3.5 Star Ratings

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: Monster by Soren Summers

Reviewed by Susan65

Title: Monster
Author: Soren Summers
Series: Vortex #1
Heroes: Jarod/Gabriel
Genre: MM Sci-Fi
Length: 326 Pages
Publisher: Soren Summers
Release Date: September 27, 2016
Available at:  Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: Bloodied corridors. Mangled bodies. Deranged test subjects. Just another day at Vertex, a corporation devoted to perfecting humanity by any means necessary. It’s up to Jarod Samuels to keep the hallways pristine and safe, but scrubbing bloodstains and bagging bodies is losing its luster.

Then someone new joins his department, this man with a huge ego and an even huger mouth. Gabriel Anderson is infuriating but intriguing, as brash as he is beautiful, and almost enough to keep Jarod preoccupied. Almost.

But between workplace hazards, psychic sociopaths, and a mysterious formula that alters the human body, Jarod’s doubts are surging. Should he stay with the corporation, or run like hell? This is Vertex, after all, where the walls watch with glass eyes, the laboratories groan with secrets – and employee termination ends more than just careers.

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Dual Book Review: You Never Know by Mary Calmes

Reviewed by Nikyta and Susan65

Title: You Never Know
Author: Mercy Calmes
Heroes: Hagen Wylie/Mitch Thayer
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 212 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: July 21, 2017
Available at:  Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: Hagen Wylie has it all figured out. He’s going to live in his hometown, be everybody’s friend, explore new relationships, and rebuild his life after the horrors of war. No muss, no fuss is the plan. He’s well on his way—until he finds out his first love has come home too. Hagen says it’s no big deal, but a chance encounter with Mitch Thayer’s two cute sons puts him directly in the path of the only guy he’s never gotten out of his head.

Mitch returned for three reasons: to raise his sons where he grew up, to move his furniture business and encourage it to thrive, and to win Hagen back. Years away made it perfectly clear the young man he loved in high school is the only one for him. The problem? He left town and they have not talked since.

If Hagen’s going to trust him again, Mitch needs to show him how he’s grown up and isn’t going to let go. They could have a new chance at love… but Hagen is insistent he’s not reviving a relationship with Mitch. Then again, you never know.
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Book Review: Code Red by Max Walker

Reviewed by Susan65

Title: Code Red
Author: Max Walker
Series: Teh Sierra View #2
Heroes: Caleb Forester/Red Miller
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 204 Pages
Publisher: Max Walker
Release Date: May 11, 2017
Available at:  Amazon
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Blurb: Caleb Forester, a charming nurse with a trademarked smile, is having a fine time at life. He left a terrible situation and found himself in a much better one at Sierra View, and for that, he was constantly grateful. He would have been perfectly fine without any waves rocking his boat.

Everything was just… fine.

Red Miller is the actor everyone wants to see on the big screen. Aside from having an overflowing bank account, Red was rich in charisma and sex appeal. From the outside looking in, anyone would have thought the action star and billionaire heir lived a great life with his girlfriend and millions of adoring fans.

The tidal wave came the day Red and Caleb first met, wiping out both their boats and showing them there was much more to life and love than they let themselves believe.

Caleb must now reckon with his past while Red with his future. When outside forces from all sides start pushing in, they both must find the strength to stop from crumbling or end up breaking from the pressure.
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Book Review: Forest of Thorns and Claws by J.T. Hall

Reviewed by Susan65

Title: Forest of Thorns and Claws
Author: J.T. Hall
Heroes: Donovan/Kersen
Genre: MM Paranormal
Length: 247 Pages
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: May 15, 2017
Available at:  Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: Donovan McGinnis, a veterinarian and conservationist at a research center in Sumatra, is fighting to save the rainforest from poachers and politicians alike. One day he discovers a tigress trapped by a snare, and while treating her injuries, she bites him. He becomes ill with strange symptoms that leave him feverish and dreaming of the jungle and blood.

Kersen and his family are part of the Harimau jadian, a clan of tiger shifters hidden away in a secret village near the rainforest. When Kersen’s sister is caught, he knows he must free her before she infects someone with their magic and reveals their secret.

But Donovan has already been turned, and only time will tell if he can control the tiger within. Kersen must help him, but will the fierce attraction between the pair bring ruin to them all? With the rainforest under threat from outside forces, they may be doomed anyway, unless Kersen and Donovan can find a way to defeat the danger from inside and out.
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Book Review: Hot Under the Collar by Summer Devon

Reviewed by Susan65

Title: Hot Under the Collar
Author: Summer Devon
Series: Love Off the Leash
Heroes: Sam Trevisani/Dan Bailey
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 103 Pages
Publisher: Summer Devon
Release Date: May 15, 2017
Available at:  Amazon
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Blurb: Love dogs and smoking hot men? The Love Off Leash series is for you. Different authors. Unrelated stories. Shared theme of new love and pets.

Attorney Sam Trevisani never thought he’d play the bad guy, but now his job to stop a dog park makes him the enemy of every dog owner in town—and whenever he meets his main opponent, Dan Bailey, the vet gives him the evil eye. Tired of playing for the wrong side, Sam has to find a solution. Maybe the tempting Dr. Bailey can help him find a solution for his restless need for change. Or maybe it’s his attraction to the vet that pushes Sam to pay a late-night visit.

Tired of town politics and manipulative games, Dan has no interest in helping the flashy lawyer. Yet Sam’s dogged interest in him proves oddly appealing. Dan reluctantly allows the attractive lawyer into his house and sparks fly. Sam doesn’t mind hookups, but Dan doesn’t do them–yet in one night, they both change their minds.

Determined to keep Dan from running away from something promising between them, Sam has to get past his attorney uncle, Dan’s pack of misfit dogs, and a powerful but unpleasant client who could end not only the dog park but any chance of romance between the lawyer and the vet.
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Book Review: The Spur of the Platypus by Jackie Nacht

Reviewed by Nikyta

Title: The Spur of the Platypus
Author: Jackie Nacht
Series: Venomous Mates #5
Heroes: Flex & Prescott
Genre: M/M Paranormal
Length: 62 pages
Publisher: Extasy Books
Release Date: March 12, 2015
Available at: Extasy Books & Amazon
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Blurb: Don’t mess with the mate of a platypus, or you’ll feel the pain of his venom.

Flex had no idea that when a friend that he presumed dead, would come to his beach, not only with an army, but his mate. Flex’s life is forever changed, when he has to fight his instincts to protect his mate, Prescott, when the anti-venom can stand on his own.
With Mission Territory being taken back, the two will have to travel back, facing dangers, while having to figure out how two opposites can make a mating work as a territory war continues.

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Book Review: Chief’s Mess by L.A. Witt

Reviewed by JustJen

Title: Chief’s Mess
Author: L.A. Witt
Series: Anchor Point #3
Heroes: Noah/Anthony
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 291 Pages
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: June 19, 2017
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb:  Anthony Talbot is in Anchor Point to visit family, but after two days of strife, he needs a break. A local gay bar is calling his name.

When Chief Noah Jackson sees that red head stroll into the club, he immediately wants him. They’re perfectly matched, and before long, they’re burning up the sheets. Noah can’t get enough. Anthony can’t stay in Oregon for long, but as soon as he leaves, he’s counting down the days until he can fly back for more. And between his increasingly frequent visits, there’s always phone sex, sexting, webcams . . . anything they can get.

But Noah’s got a carefully crafted façade, and Anthony can’t help noticing the slowly forming cracks. The scent of alcohol in the middle of the day. The extra drinks at dinner. The hint of red in his eyes. Anthony knows what it means. He doesn’t want to believe it, but he’s seen this before, and there’s no denying it. If Noah doesn’t get his downward spiral under control, he’s going to lose both his career and the first man he’s ever really loved.
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Book Review: Unsettled by Zach Jenkins

Reviewed by JustJen

Title: Unsettled
Author: Zach Jenkins
Series On the Strip #1
Heroes: James/Evan
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 222 Pages
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: May 22, 2017
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb:  He’s a cop who looks like a cowboy and I just have to see his gun.

I’ve refused second dates for years because I’m too much of a mess to hope for any relationship to work out. After one wild, impulsive, and let’s face it, pleasantly filling night with James, I’m ready to throw all of that out the window.

Men are for drinking buddies and dirty jokes… and now, so much more.

Evan is the first man I’ve ever slept with. If I get my way, he’ll be the one I’m with forever. I’m not sure how I’ll tell the other guys at the police station, but I’ve got bigger problems to worry about.

Someone is attacking people on The Strip in August, GA, and they are working way too close to the club where Evan is a DJ. I’ve got to catch whoever is responsible so that I can protect Evan, the man who taught me everything about love.

Unsettled is a steamy, standalone, first time with a man, romantic thriller novel with no cliffhangers.
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Book Review: Ride Along by Meghan Maslow

Reviewed by Ami

Title: Ride Along
Author: Meghan Maslow
Series: States of Love
Heroes: Drew Nolan/Josh de Oliveira
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 122 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: June 14, 2017
Available at:  Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb:  Drew Nolan is a loud-and-proud mystery writer with a brutal case of writer’s block. He needs practical experience with the Baltimore police beat to get his latest manuscript to his publisher on time. When he wins a ride-along at a writer’s conference, he thinks he’s hit the jackpot… until he meets his partner.

Closeted cop Josh de Oliveira lost his family, his partner, and the respect of his unit—all for doing the right thing. Recently busted back down to patrol, he’s relieved to get a cushy assignment at the Author’s Police Institute where he’ll take one lucky writer on a ride-along. Unfortunately, his author looks like he belongs in the backseat of Josh’s squad car—long, ginger dreadlocks, piercings, and an “I would bottom you so hard” T-shirt. But there’s something about Drew Josh is having a hard time resisting.

It’s going to be a long night and one hell of a ride as opposites attract and realize they share a lot in common beneath the surface. As animosity becomes desire, they realize they can help each other out—in more ways than one.
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