The Vampire’s Kiss by Marie Medina

Title: The Vampire’s Kiss [The Year of Stars 3]
Author: Marie Medina
Publisher: Evernight Publishing
Characters: Lixis & Hiroki
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Fantasy
Kisses: 2.5


Loxis lost his fated mate years ago, and he put aside all ideas of ever falling in love. He devoted his life to fighting demons and helping their victims to fill the void left in his heart. Everything changed when he was summoned to fight a demon and help rescue a young man named Hiroki. Loxis can’t fight his feelings for the damaged young man, but he fears scaring Hiroki with his desires.

Hiroki has finally emerged from a lifetime of pain and torture, and he wants nothing more than to share that life with the man who rescued him. Loxis treats Hiroki as if he is made of glass, though Hiroki knows he sees longing in Loxis’s eyes in unguarded moments. As they embark on a mission to Hiroki’s homeland, he vows that he is going to make the vampire acknowledge what is happening between them, no matter what he has to do.


“The Vampire’s Kiss” is a romance set in a fantasy world of vampires, shapeshifters, and demons. It focuses on Loxis and Hiroki, both half-demons, and what happens after Hiroki has been freed and started to recover a little. Hiroki, having been a slave of his demon father all his life, has very little self confidence, while Loxis lost his fated mate before bonding with her. This story is about Loxis into his existing desire for Hiroki and Hiroki trying to fix something his father did.

The story is definitely for those who are looking for a romance rather than a pure or hybrid fantasy. Although there is some adventure, it seems spread over the series rather than having the full adventure plot arc in the story. I would strongly suggest that you read book one and two first, as I found that reading this story as a standalone left me wanting more details.

I’m not sure why, but I just couldn’t connect to the characters. That may be because I didn’t feel like I had enough time to connect or because I like the extra little details. Things like, was the horse roan, bay, something else? Why can vampires go out in the sun? What style was Loxis’ family castle? There was a lot of sex, so if that’s your thing, you’ll probably like it.

I haven’t read any other books by this author, but I believe she has quite a few out. There also seems to be a series before the “The Year of the Stars” series called “The Year of Hearts”. I must admit, mention of a dragon shifter certainly intrigued me.

Reviewed by Alison


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The Fabulous AE Via is here and she’s givng away TWO copies of her book, Nothing Special!!

Hello Friends!!

The Fabulous and very Generous author AE Via is giving away 2 copies of her latest book, Nothing Special!! All you have to do to enter the contest is leave a comment below. The contest will run until 04/20/14.

For more information about Nothing Special, please check out the blurb and excerpt below…

Good Luck!

Author A.E. Via
WORD COUNT – 96,450
Release Date: March 21, 2014


Detective Cashel ‘Cash’ Godfrey is big, tattooed and angry so people typically keep their distance. He’s fresh out of the police academy, however, no one is looking to partner with the six foot four beast with a huge chip on his shoulder and an inability to trust. When Cash scans the orientation room he wasn’t expecting to find sexy hazel eyes locked onto him. Eyes of the handsome Detective Leonidis ‘Leo’ Day.

Leo is charming, witty, hilariously sarcastic and the only one that can make Cash smile. He’s proud, out and one bad-ass detective.

Together Cash and Leo become the most revered and successful narcotics detectives Atlanta’s ever seen. Able to communicate and understand each other, without even having to voice it, they quickly climb up the promotional ranks.

When Cash saves Leo’s life in a raid that turns deadly, Leo begins to see something in the big man that no one else does…something special. But Leo fears he’ll never break through the impenetrable wall that protects Cash’s heart.

Nothing Special takes the reader through various emotions throughout the richly fulfilling plot that’s full of erotic gay romance, heartache, passion, trials and tribulations, police action scenes, and an intriguing twist that comes to an amazing ending that’s impossible to see coming.


A.E. Via is the new best-selling author in the beautiful gay erotic genre. Her writing embodies everything from spicy to scandalous. Her stories often include intriguing edges and twists that take readers to new, thought-provoking depths.

When she’s not clicking away at her laptop, A.E. runs a very successful paralegal-for-hire business, and in her spare time, she devotes herself to her family—a husband and four children, her two pets, a Maltese dog and her white Siamese cat, ELynn, named after the late, great gay romance author E. Lynn Harris.

While this is only her third novel, she has plenty more to come. So sit back and grab a cool drink, because the male on male action is just heating up!
Go to A.E. Via’s official website for more detailed information on how to contact her, follow her, or a sneak peak on upcoming work, free reads, and where she’ll appear next.


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Day groaned at the reality cooking show that was on but left it on the station anyway. He was just dozing back off when God came through the door carrying a tray. He wore a sexy smile on his face and no shirt…just muscles and tattoos on full display. Day couldn’t believe his hole was actually clenching.
Glutton for punishment.
Day could see the newspaper hanging off one side and a tall glass of grapefruit juice.
“I thought you might be a little, umm…sore. So I made you breakfast,” God said proudly.
When God lowered the tray to the bed Day immediately had to halt his first reaction—which was to burst out with laughter. Accompanying the newspaper and glass of juice, was a small mug of coffee that was too dark for Day’s liking, two pieces of burned toast with too much butter on them that hadn’t melted so the toast must be cold and a big bowl of Cap’n Crunch cereal with a spoon large enough to stir spaghetti sauce.
God handed Day the coffee first. “Here. I know this is what you want first.” God chuckled.
Day winked at him and took the mug. Day took a decent sip and cringed on the inside at the bitter, cold coffee. When Day looked closer into the mug, he could see quite a few coffee grounds floating around.
He looked up, gave his lover a genuine smile, and said, “Thank you, baby. It’s perfect.”
God looked so pleased with himself that Day vowed he was going to eat and drink every single thing on the tray. He picked up the toast, took a bite and quickly chased it with some grapefruit juice. God climbed in the bed from the other side and spooned him from the back, kissing him across his neck and shoulders.
“Are you feeling okay? Did I hurt you?” God asked in a low voice.
Day swallowed the mouth full of half-soggy cereal, almost gagging at the texture before answering God in a relaxed tone.
“No. You didn’t hurt me at all. I’m a little tender, but it will go away soon.”
“You’re lying.” God kissed his cheek. “I’m going to run you a bath in that swimming pool you’ve got in your bathroom.”
“Only if you join me.”
God kissed him again and got off the bed to go into the bathroom.
Day ate his food faster than humanly possible and scarfed down the horrific coffee in an effort not to taste it too much. He said a silent prayer that he didn’t get indigestion and placed the tray down on the floor.
He got out of bed and winced with each step he took into the spacious bathroom. God had the lights off and a couple candles lit on the outer rim of the Jacuzzi tub. He was already waiting inside for Day. Day licked his lips at the beads of water running down God’s chest.
God lifted one corner of his mouth at him and that was invitation enough.
Day was already naked so he climbed inside the tub and settled between God’s firm thighs.


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Enter to win a copy of When Love Comes to Town by Jacob Z. Flores

The When Love Comes to Town Giveaway Contest

All you have to do is leave a comment to this post, and your name is entered to win a free copy of When Love Comes to Town by midnight tonight.

Good Luck!

More information on When Love Comes to Town


Brody O’Shea isn’t looking for much, just a hot guy with a decent job, who is sane and doesn’t have kids. The son of a former rock star, Brody has lived through the pain of bankruptcy and bad parenting, and he doesn’t want to experience it again. As a reformed horndog, he wants the security and stability of a relationship. But almost every guy he meets seems satisfied with Mr. Right Now, and he wants to find Mr. Right—now! 

The only men Eric Vasquez chases are criminals. As a deputy and single father, he has no need for a relationship after his last one ended disastrously. He lives for and through Maddie, his nine-year-old daughter. Everything else is a needless distraction, but distraction is what Eric gets when he comes to Provincetown to attend the wedding between his cousin Van and the man of his dreams. 

When Brody and Eric meet, what they want and what they find conflict. An ocean of expectations separates them. If they cannot move past their reservations to reach each other’s shores, they might miss the boat when love comes to town.


Brody had wanted answers to his questions, but how was he supposed to ask them? Accusing a nine-year-old girl of having an ulterior motive wouldn’t earn him any brownie points, and since Maddie was always at their side, he couldn’t very well ask Eric what Maddie’s questions had been about.

He had no choice but to leave them unanswered. At least for the time being.
Maddie’s screech from down the beach got his attention. Right now, her father was chasing her around, trying to catch her and throw her in the water. They’d been playing that game since Maddie had finished asking about marriage, love, and second husbands.

It had come on so suddenly he couldn’t help but see it for what it was—a diversion. But just what was Eric trying to avoid?

“Brody!” Maddie screamed. She zigged while Eric zagged and was able to increase the distance between them. “Help me!”

“I don’t get between a father and his daughter,” he called back. She replied by sticking out her tongue, but unfortunately that little gesture caused her to lose ground. Her father lunged at her and snagged her by her elbow. Eric then hauled her over his shoulder and headed toward the water.

Brody laughed. Whatever the reason for Eric’s sudden interest in tormenting Maddie, it was working. How could he focus on finding answers when the two of them were being so adorable? He really needed to stop that. He’d already accepted that he and Eric weren’t going to happen. They were destined to be friends. That was it. He was going to be here for Eric. Help make him smile. Especially since Eric appeared to be in dire need of a good time.

Suddenly, Maddie rushed past him and sprinted down the beach. How the hell did she get away from Eric? Eric came lumbering after her. He had to do something to come to Maddie’s rescue.

So as Eric ran past him, Brody leaped upon his back. The force unsteadied Eric, who teetered to one side. This caused Brody to fall off Eric and land on his back in the warm sand. Eric tried to catch himself, but the force of Brody’s body first landing on him, then falling off sent Eric into a spin before he crashed on top of him.
In the distance, Maddie’s laughter echoed back to him, but all Brody could focus on was Eric’s heaving body pressed on top of him. His frame fit against him quite comfortably, as if they were missing pieces to each other’s puzzle. Did Eric notice that too? Was that why his amber eyes, which had previously gazed down at him in wide surprise, no longer looked embarrassed? Instead, a sly grin caught the right corner of his mouth and hooked it upward.

Fuck, that was hot! And why did he have to smell so damn good? A heady mixture of sweat and aftershave drifted in the air. Then there were the hot pants of air that blew across Brody’s cheeks. Each exhale fanned a fire that rapidly consumed him from within.

If he didn’t have morenot for his self-control, he’d he would have craned his neck and steal stolen a kiss. But that was completely inappropriate. Especially in front of Maddie.

“I think it may be time to get up,” Brody said. His voice was low and throaty. Did he really need to be speaking with a bedroom voice at the moment? His vocal cords seemed to think so. They were no doubt working in collusion with the erection that took up all the room in his underwear.

Oh great! He had an erection, and Eric was on top of him. There was no way he could hide that. But wait a minute. What was growing in Eric’s shorts?


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The Fabulous Jacob Z. Flores is here today on his blog tour to answer some of our burning questions!!

Please give a big Top2Bottom Welcome to Jacob Flores!

Thanks for having me back at Top2Bottom. You guys have always been good to me and were one of the first sites to host me when I first started writing in m/m in 2012, so it’s always great to come back to where you started. I truly appreciate it!

You’re always welcome here, Jacob:) We’re always thrilled when you stop by!

Thank you for taking some down time and spending it with us. Let’s start this off with a beverage. We have coffee, tea, some sort of juice (I think it’s been in here a few weeks) and soda. What would you like?

I’ll take some orange juice. Hell, while you’re at it, make it a mimosa!

We love the way you think! We’ll all have one and have a big party! Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Well, I’m recently single, so I’m back out in the dating world, which has been quite the experience. I’ve been away from this life for over ten years, and it’s been quite an adjustment.

I’ve actually been thinking about writing blog posts about single life and dating experiences. You know, getting back on the horse and all that! And I’m talking about going out on dates not the occasional mount and dismount we love to write and read about.

That’s a great idea, Jacob. Dating can be exciting and fun, but it also can be disastrous! Not every frog is a Prince Charming.

When you received news that your manuscript had been accepted what were the first words that fell from your mouth?

I’m usually too excited to mutter intelligible words. I squeal and then dance around like a fool. I do that each and every time a manuscript is accepted. And as long as it works, I’ll keep on doing it. The only person who hates it is my daughter. She thinks I’m weird. But I am, so that’s okay.

Naturally, I was super excited to learn that Dreamspinner accepted When Love Comes to Town. It’s the fourth and final book of the Provincetown Series. Even though it was part of the series and had the release booked in advance to acceptance, I was still nervous. I don’t like to count those chickens too soon. You know what I mean?

We do. Life has a tendency to be unpredictable.

What forces brought you over to the MM Genre and what made you want to write it?

It was a longing to tell stories that I could personally relate to. I’d always been an avid reader of mainstream fiction, but most of those characters, while usually excellently written, didn’t relate to me on a personal level. So I decided to write stories that spoke to me, that revealed snippets of my life and my community.

And what a community it is! The m/m genre is filled with wonderful authors and readers, who have embraced me with open arms. I consider myself lucky to write for such devoted readers, and it always makes my day when one of them reaches out to me about a novel of mine they enjoyed.

Would you care for some cookies? We have chocolate chip, peanut butter, oatmeal with or without raisins and a package of mystery ones. We have cake too. Your choice.

Chocolate cake please. I never turn down chocolate cake! And no need to get a knife dirty with cutting it, I’ll just take the whole thing. What can I say? I love chocolate.

How many hours a day do you spend writing?

That really just depends on my schedule. I try to write at least one thousand words a day to keep myself in the habit. But on a day when I’m not swamped with work or parental duties, I can get up to four thousand. When school’s out during the summer, I write about eight hours a day.

I just love writing. Besides spending time with my daughter and loved ones, there’s nothing else I’d rather do.

Do you write right through or do you revise as you go along?

I tend to revise as I go. I’m very anal when it comes to my process. If something isn’t working or I need to make adjustments, I have to make it perfect before I can move on. If not, that imperfection eats away at the back of my mind, which just ends up distracting me from making progress. When I’m done with a WIP though, I read the whole things again at least two more times to fix problems that I find. It’s a continual process for me.

When it comes to plotting, do you write freely or plan everything in advance?

What’s funny about the answer to this question is that it has changed. When I wrote Moral Authority and 3, I crafted an outline from beginning to end. It worked really well for those books. When I started writing The Gifted One, I had a general idea of where I wanted to go, but I just couldn’t write the outline. So I started writing, and the novel just came to me as I went.

For all the books in the Provincetown books, I had no outline whatsoever. I created the characters and set them loose. They’ve told me where they wanted to go and what they wanted to do. I figured since my muse was in the driver’s seat, I’d just let him take control. I’ve been pleased with the overall results so far.

Of your characters do you have a favorite and why?

Tough question. It’s like asking me to choose between chocolate cake and cookies. But if I had to choose, I’d say my favorite character right now is Maddie from When Love Comes to Town. She’s Eric’s nine-year-old daughter, who’s wise beyond her years. She really came to life for me as I wrote her, and she has some of the best lines in the book. She’s also perhaps the smartest character I’ve ever written. She has a keen eye and quick mind. She knows exactly what’s going on even before the adults do. Plus, she’s just so dark cute!

Writers often go on about writer’s block. Do you ever suffer from it, and what measures do you take to get past it?

What is this writer’s block you mention? I’m unfamiliar with it.

Yeah, right. It’s tough when my muse decides to take a nap. I usually sit and stew before pacing around the room. I try to get him to wake up, but when a guy’s spent, he’s spent. So I find a book and start reading. That usually get’s my muse ready to go again, and I dive right in before he decides it’s time for another nap.

He’s a fickle man, my muse. But I love him anyway.

Do you have a particular spot in your house that you call your comfy zone? (The place where you write.)

Not anymore. I used to write in my big comfy chair. In fact, it sort of became a crutch. I seemed only capable of being productive when I was sitting in it with my feet propped up on the ottoman. But I’ve learned that my muse will follow me wherever I go. All I need is him and my laptop, and we’re good to go.

When you’re in the mindset to write, do you put a sign up that warns others not to disturb you while at work?

I don’t really need a sign. It’s usually all over my face. I’m focused and in my own world. I can’t tell you how many times people have talked to me while I was writing, and I didn’t even know someone was speaking. I zone out when I’m plugged into my muse. As long as there isn’t music blaring or a loud TV show on, I’m good to go.

How would you describe your sense of humor? Who and what makes you laugh?

I have no sense of humor whatsoever since I’m a robot sent to spy on you earthlings before we invade your planet. But don’t worry, we only plan on taking your men. They will be the only ones who are ravaged.

What is the most frequently asked Jacob Z. Flores question?

I get asked a lot if When Love Comes to Town is really the end of the Provincetown Series. Many readers don’t want the series to end and have lamented how they are going to miss the boys we’ve all come to love. I’m going to miss them too. But you never know, I might just write a Return to Provincetown series to revisit Zach and Van, Nino and Teddy, and Brody and Eric, and then introduce a whole new generation of boys looking for other boys to love.

What are you working on now?

I just finished a novel that’s tentatively titled Being True. It’s about a high school misfit named Truman L. Cobbler. He’s a misfit with a weird name that just doesn’t fit it. He’s made fun of constantly for his odd yet delicate features, his name, and for the fact that he “looks” gay. But Tru doesn’t allow other people to change who he is. He dusts himself off after each bully and tries to be true to who he is. But when Tru transfers to a new school in the inner city of San Antonio, he meets Javi Castillo, the hot and popular jock, who takes an immediate liking to him.

Tru and Javi’s friendship rocks the social cliques at the school. They don’t know how to handle Mr. Popular taking a stand for Mr. Donkey, as Tru is called. The boys have to learn how to navigate the choppy social waters of high school while at the same time dealing with the attraction that keeps growing between them. And there’s also a bully named Rance, who is hell bent on making sure that whatever relationship is starting between Tru and Javi doesn’t last.

Writing is obviously not just how you make your living, but your life-style as well. What do you do to keep the creative “spark” alive – both in your work and out of it?

Reading helps with the creative spark. When I read, I typically consider how the author constructed the plot and the characters. I try to figure out where the plot is going and how the characters will evolve. I even imagine alternate paths that the author could have chosen but didn’t. I think of reading as a creative writing exercise.

What kind of books do you like to read outside of the MM Genre?

Horror is my absolute favorite. I’ve always been a big fan of the genre, whether it’s in the theater or in a book. There’s just something about being terrified that makes me happy. My daughter, who used to hate being scared, is developing an appreciation for it. I couldn’t be happier than to share that with her.

Pick one: Scientist, Astronaut, Retail, or Horse Trainer-

Well, since I’m single and dating again, let’s go with horse trainer. He can help me with my mount in the saddle.

Aside from writing, what else do you enjoy doing?

Traveling is something I enjoy. I hope to take several trips this year and spend time with friends and loved ones. It’s good to get out of your space and go some place new. It’s a good way to recharge those creative batteries.

Any special projects coming out soon we should watch for?

I’m hoping Dreamspinner will pick up Being True. Beyond that, I have several ideas brewing. There’s a particular paranormal series I’ve been toying with, and I’ve been dying to do some world building for that. But I leave it up to my muse these days. Where he leads, I follow.

Can you please tell us where we can find you on the Internet?

You can buy When Love Comes to Town here:

And I urge readers to visit me at any or all of my social media sites:

It was a pleasure having you here with us today. Please come by and let us know how you’re doing from time to time. OH! And before you leave, can I get your help here in the kitchen? Thanks!!

Thank you for having me, and of course I can help. But before we get started on the dishes, I want to thank everyone who joined me here today.

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Where will Jacob Z. Flores will be next on his When Love Comes to Town Blog stop? Check it out below!

Jacob Z Flores When Love Comes to Town Blog Tour

4/10/2014 Literary Nymphs Hot List
4/11/2014 MM Good Book Reviews
4/14/2014 The Blog of Sid Love
4/16/2014 Its Raining Men
4/17/2014 Top2Bottom
4/17/2014 MamaKitty Reviews
4/21/2014 The Novel Approach
4/23/2014 Fallen Angel Reviews

Giveaway :
Jacob will be giving away an eBook copy of When Love Comes to Town at each stop.

Author Bio:

Jacob Z. Flores lives a double life. During the day, he is a respected college English professor and mid-level administrator. At night and during his summer vacation, he loosens the tie and tosses aside the trendy sports coat to write man on man fiction, where the hard ass assessor of freshmen level composition turns his attention to the firm posteriors and other rigid appendages of the characters in his fictional world.

Summers in Provincetown, Massachusetts, provide Jacob with inspiration for his fiction. The abundance of barely clothed man flesh and daily debauchery stimulates his personal muse. When he isn’t stroking the keyboard, Jacob spends time with his husband, Bruce, their three children, and two dogs, who represent a bright blue blip in an otherwise predominantly red swath in south Texas.

You can follow Jacob’s musings on his blog at or become a part of his social media network by visiting,, or

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Join Laura Harner on her Willow Springs Ranch Blog Tour !!

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Laura Harner
Book Name: Willow Springs Ranch Series

Book 1 – Ty Hard

Book 2 – Hold Tight

Book 3 – Taking Chance

Book 3.5 – Ty’d Down (free short)

Book 4 – Hanging Chad

Book 5 – Park’s Lot

Author Name: Laura Harner

Author Bio:

Raised in California, Laura likes it hot, which explains why she ended up in Arizona via such diverse places as Japan, Maine, and Florida, and many more places in between. After retiring from the US Navy, she found a niche working for land management agencies, including the National Park Service and the Bureau of Land Management. Though she has held many jobs around the world, her favorite was working and living in Grand Canyon National Park. Working (and eating) in New Orleans was a close second. You will find many of her books are set against the rich backdrops provided by coastal Louisiana and northern Arizona.

When asked how she started writing, Laura tells of waking on Boxing Day a few years ago, with a woman named Elena MacFarland yammering in her dreams, demanding her story be told. Despite never attempting to write fiction before that morning, Laura ignored all of the holiday visitors and the Highland Destiny series was born. She doesn’t believe it was a coincidence that the great grandmother who died when Laura was just a baby was named Elena MacFarland. Destiny does play a hand.

Laura became a full-time writer in 2012, and now she spends her time writing, watching her Arizona Diamondbacks, and working on her very own version of the Willow Springs Ranch in northwestern Arizona. She is a multi-published author of erotic romance, mystery, and urban fantasy and her books can be found at all major online retailers.”

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Cover Artist Laura Harner
Publisher Hot Corner Press

Tour includes Book 1 – Ty Hard

Tyler has used Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell as a shield against the truth since he was seventeen. Cut loose from his Navy career and mourning his mentor’s death, Ty must come to terms with his desire for another man, even while he fights to keep his PTSD from pulling him under. Rancher Cass Cartwright’s relationships never last more than a few hours, and that’s just the way he likes it. Now he’s done the one thing he swore never to do: fallen in love. Can Cass convince Ty to let go of his past or will sabotage at the ranch kill their love before it has a chance to grow?

Book 2 – Hold Tight

Sheriff Holden Titus had organized his fresh start down to the last detail. Except for the part about the bomb that blew his plans all to hell. Now he’s running out of time, without a job, without a home, and struggling to get back on his feet. Literally.

Despite the impolite rejection, Drew knows he didn’t have the wrong impression months ago when he asked the sheriff to dance, but he never expected to have Holden’s life in his hands. Literally.

Thanks to some meddlesome matchmaking, the two men are now temporary housemates at the Willow Springs Ranch and Drew is determined to help Holden heal, both physically and emotionally. Even if it means he has to drag the other man kicking and screaming to physical therapy…and out of the closet. In fact, that might be kind of fun.

The problem is, Holden doesn’t consider himself in the closet…but not all secrets are created equal.

Book 3 – Taking Chance

Officer Chance Carter is pretty sure he’d still enjoy being on either end of a good ass reaming—just not the one from his supervisor that lands him on an involuntary extended vacation. Another holiday season with nothing to do except visit an old friend.

Former hospital corpsman Bryan Mitchell doesn’t feel less than honorable, but that’s what his discharge paperwork states. Now he’s down and out in Kingman, Arizona until the charity of a stranger lands him a temporary job for the holidays.

When two federal employees go missing during a highly controversial wild horse roundup, the two Willow Springs Ranch newcomers are drafted to help in the search, but if rumors of a local anti-government militia are true, Chance and Bryan may be in serious trouble—and from something far more dangerous than their mutual attraction.

Book 3.5 – Ty’d Down (free short)

Ty brushed his hands on the long white apron and moved to the island counter to add more
frosting to the piping bag. Cake decorating had never been his favorite chef duty, but like many cooks in the Navy, he had plenty of experience. He took another sip of coffee then began the final step of piping the white border around the edge of the top layer. He would add the already prepared red roses, last. As peace offerings went, a chocolate three-layer cake with buttercream icing wasn’t much, but Cass would forgive him. Eventually.

Today should have been their wedding day, but Ty had put a stop to all the foolishness weeks ago. For fuck’s sake, Arizona didn’t even have gay marriage. The gathering of friends for a commitment ceremony just seemed…stupid. Besides, Cass had just been caught up in the events surrounding Chance and Bryan’s rescue when he’d proposed. The truth of their relationship had been plain as day when Cass tried to take over the conversation after Bryan had been rescued. The words still echoed in his head.

“It’s my ranch…my decision…” Cass was boss and Ty the cook. Point taken. Ty wasn’t even bitter. Much. Cass was right, this was his ranch and Ty had usurped his authority—but goddamn it! No one here was better than Ty when it came to running a covert mission. Cass should have respected him enough…trusted him enough…

Book 4 – Hanging Chad

For Chad Ollom, landing on the Willow Springs Ranch after his teaching career crashed and burned last year was a lesson in irony, considering he’d sworn off all things related to horses and cowboys after a near fatal fall as a child. Now with a new mission in life, Chad plans to bring critically ill children to the ranch for a special celebration.

Aging rodeo cowboy Jesse Duran lives life eight seconds at a time, and whether it’s broncos or men, it’s always been get on and get off before anyone gets hurt. When he’s required to take a break from the circuit and ends up on the WSR, the enticing ass of a stand-offish teacher turned contractor might just be enough challenge to keep him entertained for a week or two.

As attraction flares, personal boundaries start to crumble, and the lines between seducer and seduced begin to blur. When the series of on-going attacks against the WSR moves from sabotage to arson, Jesse steps up to help, but when Chad is forced to return to his past to face charges, the men of the WSR want to know if Jesse will stick or leave Chad hanging.

Book 5 – Park’s Lot

When vegan, peace-loving, social do-gooder Park Williams stumbles across the half-dead cattle rancher who has been sabotaging the Willow Springs Ranch in the name of a homophobic militia group…there’s only one thing to do. Save his life, then share his tent. Waking to find the man’s dick pressed against his ass is just a bonus.

Tanner Triplett is in trouble. Not the your-brother-is-a-sociopathic-murderer-and-you’re-his-next-victim sort of trouble. Not even the your-father-is-trying-to-overthrow-the-federal-government-and-you’re-going-to-jail-for-helping kind of trouble. No…this is the sort of trouble that comes when you wake up with stranger’s dick in your hand. Holy fuck. How is he going to get out of this?

A sudden need to run for their lives ought to do it.

Determined to make amends, Tanner leads Park to the relative safety of the WSR, where the biggest danger should be from gun-wielding cowboys seeking revenge. Tanner hadn’t counted on sharing a room with the exotically beautiful Park or the danger to his heart when the carefully erected walls protecting his secret come tumbling down.


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Shiny! by Amy Lane

Title: Shiny!
Author: Amy Lane
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages: 200
Characters: Will Lafferty, Kenny Scalia
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Contemporary, Erotic Romance
Kisses: 5


Will Lafferty and Kenny Scalia are both having sort of a day. Will gets fired for letting fifth graders read Harry Potter, and Kenny finds his boyfriend and his sex toys in bed with a complete stranger. When Will knocks over Kenny’s trash can—and strews Kenny’s personal business all over the street—it feels like the perfect craptastic climax to the sewage of suckage that has rained down on them both.

But ever-friendly, ever-kind Will asks snarky Kenny out for a beer—God knows they both need one—and two amazing things occur: Kenny discovers talking to Will might be the best form of intercourse ever, and Will discovers he’s gay.

Their unlikely friendship seems like the perfect platonic match until Will reveals how very much more he’s been feeling for Kenny almost since the beginning. But Kenny’s worried. Will’s newfound sexuality is bright and glittery and shiny, but what happens when that wears off? Is Will’s infatuation with Kenny strong enough to stay real?


A wonderful, realistically portrayed tale of two men meeting in a weird fashion and starting an unlikely friendship–and later an affair with beautiful consequences.

Will is fired from a religious school for letting his kids think outside the box and Kenny surprises his boyfriend at home during lunch, only to find him getting fucked by some other guy in their bed. In his underwear, Kenny throws his dick-of-an-ex out, plus his favorite but now tainted dildos–and Will crashes his car into said trash can with the dildos. And that’s how the two men meet. You can imagine what kind of ride they have in store after that, one bizarre twist after another.

Will is sweet and kind and straight and unimpressive in appearance. Kenny is flashy and opinionated and creative and with too many sharp angles to be considered pretty. They are almost polar opposites, but they have so much in common. Their shared project, a comic book series, takes on a life of its own, with a grand potential. Both men are so realistic and funny and smart and nice. I just wanted to hug them. Their lives are complicated and them getting together is even more complicated but… Love does what love does. Will is in this for the first time, honest and happy in his skin. But Kenny has his fears and doubts about Will leaving him for new and shiny guys. It’s up to Will to show Kenny he’s the only one for him.

The writing was so odd at first, I admit. There’s a curious casualness, a sort of free flow of thoughts put on paper, that I almost decided to pass on those sections. But… Ms. Lane has a way of bringing humor forth in every single page, and I laughed out loud reading this. The embedded humor made this a very likeable tale, and the realism had enough levity to show the positive outcome in store for us all if we only believe in it. Their families are very different, and deal with things differently. Will’s coming out talk with his mom was just superb, so funny and sweet. Kenny’s brother is a douchebag. We get both Will and Kenny’s points of view, and we get to know them intimately. I felt for them, empathized, sympathized… loved ‘em.

I highly recommend this book for everyone who love MM romances.

Reviewed By: Susan


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