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

Blurb:

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!

Review:

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

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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

Blurb:

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?

Review:

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

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Gabbi Reviews: Fostered Affections by Feral Sephrian


Title: Fostered Affections
Author: Feral Sephrian
Publisher: JMS Books
Pages: 114
Characters: Austin and Neil
POV: 3rd Limited
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance
Kisses: 1.5

Blurb:

Austin Inverness loves dogs and his wife, Erika. Erika was the only girlfriend Austin ever had who didn’t judge him for being bisexual, and dogs never judge, period. Unfortunately, Erika isn’t much of a dog person.

Airman Neil Stafford has been deployed to Turkey for a six-month tour and he enrolls his schipper-poo, Bunny, in the Fosters for Fighters program that arranges fostering for soldiers’ pets. There he meets Austin, who will foster Bunny while Neil is overseas.

The two men keep in touch via Skype and Austin is delighted by how well they get along. Erika, on the other hand, is delighted by how little she has to do to take care of Bunny. That is, until Bunny needs an emergency trip to the vet.

By the time Neil returns home, Austin has noticed key differences between his wife and the new friend he can’t stop thinking about. As for Neil, he knows for sure he wants Austin in his life, but not at the cost of his friend’s marriage.

When Austin realizes Erika questions his bisexuality, the cracks in their relationship quickly spread and Austin questions everything, including if he can make the right choice. Will Austin and Neil be able to overcome the bumps on the road to happiness?

Review:

I tried to like this book. I hate writing negative reviews on books because I know how hard an author works and how much they love their ‘baby’ when they finish it. So, please keep in mind that although I did not like this story, this is just my opinion and I know there will other readers who will like and even love it.

The blurb is an accurate description of the story. Austin has been married for six years and though he is in love and very attracted to his wife, through his love and affection toward her, Austin’s bisexuality hasn’t been an issue. Throughout the story Austin is pretty honest with his wife. He’s confessed the truth about his sexuality to her before they married and tries to strive to be a good husband and even friend to her.

Their problems start when Austin begins to feel the need to have something more, like a pet, in their lives. Austin feels alone a lot and believes since he has had pets in the past thinks this is just what he and his wife needs. Though she’s not crazy about having a pet, his wife relents to fostering a dog through a military program that allows soldiers who are about to be deployed to foster their pets out to trusted people while they are gone.

At first, I loved this idea and was glad Austin decided to go this route. The minute he meets ‘Bunny’ he is immediately smitten with the dog and I truly believed he did a good job at caring for her and taking care of her as if she belonged to him. It’s when he meets Neil, who is Bunny’s owner, that Austin’s life is turned into a tailspin.

Austin not only likes Neil *I did too* and respects him greatly. He feels an attraction for him and makes great efforts to push his fascination for him aside. He is not successful because the more Austin and Neil talk and communicate through Skype and emails, the more Austin feelings and attraction toward Neil grows.

I’m going to stop here because I don’t want to give anything away about this story. Instead, I’ve decided to talk about why I rated it the way I did.

Though Austin is conflicted by many things, he never came across as a true sympathetic character for me. He also tries too hard to be a good guy and to justify his forbidden feelings toward Neil. I thought he ended up being wishy-washy with his feelings and the way he thinks about his life and what he wants out of it. Now don’t get me wrong when I say I understand that life can be confusing at times for us all, but Austin seemed to be kind of a push-over and his willingness to semi-blame his actions on his wife *who was basically a good person just a little needy* left me kind of cold.

On the other hand, Neil seemed like a good guy. He does what he can not to push Austin into something he doesn’t want to do. I liked him, though he still remained somewhat of a mystery to me. He was a little one-dimensional and I couldn’t help but wish we had his point of view in the story. *The story is told entirely through Austin’s POV* Neil’s love for his dog came off as genuine and that’s one of the things I liked the most about the book itself.

I never got on board with this couple and never really cared very much for Austin. I thought the ending was rushed and honestly finished reading this story wishing for more. It’s obvious the author has some good writing chops and had a good idea for the story, but it never resonated with me as a reader.

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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TITLE: Eggs and Kisses
AUTHOR: Jessica Payseur
ISBN: 9781634863100
GENRE: Gay Interracial Mystery Erotic Romance
LENGTH: 61,523 words
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Tensions are running high in Mount Angus as the entire town plans for the annual Be Mount Valentine Heartstival and all residents keep an eye out for the latest relationship drama. Kiko and Dom just want to enjoy life together, a task made difficult by nosy residents demanding to know when they’re going to tie the knot. And when Dom discovers Kiko actually hates this holiday, he decides it would be perfect to create a fake proposal.

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TITLE: Eternally His
AUTHOR: Shawn Lane
ISBN: 9781634863322
GENRE: Gay Paranormal Erotic Romance
LENGTH: 20,530 words
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In the Dark Ages, Morton was taken from his lover, the warrior Graham, and changed by the evil immortal Seymour. When Graham is gravely wounded in battle, Morton changes his lover and the two immortals flee. But Seymour isn’t about to let the beautiful Morton go that easily.

After centuries of playing a cat and mouse game, Morton and his protector Graham are finally free from Seymour at last. They build a life together, with Morton becoming a popular rock star called Xavier.

When rumors swirl that Seymour has been revived, Graham knows he must get his beloved away before Seymour appears seeking to keep Morton as his own once more.

TITLE: Fifth Valentine’s Day
AUTHOR: Casper Graham
ISBN: 9781634862981
GENRE: Gay Erotic Romance (Multiple Partners)
LENGTH: 11,943 words
PRICE: $1.99
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Matthew Singer loves his two boyfriends very much, he truly does. But he’s uncomfortable with all the extravagant gifts he receives on their fifth Valentine’s Day/anniversary together. Nothing he says or does seems to discourage them. The gifts, sweet as they may be, are getting more obnoxious every year. Then he comes up with the sweetest punishment to dole out to his stubborn lovers.

Aiden Eastwood simply wants his boyfriends to feel loved. Since he has the money, he can spoil them both to his heart’s content. Ironically, Edward Langston is an emotionally stunted psychiatrist, so to show his appreciation to his boyfriends, he buys them the most ridiculous gifts that he can think of.

Will Matthew’s punishment discourage his lovers from buying more insane gifts in the future? Or will it backfire on him spectacularly?

TITLE: Hunter
AUTHOR: Dakota Storm
ISBN: 9781634863193
GENRE: Gay Thriller Erotic Romance
LENGTH: 33,472 words
PRICE: $3.99

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Sexy-as-sin bounty hunter Hunter Jones lives, eats, and breathes his next case. He’s always been content to live his life on the road with no attachments and no one to answer to. Love is for other people. But when he stops in a small town for a little R&R and meets up with a fellow bounty hunter to review a case, he runs into the man of his wet dreams. Hunter isn’t ready for love, but Van turns his head and heart upside down.

Donovan “Van” Madsen has it all: a lucrative business, a close-knit family, and a best friend. But something is missing. Van always dreamed of finding the “one,” but never thought it would happen … until Hunter.

The mutual attraction is instant and intense between the two men. Neither can say goodbye.

When trouble brews and Van is kidnapped, Hunter realizes life is too short to not take what he wants. In this action-packed romance, both men’s lives are on the line and their love might not be enough to save them.

TITLE: Superstar
AUTHOR: Rick R. Reed
ISBN: 9781634862714
GENRE: Gay Romance
LENGTH: 12,037 words
PRICE: $2.99

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When Leon first saw him singing in a dive bar, he was mesmerized. But he didn’t know he’d be going home with the dangerously sexy lead singer that night. He couldn’t have predicted he’d fall in love. But then, Leon never expected his love to be reciprocated …

So, why, three years after that fateful night, is Leon perched at the edge of a bridge, ready to make a fatal leap?

Superstar is the story of a groupie and the rock star he loves. It’s the tale of a man on the edge, both literally and figuratively … and it’s a timeless story of love found and lost, set to a driving beat. It’s a story about promises made, promises broken, and dreams unfulfilled. And, ultimately, it’s about realizing that love can come along when one least expects it — and in the unlikeliest of places.

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TITLE: More Than a Suit: Ross
AUTHOR: J.D. Walker
ISBN: 9781634860864
GENRE: Gay Interracial Erotic Romance
LENGTH: 18,023 words
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Ross Haven is about to graduate from college, and he’s been awarded an internship with EnerGen International. When he shares the news with his dad and younger brother Rhys, he also comes out to them. Unfortunately, Ross is thrown out of the house and has to scramble to find a place to live, while somehow protecting his sibling from their alcoholic father.

On his first day at EnerGen, Ross meets Lee Pearce, another intern. Ross falls hard for Lee, despite all the hell his life has served up lately. He’s never been in love before, though, so he doesn’t know what to do about it.

When his father ends up in jail, Ross has to move back home to take care of things. And with that, he decides that life is way too short not to grab hold of the love you want, before it’s too late.


TITLE: The Curious Neighbor
AUTHOR: R.W. Clinger
ISBN: 9781634862936
GENRE: Gay Erotic Romance
LENGTH: 23,147 words
PRICE: $3.99

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After the death of his uncle, Dalton Prie is ordered by his unpleasant and bossy mother to drive out to the woodsy lakeside town where his uncle lived to clear out his cabin. As Dalton diligently works boxing up his uncle’s trinkets and realizing his uncle had hoarding issues, he meets two men he’d like to know more about. Officer Noah Rexington is a hot cop with the local PD and Joshua Kane is the strange, burly neighbor next door.

Soon Dalton develops a slight crush on Officer Rexington. He also realizes something shady is happening Joshua’s residence. When Dalton becomes The Curious Neighbor investigating Kane’s property, he begins to learn many things about Kane, and of the man’s unbelievable secrets …

TITLE: Thicker Than Bone
AUTHOR: Matthew J. Metzger
ISBN: 9781634863209
GENRE: Gay Interracial Erotic Romance
LENGTH: 84,458 words
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If you could save someone’s life, would you? Anyone’s?

Alasdair “Ali” Archer’s older brother Tony has a swastika tattooed on his knuckles, a prison ID number for nearly beating an immigrant to death, and spent his teenage years ruthlessly persecuting Ali for being gay.

Blood may be thicker than water, but Ali has spent most of his life desperate to prove he is nothing like Tony. A committed vegetarian, charity-supporter, and blood donor, Ali would do anything for anyone. Ali may share parentage with Tony, but he’s determined not to share anything else if he can help it.

So when Tony contracts leukaemia, and Ali is the only match for the urgently-needed bone marrow transplant, Ali is caught between two equally awful choices: to refuse and condemn a man to death, or to donate.

And in donating, save the life of the man who nearly murdered Ali’s Iraqi boyfriend?

TITLE: You Can Never Walk Away
AUTHOR: Edward Kendrick
ISBN: 9781634863094
GENRE: Gay Thriller Erotic Romance (Multiple Partners)
LENGTH: 46,537 words
PRICE: $4.99

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When his lover is killed while they’re on a job, Kegan goes into seclusion, vowing never to return to the Agency, the covert organization they worked for. His handler has other ideas, tricking Kegan into coming back, then partnering him with Gage to find and eliminate Ash, a rogue operative.

Kegan and Gage locate Ash only to discover he’s on the run because he found out that Patterson, the head of the Agency, is not what he seems. When the three men team up to bring Patterson down, will their budding personal relationship save them — or get them killed?

Gabbi Reviews: Becoming His by Shawn Lane


Title: Becoming His
Author: Shawn Lane
Publisher: JMS Books
Pages: 65
Characters: Tobias Sherwood, Lucas Cartwright
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance
Kisses: 4.25

Blurb:

A stripper in a gay club, Toby Sherwood has been a fan of bisexual actor, Lucas Cartwright, and his cable detective show, Harrow’s Eyes, for months, so when he’s invited to a taping of the show, he can hardly wait. Too bad the hunky actor already has a girlfriend.

Lucas has been charmed by the sexy Toby ever since he met him at the hospital during his brother’s accident. When he breaks up with his girlfriend shortly after Toby comes by the set of his show, Lucas begins to romance Toby.

With concerns over Lucas’s career and Toby’s dancing for other men, can the hot actor and the sexy stripper find happiness in each other’s arms?

Review:

Becoming His is the second book in the ‘His’ series and so far, my favorite. I admit, I totally fell for Toby in the first book, Accidentally His and was anxious to read his story.

I’ve read several books by this author and there are certain types of characters that she writes and excels at. I love her more unique and flamboyant heroes. She seems to have a real knack at creating them to be lovable and sexy men. Toby is one of my favorite heroes that she’s created. He’s fun, sweet and his zest for life brought a smile to my face.

When Toby gets the opportunity to hang out with Lucas at the studio, he doesn’t hesitate. Toby had met the soon-to-be television star once before and since then, Lucas has been forefront on his mind. Toby doesn’t believe he has any type of chance with Lucas. For one thing, Lucas has a girlfriend and although Lucas admits to be bisexual, Toby knows that flamboyancy and his job as a stripper would give any actor trying to become famous a second thought about being seen with him.

Lucas is not always what he seems. He’s handsome, smart and on his way to becoming a famous actor. When Lucas met Toby, he was immediate struck by Toby’s sexiness and outgoing personality, but since he had a girlfriend at the time, he tried to put Toby out of his mind. Now that he’s single, Lucas can’t help but continue to be drawn to Toby and is driven by the need and desire to be with him.

I liked these two men and I loved them together. I thought the chemistry they shared between them was a strong one and I enjoyed the banter and camaraderie they shared at times with one another. When their budding relationship is tested, both men must work hard and work together if they want to continue to be together.

The reason this is not a five star read for me is the loose ends that I thought needed to be answered. Though the ending is a good one, it left me wondering what was going to happen to Toby and his job and what Lucas’s agent and other executives were going to handle Lucas being with a stripper. I did appreciate Lucas and Toby’s willingness and determination to be together and I can’t help but hope that their story will continue in another book because I wanted to read more about them.

If you are looking for a quick, sexy read then Becoming His by Shawn Lane is definitely a good choice. Ms. Lane’s easy style of writing and talented storytelling ability shines through the eyes of her characters and the story they have to tell.

Recommended!

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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TITLE: An Unconventional Relationship
AUTHOR: Casper Graham
ISBN: 9781634862929
GENRE: Gay Erotic Romance (Multiple Partners)
LENGTH: 17,568 words
PRICE: $2.99

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Overworked billionaire Michael Lambert is a lonely single parent to a three-year-old daughter, while preschool teacher Lance Johnson and toy store owner Adam Williams are a devoted couple with a pair of two-year-old twins. The problem for Michael, however, is his fierce, overpowering attraction to both “unavailable” men.

A fated conversation with his daughter finally prompts Michael to do something drastic about not only his work life, but his growing and unbearable sexual attraction to Lance and Adam. Will Michael find his “happily ever after” with either of those gorgeous, unattainable men? Or perhaps, maybe even both of them?

Soon, Michael lays everything on the table, offering Lance and Adam an unconventional proposition, and the three men quickly find themselves in a situation that leads to unexpected consequences for everyone involved. Will Michael, Lance, and Adam make the right decision for their individual families, or will any or all of them crash and burn at the end of their experiment in relationships?


TITLE: Seven Days
AUTHOR: Cristina Bruni
ISBN: 9781634862707
GENRE: Gay Erotic Romance
LENGTH: 61,269 words
PRICE: $5.99

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During a golf tournament in Virginia, American golfer Reggie Weston meets Russell Lee, the British former world champion in the sport. The two men hit it off when Russell takes Reggie under his wing, teaching him the tricks of the game.

As their friendship deepens, Reggie finds himself falling in love with the Englishman, though he knows Russell doesn’t feel the same. He’s painfully aware of the fact that Russell isn’t gay.

But there’s more to Russell than meets the eye. He’s a troubled soul, plagued by monsters in his head telling him who he should be. He’s spent most of his life hiding his sexuality from the world so he won’t disappoint his homophobic mother.

Is seven days enough time for Russell to break through the years of hurt and accept the new direction fate has in store for him and Reggie?


TITLE: Ticket to Ride
AUTHOR: Shawn Lane
ISBN: 9781634861496
GENRE: Gay Mystery Erotic Romance
LENGTH: 22,119 words
PRICE: $3.99

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Chad Storm’s longtime boyfriend has a Ticket to Ride on a plane out of Chad’s life. But someone decides on a more permanent end to their relationship.

Former lead singer of the rock band Lightning, Chad is working on his come-back album when he finds the body of his ex floating in his swimming pool.

Lieutenant Jack Reeves has never heard of Lightning, but now he has a gruesome murder to solve. The more he learns of Chad, the more intrigued he is, and his protective instincts kick in when Chad begins to get strange phone calls from the dead man.

Jack knows someone is trying to mess with Chad, leading him to think someone close to Chad could have murderous intentions. But his attraction to Chad takes him off the investigation.

Drawn to each other, Chad and Jack begin an affair, but that only brings the killer out into the open.


TITLE: Tortoise Interruptus
AUTHOR: JL Merrow
ISBN: 9781634862851
GENRE: Gay Paranormal Erotic Romance
LENGTH: 11,067 words
PRICE: $1.99

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Cursed by an impatient witch to turn into a tortoise at inopportune moments, Tip is horrified to find himself tortoise-napped by a customer at the Isle of Wight cafe where he works.

Things start to look up when Tip ends up very literally in the capable hands of drop-dead gorgeous Steve, but Tip soon begins to wonder just how far he can trust Steve, who turns out to have a close connection with his kidnapper. Tip’s attempts at a normal life — and love life — seem doomed to remain frustrated in more ways than one!

Inspired by a real-life incident. Yes, really.