Reviews: Sunday, August 11 – Saturday, August 17, 2013

A weekly overview to access reviews. For everyone who is busy during the week and can’t always spend lots of time surfing the Internet.

In chronological order from old to new, here are the books we reviewed. You can browse here or go straight to the link to the review posts on the web site to browse for review details this week.

* * * * *

GAY

Aftermath: Guts and Glory by Tyler Robbins at Evernight Publishing

* * *

Another Secret by Stevie Woods at Amber Allure

* * *

Different (Kinky Quickies 2) by Kim Dare at Amber Allure

* * *

Dead Man and the Restless Spirits (Dead Man 1) by Lou Harper

* * *

Finding Absolution (Cattle Valley 29) by Carol Lynne at Total-E-Bound

* * *

Florida Heat 2 (Canadian-American Series 2) by D.J. Manly at Amber Allure

* * *

Friends or Lovers? by Sara York at MM Romance Group @ Goodreads

* * *

Grand Slam by J.T. Cheyanne at Laz and Lachi Publishing

* * *

Hidden Desires (Tri-Omega Mates 3) by Stormy Glenn at Siren Publishing

Stolen Desires (Tri-Omega Mates 4) by Stormy Glenn at Siren Publishing

Unspoken Desires (Tri-Omega Mates 5) by Stormy Glenn at Siren Publishing

A Hunter’s Desires (Tri-Omega Mates 6) by Stormy Glenn at Siren Publishing

Dangerous Desires (Tri-Omega Mates 7) by Stormy Glenn at Siren Publishing

* * *

Haunted by Brynn Stein at Dreamspinner Press

* * *

Hunter of Demons (SPECTR 1) by Jordan L. Hawk

Master of Ghouls (SPECTR 2) by Jordan L. Hawk

Reaper of Souls (SPECTR 3) by Jordan L. Hawk

* * *

Lost and Won by Sarah Ann Watts at Silver Publishing

* * *

Love Life & Circumstance by J.T. Cheyanne and V.L. Moon at Laz and Lachi Publishing

* * *

Marked Yours (Sentries 1) by Elizabeth Noble at Dreamspinner Press

Together Bound (Sentries 2) by Elizabeth Noble at Dreamspinner Press

Chained Hearts (Sentries 3) by Elizabeth Noble at Dreamspinner Press

Collared Souls (Sentries 4) by Elizabeth Noble at Dreamspinner Press

* * *

Playing for Keeps by Lexi Ander at MM Romance Group @ Goodreads

* * *

Resistance (Power Play 1) by Cat Grant and Rachel Haimowitz at Riptide Publishing

* * *

Saviours of Oestend (Oestend 2) by Marie Sexton at Total-E-Bound

* * *

Shane’s Submission (Romance on the Go) by Erin M. Leaf at Evernight Publishing

* * *

Spanish Diversion by Elyzabeth M. VaLey at Evernight Publishing

* * *

Stealing the Wind (Mermen of Ea 1) by Shira Anthony at Dreamspinner Press

* * *

Undisclosed Desire by M. Peters

* * *

Wireless by L.A. Witt at Loose Id

* * * * *

LESBIAN

Better With Age by Beth Wylde at JMS Books

* * *

Broken Star by Joann Lee at JMS Books

* * *

Demons are Forever (Elite Operatives 5) by Kim Baldwin and Xenia Alexiou at Bold Strokes Books

* * *

Dyke Lightning by Lynn Lake at A Hotter State

* * *

Exit Wounds by VK Powell at Bold Strokes Books

* * *

Forsaking All Others by Kathleen Knowles at Bold Strokes Books

* * *

Glory Girl by Lynn Lake at A Hotter State

* * *

Lesbian Erotica Volume 7, edited by Barbara Cardy at Constable & Robinson

* * * * *

YOUNG ADULT

Amelia’s Revolution 1 by Kim Flowers at JMS Books

Two-Spirit’s Red Road (Amelia’s Revolution 2) by Kim Flowers at JMS Books

* * *

Kissing Kate by Lauren Myracle at Speak

* * *

Pitch by Will Parkinson at Harmony Ink Press

* * *

Where You Are by J.H. Trumble at Kensington Publishing

* * * * *

Please feel free to leave comments and thoughts on anything concerning reviews right here.

Reviews: Sunday, July 28 – Saturday, August 3, 2013

A weekly overview to access reviews. For everyone who is busy during the week and can’t always spend lots of time surfing the Internet.

In chronological order from old to new, here are the books we reviewed. You can browse here or go straight to the link to the review posts on the web site to browse for review details this week.

* * * * *

GAY

A Matter of Time: Vol. 1 (A Matter of Time, Books 1 and 2) by Mary Calmes at Dreamspinner Press

A Matter of Time: Vol. 2 (A Matter of Time, Books 3 and 4) by Mary Calmes at Dreamspinner Press

Bulletproof (A Matter of Time 5) by Mary Calmes at Dreamspinner Press

But For You (A Matter of Time 6) by Mary Calmes at Dreamspinner Press

Parting Shot (A Matter of Time 7) by Mary Calmes at Dreamspinner Press

* * *

Bay Leaves and Bachelors (Recipe for Romance 1) by Ari McKay at Torquere Press

Ginger and Gentlemen (Recipe for Romance 3) by Ari McKay at Torquere Press

* * *

Billy’s Bones by Jamie Fessenden at Dreamspinner Press

* * *

Biscuits and Bunting (A Stiff Upper Lip Story) by S.A. Meade at Total-E-Bound

* * *

Black Dog Blues (Kai Gracen 1) by Rhys Ford at Coffee Squirrel Press

* * *

Body Magic (Triad 2) by Poppy Dennison at Dreamspinner Press

Soul Magic (Triad 3) by Poppy Dennison at Dreamspinner Press

* * *

Bound by Lust (Owned 5) by Anitra Lynn McLeod at Siren Publishing

Cataclysmic Shift (The Aloysius Tales 3) by Tara Lain at Loose Id

Cowboy Waltz by Cameron Dane at Loose Id

Falling Away by Lisa Henry at MM Romance Group @ Goodreads

James (Shibari Auction House 5) by Sean Michael at Changeling Press

Grime and Punishment by Z.A. Maxfield at Loose Id

Kiss by L.C. Chase at MM Romance Group @ Goodreads

* * *

Set Ablaze (Uniform Encounters 1) by Morticia Knight at Total-E-Bound

Arresting Behaviour (Uniform Encounters 2) by Morticia Knight at Total-E-Bound

* * *

Simply Perfect (Lady Blue Crew 8) by Lynn Hagen and Stormy Glenn at Siren Publishing

* * *

Sonata by A.F. Henley at Less Than Three Press

* * *

Strip, Please by Jena Wade at MM Romance Group @ Goodreads

* * *

The Square Peg by Jane Davitt and Alexa Snow at Loose Id

The Broken Triangle (Square Peg 2) by Jane Davitt and Alexa Snow at Loose Id

* * *

The Best Ever (1 Night Stand Series) by Deanna Wadsworth at Decadent Publishing

* * *

The Closer You Get (The Distance Between Us 2) by L.A. Witt at Samhain Publishing

* * *

The Telling (The Telling 1) by Eden Winters at Rocky Ridge Books

* * *

They Walk Among Us by T.A. Chase at Amber Allure

* * *

To See the Sky by L.M. Brown at Total-E-Bound

* * *

Where Nerves End (Tucker Springs 1) by L.A. Witt at Amber Allure

* * *

With His Handy Man (Moving On 1) by Morgan King at Evernight Publishing

* * * * *

LESBIAN

Forbidden Desires by Kelly Yeakle at Evernight Publishing

* * *

Thief of Always (Elite Operatives 2) by Kim Baldwin and Xenia Alexiou at Bold Strokes Books

Missing Lynx (Elite Operatives 3) by Kim Baldwin and Xenia Alexiou at Bold Strokes Books

* * *

Lesbian Erotica Volume 6, edited by Barbara Cardy at Constable & Robinson

* * *

Lover Unexpected: Sappho Edition, Anthology at Evernight Publishing

* * *

Rosemary and Juliet by Judy MacLean at Harrington Park Press

* * *

The Client by Sadie Spiller at A Hotter State

* * *

To Love A Woman or Butterflies, butterflies, butterflies… by Fire De Ville at Friesen Press

* * * * *

BISEXUAL

The Midnight Masquerade (The Edge Series) by Monica Corwin at Decadent Publishing

* * * * *

Please feel free to leave comments and thoughts on anything concerning reviews right here.

An Excerpt from Jamie Mayfield’s Determination

WaitingForForever_FBbanner_Harmony

CHAPTER 1

Alex and Brian halfcarried me down the sidewalk as I tried to keep up with them and failed miserably. A crappy, scuffed-up van sat idling in the driveway. As we got closer, an older guy got out and threw open the side door. It rolled back, making a loud bang as it locked into place. The noise sounded funny, like the ringing of a huge bell, and I started to laugh. My chest hurt, making it hard to laugh and breathe at the same time, so I slowed down. Alex raced ahead of me and jumped into the van, holding his arms out as he turned and knelt on the floor.

“Give him to me–you have to go!” Alex cried and attempted to pull me into the van, but I clung to Brian. I wanted him to go too. I didn’t want him to leave me alone again.

“Jamie, honey, I’ll be there as soon as I can. Go with Alex. I love you,” Brian said as he tried to break my hold. He kissed me on the forehead, letting his lips linger. I knew how he felt–I didn’t want to let go either.

“Brian, he can’t figure out where we went. We have to go!” Alex jerked me backward, and the pain in my back screamed as I landed on the floor of the van in his arms. I yelled for Brian, but he was already sprinting back toward the house. The old guy told him to go around to the back of the house as he slammed the door shut, cutting off my view of Brian. I didn’t understand why Brian couldn’t come with us. It made me mad that they hurt me and took him away. I didn’t want to go without him.

“I want Brian,” I whimpered as Alex scooted back against the opposite wall and pulled me against his thin chest. Scared about what would happen next, I curled up into him and closed my eyes. The van started to move, and I wanted to scream that I didn’t understand, but it was Alex. Alex wouldn’t hurt me. He wrapped a blanket around the front of my shoulders and then held me tightly against his chest. I could tell he was trying to keep the movement of the vehicle from jostling and jarring me, but I bounced on the floor with each bump and pothole anyway. The drugs dulled the pain in my stomach and back, but I could still feel it.

“It will be okay,” he whispered as he held my face against his chest and rubbed the back of my head with his thumb. Gently, he stroked my short hair, and it felt good even though I’d started to lose my buzz. I didn’t understand how that could happen when I’d taken so much. Maybe I was dying. I didn’t want to die. If it had to happen, I could deal with that, but I wanted to see Brian first. I had to tell him that I loved him and to be happy. I just wanted him to be happy.

“Want Brian…. Don’t want to die alone,” I murmured against Alex’s shirt and felt him tighten his arms around me. Kissing the top of my head, he began to rock back and forth almost imperceptibly.

“I won’t let you die, Jamie,” he said into my hair as the engine gunned and the van sped up. For the first time since the ride began, I wondered where we were going. Then I wondered if Brian would come, too, and why Alex was holding me instead of him. Thinking about Brian made my heart hurt, but I couldn’t understand why.

“I took so much…. He made me take so much…. My chest hurts.”

“Leo, maybe we should take him to a hospital,” Alex said over my head to the driver. “He said that his chest hurts.”

“Is he having trouble breathing?” The man’s voice sounded tense, and I looked up to see his eyes flickering to me in the rearview mirror. They were warm and brown like my Brian’s eyes. God, I wished Brian were there with me. I missed him so much. Alex put his hand on my chest, and I snuggled closer to him as the van turned. I felt safe sitting there against him. It was a feeling I didn’t quite remember.

“No, I don’t think so. His breathing is even, but it’s a little faster than mine.”

“Okay, just hold on to him until we get to the boardinghouse. If he starts to feel sick, I put a bucket back there with you. If he starts having trouble breathing, don’t keep it a secret. We’re almost there.”

I zoned out then, the fog taking over my brain. As I shook and swayed from the ride, I wondered if the man was talking about me. I didn’t think I’d get sick, but did he really think I’d stop breathing? My stomach prickled even as my head swam. Then the man was talking again, and I felt even more confused.

“Pete, we’re almost there. Unlock the back door; I don’t want anyone to see us bring him in. I don’t know if he’ll be able to walk, so we may need your help to get him upstairs…. Yeah, it’s bad…. No, Brian and Mike will follow in a little while when it’s safe…. Yeah, I have them both with me…. Thanks, Pete.” He flipped the phone closed against his leg and put it back into his pocket. Alex shifted underneath me, moving because my elbow was jammed into his ribs.

“Thank you for helping him, Leo,” Alex said, and I felt him stroke my cheek as he held me against him. Leo took a deep breath and let it out slowly but didn’t turn from the road as he spoke.

“Brian and Mike are my boys. I’d do anything in my power to help them,” Leo told him in a low, gruff voice. “But taking him was the easy part. Patching him up, helping him beat his addiction, keeping O’Dell from finding him–those are going to be the real challenges.” At the name O’Dell, my whole body tensed, but I felt so confused, and I didn’t know why. My breaths came faster, heavier, and my heart, which already felt like it would leap from my chest, sped.

“Jamie, honey, it’s okay. We won’t let anything happen to you. Please, calm down,” Alex whispered and rubbed a hand up and down my back, lightly, as if he was afraid of hurting me. His voice soothed me, but I still couldn’t remember why I felt so scared. I was so tired of feeling scared all the time.

“We’re here,” Leo announced, and we pulled around a rather small and shabby-looking building. The light coming into the van dimmed as we stopped. Leo opened his door and looked around when he got out, then closed it behind him quickly. When the larger van door opened, he stood there with two guys I didn’t recognize. Cool air rushed in from outside, and I suddenly realized I was sweating. Between the heat and being in Alex’s arms under a blanket, I felt like the temperature had jumped a hundred degrees in the van. My vision swam, and I shook my head, trying to clear it.

“Come on, hon,” Alex said and pushed me toward the door. My legs slid over the edge of the doorway, and I felt my feet land on the ground. My head spun wildly, and I had just enough time to spread my knees before I threw up between my feet. The smell made my stomach lurch like I might be sick again as Alex rubbed my back.

“Better there than on the stairs,” Leo said with a sigh. “Okay, get him up. He’ll feel better inside where it’s cooler.” Alex pushed me forward while the two strange men each grabbed one of my arms and hoisted me up. They wrapped an arm around each of their shoulders, and for a few minutes, I was weightless. It took a minute, but I finally got my feet under me when we reached the stairs. Each stair we climbed felt exactly the same. I put one foot up, and the two men lifted me until I stood solidly on the step. I put my foot on the next stair, and they helped me onto it. By the time we reached the first landing, cold sweat drenched my face, and I felt like I might throw up again.

“Please, just leave me here. I can’t…,” I started, but they were already lifting me onto the first stair of the second flight. The stairwell shifted, though it could have just been me, and I lost my footing. Alex grabbed my hips and helped to steady me.

“It’s okay, kid, we’re almost there,” the guy on my left said quietly in my ear as we moved up yet another step. My vision may have been tunneling, but that light at the top looked really far away. My heart pounded in my chest, and there just wasn’t enough air in the small space for me to breathe. I couldn’t get my lungs to pull the air in anymore, and I started to wheeze even as the van spun around me.

“His breathing is getting worse. Hey, Alex, you need to get in front, slide in around Andy, and get his legs.” I couldn’t tell who had said it. The stairwell had started to spin, but we stopped moving, and I felt them crowd close to me. A small body moved past one of the guys, and my feet were lifted off the stairs. They carried me the rest of the way up and then halfway down a narrow hall. Alex dropped my legs long enough to unlock the door and open it before the two guys took me in. They dropped down on either side of me on the bed and then pushed me back onto something soft. The van driver–Leo–put his face right in front of mine, and I tried to focus on it.

“Breathe, Jamie. Slow breaths in and out… come on, kid,” he said and took a few deep breaths as if he wanted to show me what to do. I locked my eyes on his and sucked the air into my lungs. As he released his breath, I blew mine out, and then again. After a moment, my vision started to clear, and I could see we were in a small bedroom. It looked completely wrong for the warehouse-style building I thought I saw as we drove up, but I couldn’t trust anything right then. Tired, overwhelmed, and messed up on drugs, I just didn’t have the ability to think.

“That’s good, just relax.” I closed my eyes and kept breathing in and out in synch with Leo. Until his phone rang. My eyes popped open, and I saw him check the display before answering.

“Yeah, babe,” came his curt answer as he held the phone up to his ear. “Yeah, he’s in the kid’s room. We just got him in.” Leo paused to listen to the tinny voice on the other end of the line. “He’s okay too. Are you guys on your way?” As he paid attention to the conversation, his eyes snapped up to Alex, and he nodded. “Okay, here, kid.” I thought he would hand the phone to me, but instead he gave it to Alex.

“Mike?” Alex said quietly. “Yeah, I’m okay. What about you guys? He didn’t hurt you, did he?” I couldn’t quite focus on what he said after that. My chest hurt, and I still felt so dizzy. Instead, as his mouth continued to move, I tried to breathe.

“Jamie, hon, Brian’s coming. They’ll be here in a few minutes,” Alex said as he handed the phone back to Leo. I felt happy again because Brian would be there soon. I tried to watch Alex as he moved over to the dresser and opened one of the drawers. After a minute of moving things around, he came back with a little computer. “He wants to video chat with his dad when he gets here. He told me to boot it up and try to start the chat,” Alex told no one in particular as he opened the computer. I couldn’t even care enough to be curious.

“I’m here. Is Brian there yet?” a low voice asked from the computer’s speakers. It sounded familiar, but the pain had started to come back, and I didn’t feel so good.

“No, Dr. Schreiber, he’s on his way. What can I do?” Alex asked, and I looked up to see him staring intently at the screen. That’s right. Alex had said Brian wanted to talk to his dad, who was a doctor. I hoped Brian wasn’t sick.

“Turn the computer around so I can see him,” Richard instructed, and soon I was looking at Brian’s father on the screen. “Okay, Alex, I need for you to get his clothes off. Cut them if you have to. I need to be able to see his injuries.”

“Leo, do you have a big pair of scissors?” Alex asked, but before Leo could answer, I sat up and pulled my shirt up.

“I can undress myself,” I said and hissed when the material stuck to the burn on my stomach. Very carefully, I pulled the cloth away and felt it separate from my skin. When I pulled my shirt over my head, I heard a sharp sound but ignored it because I knew how my body looked. As much as I hated it, Alex had to help me get my jeans off, exposing just how weak I was. I couldn’t get the button undone because of the way my hands shook, and it was hard to lift my ass up to pull them down. Everything hurt, and I just had no more strength.

While I reclined back against the pillows, Alex held the laptop over my body with that damn camera on me as he helped Richard with his inspection. After he’d seen my feet, Richard asked me to roll onto my side, which I did with difficulty, and Alex repeated the process with my back.

“Jamie, how did you sustain the burn on your stomach?” Richard asked as Alex held the laptop next to me. My eyes flickered to the angry blisters on my stomach and then to the computer screen.

“Lasagna.”

“What does that mean?” Richard asked, sounding confused. My eyes closed again as I tried to think, and then I opened them and held Alex’s gaze, willing him to understand.

“He hit you with hot lasagna?” Alex asked with a slight nod, and I nodded back.

“What did you take, and how much?” Richard’s voice sounded businesslike as it came through the small speakers. I tried to think, to come up with an answer to his question.

“We were at the apartment, and he told me I had to shoot. My stash was gone. It hurt so much. I went in the bedroom to get dressed and found two Es and took those.”

“Did you take anything else?” Alex asked gently. “Did Steven give you anything?”

“Yeah, he said I needed to work. He gave me coke, a lot of coke.”

“How many lines, hon?” Alex stroked my hair as I looked at his face. His eyes looked so scared. I didn’t want Alex to be scared.

“Uhm… three, I think. I started to feel sick after two, but he told me not to be a wimp and just do them. But….”

“But what, Jamie?” Richard asked. It helped that he sounded concerned rather than angry. I didn’t know if I could explain if he were mad. I didn’t want anyone to be mad at me.

“But I don’t feel it. I feel confused and tired and sad. Why don’t I feel high? Is it because I’m… I’m gonna die?” The question was out before I could stop it. Alex’s face went from caring to horrified in an instant.

“No, that’s not why you don’t feel high.” Richard paused like he was trying to decide how to explain. Relieved even though my head was spinning, I tried to focus on his voice. “The cocaine is canceling out the effect of the ecstasy. You have a lot of drugs in your system, and that’s dangerous, but it’s the type of drugs you took that are making you feel that–” The bedroom door opened, and suddenly Alex jumped off the bed as Brian and Mike hurried into the room. Brian and Alex charged past each other, and Brian put his hands on either side of my face. Alex hurried over to Mike and threw his arms around Mike’s neck.

“Are you all right?” Mike asked Alex and kissed him gently. Alex nodded and pulled Mike to the bed, where they sat at the end.

“Oh God, Jamie,” Brian whispered against my neck as he held me. “I thought he was going to kill you. I’ve never been so scared.” The room fell silent, and Brian kissed my forehead before wiping the wetness from his face.

“I’m okay,” I told him, trying to make him feel better. I didn’t want my Brian to feel bad. I loved him so much.

“Brian, he’s not okay,” Richard said from the computer, and Brian’s head turned to look at the screen. “You need to get him to a hospital.”

“Dad, they could call his father. O’Dell could have someone checking the hospitals, looking for him. We can’t take him to a hospital unless there’s no other way.”

Richard and Brian looked at each other over the computer screen, and finally Richard nodded. “Okay, son, but you’re doing to have to clean and dress his injuries. Can you do that?”

Brian nodded. “For Jamie, I can do anything.”

“I’ll send you a list of the supplies you’re going to need. But judging from that burn alone, he’s going to need stronger pain medication than I can prescribe across state lines.” At that, Leo took a step forward. With a deep breath and a look around the room, he spoke.

“I can get you street oxy,” he said, while Brian and Mike stared at him. “What? I work with a lot of addicts at the center. You think I don’t know any dealers? Besides, oxy isn’t Jamie’s drug of choice; it won’t show up on anyone’s radar. Will that do, doc?”

“That wouldn’t be my preferred way to do it–you can’t count on the strength or quality of illegal drugs–but if you refuse to take him to the hospital, it’s the most humane. Brian, you’re going to have to debride that burn, and it’s going to hurt him badly. He’s going to need something.” Brian looked at Leo and nodded. Leo pulled out his phone and started to dial as he left the room.

“We can’t give him that stuff while he’s already got so many drugs in his system, can we?” Brian asked as his hand slid down into mine, linking our fingers together. I loved how that felt. It made me happy.

“No, you can’t. When would he have taken it?”

“When did he get to the studio?” Brian asked Mike and Alex, who looked at each other with blank expressions. I didn’t even know what time it was then, so I couldn’t answer.

“Wait, check your phone. What time did you call Leo? He would have gotten to the studio about ten minutes earlier, and it takes twenty minutes to get to the studio from their building. We can safely say no later than half an hour before you called Leo,” Mike explained, and Brian pulled out his cell phone.

“It’s been about two hours since he took the drugs,” Brian told his father.

“Okay, you’re going to need to wait at least four to six hours before you give him anything. You can’t debride the burn until he’s been given pain meds. I’m going to e-mail you the list of supplies. Someone is going to need to be with Jamie every minute to monitor his breathing and make sure he doesn’t choke on his vomit. Do you have someone that can go to a pharmacy and pick these things up for you?” Richard asked, and Brian looked up at Mike.

“Of course I will,” Mike said without hesitation.

“I’ll go too,” Alex offered, but Mike shut him down.

“You will not. If he followed me and Brian, he could be out there. I’m not letting him anywhere near you,” he said fiercely, and Alex laid his head on Mike’s shoulder as they sat on the bed holding hands.

“Will you stay on with me while I do what you need me to do?” Brian asked, his voice trembling.

“I’ll be right here,” Richard assured him. “But Brian, if he stops breathing, you have to call an ambulance and you have to tell them exactly what he took. Do you understand? If you don’t, his father or this other guy won’t matter, because he’ll die. He has enough drugs in his system to stop his heart.” A tear slid down Brian’s face as he told Richard he understood.

The computer dinged, and Brian sat up. He did something to the computer and then looked up.

“Okay, my dad sent the list of stuff we’re going to need. Mike, can you take my laptop downstairs and hook it up to the printer? Dad, we’re going to disconnect until we get what we need. I’ll call you when we’re ready,” Brian said, taking charge. He said good-bye to his father before handing the laptop to Mike. Mike, Alex, and the other two guys from earlier all left together. Leo hadn’t returned, so Brian and I were alone. He continued to sit next to me on the bed, holding my hand. I rested my head on his shoulder just to be closer to him.

“No matter what happens, promise me you won’t ever forget,” I told him, and he squeezed me tighter, making me wince. If there really was a chance that I could die, I had to make sure he knew that. I didn’t want him to wonder how I felt–ever. I loved him so much.

“I’m not going to let you die, Jamie.” The pain in Brian’s voice told me he was just as scared as I was. He could say the words all he wanted, but he had no more control over the situation than I did.

“I’m so tired,” I said and closed my eyes. Brian shifted on the bed, and after a minute, I heard him talking, but it wasn’t to me.

“Dad, can he sleep?” I opened my eyes, blinking slowly, and saw him on the phone. “I won’t leave him. I’ll sit right here with my hand on his chest.” Brian’s voice cracked, and the bad feeling came back. I had made Brian sad. “Thanks, Dad. I’ll text you and check in every hour…. Yes.”

“Honey, Dad says you can sleep if you want to,” Brian whispered, and a chuckle bubbled up from my chest.

“What?” Brian asked and tilted my face up so I was looking at him. His answering smile was angelic, and I moved my face closer to kiss him.

“You called me ‘honey’… I like that,” I told him with another short laugh.

“You get through this, and I’ll call you whatever you want, sweetheart,” he said, suddenly serious. He stroked my face lightly, and I scooted down a little in the bed to rest. I laid my head on his hip and he began to play with my hair.

“I love you,” I told him but fell asleep before I heard his reply.

* * * * *

Jamie Mayfield is celebrating the release of the Waiting for Forever series with a 12-week blog tour and giveaway. View the full tour schedule HERE. Comment on any blog tour post or tweet using hashtag #WaitingForForever to enter to win a Kindle! Drawing will be held on 8/15/2013. You must be 18 to enter and have a valid US mailing address.

Jamie Mayfield Releases:

The Waiting for Forever series
Choices - http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=3878&cPath=55_864
Destiny http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=3955&cPath=55_864
Determination - http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=4042&cPath=55_864

* * * * *

About Jamie Mayfield:
A survivor of the ex-gay residential institution The Sunshine Center, fictional author Jamie Mayfield went on to find his voice in novels. Always a great lover of books, Jamie found his passion as he began to pursue a liberal arts degree in creative writing. An avid reader, he’s a fan of gay romance, suspense, and horror–though not all in the same novel. Jamie lives in San Diego with his fictional husband, Brian. He writes YA fiction as a way to let kids know that they have an entire LGBT family all around them. Above all, he wants them to know that they are not alone. It does get better.

Jamie Mayfield is a fictional character from the acclaimed Little Boy Lost series by female author J. P. Barnaby.

 

Website: http://www.JamieMayfield.com

Tumblr: http://JamieMayfieldYA.tumblr.com

Facebook: http://www.Facebook.com/JamieMayfieldYA

Twitter: http://www.Twitter.com/JamieMayfieldYA

Reviews: Sunday, July 21 – Saturday, July 27, 2013

A weekly overview to access reviews. For everyone who is busy during the week and can’t always spend lots of time surfing the Internet.

In chronological order from old to new, here are the books we reviewed. You can browse here or go straight to the link to the review posts on the web site to browse for review details this week.

* * * * *

GAY

Birthday Burglar by K.A. Merikan at Acerbi&Villani

Genre Contemporary / Gay Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 22-July-2013
Review Blurb What a fun little story! I guess most of us have wanted to surprise loved ones for a special occasion, and found that those surprises aren’t always as successful or gladly received as we imagined.

* * *

Pax’s Blues (Lady Blue Crew 2) by Lynn Hagen and Stormy Glenn at Siren Publishing

Genre Science Fiction / Paranormal / Aliens / Shifters / Interspecies / Gay Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 22-July-2013
Review Blurb This is book two in the Lady Blue Crew series and although it can be read as a stand alone I would recommend you read book one first if only to get a little history on the characters.

* * *

Imlay’s Cure (Lady Blue Crew 3) by Lynn Hagen and Stormy Glenn at Siren Publishing

Genre Science Fiction / Paranormal / Aliens / Shifters / Interspecies / Gay Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 23-July-2013
Review Blurb I was looking forward to this story because Livewire kind of hooked me in the previous stories. There was just something about him.

* * *

Adwaka’s Blade (Lady Blue Crew 4) by Lynn Hagen and Stormy Glenn at Siren Publishing

Genre Science Fiction / Paranormal / Aliens / Shifters / Interspecies / Gay Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 24-July-2013
Review Blurb I enjoyed this fourth book in the Lady Blue Crew series very much. The fun and excitement, along with interesting story lines, continues.

* * *

Tank’s Tweak (Lady Blue Crew 5) by Lynn Hagen and Stormy Glenn at Siren Publishing

Genre Science Fiction / Paranormal / Aliens / Shifters / Interspecies / Gay Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 25-July-2013
Review Blurb I really adored this fifth book and it was all due, mainly, to Zackary! Of course, the authors have also managed to keep the fun in these books without them becoming staid.

* * *

Crank’s Craving (Lady Blue Crew 6) by Lynn Hagen and Stormy Glenn at Siren Publishing

Genre Science Fiction / Paranormal / Aliens / Shifters / Interspecies / Gay Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 26-July-2013
Review Blurb I was waiting for Crank’s story! Why? Because he was the last of the original crew members to find his mate and it had been kind of sad watching him longing and yearning for the man who would be his.

* * *

What Once Was Lost (Lady Blue Crew 7) by Lynn Hagen and Stormy Glenn at Siren Publishing

Genre Science Fiction / Paranormal / Aliens / Shifters / Interspecies / Gay Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 27-July-2013
Review Blurb Book seven in the Lady Blue Crew series by Stormy Glenn & Lynn Hagen is about Mo and Mykel. I liked the book very much and the main characters even more.

* * *

Faire Fugitive by Madeleine Ribbon at Loose Id

Genre Fantasy / Magic / Contemporary Setting / Gay Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 22-July-2013
Review Blurb I can’t think of a better place for a story about family and magic than the Renaissance Faire; nor can I think of a better place to seek shelter from the world in general.

* * *

Horizons (Horizons 1) by Mickie B. Ashling at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Contemporary / Athletes / Gay Romance
Reviewed by Alex on 23-July-2013
Review Blurb I enjoyed this riveting “jock-comes-out” story tremendously, despite the fact that I am not a fan of football. Perhaps that is because it is about so much more than a gay football player.

* * *

Reverence (Southwestern Shifters 6) by Bailey Bradford at Total-E-Bound

Genre Paranormal / Shifters / Gay Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 23-July-2013
Review Blurb Continuing the story of the members of the various packs of the Southwestern Shifters series and focusing on the North American continent for now, this sixth book contains the tale of Harley, one of Joshua Dobson’s victims, and Val, one of the Alpha Anax’s guards who was injured in a previous book.

* * *

The Competitive Edge (Appetite 2) by Talya Andor at Less Than Three Press

Genre Contemporary / Gay Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 24-July-2013
Review Blurb This second book in the series had all the excellent qualities of the first, but it was a whole lot more intense on top. I was chewing my fingernails by the second “recipe”

* * *

Grey’s Hidden Fire by Draven St. James at Loose Id

Genre Contemporary / Gay Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Sandra on 24-July-2013
Review Blurb This is a story about two men who get to know each other intimately despite one starting out thinking he’s straight and the other being gay

* * *

Breathing Snow by Dev Bentham at MM Romance Group @ Goodreads

Genre Contemporary / Athletes / Gay Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 25-July-2013
Review Blurb From enemies who don’t really know why they hate each other, to friends and then to lovers, this story covers several years of Cory and Teag’s lives.

* * *

Hitched (A Hammer Story) by Sean Michael at Torquere Press

Genre Contemporary / BDSM / Gay Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 25-July-2013
Review Blurb What is it about planning a wedding that seems to make most people crazy as they get swept into a frenzy of making everything perfect? It’s a phenomenon that’s well known and the centerpiece to this story.

* * *

Mind Magic (Triad 1) by Poppy Dennison at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Paranormal / Werewolves / Vampires / Mages / Gay Romance
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 25-July-2013
Review Blurb My favorite genre has, and always will be, paranormal. I’ve been an addict most of my life and shifter stories are often my favorite. It’s no wonder then that when I read the blurb for Mind Magic by Poppy Dennison, I was intrigued.

* * *

Brothers of the Wild North Sea by Harper Fox at Samhain Publishing

Genre Historical / 1st Millenium / Gay Romance
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 25-July-2013
Review Blurb “Love is not about leading or following. It’s about breathing together”. ~ Kaitlyline Smith

On the surface, Cai and Fen seem to be as different as night and day.

* * *

Cricket by Anna Martin at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Contemporary / Gay Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 26-July-2013
Review Blurb This is an interesting book. It took me a while to get used to the slow pace, and I admit to wondering about it – until revelation hit me. This is cricket we’re talking about. Of course a book that remains true to the game and what it means to the British people will be slow!

* * *

Ghost House (Ghost House 1) by Dani R.R. Hermit and Nevi Star at Wandering Stars Press

Genre Paranormal / Ghosts/Hauntings / Demons / BDSM / Gay Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 26-July-2013
Review Blurb This is the first book by these authors I have read. I thought it sounded interesting as I do like paranormal and a story about ghosts, exorcisms, and a shadow society sounded like a whole lot of fun.

* * *

Peepshow by Clare London at Amber Allure

Genre Contemporary / Voyeurism / Exhibitionism / Gay Romance
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 26-July-2013
Review Blurb In ‘Peep Show’ by Clare London we meet Ken, a college student with a boring summer job watching surveillance cameras for a new shopping center. It’s not the most exciting job but he needs the money.

* * *

Improves With Age by Lavinia Lewis at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Contemporary / Gay Romance
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 27-July-2013
Review Blurb This is a wonderful short story about coming home, finding your youth, hope, and love.

* * *

Nowhere Ranch by Heidi Cullinan at Loose Id

Genre Contemporary / BDSM / Gay Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 27-July-2013
Review Blurb “Home is where the heart is” could be one way to summarize what this story is all about. A lot goes into the making of a true home, though, and both Travis and Roe need to figure out and learn how to make it work for them.

* * * * *

LESBIAN

Lesbian Erotica Volume 4, edited by Barbara Cardy at Constable & Robinson

Genre Mixed Genres / Lesbian Erotica
Reviewed by jj on 22-July-2013
Review Blurb Volume 4 continues my education and enjoyment with heat pouring off the pages.

* * *

Lesbian Erotica Volume 5, edited by Barbara Cardy at Constable & Robinson

Genre Contemporary / Lesbian Erotica
Reviewed by jj on 27-July-2013
Review Blurb Volume 5 is filled with tantalizing heat and delicious new perspectives. Four different short stories presenting ever-more intriguing ways of getting hot, bothered, and creamed to dizzying climactic heights.

* * *

Keeping You a Secret by Julie Anne Peters at Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Genre Contemporary / Young Adult / Lesbian Romance
Reviewed by Rachel on 23-July-2013
Review Blurb National Book Award Finalist Julie Anne Peters has written ‘Keeping You a Secret’, a very real novel about a teen girl’s newfound lesbian feelings, as well as her “forbidden” love for another classmate.

* * *

Lethal Affairs (Elite Operatives 1) by Kim Baldwin and Xenia Alexiou at Bold Strokes Books

Genre Contemporary / Thriller / Lesbian Romance
Reviewed by jj on 24-July-2013
Review Blurb This first book in the ‘Elite Operatives’ series is a winner. I was already smitten since I had read the sixth book, ‘The Gemini Deception’, and I wanted to know and experience the beginnings.

* * *

The Publisher’s Proposal (Daring Desires 2) by D.F. Krieger and Sonia Hightower at Evernight Publishing

Genre Contemporary / BDSM / Lesbian Menage Erotic Romance / FFF
Reviewed by jj on 26-July-2013
Review Blurb Oh my, writer and editor from ‘The Submission’ are back again with a marvelous third party added. The publisher and de facto boss to both editor and writer wants to know what the editor’s secret is for successfully molding best selling authors. This premise is tantalizing but its execution was mind-blowingly brilliant!

* * * * *

Please feel free to leave comments and thoughts on anything concerning reviews right here.

Reviews: Sunday, July 14 – Saturday, July 20, 2013

A weekly overview to access reviews. For everyone who is busy during the week and can’t always spend lots of time surfing the Internet.

In chronological order from old to new, here are the books we reviewed. You can browse here or go straight to the link to the review posts on the web site to browse for review details this week.

* * *

GAY

The Sentinel by Eden Winters at MM Romance Group @ Goodreads

 

Genre Science Fiction / Far Future / Other Planets / Gay Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 14-July-2013
Review Blurb What an absolutely brilliant story. For me, this is exactly what I look for in good science fiction, well, one possible successful combination of many: great technology, its effect on humans, and showing the consequences of us learning to deal with it or how to defeat it.

* * *

Kestrel’s Chance by Harper Fox at FoxTales

 

Genre Contemporary / Gay Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 14-July-2013
Review Blurb Most of us have ghosts, past experiences that haunt us. Kestrel, of ‘Kestrel’s Chance’ by Harper Fox, has more than his share.

* * *

Forever Promised (Keeping Promise Rock 4) by Amy Lane at Dreamspinner Press

 

Genre Contemporary / Gay Romance
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 15-July-2013
Review Blurb I almost dreaded reading this final story in one of my favorite series. Not because I thought it wouldn’t be any good. Oh no! I knew, deep down in my soul, that this ending story would be full of all Amy Lane’s heartbreak in writing it.

* * *

Gay Erotica Volume 1, edited by James Hunt at Constable & Robinson

 

Genre Contemporary / Gay Erotica
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 16-July-2013
Review Blurb Exactly what the title promises, this collection of four gay erotica stories is fun, hot, experimental, and kinky in turn.

* * *

Brothers in Arms (The Recon Diaries 1) by Kendall McKenna at MLR Press

 

Genre Contemporary / Men in Uniform / Gay Romance
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 16-July-2013
Review Blurb Absolutely loved this book! The whole thing – story, writing, plot, characters, dialogue, love story, sex scenes, and action scenes. Everything about it was phenomenal.

* * *

Fire For Effect (The Recon Diaries 2) by Kendall McKenna at MLR Press

 

Genre Contemporary / Men in Uniform / Mystery / Gay Romance
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 17-July-2013
Review Blurb This is the second Recon Diaries book featuring our guys, Jonah and Kellan. And, wow, is it made of awesome!

* * *

The Final Line (The Recon Diaries 3) by Kendall McKenna at MLR Press

 

Genre Contemporary / Men in Uniform / Gay Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 18-July-2013
Review Blurb ‘The Final Line’, book three in Kendall McKenna’s Recon Diaries series, is an amazing and awe-inspiring book of courage, honesty, honor, fear, hope, rage, commitment, loyalty, and love. Above all, love.

* * *

Forever Young by Jeff Erno at Ai Press

 

Genre Paranormal / Vampires / New Adults / Gay Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 16-July-2013
Review Blurb We all want our first love to last forever, yet, realistically, we know it probably won’t. Circumstances change; people change; and life goes on.

* * *

Salting the Earth by Heidi Belleau and Violetta Vane at Storm Moon Press

 

Genre Fantasy / Fairies / Dubious Consent / Multiple Partners / Gay Erotica
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 17-July-2013
Review Blurb Some stories, and this is one of them, make the reader work to understand them. As a result, not everyone will get the same out of reading them, so my interpretation might be totally different from the next person’s.

* * *

An Intoxicating Crush (Delectable 3) by EM Lynley at Dreamspinner Press

 

Genre Contemporary / Gay Romance
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 17-July-2013
Review Blurb When Fate decides that two people belong together, it doesn’t necessarily mean that things will go smoothly. In ‘An Intoxicating Crush’ by EM Lynley, Simon Ford and Austin Kelvin learn this in spades.

* * *

My Life As A Myth by Huston Piner at Prizm Books

 

Genre Historical (Recent) / 1960s / Edgy / Young Adult / Gay Romance
Reviewed by Jamie Deacon on 18-July-2013
Review Blurb So often young people feel compelled to be someone they’re not. Putting aside their individuality, they wear the latest designer gear, listen to the “in” bands of the moment, and hide their deepest desires and insecurities, all in the quest to be popular, to fit in.

* * *

The Distance Between Us (Book 1) by L.A. Witt at Samhain Publishing

 

Genre Contemporary / Gay Menage Erotic Romance / MMM
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 19-July-2013
Review Blurb I will admit that I was a little hesitant about reading this book. It had been recommended by a number of friends and I do love ménage but the idea of starting the story when a ten year relationship has ended did not appeal to me. Luckily my friends were right…

* * *

Thick as Thieves by Tali Spencer at Dreamspinner Press

 

Genre Fantasy / Magic / Gay Romance
Reviewed by Alex on 20-July-2013
Review Blurb I loved this dashing spitfire of a fantasy story which brought to my mind both Steven Brust’s Book of Jhereg series and Lynn Flewelling’s Nightrunner series.

* * *

Hammer and Tongs by BA Tortuga at Torquere Press

 

Genre Historical / 19th Century / Wild West / Interracial / BDSM / Gay Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 20-July-2013
Review Blurb This historical, set in the American Wild West, tells the story of Virgil, a white man in trouble with what passed as the law in Texas back then, just for touching another man.

* * *

End of the Line (Lady Blue Crew 1) by Lynn Hagen and Stormy Glenn at Siren Publishing

 

Genre Science Fiction / Paranormal / Aliens / Shifters / Interspecies / Gay Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 20-July-2013
Review Blurb This is a cute science fiction, male/male romance with a good plot and storyline. It is also book one in a new series by the very talented Stormy Glenn and Lynn Hagen.

* * *

The Doctor and the Bad Boy (Ellery Mountain 4) by RJ Scott at Total-E-Bound

 

Genre Contemporary / Gay Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 20-July-2013
Review Blurb There are two sides to every story and I believe everyone deserves a second chance. Mitchell Askett of ‘The Bad Boy and the Doctor’ is haunted by his past.

* * * * *

LESBIAN

The Submission (Daring Desires 1) by D.F. Krieger and Sonia Hightower at Evernight Publishing

 

Genre Contemporary / BDSM / Lesbian Erotic Romance
Reviewed by jj on 15-July-2013
Review Blurb A young, inexperienced writer meets an incredibly accomplished editor. From a different angle, an unaware sub is enveloped by a totally in-control domme leading up to a “Submission”.

* * *

Window Thrills (Thrills 1) by Trista Kerne

 

Genre Contemporary / Lesbian Erotic Romance
Reviewed by jj on 16-July-2013
Review Blurb A relatively young woman goes through an extraordinary and amazing sexual enlightenment. Although this is a novella, it is a rather quick read with ever more incredible and titillating exploits.

* * *

Apocalyptic Thrills (Thrills 2) by Trista Kerne

 

Genre Contemporary / Bisexual Erotic Romance / FFM
Reviewed by jj on 17-July-2013
Review Blurb Oh no! The book ended too soon. Now I can only pray for a third book in the series.

* * *

Taming Dru (Once Upon a Dream 4) by Nikki Prince at Evernight Publishing

 

Genre Contemporary / Interracial / BDSM / Lesbian Erotic Romance
Reviewed by jj on 19-July-2013
Review Blurb This is an intriguing story, with dynamic characters almost across the board. Curiously, the weak link within the chain is our leading lady, Drusilla Trumane.

* * * * *

Please feel free to leave comments and thoughts on anything concerning reviews right here.

Reviews: Sunday, July 7 – Saturday, July 13, 2013

A weekly overview to access reviews. For everyone who is busy during the week and can’t always spend lots of time surfing the Internet.

In chronological order from old to new, here are the books we reviewed. You can browse here or go straight to the link to the review posts on the web site to browse for review details this week.

* * *

GAY

Bound by Duty (Owned 4) by Jana Downs at Siren Publishing

 

Genre Science Fiction / Near Future Earth / Aliens / Gay Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 07-July-2013
Review Blurb A great second book set in Eoean society, this volume tells the story of Jess, best friend to Alexis (who was chosen by the lottery in book two), and Noss, elder brother of Elia (from book two).

* * *

The Brat Whisperer by J.A. Rock at MM Romace Group @ Goodreads

 

Genre Contemporary / BDSM / Gay Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 08-July-2013
Review Blurb Domestic Discipline, I have to admit, is an area I am not very familiar with. This story does an excellent job at explaining what it means, and how it relates (or doesn’t relate) to BDSM.

* * *

Black Sheep: Fighting for a Future (Black Sheep 3) by Kia Zi Shiru

 

Genre Contemporary / Young Adult / Gay Fiction
Reviewed by Alex on 08-July-2013
Review Blurb This third installment of the Black Sheep Trilogy reveals a fulfilling, but realistically frayed ending to the deeply emotional series.

* * *

Angel of Thirteenth Street 1 by Eden Winters at Torquere Press

 

Genre Contemporary / Gay Romance
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 09-July-2013
Review Blurb ‘Angel of 13th Street’ by Eden Winters is a story about a subject that shouldn’t even exist—throwaway kids, many of whom have to resort to prostitution just to survive.

* * *

Fallen Angel (Angel of 13th Street 2) by Eden Winters at Torquere Press

Genre Contemporary / Gay Romance
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 10-July-2013
Review Blurb In this sequel to ‘The Angel of Thirteenth Street’ the story picks up where the first left off. Even after all they have been through, Noah is still wrestling with his past demons of guilt and unworthiness.

* * *

Unnatural Means by T.C. Mill at Storm Moon Press

 

Genre Fantasy / Historical Setting / Torture / Dubious Consent / Gay Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 10-July-2013
Review Blurb When witchcraft is involved, the result could go either way. I can definitely see why “the church” or any religious institution intent on controlling what its followers believe might be interested in stamping it out.

* * *

Hot Bouncer (All Male Nudes! 3) by Cheryl Dragon at Resplendence Publishing

 

Genre Contemporary / Gay Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 10-July-2013
Review Blurb The third volume in this series of light, hot reads about a dance club that caters to straight women on one side of the building, and to gay men on the other, introduces an ex-Marine bouncer and an ex-ballet dancer as its focus couple.

* * *

On Tinsel Wings by Augusta Li at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Contemporary / New Adult / Gay Romance
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 11-July-2013
Review Blurb Patrick Hartford, of ‘On Tinsel Wings’ by Augusta Li, has always known he’s different and hasn’t been able to fit well anywhere, but the Renaissance Faire he’s worked at for years, is the closest he has been able to get.

* * *

The Badass Of His Dreams by Missy Welsh at MM Romance Group @ Goodreads

Genre Contemporary / Gay Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 11-July-2013
Review Blurb This isn’t just a very cute story about two college students (one of whom happens to be a werewolf) finding each other, but also a very entertaining tale, written with a lot of humor.

* * *

Keeping Promise Rock (Keeping Promise Rock 1) by Amy Lane at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Contemporary / Gay Romance
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 11-July-2013
Review Blurb I’ve got a few things to say before my review. One, I had to wait until I re-read ‘Keeping Promise Rock’ before writing my review. I was way too emotional and could not have ever made any coherent sense before.

* * *

Making Promises (Keeping Promise Rock 2) by Amy Lane at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Contemporary / Gay Romance
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 12-July-2013
Review Blurb This second installment in Amy Lane’s Promises series in no way disappointed. Although, I should mention that once again I waited until I re-read this book before writing my review.

* * *

Living Promises (Keeping Promise Rock 3) by Amy Lane at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Contemporary / Gay Romance
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 13-July-2013
Review Blurb I’m not sure but this third installment of Amy Lane’s Promises series might just be my favorite if I were willing to pick a favorite!

* * *

The Strength of the Pack (The Tameness of the Wolf 1) by Kendall McKenna at MLR Press

Genre Paranormal / Werewolves / Men in Uniform / Gay Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 12-July-2013
Review Blurb I have found a new author to include in my favorites and her name is Kendall McKenna. Many friends have recommended her books and I’m glad I listened.

* * *

Animal Magnetism by Willow Scarlett and Andrea Speed at MM Romance Group @ Goodreads

Genre Paranormal / Shifters / Humor / Gay Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 12-July-2013
Review Blurb This story is outrageously funny, cute, and has a great moral as well.

* * *

Blindside by Stella Harris at Storm Moon Press

Genre Contemporary / Dubious Consent / Gay Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 13-July-2013
Review Blurb Although this story is labeled dubious consent, I didn’t find that to be entirely accurate. I did think it was playing at the edges of it, sort of flirting with it, but never really went there.

* * *

Dirty Laundry (A Cole McGinnis Mystery 3) by Rhys Ford at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Contemporary / Mystery / Gay Romance
Reviewed by Alex on 13-July-2013
Review Blurb Even more explosive than its predecessor, the sequel to the outstanding novel, Dirty Secret, does not disappoint. In fact I’d say there is enough happening in the book to make up two novels, so be prepared for a major roller coaster event,

* * * * *

LESBIAN

Bella Key (Romance on the Go) by Scarlet Chastain at Evernight Publishing

 

Genre Contemporary / Lesbian Romance
Reviewed by jj on 07-July-2013
Review Blurb Serendipity rescues one harried public relations whiz when she cannot re-schedule her flight from Miami back home.  One “sign” leads to another “portent” and she finds herself taking an unexpected holiday in Bella Key of the Florida Keys.

* * *

Battle Axe by Carsen Taite at Bold Strokes Books

 

Genre Contemporary / Mystery/Suspense / Lesbian Romance
Reviewed by jj on 09-July-2013
Review Blurb The complicated life of a dyke bounty hunter with her job, with her sex life, with her family, with the mob, with the Feds … gosh, you name it and she has complications there.

* * *

Lesbian Erotica Volume 3, edited by Barbara Cardy at Constable & Robinson

Genre Mixed Genres / Lesbian Erotica
Reviewed by jj on 11-July-2013
Review Blurb Volume 3 was somewhat different, but compelling, and outrageously hot. Two stories delve into BDSM, Mistress/slave relationships, and concurrent pain/pleasure scenarios. The other two stories are actually funny and whimsical but the pleasuring was top notch.

* * *

The Gemini Deception (Elite Operatives 6) by Kim Baldwin and Xenia Alexiou at Bold Strokes Books

Genre Contemporary / Thriller / Lesbian Romance
Reviewed by jj on 12-July-2013
Review Blurb Totally tense from nearly word one.

This full-length novel has a good deal of twists and turns and one of the scariest villains I have ever come across.

* * * * *

BISEXUAL

Polished by Alyssa Turner at Etopia Press

Genre Contemporary / BDSM / Bisexual Menage Erotic Romance / MMF
Reviewed by Sandra on 10-July-2013
Review Blurb Jack is the son of Jackson Rothman Sr., who runs Rothman Development, and he hates entertaining his dad’s clients and friends. He pretends to be a playboy, and enjoys steamy nights with men and women indulging in his kinky fantasies.

* * *

Obscura Burning by Suzanne van Rooyen at Etopia Press

Genre Science Fiction / Young Adult / Bisexual Fiction
Reviewed by Jamie Deacon on 13-July-2013
Review Blurb This is without doubt one of the most original novels I’ve come across in a while. It’s a story about a mysterious planet that drifts into our solar system to play havoc with time itself, and one boy’s struggle to cope when he is plunged into a world of multiple realities.

* * *

Please feel free to leave comments and thoughts on anything concerning reviews right here.

Reviews: Sunday, June 30 – Saturday, July 6, 2013

A weekly overview to access reviews. For everyone who is busy during the week and can’t always spend lots of time surfing the Internet.

In chronological order from old to new, here are the books we reviewed. You can browse here or go straight to the link to the review posts on the web site to browse for review details this week.

* * *

Curious (Club Floggers 3) by H.C. Brown at Hawt Books Publishing

Genre Contemporary / BDSM / Gay Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 30-June-2013
Review Blurb This is a book about discovery and finding the courage to live the way you want and need to. Not just that of sexual orientation, but the D/s lifestyle and a partner at the same time, at least for Seth

* * *

Love’s Cabers Tossed by Ari McKay at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Contemporary / Gay Romance
Reviewed by Alex on 30-June-2013
Review Blurb Lovers of MM Romance of the saccharine-sweet variety should adore this tiny sweetmeat about two opposites finding each other, with a bit of help from a small dog.

* * *

Bound by Temptation (Owned 3) by Anitra Lynn McLeod at Siren Publishing

Genre Science Fiction / Near Future / Other Planets / Aliens / Light BDSM / Gay Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 30-June-2013
Review Blurb While this is not a sequel to the first book of the series, and stands completely on its own, it is linked since it tells the story of Dalton, Hunter’s best friend.

* * *

Aaron’s Wait (Elliott Smith 2) by Dorien Grey at Zumaya Boundless

Genre Contemporary / Paranormal Elements / Gay Mystery
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 30-June-2013
Review Blurb In ‘Aaron’s Wait’, the second book in the Elliot Smith Mysteries, by Dorien Grey, Elliot’s partner Steve finds a house he knows Elliot will love and want to renovate.

* * *

No Man’s Land by G.S. Wiley at Silver Publishing

Genre Historical / 1920s / Gay Romance
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 01-July-2013
Review Blurb ‘No Man’s Land’ by G.S. Wiley is a short, endearing, yet sad story, but also, a story about hope. Even though it takes place in World War I, in many ways, it’s timeless.

* * *

Great Catch by Megan Slayer at MM Romance Group @ Goodreads

Genre Contemporary / Gay Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 01-July-2013
Review Blurb Cute and sweet, this is the story of two best friends in high school who sort of know they are more, but don’t dare admit it to themselves, never mind each other.

* * *

Eye of the Storm (Lords of Arcadia, Act 2) by John Goode at Harmony Ink Press

Genre Sci-Fi/Paranormal / Aliens / Shifters / Young Adult / Gay Romance
Reviewed by Jamie Deacon on 01-July-2013
Review Blurb Readers were given a taste of John Goode’s incredible and somewhat quirky imagination in Distant Rumblings, the first in his Lords of Arcadia series.

* * *

A Rampant Hunger by James Cox at Evernight Publishing

Genre Science Fiction / Other Planets / Gay Menage Erotica / MMM
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 01-July-2013
Review Blurb This book can be taken in two very different ways. Either it is a hilarious, over-the top parody of every science fiction story ever written, or it is a slightly horrific setting for erotica that is actually pretty close to porn.

* * *

Molten 3: Molten Mayhem by Kira Stone at Changeling Press

Genre Science Fiction / Aliens / Interspecies / Gay Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 02-July-2013
Review Blurb This return to the Molten world was as fascinating as the first two visits. Just to recap, the aliens in this series of stories are amazing, metal-based changelings with a few extra abilities.

* * *

Caesar’s Fall (Elliott Smith 3) by Dorien Grey at Zumaya Boundless

Genre Contemporary / Paranormal Elements / Gay Mystery
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 02-July-2013
Review Blurb We all dream of how wonderful winning the lottery would be, but in truth, it can be more of a curse than a blessing. No one knows this better than Bruno Caesar of ‘Caesar’s Fall’ by Dorien Grey.

* * *

Bryce’s Cop (Hot Encounters 2) by Toni Griffin at Silver Publishing

Genre Paranormal / Vampires / Werewolves / Gay Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 03-July-2013
Review Blurb As short and fun as the first volume, with quite a bit of testosterone-driven stubbornness thrown in for good measure, this sequel to ‘Frankie’s Vamp’ is the story of over 400-year-old vampire Bryce.

* * *

Modelling Death (Hidden Magic 2) by Amber Kell at Total-E-Bound

Genre Fantasy / Magic / Contemporary Setting / Gay Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 03-July-2013
Review Blurb Sometimes, when you meet someone, you just know that they are the one. When Guy Franks meets Jacob Williams, he realizes that Jacob is the man he’s been looking for all his life, which considering he’s a wizard, is a long time.

* * *

Smartass by Lynn Lorenz at MM Romance Group @ Goodreads

Genre Contemporary / Gay Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 04-July-2013
Review Blurb This is a great story, with a lot of humor, some wonderful vibes between the characters, and perfect pacing and energy.

* * *

Whipped Cream by Andrew Grey at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Contemporary / Gay Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 04-July-2013
Review Blurb Just like the picture on the cover, at first glance, this book is about having a bit of naughty fun. It made me smile and it made me laugh, but that was just the surface.

* * *

Black Point (Black Point 1) by A.J. Llewellyn and D.J. Manly at Mojocastle Press

Genre Contemporary / Gay Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 04-July-2013
Review Blurb This is an amazing book, a wonderful start to the Black Point series, and an emotional roller coaster of the highest degree that still manages to be very entertaining due to a great sense of humor.

* * *

Lesbian Erotica Volume 2, edited by Barbara Cardy at Constable & Robinson

Genre Mixed Genres / Lesbian Erotica
Reviewed by jj on 04-July-2013
Review Blurb In Volume 2 of Lesbian Erotica, the super hot action continues from one story to the next covering four very different showcases.

* * *

Astronomical by Silvia Violet at Loose Id

Genre Contemporary / Gay Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 05-July-2013
Review Blurb This story is a perfect example of how hot two so-called nerds can be when they come together.

* * *

Meteor Strike by Silvia Violet at Loose Id

Genre Contemporary / Gay Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 06-July-2013
Review Blurb More hot so-called nerds are the stars of this sequel to ‘Astronomical’. And yes, kilts are involved again!

* * *

How Much For the Whole Night? by RJ Scott

Genre Contemporary / Gay Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 05-July-2013
Review Blurb ‘How Much for the  Whole Night’ by RJ Scott begins with Josh, drinking in a bar on the night before he goes to court, tired of pretending to be a good, straight father, he’s about to explode from the sexual tension inside of him.

* * *

No Shame by Amanda Steiger at Changeling Press

Genre Contemporary / Light BDSM / Gay Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 06-July-2013
Review Blurb This is probably the cutest, sweetest BDSM story I have ever read. It’s a fairy tale and an “Intro to BDSM” all rolled into one.

* * *

The Celestine Room by Jared Rackler at Torquere Press

Genre Paranormal / Vampires / Necromancers / Gay Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 06-July-2013
Review Blurb Nikos Aristos, from ‘Celestine Room’ by Jared Rackler, is a necromancer; Rune is a vampire. Normally they’re natural enemies and forbidden lovers. Yet, are they really so different?

* * *

Menage a Fairy (A Fairy Novel 4) by Anna Keraleigh at Evernight Publishing

Genre Fantasy / Fairies / Bisexual Menage Erotic Romance / FFM
Reviewed by jj on 06-July-2013
Review Blurb Fairies, trolls, and leprechauns…oh my. Better still, this world is unknown and invisible to today’s everyday humans. Oh, am I hooked!

* * *

Please feel free to leave comments and thoughts on anything concerning reviews right here.

Reviews: Sunday, June 23 – Saturday, June 29, 2013

A weekly overview to access reviews. For everyone who is busy during the week and can’t always spend lots of time surfing the Internet.

In chronological order from old to new, here are the books we reviewed. You can browse here or go straight to the link to the review posts on the web site to browse for review details this week.

* * *

Bound by Defiance (Owned 2) by Jana Downs at Siren Publishing

Genre Science Fiction / Near Future Earth / Aliens / Light BDSM / Gay Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 23-June-2013
Review Blurb The second book in the “Owned” series was slightly different from the first, and I liked that we get to meet the mysterious Eoeans.

* * *

Blindside – Mark’s Story (Blind Faith 3) by N.R. Walker

Genre Contemporary / Gay Romance
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 23-June-2013
Review Blurb ‘Blindside’ is the third book in the Blind Faith series by N.R. Walker which focuses on Mark Gattison, who has become my favorite character in the series. Mark is intelligent, witty, sarcastic, charming.

* * *

In The Public Eye (The Escort 1) by Parker Linn at Amber Allure

Genre Contemporary / Male Escorts / Gay Romance
Reviewed by Sally on 23-June-2013
Review Blurb Quite an entertaining, fun story, told in the slightly snarky voice of rent boy Ryan, who has a very clear philosophy around his job and some pretty compelling reasons to keep doing it (he needs the money).

* * *

Yes, Master (The Escort 2) by Parker Linn at Amber Allure

Genre Contemporary / Light BDSM / Gay Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 24-June-2013
Review Blurb As entertaining as the first book, this second “slice of life” from male escort Ryan’s life gives a few more insights into his philosophy.

* * *

Late-Inning Home Run by Stella K. Jefferson at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Contemporary / Gay Romance
Reviewed by jj on 23-June-2013
Review Blurb High school baseball is a major treat for the players and the families that come out to the park and root the team on. So much energy and love of the game pours out from the field and the stands making this a flat out “love fest”.

* * *

Nothing’s Missing Now by Westbrooke Jameson at MM Romance Group at Goodreads

Genre Contemporary / Gay Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 24-June-2013
Review Blurb This story isn’t just cute, sweet, and hot, it also takes the level of warmth up another notch. The emotional intensity of an ex-Marine who has lost one leg and is just now finding a way to live and be loved again is great, as is the realism of what it can mean to suffer from PTSD.

* * *

Press START to Play by Briana Lawrence at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Contemporary / Gay Romance
Reviewed by jj on 24-June-2013
Review Blurb The perks and advantages available to an established sports reporter can sometimes fail to be enough to lift his spirits when his city’s football team is having a miserable season.

* * *

Starry Knight (City Knight 3) by T.A. Webb at A Bear on Books

Genre Contemporary / Gay Romance
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 24-June-2013
Review Blurb Often, we don’t realize how much someone means to us until we almost lose them. When Marcus literally takes a bullet for his lover, Benjamin, Marcus’s old friends Chance, Wick, Zachary, and Archer, rush to his side.

* * *

Wolf Strap (Urban Wolf 1) by Naomi Clark at Evernight Publishing

Genre Paranormal / Werewolves / Lesbian Romance
Reviewed by jj on 25-June-2013
Review Blurb There is a city where wolf shifters and humans live and work side by side. It isn’t always that way in other areas, but here the wisdom of such an alliance works well for both.

* * *

Obedience Classes by Sean Michael at Storm Moon Press

Genre Paranormal / Werewolves / Dubious Consent / Gay Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 25-June-2013
Review Blurb Pack discipline is tough, and any werewolf who is somewhat of a loner, never mind gay, will have trouble fitting in.

* * *

The Magic Broom by Teegan Loy at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Contemporary / Gay Romance
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 25-June-2013
Review Blurb Cody Mikkelson of ‘The Magic Broom’ by Teegan Loy begrudgingly accepts a sports assignment which his newspaper editor insists upon. Cody is not into sports, but he wants to keep his job.

* * *

Star Treatment by Xondra Day at Total-E-Bound

Genre Contemporary / Gay Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 25-June-2013
Review Blurb Living your life in sight of the public eye is never comfortable. While some celebrities may bask in the attention (at least it seems that some do), I suspect that for most, the novelty wears off fast.

* * *

Sage Advice by Susan Laine at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Contemporary / Gay Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 26-June-2013
Review Blurb At first glance, this looks like a friends to lovers story, but personally, I think Piper and Sage have been lovers all along, they just didn’t acknowledge their deeper feelings and there was no physical dimension to their love.

* * *

Breaking Bethany by Anna Keraleigh at Siren Publishing

Genre Sci-Fi / Future Earth / Slavery / Consensual BDSM / Lesbian Erotic Romance
Reviewed by jj on 26-June-2013
Review Blurb I really liked Anna Keraleigh’s “Addicted to Adella” and I was delighted she has another book out. I was also tickled pink that this book has another “Four Five Two”, and lo and behold this cargo ship is another true hero to a couple of gals on the run…eventually.

* * *

A Marine Affair by Heather Long at Decadent Publishing

Genre Contemporary / Men in Uniform / Gay Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 26-June-2013
Review Blurb When two stubborn men, both military, and both with their own reasons for demanding what they want, collide, the sparks fly. Eli, a Marine sniper, and Rick, a military doctor, are both determined to get the other man to see their point about how they relate.

* * *

His Name is John (Elliott Smith 1) by Dorien Grey at Zumaya Boundless

Genre Contemporary / Paranormal Elements / Gay Mystery
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 26-June-2013
Review Blurb As disconcerting as is would be to get hit by a car, end up in the hospital with a head injury and broken arm, Elliott Smith, from Dorien Grey’s book ‘His Name is John’, has a very unique complication—he hears a voice in his sleep who says his name is John.

* * *

Straight Men Can’t Cook by Anna Birmingham at MM Romance Group @ Goodreads

Genre Contemporary / Gay Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 27-June-2013
Review Blurb There’s nothing like a good, old-fashioned challenge to bring out the best in people – and, in this case, to set the stage for an exploration of mutual feelings that should have happened three years ago.

* * *

Revved (Drag and Drift 1) by Chacelyn Pierce at Evernight Publishing

Genre Contemporary / Gay Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 27-June-2013
Review Blurb Denial is a very strong force and some people can keep it up for years especially in an environment where fast cars and fast women are the norm.

* * *

Torque (Drag and Drift 2) by Chacelyn Pierce at Evernight Publishing

Genre Contemporary / Gay Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 28-June-2013
Review Blurb When someone has been hurt deeply enough, and/or often enough, they usually give up on intimacy, build a couple of walls around their heart, and shut down anything that used to be perceived as a weakness.

* * *

Prize Package by Kyle Adams at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Contemporary / Gay Romance
Reviewed by jj on 27-June-2013
Review Blurb Just imagine winning the grand prize in an online contest. Wouldn’t you be ecstatic? However, since you enter gazillions of contests, which one did you win?

 * * *

Pushy Bottom (Sealed With a Kink 2) by Sean Michael at Resplendence Publishing

Genre Contemporary / BDSM / Gay Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 27-June-2013
Review Blurb With a focus on figuring out what it is the gorgeous sub really needs, this story is told from the Dom’s point of view and gives insight into the kind of thought that goes into a caring D/s relationship.

* * *

Ice Heart by Kay Ellis at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Contemporary / Gay Romance
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 28-June-2013
Review Blurb Relationships are complicated at best, but when it involves one man who is straight and another who is gay, there’s bound to be problems. Aaron and Jack, from ‘Ice Heart’ by Kay Ellis, can attest to that.

* * *

Pearls Like Rain by Michael Barnette at Torquere Press

Genre Fantasy / Gay Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 28-June-2013
Review Blurb This is a tension-filled story about two men set to duel for the annual championship, set in a fantasy world where beings of many different races live in peace and unicorns are real.

* * *

Votes for Vixens by Tara Chevrestt at Every Book Has A Chick

Genre Historical / Early 20th Century / Lesbian Romance
Reviewed by jj on 28-June-2013
Review Blurb This story follows one woman’s escape from virtual servitude to the ranks of the suffragettes and finally to her ultimate dream. She learns and experiences a great deal in a relatively short period of time.

* * *

Vanilla Boy (Club Floggers 1) by H.C. Brown at Hawt Books Publishing

Genre Contemporary / BDSM / Gay Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 29-June-2013
Review Blurb This is a story about an unhappy Dom looking for the perfect sub. None of the men he interacts with at Club Floggers do it for him, he is bored, and that lets him come up with a lot of cruel scenes for subs who vie for his attention but cannot hold it, no matter what they do.

* * *

A Dom’s Revenge (Club Floggers 2) by H.C. Brown at Hawt Books Publishing

Genre Contemporary / BDSM / Gay Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 29-June-2013
Review Blurb At the end of the previous story Paul and Nash had just begun a relationship and overcome their first obstacle. This story picks up exactly where the previous one ended and both men now face the challenge of building real trust, and the development of deepening feelings on both sides.

* * *

Protection by John Amory at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Contemporary / Gay Romance
Reviewed by jj on 29-June-2013
Review Blurb The 2012 London Olympics are the backdrop for a story that unfolds with bits and pieces of a past event, a terrible experience that still haunts the victim, Jamie.

* * *

Eternal Samurai by B.D. Heywood at ICINI Publishing

Genre Paranormal / Vampires / Yaoi / Futuristic / Gay Romance
Reviewed by Alex on 29-June-2013
Review Blurb A visceral torrent of delicious prose mixed with intoxicating, smoky sensuality of the best kind, I absolutely adored this sweeping action-packed romance of “a love that cannot be,” between two oath-bound martial artists.

* * *

Please feel free to leave comments and thoughts on anything concerning reviews right here.

Torquere Press Special Calls for Submissions

SEPTEMBER – OUTSERVE CHARITY SIP BLITZ

Every year, the great authors at Torquere Press put their money where their mouth is, donating their time writing stories for our chosen charity. Those same authors donate any royalties earned on their stories to the chosen organization, with Torquere matching those donations 100%. In the past we’ve raised $5000.00 for Lambda Legal, over $3000.00 for the Matthew Shepard Foundation, and more than $10000.00 combined for organizations such as NOH8 and Doctors Without Borders.

For the 2013-2014 Charity event, which will premiere in September 2013, we’ve chosen OutServe-SLDN as our donation organization. OutServe is an non-profit that provides legal services and support to LGBT military individuals and families, working toward equal representation and benefits.

This year’s theme for Charity Sips, or short stories, is “In Uniform”. Who doesn’t love a man, or woman, in uniform? While OutServe is primarily a military charity, we want to encourage authors to use their imaginations. Soldiers, sailors, pilots? Absolutely. But we’re also open to stories about first responders like police, firemen and EMTs, as well as security guards, park rangers or anyone else who wears a snappy uniform to work. Give us hot, romantic, fully realized stories with happy endings about all the unsung heroes and heroines in the world.

Word count for Charity Sips ranges from 3000-8000 words. Deadline for submissions is July 1, 2013. Please send stories to submissions@torquerepress.com with OutServe Charity Sip and your story’s title in subject line. Include full manuscript in RTF or Word formats, and in the body of the email include a cover letter with your full legal name and address information, as well as a synopsis of your story. Please our general submissions guidelines for formatting and other information. Feel free to emailkristi@torquerepress.com for more information.


OCTOBER – LIGHTS OUT SIPS!

They say there’s nothing there in the dark that isn’t present in the light. We disagree! Halloween is all about things that go bump in the night, and October is all about Halloween here at Torquere. Give us romantic, fully realized, LGBT tales about Halloween and/or paranormal activity, from ghosts to were-creatures to vamps and everything in between. Give us all the things that only come alive when the lights go out!

Please send your submissions to submissions@torquerepress.com with Lights Out in the subject field. Please see our general submissions guidelines for formatting etc. Deadline for submission is August 1, 2013. Length, 3000-8000 words.


NOVEMBER – THANKFUL SIPS

We should all stop and be thankful for something. Whether it’s the big things — like love and family — or the little things — like flavored lube — or simply the HOT things, we want to know! For our Thankful sips, we’re looking for fully realized, romantic LGBT stories about love during Thanksgiving holidays. Make us laugh or cry, surprise us and make us glow with happy endings! Length is 3000-8000 words.

Please send your submissions to submissions@torquerepress.com with Thankful in the subject field. Please see our general submissions guidelines for formatting etc. Deadline for submission is September 1, 2013.


DECEMBER – ALL I WANT SIPS

All I want for Christmas (or Hanukah or Yule) is you. Or you and you… Who doesn’t want to be with someone they love for the holidays? For our All I Want sips, we’re looking for fully realized, romantic LGBT stories about love at the holidays. Make us laugh or cry, surprise us and make us glow with happy endings! Length is 3000-8000 words.

Please send your submissions to submissions@torquerepress.com with All I Want in the subject field. Please see our general submissions guidelines for formatting etc. Deadline for submission is September 15, 2013.

Reviews: Sunday, June 16 – Saturday, June 22, 2013

These weekly posts are meant to give you a different way of accessing reviews. Especially for everyone who is busy during the week and can’t always spend lots of time surfing the Internet. And let’s face it: who isn’t busy?

So, in chronological order from old to new, here are the books we reviewed. For some reason links to individual titles don’t seem to want to work today, so please go straight to the link to the review posts on the web site to browse for review details this week.

* * *

Happy Endings by Deanna Wadsworth at MM Romance Group @ Goodreads

Genre Contemporary / Gay Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 16-June-2013
Review Blurb This is quite a fascinating little story that basically “only” consists of one scene, a conversation and its consequences.

* * *

Honour by A.F. Henley at Less Than Three Press

Genre Historical / Gay Romance
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 16-June-2013
Review Blurb Emmett, from ‘Honour’ by A.F. Henely, has always striven to live as an honorable man, but it’s a more difficult proposition than it appears to be.

* * *

Accounting for Luke (Dangerous Lovers 2) by Amber Kell at Total-E-Bound

Genre Contemporary / Gay Menage Erotic Romance / MMM
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 16-June-2013
Review Blurb This sequel to ‘Catching Mr.Right’ was as much fun and as intense as the first book. It was great to get to read Tim’s story; he was abducted in book one and I loved seeing how he recovered from that and moves forward.

* * *

A Fighting Chance by Laylah Hunter at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Science Fiction / Other Planets / Gay Romance
Reviewed by Alex on 16-June-2013
Review Blurb This plucky little short brought to mind the trailer I recently saw for Elysium, a new science fiction flick coming out this summer.

* * *

Dirty Boys by Kyle Adams at MM Romance Group @ Goodreads

Genre Contemporary / Gay Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 17-June-2013
Review Blurb This is a totally cute, nicely dirty, and very short story about shy trash collector Devon and the object of his admiration, Connor.

* * *

The Reluctant Dad by Parker James at Silver Publishing

Genre Contemporary / Gay Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 17-June-2013
Review Blurb Parenthood is scary at the best of times – at least for anyone who takes it seriously.

* * *

Out of Left Field by Raine Norman at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Contemporary / Gay Romance
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 17-June-2013
Review Blurb Jake Wentworth came to the U.S. seeking a new life and, hopefully, someone to share it with. He’s dazzled by Mikey, one of the guys at work; then he’s completely disillusioned when he catches him cheating.

* * *

Finding Master Right by L.A. Witt at Riptide Publishing

Genre Contemporary / BDSM / Gay Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 17-June-2013
Review Blurb Finding Mr. Right, or in a submissive’s world “Master” Right, can be a task and a half. Like with any couple intending to form a long-lasting relationship, the match has to be right in and out of bed.

* * *

Bound by Pleasure (Owned 1) by Anitra Lynn McLeod at Siren Publishing

Genre Science Fiction / Near Future Earth / Aliens / Light BDSM / Gay Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 18-June-2013
Review Blurb This book is a fascinating opening volume for a new science fiction series with alien abduction (of a sort) at its heart.

* * *

Pouring a Brick by Tray Ellis at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Contemporary / Gay Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 18-June-2013
Review Blurb Brazilian jiu-jitsu, or BJJ for short, is not a martial art/sport I was familiar with before reading this story. Many elements are similar to judo and jiu-jitsu, but the biggest difference seems to be that BJJ is more of a sport.

* * *

Academic Pleasures by J.M. Lisbon at Silver Publishing

Genre Contemporary / Gay Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 18-June-2013
Review Blurb Raising a child on your own isn’t easy, but sometimes life leaves you with no choice. And moving on, personally and especially romantically, can be the last thing on your mind when all you want is to make it through the next day.

* * *

William’s House (Hidden Magic 1) by Amber Kell at Total-E-Bound

Genre Fantasy / Magic / Contemporary Setting / Gay Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 18-June-2013
Review Blurb The power of love is the greatest magic in existence. No matter how much arcane knowledge someone has, the mystical powers of love can bring them to their knees with something as simple as a smile from the right person.

* * *

A Gentleman’s Gentleman by Shawn Bailey at Silver Publishing

Genre Contemporary / Gay Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 19-June-2013
Review Blurb Supposedly, having money solves most problems with ease. There are a few that need more ingenious solutions, and this story is about one such situation.

* * *

Widdershins (Whyborne & Griffin 1) by Jordan L. Hawk

Genre Paranormal / Magic / Horror / Mystery / Gay Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 19-June-2013
Review Blurb Sometimes it’s necessary to let go of one thing in order to make room for another.  Percival Endicott Whyborne has been holding on to guilt created when he survived a boating accident which claimed the life of his best friend.

* * *

Threshold (Whyborne & Griffin 2) by Jordan L. Hawk

Genre Paranormal / Magic / Horror / Mystery / Gay Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 20-June-2013
Review Blurb In ‘Threshold’ by Jordan L. Hawk, Whyborne and Griffin are at a crossroads in their relationship. They are doing very well, until they encounter Elliot, Griffin’s former lover which brings Griffin and Whyborne feelings of insecurity and doubt.

* * *

Prisoner 374215 by Angel Martinez at MM Romance Group @ Goodreads

Genre Science Fiction / Far Future / Gay Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 19-June-2013
Review Blurb While the blurb didn’t exactly encourage me into thinking this would be a book I’d truly enjoy reading (what do you mean – no happy ending?), I like Angel’s work enough to figure she’d find a way to make it good. And she did.

* * *

Hard D by Elinor Gray at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Contemporary / Gay Romance
Reviewed by jj on 19-June-2013
Review Blurb “Ultimate Frisbee: the greatest sport you’ve never heard of”… That had the ring of ‘truth’ for me. If you didn’t skip reading the blurb, and even if you have, but never played Ultimate Frisbee and failed to brush up on it via the ‘net, might be a bit confused about the action in the beginning of the book.

* * *

Renew (A Hammer Story) by Sean Michael at Torquere Press

Genre Contemporary / BDSM / Gay Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 20-June-2013
Review Blurb This is a wonderful collection of shorter stories about three of the couples from existing Hammer novels, and was a great opportunity for me to catch up with them.

* * *

Heart of the Race by Mary Calmes at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Contemporary / Gay Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 20-June-2013
Review Blurb If it is true that those who know us best can hurt us most, it is definitely true that those whom we love have even greater potential to devastate us. This story is an excellent example of how a great love can destroy years of someone’s life, take away their chance at happiness, and almost kill them (physically and emotionally).

* * *

Handsome Hero Wanted by James Cox at Evernight Publishing

Genre Science Fiction / Other Planets / Gay Erotica / MM with MMMMMM
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 20-June-2013
Review Blurb The need for money can make people do all kinds of things, and in this story, Drayton needs urgent repairs to his space ship, and he pretty much has no alternative but to respond to the strange ad.

* * *

Fire and Light by Berengaria Brown at Torquere Press

Genre Contemporary / Gay Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 21-June-2013
Review Blurb This is a fun, light read about a gay dad who learns to adapt to having his five-year-old son live with him.

* * *

Lesbian Erotica Volume 1, edited by Barbara Cardy at Constable & Robinson

Genre Mixed Genres / Lesbian Erotica
Reviewed by jj on 21-June-2013
Review Blurb Very hot woman-on-woman action with some exceptional orgasmic highs link these four short stories.

* * *

First Impressions, Second Chances by Heidi Belleau at MM Romance Group @ Goodreads

Genre Contemporary / Gay Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 21-June-2013
Review Blurb If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to be a social outcast, not just because you’re gay, but because (on top of that) you’re fundamentally uncomfortable around people, then Jonah, the narrator of this book, can be your guide.

* * *

Riding the Board by Cate Ashwood at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Contemporary / Gay Romance
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 21-June-2013
Review Blurb If you try to judge someone by hearsay, you take a huge risk of missing out on a positive experience. It’s impossible to decide how you feel without knowing that person.

* * *

Resilience (Southwestern Shifters 5) by Bailey Bradford at Total-E-Bound

Genre Paranormal / Shifters / Gay Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 22-June-2013
Review Blurb In this fifth book of the Southwestern Shifters series, it is finally time for Adam and Todd’s story. The vet and sheriff’s deputy first appeared in the very first book, and I’ve been waiting for more details ever since.

* * *

Contact Sport by Anna Butler at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Contemporary / Gay Romance
Reviewed by jj on 22-June-2013
Review Blurb A pre-season scrimmage game has been set up between Division 1 champions and some unknown nerds. Well, they are elite nerds from the Blaine Strategic Institute college group recently established at the edge of an unnamed college.

* * *

A Cut Above the Rest (Appetite 1) by Talya Andor at Less Than Three Press

Genre Contemporary / Gay Fiction
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 22-June-2013
Review Blurb For a foodie like myself, this book, with all its descriptions of individual dishes, delicious meals, and inventive cuisine, was as much pure heaven (I wanted to try all of them), as it was hell (I was hungry most of the time!).

* * *

Surviving Elite High: Loving James (Surviving Elite High 3) by John H. Ames at Ai Press

Genre Contemporary / Young Adult / Gay Romance
Reviewed by Alex on 22-June-2013
Review Blurb Written with all the exuberant and dramatic emotional makeup of its young adult audience, the third installment to the Surviving Elite High series found me immersed in the life of James Gordon, the young tutee of John Ames, the lead character in the previous books.

* * *

Please feel free to leave comments and thoughts on anything concerning reviews right here.

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 85 other followers