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5 and 4.5 Stars for Blue Suede Boi by Annie Anthony #FF #Erotic #Romance #androgynous

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Title: Blue Suede Boi
Author Name: Annie Anthony
Publication Date & Length: October 9, 2014 – 23pgs

Synopsis

Has Kaia’s hottest fantasy become a reality in her blue suede boi?

The unattainable object of Kaia’s fantasies is browsing in a store known for barely better than cheap shoes in the most bland strip mall in town. By the chemistry sparking between then, Kaia wonders whether Amanda may have come in looking for more than just the men’s shoe rack. Has Kaia’s hottest fantasy become a reality in her blue suede boi?

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FiveStars

This was a wonderful, quick read full of heat and heart. I was drawn in right away by the first-person narrator. Even in such a short story, there was plenty of detail to give a sense of who these people are and how they relate to each other, and the little bits of backstory sprinkled in round things out nicely.

The sex was hot, very sensual and romantic without being over-the-top. Again, I liked the little details. They made it fun and sexy. The writing style is just lovely, and I can’t wait to read more by this author.

5 stars

Amy

FourandHalfStars

This was a fantastic little short story. It’s hot and sexy and really fun to read. I rarely find books about boi’s or those who are a bit androgynous, and this one definitely doesn’t disappoint.

The two characters have definite chemistry, and they come together with a bang. There’s enough history to give them both rounded personalities, at least as rounded as one can expect for something that takes me (a slow reader) about thirty minutes to finish.
The premise behind the plot is short, quick, absolutely adorable and to the point. It’s smut with a fantastic background. Not quite PWP (if you’re familar with fanfic terminology, if not, Plot? What Plot?), but enough to get anyone’s motor going.
4.5 stars
AJ

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3.5 and 2 Stars for Pianissimo by Lauren Shiro #FF #Historical #Paranormal

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Title: Panissimo
Author Name: Lauren Shiro
Publication Date & Length: October 16, 2014 – 193pgs

Synopsis

Darryl and Corinne Richards purchase their first house. With Darryl’s army career coming to a close, they feel ready to settle down in Louisville, Kentucky. With impeccable timing, Darryl is sent on one final tour, leaving Corinne to live in this new house and new city alone.

Overwhelmed, Corinne becomes reclusive, living a quiet, boring life with her cats as she adjusts to her new surroundings. The problem is: someone or some thing does not want her life to be either quiet or boring. And then there’s the creepy piano in the basement…

There is more to that creepy, dilapidated piano and her new home than Corinne could ever imagine. Through highs and lows, twists and turns, she begins to understand that even the most softly played music is powerful – and that even soft realizations and quietly subtle changes can have a profound effect.

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ThreeandHalfStars

I have mixed feelings about this novel. I really enjoyed the historical parts, and I adored Margaret and Agnes. I wish the whole book had been just them without the modern-day parts. They were simply wonderful, and I feel a bit short-changed on seeing their relationship blossom.

I found it confusing at times when it switched back and forth between Corinne’s story of restoring the piano and the past. It was often abrupt and didn’t flow smoothly. The whole thing could have benefitted from tighter editing and some well-placed scene breaks.

I also had mixed feelings about Corinne and the other modern-day people. It read like it was aimed at people who aren’t sure they like gay people rather than at people interested in reading about two women in love. That might be why I didn’t care for the present day stuff—I’m really not the target audience for this story.

Because I enjoyed Margaret and Agnes so much, I look forward to reading Ms. Shiro’s other work, which might be more to my taste.

3.5 stars

Amy

ThreeStar

This book had an interesting premise, but I was definitely disappointed by it. There is relatively no plot, and the plot that is there isn’t in the main part of the book. It was very hard to get into, reading wise. The main character is ridiculously whiny, and by the time we get to any other character in the book, it’s a respite.

I wish that this whole story had been Agnes and Margarette–that would have made it completely interesting and able to hold my attention. Corrine seemed to be a character thrown in there to drag it back to the present, and like I said before, she was really whiny.

I loved the idea of the piano being the connection between all these women and having little bits of information about Agnes and Margaret be filtered through the beginning part, but the main character made it very difficult to continue reading.

Writing wise: the beginning of the book, until we get to actual scenes with Agnes and Margaret is very redundant and repetitive. It’s not well-written. Corrine will say she’s going to do something and then we get to read about her doing it. The redundancy of writing like that happens throughout. What the writing lacked was a really good copy-editor who could catch the redundancy and tone of the main character.

Overall, the interesting premise and my love for any piano fic is what saved this piece and allowed me to continue reading it.

AJ

TwoStars

I give this book 2 stars. If there was supposed to be a plot I’m not sure what it was. I think the idea of the book is good and with a good copy editor it might be an OK book but as it was I found it extremely redundant and boring.
I did like the fact that it shows gays have been around forever and that they are people. It made some good points and has the ability to possibly open some eyes.

Amber

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4 Stars for Desire in Any Language (Masters of the Castle #4.2) by Anastasia Vitsky – #FF #BDSM #Erotic @AnastasiaVitsky

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Title: Desire in Any Language (Masters of the Castle #4.2)
Author Name: Anastasia Vitsky
Publication Date & Length: January 18, 2013 – 70pgs

Synopsis

Mira thought she wanted a spanking. What she got was love.

On her own for the first time, Mira is studying abroad for her translator’s certificate. Unfortunately, the heady excitement of dance clubs, late-night parties, and endless shopping quickly distracts her from her educational goals. Mira’s advisor offers her private tutoring, but the combined pressures of culture and language difference threaten Mira’s progress at school. She is unable to get her act together until she makes a discovery that horrifies and tantalizes her: in her new country, corporal punishment is a way of life. The secret to her academic success just might also fulfill her wildest, unspoken dreams.

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FourStars

This was a very well-written short story/novella. Its genre is a bit hard to place because it’s certainly not a romance or erotic piece. It’s a coming of age, a coming into being, a finding authenticity of one’s self piece. The story flowed nicely and well; however, at the end I was left unsatisfied. There wasn’t much a conclusion and it left me with an odd sense of why did I even just read this? I’m really not sure why, but the lack of conclusion left me on uneven ground.

I loved the details to language in this piece. Anyone who has studied a foreign language in any depth can relate. There is detail here that helps carry the piece along in other areas. The characters are fully formed and definitely relatable. I found Mira’s true to life issues (excluding Mistress Susan) to be very realistic. As for Mistress Susan, it’s not that I found it unrealistic, I found the reactions after the fact unrealistic and unexplored when I think they should have been explored to some extent.

AJ

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I am a multi-published author of F/F DD fiction, an active blogger, and a coordinator of various events to bring together writing, reading, and kink communities. Look for events such as Christmas in July, Advent Calendar, and Spankee Doodle Dandy.

My current releases include The Vengeance of Mrs. Claus (12/8/12), Desire in Any Language (1/18/13), and Editorial Board (3/2/13) from Blushing Books.

My newest release, The Way Home (Kat and Natalie, Volume One), came out 3/6/2013 and reached #31 on Amazon’s Top 100 list for F/F fiction.

I love to hear from readers!

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4 Stars for Healing (Pandemus Chronicals: Book Two) by Grace R. Duncan – #MM #Romance @GraceRDuncan

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Title: Healing (Pandemus Chronicals: Book Two)
Author Name: Grace R. Duncan
Publication Date & Length: October 29, 2014 – 98pgs

Synopsis

In a world that’s gone to hell, will you let old fears keep you from the chance at more than just survival?

When Duncan stumbles into a pharmacy in search of something to fix his broken leg, he’s surprised to find someone else there. Like the rest of the post-pandemic world, it appeared empty. Instead, he discovers Mark, a former nurse who walked away from his profession after losing too many patients to the virus. Despite swearing he’d never practice medicine again, Mark patches Duncan up over Duncan’s protests. He even finds an abandoned house in the tiny town, and they settle in until Duncan heals enough to look out for himself. Much to the chagrin of both, they find themselves caring for each other.

Duncan welcomes it, thrilled at finding someone he can trust. However, he’s well aware of the shadows in Mark’s eyes and understands Mark’s reticence as he learns the story. But as he’s starting to do things for himself again, Duncan realizes he doesn’t want Mark to leave. He’s not sure if can get Mark to let go of his fears so they can stay together and love. But Duncan’s damned sure going to try.

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FourStars

I picked up book because I love post-apoc stories. I was pleasantly surprised to find out one of the main characters is bisexual, which I also love and adore. And it’s a great version of bisexual.

This story moves quickly in the sense of time, but I felt as though the two characters really got to know each other well. Normally I would call it insta-love, which I’m not a fan of, but since these two are completely and utterly alone, totally dependent on each other and because the story is so well-written and it slows everything down time wise, it completely works.

I did feel as if the ending was wrapped up too quickly with confessions of love and getting over said hurt (trying not to spoil, but the name of the book is Healing, so yeah). I wish it had taken a bit more time on the second part. Promises are good, but they don’t prove much in the way of reality. Which I think was missed a bit.

Overall, great quick read with loads of sexual tension. 4 stars.

AJ

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Grace Duncan grew up with a wild imagination. She told stories from an early age – many of which got her into trouble. Eventually, she learned to channel that imagination into less troublesome areas, including fanfiction, which is what has led her to writing male/male erotica.

A gypsy in her own right, Grace has lived all over the United States. She has currently set up camp in East Texas with her husband and children – both the human and furry kind.

As one of those rare creatures who loves research, Grace can get lost for hours on the internet, reading up on any number of strange and different topics. She can also be found writing fanfiction, reading fantasy, crime, suspense, romance and other erotica or even dabbling in art.

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TWO 4 Star Reviews for The Gravity Between Us by Kristen Zimmer – #FF #Romance #New Adult @kristen_zimmer

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Title: The Gravity Between Us
Author Name: Kristen Zimmer
Publication Date & Length: October 17, 2013 – 310pgs

Synopsis

Where does friendship stop and love begin?

At just 19, Kendall Bettencourt is Hollywood’s hottest young starlet with the world at her feet – but behind the glamour and designer dresses is a girl who longs for normal.

Payton Taylor is Kendall’s best friend since childhood, and the one person who reminds her of who she really is – her refuge from the craziness of celebrity life.

With her career taking off, Kendall moves Payton to LA to help keep her sane. But Payton is hiding a secret that could make everything ten times worse. Because to her, Kendall is more than a best friend – she is the only girl that she has ever loved.

Just as they need each other more than ever, they’ll have to answer the question of where friendship stops and love begins? And find out whether the feelings they have can survive the mounting pressure of fame…

The Gravity Between Us is a daring, romantic, emotional story about friendship, love, and finding the courage to be yourself in a crazy world.

New Adult novel: recommended for 17+ due to mature themes and sexual content

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FourStars

The Gravity Between Us seems like a typical fluff book on paper. Rich, famous actress and the girl back home (who’s super talented and hot!). Right? But this book is unique and tons of fun.
Kendall Bettencourt is a down-to-earth-but-not-frumpy starlet who should be reminding you of other starlets, especially ones who’ve made it big in indie and young adult movies. Ahem.
Payton Taylor is her childhood best friend, but she’s neither secretly in love with Kendall nor a sniveling hanger-on offered up for contrast. She’s a thriving, interesting person with her own stuff going on, and she and Kendall have a strong, mature relationship outside of their attraction.
In fact, it’s hard to believe these characters are 18 or 19 years old. They’re wise beyond their years.
But this is not a serious book. It’s FUN, like I said. Solid writing that doesn’t tax the reader too much, good chemistry, unbelievable situations that I want to believe in because they’re so outlandishly pleasing. Yes, everything goes right for our leading ladies, but for once, they seem to have earned it fair and square by being good people. Sometimes hard to find, especially with young protagonists.
This isn’t a book to read if you’re looking for sex. It’s not really there. But if you want some escapism, and some hopefulness–this takes place in a world where gay discrimination in Hollywood is quickly losing grip–then this is going to be a great read.
C.E. Case
FourStars

This book is a great story of love and finding oneself. It surpasses complications and issues multiple times that are thrown at the characters, and they always find the strength to pull through. It took me a few pages to get into the story, but once I got beyond the first few pages I couldn’t put it down for most of the book.

There were a few places where this book seemed to drag. It’s really not until the last 40% of the book that the two main characters really make progress in their relationship. My biggest issue with this book is that it’s very anti-bisexual. It’s set up almost perfectly for Kendall to be bisexual, yet she wants to be anything but bi because being bi is being a “sometimes lesbian” like Lauren is.

As a bisexual woman myself, I found it rather offensive and distasteful. Kendall could have easily be lesbian without dissing or putting down another skittle in the rainbow. She could have even questioned whether or not she herself were bi before discovering she wasn’t. This issue definitely made my rating drop as it was a thread throughout most of the second part of the book.

Payton was a character I could deeply relate to. She was down to earth and had a great sense of humor. Definitely laughed multiple times at her internal monologue. These characters read as if they’re in their early twenties based on actions, although there’s also an immaturity in them when it comes to relationships. I had a hard time thinking of them as only nineteen.

Overall, this was a good read. It explored issues I think many LGBT et al persons experience, whether or not we have gobs of money. It’s a book that explores what it means to come to terms with our own sexuality.

4 stars

AJ

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Kristen is a New Jersey-based freelance writer and editor. A member of the International Women’s Writing Guild, she holds a B.A. in English with a Concentration in Creative Writing from Montclair State University. She also studied Music Performance with a focus on percussion instruments at Five Towns College. When not busy writing or burying her nose in books of the YA/New Adult fiction persuasion, Kristen enjoys spending time with her family, which includes two adorable Black Lab mixes and a very patient Better Half, and making electronic music. The Gravity Between Us, a contemporary New Adult Romance, is her first novel.

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Two 4 Star Reviews for The Master of Thornfield by Zac Blue – #FF #Historical #Erotic

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Title: The Master of Thornfield
Author Name: Zac Blue
Publication Date & Length: December 30, 2014 – 42pgs

Synopsis

Prior to the events of Jane Eyre, Grace Poole battles the devil as she struggles to save the master and mistress of Thornfield from the consequences of their sexual transgressions.

The rules of Victorian society decree that they can never be together, but the nineteen-year-old maid knows she must do everything in her power to save Mr. Rochester from the darkness that has engulfed Thornfield.

As the curse upon her mistress strengthens, Grace becomes a prisoner within the household she had once controlled. Helpless, the bisexual maid is forced to witness an orgy of sexual depravity while being denied her own sexual release.

Grace escapes Thornfield only to encounter an even greater danger.

When Rochester appears with an Obeah man and his sister—the two people who may be able to save Thornfield—Grace is confronted with both new carnal temptations and her own increasingly complex feelings for her cuckolded master. She warns Rochester of the orgy of sin that has gripped Thornfield, but there are other secrets she cannot divulge.

Grace finds comfort in the arms of Amelia, the Obeah man’s sultry sister.

That comfort, however, is short-lived as Amelia makes Grace realize the enormity of the task before them. The maid must decide if her loyalty lies with her master or mistress and if there is any way she can continue to serve them both.

Grace will be forced to decide exactly how much she is willing to sacrifice in order to save her master.

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FourStars

This book was interesting. I’ve read the previous two installments, and I have to say this one was vastly different. It seemed more settled and resigned–the tone not the writing. That certainly fit the mood of the book.

The twist at the end was certainly interesting. I’m still wondering with Mrs. Rochester’s plans were for the child, but it’s not as relevant with what happened.

I am curious as to why every woman Grace got close to love turned evil in it though. It seems very sexist in a way. It’s not as if the men she craved or had sex with turned evil or were killed, it was only the women. (This part is for the series as a whole, not just the last book.)

This book was good, quick, hot, sexy, and kept my interest. It definitely meets the standards of the first two in the series.

4 stars

AJ

FourStars

This is Part 3, the conclusion of the Thornfield series. In keeping with the other parts, it maintains its erotic momentum throughout.

Reading this series was a stretch for me. I didn’t (and still don’t) care for books that are mostly very graphic sex with little else. However, this was well-written and had enough of an intriguing storyline to keep me from feeling bored with the continuous sex.

The ongoing theme of good and evil, and what constitutes both of those, was interesting. The differences in the sexual encounters reflected the various perspectives of the characters on the subject, which I found fascinating to read.

The end was fitting for the series and felt right given the events leading up to it. While I’m glad I took the risk on this series, it’s not for everyone. Readers shouldn’t expect to go into the book for the purpose of being aroused by the erotic content–they should go in knowing it’s more likely to make them think.

4 stars

~Amy

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A gentle knock came hours later and, without waiting for a response, Amelia entered. She stood framed in the doorway, and Grace took a long, lustful appraisal of her. Her short, wiry hair, her strong face dominated by a large, elegant nose. Her eyes twinkled; her lips looked wet with anticipation. She was a good foot taller than Grace and moved with a feline gait into the room. She still wore the grey dress and carried with her a small black drawstring bag.

“I am here,” she said. She loomed over Grace, who sat on the bed.

“Yes,” said Grace and opened her legs.

“I am a pious woman, Miss Grace. But I believe that there is a time for piety and a time for passion. I believe that a kiss can heal as much as a prayer.”

“Then heal me,” said Grace and lay back on the bed.

Amelia placed the bag on the floor and approached the bed. She took a long, slow impression of Grace. She smiled. “Such a pretty thing you are and so full of hellfire and yearning.”

3 Stars for Frost Moon by Megan Slayer – #MM #Paranormal

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Title: Frost Moon
Author Name: Megan Slayer
Publication Date & Length: December 12, 2014 – 52pgs

Synopsis

Jagger doesn’t want much for the holidays-just an angel for Christmas.

Christmas is the time to heal wounds and come together, especially if you’re an angel. Michael’s job for the last few hundred years has been to clean up the messes created by the humans and the demons. Although he loves his job, he wants more this Christmas than to watch everyone else be merry and bright. He loves the holiday and wants to share the day with someone special…especially once he sees Jagger. The sexy, but sad looking man has confessed he hates Christmas. Can a Christmas angel really sway the Scrooge and help him find more than just the beauty in Christmas?

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ThreeStar

I’m not a fan of this book. I love paranormal, I love angels and demons, but I have to say, I did not like it in this book. I didn’t feel as though it was handled well, and the characters didn’t seem real to me.

They were horny and apparently could get off in an instant, and had no problem going at it again and again. It’s not real. An angel, maybe, but a human, no. This book was decently written, and it had a nice Christmas story line to it.

However, I feel if you’re going to talk about Christmas in a story and then have an angel be one of the main characters, there might be some mention of Jesus or Christianity along the way. There really wasn’t much there at all. There was brief mention of church for the human, but that was it.

I think it resolved to quickly for me, and Jagger assumed his present was his present way too quickly. For someone who had been burned so much, he certainly trusted without hesitation. Also, why throw so much baggage into a short story for a character and not really have it resolved in any sort of healing except through magical sex that fixes it all?

With what Jagger had experienced, it would take far more than one magical night with an angel to fix or resolve his worries, fears, and his past on any level.

3 stars

AJ

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When she’s not writing the stories in her head, Megan Slayer can be found luxuriating in her hot tub with her two vampire Cabana boys, Luke and Jeremy. She has the tendency to run a tad too far with her muse, so she has to hide in the head of her alter ego, but the boys don’t seem to mind.
When she’s not obsessing over her whip collection, she can be found picking up her kidlet from school.

She enjoys writing in all genres, but writing about men in love suits her fancy best.

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3 Stars for Never Wrong by Chris McHart – #MM

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Title: Never Wrong
Author Name: Chris McHart
Publication Date & Length: November 7, 2014 – 105 pgs

Synopsis

Jeff was raised to believe love between two men is wrong. Or is it? Can love ever be wrong?

When Jeff meets the much younger Dean, he only knows he wants him, consequences be damned. But things are not as easy, especially after Jeff’s ex calls and announces big news.

And Dean? He thinks the new neighbor is hot, but he’s not interested in something more than a rebound fuck. That’s what he tells himself, at least.

But lust isn’t a good basis for a relationship, more so since Jeff isn’t sure whether he can deal with being gay.

Love is never wrong, but can Jeff accept that?

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ThreeStar

I picked this book because it was a May/December romance, and I have an affinity for them. I was not disappointed on that front. However, this book did leave a lot to desire. Most of the characters were flat, except the main character, Dean. Dean seemed like a sixteen-year-old rather than a twenty-two year old. He was stuck up, selfish, self-centered and spoiled. I really didn’t enjoy his character much at all, and the entire book was from his point of view.

I also had issues with the plot. It’s rare that I find a book where there are so many subplots going on and not enough words to have them make sense, but this was definitely one of those books. We travel all the way from plot A to plot Z with a jumble of plots in between. I think because of the lack of time spent on letting the plot points linger made some of what happened in this book unbelievable and unrealistic for me.

The advantage to this book is that it was well-written. I just felt as though the execution could have been done better. Had the entire plot with Cheryl been eliminated, I do believe this story would have been excellent for the length of the novel and would have fit the timeline created better. That was also the most unbelievable part of it for me.

3 stars

AJ

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I’m a writer of M/M romance and M/M erotic romance from Germany.

I’ve always had stories in my head, but a while ago I allowed them to get out and on paper. Looks like it has been a good decision, although the more stories I write, the more I have in my head. Maybe I’ll have all of them out someday, and there’ll be nothing more to write, but for the next years, I don’t see that coming.

When I’m not writing, I spend time with my family (I have the best husband EVER) and try to keep all my animals happy. I also enjoy gardening and cooking, although I’m still looking for someone to clean up afterwards. And, of course, I love reading, whenever I have a quiet moment.

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5 & 4 Stars for Brooklyn Bound by Jenna Byrnes – #Menage #BDSM @Totally_Bound

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Title: Brooklyn Bound
Author Name: Jenna Byrnes
Publication Date & Length: January 2, 2015 – 90 pgs

Synopsis

Tucker and Gabe discover they’re soulmates. If only they can get Gabe’s wife Brooklyn to admit her own true desires.

Tucker Gleason is a junior partner in the prestigious law firm of Dryer, Stokes and Associates. His career is going well—he’s on track to make full partner, having won more cases than any other lawyer in the firm. His love life is another matter. On his own for too long, he gets a much needed jolt when he meets one of the owners of the construction company hired to build the new law firm offices.

Gabe Conner is a happily married man, until he meets Tucker and is reminded of the hot gay relationship he experienced in college. Thinking it was just youthful experimentation, he never mentioned it to his wife. But now that he’s met Tucker and the two men are so drawn to each other, he has no choice but to bring it up.

Brooklyn Conner isn’t as shocked to learn her husband has gay tendencies as she is to find out he’s interested in one of her bosses. She’s a paralegal at Dryer and Stokes, and worries about losing not only her husband but also her job if things fall through with the sexy junior partner. She can’t resist their advances when they both join forces to seduce her, and quickly decides she doesn’t need to. Sex with two men is hot. Until Tucker’s true appetite is revealed, and Brook’s vanilla world is turned upside down.

Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of M/M intimacy and ménage in a polyamorous relationship between two men and a woman.

Publisher’s Note: The stories in this series are linked solely by theme and can be read in any order. This book can be read as a standalone title.

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FiveStars

I found I absolutely loved every moment of this book.  It was written so well it pulled me in and I couldn’t put it down till I was done.  A simple story of two men, Tucker and Gabe, having an instant attraction and making it to include Gabes wife, Brooklyn.

At first I found myself feeling awful for Brooklyn.  One day your husband comes home and says he’s attracted to another man but wants to include her, how do you process that.  But the author handled it in a sensitive way and gave her the perfect story line.  I liked that she didn’t say no right off, but gave it a chance, made for a more interesting story.

I was a little put out, when Tucker started buying them gifts, like he was buying their love, but it did fit in the story perfectly.  Of course there was no lack of hot sex. This was a very good book, I highly recommend it.

Sherry

FourStars

This is a very sweet love story between three people, who aren’t looking for anything at all and just stumble across love. I have to say, the first scene threw me for a loop. It doesn’t really fit with the rest of the story at all. I don’t normally read M/M, and I took this book because it was a menage, but the first scene was just man, man, man (I would use a crasser term, but I’m trying to play nice with this review). As soon as the second scene start, the theme for the overall book and the tone of it started.

My biggest complaint for this novella is that love seemed to be very instantaneous between Gabe and Tucker. Like within the first chapter or two. It didn’t seem very believable to me. The only other issue I had was, in my head at least, I kept yelling at Tucker to go see Brooklyn, mostly because I knew that would solve 95% of the issue she had, and he never did. For someone so forward, it seemed odd and out of character. If she truly was a part of the relationship, then it shouldn’t have bothered him or made him wary.

I did love how there was tension and unease concerning the relationship that was being proposed, but I wish it had been delved into more. Sex doesn’t fix everything, and it seemed at times in this novella that it did. I appreciated, greatly, the discussions about both the polyamorous lifestyle and the BDSM lifestyle, which seemed to be far more in depth than any talk of love and lust. I think this was the main theme of the book, to break some notions that certain individuals have about what polyamory and BDSM “people” look, feel and talk like.

Overall, I give this book 4 stars. More for the point of it than the execution of the plotline. The writing was very well-done with only a few grammatical issues here and there.

~AJ

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Excerpt

“Suck it!”

Tucker Gleason snapped his head to the left upon hearing the command. The speaker was a handsome man with long, flowing black hair and the tightest abs he’d ever seen on someone who was obviously in his forties.And the longest cock. His mouth watered at the sight of the thick shaft with a bulbous purple head.

Two naked men knelt in front of the well-hung Dominant, paying homage to the magnificent stud. Hands cuffed behind their backs, both subservients used mouths and tongues only, enthusiastically working together to give the man what appeared to be one hell of a blow job.

The Master patted each of their heads. “That’s it. Good… So good.” He glanced up and spotted Tucker watching. A mixture of lust and pride shone in his eyes as he smiled. “Care to join us? We’ll always make room for one more.”

Tucker waved and kept walking. “Another time, but thanks.” He passed three men who were vigorously chain-fucking on a burgundy-colored leather sofa, and passed a group of four male bodies, melded into such an odd position that he couldn’t tell what they were doing.

The door on the far wall led into the bar and lounge area of the Rose & Thorn Society, one of the biggest BDSM social clubs in Southern California. Tucker and his former partner Mason had frequented the place in their heyday. Both of them had loved the bawdy, raucous activity. Mason would have taken the long-haired hunk up on his offer in a heartbeat, as long as Tucker had agreed. They’d been adventurous in those days, playing hard and loving well.

Mason had been gone nearly a year, and Tucker hadn’t been back to the club in all that time. At first he hadn’t been interested, and after a while he just hadn’t thought he’d be able to face the people there. Eventually he’d settled into a celibate routine made easier by long hours at work and the occasional hand job in the shower.

Recently, the old urges had returned and Tucker had realized that at thirty, he was too young to live like a monk. He’d updated his ‘clean bill of health’ certificate and had returned to the club, thinking that perhaps a night of not thinking would be just what he needed. But now when it came down to it, he wasn’t ready to hop in the sack with people he didn’t know. The scenarios in the gay-themed room had turned him on, but for some reason he just couldn’t dive back in. It was more difficult being there alone, he decided, but it wasn’t just that. He missed Mason. He missed being in a relationship, waking up with someone, going for coffee and muffins on Sunday or staying in bed all morning and going out for a late lunch.

Being alone sucks.

He didn’t stop for a drink at the bar, just left and climbed into his dark blue Lincoln Navigator, then headed home. Returning to his two bedroom condo didn’t cheer him up much, because as he walked through the spacious living room all he could see was Mason. Photos of the man and shots of them together, grouped in black and silver frames that matched the décor of the room his old lover had fashionably decorated. He’d thought about changing things up, but Mason had had the flair of the duo, and Tucker wouldn’t know where to begin. He had a diploma from the University of Southern California and a law degree from Stanford, but decorating was not his thing. The house looked nice and that was good enough for him, even if it did remind him on a daily basis of what he’d lost.

Standing in front of the fridge, Tucker downed a bottle of cold water then went to plug his cell phone into the charger for the night. A small green light blinked at him, notifying him of a text message. He kept his phone on silent, hating it when people’s cells constantly chirped or buzzed. He’d check his messages in his own time, not when the phone told him to, much to the chagrin of his father, who was also his boss.

He scrolled through a couple of screens and saw that the message was indeed from William Dryer, the man his mother had married when Tucker was two. The only father he’d ever known, and definitely more of a dad than the man who wouldn’t give up legal rights so that Will could adopt him.

Remember our meeting at eight a.m. tomorrow. Don’t be late.

Tucker’s fingers flew over the keyboard of his smartphone.

I’ll be there.

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Jenna Byrnes could use more cabinet space and more hours in a day. She’d fill the kitchen with gadgets her husband purchases off TV and let him cook for her to his heart’s content. She’d breeze through the days adding hours of sleep, and more time for writing the hot, erotic romance she loves to read.

Jenna thinks everyone deserves a happy ending, and loves to provide as many of those as possible to her gay, lesbian and hetero characters. Her favorite quote, from a pro-gay billboard, is “Be careful who you hate. It may be someone you love.”

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4 Stars for The Bridge: Trolls by Erik Schubach – @ErikSchubach #FF #Urban Fantasy

The Bridge:Trolls

Title: The Bridge: Trolls (The Bridge #1)
Author Name: Erik Schubach
Publication Date & Length: September 20, 2014 – 156pgs

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Evangeline Kane is thrust into a world and a role she never asked for. She finds herself questioning her sanity as she finds herself bound to a bridge as its Troll when the previous champion died in her arms.

The gateway from the Under-Veil to the city of Cincinnati lies unprotected, open to malicious fae intent on chaos and corruption of the mortals that dwell in it, if she does not stand against them.

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This book was riveting. I started it at six this morning and finished just after noon. The characters in this book really come to live, and Evangeline Kane is certainly a character to be reckoned with. She snotty, smart, sassy and quick thinking. I loved her humor, probably because it’s so similar to mine. The world Schubach has created in this new series is one very interesting. I’m left with so many questions after just the introduction to it, and I’m not sure those questions can be answered without about five or six more books in the series.

This is a fast-paced novel, which suits me very well. There was only one time where I could really tell the book was written by a man, and that was when Kane was in the shower and there was blood—my mind went someone other than to her nose which happened to be bleeding. Which would have added a lot of humor had the novel gone where I thought it was going.

I’ve read a few books by Schubach at this point, and his writing is certainly improving. There is still a strong need for a copy-editor to go through the work, as there are typos littering the document. At least this one mostly stayed in one tense, meaning it wasn’t switching every sentence but at least two or three times in each chapter.

If you’re look for a world that is original, interesting and in depth with a touch of romance—as always—on the side, then this is definitely a book and soon to be series for you.

4 stars

~AJ

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I got my start writing romance novels by accident. I have always been drawn to strong female characters in books, like Honor Harrington. And I also believe that there is a lack of LGBT characters in media. So one day I came up with a story idea that combines the two… two days later I completed the manuscript for Music of the Soul.

My writing style may not be the most professional nor grammatically correct, but I never profess to be an English major, just a person that wants to share a story. I maintain that my primary language is sarcasm.

Each of my books features strong likeable female characters that are flawed. I think that flaws and emotional or physical scars make us human and give us more character than simply conforming to some “social norm”.

I have also started a SciFi series, The Valkyrie Chronicles which features a Valkyrie, Kara, who was left behind on Earth five thousand years ago to help the Asgard race escape the onslaught of the Ragnarok horde. With the aid of a human, Kate, she holds the line in battle to herald the return of the Asgard!

If you like magic, paranormal romance and witches, then my new series Fracture might tickle your fancy. In the first book Fracture: Divergence, Alex King must stop magic from destroying reality. The problem is that Alex must solve the case in parallel universes where in one Alex is male and female in the other.

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