Genre: Gay

FIRST STEPS by Sean Michael

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FIRST STEPS by Sean MichaelFirst Steps by Sean Michael
Published by Dreamspinner Press Genres: Contemporary, Erotic, Gay
ReviewedbyNannette

Peter Boone is a single father of infant twins Daniel and Ellen.  Peter is vacationing in the country with the babies hoping to stay permanently.

 

Chad Bristow is a ranger who stops by to warn Peter about the dangers of forest fires.  The men hit it off right away and Chad invites them to dinner, then to spend the night.  Chad is wonderful with the babies and with Peter, but is there room for another in Peter’s unique and loving family?

 

Babies, bottles and strong emotions fill the pages of First Steps.  It’s different from any of Sean Michael’s previous works; he proves he can do endearing as well as erotic with this tenderhearted story. Ellen and Daniel are adorable and Chad and Peter are loving, passionate men.  First Steps is a very sexy, tender, and heartwarming story.  Wonderful.

TRICKS by Rick R. Reed

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TRICKS by Rick R. ReedTricks by Rick R. Reed
Published by Dreamspinner Press Genres: Gay, Suspense
ReviewedbyCassie

Depressed and lonely after a recent breakup, Sean goes to a bar called Tricks on a whim.  There he sees a young, sexy dancer. Despite his attraction, Sean is convinced that the younger man couldn’t possibly want an average, middle-aged man like himself, so he leaves.  Later that night, Sean meets the dancer again, and he finds that the attraction is mutual.

 

Arliss dances at Tricks to pay the bills, but he’s not into random encounters anymore.  He wants something more, and Sean seems perfect for that.  Then a porn producer shows up, looking to cast Arliss in one of his films.  Will Arliss give up the only real love he’s ever had to follow a dream?  And more importantly—what if the dream becomes a nightmare?

 

Rick Reed can always be counted on to provide an unusual, suspenseful twist to his romances, and Tricks is definitely no exception. By turns gritty, sweet, and suspenseful, Tricks is a real page-turner.  I really liked Sean.  He’s not young, or super hot, or really rich. He’s just a nice, regular guy who wants to be loved.  I couldn’t not root for a guy who was so easy to identify with.  When he meets Arliss, he assumes the sexy dancer won’t be interested.  Arliss is young and really great looking, but underneath his sexy façade is a man who is actually a lot like Sean.  He also wants to be loved, and he hasn’t had much of that in his life.  The only thing standing between him and happily-ever-after with Sean is his desire to be in a porn movie.  I admit I didn’t get that at all.  Give up love to be in porn?  Wh-whaaaa?  I had the urge to smack some sense into Arliss when the porn producer came around trying to get Arliss to be in his movie.  I guess that just goes to show that everyone has different dreams.

 

Unfortunately for Arliss, the movie the producers have in mind is not at all what he imagined.  This is made clear to the reader very quickly, but not to poor, star-struck Arliss.  I figured out part of the moviemakers’ nefarious plan right away, but the other part took me by surprise.  Once the suspense kicked in, Tricks kept me on the edge of my seat.  I couldn’t stop turning pages because I had to find out if Arliss would get out of his desperate situation.  The last section of the book holds many nail-biting events I won’t spoil here, but let me just say my heart was pounding a few times.

 

Romance readers who haven’t tried Reed’s work before might want to start with this one, as there is a lot more emphasis on the romance here than in the other Reed books I’ve read.  Suspense fans, take my word for it: pick up Tricks.  You won’t be disappointed.

FLAX’S PURSUIT by Bellora Quinn & Angel Martinez

FLAX’S PURSUIT by Bellora Quinn & Angel Martinez

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FLAX’S PURSUIT by Bellora Quinn & Angel MartinezFlax's Pursuit by Angel Martinez, Bellora Quinn
Series: AURA #2
Published by Totally Bound Genres: Gay, Menage, Paranormal
ReviewedbyLisa

A bizarre accident caused by scientists at Berkley tears a hole in reality.  Strange creatures of myth and fairy tale literally drop from their reality into our own without rhythm or reason.  It was termed RARE or Random Anomalous Reality Events.  To deal with these beings who are torn from their lives into ours AURA is created to help them – the Agency of Unnatural Resettlement and Assimilation.

 

Recently a battle with a deadly lich queen left the ranks of officers at AURA badly decimated, including the loss of their leader.  Elf Valerian Hartgrove has tentatively taken on the position and responsibilities as the new acting Captain.  His human lover Quinn also agreed to jump from larceny to legitimate employment at AURA.  Bursting with magical power Quinn will no doubt become a valuable asset once he can truly control his gift.

 

The latest event brings a pair of battle Elves onto the streets of Tokyo.  Sage Blackdrake and Ash Bloodroot were fighting an enemy with swords one minute and dropped onto a city street the next.  Understandably disoriented the Elf lovers are at least at the moment very dangerous.

 

To stop a disaster in the making young Elf Officer Flax Wolfheart, a skilled hunter and tracker for AURA is sent through their version of a wormhole to Tokyo.  Flax is a good warrior and valued team member.  His unfortunate infatuation with Val is a bit of a problem, especially now that he’s been told to train Quinn, but aside from that he’s a very good officer.

 

With so few officers left and the new recruits green it’s all hands on deck which is weighing Flax down.  He’s responsible for bringing in the battle ready Elves, training Quinn, and working with Quinn to find a killer turning humans to stone.  And no one is aware that he has a sealed record of drug abuse and rehab.  The young Elf seeks the Captain’s approval as well.  But at what cost is the question.

 

Complications abound and an Elf begins to make all the wrong moves in Flax’s Pursuit, the second intense story in the refreshingly unique AURA series.  Twists and turns and spooky killers pop up to fuel Flax’s Pursuit.  The lead characters are quite a handful, yet each has their own strong, vibrant voice exactly at the right time.  This original storyline intrigues and keeps the reader thoroughly engaged.  Hooked from beginning to end I Joyfully recommend Flax’s Pursuit.  Seriously addicting.

FORGIVEN by Megan Slayer

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FORGIVEN by Megan SlayerForgiven by Megan Slayer
Series: Haven House Vampires #3
Published by Changeling Press Genres: Gay, Menage, Paranormal

Acknowledgement of the existence of vampires brings about more danger for the human population than anyone imagined possible.  It isn’t until Andreas is defeated and Julian takes control that the threat lessens.  The vampires of Haven House are given strict orders to not kill their food source.

 

Vampire partners Micah and Ivan chafe at the restrictions, yet manage to abide by the new rules.  Especially when the human Landon is willing to do anything they want.  Landon has no sense of self worth at the best of times.

 

Even other vampires steer clear of Terrance who doesn’t abide by the new edicts.  He flaunts his vicious nature whenever Julian is away.  His interests in Landon will prove deadly unless Micah and Ivan are willing to intervene.  A tug of war between three vampires is not a place for a self destructive human to be.

 

The world is a scary place for humans in the latest Haven House Vampire story of Forgiven.  Self loathing has led Landon spiraling down so far there’s barely a chance at redemption.  Explicit interactions and a very bad vampire color Forgiven with darkness.  Only a bit of back story explains the current situation the threesome find themselves in.  A great deal of chills and thrills before Forgiven ends.

BLOODLINES by Jessica Lee

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BLOODLINES by Jessica LeeBloodlines by Jessica Lee
Series: Kinkaid Wolf Pack Trilogy #1
Published by Self Published Genres: Erotic, Gay, Paranormal

As the only son to the Alpha of the KinKaid pack, it is Evin KinKaid’s destiny to marry, become Alpha of his pack, and continue the KinKaid bloodline with full-blooded offspring.  But, there is one problem, Evin is gay.  Once Evin’s secret comes to light, his father banishes from the pack for being a disgrace to their bloodline.

 

To appease his father, Mason Thorne II has given up on his dream of music and to down play his gay lifestyle.  Instead, he is being groomed to take over as CEO of his families multi-million dollar company.

 

An unforeseen car accident causes Evin and Mason’s paths to cross.  Sparks instantly fly and a relationship evolves.  However, the past refuses to allow the couple to live happily ever after.  Will Evin and Mason’s love survive?

 

I found Bloodlines to be a great novella that grabbed my attention from the start and held me tightly until the very end.  The plot is filled with non-stop drama and passionate M/M love scenes.  The characters are very well-written.  I was hanging on the edge of my seat with pure excitement with the turn of each page.  I so love M/M romance where the main characters are not confused about their sexual desires.  Instead, their concerns revolve around how their sexual preference plays a key part in their everyday lives and the continuous battle against the obstacles they faced because of it.  I love the courage of Evin and Mason as they stand their ground as individuals and as a couple.  This is one tale not to be missed.

 

Bloodlines is the first in the KinKaid Wolf Pack trilogy and it packs a massive punch!

 

HEAT RISING by Jessica Lee

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MAKE ME by Jessica Lee

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THE BUTCHER AND THE BEAST by Sean Michael

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RISING FRENZY by Brandon Witt

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CHANNELING MORPHEUS FOR SCARY MARY: Payback; Vertigo; Manikin; Tainted; Rebirthby Jordan Castillo Price

CHANNELING MORPHEUS FOR SCARY MARY:
Payback; Vertigo; Manikin; Tainted; Rebirth
by Jordan Castillo Price

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SHIFTING THE VEIL by Ellen Cross

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SOME RULES FOR SUCCESS IN THE MUSIC BUSINESS by Mina MacLeod

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A BOND OF THREE by K. C. Wells

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WOLF RUN by B. A. Tortuga

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HUNT by Bailey Bradford

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FINAL ENCORE by Scotty Cade

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THE ARSONIST’S APPRENTICE by India Harper

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CADEN’S DILEMMA by A. C. Katt

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BROKEDOWN HEARTS by Cameron Dane

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BLOOD TIES by Sui Lynn

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