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5 stars for The Broken Forest by Megan Derr #FF #Trans #Romance @amasour @LT3Press

The Black Forest

Title: The Broken Forest
Author Name: Megan Derr
Publication Date & Length: March 18th, 2015 – 60 pages

Synopsis

When women and children begin to vanish, the people of Edge village summon a Huntress. Though she is long due for a break and exhausted from her previous assignment, Adamina accepts the assignment and heads for Edge. But when she arrives, the simple assignment she anticipated proves instead to be complicated—complicated enough she must consult with a witch. A beautiful, compelling witch that makes Adamina sharply aware of her own lonely life, and tempts her to make it less lonely.

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FiveStars
This short read was wonderful. It grabbed me and held my attention right from the first page. There were so many delightful surprises woven into it. I’m hesitant to say much because I don’t want to spoil it for readers.

I really appreciated how the elements regarding gender and sexual fluidity were simply a matter of fact in the story’s context. They required no explanation, which would have been out of place in the fantasy setting. It was refreshing and much appreciated.

There were so many facets, from mystery and horror to sensual and romantic. Not to mention strong, talented women saving their world–what could be better?

This is my favorite kind of fantasy, where it’s easy to become utterly lost and absorbed in the world the author has created. Even in such a short tale with little detailed world-building, I had a good sense of the characters and setting.

Beautifully written, and I will be looking for more of Ms. Derr’s work to read.

Amy

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4 stars for Tag Team (Guards of Folsom #2) by S. J. D. Peterson (AUDIOBOOK) @SJDPeterson #MM #Romance @dreamspinners

tag team

Title: Tag Team (Guards of Folsom #2)
Author Name: SJD Peterson
Publication Date & Length: October 3, 2013 — 220 pages

Synopsis

Following the death of their sub, the former owners of the Guards of Folsom, Robert “Bobby” Alcott and Rig Beckworth, were left to pick up the pieces as best they could. After seven years, these two Doms are ready to move on and find the boy who will complete them. Their painful past comes crashing back when they meet Mason Howard, a submissive who just weeks ago lost his Doms in a car accident.

Reeling from overwhelming grief that’s complicated by a severe social anxiety disorder, Mason can barely leave his home. When Rig and Bobby find him, he’s hit rock bottom, believing life is no longer worth living. Bobby and Rig set out to prove the younger man wrong. Fate has brought the three men together, but they’ll have to face fear and loss head on before they can all truly live again.

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FourStars
**Audiobook Review**
This is a book about loss and grieving… more so than about BDSM. There is definitely a lot of talk about submission and dominance as there is two doms and a submissive, all of whom are dealing with loss.
I like that we got to see the softer side of the two big bad doms, but I also felt like the book was a bit slower and not as intriguing as the first in the series, quite possibly because there was very very little BDSM. However, the writing was excellent and had to know how the book ended for all three of the men.
Rusty Topsfield did an excellent job with this book as he did with Pup. He brought each of the characters to life in such a great way and brought the humor between Rig and Bobby out in such an excellent way. The way he voice Mason and his troubles was superb. It would have been easy to put too much into the sensitive character, but he didn’t. Just perfect. The cadence of his voice made the book so easy to listen to and interesting.
Renee

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It’s been an amazing journey since DSP first contracted Lorcan’s Desire in January 2011. I’ve published 2 free reads with the M/M Romance group, my back list is growing, met some great people and have made some amazing friends.
I’m still in shock that I’m listed among the many talented authors at Dreamspinner Press! The little voice in the back of my head is screaming, “You are so out of your league.”
Shhhhh I won’t tell them if you don’t 🙂

You can call me Jo, everyone does 🙂

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4 stars for A Hard Ride Home by Emory Vargas @LT3Press #MM #mystery

A Hard Ride Home

Title: A Hard Ride Home
Author Name: Emory Vargas
Publication Date & Length: June 17, 2015 – 172 pages

Synopsis

It’s hard enough returning to his birthplace to replace a dead man as sheriff. The last thing Emmett needs is to find himself smitten with Jesse, the whore he arrests almost immediately upon arrival. Especially since Jesse works for his half-sister and at her thoroughly disreputable saloon.

But being smitten with a whore is only the beginning of Emmett’s troubles. Silver Creek is a town full of secrets and people too terrified to talk. Why does Emmett’s father, the mayor of Silver Creek, have such a strong hold on the town—and on Jesse?

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 FourStarsA noble sheriff, an evil mayor and a beautiful boy take centre stage in Emory Vargas’ tale of love and mayhem in the Wild West.I love cowboys, but historical m/m westerns are too often weighed down by homophobia and angst.  Not this one.  Emory Vargas has created a surrealist Wild West where pretty boys live in brothels and work alongside the girls.

With exciting shoot-outs, steamy sex-scenes between beautiful men and a red-headed sheriff to make us go weak at the knees, this is a simple, fun and undemanding read.

~Sarah

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Emory Vargas loves knitting scarves and writing about tentative first time sexual encounters and amorous cephalopods, though not always at the same time.

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5 stars for Tag Team (Guards of Folsom #2) by S. J. D. Peterson @SJDPeterson #MM #Romance @dreamspinners

tag team

Title: Tag Team (Guards of Folsom #2)
Author Name: SJD Peterson
Publication Date & Length: October 3, 2013 — 220 pages

Synopsis

Following the death of their sub, the former owners of the Guards of Folsom, Robert “Bobby” Alcott and Rig Beckworth, were left to pick up the pieces as best they could. After seven years, these two Doms are ready to move on and find the boy who will complete them. Their painful past comes crashing back when they meet Mason Howard, a submissive who just weeks ago lost his Doms in a car accident.

Reeling from overwhelming grief that’s complicated by a severe social anxiety disorder, Mason can barely leave his home. When Rig and Bobby find him, he’s hit rock bottom, believing life is no longer worth living. Bobby and Rig set out to prove the younger man wrong. Fate has brought the three men together, but they’ll have to face fear and loss head on before they can all truly live again.

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 FiveStarsOh I just loved this book. It wasn’t as steamy as Pup but it was intense and it was amazing! Bobby and Rig have been together forever; they lost their sub seven years ago and have decided they are ready to find another boy who will complete them. On a much needed vacation to Florida, where Bobby is always complaining it is too hot, he stumbles upon Mason. Mason just had his entire world ripped out from under him. Both of his Doms were killed in a car crash. Mason suffers from massive panic/anxiety attacks and is at his wits end. When Bobby tries to talk to Mason he runs inside and locks the door and every time Bobby comes back he ignores the door. On what was supposed to be their final night in Florida Bobby drags Rig with him to try to check on the mystery guy one more time. What they find changes everything. This story is just beautiful. The patience, support and love that Bobby and Rig show Mason is amazing. Mason is so scared and trusts no one but with help from Max a friend of Bobby and Rig he is learning to trust and open up. I was brought to tears when reading this, I just loved this book, it wasn’t your typical story and it dealt with difficult issues and handled them with grace. The bond between these three men is amazing and I hope we see them again in other books in the series.
~Angie

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It’s been an amazing journey since DSP first contracted Lorcan’s Desire in January 2011. I’ve published 2 free reads with the M/M Romance group, my back list is growing, met some great people and have made some amazing friends.
I’m still in shock that I’m listed among the many talented authors at Dreamspinner Press! The little voice in the back of my head is screaming, “You are so out of your league.”
Shhhhh I won’t tell them if you don’t 🙂

You can call me Jo, everyone does 🙂

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4 stars for A Question of Counsel by Archer Kay Leah @archerkayleah @LT3Press #FF #Folklore

Question of Counsel

Title: A Question of Counsel
Author Name: Archer Kay Leah
Publication Date & Length: May 27, 2015 — 184 pages

Synopsis

Life hasn’t been easy for Aeley since she arrested her brother, and her role as a political leader leaves her feeling isolated and lonely. Days before her brother’s trial, she meets Lira, a quiet and modest scribe who makes Aeley want more than just a professional relationship.

When she attends the trial and leaves with a marriage contract, Aeley doesn’t know what to do. She must choose one of two brothers, marrying into a family she doesn’t know. Then she discovers that Lira is part of the same family–a sister to Aeley’s suitors and the family’s disgrace. And not at all opposed to an intimate relationship.

Except random acts of violence against her people test Aeley’s ability as a leader, and a web of lies and deceit threaten not only her chance at happiness, but her life…

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 fourstars

I receive this book from Inked.Rainbow Reads in return for an honest review.
A very enjoyable well written book. Exciting situations, strong female leads and believable plots and sub plots.
Blood family relations at their worst,  friend family relations at their most powerful and inspirational.
A novel that has both leading women with commendable traits and beliefs while still possessing human failings. In a time when sexuality between couples depended  on breeding, valour, bravery, honour and in this case love rather on gender.
Both women have very different personalities and upbringing, however, both have their own strengths and each compliments the others mettle as well as combatting and protecting each others weaknesses.
A novel that shows strength of family does not necessarily come those we are related too but a novel which emphasis the potency and ultimately the effectiveness of true love.
Anyone wanting a rich love story combined with devious subterfuge, a little light comedy, and ultimately a richly deserved happy ending should enjoy this book.
~Chris

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Archer Kay Leah was raised in Canada, growing up in a port town at a time when it was starting to become more diverse, both visibly and vocally. Combined with the variety of interests found in Archer’s family and the never-ending need to be creative, this diversity inspired a love for toying with characters and their relationships, exploring new experiences and difficult situations.

Archer most enjoys writing speculative fiction and is engaged in a very particular love affair with fantasy, especially when it is dark and emotionally charged. When not reading and writing for work or play, Archer is a geek with too many hobbies and keeps busy with other creative endeavors, a music addiction, and whatever else comes along. Archer lives in London, Ontario with a same-sex partner and their cat.

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3.5 stars for A&A Salvage by Lucy Kemnitzer @LucyKemnitzer @LT3Press #FF #AlternateUniverse

A&A Salvage

Title: A&A Salvage
Author Name: Lucy Kemnitzer
Publication Date & Length: December 10, 2014 — 70 pages

Synopsis

Elisabeth and Melissa live a quiet life, running their mechanic shop together. The biggest drama in their life is Melissa occasionally having to remind men that she’s happily taken.

Then they’re called to pick up an abandoned car that proves to be unidentifiable and without an owner. It also has a strange radio that plays music both strange and familiar, stirring up memories and longings Elisabeth believed long buried.

Then a mysterious, beautiful woman arrives to claim the car and threatens to draw Elisabeth into a world far beyond the happy, stable life she’s built…

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 ThreeandHalfStarsThis book has taken a lot of thought into how I should rate it. I do feel as though it needs two ratings. One for the first 75%-80% and one for the last 20%. I almost put this book down many, many times throughout my reading it. The only thing that kept me reading was because I felt obligated to finish it. It’s for a review blog, right? If I had bought it, I probably would have put it down and not looked back.It wasn’t until I got to about 80% of the book when there was finally a plot and something finally made sense and there were scenes with conversation and showing and not telling. This is when the story actually took off, and there wasn’t just a random car and some mechanics who live a blissfully unattactive and unexciting life with no personality.

The lack of story-telling and showing in the beginning is really what put me off. Then the randomness of what was happening that had no sense and no characterization to keep it interesting. If this story had started maybe 70% in, I would have loved it. If that extra 70% had shown up at the end of the story and been about the after discovery, this book could have been 5 stars.

Unless this is part of a series, I almost fail to see the point of it. A great series about everything that is going on (which I can’t say because SPOILER!). I would love to read a series about the rest of it, but just reading about these two women at A&A Salvage was rather boring in comparison to what else was going on.

The last 20% of this book saved it from being a DNF and a 1-2 star book for me. Finally there was plot and personality and story-telling. But it wasn’t able to redeem it enough for me to really recommend it to anyone.

~AJ

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I also write fiction under the pseudonym plumblossom.

I write science fiction and fantasy stories and novels. Sometimes I also write contemporary friendship romances of the lighter sort.

My stories are about decent, imperfect people, trying to do the right thing in difficult circumstances while generally lacking the best equipment. Sometimes that’s pretty dramatic, sometimes it’s just kind of funny. Or both. I like to write about culture clash and crossed wires. My imagination might take me out among the stars or it might take me down the street.

I hope you’ll like peeking into the worlds where my stories go.

My photo was taken in Berlin, at the public park dedicated to Bertolt Brecht. The words are from his magnificent poem “To Posterity.”

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4 stars for London Harmony: Water Gypsy by Erik Schubach @ErikSchubach #FF #romance

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TitleLondon Harmony: Water Gypsy (London Harmony #1)
Author Name: Erik Schubach
Publication Date & Length: February 21, 2015 – 146 pgs

Synopsis

Tabitha Romanov lives on the river Thames in the heart of London, on a rundown grain barge. Music and fun drives her and her unique vocal style doesn’t go unnoticed by the scouts of London Harmony when they run across her by chance at an underground rave.

Teresa McClellan is a consummately professional business woman who is the headmistress at a Music Conservatoire. Two complete opposites, oblivious of the other until Teresa catches Tabitha eavesdropping on classes in her school.

(London Harmony is a spinoff of the Music of the Soul books.)

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FourStars

Overall I loved this book. The story was a amazing! I enjoyed every moment of it! It Just goes to show it doesn’t matter where you are from. If you set your mind to something you can accomplish anything you only have to apply yourself!
I would have easily given this book 5 stars if it wasn’t for it jumping tenses so often, but overall it was a great read!
I love how the characters come together and meet in such a original way! And the depth of personality Teresa has is awesome. The fact that she lost just as much as Tabitha only in a different perspective I think deepened there connection. I cant wait to read the next one!
~Amber

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Erik Schubach is the author of lesbian romance novels such as Music of the Soul and SciFi novels. His books are about empowering women, and creating likeable characters that are shunned by society but come out stronger in the end.

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