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PONY by S. J. D. Peterson

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PONY by S. J. D. PetersonPony by SJD Peterson
Series: Guards of Folsom #3
Published by Dreamspinner Press on 2013-12
Genres: Contemporary, Erotica, Gay
Pages: 200
Reviewed by Lisa

It was absolutely insane for a strong, tough Dom to act so scattered every time he came face to face with one young man.  Grant ‘Max’ Maxwell is a prominent psychologist with a thriving practice by day and a secure Dominant in the evening.  Yet, the big, bad Dom loses his nerve when faced with coffee house server Aiden James.   Finally he gathers his courage and discovers the feelings are mutual. They begin to date and their relationship moves lightening fast after finding out that Aiden is curious about his submissive desires.  Aiden’s friends are worried that he’s becoming consumed with Max, not understanding the depth of their D/s bond.  Finding middle ground that makes everyone happy will take time.  Giving up isn’t an option for Max or Aiden.   Fiery hot passion explodes within the pages of Pony.  A detailed, meticulous drama follows a couple perfect for each other.  It is the outside influences that cause all the ripples for Aiden and Max.  While the BDSM theme is a heavy part of the story the focus is primarily on the emotional aspects of the lifestyle rather than their physical activities.  Enjoy reading Pony for a refreshingly honest look at romance, of a certain sort.

SANDSTORM HEART by Liv Olteano

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SANDSTORM HEART by Liv OlteanoSandstorm Heart by Liv Olteano
Series: Space Files #2
Published by Dreamspinner Press on 2013-09-18
Genres: Erotica, Gay, Science Fiction
Pages: 118
Reviewed by Lisa

They were both born on Kator and they were both soldiers.  There the similarities ended.  Ron Vid is a Celian, Zaoh is Haffa.  Their people have been at war what seems like forever.  They were always enemies, though the day Vid’s best friend was killed in battle by Zaoh’s sister Tela the Celian swore personal vengeance.  Unfortunately capturing Zaoh and Tela didn’t bring Vid the peace he craved.  Even when the interrogator’s actions killed her and The Haffa escaped Vid was left empty.

 

After the encounter Vid fled the planet and was labeled a traitor.  Becoming a mercenary was his best option and luckily Vid’s been able to hook up with renowned empath Amaari or Ami as part of his team.  Apparently fate is a fickle bitch because Zaoh is also now part of Ami’s team and they are expected to play nice.

 

Why their leader sends the pair on a mission together is anyone’s guess.  Maybe to figure out a way to ease the ever present crackling tension whenever they share a room?  Maybe to finally vent their issues once and for all. Or maybe it’s something else neither wants to admit to no matter how much they crave each other.  It should be a most interesting mission.

 

Erotic delights. Deadly battles.  Heady drama and high tension fracture apart in Sandstorm Heart, a truly compelling tale.  Intense carnal scenes play out against the characters’ emotional angst.  Zaoh is the stoic warrior.  Vid plagued by guilt so long it’s now a part of him.  Sandstorm Heart is a hardcore sensual romance played out in the stars.  Smokin’ hot.

DIRTY LAUNDRY by Rhys Ford

DIRTY LAUNDRY by Rhys Ford

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DIRTY LAUNDRY by Rhys FordDirty Laundry by Rhys Ford
Series: A Cole McGinnis Mystery
Published by Dreamspinner Press on 2013-04
Genres: Gay, Mystery & Detective, Suspense
Pages: 260
Reviewed by Lisa

JoyfullyRecommended

P.I. Cole McGinnis has learned the hard way that life can hit you hard when you least expect it.  What seems a lifetime ago he was a ‘boy in blue’, but that ended when his longtime partner on the squad murdered his lover, tried to kill Cole, and then committed suicide.  Retirement was inevitable because of his injuries and his homosexuality was out in the open and unwanted.  Downplaying scandal was apparently their main goal.

Cole considers finding Kim Jae-Min or Jae a gift from the gods after all the heartache and betrayal he suffered.  Predictably there are issues.  Cole’s lover is stuck in a closet of Korean duty to his family.  If his mother or siblings found out they could disown him which would destroy Jae.  Things have been good for Cole and Jae lately, which is probably why Jae’s sister decided to run away from home and land on her brother’s doorstep. 

Problem number two is that Cole and his older brother Mike thought their mother died a long, long time ago.  That idea was shot down when a younger brother reached out to them wanting to meet them.  Apparently mom died only a few years ago after raising their little brother with her second husband.  Cole is feeling bitter, confused, and hurt.  He isn’t sure he wants to add another name to the family tree.

With all the chaos in his life Cole figures it’s an easy case when a fortune teller called Madame Sun hires him.  She thinks someone is after her clients, two have died in a very short time.  What should be a simple investigation is anything but once Cole starts looking into the deaths.  When the body count continues to rise he knows something is definitely wrong.  Between family troubles for Jae, his own sibling issues, and a case that’s getting more dangerous by the hour Cole has his hands full.  Loving Jae, ducking brothers, and dodging bullets, it’s a busy life for one P.I.

This is a guilty pleasure!   Dirty Laundry is a treat.  Author Rhys Ford’s storytelling style is incredibly smooth.  An engaging descriptive narrative, realistic dialogue, and a plotline that sucks the reader in and doesn’t let go. As to the characters in Dirty Laundry – Cole is a fully fleshed out likeable, lovable mess most of the time, Jae is trouble because Cole’s heart won’t survive without him.  Luckily Jae loves him back.  Everyone else is just as important to the story.  Dirty Laundry is an intense dramatic mystery you won’t want to put down even if, ahem, well your bladder is bursting…I Joyfully recommend Dirty Laundry for the truly masterful read that it is.

COP OUT by K. C. Burn

COP OUT by K. C. Burn

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COP OUT by K. C. BurnCop Out by Kc Burn
Published by Dreamspinner Press on 2011-11
Genres: Contemporary, Gay
Pages: 200
Reviewed by Lisa

Detective Kurt O'Donnell is used to digging up other people's secrets, but when he discovers his slain partner was married to another man, it shakes him. Determined to do the right thing, Kurt offers the mourning Davy his assistance. Helping Davy through his grief helps Kurt deal with the guilt that his partner didn't trust him enough to tell him the truth, and somewhere along the way Davy stops being an obligation and becomes a friend, the closest friend Kurt has ever had. His growing attraction to Davy complicates matters, leaving Kurt struggling to reevaluate his sexuality. Then a sensual encounter neither man is ready for confuses them further. To be with Davy, Kurt must face the prospect of coming out, but his job and his relationship with his Catholic family are on the line. Can he risk destroying his life for the uncertain possibility of a relationship with a newly widowed man?

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A routine investigation for Detectives Kurt O’Donnell and Ben Kaminski change the course of their future when a bomb kills one and leaves the other badly injured. 

Always respecting Ben’s privacy even though they’re partners, Kurt is left speechless when he realizes Ben’s lover is a man, Davy Broussard. Kurt feels obligated to check on Davy once he’s well and mobile, yet deeply disturbed when he discovers the man has fallen into a very deep depression. The detective also becomes more and more furious with his dead partner as he figures out the lengths Ben went to too keep Davy a secret.

Over time Kurt and Davy develop a solid friendship never knowing that it is becoming something much stronger and more lasting. After all, Kurt is straight or is he?

Cop Out will lift your heart and leave a lasting impression. Author K.C. Burn skillfully takes readers on a journey of discovery and insight where Kurt stumbles and matures to eventually become the fulfilled man he’s meant to be. A tasteful blend of friendship and romance, the characters come to life on the page. The plotline is well laid out, reactions aren’t forced or contrived, allowed to blossom gently or awkwardly depending on the situation. Cop Out is a powerful story of awakening. I Joyfully recommend Cop Out.

TEACHER PLUS TWO by Valentina Heart

TEACHER PLUS TWO by Valentina Heart

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TEACHER PLUS TWO by Valentina HeartTeacher Plus Two by Valentina Heart
Published by Dreamspinner Press on 2011-10-24
Genres: Gay, Menage, Science Fiction
Pages: 200
Reviewed by Lisa

In a technologically advanced universe where humans are classed according to their sexual expertise, Orrin, a man approaching revered Teacher status, is kidnapped and forced to educate slaves in the pleasures of the flesh. Before he can attempt to teach his first student, he has to save the life of Fai, a purring Mattian. Orrin just manages to nurse his little lion back to health when their cell gains another occupant: Hara, an exotic and experienced slave who was sold by his old master. Despite their difficult circumstances and knowing they will eventually be separated, the three men form an steadfast bond. Soon Hara finds himself with a colorful new Master across the universe while Orrin and Fai remain behind at the slave traders' base. With their problems only building daily, can they find a way back to each other or will they succumb to the trials they face?

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Once a planet of war and misery, the people of Earth thankfully evolved into a peaceful society with various stages of enlightenment along the way. The young are classified as Innocents who grow into blue eyed Adults. Those that choose the final stage become purple eyed Teachers who are sexually superior, have greater understanding of the human psyche, and other character defining qualities. They also become immortal.

Nearing the final stage though not quite a Teacher, Orrin is minding his own business one evening when he is kidnapped. Waking aboard a transport ship in space is bad enough but when Orrin is told that he is expected to teach the other kidnapped beings how to be good sexual slaves he is horrified. It is a few days of beatings and torture that make Orrin reluctantly agree though he has every intention of escaping as soon as possible.

As the ship journeys towards its destination Orrin makes a lasting connection with first one slave and then another, each unique beings from far flung planets. Teaching slaves to accept nothing less than rape however is slowly tearing Orrin apart. The only thing keeping him from succumbing to madness are Fai and Hara. But love won’t keep Orrin going on much longer. Somehow they must all escape this nightmare.

Out of this world intense and passionate! Teacher Plus Two handles a variety of emotional entanglements with crushing realism and undeniable heart. There’s no question that Teacher Plus Two is a unique, challenging tale of love in its purest form. The characters aren’t stereotypical, especially the `bad’ guy, as well as another. I don’t want to give anything away, but suffice it to say Teacher Plus Two pulls every heart string, equally and hard. I Joyfully recommend Teacher Plus Two. It’s a totally original romance written somewhere in the stars.

MOON AND STARS by Zahra Owens

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IRON AND ETHER by Augusta Li

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STRANDED by Andrew Grey

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WILD HORSES by Kate Pavelle

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HEALING MINDS by M. D. Grimm

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