Backbone by Kayleigh Sky


Title: Backbone
Author: Kayleigh Sky
Publisher: Pride Publishing
POV: 3rd
Pages: 232
Kisses: 4





Blurb:

Struggling to survive in a deadly new world, Brey Jamieson soon discovers that the man who holds his heart might not be willing to set it free.

A universal vaccine eradicates all known viruses from the human population, but in the wake of this miracle, a deadly new virus suddenly surfaces. As the death toll rises, people riot in panic and civilization collapses.

Brey Jamieson, a convicted felon, is suddenly set loose in this violent new world. Desperate to reunite with his family, he sets out on a journey across the country but is captured by a brutal man who plans to sell him into slavery.

Hank Kresnak is a cop in the new world. It is his job to preserve the law. But when he sees Brey, his belief in everything he has built his new life on begins to crumble. Memories of a dark and terrible time reawaken. He was the cop who arrested Brey, and with one look into Brey’s eyes, he knew his life would never be the same. He was a married man with two daughters, but he couldn’t forget a man he barely even knew. Now his wife and daughters are gone, and he must struggle to save the man of his dreams from a nightmare fate.

Review:

Backbone is another well done apocalyptic story that is sure to hold the reader’s attention, but unlike other stories this one is more angst driven and touches on topics that may be hard for some readers. There is also a bit of a twist regarding how things went so bad.

Before the world went to hell, Brey was a rich kid with too much time on his hands and too many ways to get in trouble. When a night out with his boyfriend goes bad, Brey ends up in prison. Before the world went to hell, Hank was a cop. Married with two kids he hides the person he really is hoping one day that need to be with another man will go away.

Now everything is different and both men’s lives are changed in ways neither expected. Those who survived the sickness that wipes out large portions of the population soon begin to make their own rules, not all of them make things better. For Brey it means his release from prison as there is no longer anyone to watch over things. Hoping to find his family he tries to make his way west, to California. Along the way he is kidnapped and made a slave. His life at this point is harsh, and I must admit the scene where Hank comes to his rescue almost made me stop reading this book.
Hank is still a cop, of sorts, but things have become so bad that at times he wonders what side of the law he really works for. He also continues to hide who he really is and forms a relationship with one of the local women. Hank was not an easy character to warm up to. There were times that I thought he was no better than the ‘bad guys’, especially with the way he treated Brey.

Backbone has a lot going on as both Brey and Hank try to come to terms with the way their lives are changing. There are also some changes coming to the town where the men live that will have a serious effect on their lives. I was actually surprised by some of what was going on. I do like the way the author wraps up the story as I was so worried that Brey would be facing disappointment once again.

This is my first book by this author and I am curious to see what else she has planned. Those who love this sub-genre are sure to enjoy Backbone and should think about giving the book a try.

Reviewed by: Lydia

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Never Let Go of Hope by Edward Kendrick


Title: Never Let Go of Hope
Author: Edward Kendrick
Publisher: JMS Books
Characters: Ellis Williams, Martin Lovell
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance
Kisses: 4.5




Blurb:

Well-known artist Ellis Williams is in a slump and feeling all his fifty-three years. He’s lost the joy which used to permeate his painting and despairs of ever regaining it. It doesn’t help when he runs into a young man who comes on to him to win a bet, thus destroying more of Ellis’s confidence.

Then, at a party, Ellis meets Martin Lovell, a man his age whose partner died soon after they adopted their son. Will these two middle-aged men learn they should never let go of hope? Or is it too late for men their age to open themselves to the possibility of love and being loved?

Review:

One of the great things about anything written by Edward Kendrick is his ability to really get into the heart and soul of his characters. I like that he can write a vast variety of characters…from the average Joe to a movie star, Mr. Kendrick breathes life into his men and I end up adoring each and every one of them.

Never Let Go of Hope
is a feel good, well-rounded story about two men who find each other when they are at the point in their lives where they’ve believed that it might be to late for them to discover love again. What I really liked about this book was the message that no matter your age or what you’ve been through in life, it is never too late for love. I truly loved this book and enjoyed watching these men really work at fitting one another into their lives. As a reader, I really appreciated how they really liked and respected each other. I thought their relationship was a special one and I enjoyed every minute I spent reading this story.

Highly Recommended!

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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TITLE: Desmond and Garrick Book 2
AUTHOR: Hayden Thorne
ISBN: 9781611528039
GENRE: Gay Historical Paranormal Young Adult Romance
LENGTH: 75,978 words
PRICE: $6.99
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As the vain and self-absorbed poets continue their campaign of destruction in Dryden Abbey, Garrick finds himself struggling in the classroom, with increasingly distracted pupils eroding all of his hard work and reducing him to using all things dead and decaying in order to keep Desmond and Lavinia’s minds on their lessons.

Meanwhile, with Phillip Priestley’s unexpected appearance, Desmond’s world unravels as infatuation, lust, confusion, and revulsion drive him into wilder mood swings. Mr. Sherbourne’s coldly distant yet attractive presence in Dryden Abbey further complicates things, prompting Desmond to do something he never thought he’d ever do: reach out to unlikely allies for help.

In the midst of the wild goings on around them, Garrick and Desmond will realize that the chasm separating them as distinct species will not only teach them important lessons of understanding and acceptance, but also forge a stronger bond of friendship than they expected.

TITLE: Kindred Spirit
AUTHOR: Paul Alan Fahey
ISBN: 9781611528138
GENRE: Gay Historical Mystery Romance
LENGTH: 28,806 words
PRICE: $4.99

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In the summer of 1944, Leslie Atwater — feeling abandoned by his lover Edward — rushes to London to enlist in the armed services. After failing the physical, he retreats to the sanctuary of St. Michael’s rectory and to the love and support of his brother Robert.

When a bomb explodes near St. Andrew’s Home for Boys, it unearths a skeleton of an adolescent. As Leslie, Edward, and Robert set about identifying the remains, the shocking discovery stirs up an old antagonism between the two brothers and brings to light a string of repressed memories for Leslie.

With the truth obscured by the passage of years, can Leslie and Edward sift through the lies and subterfuge to track down the coldhearted killer of a kindred spirit?

TITLE: Space, Man
AUTHOR: Sharon Maria Bidwell
ISBN: 9781611528121
GENRE: Gay Science Fiction Erotic Romance
LENGTH: 21,873 words
PRICE: $4.99

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Whoever said space was cold, never found love from the stars …

Some people never learn. This is the tune playing once again in Alex Beaumont’s head when he sees a vision in white attracting odd glances in the quiet little seaside resort of Padstow. He came to get away from it all, to bury himself in work, to forget every man he ever falls for eventually needs to get away … from him.

Adrift in the universe, Mani searches for a place to call home. The planet he finds is cold and inhospitable, not at all what he was expecting. He feels lost and alone, until a stranger’s smile warms him. And with that smile comes another kind of heat, one he’s never before experienced.

Love is not what Alex ever imagined it to be. They say space is infinite, but the distance between what Alex wants and what he has experienced romantically seems to be growing … until now. Like a shooting star, he’s about to fall long and hard. Will he crash and burn, or find the love he’s always dreamed of when looking at the night sky?

NOTE: This story has been edited and significantly expanded from the version originally released in 2007.

Sunday’s Sexy Read: Talk Dirty to Me by Jack Greene

When I’m in the mood for a quick, erotic read Talk Dirty To Me is definitely one of my favorites. There isn’t a lot of angst in this story and the two characters hit it off very quickly, but this book never fails to bring a smile to my face every time I read it.

Why? Well, the characters are interesting and very sexy. Also, the erotic chemistry between them is hot as hell! WHEW! I love the way they flirt, talk and they even begin to connect on a more emotional level. All in all, Talk Dirty To Me by Jack Greene is just a fun and sexy book. It’s something I’ll reach for when I need something light, erotic and just in the mood for an all around fun and sexy read.

Blurb:

Adam’s never called a gay phone sex line before, but he finally takes the plunge. Casey is more than happy to fulfill Adam’s phone fantasies, but it’s not long before he wants more than talk. When they meet, will it be as good as Adam’s fantasy?

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In the Middle of Somewhere by Roan Parrish


Title: In the Middle of Somewhere
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Author: Roan Parrish
POV: 1st
Pages: 350
Kisses: 4








Blurb:

Daniel Mulligan is tough, snarky, and tattooed, hiding his self-consciousness behind sarcasm. Daniel has never fit in—not at home in Philadelphia with his auto mechanic father and brothers, and not at school where his Ivy League classmates looked down on him. Now, Daniel’s relieved to have a job at a small college in Holiday, Northern Michigan, but he’s a city boy through and through, and it’s clear that this small town is one more place he won’t fit in.

Rex Vale clings to routine to keep loneliness at bay: honing his muscular body, perfecting his recipes, and making custom furniture. Rex has lived in Holiday for years, but his shyness and imposing size have kept him from connecting with people.

When the two men meet, their chemistry is explosive, but Rex fears Daniel will be another in a long line of people to leave him, and Daniel has learned that letting anyone in can be a fatal weakness. Just as they begin to break down the walls keeping them apart, Daniel is called home to Philadelphia, where he discovers a secret that changes the way he understands everything.

Review:

In the Middle of Somewhere is a contemporary novel that follows two young men who have to learn to be true to who they really are. They are total opposites from each other, yet the attraction between them is too hard to deny. This leads to some intense, but not always happy moments.

Daniel comes from a tough background, one where showing emotions isn’t something that happens regularly, unless it’s to give him a hard time for being gay. Deciding he needs a change, he applies for a job at a small college. Once he gets to Michigan he begins to wonder where the hell that crazy idea came from. Rex is comfortable in his little cabin in the woods. Since he does not do well with change, Rex has no plans to ever leave Michigan, even though some in town are leery of him because of his size. Rex is an easy character to like and from the beginning I found myself drawn to him, and I am not the only one. The connection between these two men is instantaneous, but because the feelings they bring out in the other is so different from anything they have ever known, they are unsure what to do or how to act.

The book has some well written secondary characters that play important parts in this story. There are also some angst moments that make you wonder if the couple will find their HEA. There are also moments that will have you close to tears, as well as a scene that will surprise the heck out of you.

In the Middle of Somewhere is written in the first person from Daniel’s point of view. While not always my favorite writing format, I love the way this author handles everything. First, Daniel is snarky as all get out, which the author brings through wonderfully. More than once I found myself chuckling at something he said, more often than not when he was freaking himself out thinking about horror movies. Secondly, I loved the way she introduces these two to each other. Granted the fact that Daniel runs over a dog sucks, but the way he man’s up, and tries to find a way to help her and ends up running into Rex was fantastic.

I think those who love this genre should give this book a try. It is entertaining and will keep you reading from the first page to the last. The characters, including many of the secondary ones, grab your attention and you can’t wait to see what will happen with them. I was glad that I was able to give this story a shot and will look for more from this author.

Reviewed by: Lydia

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New Releases 8/26/15

Herc’s Mercs: Once A Hero
by: Ari McKay
148 pages / 44300 words
ISBN: 978-1-61040-959-9
$4.49

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Blurb:

Ezra Levin spent years as a soldier, just as his father had wished. But after stints in the Israeli military, the Mossad, and finally as a member of Hercules Security, the man once known as “Ghost” decides to retire and pursue his own dreams of being a chef. At forty-five, he knows his yearning to have a partner and a family of his own are probably unattainable, but as a private chef for Judge Mason Whittaker and his young son, Jamie, Ezra finds some measure of fulfillment.

Unfortunately, Mason’s past as a District Attorney has made him a lot of enemies – one of whom seems to be looking for payback. When a series of unsettling events disturbs the Whittaker household, Ezra immediately steps up, wanting to protect Mason and Jamie. He calls upon his old friend, Cade Thornton, for help, as a cunning criminal plays a game of cat and mouse that endangers Mason’s life. Ezra realizes that Mason has come to mean far more to him than just an employer, and that he’s going to have to use all his old skills to stop a killer – or else he just might wind up losing the man he loves.

Shaken
by Jenna Jones
117 pages / 36000 words
ISBN: 978-1-61040-961-2
$3.99

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Blurb:

One year ago, Sebastian and Patrick got married so that Patrick would have full legal rights to be with Sebastian during his treatment for testicular cancer. A year later, Sebastian learns his cancer is in remission. Patrick wants to celebrate with a dream vacation, the honeymoon they were unable to take when they were first married. But Sebastian has been shaken to his foundations, and in his efforts to rebuild himself he reassess his life, his goals, and his relationship. Even in a tropical paradise, Sebastian wonders if Patrick still his bedrock, or if it time for Sebastian to move on. Previously self-published.

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Coming 9/2/15

Sexual Frankenstein
by TC Blue

Tony & Darian have been friends and playing together in their band, Sexual Frankenstein, for a few years, and while they really are friends, they’ve never crossed that line — no matter how much they may want to — because of their band and friendship, as well as not thinking the other is interested.

The apparent interest in one of them, from their hot and very glam new singer, brings things to a head as long-buried jealousies push to the fore, leading both Tony and Darian to reevaluate what they already have and what they so desperately want.

This story previously appeared in the Po’boys Anthology, published by Torquere Press.

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Classic
by Lynn Townsend

Beau Watkins and Vin Reyes have mended their differences, but that doesn’t mean that everything is back the way it was. When Beau’s teenage niece shows up with her son in tow, Beau is thrown unexpectedly into a world of adult responsibilities and adult decisions, all of which could have disastrous consequences. Reconciliation with his family is complicated by an overseas internship with a predatory business woman.

Vin still struggles with his alcoholism, with finding his place in a world after college, and establishing relationships with his newfound father and sister. The last puzzle piece of Vin’s mysterious past is clicked into place when he comes face-to-face with his mother’s ex-fiance. His relationship with Beau has never been stronger… until an unexpected email threatens to topple everything they’ve build together.

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Coming 9/9/15

Syd McGinley Collection
by Syd McGinley

Veterans, rugby players, and a boy finding out he’s really a Sir… Seventeen short stories ranging from smutty to sweet, and from England’s past to the USA’s present. A chef who needs to be put in his place, college boys playing with swords, and seductive merman… Join the men of Syd McGinley’s short fiction as they find their way into each other’s pants, hearts, and homes.

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Wolf Creek
by Nikko Lee

Being the Silverbane pack’s omega is killing Josh. His plans to escape are foiled when he is blackmailed into finding a new alpha capable of controlling the largest pack in New England before the Amazons cull it. Josh has no clue how he is going to accomplish this task, let alone stay out of the sights of his power-hungry cousin, Bryce, who is convinced he is the pack’s next alpha.

Josh befriends Andrea, an erratic Amazon trainee, who talks to the ghost of her dead mother and has her own agenda when it comes to the wolf pack. When he is rescued by Gavin, a handsome park ranger driven to live in the furthest reaches of civilization, Josh feels a pull toward him that is more than just physical attraction. The three develop a bond that is stronger than friendship and tested at every turn.

With the help of his new family, Josh must find the strength within him to save the Silverbane pack and defeat the evil that threatens to turn them into killers. Only then can he finally be free.

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Get Your Shine On by Nick Wilgus


Title: Get Your Shine On
Author: Nick Wilgus
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages: 350
POV: 1st
Kisses: 4.5








Blurb:

When his mother goes out to party one Saturday night and doesn’t come back, seven-year-old Ishmael Hood is taken in by his estranged uncle Henry and Henry’s live-in boyfriend, Sam. As this unlikely trio begins to build a new life together, they encounter both support and hostility in the small Mississippi town where they live. Seems like just about everybody has an opinion on the matter—and they’re not shy about expressing it.
While this blossoming little family finds its feet, outside forces—and ghosts from the past—threaten to tear it apart. Henry, still trying to deal with the tragic death of his parents, finds himself hard-pressed to open his heart to this needy child.

Just as a little shine begins to come back into their lives, Ishmael’s mother returns, and their world is thrown into chaos.

Review:

Get Your Shine On is a contemporary novel that touches on a couple of harsh topics that some families may have knowledge of. The story grabbed my attention from the beginning and I could not help feeling for Henry, Sam, and little Ishmael.

Henry and Sam are lovers but their relationship has had a few rocky moments. When the reader gets to know both of these men better, it is easy to understand some of Henry’s behavior and feelings. The men live in one of those little towns where everyone knows everyone else’s business, and has an opinion on it. This is never clearer than when Henry’s sister abandons her young son, and Henry is left to step in

Henry’s actions at this time are a little stilted, and I had to go back to re-read the book’s blurb on the publisher’s website just to make sure I wasn’t confused with who Ishmael’s uncle was, especially since Sam was so much more welcoming. Slowly, as time passed, you could see the change coming over both Henry and Ishmael. In fact all three main characters start to form a tight family unit, which makes things rougher when those in the community start to interfere and the authorities make themselves known.

Readers will be drawn to Get Your Shine On just for the relationship between the three main characters; however, the mystery that is woven throughout the story is just as gripping. There are many little twists and turns, more than one I did not see coming. There are also a few tear jerking moments in this book so you may want to keep a tissue handy.

While there are many parts of this story I liked, it is the way that Henry was able to grow that I really loved. Watching him go from an uncle who barely cared for his nephew, to a young man fighting to get his son back was wonderful to see. I really ended up enjoying this story and I will have to keep my eyes open for more from this author.

Reviewed by: Lydia

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