Publisher: MLR Press

TEMPEH FOR TWO by Karina Colcroft

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TEMPEH FOR TWO by Karina ColcroftTempeh for Two by Karina Colcroft
Series: Real Werewolves Don't Eat Meat #6
Published by MLR Press Genres: MM, Paranormal
Reviewed by Lisa

In all honesty Tobias Rogan’s deepest wish is to live by the ocean with his lover Kyle Slidell.  Maybe someday.  In the meantime Tobias is Arkhon of the North Eastern Region and responsible for the Alphas and their packs throughout his area.  If not for the love and support that Kyle gives him Tobias knows he couldn’t survive.

 

He never wanted to be a leader, yet fate continually puts the werewolf in life and death situations.  Kyle keeps him going, reminding Tobias that the struggle is worth their love.

 

There is no doubt that the Anax, the leader of every werewolf within the U.S. is orchestrating the challenges and subsequent battles to the death that keep cropping up.  Soon they will go to the annual meeting all Arkhon’s and Alphas are commanded to attend on the West Coast.  Tobias knows that a showdown with the Anax is inevitable.  Their only hope for survival is an honest challenge between the Arkhon and their leader. The biggest hurdle and strength is knowing that so far nothing has been above board.

 

As the Real Werewolves Don’t Eat Meat series comes to a thrilling conclusion in Tempeh for Two, Tobias and Kyle are put to the ultimate test for their love.  Heart pounding drama, sensuality, and a deep lasting sense of forever are tightly bound within the pages of this wholly entertaining story.  To say there’s never a dull moment is putting it mildly.  Tempeh for Two is told by Tobias in first person point of view as he mentally and physically survives the machinations of a mad leader.  This is a big tale and luckily enough back story is offered to support the entire book.  Enjoy Tempeh for Two, a romance that satisfies on every level.

DAKOTA by Vicktor Alexander

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DAKOTA by Vicktor AlexanderDakota by Vicktor Alexander
Series: The Sevion Brotherhood #1
Published by MLR Press Genres: MM, Paranormal
Reviewed by Lisa

Chief of Surgery, Dr. Dakota Sevion is one of thirteen siblings, the baby of ten brothers and three younger sisters.  Many of Dakota’s brothers are also doctors at Gelreen Memorial Hospital.  One other little family tie is that they are all born vampires whose parents hail from Romania.

 

An emergency room call sends the doctor running straight into a cubicle containing an injured three year old and his father Nishon ‘Nimo’ Moore, who is Dakota’s sufletul pereche, his mate.  Literally walking on air at discovering the other half of his soul the good doctor is shocked when he realizes that his soon to be son Isaiah or ‘Zay’ is a forziq.  Long ago the forziq were hunted to extinction because of their gift for seeing and scenting paranormal beings and abusing their talent.

 

Dakota is thrilled to find his mate and horrified by a long standing duty to his kind.  What should have been a time for celebration is quickly spinning into ideas for hiding a three year old innocent.

 

The Sevion Brotherhood series has a seriously entertaining start.  Dakota blends tension and humor with equal measure.  Between the stoic Sevion brothers that surround Dakota and his mate Nimo’s original adopted family there’s never a quiet moment.  With an inventive plotline, great dialogue, and a fascinating cast of characters Dakota never lacks for excitement.  This is definitely a series worth your time.

 

ALIEN HOME by Mark Zubro

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ALIEN HOME by Mark ZubroAlien Home by Mark Zubro
Series: Alien Danger #2
Published by MLR Press Genres: MM, Science Fiction
Reviewed by Lisa

Mike Carlson loves his life in Chicago, he loves raising his nephew Jack, and most importantly he loves his husband Joe.  The fact that his husband hails from a distant solar system filled with inhabited planets doesn’t negate Mike’s feelings for Joe in the least.

 

A detective from the planet Hrrrm, Joe was sent to capture a rogue scientist experimenting on Terrans, using brain implants everyone on their solar system has.  Though the scientist Vov is killed Joe manages to save Vov’s implants and transfers them to his lover’s brain.  Neither expected the implants to change and become stronger than anything Joe’s ever seen.  Maybe it’ because he’s a Terran or because Vov did something unknown, but bottom line Mike has something unique in his head.

 

Deciding they’d figure it out over time Mike and Joe get back to their lives.  While cheering the high school student on at a state wrestling tournament they are appalled to find out that Jack’s father has been released from prison.  The man turns up at the conference threatening Jack for putting him in prison.  A wild chase through a snow storm is only the start.  Then, no sooner do the men get that situation resolved Joe realizes that someone from his home planet is after him, and Mike as well.  Their love is pure and simple, it’s everything else that’s so complicated.

 

Fans of the science fiction genre will love all the twists and turns in Alien Home, a truly compelling out of this world love story.  By their actions there’s no question Mike and Joe adore each other though actual sex isn’t part of the book.  Mike is subject to an incredibly unique and detailed government, rules, and officials.  For the most part the official rulings are fascinating though once in a while the storyline loses strength.  Also, Mike never freaks out which isn’t totally realistic.  There is a weak moment or two, but Alien Home certainly entertains and engages the reader’s interest.

MR. AVERAGE by Parker Williams

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MR. AVERAGE by Parker WilliamsMr. Average by Parker Williams
Published by MLR Press Genres: Contemporary, MM
Reviewed by Cassie

Lawyer Lucas Manetti has been playing the field for years, but now he thinks he might be ready to settle down. Kyle, the hot mechanic that works on his Lamborghini, seems like a perfect choice. Too bad Lucas’s money can’t buy everything…

I liked the premise of Mr. Average—a rich guy finding love with a regular guy. I wanted to like the main character as well, but I just couldn’t. First-person narrator Lucas came across as arrogant, cold, and sometimes wishy-washy. He has issues about love, and also about the socioeconomic status of his lovers and what that might say about him. His regular Joe love interest (not the guy I thought it would turn out to be) is kind and sweet to a fault, which made Lucas’s behavior all the more frustrating. Lucas does change a lot over the course of the book, but the story happened too fast for me to buy into the changes as much as I would have liked. I did enjoy the sweet ending, however, and the conversational writing style. There was so much potential here, even if it wasn’t quite my cup of tea. If I run across another of Mr. Williams’s books, I will certainly give it a try.

DISASTEROLOGY 101 by Taylor V. Donovan

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DISASTEROLOGY 101 by Taylor V. DonovanDisasterology by Taylor V. Donovan
Published by MLR Press Genres: Contemporary, Gay
Reviewed by Cassie

Cedric Haughton-Disley suffers from severe OCD and germaphobia. The only way he can have any kind of connection with a man is through carefully regulated one night stands. Kevin Morrison is a divorced father who is coming out as gay at thirty-six. He’s looking for more than a quickie. By all rights, a relationship between the two of them should be completely impossible…so why are they so attracted to each other?

Can Cedric and Kevin both come out of their comfort zones in order to find a happy medium that suits them both?

I really enjoyed Disasterology 101. Cedric’s ailment was dealt with well, in my opinion. He knows he has issues, and he tries to work on them. He also knows he comes across as cold and arrogant, which never bothered him until he meets Kevin. Their first encounter is an unmitigated disaster, and for once Cedric regrets how he acted. When he meets Kevin again, as a student in a class he’s teaching on blueprints, he’s determined not to make the same mistakes. I admired that Cedric was willing to try a relationship, even though he makes a lot of mistakes (and knows he puts a lot of demands on Kevin due to his condition). He knows himself and his limitations, but for Kevin, he’s willing to push himself to increase his limits.

Kevin is also a very likable character. He’s accepting his sexuality later than many men, but he’s determined to live an honest life, even if he’s not sure how. He’s also determined to take care of his ex-wife and his children. To do so, he works nonstop and takes classes on top of his crazy work schedule. Adding in a relationship with Cedric, an admittedly difficult man, is one more ball for Kevin to try to juggle, but he tries nonetheless.

Cedric’s condition and Kevin’s perilous financial and family situation lead to a lot of stress for the two of them. Fortunately, they’re both willing to try. There are a lot of setbacks, but the end result is more than worth it. Disaterology 101 is a sweet and emotional tale of two unlikely lovers learning to find strength in each other.    

LEATHER DAYS by Alex Ironrod

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DO YOU SEE ME NOW by Stephani Hecht

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TUMBLE TURN by Charlie Cochrane

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THERON’S BOYS by Kiernan Kell

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FAELON by A. J. Kelton

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