Publisher: MLR Press, LLC

WARLOCK UNBOUND by Stephani Hecht

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WARLOCK UNBOUND by Stephani HechtWarlock Unbound by Stephani Hecht
Series: Detroit City Warlocks #2
Published by MLR Press, LLC Genres: MM, Urban Fantasy
Reviewed by Lisa

Blowing up his home with his parents inside was something Lucas will never live down even though it was a complete accident.  If that wasn’t horrible enough, Lucas is then picked up by humans and taken straight to a Warlock Internment Camp even though he was only fifteen at the time.

 

Ten long, tortuous years in the ridiculously termed ‘rehabilitation camp’ and Lucas is slowly, painfully dying from neglect and starvation.  The only thing keeping him going is Charlie, a childhood friend captured two years ago who’s also dying there.  They manage to keep each other from completely losing hope, but soon it won’t matter.

 

Lucas and Charlie are in such desperate straits that when help comes they don’t even realize it at first.  Members of the resistance, free warlocks, break into the camp and liberate everyone.  Among the group is Andor, a fighter and a doctor who can’t believe the state of the prisoners.  It’s questionable if Lucas and the others will even heal.  If they do it’s a long road and after meeting Lucas there’s nothing Andor won’t do to help the young warlock, nothing at all.  Mending a broken body is one thing, a shattered soul something else entirely.

 

Author Stephani Hecht pens an exciting, emotional drama in Warlock Unbound, book two in the Detroit City Warlocks series.  The character’s sense of desolation and sorrow comes though so well.  His lack of belief in himself and uncertainty in Andor’s love is sometimes overwhelming.  A positive outcome in Warlock Unbound makes all the angst worth wading through in this story.  Lucas and Andor deserve all the happiness they can hold onto.

REFINED INSTINCTS by S. J. Frost

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REFINED INSTINCTS by S. J. FrostRefined Instincts by S. J. Frost
Series: Instinct #5
Published by MLR Press, LLC Genres: Gay, Paranormal
Reviewed by Lisa

Maybe it is madness, maybe not when Troy Raines returns home to Chicago after the rebellion was crushed.  His name is no doubt at the top of the Tribunal’s most wanted list.  Never mind, Troy comes back to where it all started to find peace and a permanent end.  He’s tired of the guilt eating at him.  Most of all he’s tired of wishing for something that will never happen, forgiveness from Renart Bellerose, the vampire who Turned him.

 

Troy came back to end his life, what was left of it with his permanently damaged body.  He never expected in a million years for Renart to stop him.  Never expected his master to wish things had been different as well.  The spark that brought them together initially is still strong, but with the Tribunal on his tail Troy and Renart’s time together is numbered.  Tick tock.

 

Refined Instincts charms and enthralls readers.  Book 5 in the Instinct series features the rocky romance between a disillusioned rebellion leader and a wily French count.  Author S.J. Frost neatly brings Troy’s good qualities to the forefront to offer him redemption in the arms of his maker.  This story focuses primarily on their love story and then gains momentum for a stunning climax with the Tribunal.  Refined Instincts imaginative romance satisfies on every level.

PERFECT FOR ME by D. H. Starr

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PERFECT FOR ME by D. H. StarrPerfect for Me by D.h. Starr
Published by MLR Press, MLR Press, LLC on 2013-02-01
Genres: Contemporary, Gay
Pages: 264
Reviewed by Cassie

Sean Sullivan is a principal and a happy person, but he has one major complication.HIV. Frustrated with constant rejection, Sean decides to stop dating negative men. When a student experiences a crisis and Sean meets Emery Benton, the case worker assigned from Child Protective Services, his decision is challenged. Sparks fly the moment they meet, but Emery is negative and Sean doesn't want the pain of another disappointment. As he struggles with his feelings for Emery, a war between the fear in his head and the fire in his heart force him to answer one simple question. Is this the perfect man for me?

Sean Sullivan loves his job as a principal at a middle school. He has a good life, overall. The only thing that keeps his life from being perfect is that he doesn’t have someone to love. Unfortunately, any time Sean tells a man he’s HIV positive, the guy bolts. Sean’s determined to start dating only other positive men so he can avoid further hurt. Then one of his favorite students begins experiencing severe family issues, and Emery Benton comes to help.

As a social worker, Emery’s job is to help protect kids from abuse and neglect. He comes to the school to help figure out how to best help a young man in crisis. He doesn’t expect the immediate attraction he feels toward Sean. Emery wants to date Sean, despite their working relationship, but Sean blows hot and cold. Will Emery stick around when he finds out Sean’s secret—or will Sean push him away before they can find out?

Perfect for Me features an issue that could cause a great deal of heartbreak and trauma in someone’s life: HIV. While the disease can be controlled with medication and lifestyle changes, it’s still a ticking time bomb. I understood Sean’s fear that his disease could prevent him from ever having love. He fights his attraction to Emery because he can’t bear to be disappointed again. Then, after he tells Emery his secret, he continues to fight their attraction. Emery isn’t the type of man to let HIV make him see Sean differently. He’s determined to have real love in his life, and he thinks Sean is the one.

I liked Perfect for Me’s realistic conflict and the fact that it centered around a school. I wasn’t so crazy about how wishy-washy Sean came across as. It’s understandable that he would be wary about trusting a negative guy not to freak out about his status, and that he would have reservations even when Emery did not. I just wished he would make up his mind. He kept pulling Emery closer and then pushing him away. For some reason Emery forgave him every time, pretty much instantly. I started to tire of the push-me, pull-you routine after a while, and I couldn’t believe Emery put up with it. While I enjoyed Perfect for Me on the whole, Sean’s behavior frustrated me enough to make the whole story a bit less than I’d hoped it would be. 

DREAMING OF DRAGONS by T. A. Chase

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DREAMING OF DRAGONS by T. A. ChaseDreaming of Dragons by T. A. Chase
Series: Dragons #2
Published by MLR Press, LLC on 2013-02-01
Genres: Fantasy, Gay, Paranormal
Pages: 212
Reviewed by Lisa

Lovers for centuries, Mordred and George's relationship is strong enough to withstand anything-or so they thought. With dragons and magical creatures appearing every day, George risks everything, even to the point of losing his lover, to maintain the balance between the Realm of Dreams and the human world. Mordred can see George slipping away and, for the first time in his long life, insecurity creeps in. As the presence of old lovers, new friends and deadly dragons causes cracks in their foundation to form, Mordred and George must discover how far they're willing to go to save their love and their world.

Even though the Goddess Gaia forbade the elf Mordred and his lover, the immortal dragon slayer St. George, from interfering they felt compelled to help the humans.  They’re unable to ignore the human’s fight against the wild creatures from the Realm of Dreams appearing all over the Earth causing destruction and death. 

Human scientists Dr. Hugh Price, owner of Anglelow Labs and his lover Dr. Kael Hammerson head the group on Earth trying to deal with the situation.  Thus far it’s a losing battle, as many creatures as they destroy more appear.

Mordred and George hatch a plan.  They know the creatures come from their home, that Beowulf is orchestrating the invasion, but without proof Gaia refuses to become involved.  George will continue the fight on Earth while Mordred infiltrates the enemy camp.  Beowulf has always wanted Mordred, maybe now’s the time to be caught?

Dreaming of Dragons revisits the imaginative world of monsters and myths come to life on Earth and threaten human existence.   The first book focused on the scientists, this time out Mordred and George take center stage.  One is slippery and charming and the other is honesty personified, lovers eternal.  Exposing the villains is the goal but along the way there’s a sexy, loving romance with lots of enchantment and shine.  An absolutely passionate tale of daring heroes with an ending that will take your breath away.

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