Pippa Reviews: Angel by JL Merrow

Title: Angel
Author: JL Merrow
Publisher: JMS Books
Pages: 33
Characters: Don, Michael
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Gay BDSM Fantasy Erotic Romance
Kisses: 4

Blurb:

How do you know if you’re one of the damned?

As a child, Don wanted to become a priest. Now a grown man mostly at ease with being gay, he’s left the Catholic Church and has chosen instead to help people through his work as a parole officer.

His strong faith is shaken when his latest assignment turns out to be Michael, a young man Don hasn’t seen since he took Michael to church as a child — and saw his parish priest cast Michael out of the church as a demon.

Meeting him as an adult re-ignites the obsession Don had with the boy he couldn’t save. But can Michael be saved at all? Or is the strangely compelling demon with a taste for risky sex as damned as he believes himself to be?

Review:

I don’t know how to describe my feelings about Angel. It is skillfully crafted, I expect nothing less from JL Merrow, and the story intrigues me.

I found it hard to relate to either of the characters, but the emotions, the guilt, the bitterness, and the need, oozed from Don and Michael.

Is it odd to say I’m not sure I liked Angel, but it caught my imagination? I could see these two men as if their encounters were being played out in front of me.

That’s why it gets 4 kisses. Because it’s a damned (ha!) good story.

Recommended

Reviewed By: Pippa Wood

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Enjoy your weekend with a New Release from JMS Books!


TITLE: Behemoth and the Wisp
AUTHOR: Linn Edwards
ISBN: 9781634863650
GENRE: Gay Fantasy Erotic Romance
LENGTH: 13,255 words
PRICE: $2.99

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The Compound protects the remnants of often horrific human experimentation during World War II. Now a new generation comes of age, some with strange powers and abilities, groomed to be weapons for justice.

Mason and Jordie are young men, each with a special gift and strongly attracted to each other. When they finally reach out and really connect, they must also be careful. Mason can become intangible like a mist, then completely whole and solid again — even during sex. Jordie is a nine foot tall giant, able to leap great distances in a single bound. Together they face challenges in figuring out sex and love.

When a woman in their group at The Compound appears to be kidnapped, Mason and Jordie must put aside their own secrets to help her. But they soon discover everyone secrets, and not everyone in The Compound is who they seem.

TITLE: Pieces of Us
AUTHOR: Kassandra Lea
ISBN: 9781634863995
GENRE: Gay Romance
LENGTH: 12,047 words
PRICE: $2.99
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Leo Shelton survived a mass shooting, but his heart was broken that night in a terrible way. Coping with the aftermath has been grueling: he holes up in his apartment, doesn’t sleep well, can’t work. He goes to the recommended grief counseling, but while there, never opens up. He’s drowning in his own pain.

Caleb Hart can see Leo’s pain. He grows concerned about Leo, knowing he must reach this tortured man, and he has an idea that might just work.

If Leo is willing to give it a try. Can Leo claw his way out of the sea of grief he’s in?

TITLE: Smitten
AUTHOR: R.W. Clinger
ISBN: 9781634863292
GENRE: Gay Erotic Romance
LENGTH: 14,710 words
PRICE: $2.99

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Feeling somewhat blue about his singlehood and dull life as a finance advisor, Jesse Fitzpatrick is about to find his world turned upside down.

Jesse’s best friend, Carr de Vantino, is coming home from the jungles of Ecuador. He’ll only be home for four days, and it’s a very rare occasion, since Carr has been traveling the world for the last twenty years for Armistice Coalition; a group similar to the Peace Corps. Excited about Carr’s visit, Jesse has to face the bittersweet reality of life — he’s always been smitten with Carr, although Carr only treats him as a friend. It’s obvious he lacks any romance or desire for Jesse.

Carr’s visit becomes interesting, though, when he slips into bed with Jesse. As secrets of Carr’s life unfold, Jesse starts to hope the traveling man has grown smitten for him. Do they have a chance at becoming a romantic couple? Or will Carr take the next flight back to the jungle?

TITLE: Sutter’s Bay Box Set
AUTHOR: Shawn Lane
ISBN: 9781634863438
GENRE: Gay Erotic Romance Box Set
LENGTH: 97,358 words
PRICE: $9.99

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In the Northern California seaside town of Sutter’s Bay, the path of love is sometimes mixed with tragedy, but these couples find their way to happiness together.

This box set collects all five stories of Shawn Lane’s best-selling series, Sutter’s Bay into one box set. Contains the stories:

Sweet Reunion: Jason Sweet hasn’t been back to his hometown, Sutter’s Bay, for years. With his mother dying, Jason returns to make peace with his past, including former best friend and lover, Danny Yarrow. Danny’s happy to be reunited with Jason. They’ve both changed since their teenaged relationship. Jason hasn’t had an easy time of it, but Danny intends to convince Jason their love is worth taking chances.

Twice in a Lifetime: Five years ago, British transplant Jude left San Francisco after the tragic murder of his lover. He settled in Sutter’s Bay and opened a flower shop. He never expects to find a love like that again until he meets sexy Rex Warner, the new vet in Sutter’s Bay.

Galaxy’s Heart: Ten years ago, Galaxy Winthrop had a one-night stand with Adam Colfer. Now they both find themselves in Sutter’s Bay looking for a second chance at life … and love.

Finding Forever: Nolan Young has tried to deny he’s gay all his life. Then he meets Leo Winthrop, who is exactly the kind of guy Nolan would want … if he could allow himself. Meeting Nolan changes Leo’s dreary outlook and brings hope to his life for the first time in years. But can he convince Nolan to take a chance on forever with him?

Tempted to Taste: Sutter’s Bay’s newest restaurant gets a new chef, Ryan, who just might find himself tempted to taste his boss, the sinfully sexy, Chris.

TITLE: Unhinged
AUTHOR: Rick R. Reed
ISBN: 9781634863421
GENRE: Gay Horror Erotic Romance Anthology
LENGTH: 65,315 words
PRICE: $5.99

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Horror. Romance. The two seem at odds, yet in provocative author Rick R. Reed’s hands, the pair merge like a match made in heaven … or hell.

Prepare for a dark journey into an unhinged world populated by ordinary and extraordinary monsters. Unhinged brings you sometimes chilling, sometimes romantic, sometimes hilarious, but always thought-provoking tales.

Among them you’ll find a chilling and redemptive ghost story, a most unusual and shocking first meeting for two lovers, a story revolving around one of the 20th Century’s most horrific serial killers, and a darkly comic take on the vampire mythos. This collection will make your heart race with passion … in all its forms.

Contains the stories: Echoes, How I Met My Man, The Man from Milwaukee, Sluggo Snares a Vampire, The Ghost in #9, and Incubus.

Lane Hayes has stopped by to talk about her Newest Release and to answer some Burning Questions!


Hello Friends! We are thrilled to welcome the fabulous Lane Hayes to our little corner of the world. Lane has stopped by to briefly talk about her new book, Leaning Into Fall and answer a few naughty questions!!

Welcome, Lane! Thank you for being here.:) Can you give us a quick description of your new book, Leaning into Fall?

Leaning Into the Fall is book 2 in my newest series. This story belongs to Nick, who some readers may remember as Eric’s best friend in Leaning Into Love. Nick isn’t the easiest guy to understand. His thoughts move at light speed, making it difficult for him to communicate sometimes. Wes seems to get him though and thus begins a slow dance and a lean into the ultimate fall. Sigh…. I love a May/December romance! I’m currently working on book 3 in the series, which should be released this summer. It’s so thrilling to be immersed in the San Francisco setting with a group of guys I’m kind of crazy about! 

Now, what about Lane? How about those interview questions no one ever asks?

Do you write naked? NO. All caps! Lol. I like to write in my pjs, though. Is that scandalous?

Have you ever been in trouble with the police? No.

Have you ever gotten into a bar fight? No. See above.

Do you drink? Smoke? Yes and No. I love wine and the occasional margarita. I’m not a smoker.

If you had a superpower, what would it be?
Invisibility!

What costume would you wear? I don’t think I’d have to wear anything at all if I was invisible. I could wear pjs all day like I do when I’m writing. 

Thanks again and Happy Reading!

Lane Hayes xo

Want to know more about Lane Hayes?

Lane Hayes is grateful to finally be doing what she loves best. Writing full-time! It’s no secret Lane loves a good romance novel. An avid reader from an early age, she has always been drawn to well-told love story with beautifully written characters. These days she prefers the leading roles to both be men. Lane discovered the M/M genre a few years ago and was instantly hooked. Her debut novel was a 2013 Rainbow Award finalist and subsequent books have received Honorable Mentions, and were winners in the 2016 Rainbow Awards. She loves red wine, chocolate and travel (in no particular order). Lane lives in Southern California with her amazing husband in an almost empty nest.

Author Links

Website: https://lanehayes.wordpress.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100008562883399&ref=br_rs

Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/LaneHayes3

Here are the Purchase Links to buy Leaning Into You:

Lane Hayes Website: https://lanehayes.wordpress.com/

Amazon – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XK4DFCD

Kobo – https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/leaning-into-the-fall

Barnes & Noble – http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/leaning-into-the-fall-lane-hayes/1125960692?ean=2940154356739

Start your weekend off with a great read! Lane Hayes is stopping by and has an AMAZING NEW RELEASE to check out!

 

Title:  Leaning Into the Fall

Series: Leaning Into Stories, #2

Author: Lane Hayes

Publisher:  Self-Published

Release Date: March 10

Heat Level: 4 – Lots of Sex

Pairing: Male/Male

Length: Approximately 77K words

Genre: Romance, Erotica, Bisexual, humor, San Francisco, May to December romance

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Synopsis

Nick Jorgensen is a quirky genius. He’s made a fortune in the competitive high tech field with his quick mind and attention to detail. He believes in hard work and trusting his gut. And he believes in karma. It’s the only thing that makes sense. People are difficult, but numbers never lie. In the disastrous wake of a broken engagement to an investor’s daughter, Nick is more certain than ever he isn’t relationship material.

Wes Conrad owns a thriving winery in Napa Valley. The relaxed atmosphere is a welcome departure from his former career as a high-rolling businessman. Wes’s laid-back nature is laced with a fierceness that appeals to Nick. In spite of his best intention to steer clear of complications, Nick can’t fight his growing attraction to the sexy older man who seems to understand him. Even the broken parts he doesn’t get himself. However, when Wes’s past collides with Nick’s present, both men will have to have to decide if they’re ready to lean into the ultimate fall.

Excerpt

Wes led me to a small room at the opposite end of the building filled with barrels. The temperature dipped at least ten degrees here and the strong scent of fermenting wine was offset by the smell of oak. I moved toward the round table in the middle and glanced up at the tower of barrels. Each was labeled and dated, but as far as I could tell, the order wasn’t chronological. I categorized and filed the numbers in my mind in an attempt to solve a mystery that probably wasn’t so mysterious after all.

“These are special reserve wines. The best of the best. Theoretically anyway,” Wes said, picking up the long-sleeved plaid shirt draped over one of the chairs at the table.

“What do the numbers mean?” I asked, running my fingers over the printed tag on the barrel.

“It’s an internal code that basically tells us exactly which vines yielded the harvest. Some have information about soil disruption or weather flux. Of course, once the wine is fermenting that information is no longer significant but—”

“Where are the dates on these labels? Isn’t timing everything in the wine business?”

“Some might argue timing is everything in every facet of life.” Wes regarded me curiously before pointing out the dates in the middle of the tag. “It’s all here. See?”

“I don’t understand your system,” I said, stuffing my hands in my back pocket and staring up at the barrels.

“It’s an internal system. You’re not meant to understand. It’s for us only. The same way you wouldn’t explain the science behind how an advanced operating system works to one of your clients. They might say they’re fascinated but they aren’t really interested in the details. Same goes for wine. People come to tour the winery every day. They want to know about grape varietals and blends and some even ask about topography, weather and the fermentation process. But the true science of wine making confounds them. At the end of the day, truth is in the bottle.”

“In vino veritas.”

Wes smiled as he pulled his shirt on. “’In wine, truth’,” he translated. “Different context, but yes… truth. Are you going to tell me why you’re here or do I have to break out a bottle of Pinot to get the real story?”

Wes’s wolfish grin spread slowly across his handsome face as he closed the distance between us. He tilted my chin with his forefinger and stared deep into my eyes as though he was trying to read my mind. Or devour me whole.

“You look like you want to eat me,” I said before I could stop myself.

“I do. I want to do lots of things to you. Is that why you’re here? You want me to eat you, Nicky?”

“You invited me.” My eyes drifted shut when he ran his fingers along my jaw then splayed his hand behind my head and tugged my hair.

“I did. I’m glad you came.”

“Well, we were in the middle of listing our all-time favorite bands or artists by decade. That’s not the kind of thing you can leave for a whole week. It’s important.”

“You’re right. What were we thinking?” He licked my bottom lip in a sensual line from one corner of my mouth to the other. “We’ll have to continue that discussion later. I want to do other things first.”

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Lane Hayes Website | Amazon | Kobo | Barnes & Noble

Meet the Author

Lane Hayes is grateful to finally be doing what she loves best. Writing full-time! It’s no secret Lane loves a good romance novel. An avid reader from an early age, she has always been drawn to well-told love story with beautifully written characters. These days she prefers the leading roles to both be men. Lane discovered the M/M genre a few years ago and was instantly hooked. Her debut novel was a 2013 Rainbow Award finalist and subsequent books have received Honorable Mentions, and were winners in the 2016 Rainbow Awards. She loves red wine, chocolate and travel (in no particular order). Lane lives in Southern California with her amazing husband in an almost empty nest.

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Tour Schedule

3/15 – Love Bytes Reviews

3/15 – MM Book Escape

3/15 – Zipper Rippers

3/17- Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

3/17 – Books, Dreams, Life

3/21 – Joyfully Jay

3/21 – V’s Reads

3/21 – Divine Magazine

3/21 – The Novel Approach

3/23 – Prism Book Alliance

3/23 – Wicked Faerie’s Tales and Reviews

3/23 – BFD Book Blog

3/29 – Alpha Book Club

3/29 – Bayou Book Junkie

3/29 – Boy Meets Boy Reviews

3/31 – MM Good Book Reviews

3/31 – Dog-Eared Daydreams

3/31 – Reviews by Tammy and Kim

3/31 – Happily Ever Chapter

3/31 – Top 2 Bottom Reviews

3/31 – Sinfully

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Gabbi Reviews: A Boy and His Dragon by R. Cooper


Title: A Boy and His Dragon
Author: R. Cooper
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages: 242
Characters: Arthur MacArthur, Bertie
POV: 3rd Limited
Sub-Genre: Urban Fantasy, Shifter Romance, Series
Kisses: 5+

Blurb:

A Being(s) in Love Story

Arthur MacArthur needs a job, and not just for the money. Before he dropped out of school to support his younger sister, he loved being a research assistant at the university. But working for a dragon, one of the rarest and least understood magical beings, has unforeseen complications. While Arthur may be the only applicant who isn’t afraid of Philbert Jones in his dragon form, the instant attraction he feels for his new employer is beyond disconcerting.

Bertie is a brilliant historian, but he can’t find his own notes without help—his house is a hoard of books and antiques, hence the need for an assistant. Setting the mess to rights is a dream come true for Arthur, who once aspired to be an archivist. But making sense of Bertie’s interest in him is another matter. After all, dragons collect treasure, and Arthur is anything but extraordinary.

Review:

A Boy and His Dragon is an absolute delight to read from start to finish. It is filled with plenty of intrigue and romance and I absolutely adored how the relationship between the two heroes evolved throughout the story.

This is Arthur’s story to tell. As a hero and the main character, Arthur is a very likable man. His determination to do right by his sister and try and make a better life for himself is an admirable one. Though he thinks he is somewhat unqualified to be an assistant to Dr. Philbert *Bertie* Jones, his drive and dedication to do the best job possible for Bertie was both honorable and endearing. Though Bertie is brilliant, he is very unorganized and he doesn’t take care of his things, which drives Arthur totally crazy. Arthur has a bit of OCD, which makes the relationship between him and Bertie a match made in Heaven. I loved watching these two men truly form a friendship and learn about each other.

As a reader, I also appreciated the well-written backstory and the world that was created about Bertie and dragons. Like Arthur, I found myself intrigued by Bertie and his heritage and the history of dragons themselves.

A Boy and His Dragon by R. Cooper is a book that is so easy to recommend. Between the exciting storyline and the strong and sexy romance between Arthur and Bertie, A Boy and His Dragon will be an easy favorite and a story that will live within your heart for many years to come!

Highly Recommended!

Reviewed By: Gabbi

Please NOTE:
This book is also part of the R. Cooper‘s “Beings in Love” Anthology but since I am reviewing each story individually, I have put the original artwork for each story in the book.


Click HERE for more information and to purchase Beings in Love by R. Cooper

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