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Book Review: Locked in Silence by Sloane Kennedy

Reviewed by Susan65

Title: Locked in Silence
Author: Sloane Kennedy
Series: Pelican Bay #1
Heroes: Nolan Grainger/Dallas Kent
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 284 Pages
Publisher: Self-Published
Release Date: September 3, 2017
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: I’ve spent years hoping someone would finally hear me. It’s easier not to try anymore…
Ten years after leaving his small Minnesota hometown in his rearview mirror for what Nolan Grainger was sure would be the last time, life has decided to throw the talented musician a curveball and send him back to the town he lived in but was never really home.

At twenty-eight, Nolan has traveled the world as a successful concert violinist with some of the best symphonies in the country. But success breeds envy, and when Nolan’s benefactor and lover decides Nolan has flown high enough, he cruelly clips Nolan’s wings. The betrayal and ensuing scandal leaves the violinist’s career in shambles and with barely enough money to start fresh somewhere beyond his vindictive ex’s powerful reach. But just as he’s ready to get his life back on track, Nolan gets the call he’s been dreading.

After a stroke leaves his father a partial invalid, duty-bound Nolan returns to Pelican Bay and a life he’s spent years trying to forget. When he’s forced to use the last of his own money to keep from losing the family home, desperation has him turning to the one man he’d hoped never to see again…

Even if I could speak, there wouldn’t be anyone there to listen…
Pelican Bay’s golden boy, Dallas Kent, had the quintessential perfect life. Smart, gorgeous, and popular, the baseball phenom was well on his way to a life filled with fame and fortune. But more importantly, he had a one-way ticket out of Pelican Bay and far away from the family who used love as currency and whose high expectations were the law of the land. But a stormy night, sharp highway curve and one bad decision changed everything, leaving Dallas with nothing.

Because the accident that took his parents, his future and his crown as the boy who could do no wrong, also stole his voice.

Despised for the horrific wreck that ended the lives of two of Pelican Bay’s most respected residents, Dallas has retreated to a secluded stretch of land where he’s found refuge in a menagerie of unwanted animals that don’t care that he once had the world at his feet or that he’ll never speak again.

But when the quiet, bookish boy he wasn’t allowed to notice in school suddenly reappears ten years later at Dallas’s wildlife rehab center in desperate need of a job, Dallas is thrust back into a world he’s worked hard to escape.

Dallas’s silence was supposed to send Nolan scurrying, but what if Nolan ends up being the one person who finally hears him?

Will two men who’ve been fleeing from the past finally come home to Pelican Bay for good or will the silence drive them apart forever?
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Categories: 4.5 Star Ratings, Book Review, LGBT, Published in 2017, Susan65's Reviews | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Book Review: Double Cross by Lissa Ford

Reviewed by Susan65

Title: Double Cross
Author: Lissa Ford
Series: Doubleback #3
Heroes: Jude/Rowan
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 227 Pages
Publisher: Lissa Ford Books
Release Date: September 20, 2016
Available at:  Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: Happily ever after wasn’t supposed to be this complicated.

At last, Jude Anderson and his lover, homicide detective Rowan Muir, are settling into domestic bliss. Or so it seems. Rowan says all the right things, and the sex is still hotter than ever. But something isn’t quite right, and Jude can’t put his finger on what it is.

Then Jude’s sister drops a bombshell that she’s getting married—and guess who gets to throw the bachelor party.

It’s all puppies and rainbows and wedding plans until murder rears its ugly head. The case involves a close friend, old grievances, and conflicts that set Jude and Rowan on a collision course that could tear them apart.

Double Cross is a 66,000 word novel of mystery, romance, banter and sexytimes. It is intended for mature audiences.
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Book Review: Doubleback by Lissa Ford

Reviewed by Susan65

Title: Doubleback
Author: Lissa Ford
Series: Doubleback #1
Heroes: Jude/Rowan
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 144 Pages
Publisher: Lissa Ford Books
Release Date: March 27, 2015
Available at:  Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: After a tragic shooting left him wounded and in disgrace, all that remained of former deputy sheriff Jude Anderson’s life was a shattered femur, the standard disability package, and a host of issues. Jude seeks sanctuary in a remote upstate cabin and tries to get his life back on track.

Life has other plans when Jude finds a dead man draped across his front doorstep. The victim is the first hookup Jude’s had in, well, ever. Once Jude processes that shock he gets another when he learns that the homicide detective sent to investigate the murder is Rowan Muir, Jude’s ex. Their split was ugly, and Rowan isn’t the forgiving type.

Now Jude is drawn back into a world he left behind: murder investigations and fighting the undeniable attraction he has for Rowan. Rowan is still holding onto a substantial grudge. But both men need to figure out how to cope with being thrown together again, because it’s becoming increasingly clear that Jude is being targeted by a murderer – one who may have come from Jude’s past for revenge.
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Book Review: Love Comes Silently by Andrew Grey

Reviewed by Susan65

Title: Love Comes Silently
Author: Andrew Grey
Series: Senses #1
Heroes: Ken Brighton/Patrick Flaherty
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 200 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: October 1, 2012
Available at:  Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: Caring for a loved one with cancer is tough. Doing it alone is overwhelming-especially when that loved one is a child. But ever since Ken Brighton’s partner left him, Ken has spent his days at the hospital with his daughter, Hanna, hoping for a miracle. Maybe the mysterious care packages that appear for Hanna don’t qualify, but they bring a spark of hope into his and Hanna’s tired life-and so does Ken’s neighbor, former singer Patrick Flaherty.

For two years Patrick hasn’t been able to focus on anything but the life he should have had. An injury robbed him of his voice, and the idea of introducing himself to new people intimidates him. But over the past months, he’s watched as his neighbor nursed his sick child, and once he meets Ken, Patrick starts to crave a life with him-a life he isn’t sure he can have.

Ken doesn’t realize he’s fallen in love until the doctors send Hanna home, saying there’s nothing more they can do: Hanna will either recover or succumb. Ken’s heart is set on a new beginning-with both Patrick and Hanna. But Patrick’s silence leaves Ken wondering what Patrick wants.
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Categories: 4.5 Star Ratings, Book Review, LGBT, Published in 2012, Susan65's Reviews | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Book Review: The Impossible Boy by Anna Martin

Reviewed by Susan65

Title:The Impossible Boy
Author: Anna Martin
Heroes: Ben Easton/Stanislav Novikov
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 204 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: January 16, 2017
Available at:  Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: This is not your average love story.

Ben Easton is not your average romantic hero. He’s a tattooed, badass, wannabe rock star, working in a perfectly horrible dive bar in Camden Town. His life is good, and he’s totally unprepared for how one man will turn it upside down.

Stan isn’t your average heroine. As a gender-fluid man, he proudly wears his blond hair long, his heels sky-high, and his makeup perfectly executed. A fashion industry prodigy, Stan is in London after stints working in Italy and New York City, and he quickly falls for Ben’s devil-may-care attitude and the warm, soft heart Ben hides behind it.

Beneath the perfect, elegant exterior, Stan has plenty of scars from teenage battles with anorexia. And it only takes the slightest slip for his demons to rush back in while Ben is away touring with his band. With the band on the brink of a breakthrough, Ben is forced to find a way to balance the opportunity of a lifetime with caring for his beautiful boyfriend.
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Audio Review: Power Play by Avon Gale

Reviewed by Susan65

Title: Power Play
Author: Avon Gale
Narrator: Scott R. Smith
Series: Scoring Chances #3
Heroes: Max Ashford/Misha Samarin
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 6 Hours, 22 Minutes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: October 10, 2016
Available at: Amazon, Audible and iTunes
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Blurb: A freak accident during the Stanley Cup Playoffs put an end to Max Ashford’s hockey career. Despite everything, Max gets back into the game he loves—only this time, behind the bench as an assistant coach of the Spartanburg Spitfires, the worst team in the entire league. But nothing prepares him for the shock when he learns the new head coach is Misha Samarin, the man who caused Max’s accident.

After spending years guilt ridden for his part in Max’s accident, Russian native Misha Samarin has no idea what to do when he’s confronted with Max’s presence. Max’s optimism plays havoc with Misha’s equilibrium—as does the fierce attraction that springs up between them.

Not only must they navigate Misha’s remorse and a past he’s spent a lifetime trying to forget, but also a sleazy GM who is determined to use their history as a marketing hook. But when an unwelcome visitor targets a player, Misha revisits his darkest days, and that might cost him and Max the beginning they’ve worked so hard to build.
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Book Review: Before You Break by K.C. Wells and Parker Williams

Reviewed by Susan65

Title: Before You Break
Authors: K.C. Wells and Parker Williams
Series: Secrets #1
Heroes: Ellis/Wayne
Genre: MM Contemporary BDSM
Length: 340 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: May 26, 2017
Available at:  Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: Six years ago Ellis walked into his first briefing as the newest member of London’s Specialist Firearms unit. He was partnered with Wayne and they became fast friends. When Wayne begins to notice changes—Ellis’s erratic temper, the effects of sleep deprivation—he knows he has to act before Ellis reaches his breaking point. He invites Ellis to the opening of the new BDSM club, Secrets, where Wayne has a membership. His purpose? He wants Ellis to glimpse the lifestyle before Wayne approaches him with a proposition. He wants to take Ellis in hand, to control his life because he wants his friend back, and he figures this is the only way to do it.

There are a few issues, however. Ellis is straight. Stubborn. And sexy. Wayne knows he has to put his own feelings aside to be what Ellis needs. What surprises the hell out of him is finding out what Ellis actually requires.
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Book Review: Rediscovering Himself by Charlie Richards

Reviewed by Morgan 

Title: Rediscovering Himself
Author: Charlie Richards
Series: Wolves of Stone Ridge #40
Heroes: Drako/Kwanza
Genre: MM Paranormal
Length: 108 Pages
Publisher: eXtasy Books
Release Date: April 21, 2017
Available at:  Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb:  Out of the Cage: Freedom takes all forms, including how to learn to live with yourself…and your limitations.

Drako Rundin had a rude awakening to the paranormal world—holy crap, vampires and shifters are real! Still, he thinks it’s pretty cool. After so much time thinking he’s weird for being a gay, video-game-loving geek, he finds he’s not the only oddball. Accepting his new friends’ offer to go to Denver, helping the pair move an ostrich farm in the process, he meets so many more people who are different.
Kwanza doesn’t know how long he’s been in captivity. He just knows he’s grateful to the group of friendly paranormals who rescued him. While he remembers shifting to human form—decades ago—he struggles to actually do it. The other shifters are patient and accommodating, giving him wide open spaces in which to live.

When Kwanza meets Drako, he recognizes the plump, cute human as his mate. While he succeeds in shifting, he can’t seem to hold it for long. With Drako’s help, can he relearn how to be human all over again?
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Book Review: Shelter the Sea by Heidi Cullinan

Reviewed by Morgan 

Title: Shelter the Sea
Author: Heidi Cullinan
Series: The Roosevelt #2
Heroes: Emmet/Jeremy
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 190 Pages
Publisher: Heidi Cullinan
Release Date: April 18, 2017
Available at:  Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb:  Some heroes wear capes. Some prefer sensory sacks.

Emmet Washington has never let the world define him, even though he, his boyfriend, Jeremey, and his friends aren’t considered “real” adults because of their disabilities. When the State of Iowa restructures its mental health system and puts the independent living facility where they live in jeopardy, Emmet refuses to be forced into substandard, privatized corporate care. With the help of Jeremey and their friends, he starts a local grassroots organization and fights every step of the way.

In addition to navigating his boyfriend’s increased depression and anxiety, Emmet has to make his autistic tics acceptable to politicians and donors, and he wonders if they’re raising awareness or putting their disabilities on display. When their campaign attracts the attention of the opposition’s powerful corporate lobbyist, Emmet relies on his skill with calculations and predictions and trusts he can save the day—for himself, his friends, and everyone with disabilities.

He only hopes there isn’t a variable in his formula he’s failed to foresee.
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Categories: 5 Star Ratings, Book Review, LGBT, Published in 2017, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Book Review: Relationship Status by K.A. Mitchell

Reviewed by Susan65

Title: Relationship Status
Author: K.A. Mitchell
Series: Ethan & Wyatt #3
Heroes: Ethan/Wyatt
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 106 Pages
Publisher: Carina Press
Release Date: April 1, 2017
Available at:  Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: Life doesn’t come with a syllabus.

Ethan knows firsthand that long distance is hard on love. If Wyatt is spending his summer at an internship in Pittsburgh, that’s where Ethan will be. Even if it means inventing his own career goal just to find a reason to stay with his boyfriend. He didn’t expect they’d be living in a hot, crappy apartment, with work schedules that keep them apart more than together.

Wyatt’s past has taught him to keep his head down and focus on living through the day. Loving Ethan has him looking to the future for the first time; he’s just not in as big of a rush to get there. It’s hard to trust in happiness when life has been busy kicking you in the nuts.

Together they’re getting the hang of real life, when a new responsibility for Wyatt throws everything off balance. Ethan’s doing everything he can to prove he’s in this forever, while Wyatt is torn between a future with Ethan and a debt to the past. Too bad they didn’t cover this in college.
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