Author: D. J. Manly

MOBY’S DICK by A. J. Llewellyn & D. J. Manly

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MOBY’S DICK by A. J. Llewellyn & D. J. ManlyMoby's Dick by A. J. Llewellyn, D. J. Manly
Published by Torquere Press Genres: Contemporary, MM

Salvaging is dangerous work.  Whether it’s a sunken ship or a damaged tanker Burke Matthews and the crew of The Brigadoon are known for being the best.  Currently they are docked near the cruise liner Bella Donna which struck rocks off Palerno on the Amalfi Coast.  If Burke and his team are unable to retrieve the fully loaded fuel tanks the town and the entire surrounding ecosystem will be ruined.

 

An excellent team leader at salvaging, Burke isn’t so wise when it comes to love.  He’s tired of meaningless sex.  A relationship with fellow ship’s officer Trent Moresby didn’t work out.  They’re great in bed, but the emotional bond isn’t there for Burke and ultimately that’s what he wants most.

 

Most of the crew and passengers made it off the Bella Donna safely.  When Burke’s team is given the go-ahead to start work everyone figures that there aren’t any more survivors.  As they begin several bodies are discovered so Burke and his men are thrilled to find missing waiter Gabriel Bergeron clinging to life within the ship.

 

Something passes between Burke and Gabriel the moment they meet.  It’s not simple hero worship Gabriel’s feeling.  As for Burke he’s drawn to the waiter.  Giving the survivor a helping hand is the right thing to do.  Passions explode and emotions unfortunately get the better of everyone involved.  Time is counting down on the salvage job and on their chance for a future.

 

Passion and betrayal detonates.  Moby’s Dick focuses on a challenging romance within the backdrop of a possible environmental disaster.  Technical information goes hand in hand with an unexpected romance in this intelligent tale.  Between dealing with a jealous ex, a news hungry mayor, and a difficult salvage job Burke has his hands full in Moby’s Dick.  Thankfully within the intense drama there are some lighthearted moments to balance the story.  The slow buildup becomes white hot and delivers in Moby’s Dick.

STRANGER RICE by A.J. Llewellyn & D.J. Manly

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STRANGER RICE by A.J. Llewellyn & D.J. ManlyStranger Rice by A. J. Llewellyn, D. J. Manly
Published by Allure, Amber Quill Genres: Fantasy, MM
Reviewed by Lisa

Buried under studies at an Ivy League college then straight to a fast paced career as a Hong Kong businessman, Basho Loy barely has time to take a breath let alone have a personal life.

 

Surprised and honored to be singled out and put in charge of an entire department at such a young age, Basho is completely intimidated by his boss Kanji Chang.  Strange hallucinations involving Kanji begin to make Basho question his own sanity.

 

Becoming intimate with his boss is definitely unwise for Basho’s career and his mental stability, but the thought of ending their relationship nearly destroys him.  What is it about the exotic Kanji that draws Basho back again and again?  How can something feel so wrong when his heart says it’s so right?

 

A straightforward tale twists and turns into something mystical in Stranger Rice.  Burdened by long hours and little personal time the main character begins to suspect something’s off and the reader can feel Basho’s growing concerns.  The magical aspect creeps in slowly and then takes complete control of the story.  Stranger Rice is an adventure of quiet romance and wicked fantasy coming true.

BURNING UP THE SHEETS by D. J. Manly

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BURNING UP THE SHEETS by D. J. ManlyBurning Up The Sheets by D. J. Manly
Published by Allure, Amber Quill Genres: Contemporary, Gay
Reviewed by Lisa

A hostage situation went beyond sour and police officer Ray Nixs is haunted by the tragic outcome.  Even with therapy Ray isn’t sure he’s ever going to get past the nightmare and return to the force.

In an attempt to get Ray doing something worthwhile with his time his partner on the force sets up a babysitting/security job for him with an out and proud rock star.  Funny thing is – Ray knew rock god Lautrel Jennings when he was Laurence Jennings and they both went to Luther High school.  And, it seems Lautrel remembers the cop as well.

The rock star isn’t convinced he’s got a stalker but he’s thrilled to spend more time with Ray.  Even admits to Ray that he had a thing for the jock and would love to get to know him better now that they’re both adults.  As teens they never stood a chance, maybe now they do.  Lautrel’s stalker doesn’t like Ray…at all.

Burning Up the Sheets offers readers an entertaining story that has more and more layers as the chapters fly.  The witty dialogue, realistic characters, and their sexual encounters make Burning Up the Sheets truly sizzle.  Ray is dealing with understandable demons, he needs Lautrel’s unfettered personality in order to get some much needed perspective.  Add in a dash of suspense and watch Burning Up the Sheets ignite.

THE BEAT by D. J. Manly

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THE BEAT by D. J. ManlyThe Beat by D. J. Manly
Published by Allure, Amber Quill Genres: Contemporary, Gay
Reviewed by Lisa

Up and coming band Frenzied Water reaps the benefits when Frank Harold, drummer for Heirloom, the biggest band in the world inexplicably quits and signs on with them.  There was some talk about Frank having a falling out with Heirloom’s lead singer Dave Valley and the rumors say the split was more personal than business.

Frenzied Water’s lead singer, Johnny was interested in the drummer before they met and after spending time together would do anything to have Frank for his own.  Johnny wishes they could be more than band mates.  He finally wears the drummer down and the night is perfect which leaves Johnny stumped and crushed when Frank says it’s never happening again. 

Reeling from Frank’s rejection it’s a bitter sweet achievement to learn that Frenzied Water’s been signed as the opening act for Heirloom’s U.S. tour.  This could be Frank’s chance to put the past to rest and Johnny can show the drummer he’s nothing like Dave Valley.  Or, Frank could decide he made a huge mistake.  Either way this tour is going to be unforgettable.

The Beat hits the highest notes and scores.  Between complicated love lives, intense characters, and carnal sexual encounters The Beat makes for a compelling story.  Told from Johnny’s point of view, the complex relationships and messy emotional outbursts will make or break them.  Rhythm and tempers keep the plotline moving briskly along in this sensual treat.

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