Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

PICKS & PUCKS by Teegan Loy

PICKS & PUCKS by Teegan Loy

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PICKS & PUCKS by Teegan LoyPicks & Pucks by Teegan Loy
Published by Dreamspinner Press Genres: Contemporary, MM
Reviewed by Lisa

No one would disagree that Justin Corrin has a gift with a hockey puck.  Justin also has incredible talent with a figure skating pick. His life should have been a dream.  Far from it.  His older hockey player brother is jealous and his father, a college hockey coach, has a fit when he learns that Justin is taking figure skating classes.  Adding to that his hockey player boyfriend insists on staying firmly in the closet.  His mother’s death in a car accident is the final blow in destroying Justin’s home life.  She was the glue that kept them together.  After the funeral he left his fractured family for training in California.

 

Just missing the podium at Nationals Justin agrees to come home with his demons to face the mess he left behind.  Confronting family members it seems that they are trying to make amends while Justin is the one who won’t let the past go.

 

New skating programs, developing family relations, and a new hockey boyfriend who’s not in the closet.  Justin is learning that he makes his own drama and his own demons.  It’s up to him to make a life worth cherishing.

 

Such sorrow and angst in the beginning.  The evolution of the main character’s growth in Picks and Pucks is gritty, realistic, and heartwarming.  Accepting Justin’s invisible demons may take a moment of adjustment, but they have a place in the skater’s maturity so bear with them.  The secondary characters are just as real and intrinsic to the plotline.  Picks and Pucks is the story of a family that’s unraveled by anger and death, however time and love is knitting them back together.   Cheer them on.  I Joyfully recommend Picks and Pucks. Tissue optional.

THE PROTECTOR by Cooper Cross

THE PROTECTOR by Cooper Cross

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THE PROTECTOR by Cooper CrossThe Protector by Cooper West
Published by Dreamspinner Press Genres: MM, Paranormal
Reviewed by Lisa

JoyfullyRecommendedFrom earliest recorded history there have been Guardsmen – a Handler and a Protector – one human and the other a weredog shifter.  They are bondmates for life and when one dies the other follows almost immediately.  At no time in their history has one out lived the other.  Until the day Handler Theo Taylor was gunned down and his Protector Alex Taylor survived.

 

Three years and Alex continues.  He lives and breathes.  He exists and little more.  And because Alex is still alive he’s expected to take regular checkup trips to the Institute where young Guardsmen are taught and trained for their future.

 

During one of Alex’s customary visits to the Institute he catches a scent that shouldn’t be possible, his bondmate.  The Protector zeroes in on a man he’s never met before, twenty-six year old unbonded Handler, Marcus Stephanek.  He too is an anomaly, a Handler long past the age of finding his counterpart.  Alex doesn’t want another bondmate, he wants Theo back.  As for Marcus, thrilled at finally meeting his Protector, his heart is literally crushed when Alex denies him.  Wounded souls barely coping with what fate hands them and there’s more to come.

 

An alternate reality that asks an emotional investment, The Protector is the perfect escape.  The groundwork begins slowly, builds layer upon layer as the pace quickens and the drama unfolds.  Characters from Alex and Marcus to the secondary cast come alive on the page for readers to identify with.  This other world in The Protectors leaves no emotional stone unturned.  I Joyfully recommend The Protectors.  As soon as you finish, you will want to start again.  Alex and Marcus and The Protectors won’t let go.

A ROYAL BIND by Sui Lynn

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A ROYAL BIND by Sui LynnA Royal Bind by Sui Lynn
Series: Changing Moon #2
Published by Dreamspinner Press on 2013-08-30
Genres: Gay, Suspense
Pages: 200
Reviewed by Lisa

"Lance Fitz and Andrew Reed are a blissfully mated pair, but Andrew’s benefactor Stephon, a born vampire, isn’t happy with the pairing, especially after he discovers Lance’s pedigree. Stephon attempts to find answers using his mental connection with Andrew, and when his efforts fail, he goes after Lance’s new shifter family. Enraged, Lance severs the tie to Stephon. He wants to tear apart the abusive vampire and free his mate and family for good. But before he can try, the family reminds Lance that the death of one vampire won't change the social status of shifters as an enslaved people. The fight won’t end with Stephon, even if Lance succeeds."

The tests are verified.  There is no doubt that Lance Fitz is the last known pure blood in the shifter world.  Mating with Andrew Reed two weeks ago has started changes within the wolf shifter as well.  He will begin to share the special gifts of his mate Lance.

 

It’s been decided to keep Lance’s heritage as quiet as possible for as long as possible.  There’s already been one attempt on the pure blood’s life.  As more hear the news there will be further attempts to kill him.  Eventually they will announce his existence so that Lance can claim Right of Rule and free all shifters from their vampire benefactors.  But not quite yet.  First they need to contact Andrew’s vampire benefactor, Stephon.

 

At one time Lance was a human runaway foster kid.  Today he’s the savior of his people and mated to the hottest wolf on the planet.  Staying alive and enjoying his new mate, no worries.

 

The complex world in the Changing Moon series explodes in passion and blood once again.  Taking the next step puts Lance and Andrew in A Royal Bind of danger.  Their sexual chemistry is incendiary and the machinations of an unknown enemy continues to shadow the lovers.  A Royal Bind can be read as a standalone story, but that would cheat the reader of better understanding the characters.  Their journey to free the shifter world has only begun.

GRAVITATIONAL ATTRACTION by Angel Martinez

GRAVITATIONAL ATTRACTION by Angel Martinez

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GRAVITATIONAL ATTRACTION by Angel MartinezGravitational Attraction by Angel Martinez
Published by Dreamspinner Press on 2012-04
Genres: Action & Adventure, Erotica, Science Fiction
Pages: 596
Reviewed by Lisa

A mysterious distress call draws the crew of the Hermes to what appears to be an empty, drifting ship. Empty that is, except for the blood and gore-spattered corridors and one lone survivor locked in a holding cell. Drawn to the handsome, traumatized man, the crew's comm officer, Isaac Ozawa, makes Turk his personal responsibility, offering him the kindness and warmth he needs after the horror he experienced. Turk longs for Isaac, a desperate, hopeless ache he knows he'll always carry with him. But Turk harbors dangerous secrets, his brain a military experiment gone wrong. When an amoral, power-hungry admiral kidnaps Isaac and uses him to convince Turk to become the cataclysmic weapon he's hungered for, it will take Turk's strength, the ingenuity of the Hermes crew, the help of the enigmatic Drak'tar, and Isaac's own stubborn will to save them.

JoyfullyRecommended

The Hermes comes across what appears to be an abandoned ship and sends in a small team to investigate. Communications officer Isaac Ozawa and the others are horrified to discover the grisly remains of the entire crew and one lone survivor in a lockdown cell. They decide to take their guest, a Corzin warrior called Turk to his overdue meeting on a space station with an officer of the mighty ESTO or Eridani Sector Treaty Organization.

 

Half crazed from 2 weeks aboard the dead ship Turk is nonetheless drawn to the kindness and curiosity Isaac shows him. Before long the feelings are reciprocated and Isaac is falling for the big, blonde Corzin. Turk worries that the information he carries could prove dangerous to anyone close, but he cannot deny Isaac is the one for him.

 

On arrival Turk learns that the admiral he trusted is being supplanted by another who does not have the Corzin’s best interests at heart. From that moment on everything begins to go wrong and every aspect of Turk’s life is threatened from his lover to his own homeland. No one will be safe from a power hungry admiral unless Turk’s secrets are set free.

 

Gravitational Attraction is a suspenseful drama equally balanced with a passionate romance. Exceptional from start to finish, Gravitational Attraction does not disappoint. The characters, from Isaac to Turk, and the rest of the cast play their roles perfectly, each a standout at the right moment. The lovers stand strong, yet show such tenderness at times of crisis they seem alive. Gravitational Attraction is a sci-fi love story that you will want to read again and again. I Joyfully Recommend Gravitational Attraction. I never wanted it to end.

 

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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DIRTY LAUNDRY by Rhys Ford

DIRTY LAUNDRY by Rhys Ford

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COP OUT by K. C. Burn

COP OUT by K. C. Burn

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TEACHER PLUS TWO by Valentina Heart

TEACHER PLUS TWO by Valentina Heart

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MOON AND STARS by Zahra Owens

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