Gabbi Reviews: Ethan by Ryan Loveless

Title: Ethan
Author: Ryan Loveless
Publisher: Harmony Ink Press
Pages: 201
Characters: Carter, Ethan
POV: Alternating 1st Person
Sub-Genre: Contemporary, YA
Kisses: 4.5


Carter Stevenson is looking forward to a fresh start in a new high school on the other side of the country. It’ll give him a chance to escape his reputation for twitching and stuttering. He’ll have the summer to himself in his new home in California, and in the fall, he won’t get involved in any activity that puts his Tourette’s center stage. He won’t stand out as different.

But his new neighbor, Ethan, isn’t just going to change his plans. He’s going to change Carter’s life.

Ethan Hart is recovering from a traumatic brain injury, but it doesn’t dampen his enthusiasm or love for life. As soon as he sees Carter, who moves like the music Ethan sees between the clouds and the grass, he’s determined to become his friend, and then his boyfriend. And even if his parents say their romance can’t get physical, Ethan won’t let it stand in the way of falling in love.

Stepping into the spotlight was the last thing Carter ever wanted, but Ethan, along with a group of friends who like him just the way he is—tics and all—starts to change his mind.

Adapted as a YA edition of the award-winning novel Ethan, Who Loved Carter by Ryan Loveless.


Ethan is a re-adapted novel from the book, Ethan Loves Carter by Ryan Loveless. As a huge fan of the original, I was very anxious to read how Ms. Loveless was about to rewrite the story into a young adult friendly version.

One of the big differences is this book is told in alternating first person. I admit, first person isn’t my favorite tense, but because we get both Carter and Ethan’s point of view, I ended up liking it quite a bit. In ways, because of this, we really get to see what the character is thinking and feeling and I as a reader, appreciated this very much.

The biggest difference in this and the original are the ages of the characters. Instead of being in their early to mid-twenties, Ethan is couple of years older than Carter and Carter is fifteen going on sixteen in the novel. In ways, I both liked and didn’t like this. It was strange to read about Carter’s parents, who are not in the original book and also strange to see them as young adults who are still under their parents thumb.

Now please don’t get me wrong. I loved the way these two young men connected with each other. It was very apparent that they are clearly meant for one another. I loved how they bring out the best in each other and even when things don’t always go as planned, they really work at learning from their mistakes and making their relationship thrive.

I also really liked how we are able to really see the struggles both heroes go through because of their disabilities. It’s obvious that Ms. Loveless has true skill and knowledge of the specialness of both characters. Not only did I feel like I got to know both Ethan and Carter very well, they were easy heroes to like and empathize with. In the end, I thought the everyday struggles they go through make them stronger, better men.

In some ways I wish Ethan Who Loves Carter wasn’t one of my favorite books. Because of this, I did constantly compare the two stories and that probably makes me biased toward the first book. I’m always hesitant to wonder if young people who fall in love will truly end up being together. In the original, I didn’t have that problem. I loved the ending and knew they would always be happy together. In this book, because of their ages, I admittedly wondered if they would be able to stand the test of time and be together in the long run.

Ethan is a well-written, sweet love story that will live in your heart long after you finish reading it. With lovable, realistically written characters and the bond these two boys share together, it will surely be a favorite for many young readers. Ethan is a well-written novel about two young men who are truly made for each other. Period.

Highly Recommended!

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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Lydia Reviews: Back Off! That’s My Jock by Wade Kelly

Title: Back Off! That’s My Jock
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Author: Wade Kelly
Pages: 290
Kisses: 5+


Defining his sexuality didn’t make sense until his best friend spelled it out.

Doug Archer did some pretty idiotic things in the first eight weeks of his junior year of college. First, he kissed his gay best friend, and second, he kissed a guy he’d mistaken for a girl. Not stellar moments for Doug. If he isn’t careful, he’ll lose his spot on the soccer team to the new freshman, or worse, he might misconstrue his new friend Rob’s overly affectionate tendencies for flirting. But if Doug isn’t bothered by another guy’s attention, and he normally dates girls, does that mean he’s gay or bisexual?

Sam Garber suppressed his same-sex attraction his entire life. His father told him it was immoral, and Sam did everything he could to bury his feelings. However, after meeting Doug at a party and kissing him, Sam can’t think of anything else. He decides dating girls is the best way to keep his secret hidden. With playoffs in sight, this is no time to think about guys in any other context than soccer. Only neither boy anticipates the difficulty in suppressing his attraction for another jock!


Back Off! That’s My Jock is the third book in the Jock series. Book three brings back Doug, Chris’ friend from book two. Those that have been following this series may remember that Doug is struggling with his sexual identity. He has always believed he was straight, but then there was the kiss with Chris. Now there’s Sam and Doug is totally confused. I will admit that I did not remember Sam right away, as it has been a while since I read No! Jocks Don’t Date Guys.

Sam is a quiet one with a lot to overcome. He’s gay but because of his upbringing he is struggling to be straight. This causes a lot of problems for both Sam and Doug as they try to come to terms with their feelings and what that will mean for their lives. Thankfully the young men have their team mates and coach to turn too, especially since Sam tries to hang on to the illusion of being straight. While in other stories this would drive me a little crazy, in Back Off! That’s My Jock; the author gives the readers multiple examples to show why Sam is reluctant to turn to Doug. Be prepared though because once these two finally come together they really heat up the pages. I had to laugh when Doug turned to porn to figure out what to do with Sam, only to have Chris walk in. And Sam turns out to be a bossy little bottom who has Doug wrapped around his finger.

I want to say that once these two come together everything works out wonderfully for them, but they still have much to overcome. There are girlfriends to break up with, families to come out to, and abuse to come to terms with. Parts of this story may be hard for some readers but the scenes are needed for the story.

A majority of the secondary characters in this book come from the previous books. I really loved Rob and more than once I wanted to laugh at his actions. I loved the way he and Doug bonded and had to smile when Doug told his mother that Rob was his adopted brother. The author has stated that there will be one more book in this series and I am crossing my fingers that it will be Rob and Russell’s story.

While it is possible for each of the books in the series to stand on its own, I would recommend that the readers read the books in order.

Reviewed by: Lydia

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TITLE: Becoming His
AUTHOR: Shawn Lane
ISBN: 9781634862646
GENRE: Gay Erotic Romance
LENGTH: 18,311 words
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A stripper in a gay club, Toby Sherwood has been a fan of bisexual actor, Lucas Cartwright, and his cable detective show, Harrow’s Eyes, for months, so when he’s invited to a taping of the show, he can hardly wait. Too bad the hunky actor already has a girlfriend.

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AUTHOR: Wayne Mansfield
ISBN: 9781634860789
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Have you ever seen someone and had the strangest feeling you’ve met before?

When Paul notices a handsome man watching him on the bus, he’s a little annoyed. When it happens again the following evening, he begins to worry. On the third day, the mystery man, Calvin Dickson, taps Paul on the shoulder and introduces himself. Paul can’t help but be wary. Calvin gives Paul his card and suggests they meet for a drink. When Paul reads the card and notices Calvin is a chartered accountant, he decides the man can’t be too crazy and decides to accept the offered drink.

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TITLE: Can’t Buy His Love
AUTHOR: J.D. Walker
ISBN: 9781634860697
GENRE: Gay Erotic Romance
LENGTH: 12,434 words
PRICE: $2.99

Wheeler Ridley is used to having men fall into his lap at a snap of his fingers. He’s gorgeous, well-to-do, and absolutely clueless about commitment and what it takes to have a serious relationship. Which makes the fact that he wants such a thing with his relationship-phobic crush, Gregory Wang almost unheard of. And yet …

Gregory runs the daycare center across the street from the gym owned by Wheeler, and he has a reputation in the tiny beach town for being the “ice queen.” Although he’s interested in Wheeler, Gregory refuses any overtures and leaves frustration in his wake.

When Wheeler saves the life of one of Gregory’s daycare kids, Gregory sees him in a new light. Together, they work to forge a new beginning: one man learning how to think with his heart; the other figuring out how to let the past go and let … love.

TITLE: In Danger and Falling Fast
AUTHOR: A.R. Moler
ISBN: 9781634862424
GENRE: Bisexual / Gay Erotic Romance (Multiple Partners)
LENGTH: 40,149 words
PRICE: $4.99


Sequel to In Danger and Under Fire

Mike, Maggie, and Kurt explore the reality of their new relationships in every aspect of their lives. On the professional side, while Mike is benched to a desk job because of his seizures, Maggie and Kurt have to deal with the new boss. A field assignment comes Maggie and Kurt’s way. As they all know, sometimes bad things happen when agents are out on assignment. Meanwhile, Mike’s stuck waiting at home.

Mike and Kurt love each other. Mike’s stuck on Maggie, and Kurt’s quickly falling Maggie’s way, too. Field agents aren’t supposed to be in love. Kurt and Mike managed to negotiate that before, but now it’s Kurt and Maggie out there taking risks. The future could be even more complicated. There’s marriage and kids and jobs … how will the trio begin to work it out?

TITLE: Ownage
AUTHOR: Dale Chase
ISBN: 9781634862493
GENRE: Gay Erotic Romance
LENGTH: 21,257 words
PRICE: $3.99


Outfielder Tommy Knox is said to “own” pitcher Wayne Kerley because he always hits well when Wayne is on the mound. What the public doesn’t know is that the two men have long been involved in a committed, loving relationship. They met and fell in love while playing in the minor leagues, but were called up to the majors and now play for opposing teams.

Tommy and Wayne have managed to stay together through twelve closeted years. Being on different teams means they have to spend most of the baseball season apart.

In the final year of his contract, Wayne considers retirement as his career begins to wind down. The thought of life without baseball seems nearly impossible, but he keeps his fears and dread to himself. Tommy still has two years left of his contract, and all the successes, defeats, and injuries that entails. Can the two reconcile their love of each other and the game?

Gabbi Reviews: Veiled Dominance by Evelise Archer

Title: Club Rebellion, Book 2: Veiled Dominance
Author: Evelise Archer
Publisher: Torquere Press
Pages: 95
Characters: Shane Wise, Deacon Archer
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: BDSM, Romance, Series
Kisses: 4


Shane Wise is a Dom and part owner of a popular BDSM club in Rittenhouse Square, Club Rebellion. A tumultuous past has led him to an almost perfect present, except Shane has a secret. A secret that could destroy his reputation in the world in which he loves to live-BDSM.

Deacon Archer is also a Dom and part owner of Club Rebellion and he is in love with Shane Wise. Together Shane and Deacon must decide if the love they feel can withstand the scrutiny they fear, if their relationship is revealed.

Can two dominants truly forge a relationship? Will secret desires open up a new world and allow Shane to be the man he was intended to be or will veiled dominance get in the way?

Previously published by Secret Cravings Publishing.


Veiled Dominance is the first book I’ve read by Evelise Archer and it definitely won’t be my last. I really enjoyed the simplistic writing style this author has and enjoyed the heated chemistry the two main heroes shared together.

Although Veiled Dominance is told in third person, in my opinion, this is really Shane’s story. Shane is a dominant who partnered with several of his friends which share the ownership of BDSM club called Club Rebellion. Although he is friends with all of his partners, there is one man in particular, Deacon, that Shane has a very special bond with. See, Shane in many ways lives with a secret and has a mysterious and difficult past that he’s been struggling to come to terms with since just about all of his adult life.

In Deacon, Shane feels like he can be himself. Although he identifies himself as a Dominant, he has a submissive side that only his best friend and love Deacon can satisfy. Because of this, both men do not share the the loving relationship they have with others. They know people in their community, and possibly, their partners will not understand the dynamics of their relationship.

But the secrecy is driving both Deacon and Shane crazy. It’s becoming harder to not show the affection and love they share together with their friends. Plus, Shane’s past is beginning to build a bridge between he and Deacon and both men must work through some hard issues if they want to build a life together.

As I mentioned before, this is basically Shane’s story. I enjoyed watching Shane really come to terms with his past as well as come to terms with the truth behind his relationship with Deacon. It was good to see Shane really grow and evolve into truly finding peace with a difficult life and get excited about sharing a future with Deacon.

Though this is a BDSM romance, the D/s elements to the story wasn’t over the top. I really enjoyed how the Doms really seem to take the time to allow their sub to get into subspace and I particular liked how the partners of Club Rebellion really take the time to show and educate other people who are both novices and even more experienced into the BDSM lifestyle.

I also enjoyed the dynamics of Shane and Deacon’s relationship because there is so much more to it than just the BDSM element to it. There are deep feelings they share between them and a little bit of hot and sexy romance there as well.

I do wish the book had been a little more fleshed out when it came to Deacon’s life. There isn’t a whole lot we learn about him, BUT as I said this is Shane’s story, so I kind of understood the reason why Deacon’s past life was put on the back-burner. Also, there were times I thought the conversations between the characters were a little stilted at times, but all in all I really enjoyed this book. If you aren’t a romance of the BDSM genre, this is definitely one you should still consider because it’s truly not over-the-top in any way, instead it concentrates of the ongoing and evolving dynamics between Deacon and Shane.

Veiled Dominance is the second book in the Club Rebellion series and was easily read as a stand-alone book. I admit, I haven’t read the first book in the series yet, but after enjoying this read so much, I plan on rectifying that real soon.

The Club Rebellion Series in Book Order Are:

Veiled Dominance
Eldridge’s Release


Reviewed By: Gabbi

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TITLE: Autumn Cliche
AUTHOR: R.W. Clinger
ISBN: 9781634862202
GENRE: Gay Erotic Romance
LENGTH: 20,908 words
PRICE: $3.99


Chad Best, article writer for Artist Trade, is instructed by his editor to head to Haven Island in Lake Erie to interview the famous ashtray artist, Finn O’Rourke. A glassblower, Finn has the reputation of being a monster to the public, particularly the media, but Chad is fascinated by him and can’t wait to meet the artist.

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TITLE: Farm Call
AUTHOR: Terry O’Reilly
ISBN: 9781634862356
GENRE: Gay Erotic Romance
LENGTH: 51,321 words
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Dr. Daniel Parker, equine veterinarian, has always assumed he was straight. Recently divorced, Dan is now on a quest to discover what these feelings of attraction to other men, which have lurked in the background all his life, really mean.

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AUTHOR: J.D. Walker
ISBN: 9781634862592
GENRE: Gay Erotic Romance Box Set
LENGTH: 38,632 words
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Multi-published author J.D. Walker brings you four gay erotic romances that will warm your heart, from the quirky story which pits a country music fan against a “metal boy” to the bittersweet tale of a rigid CFO who always says the wrong thing to the man he loves. Housemates, secrets, a sunny attitude, and an executive who needs to let loose all connect to bring each other out of the Heavy Metal Blues.

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TITLE: Promised
AUTHOR: Kassandra Lea
ISBN: 9781634862486
GENRE: Gay Paranormal Fantasy Erotic Romance
LENGTH: 13,795 words
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Sequel to Heart’s Triumph

Blackstone Manor is complete, and what better way to celebrate than a Halloween party? At least, that’s how Io sees it. He’s already splurged on candy and decorations. Cinder isn’t entirely on board, however, hating the look of disappointment on Io’s face when he nixes the idea.

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TITLE: Twice in a Lifetime
AUTHOR: Shawn Lane
ISBN: 9781634861410
GENRE: Gay Erotic Romance
LENGTH: 28,147 words
PRICE: $3.99


Five years ago, British transplant, Jude, left San Francisco after the tragic murder of his lover, Martin. Heartbroken, he settled in Sutter’s Bay and opened a small flower shop, hoping that surrounding himself with bright colors and pretty things — living things — would somehow lessen the anguish he felt over his loss.

Jude never expects to find a love like he shared with Martin ever again. Certainly a love like theirs won’t come along twice in a lifetime. But then Jude meets sexy Rex Warner, the new veterinarian in Sutter’s Bay, and he can’t help but wonder if his luck has changed.

Will Rex be able to stop Jude from dwelling on the painful past and look toward a promising future instead?

Gabbi Reviews: His Scar by Erin E. Keller

Title: His Scar
Author: Erin E. Keller
Publisher: JMS Books
Pages: 110
Characters: Ryan, Sean
POV: 1st
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance
Kisses: 3.5


A car wreck leaves Ryan with a facial scar he believes people find unsightly. But not Sean, a smiling tattoo artist who doesn’t judge a book by its cover.

Sean manages to find the beauty in everyone, including gruff and defensive Ryan. He refuses to be put off by the hard mask behind which Ryan hides. But convincing Ryan to open his heart is proving to be quite a challenge.

When someone from Ryan’s past offers him what he wants most in the world, Ryan has a decision to make. Which voice will he listen to –­­ his heart or his head?


His Scar is the first book I’ve read by Erin E. Keller. From the start, it’s obvious that the author has a real knack at writing interesting characters. One of the things I really enjoyed about this book was the self-awareness and growth Ryan goes through.

Since the book is told in first person through Ryan’s eyes, we really get to know him. He’s recovered from a car accident that has left him physically and emotionally scarred. Ryan believes that the scar on his face is not only ugly, it makes him unlovable too. He thinks that no one will ever be able to get past his scar and truly see the person he is on the inside.

When he finally musters up the courage to get a new job at the library, he runs into a sweet and handsome tattoo artist, Sean. Ryan is shocked when Sean seems to look past the scar and is interested in the man Ryan is on the inside. Sean sees nothing but beauty and hurt when he looks at Ryan, and despite Ryan’s attempt to ignore Sean’s admiration and general attraction and like he feels for Ryan, Sean’s utter sweetness and lovable spirit soon opens Ryan’s eyes to see himself as a person who still deserves to be loved and cherished.

In many ways, I liked this story. Sean is truly a tender, forgiving and all around good guy. He’s patient and determined for Ryan to see past his own physical exterior so he can see he is worthy of love and friendship. On the other hand, Ryan can be quite surly at times and his scar gives him the excuse to push others away. His sarcasm is his weapon and there are times his wicked tongue gets the better of him. There were times I wanted Sean to leave Ryan because I struggled with seeing Ryan for more than the angry, pessimistic person he could be. But, with time and through some self-growth on Ryan’s part, I did see that Ryan’s worst enemy is his own fear…the fear of being cast aside and the fear of intimacy rules his mind through most of the story. In all honesty, it was good to see Ryan open his mind and his heart to Sean.

In the end, I still wasn’t a big fan of Ryan, but I did begin to like him more. I wish the book had been longer and more fleshed out. Even the end result was a little too quick for me.

Please don’t get me wrong. The author is gifted in telling a good story. I found myself really wanting to know what was going to happen between these two men. Even Ryan, as surly as he was, grew on me. In many ways, Ryan and Sean’s relationship is still fragile, but I did enjoy the ending and I hope the author will continue their story. It would be interesting to see them really work at getting past Ryan’s insecurities and truly come out with a solid relationship that will last the test of time.


Reviewed By: Gabbi

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