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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