Saturday, May 30, 2015

Booyah Books ~ The May Edition

Cheers, everyone, and many thanks for stopping by Mary's place to check out some of the books we found outstanding in the month of May! Because, really, what's better than sharing our love of books with each other?

As always, The Novel Approach will also be offering the opportunity for one lucky reader to win their choice of TWO e-books from our selected titles this month. Just leave a comment below and tell us some of the best books you read in May, and you'll automatically be entered in the contest.

Comments must be received my Midnight Pacific time on Friday, June 5, 2015. One winner will be selected at random on Saturday, the 6th, and notified by email for prize delivery, so be sure to leave your email address in your comment.

Good luck!


SammyPieces of Jack by BJ Sheppard – “The mystery element in Pieces Of Jack is center stage and riveting. The action is swift and pulls you along, the terror and fear palpable and slowly ramps up until your heart is in your throat. As each piece of this novel unfolds, you watch with horror as death takes center stage, and the final scenes, where all is revealed, is just gorgeous in its insanity.

Pieces Of Jack is a real testimony to how a writer works hard to ply his craft and just gets better with each story he shares. BJ Sheppard has arrived, and his fans will no doubt grow in numbers with the release of his latest fascinating story. I highly recommend this novel to you.”

Read Sammy’s full review HERE

KarenMeant for Me by Ann Lister – “To say that this book is better than the last, or the first, or any in between isn’t exactly an accurate statement for me. I honestly love each and every one of the books in this series. As I go back and do a reread of the series (because I know I will soon), I do think I may have a slight soft spot for this book, though. I am a sucker for friend-to-lovers, and, off the top of my head, I can’t think of one that can top Jared and Tony’s story. The struggle as they realized how they felt about each other, scared of losing what they had but knowing that they couldn’t stay away from each other, just pulls you in. Watching them care for each other, and be each other’s strength, and support each other through illness and loss had me teary a couple times while reading. A whole range of emotions raced through me while reading this; I laughed because of the banter between the guys, exactly what you would expect from a bunch of “brothers”. Oh, and I may have forgot to mention these two together are HOT! At times they were sweet and caring, but they sizzled together.”

Read Karen’s full review HERE

LanaHawaiian Lei by Meg Amor – “How do I describe Hawaiian Lei? The only way I can is to say that it’s all about the feels! I suggest having a box of tissues and a pint of ice cream handy, because this is a very emotional story that you will not soon forget. I had goose bumps while reading it, and kept thinking about it long after I was done. Yes, I loved it.

The story is set in Hawaii, and after reading another Hawaii story, I think I have to plan a trip there soon! Hawaii itself is such a character.

Two men, Matt and Beau, are brought together through fate, destiny, or whatever you want to call it, but nevertheless, they were meant to be together. I do believe that sometimes there are forces at play that just cannot be explained. If you are not as open minded, though, this book might seem hokey. But, if you are open to the unexplained, you’ll be left with goose bumps as I was.”

Read Lana’s full review HERE

JackieWrestling With Passion by DH Starr – “As usual D.H. Starr takes us on a journey with Scott and Derek, both of them having to dig deep and be up front with each other about their deepest, darkest fears. Once they lay all their cards out on the table, though, it seems like they are better than ever. Wrestling With Passion is a great continuation to Scott and Derek’s story. I truly love the fact that these two haven’t just had an easy path to happiness, but have had to work hard to get where they are today. Their sexual chemistry is off the charts, and the love they feel for each other is one that seems to be able to overcome any obstacle that comes their way.

The believability of their relationship, and the fact that their love leaps off the page, is the direct result of the author’s writing ability.”

Read Jackie’s full review HERE

SadonnaKnight of Ocean Avenue by Tara Lain – “The resolution to this story is so very rewarding. I really enjoyed every single second of this book. All the secondary characters are really well written – even that PITA mother. I loved the rest of Billy’s family and Shaz’s “family” as well. This story is really about being true to yourself and finding what makes you happy then just going for it, even if you don’t think it maybe fits all your visions of what your life would be like. What a great lesson! I wish I had learned that lesson a lot sooner in life. :)

This may be my new favorite story from this author, and I have loved quite a few of her books. I’m so looking forward to the other books in this series that are planned. There is a lot of material to be mined here, and I think this is the author to do it. Well done!”

Read Sadonna’s full review HERE

JulesLove Me Tomorrow by Ethan Day – “This was one of the most romantic books I’ve ever read. Some people will definitely take issue with the fact that Jake is still with his boyfriend of many years when he and Levi start to fall in love – but I had no problem with it whatsoever. People grow apart. That’s life. And sometimes you’re not with the right person for you, and stay with that person for the wrong reasons. The relationships were all handled with care, and though it was painful for Levi and Jake to not be together – the tension and the longing was gooooorgeously written, by the way – nothing was truly pursued until things were cleared up. The way Levi and Jake felt about each other was undeniable, though, and the last quarter of the book was just beyond romance.

If you want to smile, and laugh, and feel good all the way down to your toes, read this book. If you love romance and timeless love stories, you should absolutely read this book. In fact, I can’t think of a single reason for you to NOT read this book. I know I’m so glad I did!”

Read Jules’ full review HERE

KimGumption & Gumshoes by Alex Kidwell – “Have you ever had something on your TBR shelf that’s just been sitting there gathering dust, figuring you’ll get to it sooner or later? Well, I’ve challenged myself to finally read that backlog of books this year as part of a personal challenge, and dang, I came across this cute little jewel that has been out and circulating for awhile.
Apart from being a chinchilla shifter, August is basically an ordinary person, and I easily fell in love with the character. 

Alex Kidwell, you now have a new fan, and I’m looking forward to reading more of your work. I also would love to listen to Gumption & Gumshoes in audio. It’s a reread for me.”

Read Kim’s full review HERE

AngelWhere There’s Smoke by Cari Z. – “The heroes, some mentioned only by name, made me want to know their stories, too. Freight Train, our “hero” of this story, seemed to have that same aspect—the fully justified arrogance about being a hero, with a bit of “Aww shucks, just doing my job” thrown in for good measure. This is what makes them our supposedly beloved heroes, and despite the fact, he made my skin crawl. Some of the other villains are over-the-top creepy, and it made me wonder about the speculation that, for all intents and purposes, it seems the city made both the heroes and the villains. Even the exposé writer SuperTruther is a viable presence, and I so wonder who it is.

I loved the world building Cari Z has done for this verse. The city of Panopolis is recognizable as both a regular city and one from a popular superhero series, be it Gotham or Metropolis. It has that adult, gritty and realistic feel to it. I’d say it was The Incredibles on steroids and totally mean that as a compliment. I am a first time reader of this author, but I will definitely be going back for more of her work. Thanks for a wonderful tale, Cari Z, I’m looking forward to reading more!”

Read Angel’s full review HERE

ChrisIn the Fire by Nikka Michaels and Eileen Griffin – “This was a good follow-up to In the Raw, which introduced these two characters. In the years that have passed, Ethan and Jaime have grown up in so many ways, but they do still have some of the same issues from the first book. Ethan still has a temper, hates to ask for help, and still worries about others before himself, which really puts him in a bind a few times in this book. The story was solid from start to finish and kept a good pace with both points of view.  This book did offer closure for Ethan and Jaime, which is ultimately what I’d wanted from both stories.

I recommend this for anyone who loves a man who knows their way around the kitchen, and is able to admit when he’s wrong, or didn’t pay attention to what was going on.”

Read Chris’s full review HERE

JanetStarting With the Unexpected by Andi Van – “When I first read the opening lines of Starting With the Unexpected, I howled with laughter and knew it was going to be good. What this book really turned out to be was pretty awesome, and it in no way read like a debut novel. There are serious authoring skills at use in this book, and if the old ideas of authors growing into their talent and developing skills along the way are true, then we are all so lucky and hopefully, Andi Van is going to be prolific. This debut novel is first class.

The characters are well developed and so vividly described that they were colorful in my head as the story unfolded. They reacted to others, and to each other, in such a real way that it was hard not to think of them as real people, and the conversations they have are also spot on in both timing and humor.”

Read Janet’s full review HERE

LisaImmortal by Amy Lane – “The beauty of Immortal is in the meticulous weaving and layering of the relationships, the fantasy, and the forging of a life through trial in the fires of grief that threatens to consume, and a burning love that serves as salvation. Time is fleeting, the seasons are the ouroboros of figurative death and rebirth, and love is the immutable within the pages of this book: every detail in this story acts as a shaping and altering of its characters and the village its people suffer to protect, even as Teyth’s own shaping and altering of the base and precious metals gifted to him by their forest become the tangible proof of his heart and soul, his hurt and hope, and the symbols around which he will discover his own immortality.

There is a tang of bittersweet to this fairy tale, which is where the story ends, at a new beginning, begging the reader to find the happy ending within life’s cycles of love, sacrifice, and a separate peace. Teyth’s name means Silence, and is the irony of the words within the pages of a book—that the written word and the characters within are indeed the immortal of all immortals, speaking to us and living well beyond us all, keeping alive the mythologies and mysteries even beyond death.
Immortal is a gorgeous novel, eloquent in its joy and sorrow, hopeful in its promise of forever, meaningful in the way of fairy tales that teach us we are each the crucibles of love, and love is the conqueror of hate.”

Read Lisa’s full review HERE


And that does it for this month. Until next time, happy reading!

Monday, May 11, 2015

Forging the Future cover

I just had to share! This is the cover of the very last Change of Heart book, Forging the Future, due out in either late June or the 1st week in July. What I love about this cover is that it brings out the primal call of Jin and Logan's relationship in their animal form and shows that the book is about them rediscovering each other. Anne Cain, as usual, did a stunning job. I hope you all love it as much as I do. :)

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Guest Blogger: Joe Cosentino
I'm so pleased to welcome Joe Cosentino to my blog today to talk about his novella An Infatuation with Dreamspinner Press and the thought process behind it's creation.

 An Infatuation. We’ve all had one—or more than one. What makes us lose our minds over someone not right for us? Especially when we are young? That sense of urgency and desire is overwhelming. And the most amazing kind of infatuation is one that lasts for many years. Think about your first infatuation. There’s nothing more powerful.  
I was thinking back to my high school days, and how difficult it was back then for a gay teen. Lab partners, gym locker rooms, and club meetings were vitally important. At my high school reunion, I realized that all the homophobes had come out as gay. A story was born. It started as a one-act play, which resulted in hysterical laughter and sobbing tears from the audience. When I read about Dreamspinner Press, I knew I had to expand it into a novella. The Bittersweet Dreams category was perfect since the story is so funny, so romantic, and at times so sad.
While the plot is fictitious, Harold is based on me, and some things I went through in high school. That huge medicine ball really was my enemy in high school! I admire Harold’s resilience, honesty, intelligence, wit, and ability to keep going in trying situations. Harold’s devotion to his spouse is admirable, as is his honesty about his teenage infatuation with Mario. Stuart, Harold’s devoted spouse, is very much like my devoted spouse who makes lists about lists. Mario is a combination of many supposedly straight, perfect guys I met when I was an actor. Guys who are so easily the object of others’ infatuation. I love that the story spans twenty years so we see Harold (and Mario) develop and mature in their special relationship. I also love that Harold and Mario come full circle at their high school reunion. The wacky and touching supporting characters throughout the story (classmates, teachers, family members) add color and another level of substance. I want to play Mr. Ringwood, the principal, in the movie version!
It has been so heartwarming and gratifying for me to hear from so many reviewers and readers who love AN INFATUATION and beg for a sequel. While a sequel is not in the near future, my next Bittersweet Dreams novella releases this fall from Dreamspinner Press. It is another memory piece filled with humor and tragedy. Since I am a college theatre professor, it takes place in that world. Look for it this fall—A SHOOTING STAR!
In the meantime, email me on my web site and let me know how you like AN INFATUATION. I love hearing from readers. Happy infatuations!

With his ten-year high school reunion approaching, Harold wonders whether Mario will be as muscular, sexy, and tantalizing as he remembers. As a teenager, it was love at first sight for Harold while tutoring football star Mario, until homophobia and bullying drove Mario deep into the closet. Now they’re both married men. Mario, a model, is miserable with his producer wife, while Harold, a teacher, is perfectly content with his businessman husband, Stuart. When the two meet again, will the old flame reignite, setting Harold’s comfortable life ablaze? How can Harold be happy with Stuart when he is still infatuated with his Adonis, his first love, Mario? Harold faces this seemingly impossible situation with inimitable wit, tenderness, and humor as he attempts to reconcile the past and the future.

A Bittersweet Dreams title: It's an unfortunate truth: love doesn't always conquer all. Regardless of its strength, sometimes fate intervenes, tragedy strikes, or forces conspire against it. These stories of romance do not offer a traditional happy ending, but the strong and enduring love will still touch your heart and maybe move you to tears.


Joe Cosentino is the author of An Infatuation (Dreamspinner Press), Paper Doll, the first Jana Lane mystery (Whiskey Creek Press), Drama Queen, the first Nicky and Noah mystery (Lethe Press-releasing this summer), and The Nutcracker and the Mouse King (Eldridge Plays and Musicals). He has appeared in principal acting roles in film, television, and theatre, opposite stars such as Bruce Willis, Rosie O’Donnell, Nathan Lane, Holland Taylor, and Jason Robards. His one-act plays, Infatuation and Neighbor, were performed in New York City. He wrote The Perils of Pauline educational film (Prentice Hall Publishers). Joe is currently Head of the Department/Professor at a college in upstate New York, and is happily married. His upcoming novels are Porcelain Doll (the second Jana Lane mystery), Drama Muscle (the second Nicky and Noah mystery), A Shooting Star (Dreamspinner Press novella), A Home for the Holidays (Dreamspinner Press holiday novella).


Sunday, May 3, 2015

Guest Blogger: Dirk Greyson
I have a very special guest with me here today, Dirk Greyson has arranged for Dayton (Day) Ingram to talk about working with Knighton. Day and Knight are the leads in Dirk's new release of the same name, and I'm very excited to get some insight into their dynamic.
Q:  Dayton, what is Knight really like? 
A:  ***Chuckling***  Well Knighton, or Knight, as everyone calls him, is one of those action kind of guys who doesn’t talk much, and surprise, surprise, he thinks he’s always right.  The dangdest thing is that he usually is, which is annoying as hell most of the time.  Unfortunately the rest of the time he can be an obstinate, sometimes obtuse pain in the ass!”
Q:  Is that what got under your skin?”
A:  Yes!  ***Throws hands in the air*** Damn it.  Somehow the asshole got under my skin and I can’t get free of him.  Let me give you an example of his assness.  No one knows his first name.  I’ve looked for it all over and I’m a computer guy.  He even managed to hide his birth certificate somehow.  So all anyone knows him as is Knight.  Nothing else.  Oh, and did I mention that he thinks he’s always right? 
Q:  Okay. I think I get it.  He can be an ass.  
A:  Yeah, he can, but hell, there’s no one I’d rather to have my back. But don’t you dare tell him I told you that.  He’s loyal to a fault and as dedicated as they come.  When we get into trouble, I know he’ll be there, as in never have to think twice.  It’s the rest of the time that he drives me insane.  Most people talk, but not him.  I guess that goes back to the man of action thing.   *** Blushes*** Okay, so the action part of things isn’t so bad sometimes. 
Q:  I take it you and he are more than just partners?
A:  Yeah, I guess.  Although I don’t know where that really gets me.  Knight is really dynamic and forceful.  *** Day colors a little more*** But the man doesn’t talk about much, and asking him questions directly eithers get the brick wall treatment or he just tells you where to go.
Q:  Sounds to me as though you really like the guy. If you didn’t you wouldn’t care.
A:  That’s the real crap part.  I do.  He’s smart and he can be funny, and let’s not forget on fire hot.  But he hides the best parts of himself so deep it’s like digging a mine to get to them.
Q:  And you don’t?
A:  Well…  With our jobs it’s hard being open about a lot of the things in our lives.   Okay, I’m going to shut up now before I sound whiny.  *** Flashes a grin that would stop traffic***
Q:  So, bottom line, in the end, do you regret being paired with Knight? 
A:  ***Makes a show of thinking*** Not for a second.


Here's the blurb:
As former NSA, Dayton (Day) Ingram has national security chops and now works as a technical analyst for Scorpion. He longs for fieldwork, and scuttling an attack gives him his chance. He’s smart, multilingual, and a technological wizard. But his opportunity comes with a hitch—a partner, Knighton (Knight), who is a real mystery. Despite countless hours of research, Day can find nothing on the agent, including his first name!
Former Marine Knight crawled into a bottle after losing his family. After drying out, he’s offered one last chance: along with Day, stop a terrorist threat from the Yucatan. To get there without drawing suspicion, Day and Knight board a gay cruise, where the deeply closeted Day and equally closeted Knight must pose as a couple. Tensions run high as Knight communicates very little and Day bristles at Knight’s heavy-handed need for control.
 But after drinking too much, Day and Knight wake up in bed. Together. As they near their destination, they must learn to trust and rely on each other to infiltrate the terrorist camp and neutralize the plot aimed at the US’s technological infrastructure, if they hope to have a life after the mission. One that might include each other.

About Dirk: 

Dirk is very much an outside kind of man.  He loves travel and seeing new things.  Dirk worked in corporate America for way too long and now spends his days writing, gardening, and taking care of the home he shares with his partner of more than two decades.  He has a master’s degree and all the other accessories that go with a corporate job.  But he is most proud of the stories he tells and the life he’s built.  Dirk lives in Pennsylvania in a century-old home and is blessed with an amazing circle of friends.
You can contact him at:
Twitter  @dirkgreyson

Friday, May 1, 2015

April Showered Us With A Slew Of Fantastic Fiction

Cheers, everyone, and welcome back for another installment of Booyah Books from The Novel Approach Reviews. We're always so excited to come back each month and share with you the books we felt were simply stellar.

And, as always, there's a chance to win TWO e-books of the winner's choice, so be sure to click on the Rafflecopter widget to enter.

Good luck!

And now, here they are -- our Book of the Month selections for April

ChrisAfter the Fire by Felice Stevens – “Be prepared with Kleenex for this one, readers! It had some moments of sniffles that just couldn’t be held back. I’ve said with each new book, Felice Stevens can’t create a better couple, and she keeps proving me wrong. Jordan and Luke pretty much tore my heart up and then patched it all back together by the end. She also introduced a secondary character, Tash, who I utterly fell in love with and can’t wait for his story.

While there is some external conflict, this is a character driven story and what a story it ends up being. It kept this reader involved to the very last word on the very last page.”

KarenSpring Break at the Villa Hermes by Xavier Mayne – “One of the things I have loved about this series is how Xavier Mayne builds all of the characters, so whether they are the primary characters or secondary, by the end you feel as though you know them all.  Story time was amazing, and at parts had me cracking up and laughing out loud.  Thor’s story about the floppy, one eyed slug, and looking another man right in the anus, had tears running down my face I laughed so hard.

This story was sweet, funny, and hot, while still bringing up and addressing serious issues such as being honest and true to yourself, and the struggle for equal rights.  Looking at the different characters, you can almost follow the changes and steps forward that have been made from generation to generation—from Winnie and Vic, to Brandt and Donnelly, and now Ted and Bark and the other guys who spent their week-long spring break learning about themselves and having their lives change at the Villa Hermes.”

LanaA Soul Remembered by Vivien Dean – “A Soul Remembered isn’t what I expected. It’s a gritty sci-fi gem, in the same vein as Blade Runner, that I didn’t want to put down. I was very pleasantly surprise.

The story’s plot and premise is a little bit complicated, so take your time reading. In the future, everyone has implanted chips that store information and memories. This all came about because one scientist didn’t want to lose the love of his life. Adam Silver started the Reborn project because his husband was dying; its goal being to save memories and transfer them to random fresh bodies. The people who hold those memories do not have access to them. Adam spent countless Reborn-lifetimes looking for him to be Reborn. The way he looks for his lost love is to work as a prostitute, because he’ll see his clients naked and will see the genetic mark, Alpha Letter, to let him know if he’s found his husband’s memories. There’s also a twist I can’t reveal, but it’s a good one.”

JulesTrust the Focus by Megan Erickson – “There is so much to love in this book. The title is perfect, and the continued usage throughout the story of the idea of ‘trusting your focus’ works so well. All of the author’s little touches: Dad’s notes in the margins of the atlases, all of the moments that show the shared history between the boys – a history that includes the love of Justin’s father—the cinnamon candies, Justin’s tattoo, etc.—all lend to the fabulous reading experience.

I loved the many lessons in the book as well. Be who you are. Be honest with those you love. Life is too short to live with regret, to point out just a few, and it was the regret that was eating Justin alive. The agreement they made toward the end, for ‘no if onlys’ was fantastic. I try to live by this same rule.”

JenniferGyrfalcon by Anna Butler – “This book is not a light read. It’s heavy. There is a lot of military and scientific jargon because of the setting, but honestly, don’t let that throw you off. For me, it just sucked me into the story even more. I was thoroughly engrossed in the lives of the characters and enjoyed reading about the military operations as they unfolded. I loved reading about the various ships, from the tiny Mosquito to the massive dreadnought, and all their inner workings.

The characters, too, are richly detailed, from their home colonies to their importance on the ships. The two heroes, Bennet and Flynn, are spectacular. Both are expertly characterized and have their little differences and quirks that make them unique, from Bennet’s almost forgotten stutter–except when he gets too emotional–to Flynn’s unapologetic love of sex.”

AngelFor a Rainy Afternoon by RJ Scott – “For a Rainy Afternoon is one short story in an anthology of five in which the rest of the collection share the common theme of a mysterious cookbook. I have not read the other stories in this book, but this one stands alone, and I definitely want to read the others. I’ve read and liked RJ Scott’s work before, so it was no surprise to me that this novella was just as enjoyable for me as her other works.

The setting in a tiny rural English town was lovely for this tale. It was a soft sort of romance, slow building and without a lot of on onscreen sex. The mystery, which I won’t spoil here for you, was interesting and sad at the same time. More bittersweet than anything, I think, but I really enjoyed the entire story overall.”

SadonnaHealing Hunter’s Heart by Charlie Cochet – “Another disclosure: I am a big Charlie Cochet fan (she is an auto-buy for me) – both her historicals and her latest THIRDS series are favorites. Now I can add this series to the list as well. Warning: It is not recommended that this series be read out of sequence, as the setup for this story is a spoiler from the first book.

Oh man! This was quite a ride, and very different in many ways from the first book in this series, An Intrepid Trip to Love(from the M/M Goodreads group free Love Has No Boundaries event in 2013). I am embarrassed to say that I JUST read the first story in March of this year, in anticipation of the release of this story. *hangs head in shame*”

SammySlaying Isidore’s Dragons by C. Kennedy – “While Slaying Isidore’s Dragons is most assuredly a young adult novel, never does it flinch away from the sexual aspect of the young lovers’ lives. While there is limited on-page experiences, those moments are written with such care and tenderness that one almost weeps at the first time experiences for these boys. Always attempting to be realistic, there are varying responses from the parents of these gay young men who choose, or are forced by circumstances, to come out during this story, some accepting and loving, others harsh and hateful. Not once can it be said that Slaying Isidore’s Dragons wraps itself in anything less than reality. These are flesh and blood characters who repeatedly must pull from extraordinary reserves of strength in order to survive. As such, they love fiercely and completely.

Awww me, there is so much to this novel I have barely given you the beginning of why it is such an outstanding read. This bold, sweeping saga is a compelling story of redemptive love and healing grace.”

JanetWinging It by Ashlyn Kane and Morgan James – “This book was absolutely brilliant!! I loved it. The writing duo of Kane and James is producing stories that are technically perfect, full of humor and excitement, and guys you just can’t help falling in love with. I can see the progression to excellence through their writing history, as each book gets better than the last; a single voice for the pair, strong characters, and seamless plots that are really out there and so very original.

This particular book is about hockey, professional NHL hockey players, and coming out against that background of media frenzy and the politics of professional sports. It may sound strange, though, that I don’t think of it as a sports book, per se, as the characters are so well developed that the focus is on them, their emotions and reactions, so the hockey is just a backdrop, a part of them and their world, and this is made clear to the reader.”

CarrieTrowchester Blues by Alex Beecroft – “This book teaches us that growing, and becoming better people because of it, can be painful and soul wrenching experiences. That shattering the paradigms in which we view ourselves and others can be an incredibly freeing experience, but no one said it was easy. In Michael’s words, “Finn restored his faith in everything, in God and man, in the earth and the sky and even in himself.”

The author, Alex Beecroft, does an incredible job of drawing pictures of these men and the place they live. By reading this book I have been to Trowchester, and I have met these men – I would know them on the street if I met them. When she describes Trowchester, I can smell the rain on the streets and picture the cathedral in the distance of the flower lined sidewalks. I am dying to go to Finn’s bookshop, where the smell of leather and paper and knowledge permeates the air. I am looking forward to the next installment of this series Blue Eyed Stranger and would highly recommend this book!”

JackiePayback by John Inman – “In true John Inman style, the tension gradually grows in Payback until it reaches an action packed climactic end. The journey, however, was the focal point of this book and it was amazing.

I can’t count the number of times I cried while reading this book. It was such a realistic portrayal of the grieving process, and I felt like I could have been living this story instead of just reading it. I can’t wait to see what’s in store for us next from John Inman.”

KathieThe Blinding Light by Renae Kaye – “What do the Seven Dwarfs, a blue butt plug, and a machine that scans a page for text and reads it back have in common? The Blinding Light by Renae Kaye, a journey that has these three things intertwined within the story, and move Jake and Patrick towards their happily-ever-after. And if for one second you think there is no way they fit together, read and/or listen to this story and you will understand just how much of a genius Renae Kaye is in weaving a great story.

And now on to my favorite part of the review: the narration. Jonathan Young clearly had fun with this story. At one point in the book, Patrick describes Jake’s voice as sounding as though he’s always smiling. Jonathan Young captures this quality, his voice does sound like it’s smiling. Patrick’s voice, on the other hand, is hesitant, intelligent, and resigned, just the voice I would have excepted from this character. And the supporting characters? The best ever.”

Lisa – The Box Sets Channeling Morpheus for Scary Mary & A Bitter Taste of Sweet Oblivion by Jordan Castillo Price – “Reading these novellas is a full-immersion trip on Michael and Wild Bill’s journey to nowhere special, as they trek their way through the Midwest, eventually lighting in Vegas–for now. They meet while hunting the same vampire for their own personal reasons, they connect through something far more intangible and impossible to name than simple vengeance. Michael and Wild Bill live a vagabond life and exist on little more than blood, sex, and trying (when it’s possible) to do the right thing.

The Channeling Morpheus/Sweet Oblivion series is a fusion of spec fic, red-hot erotica, and a study of the human condition which exists for two men, one of whom isn’t technically human any longer. It’s sexy and original while staying true to the vampire mythos, the allure which makes the undead live on in fiction, century after century. Michael and Wild Bill have become iconic in the M/M lexicon and are at the top of my list of all-time favorite characters, human, non-human, or somewhere in between. Every time I read them I suffer, though—they’re my addiction and give me book hangover for days. I can’t recommend that hangover highly enough.”


You can find the full reviews for these and many more books at The Novel Approach. Until next time, happy reading!