Published in 2019

Book Review: A Distant Drum by Amy Rae Durreson

Reviewed by Ami

Title: A Distant Drum
Author: Amy Rae Durreson
Heroes: Alex & Nik
Genre: M/M Paranormal
Length: 89 pages
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: December 20, 2019
Available at: Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: Christmas is coming… but Alex is running away.

Panicked by the prospect of spending Christmas with his boyfriend’s disapproving parents, Alex flees to the old houseboat in the Norfolk Broads his uncle left him. But when a freak snowstorm traps him there, Alex soon realises he’s not the only heartbroken lover haunting the shores of Halsham Broad.

Two hundred years ago, drummer boy Jack Sadler drowned skating over thin ice to meet his lover. Now, whenever the Broad freezes over, he returns and brings a curse with him.

And every night Alex spends trapped in the icebound boat, he hears the beat of a distant drum draw closer…
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Release Blitz: Testament by Jose Nateras + Excerpt & Giveaway!

Testament by Jose Nateras

Gabe Espinosa, is trying to dig himself out of the darkness. Struggling with the emotional fallout of a breakup with his ex-boyfriend, Gabe returns to his job at The Rosebriar Room; the fine dining restaurant at the historic Sentinel Club Chicago Hotel. Already haunted by the ghosts of his severed relationship, he’s drastically unprepared for the ghosts of The Sentinel Club to focus their attentions on him as well.

When a hotel guest violently attacks Gabe, he finds himself the target of a dark entity’s rage; a rage built upon ages of racial tension and toxic masculinity. Desperate to escape the dark spiral he’s found himself in, Gabe flees across the city of Chicago and dives into the history of the hotel itself. Now, Gabe must push himself to confront the sort of evil that transcends relationships and time, the sort of evil that causes damage that ripples across lives for generations.

Gabe must fight to break free from the dark legacy of the past; both his own and that of the hotel he works in.

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Served with a Twist by Jet Lupin: Exclusive Excerpt!

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by Jet Lupin

“You thought it was a date?” Samson’s smile was tight, not quite reaching his eyes. 

“It wasn’t on the schedule. And you were so vague… What was I supposed to think?”

Samson chuckled, but it didn’t inspire humor. “You don’t have to worry about that. I remember our agreement about hook ups. But if you meant a real date, you don’t have to concern yourself about that either. I haven’t done anything like that in years.”

“Why not?” Yes, forget what Cut had said. Focus on that.

“I’ve got no free time for that really. For another, being like this,” he gestured to himself. “I don’t even know who’d want to be with me.” 

Cut scoffed. “You must really be tired. You’re saying stupid things.” 

“I am tired, but that’s not why I said that.” Samson grew more agitated as he went on, his jaw clenched. “I can make you a list of things that are wrong with me if you need one, but I can’t see why you would. You’ve got sight, you’ve met me.” 

“Yeah, OK.” Cut tried not to roll his eyes. This was the stress talking. If this was as bad as Samson got, Cut had this handled, but this particular quirk… It would be better if they worked on getting rid of it right now. 

Cut walked past him and sat on the edge of the conference table. He looked above the door. Since he’d arrived here, he’d been clocking Deyaa Group’s security measures, more out of habit than necessity. He noticed that the common areas, like the entrance to the reception area and the cubicle sea had cameras positioned to scan over them, more for the safety of the employees than any true surveillance. They observed who came into the areas, rather than what went on in them. It seemed the meeting rooms and offices were afforded more privacy. He hadn’t spotted a single camera hidden in any of the usual spots. But to be on the safe side, he’d confirm his suspicions. “Are there any cameras in here?” 

“What?” Samson looked around agitatedly, his brow furrowed. “No. I don’t think so.” 

That was exactly what Cut wanted to hear. “Then how about we have a session?” Surely he’d agree that the month had been rough and there was tension to work through? 

Samson sputtered, and Cut thought he’d protest. “I…When?”

“Now.”

“Here? Right now?”

Cut shrugged. “I don’t see why not. There’s no one else around. Seems like the perfect time to me.”

“The cleaners will be around soon, and everyone was just here and—”

“I’m hearing a lot of excuses. Doors have locks for a reason. And the cleaner droids won’t come into a locked room. Now if you don’t want to, that’s fine. Tell me so, and I’ll back off.” Cut stretched his legs out in front of him and crossed them at the ankles. “But I don’t think that’s the case, is it?”

Samson looked away. Several tense seconds beat past, and he said nothing. He raised his gaze and skimmed over Cut’s face.

“Is that the case? Do you not want it?”

“I want it…” Samson grabbed the cloth of his pants, twisting them along the sharp crease. “I just… I had trouble saying it.”

Cut thought he knew why. “Because you think it’s irresponsible?” 

Samson nodded. 

“Then I’ll take responsibility for this. If we get caught, I’ll say I seduced you. But for now, show me you want it and close the door. Otherwise I’ll help you pack up, and we can both go home.”

Samson turned away. Cut bit his lip. Would duty win over of Samson’s baser needs? 

Cut held his breath as Samson went straight for the door. His hand hovered over the panel, as if weighing his options one last time. 

There was a loud click as the locked slid into place. 

He came back to Cut, hands clasped in front of him, head slightly bowed. Something about that excited Cut in a way that frightened him. This wasn’t like him. In his romantic endeavors, such as they were, there’d always been some sort of equity. They were partners, had the same wants, weren’t shy about vocalizing it. Samson did not bring those things to the table. He brought submission, obedience, all things Cut, when he thought on them abstractly, he’d determined he had no use for. He’d gotten into this to help Samson, but it felt like every time they got together, he learned something new about himself. 

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Book Review: Swipe by T.A. Moore

Reviewed by Nikyta

Title: Swipe
Author: T.A. Moore
Series: Stories from Plenty, California #1
Heroes: Tag & Bass
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 207 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 31, 2019
Available at: Dreamspinner Press & Amazon
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Blurb: As one of the top trauma surgeons in Plenty’s ER, Dr. Taggart Hayes knows how to fix broken things—fractured legs, ruptured spleens, allergies, and traumatic brain injuries. He can put them back together good as new.

A broken heart, though? That’s a bit trickier. Especially when it’s his own.

When Tag swipes on the photo of the hot man in the dating app, he just wants a distraction from the wreck that used to be his life. A one-night stand with a safely inappropriate stranger, no names, no feelings, and no complications.

But the headless photo on the app belongs to a man who isn’t so easy to forget the next day… or the next week. And it becomes increasingly clear that Bass is neither safe nor uncomplicated. Drawn into the dark, criminal underworld his lover inhabits, Tag has to decide if the cure for his broken heart is worse than the disease. Continue reading

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Release Blitz: Wren and Oak by Sam Burns + Giveaway!

Wren and Oak by Sam Burns 

Jesse’s only priority in life is protecting the people he loves, so he’s determined to see Rowan Harbor’s wards rebuilt. There’s just one problem: they’re missing an ingredient that can’t be ordered online.

Jesse volunteers to search for the missing component in the realm of the fae, but his boyfriend, Sean, isn’t letting him go alone. The town has an enemy among the fae, so they’ll need to keep a low profile. Along their way, they find unexpected allies, surprising enemies, and a whole host of problems.

The journey is a test of their endurance, but also of their relationship and their faith in each other. Can they find what they need and get back home in one piece in time for the summer solstice?

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Book Review: Love in 24 Frames by C.S. Poe

Reviewed by Ami

Title: Love in 24 Frames
Author: C.S. Poe
Series: 2019 Advent Calendar | Homemade for the Holidays
Heroes: Declain & Shota
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 38 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 1, 2019
Available at: Dreamspinner Press & Amazon
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Blurb: Declan Groves is a CPA in New York City. His adult life is dictated by routine and borderline monotony. The need to express himself, in ways his career and crippling shyness have never allowed, leads Declan to becoming an amateur stop-motion filmmaker.

The one problem is that Declan is also in love with the Wandering Artist Studios receptionist Shota Watanabe. Shota has always had a smile and engaging comment ready for Declan, but even if it is more than casual politeness, Declan hasn’t been able to get out more than a tongue-tied sentence at a time. And a man like Shota surely has no intention of waiting forever.

So when an unexpected change to Declan’s daily schedule throws the two together outside of the studio, it might be the catalyst needed to explore what’s unspoken between them. But if they’re to have a future, Declan needs to find a way to tell Shota how he truly feels. Continue reading

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Book Review: The Santa Project by Elinor Gray

Reviewed by Ami

Title: The Santa Project
Author: Elinor Gray
Series: 2019 Advent Calendar | Homemade for the Holidays
Heroes: Adam & David
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 55 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 1, 2019
Available at: Dreamspinner Press & Amazon
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Blurb: Working at the Craft Emporium keeps Adam Martinez busy during the holiday season he absolutely hates. Enter elementary schoolteacher David Okoye, who can’t get enough of Christmas or craft supplies. David is cute, wholesome, and Adam can’t deny a little bit of a crush.

Making the holidays special for his students is only part of the reason David makes excuses to go to the Craft Emporium. He also holds a torch for Adam. He takes it as a personal challenge to show Adam how to enjoy the holidays when he asks Adam to teach him to knit. David promises the holidays can be wonderful when shared with the right people, but how can they share them when David is going home to his family and Adam will be left all alone? Continue reading

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Release Blitz: Forbidden Bon by Lee Colgin + Excerpt & Giveaway!

Forbidden Bon by Lee Colgin

Vampires and werewolves are historical enemies. When the Peace Accord that imposes an uncomfortable armistice between the species is threatened, the entire supernatural community must respond.

Young vampire heir Sinclair Davis successfully petitions the council for permission to attend a werewolf dominated university. Surrounded by a pack of unwelcoming wolves, Sinclair’s first meeting with their alpha doesn’t go well. The handsome wolf hates him.

Alpha wolf Mitchel Edgehill is furious when the university sends a vampire to be housed among his pack, even if he is cute. But there’s nothing he can do since the paperwork has been signed. They’ll have to find a way to coexist.

As tension rises within supernatural society and violence escalates between vampires and werewolves, an uneasy truce develops between Sinclair and Mitchel. The pair attend a peace conference in hopes of preventing war, but when a rogue group of humans attacks, Sinclair is kidnapped and held for ransom. Can the alpha wolf work with vampires to save Sinclair, or will war break out after all?

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Book Review: Christmas Blues by Leigh Jarrett

Reviewed by Ami

Title: Christmas Blues
Author: Leigh Jarrett
Heroes: Ryan & Michael
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 146 pages
Publisher: Steambath Press
Release Date: November 12, 2019
Available at: Amazon
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Blurb: After Ryan lost his wife to cancer, leaving him with three kids to raise on his own, he never thought he’d find any kind of companionship ever again. Especially not with someone like Michael.

The last time Ryan saw his little brother’s annoying childhood friend, Michael, he’d been a geeky, pimply-faced thirteen-year-old. That was just before Michael and his family moved to New York.

There was an eight-year age difference between them, and being in college at the time, Ryan had never wanted to waste his breath talking to some immature teenage kid when he could be doing homework or making out with his girlfriend instead.

Sixteen years later, a chance meeting at a coffee shop in Denver changes both of their lives. Michael, recently divorced from his wife, has two kids of his own, and a thriving recording studio.

He’s no longer the Mikey Ryan remembers.

Getting the whole brood together for a Thanksgiving crafting extravaganza, and their mutual love of the blues cements Ryan and Michael’s friendship into something neither one of them could have ever expected. Christmas is fast approaching.

How far will their newfound friendship take them?
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Release Blitz: Four Christmases by Nell Iris + Giveaway!

Four Christmases by Nell Iris

Will a decade-old family feud and long held secrets stand in the way of love?

Auden Whipple is searching for a bit of peace and quiet from his loud family when he stumbles across the neighbor, Porter Eldin. Porter is scorching hot on a freezing Christmas Day, and nothing like Auden expected. A moment shared by the creek begins a relationship that surprises them both. 

As the Christmases pass, Auden and Porter’s relationship deepens. But the obstacle of the unresolved conflict between the Whipples and the Eldins makes Auden worried. Worried to tell his family of his new-found love, worried that the conflict will come between them.

Can two men truly in love help mend fences that have been broken for too long? Can the holiday spirit help Auden and Porter find their happily ever after?

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