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
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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
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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.

When Jim and Alan finally connect, can they help find and stop the stalker, or will Alan end up dead before their budding relationship can become more than friendship?


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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.


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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?

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TITLE: Protecting Max
AUTHOR: Edward Kendrick
ISBN: 9781634864268
GENRE: Gay Mystery Erotic Romance
LENGTH: 41,903 words
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Twelve years ago, Max Harman survived a vicious attack by his ex-lover Tony. It severed their relationship and landed Tony in prison.

When Tony’s released from jail, Max’s nephew Jack fears the man may seek revenge on his uncle. Wanting to buy a gun for protection, he visits Deacon Young’s shop. Deacon convinces him to bring Max by to do the same. Despite his misgivings, Max gets a gun for security, too.

When Jack’s fears prove to be correct and Tony starts to stalk Max, Deacon steps in to try to protect him. Can Max’s growing interest in Deacon — and vice versa — survive Tony’s escalating reign of terror?


TITLE: Red Tails in the Sunset
AUTHOR: Deirdre O’Dare
ISBN: 9781634864275
GENRE: Gay Erotic Romance
LENGTH: 17,562 words
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Former military pilot Blaine Darby carries a load of guilt and pain from the harm he may have caused in wartime. Now he seeks to earn some good karma by fighting wild land fires while holding on to his great love of flying. But reporters like young Daz Contreras scare him — one of the few things that do — because he shuns the public eye.

Freelance investigative journalist Daz Contreras is convinced terrorists are behind at least some of the wild land fires plaguing New Mexico. All he needs is enough proof to break the story. As he pursues leads, he begins to shadow pilot Blaine Darby and, in the process, develops a gigantic case of hero worship.

When Daz is allowed to ride with Blaine one time, he hopes the adventure will help him to uncover the proof he seeks. Yet when a near tragedy unexpectedly develops and Blaine puts his life on the line to save a trapped hotshot firefighting crew, Daz realizes he’s an eyewitness to what may be a bigger story than the one he planned. But will the reclusive Blaine actually allow Daz to report the news as he sees fit, even as they grow closer?

TITLE: The Other Side
AUTHOR: Shawn Lane
ISBN: 9781634864121
GENRE: Gay Interracial Erotic Romance
LENGTH: 23,138 words
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Dr. Ray Carmichael is a wealthy African-American doctor and political activist running for office on the platform that the brutality and corruption of the local police force is out of control. Nick Sorenson is a white cop who grew up poor and almost lost his life in gangs and crime before turning his life around by joining the police force.

When Ray’s brother is beaten by a couple of police officers after a traffic stop, Nick is the Internal Affairs detective put in charge of investigating the incident. Dr. Carmichael’s obvious distrust of the police force rubs Nick the wrong way, and the man becomes a pain in his neck. Too bad, because neither of them can deny their attraction to each other.

Ray has Nick removed from the case when he decides he’d rather date the man than fight with him. In spite of their differences, they begin an affair and grow closer. Until an explosive incident at a family gathering puts nagging doubts in Nick’s head — he’s not sure if they can overcome the differences that separate them.

When Nick is about to lose everything important to him, will he realize his budding relationship with Ray is worth trying to see the other side?

Gabbi Reviews: Jake’s Regret by Shawn Lane


Title: Jake’s Regret
Author: Shawn Lane
Publisher: JMS Books
Pages: 52
Characters: Damian Grant, Jake Fields
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance
Kisses: 3


Blurb:

Former wide receiver Jake Fields broke up with his lover and teammate, quarterback Damian Grant, by leaving a note. Eleven years later, Damian attends Jake’s father’s funeral.

Damian is hoping for a renewed relationship with Jake, but when a woman from Jake’s hometown sees them together, a still closeted Jake panics, leaving a note for Damian once more.

When Jake’s small town turns against him, life goes from bad to worse. Jake realizes it’s time to stop running from who he is and try to win Damian’s forgiveness. But if Damian has had enough, this may be Jake’s ultimate regret.

Review:

Jake’s Regret
by Shawn Lane is a short story of finding the strength to be true to oneself, rekindling a lost love and learning to believe in hope again. As usual, Ms. Lane does a good job at writing page turning romances with well-written characters.

This is the second time I’ve read this book. I read the first edition years ago and I remember liking it. I always felt sympathy towards Jake. Though, there were times in the story I felt the need to shake some sense into him. His submissiveness toward his hateful family is both heartbreaking and infuriating. Watching him go listen to such hateful rhetoric and really not taking up for himself really got my blood boiling. At one point, I wanted to punch Jake’s family myself, so when Jake FINALLY stands up for himself and his love for Damian I wanted to stand up and cheer.

Damian is a patient man. Jake’s life is filled with sadness and angst while Damian has experienced his own heartaches but has been strong enough to be himself and live his life. Damian’s determination to be himself becomes Jake’s inspiration to be himself…and you gotta love an inspirational man.

Though this is a good book I had a few niggles with it. Between me wanting to strangle Jake and his family and the sheer over-the-top angst he goes through, it made me want to throw in the towel on Jake and beg Damian to go on with his life. BUT Jake comes through and in the end I was glad they found a happy ending together.

Recommended!

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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Gabbi Reviews: Gratefully His by Shawn Lane


Title: Gratefully His
Author: Shawn Lane
Publisher: JMS Books
Pages: 47
Characters: Sebastian Walton, Pablo Rivera
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance, Series
Kisses: 4.5

Blurb:

When Sebastian Walton was sixteen, he got his first kiss from a guy, and that guy was his best friend’s older brother, Pablo Rivera. But after the scorching kiss in the Rivera’s swimming pool, Pablo acted like nothing happened between them.

Six years later, Sebastian is close to graduating from college and poised to achieve his dream of going to medical school. During a semester break, he visits his old neighborhood and the Riveras, where openly gay Pablo, now a police officer, is sexier than ever and determined to win Sebastian for good.

Review:

Gratefully His by Shawn Lane is a quick and sexy read from start to finish. I couldn’t help but get wrapped up into these characters lives and I enjoyed the story they had to tell.

Sebastian and Pablo are good together. I enjoyed the camaraderie these two heroes shared between them and they had a sizzling attraction toward one another that could not be denied. Though this book is not necessarily a coming of age story, in some ways it reminded me of one.

Sebastian has been afraid to reveal his sexuality to his family and friends. He’s tired of living a lie but the fear of how the people closest to him will react to his homosexuality keeps him closeted. Sebastian is almost out of college *he’s 22* and he’s really starting to develop into being a man. Other than his closeted sexuality, Sebastian has a strong sense of doing what’s right and working hard to get into medical school.

On the other hand, Pablo is just coming out of a bad relationship. He’s known Sebastian for years and though they’ve shared a quick and forbidden kiss years ago, Pablo can’t forget how much he wanted the younger Sebastian to be his. Pablo is a hard worker and is devoted to his family. He is an easy character to like and I totally understood why Sebastian would be drawn to a man like him. (who wouldn’t?)

Gratefully His is a fast-paced story that would be a perfect vacation read. It’s short and sexy and the relationship that is just beginning to develop and flourish between Pablo and Sebastian is a sweet and memorable one. This is an easy book to recommend and an asset to a highly enjoyable series.

Gratefully His is the 7th book in the His series. Though these books are definitely stand-alone reads, I do recommend reading the other books in the series because they are all sexy and romantic reads.

The His series in book order are:

Accidentally His
Becoming His
Can’t Be His
Devotedly His
Eternally His
Finally His
Gratefully His

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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AUTHOR: R.W. Clinger
ISBN: 9781634863889
GENRE: Gay Paranormal Erotic Romance
LENGTH: 17,626 words
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Cookbook designer Bay Woods begins to notice strange things happening at his lake house. He could swear someone is visiting his gardens at night, leaving the wrought-iron gate open. And some of his clothes are missing, too. He soon realizes there might be a trespasser in the quiet neighborhood, and maybe something even more mysterious.

As summer stretches on, Bay notices an unusual number of fireflies every evening. One in particular seems to follow him around the property. Why exactly?

Then Bay learns his trespasser is the tall and handsome Christopher Lavre. Unsettling questions make him wonder what Christopher’s link is to the fireflies at night. Or rather, one lightning bug in particular …

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AUTHOR: Xavier Axelson
ISBN: 9781634864220
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Following the sudden death of his father, Lawrence “Law” Crow must not only comfort his bereaved mother, but also find the strength to continue running the family business, a local and beloved lavender farm in the mountains of northern California. At first, consumed with his own grief and struggling to find meaning in life, Law indulges in his vices, mainly by surrendering to his sexual urges with numerous men, all in a desperate battle to forget his pain and to end the emotional turmoil tearing him apart.

But when a stunningly handsome and passionate Spanish soccer player named Garbi suddenly crosses his path, Law discovers light in the possibility of love. Does Garbi have the ability to heal Law’s shattered heart, provide him with purpose, and help him fully embrace the joy of living once again amidst the beautiful and fragrant lavender fields?

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AUTHOR: J.D. Walker
ISBN: 9781634864336
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LENGTH: 13,126 words
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Hanson Yoo despises his job. He works seven days a week and is in line for junior partner, but that’s not enough anymore. Why does he do it? To please his mother, or at least that’s how it began. But now, not even that can keep him going.

Late one night, Hanson helps an acquaintance out of a bad situation and meets Lindsey Grier, a man he’s been admiring from afar.

When Lindsey flirts with him, Hanson isn’t sure if it’s real or out of gratitude. Things like that don’t happen to him, and he has little self-confidence. Rather than take a chance, he cuts his losses and runs away. But then he doesn’t get the partnership, and realizes he has nothing left to lose.

Hanson has been given a second chance, and isn’t going to waste it. Maybe by learning to love himself, he can love someone else, too.

TITLE: Needing Seth
AUTHOR: Shawn Lane
ISBN: 9781634864107
GENRE: Gay Erotic Romance
LENGTH: 21,385 words
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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.