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5 Stars for Slap and Tickle (With a Kick #3) by Clare London #MM #Romance @clare_london

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Title:  Slap and Tickle (With a Kick #3)
Author Name: Clare London
Publication Date & Length: October 29, 2014 – 102pgs

Synopsis

Bryan Harrison is a successful accountant and a man who admires order and self-discipline. It’s a startling break from his routine when he literally bumps into Phiz Bussman outside With A Kick. Phiz’s lifestyle and behaviour are in complete contrast to Bryan’s, and appear totally chaotic. But they each recognise something in the other that they need.

Bryan has been helping With A Kick with its financial difficulties, and is finding it difficult to balance his professional persona with friendship with the owners. But then he’s always found it tricky to expose his more vulnerable feelings. His cool facade hides loneliness: he believes he’ll never find a lover who accepts and welcomes his secret desire.

Whereas Phiz is all about exposure! He’s defined by his cheerful but clumsy liveliness, his open-hearted emotions, and his physical needs. Despite that, he’s lonely as well. He craves someone who will help him bring purpose and focus into his life, and admits freely he needs a firm hand – in every way.

If they can both accept a friendship that’s destined for more, Bryan may be just the man to provide it.

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FiveStars

This was far and away my favorite of the entire series. If I could give it more than 5 stars, I would.

Phiz is one of the most delightful characters in any book I’ve read. I would have gladly read lots more of him! Even though the story is told in Bryan’s POV, I felt like it was Phiz I got to know. He reminds me strongly of people I know in real life, which is probably why I adored him.

I don’t usually go for BDSM, but this was BDSM-lite, and it wasn’t terribly detailed or graphic. The interactions between Bryan and Phiz were true to their personalities, and it was great watching them both blossom. The end had me cheering for them.

5 stars and a glowing recommendation

Amy

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Clare took the pen name London from the city where she lives, loves, and writes. A lone, brave female in a frenetic, testosterone-fuelled family home, she juggles her writing with the weekly wash, waiting for the far distant day when she can afford to give up her day job as an accountant. She’s written in many genres and across many settings, with novels and short stories published both online and in print. She says she likes variety in her writing while friends say she’s just fickle, but as long as both theories spawn good fiction, she’s happy. Most of her work features male/male romance and drama with a healthy serving of physical passion, as she enjoys both reading and writing about strong, sympathetic and sexy characters.

Clare currently has several novels sulking at that tricky chapter 3 stage and plenty of other projects in mind . . . she just has to find out where she left them in that frenetic, testosterone-fuelled family home.

All the details and free fiction are available at her website. Visit her today and say hello

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NEW 4 Star Review for Claimed by Love by Skye Jones – #Menage #Paranormal #Erotic

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Title: Claimed by Love (Wild Hunters #1)
Author Name: Skye Jones
Publication Date & Length: December 22, 2014 – 214 pgs

Synopsis

Kayley’s passion-filled dreams of two sexy men torment her nights … but meeting them in real life turns her world upside down! Passion brings them together, but a menace from one’s past threatens to destroy them. Now they’ll have to risk it all and fight for their love. Skye Jones presents Claimed By Love, Book 1 of her exciting new paranormal romance series Wild Hunters.

Kayley Edwards has spent the last four years closing herself off after a vicious attack by her lover left her scarred and terrified. After fleeing her native Alaska, she ran the length of the country and began a new life in Miami, far from family and friends.

When her cousin and his friends decide to vacation nearby, he invites her to join them because he has important news. Determined not to let fear rule her life, she agrees to meet with them, only to have her world turned upside down. His friends include the two gorgeous men who’ve haunted her dreams for months, kindling her desire and challenging her to take a chance on love.

Pack alpha, Luke Johnson, has dreamed of Kayley for years. He and his mate, Sean Wallace, know she is meant to be theirs. But how will she react when she finds the world they inhabit is one she never imagined existed?

As passions collide, Sean finds himself acting as a bridge between his strong-willed alpha and a skittish Kayley. Can they break through her defenses and convince her to join them?

Just as it seems the three may have a future together, a ghost from Sean’s past strikes at the heart of their happiness. They must fight for everything they hold dear to win their chance at love.

Content Notes: Hot, Anal Intercourse, Non-Sexual Violence, Paranormal, Shifters, Wolves, Suspense, Ménage, M/M, M/M/F

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FourStars

Skye Jones’ menage a trios werewolf novel is a pretty good read. Kayley finds herself dreaming of two men. She discovers the men, Sean and Luke, seemingly by chance, and after some tortured soul-searching, there’s a hot threesome. Very hot. Story as advertised, and I was pleased.
There’s a lot more to it, of course. Kayley’s recovering from sexual violence, as is Sean. There’s plot where more sexual violence, and graphic physical violence, occur. Be warned. Beasts lurk here.
And it is essential shifter worldbuilding–alpha males and strict gender roles and masculinity contrast (rather nicely) with the femininity Kayley brings. Which is what drew me (moth to flame) to the story in the first place. There’s no debate, no attempt to define or explain the obvious. Refreshingly bisexual, from a publisher that might be defining the genre. Claimed by Love delivers.
C.E. Case

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5 Stars for Spice by Lilah Suzanne #MM #Romance #RomCom @lilahsuzanne

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Title: Spice
Author Name: Lilah Suzanne
Publication Date & Length: April 2, 2015 – 250pgs

Synopsis

As writer of the popular “Ask Eros” advice column, Simon Beck has an answer to every relationship question his readers can throw at him. When it comes to his own life, the answers are a little more elusive—until computer troubles introduce him to the newest and cutest member of his company’s IT support team. Simon may be charmed by Benji’s sweet and unassuming manner, but will he find the answer to the one relationship question he has never been able to solve: how to know when he’s met Mr. Right?

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FiveStars

Simon and Benji

This is a wonderful book!  It is the very simple story of the beginning of a relationship.   It is the story of Simon, an advice columnist at a women’s magazine in New York.  It is also the story of Benji, an IT technician at the magazine.

At the start of the story, Simon is slowly extricating himself from an unhealthy relationship.  His friends are marrying and settling down and he feels lonely.

Benji is the consumate geek.  He references science fiction films, wears character t-shirts and has collections.

This book is so well observed.  As the central characters developed, I moved from thinking that I’d known people exactly like them to wondering uncomfortably if Suzanne was actually writing about me and my relationships.  The relationship between the two characters was real.  It was possibly the third character (though Walt the pit bull might have something to say about that).

This wasn’t an urgent, passionate rush for bed followed by declarations of undying love.  Instead, and unfortunately unusually, it records the slow, sometimes awkward getting to know a new lover.  It observes the equally awkward and sometimes frustrating meshing of lives and homes that follows.  Above all, it manages to capture very accurately the silly moments, the unfailing support offered by true partners, and the playful interludes that make everything else in life worth doing.

So often, romance is serious and passionate involving exaggerated misunderstandings and artificial barriers.  This is just real.  The story is funny and sweet and almost painfully well observed.  I loved it.

Sarah

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“How about you? Did you always want to be a writer?”

“Yeah. I think I did.” He finally gives up on work completely and closes the laptop. “I mean. I guess what I write about is kind of pointless, but I wanted to be a poet once upon a time, so I guess it could be even more pointless,” he jokes.

Benji’s eyebrows knot. “It’s not. Why would it be pointless?”

Simon gives a humorless laugh. “I mean, I write a sex column for women. Not exactly moving prose or hard-hitting journalism.”

Benji scoots over little on the desk, sitting with his legs so close to where Simon is sitting low in his chair that he can smell Benji’s crisp laundry detergent and citrusy soap. He suddenly has to fight the urge to move a fraction to the left, press his nose to the inside seam of Benji’s jeans and breathe him in.

“You listen to people. You remind them that they’re valuable and worthy of love and respect. How is that not important?” Simon is struck speechless, chest tight and breath caught.

Then Benji claps him on the shoulder and hops off the desk. “Come on. Let’s go have lunch.”

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Lilah Suzanne has been writing actively since the sixth grade, when a literary magazine published her essay about an uncle who lost his life to AIDS. A freelance writer, she also authored a children’s book and has a devoted following in the online fan community.

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4.5 Stars for Hissed as a Newt (With a Kick #2) by Sue Brown #MM #Romance

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Title: Hissed as a Newt (With a Kick #2)
Author Name: Sue Brown
Publication Date & Length: September 27, 2014 – 82pgs

Synopsis

“All guys do emotional just in different ways. I eat ice-cream, you get drunk in the gutter…”

A drunk clown rolling around in the gutter is not what David Wright expects to find as he walks to With A Kick, his favourite ice-cream shop. David has had a lousy day. A literary agent has crushed his dreams and all he wants is the consolation of alcoholic ice-cream. He’s about to walk away when he realises the clown has been dumped by his boyfriend. On a whim, David takes the clown into With A Kick before he gets arrested. Underneath the smeared make-up, he meets Stan, who has just found his boyfriend and best friend getting more than friendly. Over ice-cream, David and Stan discuss their problems and discover maybe they can help each other

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FourandHalfStars

I have to say, this was probably my least favorite of the series, even though I still loved it. Stan and David are likeable, but they didn’t feel quite as well-developed as some of the others.

It was a great story, but my one hesitation is that I found the same issues as in other books by Ms. Brown–men reminding us (in dialog or thoughts) that they are Real Men and awful stereotypes about bisexual men (from lying about orientation to cheating, as well as the gay men having negative reactions to them). It’s frustrating as a reader because Ms. Brown is such a wonderful writer that it’s always so jarring and disappointing, and it means I can’t recommend the books as strongly because bisexual men don’t like to read about themselves written this way.

Other than that, I enjoyed this one for the other parts of the story. It was nicely steamy, and I was very glad to see Stan stick up for himself at the end.

4.5 stars

Amy

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Sue Brown is owned by her dog and two children. When she isn’t following their orders, she can be found plotting at her laptop. In fact she hides so she can plot and has got expert at ignoring the orders.

Sue discovered M/M erotica at the time she woke up to find two men kissing on her favorite television series. The series was boring; the kissing was not. She may be late to the party, but she’s made up for it since, writing fan fiction until she was brave enough to venture out into the world of original fiction.

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5 Stars for An Infatuation by Joe Cosentino #MM #Romance #Love #Loss

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Title: An Infatuation
Author Name: Joe Cosentino
Publication Date & Length: February 4, 2015 – 106 pgs

Synopsis

With his ten-year high school reunion approaching, Harold wonders whether Mario will be as muscular, sexy, and tantalizing as he remembers. As a teenager, it was love at first sight for Harold while tutoring football star Mario, until homophobia and bullying drove Mario deep into the closet. Now they’re both married men. Mario, a model, is miserable with his producer wife, while Harold, a teacher, is perfectly content with his businessman husband, Stuart. When the two meet again, will the old flame reignite, setting Harold’s comfortable life ablaze? How can Harold be happy with Stuart when he is still infatuated with his Adonis, his first love, Mario? Harold faces this seemingly impossible situation with inimitable wit, tenderness, and humor as he attempts to reconcile the past and the future.

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FiveStars

First off, I love how this story was told. A look back on how things unfolded is not a perspective many writers use, but it was most effective in this story.

Mario and Harold – high school buddies – study buddies – friends? While the author shows a realistic view of how these two interacted and their emotions behind their interactions, I believe that Cosentino did an amazing job allowing the reader to feel each of those reactions, interactions, emotions and see that relationship from an outside perspective.

Had we been given a different perspective, I think the story would have had a far less profound effect on me.

While I cried during this story, I also laughed and was incredibly frustrated.

I loved this story and am so happy that I was able to read this.

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Joe Cosentino is the author of AN INFATUATION (Dreamspinner Press), PAPER DOLL Jana Lane mystery 1 (Whiskey Creek Press), DRAMA QUEEN Nicky and Noah mystery 1 (Lethe Press–releasing this summer), and THE NUTCRACKER AND THE MOUSE KING (Eldridge Plays and Musicals). He has appeared in principal acting roles in film, television, and theatre, opposite stars such as Bruce Willis, Rosie O’Donnell, Nathan Lane, Holland Taylor, and Jason Robards. His one-act plays, INFATUATION and NEIGHBOR, were performed in New York City. He wrote “The Perils of Pauline,” available on CDROM (through Prentice Hall Publishers). Joe received his MFA from Goddard College in Vermont, and MA from SUNY New Paltz. He is currently Head of the Department/Professor at a college in upstate New York.

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5 Stars for A Twist and Two Balls (With a Kick #1) by Clare London #MM #Romance @clare_london

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Title:  A Twist and Two Balls (With a Kick #1)
Author Name: Clare London
Publication Date & Length: August 29, 2014 – 66pgs

Synopsis

Eduardo Mancini is going to be a star of the London stage and screen. Or that was the plan. His alter ego Eddy March hasn’t got further than the chorus and a bit part in a TV series. His parents aren’t supportive, his agent can’t place his particular skills, and he’s finding it hard to hang onto his young dreams. Things go from bad to worse when he’s late for an important audition, hasn’t got enough to money to pay the taxi fare, and is chased across the streets of Soho by the irate driver.
Eddy reaches what he believes is sanctuary – With A Kick, a store where ice creams are blended with alcohol and imagination, and where his friends can help him. But Nuri the taxi driver is persistent in his steady pursuit, above and beyond the money he’s owed. Despite their very different characters and background, Eddy and Nuri’s relationship goes from a complete unknown to a wary balancing act. There are still mistakes to be made, and hurdles to clear. And both of them have to admit that their life so far hasn’t gone the way they planned.

But maybe being caught by Nuri was just what Eddy’s career needed – both for his job and his heart

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FiveStars

I felt for down-on-his luck actor Eddy March right away, even though he didn’t exactly start out on the right foot. Of all the characters in this series, I think he’s the one who undergoes the most significant changes. I enjoyed seeing him blossom from someone lacking confidence and responsibility to a man who took pride in his work.

I absolutely adored Nuri from the first moment. The interactions with his family made me laugh because boy, could I relate to some of what he experienced. The banter between his brothers and among the children was charming and fun. This was a delightful story.

5 stars

Amy

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Clare took the pen name London from the city where she lives, loves, and writes. A lone, brave female in a frenetic, testosterone-fuelled family home, she juggles her writing with the weekly wash, waiting for the far distant day when she can afford to give up her day job as an accountant. She’s written in many genres and across many settings, with novels and short stories published both online and in print. She says she likes variety in her writing while friends say she’s just fickle, but as long as both theories spawn good fiction, she’s happy. Most of her work features male/male romance and drama with a healthy serving of physical passion, as she enjoys both reading and writing about strong, sympathetic and sexy characters.

Clare currently has several novels sulking at that tricky chapter 3 stage and plenty of other projects in mind . . . she just has to find out where she left them in that frenetic, testosterone-fuelled family home.

All the details and free fiction are available at her website. Visit her today and say hello

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5 Stars for for Inheritance (Dominion #1) by Lissa Kasey #MM #Mystery #Paranormal #UrbanFantasy @parisbvamp

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Title: Inheritance (Dominion #1)
Author Name: Lissa Kasey
Publication Date & Length: March 3, 2015 – 176 pgs

Synopsis

As the only male studying magic in a female-dominant society, Seiran Rou’s life is already on a precarious perch. Then he finds a dead co-worker on his doorstep, and Sei realizes someone is trying to set him up for the fall. It could be anyone—including his own mother, a powerful witch and leader of the Dominion, the ruling body of elemental magic.

Sei’s only saving graces are his on-again, off-again vampire boyfriend, Gabe, and the mysterious Jamie, who wants to help him for reasons Sei doesn’t understand. They may be all that stand between Sei and the Dominion’s demands to control his magic. One man’s devotion could be the key to save Sei’s life and pull him back from the brink of losing his humanity to the magic he possesses.

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FiveStars

This is fantastic.  Finally an m/m urban fantasy series to rival the best of the mainstream offerings.

Seiran is a witch.  A male witch.  Possibly one of the most powerful earth elemental witches in the world.  His mother is the most powerful witch in the world and Seiran is pretty sure she’s just waiting for the right moment to kill him.

Lissa Kasey has done her reading before developing Seiran’s world.  We have a little of Jennifer Estep’s elemental assassin, a little of Laurel K Hamilton’s posh vampire lairs and necessary heirs, Keri Arthur’s sexual freedom, Patricia Briggs’ shifters and Chloe Neil’s magical world.

But Seiran isn’t a composite.  He’s not as nasty as Gin.  He’s not as helpless as Mercy.  His lover is powerful but not the war lord Anitia’s is.  He may call himself slutty, but has so many more hang-ups than Arthur’s Riley or Hamilton’s Anita.

Like all New Adult books, this is a coming of age story.  Seiran doesn’t trust easily.  He doesn’t do relationships, he just wants to fuck.  When his powers develop and bad things start happening, Seiran must learn to trust and he must trust himself to choose the right people.

There isn’t a simple love story in this novel.  Seiran doesn’t “double dip”.  At least he didn’t until Gabe, and now he’s not too sure that his one-time hook-up hasn’t started to look like a relationship.  So he runs scared.

Gabe is a great character.  He’s an ancient vampire who runs a bar (Laurell K Hamilton again?) and tries desperately to keep his relationship with Seiran as casual as Seiran wants so he can continue to take care of the young witch.

Oh – and Seiran’s mother.  I’m almost frightened to write her name here!  Fabulous.  We only see moments of her here, and we only see her through Seiran’s fearful eyes.  I’m going to guess she develops into a most terrifyingly intriguing character later in the series.

I love the reverse sexism in the witch world.  A story of powerful women and disenfranchised men is fresh. I like the way the series has started in college, but we know we will soon be leaving college as Seiran develops into a very powerful, independent young man.  I love the hints the author gives us of much more complicated happenings just outside of Seiran’s perception.  And I love the way she uses these hints to promise a very exciting series.

On top of all this – the book is beautifully written.

I can’t wait for the next book.

Sarah

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Professor Wrig gestured to the stump. “Seiran, if you will demonstrate, please?”

Rose looked like she’d swallowed a lemon. “I can show them how it’s done, Professor,” she said.

“I’m sure you can, Miss Pewette. However, I already asked Mr. Rou.”

I took a deep breath and stepped up to the stump, wondering if I was allowed to actually focus with the earth this time. “Can I kneel?” I asked Wrig quietly.

“Whatever you feel is necessary.”

I knelt and waited for instructions.

Professor Wrig explained, “As Mr. Rou is showing you, he is putting himself in close contact with his element. He will be pulling power from the earth. Should he accidentally pull too much, he can give it back without causing damage to us or the surrounding area. He will take the time he needs to focus his power, and then he will place his hands to the stump. All witches with a measurable level will make something grow. A level one will produce moss or ivy. A level two will create flowers or even a small bud of a new tree. His level is set by what grows. Whenever you’re ready, Seiran.”

“Try not to kill any of us,” Rose sneered from behind me.

I sighed, closed my eyes, and left all their scattered whispering behind. It didn’t matter that Rose didn’t shut up or that Blond Hair looked at me like he was imagining what sex with me would be like. The earth and I knew each other well. I let it flow through me, like I was nothing more than a pebble in a lake to be shaped and guided by it. Each breath brought renewed life. I set my hands to the stump, remembering the last time, when I’d made wildflowers burst forth from the dead tree. This time I didn’t even look. The earth would grow what it wanted to with me as its conduit.

The power flowed through me in natural peaks and waves. The crowd gasped. The wood shifted and moved beneath my hands. I let the earth move as it wanted until the final wave subsided. Letting go, I opened my eyes and stared at a giant oak tree, leaves growing to a rich, vibrant green. No wildflowers this time. I smiled at the tree and patted its strong, new trunk, which split the old stump in half.

“Very good, Mr. Rou,” Professor Wrig told me. She offered me a hand up. I stood, dusted off my pants, and went to the back of the line. “Next,” she said.

And so began the testing.

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Lissa Kasey lives in St. Paul, MN, has a Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing, and collects Asian Ball Joint Dolls who look like her characters. She has three cats who enjoy waking her up an hour before her alarm every morning and sitting on her lap to help her write. She can often be found at Anime Conventions masquerading as random characters when she’s not writing about boy romance.

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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

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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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5, 3 and 3.5 Stars for Coming Out by Kejsi Miller #FF #ComingOut

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Title: Coming Out
Author Name: Kejsi Miller
Publication Date & Length: June 1, 2014 – 222pgs

Synopsis

Coming out is one of the hardest decisions a person can make. All you can hope for is love and acceptance from your family and friends. Unfortunately for Syd, coming out as straight in a world where everyone is gay, love and acceptance was not what she found. What she found instead, was an unwanted car ride to the nearest cleansing center to help her find the ‘right path’ back to being her true gay self. Or so her parents thought when they left her at ‘Straight Away’.
Coming out is a story of love, friendship, self acceptance, and the obstacles one must face to find happiness in a world where fear and misunderstanding rule. Come out, come out wherever you are!

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FiveStars

This book is well written and simply amazing!
I was hooked from the first page. I absolutely loved it! I like the way being homosexual is the norm and being straight was unacceptable.
I think this would be a great book for someone who is having a hard time accepting gays. Although it is a great read for anyone!
It made me laugh, it made me cry. I couldn’t put it down. And I this will be one of the few books I will reread.

Amber

ThreeandHalfStars

This was an unusual story where the world is reversed and it’s the straight minority being oppressed. I picked it up because the concept interested me, but ultimately, I thought it fell a little short of its ambitious goal.
I did like the main characters, and I enjoyed the relationship and banter among them. Harper was my favorite. I liked the way she owned who she was and made it into a sort of snooty, self-important persona but had a lot of love and compassion stored underneath. She was wonderfully complex.
I had mixed feelings about the plot in general. It seemed like it wanted to be both cutting-edge and humorous, and it didn’t quite succeed at either. In order to successfully pull off reversing the discrimination, it probably should have been much more serious. The humor would have worked better in our real world. As written, it felt just vaguely dismissive of reparative therapy. I doubt that was intentional; it’s just a function of making light of the situation.
The whole novel probably could have benefited from better editing. There were numerous grammatical, spelling, and punctuation errors throughout, and I found the POV-switches at the end confusing after having most of the book be from one character’s POV.
I enjoyed the action scenes in the second half much more than the set-up in the first half. It was fun to read about the daring rescues and what happened afterward.
3.5 stars
Amy

ThreeStar

I found the concept of this book very innovative and refreshing, a world where the majority of people were gay and the outcasts were those who were “straight”.
Much of the book revolves around the four main characters, Syd the “straight” female, Brock the ashamed male “bi”, who Syd fancies, Harper the closeted “bi” and Lex, Syd’s  ex girlfriend.
While in the institution the banter between the young people, who, apart from Lex are there at their parents request, to reprogramme them to become gay, is very amusing and appealing. However as the disturbing scenes of torture begin to emerge we begin to realise the horrors that befall such outcasts.
My criticism of the novel is that I didn’t feel the author managed to weave together the humour of the situation along side the gravity it also tried to convey.
I feel the author is targeting the teen market and I am sure it will be a real success there.
The epilogue for me also let the novel down, although I am a true romantic I did fine the ending far to unbelievable  and sugar coated.
Chris

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I’ve been writing since I was young. I remember writing a series of stories when I was 7 or 8 about a girl and a ghost called “Jackie & Spookie.” Ever since it was always a hobby just for me. It wasn’t until I was about 16 that I found out there was more to it then I ever thought. Ten years later I was ready to share with the world. Here comes my first novel “Coming Out”, about a world where the roles are flipped and a girl must come out to her family as straight in a world where everyone is gay. They ship her off to a cleansing center believing it will gay her back up, but boy are they wrong. She goes on an adventure to find herself and finds friends she never thought she’d have along the way.

My next novel was one I had been working on since I was 16, “Which Way Is Witch?” Completely different than “Coming Out”, this takes on a paranormal twist throwing the main character in a world she never expected. Her and her best friend find out things are never as they seem and family and friendship are more important than they even realize.

My writing style may not be perfect, but I try to bring laughter and smiles to every one of my readers. Whether it be paranormal, romance, or a coming of age, I hope you will come on this journey with me. Writing may be my second love (Music will always be my first), but I always put a piece of me in everything I produce. And just so there is no gasps of shock, there most likely will always be a LGBQ message or characters in my stories.

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4.5 Stars What You Are by Erin E. Keller #MM #ComingofAge @Erin_Autor

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Title: What You Are
Author Name: Erin E. Keller
Publication Date & Length: February 8, 2015 – 143pgs

Synopsis

Alex walks down the road of his life, apparently without any detours. He has a job, friends, a nice apartment and a girlfriend who meets his needs. A smooth life lived on a smooth road.

But when Daniel shows up at his door, Alex meets the first bump in the road — which turns out to be more like a boulder — in his way.

Daniel is a gorgeous, warm, affectionate man, one who will force Alex to deal with something that happened years ago, something that made him take the safe route through life. With Daniel, he finally realizes that he’d shut down his true self, he begins the most difficult part of his journey — the one that could take him to Daniel and to happiness.

Review

FourandHalfStars

This was a story that is probably more boys’ stories than I’d like to admit. It was touching, soul searching, loving and forgiving.

I really enjoyed this story because the characters were so realistic in their reactions, feelings, their interactions with each other. It made for such a great story – but I am sorry that this is one that many boys go through.

Alex’s character rang so true – Alex struggled all his life to find himself. His friends were both loving and forceful when it came to Alex’s outbursts.

Daniel was a man who was comfortable with himself, but not necessarily happy.

When the two roommates clash – not only do they clash personally, they clash emotionally as well. The characters (even the friends) of this story were so great in that the author allowed the reader to see from each perspective.

I really thought Keller did an amazing job with this story and it had a great resolution.

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