Gabbi Reviews: The Sorcerer’s Lover by Shawn Lane

Title: Sorcerer’s Lover

Author: Shawn Lane

Publisher: JMS Books

Pages: 43

Characters: Warin, Benedict

POV:  3rd

Sub-Genre: Historical, Romance

Kisses: 5

Blurb:

When Warin, a sorcerer, needs a large amount of coins to rescue his sister from her abductor, he chooses to abduct someone himself. And he selects the man he has been lusting after ever since sharing a secret, sensual moment at court months earlier — Benedict, the beautiful and illegitimate son of the king.

At first, Benedict is reluctant to give into forbidden desires, but he cannot resist the enigmatic sorcerer’s pull. Yet when he surrenders to his lust, he’s also not sure whether it’s of his own free will or because of a spell Warin cast on him.

As the men grow closer, however, they realize that when the ransom is paid, Benedict must be released and Warin must flee from punishment. Will they be able to end their passionate affair and separate, or will they fight to stay together, even if it means facing the king’s wrath?

Review:

I admit that I’ve read this book before when it was first released years ago. I’ve read so many books since then, I kind of forgot about it so when I noticed it was re-released by JMS books, I knew I wanted to read it again and see if I enjoyed it as much as I once did.

For one thing, Ms. Lane does a good job writing historical romances. I quickly found myself wrapped up into her characters’ lives and enjoyed the story they had to tell. One of the tricky things about gay historical romances can be the ‘taboo’ of homosexuality back in the both recent and dark ages. Ms. Lane does an excellent job tackling this while still allowing her heroes work toward a happy ending.

Who doesn’t love reading about a sorcerer who falls in love with a young prince? I was and I still am intrigued by the interesting dynamics of this couple and truly loved the sizzling chemistry they had together. I liked reading about their forbidden love and truly rallied behind this couple as they strive to work together to rescue Warin’s sister. Though this book ends with a positive note, it is definitely open-ended and I hope that Ms. Lane writes more about Warin and Benedict in the future.

If you are in the mood for a well-written historical romance with plenty of intrigue and erotic moments between two fascinating heroes then Sorcerer’s Lover is definitely an excellent choice for you!

Highly Recommended!

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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Gabbi Reviews: Hate to Love You by J.D. Walker

Title: Hate to Love You
Author: J.D. Walker
Publisher: JMS Books
Pages: 28
Characters: Sybron Adell, Rio Jachetta
POV: 1st
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance
Kisses: 4

Blurb:

Sybron Adell is forty-one and comfortable with his life, mostly. He has eye candy in the luscious form of his neighbor Finn and a job that is stable. Of course, there’s always a thorn to be found, and that’s Rio Jachetta, Sybron’s boss. They’re good friends, but sometimes, Rio pushes the limits. Just for fun.

And then Rio goes too far, with a merger and lost jobs being the least of Sybron’s worries. Rio’s cavalier attitude is not appreciated by Sybron, who is adept at pouring coffee on thousand-dollar suits, when necessary.

If Rio wants to fix things, he may have to overcome his natural arrogance and think of others for a change, in order to save his friendship with Sybron. Heaven alone knows if it will work, especially if he wants more.

Review:

Hate to Love You is a short and entertaining story that quickly captured my interest from start to finish. J.D. Walker writes fast-paced and interesting short stories that I easily enjoy.

Sybron is a forty-something man whose life has been on pause for some time. Sybron has a routine he lives by and pretty much doesn’t enjoy the company of others. Because he is a tad bit grumpy most of the time, he doesn’t have many friends and his life is working full time and then going home alone.

For years, Sybron’s boss and sometimes friend, Rio, has been driving him crazy. Rio’s love ‘em and leave ‘em lifestyle and his smooth disposition keeps Sybron on edge. Rio’s constructive criticism and teasing banter he shares with Sybron keeps Sybron on his toes in more ways than one. But as Rio continues to chip away the frozen wall Sybron has around his heart and life, Sybron begins to realize that maybe there really is more to both Rio and himself than meets the eye.

Hate to Love You is a story of Sybron’s journey of self-awareness that I highly enjoyed. Though he is a likeable man, his pessimism often overtook any kind of good things or happiness he might have achieved. I liked how he became aware of some of his unhappy faults as he began to work at making his life a more optimistic one to have. He and Rio will be a good match and though this was a satisfying short read, I hated to see it come to an end.

Recommended.

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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Anne Reviews: Five Minutes Longer by Victoria Sue

TITLE: Five Minutes Longer
Author: Victoria Sue
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages: 205
Characters: Talon Valdez/Finn Mayer
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Series, Romantic Suspense, Paranormal
Kisses: 5

Blurb:

Talon Valdez knew when he transformed into an enhanced human, his life and his dreams were finished. Reviled, mistrusted, and often locked away, the enhanced were viewed as monsters, despised by the public, and never trusted to serve in the military or any law enforcement agency.

Years later he gets a chance to set up a task force of enhanced to serve in the FBI, but with one proviso: each enhanced must partner with a regular human.

Finn Mayer dreamed of joining the FBI from the time he was fourteen and made every possible sacrifice to make it happen, including living with his selfish mother and bullying, homophobic brother and never having a boyfriend. But his undiagnosed dyslexia stopped his aspirations dead in their tracks. His last chance is to partner with Talon, an enhanced with deadly abilities who doesn’t trust regular humans with their secrets and wants Finn to fail.

Four weeks to prove himself to the team. Four weeks for the team to prove itself to the public. And when another group threatens their success—and their lives—four weeks for them to survive.

Review:

I got hooked by this story from the very first page.  What often makes or breaks a story for me is its characters, and I loved the contrast between Finn and Talon.  While Talon has powers, Finn has had to find a way to work around his dyslexia, and hold onto his dreams despite the shitty hand life has dealt him.  While his brother did come across as a little stereotypical at first, sadly it reflects life and some of the people who populate it a bit too well.  There’s another character I’m keeping my eye on who I suspect is not the nice guy he portrays himself to be, but time will tell.

The world building in this story is interesting, especially with the way it could be present day, but for the twist of the enhanced gene that becomes active in some at puberty. I thought the fact that 50% of humans distrust those who are enhanced was very realistic.  Some might argue that parents wouldn’t turn their back on their own children, but sadly this has been shown to be true as well.

The story itself kept me reading way too late several nights in a row for just one more chapter… It’s gripping, and I thought the action scenes were well written, and edge-of-the seat.

I was really happy to learn that this is the first in the series, and I already have book two loaded on my tablet as part of my TBR list.  Although the ending of this one is satisfactory for now, I figured Finn and Talon’s story wasn’t over, and I’m hoping the other team members of HERO (Human Enhanced Rescue Organisation) will get their own stories, as it’s obvious they have them to tell.

When I read a review copy, I usually take a lot of notes about what happens—and my reaction—for said review, but with this story I got so caught up with the characters and everything happening that there’s very little written down.  It’s the reason it has queue jumped my review pile ahead of books I’ve read and still need to write reviews for!

I’d recommend Five Minutes Longer to readers who enjoy reading romances with suspense,  interesting world building, and characters who stay with you long after you close the book.

Reviewed By: Anne

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Kimberly Reviews: Tufted and Tatted by Jacques N. Hoff


Title: Tufted & Tatted
Author: Jacques N. Hoff
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages: 82
Characters: Atticus, Scott, Irwin, and Mickey
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Humor, Shapeshifters
Kisses: 2.5

Blurb:

Freed from the Australian zoo where he was the subject of forced breeding experiments, Atticus makes his way to the tufted puffin grounds in California, only to find he may not be free after all. Atty is a loner, but he doesn’t want to fight the pull of a flighty surfer who gives his inked skin a pleasant, uncontrollable itch.

Scott has the sun on his face, the waves beneath him, and gratitude for every second of life he gets to embrace. Then Atty appears, and it’s like the universe has tuned his meditation bell to the perfect frequency.

The Tiki Pro surfing competition in Florida is calling to Scott, and Atty agrees to make sure Scott gets there safely. A cross-country road trip in the Hunny Wagon seems like a perfect way to live in the present and get tantric all at the same time.

But they aren’t making this trek alone.

Review:

Tufted & Tatted
centers around tufted puffin shifter Atticus and his rather sudden mating attachment to a flighty surfer named Scott. Atticus was not looking for love or mates or anything of the sort when he was freed from his zoo enclosure. After all, he saw what his friend Irwin and his French booby mate Mickey were like, all committed to each other and willing to go to the ends of the earth with each other. Atticus was not looking for any of those hang-ups. But love does not abide by anyone’s timeline, and soon Atticus is bonded with a surfer dude who appears to have a few gaps in his memory and his awareness.

What commences is a cross-country trip, where Atticus tags along with Scott on the way to a Florida surfing competition. But what could have been a meaningful storyline where the two get to know each other and reveal a bit more about their bond gets a bit short-changed by the light plot. Tufted & Tatted is the fourth book in the Peckers series. Having never read the three prior books, I came into this a bit lost and all my questions were never really answered. Perhaps the Shifter origins were explained in an earlier book, but coming in as a new reader I did not get that information. Nor did I get clarity on Scott’s car accident, which gave him the blackouts and amnesia in the first place. Was it truly an accident or was it insurance fraud, which was the implication that continued throughout much of the book. I felt like I was just dropped into the middle of events and then pulled out again, and that made my enjoyment of the book decrease. So, too, did the flipping points-of-view, but that’s just a personal preference, and I could have overlooked it if the switches came with answers to the lingering mysteries of the backstory.

Coming out of this book, I was intrigued enough by the concept of the universe to want to know more. Which means I’ll likely go back to the beginning and ready all the books in order, in hopes that my questions are answered along the way. And that’s the advice I’d give other readers who are new to the series. Don’t jump in at the end, else you might find yourself lost and wondering too much to enjoy the developing story of newly-bonded mates Atticus and Scott.

If you’d like to read the entire Peckers series, the books in order are:
• Jay Walking
• Cockstrut
• Masked Booby
• Tufted & Tatted

Reviewed By: Kimberly

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Come meet Aly Hayden and win a copy of her NEW Release Exposure!!

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Title: Exposure

Author: Aly Hayden

Publisher: Self-published

Cover Artist: Aria from Resplendent Media

Genres: Contemporary M/M Romance

Length: 61,000 words/150 pages approx.

It is the first book in the Drawn Together series.

Each book follows a different couple, so there’s a HEA and no cliffhanger.

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Blurb

Sam Hayward’s parents think he has a boyfriend. And he does… in his dreams. But when they insist Sam bring his partner to the annual Labor Day family reunion, his options are to either admit it was all a lie or find a stand-in in a hurry. The trouble is that his lies have all been based on one very real man.

Ben Matheny has been hurt before. When he’s bribed into playing a part by his friends, he fleshes out Sam’s dreams, but it’s like flying too close to the sun. He’s always had a crush on Sam, and now they’re going to the Hamptons to spend a week pretending they’re lovers, everything is getting harder.

When Ben uncovers another lie Sam has told – that Ben is every bit as rich as Sam is – things begin to unravel. If Sam isn’t happy with who Ben is, Ben can’t stick around to get burned again.

With their hearts on the line, the two must fight for their dreams as the pressure mounts. It would be so easy to admit that it was all a sham, but some dreams are worth the risk.

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Excerpt

“Guess we have the hot tub all to ourselves,” Ben said with a smile.

He didn’t know whether he meant the words to be flirtatious or not. It was one thing to flirt when there were other people present. That was just what he did, how he interacted with people. Deliberately flirting with Sam was different. Dangerous.

“Guess we do.”

Sam’s voice was lower than usual. Almost seductive. There was no one around that would make Sam feel like he had to play the part of the boyfriend, which meant only one thing: Sam was actually into him. The signs were all there, if Ben was reading them correctly—the way Sam had taken to holding his hand, the morning wood after cuddling all night long, the look Sam had given him when he’d seen Ben in the shorts. And then there was that thing he had started to say right before they had gotten on the boat.

Much as Ben wanted to believe that Sam might have feelings for him too, there was still a part of him that wasn’t sure. There was certainly one way for him to find out, though. The hot tub was big enough for about six people, so naturally they had taken corners along the same wall. Slowly, Ben moved closer and closer to Sam, until they were sitting side by side. He took a deep breath, steeling his nerves, and let his leg brush against Sam’s.

“What are you doing?” Sam’s voice was low and husky, and when Ben looked up, he found Sam’s pupils so large that only a sliver of hazel showed around the edges.

He swallowed hard. “Getting closer to you.”

His heart beat so fast that his chest ached as he waited for Sam to do something. Say something. Have any reaction at all. It had been so easy when it was just flirting, but this…this was terrifying.

Seconds passed, though, and Sam didn’t move away. Instead, he leaned back against the side of the hot tub and slid his hand into Ben’s, underneath the water.

“I’m glad you’re here,” he said softly.

Encouraged by the reaction, Ben shifted down a bit and let his head rest on Sam’s shoulder. “Me too.” They sat in silence for a few seconds. Ben didn’t want to ruin the moment, but he knew that if he didn’t say anything, he would regret it. “Before, when we were about to get on the boat. What were you going to say?”

“I um…” Sam scratched at the back of his neck. “I was going to say, what if—”

“Sammy, Benny!”

Ben whipped around to see Karrigan. Someone had escaped from nap time. He fought to suppress a groan. Looked like this conversation would have to wait.

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Aly Hayden has loved writing ever since she learned to pick up a pencil. As a child, she used to write short stories, then progressed to novels of various genres, none of which were ever published – for good reason. She started writing fanfiction in 2011, publishing on Archive of Our Own. After finding M/M romance in 2012, she fell in love and made it her mission to write one of her own one day. When Aly isn’t writing, she can be found playing with her lovable Yorkie and watching old reruns of House Hunters.

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Anne Reviews: Wish You Were Here by Asta Indonea


TITLE: Wish You Were Here
Author: Asta Idonea
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages: 59
Characters: Oakley/Bobby
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Kisses: 5

Blurb:

The death of Oakley’s sister has left his family broken and buried beneath their grief. In an attempt to get out from underneath their pain, they rent an isolated cottage in the Cotswolds. For Oakley, it’s an exercise in futility. He doesn’t see much hope for things to get back to the way they used to be, and he’s bored and restless as he waits out the time until he can return to the city and university. All of that changes when he meets local boy Bobby, and the connection between them is instant. Within a few days, Oakley is ready to walk away from everything to stay with Bobby. However, Bobby has problems of his own, and they might be more than the budding romance can survive. But they might also give Oakley a new perspective on his own situation.

Review:

This is the first story I’ve read by Asta Idonea, and I loved it.

The first scene set the mood immediately, and pulled me into the story. Although it’s not a long read, I didn’t feel as though it was too short either. The characters still had enough room to grow, and I got invested in them quickly. The ending left me with a bittersweet feeling, as it’s not really a HEA, yet I still felt hope for the characters’ future. Both Oakley and Bobby have a lot to work through, and I liked the way they grew as the story progressed.

I had worked out the plot twist early on, but part of that is because I read a lot of this genre, and it didn’t detract from the story. I thought the POV changes were very cleverly done, so that the secret of who Bobby really is isn’t revealed through his POV. The hints as to what is going on are subtle, and nicely done, with enough for me to guess, but not be sure until the reveal. The setting is a character in its own right, and adds to the feeling of the story. I enjoyed the author’s writing style—it flowed well, and I read the story in one sitting.

I’d recommend Wish You Were Here to readers who enjoy a shorter length story with interesting characters who aren’t always what they seem, a plot twist, and a hint of the paranormal.

Reviewed By: Anne

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