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Bottoms Out by Etienne


Title: Bottoms Out
Author Etienne
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages: 266
Kisses: 5
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Series




Blurb:

Chris and Mickey settle down to raise Chris’s brother Ted. But Ted’s been abused and Chris wonders how many secrets one family can have.

About a Bottoms: Book Two; An Avondale Story

After the death of their mother, Chris Bottoms adopted his little brother, Ted, and Chris and his partner, Mickey O’Donovan, settle down to raise him. Through paperwork left by his mother, Chris learns his brother has a deeply troubled past.

During a Thanksgiving visit with Chris and Ted’s maternal grandparents, they find out Chris’s grandfather allowed his friends to abuse Ted, so Chris severs all ties with that side of his family.

Through his job at a hospital, Chris hears of a surgeon at the Mayo Clinic who has developed an ileostomy reversal technique that has proven successful in cases like his. When Chris enters the clinic for preliminary testing, he learns he is a good candidate for the procedure and schedules the first of two surgeries for the beginning of January. A visit from estranged relatives while he’s in the hospital leaves him wondering how many secrets one family can have.

Review:

This is book two in the Avondale Bottom Ups series. If you have not read Bottoms Up I highly suggest reading it first before beginning this book.

Bottoms Out continues where Bottoms Up stopped, and is just as fascinating as the first story and just as well researched.

Chris and Mickey are learning how to parent Ted with the help of all their new friends in Avondale. When Ted continues to have nightmares Chris takes him for intense therapy and discovers the horrors the ten year old has gone through.

Chris and Mickey are still intensely in love and their love life has not suffered at all. Chris is told about a Doctor at the Mayo Clinic that can correct his previous surgery so maybe he can live a more Normal life.

This book has a lot going on and meeting new friends and becoming more involved with the elderly twin sisters that live across the street, while dealing with Ted’s trauma and Chris’s health.

I love the interactions of Chris, Mickey and Ted With the couples of Avondale and I will be buying their books because they are so interesting and fun.

I highly recommend this book and the series as well. Bottoms Out is both a wonderful love story and will pull your heartstrings as we learn about the abuse that ten year old Ted has gone through.

I’m definitely looking forward to the third book of this Bottoms Up Series comes out this summer and I cannot wait!

Reviewed by: Cheryl

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Cleanse by Etienne


Title: Cleanse
Author: Etienne
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages: 270
Kisses: 5+




Blurb:

An arrest in Florida leads to the exposure of another plot by supremacists, and the FBI invites award-winning investigative reporter Clint Buchalla to interview as many suspects as are willing to talk. It’s not his first time working on a controversial article for his newspaper, the Washington Ledger.

At their home together, Clint and his lover, Lucien Cormier, meet their new neighbors: a divorced woman and her two sons. One of the sons seems terribly troubled, and the woman’s situation prompts Clint to search public records for information. Ultimately, he finds a trail that leads him to another pedophile priest—and thus a series of articles exposing him and the church’s complicity in covering up his crimes.

Meanwhile, Lucien hears from the lawyer who serves as trustee of his education fund and learns that because he was thrifty enough with his education funds to leave him money to spare, he will come into additional money on his twenty-fifth birthday… a windfall that could allow him to realize his dream of opening a Cajun restaurant.

Review:

Cleanse is the second book in the, The Chronicles of Old Town series by author Etienne. While the main characters are a couple, it is not their romance that plays center stage in this story but rather the mysteries that Clint finds himself investigating.

Once again Clint finds himself investigating a pedophile priest, only this time he is taking on the Catholic Church, who isn’t very happy with the work Clint is doing, especially when the work he does on this story opens up a larger can of worms than they expected. Then there is the case the FBI is working on, which due to his special connections with them, Clint also gets to cover. While the first story is something that we see all too often of the evening news, it is the second story that really held my interest. I could not help wondering if something like this could really happen, while at the same time I am surprised that no one has tried anything like this yet.

Through all of that however, Lucien is by his side. I love the relationship that exists between these two. Even without detailed, graphic intimate scenes, it is easy to see the closeness and love these two feel for each other. I also love the surprise the author has for Lucien towards the end of Cleanse which will allow him to obtain his dream. I cannot wait to see where the author takes this series next and hope the wait will not be too long.

I have read several books by this author and will admit that the first books were difficult for me to get through. I am glad I stuck with that first book as it kept me from missing some wonderful stories. While I think these stories may not be for everyone, they are great and if you are looking for a new author to try then pick up something by Etienne.

Reviewed by: Lydia

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Bottoms Up by Etienne

Title: About a Bottoms, Book One: Bottoms Up
Author: Etienne
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages: 250
Kisses: 5
Contemporary, Gay






Blurb:

About a Bottoms: Book One An Avondale Story

RN First Assistant Chris Bottoms enjoys being a bottom. Though abused by his stepfather as a boy and conditioned to enjoy sex only one particular way, he’s come to make the most of his life. And he enjoys bottoming—to the hilt—whenever and wherever he can.

As if colorectal cancer wasn’t enough of a trial, the subsequent botched surgery robs him of normal bodily functions—no more prostate massage for Chris. In the middle of his medical drama, his best friend, Mickey O’Donovan, accepts a promotion that brings him to live in Jacksonville. Roommates in college, they’ve remained friends and occasional fuck buddies ever since. Chris’s crisis brings their relationship to a new level, though, and long-suppressed feelings are
revealed.

Chris and Mickey settle down together and life is good, even though they can no longer indulge in their favorite sexual position. But Chris can’t seem to catch a break. When his past rears its head, Chris and Mickey must face a new challenge, together.

Review:

The Blurb tells you what this story is about. I found it a little hard at first to get into the story but I hung in there and was richly rewarded.

This story was well written and the Author did the research need to include the medical jargon scattered throughout, while taking some poetic license which is acknowledged.

Chris is very promiscuous, and loves sex but to tell the story of what he lost we must see what his life style has been. One constant in his life since college has been his best friend and occasional lover Mickey.

The love story of Mickey and Chris is so touching and Mickey stayed by his side throughout Chris’s Medical nightmare and their love only grew and solidified.

I loved meeting all the couples of Avondale, they immediately took Chris into their circle and became true friends that Chris had only ever known before with Mickey.

I liked how the sexual abuse in Chris’s past was acknowledged and dealt with through counseling though not dwelt on.

This is an inspiring story and I can’t wait to read the stories of the men of Avondale.

I highly recommend this story.

Reviewed by: Cheryl

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Grand Tour by Etienne


Title: Grand Tour
Author: Etienne
Publisher: Self-published through Smashword
Pages: 224
Characters: William Lodge Lane and Henry Cabot Lane
POV: Alternating 1st Person
Sub-Genre: Contemporary
Kisses: 4.5


Blurb:

William and Henry are cousins, sons of identical twin brothers, and members of two well-known Boston Brahmin families. They’ve roomed together through prep school, Harvard, and Harvard Law, and dated some of Boston’s most eligible young women.

Instead of taking a grand tour of Europe, they opt to go backpacking around the US, and are taken prisoner and sexually assaulted in a small southern city. The assaults make them realize how they’ve always felt about each other, but first, they have to escape.

After their escape they plan and execute an elaborate trap and ultimately catch their attackers red handed. After their attackers are tried and convicted, they settle down to practice law together on Beacon Hill.

Review:

While a very good book, in fact one of my favorites by Etienne, Grand Tour covers some very sensitive subjects that may be difficult for some readers. These incidents are an important aspect of the story line, and, although the author does not glorify them, they are detailed.

Etienne’s
stories are the types that always seem to pull me in and Grand Tour was no different. I really liked Henry and William. Although the two young men come from old money, they don’t have that snooty quality to them, and in fact their altruism can be seen throughout the story. Before the two start their law careers they had decided to see the United States, but instead of going first class the young men have been back packing. Even before the reader knows just how the William and Henry feel about each other, there is a closeness that cannot be denied. The way in which their relationship comes about is not what readers would expect, yet from the time they reveal their feelings for each other there is not keeping them apart.

Like with the author’s previous stories, Grand Tour covers a large period of the men’s life, and while the chemistry between them is strong, it is not the focal point of the book. Early in the book Henry and William go through a traumatic event that plays a strong role in their lives. Rather than let it cripple them however, it makes them stronger and sets them on a course for justice. This part of the book is very gripping and I could not believe what the two young men went through or how they planned on setting things right. Many scenes had me setting on the edge of the seat and I was up late into the night reading.

Grand Tour is full of wonderfully written secondary characters. While some, like the men’s grandmother, are new to the reader many previous characters are already known to the reader. This is something the author does quit frequently and one of the aspects I enjoy, as I like catching up with couples I have seen before.

I have no problem believing that fans of this author will enjoy Grand Tour, and while the book does touch base with some previous characters it is not necessary to read their books before reading this one. As for those new to Etienne’s books, Grand Tour is a great book to start with and should not be missed! Highly Recommended!

Reviewed By: Lydia

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Sold by Etienne


Title: Sold!
Author: Etienne
Publisher: Self-published through Smashwords
Pages: 304
Characters: Winston Martsolf and Clancey Witherspoon
POV: Alternating 1st Person
Sub-Genre: Contemporary, Suspense
Kissses: 4.5


Blurb:

On his first Peace Corps mission to Africa, Winston Martsolf is captured by gunmen working for slavers. In captivity, he is sexually nullified and sold on the auction block and eventually becomes the sex slave of an oil sheikh. After two years in captivity he still dreams of escape, wondering if his boyfriend Clancey will still want him after all he’s been through.

Due to a freak storm, the sailboat on which he was being held by his owner is damaged, and Winston is eventually rescued. He is overjoyed to learn that Clancey still wants him, despite what’s been done to him, and they settle down to live their lives while waiting for those responsible to be brought to justice.

Review:

Sold! is Etienne’s self-published book through Smashwords. This is an intense story and although the author doesn’t go into graphic detail, some of the content may be hard for some readers. Fans of this author will know how he can pull you into his stories from the beginning. Sold! is no different and I found myself staying up late into the night just to see how Winston’s and Clancey’s story would play out.

When the story starts, the two men are already a well-established couple who have joined the Peace Corp in order to get away from Winston’s father. The men have no idea what is in store for them and the author puts them, especially Winston, through some hellish times. There is a lot going on in this story and I like that the author can tell it without feeling the need to drag some aspects out. One of the things that made this such a great story was that the author tells it in alternating first person, allowing us to get the tale from the viewpoint of more than just the main characters.

While this story is a stand-alone many of the secondary characters in Sold! are from the author’s various series. I liked seeing everyone show up to help Winston and Clancey, and while I knew that things would eventually turn out well for the men, I was still surprised by who planned Winston’s capture.

I must admit that had it not been for reviewing books I am not sure I would have given Etienne a try. I am so glad that I was given that first story and now cannot get enough. If you have not yet tried anything by this author you really need to pick one up today.

Reviewed By: Lydia

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Scourge by Etienne


Title: Scourge
Author: Etienne
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages: 340
Characters: Clint Buchalla and Lucien Cormier
POV: 3rd Person
Sub-Genre: Contemporary, Mystery, Series
Kissses: 4.5


Blurb:

When two young men set up an amateur sting to expose a pastor’s pedophilia, they gather plenty of evidence not just of the pastor’s predilections but of something even more sinister. Out of their depth, they call in FBI experts to investigate.

Meanwhile, Clint Buchalla, investigative reporter for the Washington Ledger, is sent to Atlanta to interview a man about his top-secret study. Clint is so angry at his editor for cutting his vacation short that he gets drunk and winds up in bed with the man he was supposed to interview, Dr. Rodney Poucher. But it’s exuberant grad student Lucien Cormier, Rod’s houseboy with benefits, who really captures Clint’s attention… when he isn’t busy investigating the sharp drop in birth rates in metropolitan Black and Hispanic communities.

Rodney’s findings lead him, Clint, and Lucien to a meeting with the deputy director of operations of the FBI. But they only have so much time to figure out what’s going on and arrest those involved—and for Clint and Lucien to work out whether the spark between them can span the distance between Atlanta and DC.

Review:

Prolific author Etienne has a new series that his fans are sure to love. The Chronicles of Old Town starts off in a way that will grab the reader’s attention. As the story moves from two young men trying to bring down a pastor, to a Washington DC reporter working on a CDC story, I wondered just how the author would tie the two together, or if Scourge would be two stories in one. As I saw how the author planned to tie the different plot lines together I was shocked, and to be honest just a little scared. It is not unrealistic to imagine something like this really occurring. I found myself tied to the story, waiting to see just how the author planned to wrap things up and was surprised by the many different twists the story took.

The characters, both primary and secondary, are strong and all of them play important roles in the way the story evolves. If you have not read one of Etienne’s stories, then you may be a little surprised due to the heat level of his books. Don’t let this keep you from reading however, as the author spends his time building such strong characters and plot lines that he does not have to rely on sex to keep the reader’s attention. Regardless of how busy Etienne’s stories are they do center on a specific couple, and in this case it was Clint and Lucien. While I liked watching the men’s relationship evolve, I did feel a little bad for Rodney and wondered just what his story was and if we would be seeing his book soon.

While Scourge is the beginning of a new series, several previous characters from the author’s other series pop in to help the men out in this story. It was fun seeing the cross over and I hope this is something the author continues to do.

Over the last few months I have become more and more acquainted with this author’s work, enjoying each story that I have read. The author has become one of my must buys and I strongly encourage other readers to give this author’s books a try.

Reviewed By: Lydia

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The Performers by Etienne


Title: The Performers
Author: Etienne
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages: 340
Characters: Tom Foster and Noah Webster
POV: 3rd Person
Sub-Genre: Contemporary, Sequel
Kissses: 4.5


Blurb:

Tom Foster and Noah Webster have been together for three years. In that time, Tom has completed his doctorate, Noah has begun working on his master’s, and both men have come into their own as performers. Suddenly international recognition becomes a reality instead of a dream. They even perform at the dedication of a concert hall at the University of Aragoni.

But it’s not all smooth sailing. They still have to battle Noah’s Uncle Joe over the division of property he owned with Noah’s late father. Tom’s father has been distant ever since Tom chose music over law school. And Noah’s mother’s attitude toward his relationship with Tom leaves something to be desired. With their busy performance schedules, will Tom and Noah be able to make peace with their parents and get a fair deal?

Review:

The Performers by Etienne is latest addition to the Avondale series, and is the sequel to Love Turns the Page. This book tells the continuing story of Tom and Noah. The men have been together for several years, yet, are still dealing with the same family issues that plague them in their first book. I was surprised to see that Noah’s mom was still having a problem with the men’s relationship, but liked the way the author brought her around to understanding their relationship. There is also the issue of Noah’s uncle and I was thrilled to see him get his come up pence.

Noah’s family isn’t the only one having problems and I have to say I honestly forgot that Tom had some family issues of his own. While different than Noah’s problems, they are no less important, and the author brings those problems to the forefront, resolving them in a way that readers will enjoy. Besides the family issues popping up, the men are also dealing with an increasing number of professional obligations cutting into their time, and must learn how to manage everything so they can still have some type of personal life.

As much as I enjoyed The Performers, this author is one that I think readers will either like or don’t. The author’s writing style takes some getting used to and I admit that the first time I read one of his books I was not sure if I would be reading more. The author however has a way of making you care about the characters, and I find myself coming back for each new story. His stories also center more on the men and their relationships as opposed to the sexual chemistry that some authors rely on. Because of this his stories have a more realistic feeling to them. The Performers is not different. From the first page to the last this story comes across believability which, for me, made the story more enjoyable.

I hope the author has plans to bring more on these two, but, until then I will be waiting for the next Avondale story.

Reviewed By: Lydia

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Love Turns the Page by Etienne


Title: Love Turns the Page
Author: Etienne
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages: 350
Characters: Tom Foster and Noah Webster
POV: 3rd Person
Sub-Genre: Suspense, Contemporary
Kisses: 5






Blurb:

Tom Foster has his life planned out, and he’s systematically pursuing his goals. At twenty-two, he’s been organist and choirmaster at The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd for three years, he’s working on his doctoral thesis, and he’s beginning a secondary career performing in concert. There is no room in his schedule for romance… until Noah Webster, a gorgeous green-eyed blond, walks into the church one evening to audition for the choir.
What starts as an arrangement of convenience—Tom’s usual page turner is unavailable, and Noah agrees to do the job—soon turns into a fast friendship. Then Noah, who is saddled with an obnoxious roommate, rents the spare bedroom in Tom’s house, and ultimately the two men become lovers and partners in life. But before they can ride off into the sunset together, they must face one major obstacle: Noah’s violent, homophobic Southern Baptist father.

Review:

Love Turns the Page is the latest addition to the Avondale series by author Etienne. The author’s ability to make the characters come alive is one of the things I enjoyed about this newest book. Tom and Noah are two young college students from different backgrounds, yet from the moment the meet there is a connection that neither wants to deny. Noah’s naivety comes through clearly and I loved that Tom acknowledges that innocence and gently introduces Noah to the physical side of a relationship. To keep the story interesting the author throws in some intense conflict with Noah’s family. This along with the men’s relationship is sure to keep your interest until the last page.

By now readers of this series are well acquainted with the author’s writing style. The smooth way former characters are re-introduced, and long periods of time covered make each book something to look forward to. I was a little concerned just how bogged down the author would get with the religious information that was in the story, but I should not have worried. The information does not feel the least bit forced and in fact I found it quit interesting. I can’t wait to see more of these two again and look forward to the next Avondale book

Reviewed By: Lydia

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The Burdens of Truth by Etienne


Title: The Burdens of Truth
Author: Etienne
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages: 240
Characters: Ian Sanderson and Randy Richardson
POV: 1st Person
Sub-Genre: Contemporary, Suspense, Series
Kisses: 4.5






Blurb:

Professor and secret government analyst Ian Sanderson’s bad day gets worse when he arrives home one miserable November evening to find an apparently incriminating photograph in a FedEx envelope in his doorway, followed by increasingly threatening photographs over the next two or three weeks. It isn’t just Ian being set up: his partner, Randy, a lieutenant colonel working on a top-secret Pentagon project, is also at risk. Someone obviously wants something, but what? And from whom?

Soon, a mysterious caller demands that Randy disclose information about the project he’s been working on. When he refuses, Ian’s and Randy’s sons, David and Paul, are kidnapped from an Amtrak passenger train. Resourceful and intelligent, the boys manage to escape—only to find themselves lost and alone in a remote wilderness. With time running out, can Ian and Randy track down their blackmailers? Or will the man known only as The Broker claim another set of victims?

Review:

The Burdens of Truth review was a difficult one for me to write. Should I just write about the things I liked, or should I also talk about the points that other readers may have issue with? If I just discussed the story and what I liked about it that would be simple. The characters were very entertaining, pulling me into their story from the beginning. The connection between the Ian and Randy is strong and I loved the flashbacks that allowed me to see how they came to be as a couple. The love they have for each other, as well as their sons, comes through clearly. The suspense that is woven through the story kept my attention and many times left me wondering about who the ‘bad guys’ could be. Although this is part of the Avondale series, the Florida locations almost became just another secondary character stopping by to make a quick appearance. For me this gave the series a breath of fresh air, keeping it from becoming predictable.

As for the points that readers may find issue with, one sticks out the most. Both Ian and Randy work for the government, at times in a secretive capacity, yet neither they nor their sons have a problem making that point known. As I found The Burdens of Truth to be a very entertaining story, this was something that I was able to overlook. At the same time, however, it was easy to see how this could become an issue for others.

The Burdens of Truth is an excellent addition to a very entertaining series and should not be missed. The characters and mystery surrounding them are sure to hold the readers attention. The author’s ability to keep this ongoing series appear fresh is sure to bring him new fans.

Reviewed By: Lydia

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Magic Fingers by Etienne


Title: Magic Fingers
Author: Etienne
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages: 240
Characters: David Majors and Kevin Boxer
POV: 1st
Sub-Genre: Contemporary
Kisses: 5




Blurb:

David Majors should be looking forward to a long and prosperous life: after tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, he’s attending college courtesy of Uncle Sam and riding the fast track to success. He’s tall, fit, and good-looking, so shouldn’t the world be his oyster? But underneath his clothes—and beneath the surface—David is a mess of scar tissue and insecurity.

Then he meets Kevin Boxer, another former Army Ranger. Their first night together, Kevin stares David’s scars in the face and doesn’t flinch, instead showering David with the passion and attention he craves but never imagined possible. Slowly but surely, Kevin helps David rebuild his confidence, and the two of them begin to build their life together. But their journey is far from over, and it turns out Kevin may need David to help him heal some scars of his own.

Review:

I read a lot of series with topics that cover a broad spectrum, however, I probably enjoy the Avondale series by Etienne the most. Each new story is different from the last, yet, each story is loosely tied together by the secondary characters, who have or will have stories of their own. In the newest release, Magic Fingers, the main characters, David and Kevin, really grabbed me. These two strong, proud, military men fought for their country even though they knew their personal preferences could see them dishonorably discharged. Coming from a strong military family I am proud of all our military, but even more so of those that decided to serve under the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy. While the author does not go into detail about the hardships the men faced during their service, he does let the readers know the risks they faced.

Discharged now, both men are determined to get their education and make a new life for themselves. Each man is lonely and when a night at the bar results in a permanent hook up they are surprised, but for different reasons. For David the surprise is that someone like Kevin is willing to stick with someone as injured as he is. The extent of David’s injuries will shock the reader and really brought to mind all the news stories regarding IED attacks. Kevin is just surprised that he wants a relationship with this man he has just meet and works hard to make sure they stay together. As Magic Fingers covers a long period of time, something the author does very well and the reader never feels as if the story is dragging, there are many hard, as well as, tender moments. For me one of the most intense scenes was as David and Kevin were returning home after seeing David’s mother in the hospital. The TSA agent made me want to smack him and I do not know if I would have had the same restraint those two men had were I to have been in their place.

I was not very happy when the series starting drifting away from George and Mike, but now I can’t wait for the new installments to show up. If we’re lucky the author has many more stories planned.

Reviewed By: Lydia

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