Publisher: Loose Id

PHOENIX RISING by Kimberly Gardner

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PHOENIX RISING by Kimberly GardnerPhoenix Rising by Kimberly Gardner
Series: Playing for Keeps #1
Published by Loose Id Genres: Contemporary, MM
Reviewed by Lisa

It’s been a couple of brutal years for Adam Hyland.  His family kicked him out when he came out, his career as a ballet dancer died with a bad knee injury, and recently Adam left everything behind after witnessing his boyfriend screwing another in their bed.  Lately he’s been forced to sleep in his car or crash on friends’ couches.  The one upside at the moment is the new job as a stripper at Flesh Tones.

 

After inheriting the family securities company Jimmy Trent worked round the clock to make it even more profitable.  His older brother Laton wanted nothing to do with the company except the profits.  The latest venture, which Jimmy somehow got roped into co-signing is a strip club.  At least so far Flesh Tones is doing well.

 

Adam makes extra cash on the side by doing strip-o-grams.  Going to a mansion one evening he does his dance for birthday boy Jimmy and the two spark with chemistry.  Though Adam slips out before morning to avoid embarrassment it’s still a shock when the pair come face to face in Flesh Tones the next day.  Pursing the stripper is the last thing that Jimmy should be doing, but he can’t freeze his libido or his desire to know Adam better.  Keeping his sexuality a secret won’t be an option if he insists on wooing his stripper in public.  After all the hard work and years of hiding who he is Jimmy will have to decide if Adam is worth coming into the light.  And surviving the repercussions that will certainly follow.

 

A refreshingly realistic, difficult relationship is explored fully in Phoenix Rising, the first book in the new series Playing for Keeps.  Adam deals with life’s hard knocks with dignity.  Jimmy lives a wealthy, lonely life where the truth will test his morals.  Self examination is never easy.  Enjoy life’s human foibles in Phoenix Rising.  Readers won’t be disappointed with the outcome.

THE NOBLEST VENGEANCE by Neil Plakcy

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THE NOBLEST VENGEANCE by Neil PlakcyThe Noblest Vengeance by Neil Plakcy
Series: Have Body, Will Guard
Published by Loose Id Genres: Contemporary, MM
Reviewed by Lisa

About two years ago retired Seal Liam McCullough and linguist teacher Aiden Greene met under unusual circumstances and had a great adventure.  The best part of the whole thing was the relationship that developed between the men.  These days Liam and Aiden couldn’t imagine life without the other.

 

The couple recently relocated to Nice, France, dropped their freelance status as bodyguards and signed on with Agence de Securite, where steady employment is appreciated.

 

When wealthy distant relatives of Aiden’s need protection the pair are contacted.  At first glance the job of protecting the family looks easy and a waste of a long trip to Istanbul.  However, each day another threat is faced and members of the family are forced to reveal secrets possibly worth dying for.  Someone is intent on stopping the family move to New Jersey.  Liam and Aiden have their hands full trying to protect their charges and reveal the enemy.  Hopefully before they reach the Jersey shore.

 

Liam and Aiden are up to their eyebrows in trouble again!   The Noblest Vengeance brings back a pair of unlikely lovers/great characters to solve another wild, dangerous mystery.  Opposites in every way Liam and Aiden are nonetheless passionate, loving men.  And just when the reader thinks the mystery is solved and done a new threat and possibility crops up.  Great characters and a riveting plotline, The Noblest Vengeance satisfies on every level.

SAVING KANE by Michele Michael Rakes

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SAVING KANE by Michele Michael RakesSaving Kane by Michele Michael Rakes
Published by Loose Id Genres: Contemporary, MM
Reviewed by Lisa

Born a meth addict Kane Abel has never once been given a break from the hardships of life.  His own father pimped Kane out the moment puberty neared.  Kane learned that sex was simply another commodity of currency or power.  Time passed, Kane broke free by getting a job behind the bar counter, an apartment of his own, and friends.  Life wasn’t great by any stretch but it was okay until the night he agreed to go home with Jake, a guy who’d been hanging around the bar for awhile.  That night Jake and five other men were animals and left Kane on the stoop of his own apartment building, dying.

 

As a young boy Garrett Young lost his mother from severe burns caused in a house fire.  As an adult the dedicated firefighter received severe burns on his body while on duty.  Garrett’s firefighting days were over, his alcohol abuse full blown, and his relationship with fiancée Amanda hanging by a thread.

 

The firehouse has allowed Garrett to switch to EMT duty, which brings Kane into his life one dank, cold night.  Two souls seemingly damaged beyond repair are brought together by fate.  What they do with the gift is up to them.  The one surety is that it will be a very bumpy road either way.  Oh, and a killer expected Kane to die…

 

Raw. Tense. Unflinchingly brutal.  Saving Kane is a difficult, fascinating story that allows the almost broken to shine.  A gritty background, characters desperate for someone to give a damn, and layer upon layer of emotion, Saving Kane resonates with passion, cries out for understanding.  Definitely a romance, yet so many sorrows to sift through first.  This chilling drama holds onto the reader so tightly until the last page ends.

DREAM FOR ME by Becky Black

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DREAM FOR ME by Becky BlackDream For Me by Becky Black
Published by Loose Id Genres: MM, Science Fiction
Reviewed by Lisa

In the future the human society has changed.  Other than a small period of wakeful rest humans do not sleep.  Well, except for a very few hundred or so worldwide.  They are considered a rare anomaly to be studied and watched.

 

Two years of requests and finally neurobiologist Akshay ‘Shay’ Mistry receives word that the last American ‘sleeper’ is coming to the Denver Science Institute for his study program.  At Shay’s first introduction to Jacob Garcia the good doctor has to remind himself he’s already in a relationship.

 

As the study progresses and Shay gets to know the taciturn man he comes to realize that the novelty of being a sleeper isn’t quite so exceptional.  Jacob is a lonely, distrustful man whose very life is controlled by the government.  The longer they are together the closer they inexplicably grow.

 

Breaking off with his lover is easier than Shay expected.  Getting involved with the secretive sleeper is much harder.  Especially when Shay learns that Jacob has an agenda of his own and loving the doctor won’t stop something already in motion.

 

Reading Dream for Me is an eerie, exciting adventure.  A character driven romance set within a sci-fi mystery Dream for Me demands attention.  An unlikely love story filled with secrets and conspiracies comes to life.  Watch as a belligerent sleeper and a shy scientist fall in love in a world that doesn’t have dreams.  Totally original, Dream for Me catches your imagination and holds tight.

CHANGELING by Barbara Geiger

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CHANGELING by Barbara GeigerChangeling by Barbara Geiger
Series: Middle Hill #1
Published by Loose Id Genres: Fantasy, MM
Reviewed by Lisa

Matt Bauer has very few, if any real memories before the age of twelve.  The only certainty is the abuse he suffers at the hands of his so-called uncle who somehow took custody of Matt until the day the man inexplicably disappeared.

 

Not quite eighteen Matt becomes the guardian of his younger half brother Sam who’s brilliant on paper and with a clarinet.  With very little opportunity of gaining legal employment Matt becomes a rent boy using the skills his uncle taught him.  It’s not the life he’d planned, sometimes it’s even dangerous, but it’s the only way to support them and keep Sam out of foster care.  At least for now.

 

On the way home from a school competition one late, cold night Matt meets Kevin, an enigmatic young man.  For the first time Matt is sexually excited by someone which draws him even closer to the stranger.

 

Soon after, the Headmaster at Saint Christopher’s Academy offers Sam a scholarship.  Also included would be a place for Matt to live and work.  Of course payment would come in the form of exclusive rights to the rent boy and his talents.  At least it won’t be as dangerous.

 

Everything in Matt’s life is changing.  When he sees Kevin again he’s told about the fae.  It all makes sense.  Matt’s always been attuned to others in a way that didn’t make sense before.  Something big is happening.  The school, Kevin, and now threats to Matt’s safety.  No matter which way he turns, nothing will be the same ever again.

 

Changeling reels you into its web and never lets go.  Intense characters set within the back drop of a bleak life manage to survive and then thrive in Changeling, the first story in the original Middle Hill series.  Unexplained mysteries and an incredible cast make this tale feel real.  Romance is secondary to everything else going on, but it is there, the seed of something fresh and new for Matt to explore in this unique drama.  Expect the unexpected in this thrilling new series.

BROKEDOWN HEARTS by Cameron Dane

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IF ONLY by Cherise Sinclair

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COVEN, SWEET COVEN by Cheryl Dragon

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RISING SUN by M. J. O’Shea

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WHERE THE WORLD ENDS by Kade Boemhe

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