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THREE 5 Star, THREE 3 Star, ONE 4 Star, and ONE 4.5 Star Reviews for Believing Blue (Manchester Menage Collection #3) by Nicole Colville #Menage #MM

CoverTitle: Believing Blue (Manchester Menage Collection #3)
Author Name & Publisher: Nicole Colville (Hidden Pleasures)
Publication Date & Length: April 20,. 2016 – 525 pgs

Synopsis

Is there a fated path we follow, or is it simply a series of coincidental events?

Police officer Kellan Howard is rumoured to have spent too much time in sub-zero temperatures, leaving him with a block of ice for a heart and women lining up to help thaw it. Mountain climbing is his only love, leaving no time for a relationship, and although meaningless sex satisfies his physical need, it’s empty. When he attends a fatal traffic accident, he didn’t expect his entire life to change. Along with a final message, Kellan is offered something else from the dying man: the chance to fall in love. Kellan’s never considered being with a man, but when he meets Valentino, he’s instantly drawn to him.

Suffering from crippling agoraphobia, talented Italian artist Valentino has a solitary existence, only experiencing life outside the house through his partner Stuart. When their relationship comes to an abrupt end, Kellan helps ease his suffering. A deep bond binds the two men together, and the sexual tension can’t be denied, but Valentino questions if the distance between their very different lives is too much, and if they can bridge the gap by themselves.

Ballet dancer Blue has a vibrant personality which demands attention, but his humour and courageous attitude are a shield. Blue’s good at making others believe in themselves, but what he needs is someone to believe in him. He could be the bridge both men are looking for, but Blue’s never allowed anyone to get too close, and when Kellan and Valentino enter his life, he desperately tries to protect his heart and his secrets.

When all three meet, the chemistry is undeniable, but each have fears about moving forwards. Together, they learn love comes in many forms. It can’t be restrained or labelled, and it doesn’t always appear in the way you first imagined.

**Blue is a standalone book, and although characters from previous books do make an appearance, it won’t spoil their stories if you choose to read them afterwards.**

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ThreeStar

Triggers: Death

OK, let me start by stating that I have not read the previous books in this series.

Next, let me say that if you’re in to really long stories that take about 45% to get in to the actual story, then this is your book.  However, it just wasn’t for me.  I had a very hard time connecting with the characters and really, the only one I enjoyed was Kellan.

You start out with this tragic event that is supposed to push two of the men together.  In reality, I thought that it was more of a barrier to them figuring out that they wanted each other.  There was this constant ghost between them.  And, while the writing wasn’t poor, it was incredibly slow.  I literally kept checking the status bar to find out if I had moved at all in the story.

Then you have Blue… Oh Blue.  Drama like the Kardashian’s could only dream up.  He was the most annoying character in this book for me.  Always with something to harp about, and although I know that for the most part it was a front for his own insecurities, it just became too much.

I did like how Colville split the men up in this story.  You were given a little bit at a time rather than the whole group of them.  However, again, when they came together, they just didn’t really gel for me.

Unfortunately, despite wanting to enjoy and like the characters in this story, I just couldn’t picture their story.

Tessa

ThreeStar

I was exciting to read this when I read the synopsis…and was sadly disappointed. I love MMM…and this one wasn’t very convincing at ALL. I think giving it 3 stars was generous of me, actually, but I liked the cover, I liked the beginning, and I give the author props for writing over 500 pages for this book. Too bad it was 300 pages too long in my HONEST opinion.
I really liked the plot, well the plot that was written in the description for this book, but I hate it when an author brings the 3rd partner in the relationship in the middle of the book and all 3 of them didn’t even realize they knew each other til like 80% of the book. Meaning there wasn’t a 3some til 80% of the book. I disliked that very much. I felt cheated. I almost gave up half way when I realized that the menage wasn’t going to happen any time soon and I was on like page 250.
All I got was Kellan and Valentino together, then not together. Characters from previous books taking over the pages and Blue’s annoying thoughts. I admit that I thought that Blue was cute at first…but after 525 pages, he got really annoying.
*sigh* This book did not need to be 525 pages. Why the heck was it that long? I don’t mind long books, but only if the story draws me in and this didn’t. I ain’t gonna lie, I skipped some pages after reaching 50% of the book cause I just wanted to get to the 3some already and even that disappointed me.
If the other books are like this one, I’m not reading them, sorry.
Cookie
 ThreeStar
Honestly, this book was way too long. I was skimming so much because it was just too wordy and at times didn’t hold my attention at all. I struggled to get to the 50% mark. The blurb just caught my attention and I had to read it. Unfortunately I should have just stuck with the blurb. I wanted to like it, I wanted to connect with the characters and fall in love with all of them and feel everything they did, it just didn’t happen for me with this book.
Angie
FourStars

This is a great addition to the Manchester Menage Collection. You get to see all the previous characters and how they are doing and actually wrap up a few of their loose ends while the story of these three men unfold. It’s great to get Blue’s story after falling a little in love with him from the previous story!

I don’t think you could find three so very different men and make it work like this story does. Kellan is solid and steady but self contained. Valentino is a beautiful artist who is suffering deeply. Blue is enigmatic, energetic and inside crushed by self doubt. Through tragedy Kellan and Valentino come together to struggle through the aftermath of true loss. I was unable to deny the absolute attraction these two have and it’s well written given what is happening in the story. It’s erotic and consuming but can’t block out the real problems that come from the devastation after such a tragedy. Blue with his outrageous personality and attitude makes for some great laughs even while I wanted to shake him sometimes during the story but being such a smart ass. But he really is the balm that Kellan and Valentino need. This story really is a marathon and not a sprint so it builds slowly to the pay off for these three men. While I would have loved a bit more at the end, the end really is endearing and shows how fate sometimes steps in and puts the right person in your life at the right time.

This story is a bit heartbreaking at points and yeah sometimes makes you want to scream. However it’s so well written you can’t put it down because you want to see these three men come together so badly and find some happiness and love.

~Jessica

FourandHalfStars

You will tear up, nod to agree, and definitely laugh with the humor that was set forth in this beautiful story about loss, hope, believing in yourself, finding love and to love again.
 
Valentino, completely broke my heart from the start through to the end. I truly felt that this story was about him than about Blue. I loved Blue and his constant manners. A lot of people in this world could learn a thing or two from him. And his humor and love of life…I laughed so much with him. Kellan was just a solid rock all around. These three men were so completely opposite yet were all the missing pieces in each other lives to become a whole.
 
Most of the story you learn about each one and how they come together. Kellan was the common link until the end, then you find out it was Blue. But to me, it will always be Tino who was my favorite. Tino was such a strong man. I felt every tear, every breath, every sorrow, every fear from him. I loved how these men came together to support and push each other. The love was real and deep.
 
This was a great addition to the Ménage Collection. This can be read as a standalone but worth reading them in order.
~Keri

FiveStars

I have found my next go to book. I cried. I laughed. I laughed until I cried. The story is based in England but it isn’t hard to follow along with the wording. There are many elements to this story that must be touched upon. I hope I remember them all.

As a police officer, Kellan is called upon to help when needed. He also volunteers for many extra shifts because he has no one at home waiting for him when he gets done with work. The weather has taken a drastic turn, bringing snow too quickly, causing the roads to become dangerous to be out on. He’s on his way back to town when he happens upon two officers from neighboring Manchester. They are stuck on the slick road so Kellan must help them push their car. As the three men are nearing a dangerous turn they spot a car that has crashed into the rocks. They work desperately for hours to free the driver. As the rescue team works to free Stuart, the driver, he talks to Kellan about his boyfriend Valentino. Sharing stories and secrets. Unfortunately, Stuart doesn’t survive his injuries and dies shortly after being rescued.

Valentino has lived the several years of his life through the eyes of Stuart. Never leaving the home that he and Stuart had come to share. When Kellan arrived on his doorstep, Valentino was terrified. He has been a loner for so long, he doesn’t know how to interact with anyone other than Stuart and the owner of the art gallery. His family disowned him when he was 15. He has pushed everyone else away. But, every chance Kellan gets he is banging on Valentino’s door, asking for acceptance into his life.

Blue. What can I say about Blue? He has such a strong spirit. A spirit that anyone could be jealous of. He has a supportive and loving family as well as friends. You can’t help but be his friend. You’re drawn to him when you walk into a room. Except for Kellan. Kellan can’t seem to get on Blue’s good side no matter what he does. Every time they meet its oil and water. Until Kellan has to rescue a very drunk Blue from a man who wants to rape him. The two men are able to set aside their differences and soon their relationship starts.

The three men are brought together when Blue is requested by Valentino to be his model. It is Blue who eventually brings Valentino and Kellan back together. And it is Blue who keeps the throuple together when all the dust has settled.

~Kris

FiveStars

For me, Blue, Kellan and Valentino are the most interesting characters in this series.  Kellen and Valentino meet through tragedy; Blue is Valentio’s muse and Kellen works with Blue’s friends.  The relationships are complicated and the men are wonderfully original.

 

The triad is well balanced here and it was easy to understand the balance created by the threesome that wouldn’t have existed for two of the men as a couple.  I enjoyed the lack of angst and drama in these relationships, though the tension between Blue and Kellan at the start felt a little exaggerated.  

 

Despite some incredibly heavy topics and some serious issues each man has to work through, this remains a fun, sexy story.  I challenge any reader to refrain from sobbing through the first thirty pages, but the grief and strain at the start of the story is tempered by hope and humour as the story progresses.  Once these men get to know each other, there is fantastic heat between all three.

 

My only reservation about the story is that I’m not sure the men’s ages worked for me completely.  Party boy Blue feels much younger than the other two, but he is only supposed to be a few years younger than Kellan.  In the same way, Valentino, mourning his life partner, felt considerably older than Kellan.  But all three men are supposedly in their early to mid twenties which didn’t quite fit for me.

 

This story linked in to the two previous stories more than the second one did and I enjoyed revisiting characters from earlier books.  This is such a great series and this third book is a wonderful addition.  

~Sarah

FiveStars

If you do not believe in fate, once you read this book maybe you will. This is a book about loss, about love, about acceptance, and about fate.

Kellan is a police officer and is straight. One night on a bad snow storm him and two other police officers come across a man that is a terrible vehicle accident, Stuart. Stuart knows he is not going to make it and Kellan will not leave his side. Stuart tells Kellan about his sole mate and the love of his life and tells Kellan to go to him and they will find love in each other.

Valentino is the man that Stuart was talking about and Valentino turns out to be exactly what Stuart said he was and so much more. Of course Valentino is heart broken and grieving. Even though he is heartbroken he and Kellan start to get closer and Kellan and start to fall for one another till Valentino pushes him away.

Kellan is heartbroken but respects his wishes and eventually starts to move on with Blue, but once all of them come together unintentionally sparks start to fly between the three of them and they decide to become a trio. But nothing that is easy is worth it and there are so many obstacles these three men have to overcome to start towards their happily ever after.

I truly enjoyed this book. I cried with these characters. I got mad about some of the things these characters went through in the past. I laughed with them and I routed for them.

Blue is my favorite of the three I think. He is the light for all of them. He is so full of life that is hard to not to be happy when you are around him. He is full of spunk and he takes no BS off of anyone. He is just him and it is a take it or leave it type of person.

Kellan is the one that hold them all together. He is the one that is caring, compassionate, and at some points the peace keeper. He is the voice of reason and he loves these two men unconditionally.

Valentino is the one that makes these two men realize that they are worth the love they are given. He shows these two men how beautiful they are both inside and out. He is also such a strong individual and just does not realize it.

I would highly recommend this book because it is so amazing.

Tosha

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Kellan gritted his teeth together and stood up. “I won’t leave you like this.”

“Get the hell out!!” Valentino gripped the base of his nose, rubbing it gruffly. His eyes snapped shut, but not quickly enough.

Kellan spotted the misty glimmer in them. Whether his tears were caused through sheer frustration or sadness, it didn’t matter. Kellan couldn’t leave. He’d have to be forced from the house by an armed response team. “No!” Kellan held his shoulders firmly. “I won’t leave you.”

“God-damn it, Kellan.” Valentino’s eyes flew open, and Kellan’s hands were thrust from him with a jerk. “You’re such a pain in the arse.” He leaned forward, almost hissing his words out against Kellan’s lips. “Why don’t you just leave me alone, huh? Why do you continue to push me when I don’t want it?”

Kellan’s body brushed against Valentino’s firm flesh, and he cursed himself for responding so quickly. “Don’t lie and say you don’t want me here when I know damn well what you want.” Kellan didn’t really know for sure, but there was a heat and need between them which couldn’t be ignored anymore. Valentino needed him, and Kellan was willing to hand over whatever he could to fulfil that need.

Valentino turned those teal green eyes on Kellan’s, a soft growl spilling from his lips.

“You’re a fucking tease! A tease, Kellan.”

Kellan was about to come back with a response, like how he had no idea he’d been teasing Valentino, but he was halted by two hands on either side of his head and Valentino’s mouth being forced against his. He stopped breathing, too stunned to act.

Valentino had his face clasped tightly to his, those full lips hitting Kellan’s hard and fast, his tongue licking and seeking entrance inside.

A white hot shot of lust spiked through his body and every thought other than being against this writhing, sexy man disappeared. Kellan grabbed hold of Valentino’s hips, rushing him up against the wall and taking ownership of his mouth with a grunt.

Valentino bit down on his lip causing Kellan to pull back. As soon as they separated, Valentino had the upper hand and was spinning him around, holding him against the wall and spreading his thighs open with his knee, rubbing up against the hard length of Kellan’s cock. Despite knowing he could easily restrain Valentino and take control back, he didn’t want to. He wanted this from him. “You know what I want?” Valentino breathed out through their kisses. “You want to give me what I need, Kellan?”

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PRE RELEASE: 5 stars for Three of a Kind by Sean Michael #MM #Menage #Erotic @PridePublishing

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Title: Three of a Kind
Author Name & Publisher: Sean Michael (Pride Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: March 29, 2016 – 99 pages

Synopsis

What’s better than a pair? Three of a Kind of course!

Zane is about to give up by the time his truck breaks down in Arizona. All he has in the world is the truck, less than fifty bucks and more bruises than any one young man should have to bear. That’s when he meets buff giant Butch who takes Zane in, helping him get his life back together.

Problem is, Butch already has a lover, an artist named Randy. Or at least Zane thinks it’s a problem. Turns out, it’s not the kind of trouble Zane thinks it is when Butch and Randy both take a romantic interest in him.

Can Zane let go of his troubled past and let Butch and Randy teach him that love doesn’t have to hurt?

Publisher’s Note: This book has been released elsewhere. It has been revised and re-edited for re-release with Pride Publishing.

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FiveStars

I just finished readin three of a kind and it is a story that breaks your heart but also makes you glad for hope and second chances. It is about three men that come together and find love between the three of them even though it was unexpected. Butch and Randy are already in a relationship and they are happy and do not feel as if they are lacking anything in their relationship then Zane comes along broken, beaten, and very few possessions to his name and walks into their lives and fits it perfectly. It was as if Zane has always been a part of their lives and he brings in more joy then they realized.

This is a book about an individual who was drugged, raped, beaten, then left with hardly any belongings. Instead of letting these things break him he starts to slowly rebuild his life with the help of Zane and Butch.

I think that Zane is just extremely sweet, caring, funny, and a heart of gold type of person and that is one of the things that Zane needs in his life. Then there is Butch and he is strong, caring, and capable of handling the bad and the good type of individual. These two out together was exactly what Zane needed which was broken, hurt, scared, and lonely. They gave him a place to call home….. With them being his home.

Another great book by Sean Michael.

~Tosha

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5 Star Review for The New Boy (Iron Eagle Gym #1) by Sean Michael #MM #BDSM @dreamspinners

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Title: The New Boy (Iron Eagle Gym #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Sean Michael (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: December 4, 2015 – 210 pgs

Synopsis

Lance Packet just got a contract to shoot an erotic BDSM deck of cards; the only problem is finding models. So far everyone he’s interviewed thinks he’s looking for sex for hire. Then in walk three perfect examples of men: Tide and his friends, Tyrone and Bran.

Tide Germaine is a model and a Dom. He and his best friend Tyrone opened The Iron Eagle Gym as a place for gay men in the lifestyle to work out, do scenes, and congregate with like-minded men. The modeling is just another job for Tide, but it soon turns into a grand seduction as Tide falls for the shy, self-conscious photographer. The problem is Lance doesn’t believe he’s in Tide’s league, and he’s not at all sure about the Dom and sub thing.

It’s not going to be easy, but Tide’s going to have to convince Lance he belongs at Tide’s side as both lover and sub.

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FiveStars

I read this book when it first came out and loved it then. I re-read this book recently because book two is coming out soon and I wanted to refresh the details in my mind.

Sean Michael did an amazing job of making this not only a steamy, hot between the sheets (or should I say without the sheets) book but also a love story. It is not easy to make a book both erotic and a sweet love story all in one but Sean accomplished that in this read.

I love how Lance was a shy photographer who was doing the BDSM photo shoot for a deck of playing cards but no matter how hard he tried to not think about the dark desires he was having about Tide he tried to stay professional through the whole thing. I also love that when Tide first met Lance he was able to see just how special Lance was and was willing to take things slowly to earn the trust first and foremost from Lance but also his love.

This was an amazing story and cannot wait to read the next book in the series. Look forward to seeing more of Lance and Tide in it hopefully.

Great job on a wonderful book.

Tosha

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New Release: 4 Star and 4.5 Star Reviews for The Captain’s Men (Adrift) by T.J. Land #MMM #SciFi @NineStarPress

CoverTitle: The Captain’s Men (Adrift)
Author Name & Publisher: T.J. Land (NineStar Press)
Publication Date & Length: March 14, 2016 – Novella

Synopsis

The Prayer and her crew have been lost in space for four years. Thomas is lonely and homesick; Zachery is angry and mutinous; Rick is just terrified. And all of them are really in need of a fuck.

The only thing holding them together is their captain, an aloof, sharp-tongued man whose methods of keeping up morale are unconventional, but extremely effective. But now the captain has a choice to make: do they continue their fruitless search for a way home or try to start a new life in this strange galaxy?

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FourStars

I have to say this book turned out good. I was completely taken by surprise that I am looking forward to book two coming out.

This book is about a group of men and women (a captain and 12 crew members) who have been lost in space for four years. Surprisingly it takes them close to the four year mark for any of them to start hooking up. What starts out as he captain and Thomas hooking up turns into the captain hooking up with Zachary, and Rick also. He has his one on one time with each of the men until finally the anniversary of when they left earth they all come together as one huge group.

Then there is Echo who the captain confides in and occasionally kisses. Then add Antoine to the mix who has a past with the Captain that no one seems to know about I do believe that the next book is going to be explosive.

This book turned out to b more then I expected. Honestly I was not expecting a back story or story line to it but it had that and soooo soooo much more. I liked that there is some mystery left for the next book and that it did not end abruptly. I cannot wait to see how this series plays out and if they will all get together and make it work or if there will be jealousy amongst them.

Would def recommend this to others that are interested in a good read.

Tosha

FourandHalfStars

This is a very enjoyable story. It’s an amusing and sexy romp. It’s my first book by T.J. Land, but it won’t be my last. I’ve already cued up the second book in this series.

Considering that this is a fairly short read, T.J. Land manages to give compelling introductions to six characters. On the surface, this story could be seen as just a fun space harem fantasy. But it has surprising emotion and depth. It’s a story about a group of people who are lost and starving for hope, purpose and human connection.

I personally wish this installment went further into the story. I hope this series will one day be published as a compilation because I feel it would be more enjoyable read as a single story instead of broken into parts.

I wouldn’t recommend this as a stand-alone book. But I highly recommend it if you’d like to get invested in the series. I’m intrigued to find out more about the space exploration as well as the budding polyamorous relationship.

~Amanda

Excerpt

The captain isn’t wearing any shoes.

Thomas had developed a crick in his neck from craning his head back for glimpses. As luck would have it, his chair was positioned farthest from the captain’s because God hated Thomas and didn’t want him to have even one thing in his life that didn’t suck.

But Thomas didn’t care, not today, because he could see the captain’s feet. They were long, with high arches and short toes. His toenails were impeccable and even, as if he’d filed them with a ruler and a magnifying glass. Just below his left ankle, there was a scar, like an old burn, and Thomas wondered where it had come from. On the whole, they were much better-looking feet than should have belonged to anyone who’d spent the last four years of their life stranded in deep space, trapped on a ship with twelve crewmembers and one shower.

What made it even weirder was that this was the captain. Not quite a month ago, he’d raked Rick over the coals for arriving at his station without having shaved. If Rick, or any of them, had showed up without their shoes on, Thomas had little doubt the captain would have had them shot.

“Thomas!”

Thomas jumped and knocked over the mug of synthesised nutrients that were supposed to be his breakfast. Shit. Fuck. He’d been so focused on the captain’s feet he hadn’t noticed the captain’s head swivelling in his direction, like a periscope on a nuclear submarine.

“Yes, sir,” he said, swallowing.

Anyone who looked at the captain for long enough would eventually realise they were staring at one of the most handsome men they’d ever seen. However, if they only eyeballed him for a few seconds, the dominant impression would be one of severe austerity. With slightly sunken cheeks and a thin, prominent nose, the captain’s face was almost sinister in its sternness, particularly given that the expression most habitual to it was a dark scowl. He had a small, impeccably neat beard, more grey than black, and when you fucked up—and you would fuck up—he’d rest his chin in his palm and tilt his head in a way that made you feel like the worst human being alive.

Not only was he doing it right now, the captain was also giving Thomas that rare look he wore when he’d had to say someone’s name three times to get them to answer a question. Shit. “Tell me, Mister Meléndez; did you, by any chance, have a catastrophic aneurism before arriving at your post this morning?”

“Uh…no. No, sir, I did not.”

His liquid breakfast had now spread across his station and was beginning to drip onto the floor, each wet plink louder and more embarrassing than the last.

“Truly? Is there, then, some problem in your personal life you’re working through at the moment?”

“No, sir.”

“No, I didn’t think there would be. Because you don’t have a personal life; do you, Thomas? You barely have a life, in all but the most purely biological sense of the word.”

The captain had been born in Cairo—one of the only things anyone knew about him—and his first language was Arabic. When he was pissed, he got a bit of an accent, which Thomas thought was supposed to sound menacing, but it just sounded sexy. He shifted in his seat, hoping the captain wouldn’t notice how turned on he was.

Everyone had swivelled around to stare at him with either pity or amusement. Assholes. Like they hadn’t all been gawking at the captain’s feet right along with him a moment ago. Because, of course, no one had any real work to do. Every single screen on the deck was saying the same thing it had been saying for the last one thousand, four hundred, and fifty-three days, which amounted to a big, fat You’re all fucked, boys.

The captain was now leaning on his chair’s left arm, his chin still in his palm. “So what could be the problem, then? After all, no one else seems to be having any difficulty demonstrating a basic level of workplace competence. Let me consult the crew to make sure. Ricardo?”

“Yes, Captain?” said Rick, smirking like the little asshole he was.

“Are you finding your duties particularly onerous today?”

“No, Captain.”

“Excellent. Echo? What about you?”

Echo didn’t speak—whether he could speak was something none of them had yet figured out—so he replied with a languid headshake.

The captain sat back in his chair. “It seems the only person unable to avoid fucking up my morning is you, Thomas.”

Thomas hung his head. “I’m sorry, sir. Won’t happen again.”

“If I throw you out the airlock, it won’t,” agreed the captain. Not for the first time, Thomas reflected that the captain was sort of a massive prima donna. “Now that you’ve rejoined our ranks, would you be so good as to check whether we’ve had any communications in the last twelve hours?”

The captain, of course, knew what the answer to that would be. Thomas knew, without even looking.

Every single person in the room knew. But they still did this every single day, every single morning, because as long as they did, it meant they hadn’t completely given up. So, dutifully, Thomas turned to his screen, ran his fingers over it, and said, “There are no messages today, sir.”

Except, perhaps, some tiny stupid part of them was still intent on deluding itself, because as Thomas spoke, he watched disappointment flicker over every face in the room. Even his own shoulders had slumped just a fraction when he turned away from the screen.

The captain’s expression, of course, hadn’t changed one iota.

“Thank you, Thomas,” he said with a touch of sarcasm and then ordered Rick to read out his report on the status of their oxygen garden.

Consumed by embarrassment, Thomas forgot to wonder where the captain’s shoes had gone.

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4 Star and 3 Star Review for Threesome: Him, Him, and Me by N.S. Beranek, Steve Berman, Evey Brett, Lawrence Jackson, Dale Chase, Chris Colby, Shane Allison, Jeff Mann, Nathan Burgoine, Rob Rosen, Renardin, Jerry L. Wheeler, Redfern Jon Barrett #MMM #Anthology

CoverTitle: Threesome: Him, Him, and Me
Author Name & Publisher: N.S. Beranek, Steve Berman, Evey Brett, Lawrence Jackson, Dale Chase, Chris Colby, Shane Allison, Jeff Mann, Nathan Burgoine, Rob Rosen, Renardin, Jerry L. Wheeler, Redfern Jon Barrett (Lethe Press)
Publication Date & Length: March 1, 2016 – 210 pgs

Synopsis

Few sexual fantasies are as potent or lasting as “the threesome” – as an adolescent, the first time you saw a hot couple walking hand in hand and you wanted to follow them back home and into their bed, as an adult when you discover that your partner has been fantasizing also about the bartender at your favorite club.

1+1+1 = sensual delight!

Editor Matthew Bright, no stranger to threesomes himself, has invited twelve authors to write stories that range from the sweet and romantic to erotic and playful and even a bit depraved.

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FourStars

If you enjoy reading about thresomes with men this this is the book for you.

I set down today and read this book and I have to tell you that even though they are all short stories there is something in this book for everyone.

This book to say the least is hot in some spots and not so much in others but if you keep reason you will find a short story in genre that you like.

There is stories in here about love found, love lost, paranormal encounters, way out there hook ups, hook ups that wanted to happen but did not and so much more.

I suggest reading this book of you are looking for a hot, steamy read.

Tosha

ThreeStar

This is a collection of twelve short stories all about threesomes. As the editor says just like any sex it’s not always simple. You get a little bit of everything with this anthology. Each section seemed to stick to a vague theme. I slipped easily into the first section of stories as they were your more successful contemporary stories. All rather energetic but relatable stories that when done I still wanted more. These were the easiest for me to enjoy.

The second section of stories were more about things being less simple or outside the box. One or two left me feeling a bit irritated or upset but seeing as those were sometimes the feelings of the person telling that specific tale I consider that well done. If an author can get you to feel something that strong in that short of a time, that is very good story telling. These weren’t all awkward or difficult but they were less simple and to the point.

The third section all had an outside additional element. Either whimsical, sci-fi or paranormal. These I myself had the hardest time with but that’s more on me as I read less of this type of genre. All really well written and detailed and were more involved than the previous two sections. All still enjoyable and keeping with the theme. Out of all the stories I enjoyed The Big Match the most and was slightly sad when I got to the end and was wanting to see where the story would lead.

Jessica W.

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New Release: 5 Star Review for Easter Invasion (BDSM Voyages #2) by A.J. Llewellyn & D.J. Manly #MM #Menage @ajllewellyn @djnovels

easterinvasion1400Title: Easter Invasion (BDSM Voyages 2)
Author Name & Publisher: A.J. Llewellyn & D.J. Manly (Torquere Press)
Publication Date & Length: March 30, 2016 – 22,000 Words

Synopsis

Paul and Hamish are at it again, this time on the Easter Holiday. Paul is on a business trip in Amsterdam trying to think of some kinky games to liven things up a bit. However Hamish’s family may just stand in the way of their fun. Paul must be creative this time in order to fit the family dinner into his sexy plans. Finally, he comes up with a solution to be there at the dinner table carving up the roast for the family meal and satisfy his lover’s sex-craved dreams. Enlisting the help of his friend Ethan, he heads home, unaware that Hamish is hatching his own scheme for a lusty good time.

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FiveStars

I’ve learned that it’s from Torquere Press it’s probably going to be awesome. Easter Invasion is no exception. It’s full of hot sex, fun BDSM, and cozy family drama. It’s all perfect for Easter. There’s little sensual in this–It’s explicit and often rough. But protagonists Paul and Hamish are well-written characters with love and respect for each other.

There’s a surprise third in this, and the aforementioned family. I’ve already said too much. I read this in one glorious sitting. I chuckled at times, blushed at others. This is part of a series. You don’t have to read the other stories, but you’ll want to. Happy holidays indeed.

Five stars

– C. E. Case

Excerpt

Quietly, I let myself in and turned off the burglar alarm. We crept up the stairs and when we got to the top, I put a hand on Ethan’s arm. There was a light on in our bedroom. Hamish was awake. Damn it. I could hear the murmur of the television in the background. He was having one of his sleepless nights, probably because I wasn’t with him. It was sweet.

Ethan nudged with a question on his face. I brought myself back to present. I handed him the mask and mouthed, “Go ahead, I’m right behind you.”

Ethan took out the rope, handed me the rest of the toy bag, nodded and pulled on the mask. He crept down the hall and I held my breath as he entered. I’d given Ethan a few tips in the cab on how to tackle Hamish so Hamish didn’t kill him. I hoped he was a quick study.

The struggle started immediately. I pulled on the hood and rushed in when I heard Ethan yell, “I’m going to need help here.”

When I got to the bedroom, I wanted to laugh but if I did, I’d ruin all of it. A naked Hamish was on top of Ethan pounding the crap out of him. I pulled Hamish off and both of us took all our strength to get him onto the bed. Ethan sat on him while I secured the gag in his mouth. He almost bit me twice. I tied one wrist then the other to the bedpost while Ethan got the harness. We said nothing as planned. I held one of Hamish’s legs high and pushed it up and out as Ethan slid one end of the harness down to the top of the thigh. We hooked the attachment to the top of the bed then did the same to the other leg while I took hold of Hamish’s cock and fit it into the specially made strap in the middle of the harness.

Hamish bucked uncontrollably as I manhandled his cock and balls. We could hear his muffled protests through the gag.

“Protest all you want, slut,” Ethan told him gruffly. “Tonight you’re ours to do with what we want. So you might as well be quiet and cooperate.”

Hamish looked at Ethan then over at me. There was fear in his eyes but something else. I knew what that was. That was that look where he was halfway turned on but wondering whether he should be or not.

“Paul?” he asked, looking dazed. Damn. He’d recognized me. The light was dim and I was careful to wear clothes I’d bought while I was away so he wouldn’t recognize me but he was already surmising that I was of the same stature as his husband, tall and muscular. I couldn’t hide that. Ethan however, who was a big, burly bear of a man was throwing him off.

Ethan took out a blindfold and fitted it around Hamish’s eyes. Hamish was still squirming but he’d calmed down some. His chest was heaving just a little and he looked really hot spread out that way, his cock caught in that strap.

I motioned to Ethan that we would leave the room.

Ethan reached out and twisted one of Hamish’s nipples then roughly handled his cock a minute. He leered down into his face. “We’re going to find some booze in this joint, bitch, then we’ll be back for a good time.”

Hamish grunted. Oh, he liked that.

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5 Star and 3 Star Reviews for The Taste of Ink by Francis Gideon #MM #Romance

CoverTitle: The Taste of Ink
Author Name & Publisher: Francis Gideon (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: March 11, 2016 – 200 pgs

Synopsis

Trevor Dunn has never gone to the Calgary Stampede, in spite of living in the city all his life. He would much rather listen to music and draw comics in his basement than hang out with a bunch of cowboys. When his sister drags him to the Stampede’s opening parade anyway, Trevor is drawn to a cowboy sporting a green hat.

Charlie opens Trevor’s mind to the world of country music and country boys. But then an old flame appears in the middle of the festival and Trevor is torn. He adores Charlie, but Mathieu—a punk singer turned acoustic crooner—was Trevor’s first love, and Trevor lost him by being too afraid to chase the dreams they shared.

When the Stampede ends, Charlie will go back to Toronto, Mathieu will go back on tour, and Trevor will go back to his basement. Realizing that’s not what he wants, Trevor enters a mechanical bull-riding contest in hopes of winning the heart of his true love—or maybe both of them. This time, fear won’t stop him from going after what he wants.

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FiveStars

It’s not often I read a book and don’t quite know how it will turn out, or even how I want it to turn out after I’ve reached the halfway point. I loved this for its originality almost as much as I loved the scorching combination or music, art, rodeo and sex.

I was in love with Trevor, wary of Charlie and unsure of Mathieu for most of the story. Trevor, the aspiring graphic novelist with pale skin and ink stained fingers still living in his parents’ basement is an absolutely brilliant character. His first love, Mathieu, has traded punk for country, but he is still singing songs about Trevor. And Charlie – rich city boy from back East playing cowboy for a fortnight – the man is smokin’ hot – if a little controlling and a little bit creepy old man.

As much as this is the story of an unlikely ten day hook-up, it is also Trevor’s belated coming of age story. He has let parental expectations and experiences of failure and rejection limit his life. His first Stampede experience is the catalyst that gets him thinking and then fully participating in his own life.

The author’s descriptions of the Stampede made this Canadian abroad very homesick. The writer makes Calgary come to life with vivid depictions of its clash of urban sophisticates and country cowboys in a very modern, mostly liberal city.

Sarah

ThreeStar

So Trevor has never gone to Stampede, his sister convinces him to go and he meets Charlie, who basically turns out to be a sugar daddy. I felt no connection with Trevor and Charlie, NONE. Then Trevor sees his first love at a bar while he is with Charlie, then he starts to think about Mathieu. This whole books spans only 10-13 days and it is basically the same thing over and over again. What I don’t understand is how Trevor and Mathieu haven’t spoken for five years, run into each other a few times during the week and then when Trevor is hurt and in the hospital Charlie convinces Mathieu to have a threesome with him and Trevor. Ummm, what??? That just seemed so unlikely and even during the threesome I couldn’t feel any chemistry. At least the epilogue was good.

Angie

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4 Stars Review for The Sky People Trilogy by DC Juris #Twincest #ScienceFiction @dcjuris

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Title: The Sky People Trilogy
Author Name & Publisher: DC Juris (Torquere books)
Publication Date & Length: December 30, 2015 – 33,000 Words

Synopsis

Driven by visions of his soul mate, Tristan, Jinsu steps through the portal to Earth, leaving all he has ever known behind.. Seven months into their fairy-tale romance, and Tristan and Jinsu couldn’t be happier. But when Jinsu falls ill with a mysterious, lingering condition, everything changes. Jinsu’s magic is dying and taking him with it. Suddenly the couple’s desire to find a way back to Jinsu’s home world is more than just a dream–it’s a necessity. With Jinsu’s time quickly running out, Tristan is forced to seek help from someone he’d hoped to never, ever lay eyes on again.

Tristan awakens on Torottu, but the portal wasn’t meant for humans, and he’s been near death since his arrival almost ten months ago. Even worse, Jinsu has no idea who Tristan is—the return trip through the portal erased his memory of Earth, of their relationship, or Tristan himself.

Winning Jinsu’s heart again won’t be easy, especially if Kelan, Jinsu’s twin, has anything to say about it. Kelan loves Jinsu, too, and he won’t be put aside for Tristan. Not again. Tristan knows his only chance for happiness—and the only chance for Jinsu and Kelan—is to follow his heart.

Previously published by Breathless Press.

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FourStars

This was my first book by DC Juris that I’ve read and I was pleasantly surprised. It was quite good.
I thought this was an interesting plot of people who live above us in their own world that is quite similar, but with their own language and laws. While there is a few instances of twincest, it is simply the way of their people and didn’t bother me at all due to the way that it was written.
I’ll admit that I did wish at times that the stories were a bit longer so that things could’ve been more developed but it wasn’t a bad read in general, just things are very fast paced, which left me wanting to know more about some things.
The two men are very interesting and it’s intriguing to follow along with their love story as it comes together with the way the author wrote about this unknown world and the people in it (the few we get to meet).
Renee

Excerpt

After taking Jinsu home and grabbing a light dinner for himself, Tristan drove across town, up and down streets once all-too familiar, to see the only person he could think of who might be able to help him. He pushed open the office door, taking note of the little faded metal welcome sign and the open 9 to 5 banner hanging crookedly underneath it. He’d arrived just in time.

“Well, well, well. Look what the cat dragged in. How you doin’, sugar?”

Tristan smiled at the petite platinum blonde behind the desk. He’d always liked Nancy.

Despite the fact that she looked like something out of an old mobster movie—big hair, low-cut blouse, gaudy makeup, chewing gum and all—she had that rare work ethic that made her more than just a receptionist. “I’m good. Is Bryan in?”

“Sure, hon. Have a seat. I’ll let him know you’re here.”

Tristan sat on the edge of a metal folding chair—god, Bryan was such a cheapskate—rested his left foot on his right thigh.

Before Nancy could stand up, the door behind her opened to reveal a tall, heavy-set man with closely cropped dark hair just beginning to thin. Older than Tristan, Bryan had started to show his age. “Nancy, do me a favor and—”

Nancy nodded toward Tristan. Tristan stood, the scrape of his chair on the tile far louder than he would’ve liked.

“Tristan?” Slight upward inflection in Bryan’s voice, as if he couldn’t believe Tristan was actually there. Well, that made two of them.

“Long time no see, huh, Bryan?” It was a lame way to break the ice, but how did one approach his former lover when he showed up at said former lover’s work, out-of-the-blue after three years?

“Hold my calls,” Bryan said, with barely a glance at Nancy. “C’mon in, Tris.”

Tristan cringed at the old nickname and followed Bryan into his office. The place was surprisingly neat—neater than Tristan had ever seen Bryan’s surroundings before.

“I’ve gotten better at housekeeping, as you can see.” Bryan gestured to the chair opposite his desk. “Have a seat. At the risk of sounding clichéd, to what do I owe this honor?”

“I need your help with something.” Tristan took a deep breath. Best to get right to it. He didn’t want Bryan getting any ideas or false hopes. Leaving out as many personal, private details as he possibly could, Tristan filled Bryan in on the events of the past seven months: Jinsu’s arrival—he didn’t mention the part about the dreams that had brought them together—his subsequent illness, and what Tristan had learned of Torottu.

“So…that brings you up to now,” Tristan finished. Bryan had sat quietly and listened throughout his speech, fingers steepled together in front of him, elbows resting on his desk, with that just-this-side-of-predatory gleam in his eyes that most people found alluring but Tristan had always hated.

“Huh. Well…it’s not really my line of work.” Bryan leaned back in his chair and crossed his arms.

“What do you mean it’s not your line of work? You investigate the freaky and abnormal.”

“Paranormal, to be specific. This…” Bryan shrugged. “I’m not saying I won’t help you. You know I’d do anything for you. I owe you after what I put you through.”

Tristan ground his teeth. Damn him for bringing up their past. Patience was a virtue when it came to dealing with Bryan, but Tristan could hit below the belt too. “I need your full efforts and attention. You can’t half-ass this. It can’t be like Detroit.”

Bryan straightened and curled his lip, looking away quickly. “Detroit wasn’t my fault.”

“You may not have caused it, but you did nothing to help. Understand, I won’t let Jinsu fall to a witch hunt.”

“What happened in Detroit—”

“What happened in Detroit didn’t have to. You involved the wrong people. You hung innocents out to dry; you threw your partners under the bus and nearly caused a citywide riot. I won’t let you sell Jinsu’s story and I won’t let you endanger his life. You keep the press out of this one. No glorious headlines, understand?”

“You’ve been back to the alley?”

Tristan bit back a conceited chuckle at Bryan’s change of topic. “Several times. There’s nothing there. Everything’s perfectly normal.”

“That may be and it may not. There are things that can’t be seen with the naked eye.” Bryan turned and pulled a book off the over-stuffed shelf behind him, thumbed through it quickly and then tossed it down on his desk. “You know that.”

“Jinsu’s certain he would be able to feel the magic if it were there.” Of course, that was only a theory, but having Bryan second-guess him was annoying.

“Sure, but you said he’s sick. That could be affecting him. I assume you’ve done some other research of your own?”

Tristan nodded. “I’ve been over every book of mythology and the occult that I could get my hands on.”

“Bah. We won’t find what we’re looking for in there. This kind of stuff doesn’t get listed in the public record.” Bryan folded his hands together and gave Tristan a long, lingering, thoughtful look. “I made a mistake with you.”

“Yeah, you did. Look, I didn’t come here for this. This isn’t about you and me. This is about someone’s life. It’s far more important than any petty bullshit.” On the verge of insulting, and definitely risky, but Bryan had never been good with subtlety.

Bryan quirked an eyebrow. “So we were petty, were we?”

“One of us was. I don’t want to argue about the past. Are you willing to help us?”

“Of course I am. I’ll need to gather my resources, make some calls. It may take time.”

Tristan sighed. Time was one thing they didn’t have.

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5, 4.5, 4 and 3.5 Stars for The New Boy (Iron Eagle Gym #1) by Sean Michael #MM #BDSM @dreamspinners

1.5

Title: The New Boy (Iron Eagle Gym #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Sean Michael (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: December 4, 2015 – 210 pgs

Synopsis

Lance Packet just got a contract to shoot an erotic BDSM deck of cards; the only problem is finding models. So far everyone he’s interviewed thinks he’s looking for sex for hire. Then in walk three perfect examples of men: Tide and his friends, Tyrone and Bran.

Tide Germaine is a model and a Dom. He and his best friend Tyrone opened The Iron Eagle Gym as a place for gay men in the lifestyle to work out, do scenes, and congregate with like-minded men. The modeling is just another job for Tide, but it soon turns into a grand seduction as Tide falls for the shy, self-conscious photographer. The problem is Lance doesn’t believe he’s in Tide’s league, and he’s not at all sure about the Dom and sub thing.

It’s not going to be easy, but Tide’s going to have to convince Lance he belongs at Tide’s side as both lover and sub.

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FiveStars

Lance just got a contract to shoot photos for a BDSM deck so he has a hard time finding models when in walks three men. Tide is a model and a Dom and really knows the lifestyle along with his two friends. Once Tide lays eyes on Lance he knows he wants Lance for his Sub/Boy but Lance fights it due to thinking he is not good enough to be with a hot model like Tide and being unsure of the lifestyle.

Okay I have to say the way Tide talks to Lance all sexy and possessive is just so damn hot! Then there was all the steamy scenes between these two men which were also so hot. I loved that Tide was so very attracted to Lance even though Lance feels like Tide is way out of his league. I also loved the fact that did not even cross Tide’s mind and it is really refreshing to see a book were one of the MC’s maybe not be model hot as the other but that does not even stop how attracted the other MC is to him.

This was such a sweet steamy story and I loved the way this author wrote these character and the this story! I really do not want to give away any spoilers because you really need to read this book for yourself. I will say I can not wait for the next book in this series! So I will leave this review with I 100% loved this book and would definitely recommend this book!

Kara

FourandHalfStars

I really enjoy Sean Michael’s style of writing, so I was not disappointed in this book.
The chemistry between all of the characters is sizzling, the connection that Tyrone and Bran share is off the charts and the pursuit of Lance is unrelenting.
The photoshoot are sexy, steamy and give Lance enough single hand fodder that he has difficulties maintaining his professionalism (or what he perceives is his professionalism component.)
I enjoyed watching Lance come in to his understanding and appreciation of BDSM and what that desire inside him could unleash.  I also appreciated that Tide, while persistent, was also patient and understanding in Lance’s hesitations.
The two secondary characters, Tyrone and Bran were also quite explosive on the page.  Despite my not quite understanding the relationship that they all shared, Tide, Bran and Tyrone, it seemed to work for them in this story.
I didn’t really understand what the gym component had to do with this story – it seemed almost like an afterthought for this couple.  But, maybe it was a set up for the next book – one I am eagerly awaiting!
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 FourStars
In true Sean Michael fashion there was lots and lots of hot steamy love scenes. I loved Tide, Tyrone and Bran instantly. I couldn’t connect with Lance at first and then after a while he was getting on my nerves with his self-doubt about Tide wanting him. I liked the fact that Tide was willing to show Lance everything and had the patience of a saint. I was wanting to find out what the buyer of the deck of cards thought of the shots that Lance had taken but we never found that out, maybe in the next book? I can’t wait to read more of Tyrone in Bran in the next book of the series, I really enjoyed their chemistry.
Angie
ThreeandHalfStars

This book was hot, hot, hot. Of course it is, it’s by Sean Michael. I love me some Sean Michael book, even if some of Sean’s books is a hit and miss with me. I still read. Yeah, I got it bad.
So anyway, this installment is about shy and awkward Lance Packet. He’s a photographer of erotic things and people. His latest job is to take pics of sexy men with BDSM themes for cards. He thinks he’s not going to get the right models, but in walks Tide and his friends. And they’re smoking up the place. Of course poor Lance tries to resist Tide’s charms, but come on, where’s the fun in that?
This book had all trademark Sean Michael quirks. Lots of hot sex, funny moments, sweet moments, insta-love. I liked it, not as much as others, but enough to give it 3 1/2 stars. I just wish there was more to the story, but I kinda expected it to all be sex and I was right. lol.
~Cookie

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New Release: The Sky People Trilogy by DC Juris #Twincest #ScienceFiction @dcjuris

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Title: The Sky People Trilogy
Author Name & Publisher: DC Juris (Torquere books)
Publication Date & Length: December 30, 2015 – 33,000 Words

Synopsis

Driven by visions of his soul mate, Tristan, Jinsu steps through the portal to Earth, leaving all he has ever known behind.. Seven months into their fairy-tale romance, and Tristan and Jinsu couldn’t be happier. But when Jinsu falls ill with a mysterious, lingering condition, everything changes. Jinsu’s magic is dying and taking him with it. Suddenly the couple’s desire to find a way back to Jinsu’s home world is more than just a dream–it’s a necessity. With Jinsu’s time quickly running out, Tristan is forced to seek help from someone he’d hoped to never, ever lay eyes on again.

Tristan awakens on Torottu, but the portal wasn’t meant for humans, and he’s been near death since his arrival almost ten months ago. Even worse, Jinsu has no idea who Tristan is—the return trip through the portal erased his memory of Earth, of their relationship, or Tristan himself.

Winning Jinsu’s heart again won’t be easy, especially if Kelan, Jinsu’s twin, has anything to say about it. Kelan loves Jinsu, too, and he won’t be put aside for Tristan. Not again. Tristan knows his only chance for happiness—and the only chance for Jinsu and Kelan—is to follow his heart.

Previously published by Breathless Press.

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After taking Jinsu home and grabbing a light dinner for himself, Tristan drove across town, up and down streets once all-too familiar, to see the only person he could think of who might be able to help him. He pushed open the office door, taking note of the little faded metal welcome sign and the open 9 to 5 banner hanging crookedly underneath it. He’d arrived just in time.

“Well, well, well. Look what the cat dragged in. How you doin’, sugar?”

Tristan smiled at the petite platinum blonde behind the desk. He’d always liked Nancy.

Despite the fact that she looked like something out of an old mobster movie—big hair, low-cut blouse, gaudy makeup, chewing gum and all—she had that rare work ethic that made her more than just a receptionist. “I’m good. Is Bryan in?”

“Sure, hon. Have a seat. I’ll let him know you’re here.”

Tristan sat on the edge of a metal folding chair—god, Bryan was such a cheapskate—rested his left foot on his right thigh.

Before Nancy could stand up, the door behind her opened to reveal a tall, heavy-set man with closely cropped dark hair just beginning to thin. Older than Tristan, Bryan had started to show his age. “Nancy, do me a favor and—”

Nancy nodded toward Tristan. Tristan stood, the scrape of his chair on the tile far louder than he would’ve liked.

“Tristan?” Slight upward inflection in Bryan’s voice, as if he couldn’t believe Tristan was actually there. Well, that made two of them.

“Long time no see, huh, Bryan?” It was a lame way to break the ice, but how did one approach his former lover when he showed up at said former lover’s work, out-of-the-blue after three years?

“Hold my calls,” Bryan said, with barely a glance at Nancy. “C’mon in, Tris.”

Tristan cringed at the old nickname and followed Bryan into his office. The place was surprisingly neat—neater than Tristan had ever seen Bryan’s surroundings before.

“I’ve gotten better at housekeeping, as you can see.” Bryan gestured to the chair opposite his desk. “Have a seat. At the risk of sounding clichéd, to what do I owe this honor?”

“I need your help with something.” Tristan took a deep breath. Best to get right to it. He didn’t want Bryan getting any ideas or false hopes. Leaving out as many personal, private details as he possibly could, Tristan filled Bryan in on the events of the past seven months: Jinsu’s arrival—he didn’t mention the part about the dreams that had brought them together—his subsequent illness, and what Tristan had learned of Torottu.

“So…that brings you up to now,” Tristan finished. Bryan had sat quietly and listened throughout his speech, fingers steepled together in front of him, elbows resting on his desk, with that just-this-side-of-predatory gleam in his eyes that most people found alluring but Tristan had always hated.

“Huh. Well…it’s not really my line of work.” Bryan leaned back in his chair and crossed his arms.

“What do you mean it’s not your line of work? You investigate the freaky and abnormal.”

“Paranormal, to be specific. This…” Bryan shrugged. “I’m not saying I won’t help you. You know I’d do anything for you. I owe you after what I put you through.”

Tristan ground his teeth. Damn him for bringing up their past. Patience was a virtue when it came to dealing with Bryan, but Tristan could hit below the belt too. “I need your full efforts and attention. You can’t half-ass this. It can’t be like Detroit.”

Bryan straightened and curled his lip, looking away quickly. “Detroit wasn’t my fault.”

“You may not have caused it, but you did nothing to help. Understand, I won’t let Jinsu fall to a witch hunt.”

“What happened in Detroit—”

“What happened in Detroit didn’t have to. You involved the wrong people. You hung innocents out to dry; you threw your partners under the bus and nearly caused a citywide riot. I won’t let you sell Jinsu’s story and I won’t let you endanger his life. You keep the press out of this one. No glorious headlines, understand?”

“You’ve been back to the alley?”

Tristan bit back a conceited chuckle at Bryan’s change of topic. “Several times. There’s nothing there. Everything’s perfectly normal.”

“That may be and it may not. There are things that can’t be seen with the naked eye.” Bryan turned and pulled a book off the over-stuffed shelf behind him, thumbed through it quickly and then tossed it down on his desk. “You know that.”

“Jinsu’s certain he would be able to feel the magic if it were there.” Of course, that was only a theory, but having Bryan second-guess him was annoying.

“Sure, but you said he’s sick. That could be affecting him. I assume you’ve done some other research of your own?”

Tristan nodded. “I’ve been over every book of mythology and the occult that I could get my hands on.”

“Bah. We won’t find what we’re looking for in there. This kind of stuff doesn’t get listed in the public record.” Bryan folded his hands together and gave Tristan a long, lingering, thoughtful look. “I made a mistake with you.”

“Yeah, you did. Look, I didn’t come here for this. This isn’t about you and me. This is about someone’s life. It’s far more important than any petty bullshit.” On the verge of insulting, and definitely risky, but Bryan had never been good with subtlety.

Bryan quirked an eyebrow. “So we were petty, were we?”

“One of us was. I don’t want to argue about the past. Are you willing to help us?”

“Of course I am. I’ll need to gather my resources, make some calls. It may take time.”

Tristan sighed. Time was one thing they didn’t have.

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