Publisher: JMS Books LLC

THE SECOND WAVE by Leska Beirkircher

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THE SECOND WAVE by Leska BeirkircherThe Second Wave by Leska Beirkcher
Published by JMS Books LLC Genres: Gay, Science Fiction
Reviewed by Lisa

Earth is dying.  The cities are domed to protect the population from the deadly environment, but the power feeding the domes is fading.  A wormhole to another world where habitation is possible is the only answer for survival.  On the 183rd  day after the first wave of settlers were sent through something went wrong.  What, they don’t know.  When the wormhole opens again the settlers are gone.  Even knowing of the danger a second wave is assembled and sent to the place dubbed ‘Alterneath’.

Scientists and specialist of every variety are sent with the second wave. Among the group is geologist Dr. Peter Wagner, a man still grieving for the loss of his husband.  By destiny or fate his husband’s ticket ends up in the hands of John, a criminal who knows Peter from their college days. 

What the second wave does find is a young woman who doesn’t speak and can’t explain where she comes from.  Something strange is going on in Alterneath.  Things on Earth are so bad however that it doesn’t matter.  It should matter, it truly should.

An original through and through.  The Second Wave ramps up the tension and the mysteries from the very start.  There is a large cast of characters to keep track of though it’s soon apparent that John and the woman play pivotal roles.  A poignant relationship is the only deep relationship, others love but theirs is the important one.  More of a science fiction story than a romance The Second Wave has heart and lots of mysteries, some are even creepy.

TYLER’S TEACHER by J. M. Snyder

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TYLER’S TEACHER by J. M. SnyderTyler's Teacher by J. M. Snyder
Published by JMS Books LLC on 2012-02-01
Genres: Gay
Pages: 73
Reviewed by Lisa

Jason Peters is a young widowed father whose son, Tyler, is a precocious first grader starting a new school in the middle of the term. His new teacher is Greg Boucher, a man near Jason's age who is incredibly attractive. For the first time since his wife's death, Jason finds himself interested in the possibility of a romantic relationship. It seems Greg feels the same. At a parent/teacher conference, Jason admits he's gay, and to his surprise, Greg asks him out on a date. They spend a wonderful evening together, but when morning dawns, Jason realizes things can't move forward between them unless his son is comfortable with the arrangement. Will Tyler understand Jason's interest in his teacher? Or will Jason have to choose between what he wants and what's best for his son?

A new home unfortunately means a new school for seven year old Tyler Peters.  It also means his widowed dad Jason gets to start over explaining his single status to everyone.  Meeting Tyler’s teacher for the first time gives Jason a tingle he thought long gone.  And, luckily for Jason, teacher Greg Boucher seems interested too.

It’s been four years since his wife Lisa died and even more years since he indulged in a gay relationship.  Maybe it is time to start dating and start living honestly with his desires.

The sweet and the sour blend well in Tyler’s Teacher where a new relationship helps to heal a past sorrow.  The lead characters ring true and Tyler doesn’t come across as ‘too cute’.  Jason and Greg definitely begin something special, but there’s very little if any actual, ahem, action.  Tyler’s Teacher is a gentle, new beginning with a lovely cast.  

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