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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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”.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!).

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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.

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Reviews: Sunday, June 9 – Saturday, June 15, 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.

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For A Dragon’s Touch (Highland Dragons 1) by Charlie Richards at Extasy Books

Genre Paranormal / Dragon Shifters / Gay Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 09-June-2013
Review Blurb The combination of dragons and men in kilts had me rushing to buy this book, curious what kind of story Charlie Richards would come up with for the beginning of this new series.

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Boots and Leather by T. Strange at Torquere Press

Genre Contemporary / BDSM / Gay Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 09-June-2013
Review Blurb There can be a big difference between fantasizing about BDSM and actually experiencing it. This is the story of Gavin finally meeting the man of his dreams and making some of his fantasies come true.

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Darian’s Angel by Sabine Cross at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Contemporary / Gay Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 09-June-2013
Review Blurb Sometimes appearances can be deceiving, and the assumptions Darian makes when he runs into Liam the first two times are a good example.

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Portrait of a Crossroads by Kelly Rand at Riptide Publishing

Genre Contemporary / Detectives / Mystery/Suspense / Lesbian Romance
Reviewed by jj on 09-June-2013
Review Blurb This story has such hidden charm. I hope that the gentle pace and down-home nature of the setting in rural Ontario serves to draw other readers in as it pulled in me.

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Cowboy and Indian by Rob Rosen at Torquere Press

Genre Historical / 19th Century / Wild West / Interracial / Gay Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 10-June-2013
Review Blurb This may not exactly be the traditional “cowboy and Indian” story, but this tale had me smiling from the start.

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Diving In by Bru Baker at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Contemporary / Gay Romance
Reviewed by Alex on 10-June-2013
Review Blurb This little short provides a neat twist on the typical lusting-after-the-hot-pool-boy subject matter. In this case the hot pool boy is Olympic level water polo player Everett Caldwell.

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Taken by Kim Dare at MM Romance Group @ Goodreads

Genre Famtasy / Elves / BDSM / Gay Menage Erotic Romance / MMMM
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 10-June-2013
Review Blurb Set firmly in the realms of total fantasy, that of elves, to be precise, this hot story about a human being introduced to their “special laws” is a mix between extended bondage and a sweet, if somewhat unconventional, ménage love story.

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Tapestry by Hallie Burton at Harmony Ink Press

Genre Fantasy / Adventure / Young Adult / Gay Romance
Reviewed by Jamie Deacon on 10-June-2013
Review Blurb Imagine a world where to express emotion is strictly forbidden. No laughter. No friends embracing in the street. Not even a mother comforting her crying baby.

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Mulligan by Nora Roth at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Contemporary / Gay Romance
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 11-June-2013
Review Blurb In ‘Mulligan’ by Nora Roth, the last thing on Jesse Yates’s mind is finding a romantic interest at the bowling alley while defending his championship in air hockey; and he certainly didn’t expect it to be his arch rival.

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Heart of Dixie (A Hearth and Home Spinoff) by Mychael Black at Torquere Press

Genre Contemporary / Cowboys / Gay Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 11-June-2013
Review Blurb On occasion, good things do come to those who wait. And sometimes people have to go through certain stages in their lives before they not only know who they are, but admit what they need and act on it.

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Lily by Xavier Axelson at Silver Publishing

Genre Paranormal / Werewolves / Gay Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 11-June-2013
Review Blurb As horrible as Pryor’s life has become, and as much as he mourns his daughter Lily’s disappearance, he is only human. He needs love and support as much as any of us, and he is lucky enough to get it from Ned.

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Rubyfruit Jungle by Rita Mae Brown at Bantam Books

Genre Historical (Recent) / 1950s and 60s / Lesbian Fiction
Reviewed by Josie Teresi on 11-June-2013
Review Blurb Rubyfruit Jungle is an engaging book that accomplishes the tough task of making the reader both laugh out loud and sniffle throughout its endearing pages.

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Ready to Ride by Katherine Halle at Torquere Press

Genre Contemporary / Cowboys/ Gay Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 12-June-2013
Review Blurb Men can be stubborn. Cowboys are usually more stubborn. And male cowboys? Hold onto your hat when things don’t go their way. Anyone who stands between them and their next rodeo ride, whatever event we’re talking, better be ready for a battle.

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Dirty Kiss (Cole McGinnis Mysteries 1) by Rhys Ford at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Contemporary / Mystery/Suspense / Gay Romance
Reviewed by Alex on 12-June-2013
Review Blurb I love a good ex-cop story and I have a soft spot for smart alecks, so to say I was like a cat in catnip when reading this gem of a story would be, well, honest.

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Thunderballs by Andrea Speed at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Contemporary / Gay Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 12-June-2013
Review Blurb Did you ever do or try something new just for the fun of it? Something just a little out of the ordinary, maybe even ridiculous? In this story, Luke does just such a thing…

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Makahiki (The Last Warrior 3) by A.J. Llewellyn at Silver Publishing

Genre Paranormal / Superpowers / Gay Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 12-June-2013
Review Blurb ‘Makahiki’ by A.J. Llewellyn is the third book in The Last Warrior’ series. The story continues with Lio and his wonderful family anxiously awaiting the birth of their child, Lono.

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Last First Kiss by Piper Vaughn at MM Romance Group @ Goodreads

Genre Contemporary / Gay Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 13-June-2013
Review Blurb Some stories just tear at my heartstrings, and this one certainly is a good example.

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Cupid Knows by DC Juris at Torquere Press

Genre Contemporary / Valentine’s Day / Gay Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 13-June-2013
Review Blurb Valentine’s Day is magical (or it can be, to some), and in this story, it certainly is. Jack and Alan show that one encounter, three years ago, can be enough to make both of them long for each other.

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Audible by Dawn Kimberly Johnson at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Contemporary / Gay Romance
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 13-June-2013
Review Blurb When your heart has broken, it’s difficult to give love a second chance. It’s also hard to walk away from someone you love, especially when you believed that they were the one.

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Heart To Hart (A Gaslight Mystery) by Erin O’Quinn at Amber Allure

Genre Historical / 1920s / Mystery/Suspense / Action/Adventure / Humor / Gay Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Alex on 13-June-2013
Review Blurb I adored this spectacular whodunit mystery set in the first quarter of the 1900s Ireland.

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Catching Mr Right (Dangerous Lovers 1) by Amber Kell at Total-E-Bound

Genre Contemporary / Gay Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 14-June-2013
Review Blurb If there is such a thing as a fluffy thriller, this is it. I know it sounds weird, but let me explain. Norm, the brilliant scientist, and Tucker, the hard-boiled ex-soldier, make a most unlikely pair, yet they have been best friends for five years.

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White Hat/Black Hat by Kiernan Kelly at Torquere Press

Genre Contemporary / Cowboys / Gay Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 14-June-2013
Review Blurb A cowboy drama in three acts, this story shows the history of Stone and Dallas who played the sheriff and the villain in forty-five years of TV’s most successful Western series.

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Running Away From Sunshine by Gwynn Marssen at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Contemporary / Gay Romance
Reviewed by Ron Fritsch on 14-June-2013
Review Blurb In Gwynn Marssen’s moving short story, ‘Running Away From Sunshine’, Jake, an emergency room doctor, has run away from the sunshine and surfing of California to the wintry cold and snowboarding of Calgary.

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If It Fornicates (Market Garden 4) by Aleksandr Voinov and L.A. Witt at Riptide Publishing

Genre Contemporary / BDSM / Gay Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 14-June-2013
Review Blurb This second volume of Spencer and Nick’s story is as fascinating as the first, if not more so. Nick is the one to tell the second part of their story, and that is very fitting.

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In the Pocket (A Roughstock Story) by BA Tortuga at Torquere Press

Genre Contemporary / Cowboys/ Gay Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 15-June-2013
Review Blurb One of the Roughstock characters I’ve felt a little sorry for because he’s got such a crush on Coke (who is definitely in a relationship), is Sterling.

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Risking It by Posy Roberts at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Contemporary / Gay Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 15-June-2013
Review Blurb It is hard enough being a teenager trying to figure out what sort of adult you’ll be when you finally get to go to college, but being gay and shy on top of that? Absolute torture.

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Embracing Need (Wild R Farm 3) by Silvia Violet

Genre Paranormal / Shifters / Gay Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 15-June-2013
Review Blurb As Robert A. Heinlein once said: “Love is the condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.” Wesley James and Tristan Hayes, from ‘Embracing Need’ by Silvia Violet, are both missing something in their lives.

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Dirty Secret (A Cole McGinnis Mystery 2) by Rhys Ford at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Contemporary / Mystery/Suspense / Gay Romance
Reviewed by Alex on 15-June-2013
Review Blurb Wisecracking ex-cop turned PI, Cole McGinnis, is back, and smarter than ever in this action-packed sequel to Dirty Kiss. I loved every minute of this riveting multi-layered story…

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Reviews: Sunday, June 2 – Saturday, June 8, 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.

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One Night in L.A. by Sue Holston at SH Publishing

Genre Contemporary / Gay Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 02-June-2013
Review Blurb One-night stands can be very erotic, and encounters with strangers whom you might never see again can be very exciting.

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Snookered by S. Blaise at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Contemporary / Gay Romance
Reviewed by Ron Fritsch on 02-June-2013
Review Blurb “Snookered,” a short story by S. Blaise, is a clever, humorous “meet-cute,”…

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Prisoner of the Mountain Watch by Kay Berrisford

Genre High Fantasy / Gay Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 03-June-2013
Review Blurb Who is an ally and who is the enemy isn’t always as clear as it seems. As shown in this story, sometimes there is more to a man, or, in this case, an elf, than meets the eye.

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Hopeful Hearts (Hearts 1) by Susan Laine at Evernight Publishing

Genre Contemporary / Lesbian Romance
Reviewed by jj on 03-June-2013
Review Blurb This story is a gem. It also has enough quality heat to positively singe.

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Matching Vectors by Lee Comyn at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Sci-Fi / Future Earth / Gay Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 03-June-2013
Review Blurb A very imaginative story about space racing, this “invented” sport reminded me of a sailing competition here on Earth.

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Edges By Darien Cox at Phaze Books

Genre Contemporary / Gay Erotic Romance / with some MMM
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 04-June-2013
Review Blurb Edges, or the sudden transition between what we are familiar and comfortable with and what is new and different, can be scary for many reasons.

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Undercover Lover (Romance on the Go) by Rebecca Brochu at Evernight Publishing

Genre Contemporary / Gay Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 04-June-2013
Review Blurb Cops who go undercover and pretend to be someone else, even if it’s only for a short time, do not have an easy time of it.

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Bully for You by Catt Ford at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Contemporary / Cowboys / Gay Romance
Reviewed by Ron Fritsch on 04-June-2013
Review Blurb Catt Ford’s novella, Bully for You, is a witty romantic adventure. Martin (“Marti”) Du Bois is a self-described “flamer.” As he approaches his 30th birthday, he tells his friends, Curt and Dale, the “shelf life of my twinkdom is running out. And I’m never going to fulfill anyone’s Daddy fantasy.”

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Outlast the Night (Lang Downs 3) by Ariel Tachna at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Contemporary / Gay Romance
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 04-June-2013
Review Blurb ‘Outlast the Night’ by Ariel Tachna is about second chances, not just for love, but for life, friendship, and a place to truly belong.

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The Game by Henrietta Clarke at Bottom Drawer Publications

Genre Contemporary / Gay Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 05-June-2013
Review Blurb Anyone who has ever worked in a place where it seems as if more people are crazy than normal will be able to relate to this story.

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The Astral Mage (The Captains of the Wolf 1) by Hurri Cosmo at Silver Publishing

Genre Sci-Fi/Fantasy / Space Pirates / Magic / Action/Adventure / Gay Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 05-June-2013
Review Blurb I do love a good space adventure, and ‘The Astral Mage’ has got all the required ingredients: a somewhat mysterious, powerful political entity, space ships and planets of all types, space pirates, strangely named materials and weapons.

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Out by J.W. Kilhey

Genre Contemporary / Gay Fiction
Reviewed by Alex on 05-June-2013
Review Blurb This is the best coming-to-awareness-that-you-are-gay story that I have read in quite a while; I absolutely adored it and will reread it again and again.

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Luck of the Dice by Pinkie Rae Parker at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Contemporary / Gay Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 05-June-2013
Review Blurb Built around a “sport” of a different kind, this story is about the adventures of a dedicated fantasy-based role play gamer (RPG) named Gavin.

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Loose Riggin’ by Julia Talbot at Torquere Press

Genre Contemporary / Cowboys / Gay Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 06-June-2013
Review Blurb Take one experienced bullrider, who is out of commission due to an injury, and add one “new kid on the block”, who has more talent than sense, put them together in close quarters and see what happens.

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Teasing Jonathan (Mercenary Love 3) by Amber Kell at Total-E-Bound

Genre Contemporary / Gay Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 06-June-2013
Review Blurb Just like the first two volumes of the series, this story is about two men desperately looking for love. Kai has been disappointed by men who are after his money, and Jonathan is fighting PTSD after years in the military.

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Masochist’s Choice (Sun, Sea and Submission 5) by Kim Dare at Resplendence Publishing

Genre Contemporary / BDSM / Gay Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 06-June-2013
Review Blurb With a title that reveals who really holds the power in any safe/sane/consensual D/s relationship, this is a story that describes how one “pain-curious” man realizes his potential with the unexpected help of a job application.

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A Shot at Forgiveness by Cardeno C. at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Contemporary / Gay Romance
Reviewed by Ron Fritsch on 06-June-2013
Review Blurb Cardeno C.’s moving and insightful novella, A Shot at Forgiveness, provides a rather different view of the bullying many gay and lesbian children and teens are forced to endure.

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Sorry, Bro by Genevieve Bergeron at Total-E-Bound

Genre Contemporary / Gay Menage Erotic Romance / MMM
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 07-June-2013
Review Blurb When someone is as down on his luck, as frustrated with his life as Bryce at the beginning of this story, it seems as if things cannot possibly get worse.

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Two Buckets and a Snakeskin Suit by Aaron Michaels at Torquere Press

Genre Contemporary / Gay Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 07-June-2013
Review Blurb This is a hilarious story about some of the most unlikely men and events combining into what ends up as a very hot romance.

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The King’s Mate by Ashavan Doyon at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Contemporary / Gay Romance
Reviewed by Ron Fritsch on 07-June-2013
Review Blurb In Ashaven Doyon’s short story, “The King’s Mate,” 20-year-old Justin indicates he might be open to an affair with Russell, who is “in his thirties.”

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Love You So Hard (Love Has No Boundaries ) by Tara Lain at MM Romance Group @ Goodreads

Genre Contemporary / Gay Romance
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 07-June-2013
Review Blurb As Machiavelli once said: “Everyone sees what you appear to be, few experience what you really are.” Inside, Craig has what it takes to be successful in life; but outside, he doesn’t exude the confidence necessary to impress anyone.

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Immortal Thirst by Tyler Robbins at Evernight Publishing

Genre Paranormal / Vampires / Gay Menage Erotic Romance / MMM
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 08-June-2013
Review Blurb Vampires have a reputation for being ruthless. The ones in this book are no exception, but they are not the only ones. In fact, there are beings worse than them…

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The Sound of Silence (Unspoken Heart 1) by N. Wood

Genre Contemporary / Young Adult / Gay Romance
Reviewed by Alex on 08-June-2013
Review Blurb Fans of Young Adult author Mark A. Roeder should enjoy this carefully penned coming of age tale about a boy in the aftermath of a tragic accident that has left him mute.

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Torn by Sean Michael at Torquere Press

Genre Contemporary / Cowboys / Gay Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 08-June-2013
Review Blurb This is a story about coming home, about dealing with the loss of something you loved to do, and about realizing what is most important.

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Flexibility by Maja Rose at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Contemporary / Athletes / Gay Romance
Reviewed by Ron Fritsch on 08-June-2013
Review Blurb In Maja Rose’s delightful short story, ‘Flexibility’, Jared and Andy are gymnasts training for the Olympics. (For the purpose of disclosing possible bias, I must admit the word beginning with the letter “g” in that sentence makes me swoon.)

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Reviews: Sunday, May 26 – Saturday, June 1, 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.

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Truth Be Told by Tamsin Baker at Evernight Publishing

Contemporary / Light BDSM / Gay Erotic Romance

reviewed by Serena Yates

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Surrendered to Him by Sara York at Total-E-Bound

Contemporary / Gay Erotic Romance

reviewed by Serena Yates

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Lost & Found Anthology, edited by Kris Jacen at MLR Press

Contemporary / Young Adult / Gay Fiction

reviewed by Lena Grey

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Dear Diary: The Story of Chris and Josh (Dear Diary 1) by Allison Cassatta at Dreamspinner Press

Contemporary / Gay Romance

reviewed by Serena Yates

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An Invitation To Love by Blaine D. Arden at Storm Moon Press

Fantasy / Phae / Gay Menage Erotic Romance / MMM

reviewed by Serena Yates

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The Carpenter And The Fairy by Cassandra Gold at Amber Allure

Contemporary / Gay Erotic Romance

reviewed by Serena Yates

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Backwoods Asylum by Megan Derr at Less Than Three Press

Paranormal / Werewolves / Snake Shifter / Gay Romance

reviewed by Serena Yates

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A Spirit of Love by Morticia Knight at Total-E-Bound

Paranormal / Ghosts / Mystery/Suspense / Contemporary Setting / Bisexual Menage Erotic Romance / MMF

reviewed by jj

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Art And Snowflakes by Sean Michael at Amber Allure

Contemporary / Gay Erotic Romance

reviewed by Serena Yates

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Relatively Speaking by Allen Mack at JMS Books

Contemporary / Gay Erotica / MM with MMM

reviewed by Serena Yates

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The Boys of Summer by Sarah Madison

Contemporary / Gay Erotic Romance

reviewed by Lena Grey

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Courage to Love by L.L. Brooks at Secret Cravings Publishing

Contemporary / Gay Erotic Romance

reviewed by Serena Yates

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A Crown of Stars (Romance on the Go) by Pelaam at Evernight Publishing

Paranormal / Fae / Gay Erotic Romance

reviewed by Serena Yates

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The Company Man (Red Dragon 1) by Becky Black at Loose Id

Sci-Fi / Gay Erotic Romance

reviewed by Alex

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Running Hot (Track Domination 2) by Megan Slayer at Resplendence Publishing

Contemporary / Light BDSM / Gay Erotic Romance

reviewed by Serena Yates

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Surrounded by Crimson (Sumeria’s Sons 4) by Lexi Ander at Silver Publishing

Paranormal/Fantasy / Shifters / Gods / Action/Adventure / Gay Erotic Romance

reviewed by Serena Yates

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The Dare by Jordyn McKenzie at Total-E-Bound

Contemporary / Bisexual Menage Erotic Romance / MMF

reviewed by jj

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Glitter by Ayla Starr

Contemporary / Young Adult / Gay Romance

reviewed by Serena Yates

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Sheik Down (Shades of Naughty) by Mia Watts at OmniLit / All Romance eBooks

Contemporary / Light BDSM / Gay Erotic Romance

reviewed by Serena Yates

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One Breath, One Bullet (The Border’s War 1) by S.A. McAuley at Total-E-Bound

Sci-Fi / Future Earth / Men in Uniform / Gay Erotic Romance

reviewed by Serena Yates

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Raining Men (Sequel to Chaser) by Rick R. Reed at Dreamspinner Press

Contemporary / Gay Erotic Romance

reviewed by Lena Grey

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Slippery When Wet by Blaine D. Arden at Storm Moon Press

Contemporary / Light BDSM / Gay Romance

reviewed by Serena Yates

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The Yellow Rope by M.A. Church at Extasy Books

Contemporary / Light BDSM / Gay Erotic Romance

reviewed by Serena Yates

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Bane of Boston by J.P. Barnaby at Dreamspinner Press

Contemporary / Gay Romance

reviewed by Serena Yates

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Something Like Autumn by Jay Bell

Contemporary / Gay Romance

reviewed by Lena Grey

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