Let me just start by saying that I love Yaoi-Con so much. Its the only place where I can get things for me and find things that are not yaoi for my kids. It's like perfection in a con. I love seeing my fellow authors, (Augusta Li and Eon de Beaumont, EM Lynley, Zee Kensington and my bestie Amy Lane), seeing DSP staff I adore, (Anne Regan and Julianne Bentley), all the amazing costumes, and finding the booths of my favorite online web-comics. This year was awesome, where the DSP table was, we were right across from Starfighter (which I read slavishly and helped fund the Kickstarter for), four down from Teahouse, and on the other side was Alex Woolfson who is responsible for Yaoi 911, Artifice and The Young Protectors. He signed my book so graciously even as I demanded that he get The Annihilator and Kyle back together. He probably thought I was a crazy woman.
All my Teahouse keychains.
I enjoyed talking to my fans, Kelly, Mary and sign books for their sister Amy who was not there but who apparently is just as picky about her books as I am about mine. No bent corners please. If I jack up my own books, that's okay, but no one else can. Its always so much fun to talk about books and other writing projects.
Young Protectors, Starfighter and Teahouse
I'm so glad that Yaoi-Con came back this year, they took a hiatus last year in 2013 so I haven't gone since it was in Long Beach in 2012. I hope I can go next year too as I always enjoy it. I so love setting up the DSP table and having people come and ask what we have. Talking about books I love by authors I love makes me think I missed my calling and I should have worked in a bookstore. But all in all a wonderful time. I didn't buy as much actual yaoi as I normally do but Jo Chen wasn't there and sadly I buy so much during the year and I've gotten pickier about who I collect since my bookshelf space is getting smaller. But I'm sure I will next year and I already can't wait. For a con where the early bird registration fee is only $45.00, you really can't go wrong. Hope so see a lot more folks there next year in San Francisco in the fall.
Happy Sunday all. This is the gorgeous cover that the amazing Reese Dante made for me for my latest novella Blue Days. It will be out in November. Here's the blurb:
Falling for a coworker is rarely a good idea,
especially for a man getting a last chance at salvaging his career. But from
the moment Dwyer Knolls sees the beautiful but socially awkward Takeo Hiroyuki,
he seems destined to make bad decisions.
Takeo’s life is a string of failed attempts to
please his traditional Japanese father. Unfortunately, succeeding in business
turns out to be just as difficult for Takeo as changing from gay to straight.
In fact, the only thing Takeo seems to truly excel at is taking notice of Dwyer
When Dwyer and Takeo head to Mangrove, Florida on a
real estate buying trip, their tentative friendship combusts and becomes much
more. Is their sudden connection real enough to bank their futures on, or
should they chalk the whole thing up to the daze inspired by the blue ocean
I'll be interested to hear what you all think. In other news, I'll be at Yaoi-Con for two days this coming week. The event goes through Sunday, but I'll only be there for Friday and Saturday. So if you're in the Bay Area, please pop over and see me and Amy Lane. We'd love to visit with you and Amy will be there through Sunday. I hope everyone has an awesome new week.
Greetings, everyone! Many thanks to Mary once again for
allowing me to bring another edition of Booyah Books to all of you. We've got
another great and varied selection of titles that make our top choices for Book
of the Month in August. Whether you've read all of them, some of them, or none
at all, I hope you'll find a book or two on the list that you loved as much as
we did, or will consider adding to your TBR lost to love in the weeks to come.
Tina – Bliss by Lisa Henry and Heidi Belleau – “The amazing skill with which Lisa
Henry and Heidi Belleau develop these characters and let them reveal and see
just the tiniest glimpses of truth, which enable them to realize all may not be
as it appears, is a beautiful thing. I loved Rory and Tate! I wanted to see
them triumph over the evil and prove that appearances ARE deceiving.
The secondary characters are as loveable and loathsome as
they are intended to be. Rory’s boss is just the polar opposite of what he
initially appears to be. It is rare that a bad guy is written to be as bad as
this one and doesn’t read like too much of a caricature. This man felt real,
and I wanted him to get the same treatment he had inflicted on so many others.
Bliss had all
the ingredients in just the right measurements to make a delicious read. I read
it in one sitting and would happily have had more. Riptide Publishing is
keeping its stellar reputation alive by continuing to publish great quality,
well-written books by amazingly talented authors. This is one I strongly
recommend for everyone.”
Jackie – Names Can
Never Hurt Me by Wade Kelly – “Wade
Kelly did a fabulous job with this story, and I loved most of the characters by
the end of the book. The ones I didn’t like weren’t meant to be liked, and I
loved how she made these characters unlikable but realistic. Once Nick realized
which friends were good for him and which ones were leading him down the wrong
road, he had a decision to make and some serious soul searching to do. I
completely believed the struggle he went through, and I believe he is well on
his way to redemption. I don’t think he has finished his journey, but for this
story I believe he did all he could.
Out of all the secondary characters in this book, Corey
Parrish was my absolute fave. I will just be devastated if Ms. Kelly doesn’t
give Corey his very own HEA. If anyone earned one in this book, it was Corey.
I would highly recommend this book, and I double dare you
not to love it!”
Lynn – Once Broken
by Kol Anderson – “As with season
one, this first story in season two starts out with a bang and keeps on going.
I can’t say it enough times, Mr. Anderson has a way with bringing you into his
stories and captivating you with his technique of emotional storytelling. I’m
not gushing too much, am I? Well, it’s how I feel, not apologizing for it. I am
in awe of this author.
We meet Carter, who we briefly met at the end of Season One.
He becomes another victim in Vincent’s dark, vicious world and, unbeknownst to
Carter, Aaron’s ‘replacement’. The brutality and torment Carter goes through is
atrocious. The author brings us into the depths of Carter’s mind. We feel his
pain, confusion, and fear. We see the horror that is Carter’s life now. Instead
of the author focusing on the torture used in training the slave in Aaron’s
story, the author fast forwards to what happens after that. He takes us to the
brothel where the sex slave victims are at the mercy of others with their sick
perversions. If the training wasn’t bad enough, the brothel itself was on a
whole other level of abuse. What really left me with chills – now it was
crystal clear – this isn’t just a handful of sickos. This was a lucrative, no
holds barred, successful business made possible by the kidnapping and
deprogramming of innocent people against their will. I was also left thinking, can
this be happening right now in the real world? How are they getting away with
Lana – Pride and
Modern Prejudice by AJ Michaels –
“Pride and Modern Prejudice is
loaded with superb supporting characters. The originals are all here and give
an extra life to the story. Now, back to Liam and Darcy! The sexual chemistry
between them was palpable. While Darcy is gay and makes the first move thinking
Liam is too, Liam is straight but feels this connection to Darcy. Thinking his
emotions are hate and anger but realizing that it’s lust and attraction
instead. Liam comes to grips with his sexuality. Darcy, ever the gentleman,
steps back and let’s Liam make his own conclusions. There is no sex in this
book, which made me very disappointed. LOL. It’s only alluded to that they
spent the night together. There are, however, a couple of hot kisses that will
leave you hot and bothered. I guess the author wanted to stay true to the
original and leave it at that. But boy, the sex between Darcy and Liam would
have been Hot. Darcy, the more experienced lover, showing Liam all the ins and
I love Pride and
Modern Prejudice!! Get it, and don’t be prejudiced because it’s an old
fashioned story. It’s worth it.”
Sammy – Filthy
Acquisitions by Edmond Manning –
“Edmond Manning’s story, Filthy
Acquisitions, is an act of forgiveness written in the guise of a sweet,
innocuous story. When Keldon comes face to face with someone he really wants to
be worthy of, his past roils up within him, forcing him to look closely at not
only how he normally becomes a chameleon, taking on any and all characteristics
to please his lover, but that he has stooped to doing a job so heinous he can
barely stomach it.
Filthy Acquisitions takes
aim at the feelings of longing and self-doubt within us all and exposes them to
the light. But this is not a harsh, condemning illumination; rather, it is the
softer glow of forgiveness and its residual warmth. Through a clever little
story, Edmond Manning speaks to that place inside us that has acquired that
little bit of filth, and assures us that those who love us can look beneath it
and see who we really are and, in doing so, help us free ourselves from being
shackled to guilt over past mistakes. It is a story that says we must learn to
love ourselves for there is so much within each of us that is worthy to be
loved. I highly recommend it to you.”
Chris – Breaking Free
by Cat Grant – “This book is
actually the prequel to Guarded.
In this story you get not just Robert and Renee’s complete story, but see Jase
and Eric’s story and how Jase became a Dom. The focus, though, is on Richard’s
transition to Renee, how those choices affect both Robert and Renee, and ultimately,
are they able to work through their issues. Cat Grant handled what is a very
hard decision in any person’s life with a great amount of care and a healthy
dose of reality.
Instead of just showing that making the decision to
transition from one sex to another was all lightness and roses, she showed that
it’s not and that it affects not just the person transitioning but everyone
around them. Jase didn’t see anyone other than Renee when Richard started
transitioning in just the clothing aspect. Robert, on the other hand, took it
very badly. He could only focus on the gender aspect at first. Being a gay
male, now in a relationship with a woman, well, that wasn’t who he’d intended
to be with the rest of his life. In his mind he entered into a long term
relationship with Richard, and he loved Richard with his whole heart and soul.
Renee wasn’t Richard, even though she’s actually the most important part of
Taz – Crimson Mate
by Nikki McCoy- “This book was an
amazing read, one I couldn’t put down, although I had to because I would have
otherwise been incredibly antisocial. The immediacy of the action was palpable
throughout the story. Each scene dripped with emotion and visceral description.
It was as if Ms. McCoy wasn’t present at all, not even as an author. The
characters lived on the page, and I could feel and experience their emotions as
if I were there.
The world-building was phenomenal. Simple, yet elegant.
Similar to our own world, I could imagine living alongside these races, not
even knowing they were any different than me. But the rules governing each and
the history of their conflict was seamless, enough detail woven in to keep us
firmly rooted in the challenges these characters faced.
The sex was jalapeño-hot, but also emotional, just the way I
like it. The need and desire radiated off the two main characters, although
both showed remarkable restraint for fear of hurting the other.”
Jules – A Forbidden
Rumspringa by Keira Andrews – “I
don’t want to say too much about the story itself – you can read the blurb, and
I hate to give stuff away – however, I will say that while talking to a friend
about what I was reading, I dubbed it #AmishAngst. Now, don’t let that
scare you, folks…One person’s angst is another person’s Dr. Seuss…But, man what
a ride this book was. Honestly, just the lives that these guys have to lead is
exhausting enough without any extra complications. Add in having to hide their
relationship from everyone, when there are so many prying eyes, and that they
both have reason to question the beliefs and morals that are all they have
known for their entire lives, and you have the makings of a pretty intense
I do want to talk a little bit about Isaac and David,
though. Individually, they are very different. Where Isaac is naïve and timid,
David is much more worldly and aware of what he wants out of life. Where Isaac
is just learning and trying to understand his sexuality, and how he is going to
reconcile all the feelings he is having, David has no question about the fact
that he wants Isaac. Ordnung be damned. Together, though…Together they are
strong and sure and beautiful. They are so wonderful together – and, damn are
they sexy! – I couldn’t get enough of their love and support of one another.”
Kim – Dirty Secret
(Audio) by Rhys Ford – “Greg
Tremblay is Cole McGinnis! Since there’s seemingly no rush to make a movie of Dirty
Secret, this audio version is, by far, the best route to my imagination, and to
how the scenes should play out. Mr. Tremblay also gets a well done for Jae’s
fabulous voice characterization, as well as his narration of the secondary
voices. I’d also like to add that there were parts of the story that had me
sad, tense, shocked, amazed, and, at one point, gagging. Sorry, I’m a
sympathetic vomiter. Even though it was funny as all hell, Rhys and Greg, you
did too good a job of describing that particular part of the story.
I love both the book and audio versions of Dirty Secret, but I truly enjoyed Greg’s
performance. Bravo! ::hand clapping to a standing ovation::
I’d rather give the audio version of Dirty Secret a 10 Star rating, but
I’ll have to settle for a 5 Star rating instead.”
Kathie – When Love
Takes Over (Audio) by Jacob Z.
Flores – “Jacob Z. Flores’ When Love
Takes Over was well worth the time and money when I first read it in
book form back in August of 2013, and now it’s out on audio (July 2014). If you
loved the book, I believe you will not be disappointed. Jacob and TJ bring you
into Zach and Van’s lives. And the magic of P-Town does change lives and gives
us, the listener, a Happily Ever After. Sigh………
#mamacass, #daisyduke, #marypoppins, #lizadoolittle, you
just have to read the book or listen to the audio to see why I included the
And now on to Jacob’s Chasing the Sun, the second book
in the Provincetown Series! Same narrator so it’s going to be good!”
Traci – Double Up
by Vanessa North – “This book takes
you on a journey of love, heartache and possible heartbreak. The characters are
forced to deal with their biggest fears and demons without destroying their new
found love. There were several characters I fell in love with in this book. Of
course, the first was Ben, he was my favorite. I loved the way he loved. It was
unconditional, and he put everyone’s life and feelings ahead of his own (which
almost bit him in the butt). Next was Eddie, owner of the shop, flaming queen,
wealthy man, ex-lover of Ben and still best friend to him. His character was
hilarious and his friendship to Ben was beautiful. Tina, transgendered
ex-wakeboard professional who used to be on the circuit with Ben and her dog,
was another favorite in the story. (I wish the author had given more of Tina’s
backstory. The little that was described seemed like its own possible book).
Amber (bisexual Double-up queen) was cute, and I would love to see a book
develop with Tina and Amber. Dave grew on me as the book progressed, but I tend
to fall for the underdog, so Ben took the prize.”
Lisa – Resurrection
Man by KZ Snow – “Resurrection Man is not the
story of the knight in shining armor who storms the gates of Elijah’s castle to
rescue him from his own demons. This is the story of a man who quietly enters
Elijah’s life and simply by being there, makes Elijah want to rescue himself.
This is where K.Z. Snow takes a novel that could have been filled with
overworked stereotypes and tired clichés, and transforms it into the story of a
young man who has faced some of the worst life has to offer, and gives him the
courage and strength and power to rise from the wreckage of his circumstances
and, yes, his own choices, to want to live for himself, to be the sort of man
who can stand on his own two feet while standing beside Michael as his partner,
and to live for the sake of lifting up those who are even less fortunate than
If there is anything at all typical about this book, it’s
only that it’s written in a style that’s quintessentially K.Z. Snow. Every
sentence brings the story to life, there’s not a superfluous word or scene
throughout the narrative, nor is there a single moment in Resurrection Man that feels
gratuitous or disingenuous.”
In honor of Coconut
Cove’s release, I thought I’d stop by with a list of my favorite things about
summer. I don’t care if it is the end of August, I’m holding onto Summer for as
long as I can!
5- Flip Flops!
Okay, so reality is, I’ll wear flip flops at any time of the year, but
there’s nothing more fun that flip-flapping my way around town in my favorites!
I have a collection--don’t judge me!--and I can’t wait for it to get warm
enough to wear them!
4- Summer Candles! I
love having my house smell like the beach, especially when I can’t actually go
to the beach! My current favorite is Caribbean Escape from Bath and Body works,
followed closely by their Aloha Waikiki! If nothing else, I can make my house
smell like an exotic beach location!
3- Arnold Palmers! Okay,
for those of you who don’t know what this is, let me explain. You take sweet
tea, then you mix it with lemonade. The result is deliciousness in a glass!
There’s nothing better on a hot summer day!
2- Garden Vegetables! No
matter how much I whine about the work, I absolutely love the results of our
garden! Summer means fresh vegetables at our house, everything from tomatoes,
to green beans, to corn. Nothing better!
1- Vacation! Every year
I get to spend a couple weeks with my oldest nephews when they’re out of
school! Last year we went to Universal Studios in Florida. This year, they
wanted to hang out at the pool! I’m all for that! I’m just glad they aren’t too
cool to spend time with their aunt! LOL
So that’s it for my 5
favorites what are yours?
If you want to have a
little more summer, take a peek at my new release from Wilde City Press.
Coconut Cove: Life’s A Beach is the first book in my new series with M.J.
Leave a comment below
with YOUR favorite thing about summer and you’ll be entered to win a Caribbean
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Welcome to Coconut Cove
where you’ll always find oiled beach bodies, palm trees, tropical drinks, and
plenty of drama!
Coconut Cove is the
hottest new sensation to sweep the nation — a gay teen drama filled to the brim
with hot stars and even hotter action. It’s catching the public’s attention and
winning their hearts. But all the drama, heartache, and life lessons aren’t
just for the characters on the screen. The fledgling actors behind the scenes
have more than their fair share of love and catastrophes. They may only play
teens on TV but when it comes to romance, these twenty-somethings still have
lessons to learn.
From the scheming ex
determined to cash in on a rising star, to the hunky high school crush
resurrected from ancient history—from the nice guy with a naughty past, to the
snarky diva with attitude—there’s plenty of scandalous hidden affairs and
seriously sexy demons hiding in just about everyone’s closet on Coconut Cove.
You just have to be
ready to drink it in. Bottoms up … or should we say off?
A sassy southern lady,
Poppy Dennison developed an obsession with things that go bump in the night in
her early years after a barn door flew off its hinges and nearly squashed her.
Convinced it was a ghost trying to get her attention, she started looking for
other strange and mysterious happenings around her. Not satisfied with what she
found, Poppy has traveled to Greece, Malaysia and England to find inspiration
for the burly bears and silver foxes that melt her butter. Her love of
paranormal continues to flourish nearly thirty years later, and she writes
steamy love stories about the very things that used to keep her up all night. If
her childhood ghost is lucky, maybe one day she’ll give him his own happily
Here's the latest info from DSP for ordering books for GRL:
If you plan to attend GRL in Chicago this October, you can preorder paperbacks on the DSP site between now and September 21 to be picked up at the event, and if you use the code GRL2014, you won't have to pay shipping! Any orders using this code will only be available for pickup at GRL. You can order books from any author, even if the author isn't attending GRL.
The code is valid on all in-stock paperbacks and good for multiple orders. DSP will have a special GRL preorder sale Sept. 17-21 where ALL paperbacks will be in-stock for preorders, so if something isn't available now, you can check back then.
There are several I need from authors I know and I have to say that the no shipping charges is pretty awesome. I hope everyone has a great weekend. :)
Hi, everyone, it's us again, the team from The Novel Approach back to hijack Mary's blog and share our favorite books for the month of July.
These are the even dozen books we each chose as the very best, and we're excited to share them with you.
So, here they are, the best of the best for July.
Tina:The Art of the Heart by Dan Skinner -
While heart-warming, The Art of the Heart also does what we are
coming to expect from Dan Skinner. It makes us cry. For Zac’s loneliness, his
rejection, his fear and anxiety about being found out. His pain just about
comes off the pages in waves as he sees Rory with one girl after another. But
then something magical happens. I won’t tell you what, because reading it will
turn you into a big puddle of goo, and I don’t want to take that away from you.
Dan Skinner has done it again with The Art of
the Heart. He has written something that touches every reader on such a
soul-deep level, you remember what it was like when you were thirteen and found
out for the first time what your dick (or clitoris) is capable of. The awe Zac
feels, the confusion at his sexual awakening just…it really made me FEEL. There
just aren’t the right words to describe it. Well, there are, and Dan used them!
And the ones he used are just so, so… insert your choice of adjectives here. I
can’t choose just one. The words Dan uses are just right. I strongly recommend
this book to anyone with a heart.
Find the rest of Tina’s review, along with the buy
Sammy:Head-on by John Inman - The true
genius of John Inman is that he takes an incident, a habit of our own, everyday
life, and gives it just that small twist to create the most devastating of
circumstances. His hero is our every man. Gordon Stafford could be you or I, and
the idea that we might very well be in his place within the blink of an eye
makes his story all the more gut wrenching. I have said this before about this
author but it bears reiterating: John Inman builds characters that live and
breathe and, in doing so, resonate beyond the page into our very lives. They
take up residence there and leave behind indelible marks on our hearts and
minds that subtly change the way we think and the way we view life. I dare you
to read this novel and then text while driving ever again. It is the
combination of this powerful portrayal of visceral events and uniquely real
characters that make this novel, Head-on, simply outstanding.
Find the rest of Sammy’s review, along with the buy
Traci:Running Wild by SE Jakes - SE Jakes
can write the hell out of a tortured soul with a horrific past, all tied up
with a perfect bow of guilt. Her stories are fast paced, with hot men and hot
sex, but can also be tender and heartbreaking. You cannot help but fall in love
with her characters. She is one of the few authors whose books I can read again
and again and again.
This story has everything you would want in a m/m
book. It has hot, sexy men with tortured souls who are too stubborn and scared
to trust or love. The only reason I gave this book a 4.5 vs. a 5 star rating
was because it took me a good 20 to 25% to get hooked into the story.
Remembering back to her past series, the first book lays out a lot of
groundwork for future stories and characters, and it took me a while to wrap my
brain around the storyline, but once I passed 25%, I could not put it down
until the end. I am now a Rush and Ryker fan and have new book boyfriends (like
I need another)… This is a great start to a new series! I cannot wait until the
next book. Hopefully the next will be about Casey, Sweet, or maybe Linc and
Gypsy. So many possibilities and so excited!!!!!! Enjoy!
Find the rest of Traci’s review, along with the buy
Jules:Going Up (Audio) by Amy Lane - Going Up has
such wonderful, multi-faceted characters – our MCs, Zach and Sean being the
most prominent, obviously – and Woodson does a great job of bringing them to
life. From steady, businessman, Zach, to his wonderfully vibrant assistant,
Leah, to the quirky, charming and lovely Sean…it was such a pleasure to listen
to this book. The inflection, tone, and pacing were all fantastic. I was
laughing out loud in all the right places!
I checked to see if this narrator had done any other
M/M romances, and it doesn’t appear that he has. I hope Dreamspinner has the
opportunity to sign him on for some other works – because I, for one, would
certainly give them a listen!
Find the rest of Jules’ review, along with the buy
Lana:Not Quite Shakespeare Anthology - Not
Quite Shakespeare has something for everyone, from old friends
reconnecting and finding that time doesn’t diminish feelings to a man dialing his
boss by accident and telling him what he wanted—and the boss fulfilling the
request, as well as a really cute story about roommates who find that a mutual
love of bread can create a relationship. Olive oil plays a major part!
All the stories were fun to read. They were cute and
heartwarming, but let’s not forget the sex. Some stories had more sex than
others but all had the right level of sexiness and hotness. For me, British men
are a wet dream and the authors did not skimp on the Britishness or the sexiness.
Just the accent alone is drool worthy, and I was reading them in an English
If you’re having England withdrawals, pick up Not
Quite Shakespeare! It’s just as satisfying as scones and clotted cream but not
as fattening, and will leave you hot and bothered!
Find the rest of Lana’s review, along with the buy
Lynn:Home the Hard Way by Z.A. Maxfield - The
pacing and flow of this story was smooth. Just when the author has you
wondering what’s going to happen next, another layer is peeled back and the
answer is revealed. The mystery element to this story was genius. While reading
this, I never knew who was responsible for the mayhem running amok around the
town. I believe the author did a fantastic job laying out the clues and hints
to give the reader just enough to wet their palate and wanting more, and boy,
does this author give us what we need. With twists and turns as only a good
mystery can have, the conclusion to the “whodunit” question is just perfect.
I’m not going to give anything away, but it was a person I least expected.
Kudos to the author for not making it obvious.
The secondary characters definitely added some
flavor to this tale being told. From Finn’s dying aunt to Dare’s co workers and
the people we meet along the way, they were all very interesting and added a
little something to an already wonderful read.
Overall, I enjoyed this very book very much. I
highly recommend Home the Hard Way to those who love a good mystery
with a nontraditional love story and a little BDSM on the side.
Find the rest of Lynn’s review, along with the buy
Jackie:The Ex Factor by RJ Scott - I feel
that RJ Scott did a great job of showing the devastation that occurs both
during and after living in an abusive relationship. She also showed us that no
matter how bad things may seem there is always still a chance at a happily ever
after. I loved the way Ben was gentle with Daniel when he needed it, but
forceful when he had to be. I can’t recommend this book enough. If I didn’t
have a TBR pile a million feet high, I would be rereading this one immediately. The
Ex Factorcould very well be my favorite RJ Scott book to date. You won’t want
to miss this one.
Find the rest of Jackie’s review, along with the buy
Kim:Boystown 6: From the Ashes by
Marshall Thornton - As usual, Mr. Thornton weaves a very tangible mystery that
keeps one guessing until the very end, and it’s also a chance to look back at
the 80s, to a time when a little known virus was hitting the gay community. I’m
giving Boystown 6: From the Ashes a high 5 Star rating and would also
highly recommend reading all the previous Boystown mysteries, in their given
order, to really appreciate this latest installment.
And yes, Mr. Thornton, I want more Nick!
Find the rest of Kim’s review, along with the buy
Chris:Let Love Live by Melissa Collins - Let
Love Live is a beautifully written, very emotional book for this author’s
first M/M story. She was able to get all the nuances and honest emotions of the
characters just right. How what happens in the story shapes who Dylan is, how
Conner has realized he wants more from life after his accident, and even
dealing with Shane’s depression, self doubt and the final consequences of his
actions. All of these pieces intertwined into one very well crafted story. I
have to admit that Dylan has quickly become one of my favorite characters after
reading this book.
This is the fifth book in Melissa Collins’s Love
series; however, it can be read as a standalone without losing any storyline.
The story is divided into three parts Before, After, and Forever. I will give
the readers a warning that you’ll definitely need a box of tissues when reading
this book. Now, don’t let you scare that off reading Let Love Live because
it’s an absolutely beautiful love story with a HEA. I look forward to many more
stories from Melissa Collins in this genre in the future.
Find the rest of Chris’s review, along with the buy
Rena:Mending Him by Bonnie Dee and Summer
Devon - There’s no emotional wallowing in this book, which can be the downfall
of historical gay romances, given the outlaw nature of same-sex relationships.
Part of the book’s strength lies in the authors’ masterful use of restraint in
laying out the complications and the triumphs not only of the lovers, but also
of the Chester family, whose loving relationship with the two men shapes
painful choices they all make along the way. The resolution to the problem of
gay lovers in the 19th century is also plausible; modern readers might grieve
over the lack of an out and proud relationship, but in their practical and
emotionally rewarding way, Robbie and Charles prove to us that men in their
position can carve out a happy life together, regardless of society
and, especially, family. There’s defiance tempered by prudence and vice-versa,
and one can’t ask for anything more.
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Kathie:Behind the Curtain (Audio) by Amy
Lane - The narrator makes all the difference. Mr. Bradley brought to life
Dawson, Jared and Benji. He gave them each their own distinct voice, and it was
immediately obvious that he understood the character and their motivation. An
example would be Jared’s Voice; as you read the story, you learn that Jared has
had to endure a lot of pain for his craft, but I knew that from the minute
Jared first talked to Dawson. You could hear it in his voice. If a narrator is
good, you, as the listener, will become part of the story. You will share in
the pain—Dawson’s as he struggles to understand Jared , of loving someone so
much but not being able to protect them all the time; the friendship between
Benji and Dawson , as they taunt each other and always have each other’s backs;
and Amber with monosyllabic conversational skills, with such a rough exterior
and a vulnerability that Dawson will protect to the end; you get to be a part
of it and it’s an amazing journey. And that, my friend’s, that is why you buy
the audio version of this book. Mr. Bradley doesn’t just tell us the story, he
brings us with him on the journey.
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Me:Wicklow’s Odyssey by R. Cooper - The
timing of this book couldn’t be more perfect, and you don’t have to be a Civil
War history major to appreciate the events that build up to one of the more
tension filled and action packed climaxes I’ve ever read in a book. You need
only know the motives for the war, who fought it, and its outcome to understand
how beautifully R. Cooper has twisted it to suit this clockwork, steam driven
adventure, where a great iron beast is the Trojan horse that, if not lamed,
could bring victory to the South. Every single anachronism purposefully woven
into this novel does nothing but add to the sense of intrigue, every single
character introduced along the way not only adds to the adventure but also
exposes more about Wicklow Doyle, revelations that are sometimes frustrating,
sometimes heart-tugging as he tries to understand what he’s feeling, but each
and every one is a new layer peeled away from this complex man’s prickly
I am so thoroughly infatuated with Wicklow’s
Odyssey, with every nuance, every word the author shaped and finessed to tell
the story through a vivid narrative and lush dialogue, that I want to bask in
my love for it again. Just as Rhoades is the voice in Wicklow’s ear, a voice
that soothes, directs, touches Wicklow without touching, R. Cooper directs us
through this exquisite journey. I could likely write a second and third review
of this book and come up with something new to love about it each time, that’s
how rich Wicklow’s Odyssey is and I can’t begin to recommend it
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And that does it for the month of July. Until next time, happy reading!