The Swap by Devon Rhodes

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drThe Swap: by Devon Rhodes
Release Date: October 26, 2016
Pages:64 • Format: eARC
Published By: Dreamspinner Press
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When layoffs hit Jim LaRue’s company, his first concern isn’t for his own job, it’s for his friend and coworker, Tommy Graves. Tommy’s going through a bitter divorce, and he’s closing on a new home. Losing his job would mean losing the house—and the fresh start he desperately needs. Jim can’t let that happen to the man he’s secretly in love with, so he proposes a swap: his job for Tommy’s.

Now out of work, Jim reluctantly agrees to help Tommy remodel. He needs the income, but he can’t stand being a charity case—especially not when things between them start heading in a direction he hardly dared hope for. The strain drives a wedge between them, and a confrontation might spell the end of their relationship.

First Edition published by Amber Quill Press/Amber Allure, 2010.

three-stars

Can I first just say how much I dislike the cover models. Eww they don’t really match the two guys that are in my head. I don’t really like them. As far as the story goes, I think it had alot more potential then this. I think the author could have explored more on Tommy’s divorce. What happened? I really would have liked some backstory on Jim and his shenanigans. For a friends to lovers trope I thought it was okay. I would have liked to see them talk more about what they each want. I mean, once Tommy found out certain things, he kinda just let it all go because of Jim and his swooning. I did appreciate the history between the two, and maybe I’m more of a let’s talk a couple of things out kinda girl, but Jim just went in with the kill time and time again. The blurb is pretty much self explanatory. I did like it well enough and look forward to more from this author.

About Devon Rhodes

At 39 and holding, Devon finally figured out the best way to channel her midlife crisis was to morph from mild-mannered stay-at-home mom to erotic romance writer.

She lives in Oregon with her family, who are (mostly) understanding of all the time she spends on her laptop, aka the black hole.

Making Waves by Marie Sexton

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marie-sextonMaking Waves: by Marie Sexton
Series: Wrench Wars, #4
Release Date:September 28, 2016
Pages: 76 • Format: eARC
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A Wrench Wars Story

Best friends since they were teenagers, Ward Kent and Dean Zimmerman work together at Reggie’s garage, where the reality show Wrench Wars is filmed. Outside of work, Dean is a notorious player, and as far as he’s concerned, Ward’s the best wingman ever. Little does he know, Ward is much more interested in the gentlemen than the ladies.

Then Dean’s younger brother, Ash, comes to work at the garage. Ash may be seven years younger, but he’s had a crush on Ward for years, and he’s not shy about going after what he wants.

Admitting his best friend and his brother are gay is one thing. Seeing them together? That’s a bit more than Dean can take, and he’s about to force Ward to make a decision: lose his best friend and his job, or give up Ash forever.

 

three-stars

So this is the 4th book in the Wrench Wars series, and this is the one with Dean being a featured character. ARUGH!!!! I wanted to repeatedly punch him in this face. I mean, it’s almost like he got more screen time then Ward and Ash. C’mon we are all consenting adults, and Ash didn’t need a damn keeper. I enjoyed it for the most part, but was irritated throughout the entire story. It was seriously nerve-wrecking to see Ward & Ash have to pretend and sneak around for the sake of Dean finding out. I mean once everything was said and done, I was left thinking on why anyone wanted to be Dean’s best friend. That’s how much this story revolved around him.

Now onto Ward & Ash. I mean it was mutually hot. I did think Ash teased Ward a little bit to much. I mean he literally came in like a wrecking ball. Any semblance of restraint that Ward had was shredded when it came to Ash. I did like how they were able to realize they both wanted something more then just a hookup. I liked Ward as a character. He had such a softer side to him, and I think Ash was perfect for him. I would love to see them spend more time with each other. I mean if we took out ALL of Dean’s parts then maybe we could have connected more to these guys. Nonetheless I enjoyed it and think Sexton did a good job on the writing.

About Marie Sexton

Marie Sexton lives in Colorado. She’s a fan of just about anything that involves muscular young men piling on top of each other. In particular, she loves the Denver Broncos and enjoys going to the games with her husband. Her imaginary friends often tag along. Marie has one daughter, two cats, and one dog, all of whom seem bent on destroying what remains of her sanity. She loves them anyway.

Chase This Light by Francis Gideon

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francis-gideonChase This Light: by Francis Gideon
Series: World of Love
Release Date: October 12, 2016
Pages: 112 • Format: eARC
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When Jason Flores moves to the Yukon for a new job, he’s not sure what to expect. His son Micah seems enchanted by the wildlife, but his recent fear of the dark means that the eighteen-hour nights in the winter will be a difficult adjustment. When Jason takes Micah to the local museum’s interactive lecture series on the gold rush, it turns out to be one of the best decisions he’s ever made.

Pete Odjick, a tattooed First Nations and Inuit man, dresses up for the weekly lectures as Skookum Jim, one of the first prospectors to find gold. He takes an immediate interest in Micah and an even bigger interest in Jason.

As their flirtation grows into something more serious, Jason’s job at a big name oil company and Pete’s volunteer work with an environmental group become a point of contention. Can they come to an understanding and give Micah a family again? Or will the drastic differences between them tear them apart? As the winter nights grow longer, Pete and Jason worry their love won’t be enough to chase the darkness away.

four-stars

I thought this was a cute novella. Really well written, very detailed, and super cool facts. I liked both mc’s. I liked the setting as well. I did feel like Alaska was the glue that held the story together. I liked how both mc’s passions and jobs ended up intertwining. I think the author did a great job with researching for each guy’s cause and the historic facts that are featured in the museum. I thought the Micah was wonderful as well. He was such a sweet little boy, and he really felled hard for Pete.

Pete and Jason were great together. I think they each brought out certain needs and wants from one another. Like most books, a little bit of miscommunication causes them to suddenly split. Don’t worry it wasn’t petty nonsense. The split between the two definitely showed how each guy came to the realization that they needed each other more then they thought. I think Gideon was able to show how being different in causes as well as anything else in life can be a burden on a relationship. The goal is to compromise and talk things through. This is where Gideon excelled at in this story. Add on the bonus of Jason being a newly single father and moving to another country, I think he did great in choosing Pete and being able to think of Pete’s feelings and causes as well.

All in all, I’d say it was a pretty good story. It was very good for the length that it was. I am really liking these World of Love stories. Their short and very contemporary. I recommend this book big time. I am looking forward to more from Francis Gideon.

About Francis Gideon

Francis Gideon is a writer of m/m romance, but he also dabbles in mystery, fantasy, historical, and paranormal fiction. He likes to stay up late, drink too much coffee, and read too many comic books. He credits music, especially the artists Patti Smith, Frank Iero, Gerard Way, Florence + the Machine, and The Pixies as his main sources of inspiration, but the list grows every day. Since age twelve, he’s been trying to figure out what genre is best suited for a strange, quiet kid like him and so far, he’s happy to be where he’s ended up.

When not writing fiction, Francis teaches college English classes while he studies for his PhD. He has published several nonfiction and critical articles on everything from the Canadian poet and artist P.K. Page, transgender identity in the YouTube community, using fanfiction as a teaching tool, and character deaths in the TV show Hannibal. Those are all under different his “real” name, though. He writes his novels using his middle name, Francis, so that his students don’t Google him and ask too many questions.

Both Francis and his partner live in Canada, where they often disagree about TV shows and make really bad puns. To talk more about books, bad horror movies, LGBT poetry, or anything else, please drop him a line!

Blind Date by Kay Doherty

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Title: Blind Date by Author
Release Date: August 29, 2016
Pages: 113 • Format: eARC
Published By: NineStar Press
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Dekker Callan is content with his life though he knows something is missing. Wanting the kind of love his friends share with their partners, Dekker is talked into taking part in a modeling and dating show as part of a fundraiser. He immediately falls in love with the anonymous, sexy voice on the other side of the wall, but fate has a surprise in store–his mystery man isn’t single.

Slade Gannon wasn’t supposed to take part in the dating show. That spot was for his roommate, Phil, who becomes ill and asks Slade to take his place. Slade has just recently gone through a breakup with his cheating boyfriend, George. Shocked and pleased when he wins the interest of handsome Dekker Callan, before he can go on the obligatory blind date, his ex asks for a second chance. Believing Dekker can’t possibly be as good on the inside as he looks on the outside, Slade agrees.

Dekker and Slade hit it off immediately, drawn to each other despite Slade being involved with someone else. They finally get their opportunity to be together when Slade finds out his boyfriend is still cheating, but just as they seem to discover the happiness they’ve been waiting for, George throws them one last hurdle—and this one may prove to be insurmountable.

three-half-stars

Okay this was hot. Like smoking UST, and desire wrapped in one.

So this was my first read from this author, and I’m pleasantly surprised. I enjoyed it alot. I typically don’t go for blind date tropes, but I read the excerpt and I was interested. Dekker! Good lawd, that man did 100% turnabout in my mind. He went from this shy guy, to the exertive guy knowing what he wants. I mean, it was sexy to see a man pursue someone like Slade. Slade dropping the bomb that he was in a relationship at the beginning of the story made it interesting. I wanted to see how these two were going to act, and if the author would have been bold and have someone cheated. I would have been fine with cheating it happens in real life. I like that Dekker kinda checked Slade and state that just because he was pursuing him didn’t mean he was going to act on his feelings until the relationship was ended.

Slade kinda confused me, I don’t know if getting back with his ex was because he was lonely, or because he cared. I get taking him back for the amount of time to see if it would have worked, but he didn’t have a kind thing to say about George. These are some friendly guys in this story. The are all willing free with their bodies and kisses. I liked it. I thought the flow and pacing of the story was just right, and I really liked the writing style. I did feel at times it was prolonged for no reason. Some of the content could have been cut for me, but that’s my preference. I look forward to more from this author!.

About Kay Doherty

Kay lives in Colorado with her husband and their animal children. Family is important to her so there are weekly visits to her parents and frequent text messages with her brothers. She has a severe addiction to coffee and Mexican food. She loves to read and write and can easily become consumed by it for hours, much to the dismay of the husband and dogs. On occasion she can be convinced to venture out into world of the living.

Running Hot by Yolande Kleinn

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running-hotRunning Hot by Yolande Kleinn 
Release Date: August 10, 2016
Pages: 50 • Format: eARC
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Kurt Trench loves running a successful auto repair shop with his twin sister Lena. Lately loyal customer Shane Dolan has been coming around more often, and Kurt assumes it’s because of his sister. While Kurt wouldn’t dream of coming between them, he can’t help being drawn to Shane himself…. Or thinking about him in ways he definitely shouldn’t.

One night everything changes. Kurt doesn’t reciprocate Shane’s kiss—he’s got no intention of stealing his sister’s man—but when he tells Lena what happened, she can’t believe how thick her brother is. She’s not the reason Shane’s been coming around the garage, and Kurt and Shane have more in common than a love of classic muscle cars. Now it’s on Kurt to make the next move, assuming he hasn’t blown his chance for good.

 

two-stars

The blurb gives the entire story away, so I’m not sure what was the point of reading it. I actually had to go back and skim it because it’s completely forgettable. Typical miscommunication trope which I abhor big time. Ugh! It amazes me at how much adults don’t think or talk. I can never understand why it takes a third party person to tell you where you messed up at. This was a short story. 50 pages, and 30 of the pages were them walking around in circles around one another. **Gag**. I mean if you are going to give us this short length, then place up the price. I wanted the situation to be handled sooner so we can get to see them at least spend time together. With this length, the story really didn’t do anything for me. I didn’t care for Shane or Kurt. Sure, I can see the attraction between the two, but it took entirely too long for me.

About Yolande Kleinn

Yolande Kleinn may be a shameless dreamer and a stubborn optimist, but she is also a proud purveyor of erotic romance. Excitable, fastidious and a little eclectic, she spends every spare moment writing the stories she wants to read. If she can drag other people into the pool along with her, then so much the better.

A Minnesotan by both heart and geography, Yolande has plenty of experience weathering tough winters. Her favorite method: distracting herself with warm beverages and even warmer stories. A night spent with a good book is heaven. A morning free to write, with a hot cup of coffee close at hand, is even better.

By Quarry Lake by Josephine Myles

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By Quarry Lake CoverBy Quarry Lake by Josephine Myles 
Release Date: July 26, 2016
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Published By: Josephine Myles
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Still waters run deep…

Tommy’s been away from his home in rural Somerset for three years. Long enough to sort out who he is, and to get over the feelings of confusion and shame that blighted his lifelong friendship with farmer’s boy Rob. He’s out and proud, now—and he’s coming home to claim back what he lost.

Rob’s the one who stayed behind, working on the farm with little time for a social life. With Tommy coming back into his world, he could have a lot to gain—and everything to lose.

He’s going to have to take a leap of faith. Straight into the ice cold waters of Quarry Lake.

This story was originally published in 2013 as part of the Summer Lovin’ anthology.

four-half-stars

By Quarry Lake is a tale of redemption and reinvention. It’s a tale about two childhood friends, Rob and Tommy, whose close friendship turns to more than either of them anticipated. Their time swimming in their secret spot allows them to play and experiment but when Rob kisses Tommy for the first time, his best friend’s reaction isn’t quite what he expected.

I loved that the story was told simply and to the point. Rob kisses Tommy and Tommy reacts badly. So badly that he hurts his friend physically and the emotionally as he moves from their small town to London and doesn’t return for three years. During those three years, Rob lives his life as it’s always been; working the farm with his dad and quietly living in the closet as he pines away for his best friend. The last thing Rob expects to see when he goes to the lake to cool off is that exact friend bobbing in the lake and teasing him to join him.

Goodness, but I am a sucker for second chance romances and this did not disappoint. I liked that Tommy was honest with Rob about what happened with the kiss, after and what he wants now. Told from the dual POV of the best friends, it was nice to briefly get inside each of their heads to know where they were at and I really liked that there was minimal angst or hate from family as Rob and Tommy decide to move forward with their relationship.

I was not ready for the story to end as I was so wrapped up in these two but the end was fitting for the length.

What a charming story of second chances this was. I adore Ms. Myles work and this short but sweet and sexy gem of a story reminded me of just how much I love it.

About Josephine Myles

English through and through, Josephine Myles is addicted to tea and busy cultivating a reputation for eccentricity. She writes gay erotica and romance, but finds the erotica keeps cuddling up to the romance, and the romance keeps corrupting the erotica. Jo blames her rebellious muse but he never listens to her anyway, no matter how much she threatens him with a big stick. She’s beginning to suspect he enjoys it.

Jo’s novel Stuff won the 2014 Rainbow Award for Best Bisexual Romance, and her novella Merry Gentlemen won the 2014 Rainbow Award for Best Gay Romantic Comedy. She writes for publishers but has also been known to edit anthologies and self-publish on occasion, although she prefers to leave the “boring bits” of the ebook creation process to someone else. She loves to be busy, and is currently having fun trying to work out how she is going to fit in her love of writing, dressmaking and attending cabaret shows in fabulous clothing around the demands of a preteen with special needs and an incessantly curious toddler.