my favorite story in the anthology. Cam, our hero, worships a fox god, which leads him to a life of devotion, danger, and ostracism. It’s a harrowing love story, carried by a compelling first person voice. There’s perspective on How Gods Work, and what this means for man and the heavens. It’s pretty fraught. I read it all at once, unable to let it go.
A Selkie’s Kiss, Drea Silvertooth
The selkie’s story is deceptively simple. Girl falls for seal, who turns out to be a girl. Something gets stolen. There are family conflicts. The girls make love in the sand. But upon re-reading it twice for the review, I found secrets in the words. Layers of meaning and character that are underneath the plot. For those who don’t know the selkie’s story, this will be a revelation. For those that do, this is a lovely, immersive experience. I can taste the sea.
The Ballad of Daphne and Leucippos, Alex Cohen
Daphne has a problem. Apollo is in love with her, but she’s a hunter of Artemis. She lives for the forest and the women, especially Leua, who has a mysterious secret, but pursues Daphne with a pure heart. Apollo cannot be sated. But this is an older time, a mythological time, and the Gods are everywhere in the forest, in the river, and they sky. This story has something to say about irony and Greek tragedy. I appreciated the message.
The Gift of the Hunter, Rhidian Brenig Jones
“I am the blood of the hunt and the green barley shoot. I am the quickening of loins and the seed that is sown. I am the summer of the ripening harvest.” Thus says the hunter, a Celtic stag/man. He’s incredibly beautiful and erotic, and he offers one night of passion to an ordinary man, if the man will worship him. It’s totally worth it. The writing is evocative, raw, and poetic.
Ori and Rys, by Moxie Marcus
This is a modern day story of Orpheus. He’s a rock star. He comes off very well. This is also a story about Hell. It’s very cool, a bit harrowing, and a fun read. At the end I sighed a contented sigh. This seems to be Moxie Marcus’s only available work. I don’t know what that’s about. Get writing!
~ C. E. Case


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4 stars for Haunted Hotties Volume 2 #MM #FF #anthology McKay, Rob Rosen, Dakota Caudill, Elizabeth Coldwell, Jessica Payseur, Jessica Chase, Louisa Bacio, Charles Payseur, Helena Maeve, Avery Dawes @torquere


Title: Haunted Hotties Volume 2
Author Name & Publisher: McKay, Rob Rosen, Dakota Caudill, Elizabeth Coldwell, Jessica Payseur, Jessica Chase, Louisa Bacio, Charles Payseur, Helena Maeve, Avery Dawes (Torquere Press)
Publication Date & Length: Oct 28, 2015 — 63,000 words


This Halloween collection has a little something for everybody. With demons, ghosts, psychics, reapers, shifters, and witches… a rainbow of paranormal/supernatural is included.


In Everything a Big Bad Wolf Could Want by McKay, Whimsy has to decide if he’s in love with his straight, next-door neighbor by Halloween or risk losing him forever. In Casper the Horny Ghost by Rob Rosen, Chris not only inherited a long-abandoned house, he also inherited the ghost that came with it. In Necromantic by Dakota Caudill, Kaitlyn’s always felt like she was waiting for something, but she never expected her new girlfriend to be able to raise the dead. In The Man in Green by Elizabeth Coldwell, Richard intends to cut down all the trees surrounding his new property, but the man in the woods has other ideas. In Haunts Old and New by Jessica Payseur, Rosalie doesn’t like the new ghost that’s in her house and yet, she can’t seem to stay away from her. In The Fisher Lot by Jessica Chase, it turns out being dared to spend the night in the local “haunted house” might be the best thing that’s ever happened to Barney.


In Open by Louisa Bacio, Martina keeps trying to pretend that everything is fine, but the ghosts in her new B&B are just as determined to get her attention. In A Friendly Ghostbusting by Charles Payseur, an old rival who once humiliated him is not what Cas needs as he sets out to explore an old psychiatric prison. In Darkling by Helena Maeve, Eugene tried to warn Caleb and his friends away from Ledwich University and soon enough they’ll learn… they really should have listened. In The Devil’s in the Details by Avery Dawes, since they died during the Civil War, Oliver and Francis get one night a year together; but they have to be careful or they’ll never get another one.



Everything a Big Bad Wolf Could Want by Mckay ~ M/M Rating: 4 Stars
I thought this story was really sweet and cute but I have to be honest when I say I am really not a huge fan of stories that wrap up to neatly and to me at least this one did. I think I needed a little more to believe Harlan and Whimsy were meant to be together.  But other then that I thought this story was sweet and I did like it.
Casper The Horny Ghost by Rob Rosen~ M/M  Rating: 3
So I am not really sure how these two characters are related but them constantly calling each other cousin while doing things honestly creeped me out and brought this story down for me.  So you get Chris who moved into a old house he inherited that was also occupied by Casper yes his name is Casper lol who is a ghost and a distant 2nd cousin I believe but I am not really sure.  Casper is a man/ghost who I am not really sure how he died but he visits Chris regularly and they experiment. So it was a cute story but the whole cousin thing through me of and I am ad to say this story was not for me.
Necromantic by Dakota Caudill ~ F/F Rating: 4 Stars
This story was just Wow! Kat worked in a coffee place when she meets Emily. They agree to meet at a graveyard “awesome first date right” lol.  Then Emily tells Kat she is a necromancer.  They grow closer together then in comes the twist and I cant say anymore without giving this whole story away. All together I really liked this story.
The Man in Green by Elizabeth Coldwell~ M/M Rating: 3 Stars
So I really did not get the Halloween theme with this story.. Robert is building a hotel and golf course and Jay is the green man who protects the woods. Jay tries to Change Robert’s mind about cutting down trees for his golf course. To be honest this one really did not grab me at all so I am sad to say this story was just not for me..
Haunts Old and New by Jessica Payseur~ F/F Rating: 4 Stars
This is a story about a ghost Rosalie who likes to help people who are struggling in life. She meets Bailey who is another spirit that is following her girlfriend around. I thought this story was sweet and I really liked it!
The Fisher’s Lot by Jessica Chase~ M/M Rating: 5 Stars
Wow this story was creepy and so good! So Barney is dared to spend the night at a haunted house called the Fisher’s Lot on the anniversary if the night a girl died there.  He helps a man named Max who fell into the basement when a girl finds him asking for help for Max. This story was just so good and it gave me the chills when you find out… Something I cant tell you without giving away the story lol. All together I loved this story!
Open by Louisa Bacio~ F/F Rating: 4 Stars
This was a sweet story about Martina who lost her girlfriend and year ago and buys a old house.  The ghost there pushes her two call Leigh which is the ghosts granddaughter  All together I thought this story was sweet and I really liked it!
A Friendly Ghostbusting by Charles Payseur~ M/M Rating: 4 Stars
So while I liked the pretense of this story and thought it was really spooky I thought the main reason these two were brought together by the ghosts was kind of weird and one of those “really” moments. Beside that I really liked this story for its spooky factor.
Darkling by Helena Maeve~ M/M Rating: 5 Stars
Just Wow!!! This story brought tears to my eyes it was so scary!!!! I mean what is Eugene and just I have no words for how much I loved this story! This 4 young people get into a car crash well all they can find is a abandoned old school.  Well they meet Eugene there and the twist at the end was just amazing! Because I went from well this was kind of scary will reading it to completely spooked out at the end. I want to say how amazing the author did with this story!  My only wish would be that it was longer because I did not want to stop reading it!
The Devil’s in the Details by Avery Dawes ~ M/M Rating: 4 Stars
This story is about two men who died in the civil war and  are given a offer to haunt on earth and be alive for one day a year on Halloween but there was a stipulation with this author. All together i liked this story but the ending left scratching my head trying to figure out how they got there..
So all together I really liked most of these stories and thought they were perfect for Halloween.
I would recommend this book!


Excerpt from Everything a Big Bad Wolf Could Want by McKay


He rolled his head to look at Harlan, wanting to make sure he was all right, only to find Harlan lying on his side, looking at him. They gazed at each other in silence for a long moment, then Harlan reached out and stroked Whimsy’s cheek.


“My wolf likes you,” he said, his voice raspy with a strange undercurrent like a growl beneath the surface.


“That’s good, isn’t it?” Whimsy mustered a smile, trying to resist the urge to nuzzle against Harlan’s fingers. That wasn’t his right.


Suddenly, Harlan moved, and Whimsy found himself pinned beneath Harlan’s large, heavy, naked body. “It likes you more’n it likes Barbara.”


This close, Whimsy could see something feral in Harlan’s eyes, as if the wolf hadn’t loosened its grip completely yet, and he wanted to call it forth. He wanted to belong to it, and he was overwhelmed by a desire to show his throat and surrender that he’d never felt with anyone before.


“Maybe that should tell you something,” he said boldly. If he were a noble, self-sacrificing man, he would have extricated himself and encouraged Harlan to think only of his girlfriend, but he wasn’t that noble or self-sacrificing, and he couldn’t bring himself to feel terribly guilty about it at the moment.


“I like women. But there’s something about you, Whims…” Harlan bent his head and ran his nose along the length of Whimsy’s throat as if scenting him, and Whimsy shivered as he tilted his head back.


Whimsy shifted beneath Harlan just enough to seat Harlan’s lean hips in the cradle of his thighs, and Harlan settled there like they were made to fit together. Feeling bolder, Whimsy slid one hand along Harlan’s arm to rest on his shoulder, testing to see what Harlan would allow.


“Liking women doesn’t mean you can’t like men too,” he pointed out. “It’s not an either-or thing for some people. Maybe you like both.”


“Maybe I do. I’ve thought about other men before, including you. I don’t know.” Harlan released a long, slow sigh. “There’s a lotta things I don’t know these days.”


“I know I like you a lot,” Whimsy whispered, sliding his hand to the back of Harlan’s neck and stroking it gently. “I think we could be good together.”

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TWO 5, TWO 4.5, 4 and 3.5 Star Reviews for Aim High Anthology by T.A. Chase, Stephani Hecht, Morticia Knight, Jenna Byrnes, Sarah Masters, Megan Slayer #MM #Romance @PridePublishing @MeganSlayer @MorticiaKnight


Title: Aim High Anthology
Author Name & Publisher: T.A. Chase, Stephani Hecht, Morticia Knight, Jenna Byrnes, Sarah Masters, Megan Slayer (Pride Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: September 29, 2015 – 241 pgs


‘Possibilities’ by T.A. Chase

When Dixon and Carson meet during a hurricane, neither imagined that moment would be the beginning of a new relationship.

Dixon White owns Billy’s Diner in Brevard County, Florida—right down the road from Patrick Air Force Base. He serves a lot of the servicemen and their families who live and work on the base and does it in honor of his brother who served as a SEAL until a motorcycle accident ended his life. When Dixon finds himself stuck in a broken down car just as a hurricane hits the area, he’s not sure how’s he going to get home.

Master Chief Sergeant Carson LaSalle is headed to the base when he drives by Billy’s Diner. He sees Dixon’s car there and stops, checking to see if everything is okay. He takes Dixon home, but can’t stop thinking about him.

After the hurricane blows through, both men meet again and the sparks fly. Possibilities open up for them to have a chance at finding love. They just have to be willing to try.

‘Lonely Hearts and Yellow Ribbons’ by Stephani Hecht

Being apart from the one you love is the hardest thing to do, until you get them back to find they’ve changed…

PJ Ross Ervin is part of an elite force of recue men from the Air Force. Only the best of the best make it through the program and get to wear the maroon beret. As such, he is proud of what he does and is happy to serve his country. The one drawback is that it takes him away from his long-time lover, Aden. Thankfully Ross’ deployment is over and he’s coming home.

Aden is excited to see Ross. But he can’t help but notice that his partner is having trouble adjusting back into the civilian world. Plus, there is the looming danger that Ross could be deployed again at any time. Will Ross have to leave to serve his county once more? And if so, can the pair survive the separation yet again?

‘Venetian Skies’ by Morticia Knight

No one wants to lose a love that’s meant to be. Air Force test pilot, Chris Pierce, returns to Italy to discover that second chances are the sweetest.

They had a love that was the real thing, but Chris, an Air Force test pilot, returns to Aviano Air Base in Italy to discover that the only man he’s ever loved is still there. Yet wasn’t that why artist Brandon had dumped him? Because he didn’t want to be tied down to one place or one person?

Brandon made a huge mistake. It wasn’t until Chris transferred out of the local military base that he realizes what they had together was the real thing. Even though he’s never settled in one place for very long, he couldn’t bear to leave the town of Aviano where he and Chris were so happy together.

Chris unexpectedly returns and Brandon is devastated when Chris rejects him out of anger. Can’t Chris see how much Brandon has changed in the two years they’ve been apart?

Second chances are the sweetest and love that’s meant to be doesn’t die. But when a MiG fighter jet gone rogue shoots Chris down, will their second chance be taken away forever?

‘Search and Rescue’ by Jenna Byrnes

Two parajumpers freefall into a stealthy relationship before considering how quickly it might come crashing to an end.

Airman First Class Matthew Billings has almost completed a grueling two year training program on his way to becoming a Pararescueman in the Air Force Special Operations Unit. On a mission to rescue a child lost in the Pecos Wilderness of New Mexico, he meets Master Sergeant Drake Bogart, a man who is as infuriating as he is handsome. When Matt spots the child and Drake gets the credit, sparks fly, in more ways than one. But with graduation just a few days away, is their fledgling relationship over before it even gets started?

‘Live for the Day’ by Sarah Masters

Loving your best friend is easy. Telling him you do…well, that’s the hard part.

Michael and Steven grew up together—just them, no girls allowed. They’d always planned to join the military, but when it came time to sign up, Michael couldn’t do it. For years, Michael has worried every time Steven is out in the desert, risking his life to serve and protect. He dreads the day Steven won’t come home.

Steven has been through a dreadful ordeal on duty, and while in the hospital, he’s had time to think about what’s important in life. He misses Michael—needs to get back home to be with him—and he has something he wishes to say, something he’s held inside as far back as he can remember…

When the two men reunite, revelations are the name of the game. There is no question they’ve always loved each other, but now that they have the chance to express that love, will they?

‘Lifetime Hitch’ by Megan Slayer

Sometimes the best laid plans are meant to be thrown way off course.

Hunter planned his life very well. He’s got his position in the Air National Guard, the family he’s always wanted and a life most people would love to have. Except he’s not happy. His friends all know his truths, but them knowing about his sexuality and him admitting it are two different things. Thankfully Ryder—his best friend—has always got his back.

Ryder has loved Hunter since they were in school. He wants to have more than Hunter’s back—he wants everything. Forcing his Guardsman to come out as a gay man wasn’t on his agenda, but Ryder isn’t above a bit of gentle nudging.

Will the things Hunter can’t control be his undoing, or will he accept who he is as well as the love he’s craved all of his life?

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Each story was beautifully written.

Possibilities By TA Chase
5 stars

Beautiful romantic story with wonderful characters.  Carson is in the Air Force and Dixon owns a diner named after his late brother.  They meet during a hurricane and have a beautiful romance after. Short, sweet and to the point. A lovely quick read

Lonely Hearts and Yellow Ribbons by Stephani Hecht
4 stars

This was a great story of Ross and Aden.  Ross was a strong man serving his country in the Air Force Rescue.  He had problems letting go of thoughts of those he could not save but Aden was there for him when he came home.  This was a lovely story on how hard it is for both the servicemen and their loved ones.

‘Venetian Skies’ by Morticia Knight
4 stars

A very nice story of a second chance at love for Brandon and Chris.  When Chris came back to town he ran into Brandon and there were hurt feelings from their break up.
Chris was shot down testing a plane, but their love held strong.

‘Search and Rescue’ by Jenna Byrnes
5 stars

I absolutely loved this story.  Matthew and Drake, they were so hot together.  The chemistry  between the two flew off the pages.  This story seemed complete.  I felt that it was written very well.

‘Live for the Day’ by Sarah Masters
4 stars
This was a very nice story of best friends turned lovers. Steven had a hard time in the service and comes home with nightmares.  Michael is there for him and they become lovers. They are determined to live each day fully and take nothing for granted.

‘Lifetime Hitch’ by Megan Slayer
4 stars

This was good story of Hunter and Ryder.  Hunter not out yet but Ryder helps him realize who he is.  This was lifetime friends becoming lovers.  Nicely written with great characters.



I enjoyed them all to varying degrees, but I’ll write about them individually.

Possibilities By TA Chase
4.5 stars

Carson is in the Air Force and Dixon owns a diner named after his late brother, who was also in the military.  When a storm arrives, effectively stranding Dixon, Carson comes to his rescue.  What I enjoyed the most about this story was the point of view.  I think that it helped to see the struggle that each character went through.  Despite it’s short length, I felt that I got to know each character and what drove them to where they were.  It’s a quick read, and left me wanting more.

Lonely Hearts and Yellow Ribbons by Stephani Hecht
4.5 stars

This was probably my least favorite of the stories, but it’s not for a reason I can really put my finger on.  I think that it’s my least favorite because it had so much sadness.  I was thinking that this anthology would be full of love and romance, but in this particular story, you read of loss, struggle and heartache.  But, Hecht did an amazing job bringing it around.  The heartache of watching those you love struggle, the warring that goes on in the minds of those people who’s job it is to rescue and how they have to let go and let their loved ones help them through.

Venetian Skies by Morticia Knight
4 stars
This story was a mixture for me.  I was upset that Brandon had been so callous towards Chris – so careless with his heart.  However, I found it extremely sweet that in order to hold on to what he could, Brandon didn’t leave town.  I also really enjoyed watching them find their way again.  Both held passions during their relationship that somewhat floundered, but when they came back together, found love again, those passions were also there, waiting for them.

Search and Rescue by Jenna Byrnes
5 stars

I think this was one of my favorites in this anthology.  I also really enjoy Byrnes’ stories, so I might be a bit biased.  Matthew and Drake were explosive together and I really was able to feel the emotion and turmoil in their relationship.  I really enjoyed the story-line and felt that it was a fairly complete story – you knew where they were headed.

Live for the Day by Sarah Masters
4 stars
This was a strange story for me.  Michael has pined for his best friend for so long.  Then you have Steven, who has pined for his friend Michael.  I felt each emotion that both characters went through.  You could really feel that they felt so deeply for each other, but didn’t quite know how to cross that threshold.  When the truth is finally revealed, it was definitely full of chemistry, but what I found greatest about that was the history behind their love.

Lifetime Hitch by Megan Slayer
4 stars

Hunter and Ryder were not so different, but the path that their lives took was not a linear one.  Despite having a family, Hunter is not really ready for what happens when he arrives home from being deployed.  His best friend and confidant shows, but his family doesn’t.  I had a hard time liking Shel – she felt kind of weak and disloyal.  However, since the story was mainly about Ryder and Hunter, I quickly got over that.  I really loved how this story was more about family – more about being who you truly are and not being afraid.



I absolutely love anthology’s my biggest problem with them is you get into the story and then it ends. That was very true for me with Possibilities by T.A. Chase. Hopefully there will be a sequel. First let me say that I have never found and anthology that I enjoyed all the stories. This was not the case the Aim High. I completely enjoys all the stories and give this anthology and big 4.5 stars. This might have to do with that they were military stories. I do love to see a happy ending for all our military men and that was certainly the case here even though some were kind of bittersweet, such as Lonely Hearts and Yellow Ribbons by Stephani Hecht.

Would definitely recommend this to anyone who enjoys military stories.


FourandHalfStarsPossibilities by T.A. Chase – 4 stars

This was a sweet story that moved quickly. Dixon was so easy going and almost naive in the way he went about his life. Every glass half full and not really noticing anyone special until they made him notice them. Even after having so much loss in his life.
Carson I felt like we didn’t really get to know much about other than he had an upcoming deployment and a couple of dogs.
However it was a cute story that was well written.
Lonely Hearts and Yellow Ribbons by Stephani Hecht – DNF
Sadly, this story was too hard to me because of how accurate the PTSD elements were described.
Venetian Skies by Morticia Knight – 5 stars
This felt like such a complete story it was surprising to me that it was short. There is action, mystery and suspense to go along with the romance and sweetness of lost love. Another excellent story by Morticia Knight.
Search and Rescue by Jenna Byrnes – 5 stars
This was one of my favorites in this set. The rescue aspect was nice and getting to see them in action was exciting. The twists and turns were hard to predict and were lovely. Not to mention the bit of angst mixed in.
Live for the Day by Sarah Masters – 4 stars
This was another sweet story. Two friends who’ve always had feelings for each other and finally decide to act upon them. I liked the story and the characters, but I had a hard time from how swiftly things moved from a first kiss EVER to more.
Lifetime Hitch by Megan Slayer – 3 Stars
Sadly I have to say this was my least favorite story although it was quite complex I just didn’t connect to either of the main characters. There was a bit of wishy/washy about what to do that felt inauthentic to me.
Overall 4.5 Stars


Possibilities by T.A. Chase- Rating: 5 Stars
This was a sweet story of two men who just belong together and you can see it when you start reading this, how well they fit together. Dixon lost his brother who was a Navy Seal, who was also his only family.  Carson is a PJ who gives him a ride home after Dixons car dies at the Diner he owns and from the moment they meet you can feel the sparks between these two.  Such a sweet story. I really loved this one!
Lonely Hearts and Yellow Ribbons by Stephani Hecht- Rating: 4 Stars
This is story about a Aden who is at home while Ross his boyfriend was thousands of miles away being a PJ for the Air Force.  This is story about how two lovers are after Ross comes home with everything he has seen and how he deals with it.  Also how much they love each and have to go through anther deployment.  I really liked this story!
Venetian Skies by Morticia Knight- Rating: 3 Stars
For some reason this story just did not grab me.  This story is about Chris who is in the Air Force.  Two years before Brandon did not want to leave with Chris when he was stationed somewhere else.  There was some hard feelings in this book but once they realized how much they still loved each other everything was back the way it should have been.
Search and Rescue by Jenna Byrnes- Rating: 4 Stars
This story was hot!!! Matt and Drake fit so well together in this.   Drake was Matt’s Master Sergeant and Matt was still in school for PJ’s so there was that extra added element of the two of them being caught.  Drake tries pushing Matt away when he finds out Matt is being stationed somewhere else.  But he comes up with a plan when he realizes he does not want to lose him.  I really liked this story!
Live For The Day by Sarah Masters- Rating:  4 Stars
This is a friends to lovers story.  Steven is in the Air Force when he was shot down and hurt he comes back home.  When he see Michael at the diner he finally admits his true feelings for him and Michael admits his feelings for Steven.  Steven has a hard time with what happened to him and a lot to still work through.  I really liked this story, it was so sweet!
Lifetime Hitch by Megan Slayer- Rating: 4 Stars
This is another friends to lovers story.  Hunter is in the Air National Guard and is firmly in the closet.  He has children with his girlfriend Shelly but when he comes home he finds out she has meet someone else.  He finally admits his feelings to Ryder.  This story was hot but also very sweet!  I loved the epilogue of this story.  I really liked this story!
All together I really loved most of these stories!  I would definitely recommend this book!

ThreeandHalfStarsThis is an interesting collection of short m/m military romance stories.  While I enjoyed the anthology as a whole, I didn’t love any of the stories in this collection, and I think the £6.50 price on Amazon would put me off purchasing it.  

Like any collection, there were a few stories I enjoyed and a few that failed to grab my attention.  I like anthologies as an introduction to new writers.  Here, Sarah Masters is new to me and I will be looking up more of her work.

I usually love military stories, so I’m a little surprised by my own ambivalence.  I’ve given a more detailed review of each story below.  

‘Possibilities’ by T.A. Chase  4 stars

I liked this story.  I really enjoyed Dixon’s back story.  The hurricane was a unique way for the two men to get to know each other.  While the relationship is refreshingly simple here,  the author explores the complications of dating an active duty paratrooper.  I enjoyed the supporting characters.

Lonely Hearts and Yellow Ribbons by Stephani Hecht  4 stars

This is a sweet, difficult story that explores the complex nature of relationships when one partner is serving overseas.  It felt raw and real, but it also felt a little rushed.  I think this might have worked better as a novel on its own.  This wasn’t a romance as much as a relationship story.  A tiny bit of hope softened Aden and Ross’ reality and I enjoyed the relationships Aden built with the military wives.  

Venetian Skies by Morticia Knight 3 stars

This was one of my least favourite story in the book.  I found the initial descriptions a bit clumsy and I kept flipping back to find information I felt I’d missed.  I like the idea of a second chance, but I still don’t understand how Chris could be so forgiving.  I also struggled with the Top-Gun plot thrust into the middle of a very short story.  I was barely keeping the characters straight and Chris was suddenly fighting rogue Russian MIGs?  It didn’t work for me very well.

Search and Rescue by Jenna Byrnes 3 stars

This was another story I didn’t warm to.  I really didn’t like Drake.  I found him arrogant and rude.  His seduction of the young Matthew is a huge abuse of power and he treats the younger man badly for most of the story.  I loved Matthew, and I spent the story wanting to drag him away from his awful sergeant.

Live for the Day by Sarah Masters 4 stars

I really enjoyed this story.  I loved the way the two men had shared everything in their lives – except for a physical, romantic relationship.  The chemistry was palpable in this story and I loved the clumsy, awkward first steps Michael and Steven take towards each other.

Lifetime Hitch by Megan Slayer 3 stars

At the start, I struggled to understand this story.  With a beard for a wife and a crush on his best friend, Hunter is a mess.  Once I understood his relationship with his wife and daughters a bit better, it made more sense.  Hunter and Ryder are sweet together and I love friends to lovers stories.  I just didn’t warm to Hunter.  I always think of military men as honourable and hiding behind a fake family doesn’t feel very honourable to me.  



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His perfectly constructed reality was falling apart at his feet. What would be next? Ryder saying he didn’t want to be friends? He hated the irrational feelings in his heart. Ryder meant a lot to him. More than most.

So why wait to act on his feelings? Why not tell Ryder the truth? The damned confusion. Either fuck up the friendship and lose the one person he relied on, or find the love of his life.

“You’re welcome to stay here as long as you want. I’m sure the kids want to see you, but Shel’s decision was earth-shattering.” Ryder strode past Hunter, back to the living room. “So what’s happening these days? Blow anything up?”

God, he loved Ryder’s blunt way of asking questions. “I saw my fill of shit people do to each other—the reasons change, but the destruction never does. Whole villages destroyed and people killed. Fucking sucks.” Hunter plopped onto the couch. “Couple of the guys got to meet their new babies via computer. Danville got married and Compton got leave because his mom passed. I helped train civilians to work air traffic control and learned to swear in almost every Middle Eastern language. You?”

Talking about his deployment depressed him. He wanted to hear about normal things, like who Ryder spent his nights with. Anything but watching his friends get hurt and worse.

“Business is going well. When I’m not fixing the viruses people get on their computers, I work on the tablets and phones they bring me. Most of the devices can’t be saved, but some can. It’s like your radars, one big puzzle to work out. But I don’t have the time crunch you do.” He flopped down beside Hunter. “It’s a living.”

“Dating anyone?” Hunter gripped the bottle tight, not really wanting to hear the answer to his question.

“Nah. Steve wanted an open relationship. I’m the boyfriend type. I’m not happy playing the field.”

A baseball game played on the television but Hunter heard none of it. He shifted in his seat, facing Ryder. “I’m glad.”

“Yeah?” Ryder shook his head and snorted. “Being alone hasn’t been my idea of fun. I like a thick dick in my ass every now and then.”

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One 5 Star and TWO 4 Star Reviews for Closet Confession by Kindle Alexander #MM #Anthology @KindleAlexander


Title: Closet Confession
Author Name: Kindle Alexander
Publication Date: September 8, 2015


This stand alone version includes Bonus Scenes adding an additional ten thousand words to this novella. Closet Confession was previously released in the Night Shift Anthology.

Dr. Derek Babineaux is intelligent, dedicated, and one of the best ER physicians in the fast-paced world of critical care at Tulane Medical in New Orleans. Always on top of his game, he’s thrown off balance when the newest medical staff member finally unleashes his hidden desires.

Justin Delacroix’s job at the inner city’s busiest hospital might be just what he needs to ease back into civilian life after a long stint in the military. High-performing shifts make working as a trauma nurse at TMC the perfect way to utilize his skills and quick reaction times. There’s only one problem, his attraction for one sexy ER doctor is off the charts, but he has his reasons for not returning Dr. Baby’s night shift advances. Or maybe he doesn’t.

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I LOVE everything the amazing and talented duo of Kindle Alexander writes, and this latest instalment of sexy Journey’s with hunky, intense men is no different.
I was hooked from Page 1. You can FEEL the emotions from Justin and Derek. I love that the author’s give us stories that are real, and heart-felt and gut-wrenching, and so damn sexy!!! Boy can they write some sexyyytimes!
Tears and Smiles!
Reviewer: Kimberley


So…I love Kindle Alexander.  Everything she’s ever written.  When I was offered an ARC I thought I’d won the lottery.  But while this is a fantastic short story, it isn’t new.  This is the story from the Night Shift: Dirty Things Happen In the Dark anthology published in March with a few added scenes.  And this time it hasn’t been published for charity.

As a short story in a great charity anthology, this is a five star read.  But as a stand alone?  I usually love Kindle Alexander’s slow build character development, the depth, the angst, and the humanity of the writing.  The short story format doesn’t allow for much of any of these things.  

I enjoyed the cute twist at the end, I loved the two hot, complicated men, but I never felt we really get to fully explore either of them.  Especially Justin.  I wanted to know everything about his military experiences, his family, his past… but we don’t quite get it here.  Derek (Dr. Baby) is also fantastic.  I loved his interactions with his team, and really loved his wonderful Aunt Vera.   But again, so many things are alluded to but not fully explored.  These two men deserve a full length novel!

I’m not too sure the added scenes added much to the story.  We get an earlier look at the men (and a tie-in to Secret) and a later look at the men.  The added scenes are short and a little disjointed – but still kinda sweet.  

I would advise readers to buy this as part of the charity anthology, but I know Kindle Alexander addicts like myself will want the extra scenes added for this re-release.  And we’ll all continue hoping for a novel!



I really enjoyed this story.  Derek and Justin have amazing sexual chemistry and an even better working relationship.

Aunt Vera – can I have her?  She was awesome!  Funny, tenacious, pushy but always loving.

The layout of the story was a little strange for me –  I think it would have been more effective to read it in the order for which they met and progressed from there.  However, I did like that we got to see snippets of their life together.

Overall, this was a sweet story – one about over coming fear, standing up and being proud and love.  I was not disappointed in the shortness of the stories either.  I thought it gave it a good, overall look at Derek and Justin’s lives.

You won’t be disappointed by the tenderness, love or hotness of these two characters.



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4.5 Stars for Bad Alpha: Manlove Edition by Doris O’Cornnor, Nicola Cameron, Angelique Voisen, Gale Stanley, L.D. Blakeley, James Cox, Elizabeth Monvoy #MM #Shifter


Title: Bad Alpha: Manlove Edition
Author Name & Publisher: Doris O’Connor, Nicola Cameron, Angelique Voisen, Gale Stanley, L.D. Blakeley, James Cox, Elizabeth Monvoy (Evernight Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: August 21, 2015 – 213 pgs


“Bully Boys” by Nicola Cameron

When Victorian solicitor Arthur Finter is forced to cut down dangerous London alley after work, he stumbles upon pit bull shifter Alpha Gunner Jones in the middle of a dogfight with a rival shifter pack. The hardnosed bully boy scents Arthur and recognizes him as his mate, but will events orchestrated by the other pack separate them before Gunner can lay final claim?

“The Alpha’s Assassin” by Doris O’Connor

Bear shifter Zayden Reid makes his living doing what he does best—killing people. The sought after assassin doesn’t have to think twice when he’s offered a lot of money to kill the Alpha of a wolf pack, until he scents his mate.

As the Alpha of his pack Quinton Thorn is used to giving orders. He may be gay, but that doesn’t mean he’s weak, and he’ll squash any challenge to his leadership with ruthless efficiency. When the threat comes from a source he trusts, however, can he afford to give into his feelings for his mate, knowing that he’ll endanger everyone under his protection?

The mating bond cannot be denied, no matter what the consequences, and they might well kill.

“Discarded Pup” by Angelique Voisen

Betrayed by his beta and abandoned by his pack, Cole Reyes wasted the last ten years of his life rotting behind bars. A cage is no place for a wolf, and wounds left open, fester. Cole has zero tolerance for mercy. The time Cole spent in prison didn’t just bleed out all the decency he once possessed. It broke him. Made him hard and unforgiving. Cole’s vengeance starts now, beginning with his beta’s new toy.

“Yellow Eyes” by Gale Stanley

The brutal war between shifters and humans is over, but each side still sees the other as a threat. The only thing they can agree on, is that they can’t agree. Humans live east of the bridge, shifters live west. Camden is a halfbreed, the product of a rape that happened during the war. Neither side wants him, but he lives with his human mother. The night she dies, Camden goes west looking for revenge. He knows he won’t find his father, and he’ll probably get himself killed, but he doesn’t care. As long as he takes a shifter with him, he’ll die happy.

Wyat is alpha of the pack living in the west. He’s a warrior who believes in separation of the races. Then on the night of the full moon, he discovers a half- breed hiding in the alley. The man’s scent makes him burn with lust, and against his better judgement, he takes him home—and discovers that sleeping with the enemy might just lead to a better future.

“Destined” by L.D. Blakeley

Caleb Stokes has had a shit night. Too bad catching his boyfriend in flagrante delicto with the club DJ isn’t the worst thing he’ll witness before the night is through. Marick Gevrees has no time for romance. He has even less time for a tipsy twink looking for a man to fill some Daddy fetish. But what the hell is he supposed to do when said twink wanders headlong into the middle of a bloody vendetta that could result in the exposure of his clan?

“Trouble” by James Cox

Tremarc is sleeping his way through the entire Bear Shifter Clan. He’s sent to the moon, under the colonized dome to stay out of trouble. When he meets sexy alpha Lyon and his mated human, Quinn his life takes a sharp turn that may just find him his happy ending or get him kicked out of yet another bear shifter clan.

“Outlaw Wolf” by Elizabeth Monvey

Dekker ran away from his pack in an order to protect his lover and Alpha, Grey, when he overheard two higher ranked wolves talk about killing him. When Grey finds him six months later, Dekker tries to convince the man he loves to go away. But Grey won’t take no and as the two talk it out, their mutual attraction overwhelms them.

In desperation, Dekker renounces Grey as his Alpha. But when another force tries to punish Dekker by silencing him forever, Grey must choose which stand he’ll take…being the alpha for all his pack, or being the man Dekker needs, even if it means breaking the rules.

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Bully Boys by Nicola Cameron – 3.5 stars
I felt but line I was thrown into the middle of a story with this one. While we got to know a bit about one main character, we didn’t really know much about the history of the shifters. It took me a good bit to realize that the story was indeed in the past, not present.
While the plot was actually good, I wish we’d gotten to know more about the pack. Then there was the whole being gay side of things. Had the characters been with other people or had they been gay before each other?
At the end of the story I felt like a lot was left unanswered and it could’ve been expanded out to a much longer story that was much more captivating as we got to learn about such a protective and amazing alpha.
The Alpha’s Assassin by Doris O’Connor – 4.5 Stars
I really enjoyed this story. It was a bit scary at times, but super sexy and amazingly written at the same time. I couldn’t get through it fast enough. I wanted to know what was going to happen with Quinton since he was supposed to be the one who took him out.
Discarded Pup by Angelique Voisen – 5 Stars
I think this was my favorite of the anthology or at least one of them. I loved the danger Cole radiated and the fear we felt from River as we waited to find out what Cole was going to do with him. It was hot, fast and I read it as quick as I could wanting to know how things turned out!
Yellow Eyes by Gale Stanley – 4 Stars
This was in a different time than the others and there were times where I didn’t understand what had happened or that the shifters lived in a different part of the town than the others. However, I did like the beginning as we learned about this big strong man, however, as the book moved on, he turned into more of a weakling. However, other than that it was a good story.
Destined by L.D. Blakeley – 5 Stars
I found this story to have some funny bits (hello bar scene), but it was all so well written and had me wishing I could have a car to hide under (and yes, I was thinking it was Marick that had done the killing.
Great story that I wished was longer!
Trouble by James Cox – 5 Stars
Oh yes, yes, yes… A male threesome! And some humor thrown in too. I loved the opening scene even if our main character is a bit of a slut (or a lot of one), but I liked the way the other two men wrangled him in and came together as a hot as sin threesome. Very well written that it didn’t even seem odd to be off planet.
Outlaw Wolf by Elizabeth Monvey – 5 Stars
This was probably one of the more painful stories to read for me. It was sad to see that these two men had loved each other but couldn’t be together due to prejudice. There was hate and anger that they had to deal with but in the end it was an excellent story that I LOVED the ending of.


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4 stars for First Timers Anthology by Rob Rosen, Gacy Grant, Evelyn Burkhardt, Jacey Mills, Andrea Dalling, Helena Maeve, Erin McRae & Racheline Maltese, Megan McFerren, Cal Prozorova, McKay, Katherine Halle

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Title: First Timers Anthology
Author Name & Publisher: Rob Rosen, Gacy Grant, Evelyn Burkhardt, Jacey Mills, Andrea Dalling, Helena Maeve, Erin McRae & Racheline Maltese, Megan McFerren, Cal Prozorova, McKay, Katherine Halle
Publication Date & Length: August 12, 2015 – 74,000 Words


First Timers brings you a collection of eleven stories about first experiences. From sweet and innocent to smoking hot, these stories capture the exhilarating feeling that something wonderful is about to happen.

Humor and passion blend in Rob Rosen’s “Come Hell or High Water,” Gacy Grant treats us to a heartwarming first in “The Pickup,” long-time friends become lovers in “The King’s Guard” by Evelyn Burkhardt and “One Sneeze, a Wish, Two Sneezes, a Kiss” by Jacey Mills, and revelations abound first time away from home in Andrea Dalling’s “What a Man Wants” and Helena Maeve’s “Initiation.” “Sample and Hold” by Erin McRae and Racheline Maltese, Megan McFerren’s “Just Like That,” and Val Prozorova’s “Guitar Lesson” explore the intensity of a first coming out, first time, first kiss, while love can be found where you least expect it in “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around” by McKay and “Finding Home” by Katherine Halle.

Whether contemporary or fantastical, past or present, a sweet kiss on a riverbank or reveling in the Bayou, these stories are all uplifting, fun, and did we mention hot?


FourStarsLet me start out by saying that I am always slightly wary of anthologies.  Sometimes they are really good and sometimes they are exceptionally bad.  This one was only slightly better than bad.  When you only like about 30% of the stories, I find it hard to rate an anthology well.

There were 4 stories that really stuck out for me:
One Sneeze, a wish, 2 sneezes, a kiss by Jacey Mills
What a man wants by Andrea Dalling
Stop draggin’ my heart around by McKay
Finding Home by Katherine Halle.

All of these were slightly longer in length and I think that’s why I liked them more.  The stories were able to develop more, rather than just being a one-off sex scene or quick read about an even quicker encounter.

While all of the stories were about first times, the range of what was considered first time was large, which I thought was a plus in this anthology.

So, despite not liking the anthology collection a lot, because of these 4 stories, I was able to rate it a 4.  However, given the book as a whole, I might rate it a 3.5 due to the length of the anthology, without all of them being great stories.



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