Anne Reviews: Would it Okay to Love You? by Amy Tasukada

Title:  Would It Be Okay To Love You?

Author: Amy Tasukada

Publisher:  Self-published

Pages: 130

Characters: Sato/Aoi

POV: 3rd

Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance

Kisses: 5


A robot fanboy. An erotic voice actor. When love comes calling, will they shed their armor?

Sato’s only long-term relationship is the one he shares with his Gundam collectibles. He dreams about the kind of unconditional love his parents enjoy. If only he could break out of his shell, he might find his special someone…

Outgoing playboy Aoi has sworn off relationships. He knows they only distract him from his budding voice acting career. He’s earned a few loyal fans, and if he keeps at it, he may even earn enough to never worry about being evicted again…

When Sato meets Aoi at the local anime store, there’s definitely a spark. But even as they tread carefully, their commitment issues and Aoi’s troubled past soon muck things up before they can start. In order for Sato and Aoi to have their happily-ever-after, they’ll both have to take a leap of faith… and hope to be caught.

Would It Be Okay to Love You? is the first book in a gay romance series set in Japan. If you like original characters, nerd culture, and simmering chemistry, then you’ll love Amy Tasukada’s charming multicultural love story.


I’m a long time Gundam and anime fan so when I read the blurb for Would It Be Okay To Love You? I had to read the book!  I loved it.  Sato and Aoi are a very sweet couple, and I liked the way I which the author made their struggles very real.  This is story of opposites attract, although both men are lonely and feeling isolated.  Sato is only out to his sister, is a total Gundam nerd, and is very naïve and innocent.  Aoi is out, but is surviving on a succession of little more than one night stands. I liked Aoi’s friend Jin, and how supportive he was of Aoi.  Sato’s sister is a well rounded character too and her sibling relationship with Sato felt very real.

The manga and anime references made me smile, and took me back to my days of anime fandom.  I enjoy reading about characters from other cultures, and I liked the way in which the author set the story firmly in Japan, yet didn’t let the cultural references overwhelm the story and the growing relationship between Aoi and Sato.  I thought Aoi’s financial struggle as a voice actor came across very realistically and I really felt for him.  The ending was perfect, and I immediately signed up for Amy’s newsletter so I could receive monthly stories about Aoi and Sato.

I’d recommend Would It Be Okay To Love You? to readers who enjoy a sweet romance about opposites attracting, and stories about characters from other cultures.

Reviewed By: Anne


Lydia Reviews: Epic by Adrienne Wilder

Title: Epic

Author: Adrienne Wilder

Publisher: Self-published through Amazon

Pages: 319

Characters: Andrew Atler and Matt Grim

POV: 3rd POV

Sub-Genre:  Contemporary

Kisses: 4.5


Andrew Atler has learned the hard way, fiction is far better than real life. In his romance novels the world is safe, predictable, and there is always a happy ending. Best of all, he can safely fall in love and the person will never know. There he can weave a tale of perfect passion plus pay the bills.

Matt Grim flies the colors of Hell’s Legion. When he’s not riding his chopper, he’s working as a bouncer for the Six. Matt’s life consists of drinking, playing in a band, and burning the midnight oil in the dungeon. He lives hard, plays hard, and rides even harder.

Two people who would never be a part of the same EPIC love story.
But sometimes those fairy tale clichés have a way of working magic.
And sometimes…sometimes those happy endings do come true.


It was Epic’s blurb, and the fact that one of the M/C’s belonged to a motorcycle gang, that I chose this story.  From the start, the characters intrigued me.  Matt was kicked out by his parents after he is caught with another man.  Finding himself on the streets, Matt ends up becoming a biker, causing more problems in the family.  Because of his new “family”, Matt ends up crossing the line a time or two but nothing to serious.  Now Matt is starting to want something more, but it is not until he meets Andrew that he decides to make the changes.  It would be easy not to like Matt due to the way the story starts but I could not help liking him from the beginning.  He’s rough around the edges and there are secrets he is hiding that could keep him away from Andrew.

Andrew is a writer and due to the way was treated by a former boyfriend, he is extremely shy.  Although Andrew has seen Matt several times at a local coffee shop, and the big bad biker hits all his buttons, he never thought the man would go home with him.  When their first meeting results in an intense sexual encounter, Andrew is shocked that Matt may just be the man he as always looked for.

These men really pulled me into their world from the beginning.  They are total opposites yet each man completes the other.  Granted the way they first meet and get together is under unusual circumstances, but that does not mean they are not a perfect fit for each other.  there are problems that keep the men after finding their happily ever after right away though as Andrew has a lot and insecurities that he needs to overcome, as well as a rotten apple that turns up.  and Matt has issues with both of his “families” that he needs to clear up before he is free to hold on to Andrew forever.

Epic will take the reader on a journey that they will not believe.  It is hot and intense with a few moments thrown in that will leave you wondering how everything will turn out.  Epic has made me a fan of this author and I will be keeping a look out for more of her stories.

Reviewed By: Lydia


Gabbi Reviews: Chilling with Max by Bonnie Dee

Title: Love Off Leash, Book 3: Chilling with Max

Author:  Bonnie Dee

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages: 85

Characters: Grant Edgerton, Max Thompson

POV: 3rd

Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance, Series

Kisses: 4


High tension meets laid back in a collision of opposites.

Grant Edgerton hasn’t had free day in years. From overachieving student to workaholic real estate developer in a high-pressure firm, he’s striven for success to the point of developing a stomach ulcer. When he literally crashes into a dog walker and his charges, it’s time to let loose the hounds of change. After failing to land a very important client, Grant takes an afternoon to play.

Max Thompson rolls through life’s curves with easy grace. Dog walking supplements his gigs as a musician, and he’s content with his easy come, easy go existence. He’s fluid to the point of not standing firm for anything, until an eye-opening encounter with an uptight businessman shakes his cool.

As lust stirs, then love grows, Grant begins to reevaluate what it really means to be successful in life. And as Max teaches Grant to chill, he learns some things are worth making an effort to hold on to.


As many of you know probably know by now, it is no secret that I’m a fan of Bonnie Dee. There is something special about her stories. They are always well-written, romantic and sexy as hell.

I was anxious to read Chilling with Max. I’m a sucker for a good opposite attract story and throw in a dog or a cat and I’m all in! I’m pleased to say that this story has everything I love when it comes to reading a heartfelt romance and I enjoyed every minute I spent reading it.

Grant and Max are polar opposites. Grant is an overachiever who needs to relax and Max is a free-spirit who needs to take some things a little more seriously. What I liked about these two is how they seemed to fit together. They seemed to bring out the best in each other and I was totally on board with them from the first moment they met until the end.

The story itself is a fast paced one. Their relationship moves at a quick and steady pace without a lot of drama and over the top angst, in which this reader did appreciate. My only tiny niggle was the ending…I wish it had been a little more fleshed out, it felt a little rushed, BUT it is a very satisfying one that left me with a smile on my face.

Chilling with Max is a quick and satisfying sexy and sweet read which is easy to recommend. Fans of Ms. Dee will surely love these men as much as I do and highly enjoy their story.

Chilling with Max is a stand-alone book in the Love Off Leash series.

The Love off Leash books are:

Caring for Riggs by Bonnie Dee

Hot Under the Collar by Summer Devon

Chilling with Max by Bonnie Dee

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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We have a Release Day Blitz for Love by Number by DJ Jamison!

Title:  Love By Number

Author: DJ Jamison

Publisher: DJ Jamison

Release Date: October 12, 2017

Heat Level: 3 – Some Sex

Pairing: Male/Male

Length: 31,000 words

Genre: Romance, LGBT, m/m contemporary romance

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Aidan doesn’t have the best record with relationships, but he’s had a lifelong love affair with baseball. Player stats and computer simulations make sense. People don’t. But when he needs a ride to the World Series, he must rely on another person: a sexy artist who is as spontaneous as Aidan is predictable.

Jesse doesn’t care about baseball. As an artist, he’d rather paint a player than watch him at bat. But his grandpa loves the Kansas City Royals, so he takes him to every home game. He has no idea a fender bender in the parking lot is about to deliver new inspiration in the shape of a man with a whole bag of quirks.

Despite their differences, Jesse and Aidan hit it off, and their sexual chemistry is fantastic. But when Aidan’s numbers betray him, Jesse isn’t prepared for the fall-out. If Aidan continues to put his passion for baseball stats above everything else, he could miss out on the most important numbers in life: the number of smiles, kisses and laughs they could share in a lifelong journey together.


Aidan clutched at his hair, heart hammering in his chest. The front driver’s side of his black Saab was crumpled. The wheel well took a direct hit, the force of the collision pressing it into the tire. He could tell from just looking that the axle must be bent, if not broken, by the way the tire tilted at the wrong angle.

It’s not drivable, he thought, and his heart hammered harder. He felt his hands trembling, and not as an aftershock of the accident. Well, not from experiencing the accident, at least. He was shaking because his plans had just been thrown in the blender.

“Hey, you okay?”

He looked up, gazing blankly at the figure approaching him. A man, but his features were lost in the shadows. Not that Aidan could focus on something like facial features right now. That wasn’t easy on a good day, much less in a moment like this.

“It’s not that big a deal,” he muttered to himself, as he’d learned from his therapist years ago. “It’s not. It’s not. But …” He groaned and clutched at his hair some more. “How am I going to get to the World Series now? I have to get there!”

He’d wrapped up so many hopes in getting to that series, in watching the Royals perform in high-stakes games. It was the perfect time to prove out his math. It might not be rocket science, but Aidan still wanted to watch his math come to life on the baseball field, in the most important series of the season. In person.

A hand touched his shoulder, and he flinched away.

“I’m sorry. Are you hurt?” a voice asked. A nice, mellow voice. He liked the raspy quality of it and the cadence of the man’s words. His tone calmed Aidan.

He managed to drag his gaze from the damage to the man’s face. “I’m …”

Sexy Artist Guy.

He faltered when he recognized the dark hair tinted with maroon highlights, dark eyes and sculpted lips — all coming together in a perfect symmetry. A perfect representation of geometry in nature, really. And the freckles splashed over his nose, highlighted now by the security lights overhead? They somehow added to his sex appeal instead of detracting from it.

Aidan had seen an open sketchbook on this man’s lap more than once when passing by on a bathroom break. He mostly drew portraits, from the look of it, but Aidan had only caught a glimpse. It made sense he was an artist since his entire appearance was like a work of art to Aidan’s eyes. He couldn’t imagine being so creative with his hair or his wardrobe or his skin, where Sexy Artist Guy had embraced both tattooing (his right bicep) and piercing (both ears and right eyebrow).

“I’m so sorry,” Sexy Artist Guy said again. “I saw an opening and went for it. I didn’t see you coming, but my grandfather was distracting me—”

“Blame it on the old man, why don’t ya?” a hoarse voice boomed loudly enough to make Aidan jump.

“Gramps, not now, huh? The guy is freaking out.”

“I’m not freaking out,” Aidan said sharply. The fascination with the stranger’s face faded as he remembered why he was in this situation. He gestured to the damage. “There’s no way I can drive that.”

“We can give you a lift,” the old man said, at the same time the handsome stranger said, “We’ll call you a tow truck.”

“But look at my car!” he said, not sure they understood the direness of the situation.

Artist Guy frowned, then glanced behind Aidan. Following his look, he realized they were blocking traffic. A line of cars snaked through the parking lot, headlights shining on Aidan’s personal disaster.

“I should move my car.” He glanced back at the bent wheel well, frowning. He hoped he could move the car.

“Jesse,” the old man spoke, “you help him push. I’ll get in and put it in neutral.”

They all took their positions, and with some work managed to push the car into an empty space next to the Lincoln Towncar that had so cruelly crunched the Saab. Aidan cringed at the scraping metal sound as his car rolled out of the lane of traffic.

Once off to the side, Jesse pulled out his wallet. He handed his license to Aidan, who stared at it. He took in all the details: 6-foot-1, 175 pounds, brown hair, brown eyes, born one year after Aidan, making him twenty-six.

Jesse cleared his throat, and Aidan glanced up.

“Aren’t you going to take a picture?”

Damn. He’d been staring. The old saying popped into his mind: Take a picture, it’ll last longer.

He flushed. “Sorry.”

He started to hand the license back, but Jesse looked at him as if he had a screw loose. Then it clicked. Take a picture. For insurance. Right.

He dug out his phone and clicked the pic of the license, and then of the insurance card that Jesse handed over. He was still rattled by the accident, thrumming with bottled-up anxiety.

“You okay? You’re pretty twitchy,” Jesse said. “I’m sure the insurance will cover the damage.”

“Yeah, but it’s my car.”


Aidan waved to his car, unsure how to make Jesse understand.

“It was reliable.”

“Um, won’t it still be reliable when it’s fixed?”

“The World Series is in two days.”

“So …”

“Jesse, stop being thick,” the old man interrupted. “Obviously, he was going to drive up to St. Louis, and a Saab is a foreign car. He won’t be able to get the parts locally. Maybe not even the mechanic. They don’t make those cars anymore. He can’t get it fixed in time.”


“I have to go to that game. I go to all the away games within driving distance. I always do. And this is the World Series. I’m going to have to take a bus, and, oh God, I can’t stand to ride the bus—”

“Jesse will drive you.”

Aidan looked at the older man. He had a bushy head of white hair and enough wrinkles to give a Shar-Pei a run for its money, but his tone was confident, the kind of confident that brooked no nonsense. He’d heard that tone from his own mother too many times to count.

“He will?”

“I will?” Jesse echoed. “Gramps, I’m sure Aidan doesn’t want—”

“That would be great!”

Normally, Aidan wouldn’t want to ride long distance with a stranger, but when contrasted with a bus full of strangers, he jumped at the opportunity. Besides, Jesse and his grandfather had been at every home game. If Jesse were some kind of predator or bully, he’d have shown it by now. Right?

He’d only had one other interaction with Jesse. He’d walked up to Aidan once, when he was trying to quickly record the stats from the latest play and compare them against what he’d predicted for that player’s performance. Aidan had been too distracted to make conversation, especially small talk with a stranger. But he couldn’t help noticing his great smile. Jesse was one of those people who smiled with his whole being, not just his mouth. His eyes brightened, his cheeks dimpled and his body even seemed to vibrate with happy energy.

Aidan liked that because it was easy to see Jesse’s happiness. It wasn’t subtle, which would be lost on him, or confusing — like when people’s mouths smiled but their eyes stayed cold. He didn’t understand that. Was he supposed to respond to their mouth or their eyes? And then there were some people who just smiled all the time, even when they said mean things. What did that mean? Smiles could be confusing, but Jesse’s wasn’t.

“I have tickets to the games,” Gramps was saying now. “I was going to ask you to go, as a favor to me.”

“What? But you said in the car—”

“Hush,” Gramps said, a gleam in his eye. “I’m not up for that kind of travel. I want you to go in my place, so you can tell me all about it. You take this nice young man. It’s the least we can do. Watch the games for me, and tell me all about it when you come home.”

Aidan pulled out his phone to call the tow truck, watching the two men in a staring stand-off. He made arrangements for the tow and disconnected in time to see Jesse sigh and nod.

“Okay, Gramps. For you.”

“Good boy,” Gramps said, clapping him on the shoulder.

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Meet the Author


DJ Jamison grew up in the Midwest and worked in newsrooms for more than 10 years, which came in handy when she began writing stories centered on a series of love connections between small-town Kansas newspaper staffers, their sources and their readers. It was the perfect entrance into the world of fiction, and she has since branched out into ERs, health clinics and other settings to tell the stories of characters who are flawed but loveable. She writes a variety of queer characters, from gay to bisexual to asexual, with a focus on telling love stories that are more about common ground than lust at first sight. DJ is married with two sons and two glow-in-the-dark fish that are miraculously still alive.

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Gabbi Reviews: Love by Number by DJ Jamison

Title: Love by Number

Author: DJ Jamison

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages: 71

Characters: Aidan, Jesse

POV: 3rd

Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance

Kisses: 4


Aidan doesn’t have the best record with relationships, but he’s had a lifelong love affair with baseball. Player stats and computer simulations make sense. People don’t. But when he needs a ride to the World Series, he must rely on another person: a sexy artist who is as spontaneous as Aidan is predictable.

Jesse doesn’t care about baseball. As an artist, he’d rather paint a player than watch him at bat. But his grandpa loves the Kansas City Royals, so he takes him to every home game. He has no idea a fender bender in the parking lot is about to deliver new inspiration in the shape of a man with a whole bag of quirks.

Despite their differences, Jesse and Aidan hit it off, and their sexual chemistry is fantastic. But when Aidan’s numbers betray him, Jesse isn’t prepared for the fall-out. If Aidan continues to put his passion for baseball stats above everything else, he could miss out on the most important numbers in life: the number of smiles, kisses and laughs they could share in a journey of a lifetime.


Love by Number is the first book I’ve read by DJ Jamison and it won’t be my last. I thought the author did a good job at writing interesting characters with a fast-paced storyline that I truly enjoyed.

Both Adian and Jesse are complex in their own way. Aidan is a twenty-something man whose love for numbers and calculating the stats for the Royals baseball games. Adian is determined to show that his calculations can predict future plays, runs, and wins. Aidan gets wrapped up into his own world. As a man on the edge of the autistic spectrum, he has difficulty understanding other peoples’ body language and doesn’t relate well to others.

Jesse can’t seem to settle down and make up his mind about what he wants to do with his future. He loves art but doesn’t pursue being an artist. He can be a restless spirit going from job to job, but one thing Jesse does love is his Grandpa.

Jesse is a good man with a devilish sense of humor that I found myself appreciating. It is through this determination and humor that he is able to reach through Aiden’s barriers and become friends with him. I liked the banter these two men came to have and I thought though they were pretty different, they fit well together.

Love by Number is the story of the beginning of Jesse and Aiden’s relationship together. I really enjoyed watching them get to know and even try and fit each other into each other’s lives. Love by Number is a quick and satisfying read that left this reader wishing for more. I liked these two men and know their life together will be a solid and interesting one.

Love by Number is an easy book to recommend. If you are looking for a fast-paced romance with two unique heroes then this is definitely the book for you.


Reviewed By: Gabbi

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Gabbi Reviews: Patrick’s Savior by Nic Starr

Title: Heroes, Book 3: Patrick’s Savior

Author: Nic Starr

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages: 169

Characters: Patrick Edwards, Simon Dawson

POV: 3rd

Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance, Series

Kisses: 4.5


How do you find love when someone doesn’t want you to be happy?

Patrick Edwards is dealing with a double whammy. Unwanted attention from his housemate’s boyfriend is making him feel uncomfortable in his own home, and he’s facing uncertainty with his employment as an administrative assistant at the local elementary school. He finally breathes a sigh of relief when a friend puts him in contact with Simon, who has a vacant room.

Simon Dawson is a paramedic who doesn’t hesitate to help Patrick. After all, no one should live in a house where they don’t feel safe. Simon develops feelings for Patrick, but doesn’t act on them—Patrick’s moved from a bad situation and doesn’t need his new housemate hitting on him. However, a weekend away changes everything when Simon realizes Patrick returns his feelings.

But someone doesn’t want Patrick and Simon to be happy. A series of strange letters arrive at the house, and things will get a lot worse before the two men get their happily ever after.


I have this belief that nice guys DO finish first. Sure, I like that bad boy alpha, but I confess that I prefer to read stories about realistically written men who are genuinely nice guys. In my opinion, there are a few authors who excel at writing thoughtful, intelligent heroes who are kind and caring men and Nic Starr is one of them. I’ve read several books by this author and I’ve enjoyed every one of them. There is something special about the way the relationship develops between her two men and I always find myself quickly enthralled with the story they have to tell.

Both Simon and Patrick are amazing men. Patrick has a knack for being a tad bit clumsy but though he often finds himself in interesting situations, has a warmth and sweetness about him that I couldn’t help but love. On the other hand, Simon is a hero that was well worthy of Patrick. His thoughtfulness and drive to keep Patrick safe and to make him happy really resonated with me as a reader. It was so easy to fall in love with Simon and I totally understood why Patrick was so enamored with him as well.

The relationship between Simon and Patrick is the reason why I loved this story. They fit together so smoothly and the chemistry between them was so strong, it was clear to see that they belong together and I love that when it comes to reading romance.

There is also a mystery/suspenseful plot to the story. Though I figured out who the villain was pretty early on, I still enjoyed the twists and turns Ms. Starr gave me throughout the story. I thought Patrick was blind at times and his instinct to protect Simon was to push him away wasn’t his best move, but in many ways, it was a realistic one. How many of us don’t want to face what’s in front of us and because of it, turn a blind eye to the obvious?

If you are looking for a well-written, thoughtful romance than Patrick’s Savior is the book for you. Although it is the third book in the series, it can easily be read as a stand-alone story. I DO recommend reading all of the Heroes books because once you meet these guys, you too will love them as much as I do.

Highly Recommended!

The Heroes books are:

Charlie’s Hero

Andrew’s Promise

Patrick’s Savior

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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Gabbi Reviews: Tender with a Twist by Annabeth Albert

Title:  Rainbow Cove, Book 2: Tender with a Twist

Author:  Annabeth Albert

Publisher:  Self-Published

Pages:  288

Characters:  Curtis Hunt, Logan Rosner

POV:  Alternating 1st

Sub-Genre:  Contemporary, BDSM, May/December, Series Romance

Kisses:  5


One kinky wood carver. One younger chef looking to try new things. A series of lessons that bring both men more than they bargained for…

Curtis Hunt has made a name for himself as a chainsaw wood carver, winning national competitions and operating a small business in Rainbow Cove, Oregon. As winter whittles away his tourist traffic, his goal is just to survive the season and try to not get lost in grief for his dead lover. It’s been two years, but he’s sure he’ll never be over the love of a lifetime. However, his body has a certain restlessness that he doesn’t quite know how to calm.

Logan Rosner knows a thing or two about restlessness. It’s what drove him to Rainbow Cove to be a chef at a bar and grill run by his friends. And it’s what drives him to a single sizzling encounter with the local legendary lumberjack. Both men get far more than they expected and learn that first impressions aren’t always accurate…

But when Logan proposes a series of sexy lessons, Curtis must decide how much he’s willing to risk. He knows he can’t afford to get attached to Logan’s good cooking, his easy smiles, or his caretaking, but he keeps going back for more, even as deeper emotions become involved. Soon, Curtis must decide whether to risk his heart again or risk losing Logan for good.


Tender with a Twist is the second book in the Rainbow Cove series by Annabeth Albert. As most of you know, I totally loved the first book, Trust with a Chaser and I was super excited to read Curtis and Logan’s story. I’m thrilled to say that I loved this book almost as much as I enjoyed the first one and I absolutely can’t wait to see what Ms. Albert has in store for us next!

We met Logan and Curtis in Trust with a Chaser. Both men play pretty strong secondary characters (especially Logan) so I admit I was already invested into these two heroes lives before I started reading this book. One of the great things about this story is the way Ms. Albert seems to get to the heart and soul of her characters. Not only do they live and breathe off of the written page and despite their many flaws, they are easy to love. I personally enjoyed watching both of these two men truly work at changing their lives and making the hard choices and adaptions it takes to have a life together.

I admit that there were times I wondered if widowed Curtis would ever allow himself to be happy again. His grief is so great, that my heart broke for him. He pushes others away with his gruff exterior, but deep inside, Curtis truly longs to live again. Curtis’ journey isn’t always easy…for him or for us to read because there is so much fear and guilt he must work through before he allows his heart to trust and love again.

Logan also goes through a lot of changes in this story. For years he is has pushed his true desires aside and has done many things to please others instead of being his true self. I enjoyed watching Logan blossom into the man he strives to be, both to himself and to Curtis.

I also appreciated how the age difference between the two heroes wasn’t swept under the rug. I thought Ms. Albert did a great job at tackling this issue realistically and I understood the fears that Curtis particularly has because he is much older than Logan.

In the end, Logan and Curtis won over my heart and I loved the story they had to tell. The Rainbow Cove series has become one of my favorites and I cannot wait until the next book is released!

Although Tender with a Twist could be read as a stand-alone in this series, I recommend that you read these books in series order. All of the characters in this series play an important role within these heroes’ lives. Believe me when I say that these characters will live long in your heart long after you finish the book.

Highly Recommended!

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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Come meet Aly Hayden and win a copy of her NEW Release Exposure!!


Title: Exposure

Author: Aly Hayden

Publisher: Self-published

Cover Artist: Aria from Resplendent Media

Genres: Contemporary M/M Romance

Length: 61,000 words/150 pages approx.

It is the first book in the Drawn Together series.

Each book follows a different couple, so there’s a HEA and no cliffhanger.



Sam Hayward’s parents think he has a boyfriend. And he does… in his dreams. But when they insist Sam bring his partner to the annual Labor Day family reunion, his options are to either admit it was all a lie or find a stand-in in a hurry. The trouble is that his lies have all been based on one very real man.

Ben Matheny has been hurt before. When he’s bribed into playing a part by his friends, he fleshes out Sam’s dreams, but it’s like flying too close to the sun. He’s always had a crush on Sam, and now they’re going to the Hamptons to spend a week pretending they’re lovers, everything is getting harder.

When Ben uncovers another lie Sam has told – that Ben is every bit as rich as Sam is – things begin to unravel. If Sam isn’t happy with who Ben is, Ben can’t stick around to get burned again.

With their hearts on the line, the two must fight for their dreams as the pressure mounts. It would be so easy to admit that it was all a sham, but some dreams are worth the risk.



“Guess we have the hot tub all to ourselves,” Ben said with a smile.

He didn’t know whether he meant the words to be flirtatious or not. It was one thing to flirt when there were other people present. That was just what he did, how he interacted with people. Deliberately flirting with Sam was different. Dangerous.

“Guess we do.”

Sam’s voice was lower than usual. Almost seductive. There was no one around that would make Sam feel like he had to play the part of the boyfriend, which meant only one thing: Sam was actually into him. The signs were all there, if Ben was reading them correctly—the way Sam had taken to holding his hand, the morning wood after cuddling all night long, the look Sam had given him when he’d seen Ben in the shorts. And then there was that thing he had started to say right before they had gotten on the boat.

Much as Ben wanted to believe that Sam might have feelings for him too, there was still a part of him that wasn’t sure. There was certainly one way for him to find out, though. The hot tub was big enough for about six people, so naturally they had taken corners along the same wall. Slowly, Ben moved closer and closer to Sam, until they were sitting side by side. He took a deep breath, steeling his nerves, and let his leg brush against Sam’s.

“What are you doing?” Sam’s voice was low and husky, and when Ben looked up, he found Sam’s pupils so large that only a sliver of hazel showed around the edges.

He swallowed hard. “Getting closer to you.”

His heart beat so fast that his chest ached as he waited for Sam to do something. Say something. Have any reaction at all. It had been so easy when it was just flirting, but this…this was terrifying.

Seconds passed, though, and Sam didn’t move away. Instead, he leaned back against the side of the hot tub and slid his hand into Ben’s, underneath the water.

“I’m glad you’re here,” he said softly.

Encouraged by the reaction, Ben shifted down a bit and let his head rest on Sam’s shoulder. “Me too.” They sat in silence for a few seconds. Ben didn’t want to ruin the moment, but he knew that if he didn’t say anything, he would regret it. “Before, when we were about to get on the boat. What were you going to say?”

“I um…” Sam scratched at the back of his neck. “I was going to say, what if—”

“Sammy, Benny!”

Ben whipped around to see Karrigan. Someone had escaped from nap time. He fought to suppress a groan. Looked like this conversation would have to wait.

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Aly Hayden has loved writing ever since she learned to pick up a pencil. As a child, she used to write short stories, then progressed to novels of various genres, none of which were ever published – for good reason. She started writing fanfiction in 2011, publishing on Archive of Our Own. After finding M/M romance in 2012, she fell in love and made it her mission to write one of her own one day. When Aly isn’t writing, she can be found playing with her lovable Yorkie and watching old reruns of House Hunters.

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Lydia Reviews: One Last Try by Kari Gregg

TITLE: One Last Try
Author: Kari Gregg
Publisher: Self Published
Pages: 155
Characters: Nox and Dio
POV: 1st Person
Sub-Genre: Shape-shifter
Kisses: 4


When Nox was fourteen, his brother Joth murdered their older brother, their mother, and a human girl. Nox survived, but the attack wrecked his womb. Shattered, Nox rejected the pack who fumbled helping a barren, grief-stricken omega cope. He built a new purpose for himself as a master craftsman. Mating? No thanks. He’s better off alone.

Humans studied Joth in prison until his father’s death ended the weekly visits. Joth demands Nox in their father’s stead in exchange for resuming therapy and tests… thereby risking the destruction of Nox’s carefully ordered world. Again.

The pack drafts alpha fixer Dio to untangle the mess. One sniff of the wary omega convinces him Nox is his mate. New medical treatments offer a slim possibility Nox could bear children, but if the past years taught shifters anything, it is an omega’s value is greater than his fertility. Reconciling Nox with his pack is more important. Laying to rest the ghosts haunting Nox is too. Learning to trust? Vital.

Dio just needs to coax Nox into one last try.


One Last Try is the latest release from author Kari Gregg. This shifter story is sure to be a hit with her fans and those trying her for the first time. Before I go any further in this review however, it is important for me to let everyone know that this book touches on several topics that could be triggers. For that reason, please think twice if abuse in one form or the other is something you are uncomfortable with.

One Last Try has the usual alpha and omega pair up, but that is the only commonality this story has with others in its sub-genre ends. Dio is an alpha fixer. When a pack has issues, and no alpha to rule over it, Dio goes in and cleans up any problems while finding the right alpha to take over. When his job is finished, he moves on to the next pack. From the start, it is clear that this time will be different, especially since Nox turns out to be his mate.

Nox is an omega, but one unlike any other. He keeps himself away from the rest of the pack, having as little contact with them as possible. He also has no wish to be dominated by any alpha. When readers learn of his history everything about Nox becomes clear. In fact, there were times I was close to tears and could totally understand why Nox was the way he was.

I want to say that the relationship that develops between these two men is one of love and caring right from the beginning, but that is not necessarily true. When Nox’s father dies, Dio forces Nox to take his place visiting Joth so that the human authorities can continue to study him. There were times I really wanted to smack Dio and thought he was being too hard on Nox. I also thought he used his strength against Nox at times. One of the things I did like was the fact that Dio has Nox go into therapy, something that should have been forced on the young man a long time ago.

While this story is at times hard to get through, it is good. I think many readers will enjoy it if they keep in mind that it is very raw at times. Those that have read other stories by Ms. Gregg know that her stories do not always follow the easy path. One Last Try is no different.


Reviewed By: Lydia

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Gabbi Reviews: The Masterpiece by Bonnie Dee

Title: The Masterpiece
Author: Bonnie Dee
Publisher: Self-Published
Pages: 142
Characters: Arthur Lawton, Joe Sprat
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Historical Romance
Kisses: 5+


Built from the bottom up: one perfect gentleman.

Man about town Arthur Lawton spends his days pursuing entertainment while shoeshine Joe Sprat labors to better his family’s lives. When an argument about nature versus nurture sparks a wager, Arthur swears to a friend he can turn this working man into a gentleman who will pass at a society function.

Joe is happy to participate in the experiment for a fee but receives more than he bargained for after moving into Lawton’s house. Arthur is determined Joe won’t merely wear a veneer of sophistication but educates him in every way. As he creates his new and improved man, Arthur grows more deeply infatuated with him, while Joe falls equally hard for his charismatic mentor.

Underneath a growing friendship, desire simmers and one day explodes. After their relationship escalates, the pair exists in a dream bubble until the threat of exposure sharply reminds them they belong in different worlds. When the ball is over, each must resume his own life, changed by their encounter but destined for different courses.

Find out if love is strong enough to bridge the gap between peer and pauper in this twist on the tale of My Fair Lady.


The Masterpiece by Bonnie Dee is a brilliantly written romance set in 1909 London. Not only was I immediately swept up into the lives of these characters, the historic setting was almost as captivating.
The blurb describes the story so well, there is really no reason for me to rehash it. Instead, I thought I’d write the reasons why I loved this story and why it’s one of my favorite books I’ve read this year.

To say that I loved this book is an understatement. Not only was it a beautifully told romance, I became addicted to these two heroes. Coming from two totally different lives and circumstances, they shouldn’t have fit together so perfectly…but they did.

There is an honest emotional connection between them. It was easy to see how much they came to like, respect and admire one another. I loved the friendship they developed and enjoyed the camaraderie and easy banter they shared together as their story progressed. When they do give into the heated attraction they have for one another, it is a natural and beautiful step in their relationship.

Actually, heated attraction is an understatement. WHEW! The sizzling chemistry they shared steamed up my computer screen! After a scene or two, I found myself needing to turn on the fan to cool off! *Fans Self*

There isn’t anything I didn’t love about this story and the two heroes. They will live with me long after I write this review and I know I will have to read this book again, just to have my Joe and Arthur fix. In my opinion, Bonnie Dee is one of the best gay historical romance authors out there, and her books are not to be missed. I’ve loved each and every one of them and I can’t wait to read more stories written by her in the future.

If you love historical romance…read this book. If you love sexy heroes that are so well-written they live off of the written page…read this book. If you are craving a fast-paced romance that will live with you long after you finish reading it…read this book.

I honestly can’t recommend it enough.

Highly Recommended!

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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