Different Dynamics by Tamir Drake

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Different Dynamics: by Tamir Drake
Release Date: June 26th, 2017
Pages: 63 • Format:eARC
Published By: NineStar Press
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Richard doesn’t mind being an omega; all he cares about is playing good hockey, even though it means ignoring the media that tries to rip him apart for it. They don’t think omegas should be allowed on the ice, but he gets along fine. He’s team captain. He can play with the best of them.

The one sticking point is his heats; Richard might be on suppressants, but he’s one of the unlucky ones who still gets a heat every four months or so. They suck to deal with, especially alone, but seeking out a heat partner isn’t an option. The PR nightmare alone keeps him from any kind of hook-up. He can’t risk it. Hockey is all he’s got.

When Richard’s heat comes early while his team is on a roadie, teammate and best friend James helps him out of a bad situation. Tired of hurting, Richard decides it’s better not to go it alone. And James is safe and warm; he’s a great alpha who knows just what Richard needs. When Richard also imprints on big, bad rival player, Dmitry Sokolov? There’s sweet comfort in a three-way with lots of knotting and dirty talk.

Richard might be on cloud nine.

No Rating

 

 

So ummm. Yeah, somebody dropped the ball big time on this. Umm with you have A/B/O stories they usually are in the world, and feature a PNR aspect somewhere. Anywhere, anywhere. I mean that. I don’t know what in the crackerjack is going on in this world. There was no rhyme or rhythm to the story. Nothing made sense at tall. Richard being this old and not knowing the basic omega function is laughable. I did not enjoy this at all. We see by the lack of rating, but I decided to continue. I couldn’t help but realize the author made the Omega’s heat very very similar to a women’s menstrual cycle. I don’t know if it was done purposeful or not, but I’m laughing at the thought of a hockey player who wears briefs and uses industrial pads for his slick! Its a many jokes in that in itself. This was very convoluted as well. James & Dmitry’s participation was nice, but we didn’t get to see it!!! What was the point of this story, it finished abruptly and feel like it was in the middle of the book instead of the end. In my opinion it was a waste of printing. No substance, no sense, no complete understanding of the trope obviously. I mean, who can’t get shifter smut right? Apparently this author. 

 

 

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THIRDS Beyond The Books: Volume 2 by Charlie Cochet

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ccTHIRDS Beyond the Books:Volume 2:by Charlie Cochet
Series: THIRDS
Release Date: October 12, 2016
Pages: 138 • Format: eARC
Published By: Dreamspinner
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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.

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four-stars

It’s always a joy reading about these group of characters. I really like the anthology idea and to read about certain events that have happened over the course of the series. Of course it wouldn’t be me without Sloan and Ethan. Those are my favorite two, and I didn’t get enough Ethan. I honestly think she can write more and I’d never this it was enough of these two.

I would like more Tony though. I always want to see that relationship between him and his sons grow. This is no different then the first anthology we got to see some smut, some hilarious hi-jinks, some sweet Ethan moments and the rest of cast and crew. Some of these were really good! I did like seeing them all together harmoniously. I’m at a lost once again how to review this. I don’t want to spoil it by naming my favorite prompts, but I do think it’s a little bit of everything in here for many of our favorite couples.

As always I’m looking forward to more in this series. I am team Sloane all the way, but I would really appreciate if him and Dex took a major backseat in the next couple of books. I feel like they’ve been the focal point so long that even when it’s not their books they continue to steal other couples thunder. (**cough Ethan & Calvin cough**) I do recommend this to all Thirds fans. I think it’s always good to see what our favorite shifters & humans are up to while we are away!

About Charlie Cochet

Charlie Cochet is an author by day and artist by night. Always quick to succumb to the whispers of her wayward muse, no star is out of reach when following her passion. From adventurous agents and sexy shifters, to society gentlemen and hardboiled detectives, there’s bound to be plenty of mischief for her heroes to find themselves in, and plenty of romance, too!

Currently residing in Central Florida, Charlie is at the beck and call of a rascally Doxiepoo bent on world domination. When she isn’t writing, she can usually be found reading, drawing, or watching movies. She runs on coffee, thrives on music, and loves to hear from readers.If you’d like to connect with Charlie, just drop her an email, or find her on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, and Google Plus.

Make Someone Happy by Hank Fielder

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hfMake Someone Happy: by Hank Fielder
Release Date:October 26, 2016
Pages:68 • Format: eARC
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Massage therapist Joe Wells is in a little over his head with his first job at the posh Magic Touch Sports Spa. He’s also secretly falling for his friendly, sexy coworker, the top-notch masseur Andre Swift. All the clients clamor for Andre, and so far none have taken to Joe.

On the verge of being fired, Joe saves the life of a mysterious kitten belonging to a white witch, who grants him a wish: a magic touch that could save his job and maybe even win him Andre’s love and respect. As Joe’s stock at the spa rises to crazy and barely manageable levels of success, demand for Andre’s services drops off. Will Joe lose Andre to an out-of-control spell? Or worse—Andre’s love might prove to be only a result of the magic, just like Joe’s sudden talent.

 

 

To be honest I finished the book just to see if I would like it. Still an absolute no. This whole magical encounter thing was nuts. Honestly, Joe sounded like a stalker and he needed some medication in my opinion. I would have liked to see the backstory on what made Andre so special. The book kinda starts in the middle and from there it’s Joe’s constant infatuations and love for Andre. It’s a bit creepy. I like my romance to be two-sided. I do understand that the whimsical side was a big part of it, but it didn’t develop as well as it should have. I didn’t like it. I didn’t like Joe, and Andre was a hapless victim in this for me. I felt like the elements were there but it just wasn’t executed properly. I would have prefer a full length novel if we were going to have different takes on the classic romance. Sorry, this wasn’t for me.

About Hank Fielder

All you need is love…and a great story.

Hank Fielder is from Wisconsin and has lived in London and California, in big cities, and in the rural countryside. A passionate devotee of soulful romantic music, art, baseball, and (especially) good stories, he loves long walks, swimming, cooking and watching old movies. He counts his blessings every night before bed.

THIRDS Beyond the Books Volume 1 by Charlie Cochet

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THIRDSBeyondtheBooksV1LGTHIRDS Beyond the Books Volume 1 by Charlie Cochet
Series: THIRDS
Release Date: June 8, 2016
Pages: 158 • Format: eARC
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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.

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four-stars

I like the idea of a published author taking the time out to write a book in this case on prompts by her fans. I think it is a sure way to stay connected and offer little tidbits in between publication of the series. This was great. I laughed at some of the prompts, and Aww’d at anything Tony, Dex and Cael related. They definitely were my favorite. I think Charlie handled each prompt really well. I loved the little bits of the past we got to see in certain characters. I look forward to Seb and Hudson getting back together and their love being shown on page. I loved seeing peeping Austen and quiet Zach. Bear shifters are one of my favorite and he’s so amazing. Of course, I can’t write by review without fangirling over Brodie & Hobbs separately of course. I literally had a big cheesy grin on my face once I got into it.

This book showcased some of my favorite moments in the short story. The first time Tony talks to Dex about Cael, I loved when Cael got his mark on him. Of course I was emotional. Loved seeing Calvin & Hobbs meet for the first time. Really liked seeing Tony give Dex the sex talk. I was continuously laughing. My all time favorite was definitely the Lamaze prompt. Whoever the promptee was I definitely applaud you. I loved it. Thank you Charlie for giving us these and it’s definitely something you should do again down the line. Now when is the next Thirds book coming out?

About Charlie Cochet

Charlie Cochet is an author by day and artist by night. Always quick to succumb to the whispers of her wayward muse, no star is out of reach when following her passion. From adventurous agents and sexy shifters, to society gentlemen and hardboiled detectives, there’s bound to be plenty of mischief for her heroes to find themselves in, and plenty of romance, too!

Currently residing in Central Florida, Charlie is at the beck and call of a rascally Doxiepoo bent on world domination. When she isn’t writing, she can usually be found reading, drawing, or watching movies. She runs on coffee, thrives on music, and loves to hear from readers.If you’d like to connect with Charlie, just drop her an email, or find her on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, and Google Plus.

You Are the One by Scott D. Pomfret

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You are the oneYou Are the One by Scott D. Pomfret 
Release Date: April 4, 2016
Pages:  160 • Format: eARC
Published By: NineStar Press 
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Gay lovers find temporary respite from adversity in this collection of stories by Scott D. Pomfret. Ranging from a cocaine-fueled rampage to the blind eye of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell to the submission of a dick-dock orgy, these stories depict the bonds gay men forge when political unrest, drugs, HIV/AIDS, the Church or a demanding T-ball schedule put their commitments to the test.

five-stars

As someone who rarely reads outside the romance genre unless it’s running, vegan or yoga related, I was pleased that I decided to give this collection of short stories a try. Why do I say that? Well, this is not a romance, though there are stories of couples, of lovers and there is sex, this is not a romance as I know it.

I am not sure I can do the contents nor the author justice with a review though and I am not certain how to review this. These stories left me very emotional so I am going to do my best.

This is a collection of short stories that span so many different facets of being homosexual over many different decades. For me, it was an eye opening experience and almost as if I sat down with a group of men who decided I was an okay enough person for them to tell their stories to. This is how these felt, as if they were personal accounts told to a group of people, some that would understand because they’d gone through something similar and to others, who needed to hear them to check themselves. I think I am somewhere in the middle, someone who wants to understand so that… well, so that I understand. You know?

“It’s a matter of honor,” you explained. “It’s private. You had to be there to understand. You can never understand.”

I am not going to go over each of the stories, my poor heart can’t take that right now. But I will say, the stories of soldiers and war tore my heart out. Some were told with a simple first person POV and just a “you” with no given names. These stories for me were the most emotional and it shocked me as the tense and the unnamed should not have affected me the way they did and yet after reading thirteen short stories they are the ones I can’t get out of my head.

The first story, “You are the One” happens to be my favorite though it was the hardest for me to read. It was hopelessly heart breaking to be of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t tell” era of our military.  Reading the unnamed men at West Point as they hide their relationship and one prepares to do his duty and go off to War while the other pleads and devotes himself to save his lover.  I haven’t been able to walk away from those two,  it’s the one I can’t let go of.

“Don’t be so dramatic,” you say. “Gay marriage, the end of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’ et cetera, et cetera. These are good times.”

 

“Suicidal teens. The ban on donating blood to the Red Cross. Corrective rapes of lesbians in South Africa. Stonings in Iraq. Welcome to the world of the happy homosexual.”

While I liked all of the stories, they left me with an overwhelming feeling of melancholy. There is so much unfairness written plainly and between the lines in these stories. So much loss and so much wrong that it was really hard for me to stomach. I know this isn’t a romance and that there wasn’t going to be the fluffy feelings but the emotions these stores, this author pulled from me were so extreme and almost too much for me. I am an emotional reader on a regular basis but Pomfret, twisted my guts inside out… thirteen times.

You Are the One, is written in an almost journal or diary style, each story is amazing for their own reasons. Each story is written with such intimate detail that at times I felt like an intruder, a peeping Tom among the memories of men fighting for love, fighting against the right to believe and just to live. I felt like these stories weren’t meant for someone like me but then maybe I am the demographic for them so I could get more insight? I don’t know. I just know that these stories touched me, they kicked my ass, they made me cry and they owned my heart while leaving me breathless.

About Scott D. Pomfret

Scott D. Pomfret is the author of Since My Last Confession: A Gay Catholic Memoir, The Second Half: A Gay American Football Novel, and dozens of short stories in literary and not-so-literary journals. With his longtime partner Scott Whittier, he is coauthor of the Romentics series of gay romance novels and the Q Guide to Wine and Cocktails. Scott and Scott reside in Boston and Provincetown, Massachusetts.