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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