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4 Stars for Lab Rat by Nephy Hart #MM #Futuristic #SciFi #Thriller

LabRat_600x956Title: Lab Rat
Author Name & Publisher: Nephy Hart (Wayward Ink Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: May 4, 2016 – 280 pgs

Synopsis

At thirteen, Gabriel was subjected to experimentation designed to awaken latent psychic abilities.

He’s been locked in a downward spiral of self-destruction ever since.

Then one night he meets Laurie, who is the antithesis of everything Gabriel’s become: cheerful, optimistic, and comfortable in his own skin.

Laurie pursues Gabriel. But Gabriel no longer believes in love. With a dark past and a history of disastrous relationships, he’s promised himself ‘no more’. Laurie, however, won’t let go, no matter how many obstacles Gabriel places in his way.

When Gabriel starts hearing voices in his head, he realizes they belong to the scientists who experimented on him. Worse, they’re trying to track him down.

With the past nipping at his heels, Gabriel and Laurie flee together.

Can they outrun the enemy? Can they save Gabriel before either his life or his sanity are forfeit?

And is Gabriel as helpless as he, or Laurie, thinks he is?

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 FourStars
Lab Rat is a disturbing and intriguing story. I recommend this to anyone looking for a dark sci-fi drama with some romance.
This is an interesting story, frightening and depressing for much of it, but at times also hopeful and romantic. Nephy Hart has done a great job portraying Gabriel’s mental and emotional instability. And the turmoil between Gabriel and Laurie takes the notion of romantic angst to a whole other level.
Overall, I enjoyed this story. I found it engaging but a bit drawn out. I feel it could have been condensed into a shorter book, and that might have captured my interest more completely.
This is not a sexually explicit book. I wouldn’t recommend it to someone looking for a highly romantic or erotic book.
Amanda

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5 Stars for With or Without You (Sequel to Go Your Own Way) by Zane Riley #MM #NewAdult @ZaneNebula

WOWY 1600px FRONT (Smashwords, Amazon)-1Title: With or Without You (Sequel to Go Your Own Way)
Author Name & Publisher: Zane Riley (Interlude Press)
Publication Date & Length: July 21, 2016 – 348 pgs

Synopsis

In the much-anticipated sequel to Go Your Own Way, high school seniors Lennox McAvoy and Will Osborne pick up right where they left off—navigating the tumultuous waters of a new relationship and dealing with Will’s disapproving father.

When a violent incident forces Lennox to give up his independent ways, he must come to terms with his past just as Will is grappling with his future. As Will’s college plans become reality, will Lennox have the courage to go after the opportunities he doesn’t think he deserves?

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FiveStars

This was such an amazing book. I will say honestly that I did not read the first book in the series but this book was so easy to follow that I believe it could be read in order or as a stand alone. But no doubt about it, I will be reading the next book in the series so I can see what ups and downs Will and Lennox will have to face when they head off to college.

Will and Lennox are two totally different people who by looking at them you would think they would not be compatible at all when the opposite is true. They are actually a really good fit together. They both offer the relationship different things that the other needs. Will offers support and encouragement to Lennox. He believes in him and in his talents and pushed him to achieve what he can with his talent when Lennox believes himself to only be ok. Will pushed Lennox to reach for the stars and not settle for less then he deserves and Will also encourages Lennox to open up to Will and except love.

Lennox offers Will a safe haven to explore his sexual side with. He encourages Will to explore more about his sexuality and too except everything about himself and not hide it or be scared of it. Will is very serious and Lennox brings out his playful side l. Lennox also encourages him to become more open and honest about his feelings with his dad and Karen.

These two have a rough road ahead of them but I believe they will make it in the end. They may not always be together but I do believe that no matter what they will find their way back to one another. Can’t wait till the next book.

Tosha

AuthorInterview

Hi! I’m Zane, and I’m a queer transgender writer from northern Virginia. Currently, I’m in the process of packing up to move to Washington state, so I’m pretty busy at the moment, but also very excited. I’ve been writing since I was a little kid, although I didn’t get truly serious about it until college when I switched my major to Creative Writing.

 

With or Without You is my second novel and a sequel to my first. It continues Will and Lennox’s story as they finish up their senior year of high school. As they begin to learn how to navigate their growing relationship, Will plans for his future in college while Lennox struggles to accept that his future is more than surviving until the next day. They each begin to forge their own paths only to realize that the futures they each want may lead them away from each other.

 

 

 

  • What is your least favorite part of the publishing/writing process?

 

I think the waiting between steps is probably the hardest part for me. Not because I can’t handle waiting, but after I send that first manuscript off, I wipe my brain clean. Then I get it back a few weeks or months later, and I’m like, “I wrote this? Are you sure? I don’t remember Will saying that… or doing that. Someone help.” I always remember the ending, but everything in the middle leaks right out of my head. I usually spend the week leading up to get those first notes back taking my time reading through the manuscript I sent off.

 

  • As an author, is there one subject you would never write about? What would it be?

 

I took a while to think about this one before answering, because there are a lot of subjects I would be cautious about pursuing, but I don’t think there’s anything I would never write about. For example, I’d be cautious and do a lot of researching before writing about the Holocaust or Japanese internment camps. I’d be equally as cautious writing from the perspective of any religion, race, nationality, sexuality, gender or experience that isn’t part of my own identity. It’s important to stop and to consider if you’re the person that should be writing this story, and even if you’re at a point in your writing career where you’re capable of bringing the truth to a character that’s needed.

 

  • When did you first realize you wanted to write?

 

I was in fourth grade when I first started writing in my free time. Star Wars fanfiction of course. That was almost all I was reading at the time was Star Wars books. Then Harry Potter that summer leading into fifth grade. That was a big push time for me, realizing that I could also write stories about adventure and kids my own age.

 

I wouldn’t say I realized at the time that I could do that professionally or as an adult, I just thought it was fun. About half way through college was when I got serious enough to consider it as something more than a hobby.

 

  • How long did it take to write your book?

 

About three months. I’d actually started it, got about 40,000 words into it, and realized not even a week of time had passed in the story. A story that was supposed to cover from Thanksgiving to roughly high school graduation in late May or early June. I spent about three months writing that first attempt, took a trip up to New York City, and when I got back, I deleted it. Everything went. I shut away the old version of the story I’d been trying to use as a guideline and just let myself write. It was a difficult choice, but necessary. The story is much better for it.

 

  • For Fun: Where is one place you’d like to visit you haven’t been before?

 

Anywhere outside of the United States. I’d love to see New Zealand, or the Black Sea, even London. If I ever get the opportunity I would love to see Egypt and learn more about the history there in person.

Excerpt

The band room was empty when he pushed the door open, but the piano was set up like it was almost every afternoon these days. Only Mr. Robinette and a music stand littered with sheet music was absent.

“Hello?”

The silence struck Lennox as odd, but as he sat down he also realized how strange it was to announce himself. So much had changed since the first time he’d snuck in here to play on his own. Now he was auditioning for some college he still couldn’t fathom.

To make Will happy. And maybe a little bit for himself.

“Ah, I wondered if you were going to show up.”

Mr. Robinette was behind him, the door to his office now wide open. He’d taken off his tie and undone a few buttons on his shirt like he did most afternoons when they practiced.

“You just want to play it through a few times or mess around with something else?”

Lennox took a seat at the piano, but didn’t both opening his bag. He’d memorized the piece he was playing by Valentine’s Day and now, almost two weeks later, he could write it out measure for measure on blank sheet music. But playing it was becoming repetitive. For two hours, three times a week, almost nonstop with the same four pages and nothing else.

“I’d rather try something new. That piece is getting a little old.”

Mr. Robinette smiled and pulled a chair up beside him. “I had a nightmare the other night and it was the theme song while I ran around a haunted house Scooby Doo style.”

“You didn’t catch a ride in the Mystery Machine, did you? I’ve always wanted that van.”

“I’ve got a lunch box version of it. It doesn’t fit much though because it’s too narrow. Anyway, play what you want. I’ll be here until about four-thirty, so it’s all yours.”

As Mr. Robinette returned to his office, Lennox pulled what had become his music notebook out of his bag and opened it to the latest page. He’d taken to composing during class when he should have been taking notes, especially calculus where he had no reason to pay attention anyway.

The latest page was a tune he’d come up with while the other kids had been tapping their pencils and erasing answers. Every moment of his life carried a rhythm, a melody, and an emotion he could create with, and his notebook was becoming a testament to that. He played through everything he’d jotted down over the past few days, but after several rounds he kept coming back to one. It was a piano version he’d tried—and mostly failed—to create of one of the songs Will had played on a loop a few weeks ago.

“I’m getting ready to lock up!”

Mr. Robinette’s voice carried out of the office and into the band room. A few minutes and several jingles of Mr. Robinette’s keys later, the office door was shut and Lennox was closing the cover on the keys.

“That last piece you were playing, was it a cover?”

Lennox shrugged as they headed for the door.

“It was supposed to be. Didn’t sound much like the song.”

“Well, the others did. They were all really good, even the ones that weren’t covers.”

“Uh, thanks.”

Lennox watched him at the door to the parking lot for a moment. He’d been a great help over the last month—all year if Lennox was honest. Mr. Robinette had believed in him in his own way since school had begun, and thanks to him he had a decent shot at this audition.

“Thanks for… all of this. I actually feel like—just thanks.”

Mr. Robinette gave him a genuine smile and patted him on the shoulder.

“You’re very welcome. Let me know how it goes when you get back, okay? I’m rooting for you. Got all of my fingers and limbs crossed. You deserve the chance. Don’t doubt that or yourself.”

“I-I wont.”

It was funny to have so many people believing in him after so long. Happiness was a strange feeling as well. Until he’d let Will into his life he couldn’t remember how to capture such a feeling in his chest and keep it there.

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4 Star and 3 Star Reviews for Boy Midflight by Charlie David #MM #Romance @CharlieDavid

CoverTitle: Boy Midflight
Author Name & Publisher: Charlie David (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: July 4, 2016 – 200 pgs

Synopsis

At eighteen, Ashley seems to have everything: looks, talent, and even a girlfriend. What more could a young man want? Yet something is missing, and he has to come to terms with his sexuality and the possible implications for his career in the public eye. He begins dating Chris but isn t sure he s head over heels in love. It s not the knight-in-shining-armor feeling he always imagined.

When Ashley is offered a big modeling job, he leaves his university in small-town Canada for a very different life in sunny Los Angeles, California. There he meets a slightly older man who makes him feel like he s in a storybook romance. But is Ashley ready for real love, or is it just infatuation? The world is spread out before him, at once limitless and daunting, full of endless possibilities one moment and opportunities cut short the next.

Ashley floats between certainty and confusion as he tries to unravel new feelings, deal with past pain, and decide what he wants from life and who he wants beside him during the journey.

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FourStars

I will honest and say that the first part of this book was confusing. This book is based off of Ashley’s pov and for the first part of the book I felt like he was all over the place which really started to confuse me. It was like Ashley was wanting to give past and present perspective all at one time. But I pushed through and got past it. Once I did and Ashley quit jumping from the past and present I was able to get into the book. It turned out once I was past that to be a really good book.

Ashley in my opinion has a preconceived expectations of the hat he wants his life to be. But like with anything that is not how it always turns out and even though life does not always go as we think I should, it sometimes turns out better.

Ashley in my opinion needs to set back and enjoy life instead of tryin to make it happen and once he does then his life starts to come together and “The One” he is supposed to be with comes into his life and he finally knows what love is truly like.

I really enjoyed reading about Ashley and his ups and downs. I enjoyed reading about him learning from his mistakes and coming into his own. Ashley is an amazing man and ended up with the a man that is just as amazing as he is.

Good read and look forward to more reads in the future by Charlie David.

Tosha

ThreeStar

This is not a traditional romance. It’s more a journey of maturing and self-discovery. I really like Charlie David’s writing, so I wanted to see what this would bring. I am still deciding how I feel about it. There were things I really liked and things I could have done without.

What I didn’t enjoy: Ashley is an obnoxious narrator. He’s immature and honestly not very nice. The whole first part of the book is his somewhat sheltered life, even at an arts school, where people can be neatly divided into categories: Gay, straight unless they get with another guy more than once, and women who flock to gay guys. There are literally zero other kinds of people. He spends a lot of time saying hurtful and obnoxious things in his head and in his journal more or less along those lines, much of which feels misogynistic and bi-antagonistic. It continues into the next part of the story, after he gets his modeling gig. I almost didn’t finish the book because of Ashley’s attitude.

What I liked: First, that it isn’t a traditional romance. I like that there’s a lot more to the story than “how the prince charmings rode off into the sunset.” I laughed my butt off at Ashley’s name for God (which I absolutely won’t spoil here). Ashley matures a great deal when he’s the one who has to take the lead in a new relationship. The playfulness and tenderness between Ashley and Mikal is absolutely wonderful, and I found it a good deal more romantic than most romances. I adored Fernando, who is incredibly cool, and Ashley’s reaction when Fernando opens up to him is the mark of someone who has learned to be a good friend. The end of this is just a big ball of sweet sunshine which left me happy and yet also wanting to know what comes next for all of them.

Overall, if you can get past the first part of the story, it really takes off about a third of the way in. Despite my misgivings, I still think the author is a skilled storyteller, and I look forward to future offerings.

3 stars

~AmyM

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5 Star, 4.5 Star and 3 Star Reviews for Out in the Open (Browerton University #1) by A.J. Truman #MM #NewAdult

CoverTitle: Out in the Open (Browerton University #1)
Author Name & Publisher: A.J. Truman
Publication Date & Length: September 30, 2014 – 281 pgs

Synopsis

Libraries are meant for studying – not sex

College sophomore Ethan Follett never says what’s on his mind and never wants to rock the boat. After a high school social life spent anonymous and alone, things are finally falling into place for him. He’s found a group of friends just as studious as he, and is on track for a promising legal career. Out in the open, things couldn’t be better, but secretly Ethan yearns for some real excitement in his life.

He finds it in cocky fratboy Greg Sanderson, who challenges every rigid, preconceived notion Ethan lives by. Soon, their sparring relationship turns sexual, and these enemies-with-benefits get their freak on all over campus. Yet the more Ethan comes out of his shell, the more Greg retreats into his, working overtime to keep his ladies man public persona intact. As the sex gets hotter, and they get closer to getting caught, one part of their arrangement can’t stay hidden any longer: love.

OUT IN THE OPEN is a M/M new adult romance filled with humor, heart, and hot guys. The book is intended for audiences 18+ as it contains explicit sex and language.

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FiveStars

What is it like to be a professional baseball player and to be in the closet? Well that is what this book is exactly about. It is not always easy to gay out in theopen because so many people are negative about it but to be a professional baseball player in a game where it is not always easy to let you guard down because you do not know who will turn on you or who is homophobic, it does not make it easy for two players that have stayed in the closet for this very reason. Both Matt and Iggy are professional ball players and both are in the closet and both are in a relationship together.

This in my opinion is a book about finally having the courage to stand up for what you believe in. It should not matter if a player is gay or not but that sometimes is just not the reality because of fear of coming out.

Once Matt retires and decides to finally come clean about his sexual status due to wanting to live in the open and no longer lie about it, it changes things for Iggy and gives him the courage to do the same even though he is still an active player. These two men love each other so much. They encourage one another to follow their dreams and desires regardless of what others may think. They stand behind one another’s decisions and they lend each other support when the other needs it. Most of all they do not let negativity in the world come between them, they do the opposite and give each other strengths and love.

This was a very good read and I enjoyed every bit of it. It is a very inspirational story and I only hope others enjoy it as much as I did.

Tosha

FourandHalfStars

Well, that was a flashback to my college time, and blushing at the memories. This story was well written and brought a real-life feel to college days. Oh things that we did….ok, time to move on before I get all flushed.
 
I really enjoyed Ethan and Greg. I felt like I was on an old-fashion balancing scale. The scale was heavily tipped one way at the beginning. While Greg got Ethan to open up and grow out of his shell, the scale started to balance and the two were having all sorts of physical fun all across campus. The chemistry between these two was hot and intense. I enjoyed the casual time the two shared, like sitting on the grass outside of a coffee shop and just opening themselves up. But as Ethan grew into himself, Greg started closing up and the scale started to tip the other way. Just when we thought Ethan and Greg were done (and you start not liking Greg), something happens and Greg is there to rescue Ethan. Greg sees how much he has hurt Ethan, and truly accepts himself for who he is and what he wants to do and the scale is balanced in the world.
 
Greg got bonus points for wanting to be a special education teacher, as I am one too. 🙂 The ending did seem a little rushed but after the build up, the crush, and rooting for them, you just were happy that they had each other.
 
This story is told from Ethan’s POV, and we get to see his character development from the inside and how matures and becomes a social little butterfly. I wished we could have had Greg’s POV at times, but it all worked out perfectly.
 
Overall, this was a low angst, fun loving, sexy romance read. I read it in one sitting as I could not stop wanting to know where all over campus they were spending smexy times. This is shaping up to be a fabulous series.
Keri
ThreeStar
A sweet, fun read about two college guys turning from enemies to lovers. Greg pushes all Ethan’s boundries and they’re hot together. Greg is the life of the party while Ethan whats to be more like Greg, but he’s insecure. Overall it’s like a coming of age story in a college life.
Greg’s a closet case so there’s a lot of hot and cold towards his relationship with Ethan. I felt bad for that and got annoyed. Still, fun read.
Cookie

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4.5 Stars and 3 Stars for An Act of Devotion by A. M. Leibowitz #Bisexual #MM #Romance #NewAdult @SupposedCrimes @AmyUnchained

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Title: An Act of Devotion
Author Name & Publisher: A. M. Leibowitz (Supposed Crimes)
Publication Date & Length: May 1, 2016 — 215 pages

Synopsis

Adam Lansing has always relied on his charm to get by. Sure, he’s starting over—new school, new graduate assistant position—but he knows he won’t have any trouble working his magic on anyone he chooses.

Antonio “AJ” Mancuso is deep inside his own head. He’s cool, calm, and confident. But despite all the friends around him, he often feels like he straddles two worlds. Is there anyone who could love him for everything that defines him—past and present?

From the first time they meet, Adam is determined to get gorgeous AJ to notice him. But just as the heat is cranking up between them, Adam spots AJ with another man. Adam strikes back through a fling with an ex. But when he discovers the truth behind AJ’s behavior, he realizes that his magic won’t clean up for him this time.

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FourandHalfStars

I loved this story. Adam & AJ come right off the page and are so real I would probably be friends with them, both of them actually. Adam has a personality that the world is his plaything, and he takes every advantage possible to take out his new toy. AJ tends to shy away from the overtly fun joys that Adam sees and instead focuses on what gives him pleasure (which is probably completing tasks).

 

The writing in this piece is superb, and brings out personalities and actions between these two gentleman in ways that really bring them to life. Each of the main characters is rounded out, they both grow through the story, and they both make mistakes and try to fix them. Their story has ups and downs, sexual tension galore, and innuendos that might make Nonna blush.

 

For anyone who wants to read and learn more about the bisexual world, this is a fantastic book from that standpoint. We’re given two bisexual characters, who come to their sexuality very differently, who have experienced the opposite in terms of coming out, who could not have less shared experiences or feelings about the world and its interactions with the Family. The story takes us through activism for LGBT rights, through living as a part of the Family, through recognizing our faults in our own fears.

 

This is a fantastic read.

 

AJ

ThreeStar

I can appreciate the author’s desire and passion to want the reader to understand all the topics that are discussed in the story. All these topics are important and discussed frequently in the media today.

However, not only is the reader reading about AJ’s and Adam’s issues, we are also reading about what’s happening with the myriad of AJ’s friends. We get Luke and the abuse he’s suffering from his boyfriend. Piet and the cancer he’s suffering from. When Donny begins dating Lauren, AJ worries what Donny will say when he learns Lauren is transgender because Donny is straight. And then finally Connor.

The readers learn more about the secondary characters within the first 10 chapters than the main characters. We don’t know what exactly happened between AJ and his ex-girlfriend until the end of the book.

I believe every character and their situation is important, but all the secondary characters were given too much power in this book. This was about AJ and Adam and the struggles and successes they went through to get together and stay together.

I want to give this story a higher rating, but because I struggled to stay focused on just AJ and Adam, I can’t. And mostly my rating is because of the topics discussed. This book is good learning tool. I won’t deny I learned many new things.

Kris

FiveStars

This is a book that hits on some very serious topics. It is a book that places these topics into the scenario of people’s lives.

The senerios range anywhere from transvestism, to cheating partner, to rape, to abuse, to cancer, to gender confusion. Even though they are so many different topics in this book, AM Leibowitz was able to incorporate each of these scenarios into the book without it being overwhelming or underplaying the situations. A.M. Was able to bring the topics into the book and was able to do justice to how important these topics are and how they can affect the individuals that are in these types of scenarios.

I would say that the main characters are Adam and AJ because they are the two that the book revolves around but at the same time all of the other characters are just as important like Lauryn or Luke or Donny or even Connor just to mention a few of the characters in the book.

As far as Adam and AJ are concerned I think that both of these men have emotional issues with things from their past that has made it almost impossible for the two of them to have a relationship. I think that it is not so much what happened to them in their past but more to the point that neither of them know how to communicate with the other. They both have feelings for the other but when it comes time to voice to the other issues that can affect their relationship they are both tight lipped. The only way that these two are going to be able to work through their issues is if they learn to communicate with the other. And their lies the problem because they both seem to not want to upset the other. So I guess the question is, is not talking to one another worth the risk of losing each other. Will they grow stronger together or will they give each other up over misunderstandings and trust issues?

I really enjoyed this read but as I said earlier their are a of different, difficult situations in this book that are addressed so if you have triggers to them you may not want to read this book. Otherwise I would highly recommend this read.

Tosha

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  1. If you could write with any other author who would it be and why?

I can’t pick only one because it depends on the genre. If it’s F/F, someday, I’d love to actually write a novel with Adrian J. Smith. I loved Memoir in the Making, and I was thrilled when she asked if I would write a story for Adam (who appears there and is one of the MCs in An Act of Devotion). But we’ve never actually written anything together, and I think it would be fun! If it’s M/M, I’d be over the moon to write with Raine O’Tierney or Debbie McGowan. They’ve written together, and they both explore the kinds of emotional and psychological themes I enjoy. However, I think either of them would be ready to throttle me because they write fast and I’m a slowpoke.

 

  1. If you could join a character on an adventure, which character and what would the adventure be?

My own characters don’t tend to go on adventures, which is good because I’m not the adventuresome sort myself. But if I had to choose someone else’s character, I’m going on an adventure with Hermione Granger. She knows how to pack for a trip and is more prepared than any Boy Scout ever. Plus, knowing her, our “adventure” would be to someplace educational with a very large library.

 

  1. If money were no object – where would you live in the world and why?

Anywhere warm. I hear Arizona is nice. It’s really not money (well, okay it is) but being away from family. So I’m stuck with the cold and the snow for now.

 

  1. Favorite kind of underwear for characters and non-favorites.

I don’t think I have a favorite or non-favorite kind of underwear for a character. I tend to think undies fit the character. I have a work-in-progress with a MC who is gender fluid. His underwear selections vary with his internal sense of self, and it’s really fun to write. In An Act of Devotion, a particular undergarment features into the story, and it’s almost a minor character of its own.

 

  1. What do you view as weak points in a character and wouldn’t include them in the characters you write about. What are the strong points you always try and include.

The one thing I won’t write is a “hero” who consistently violates people’s consent in romantic/intimate situations. Otherwise, there isn’t one thing I try to exclude or include. I mostly try to avoid writing tropey characters who behave in stereotypical ways. I’m particularly sensitive to bad representation of bisexual characters, so I try to have at least one bi character in most stories.

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5 Star Review for Growing Strong by BL Dayoff #MM #NewAdult @BLDayoff

growingstrong1400Title: Growing Strong
Author Name & Publisher: BL Dayoff (Torquere Press)
Publication Date & Length: May 11, 2016 – 47,000 Words

Synopsis

A chance—and embarrassing—encounter brings Hunter and Chase together, but it’s patience and kindness that keep them there. Through a slow-blossoming friendship and a series of misunderstandings, Hunter finds himself fighting an attraction he thinks isn’t returned. But with the help of his roommate, Tony, he may just be able to make the leap and confess his feelings.

But love isn’t Hunter’s only concern. With his sister’s upcoming nuptials, he also must learn to face a family that hasn’t quite disowned him for his sexuality. With Chase by his side, it’s going to take strength for Hunter to stand up for himself and to hold on to what really matters.

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FiveStars

This is actually such a sad story in many ways. The reason u say that is because in some ways it is so cliche as to the way some parents are towards their children when they find out they are gay. But in other ways is a happy story also.

Hunter in my opinion is struggling so hard with the fact that his sister turned on him when he told his family he is gay. His mother continues to disregard the fact that he is gay and ignores him when it has anything to do with who he is with or what he wants in life. Then there is his father, he just does not speak or even acknowledge him period. All of these things affect him so deeply because he loves his family whether they love him or not. I believe that is why it has taken him so long to put himself out there to other men. Then when he does, well let’s just say that is a memory he probably wishes he did not have. I do believe that he is very strong though because he does put himself out there and for doing that he is rewarded with meeting Chase.

Chase is perfect for Hunter because he teaches him how to let go. He teaches him to laugh at himself when he makes mistakes. He teaches him how to stand up for himself. And probably most important he teaches Hunter what is like to be loved and accepted for who he is and in turn Hunter is able to love Chase in return.

These two men seem to complete the other. They bring out the best in one another and uplift each other when they are down. They encourage each other to be who they are and to accept that not everyone has to approve of who they love as long as they do. They also teach each other that love is forgiving and it is unconditional. As I said they are perfect for one another. They are the other half of one another.

I really enjoyed this read. It is a great book. It is a book about letting go and moving on. Can’t get much better then that.

Tosha

Excerpt

Hunter tripped over Tony’s briefcase in his rush to get to the door, cursed, and somehow remained upright. He stumbled a few more steps, caught himself on the kitchen counter, and stopped. Huffing once, he continued, with slightly more competence, the final few feet to the front door. When he opened it, Chase was there with a stack of DVDs in hand. “Hey.”

“Hey, c’mon in. You find the place okay?”

“Yeah, it was really easy and—oh, hi.”

“Yo.”

“Chase this is—Tony! Put some pants on!”

Tony grinned from his boxer-clad position on the couch. “You didn’t tell me you were having a guest.”

He most certainly had. “Well I do, so, pants!”

“Careful, I might take that as an order.” Tony winked, then wagged his butt all the way back to his room.

“Sorry about him. I think his mother dropped him a few times as a child.”

Chase chuckled. “Don’t worry about it. We all have a few in our lives.”

“Tell me about it. So what movies did you bring?” He sat on the couch, tucking himself against one armrest, and was pointedly not disappointed when Chase sat on the opposite side—making himself as far away as possible.

“Um, well, La Belle et la Bête, because it’s so standard, The Bitter Sweet Tears of Petra von Kant, The Four Hundred Blows, Run Lola Run, Rashomon—which is dry but classic—and A Love to Hide.”

“Well,” Hunter chuckled. “I think I’ve heard of one or two of them. How about Lola? Unless there’s one you wanted to watch?”

“No, I just brought a variety so if you get bored, we can switch.” He opened the case, popped the DVD out, and handed it to Hunter, who got up and slid it in the DVD player.

He tracked down the remote, and when he turned around he found Tony sitting in his spot.

Glaring at Tony was equivalent to yelling at the rain, so he dimmed the lights, took the spot between them, and hit play. Lacking an armrest, he folded his arms across his chest and glanced at Tony. What did he think he was doing? Why was he crashing in when Tony had been egging him all week about how Hunter had a second date? Was he trying to make sure nothing happened? Or was he forcing Hunter to sit closer?

He shifted his gaze to Chase, who was watching the previews. With a sigh, Hunter sagged into the couch and skipped the disc ahead so he could stare at the opening credits.

But he couldn’t focus. He wished life was full of do-overs like movies. He had the running down. Or maybe just the running without ever getting anywhere. He woke up in the same bed every morning. Went to the same job. Knew the same people.

Leaning forward, he picked up the remote and paused it.

“Everything okay?” Chase asked.

Tony elbowed him in the side and said, “Dude?”

“I just realized we don’t have popcorn. Do you want popcorn? I want popcorn.” He stood and shuffled into the kitchen.

“Sure, I could eat some popcorn.” Chase followed behind. “Plain?”

“Um.” He pulled the box off the shelf. “Movie theater. So extra buttery, I guess. That good?”

“Yeah.” Chase smiled.

Hunter opened a bag, shoved it in the microwave, entered the time, and started it.

“I was worried that you hated the movie already.”

“No! I mean, it’s fine; it just started. I don’t like to judge things immediately.”

“Good. I know it’s a weird one, but sometimes I swear we only get the weird ones.”

“Ah, well,” Hunter said in his worst European accent, “you crazy Americans love that shit.”

Chase chuckled and leaned back on the counter as the smell of hot butter filled the air, joined by the pop-pop- popping of their snack. “It’s true. America sometimes feels like the redheaded stepchild of the world.”

“Well, least we’re not Canada.”

“Hey, my grandparents were Canadian!”

“Oh, uh… I…”

Chase laughed. “I’m kidding. Sorry, I couldn’t resist.” He tilted his head to the side and flashed a grin. Cute.

Hunter diverted himself by pulling a bowl down and removing the hot popcorn. The comforting aroma rushed out when he opened the bag and poured the popcorn into the bowl.

Chase snuck around him to steal a piece, popping it into his mouth with a satisfied crunch. “First piece is always the best.”

“Right…” He was distracted by the smudge of oil on Chase’s lip and the pink tongue that darted out to clean it up. Averting his eyes to the bowl in his hands, he headed back toward the living room. “So, shall we?”

“Yep!” Chase followed him, plopping down in his previous spot on the now-empty couch.

Hunter hesitated, then sat beside him with just enough room to nestle the bowl between them. He hit play.

Chase glanced down the hall toward the bedrooms. “Should we wait for Tony?”

“No, I don’t think he likes foreign flicks. It’s fine.”

“Okay.”

They settled into the movie, taking turns gobbling up popcorn as the scene unfolded again and again. Hunter couldn’t concentrate. Their hands kept bumping, knuckles grazing and skin brushing, each awkwardly pulling away. Was Chase doing it on purpose? Was it subtle flirting?

Hunter couldn’t tell. He knew he wasn’t doing it on purpose—not that he minded—but what if Chase was?

Eventually he just grabbed a large handful and ate from that, leaving Chase what was left. It didn’t matter. Things could just progress naturally. If Chase was interested, he’d say something.

He’d have to have seen how incompetent Hunter was. God, he was incompetent. Not that he necessarily wanted to date Chase. Friends first, that was a good idea. So that way they’d have something to base a relationship on. Not that he thought Chase was interested in a relationship. If he was gay—and Hunter was pretty sure he was—it didn’t mean he’d automatically be interested in Hunter.

Hunter was a dork, socially screwy, and God, they’d met when he’d been fucked in an alley, drugged, and was throwing up. Yeah, there was no way in hell Chase was interested in him. He wiped his hand on the leg of his jeans and stared pointedly at the screen. Friends was good. He needed more friends. Tony would argue he needed friends period, but that wasn’t true.

He winced at a loud noise in the movie and sank down into the couch, shifting away inch by inch until he was leaning against the opposite armrest. To distract himself from the man on the other end of the couch, he tried to focus on the movie. When that didn’t work, he pondered if his character Erik would like this kind of movie. He didn’t seem like the type. Too busy with work and school to waste time watching movies when he could be studying or hanging with friends.

Half closing his eyes, Hunter composed in his head.

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5 Star and TWO 3.5 Star Review for Fairest by K.S. Trenten #FF #Fantasy @rhodrymavelyne

fairest1400Title: Fairest
Author Name & Publisher: K.S. Trenten (Prizm Books – A Torquere Imprint)
Publication Date & Length: May 11, 2016 – 27,425 Words

Synopsis

On the eve of my sixteenth year, I'm cursed to prick my finger on spindle and fall into a hundred year sleep. This is what the witch with the snow white skin and haunting dark eyes promised me, as I lay in my cradle. I haven't been able to get her out of my mind, since. She haunts my dreams, steals into my quiet moments, when I think I'm alone. Everyone thinks she's my enemy. Everyone thinks I need to be protected from her. I can't think of her as an enemy, no matter what anyone else thinks. Who is she, truly? The only name she's ever been given are a few, enigmatic words. The fairest of them all.

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FiveStars

I absolutely loved this book. We all need a little magic in our lives and this book offers mystery, illusions, bewitchment and a beautiful romance.
It helps if you are familiar with fairy-tales as this enchanting book incorporates many old favourites including Snow White, Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty.
It’s a delightful romantic retelling of love conquering all. It incorporates an adorable tale with charm and humour. I loved the use of the word queer, it really made me smile in the context it was used.
A light hearted and thoroughly enjoyable read.
Chris
ThreeandHalfStarsThis is an embellishment of the Snow White fairy tale, that takes a different twist, as well as including several different fairytales within. I may be stretching that and seeing more things than I should, but I don’t think so. It’s an interesting interpretation, and I recommend it to anyone who loves fairytales. It’s an almost perfect rebuttal to all those Princes that Disney taught us to dream about, way before we understood we wanted either a Princess to come sweep us away, or that we wanted to be the Prince(ss) doing all the sweeping. That said, there were a couple of things that left me a little less than satisfied. The plot itself is good; it kept me turning pages. The good witch seems tragic even as more and more you start to understand the role she’s played in all of these events. The bad witch, because every fairy tale has to have one, garners more and more sympathy the more you learn about her. In fact, at the end of her story, we have to look with new eyes to see who the evil witch in the story truly is. Which is also great. I still suffer from the unrealistic black and white vision with which Disney taught me to look at the world. It gets in the way of forgiving people for their mistakes when they learn better. This book has that lesson well in hand. My problem is more of a technical, stylistic problem. I felt that our heroic princess, whose name I’m still not sure I ever learned, indulged in too much exposition, instead of showing me what happened in her story. Sometimes this is a trap of a first person pov, because it can seem like the story is coming out in dialogue because we’re in our protagonist’s head. Really what is happening is that our narrator is narrating too much, and explaining what’s happening instead of relating action and dialogue that shows us what’s going on. That’s what I feel is going on here. The result for me is that while I love the idea of the story, the execution leaves me a little cold. Another thing is that while the story is told in a manner which emulates a fairytale, that very style allows for certain things to seem a bit shallower and more archetypical. I would have liked some things to be rounded a bit more. I also have a problem with the evolution of our princess’s feelings toward the wicked witch. I’d like to see a little more how fascination turned into love, because they aren’t the same thing. I could easily see her fascination turning more to obsession, like certain others in the story, rather than love. It was a pretty good read, quick and easy once I got further into it.
~AmyP
ThreeandHalfStars

In this book we meet a young woman that seems familiar to the reader; she is reminiscent of a certain character/princess from Grimm Brothers’ and Walt Disney’s fairytales.

 

I’m a sucker for a new take on old classic fairytales, and this one is no different. On the whole, I enjoyed the book and the new spin on some of my favorite fairytales; I especially love how there are more than one fairy princess being depicted.

 

However, I have a few issues that knocked down the otherwise lovely plot idea for me. First, I don’t really understand the evolution of feelings that occurred with the main character princess, whom we never learn the name of. The fascination was tangible from the beginning, and I read that she felt slightly more, but no explanation or real detail is given to show her evolution from fascinated to in love with. Secondly I felt that, while I understand the reasoning behind it, the fairytale-like telling of the story came off as a little clichéd. We didn’t really learn a whole lot, other than what was relevant to the main plot, and the characters came off as very cookie cutter perfect to me. Lastly, there were quite a few places where the formatting, or lack thereof, and the wording of passages made it hard to ascertain if someone else was speaking or if something should have been more of a telepathic-type communication.

 

But I am happy that I read the book and was able to see the fairytales in this light. The story, at its core, was intriguing and sweet.

~Tori

Excerpt

My first memory was of her dark eyes. They seemed to capture all the colors of my infant universe, even as they threatened to swallow me. Her eyes should have been terrifying, but they weren’t.

Her blood red lips moved, shaping words I could only dimly recall. My parents remembered them only too well, as did everyone else who’d gathered at the castle for my christening.

“I, too, have a gift for this child. She shall grow up, with all the beauty and promise of the dawn, but her sun will never rise.”

My mother told me she nearly swooned with terror at the look of sheer malevolence the witch gave to the sunbeams, playing about my cradle. She wanted to stop the witch from speaking, as did my father. No one could move, no matter how much they wished to. Everyone stood, still and motionless, spellbound by the witch’s gaze.

“Before the sun sets on the eve of her sixteenth year, the princess shall  prick her finger on a spindle. With the first drop of her blood, a sleep will fall upon her, claiming her for a hundred years.”

My mother tried to call in another witch to remove the curse. My father burned every spindle he could find. However, nothing could lift the curse, for all their efforts. The witch had disappeared into a cloud of green smoke. No one could find her after my christening, despite many attempts to locate her. The only thing she left behind, besides her curse, was the memory of her dark eyes.

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