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Five Sided Heart by Max MacGowan

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Noah Trevelyan has lost his moorings. Disowned over his sexuality as a teenager, he hasn’t been back to his home on the Outer Banks since his fisherman father kicked him out. But when he returns for the Old Man’s funeral, he discovers his father left him the house and boat in his will. Noah must choose whether to stay or go, but he won’t be alone. There’s Ian, working to overcome the emotional scars left by a domineering ex-boyfriend, and Ty, a cheerful housekeeper who’s struggling to take care of his Alzheimer’s-stricken aunt. There’s Joshua too, running from the destruction of his old life, and Gabriel, who was once beaten and left for dead, and doesn’t know how to survive on his own.

Will they find in each other the strength and courage to keep living—and learn, together, how to love again? A polyamorous relationship is the last thing any of them expected to find in the Outer Banks, but it might be what they need most, and it might even be their redemption—if they can keep their group from breaking apart under the pressure.


We start this story with Noah returning to the Outer Banks of North Carolina for his father’s, aka The Old Man, funeral. The Old Man had kicked Noah out a decade ago for being gay and Noah hadn’t been back since. While at the funeral Noah meets a collection of men from his new neighbor Ian, to Ty a local boy from down the beach to two newcomers Gabriel and Joshua.

Each man has a past and a secret or something that is currently making their lives difficult. They find support and solace in one another as friends and then as lovers.

For whatever reason they work in a way that seems impossible and yet it just makes them so strong – strong enough to overcome what life throws at them.


What a surprise this was! When I agreed to review this I didn’t even read the blurb because I was so psyched to see another book by Max MacGowan – I really enjoyed Taking The Long Way Home  ( I just knew this would be good, too.

So… I was not prepared for a polyamorous relationship and with 5 guys! But… this isn’t a story all about kinky sex – it’s really about building a support system for yourself and finding the family you need – no matter what that may look like.

Each guy’s story is heart breaking in it’s own way and they are all so different, it was fascinating watching them build a relationship – all with each other.

I really enjoyed this and found it impossible to put it down.  Max is a terrific writer and I highly recommend it and give it 5 of 5 stars.


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4.5 stars adult - 18+ Angst Level Audiobook Book coming of age Contemporary Enemies to Lovers Gay GFY/OFY Heat Index Homophobia Humor Hurt/Abuse Insta Love m/m Mid level angst Morgan Music/Rock Star New Adult Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Part of a Series Purchased Scorching/high heat Virgin

Jinxed (The Rock Series Book 2) Audiobook by Sandrine Gasq-Dion Narrated by Klaus von Hohenloe


Jinx Jett is a rock superstar. As such, the hunky Skull Blasters drummer thoroughly enjoys the many perks of willing groupies, earning him a reputation as the band slut. Making it big and scoring hot women is something Jinx never expected. There’s a little voice in the back of his mind constantly reminding him of how he used to be – shy, overweight and acne prone. One night in a gay bar turns life upside down when Jinx runs into Jayden Dempsey, a kid he’s been fantasizing about since giving him his autograph at a mall. Long-held insecurities keep Jinx from fully committing to anyone, and he may lose Jayden if he can’t put his past behind him.

Jayden Dempsey always wanted out of his life in small-town Alabama. When his parents kicked him out after he told them he was gay, Jayden decided the time was right to move on. He crosses the country to try out for Singers!, a show that propels unknowns to stardom. In a twist, producers choose him and three others as winners and form a boy band called London Boys. This season, the show brings Jayden and the guys back for the finale. Surprise! The contest’s heavy metal finalist will be singing with Skull Blasters.
Jinx and Jayden’s initial meeting doesn’t go so well, and Jayden’s stunned when the guy he’s crushed on for years turns out to be a total jerk. It doesn’t stop him from falling into Jinx’s arms every time they’re alone, but Jayden didn’t sign on for one-nighters. If Jayden wanted one-nighters, he would work at sexy websites like so he could have sex every night with beautiful men. He wants Jinx Jett, baggage, and all. Can a former teen outcast put rejection behind him and embrace the acceptance standing right in front of him? How much will one boy bander put up with from his rock idol before enough is enough? Can they make it work? Or are they jinxed in love?


I really enjoyed Fret (reviewed here and was excited to get Jinx’s story.

This was such a surprising book for me – I’m not sure what I was expecting – but it wasn’t this. There was more depth and emotion in this than I expected from Jinx. He’s such a slut just like all the sluts you’d find on websites like mature sex movies (you can look here) and he even starts the story out with a case of crabs! When he sees how Gareth and Alex are doing as an out and proud couple he begins to long for something with more depth in his own relationships.

At one point – in an almost flashback moment – Jinx meets Jayden at a music store (before Jayden is “discovered”) and Jayden’s fanboying on him sticks with him long past the event. When he VERY COINICIDENTALLY meets Jayden again at a gay bar he instantly remembers him and the two share some hot and heavy moments together. If you want a better visual representation of some of these hot and heavy moments, you could enjoy some videos at They have no shortage of sexy scenes to draw inspiration from.

Jayden knows Jinx’s reputation and protects his heart by leaving without an explanation but when the two bands are thrown together professionally, their mutual infatuation becomes clear.

But things won’t be easy for them – Jayden is leery of being someone’s “secret”, Jinx isn’t sure what he wants, and then there’s the fact that Jinx hates boy bands…


The book involves way more emotion than I was expecting. It has the hot smexy times I was expecting but also some really touching times between Jayden and Jinx.

I actually liked Jinx more than Jayden by the end of the story. I think he really grew throughout the book.

If you’re a fan of the author or this series I highly recommend it and to those who are unfamiliar with either – have you been hiding under a rock?!? Sandrine is a very prolific writer who has a way with alpha males and their sassy partners. I love the “love” in Sandrine’s stories – you know when you get one of her books that there will always be plenty of feels to go with the smexy times and usually some humor and possibly some danger. The rock series is great because the focus is on music and so fans of rocker love stories will enjoy this for that reason. This can be read as a standalone but I recommend reading the series in order.


Klaus does a really great job giving the individual band members a unique voice this time around. His British accent is pretty good and I loved the time we get with Jayden’s band. I don’t love his narration when it doesn’t involve dialog… it’s a little too flat for my taste – but he does a nice job with dialog and the emotions in the story.
(A rant about Audible… this review is coming so late after the audiobook was released because I didn’t know it was there! Audible lists this as erotica and NOT in their LGBT section! Gah! So frustrating! I wish they’d realize that the fact that this is gay erotica should mean it should be cross listed as both GAY and EROTICA! End of rant. ? )

Overall 4.5 of 5 stars


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GRL Author: Strong Medicine by JK Hogan




Two men who meet in a psychiatric institution couldn’t possibly find happiness together—could they?

The world seemed to be telling disgraced former child star and singer Cameron Fox that he would never be happy again. A drunken car accident gets him sentenced to a work release program at Riverbend Behavioral Health Facility.

Reclusive, traumatized writer Jonah Radley has an entire graveyard of skeletons in his closet. Jonah regularly hospitalizes himself for psychotic episodes caused by a horrific childhood trauma, his biggest secret—one he refuses to speak about in therapy.

Jonah and Cameron form a bond inside the hospital, forged in mutual pain and hope for a better life. Once they leave the hospital, they must decide if they are brave enough to explore the intricacies of living with mental illness—and find a new normal together.


Cameron is what I would call a “B” list celebrity. He WAS a child star and now he’s in a band with his family and they are fairly popular but not “big stars”.   When he gets a DUI the judge gives him a year of working at Riverbend, a psychiatric home as work release (at his father’s request). To make matters worse, Cameron’s dad kicks him out of the band for having a “bad image” and Cameron suspects that this image is not the DUI but the being gay.

Jonah is a voluntary resident at Riverbend twice a year. He has a past that is horrifying and it every once in awhile rises up to make him unable to cope with life on his own. The therapists there want him to go on medications, but he refuses and as such they feel he “doesn’t want to get better”.

When Jonah sees Cameron he remembers the character Cameron played on TV as a child and remembers that character as being special to him when Jonah was a child, too. This helps them to form an instantaneous bond that they build on from there.

Cameron’s life is in major flux right now, he sees by being at Riverbend that there’s more to his life that was wrong than right and now he wants to make things right. Jonah can’t keep doing what he’s doing and he certainly can’t keep doing it if he wants to be in a relationship with Cameron. The two men will have to decide what they want from life and what they’re willing to do to get it.


This book surprised me! I’d read the blurb, read a couple reviews and was expecting a very angsty and dark read. And it is BUT it’s also a very sweet and tremendously touching love story that (to me) really overshadows the dark.

I have to admit that I skimmed most of the spots where Jonah is trapped in his mind and “remembering” the horrors of his past. I just didn’t want those images in my mind.   I skimmed them and got the idea, but I didn’t need the specific details haunting me! Hogan is a great writer and she does a fantastic job of putting the reader in Jonah’s mind space and that can be an awful place – so be warned – it is a dark read.

However, Cameron, for all his fucked-upness – is a really wonderful counterpart for Jonah in that he’s like a naïve new man looking at the world with fresh eyes. His life hasn’t been bad but it hasn’t been good but it hasn’t ever been as bad as most of the people’s lives at Riverbend. He’s smart enough to realize that really quick (no spoiled super star here!) and that really helps him do good things for himself and the residents of Riverbend. Since he’s in such a better place (mentally) he can be the support Jonah needs and yet Jonah helps Cameron make decisions about his own life, too. As a result they were a really well balanced couple by the end.

This is a fairly low steam story. There’s a couple hot and heavy scenes toward the end but most of this story is about Jonah and Cameron finding their way and finding one another. The smexy times were just icing on the cake!

I enjoyed this book and thought it was really interesting. I’d recommend it only if you’re prepared for dark and angsty but I’ll also say you get rewarded with a lot of warm and fuzzy – so it’s worth it!

4.25 of 5 stars

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Evan’s Luck

Jennah Scott
April 26, 2016
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unnamed (1)Spencer Quinn has an image to uphold. His family name means more than anything. It’s the reason the reason they’ve become the most successful stock contractor on the rodeo circuit. Fresh out of school, he’s ready to take over the family business. It’s no secret he’s attracted to men, and so far that hasn’t been a problem.

Until Evan.

The assertive friend who knows how to push every one of his buttons.

Evan Taylor is known for his love ‘em and leave ‘em style, yet the last few months have left him deflated and lonely. His father’s shadow wasn’t where he wanted to end up, but he’s having trouble finding happiness. Maybe because women can’t keep his attention. He’s losing hope of settling down until a blast from the past saunters by, his heart catches and tingles spread over his skin.

Of all people, Spencer. The one person who would never give Evan a second glance. It’s just his luck.

The old saying, “Bad luck is better than none at all” fits Evan perfectly. Or does it? Is his bad luck about to change? Will Spencer Quinn be a good luck charm instead?








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Dreamer’s Destiny by Tempeste O’Riley

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Liam Grady is the owner of the Feathered Quill, a quirky little bookstore in Asheville, and—though he doesn’t realize it yet—a dream walker. His last relationship failed almost a year ago, and he’s not had the interest or nerve to pursue anyone he’s met since.

Cameron Danu is a tattoo artist from rural Georgia. Cameron is left without a job after his boss, Jose, is forced to close the shop after a heart attack. When Cameron learns Jose has set up an interview for him at a small tattoo parlor in Asheville, he hopes for a fresh start in a new town.

Fate brings Cameron and Liam together, and they realize they’ve met before—in their dreams. A chance encounter and a winged tattoo might lead them to their destiny—if fear doesn’t turn their dreams into a nightmare.


In a nutshell, Liam and Cameron have been sharing dreams since they were teens. As they grow older the frequency and eroticism of the dreams increases until they are happening nightly (almost). Just when both men are feeling like no “real” man could replace their dream lover and thus both are feeling a bit nutty for feeling like this – they meet.

Unfortunately, in the real world, neither knows how to act with one another and this causes strife. There is also some danger in the form of a witch who is attacking Liam in his dreams and through him, he attacks Cameron, too.


There were parts of this story that I absolutely loved. I loved, loved, loved the whole idea of these two soul mates meeting and finding one another later in life through dreams. It was crazy sexy, unique and magical. It really worked, though it sounds complex, it felt plausible (in a magicky way!)

I liked the individual MCs. Liam is a nerdy, introvert who has to be forced into social situations and Cameron is the opposite. They fit very well together.

What didn’t work for me was the difference between dream Liam/Cameron and real life Liam/Cameron. I don’t understand – or it wasn’t made clear – why they are so different with one another in real life – once they’d accepted the whole dream walking scenario – they are so close with one another in their dreams and so stand-offish with each other in real life. It didn’t make sense, or I missed the explanation.

I also felt like the added drama with the other witch was either not fully developed enough and needed more explanation and/or wrap-up or it needed less. As it stands it was pretty unsatisfying in that I didn’t really get a full grasp of what his motivation was and what was going to happen to him now and why he was targeting Liam and how it even worked….

That was my other complaint – I didn’t feel like I left the story with a great understanding of dream walking v dream weaving and I would have loved more on that topic. Maybe (dare I say it?) a bit less sex and more magic!

I loved the magical, wiccan elements and the deft way the author wove religious tolerance into the story.

All in all I really enjoyed this book and only a few things kept it from being a 5 of 5.

(OMG I LOVE the cover and I want to see that tattoo in real life! I can always spot a Reese Dante cover – she’s exceptional!)

4 of 5 stars


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A Mended Man (Men of Halfway House Book 4) by Jaime Reese and CONTEST!



A story of healing and confronting demons…

Detective Aidan Calloway is rock-solid strong. He’s a man of justice—loyal to his friends, family, and job—even if it requires bending a law…or two. He shields himself behind an abrasive, fearless facade, until a phone call one night chips his armor and throws his perfectly planned, hollow life into a tailspin.

Jessie Vega is the epitome of optimism. His carefully crafted attitude of hope and positivity protects him from a past filled with too much pain. When a ghost from a dark time resurfaces and nearly breaks him, he must tap into his inner strength or risk losing everything he’s worked so hard to build.

But Jessie can’t do it alone. He must fight to break through Aidan’s ironclad defenses to reveal the heart of the man hiding beneath the tough surface and mend his damaged spirit. Only then can they truly heal and become strong enough to battle the demons that haunt them and threaten their chance to finally be together.


***This book contains scenes and subject matter some readers may find distressing. It is only intended for adult readers.*** 


This is a LONG book – the longest so far (I believe) in the series.

Though I think it could technically be read as a standalone, I don’t recommend it. So much is laid down in the earlier books about Jess and Aidan as well as Ty and Cole, Hunter and Cam that you’d be missing out not to know their stories first. Plus, they’re awesome, so read them if you haven’t!

In any case, Jess and Aidan have already done their “dance” of “friendship” in earlier stories, so we hit them mid-stride. They’re friends – very close friends – but nothing romantic. In fact, it’s still questionable whether or not Aidan is even gay!

When the story starts out, Jess is injured and this forces Aidan to show his hand. He cares for Jess way more than a “bud” and it’s hard for Aidan to feel this way. (Be warned, there are a lot of triggers in this book – rape, abuse, torture, but very little of it is on page.)

The vast majority of the book is Aidan slowly opening up to Jess. He’s kept himself away from anyone for years after his time in the service (for Reasons) and though he longs for what Ty and Hunter have, he somehow feels he can’t have that (also for Reasons).

Jess, on the other hand, is practically an open book. Though his story is no less harrowing than Aidan’s he tells it all right away and in that sense acts as a tremendous release valve for Aidan.

Eventually, the couple becomes a true couple and we get to see their HEA – but it’s hard won. So many hurdles to be overcome, but the results are so worth it.


I had been looking forward to this FOREVER. I’ve been a huge fan of the series since it’s beginning and in my opinion Book Three eclipsed Books One and Two but that doesn’t diminish 1 & 2, it’s just that Jaime’s writing keeps getting stronger and stronger as she publishes.

I was a bit daunted by the length of this – it told me there was going to be a lot of angst – and I was right. Boy Howdy! There’s a lot of angst in this book. Aidan is like the King of the Universe of Angst. And Jess – who was kidnapped and tortured for years, is like a ray of sunshine compared to Aidan!

Since the couple had already met and be-friended one another I was curious what the hold up was going to be – well – it’s Aidan’s fear of intimacy.   That ends up being the focus for about 70% of the book.

While I absolutely loved the writing, found the slow burn and snail-like progress on the romance realistic and well done, I have to admit that I thought the book was a bit too long. (Gasp!) I know. I hate to say it. Because I truly ADORE Reese and this series – but I just wanted a bit more forward momentum – not necessarily sex – but emotional intimacy. I guess you could say we (as readers) get to feel what Jess felt – but I got bogged down in it and frustrated at times in the middle section of the book where it seemed like nothing was moving in the relationship front or the solving the crime front.

But… except for that one niggle, the rest of the book is truly glorious. The way Jess keeps at Aidan is wonderful and really shows us that you don’t have to be the Alpha to have a spine – Thank God! The slowly opening flower that is Aidan’s love is remarkable to watch and experience and really portrayed elegantly in this story.  I also loved seeing all the guys again- Cole remains my absolute favorite! – and I was so pleased for Hunter and Cam!

In the end, I still loved the book and highly recommend it, but it didn’t surpass Book three as my favorite.

Of course Jaime’s cover is so gorgeous, I kept flipping back to it to study Aidan’s ink! (not his abs! Never! 😉

4.5 of 5 stars


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How to Wish Upon a Star (Howl at the Moon Book 3) by Eli Easton

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Dr. Jason Kunik is working on the most earth-shattering genetics project ever, DNA mapping of a new species, the quickened—dogs who can shift into human form.  The problem is, no one knows the quickened exist and Jason can’t betray them by publishing his studies. When he moves to Mad Creek to continue his research in a town full of quickened, all he wants is peace, quiet, and to be allowed to bury himself in his work.  Perhaps if he figures how out the mutation is activated, he can silence his own inner dog forever.

Milo is a hospice comfort dog who has bonded with, and lost, many beloved patients in his life. He intuitively understands sickness and pain on a spiritual level most can’t see. When he gains the ability to become a man, he thinks he finally has everything he ever wanted. But being a man isn’t the same thing as being loved, and taking shelter in Mad Creek isn’t the same thing as finding a home.

When a mysterious illness hits Mad Creek and threatens all the quickened in town, it’s up to the scientist and the comfort dog to figure out what it is and how to stop it. Along the way they might discover that true love is possible—if you wish upon a star.

This is the third book in the “Howl at the Moon” series, but it can be read as a stand-alone.


First, though it says this is a standalone – I don’t think it is. So much groundwork is laid out in books one and two that, though you can sort things out, it makes way more sense in light of having read the previous books.

Second, the other books are way awesome so you should read them anyway!

Milo is a newly quickened human (a dog who receives a magical blessing and can now shift from dog to man) who finds himself in Lily Beufort’s helping hands.

He ends up staying at Jason Kunik’s house – a geneticist and born quickened – intent on studying the DNA of his species and finding out how new quickened are created.

Jason is all cerebral and Milo is all heart. Two more opposites never did meet. Jason absolutely NEEDS Milo – he’s so separated from his dog and his emotions that he’s a nervous wreck. Milo – for all his “newborn” mistakes – grounds Jason and brings him back to the present. All without letting Jason know he’s being helped!

Milo, meanwhile, is happy to be useful and is enthralled with Jason and willing to do anything to be near him.

Unfortunately, the town needs Jason now more than ever. A new virus is spreading and affecting only the quickened. As a result Jason has to expedite his research and find a cure or everyone could end up stuck in their furry forms forever!


OMG! I LOVE LOVE LOVE this series! I was so excited to read this! I was on pins and needles the entire time the folks of Mad Creek were sick – I can’t tell you who or why but – it was HARROWING!  (I was on the edge of my seat when Milo was in the desert… Oh MAN – so worried!)

Milo made this book for me. Jason is rather like a porcupine – prickly and sticks to himself – but Milo is that breath of fresh air who hugs everyone and makes them smile. Together they are truly breathtaking!

Eli is such a great writer. She did an amazing job of matching dog types with human personalities – a game I play at work! – imagining what this or that breed would be like as a human and vice versa.

Milo is the easy going, happy go lucky, Golden Doodle and Jason is the high strung and intense (and sometimes whiny!) Malamute. Perfect! I also loved Simon the Jack Russel Terrier bouncing into rooms and talking a mile a minute! Or the dumpy Gus – the bulldog and of course the Border Collies – always on the lookout!

I also loved seeing all the guys again – but I hated them being at risk! – and bit my nails throughout all of the virus crisis.

The science was clearly researched as was the medicine (though the time table was a bit convenient and unrealistic, but had to be for the story’s sake), I found it fascinating.

I highly recommend this to fans of the series and if you’re new to the series – do yourself a favor and start at the beginning – it’s well worth it!

My only complaint – and this I feel pretty much every time I read Eli’s books, is that they end too soon! I really wanted to see these guys as a couple more. I felt like we worked so hard to get them together – can’t we have a little bit of time with them as a happy couple?

My favorite remains book one – though I loved this and book two tremendously – you can’t beat Tim and Lance for a funnier and sweeter couple. (Be warned there are tears of joy and happiness in store for Tim and Lance – and potential danger!) I was also moved by Matt’s speech to Jason when Roman was put in the pathway of the virus – GAH! – man emotions – so sweet! – it was so touching. So – in a way – we get more of the couples we loved again in this story and that adds to the overall enjoyment of the book and the series tremendously.

4.75 of 5 stars


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Charlie’s Hero (Hero’s #1) Audiobook by Nic Starr Narrated by Joel Leslie


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Schoolteacher Charlie Matthews returns to his hometown, looking to regain a sense of community, reconnect with friends, and settle down. It looks like his dreams have come true when paramedic Josh Campbell attends an accident at the school. It’s love at first sight, and a romance begins.

But Josh’s reluctance to come out to the brother who raised him, puts pressure on their fledgling relationship. While Charlie understands Josh’s concerns, he can’t help growing impatient. After all, Charlie came out years ago.

It’s not until Charlie confronts his own parents and realizes he hasn’t come to terms with their rejection that he fully understands what Josh has to lose. But Josh is Charlie’s hero, and Josh will do anything to prove to Charlie that to be part of a family, he doesn’t need his parents.


Charlie is a teacher who wants to settle down. When he meets Josh, he thinks “this is it!” as they instantly connect and begin a relationship. But Josh – who is out and proud to everyone but his beloved brother – has to keep Charlie under wraps for fear of losing his only family, his brother, Andrew.


This is a very low angst story and for the most part I really enjoyed it. I got a bit tired of Josh’s excuse and his unwillingness to speak with his brother – especially when we see his reasons – as they felt very flimsy in the face of his obvious infatuation with Charlie. But I loved how easily these two guys fit with one another and how the majority of the story is them moving forward in their relationship.


I was super glad I had listened to this rather than read it as Joel Leslie definitely added to my overall enjoyment of the story. The story itself felt a little mild to me and Joel was able to elevate this to a more full-bodied, enjoyable experience with is additional emotion and depth provided by his narration. I always like Joel’s voicing and timing and he does another great job here.

Story 3.5 of 5 stars

Narration 5 of 5 stars

Overall 4.25 of 5 stars


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Theory of Love BannerTitle: Theory of Love

Authors: Kayla Bashe, Alain Bell, M.D. Grimm, Asta Idonea, D. C. Juris, Dale Cameron Lowry, Lila Mathews, Charles Payseur, Jessica Payseur, Maia Strong, Lynn Townsend, K.S. Trenten.

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Cover Artist: Kris Norris

Release Date: May 18, 2016

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Romance – Contemporary, Erotic Romance, F/F Romance, M/M Romance

Science Fiction – Hard Science, Romantic, Futuristic



In Theory of Love, we wave our geek flag high! Tales from deep space, sci-fi realities, technology, academia, and cosplay are brought together in this collection. In Dale Cameron Lowry’s Far From Home, long-distance spouses fan the flames of passion while fighting to save humanity. Meat Space by Lynn Townsend, brings virtual space and the real world crashing into a new reality. Asta Idonea’s Captive shows us that love can form in any manner of situations. Beta Tester by Charles Payseur immerses the reader—and the characters—in a virtual reality that brings a friendship to a whole new level. K.S. Trenten’s A Symposium in Space, love is a different meal to every guest. Unexpected Dilemmas by Jessica Payseur long-distance lovers face hijacking and natural disaster to be together. Kayla Bashe’s Medic to the Hivemind a stranded student is saved by a mysterious voice with secrets. Being Jake by Lila Mathews shows readers that smart is sexy. In D.C. Juris’ Torn Apart, love provides the will to survive. Shattered Space by Alain Bell shows how love can grow from destruction. Maia Strong’s All ‘Ships May Sail connects cosplay, fandoms, and something more. Trash and Treasures by M.D. Grimm gives us a deal made in interstellar space that could be more than either party bargained for.

In theory, love is easy.


From Trash and Treasure by M.D. Grimm

Some of the coldness left Ronan’s eyes. He seemed confused again. Why did Tucker seem to confuse Ronan so much?

Then it happened. Ronan nodded. “Deal.”

Tucker barely stopped himself from gaping again. It worked? He was going to have sex? He was going to have sex! He didn’t let himself think about how long it had been since his last partner. It would only depress him. He knew what to do… mostly.

Tucker tossed the ball underhand to Ronan, who caught it with a startled expression.

“What?” Tucker said. “It’s not like you can go anywhere. Your ship’s caput and even if you tried to hack into my navigation system, you wouldn’t get far. My ma designed it and she was the best there was. Just letting you know in case you had a thought of bashing me over the head and commandeering my ride.”

Ronan looked insulted. “I would never do such a thing. I am not a thief or vagabond.”

“Then what are you?”

Ronan’s mouth pulled into a thin line. Tucker shrugged. “Fine. Keep your secrets. Come on, follow me. Let’s both take a well-needed shower.” A blush suddenly crept up his face. “I mean, a shower separately. Let’s take a shower—oh, never mind. Just come on.”

He turned his back on Ronan and called himself an idiot. He dearly hoped he wasn’t making a huge mistake. But he wouldn’t go back on it now. He really, really wanted to have sex.


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