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5 stars for Defying Convention by Cecil Wilde @queerlyobscure #Trans #Genderqueer #Bisexual @LT3Press

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Title: Defying Convention
Author Name & Publisher: Cecil Wilde (Less Than Three Press)
Publication Date & Length: January 28th, 2015 — 65 pages

Synopsis

Danny and AJ have been online friends for years, and secretly in love with each other. When the opportunity to attend a comics convention comes up, they decide to go and share a room. But friendship online does not always translate to friendship offline, and both are anxious about how the meeting will go, and the friendship change, when faced with challenges easily avoided behind the safety of computer screens…

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FiveStars

This was so cute and sweet and charming. I loved both Danny and AJ right away, and I loved how we got to know them without the specifics about their genders (other than their pronouns) until well into the story. I think that was probably the best part and certainly the hallmark of expert writing. I was also thrilled with having the premise revolve around the sci fi/fantasy convention. My inner geek rejoiced, and I wished I was there with them!

The sex was delicious, steamy, and sweet, a perfect combination and a good fit with the rest of the story rather than feeling like an add-on or a distraction. The story would have been fine without it, but it was just as good with it. I loved seeing a couple with an established friendship taking it to another level.

I really appreciated the way the situation with Christie was handled. Too often, it feels like trans stories include transphobia without any real resolution to the characters or scenarios introduced. This had nice closure.

The only thing that made me hesitate is that I thought AJ fell a little bit into a particular narrative of being genderqueer. There could be many reasons for that, and AJ wasn’t a cliche, just a bit on the “gender trendy” scale, and only in the physical appearance sense. Everything else definitely “defied convention,” as the title suggests.

All in all, this is one of my favorite new stories, and I think I may have to read it several more times just to experience the lovely feelings over again.

~AmyM

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3.5 Stars for Temptations of Desire (Desires Entwined #3) by Tempeste O’Riley – #MM #BDSM #Erotic @TempesteO @dreamspinners

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Title: Temptations of Desire (Desires Entwined #3)
Author Name: Tempeste O’Riley
Publication Date & Length: September 22, 2014 – 200pgs

Synopsis

Alexander James Noble is a gender fluid gay man who gave up on finding Mister Right a long time ago. He’s not asking for much, though. He just wants a guy who loves all of him and appreciates his feminine form too.

At the local LGBTQ center where Alex regularly volunteers, he meets Dal Sayer, an officer of the Milwaukee PD. Because he’s been rejected one too many times, Alex doesn’t trust the huge cop and the interest he shows in him, but once Dal sets his mind on something, he goes all out. Pushing aside his preconceived notions, Alex opens up just a little and soon caves.

From their first date—while dealing with his father’s failing health and his parents’ demands for him to settle down and have children—Dal never takes his eyes off his goal of making Alex his. But proving to Alex he isn’t like all the men who couldn’t see him for who he truly was and only wanted to hide him away is harder than he thought.

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ThreeandHalfStars

First, let me provide a googled definition of Gender Fluid:
Gender Fluid: Gender fluid is a gender identity which refers to a gender which varies over time. A gender fluid person may at any time identify as male, female, neutrois, or any other non-binary identity, or some combination of identities.
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I love books, I learn new things everyday. I had no clue that “gender fluid” was the term used for that. I was aware of it, but never really thought of the title.
Anyway, I liked this book. Alex or “Lexie”, was such a sweetie and needed so much loving. What happened to him when he was a teenager sucked. His parents should have been jailed. Really! I’m glad he met Dal, who is another sweetie. They were perfect together but what brought it down to 3 1/2 for me was the jumps.
I know this is book 3, and i admit to not reading book 2 (yet), but it seems that you have had to read book 2 to know what ever scenes skipped for book 3. It was confusing. I wish the author just wrote the whole kidnapping scene in anyway. I also didn’t understand how Dal’s father could be so cool with him being Bi, then suddenly demanding for him to have kids and a wife like “normal” man. I was like “wtf?” Even if his father thought he was dying, the father could have just said he wanted grandbabies. There are other options to have kids these days, ya know. What made me go “huh?” was when there was another time jump and his dad was suddenly ok with Alex. I suppose I have to read book 2 to understand why…?
~Cookie

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Tempeste O’Riley is an out and proud omnisexual / bi-woman whose best friend growing up had the courage to do what she couldn’t–defy the hate and come out. He has been her hero ever since.

Though new to writing M/M, she has done many things in her life, though writing has always drawn her back–no matter what else life has thrown her way. She counts her friends, family, and Muse as her greatest blessings in life. She lives in Wisconsin with her children, reading, writing, and enjoying life.

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Cover Reveal for Signs of Desire (Desires Entwined #4) by Tempeste O’Riley #MM #BDSM #Erotic @TempesteO @dreamspinners

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Title: Signs of Desire (Desires Entwined #4)
Author Name: Tempeste O’Riley (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: November 30, 2015 – 200 pgs

Synopsis

When a night out turns into a matchmaking scheme, they thought communication would be their biggest challenge to their happily ever after….

Simon Tyler knows his job as a gay romance author makes his lack of faith in love more than a little ironic, but he’s tired of being used for his wallet. When a night out turns into a matchmaking scheme orchestrated by his best friends—though he’s not the target—Simon’s not thrilled, but since he’s sworn off happily-ever-after anyway, he goes along with it… until he meets the object of their efforts, Adrian, and finds perhaps he hasn’t given up on love after all.

Professor Adrian Keys has tried to date hearing men before, but being deaf himself, he’s never had any success at making a connection. After his friends con him into going out and Adrian realizes it’s all an elaborate plan to set him up, he braces for yet another failure, only to discover there is a spark—except it’s not with the man his friends had in mind, but with Simon Tyler instead.

Not all their friends have found a way past their romantic failures, but Simon and Adrian might be on the path to happily-ever-after.

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5 and 3 Stars for Sext Based Adventures by Francis Gideon #GenderQueer @LT3Press

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Title: Sext Based Adventures
Author Name & Publisher: Francis Gideon (Less Than Three Press)
Publication Date & Length: January 28, 2015 – 13,000 Words

Synopsis

Chris thought he was done with his gaming days. He’d deleted his account, gone back to his day job, and put his fantasy world days behind him… but couldn’t resist the urge to return. This time, however, he decided to play as a woman—a persona he maintains even when he makes friends with Jessica.

When Jessica offers online sex, Chris still cannot bring himself to confess his secret. As their relationship turns serious, still he cannot admit to the ruse. Then Jessica proposes they meet offline, and Chris is finally forced to confront the questions and choices he’s been avoiding…

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FiveStars

This short, smart story has a lot of depth. I was able to finish it in under an hour, but it will take me much longer to process through the complex themes.
I found the story easily relatable on a personal level, though I understand not every person will feel it rings true to their particular experience. Even so, there were a lot of complicated feelings, and the author handled them well without coming across as “educating” readers.
One thing I appreciated was the exploration of an older person (i.e., not a teen or twentysomething) discovering his sexual and gender identity. That’s easy to mishandle for the sake of plot, but this was done incredibly well and with a lot of sensitivity.
Almost anything else I say could be a spoiler because there are numerous revelations throughout. One thing I will note is that when the main character, Chris, is with a partner and shown full acceptance, it brought tears to my eyes–despite the fact that it was in the middle of a very steamy moment.
I loved this carefully crafted, excellent story, and I’m in awe of how wonderfully well-written it is. Another time I wish I had more than 5 stars to give.
Amy
ThreeStar
This was an different sort of little story. I found certain thoughts to be confusing the way they were written. Like his hidden surprise habit. I felt it could’ve been expressed a little better.
I was a little surprised to find out a bit more about Jessica, but I liked where it went and how it was all revealed. But some of the time jumps and the way the story flowed was jilted and made it hard to follow…. like what actually happens between Chris and Jessica when they meet.
I feel like this story had such great potential but was so rushed and important parts skimmed over that it left the reader behind and unable to connect to Chris and what he is going through.
Renee

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