JMS has awesome New Releases this week! Check them out and read the Monday blues away :)


TITLE: Everything Anise
AUTHOR: Natalie-Nicole Bates
ISBN: 9781634862837
GENRE: Lesbian Paranormal Romance
LENGTH: 16,218 words
PRICE: $2.99

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For years, Spencer Lyons has been a devoted best friend to Max Ramirez, helping him through break up after break up. But Spencer has never let Max know his true feelings — he’s been in love with his best friend for years.

It doesn’t occur to Max that club-hopping Spencer has deeper feelings for him. When he does learn of Spencer’s love, Max begins to wonder … should he admit to the love he feels himself and risk losing his best friend if it ends in yet another break up? Or will Spencer always be devotedly his?

TITLE: Fostered Affections
AUTHOR: Feral Sephrian
ISBN: 9781634862684
GENRE: Gay / Bisexual Erotic Romance
LENGTH: 37,527 words
PRICE: $3.99

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Austin Inverness loves dogs and his wife, Erika. Erika was the only girlfriend Austin ever had who didn’t judge him for being bisexual, and dogs never judge, period. Unfortunately, Erika isn’t much of a dog person.

Airman Neil Stafford has been deployed to Turkey for a six-month tour and he enrolls his schipper-poo, Bunny, in the Fosters for Fighters program that arranges fostering for soldiers’ pets. There he meets Austin, who will foster Bunny while Neil is overseas.

The two men keep in touch via Skype and Austin is delighted by how well they get along. Erika, on the other hand, is delighted by how little she has to do to take care of Bunny. That is, until Bunny needs an emergency trip to the vet.

By the time Neil returns home, Austin has noticed key differences between his wife and the new friend he can’t stop thinking about. As for Neil, he knows for sure he wants Austin in his life, but not at the cost of his friend’s marriage.

When Austin realizes Erika questions his bisexuality, the cracks in their relationship quickly spread and Austin questions everything, including if he can make the right choice. Will Austin and Neil be able to overcome the bumps on the road to happiness?


TITLE: Man-amorphosis
AUTHOR: Rick R. Reed
ISBN: 9781634862738
GENRE: Gay Fantasy Erotic Romance
LENGTH: 5,133 words
PRICE: $1.99

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I awoke one morning from uneasy dreams to find my penis had transformed itself into a vagina …

Thus begins the story of a very unusual day in the life of one utterly baffled gay man. After the shock wears off about his new genitalia, this promiscuous, fun-loving gay man wonders how he can take advantage of his bizarre gift. Bagging a straight man is the first thing that comes to mind. Well, actually bagging whole battalions of straight men …

There’s only one problem: while he now has his very own love taco, he has none of the customary toppings to go with it. Enter Pete Thickwhistle, friend and drag artist extraordinaire.

Pete quickly sets about making his friend’s appearance go from butch man to convincing female as fast as you can say “Max Factor.” Rick, now Rickie, sets off on his quest for straight-man flesh. Little does he know that what awaits is not his lust’s desire, but his heart’s. Rickie finds that when you go out looking just for sex, you may end up with something a lot more substantial …

TITLE: Tempted to Taste
AUTHOR: Shawn Lane
ISBN: 9781634861489
GENRE: Gay Erotic Romance
LENGTH: 13,222 words
PRICE: $2.99

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Ryan Callahan’s parents died in a boating accident off Sutter’s Bay when he was five years old. Now Ryan is back in the bay ready to live in the Victorian reproduction house his father built for his mother. And ready to get his dream job a chef in a restaurant. The job of head chef seems to fall into his lap when Mabry’s is short staffed, but when the sexy as sin owner, Chris Mabry, returns from vacation he fires the inexperienced Ryan on the spot.

Ryan’s dream seems to be over before he gets a chance to prove himself, but when Chris realizes how bad his restaurant’s situation is, he rehires Ryan. As Mabry becomes a success, things sizzle between Ryan and Chris and soon Ryan is cooking for Chris personally.

TITLE: The Fine Art of Reading Riley
AUTHOR: R.W. Clinger
ISBN: 9781634862820
GENRE: Gay Erotic Romance
LENGTH: 21,724 words
PRICE: $3.99
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For the past three weeks, Stone Daye has been planning the perfect book club gathering. But when that day arrives, he faces a morning snowstorm as he runs a few last-minute errands around town before his book club meets.

While out shopping, Stone bumps into Cameron Phillips, an old friend and former lover who now works as an administrator at a local college. The two have a heated and romantic history, and seeing Cameron again brings it all back for Stone.

That evening, Cameron makes an unexpected appearance at Stone’s book club. Old feelings are stirred up again, but are the fiery embers of their previous relationship strong enough to ignite a new romance together?

Lydia Reviews: Timing by Mary Calmes


TITLE: Timing
Author: Mary Calmes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages:204
Characters: Stefan Joss and Rand Holloway
POV: 1st Person
Sub-Genre: Western, Mystery
Kisses: 4.5

Blurb:

Stefan Joss just can’t win. Not only does he have to go to Texas in the middle of summer to be the man of honor in his best friend Charlotte’s wedding, but he’s expected to negotiate a million-dollar business deal at the same time. Worst of all, he’s thrown for a loop when he arrives to see the one man Charlotte promised wouldn’t be there: her brother, Rand Holloway.

Stefan and Rand have been mortal enemies since the day they met, so Stefan is shocked when a temporary cease-fire sees the usual hostility replaced by instant chemistry. Though leery of the unexpected feelings, Stefan is swayed by a sincere revelation from Rand, and he decides to give Rand a chance.
But their budding romance is threatened when Stefan’s business deal goes wrong: the owner of the last ranch he needs to secure for the company is murdered. Stefan’s in for the surprise of his life as he finds himself in danger as well.

Review:

Mary Calmes’ Timing is a romantic western with just a touch of mystery thrown in. The story is told in the first person from Stefan’s point of view. Right from the beginning Stefan pulls you into his story and leaves you wondering how things between him and Rand will play out. The history between Rand and Stefan is full of discord. From the moment, they met, Stefan has been in lust with the older man, but for some reason Rand seems to hate Stefan. When Stefan’s friend Charlotte, Rand’s sister, is planning to get married, Stefan is willing to be the bride’s maid. He just does not understand why it takes a whole week to tie the knot, leaving him more chances to run into Rand. Also, since he’s already going to be in Texas he’s talked into handling some business for his boss. Stefan can’t wonder which is worse, the weeklong wedding foo-foo, handling business when he should be on vacation, or spending time with Rand.

Obviously, Rand does not really hate Stefan and watching how this plays out will be fun. When Rand calls a cease fire, Stefan is a little confused, but will do anything to make sure Charlotte has the wedding she wanted. The attraction between Stefan and Rand is easy to see and it is surprising that the two of them have been able to ignore it for if they have since it is so strong. Of course, the fact that Rand had been married at one point didn’t help. I liked watching these two come together. Rand is so protective of Stefan that at one point I thought he was going to end up killing his own cousin. But the passion that exists between them does not necessarily mean there will be a lasting relationship, which has Stefan afraid.

Besides the romantic portion of Timing there is also the mystery. Even after reading this story numerous times I am always surprised by the bad guy. I want things to play out differently and am shocked by the extend the bad guy goes to. Yet it is because of what happens that Rand’s and Stefan’s feelings for each other is made clear to them.

Timing is the first book of Ms. Calmes series of the same name. This book, as well as book two, have been published previously. While the stories themselves have not been changed, the covers have. This story, along with the author’s Matter of Time series made Ms. Calmes one of my must buy authors.

Reviewed By: Lydia

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Gabbi Reviews: The Next Competitor by Keira Andrews


Title: The Next Competitor
Author: Keira Andrews
Publisher: Self-Published
Pages: 217
Characters: Alex Grady, Matt Savelli
POV: 1st
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance
Kisses: 3

Blurb:

To win gold, figure skater Alex Grady must train harder than the competition morning, noon, and night. He’s obsessed with mastering another quadruple jump, and due to the lack of filter between his mouth and brain, doesn’t have a lot of friends. As for a boyfriend, forget it. So what if he’s still a virgin at twenty? The Olympics are only every four years—everything else can wait. Relationships are messy and complicated anyway, and he has zero room in his life for romance.

So it’s ridiculous when Alex finds himself checking out his boring new training mate Matt Savelli. Calm, collected “Captain Cardboard” is a nice guy, but even if Alex had time to date, Matt’s so not his type. Yet beneath Matt’s wholesome surface, there’s a dirty, sexy man who awakens a desire Alex has never experienced and can’t deny…

Review:

I admit I was very anxious to read The Next Competitor by Keira Andrews. I love figure skating and I’ve also enjoyed several books by this author, so I came into reading this story with high expectations. Maybe it was because of these expectations that I felt a little let down by the story our hero, Alex had to tell.

First, I want to say that Keira Andrews is a great storyteller. She clearly knows her chops on writing a well-thought out story and romance. It is very obvious that she has done a lot of research on figure skating, and as a reader, I appreciated the competitive world Alex and Matt live in.

I am sorry to say that I never really liked the main hero. He’s a bit of a brat and he’s pretty egotistical. Now, I understood that Alex has to be this way because of the hard work and training he puts in on a daily basis. Alex lives and breathes figure skating. His drive to get the gold at the Olympics is a noble one, but his ‘I’m better than you‘ attitude began to grate on my nerves. Alex also has a tendency to put his foot in his mouth and it’s because of this, he hurts others. Now, this is something I can forgive most of the time because we all make mistakes, but because Alex seems to never really learn to work at NOT hurting others *particularly Matt with his hurtful words* the things he says and does end up bothering me. Now please don’t get me wrong, there are some redeeming qualities to Alex too, but in the end they weren’t enough for me to get fully behind him as a likeable hero.

Out of the two men, I have to admit I totally loved Matt. He’s a warm and generous man. I liked his drive and his willingness to work hard without everything going to his ego. He is a genuine nice guy that you can’t keep from rooting for. I thought in some ways he deserved better than Alex…especially when Alex says hurtful things to him.

I did like the technical aspect of the story. Through Ms. Andrews descriptive storytelling ability, I was able to picture the figure skating in my mind as clearly as if I were watching it live.

In the end I wanted more from this couple. I have a feeling the next four years will be a challenge for them to stay together. Alex’s drive to win the gold is his main priority, so it will be interesting to see if even after four years, Alex will be able to put Matt first.

Reviewed By: Gabbi
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Lydia Reviews: Why I Love Geeks by TA Chase


Title: Why I Love Geeks
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Author: T.A. Chase
Pages: 200
POV: 3rd
Kisses: 4.5

Blurb:
New York City Homicide Detective Chuck Davidson is a guy’s guy. He likes sports, beer, and classic cars—fancy gadgets, not so much. When yet another high-tech phone goes on the fritz, he knows he needs help, and he meets a man who loves technology as much as he hates it—cute but awkward biochemist Herbert Pommerset.

Herb’s never been with a man—not even on a date. He hides behind his research, daydreaming about what it might be like to find someone special. A malfunctioning phone causes his path to cross with a sexy older detective, and Herb wishes he’d spent less time studying science and more learning how to flirt, because he can think of some experiments he’d like to conduct with Chuck. None of his considerable intelligence is helping him express his desires to the other man.

Just when it seems they might overcome their differences, Herb’s research puts him in danger. He’s made a discovery that could cost him his life, and Chuck must use his very different talents to rescue the geek he’s coming to love.

Review:

Why I Love Geeks is the first book in the Why I Love series. Fans of this author should note that this book has been published before by another publisher.

Why I Love Geeks is a great story that fans of the author, and those new to her, will love. The main characters easily grab the reader’s attention from the beginning. Herb is a scientist who has no social skills what’s so ever. He also has no filter between his brain and his mouth which means that whatever is on his mind comes out and not always at the right time. This cracked me up more than once. I loved when he would talk about his and Chuck’s sex life with Chuck’s family or when he would talk about Burke and McKinley (these two get their own story in Why I Love Bodyguards).

Chuck is a police detective. He’s older than Herb and while openly gay, has had a hard time finding the man of his dreams, due to his job. His problems with technology, especially cells phones, is what initially brings Chuck and Herb together. Later the two come face to face when Herb is invited to family dinner by Chuck’s sister, who just happens to work with Herb.

The chemistry between these two is intense from the beginning. From the moment, they are introduced to each other at Chuck’s family home, he becomes protective of the younger man and can’t wait to get him in bed. As for Herb, the first moment he gets the chance he climbs Chuck like a tree. Both men crave the relationship that is forming between them and are protective of what they have. This does not mean there are no problems.

Chuck finds himself investigating a murder that leads to Herb’s door. And Herb ends up taking chances on a lab experiment that could have lasting effects. Both these things are connected and will leave the reader wondering what is going on. The mystery has enough twists and turns to leave the reader surprised and turning the pages.

This is a series that is sure to bring the author many new fans. If you have not yet read Why I Love Geeks, I strongly suggest you pick up a copy. You will not be disappointed.

Reviewer: Lydia

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Lydia Reviews: Beautiful Goodbyes by NJ Nielsen


Title: Beautiful Goodbyes
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Author: N.J. Nielsen – Saddington
Pages: 231
Kisses: 5+

Blurb:
As someone wise once said—life is like an ice cream cone. When you think you have it licked, it drips all over you.

When life seems to be running smoothly there has to be a bump, or three, in the road. Ray and Viv realize that while they grow closer in their relationship, their family is falling apart around them, and they can’t seem to do anything to stop the heartache from happening. The only thing they can do is pick up the pieces.
Ray would love nothing better than to shake the hell out of the adults in the family and tell them all to wake up. The problem is that Ray has his own demons to face. From being swept away by flood waters to his daughter’s unraveling relationship, custody battles and launching a new business that helps abandoned teenagers, Ray loses himself for a while.

Viv tries desperately to hold the family together. He’s so used to Ray being the strong one that at first he’s clueless how to fix what’s going wrong in their lives. Viv enlists the help of the family to get everyone back on track. Sometimes wisdom comes from where you least expect it, but mostly it comes from the ones who know and love you best.

With so much going on in their family, will Viv and Ray keep their love alive? Or will their world come crashing down around them?

Review:

Beautiful Goodbyes is the second book in the, The Connelly Chronicles series. This book picks up where the first book ended so readers need to read Family Connections first. This also means that there will be spoilers ahead for those who have not yet read the first book.

When Family Connections ended, Declan had just showed up to tell Viv he thought Viv was his father. He makes it clear from the beginning that the only thing he is looking for is help finding his missing friend Nate. Much to everyone’s surprise Nate turns out to be Girly’s half-brother. As fans of the first novel know, this means that not only are Viv and Ray now going to look for Nate but so are Girly and Dan. The addition of these two young men to the Connelly family brings joy and problems.

Ray and Viv also find themselves dealing with problems that have Bear and Jamie. Bear’s father doesn’t want his son living in the same house with two gay men. It becomes worse when he learns that Jamie and Bear share a bed. The scenes that follow had me crying and while I could understand why the author would do what she did in regards to the two little boys at the same time it made me very sad.

Then there is Girly and Dan. As readers, will remember Dan is bi and was intrigued by both Girly and Ray in the first book. As he told Viv the reason he went after Girly instead of Ray was because Girly kissed him first. When Nate moves into the house, Dan is fascinated with him and Girly can’t help throwing them together to see what happens. It only makes since that this would cause more than a few problems and soon someone is going to get hurt.

There is so much going on in Beautiful Goodbyes that readers will be laughing one moment and crying the next. The family faces one issue after the other, more than a few of which are troublesome. I really began to worry just how the story would play out.

In many ways, Beautiful Goodbyes is like the middle of a story. While it gives us more of Ray and Viv, it sets up the rest of the series, giving the readers a hint to what may be coming next. I was up late into the night reading this book, you think I would have learned by now not to start a NJ Nielsen book so close to going to bed, and can’t wait to see what the next book will hold. Fans of this author are sure to love this story. Those that have not yet tried either this series, or this author really should give the books a try.

Reviewer: Lydia

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Susan Reviews: Kiss Me Cowboy by Carol Lynne


Title: Kiss Me, Cowboy
Author: Carol Lynne
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Pages: 46
POV: 3rd
Genres: Contemporary, Cowboys/Western, MM/Gay
Kisses: 4

Blurb:

It isn’t easy to cling to teenage promises when you become one of the forgotten.

For Eli Barron, Jesse Clooney has always been the one. From their first day of kindergarten through their high-school graduation, the pair were inseparable. So, when a situation arises that splits the two men apart, it’s up to Eli to keep the home fires burning as Jesse sets off to follow his dreams on the rodeo circuit. But how long can a man continue to stoke the fire before the flames die out?

Review:

Told from Eli’s third person point of view, we get a tale of long-distance love, longing that lasts over the years but not with ease. Jesse follows his dream to become a bronc rider far away while Eli is left behind to tend to the family ranch, never able to put himself and his desires first.

This is well written, and the story moves fluidly and swiftly. There’s a few editing snafus but not too many to take you out of the story. There’s a mix of internal monologue and everyday dialogue, suppressed emotions and exposed sexual desires, though only one sex scene, just so you know. Plus, there’s a whole heap of angst here, so much so that it hurts to read all of it.

When it comes to characterization, Eli’s the more fleshed-out person since only his POV is given. He’s supposed to be a giver and a sympathetic guy but all too often he comes off as a doormat. His heart wants only one thing: Jesse — who follows his own dreams, travels the country, and sleeps with other guys. To me, he came off as a selfish asshole who takes Eli for granted. I wanted Eli to get someone better, someone who appreciated him. But, as it often is with stories like this, even idiots do eventually see the light and we get our HEA.

For such a short story this one packs a punch. So many feels it’s almost too much. Sometimes it’s hard to choose between what to pursue, what to keep, and what to let go. Freedom is important but so is family. These kinds of choices are not meant to be easy, and we get the whole rainbow of feels from that.

Despite the short length, there’s a full story here, so do check it out.

Recommended to those who like their cowboys making mistakes, learning from them, and being reunited to build a new life together.

Reviewed by: Susan

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Check out the Exciting discount waiting for you from Pride Publishing!

In celebration of K.M. Mahoney, Pride Publishing is discounting the first in the A Dragon’s Treasure series, Cody’s Dragon! This book will be discounted to 99c/p from the 10th January for a limited time on Pride Publishing, Amazon, Kobo and other eBook retailers. Pride Publishing will also be discounting the rest of the series on their site and Amazon.

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BLURB:

How far is Cody willing to go to keep his dragon?

Kirit is lonely and he’s sick of coming home from the king’s assignments to a cold, empty cave. After searching for years for a mate, Kirit decides it’s time to try a new approach. Against the advice of all his friends, he heads for the human side of the world. There he finds Cody, and the man is everything he could ever want. It takes a little bit of persuasion, but he manages to talk Cody into coming back with him to Faerie.

Within a week of arriving, Cody is beginning to rethink his impulsive decision. He’s trekked across more terrain than he would care to remember, been summoned to meet a king, and flown on a dragon—not an experience he’s willing to repeat anytime soon. Kirit’s growly possessiveness is starting to wear on his nerves, and the unexpected hostility he encounters at the palace is almost enough to make him give up.

But Cody is stubborn. He may not be willing to admit it out loud, but Kirit has got under his skin. He may even, shockingly enough, love the big guy.

Now Cody has to decide what he’s willing to do to keep the man of his dreams.