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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