Gabbi Reviews: First Flames by Drew Hunt

Title: Fireside Romance, Book 1: First Flames
Author: Drew Hunt
Publisher: JMS Books
Words: 30,180
Characters: Simon Peters, Mark Smith
POV: 1st
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance, Series
Kisses: 4


All four novels in Drew Hunt’s best-selling gay erotic romance series, Fireside Romance, are now available in one box set! Contains the stories:

First Flames: One evening, when the loneliness becomes overwhelming, Simon gathers up his courage and goes to the red light district of the town to buy a little human companionship. As the weeks pass, Simon and Mark find warmth and friendship indoors. When an explosion injures Mark, Simon has to make a decision. Can he offer Mark shelter and nurse him back to health without revealing his true feelings?

Burning Brighter: After declaring their love for each other on Christmas Day, Simon Peters and Mark Smith settle down to a cosy life of domestic togetherness. Snuggle up in an easy chair and toast your toes in front of the fire as you read Simon and Mark’s continuing romantic adventures.

Heating Up: Simon and Mark’s social life grows. However, a near tragedy reminds them to celebrate such togetherness because it could be snatched away. Simon discovers he has a kinky side, one which he and Mark often explore. Join them as they navigate the highs and lows of life.

Glowing Embers: Numerous challenges face Simon and Mark. Because of his time on the streets, Mark worries about HIV. Mark’s dad gets back in contact and brings issues of his own. Can this unconventional family pull together despite all the world has thrown at them?


Simon is a lonely man who longs for male companionship. Not only does he long for a companion, he wishes to have someone special to share his life with. But, being a librarian and a little bit introverted, Simon doesn’t have a lot of opportunity to meet people.

One night he is so lonely he opts to buy a male prostitute for a couple of hours of his time. Though he knows sex is always an option, Simon wants to just hang out with a man, maybe watch television and cuddle for a while. When he spots “Jim” and purchases some of his time, Simon isn’t prepared for the unexpected feelings he has for “Jim”.

As the two men get to know one another, both seem to crave an emotional connection. Both Simon and “Jim”, who has now confessed his name is truly Mark, enjoy the time they spend just in each other’s company and a budding friendship begins to form.

As time goes by, when Simon finds out that Mark has been injured, he leaps to the young man’s rescue. As their feelings continue to develop, both men must learn to face their insecurities if they want to truly have something special between them.

First, Simon is a likeable man. He’s a hard worker and enjoys his job. Since the story is told entirely through his eyes, we truly get to see how his feelings for Mark, as well as his own insecurities, grow as the story continues. Though I liked Simon, I thought he needed to spruce up his life a little bit. At times, he was a little bit too much into his routine and maybe a tad bit dull, so I was glad to see Mark come into his life and bring some sparkle into it.

Mark is also a likeable man. He comes from a difficult home life, leading to his lifestyle choices. I found myself charmed by his sweetness and thought he was well-matched for Simon.

If you are looking for a romance between two likeable characters without a lot of angst, but with plenty of sweet moments, First Flames is definitely the book for you! I liked these two men and enjoyed the story the author had to tell.

Reviewed By: Gabbi

Click HERE to purchase First Flames by Drew Hunt

Fight the mid-week blues by reading a sexy New Release from JMS Books!

TITLE: Angel
ISBN: 9781634863377
GENRE: Gay BDSM Fantasy Erotic Romance
LENGTH: 10,005 words
PRICE: $1.99


How do you know if you’re one of the damned?

As a child, Don wanted to become a priest. Now a grown man mostly at ease with being gay, he’s left the Catholic Church and has chosen instead to help people through his work as a parole officer.

His strong faith is shaken when his latest assignment turns out to be Michael, a young man Don hasn’t seen since he took Michael to church as a child — and saw his parish priest cast Michael out of the church as a demon.

Meeting him as an adult re-ignites the obsession Don had with the boy he couldn’t save. But can Michael be saved at all? Or is the strangely compelling demon with a taste for risky sex as damned as he believes himself to be?

TITLE: Gratefully His
AUTHOR: Shawn Lane
ISBN: 9781634863605
GENRE: Gay Interracial Erotic Romance
LENGTH: 12,796 words
PRICE: $2.99


When Sebastian Walton was sixteen, he got his first kiss from a guy, and that guy was his best friend’s older brother, Pablo Rivera. But after the scorching kiss in the Rivera’s swimming pool, Pablo acted like nothing happened between them.

Six years later, Sebastian is close to graduating from college and poised to achieve his dream of going to medical school. During a semester break, he visits his old neighborhood and the Riveras, where openly gay Pablo, now a police officer, is sexier than ever and determined to win Sebastian for good.

TITLE: Norwegian Woody
AUTHOR: J.D. Walker
ISBN: 9781634860888
GENRE: Gay Erotic Romance
LENGTH: 13,832 words
PRICE: $2.99


Woodrow “Woody” Anker is an urban legend — the boy who lived. Orphaned at the age of three due to a car accident that killed his parents, Woody is taken in by the Zumpano family. He becomes best friends with Serge, the youngest boy, and looks up to Rafe, the oldest. As the years go by, Woody’s feelings for Rafe change into something else entirely. Except, Rafe is straight. And in denial about his alcohol abuse.

Rafe Zumpano, now the town Sherriff and Lothario-extraordinaire has been a heavy drinker since his teens, and it’s getting worse. He’s got a secret that he drinks away every night, but when the truth finally comes out, it ruins everything.

It will take a lot for both men to move beyond alcohol-fueled vitriol, self-doubt, and internalized homophobia to get to the part where they stop throwing punches and have their happy ending.

TITLE: Through the Closet Door
AUTHOR: Rick R. Reed
ISBN: 9781634862721
GENRE: Gay Romance
LENGTH: 11,397 words
PRICE: $1.99

Gregory seems to have it all: youth, good looks, a beautiful wife, a job he loves as an elementary school teacher, a quiet house on the beach …

So why is Gregory so miserable? Why is he unable to control his lingering gaze on his neighbor, Jake, the handsome truck driver who lives just down the way? Why does Gregory spend his private time keeping a secret journal that details fantasies and memories of him locked in embraces with other men?

It’s summer, and the peaceful lake belies the turmoil in Gregory’s heart. His wife wants to start a family, while Gregory wants to start something with Jake, but doesn’t dare.

Climbing out of the closet is never easy, but it’s even more difficult when doing so might shatter the lives of those around you …

TITLE: Trapped
AUTHOR: Ruby Moone
ISBN: 9781634863360
GENRE: Gay Historical Erotic Romance
LENGTH: 61,879 words
PRICE: $5.99


Companion to The Wrong Kind of Angel

Sam Holloway is a desperate man. Trapped in Dante’s, the high-class London brothel catering to men who love men, his only hope is to find a rich protector. Then he meets the young aristocrat with sad eyes.

Tristan Barrington, sixth earl of Chiltern, waited until the death of his father before acting on his unnatural desires. Dante’s has a reputation for quality and absolute discretion. He never expected to find in its sordid depths a glorious man who could master not only his body but his heart, as well.

In Tristan, Sam sees an opportunity to flee a life he hates, and he sets his sights on seducing the earl. Tristan vows to help him escape, but in the process not only uncovers the vile corruption at the heart of Dante’s but also suspects that Sam’s declaration of love was nothing but a lie.

Then Sam is gravely injured, and Tristan faces a tough decision — leave Sam to his fate, or help him once again?

Gabbi Reviews: The Cookie Said Red by JD Walker

Title: The Cookie Said Red
Author: JD Walker
Publisher: JMS Books
Pages: 38
Characters: Cisco Boyd, Benjy McCrae
POV: 1st *Through Cisco’s POV*
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance
Kisses: 4


Cisco Boyd believes in fortune cookies and horoscopes. Despite his lack of success in finding a steady boyfriend — or at least, a date who doesn’t think Denny’s is the epitome of haute cuisine — Cisco never doubts that eventually, the stars will lead him to the man of his dreams.

One day after a meal, Cisco reads the little piece of paper inside his cookie which says “red is the color of your heart’s desire.” So, when Cisco’s date turns up wearing a red shirt, he’s ecstatic. But then, things turn ugly in his apartment, and Cisco has to call the front desk for assistance from his bathroom, where he’s locked himself in.

Benjy McCrae, head of security, comes to his rescue and Cisco is very grateful. And then he notices Benjy’s red tie. Cisco’s “heart’s desire” has been under his nose all along. The stars are finally in his favor.


JD Walker writes quick and satisfying reads. She is still a fairly new author for me, so I’m steadily beginning to enjoy her stories. All of them have been short tales that give me an hour or so of pure escapism and enjoyment and I look forward to reading more stories by her.

Cisco was a fun character to meet. He’s flamboyant and flirty and a little flighty. His determination to meet the right guy, as well as his belief in horoscopes made him a likeable character. Cisco is one of those friends you have that you adore, but at times, would drive you crazy with his overt and loud personality. Cisco finds himself not always making the right decisions and getting himself in trouble because of it and though I wanted to roll my eyes at some of his antics, I ended up liking him and I found myself rooting for him to find his true love.

Though I liked Cisco, I really loved Benjy. He’s the strong and silent type that has more to him than meets the eye. His caring disposition and the way he looks out and takes care of Cisco really stole my heart.

I liked the chemistry between Cisco and Benjy and really enjoyed the flirtatious banter they shared between them…especially after they got to know one another. Cisco’s flightiness got on my nerves a tad, but I still liked him and really enjoyed him and Benjy together. I enjoyed this short story, I just wish there had been more of it. I would have loved to see how Cisco and Benjy’s relationship continue to develop…but that’s just me.

The Cookie Said Red is a short and sexy story and easy to recommend if you are looking for a fast-paced read with unique and interesting characters.


Reviewed By: Gabbi

Click HERE to purchase The Cookie Said Red

Begin your week with an erotic romance from JMS Books!

TITLE: Guy-Spell
AUTHOR: R.W. Clinger
ISBN: 9781634863247
GENRE: Gay Erotic Romance
LENGTH: 15,412 words
PRICE: $2.99


Guy Montelli is a talk show host of the popular show Guy-Spell. He and his beloved film-editing boyfriend Landon have finally reached a point in their relationship where they want to get hitched. The couple volunteers for the community Love Yourself, Love Someone Else Day (LYLSED), an annual event in their neighborhood that celebrates same-sex marriage and the theme Love Wins!

As he’s in charge of the floats for the upcoming LYLSED parade, Guy surprises Landon with a live marriage proposal on his hit show. Of course Landon accepts. After the marriage proposal, festive parade becomes a smash hit in their small community.

But with all the fun and excitement, will their wedding ever take place? Can Love Wins become a reality in their lives?

TITLE: Marry Me
AUTHOR: Casper Graham
ISBN: 9781634863223
GENRE: Gay Erotic Romance
LENGTH: 19,830 words
PRICE: $2.99


Nathan Wong wants to marry his boyfriend of more than seven years but has no idea how to propose. Neither of them is particularly fond of huge gestures, so he decides to go the traditional route.

Jason Yang has also been considering proposing to Nathan, and eventually he manages to pull it off. It’s one of the more memorable events in their relationship. The two then begin to plan the wedding with the help of their mothers.

The only problem is neither man realizes the extent of planning for a wedding and how stressful it can be. As the wedding date approaches, frustrations take their toll and put a strain on their relationship. Will they ever get their dream wedding and happy ever after?

TITLE: My Best Man
AUTHOR: Linn Edwards
ISBN: 9781634863353
GENRE: Gay Erotic Romance
LENGTH: 18,350 words
PRICE: $2.99


After a painful outing experience that was a defining moment for Ian, he left school early, earned his GED, and eventually moved on. But he never really lives in the open, as an out-and-proud gay man.

The morning after his sister’s wedding, Ian wakes up next to the best man at his sister’s wedding — Andrew. Though his new in-laws are “slightly homophobic,” Andrew is able and more than willing to keep Ian company … and more.

What surprises Ian even more is that Andrew is interested in more than just a one-night stand. Much more. Can a wedding night romance end up in a wedding of its own?

TITLE: Unconditionally
AUTHOR: Nell Iris
ISBN: 9781634863230
GENRE: Gay Erotic Romance
LENGTH: 16,981 words
PRICE: $2.99


Flamboyant book café owner Luca Moretti and geeky doctor Gus Hansen have been together for six years when the Supreme Court ruling makes same-sex marriage legal in all states. On June 26, 2015, Gus gets down on one knee and Luca screams yes.

On their wedding day, shortly before the ceremony, Luca’s mother explodes in anger, calling him a freak. The reason? He’s wearing a white veil, sprinkled with crystals.

Their relationship has been strained for a long time, and her words trigger traumatic memories. Instead of walking down the aisle, Luca runs.

Away from his mother. Away from Gus.

Gus counts down the minutes when Luca’s mother comes knocking. He realizes something’s wrong, but when he goes to talk to Luca, his husband-to-be is nowhere to be found.

Can Gus find Luca in time and manage to convince him to come back and get married?

Check out the New Releases from JMS Books!

TITLE: Class Distinctions
AUTHOR: Rick R. Reed
ISBN: 9781634862745
GENRE: Gay Romance
LENGTH: 11,546 words
PRICE: $1.99


Kyle and Jonathan were perfect for each other, the two halves that, once together, made a whole. And then one snowy night just before Parents’ Weekend on the campus of Hamilton University, Kyle drops a bomb: he’s breaking up with Jonathan.

Follow the couple through the stormy (in more ways than one) night that ensues. Why has Kyle suddenly decided to throw away something so precious and good?

The answers lie in their backgrounds, and will gradually come to light as a winter blizzard rages around the young couple.

Their tortured paths bring them to the covered bridge where their love had sprung to life on a hot summer day. But will the warmth of that memory and the heat of the love they once shared be enough to outclass the storm, and more importantly, bring them back together?

TITLE: Love Is Snowblind
AUTHOR: Deirdre O’Dare
ISBN: 9781634863032
GENRE: Gay Erotic Romance
LENGTH: 23,267 words
PRICE: $3.99


Loner Dylan, seeking to heal from wartime trauma, pursues a new-found dream of building and training a winning sled dog team to compete in the Iditarod. He makes a difficult choice to rescue a stranger lost in a blizzard instead of seeking to win a preliminary race. This choice and its results throw unexpected but major changes into his solitary life. Can he accept and adapt to these changes?

Grey must prove himself, pursuing his dream of seeing Alaska first hand and writing about the world of sled dog racing in a powerful way to jump start his chosen sports and feature writing career. Young and naïve, he almost pays with his life for a bad decision. Can he learn and grow fast enough to survive in the unforgiving environment and overcome a rocky start with his new hero, musher Dylan?

TITLE: Snapshots
AUTHOR: Addison Albright
ISBN: 9781634863346
GENRE: Gay Erotic Romance Anthology
LENGTH: 47,642 words
PRICE: $4.99


Whatever your romance reading preference — gay virgin, opposites attract, friends to lovers, or simply fun how-they-met stories — this collection contains a variety of sweet, contemporary, short gay romances, sure to make you smile.

Rewritten and re-edited, these stories were previously published singly and are available now in one collection!

Contains the stories: Cow Pie Bingo, King Kong vs. The Skinny Pirate, Born to Be Wild, The Straggler, Now and Forever, Moving On, Moving Along, Dropping Quarters, Nevermore, Photo Shoot, and Okay, Then.

TITLE: The Cookie Said Red
AUTHOR: J.D. Walker
ISBN: 9781634860871
GENRE: Gay Interracial Erotic Romance
LENGTH: 12,719 words
PRICE: $2.99

Cisco Boyd believes in fortune cookies and horoscopes. Despite his lack of success in finding a steady boyfriend — or at least, a date who doesn’t think Denny’s is the epitome of haute cuisine — Cisco never doubts that eventually, the stars will lead him to the man of his dreams.

One day after a meal, Cisco reads the little piece of paper inside his cookie which says “red is the color of your heart’s desire.” So, when Cisco’s date turns up wearing a red shirt, he’s ecstatic. But then, things turn ugly in his apartment, and Cisco has to call the front desk for assistance from his bathroom, where he’s locked himself in.

Benjy McCrae, head of security, comes to his rescue and Cisco is very grateful. And then he notices Benjy’s red tie. Cisco’s “heart’s desire” has been under his nose all along. The stars are finally in his favor.

TITLE: The Libertine
AUTHOR: William Holden
ISBN: 9781634863216
GENRE: Gay Historical Mystery Erotic Romance
LENGTH: 12,965 words
PRICE: $2.99

Adam, an assassin for the Dutch Army, has specific instructions to infiltrate the pirate ship The Libertine at any cost and ensure the pirates will be defenseless when the army attacks.

Using his body and his seductive charm, Adam captures the attention of Captain Blair. With the battle of Willemstad days away, and The Libertine’s weapon expert suddenly murdered, Adam is placed aboard the ship to assure their arsenal can outlast the Dutch Army.

As the battle draws closer, the Quartermaster Gregor, who has an agenda of his own, befriends Adam. Their friendship quickly develops into something more. Playing a three-way game of fire, Adam has only a few hours to decide what to do. Assassinate the Captain and Gregor and return to the army a hero? Or betray the army for the love of Gregor, a man he doesn’t know and isn’t sure he can trust?

Anne Reviews: You Had Me At Hero by Michael P. Thomas

TITLE: You Had Me At Hero
Author: Michael P. Thomas
Publisher: JMS Books
Pages: 85
Characters: Mark Potts/Starr Bradford
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Contemporary, Interracial
Kisses: 5


When seventeen-year-old Mark Potts fell from a balcony, he lost both the use of his legs and any faith in heroes. Now twenty-nine, he’s long-since come to terms with his injury. His job provides more opportunities for eye-rolling than for riding to anybody’s rescue, but with two kids to bring up, he barely has time for his husband, much less for heroics. Besides, Starr Bradford is a policeman — how many heroes does one family need?

Mark and Starr love each other madly, but stress management is a load-bearing pillar of their happiness. When Mark’s coping skills fail him at exactly the wrong moment, he’s left hanging by a thread of words he should’ve kept in his mouth. He has the power to repair their relationship, but when Starr’s workday suddenly goes south, will he get to wield it? Keeping it together long enough to find out is a job worthy of any superhero!


I got sucked into this story on the first page and stayed up late devouring the book in one sitting. The story is narrated in third person from Mark’s perspective, and I really liked him as a character. Despite an accident in his teens putting him in a wheelchair, he has moved forward and made a life for himself. Although in a wheelchair, that is not what defines him and nor does it stop him from living his life to the fullest.

His relationship with his husband, Starr, is very sweet, and it’s obvious that the two men are very much in love. I enjoyed their interactions, and their family life with their two boys Jory and Jarrett. It felt very realistic, and made me smile. The supporting cast of friends and family added to the storyline and gave the impression of the story being a slice of a complete world.

However, as with life, this story is not all sweetness and light. I really liked the way in which Mark—who is married to an African American and is raising African American sons—realises that being black brings with it bigotry that he hasn’t experienced before, despite being in a wheelchair and being gay. With his job as a 911 call centre operative, he listens to a lot of people at the other end of his phone, not all of whom share his perspective of the world. Heroes don’t all fight crime out in the field wearing a cape.

Mark and Starr also do fight on occasion, and like with most couples, the reason behind it is not always totally rational. This also added realism to the story, and when Starr is involved in a callout which goes quickly south I was on the edge of my seat needing to know that he would be okay.

The author’s writing style makes for a very easy read, and I’d been reading for some time, needing to see what happens next, without realising how late it was. It’s not the first novella I’ve read of Michael P. Thomas’s and hopefully it won’t be the last.

I’d recommend You Had Me At Hero to readers who enjoy a contemporary romance with interesting likeable characters which tackles some big issues but without shoving it in the reader’s face.

Reviewed By: Anne

Click HERE to purchase You Had Me at Hero

Pippa Reviews: Snapdragon by Michelle Woody

Title: Snapdragon
Author: Michelle Woody
Publisher: JMS Books
Pages: 220
Characters: Chris and James
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Thriller
Kisses: 3.5


Private detective Chris Mason thought he only had to worry about his brother Dylan discovering he was dating Homicide detective James Harris. Dylan and their best friend, Ron Abrams, don’t like James, and Chris has to handle their animosity towards his lover. But then Chris is targeted by a serial killer who leaves snapdragons with his victims.

James leads the Snapdragon investigation as head detective. As each murder links Dylan and Ron to the killings, James questions Ron’s motives and his connections to Chris. Ron’s pet name for Chris has always been Snapdragon. Could there be more behind Ron’s playful teases than Chris knows?

When Ron’s attraction to Chris is exposed, their friendship totters. Is a darker side to Ron revealed? Could he be involved with the Snapdragon murders? And will Chris be able to solve the case before he becomes the killer’s next victim?


Snapdragon is a story with a lot of potential, but lacked the intensity to be an interesting thriller or a great romance. The real interest for me wasn’t the plot or the romance between the two main characters. I’m not keen on reviews which say if you did ‘x’ it would have been much better, but that’s exactly what I’m going to do.

It had a competent thriller plot which kept me reading to the end to find out whodunit. I though the use of Snapdragon as an ongoing theme in the story was skillfully done. However, the whole plot could have done with more intensity. It was bland at times where it should have been nail-biting, and there wasn’t enough tension in the interactions between the protagonists even though it was discussed.

The author has well-developed characters with a good supporting cast, and that is where it trips up for me. There was no chemistry between the romantic leads, Chris and James. It was almost like the relationship between the two men is an afterthought. By contrast, the tender chemistry between Chris and Ron kept the story going. By the end, I was rooting for Chris and Ron, with James as a poor second. I think all the emotional energy is expended between Chris and Ron, and Chris and his brother. Next time, I suggest the author focuses on one relationship, because it’s inevitable that one must suffer.

Snapdragon wasn’t a bad thriller, it just didn’t leave me invested in either the plot or the romance and that was disappointing.

Reviewed By: Pippa Wood

Click HERE to purchase Snapdragon