Posted by Becky Condit on March 16, 2014
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“Didn’t you know?” He sniffled. “No. Hearing you say it is one thing, but this…..Actually feeling what you feel……It’s amazing.”
GENRE: M/M/M, BDSM
RATING: 5 Sweet Peas!
CLICK TO TWEET: Tootsie reviews Beyond Your Wildest Nightmares by Sage Marlowe. 5 Sweet Peas!
Sometimes the horrors reality throws at us go beyond our wildest nightmares.
Half-demon Colin succeeds in unveiling one of mysterious sex-club owner Ben’s biggest secrets—much to his boyfriend Mikey’s dislike. Fortunately he knows just what to do to make Mikey happy and they enjoy some pleasurable distractions before the nightmare that is Colin’s life continues.
Haunted by flashbacks from a past he can’t remember, Colin struggles to make sense of the mixed signals he receives from the people around him and the signals he subconsciously sends out to them.
Ben is only too willing to help Colin figure out things about himself and even Mikey isn’t immune to Ben’s devious charm. Together they continue to explore Colin’s submissive side—but is Ben the rightful third man in Colin and Mikey’s bed? Or does that place belong to a love that’s lost but not forgotten and may just play an important role in the plan to stop their mutual enemy?
TOOTSIE’S OPINION By the time you get to, Beyond Your Wildest Nightmare, which is book 5, in The Nightmare Series, you are very comfortable with the characters and the storyline. Just for a refresher, there is Colin, the half-demon and porn star, then there is Mikey, Colin’s boyfriend and great supporter of all things half-demon, (Which is basically Colin). You have little angst here, none really even worth a mention, but what we do have, and so worth mentioning, is the love and making up that Colin and Mikey are so good at. Ladies and gents, if you are reading this or thinking of reading this series, IMO, Sage Marlowe thrives in this area of his writing. He writes very intense and passionate love scenes. There are several in this book, but they did not overtake the story, at all. They were appropriately placed, within the context of the story. The author does an excellent job at showing a lot more of the emotions and feeling in this book. I felt like, finally, this was more a truth book, being honest with each other, and discovering that, together, we can conquer evil, once and for all. (more…)
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Despite everything that had come to pass and everything that would, despite everything Wick knew and still had yet to learn, and the explanations Francis would somehow have to make, love was a word they both understood.
GENRE: M/M, paranormal, pirates
RATING: 4 Sweet Peas!
CLICK TO TWEET: PizzyGirl reviews Love Rising by Piper Vaughn. 4 Sweet Peas!
BLURB: An Isla Sagrario Story In the 1700s on the island of Sagrario, men who love other men find safe haven. For Francis Holland, an escaped indentured servant, Sagrario offers nothing but loneliness. His life begins to change when he finds Wick, a merman, washed ashore. When Wick awakens under Francis’s care, Francis returns him to the sea at his request. Soon after, they begin to meet in secret, and gradually, Francis blossoms under this new companionship. However, a merman is a difficult creature to entrust one’s heart to. With one trapped on land and the other at sea, the differences in their species threaten to keep them apart forever. It may not be long before Wick is gone, taking Francis’s reason to smile with him.
I believe this entire tale has a deeper meaning than the love story that is on the surface. It brought me back to my days of English Lit in high school where I had to analyze each novel for themes, metaphors, and all sorts of other literary techniques. I’m not sure this was the author’s point, but I thought it was cool.
Isla Sagrario is the perfect society where there is no judgement, no crime. In today’s environment where LGBT rights are constantly a source of debate, the author gives us a glimpse of what could be if we were all so understanding and accepting as the people on Isla Sagrario. (more…)
Posted by Josie Goodreads on
“And if she mentions bloody Valentine’s Day once more,” Alex hissed again, “I’ll…”
Bossyboots giving him the sort of look which could have curdled milk at ten yards stopped Alex in his tracks.
“Detention for certain,” Jamie whispered, with a snigger.
GENRE: M/M, holiday
RATING: 4 Sweet Peas!
CLICK TO TWEET: Josie Goodreads reviews Horns and Haloes by Charlie Cochrane. 4 Sweet Peas!
It’s Jamie’s idea of torture—a training course about selection and interviewing and on February the fourteenth! Everybody’s going to be full of romance and he’ll be playing gooseberry as usual. When Jamie finds himself sitting next to the gorgeous Alex, who seems to hate the day as much as Jamie does, will he turn out to be the ideal candidate for the vacant position of boyfriend?
JOSIE’S OPINION: Horns and Haloes by Charlie Cochrane is a delightfully quirky and perfectly British Valentine’s Day short story.
Those of us who have worked in offices and large corporations know there’s nothing more boring than a training course. That’s the fate that awaits community governor Jamie when he attends a course on how to implement the Equalities Act when selecting new staff that is until he is paired with man sitting next to him, school governor Alex. What’s worse the course is on the ‘most romantic day of the year’, Valentine’s Day, a day both men detest. (more…)
Posted by Jules Lovestoread on
“I don’t… I don’t think it makes a lot of sense to think about what could have been, you know? You just have what there is.”
RATING: 3 Sweet Peas!
CLICK TO TWEET : Jules Lovestoread reviews What There Is by Kate McMurray.
BLURB: Former professional baseball player Justin Piersol needs a new life after a career-ending injury, and his job as a high school baseball coach isn’t exactly fulfilling. Still, things are looking up: he finds the perfect room in an apartment in Brooklyn with Mark, who writes a popular column on sports statistics.
Mark is nerdy and socially awkward and intensely shy, and he immediately develops a terrible crush on Justin, who barely seems to notice him. As they get to know each other, Justin admits he misses playing baseball, that coaching doesn’t scratch the itch. Mark confesses he thought he’d be married by now, that he wants a serious relationship. So they make a pact: Justin will help Mark find a man, and Mark will help Justin find something he loves more than baseball.
They put their plan into action… and then life gets complicated. Mark meets a nice guy named Dave, and Justin is suddenly crazy with jealousy. Justin realizes he wants to let go of the past and focus on the present, but as Mark and Dave become an item, Justin fears he’s too late.
JULES LOVESTOREAD’S OPINION: What There Is starts out with ex-baseball player, Justin answering an ad for a roommate, and meeting the very sweet, but very shy and nerdy, Mark. Obviously Justin gets the room, and the wheels are set in motion for this cute, if somewhat predictable, story.
There was much here that worked: I liked the characters themselves; I enjoyed the unique twist of the cooking class aspect; some of the scenes and passages felt really full, and fleshed out; and, there were some very witty, fun bits – in particular a certain ‘porn’ conversation between Justin, and a friend from cooking class, Penny, which full on had me laughing-out-loud.
However, then there were things that didn’t work for me: While the characters were good, Justin’s backstory was much richer and fuller than Mark’s; the plotline of ‘helping Mark find a guy’ felt sort of forced and unnecessary – I think that the jealousy could have been brought into play in a more organic fashion; and, the writing seemed inconsistent overall. As I said, there were some scenes where the author nailed it, but then others that were fairly dull and monotone. (more…)
Posted by Becky Condit on March 15, 2014
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“So you forced Rick to hurt us to get his drugs. What did all this buy you, Bart?” Milo asked. ” It didn’t get your father back. You had fame and fortune with Shattered Glass, but you blew that when you destroyed the band. What was more important than fame and fortune? ” “Revenge,” Bart answered flatly.
GENRE: M/M, musicians
RATING: 5 Sweet Peas!
CLICK TO TWEET: Trish reviews Shattered Glass by AC Katt. 5 Sweet Peas!
BLURB: Liam knew he loved Milo, even as a kid. But their fame and fortune can’t buy him the happiness of taking Milo out of the closet and be able to freely express their love. Unfortunately, there is someone out there who will do anything to tear them apart. He conspires to break the lovers up in the most vicious way possible.
Six years later, Liam is older, wiser, and has rebuilt his life after the devastating loss of his lover. Forced by his loyalty to a friend, Liam agrees to a working reunion with Milo. When they realize what was done to them, they band together to uncover the web of lies that pulled them apart.
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REVIEW: When Milo Stamis, brothers Sam and Rick Stein, and Liam O’Shea formed the rock band Shattered Glass, they had no idea of what tragedy and heartbreak lay ahead of them. Liam has been in love with Milo since before he joined the band at the age of twelve. Milo returned his love but waited until Liam turned eighteen before he acted on it. The band hit the big time, but fame and fortune didn’t buy any of them happiness, and someone manipulated their insecurities and weaknesses to destroy the band and tear Liam and Milo apart in the cruelest way possible. Six years after the breakup of the band and the devastating loss of Milo, Liam has finally rebuilt his life as a solo artist, and has tried to move on. When Sam asks him to work with Milo for a Shattered Glass reunion and farewell tour, Liam and Milo find out just what had been done to tear them apart, and just how far the web of lies had been spread and by who. (more…)
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Ethan swallowed. Where the hell were they going that would require him to wear a red jock strap and short shorts? GENRE: M/M, BDSM
RATING: 4 Sweet Peas!
CLICK TO TWEET: Maverick reviews Honky Tonk by Rain Carrington. 4 Sweet Peas! Flashback!
BLURB: Meet Ethan…he’s a self proclaimed slut hitchhiking across country from New York on his way to San Francisco. He stops in a small town in New Mexico and gets a job at a tavern called Honky Tonk without really wanting it. The owner of the tavern is a hulking man named Hunter Westmore and Ethan does everything he can to get the man’s attention and once he does his dirtiest dreams come true.
Hunter is a cowboy and owns a ranch as well as the tavern. When he meets the city kid who came into the tavern he didn’t know what hit him. He’d never felt the way Ethan made him feel and he tried to ignore the younger man but no one could ignore Ethan. Once he finally gives in they start a discovery of what makes them both tick, and what they both love is when Hunter takes a strong hand to Ethan and gives him his collar. Can their darkly seductive love last or will their kinks tear them apart?
MAVERICK’S OPINION: First off, I must say that I really loved this book. The characters that Ms. Carrington creates are very real, in depth and well developed. She makes you feel as though you can picture them in your mind and for me, that and a clear picture of the book’s setting is all I need to start to enjoy a book.
Hunter Westmore is a man that I would love to meet in a dark alley somewhere. He’s the kind of guy that would throw you up against a brick wall and steal your breath with his sexy deep kisses and caresses, possessing your soul… and you would not only let him, you’d stand up and scream MORE! I love dominant men and Hunter is just the kind of Dom I love, one that is deeply devoted to his BDSM lifestyle and knows who he is and what makes him tick. In Ethan, his little sub, admittedly a twinky bottom, he finds his ideal mate, a boy whose never been really appreciated for what he is, a natural submissive. Ethan comes to an understanding as he matures rather rapidly in this story and I was happy to watch him on his journey of self discovery.
There is a bit of mystery in this story, which I love, as well as wonderfully fleshed out secondary characters that have big personalities. You grow to love Jake, Carter, Cookie, and Cane because the author does a good job of telling you exactly who they are, why they’re there, and they add depth to an already good story.
I had to take off half a sweet pea for the editing and another half for the point of view wobbling that happens at times, but had this novel not had those issues, I could have given it a higher rating. I look forward to the second book in this series because the ending seemed a bit truncated and I wished for it to continue. I understand that there is a second installment and I look forward to reading it. All in all, it was a great read.
Title: Honky Tonk
Author: Rain Carrington
Publication Date: October 24, 2013
Series: Honky Tonk #1
Cover Art: Sara Guevara
Length: 293 pages
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“You had a funny way of showing it. In my book ‘Pull your shit together and be grateful you still have a fucking desk job’ doesn’t translate to ‘I think we have a future.’”
GENRE: M/M, mystery
RATING: 4 Sweet Peas!
CLICK TO TWEET : Landry reviews Fair Game by Josh Lanyon. 4 sweet peas!
BLURB: A crippling knee injury forced Elliot Mills to trade in his FBI badge for dusty chalkboards and bored college students. Now a history professor at Puget Sound university, the former agent has put his old life behind him-but it seems his old life isn’t finished with him.
A young man has gone missing from campus-and as a favor to a family friend, Elliot agrees to do a little sniffing around. His investigations bring him face-to-face with his former lover, Tucker Lance, the special agent handling the case.
Things ended badly with Tucker, and neither man is ready to back down on the fight that drove them apart. But they have to figure out a way to move beyond their past and work together as more men go missing and Elliot becomes the target in a killer’s obsessive game…
LANDRY’S OPINION: “Fair Game” tells the tale of Elliot Mills, a man in transition. He used to be a top FBI agent in the Pacific Northwest until an on-the-job injury forced him to start over as a college history professor in his Washington state hometown. Everything is new for him but not much is necessarily better. He likes teaching and loves being near his dad-his only remaining relative- but being an agent for the Bureau was his dream career and he was good at it. When a gunshot wound forced him out of field work, he knew he was not suited for a desk job. So he walked away from that life and everyone who was a part of it—-and that included fellow agent and new lover Tucker Lance. (more…)