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4.5 Stars for Good as Gold (Heroes at Heart #4) by Susan Laine @laine_susan #MM #Romance @Dreamspinners

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Title: Good as Gold (Heroes at Heart #4)
Author Name & Publisher: Susan Laine (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: July 6, 2016 – 57 Pages

Synopsis

It’s been two and a half years since aspiring writer Yancy Bell met troubled jock Curt Donovan. Yancy works at the NY Public Library, and Curt is studying dance at Juilliard. It’s summer in New York City, and the devoted couple couldn’t be happier together.

Yancy’s book is the story of Curt’s survival of depression and attempted suicide. When his former English professor, Hume, encourages him, Yancy is surprised and pleased—only to be devastated when Hume commits an unethical act. This adversity leads Yancy to a new understanding of depression as he spirals down to his lowest point ever.

It’s Curt’s turn to step up to the plate and become Yancy’s hero.

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FourandHalfStars

This was a great short story.  It had all of the makings of being able to be more too, but I was very happy with the story that unfolded.

Yancy is writing the story of his lover, Curt’s struggle with suicide.  It is Yancy’s way of healing and allowing Curt’s story to be heard in order to, hopefully make talk of suicide and depression something more tangible and real.

Enter Hume.  Right away, Laine gives Hume a snake like quality.  You can just tell that he’s not up to any good and when he is seen for who he truly is, it’s one of those “I knew it!” moments.  It was very satisfying to see him get what he deserved.

I loved how Curt was able to help Yancy through this emotional struggle, but I loved even more how he was just there for Yancy in a way that nobody else was able to be.

This was sweet and heartwarming.

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5 Stars for Awakening (Crossing Desires #1) by Megs Pritchard @MegsPritchard1 #MM #Erotica

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Title: Awakening (Crossing Desires #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Megs Pritchard
Publication Date & Length: March 6, 2016 – 60 Pages

Synopsis

An erotic novella. Contains homosexual relations.
Tony likes women. Always has. Always will. So when he wakes up in a strange bed after a drunken night out, he isn’t too concerned.
Thinking he’d scored with a woman from the club he’d been in the night before, he was shocked and horrified when he realized he was in a man’s bed. Naked.
What the hell happened last night?
With that question in mind, Tony quickly leaves before seeing the man he spent the night with, but in his haste leaves something important behind.
When the man he spent the night with calls him, Tony realizes that he has to meet him in order to get back what he left and that maybe he might not be as straight as he once thought.
With his brother’s help, Tony begins to question what he thought he knew about his sexuality and where the answer to that question might lead him.

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FiveStars

Omg!!! What an amazing story. It is full of confusion, revaluations, plenty of questioning of ones self, anguish, lust, pain, and second guessing of ones self.

Tony in my opinion is hiding from himself and the things that he truly wants that will make him happy in the end. I think the reasoning behind it has to do with something horrible from his past that will not let him go. So he denies himself the one one person that could be his other half……Will.

I think Will is a very patient man because most would have given up on Tony by now with the way he is so hot and cold. I think he realizes that something is holding Tony back even though he has not said anything. So far Will has put up with the running but how long will that last?

I think these two men would be one heck of a hot couple of Tony would face whatever is in his past but if he keeps running he may just lose the one person who could help him overcome his fears and the one person who could be happiness into his life.

I cannot wait for the next book in this series to come out. I am anxiously waiting to see what is going to happen next. Hopefully I will not have to wait too long because this is a very good story.

Tosha

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4 stars for Friends with Benefits by Francis Gideon #MM #Romance @NineStarPress

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Title: Friends with Benefits
Author Name & Publisher: Francis Gideon (NineStar Press)
Publication Date & Length: May 16, 2016 – 90 Pages

Synopsis

When stock boy Devon Gangon finds out he has to train a new employee at the grocery store where he works, Jace Perez is not what he expected. Jace is shy but talkative about all the right things, including Devon’s favourite punk band, Nine Volt Start. Over the course of a few weeks, they become closer and closer, and their stray touches finally build up to a tryst in the back room.

Nine Volt Start announces a reunion tour, and Devon thinks Jace is the perfect person to go with him. But Jace tells him he’d much rather keep his work and personal life separate and leaves Devon in the cold. With Jace drawing a line, Devon’s left wondering if spending his time idolizing a band and not doing anything with his art degree has been worthwhile. He’ll be twenty-nine in less than a month and hasn’t had a serious relationship in years.

Leaning on his brother and best friend for support, Devon realizes he either has to settle for random hook-ups with Jace or push for something more, even if it may hurt in the end.

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FourStars

I enjoyed reading this book. It was a book that I would describe as being a book about how even a small secret can be taken out of context and turned into something outrageous and cause a rift and disaster especially to such a new relationship.

In my opinion, Devon is just a little on the childish side but he is also well aware of this fact. He does what he has to in order to help his brother pay the bills around their house but that is about it. He knows he needs to grow up but he just does not know what he wants to do. Then he meets Jace and he feels an instant attraction to him and the feeling is neutral.!

Even though they both go through misunderstandings I still feel like these two guys are perfect for one another. I enjoyed reading how these two came together and the mess they made of it and then how they eventually worked out there differences and misunderstandings.

Francis Gideon, you have another good book on your hands that I think others will enjoy reading. Congrats!!!!!

Tosha

Excerpt

The pop song over the PA system changed to a slower, more romantic one. Even though the lyrics were crap, he bobbed his head along with the beat. God, this was turning out to be a shitty rom-com, but if it meant that he and Jace could kiss over the ramen noodles, maybe it could be worth it.

“So, uhhh,” Jace said. He glanced away from Devon, running a hand down the trail of black hair over his neck. “I should get back to work. I think…um. I think another shipment is coming in.”

“You want help?”

Jace smiled, as if he wanted to say yes. “Thanks, but I should get going. Maybe I can grab my iPod while I’m back there anyway and slip on some better music.”

“Mind if I tag along?” Devon asked. “I mean, I should grab my phone and try to do the same thing.”

Jace nodded, though his dark eyes seemed troubled. “Your brother won’t mind?”

“My brother is so dense that, before getting his car, he once got on the wrong bus in Toronto and ended up two hours away. So he won’t notice us listening to music.”

“I’ll keep that in mind.” Jace laughed politely before going to his locker. Devon followed and stole side glances from the corner of his eye as Jace accidentally tangled his headphone cord around his apron strings.

“Uhhh. Wait, no. That doesn’t work.”

Devon chuckled. “Can I help? I’ve been doing this for a long time now.”

Jace bit his bottom lip before he nodded. Devon bridged the gap between their bodies. He stared past Jace’s smooth, caramel-coloured skin and focused on the white cords of the headphones. Jace wore a plain black polo shirt, no outside insignias on it, as the dress code stipulated. Devon flipped the collar to slide the chord back and noticed writing on the underside.

“Wait. What’s this?”

“Ah, you saw that? It’s my covert band shirt.”

“What?”

Jace turned around so Devon could see, clear as day, Nine Volt Start printed on the collar of the shirt. The font was from their third album, but Devon had never seen it in this way before. When Jace flipped the collar back down, the headphone cord now inside of it, the band’s logo of a heart with a battery attached disappeared.

“Where on earth did you find that? It’s amazing.”

“Ages ago, I worked at a bodega that had no fancy aprons like we have here, but we still needed to appear professional. So my boyfriend at the time made me these shirts so I could still represent and be inconspicuous. I have another one in navy and in red. All different fonts, but still all for Nine Volt.”

“That’s brilliant. Man, I think I need one.”

“Well, he’s an ex now, but he’s probably on Grindr, so if you want you can find him that way. I don’t talk to him anymore. Not even on Facebook.”

Devon nodded slowly as Jace’s grin and stare lingered. From the gleam in Jace’s eye, Devon knew he’d been tested. Jace had a boyfriend at some point—but he’d made sure to mention he didn’t have one now. Then he slipped Grindr into an everyday conversation to see if Devon knew what the fuck that even meant.

And of course, Devon knew what Grindr was. He hoped his smile conveyed that he did know, and used it regularly, so Jace could figure out that Devon wanted him. After working together for a week and a half, Devon started to believe that maybe Jace wanted him too.

“Maybe I will look him up,” Devon said. “But only for tips on how to a unique band shirt. Especially since I think Terry’s getting sick of my shit.”

Jace laughed. “Terry’s a good guy. A real good guy. I’m still shocked I got a job here.”

“Why?”

“Because my last job was so laid back. Bodega on College Street. Mostly run by a family who paid me under the table, so I wasn’t even officially on the books as having a job for a while, which I thought would screw me. But Terry believed me, so that was nice. I’m a natural, as you say.”

“And you’re still proving that.”

Jace grinned. “Man, at least the bodega let us play our own music. We could take turns bringing in CDs to get a variety.”

“That’s…awesome. Why would you ever leave and come to the land of pop stars and daily deals?”

“No benefits at the bodega,” Jace said, voice tinged with sadness that he quickly pushed away. “And it got old, you know? I had to start thinking of my future or something like it. At least here, there’s the potential for some health benefits and upper management. And…other things.”

Jace eyed Devon, and his voice had gone thick with desire on the last words. It was so subtle, so nuanced a line, that Devon wouldn’t even have registered the come-on if they hadn’t been mere inches apart, invading the other’s locker space. Devon’s dick twitched at the thought of enticing Jace at work. Could we kiss? Just like this? And maybe fall down in the back, making out. Maybe Starline by Nine Volt Start could come on, and make the whole scene.

A slam made Devon and Jace jump out of their skin. Terry muttered under his breath as he stepped out from his office. His cell phone was resting on his shoulder, but it was clear he was on hold from the way he mumbled to himself. Devon had seen him this way dozens of times when he didn’t like a bill and needed to call the service provider.

Terry stopped in his tracks when he saw Jace and Devon in the back room. “Is everything all right?”

“Yep, yep.” Devon stepped back. He shut his locker without grabbing his iPhone. Jace slipped his iPod into his pants pocket, everything concealed.

“No problem with the trucks?” Terry asked.

“No, but I gotta fix a spill in the back.”

“And I need to get on the floor,” Jace said.

Terry eyed them both again, scepticism evident. Before he could say anything, he got an answer from his phone. His dark eyebrows shot up to his hairline as he sighed with relief. “Yes, yes! I need to talk about the upcoming March shipment…”

Devon held his breath until Terry walked back into the office. “That was close.”

“Yeah. But what’s he worse that can happen, really?”

“I don’t know. Don’t like to test him.”

“Only with band T-shirts and avoiding expired products,” Jace teased. “But not with anything else?”

“Well…” Devon blushed as Jace stepped closer to him again. Jace ran a hand along Devon’s apron, flattening the fabric.

“A little push is okay, right?” Jace asked.

Devon didn’t answer before Jace kissed his cheek. Only his cheek, and only for a second. There was no turning into the embrace to make it something more, and really, Devon didn’t want to—not with Terry that close. But the peck was so needed, so necessary, to confirm all the Devon wanted to believe.

Jace pulled away with a grin, tugging on Devon’s apron again. “See you on the floor. Good luck with the spill.”

“Thanks,” Devon said, still swooning. “See you, too.”

 

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4 Stars for A Gathering Storm (Travelling Companions #2) by Amy Paine #Bisexual #FF #EroticRomance #ShortStory @NineStarPress

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Title: A Gathering Storm (Travelling Companions #2)
Author Name & Publisher: Amy Paine (NineStar)
Publication Date & Length: June 13, 2016 – 70 Pages

Synopsis

Marriage is proving hard for Millie, and as her love for Benita grows new wings, she is thrown into the impossible position of risking all for the thrill of a love so exciting, so deep and heart stopping that her life could be changed forever.

Millie faces a gathering storm of emotion that is about to topple her over the edge into an instruction in sin. On the one hand, she must fight to sustain her marriage and secure a certain future for her impoverished mother. On the other, she longs to break free to chase the dream of a forbidden love.

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FourStars

This is the second in the Travelling Companions series and I enjoyed it very much.  In the first book Millie and Benita meet on a train and become lovers.  Now Millie has to marry to save her mother from poverty but is distraught at the prospect of losing her lover.  The story is one of deep love and attraction and a feeling that the world is acting against the two women.  Set as it is in the 1920s they have to hide their relationship and once Millie marries this will become ever more important.  Millie’s character goes through some changes in this volume  as she adjust to life as lady of the manor and has to find ways to keep seeing Benita.  She is completely obsessed by her and now that she has to have regular sex with her husband it has become more obvious that she is a lesbian! The sex scenes are very hot and quite varied.  As Benita learns more about being a lesbian she is able to bring that to their physical relationship. I also saw quite a change in Benita too as she wants to take more control and in some ways I found it an unattractive trait.  I felt she took it too far.  This was a really good short read and I look forward to the next in the series.
Kitty Kat

Excerpt

 

The church looked lovely. The pews were decked out in foliage, and the large vases of spectacular flowers in their Greek urns, from Hemsby’s gardens, flanked the doors and naves.

Millie gathered her skirt up in her hands. It was difficult because the dress was so huge and elaborate, made up of copious lengths of lace and silk. Its train and long veil tangled around her arms and legs as if the confounded dress were trying to tell her something.

No, no, she must not think like that. She pushed such nonsense from her head. It would be hard enough as it was to get through what lay in front of her. Millie pasted a smile onto lips that didn’t want to smile at all. She had to think ahead, to think of the good points of being married to James.

Her uncle smoothed his hand along her thin arm. “Darling, there’s no need to be nervous.”

“No, I know. I’m not. Well, just a little…perhaps,” she replied, forcing a weak smile.

She was having absurd notions, as if she were delirious. Maybe, despite the preparations, James wouldn’t show up. Of course, that was wishful thinking. She was about to marry into the Hemsby fortune, and last-minute hitches didn’t happen to a family like his. But still she thought about it, as she had so many times over the last week or two. Wondered what it would be like to be free, free to live and love who she wanted. And she did love, didn’t she? But it wasn’t James.

She fluffed out her dress, smoothed the silk and satin with her hands.

It was a perfect day for a wedding, with a clear blue sky and not a cloud in sight. The crowds from the village had turned out in their finery, lining the one main street flanked by the jolly houses in burnished golden stone, the sunlight reflecting from their windows. The little public house was decked with bunting.

She passed beneath the lychgate and, glancing up, noticed the servants from the house that was soon to be her home. Some of them she liked. Davies, her maid-to-be, for instance. Others, such as Foukes the butler, she didn’t like quite so much. He was stodgy and patrician, and she’d once heard him whispering about her to the housekeeper. He’d said she was a fly-by-night. But she could cope with it. She had to.

Her mother, Patricia, arrived behind her in the car. The lines on her face seemed less etched than they had been of late. She was responsible for that, Millie thought with a sense of pride. She had saved the day—was saving the day, and salvaging her mother from a life of penury. When her father had died, leaving them in so much debt, the lovely dower house had been about to be taken off them. Then, amazingly, James had come along out of the blue. Her own angel. Ready to save her, incorporate her into the kind of wealthy lifestyle her mother had dreamed of, had wanted for her but never expected her to get. Sometimes she wondered how she had managed to trap him, when to all intents and purposes she wasn’t his type. James was a playboy who frittered away his considerable income in Monaco. She knew he’d had affairs, but none of those women had suited him and she had. She was flirtatious, she supposed, but she had always acted so coolly towards him, and maybe that was the reason. He had taken her reticence as morality when, in fact, the true reason was she just didn’t have an eye for men, not at all. No, her interests lay in a rather more feminine direction.

The little gatehouse waited for Patricia Carruthers, and Millie knew she was content with it. Content to have her daughter on her doorstep.

While she would be Lady Millicent Alice Hemsby. Her heart did a flutter. Any other girl would be delirious with joy, and she was grateful, she truly was, except…She loved someone else; she didn’t love James. Yes, he had been kind to her, made her immensely grateful, rescued her, but she couldn’t love him, not in the way he wanted because…because…

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5 Stars for Spin Play (Southern Jersey Shores #4) by Alexis Woods #MM #Romance #ShortStory @Beaten_Track

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Title: Spin Play (Southern Jersey Shores #4)
Author Name & Publisher: Alexis Woods (Beaten Track)
Publication Date & Length: April 30th, 2016 – 58 Pages

Synopsis

Now in his midthirties, college professor Ben, is tired of playing around. He’s more than ready to stop with the hide-and-seek and start with the manhunt. The fantasy of his perfect mate becomes reality when the tables are turned during an evening out to celebrate his birthday. The music is cranked up loud, and the startlingly flexible Sawyer tempts Ben with his seductive moves. Ben’s willing to play Sawyer’s game, taking a chance on the adventure with all its twists and turns, and hoping his decision will be the winning move that will last a lifetime.

Southern Jersey Shores – Book 4

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Content warning: this story includes scenes of explicit intimacy between consenting male adults.

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FiveStars

I really have enjoyed reading this series even if they are each short stories.

Ben in my opinion has decided that it is past time for him to quit playing around. He is jealous of all the couples around him and wants what they all have. Someone to love, spend his time with, tell his deepest desires and secrets too, and someone he can come home to each night. I think he is beginning to believe it will never happen to him but little does he know that is all about to change. Sawyer walks into his life and turns it upside down.

The immediate attraction these two men feel for one anther is off the charts. And the crazy thing is Sawyer has been close by for a while now admiring from afar.

I love how Alexis Woods makes these short stories into a huge romance for her characters. Alexis is a very talented author. I hope there will be more books in this series in the future.

Tosha

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4 stars for Landscapes (Brit Boys) by K. D. Grace @KD_Grace #MM #MF #ParanormalRomance #Vampires #ShortStory

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Title: Landscapes (Brit Boys)
Author Name & Publisher: K. D. Grace
Publication Date & Length: May 24, 2016 — 57 Pages

Synopsis

Alonso Darlington has a disturbing method of keeping landscaper, Reese Chambers, both safe from and oblivious to his dangerous lust for the man. But Reese isn’t easy to keep secrets from, and Alonso wants way more than to admire the man from afar. Can he risk a real relationship without risking Reese’s life?

Note: Landscapes has been previously released as part of the Brit Boys: On Boys boxed set.

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FiveStars

This short story packed a wild punch and yet entailed a full story. What happens when you combine a vampire, a succubus and a landscaper? One fantastic and holy hotness story! I was captured from the first paragraph with my heart racing, not knowing what was happening.  This is definitely not a normal romance. You may feel as though the romance is forced through what Alfonso does, but knowing that Reese stands up when he knows he was used, makes it all worth it. Alonso was mysterious who lived in the dark. It did break my heart to know his backstory in which we learn through Talia. It was a good twist with the succubus, Talia. Reese was the gorgeous landscaper that Alonso cannot stop thinking about. Reese had the kindest heart. Being openly honest and nonjudgmental wins out and love can be obtained.

Keri

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5 Stars for Ultimate Summer (Southern Jersey Shores #3) by Alexis Woods #MM #Romance @Beaten_Track

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Title: Ultimate Summer (Southern Jersey Shores #3)
Author Name & Publisher: Alexis Woods (Beaten Track)
Publication Date & Length: June 21, 2015 – 49 Pages

Synopsis

When Brett gets tagged by a flying disc, launched from the hands of ultimate frisbee player Sean, he doesn’t expect the mutual attraction to hit just as hard and fast. Sometimes all it takes is a single day to jumpstart an ultimate summer.

Ultimate Summer is a stand-alone short story in the Southern Jersey Shores Series.

Part of “Summer Bigger Than Others – A Summer Anthology” from Beaten Track Publishing.

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FiveStars

Another good short story by Alexis Woods and a good start to Sean and Brett.

From the moment Sean through the frisbee and it hit Brett there was ultimate chemistry between them.

I think that Brett has some hidden scars to match the outward ones and it makes him cautious. But I think that when he met Sean it went flying out the window and he finally allowed himself to live in the moment and fly high with Sean.

Sean is a little older then Brett but he cannot deny how attracted to the younger man that he is. He wants to get to know Brett just as he wants to know what is lying under the surface that is hurting Brett.

I cannot wait to read the next book in the series and get to kno these two characters better and hopefully see their relationship blossom and these two men open up to one another and help each other.

I really enjoyed this read and look forward to more.

Tosha

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