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4 stars for Storming Love: Earthquake — Rhody & Brendan by Diana DeRicci #MM #Romance #shifter @MLRPress

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Title: Storming Love: Earthquake — Rhody & Brendan
Author Name & Publisher: Diana DeRicci — MLR Press
Publication Date & Length: July 19, 2015 — 76 pages

Synopsis

Rhody Witte is on his way to Alaska for two weeks of fishing and not much else. Mountains, clean air, and all the bait he can waste. What he gets is the largest earthquake to rock the Alaskan wilds in sixty-plus years.

Brendan Skorvarski isn’t the kind of man Rhody usually finds himself attracted to, much less want to know, but there’s something in the gentle giant that Rhody can’t seem to resist.

When they’re locked up in a cabin together for days in the Alaskan wilderness, resistance seems futile when survival takes precedence. Especially their survival when Rhody sees a bear outside their window.

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FourStarsThis was a cute story. It was a bit slower paced than I would prefer, especially for such a short story, but it was still very sweet. I enjoyed the fact that this one didn’t take itself too seriously, between the park employee Bambi and Brendan being a (literal) bear.

I did find myself a bit disappointed by the ending. I think if the story had been slightly longer, it would have been resolved better. Despite that, this one was a good installment of the series.
~Amy

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4.5 stars for Storming Love: Earthquake — Derek & Hayden by Megan Linden @MLRPress #MM #Romance

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Title: Storming Love: Earthquake — Derek & Hayden
Author Name & Publisher: Megan Linden — MLR Press
Publication Date & Length: July 12, 2015 — 56 pages

Synopsis

Derek Warden is certain his boss sent him to cover the conference in the middle of nowhere, Alaska, to punish him for something. After an unpleasant phone call from his father who tries to stop him from going, Derek is ready for the whole thing to be over before it even begins.

Hayden Shaw has been looking forward to this conference for months. The problem of fracking is very dear to his heart and he couldn’t wait to spend the long weekend with like-minded people.

Neither of them expected the big earthquake, but most importantly – they didn’t expect each other. Meeting again after over a decade may result in something even more surprising that the ground trembling under their feet.

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FourandHalfStars

I enjoyed this installment in the series. One of my favorite kinds of stories is enemies-to-lovers, and this delivered on all the high points of the plot device. Derek and Hayden have terrific chemistry, and it’s obvious that the “hate” between them is actually not dislike or meanness. They come away from their arguments sharper, and the heat between them is great.

There were a few things that felt a bit cliched at times, such as Hayden’s assistant. I really wish she hadn’t been part of the story–I’m not a big fan of women who are only in a story so they can pressure their male friends to make a move, and she was the most irritating variety of that kind of character. However, she wasn’t in it much, and she was gone by the time the men worked things through for themselves.

The flow, pacing, and heat level were just right for the setting and characters. This was a nice, steamy read.

~Amy

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3.5 stars for Storming Love: Earthquake — Gabriel & Avery by Ann Anderson @MLRPress #MM #Romance

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Title: Storming Love: Earthquake — Gabriel & Avery
Author Name & Publisher: Ann Anderson — MLR Press
Publication Date & Length: July 6, 2015 — 56 pages

Synopsis

Loneliness has been Gabriel’s companion since his parents’ passing, growing with each sibling that leaves home to start their own life. When a big earthquake hits Alaska, Gabriel finds himself taking in Avery, his two daughters, and their grandmother and relishes not being so alone. Yet, Gabriel feels a spark of recognition he can’t explain about Avery, but more than that, he likes the company and wishes he could have a deeper relationship with the man. But when the small family has their new home, what could make Avery want to stay?

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ThreeandHalfStars

This was sweet and gentle. I loved the way it centered on family and all the different kinds of love–parent and child, brothers, friendship, extended family, and lovers. That was the best part about the story.

I also liked how Gabriel was kind of hesitant because he had no real experience. He’d given so much of his life to taking care of his siblings, and I thought the idea of exploring “empty nest” in a twenty-something was really interesting. It was refreshing to see a character so emotionally self-aware, and I appreciated how he understood his own need to take care of people. I also loved how that need ended up being fulfilled in a way that was unexpected for him.

My only hesitation is that it felt a bit disjointed at times, and there were some parts that seemed like the could have been better researched. It felt a bit like too many words were wasted on insignificant things (like replacing towels) and not enough where it counted. Some of the writing was a bit cliched, especially during the sex scene. Other than that, this was a cute story.

~Amy

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4 Stars for You In My Arms (Sunset Club #1) by A.C. Katt #MM #Romance

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TitleYou In My Arms (Sunset Club #1)
Author Name: A. C. Katt
Publication Date & Length: March 19, 2015 – 166 pgs

Synopsis

Jason’s priorities are non-negotiable: take care of his sister; keep a roof over their heads; go back to school eventually. Can one club owner make it easier to uphold his priorities and maybe add him to the list?

Jason Monroe had to leave school to be the guardian of his sister Kitty when his dad and step-mom die in a car crash. He’s working two jobs to keep them afloat, but their boat is leaking much like the roof of their old house. Jason doesn’t have time for love that is until Zach Montgomery, the owner of the Sunset Club, the premier gay club on the Jersey Shore comes calling.

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FourStars
This is a very sweet story about families. The families we’re born into and the ones we make ourselves.

In the first installment of the Sunset Club series, Katt introduces a cast of complicated, intriguing characters. Her leading men, Jason and Zach are both gorgeous. It is impossible not to love the young, beautiful Jason, buckling under the weight of his responsibilities. And everyone has dreamed of a man like Zach stepping in and making life that little bit easier.

The supporting characters are the strength of this book. Precocious small girls, an elderly neighbour, interfering best friends and a kindly team of soccer players all add depth and colour to what might otherwise be a simple romance. I’m looking forward to the next book in this series and Katt has introduced us to several men I’d love to see paired up.

I lowered the star rating because of the number of times Jason’s hard luck story was told, retold, and told again. I understand various characters needed to talk about it, but surely the readers only needed to hear it once?

Ultimately, this is a gentle, thoroughly enjoyable romance. Even though Zach and Jason work in a gay nightclub, Jason’s family life remains the focus of the story, and his tiny sister Kitty is always his priority.

Sarah

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AC Katt was born in New York City’s Greenwich Village. She remembers sitting at the fountain in Washington Square Park listening to folk music while they passed the hat. At nine, her parents dragged her to New Jersey where she grew up, married and raised four children and became a voracious reader of romantic fiction. At one time she owned over two thousand novels, until she and her husband took themselves and the cat to New Mexico for their health and its great beauty.

Now, most of AC’s books are electronic (although she still keeps six bookcases of hardcovers), so she never has to give away another book. AC is new to both GLBT and to writing being, as she claims, a late bloomer, however, she’s found her niche writing GLBT romance. Her current releases (from MLR Press) include the award winning Rock and Roll novel Shattered Glass and her just released BDSM novel, A Matter of Trust

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