Point of Beginning by Gale Stanley


Title: The Gentleman’s Club, Book 1: Point of Beginning
Author: Gale Stanley
Publisher: Siren Publishing
Pages: 109
Characters: Jackson Monroe, Alex James
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance, Series
Kisses: 4.5


Blurb:

Geeky CAD technician Jack Monroe is bi-curious, but after he falls head over heels for a certain curly-haired construction surveyor, he’s ready to admit he’s gay. Too bad Alex James is straight and has a girlfriend who keeps him on a short leash.

Jack is determined to meet other gay men, but after a few dates from hell, he’s ready to give up. Then he meets Richard Caldwell, part owner of the exclusive Gentlemen’s Club where wealthy members can make their dreams come true. Richard takes Jack under his wing and offers him a chance to act out his fantasy with an Alex lookalike. Nobody can replace Alex, but knowing the real thing is off-limits, Jack accepts the offer. When the real deal shows up, Jack is convinced that Alex is only there for the money. But sometimes dreams do come true.

Review:

To my knowledge this is the first book I’ve read by this author and I have to say, I really enjoyed every minute I spent reading this story. I thought the author had a really good grasp on her characters and the fast-paced storyline kept my attention from beginning to end.

Lately, Jackson has been confused about his sexuality. Never one to date a lot, he’s been troubled from his attraction to his co-worker, Alex. Believing that he’s kept his attraction to men at bay, he finally allows himself to be true to his feelings toward other men…especially Alex. But Jackson thinks his feelings for Alex will be unrequited…after all, why would a handsome man (and apparently straight) man like Alex give Jackson a second glance? After all, Jackson is very aware that he lives a quiet, unassuming life. He doesn’t have a lot of friends and prefers to be home, whereas, someone as handsome as Alex would never look twice at a regular guy like him, right?

Ever since Alex laid eyes on the quiet, sexy and shy Jackson he’s been immediately drawn to him. But Alex isn’t out at work and although Alex suspects Jackson is attracted to him; there hasn’t been the right time to approach him. Plus, Jackson has a tendency to be quite skittish when he’s around, so Alex wonders if the opportunity to talk with Jackson will ever present itself.

One night Jackson is taken to an exclusive Gentleman’s club by a well-intentioned friend. He’s finally decided to let his hair down and to try and get over Alex, so when he discovers that there will be some entertainment from some sexy male strippers, Jackson is game. But when he spots the man of his dreams standing on stage stripping for the other men at the club, Jackson is both turned on and horrified. How could Alex allow himself to strip down for others like he does? Will Jackson be able to gather up the courage and talk to Alex or will his fear, insecurity and jealousy keep him from having the man he wants most of all?

I loved the sizzling attraction Jackson and Alex had for each other. I liked how they were able to work through some of their own hang-ups so they could take a chance on love. Both Jackson and Alex are likeable, realistically written men that were easy to root for. I thought they were a great fit together and enjoyed watching them work thought their differences to be together. I truly hated to see the book come to an end. I would have liked to have seen these two heroes mesh their lives to be together. I thought the ending was a little abrupt, but it is the first book in a series, so I hope there will be more about this couple in the future.

Point of Beginning
starts the Gentleman’s Club series off with a bang! Keep the fan turned on and a cold drink handy! Between the sizzling chemistry and hot sex these two men shared together is erotically delicious! I can’t wait to read the next book in the series and will actively be looking for more books written by Gale Stanley in the future. Highly Recommended!

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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Lyon’s Theorem of Seduction by Gale Stanley

Title: TomCats 2: Lyon’s Theorem of Seduction
Author: Gale Stanley
Publisher: Siren Publishing
Pages: 92
Characters: Andrew Long, Lyon Nash
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Paranormal, Contemporary Romance
Kisses: 4



Blurb:

TomCats is the hottest gay resort in Key West and the perfect place for Andrew Long to forget his cheating ex-boyfriend.

Sexy tomcat Lyon Nash enjoys his life running the resort he owns with a group of cat-shifters. He’s not looking for a mate, but the shy, uptight Andrew ignites a spark that his cat can’t ignore.

Captain Jack, the cruise director, is also attracted to Andrew, and he bets Lyon that he can seduce the new guest first.

Lyon puts his Theorem of Seduction to the test and wins the bet. Things heat up between him and Andrew. They have a magical, mutual connection, but their relationship goes south when Andrew finds out about the bet. Once again he’s been humiliated and he flies back to New York. At least he’s bringing back the stray cat he adopted, but can the feline help him forget the charming cad he left behind?

Review:

This is the first book I’ve read by Gale Stanley and it definitely won’t be my last. I really liked the author’s ability to bring me into the lives of her interesting and sexy characters. Plus, there is a smooth fluidity to Ms. Stanley’s writing that I really enjoyed. Since the blurb really does an outstanding job at describing the story, I won’t rehash it. Instead, I thought I would talk about why I liked this book and why I can’t wait until the next book in the TomCats series.

I was hesitant at first to read this book because for one thing, it’s the second book in a series and since the first book is a ménage based romance, I knew I’d probably never read the first book. As many of you know, ménage books are not something I actively read, so I wondered if I would be confused skipping the first book and just going straight to this book without feeling lost. I’m happy to say that Lyon’s Theorem of Seduction can be read easily as a stand-alone romance and I didn’t feel like I was lost or had missed something at any point during the story. But I will say, based on how I felt about this book, if you DO like ménage based romances, I’d give the first book, Jaden’s Double Doms a shot.

I really liked both of the heroes in this book. Andrew has very recently broken off with his on-again-off-again relationship with a long-time lover, and believes that a vacation at TomCats, a gay resort in Key-West, is just what he needs to relax and to start getting on with his life. Andrew is truly a nice guy. He’s got a great job, is super-sweet and smart and is an easy character to like. Unfortunately for him, his self-esteem has taken a blow because of a bad breakup, so he’s shyer and reserved than most men. When Lyon takes an interest in him, he’s flattered, and he can’t help but wonder if Lyon has an ulterior motive. Just when he allows himself to believe that there is really something special between the both of them, he finds out that Lyon has made a bet with his friend to see who could get Andrew on a date first, and all of Andrew’s hopes are shattered. Another thing I really liked about Andrew was his capacity to love and forgive. When he loves someone he loves then with his whole heart and soul. I really appreciated how he was able to look at the situation he and Lyon found themselves in, and took the chance and forgave Lyon so they might have something special together.

I also really liked Lyon. He definitely has a take-charge, self-confident attitude about himself that I really admired. He’s not afraid to work and fight for what he wants, and when he sets his mind on something, he does what he can to have it. I liked how being with Andrew brought out his tender side and gave him the capacity to love someone with his whole heart. I also liked that he is a cat-shifter and how Lyon’s cat-side really played an important part of Andrew and Lyon getting together. I do wish the book had been longer and I was left with a few unanswered questions, but because it is a series, I hope we’ll get to see more about Andrew and Lyon in another book.

Lyon’s Theorem of Seduction is a fast-paced, sexy and fun read from start to finish and a perfect way to spend a lazy afternoon. I enjoyed getting to know these characters and look forward to reading more about them and books by Ms. Stanley in the future. If you’re looking for an easy, sweet romance between two men who have sizzling hot chemistry together, this is definitely the book for you. Recommended!

The TomCats books in series order are:

Jaden’s Double Doms
Lyon’s Theorem of Seduction

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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Hunter and the Hawk (Symbiotic Mates #1) by Gale Stanley


Title: Hunter and the Hawk (Symbiotic Mates #1)
Author: Gale Stanley
Publisher: Silver Publishing
Pages: 115
Characters: Hunter, Aidan
POV: 3rd person
Setting: Pacific Northwest
Sub-Genre: Paranormal Romance
Cover Rating: 3.5
Kisses: 3.5





Blurb:

Vampires and Lycans have one thing in common hatred for each other. Only two things stand between them and all out war – an ancient peace treaty and dwindling populations that have put both species on the path to extinction. One vampire may have the secret to survival but he needs the cooperation of the Lycans to test his theory.

When Aidan walks into the Wolf Den and asks to see the Alpha, he doesn’t get a warm welcome. He’s barely through the door before he’s attacked. The Vampire’s arm is broken and he fears his totem animal, a Hawk, will never fly again.

Hunter, a Lycan Enforcer, comes to his aid and takes him aside for questioning. Aidan claims to have information about the murder of Hunter’s mate and he’ll trade for Lycan blood. At first, Hunter thinks it’s a trap, but Aidan convinces him that the answer to both species’ survival may lie in their blood. Hunter agrees to secretly help Aidan in exchange for the killer’s name. But he gets more than he bargained for when he finds himself falling for the seductive vampire. When the research goes awry, he’s sure he’s been used by the scheming bloodsuckers. But is Aidan the real enemy or is it someone closer to home?

Review:

Vampires and Werewolves have long been enemies in the archives of paranormal fiction, though it wasn’t always so, as Bram Stoker’s nocturnal bloodsucker could transform into a wolf, giving a somewhat different spin on the relationship between the two preternatural characters.

Hunter and the Hawk continues with the enemies archetype in the first of a series of books that explores the relationship, or rather the division, of the Lycan and the Kindred in the Pacific Northwest, where their otherworldly identities are known amongst humans, and the races’ animosity toward each other is held in check by nothing more than an ages old treaty.

Both the Lycan and the Kindred are dwindling in numbers, as neither of the species has found the key to successful reproduction to increase their numbers. The vampire Aiden and his sister Abbi, a hematologist, may have the answer to the problem. The heart of the issue for them, however, is being able to prove Abbi’s theory, which means finding a willing Lycan blood donor, and then bringing the wolf Alpha and vampire Sire together successfully and peaceably to enact a resolution.

At great risk to himself, Aidan, a hawk shifter, enters a wolf bar with the hope of gaining an audience with the Alpha, but finds little more than a whole lot of hurt when he steps into the midst of a group of angry Lycan males. Hunter, a Lycan Enforcer, steps in and delivers Aidan from what would surely have ended in Aidan’s death, then forms an uneasy truce of his own with the vampire, once Aidan is able to successfully convince Hunter he has no other motives than to save their lives and the lives of their people.

As a deep suspicion of his Alpha begins to set in, Hunter readily accepts an order to go to the Colony and spy on the Kindred, where he again comes face to face with the beautiful vampire, a meeting that sets in motion an irreversible transformation, and forms a bond between the two men that, if broken, would mean death for them both.

Typically portrayed as parasites, I enjoyed the twist in Gale Stanley’s version of the vampire mythos, and the symbiotic relationship formed between Aidan and Hunter. The concept of the two men being bound, not only by the blood they shared, but by the physiological imperative to continue to share their blood was a nice change from the predicable.

The connection between the two men was born of their irresistible attraction to each other, and was reinforced by the sharing of their blood, the key to their survival, which didn’t leave much room for the development of the relationship between them, nor was there quite enough information offered on the history of the two races and what perpetuated the treaty between them. This might have been intentional, though, as Hunter and the Hawk is primarily an introduction to the world and the creatures that inhabit it, so there’s likely more world building to come.

As a foundation builder, it definitely worked well enough to make me want to read book two.

**And as a side note, this book does contain one short but fairly graphic M/F sexual encounter, which is not alluded to in the blurb, so for those who read the M/M genre specifically to avoid such things, you might want to weigh your decision to read the book based on that fact.

Reviewed By: Lisa

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