Posted by PizzyGirl on March 11, 2014
Kenny had never actually felt his eyes widen before. Ever. But… but… he’d found one. Weren’t they, like, a myth or something? The famous gay guy who didn’t really know he was gay?
GENRE: M/M, GFY
RATING: 5 Sweet Peas!
CLICK TO TWEET: PizzyGirl reviews Shiny! by Amy Lane. 5 Sweet Peas!
BLURB: Will Lafferty and Kenny Scalia are both having sort of a day. Will gets fired for letting fifth graders read Harry Potter, and Kenny finds his boyfriend and his sex toys in bed with a complete stranger. When Will knocks over Kenny’s trash can—and strews Kenny’s personal business all over the street—it feels like the perfect craptastic climax to the sewage of suckage that has rained down on them both. But ever-friendly, ever-kind Will asks snarky Kenny out for a beer—God knows they both need one—and two amazing things occur: Kenny discovers talking to Will might be the best form of intercourse ever, and Will discovers he’s gay. Their unlikely friendship seems like the perfect platonic match until Will reveals how very much more he’s been feeling for Kenny almost since the beginning. But Kenny’s worried. Will’s new-found sexuality is bright and glittery and shiny, but what happens when that wears off? Is Will’s infatuation with Kenny strong enough to stay real?
Shiny! by Amy lane was utterly witty and fun. I laughed my way through the entire thing. This was an easy, light read that made me feel warm, fuzzy, and thoroughly entertained!
I loved the format of flashback/storytelling alternating with snippets of current events. This was the first time this particular format has worked so seamlessly for me because the flashbacks were being told by the MCs as part of the present plot. Normally, flashbacks are just there to give history, but in this case, the flashbacks were the plot and it worked well. It was very well written and easy to read.
I also loved how the HEA was evident from the very start. Some people may feel that giving away the ending is a bad thing, but I liked it. The way this was presented was so clever that the HEA actually drew me into the story. Just like Nina, I was on the edge of my seat wanting to know how they got together. Knowing it was going to be a successful HEA did not take anything away from the story. (more…)
Posted by Becky Condit on
Orange Blossom will be the penultimate title in Sarah Daltry‘s bestselling New Adult romance series, Flowering. The reading order and information about the other titles follows.
Title: Orange Blossom
Author: Sarah Daltry
Cover Design: Shoutlines Design
18+ New Adult Contemporary Romance
Release Date: April 4, 2014
“I’ve never understood a year. A year was always a measurement of something bad for me. A year in my father’s prison sentence, a year since my mom’s death, a year left of school before I could get far, far away from here. Now, as I look down the end of my college career, with only a little more than a semester to go, a year seems like something magical. It has been a year since Lily chose me, since she sat with me on the old swing set and made a decision that I was worthy of her. And every minute of the entire year has been better than the last.”
You already know their stories: Lily, the perfect princess, always living someone else’s life. And Jack, the broken boy, who had stopped believing in hope. Somehow, though, they found each other and what was one night blossomed into a love story.
Now, a year later, Jack and Lily are dreaming of the future. Despite all of his promises to himself that he would never be indebted to anyone, Jack makes a new promise – this time to Lily – that he will be there for her forever. But when life unravels for them, he starts to pull away, and Lily worries he’s out of reach for good.
When Jack does the unthinkable, Lily is left destroyed. Is it possible to have a happily ever after? Does love ever really save anyone?
Listen to the Playlist or watch the Trailer!
Series Reading Order: Forget Me Not, Lily of the Valley, and Blue Rose can be read in any order. There is some crossover in scenes between the titles, but each stands alone as one character’s story. Star of Bethlehem is a direct continuation from Forget Me Not and Lily of the Valley. Orange Blossom and Ambrosia (releasing June 6, 2014) assume readers have read the other four titles and read as sequels. In essence, the first three are #1, Star of Bethlehem is #1.5, Orange Blossom is #2, and Ambrosia is #3. (more…)
Posted by Robyn Reads on
I don’t want to lose you. I just got you back. I’ve lost too much already.
GENRE: M/M, menage
RATING: 4.5 Sweet Peas!
CLICK TO TWEET: Tootsie reviews My Brother’s Lover by Lynn Kelling. 4.5 Sweet Peas!
BLURB: Growing up gay in a small town with no mother, Evan Savage learned the hard way to cherish his secrets above all else. Now he’s 18, not even his father can hurt him anymore. When his long-lost twin brother Brennan shows up out of nowhere looking for a new home, Evan’s world, and his very identity, comes crashing down around him all over again. Brennan treats nothing as sacred in his search for a family connection after their mother’s death.
Frustrated and reckless, anonymous sexual encounters are just the first step on a journey of self-discovery for both Evan and Brennan. The sweetness of first love with twin brothers Alek and Luka leads them find in each other things they never knew they had lost…
…and lures them all into danger. (M/M+)
TOOTSIE’S OPINIONLynn Kelling is one of my most favorite authors in the m/m genre. I have read almost everything she has written so when I saw this new story, I knew I had to read it. Twin Ties 1: My Brother’s Lover is the first in what appears to be a 2 book series. It seems to me, most people, try to steer clear of this subject, And really, you can’t blame them because it seems to be a taboo area few want to take on. I think you are only human though to wonder about it, if for no other reason, than most, if not all, identical twins have such a closeness and a bond that most other people will never experience. I always felt it would be so wonderful to have a person, that in tune, with my own needs, know when I needed comfort, strength, guidance, whatever it may be, and they already knew and were right there to offer and give freely, anything you needed. (more…)
Posted by Lady McNeill on
I could no longer even try to pull away. I held fistfuls of Chase’s vest and couldn’t help pulling him closer to me, rocking against him in return. There was no point in me hiding it as I let out a moan.
But it was chase who pulled away, breaking the kiss with one final swipe of his tongue along my lower lip, and a hard nip to my jaw. He stepped back, tugging my hands free from his chest with that half-smirk on his kiss-slick lips.
RATING: 3 1/2 Sweet Peas!
CLICK TO TWEET: Lady McNeill reviews Being Chase by JJ Scotts.
BLURB: Wouldn’t it be nice to be a celebrity?
Liam Collins is desperate for a job. Forced to jump to the big city, he can’t believe his luck when he suddenly gets an offer from a prestigious publishing company. Absolutely ecstatic, Liam doesn’t even bother reading the details. But on his first day of work, he isn’t ushered to a quaint cubicle. Instead, he’s brought to a classy high-rise and told that he’s been hired to be the face of the best-selling author, Chase Preston.
When Liam first meets Chase, he’s so captivated by the mysterious man’s imposing figure and deep-set eyes. Maybe Liam really did get lucky.
All Liam has to do is go to fan meetings and award events as a stand-in for Chase. It actually doesn’t sound bad, but Liam soon realizes that being with Chase is harder than it appears. Despite the challenges of Chase’s arrogant attitude, Liam puts up with it. What he finds difficult to put up with is Chase’s sexy body and brilliant blue eyes.
Even worse, the feeling may be mutual.
REVIEW: Being Chase by JJ Scotts is the beginning of what could be a great story. This book is told from Liam’s POV as he’s being offered this crazy job to impersonate a famous author Chase Preston. He doesn’t even realize when he accepts the job what he will be doing which is really unusual but he was pretty desperate. There is a lot of build up in the beginning that had me hooked early on to wonder what this job was all about. It does take some suspension in reality once I learned the details of the job but I won’t spoil those details.
Since the book is told from Liam’s POV I feel like I got to know him best. He comes across a bit immature but I liked him as a character. Chase on the other hand is a big unknown. While he’s younger than Liam, he’s pretty wealthy and comes across as more mature than Liam. He also comes across as a bit of a jerk so I’m not sure what I think of him yet. I’m hoping to learn more about him in the next novel to change my opinion because I’m imagining when he opens up they are going to have one hot relationship. (more…)
Posted by Becky Condit on March 10, 2014
CLICK TO TWEET: A discussion of Facebook “standards.”
I posted this picture on Facebook. Someone, and it had to be one of my Facebook “friends” evidently made a complaint that it violated Facebook community standards of nudity and pornography. First of all, why are those two categories lumped together, for they surely are not the same thing.
Then an hour later I received this notification stating that the picture in question was not removed because it does NOT violate the community standard:
Decision made, move on. Right? Wrong. Six hours later I was kicked off Facebook and my lovely picture was removed by an anonymous Facebook judge and jury because the SAME picture now violates community standards for nudity. Same picture, presumably same standards, different decision. No appeal, no discussion.
I will grant you one of the men in the picture is naked. The other is still wearing his shirt, but he is naked below the waist. No genitals show, only a side view of butt cheeks shows, and the two men are engaged in a passionate kiss.
I have several concerns with this action:
1. The picture is not pornographic. It does depict partial nudity, as do many other pictures on Facebook.
2. What are the nudity standards for Facebook? They seem to change by the hour.
3. Who reported this picture. Facebook affords this person or persons annonymity. Why? Since I cannot protect the delicate sensibilities of this person by unfriending them, a harsh term that just means they won’t be subjected to my pictures or posts, I have to personally abide by their unstated personal standards, but I can’t be told what those standards are.
4. If the complainer doesn’t like looking at the beauty of a male body or part of a male body, they had several options:
a. Unfriend me and never look at what I post again.
b. Click off of that post and don’t look at it.
c. Send me a message, public or private, stating that you don’t like it and why. Then we can discuss a solution like civil adults.
I will grant you, while Facebook is a public forum, it is not a democracy, nor should it be. It is a privately owned website that allows me to use it to post pictures and text. The owner and his agents can therefore allow or not allow whatever they like. But the hypocrisy of pretending to have standards of normality or morality that change within hours is confusing and leaves me and everyone else unable to determine what we can or cannot post.
I won’t boycott Facebook. Because it is an important venue of social media and I am a blogger dependent on publicity to bring viewers to my own site, I will continue to use it. However, I am stumbling in the dark, not knowing when I might again violate someone’s personal standards.
This is an abuse of power.
Posted by DarkAngel on
“My apologies for looking like a homeless person. I’m really not. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. The meritocracy is a neo-liberal myth. And I’m going to shut up now. Sorry.”
GENRE: M/M, horror
RATING: 4 Sweet Peas!
CLICK TO TWEET: Dark Angel reviews Kraken by M Caspian. 4 Sweet Peas!
BLURB: Kraken: A gothic erotic horror with tentacle non-con.
When boyfriend Parker gives him an ultimatum Will never dreams his heart is about to be ripped out: move to a remote off-shore island with him, or call it quits. But Will picks wrong, and now he’s heading into the unknown to fix his mistake. But why do the locals think they recognize him? And why can’t he seem to leave?
Reader advisory: This work of fiction contains explicit sexual activities between men that may offend some people. It also contains scenes of rape, extreme violence, tentacles, and reference to sexual abuse of children.
DARK ANGEL’S OPINION: An unsuspecting Will goes to a remote island in hopes of hooking up with his boyfriend Parker, and even though he has a deep fear of water he manages to put that fear aside in order to get there. But in that strange and enigmatic island lies a world of mystery that starts to unravel when Will steps in. Even though Parker seems to already have moved on, and has no use for him, Will meets Cy…a stranger who starts becoming a part of his life and not without a reason and Will’s life takes a turn for the worst. Extremely graphic forced and dub-con tentacle sex and the kind of writing that I always enjoy. (more…)
Posted by Lucky on
I think you’ll always be Ombre to me.
GENRE: M/M, BDSM
RATING: 4 Sweet Peas!
CLICK TO TWEET: Lucky reviews Deeper by Sean Michael. 4 Sweet Peas!
BLURB: Johnny diMarco is a spoiled, rich brat who has made his way through almost every Dom at The Hammer Club. None of them can handle him. Even Oliver has tried and has sadly had to admit defeat.
Dolph Waters is a newcomer to the Hammer, but he’s been a Dom at a club up north for quite a while. When he hears about Johnny, he’s intrigued and agrees to meet the sub and give it his best shot.
It doesn’t take long for Dolph to realize that Johnny needs far more than a simple blistering spanking, the sub needs attention and intense focus from his Dom. The more he gets to know Johnny, the more Dolph falls for him and wants to be the one to give Johnny what he needs. His biggest obstacle is Johnny himself who has decided that BDSM is a lie, one he isn’t interested in anymore.
Can Dolph convince Johnny that they can not only be friends, and lovers, but also Dom and sub? Or is he doomed to have his heart broken?
LUCKY’S OPINION: Would you stop being who you are for an obscene amount of money? Would you give up everything – the parties, the houses, the men – for a chance to be who you really are?
This is something that Johnny, a submissive who had been to many different masters, has to decide. Dolph is the first person who was able to get under his skin and really show Johnny who he’s meant to be. But there are outside forces that are trying to control Johnny, too.
So what happens when you’re the target of two opposing forces? One who wants you to toe the line and one who wants to obliterate the line and help you find your own life in submission? (more…)
Posted by Trish on
“Jack, I don’t want that boy. I want you. And if that means a lot of baggage, so be it. We can handle it. Together. I’ve waited a lifetime for you. Don’t think you’re getting away from me that easily.”
GENRE: M/M, military
RATING: 4 Sweet Peas!
CLICK TO TWEET: Trish reviews Homecoming by Meredith Daniels. 4 Sweet Peas!
BLURB: “Home is where his heart is once he recognizes what s in his heart. ”
“Southern Honor, Book 1″
Broken in body, mind and spirit after a botched mission in Kuwait, elite Special Forces operative Jack Dresden returns to Devotion, Georgia, both dreading and longing to face his past. He left town on the receiving end of a wicked right hook thrown by the only person who ever made him feel he was right where he belonged.
Dillon Bluff was never good at pretending. Coming out right after high school, it hasn t been easy dealing with the stigma of being gay in a small, Southern town. When he stumbles across Jack in the throes of a panic attack, one touch reignites the smoldering, hidden torch he s always carried for his former best friend.
Jack knows he s messed up, and the last thing he wants to do is hurt Dillon again. But Dillon is determined to take control and show Jack s heart the way back home.
Warning: Contains a sexy, scarred Delta Force hero with the hots for his tattooed photojournalist prone-to-skinny-dipping ex-best friend. Threats of creative rope use and plenty of manly loving may leave the reader craving a cigarette and a man in uniform.
TRISH’S OPINION: Special Forces operative Jack Dresden has returned to his hometown of Devotion Georgia after a botched mission in Kuwait left him broken in body,mind, and spirit. He’s dreading facing his past, because he fled town ten years ago after the only person who accepted him for who he really was decked him with a wicked right hook. (more…)
Posted by Robyn Reads on
‘Are you ever gonna grow up?’ – ‘Hell I hope not. Far as I can tell, being a grown-up sucks.’
RATING: 3 Sweet Peas!
CLICK TO TWEET: RobynReads reviews Lumber & Law by Jena Wade.
BLURB: A few months after his brother’s accident, Jesse Brody can’t stop thinking about Troy Evans, the police office that helped solve the case. Even though Troy almost had to arrest him, Jesse is sure he has a shot at a date.
The two meet by chance and share a nice dinner at Jesse’s apartment, which ends with Jesse all over Troy’s lap. Though he isn’t out at work, Troy agrees to give a relationship with Jesse a chance. Everything is fine, until the two are seen in public together by some of Troy’s coworkers.
Out of panic, Troy ends the relationship. Of course he regrets his decision, but it will take more than just an apology to win Jesse back.
ROBYN READS’ OPINION: The blurb pretty much sums this one up. There are no surprises here. There isn’t any big drama or major angst. Jesse was my favourite as most of the time he is quite immature without being naive. He has a good work ethic, loves his family and runs marathons which keeps him quite disciplined. He has a unique outlook on life. Troy on the other hand is really paranoid about being found out. I found him to be quite boring. He has witnessed the homophobia and what can happen to a gay cop and knows he will never be out. Jesse knows this but thinks he can handle it. He just wants to be with Troy. After a few months of dating but not going anywhere in public, they are spotted taking a run together in the morning and then getting take out in the evening by one of Troy’s co-workers. This freaks Troy out and he pushes Jesse away. I love that Jesse grows up here and his integrity comes through, showing us that he’s not as immature as he seems. He doesn’t take Troy back because he wants to be ‘out’ in his relationship. He wants people to know they’re together. (more…)
Posted by Becky Condit on March 9, 2014
Every Sunday please join us for reviews of short stories.These are quick reads that are perfect for Sunday afternoon.Leave a comment if there is a short story you would like for us to consider for review.