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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Gabbi Reviews: Just His by Shawn Lane


Title: Just His
Author: Shawn Lane
Publisher: JMS Books
Pages: 49
Characters: Adrian Michels, Geoff Spencer
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance
Kisses: 4

Blurb:

After his boss at the hospital suggests he take a sabbatical for a much-needed rest, neurologist Geoff Spencer ends up at his friend’s cabin in Big Bear, California. But to Geoff’s surprise, his former lover is also there — his friend’s brother, the beautiful Adrian Michels, a brooding artist and a “commitment-phobe” who broke Geoff’s heart years earlier before leaving unexpectedly for Europe.

Now, Adrian suggests a no-strings affair while Geoff is with him in Big Bear. Although torn, Geoff eventually agrees. But what he really wants is for Adrian to be his — Just His — for eternity …

Review:

It’s easy to admit that I enjoy Shawn Lane’s stories. Her heroes are always interesting and I always find myself getting wrapped up into the story they have to tell.

As soon as I started this story, I was immediately swept up into the lives of these two men. Both Geoff and Adrian were likeable men whose paths once again meet after breaking up several years ago.

Geoff is a doctor whose personal and professional life is in an uproar because of a string of unfortunate events. When he is forced to take a sabbatical, Geoff agrees to stay at his friend’s family cabin for the duration so he can hopefully get his life back in order. When he arrives, Geoff is surprised when his first and only love, Adrian, answers the door. Geoff hasn’t seen Adrian since Adrian broke up with him years ago and isn’t sure what to do or how to react. When Adrian insists that Geoff at least stay for the night-if not longer- Geoff reluctantly agrees to do so.

At first glance the two men do not seem to fit together. Sure, there is a heated chemistry between them, but Adrian is a free-spirited artist who has had many lovers and a carefree lifestyle, whereas, Geoff is a stable man who craves a monogamous relationship instead.

As the story continues we quickly see why the two men broke up. Through this, we realize that the two men did fit together, despite living very different lives. I ended up really rallying behind Geoff and Adrian’s budding relationship with the hope that somehow they find a way to work through their differences and be together.

This is a short novel and I truly wish it had been longer. Though I was thrilled to see Geoff and Adrian together, I found myself wondering what kind of problems and road blocks these two men would have in the future. Adrian admits several time both to Geoff and to himself that he has a hard time thinking he can be with just one man, but he agrees to be monogamous because he loves Geoff and wants to be with him. It would have been interesting to see how and if they are truly able to work through this and if a free-spirit like Adrian can really commit to one place and one man.

Despite this, I really, really liked this book. It’s a great edition to the ‘His’ series and like the other books, can be read as a stand-alone book in the series. I enjoyed the story the two men had to tell and loved the happy ending. If you are looking for a quick and sexy read with intriguing characters that live and breathe off of the written page, then Just His is definitely the book for you!

Recommended!

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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Gabbi Reviews: Becoming His by Shawn Lane


Title: Becoming His
Author: Shawn Lane
Publisher: JMS Books
Pages: 65
Characters: Tobias Sherwood, Lucas Cartwright
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance
Kisses: 4.25

Blurb:

A stripper in a gay club, Toby Sherwood has been a fan of bisexual actor, Lucas Cartwright, and his cable detective show, Harrow’s Eyes, for months, so when he’s invited to a taping of the show, he can hardly wait. Too bad the hunky actor already has a girlfriend.

Lucas has been charmed by the sexy Toby ever since he met him at the hospital during his brother’s accident. When he breaks up with his girlfriend shortly after Toby comes by the set of his show, Lucas begins to romance Toby.

With concerns over Lucas’s career and Toby’s dancing for other men, can the hot actor and the sexy stripper find happiness in each other’s arms?

Review:

Becoming His is the second book in the ‘His’ series and so far, my favorite. I admit, I totally fell for Toby in the first book, Accidentally His and was anxious to read his story.

I’ve read several books by this author and there are certain types of characters that she writes and excels at. I love her more unique and flamboyant heroes. She seems to have a real knack at creating them to be lovable and sexy men. Toby is one of my favorite heroes that she’s created. He’s fun, sweet and his zest for life brought a smile to my face.

When Toby gets the opportunity to hang out with Lucas at the studio, he doesn’t hesitate. Toby had met the soon-to-be television star once before and since then, Lucas has been forefront on his mind. Toby doesn’t believe he has any type of chance with Lucas. For one thing, Lucas has a girlfriend and although Lucas admits to be bisexual, Toby knows that flamboyancy and his job as a stripper would give any actor trying to become famous a second thought about being seen with him.

Lucas is not always what he seems. He’s handsome, smart and on his way to becoming a famous actor. When Lucas met Toby, he was immediate struck by Toby’s sexiness and outgoing personality, but since he had a girlfriend at the time, he tried to put Toby out of his mind. Now that he’s single, Lucas can’t help but continue to be drawn to Toby and is driven by the need and desire to be with him.

I liked these two men and I loved them together. I thought the chemistry they shared between them was a strong one and I enjoyed the banter and camaraderie they shared at times with one another. When their budding relationship is tested, both men must work hard and work together if they want to continue to be together.

The reason this is not a five star read for me is the loose ends that I thought needed to be answered. Though the ending is a good one, it left me wondering what was going to happen to Toby and his job and what Lucas’s agent and other executives were going to handle Lucas being with a stripper. I did appreciate Lucas and Toby’s willingness and determination to be together and I can’t help but hope that their story will continue in another book because I wanted to read more about them.

If you are looking for a quick, sexy read then Becoming His by Shawn Lane is definitely a good choice. Ms. Lane’s easy style of writing and talented storytelling ability shines through the eyes of her characters and the story they have to tell.

Recommended!

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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Gabbi Reviews: 2016 Top Ten Gay Romance by Becky Black, TA Creech, Rebecca James, Shawn Lane, JL Merrow, AR Moler, Michael P. Thomas, Tinnean and JD Walker


Title: 2016 Top Ten Gay Romance
Authors: Becky Black, TA Creech, Rebecca James, Shawn Lane, JL Merrow, AR Moler, Michael P. Thomas, Tinnean and JD Walker
Publisher: JMS Books
Pages: 360
Characters: Multiple
POV: 3rd, 1st
Sub-Genre: Contemporary, Science Fiction, Holiday
Kisses: 4.25

Blurb:

2016 Top Ten Gay Romance brings together the best-selling short stories published by JMS Books that year.

From first love to true love, from submission to sensual, from heat to sweet and everything in between, the couples in these stories are sure to keep you turning the pages as you fall in love with them.

With stories by Becky Black, T.A. Creech, Rebecca James, Shawn Lane, J.L. Merrow, A.R. Moler, Terry O’Reilly, Michael P. Thomas, Tinnean, and J.D. Walker, this head-over-heels collection goes beyond bedtime reading. Whether happily ever after or happy for now, there’s an ending for everyone in here!

Contains the stories: Me and My Big Mouth by Becky Black, Captive by T.A. Creech, Love Lost, Love Found by Rebecca James, Accidentally His by Shawn Lane, A Pint of Beer, a Bag of Chips, and Thou by J.L. Merrow, For the Last Time by A.R. Moler, First and Goal by Terry O’Reilly, It’s Not Yule, It’s Me by Michael P. Thomas, In His Line of Work by Tinnean, and And This is Ed by J.D. Walker.

Review:

When it comes to reading an anthology, it easily turn into a tricky read for me. Though I’ve read many of them, most leave me wanting for more. I’m glad to say that 2016 Top Ten Gay Romance Anthology was filled with many great stories with characters that I really found myself rooting for. Each and every story was interesting and every story was well worth reading.

Me and My Big Mouth by Becky Black

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Kisses

This is the first story I’ve read by this author and I really liked it. I thought the characters were interesting and I liked the main character, Max the best. He’s funny and has a way of putting his foot in his mouth and I thought his honesty and bluntness was refreshing. I also like the May/December aspect of the story, as well as, the ‘opposites attract’ storyline. He and Owen are a good match and though it ended on a HFN ending, I have high hopes for them.

Captive by TA Creech
Rating: 5 out of 5 Kisses

WOW! This is the first story I’ve read by TA Creech and after reading Captive, it won’t be my last! I loved the descriptive storytelling ability this author has and I was immediately wrapped up into these characters lives. The world-building the author created for this science fiction romance was great and I enjoyed watching Justin and Sajah’s relationship develop. For a short story it is pretty well-written and balanced…selfishly I wish it had been longer…I loved it!

Lost Love, Love Found by Rebecca James
Rating: 4

Lost Love, Love Found is a sweet holiday story between to heroes that learn to trust in the power of love. Dane’s wife died three years ago and he’s been living with both of sorrow of losing her and the guilt of not being honest with her about several things. *Read it and find out what they are* When he spots a homeless man on the side of the road, Dane’s protective instincts take over and he decides to give into the holiday spirit and help the man, Sayer, out.

I liked the chemistry the two men shared together. There is an instant emotional bond between them and I enjoyed the banter they shared together. Though I like an insta-love romance, I thought this one was a tad bit on the rushed side…especially toward the end.

Accidentally His by Shawn Lane
Rating: 3.25 out of 5 Kisses!

When I first started this story, I thought I would love it. Then as the story progressed, our main hero, Kirk’s, attitude began to change and was a bit of a jerk to Elijah. It was strange because one moment Kirk acts like he wants to get to know Elijah and is fascinated with him and then next *when he has Elijah interested* Kirk doesn’t call and acts kind of jerky…wth? Though I thought Elijah was so sweet, the character that intrigued me the most was Toby, who was a secondary character. I would love to read his story. I have conflicting feelings about this read because I really liked Kirk in the beginning, but not so much in the middle and end.

Because of Kirk’s insensitivity I thought Elijah deserved better and though he had an explanation for his showing lack of interest, I never got back on board with him. I’m sorry. Maybe if the book was longer the characterization would have been more fleshed out and I would have enjoyed it better. In the end, I liked the story, I just didn’t love it like I thought I would in the beginning. Having said this, there will be many people who will love Kirk and Elijah’s relationship. Ms. Lane is a solid storyteller and knows how to write heated chemistry that can leap out of the written page. I’m sure there are many fans of hers that will enjoy the story Kirk had to tell.

A pint of beer, a bag of chips and thou by JL Merrow
Rating: 4 out of 5 Kisses!

A Pint of Beer, A Bag of Chips and Thou is a sweet and fast-paced story about a struggling musician and his quirky family. To make extra money, Liam plays at the local tube. He enjoys playing for strangers, hoping to make their day a little brighter by the music he shares with them. Also, he has been watching a sexy older man walk by daily who seems to enjoy the songs he plays. When his three lovable older female relatives decide to take matters into their own hands, will Liam’s hope the sexy man will finally speak to him?

This story is told in first person through Liam’s eyes. I enjoyed the story he had to tell and loved the ‘coven’ of female relatives who joyfully interfere with his life. Liam’s romance with Neil is a sweet thing to watch too. I enjoyed their heated chemistry and the easy banter they shared between them. JL Merrow wrote a feel-good, quirky story with lovable characters and two heroes you can’t help but love.

For the Last Time by AR Moler
Rating: 2.5 out of 5 Kisses!

For the Last Time spans Mark and Scott’s friendship over the past twenty years. It is a friends to lovers romance that had great potential to be an amazing story. But because of the length and because it felt rushed at times, I thought it took away from the story Scott and Mark had to tell. Also, because both men tried to push aside their physical and emotional attraction towards one another, they live as straight men who are married *more than once in one heroes case* and are still married as they explore their sexuality and feelings for one another. I’m not crazy about cheating heroes. In a way I understood why they lived in fear and in the closet for so long and if the story had been more fleshed out and longer, I might would have gotten on board with them more than I did. In the end, I liked the two men and in some ways their story is a sweet one. The author has a way of writing compelling characters who live and breathe off of the written page. I just wish it had been a full length novel.

First and Goal by Terry O’Reilly
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Kisses!

First and Goal is a sexy short story that packed a lot of punch. I really enjoyed reading about the two men and was intrigued watching their relationship develop as the story was told. Since Brad is an NFL player who is not out of the closet, his boyfriend Darrin, must keep their relationship under wraps. This can lead to problems and Darrin *who is a dancer* begins to feel the strain of having to live a life separate from Brad a secret. Darrin longs to be together all of the time and to begin to really share their life together, but because Brad is afraid of the ramifications of coming out, Darrin continues to push his own wants aside.

Because Brad feels like he needs to keep his sexuality and Darrin a secret, this story could have been one sided. But because Brad is a likeable man and it is obvious that keeping away from Darrin hurts him too, it was easy to understand the predicament they were in. I liked how the story resolved itself and loved the chemistry these two men shared together. First and Goal is a quick and sexy read that is easy to like and so enjoyable to read.

I’m looking forward to reading more books by this author in the future.

It’s Not Yule, it’s Me by Michael P. Thomas
Rating: 5 out of 5 Kisses!

To my knowledge, this is the first story I’ve read by Michael P. Thomas and after reading this little gem of a story, it won’t be my last. I was immediately swept up into the lives of these two men and absolutely loved the story they had to tell. For a short story, I thought it was very well-developed and well-rounded. Although I do wish the story had been longer, but only because of my selfish reasons, not because the story wasn’t a complete one.

I loved the chemistry Shannon and Ben shared together. I highly enjoyed watching their relationship evolve from strangers to lovers. Both men are likeable and though they find themselves in interesting situations *Shannon has some unique Christmas experiences* I really found myself rooting for them to be together. It’s Not Yule, It’s Me is a warm and romantic story that will live in your heart long after you finish reading the story.

In His Line of Work by Tinnean
Rating: 2 out of 5 Kisses

This is going to sound a little strange, but I think I’m lost on this story. As I read and finished it, I felt like I had fallen somehow in the middle of another story and I was a little lost and confused. Deuce is an interesting character, but he is still a bit of a mystery. As is most of the story to me. *Scratches my head*

There seems to be a lot going on and a past I’m not sure about, so it makes me wonder if this book was part of a series or what. Because it felt incomplete to me and I felt like I fell into a rabbit hole, it was a hard for me to follow. I imagine fans of this author’s work will know exactly what is going on and will truly enjoy the story.

And This is Ed by JD Walker
Rating: 5 out of 5

I’ve read a couple of books by JD Walker, but after reading this short story, I’ll be actively looking for more by this author. I really liked our main hero Ed. Ed is a well-written three dimensional character that I think a lot of people will be able to relate with. He manages the cleaning crew and it’s because of this, Ed is often overlooked, poked fun at and treated like he doesn’t matter. He’s been hurt in the past and to keep others from hurting him again, Ed has built a wall around his heart. When he meets Titus, a new manager that Ed must work with, Ed is immediately attracted to the soft-spoken and seemingly sweet and thoughtful man.

I don’t want to give anything away but I was surprised by what happened. I felt anger and hurt for Ed. BUT saying this, I was very happy that underneath his sometimes gruff exterior, Ed knows how to forgive and love and allows himself to take chances. I liked the way his relationship continues to grow with Titus and have big hopes for them in the future.

As you can see almost all of these stories were very well-written and enjoyable reads. 2016 Top Ten Gay Romance is an easy book to recommend if you are looking for some romantic reads on a cold, rainy day.

Highly Recommended!

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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Tempted to Taste by Shawn Lane


Title: Tempted To Taste
Author: Shawn Lane
Publisher: Amber Allure
Pages: 60
Sub-Genre: Contemporary, Series
Kisses: 4




Blurb:

Ryan Callahan’s parents died in a boating accident off Sutter’s Bay when he was five years old. Now, Ryan is back in the bay and ready to live in the Victorian reproduction house his father built for his mother. And he’s also ready to get his dream job as a chef. The job of head chef seems to fall into his lap when the bay’s newest restaurant, Mabry’s, is short-staffed, but when the sexy-as-sin owner, Chris Mabry, returns from vacation, he fires the inexperienced Ryan on the spot. Ryan’s dream seems to be over before he gets a chance to prove himself. Yet when Chris quickly realizes his restaurant is truly failing without the help of a creative and talented chef, he rehires Ryan. As Mabry’s prospects for success take a turn for the better, things start to sizzle between Ryan and Chris. And soon, Ryan is cooking for Chris…personally………..

Review:

I enjoyed Tempted to Taste by Shawn Lane, I found it very well written and the characters both believable and lovable.

Both Ryan and Chris have had their hearts broken recently, but when they found themselves attracted to each other almost immediately, they did not hold back on giving each other a chance.

Of course with all good stories we wish it could have been longer, but I did not feel cheated when I finished it.

I recommend Tempted to Taste and hope you look into Shawn Lane’s other works, I don’t feel you will be disappointed!

Reviewed by: Cheryl

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Arresting Love by Shawn Lane


Title: Arresting Love
Author: Shawn Lane
Publisher: Evernight Publishing
Pages: 31
Kisses: 4
Contemporary Alternative (m/m) Romance




Blurb:

Aspiring chef, Taylor Gershwin, needs a new place to live and someone in his friend’s apartment building is advertising for a roommate.

It sounds perfect. He’d be close to his best friend and it’s not too far from his job as a short order cook and the chef school he attends. Sure the guy he’d be roommates with, Mike Hanovan, is something of a Neanderthal. A big brawny guy with a snake tattoo who also happens to be a Vice Cop…and hot as hell.

Review:

Taylor is absolutely adorable, he collects stuffed animals, wears make up on occasions and has bipolar disorder.

Mike is a big tough vice cop who can’t believe how beautiful Taylor is, but he’s a little confused about the stuffed animals, make up and the Taylor’s bipolar disorder.

In this short story, the sex is hot and once the misconceptions about each other are cleared up, the decision to try a relationship is decided upon and yes…the sex is still hot!

I liked this story and it is left up to our imaginations where the future takes them two men.

Shawn Lane is always a delight to read, I recommend this story.

Reviewed by: Cheryl