Lydia reviews: Surviving Elite High: The Next Generation by John H Ames

31931520Title: Surviving Elite High: The Next Generation

Publisher:  Ai-Press

Author: John H Ames

Pages: 184

Kisses: 5++





Seventeen year old, blond-hair, blue-eyed and adorable Robbie Carroll, orphaned at a young age and mysteriously never adopted, has finally found his dream family. Nick Hawking and John Ames, now married, wealthy, and powerful, make Robbie their son, defying the young man’s past- one that Robbie himself has no memory of- that has scared all other prospective parents away. Now, Robbie has great parents and a hot brother, Nicky and beautiful sister, Lily, who take him into their midst and make him part of their tight circle of friends who all go to Elite High.


One of those friends is Tim Mercer, a gorgeous football player at Elite High. Tim’s dark looks and simmering eyes capture Robbie’s heart at first sight. But Robbie can’t be sure that Tim feels the same way, or even if he’s gay too. Moreover, even if Tim is available, there are some people around him who don’t want Robbie to get close to him, and will go to ANY lengths to keep him away. Why? What do they want with Tim? What is the secret that Tim is harboring? And who is that strange man in Robbie’s visions, who haunts his life and his dreams? Find out here!



Have you ever wondered what happens to  Nick and John, or the rest of the gang we met in book one of the Surviving Elite High series?  If you have then you really need to  pick up this newest addition to the series.

The book starts out by introducing Robbie, a young boy who has spent most of his time in a group home for unwanted boys.  Theres a bit of mystery surrounding Robbie, one that causes perspective parent to run the other way.  Luckily Allison, his case worker, has finally found the perfect home for him.  Soon Robbie finds himself in a home with loving fathers, Nick and John, older sister Lily, and brother Nicky.  He’s a little nervous but his new family goes out of their way to make him feel wanted and loved.  However, while Robbie is trying to settle in he’s also having flashback’s that terrify him.

The author really pulls you back into the world he created with this new story and in no time i found myself feeling for Robbie.  I wanted to hug him when he found himself crushing on his new brother, and when he started to wonder about Tim, i found myself holding my breath wondering what was happening.

Tim is the son of Johnny Mercer, who fans will remember being Nick’s biggest football rival.  Now a days the two are friends and Johnny’s son attends Elite High with everyone else.  Like his dad was, Tim is a BMOC with the perfect girlfriend.  Only things aren’t what they seem and the relationship is slowly tearing Tim apart.  When he finally has enough and leaves his girlfriend for Robbie, things spiral completely out of control.

Tim and Robbie take their time with the new relationship they find themselves in.  See how much Tim cares for Robbie is really something and it is easy to see that this relationship has the earmarks of becoming a forever love like Nick and John’s.

I love how the author was able to bring back former characters in a way that is believable, allowing fans to catch up on all their favorites.  I also like that the author continues to show the teens in a realistic fashion, instead of them being overly perfect.  That Nicky becomes a bit of an ass during the story, and is properly punished for his actions is a refreshing change from what we normally see.

Through everything that is going on in this story, the mystery surrounding Robbie’s parents and their death gets lost in the shuffle.  I can’t what to see how this is resolved and from the glimpse we got in Surviving Elite High: Next Generation, I am a little worried as to what Robbie went through.

Those new to this series need to know that the books must be read in order. 

Reviewer: Lydia

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Please help us welcome our sweet friend John H. Ames (Juan)

Please come in and sit down, John- AKA Juan….It’s very good to have you here with US today. We are just a little bit excited to get to know you just a little better.  Shall we begin?


What’s your favorite comfort food?

  • My favorite comfort food is definitely Nutella with strawberries. I’m obsessed with Nutella. I keep a bottle of Nutella next to my bed every single night.


Who do you turn to for encouragement when you feel your writing isn’t all you think it can be?

  • There are two individuals that I turn to, Sedonia Guillone and Michele Montgomery. I love Sedonia so much. She’s one of my favorite people in the world. She has taught me so much when it comes to writing that I could hear her in my head as I write. Michele to me is the bomb. Whenever I feel lost, I run to her and she always knows what to say. She can lift me up in a second and enlighten my way.

AWWWW…..I’m blushing here….you’re so sweet! I love to help those I love….I’ll be here for you always!


Do you have pets? If yes, what are their names?

  • We’ve got a puppy name Clifford. He’s small and black, not humongous or red like the cartoon character. He’s a Havanese that we got when he was just two months old.

ADORABLE furry baby!

What do you think your strongest asset is in writing? Or weakness?

  • When it comes to writing, I’m very creative. Most of the time, when I’m working a new novel, another novel forms in my head. However, I’m very slow when it comes to writing them. I’m a perfectionist and I feel the need to write everything right the first time around.


What mundane thing do you have to do that you totally dislike?

  • Cleaning the toilet. Doing dishes. Rolling up the hose. Counting sheep when it’s time to go to sleep. You know, things like that.



What is your favorite genre to read?

  • I love young adult novels with the famous jock and nerd theme. I go crazy for those novels. Yes, they have been retold hundreds of times, but they never get old.


What is your favorite genre to write?

  • Right now, I’m only sticking to young adult novels. I don’t know if I’m ready to venture into a new genre just yet. However, as I write, I feel like I’m ready to take the next step. I just don’t know what genre to venture into next.


What classes have you taken – or want to take, to improve your writing skills?

  • I wish I could take all of my English and literature classes all over again. But this time, I would give it my all. I hated English and literature growing up. I was into science and math. Funny how things change, huh?



What do you do for fun?

  • I love watching movies. Since I work and write most of the time, I rarely sit down and watch television. So, when I find the time, I sit down and enjoy a nice little old movie.


Where is your favorite place to write?

  • At the kitchen while I watch my mom cook or in my room where no one is around. Those are the only two places that I sit down and write.

I’m coming for dinner!

How does your family and friends react to what you write?

  • They love my work, especially my friends. They are always asking when the next novel will be out and what I’m working on. They get so excited. I absolutely love them.


When you feel discouraged with a current work in process, what do you do?

  • What I usually do is that I take a break. I leave it for a few days and come back to it by reading it from the beginning. Most of the time, as I read it, new and better ideas form in my head.


What are some of your other creative outlets?

  • I’m very good at drawing and designing book covers. I wish that someday I could focus on those two things as well, but writing takes a lot of my time. I don’t think I’ve got the time to add drawing and designing to my schedule.


What’s your favorite season to write about? (Spring, Summer, Fall or Winter)

  • Anything but Winter. Winters are so different everywhere. Some of you have snow while others don’t even see it. This simple little thing has screwed up with my novels so many times.


It’s so beautiful though!


Are you a morning, afternoon or night owl?

  • I write all the time or when I get the chance. It can be in the morning or late at night. You’ll always find me writing in my spare time.


What are the top three things on your bucket list?

  • I would say visit Portugal, meet Nelly Furtado, and have breakfast or lunch with J. K. Rowling. I’ll be happy if I can achieve one of those goals.


Wonderful bucket list….Portugal is probably the easiest. It’s beautiful.

What music do you listen to when you write? Or do you have to have total silence?

  • I prefer total silence. However, I’m good at blocking anything but music. Music distracts me easily. I end up singing or listening to the song.


What social medias seem to work for you?

  • I would probably say Facebook. Facebook has become the marketing tool for the new world. Everyone uses Facebook, even my grandmother and she’s seventy-three years old. Everyone is just one click away.


How did you discover M/M romance?

  • I came across this genre in 2008. I wanted to read a novel with a gay jock and nerd theme in it and came across Mark A. Roeder’s A Better Place. After that, I came across Jeff Erno’s Dumb Jock. His little novel changed my world forever. I decided to become a writer that day.


Beverage of choice?

  • I love Pepsi. Pepsi is my favorite beverage ever. Some are obsessed with Coca-Cola, I’m obsessed with Pepsi.

Well here you go! pep

What kind of computer do you work on?

  • I do all my writing on my iPad 2 and all of my editing it on my Dell laptop. I spent so much time on these two things that I take them everywhere with me.


Do you hear voices in your head telling you what to write or are you inspired by what goes on in the world?

  • Definitely voices. These stories develop in my head and beg me to write them down. I have a new novel in my head all the time. It’s sort of crazy.


How do you feel about the future of books? More e-books or will print always be around?

  • The era of print has come to an end. No one uses them these days. Everyone has a phone, kindle, iPad, or tablet. I prefer hardcover novels, especially mine. There’s no better feeling than holding the book you worked so much on.


 I love the feel of a paperback in my hands. The smell is heaven.  Walking into a bookstore IS Heaven! I keep up with modern times but I still love my hold it in my hands type of girl. Though, I do love my e-readers. It’s easier to tote all of the books I do love around. And for the ones I don’t like, I don’t have to give it away. I just delete it.

What do you prefer to read? E-books, blogs, magazines or print?

  • E-books and blogs. They are easier and very convenient. Magazines and print are almost a thing of the past. Sadly, they will soon fade into nothing.

On those days you’re in a funk, what do you do to get back to the keyboard?

  • I read to get that spark lit and then I immediately run to my iPad and begin a new novel.

WAIT! John! Come back here! Put that down. We’re doing something here and…No…not right now. We have a few more questions for you. Here, how about some chocolate? candy

That’s right, let me have your I thingie there…ahhh….better. Now, where were we….OH Yes….Do you have a story or an author who inspires you?

  • Yes, Jeff Erno and J. K. Rowling. If it wasn’t for them, I probably wouldn’t be an author right now. I would probably be somewhere managing a business full time, making way more money. However, deep inside, I wouldn’t be happy. Writing is what I love and no one will take it away from me.

I beg to differ, John. If you’re born with a gift, that gift will find its way out. Just like it did for so many others. What you found was the strength to share your gift with the world. You’re an author because YOU took that step all by yourself and we’re so very proud of you.

What do you look for when seeking out an on line friendship?

  • I like individuals who are sincere, honest and tell it like it is. I like to vent my problems to them and listen to what they have to say. Just a few have stayed with me since I started writing. Many have simply disappeared. It makes me sad, but that’s life.


I agree one hundred percent! You’re a good person. A rare breed indeed. That’s why you’re so loved around here.


What makes you laugh/sad/angry?

  • I hate people who haven’t read your work, yet they give you a bad review. I’ve met several individuals online who spend their time going on sites, not reading an author’s work, and giving them horrible reviews. A few days ago, I was going through one of my favorite novels on a very famous site and this reader said that she hadn’t read the novel and would give it a one star rating because it was not her cup of tea. What? It it’s not your cup of tea, look away. Why trash a novel you didn’t bother to read? I was so mad for the author. Individuals like that need to be banned from the internet.


I can appreciate that. There are plenty of haters but I believe there are more lovers than haters….I think the later individuals lack good thoughts in life. Maybe they’re really those awful customer service people we are forced to deal with on the phone…you know the ones.  They gotta take their hate out on everything and everyone they can. Especially artists. They know most authors won’t lash out. So, my advice…..continue to write from your heart and if you love it, that’s all that matters.


And last but not least…What is your favorite holiday?

  • Valentines day.   It’s about the chocolate!

Well, here you go… homemade and fresh….enjoy!mmm




And there we have it, folks! All of our questions have tuckered John out…I mean, just look at this picture I snapped of him. 


He wants to go to sleep and here I am, asking questions. I hope he remembers this when he wakes up!  Thanks for stopping by and stay tuned for our review of John’s latest story….Surviving Elite High: the Next Generation.



The man who wrote the Surviving Elite High series is here!!! He answers the most asked question by his fans…..

Who is your favorite character from your novels and why?










Readers from every corner of the globe have asked me this questions over and over again. And to be honest, this is probably the hardest question for any author. Why? You love every single one of your characters, even the ones you kill in your novels. They are a part of you. They are you. Picking one over the other is an extremely difficult thing to do. But I had to answer this question since everyone has been so keen to know. I chose two. I couldn’t chose one. I had to choose two. You guys ready? Here we go!

My first favorite character is the ever so sexy Nicholas Anthony Hawking, or better known as Nick Wild Hawk, from Surviving Elite High. But first, let me tell you about my first work of fiction, Surviving Elite High. Surviving Elite High was re-released on January 5, 2014 under Ai Press. This novels chronicles the life of John Henry Ames, a gay sixteen-year-old boy, as he makes his way through life as an outcast in the shadows of an elite high school where he is tormented by two psychopathic bullies. After befriending the school’s quarterback, Nick Hawking, their lives change forever. Their friendship blossoms and they discover a side of each other that no one knew. For my debut novel, I thought of everything. It has friendship, love, bullies, and even a school shooting. School violence is very serious topic these days and I needed to say something about it in my debut work. Now, let’s move on to Nick Wild Hawk.

Nick is the school’s quarterback and athlete extraordinaire. He’s the kings of the roots and knows it. He is the type of guy that every guy wants to be and the type of guy that every girl wants to be with, but there is more to Nick that meets the eyes. Nick comes from a neglected home and it’s evident by the way he goes around having sex with different girls. He’s looking for love and attention in the wrong places. When he meets John, however, that changes completely. John offers him pure and unadulterated friendship and support. As the story progresses, he becomes dependent on John and he begins to grow as an individual. Slowly, Nick becomes the perfect guy thanks to John’s help. In my latest novel, Surviving Elite High: The Next Generation, you guys will be able to see that Nick grew up to be the perfect husband, lover, leader and friend. Why? Surviving Elite High: The Next Generation is set twenty years after the last time we saw Nick on Surviving Elite High: Senior Year. Surviving Elite High: The Next Generation made me love Nick even more. He became the man that I always envisioned he could be. Hopefully, you guys fall in love with him like I did.

Now, my second favorite character from my novels is Ashton Hall from the third story found inside Love, Joy, Heartache and Pain. Now, let me tell you a little more about Love, Joy, Heartache and Pain. Love, Joy, Heartache and Pain is a collection of three short stories that can stand on their own, but can act as a full-length novel if you put them together. They appear in the following order: The not so unrealistic and detailed account of how my best friend and I switched bodies for a short period of time or Swapatized for short, Spirit Indestructible, and The Lake View Psychopath which stars Ashton Hall. As you can see, their names tell you a lot. The first one is extremely funny, the second can be sad and sweet, but the last one is very psychotic and gory. Now that you know a little more about them, let’s talk about Ashton Hall.

Ashton Hall hates his existence at Lake View High and he has very good reasons to hate it. The jocks have made his life a living hell and his friends have completely abandoned him. Why you may ask yourself? Well, Ashton Hall is openly gay and dating the love of his life, Austin Young, the school’s soccer star. Almost overnight, they became the center of every joke and every bully’s paradise. My heart breaks every time I reread their story. Without giving too much away, he loses the guy he loves and his mind snaps. It breaks into two and the only thing that keeps him moving forward is the need for revenge. He needs to avenge the love of his life and then move on with his life. And you know what? I can connect with him in so many ways. I would do what he did if they took the love of my life away from me. I would go crazy and snap at everyone. The Lake View Psychopath maybe the shortest story out of the three, but it will keep you at the edge of your seat from beginning to end. In my eyes, Ashton Hall is a hero, not the famous Lake View Psychopath they think he is. But I’ll let you decide when you read it.

So these are my top two favorite characters found in my novels. Picking them was hard since every single one of them is like a baby to me. I love them all, but you guys forced me to pick two. Hopefully, you read these two novels and bond with them like I did. Let me know what you think if you do.

You can stalk me at or email me at See you later guys!




Life Without Parole by Jeff Erno Blog Tour



Is Prison Romance Just another Form of “Gay for You”?

The idea of a prison romance has intrigued me for some time, but I hesitated to embark on the project due to a number of misgivings I harbored. For one thing, the very notion of situational homosexuality made me uncomfortable. It doesn’t quite fit within my personal view of sexual orientation and more or less contradicts what I’ve argued for many years—gay people are born gay. You can’t be persuaded or recruited into the “homosexual lifestyle”. Writing a story that depicts a straight person falling in love and becoming sexually active with a member of their same sex felt hypocritical to me. In a way, it seemed like a betrayal.

But in so many ways, this reasoning proved hypocritical. For one thing, “Gay for You” is a very common trope, and some of my previous works could arguably at least border on that categorization. And even more significantly, prison romance is a reality as is situational homosexuality. Rather than denying its existence, wouldn’t it be better to explore it and try to gain a better understanding?

I believe there are two valid explanations for situational homosexuality in a prison setting. The first is that most humans are not one hundred percent heterosexual or homosexual. Regardless how we identify in terms of orientation, few people land in the far outer reaches of the Kinsey Scale. So in the absence of the opposite sex, it makes sense that people who are mostly heterosexual but who’ve entertained homosexual thoughts or fantasies, could be willing to explore those feelings more deeply. If you’re in prison for a long sentence, possibly even a life sentence, wouldn’t you find a way to make the best of your situation?

Secondly, I don’t think sexual intimacy is always about expressing love and attraction. Sometimes, as in the case of rape, it’s about power and domination. In a prison setting, an entirely separate hierarchy exists from that in the outside world. And often it becomes a matter of natural selection where the fittest survive. The most powerful control those beneath them in the pecking order. I can see where a person would submit to the will (and sexual desires) of one more powerful in exchange of protection or other favors.

And then, setting all this aside, I would also add that gay people—openly gay people—do get sentenced to prison, as do transgender people. So it is entirely possible that a gay inmate could fall in love with another gay or bisexual inmate. Or a transgender person, forced to identify as their birth gender rather than their true gender, could fall in love with a person of their birth gender.

In Life Without Parole, I don’t offer distinct, iron-clad explanations for the orientations or genders of my characters. When a happily-married, middle-aged corrections officer receives oral sex from a transgender inmate, I don’t explain if he’s gay, bi, or straight. I don’t explain the motivation of the inmate either. It is what it is. It happens.

And when my main characters, Jeremy and Trey, fall in love, I let the reader decide how to label them. In my mind, this is not a gay for you love story, but I wouldn’t argue with any reader who sees it that way. I wanted to present a genuine love story within a not-so-typical setting and simply let the chips fall where they may. I allowed the characters to lead me into some situations I found shocking and confusing. Some twists and turns occurred I didn’t originally anticipate. But instead of trying to explain the “whys” I simply showed the story as I saw it.

I personally like what happens between Jeremy and Trey. They each broke my heart at different times. They cracked me wide open, made me angry, made me hurt in ways I haven’t for a long, long time. And this is the sort of writing I started out with so many years ago but somehow managed to veer away from in pursuit of approval and sales.

I’m not sure if Life Without Parole is going to be a huge success, and to be honest, I don’t really care as much as I probably should. It’s a story that seemed to find me, and not vice-versa. I had to let go of my concerns that my preconceived opinions would be challenged and simply follow my characters.

I do appreciate all who are willing to give this series a shot. I won’t lie and tell you it’s going to appeal to everyone. I understand in many ways it is controversial, possibly even offensive or capable of insulting one’s sensibilities. Yes, it’s raw and very harsh in some places, but it also contains tenderness and very primal, deep-seated passion. It is both complicated and simple. The multiple storylines of the many characters twist around each other but hopefully in the end all becomes clear. And yes, it has some too-good-to-be-true happy endings, for the most part. But if you know anything about me, you realize I can’t write a story of any kind without an HEA.

I’d like to thank Michele and Gabbi for hosting me and participating in my blog tour. It’s awesome to be back here on the website where it all began for me. I’d like to offer a giveaway prize for those willing to comment. I’m going to give away a gift at each blog stop and conduct a final drawing at the end of the tour for a complete set of the Life Without Parole series. It’s six books total. Please leave a comment or question to enter.



Trey Palmer killed his stepfather three years ago, stabbed him repeatedly with a butcher knife, and now he’s facing life behind bars. He doesn’t deny what he did, nor does he regret it. But he’s plagued with flashbacks of a torturous childhood in which he was abused by this man he finally extinguished. In prison, Trey employs a strategy of avoidance. He becomes a loner and a workaholic, steering clear of the gangs and their drama. His life changes one day, however, when a new cellmate arrives. Jeremy Banks, also in for murder, decries his innocence. With his long hair and angelic face, he’s too pretty for a men’s prison. Though at first annoying and mouthy, Jeremy begins to wiggle his way into Trey’s heart, and Trey starts to wonder if maybe the kid really is innocent. He really does seem like an angel. Their feelings for each other evolve, blossoming into something forbidden yet beautiful. But how can a love like theirs last in a place like this?

Roxy reviews” Uniform Fantasies,” by Mark C Wade

Mark C Wade
MLR Press
Genre: fetish(Uniform) MM contemporary
Buy here: MLR


A state trooper breaks the law when he indulges people’s uniform fantasies for pay.

Mike hires state trooper Tom to fulfill his uniform fantasy. By chance, they meet each other in a diner and begin a relationship. Mike struggles with Tom having sex with other people for money, and they learn to understand the difference between lust and love as their relationship matures.

Roxy’s thoughts

This is the first time I’ve heard of this author, so I offered to read his story to help get his name out in the big reading world. I got this book for free in exchange for an honest review so here it is.

As the blurb states, Mike hired Tom- who is like an escort- to fulfill his dream of having a man in a uniform- in this case a state trooper-to bust him. As in arresting him. But not. Throw the cuffs on then head to a private area and have his dirty way with him and then let him go. Seeing as how we rarely act on our sexual fantasies due to whatever reason, I thought that the writer had a wonderful idea for a story so perhaps more of us will come out of our sexual hiding places and share what we think would turn us on. Mike did it and guess what? He not only got lucky in the sex department, but he met the real life officer- yes, he’s the REAL deal here, as in he is a deputy sheriff! And on the side he plays an escort to bring men’s fantasies to life for extra money…how do you like that?! A person of the law…doing that? LOL! Epic move on part of the writer! WTG! Mark!! Never mind the legalities here, nope. We’re not concerned at all because this is a FICTIONAL story boys and girls and real life doesn’t matter when we’re lost in a story! Dammit! Well, they meet up one day while they’re out having lunch and bam! They find that they are attracted to one another but it’s the handsome deputy who is the brave one and kisses sweet nerdy Mike, but runs off before getting that accountants number…The meeting between them is just cute, and hot…the sex in this is HOT…Mixed in here is how a man in uniform deals with having a lover who is stuck on the uniform and in turn how that man deals with the why’s behind his man being an escort…yes, they get together! It’s as it should be and it’s not an easy meet, fall in love and move in, marry and live happy ever after here…it’s more than that and that’s what I like about the story. There’s a plot happening. The issues I had were more to do with word building than anything. It’s an easy fast read for that hour lunch you have and need something to read that takes you to the edge of your seat in yummy ways. One other thing I had a problem with was how choppy some of the sentence were. Way too short and not complete. Sorta like that last sentence and now this. But the guy’s story was terrific!!

Roxy Reviews Alicia Cameron Inherent Gifts & Inherent Risk

Alicia Cameron
Published by Forbidden Fiction
Buy Link: HERE

Life was never the same again after The Fall, especially for those born with certain gifts that set them apart from others. Gifts that doomed those like Wren to a life of slavery with no hope of escape or turned a man like Jere into an unwilling master. When a fiery tragedy brings Jere into Wren’s life it becomes clear that this new master is like nobody else Wren has ever known. How does a slave protect himself from someone unpredictable? Can love really exist between master and slave, or will it destroy them both?

Roxy’s Thoughts…..

Ya know, I have to say that this writer/author is not afraid to take that plunge and write what most of us think about writing, or wishing we could write. She has no problem at all putting down the dark angst and working it and kneading it and rolling it until it’s paper thin, then picks it up and cuts people with it…I’m not even kidding here. Her words do cut like a knife, or a thin paper, paper cuts…And she makes no apologies either. I am impressed by her to be honest. These two stories are long, very long, and so much happened in them that I’m afraid to start writing about it because I’ll never shut up. To say that they are good, fantastic, amazing, none of those words can touch what they truly are. Most people are afraid of their reading audience, about what they’ll say when they read a story that lingers on non-con everything. We’re talking slaves here though, and in the world that the author created, which is many years in the future, and since they are slaves all is a go. No matter what it is. Nothing is against the rules and we do see instances of that by other characters in this two part series.

In the first story a man inherits a home, a medical office, and a slave. A freeman who lives in a state where slaves weren’t kept, who moved to a place where slaves were kept…a man who knew nothing about owning a slave now has to learn how to do that without looking like the towns fool…thankfully the slave is smarter than his ex cruel master gave him credit for…I mean when I met the young slave he was damn near dead from a house fire…burnt up, dying young man…then Jere saves him and brings him back to life and gives him purpose…reading the stories and watching them unfold, going through the hard times, sad times, happy times and glorious ones, it made this read so worth it to me.

Wren is not just a slave though..he has a couple of interesting gifts, a speed gift is one…that comes in handy for Jere when they are working in the clinic or when the house needs cleaning…or even when they need something from the store…and one time Wren rushed off to the store without a permission slip and ended up in the police station being whipped for Jere’s mistake! I mean there’s a lot that happens in these stories that I could go on and on about but I won’t…I will say, I give them both five kisses. Go get your copy and support this author. She’s fantastic and needs to be praised for her gift.

Sequel to Inherent Gifts:
Jere never wanted to be a slave owner, but despite that, he and his slave Wren are buidling a life together. Yet, a new addition to their household challenges their relationship. Jealousy, anger, and broken slaves dominate Jere’s world as he continues to navigate a slave state that seems intent on forcing Jere to be a master in more than just name. With all of Hojer watching, Jere fights to save a young life and his fragile relationship. If he fails at either, he could lose everything.

In this second story Wren and Jere open their home to another slave that will most likely be the very death of them..or something like that! Though I liked the first book better than this one, it’s pretty good too…I dunno why the writer added the girl but it did show many sides of both Jere and Wren, as far as how thin their patience could be pulled. Talk about an understanding and very patient man, Jere is it..he’s amazing and I adore him. Wren has had a lot to deal with by his former cruel master so I understand his reluctance with the way Jere does most things. But when we are dealing with a free man now in a slave city and being forced to put on airs that he’s not comfy putting on, there’s bound to be issues…and there is…four kisses from me!

Michele reviews: Orion’s Way by D.C. Juris

Author: DC Juris
Publisher: Torquere Press
Buy Link: HERE

Five bloody kisses!







Orion is a vampire with a tragic past. After running away from abusive parents at the tender age of sixteen, he was turned by a ruthless elder vampire and forced to torture and sexually abuse human feeders and submissive vampires. Though that’s all behind him now, he still lives in the shadow of what he was, and it’s cost him the loyalty of Xavier, the human feeder he loves. Malagan is Orion’s closest friend–the vampire who saved him from brutality all those years ago. Malagan knows the dominant side of Orion–the side Xavier needs–is still there, lurking below the surface. But if Orion’s going to find his way back to who he ought to be, he’ll need help. And Malagan is just the man for the job.

Michele’s thoughts
Ah, short stories….so very hard to score. It’s sorta like being dumped into the middle of a conversation between friends, and you’re the new one…lost. Well, I agreed to do some reviews to help the site out a bit so it’ll be what it’ll be from me.

Not my favorite to do. Short stories. With an already established cast of people who know one another quite well…course I don’t know a single one of them so to me, they are all strangers and I always feel as if I jumped in, got lost, stayed that way and just when I thought I got what may have been going on, the damn thing ends. UGH! I don’t like shorts.

However, in saying that, DC Juris did it again to me~ I got dumped into the middle of a story with my favorites..VAMPS! Haven’t gotten a great vampire read in a while and I miss them. DOM Vamps! OH YES! GIMMIE! DC did gimmie! I was very happy that I went against my no short story rule, especially to review, and reviewed it! I started reading, twenty minutes later I was done and here I am. Happy! Because I want to share with you how well DC did with this cast of characters I’m very unfamiliar with. By the end of this, I loved what I knew of them..the patient Master of the entire clan Malagan, his crew Orion, Marcos, then his ex friend Clay. Oh a lot happens on these pages and I was instantly hooked and yelled at DC for not giving me more! Can you hear me DC?! I love to see these Vamp Masters do their thing..and boy oh boy do they do their thing…but now I need to know how Xavier and Orion are going to get along…I need to know if Orion can be the Master he was born to be? OH! The suspense…

So, yes, I loved the short…I have lots of questions but I hope there’s more about these characters to read coming soon…if not, DC, I’m going to send you lots of pesky emails.

Five kisses for Orion’s Way!