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3 Stars for The Moment of Truth (Moments in Time #2) by Karen Stivali #Bisexual #MM #Romance #New Adult @karenstivali

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Title: Moment of Truth (Moments in Time #2)
Author Name: Karen Stivali
Publication Date & Length: March 4, 2015 – 130 pgs

Synopsis

Collin expected to spend another summer fixing cars and working at the college pizzeria. Instead, he’s living in a beach house on Fire Island, waiting tables at a hip seaside restaurant and, for the first time since he and Tanner got together, they can publicly be known as boyfriends. Being “out” takes some getting used to, but with the help of new and old friends, Collin is happier than he ever imagined. And more in love. But newfound freedom brings unexpected challenges, and when friends get flirty, old insecurities arise. Moments of doubt and jealousy threaten their happiness, and Collin and Tanner must confront the truth or risk losing it all

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ThreeStar

This is a continuance of Moment of Impact.  The boys have been together for a while and they go to spend the summer working on Fire Island.  They stay in the shared house Tanner spent the previous summer in.

If we learned more about Collin’s life in Moment of Impact, Tanner’s world becomes much more clear in the second part of the story.  This time the supporting characters are more deftly drawn and more fully developed.  Even Collin’s family is allowed to break type and emerge as more human.

Everything about this story feels more fully developed.  The hot, hedonistic summer island setting is realistic enough to make me nostalgic for my own university summers.  Tedious shift work, after hours clubbing, beach parties and the joys of shared houses are all carefully drawn.

It was the main characters I didn’t always believe. Tanner and Collin feel oddly conservative for two newly legal gay men in such a wildly liberal environment.  Tanner introduces Collin to everything sexual, but he doesn’t help him party or even play very much.  And yet – Collin is wary about night clubs, but not about tattoos?  I’m not sure either character was very believable in the environment they were living in.

Again, both stories together are only the length of a short novel, so it is difficult to understand why they are being sold as two separate books.  I would have preferred them as part one and part two of the same book, saving readers a second purchase.

So yes, this was a more engaging story than the first.  It is more complex and is without the editing errors present through the first.  It is a simple young adult story about finding an adult identity, holding on to a relationship and becoming independent.

Sarah

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His smile twitched as he started up the next staircase. The last one. The one that led to our room and nowhere else. My hearth hammered hard and fast, and not from stair climbing. I needed to touch Tanner, soon, or every part of my body from my brain to my balls was going to simultaneously combust.

Tanner pushed our door open with exaggerated care and stepped inside. Jesus, is he trying to make me crazy? All I want is to….

My back slammed against the wall, and before I could complete my thought, Tanner’s mouth was on mine. The kiss was savage, tongue hot and heavy against mine, cock hot and heavy against mine. Even through our shorts, I could feel how ready he was. My head swam.

Desperate for more, I grabbed on to him, rolling us toward the door and kicking it shut. Tanner let out a grunt as I pressed him against the hard wood. Could anyone hear us? I didn’t care. I just needed this. Tanner. Now.

As soon as I shoved his T-shirt up his ribs, he yanked it off and tossed it aside. Warm smooth skin greeted my fingertips, filling my nose with his scent. God, I missed this. My mouth returned to his, tongues dueling as my hands fumbled with his fly. I couldn’t stop rubbing against him enough to get the zipper down. Tanner grabbed my ass, crushing his cock alongside mine, humping against me with enough intensity I had to force myself not to come.

I didn’t want that. Not yet. Not standing against the door when that crazy big bed was only feet away. As if he read my mind, Tanner shoved me backward, taking advantage of the moment our bodies parted to strip off his shorts. I tugged off my shirt, and before I could launch it across the room, Tanner had my shorts undone and down. Kicking them away put me off-balance, and Tanner steadied me with one hand clutching the back of my neck and the other wrapped around my cock.

Whimpers echoed through the room. My whimpers. His thumb slicked over my swollen head, round and round in circles that left me dizzy and panting.

“Let’s try out the bed.” Tanner’s voice was low and thick. I’d have said yes to anything he asked with that I couldn’t actually say a word, so I nodded and pulled us down onto the mattress. Holy Jesus. Soft cool sheets, warm hard body, wet velvety tongue. Heaven. Fire Island was heaven.

AuthorBio

Karen Stivali is a prolific writer, compulsive baker and chocoholic with a penchant for books, movies, and fictional British men. She’s also the multiple award-winning author of contemporary and erotic romances. She writes novels about love…like real life, only hotter.

Karen’s lifelong fascination with people has led her to careers ranging from hand-drawn animator, to party planner, to marriage and family counselor, but writing has always been her passion. Karen enjoys nothing more than following her characters on their journey toward love. Whether the couples are m/f or m/m, it’s guaranteed that Karen’s novels are filled with food, friendship, love, and smoking hot sex—all the best things in life.

When Karen isn’t writing (and often when she is), she can be found on Twitter attempting witty banter and detailing the antics of her fruit-loving cat, BadKitteh. She loves to hear from readers (and other writers), so don’t hesitate to contact/follow/like her at the links below.

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Spotlight: The Phoenix Embryo by Jeanne Marcella #MM #Romance #Bisexual #DarkFantasy @AForgeOfPhoenix

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Title: The Phoenix Embryo (Seasons of The Phoenix #1)
Author Name: Jeanne Marcella
Publication Date & Length: January 22, 2015 – 425pgs

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Twelve-and-a-half-year-old Acanthus Breese and his yellow-robed peers have survived without an adult presence for seven years. They’ve scavenged. Endured madness, starvation, and murder after the adults imprisoned and abandoned them without a backward glance. They’ve clawed their way to civilization and questionable sanity at the guidance of one of their own.

Thirteen-year-old Edward Dasheel is a direct descendant of the goddess Staritti and the red phoenix god, Dasheel. Because of Edward’s love and leadership, Acanthus and the other boys know that despite their regretful crime of harming Staritti and driving her away, hope for redemption remains.

Acanthus knows Edward better than anyone; he knows Edward hides dark secrets about their exile, the adults, and specifically about him. So it is terrifying when suddenly the adults return, pushing themselves back into their lives. What do they want after all these years? And why?

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Acanthus danced around in a chaotic circle, waving his arms and pointing out the window. “Dee! He took Minos. He had wings! He flew! Priests! By Staritti, there were adults in Regrets!”

“Shh. Shhh. It’s all right.”

“How can it be all right?” Acanthus yelled. He paced. He prowled. He was helpless. Edward made no move to restrain him. “They throw us away, ignore us, and then pick us off! How much more can we endure? You know we’ll never see Minos again, Dee! We’ll never see him again! Just like all the others!”

“I know,” Edward answered in a helpless, grating whisper.

“Minos didn’t have anyone,” Acanthus said to himself. “No one, for the last seven years. I feel so bad; I could’ve done something. I could’ve been his friend.”

“You can’t blame yourself.”

Horror washed through him. “Yes, I can. This is my fault. I wanted to break something today. I broke Minos.”

Edward put a calming hand to his shoulder. “Dearest, it’s not your fault.”

“We don’t know that for certain. We all should know better by now. All of us. We have to stick together, make sure everyone’s okay.”

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Jeanne Marcella was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. Granted unlimited access to books at a very early age via the library, she quickly acquired a fondness for creating her own stories through word and drawing.

Going against the grain of mainstream top ten fantasy, she writes eccentric, GLBTQ dark fantasy dramas not for the faint of heart.

Currently, she reworks her first novel about half-breed centaurs into a 2nd edition.

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4.5 Stars for Bent For His Will by KyAnn Waters – #Menage #Bisexual @Kyannwaters @Totally_Bound

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Title: Bent For His Will
Author Name: KyAnn Waters
Publication Date & Length: January 23, 2012 – 125pgs

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He loves a woman. But he also loves his best friend…so maybe he s not quite straight.Logan Sawin and Will Pennington have been friends for years. They attend the same university and live together in a great loft apartment. Their friendship can withstand anything…except Renna Polo.Logan has never questioned his sexuality until he sees Renna, his girlfriend in Will s arms. Will is gay. But what bothers Logan more, Will’s hands on Renna…or Renna’s hands on Will?Will has a dirty little secret…he’s in love with his best friend. Yet, Logan isn’t gay and Will isn’t willing to risk their friendship to discover if Logan isn’t quite straight, but may be a little bent Bent For His Will.Renna is in love with Logan and is intrigued by Will. She accepts what Logan and Will can’t…they belong together. But if Logan and Will take a chance on more, where does that leave her? Right where she wants to be…with Logan and the man he loves.Reader Advisory: This story contains hot man on woman sex, hotter man on man sex, and burn-up-the-pages man on man on woman sex.”

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FourandHalfStars

I rather enjoyed the way this threesome evolved. Although at first I did think that Renna and Logan’s relationship seemed very sexual based, but as the story progressed we were shown there was a bit more there.
It was interesting to watch as Logan learned that he wasn’t as straight as he once thought. I did feel like Will, the roommate and long time friend, got the short end a LOT, but then again he didn’t want to scare off the exploration and discovery of Logan’s new side.
I did like how Renna and Will made it a goal to make everyone happy instead of letting Logan push everyone away. Their threesome was different, but in a good way. I’d be interested in seeing how they made things work after this point.
Renee

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4.5 Stars for Wild and Precious by CJane Elliott – #Bisexual #MM #AuthorInterview @CJaneElliott

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Title: Wild and Precious
Author Name: CJane Elliott
Publication Date & Length: December 31, 2014 – 80 pgs

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Aspiring writer Brent Granger has good friends and a great job at an arts magazine in DC, but he’s batting zero in the arena of love. Brent begins to get a clue why things aren’t working with women from his strong attraction to his gorgeous, gay, and already attached boss, Graham Stoneford. When he sees a personal ad from a man that quotes his favorite poet, Brent decides to do something wild and answer.

Enter Cody Bellstrom, easygoing bisexual musician, who is happy to initiate Brent in the ways of gay sex. Brent now has a new problem: he realizes he’s gay and no one in his life knows it. Cody tires of hiding their relationship, but Brent finds it challenging to come out to family, friends, and especially to Graham. In the end, Brent must confront the truth of where—and with whom—his heart lies.

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This quick, one-sitting read was sweet and fun. I enjoyed watching Brent unfold and become comfortable with himself and who he was, and I loved the way the relationship with Graham unfolded slowly.

My only regret is that I wish the author hadn’t put any of the story in Cody’s point of view. Cody ended up feeling to me like a throwaway. It seemed like he was falling for Brent, and I didn’t really feel like there was closure with him. Maybe the author will tell his story some other time.

~Amy

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As Brent sat cross-legged on a pillow, tearing pieces off the rubbery bread and dipping them into various dishes he couldn’t identify, he realized he was having more fun than he’d had in ages. Along with being thoughtful and smart, Graham was one of the most hilarious people he’d ever met, and Brent was in stitches for most of their lunch.

“If only my dates could be like this,” Brent said, after another bout of laughter between them, then widened his eyes. “Oh, wow, man, that sounded dumb.”

Graham didn’t seem fazed. “They’re not? But why? You’re so fun to talk to. Any woman would be nuts not to appreciate you.”

“Uh, well, tell them that. But I guess I don’t really appreciate them either. I don’t know, it’s like, awkward and boring most of the time. Whatever. Ari keeps trying to set me up, but…. Anyway, how did this get into talking about my love life, or lack thereof?”

Graham regarded him, warmth in his eyes, and said softly, “You’ll find it, Brent. Everyone deserves to have love in their life. You’re young. You’ll find it.”

Graham’s words touched Brent, but the intensity of the moment made him uncomfortable. Even worse, he noticed he was getting aroused.

He shifted on his pillow with a weak laugh. “Hey, no more of this ‘young’ crap, okay? You’re not that much older than I am.”

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After years of hearing characters chatting away in her head, CJane Elliott finally decided to put them on paper and hasn’t looked back since. A psychotherapist by training, CJane enjoys writing sexy, passionate stories that also explore the human psyche. CJane has traveled all over North America for work and her characters are travelers, too, traveling down into their own depths to find what they need to get to the happy ending.

CJane is an ardent supporter of gay equality and is particularly fond of coming out stories.

In her spare time, CJane can be found dancing, listening to music, or watching old movies. Her husband and son support her writing habit by staying out of the way when they see her hunched over, staring intensely at her laptop.

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  • Can you describe in detail what your writing environment is like? I write in different places, but most often it is sitting on my blue loveseat in my bedroom (which I’m doing right now). I have a candle lit and from where I sit I look out windows onto a green and grey world of trees and ferns. I usually have my iPod on and listen to music (my current favorite is George Michael). I have a writing desk on my lap (a cushion with a small desk top) on which perches either my computer or paper. I used to write all my first drafts in longhand and then type them into the computer, but lately I’ve been doing most of my writing on the computer.
  • Is there one of your characters that you relate to (from any of your works)? Why? I relate to Pete, the main character in Serpentine Walls, because I had him go through what I went through regarding my parents getting divorced my first year in college. Pete’s pain and anger, the weirdness of holidays without his father, how devastated his mother is – all of that is reflective of my own experience. The other similarity is how scared Pete is of falling in love, which he covers up with cynicism. I was scared of it for a long time, because of the experience of my parents splitting up.
  • In Wild and Precious, I relate most closely to Brent who is a few years out of college and trying to figure out what his life is about. He’s not a flashy character and he doubts his attractiveness and talent, but he keeps taking steps outside of his comfort zone to express who he really is. I did the same thing with my life starting as a 22-year old and I was just as scared about it as Brent is in the story. I’ve never regretted going for what I wanted, and I don’t think Brent will either.
  • If you couldn’t be an author, what would you do instead? I didn’t start being an author until I was in my forties, so I’ve already done my other dream, which was to be a counselor. Currently I work as a medical social worker. But if I had another life to live, I would become a dancer.
  • Is there anything that you learned during the writing process that you wish you had known before hand? I’m constantly learning about writing. In the case of Wild and Precious, I had written a version of that story several years earlier. Coming to it after having written several more books, I could see the overuse of adverbs, too much passive voice, and not enough “meat” to the story. It was satisfying to make the original version into something I think is much better.
  • Is there anything that you wish you could change about your book now that it is out? It’s too late now! With Dreamspinner Press, you generally get three edits and then the book goes to galleys. I find the third edit nervewracking because I know it’s my last chance to do any substantive changes. Every time I re-read one of my stories I can pick out a sentence that could have been written better or a word choice that could be changed. But to answer your question, no, I wouldn’t change anything major about Wild and Precious. I’m happy with the story and especially the sweet ending.
  • How do you come up with new ideas for your story? A lot of my writing draws on my own past experiences of places, people, and situations. Some of it comes from wanting to address a certain issue. For instance, the story I’m currently writing includes a transgender character and the transphobia she encounters. Some of it comes from a character in a previous book demanding their own story. Aidan’s Journey, which is the second novel in my Serpentine Series of books set at University of Virginia, came out of wanting to know why Aidan in Serpentine Walls, who is a handsome, talented young man, would get himself involved in a sketchy relationship with a professor. The other way I come up with ideas is by brainstorming with someone else. I find it very helpful to talk about my story ideas with others, especially when I get stuck.
  • What’s next for you as a writer? I’m writing the third novel in the Serpentine Series featuring Jed from Serpentine Walls. It should be out this summer and I plan on completing a fourth novel in that series by the end of 2015.
  • Where do you live? Do you think this influences how or what you write? Absolutely. I use my experience of having lived in certain places for the settings of my stories. I’ve been living in Oregon for the past nine years, and you get to see some of the Pacific Northwest in my novella Mercury In Retrograde, which features a river rafting trip at an Oregon Most of my stories are placed in the DC area and Virginia, because I grew up there. I lived in San Francisco for four years and my story Stay Right Here is placed there.
  • What is your favorite genre outside of the one you write in? Why? Mystery stories. I find them fascinating, especially those that are psychological studies along with the whodunit aspect. I’m in awe of people who can write mysteries well.
  • Do you have any vices? Shoes, coffee, shopping…etc? Hmm. Coffee is a necessity, not a vice! If I had more money, I’d probably have far more vices. My only shopping vice is pens. I’m addicted to nice pens and they have to be just right – black gel, not too thin and not too thick.

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5 Stars for Tangled Mind by Posy Roberts – #Bisexual #MM Romance @PosyRoberts

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Title: Tangled Mind
Author Name: Posy Roberts
Publication Date: December 24, 2014

Synopsis

For years Beck Lund has taken care of his volatile boyfriend Brady, always putting Brady’s needs above his own and walking on eggshells to keep the peace. After Brady overdoses on heroin, his death devastates Beck. Thankfully his best friend, Timothy Kallis, finds him the help he needs. Beck slowly starts to recover and moves in with Timothy to get back on his feet, but he’s oblivious that Timothy is secretly nursing romantic affection for him.

Beck focuses on his own healing for the first time in his life. After months of challenging his codependent tendencies and learning how to stand up for himself, Beck finally starts to trust his gut and hopes to one day love again. Timothy is patient throughout, taking care of Beck in ways no one ever has. But if Beck can’t recognize Timothy’s affection for him, it might be too late for them to move beyond friendship.

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Note: This story deals with themes of death, grief, drug use, and codependency. Anyone triggered by those things might want to skip this one. It hit a few nerves with me, even though the specific experiences aren’t my own.

This is really well-written, and I love that Ms. Roberts didn’t shy away from the raw emotions. At the same time, it didn’t have the feel of trying too hard to get the reader to feel a certain way.

The first part of the story was hard to get through–not because it was boring or poorly written but because it hit so hard. Even for people who have not experienced the exact situation (a spouse or partner with an addiction), it is likely to resonate with anyone who has been in the position of emotional caregiver. When Beck began to emerge from his situation, I wanted to cheer for him.

I loved that Timothy was genuinely bisexual, and Beck had no problem with that at all. I had to laugh at Beck’s commentary, especially how their other friends just didn’t get it and how Timothy was simply his own person, refusing to be put in a box. This is the most absolutely true thing about most of the bisexual people I know, and I adored it. It was subtle enough that most people probably wouldn’t notice or care (or get it, actually), but I sure did.

The relationship between Beck and Timothy unfolded slowly, which made it that much more satisfying when they finally found their way to each other. It was full of hope and promise. The sex was hot, yes, but it was also filled with all the things they both brought to the table.

This was an incredibly satisfying story, start to finish, and I look forward to reading more of Ms. Roberts’ work.

5 stars.

Amy

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Before I had a chance to shut the front door, the sound of Brady choking on his own vomit pierced my eardrums. I was in our bedroom within seconds to witness him take what ended up being his last breath. Immediately I rolled him to his side to help him clear his airway. He flopped onto his back.

Abdominal thrusts. I slapped his face and shouted his name.

9-1-1.

I followed the directions the dispatcher gave me on speakerphone, putting my effort into every motion as tears ran down my face.

“The paramedics are on their way. Do you hear the sirens yet?”

“Yes,” I said as I used my full weight to come down on Brady’s torso, trying to dislodge whatever particle had stopped all air from moving in and out of his lungs.

Nothing helped. He just stared up at me with glazed-over eyes and refused to breathe.

“Goddammit. Don’t you dare leave me like this!”

I blankly watched as the paramedics swarmed into the bedroom, shooing me away so they could assess Brady’s condition, and I saw the grim looks on their faces when they realized what had really happened. The frenzied activity ceased, and their demeanor changed the second they found the syringe, spoon, and lighter.

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Posy Roberts writes about romantic male love. Whether her characters are family men, drag queens, or lonely men searching for connections, they all find a home in her stories.

Posy is married to a man who makes sure she doesn’t forget to eat or sleep; her daughter, a budding author and dedicated Whovian, helps her come up with character names. When Posy’s not writing, she enjoys crafting, hiking, and singing spontaneously about the mundane, just to make normal seem more interesting.

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