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Anne Reviews: Gyrfalcon by Anna Butler


TITLE: Taking Shield, Book 1: Gyrfalcon
Author: Anna Butler
Publisher: Glass Hat Press
Pages: 281
Characters: Bennet/Flynn, Bennet/Joss
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Series, Science Fiction
Kisses: 5

Blurb:

Earth’s last known colony, Albion, is fighting an alien enemy. In the first of the Taking Shield serial, Shield Captain Bennet is dropped behind the lines to steal priceless intelligence. A dangerous job, and Bennet doesn’t need the distractions of changing relationships with his long-term partner, Joss, or with his father—and with Flynn, the new lover who will turn his world upside-down.
He expects to risk his life. He expects the data will alter the course of the war.

What he doesn’t expect is that it will change his life or that Flynn will be impossible to forget.

Review:

I’d heard good things about Taking Shield by Anna Butler and as a long time SF reader, wondered if the hype was well founded. It is! A couple of pages into this story, and I was hooked. The world building is wonderful, and I felt like I was walking into a world with a rich history, and yet I had no problems in jumping in at the point this story takes place within it. The story starts with a fast pace action scene which grabbed my attention immediately. The technical aspect of the series is obviously well researched, but didn’t bog down the story either. I loved the way the author approached the aliens in this story—the reader learns about them alongside the characters, and I reacted in the same way Bennet did when he discovers—sorry, spoiler—which reflects how engrossed I was in the story.

Bennet and Flynn are very different characters, but they complement each other so well. There is a lot standing between them and their HEA, which makes a lot of sense considering everything else going on. I would have been disappointed if their relationship had gone smoothly, even though their romance is not the focus of the story. Although this story includes a romance, it is so much more than that, and I felt the romance was secondary to the plot. This is a SF story in which the characters are gay, rather than vice versa, and it works perfectly.

The supporting cast are well fleshed out too, and have their own motivations. I did find though, that as soon as I’d read the final words in this story, I had to keep going and read the next one…and the next one… so expect a few reviews while I play catch up.

Gyrfalcon reminds me of why I love SF, and I’d highly recommend the book—and the series—to readers who enjoy military SF with fabulous world building, complex characters, and a story that leaves you wanting more. Gyrfalcon is up there with one of the best books I’ve read this year. I don’t buy many hardcopy books because of the cost of postage etc to NZ, but there are a few I have on my wish list. This series definitely is.

Reviewed By: Anne

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Lydia Reviews: One Bullet by Casey Wolfe


TITLE: One Bullet
Author: Casey Wolfe
Publisher: NineStar Press
Pages: 152
Characters: Ethan Brant and Shawn Greyson
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Mystery
Kisses: 4.5

Blurb:

When Ethan Brant was shot, he found himself dealing with severe PTSD and unable to do his job as a police officer any longer. With the aid of Detective Shawn Greyson, the man who saved his life, Ethan not only finds himself again but discovers love as well.
Shawn’s life growing up was less than ideal, however, he overcame that to become who he is today. That does not mean he isn’t missing something in his life. What Shawn hadn’t realized, upon first meeting, was that Ethan could give him all that and more.
One bullet changed both their lives.

Review:

One Bullet starts off in a way that is sure to grab your attention and will keep it until the very end. The opening page could also be considered a trigger, so those with problems surrounding violence may want to keep that in mind.

Ethan was a police officer who ended up leaving the force after being shot. What makes his situation different is that Ethan was shot by a fellow police officer while Ethan was off duty. The whole event leaves him with a major case of PTSD. To this day not only does he suffer from nightmares but also panic attacks when around members of the police force. That is everyone except Shawn.

Shawn is a detective who happen to be on the scene when Ethan was shot. He also happens to be the only police officer who can talk Ethan down when he is in the middle of an attack. Slowly a relationship starts to develop from the bond that already existed between the two men. I love the way Shawn is so invested in Ethan, going as far as researching PTSD in police officers so that he has some understanding of what is going on with Ethan and how to help him. The men do have occasional roadblocks but come through them stronger than they were before.

While some parts of One Bullet are predictable, it is an entertaining story and one that kept me reading till the end. I really enjoyed this book and would love to see more of Shawn and Ethan in the future.

Highly Recommended!

Reviewed By: Lydia

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Gabbi Reviews: Frozen Heart by Heidi Cullinan

Title: Love Lessons, Book 1.5: Frozen Heart
Author: Heidi Cullinan
Publisher: Heidi Cullinan
Pages: 47
Characters: Walter Lucas, Kelly Davidson
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance, Series
Kisses: 5

Blurb:

Proposals don’t come with instructions.

Walter Lucas knows his boyfriend has been looking forward to the newest movie about a certain snow princess, but he isn’t prepared for the reality that is the front-row seat of Kelly Davidson’s cartoon obsession. There’s more going on in November than just the movie, however—Walter’s been working up the nerve to ask Kelly a certain question. When Walter set up his elaborate Thanksgiving marriage proposal, it seemed like such a good idea, but as the holiday, the movie premiere, and the question Walter never dreamt he’d be asking anyone converge…let’s just say even Hollywood’s best couldn’t sing and dance their way out of Walter’s tangle.

Review:

As soon as I read the blurb to Frozen Heart by Heidi Cullinan, I knew I had to read it. Love Lessons is one of my all-time favorite books and I was thrilled to read about the next chapter in Walter and Kelly’s life.

Frozen Heart is a very romantic tale. It’s an uplifting, sweet and sexy story that will melt your heart and bring a huge smile on your face. It’s always refreshing to read well-written heroes that are truly meant to be with one another. I love how Walter and Kelly ‘get’ one another and enjoy watching how they take the extra steps to make the each other happy.

All I can say is read this book. I truly loved it and so will you.

Frozen Heart is the continuation of Heidi’s book, Love Lessons. Although Frozen Heart could be read as a stand-alone, I DO NOT recommend it because you’ll immediately want to see how this amazing couple got together. Walter and Kelly’s story is an addictive one to read and you’ll love every minute you’ll spend reading it.

Highly Recommend!

The Love Lessons series in book order are:

Love Lessons
Frozen Heart
Fever Pitch
Lonely Hearts
Short Stay

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Gabbi Reviews: Love Lessons by Heidi Cullinan


Title: Love Lessons
Author: Heidi Cullinan
Publisher: Heidi Cullinan
Pages: 301
Characters: Kelly Davidson, Walter Lucas
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance
Kisses: 5+

Blurb:

2nd Edition

Love doesn’t come with a syllabus.

Kelly Davidson has waited what seems like forever to graduate high school and get out of his small-minded, small town. But when he arrives at Hope University, he quickly realizes finding his Prince Charming isn’t so easy. Everyone here is already out. In fact, Kelly could be the only virgin on campus.

Worst of all, he’s landed the charming, handsome, gay campus Casanova as a roommate, whose bed might as well be equipped with a revolving door.

Walter Lucas doesn’t believe in storybook love. Everyone is better off having as much fun as possible with as many people as possible…except his shy, sad little sack of a roommate is seriously screwing up his world view.

As Walter sets out to lure Kelly out of his shell, staying just friends is harder than he anticipated. He discovers love is a crash course in determination. To make the grade, he’ll have to finally show up for class…and overcome his own private fear that love was never meant to last.

Review:

I’ve read several books by Heidi Cullinan and I’ve loved them all. Ms. Cullinan has a way of really getting to the heart and soul of her characters. She has an ability to write well-told, sexy and thought provoking stories that live long with you long after finish reading it. The blurb does an excellent job at describing the story, so I won’t rehash a lot of it. Instead, I thought I’d talk about why I love this book and why I highly recommend it.

After I finished reading Love Lessons, I couldn’t help but feel like this was a well-rounded story. I loved how both heroes, and in my opinion, by the way Ms. Cullinan wrote them, loved them too. They are definitely not your average everyday cookie-cutter characters. No, these two men are extremely well-developed, humanly flawed and lovable heroes that live and breath off of the written page.

When it comes to the old adage that opposites attract, it is never better said than the romance in Love Lessons. Kelly comes from a small town, loves anything romantic. His favorite movies are Disney related and he hopes to one day find his own Prince Charming. Kelly is determined to have his own happily ever after.

When Kelly meets his new roommate, Walter, he wonders what in world they could have in common…except that they are both gay.

Walter has a love ’em and leave ’em attitude and doesn’t believe in romance, but he can’t keep from becoming fascinated with his new roommate, Kelly’s, romantic ideas and naive view of the world. As a budding friendship between the two men turn into something more, Walter soon learns that maybe there really is a Prince Charming out there for everyone…even for a pessimistic romantic like him.

I loved how Ms. Cullinan reveals the quirks and problems her characters are experiencing little by little as the story continues. Just as the Walter and Kelly get to know each other, we as readers, also truly get to know who these two heroes really are on the inside. I also loved how these two men really seemed to have an undying affection, friendship and deep love for each other. Believe me, Kelly and Walter’s story is not a quick, easy ride, but it’s truly a beautiful one to read.

Love Lessons is one of my all-time favorite books. It will be on my re-read and keeper shelf where I know I’ll revisit these characters and their amazing story again and again. If you are looking for a romantic read that will both bring tears to your eyes and joy in your heart, then Love Lessons is definitely the book for you!

Highly Recommended!

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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Gabbi Reviews: Textual Relations by Cate Ashwood


Title: Textual Relations
Author: Cate Ashwood
Publisher: Cate Ashwood
Pages: 88
Characters: Henry Hathaway, Asher Wescott
POV: 1st
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance
Kisses: 4

Blurb:

Evolutionary psychology professor Henry Hathaway is ready to spend his birthday the same way he does every year: a good teeth cleaning followed by lunch with his brother. But when he receives a wrong-number text confirming the details of a date, he does what any considerate person would—he goes to meet them and explain why they’ve been stood up.

Asher Wescott hadn’t expected his blind date to go well, because when do they ever? Henry shows up instead, and things are suddenly looking up. Socially awkward and attached to his routines, Henry is nevertheless one of the most charming and kind men Asher has met in a long time.

Too bad he’s not Henry’s type.

An accidental date, an impulsive kiss, and a few conflicted feelings later, can Asher get Henry to see the world—and him—in a different light?

Review:

Textual Relations by Cate Ashwood is a sweet and sexy romance that left a smile on this reader’s face. I needed a light, romantic read and this story was just what the doctor ordered. Since the blurb does a good job at describing the story, I won’t rehash it. Instead, I decided to write about why I liked this story and why I recommend it.

One of the stronger aspects of the story are the two heroes. Both Henry and Asher are likeable men. I truly enjoyed watching them form a strong bond together and liked their story. Since the book is told by Henry’s point of view, we don’t get to know Asher as much as I would have liked, but we are able to see through Henry’s eyes how special he thinks Asher is and how easy it was for Henry to fall for him despite never being attracted to a man before.

Henry is an intelligent man, but despite this, he is quite walled-off and sheltered many ways. He has a routine he sticks by and doesn’t like change very much. It’s because of his reluctance to try new things, Henry has a controlled and somewhat boring life. When Henry meets Asher, his world is turned upside down. Asher is sweet and sexy and his zest for life, both fascinates and frightens Henry. As the two men get to know one another and Henry begins to allow himself to see more and do more, the two men form a strong bond and attraction toward one another.

I really liked Henry but he is cluelessness sometimes was off-putting to me. There were times I found myself wondering how he could be so naïve about some things, but in some ways, I did understand why Henry would be endearing to a sexy and more compulsive Asher. It would be interesting to see this couple in the future. I’d like to see how their relationship continues to evolve and if, despite their differences, they really do stand the test of time.

If you are in the mood for a sexy and flirty read, Textual Relations is the book for you. It’s a perfect rainy day read and an easy book to recommend. I’m looking forward to reading more books by Ms. Ashwood in the future and hope she does continue writing more about Henry and Asher one day.

Recommended!

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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TITLE: Cinnamon Eyes
AUTHOR: Nell Iris
ISBN: 9781634864404
GENRE: Gay Erotic Romance
LENGTH: 34,679 words
PRICE: $3.99
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Cory’s had a rough year struggling with severe depression. He’s desperate to rebuild his shattered life and break away from his demanding family. When his therapist encourages him to do something for himself, he knows exactly what he needs. I want to see Asher again. The best friend Corey ever had who, at fifteen, held Cory’s heart in his hands without knowing it.

Asher’s had a troubled relationship with his father since he came out. Now that Pops is sick, he’s fighting for his right to help or even find out about his father’s health. Then there’s the complication of an ex-boyfriend unwilling to let go.

When Cory and Asher meet again after sixteen years, Cory’s feelings are as strong as ever. But does Asher feel the same?


TITLE: Manfred’s Curse
AUTHOR: Shawn Lane
ISBN: 9781634864145
GENRE: Gay Paranormal Erotic Romance
LENGTH: 6,233 words
PRICE: $1.99

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An unsettling storm arrives in Conrad’s seaside town, turning his life upside down when his housecat shifts into a sexy man.

Manfred is used to being a cat — and shifting to his human form whenever he wants — until he crosses paths with a vindictive witch who curses him. He finds the man of his dream in Conrad, but before he can get his man, the curse must be broken for good.


TITLE: The Grump
AUTHOR: Wayne Mansfield
ISBN: 9781634864138
GENRE: Gay Erotic Romance
LENGTH: 18,775 words
PRICE: $2.99

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Brad can’t believe his luck when he finds the perfect place to live at the perfect price. It’s a pity his new landlord Douglas is such a miserable grump. It isn’t long before he wonders if it’s a good idea to be living in such close proximity to such a moody ogre.

Fortunately, his life at work is looking up with the arrival of a new employee named Enzo. Brad falls immediately in lust with the hot Italian. They start dating, though it soon becomes apparent there are going to be problems. Enzo starts exhibiting some unlikeable traits and, while Brad finds himself slowly falling in love with the man, he also realizes Enzo has problems not just with commitment, but also with his sexuality.

Brad has a dilemma. Does he persist with Enzo, tolerate his bad behavior, and pray for a miraculous, happy ending? Or will the love he seeks come from an entirely different direction?