Gabbi Reviews: Hate to Love You by J.D. Walker

Title: Hate to Love You
Author: J.D. Walker
Publisher: JMS Books
Pages: 28
Characters: Sybron Adell, Rio Jachetta
POV: 1st
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance
Kisses: 4

Blurb:

Sybron Adell is forty-one and comfortable with his life, mostly. He has eye candy in the luscious form of his neighbor Finn and a job that is stable. Of course, there’s always a thorn to be found, and that’s Rio Jachetta, Sybron’s boss. They’re good friends, but sometimes, Rio pushes the limits. Just for fun.

And then Rio goes too far, with a merger and lost jobs being the least of Sybron’s worries. Rio’s cavalier attitude is not appreciated by Sybron, who is adept at pouring coffee on thousand-dollar suits, when necessary.

If Rio wants to fix things, he may have to overcome his natural arrogance and think of others for a change, in order to save his friendship with Sybron. Heaven alone knows if it will work, especially if he wants more.

Review:

Hate to Love You is a short and entertaining story that quickly captured my interest from start to finish. J.D. Walker writes fast-paced and interesting short stories that I easily enjoy.

Sybron is a forty-something man whose life has been on pause for some time. Sybron has a routine he lives by and pretty much doesn’t enjoy the company of others. Because he is a tad bit grumpy most of the time, he doesn’t have many friends and his life is working full time and then going home alone.

For years, Sybron’s boss and sometimes friend, Rio, has been driving him crazy. Rio’s love ‘em and leave ‘em lifestyle and his smooth disposition keeps Sybron on edge. Rio’s constructive criticism and teasing banter he shares with Sybron keeps Sybron on his toes in more ways than one. But as Rio continues to chip away the frozen wall Sybron has around his heart and life, Sybron begins to realize that maybe there really is more to both Rio and himself than meets the eye.

Hate to Love You is a story of Sybron’s journey of self-awareness that I highly enjoyed. Though he is a likeable man, his pessimism often overtook any kind of good things or happiness he might have achieved. I liked how he became aware of some of his unhappy faults as he began to work at making his life a more optimistic one to have. He and Rio will be a good match and though this was a satisfying short read, I hated to see it come to an end.

Recommended.

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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TITLE: Eating Out
AUTHOR: J.T. Marie
ISBN: 9781634864312
GENRE: Lesbian Erotic Romance
LENGTH: 8,317 words
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When Lara Bennett is called for a job interview, the last person she expects to run into is her old high school sweetheart. She hasn’t seen Meredith in years, having lost touch when they headed off to different colleges. Meeting up with her again after all this time reignites feelings Lara thought long buried.

Meredith Marshall owns Marshall Ad Agency. When she saw Lara’s resume, she hoped it belonged to the girl she first fell in love with as a teen, and she isn’t disappointed when Lara shows up for the interview.

After work, Meredith invites Lara to dinner. Things heat up between them at the restaurant, reminding the women how right they used to be together. Can Lara land the job — and Meredith’s heart, too?

TITLE: If You Can’t Stand the Heat
AUTHOR: Ginna Wilkerson
ISBN: 9781634864541
GENRE: Lesbian Romance
LENGTH: 12,295 words
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A chili cook-off at the local Pride Center sounds like fun for Reese and Kayla. But even the small act of deciding on a recipe to enter builds tension between the two women.

On the day of the event, free-spirited Jane enters the picture. Kayla is tempted by Jane’s striking pink hair and seductive ways.

Would she really leave Reese for a woman she barely knows? Will a simple pot of chili end in romance or disaster?

TITLE: Meant To Be
AUTHOR: Terry O’Reilly
ISBN: 9781634864565
GENRE: Gay Erotic Romance
LENGTH: 21,258 words
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Howie Bosley has very strict rules about dating men. Get to know him, fall in love with him, then — and only then — go to bed with him. But, as Howie’s friends frequently point out, his rules aren’t working because he’s still single.

Just when Howie is about to ease up on his rules, he meets an Adonis at the gym who goes by the name of Matthew Timmons. Matthew is also looking to get to know someone before hopping into the sack. Is this destiny?

But Matthew had planned a very different life path for himself, one that didn’t involve falling in love. Conflicted, he makes the painful decision to cut off all contact with Howie.

What is Matthew hiding? Suddenly Howie’s fairy tale romance has taken an abrupt turn, and he doesn’t know if there’s anything he can do to get it back on track. Isn’t their happy ending meant to be?

TITLE: Tidbits of Love
AUTHOR: Kassandra Lea
ISBN: 9781634864558
GENRE: Gay Erotic Romance Anthology
LENGTH: 49,958 words
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Love should be celebrated. From the man who can’t let go of the love he lost to the police officer giving his heart to a criminal, Tidbits of Love features 15 short and sweet stories celebrating the love between two men.

Take a step back in time with Joseph and Ephraim in “Kiss of the South.” Leo and Caleb learn the power of apology in “Let It Hurt.” A blinding snowstorm threatens to keep Elliot and Nathan apart. Koyote and Amadeus are about to start a rather unusual family in “Green Ball of Fluff.” And Jasper’s missing dog returns with something special in “Lost and Found.”

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TITLE: Brightest Gold
AUTHOR: Olivia Sitter
ISBN: 9781634864534
GENRE: Asexual Genderqueer Fantasy Romance
LENGTH: 21,084 words
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Ever since their youth, Jorrah has hunted down shining tokens of affection. A ring, a flower, a lock of hair—so long as the trinket glows with the light of love, Jorrah will go to any length to add it to their collection. Their obsession leads them in pursuit of lovers, stopping short once gifted a bright object for their hoard.

A wicked and alluring person stalks Jorrah wherever they go, showing up whenever they begin to settle into a new abode. Uprooting themself repeatedly to avoid the dark presence, Jorrah travels in constant search of a place to call their own.

When they find a home, the past rears from the shadows yet again, refusing to be left behind. Jorrah realizes they must choose whether to continue running forever… or confront the darkness to protect what’s most precious to them.

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TITLE: Earthly Concerns
AUTHOR: Xavier Axelson
ISBN: 9781634864411
GENRE: Gay Paranormal Erotic Romance
LENGTH: 23,647 words
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It was a peaceful night when Barrett and his daughter were driving home … then something happened. Something sinister.

Something took Barrett’s daughter from him.

Now the only person Barrett can turn to for help is Anson, a man gifted with psychic abilities beyond reason. But Anson is also his ex-boyfriend, a man whose heart he’d already broken.

As Anson delves deeper into the circumstances surrounding Barrett’s accident, he begins to realize he’s in a race against time. Whatever has taken Barrett’s daughter is a force of evil beyond anything either man has ever encountered.

Can both men put aside their heartaches and past to save Barrett’s daughter from an entity that has the power to destroy them all?

TITLE: The New Butcher in Town
AUTHOR: Nanisi Barrett D’Arnuk
ISBN: 9781634864527
GENRE: Lesbian Erotic Romance
LENGTH: 12,580 words
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Amy Gilbert’s been coming to Marvin Wright’s butcher shop for years. It’s the only place her mother trusted. So she’s surprised when she discovers he has a new hire — his niece Jody now works as his apprentice.

Amy’s attraction to Jody is immediate, and she wastes no time asking her out for drinks. Things seem to be heading in the right direction, but when Jody runs away after their first kiss, Amy’s left in turmoil.

What started out as a promising relationship threatens to sputter and die before it even gets off the ground. But when an ex-girlfriend from Jody’s past suddenly appears, Amy is determined not to let the new butcher in town get away from her that easily.

TITLE: The Squire
AUTHOR: Shawn Lane
ISBN: 9781634864282
GENRE: Gay Historical Erotic Romance
LENGTH: 12,170 words
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Duncan has been Sir William’s squire for two years. During that time, he has lusted after and been in love with the beautiful muscular knight. Too bad Sir William prefers fair maidens …

Suddenly Sir William is called home due to the impending death of his father. On the journey, he catches his squire watching other men having sex and realizes Duncan is also ready for some love play. Once they reach the family’s estates, William and Duncan begin an affair of both body and heart. But the happiness they find together is short-lived when the king dictates that William must marry a suitable heiress.

Unable to bear his place beside William and his wife, Duncan flees. Can William find the squire to convince him their love is meant to be?

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TITLE: Blue Velvet
AUTHOR: Kim Davis
ISBN: 9781634864374
GENRE: Gay Romance
LENGTH: 12,201 words
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When Patrick Holt’s ex-boyfriend Clay Teal asks him to serve as the best man in his wedding to the man he left Patrick for, Patrick initially balks at the request. Even though he and Clay have been on fairly good terms since their breakup, Patrick is still bitter about the way Clay dumped him.

But after Patrick’s new boyfriend convinces him that being a part of Clay’s wedding would help to resolve the years of “issues” between the two men, Patrick reluctantly agrees.

In the weeks leading up to the big day, Patrick discovers he’s having a very hard time dealing with Clay’s upcoming nuptials. He also finds himself thinking more about his failed relationship with Clay and the events that led to their breakup. And, at the center of it all, is one lovely blue velvet jacket.

Will the same problems follow him into his new relationship?

TITLE: Memories
AUTHOR: Ruby Moone
ISBN: 9781634864329
GENRE: Gay Historical Erotic Romance
LENGTH: 69,458 words
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Will Marsden is a man on the run from his memories and his past. Steward of Denton Manor was a good position until Captain Dearne, the owner, lost the manor on the turn of a card. When the feckless Dearne is dumped unconscious and near death on his doorstep, Will grudgingly accepts an enormous sum of money to care for him.

Dearne regains consciousness but has no memories of how he came to be in the bed of a dark-haired, angry, but gorgeous man or how he came to be so badly injured.

When nightmares drive Dearne into Will’s arms every night, the attraction between them explodes. As Dearne battles with lost memories, he is forced to accept the fact that someone in his family wants him dead, and Will is forced to confront his past head on. Will the revelations uncovered tear them apart?

TITLE: Sorcerer’s Lover
AUTHOR: Shawn Lane
ISBN: 9781634864206
GENRE: Gay Fantasy Erotic Romance
LENGTH: 12,066 words
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When Warin, a sorcerer, needs a large amount of coins to rescue his sister from her abductor, he chooses to abduct someone himself. And he selects the man he has been lusting after ever since sharing a secret, sensual moment at court months earlier — Benedict, the beautiful and illegitimate son of the king.

At first, Benedict is reluctant to give into forbidden desires, but he cannot resist the enigmatic sorcerer’s pull. Yet when he surrenders to his lust, he’s also not sure whether it’s of his own free will or because of a spell Warin cast on him.

As the men grow closer, however, they realize that when the ransom is paid, Benedict must be released and Warin must flee from punishment. Will they be able to end their passionate affair and separate, or will they fight to stay together, even if it means facing the king’s wrath?

Sophie Reviews: Needing Seth by Shawn Lane

Title: Needing Seth
Author: Shawn Lane
Publisher: JMS Books
Pages: 70
Characters: Seth Landers, Casey Logan
POV: 1st
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance
Kisses: 2

Blurb:

Shy and a bit of a science fiction geek, Seth Landers is afraid he’s going to die a virgin.

Then one day, Casey Logan, the sexier-than-sin doctor where Seth works, notices him. Not only that, but Casey actually asks him out!

Seth’s life could finally change for the better, but only if Casey can convince the shy geek that he needs Seth in his life just as badly.

Review:

Shawn Lane is one of those authors that can be either a hit or miss with me. I’ve read a few books by her and either I really like them or not. When I read the blurb, I was excited to read it. I mean, who doesn’t love a geek who lands his man in the end? I always root for the good guy and although Seth is a nice man, I found him boring…nice guy and all.

On the other hand, Casey was the reason why I kept reading the story. I liked his patience and he is genuinely an all-around sexy, nice guy. I did find myself wondering why he would be with the always questioning, self-deprecating Seth and kind of hoped he would find someone else and move on. I will say that as the story continued Seth did grow on me a little, so I did end up kinda liking them together. I do wonder if they will have what it takes to stay together in the end.

Needing Seth is told in first person through Seth’s eyes. I think it’s because I wasn’t such a fan of Seth’s that I found myself wishing it had been told either through Casey’s eyes or in 3rd person. I felt somewhat cheated because in the end, I wanted to know more about Casey and the live he had lived.

Needing Seth is a decent read-just not a memorable one. As per this author, the sex was pretty hot and the story fast paced. I know fans of this author will enjoy in the author’s writing style and quick storytelling ability and will probably like this book more than I did and I encourage you to give it a try.

Reviewed By: Sophie

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TITLE: Cinnamon Eyes
AUTHOR: Nell Iris
ISBN: 9781634864404
GENRE: Gay Erotic Romance
LENGTH: 34,679 words
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Cory’s had a rough year struggling with severe depression. He’s desperate to rebuild his shattered life and break away from his demanding family. When his therapist encourages him to do something for himself, he knows exactly what he needs. I want to see Asher again. The best friend Corey ever had who, at fifteen, held Cory’s heart in his hands without knowing it.

Asher’s had a troubled relationship with his father since he came out. Now that Pops is sick, he’s fighting for his right to help or even find out about his father’s health. Then there’s the complication of an ex-boyfriend unwilling to let go.

When Cory and Asher meet again after sixteen years, Cory’s feelings are as strong as ever. But does Asher feel the same?


TITLE: Manfred’s Curse
AUTHOR: Shawn Lane
ISBN: 9781634864145
GENRE: Gay Paranormal Erotic Romance
LENGTH: 6,233 words
PRICE: $1.99

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An unsettling storm arrives in Conrad’s seaside town, turning his life upside down when his housecat shifts into a sexy man.

Manfred is used to being a cat — and shifting to his human form whenever he wants — until he crosses paths with a vindictive witch who curses him. He finds the man of his dream in Conrad, but before he can get his man, the curse must be broken for good.


TITLE: The Grump
AUTHOR: Wayne Mansfield
ISBN: 9781634864138
GENRE: Gay Erotic Romance
LENGTH: 18,775 words
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Brad can’t believe his luck when he finds the perfect place to live at the perfect price. It’s a pity his new landlord Douglas is such a miserable grump. It isn’t long before he wonders if it’s a good idea to be living in such close proximity to such a moody ogre.

Fortunately, his life at work is looking up with the arrival of a new employee named Enzo. Brad falls immediately in lust with the hot Italian. They start dating, though it soon becomes apparent there are going to be problems. Enzo starts exhibiting some unlikeable traits and, while Brad finds himself slowly falling in love with the man, he also realizes Enzo has problems not just with commitment, but also with his sexuality.

Brad has a dilemma. Does he persist with Enzo, tolerate his bad behavior, and pray for a miraculous, happy ending? Or will the love he seeks come from an entirely different direction?

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TITLE: His Secret Admirer
AUTHOR: Edward Kendrick
ISBN: 9781634864497
GENRE: Gay Thriller Romance
LENGTH: 44,579 words
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When the first note shows up at the restaurant where he works — when he isn’t designing costumes for a local theater — Jim Foster laughs it off. When the notes keep coming, he doesn’t find the fact that he might have a secret admirer quite so amusing.

Alan North, a lonely, bookish customer at the restaurant, is too shy to even think of talking to Jim — as much as he wants to.

Then the killings begin. Two of Jim’s friends are murdered in what appear to be muggings. However, the detective in charge of the cases believes they’re more than that, and that Jim is either the killer … or being stalked by one.

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TITLE: The Birches
AUTHOR: Xavier Axelson
ISBN: 9781634864343
GENRE: Gay Erotic Romance
LENGTH: 23,062 words
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Perfection isn’t everything, although it’s everything Leo wants. His desire to become the perfect chef may keep him at the top of his class, but it drives his friends and family crazy while keeping love and passion on the back burner.

Then Leo meets Dock, owner and chef of the new and popular restaurant, The Birches.

Although Dock isn’t a trained chef, Leo finds the food he cooks delectable and the man behind the food irresistible. The lessons taught at the hands of an untrained cook may be just what this uptight chef needs to let go.


TITLE: The Promise of Hope Shelter
AUTHOR: Sarah Hadley Brook
ISBN: 9781634864190
GENRE: Gay Erotic Romance
LENGTH: 50,076 words
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Jacob Baumgardner is struggling to get his nonprofit shelter for gay teens off the ground because the building needs a lot of help before it can pass inspection. Raised by his grandparents for part of his life, Jacob feels that the shelter is his chance to honor them, but someone is making things difficult. An anonymous extortionist seems determined to ruin Jacob’s late grandfather’s good name and keep the shelter from opening.

Luka Smith is struggling to find his place in the world after a traumatic event in his teen years pushed him to run. When Jacob hires him to help with repairs at the shelter, Luka falls for his new boss hard. Luka wants nothing more than to help Jacob realize his dream.

As they work together to ensure The Promise of Hope Shelter gets off the ground, their feelings for each other only grow. But will a calculating blackmailer close the shelter before it even has a chance?