The Broken Triangle by Jane Davitt and Alexa Snow


Title: The Broken Triangle
Author: Jane Davitt & Alexa Snow
Publisher: Loose Id
Pages: 303
Characters: Vin, Patrick, Riley
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Contemporary, Erotic Romance
Kisses: 5


Blurb:

Vin’s a hot Goth, tattooed and pierced and the most popular bartender at the Square Peg. Want to date him or buy him a drink? Sorry. Vin’s body is a temple and he’s barely been kissed. His heart belongs to Riley, the guy he crushed on in high school and can’t forget.

How about Vin’s BFF Patrick? He’d let you buy him a drink and have your wicked way with him in the men’s room (shh, don’t tell Shane or Ben, the bar owners!) Okay, maybe Vin needs to loosen up and Patrick needs to calm down, but they’re set in their ways.

Enter Riley, looking for Vin, and suddenly everything changes. Vin’s handed a happy ending on a plate and Patrick’s free and easy lifestyle loses its glitter as he sees what Vin has.

But does Vin really have his dream guy or does he just have Riley? Maybe they’re not the same thing, after all.

Review:

I hated this book! Then why did I give it five stars, you ask? Because I hated it—but in a good way.

Vin has held onto the fantasy of Riley since high school, thinking it was an unattainable dream. Now Riley appears literally on his doorstep, speaking of his amorous feelings now that he’s out of the closet. Vin’s in love, believing he finally found the right guy to give his virginity to. Then there’s Vin’s best friend, Patrick, the neighborhood slut who suddenly realizes he’s in love—with Vin. It’s a mess.

Fantasies are that for a reason. Reality rarely matches up. And Riley? He’s too good to be true, a rich playboy who wants Vin, but doesn’t really like him for who he is. Vin’s a tattooed Goth bartender at a gay nightclub, and Riley thinks Vin lacks ambition and that he can do better. Patrick, on the other hand, likes Vin for who he is, but cannot pursue his love because he feels unworthy due to his slutty reputation and because Vin’s now in a relationship with Riley. Patrick’s a flamboyant twink who doesn’t hide who he is, and he stands up to Riley, and then tries to make friends for the sake of Vin’s happiness. But the ultimate question is, is Vin really happy?

Okay, why I hated this book in a good way. First, I absolutely detested Riley! He gets a gift, Vin, and totally pisses on it, not having the slightest clue as to what a good thing he has. Dumbass. Second, this book was almost totally over before even a kiss happened between Vin and Patrick! God, the wait was killing me! I was still reading this at 4 AM waiting for that magical moment. Oye. My patience has its limits, for crying out loud. Third, this story was pulling emotions out of me the whole freaking time, and it was almost too much to bear! Hating Riley’s casual indifference, being frustrated over Vin’s blindness and indecision, and adoring the hell out of the kindhearted Patrick who gets his heart trampled on way too many times.

Good things. Yay! The plot takes a long, long time to develop since this is the definition of a character driven story. I really felt like I got to know these men, inside and out. The writing’s great. Ms. Davitt and Ms. Snow write very well together, seamlessly and in an engaging manner. And the three men (including the side characters) are all their own men, with distinct and relatable personalities. Dialogue rings true, especially during the moment Vin has his dark epiphany about Riley’s true nature. That was a great scene, heartbreaking, infuriating, and visceral.

All in all, this is an easy recommend for all those who like their gay erotic vanilla with a whole lot of spice ice.

Reviewed By: Susan

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The Square Peg by Jane Davitt and Alexa Snow


Title: The Square Peg
Author: Jane Davitt, Alexa Snow
Publisher: Loose Id.
Pages: 262
Characters: Ben, Shane
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance, BDSM (light)
Kisses: 5


Blurb:

Benedict, a successful accountant, who’s just been dumped for being boring, is surprised and pleased to learn that he’s inherited half ownership in a gay bar from his estranged father, seeing it as a chance to get out of his rut. That’s until he meets his new partner, a mouthy, disturbingly hot Brit called Shane, and discovers that the bar’s in the red and Shane’s not interested in renovations that could drive away their regulars.

When a late-night confrontation turns into the hottest sex either of them has experienced, they realize there’s one way to fit a square peg into a round hole, but are they solving problems or papering over the cracks? As they explore the new dynamic between them, pushing their limits until Ben’s shocked at where his desire to dominate Shane takes him, the renovations to the bar begin. They’re building something new, something good — but fear and an unexpected act of violence may tear down what they’ve created.

Review:

When I read the blurb for The Square Peg, I knew I had to read it. I’ve read several books by Jane Davitt and Alexa Snow and I’ve enjoyed every one of them. One of the reasons why I like this writing team is because they write interesting, realistically written heroes that are easy to like and identify with.

When Ben inherits half of his father’s bar, The Square Peg, he’s ready for a change in his life. His boyfriend recently broke up with him because he accused Ben of being predictable and boring, so Ben is anxious to shake his life up a little bit. As soon as he arrives at the bar, he realizes that the co-owner, Shane, isn’t thrilled to have him as a partner. Shane has worked hard to keep the bar running successfully and has sacrificed a lot of his personal time and efforts to make it what it is today. He doesn’t appreciate Ben walking in (who he’s never met before) and immediately wanting to change things.

The two men clash when they meet. Ben is more conservative and wants to improve the bar and Shane likes the bar the way it is and is willing to overlook a few things to keep the bar above water and it’s regulars happy. After a disasterous meeting or two, they both reluctantly realize that they are going to have to compromise and work together if they want to keep The Square Peg from closing down.

What they don’t expect is how they soon become extremely attracted to each other, despite their differences. Soon, their attraction becomes to a head and they are forced to make some decisions about the future of the bar and their future together.

I really loved this book. Both Ben and Shane are likeable men. Neither hero is perfect, but they are oh-so-perfect for each other. I liked watching their relationship evolve from strangers to friends to lovers. They had a really strong chemistry together that heated up my computer screen and kept me enthralled with reading more about them as the book progressed. I enjoyed watching them compromise and learn to put each other before their own self.

There were also some very interesting secondary characters in the book that I’m anxious to read more about. All in all the book is a smooth, sexy read that gave me several hours of reading pleasure.

The Square Peg is a sexy, fun romp from start to finish! Ben and Shane’s story has everything I love when it comes to reading a romance and more! It’s the first book in this series and I’m anxious to read the second book and find out what happens next!

Highly Recommended!

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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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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