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Streets Apart by HJ Perry

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A gay friends to lovers romance novella of 32,000 words.

I’m Aaron. I’ve got a crush the size of Europe on Joe, who lives across the street, and when he’s around, I transform into a prize idiot.

The rest of the time I’m a trainee plumber, following my father and brothers into the construction industry. On Sundays, I transform into a player in the amateur football league. In all, a confident, well-adjusted guy. For a 20-year-old virgin who lives with his parents and falls apart over the boy not-quite next door.

Joe’s cute, sexy and fun. I know he’s fun because we used to play together as kids in the massive posh house that he lives in with his parents, the doctors. Now he’s at university, studying literature; we don’t see each other anymore.

How do I ask a guy for a date when I can’t string together a coherent sentence when he’s around, and I don’t even know if he’s gay?

And what’s more, no one knows I’m gay.

This is a feel-good romance about two young men who are crazy about each other and do lots of kissing, hand holding and taking their clothes off.

A complete story with a happy ending.

Review

This is a sweet story of two neighbors discovering the other is gay and attempting a relationship together. Aaron is a virgin and in the closet. Joe is a bit more experienced but still very sweet.

The writing is fairly plain and a little too much “tell and not show” but I enjoyed these characters and thought their story was very sweet.

3 of 5 stars

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Buhanan House Audiobook by Charley Descoteaux Narrated by Alexander Johns

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Eric Allen, 33-year-old line cook, moved in with his grandmother, Jewell, after a disastrous coming-out when he was in middle school. She raised him, and he cared for her when she fell ill. When Jewell died, she left everything to Eric – angering his parents and older brother. The inheritance isn’t much, but Eric and his bestie, Nathan, pool their money and buy an abandoned hotel on an isolated stretch of the Central Oregon Coast. The hotel isn’t far from Lincoln City – a town with its own Pride Festival and named for a president – so they christen it Buchanan House after James Buchanan, the “confirmed bachelor” president with the close male friend.

Eric and Nathan need a handyman to help them turn Buchanan House into the gay resort of their dreams. Eric finds Tim Tate in the local listings, and over the months leading to opening weekend, Tim reveals himself as a skilled carpenter with many hidden talents. Eric falls hard for Tim, but before he can see a future with the gorgeous handyman, he has to get over 20 years of being bullied and shamed by his birth family. It would be much easier if Eric’s brother Zach wasn’t trying to grab part of the inheritance or ruin opening weekend.

Review

Eric inherits a house on the Oregon coast from his grandmother. He has to fight his homophobic family for the right to keep it, but he’s determined to fulfill a lifetime dream of running an all accepting resort for anyone in the LGBTQ community – a place where people can really be themselves without any fear.

Eric has a lot of “issues” ranging from latent homophobia, self-esteem issues, some sexual issues regarding penetrative sex and is an emotional guy who feels deeply. His last ex worked him over and he is still pushing through the depression using alcohol as a crutch.

Nathan is Eric’s best friend and now business partner. He helps Eric through a lot of his crises.

Later we meet Tim, a local handyman who helps with the renovations of the hotel. They manage a fast paced relationship that goes from slow burn to marriage in less than half of the book.

There are a ton of really interesting people and a great infrastructure of a story hiding in this book. Charley Descoteaux is very adept at descriptions and creating multi-faceted characters. I – in particular- enjoyed all the “Oregonian” stuff and thought the setting was lovely. Lincoln City is a unique place in that Portland is a very liberal city and only 1.5 hours away, but at it’s heart Lincoln City is cow country next to the ocean. It’s a great juxtaposition.

I was listening to this instead of reading it and though the author did a nice job with pacing – there were no real great differences in the voices and there were SO MANY characters that at times it was hard to follow who was who and what was going on. As an inherently visual person, this was a bit difficult for me to keep the story moving forward smoothly in my mind.

Though I loved the setting and the characters, the main story line felt a bit … neglected. Like all the resources went toward the setting and not enough for the filling. I wanted more time with the couple and less time with Nathan – though that was an important part of Eric’s healing, I didn’t feel a great connection with him and Tim – possibly due to lack of on page time spent with one another.

As a result – I was never as invested in this story and my mind would wander and I’d have to either just try to understand what was going on or “rewind” and listen again.

I would definitely look at another book by this author and narrator but this wasn’t my favorite.

I think if you’re interested in more “gay fiction” than “gay romance” this might really appeal to you as it has many interesting elements of Eric’s movements towards self-acceptance and a bit of love thrown in to complete his happy picture.

3 of 5 stars

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Being in the internationally successful boy-band Right Time had been everything I had ever wanted and more. Well, except for one thing, or should I say one person? But I had long ago acknowledged that I couldn’t have both the life and the person and I should be happy with what I had. That worked until he showed up in my life again. And then nothing made sense.

Byron

For years I had pretended I didn’t care. Ignoring my feelings had become second nature to me. That was until my niece begged me to take her to see her favorite boy-band, Right Time, for her birthday, and I came face to face with him. In all fairness, she had no idea the can of worms she’d be opening. And to tell the truth, neither did I.
Pages or Words: 63 pages

Categories: Bisexual, Contemporary, M/M Romance, New Adult, Romance

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“OMG. He knows your name, Uncle Byron?”
Byron flushed, glancing down at his niece before he flicked his gaze back to mine. “Ah … yeah, Emma, I do.”
The girl began to ramble while her friends stared on in awe. “How? Why? When did you become so cool?”
“Hey, I’ve always been cool.” I chuckled at Byron’s offended expression, grateful that he was momentarily distracted. The man’s gaze had always left him feeling open and exposed.
“Well, I mean sure, you are the cool Uncle Byron who bought my friends and me these really awesome tickets, but this…”
“But this is like a whole new hemisphere of awesomeness,” another one of the young girls finished, almost breathless in her shock.
I had honestly never felt so self-conscious before that moment. Not because of the girls. As shallow as it sounded, I was used to the lust filled expressions on women’s faces of varying age groups. Byron was another story. I wondered what he must be thinking, of me, of the situation. Even after all these years the man still had it in him to make me second guess myself. A nervous tension I felt only in his presence. It was ridiculous. I was ridiculous.
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Jess Buffett was born and raised in New South Wales, Australia. She is a mum of two, married to her high school sweetheart.

Jess is a hopeless romantic who is a huge fan of M/M and M/F romance with a happy ending—anything with hunky men in all their glory, whether they be Shifters, Vampires, Cowboys, or the boy next door.

A caffeine addict who shamefully can’t make a decent cup of coffee to save her life, Jess believes in soul mates, happily ever afters, and in love at first sight, but that sometimes people need a second or a third for the brain to catch up.

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Mending the Rift by Chris T Kat

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In a future where man’s ability to reproduce is severely compromised, humanity has adapted to survive. Breeders—male and female—have become precious commodities, and they are strictly guarded and subject to limitations.

Luca Walker is a breeder. Though he knows what’s expected of him as the youngest son of the Northern Confederacy’s vice president, he’s held out against the pressures of an arranged marriage because he longs to marry for love, not duty. But he’s been promised to Colonel Liam Smith and there’s little he can do about it, no matter that Luca is secretly in love with his bodyguard, Marcus Gray.

When Luca finds himself pregnant with Marcus’s baby, Smith is furious and vows to take what is his—by force, if necessary. Now Luca must fight for his life and the life of his unborn child… as well as the love of Marcus and the happily ever after he’s always dreamed of.

Review

I am a fan of Chris Kat and I love mpreg. I am not normally a fan of dystopian stories – but I figured I’d give this a shot because of the other two things going for this story.

Well… I think the dystopian part overrode my abilities to like this story. It was so depressing. I hate thinking about a future like that and it colored my enjoyment of this story.

Luca is a “breeder” which is a coarse way of saying he can become pregnant in a world where that is a commodity – bought and sold in the form of arranged marriages.

As a result he doesn’t get to choose who he loves, even though he’s fallen for his bodyguard. His fathers – who had a similarly arranged marriage – don’t see the problem but do (strangely) interfere in the process once it’s found that Luca is in love.

** Mild spoiler – I really didn’t like how Luca got pregnant and it really bothered me throughout the rest of the story.**

Since the story started out so rocky for me – it was definitely hard for me to push through.

In the end, I was never really enthralled with the relationship or the world in which Luca and Marcus live. I wasn’t sure what to make of the “intended”- Liam – and his role in the drama and I wasn’t even sure Luca’s father was “a good guy”.

I think that for fans of dystopian romances this will appeal but I’d stay away from it if you’re looking for shiny and happy.

3 of 5 stars for the writing and creativity

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Out of Bounds by AR Barley

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28098344When the weather outside starts cooling down, inside the dorm things are heating up. Can these college roommates fall in love without going out of bounds?

Beaten and heartbroken, Jesse Cole is placed in a new dorm room after his last roommate attacked him. Just wanting to be left alone to heal in peace, he’s shocked when tall, dark and dangerous-looking Nick Moretti walks in.

Nick doesn’t have time to tiptoe around his new roommate—he’s too busy working in order to pay for school. But something about Jesse brings out his protective instincts. As their cautious friendship grows and becomes loaded with sexual tension, he wants to make Jesse comfortable.

Enter the perfect plan: a line of tape down the center of the room. Boundaries established.

But as innocent movie nights become hours-long temptation marathons, and whispered chats from across the room delve into straight-up dirty territory, crossing the line has never been so satisfying.

Review

Nick took a rough road to end up where he is now- one semester away from getting his degree in business and a permanent job as a partner in a club in town. He won’t let his ex-boyfriend screw that up by getting involved with a scared little twink who isn’t even his type… or is he?

Jesse chose the wrong guy to kiss and now he’s had to move into a new dorm room in the middle of the semester. Nick hits all his buttons – both good and bad – and he’s terrified of all the feelings he stirs.

When the two strike an unlikely friendship that slowly –very slowly – morphs into something more – will they have what it takes to make this something long lasting?

**

I want a Nick of my own.

He is perfect. Sweet, hot, muscular, humble, caring… need I say more? He’s just rough enough around the edges to make him interesting and smart enough to know when that’s a good thing.

Jesse – though a little less well-defined – is sweet and smart and sincere and a lovely foil for the rough and tumble Nick.

The slow burn AR Barley gives us is exquisite and these boys really develop a relationship that feels organic and authentic. I even liked Kelly – who is the MC in the next book in the series – yay!- by the end of the book.

The other secondary characters were well developed and I’m hoping book 3 is about the asshole roommate, Ryan, cuz if he ain’t in the closet I don’t know who is!

This was the first I’ve read by this author but I am eagerly looking forward to more from the series.

4.5 of 5 stars

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Law (Scandals Book 3) by Jess Buffett Review

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Law

Being in the internationally successful boy band Right Time had been everything I had ever wanted and more. Well, except for one thing, or should I say one person, but I had long ago acknowledged that I couldn’t have both and to be happy with what I had. That was until he showed up in my life again. And then nothing made sense.

Byron

For years I had pretended I didn’t care. Ignoring my feelings had become second nature to me. That was until my niece begged me to take her to see her favourite boy band Right Time for her birthday and I came face to face with him. In all fairness, she had no idea the can of worms she’d be opening. And in all honesty, neither did I.

Review

Law is a musician on the cusp of a great career in a boy band in London. Before he’s “discovered” he kisses his mentor and high school crush, his music teacher, Byron.

Byron, determined that Law should live his life free of encumbrances like an older man and lover, rejects Law, much to his displeasure.

Now, years later, Byron and Law meet again only to find that spark still flaring hot between them. This time, however, Byron admits his feelings but Law is forced to decide what’s more important: his image or his love.

**

This was a short story so things move very rapidly. For the most part I liked how the couple interacted with each other and thought their love story was sweet. I didn’t think the fact that Law was gay would be a secret he could keep from his band mates for all those years nor do I think Law could hide *spoiler from the fans for 2 years. But… if you suspend your disbelief enough, it was a fun story about second chance loves and being true to yourself.

3.5 of 5 stars

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Favorite Son Audiobook by Will Freshwater Narrated by Nick J Russo

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Born into a blue-collar family, John Wells beat the odds and came out a winner. As chief of staff to Patrick Donovan, a US senator and aspiring presidential candidate, he enjoys all the power and privilege of a DC insider. But while riding high on a wave of success, he’s blindsided by a series of betrayals from the people he trusts the most. In the space of a single day, John’s perfect life unexpectedly unravels when his career falters and his marriage implodes. Following a final, devastating blow, John assumes a new identity as “Peter” and flees to Provincetown, where a tight-knit community of eclectic characters slowly transforms him.

Peter finds himself drawn to Danny Cavanaugh, an enigmatic carpenter who is struggling to come to terms with his own troubled past. As they work together to renovate a local landmark, the two men forge an unlikely friendship that blossoms into love and becomes the foundation for a new life they hope to build together. But when a reversal of fortune pulls John back to DC, the treacherous world of politics he thought he’d left behind threatens to destroy his chance at true happiness.

Review

I really, really like Nick J Russo as a narrator and that’s what caught my attention when this book came available for review.

The blurb on this didn’t do much for me – simply because I really don’t like politics and am not a fan of politics as a them for storylines.

What caught my attention right away was the intelligence with which this story is written. It’s very precise and the knowledge of politics is evident in every word.

I felt that the characters were very real- gritty, imperfect, with fully developed back-stories and very fleshed out.

I tried several times to listen to this but I was never drawn in enough to feel compelled to finish. The politics, the drama, all the names and maneuvering just put me off. I think being in the midst of an ugly election year didn’t help put me in a good mind set for enjoying a political drama. And drama is what this felt like to me – moreso than a romantic love story. Not that this isn’t a “romance” but the politics and the growth of John as a man definitely took center stage.

So – with absolutely nothing against the book or the author I opted to DNF this at this point in time. I may come back to it as – like I said – the writing was excellent – and perhaps when politics isn’t leaving quite so bad a taste in my mouth – I’ll enjoy it at another time.

For what it’s worth- Nick did a great job with the narration – I just wasn’t feeling it.

DNF

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Rex’s Mate by VS Morgan

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Former assassin Rex realizes retirement isn’t all it’s cracked up to be without someone to share it with. He longs for the kind of connection his friends Hunter and Casey have. Tired of meaningless hookups, Rex and his wolf are ready to find their mate. But what if his mate is the human-were bunny shifter his former boss placed in his care? Can he win the heart of this fierce and beautiful man?

Abducted and genetically altered against his will, Aaron is thrust into a world he’d thought was only make-believe. Under the protection of a Minnesota wolf pack, he struggles with his new abilities as a rabbit shifter and his growing attraction for his cocky protector. Can he trust the former assassin to keep him safe and find his brother still being held captive by the evil group responsible for changing his life forever?

Review

We met Rex in Hunter’s Mark, he was Hunter’s former lover and spotter. He happened to make an off hand comment about bunny shifters… and what do you know?

Aaron and his twin end up captured by scientists relating back to WWII and their DNA is spliced with that of a rabbit in an attempt to build a “super soldier”. When Aaron is freed, he doesn’t want anything to do with this new world he’s been thrust into – even if he is madly attracted to Rex, the guy who saved him from the lab.

**

This is a great sequel to Hunter’s Mark and maybe even a bit better. I felt more for the characters and also felt their attraction and romance a bit more. Aaron’s unwillingness to simply buy in to the party line felt really authentic to me and I especially loved how simplistically devoted Rex was to making Aaron’s world a better place. Totally crush worthy!

I really hope we get to see the Den Mother’s story that is hinted at because I am loving this new series!

5 of 5 stars

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The Taste of Ink by Francis Gideon
Release: 03/11/2016

TasteOfInk[The]FSFrom the author Francis Gideon:
My latest release from Dreamspinner Press, The Taste of Ink, is an erotic romance set in a contemporary western environment. That’s kind of a mouthful, right? It was really difficult writing the submission email for this book because I just wanted to write “Calgary Stampede” in big bold letters instead.

What is the Calgary Stampede, for non-Canadians? Only one of the largest events in North America for all things cowboy and horses. The event started in 1884 as a way to promote farming and get people to move west. From there, it developed into the chuck-wagon racing, rodeos, stage performances, and many concerts it is now. Everyone in the city becomes decked out in western costumes, storefronts are painted to resemble saloons, and everyone must partake in at least one pancake breakfast.

I’ve always been fascinated by the stampede for two reasons. 1) it transforms a thriving metropolitan area into cowboy central for ten days and 2) it only lasts ten days. Like the carnival, its lifespan is only so long and all the chaos and fun that happens during it must end in order for day to day life to resume as normal until next year when it starts again. It’s kind of like the Canadian Marti Gras, except with more cowboy hats.

The protagonist of my story, Trevor Dunn, hates the Stampede–mostly because it disrupts his routine. He’s lived in Calgary all his life, but would rather spend hours in his parents’ basement, reading comic books and listening to music at top volume than spend time outdoors. Instead of being thrilled by being close to cowboys, Trevor fears what’s also associated with them–as he puts it in the novel, “ten gallon hats and homophobia.” As exciting as the western tradition can be, there’s still a lot of baggage that goes with it–at least for Trevor.

As the story goes on, and as Trevor meets Charlie, the mysterious cowboy with the green hat, he starts to unravel all of his preconceptions about cowboys, western life, and the Stampede itself. When he finds out that his former punk singer boyfriend Mathieu is now a country crooner singing about his lost love (Trevor) to a crowd of surly men in the same ten gallon hats, Trevor’s mind starts to change for good. As Trevor finally learns to enjoy himself with Charlie, his old feelings for Mathieu start to resurface. His sister, Madeline, reminds him constantly that the Stampede is only a ten day event. When the horses and crowds go, so will Charlie–and Mathieu. Forced into a corner, Trevor must make a decision about who to love and where to do it.

But not before he enters a mechanical bull riding contest for a chance to win $10,000. While zany and fun, the contest is also unpredictable–just like the Stampede itself.

I’m really happy I was finally able to write about one of Canada’s longest standing traditions. I can only hope I’ve done it justice and that readers enjoy my enthusiasm (even if it’s reluctant enthusiasm from Trevor at first).

Thank you for hosting me!

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Trevor Dunn has never gone to the Calgary Stampede, in spite of living in the city all his life. He would much rather listen to music and draw comics in his basement than hang out with a bunch of cowboys. When his sister drags him to the Stampede’s opening parade anyway, Trevor is drawn to a cowboy sporting a green hat.

Charlie opens Trevor’s mind to the world of country music and country boys. But then an old flame appears in the middle of the festival and Trevor is torn. He adores Charlie, but Mathieu—a punk singer turned acoustic crooner—was Trevor’s first love, but Trevor lost him by being too afraid to chase the dreams they shared.

Except after the Stampede ends, Charlie will go back to Toronto, Mathieu will go back on tour, and Trevor will go back to his basement. Realizing that’s not what he wants, Trevor enters a mechanical bull-riding contest in hopes of winning the heart of his true love—or maybe both of them. This time, fear won’t stop him from going after what he wants.

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Francis Gideon is a writer of m/m romance, but he also dabbles in mystery, fantasy, historical, and paranormal fiction. He has appeared in Gay Flash Fiction, Chelsea Station Poetry, and the Martinus Press anthology To Hell With Dante. He lives in Canada with his partner, reads too many comics books, and drinks too much coffee. Feel free to contact him, especially if you want to talk about horror movies, LGBT poetry, or NBC’s Hannibal. Find him at francisgideon.wordpress.com.

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Taste of Ink by Francis Gideon

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Trevor Dunn has never gone to the Calgary Stampede, in spite of living in the city all his life. He would much rather listen to music and draw comics in his basement than hang out with a bunch of cowboys. When his sister drags him to the Stampede’s opening parade anyway, Trevor is drawn to a cowboy sporting a green hat.

Charlie opens Trevor’s mind to the world of country music and country boys. But then an old flame appears in the middle of the festival and Trevor is torn. He adores Charlie, but Mathieu—a punk singer turned acoustic crooner—was Trevor’s first love, and Trevor lost him by being too afraid to chase the dreams they shared.

When the Stampede ends, Charlie will go back to Toronto, Mathieu will go back on tour, and Trevor will go back to his basement. Realizing that’s not what he wants, Trevor enters a mechanical bull-riding contest in hopes of winning the heart of his true love—or maybe both of them. This time, fear won’t stop him from going after what he wants.

Review

Trevor lives at home and attends school online- this tendency to hide has cost him his first boyfriend. Years later, he thinks he’s finally ready to spread his wings and is making plans to leave Calgary. As a result he’s talked into attending the annual “Calgary Stampede” by his sister since he’s never been or even wanted to go.

The Stampede is full of cowboys and ugly clowns and smells and all the things he figured he was wasn’t missing all these years but then his eyes catch a cowboy in a green hat. The cowboy intrigues Trevor especially when he signals he might be interested in getting to know Trevor… better.

Trevor and Charlie meet at a gay bar and share a hookah –of all things – before agreeing to a bathroom tryst that leads to a week of sex and other explorations. They also run into Trevor’s first and only boyfriend, Mathieu – from 5 years ago – who happens to be in town still singing and still interested in Trevor.

Trevor, Charlie and Mathieu all end up at the same mechanical bull riding contest. It’s clear that Trevor still pines for Mathieu and vice versa. But Charlie also has an interest in Mathieu and vice versa. The question is- who will end up where and when?

**

I usually get to post rave reviews because I only pick books I think I’ll like and that I want to read.  So I hate it when a book isn’t my favorite and I have to write a negative review.  I want to say that the writing in this story is great- but this is just not a book for me.

This is a book that falls into one of two categories: either there is a lot of symbolism in this that I’m missing or it’s just not a book that I “get”.

I never liked Charlie. The way he spoke felt “off” to me and I never felt like he cared for Trevor and definitely didn’t feel any emotion for Mathieu from him. I liked Trevor and Mathieu together. They seemed to have a strong spark that was palpable even though we only see them together for a handful of pages at the end.

Trevor was the most developed character of the three and even he felt a bit flat to me in that I didn’t feel like I understood his motivations in more than a surface way. I definitely didn’t feel like I knew Mathieu at all and Charlie only in the barest sense.

I’m just not sure I understand why this was a ménage/triad/polyamory story. The three are hardly together but 24 hours before they’re running off to go on tour and I didn’t understand why any of them would do that. Perhaps this is a lead in to a sequel?

This was a miss for me. Though the writing was fine, the story just didn’t resonate with me.

2.5 of 5 stars

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