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New Release: 4.5, 4, and 3 Star Reviews for The Art of Hero Worship by Mia Kerick #Crime #MM @miakerick

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Title: The Art of Hero Worship
Author Name & Publisher: Mia Kerick (Cool Dudes Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: February 14, 2016 – 212 pgs

Synopsis

Trembling on the floor, pressed beneath a row of seats in a dark theater, college freshman Jason Tripp listens to the terrifying sound of gunshots, as an unknown shooter moves methodically through the theater, randomly murdering men, women, and children attending a student performance of Hamlet. Junior Liam Norcross drapes his massive body on top of Jason, sheltering the younger man from the deathly hail of bullets, risking his life willingly, and maybe even eagerly.

As a result of the shared horror, an extraordinary bond forms between the two young men, which causes discomfort for family and friends, as well as for Jason and Liam, themselves. And added to the challenge of two previously “straight” men falling into a same-sex love, are the complications that arise from the abundance of secrets Liam holds with regard to a past family tragedy. The fledgling passion between the men seems bound to fade away into the darkness from which it emerged.

Jason, however, is inexplicably called to rescue his hero in return, by delving into Liam’s shady past and uncovering the mystery that compels the older man to act as the college town’s selfless savior.

The Art of Hero Worship takes the reader on a voyage from the dark and chilling chaos that accompanies a mass shooting to the thrill of an unexpected and sensual romance.

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Review

FourandHalfStars

This book was stunningly beautiful and Mia Kerick just has a way with the written word. This book had mystery and suspense along with romance. Two men who considered them to be straight were suddenly in a situation where they found themselves to be falling in love with each other. In addition to dealing with a crazed shooter, PTSD and the loss of friends they had to deal with suddenly find themselves in love with each other and had to deal with their family’s as well. This story was heart wrenching and felt very realistic. That comes from a great author.

Lynn

FourStars

I really enjoyed this book. There were so many elements to it, the tragic shooting, the after effects for both Liam and Jase, both guys having feelings for another guy for the first time, and guilt over those they couldn’t save. This book had so much emotion and I thought the author did a good job to where the reader felt all of those emotions right along with the characters. I do wish there would have been more dialogue at times there was a lot of inner thinking on Jase’s part which is understandable but I wanted to hear Jase express his feelings instead of keeping them to himself.

Angie

ThreeStar

I really enjoyed this book. There were so many elements to it, the tragic shooting, the after effects for both Liam and Jase, both guys having feelings for another guy for the first time, and guilt over those they couldn’t save. This book had so much emotion and I thought the author did a good job to where the reader felt all of those emotions right along with the characters. I do wish there would have been more dialogue at times there was a lot of inner thinking on Jase’s part which is understandable but I wanted to hear Jase express his feelings instead of keeping them to himself.

Sarah

Excerpt

Pop-pop-pop….

No, I’m not even remotely safe. But thankfully I play dead far better than my dog did when I taught him that trick at the age of seven.

The shots are earsplitting and getting louder because the shooter’s heading our way. I’m so fucking scared I’m trembling violently, but I promised the guy lying on top of me that I’d stay still. I concentrate on taking short shallow breaths, one after another, in my effort to stop trembling. To stay frozen—like I’ve been since I pulled Ginny to the floor and promptly let go of her hand so I could curl up into a tight fetal ball.

Somebody near me sits up, scrambles to his knees, and impulsively crawls toward the far aisle.

Pop-pop-pop…

“Bang, bang… you’re dead.” The voice comes from directly above me; it’s blank and monotone and controlled. The weird snicker that follows is chilling. I want nothing more than to throw the big guy off my back and run like hell toward the double doors, but I just keep on going with the short breaths and stay as still as I’ve ever been in my life. Even in my terrified state, I know that the guy on top of me is totally exposed and I can’t move because I’ll cheat him out of his life, for sure. Which is so not cool when he’s trying to save mine.

I smell blood. Never noticed the smell of blood before. It reminds me of Grandma’s penny collection… if it got spilled onto the sticky floor of the theater. The scent of old copper is everywhere… like wet pennies strewn all around me on the floor.

Pop-pop-pop…

Shooter’s right above us now. Don’t move… don’t move… don’t move….

“Dear God, help us!”  This request seems to catch the shooter’s attention and he turns around and steps away from us. I curse myself for feeling as relieved, and maybe even glad, as I do.

Pop-pop-pop….

We wait and it seems like forever. We wait as voices beg and plead and pray and he shuts them up with bullets. We wait as the sound of shots moves to the front left near the exit, where I figure he’s shooting at anyone who tries to get out through the double doors.

And then, for a second, it’s quiet.

“Now….” The big guy’s voice is whispering but it seems to blast into my left ear. “We have to make our move now.” Before I agree, the heaviness of his body lifts and I feel cold and exposed. “This is our chance to get outta here….”

His hand is attached to the back of my wrist, clutching me so hard that I know I’ll have fingerprint bruises for a week… if I live so long.

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4 Star Review for Life is a Stevie Wonder Song by V.L. Locey #MM #GayForYou @vllocey

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Title: Life is a Stevie Wonder Song
Author Name & Publisher: V.L. Locey (Torquere Books)
Publication Date & Length: December 30, 2015 – 24,000 Words

Synopsis

Authors know that their muse is a fickle creature. Best-selling spy novelist Stephen Ramsey has been in a hate-hate relationship with his inspiration for months. Stephen’s publisher lays a legal ultimatum upon him, with a rapidly approaching deadline, he knows he must do something to kick-start his creativity or face the unemployment line. His daughter comes up with a possible answer: a summer camp for the creative soul. With nothing to lose, Stephen packs up his laptop, phonograph and beloved record albums and heads from Manhattan to the Catskill Mountains.

There, among a horde of college students attending for extra credits, is Declan Pomeroy, a photographer of fey creatures who is twenty years younger than Stephen. The woods are a magical place, and he quickly finds himself falling under the spell of the free-spirited photographer. Confusion wars with desire inside Stephen as he succumbs to the feelings welling up inside. But, sadly, summer camp always has to end. Can a man who has just found himself really leave the person that makes his heart sing?

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FourStars

Stephen has lost his muse… So his daughter comes up with a idea of him going to a summer camp for the creative soul. That is where he meets Declan a photographer he is attracted to..

This was a short book so I will not go to much into it… This Novella was so good and I really loved these two men together. It did feel a little rushed to me but I still really liked this story and loved the way this author wrote these characters! There is a age gap between Stephen and Declan but I really loved how they were with each other!

So I will leave this review with…. I really like this Novella!
I would recommend this!

Kara

Excerpt

Then he appeared from the tree line, a lithe, pale creature of the Finnish goddess Mielikki’s woods if ever I had seen one. Yay for that semester of world mythology back in college finally paying off. Declan wore nothing but a scrap of linen tied around his lean waist and a camera around his neck. I swallowed and stepped down off the porch, anxious to get closer to him. He waited patiently for me. As I drew closer, I could hear him humming. A smile tweaked my lips.

It was Stevie Wonder’s Signed, Sealed, Delivered.

“You look like you have too much on,” Declan announced when I stood in front of him. I glanced down at my attire. Gym shorts, a T-shirt, and sneakers sans socks. “How would you feel about doing this nude?” My sight knifed back from my clothes to my guide into the Twilight Zone.

“You’re not naked,” I pointed out once I could speak around the knot of desire clogging my throat.

“I usually am, but I figured you’d be far too uptight to not have clothes on, so, I fashioned a makeshift chiton to cover my goodies.”

“Okay. Yes, I’m not comfortable with our goodies hanging out.” He glanced up at the fat moon over our heads, then sighed dramatically. “I can do no shirt and no shoes, however.”

Declan’s gaze returned to me from Madame Luna. He made a sort of cooing sound then rose to his tiny toes to press his lips to mine. It was a soft peck, our mouths touching for a mere second, but it did things to my perceptions of who Steven Ramsey is that I still cannot fully explain.

“I think I’d like to see you without a shirt,” he whispered over my lips.

“What are you doing?” I croaked. He shrugged a shoulder, then dropped back down to stand flat-footed. “Stop it, okay? I’m old enough to be your father.”

He smiled then spun around, his bare back gleaming pure white. I wanted to touch his skin, trace the knobs of his spine with my tongue. This whole thing was pure insanity, yet I hurried to strip off my old T-shirt and kick off my sneakers. Declan glanced over his shoulder, smiled again, and then rushed off into the night, the coquette. I followed because what else could I do?

Not traipsing after the kid was impossible. The grass was cool and wet under my bare soles. The high whine of a mosquito zipped past my ear. I would be nothing but a massive bug bite in the morning. I walked behind Declan, swatting at the air, hoping I didn’t step on something that would require stitches or a tetanus shot. We stepped into the woods. I debated going back for my shoes.

“We have to be as silent as possible,” Declan, standing on my right, whispered.

“Shoes are quiet,” I replied, my hand resting on the scraggy bark of an old pine.

“Shoes don’t allow you to touch the earth.”

“They also don’t allow thorns to penetrate your flesh,” I parried. My guide grunted in consternation then set off once again. A million questions bounced around my head as I tenderly placed one foot down then the other. What kind of camera did he use? Was there a special ethereal film for capturing fey? Did I need therapy? Did I just step on a slug?

We walked deeper into the woods. The farther we traveled, the more I wanted to speak up or at least scoff. I was working on a good zinger when I ran into Declan’s bare back. He threw up a hand to silence me. My body tightened from a weird combination of fear and desire. The kid felt wonderful pressed against my chest, his clammy skin resting against mine. I peered over his head, my hand coming to rest on his left hip. Declan leaned back into me just the slightest bit.

My cock began to swell. My eyelids drifted down as he wiggled enticingly closer still.

“Look at the hazy ring around the moon,” Declan whispered. My fingers dug into his bony hip. I opened my eyes and looked up. We were on the edge of a small glen. He lifted up his camera and snapped several images as I stared at the milky white fingers of magic tickling the moon. “Now look at the ground.” I did. There, in the center of the small glen, was a small, perfectly circular ring of mushrooms perhaps ten feet wide. “That’s known as a fairy ring.”

“Huh,” I grunted, my body trying desperately to take over the show. Declan had to feel my erection resting against his pert ass. He seemed perfectly as ease with a hard dick between his buttocks. I, on the other hand, was slowly going mad. I longed to lower my mouth to his neck and lick the sweat from his skin. I also wanted to run away screaming to the world that I was not a faggot, but was I? It certainly looked it. Declan lowered his camera and took a few shots of the white mushrooms.

“I’ve heard tales of the fey blessing those who stand in a fairy ring under a full moon. Would you like to go stand in the ring, Steven?” he asked. I nodded. He slid out of my grasp and reached back to find my hand. His fingers were thinner than mine. He pulled me into the glen. I glanced up, then back. “Are you afraid that someone will see us cuddling in the fairy ring?”

“At the moment,” I stepped carefully over several large mushrooms,” I’m afraid of everything, mostly you.”

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New Release: The Art of Hero Worship by Mia Kerick #Crime #MM @miakerick

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Title: The Art of Hero Worship
Author Name & Publisher: Mia Kerick (Cool Dudes Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: February 14, 2016 – 212 pgs

Synopsis

Trembling on the floor, pressed beneath a row of seats in a dark theater, college freshman Jason Tripp listens to the terrifying sound of gunshots, as an unknown shooter moves methodically through the theater, randomly murdering men, women, and children attending a student performance of Hamlet. Junior Liam Norcross drapes his massive body on top of Jason, sheltering the younger man from the deathly hail of bullets, risking his life willingly, and maybe even eagerly.

As a result of the shared horror, an extraordinary bond forms between the two young men, which causes discomfort for family and friends, as well as for Jason and Liam, themselves. And added to the challenge of two previously “straight” men falling into a same-sex love, are the complications that arise from the abundance of secrets Liam holds with regard to a past family tragedy. The fledgling passion between the men seems bound to fade away into the darkness from which it emerged.

Jason, however, is inexplicably called to rescue his hero in return, by delving into Liam’s shady past and uncovering the mystery that compels the older man to act as the college town’s selfless savior.

The Art of Hero Worship takes the reader on a voyage from the dark and chilling chaos that accompanies a mass shooting to the thrill of an unexpected and sensual romance.

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Excerpt

Pop-pop-pop….

No, I’m not even remotely safe. But thankfully I play dead far better than my dog did when I taught him that trick at the age of seven.

The shots are earsplitting and getting louder because the shooter’s heading our way. I’m so fucking scared I’m trembling violently, but I promised the guy lying on top of me that I’d stay still. I concentrate on taking short shallow breaths, one after another, in my effort to stop trembling. To stay frozen—like I’ve been since I pulled Ginny to the floor and promptly let go of her hand so I could curl up into a tight fetal ball.

Somebody near me sits up, scrambles to his knees, and impulsively crawls toward the far aisle.

Pop-pop-pop…

“Bang, bang… you’re dead.” The voice comes from directly above me; it’s blank and monotone and controlled. The weird snicker that follows is chilling. I want nothing more than to throw the big guy off my back and run like hell toward the double doors, but I just keep on going with the short breaths and stay as still as I’ve ever been in my life. Even in my terrified state, I know that the guy on top of me is totally exposed and I can’t move because I’ll cheat him out of his life, for sure. Which is so not cool when he’s trying to save mine.

I smell blood. Never noticed the smell of blood before. It reminds me of Grandma’s penny collection… if it got spilled onto the sticky floor of the theater. The scent of old copper is everywhere… like wet pennies strewn all around me on the floor.

Pop-pop-pop…

Shooter’s right above us now. Don’t move… don’t move… don’t move….

“Dear God, help us!”  This request seems to catch the shooter’s attention and he turns around and steps away from us. I curse myself for feeling as relieved, and maybe even glad, as I do.

Pop-pop-pop….

We wait and it seems like forever. We wait as voices beg and plead and pray and he shuts them up with bullets. We wait as the sound of shots moves to the front left near the exit, where I figure he’s shooting at anyone who tries to get out through the double doors.

And then, for a second, it’s quiet.

“Now….” The big guy’s voice is whispering but it seems to blast into my left ear. “We have to make our move now.” Before I agree, the heaviness of his body lifts and I feel cold and exposed. “This is our chance to get outta here….”

His hand is attached to the back of my wrist, clutching me so hard that I know I’ll have fingerprint bruises for a week… if I live so long.

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TWO 5 and ONE 3 Stars for Sunset Park (Five Boroughs #2) by Santino Hassell #MM #Romance @SantinoHassell @Dreamspinners

1.5

Title: Sunset Park (Five Boroughs #2)
Author Name & Publisher: Santino Hassell (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: December 11, 2015 – 230 pgs

Synopsis

Raymond Rodriguez’s days of shoving responsibility to the wayside are over. His older brother wants to live with his boyfriend so Raymond has to get his act together and find a place of his own. But when out-and-proud David Butler offers to be his roommate, Raymond agrees for reasons other than needing a place to crash.

David is Raymond’s opposite in almost every way—he’s Connecticut prim and proper while Raymond is a sarcastic longshoreman from Queens—but their friendship is solid. Their closeness surprises everyone as does their not-so-playful flirtation since Raymond has always kept his bicurious side a secret.

Once they’re under the same roof, flirting turns physical, and soon their easy camaraderie is in danger of being lost to frustrating sexual tension and the stark cultural differences that set them apart. Now Raymond not only has to commit to his new independence—he has to commit to his feelings for David or risk losing him for good.

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FiveStars

Wow.  Just wow.  I was consumed by this story.  This is an unusual m/m romance  – I’m not sure I completely liked either of the leading men and I’m not sure I was supposed to.  Raymond is a closeted sponging stoner who can’t hold down a job and has failed to gain any qualifications since high school.  David is a slightly snobby player with an ego and a slight Grindr addiction.  

But these men are real.  They’re  complicated.  Raymond has been hurt.  His confidence is much lower than his glowering thug persona suggests.  Likewise, David is weaker and needier than his affluent background and professional polish suggests.  Together they are a hot mess. A really, really hot mess.  They are both terrible at relationships.  Communication is non-existent and the angst is raw and palpable.  

But when they finally connect, David and Raymond’s first kiss is one of the hottest first kisses I can remember reading.  And it just gets steamier from there.  The chemistry between David and Raymond is hot.  The sex is raw, fierce and surprisingly tender.  Santino Hassell consistently writes unforgettable sex scenes and this might be his most erotic work yet.
For me, this is worth five stars because it is so much more than than just an erotic romance.  The story is dedicated to the Millennials and I think the author has captured the spirit of a generation with accuracy and more than a little empathy.  These kids expect work to have meaning.  They are torn between making money and making a difference; giving up and dropping out or risking rejection and failure.  This is a simple story with beautifully drawn characters and a contemplative heart.  I loved it.  

Sarah

FiveStars

Raymond has to get his act together because his older brother who we meet in the first book in this series wants to move in with his boyfriend which means Raymond needs to move out and be responsible. David we also meet in the first book agrees to move in with him.

I have to say I really love this authors writing style! The way he writes these characters was just awesome even though I really need to be honest and say I was not a fan of David through a lot of this book. I mean there were just so many times he would annoy me with his I want you but I need to decide what I feel about my ex, but I want you that really drove nuts and made me feel bad for Raymond and the way David was running him around.

Other than that I really also loved the way this story was written and the slow build up between these two men which was very hot! I do not want to give away any spoilers because you really need to read this series for yourself because it is just so good! So I will leave this review with although it took awhile for David’s character to grow on me I really loved this book and would definitely recommend this series!

Kara

ThreeStar

I didn’t read the first book, and I don’t think I really want to. Book 2 wasn’t a horrible book, Actually, the writing was pretty good, but I really didn’t like the main characters. Well, I didn’t like David.
So, Raymond, the younger brother from the first book, the slacker, finally has to grow up cause his brother wants to move in with his lover. David offers to be roommates because he has the hots for Raymond, who is supposed to be straight. Well he’s not, since he’s having fantasies about David.
The beginning of the book caught my interest, but it went down hill foe me when they moved in together. David…oh David. I liked him in the beginning, until he turned out to be a cheating, indecisive, whiny, needy, diva-jerk. He didn’t cheat on Raymond, but he had cheated on his last partner several times. I hate cheating. I hate reading a book with a cheater main character. Sure, David could have redeemed himself to me, but he didn’t.
I liked Raymond. I thought he was funny, but in the end, I didn’t feel much love for him either. I may be tempted to read book 3 if it’s about David’s ex. I feel like the poor guy needs a happy ending.
~Cookie

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4 and 3 Stars for Say It With Ink (The Seattle Chronicles) by C.C. Dado @C_C_Dado

1.5

Title: Say It With Ink (The Seattle Chronicles)
Author Name & Publisher: C.C. Dado (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: December 2, 2015 – 61 pgs

Synopsis

Levi can remember the exact moment the projection of his life changed entirely, from homeless dropout to college graduate. It was the day he found Jamie Donovan standing on his front porch—the boy Levi had secretly drooled over from afar would become the best friend he secretly drooled over up close.

When Levi gets a full ride scholarship but Jamie doesn’t, Jamie becomes an exotic dancer to help pay his tuition. Watching Jamie perform is pure torture for Levi, and hiding how he really feels starts to take its toll. And when the hot new guy from his Econ class hits on him, Levi has to decide just how long he’s going to stay devoted to his straight best friend.

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FourStars

I really thought this book was short and sweet.  You have unrequited love, someone searching for their place in life, new friendships and a family that is, despite being adopted, supportive.

This was a great book in that Jamie is clueless, but lovable and Levi is not clueless, but doesn’t want to lose a friend.  The two of them have stumbled through life together despite their friendship being a little strange – wrong side kid is befriended by kid from the right side of town.

Through all of the miscommunications, hidden looks, new friendships and drama – you get a couple of guys who create a great chemistry.  Their friendship has lasted all through high school and even though they get some things wrong, their friendship isn’t one of them.

Overall, this was mostly a story about finding and being true to yourself.

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ThreeStar

This is full of the kind of angst people only ever feel at 18. Closeted Levi has always secretly loved his best friend. When all of his pent up emotion finally bursts free, he runs.

This very short story is full of all sorts of cliche plot devices: gay for you, separated by misunderstandings, poor communication – it’s all here. This is raw, testosterone-fueled teen angst.

The story is saved because Levi and Jamie are both such nice guys. But then again, nice is such a damning word. Jamie is nice. His family is nice. Levi – he’s a little too wild to be nice. These are characters that we come to care about, which is rare for me in a short story.

The chemistry between Jamie and Levi is explosive, though there is an awful lot of angst to wade through before we get to see them connect.

Ultimately, this is a new adult romance full of all the emotion and excitement that everyone who was ever a college freshman will remember.

Sarah

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New Release: Life is a Stevie Wonder Song by V.L. Locey #MM #GayForYou @vllocey

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Title: Life is a Stevie Wonder Song
Author Name & Publisher: V.L. Locey (Torquere Books)
Publication Date & Length: December 30, 2015 – 24,000 Words

Synopsis

Authors know that their muse is a fickle creature. Best-selling spy novelist Stephen Ramsey has been in a hate-hate relationship with his inspiration for months. Stephen’s publisher lays a legal ultimatum upon him, with a rapidly approaching deadline, he knows he must do something to kick-start his creativity or face the unemployment line. His daughter comes up with a possible answer: a summer camp for the creative soul. With nothing to lose, Stephen packs up his laptop, phonograph and beloved record albums and heads from Manhattan to the Catskill Mountains.

There, among a horde of college students attending for extra credits, is Declan Pomeroy, a photographer of fey creatures who is twenty years younger than Stephen. The woods are a magical place, and he quickly finds himself falling under the spell of the free-spirited photographer. Confusion wars with desire inside Stephen as he succumbs to the feelings welling up inside. But, sadly, summer camp always has to end. Can a man who has just found himself really leave the person that makes his heart sing?

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Then he appeared from the tree line, a lithe, pale creature of the Finnish goddess Mielikki’s woods if ever I had seen one. Yay for that semester of world mythology back in college finally paying off. Declan wore nothing but a scrap of linen tied around his lean waist and a camera around his neck. I swallowed and stepped down off the porch, anxious to get closer to him. He waited patiently for me. As I drew closer, I could hear him humming. A smile tweaked my lips.

It was Stevie Wonder’s Signed, Sealed, Delivered.

“You look like you have too much on,” Declan announced when I stood in front of him. I glanced down at my attire. Gym shorts, a T-shirt, and sneakers sans socks. “How would you feel about doing this nude?” My sight knifed back from my clothes to my guide into the Twilight Zone.

“You’re not naked,” I pointed out once I could speak around the knot of desire clogging my throat.

“I usually am, but I figured you’d be far too uptight to not have clothes on, so, I fashioned a makeshift chiton to cover my goodies.”

“Okay. Yes, I’m not comfortable with our goodies hanging out.” He glanced up at the fat moon over our heads, then sighed dramatically. “I can do no shirt and no shoes, however.”

Declan’s gaze returned to me from Madame Luna. He made a sort of cooing sound then rose to his tiny toes to press his lips to mine. It was a soft peck, our mouths touching for a mere second, but it did things to my perceptions of who Steven Ramsey is that I still cannot fully explain.

“I think I’d like to see you without a shirt,” he whispered over my lips.

“What are you doing?” I croaked. He shrugged a shoulder, then dropped back down to stand flat-footed. “Stop it, okay? I’m old enough to be your father.”

He smiled then spun around, his bare back gleaming pure white. I wanted to touch his skin, trace the knobs of his spine with my tongue. This whole thing was pure insanity, yet I hurried to strip off my old T-shirt and kick off my sneakers. Declan glanced over his shoulder, smiled again, and then rushed off into the night, the coquette. I followed because what else could I do?

Not traipsing after the kid was impossible. The grass was cool and wet under my bare soles. The high whine of a mosquito zipped past my ear. I would be nothing but a massive bug bite in the morning. I walked behind Declan, swatting at the air, hoping I didn’t step on something that would require stitches or a tetanus shot. We stepped into the woods. I debated going back for my shoes.

“We have to be as silent as possible,” Declan, standing on my right, whispered.

“Shoes are quiet,” I replied, my hand resting on the scraggy bark of an old pine.

“Shoes don’t allow you to touch the earth.”

“They also don’t allow thorns to penetrate your flesh,” I parried. My guide grunted in consternation then set off once again. A million questions bounced around my head as I tenderly placed one foot down then the other. What kind of camera did he use? Was there a special ethereal film for capturing fey? Did I need therapy? Did I just step on a slug?

We walked deeper into the woods. The farther we traveled, the more I wanted to speak up or at least scoff. I was working on a good zinger when I ran into Declan’s bare back. He threw up a hand to silence me. My body tightened from a weird combination of fear and desire. The kid felt wonderful pressed against my chest, his clammy skin resting against mine. I peered over his head, my hand coming to rest on his left hip. Declan leaned back into me just the slightest bit.

My cock began to swell. My eyelids drifted down as he wiggled enticingly closer still.

“Look at the hazy ring around the moon,” Declan whispered. My fingers dug into his bony hip. I opened my eyes and looked up. We were on the edge of a small glen. He lifted up his camera and snapped several images as I stared at the milky white fingers of magic tickling the moon. “Now look at the ground.” I did. There, in the center of the small glen, was a small, perfectly circular ring of mushrooms perhaps ten feet wide. “That’s known as a fairy ring.”

“Huh,” I grunted, my body trying desperately to take over the show. Declan had to feel my erection resting against his pert ass. He seemed perfectly as ease with a hard dick between his buttocks. I, on the other hand, was slowly going mad. I longed to lower my mouth to his neck and lick the sweat from his skin. I also wanted to run away screaming to the world that I was not a faggot, but was I? It certainly looked it. Declan lowered his camera and took a few shots of the white mushrooms.

“I’ve heard tales of the fey blessing those who stand in a fairy ring under a full moon. Would you like to go stand in the ring, Steven?” he asked. I nodded. He slid out of my grasp and reached back to find my hand. His fingers were thinner than mine. He pulled me into the glen. I glanced up, then back. “Are you afraid that someone will see us cuddling in the fairy ring?”

“At the moment,” I stepped carefully over several large mushrooms,” I’m afraid of everything, mostly you.”

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TWO 4 and 3 Stars for Unspeakable Words (The Sixth Sense #1) by Sarah Madison #MM #Paranormal @SarahMadisonFic

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Title: Unspeakable Words (The Sixt Sense #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Sarah Madison (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: November 16, 2010 – 164 pgs

Synopsis

Special Agent John Flynn is everything Jerry Parker is not: dangerously handsome, coolly charismatic, and respected by his peers. Special Agent Parker is dedicated and meticulous, but his abrasive personality has given him a reputation for being difficult. When new information on a cold case appears, Parker is assigned to work with Flynn, and the sparks fly as their investigative styles clash. Contact with a strange artifact changes everything when it bestows unusual and unpredictable powers on Flynn… and the two men must learn to trust each other before a killer strikes again.

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FourStars

Flynn is an all around hunk of a man.  He is charming, cool, calm and does his job well.  Having been working on a serial case for quite a while, he comes in to Jerry’s life quite unexpectedly.

Then you have socially awkward Jerry…He is slightly abrasive, knows a ton, has a photographic (almost) memory and feels under-appreciated.  While he knows that he is good at his job, he does not quite understand why people are not showing him the praise he believes he’s earned.  He feels like a leaf, blowing through cases – he knows that he’s good at his job, but wants to work and finish a case.

I do wish that we were given more about the background between Flynn and King.  It seems that there was a lot more to their connection, but I was unable to decipher what, if anything Madison was trying to point out.  Then you have the mysterious bullet hole in Flynn’s body – why point it out numerous times if you’re not going to reveal the story?  Maybe that’s for the next book?

Finally, while I appreciate that this book was about the mystery and not so much about the romance, it would have been nice to have Flynn’s first experience more of an experience for the reader.  It seemed that it was almost an afterthought.

I enjoyed the mystery and even enjoyed the paranormal aspect (which is usually hard for me to believe or get behind).

Overall, this was a great start to a series and I will just have to wait and see if more comes to light in the next books.

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ThreeStar

Okay what to say about this book…
I really loved the action and the pretense of this story. So don’t get me wrong when I say this but this was such a slow burn that I almost lost interest I am sad to say.  It really was just a whole bunch of back and forth between these two characters which got annoying after awhile.
I think I just needed more from these two characters Jerry and Flynn to believe it with these too.  Other then that part I loved the mystery aspect of this book as well as the action when they were fighting the bad guys and trying to figure out were the artifact was that Flynn had touched.
While I liked parts of this book there were also parts that I was not a huge fan of I am sad to say.
Kara
 FourStarsI really enjoyed this book but I wish the author would have given more of an explanation about the “Sixth Sense”. There was no detail just that Flynn touch an artifact and suddenly he can hear everyone’s thoughts. This was a mystery and I feel that the author could have added so much to the story by given more detail to the artifact that Flynn touched.

This book was clearly a slow burn type of story. The sex in the book was minimal which is fine but I would have like to hear about Flynn’s first time with gay sex.  Everything sex related appeared to off-page which really disappoints me. I did love the scenes – after Flynn was able to hear Jerry’s thoughts – about Jerry think about sex with Flynn. Overall a really good book and can’t wait to read the next installment.

~Lynn

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