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4 Star and 3 Star Reviews for Goblet’s Edge by Lore Graham #MM #Fantasy @LT3Press @Grahamlore

CoverTitle: Goblet’s Edge
Author Name & Publisher: Lore Graham (Less Than Three Press)
Publication Date & Length: May 25, 2016 – 68 pgs

Synopsis

August and Laurence have been lovers for years, and it’s a love August has never had any cause to doubt, even if Laurence is also his employer—until they arrive in Umbra and meet Queen Maeve, the woman Laurence is to marry.

It’s immediately clear to August that Maeve is more than a little interested in Laurence, and as the gap between him and lover widens, Laurence growing increasingly reserved and distant, August fears the moment he’s always dreaded is near to hand.

And the end of their relationship might be easier to accept if he could hate Maeve, but asking him to hate the beautiful, intriguing Maeve would be like asking him to stop loving the Lord he’s served and adored so long. Which just makes August more miserable than ever, and waiting for the moment when he’s finally cast out.

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FourStars

Lore Graham’s worlds are complex and interesting, and I love the way the world-building is threaded into the plot seamlessly. I enjoyed discovering August’s culture and surroundings as the story unfolded.

For the most part, I enjoyed this story. The characters and setting are interesting. Although I wanted to know more about their society, there was enough detail to keep my attention, and I didn’t feel as though it were lacking. It’s more that I want to see other stories set in this realm.

I liked August very much, but I’m not entirely sure how I feel about his relationship with Laurence or with Maeve for that matter. I am still on the fence about the power imbalance. I don’t really think August is being used, exactly, but he certainly isn’t on the same level with the others. It particularly bothered me that August seemed more like he was servicing Laurence than that Laurence actually cared about him as a person, and that bothered me a bit. I was left with the impression of “we trust you and we will occasionally have you in our bed, but you’re basically still a servant and should know your rightful place.” It may just be a case of it not really being my thing.

Other than that, though, it was very well written. There were some nicely steamy moments, and I definitely appreciated the skill regarding the creation of this world. I hope to see more about it in the future.

~Amy

ThreeStar

Although I did enjoy this quick read, I was left feeling as if there could have been much more to this story.

August in my opinion really does get the short end of the stick in this book. He works for Laurence basically as his personal assistant to whatever he needs and he is his secret lover also but I feel as if he is being used and nothing more. Then you throw Mauve (Laurence’s soon to be new wife) into the mix and I feel as if both Laurence and Mauve are both getting their cake and eating it too.

I believe that August is in love with Laurence and would never deny him any of his wishes but what I did not like about the story is Laurence never really said how he felt about August one way or the other and also Laurence is rather gold to August for the most part throughout the book.

What I did enjoy about the book is the fact that Mauve was a very bright woman and treated August with respect even though she really did not have too. I think that she actually has feelings for both men. The fact that she wants to include instead of exclude August in their wedding night was more then August could have ever asked for. Not to mention she did not want him to leave when they were done.

I enjoyed this story but I really wish that Laurence’s character would have been more forth coming with his feelings and I wish that he would have made it clear what he really wanted from both Mauve and August.

Tosha

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4 Stars for Dreamsnare by Althea Claire Duffy #Bisexual #Fantasy @LT3Press

CoverTitle: Dreamsnare
Author Name & Publisher: Althea Claire Duffy (Less Than Three Press)
Publication Date & Length: June 21, 2016

Synopsis

Once Kereda was a successful shoemaker, but she lost everything: her career, her marriage, her home. When her new roommate tells her a curse might have been haunting her all these years, she seeks out Serin the dreamworker to have it undone.

But the curse isn’t what Kereda expects—and she and Serin end up trapped in a twisted dreamworld, forced to confront their painful pasts together if they hope to uncover the plot against them.

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 FourStars
This was an interesting, engaging short that makes me want not only more in this universe, but also to see Kereda and Serin again. The two come together as a result of the machinations of Gilya, but her evils aren’t the only ones plaguing Kereda. As Kereda and Serin try to unweave the snare they’re in, they find things they have in common, things that bring them closer together. The end seems to come too quickly; I’d like to know more about their budding relationship. The end is slightly bittersweet; friendships of long ago have been destroyed while something new and promising has begun. Definitely a good story.
AmyP

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AUDIOBOOK: 5 Star Review for Helping Hand by Jay Northcote #MM #Romance @jay_northcote

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Title: Helping Hand
Author Name : Jay Northcote
Publication Date & Length: June 26, 2015 – 33, 000 Words

Synopsis

Wanking with a mate isn’t gay—as long as you keep your hands to yourself.

Jez Fielding and James MacKenzie—Big Mac to his mates—are in their second year at uni. After partying too hard last year, they make a pact to rein themselves in. While their housemates are out drinking every weekend, Jez and Mac stay in to save cash and focus on their studies.

When Jez suggests watching some porn together, he isn’t expecting Mac to agree to it. One thing leads to another, and soon their arrangement becomes hands-on rather than hands-off. But falling for your straight friend can only end badly, unless there’s a chance he might feel the same.

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FiveStars
Another hit by Jay Northcote! I absolutely loved this story from start to finish. Two men who didn’t realize they were attracted to other men, but figure it out together was a nice plot. I loved the way they handled the ups and downs and awkward moments. While this rang a bit like ‘gay for you’ it didn’t at the same time. I really loved the way it all worked together.
It was a great read that was sweet and sexy all at the same time. I loved the secondary characters as they only added to the story and make it just that much better.
The narrator did a good job with the story, except I specifically remember in one sexy scene he started reading it too fast as if it was a bomb going to go off instead of a hot and heavy scene.
Renee

Excerpt

Afterwards, Jez blamed the alcohol for loosening his tongue, because he didn’t think about it before he spoke. The words tumbled out before he could stop them.

“Man, I’m seriously horny now. Have you got any decent porn on that laptop?”

“Huh?” Mac snapped his head around to meet Jez’s gaze. Jez’s heart pounded erratically, but his dick was still standing to attention. “What… you mean, you want to wank in here? Now? Wouldn’t that be weird?” Mac sounded seriously freaked out.

Jez backtracked quickly, cheeks hot. “It doesn’t have to be weird. I’ve done it before with guys at school, and it’s never been a big deal. But don’t worry about it. I’ll go and watch my own stash instead. But I need something soon, ’cause I’m gonna explode after watching that sex scene.”

Jez was expecting an instant no from Mac. He wouldn’t have blamed him. A lot of guys wouldn’t be into what Jez was suggesting. Jez’s heart still thumped hard, but his arousal didn’t abate despite his anxiety. He was shocked by how much he wanted this.

Mac bit his lip and frowned. “Seriously. You’ve done that?”

Jez shrugged, trying to look nonchalant. “Yeah. Like I said, it was no big deal. Just guys messing around.”

Mac stared a moment longer, then he stood, and Jez’s heart sank as he walked away. But Mac only went to fetch his laptop from the dining table. He sat back down and then opened it and tapped in his password.

“What sort of stuff do you wanna watch?” Mac’s voice was gruff and he focused on the screen rather than Jez.

Fuck. They were really going to do this, then.

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TWO 3 Stars for No Place Like Somewhere Else by Caesar J.M. Kauftheil #FF #Bisexual @LT3Press

CoverTitle: no Place Like Somewhere Else
Author Name & Publisher: Caesar J.M. Kauftheil (Less Than Three Press)
Publication Date: June 15, 2016

Synopsis

Josie has a passion for running away—or, as her girlfriend Marjorie would say, a fear of commitment. She runs away from home, from making decisions, and most recently, from having a serious discussion about her crumbling relationship.

Upon discovering a pair of tennis shoes outside a Chinese restaurant, Josie feels a sense of lightness on her feet, but each time she wears them, she finds herself running into trouble—in the form of a strange man named Jay, who might just be what she needs to break her own bad habits.

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 ThreeStar
I must admit this felt more like an epic poem than a short story. It was fun, had good banter but left me feeling that I still was waiting for something to happen.
It felt more like a long conversation, an introduction a good opening without a middle or an end.
Definitely different, perhaps a good book to read while  sitting drinking a good coffee on a sunny day outside a vegetarian cafe in Amsterdam.
Chris
ThreeStar
I have to admit that I didn’t see the point to this story. Josie, our protagonist, is in a failing relationship with her girlfriend, and rather than discuss anything about what is going on between them, Josie is ignoring any problems or requests for discussion. She runs away from any confrontation whatsoever. Running away from the latest fight, she finds a newish pair of tennis shoes on the sidewalk and decides that they’re perfect for her. This is an obvious way to show that she’s running headlong away from her life, but she doesn’t seem to be running to anything. Every time she puts the shoes on, she runs into this new person, a man named Jay. And after they finally meet and get to know each other, one might think that Josie would make some decisions one way or the other about her relationship with Marjorie. She doesn’t. She continues on drifting through her life with less and less interaction between the two women, until Marjorie finally takes action, albeit based in a misconception, that allows Josie the freedom to finally leave without blame. My problem with this is that Josie was already gone. She had left the relationship long before she even found the shoes, and after the shoes appeared, she got further and further away from any chance of reconciliation or honest communication. The introduction of Jay into the narrative is a final nail on the coffin. If we’re supposed to sympathize or empathize with Josie, I fail to see a reason to. I simply feel she’s immature and flighty, and she doesn’t mature or grow an inch before the end of this story.
AmyP

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4 stars for The Haunted Pub by Melanie Tushmore @tushmore_ #Bisexual #MM #Paranormal @LT3Press

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Title: The Haunted Pub
Author Name & Publisher: Melanie Tushmore (Less Than Three)
Publication Date & Length: May 10th, 2016 – 364 Pages

Synopsis

Suffering from depression, and going through a rough time because of it, Fizz’s misery culminates in his parents throwing him out, leaving him with two bags, twenty pounds, and nowhere to go. Desperate, he calls his brother, who takes him to The Queen Anne’s Revenge, where Fizz winds up living in a room that hasn’t had a human inhabitant for more years than anyone can actually count—a room that seems to already have an occupant…

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FourStars

The Haunted Pub is a charming, fun story about a mischievous ghost tormenting a motley group of earnest, gay characters who run a run-down pub in England. There’s an ensemble rather than one pairing, which was a nice surprise, narrated mostly by Ryan, an even-keeled fellow at odds with the weirdness around him.
The story aspires to scary but remains a farce. There are hi-jinks and a bit of camp, and everyone gets a happy ending. It’s even quite sexy.
The story also aspires to some depth, but doesn’t quite get there. Fizz, our introductory character, suffers from clinical depression and suicidal tendencies. His portrayal is realistic enough, but gets too pat a conclusion. There’s also a harrowing account of rape that has meaning but lacks…accountability, somehow.
That makes The Haunted Pub a somewhat guilty pleasure, but a pleasure indeed. Action, drama, scrappy humor, and British accents make a splendid escape for an afternoon’s read.
C. E. Case

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NEW RELEASE: TWO 4 Star Reviews for Glove of Satin, Glove of Bone by Rachel White #FF #Fantasy #Steampunk @LT3Press

CoverTitle: Glove of Satin, Glove of Bone
Author Name & Publisher: Rachel White (Less Than Three Press)
Publication Date & Length: June 8, 2016 – 205 pgs

Synopsis

Enne Datchery and Muriel vas Veldina, ex-lovers and witches with a shared apprentice, are tasked by the Citadel, to repair an old grimoire together, despite the fact their relationship is tense at best.

The situation is further complicated when the book is stolen, and tracking down the thief stirs even more of Muriel’s past. It swiftly becomes clear to the two that dealing with their fractured relationship is going to be the easy part of the assignment—if they can live long enough to complete it.

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FourStars

A very different take on witchcraft. This author relied on her characters to relate the story rather than concentrate solely on magical spells or potions.
It was  interesting to hear the plot from two such contrasting points of view. The tension between the two witches was almost palatable.
I enjoyed this novel because of its uniqueness but found it difficult to like one of the main characters, which is why I awarded it four stars.
Chris
FourStars

This was an interesting world, and although we don’t get the reason for why everything is the way it is, there is an underlying order and basis for the way the world works. I really enjoyed Enne and Muriel as witches, and their relationship was fascinating in the way they interacted with each other. It’s very rare to sit in on the end of a relationship, to be able to watch how miscommunication and pride get in the way of the feelings that are still there. The crisis that they have to address forces them to work together, and that closeness makes them each notice the other in different light. It makes them look past their own prejudice about what happened in the relationship and remember what drew them together in the first place. Muriel’s beliefs about balance, made more poignant by her own past wickedness, are an interesting theme within the story. I like this book because it shows that sometimes things work out, that sometimes good things don’t have to end, and yes, that sometimes love conquers all. I definitely liked this book.

AmyP

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4.5 Stars and 3 Stars for An Act of Devotion by A. M. Leibowitz #Bisexual #MM #Romance #NewAdult @SupposedCrimes @AmyUnchained

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Title: An Act of Devotion
Author Name & Publisher: A. M. Leibowitz (Supposed Crimes)
Publication Date & Length: May 1, 2016 — 215 pages

Synopsis

Adam Lansing has always relied on his charm to get by. Sure, he’s starting over—new school, new graduate assistant position—but he knows he won’t have any trouble working his magic on anyone he chooses.

Antonio “AJ” Mancuso is deep inside his own head. He’s cool, calm, and confident. But despite all the friends around him, he often feels like he straddles two worlds. Is there anyone who could love him for everything that defines him—past and present?

From the first time they meet, Adam is determined to get gorgeous AJ to notice him. But just as the heat is cranking up between them, Adam spots AJ with another man. Adam strikes back through a fling with an ex. But when he discovers the truth behind AJ’s behavior, he realizes that his magic won’t clean up for him this time.

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FourandHalfStars

I loved this story. Adam & AJ come right off the page and are so real I would probably be friends with them, both of them actually. Adam has a personality that the world is his plaything, and he takes every advantage possible to take out his new toy. AJ tends to shy away from the overtly fun joys that Adam sees and instead focuses on what gives him pleasure (which is probably completing tasks).

 

The writing in this piece is superb, and brings out personalities and actions between these two gentleman in ways that really bring them to life. Each of the main characters is rounded out, they both grow through the story, and they both make mistakes and try to fix them. Their story has ups and downs, sexual tension galore, and innuendos that might make Nonna blush.

 

For anyone who wants to read and learn more about the bisexual world, this is a fantastic book from that standpoint. We’re given two bisexual characters, who come to their sexuality very differently, who have experienced the opposite in terms of coming out, who could not have less shared experiences or feelings about the world and its interactions with the Family. The story takes us through activism for LGBT rights, through living as a part of the Family, through recognizing our faults in our own fears.

 

This is a fantastic read.

 

AJ

ThreeStar

I can appreciate the author’s desire and passion to want the reader to understand all the topics that are discussed in the story. All these topics are important and discussed frequently in the media today.

However, not only is the reader reading about AJ’s and Adam’s issues, we are also reading about what’s happening with the myriad of AJ’s friends. We get Luke and the abuse he’s suffering from his boyfriend. Piet and the cancer he’s suffering from. When Donny begins dating Lauren, AJ worries what Donny will say when he learns Lauren is transgender because Donny is straight. And then finally Connor.

The readers learn more about the secondary characters within the first 10 chapters than the main characters. We don’t know what exactly happened between AJ and his ex-girlfriend until the end of the book.

I believe every character and their situation is important, but all the secondary characters were given too much power in this book. This was about AJ and Adam and the struggles and successes they went through to get together and stay together.

I want to give this story a higher rating, but because I struggled to stay focused on just AJ and Adam, I can’t. And mostly my rating is because of the topics discussed. This book is good learning tool. I won’t deny I learned many new things.

Kris

FiveStars

This is a book that hits on some very serious topics. It is a book that places these topics into the scenario of people’s lives.

The senerios range anywhere from transvestism, to cheating partner, to rape, to abuse, to cancer, to gender confusion. Even though they are so many different topics in this book, AM Leibowitz was able to incorporate each of these scenarios into the book without it being overwhelming or underplaying the situations. A.M. Was able to bring the topics into the book and was able to do justice to how important these topics are and how they can affect the individuals that are in these types of scenarios.

I would say that the main characters are Adam and AJ because they are the two that the book revolves around but at the same time all of the other characters are just as important like Lauryn or Luke or Donny or even Connor just to mention a few of the characters in the book.

As far as Adam and AJ are concerned I think that both of these men have emotional issues with things from their past that has made it almost impossible for the two of them to have a relationship. I think that it is not so much what happened to them in their past but more to the point that neither of them know how to communicate with the other. They both have feelings for the other but when it comes time to voice to the other issues that can affect their relationship they are both tight lipped. The only way that these two are going to be able to work through their issues is if they learn to communicate with the other. And their lies the problem because they both seem to not want to upset the other. So I guess the question is, is not talking to one another worth the risk of losing each other. Will they grow stronger together or will they give each other up over misunderstandings and trust issues?

I really enjoyed this read but as I said earlier their are a of different, difficult situations in this book that are addressed so if you have triggers to them you may not want to read this book. Otherwise I would highly recommend this read.

Tosha

AuthorInterview

  1. If you could write with any other author who would it be and why?

I can’t pick only one because it depends on the genre. If it’s F/F, someday, I’d love to actually write a novel with Adrian J. Smith. I loved Memoir in the Making, and I was thrilled when she asked if I would write a story for Adam (who appears there and is one of the MCs in An Act of Devotion). But we’ve never actually written anything together, and I think it would be fun! If it’s M/M, I’d be over the moon to write with Raine O’Tierney or Debbie McGowan. They’ve written together, and they both explore the kinds of emotional and psychological themes I enjoy. However, I think either of them would be ready to throttle me because they write fast and I’m a slowpoke.

 

  1. If you could join a character on an adventure, which character and what would the adventure be?

My own characters don’t tend to go on adventures, which is good because I’m not the adventuresome sort myself. But if I had to choose someone else’s character, I’m going on an adventure with Hermione Granger. She knows how to pack for a trip and is more prepared than any Boy Scout ever. Plus, knowing her, our “adventure” would be to someplace educational with a very large library.

 

  1. If money were no object – where would you live in the world and why?

Anywhere warm. I hear Arizona is nice. It’s really not money (well, okay it is) but being away from family. So I’m stuck with the cold and the snow for now.

 

  1. Favorite kind of underwear for characters and non-favorites.

I don’t think I have a favorite or non-favorite kind of underwear for a character. I tend to think undies fit the character. I have a work-in-progress with a MC who is gender fluid. His underwear selections vary with his internal sense of self, and it’s really fun to write. In An Act of Devotion, a particular undergarment features into the story, and it’s almost a minor character of its own.

 

  1. What do you view as weak points in a character and wouldn’t include them in the characters you write about. What are the strong points you always try and include.

The one thing I won’t write is a “hero” who consistently violates people’s consent in romantic/intimate situations. Otherwise, there isn’t one thing I try to exclude or include. I mostly try to avoid writing tropey characters who behave in stereotypical ways. I’m particularly sensitive to bad representation of bisexual characters, so I try to have at least one bi character in most stories.

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