Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

PLAYING WITH FIRE by Dirk Greyson

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PLAYING WITH FIRE by Dirk GreysonPlaying with Fire by Dirk Greyson
Published by Dreamspinner Press Genres: Contemporary, MM

After a bad breakup, Detective Jim Crawford left Philadelphia for a fresh start in a smaller city.   It’s an added bonus that nobody in New Cynwood knows his family is extremely wealthy.

 

The town is being terrorized by a serial killer whose victims thus far have nothing in common.  Heading the task force Jim has been wracking his brain trying to come up with an angle that makes sense.  So far he’s got nothing.  The next step is to talk to a professional and get some insight before the killer strikes again.

 

Bartholomew ‘Barty’ Halloran was a skinny nerdy kid growing up, never fitting in, never part of a group.  Finding his passion as a criminal psychologist gave purpose to his life and he’s good at it.

 

When the detective enlists Barty’s help the doctor is eager to add his expertise.  Fascinated with the case Barty begins to become uncomfortable because the more he learns about the killer the more Barty can draw a parallel to his own life.

 

As they gain ground on the case the stakes suddenly change when Jim realizes the killer has set his sights on ending Barty’s life.  Protecting the doctor becomes the detective’s first priority.  Keeping Barty close causes a whole new set of problems as the attraction between them flares to life.  Catching the killer comes first, keeping Barty a close second.

 

A sharp whodunit is revealed in Playing with Fire.  Solid characterizations bring this murderous story to life.  Jim and Barty are intelligent, career driven, and alone.  Their relationship quietly slips into being as they chase a killer.  Barty’s concerns, his similarities with their foe add to the storyline.  Unmasking the killer happens quicker than figuring out what draws Jim and Barty together.  Definitely enjoyable unraveling the romance that is Playing with Fire.

MAPPING THE FOREST by Brandon Witt

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MAPPING THE FOREST by Brandon WittMapping the Forest by Brandon Witt
Published by Dreamspinner Press Genres: Contemporary, MM

Forest ranger Gabe Rice left a full-time position and a promising career at another posting for the chance to work his dream job in Rocky Mountain National Park.  Six years on and he’s still a part-time ranger forced to make ends meet with a second job at the Estes Park book store near where he lives.  It all boils down to working for a homophobic boss intent on making his job so difficult he quits.

 

At one time Luis Martinez had everything a man could wish for with a successful career as a therapist, a supportive family, and a loving husband by his side.  The California dream came crashing down the day Chris died.  Inconsolable he sold his business, packed and headed for the Colorado Mountains where he used his savings to buy the Estes Wilderness Lodge.  Knowing nothing about managing a lodge or tourist trips into the mountains Luis was barely functioning, but at least nothing reminded him of Chris and the love they shared.

 

Talked into a touristy campfire excursion by a fellow ranger, Gabe is surprised by his attraction to the cook.  It’s been a while since he’s been interested in anyone.  What he finds is a damaged soul, yet Luis intrigues him.  For every step forward they are forced to take two steps back.  For this relationship to work they will need to lean on each other.  Trust is a two-way street.

 

Mapping the Forest takes the main characters on an extremely emotional journey where every lesson learned brings up new obstacles to overcome.  One deals with workplace bigotry and the other a lost love.  Gabe and Luis slowly learn by trial and error that battling their demons together is what strengthens them.  The couple definitely makes mistakes, lots of them before getting it right.  Love and patience are the answer for these characters in Mapping the Forest.

 

HONEYMOON THEIR WAY by Morticia Knight

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HONEYMOON THEIR WAY by Morticia KnightHoneymoon Their Way by Morticia Knight
Series: States of Love
Published by Dreamspinner Press Genres: Contemporary, MM

It’s official.  The pre-wedding week at Lake Tahoe is going to be the death of Chad.  Somehow his loving sister Lindsey has turned into a crazed bridezilla.  She’s the one who insisted on this family get together.  The final blow to Chad’s peace of mind is learning that Lindsey’s long time friend Raudel Cruz is able to make the wedding and the Lake Tahoe madness.  The same Raudel who Chad secretly lusted after all through high school and one night saw Chad do something he can never, ever live down.

 

Ironically, as much as Chad was embarrassed to see Raudel again the opposite is true for Lindsey’s BFF.  He’s thrilled to see Chad, all grown up, no longer a boy forbidden to him.

 

As the get together devolves into a daily nightmare the one consolation is putting the past to rest, allowing Chad and Raudel the time to discover what the future could hold.  If they survive till the wedding ceremony it’s going to be a miracle.  Getting Lindsey to the alter is the insurmountable goal.  Finding love is a wonderful bonus.

 

Hilarious pre-wedding jitters, a scary bridezilla, and so much more are rolled into the wild tale Honeymoon Their Way.  Readers are given a bird’s eye view to all the chaos.  The storyline merrily bumps along, balancing the zany family actions with a newfound love.   Chad tries to keep everything moving forward.  Meanwhile Raudel shows them the patience of a saint.  Honeymoon Their Way is crazy fun.

CHECKING IT TWICE by Meg Harding

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CHECKING IT TWICE by Meg HardingChecking it Twice by Meg Harding
Series: Carlisle
Published by Dreamspinner Press Genres: Contemporary, MM

Winger Eric Belanger is waiting for the day when the NHL calls on him to play in the big leagues.  Meanwhile he plays hard on a minor league and spends his off time with his teammates and best friends.  Occasionally he feels like he’s going to explode, but it’s too dangerous for the feelings to be satisfied.  Eric is positive if anyone even suspected how deeply he’s hiding in the closet he’d never get a chance with the NHL.  Only his two buddies know his secret and their eye-opening experience one night can never be repeated.

 

Corralled into a modeling job with a handful of other players Eric meets model Dorian Carlisle who’s making a name for himself in the business.  Out and proud Dorian refuses to hide his sexuality from anyone.  At first Eric and Dorian pretend that they are simply friends getting together, but before long what they feel is so much more.

 

Dorian is a known gay model.  The day is bound to come when people figure out the truth.  Eric will be forced to make a choice.  Hopefully it’s the right one.

 

Checking It Twice takes a hard look at what matters most in a person’s life – career or love.  Hockey player Eric has spent his life working toward a professional goal.  The character hits a tipping point in Checking It Twice when love complicates his future.  An intriguing, honest look at a hard choice with engaging characters telling the story.  Definitely a worthwhile read.

A KIND OF HONESTY by Lane Hayes

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A KIND OF HONESTY by Lane HayesA Kind of Honesty by Lane Hayes
Series: A Kind of Story
Published by Dreamspinner Press Genres: Contemporary, MM

The rock band Spiral hit it big after years of struggle.  They managed to stay at the top song after song, somewhat surprised that they had done so well.  Drummer Tim Chalmers was enjoying every minute of it.  Well, except for model girlfriend he’d stupidly hooked up with, but he’d finally cut her loose.  At long last Tim was free.  Everyone had warned him and they were right.  Of course, now he’s paying the price with her spewing her lies to the paparazzi.

 

Away from home Tim indulges in a very satisfying one night stand.  Back in the city Tim comes face to face with the stranger from that excellent night.  Tim’s not ready to share his bedroom choices with the world, yet he’d like to see Carter again.   Financial consultant Carter Hamilton-Temple has already suffered a failed relationship with a man stuck in the closet and he’s not about to start over making the same mistake.

 

At first Tim and Carter pretend that what they’re doing is casual, not really dating.  But over time feelings deepen.  They begin to mean something.  There is also the problem of Tim’s family.  He’s deeply involved in helping, perhaps too involved in his drug addicted sister’s issues.  When push comes to shove will Tim stand beside Carter or destroy him by choosing his sister first and slinking back into the closet.  It’s all up to one hot drummer.

 

A Kind of Honesty lays out the highs and lows of choices and the consequences.  At their worst and best Tim and Carter struggle to find middle ground with a lasting love the goal.  Heartbreaking decisions and family trauma.  Whether the reader agrees with Tim or not, it’s a tough call where family is concerned.  A Kind of Honesty is an angst-ridden romance that doesn’t pull any punches.

THE CLOSET RIDE by Sean Michael

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NEVER LOSE YOUR FLAMES by Francis Gideon

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IT TAKES TWO TO TANGO by M. A. Church

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LORD OF A THOUSAND STEPS by Tara Lain

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FLUX by Kim Fielding

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COIN OF THE REALM by Michael Murphy

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CHANGING WORLDS by Cari Z.

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ABSINTHE OF MALICE by Rhys Ford

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SMOKE AND MIRRORS by Charlie Cochet

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RAIN AND WHISKEY by B. A. Tortuga

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POWER BOTTOM? by Rowan McAllister

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DARE TO LOVE FOREVER by Jake C. Wallace

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THE LUCKIEST MASTER by Sean Michael

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MARRIAGE OF INCONVENIENCE by M. J. O’Shea

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DAVID, RENEWED by Diana Copland

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