Crossing Borders by ZA Maxfield


Title: Crossing Borders
Author: ZA Maxfield
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Pages: 229
Characters: Tristan, Michael
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance
Kisses: 5+


Blurb:

Two dudes walk into a bookstore…

Tristan knows he’s got issues. His latest ex-girlfriend knows it too. He can’t blame her for dumping him—even though she gets her brother to do it for her. Since he can’t stop staring at said brother’s package, he figures it’s about time to put a label on those issues. He likes guys.

He heads to a local bookstore with what he’s sure is a foolproof plan to find someone to show him what he’s been missing. But who should crash his little adventure? Officer Michael Truax, who gave him a really expensive ticket back in high school for skateboarding without a helmet.

Michael has been trying to catch Tristan for years…to give him a second ticket. Suddenly faced with “Sparky”, all grown up and looking to get laid, Michael’s protective instinct kicks in—and presents him with an opportunity that’s hard to resist. After all, the kid must know what he’s getting into, so why not?

But when a man with a plan connects with a man with a hunger, the result is nothing short of explosive.

This book has been previously published.
Product Warnings

Contains high-octane hair, a clawfoot bathtub, and a story that will make you believe in love at first sight. Okay, second sight, but who’s counting?

Review:

I have to admit that Crossing Borders has always been one of my favorite reads. I loved it the first time I read it years ago and it’s been a story I’ll revisit at least once a year. When I saw that it’s going to be re-released, I knew I had to read it again and I was thrilled to see that it will introduce new readers to Tristan and Michael’s story. I know they will love them as much as I have over the years.

As a whole, this book has been unchanged but it still as compelling and as thought-provoking as the first time I read it. I’ve always loved the complexity of Tristan and Michael’s story. This book shows that love isn’t always an easy ride. There are many bumps along the way and to stay together and in love, it often takes a lot of work and dedication and self-sacrifices along the way.

Tristan is a young man. He admits he’s a thrill junkie and loves to push himself to the limits. His zest for life, as well as, his big heart and openness to try new things really makes him attractive in more ways than one. Although he is an adult, he still has a lot of growing up to do. When he begins a relationship with the older Michael, Tristan’s immediate intention was not for them to become a forever couple. He basically wants to explore his sexuality, but as he gets to know Michael and enjoys the feelings they share between them, he soon finds himself in a serious relationship that he both loves but is also confused by. You see, he isn’t sure he’s ready to commit to one person for the rest of his life, but Michael’s love and acceptance is something he also loves counting on. Tristan also knows that the love they share is something special but he’s honestly not sure if he is ready to have such a commitment in his life.

On the other hand, Michael is a solid, responsible man. In many ways, he’s always lived his life by playing by the rules. When he sees something he wants, he goes for it with everything within his power to have it. He’s successful, smart and very sexy. When he and Tristan get together he knows he wants to keep the younger man in his life forever, but he also realizes Tristan is young so giving his heart to him will be a gamble.

When Michael is critically injured, Tristan steps up and nurses him back to health. Through Tristan’s devotion and love Michael soon begins to heal. But, Tristan still longs to live his life on the edge before he fully settles down and soon they both must make some hard sacrifices if they want to stay together.

I love this book! It is so well-written you will immediately be wrapped up into these characters’ lives. Both men go through a lot of self-growth and have to reevaluate what is truly the most important to them. The love they share between them is a strong and beautiful one and will live within your heart long after you finish their story.

Crossing Borders is a beautifully told story that is not to be missed. It will have a favorite place on my bookshelf and will always be a story I’ll revisit again and again. If you love a though-provoking romance between two well-written heroes that you, yourself will fall in love with then Crossing Borders by ZA Maxfield is definitely the book for you.

Highly Recommended!

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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Breakthrough by JH Knight


Title: Breakthrough
Author: J.H. Knight
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages: 59
Characters: Jack, Seth
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance
Kisses: 4




Blurb:

The road to recovery is never easy, even when you’re just an innocent bystander to someone else’s addiction.

For Jack, it’s especially hard because he blames himself for his son Rick’s drug problems. It took Jack over half his life to admit to himself (and his wife) that he was gay, but years later, he still carries guilt over what his realization did to his son.

He never thought Rick’s treatment would help him rehabilitate too, but when Jack meets Seth, the man trying to help his son get back on his feet, it’s the breakthrough he never knew he needed.

Review:

To my knowledge Breakthrough is the first book I’ve read by JH Knight. I really liked the easy and smooth writing style this author had and I found myself truly invested in the story JH Knight created.

I liked how the main character, Jack, seems to grow as a person. When we first meet him, he feels a lot of guilt from his past decisions. His son is a drug addict who is at a facility trying to get clean and he blames himself for the bad choices his son has made over the years. Jack doesn’t always allow himself to let himself truly deal with his emotions, instead he chooses to keep them bundled up and locked away and in turn, this can close himself off to others, even when he’s not aware he’s doing so.

When his son asks him to visit and also do some group therapy, Jack doesn’t want to go, but forces himself to do so because he wants to support his son. But once he does this, it allows him to deal with the demons of his past and to forgive himself for the wrongs he’s thought he has caused others, including his son.

He also meets Seth. Seth is his son’s counselor and when they meet sparks fly between them. There is something about Seth that makes Jack want to go against his instincts and deal with his past issues. Seth is genuinely a very nice man. He’s training to become a full-time counselor and seems to have a heart of gold. I really liked him.

The chemistry between Jack and Seth is a strong one. I really enjoyed their scenes together. Even when Jack leaves the group session, they keep in touch. I liked watching their banter and the way Seth continues to lightly push Jack into continuing to grow as a person.

Even though this book is written in third person, it is strictly told through Jack’s eyes. Though I liked Jack as a character, I would have loved to have known more about Seth and to truly see what makes him tick. I also wish the book had been longer. I hope the author will write more about these two men. I would love to see how their relationship thrives and evolves as time rolls on.

Breakthrough is a sweet and though-provoking story that would be a great, quick read on a lazy day. With interesting characters and a fast-paced storyline Breakthrough is a satisfying read from start to finish.

Recommended!

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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Of Love by Sean Michael


Title: Of Love
Author: Sean Michael
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages: 136
Characters: Dex, Kent
Kisses: 3.5





Blurb:

Free-spirited computer programmer Kent McMann loves life, candy, his family, and his job designing apps. With his go-getter attitude, he succeeds at anything he tackles. So having a child with a surrogate mother is the perfect start to the family he’s always wanted, even though he still hasn’t found his longed-for Mr. Right.

Then, into Kent’s life comes triathlete Dex Lochland, who also happens to be a successful app designer, and the two of them hit it off. They soon begin a relationship full of fun, sex, laughter, and love. But when Kent learns his attempt at fatherhood with the surrogate has succeeded, Dex is shocked. Unknown to Kent until that moment, Dex has never wanted children.

Kent’s decision before he met Dex might cost him the man of his dreams.

Review:

I love to read a good book that just flows, this one is a delightful love story of two sexy men that just fit together.

I love the sense of humor that both Dex and Kent have and found myself grinning through most of this book and their sexy time wasn’t too bad either.

I really liked this book and recommend it for a lovely, sweet read.

Reviewed by: Cheryl

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The Lightning-Struck Heart by TJ Klune


Title: The Lightning‐Struck Heart
Author: TJ Klune
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages: 400
Kisses: 5+







Blurb:

Can the young wizard, Sam, survive an epic quest, save the prince, and win the heart of the dreamy
Knight Ryan Foxheart?

Once upon a time, in an alleyway in the slums of the City Of Lockes, a
young and somewhat lonely boy named Sam Haversford turns a group
of teenage douchebags into stone completely by accident.

Of course, this catches the attention of a higher power, and Sam’s
pulled from the only world he knows to become an apprentice to the
King’s Wizard, Morgan of Shadows.

When Sam’s fourteen, he enters the Dark Woods and returns with
Gary, the hornless gay unicorn, and a half-­‐giant named Tiggy, earning
the moniker Sam of Wilds.

At fifteen, Sam learns what love truly is when a new knight arrives at
the castle—Knight Ryan Foxheart, the dreamiest dream to have ever
been dreamed.

Naturally, it all goes to hell when Ryan dates the reprehensible Prince Justin, Sam can’t control his
magic, a sexually aggressive dragon kidnaps the prince, and the King sends them on an epic quest to
save Ryan’s boyfriend, all while Sam falls more in love with someone he can never have.

Or so he thinks.

Review:

I was thrilled to see that Tj Klune had a new release and boy oh boy was I not disappointed.
His books always have witty dialogue but this one takes the cake!

From the first page I was hooked and he held me all through this amazing book.

I loved Sam but with Tj Klune you love all his characters even the “bad” guys get the most amazing dialogue, I laughed from first page to last page.

Gary the hornless gay unicorn is the best friend everyone wants to have, and Tiggy the half giant will squish anyone who hurts his besties.

Ryan the “Knight Commander” who holds Sam’s heart, I wouldn’t have minded a few times if Tiggy had squished him but he did have his moments. You need to read this, you really do, but be prepared to get the weird looks because you will be laughing out loud through the whole thing!

Tj Klune is brilliant, and yes I think, a little warped. If you have not read his books you just don’t know what you are missing!

I highly recommend not only this book but all his books.

Reviewed by: Cheryl

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New Releases and Great Deals from Torquere Press!!

This week, we have selected titles by Julia Talbot and M. Durango on sale for 20% off. Check ’em out: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=specials
New Releases 7/29/15

Full Moon Dating: Gage and Hamish
by Julia Talbot
49 pages / 11200 words
ISBN: 978-1-61040-946-9
$2.99

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Blurb:

Cat shifter Gage is an impossible bottom. No one has ever been able to tame him, even if he wants them to. He’s willing to keep trying, though, and when he finds out about the paranormal dating site Full Moon Dating, he puts himself in their hands. He longs for someone who will take him in hand and make him like it.

Hamish is a bear shifter who plays too rough for most subs. Gage sounds like just what he needs, so when Full Moon matches them up, he’s happy to see how they get along. Can he convince Gage that he’s the one to make the man toe the line?

Caron High News
by Annabelle Jay
100 pages / 26900 words
ISBN: 978-1-61040-945-2

$3.49

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Blurb:

Caron High News begins on the day of the first GSA, or Gay-Straight Alliance, meeting at Nissa Falenbach’s school. The club was started by Principal Perry to give Nissa a community after the school’s first hate crime that past summer, but unfortunately, no one shows up. As Nissa leaves the school she sees Bethany, her former best friend and now popular girl, crying in the middle of the quad because she was just dumped by her boyfriend, Lenny, for not being sexually adventurous. The two agree on mutually advantageous terms: they will pretend to date until Lenny wants Bethany back, and in return, Bethany will draw ten new GSA members into their group. The novel is a split narrative between Nissa and Audrey, the school gossip newspaper’s Editor-in-Chief, who creates scandals that both help Nissa’s cause and, in the end, reveal her true motives. But neither Nissa nor Audrey could have predicted what happens at the Holiday Assembly after Audrey plays a recording of Nissa and Bethany’s bathroom confession.

It Was Supposed to Be a Vacation
by M. Durango
138 pages / 37600 words
ISBN: 978-1-61040-947-6
$3.99

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Blurb:

A week alone is just what Todd needs to get his head straight. Before he can light his first campfire, the dead body he stumbles upon sends him running back to civilization and straight to the Park Ranger’s office.
Ranger Max has had his eye on Todd for years, but things keep getting in the way: boyfriends, jobs, and now a series of murders in the woods he’s sworn to take care of. Once the press gets involved, Todd receives unwanted attention from his community—and the killer. Together, Todd and Max have to find a way to grow their fledgling relationship while keeping Todd safe before the killer has his way.

Available for Pre-Order NOW

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Coming 8/5/15

Agate: Then and Now
by M.D. Grimm

Time travel. For mages, it violates their number one rule: what the Mother has written, let no one unwrite. The Mother writes the destinies of the creatures on the world of Karishian. If her writings were undone, it is feared that Creation itself could be undone. The Dark Mage Morgorth takes this rule to heart, but there are others who do not.

Morgorth is about to claim a stone of power when it is stolen from him by a female mage he hasn’t seen in decades. As they struggle for the stone, she activates it, and Morgorth is unwillingly plunged into another time and another place. It isn’t long before he realizes what time he’s found himself in and there are a few familiar faces.

Most notable is a much younger version of Aishe. His mate.

Living with a tribe who will be massacred, caring for a young lad who will become his mate, and fighting a battle against a mage who can travel from past to future at a whim; Morgorth’s life has never been easy but now he must contend with the will of the Mother. Unable to change the future and the tragedies of Aishe’s life, he must decide what his role in his mate’s past will be, and ask himself one vital question: how does one defeat time?

Releasing 8/5/15 – Available Pre-Order: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=200&products_id=4449

The Camp
by Victoria Zagar

Jesse Harvan comes home from school one day to find his parents have discovered the gay pornographic magazine hidden under his bed. Disgusted, they decide to send Jesse to Camp Grady, a summer camp which prides itself on converting people’s sexuality.

Once at the camp, Jesse meets the other inmates: Charlie, a disabled African-American gay teenager, Natalie, a transgender girl, her sister Lita, Japanese lesbian Sakura, and last of all, Minister Grady’s son Jacob, who works for the camp under duress. These teens must learn to bridge their differences and get along if they’re to beat their common enemy and keep their identities–and sanity–intact.

Releasing 8/5/15 – Available Pre-Order: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=200&products_id=4448

Sequestered Hearts by Michael Kudo


Title: Sequestered Hearts
Author: Michael Kudo
Publisher: Michael Kudo Books
Pages: 218
Kisses: 4.5


Blurb:

After the Riots at Stonewall, a major political movement took place which resulted in Gays/Lesbians becoming slaves.

Colton Taylor was born with every advantage – except parents who are there for him. His father and mother are constantly absent because they’re too busy keeping up on the family business, and when they are around they nitpick at him and make him feel like he’s only a tool to further their legacy.

Colton has no problems with the slaves his family owns. He doesn’t care if they’re gay or lesbian; to him they’re just people. One day he meets an interesting slave named Oliver, and the two hit it off. Eventually they start hanging out (in secret) and a relationship blossoms.

Colton knows if his father was to ever find out it would spell trouble but he can’t stay away from the only person who makes him feel special and loved. Even if it means giving up everything he has. Because love is all that matters. And it always finds a way.

Review:

Sequestered Hearts is a contemporary story set within an alternative time period. Up until the Stonewall Riots, everything followed the history we are used to. After the riots, things are completely different from what we know, and not for the better. Some of the things that occur in this book may be difficult for the reader but are important to the story.

The story centers on Colton and Oliver. Colton comes from a very well to do family, one that is so busy that his parents, for all intents and purpose, forget Colton exists unless they need him for something. In many ways I felt bad for Colton, yet at the same time I was surprised by how naive he appeared with the world around him. I realize that some of this has to do with the way he was raised as well as his age, but that he did not pick up on the fact that his actions caused problems for others made me want to shake him.

Oliver is a slave, owned by Colton’s family. In this alternative time line, those that come out as gay are sold into slavery. When the two young men meet there is some confusion as Oliver, at first, does not realize who Colton is. The two men soon become friends, which in its self is a no-no. Once that friendship moves forward, things start going wrong. It is sad to think people would act the way those in Sequestered Hearts did. More than once I was scared for these two young men, especially Oliver. The things that were done to him were terrible.

There are a couple of surprising moments in this story that I think readers will not see coming. The author, I felt, finished this story in a way that could allow for a sequel and I hope we get one soon. I would love to know how their journey north goes and what they find when they get there.

Sequestered Hearts may not be for everyone, however I think it should seriously be looked at. I will be looking for more from this author.

Reviewed by: Lydia

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