The Perfect Bite by JD Walker

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Gabe Villagran has been an outcast since birth. The large purple birthmark on the right side of his face has ostracized him from family and community, leaving him with little self-esteem. So, imagine his delight when vampires come out to the world. Finally, at the age of eighteen, he’s not the only freak of nature around.
Five years after leaving home, Gabe meets Pierre Sangre outside his gay vampire club quite by chance—meaning, he rescues Gabe from becoming vampire food. A vampire himself, Pierre has been mourning the loss of his beloved Andre for centuries but sees something in the young man before him, and wants to keep him close. Pierre hires Gabe as a sort of “boy Friday” at the club and Gabe, grateful to his savior, accepts and falls irrevocably in love.
For ten years, both men have danced around their attraction to each other. Pierre, because Gabe is vulnerable; Gabe, because he doesn’t think he can ever measure up to Andre. But now, one night of misunderstandings clears things up and the two men meet in a blaze of passionate encounters that make the world new, for both of them.
All it takes is the perfect bite.

Review

Gabe has a scar that keeps him from wanting to be noticed. When he can, he escapes his horrible childhood and finds sanctuary at a Vampire Bar called Dicknosis. There he meets the owner, Pierre and over the years, falls terribly in love with him.

Pierre has lost his mate decades ago and is still pining for him. But… over time he’s come to realize there may be room in his heart for another.

**

There were parts of this story that I really liked. Gabe has the perfect unrequited love and Pierre the perfect Alpha male character down pat. I was definitely rooting for Gabe and since this is such a short story was happy for the relative low amount of angst and tribulations.

I didn’t always care for the phrasing of things, it felt stilted and old-fashioned at times then uncomfortably “hip” at others.

It wasn’t the best vampire story I’ve ever read, but it wasn’t the worst either. For the most part I found it entertaining.

3 of 5 stars

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Romancing the Bouncer by JD Walker

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Bennett “Ben” Pachowski has been a bouncer at Throwbacks for years. He likes his job, though he gets tired of being thought of as more brawn than brain simply because of his size. He also prefers to be romanced before sleeping with a man.

Ben’s favorite band, Rebel’s Ultimatum, occasionally plays at the club, which gives him an eyeful of the sexy bass player, Monty Mabuse. They’ve been eyeing each other for months, though Ben is content to flirt and nothing more, since “commitment” seems a foreign concept to the selfish, arrogant and flirtatious bass player.

But Monty wants Ben to become the next notch on his bedpost, and a devious trick to get what he wants blows up in his face.

Will Ben be able to forgive Monty for his deception? Perhaps, but if Monty wants to have a relationship with Ben, he needs to make some changes, and it remains to be seen whether he can become the kind of man Ben will respect, let alone love.

Sometimes, a little romance goes a long way…

Review

Ben is a bouncer at a club. He thinks the bassist for the up and coming band that plays at the club is hot, but a player, so he stays far away, despite the mutual flirting.

One night the bassist, Monty, who won’t take no for an answer, sets up a “rescue” wherein Ben saves Monty from the unwanted advances of a “fan”. After the rescue he then essentially forces Ben to take him home where Monty feeds Ben liquor and then seduces him, despite Ben’s having told Monty repeatedly “NO!”

Ben is pissed when he realizes what’s happened the next day and refuses to see Monty. Monty, who by now is going on tour, is crushed and chastened.

Meanwhile, Ben gives up his career as a bouncer to work in a facility for the care of elderly people.

Monty continues to try to get Ben to forgive him and one day Ben does.

**

I could not get behind this book at all. What Monty did amounted to rape in my mind and Ben should NEVER have forgiven him. They never spent any time together as a couple so I have no idea if they’d make it or not (unlikely since Ben is happy in his new job and Monty needs to travel all the time with his newly emerging rock star status) and for me to believe that suddenly they want to be together and have some kids? Nope. I’m not buying it.

This book just didn’t seem at all plausible or even something that I wanted to support if I was willing to totally suspend my disbelief (which I love to do, I am a paranormal fan after all!).

I can’t recommend this book, and though the writing was fine, the story didn’t pass the grade for me. I always assume a writer can’t write every story for every person, so I will absolutely give this author another chance.

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1 of 5 stars

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Finding the Way Home by Sean Michael

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When he arrives home from a long stint in the hospital after losing his right arm to an IED blast, Sergeant James Miller certainly doesn’t expect his keys not to work and a strange man answering his door, only to learn his boyfriend has dumped him. Yet that’s exactly what happens, and James is just happy that he can count on his old platoon buddy to have his back, and a spare bedroom he can use until he gets on his feet.
Horace Grundy the third—“Horse” to anyone who doesn’t want to get his butt kicked—is retired and has a tidy house on the beach that he calls home. The place isn’t big, but he figures there is plenty of room for James, even if he has always fancied the man.
Thankfully, the two of them fit together well, and soon the roommates become more. But James’s past isn’t ready to let go of him yet, and the new lovers are caught off-guard when James’s ex-boyfriend suddenly reappears in his life. Can James and Horse’s new relationship weather the storm?

Review

This is a lovely short story about James “Jimmy” Miller who gets back from the War with an amputation only to find his boyfriend of seven years has left him for a doctor.

He calls on his Army buddy, Horace “Horse” Grundy for a place to crash. Horse, who has always had a crush on Jimmy, readily agrees.
There is virtually no angst in this lovely story of two guys re-connecting and then falling in love. Since it’s Sean Michael, there is plenty of hot sex and some tender moments surrounding body acceptance.

At the end there is a bizarre incident with the ex that kind of feels out of place, but it serves as a catalyst to move Jimmy and Horse’s relationship forward as well as give Jimmy some closure, so in the end it works.

I really enjoyed this little story about love and recommend it to fans of the author, military men, disabled vets and hot sex scenes!

4.5 of 5 stars

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