Genre: Gay

FADING by Sean Michael

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FADING by Sean MichaelFading by Sean Michael
Series: Shifter Rescue #3
Published by Changeling Press Genres: Gay, Menage, Paranormal

Feline shifter Jag is called to the Old Tavern Club by his brother Pirou to aid in rehabilitating a pair of lynx shifters who were recently rescued from a circus.

 

Hill and Cather were performers in the circus, following the instructions of tiger shifter Darri.  A terrible tragedy ends Darri’s life and the two lynx shifters are inconsolable.  They refuse to perform in the ring without their Master.

 

Rescued after being viciously beaten again and again, Hill and Cather are physically on the mend when Jag meets the pair.  He quickly realizes that their mental health has to be his focus.  Jag manages to engage Hill, but he’s having absolutely no luck with a deeply depressed Cather.  Giving up isn’t an option because he knows that Hill and Cather are his mates.

 

Book three in the Shifter Rescue series brings a fast paced challenging story to life in Fading.  Saving damaged shifters when necessary the lead character is thrown into a tailspin – these two are much more important to him.  One is ready to rejoin the world; the other is in a dark, dark place.  The crux of this heartwarming tale involves the emotional bonds the three forge.  Fading is tender and carnal in equal parts. Absolutely delightful.

NEEDING TO BREATHE by B. A. Tortuga

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NEEDING TO BREATHE by B. A. TortugaNeeding to Breathe by B. A. Tortuga
Series: Two is Never Enough #1
Published by All Romance eBooks Genres: Gay, Menage, Paranormal

Jock and Gus, young wolf shifters, sense their time is almost up. Luckily, they saw the signs and were able to grab some of their stuff when their pack banished them.

 

Barely surviving, Gus and Jock are trying to figure out their next move in the Rocky Mountains.  All that truly matters is that they are together.  Searching for food they come across the body of a she wolf who died in a vicious trap and then discover her hidden cubs.  Adopting the orphans means even less food for them, yet they can’t leave the cubs to die.

 

When forest ranger Archer Tyson is making his rounds he comes across the pair.  At last the lone Alpha has found his own pack.  Convincing Gus and Jock that they and the cubs belong to him may take a bit of wrangling.  Then again, any Alpha worth his salt should be able to make his little pack work.  Archer can prove they belong together if Gus and Jock will just give him a chance.

 

Bonds of love and unity prove to be a powerful incentive in Needing to Breathe.  Naïve young mates and a lonely Alpha are brought together in this touching tale.  There might not be any big surprises here, but Needing to Breathe comes across as a tender, charming romance.  A definite feel good story for readers to enjoy.

FIRST AND FIRST by Santino Hassell

FIRST AND FIRST by Santino Hassell

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FIRST AND FIRST by Santino HassellFirst and First by Santino Hassell
Series: Five Buroughs #3
Published by Dreamspinner Press Genres: Contemporary, Erotic, Gay
Reviewed by Cheryl

Nearing forty, Caleb Stone has never been comfortable with his sexuality. Coming out later in life met with his father’s disapproval and curtailed any youthful adventures for the uptight scion of a wealthy New York family. Rather than risk the potential of awkward failure, he hides his desires behind a prickly, controlled facade. All that changes at a New Year’s Eve party where Caleb, still smarting from his ex’s new relationship, finds himself alone in a crowd of couples.

 

Enter Oliver “Oli” Buckley. Disowned by his own wealthy family at eighteen for his sexual adventures, Oli had to make his own way in life and is unapologetically independent. Shameless and daring, he is Caleb’s opposite, and a kiss at midnight leads to an explosive tryst neither can forget — even if Caleb’s memory is a bit hazy. Libertine Oli is happy to facilitate Caleb’s hedonistic escapades, but he’s nobody’s Prince Charming and doesn’t believe in monogamy.

 

As they delve further into a sexual relationship, the two become friends, business partners, and Caleb finally comes into his own. Caleb knows what he wants, but will his newfound courage push him to discover Oli’s true desires?

 

First and First is a fantastic addition to the Five Boroughs series. The second installment, Sunset Park, may still be my favorite, but First and First is a close second. After meeting Caleb in Sunset Park, I was a little apprehensive of him as a leading man, but he and Oli are delightful. Prickly but deep, Caleb is just waiting for someone wild and blunt as Oli. Told exclusively through Caleb’s point of view, I enjoyed watching him develop his confidence and act upon it. I also appreciate the bits of Oli’s personality that peeked through even when Caleb wasn’t fully catching onto what Oli was showing him. I don’t always prefer a limited perspective, but here it was presented in such a subtle and intriguing way that I didn’t mind not reading Oli’s POV. I wouldn’t say no to a short story from his POV, though.

 

Intensely erotic, First and First blazes off the pages. Caleb and Oli’s relationship evolves through multiple scorching sex scenes. While kinky and debauched, those scenes work together to push the story forward with a purpose. Caleb is so buttoned down that he needs wild experiences in order to come to terms with his true desires. Oli, the hedonist, needs to find the person who will accept and fight for him. I also enjoyed the modern feel of their relationship and the story’s backdrop. It wasn’t simply a standard, normative tale. Caleb and Oli were finding love in a world where people hookup but aren’t necessarily exclusive or renting U-Hauls after a few weeks. It’s refreshing to read a contemporary romance populated with characters that act as people of today. The secondary characters help make the Five Boroughs world more vivid and alive. I lived for the storyline featuring Raymond and David. I can’t get enough of them, even though I know they already have their own book. There were also quite a few other characters I would love to have Santino explore further. Charles deserves his happy ending at some point! Honestly though, I just want to read more of this world and the series, no matter who the characters are.

 

First and First could be easily read as a standalone, but I would suggest reading the previous books first. Readers will get a much fuller, richer story if they explore the earlier installments. Since I loved the previous book even more, let me assure you, you will thank me after reading it. Santino Hassell knows how to provide a thoroughly modern, utterly wicked, completely delightful read. I can’t Joyfully Recommend First and First enough!

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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FORGIVEN by Megan Slayer

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BLOODLINES by Jessica Lee

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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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