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4 stars for Shifting Weight by Tina Blenke – #MMRomance #Paranormal Erotica @tinablenke

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Title: Shifting Weight
Author Name: Tina Blenke

Synopsis

Jason is a West Coast wolf Shifter who leaves his native Pack Lands to search for his destined mate. When he finds the large muscled man working out a local gym, Jason is ecstatic and apprehensive. Eric is a Changeless human and there are tense sides to the politically heated debate around the integration of Shifters and Changeless. Jason is at risk of losing control of his wolf without bonding with his destined mate. But, will Eric accept that Jason is a Shifter? And can Eric trust Jason after his heart has been left shattered from a previously failed relationship.

Review

FourStars

This was a nice short paranormal romance story about finding your soul mate.  Eric and Jason were the main characters.  I thought Jason was confident in who he was and was on a mission find to his mate.  I liked how he knew the first time he met Eric that he was the one.
Eric on the other hand was just out of a bad relationship.  But I thought he came across well as being willing to jump right into the relationship with Jason.  I thought it was sweet how they took a chance and went right into the relationship with no holding back. They loved each other freely with no complications and fit well together.
Life just fell into place for the two of them.

I had wished there was a little more to the romance, it all just came together a little too quick.  Maybe a little struggle with an issue would have added a little more to the story.  All in all a nice read.

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Jason allowed himself to run that night. Elation filled him making it easier to relax and allow his wolf to flow into his mind and body. The shift was seamless, years of transitioning helped his wolf to take control in under a few painless minutes. Jason knew of wolves who could never shift because the pain was so intense. It was unknown what the cause was but some insisted that it was because the Shifter’s true mate had never been found and the man could not control the beast inside of him.

The old wives’ tale had haunted Jason especially as years passed without locating his mate. Now that he knew Eric existed, it was one less thing to worry about. Now he could focus on worrying about Eric finding out he was a Shifter. Eric’s acceptance. If the two would find love and happiness despite fate playing a factor, then, and only then, could Jason think about starting a family with Eric. Maybe he was jumping the gun, but he had always wanted a man to love and a family to care for. Was it too much to want? Shouldn’t he be satisfied with finding a mate? All of this thinking and stress was weighing him down. Yes, he had found his mate, but would Eric want Jason?

His legs pumped harder as he made his way across hills and through forests with large trees reaching up towards the skies. It was not the familiar woods of his home on the Pack Lands but it felt good to stretch his limbs, pull deep pulls of fresh air into his lungs, and feel the wind tickling through his fur all over his body. With a grin, he imagined his large bear of a mate with sexual wants that matched his own.

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  • Can you describe in detail what your writing environment is like? My portable office is always ready to go. Sometimes I write in bookstores, my daughter’s gymnastics class, on the notes app of my cellphone, and even on bits of paper I find lying around. It might not be glamorous but I write whenever the bug hits me.
  • Is there one of your characters that you relate to (from any of your works)? Why? The character that I am probably most like is Evander from Athan’s Kiss. He’s sweet, nerdy, and loves to travel. He also carries a lot of baggage from his past that I can relate to. Another thing I love about Evander is his sense of curiosity and willingness to embrace new experiences.
  • If you couldn’t be an author, what would you do instead? It would be nice if writing was my full time day job but that isn’t the case. If I was able to choose another job instead of writing that would be just as fun and fulfilling I think it would be fantastic to be paid to travel. Travel the globe and visit exotic people and places while being paid to do so would just about be the greatest job that could ever be invented.
  • Is there anything that you learned during the writing process that you wish you had known before hand? (Advice to new authors) I wish I had known more about marketing and promotion when my first novel was published. There were months that I waited on pins and needles wishing that I could do something prior to its release. But I didn’t know what I didn’t know. I can’t say that I’m a professional at it now but I’m certainly learning along the way and getting better with each book’s release.
  • Is there anything that you wish you could change about your book now that it is out? I’m happy with how the story turned out. It would have been nice to make it just a bit longer but that’s the way of all short stories. Had I known that the sequel would have come out so soon after, I might have tweaked the cover a bit more. That might be the only thing that I wasn’t completely satisfied with. I think Latrisha did a fantastic job but it’s hard to find just the right cover art without doing my own photo shoot. I think the model for Eric should have been bigger and with more bear-like characteristics. All in all =, we did the best with what we had to work with and it turned out great.
  • How long does it on average take to write a book? My novels take me a few years, so I’m learning, while the short stories can be written in just a few weeks. Athan’s Kiss took decades from conception to publishing while my Shifting Paradigm stories are about three to six weeks for each short. I have another novel in the works that I’d like to complete then submit this year that I’ve been working on since the summer of 2013. These things take time and I don’t want to rush the process.
  • What’s next for you as a writer? I have a roadmap of ideas and projects that I’m mulling over. I’m thinking of another set of short stories with a variety of paranormal characters outside of vamps and shifters. I also have one or two ideas for novels bouncing around in my head. I only work on one or two things at a time so I can focus on finishing my stories. In the short term, I have another story or two in this series and then we’ll see where it goes.
  • Where do you live? Do you think this influences how or what you write? I live in the frozen tundra of the Midwest. As an Air Force brat, I’ve lived all over the world and I my writing tends to take place everywhere as well. Shifting Weight takes place in a fictional city that is a cross between Reno, Lake Tahoe, Minneapolis, and Seattle. I like to think that I’ve taken my most favorite aspects of these cities.
  • What is your favorite genre outside of the one you write in? Why? That’s a good question. I think I prefer contemporary second to paranormal. It’s nice to have everything just be a bit regular in my love stories and not have all the added backstory that’s required in other types of stories. Just my opinion.
  • Which one of your books is your favorite? Why? The novel that I have in my back pocket is my current favorite. There are some aspects to that story that are near and dear to my heart with characters that are deeper than some of the ones in my current stories. I think that it’s easier to relate to them and their relationship with those around them.

Quickies!

What skill do you wish you had that you don’t (or haven’t learned)? I can’t swim and that seems like a skill that could be handy to know.

Go to a theater or rent a movie? Gasp! You’ve hit my Achilles heel. Um, renting movies is my favorite right now.

Beer or wine? Neither. I’m not much of a drinker so I’ll stick to Cherry Dr. Pepper.

Indoor or Outdoor? Indoor when it’s cold and outdoor when it’s hot.

If you could stay a certain age, what age would it be? I’m liking the age I am now. I can get into all kinds of mischief and nobody ever sees it coming.

The best part of waking up…snuggling up with my puppies and a book.

 

 

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Tina is a retired Air Force brat and has lived in several states as well as a handful of countries. She has always had a soft spot for literature and is a voracious reader. When she isn’t writing, she can be found cuddled up with a good book. Though Tina adores a thrilling novel with sappy lovesick heroes, she is terrified of things that go bump in the night. This makes for quite a complicated relationship with zombies, something that she just can’t get enough of.

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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

Synopsis

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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FourandHalfStars

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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4.5 & 3.5 Stars for More than a Superstar by Nic Starr – #MMRomance @nicstar000

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Title: More Than a SuperStar
Author Name: Nic Starr
Publication Date & Length: December 17, 2014 – 106pgs

Synopsis

Sam Miller’s dreams are simple—to give back to the aunt who supported him since his mother’s death and to have a family of his own. He focuses on making a success of their catering business Poppy’s Pantry, and his close group of friends. However, when Aunt Poppy ends up in the hospital, it’s a stranger Sam meets in the corridor who gives him the support he needs.

Rob Taylor is a man with secrets. His life in the public eye has taken its toll, and now he lives with the repercussions. When he finds himself falling for Sam, he knows things are finally going his way.

But just as Sam and Rob find their happiness, another secret threatens to tear them apart.

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FourandHalfStars

This was a great, fast-paced read with lots to hold my interest.

I really liked both Sam and Rob. They had terrific chemistry. I’m not normally a fan of stringing readers along when there’s something going on with a character, but I felt it worked in this case. There were plenty of clues.

The way Rob refused to be honest with Sam had me both sympathetic and wanting to smack some sense into him. The way they kept talking past each other felt real.

There were only a couple of things I noticed. First, there were a few times toward the beginning when I thought the author relied too much on telling us things and not enough on showing it. Second, the way the thing with Rob was resolved wasn’t realistic. He’d have needed to tell Sam eventually anyway because he’d have needed follow-up after the initial issue was done.

Other than that, this was an enjoyable story with great characters, and I’m glad I read it.

4.5 stars

~Amy

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This book was a sweet romance.  The writing flowed very well.  I thought Sam was a sweet, quiet guy who worked very hard.  Rob was a musician and kept way too many secrets.
They did struggle through a lot of issues while getting to know each other.  There were a lot of secondary characters that played a part throughout the whole story.

I didn’t feel there was much to the story except for a lot of misunderstandings and secrets.  I felt that there were too many characters introduced in the beginning, and I found it hard to keep track of them.  I would have liked to have a little more to their romance.

~Sherry

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Nic Starr lives in Australia where she tries to squeeze as much into her busy life as possible. Balancing the demands of a corporate career with raising a family and writing can be challenging but she wouldn’t give it up for the world.

Always a reader, the lure of m/m romance was strong and she devoured hundreds of wonderful m/m romance books before eventually realising she had some stories of her own that needed to be told!

When not writing or reading, she loves to spend time with her family–an understanding husband and two beautiful daughters–and is often found indulging in her love of cooking and planning her dream home in the country.

You can find Nic on Facebook, Twitter and her blog. She’d love it if you stopped by to say hi.

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4 Stars for Love’s Return by Trina Lane – #MMRomance @Totally_Bound

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Title: Love’s Return
Author Name: Trina Lane
Publication Date & Length: January 23, 2015 – 84pgs

Synopsis

Will love get a second chance or is history destined to repeat itself?

Critical care pediatrician Dean Whitten spends his days working with pint-sized people who hold the power to bring him great joy or, when the situation takes a turn for the worst, break his heart. He finds himself having a rare day off and he really wants to make the best of it. However, it happens to be Valentine’s Day and Dean hasn’t had anyone special in his life for a very long time—fifteen years to be exact. Dean is resilient, though, and is determined to make the best of the day alone. Cupid, however, decides to give Dean a little surprise when his past comes back in a big way.

Just out of the Marine Corps, Eric Sparks is starting over in life. When he decides to break from preparing for his new job by going to the movies, he isn’t expecting to encounter the boy—now a grown man—who stole his heart as a teenager.

Fifteen years ago, Eric left the country with his military family, ending his and Dean’s budding relationship. The two quickly discover that their dormant feelings are erupting again, especially once they’re back in each other’s arms. But Dean is settled in his life and Eric is scheduled to move across country in a matter of days. Will love and life give them a second chance?

Publisher’s Note: This book was previously released by another publisher. It has been revised and re-edited for release with Totally Bound Publishing.

Review

FourStars

Dean and Eric are both loveable characters. I love how this story is told from both past and present. Their love is so pure – despite being together years apart, their hearts never forgot each other.

I liked how Lane used the past to set up the story – because it was a novella – the quickness of the story was helped along with the peeks in to the past. Without those, the story would have moved too fast. I really liked how each character brought something different to the relationship – they kept their own personalities. Too many times, couples take on each other’s traits rather than keeping true to themselves. However, the end of the story was what made me fall in love with these characters.

I would definitely read more of Trina Lane.

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I can be shy and boisterous, introverted and extroverted. I like to get dressed up in pretty clothes and think slippers, t-shirts and sweats are just fine. I love spending time with close friends and alone with a good book and glass of wine. I have been passionately addicted to romance novels since the age of thirteen and enjoy almost all genres of romance. My only requirement is that all reads have a happily ever after ending. When I am not devouring a new book by one of my favorite authors or thinking up new storylines for one of my own, you can usually find me watching a movie with my husband and cat, working with my other passionate obsession photography, or listening to my iPod. Quite frequently a combination of all the above.

I started writing on a whim when one of the thousands of stories that float around in my head stuck during the daily commute to my office. As the week progressed the storyline got more elaborate. I decided to write it down and it eventually became SEALing Fate.

I want to encourage everyone not to be afraid of trying something new. It’s scary and thrilling but the rewards can be great.

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Cover Reveal for The Adventures of Cole and Perry by Amanda C. Stone – #MMRomance #Humor @amandastonebks

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Title: The Adventures of Cole and Perry
Author Name: Amanda C. Stone
Publication Date & Length: Mid January 2015

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It all started when Cole met Perry in a bar. Over three years they had some exciting adventures, and misadventures. The six stories included in this book are all about their journey from bar to wedding.

The Anniversary
Another cancellation of plans by his boyfriend forces Cole out to the neighborhood bar. Not long after arriving he meets Perry. Even as exciting as Perry is, he’s unsure how the night will end.

The Fightmake time for each other and constantly at each other’s throats. A fight to the death will decide who is right or wrong in their arguments. But Cole really doesn’t want to shoot Perry.

The Threesome
Deciding they want to spice up things in the bedroom, Perry wants to have a one-time threesome. Cole’s nervous and doesn’t want to ask any of their friends to join them. Perry finds the perfect solution.

The House
After two and a half years together, Cole and Perry want to buy a house. Once they find the perfect house, they get to spend their first morning together in their new space. Perry will have to help Cole decide which room is his favorite.

The Baby
Both Cole and Perry are exhausted. Taking care of a three month old is hard when she’s up all night and is always hungry. If only they could find where they put the bottle warmer.

The Wedding
Cole is ready to make his commitment to Perry life-long. After careful planning, they created the perfect event. What could possibly go wrong? If only Cole didn’t ask the same question.
Cole and Perry are struggling to.

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“Cole. I have a surprise for you. I want you to close your eyes and keep them closed until I tell you to open them.”

Cole looked up from his magazine at the doorway Perry’s voice drifted in from. He put the magazine on his nightstand and closed his eyes.

“They’re closed,” he called out. He wasn’t sure where Perry was in their apartment, but he sounded close.

Rustling and a strange squeaking noise reached his ears. Cole furrowed his brows trying to figure out what Perry was up to and what he was hearing.

“Okay. Go ahead and open your eyes.”

Cole popped his eyes open. He closed them and then re-opened them again. Nope, he still was seeing what was in front of him.

“Perry. Why is there–?”

Perry cut him off before Cole could finish his thought.

“So, we had talked about fantasies and things like that. I told you this was mine. So I’d like to introduce you to Freddy. Freddy, I’d like to introduce you to my boyfriend, Cole.”

Cole smiled at how nervous Perry was. His boyfriend was adorable trying to be brave with his ideas.

“Nice to meet you, um, Freddy. Perry, where did you meet Freddy?”

Perry had a small smile on his face that showed Cole he appreciated he was alright with what was happening.

“Online. I found Freddy on some website. Can’t remember the name now.”

Cole was stunned. His boyfriend didn’t go to those types of websites for any reason. Just meant Perry wanted to have the threesome and was willing to do it without asking one of their friends. Cole was so happy Perry had found a way to have his fantasy.

 

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Armed with her Batman notebook, fourth grade Amanda C. Stone was ready to start writing stories about unicorns, family members, and her imaginary friends Pink Amanda and Blue Amanda. Today, Amanda is armed with a new notebook, along with a laptop, and a never ending supply of caffeine. Her stories are about all kinds of things, but the most important aspect is people falling in love.

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3 Stars for A Family Christmas for Wake & Cody by D.C. Williams – #MMRomance #Holiday

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Title: A Family Christmas for Wake and Cody
Author Name: D.C. Williams
Publication Date & Length: December 11, 2014 – 61pgs

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Best friends since kindergarten, Wake and Cody are starting their new lives together. If they can survive Christmas.

Wake Zakrewski’s huge and lively family has always treated Cody like another son. Now that the two best friends are lovers, will that change? Or will this Christmas be the very best one? And is Wake and Cody’s the only new romance in the family?

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This was a quick and easy holiday read. I don’t know if it’s part of a series, but it worked fine as a stand-alone in either case.

Although I enjoyed the story, it did fall a little flat for me in the sense that there’s no real conflict. In fact, there really wasn’t even much romance. I appreciated that there wasn’t a huge, detailed sex scene (it was mostly fade-to-black and one that wasn’t very descriptive). Not every story needs that. But in this case, with very little else creating interest or tension, it probably would’ve been a good idea.

I didn’t especially like Wake or some members of his family. I understand that there was a bit of overt homophobia, but I thought the author could’ve done a better job either outright condemning it or showing us how Cody dealt with it. They were really obnoxious, and I honestly wouldn’t have wanted to be Cody. I couldn’t figure out what he liked about Wake, since Wake kept saying some of the same awful things–including referring to Cody as a f** and using that word as a slur more than once.

I was a little disappointed in how it seemed like the author was going out of her way not to have any characters be too feminine. I thought there was some great potential with the character Kenni, but I wasn’t crazy about the way things ended with him.

I appreciated the author not shying away from genuinely bisexual characters and especially for using the word bisexual (it’s easy to fall into the “it doesn’t need a label” trap). However, that was sort of negated for me by the other issues.

This wasn’t bad, but it ended up lacking enough to hold my interest.

3 stars

Amy

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D.C. Williams is a writer who lives in Pennsylvania with one spouse and one child. I LOVE reader interaction. I used to add that I tended to “friend” people who added my books. I’ve taken that down because at this point I have people adding my books who I really haven’t interacted with at all. The first few months I was doing this I had run into most people who added my books somewhere on Goodreads. Since this is no longer really true (and I’ve long since eased up on the friendvites accordingly) I’m taking this down because I don’t want to discourage people who don’t enjoy author interaction from reading my books. That said, I enjoy reader interaction as much as ever, and please, feel free to add me!

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4.5 Stars for Chance to be King by Sue Brown – #MMRomance #SinglePOV

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Title: Chance to Be King
Author Name: Sue Brown
Publication Date & Length: December 17, 2014 (2nd Edition) – 133pgs

Synopsis

After working nonstop for two years, actor Eric Pawlowski desperately needs a respite from his grueling schedule and the crippling migraines that come with it. Thinking that a few weeks in a secluded cottage is just the thing, his vacation gets off to a rough start when he almost mows down the only other guy who lives on the remote road. Fortunately Thomas is quick to forgive, and soon he, Eric, and Eric’s two dogs are palling around like they’ve known each other for years.

But when Eric witnesses Thomas coldly order a lost stranger off his property, he starts to question how well he knows him. Despite a mutual attraction that has Eric cursing every time a well-meaning member of the nearby small town interrupts their attempts to get intimate, Eric wonders if acting on his desire for Thomas will get him involved in a situation he shouldn’t be in. When his rented cabin catches fire in the middle of the night and the firemen call it arson, it confirms Eric’s suspicions.

To keep Eric with him, it’s up to Thomas to come clean about who he is… and his involvement in a decade-old web of tragedy and revenge into which Eric has unwittingly walked.

First Edition published by Silver Publishing, 2010.

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FourandHalfStars

This was a compelling read, and I didn’t want to put it down. I was anxious to find out how Eric and Thomas would resolve everything between them.

Ms. Brown’s writing style is excellent. The story is a fairly typical boy-meets-boy romance, but it was so well-written it more than made up for it. I also found it refreshing to read a complete story from a single point of view rather than alternating.

I didn’t find the plot terribly memorable, and I was a little disappointed that the men kept reminding us how very manly they were. However, both Eric and Thomas were likable, and even some of the manly-man stuff was entertaining at times. The story had everything from humor to drama to action with just the right amount of sexiness in between.

All in all, a good read, and I can say with certainty Ms. Brown has a new fan.

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 be found haunting coffee shops to feed her coffee addiction. She spends hours people watching instead of typing. She feeds the plot bunnies, not the word count.

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 Vivid by Ana Raine – #MMRomance

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Title: Vivid
Author Name: Ana Raine
Publication Date & Length: December 11, 2014 – 56pgs

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FiveStars

This is a beautiful, poignant story, short enough to read in one sitting. I was instantly drawn to the main character, Akai. He’s someone I felt like I wanted to know better.

The whole story unfolds nicely, with enough information that we get to know Akai but not to the point where it feels like too much. The whole thing has a wistful, longing quality to it.

I thought the theme of sledding was interesting, especially the way it drew the past and the present together nicely. Akai was able to confront his own fears and feelings. It made a nice metaphor for the emotional ride Akai was on from the start.

The whole story built nicely toward the relationship between Akai and Collins. Even though readers will draw the obvious conclusions, Akai doesn’t, and the pleasure is in seeing him finally figure things out.

I really enjoyed this and look forward to reading other work by Ms. Raine.

5 stars

Amy

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3.5 Stars for Lonnie’s New Christmas by Jenn Dease – #MM #Holiday @momsdesk1

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Title: Lonnie’s New Christmas
Author Name: Jenn Dease
Publication Date & Length: December 11, 2014 – 44pgs

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Can Lonnie overcome the bad Holiday memories with his dragon’s help?

Lonnie Douglas has reason to dislike, almost hate the holidays. His parents are now in the background of his life. Back from his time in the Navy, Vincent Taylor lands in Lonnie’s present life, hoping to show him the love and need he has always felt.

Can Lonnie handle the new responsibilities the town leaders are asking of him? Can he overcome the bad memories with his dragon’s help?

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I thought this story was cute and sweet, short enough to read in about an hour.

I haven’t read any other stories set in this “world,” but it didn’t matter. Everything was pretty clear. Even without knowing the main characters, I felt like I had a good sense of their histories. They were hot together, and the sex was steamy (if a bit strange, with the mating). One thing I really enjoyed was how the Dragos celebrated Solstice instead of Christmas. That was very cool, and it was cute seeing their kids react to Santa.

My only hesitation was that the story felt a bit rushed and there was no real conflict. It also bordered on silly at some points. That’s mostly personal preference with a story this short, though.

Since I love dragons, I would love to read more in this world.

3.5 stars

Amy

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Jenn lives in the Pittsburgh, PA area. She belongs to one of those families that has four generations living in a three block area.

Captain’s Mate is her first published book, which Jenn and her sisters are quite proud of. She loves books, her red-headed sisters, and books.

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4.5 Stars for Catch Me by A.R. Moler – #MM

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Title: Catch Me
Author Name: A.R. Moler
Publication Date & Length: December 5, 2014 – 45pgs

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When the SWAT team leader says no to Christmas, you have to wonder why.

It’s Christmas time and Ben Sullivan is having problems getting his boyfriend, Tyler Czuba, to commit to a holiday schedule. Tyler has finally come out to his SWAT team and his relationship with Ben is now out in the open. Tyler has always worked on Christmas and doesn’t seem willing to compromise this year either. When Tyler ends up on desk duty, Ben thinks that maybe that family Christmas will work out after all. But Tyler explodes over the issue. Suddenly, Ben has to wonder if their relationship will even survive the holidays at all.

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FourandHalfStars

A nice, quick holiday story. I loved the chemistry between the main characters, Tyler and Ben. They were great together, and I felt like even in such a short work I had a good sense of who they were. The author did an excellent job of giving readers just the right tidbits to give us a feel for these guys’ personalities without simply telling us a bunch of information.

My favorite part of the story was when Ben finally coaxed the truth out of Tyler about his dislike of Christmas. It was so well done–the emotional tone, the way Ben used all the right tactics, and their eventual conversation (which had details, but again, not too many).

This was a great feel-good read.

4.5 stars

Amy

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A.R. Moler is a chemistry professor at a community college, a homeschooling mom and an avid science fiction fan. She is a devotee of first hand research for her writing whenever possible and to this end has – learned to fire a handgun, been rappelling, ridden with both EMS and the police, flown a helicopter, bought a motorcycle and learned to ride it. She has traveled to nearly all the places where her stories are set and taken hundreds of photos for documentation. She has been writing since her high school years, but only recently has become published. Her fiction can be be found at Torquere Press, Cobblestone Press and MLR. Her blog is http://www.playdohstoichiometry.blogspot.com and is entitled Playdoh, Legos and Stoichiometry. When asked why such a name for her blog, she commented that it reflects 3 of the many phases of her life. Her daughter is 10 years old and was an avid playdoh artist, her son is 14 and owns enough Legos is fill a 55-gallon drum and the stoichiometry–one of the most challenging topics to many chemistry students.

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