Four novel box set! M/M Romance!
- Strong Enough
- More Than Everything
- Something in The Way he Needs
- The Half of Us
Four novel box set! M/M Romance!
- Strong Enough
- More Than Everything
- Something in The Way he Needs
- The Half of Us
Title: Little Slave Girl
Author: Judy and Keith
Genres: Childrens, Fiction
TBR Reviewer: Amy
Rating: 3 Stars - A Good Read!
Nicole and James are given a reading assignment for the summer. As they start reading they realize they relate to the slave girl and take turns playing her character. Nicole goes away and ends up missing. Can the story give James clues to where Nicole is?
The story starts off interesting with the girls having to read over the summer for class. They chose Little Slave Girl which is about a young girl who is sold into slavery. I liked that Nicole and James really got into reading the story and could find similiarites between them and their character. The author did a great job drawing the reader in. While the story was intriguing I also feel that it taught a lesson which makes the story even better. I'm giving this story a three because I do wish it was a bit longer and I felt the characters could of been more.
REVIEW: Sands of Sorrow by Viola Grace
Abandoned by her people, young Salika fends for herself in the desert wilds of the unnamed planet of her birth. She finds comfort in the company of a stray sand dog but also learns of her own special talent that allows her to move great volumes of sand at will. Escaping a death sentence for theft, Salika is found by an interstellar recruiter searching for beings of specialty skills and is taken to Citadel Balen. There, Salika finds a home among galactic intellectuals and specialists, honing her newly-discovered electromagnetic skills and finding her purpose in a new world.
This is the second work by this author I have read. Though short, the topic matter and invented world created here is equally as delightful and original as her previous novella, Obsolete. Sands of Sorrow, however, is clearly part of a serial work and definitely has an episodic feel to it with its "to be continued" ending. The romance factor here is really only alluded to here, with an attraction building between Salika and one of her trainers but not developing very far. We get a hint that this will be allowed to flourish in a later installment, so stay tuned!
I am intrigued by the author's vision of a future where beings are valued for their individual aptitudes and encouraged to pursue them in a supportive environment devoted to the nurturing and vocational practice of these talents. The natural peace and order that could be possible living by such a credo makes the future something to truly look forward to!
Sci-fi fans like myself will enjoy Sands of Sorrow, as we are always enchanted by a story that treats a favorite genre so well!
REVIEW: The Essent Quest by J.J. Lore
In a futuristic world, the citizens of Domid enjoy every privilege and pleasure. Domidian socialite and event organizer extraordinaire Tellan is therefore completely and blissfully inexperienced when it comes to space travel and the reality of non-Domidian worlds. Nevertheless, to help his ailing sister, Tellan plots what he thinks is a grand adventure in the pursuit of Essent Water, an elixir fabled to cure all disease. Problem one - Essent Water is only found on the deserted and remote planet Ompso, located in the Empty Quadrant. Problem two - He needs help to get it, and Tellan is hopelessly attracted to his hastily-hired guide and bodyguard Jorant. Exiled and in hiding from his homeworld of Atavaq, Jorant is an unlikely choice for a lover -- especially when Tellan is not even certain the huge and strong warrior's race engages in nor even allows same-sex liaisons. As it turns out, the cold reaches of the Empty Quadrant can harbor a surprising heat!
I like science fiction. I don't typically like gay romances. Essent Quest rather snuck up on me in that regard. I did not even realize the story was about to embark on an outer space M/M voyage until I was already in the thick of it, and in a way, neither did the characters! The story is so well told, the reader is almost caught unaware when these two very different, yet compatible, heroes get together. By that time, I did not care and completely enjoyed the touching, gentle and sweet encounters that Tellan and Jorant experience on their journey through space. The plot is simple but compelling, and as a sci-fi fan I applauded the author's use of inventive technical jargon. In addition, the dialogue is straightforward yet evocative.
Alas, even in the far-flung future, there are still barriers to "mixed-race" couples. When Tellan and Jorant return to Domid, their romance is threatened by forces beyond their control, and face a sad and sudden parting. Can two partners who are literally worlds apart ever find a happily ever after?
Your quest: read Essent Quest and find out! Highly recommended!
REVIEW: Two Pet Dicks by John Inman
Using the few talents they have, Maitland and Lenny open a pet detective agency. They have been life long friends and occasional ‘friends with benefits’ between boyfriends. It’s a dark and stormy day in southern California, where it never rains, that they get their first customer in their new office. It’s also the point where and when things in their relationship starts to change.
Warning: You will laugh out loud. Be prepared for funny looks if you are out in public and reading this. You should also make sure you don’t have liquid in your mouth when you read this. If you are reading and sipping, there will be drink spewing. It is that funny! There is everything I love about a John Inman story in this book. He always has great writing, entertaining characters, a fabulous plot and pacing. All of the characters are wonderfully written. And they are varied, from Lenny and Mait, to a lean mean pooping machine Chihuahua. Add in parrots, gerbils, lizards and a few other pets, add their owners with all of their weirdness and this story becomes a hoot. There are bumbling detectives, suspense, criminal activity and hot sex. This story has it all for me.
You really, really should read Two Pet Dicks!
GIVEAWAY: Red River by Cardeno C.
Wesley is alpha born. He should be the next Alpha of his pack when his uncle steps down. But he’s different from the rest of his pack. He has a scar on his abdomen that makes him an abomination to his pack. He finally finds out he’ll never be the alpha when his uncle makes a deal to ‘trade’ him to the Red River pack as a mate to Jobe, part of the alpha family there. This makes Wesley feel like little more than a whore. Jobe’s pack is isolated; they stick closer to Mother Nature making Jobe more spiritual and in touch with the world around him (almost hippie like, and yes I’m showing my age). He is actually an alpha, but he doesn’t have a scent so most wolves don’t know it. Meanwhile Jobe has some explaining to do about his lies of omission or making assumption about what Wesley knows. Also he needs to explain about the reasons his pack is so different from others packs.
I love this author’s stories. I read the first in this series, loved it, so I am excited to read this one. While good, I feel there is too much of an effort to make this shifter world different from the other, numerous, stories out there. There are too many things about Jobe’s pack that Wesley’s and other packs didn’t know about. Things, traditions or information lost by the other packs over the years. Then there is the convenient way that the scar on Wesley’s belly is not really a scar and Jobe’s explanation of it. There’s lots of miscommunication in this story. I did love both characters, both so different from each other. I don’t want to say too much and give things away what isn't in the blurb.
I really enjoyed Red River and shifter fans are going to love this series!
Giveaway: Cardeno C is giving away an ecopy of her book. The TBR Pile is giving away a book from our prize list. TO ENTER: Comment below on why you love shifters!
REVIEW: Banker's Hours by Wade Kelly
Grant has his foibles, like his pastel shirts and ties, all color coordinated. And he might be a bit OCD, like always needing to wash his hands. He doesn’t think that his compulsions are that out of line. He just needs everything neat and tidy, things in a row, facing one direction and clean hands. He thinks he’s just a normal guy. A normal gay man, that’s still a virgin at age 26. Oh and he’s a magnet for losers. He’s only had a handful of dates, most of the time never making all the way through a first date and never mind ever getting a second one. When he’s transferred to a new bank, he meets auto mechanic Tristan at his teller window. After a few mixed signals, like Tristan talking about his daughter and Grant thinking he is straight, they embark on dating. Tristan’s done the wild gay man hooking up with any man he could. He’s ready to settle down with the right man. He thinks Grant is that man, but he’s going to take it slow and steady. Of course the road to true love isn’t smooth. You have to add in Tristan’s daughter, her boyfriend and her mother, who has her own issues (as you will read) and the guys in his shop. It’s a wonderful mix of family and friends, with a few hiccups along the way for the guys but it’s all about them falling in love.
I fell in love with Grant from the first paragraph. He’s needy, nerdy, OCD and so cute. He wants a man forever. He just never thinks he’ll find one. He never sees what’s in front of him, Tristan. I love Tristan too. He’s been wild and now he wants to be responsible. And he wants love with just one man, Grant. Both of these guys are beautifully written. I feel as if I know both guys, so it’s easy to relate to them and understand where they are both coming from. The story flows along, with me caught up in the lives of the guys. I am happy for them, sad for them and rooting for them on every page. The author wrote a beautiful romance story, one I love and I need to read again.
REVIEW: Sarah and Jude by Marie Piper
Title: Sarah & Jude
Author: Marie Piper
Genres: Romance, Lesbian, Short Stories , Historical
TBR Reviewer: Amy
Rating: 3 Stars - A Good Read
Heat: 2/5 - Flirty
Jude Farraday is a hard working woman. She can work as hard as any man on the Tate ranch in Nebraska. Sarah Tate the daughter of Tate Ranch boss finds herself drawn to Jude despire the danger this could bring especially since Jude is a woman.
The story has promise both characters are very likable. The author did a great job building the story considering the time era with two women. I did want more and I felt the story needs more. They have a few encounters then the story is over. All in all a nice short read. I hope there is a follow up story about Sarah and Jude.
Nick is on the run, thinking a new start in Scotland, in the home he’s inherited from his Uncle Ian will help. There he meets John, who isn’t scared and doesn't ridicule Nick for seeing ghosts. John is gay, but living on a small island, of course everyone knows everything, so there’s no hiding a relationship building with Nick.
Although there are ghosts to deal with and relatives, long lost and otherwise, I love how these stories dealt with the relationship between John and Nick. I love the characters and relatives, ghosts and the other isle inhabitants thrown in to round out the stories.
Laying A Ghost
This story starts out very slowly, but builds from there. It seems to mostly deal with the building up of the relationship between John and Nick. It gives you some background about Nick. What has happened in his life, and how he came to deciding to live on the island. John has lived all his life on the island. He’s never said out loud that he’s gay. He’s not sure the people he’s known all his life will accept him. John is conflicted, knowing he’s lied to people all his life and to himself for never having had the courage to come out. But he doesn’t want to make Nick lie or hide either. But the matter is taken out of his hands. This story lays a great foundation for the rest of the books to come. For me, it has more of a HFN than HEA.
Giving Up the Ghost
I'm not sure where this story is going, since it opens with the guys in the States. You already know that Nick doesn’t know who his father is. And that his mom didn’t want him to ever settle down or stay in one place. But Nick did settle down, in his Uncle’s house in Scotland. He did fall in love with John. In this tale, it’s the father he’s never dealt with before, who shakes up his life and John’s life as well. The start of this second story is, wow, I can’t say a whole lot more, spoilers. But the ghosts get more physical, there is more suspense and intrigue in this story. There are reporters and gold diggers and surprises from Nick’s father as well. I think this might have been my favorite of the three books, but it’s close with number three.
Waking The Dead
This story is ten years down the road from book two. Josh is a big part of this story. He’s visiting Nick in Traighshee for a couple of weeks before heading off to college. Peace and quiet, right? Wrong, there are ghosts and possessed people and all manner of the mayhem. Then there are the interactions between all three of the main characters in this story. I'm not real sure I like how John treated Josh, but I kind of understood him being the odd man out in regards to the ability to see ghosts. But it still has the beautiful relationship between Nick and John. I thought this is a wrap up to the series, and well enough done to be okay ending here. But I see that a fourth book is coming out. And I’m happy about that, I still have a few questions that need answering. And a few plot point that need wrapping up to my mind.
REVIEW: The Collector by Nora Roberts
Julie and Lila met in yoga class when they both bonded over their problematic relationships and found out he was the same cheating man. Now, Lila house sits and writes for a living. One night, she witness' a murder and the killers are looking to tie up all loose ends. Ash is the murdered mans brother and his best friend is Julie's ex-husband. They must all deal with more than heated feelings when the killer is determined to shut them all up...
This isn't really a mystery but more suspense with really wonderful, unique characters. I enjoyed the trek to get revenge on the people that killed Ash's brother and how exactly they'd get justice. It is fabulous, if terrifying, to have a female assassin to content with. A nice, unexpected twist. That ending is awesome, great fight and sweet HEA. The only reason this fantastic book isn't getting five stars is for the head hopping, so annoying.
The Collector is a must read for romantic suspense readers!
Jared has landed himself in Penal Station 5 where the prisoners rule. Once inside, he fears he’ll be raped and dead before the day is out. He’s saved by Sar, a surly, brute of a man that hides his face. The man is a mystery but as far as Jared is concerned, Sar is his savior.
The author did a great job of creating this fascinating, dark, vicious world of penal station 5. I really like how Sar and Jared got to know each other. It is believable as is the violent state of a prison without guards. Sar’s history is sad and yet there is so much hope now that Jared is in his world. The sex is good, I really liked that first scene but it became redundant quickly. The world building and characters is really what makes this book 5 stars. I love the ending, it is so amazing. I stayed up to the early hours of the morning to finish this. I have to read the next book! When is the next book?
Penal Station 05 is an absolute must read!
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