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Book Review: On Davis Row by N.R. Walker

Reviewed by Susan65

Title: On Davis Row
Author: N.R. Walker
Series: N/A
Heroes: CJ Davis/Noah Huxley
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: N/A
Publisher: N.R. Walker
Release Date: November 27, 2017
Available at:  Amazon
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Blurb: Nearing the end of a suspended jail sentence should unlock a brighter future for CJ Davis, only the chip on his shoulder is as hard to shift as his bad reputation. Born into a family of career criminals who live down Davis Road, an address the cops have dubbed Davis Row, his name alone is like a rap sheet that makes optimism impossible.

Brand-new parole officer Noah Huxley is determined to see the good in men like CJ. After all, he knows firsthand that bad things can happen to good people. His colleagues mock his doe-eyed optimism, but Noah soon sees CJ’s bad attitude and bravado are weapons he uses to keep people at a distance.

Both men know one simple mistake can change a life forever. At first glance, they might seem to be polar opposites. Yet underneath, they’re not that different at all.
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Categories: 4.5 Star Ratings, Book Review, LGBT, Published in 2017, Susan65's Reviews | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Book Review: The Quarterback by Mackenzie Blair

Reviewed by Susan65

Title: The Quarterback
Author: Mackenzie Blair
Heroes: Matt Lancaster/Trevor Kim
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 304 Pages
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: September 9, 2017
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: Matt Lancaster is the star quarterback at Bodine College, a small Southern Division II school with an ultra-conservative Dean of Athletics. Matt is also very much in the closet, and he thinks he’s kept his secret well hidden. Until his best friends take him to a happy endings massage parlor and request a male masseuse for him.

In walks Trevor Kim, a gorgeous, pierced, tattooed fellow Bodine student who does massages—without happy endings—to pay for school after his family kicked him out for being gay. Trevor takes one look at Matt and breaks all his own rules about mixing business with pleasure.

Matt needs to keep his scholarship, win the National Championship, and survive his asshole father. Instead, he falls in love. Trevor needs to accept that the football god is meant to end up with him rather than a perky cheerleader. It’s time for a happy ever after for both of them.
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Categories: 4 Star Ratings, Book Review, LGBT, Published in 2017, Susan65's Reviews | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Book Review: Fighter by Carol Lynne

Reviewed by Susan65

Title: Fighter
Author: Carol Lynne
Series: The Brick Yard #1
Heroes: Lucky/Dray
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 261 Pages
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Release Date: February 9, 2017
Available at:  Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: For Lucky Gunn, the hardest fight of his life happens outside the cage.

On the South Side of Chicago sits an old gym called The Brick Yard.

Ten years ago, on a bitterly cold day, Lucky Gunn wandered into The Brick Yard dressed in a threadbare jacket, looking for refuge. He hadn’t expected the owner, Tony Brick, to welcome him with a job and a place to sleep when Lucky’s abusive and drug-addicted mother made it too dangerous to return home.

Dray was a gay man living in a world of straight fighters. When his secret was exposed to the media, he dropped out, giving Lucky a piece of advice-if you want to make it as a MMA fighter, bury the part of yourself that won’t be accepted.

Lucky discovered the cage was the perfect place to keep his demons at bay, but when he learns his trainer and mentor, Brick, is suffering from end-stage cancer, he begins to spiral out of control. After eight years, Dray returns to help Lucky and Brick deal with the devastating news.

With Dray so close, Lucky’s old desires return, and Dray teaches him more than how to fight. Torn between his career and the passion he feels for Dray, Lucky’s past demons resurface in full force, threatening his sanity and his budding relationship with Dray.

Despite leaving the cage years earlier, Dray finds himself in the battle of his life with the only man he’s ever loved. Will he stand and fight or walk away like he did years earlier?

Publisher’s Note: This book has previously been released with Pride Publishing under a different title. It has been considerably expanded and re-edited for re-release and now is book one in The Brick Yard series.
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Book Review: Torn by Shawn Bailey

Reviewed by Susan65

30833600Title: Torn
Author: Shawn Bailey
Heroes: Justin/Sam
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 102 Pages
Publisher: MLR Press
Release Date: July 3, 2016
Available at:  Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: A down and out club host find happiness in the arms of a stranger.

Club host Sam Mason and his lover Tony gets into a screaming match in the French Quarter. Tony wants Sam to prostitute himself to earn money to support Tony’s drug habit. In a drastic effort to free himself of Tony, Sam propositions a man on the street and offers him the best blowjob he’d ever had it he takes him somewhere. The man takes one look at him and agrees.

Attorney Justin Quick can’t believe his luck when a green-eyed cutie approaches him with the best offer he had in years. Ethically he’s sworn to get the young man out of danger, but the man in him knows it’s an offer he’d be foolish to refuse.

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Categories: 3.5 Star Ratings, Book Review, LGBT, Published in 2016, Susan65's Reviews | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Book Review: Tackling the Tight End by Tara Lain

Reviewed by Susan65

23264422Title: Tackling the Tight End
Author: Tara Lain
Series: Long Pass Chronicles #3
Heroes: Raven Nez/Dennis Hascomb
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 216 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: January 15, 2016
Available at:  Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: Everyone wants the best for SCU student and tight end Raven Nez — and they know exactly what that is. Enter the NFL draft, become a big football hero, promote his tribe’s casino, and make a lot of money to help people on the reservation. Just one problem. Raven’s gay and he really wants to work with gay kids. Plus he figures a gay Native tight end will get flattened in the NFL. Then the casino board hires a talented student filmmaker to create ads for the tribal business and asks Raven to work with him. But the filmmaker is Dennis Hascomb, a guy with so much to hide and a life so ugly it’s beyond Raven’s understanding. Still he’s drawn to Dennis’s pain and incredible ability to survive. Captivated by Raven’s stories of the two-spirited and by the amazing joy of finally having a friend, Dennis knows he has to break free from everything he’s ever been taught was good—but that’s a struggle that could kill him and Raven too. Is there a chance for “the great red hope” and the “whitest guy on earth”? A future for the serpent and the raven?
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Categories: 4 Star Ratings, Book Review, LGBT, Published in 2016, Susan65's Reviews | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Book Review: Suit Yourself by Susan Mac Nicol

Reviewed by Susan65

1Title: Suit Yourself
Author: Susan Mac Nicol
Series: Men of London #3
Heroes: Oliver Brown/Leslie Scott
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length:
Publisher: Boroughs Publishing Group
Release Date: May 21, 2015
Available at:  Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: Scarred both physically and emotionally after a motorcycle accident, twenty-five year old ex fashion model and porn star Oliver Brown is about to be stripped bare by flamboyant twink Leslie Scott—and they’ll rebuild love from the bottom up.

BARING THE BEAST
Twenty-five year old Oliver Brown is addicted. Two years ago, he was at the height of his career as “Nikki Star,” fashion model, porn actor, partier without peer. Then came the accident. Hiding his scars, both emotional and physical, he’s gone into hiding. But fine clothing is some solace. A new suit by Debussy? Better even than a ride on his motorcycle Hulk or all the things he used to give and take on camera.

Enter Leslie Scott, the flamboyant, dark-haired, heel-and-tiny-short-wearing twink sent to deliver Oliver’s newest fix. A firecracker, Leslie is dapper, generous, in touch with his feminine side but all man, and as gorgeous as any garment ever made. He makes Oliver dream of ending his reclusion, of recapturing a future forever denied him. But for that to happen, Leslie would have to strip him to the bone. Only then will they rebuild life from the bottom up.
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Categories: 4.5 Star Ratings, Book Review, LGBT, Published in 2015, Susan65's Reviews | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Book Review: Made to be Broken: Abomination by A.M. Snead

Reviewed by Susan65

1Title: Made to be Broken: Abomination
Author: A.M. Snead
Series: Made to be Broken #1
Heroes: Noble/Jonah
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 160 Pages
Publisher: A.M. Snead
Release Date: June 14, 2014
Available at: Amazon
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Blurb: Having grown up in a conservative Christian home and under the cruel hand of an abusive, fanatic father, Noble Richman is unable to accept who he is. Desperately seeking to be “healed” of his same-sex-attractions, Noble drowns in shame and guilt whenever his mind strays to other men. But after meeting Rebecca Harrington, Noble is convinced his prayers have been answered and he is ‘healed’. Engaged and ready to move forward with a woman he has convinced himself he is in love with, all of Noble’s plans – and certainties about himself – are suddenly derailed when he meets Rebecca’s step-brother, Jonah, and he begins to tumble down a slippery slope of forbidden desires and passions – emotions and feelings that the violent hand of his father has taught him are an abomination.

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Book Review: In Too Deep by Kate Sherwood

Reviewed by Susan65

1Title: In Too Deep
Author: Kate Sherwood
Heroes: Cade/Aiden
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 234 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 1, 2014
Available at: Dreamspinner Press, Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: At first glance, Cade and Aiden hardly seem like a match made in heaven. Their worlds couldn’t be further apart. Cade is quiet, serious, and determined to succeed; Aiden’s a party-loving frat boy. Cade comes from a rough home and worked hard to get the scholarships that make it possible for him to attend college; Aiden’s had it all thrown in his lap by supportive, kind, and wealthy parents. Cade wants nothing to do with Aiden, but from the moment they meet, Aiden is determined to find a way to bring their different worlds together.

Aiden manages to persuade Cade he’s a decent guy, and a tentative friendship becomes much more. But a trip to Aiden’s family cottage puts Cade in the path of a ghost from his past, and a dark secret he never expected to face again. Cade did what he had to do to escape his dead-end life, but now he sees he didn’t leave it as far behind him as he thought.
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Book Review: Safe in His Arms by Renae Kaye

Reviewed by Susan65

1Title: Safe in His Arms
Author: Renae Kaye
Heroes: Lon/Casey
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 208 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: November 28, 2014
Available at: Dreamspinner Press, Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: In the late-night quiet of the caravan park shower room, Lon Taylor washes away the filth of the Western Australian mines. He’s not looking for anyone, but when Casey offers, Lon doesn’t turn him down.

Welcoming the young man in his big, hairy arms, Lon provides a safety to Casey that he has never known, and Casey wants to stay forever. Still reeling from the breakup of his family years ago, Lon’s not sure he’s ready for the responsibility of the comfort and security Casey craves.

But perhaps Lon can risk opening his heart again and hoping for a brighter future. Casey has some pretty big skeletons in his past to deal with. And Lon wonders what Casey will do when he finds out how badly Lon failed at protecting the ones he loved eight years ago.
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Categories: 4 Star Ratings, Book Review, LGBT, Published in 2014, Susan65's Reviews | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Book Review: Third Eye by Rick R. Reed

Reviewed by Susan65

hTitle: Third Eye
Author: Rick R. Reed
Heroes: Cayce D’Amico/Dave Newton
Genre: MM Paranormal
Length: 264 Pages
Publisher: DSP Publications
Release Date: November 11, 2014
Available at:  Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: Who knew that a summer thunderstorm and his lost little boy would conspire to change single dad Cayce D’Amico’s life in an instant? With Luke missing, Cayce ventures into the woods near their house to find his son, only to have lightning strike a tree near him, sending a branch down on his head. When he awakens the next day in the hospital, he discovers he has been blessed or cursed—he isn’t sure which—with psychic ability. Along with unfathomable glimpses into the lives of those around him, he’s getting visions of a missing teenage girl.

When a second girl disappears soon after the first, Cayce realizes his visions are leading him to their grisly fates. Cayce wants to help, but no one believes him. The police are suspicious. The press wants to exploit him. And the girls’ parents have mixed feelings about the young man with the “third eye.”

Cayce turns to local reporter Dave Newton and, while searching for clues to the string of disappearances and possible murders, a spark ignites between the two. Little do they know that nearby, another couple—dark and murderous—are plotting more crimes and wondering how to silence the man who knows too much about them.
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