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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Trailer Park Abe by Dominique Gerald


Title: All American Studs, Book 1: Trailer Park Abe
Author: Dominique Gerald
Publisher: Self-Published
Pages: 72
Characters: Atwood, Reece
POV: 1st
Sub-Genre: Contemporary, Erotic Romance, Series
Kisses: 3.75

Blurb:

Atwood was meant to achieve great things in his life. Instead, he had a shotgun wedding to his high-school sweetheart Jessica, and wound up slaving away every night, working six days a week in a meat packing factory to support his new trailer park family. His wife’s been cheating on him. Their house is a dump. He’s given up all hope of a better life when his brother-in-law comes up with a plan for Atwood to earn them a stash of easy cash … as an amateur performer on All American Studs, the hottest gay website on the internet. He takes on the role of Abe, a sophomore football jock in college. The solo video is a hit and he’s invited back to film a duo, which comes with a far bigger payday. This could be Atwood’s chance to leave the trailer park behind, and he might just find true love along the way.

Review:

Trailer Park Abe is the first book I’ve read by this author and I have to say it was a pretty HAWT read! Told in first person through Atwood’s point of view, we get to experience his life and his journey to sexual discovery first hand.

At the beginning of the story, Atwood is a pretty miserable man. He works a job he hates, has a wife who is not only cheating on him, but hooked on drugs as well, and lives with her freeloading family whom are even more miserable than he is. Abe has always questioned his sexuality, but because of fear and an early shotgun wedding, he’s pushed his attraction to other men aside. When his wife and her family suggest (and really put on A LOT of pressure) for Atwood to star in gay-for-pay porn to make ends meet, he somewhat reluctantly agrees. What he doesn’t realize is how much this is going to change his life and free up his inhibitions toward being sexual with another man.

I liked this story. Atwood is a good man, albeit a bitter one. I was glad to see him get himself together and leave his wife and her horrible family behind. I also liked the journey Atwood goes through, as well as, his acceptance of his attraction and budding feelings toward his co-star, Reece.

Reece was simply adorable. I thought he was sexy, fun and an all-around interesting character. Although we don’t get to know him as well as we do Atwood, I really enjoyed every scene they had together in the story. The story ends on a very positive note. It has more of a HFN ending than a HEA, but I have high hopes for these two men.

Trailer Park Abe is an erotic read that would be a good choice if you are in the mood for a quick, hot summer read. Although, I would have liked to have more romance between the two heroes, the chemistry between them made this a very enjoyable read for me. If you are looking for a strictly romantic tale, this might not be for you, as it is more of an erotic story, but it’s still oh…so…satisfying. Since this is the first book in a series, I’m definitely interested in what the author has in store for us next.

Recommended.

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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A Little Too Broken by Brad Vance


Title: A Little Too Broken
Author: Brad Vance
Publisher: Brad Vance Erotica
Pages: 152
Characters: Jamie McAllister and Tom Nolan
POV: Third Person
Sub-Genre: contemporary, first time
Kisses: 4.5


Blurb:

When Jamie walks through the door of the Humane Society, it’s not just an animal who needs rescuing that day. Tom is there to adopt another service dog into the Canine Comrade Corps, but it’s Jamie his heart goes out to. But each man turns away, walks away, from the potential pain, the rejection, the knowledge that it’ll all end in tears…

Jamie knows damn well that the HIV he contracted from an unfaithful lover has put him out of the dating game forever in the small town of Santa Vera. Tom lost his legs in Afghanistan, and got new ones, yeah, but with a side order of PTSD to go, he thought grimly. The real problem is that only now does he realize he’s gay, now that the revelation would be just one too many things to put his family through, after everything else they’ve had to deal with.

So both men grin and bear the loneliness, put their feelings on a shelf, even as Jamie’s volunteer stint at CCC turns into friendship and, despite their resolve, something more…

Review:

In this novella, Jamie McAllistar and Tom Nolan have been dealt a rough hand in the deck of life. Still, they are trying to move on with life – Jamie, who works for an AIDS Care Clinic is HIV positive and Tom, who is in charge of the Canine Comrade Center, lost his legs in Afghanistan and has PTSD. The two meet at the Human Society where after talking with Tom, Jamie decides to volunteer his Saturdays at the Center doing paperwork.

Both men are incredibly lonely – and although there is an attraction, they hesitate to reach out, each afraid the other would be turned off by their disability. As a friendship grows, a romance slowly blossoms. They accept themselves and the love they have, but what about Tom’s close knit family?

The author, Brad Vance, is new to me. I applaud the way he handled the delicate subject manner. He did a wonderful job delivering important information like all the garbage returning Veterans have to go through, what little our government does for our vets, and the health insurance problem that people who are HIV Positive have – without getting too preachy. The issue with PTSD was spot on as well as the isolation and loneliness one goes through when surviving a life-changing situation.

The author breathed life into these characters. We know their desperation, their hopes and their regrets. To watch this relationship grow and develop, despite each one’s baggage, was realistic and touching. The plot was interesting and not predictable. The dialog was real – I could actually hear the characters use the slang and the one liner zings.

Despite awkward scene changes (no little ‘**’ to alert the reader) and the occasional head-hopping within a scene, this novella was an absolute joy to read. I’ve already recommended it to several of my friends.

It is my hope to read more by Brad Vance.

Reviewed By: Dawn

The Gentleman and the Rogue by Bonnie Dee and Summer Devon


Title: The Gentleman and the Rogue
Author: Bonnie Dee and Summer Devon
Publisher: Amazon
Pages: 238
Characters: Sir Alan Watleigh, Jem
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Historical Romance
Kisses: 5




Blurb:

Lad from the streets meets lord of the manor. Both men’s lives will be changed forever. When Sir Alan Watleigh goes searching for sex, he never imagines the street rat he brings home for one last bit of pleasure in his darkest hour will be the man who hauls him back from the edge of the grave. Despite his harsh life in the slums of London, Jem is a bright, cheerful young man. He’s also witty, irreverent, glib, and makes Alan laugh–a rare occasion since war time trauma and the death of his family have made the man a ghost of his former self. A single night of meaningless sex turns into an offer of permanent employment. Jem acts as Alan’s valet, but offers him so much more than polished boots and starched cravats. Just as the men are adjusting to their new living arrangement, news about a former soldier under his command sends Sir Alan and Jem on the road to save a child in danger. The journey brings them closer together as they travel from lust toward love. They rescue the girl from the clutches of an insane surgeon, who is as interested in experimenting on the vulnerable human spirit as he is on physical bodies. Alan realizes his love for Jem when he nearly loses him, but is Alan’s love strong enough to risk society discovering the truth about him? And is he strong enough to finally accept his sexual desires?

Review:

I’ve read several books by the writing team of Bonnie Dee and Summer Devon and I’ve loved every one of them. They have a knack of writing humanly flawed, likeable heroes that live and breathe off of the written page. Also, their historically set novels are so descriptive, that it’s easy to pictures these characters back in a time where homosexuality was considered a criminal offense.

Lord Alan has been living with the nightmare of survivor’s guilt. As a captain that has both mental and physical ailments from the war, Alan is determined to end his misery and commit suicide. But before he does, he decides to hire a prostitute for one last night of physical bliss. When Alan spots Jem on the street, he hires him for the night. What Alan doesn’t expect is how much he likes Jem as well as the physical and emotional connection he surprisingly feels for him. Jem’s zest for life and spunky disposition brings laughter and life back into his world, and because of it, Alan decides to live and hire Jem as his valet in hopes that Jem will continue to bring light into his very dark world.

Both of these characters were unique and special men. Alan’s depression had basically taken over his life, but as he gets to know Jem, he once again finds hope and forgiveness in his heart. Jem makes him want to live again, and in all honesty, I was glad. Alan is a noble, likeable man who has survived a lot. I thought him to also be compassionate and very loyal to those he cared about. I thought he literally blossomed under the care of his sweet Jem, and loved watching him find reasons to wake up every morning.

Jem is an adorable character! He’s bawdy, spunky, smart and has a wicked sense of humor that I kept me laughing along with him. Because of Alan’s trust, friendship and love for him, Jem becomes more confident and proud of the man he is becoming. I loved the way these two men loved each other. I loved the men they became because of their love for each other and I found myself really rooting for them to find their way in a sometimes unforgiving world.

There is also an emotionally charged back-story that really kept me sitting on the edge of my seat. Jem and Alan set off to rescue a girl (you’ll have to read why) and are faced with some a lot of abuse and violence. I didn’t think it was over the top, but it might disturb some readers. I thought it was extremely well-written and thoughtfully told. Like the two heroes, the secondary characters really brought something special to the book and all around it’s a strong and well-thought out read.

The Gentleman and the Rogue is a beautifully written story full of action, suspense and romance. I can’t wait to read more from these authors and will be actively looking for more books written by them in the future.

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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Male Seeking Male by Kathleen Lee


Title: Male Seeking Male
Author: Kathleen Lee
Publisher: Self-Published, Amazon
Pages: 29
Characters: Greg, Jack
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance
Kisses: 4


Blurb:

He was just looking for experience. What he got was an unexpected romance.

When Greg’s best friend places a personal ad on his behalf, he doesn’t know whether to be angry or grateful. Though bisexual, he’d only ever been with a woman. But when his sexy neighbor across the hall answers his ad claiming to offer the experience Greg seeks, Greg jumps at the chance. Jack’s first sexual experience was a painful one, and he vowed to never hurt anyone the way he’d been hurt. So when Jack sees Greg’s ad, he knows he can give the man he’s secretly lusted after what he wants and leave him with fond memories. But as things heat up in the bedroom, a trust builds in their hearts. Now they must see past their differences and future plans or lose a once in a lifetime love.

Review:

I’ve never read this author before, but I have to say I enjoyed the fun, fast-paced storytelling ability Ms. Lee has. I was in the mood for a quick and sexy read, and Male Seeking Male was a good choice for me.

Greg is appalled when he finds out that his best friend, Rachel, has placed a personal ad for him. Although Greg’s experience has been mostly with women, he’s made it no secret that he’s attracted to men too. After the initial shock over the personal add, Greg decides to give it a shot. He knows he’s ready and willing to date men and secretly hopes that there might be someone out there that will be interesting and nice enough to date.

Jack has lived across the hall from Greg and Rachel for some time. As an EMT his schedule is different than theirs, so he rarely sees them. So much so, he’s surprised when he overhears them arguing over the personal ad that Rachel placed in the paper for Greg. Jack is thrilled when his finds out that Greg his interested in dating men and decides to answer Greg’s ad. To his delight, Greg answers him and soon they start dating. But neither man is really prepared by the deep feelings that start developing between them and Jack must overcome his fear that Greg will leave him for a woman, as well as, some of his own personal hurts and issues from his past.

I really liked this book. I liked both Greg and Jack and it was easy for me to hope that they’d find a way to be together. The sex between them is sizzling hot and also tender and they have a good solid chemistry between them. I do wish the book had been longer. I did feel like the story was a little too rushed and there were times I wanted them to communicate more than they did. But for a short story, I thought Male Seeking Male was a good, solid read and I’m looking forward to reading more from this author in the future.

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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Tyrian’s Mist by VL Moon


Title: Tyrian’s Mist
Author: V.L Moon
Publisher: Laz & Lachi Publications, L.L.C.
Pages: 76
Characters: Tyrian, Jaral
Pov: 3rd
Sub-Genre: M/M, Paranormal
Kisses: 5


Blurb:

A soul divided by race and hate due to his breeding, a bloodline born of angelic purity and driven by his vampire lust for blood, Tyrian is a half breed from a union forbidden and feared. He is rescued as an infant by a Guardian’s guide, Daira, who stows him away safely hidden within a valley hidden from the depravity and misconceptions of man and shrouded by mists. In the valley far from humans and among others of different breeds, Tyrian learns that even in the sanctuary with the Guardians, Fate continues to rule his life.

Jaral, loyal Guardian and warrior of his race, accepts the duty of Tyrian’s protection. Only, he crosses the forbidden barrier and falls in love with his ward. Although he fights his attraction and love for his charge, Jaral is unable to withstand the desire Tyrian stirs within him. Desperate to ensure Tyrian remains untainted, he faces his Elders and the punishment he is sure to receive.

As Tyrian’s and Jaral’s lives become perilously entwined only the bond of love and an eternity spent within the mist shrouded valley could keep their world from shattering apart. As Jaral’s fate as a Guardian hangs in the balance, danger presents itself in the form of two vampires intent on Tyrian’s death. Will Fate intervene and grant them a life in the Mists?

Review:

The blurb tells you what this story is about, but what it doesn’t tell you is that you will fall in love with Tyrian! Believe me when I say, your heart will break for him; especially when he loses his beloved guide/mother and the only friend he has ever had.

Jaral is a Guardian that has been assigned to Tyrian to guide and teach him as Tyrian grows up. Tyrian is a mixed breed of half angel and half vampire, so Jaral must teach Tyrian how to control his vampire half…if not when Tyrian goes through the change his blood lust will destroy anyone he comes across!

Jaral was not supposed to fall in love with Tyrian, but how could you not?! He’s that adorable!

When evil vampires come looking for Tyrian to kill him Jaral must choose between being a Guardian, or his love for Tyrian. Tyrian’s Mist be a short story but it is DEFINITELY NOT short in content. V.L Moon you have a new fan in me and I will be watching for more of your books!

Reviewed by: Cheryl

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Murder in the String of G by LG Fabbo-Gonnella


Title: Murder In the String of G
Author: L.G. Fabbo-Gonnella
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services
Pages: 152
Characters: Brad, Max, Maisie
POV: Third
Sub-Genre: mystery/paranormal
Kisses: 4


Blurb:

Maisie was an irrepressible burlesque queen of the fifties who was a star in the Cassandra Theater. She was killed in what was initially ruled to be an accidental trip and fall down a spiral staircase. In fact, she knows it was a murder but, why was she killed and why the later cover-up? Unfortunately, however, what can a ghost to do about it? Andso, her shade haunts the theater hoping to find someone to help her.

It turns out to be a long wait. In two thousand and six two young wanta-be actors arrive at the newly restored Cassandra Theater to audition for a play. One is Max, who is bisexual, and the other is his roommate Brad, who is straight. For reasons unknown at first, Maisie finds she can connect with them both and seeks their help in proving she was murdered and who did it. After initial hesitations, the boys agree to help her solve her killing. The book follows the pair as they stumble towards finding answers while dodging a hired gun, a serial killer of young men and, for Brad, Maisie’s tendency to “fondle his rump” at inopportune times.


Review:

Murder In the String of G was a really fun story. One of the main characters is bisexual, but the story itself is not a gay romance. It’s a ghost story/murder mystery.

Brad and Max are aspiring actors living in NYC working as waiters. They audition for a play at a newly re-opened theater and in the process stumble into an unsolved mystery. The theater happens to be haunted by the ghost of a burlesque star, Maisie, who was killed several decades prior.

The story is laced with comedy and the characters are lovable and funny. The author rather artfully merges two plot lines, one featuring a creepy serial killer and the other relating to the theater murder mystery. The story concludes in a manner that suggest a sequel is in the works.

My only real criticism of the book is that the editing was lacking. Some of the errors were cringe-worthy, but if you can look beyond this, the story itself is really entertaining and a worthwhile read.

Reviewed By: Jeff

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