Snow Cat by Edward Kendrick


Title: Snow Cat
Author: Edward Kendrick
Publisher: Silver Publishing
Pages: 218
Kisses: 4.5




Blurb:

Artist Wynn McGuire has a problem. An enemy wants him dead.

Sheriff Mick Greene also has problems. Helping Wynn survive and finding the elusive ‘Snow Cat’ that is prowling outside his small mountain town.

Wynn and Mick have another problem as well–their growing interest in each other. When Wynn disappears, Mick is certain he’s either dead or has gone back to where he’d come from. Then he discovers the truth about Wynn, just days before Wynn comes back into his life. Will this truth, plus Mick’s ex-lover and another man seeking to kill Wynn, force them apart? Or can they surmount the obstacles and learn that love, indeed, conquers all.

Review:

Snow Cat by author Edward Kendrick is a shape-shifting novel with more than a bit of mystery thrown in. The story centers on main characters, Mick Greene and Wynn McGuire. Mick is the sheriff in a small community; he is also a human with no knowledge of the paranormal world that also exists. Wynn is an artist who also happens to be a snow cat shifter. He’s also hoping to stay one step ahead of his stalker. This story differs from some of the other shifter stories out there in that while there is a strong connection between the men, and Wynn see’s Mick as his mate, the strong mating pull that plays so heavily throughout other stories is absent in Snow Cat.

While the chemistry between the men is intense, Mr. Kendrick relies on other means to hold the reader’s attention. The author has woven several suspenseful moments throughout the story, at least one the reader will not see coming. I will admit that more than once I found myself thinking “holy cow”.

I have read several stories by Mr. Kendrick and have enjoyed all of them. Snow Cat is no exception. Between the relationships developing between Mick and Wynn, and the twists and turns the author has thrown in, the readers will find a lot to hold their attention. Not only would I recommend this book but any of the author’s other stories as well.

Reviewed by: Lydia

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Ladders by Hurri Cosmo


Title: Ladders
Author: Hurri Cosmo
Publisher: Silver Publishing
Pages: 241
Kisses: 4.5




Blurb:

Rhys has spent his entire life in underground Winderport. He knew there was a whole other world above his “sky” but he wasn’t interested–until the day he chased a killer to that mystical upper world and saw Kullian, all six foot something of perfection. So what if the man was a notorious and powerful Fey Baron? Rhys wasn’t a typical law abiding citizen himself. The very fact the man was dangerous made him that much more attractive and had Rhys wanting things he’d never even considered before.

But an injury causes Rhys to lose his memory and his only clues to his identity are his gun and a camera with pictures of Kullian’s silver eyes looking right into the lens. However, Rhys does have one memory–he was after a murderer and somehow Kullian is involved. It’s a race against time because Rhys needs to find his memory and this mysterious killer before it’s too late. Could it be he might just find love as well?


Review:

Ladders, by author Hurri Cosmo, is an action adventure sci-fi set within a world similar, yet totally different, from ours. It tells the story of two men, from completely different backgrounds who are drawn to each other in a way that neither can deny.

Rhys is just one of the many gang leaders who run the underworld city of Winderport. When one of his men is killed, he chases after the killer, never expecting it will lead him above ground to a world that was more than he thought existed.

Kullian is a Fey Baron who runs his domain with an iron fist. When he meets Rhys he is intrigued, and in lust, with the other man. He knows Rhys is more than he seems and does not plan to let the younger man out of his sights until he can figure out just what Rhys is up to.

Ladders was a little hard for me to get into at the start, yet once the story, and the characters pulled me in, I could not wait to see what would happen. The relationships in the book between the various characters are well done and give the book a realistic feel. As for the mystery, the little twists and turns will keep you on your toes, and turning the pages.
Many times when someone is asked to describe the best part of a book they have just read, they will give you a specific account of something that occurred. In Ladders, the best part for me was the connection between Rhys and his underground “family”. This small group of young men and boys are so strongly tied together, that although I could not wait for Kullian and Rhys to find their happily ever after, I hated the idea that this little family would be torn apart. I liked the way the author solved this issue however. I also hope the author plans to bring some of Rhys’ boys back with stories of their own.

I believe this is the first book by this author I have read, but I am sure it won’t be my last. Ladders, after the slow start, turned out to be a will done story. I would recommend anyone who loves the sci-fi sub-genre to give this story a chance as you won’t wait to miss it.

Reviewed by: Lydia
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Joy by AJ Llewellyn and DJ Manly


Title: Joy
Author: AJ Llewellyn and DJ Manly
Publisher: Silver Publishing
Pages: 215
Kisses: 5




Blurb:

In this twelfth chapter of the best-selling Orgasmic Texas Dawn, all four couples whose lives have come together personally and professionally, tackle Christmas. The holiday season heralds the birth of Trace and Pauline’s baby, and one truly bizarre case.

Kieran, Jubilee and Juan travel from Vancouver to visit, not realizing their lives are about to be forever changed. Neither do Sam and Marco, who are getting ready to move into a new house. Nicholas and Sean are challenged by a dramatic new case that brings them face to face with a violent old foe. But for Trace, Pauline, and their twins Philip and Andre, old memories give way to the new blessings of a baby.

For all four couples, it’s a season of joy.


Review:

Joy is the twelfth book in the romantic mystery series, Orgasmic Texas Dawn. The last book centering on Sam and Marco finds Sam graduating from FLETC. While readers are able to see the changes Sam makes during the course of his and Marco’s story, this book gives readers an even clearer look at the former biker gang leader’s vulnerability. I did not expect him to be so nervous and thought that this made him more loveable. Unfortunately, what should be a happy time for everyone involved turns sour fast I did not see this little twist coming and while shocked by the outcome was not surprised by who pulled off the deed.

Of course, as those who have been reading this series know, the authors throw more than one mystery into the stories and the primary case in Joy has so many twists that readers will have a hard time guessing what will happen next. I could not believe all the little twists that were going on, and when Sean breaks down I wanted to cry. All the mystery aside, and it is a good one, the best part in the whole book has to be Trace coping with Pauline’s pregnancy, and later labor. There were times during this story when Trace had me laughing.

It is easy to recommend any book in this series to readers who have not yet given it a try. However, this is a series that needs to be read in order as each story flows into the next. This series is also a good one to start with if you want to get your feet wet in the m/m genre as each book is a solid story with the right mixture of sex and mystery.

Reviewed by: Lydia

The Match Boy by Pelaam


Title: The Match Boy
Author: Pelaam
Publisher: Silver Publishing
Pages: 48
Characters: Vern, Oren
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Fantasy, Holiday, Romance
Kisses: 5


Blurb:

A familiar tale with a twist. Vern’s life as a poor match boy is hard and cruel. Starving and freezing, he loses consciousness, and when he awakens, thinks he must have died and gone to heaven.

Instead he finds he’s been rescued by Oren, a doctor and inventor, who lives with his sister and brother-in-law.

Each man is attracted to the other, but each fear to speak of the attraction, thinking it would be misinterpreted–especially when a friend of Oren’s seeks to keep the couple apart.

But Vern has a plan. He crafts a gift for Oren, intended to reveal his heart in a way he’s unable to put into words.

Will the match boy’s gift win the heart of the inventor?

Review:

I’ve read several books by Pelaam and I’ve enjoyed them all, but I have to say that this one might just be my favorite written by her. The Match Boy is a beautifully romantic holiday story that is a perfect read on a cold winter’s night. I loved every moment I spent reading this book and I truly hated to see it come to an end.

Both the characters are noble, likable men. I loved how Oren opened his home and heart up to Vern. His generous nature and thoughtfulness could easily capture anyone’s heart. I thought he and Vern were perfect together and enjoyed watching the sweet and loveable, Vern, really grown into a more confidant man. Vern blossoms under Oren’s affection, friendship and love and it was truly a lovely thing to watch.

I also liked how Ms. Pelaam told a spin on a well-loved tale, but still was able to make it her own in both originality and a strong romance. Although the publisher doesn’t label this book as steampunk, instead calling it a fantasy, I will easily go out on a limb and say both steampunk and fantasy lovers will definitely enjoy this gem of a story. If you are looking for a very romantic, well-written tale that will live in your heart long after the story is over, The Match Boy is definitely for you!

Highly Recommended!

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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Rufus and the Angel by Karly Maddison


Title: Rufus and the Angel
Author: Karly Maddison
Publisher: Silver Publishing
Pages: 44
Characters: Rufus, Thadeus
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Holiday, Fantasy, Romance
Kisses: 4


Blurb:

Rufus the Christmas elf is grumpy over the festive season–none of the holiday angels will help him top Santa’s tree–he still hasn’t lived down using a starfish last year. The angels’ belligerent teasing sets Rufus’s nerves on edge until Thadeus asks Rufus to ice-dance on the frozen pond. Shortly after their magical interlude, a random kiss in the snow leaves Rufus hankering for the tangible affections of the angel he’s secretly admired for some time–one who’s as impossible to capture and hold as the thistledown riding the twilight breeze. While Rufus considers his options, Santa asks him to deliver a remarkable, old toy to a dying hospital patient. The toy has special significance, clouded in mystery, and only Thadeus can reveal its hidden secrets. With a little bit of time travel, Rufus is taken back to a day long past and shown why the gift is so important, and why Rufus has special relevance to his favorite Christmas angel.

Review:

Rufus and the Angel is a sweet and whimsical holiday story that will leave a smile on your face. I thought the author did a good job at creating the world in which, Rufus, the elf lives in. Santa’s village came to life and her descriptive storytelling ability kept this reader glued to her e-reader from start to finish.

This is definitely a sweet tale. I liked both Rufus and Thadeus and enjoyed the chemistry and banter the two had between them. I also thought the story itself was well-told and interesting and before I knew it, the story had come to an end. What kept me from giving this a higher ranking than I did was that I felt like their relationship was just a little too fast. I would have liked more of a back-story between them and would have loved it if they were able to have another scene or three together. Otherwise, this is a good, solid read and it definitely has a strong holiday spirit undertone to it in which I really liked. This is the first book I’ve read by this author, and it definitely won’t be my last.

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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The First by D.J. Manly

Rob is a barracuda when it comes to acquiring new talent for Jaded, the music company started by his grandfather. When Trace Donahue, the last surviving member of one of the world’s greatest rock groups comes out of hiding after three years, Rob’s father expects his son to be chomping at the bit. Trace is money in the bank but he’s also the guy who stole Rob’s virginity and broke his heart then forgot all about him. The last thing Rob wants is to sign Trace to Jaded Music. But Rob’s father lost out once to his rival and he is determined not to lose again. Rob will have to bring him Trace Donahue to Jaded, like it or not.

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Release Date: 12/28/2013

Genres: Contemporary, Gay, Romance ISBN: 9781622321094

Word Count: 41808

Page Count: 211

Cover Artist: Reese Dante

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The Martin Twins by Edward Kendrick

Derek Martin becomes a suspect in the murder of his ex-lover. Chance Martin, Derek’s twin and a disgraced TV reporter, is certain Derek isn’t the killer. Then a second man is murdered, pointing to the existence of a serial killer.

Detective Nico Villa, is bent on capturing the ‘Slasher’. He is none too happy when Derek involves himself in the case, above and beyond some initial assistance on Derek’s part.

Meanwhile, Chance’s ex, and the reason for his disgrace, newspaper reporter Tyler Burke, becomes caught up in what is happening when he tries to assist the detective and make amends for what he did to Chance.

Can these four men stop the ‘Slasher’ before he stops them? And in the process, will the attraction, both new and renewed, that Derek and Chance feel respectively for the detective and the reporter, survive what is to come?

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Release Date: 12/28/2013

Genres: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Crime (police/detectives/PI), Gay, Romance, Suspense/Mystery

ISBN: 9781622321100

Word Count: 40766

Page Count: 217

Cover Artist: Reese Dante

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