Gabbi Reviews: One Step Forward by Tia Fielding

Title: One Step Forward
Author: Tia Fielding
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages: 215
Characters: Sam Becker, Joshua Taylor
POV: Alternating 1st person
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance
Kisses: 5+


Sam Becker, a horse whisperer, agrees to take one last job before retiring to his Texas ranch. It’s clear as soon as he meets the Taylor family in Kentucky that he’s in for a challenge. What he doesn’t expect is the way his own wounds reopen. He’s never really dealt with the suicide of his mentally ill wife, and he won’t be able to ignore that hurt forever.

Joshua Taylor and his horse, Calla, were a force to be reckoned with on the eventing circuit until an accident ended their careers. Most of the pain is on the inside, however, and Sam knows those injuries are the slowest to mend. Sam’s unique methods help Calla and, surprisingly, Josh, but he’s still lost without riding. Their feelings for each other come hard and fast, and Josh starts his first steps of recovery, but Sam needs to return to Texas eventually. Even if Josh is able to move past the accident, they’ll still have a long and difficult journey to make before they can be together.


Once in a while I come across a story that really touches my heart. The minute I began reading One Step Forward by Tia Fielding I was immediately swept up into the lives of these amazing characters and the story they had to tell.

One of the reasons why I loved this book so much is that Sam and Josh’s romance is truly the heart of the story. When we first meet them, they are both broken in many ways, but with time, patience and a whole lot of support and love, I rejoiced at watching these two men truly grow and evolve as the story continued to progress.

I also loved that the secondary characters are also a driving force behind Sam and Josh’s story. Each and every character truly brought something special to the story and I found myself caring about each and every one of them.

Even though this is a good sized novel, this was a very fast read for me. I found myself not being able to put it down and ended up reading it in one setting, so a word of warning…do not start this book unless you have plenty of time to read. Why? Because once you do, you won’t be able to put it down.

One Step Forward is a well-written, beautifully told story that will live with you long after you finish reading the story. I loved it and can’t recommend it high enough.

Highly Recommended!

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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Escape the mid-week blues with a sultry New Release from JMS Books!

TITLE: A Cop and a Con
AUTHOR: Deirdre O’Dare
ISBN: 9781634862226
GENRE: Gay Interracial Erotic Romance
LENGTH: 22,937 words
PRICE: $3.99

When a cop and a newly released convict cross paths, few cons can expect anything positive. Struggling toward a home he knows no longer exists, Ike Hernandez meets a cop who seems different. He isn’t sure he can believe the kindness, but he wants to learn to trust again and regain his lost self-respect.

Perry Parker became a law enforcement officer to help people. He learned there wasn’t much he could do, but now and then he found someone he could help. Would the lost man with the little dog that he picked up one stormy night be one of them?

Pursuing tales about a new drug dealer, Perry starts to doubt the man he’s befriended, but something inside him still feels Ike is a decent person. When the real dealers take advantage of the convict’s past, Perry, his unofficial canine partner, and the little stray Ike adopted save the day. Can a cop, a con, and two dogs make an unorthodox family?

TITLE: Desmond and Garrick Box Set
AUTHOR: Hayden Thorne
ISBN: 9781634862868
GENRE: Gay Historical Paranormal Young Adult Romance Box Set
LENGTH: 144,622 words
PRICE: $7.99

Both books in Hayden Thorne’s best-selling gay YA romance series Desmond and Garrick in one box set!

Book 1: It’s 1815. Garrick Mortimer is a starving genius, who agrees to sign on as tutor to Desmond Hathaway, the youngest son of a vampire family living in Yorkshire. When Desmond’s older brother returns from Italy for a visit and brings with him a small group of talentless poets, life in Dryden Abbey turns upside-down, mainly when Desmond meets Leigh Blaise Sherbourne, a sullen vampire poet.

Book 2: As the poets continue their campaign of destruction in Dryden Abbey, Garrick struggles in the classroom, with distracted pupils eroding all of his hard work. And an unexpected love triangle further complicates things for Desmond. Through all these, Garrick and Desmond will realize that the chasm separating them as distinct species will forge a stronger bond of friendship than they expected.

TITLE: Not Your Average Man
AUTHOR: Edward Kendrick
ISBN: 9781634862431
GENRE: Gay Mystery Romance
LENGTH: 46,349 words
PRICE: $4.99

I was an average man, not at all violent, until a bastard tricked my best friend into killing my lover, Mick. When that happened, with my best friend in prison for life, I took things into my own hands and killed the bastard.

Not too soon after, a man contacted me. The man Mick had worked for — as a vigilante. He convinced me to take Mick’s place, once I’d been trained to do what Mick had done.

I did. Now I’m a not so average man who might, just might, be falling in love with another vigilante. Coop Frost, to be exact. That is, if we can survive what comes next.

TITLE: Only For Him
AUTHOR: Shawn Lane
ISBN: 9781634861427
GENRE: Gay Erotic Romance
LENGTH: 20,675 words
PRICE: $3.99


Barnaby Lassiter has had a thing for attorney, Nathan Llewellyn, since he began working at the law firm as an admin assistant. Too bad conservative Nathan doesn’t seem to know the flamboyant Barnaby is alive.

But a chance to take care of Nathan when he is ill, leads to a date and then so much more. Nathan continues to have doubts. Barnaby is the hottest man he’s ever known, but their differences worry him. He’s seen too many relationships that don’t make it.

All of his fears are realized when he sees the popular, too appealing Barnaby in action at a club. When Nathan thinks their differences are too much to overcome after all, Barnaby is left with a broken heart and an uncertain future. And Nathan’s left wondering if he’s just made the biggest mistake of his life by letting Barnaby go.

TITLE: The Sculptress
AUTHOR: Eva Hore
ISBN: 9781634862363
GENRE: Lesbian Erotic Romance (Multiple Partners)
LENGTH: 12,882 words
PRICE: $2.99

Julie’s depressed because her lover Bethany is overseas and has told her to get on with her life. But how can she, when all she wants is Bethany back?

To take her mind off Bethany, her flatmate Cynthia drags her along to meet a sculptress named Margaret. The artist’s raunchy nudes turn Julie on more than she would’ve thought. Then she’s introduced to Amanda, Margaret’s beautiful model, and her troubles are soon forgotten.

The attraction between Amanda and Julie is intense and immediate. Then Julie decides to try her hand at sketching, and Amanda agrees to model for her. But when Margaret leaves the two of them alone, they do more than sketching. It doesn’t take Amanda long to draw Julie in and forget about her broken heart.

What will happen when Margaret returns to find the two of them entwined together in a passionate pose of their own? Or when Cynthia returns with a little surprise of her own?

Gabbi Reviews: Sunset at Turtle Lake by Carol Lynne

Title: Sunset at Turtle Lake
Author: Carol Lynne
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Pages: 71
Characters: Sam Burgman, Ian Mendoza
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance
Kisses: 4.5


Winter isn’t the only chill in the air on Turtle Lake.

When Sam Burgman’s mother, Gloria, nears the end of her battle with cancer, Sam makes the hard decision to leave his job as a corporate lawyer in Miami to take his mom home to Turtle Lake, Minnesota.

Ian Mendoza takes his job as Gloria’s caregiver very seriously, but, unlike the assignments he’s taken in the past, Ian fails to maintain a professional distance when it comes to Sam. Unfortunately for Ian, Sam refuses to open his heart despite their mutual attraction.

Born and raised in Miami, Ian isn’t prepared for the frozen landscape that is Minnesota in the winter, but the chill he wants to erase is the one coming from Sam.

Reader Advisory: This book deals with maternal illness/death.


Carol Lynne writes warm and wonderful romances that will live in your heart long after you finish reading the book.

Sunset at Turtle Lake is a heartfelt read that gave this reader a roller-coaster ride of emotions while I read it. I’ve read many books by this author and enjoyed them all, with this story I really became invested in the characters and found myself experiencing a wide range of emotions as I read it.

Both heroes are interesting and unique in their own way. Sam’s mother has cancer and it’s taken a toll on both her and Sam. Though she’s fought the hard battle, she is now in hospice and in the last stages of her life. Though Sam loves his mother, he has a hard time dealing with watching her die and has a tendency to push her and other people away because of it. Sam decides to abide by his mother’s wish to take her to Turtle Lake where they both know will be the last moments in her life. There he must face not only the loss of his mother but he must accept the changes in his life that sometimes a loss of a loved one gives him.

Sam is a little bit of a lost soul. His tendency to push others away to keep himself from being hurt was something I understood and could even empathize with. Though he knows his emotional distance often can hurt others, Sam has a hard time working through the fear of loss and the fear of sticking himself out there and making himself vulnerable to others. It’s a good thing his mother’s caretaker, Ian is there to comfort him and prepare him for the loss of his mother and for giving him hope for a bright future ahead of him.

Ian was my favorite character. He is a warm and loving man who you can’t help but fall in love with. Ian gives so much comfort and love to both Sam and his mother that it truly warmed my heart as the story progressed. Ian wears his heart on his sleeve and it’s because of this, his unrequited love for Sam often breaks his heart.

I have to say that this story has more angst than many of Ms. Lynne’s other stories. This book made me angry *Sam drove me crazy at times* and cry and even rejoice in the future for both of these characters. I really enjoyed every minute I spent reading this story and recommend it to those who crave an emotional, well-written read.

Highly Recommended!

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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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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