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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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Meet the Author

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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Gabbi Reviews: Hot Under the Collar by Summer Devon


Title: Hot Under the Collar
Author: Summer Devon
Publisher: Self-Published
Pages: 89
Characters: Sam Trevisani and Dan Bailey
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance
Kisses: 4

Blurb:

Attorney Sam Trevisani never thought he’d play the bad guy, but now his job to stop a dog park makes him the enemy of every dog owner in town—and whenever he meets his main opponent, Dan Bailey, the vet gives him the evil eye. Tired of playing for the wrong side, Sam has to find a solution. Maybe the tempting Dr. Bailey can help him find a solution for his restless need for change. Or maybe it’s his attraction to the vet that pushes Sam to pay a late-night visit.

Tired of town politics and manipulative games, Dan has no interest in helping the flashy lawyer. Yet Sam’s dogged interest in him proves oddly appealing. Dan reluctantly allows the attractive lawyer into his house and sparks fly. Sam doesn’t mind hookups, but Dan doesn’t do them–yet in one night, they both change their minds.

Determined to keep Dan from running away from something promising between them, Sam has to get past his attorney uncle, Dan’s pack of misfit dogs, and a powerful but unpleasant client who could end not only the dog park but any chance of romance between the lawyer and the vet.

Review:

Summer Devon is a must read author for me. I read many of her books and I’ve enjoyed each and every one of them. Who doesn’t love an enemies-to-lovers romance? Throw in adorable dogs and some heated chemistry between the two heroes and I’m in! I’m pleased to say that Hot Under the Collar is a fun and flirty romance that was a well-spent escape from the everyday ho-hum life I lead.

What I liked about this couple was the banter and the shock they share from the realization that, despite their past negative feelings for one another, that they really do like one another. Though their relationship develops quickly, it was pretty well-written and an enjoyable read.

While Sam goes through some self-discovery and much needed personal growth it was fun watching Dan be perplexed by the determination Sam had to both change and to be an important partner in Dan’s life. I have a feeling that in the future these two men will be develop a strong emotional bond and be a couple who will have an amazing relationship.

Though I really enjoyed this book, I do wish it had been longer. I thought the ending was a tad bit abrupt. But, I still liked this story even though I found myself wishing for more.

If you are looking for a smoothly written and sexy romance then Hot Under the Collar is definitely a great choice if you are looking for a hot and sizzling summer read. I can’t wait to read more by this author and will definitely be looking forward to more from her in the future.

Recommended.

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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Anne Reviews: After the Snow by Lane Swift


Title: After The Snow
Author: Lane Swift
Publisher: Self-published
Pages: 150
Characters: Dale Hepburn/Nick Harris
POV: 1st
Sub-Genre: Contemporary, Series
Kisses: 5

Blurb:

To be that perfect someone doesn’t mean you have to be perfect…
Christmas is over, but Dale Hepburn is determined to show his new British love, Nick Harris, how much fun a Michigan winter can be, starting with outdoor ice skating lessons. His life would be perfect—if he wasn’t secretly trying to dig himself out of an avalanche of debt that he doesn’t want Nick to know about. After all, Nick believes Dale is reliable, sensible, and solvent.

But while Dale works extra hours, and saves every spare cent, and hopes Nick never finds out about his past financial mistakes, unforeseen expenses keep piling on like Michigan’s unrelenting snow. And to make matters worse, there’s that little white lie Dale told Nick about having another teaching job lined up after the end of his current contract…

An emotionally tense romance with a satisfying HFN

Review:

This is my first Lane Swift story, but it definitely won’t be my last. After The Snow is the second in this contemporary series, and although I haven’t read More Than Christmas which introduces Dale and Nick, I was able to follow and enjoy this story without any problem.

Dale and Nick come from very different backgrounds, and although we see Nick through Dale’s somewhat rose tinted glasses it’s still a realistic relationship. I loved the fact that Nick is British and the contrast between Dale’s speech and Nick’s ‘Brit speak.’ There was also a fleeting reference to one of my favourite animes, which I must admit made me squee.

I liked the way in which the story showed how one small omission of truth can grow into an impossible situation and the dangers in trying to pretend to something you’re not. Dale’s money issues were realistically written, and showed clearly how a few wrong choices made by a man trying to do the right thing can build into a major problem. Dale and Nick are both very likeable characters and their relationship is sweet, although both are far from perfect. Their argument is well written, and I liked the way their problems are not easily fixed and they take things slow while they work things through. The author makes them work for their happy ending and I thought that made it a lot more satisfying.

I also enjoyed reading about the supporting cast. They were three dimensional, and not without their own faults and problems. The descriptions of the settings made the story very visual and easy to imagine.

I’d recommend After The Snow to readers who enjoy a contemporary romance in which the characters come from different backgrounds, and a story which keeps you reading as the author makes her characters work for their happy ending.

Reviewed By: Anne

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Gabbi Reviews: Married for a Month by Cate Ashwood


Title: Married for a Month
Author: Cate Ashwood
Publisher: Self-Published
Pages: 171
Characters: Chase Bradley, Alec Montero
POV: Alternating 1st person
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance
Kisses: 5

Blurb:

Best friends since high school, Chase Bradley and Alec Montero are opposites in almost every way. The one thing they can agree on, though, is that marriage is for suckers.

Everything is going their way until a drunken bet leads Alec and Chase to the altar. Their temporary “I Do’s” aren’t as amusing in the sober light of day when they find themselves thrown into married life and everything that goes with it.

The question they have to ask themselves now is, can their friendship survive being married for a month?

Review:

Married for a Month is a sexy romance filled with plenty of warm and fuzzy moments that will lighten your heart and bring a smile to your face. Cate Ashwood’s latest is a must read for anyone who craves a well-written friends-to-lovers romance.

The blurb does a good job describing the story, so I won’t rehash it. Who doesn’t enjoy a fun and romping romance between two best friends? The great thing about this story is that Ms. Ashwood wrote a true kinship between these two men, and I honestly enjoyed the banter and genuine feelings of friendship and affection they shared between them.

Watching Chase and Alec’s relationship develop into something more was a delightful way to spend my afternoon. As a reader, I appreciated the their relationship evolved…believe me, though they are best friends and know just about everything about one another, it’s not a smooth transition, but once they allow themselves to truly admit the feelings they have for one another…buckle up because it is a delicious romp of a ride!

Even BETTER was the sexual chemistry between these two men. Once they finally fall into a physical relationship, they entered into a realm of sexual desire and satisfaction that left this reader turning on the air conditioner in the middle of winter. Whew! I swear my computer screen steamed up from their steaming, sizzling need for one another and I LOVED it!

Married for a Month is a simply delightful read and a perfect way to escape the ho-hums of everyday life. I loved this book and can’t wait to read more books by Ms. Ashwood in the future.

Highly Recommended!

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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Gabbi Reviews: Love on the Rails by John Simpson

Title: Love on the Rails
Author: John Simpson
Publisher: Self-Published
Pages: 50
Characters: Allister Brockman, Alessandro Amadore
POV: 3rd Limited
Sub-Genre: Erotic Romance
Kisses: 4.5






Blurb:

Hot as the sun! More explosive than a firecracker! Read the sizzling short story about two strangers who meet accidentally on the world’s most famous train, and how the plans of one man are totally destroyed. Is human nature changeable? Read the story of how Allister Brockman and Alessandro Amadore spend a couple days together, and maybe more!

Review:

Whew! Within the first page or two, John Simpson’s book, Love on the Rails made me break out in a sweat. Between the sizzling hot sex scenes and the gorgeous, seductive characters, Love on the Rails was a highly satisfying read from start to finish.

Allister Brockman is looking for a good time. While traveling on his business ventures, Allister decides to take advantage of the beautiful scenery of Europe and its gorgeous men. Sparks fly the moment he notices and meets, Alessandro. Allister immediately sets out to seduce the sexy, glamorous man, but as the two men talk, Allister soon finds himself in an unfamiliar territory…soon the seducer becomes the seduced and the control that Allister once held onto so tightly is submitted to the intense need of being controlled.

I really like confident men. Both Alessandro and Allister reek intelligence, sexiness and glamour. I was immediately swept up into the intriguing life both Allister and Alessandro live and thoroughly enjoyed watching Allister’s self-discovery of being submissive…which is something he never allowed himself to tap into. When it comes to taking what they want, both men take no prisoners and are immediately caught up in a possible, budding relationship that this reader was captivated by. Like most short stories, I do wish the book had been longer. Just when things started to get super intriguing and well…HOT…it was sadly over. But, Love on the Rails ends on a very positive note and this reader certainly hopes Mr. Simpson will one day write more about these two sexy men in the future.

The sex between these two men is so hot, this reader had to turn the air conditioner on…and it’s the middle of January! Whew! If you are looking for an erotic read that will leave you both satisfied and craving for more, then Love on the Rails is definitely the book for you!

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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Patrick Reviews: Shelter by Ashley John


Title: Shelter
Author: Ashley John
Publisher: Ashley John
Pages: 164
Characters: Elias James, Caden Walker Judy James, Ellie James
Genre: gay fiction/HEA
Kisses: 5

Blurb:

Fresh from his fourth stint in rehab, Elias James doesn’t have much to live for. His relationship with his family has never been so strained and with no real life of his own, he has nothing to live for. His overachieving twin sister and his ruthless mother’s political success as Mayor of Havenmoore has left him empty. Getting high started as an act of rebellion but the addiction soon controlled his every waking moment. Aspiring writer, Caden Walker, thought he had the perfect life until he discovered his boyfriend in bed with his best friend. Leaving everything behind in New York, he returns to Havenmoore to re-evaluate his life from his parent’s guest bedroom. When his mom offers him a job working for the charity she runs, helping people struggling with addiction, he’s not in a position to turn it down. Caden never expected to find what he did, but when he is assigned to work with Elias, a reluctant attraction quickly blossoms into something deeper. Can Elias find in Caden the one thing he’s always searched for or will his addiction drag him under once again? Is Caden ready to let go of his New York dream to take a chance on something unexpected? Both men are faced with difficult times of change, but can they make it through the storm to find the shelter?

Review:

This is the story of a long hard-fought road to love that begins when a rookie counselor is assigned to closeted male client who has just been released from rehab. What begins as a sincere effort to keep his client Elias on the road to recovery, is met with not only the normal struggles for the client to remain clean, but for the counselor to remain professional.

When Caden falls in love with Elias, suspicion of rebound love is in the air. The mother of the former addict Elias, does everything in her power to destroy both her son, and her son’s newly discovered boyfriend. The twin sister, a doctor, is about as skeptical as one can get having been used before for access to prescription drugs. Add that to the vindictive mother who was never able to show her son love, and you have a very serious challenge to sobriety for the man just released from multiple rehabs. Can a man and a six year old boy be the keys to success?

I found this book to be very believable as far as they way the two men fall in love, but I’m also aware of the strict restrictions governing counselors under these court-ordered circumstances. For this to become the door that Elias goes through that truly puts Elias on the path to permanent recovery, truly is a miracle. I found myself rooting for Elias to resist the evil temptations that are placed in front of him, at times, next to a rather large erection. In reality, all the characters of this story are going through their own rehabilitation in one form or another. The question is, which ones make it?

Reviewed by Patrick St. James

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Sequestered Hearts by Michael Kudo


Title: Sequestered Hearts
Author: Michael Kudo
Publisher: Michael Kudo Books
Pages: 218
Kisses: 4.5


Blurb:

After the Riots at Stonewall, a major political movement took place which resulted in Gays/Lesbians becoming slaves.

Colton Taylor was born with every advantage – except parents who are there for him. His father and mother are constantly absent because they’re too busy keeping up on the family business, and when they are around they nitpick at him and make him feel like he’s only a tool to further their legacy.

Colton has no problems with the slaves his family owns. He doesn’t care if they’re gay or lesbian; to him they’re just people. One day he meets an interesting slave named Oliver, and the two hit it off. Eventually they start hanging out (in secret) and a relationship blossoms.

Colton knows if his father was to ever find out it would spell trouble but he can’t stay away from the only person who makes him feel special and loved. Even if it means giving up everything he has. Because love is all that matters. And it always finds a way.

Review:

Sequestered Hearts is a contemporary story set within an alternative time period. Up until the Stonewall Riots, everything followed the history we are used to. After the riots, things are completely different from what we know, and not for the better. Some of the things that occur in this book may be difficult for the reader but are important to the story.

The story centers on Colton and Oliver. Colton comes from a very well to do family, one that is so busy that his parents, for all intents and purpose, forget Colton exists unless they need him for something. In many ways I felt bad for Colton, yet at the same time I was surprised by how naive he appeared with the world around him. I realize that some of this has to do with the way he was raised as well as his age, but that he did not pick up on the fact that his actions caused problems for others made me want to shake him.

Oliver is a slave, owned by Colton’s family. In this alternative time line, those that come out as gay are sold into slavery. When the two young men meet there is some confusion as Oliver, at first, does not realize who Colton is. The two men soon become friends, which in its self is a no-no. Once that friendship moves forward, things start going wrong. It is sad to think people would act the way those in Sequestered Hearts did. More than once I was scared for these two young men, especially Oliver. The things that were done to him were terrible.

There are a couple of surprising moments in this story that I think readers will not see coming. The author, I felt, finished this story in a way that could allow for a sequel and I hope we get one soon. I would love to know how their journey north goes and what they find when they get there.

Sequestered Hearts may not be for everyone, however I think it should seriously be looked at. I will be looking for more from this author.

Reviewed by: Lydia

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