Lydia Reviews: Tied up in Knots by Mary Calmes

Title: Tied Up In Knots
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Author: Mary Calmes
Pages: 260
Kisses: 5+


Miro Jones is living the life: he’s got his exciting, fulfilling job as a US deputy marshal, his gorgeous Greystone in suburban Chicago, his beloved adopted family, and most importantly, the man who captured his heart, Ian Doyle. Problem is, Ian isn’t just his partner at work—Ian’s a soldier through and through. That commitment takes him away from Miro, unexpectedly and often, and it’s casting a shadow over what could be everything Miro could ever dream of.

Work isn’t the same without Ian. Home isn’t the same, either, and Miro’s having to face his fears alone… how to keep it together at the office, how to survive looming threats from the past, and worst of all, how to keep living without Ian’s rock-solid presence at his side. His life is tied up in knots, but what if unknotting them requires something more permanent? What would that mean for him and Ian? Miro’s stuck between two bad choices, and sometimes the only way to get out of the knot is to hold tight to your lifeline and pull.


Tied Up In Knots is the third book in the Marshals series by author Mary Calmes. Let me say right up front that I am a huge fan of Ms. Calmes and this series is one of my all-time favorites. For those who have not yet read the books in this series you should know two things, one – this is a series that needs to be read in order. The second is that this review will unfortunately have spoilers with regards to the other books.

While Miro and Ian became engaged in the second book, Fit To Be Tied, they haven’t gotten any further than that, leaving Miro wondering about the future of their relationship. Then there is the fact that Ian keeps getting pulled out for military duty, leaving Miro alone. Although these things are worrisome, they do not come close to pulling these two apart. There is also the issue of both men are so afraid of losing what they have, that they stop talking to each other, causing more than a few problems. Of course there are outside forces at play too. First there is a problem with Ian’s former unit. Men are dying and it’s not on a field of battle. Then someone from Miro’s past shows up and sets everything, and everyone, spinning.
I don’t want to give too much of what goes on in Tied Up In Knots away, so let me just say that the connection between Miro and Ian is as strong as ever, and I love the passion that exists between them. I also like the way the author has them still learning things about each other, even after being together, in one fashion or the other, for so long. No matter what pops up, or how often I worried about them, especially as the author has broken up main characters in her other books, it is easy to see that these two are meant for each other.

The various cases keep the men hoping. Some are little problems that are easily solved and others lead to close calls. I like that the author can make this part of the story come alive as easily as she can the romance part. I also like that several secondary characters return. Watch for papa Miro to get a new ‘child’, one who just happens to click with the first two. They have trouble written all over them and I kind of feel bad for Miro and Ian. Some story lines are permanently wrapped up and I hope this does not mean that the series is ending, especially as Kage is looking for two new members to join the unit.

Fans of the series are really going to love this latest addition, and those who have not yet given this series a try really need to pick it up today.

Reviewed by: Lydia

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Start your weekend with an exciting New Release from Torquere Press!

New Releases 10/19/16

Come check out the weekly specials we have for you. We have some amazing options this week!

How To Survive Your Death
by Peter Fulton
150 pages / 60000 words
ISBN: 978-1-946058-08-9

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How To Survive Your Death (An Autobiography Written Posthumously) is a letter between mother and daughter that answers the two questions the daughter has been asking her mother her entire life: Who is my father and will you ever make me a vampire? The answers to these questions take us on a thrilling adventure that tramps through centuries and around the world. Emily does not forgive her mother for being a vampire, writing, “She left me to read this while she went out for dinner. I publish this now hoping that it won’t be you.” With over 225 years as the undead, Sarah has many stories to tell, from eating the man who laughed when the Liberty Bell cracked, to meeting Mark Twain, to surviving the Titanic sinking. At the heart, the book is two love stories: motherly love and the love between vampire and vegetarian. It was not love at first bite.

Back to School Anthology
with stories from: Asta Idona, Janelle Reston, Val Prozorova, Dale Cameron Lowry, and Blue Spectrum
83 pages / 22000 words
ISBN: 978-1-946058-09-6

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Sitting in the back of the class, we all had one or two naughty little fantasies about our delicious professors. Sure, they were a few years older, but there’s just something so hot about an authority figure. Back to School explores the possibilities when two people cross the line between teacher and student.

These five stories are penned by both seasoned scribes and new authors; the anthology provides readers with the perfect opportunity to explore offerings from their favorite storytellers as well as find a new favorite or two.

Containing F/F and M/M stories from authors Asta Idonea, Janelle Reston, Val Prozorova, Blue Spectrum, and Dale Cameron Lowry, Back to School is sure to have something for the May/December loving readers.

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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Check out some great NEW Releases from JMS Books!

TITLE: Becoming His
AUTHOR: Shawn Lane
ISBN: 9781634862646
GENRE: Gay Erotic Romance
LENGTH: 18,311 words
PRICE: $2.99


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.

Lucas has been charmed by the sexy Toby ever since he met him at the hospital during his brother’s accident. When he breaks up with his girlfriend shortly after Toby comes by the set of his show, Lucas begins to romance Toby.

With concerns over Lucas’s career and Toby’s dancing for other men, can the hot actor and the sexy stripper find happiness in each other’s arms?

TITLE: Before Lovers
AUTHOR: Wayne Mansfield
ISBN: 9781634860789
GENRE: Gay Paranormal Erotic Romance
LENGTH: 20,575 words
PRICE: $3.99


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.

There’s an immediate connection between the two men, but there’s more than that. Strange things happen to Paul whenever he becomes intimate with Calvin, which leads Paul to consult a psychic.

What he discovers will change the way he thinks about life — and Calvin — forever more.

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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