A Gentleman Never Does by Lee Brazil


Title: A GENTLEMAN NEVER DOES
Author: Lee Brazil
Publisher: Breathless Press
Pages: 36
Characters: Gideon Westwood, Gareth Belmain
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Historical, Erotic Romance
Kisses: 5


Blurb:

Short of funds, Gareth proposes to wager for love. Does Gideon dare play out this hand?
Gideon Westwood is passing time at a debutante ball when he encounters a man from his past he’d give anything to avoid.
Unfortunately for him, Gareth Belmain isn’t in the mood to be pushed aside.
A wager leads to a walk in the garden and a kiss to angry words.
Will a public challenge put an end to any hope they might have for a future together?

Review:

A gentleman never gambles, smokes, or drinks? Or a gentleman never causes a scandal by breaking society’s unspoken rules? A gentleman never falls in love with a man?

Gideon and Gareth have known each other since they were kids, and in their youth they shared intense sexual explorations. Now they are adults, with responsibilities, duties, and a need to avoid any hint of scandal. Gideon is giving Gareth the cold shoulder, pretending he doesn’t want him, and even lying to himself about his feelings. The problem is Gareth isn’t slipping quietly into the night, and he’s also effeminate and flashy in a way that betrays his inclinations to anyone with half a brain. Gideon must choose between following rules he hates and following his one true love to perdition—or paradise. Facing an illegal duel with Gareth forces Gideon in that position.

Though short, this story shows both men’s characters very well, their true feelings vs. their behavior in public. Gareth is true to himself in a time when that could get him hanged, while Gideon shuns his friend and pretends he feels nothing. But true love moves in mysterious ways. Gideon can’t help the emotions and sensations Gareth awakens in him. Every scene here is fraught with erotic imagery and palpable sensuality. The sex is hotter than hot, and Gideon’s reluctance to yield to the inevitable, to Gareth’s unwavering love and desire, only adds fuel to the fire.

A sexy little romp with lots of erotic content to keep the reader excited. Highly recommended!

Reviewed By: Susan

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Best Laid Plans by DC Juris


Title: Best Laid Plans
Author: DC Juris
Pages: 167
Publisher: Breathless Press
Characters: Kale, Perry
POV: 1st person
Sub-genre: Transgender, Romance
Kisses: 3


Blurb:

Disowned by his family for being transgender, Kale drained his bank account and set out to go as far as the money would take him planning to make a new life for himself. But when the money stopped, he found himself homeless, his plans pretty much screwed.

Perry set out to find a male hooker to slate his lust. Instead he found a handsome young man who insisted he wasn’t a prostitute. Can they work past their differences and see what’s in front of them, or will their best laid plans drive them apart?

Review:

I liked Kale, he is a sweet young man who is comfortable in his own skin (f to m). I found it hard to believe why he would put himself in danger selling himself on the streets, yes to put a roof over his head BUT mainly to see Perry on Tuesday nights.

Perry is a middle age gay man with a teenage daughter who lives in another state. I can see how he starts to have feeling for Kale, who has not been honest with him about being transgender…( they had not gotten past oral sex). When Kale tells him, Perry was very cruel to Kale, though I have to give it to Perry he does research the difference between transgender and transvestism.

I also liked the character of Enrique, Kale’s friend though we didn’t get to see him much or Perry’s daughter who we only met on a phone call. Although this was a sweet story with a scary moment for Kale it was very short and introduced characters who could have enriched the story. Unfortunately, they were not allowed to develop more and were largely ignored once introduced. This was a story I could have loved and maybe there will be a sequel that will give this story the time it deserves.

Reviewed by: Cheryl

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Ride the Line Book One: Purgatory by Jewel Sinclair


Title: Ride the Line Book One: Purgatory
Author: Jewel Sinclair
Publisher: Breathless Press
Pages: 29
Characters: Jax and Luke
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Western, Contemporary Romance
Kisses: 3.5

Blurb:

When rodeo star Jax Weller looks at Luke Parsons, he sees a colt ready to be saddled and ridden hard to the edge of Purgatory.

Rodeo rider Jax Weller is cock of the walk at the Bar C. One smile from Jax and every filly and stallion in the territory, two-legged and four, comes running. It’s business as usual until Luke Parsons shows up at the ranch. Thwarted at every turn, Jax is driven wild by the young drifter’s beauty and charm. When Jax finally gets him alone, he discovers that Luke has a wild heart behind his angel face. The west has never been as hot as it is in a place called Purgatory.

Review:

Purgatory is: A hot tale of the old pro and the greenhorn.

Jax is part of a working ranch and rodeo team, toned from riding broncos, and tattooed from his previous life on San Francisco docks. Luke is the newest recruit at the Bar C, a proverbial golden boy, who’s as much a novice when it comes to sex as he is at working the ranch.

A contrived meeting in the bath house by Jonesy, Jax’s closest friend, and ex-lover, leads to revelations. A further contrivance ensures that they are partnered to head up to Perdition Ridge, away from the other ranch hands, and so free to take things further. Jax makes love with Luke on Purgatory Mesa, and the sex is hot and sensual.

I loved the way you immediately felt a part of the world of ranch and rodeo. Purgatory is well written, and the sex scenes scorch. However, Jax also has a rather indiscriminate nature regarding who he beds. So if you don’t mind the mention of het sex, and love cowboys, then you have a searing couple, with the promise of more sizzling sex to come.

Reviewed By: Pammyla

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Truth Deeper Than Logic by Lee Brazil


Title: Truth Deeper Than Logic
Author: Lee Brazil
Publisher: Breathless Press
Pages: 83
Characters: Nathan Hawthorn, Seth Greenwood
POV: 3rd
Sub genre: paranormal
Kisses: 4

Blurb:

His lover’s death filled Nate Hawthorn with rage. From that time were born legends of bloodthirsty cats and killer bears, of humans entering the woods and never leaving.

Legend exaggerated, and he had calmed down and accepted the transiency of human life. Fragile, defenseless, but curious, brave, and loving. He’d allowed their presence in his valley in the beginning because they intrigued him with their resourceful cleverness in turning their fragile bodies into a strength rather than the weakness he’d taken them for.

When Daniel died, he’d chosen to live among them for simple reasons. He felt closer to his lover walking among his descendents. He took a warped pride in the growth and the progress of the town Daniel had started, in the prosperity of Daniel’s people even as their growth and progress had overtaken his woods. Perhaps some fatalistic part of him believed that the circle of life would one day claim him, had known that they would one day kill him.

When Seth Greenwood, a junior architect with a local firm who dreamed of bigger things, pinned his hopes for career advancement on a project that required the use of Nate’s land, Nate realized how much he wanted to live. And how very much he wanted Seth.

Review:

Nathan Hawthorn is the owner of a nursery and a hundred acre section of woods that has been in his family for many generations. The city has served him a notice that they want to use the right of eminent domain to take 35 acres of his property to build a new high school.

Seth Greenwood is the architect who is hoping that building the new high school will lead to him getting a job at a architecture firm in a big city like LA or New York, anywhere besides the small town where everyone knows him and no one takes him seriously.

Three months before, Seth and his friend Gerry had been in the woods with a couple of acquaintances doing a film project for Gerry’s college class. Seth gets separated from the others and he sees a large cat with red eyes staring at him from the bushes. He freaks out and runs into the front door of a isolated cabin that he had noticed earlier and finds a very large, very sexy man inside. They are instantly attracted to each other and proceed to have a brief but passionate encounter.

When Nate goes to the meeting to challenge the city’s right to seize his land, he provides them with proof that the founder of the town is buried on his property and so they can’t take it as it is a historical place. He also recognizes one of the men at the meeting as the young man he had the brief but very passionate encounter with in his cabin.

Nate and Seth proceed to have a passionate relationship, but both know that Seth is going to leave eventually to take a job in another town. He asks Nate to go with him but Mate refuses. When Seth asks him why, Nate reveals that he is a hawthorn tree spirit and can’t get too far from his tree or he’ll die. Seth isn’t scared off by what Nate has told him and even comes up with a potential way for Nate to be able to leave the valley.

This short story by Lee Brazil is not your average “man vs the bureaucracy.” I love how he is able to combine nature, history, passion, and modern problems into a seamlessly entertaining tale that kept me entertained from beginning to end.

Reviewed by: Pat

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137 Owens Street by DC Juris


Title: 137 Owens Street
Author: DC Juris
Publisher: Breathless Press
Pages: 56
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Paranormal
Kisses: 4


Blurb:

Matthew is going insane. But the man reaching out to Matthew in his visions might be his only chance to find the truth or his true love.
Matthew is going insane. How else can he explain remembering things he doesn’t own or trips his wife never took? Not to mention the visions, and the phantom in the café. But when the man in the visions reaches out to him with an explanation, and the phantom from the café tracks him down, things start to make a little more sense. Morgan is a devout Christian. He believes in God, heaven, hell, and the Bible. But his world spins out of control when his husband Matthew disappears and a mysterious man tells a tale outside the realm of reality. How can Morgan put his faith in something so far-fetched? And what will happen to Matthew if he doesn’t?


Review:

When DC decides he wants to write a story to keep you guessing he really does a hell of a job at it. I will be honest, I have to be. I really found myself lost at the start of the story, I had no idea what in the world happened, one second Matthew and Morgan are discussing chips in the car in the parking lot of the grocery store, and the next Matthew is melting from the heat and grumbling over Morgan taking so long about buying a box of crackers. When finally the door to the car opens and closes, it’s not Morgan sitting in the seat of the car without air, it’s a woman named Stephanie, and apparently she’s his wife.

Call me confused, I can’t wait for you to read Matthews thoughts, and you too will be, but there’s a method behind the madness of this story. Once we are in Matthews head for sometime with him thinking he’s lost his mind, we are also thinking maybe we have read something wrong, or missed something, that is until you get to his husband’s POV, Morgan. Then we know something fishy is going on here.

I encourage you to read this story, I promise, DC does pull it off with skill of a seasoned writer, there are no plot holes, the characters are very well done, and my heart loves Morgan. He’s a sweet man who loves his husband dearly. Poor Matthew on the other hand is clueless and lost for most of the book, but I’ll gladly put that on DC. Thank you, DC, for keeping my mind working and ready for more.

Reviewed By: Michele

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Choices by Em Woods


Title: Choices
Author: Em Woods
Publisher: Breathless Press
Pages: 44
Characters: Brandt, Laden, Mike
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Contemporary, Menage Romance
Kisses: 4



Blurb:

When a rodeo clown, a small town veterinarian and his assistant form a complicated trio, they find it’s their choices that determine who finds love.

When rodeo clown Brandt Collins is forced into retirement by an injury in the arena, he heads to long-time friend Kaden Slater’s hometown to settle down. As far as he’s concerned if that old flame ignites into a wildfire, then all the better.

Kaden is glad to see Brandt, but a little complication in the form of Kaden’s new assistant, Mike, throws a wrench in all their plans. Sexy, smart and young, Mike wants Kaden more than he wants his next breath.

Soon, misunderstandings and the past conspire to tear the trio apart before they’ve even begun. And now it’s their choices that will determine who finds love – and who doesn’t.

Review:

Brandt Collins is an ex champion rodeo clown who is back in his hometown after being gored by a bull and being beat up by a group of anti-gay thugs. He’s dreading running into his old friend Kaden.

Many years before Brandt and Kaden were in love with each other but both had ambitions that took them in different directions-Brandt to be a rodeo clown and Kaden to become a veterinarian.

Every so often Brandt would come back into town and Kaden would get his hopes up that Brandt would stay this time but always had them dashed when he would leave again.
Kaden’s veterinary assistant Mike has been hopelessly in love with his boss for over a year and has almost given up his dream that Kaden will stop pining after Brandt and realize what he has right in front of him.

Brandt, Kaden, and Mike come to the conclusion that the only way that all of them will be happy is to have an unconventional relationship between the three of them.

I LOVED this story about three men who find themselves in a situation when the person they love decides that careers and ambition mean more to them than love. In the end, this beautiful tale shows that the path to true love doesn’t always go smoothly or in the direction that you think it should

Reviewed By: Pat

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It’s Simple, Simon by Lee Brazil

Title: It’s Simple, Simon
Author: Lee Brazil
Publisher: Breathless Press
Pages: 67 pages
Characters: Simon and Chase
POV: Third Person
SubGenre: GLBT: contemporary erotic romance
Rating: 4.5 Stars



Blurb:

Simon Carter has achieved unimaginable success and he owes it all to a man from his past whose scorn set fire to his ambition.

“It’s Simple, Simon. You lack ambition.”

Chase Garvin’s jibe had sent Simon Carter on unexpected paths and brought him unimaginable success. No longer a penniless musician, the highly paid investment banker is going home for the first time in years. He plans to rest, relax, and spend a little time rubbing his ex-lover’s nose in his success. A visit to the Renaissance Fair brings this not-quite-so-simple- Simon nose to nose with his past and somehow revenge doesn’t seem quite so attractive.

Chase Garvin, Denver, Colorado’s very own Pie Man, is still incredibly handsome. What’s more, the more mature Chase is very appreciative of Simon’s talents.

When the old attraction flares between them, Simon and the Pie Man get caught up in tasting the wares, and neither counts the pennies.

Review:

It’s Simple, Simon by Lee Brazil is premised on a clever idea of using the nursery rhyme, in this case Simple Simon, as motivation for a story. This is part of a Naughty Nursery Rhymes collection through Breathless Press and the first m/m in the collection.

The first two chapters introduce the reader to Simon and then Chase. Simon comes off as a bitter man who wants to exact revenge on Chasse, the man who pushed him away many years ago. He’s the kind of guy you think, what a brat. But then you meet Chase.

Chase is well-established in Denver owning several pastry shops. When he sees Simon, he makes a number of assumptions about his ex, assumptions which kind of justify Simon’s hurt feelings from all those years ago.

As soon as the two spend their first day together, old flames are fanned and each wonders whether they made a huge mistake. Simon wondering if seeking revenge was truly what he wanted and Chase wondering if his reasons for breaking things off with Simon had actually been valid.

The two men enjoy a physical reunion filled with passionate sex. But this reunion wasn’t just about sex for either of them. Each quickly realized they had made mistakes in the past which broke them apart and were continuing to make mistakes in the present which threatened to keep them apart.

When secrets are revealed, tension hits, but even when the initial round of tension is resolved, a new, even more stressful turn of events takes place and it kept me on the edge of my seat until the end.

I was drawn into this story from the first page. Mr. Brazil’s has a talent at establishing full, rich characters with depth and flavor. As I experienced their journey in alternating POVs (Simon’s then Chase’s) I was able to enjoy the angst and uncertainty they spiraled closer and closer together. As each page turned, my desire to see these two work out increased until I was tearing through the last portion of the story.

As with any short story, this one being about 65 pages, I had to suspend belief here. But overall, the journey was exquisite. It was a lovely balance of yearning and confidence, independence and compromise, love and hate. Through their experiences, we come to appreciate how love doesn’t always come easy, but if it’s right, the challenges are worth it in the end. Mr. Brazil also deftly portrays the message that compromise doesn’t mean changing who you are for someone else, but making choices so you can be who you are and allow someone else to be who they are, even if the obstacles seem impossible to overcome.

In keeping with the level of heat and emotionality of the Truth of Dare series (a must read if you haven’t yet), Mr. Brazil has knocked another one out of the park.

Reviewed By: Doug

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