3 stars adult - 18+ Angst Level Boss/employee coming of age Contemporary Dreamspinner Gay Heat Index Hurt/Abuse m/m Mid level angst Mid level steam/heat Morgan Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Rent Boy

Downpayment by AJ Mars

release day reviewDreamspinner Presents


Mike Barrow and his friends are among many boys in Manchester who think the city will be their chance to improve themselves. But for now Mike is living in a damp flat with his friend Callum, and they’re both making ends meet by working the streets. When Mike meets Chris Wildsmith, a late-twenties entrepreneur, he thinks he’s hooked a job that will pay his rent for several weeks—a windfall already.

But his connection with Chris quickly goes beyond what’s normal between rent boy and client. Mike meets Chris’s friends, goes to Chris’s parties with him as his “boyfriend,” and finds himself swept up in a world he’s never known. He’s sure it’s all going to go horribly wrong, and when Chris’s work colleague figures them out and becomes violent, he’s almost proven right. But Mike isn’t the only one who has confused professionalism with something else. The breakup that follows gives Mike the impetus he needs to relaunch himself as somebody else, a man who will hopefully be someone Chris very much wants to be with.


If you’ve seen the movie “Pretty Woman” you know the basic plot summary of Downpayment. Substitute an insecure British guy for Julia Roberts and a set it in the UK.


I don’t normally like to be abrupt with my reviews, especially since I appreciate how it can be difficult to be a writer and put something out there for people to read and consider, but this just was too similar to the movie for comfort. I love the idea of doing a male, British take on the movie – there are a lot of ways it could have been really fun and interesting – but it just didn’t come across in this book.

There were several times the POV changed and it was hard for me to know from which perspective I was reading. Sometimes, when a book is very “British”, it takes a moment for the word choice and rhythm to take over and my brain to catch up, and this is such a book, only I never quite “caught up”.

From a “romantic” perspective, there are definite moments of great “feels” and I suppose if I’d never seen the movie I might have enjoyed this book, but it just never felt “right” to me.

(The cover does NOT match the content, FYI.)

2.75 of 5 stars


Reviewed by Morgan

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4 stars A Tour/Guest Post/Blitz adult - 18+ Author Provided Book Contemporary Friends to lovers m/m Mild level angst Mild/low level heat Morgan Reviewer Short Story 1-20 pages (1-5k words) Valentine's Day

6 Days to Valentine by LE Franks Review






Wilde City Presents



In Nick’s perfect world, Valentine’s Day would be struck from the calendar.

Nick’s dreams of a Happily Ever After were shredded long ago, and the last thing he and his customers need is a bunch of happy loving couples rubbing it in their faces.

Bouncer Fat Boy Newman is willing to bet he knows Nick’s heart better than Nick does. He has just six days to change Nick’s mind about romance and the holiday and the perfect man to do it.

Too bad it’s not him.
Too bad Nick’s not going down without a fight.
Too bad he cheats.



This is a very sweet – sort of Cyrano-like-story about “fixing up a friend” and finding true love instead.

The beauty of a well-written short story is how every word is meant and needed and LE Franks does a great job with this sweet Valentine’s Day story.

4 of 5 stars


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Reviewed by Morgan