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3 Star Review for Gays of Our Lives (Queers of La Vista) by Kris Ripper #MM #Romance @SmuTasticKris

CoverTitle: Gays of Our Lives (Queers of La Vista)
Author Name & Publisher: Kris Ripper (Riptide Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: July 11, 2016 – 226 pgs

Synopsis

Emerson Robinette only leaves his apartment to get laid and go to work. Having MS—and trying to pretend he doesn’t—makes everything more complicated, especially his fantasies of coming on strong and holding a guy down. Finding a partner who’ll explore that with him isn’t Emerson’s idea of a realistic goal.

Until a chance meeting with a hipster on a bus makes him reconsider. Obie is happy, open-hearted, and warm; what’s more, he gets his kicks being physically dominated, spanked, and teased until he’s begging. It would be perfect, except for one thing: Emerson isn’t made for happiness, and he doesn’t see how a guy like Obie would settle for a cynic like him.

But as far as Obie’s concerned, the only thing keeping them apart is Emerson. Can Emerson handle a boyfriend who’s more invested in his future than he is? Emerson’s barely convinced he has a future. But when Obie’s smiling at him, anything seems possible.

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ThreeStar

I honestly don’t know how to rate this book. At times I hated it because all Emerson did was whine and complain and it drove me nuts! Obie was such a sweet guy, you couldn’t help but love him and want him happy. I didn’t really even start to like Emerson until almost 75% into the book when he finally toned down the complaining. Emerson was great with Dred and getting her to the hospital and handling the situation. I thought the chemistry was great between Obie and Emerson and the students in Emerson’s class were great secondary characters.

Angie

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TWO 4 Star Reviews for Taking the Long Way by Max MacGowan #MM #Romance

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Title: Taking the Long Way
Author Name & Publisher: Max MacGowan (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: February 12, 2016 – 234 pgs

Synopsis

Male escort Rye Bellamy is looking for a way out. Any way out. He’s getting older, and clients are getting more dangerous. If he doesn’t find something better, he knows he won’t survive.

He sees his chance in Marcus Townsend, a functionally blind Army veteran. Marcus, who refuses to accept his condition as immutable, has a shot at seeing a specialist who might be able to help him—but that doctor’s based on the other side of the country.

When Rye and Marcus meet, they realize they can help each other. Marcus can’t drive, but Rye can. Marcus knows what Rye is, but he likes him anyway. In fact, he more than likes him. Driving cross-country with a near stranger is a daunting task, but Rye’s biggest risk is falling for the gentle, stubborn-hearted soldier—and it might already be too late to stop that.

They plan to part ways when they reach their destination, but plans change as the affection between them grows. Now neither wants their journey to end, but continuing means finding a way to bridge the distance between who they were and who they’d like to become.

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FourStars

Triggers: Male prostitution, physical beatings

This story is about second chances, love, accepting your past, growing towards your future and allowing yourself to be vulnerable with someone who loves you.

Marcus is struggling with the turn that his life has taken.  Injured and hurting, he is trying to figure out where he goes from here.  What he thought was going to be his career turns out to have abandoned him when he needs it most.  After his injury that left him legally blind, he moves home with his cousin and niece.  I really enjoyed the niece, Jessie.  She was spunky and just what Marcus needed in order to get him out of his own head space.

During a walk through a sketchy part of town, Marcus runs in to Rye.  Rye sees an innocent when he spots Marcus walking through the icky part of town and wants to help Marcus.  I really enjoyed Rye’s character, even if he was somewhat of a push over when it came to his pimp.  I did like how eventually, Rye was able to stand up for what he wanted – to take a leap of faith on both himself and Marcus.

The drive was somewhat long and drawn out – I think that the author could have gotten away with less description of their drive, however, I did like that you were able to see Marcus’ feelings grow and watch Rye struggle with his own feelings.  It became a real relationship, in that the feelings they thought would never bloom, did and both characters were left floundering with how to handle them.

Marcus and Rye had some chemistry in the story, but it wasn’t one where it jumped off the page.  Their chemistry was much more subtle.  And, I liked how they were able to find themselves throughout the story.

Overall, this was a sweet story.

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FourStars

Ageing rent boy and blind Army Veteran? Rye and Marcus were always going to be a fantastic couple. Add in a road trip, a touch of humour and thoughtful writing and I really enjoyed this story.

Marcus and Rye are believable, well-crafted characters. Rye, the street rat, is getting too old for his job as a rent boy. At 25, he is lost and more than a little frightened when he considers the future. Marcus has returned home from the army after an injury that blinded him. If Rye is a little bit scared of the future, Marcus is terrified.

While there could have been more chemistry between the two men and the story-arc and the romance weren’t always moving at the same pace, I really enjoyed the trip across America with these two men. Bravery is contagious and Marcus’ determination to fix his head and try to get his sight back prompts Rye to make brave decisions of his own.

This isn’t complicated and despite the topic, it isn’t heavy. This is a coming of age story for two men who have avoided some of the tough growing up decisions. It is also a story of accepting harsh realities while retaining control.

This is a great effort from a new author and I look forward to subsequent stories.

Sarah

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TWO 4 Star Reviews for Dormant Heart by Lane Swift #MM #Disability

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Title: Dormant Heart
Author Name & Publisher: Lane Swift (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: February 10, 2016 – 154 pgs

Synopsis

Amateur photographer Josh Thornton is out but not so proud. He’s estranged from his family, his boyfriend dumped him, and his job at an estate agency is in jeopardy—especially after he crashes his boss’s car in the middle of nowhere on his way to Hartley Manor.

Callum Black works at the English country estate and lives there in an isolated cottage. Left mute by a childhood accident, he’s more comfortable in the company of animals than people. But when Josh—literally—crashes into his life with his camera and his friendship, Callum realizes his peaceful solitude has been more than a little lonely.

Josh’s affection for Callum deepens even as he’s consumed by doubts over Callum’s sexuality and whether Callum could ever love him. And Callum is haunted by the secret that stole his voice—a secret that keeps him tethered to Hartley Manor. When the past comes hurtling painfully back into the present, Josh and Callum have to overcome their fears and breathe life back into their dormant hearts in order to have a chance at their own picture-perfect future.

Review

FourStars

This was such a sweet story.  It was about growing up, accepting yourself, accepting your surroundings, love and accepting what you cannot change.

Josh is a great character.  Despite being down on his luck, he is given an opportunity to finish a final job for his boss and there, he finds a friendship that runs deep – so deep that it becomes much more than friendship.  I really liked that even though Josh was having a difficult time in life, he was able to see the beauty all around him as well.  When he meets Callum, at first, Josh is transfixed with Callum’s beauty and majestic nature.

Callum is a sweet, gentle soul who is somewhat tied to the land he lives off of.  He has his pride, love of nature and love of life.  When he meets Josh, there is a spark of attraction, but with him being nonverbal, he’s not sure how Josh will react.  Despite being somewhat wary of how things will pan out with Josh, Callum forges on and through the love and support her receives from Josh and the secondary characters in this story, he’s able to discern a missing piece of his life – his accident that caused his muteness.  Despite being thrown off when he realizes what caused him to climb the tree at such a young age, Josh is able to help him see that it was an accident, to find happiness with Josh.

The story is sweet, kind, with little heat, but a lot of friendship and love.

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FourStars

This gentle story is a sweet literary hug. We follow Josh, a young man full of thwarted ambition and desperate to belong somewhere, to someone, as he meets Callum, a mute young man inextricably tied to Hartley Manor and the country estate he grew up on.

There is little action in this story. Both young men need to grow up and must come to terms with past pain if they are to make a life for themselves as adults. A tiny drama is added through the failing fortunes of the Granger family, the aristocratic owners of Hartley Manor. But this is ultimately Downton Abbey gentle. Once Josh arrives at Hartley Manor, the story is timeless and the modern world doesn’t encroach on the gentle, seasonal life on the country estate.

The relationship between Callum and Josh is lovely. Josh’s obsession with Callum’s beauty quickly becomes friendship and then something more. Sweet and sometimes sexy, the relationship between Callum and Josh prompts both men to become better versions of themselves.

Sarah

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ONE 4.5 Star, THREE 4 Star and ONE 3 Star Reviews for His Favorite Color Is Blood: Coffin Nails MC (Sex & Mayhem #8) by K.A. Merikan #MM #Disability @KA_Merikan

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Title: His Favorite Color Is Blood: Coffin Nails MC (Sex & Mayhem #8)
Author Name: K.A. Merikan
Publication Date & Length: February 10, 2016 – 329 pgs

Synopsis

— When life gives you blood, make mayhem. —

Grim. Assassin. Leather-clad sex god. Has the most unusual taste in men.
Misha. Mutilated. Afraid. Will never trust again.

Grim is a bloodthirsty killer, and he owns it. Gay in a world of outlaw bikers, he firmly stands his ground if anyone dares to cross him. He takes pleasure in showing homophobes their place and fucking his way through a life of carnage.

But there is a part of him always aching for something he cannot get. When by chance he saves the most perfect guy he’s ever met, he is not about to let him go. Even if it means he needs to smother his broken bird.

When a masked, bloodstained man rescues Misha from captivity, he doesn’t know if he should thank the menacing stranger or stab him and run. Grim is not the kind of man who takes no for an answer, and Misha might now be in more danger than when he was trapped as a sex slave.

Misha cannot deny though that Grim is as alluring as he is frightening, and once Misha realizes what power his body holds over Grim, he understands that taming the beast of a man could be within his reach.

But any possibility of a future together is like a house of cards when Zero, the sadistic crime lord who destroyed Misha’s life, sets out to get him back.

Will the ruthless biker assassin at Misha’s side be enough to conquer the monsters from his past?

POSSIBLE SPOILERS:

Themes: Outlaw motorcycle club, organized crime, assassin, chase, disability (amputee), devotee, revenge, redemption, kidnapping, road trip, fear, hurt/comfort, past abuse

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FourandHalfStars

Triggers: Sex trafficking, abuse, torture, murder, fetish, kidnapping, child pornography

Holy Crap! My heart raced through this story.  Both the good kind and the sweaty palms, edge of your seat kind.
I have read one previous book in this series, but it was not the one directly prior to this one and I was never lost, never felt like I was missing anything nor were the characters hard to follow.

Whew! With Grim’s demeanor, you’re right in the thick of things from the start of this story.  He finds himself in the presence of Misha, his sexual fantasy!  However, when he really gets a look at Misha, he sees a terrified human being.

Misha is a character that you can’t help but feel bad for – he has a tortured history – one where you can instantly picture a younger, less tortured boy.

You’re sucked right in to a tangled web of lies, deceit, torture, murder and mayhem.  It’s a non-stop roller-coaster ride from the first page to the last.  If you’re up for dark romances, scary, murderous characters then this book is definitely for you.

And, through it all, Grim and Misha are able to develop a connection that is so deep, trusting and loving.

I do wish that the antagonist had suffered far worse – it was not slow enough for me.

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FourStars

This was not one of my favorite books by this author.  I found Grim to be a bit disturbing and his fetish was quite twisted.  I did have a problem with that, but I did go on with reading it.  Misha on the other hand, when it was revealed what happened to him I felt so awful for him.

Even though I had some problems with the story I have to say once again they have written with a lot of feeling, but very dark, intense and twisted. This book took me to an uncomfortable zone at times, but like all their books do, it keeps you wanting to read more.  So please read the warnings so you know just what your getting.

Sherry

FourStars

oh boy, oh boy, this book was a trip.
So here we have book 8 of Merikan’s Coffin Nail’s MC series and it’s twisted as all get out. This is Grim’s story, an assassin who reminds me of a mixture of a puppy, a nutjob, a sweetheart, a kid and the Joker. Lmao
Grim finds Misha, a video porn star with no legs on a mission for the Coffin Nails. Grim spirits Misha away without the others knowing because he’s always liked Misha’s videos and has a thing for amputees. A fetish, really, He’s on a quest to win Misha’s heart and Misha…well he’s like “wtf?” haha
I actually really liked this book, with it’s dark humor and romance. Grim is disturbed…like mentally, and he knows it. The readers knows it, Misha knows it…but for some reason, I liked him. He’s not the type of person I ever wanna meet in a dark alley (lol) but I liked how the author portrayed him and never changed his personality. He was all kinds of crazy, and I liked his brand of crazy…in the book. In real life, I think it’s best that he be put in jail for the safety of others. O_O
Poor Misha. He’d been kidnapped, mutilated, abused and used as a sex toy, yet he was still strong. In the beginning he seemed weak, but hanging around Grim made him stronger. I liked that he never faded in the background with someone like Grim. He and Grim went together like peas and carrots.
Cookie
FourStars
I usually don’t like biker books but this one was really good. I loved how loving and caring Grim was towards Misha. I understand why Misha was hesitant towards Grim and his feelings for him. I can’t even imagine all that Misha went through, besides anxiety and trust issues he seemed pretty normal considering everything that was done to him for over five years. This book had great chemistry and character interaction. There was some intense scenes and the author kept me engaged the entire book.
Angie
ThreeStar

I expected graphic violence. I expected violent, graphic sex. But I wasn’t quite ready for the amputee fetish. I have to admit that after loving KA Merikan’s Guns N Boys series, this is finally a bit too dark and a little too kinky for me.

For me, the violence and sex in the Guns N Boys series is softened with humour and some very tender scenes. But Dom and Seth are equals, partners. I think I found this more disturbing because Misha is a victim and Grim an unapologetic predator for much of the story. There is no humour. No banter between the men softens the harsh edges of the relationship. I’m used to blurry consent in these books but I still find it disturbing.

When I’m enjoying a KA Merikan book, I am aware of the clunky writing and editing errors but I find them easy to ignore. Because I was already struggling with this story, I found the typos quite distracting.

Despite my reservation about the story, I really enjoyed Misha’s character. His backstory is fascinating and his constant adjustment to his changing circumstances feels real and carefully written. There are parts of nomad Grim’s character I enjoyed as well. I just struggled with some of his actions at the start of the story and his fetish throughout.

I did enjoy the relationship between Misha and Grim more at the end of the story than I did at the start. When consent and affection started to replace fear and force, I started to engage more with the story. But the kink still made me a little queasy.

Sarah

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5 Stars for Blood for Magic by Aundrea Singer #MM #Fantasy @Taste_is_Sweet

1.5

Title: Blood for Magic
Author Name & Publisher: Aundrea Singer (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: November 23, 2015 – 234 pgs

Synopsis

Twenty-year-old Tarquin is smart, tactless, and braver than he knows. He’s also been Mage of the Realm of Kelor for two years, taking the title from his mother after she died protecting Kelor from a terrible threat.

While on a quest to heal his dying brother, Tarquin is attacked by a horrific, flesh-eating monster. He’s saved by an enigmatic and mute young soldier, cursed with a terrifying form that conceals the heart of a knight. There’s an almost instant attraction between the two men, but no time to explore it. The monster’s attack is the harbinger of a new invasion.

With Kelor helpless, the realm’s only hope lies with Tarquin. As Mage of the Realm, he alone can sacrifice himself, the way his mother did, in exchange for unimaginably powerful magic. He’s prepared to give up his life to defeat the coming evil, but before the battle is over, he’ll be faced not just with his own death, but the death of everyone he cares about.

Including the monster he’s come to love.

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FiveStars

This book was amazing and the world this author created was awesome!

Tarquin is a blood mage who is very smart but also very reckless. He meets Five while fighting the haldur and trying to save his brother who is Turing into a Golem.

There was just so much action in this book I was on the edge of my seat until the end. This author did a amazing job with these characters and this story! I can’t even tell you how much I loved this world this author created. I loved Tarquin’s character but I also really loved Five’s character too! He was just so sweet even though he could not talk for a lot of this book you could feel how much he cares and I loved how everyone accepted him even though he was so different then the others. You also meet so many different characters in this book and I have to say I really loved all of them.

With this book you get so much action and steam between Tarquin and Five. Then there was the way everything just comes together so perfectly and the ending was just so awesome!
I do not want to give away any spoilers because this book was just so good you really need to read this one for yourself. So I will leave this review with…

I 100% loved this story and I would definitely recommend this book!

Kara

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5 and TWO 4 Stars for Despite the Odds (Odds Are #1) by Chris T. Kat @christikat #MM #Romance

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Title: Despite the Odds (Odds Are #1)
Author Name: Chris T. Kat
Publication Date & Length: June 3, 2015 — 114 pages

Synopsis

Never judge a book by its cover.

Michael Campbell can’t hold a job for more than a few days. He’s lucky his foreman is giving him another chance with the solar panel project at an elementary school in Atlantic City. When he spies a man walking strangely in front of the school, Michael laughs, assuming he’s drunk or high. Little does he realize that Joshua Stone, a teaching assistant, has cerebral palsy, and he’s having a bad muscle control day. Taking a tumble right in front of the handsome construction worker is just his luck.

When Michael learns the truth, he feels bad for his cruel behavior. He offers to give Joshua—and his tricycle, the Racing Rhonda—a lift. Joshua accepts the help, and suddenly there’s a gorgeous man breezing into his life, turning his world upside down. But Michael has more issues than his inability to hold down a job, and neither man is sure if they’ll be able to overcome their fears in order to be together.

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I have to say this book was so sweet!

So with this book you get Michael who is not making the best decisions for himself and has a hard time with certain things like foot in mouth syndrome.
Then there was Josh who falls in front of Michael which causes him to laugh at Josh thinking he was drunk when that was not the case at all. Michael realizes what he has done and feels so bad for it.
This book was about two men who may not have had the easiest life finding each other and growing to love each other.
I honestly thought this book was so sweet and I was happy that they both have each other. Yes there was some up and downs with Josh learning that Michael can love him despite his cerebral palsy and Michael learning that he may not be able to do something that others can but that does not stop Josh from caring about him.

All together I really liked this book!

Kara

FourStars

Awwwww, this story was just too cute.
It’s about Michael, who can’t seem to wake up in time to keep a job, but he’s trying. He also has trouble reading so he’s fragile about that issue. One day he sees a guy walking funny and laughs, thinking that the guy is a drunk.
Well he’s not. The guy he laughed at was Josh, and Josh has cerebral palsy. I may not have ever been in Josh’s shoes, but I have patients with the same disability and I think they’re so strong and awesome for pushing forward day to day, even if some people aren’t so understanding.
Michael realizes his mistake and tries to get to know Josh better, and they fall in love. It happens fast, but sometimes you just want to read a happy ending for a mismatched couple who are perfect for each other. I see that there’s a part 2 and I’ll be reading that next. ^_^

~Cookie

FourStars

This was a new author for me and I enjoyed the book for the most part. The author style of writing made this an easy read. I really enjoyed Joshua but it took me a while to warm up to Michael due to the crap he pulled at the start of the book. He did, however, make up for it later. Too me it was clear that he had a good heart, he just appeared to be lost. What I loved about Joshua was he was disabled but still did everything he could to lead a productive life. Overall this was a really good book.

~Lynn

Excerpt

Henderson bulldozed right into Michael’s personal space, surprising him with the action. “You stupid son of a bitch!”

“Hey! No calling my mother names, okay?” Michael tried to joke. He’d never seen Henderson this angry. Neither did he care to have all this anger directed at him. Sure, he could hold his own if necessary, but he was more a run-away-if-there’s-trouble kind of guy.

“Do you know who that was?”

“A drunk who shouldn’t set foot on school property?” Michael hazarded.

Henderson’s eyes narrowed to small slits when he replied, “His name is Joshua Stone, and he isn’t drunk. He’s a teaching assistant who works here.”

“He looked drunk to me.”

Henderson closed his eyes, obviously trying to rein in his temper, before he put a bit more distance between them. “Mr. Stone is disabled, hence the way he walks. It’s not always that obvious, but he was carrying books, a lot of books, which threw off his balance. He’s a very good teaching assistant. He doesn’t deserve to be laughed at by someone like you, who can’t even take care of himself.”

That stung.

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3.5 Stars for Inflori by A.F. Henley #MM #Disability

1.5

Title: Inflori
Author Name & Publisher: A.F. Henley (Less Than Three Press)
Publication Date & Length: October 17, 2012 – 186 pgs

Synopsis

Dustin gave up on being worthy of anyone’s affections a long time ago, drowning his problems in substance abuse and meaningless encounters. He has learned it’s better to avoid love altogether than risk the inevitable moment when it all comes crashing down.

Nicolæ has neither eyesight nor excess, but he does have a wealth of family and intuition. He is nothing that Dustin would have anticipated in a potential lover, but the more Dustin discovers, the more he finds himself willing to accept the risk – even if his conscience and the people in his life keep warning him away.

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ThreeandHalfStars

So, this is a slightly depressing but hopeful tale of a boy who is in a path of self destruction. Dustin drinks too much and doesn’t seem to care that his life is spiraling out of control. He had a messed up upbringing with his mother so I felt for the poor guy. Sometimes having money doesn’t equal instant happiness.
I’m glad he met Nicolae, who isn’t rich, but has family, friends and holds so much kindness. That kindness touches Dustin and helps him heal is wicked ways. Nic is also blind, but he has mysterious abilities that is just weird.
I gave this 3 1/2 cause I wasn’t quite convinced that Nic and Dustin should have a romantic relationship. Idk, Nic was too perfect, too…idk. I liked the poetic writing style, but sometimes a strong friendship is better than lovers. Nic and Dustin should have been good friends. Friends can help each other heal, right?
Cookie

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