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Title: The Book of Wisdom
Author: JM Cartwright
POV: 3rd Person
Sub-Genre: contemporary
Characters: Con, Stephen, and Jesse
Pages: 33
Kisses: 3.5







Blurb:

Con Danvers is not jealous. Uh-uh. No way. The fact that his lover is helping a young college kid with life issues doesn’t mean Con has to get all growly and snarky. Does it? Stephen Rydell wants Jesse James Callender to succeed in life — and being gay in a small West Virginia town hasn’t exactly given the kid a head start.

Catch up with the boys from A Change of Scenery five years on, as they host Stephen’s protégé for the summer.

Review:

If you’re looking for a sweet short story that has all the elements of a good engaging story line, I think you should give Book of Wisdom a shot. The story is about Con and Stephen and the young Jesse who has been recently accepted at the state college and how Con deals with his jealousy over the younger man and the attention Stephen gave to the young Jesse before he left for college before the story begins. I’m thinking this occurred in the first book, A Change of Scenery, which I didn’t get to read.

Jesse comes home for a visit, as Con and Stephen are the only people he has in his life who’ve been there for him and guided him after his family turned their backs on him. However, Con must deal with his insecurities that creep up when Jesse is around Stephen. Con believes Jesse has a crush on the older man, and the fact that Stephen laughs it off doesn’t set well with him. But in saying that they do come together and work as partners to advise the younger man especially when it comes to the matter of his heart and possible love interest.

The characters are introduced in the main story as mentioned above, and I didn’t get to read that, however, I wasn’t lost at any point in this story, so I will say this is a fine standalone. The story itself is easy moving, no angst to speak of, but wonderful sex scenes where two men know one another so well that they know what makes the other tick or tock.

Title: Family Values
Author: Alexa Snow
Publisher: Torquere Press
Pages: 17
Characters: Tim and Marvin
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Contemporary
Kisses: 4


Blurb:

When Marvin and Tim go to Marvin’s family reunion, they’re nervous about their reception. After all, Marvin’s family has been less than accepting in the past. To their surprise, things turn out far different than they were expecting.

Review:

Imagine the intense build up you put yourself through when you know you have something coming up that you must do and it’s something you don’t care to do on any level, ever. We fear the unknown and avoid any situation we can that may present the unknown and that’s what this story is about. Due to the fact that prior family get togethers have been nothing short of kais, Marvin and Tim are what I like to call a hot mess. Expect the unexpected.

I enjoyed a glimpse into the thoughts of the character as anticipation rose and how they dealt with this in the days leading up to the actual reunion itself. Tension build up in this story was wonderfully done. And I like to compare the end as a burst of brilliant colors where everyone in the story and out can say: AHH.

Title: Fiends In Low Places
Author: Missouri Dalton
Publisher: Torquere Press
Pages: 17
Characters: Simon and Gabriel
POV: 1st
Sub-Genre: Paranormal
Kisses: 5


Blurb:

Simon Murphy, psychic and former thief is trying to rekindle the romance between himself and his FBI beau, Gabriel. The two of them have gone from being on opposite sides of the law, to the same side, to fighting over cases. At each step they’ve been drawn closer together and thrown apart over their constant fighting. Can a pizza date fix this mess? Or will the vampire mobsters after Simon ruin any chance Simon has of being with the man he really loves?

Review:

The comedy value alone in this short story brought it from a 4 kiss read to a 5. It takes talent to pull of a story in the 1st person to start with, then it takes more to know when to add the comedy and not overdue it. Missouri Dalton hit this one smack dab perfect. I found the character Simon simply adorable, he’s witty, he’s intelligent, and he’s a psychic who used to be a thief. The story is told in his POV and he is in love with Gabriel, who works for the FBI. As the blurb states they used to be on opposite sides of the law, now they are on the same side, Simon just goes about things differently, especially when it comes to Vampires. See, he works for the agency who deals with the supernatural side of things and mostly Garbiel doesn’t approve of Simon’s ways.

These two men have been an on and off again item, they love and hate each other, and over a pizza date they realize it has to be one or the other, they can’t go on as it is. Simon in the meantime locates a Vampire and follows him to the bathroom where he does what he does and then tries to hide it from his partner who is waiting on him in the restaurant. The whole set up, the way Simon goes at it, the way he looks at it and tells us about it, simply awesome. I truly loved this story and would love to read more about the couple.

Title: Four Years On
Author: Nicole Wilkinson
Publisher: Torquere Press
Pages: 22
Characters: Jason, Kale
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Contemporary/Urban
Kisses: 4


Blurb:

Jason thought he’d left it all behind when he went to college: the family who couldn’t accept him, the boyfriend he might have outgrown, the small town with even smaller minds. The past, however, catches up to him on the day of his graduation, when Jason is set to give the valedictory speech. Thanks to his new boyfriend Kale’s meddling, this might just be the closure Jason needs, for better or worse.

Review:

This is truly a cute story about a young man who basically ran away from the small minded people in the small town he grew up in, leaving his boyfriend behind with them to escape the pains and looks. However, four years later, that certain past caught up with him, and on the day of his graduation he’ll see not everyone sees or thinks with a small mind where love and family are concerned.

Title: Happy Hour
Author: Bella Leone
Publisher: Torquere Press
Pages: 28
Characters: Bodie and Eli
POV: 1st
Sub-Genre: Contemporary
Kisses: 4


Blurb:

After a light, flirtatious conversation about what makes a good beer, Bodie invites Eli back to his place to try some real brews. After a few different beers, the boys loosen up and are in confession mode. All their embarrassing tidbits come out, making for fun and silliness, like surfer Bodie coming out of the musical closet, to the ginger cowboy’s delight. Will there be more to it, or will friendship be enough

Review:

I love when a story can pull me in on the very first sentence and keep me there until the end of the journey and this little piece did that for me. It’s a cute short romp of a tale about a southern born man living in the big city and the man he meets, Bodie, who makes or creates beer for a living. Eli is from Texas and quite a ways from home, and the man he meets who changes his life forever is Bodie. Theirs is a sweet romance where respect and love go a long way.

Title: Hard Choices: Thanksgiving
Author: Winnie Jerome
Publisher: Torquere Press
Pages: 26
Characters: Todd and Shane
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Contemporary
Kisses: 4


Blurb:

In this sequel to “Hard Choices”, Todd brings his partner Shane over for Thanksgiving. As things go from bad to worse, poor Todd wonders if the situation will ever get better. Can he convince his family to leave well enough alone?

Review:

Sometimes the blurbs for the stories don’t match the story itself and it proves true in this case. This story is so much more than what you’re told in that blurb and if I were the type to only take the blurb into account before selecting this to read, I would have missed out on a hell of a story with some amazing characters. While the blurb does mention a bit of a struggle for Todd to bring Shane home for Thanksgiving, it does not mention how Todd, who is now a teacher, saves the life of a young boy by sharing his own past with him. Truly, a heartwarming story that should be shared and read.

Title: My Boyfriend Has a Scar
Author: M. Raiya
Publisher: Torquere Press
Pages: 24
Characters: Gage and Kyle
POV: 1st
Sub-Genre: Modern Contemporary
Kisses: 4


Blurb:

A gay teen’s worst nightmare is to be caught in the act by someone who disapproves. Gage snaps under his conservative father’s fury and bolts, fleeing school, the family farm, and his shy, quiet boyfriend, Kyle. Ten years later, a violent thunderstorm brings the two together again. Can weathering the storm mend the damage?

Review:

For as short as this read it, it sure does a number on you. We have two boys, who as teens in school were the best of friends and lovers, until one fateful night when they were caught fooling around in the barn which pushes Gage over the edge causing him to flee everything he knew and loved. For ten long years he stayed gone, he headed to Hollywood where he was sure he’d become famous. Things didn’t go as planned as another fateful night stole his youth and looks. He decides to head home, his pride wounded only to end up in the arms of his long ago boyfriend, who never once gave up on them or their love. Very nicely done with a touch of angst with well written dialogue and awesome scene setting made this a definite worthwhile read.

Reviewed By: Michele

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