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TWO 5 and 4 Stars for Truth in the Dark by Amy Lane (AUDIOBOOK) #MM #FairyTales @AmyMaclane

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Title: Truth in the Dark
Author Name & Publisher: Amy Lane (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: June 16, 2010 – 186 pgs

Synopsis

“I am not beautiful…”

Knife’s entire existence has been as twisted as his flesh and his face. The only thing beautiful in his life is his sister. When Gwennie is obliged to turn a suitor down because she fears to leave her brother to the brutality of their village, Knife is desperate for anything to ensure her happiness.

Her suitor’s cousin offers him a way out, but it won’t be easy. Aerie-Smith has been cursed to walk upright in the form of a beast, and his beloved village suffers from the same spell. Aerie-Smith offers Gwen a trousseau and some hope, if only Knife will keep him company on his island for the span of a year and perform one “regrettable task” at year’s end.

Knife is unprepared for the form the island’s curse takes on his own misshapen body. In one moment of magic, he is given the body of his dreams—and he discovers that where flesh meets spirit and appearance meet reality, sometimes the only place to find truth is in the darkness of a lover’s arms.

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FiveStars

**AUDIOBOOK REVIEW**
Another hit from Amy Lane.
This was very different from some of the books I’ve read of Ms. Lane’s. It was set in a completely different setting than what I’m used to, but it totally worked for the characters. I found myself falling in love with both the harsh, hard men as they found their way in the dark (Sometimes quite literally).
Although we get the angst and love that Amy is quite simply excellent at, there is so much more going on and I loved it. The fact that she could turn a character who isn’t beautiful with an in your face beautiful personality, she manages to make you love the character and see all that is hidden behind the hurt and pain.
I must say that I absolutely LOVED Knife’s sister. That is all.
Nick Russo did an AWESOME job with narrating this book. I’ve listen to many of his books now and I actually didn’t realize it was him because he had such a different sound that TOTALLY fit the characters and the setting of the book.
Renee
FiveStars
A modern day beauty and the beast, with a sexy twist!  I so enjoyed this story.  Lane was able to write this story with so much emotion, feeling and angst that I could picture each detail in my head.  It became a vivid storybook – a modern day game of chess. Move and counter-moves in order to align the board for the final play.
The emotion and tenderness in this story was so far above what I was expecting.  I laughed and cried during this book – I felt that it also had such a great moral behind it – be true to yourself – someone who loves you will see the real you.
I really enjoyed Knife’s family as well.  I think their fierce defense of Knife was both admirable and dutiful.  I found it extra enjoyable when Aerie-Smith met them for the first time.  It seemed that is how all first family meetings should be.
I can’t say enough good things about this story – I really enjoyed it and was so surprised at how much emotion was portrayed in this story.
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FourStars

This book and the feels…
Knife was born with a twisted foot and due to that he had other problems with his back and the rest of his body. Well you know how cruel people can be and then something happens to Knife when he was 12 was so horrible and I felt so bad for him having to go through something like that. Years later his sister Gwennie has a suitor who wants to marry her but she will not leave Knife behind.  Can I say I loved his sister! She was so protective of him and loved him so much.
Then you meet Aerie-Smith who is the cousin of Gwen’s suitor. He comes to Knifes town to request Knife come and stay with him on his island for a year as a companion for a year but he must also do something regrettable too,
I loved the world Amy Lane made with this book. You get action, angst and sweet with this book. Let me say the sacrifice that Knife makes it brought tears to my eyes to see how much he really loved Aerie-Smith.
You meet so many different characters in this book…Some you will love and some you will hate for how cruel they are.
All together I really liked this book!
I would definitely recommend this book!
Kara

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3 stars for Anastasia by Emma Taylor @LT3Press #FF #Fantasy #Fairytales

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Title: Anastasia
Author Name & Publisher: Emma Taylor — Less Than Three Press
Publication Date & Length: October 15, 2014 — 108 pages

Synopsis

When the farm where she lives begins to die, Anastasia’s father casts out her mother and sister in order to save it. In revenge, her mother takes Anastasia as well. The three of them move to a strange town where the streets never stay still, and only the rats know way.

They are saved from a squalid life when her mother unexpectedly remarries, but Anastasia does not know quite what to make of her new stepsister, and before she can truly settle into yet another life her mother begins to act strangely and her sister grows deathly ill

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Anastasia is a fairy tale. It’s written in fairy tale style, a story that is told rather than shown, with lots of mystery. Too much mystery, at times, for me to figure out. People are cursed, villains are confusing, there are magic potions. But Anastasia is a competent, admirable heroine. She takes care of her adorably wicked little sister. She tries to bond with her new stepsister.
The interaction between the three young members of the family is compelling. I read this story fast, not wanting to put it down. There’s a lesbian aspect, however it’s more chaste than seductive. It’s enough of a love story to feel satisfying without being a love story. In fact, it’s what I usually want from more “mainstream”/non-romance books. “Okay, just like that, but more gay.” So here’s a fairy tale with a little bit of gay, but much more fairy tale. If this is your genre, you’ll be happy adding this to your collection.
~C. E. Case

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Emma Taylor’s goal in life is to fill every surface of her apartment with books. Amazon.com is enabling this prospect to a much greater extent than she could ever have imagined. She lives with one cat (read: overlord), who is very firmly an only cat, which means she has to cheat on the side with other people’s kittens. Her favorite season is autumn, due partially to the rise in pumpkin-flavored products. She tries to enjoy fall as much as possible, which leads to a vague sense of guilt each day that she does not buy a pumpkin spice latte. It’s an on-going, annual struggle.

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5 stars for Razor by Jon Keys #MM #Romance #urbanfantasy #fairytales @Jon4Keys

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Title: Razor
Author Name: Jon Keys
Publication Date & Length: February 6, 2015 – 73pgs

Synopsis

When the world crashes down around your ears, sometimes all you can do is punt and hope for the best. That’s exactly what James and Micah decide to do when one of them is diagnosed with cancer, and the other discovers a serious heart defect. When the doctor tells them to start working on their bucket lists, the two take a trip in an effort to create some good memories, and forget the ugly truths, while they focus on their time in each other’s arms.

Their vacation turns into much more than they anticipated when they find themselves drawn to a club like sailors to a siren. Several sexy waiters, some unforgettable lap dances, and one whip-wielding stud later, they stumble upon the answer to their prayers. Their sex is wild again, and the pair find themselves living for tomorrow. But with every answer comes questions, and Micah’s search for more may destroy them both.

Will they be able to recover from his thirst for the truth? Or will the men always live walking on the edge of a Razor?

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FiveStars

What an intense, gorgeous story. On the surface, it starts out with a tone that’s both sad (both Micah and James are facing terminal illness) yet almost light-hearted as they look for a way to make the most of their remaining time together. What follows is both sensual and deep, though the story retains its sense of playfulness.

I can’t say too much without giving spoilers, but this is an absolutely marvelous story. Though the situation has magical elements, the range of emotions is realistic. Even in such a short space, we see just how deeply these men love each other. I particularly liked the way their sexual give-and-take mirrored the other aspects of their relationship and how that fit together so well with the fantasty.

As for the sex…let’s just say that if you like a lot of intense heat, this is a story for you. For me, what made it even hotter was that it was graphic but realistic–nothing that had an over-the-top, bad-porn feel to it at all. Their encounters ranged from desperate to tender to humor, sometimes almost at the same time. Beautifully written.

5 stars (wish I could give it more!)

~Amy

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Micah made the landing and stood watching James ascend. A few seconds later, he reached the top and looked around. They found themselves outside a door almost as dark as the night, set into a wall of Cimmerian brick that disappeared into the gloom on either side. The doorman standing beside it was equally striking. He stood taller than James’s six feet, and wore only a black leather kilt and heavy boots that seemed to consume the lower part of his muscular legs. No one would dare challenge the man. His torso rippled in ways James had never seen before. His face was rugged, covered with a few days’ scruff trimmed precisely along his jawline. Before he could think of what they should do, the doorman spoke.

“Welcome to Razor. What’s your pleasure tonight?”

James stood speechless as the deep bass of the man’s voice resonated through the night. “The music. The music is wonderful. We caught it from a few blocks off and wanted to hear more.”

A smile emerged on the man’s face and changed him from executioner to guardian. “Of course, the music. You’ve found the right place. Just in time, too. Tonight is drawing to a close.”

He grasped the bronze door pull that was easily as long and thick as James’s forearm and opened the massive door with little apparent effort. He motioned them into the portal with a wave. “Go. Enjoy yourself.”

The pair moved toward the opening and peered inside. The room was dim, except for an empty stage bathed in warm light. James noticed the musical trio creating the instrumentals that had lured them through the foggy night. They glanced back to the grinning bouncer who encouraged them forward with a nod.

They stepped into the room and paused to take it in. From the elaborately carved dark mahogany bar lined with every imaginable type of liqueur, to the lovingly worn floor that had seen thousands of pairs of feet during its existence, it was all club. The couple moved inside as the door closed behind them with scarcely a whisper.

As they studied the room, two things struck James. First, they were the only customers. Second, everyone else in the room wore very little and were male. Their smiling waiter stepped to their table. James swallowed hard as he looked at the man standing before him. He dressed in the same boots as the bouncer, which were buckled to just below his knees. The remainder of the waiter’s clothing consisted of a black leather jockstrap filled to capacity.

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My earliest memories revolve around books; with the first ones I can recall reading being “The Warlord of Mars” and anything with Tarzan. (The local library wasn’t particularly up to date.) But as puberty set in I started sneaking my mother’s romance magazines and added the world of romance and erotica to the mix of science fiction, fantasy and comic books.

A voracious reader for almost half a century, I’ve only recently begun creating my own flights of fiction for the entertainment of others. Born in the Southwest and now living in the Midwest, I’ve worked as a ranch hand, teacher, computer tech, roughneck, designer, retail clerk, welder, artist, and, yes, pool boy; with interests ranging from kayaking and hunting to painting and cooking, I draw from a wide range of life experiences to create written works that draw the reader in and wrap them in a good story.

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