Ami’s Reviews

Book Review: The Shadow Mark by Mason Thomas

Reviewed by Ami

33866926Title: The Shadow Mark
Author: Mason Thomas
Series: Lords of Davenia #2
Heroes: Auraq/Kane
Genre: MM High Fantasy
Length: 312 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: February 13, 2017
Available at:  Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb:  Auraq Greystone, once a military officer with a promising future, exists on the fringe of society. Accused of murder, Auraq is on the run from the ax—until two fugitives crash into his solitary life. One is a young man named Kane. The glowing marks on his arm pulse with an otherworldly power, and they have made him the target of a sinister organization called the Order of the Jackal. When the old man protecting Kane dies in an ambush, Auraq swears an oath to take his place.

But the runes are far more significant than they realize. They are a message from the shadow realm, a dark memory of the past—one holding evidence of a bloody massacre and its savage architect; one that will shake the kingdom to its foundation. Risking arrest and execution, Auraq fights to get Kane to the capital city where the cryptic marking can be unlocked. And with assassins close on their trail, Auraq might never get the chance to show Kane what’s in his heart—or the way their journey together has changed him.

The Shadow Mark is an epic tale of magic, murder, conspiracy, betrayal, and—for the two men tasked with unraveling the mystery—love and redemption.
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Book Review: Shifting Views by Meg Harding

Reviewed by Ami

33835736Title: Shifting Views
Author: Meg Harding
Series: The Carlisles #4
Heroes: Denver Carlisle/Ethan Monahan
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 200 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: February 10, 2017
Available at:  Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb:  Successful fashion model Denver Carlisle is finally living on his own. He’s got a new apartment, a neighbor who has a problem shutting his blinds, and a local bakery with an owner who makes his knees weak. It’s raining men, and Denver hasn’t gotten any in a long time. Going out on a limb, he asks Ethan Monahan out and resorts to a little exhibitionism for his neighbor. Only to be turned down by both. That’s a first.

Ethan Monahan runs his own bakery and has a new neighbor who walks around naked. The latter is a little too distracting. When his naked neighbor turns out to be none other than model Denver Carlisle—and the customer who asked him out—Ethan tries to make amends. In a purely friendly way.

Friendship leads to more, and both men find themselves in over their heads with emotions and compromises. Denver has trust issues that could span the Sahara, and Ethan is a product of the foster system with a chip on his shoulder and a serious wariness of those with money. There’s only one way to reconcile their issues: work together.
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Book Review: Wish You Were Here by Asta Idonea

Reviewed by Ami

33822300Title: Wish You Were Here
Author: Asta Idonea
Heroes: Oakley/Bobby
Genre: MM Paranormal
Length: 59 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: February 8, 2017
Available at:  Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb:  The death of Oakley’s sister has left his family broken and buried beneath their grief. In an attempt to get out from underneath their pain, they rent an isolated cottage in the Cotswolds. For Oakley, it’s an exercise in futility. He doesn’t see much hope for things to get back to the way they used to be, and he’s bored and restless as he waits out the time until he can return to the city and university. All of that changes when he meets local boy Bobby, and the connection between them is instant. Within a few days, Oakley is ready to walk away from everything to stay with Bobby. However, Bobby has problems of his own, and they might be more than the budding romance can survive. But they might also give Oakley a new perspective on his own situation.
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Book Review: Buyout – A Love Story by Dev Bentham

Reviewed by Ami

33778621Title: Buyout – A Love Story
Author: Dev Bentham
Heroes: Sean/Martim
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 69 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: February 8, 2017
Available at:  Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb:  Everyone deserves a second chance. Or do they? Sean and Martim fell in love at Harvard. Things broke apart when Martim fell into a downward spiral of addiction after his father died. Sean kicked him out but has regretted it ever since. He’s never gotten over losing Martim. But then, not many aspects of his life have lived up to his collegiate dreams.

When he’s sent to evaluate Martim’s family hotel for foreclosure, Sean is once again in the position to put Martim out on the street. In the time since they parted, Martim has pulled himself together, although both health and financial problems linger as a result of his years as an addict. Can the two men bridge the gap of distance and time to rekindle their relationship, or will they fall apart again under the burdens of guilt and disease?

Set in Lisbon, Portugal, this is the story of lovers reunited after more than a decade apart, and their second chance at romance.
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Book Review: Exile by Caleb James

Reviewed by Ami

32946762Title: Exile
Author: Caleb James
Series: The Haffling #2
Heroes: Liam Summer/Charlie Fitzgerald
Genre: MM Fantasy
Length: 236 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: January 24, 2017
Available at:  Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb:  Liam Summer, with the face of an angel and the body of an underwear model, has done bad things. Raised as the whore and cat’s paw of a murderous fairy queen, his beauty has ruined many. When Queen May’s plot to unite and rule the fairy and human realms fails, Liam wakes naked and alone in a Manhattan building on fire. Unaware the blaze is arson, and he’s its intended victim, he prepares to die.

Enter ax-wielding FDNY firefighter Charlie Fitzgerald, who Liam mistakes for an ogre assassin. As Charlie rescues Liam, he realizes the handsome blond has nowhere to go. So he does what he, and his family, have always done—he helps.

As for Queen May, trapped in the body of a flame-throwing salamander, she may be down, but she’s not out. Yes, she failed the last time, but Liam, and others, will pay. She knows what must be done: possess a haffling, cross into the human world engorged with magic, and become queen and Goddess over all.

As Liam realizes the danger they all face, he discovers unexpected truths. That even the most wicked are not beyond redemption, and that love—true love—is a gift even he can receive.
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Book Review: The Mighty Have Fallen by Bonnie Dee

Reviewed by Ami

33414211Title: The Mighty Have Fallen
Author: Bonnie Dee
Heroes: Trevor Rowland/Jack Burrows
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 112 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: January 18, 2017
Available at:  Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb:  Theatre headliner Trevor Rowland is at the peak of his career when disaster strikes. In one fell swoop, he loses his eyesight, his fame, and his boyfriend, who absconds with most of his money. Trevor must take on a flatmate, hardworking East Ender Jack Burrows, to afford the rent. Anger and bitterness have taken up residence in his heart—but Jack shines light into the shadowy corners with his relentlessly sunny disposition.

Jack introduces Trevor to a local drag club and convinces him he can enjoy the stage again. Trevor’s defences slowly come down as Jack becomes much more than a barely tolerated roommate.

But will Trevor’s fragile trust be destroyed when it appears he’s been manipulated yet again by a man he’s come to care for? Will he reclaim his life or crawl back into a shell of defeat? Trevor must learn to trust not only a man, but himself, once more.
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Book Review: Cemeteries by Moonlight by Hunter Frost

Reviewed by Ami

33397667Title: Cemeteries by Moonlight
Author: Hunter Frost
Series: States of Love – Louisiana
Heroes: Drew Daniels/Finn Murphy
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 108 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: January 18, 2017
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb:  When a serious bout of writer’s block threatens to delay mystery author Drew Daniels’s newest book, his aunt offers her New Orleans apartment in the heart of the French Quarter as a writing retreat. She neglects to mention that it’s occupied by the enigmatic and sexy Finn Murphy, a cemetery tour guide with a penchant for Victorian attire and a Cajun accent.

A body discovered in an open crypt forces reclusive Drew to deal with Finn’s eccentric group of friends and his underlying attraction to the hot Cajun—despite warnings about Finn’s violent past. Drew might write this stuff, but he’s never had to solve a real-life murder. With a deadline looming and a killer on the loose, this retreat is proving to be anything but helpful for Drew’s novel. Drew can only hope he won’t end up a tragic tale for the Ghostly Legends & Lore, Inc. haunted tour.
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Book Review: Love is Heartless by Kim Fielding

Reviewed by Ami

33383956Title: Love is Heartless
Author: Kim Fielding
Series: Love Can’t #2
Heroes: Nevin Ng/Colin Westwood
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 254 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: January 13, 2017
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb:  Small but mighty—that could be Detective Nevin Ng’s motto. Now a dedicated member of the Portland Police Bureau, he didn’t let a tough start in life stop him from protecting those in need. He doesn’t take crap from anyone, and he doesn’t do relationships. Until he responds to the severe beating of a senior citizen and meets the victim’s bow-tied, wealthy landlord.

Property manager and developer Colin Westwood grew up with all the things Nevin never had, like plenty of money and a supportive, loving family. Too supportive, perhaps, since his childhood illness has left his parents unwilling to admit he’s a strong, grown man. Colin does do relationships, but they never work out. Now he’s thinking maybe he won’t just go with the flow. Maybe it’s time to try something more exciting. But being a witness to a terrible crime—or two—was more than he bargained for.

Despite their differences, Colin and Nevin discover that sparks fly when they’re together. But sparks are short-lived, dampened by the advent of brutal crimes, and Colin and Nevin have seemingly little in common. The question is whether they have the heart to build something lasting.
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Book Review: Service With a Smirk by Ariel Tachna

Reviewed by Ami

33384004Title: Service With a Smirk
Author: Ariel Tachna
Series: At Your Service #2
Heroes: Pascal larocque/Mathias Perras
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 200 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: January 13, 2017
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb:  Pascal Larocque, a waiter at a high-end Montréal restaurant, knows what it means to love—and he knows what it means to lose. He buried the man he expected to spend his life with years ago. He’s perfectly happy with his solitude, or so he tells his friends. But a chance encounter in a neighborhood bar followed by a run-in at his apartment building turns his world upside down.

Mathias Perras is twenty-four, newly arrived in Montréal, and works two jobs so he can live on rue Sainte-Catherine in the heart of the gay district. During the day, he’s on a fast track to management at the Banque de Montréal. At night, he waits tables at a gay bar down the street. He’s burning the candle at both ends, but it will be worth it when his career takes off and he has the life he’s always dreamed of. When he meets Pascal, one more piece of that dream slots into place. Pascal is everything he wants in a lover: older, self-assured, established in his life and his career. But Pascal doesn’t look at him twice. What’s a boy have to do to get a little action?
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Book Review: The Battle of Iron Gulch by R.G. Thomas

Reviewed by Ami

33026149Title: The Battle of Iron Gulch
Author: R.G. Thomas
Series: The Town of Superstition #3
Heroes: Thaddeus Cane/Teofil Rhododendron
Genre: MM Fantasy
Length: 230 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press/Harmony Ink Press
Release Date: January 12, 2017
Available at:  Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: Thaddeus Cane and his garden gnome boyfriend, Teofil, travel with Teofil’s mother and sister, Thaddeus’s father, and a new elf ally to Wraith Mountain, armed with the water from the Well of Tears. Thaddeus hopes to use the water to free his mother—cursed to take dragon form by the witch Isadora—and reunite her with her family. But their quest is far from over, and the party is forced to stop in the small village of Iron Gulch while they procure supplies for their trip up the mountain.

There, Thaddeus continues to gain strength in magic, and he will need it, because something is rotten beneath the idyllic facade of Iron Gulch. A new and dangerous adversary is bent on the destruction of not only Thaddeus and his friends, but everyone living in the town—unless their group can put a stop to it. The fight will be one of the hardest they’ve faced, but if they can prevail, it should prepare them to make their final stand against Isadora and put an end to her cruelty.
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