Published in 2017

Book Review: In the Shadows by Hailey Turner

Reviewed by Susan65

Title: In the Shadows
Author: Hailey Turner
Series: Metahuman Files #3
Heroes: Alexei Dvorkin/Sean Delaney
Genre: MM Sci-Fi
Length: 105K+ words
Publisher: Hailey Turner
Release Date: August 23, 2017
Available at:  Amazon
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Blurb: Take a chance.

Staff Sergeant Alexei Dvorkin doesn’t trust easily, and he most certainly doesn’t trust spies. He’ll work with them if ordered to, but that doesn’t mean he has to like it. Except Agent Sean Delaney is proving to be the exception to the rule. There’s something about Sean that gets under Alexei’s skin and won’t let go. Alexei would be lying if he said he wasn’t interested in what lay beneath the agent’s mask. When they’re assigned together for a mission, Alexei vows to keep Sean safe all while trying to coax the hot agent into his bed.

Hold onto hope.

Agent Sean Delaney has spent his entire adult life living a lie for his country. When the MDF tasks him with finding evidence of criminal wrong-doing against the owner of a private military company, Sean knows exactly how to play the game to get what he wants. He just doesn’t know how to handle Alexei’s advances, nor his own attraction to the younger soldier. Being a spy is lonely work, and Sean knows he should keep his distance, but saying no to Alexei is impossible from the moment they first kiss.

In a world of lies, the truth can be deadly.

When the mission takes a turn for the worse, the only thing left to do is run. In the wake of betrayal, and in the path of danger, can their fragile trust survive the battle?
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Book Review: Coasting by Yvonne Trent

Reviewed by Ami

Title: Coasting
Author: Yvonne Trent
Series: States of Love
Heroes: Cal Hamilton/Billy Labarre
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 112 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: August 23, 2017
Available at:  Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: What happens when you need something but don’t know what it is? Why not look in a place you never heard of?

Out and proud elementary school teacher Cal Hamilton thought he was happy in Philadelphia, but after a breakup, he steps back to reassess his life and discovers something is missing. He gets in his car and drives south with no idea what he hopes to find. The flip of a coin leads him to a small town in Mississippi—practically a different world from the city where he grew up.

Police officer Billy Labarre keeps his sexuality mostly to himself, but he knows just what he needs to fill the hole in his quiet small-town life: the right man. Unfortunately attitudes toward gay men still leave a lot to be desired in the rural South, and it’s hard to meet someone. It’s not likely his perfect match is just going to show up out of the blue….
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Book Review: Suspicious Behavior by L.A. Witt and Cari Z

Reviewed by Susan65

Title: Suspicious Behavior
Authors: L.A. Witt and Cari Z
Series: Bad Behavior #2
Heroes: Darin Corliss/Andreas Ruffner
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 283 Pages
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: August 21, 2017
Available at:  Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: Detective Darren Corliss is hanging by a thread. In between recovering from a near-fatal wound and returning to work at a hostile precinct, he’s struggling to help care for his ailing brother. His partner and boyfriend, Detective Andreas Ruffner, wants to help, but doesn’t know how. And with his own family crises brewing, Andreas is spread almost as thin as Darren.

For cops, though, life takes a backseat to the job. When a stack of unsolved homicides drops into their laps, Andreas and Darren think they’re unrelated cold cases. But when a connection surfaces, they find themselves on the tail of a prolific serial killer who’s about to strike again.

Except they’ve got nothing. No leads. No suspects. Just a pile of circumstantial evidence and a whole lot of hunches. Time is running out to stop the next murder—and to pull themselves back from their breaking points.
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Book Review: Battered & Bruised, but not broken by T.L. Travis and Piper Kay

Reviewed by JustJen

Title:Battered & Bruised, but not broken
Authors: T.L. Travis and Piper Kay
Heroes: Hunter/Elliott
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 125 Pages
Publisher: Encompass Ink
Release Date: August 18, 2017
Available at: Amazon
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Blurb: Battered & bruised, but not broken, is an erotic, male/male, gay romance/gay erotica novel. It’s the culmination of two lost souls finding what they didn’t know they were looking for.

Hunter’s an ex-con, always in the wrong place at the wrong times, which is how he landed up in prison. He’s looking to start anew, when in walks Elliott.

Timid , sheltered, Elliott, has his life in order. Or so he thinks. That is until, Hunter, introduces him to a whole new world.

Both are battling demons from the past, but what happens when their two worlds collide?
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Duo Book Review: Illegal Contact by Santino Hassell

Reviewed by JustJen

Title: Illegal Contact
Author: Santino Hassell
Series: The Barons #1
Heroes: Gavin Brawley/Noah Monroe
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 251 Pages
Publisher: Berkley/Intermix
Release Date: August 15, 2017
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: The rules of the game don’t apply off the field in this first Barons novel.

New York Barons tight end Gavin Brawley is suspended from the team and on house arrest after a video of him brawling goes viral. Gavin already has a reputation as a jerk with a temper on and off the field—which doesn’t help him once he finds himself on the wrong side of the law. And while he’s been successful professionally, he’s never been lucky when it comes to love.

Noah Monroe is a recent college grad looking for a job—any job—to pay off his mounting student debt. Working as Gavin’s personal assistant/babysitter seems like easy money. But Noah isn’t prepared for the electrifying tension between him and the football player. He’s not sure if he’d rather argue with Gavin or tackle him to the floor. But both men know the score, and neither is sure what will happen once Gavin’s timeout is over…
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Audio Review: Empty Net by Avon Gale/Scott R. Smith

Reviewed by Susan65

Title: Empty Net
Author: Avon Gale
Narrator: Scott R. Smith
Series: Scoring Chances #4
Heroes: Isaac Drake/Laurent St. Savoy
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 6 Hours, 38 Minutes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: January 10, 2017
Available at: Amazon, Audible and iTunes
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Blurb: Spartanburg Spitfires’ goalie and captain Isaac Drake ended last season with an unexpected trip to the playoffs. He’s found a home and family with his coach and mentor, Misha Samarin, and he’s looking forward to making a serious run for the Kelly Cup. But things take an interesting turn when Isaac’s archnemesis, Laurent St. Savoy, is traded to the Spitfires. After Laurent’s despicable behavior in the playoffs last year, Isaac wants nothing to do with him – no matter how gorgeous he is. But that changes when Isaac discovers the reason for Laurent’s attitude.

Laurent St. Savoy grew up the only son of a legendary NHL goalie in a household rife with abuse, constantly treated like a disappointment on and off the ice. When a desperate attempt to escape his father’s tyranny sends him to the Spitfires, the last thing Laurent wants is to make friends. But there’s something about Isaac Drake that he can’t resist, and Laurent has an opportunity to explore his sexuality for the first time, but he’s cracking under end-of-the season pressures. When facing the playoffs and a rivalry turned personal vendetta, Isaac’s not sure he’s enough to hold Laurent—or their relationship—together.

Please be advised: This book does contain some non-graphic references to past childhood physical/emotional abuse as well as issues relating to ED (bulimia and restricted eating, disordered thoughts about eating).
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Book Review: Unbreakable Stories: Ian by Jocelynn Drake and Rinda Elliott

Reviewed by Susan65

Title: Unbreakable Stories: Ian
Authors: Jocelynn Drake and Rinda Elliott
Series: Unbreakable Bonds #4.5
Heroes: Ian/Hollis
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 121 Pages
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: August 2, 2017
Available at:  Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: Unbreakable Stories: Ian is a collection of short stories following the ups and downs of Ian Pierce and Hollis Banner has they navigate their new relationship and the unique complications of dating with a brunch of overprotective “brothers” determined to guard Ian’s heart.

This collection is more than 38,000 words and contains short stories such as:
Midnight Perp
No Boyfriends Allowed
A Night Off
Taking It Slow
This is Us
And a very special bonus.
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Book Review: Permanent Ink by Avon Gale and Piper Vaughn

Reviewed by JustJen

Title: Permanent Ink
Authors: Avon Gale and Piper Vaughn
Series: Art & Soul #1
Heroes: Poe/Jericho
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 256 Pages
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: August 7, 2017
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: At twenty-three, Poe Montgomery is going nowhere. He still lives in his father’s basement and spends most of his time tagging with his friends. When an arrest lands him in debt, Poe accepts the front desk job at Permanent Ink, the tattoo shop owned by his father’s best friend, Jericho McAslan. Jericho is nearly twice Poe’s age, but with his ink and prematurely graying hair, he quickly takes the starring role in Poe’s hottest fantasies.

Jericho is known for his ability to transform poorly designed tattoos into works of art, but he was once as aimless and misdirected as Poe. Wanting to pay it forward the way someone once did for him, Jericho makes Poe his apprentice and is determined to keep things strictly professional. Easier said than done when Poe makes his interest—and his daddy kink—abundantly clear.

Jericho can’t resist Poe or their intense chemistry for long. But between the age gap, tension with Poe’s father, and Poe’s best friend calling him a sellout, they’ll need to ensure they’re both on the same page before they can rewrite their rocky start into something permanent.
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Book Review: Making It by Christine D’Abo

Reviewed by JustJen

Title: Making It
Author: Christine D’Abo
Series: Ringside Romance #3
Heroes: Eli/Devan
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 239 Pages
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: August 7, 2017
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: Devan knows exactly what he wants from life: a good career, a husband who loves him, and a child to call his own. He’s working at the perfect job, and has found the man of his dreams in Eli. That only leaves one box left to tick. When his friend offers to be a surrogate mother for Devan and Eli, he’s convinced all his dreams have come true.

Eli has been fighting his entire life. Fighting to keep his sick mother safe, fighting his frustration, and fighting daily as an up-and-coming MMA star. The one thing he can’t fight is the feeling that he’s made a terrible mistake agreeing to be a father with Devan. On the worst night of their lives, Eli knows Devan is better off without him, and leaves.

When Eli returns three years later he comes face-to-face with Devan and a son who might be his. Devan has moved on with his life, but seeing Eli once again reignites forgotten passion. Yet if Eli wants to make it work with Devan, he must decide if he’s ready for the biggest fight of his life.
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Book Review: Feather and Scroll by M.D. Grimm

Reviewed by Ami

Title: Feather and Scroll
Author: M.D. Grimm
Series: The Shifters #11
Heroes: Pan/Viktor
Genre: MM Paranormal
Length: 176 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: August 9, 2017
Available at:  Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: Agent Pan has spent most of his adult life protecting shape-shifters from the Knights—an organization bent on their annihilation—and keeping the secret war in the shadows where it belongs. But the Knights are growing bolder, and a new threat has resurfaced after being buried in the ocean for decades.

An ancient scroll, a key to a devastating weapon, is now in the hands of a recalcitrant Russian hawk shifter named Viktor. As a bird shifter, he knows his duty is to protect the scroll, but he wants nothing to do with the war. He leads a quiet life and wants to keep it that way. But when agents come knocking on his door, he finds it difficult to resist the charms of Agent Pan, especially since this isn’t their first meeting.

Two years earlier they spent a passionate weekend together, neither aware of the other’s true identity. Viktor never really got over Pan. Now with sexual tension at its peak, they must learn to trust each other and work as a team to protect not only their loved ones, but every shifter in the world.
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