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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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,

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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