Categories
5 stars adult - 18+ Angst Level Anthology Book Christmas Contemporary Dreamspinner Families/Weddings Firefighters Gay Gay Heat Index Holiday Holiday Romance Little to no angst m/m Mild/low level heat Monthly Theme Morgan Novella 20-160 pgs (20k-40k words) Part of a Series second chance at love Single Parent Standalone

Holidays: Dear Ruth (2017 Advent Calendar Daily – Stocking Stuffers) by Kim Fielding

Dreamspinner Presents

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/2017-advent-calendar-daily-delivery-package-stocking-stuffers-9042-b

Blurb
Dear Ruth,
I’m not in the mood for Christmas. After a romantic relationship went up in flames, I returned to my hometown in rural Kansas. Then my mother passed away. I’m really busy with my job as fire marshal—and now with my mother’s advice column, which I reluctantly took over. There’s a sexy newcomer down the street, a guy with a young daughter and an unfortunate disregard for fire safety. He seems to want to be friends, but that creates problems that may be too hot for me to handle. The last things I need right now are flammable holiday decorations and too much holiday food. How am I supposed to give good advice to others when I can’t seem to get my own life straight?
—Bah Humbug in Bailey Springs

Review

This was amazingly and superbly sweet and a perfect start to this Advent Collection!

I just love a story about older guys and Kim Fielding is perfect at giving us “regular Joes” finding love in ordinary circumstances with extraordinary results.

 

This was low key, tender and very sweet.

 

Highly Recommended!

 

5 of 5 stars

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3 stars adult - 18+ Angst Level Anthology Book Christmas Contemporary f/f Fade to black/No Steam Families/Weddings Gay Gay Heat Index Holiday Little to no angst m/m Monthly Theme Morgan NetGalley Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words)

Holidays: If the Fates Allow – Anthology

release day review

Interlude Press Presents
http://interludepress.com/post/165994259764/now-available-for-pre-order-if-the-fates-allow

Blurb

During the holidays, anything is possible—a second chance, a promised future, an unexpected romance, a rekindled love, or a healed heart. Authors Killian B. Brewer, Lynn Charles, Erin Finnegan, Pene Henson, and Lilah Suzanne share their stories about the magic of the season.

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Gracious Living Magazine Says It Has to Be a Live Tree
By Killian B. Brewer
Determined to make his first Christmas with his new boyfriend magazine-perfect, Marcus seeks the advice of lovable busy bodies, the Do-Nothings Club. When he learns that his boyfriend, Hank, may have ordered a ring, Marcus’ attempts to transform his home into a winter wonderland get out of hand.

Review

This is a quaint look at expectations and the definition of “real” and “happy”. Very sweet.

Shelved
By Lynn Charles
When library clerk Karina Ness meets a new patron, lonely business owner, Wesley Lloyd, she puts her own love life on hold and begins a holiday matchmaking mission to connect Wes with her uncle Tony.

Review

Cute and sweet story about finding a partner for her uncle.

Last Call at the Casa Blanca Bar & Grille
By Erin Finnegan
As the one-year anniversary of his lover’s death rolls around on Christmas, Jack Volarde finds himself at their old haunt—a bar called the Casa Blanca, where a new bartender helps him open up about loss, and see brightness in a future that had grown dim.

Review
Sweet and sentimental, a story about moving on from the loss of a loved one.

True North
By Pene Henson
Shay Allen returns to her hometown in Montana for the holidays with her best friend Devon with the intent to return home to L.A. by New Year’s Eve. Instead, the weather traps them in the small town, but the there’s a bright spot: her old crush Milla is still in town.

Review

Interesting look at a woman who aspires to be in the WNBA and has to deal with changing priorities – life, love and basketball.

Halfway Home
By Lilah Suzanne
Avery Puckett has begun to wonder if her life has become joyless. One night, fate intervenes in the form of a scraggly dog shivering and alone in a parking lot. Avery takes him to a nearby shelter called Halfway Home where she meets bright and beautiful Grace, who is determined to save the world one stray at a time.

Review

This was hard to get into as it was written in the first person present tense. The dog was very cute though!

Overall 3 of 5 stars

Christmas seems to be a time for sappiness and melancholy and that’s what you get in spades with this collection. None of these is particularly joyful but they all end with at least a spark of hope. “Gracious Living…” and “True North” were my favorites as they ended with the most happy endings and had some nice character development and felt a bit more complete.

If you’re in the mood for some Christmas sentimentality and aren’t afraid of a bit of melancholy – this is for you.

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Categories
4 stars Action/Adventure adult - 18+ Angst Level Anthology Beth Jumper Book Dreamspinner Established Couple Established Couple/Sequel Gay Heat Index Length Little to no angst m/m Mild/low level heat Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Paranormal Part of a Series Shifter

THIRDS Beyond The Books Vol 1 and Vol 2 by Charlie Cochet

Dreamspinner Presents

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/thirds-beyond-the-books-volume-1-by-charlie-cochet-7086-b

and

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/thirds-beyond-the-books-volume-2-by-charlie-cochet-7625-b

Blurbs

Volume 1

Flash Fiction Stories in the THIRDS Universe
Join us as we celebrate the THIRDS universe with this collection of flash fiction stories written to prompts submitted by fans. Sometimes we want to know more about our favorite characters. Where they came from, how they became who they are, their families, friendships, and past heartaches. These snippets of moments in time offer an inside look at the lives of our favorite THIRDS characters. Whether it’s first shifts, the forging of unbreakable bonds, or a night full of shenanigans, these stories are sure to enrich your THIRDS reading experience.
All royalties from this book will be donated to the Big Cat Rescue. http://bigcatrescue.org/

Volume 2

Flash Fiction Stories in the THIRDS Universe
Return to the THIRDS universe with another collection of flash fiction stories inspired by prompts submitted by fans. Reunite with favorite THIRDS characters to explore even more of their hidden adventures and personal moments, and take the opportunity to learn more about them through this series of stories recounting the humor, heartbreak, friendship, hardship, and love these characters’ experience behind the scenes. Complete your THIRDS experience with these tales of stolen moments.
All royalties from this book will be donated to the Big Cat Rescue. http://bigcatrescue.org/

 

Review

This is a series of short stories telling more background on the characters we have come to love in the Thirds series. Charlie Cochet has taken questions from the fans of the series and given us a look at how people got together or how they react to things because of their past. Some of the questions to lure you in are….

Vol 1
First time Dex meets Cael
Cael’s first shift
Tony teaching Dex about sex
First time Hobbs shifts in front of Calvin
Sloane fills Dex’s pockets with catnip before a simulated practice.

Vol 2
Sloane and Dex grocery shopping
Lou and Bradley’s first date
Territorial and Jealous Dex
Sloane and Dex interact with Therian kindergarten
Poker nite turns into truth or Dare
Austin spying
Ash stressing on what to wear on his first date.

In Charlie Cochet true form all of these are addressed with humor we have enjoyed throughout the series. In all there are 44 questions or prompts that get answered giving us insight to the whole Thirds family.

4 of 5 stars!

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Categories
6 stars adult - 18+ Angst Level Anna Anthology BDSM Book DP dub con/non con Erotica (not romance) Exploration fisting Gay Heat Index Kinks m/m Mid level angst Monthly Theme Novella 20-160 pgs (20k-40k words) Pain Purchased Rating role play/age play/ daddy play S & M Scorching/high heat sounding speciality kinks Virgin

Kink Month: Gamble Everything by Cari Waites (Lisa Henry)

Amazon Link

https://www.amazon.com/Stealing-Innocents-Cari-Waites-ebook/dp/B01AF89W1O/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1501107978&sr=8-1-fkmr0&keywords=stealing+innocence+lisa+henry

Blurb

 Eighteen year old Danny sells himself to Peter Archer to repay his father’s gambling debts.

This 36,790 word novel includes explicit content, including: m/m, dubious consent, oral sex, anal sex, sounding, plugging, fisting, BDSM, and ass play. All characters are 18 years or over. If any book is going to get you heated enough to visit https://www.fulltube.xxx/ or another adult site after a page of reading, this will be it.

PLEASE NOTE! The version of this book that I own is a compilation novella published by Cari Waites. Cari Waites is Lisa Henry and she has since then removed the edition I own, but republished the story in an anthology called Stealing Innocents.

Note: This is a complete compilation of all 7 volumes of the Gamble Everything series.

 

Review

 This book is a mind fuck. I do believe this is the only book I have ever read, that have made me feel like a pervert, because even though this is seriously dub con it is clearly written to titillate and I have to admit, that I do enjoy it. Every time I re-read it.

Danny is 18 and agrees to be sold as a prostitute to Mr. Archer as payment for his fathers gambling debts. His new world is one of submission and obedience, with a new ‘Daddy’ who wants to own every single part of him.

Originally this was written as a serial, and then collected into a whole story of part 1-7. This means that there are some unnecessary recaps at the beginning of each chapter, but they are not too bothersome. The original book is no longer available, but the story has been re-released as part of the Stealing Innocents anthology.

I can recommend this book if you are looking for a dark and twisted erotic tale, but if you are looking for romance and a happy ending you should go elsewhere.

6 of 5 stars

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Categories
3.5 stars adult - 18+ Angst Level Anna Anthology BDSM Bi-Sexual Book Christmas coming of age Contemporary Dreamspinner Friends to lovers Gay Handyman Heat Index Homophobia m/m m/m/m Mid level angst Mid level steam/heat New Year's Eve Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Older MCs Politics S & M Standalone Thanksgiving

Dreamspinner Year 9, Greatest Hits by: Anna Martin, Kim Fielding, Grace R. Duncan, Sean Michael, Michael Murphy

Dreamspinner Presents
https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/dreamspinner-press-year-nine-greatest-hits-8436-b

Blurb:

Enjoy a selection of the greatest hits of gay romance published by Dreamspinner Press combined into one exclusive volume: by Anna Martin: Five Times My Best Friend Kissed Me, a story of a boy who he wanted to marry his best friend at age six, and the journey that finally gets them there; by Sean Michael: The New Boy, a romance between a shy photographer new to the scene and an experienced model and Dom; by Grace R. Duncan: Beautiful boy, about a Dom with a hurtful past and the sub who shows him love again; by Kim Fielding: Rattlesnake, where a drifter on a quest finds hope and a home; and by Michael Murphy: The President’s Husband, in which the first openly gay president and first husband of the United States must deal with the pressures of their demanding new jobs.

Review:
This is a great collection of Dreamspinner titles, which I would warmly recommend. It contains something for everyone and I very much enjoyed reading it. It contains 5 full length novels by different authors.

Five Times My Best Friend Kissed Me, Anna Martin – 3.5 stars
Sweet friends to lovers story about Scott and Evan, who grew up together. We see the boys in different stages of their lives from around 8 years old and up to they are approaching 30. The story is told through 5 time jumps, each containing the story of a kiss. Super sweet story, but a bit too slow for my liking. Still recommendable though.

(Previously reviewed here: https://openskyebookreviews.com/five-times-my-best-friend-kissed-me-audiobook-by-anna-martin-narrated-by-jesse-cota/)

The New Boy, Sean Michael – 2 stars
This one wasn’t for me. The plot is basically a porn movie. A photographer has to take some pictures of fetish models, the models arrive and everyone starts having sex. The photographer is hesitant, but end up being coerced to join.
Sean Michael and I, rarely mesh, so it wasn’t a surprise that this one didn’t really work for me. The sex to plot ratio is too high, and although the sex is hot, and I have no issue with porn, neither in written or movie variety, I appreciate a bit more plot in my romance novels. Also, there’s a big difference between being a Dominant and being an arrogant asshat who believes he knows better than everyone, including his submissive, and Tide is the last type, not the first.

(Link to blurb here: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27506896-the-new-boy?from_search=true)

Beautiful Boy, Grace R. Duncan – 4 stars
Hot BDSM sex and internal angsting are the two main ingredients in this story about Mal, who lost his sub to a serial killer and thereby lost his confidence as a Dom, and Kyle, the closeted submissive who is never good enough for anyone. The story is steamy and sweet and I would definitely pick up other books by Ms. Duncan based on this one.

(Link to blurb here:  https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27266145-beautiful-boy)

Rattlesnake, Kim Fielding – 5 stars
Brilliant slow moving, character driven love story about two middle aged scarred men. If you do not fall in love with Jimmy and Shane, your heart is a hell of a lot harder than mine! I loved this story and will warmly recommend it to everyone.

(Previously Reviewed here: https://openskyebookreviews.com/rattlesnake-audiobook-by-kim-fielding-narrated-by-kc-kelly/)

The President’s Husband, Michael Murphy – 3 stars
This started out interesting, but ended up feeling a bit too trite. The characters were to stereotypical “good” or “bad” and there wasn’t enough communication between the two MCs. They had been married for ten years, I expected more from them as a couple. Also I couldn’t really get on board with the idea that a first spouse could actually continue his work just as before. I would have thought it would have been too much of a security risk. The conflict was a bit over the top and the resolution and ending too rushed. I enjoyed the premise of the story and the writing though, and would try something from this author again.

(Previously Reviewed here: https://openskyebookreviews.com/the-presidents-husband-audiobook-by-michael-murphy-narrated-by-randy-fuller/)

Overall Impression: 3.5 out of 5 stars (each story has separate ratings)

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