Cowboy Pride by Carol Lynne

Title: Cowboy Pride
Author: Carol Lynne
Publisher: Totally Bound Publishing
Pages: 73
Characters: Dub Walker, Shane Ackerman
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Contemporary, Cowboy/Western, Erotic Romance



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Blurb:

Two unconventional cowboys make an unconventional relationship work.

As owner of the Rocking W, Dub Walker’s job is to make sure his cowboys keep their minds on their jobs and not the hot rough stock riders who come to the ranch to train. It hasn’t always been easy for Dub to resist the sweet young things, but he’s been doing less prowling since realising there’s only one man on the ranch for him.

For years, Shane Ackerman has tried to prove to Dub that they’re right for each other. Unfortunately, the man Shane loves and worships pushes him away at every turn. Instead of wallowing in self-pity, Shane does what any twenty-something man would do—has sex, lots of it.

Dub could easily take Shane to his bed, but he wants more from the younger man than a roll in the hay. With temptation around the ranch seven days a week, Dub knows monogamy will be a problem for both of them. With the help of a friend and a bit of soul searching, Dub discovers the only people qualified to define a relationship are those in it.


Review:

This is a very frustrating story. At first. There’s misunderstandings and annoying side characters and so much sexual intrigue it’ll make you hopping mad. Why can’t Dub and Shane just get together, dammit? But… that’s also why this story kinda works. Both men have their pride. Dub’s hung up on preconceptions and petty jealousies, and Shane’s a sort of a slut but with a heart of gold. Still, they’re men, and as men it takes them a while to get to talking things through and really seeing one another. But, when they finally manage to negotiate a mutually satisfying relationship agreement, all bets are off.

Dub’s hedging in starting a relationship with Shane is a bit irritating, his reasoning I mean. But, on the other hand, a man like him understands that monogamy enforced by society’s standards doesn’t always work for everyone.

There’s a big section in the story where the two men have gone their separate ways, and there’s sleeping with other men before Dub and Shane get together. If you consider that cheating, then steer clear. There’s also a modicum of violence in this story, and an ample dose of irritating men.

In any case, this story ends abruptly, with several loose threads left unsolved, like what happens with Trent and Justice. That bugged me quite a bit. But there’s a sequel involving Dub, Shane and Cash. I’m definitely looking forward to that. The romance ends up being quite sweet, not to mention hot between the sheets. A good cowboy story even though it ends sort of in the middle.

Reviewed By: Susan

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Nothing Special by Jay Northcote

NothingSpecialSMTitle: Nothing Special

Author Jay Northcote

Publisher: Dreamspinner

Pages:165

Characters: Noah and Sol

Sub-Genre

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Blurb

Noah thinks he’s nothing special. Average height, a bit on the skinny side, and cute but rather geeky, he’s relentlessly ordinary. He certainly doesn’t expect to be noticed by Sol, the gorgeous dark-haired stranger Noah sees on his commute home most days. But when Noah’s friend, Dom, persuades Noah to take a huge risk in a bid to get Sol’s attention, things turn out better than Noah dared to hope. Noah and Sol start dating, and much to Noah’s surprise, his feelings seem to be reciprocated.

But Noah’s insecurities make him doubt Sol. He doesn’t believe he’s interesting enough or sexy enough to hold Sol’s attention, and as Sol tries to get closer, Noah’s instinct is to pull away to protect himself. If their relationship is going to survive, Sol needs to convince Noah that he sees Noah very differently than Noah sees himself. Because to Sol, Noah is something very special indeed.

 

Review:

Classic story of two men trying to find a way to make it work. Noal is a bit geeky, average looking with a decent job and horrible self esteem. He would never dream that a man like Sol would find him attractive, much less want to be with him. Sol is the sexy guy that Noah has been dreaming about for months. Every day they see each other on the train. Every day Noah wants to talk to him and every day he chickens out. When Noah’s best friend talks him into placing an ad in the paper Sol reads everyday Noah finds out that sometimes life is worth taking a chance

 

Matters of Courtship by C. M. Jackson

MattersofCourtshipTitle: Matters of Courtship

Author C.M. Jackson

Publisher: Dreamspinner

Pages: 250

Characters: William Samuel Davis and Luca O’Malley-Hamilton

Sub-Genre love story

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Blurb

Crown Prince of the United Kingdom of America, William Samuel Davis, has recently been outed by the press. Worse yet, he’s been thrown into an arranged marriage with one of the stuffiest people he knows—one Lucas O’Malley-Hamilton. It’s a match made in hell, and William fully intends to make everyone see the error of their ways and send Lucas back home on the first available flight.

But things quickly get more complicated than William had thought possible as the antimonarchy crowd uses his outing against him. As he is forced to face the realities of his position, he finds himself drawn to sides of Lucas he hadn’t known existed. Tensions rise throughout the country and in William’s world. While the situation absolutely refuses to improve, it can and will get worse.

 

Review:

Extremely fun story to read. From the beginning I couldn’t tell if they were going to kill each other or love each other. Will has recently outed himself to the press. The only real problem with this is he did it before telling any of his family. The king and queen are really not happy about this. Take this with a long line of discrepancies from the prince and they have had enough. Time for the prince to grow up and take responsibility. They call in the big gun’s.. Grandma. The fiery little lady that has everyone a little scared. They have decided that it is time for Will to get married, and they have worked out all the details. Even the groom. Lucas has known his entire life this is what would happen. He would be betrothed to a man he doesn’t know to make his country stronger. What he never expected was Will. Will is arrogant, stubborn, careless and definitely not happy about getting married. Forced into companionship the two must learn to know each other, preferably without killing each other.

 

Reviewed By: Jerry

A Royal Affair by John Wiltshire

RoyalAffair[A]Title: A Royal Affair

Author John Wiltshire

Publisher: Dreamspinner

Pages: 259

Characters: Nikolai Hartmann and Prince Aleksey

Sub-Genre love story

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Blurb

Doctor Nikolai Hartmann represents himself as a learned man of science who believes wholly in the rational and scientific above all else. In reality, he is a man haunted by an unusual past and running from his own nature. While the Reformation transforms much of Europe, it has yet to touch Hesse-Davia; this is a land mired in superstition with cruel punishments for crimes such as witchcraft and sodomy.

While traveling to the dying king’s bedside to offer his medical expertise, Nikolai is set upon by a bandit. Reaching the king’s ancient stronghold, he discovers his mysterious brigand is the beautiful, arrogant Prince Aleksey. Aleksey is everything Nikolai is not: unguarded, passionate, and willful. Despite their differences, Nikolai feels an irresistible desire for the young royal that keeps him in Aleksey’s thrall.

But Hesse-Davia is a dangerous world for a newly crowned king who wants to reform his country—and for the man who loves him.

 

Review:

Dr Nikolay is a man of science and rational thinking. It is what makes his so good at what he does. He is also a man haunted by his past and his desires. When he is asked to help a king is a different part of the world his never expects to find what he finds. This part of the world is dark, deeply religious and ruled in hate and fear. His voyage is hard enough but what he finds with the king is worse. He cannot solve this mystery, who is poisoning the king. What is even more troubling to Nikolai is this strong passion for the young prince and the fact that the prince seems to be drawn to him at every turn. But in a country where sodomy is punishable by death Nikolai knows not to let anything happen. Swept into a world of deceit, mystery and power Nikolai must learn to trust himself, and Aleksey if he is to survive.

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Reviewed By: Jerry

 

Torquere Press New Release Post

torquere new releases

This week, we have selected titles from Katherine Halle and Vic Winter on sale for 20% off! Check ‘em out here: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=specials

Little Candy
by Vic Winter
52 pages / 15000 words
ISBN: 978-1-61040-814-1$2.99

Buy Link:  http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=78_85&products_id=4277

Blurb:

It’s Halloween, that time of year when things go bump in the night. This collection contains four Halloween themed stories by Vic Winter, designed to delight and fright.

The Haunted House, The Scream-o-Rama, I Ate the Fried Spider and Halloween Grinch were previously published individually by Torquere Press

The Oasis: Palm Springs Diaries book 1

by A.J. Llewellyn
104 pages / 28900 words
ISBN: 978-1-61040-813-4
$3.49

Buy Link:  http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=78_85&products_id=4278

Blurb:

Elias has worked so hard to get into shape, and it hasn’t been easy considering he never met a donut he didn’t like. His whole life is a pressure cooker, and love, his distant fantasy, is nowhere on the horizon.

When his best friend and roommate, Josh, talks him into a weekend getaway, he says yes but soon wishes he’d said no. Elias doesn’t think he’s ready for a trip that involves Gay Leather Pride Weekend at The Oasis resort in Palm Springs.

Elias is finally starting to feel good in his clothes. Can he really parade around in a leather anything, or God help him, naked in front of dozens of horny men?
Can he handle a pornado of a weekend?

Previously published by Silver Publishing.

Cast the First Stone

by Katherine Halle
123 pages / 38800 words
ISBN: 978-1-61040-815-8
$3.99

Buy Link:  http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=78_85&products_id=4276

Blurb:

Julian Hart is a werewolf hunter. The murder of his parents at the claws of a pair of rogue werewolves left him as guardian to his younger sister, Zoe. Grief and rage drove him to become a hunter and prevent other families from suffering the same fate. His latest hunt leads him right into Alpha Stone’s territory, where his sister was turned against her will.

Werewolf protocol demands that he ask for permission before entering Stone’s territory and continuing his hunt. That leaves Julian with an unwanted entourage and fighting an attraction to a man he shouldn’t crave.
With Alpha Stone’s people dogging his every step and Julian resisting his desire for the very man he’s supposed to hate, his hunt uncovers secrets hidden within lies and a plot for vengeance that no one saw coming.
When the smoke clears, what Julian finds at the end of the trail will forever change his life and the lives of everyone he holds dear.

The Prince and the Program [The Mordred Saga: Book One] by Aldous Mercer

PrinceProgramTitle:     The Prince and the Program [The Mordred Saga: Book One]

Author:           Aldous Mercer

Publisher:      Dreamspinner Press

Pages:            340 pages (104,290 words)

Characters:   Alan & Mordred Pendragon

POV:               Third Limited

Sub-Genre:   Paranormal / Science Fiction / Fantasy

Kisses:           4.5

 

Blurb:

Mordred Pendragon, the Bastard Prince, has done a Bad Thing—again. Exiled to Canada for seven years, he has to find a job to pay his bills. For reasons he refuses to reveal, Mordred decides “Software Engineer” has a nice ring to it. And though experience with “killing the Once and Future King, my father” and “that time in feudal Japan” makes for a poor résumé, he is hired by a small tech startup in Toronto.

 

In the midst of dealing with a crippling caffeine addiction and learning C++, Mordred thinks he has finally found someone to anchor him to the world of the living: Alan, the company’s offsite lead developer. Except that Alan might not be a “living” entity at all—he may, in fact, be the world’s first strong AI. Or a demon that mistook a Windows install for the highway to Hell. Or, just maybe, the ghost of Alan Turing, currently inhabiting a laptop.

 

Mordred’s attempts to figure out his love life are hampered by constant interference from the Inquisitors of the Securitates Arcanarum, corporate espionage, real espionage, a sysadmin bent on enslaving the world, and Marketing’s demands that Mordred ship software to the Russian Federation. Then Alan gets himself kidnapped. To save him, Mordred must ally himself with the company’s CEO, who will stop at nothing to rescue her lead developer so he can get back to work. But the Prince doesn’t just want to rescue Alan, he wants a Happily Ever After—and he will travel beyond Death itself to get one.

 

Too bad Alan is perfectly happy as a computer.

 

Review:

Current Aldous Mercer fans will love “The Prince and the Program”, although it is not for those who want a ‘run of the mill’ romance. Nor is it for those who want a ‘run of the mill’ Sci-Fi / Fantasy / Paranormal. As I finished it, I was feeling a bit blown away by the twists and information delivered in the conclusion. After all, by halfway through the book, I’d thought I knew how it was going to end. I was wrong.

I hadn’t been sure about reading this story because it seemed like the whole story was laid out in the blurb. It isn’t. The blurb only gives you the very basics and even then, it’s slightly misleading. Although I will admit that reading the story is a better experience if you manage to forget the blurb.

I really loved how the author managed to combine real facts, science fiction, fantasy, paranormal, and mystery elements in a way that made sense yet led you on a roller coaster of a ride that started out slow and slowly accelerated until suddenly the action was moving so fast you almost couldn’t keep up. And the world building was, as I have come to expect from this author, fantastic and believable.

Who would you recommend his for?

I would recommend “The Prince and the Program” for those who want something out of the ordinary and enjoy being kept guessing. As I was reading, I wasn’t sure if I was enjoying the book, but it was so compelling—the characters so complex and real—that I couldn’t put it down. If you love mysteries, you’ll probably enjoy this one, especially if you also like science fiction and/or computers.

I have read the author’s novel “Royce Ree: The Emporer’s New Clothes” (available from Smashwords), which is a PI mystery set in a futuristic, science fiction environment. The author has a talent when it comes to writing stories where some of the pieces seem to be disconnected or just enjoyable side stories but end up actually changing the whole story. I have to say that Aldous Mercer isn’t so much a romance writer as a suspense/mystery writer whose main characters just happen to be gay.

 

Reviewed by Alison

 

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Greymalkin [Melusine's Cats # 1] by Chris Quinton

GreymalkinChrisQuinton400x600Title:          Greymalkin [Melusine's Cats # 1]

Author:           Chris Quinton

Publisher:      Kouros Books

Pages:            63,700 words

Characters:   Jesse Adams and Will Blake

POV:               Third Person

Sub-Genre:   Urban Fantasy

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Blurb:

The mutual attraction between Jesse and Will is a bonus for Melusine when her enemies close in and she needs to rebuild her war band—starting with Jesse, Will, and Greymalkin.

Jesse Adams is an ex-rugby player who’s gone into seclusion to avoid the media following a guilty verdict in a court case. Jesse has come to live for a year in Greenlynn, where he is supposed to be writing his biography.

Will Blake is an out and proud policeman, respected and liked by the community he helps to protect from rural crime.

When the two men meet their attraction is instant, but they have no idea their love will draw them into a centuries’ old conflict.

Melusine, a deity of rivers and seas, long ago lost the Battle of the Betrayal and is imprisoned in a nexus centred on the source of the Lynn River. She can only travel in the flowing water of her river, and cannot set foot on her banks. Her cats are not so bound. Neither pets nor familiars, they move freely between the realities, her agents among the humans who live along the Lynn.

When Melusine’s enemies come to the valley in search of revenge, Jesse and Will discover they have a part to play in the ancient feud. Do they commit to becoming part of a mythical triad, or leave the valley and forget they ever knew that magic exists?

 

Review 1:

“Greymalkin” is a smooth combination of a contemporary drama and a paranormal/fantasy romance. The two men, Jesse and Will, are firmly rooted in contemporary lives and each have careers they love (although Jesse’s is currently in limbo). Yet what seems at first to be two separate stories smoothly merges into one story as the men are drawn into Melusine’s war.

Unlike many paranormal stories, the men’s contemporary lives don’t end the minute they are aware of the “other” side of things, and their struggle to balance the two helps the story develop.

Don’t read this story expecting instant action. Ms Quinton excels at the build-up of tension and development of all the players. Her stories are always character driven and this one is no exception. I even found myself feeling for two of the key “enemies” and hoping they would find their way to escaping their anger.

Being a “cat lady” without the cats, I’m afraid Greymalkin stole my attention at times. He’s a strong, experienced tom who cares deeply for Melusine and is every bit as manipulative as she is. Ms Quinton has always been a great weaver of characters and stories, and in him, she captured my heart. Probably a lot of that has to do with the description of him sitting on a fence post and “overflowing” the top of the post. My sister has a cat who does the exact same thing.

I would recommend this story for almost anyone who reads urban fantasy, paranormal, contemporary, or has read Ms Quinton’s stories in the past. The plot is strong and interesting, and the characters are well written and strong. The ending was satisfying with Jesse and Will having made definite decisions and their relationship strong, although the book did finish leaving me wondering what would happen next in Melusine’s war, with little snippets thrown in here and there hinting at future stories.

Ms Quinton, I’d love to know poor Cloud’s story, but it is obvious she will need some time…

 

If you enjoy this story, it is very likely you will also enjoy many of Ms Quinton’s others, like I have. I must admit that my favorites (apart from this one) are “Dark Waters” and “Argent Dreaming”.

 

Reviewed by Alison

 

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